Drew Brees bristles at career decline after lackluster Saints loss: ‘My job’s not to have the most air yards’

Drew Brees hit back at suggestions he is in decline after a disappointing showing in the Saints’ 34-24 loss to the Raiders.

The 41-year-old quarterback is in his 20th season in the NFL but he failed to shine at Allegiant Stadium on Monday, finishing with 312 yards, a touchdown and an interception on 26 of 38 completed passes.

It has played into an emerging narrative that Brees – the NFL’s all-time leader in passing yardage, completions and touchdown passes – is losing his touch, but he rejected that notion and cited a wider malaise in the team.

“Well, my job is to execute the offense,” he said, having seen opposite number Derek Carr chalk up three TDs. “My job’s not to have the most air yards or throw the ball down the field most or anything like that.

“I think I’ve always evaluated myself on being a great decision-maker. And

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Airbus CEO Warns on Jobs After Air Travel Market Worsens

The Airbus SE assembly plant in Toulouse, France.

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Airbus SE Chief Executive Officer Guillaume Faury stepped up his warning on forced job cuts at the European planemaker as a sharper-than-expected decline in travel leads carriers to push back deliveries of new jets.

“The situation has worsened” coming out of the summer high season, he said Tuesday in an interview on France’s RTL radio. “Airlines are in a more difficult situation after the holidays than what we were hoping.”

Airbus SE Lifts Delivery Target With Boeing Co. Gripped by Max Crisis

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The industrial giant, whose cost-cutting plans call for the elimination of 15,000 jobs, will have to “adapt to the new environment,” he added, in particular on the employment front. The shares dropped as much as 2.7%.

“It will be very difficult to stick with voluntary departures,” Faury said, reiterating that the company “is potentially at risk” if it doesn’t take the right steps.

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ExxonMobil Expands Agreement with Global Thermostat, Sees Promise in Direct Air Capture Technology

  • Joint development effort advances breakthrough technology and ways to bring it to scale

  • Technology removes carbon dioxide from the atmosphere

  • Direct air capture technology recognized as an important tool to achieve negative emissions

ExxonMobil and Global Thermostat have expanded their joint development agreement following 12 months of technical evaluation to determine the feasibility and potential scalability of Global Thermostat’s technology that captures carbon dioxide (CO2) directly from the air.

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“ExxonMobil’s scientists continue to research technology options aimed at reducing emissions at scale, which are key to achieving the goals of the Paris Agreement,” said Vijay Swarup, vice president of research and development for ExxonMobil Research and Engineering Company. “Our work with Global Thermostat has shown promising signs in the development of direct air capture technologies that could be brought to scale. We look forward to seeing how

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With first quarter nearly done, school district budgets still up in the air

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As the Schenectady school board considered its latest round of layoffs last week, board member Nohelani Etienne, newly elected to the board in May, asked if there was any way to delay the cuts – even for just a week or two.

Just hours before the board’s Wednesday meeting, state budget officials indicated they planned to fully fund school aid payments due to districts later this month, and in an op-ed written for the Albany Times-Union, state budget director Robert Mujica said districts beginning to lay off staff were “acting prematurely.”

That same day, New York State United Teachers, along with Schenectady Federation of Teachers President Juliet Benaquisto, sued the state over aid reductions in districts across the state.

The school board had already approved well over 300 layoffs at previous meetings, but the conflicting messages around school funding pushed Etienne to try

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Air New Zealand plans to cut up to 385 more cabin crew jobs

* Would take job losses to 37% of pre-COVID workforce

* Cuts are deeper than at rivals Qantas, Singapore Airlines

* Union calls on airline to stop outsourcing roles

SYDNEY, Sept 16 (Reuters) – Air New Zealand Ltd said on Wednesday it aims to cut up to 385 more cabin crew jobs due to the lack of long-haul international flying, which would take its COVID-19 related job losses to around 37% of its workforce.

The percentage figure is higher than the cuts to nearly 30% of jobs at Australia’s Qantas Airways Ltd and around 20% at Singapore Airlines Ltd.

Air New Zealand said in a statement it would need fewer cabin crew due to the decline in demand on North American routes, which had led it to reduce return flights to Los Angeles to three a week from daily and convert San Francisco flights to cargo only.

“In the foreseeable

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SAIC Wins $185 Million U.S. Army Decision Support Division Integrated Air, Missile and Network Defense, and Space Support Contract – Press Release

RESTON, Va.–(Business Wire)–

The U.S. Army awarded Science Applications International Corp. (NYSE: SAIC) a $185 million single-award, cost-plus fixed-fee task order to support the Decision Support Division for the U.S. Army Space and Missile Defense Command (USASMDC), in the areas of space, space control, high altitude, air and missile defense, and associated cyberspace operations.

Under the task order, SAIC will continue to provide system utility analysis and combat development in support of the warfighter with analysis, execution experiments, exercises and war games, and modeling and simulation development and integration support.

“SAIC looks forward to supporting the Decision Support Division of the Army’s Space and Missile Defense Command in Huntsville, Alabama,” said Jim Scanlon, SAIC executive vice president and general manager of the Defense Systems Group. “We are proud of our work in Huntsville, and through investments like our new Innovation Factory hub, look forward to providing the very best technological

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LG creates battery-powered face mask it calls a ‘wearable air purifier’

LG has unveiled a new face mask which includes built-in fans and filters to create what the company is calling a “wearable air purifier”.

The battery-powered mask includes two H13 HEPA filters, similar to those used in home air purifying products, as well as dual fans and a patented respiratory sensor to adjust the fan speed in line with the wearer’s breathing speed.

Called the PuriCare Wearable Air Purifier, LG says the device enables the user to breathe clean air both indoors and outside.

The battery can last up to eight hours on a single charge, and the device comes with a case which houses UV-LED lights that kill germs between uses, while the case can also send alerts to an LG app to notify the user when the air filters need to be replaced, LG said.

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The mask includes replaceable air filters (LG)

LG said the mask could help

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Deliberate Development provides mentorship for Airmen > Schriever Air Force Base > Article Display


The Falcon Top 3 Council is re-launching the Deliberate Development program Oct. 8 to provide mentorship and guidance to Airmen at Schriever Air Force Base, Colorado.

The mentorship program will pair airman basics to technical sergeants, with a mentor from the Falcon Top 3, which is a private professional organization for senior noncommissioned officers at Schriever. The Top 3 organization strives to provide professional development to enlisted Airmen while strengthening SNCO leadership skills.

“The goal of the Deliberate Development program is to provide mentees with an alternate viewpoint while building long-lasting, professional relationships,” said Master Sgt. Kathryn North, 50th Force Support Squadron career assistance advisor and Falcon Top 3 member. 

Airmen and SNCOs participating in the program must take a personality test to gauge interests and career goals.


“Mentees will be matched with a mentor for the length of one quarter,” North said. “The

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Singapore Air Cuts 20% of Workforce as Virus Smashes Travel

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a airplane that is sitting on a runway at an airport: Singapore Airlines Ltd. aircraft stand on the tarmac at Changi Airport in Singapore, on Thursday, Dec. 13, 2018.

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Singapore Airlines Ltd. aircraft stand on the tarmac at Changi Airport in Singapore, on Thursday, Dec. 13, 2018.

Singapore Airlines Ltd. is eliminating about 4,300 jobs, or 20 percent of its workforce, as the coronavirus outbreak devastates the aviation industry.


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The cuts will be made at Singapore Airlines and its SilkAir and Scoot units. Discussions are underway with unions and arrangements will be finalized as soon as possible, the carrier said in a statement late Thursday.

The job losses are the first at Singapore Airlines since the SARS outbreak in 2003.

“Having to let go of our valuable and dedicated people is the hardest and most agonizing decision that I have had to make in my 30 years with SIA,” Chief Executive Officer Choon Phong Goh said. “The next few weeks will be some of the toughest in the history of the SIA Group.”

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United Air to Cut More Than 16,000 Jobs on Slump in Travel

(Bloomberg) — United Airlines Holdings Inc. will eliminate 16,370 jobs next month as the carrier shrinks operations in response to the steep decline in travel demand amid the Covid-19 pandemic.

a chair sitting in front of a window: United Airlines Holdings airplanes stand past an empty waiting area for travelers at Newark International Airport on June 9.

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United Airlines Holdings airplanes stand past an empty waiting area for travelers at Newark International Airport on June 9.

The furloughs announced Wednesday will take effect as soon as Oct. 1, the expiration of a six-month restriction on job cuts imposed in exchange for payroll aid under the U.S. Cares Act. To date, about 7,400 United employees have chosen to exit the company voluntarily, while another 20,000 are on temporary leave.


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United’s reductions add to the 19,000 job cuts planned by American Airlines Group Inc. Both carriers said the only thing that would avert the furloughs would be an extension of government aid to the industry that’s being debated in Washington.

Last month, United

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