Friday, October 15, 2021

Month: May 2021

Just Eat Takeaways orders jumped 79% in the first quarter of 2021

Food delivery company “Just Eat Takeaway,” said its orders jumped 79% in the first quarter of this year, nearly double its expected growth rate, as the boom in eating at home continued during the Coronavirus pandemic in Britain.

The Amsterdam-based company, which took a loss last year, has also indicated that it expects order growth for the rest of 2021 even as coronavirus restrictions are eased.

The company indicated an expected growth in first-quarter orders of more than 42% of what it achieved in the full year of 2020.

CEO Jitsi Groen told reporters that Britain was a privileged market following the company’s takeover last April of Just Eight for $ 7.8 billion, and Gruen said: “This is a significant increase, and in absolute terms, the increase will fit (size) the competition comfortably. “.

Just Eat Takeaway.com generated 63.8 million requests in the UK in the first quarter, an increase of 96% over the combined orders of Takeaway and Just Eight in the first quarter of 2020. The increase in demand has helped many restaurants that specialize in food delivery services. It is only allowed to sell fast food during a pandemic.

“Whether or not that means the competition is weakening, the competition has raised some money,” Groen said. “In the end, it’s all about the scale and if someone is much older than you and pulls twice as fast, you won’t overtake this player.”

UK takeaway is competing with smaller rivals Uber Eats and Deliveroo, which saw its share price plummet after its initial public offering on March 31.

Takeaway also said it still expects the proposed acquisition of its US counterpart, CrowHub, in a $ 7.3 billion deal, in the first half of 2021.

Dining inside restaurants in the country recorded an increase of 2.9%, and restaurants say they face higher costs due to the repercussions of the Corona epidemic, inflation, and increased wages.

California’s Disneyland reopens to visitors from outside the state in mid-June

The Disneyland resort in California begins welcoming visitors from outside the state on June 15, Disney announced, Wednesday, after the initially popular theme park reopens only to California residents due to government public health restrictions set to lift soon.

Disneyland reopened on April 30 with limited operating capacity after a year-long shutdown, and visitors had to provide proof of their California residency in order to be able to visit the parks.
California public health guidelines have allowed visitors from outside the state to enter theme parks but only if they are fully vaccinated, as other entertainment cities such as Universal Studios Hollywood do, but Disney has not followed suit.

June 15 is the day California prepares to lift social distancing restrictions that remain in place, including a statewide requirement to wear a face mask.
Park visitors still have to pre-book entry in addition to purchasing a ticket, which helps limit visitor capacity.

An obligation to wear a face mask
With the California lifting of restrictions ending on June 15, Disney may ease its restrictions on wearing face masks in parks.

Disney in Florida recently lifted mandatory face-mask restrictions in response to new public health guidelines, with the resort mandating indoor wear even though Florida does not require residents to wear face masks statewide.

The company recorded a 44% decrease in revenue at its garden unit in the second quarter of 2021 compared to the same period in 2020, with an operating loss of $ 406 million, down $ 1.2 billion from the same period last year.

Disneyland’s expansion to welcome visitors from outside the state is part of the process of returning to normal life at Disney parks this coming June, however, Disneyland Paris – the only Disney park worldwide that remains closed until now – will reopen. Next June 17.

Oh, The Memories of Us

When I see the lilies,
They remind me of
All the silly things we did
When we were silly kids.
Like jumping around and making weird sounds.
It felt free being me, spending time with all you beautiful beings.
When I see the stars,
I can’t help but go back to that moonlit night in the desert.
When we stayed up gazing at the stars for six straight hours,
waiting for the sun to come up.
It was fun and it felt free to be me.
When I see a lake,
the memories of us sitting by the river come rushing like those
Cheery waves and wash me over
with all the memories we made that day.
Those days that can never come back,
will remain forever in my head.
And I wonder, would it ever be the same going forward.
And I wonder why things had to change in the past few years
Oh, the memories of us
Are tangy like tangerines
And crazy like the best of us.
Savoury like strawberries and sweet like melons
but these memories are all that’s left of me and you,
thinking about all the things we did together.

‘Unthinkable’ discovery of children remains in Canada

In the southern B.C. Nation of Tk’emlúps te Secwépemc and beyond, the stories have always been known. Stories of children lost, missing, or disappeared. Of children who went to the Kamloops Indian Residential School and never came home.

The remains were discovered using ground-penetrating radar technology, and the preliminary findings were released quickly to the nation, surrounding communities and broader public late in the week. More information about the technology and work is expected to be released at the time of the full report in June.

The gruesome discovery took decades and for some survivors of the Kamloops Indian Residential School in Canada, the confirmation that children as young as 3 were buried on school grounds crystallizes the sorrow they have carried all their lives.

“I lost my heart, it was so much hurt and pain to finally hear, for the outside world, to finally hear what we assumed was happening there,” said Harvey McLeod, who attended the school for two years in the late 1960s, in a telephone interview with CNN Friday.

Reacting to news of the Kamloops discovery, she said: “Like so many of us survivors, we were in shock. When you hear this, it’s very devastating, very devastating. I cried, you know because that could have been one of us.”

Jaab joined the memorial in front of the Vancouver Art Gallery Friday night, where 215 pairs of children’s shoes were placed on the steps. She spoke passionately about what she believes should happen next.

“There was a big orchard there and we used to make up stories of the graveyard being in the orchard,” Baker told CTV News Channel on Saturday. “There was rumours of a graveyard, but nobody seemed to know where it was and we didn’t even know if it was true.”

When asked about what it was like to attend school there, Baker responded: “It was like being in jail. We weren’t allowed to go anywhere and if our family wanted to visit they could do that once a week.”

Baker says an apology from various levels of government “doesn’t mean anything,” adding she wants people to know what students experienced.

Closure of a residential neighborhood in China to curb the spread of Corona

The Chinese authorities closed a residential neighborhood in the southern city of Guangzhou, on Saturday, in an attempt to curb the high number of Coronavirus infections in the region, after the city recorded 20 new cases of the virus last week.

The Guangzhou Municipal Health Bureau said in the Saturday memo that 5 streets in Liwan District, in the city center, have been identified as “high risk areas”, and residents have been informed of the need to stay home until the completion of the checks.

And local health officials stated that they believe that the limited outbreak of the virus in Guangzhou may be related to a 75-year-old woman who has tested positive for the mutated virus, which was first identified in India.

Markets, schools and entertainment venues were closed in the region, and the city government rushed to conduct extensive checks, in the framework of which checks were made for about 700,000 people by Wednesday, in the city, which is an industrial center, and has about 15 million people.

According to the latest figures issued by the National Health Commission, the number of confirmed cases in China has reached 91,61 so far, including 4,636 deaths.

Thomas Tuchel Guardiola’s new knot

German coach Thomas Tuchel, Chelsea’s English coach, succeeded in dedicating his contract to City coach Pep Guardiola, after he beat him in the Champions League final with a clean goal, in the match that was held at the “Dragao” stadium in the Portuguese city of Porto.

The “Opta” network indicated that Tuchel became the second coach to succeed in defeating Guardiola in 3 consecutive matches in all competitions, after the German Jürgen Klopp, where he succeeded in achieving the same number in 2018 with Liverpool.

Tuchel defeated Guardiola in the FA Cup semi-final last month, with a goal without a response, before he repeated his victory in the English Premier League, at the Etihad Stadium, with two goals to one.

Guardiola fell in his first final in his career with Manchester City, before losing another final with Barcelona against Real Madrid, in the Spanish King’s Cup with a clear goal in 2011.

Angelina Jolie loses the custody battle to Brad Pitt

A case that lasted for months and attracted the attention of the American media, the decision ended in favor of the star Brad Pitt in front of his ex-wife, Angelina Jolie. So why would Jolie seek full custody of the five children?

American media reported that Hollywood star Angelina Jolie lost a lawsuit filed against her ex-husband, American star Brad Pitt, to obtain absolute custody of their five children, as the court decided to grant both parties to the case the right of equal custody.

The American “People” magazine mentioned that Brad Pitt, who did not get enough time to spend with his children, was from Angelina Jolie, namely Bucks (17), Zahara (16), Shilo (14), Vivienne, and Knox (12). However, the court ruled in its preliminary decision that he should have more time with them.

“Big Six” magazine had quoted sources close to the two stars as saying that Jolie wanted by all means to prevent an agreement about her ex-husband’s spending more time with their children, and demanded before the court to obtain full custody, and accused Pitt of domestic violence. Other sources stated that Jolie wanted the children to testify against their father in court, which happened last March, when Maddox (19), the sixth and only son who has passed puberty, testified in court against Brad Pitt.

France budget deficit is close to 268 billion dollars due to Covid-19

France raised its budget deficit forecast this year to around 220 billion euros ($ 268.16 billion) this year as a result of several measures taken to support the economy affected by the Covid-19 pandemic, according to the French budget minister, Olivier.

Olivier had expected this increase in the budget deficit after previous expectations amounted to 173.3 billion euros (210.9 billion dollars), while the French government is preparing to introduce a bill that includes additional emergency stimulus measures worth 15 billion euros (18.2 billion dollars) this week.

Last year, France provided emergency aid close to 100 billion euros (121.9 billion dollars) to cope with the economic consequences of the spread of the Covid-19 virus.

The new steps are expected to include tax breaks for hotels, restaurants, and bars, as well as multiple support plans such as compensation for lost working hours, according to Reuters.
France criticized the delay in the European Union countries in passing the stimulus package amounting to 750 billion euros (883 billion dollars), especially with the continued impact of the economies of countries by the consequences of the Covid-19 pandemic.

While activating the stimulus package that was agreed upon after difficult negotiations last year requires ratification by all 27 European Union countries, only 16 countries have agreed to the plan so far.

The agreement on the historic stimulus package to help the European Union countries, which have been hard hit by the epidemic, through joint borrowing of all members, was a paradigm shift in the approach of Germany and other countries after they had long opposed taking responsibility for the debts of other members of the European Union.

French Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire said growth should be driven because recovery is needed now, but if the package is to be passed until 2022 or 2023 it will be too late, and the Chinese and Americans will have overtaken Europe.

At the end of last March, the German Constitutional Court suspended the ratification of the European stimulus package in a surprising move, after 5 individuals filed an appeal that resulted in a temporary judicial order stopping the passage of the package.
France is now unlikely to receive the € 5 billion ($ 5.88 billion) amount in July as planned for the European stimulus package due to the delay.

Gmail allows you to save attached images directly to the gallery

Google has launched a new feature for users of its Gmail e-mail service, which allows them to save images attached to e-mails they receive directly in its Google Photos service, according to Engadget.

The new feature is the image of a button located on the far right of the external image attached to e-mails on Gmail, so it becomes the third button next to the options for uploading the image and saving the image to the cloud storage service Google Drive. The company indicated that the new feature will gradually reach the general public within 15 days.

The new feature comes at the time of the Google application for a fateful decision, which is the calculation of any new photo uploaded to the user’s account on its Photos service from the total free space available to the general users onboard all Google services, which is only 15 GB.

The top 5 problems facing startups and how to solve them

Every company goes through ups and downs; So it is important to get to know what they have in common. Startups face unique challenges that arise from being young firms with fresh ideas, limited resources, and a small team.

The capital is insufficient
Capital is needed to ensure that the company can continue to operate. The majority of startups incur losses and rely on fundraising to stay afloat, bringing new capital into a company. This is uncertain as to “how much and when will it come?”

Unfortunately, we have seen many startups succumb to bankruptcy and loss due to poor financial management; So startups must maintain their cash flow and monitor their burn rate.

In order to plan to achieve a successful cash flow, the following must be followed:

Startups should take into account when the incoming and outgoing invoices are due.
To reduce the company’s expenses it must keep costs as low as possible.
Preferential price discounts should be availed of with specific service providers, including companies such as Intercom, AWS, and Segment, for early-stage startups.
If startups require specialized knowledge or training in specific areas, they can leverage their network to look for advisors instead of hiring one.

Startups can also use online resources, which are free or low-cost valuable resources; Where startup teams can learn more about running a startup.

Not having a suitable team in the startup
Among the limited resources a startup possesses, the team is one of its key components that will drive business success. Early employees in a startup determine business success, and not hiring the right people for the organization can be counterproductive and also hurt the company, including eroding company culture and employee morale.

Having the right team in place is essential for the business to grow. So startups must devise a recruitment strategy and understand employee needs.

A mess when growing too fast
Startups have to grow quickly, but some problems arise when they grow too quickly and their team develops; This leads to problems such as inconsistency and miscommunication across departments.

As startups grow, they must implement plans to facilitate business continuity. It is also important for startups to maintain a communication strategy that promotes open communication and transparency, and holding regular meetings is helpful in maintaining a regular flow of conversations within the companies.

Poor management and structure
Startups operate with minimal management and oversight than a larger company would, and plans often change automatically. And inefficient management of the corporate structure can lead to non-growth.

Business plans and strategy development are essential to getting startup teams to work towards a common goal. This sets the tone for structure, organization, and consistency. Set goals help employees make key decisions and carry out their work.

So; Startup teams should have the expertise to prioritize their work, and instead of trying to tackle everything they focus on the most impactful business first. Focus and organization can also help startups with time management.

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