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Ryanair pilots reject bonus to work through cancellation crisis

A group of Ryanair pilots has rejected a cash bonus to work extra days after the airline cancelled 2,100 flights because it “messed up” crew holidays. In a letter seen by the BBC, pilot representatives from 30 of the company’s 80 or so European bases have told bosses that most are not enthused. They want new contracts and better working conditions instead. Ryanair had offered captains a one-off payment of £12,000 or 12,000 euros, and first officers £6,000 or 6,000 euros. But the letter said: “The pilot market is changing,…

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Acclaimed Musicians Sting and J. Ralph Spread Social Justice Through Song

At first glance, the pair of musicians honored jointly at the National Museum of American History this past Friday could not have appeared more different. J. Ralph, the Big Apple-born composer and producer responsible for the haunting scores of such documentary films as Man on Wire and The Cove, had on a jaunty fedora, polka dot scarf, navy blazer, and ample wrist wear. Sting, the legendary British rocker behind such modern classics as “Roxanne” and “Desert Rose,” was magisterial in a trim black suit—one could almost picture him in his…

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New Startup WildKale Lets Farmers Sell Directly to Customers Through an App

A new startup, WildKale, thinks it has a better way to get farm-fresh food from the people who grow it to the people who want to buy it—at a fair price for everyone involved—by directly connecting consumers to sustainable family farmers in their area. The service launched this past Monday and currently serves customers in New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Massachusetts, and Connecticut through 30 small and medium farms who have “virtual farm stands” hosted by the company. The farmers, on their end, don’t have to leave home or deal with wholesalers…

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New camera can see through human body

Scientists have developed a camera that can see through the human body. The device has been designed to help doctors track medical tools, known as endoscopes, during internal examinations. Until now, medics have had to rely on expensive scans, such as X-rays, to trace their progress. The new camera works by detecting light sources inside the body, such as the illuminated tip of the endoscope’s long flexible tube. Prof Kev Dhaliwal, of the University of Edinburgh, said: “It has immense potential for diverse applications, such as the one described in…

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Celtic FC transfer news: Rivaldo Coetzee's proposed move falls through with failed medical

South Africa starlet Rivaldo Coetzee Sunday, August 27, 2017 Rivaldo Coetzee’s proposed move from Ajax Cape Town to Celtic has fallen through after the defender failed a medical, the South African club have confirmed. The 20-year-old was set to sign for the Scottish champions and, after the 1-1 draw with St Johnstone at Parkhead on Saturday, boss Brendan Rodgers revealed physio Tim Williamson had flown over to South Africa to complete the medical. However, it emerged Coetzee has an “underlying problem with his right foot” and will be further assessed…

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Clementine Ford: How I got through my first year of being a mother

Clementine Ford with her baby son.    I have always been moved by babies, but in a temporary, superficial sort of way – you know, like a novelty item or a Thai insurance ad. My pregnant fantasies had always refused to linger on the newborn period, preferring instead to skip straight ahead to the time when they could sit up and giggle and thus present a viable financial stream on YouTube. And yet I found myself last August with a very newbornish newborn, about to embark on what would be…

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