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North Korean gymnast defects by vaulting fences

Taipei: A North Korean gymnast has escaped to South Korea by swinging himself over the border barricades without triggering sensors, according to reports.

The man, reported to be in his 20s, surrendered after a manhunt by the South Korean military discovered a breach.

The troops had engaged in an operation near the heavily fortified border in Goseong, after detecting "unidentified personnel" there, the South's military said on November 4.

The unnamed man was detained without incident and asked for asylum, prompting an investigation into his claims and the breach.

Officials were so taken aback by his feat that they asked him to demonstrate twice how he was able to jump over the three-metre fence, according to the BBC's Seoul correspondent. Authorities vowed to investigate why hi-tech security systems did not work.

Read more here. (WA Today)

Massachusetts State sues Boston Sports Clubs over the way it's handled Covid-19 membership cancellations

Attorney General Maura Healey today announced a lawsuit against Boston Sports Club after "repeated failures" to honor requests for membership cancellations and refunds in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic.

In a statement, Healey said:

From the start of this pandemic, Boston Sports Clubs has shown a total disregard for its members, for good business practices, and for the law,. This company claimed it wanted to do the right thing, but it reneged on its promises. We are taking action today to secure relief for the thousands of people who have been cheated by BSC.
The state has gotten some 2,000 complaints from members who tried to cancel their membership after the state shut health clubs but who said they continued to get paid for services they could no longer use.

Under Massachusetts law, consumers have a right to cancel a contract with a health club without penalty when the club “substantially changes the operation of the health club or location.” The indefinite closure of all BSC clubs as a result of the COVID-19 epidemic qualifies as a “substantial change” and gives BSC’s members the right to cancel their contracts.
Source (Universal Hub)

Covid-19: World's top latex glove maker shuts factories

The world's largest maker of latex gloves will shut more than half of its factories after almost 2,500 employees tested positive for coronavirus.

Malaysia's Top Glove will close down 28 plants in phases as it seeks to control the outbreak, authorities said.

The company has seen a huge surge in demand for its personal protective gear since the start of the pandemic.

However, there have been concerns about the working conditions of the low-paid migrant workers it relies upon.

On Monday, Malaysia's health ministry reported a sharp rise in Covid-19 cases in areas where Top Glove factories and dormitories are located.

Nearly 5,800 workers have been screened so far with 2,453 testing positive, it said.

Top Glove operates 41 factories in Malaysia, with many of its workers coming from Nepal and living in crowded dormitory complexes.

Read more here. (BBC)

Thailand’s record $1bn ketamine bust turns out to be a food additive

Thailand’s seizure of a whopping $1 billion of ketamine, which was billed as the country’s biggest-ever drug haul, turned out to be food additives and cleaning agents.

The justice minister, who posed for the pictures two weeks ago with the claimed record raid of the drug at a warehouse, admitted on Tuesday the initial information is wrong and the authorities had not made a major breakthrough in the battle against drugs.

"This was a misunderstanding that our agency [narcotics] must accept," he told reporters. "This wasn't a mistake. It's new knowledge," said Somsak Thepsuthin.

The Narcotics Control Board (NCB) on Saturday tested 66 sacks of the 475 bags of recovered substance. The officials stated that the substance is trisodium phosphate, not ketamine.

Trisodium phosphate is a chemical which is used as a food additive and cleaning agent.

In medicine, ketamine is used as an anaesthetic or an anti-depressant, but as a recreational drug it is used to induce dreamy or trance-like sensations, and sometimes hallucinations.

Read more here. (Independent UK)

Panic buying of toilet paper hits U.S. stores again with new pandemic restrictions

LOS ANGELES/NEW YORK (Reuters) - Toilet paper aisles are emptying again as COVID-19 curfews and shutdowns in states from California to New York send pandemic-weary shoppers on a new scramble for essentials.

Walmart on Friday said it was “seeing pockets of lower than normal availability” for toilet paper and cleaning supplies in some communities as infections rage virtually unchecked across most of the United States.

As of Friday afternoon, 22 states have imposed restrictions aimed at decreasing spread of the virus - giving rise to a new round of panic buying from shoppers and purchase limits from retailers including Target and Kroger, the nation’s largest supermarket chain.

Shoppers in a half dozen cities around the United States told Reuters that disinfecting wipes were sold out at discount retailers like Walmart and Costco, as well as at Cerberus Capital-owned grocery chains Albertsons and Vons.

“Walmarts are still mostly out of Lysol wipes, and toilet paper is out again,” said Whitley Hatcher, 31, a collections specialist in Tucson, Arizona.

“Oddly though, at places like Walgreens and Dollar Tree you can find what you need. I think people are seeing the empty shelves at bigger stores and panic buying,” Hatcher said.

At a Costco in Vancouver, Washington - where new rules include temporary bans on indoor dining - out-of-stocks included toilet paper, paper towels, cleaning wipes, gloves and Spam canned meat.

Read more here. (Reuters)

Here we go again..., but this time I have the upper hand now. I have a surplus of toilet papers for myself.

Vegans more likely to break bones than meat eaters, study finds

Vegans are more likely to suffer fractured bones than people who have meat and fish in their diet, according to new research.

A study based on data from nearly 55,000 people - of which nearly 2,000 were vegans - found that those who were not meat eaters were 43% more likely to suffer any type of broken bone.

The participants in the EPIC-Oxford study were followed for 18 years on average.

The results showed 3,941 fractures occurred in total, and the biggest difference was found in hip fractures, where the risk in vegans was 2.3 times higher than in people who ate meat.

The study has been published in BMC Medicine and lead author Dr Tammy Tong, a nutritional epidemiologist at the Nuffield Department of Population Health, said: "We found that vegans had a higher risk of total fractures which resulted in close to 20 more cases per 1,000 people over a 10-year period compared to people who ate meat."

Read more here. (Sky News)

Japan Burger King unveils extreme, buns-free beef burger

Ever since fast-food chain Burger King teamed up with Impossible Foods to launch a vegetarian burger, the company has been constantly looking for new ways to change things up.

Now, Japan's Burger King has launched the Extreme One Pound Beef Burger, with double-patty beef buns and fresh vegetables to satisfy your taste buds.

The company said that the new product features beef patties instead of buns, with two slices of cheddar cheese, lettuce, tomatoes, pickles, onions, and ketchup in between.

The burger contains 499 grams of grilled beef in total, and this Japan-only offering is Burger King’s first-ever buns-free burger.

To celebrate the launch of the Extreme burger, the Maximum Super One Pound Beef Burger, which was introduced earlier this year, will also make a return. Both burgers will be available for a limited time starting at 2 pm daily from Nov 20 through Dec 2.

Read more here. (AsiaOne)
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  • The Helper The Helper:
    It is online though at night
  • The Helper The Helper:
    You would probably have to take a loan to get the Rice cert it is like 14l
  • The Helper The Helper:
    I was hoping you were going to say you wanted to be a cook and wished to open up a Food Truck there are so many opportunities for that here
  • The Helper The Helper:
    you can only open the bar if you sell food and a food truck in the parking lot counts
  • The Helper The Helper:
    here in houston
  • The Helper The Helper:
    most bars are struggling to build food prep and even some I know are doing there own food trucks
  • The Helper The Helper:
    but yeah man you should come to Houston there is so much more opportunity here than San Antonio. Just look at all the homeless people on the Riverwalk and downtown there you cannot even walk down the street without getting mobbed them
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    check out this place apparently it is the best roommate site out there lol
  • Varine Varine:
    The homeless people reminded me of New York
  • Varine Varine:
    I'll check it out, my lease expires in like a few months so I need to figure something out.
  • Varine Varine:
    I tried to open a food truck in Sandpoint a few years ago but the city said no, then like two years later they passed new laws to encourage it and gave them all fucking tax breaks and shit. And at that point I didn't have enough money to go buy one so I was way too late to the game once other cities realized they could just bring their existing truck there, or sell their brick and mortar.
  • Varine Varine:
    I do like food trucks though, they're way more fun than restaurants and usually I also get some of that tip money there.
  • Varine Varine:
    Restaurants are really hard if you don't have a back up source of income to fund them sometimes, in my experience most owners either got really really lucky, had existing money that allowed them to buy an already successful one, or they have family money to fall back on for loans. It's few and far between to see very inspiring success stories where the person actually got it through hard work and perseverance. I thought about opening one lots and I always just end up not thinking it'll work. I would much rather just find someone that has that money and go work for them
  • The Helper The Helper:
    i am not talking about opening a brick and mortar I am talking about food trucks though I have seen some brick and mortar mexican places open up during covid that are doing good because there food is awesome!
  • The Helper The Helper:
    Food trucks are killing out here because Bars cannot open unless they sell food and the governor ok'd the use of a food truck in front as serving food
  • The Helper The Helper:
    Just not enough food trucks
  • The Helper The Helper:
    a buddy of mine just opened up a food truck and he is killing it but he is a great cook and has awesome food right in the middle of the pandemic too food trucks are immune to pandemic because they are take out in Texas you will always be able to get take out or delivery
  • The Helper The Helper:
    He is in the different food facebook groups in houston and posts videos of him making his food
  • The Helper The Helper:
    he is killing it
  • jonas jonas:
    @Varine with the restaurants, there surely is a lot of luck and hard work but most restaurants fail because they suck. Flair isn't right, economics not well thought through, food is mediocre or sucks, location is bad, etc. If you're thinking about opening one, make sure you're looking at the stories of those that would be playing at your level, don't let your hopes be dragged down by all the subpar restaurants out there.
  • jonas jonas:
    I'm a bit worried about the future of data science, there's an influx of incompetent people hired by incompetent managers, that can't last. But I'm sure smart data scientists will always be useful and hireable. Same as smart security people.
  • jonas jonas:
    My sister in law worked in a vegan food truck, the owners were also making a killing, added several trucks and opened two restaurants over 5 years
  • Ghan Ghan:
    The CompTIA stuff is pretty much crap unfortunately. The places that ask for those low-level certs aren't likely places you want to work. For IT you really want a degree, but in the meantime you need to figure out some way to learn the skills. Cybersecurity is really hot right now so competition is fierce.
  • tom_mai78101 tom_mai78101:
    I realized I don't have anything much to say, other than "Good luck!". Compared to other places, I'm just very lucky we didn't have a lot of surges of cases coming in.

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