California judge weighs Uber, Lyft driver classifications

(Reuters) – California and three of its largest cities urged a state judge on Thursday to issue a preliminary injunction requiring Uber Technologies Inc and Lyft Inc to classify their drivers as employees rather than as contractors. The argument was made at a hearing in San Francisco Superior Court in a May 5 lawsuit accusing Uber and Lyft of violating […]

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Uber's food-delivery business doubles; COVID-19 eviscerates rides demand

Aug 6 (Reuters) – Uber Technologies Inc said demand for its food-delivery service more than doubled in the second quarter as many users remained largely homebound, while demand for ride-hailing trips was only marginally recovering from pandemic rock-bottom. The company said that despite those larger challenges it is sticking to its goal of being profitable on an adjusted basis before […]

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Homeless shelters get biggest chunk of money in Denver’s COVID-19 relief spending

Denver is putting $25.6 million in federal money toward shelters, small business grants and other areas, city officials announced Thursday — the city’s second release of federal money to combat the impact of the coronavirus pandemic. “We know the COVID pandemic is disproportionately impacting our historically marginalized communities of color, both physically and economically,” Mayor Michael Hancock said in a […]

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UK to remove Belgium, Andorra and Bahamas from safe travel list

LONDON (Reuters) – Passengers arriving into Britain from Belgium, the Bahamas and Andorra will need to quarantine for 14 days due to concerns over rising COVID-19 infection rates, transport minister Grant Shapps said on Thursday. “Data shows we need to remove Andorra, Belgium and The Bahamas from our list of #coronavirus Travel Corridors in order to keep infection rates DOWN,” […]

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Afreximbank commits $400 mln to Mozambique LNG project

JOHANNESBURG, Aug 6 (Reuters) – Cairo-based African Export-Import Bank has committed $400 million in loans and guarantees to Mozambique’s $20 billion liquefied natural gas (LNG) project, the multilateral lender said on Thursday. Afreximbank’s move follows a similar commitment for the same sum by The African Development Bank last month. “The … financing will be used to partially finance … activities […]

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Coronavirus: ITV profits plunge as COVID-19 hammers income

ITV saw its profits almost wiped out after the coronavirus pandemic hammered its main sources of income. However, the broadcaster’s boss Dame Carolyn McCall said her company was now seeing an “upward trajectory”, with productions restarting and advertisers returning. The company expects to pour around £960m into its programming this year. But despite many people being sat at home during […]

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Polish opposition shows rainbow LGBT solidarity at president's swearing-in

WARSAW (Reuters) – Polish opposition members of parliament on Thursday formed a rainbow with their outfits at President Andrzej Duda’s swearing-in in solidarity with the LGBT community after he was accused of running a campaign laced with homophobic rhetoric. Duda, an ally of the ruling nationalist Law and Justice (PiS) party, argued ahead of the July vote that lesbian, gay, […]

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Canadian pastor jailed in Myanmar for defying coronavirus ban

Myanmar-born preacher David Lah convicted for flouting ban on gatherings and sentenced to three months in prison. A court in Myanmar has sentenced a Canadian pastor to three months in jail for holding church services in defiance of a ban on gatherings to combat the spread of the novel coronavirus. David Lah, who is of Burmese origin, and his colleague, […]

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Brexit rant unleashed on UK by Germany as Britain attacked for lack of ‘realism’

We will use your email address only for sending you newsletters. Please see our Privacy Notice for details of your data protection rights. European affairs minister Michael Roth accused Boris Johnson’s negotiating team rowing back on previous agreements with the bloc. Berlin is “disappointed that London is shifting further and further away from the Political Declaration agreed between us as […]

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