Amazon has also adopted a gig economy model for its delivery workers where drivers download an app to accept assignments, Deliveroo or Uber style. The pay is $50 for three hours. When factoring in the cost of their own vehicle and fuel, it comes out at more like minimum wage. UPS, by contrast, has a similar model where drivers are paid by the mile and given a stipend for phone internet.
Rodrigo Duterte’s brutal war on drugs in the Philippines has been called into question by human rights watchdogs. As pressure mounts, how has the ‘drug war’ been waged and is this a pragmatic manoeuvre for political gain or an earnest policy in the interest of the Filipino people?
There is one, less light-hearted use for the online video chatting platform Zoom, for which the transition has been less smooth. Counselling and psychotherapy services have been moved online, though met with some reluctance on the part of both counsellors and clients. We talk to those adapting to working with mental health during COVID-19.
On Friday May 1st Taoiseach Leo Varadkar announced a five stage plan for reopening Ireland after the coronavirus lockdown. This plan will go into effect on May 18th and will continuingly unlock restrictions at three week intervals if Covid-19 numbers continue to be stagnant or lessen. If Covid-19 numbers increase then Ireland may go back into lockdown as a result. The biggest take away from this is that most people are not going to have a bit of craic until stage 4 or 5.