Plant pollen is yet another outdoor menace already made worse by climate change. Americans faced significantly longer exposure to ragweed pollen in 2016 compared to 1990. Ragweed season lasted 17 days longer in Bellevue, Nebraska; three weeks longer in Minneapolis, Minnesota; and exactly 23 additional days in Kansas City, Missouri.
Shine app does a pretty good job of displaying information, but we had issues with synching it to our Android smartphone. When we first started using the Shine about three weeks ago we were on Android App 0.8.6 and just about a week ago a new version (0.8.7) was released with performance enhancements. The latest build has given us far fewer sync errors, so we are happy to report that along with the fact that Misfit has been continuously updating their app and improving the Shine since it was released in December 2013.
Allegations of abuse at the Hytex Apparel factory, which has made garments for Nike for 14 years, were first raised in the media, Nike said.investigation confirms serious breaches of Nike Code of Conduct at the Hytex factory, said Hannah Jones, vice president of corporate responsibility for Nike, in a statement.The factory employed some 1200 workers who met minimum age requirements, but were living in housing and whose passports were withheld, Nike said. Additionally, the factory garnished workers wages, the company said.The Hytex factory supplies T shirts to Nike and other apparel brands.The factory will be subject to additional monitoring from Nike as orders to change policies are implemented, Jones said.Migrant workers will be reimbursed for fees related to employment including agent and work permit fees, and workers who wish to return home will be given return air fare, Nike said.Workers, who will move into Nike approved housing within a month, will be given free access to their passports and to a 24 hour Nike hotline in case of future passport withholding, the company said.Closing the Hytex factory would be a last resort for Nike, Jones said. We cut a factory, we lose our influence to force them to change, she said.Portland, Oregon based Nike said it will review all its contract factories in Malaysia over the next 10 days and require them to implement the same policies as mandated at Hytex.
If you wondered what a burr is, it’s the unit of money here in Ethiopia. Many Ethiopians are looking for ways to help themselves, like 14 year old Tsayhnesh. Her family are farmers and they’ve been badly affected by the famine. While most brands are rushing to release chunky sneakers to cash in on the dad shoe craze, Nike has not really joined the mad dash in an obvious way (okay, there’s the M2K Tekno, but that’s really released in the shadow of more forward models such as every piece sitting atop the VaporMax mid sole). The Air Max 270, primarily a “lifestyle” shoe, is a lot sleeker than it looks and, in fact, does make our wide Asian feet look narrower through its well shaped Flyknit upper. Clunky may be for now, but streamlined and beautifully contoured, we are certain, is forever..