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Air Force names first female flight commander for F-16 Viper team

Air Force names first female flight commander for F-16 Viper team

Business
Feb. 4 (UPI) -- Capt. Zoe "SiS" Kotnik has been named the first female commander of a single-aircraft demonstration team, the F-16 Viper Demo Team. She will lead a team of 17 airmen flying F-16V Vipers, the latest variant of the Fighting Falcon, at 20 airshows this year performing precision aerial maneuvers. That includes overseeing maintenance actions performed on three $ 43 million Lockheed Martin aircraft. Kotnik, 30, has logged more than 1,000 flying hours in her eight years of military service, and was certified last Tuesday by Gen. Mike Holmes, commander of Air Combat Command, at Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Va. "What I'm looking forward to most is the potential to have an influence on younger generations," Kotnik said in a news release. "I know firsthand how impactful airshows can be...
Stars of The Favourite on female leads and indie films

Stars of The Favourite on female leads and indie films

Entertainment
The Favourite, by Lobster director Yorgos Lanthimos, is tipped to bring Oscar and BAFTA nominations for its all female cast including Olivia Colman, Rachel Weisz and Emma Stone. Sky News' entertainment correspondent Lucy Cotter talks to Colman and Weisz about female leads and indie films.Colman, whose latest film The Favourite unusually has three female leads, says equality on screen is essential.She told Sky News the current film industry is not yet representative."A little girl's self-esteem peaks aged eight because of the influences around them."If you go to a street we're half and half but something like 12% of a cast is women, which is not reflective of every-day life so we've got to change it, both have to be seen on screen, has to be, we can't do this anymore, it has...
Ethiopia swears in first female Supreme Court chief

Ethiopia swears in first female Supreme Court chief

World
Nov. 1 (UPI) -- Ethiopia swore in its first female president of the Federal Supreme Court, the latest in the prime minister's efforts to institute gender equality among a number of government posts, on Thursday. The House of Peoples Representatives unanimously approved Meaza Ashenafi as the new chief of the Supreme Court after he nomination by Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed. The legislative body also approved Solomon Areda as vice president of the Supreme Court. Meaza has a reputation as a supporter of women's rights -- she founded the Ethiopian Women Lawyers Association and the country's first women's bank. She previously served on the High Court, a lower judicial body, and was an adviser for the U.N. Economic Commission for Africa. "Ethiopia's march towards gender parity in key leadership po...
Parasitic beetle mimics the perfume of female bees to trick males, infiltrate nests

Parasitic beetle mimics the perfume of female bees to trick males, infiltrate nests

Science
Sept. 11 (UPI) -- Blister beetles are chemical con artists, and according to new research, they can adapt their trickery to dupe a variety of bee species. During one of several larval stages, Meloe franciscanus beetles infiltrate bee nests by mimicking the chemicals emitted by female bees -- perfume-like compounds called pheromones. The perfume attracts males, which the larvae attach themselves to, hitching a ride back to the nest. Once in the nest, the beetle larvae can subsist on pollen, nectar and bee eggs, emerging as adult bees the following winter. New analysis of the parasite's chicanery showed blister beetle larvae adapt their chemical ploy to match the perfume of the local bees species. When scientists exposed two different bees species -- Habropoda pallida from California's Moj...
Top-ranked female portfolio managers discuss gender imbalance in fund management

Top-ranked female portfolio managers discuss gender imbalance in fund management

Finance
It's hardly a surprise that the asset management industry has a gender problem. Even so, some might be taken aback by the actual scale of the issue. Of the 16,084 portfolio managers tracked by Citywire around the world, just 1,662 — or 10.3 percent — are women. In the United States that figure falls to 9 percent. (Citywire is a financial publishing and information group that tracks the performance of fund managers.) There are multiple social and structural reasons for this but, crucially, no evidence that women underperform men when it comes to running money. In an effort to highlight the best female portfolio man...