Facebook gets reprieve from Apple on live events cut
San Francisco (AFP) - Facebook said Friday it struck a deal in which Apple agreed to temporarily forgo its cut of revenue from paid events at the leading social network to help pandemic-hit performers earn money during the pandemic.The social network had asked Apple to skip its usual 30 percent cut of transactions in mobile apps prior to enable the Facebook Live streaming to be used to create, promote and host paid events from concerts and theatrical performances to yoga classes and cooking lessons.Apple agreed to a respite through the end of the year "after which struggling businesses will ha...
Malacañang: COVID-19 pandemic should not be used to push for election postponement
Malacañang: COVID-19 pandemic should not be used to push for election postponement(Philstar.com) – September 25, 2020 – 5:52pmMANILA, Philippines — Malacañang on Friday said that the COVID-19 pandemic should not be used to push for the postponement of the 2022 national elections.Presidential spokesperson Harry Roque said in a statement that the current public health crisis must not be used as a ground to move the holding of the next elections.“The holding of elections is a public service that the government must ensure to deliver,” Roque said, as he stressed that postponing it would not sit we...
The untold plight of imprisoned women in Africa, the Americas, and Asia under the pandemic
Photo credit: Pexels, under public domain.When COVID-19 hit prisons around the world, it entered overcrowded, insalubrious, and forgotten places in which women are a minority and face specific risks. Women represent betweentwo and 10 percent of the world's incarcerated population, but their numbers are growing faster than those of men.Yet, women are rarely shown in data disaggregated by gender. News reports on them are rare, if non-existent. For example, there have been reports of COVID-19 spreads in prisons but rarely does the public know whether incarcerated women are part of the affected de...
'Coregasms' are one way to practice sexual self-care during the COVID-19 pandemic
What the heck is a “coregasm?” Well, it’s when you have an orgasm while working out, also known as an exercise-induced orgasm. Does that all of a sudden make you want to go for a run?A recent survey asked nearly 4,200 men and women about their knowledge of a “coregasm” and if they’ve ever had one. Only 3% of women said they had, and 6% of men. Most didn’t even know it was possible to have an orgasm while working out (97% of women, and 91% of men).More than 2,100 women and more than 2,000 men between the ages of 18 and 35 participated in the survey, which was commissioned by sports equipment si...
The latest activity popular during the pandemic: writing your will
MINNEAPOLIS — Along with bread baking, bike riding and playing board games, add this to the list of things that have become more popular during the pandemic: writing your will.Several local lawyers specializing in trust and estate work say the number of people coming to them to prepare a will has shot up 20 to 35% since the COVID-19 virus hit.“I have been busier now than in all 23 years of my practice,” said Mary Alice Fleming, an estate planning attorney with the DeWitt law firm in Minneapolis. “It’s been unbelievable.”Local lawyers say the clients who have come to them recently have included...
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In Los Angeles, Latinos Hit Hard By Pandemic’s Economic Storm
Working as a fast-food cashier in Los Angeles, Juan Quezada spends a lot of his time these days telling customers how to wear a mask.“They cover their mouth but not their nose,” he said. “And we’re like, ‘You gotta put your mask on right.'”Quezada didn’t expect to be enforcing mask-wearing. Six months ago, he was a restaurant manager, making $30 an hour, working full time and saving for retirement. But when Los Angeles County health officials shut down most restaurants in March because of the spreading pandemic, Quezada lost his job. The only work he could find pays a lot less and is part time...
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Darden Restaurants reduces corporate staff as sales remain down during pandemic
Darden Restaurants revealed Thursday it has cut 11% of its corporate workforce at its Orlando headquarters and in other leadership positions as the owner of Olive Garden continues to endure slower sales during the coronavirus pandemic.The company, which also owns LongHorn Steakhouse and other chains, said Thursday that same-restaurant sales were down 29% for the quarter ending Aug. 30 compared with the same quarter last year, but reported net earnings of $37 million from continuing operations.At the same time, Darden has brought back thousands of its furloughed hourly employees in the past few...
Britain records highest daily Covid-19 cases since start of pandemic
Health authorities in Britain announced a daily increase of 6,634 new coronavirus cases on Thursday.The figure is the largest daily count since the beginning of the pandemic, news agency PA reported.However, when the virus was at its initial peak in March and April, testing capacities were much more limited, meaning there were likely further cases going undetected at the time.Coronavirus infections in Britain have been rising sharply in the last month, bringing the total to 416,363 confirmed cases.Meanwhile, the government has launched a coronavirus contact-tracing app for England and Wales, e...
Google Maps shows Covid-19 hot spots
San Francisco (AFP) - Google is updating its free mapping service this week with color-coding that maps out areas infected with Covid-19 cases, the search giant said in a blog post Thursday.Tapping the new "Covid-19" option in a layers feature in a top corner of a screen will enhance maps using the latest 7-day average of cases per 100,000 people in areas being viewed, it said.A label will also let users know whether the number of Covid-19 cases in a particular spot is trending up or down, according to Maps product manager Sujoy Banerjee.The tool is meant to provide "critical information about...
IOC, Tokyo organizers discuss delayed Olympics amid pandemic
International Olympic Committee (IOC) officials and Japanese organizers kicked off a two-day meeting on Thursday to discuss the postponed Tokyo Olympics amid the Covid-19 pandemic and a global economic crisis.The IOC coordination commission for the Tokyo Games was held remotely amid the pandemic, Japan’s historic recession and closed borders.A majority of the Japanese public is sceptical over whether the delayed Olympics would really take place, according to surveys.At the meeting, officials were expected to discuss countermeasures against the pandemic and the simplification of the Tokyo Olymp...