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Vote counting underway in Amazon union election

Technology
Vote counting in the union push at an Amazon warehouse in Bessemer, Alabama, is underway, but hundreds of contested ballots could muddy the outcome if it’s a close raceBy JOSEPH PISANI AP Retail WriterApril 8, 2021, 10:11 PM• 3 min readShare to FacebookShare to TwitterEmail this articleVote counting in the union push at an Amazon warehouse in Bessemer, Alabama, is underway, but hundreds of contested ballots could muddy the outcome if it's a close race.The Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union, which is organizing the Bessemer workers, said that 3,215 votes were sent in — about 55% of the nearly 6,000 workers who were eligible to vote. The union said hundreds of those votes were contested, mostly by Amazon, for various reasons such as the voter didn’t work there or doesn’t qualify to...
‘There isn’t a family that didn’t face disaster’: Counting the cost of a decade of war in Syria

‘There isn’t a family that didn’t face disaster’: Counting the cost of a decade of war in Syria

World
After a decade of war, you might expect every city in Syria to be in ruins, and many are.Aleppo, Idlib, Homs, Raqqa, the places which have become synonymous with the horror of this past 10 years, are all in pieces. But while the disintegration of a country at war begins with the deaths and the destruction, beyond that are the legacies. A week in northern Syria has given me a glimpse of the enduring cost of this war.It's a story of unimaginable human suffering, a population haunted by a conflict which brought the world new levels of barbarism.It's now a nation fractured into factions, with superpowers vying for control and a war from which unintended consequences remain: the Islamic State is defeated, but not gone. Please use Chrome browser for a more accessible vide...
‘The nation is counting on you’: CIA’s thrilling advert to recruit more diverse candidates

‘The nation is counting on you’: CIA’s thrilling advert to recruit more diverse candidates

Technology
The CIA has launched a recruitment campaign across online video streaming websites, emphasising the value that women and people from minority ethnic backgrounds bring to the agency.The thrilling commercial - which could play out before audiences watch a geopolitical drama - stars a number of young actors, with the majority of speaking roles belonging to women. It's the first time the agency has run such ads, and comes as intelligence communities across the world face challenging competition from the private sector to recruit the best candidates. Image: Graphs showing diversity in US intelligence community in 2018. Pic: US ODNI The agency's director Gina Haspel - who is the first woman to hold the post on a permanent basis - has descri...
Even babies ‘understand concept of counting’

Even babies ‘understand concept of counting’

Health
Infants as young as 14 months can understand the concept of counting long before they learn the true meaning of "one, two, three", scientists say.The US researchers said toddlers who hear counting out loud appear to be able to recognise quantities.Yet most children don't understand the full meaning of number words until they are about four years old, they argue.The scientists now want to see whether early counting practice leads to better number skills later on.In the study, from Johns Hopkins University, 16 toddlers watched four toys - little dogs or cars - being hidden in a box that they could reach into without seeing the contents. Sometimes the researchers counted out loud as they dropped each toy in, saying, "Look - one, two...