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Steve Harvey on hosting New Year’s Eve: ‘It’s a rough gig’



Times Square is not only jammed with party people on New Year’s Eve, but also crowded with hosts of network shows. Ryan Seacrest, Carson Daly, Anderson Cooper and others stand in the brutal cold and kill time with variety acts until the ball drops.

Steve Harvey is back again this year on Fox, with his co-host Maria Menounos, to ring in the year with some help from The Lumineers, The Chainsmokers, Florida Georgia Line, The Backstreet Boys and reportedly Golden Globe nominee Jennifer Lopez.

Harvey, 62, spoke to The Post from Africa, where he was preparing to host the first version of “Family Feud” with all African families, set to air in April 2020.

“I thought the cultural differences would lead to pretty funny stuff,” Harvey says of the new show. “Not being on NBC freed me up to think of something [new]. Not being on the talk show, I came up with the idea when I heard they were giving my time slot away [to Kelly Clarkson].

Why do you like to work on New Year’s Eve?

I had stopped working as a stand-up on New Year’s Eve. It was such an iconic brand I had never owned. I took advantage of the offer from Fox. I thought it would be good for my brand. The first time was absolutely horrible. It was 11 below zero. Last year it rained all night. There’s nowhere to sit. It’s a rough gig. There are stretching rooms. You’re not allowed to bring trailers. I have a hotel room right there. The entire time you need some blankets and heaters.

How far in advance do you plan the show? How early do the requests for guests go out?

I begin planning for the show a few months out but the production team and producers begin planning immediately after the prior year’s taping ends.

Do you give Fox a wish list of possible guests? Do entertainers contact you during the calendar year and ask for a spot in the lineup?

I do not usually give Fox a wish list of guests, as they have been an amazing partner and do a wonderful job on bookings. I have started thinking about some good recommendations this year though and have been reaching out to them with my ideas.

What is it like to be in the middle of that horde of people? Are you intimidated?

It’s not intimidating. I am in awe at the energy of the people. Once you check into Times Square, you can’t leave. There are no restrooms. These people are wearing diapers and they go through the whole thing. They sit there and they deal with it. And you feel an obligation to be entertaining.

“Fox New Year’s Eve With Steve Harvey: Live From Times Square” airs at 8 p.m. Tuesday.

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Collaboration in the Gig Economy keynote day one




18 September 2020

Hiring managers already have a much more complex choice than in the past. It’s not just whether to hire a traditional employee to get a job done — the procurement supply chain is much larger. Today’s choices include using a staffing agency temp, engaging an independent contractor, calling in an SOW consultant or turning to an online work platform. And technology continues to bring changes — with Covid-19 speeding up the evolution.

“I would argue that times of crisis and times of change, like we are in today, will help propel the next stage of digital transformation,” SIA President Barry Asin said in a keynote speech Thursday kicking off the Collaboration in the Gig Economy virtual conference.

Asin cited technological change wrought by the last recession: In 2007, only 24% of large companies had a VMS in place at its start in 2007; by 2020, the percentage had grown to 64%.

Fast forward to today — there was $1 billion in venture capital funding focused on the HR tech space in the second quarter alone.

Large companies that use staffing are more and more turning to tech. SIA data found 43% of large staffing buyers foresee an increase in usage of online staffing/talent pool in the next 10 years. Evolving concepts such as direct sourcing are already used by 30% of buyers, and 49% plan to put a direct-sourcing program in place within the next two years; much of it fueled by new tech offerings.

“I think that what we’re seeing — particularly for the traditional service providers in the talent supply chain — is a real digital transformation, and the current crisis is accelerating that digital transformation,” Asin said. “And it’s accelerating it for all the players involved at the different points of that supply chain.”

Already, 54 million Americans did gig work in 2019, approximately 34% of workforce, according to SIA data. That amounts to $1.3 trillion in spend with the largest share going to independent contractors. SIA defines the gig economy as including all types of contingent work, including

  • staffing agency temporary workers
  • SOW consultants
  • directly hired temporaries
  • online platform workers
  • independent contractors

The Collaboration in the Gig Economy Conference brings together all parts of the ecosystem to talk the latest trends and advances. Attendees include enterprise buyers, staffing suppliers, VMS/MSP companies, human cloud/on demand platforms and technology solutions providers.

“There is a wave and a transformational change that we are seeing in society,” Asin said. “Many of you are on the leading edge of that change.”

The virtual event continues through today.

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Unemployment fall might be caused by return of gig economy jobs, economists say




Australia’s official unemployment rate fell last month from 7.5 per cent to 6.8 per cent.

The result surprised basically all economists, including those at Treasury and the Reserve Bank, who were expecting the unemployment rate to deteriorate again.

So what happened?

According to the Bureau of Statistics, the number of employed persons increased by 111,000 in August.

But data shows the jobs growth was entirely driven by a surge in “non-employees” — self-employed people (owner-managers) with no employees who work in an unincorporated enterprise (e.g. a sole trader).

It’s the ‘gig economy’

Some economists suspect practically all those “non-employees” were working in the gig economy.

That means the surprise surge in employment wasn’t what it seemed.

“Delivery drivers, and riders, of major online delivery services are not employed by their respective delivery companies,” Deutsche Bank economist Phil O’Donaghoe wrote in a note to clients.

“They are, in effect, ‘self employed’ contractors, and would be classified as such by the ABS.

“Indeed, the Fair Work Ombudsman definitively ruled that to be the case in the middle of last year.

“There will have been a significant increase in demand for such workers, especially in Victoria during the month, given lockdown conditions.

“So it is not all bad news.”

Danielle Wood, the chief executive of the Grattan Institute, noticed the same thing.

“Buried amongst the surprisingly good jobs figures today … almost all the increase in employment was for the self-employed,” Ms Wood tweeted.

“Big rise in the gig economy is my guess.”


Disconnect between jobs and hours worked

One issue with ‘gig economy’ employment is the disconnect between employment and hours worked.

That was starkly apparent in the ABS data — despite an increase in employment of 111,000 persons — hours worked rose just 0.1 per cent last month.

“So a surge in employment, but not via employees in a typical business structure, and it is fair to infer that many of those new workers hardly worked for many hours (given the paltry rise in overall hours worked),” Mr O’Donaghoe said.

Why did economists think unemployment rate would rise?

Leading up to Thursday’s jobs data, economists knew the latest payroll jobs index had decreased by 1.2 per cent last month.

The fall in the index suggested there had been a large number of job losses in August.

However, gig economy jobs aren’t captured in the payroll jobs index.

Gig workers aren’t on any company’s payroll because they are self-employed contractors.

That’s why the surge in gig economy jobs caught everyone off guard.

It has to do with how the ABS classifies payroll jobs

The ABS classifies payroll jobs as ’employee jobs’ for which a payment is reported to the Australian Taxation Office through the Single Touch Payroll system.

‘Employee jobs’ include the jobs held by employees and by owner-managers of incorporated enterprises.

Owner-managers of unincorporated enterprises — the largest component of the employment growth in August — are not covered by the payroll jobs definition.

That’s why gig economy jobs slipped through the cracks.

In the payroll job index, there is also lower coverage of small businesses (<20 employees) than large and medium businesses.

“As a result, the increase in owner-managers of incorporated enterprises without employees is also less likely to be reflected in the payroll jobs series,” the ABS said.

What will happen to unemployment from here?

Citi economists Josh Williamson and Faraz Syed say, despite the surge in the number of sole traders in August, the employment data was promising.

“The August data shows that jobs growth remained solid mid-way through the third quarter,” they said.

“That said, the recovery is still nascent and comes with a number of caveats.”

They said the economy needed to see growth in employee jobs, not non-employee jobs.

“This is because we expect further gains in labour force participation in coming months as more JobSeeker recipients return to the labour force and in the long-run from a return of international migrants of prime-working age,” they said.

“The demand side of the labour market needs to move from creating jobs when people create businesses to employing labour as these businesses grow.

“We believe this will occur if governments continue to re-open state economies and allow demand growth to naturally increase.

“The large gain in part-time employment alongside the type of employment generated in August could also have implications for wages growth, which may be lower than if the employment was from more traditional employee job creation.”

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Iberdrola and GIG forge Japanese offshore wind ties




Green Investment Group (GIG) and Iberdrola have announced plans to
co-develop a 3.3 GW portfolio of six fixed bottom and floating offshore
wind projects in Japan. 

The offshore wind projects were initiated and have been
developed to date through Macquarie’s renewable energy platform, Acacia
Renewables. Iberdrola will acquire 100% of Acacia Renewables
and take forward the existing offshore wind development pipeline alongside
GIG as a joint venture. GIG will hold an equal share in the six
projects with Iberdrola, and provide development and commercial advisory
services to the portfolio. 

Under Iberdrola’s ownership, Acacia will focus on the development of offshore
wind projects, while its existing onshore wind development business will
be taken forward by GIG.

Iberdrola stated the
acquisition allows the company to position itself in the early development
stage of Japan’s offshore wind market. The deal gives Iberdrola access
to a project pipeline located in different areas of the southwest of the
country, in an optimal manner for the auctions announced by the Japanese

The acquisition of Acacia adds new projects to its portfolio, and joins
other transactions carried out by the company in recent years in the offshore
wind sector. Operations that have allowed the development of wind farms
in the Baltic Sea (

), the
North Sea (
Anglia ONE
the Irish Sea (
of Duddon Sands
the Massachusetts coast (
), the
French coast (
) and,
more recently, access to 9 GW capacity in Sweden.

In the offshore wind sector, Iberdrola already operates wind farms in the
UK and Germany, and the company is working on new developments in the UK,
US, German and French markets and has a 15 GW pipeline.

GIG is a global investor and developer of green infrastructure assets.
To date, GIG has supported 16 offshore wind projects globally, representing
almost 5.5 GW of capacity in construction and operations, and is
currently developing around 8 GW of offshore wind capacity across Asia.  

This is the second joint venture between the two companies. The partners
currently co-own the 714 MW

Anglia ONE

offshore wind farm, based off the UK’s Suffolk coast.

For more information on offshore wind
farms worldwide, 

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