Applications are now available for Chicago’s summer jobs program.
There are more than 30,000 jobs and internships available through the One Summer Chicago initiative.
The program helps young people ages 14 to 24 gain valuable work experience.
Opportunities range from infrastructure jobs and camp counselors to urban agriculture and office positions.
The program will run from July 2 through August 10.
For more information check out the website – http://www.onesummerchicago.org
The Weather Channel has been sold to Entertainment Studios, a media company that includes several networks including Cars.tv, Pets.tv and Recipe.tv.
Entertainment Studios, owned by media mogul Byron Allen, will acquire the television network from its owners, The Blackstone Group, Bain Capital and Comcast/NBCUniversal. The terms of the deal weren’t disclosed, though one source estimated the deal to be in the $300 million range.
With the acquisition of The Weather Channel and Local Now, Allen expands into live and local cable news. The Entertainment Studios divisions now include broadcast television syndication, production and distribution of more than 41 programs; eight 24/7 cable television networks; theatrical motion picture production, acquisition and distribution; digital movie acquisition and distribution; and global news publishing.
Comcast, Blackstone and Bain purchased The Weather Channel for $3.5 billion in July 2008. The digital operations of The Weather Channel were acquired in 2015 by IBM in a deal pegged at around $2 billion.
Allen said he want to invest more in The Weather Channel, expanding both its international and local distribution. It’s part of a broader strategy to invest what he said would be billions of dollars in the media and entertainment industry
After five days of silence from Facebook’s top management over issues arising from misappropriation of user data by outside sources, CEO Mark Zuckerberg said the company plans to audit all apps that had access to user information prior to a company change of policy in 2014.
In a post on his Facebook page, Zuckerberg writes that in 2013 Aleksandr Kogan shared users’ personal data with Cambridge Analytica, a firm that helps elect political candidates. Zuckerberg explained how it took media reports, over several years, to fully reveal what was happening.
Zuckerberg acknowledged the tech platform “made mistakes” in its handling of Cambridge Analytica. “We have a responsibility to protect your data, and if we can’t then we don’t deserve to serve you,” he wrote. COO Sheryl Sandberg also spoke out for the first time on Wednesday, telling users, “As [Mark] said, we know that this was a major violation of peoples’ trust, and I deeply regret that we didn’t do enough to deal with it.”
Zuckerberg also said Wednesday he was willing to testify to Congress. He also said on CNN that he would “love to see” regulations on advertising transparency that affect his company. “If you look at how much regulation there is around advertising on TV, in print, you know, it’s just not clear why there should be less on the internet,” he said. “You should have the same level of transparency required.”
He emphasized that the rules that resulted in Cambridge Analytica’s ability to exploit the data of Facebook users have since been further updated and restricted, and that Facebook will integrate even more restrictions to prevent to mining of users’ data without their knowledge.
iHeartMedia Inc., the company behind the biggest U.S. radio broadcaster, filed for bankruptcy protection after reaching an agreement in principle with investors over a balance-sheet restructuring, a decade after a private-equity-led buyout left the company laden with billions in debt.
iHeartMedia, which has struggled with $20 billion of debt and falling revenue at its 858 radio stations, said cash on hand and cash generated from ongoing operations will be sufficient to fund the business during the bankruptcy process
America's biggest fast-food franchise is making a major change to one of their most iconic meals. McDonald's Happy Meal will no longer be available with a cheeseburger or chocolate milk. In addition to those changes, they will also reduce the amount of fries that come with the meals.
The changes are being made because McDonald's wants to improve the health benefits of its Happy Meals everywhere. They have been working in tandem with Healthier Generation since 2013 in an effort to increase customers' access to fruit, vegetables, low-fat dairy, and water, this is just another part in the grand plan to be healthier overall.
The changes will fully roll-out by June of 2018. Happy Meal combinations offered on Happy Meal menu boards will be 600 calories or fewer, and 100 percent of those offerings will be compliant with the new nutrition criteria for added sugar, saturated fat, and 78 percent compliant with the new sodium criteria.
Customer will now be able to choose from a hamburger meal, a 4-piece Chicken McNuggets meal, or a 6-piece Chicken McNuggets. Guests can still special order cheeseburgers if they want; it just won’t be on the board. McDonald’s is also replacing the small French fries with kids-sized fries in the 6-piece Chicken McNugget meal, which decreases the calories and sodium in the fries serving by half, McDonald’s said.
For the beverage options, McDonald's will be removing the choice of chocolate milk from the Happy Meals. The restaurant is currently working on reformulating the chocolate milk formula and will later reintroduce a healthier, less sugar version of the beverage.
The announcement was part of McDonald’s expanded commitment to families revealed Thursday. The chain aims to improve access to reading and wants to help keep families together through Ronald McDonald House Charities, in addition to the Happy Meal upgrades.
Vince Staples is the latest rapper to team up with a shoe company for an exclusive line. The rapper has announced an upcoming three-piece capsule collection with Converse, set to drop on Jan. 25.
The collab will feature remakes of two of the most classic Chuck Taylor silhouettes: the Chuck 70 Hi and the Chuck 70 Ox. Staples’ version of the shoes will come with orange accents, and are set to feature graphics from his 2017 album Big Fish Theory, as well as an aquarium print on the inside.
The colorway, and corresponding prints, are a nod to the rapper’s LP, which features a goldfish on its cover art. The partnership also comes with a hoodie with the “SEA” acronym on the back, a reference to Staples’ Section Eight Arthouse radio show.
Facebook said on Friday that it planned to prioritize high-quality news on the social network by allowing its users to rank news sources they see as the most credible and trustworthy.
The move comes after the company endured harsh criticism for allowing disinformation to spread on its social network and for favoring liberal outlets over conservative ones. In a blog post accompanying the announcement, chief executive Mark Zuckerberg wrote Facebook is not “comfortable” deciding which news sources are the most trustworthy in a “world with so much division.” “We decided that having the community determine which sources are broadly trusted would be most objective,” he wrote.
Publications trusted by a broad cross-section of Facebook users will get priority over those that have low trust ratings. The change—which will rely on surveys of Facebook users—will roll out Monday.
The change, which the company plans to roll out internationally, came a week after Zuckerberg said Facebook will show fewer unpaid posts from publishers and brands on the social network as part of a year-long, company-wide push to foster more interactions between friends and family across Facebook’s products. Moving forward, Facebook expects news to make up about 4 percent of the news feed, down from 5 percent today.
Facebook users also will begin to see more content from local news sources, a change the company attributed to a growing desire among its user base for information at the regional level.
Today was supposed to be a good day for Sam's Club and their parent company Walmart. It was to be the day they announced plans to raise starting hourly wages to $11, expand employee benefits, and offer workers bonuses of up to $1,000, and while they did announce that, another decision from today is what they will be remembered for.
This morning, employees and customers at a number of Sam's Club locations throughout the country pulled up to the store only to find out it was close permanently. Some employees found out via Fed Ex this morning, others through a company wide email also sent this morning, and others didn't find out until they arrived at work and were turned away by local police.
In all, Walmart will be closing 63 Sam's Clubs across the nation. Over 11,000 employees are affected by these closures, although it is unknown how many will actually be laid-off. Ten of the affected stores will be turned into e-commerce distribution centers, and employees of those stores will have the opportunity to reapply for positions at those locations, a Walmart official said.
Sam's Club membership fees - which cost $45 annually - will be refunded to customers affected by the closings, a Walmart official said.
Here's a list of closings rounded up from local media reports: