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Amazon spends $500m on bonuses for Christmas staff

Amazon is spending hundreds of millions of dollars on bonuses for Christmas staff after sales at the online giant soared during the pandemic.Full-time warehouse workers in the UK and the US will receive £300 or $300, with £150 or $150 for part-time staff.The money, $500m in total, will go to staff working between 1-31 December.The firm, run by Jeff Bezos, the world’s richest man, praised staff for “serving customers’ essential needs” during the pandemic.In a blog post, Dave Clark, [...]

Diego Maradona: Footballer laid to rest as Argentina grieves Published

Football legend Diego Maradona has been buried in a private ceremony after a day of emotional scenes in the Argentine capital Buenos Aires.Only around two dozen relatives and close friends attended the final ceremony on Thursday.But earlier huge crowds turned out to pay their respects, with many weeping, blowing kisses and praying as they filed past his coffin.Maradona died of a heart attack on Wednesday aged 60.His death triggered mourning around the world but nowhere was it felt more [...]

Diego Maradona: Argentina legend dies aged 60

Football legend Diego Maradona, one of the greatest players of all time, has died at the age of 60.The former Argentina attacking midfielder and manager suffered a heart attack at his Buenos Aires home.He had successful surgery on a brain blood clot earlier in November and was to be treated for alcohol dependency. Maradona was captain when Argentina won the 1986 World Cup, scoring the famous ‘Hand of God’ goal against England in the quarter-finals. Argentina and Barcelona forward Lionel Messi [...]

How to ‘disappear’ on Happiness Avenue in Beijing

On a busy Monday afternoon in late October, a line of people in reflective vests stood on Happiness Avenue, in downtown Beijing.Moving slowly and carefully along the pavement, some crouched, others tilted their heads towards the ground, as curious onlookers snapped photos.It was a performance staged by the artist Deng Yufeng, who was trying to demonstrate how difficult it was to dodge CCTV cameras in the Chinese capital.As governments and companies around the world boost their investments in security [...]

US election 2020: ‘America is back’, says Biden as he unveils team

US President-elect Joe Biden has unveiled officials for six important posts, as he prepares to take office.“America is back”, he said, and “ready to lead the world, not retreat from it”.If confirmed, Avril Haines will be the first female director of national intelligence and Alejandro Mayorkas the first Latino homeland security boss.Donald Trump has agreed transition moves must start and Mr Biden will now get a top secret intelligence brief.However, the sitting president still refuses to admit defeat, repeating [...]

Covid vaccine: First ‘milestone’ vaccine offers 90% protection

The first effective coronavirus vaccine can prevent more than 90% of people from getting Covid-19, a preliminary analysis shows.The developers – Pfizer and BioNTech – described it as a “great day for science and humanity”.Their vaccine has been tested on 43,500 people in six countries and no safety concerns have been raised.The companies plan to apply for emergency approval to use the vaccine by the end of the month.No vaccine has gone from the drawing board to being proven [...]

Costco’s fourth quarter revenue rose 12.4% to $53.38 billion

On September 27, Costco, an American supermarket group, recently released its fourth quarter results for fiscal year 2020. According to the financial report of this period, Costco realized operating revenue of 53.383 billion US dollars, up 12.39% year on year; The net profit attributable to common shareholders of the parent company was US $1389 million, The net sales volume was $52.277 billion, up 12.5% year on year; the earnings per share was $3.14, up from $2.49 in the same period [...]

Market Intelligence: NRF:In 2020 Halloween, Consumers in the United States will focus on home, and total spending will drop slightly

According to NRF, fewer consumers plan to attend the party this year, more consumers plan to decorate their houses. Prosper Insights&Analytics conducted annual survey for NRF and found, more than 148 million American adults plan to participate in Halloween related activities. In these celebrations, safety is the highest activity at home: 53% plan to decorate their houses, up slightly from 49% last year. More than three-quarters of respondents said, the covid-19 virus is affecting their celebration plans, overall participation rate dropped to [...]

There are companies working from home until 2021 — or forever

New York (CNN) The coronavirus pandemic has forced many companies to embrace work-from-home solutions. For some, the transition may stick. Several big businesses plan to let much of their staff work from home permanently, even after the pandemic. Working from home could become the new normal — at least for some…Some employees won’t return to their offices until at least 2021, while others might not ever see their office again. Twitter got the ball rolling in mid-May when it announced that some of its [...]

America's century-old retail giant files for bankruptcy, more retailers may follow

America’s century-old retail giant files for bankruptcy,more retailers may follow

America’s century-old retail giant files for bankruptcyA novel coronavirus pandemic has pushed struggling department store chain JCPenney inc. into bankruptcy protection, foreign media said. It is the fourth major U.S. retailer to suffer that fate. The 118-year-old company said late Monday that it would close some stores as part of its restructuring plan. The stores will be closed in stages throughout the bankruptcy process, with details of the first phase to be disclosed in the coming weeks, the company said. JC Penney [...]