The COVID-19 Crisis Presents An Opportunity For Companies To Step Up Their Efforts In Ensuring The Safety and Well-Being Of Their Employees


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It is no surprise that the COVID-19 crisis has gravely affected the mental health and well-being of employees. Business priorities and goals all over the world have drastically changed, with key challenges being to keep the business afloat, as well as manage the safety and security of employees.

The social distancing measures implemented by governments within the Middle East region have made people more isolated and uncertain. Homes have turned into offices, playgrounds, gyms, and schools, and changes due to health threats and job losses are not helping to make the situation better. Moreover, in the fast-moving consumer goods (FMCG) industry, our frontliners had to leave the safety of their homes, and make sure that the food is produced and displayed on the shelves of

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Realme 7 Pro review: One step forward, two steps back

Realme’s rapid cycle of iteration means that you can expect a new mid-range flagship every few months. Unfortunately, Realme’s definition of rapid iteration involves adding a few features, while taking away others. This time around, the Realme 7 Pro adds faster 65W charging but switches up the camera set up. 

How well does the Realme 7 Pro fare as a successor to the Realme 6 Pro, and more importantly, is this the phone to get in the ultra-competitive mid-range segment? Let’s find out in the Android Authority review of the Realme 7 Pro.

Realme 7 Pro

The Realme 7 Pro brings class leading 65W charging to a mid-range price point while delivering on essentials like a decent camera set up, enough performance and a well-optimized but bloatware ridden software experience.

About this review: I wrote this Realme 7 Pro review after spending a week with the phone as my primary

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Measurements in thorium-229 take a step towards the direct laser excitation of an atomic nucleus in this unique isotope — ScienceDaily

Nuclear clocks could make our time measurement even more accurate than atomic clocks. The key to this lies in thorium-229, an atomic nucleus whose lowest excited state has very low energy. A research team from the Kirchhoff Institute for Physics at the University of Heidelberg, TU Wien, Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz (JGU), the Helmholtz Institute Mainz (HIM), and GSI Helmholtzzentrum in Darmstadt has now succeeded in measuring this low energy. Using an extremely accurate detector, it was possible to detect the tiny temperature increase due to the energy released during the de-excitation of the atomic nucleus. This brings the realization of a nuclear clock a big step closer.

In radioactive decay, atomic nuclei spontaneously re-arrange, eject some part of their building blocks, and transform into a nucleus of a different atom. In this process, the new “daughter atom” usually has internally stored energy that is released in the form of

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James Webb Telescope Completes Environmental Tests, A ‘Monumental’ Step Towards Launch

KEY POINTS

  • James Webb Space Telescope finally completed the series of environmental tests
  • It recently passed the tests to make sure that it will survive the launch in 2021
  • The tests simulated what it will likely experience on launch day

NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope (JWST or Webb) recently passed milestone tests. The all-important environment tests help ensure that the telescope will survive the trip to space.

It was only in August when Webb passed what’s called the “Ground Segment Test,” which made sure that it will be able to respond to the commands from Earth and also send back valuable data once in space.

In a NASA news release, on Tuesday, the agency said that Webb just passed more milestone tests, this time to ensure that it will survive the launch aboard an Ariane 5 rocket in October 2021.

The recent tests are called the “acoustic” and

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In an era of team science, are Nobels out of step?

With the 2020 Nobel prizes this week comes a recurrent question: has the world’s most prestigious awards for physics, chemistry and medicine — first conferred in 1901 — lost touch with the way modern science is conducted?

A century ago, landmark discoveries took place mostly in the mind or laboratory of a single individual. 

More recently, big breakthroughs in the hard sciences are generally collaborations involving dozens, sometimes hundreds of researchers working in separate but interlocking fields. 

Two teams totalling 1,500 scientists, for example, were behind the landmark detection earlier this year of a so-called intermediate mass black hole.

Major advances in science have also become hugely reliant on technology, which is sometimes used — especially in physics — to detect phenomena theorised to exist before today’s scientists were even born.  

“The Nobel Committee’s refusal to make an award to more than three people had led to manifest injustices,” Martin

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Stocks To Watch: Nvidia, Domino’s And Marvell Technology Step Out (NASDAQ:AAL)

Welcome to Seeking Alpha’s Stocks to Watch – a preview of key events scheduled for the next week. Follow this account and turn the e-mail alert on to receive this article in your inbox every Saturday morning. A podcast of Stocks to Watch is also available on Sundays on Seeking Alpha, Apple Podcasts, Stitcher and Spotify (click the highlighted links).

Investors head into next week with a few October surprises already in the books. Stimulus drama and further developments with President Trump’s health aside, there are some economic highlights to track in the week ahead, including new PMI prints, weekly jobless claims and the release of Fed minutes. Also of interest is a speech by Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome scheduled for October 6. Powell is expected to push for a stimulus package to boost the economy so the recovery doesn’t continue to stall. On the corporate calendar, earnings from Domino’s

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Teen-focused digital bank Step launches with Charli d’Amelio

  • Step is a no-fee digital bank for teenagers, offering secured credit cards and an app.
  • It’s working with influencers like TikTok megastar Charli d’Amelio to spread the word, and banking on referrals between users to grow its platform.
  • Fintechs like Current and Greenlight, too, offer debit cards and savings accounts for kids.
  • Step will also have a brand ambassador called the Step Squad.
  • Visit Business Insider’s homepage for more stories.

 

Banking isn’t typically top of mind for teens, and teens aren’t typically top of mind for banks. But as Gen Z comes of age, fintechs are starting to pay attention to the digitally-savvy segment.

Step, a digital-only bank for teens, just launched, and it’s using influencers like TikTok superstar Charli D’Amelio to spread the word.

D’Amelio, 16, is the most-followed individual on the app, with nearly 90 million followers.

When Step founder and CEO CJ MacDonald first met D’Amelio and

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Asia M&A seen cementing rebound as techs, conglomerates step up restructuring

By Kane Wu

HONG KONG (Reuters) – Asia-Pacific mergers and acquisitions are forecast by bankers to remain buoyant after surging 63% in the third quarter, driven by technology companies and conglomerates making strategic moves as they emerge from the pandemic.

Japanese companies are at the forefront of the M&A boom, as shown by SoftBank Group’s <9984.T> $40 billion sale announcement of chip maker ARM to Nvidia <NVDA.O> and Nippon Telegraph and Telephone Corp’s (NTT) <9432.T> launch this week of a $40 billion buyout of its wireless carrier business.

Deals involving Asia companies totalled $432 billion in the July-September quarter, the highest for the period in at least the past decade, according to Refinitiv data. They totalled

$844 billion in the first nine months of the year, up 13% and compared to a 20% decrease globally for the period.

A strong outlook for M&A in Asia, with big markets such as

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WATCH YOUR LANGUAGE! This dictionary keeps step with the times

Regular readers know I love a good dictionary update.

Dictionary.com isn’t my go-to dictionary, but I do consult it at times. The site updated and added a number of entries a couple of weeks ago.

Dictionary.com said its overhaul was intended to be more people-centric. Senior editor John Kelly said in an NPR interview, “Our revisions are putting people, in all their rich humanity, first, and we’re extremely proud of that.”

Interesting. Isn’t it a given that dictionaries are for people? Do any species beyond humans use a dictionary? Pandas? Minnows? Kudzu?

Earlier this year, the dictionary had already added or expanded entries for many words related to covid-19. Of course, the pandemic is a huge world event, but a word’s path to a dictionary is normally a bit slower.

Merriam-Webster made similar changes. Obviously, the online versions of any publications are a thousand times easier to update. (If I

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As Trump holds back, tech firms step in on election security

WASHINGTON — Adam Schiff was in the audience at the 2018 Aspen Security Forum when a Microsoft executive mentioned an attempted hacking of three politicians up for reelection. It was the first that Schiff, then the top Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee, had ever heard of it.

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