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Amazon sends sex toys and dolls despite pledge to prioritize essential goods – Business Insider

Amazon sends sex toys and dolls despite pledge to prioritize essential goods – Business Insider
  • On March 17, Amazon announced that it would only accept orders for goods such as medical and sanitation supplies, and other high-demand products amid the global coronavirus outbreaks.
  • Amazon said claimed it would only deliver essential items in Italy and France, regardless of what it had in stock.
  • However, Amazon workers at facilities across the US claim that the e-commerce giant is continuing to deliver non-essential items, like nipple clamps, Nintendo Switches, and home hand spa stations.
  • In response, Amazon told Business Insider that it is “focused on stocking and delivering items that are a higher priority for our customers, including household staples, sanitizers, baby formula, and medical supplies.”
  • Visit Business Insider’s homepage for more stories.

As businesses close their doors and risk financial ruin to help curb spread the of the coronavirus, Amazon has maintained operation, saying it is “working around the clock to ensure we continue to provide essential services during the COVID-19 pandemic.”

However, several Amazon workers who work at various facilities across the nation say they’re putting their lives at risk to fulfill orders that are far from “essential.”

“We’re creating more disaster than we’re helping. There’s nothing on our truck that is essential,” Kathy Knight, a driver lead for Amazon in Pennsylvania, told Business Insider. “I mean, my life is essential – but there’s nothing else on that truck that is.”

Amazon continues to ship out various non-essential items, including nipple clamps, dollhouses, and home hand spas

On March 17, Amazon announced to its vendors that it would be prioritizing “essential goods” such as household staples, medical supplies, and other high-demand products amid the global coronavirus outbreaks. Days later, the company claimed that it would only deliver essential items in Italy in France, where many residents have been under strict lockdowns for over a month, to “to respect anti-coronavirus safety measures in the workplaces,” Reuters reported.

Kristen Kish, a spokesperson for Amazon, told Business Insider that Amazon “continues to remain focused on stocking and delivering items that are a higher priority for our customers, including household staples, sanitizers, baby formula, and medical supplies.”

However, several employees who work across various stages of Amazon’s fulfillment process – from intaking products from vendors to packaging orders to ship out to customers, and delivering boxes to their doors – told Business Insider that the company is continuing to deliver most of what customers orders despite their pledges to focus on essential services.

One inbound associate from Houston, Texas, recalled scanning in rhinestones, keto diet food, and dog brushes from vendors as recent as last week.

“But from what I can see on my end, I’m not seeing the essentials. I don’t see paper towels, or clorox wipes, or bleach,” she said.

While packaging items to be sent out to customers, two outbound associates – one in Phoenix, Arizona, and another in Hazleton, Pennsylvania – both reported sorting through various sex toys such as nipple clamps and dildos and sending out items like sunglasses. One Amazon customer had recently ordered 392 different kinds of nipple clamps, a worker said.

A Phoenix, Arizona associate expressed frustration after packaging nipple clamps and sunglasses to send out to customers, even as a nearby building confirmed an employee had tested positive for the coronavirus.

“We’re not only sending out essential items to customers, but we’re sending stupid stuff like sex toys – it doesn’t make sense to send that type of stuff out to people,” the associate in Arizona who wished to remain anonymous told Business Insider.

Knight, an Amazon driver who makes anywhere from 150 to 190 stops a day to deliver as many as 300 packages in Pennsylvania, began taking note of the items she was delivering after Amazon announced it would be prioritizing critical items.

“In one day, I had a home hand spa, glittery girl dolls, a dollhouse, Xbox games, and racecar tracks,” the 47-year-old told Business Insider, noting that she had not included several days after the announcement to account for orders that had already been placed prior to the March 17 announcement.

In the time since Amazon’s announcement that it would be prioritizing delivering essential products, she said she hadn’t delivered medical supplies, groceries, or household cleaning supplies. The last “essential” items she delivered were bulk orders of toilet paper rolls, she said, as people began to hoard the paper product in the early days of the outbreak.

But, she says what really set her off was delivering ping pong paddles in a wealthy neighborhood.

“I’m like, ‘Are you serious?’ I am coming out here and risking my life for seeing taking this home to my children and my boyfriend. So you can have ping pong paddle?” she said.

Soon after, Knight told her boss that she would no longer be delivering packages for Amazon for the time being. Her 22-year-old son, who also worked as an Amazon driver, began experiencing symptoms associated with COVID-19 after delivering boxes to a local hospital. She claimed she no longer wanted to risk spreading the virus across her community any longer.

Amazon publicly lauds its warehouse workers as “heroes” – but they feel that the company is unnecessarily putting their life at risk

Medical personnel, emergency responders, and grocery store workers are among the essential workers putting their lives at risk to battle the coronavirus outbreak. Amazon considered its e-commerce services among those heroically operating amid these tumultuous times.

“Our employees are heroes fighting for their communities and helping people get critical items they need in this crisis,” a Kristen Kish, a spokesperson for Amazon told Business Insider. “We have nearly 500,000 people in the U.S. alone supporting customers and we are taking measures to support each one.”

However, warehouse employees executing those services feel that Amazon is not doing enough to protect its workers, or the larger community from being exposed to the coronavirus.

“They call us heroes in the media but treat us like freed slaves that have no other choice to work for the same master for little pay and same crappy conditions,” an employee from Arizona told Business Insider.

With hundreds or even thousands of workers packed into a warehouse at a time – rendering social distancing measures “impossible” – and a scarce supply of hand sanitizers and cleaning products, employees called Amazon facilities a “breeding ground” for coronavirus infection.

And, despite having confirmed COVID-19 cases at several warehouses, they claim that management refused to temporarily close down their locations to clean the entire facility despite employee requests.

“I’m really confused on why we’re even being asked to work. Amazon doesn’t have with the people need,” the Houston warehouse worker claimed, adding that she has not processed toilet paper, cleaning supplies, or other “essential items” that the e-commerce giant claimed to be prioritizing.

“Essentials aren’t really available in the warehouse,” she added.

An Amazon employee who works in vendor returns said her department was continuing to process returns – a job she and her colleagues did not consider critical amid the outbreak. However, she and about 1,100 other employees continue to cram into a building in Lexington, Kentucky to continue this “non-essential service.”

“We are not providing any life-sustaining services right now we are simply taking in returns and at this particular time I can’t imagine anybody that wants to go process or return right now outside of their home,” the employee told Business Insider.

The employee in Pennsylvania claimed that she was not notified as an associate fulfilling customer order that Amazon was “prioritizing actual essential items.”

“If they say they changed the policy, they haven’t – they’re shipping everything as it comes,” Dominica Mercuri, a warehouse associate in Pennsylvania, told Business Insider.

As far as she knew, Amazon was “still trying to even keep their two-day promise to our Prime members whenever they can,” she said.

 

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Amazon sends sex toys and dolls despite pledge to prioritize essential goods – Business Insider

Amazon sends sex toys and dolls despite pledge to prioritize essential goods – Business Insider
  • On March 17, Amazon announced that it would only accept orders for goods such as medical and sanitation supplies, and other high-demand products amid the global coronavirus outbreaks.
  • Amazon said claimed it would only deliver essential items in Italy and France, regardless of what it had in stock.
  • However, Amazon workers at facilities across the US claim that the e-commerce giant is continuing to deliver non-essential items, like nipple clamps, Nintendo Switches, and home hand spa stations.
  • In response, Amazon told Business Insider that it is “focused on stocking and delivering items that are a higher priority for our customers, including household staples, sanitizers, baby formula, and medical supplies.”
  • Visit Business Insider’s homepage for more stories.

As businesses close their doors and risk financial ruin to help curb spread the of the coronavirus, Amazon has maintained operation, saying it is “working around the clock to ensure we continue to provide essential services during the COVID-19 pandemic.”

However, several Amazon workers who work at various facilities across the nation say they’re putting their lives at risk to fulfill orders that are far from “essential.”

“We’re creating more disaster than we’re helping. There’s nothing on our truck that is essential,” Kathy Knight, a driver lead for Amazon in Pennsylvania, told Business Insider. “I mean, my life is essential – but there’s nothing else on that truck that is.”

Amazon continues to ship out various non-essential items, including nipple clamps, dollhouses, and home hand spas

On March 17, Amazon announced to its vendors that it would be prioritizing “essential goods” such as household staples, medical supplies, and other high-demand products amid the global coronavirus outbreaks. Days later, the company claimed that it would only deliver essential items in Italy in France, where many residents have been under strict lockdowns for over a month, to “to respect anti-coronavirus safety measures in the workplaces,” Reuters reported.

Kristen Kish, a spokesperson for Amazon, told Business Insider that Amazon “continues to remain focused on stocking and delivering items that are a higher priority for our customers, including household staples, sanitizers, baby formula, and medical supplies.”

However, several employees who work across various stages of Amazon’s fulfillment process – from intaking products from vendors to packaging orders to ship out to customers, and delivering boxes to their doors – told Business Insider that the company is continuing to deliver most of what customers orders despite their pledges to focus on essential services.

One inbound associate from Houston, Texas, recalled scanning in rhinestones, keto diet food, and dog brushes from vendors as recent as last week.

“But from what I can see on my end, I’m not seeing the essentials. I don’t see paper towels, or clorox wipes, or bleach,” she said.

While packaging items to be sent out to customers, two outbound associates – one in Phoenix, Arizona, and another in Hazleton, Pennsylvania – both reported sorting through various sex toys such as nipple clamps and dildos and sending out items like sunglasses. One Amazon customer had recently ordered 392 different kinds of nipple clamps, a worker said.

A Phoenix, Arizona associate expressed frustration after packaging nipple clamps and sunglasses to send out to customers, even as a nearby building confirmed an employee had tested positive for the coronavirus.

“We’re not only sending out essential items to customers, but we’re sending stupid stuff like sex toys – it doesn’t make sense to send that type of stuff out to people,” the associate in Arizona who wished to remain anonymous told Business Insider.

Knight, an Amazon driver who makes anywhere from 150 to 190 stops a day to deliver as many as 300 packages in Pennsylvania, began taking note of the items she was delivering after Amazon announced it would be prioritizing critical items.

“In one day, I had a home hand spa, glittery girl dolls, a dollhouse, Xbox games, and racecar tracks,” the 47-year-old told Business Insider, noting that she had not included several days after the announcement to account for orders that had already been placed prior to the March 17 announcement.

In the time since Amazon’s announcement that it would be prioritizing delivering essential products, she said she hadn’t delivered medical supplies, groceries, or household cleaning supplies. The last “essential” items she delivered were bulk orders of toilet paper rolls, she said, as people began to hoard the paper product in the early days of the outbreak.

But, she says what really set her off was delivering ping pong paddles in a wealthy neighborhood.

“I’m like, ‘Are you serious?’ I am coming out here and risking my life for seeing taking this home to my children and my boyfriend. So you can have ping pong paddle?” she said.

Soon after, Knight told her boss that she would no longer be delivering packages for Amazon for the time being. Her 22-year-old son, who also worked as an Amazon driver, began experiencing symptoms associated with COVID-19 after delivering boxes to a local hospital. She claimed she no longer wanted to risk spreading the virus across her community any longer.

Amazon publicly lauds its warehouse workers as “heroes” – but they feel that the company is unnecessarily putting their life at risk

Medical personnel, emergency responders, and grocery store workers are among the essential workers putting their lives at risk to battle the coronavirus outbreak. Amazon considered its e-commerce services among those heroically operating amid these tumultuous times.

“Our employees are heroes fighting for their communities and helping people get critical items they need in this crisis,” a Kristen Kish, a spokesperson for Amazon told Business Insider. “We have nearly 500,000 people in the U.S. alone supporting customers and we are taking measures to support each one.”

However, warehouse employees executing those services feel that Amazon is not doing enough to protect its workers, or the larger community from being exposed to the coronavirus.

“They call us heroes in the media but treat us like freed slaves that have no other choice to work for the same master for little pay and same crappy conditions,” an employee from Arizona told Business Insider.

With hundreds or even thousands of workers packed into a warehouse at a time – rendering social distancing measures “impossible” – and a scarce supply of hand sanitizers and cleaning products, employees called Amazon facilities a “breeding ground” for coronavirus infection.

And, despite having confirmed COVID-19 cases at several warehouses, they claim that management refused to temporarily close down their locations to clean the entire facility despite employee requests.

“I’m really confused on why we’re even being asked to work. Amazon doesn’t have with the people need,” the Houston warehouse worker claimed, adding that she has not processed toilet paper, cleaning supplies, or other “essential items” that the e-commerce giant claimed to be prioritizing.

“Essentials aren’t really available in the warehouse,” she added.

An Amazon employee who works in vendor returns said her department was continuing to process returns – a job she and her colleagues did not consider critical amid the outbreak. However, she and about 1,100 other employees continue to cram into a building in Lexington, Kentucky to continue this “non-essential service.”

“We are not providing any life-sustaining services right now we are simply taking in returns and at this particular time I can’t imagine anybody that wants to go process or return right now outside of their home,” the employee told Business Insider.

The employee in Pennsylvania claimed that she was not notified as an associate fulfilling customer order that Amazon was “prioritizing actual essential items.”

“If they say they changed the policy, they haven’t – they’re shipping everything as it comes,” Dominica Mercuri, a warehouse associate in Pennsylvania, told Business Insider.

As far as she knew, Amazon was “still trying to even keep their two-day promise to our Prime members whenever they can,” she said.

 

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Drei Tote, sechs Verletzte: Haus bei Moskau stürzt nach Explosion ein

Drei Tote, sechs Verletzte: Haus bei Moskau stürzt nach Explosion ein

Rettungskräfte stehen vor dem Hausteil, der nach der Explosion eingestürzt istFoto: REUTERS

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Nahe der russischen Hauptstadt Moskau ist ein mehrstöckiges Wohnhaus nach einer Gasexplosion eingestürzt.

Dabei seien drei Bewohner gestorben und mindestens sechs weitere Menschen verletzt worden, meldete die russische Agentur Tass unter Berufung auf den Zivilschutz. Die Einsatzkräfte retteten demnach mehrere Bewohner, die unter den Trümmern begraben wurden. Rund 200 Menschen wurden unverletzt in Sicherheit gebracht.


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Das Haus wurde bei der Explosion zerstörtFoto: MAXIM SHEMETOV / Reuters

Die Explosion ereignete sich in der Stadt Orechowo-Sujewo, rund 95 Kilometer östlich von Moskau. Auf Fotos war zu sehen, dass mehrere Stockwerke des Gebäudes zerstört waren. Die umliegenden Häuser waren nicht betroffen.

In Russland kommt es häufiger zu solchen Notfällen, da die Infrastrukturen noch aus Sowjetzeiten stammen und Sicherheitskontrollen oft nicht eingehalten werden. Erst in der vergangenen Woche starben in Magnitogorsk am Ural mehrere Menschen bei einer Explosion in einem Wohnhaus. Damals soll bei Sanierungsarbeiten Gas ausgetreten sein.

Weil es in Russland aufgrund der Corona-Pandemie strenge Ausgangsbeschränkungen gibt, gab es Befürchtungen bezüglicher einer hohen Anzahl von Toten durch die Explosion. Die Bewohner der Millionenmetropole und im Umland sind dazu aufgerufen, ihre Wohnungen und Häuser nur im Ausnahmefall zu verlassen.

 

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Eddie Jobes sista hopp: Högsta domstolen

Eddie Jobes sista hopp: Högsta domstolen
GöteborgEddie Jobe hade motiv och kapacitet att döda kvällen han greps. Det uttryckte åklagarna under rättegången mot gängledaren.

Hovrätten valde att döma 31-åringen till fängelse i sex och ett halvt år.I en förhoppning om att få ett kortare straff har Eddie Jobe nu vänt sig till Högsta domstolen.

 

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Ações da Petrobras têm nova alta seguindo petróleo; Usiminas cai 6% com recomendação e parada de fornos

Ações da Petrobras têm nova alta seguindo petróleo; Usiminas cai 6% com recomendação e parada de fornos

SÃO PAULO – A sessão foi novamente de forte queda para a bolsa em meio aos dados de emprego nos EUA muito piores do que o esperado, o que voltou a elevar o sentimento de aversão ao risco do mercado. As ações da Petrobras, que chegaram a subir cerca de 3% no início da sessão, ajudando a limitar maiores perdas do índice com a continuidade do rali do petróleo, zeraram os ganhos e, durante a sessão, passaram a registrar perdas.

A sessão foi de forte alta para o petróleo e o barril do Brent disparou 15% hoje, em meio à expectativa por um acordo da Organização dos Países Exportadores de Petróleo e aliados (Opep ) após a Arábia Saudita convocar reunião para discutir a crise no mercado.

A Opep se reúne na segunda-feira (6) para debater uma proposta de cortar a produção coletiva do grupo em pelo menos 6 milhões de barris por dia (bpd), em resposta aos efeitos da pandemia de coronavírus no mercado da commodity, segundo fontes ouvidas pela Dow Jones Newswires. As mesmas fontes disseram que os russos provavelmente não concordarão com a redução se os Estados Unidos não aceitarem participar da iniciativa. A Opep , por esse motivo, considera a possibilidade de convidar produtores dos EUA e Canadá para a teleconferência.

Apesar do avanço no acordo, há ainda muitas incertezas sobre qual será o impacto do coronavírus na demanda por petróleo, além das dúvidas sobre o tamanho do corte de produção.

Já os bancos caíram até 7%, caso de Banco do Brasil (BBAS3), Itaú (ITUB4) e Bradesco (BBDC4) em meio ao cenário de maior aversão ao risco do mercado. No radar está o Senado, que pode votar nas próximas semanas um projeto do senador Weverton Rocha (PDT-MA) que eleva de 20% para 50% a alíquota da Contribuição Social sobre o Lucro Líquido (CSLL) para bancos e instituições financeiras, que consta numa lista de 12 pautas prioritárias a serem votadas como forma de combater ou minimizar a pandemia de coronavírus.

Enquanto isso, a Usiminas (USIM5) viu suas as ações caírem 11,88% após paralisar fornos e com o corte de recomendação pelo Bradesco BBI. A siderúrgica ainda comunicou que reduziu seus investimentos de R$ 1 bilhão para R$ 600 milhões em 2020. Por causa da crise do coronavírus, a empresa tomará várias medidas a partir de amanhã.

O dia também foi de forte queda para as outras siderúrgicas, com Gerdau (GGBR4) e CSN (CSNA3) caindo até 7%, além da Vale (VALE3), que fechou com perdas de 5,5%.

Confira os destaques:

Petrobras (PETR3;PETR4)

A Petrobras comunicou que descobriu a presença de petróleo no poço pioneiro do bloco Uirapuru, localizado no pré-sal da Bacia de Santos. Segundo a empresa, o poço pioneiro está localizado a uma distância de 200 quilômetros da cidade de Santos (SP), em alto-mar e a uma profundidade de 1.995 metros. A Petrobras comentou que “os dados serão analisados para melhor direcionar as atividades exploratórias na área e avaliar o potencial da descoberta”.

O bloco Uirapuru foi adquirido em leilão de partilha do pré-sal em 2018 e está sob regime de partilha de produção. A Pré-sal Petróleo S.A. (PPSA) é a gestora do campo. A Petrobras tem 30% de participação e é a operadora do bloco, em parceria com a americana Exxon Mobil (28%), Equinor (28%) e Petrogal (14%).

O Bradesco BBI manteve a recomendação neutra para a Petrobras, mesmo com a possibilidade de uma reunião em breve da Opep , a qual poderá anunciar um acordo final entre a Arábia e a Rússia para reduzir a produção mundial de petróleo entre 10 milhões e 15 milhões de barris diários.

Segundo o BBI, o cenário com os mercados futuros do petróleo ainda deve ser de cautela, porque não foi definido quando a reunião da Opep acontecerá, e também, se e quando acontecer, se haverá acordo entre os países para reduzir a produção e qual será a magnitude do corte.

“Primeiro, precisamos ver se essa reunião realmente acontecerá. Segundo, precisamos observar quais países serão convidados a cortar a produção e em quanto. Finalmente, devemos observar qual será o impacto final disso na curva de valores futuros do barril do petróleo Brent, que ainda está abaixo dos US$ 40”, avalia o BBI. Para a Petrobras, o banco reduziu algumas estimativas, prevendo agora uma queda de 7,4% nas vendas da gasolina em 2020 e uma alta marginal de até 1,5% no diesel. O BBI acredita que o pagamento de dividendos mais altos pela petrolífera deve demorar mais tempo, possivelmente em 2026, quando a relação dívida líquida sobre o Ebitda cair a 1,5 vezes (1,5x).

Vale (VALE3)

A ANM (Agência Nacional de Mineração) interdita 47 barragens de diversas empresas, sendo metade delas da Vale, sem declaração de estabilidade. As estruturas de mineração que não atestaram a segurança ou não enviaram a declaração estão automaticamente proibidas de receber novos aportes de rejeitos ou sedimentos desde 1 de abril.

Das 37 barragens interditadas em Minas Gerais, trinta não obtiveram o documento. Destas, 23 são da Vale. Em nota, a mineradora informou que “continua aperfeiçoando seu Sistema de Gestão de Barragens (TMS), com ajuda de especialistas internacionais”. A Vale informou ainda que foram emitidas “78 DCEs positivas das estruturas de suas unidades operacionais”. A mineradora disse ainda que vem tomando todas as precauções quanto as estruturas que estão em nível de emergência.

Tegma (TGMA3)

O Conselho de Administração da Tegma, maior operadora logística do transporte de carros zero quilômetro do país, aprovou a captação de R$ 100 milhões, pelos próximos dois anos, pela diretoria da empresa. Segundo o Conselho, a diretoria tem um prazo até o dia 30 de abril para decidir onde captará os recursos no sistema financeiro. A Tegma não informou qual é a destinação dos recursos.

Usiminas (USIM5)

A Usiminas informou que fará o abafamento do Alto-Forno 2 da siderúrgica de Ipatinga (MG), a partir de sábado, 4 de abril, e do Alto-Forno 1 da mesma usina no dia 22 de abril. A siderúrgica mineira também informou que em 22 de abril paralisará a Aciaria 1 da usina de Ipatinga. A siderúrgica em Cubatão (SP) continuará paralisada. A empresa afirmou que as medidas são temporárias.

“Tais medidas têm como objetivo adequar a produção à demanda de mercado, que se encontra em queda por causa da retração da atividade econômica provocada pela disseminação do coronavírus”, informou a empresa. A Usiminas informou que o Alto-Forno 3, a Aciaria-2 e as unidades de laminação e galvanização de Ipatinga continuarão em operação. A Usiminas também cortará seus investimentos em 2020, de R$ 1 bilhão para R$ 600 milhões.

O Bradesco BBI cortou a recomendação para as ações da Usiminas de neutra para underperform (desempenho abaixo da média do mercado), com o preço-alvo sendo cortado de R$ 5 para R$ 3,90 após a empresa anunciar a redução dos investimentos e da produção em 2020 por causa da epidemia do coronavírus.

Segundo o BBI, a estimativa dos lucros antes dos juros, impostos, depreciação e amortização (Ebitda) da Usiminas para 2020 foi cortada em 70% a R$ 460 milhões. O BBI prevê que deve ocorrer queda de 25% nas vendas e aumento de 18% nos custos das unidades empresa neste ano, baseado nas medidas drásticas do abafamento de dois altos-fornos em Ipatinga (MG) e da suspensão de uma aciaria na fábrica mineira e de outra aciaria em Cubatão (SP) – lembrando que a empresa já abafou o alto-forno de Cubatão em 2015. “Siderúrgicas não abafam altos-fornos facilmente, dados os custos da operação e depois do religamento”, comenta o BBI. O banco avalia que as medidas da Usiminas refletem o forte impacto que o coronavírus trouxe para setores como a indústria automotiva, que consomem bastante aços planos – a Fenabrave reportou uma queda de 22% nas vendas de automóveis em março deste ano.

O Itaú BBA avalia que as medidas são negativas. “Embora elogiemos o fato de que a Usiminas tente reduzir os seus custos fixos, o abafamento dos altos-fornos indica que a empresa não espera que a demanda se recupere por um longo período”, avalia o BBA. O banco lembra que retomar a operação de um alto-forno leva entre 60 e 90 dias. Quando abafou o alto-forno de Cubatão em 2015, a empresa gastou R$ 80 milhões.

JBS (JBSS3)

A JBS SA está oferecendo 3 mil empregos no Brasil como parte de seu plano de admissão para todas as regiões do país, de acordo com comunicado enviado pela empresa por e-mail.

Serão contratados trabalhadores diretos e indiretos. As admissões não estão relacionadas a um eventual aumento do absenteísmo devido à disseminação do coronavírus, a assessoria de imprensa da JBS informou por mensagem à Bloomberg.

Na semana passada, a JBS comprometeu-se a manter seus 120 mil funcionários no país. A JBS reafirmou que adotou medidas rigorosas para garantir a saúde e a segurança dos funcionários que seguem as orientações da OMS e do Ministério da Saúde, incluindo ações para reduzir a aglomeração, melhorar a higienização dos ambientes e afastar pessoas de grupos de risco do trabalho.

Cogna (COGN3)

O Itaú BBA avaliou como positivas as medidas anunciadas pela Cogna (antiga Kroton), maior grupo de educação privada do Brasil, logo após a empresa ter suspendido as aulas nas escolas, cursinhos pré-vestibular e faculdades que fazem parte do grupo, por causa da epidemia do coronavírus. “Houve uma reação rápida e efetiva, em 24 horas após a suspensão, a Cogna deu acesso a todo o conteúdo online aos seus estudantes universitários”, comentou o BBI.

O banco enfatiza que os estudantes responderam rápido, aceitando e usando pela internet o conteúdo digital, tanto nas faculdades como nos cursinhos. Além disto, o BBA destaca que as escolas puderam rapidamente usar a plataforma digital Plural, tanto as do grupo Cogna como as mais de 3,6 mil escolas associadas. Para os estudantes universitários, a Cogna passou a oferecer aulas online.

O BBA mantém a nota outperform (acima da média de mercado) para o papel COGN3, ressaltando que a posição de caixa líquido, de R$ 2,6 bilhões, é robusta para atravessar as quarentenas decretadas pelos governos estaduais ao redor do Brasil. O BBA mantém um preço-alvo de R$ 14,00 para a ação em 2020, uma valorização de 250% sobre os R$ 4,00 no fechamento ontem na B3.

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Gay Men Can Now Donate Blood More Easily

Gay Men Can Now Donate Blood More Easily

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WASHINGTON — Responding to a blood shortage sparked by the coronavirus pandemic, the Food and Drug Administration eased restrictions Thursday on allowing gay and bisexual men, sex workers, drug users and people with tattoos and piercings to donate blood.

Until the pandemic ends, the FDA greenlit blood donations from male donors, provided they say they haven’t had sex with another man in the last three months. That’s a change from the previous policy, which held blood donation sites shouldn’t accept blood from a man who has had sex with another man within the last year.

People of other genders who have had sex with a man who has had sex with another man will also be allowed to give blood if that activity happened outside of the last three months.

“We want to do everything we can to encourage more blood donations, which includes revisiting and updating some of our existing policies to help ensure we have an adequate blood supply, while still protecting the safety of our nation’s blood supply,” Peter Marks, director of the FDA’s Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research, said in a statement.

This is the first time in five years that the guidelines have been changed for blood donations from men who have same-sex intercourse. Before 2015, the group had been banned from giving blood altogether since 1983, because of fears that they would be more likely to contract and pass on HIV/AIDS.

The rules change comes after loud criticism from gay or bisexual men and advocacy groups. A recent petition from GLAAD that called for ending the antiquated policy gathered more than 20,000 signatures.

“The FDA’s decision to lower the deferral period on men who have sex with men from 12 months to 3 months is a step towards being more in line with science, but remains imperfect,” GLAAD President and CEO, Sarah Kate Ellis said in a statement. “We will keep fighting until the deferral period is lifted and gay and bi men, and all LGBTQ people, are treated equal to others.”

The growing need in health care facilities and cancellations of blood drives because of the pandemic and social distancing has led to a severe shortage of blood. The American Red Cross estimates that 80%of its blood donations come from these blood drives, and by mid-March, more than blood drive cancellations had resulted in more than 86,000 fewer donations.

In a major reversal, the FDA also changed its rules regarding donations from sex workers and drug users. People who admitted exchanging sex for money or drugs or using intravenous nonprescription drugs used to be banned outright from donating. Now they can donate blood provided they didn’t engage in that activity within the last three months.

The rules were also scaled back from 12 months to three months for people who got tattoos or piercings — but they are eligible to donate immediately, as they had been under the old policy, if the tattoo was done by a state-regulated entity with sterile needles and non-reused ink and unless the piercing was done using single-use equipment.

The ban was scaled back from 12 to three months for people who had completed treatment for syphilis or gonorrhea or had a blood transfusion.

Bans were similarly scaled back for people who have a history of sexual activity with someone who had a positive test for HIV, ever exchanged sex for money or drugs, or ever engaged in nonprescription injection drug use.

The American Red Cross website has a list of licensed blood donation centers. You can find one near you here.

Cover: Sugin Quang donates at a blood drive hosted by the Richard Nixon Presidential Library to help meet the urgent demand for donations amid the coronavirus outbreak across the United States in Yorba Linda, Calif., Tuesday, March 31, 2020. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)

 

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Galeria Karstadt Kaufhof: Der letzte Rettungsversuch

Galeria Karstadt Kaufhof: Der letzte Rettungsversuch

Galeria Karstadt Kaufhof Der letzte Rettungsversuch

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Auch für Unternehmen ist die Coronakrise mit Vorerkrankungen besonders gefährlich: Galeria Karstadt Kaufhof hat ein Schutzschirmverfahren eingeleitet. Die Rettungsmission leiten die renommiertesten Insolvenzspezialisten.

Applaus brandet auf, als der Chef auf eine rote Klappleiter steigt. Hunderte Karstadt-Mitarbeiter, die sich im Halbkreis um das Tor vor der Hauptverwaltung des Konzerns versammelt haben, schauen ihn an. Das Jackett hat er abgelegt, die Krawatte gelöst. Karl-Gerhard Eick klatscht kurz mit, als wolle er sich selbst anfeuern, greift dann zum Megafon. „Wir kämpfen bis zur letzten Minute“, ruft er den Leuten zu, die trotzig ihre Plakate schwenken. „Das Warenhaus lebt“, steht darauf. Es war das letzte Aufbäumen des Konzerns 2009. Am Tag darauf meldete Karstadt Insolvenz an. Heute, gut elf Jahre später, wird es wieder eng. Der inzwischen mit Kaufhof fusionierte Warenhauskonzern hat ein sogenanntes Schutzschirmverfahren beantragt.

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Trump Won’t Give Porn Stars Coronavirus Bailout Money

Trump Won’t Give Porn Stars Coronavirus Bailout Money

WASHINGTON — Donald Trump may be the first president in U.S. history believed to have slept with an adult film star, but don’t expect the porn industry to get any help from his administration’s $2 trillion coronavirus relief package.

A new streamlined disaster loan request form requires applicants to swear under penalty of perjury that they do “not present live performances of a prurient sexual nature.”

The paperwork also bans applicants who get more than a minimal amount of “revenue through the sale of products or services, or the presentation of any depictions or displays, of a prurient sexual nature,” meaning that retailers selling anything more than a few sex toys or porn magazines could find themselves rejected.

The same goes for a host of others, including legal weed growers and dispensaries, casinos, lobbyists, members of Congress, and anyone seriously delinquent on their child support.

Those folks all get denied right up front in the new COVID-19 Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) application on the SBA website, which rolled out as part of the government’s massive $2 trillion attempt to prevent economic collapse and keep small businesses and freelancers from going broke.

READ: Trump Says Weed Makes You Dumb, Leaked Audio Reveals

The federal response includes expanding small business loans through the EIDL program, and also a $350 billion provision aimed at covering paychecks for small businesses at nonprofits. But as the government rushes to bring those programs into action, the emerging details show that some big American industries are getting left to fend for themselves — especially those who trade in porn or weed.

Legal marijuana growers and dispensaries get shut out because the language requires borrowers to affirm that they are “not engaged in any illegal activity (as defined by Federal guidelines).” Cannabis remains restricted at the federal level, despite thriving as a business in many states that allow statewide medical and recreational consumption.

Representatives for the Small Business Administration didn’t return a request to comment from VICE News. But at least some of these restrictions stem directly from long-standing regulations at the SBA.

READ: Here’s How Much Cash You’ll Really Get From the Coronavirus Stimulus

Loan eligibility rules dating back well before the coronavirus outbreak also include the “prurient sexual nature” clause. And this is hardly the first time the legal weed industry will have trouble accessing the banking system, let alone getting a small business loan, due to the continued federal prohibition.

Yet the coronavirus crisis has changed plenty of other rules. And the Trump administration has prided itself, both in its pandemic response and elsewhere, on trammeling over old bureaucratic restrictions in the name of economic growth. That applies especially when it comes to busting up regulations aimed at protecting the environment or slowing down global warming, such as fuel efficiency standards. But in this case, his administration showed no such special hurry to help out either state-legal weed or the pornography industry.

Trump is on record expressing skepticism about national legalization of marijuana because he suspects that smoking weed might make you dumb. He’s also had to deny claims by adult film star Stormy Daniels, who says she slept with Trump years ago and then received hush money to stay quiet about it before the 2016 presidential election.

Whatever Trump’s personal position, for the moment, his administration has made it possible for a beer megastore to apply for an emergency loan to stay in business. The marijuana dispensary or the sex shop down the street, on the other hand, appear to be out of luck.

Cover: Adult film performers attend the 2020 Adult Video News Awards at The Joint inside the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino on January 25, 2020 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

 

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