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With ten paid vacation days and zero paid leave days, the US — dubbed the "no-vacation nation" — has the world's least paid leave. Conversely, Iran offers the most paid vacation days — 27 public holidays and 26 paid leave days, per the report. To compile the report, reviewed data on laws governing annual statutory paid leave and paid public holidays in 197 countries. Countries were ranked based on the combined number of statutory paid leave days and paid public holidays per year, the report states. Vacation days are the combined total of paid leave days and paid public holidays.
Kate Bush's "Running Up That Hill" is the most streamed throwback song on Spotify this year. Spotify defines "throwback songs" as those released over 20 years ago. The song saw a 8,700% increase in Spotify streams this year, thanks to Netflix's hit show Stranger Things. "Throwback songs" are defined by Spotify as songs that were released over 20 years ago. 1 singles on the UK single charts, and the record for the oldest female artist to score a top hit on the UK single's chart.
Japan's Disney Store is selling products featuring Winnie the Pooh clutching a piece of blank paper. The products, which range from t-shirts and hoodies to tote bags and mugs, seem to be limited only to Japan's Disney Store, as they are not sold in the international Disney Store. Screenshot of Japan's Disney Store. Screenshot of Disney Store website. The Disney Store did not immediately respond to Insider's request for comment.
Andy Warhol's 1985 portrait of Queen Elizabeth II sold for almost $900,000, per Canadian auction house Heffel . The portrait of the Queen shattered global records of an editioned Warhol print ever auctioned. Embellished with diamond dust, the print is part of Warhol's 1985 Reigning Queen series. The print is one of four in Warhol's 1985 Reigning Queen series, per The Art Newspaper. This particular print features a portrait of the Queen donning the diamond and pearl Grand Duchess Vladimir Tiara, juxtaposed against a striking regal blue background.
"Salaries hit the roof," Yeshab Giri, the chief commercial officer at Randstad India, told Insider. They see the decline more as the market returning to the brink of normalcy, and said there's still hope for laid-off tech workers — as long as they've been active in their jobs. In the same quarter, Infosys, which hires a 345,000-strong workforce, reported a $65.6 million net profit. Menon of CIEL believes demand for tech workers will pick up again in the second quarter of next year, after a "much-needed correction" in the industry. It suffered a $575 million net loss in the year ending March 2021, per Bloomberg.
Chinese police conducted random stop-and-search checks on phones, per WSJ and CNBC. The authorities checked for banned foreign apps such as Instagram, Twitter, and Telegram. Some of the dissidents have been turning to foreign apps like Instagram, Twitter, and Telegram to share information on the protests with the outside world and to communicate and organise protests. These foreign social media apps are banned in China, but they can be accessed through virtual private networks, or VPNs. Another video circulating on Twitter appears to show an alleged plain-clothes officer hitting a person who refused to hand over his phone.
Videos show riots erupted in Brussels on Sunday after Belgium defeated Morocco 2-0 in the World Cup. Riot police deployed tear gas and water cannons to disperse the crowds. Footage circulating on social media depicted streets engulfed in tear gas and vehicles set ablaze, as throngs of people clashed with riot police. This was Morocco's first ever World Cup match victory since 1998, per CNN. Winning their final group stage match against Canada next Thursday will advance them to the round of 16 off 32 teams, for the second time in World Cup history.
Musk tweeted Wednesday FTX would still be ok if SBF was as good at leadership as at 'bribing media'. He was responding to a tweet which questioned whether SBF will continue to fund certain media outlets. Musk has been hitting out at the media after reports surfaced SBF may still own a stake in Twitter — which Musk robustly denied. He seemed to be referring to FTX investing in media outlets during the three years that Bankman-Fried, or SBF, was CEO. SBF/FTX do not own shares in Twitter," Musk tweeted Wednesday.
Qatar suddenly banned the sale of alcohol in World Cup stadiums, despite previously allowing this. It tweeted an image of a mountain of beer cases and said it will ship the unsold brew to the World Cup 2022 winner. Just a day later, Anheuser-Busch InBev, the maker of Budweiser, announced on Twitter it plans to give away its huge surplus of unsold alcoholic beer to the winner of the 2022 World Cup. "Budweiser wants to bring this celebration from the FIFA World Cup stadiums to the winning country's fans. Budweiser holds an around $75 million deal with soccer's governing body FIFA to supply beer at the World Cup 2022, and another deal worth around $113 million for the World Cup 2026, per The Sun.
Elon Musk's wealth has fallen $100.5 billion so far in 2022, per Bloomberg Billionaires Index. Even so, Musk is still the world's richest person with a fortune of $169.8 billion. The tech mogul draws most of his wealth from the stocks and ownership of Tesla, SpaceX, and most recently Twitter, per Bloomberg. According to the same index, Musk's net worth also eclipses that of Amazon founder Jeff Bezos and Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates, by roughly $54 billion and $57 billion, respectively. Both Musk and Tesla did not immediately respond to Insider's requests for comment.
JPMorgan will give all new parents in the US 16 weeks of paid leave from January 1, 2023. That's a departure from current policy, which gives 16 weeks paid leave to the primary caregiver and six weeks to the secondary caregiver. In 2019, the bank paid a record $5 million to settle a parental leave discrimination lawsuit. The new parental leave policy giving 16 weeks of leave to either parent, will come into effect on January 1, 2023. The bank's current policy gives 16 weeks of paid leave to the primary caregiver and six weeks of leave to the secondary caregiver.
Over 1000 Tesla vehicles were recalled in Australia due to a steering system defect, per the Australian Department of Transport. The defect increases the risk of the vehicle's electronic assist steering system losing power. The authorities recalled the vehicles on Wednesday due to a malfunction in the steering system, per an Australian Department of Transport report. The Australian Department of Transport recalled 326 Tesla Model 3 vehicles two weeks ago over defective seat belts. The latest recall comes on the heels of a crash involving a Tesla Model Y vehicle in China on November 5 that killed two and injured three others, per Reuters.
Shopee laid off around 100 employees on Monday, adding up to around 7,000 jobs cut in the last six months, per Bloomberg. Sign up for our newsletter for the latest tech news and scoops — delivered daily to your inbox. On Monday, a number of Shopee employees in Singapore and China received marching orders via emails, Bloomberg said. Sources also told The Straits Times that the latest round of layoffs was more low-key compared to the layoffs that happened in September. Shopee parent Sea Limited — which employed more than 67,000 people at the end of 2021 — let go a low single-digit percentage of employees on September 19.
An engineer at Twitter publicly disagreed with Elon Musk about the app's performance on Android devices. In response, Musk tweeted that Eric Frohnhoefer, who worked at Twitter for more than 6 years, would be fired. Musk tweeted as an explanation, to which Frohnhoefer — who worked as a software engineer at Twitter for over 6 years — replied saying Musk was "wrong." Instead, in response to one user who commented on Frohnhoefer's attitude and told Musk "you probably don't want this guy on your team," Musk tweeted simply "He's fired." Musk, Twitter and Frohnhoefer did not immediately respond to Insider's requests for comment.
Elon Musk is mulling making employees pay for lunch in the company cafeteria, per The New York Times. His polarizing comments drew backlash from a former Twitter employee, who said she ran the free lunch program at the company headquarters. Some said Musk was destroying Twitter's work culture, while others criticized Twitter's free lunch program, saying these meals are a privilege, not a right. Within one week of acquiring Twitter, Musk fired 50% of the company's employees. Musk moved on to laying off Twitter's contract staff over the weekend, with some affected employees saying they weren't given proper notice of impending layoffs.
KFC Germany used the the anniversary of Kristallnacht as a promotional opportunity for fried chicken. An hour later, the company sent out an apology message on the same app. On Wednesday, KFC Germany sent out a message on its app urging customers to "commemorate Kristallnacht" and "treat themselves to more tender cheese with crispy chicken," according to multiple screenshots shared on Twitter. An hour after it sent the first message, KFC sent out an apology, blaming the blunder on a system error, according to screenshots on Twitter. Other notable cases include Pepsi's 2017 Kendall Jenner ad, which critics said appropriated the Black Lives Matter movement.
Doja Cat posted an audio clip of her sighing over Twitter users paying $8 a month for verification. "I don't wanna be christmas forever Elon Musk please help I've made a mistake," Doja tweeted on November 10, along with a string of expletives. Doja joins a legion of celebrities who have recently parodied and mocked the new Twitter badges. On Sunday evening, Twitter suspended comedian Kathy Griffin's account after she pretended to be Elon Musk on the platform. A week prior, after buying Twitter, Musk had declared that "comedy is now legal on Twitter."
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