San Francisco, Aug 20 (IANS) Apple has delayed return to office until at least January 2022, as the US witnesses a surge in cases of the delta variant of Covid-19.The iPhone maker said the employees would get a month's notice before they rejoin work in-person, reports The Verge, citing an internal email."I know there are feeling of frustration that the pandemic is not yet behind us. For many colleagues around the world, this period has been a time of great tragedy, suffering, and heartbreak. Please know that we are all here to support one another and stand with one another during such challenging times," said, Deirdre O'Brien, senior vice president of people and retail.In June, Apple CEO Tim Cook had said that employees would need to return to offices three days a week starting in early September. That date was then moved to at least October.Some employees have pushed back against Apple's hybrid model at workplace.Earlier, Facebook also delayed its return-to-office plans till early next year.Microsoft has also pushed its full office reopening date from September to "no earlier than October 4, 2021".Twitter has shut offices in US, and Google and Alphabet CEO Sundar Pichai said the company will require employees to be vaccinated before returning to the office in the later part of the year.Amazon has also announced to delay its return-to-office timeline by January 2022.The US continues to be the worst-hit country with the world's highest number of cases and deaths at 37,291,739 and 625,153, respectively.--IANSna/
San Francisco, Aug 13 (IANS) Facebook has delayed its return-to-office plans till early next year, as the US witnesses a surge in cases of the delta variant of Covid-19.Earlier this month, Facebook had said that it would require its US employees to be vaccinated against Covid-19 when they return to the office."Data, not dates, is what drives our approach for returning to the office. Given the recent health data showing rising Covid cases based on the Delta variant, our teams in the US will not be required to go back to the office until January 2022," a company spokesperson told The Verge on Thursday. "We expect this to be the case for some countries outside of the US, as well. We continue to monitor the situation and work with experts to ensure our return to office plans prioritise everyone's safety," the spokesperson added.Microsoft has also pushed its full office reopening date from September to "no earlier than October 4, 2021", as the Covid cases rise in the US.Twitter has shut offices in US, and Google and Alphabet CEO Sundar Pichai said the company will require employees to be vaccinated before returning to the office in the later part of the year.Amazon has also announced to delay its return-to-office timeline by January 2022.The e-commerce giant told warehouse employees in the US to once again wear masks at work, as the Delta variant is spreading fast in the country. The company said masks are now mandatory regardless of vaccination status.The US continues to be the worst-hit country with the world's highest number of cases and deaths at 36,305,005 and 619,098, respectively.--IANSna/
San Francisco, Aug 6 (IANS) As the US sees a surge in Covid cases especially the spread of Delta variant, Amazon on Friday announced to delay its return-to-office timeline by January 2022.Earlier, the e-commerce giant had decided to reopen offices in September. "As we continue to closely watch local conditions related to Covid-19, we are adjusting our guidance for corporate employees in the US and other countries where we had previously anticipated that employees would begin coming in regularly the week of Sept 7. We are now extending this date to Jan 3, 2022," the company said in an update."Our return-to-office timeline will vary globally in accordance with local conditions," the company added.The number of people in the hospital in the US has more than tripled over the past month, from an average of roughly 12,000 to almost 43,000, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The variant has sent cases surging to 94,000 a day on average.Last month, Amazon said it was halting its on-site testing programme for its warehouses but would resume the tests if official health guidance changed.Microsoft has also pushed its full office reopening date from September to "no earlier than October 4th, 2021," as the Covid cases rise in the US.The company has also told employees and vendors that starting from next month, they will need to show a proof of vaccination before entering any office building in the US.Facebook said last week that it would require its US employees to be vaccinated against Covid-19 when they return to the office.Twitter has shut offices in US, and Google and Alphabet CEO Sundar Pichai said the company will require employees to be vaccinated before returning to the office in the later part of the year.--IANSna/
The rainy season is a relief after hot summers, but with it comes humidity and no one appreciates sticky and unpleasant weather. Humidity also causes serious hair problems. When faced with a particularly humid day, even the most perfectly coiffed and blow-dried styles devolve into frizzy disasters.
There's nothing wrong with a little seasonal frizz and volume, but if you want to avoid the extra poof and keep your groomed tresses intact between seasons, Pooja Nagdev, Aromatherapist, Cosmetologist, and Founder of INATUR, shares tricks to combat the humidity.
Wash Your Hair With Cooler Water: Although we would almost all agree that warm showers are pleasant, I believe that lower temperatures are better for your hair and skin. You don't have to go ice-cold, but lowering the temperature of your shower to the coolest you can stand can tighten your hair scales, increasing glossiness and manageability. Before getting out of the shower, run the water down your hair from roots to ends to make post-shower styling easier.
Apply a Protective Layer of Styling Products to Your Hair: anti-humidity sprays aren't a marketing ploy; they work for a reason. Smoothing treatments, such as hair milk, leave-in conditioners, gels, and serums, form a barrier between the hair and moisture in the air, which may take a few more minutes before leaving the house. They operate by forming a protective barrier over the hair shaft, preventing it from expanding and frizzing up when the weather gets humid.
Moisturize Those Ends: Because dry hair is more vulnerable to humidity, nourishing and moisturizing it will make it less thirsty for the moisture in the air. In addition to utilizing a hydration shampoo and conditioner, after-shower leave-in conditioners can help seal in moisture. Don't forget to incorporate hair oils in your styling routine.
To Smooth Over Strands, Use a Little Heat (With Heat Protectant): If your hair is prone to puffing up as it dries. To make your hair as sleek as possible, you should use a heated tool. You avoid damage, be sure to use a heat protectant first. The extra heat will aid in removing the natural curling tendency. It will be much more difficult to revert once the heat cools and locks in your style. Blow-dry brushes are ideal for styling, drying, and reducing frizz at the same time if you're searching for a quick and easy cure.
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London, June 27 (IANS) Men -- more often than women -- need passion to succeed at things. It is because they secrete more dopamine, often called the "happy hormone", suggests a study.At the same time, the hormone may also be responsible for increased incidences of autism spectrum in boys than girls.Dopamine is a neurotransmitter that is released in the brain. It can contribute to a feeling of satisfaction. The effects of dopamine are linked to learning, attention and our ability to focus."This is interesting. Research shows a more active dopamine system in most men" than in women, said Hermundur Sigmundsson, Professor at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology's (NTNU) Department of Psychology.The study, published in the journal New Ideas in Psychology, tested 917 people (502 women and 415 men) aged 14 to 77, to understand men and women's differing activity in the dopamine system."We looked at gender differences around passion, self-discipline and positive attitude," Sigmundsson said. The study refers to these qualities as passion, grit and mindset.The results for the women, however, are somewhat more ambiguous than men's strong need to burn for something, and this study found no such gender difference, the researchers said.While the dopamine system has earlier been associated with different conditions, such as ADHD, psychoses, manias and Parkinson's disease, the new study found it may be also linked to a certain form of autistic behaviour.Some individuals with autism may become very interested in certain topics, which can be a bit unusual, or even strange, for most people. People on the autism spectrum can focus intensely on these topics or pursuits, at least for a while. Dopamine may play a role."Other research in neuroscience has shown hyperactivity in the dopamine system in individuals with autism, and boys make up four out of five children on the autism spectrum. This, and dopamine's relationship to passion, might be a mechanism that helps to explain this behaviour," Sigmundsson noted.--IANSrvt/sdr/
Chennai, June 7 (IANS) Vilathikulam MLA and DMK leader G.V. Markandayan has converted his MLA hostel into Government Kalaignar Hospital to treat Covid-19 patients.The hospital was inaugurated on Sunday by Kanimozhi, the DMK MP and daughter of former Chief Minister Late M. Karunanidhi in whose memorial, the MLA has converted his office into a hospital.The hospital with 30-bed strength functions from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and has a doctor and a nurse to treat patients. Covid swab tests and vaccination will be conducted from the hospital. This is the first time that an MLA has converted his office into a Covid treatment hospital.Markandayan while speaking to IANS said, "The second wave of the Covid pandemic has affected the lives of several people including those who are in the middle and young ages. I don't want people from my constituency to suffer due to lack of bed and hence, I thought of converting my office into a 30 bed hospital that could be of use to the people of the Vilathikulam constituency. I am thankful to our leader and Member of Parliament from Thoothukudi constituency, Kanimozhi to have inaugurated the hospital."Tamil Nadu Minister for Social Justice and Women Empowerment, Geetha Jeevan and District Collector Dr K. Senthil Rajan were also present during the inauguration of the hospital.--IANSaal/skp/