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    Goldman Sachs' recent decision to allow its senior staffers unlimited time off is being panned by critics who say the big bank has a hidden agenda with the policy.  The guideline shift, announced May 16, came on the heels of several complaints over the bank's long-hours and work-intensive culture. The new guidance no longer requires Goldman brass to compensate senior bankers for unused vacation time below the 15-day threshold - due to the fact that those workers are technically no longer accruing vacation days. In the past, if employees had vacation days they did not use, the bank had to pay them for those hours. Now, the bank does not have to pay them anything.  Combined with the company's long rumored intense work environment, analysts say the policy will likely see under-pressure staffers still work long hours, while brass continue to raise their own bottom lines. 'This was completely driven by financials,' Veehtahl Eilat-Raichel, cofounder of Sorbet - a firm that buys unused vacation days from companies and puts the cash value on prepaid cards - told The New York Times of...
    META has announced a new private policy for social media companies Facebook and Instagram. The new policy will take effect this summer. 2Facebook and Instagram each service over one billion accountsCredit: Getty Images - Getty 2Zuckerberg announced Facebook and all its divisions would rebrand as Meta in October 2021Credit: Getty Images - Getty "Our goal with this update is to be more clear about our data practices," Meta wrote in a post announcing the changes. The update does not affect other apps in the Meta family like WhatsApp or Messenger Kids. Notifications regarding the policy and its progress started on May 26th and will continue until fully implemented on July 26th. No action is needed from the user at this time. Read More in MetaZUCK UP Mark Zuckerberg reveals flaw in metaverse plan after spending $10billion last yearDARK WORLD Female avatar was sexually assaulted in Mark Zuckerberg's Horizon metaverse Meta continuously iterated the new policy does not give them any additional rights to your data. "While the text looks different in many places, Meta is not collecting, using or sharing...
    President Joe Biden on Thursday said his administration would comply with the courts on Title 42, the public health order being used to turn away migrants at the border. The administration had planned to end the use of the Trump-era order on May 23 but a federal judge in Louisiana has temporarily blocked that move until a further hearing on the matter. Biden said he will leave the fate of the public health policy in the judiciary's hands.  'We had proposed to eliminate that policy by the end of May. The court has said we can't so far and what the court says we're going to do. The court could come along and say we cannot do that and that's it,' Biden told reporters at the White House when asked about the situation. The court order blocks the administration from beginning to wind-down Title 42 ahead of its planned May 23 conclusion, but doesn't stop the policy being axed on that date.  President Joe Biden said he would comply with the courts on Title 42 Asylum-seekers gather at the Plaza...
    During an interview aired on Friday’s edition of PBS’ “Firing Line,” CNN host Fareed Zakaria stated that “Doctors and scientists don’t get to decide for everybody in a democracy what policy is going to be and we don’t blindly follow” and doctors and scientists only view things through the lens of minimizing the spread of disease, which isn’t the only objective that matters. Zakaria said, “Doctors and scientists don’t get to decide for everybody in a democracy what policy is going to be and we don’t blindly follow. Because, frankly, they have one particular perspective. For example, in their case, it is: minimize the spread of this disease, which is the most important objective. It is absolutely the one they should have. But it’s not the only one. We also have an economy that we have to think about. And if you say that you can slow the spread of this virus by 15% by shutting down the entire economy and putting 50 million people out of work, we would say that’s not a risk/reward ratio that makes sense. And...
    A Michigan diocese has advised its priests to deny all Holy Sacraments to members of the LGBTQ community until they have repented for any behavior related to homosexuality or gender transitioning. The Diocese of Marquette became one of the first dioceses in the United States to issue such sweeping restrictions for homosexual or transgender parishioners when it issued the policy in July. The move sparked controversy on social media this week when James Martin, a prominent priest and advocate for LGBTQ Catholics, shared a segment from the doctrine and a link to the policy in full on Twitter. ‘From the Diocese of Marquette: "A person who publicly identifies as a different gender than his or her biological sex or has attempted 'gender transitioning' may not be Baptized, Confirmed, or received into full communion in the Church, unless the person has repented...,” ’ James Martin shared in a post. The Diocese of Marquette diocese issued a sweeping rule that members of the LGBTQ community cannot be given holy sacraments until they have repented In addition to repenting, the diocese explains that anyone...
    A BRIDE-TO-BE has revealed that her stepmum and father have concocted a fake 'work policy' so that they don't have to go to her upcoming wedding. Posting a video to her TikTok account, a woman said she received the news over text. 2A woman has revealed her father and stepmother won't be coming to her weddingCredit: Tiktok In the clip she uploaded she shared screenshots of the conversation between her and her stepmum, which took place two weeks before the special day. Her stepmum wrote: "Bad news... new policy at your dad's work. If you go out of state you have to quarantine for 10 days after. "Due to the fact that he can't go for 10 days without pay we won't be able to come to the wedding. "If you still want to come up this summer we would love to have a reception with you guys with the family." In the exchange, the bride-to-be then asked when her dad would be home so she could speak with him. "He is already upset about this so is there something...
    As chilling reports of beheadings and beatings come out of Afghanistan, the Taliban are continuing to insist the new regime has changed from when it was last in power. Speaking on the BBC's Today Programme, Taliban spokesman Suhail Shaheen said that after 20 years of fighting, the new leaders of Afghanistan wanted to build a 'welfare state' for its people. 'We are the people of Afghanistan', Suhail said on Saturday, while insisting that violence 'is not their policy' and that women 'have their basic rights'.  Meanwhile, war-weary residents of Kabul expressed anger and feelings of betrayal by the United States as the world marked the 20th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks that prompted a U.S. invasion of Afghanistan toppling of its Taliban rulers at the time. But after a two-decade occupation, U.S. forces abruptly pulled out of Afghanistan last month, triggering the collapse of its Western-backed government and the Taliban's dramatic return to power. The group claims they have changed from 20 years ago, and intend to build a new country for its people. On the ground reports, however, paint a...
    Children cool off in the water at a park as a heat wave hits the city on July 16, 2021 in Shenyang, Liaoning Province of China.VCG | Visual China Group | Getty Images BEIJING — Families in China can now have as many children as they like without facing fines or other consequences, the Chinese government said late Tuesday. The announcement ended, in practice, decades of restrictions on the number of children each household could have, as authorities attempt to encourage births in the face of a rapidly aging population. Births dropped 15% last year, a fourth-straight year of decline. China began loosening its strict one-child policy about six years ago after imposing it in the 1980s.VIDEO2:3002:30Here's where PwC is investing $3 billion, says its Asia-Pacific chairmanSquawk Box AsiaThat meant for more than three decades, local authorities seeking to meet population targets often took harsh measures such as forced abortions and sterilization. Families' preference for boys, especially in rural, farming areas, resulted in a large gender imbalance. Families violating the one-child, and later two-child, policy faced hefty fines and difficulty...
    CHINA'S infamous child policy has existed for decades as a means to control the population. Here we explain what the policy is and how it’s changed since its inception. 4China's child policy has existed since the 1980sCredit: AFP What is China's child policy? China’s child policy is a population planning policy that is initiated by central Government. When it was first introduced in 1950, it was a “recommendation,” but soon evolved into the one child policy that was phased in between 1978 and 1980. It was only formally phased out again in 2015 when the government changed their policy to allow families to have two children. The policy was further relaxed in 2021. Why was the family planning policy implemented in China? The policy was implemented in China in order to reduce the growth rate of the country’s enormous population which by the late 1970s was approaching one billion The government viewed this growth as being too rapid, so they introduced a one child policy that they believed would stem the birth rate. Methods of enforcement included making various...
    It was all happy talk from both the White House and Senate Republicans coming out of Thursday's infrastructure meeting, with President Biden stressing that everyone was working in "good faith" and telling reporter that he was "prepared to compromise." For the Republicans' part, Sen. Shelley Moore Capito, the lead in negotiations for the GOP, said it was "very productive" and a "more than courteous give-and-take." Biden gave the Republicans homework, which has be a shock to their systems. Capito said after the meeting: "The President has asked us to come back and rework and offer so that he can then react to that and then re-offer to us." She added that "more detail is what we need to get them so they can react more specifically."   Yes, more detail. For the past four years, Republicans have been talking and talking and talking about infrastructure without actually doing anything. The chances that they went into that room Thursday with anything more concrete that "no corporate tax hikes" is nil. Scratch that, they do have another idea. xNEW: Republicans have found...
    Associated Press Washington Bureau chief Julie Pace argued on this week’s broadcast of “Fox News Sunday” that President Joe Biden did not have a plan for the surge underway on the U.S.-Mexico border. Based on that, Pace said migrants think they have an open invitation. Anchor Chris Wallace said, “The Department of Homeland Security put out a report this week, it wasn’t put out to the public, but it was leaked that they are now projecting 117,000 unaccompanied minors that are going to cross the border this year. Way over what we thought was a very serious surge in 2019. Is that sustainable for the Biden White House to say, well, it’s not a crisis, it’s a challenge, we are managing it, and more importantly, do they really have a plan to get this under control?” Pace said, “They don’t have a plan at the moment to get this under control. We do have the White House is dispatching some officials to the border to try to see the situation firsthand. Right now, they’re caught in this situation where they are saying...
    Asylum seeking families stuck south of the border amid the pandemic. Ross D. Franklin/AP Let our journalists help you make sense of the noise: Subscribe to the Mother Jones Daily newsletter and get a recap of news that matters.On Wednesday, White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki said the Biden Administration will continue to expel asylum seekers under a Trump-era policy that effectively had shut down the southern border. “Due to the pandemic and the fact that we have not had time as an administration to put in place a humane, comprehensive process for processing individuals who are coming to the border,” Psaki said, “now is not the time to come.” She added that processing asylum seekers will not occur immediately and the “vast majority of people will be turned away.”  For months immigration lawyers and advocates have condemned and fought the summary expulsions that were taking place under an order known as Title 42 of the US code. Public health experts, including senior officials at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, have determined there is no scientific justification for...
    Sen. Bill CassidyBill CassidySunday shows preview: Budget resolution clears path for .9 trillion stimulus; Senate gears up for impeachment trial Don't let this unifying moment go to waste Senate signals broad support for more targeted coronavirus relief checks MORE (R-La.) said on Sunday that Biden administration officials are showing that don't want to work with Republicans on a coronavirus economic stimulus bill.  "I am absolutely willing to work with anyone if it is good for the American people. Because that's what we should all be about. We have conservative solutions. The more conservative values infuse public policy, I think, the better public policy is. On the other hand, the administration is showing very clearly they don't care if they have to work with us," Cassidy said Sunday on NBC's "Meet The Press." "They're willing to push things through even if someone like Larry Summers, a former Democratic Treasury secretary, says it's boneheaded policy -- I'm paraphrasing," he added, referring to President Biden's $1.9 trillion relief package. "And even if we come in good faith with at least 10 and more that would have...
    The coronavirus pandemic has produced grim numbers that keep rising, like case counts, hospitalization rates and deaths. But there’s that hasn’t increased this year: the cost of life insurance. “We find limited evidence that life insurance companies increased premiums or decreased policy offerings due to COVID-19,” researchers said Monday in a study analyzing more than 800,000 life insurance-policy quotes between 2014 and October 2020. University of Kentucky and Illinois State University economists did discover fewer policies being extended to the oldest of potential policyholders, above age 75, but even then the cost of those premiums did not noticeably increase. By July, there was a 13.6% drop in the number of policies offered for one-, five- and 10-year terms offered to this demographic, according to the study distributed by the National Bureau of Economic Research. In all, the “minimal observable adjustments” — which come as more people are thinking about end-of-life financial planning and drawing up wills — surprised at least one of the study’s authors. After car-insurance carriers in the spring offered refunds for policyholders on the...
    The mayor of Aspen, Colorado, says travelers to the area will soon have to prove they are COVID-19 negative as local officials try to stem the surge of coronavirus cases.  Officials in Pitkin County, which is currently a 'level orange' in Colorado, announced that they are working to put a policy in place that would require travelers to the area to prove they have a negative test result within 72 hours of traveling.  Travel to Aspen is set to pick up for the ski season, which is December through March, and a prime time for tourists to head to the area.   Similar policies have been implemented in Hawaii, which requires travelers to have their negative test results prior to departing as an alternative to the state's mandatory 14-day quarantine.  Aspen, Colorado, Mayor Torre (pictured), says travelers to the area will soon have to prove they are COVID-19 negative as local officials try to stem the surge of coronavirus cases Officials in Pitkin County, which is currently a 'level orange' in Colorado, announced that they are working to put...
    Google’s ongoing efforts to crack down on wayward Chrome extensions now include more transparency for your data. The internet giant is introducing a policy in January 2021 that will require data use disclosures for extensions in the Chrome Web Store. Creators will have to explain the kinds of data they’re collecting, such as sign-ins or personally identifiable info. They’ll also have to promise they honor the new policy, which bans selling data to third parties, using data for unrelated purposes and relying on data for credit checks and moneylending. Extension makers can start supplying disclosures now, although they won’t be displayed on the Chrome Web Store until January 18th, 2021. There’s pressure to comply — Google will apply a notice to developers’ listings if they don’t make those disclosures by January 18th.
    Cuomo says Northeast will likely see rise in COVID-19 cases due to surge in other parts of country 7 Beloved Burger Chains That Are Shuttering For Good Wimbledon will give more than $12 million to pay every player who would have qualified for this years tournament thanks to a rare insurance policy they bought years ago © AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth Wimbledon — the most esteemed of tennis' four Grand Slam tournaments — recouped $141 million in potential losses thanks to "pandemic insurance." AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth This year, the coronavirus crisis forced the cancellation of professional tennis' most esteemed event. Wimbledon — the Grand Slam tournament played each summer in England — recouped $141 million in potential losses by taking out "pandemic insurance" prior to the mass spread of COVID-19. Now, the prize money from the tournament will be reallocated to the 620 players eligible for the event through the main draw or a qualifying event. Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. The coronavirus crisis forced the sports world to a grinding halt, and even tennis' most esteemed event...
    Wimbledon — the most esteemed of tennis' four Grand Slam tournaments — recouped $141 million in potential losses thanks to "pandemic insurance." AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth This year, the coronavirus crisis forced the cancellation of professional tennis' most esteemed event. Wimbledon — the Grand Slam tournament played each summer in England — recouped $141 million in potential losses by taking out "pandemic insurance" prior to the mass spread of COVID-19. Now, the prize money from the tournament will be reallocated to the 620 players eligible for the event through the main draw or a qualifying event. Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. The coronavirus crisis forced the sports world to a grinding halt, and even tennis' most esteemed event felt the effects. Back in April, Wimbledon was canceled for the first time since World War II. But thanks to a "pandemic insurance" policy the tournament's organizers had taken out prior to the mass spread of COVID-19, players will get paid without stepping on the famous grass courts of the All England Lawn Tennis & Croquet Club. The London-based club announced...
    Whole Foods employees in Massachusetts reportedly walked out of the grocery in protest this week over the company’s policy prohibiting Black Lives Matter masks and gear. The manager at the store’s Cambridge location told employees who came in wearing masks with Black Lives Matter written on them Wednesday that they would either have to change their face wear or go home, according to The Boston Globe. More employees walked out again Thursday after an employee handed out masks with the words emblazoned on them, the report said. After Starbucks employees faced a similar backlash earlier this month, the company started allowing them to wear Black Lives Matter apparel and printed out shirts supporting the movement for baristas to wear. My coworkers and I are protesting the right to support the #BLM movement by wearing pins & masks in Whole Foods River St, Cambridge location. They care about the business their racist customers give them more than spreading a peaceful yet important message. Black lives matter. pic.twitter.com/qLYS6eCw3e — Yaxeny (@itsxeny) June 24, 2020 Whole Foods employees have been sent home...
    PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – People who identify as disabled say they were kicked to the curb, forced to leave and publicly embarrassed because of Giant Eagle’s mask policy. KDKA’s Meghan Schiller spoke exclusively with the local attorney who is vetting allegations against Giant Eagle and filing the lawsuits. The attorney filed about 30 complaints so far, and the stack on his desk keeps growing. He believes Giant Eagle made a blanket rule, but then asked some people to do something totally different because of their disability. He believes that’s discriminatory. Attorney Tom Anderson can barely keep up. “When I came in this morning and checked my voicemail here at work, I filled an entire sheet of people who called,” he says. Those callers are people who identify as disabled and say they walked into Giant Eagle without a mask on, only to be shown the door. He says these people have asthma, COPD, emphysema, PTSD or anxiety. Anderson filed complaints for 30 people so far to two places: in federal court and with the...
    (CNN)Police officers in Chattanooga, Tennessee, now have a duty to intervene when they see their colleagues acting unlawfully or inappropriately.Chattanooga Police Chief David Roddy announced the updated policy Monday in a statement. It comes amid weeks of protests following the death of George Floyd in police custody in Minneapolis and calls to defund or abolish police departments.Theres a growing call to defund the police. Heres what it means"Each department member has the individual responsibility to intervene and stop any other member from committing an unlawful or improper act, including but not limited to, acts of brutality, abuses of process, abuses of authority, and any other criminal acts or major violations of department rules and procedures," the policy states. "Successful intervention does not negate a duty to report."Failure to intervene will result in disciplinary action, Roddy said."I have updated and highlighted existing policy to reflect not only the current expectations of our police department, but what I also know is in the hearts and character of your officers," he said in a statement. Read More"I look forward to the coming conversations...
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