(CNN)Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg on Friday released a timeline of his three years working for the elite consulting firm McKinsey. The release comes after some of Buttigieg's presidential opponents called for him to be more transparent about his time at the firm as some of McKinsey's work for the federal government, including for Immigration and Customs Enforcement on projects along the US-Mexico border, drew increased scrutiny this month. Buttigieg detailed seven projects in the release. "To the best of my recollection, these are all of my client engagements during my time with the firm, but a full release from McKinsey will allow the American public to see the full scope of my work," Buttigieg says in the statement. The release does not include a detailed list of his clients, something that he has been called to release but rejected -- for now -- because of a nondisclosure agreement he has with his former employer. But Buttigieg, as part of the Friday release, … [Read more...] about Buttigieg releases descriptions of McKinsey projects in face of criticism
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The call came from a Samoan in Auckland, New Zealand, by way of the man's father, an undertaker in Samoa: They needed children's caskets. So Ron Wattam of the Kiwi Coffin Club sprang into action. The 77-year-old usually joins about 20 to 25 other retirees in Rotorua, in northern New Zealand, every Wednesday to craft coffins for themselves and as charity for the community. Now they are working around the clock to prepare 24 coffins for Samoa. The majority of the coffins are for babies and children, reflecting the death toll in Samoa's measles outbreak: Most of the 63 who have died were younger than 4. So the Kiwi Coffin Club is cutting, gluing, lining and painting six coffins fitted for victims ages 1 month to 18 months; four for those up to 5 years old; and 10 for those up to 12 years old, Wattam said. The two for teens and two for adults are largely for packing purposes, so they can carefully stack each casket into the other, explained Wattam. A company in Auckland has agreed to send … [Read more...] about Dozens of Samoan children have died of measles. So New Zealanders are sending child-size coffins.
When Binta Ayofemi looks at a vacant building in downtown Oakland, she doesn’t just notice its busted windows and graffitied walls. She sees what isn’t there. She thinks about how that building could provide a resting space for Oakland’s dwindling black community. She thinks about how people might like to sip tea on wide wooden steps, maybe while listening to a gospel choir spontaneously perform as a BART train rumbles underneath. In East Oakland, the black artist walks by a vacant lot that locals call the “living room.” Dozens gather there daily, sitting on empty milk crates, blasting hip-hop and watching trucks slow down to dump old mattresses. But Ayofemi sees potential for a neighborhood corner store with a huge public garden and weekend farmers’ markets. Ayofemi bursts with such ideas — and she’s making them happen. In a gentrifying Oakland, Ayofemi is reimagining urban development through the lens of a visual artist and community … [Read more...] about What if a black artist re-imagined urban development with Oakland’s black community in mind?
It takes Paula Beal roughly two hours to get to and from a supermarket on the bus. It's not because she lives in a rural place far from shops and businesses. The 60-year-old lives in West Oakland. But it may as well be the middle of nowhere as far as a full-service grocery store is concerned - the nearest one is a Pak 'n Save in Emeryville, about 1.5 miles away. For the 50 percent of West Oakland's 25,000 residents who don't have a car, that's a long way to schlep groceries. For years, West Oakland residents have been trying to attract a major supermarket chain, but to no avail - mostly because stores like Safeway and Lucky are geared toward middle-class suburbia, where land is plentiful and customers drive. "There are 53 liquor stores in West Oakland and 14 mini-markets," Beal said. "But to not have a grocery store in a community of our population is just unheard of." A group of community leaders and business people have taken matters into their own hands with plans to build a … [Read more...] about West Oakland supermarket shops for funds
In this Nov. 25, 2019 photo, Ivy Dremon, right, cuddles with client Rashida in Philadelphia. Ivy is one of five people in Philadelphia who provide one-on-one cuddling services. They’re part of Cuddlist, a four-year-old company offering a "therapeutic approach to touch,” according to its website. (Jose F. Moreno/The Philadelphia Inquirer via AP) less In this Nov. 25, 2019 photo, Ivy Dremon, right, cuddles with client Rashida in Philadelphia. Ivy is one of five people in Philadelphia who provide one-on-one cuddling services. They’re part of Cuddlist, a ... more Photo: JOSE F. MORENO, AP Photo: JOSE F. MORENO, AP Image 1 of / 8 Caption Close Image 1 of 8 In this Nov. 25, 2019 photo, Ivy Dremon, right, cuddles with client Rashida in Philadelphia. Ivy is one of five people in … [Read more...] about ‘Cuddlists’ hug and spoon clients in nonsexual sessions