British Indian Artist Condemns U.S. National Rifle Association for Using His Artwork in Ad

first_imgBritish Indian artist Anish Kapoor has condemned the U.S. National Rifle Association (NRA) for using his famous artwork for its ad. In the open letter, written in collaboration with gun control advocacy group Everytown for Gun Safety on March 12, Kapoor criticized the NRA for using the image of his famous sculpture Cloud Gate, which was installed in Chicago’s Millennium Park in 2004.Kapoor said that the image of his artwork was used without his permission in a “politicized advertisement” called the “The Clenched Fist of Truth.”The image shows the sculpture and a crowd around it. Kapoor said that the ad “plays to the basest and most primal impulses of paranoia, conflict and violence, and uses them in an effort to create a schism to justify its most regressive attitudes.”Kapoor said he was “disgusted” to see his work used by the NRA “to promote their vile message.” Kapoor condemned “the NRA’s nightmarish, intolerant, divisive vision” that “perverts everything that Cloud Gate — and America — stands for.”In the video, NRA spokeswoman Dana Loesch said “they use their ex-president to endorse the resistance,” referring to Barack Obama, who was a Chicago resident. The Cloud Gate is shown briefly in the video when the statement is made by Loesch. Another iconic installation featured in the video is the Hollywood sign.Loesch said in the video: “They use their media to assassinate real news,” “use their schools to teach children that their president is another Hitler,” “use their movie stars and singers and comedy shows and award shows to repeat their narrative over and over again,” and “use their ex-president to endorse the Resistance.”Kapoor holds the copyright for the sculpture, and anybody who wants to use the body of work commercially needs to take permission from him, according to the Washington Post. However, tourists are permitted to photograph the artwork.However, he decided not to pursue the matter legally.“I decided it wasn’t worth the effort, much to my shame, because one does want to defend the ethical integrity of the work,” he said, since the pro-gun advocacy group was “extremely aggressive, legalistic.”In light of the recent gun violence in Florida, Las Vegas, and Texas, Kapoor said that it is “more urgent than ever that this organization is held to account for its ongoing campaign of fear and hate in American society.”In the Florida mass shooting, 17 people were killed at the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland. Related Itemsanish kapoorfloridagun lawslast_img read more

Budgeting Basics: How to Save on Inconsistent Income

first_imgThe views and opinions expressed in this video are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the opinion or view of Intuit Inc, Mint or any affiliated organization. This blog post does not constitute, and should not be considered a substitute for legal or financial advice. Each financial situation is different, the advice provided is intended to be general. Please contact your financial or legal advisors for information specific to your situation. If you aren’t able to automate your savings based on percentage, commit to doing it manually. For instance, at the end of each month I’ll sock away a percentage of all the income that came in for estimated taxes. I’ll divvy up the remainder for my savings goals—retirement, a “fun” fund, an art fund (to buy art and for my own personal projects), emergency fund, and a fund for gifts (holiday spending stress is no joke).   Research says “set and forget” money management is the best way to achieve your financial goals. However, it’s tough when your income fluctuates wildly. One easy way to avoid this is to set up an automatic saving withdrawal for the times when you do have extra money. For instance, auto transfer when you get paid, suggests Kristen Berman, co-founder and principal of Common Cents Lab.“It’s even better to withdraw a percentage of your paycheck versus a fixed amount,” says Berman. “This means that that money will only be taken  if you have money, and leave the rest for you to spend.” For instance, instead of committing to $500 each paycheck, set up an auto transfer of 10 percent of each paycheck. Apps such as Qapital have the “Freelancers Rule,” where you can set up a percentage of each paycheck to go toward your savings.   If you work a bunch of side hustles and get paid every Friday or every other Friday, there are two months of the year where you get an “extra paycheck.” While tempting, avoid spending this money on today’s wants, suggests Berman. Instead, spend it on tomorrow’s needs.” Put the extra money toward paying off your credit card, going to the dentist or into your car repair rainy day fund,” says Berman.  You’ll want to make sure it’s going toward something intentional that will help you in the long run. One thing I’ve tried to do as a freelancer is to “get ahead by one month.” So by the end of November, I’ll have enough cash in the bank to cover my living expenses for the following month. So guess what you can do with those two extra paychecks each year? That’s right, it can go toward your “get ahead” fund.   Contribute Annually   Save for Estimated Taxes   Saved Based on Percentage  If you’re having a hard time making contributions regularly, try to do so every few months or once a year, recommends Pamela Capalad. “If you don’t make more than your minimum expenses are a given month, don’t feel pressure to save,” says Capalad. “If you try to save in a low earning month, you may end up putting expenses on a credit card or trying to catch up on expenses in a high-earning month instead of saving it.”  Contribute to savings, retirement and other long-term goals on your flush months. Or opt to contribute to a retirement account once a year instead of every month so you know exactly how much you can afford to contribute, says Capalad.  While budgeting on inconsistent income will forever remain a challenge, keeping these pointers in mind will help you live within your means, and have some money saved up for the future.   Post navigation Save When You Get Paid   Map out your projected income for the year and do a 12-month cash flow to see what your actual peaks and valleys in income are, suggests Pamela Capalad, a certified financial planner and founder of Brunch & Budget. “Often freelancers live month to month because income feels ‘unpredictable,’ but you’ve been freelancing for a while, you will have seasons of income, explains Capalad. “Being aware of when those are will give you an idea of how to plan for the low- and high-income months.”  To drum up a budget, try to calculate what earn yearly, suggests Berman. Research conducted by Common Cents reveals that looking at your income on an annual basis will help you make decisions for your future. “For example, instead of thinking about yourself as making $15 an hour, think about yourself as making $30,000 a year,” says Berman. “This annualized number makes saving a little bit for retirement feel more in reach.”  To figure this out, track how much you’ve made on average in the last three months, or the last six months. If you’ve been freelancing for more than a year, you can base your yearly income from last year’s. I know it’s not a perfect science, but it gives you something to work off of.  center_img Anchor Yourself on Your Lowest Paycheck  While an emergency fund is an essential part of any budget, how much should you save when you experience variable income? The general rule of thumb is three to six months of living expenses. When you have to deal with peaks and valleys in your cash flow, you’ll want to keep a robust rainy day fund as possible. I aim to have at least six months of living expenses, more if I can swing it.  Besides an emergency fund, having a buffer fund to get you through any gaps in income will help you pay your bills on time. I aim to keep about one month of living expenses in my savings account. That way I can transfer money directly to my checking and access money if possible. While the freelance life commonly touts flexibility and greater earning potential—cue the Instagram photos typing away on a laptop in an exotic locale—there are also financial downsides. A major one? Struggling with variable income. For freelancers, artists, and other members of the gig economy, it’s awesome sauce when you experience a spike in your income one month, but pretty terrible when your income drops the next. And as a lot of common budgeting advice is based on the assumption that one gets a steady paycheck, how can you come up with a spending plan? One that helps you not only stay afloat but where you can make steady progress on your savings goals?  Here are some tips on how you can budget when you deal with inconsistent income:  First things first. Here are parts of a budget that day-jobbers don’t normally worry about:   When your income fluctuates from paycheck to paycheck, depending on how many sources of income you have, try basing your budget on your lowest paycheck. For instance, if you are a rideshare driver and rake in about $800 a week, but also work part-time as a virtual assistant and make $250 a week, create a budget based on the $800 a week as a driver.  “It may be tempting to tell yourself you make $600 a week, but if you’re only making that every other week, you’ll end up overspending,” says Berman. “When you anchor yourself on your lowest paycheck, you’ll feel better. Plus, all the additional money that comes in on good weeks will feel like a bonus!”  Because I don’t have much of a regular income, I personally give myself a minimum income goal each month, and base my budget off of that. And if I surpass that goal, the rest technically can go toward my savings goals. Plus, I learn to keep my expenses low, so I don’t struggle with financial stress when I have a lull, which is inevitable.   Make the Most of “Extra Paychecks”   Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window) RelatedHow to Make a Budget Using the 50/20/30 Budgeting RuleJuly 20, 2016In “Saving”Freelancer Money Woes: How to Beat ThemApril 24, 2019In “Early Career”Budgeting 101: How to Create a BudgetAugust 19, 2019In “Budgeting” Total Up Your Income  Keep a Robust Rainy Day Fund   One of the many joys of freelancing (not) is to pay Uncle Sam every quarter for estimated taxes. If you’re not saving consistently, this could blindside you. In turn, you may be left owning a lump sum at the end of the tax year, or incur late penalties. Instead, you’ll want to sock away each paycheck toward estimated taxes. I know, it hurts to see a portion of your income get devoured each month by the government. But not doing so will just lead to panic down the line.  I get it. All these extra financial considerations is a tall order, especially when you’re just trying to get your rent and bills paid on time each month. Here are a few tips and tricks for budgeting on inconsistent income:  last_img read more

Timing is everything US trio earns Nobel for work on the bodys

first_img Click to view the privacy policy. Required fields are indicated by an asterisk (*) Timing is everything: U.S. trio earns Nobel for work on the body’s biological clock Country * Afghanistan Aland Islands Albania Algeria Andorra Angola Anguilla Antarctica Antigua and Barbuda Argentina Armenia Aruba Australia Austria Azerbaijan Bahamas Bahrain Bangladesh Barbados Belarus Belgium Belize Benin Bermuda Bhutan Bolivia, Plurinational State of Bonaire, Sint Eustatius and Saba Bosnia and Herzegovina Botswana Bouvet Island Brazil British Indian Ocean Territory Brunei Darussalam Bulgaria Burkina Faso Burundi Cambodia Cameroon Canada Cape Verde Cayman Islands Central African Republic Chad Chile China Christmas Island Cocos (Keeling) Islands Colombia Comoros Congo Congo, the Democratic Republic of the Cook Islands Costa Rica Cote d’Ivoire Croatia Cuba Curaçao Cyprus Czech Republic Denmark Djibouti Dominica Dominican Republic Ecuador Egypt El Salvador Equatorial Guinea Eritrea Estonia Ethiopia Falkland Islands (Malvinas) Faroe Islands Fiji Finland France French Guiana French Polynesia French Southern Territories Gabon Gambia Georgia Germany Ghana Gibraltar Greece Greenland Grenada Guadeloupe Guatemala Guernsey Guinea Guinea-Bissau Guyana Haiti Heard Island and McDonald Islands Holy See (Vatican City State) Honduras Hungary Iceland India Indonesia Iran, Islamic Republic of Iraq Ireland Isle of Man Israel Italy Jamaica Japan Jersey Jordan Kazakhstan Kenya Kiribati Korea, Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, Republic of Kuwait Kyrgyzstan Lao People’s Democratic Republic Latvia Lebanon Lesotho Liberia Libyan Arab Jamahiriya Liechtenstein Lithuania Luxembourg Macao Macedonia, the former Yugoslav Republic of Madagascar Malawi Malaysia Maldives Mali Malta Martinique Mauritania Mauritius Mayotte Mexico Moldova, Republic of Monaco Mongolia Montenegro Montserrat Morocco Mozambique Myanmar Namibia Nauru Nepal Netherlands New Caledonia New Zealand Nicaragua Niger Nigeria Niue Norfolk Island Norway Oman Pakistan Palestine Panama Papua New Guinea Paraguay Peru Philippines Pitcairn Poland Portugal Qatar Reunion Romania Russian Federation Rwanda Saint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da Cunha Saint Kitts and Nevis Saint Lucia Saint Martin (French part) Saint Pierre and Miquelon Saint Vincent and the Grenadines Samoa San Marino Sao Tome and Principe Saudi Arabia Senegal Serbia Seychelles Sierra Leone Singapore Sint Maarten (Dutch part) Slovakia Slovenia Solomon Islands Somalia South Africa South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands South Sudan Spain Sri Lanka Sudan Suriname Svalbard and Jan Mayen Swaziland Sweden Switzerland Syrian Arab Republic Taiwan Tajikistan Tanzania, United Republic of Thailand Timor-Leste Togo Tokelau Tonga Trinidad and Tobago Tunisia Turkey Turkmenistan Turks and Caicos Islands Tuvalu Uganda Ukraine United Arab Emirates United Kingdom United States Uruguay Uzbekistan Vanuatu Venezuela, Bolivarian Republic of Vietnam Virgin Islands, British Wallis and Futuna Western Sahara Yemen Zambia Zimbabwe By Gretchen Vogel, Erik StokstadOct. 2, 2017 , 5:50 AM From left to right: Michael Young, Jeffrey Hall, and Michael Rosbash. Discoveries about how organisms stay in sync with Earth’s rhythm of day and night have won this year’s Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine.Jeffrey Hall and Michael Rosbash of Brandeis University in Waltham, Massachusetts, and Michael Young of The Rockefeller University in New York City share the prize equally for their work on how several genes work together to control the basic circadian clock, encoding proteins that build up during the night and are broken down during the day. These clocks are ticking inside plants, fungi, protozoa, and animals. In recent years, researchers have found that the clock is related not only to our sleep cycle, but also to metabolism and brain function.Circadian, or daily, rhythms are “just as fundamental as respiration,” says Charalambos Kyriacou, a molecular geneticist at the University of Leicester in the United Kingdom. “There isn’t any aspect of biology that circadian rhythms aren’t important for. They are totally fundamental in a way that we didn’t anticipate” before the discoveries honored today. The presence of a biological clock was already surmised in the 18th century. In 1729, French astronomer Jean Jacques d’Ortous de Mairan showed that mimosa leaves, which open at dawn and close at dusk, continued this cycle even when kept in darkness. But it wasn’t until the 20th century that the idea of an internal clock—as opposed one that responds to external cues like light—was settled.The genetic basis for a daily physiological cycle was first discovered in fruit flies in the 1970s. Seymour Benzer and Ronald Konopka at the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena created mutant flies that had abnormal biological clocks. One type had a broken clock—its patterns of activity became arhythmic—whereas the others now had either a 19-hour or a 28-hour cycle. Benzer and Konopka showed the mutations all had hit the same gene, presumably in different ways. They and other researchers homed in on a gene called period.Hall and Rosbash finally sequenced the gene in 1984, as did Young. Hall and Rosbash showed that its protein, called PER, rose and fell over 24 hours, peaking at night. They suspected the clock was driven by a feedback loop, with the protein PER interfering with the period gene. (“It makes you scratch your head and wonder if it’s even possible,” Young said in a 1985 news story in Science about the discovery.)For the clock to work, PER had to get into the nucleus. Young figured out how that happened. In 1994, he and colleagues discovered a second clock gene, timeless, that allowed PER to enter the nucleus and stop period from making more. (Their paper was published in Science.)  Charalambos Kyriacou, University of Leicester center_img Researchers have since found half a dozen more genes that influence the cycle. For example, period and timeless are turned on by clock, discovered in 1997 by Joseph Takahashi, now at UT Southwestern in Dallas, Texas, and his colleagues. Within a year, this group discovered another key part of the feedback loop: When PER and TIM get into the nucleus, they also curtail the activity of clock.Clock genes are extremely influential, affecting the activity of most other genes in the body in one way or another. Circadian mechanisms influence metabolism—how our body uses and stores energy—blood pressure, body temperature, inflammation, and brain function. Time of day can influence the effectiveness of drugs and their side effects. And mismatches between the clock and the environment, for instance as a result of jet lag or shift work, have been shown to play a role in mood disorders and even cancer risk.“Since the seminal discoveries by the three laureates,” the Nobel Assembly said in its press release today, “circadian biology has developed into a vast and highly dynamic research field, with implications for our health and wellbeing.” (An extensive discussion about the trio’s work is available from the Nobel Assembly here; watch a video of this morning’s announcement here.)The award came as a complete surprise to one of the Nobelists. “You are kidding me,” Rosbash said this morning after he was called and notified of the honor, Thomas Perlmann, the Nobel Commitee’s secretary, told journalists this morning.The Nobel Prize comes with 9 million Swedish Kronor ($1.1 million), which Hall, Rosbash, and Young will share. The amount went up from 8 million kronor last year, an increase of 12.5%. Sign up for our daily newsletter Get more great content like this delivered right to you! Country There isn’t any aspect of biology that circadian rhythms aren’t important for. They are totally fundamental. CUHK; Gairdner Foundation; Gruber Foundation. Email Related Science papers D. Rogulja, M. W. Young, “Control of sleep by cyclin A and its regulator,” Science 335, 6076 (30 March 2012)P. Meyer, L. Saez, M. W. Young, “PER-TIM interactions in living Drosophila cells: An interval timer for the circadian clock,” Science 311, 5758 (13 January 2006)S. A. Brown et al., “PERIOD1-associated proteins modulate the negative limb of the mammalian circadian oscillator,” Science 308, 5722 (29 April 2005)A. Busza et al., “Roles of the two Drosophila CRYPTOCHROME structural domains in circadian photoreception,” Science 304, 5676 (4 June 2004)J. D. Levine et al., “Resetting the circadian clock by social experience in Drosophila melanogaster,” Science 298, 5600 (6 December 2002)J. D. Plautz et al., “Independent photoreceptive circadian clocks throughout Drosophila,” Science 278, 5343 (28 November 1997)M. P. Myers et al., “Light-induced degradation of TIMELESS and entrainment of the Drosophila circadian clock,” Science 271, 5256 (22 March 1996)M. P. Myers et al., “Positional cloning and sequence analysis of the Drosophila clock gene, timeless,” Science 270, 5237 (3 November 1995)A. Sehgal et al., “Rhythmic expression of timeless: A basis for promoting circadian cycles in period gene autoregulation,” Science 270, 5237 (3 November 1995)N. Gekakis et al., “Isolation of timeless by PER protein interaction: Defective interaction between timeless protein and long-period mutant PERL,” Science 270, 5237 (3 November 1995)Z. J. Huang, K. D. Curtin, M. Rosbash, “PER protein interactions and temperature compensation of a circadian clock in Drosophila,” Science 267, 5201 (24 February 1995)J. C. Hall, “The mating of a fly,” Science 264, 5166 (17 June 1994)A. Sehgal et al., “Loss of circadian behavioral rhythms and per RNA oscillations in the Drosophila mutant timeless,” Science 263, 5153 (18 March 1994)L. B. Vosshall et al., “Block in nuclear localization of period protein by a second clock mutation, timeless,” Science 263, 5153 (18 March 1994)I. Edery, J. E. Rutila, M. Rosbash, “Phase shifting of the circadian clock by induction of the Drosophila period protein,” Science 263, 5144 (14 January 1994)D. A. Wheeler et al., “Molecular transfer of a species-specific behavior from Drosophila simulans to Drosophila melanogaster,” Science 251, 4997 (1 March 1991)C. P. Kyriacou, J.C. Hall, “Interspecific genetic control of courtship song production and reception in Drosophila,” Science 232, 4749 (25 April 1986)last_img read more