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Amazon’s cloud unit wants to widen appeal of cashier-less tech

(Reuters) – Amazon.com Inc (AMZN.O) hopes to interest a wider range of industries in the technology it developed for cashier-less checkout at brick-and-mortar shops, a vice president said.

In recent years, the e-commerce company has opened stores without cashiers in which cameras and sensors determine what shoppers take and bill them after they exit.

Since 2020, it has sold these systems to food and retail markets in airports, professional and university stadiums, and a convention center.

Vice President Dilip Kumar said late on Wednesday the company aims to broaden sales of the technology since it moved the team in charge to its cloud-computing division, Amazon Web Services (AWS), in August.

“As part of AWS, you are by definition exposed to a wide range of clients,” he told Reuters in an interview at the cloud unit’s annual Las Vegas conference, which attracted more than 50,000 attendees across many industries.

“There would be no reason for me to talk to a hospital if I was entirely, predominantly focused on convenience and grocery,” he said.

Amazon has faced various technical challenges in its effort to eliminate in-person wait times. Since first teasing the concept in 2016, it has yet to upend brick-and-mortar retail as some had predicted.

Its technology, unveiled this year at a market in Major League Baseball’s T-Mobile Park in Seattle, has increased sales two to three times that of a prior storefront, Kumar said.

In India, an area of growth for Amazon, it has bought another cashier-less company called Watasale, he said.

TechCrunch in September reported Watasale’s founders had moved to the online retailer, but Amazon had no comment on the acquisition at the time.

Twitter suspends Kanye’s account again

(Reuters) – Twitter Inc on Friday suspended Kanye West’s account again, just two months after it was reinstated, after its owner Elon Musk said he had violated the platform’s rules prohibiting incitement to violence.

Musk, who calls himself a free speech absolutist, had welcomed the return of the rapper, now known as Ye, to the platform in October.

“I tried my best. Despite that, he again violated our rule against incitement to violence. Account will be suspended,” Musk tweeted late on Thursday.

West’s account was suspended within an hour of Musk’s post, made in a reply to a Twitter user who had said “Elon Fix Kanye Please”. Twitter did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Before suspending Ye’s account, which had over 30 million followers, Twitter had restricted one of his tweets. Reuters could not independently verify the contents of the post.

The social media platform restored the rapper’s account before the completion of its $44 billion takeover by Musk. Musk later clarified that he had had no role in bringing Ye back on Twitter.

Ye on Thursday tweeted a photo of Hollywood mogul Ari Emanuel spraying water at the back of Musk’s head with a hose. He captioned the picture “Let’s always remember this as my final tweet #ye24”, before the account was suspended.

Musk responded that Ye’s account was suspended for incitement to violence, and not for posting “an unflattering pic of me being hosed by Ari”.

In November, Twitter reinstated some controversial accounts that had been banned or suspended, including satirical website Babylon Bee and comedian Kathy Griffin.

Musk also decided to reinstate former U.S. President Donald Trump’s account after a majority of Twitter users voted in favor in a poll to bring back Trump.

Spotify CEO renews attack on Apple after Musk’s salvo

(Reuters) – Spotify (SPOT.N) CEO Daniel Ek renewed his attack on Apple (AAPL.O) on Wednesday in a series of tweets alleging the iPhone maker “gives itself every advantage while at the same time stifling innovation and hurting consumers”.

On Monday, the world’s richest person Elon Musk criticized the fee Apple charges software developers – including his Twitter business – for in-app purchases, and posted a meme suggesting he was willing to “go to war” rather than pay it.

Apple did not immediately respond to a request for comment on Wednesday. It has previously said the 30% cut it takes on purchases made in its App Store is used to protect consumers in areas such as fraud and privacy.

Spotify has previously submitted antitrust complaints against Apple in various countries, alleging the 30% charge has forced Spotify to “artificially inflate” its own prices.

Ek tagged a number of sympathetic business leaders in his 21-tweet thread, including Musk, Microsoft president Brad Smith, and Proton founder Andy Yen.

Tim Sweeney, the CEO of “Fortnite” maker Epic Games, subsequently tweeted that fighting Apple’s “monopoly” was “an American issue transcending party politics”.

Ek tweeted that Apple only “offers consumers the illusion of choice and give (sic) developers the illusion of control”.

“So how much longer will we look away from this threat to the future of the internet? How many more consumers will be denied choice? There’s been a lot of talk. Talk is helpful but we need action,” he wrote.

Report warns U.S. chip design market share to plunge without government support

(Reuters) – The United States has been a leader in microchip design with dominant companies like Nvidia, Intel and Qualcomm, but it risks a big drop in global market share without government support for the sector, warned a report released on Wednesday.

The U.S. share of chip design revenue has been slipping in recent years, dropping to 46% in 2021 from over 50% in 2015. Without government support, that could drop to 36% by the end of this decade, according to the analysis released by U.S. industry body Semiconductor Industry Association (SIA) and Boston Consulting Group.

The United States has already lost its lead in chip manufacturing, prompting the Biden administration to pass the CHIPS and Science Act this year. An earlier report by SIA and BCG in 2020 showed the U.S. share of modern global chip manufacturing capacity had fallen to 12% by that year, down from 37% in 1990.

While companies like Intel Corp (INTC.O) both design and manufacture chips, so-called fabless chipmakers like Nvidia Corp (NVDA.O) and Qualcomm Inc (QCOM.O) design chips that are made by the likes of Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. (2330.TW).

The report also said government support is helping companies in countries like China and South Korea to gain market share in chip designing as well.

It said federal investment in semiconductor design and R&D of $20 billion-$30 billion through 2030, including a $15 billion-$20 billion investment tax credit for chip design, would be needed to maintain U.S. leadership in the long-run.

While the CHIPS and Science Act included $39 billion in manufacturing grants for chip production and $13 billion for R&D, nothing was tagged for chip designing specifically, according to a spokesperson for SIA.

The report also said the U.S. chip industry will face a shortage of 23,000 design workers by 2030, but funding from the federal government could help support training up a workforce.

Amazon records biggest ever Thanksgiving shopping weekend

(Reuters) – Amazon.com Inc (AMZN.O) said on Wednesday it recorded its biggest ever Thanksgiving weekend this year as shoppers, undeterred by inflation, scooped up everything from New Balance sneakers to Nintendo Switch gaming consoles.

Fire TV Sticks, AirPods and Champion clothing were among the top-selling items, Amazon said.

The National Retail Federation said on Tuesday a record number of 196.7 million people shopped during the five-day period from Thanksgiving through Cyber Monday, while Adobe Analytics said Cyber Monday sales rose to $11.3 billion, making it the biggest U.S. online shopping day in history.

Amazon in October hosted a second Prime Day-like event offering steep holiday discounts, while rivals ranging from Walmart Inc (WMT.N) to Best Buy Co Inc (BBY.N) also launched their own sales events to lure shoppers.

Toxicity in modern relationships is first considered a form of love until it gets too detrimental

In this era of modernity, relationships are quite easy to jump into through umpteen apps and websites consisting of people with unbridled desperation for the kind of love they envisage, demonstrating reluctance towards reality. People come across other people with same desperation and delusional sense of love and find what they think they need in others. It is extensively distressing to see this generation uncontrollably craving to find love as soon as possible without any effort, and sanity. As a result most of the time, people end up colliding with each other, being lovelorn and elated to relish the feelings of being loved. Loving someone requires lots of efforts, it is harder than usual if one doesn’t know what healthy love feels like. Love is literally a surreal feeling that feels like a magical touch all over our hearts. Undoubtedly, it is a powerful force all of us experienced it. Moreover, we have also experienced the toxicity that creeps out in relationships without us noticing it, and destroys even the strongest bonds.

In the realm of social media, everything appears to be perfect and alluring, even toxicity is well decorated in romantic urges of people. On dating apps, people pour their desires about what they have imagined to see in their partners. It sort of looks like a list of qualities which hardly connects with human nature. This is categorically a human nature to long for love, specially being loved is prioritized more. Therefore, whenever someone treats us lovingly even if it’s a romantic sham, however it feels good, and we immediately fall for this feeling that person has made us feel. Initially everything in a new relationship seems to be filled with utmost joy, unfathomable caring, and love until things get messed up due to lack of understanding, trust, and communication.

At this juncture, new generation is unbelievably obsessed with filmy love stories, so they dream to have a love story likethey watch in movies. Living in romantic reveries lands them in a situation when their obsession with illusionary love becomes a desperation coercing them mentally to make an attempt to find it in other people. Little do they know that everything is not as beautiful as it seems in filmy love stories. And relationship is not all about love, caring, coitus, and joy, it requires strenuous efforts to make it strong and work, dealing with different kinds of behaviors, problems, and romantic vicissitudes.But this is something this generation scarcely pays attention to.

Toxicity comes with desperation however it is not noticed as initially it is considered a form of love. When all the romantic sparks diminish, and the person who depends on other person’s effort to make him/her happy, ends up with disappointments. And eventually disappointments spawn frustration and anger that’s absolutely unhealthy enough to paralyze abond outright. People become too insecure to live without their partners, it is dangerous when this in security ignites unrestrained anger and disrespect which is utterly common in modern relationships. Furthermore, there is always a fear of betrayal bothering partner incessantly, leading them to vent their frustration and trying to enslave others emotionally. It too seems cute to new lovers, until their freedom is chained to the emotional demands of their insecure, toxic partners who hardly know about this romantic toxicity. This dependency of happiness on a partner is as cancerous as dating a fanatic loony.

Nowadays most people are not exactly craving a loving, loyal partner asthey know it is not possible for them to be loyal too. They just yearn for a listener who can listen to their trauma, tragedy, and agony and sympathize with them. Since, understanding each other, building trust, strengthening bond is so outdated and boring for this generation. That’s why nowadays we are not reasonably dating people, we are actually dating disorders, and traumas. This is absolutely a hazardous effect of social media life on a generation continuously feeling devoid of love, enticing them to look for it in every person whose sugarcoated tongue beguiles them.

At this time, people quickly sympathize with toxic story concocted wickedly, falling for the inauthentic gullibility of a person, and thereafter, when toxicity starts to spout out, we start to blame the relationship, but never introspect as to how joyously we nourish it in the first place, and how willingly we allow it to grow in the small acts of anger and disrespect. The one who earlier seemed so genuine, kind, and loving, starts to look like an enemy who doesn’t care. However, we still don’t think of climbing out of this emotional abyss on account of a fear of being alone, and unloved. This fear is explicitly a prime reason why this generation is crawling into psychiatrists’ offices more often.

People surrendering to routinely humiliation on the pretext of having a partner, eventually get smothered by toxicity of their partners, and then skedaddle to suffer with trauma their relationships caused. Their fears of being abandoned, tortured, cheated, disrespected create an intense sense of inferiority which haunts them forever, even if they manage to move on in their lives. This trauma never ends. Currently, all of us are dealing with our agonies, toiling to conquer those bad experiences haunting and pulling us back to suffering. Some keep on worsening their insecurities and suffer and invite others to suffer with them, while some look for a help, and heal their wounds without depending on others for emotional ointment.

Toxicity which I believe is the most pernicious, is that makes one feel unnecessarily hurtful. This is apparently common in boys and girls in this era when vulnerability is not generally kept hidden, and that’s really good too. However, living as a hurtful person is a curse not only for him/her, but also for people he dates, or depends for love. It is a result of considering oneself to be incapable of being happy without depending on others. Although this is first cradled by people as it looks like an emotional damage caused in previous relationship. We always know what can be toxic, but we deliberately nourish it, thinking it will heal other person and everything will be okay. However nothing happens like this.

Toxicity never goes away until one determines to work on it, and decides not to depend on others. We must also ponder why we can’t heal anyone, as we are not healers. We can empathize with someone, understand him, being by his side in emotional voyage. But tolerating someone’s unhealthy dependency and desperationis not in any way a form of love, instead it is a source of trauma, and suffering for others too. Therefore, distancing from toxic relationships, be it friends, or lovers, is a path to healthy and meaningful life all of us deserve to enjoy.

Are More Supermarkets Going Plastic Free?

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The negative environmental impacts have been very well documented in recent years. It is undeniable that plastic pollution has been becoming a major concern. Indeed, plastic pollution is an increasingly urgent global issue, with millions of tonnes of plastic entering oceans every year.

As brands and retailers make more effort to reduce their environmental footprints, we have seen many companies making the shift away from plastic packaging. On the face of it this seems like good news. However, if we delve a little deeper, we may find that we are replacing one set of complicated problems with a different set of complicated problems. That being said, this depends entirely on the type of product being packaged, as well as what the replacement packaging material will be.

Challenges For Food Packaging 

When we talk about supermarkets, the main types of products that are on sale are perishable goods. Whether fresh, frozen, bottled or canned, most of the products we see on supermarket shelves are food items.

It’s recently been announced that major supermarkets in the United Kingdom are pushing to go plastic free. On the face of it this seems like a great move that could take a lot of plastic out of circulation. The idea is that this can be rolled out to other food products too, so considering the vast amount of plastic shrink wrap that is seen on the fresh fruit and veg section. 

The potential downside of removing the plastic packaging only really becomes apparent when you consider what the packaging does. For example, consider a piece of fruit that has been packaged using a modern shrinkwrap machine and compatible shrink wrap film. This piece of fruit has effectively been sealed off from the outside world. The shrink wrap protects the fruit from airborne contamination, as well as contamination during transport, storage and display. 

This is an important thing to keep in mind because properly applied shrink wrap extends the shelf life of a wide range of products. It also provides a fair amount of physical protection too, so fresh products are less likely to be damaged before they reach the supermarket shelves.

The conclusion here is that it is a good idea to remove plastic packaging, but if it amounts to more food waste then it may actually be beneficial to keep using shrinkwrap materials.

Some Products Just Need to be Wrapped

In the world of convenience food, microwave meals and food on the go, it’s inevitable that some packaging is going to be needed. This is especially true with pre prepared foods! It’s possible to use other packaging materials like cardboard, paper or tin foil, but they do not have the same benefits as plastic.

The issue is that plastic has been a wonder material for so many things. It can protect and preserve. It can also present too, given that translucent polyolefin is completely see-through. It can also be heated, chilled, frozen and microwaved without any problems at all. The main thing about plastic packaging materials like shrink wrap is that they are cheap. 

There are non plastic alternatives that can actually provide the exact same benefits as plastic. The problem is that they cost more to produce. They’re also not quite as versatile, which has practicality issues when it comes to food products. 

Even though sustainable packaging materials are very much on the rise, they still have a long way to go before they become widely used as an alternative to plastic.

So What Is The Answer?

There is no magical solution to the issue of plastic pollution, especially considering the implications for food security. As discussed, plastic packaging has so many benefits and is incredibly versatile. The positives of using plastic free packaging is that it will help reduce the amount of plastic pollution in our oceans and waterways. This could have immense ecological and environmental benefits. However, the transition to plastic free packaging is going to be a challenging one.

Another aspect that has not been discussed yet is how plastic waste can be processed. Recycling plastics is a complicated process, but researchers and scientists are trying to find ways to deal with the plastic pollution problem. One of the biggest challenges here is how to deal with single-use plastics once they have been used. The best way forward may be for more widespread adoption of non-plastic alternatives, or plastic materials that can be reused or recycled.

Dealing with the issue of plastic in supermarkets will require collaboration between brands, manufactures and governments. It will also require changes in consumer behaviour too. Ultimately, consumers need to be educated on how their purchasing decisions and behaviour contribute to the plastic pollution problem.

Tips to Making the Most Out of Your Next Business Trip

Business trips can be daunting. From preparing for presentations to networking at events, there’s a lot to think about. However, with a little planning, you can make the most of your trip and come back feeling refreshed and ready to take on the world. Here are tips to help you make the most out of your next business trip:

Do your research

Business trips can be both exciting and exhausting. If you’re properly prepared, however, you can make the most of your time away and come back feeling refreshed and ready to take on the world. One of the best ways to prepare for a business trip is to do your research in advance. Familiarize yourself with the lay of the land and learn about the local culture. This will help you feel more comfortable when you arrive and make it easier to navigate your way around. In addition, try to schedule some time for sightseeing or other activities that will help you relax and recharge. With a little planning, your business trip can be an enjoyable and productive experience.

Make a packing list

Packing for a business trip can be tricky. You want to pack everything you need without overpacking and lugging around a heavy suitcase. Make a list of everything you need to bring, including any documents or electronics, and try to stick to it as much as possible. This will help you stay organized and avoid packing unnecessary items. When packing your suitcase, be sure to use versatile clothing that can be mixed and matched to create different looks. This way, you can pack fewer items and still have a variety of options to choose from. Finally, don’t forget to pack essential items like toiletries and medications.

Invest in a good-quality laptop

If you’re planning your next business trip, one of the most important things you can do is invest in a good-quality laptop. A laptop will allow you to stay connected with your office while you’re on the road, and it can also be a valuable tool for entertainment and relaxation. If you’re looking for the best possible laptop experience, gaming laptops are the way to go. Gaming laptops are designed for peak performance, with powerful processors and graphics cards that can handle even the most demanding games. They also come with high-quality displays and audio systems, so you can enjoy an immersive gaming experience even when you’re traveling. If you’re serious about getting the most out of your next business trip, a gaming laptop is a worthwhile investment.

Set up an itinerary

Business trips can be hectic, and it can be difficult to make the most of your time when you’re trying to balance meetings and networking opportunities with exploring a new city. One of the best ways to maximize your time on a business trip is to set up an itinerary in advance. This way, you’ll know exactly what you need to do each day and you won’t waste time trying to figure out where you need to be. If you’re not sure where to start, try asking your colleagues for recommendations on the best places to eat, drink, and network. Once you have a plan, stick to it as much as possible you’ll be glad you did when your trip is over and you’ve accomplished everything you set out to do.

Get plenty of rest

Business trips can be both exciting and exhausting. To make the most of your next business trip, be sure to get plenty of rest. It can be tempting to stay up all night exploring your new surroundings, but this will only leave you feeling exhausted during meetings or events the next day. Try to get a good night’s sleep each night so you can be fresh and alert for whatever the day brings. In addition, take advantage of any downtime you may have during the day to rest and recharge. Even a few minutes of downtime can make a big difference when you’re trying to stay on top of your game.

Eat healthily

When traveling for business, it can be easy to let your health take a backseat. With hectic schedules and a never-ending to-do list, taking care of yourself can fall by the wayside. However, eating healthy is one of the best things you can do for your body when you’re on the road. Skipping meals or eating unhealthy food can lead to fatigue and low energy, making it harder to stay focused and productive. Instead, try to eat regular meals and pack snacks that will keep you going until your next meal. Bringing along some fruits or vegetables, nuts or seeds, and whole grain snacks will help you avoid unhealthy temptations and keep your energy levels up. Taking care of yourself on a business trip is important not only for your health but also for your work performance. so make sure to eat healthily and stay hydrated throughout your travels.

After all, business trips can be enjoyable experiences too! Take some time to explore your destination, sample the local cuisine, and visit some sights that interest you. You may even find that your business trip is also a mini vacation.

Requirements for Getting Second Passport by Investment

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Highland Europe investment

Citizenship is something that each of us receives at birth. Most people do not even think about it, and in vain. The world is organized in such a way that passports of countries are valued in different ways. It is especially evident in the international context. With documents of one state, you can visit hundreds of countries without restriction, while the passport of another state does not allow you to travel to a neighboring country.

You should obtain a second passport to enjoy all the advantages of a world without borders, to help develop your business, or to obtain other preferences. In the past, naturalization was considered the easiest way to achieve this. For example, you had to marry a citizen of the country whose document you want to obtain. However, several decades later, it is possible to get a second passport through investment in the state.

This format of obtaining a document was initially provided by the island countries. For them, it was a way to attract investment. In return, they gave their citizenship and certain preferences for business development. However, over time, this practice has expanded not only to the island states. The expert of Immigrant Invest Evgeniya Morozova notes that in this way, it is easy to get documents of such countries as:

  • Turkey;
  • Montenegro;
  • Portugal;
  • Malta.

If you obtain documents for second citizenship in these countries, you can legally stay in them and enjoy all the benefits.

Peculiarities of obtaining citizenship for investment

The possibility of obtaining a passport for investment is a process that is regulated individually in each country. However, they are united by the fact that it is possible to obtain a document faster with the help of the investment.

Now more and more investors are interested in getting second passport. There is nothing surprising in this. The advantages of this option:

  1. Opportunity to develop your business. Investors often get special tax preferences. This makes it possible to bring the level of assets to new indicators. In the island states, the attitude to business is as loyal as possible. Many people just draw up papers to conduct their business in a particular country. Some states do not even require a long stay in their territory in order to obtain a document.
  2. Security. Investor can protect himself from troubles in his home country, political instability. Moreover, his relatives will have a chance to become citizens. There will be a simplified procedure for them. Therefore, investors often choose small islands for a quiet and comfortable life (in political terms).
  3. Possibility to travel around the world. For example, thanks to the passport of Cyprus, you can travel visa free to over 150 countries around the world. You no longer have to wait a long time for the documents to be processed and you will not get a refusal of entry. You can travel around the world with practically no barriers. Statistics show that passports of states that attract investment open access to a greater number of countries than documents of ordinary countries in Asia, Africa.
  4. Access to a high standard of living. Small countries, as well as large states like Turkey and Portugal provide access to all their advantages. For example, quality medical care. And it will be available not only to the person who has become a citizen, but also to members of his family.
  5. Getting an education. Knowledge is the key to the development of any society. Now it is enough to migrate. It will help to provide you or your child with a quality education. For example, it gives you the right to study for a more modest fee.

All this makes the paperwork process so important and attractive. It is easy to see this from your own experience.

What are the requirements to apply for a second passport?

Each country has its own second passport requirements. They appeared in order to ensure that the documents could not be obtained by fraudsters, who are trying to evade the law in this way. That’s why it takes time to process the request. It is usually about six months. But in some cases, an accelerated procedure is available. For example, when making a large capital.

The basic principle for obtaining documents is age. The main applicant must be over 18 years old. Other investment citizenship requirements also include:

  1. No criminal record. Countries are ready to accept only those who have no problems with the law. It is not difficult for most people to get such a paper.
  2. Proof that the funds were received. For example, a certificate of income or any other proof that the money was received legally. Such documents for second citizenship obtainment are required almost everywhere.
  3. The need to make an investment. Its size and purpose may vary. The most common option is the purchase of real estate from a list approved by officials. It is also possible to invest in business development. The minimum amount of investment varies greatly in the countries. This should also be taken into account when choosing the right program.

In addition, each country may have an additional list of requirements for the potential investor. For example, it includes items about the necessity to develop local businesses or to respect cultural traditions. However, all this is not so important. The main thing is to have the necessary capital. On average, an investment of 300000-400000 euros will be quite enough to initially obtain the right to stay legally in the country and enjoy all its benefits, and after a few years, to undergo a simplified procedure for obtaining citizenship. Since there are many proposals, you can find states with a lower threshold for investment.

The most common options for investment

Now you know how to obtain second citizenship by investment, but it is also important to understand where to invest. There are several main types:

  1. Donation. It is usually made to a national foundation. It supports the well-being and development of the community. The disadvantage of a donation is that you will not get your money back, it goes to the state. But the amount you have to part with is relatively small. 
  2. Purchase of real estate. This is an excellent option for those who are going to move to live in the country. It is particularly common to have houses or villas offered on the island states. You can live by the sea and enjoy the great weather. Usually, the state puts the condition that you can’t sell the property immediately after purchase. It is possible to dispose of it after 3 to 5 years.
  3. The combined model. For example, it is used in Montenegro. It is assumed that you need to invest a certain amount in a special fund, as well as acquire one of the types of real estate.

Now potential investors can choose from 10 options for work programs. It is easy to find the most suitable one among this variety, taking into account the location of the country, the preferences it offers, the size of the investment that is required to make.

Tips for Working with People with Disabilities

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The traditional perception of them being helpless and needing care all the time is breaking. The world is opening up many opportunities for disabled people to contribute to the workplace.

Of over 4.4 million people with some form of disability in Australia, nearly half are of working age. This means employers are likely to see more people with disabilities coming into the workforce. The idea of the workplace of the future hinges heavily on inclusivity. And therefore, the inclusion of disabled people is an issue they must take seriously. If you are an employer, working alongside a disabled person requires putting certain things in perspective. 

Here are some tips to keep in mind to foster healthy workplace relationships with people with disabilities.

Building a Collaborative Environment 

A person with a disability must have often been told how they are not suited for a particular task or that they can’t do it well enough. This diminishes their self-esteem, confidence and value in the world. 

You can create a more inclusive workplace by allowing the person to choose whether they can or cannot do the job. Instead of looking down on them, let them have the space to collaborate. They can ask for help when they need it. 

Rethink Your Assumptions

Not all disabilities are visible. Your peer may have a disability that is not visible. Certain illnesses like epilepsy, deafness, mental illness etc, are hard to see or understand. You mustn’t assume the kind of disability they have. You can ask in a dignified way what their disability is. 

People with invisible disabilities can struggle to validate their disability and may face more discrimination. 

Educate Yourself 

If your co-worker has a disability of some sort, you may find it difficult to assist them if you don’t know much about their condition. You must know what the disability is. You can find additional information online regarding their situation. You can maintain a respectful relationship when you are aware of their condition and offer assistance when they need it. 

Know Disability Etiquette

There is certain disability etiquette specific to certain cultures. Make sure you know them and do not interact with your co-worker as though you look down on them. Always focus on their ability and skills rather than their disability. This is a great way to shift perspective at a workplace. Being mindful of your language, asking first before offering assistance, not being intrusive, making accessibility a priority etc., are ways to make your workplace more inclusive and disabled-friendly.

Take a Nuanced Approach 

It’s crucial to be aware of their general needs as disabled people. But it’s equally crucial, if not more, to remember that there is more to them than their disability. Patience, empathy, and kindness are three qualities that will help you strike the right balance when engaging with those with disabilities. Understanding these nuances can go a long way in negotiating reasonable adjustments in the workplace and creating a safe space for employees with disability. 

Making our world more open to all is a sign of progress. Our perspectives shift from occlusive to inclusive when we learn to see others around us as our peers. There are outstanding initiatives, like Workforce Australia, that aim at bringing disabled people into the workforce and providing equal access to opportunity and growth. 

How to Pick the Right Bag for Your Personal Style

When it comes to bags, there are so many different shapes and sizes to choose from. And with so many options on the market, it can be tough to decide which bag is the right fit for your unique style. But don’t worry, we’re here to help!

Below, we’ll take a look at some of the different types of bags available and offer some tips on how to pick the right one for you. So, whether you’re in the market for a new shoulder bag or just need some advice on how to style your current bag, keep reading for our top tips on how to pick the right bag for your style.

Shoulder Bags

When it comes to shoulder bags, there are a variety of different shapes, sizes, and styles to choose from. The most popular style is the hobo shoulder bag, which is a slouchy, casual bag that hangs off the shoulder. Another popular style is the tote bag, which is a roomy bag that can be used for both work and everyday errands. A lot of women also love the look and functionality of crossbody bags, which can be worn across the body for added security.

No matter what your style is, there is sure to be a perfect shoulder bag for you. When shopping for a shoulder bag, be sure to consider the size and shape of the bag, as well as the type of straps it has. You’ll also want to make sure that the bag is big enough to fit all of your essentials, but not so big that it becomes cumbersome to carry.

Satchel Bags

Satchel bags are one of the most popular types of bags on the market today. They come in all shapes and sizes and can be used for a variety of purposes. Whether you are looking for a bag to take to work, school, or on a weekend getaway, a satchel bag is a great option.

Satchel bags are generally made from high-quality materials, which means they are durable and can withstand a lot of wear and tear. They are also spacious, so you can fit a lot of stuff inside. Additionally, satchel bags usually have multiple compartments and pockets, which are perfect for organizing your belongings.

Backpack

A backpack is a type of bag, typically worn on one’s back, which is used to carry supplies, equipment, or other materials. Backpacks are often preferred over other bags because they are more versatile and can be worn in a variety of ways. 

Backpacks can be divided into two categories: frameless and framed. A frameless backpack features a soft fabric exterior and typically contains one or two shoulder straps that allow it to be carried. A framed backpack features an external frame that holds the backpack in shape and typically contains multiple shoulder straps and a hip belt to help distribute the weight of the load.

Clutch

A clutch bag is a small bag that is held in the hand, rather than being worn over the shoulder or across the body. Clutch bags are often used to carry small items such as wallets, phones, and lipstick, and are popular with women who want to keep their hands free.

A clutch bag is a great choice for special occasions, as it can add a touch of elegance to any outfit. They come in a variety of shapes and sizes, and you can find them in a range of materials, including leather, suede, and fabric. Clutches are perfect for carrying your essentials, such as your phone, keys, and wallet. They are also a great option for carrying small items like cosmetics and sunglasses.

Crypto exchange Bitfront shuts down

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(Reuters) – Bitfront, a U.S. crypto exchange backed by Japanese social media firm Line Corp, said it has suspended new sign-ups and credit card payments and will cease operations in a few months despite efforts to overcome challenges in the rapidly evolving industry.

“However, despite our efforts … we have regretfully determined that we need to shut down BITFRONT in order to continue growing the LINE blockchain ecosystem and LINK token economy,” the California-based company said in a statement on its website on Sunday.

Bitfront said the move is unrelated to recent issues among certain crypto exchanges that have been accused of “misconduct”.

FTX, which was among the world’s largest cryptocurrency exchanges, is now the subject of investigations by authorities for “criminal misconduct”.

The company had filed for bankruptcy earlier this month, while cryptocurrency lender BlockFi filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection on Monday, hurt by exposure to the collapse of FTX.

Bitfront said it has suspended new sign-ups and credit card payments as of Nov. 28, and will suspend withdrawals on March 31, 2023. The company clarified that interest for deposits made between Dec. 5 and Dec. 11 will be paid out on Dec. 13, 2022.

Spotify, Epic Games get ally in Musk in fight against Apple fees

(Reuters) – Elon Musk’s declaration of war on Apple (AAPL.O) in a series of tweets on Monday gives Spotify and Fortnite maker Epic Games a powerful ally in taking the tech giant to task over its 30% App Store fees.

Musk criticized the fee Apple charges software developers for in-app purchases, and posted a meme suggesting he was willing to “go to war” rather than pay the levy. Musk also suggested Apple had threatened to block Twitter from its app store, although he did not explain why.

Spotify has previously submitted antitrust complaints against the iPhone-maker in Europe, and Epic Games sued Apple in the United States in 2020.

Since buying Twitter last month, Musk has unveiled plans to charge users $8 per month for getting verified on the social media platform to boost its profitability and avoid bankruptcy. A 30% cut on that would be a big dent to those plans.

The European Commission has been investigating whether Apple’s rules for app developers violate its rules after Spotify filed an antitrust case against Apple in 2019.

Apple risks a fine as much as 10% of its global turnover if found guilty of breaching EU antitrust rules.

Luke Suddards, analyst at investment insights firm Finimize, said Apple was “playing a dangerous game” by threatening to pull Twitter from its App Store.

“If Twitter was kicked off, there could be another lawsuit developing. We saw Elon Musk use the courts effectively during his Twitter purchase and it would be no surprise if he pursued the same strategy now.”

Earlier this month, “Fortnite” video game maker Epic Games asked a three-judge U.S. federal appeals panel to overturn portions of a lower court antitrust ruling that largely favoured Apple and its App Store payment business.

Apple had said the commissions it gets help it fund reviews of apps to ensure consumers are not exposed to fraudulent, pornographic or privacy-intrusive apps.

“Apple continues to disadvantage competitors, and the impact is huge – on consumers, app developers, and now, authors and publishers. Without policymakers taking action, nothing will change,” Spotify CEO Daniel Ek wrote on Twitter last month.

Musk, who was in the process of buying Twitter at that time, wrote “concerning” in response to Ek’s post.

But some analysts are concerned that going to battle with Apple might push more users away from Twitter.

“While Musk seeks to reignite the ongoing battle between Apple and developers, all of this negativity will drive Twitter users away,” said Paolo Pescatore, an analyst with PP Foresight.

“People will not ditch their iPhones… They have been accustomed to signing up to different social services but only use one phone at a time,” he said.

Apple, Twitter and Spotify did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

Want to create a startup? Join another first

(Reuters) – More than 1,000 technology startups were created in Europe and Israel by former employees of about 200 venture capital-backed unicorns in the region since the financial crisis of 2008, a report by VC firm Accel showed on Tuesday.

After the boom in startups in the last two years, sentiment has turned negative in the second half of this year with several companies lowering valuations and cutting jobs in a bid to find a path to profit.

But Accel argues that the community is in a much stronger position than during the financial crisis with a strong set of founders ready to create “the next wave of companies”.

Top startups such as BlaBlaCar, Criteo (CRTO.O), Delivery Hero (DHER.DE), Klarna, N26, Revolut, Skype, Spotify (SPOT.N) and Zalando (ZALG.DE) have become the breeding grounds for new founders. Each of those companies has led to the creation of more than 20 startups, helmed by former employees.

Former employees from each of the newer startups like Babylon, Celonis, iZettle (IPO-IZET.ST) and SumUp have also created more than 10 companies.

“Last year, the pace of investment was very high. That has gone down dramatically,” Harry Nelis, partner at Accel, said in an interview.

“There will be fewer deals, fewer transactions taking place in a time of transition, but once the new level has been found, I think things will pick up quite a bit,” he said.

While London saw the most number startups being created with employees of 27 unicorns forming 168 startups, Swedish capital Stockholm had one of the highest per capita numbers with 98 companies spawning from just 11 startups.

“Unicorns tend to create more rounded founders than large organizations like the tech behemoths because people have had kind of a better training ground for entrepreneurial activity,” Nelis said.

Employees in a startup tends to get access to many different functions from engineering to sales, giving them exposure to various parts of the business, he said.

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