Across different chains and in different parts of the country, these stories varied in severity but were basically the same. Short staffing, low pay, no respect. It’s true, they would all be financially better off flipping burgers. But why? It may be true that as a nation we value a well-cooked burger over safe elder care. Still, it’s far easier to find a fast food worker than a CNA. It costs a CNA about $1,500 to get certified and takes roughly three months of school. Turnover in the industry is high. Every staffing coordinator will tell you these workers are in demand, so why do they make so little? … [Read more...] about Nursing Home Workers Were Underpaid, Overworked, and Denied PPE. And Then COVID Hit.
Overcoming fear of driving
"The problem is that batteries are big and heavy… Even with big breakthroughs in battery technology, electric vehicles will probably never be a practical solution for things like 18-wheelers, cargo ships, and passenger jets. Electricity works when you need to cover short distances, but we need a different solution for heavy, long-haul vehicles," Gates wrote in a blog post on 24 August. The co-founder of Microsoft Corporation suggested that biofuels would be a more feasible option for commercial vehicles rather than battery power. … [Read more...] about Bill Gates Suggests Tesla’s Electric Semi Trucks Not a ‘Practical Solution’ for Long Haul Vehicles
“You’d think they would be more lenient when companies are trying to recover — 5p might not sound much but it adds up if you drive all day. I’ll have to increase the workers’ fuel expenses." … [Read more...] about No10 ‘rules out’ huge 5p fuel tax hike to pay for coronavirus after drivers’ fury
"This is why I drive the way I do, it is far deeper than just doing a sport, I'm still fighting. Thank God I had my father, a strong black figure who I could look up to, that I knew understood and would stand by my side no matter what. Not all of us have that but we need to stand together with those who may not have that hero to lean on and protect them." … [Read more...] about Lewis Hamilton’s hope in the global fight against racism
And so it was clear that this had the potential to be a fairly transformative episode in terms of the trajectory of global affairs in the global system. And so we were already thinking about how to attack this problem within the confines of our work. And so it was really a natural suggestion that we put together this project. And so in late June and early July, we held an international conference that brought together experts from around the country and indeed around the world to look at the issue of how COVID would affect issues ranging from global public health to national security. And then we put together this book on the basis of essays that were produced for the conference and all credit to Johns Hopkins University Press. They turned it from a manuscript into a book with covers and everything in record time, about six weeks. … [Read more...] about Historian Hal Brands on COVID-19’s effect on world order
"One of the most arduous task while travelling on an autorickshaw for a long journey is to get used to the bumpy ride. Also, one cannot carry too much luggage on an autorickshaw. In fact, I had to courier back most of my belongings which I carried with me initially," she recalls. … [Read more...] about From Jaisalmer to Shillong, in an autorickshaw