California advances bill that would ‘lead the world’ on gig worker rights

Assembly Bill 5 would enact protections for workers, requiring them to meet three standards to be considered a contractor A bill that would fundamentally change the way tech giants such as Lyft and Uber engage with workers has passed a major hurdle in the California legislature. Assembly Bill 5 would change the way businesses classify employees and dramatically expand protections for gig workers. If it becomes law, it would represent a big win for labor advocates across the state. This bill not only does important things immediately for workers, but also sets a framework for the future we think is really important, said Steve Smith of the California Labor Federation. AB5 with some exemptions.It would also fundamentally change the way …

Nestl plan to take 1.1m gallons of water a day from natural springs sparks outcry

Opponents fighting to stop the project say the fragile river cannot sustain such a large draw The crystal blue waters of Ginnie Springs have long been treasured among the in recovery by the Suwannee River water management district after years of earlier overpumping, cannot sustain such a large draw a claim Nestl vehemently denies. Critics are fighting to stop the project as environmentally harmful and against the public interest. Meanwhile, Nestl, which produces its popular Zephyrhills and Pure Life brands with water extracted from similar natural springs in Florida, has spent millions of dollars this year online forum and petition and submitted dozens of letters of opposition ahead of a decision that could come as early as November, say that …

Pope Francis gets stuck in lift for 25 minutes at Vatican

Pontiff apologises for arriving late to St Peters Square and says he was freed by firefighters Pope Francis has said he got stuck in a lift for 25 minutes at the Vatican and had to be rescued by firefighters. The pontiff apologised to the faithful gathered in St Peters Square on Sunday for showing up seven minutes late to his traditional noon appointment with the public. Apparently referring to electric power, Francis said a drop in tension caused the problem. He said he was rescued by Holy See firefighters and asked the people in the square to applaud them. In his address he challenged governments to take drastic measures to combat global warming and reduce the use of fossil fuels, …

Guy Gets A Message From Nigerian Pretending To Be His Grandma, Decides To Have Some Fun

We’ve all come into contact with one or two scammers in our lives. I remember when I was 12, and I got a phone message saying I won 2,000 dollars. I was over the moon. For like a minute. Right until I realized I didn’t enter any contest, and that I wasn’t living anywhere near the United States. Admit it, most of us have always wanted to teach scammers a lesson, and give them a taste of their own medicine. That’s what Reddit user Barelyonhere did when a guy from Nigeria pretended to be his grandma and wanted a 200 dollar Steam wallet gift card. Barelyonhere played along with the charlatan for a bit, had some fun, and turned the …

Im A Stay-At-Home Dad And I Wanted To Make My Daughters Room Special, So I Painted Murals In Their Room (19 Pics)

I’m a stay at home dad of 2 beautiful little girls (almost 3 and 6). We moved closer to my in-laws about a year ago, while we love the house it was built in the early ’80s. The vast majority of the walls have that hard “sand” texture on them so going the vinyl cling route wasn’t an option. I used to be fairly artistic years ago, but I’ve not really painted anything outside of changing wall colors for probably 20+ years since high school (especially nothing close to this scale). I’ve always wanted to and thought about painting a mural for my kids someday. Anywho… this is what I came up with. I used a cheap LED projector that …

Start your Monday smart: G7, opioid case, Dem debates, GDP, VMAs, Earnhardt Jr., VMAs

(CNN)Here’s what you need to know toStart Your Week Smart. TODAY Greta Thunberg sails across Atlantic in zero-emissions yacht • The Burning Man gathering begins in the Nevada desert. It’s been called the world’s “biggest and most bizarre party,” with clothing sometimes optional.  Gov. Bullock describes losing nephew to gun violence • ‘They were all impressed with your Halston dress.’ Ride the rise and fall of America’s first superstar fashion designer. “Halston,” executive produced by CNN Films, premieres at 9 p.m. ET/PT on CNN. Why are opioids so addictive? • The US Open begins. North America’s Grand Slam kicks off, serving up two weeks of tennis thrills at Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in New York. Watch this week on ESPN channels and the …

Taylor Swift loves Keith Urban’s live ‘Lover’ cover

Taylor Swift and Keith Urban in Las Vegas in 2013. Urban covered Swift’s latest single, “Lover,” over the weekend. (Getty, File) “Lover” features a whopping 18 tracks, including several songs about her three-year relationship with British actor Joe Alwyn, according to People. “Lover” is highly personal for Swift, who’s currently engaged in a feud with Scooter Braun and former Big Machine label head Scott Borchetta over ownership of the masters to her first six albums. CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APP “It’s the first album of mine that I’ve ever owned,” she tweeted of “Lover,” “and I couldn’t be more proud.” Fox News’ Brie Stimson contributed to this report. On Our Radar

Hundreds Of Young People Strike In Front Of UN For Climate Action

Greta Thunberg outside of the The rally precedes a youth-led global climate strike to take place on Sept. 20, days before the U.N. Climate Action Summit. Thunberg, a 16-year-old from Sweden, had arrived in the U.S. earlier in the week ASSOCIATED PRESS Swedish environmental activist Greta Thunberg, center left, participates in a youth climate strike outside the United Nations on Friday in New York. “ Overall, though, she found the Friday strike comforting, especially seeing how many adults showed up. Schaffner, a rising senior at Dwight School in Manhattan, has been involved with climate action since he was a young child, when his parents used to take him to rallies. Now he works to get his classmates involved. It can …

Scientists Develop Blood Test That Can Predict Your Risk Of Death

Scientists have developed a blood test that could predict your chances of death within the next few years. Predicting your chances of dying might sound like a morbid undertaking, as if you’re trying to find a free date in the diary for a dance with the Grim Reaper, but this knowledge could potentially be used to postpone that fateful curtain call by helping people make better lifestyle choices and guiding the treatments they receive. Scientists led by the Max Planck Institute for Biology of Ageing in Germany found 14 biomarkers in the blood that are independently associated with death in people of all ages, as reported in the journal Nature Communications yesterday. Armed with this knowledge, they then made predictions about a person’s risk of death within the …

30 Idiot People Who Dont Deserve To Own A Pet

But having pets comes with great responsibility. To the animal obviously – this creature now relies on you for its quality of life and you need to ensure its physical and emotional needs are met. And to other people too – you should be able to look after your animal and keep it healthy and happy in such a way that doesn’t encroach on the lives of others. Scroll down to see what we mean below, and let us know your thoughts on the matter in the comments. #1 My Neighbour Was Evicted And Left The Family Cat. Looks Like I Have A New Cat Bored Panda spoke to Tinsley Dahl from the Alliance for Responsible Pet Ownership, who kindly …

Conan O’Brien Reads Weather In Greenlandic On Trip To Help Trump

Conan O’Brien’s Grade A mocking of President The late night host has been jokingly helping him seal the deal. But this time the comedian made fun of himself. In a sneak peek Wednesday of his Sept. 3 special, he delivered the weather report for a local TV station in Greenlandic. (Watch the video above.) The newsroom crew’s reaction is priceless. Download Join HuffPost Plus Original Article : HERE ;

Anthoine Hubert killed in F2 crash with Juan Manuel Correa at Spa

The French driver Anthoine Hubert has died after a high-speed collision during the Formula 2 feature race at the Belgian Grand Prix, the FIA has announced The FIA has announced that the French driver Anthoine Hubert died after a major accident during the Formula 2 feature race at the Belgian Grand Prix. The race was cancelled after the crash on the second lap at Spa-Francorchamps. In the high-speed incident involving Hubert and Juan Manuel Correa both cars took major damage but Huberts almost disintegrated. The race was stopped as marshals attended the scene and there was no immediate confirmation of the medical status of either driver. However, at nearly 7pm local time, the FIA announced that Hubert had died as …

Trump Reacts To Justice Department Finding James Comey Violated FBI Policy

Donald Trump on Thursday welcomed parts of a FBI Director While ignoring parts of the report that refute his own repeated claims, Trump said the IG’s findings leave Comey “thoroughly disgraced and excoriated”: White House press secretary Stephanie Grisham echoed the president’s falsehoods in an official statement Thursday afternoon, again ignoring that the report found Comey did not leak classified information to the press, contrary to Trump’s claims. James Comey is a proven liar and leaker. The Inspector General’s report shows Comey violated the most basic obligations of confidentiality that he owed to the United States Government and to the American people, “in order to achieve a personally desired outcome.” Because Comey shamefully leaked information to the press — in blatant violation of …

Less Trump, more weirdness: how Saturday Night Live can fix itself

This week has seen hosts announced for the start of the new season but after an underwhelming string of episodes, big changes are needed In anticipation of its new season, Saturday Night Live highs, but its undeniable that SNL has struggled in recent years. Still, thats no reason to write off season 45 just yet; the show can turn things around by following a couple of important leads from last year and making a few crucial changes. Fixing the cold opens As the 2020 primaries continue to ramp up, Saturday Night Live has its work cut out, especially when it comes to its cold opens. With only a couple of exceptions, these were routinely the worst part of last season, …

45 Times People Couldnt Believe Their Luck In Thrift Stores (New Pics)

Be sure to check out Bored Panda‘s earlier posts about people lucking out in thrift stores, flea markets and garage sales here, here, here, here, here, and here. #1 Two Months Ago, My 20 Year Old Kitty Passed Away. After All Those Years, I’ve Been Heartbroken. Yesterday I Went Downtown To The Salvation Army Store And Found This Gem. I Pasted My Kitty’s Photo In The Image So You Can See How Amazing This Is. I Mean. It Is Her! According to research conducted by thredUp, the second-hand clothing market will grow to nearly 1.5x the size of fast fashion by 2028. “The last few years of growth in the resale market have been driven by the early adopters (the same …

Amazon tactic nudges shoppers to private-label brands just before they click ‘Buy’

Amazon is under fire for its promotion of private-label products. (Reuters) According to reseach firm eMarketer, Amazon is expected to account for more than 37 percent of all e-commerce sales in the U.S. this year. “It’s an ad at exactly the moment the customer is ready to buy,” James Thomson, a former senior manager in business development at Amazon and now a partner at brand consultancy Buy Box Experts, told The Washington Post. “I don’t see how that’s not unfair.” Amazon defended itself in a statement to The Post, likening the promotion to the way any store would push its own private-label goods. AMAZON SLAMMED OVER PRODUCT SAFETY ISSUES “Like any retailer we promote our own brands in our stores, which …