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Outrageous! German newspaper removes Queen from national anthem in cheeky dig

Ahead of the crunch Euro 2020 game versus Germany tonight, the country’s top-selling newspaper, Bild, has created new lyrics for the national anthem. In reference to England’s painful history against the German national team, the newspaper substituted the Queen for references to Gareth Southgate and Stuart Pearce’s penalty misses. The newspaper also included goalkeeper Manuel Neuer as it butchered the national anthem.

The new anthem reads: “Long live our Goalie-King, Neuer save penalties!

“Be our hero who holds all the shots. Send her home with tears.

“Neuer save penalties! Oh, our king in the goal. Kane’s knees are trembling in front of it.”

Poking fun at England’s previous tragedies, it adds: “Neuer save us all! We think of Waddle and Pearce, Southgate and its bitter tears.

“We drink a couple of German beers to it, may the new rule forever!”

In a sly dig at England, the paper also referenced how England have struggled to score while playing at Wembley.

England has lost all four knockout games against Germany since the 1966 World Cup.

Germany is also unbeaten in their last seven games at Wembley in what will be the 33rd meeting between the two rivals.

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Due to the Delta variant, the Chancellor wants to classify the UK as a country of concern.

Some EU countries, however, are resisting an all-out ban and instead want to maintain quarantine measures for Britons.

Commenting on the plans, Transport Secretary Grant Shapps issued a sly rebuke aimed at Germany’s vaccination programme.

He said: “Germany doesn’t have the same level of vaccinations as has happened in this country so they will be particularly concerned.

“Each country will have to come to their own decision.

“A country like Malta which has a very high level of vaccination hasn’t said the same thing.

“And other European countries will come to their own decisions and I respect that, that is for them to do.

“But it is different in each country and largely driven by levels of vaccination that they have managed to achieve in each country.”

Additional reporting by Monika Pallenberg. 

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Gardening expert recommends ‘fast-acting’ weed killer that removes them ‘within hours’

It’s often difficult to know which weed killers work best. Some people recommend using DIY methods, while others go for natural or household solutions. Others choose to use chemical weed killers which can be damaging to surrounding plants and their environment.

“Next, crowd out any unwanted weeds by keeping your soils pH level balanced and not mowing your grass too low.

“Growing a densely planted garden lawn can repress any weeds that might not belong.”

Another method, which the expert claimed “keeps weeds from ever popping up” is using corn gluten.

They said: “Use corn gluten to keep weeds from ever popping up.

However, not all corn gluten meal is the same.

Check the label said it’s a pre-emergent herbicide as animal feed products with similar wording are unlikely to work.

“Don’t let weeds get the better of you,” the expert added.

“Use these natural solutions to prevent and get rid of weeds naturally.”

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US Track reverses course, removes Shelby Houlihan from Olympic trials

It appeared Houlihan, who tested positive for a banned substance, would be allowed to compete Friday. USA Track and Field has since reversed that decision.

EUGENE, Ore — The odds of banned runner Shelby Houlihan running at U.S. Olympic trials diminished sharply late Thursday when the country’s Olympic committee said it would follow all antidoping rules and USA Track and Field received long-awaited official notice of her suspension.

The developments capped a whirlwind day that began with USATF saying it would not bar the American record-holder at 1,500 and 5,000 meters from running in Friday’s preliminary heats until she had exhausted every appeal.

USATF stood by that premise at the end of the day, as well, but said it was comfortable taking Houlihan off the start lists since it had received official word from the Athletics Integrity Unit, which conducted the test that led to the suspension, that Houlihan had been banned for four years.

“Process is important, particularly when individuals’ careers and lives are at stake,” USATF CEO Max Siegel said. “The letter from the AIU, received tonight, formally notifying us of the consequences of the decision is welcomed and, in line with our processes, we will act accordingly.”

Earlier this week, the Swiss-based Court of Arbitration for Sport upheld Houlihan’s four-year ban for testing positive for trace amounts of the performance enhancer nandrolone.

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She blamed her positive test on a pork burrito she ate 10 hours before a test in December. Contaminated meats have led to positive tests in other cases, many of which have been dismissed. But Houlihan did not receive any leniency, and her ban would keep her out of the upcoming Olympics and the 2024 Games.

There remains a sliver of hope for Houlihan, but it is very slim. The 28-year-old would have to appeal to and receive fast-track relief from Switzerland’s highest federal court to conceivably be put back in the races.

Her representatives remained quiet about their plans.

But victories in sports cases at the Swiss tribunal are extremely rare, and barring that sort of last-minute reprieve, Houlihan is considered suspended and ineligible to race under international antidoping rules.

“The U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Committee, together with USATF, can confirm that we will adhere to the (international antidoping) code and any CAS decisions that govern athlete participation in sanctioned events,” USOPC CEO Sarah Hirshland said late Thursday.

Though USATF runs the Olympic trials, the USOPC has ultimate say on its rules and who it places on the Olympic team.

Houlihan began the day on the start list for both races, which led to phones ringing off the hook at USATF, USOPC, World Athletics and the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency. The main question: Why was the runner, who shared news of her suspension earlier in the week on social media, still on the start list?

“Despite how frustrated people might be with the CAS decision, she is serving a sanction,” USADA CEO Travis Tygart said. “Under the rules, she’s not allowed to compete. It would be illegal for her to do so, unless a court orders differently.”

And so, with only hours to go until the races begin, Houlihan’s slim chances of staying eligible rested on her filing an appeal to the Swiss federal court, and the court issuing an injunction that would allow her to compete while it decides whether to take the case.

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Minneapolis Removes Memorials and Barricades From ‘George Floyd Square’

MINNEAPOLIS — The bulldozers arrived before dawn on Thursday at the South Minneapolis intersection where the police killed George Floyd. Moving quickly, city workers in neon vests hauled away flowers, artwork and large cement barricades that have allowed the corner to serve as an ever-growing memorial to Mr. Floyd for more than a year.

By the time hundreds of people began flocking to the scene in protest, many of the tributes at the intersection known as George Floyd Square were gone. The large metal fist that sprouts from the middle of 38th Street and Chicago Avenue was still there, but the barriers that activists used to block traffic had been removed and the city had put most of the items honoring Mr. Floyd into storage.

The mayor and other city officials hoped that the effort would let traffic flow through the intersection again, allowing businesses to prosper and cutting down on the violence in the neighborhood. But demonstrators said that the unannounced action was disrespectful to Mr. Floyd’s memory and that the city was trying to force people to move on from his killing.

In the weeks after May 25, 2020, when a police officer knelt on Mr. Floyd’s neck as he took his last breaths, the intersection was transformed into a community space that people visited from around the world, to pay their respects or simply to say they had been there. In April, hundreds of people gathered in the intersection and erupted in cheers when Derek Chauvin, the white former officer, was found guilty of murdering Mr. Floyd, a Black father who had recently lost his job as a security guard.

But the intersection had also become an autonomous zone of sorts that the police avoided; some residents complained that it had become dangerous and detrimental to nearby businesses. Several shootings have erupted in the area, including when one man was shot in broad daylight on the anniversary of Mr. Floyd’s death last month.

For months, the question of how to preserve the memorial while allowing the neighborhood’s businesses and residents to thrive has vexed city officials. They have announced a series of investments in the area and changed the name of Chicago Avenue to George Perry Floyd Jr. Place for two blocks.

Even as some residents and businesses praised the removal of the sprawling memorial on Thursday, others set up new makeshift barriers to block traffic in the one-block radius around the intersection, using lawn chairs, a drying machine and an air-conditioner. By the afternoon, traffic was not able to pass freely through the intersection as city officials had hoped.

“I acknowledge that it will be a bit touch-and-go and difficult over the next several days,” Mayor Jacob Frey of Minneapolis said at a news conference.

Mr. Frey said the city was investing in Black-owned businesses in the area and that reopening the streets to traffic was just one part of creating an accessible and prosperous neighborhood. “We will be putting our money where our mouth is,” he said.

But others said it was too soon to clear the area, and that doing so with little warning early in the morning was not consistent with city officials’ repeated promises of transparency following Mr. Floyd’s death.

“I think it’s wrong,” said D.J. Hooker, a community activist who arrived early on Thursday after hearing that the memorial was being taken down. “This is not what they should be doing while people are trying to still heal.”

As protesters were at the intersection on Thursday afternoon, they got word that police officers had fatally shot a man at a parking garage elsewhere in the city.

A spokesman for the Hennepin County Sheriff’s Office sent a statement from the U.S. Marshals Service, a federal agency, that said its task force members had killed a man who was sitting in a parked car after he showed a handgun. The statement said the task force members, which are often made up of local police officers, were trying to arrest the man on a warrant related to a gun charge, but the agency did not identify the man or the officers who fired.

Jeremy Zoss, the spokesman for the Sheriff’s Office, would not say whether sheriff’s deputies were the ones who shot the man. A spokesman for the Minneapolis Police Department said its officers were not involved.

In clearing George Floyd Square, the city partnered with the Agape Movement, an organization that has provided security in the neighborhood since Mr. Floyd’s death and has worked to improve the relationship between the police and residents. It has several contracts with the city, including one for up to $ 359,000 for help with revitalizing the intersection, said Sarah McKenzie, a city spokeswoman.

Steve Floyd, a senior member of the Agape Movement, said at the news conference with city officials that it was important to start making the neighborhood more prosperous and peaceful. Mr. Floyd, who is not related to George Floyd, said that he had spoken with many residents in recent months about clearing the intersection and that he had coordinated with the city about when to do so to avoid pushback.

Agape Movement members, some of whom have spoken about being former members of gangs, have received harsh criticism from some activists for working with the city, but Mr. Floyd said the city’s investment was an example of how local governments can fund community groups instead of the police.

The city crews arrived at about 4:30 a.m. on Thursday and began to remove the memorial structures outside of Cup Foods, the convenience store where a clerk called 911 last year to say he thought that Mr. Floyd had used a fake $ 20 bill to buy cigarettes, drawing Mr. Chauvin and other officers to the scene.

In a statement, Mr. Frey and the two City Council members who represent the neighborhood, Andrea Jenkins and Alondra Cano, said they were “committed to establishing a permanent memorial at the intersection.” The politicians said in the statement that the city was “playing a supportive role” in helping the Agape Movement and other community leaders clear the area, though one member of the Agape Movement dismissed the idea that city officials were not in charge.

“That is the narrative,” said Akeem Cubie, 32, who said the Agape Movement had advised city officials about how to peacefully reopen the intersection. “They don’t want to take the backlash coming in here.”

But Mr. Cubie, who grew up near the intersection and now lives elsewhere in Minneapolis, said that the neighborhood had become a hub for gangs and that clearing the memorial would make it safer for the community.

“What is this here for?” he asked, motioning to the intersection filled with protesters. “Is this here for you to just come over here and have a good time? Our life doesn’t turn off even though you probably have a good time. We’ve still got to go home.”

On Thursday, a representative of Cup Foods praised the city’s move to reopen the area to traffic.

“Businesses can once again thrive,” said Jamar Nelson, who has worked as a spokesman for Cup Foods since Mr. Floyd’s death. “Now, hopefully, a memorial can be put in place, to respect the Floyd family and the community.”

Danielle Fabunmi, 48, who lives about six blocks away from the intersection, stood in front of Cup Foods on Thursday as she watched city workers dismantle the memorial. She said she felt that the city had bowed to pressure from businesses and residents worried about crime.

“I kind of always knew that it wasn’t going to last, but I’m pretty hurt because there needs to be a reminder of what happened here,” Ms. Fabunmi said. “They’re really feeling that a lot of these memorials are kind of getting in the way of business, so that’s to be understood, but also, there’s something larger at hand.”

The scene on Thursday was at times tense, with some activists yelling at city officials as they removed the barriers. “No justice, no streets!” one said. But later, the crowd grew more relaxed, with one activist handing out coffee and doughnuts. No uniformed police officers could be seen as the demolition took place.

Matt Furber contributed reporting from Minneapolis. Christine Hauser also contributed reporting.

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On the Beach removes all summer holidays from sale – green list 'uncertainty'

Mr Cooper added: “Unlike many of our competitors, we have no interest in selling holidays that are unlikely to happen, as our business model enables us to put customers first, rather than needing to get cash in the door to contribute to high fixed costs, and offering refunds in the form of a voucher when holidays get cancelled.

Customers with existing bookings should contact On the Beach for the latest update on their specific journey and to find out the options available to them.

“This is a temporary measure that we will review in line with the next Government announcement,” said Mr Cooper.

“In the meantime, we will focus our efforts on helping and advising our customers who already have bookings of their options to either still go on their holiday, amend their holiday or, where the holiday is cancelled, refunding them in cash within 14 days.”

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Polish ace removes flag in solidarity with Russian rival

Polish draughts queen Natalia Sadovskaya has removed her national flag from the table in support of her Russian opponent, Tamara Tansykkuzhina, who had the Russian tricolor abruptly taken away during their world champs final.

The incendiary incident that saw a political row broke out happened as Tansykkuzhina and Sadovskaya clashed for the world draughts crown in Warsaw.

Match secretary Jacek Pawlicki stepped in to remove Tansykkuzhina’s name and flag, explaining that he was acting on a call from the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA), which has banned Russia’s national symbols at major sporting events for two years over alleged manipulations.

The organizers’ move triggered public outrage, with Poland being accused of a “political provocation.”

The Russian team claimed that the incident had cost Tansykkuzhina precious time during a defeat in the fourth round of the contest that left her trailing 32-16, although she recovered in the fifth to reduce the deficit to just four points.

The Polish athlete has removed her flag as well, they are both playing without flags now,” Russian Draughts Federation head Anatoly Nikitin told Lenta.

I think the matter is closed as the Polish side apologized after the incident.

He added that the match should have been played a year ago, when no WADA sanctions had been introduced, and condemned the way the Russian symbols were removed.

It shouldn’t have been done during the match and in front of cameras. They should have made an official statement and removed the flag before the match,” Nikitin explained.

Sadovskaya is chasing the title she won in 2016 and 2018, needing 22 more points from the remaining five rounds to seal victory with the score currently at 32-28.

Based in the Polish capital, she portrayed herself wearing a glamorous dress alongside Tansykkuzhina before the final started, adding: “Both still smiling.”

A fan of covershoot-style snaps while looking over draughts boards,  Sadovskaya has described her ambition to be “the kind of woman that makes other women want to up their game”.

“Time flies so fast and intensely that I can’t keep up with adding photos from my new sessions,” she told her thousands of Instagram fans earlier this month, sharing a snap from a promotional shoot taken for the final.

Also on rt.com ‘100 percent a political act’: Outrage as Russian flag is swiped during draughts world final after ‘order from WADA heads’ (VIDEO)

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Random: Hey, There's Also A Smash Mod That Keeps Fire Emblem Content And Removes Everything Else

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Fire Emblem approvedAkrenix

Whether you love or hate the Fire Emblem cast in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, it seems there’s a mod for you.

It turns out the same individual (Akrenix) – who created a mod that removes all things related to Fire Emblem from Nintendo’s all-star brawler – has also released one that gets rid of everything except the Fire Emblem characters from the game. It’s called ‘No, More Fire Emblem!’ – here’s the full summary:

“The long-awaited sequel is here! If you only like Fire Emblem and don’t want to play anyone else, well this mod is just right for you! This time, I have another quote with Sakurai when I made contact with him: “Please stay away from my house or I’ll file a restraining order against you and get you arrested!” I didn’t know what he meant by that but I just went with it anyways.”

With everything else gone, it’s rather slim pickings and is smaller than the original Super Smash Bros. roster. To be precise, there are just eight characters and four themed levels remaining. Here’s a look:

Of course, if you want to recreate something like this in your own game – you don’t have to resort to modding. You could simply bar levels, characters and even disable certain items from your own matches.

These funny mods (in case you don’t quite get what’s going on here) are all tied to some comments the game’s director Masahiro Sakurai made in the past – mentioning how there are too many FE reps. For some though, it’s probably still not enough!

Facebook removes Capitol attack suspect's page

Facebook has removed the account belonging to the suspect in Friday’s attack at the Capitol that killed one Capitol Police officer and wounded another. 

The platform confirmed to The Hill that it is scrapping the Facebook and Instagram accounts of Noah Green, the 25-year-old suspect in Friday’s attack, and scrubbing any content from him that violates its policies.

“After this horrific event, our thoughts are with the Capitol Police and their loved ones. We have designated the incident under our Dangerous Individuals and Organizations policy, which means we have removed the suspect’s accounts from Facebook and Instagram, and are removing any content that praises, supports, or represents the attack or the suspect. We are in contact with law enforcement as they conduct their investigation,” a spokesperson said. 

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The move comes after a second attack this year on the Capitol.

On Friday afternoon, a car rammed into a security barrier on the side of the Capitol building where two officers were present. Following the crash, the suspect exited his vehicle with a knife in hand.

Capitol Police reported that the suspect lunged at the officers, and they fatally shot him. 

One of the two officers at the scene, William “Billy” Evans, died from wounds he suffered during the attack. 

The car and knife attack Friday came less than three months after the Jan. 6 riot on Capitol Hill during which a mob of former President TrumpDonald TrumpThe Hill’s Morning Report – Biden may find zero GOP support for jobs plan Republicans don’t think Biden really wants to work with them The biggest campaign issue of 2022? MORE[2][3][4][5][6][1]‘s supporters sought to halt Congress’s certification of the 2020 election results. 

Green had posted on his page about how the “past few years” were “tough” as well as his support for Louis Farrakhan, the leader of the Nation of Islam.

“I have been tried with some of the biggest, unimaginable tests in my life. I am currently now unemployed, after I left my job, partly due to afflictions,” he wrote in one post. 

“So, I wanted to give a personal testimony for the man whose [sic] accomplished such a great mission for the liberation of us all under the teachings of the Honorable Elijah Muhammad, brought forth by Allah, in the person of Master Fard Muhammad,” he added, referring to Nation of Islam leaders.

[email protected] (Tal Axelrod)

Spain: FCDO removes some entry restrictions for UK arrivals but strict rules remain

The requirement applies to all passengers arriving by air or sea, regardless of their residence status in Spain or the length of time they intend on staying.

“A minimum fine of €3000 may be issued to anyone who arrives in Spanish airports or ports from ‘risk’ countries without adequate evidence of a negative PCR, TMA or LAMP test,” warns the FCDO

“While TMA and LAMP tests are not currently widely available in the UK, you should refer to testing facilities directly for specific information on the types of tests available to you, prior to booking an appointment.”

Britons are further warned not to use NHS testing to facilitate travel.

Hillicon Valley: DHS chief lays out actions to boost cybersecurity after major hacks

Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro MayorkasAlejandro MayorkasGOP lawmakers ask Mayorkas for documents on warnings from DHS to Biden on immigration Officials say executive order with ‘a dozen’ actions forthcoming after SolarWinds, Microsoft breaches UK considering ‘extreme’ measures to deal with asylum seekers; pay attention — Biden may follow suit MORE[6][7][8][9][10][5] on Wednesday laid out a roadmap for federal cybersecurity while teasing an upcoming cyber executive order. Facebook enforced its indefinite suspension on former President TrumpDonald TrumpThe Hill’s Morning Report – Biden seeks expanded government, tax hikes Georgia voter limits take root amid weakened Justice Department Battle rages over vaccine passports MORE[12][13][14][15][16][11] by removing a video posted by Lara TrumpLara TrumpLara Trump now official Fox News contributor Lara Trump ‘absolutely’ considering Senate run The two women who could ‘cancel’ Trump MORE[18][19][20][21][22][17] of a sit down interview with the former president. President BidenJoe BidenThe Hill’s Morning Report – Biden seeks expanded government, tax hikes Five things to watch on Biden infrastructure plan GOP seeks new line of attack on Biden economic plans MORE[24][25][26][27][28][23] proposed billions in funding to boost research and development of emerging technologies, and Republicans pushed back on the idea of so-called vaccine passports.

DHS DRILLS DOWN ON CYBER: Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas on Wednesday issued a “call for action” to confront mounting cybersecurity threats to the federal government, laying out a plan to combat hacking efforts following two major foreign cyberattacks.

Mayorkas warned during a virtual speech hosted by RSA that “cyber threats are coming dangerously close to threatening our lives” and detailed plans for focusing on issues including debilitating ransomware attacks, bolstering the cyber workforce and securing critical infrastructure against attacks.

“The government does not have the capacity to achieve our nation’s cyber resilience alone,” Mayorkas said. “So much of our critical infrastructure is in the private sector’s hands. We need to work with the private sector to protect the interests of the American people and the services on which we rely.”

Mayorkas’s comments come as the federal government continues to respond to two major cyber espionage incidents carried out by foreign entities that were discovered over the past three months, and as the Biden administration works to roll out an executive order to strengthen federal cybersecurity after both incidents.

The secretary said Wednesday that the order would include “nearly a dozen actions” and that “more details would be shared soon.”

Read more about Mayorkas’s remarks here. [29]

REMOVING TRUMP: Facebook removed a video of an interview between former President Trump and his daughter-in-law Lara Trump based on the platform’s indefinite suspension of the former president, a company spokesperson confirmed Wednesday.

Lara Trump Tuesday night posted a screenshot of an email that appears to notify her that the video had been removed in line with the platform’s current suspension of the former president. Her post also included a screenshot of an email with an earlier time stamp that seemingly warned her that video of the interview would be removed if posted.

A Facebook source verified the email posted by Lara Trump was authentic.

The email also warns Lara Trump that posting similar content could lead to more limitations on the account.

“In line with the block we placed on Donald Trump’s Facebook and Instagram accounts, further content posted in the voice of Donald Trump will be removed and result in additional limitations on the accounts,” the email said.

Facebook suspended the former president shortly after the riot at the Capitol on Jan. 6. The decision on whether to permanently ban or reinstate him is in the hands of Facebook’s Oversight Board which has yet to make a final decision.

Read more about the removal[30].

PASSPORT PUSHBACK: Republicans are up in arms over the possibility that businesses and local governments may require vaccine passports for people to get access to certain activities, buildings or events.

The pushback comes after New York last week launched its virtual Excelsior Pass, created in partnership with IBM, that allows people to show if they have been vaccinated by flashing a QR code to get into events where proof is required.

Other governors, including Connecticut Gov. Ned Lamont (D), signaled they may launch similar programs soon, and IBM said it is in talks with federal officials and just about every state.

But Florida Gov. Ron DeSantisRon DeSantisThe Hill’s Morning Report – Biden seeks expanded government, tax hikes Battle rages over vaccine passports Marjorie Taylor Greene blasts COVID-19 vaccine passports: ‘Biden’s mark of the beast’ MORE[32][33][34][35][36][31] (R) has urged his state’s GOP-controlled legislature to pass a law forbidding passes showing proof of coronavirus vaccination, while vowing to take executive action. Congressional Republicans have similarly slammed the passports, framing them as invasive.

The Biden administration has said it will provide guidance on the matter, but signaled the decisions will largely be left up to local governments and business owners.

“We’re going to provide guidance, just as we have through the [Centers for Disease Control and Prevention],” White House press secretary Jen PsakiJen PsakiFive things to watch on Biden infrastructure plan Battle rages over vaccine passports Biden to unveil trillion infrastructure proposal MORE[38][39][40][41][42][37] said Monday. “There’s currently an interagency process that is looking at many of the questions around vaccine verification.”

Read more here.[43]

BIDEN EYES R&D: President Biden’s newly unveiled infrastructure proposal includes billions of dollars in proposed funding to invest in “technologies of the future,” with a particular focus on ensuring the U.S. can compete on the global stage against countries such as China.

The proposed investment package, which totals[44] around $ 2.25 trillion, proposes that over $ 180 billion be set aside for enhancing research and development of new and emerging technologies, along with addressing racial and gender inequalities in the fields of science, technology, engineering and math.

“President Biden is calling on Congress to make smart investments in research and development, manufacturing and regional economic development, and in workforce development to give our workers and companies the tools and training they need to compete on the global stage,” the plan released by the White House reads.

Read more about the funds here. [45]

GOOGLE UNION’S FIRST SETTLEMENT: Google and its contractor Modis must post notices about worker rights at a data center in South Carolina as part of a settlement reached with the Alphabet Workers Union on Wednesday.

The settlement follows an unfair labor practice charge the union filed with the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) in February alleging the company prohibited employees from discussing pay with coworkers and suspended a data center technician, Shannon Wait, for supporting the union.

The official notices Google and Modis, part of the Adecco Group, must put up strongly state worker’s rights including that they have the right to join a union and discuss their wage rates.[46]

The notice also states that the company will not discipline workers for discussing wages or for exercising their right to join a union and that all references to Wait’s suspension will be removed from Google’s files.

This is the first NLRB settlement involving the Alphabet Workers Union.

Read more here[47].

URGING AN INVESTIGATION: Two tech advocacy groups, Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood (CCFC) and the Center for Digital Democracy (CDD,) filed a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission Wednesday alleging Google is certifying apps for children as safe and appropriate violate a children’s privacy law by collecting personal data without parental consent. [48]

“We urge the FTC to investigate Google’s practices and the truthfulness of its representations and act to protect parents from being misled and children from playing apps that are not appropriate and violate their privacy,” the groups wrote in the complaint.

A Google spokesperson defended the company’s handling of apps directed to children in response to the complaint.

“Google Play is committed to providing a positive and safe environment for children and families,” the spokesperson said in a statement, adding that the company has taken steps to update the app store in recent years.

The groups acknowledged that Google has changed how it treats apps intended for children since they filed a complaint in 2018 over similar concerns. But they said the company has not fixed the alleged violations of COPPA.

“The FTC failed to act when this problem was brought to its attention over two years ago. Because children today are spending even more time using mobile apps, the FTC must hold Google accountable for violating children’s privacy,” Angela Campbell, chair of the board of directors of CCFC, said in a statement.

Read more about the complaint[49]

IN OTHER GOOGLE NEWS: Google told its staff in a Wednesday email that offices will begin to open in April after being closed for the coronavirus pandemic.

“Conditions vary significantly from state to state, so you’ll hear directly from your local leaders when your office is eligible to reopen,” top Google personnel executive Fiona Cicconi said in the email, which was seen[50] by The Wall Street Journal.

Returning to in-office work won’t become mandatory until September, a Google spokesperson said. Although offices will reopen next month, they will be at limited capacity.

Read more here. [51]

MORE CONTROL: Facebook is launching features to give users more control over the content that appears in their newsfeed, the company announced Wednesday[52]

Facebook’s new Feed Filter Bar, a menu that will appear at the top of the News Feed, will allow users to more easily access a tool to rank content chronologically as opposed to algorithmically.

By choosing the “most recent” filter, users can see the newest posts appear first. The new tool offers a more accessible way for users to switch to a chronologically sorted News Feed.

Facebook also said it is expanding its “Why am I seeing this?” page that aims to give users more information as to why content was suggested in their News Feed.

Read more here[53]

TIME OFF FOR APPLE EMPLOYEES: Apple is offering paid time off for employees to get vaccinated for COVID-19, people with knowledge of the matter told Bloomberg News.[54]

Bloomberg also reported that Apple is offering paid sick leave for those who experience side effects from the vaccinations. However, the company has told staff that it does not have access to vaccines and is not itself providing vaccines to workers.

The announcement comes as Apple plans to have more staff return to corporate offices as early as June. Apple CEO Tim Cook first disclosed the timeline to employees at the end of December, Bloomberg reported.

Read more here[55]

Lighter click: 14 month’s a charm?[56]

An op-ed to chew on: Vaccine passports will be convenient, but we should keep our privacy top of mind[57]

NOTABLE LINKS FROM AROUND THE WEB: 

Remote Work Is Leading To More Gender And Racial Harassment, Say Tech Workers (NPR/ Shannon Bond)[58]

Tech workers want vaccine mandates. Will their bosses bite? (Protocol / Issie Lapowsky) [59]

A comedian says he created ‘Darla,’ the anti-union Amazon workers, as a joke (The Verge / Makena Kelly)[60]

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  8. ^ Officials say executive order with ‘a dozen’ actions forthcoming after SolarWinds, Microsoft breaches (thehill.com)
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  11. ^ President Trump (thehill.com)
  12. ^ Donald Trump (thehill.com)
  13. ^ The Hill’s Morning Report – Biden seeks expanded government, tax hikes (thehill.com)
  14. ^ Georgia voter limits take root amid weakened Justice Department (thehill.com)
  15. ^ Battle rages over vaccine passports (thehill.com)
  16. ^ MORE (thehill.com)
  17. ^ Lara Trump (thehill.com)
  18. ^ Lara Trump (thehill.com)
  19. ^ Lara Trump now official Fox News contributor (thehill.com)
  20. ^ Lara Trump ‘absolutely’ considering Senate run (thehill.com)
  21. ^ The two women who could ‘cancel’ Trump (thehill.com)
  22. ^ MORE (thehill.com)
  23. ^ President Biden (thehill.com)
  24. ^ Joe Biden (thehill.com)
  25. ^ The Hill’s Morning Report – Biden seeks expanded government, tax hikes (thehill.com)
  26. ^ Five things to watch on Biden infrastructure plan (thehill.com)
  27. ^ GOP seeks new line of attack on Biden economic plans (thehill.com)
  28. ^ MORE (thehill.com)
  29. ^ Read more about Mayorkas’s remarks here.  (thehill.com)
  30. ^ Read more about the removal (thehill.com)
  31. ^ Ron DeSantis (thehill.com)
  32. ^ Ron DeSantis (thehill.com)
  33. ^ The Hill’s Morning Report – Biden seeks expanded government, tax hikes (thehill.com)
  34. ^ Battle rages over vaccine passports (thehill.com)
  35. ^ Marjorie Taylor Greene blasts COVID-19 vaccine passports: ‘Biden’s mark of the beast’ (thehill.com)
  36. ^ MORE (thehill.com)
  37. ^ Jen Psaki (thehill.com)
  38. ^ Jen Psaki (thehill.com)
  39. ^ Five things to watch on Biden infrastructure plan (thehill.com)
  40. ^ Battle rages over vaccine passports (thehill.com)
  41. ^ Biden to unveil trillion infrastructure proposal (thehill.com)
  42. ^ MORE (thehill.com)
  43. ^ Read more here (thehill.com)
  44. ^ totals (thehill.com)
  45. ^ Read more about the funds here.  (thehill.com)
  46. ^ official notices (cwa-union.org)
  47. ^ Read more here (thehill.com)
  48. ^ filed a complaint (www.democraticmedia.org)
  49. ^ Read more about the complaint (thehill.com)
  50. ^ which was seen (www.wsj.com)
  51. ^ Read more here.  (thehill.com)
  52. ^ announced Wednesday (about.fb.com)
  53. ^ Read more here (thehill.com)
  54. ^ Bloomberg News (www.bloomberg.com)
  55. ^ Read more here (thehill.com)
  56. ^ 14 month’s a charm? (twitter.com)
  57. ^ Vaccine passports will be convenient, but we should keep our privacy top of mind (thehill.com)
  58. ^ Remote Work Is Leading To More (www.npr.org)
  59. ^ want vaccine mandates (www.protocol.com)
  60. ^ says he created ‘Darla,’ (www.theverge.com)

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