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Reddit co-founder resigns and calls for his job to be given to black candidate

Reddit co-founder resigns and calls for his job to be given to black candidate

Technology
A co-founder of Reddit has resigned from his position and said his spot should be filled by a black candidate.Alexis Ohanian, who started the discussion website with Steve Huffman and Aaron Swartz in 2005, said he stepped down from his role as he felt it was the right thing to do for "myself, my country and my family". Ohanian, who is married to tennis legend Serena Williams, said he wanted to be able to tell the couple's two-year-old daughter in the future what he did to show support to the black community in the US.It comes as the protests in response to the death of George Floyd, an unarmed black man who died at the hands of US police officers in Minnesota, entered their tenth day.In a video posted on his Twitter account, Ohanian, 37, said: "I co-founded @reddit 15 years ago to help ...
U.N. chief calls for protection of migrants, refugees amid pandemic

U.N. chief calls for protection of migrants, refugees amid pandemic

World
June 3 (UPI) -- U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Wednesday called for increased protections for migrants and refugees amid the coronavirus pandemic, reminding countries of their obligations to people on the move. In a video accompanying the release of a U.N. policy brief for aiding migrants and refugees during the pandemic, Guterres said the COVID-19 crisis is compounding the dire situation currently faced by the more than 70 million people worldwide who have fled violence, disaster or precarious financial situations in their home countries. Advertisement The pandemic, he said, is subjecting millions of people on the move to three crises rolled into one: a health crisis due to the virus, a socio-economic crisis as they often work in the informal economy that has been harmed by g...
Trump may let workers take Social Security benefits early in exchange for reduced payments later. Retirement advocate calls it ‘harebrained idea.’

Trump may let workers take Social Security benefits early in exchange for reduced payments later. Retirement advocate calls it ‘harebrained idea.’

Finance
U.S. President Donald Trump speaks during a meeting with Republican members of Congress in the State Dining Room at the White House in Washington, U.S., May 8, 2020.Tom Brenner | ReutersPresident Donald Trump is reportedly considering another way to get more money to struggling Americans by letting them take an advance on their Social Security benefits.Many Americans are eager for more financial help from the effects of the coronavirus as the government wraps up sending millions of $ 1,200 checks to individuals who qualify.However, some Republican lawmakers are digging in their heels at the thought of sending more money, due to the high price tag.The Trump administration is said to be considering prepaying Social Security retirement benefits to workers before they are eligible, according t...
Coronavirus lockdown: Business group calls for phased easing

Coronavirus lockdown: Business group calls for phased easing

Business
Ministers should immediately set out plans for a "carefully phased" lifting of the UK's coronavirus lockdown, a business group has said."This is a time to be bold," said the British Chambers of Commerce, adding high public spending should continue if needed to restart the economy.Boris Johnson has said he will outline plans relating to schools, commuting and the workplace in the coming week.But the PM stressed the UK must not "risk a second spike" in infections.The British Chambers of Commerce (BCC) network represents tens of thousands of companies, employing almost six million people across the UK.In a letter to Mr Johnson, BCC president Baroness Ruby McGregor-Smith said planning and communication of the government's approach to leaving lockdown "must be...
G20 presidency calls for increased funding for COVID-19 response

G20 presidency calls for increased funding for COVID-19 response

World
April 24 (UPI) -- The Saudi presidency of the Group of 20 wealthy countries on Friday called on the international community to urgently fund an emergency response to the coronavirus as the number of infected worldwide surpassed 2.7 million. Saudi G20 Sherpa Fahad Almubarak said in a press statement only $ 1.9 billion of the $ 8 billion target set by the Global Preparedness Monitoring Board has been raised, calling on all countries, philanthropic institutions and individuals to donate to the emergency response effort. "Global challenges demand global solutions and this is our time to stand and support the race for a vaccine and other therapeutic measures to combat COVID-19," Almubarak said. "We commend the existing funding efforts from around the world and underscore the urgency to bridgi...