Tag: Concerns

Yelp flags restaurants accused of racism, raising concerns

Now Yelp, the platform that has more than 200 million crowdsourced reviews, announced Thursday that it will start flagging businesses that have been accused of racism, a new practice that some critics say could be abused by users.

In a blog post by Noorie Malik, the vice president of user operations, Yelp announced it will affix a “Business Accused of Racist Behavior” alert on accounts only when there is “resounding evidence of egregious, racist actions from a business owner or employee, such as using overtly racist slurs or symbols.” The alert will always be accompanied by a link to a news story from a credible media outlet, Malik wrote.

“As the nation reckons with issues of systemic racism, we’ve seen in the last few months that there is a clear need to warn consumers about businesses associated with egregious, racially-charged actions to help people make more informed spending decisions,” Malik

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Liquid Nitrogen Market – Post Pandemic Business Strategies and Processes| Safety Concerns in F&B Industry to Boost Growth in the Materials Industry | Technavio

LONDON–(BUSINESS WIRE)–The liquid nitrogen market is expected to grow by USD 4.55 billion during 2020-2024, expanding at a CAGR of over 5%. The report also provides the market impact and new opportunities created due to the COVID-19 pandemic. We expect the impact to be significant in the first quarter but gradually lessen in subsequent quarters – with a limited impact on the full-year economic growth.

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Liquid Nitrogen Market: Safety concerns in the F&B industry to drive growth

Growing concerns over the safety of food have increased the adoption of cryogenic freezing in the food and beverage industry. This is because cryogenic freezing is eco-friendly, less time-consuming, and does not alter the quality, texture, and color of the food product. This is increasing the use of cryogenic gases such

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Business Decisions to “Normalize” Being Impacted by Liability Concerns.

Recently, the Metropolitan Opera of New York announced it was canceling shows until at least September of 2021. The cancellation falls in line with some large companies like Google, Facebook, and Zocdoc also announcing long-term work-from-home directives. These decisions are being made without any scientific knowledge of the future of COVID-19, deep into next year.

A major factor in the long-term cancellation of in-person business activities that is not being widely publicized or discussed is the potential for lawsuits against employers should employees or customers become ill after being on-site at their place of business. As the country grapples with finding solutions to the economic impact of the coronavirus, one key action that could be taken might be to mitigate the COVID-19 related liability these businesses now face.  

“As the impact of COVID-19 spreads, class action lawsuits are likely to rise,” The American Bar Association (ABA) warns.

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Recent increase in downtown police presence pleases business owners, concerns other residents

CHICAGO — An increase in police presence downtown has left one alderman and some community members concerned about their neighborhoods being less safe.

Following several incidents of looting and unrest in downtown Chicago, several business owners and employees have welcomed the recent increase in police presence.

“It caused a lot of people to lose their jobs. It caused a lot of people to shut down a lot of stuff. It caused a lot of chaos,” Green Leaf Market employee Paul Skaro said.

A recent memo released by police outlines a plan to position more officers downtown during daytime hours for a highly visible presence while moving officers from other districts.

Residents from other neighborhoods are critical of the plan, citing less policing in their neighborhoods during an increase in violence.2

“For me, this is very dangerous policy being implemented because the neighborhoods like mine that I represent from West Englewood

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Expecting Student Safety Concerns, Faculty Say Remote Classes Largely Unaffected by Political Issues Abroad | News

Despite concerns that remote classes could force homebound students to learn material that is politically sensitive in their home countries, ten Harvard faculty who teach such courses said this week that those issues largely have not materialized.

Anticipating challenges for international students, Harvard’s Information Technology department published a web manual for faculty members in late August.

“A student is taking a class that engages with topics that are sensitive relative to the student’s learning environment,” the HUIT manual reads. “Such sensitivities can be exacerbated with respect to the geography and home environment where the student is learning from.”

The Wall Street Journal reported in August that professors at Princeton University, Amherst College, and Harvard Business School teaching remote courses with material considered sensitive by China planned to take measures to protect students in China and Hong Kong. In June, China passed a new national security law that severely curtails protest

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Freeport couple expands business despite COVID-19 concerns – News – Rockford Register Star

FREEPORT — Jeffrey Wall and Dennis Rinkenberger moved to Freeport nearly 10 years ago to become small business entrepreneurs.

The couple had lived and worked in Chicago, but wanted to move to Wall’s home in the town of Freeport to create a quiet life for themselves and to be part of the local business community.

They started small by opening up The Wall of Yarn on Stephenson Street in downtown. The cozy shop specializes in Scandinavian yarn, and offers a wide selection of yarns, needles and hooks. They also have classes for those who want to try their hand at learning the art of knitting, crochet and felting.

With the success of the Wall of Yarn, which opened in 2011, the couple became known as the “yarn guys,” which led them to business venture No. 2 called The Yarn Guys, making them the sole North American distributor of yarn from

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Concerns over coronavirus upticks in California


— New York City to offer expanded outdoor dining year-round

— Virginia Gov. Northam and wife test positive for virus

— French Open limits fans to 1,000 per day as cases spike in Paris

— Gov. Ron DeSantis lifted all restrictions on restaurants and other businesses in Florida in a move to reopen the state’s economy despite the spread of the coronavirus.

— Minnesota halts coronavirus study after reports of intimidation. The survey teams were going to 180 neighborhoods to offer free testing for the virus and for antibodies.

— Virus disrupting Rio’s Carnival for first time in a century. Annual Carnival parade of flamboyant samba schools won’t be held in February.


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SEOUL, South Korea — South Korea has reported 61 new cases of the

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Trump administration moves to limit student visa stays over fraud, national security concerns

The Trump administration has announced a rule limiting the open-ended stay for international students from countries, amid concerns about overstays, fraud and potential risks to national security.

The new rule, proposed by the Department of Homeland Security, would allow those coming into the U.S. onto an F or J nonimmigrant visa to be limited to a stay of four years. Currently students are allowed to remain in the country as long as they can show that their period of study is ongoing.


The rule submission says that, currently, “admitting a nonimmigrant for duration of status creates a challenge to the Department’s ability to efficiently monitor and oversee these nonimmigrants, because they may remain in the United States for indefinite periods of time without being required to have immigration officers periodically assess whether they are complying with

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Learn How to Manage COVID-19 Testing Concerns for Your Business on Sept. 15 with World Back to Work

LOS ANGELES, Sept. 11, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — World Back to Work (WBTW), a mission-driven organization that is developing customized solutions to help the world’s businesses get back to work safely during the coronavirus pandemic, will hold a webinar on COVID testing for food & beverage businesses on Tuesday, September 15, 2020 at 11am PST/2pm EST. Members of the media are invited to attend.

WBTW experts Kyle Koeppler, Practice Head for Medical Services & Testing Industry Expert and Thomas Barrows, MD, Co-Founder & Chief Medical Officer, will discuss the essentials of COVID testing, critical differences in testing methods, and what it means to businesses, in particular the food industry. In a world of ever-changing regulations, contradictory guidance, and evolving guidelines, it’s critical for business owners to stay informed for the protection of employees, as well as to help protect against potential liability concerns.


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Weekly Jobless Claims Stay High, Prompting Small Business Concerns for Commercial Landlords

Today’s news on the unemployment front was a mixed bag. Jobless claims totaled 881,000 last week, which is better than the 950,000 new claims analysts were predicting. And in the course of our current recession, a week where new unemployment benefit claims don’t reach the 1 million mark is always a good thing. And also, jobless claims for the week represented a decline from the previous week.

But while initial jobless claims for the prior week may have come in lower than expected, job loss is still rampant as the COVID-19 pandemic shows no signs of coming to an end. And that means consumer spending is likely to remain sluggish as layoffs continue to wreak havoc on American’s finances and unemployment aid continues to fall short. That’s bad news for the economy as a whole, but it’s particularly bad news for small businesses, which have struggled immensely ever since the

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