‘We gave our sweat and blood’: Palm oil workers cite child labour, slavery and rape – National | Globalnews.ca

An AP investigation found an invisible workforce consisting of millions of laborers, many of them enduring various forms of exploitation, with the most serious abuses including child labor, outright slavery and allegations of rape.

The AP interviewed more than 130 current and former workers from two dozen palm oil companies who came from eight countries and labored on plantations across wide swaths of Malaysia and Indonesia. Almost all had complaints about their treatment, with some saying they were cheated, threatened, held against their will or forced to work off unsurmountable debts. Others said they were regularly harassed by authorities, swept up in raids and detained in government facilities.

They included members of Myanmar’s long-persecuted Rohingya minority, who fled ethnic cleansing in their homeland only to be sold into the palm oil industry. Fishermen who escaped years of slavery on boats also described coming ashore in search of help, but instead ending up being trafficked onto plantations — sometimes with police involvement.

Source: ‘We gave our sweat and blood’: Palm oil workers cite child labour, slavery and rape – National | Globalnews.ca

Seattle hires former pimp as ‘street czar’ for $150,000 after CHOP fiasco | Fox News

Seattle is paying an ex-pimp $150,000 a year to act as the city’s “street czar” and offer “alternatives to policing” after protests morphed into the no-police-allowed Capitol Hill Occupied Protest.

Activist Andre Taylor is open about his past as a pimp (he appeared in the documentary “American Pimp”) and is working with the city of Seattle through his nonprofit, Not This Time. Taylor says he started Not This Time after his brother Che Taylor was killed by Seattle police in 2016.

SEATTLE CITY COUNCIL OVERRIDES MAYOR’S VETO OF POLICE CUTS

Taylor was a critic of the Capitol Hill Occupied Protest and appeared on “Hannity” to support the father of a 19-year-old Black man who was shot and killed in the CHOP zone in June.

Source: Seattle hires former pimp as ‘street czar’ for $150,000 after CHOP fiasco | Fox News

Three-quarters of voters believe Americans generally ‘get along regardless of race’

Large percentages of U.S. racial minorities — 69% of African-Americans and 64% of Hispanics — agreed with the statement: “In daily life, most Americans generally get along regardless of race. They find ways to work together and create a better community.”

Three-quarters of all voters believe that Americans generally get along regardless of race, according to a new Just the News Daily Poll with Scott Rasmussen, a sharp counterpoint to the rhetoric presented by Black Lives Matter and other identity politics activists over the last several months.

When asked, 75% of voters agreed that “in daily life, most Americans generally get along regardless of race. They find ways to work together and create a better community.”

Rasmussen noted that large percentages of American racial minorities — 69% of black Americans and 64% of Hispanic Americans — agree with that statement.

Source: Three-quarters of voters believe Americans generally ‘get along regardless of race’

Police Give 2 Notices Of Violation, 5 Warnings To Pittsburgh-Area Establishments Not Following Coronavirus Orders – CBS Pittsburgh

During coronavirus compliance checks, state police handed two notices of violation and five warnings to Pittsburgh-area licensed liquor establishments.

They’re also checking to make sure there are 6 feet or physical barriers between customers at tables or booths as well as ensuring maximum capacity limits are posted and enforced.

Police say these checks could happen anywhere in the state, but are being focused in areas experiencing higher COVID-19 transmission rates.

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Source: Police Give 2 Notices Of Violation, 5 Warnings To Pittsburgh-Area Establishments Not Following Coronavirus Orders – CBS Pittsburgh

Biden was briefed about son’s involvement, according to Hunter Biden Burisma report: Hemingway | Fox News

Joe Biden has “not spoken accurately” about his knowledge of his son Hunter Biden’s involvement in Burisma, Fox News contributor Molly Hemingway said on “Fox News @ Night.”

“While this is focused on Hunter Biden and James Biden and other family members of Joe Biden, not Joe Biden himself, it is also true that Joe Biden was revealed to have not spoken accurately about his knowledge of his son’s involvement in Burisma, the Ukrainian energy concern,” Hemingway told “Fox News @ Night.”

The Democratic nominee “said he didn’t know about it when the report shows that in fact, some bureaucrats were so concerned about Hunter Biden’s role that they had briefed him, that they had alerted the FBI,” she said.

HANNITY: SENATE GOP’S HUNTER BIDEN REPORT SHOULD ‘IMMEDIATELY DISQUALIFY’ JOE BIDEN FROM PRESIDENCY

The 87-page report states, “in October 2015, senior State Department official Amos Hochstein raised concerns with Vice President Biden, as well as with Hunter Biden, that Hunter Biden’s position on Burisma’s board enabled Russian disinformation efforts and risked undermining U.S. policy in Ukraine.”

Source: Biden was briefed about son’s involvement, according to Hunter Biden Burisma report: Hemingway | Fox News

Giant Eagle curbs friction with curbside pickup

FlyBuy Pickup location-based technology helps process booming online orders

With e-commerce orders surging amid the coronavirus pandemic, Giant Eagle has enlisted Radius Networks’ FlyBuy Pickup solution to sharpen coordination of curbside pickup and make the service a frictionless affair for customers.

Washington, D.C.-based Radius said Wednesday that FlyBuy Pickup uses proprietary machine-learning technology to accurately predict a customer’s arrival time and on-premise location. Real-time location updates enable Giant Eagle associates to prioritize orders based on customers’ arrival times and then bring the orders as soon as they pull up to the curbside pickup area, reducing wait times.

Source: Giant Eagle curbs friction with curbside pickup

Rule Changes In Swing States Mean More Votes Will Count, Results May Take Longer

Voters in a number of swing states this November will have more leeway in getting their mail ballots back in time to count, should rule changes announced in the past week hold up to legal challenges. But the changes could delay the reporting of election results and possibly set up court fights down the line.

In North Carolina, a settlement announced by the State Board of Elections said ballots postmarked by Election Day would count as long as officials receive them within nine days after the election.

And in Wisconsin, a federal judge similarly ruled Monday that ballots postmarked by Election Day would count as long as officials have them in hand within six days after Nov. 3.

Last week, Pennsylvania’s Supreme Court said ballots that are postmarked on or before Election Day will be counted so long as they’re received within the next three days.

And a Michigan state judge last week also ruled that absentee ballots postmarked by Nov. 3 can be counted if they arrive up to two weeks after Election Day.

Source: Rule Changes In Swing States Mean More Votes Will Count, Results May Take Longer

GetGo celebrates store opening near Jeannette, presents grants to 2 school districts | TribLIVE.com

Nearly all of the 45 available parking spaces were full Wednesday afternoon as GetGo celebrated the grand opening of its 266th location along Route 30 in Hempfield.

Located at the intersection of Lewis Avenue, near the border of Jeannette, the 6,000-square-foot cafe and market employs 35. Offering made-to-order food, as well as convenience items and fuel, the store had a soft opening Sept. 9.

Formerly the site of a PNC Bank branch, the location offers accessibility from Route 30 and close proximity to customers in Hempfield and Jeannette, GetGo spokesman Dan Donovan said.

As part of the celebration, GetGo presented Hempfield Area and Jeannette high schools each with $5,000.

Source: GetGo celebrates store opening near Jeannette, presents grants to 2 school districts | TribLIVE.com

Protest underway in Pittsburgh following Breonna Taylor decision

The grand jury investigating the Breonna Taylor case in Louisville presented its report to Jefferson County Circuit Judge Annie O’Connell on Wednesday afternoon, and none of the officers involved will face charges in Taylor’s killing.

The group “Pittsburgh I Can’t Breathe” organized the protest for Taylor. The protest started at 7 p.m. at Freedom Corner in Pittsburgh’s Hill District neighborhood.

At 8:52 p.m. the crowd stopped on Forbes Avenue at Chatham Square.

At 9:20 p.m. the group stopped at Ross Street outside the Allegheny County Courthouse.

Public Safety officials said at 10:15 p.m. that a small group had broken off from the main group and walked towards the Allegheny County Jail. The main protest group stayed on Ross Street for over an hour.

The protest ended around 11 p.m.

Source: Protest underway in Pittsburgh following Breonna Taylor decision