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2nd French court orders Amazon to better protect workers

2nd French court orders Amazon to better protect workers

World
Amazon will keep its French warehouses closed for nowBy ANGELA CHARLTON Associated PressApril 24, 2020, 8:53 PM3 min read3 min readShare to FacebookShare to TwitterEmail this articlePARIS -- Amazon is keeping all of its French warehouses closed for the time being, after an appeals court upheld a ruling saying the company hadn’t done enough to protect workers from the coronavirus. Unions in France and beyond welcomed Friday’s ruling by the appeals court in Versailles as a comeuppance for the online behemoth, and expressed hope that negotiations with Amazon management on new safety measures can start next week. The standoff has drawn global attention, as worldwide demand for Amazon’s services soars because confined consumers can no longer shop in stores. Amazon temporarily shut all its Fren
Coronavirus: Government orders 10,000 ventilators from Dyson

Coronavirus: Government orders 10,000 ventilators from Dyson

Technology
The government has ordered 10,000 ventilators from Dyson to help deal with the coronavirus crisis.The firm, headed by British inventor Sir James Dyson, said it had designed a new type of ventilator in response to a call on behalf of the NHS.The order is still subject to the devices passing stringent medical tests but that is expected to happen quickly.Dyson has had hundreds of engineers working round the clock to design the ventilators from scratch.Blitz spiritIt hopes to build the ventilators at scale from its UK base in Wiltshire - using aircraft hangars that were used to stuff parachutes in the World War Two.However, the blitz spirit the company is keen to channel will not produce immediate results. It is thought that even if ...
Inside Bergamo – Father in epicentre of pandemic orders his girls in UK back home as ‘it’s safer’

Inside Bergamo – Father in epicentre of pandemic orders his girls in UK back home as ‘it’s safer’

World
The bridge takes you across the Po river and into Lombardy, another hour or so through the now deserted streets of the fashion and industry power house of Milan, and on to the medieval city of Bergamo.It is an easy drive on deserted roads. Just one thing niggles on your brain and makes you twitch as you touch your face or sanitise your hands - you are driving in to the epicentre of the worst coronavirus outbreak in the world at the moment where more people have died than anywhere else, even in China.The initial outbreak here wasn't understood and wasn't controlled. ...
Netherlands climate change: Court orders bigger cuts in emissions

Netherlands climate change: Court orders bigger cuts in emissions

Science
The highest court in the Netherlands has upheld a ruling requiring the government to slash greenhouse gas emissions by at least 25% of 1990 levels by the end of next year.The case was brought six years ago by the Urgenda environment group in a bid to force ministers to go well beyond EU targets.However, the chances of the government reaching the target look slim.By the end of 2018, emissions were down only 15% on 1990 levels.Dutch environment researchers believe that levels could be cut by 23% by the end of 2020 but believe the reduction could be as low as 19%.The government in The Hague presented its climate accord at the end of June, with plans for a 49% cut in greenhouse gas emissions by 2030 and phasing out coal-fired power g...
Musk boasts of nearly 150,000 Cybertruck orders despite launch gaffe

Musk boasts of nearly 150,000 Cybertruck orders despite launch gaffe

Business
Tesla has received nearly 150,000 orders for its new electric pickup truck - despite its botched launch earlier this week.The firm's CEO Elon Musk said 17% of the orders are for the single-motor model, 42% are for the dual-motor version and 41% are for the tri-motor model. The much-hyped unveiling went off script when the Cybertruck's windows splintered twice despite Mr Musk bragging about the strength of the glass on the futuristic, stainless steel-skinned vehicle.He told the audience in California: "You want a truck that's really tough, not fake tough. ...