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Uber ends forced arbitration for sex misconduct victims — but only for individuals

Uber ends forced arbitration for sex misconduct victims — but only for individuals

Technology
The rideshare company Uber announced Tuesday that it is doing away with a rule that forced arbitration on passengers and drivers who come forward claiming they've been sexually harassed or assaulted. But the move is drawing some criticism for applying only to individuals and not class-action suits. The policy shift was detailed in a letter titled "Turning the lights on" published on the company's site. Uber's Chief Legal Officer Tony West wrote that the company "will no longer require mandatory arbitration for individual claims of sexual assault or sexual harassment by Uber riders, drivers or employees." This update, he continued, will "give riders, drivers and employees options to continue taking accusations of harassment or assaults into arbitration, but also allow for a confidential...
Does The Only Way is Essex promote 'toxic masculinity'?

Does The Only Way is Essex promote 'toxic masculinity'?

Entertainment
Over eight years, The Only Way Is Essex has kept viewers hooked with its glossy brand of real-life drama, served in glamorous locations along with some enviable outfits.The show's opening disclaimer maintains that "the tans you see may be fake, but the people are all real".However, the show's apparent reality has made uncomfortable viewing for some fans in the first two weeks of the new series.Viewers have voiced concerns about the on-screen behaviour of some of the show's biggest stars and the way they treat their partners.On social media, some have accused cast members James "Lockie" Lock and Myles Barnett of abusive language and behaviour.Skip Twitter post by @MissAli_Drama#towie promoting and glamourising emotional abuse on national TV is NOT OK! These men are VILE and NASTY pieces of...
This Easy Indian Dinner Recipe Only Calls for Staples—and It’s Ready in 20 Minutes

This Easy Indian Dinner Recipe Only Calls for Staples—and It’s Ready in 20 Minutes

Health
Some cooks are so legendary that when you see them in the flesh you truly do quake in your boots.For my mother, waitressing at Legal Sea Foods in Cambridge, Massachusetts, in the 1970s, that cook was Julia Child. Mom was asking a fishmonger how to cook a roast she’d just bought. He laughed, pointed, and said, “Ask that lady!” My mother turned, and there was the six-foot-two PBS host, trilling away about how to do right by a nice roast. Mom will never forget it.Octogenarian Madhur Jaffrey, the doyenne of Indian cuisine, proved just as daunting for me. The bespectacled Ms. Jaffrey is diminutive in stature, but when she quietly glided by me at a recent culinary conference, I flattened myself against the nearest door. Her book An Invitation to Indian Cooking, edited by the famous, late Knopf e
Trump on Oscars: The only star is your President

Trump on Oscars: The only star is your President

Entertainment
Donald Trump has ridiculed the Academy Awards, suggesting that the ceremony suffered its lowest-ever TV ratings because "we don't have stars anymore".An all-time low 26.5m viewers tuned in for Sunday night's show, a 19% drop from last year.Taking the opportunity to criticise the politically charged event, President Trump tweeted: "Lowest rated Oscars in HISTORY."Problem is, we don't have stars anymore - except your President (just kidding, of course)!":: The Shape Of Water triumphs at Oscar AwardsLowest rated Oscars in HISTORY. Problem is, we don’t have Stars anymore - except your President (just kidding, of course)!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 6, 2018The drop in Oscars viewers continued the trend of progressive disinterest in the awards.According to Nielsen, who published th
Cavendish concussed and out of Abu Dhabi tour after only three miles

Cavendish concussed and out of Abu Dhabi tour after only three miles

Sports
Media playback is not supported on this device Britain's Mark Cavendish pulled out of the Abu Dhabi Tour after he was concussed and sustained whiplash in a fall during the race's first stage.Cavendish's team said the crash happened after "the race director's car slowed suddenly as it led the peloton out of Madinat Zayed".The 32-year-old went on to start the race, but pulled out after five kilometres.Team Dimension Data say they are monitoring the Manxman's condition."Due to the concussion, we were not willing to risk rider safety and the call was made for Mark to stop the race," said team doctor Adrian Rotunno.The team initially tweeted that Cavendish had fallen on the same shoulder he broke during last summer's Tour de France.They later...