Postal Services’ ‘Friday Night Massacre’: Postmaster General Louis DeJoy Overhauls Leadership & Services Ahead Of Election
The USPS implemented several new policies and shook up their management on Friday, prompting criticism and skepticism as the service faces allegations of intentionally delaying mail ahead of the 2020 general election, which will be conducted primarily through absentee ballots and mail-in voting.The new Postmaster General, Trump appointee Louis DeJoy, has denied the allegations and insisted that any measures resulting in delays are part of cost-cutting initiatives designed to make the Post Service financially stable.Friday’s memo detailed a slew of changes including a management-level hiring fr...
Fast food from these chains is 'packaged in pollution,' report says. Does it matter?
Next time you order a Big Mac, Whopper or Sweetgreen salad, consider this: The wrappers and containers your food comes in have been found to contain toxic chemicals that can contaminate your drinking water, harm wildlife and make you sick.PFAS are chemicals used in apparel, carpeting, furniture and food packaging designed to keep materials grease- and water-resistant; they’re known as “forever chemicals” as per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances cannot break down in the environment.A report released last week on the fast food industry revealed that nearly half of all sampled packaging contained d...
Fort Worth Star-Telegram
Final canister of nuclear waste transferred to storage facility at San Onofre
SAN DIEGO — It took 32 months to complete but the transfer operations that moved canisters filled with spent radioactive fuel, or waste, from wet storage pools to a newly constructed dry storage facility at the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station wrapped up Friday.Shortly before 5 a.m., workers lowered the 73rd and final canister into its assigned enclosure at the north end of the plant, known as SONGS for short.At commercial nuclear plants, after fuel used to generate electricity loses its effectiveness, operators place the assemblies in a metal rack that is lowered into a pool, typically f...
The San Diego Union-Tribune
Service industry veterans are leaving bars and restaurants in droves amid the pandemic
DETROIT — With a protracted pandemic leaving dining rooms at half capacity, the constant threat of another shutdown looming and restaurant coffers sitting near empty, longtime service professionals are leaving the hospitality industry in droves for greener pastures elsewhere.At the beginning of March, Jaimie Seitz and Nichole Homfeld both worked as floor managers at Leila, a downtown Lebanese hot spot that had been riding high as the newly crowned the Detroit Free Press Restaurant of the Year.And though it took years of toil and sacrifice — missed holidays, family birthdays and the like — for ...
Detroit Free Press
Americans are more likely to report mental health concerns related to the pandemic than other developed countries, survey finds
As the United States works to stop rising coronavirus case numbers, behavioral health professionals warn that mental health will continue to deteriorate as a result of the pandemic.Between March and May, one-third of Americans reported experiencing stress, anxiety and sadness that was difficult to cope with by themselves, according to a survey published this week by the Commonwealth Fund, a foundation focused on promoting a high performing health care system, and Social Science Research Solutions, a market and survey research firm. The survey, which interviewed 8,259 adults in the U.S. and abr...
The Philadelphia Inquirer
Day care chain Bright Horizons buys Sittercity as parents scramble for child care and tutoring during pandemic
With families scrambling to figure out child care options for kids attending school remotely this fall, day care company Bright Horizons announced it is purchasing Sittercity, an online platform that matches people with providers.Bright Horizons said the partnership will help it fill the wide range of new child care needs families are facing as a growing list of workplaces and schools delay plans to return to offices and classrooms during the pandemic.“With the child care strain families have been experiencing the last five months paired with the prospect of remote learning, this acquisition w...
County in NY agrees to change treatment of transgender inmates
NEW YORK — A county in western New York has agreed to change how it treats transgender inmates, as part of the settlement of a lawsuit filed on behalf of a trans woman who said she was discriminated against because of her gender identity.On Wednesday, human rights groups announced that Steuben County committed to establishing one of the country’s strongest jail policies to protect the rights of transgender, gender nonconforming, nonbinary, and intersex people in custody.The agreement stems from a 2019 lawsuit filed by the New York Civil Liberties Union, the Transgender Legal Defense & Educatio...
New York Daily News
Philippines plunges into recession after Q2 GDP fell 16.5%
By Darlene BasinganMANILA, NNA – Mauled by the coronavirus pandemic, the Philippines has officially declared that it has plunged into a technical recession after its second quarter gross domestic product (GDP) fell by 16.5 percent.On Thursday, the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) said Q2 performance was the worst since the agency began recording quarterly economic data in 1981. It also marks the first time the country entered a technical recession since 1991 when Mount Pinatubo volcano erupted.The steep decline in the April-June period reflects the crippling impact of one of the longest a...
NNA Business News
This project is trying to reverse gentrification by bringing people back to Seattle's Central District
SEATTLE — When Andrese Collins bumps into people he grew up with in the Central District, the conversation always starts the same way: “Where you’d go?”Most of his childhood acquaintances have moved away as Seattle’s historic Black neighborhood has changed and become more expensive — to places like Kent, Everett and Federal Way. Collins and his grandmother relocated to South Seattle when he was in high school, leaving behind the playground where he made friends and the stores where his grandmother liked to shop.“A lot of us have moved south or north,” the 24-year-old said. “That makes it harde...
The Seattle Times
Maruti Suzuki expands service network to drive growth in India
NEW DELHI, NNA - India’s largest passenger car maker Maruti Suzuki India Ltd., a subsidiary of Suzuki Motor Corp., opened 250 service shops in the past fiscal year to grow in the giant country’s automobile market.The automaker with a more than 50 percent market share said in its annual report Tuesday its service center network totaled 3,864 in the year ending in March 2020. The jump was Maruti Suzuki’s biggest ever over a single fiscal year. The maker now has shops in 1,914 locations, up from 1,784 a year earlier.Maruti Suzuki will continue the expansion and invest more in product development ...
NNA Business News