Burned-out vets say that people buying too many puppies and angry pet owners has made their job much worse during the pandemic. More and more want to cut their hours.

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Millions of people bought puppies and other pets during the pandemic.

  • Veterinarians say they have been under huge pressure during the pandemic.
  • Booming ownership and COVID-19 restrictions have exacerbated longstanding challenges in the sector.
  • Recruiters say staff are increasingly looking to cut their hours, which could make the issue worse.
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Alice Moore, a veterinarian, loves her job – but says the last two years have been “horrendous.”

She has spent six years as a small animal veterinary surgeon based in Trowbridge, Wiltshire, in Southwest England, after five years of training. As much as she adores animals, Moore said the pandemic has, at times, left her struggling to find the motivation to go into work.

Pandemic restrictions have limited her work to emergency care, and she has often had to consult owners in the surgery parking lot, she said.

As a veterinarian, you have a duty of care to your animals, and not being able to offer the usual service is disheartening, Moore told Insider. Absences due to COVID-19 outbreaks – or when schools were closed during the national lockdown have added to the anxiety that comes with working during a pandemic.

“I feel like this job is going to destroy me one day, but I just can’t leave it,” Moore said.

Alice Moore.
Alice Moore.

Her experience is typical of many working as veterinary surgeons over the last two years. Industry bodies and veterinarians themselves say it’s driving many to burnout.

A recruiter Insider spoke to said that more and more vets wanted to cut their surgery hours, and warned this could exacerbate long-running challenges over working conditions within the industry.

Intense workloads, amplified by the emotional burden that caring for very sick animals often brings, can leave many veterinarians stretched, said James Russell, the senior vice president of the British Veterinary Association. In the UK, Brexit has led to further shortages of qualified staff.

COVID-19 exacerbated these problems, at a time when demand for services is soaring.

More than 3 million UK families have bought a pet since the start of the pandemic, according to a survey by The Pet Food Manufacturing Association. In the US, that number is estimated to be as high as 10 million.

Some surgeries have stopped registering new clients so they can keep on top of demand, piling further pressure on those surgeries that kept their books open.

This hasn’t necessarily resulted in vets working longer hours – they typically work 40-hour weeks – but it has increased the pressure they’re under.

“My lunch breaks for the last two years have probably been about 10 minutes,” Rory Cowlam, a vet with five years’ experience working in small animal care at a surgery in Dulwich, an upmarket district of London, told Insider. “The time pressure is absolutely insane,” he added.

Many vets have found it difficult to provide clients with the level of service that they typically expect, Cowlam said.

This can leave clients unhappy, and some have even targeted staff.

According to a survey by the British Medical Association released in July 2021, 57% of vets said that they felt threatened or intimidated at work – a 10 percentage point increase compared with 2019. The problem was more pronounced in small private clinics, like the ones that Moore and Cowlam work in.

Cowlam said people had squared up to him, and that he’d witnessed his colleagues receive abuse. While Moore hadn’t received any physical abuse, she said “the constant, low-level chronic dissatisfaction and backlash day in and day out gets very disheartening.”

Both say that the overwhelming majority of clients however are understanding and polite.

Vets want to cut their hours

Cowlam admits he is one of the lucky ones – he only spends three days a week working in a clinic, a schedule he switched to two years ago to focus on his other work in television and as an author writing about the sector.

Moore is planning to cut her days in the clinic from four days to three, she says.

The trend of veterinary staff looking for roles outside of the surgery is becoming more common.

“We get numerous calls every week from vet surgeons or nurses asking us to find them work that is non-clinical work – working for farming or nutrition roles where they can use their skills for non-clinical roles,” Justin Powlesland, CEO and founder of JHP recruitment, which specialises in the veterinary industry in the UK and US, told Insider.

Others are cutting down their hours by becoming temporary – known as locum – workers, Powlesland said.

“They know they’re going to be worked to the bone in those three days, but know they can earn as much, if not more money doing that than a permanent position,” he said.

Neither Cowlam nor Moore have plans to leave the industry full-time. Many of the immediate challenges posed by the pandemic will ease with time, they said – but both have at times worried about their profession.

“If the vet industry falls into disarray and we can’t provide the service that animals need, then pet owners around the country are screwed,” Cowlam said.

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Here’s what it was like to get one Covid shot in Nigeria, where less than 3% are vaccinated, and a second in the UK, where people are already getting access to booster shots

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The author, Paul Adepoju (left), got his first Covid vaccine shot in Nigeria. The center was so crowded that there was no room to sit down.

  • In Nigeria, less than 3% of the population has gotten the Covid vaccine. In the UK, 68% of people are fully vaccinated.
  • Life is returning to normal in both places – but in Nigeria, most people must make do without the vaccine.
  • There’s a growing push to speed up vaccine access in poor countries.

I got my first COVID-19 vaccine shot in Nigeria in September.

I arrived at the health center at 5 in the morning and waited in line for hours. When it was finally my turn, the center was so packed with people that I had to stand up while getting my shot. Still, I considered myself lucky, since the day’s supply often runs out.

A couple of weeks later, I was in the UK.

On Oct. 1, I strolled into an empty walk-in vaccination site and got my second dose. There was no registration system to navigate, no wait, and no risk that the center would run out of vaccine shots.

The two experiences were totally different and offered a stark illustration of how uneven the path out of this now two-year-long epidemic has been for those in Western countries versus places like West Africa.

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The author got his second shot at Turreff Hall, a UK vaccination site in the town of Donnington.

In Nigeria, a country of 200 million people, just over 7 million vaccine doses have been administered, according to the World Health Organization. The most progress has been made in Lagos, a city that’s home to over 21 million people, where nearly 474,000 residents have been fully vaccinated.

In the UK, around three quarters of the population has received at least one vaccine dose, and 68% are fully vaccinated. A booster shot is already available to those who qualify.

Thanks to the large number of fully vaccinated individuals across America, the UK, and other countries that have more than enough doses to vaccinate all their residents, stadiums, nightclubs, schools, comedy clubs, churches and others are returning to normal. Even as mask and vaccine mandates are still polarizing, the vaccine is available at supermarkets and health centers to whoever wants it.

The picture is very different in Nigeria, where vaccine doses have been trickling in from the COVAX vaccine-sharing facility. Things are largely back to normal – mostly because people don’t have much of a choice. In January, the World Bank predicted that the pandemic will contribute to 10.9 million more Nigerians entering poverty in the next year.

Nigeria has said that a vaccination will soon be mandatory for civil servants. Schools have resumed full in-person classes. Tightly packed churches are also holding multiple services weekly and wedding parties are fully back at venues nationwide without vaccine requirements.

Meanwhile, people are still dying of Covid in Nigeria. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), there have been 207,979 confirmed cases of COVID-19 with 2,756 deaths. (That’s also the case in the UK, where officials just announced 45,066 new Covid cases and 157 additional deaths.)

But due to inadequate, and the high cost, of testing, Nigeria’s numbers likely mask the true scale of the pandemic.

On October 14, the WHO announced that six in seven COVID-19 infections go undetected in Africa.

“With limited testing, we’re still flying blind in far too many communities in Africa,” said Dr Matshidiso Moeti, the WHO’s Regional Director for Africa, said in a statement. “Most tests are carried out on people with symptoms, but much of the transmission is driven by asymptomatic people, so what we see could just be the tip of the iceberg.”

A long, stressful wait

In Ibadan, Nigeria’s third-largest city, the Alegongo Primary Healthcare Center opens at 9am. People begin lining up at around 5 in the morning, hopeful that they will get a Covid vaccine. The whole process might take five hours.

Until early September, the center said they could only administer 50 shots a day, and only to people over the age of 18. On most days, if you arrived after 6:30 in the morning, you would be out of luck and would have to try again another day. Now, the center has about 100 doses per day to give out.

A row of people, some masked and some not, sit on a bench as others stand nearby.
The Alegongo Primary Healthcare Center in In Ibadan, Nigeria, where the author got his first vaccine shot.

Taiwo Ilori, a middle-aged businessman who I met on line, said it had taken him three tries to get his elderly parents vaccinated, and only then did he try himself.

It’s not enough to simply show up. If you want a vaccine, you must first sign up on the vaccination registration portal. There’s no choice as to which vaccine you will get.

Health workers on night shifts at the center are often saddled with the task of arranging people on the queue and trying to enforce social distancing. Meanwhile, the facility also provides emergency services, routine care for illnesses like malaria and typhoid, care of pregnant women, and immunization shots.

In my case, and from what I’ve heard from others, there was no information given about possible side effects, how the vaccine works, or post-vaccine shot monitoring.

“It is very calm here”

Turreff Hall in Donnington, a UK city 120 miles northwest of London, has been serving as a COVID-19 vaccination center for the area. Here, over 70% of people aged 12 and over have been fully vaccinated. In some age groups, more than 97% have been fully vaccinated.

It has been very easy to get vaccinated at the historic hall, which was built during the Second World War by the American army. You can show up anytime between 9am and 4pm.

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A protest against Covid-19 vaccine patents on October 12, 2021 in London.

When I visited at around 12:40pm on Oct. 1 – it happened to be Nigeria’s Independence Day – I found an open space with empty chairs that were spaced a socially-distanced length apart.

The employees running the site told me that since most everyone in the area had been vaccinated, only a few people, especially visitors and foreigners, now visit for the shots. When locals show up, it’s mostly those that qualify for booster doses.

“It is very calm here these days even though we have sufficient vaccine doses,” one of the officials said.

Right away, I was given my vaccination shot and told about possible side-effects. Afterwards, I was told to wait for 15 minutes in one of the chairs in case I experienced any post-vaccination complications.

I got the Pfizer vaccine, although the Moderna and AstraZeneca vaccines were also available at different sites nearby.

‘Ignoring a whole continent’

From early September, when universities prepared to begin their fall semester, there’s been a surge in Nigerian students travelling to the UK, as well as confusion around the vaccination rules.

Since February, anyone arriving from Nigeria and other African countries – even if they were fully vaccinated – was required to show a negative Covid test before boarding a UK-bound airplane, and then isolate for 10 days upon arrival and submit to another two Covid tests.

This week the UK government announced that fully-vaccinated travelers from Nigeria would no longer be required to self-isolate or take multiple Covid tests.

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Pedestrians walk past a billboard in Benin City in southern Nigeria on Sept. 16, 2021.

The UK estimates that around 190,000 people born in Nigeria live in the UK, including around 10,000 university students.

“I was fully vaccinated before I came to the UK but it was very embarrassing to find out that the vaccination I received meant nothing to officials here,” a Nigerian student in Birmingham, who asked not to be referred to by name, told me. During her quarantine, she said, she received a check-in visit from the UK’s National Health Service. “At some point they indirectly threatened me when they said a Nigerian woman and her two kids were deported because they were not at home when the officials visited their address.”

At the recently held General Assembly of the United Nations, several African leaders urged countries like the UK to urgently stop vaccine hoarding and share with African countries.

Ghana President Nana Akufo-Addo noted that around 900 million people in Africa need to be vaccinated in order to get to a level of vaccine coverage that the UK and other Western countries have attained.

This week, the head of the World Health Organization Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus told CNN that Western countries should delay administering booster shots until people around the world have access to the vaccine.

“To start boosters is really the worst we can do as a global community,” he said. “It is unjust and also unfair because we will not stop the pandemic by ignoring a whole continent, and the continent that doesn’t have any manufacturing capacity of other means.”

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Killed British MP once wrote that a deadly attack on a politician could ‘happen to any of us’

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David Amess MP in the Prime Ministers Office at the House of Commons on October 16,2016 in London, United Kingdom

British politician David Amess – who was stabbed to death Friday during a constituent event at a church in Essex – once wrote that he was warned to be careful when meeting with constituents and said that a deadly attack could “happen to any of us.”

In his 2020 memoir “Ayes and Ears,” the Conservative MP wrote about how he received a death threat from the IRA, and the warnings given by the police to MPs about the dangers of constituency surgeries.

“Members were asked to be vigilant of the general public visiting constituency surgeries,” Amess wrote. “This advice was triggered as a result of someone with a machete bursting into the surgery of Nigel Jones and killing one of his assistants. A traumatic event. His attacker had been a constituent that he had met many times before and was clearly frustrated by the progress being made on his behalf.”

Amess wrote that such an attack “could happen to any of us.”

“Now advice has been given to be more careful when accepting appointments,” he continued. “We are advised to never see people alone, we must be extra careful when opening post and we must ensure that our offices are properly safe and secure.

“In short,” he wrote, “these increasing attacks have rather spoilt the great British tradition of the people openly meeting their elected politicians.”

Amess, 69, was meeting with constituents at Belfairs Methodist Church in Leigh-on-Sea, Essex when he was attacked and stabbed multiple times shortly after 12 p.m.

He was treated by emergency medical services and later died at the scene.

Essex Police said they have arrested a 25-year-old man following the event.

“We’re not looking for anyone else,” the force tweeted. The man is currently in custody.

Amess posted public notices of his events, according to the Associated Press.

The Conservative politician also wrote about the 2016 murder of MP Jo Cox, who was killed by a far-right extremist at while meeting with constituents.

“While it is often said that good can come out of someone’s death, it is difficult to see what good can come from this senseless murder,” he wrote in the memoir.

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Meet the millennial and Gen Z founders dressing Jill Biden, opening NFT art galleries, and raising millions in funding

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“Star, Rising” is a series highlighting early entrepreneurs and businesses.

  • Insider’s series Star, Rising highlights early-stage entrepreneurs and companies who are gaining popularity.
  • So far, Insider has profiled founders all over the world who are innovating their respective industries.
  • Here are the 15 burgeoning business owners in Insider’s Star, Rising series.

The pandemic spurred a new wave of entrepreneurship, prompting people to start their own companies, and that doesn’t seem to be slowing down.

The US saw 4.3 million new business applications in 2020-a 24.3% increase from 2019-and 3.8 million so far this year, according to the US Census Bureau. That’s in addition to the rise in hustle culture, as the gig economy grows and social media paves way for more virtual shops and accessible marketplaces. In particular, many millennials and Gen Zers are disrupting the industries they work in as they find their place in the protean landscape of entrepreneurship.

With so much change, it can often be hard to track the new innovators seeking to redefine the world around them. That’s why Insider has started profiling them in its series Star, Rising, which explores how these entrepreneurs built their businesses, who they call mentors, and what advice they would give others looking to follow in their footsteps.

So far, the series has introduced Oladosu Teyibo, who is sourcing African talent for his software company to increase representation in tech, and. Sharmadean Reid, who launched a female-centric financial news publication to educate the rising crop of entrepreneurs. Here are the 13 other burgeoning founders in Insider’s Star, Rising series.

Sharmadean Reid’s new business aims to empower entrepreneurial women.

Sharmadean Reid
Sharmadean Reid

Reid is the founder of The Stack World, a female-centric financial publication that aims to be the stepping stone between Cosmopolitan and The Financial Times. Based in London, the outlet is on track to hit 10,000 subscribers by next year and has more than 420,000 followers on Instagram.

In 2019, Reid raised nearly £4 million ($5.5 million) in a funding round led by Index Ventures for BeautyStack and has since rebranded and expanded the platform into The Stack World’s marketplace. That milestone made her one of 10 Black female entrepreneurs in the UK who’s raised venture capital between 2009 and 2019.

Two Gen Zers turned a $2,000 investment into an art gallery that sells $600K pieces. They want to usher in a new generation of art collectors.

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Alexis de Bernede (R) and Marius Jacob (L))

Based in France, Alexis de Bernede and Marius Jacob are the founders of Darmo Art gallery. This summer, their two shows netted six figures each, and they are now planning future exhibitions in Paris, the French Riviera, and at the Grand Hotel Heiligendamm, an exclusive report in Germany.

The millennial founder of a software company on track to net seven figures this year is fostering Africa’s rising tech stars.

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Oladosu Teyibo

Oladosu Teyibo is the founder of Analog Teams, a software development company focused on hiring talent from underrepresented communities. The company is on track to net seven figures in revenue this year and has already expanded into six African countries, including Kenya, Ghana, and Nigeria.

Hogoè Kpessou worked as an Uber Eats driver before she launched her handbag brand last year. Now she’s on track to net seven figures.

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Hogoè Kpessou

Luxury designer Hogoè Kpessou is best known for her backpacks emblazoned with a gold bumblebee. Before starting her eponymous company, she held weekend shifts at a local restaurant and delivered food for Uber Eats. Now she expects to hit seven figures in revenue by the beginning of next year.

The 24-year-old cofounder of an NFT art gallery raised $7.6 million in funds on his quest to create the ‘Instagram for NFTs’.

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Alex Masmej

Alex Masmej made headlines last year after turning himself into a token on crypto-platform Ethereum. Now, he’s working on his next venture, called Showtime, which is an art gallery that focuses on highlighting non-fungible tokens. In April, he raised $7.6 million in venture capital and hopes to make Showtime one of the biggest NFT art galleries in the world.

Three millennial cofounders created a job platform that looks like TikTok and works with Panda Express, H&M, and Everlane.

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(L-R) Tristan Petit, Adrien Dewulf and Cyriac Lefort

Tristan Petit, Adrien Dewulf, and Cyriac Lefort are the cofounders of the job platform Heroes, which allows individuals to submit video job applications and lets employers share day-in-the-life videos of workers. The platform seeks to help Gen Z workers get jobs at retailers such as Panda Express and H&M. What’s more, last year it closed a $6 million seed round, led by Greg McAdoo of venture capital firm Bolt.

Entrepreneur Anne Onyeneho turned a cookbook into a meal-prepping business and soon a restaurant.

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Anne Onyeneho

Last November, Anne Onyeneho authored a cookbook full of plant-based recipes called PlantBaed to help people prepare their own healthy dishes at home. Four months later, she launched a meal prepping service, named after the cookbook, so customers could buy healthy dishes directly from her. She’s on track to net six figures in revenue by the end of this year and looking to open a restaurant.

Millennial fashion designer Alexandra O’Neill is seeing cocktail dress sales skyrocket as customers prepare for the new Roaring 20s

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Alexandra O’Neill is the founder of luxury brand Markarian and made headlines this year after First Lady Jill Biden wore a custom Markarian piece for Inauguration. Since then, the company has seen sales skyrocket. What’s more, O’Neill held her first New York Fashion Week presentation in September, showing off a collection inspired by Lauren Bacall in the movie “How to Marry a Millionaire.”

3 Gen Zers created a competition to connect young creatives with cash and careers amid the pandemic.

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(L-R) Harry Beard, Alexandre Daillance, Adam Flanagan

Harry Beard, Alexandre Daillance, Adam Flanagan launched the competition Prospect 100 last year to help young creatives showcase their work as the pandemic shuttered the arts industry. Since last May, it’s held six competitions with more than 15,000 participants from 82 countries. Additionally, past judges include Apple cofounder Steve Wozniak and Yeezy design director Steven Smith.

Brittni Popp’s 6-figure side hustle is making custom cakes for celebrities like Paris Hilton and Khloe Kardashian.

Brittni Popp

Brittni Popp likes to help people commemorate their important life moments, whether that’s a bridal party, divorce, or even an expunged DUI. Her business, Betchin Cakes, sells customized baked goods that come adorned with decorations like Barbie dolls or empty nips. In the two years since she launched her side hustle, she’s landed high-profile customers like Paris Hilton and Khloe Kardashian, and is on track to make six figures in revenue this year.

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The AUKUS deal says more about US plans to take on China and Biden will admit

The Royal Australian Navy's HMAS Waller (SSG 75), a Collins-class diesel-electric submarine, is seen in Sydney Harbour on November 2, 2016.
Royal Australian Navy diesel-electric submarine HMAS Waller in Sydney Harbor, November 2, 2016.

  • President Joe Biden is heading to the G-20 summit this month to mend rifts caused by the AUKUS security pact.
  • The pact makes explicit US plans to aggressively challenge China, but in doing so, it risks further damaging core relationships.
  • Grant Golub is a Ph.D. candidate studying US diplomatic history and grand strategy at the London School of Economics and Political Science.

As President Joe Biden prepares to attend the G-20 summit in Rome at the end of this month, his recent decision to sign a new security agreement with Australia and Britain looms large.

After this deal enraged France and caused a major diplomatic rift between Paris and Washington, the conference will be the president’s first in-person opportunity to mend fresh wounds.

Not only will Biden work to fix relations with French President Emmanuel Macron on the meeting’s sidelines, but he’ll aim to reassure his European counterparts on the US commitment to them as the contours of his China policy came into sharper focus.

The president’s approach, one characterized by competition and rivalry, will have profound implications for US grand strategy in the years to come.

In September, Biden jointly announced with Prime Minister Scott Morrison of Australia and Prime Minister Boris Johnson of Britain the formation of a trilateral security pact.

President Joe Biden, joined virtually by Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison and British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, announces the new trilateral security initiative “AUKUS” at the White House on Wednesday, Sept. 15, 2021.
President Joe Biden, Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison, and British Prime Minister Boris Johnson announcing the AUKUS security initiative, at the White House, September 15, 2021.

Under the AUKUS agreement, London and Washington will help Canberra develop nuclear-powered submarines and increase technological cooperation across a range of domains, including artificial intelligence and cyber capabilities. Australia will also explore hosting US bombers on its territory.

Yet while the AUKUS deal is a huge step by itself in its attempts to help Washington complete its Asia pivot and bolster its regional security position, its potential broader implications are even more striking. This is true not just for Sino-American relations, but also for the broader shape of American foreign policy.

The core of the AUKUS pact is the Anglo-American commitment to provide Australia with nuclear propulsion technology to power a new fleet of submarines.

Nuclear power allows submarines to have limitless range, travel largely undetected, and is so superior to conventional fuel that Australia and the United States gambled the deal was worth enraging France, which had a previous contract to provide Australia with diesel-powered submarines.

US President Joe Biden (R) and French President Emmanuel Macron (L) have a conversation ahead of the NATO summit at the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) headquarters in Brussels, on June 14, 2021.
Biden and French President Emmanuel Macron speak ahead of the NATO summit in Brussels, June 14, 2021.

However, this nuclear technology is one of America’s most closely guarded secrets. Although the US has nuclear sharing agreements with key allies regarding the use of nuclear weapons, it barely exchanges nuclear materials or knowledge like this with any other nation.

The United States last shared nuclear propulsion technology with an ally in 1958 under a major defense agreement with Britain after years of British political wrangling and the Soviet Union’s successful launching of Sputnik. It took a massive crisis to convince American officials to relent on sharing this sensitive information, even with its closest ally.

Since the end of World War II, nuclear nonproliferation has been a cornerstone of American grand strategy and foreign policy. Naturally, US officials have believed that if nuclear weapons spread and a greater number of states possessed them, there would be heightened risks of the United States being vulnerable to attack.

Additionally, American policymakers have also been historically apprehensive about allies having independent nuclear arsenals or holding key nuclear information. If they did, the thinking went, they could possibly pull the US into conflicts it did not want to be involved in or operate more autonomously from Washington.

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US Navy nuclear-powered attack submarine USS Asheville and US 7th Fleet flagship USS Blue Ridge in the Philippine Sea.

At the AUKUS deal announcement, the Australian prime minister made clear his nation was not seeking to build its own nuclear deterrent or acquire nuclear weapons. Nevertheless, for the Biden administration to cast aside Washington’s historical commitments to nuclear nonproliferation means it views the China challenge and regional security in the Pacific as more pressing concerns.

In other words, providing Australia with nuclear-powered submarines is a breach of a mainstay of American foreign policy for over the last seven decades. It’s possible Washington could make similar decisions with other regional allies, like Japan or South Korea in the future, a worrying development.

At the same time, the AUKUS pact raises serious questions about the future relationship between the United States and most of its European allies.

While Australia, Britain, and the United States were negotiating this agreement, they decided to keep Paris in the dark since it involved cancelling France’s previous submarine deal with Canberra.

French President Emmanuel Macron was so infuriated with what he viewed as deception that he recalled France’s ambassadors to both Australia and the United States, escalating the diplomatic rift created by the deal. The result was a blowup that has barely begun to heal and could further strain America’s fracturing relations with some of its closest allies.

Biden leaves after delivering remarks on the crisis in Afghanistan, at the White House, August 16, 2021.

The AUKUS announcement has exposed the continuing fissures in the Atlantic alliance.

Combined with the apparent lack of consultation over the US exit from Afghanistan, it demonstrates there is more continuity between the Biden administration and its predecessor on the role of Europe in American foreign policy than Biden officials would likely care to publicly admit.

Rightfully, it amplifies questions about how Washington views its European allies as it continues to pivot toward Asia and reorient US national security policy toward confronting Beijing.

The AUKUS deal is about more than its details. In joining this pact, Washington has made it explicit it plans to aggressively challenge China in both rhetoric and policy. But in doing so, it risks further damaging core relationships with traditional partners and setting off a chain reaction that could spiral out of control.

As the Biden administration plans its next moves in the delicate dance with Beijing, it should seriously rethink whether a hawkish US posture in the Pacific is ultimately worth the costs.

Grant Golub is a Ph.D. candidate studying US diplomatic history and grand strategy in the Department of International History at the London School of Economics and Political Science. His research focuses on the politics of American grand strategy during World War II. He is also a Marcellus Policy Fellow at the John Quincy Adams Society in Washington, DC, and a project assistant for the Cold War Studies Project at LSE IDEAS, a university think tank. His writing has appeared in The Washington Post, Responsible Statecraft, and other leading publications. He tweets at @ghgolub.

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Half of new hires leave for a different job, a food wholesaler says, blaming competition for staff during a labor shortage

A Brakes worker unloading a lorry.
A Brakes’ worker unloading a truck.

  • A supply chain director told the BBC that half of his firm’s new starters left for other jobs.
  • A labor shortage means competition for workers is fierce in many industries.
  • Mark Jenkins, of food wholesaler Brakes, said the company had raised wages by up to 20%.

A food wholesaler that has raised wages by up to 20% to attract new staff says that for every two people it hires, only one ends up staying because of competition for workers during a labor shortage.

Mark Jenkins, a supply chain and operations director at UK food wholesaler Brakes, told the BBC on Tuesday that retaining staff in the current market was a “problem.” Brakes had increased wages by between 15% and 20% in some parts of its business to attract staff and was paying retention bonuses – these costs would eventually be passed onto consumers, Jenkins said.

“For every two people we hire, only one person stays, because there are other jobs in the market,” Jenkins said.

He said the industry was under “extreme” pressure.

“Everything is making it really difficult for us to service our customers,” he said.

Insider asked Brakes for further comment, but did not immediately hear back.

Businesses in multiple sectors across both the UK and the US say they’re struggling to recruit staff because of a labor shortage. Some bosses blame a lack of desire to work. Workers, on the other hand, say they’re using the competitive labor market to move into higher paying, more desirable roles.

Jenkins spoke on the same day that the UK published its latest jobs and vacancies report.

Vacancies hit a record high of 1.1 million between July and September, according to the latest data released by the Office of National Statistics – an increase of 318,000 compared to pre-pandemic levels.

In the US, job openings dropped to 10.4 million from 11.1 million in August, according to the latest JOLTS data.

Economists say a number of mismatches between the expectations of employees and of workers are causing the shortage to roll on.

Marty Walsh, the US labor secretary, told Insider that COVID-19 fears were also keeping people away.

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Britain’s largest port, which handles nearly 40% of all containers, is facing a massive backlog of ships as it approaches its busiest time of year: the holiday season

Shipping containers lined up at the Port of Felixstowe.
The Port of Felixstowe.

  • The busiest container port in the UK is dealing with major traffic due to a shortage of drivers.
  • The Port of Felixstowe handles nearly 40% of all containers sent to and from the UK.
  • ITV News reported that some companies are already starting to feel the impacts of the congestion.

The largest container port in the UK is taking steps to address increasing cargo congestion but may begin turning incoming ships away if the problem persists, according to ITV News.

The Port of Felixstowe, which handles nearly 40% of all containers sent to and from the UK, is facing a massive backlog of ships as the site approaches its busiest time of year: the holiday season.

According to ITV, the average shipping container that arrives at the port is currently spending more than nine days – two times the average “dwell time” of 2020 – sitting at Felixstowe.

The logjam is in part, due to a shortage of drivers to operate heavy goods vehicles, known as HGV drivers, the outlet reported. The port’s management is reportedly working to ease the traffic but could restrict access to incoming vessels if the situation continues to deteriorate.

The HGV driver shortage has led to a major decrease in unloadings and reloadings of ships and has meant fewer containers are being collected. Haulers at the port told ITV they estimated collections in September were down 15% to 20%, leaving between 5,000 and 7,500 containers stacked at the port.

As a result, the port has exceeded its “empty storage capacity,” and has nearly 50,000 empty containers on site, according to the outlet.

Major brand names are starting to be affected by the congestion, with IKEA telling ITV that is has faced “some challenges in returning containers” to the port, but has only seen “minimal impact” thus far. The furniture giant did not immediately return Insider’s request for comment.

Nestle and General Foods also told the outlet they’ve felt the effects of the shortage.

Some shipping companies have already had empty containers redirected to other UK ports, according to ITV, including Maersk, Evergreen Marine Corp, and CCMA-CGM. But import volume levels are still rising, and the port has reportedly started telling customers that it’s “at capacity.

The traffic comes as ports in California deal with similar record-breaking log jams. Last month, 56 cargo ships were stuck at anchor or in drift areas off of Los Angeles and Long Beach ports.

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You shouldn’t wear orange to an interview, according to recruiting experts

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Recruiters recommend neutral tones – but orange can be associated with unprofessionalism.

  • Recruiters use job interviews to see whether a candidate is the right fit for a company.
  • Your teamwork skills, the way you speak, and the clothes you wear will be closely assessed.
  • Recruiters recommend neutral tones – but orange can be associated with unprofessionalism.
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When interviewing, recruiters pay close attention to various things when they’re considering whether to progress or turn away an applicant, and it can sometimes come down to many little things that build up an “overall impression.”

While a candidate’s history, skills, qualifications, and experience are all crucial to their progression through the various stages of an application, it’s undeniable that most recruiters will – even if unwittingly – judge a book by its cover.

Ultimately, your clothing will play some role in the process, even if only subconsciously. This is why choosing what to wear is, perhaps, almost as important as preparing your answers and questions.

Clothes say a lot about the person wearing them – they’re loaded with connotations.

For example, expensive shoes and sneakers have long been used by the most powerful millennials as a status symbol.

Until you get where you want to be, however, it might be best not to show up to a job interview in a casual outfit, or wearing something too flashy that will distract the recruiter.

These are some of the conclusions reached by a study from job portal CareerBuilder.

The study examined the best and worst colors to wear in a job interview.

In the study, a sample of 2,099 human resources professionals across various industries and company sizes were asked to rate the best colors to wear to a job interview.

It’s not particularly surprising that the majority recommended neutral colors like blue, black, and gray. These three topped the list as the shades most recommended by recruiters.

The least recommended color to wear in a job interview does stand out: orange topped the list of shades to avoid. The reasons for this were that the likelihood of being associated with a lack of professionalism while wearing orange was greater.

However, orange was sometimes associated with creativity, along with other colors such as green, yellow, or purple.

What to wear for a job interview

The best thing to do according to CareerBuilder is to plan your outfit out well ahead of your interview, so you don’t have to throw something on at the last minute.

Of course, you should always choose the clothes that suit you best and feel comfortable, avoiding anything that’s ill-fitting, too restricting, or too baggy.

The best option is to try to adapt the style of the company interviewing you.

You can check the company’s social media profiles to find out if they have a particular dress code.

If you find their dress code is pretty casual, CareerBuilder suggests going for something a little more formal during the interview regardless, as you’ll have plenty of time to whip out the shorts and flip-flops – if you get hired.

In addition, try avoiding flashy accessories or things like big bows, loud patterns, or oversized jewelry.

While there’s some logic to wearing something memorable to make yourself stand out a little, you might distract the interviewer and they may spend more time wondering about your outfit than about your capabilities as a potential employee.

Finally, they recommend meticulousness.

Make sure your shoes are clean, your clothes well ironed, and even the smaller things, like making sure your nails are well-manicured.

Don’t leave anything to chance when it comes to convincing someone you’re the right person for the job.

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I tried out Nio’s ET7 luxury autonomous car, and it felt like I was driving an airplane

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Nio may be “China’s answer to Tesla” due to its innovative strength.

  • The Nio ET7 is being billed as the Chinese Tesla.
  • The design is a joint effort from centers in Munich and Shanghai.
  • It features an impressive interior and is ready for autonomous driving.
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Often, Chinese car manufacturers don’t have the same reputation as those in Western countries.

Historically, this has been down to poor production quality and the tendency of some manufacturers to copy European designs.

Despite this, China has risen to quickly become one of the leading “car nations” – electric cars have been subsidized by the state in China for years. Electric cars account for a large share of new registrations each year.

One manufacturer, Nio – which specializes in autonomous cars – was founded in Shanghai in 2014.

The startup is considered “China’s answer to Tesla” due to its innovative strength, and it’s already produced over 100,000 cars there. Even Tesla CEO Elon Musk commended the manufacturer on Twitter for reaching this milestone.

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“Karuun” is a renewable material made mostly out of rattan that should theoretically be as resistant as plastic.

I was given the opportunity to take a ride in Nio’s new luxury model and to talk to its design chief Kris Tomasson.

Tomasson has previously worked at BMW and has also designed private jets, which is clear when you take a moment to appreciate the clean, no-frills finish of the ET7.

The hatchback has a cW value of 0.23, but in terms of aerodynamics, it’s outperformed by the world champion Mercedes EQS (0.20) and the Tesla Model S (0.208).

According to Nio, the exterior design of the approximately 5.10-meter-long sedan was inspired by the distinctive silhouettes of the seventies.

The roofline and C-pillar in particular are reminiscent of the Citroën CX or the Rover SD1.

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Behind the wheel, I felt like I was in an airplane cockpit.

Although the ET7 is a hatchback, the designers gave it a classic trunk lid.

“We did without a large tailgate because we wanted to optimize the space available in the interior. At the same time, we didn’t want to design a conventional three-box sedan, as that wouldn’t have fit the ET7’s novel character,” Tomasson explained this decision when asked by Business Insider. The model also has to do without a frunk (front luggage compartment). The rear luggage compartment, however, appears quite large at first glance.

Record-breaking rear legroom

According to project manager Tomasson, the in-house Eve study from 2017 served as the starting point for the design process. At first glance, there may be few visual parallels to the extremely futuristic-looking and fully autonomous concept car.

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The exterior design of the approximately 5.10-meter-long sedan was inspired by the distinctive silhouettes of the seventies.

According to the designer in charge, however, the proportions have been taken from the production model. With its 3.07-meter wheelbase, the ET7 has a similarly elongated appearance to the study. Together with the short overhangs, it should provide plenty of space in the interior.

During my first seat test, I found that Nio wasn’t exaggerating when it boasted about leg space – there was considerable room for my legs to the point where I could almost fully stretch them out.

According to the manufacturer, the ET7 is even supposed to be the best in this category.

The elbow and headrests were also very comfortable, with the latter curving inwards and adapting to the shape of the head.

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A spokesman for Nio said that the ET7 is “ready for the future,” which is evident from looking at the car’s exterior, too.

The huge panorama roof, which extends almost all the way to the rear, means that the rear of the car is flooded with light.

However, the headroom leaves a lot to be desired due to the steeply sloping roof.

At just under 1.85 meters tall, my head was bumping into the roof. Tall people will probably have to slouch in the back seat.

Sustainable wood instead of plastic

Behind the wheel, I felt like I was in an airplane cockpit. There is a floating center console next to me and a screen displaying digital readouts in front of me. The infotainment system is operated by a 12.8-inch touchscreen mounted on top of the center console.

But there’s another, much more modern option: Nio itself has developed the NOMI digital assistant, which uses artificial intelligence and the latest version of Qualcomm’s Snapdragon processors.

I was also amazed by the attention to detail, which I wasn’t expecting from a Chinese car.

For example, the window control panels, often standardized by other manufacturers, aren’t made of plastic but of metal. They have been beautifully designed.

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Nio itself has developed the NOMI digital assistant.

The gear selector lever was also individually designed, while the air vents are very thin.

Instead of lining the car with plastic, Nio consistently relies on a lighter and much more sustainable material for the interior of the ET7, which the Chinese developed together with German company “Out of space”.

“Karuun” is a renewable material made mostly out of rattan that should theoretically be as resistant as plastic.

A spokesman for Nio said that the ET7 is “ready for the future,” which is evident from looking at the car’s exterior, too.

On the roof, as well as in the mudguard, and on all sides, there are a large number of sensors, cameras, and a lidar. So the sedan is already ready for autonomous driving.

Removable batteries and a range of up to 1,000 kilometers

The Shanghai-based manufacturer is also on the cusp of developing another future-critical technology – Nio wants to deliver the 480-kW ET7 in China with a solid-state battery as early as the fourth quarter of 2022. This would be at the same time as the market launch in Germany. The latter is not only lighter and more compact, but also offers a higher energy content.

Nio expects the car’s battery capacity to be at around 150 kWh, which should be enough for a range of an impressive 1,000 kilometers.

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In China, the company already operates 400 stations where batteries can be exchanged within a very short time.

Units that have already been delivered can be retrofitted with the innovative battery.

In China, the company already operates 400 stations where batteries can be exchanged within a very short time.

Whether Nio can actually outstrip them in Europe and the US will depend on whether the Chinese carmakers can shed their cheap image.

However, with sophisticated and appealing models like the ET7, this should happen quite quickly.

The ET7 will compete with the BMW i5

It’s no coincidence that the brand has its European headquarters and one of its two design centers in Munich.

Nio founder and chief executive William Li anticipates high demand for his cars in Europe. If sales go figures develop well, he hasn’t ruled out manufacturing in the EU.

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Nio founder and chief executive William Li expects strong demand for his cars in Europe

The brand has targeted the fourth quarter of 2022 for market launch in Germany.

While most Chinese manufacturers are trying to gain a foothold in this country with trendy SUV models, Nio is focusing on its new ET7 electric sedan. The high-seat ES8, ES6 and EC6 are likely to follow later.

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The 4 essential skills to add to your resume to find remote work in 2021

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New skills are needed to work efficiently with remote teams and to be as productive as possible.

  • Finding a job this year is a very different ballgame from what it was pre-pandemic.
  • Digitization has accelerated, tech is more advanced, and remote work is more common.
  • Here are the skills job advice blog Infoempleo says you need to include on your resume to find work.
  • See more stories on Insider’s business page.

If you’re looking for work, finding a job this year is a very different ballgame from what it was pre-pandemic.

A lot has changed – digitization has accelerated, tech is more advanced than ever, and remote work has become the norm for many.

All these changes mean new skills are needed to work efficiently with remote teams and to be as productive as possible.

You need to make sure not only that you’ve brushed up on the skills that are most sought-after by recruiters but that your resume is up-to-date as well, according to job advice blog Infoempleo.

These are the top four skillsets Infoempleo says you should include if you’re looking for a job while working from home.

1. Digital and programming skills

Since the pandemic started, people with skills in ​​digital marketing, web development, web design, and programming have become even more pivotal to companies than they were previously.

With a growing number of companies moving towards remote working or hybrid working models, it’s crucial to have an understanding of digital tools and programs needed for remote work.

2. Social network skills

Being able to navigate and manage social networks is a professional skill that has been growing in demand for some time, but demand has skyrocketed since the start of the pandemic.

Many companies may not have the budget to allocate an entire role to a social media manager.

As a result, social media skills that complement your core areas of expertise are greatly attractive to recruiters.

3. Tech skills

Tech skills in fields like robotics, augmented reality, the internet of things, or AI can be invaluable to companies in the context of the changes brought about by the pandemic.

Infoempleo stresses, that demand for staff “with knowledge of specific cloud software and collaborative work tools has increased.”

As companies are relying on this tech more and more so, make sure to include any pertinent skills on your resume.

4. Soft skills

Self-discipline, communication skills, and initiative are generally considered to be very sought-after traits but are particularly so if you’re looking to work from home.

These skills are even more essential now that, often, your colleagues and those to whom you report are at a physical distance.

As a result, you need to make it clear on your resume that you’re able to put these skills and qualities to use.

“It’s important that resilience, improved digital skills, and the ability to adapt to change stand out on your resume,” says Infoempleo.

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