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Beirut Explosion: Canada Promises $5 million For Economic And Political Reform In Lebanon

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Beirut Explosion: Canada Promises $5 million For Economic And Political Reform In Lebanon

 

 

 

Canada is emphasizing the need for economic and political reform in Lebanon over the long term as it looks at immediate ways to help the country following this week’s deadly explosion in Beirut.

Canada has so far pledged $5 million in emergency aid after Tuesday’s blast in Lebanon’s capital, and International Development Minister Karina Gould said the federal government will continue to help the country when it begins to rebuild.

Yet Gould also repeated long-standing calls from Canada and other countries for economic and political change to address the underlying problems that have left Lebanon heavily indebted — and which some have blamed for the explosion.

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For many Lebanese, Tuesday’s giant blast was the last straw after years of corruption and mismanagement by a political elite that has ruled for decades.

The blast is believed to have happened when a fire touched off a stockpile of 2,750 tons of highly explosive ammonium nitrate that authorities left sitting in a warehouse for years — despite a customs official’s repeated warnings.

“We are ready to provide assistance to Lebanon,” Gould said during a news conference Thursday in Ottawa when asked about concerns with corruption and poor governance in the country.

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“However, we recognize that that has to come with significant fiscal and political reforms to ensure that that assistance goes to benefiting the lives of the Lebanese people, and that is something that we have been very firm in,” he added.

Canada isn’t alone in highlighting those concerns following the explosion, which killed more than 130 people and injured thousands more. It also destroyed Lebanon’s main port and caused damage to much of its capital, leaving many residents homeless.

 

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Tesla Sued Over Having A ‘ Racially Segregated Workplace’

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Tesla stock seems to be plummeting after the tech giant was hit with a lawsuit, which details multiple complaints about the company’s mistreatment of Black factory workers.

According to Wall Street Journal, the suit, filed by the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing on Wednesday, includes alleged workplace discrimination happening at Tesla’s U.S. car plant in the San Francisco Bay Area.

“After receiving hundreds of complaints from workers, DFEH found evidence that Tesla’s Fremont factory is a racially segregated workplace where Black workers are subjected to racial slurs and discriminated against in job assignments, discipline, pay, and promotion creating a hostile work environment,” CDFEH’s director Kevin Kish said in a statement.

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Tesla responded to the lawsuit in a blog post, insisting that the company takes all the necessary steps to create an inclusive and safe environment for its employees.

“Tesla strongly opposes all forms of discrimination and harassment and has a dedicated Employee Relations team that responds to and investigates all complains,” the company said on Wednesday. “Tesla is also the last remaining automobile manufacturer in California. The Fremont factory has a majority-minority workforce and provides the best paying jobs in the automotive industry to over 30,000 Californians.”

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Despite the company’s statement. the lawsuit states that Black employees reported being assigned to more physically demanding tasks compared to their peers of other races, and some reportedly recalled supervisors and managers using racial slurs.

Tesla was previously under fire for reportedly subjecting a Black contract worker to a racially hostile environment. The company ultimately awarded the man $137 million in damages.

 

 

 

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Floyd Mayweather Refuses To Take Photo With Young Male Fan Over His Painted Nails

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Floyd Mayweather Refuses To Take Photo With Young Male Fan Over His Painted Nails

Floyd Mayweather refused to take a picture with a male teenage fan and mentioned the boy’s painted nails as an issue.

It all went down at a Clippers game over the weekend. The teen approached Floyd and his crew hoping to take a selfie with Floyd after the Clippers vs. Grizzlies game at the Staples Center, according to TMZ

The teen was recording when he captured Floyd rejecting his request.


“You got painted nails, I don’t take pictures with guys with no painted nails,” Floyd is heard saying in the video as his bodyguards try to get the young fan to back up.

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The fan was visibly upset by the rejection and even went as far as accusing Floyd Mayweather of being homophobic.

“Damn, bro! Floyd’s a homophobe,” the fan exclaimed as Floyd walked away. “…Floyd doesn’t want to take a picture with me because my nails are painted. Bruh, really?!”

 

 

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Facebook Is Reportedly Set To Change Its Name In An Effort To Rebrand The Company

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BREAKING: Facebook, Instagram And WhatsApp All Go Down In Major Outage

it’s been an interesting few weeks for social media platform Facebook, as the massively popular company has dealt with a widespread outage that rocked the Internet and introduced a slate of new anti-harassment and bullying policies.

However if new reports prove to be accurate, Facebook is set to undergo a major change that will see the company being called an entirely different name.

@TheVerge exclusively reports, Facebook is planning to permanently change the name of the company as early as next week, according to inside sources with direct knowledge of Facebook practices.

Facebook founder and CEO, Mark Zuckerberg, will reportedly formally discuss the company name change at Facebook’s annual Connect Conference on October 28th—although there is reportedly a strong possibility that the name could be changed before then. The name change is the first step in the company’s efforts to rebrand itself as being known for more than just social media, while highlighting that Facebook owns an enormous part of the social media landscape courtesy of Instagram, WhatsApp and more.

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Apparently, Facebook’s new name is such a heavily-guarded secret, that even employees in senior positions at the company are not currently aware of what it will be. Tech experts have speculated that Facebook could potentially change its name to something involving Horizon—which is the name of an unreleased VR version of a Facebook and Roblox mash-up that has been in development for the last few years. ‘Horizon Worlds’ (the name of the VR app) is what insiders believe could be the top name choice.

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Meanwhile, Mark Zuckerberg reportedly wants to usher in Facebook to the new era of the metaverse, which he previously said is “going to be a big focus, and I think that this is just going to be a big part of the next chapter for the way that the internet evolves after the mobile internet.” In case you’re unfamiliar, a metaverse is a virtual world people escape to from a dystopian, real world.

Regardless of the timeline, it’s clear that Facebook as we know is definitely about to change.

 

 

 

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