Amazon finally acknowledges delivery driver bathroom problem

Amazon acknowledged Friday that it has a loo-ming problem.

The web giant fessed up that its delivery drivers have limited access to bathrooms, meaning that accusations of them urinating in bottles or elsewhere in public are likely to be true.

“We know that drivers can and do have trouble finding restrooms because of traffic or sometimes rural routes,” the online retail giant posted on its AboutAmazon portal. “And this has been especially the case during Covid when many public restrooms have been closed.”

The admission comes following a Twitter spat with Rep. Mark Pocan (D-Wisc.) last month in which the congressman accused Amazon of being a union-busting operation that will “make workers urinate in water bottles.”

Amazon originally denied the claim.

“You don’t really believe the peeing in bottles thing, do you?” the company responded on Twitter. “If that were true, nobody would work for us.”

Amazon’s mea culpa admits that the original response was wrong.

“It did not contemplate our large driver population and instead wrongly focused only on our fulfillment centers.”

A driver wears a protective mask while traveling in an Amazon.com Inc. delivery truck in New Rochelle, New York on March 12, 2020.
A driver wears a protective mask while traveling in an Amazon delivery truck in New Rochelle, New York, on March 12, 2020.
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But, the company added: “This is a long-standing, industry-wide issue and is not specific to Amazon.”

No word yet on how Amazon will solve the problem, other than to report “[we] will look for solutions.”

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The original Dishoom in Covent Garden is finally reopening with a swish new look

Ten years back, the first Dishoom restaurant opened in Covent Garden. Modelled on the post-colonial ‘Irani cafés’ of Bombay, Dishoom became fast known for its bacon naan rolls and black dal – oh, and its queues – as its restaurant numbers grew in London and beyond. 

To mark its tenth birthday, the restaurant went in for a refurb, closing its doors to the public at the start of the year – little did it know its other branches would soon be doing the same thing. It was due to reopen bang on its birthday in the summer, but obviously this year got a little in the way. But now it has been announced that the very grand reopening will take place in ‘late autumn’ this year. 

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Photograph: Dishoom

The new look still pays homage to Irani café heritage, but is also said to make reference to Bombay’s theatres and how they transformed to ‘Talkie’ cinemas in the 1940s. The design is said to reflect the faded elegance of the era – with Art Deco features and design remnants from earlier epochs – plus the ‘modernity, glamour and freedom’ that was expressed in early Bombay Talkie movies. We just like the chandeliers, tbh. 

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Photograph: Dishoom

Expect the same all-day dishes, plus drinks in the Permit Room bar below. If it ain’t broke… 

Dishoom Covent Garden reopens in ‘late autumn’ at 12 Upper St Martin’s Lane, WC2H 9FB.

Get ready for another new look at Pergola, which is getting decked with a winter forest of 200 trees.  

Can’t wait? Grab a Dishoom bacon naan roll kit for making at home.   

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Philabundance Community Kitchen finally gets a home of its own

On Sept. 22, despite a pandemic that has ravaged the Philadelphia region’s health and economy, Philabundance took a major step forward in its efforts to serve the city’s most vulnerable and food insecure.

In addition to marking 20 years since its Philabundance Community Kitchen began, the organization cut the ribbon on a new home for the program alongside Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf, First Lady of PA Frances Wolf and a number of Philadelphia officials, including PA state rep. Malcolm Kenyatta and City Council President Darrell Clarke.

For the last two decades, the community kitchen has both offered a free 14-week culinary arts and life skills training program to members of the surrounding community and provided hundreds of thousands of meals annually to shelters and help organizations throughout Philadelphia.

Thanks to the new, 20,000-foot, state-of-the-art facility located at 2224 N 10th Street near Temple University, the community kitchen will be able to extend its free program to 16 weeks, double the number of students trained, and estimates a quadrupling in the amount of meals it can produce and send across Philadelphia.

“In a year that has contained a great deal of hardship, it is wonderful to have the opportunity to celebrate a new beginning,” said Gov. Wolf.   

Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, Philabundance reported a 60% increase in hunger need throughout the Delaware Valley. It responded by having its community kitchen produce an additional 4,500 meals per week.

“We know that emergency feeding efforts are just one part of a comprehensive food security strategy, and proactive, empowering programs such as PCK truly help attack the issue of hunger right at its roots, with results stretching across generations,” said the First Lady of PA.

As for education, the free program offering culinary arts and life skills training has served over 920 students since starting and trains them for careers in the food industry.

The next courses are set to start on Jan. 11, 2021.

The location will also serve as a community space for the surrounding North Philadelphia community, featuring a number of meeting rooms for community members to utilize.

This article is part of Broke in Philly, a collaborative reporting project among more than 20 news organizations, focused on economic mobility in Philadelphia. Read all of our reporting at brokeinphilly.org

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Female leopard roaming around in tea garden for past 10 days in Assam’s Dibrugarh finally rescued – it s viral

A female leopard has been rescued from a tea garden in Dibrugarh.

According to the locals, the leopard has been roaming around in Sepon tea garden for the past 10 days.

Santanu Gogoi, Ranger of Khowang forest official said, “The leopard was roaming around in Sepon tea garden for the past 10 days. After the locals informed the forest department, we placed a cage in the tea garden.”

“On Thursday morning, the leopard was trapped in the cage. This is a female leopard. We will release it into a jungle after a clinical check-up.”

ANI took to Twitter to share images of the recued animal and the officials who carried it out. Take a look at what they shared:

Since being shared, the post has gathered over 200 likes and quite some comments from people.

“Poor animal, might have come out of the forest for food or due to deforestation. We need to focus on them too,” commented a Twitter user expressing their concerns for the animal. Another user of the micro-blogging site simply shared clap emoji to express their reactions.

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