Ignorant – Suffolk BRC http://suffolkbrc.org.uk/ Sat, 12 Jun 2021 03:14:56 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.7.2 https://suffolkbrc.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2021/03/default-150x150.png Ignorant – Suffolk BRC http://suffolkbrc.org.uk/ 32 32 Carolyn Hax Live: ‘It’s the midrange that’s burning my retinas’ https://suffolkbrc.org.uk/carolyn-hax-live-its-the-midrange-thats-burning-my-retinas/ Thu, 11 Mar 2021 04:21:22 +0000 https://suffolkbrc.org.uk/carolyn-hax-live-its-the-midrange-thats-burning-my-retinas/ The first thing I suggest is to redefine what you think of as “moving forward”. By that I don’t mean give in to what your fiancé wants and move in with him and have a baby. It would not be ‘going ahead’, because both moving in with someone and having a child are choices to […]]]>

The first thing I suggest is to redefine what you think of as “moving forward”.

By that I don’t mean give in to what your fiancé wants and move in with him and have a baby. It would not be ‘going ahead’, because both moving in with someone and having a child are choices to be made with full enthusiasm and nothing less (or an absolute necessity and nothing less, because emergencies and unforeseen events occur). You do not have, *do not* agree to these lukewarm.

If he asked me, then I would say the same to him – with the aim of advising him not to push you on the kids and not to push himself into a marriage.

You want what you want, and it’s valid. He wants what he wants, and it’s valid. You don’t want the same things, and that is also valid.

So please tell him about it, bluntly. Let’s say you are not going to move in with him or have a child with him before marriage. Also say that you are not going to push for a marriage, because a forced marriage is not what everyone wants. Then see where you are, see if he hears you.

In fact, you don’t have to explain your position, just seeing something as good for you doesn’t mean you judge what is good for others.

Please also consider that there is a subtext here. I don’t agree that “having a baby with me is a much bigger commitment than marriage”. Creating a person is a huge responsibility, but your commitment is primarily to the child. You can raise a child “together” without speaking to each other. Not good, maybe, but it can be done. A marriage is a commitment to your spouse. Thus, the engagement of marriage is a greater engagement *from you two to each other* that a baby is.

And I think (a) you know that and (b) you wait for the wedding knowing that he’s not 100% committed to you.

Think about it and keep it in mind when you speak. That’s what I mean by allowing “moving forward” to have a new definition: define it as anything that makes sense * to you * given what you learn in these conversations.

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Share a space with a language barrier ‹Pepperdine Graphic https://suffolkbrc.org.uk/share-a-space-with-a-language-barrier-pepperdine-graphic/ Thu, 11 Mar 2021 04:21:22 +0000 https://suffolkbrc.org.uk/share-a-space-with-a-language-barrier-pepperdine-graphic/ Art by Leah Bae Photos by Claire Lee Before booking my shared house, a living space shared by a group of people, I thought about both the challenge of having a language barrier and the opportunity to learn from native Koreans. My life experience in this share house was more opportunistic than stimulating, and it […]]]>

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Photos by Claire Lee

Before booking my shared house, a living space shared by a group of people, I thought about both the challenge of having a language barrier and the opportunity to learn from native Koreans. My life experience in this share house was more opportunistic than stimulating, and it provided me with more than a place of living and cultural exchange.

The flat share I am staying in Hongdae has five large bedrooms for several roommates, a separate bathroom and shower room, a living room and a kitchen. The shared spaces allowed me and my roommates to interact with each other and bond.

When I first moved in, I observed the practices of the people in my share house while remaining mostly silent so as not to stand out as a foreigner and a newcomer. I had the chance to say hello to all of my roommates throughout the first couple of weeks, but I usually had to take the initiative to start the conversation.

This shared home offers three individual offices for studying, while a plush sofa provides a place to take a break in the living room on October 19. This shared home opened this summer and has been arranged to provide various spaces for roommates to study both separately and together. .

One of my first conversations was when I was taking an online course next to another roommate in the common living room. Although we haven’t said hello yet, she offered me a Korean snack. I introduced myself after happily accepting his offer, and we started talking about what we were studying. Although our conversation was short, his kind gesture of sharing a snack spoke to me a lot more than his words.

Another friendship started when I saw a roommate making sandwiches in the kitchen. I asked her where the best and closest grocery stores were, and she offered to show me around her favorite markets in the area. Later we went with another roommate to do grocery shopping together, and now the three of us go out often.

Cooking food in the kitchen and eating together was the best icebreaker. Together, we have concocted simple dishes such as Budae jiggae, Doenjang Jiggae and Okonomiyaki.

Grace Lee, a chemistry major at Sangmyung University, and I are cooking Okonomiyaki on a stove on September 19th.  It was my second time cooking with another roommate, and it was the start of a new friendship.

Grace Lee, a chemistry major at Sangmyung University, and I are cooking Okonomiyaki on a stove on September 19th. It was my second time cooking with another roommate, and it was the start of a new friendship.

Several roommates moved in after me, including a Japanese exchange student who has been studying in Korea for two years and a Russian exchange student who has lived in Korea for five years. I speak English comfortably with them and the three of us can practice Korean.

Being American in Korea certainly has its advantages, as the English language has truly become an international language. Although most of the native Korean people in my roommate have studied or are studying the English language, not all of them are comfortable practicing it casually.

The language barrier made it difficult for me to share certain stories when I am with native Koreans. While I understand the gist of what they are saying, there are times when I don’t understand all the details, so I try to use contextual clues or ask for an explanation.

During a dinner for example, I was able to understand that the films referenced were “Howl’s Moving Castle“and”Abducted as if by magic”After hearing key words such as the name“ Howl ”and the word pig in context. Growing up listening to Korean has helped me piece together Korean conversations, but it’s still difficult to fully understand and communicate back.

During Chuseok, also known as Korean Thanksgiving Day, almost all of my roommates have left to spend time with their families. Only two of my roommates and I stayed in the shared house, where we celebrated the holidays together with Chuseok style food including songpyeon and jeon.

My two roommates and I share a Chuseok meal with Korean food and traditional rice cakes at our shared house during Chuseok vacation on October 2nd.  Our meal lasted over two hours and was filled with exchanges of personal stories and cultural differences.

My two roommates and I share a Chuseok meal with Korean food and traditional rice cakes at our shared house during Chuseok vacation on October 2nd. Our meal lasted over two hours and was filled with exchanges of personal stories and cultural differences.

Most of our dinners are hosted by the popular South Korean Baedal food delivery system, which is used almost any time of the day. Ordering food for large orders is much cheaper than smaller orders, which is a valid excuse to eat together.

A few of my roommates are eating pizza and fried chicken on October 16th at our shared house.  Feasting on the white bowl, we ate spicy Ddukkbokki, a popular traditional Korean dish consisting of rice cakes, fish cakes, eggs, vegetables and Ddukkbokki sauce.

A few of my roommates are eating pizza and fried chicken on October 16th at our shared house. Feasting on the white bowl, we ate spicy Ddukkbokki, a popular traditional Korean dish consisting of rice cakes, fish cakes, eggs, vegetables and Ddukkbokki sauce.

Living in a shared space can also create shared tensions. When two roommates got into an argument, one of them quickly moved out after contacting the manager of the house. I was sad to see her go as we bonded over several meals, but I knew it would be better for her and the other members of the share house.

This share house allowed me to discover the different lifestyles of Korean students. Being able to understand the basics of Korean allowed them to open up to me about their family dynamics, their academic pressures, their professional life and their personal values. They are caring, hardworking and outgoing people with whom I have become close over time.

Due to the online courses, I often write or study at home. My roommates often share snacks with me, encourage me or help me take a break from my studies. I love chatting with them because they always have something interesting to share.

After spending almost two months in this share house, I forged bonds with my roommates who make me want to stay longer in Korea. Even with less than a month left until the semester ends, I hope to continue to make memories with my roommates and be as good a friend to them as they have been to me.

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South Korea’s ‘nth chambers’ are a toxic mix of tech, sex and crime https://suffolkbrc.org.uk/south-koreas-nth-chambers-are-a-toxic-mix-of-tech-sex-and-crime/ Thu, 11 Mar 2021 04:21:22 +0000 https://suffolkbrc.org.uk/south-koreas-nth-chambers-are-a-toxic-mix-of-tech-sex-and-crime/ Haeryun Kang is the Creative Director of videocusIN, a media incubator in Seoul. His most recent short film is “Color of Rage: The Nth Room”. You may not know if you were sitting next to a criminal in the “nth bedroom” in the Seoul subway, even if he was committing a crime at the time. […]]]>

Haeryun Kang is the Creative Director of videocusIN, a media incubator in Seoul. His most recent short film is “Color of Rage: The Nth Room”.

You may not know if you were sitting next to a criminal in the “nth bedroom” in the Seoul subway, even if he was committing a crime at the time. All it would look like is a man typing on his phone, scrolling down, sneering, smiling.

The “nth rooms” are chat rooms on the Telegram messaging app where users illegally produce and exchange sexually dehumanizing images of women. Victims, many of whom are minors, are often coerced by Telegram users into abusing their bodies. The perpetrators are said to have turned actual assaults into online content.

With the trial later this month of Cho Joo-bin, creator of various Telegram rooms according to police, South Korea has to grapple with this toxic mix of technology, sex and crime; to institutions that have failed to eradicate it; and the national culture of misogyny that made it possible.

The original discussion group called “Nth Room” is said to have popped up on Telegram in 2018 or early 2019. There is now a whole network, each with different names like “slave room”, “women’s room” or “rape your own.” knowledge room. “

Underage girls have been degraded, forced to bark like dogs or lie naked on the floor of a public men’s toilet. “Violins” was a greeting almost as common as “hello”. Victims were often tricked into giving personal details to perpetrators and then blackmailed into obeying the sexual whims of Telegram users.

The exhausting fact is that while Telegram talks use a new platform, men’s tactics and their dehumanization of women are oppressive. Soranet was a website riddled with footage of female spy cameras and even real-time invitations to rape women. It was closed in 2016, but similar websites have sprung up before and after it closed.

During last year’s Burning Sun scandal, K-pop stars shared illegally filmed videos of women they had had sex with. “You raped her, LOL,” said one of their conversations.

It may sound abnormal, but it fits into a larger pattern of behavior here. It is normal to assess the appearance of his acquaintances, especially women, down to their face. Young female K-pop idols make Lolita fantasies come true of older men. The players objectify the women. Men enjoy spycam as a genre of pornography.

Korean institutions are not catching up to rectify this horrible standard. Law enforcement is more reactive than preventive, often organizing task forces after a scandal has made headlines. Cooperation with governments at the international level, given that a lot of criminal activity takes place on foreign servers and platforms, is always a lagging process.

Digital sex crimes in South Korea, even those targeting children, are known to carry light sentences. Under Korean law, producers of child pornography can be sentenced to life imprisonment, but in reality the average was only two years in 2017, the Department of Gender Equality reported. and Family. Son Jong-woo, the creator of one of the world’s best-known child pornography sites, was sentenced to 18 months in prison.

Despite growing public awareness, including the historic 2018 women’s rallies against spy cameras, Korea’s centralized education system needs to go further. Her sex education has been criticized for being sexist, typical of a widespread lack of gender sensitivity in schools. Last year an entire school administration famous for producing K-pop stars was accused of sexually exploiting its students.

Cho Joo-bin, leader of the South Korean online sexual blackmail network, leaves a Seoul police station on March 25: more than 100 suspects have been arrested in the Telegram scandal. © Reuters

Meanwhile, more than 100 suspects have been arrested in the Telegram scandal. The majority of them are young men under the age of 40. The exact extent of these alleged crimes is unknown, but according to the Korea Cyber ​​Sexual Violence Response Center, there were 260,000 users of 56 monitored chats on Telegram.

The penalties for digital sex criminals must be tougher. It is not enough to look to precedents for sentencing guidelines. Digital sex crimes are unprecedented; they require new definitions, new guidelines. Improvements are coming, slowly, like the 2018 Supreme Court decision to extend the definition of a sex crime to interactions beyond physical person-to-person assault.

More than 2 million people have signed a petition to disclose all the faces of Telegram suspects, something law enforcement rarely does, reflecting the desperation to punish alleged perpetrators, at least, with public shame.

There is a palpable concern, especially among women, that abusers are not getting what they deserve. This concern seems justified: recently, one of the creators of the nth original rooms was sentenced to 42 months in prison.

But tougher penalties alone will not suffice. Korean society must face the uncomfortable reality that the sexual dehumanization of women is pervasive beyond nth halls: in schools, workplaces, politics, and the seemingly harmless habits of everyday life.

Conversations about feminism need to go beyond “these women hate men” or “men are hurting too; feminism is only reverse discrimination between the sexes ”. Schools should actively educate students, especially young men, on the importance of gender sensitivity.

There is currently only a trickle of voices saying, “We need feminism in school”, especially after an elementary school teacher was severely harassed in 2017 for coming out as a feminist.

Without concerted and comprehensive efforts from different sectors of society, the nth room will happen again. And digital sex offenders will return to the crowds, their faces indistinguishable from others on the subway.

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Dundee charity boss worries about women who experience abortion or miscarriage during ‘insulating’ lockdown https://suffolkbrc.org.uk/dundee-charity-boss-worries-about-women-who-experience-abortion-or-miscarriage-during-insulating-lockdown/ Thu, 11 Mar 2021 04:21:22 +0000 https://suffolkbrc.org.uk/dundee-charity-boss-worries-about-women-who-experience-abortion-or-miscarriage-during-insulating-lockdown/ The boss of a Dundee charity said she was “concerned” about the emotional well-being of women who suffered miscarriages or abortions during the coronavirus lockdown. Rachel MacDonald, director of the Alternatives Dundee center, urged those in need to reach out during this “very isolated time”. In the wake of Covid-19, women across Scotland can now […]]]>

The boss of a Dundee charity said she was “concerned” about the emotional well-being of women who suffered miscarriages or abortions during the coronavirus lockdown.

Rachel MacDonald, director of the Alternatives Dundee center, urged those in need to reach out during this “very isolated time”.

In the wake of Covid-19, women across Scotland can now have early medical abortions at home, to help reduce the number of people attending clinics and avoid exposing them to the virus.

Rachel said: “I think we will see in the future what impact this has, but the main thing to know is that it is very insulating.

“All of this time is so isolating because the normal places where you can chat face to face with a nurse just aren’t available and that’s what I would be concerned about going forward.

“In terms of pregnancy choice, it also makes it difficult, because if you want to talk things out, there is very little opportunity to have these conversations with professionals.”

‘This support is a lifeline’: Dundee charity receives funding of over £ 10,000 to help its services continue during Covid-19 outbreak

Changes to the abortion service started at NHS Tayside on April 15 and were based on legislative changes made by the Scottish Government.

“People feel threatened because of this whole situation,” Rachel said.

“If you are going through this in any way and then had to make a difficult and very isolating decision on top of that, my concerns are that the whole situation will become more traumatic than it would have been if people had. could go out and chat. things with their friends.

“Relationships are so important in these traumatic times and when they get more difficult and people are more isolated, I’m afraid the whole situation will make it harder for some people to come to terms with it.

“I think it’s so important that there is a place for people to go and that they know they have full permission to talk about everything they feel and experience.

“The biggest advice I would give to anyone who finds themselves in this situation is to be compassionate with yourself.

Dundee Charity launches city’s first miscarriage support group for men

“We’re going through a really tough time for everyone and then going through something tough on top of that?” We ask a lot just to be able to cope and manage.

“We have to allow a compassionate way of understanding ourselves and understanding what has happened and we have to be able to find a place to talk about it.”

The Dundee Alternatives team has switched to counseling over the phone, following the end of all face-to-face support.

They have also introduced virtual help rooms due to the fact that many younger service users are not comfortable talking on the phone.

Rachel added, “It’s difficult. I don’t think young people are used to phone calls so it’s an unfamiliar way of communicating. We set up instant messaging because it seems like a much more comfortable situation.

“I think people get the idea that they can’t really talk about feelings or things of that nature on the phone.

“Maybe in the long run, setting up these secure chat rooms will become something that will really be used and make our services accessible to people who may not have wanted face-to-face assistance.

Women can now refer themselves to the abortion service by calling 01382 496762 from Monday to Friday between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. You can find more information by clicking on this link.

Early pregnancy services, including counseling and support for women who have had a miscarriage, remain in place as usual.

Women who have concerns about their pregnancy can contact their midwives by phone and refer themselves or they can go to the hospital through their GP.

Due to Covid-19 and the temporary restrictions in place around visits, women cannot bring a partner or friend to their date.

However, NHS Tayside has said there will be situations where women may need the support of their partner, family or friends to help them discuss their choices and this is supported where appropriate.

Anyone looking for more information on the support offered by Alternatives Dundee can click on this link.

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Hangouts takes another step towards Google Graveyard https://suffolkbrc.org.uk/hangouts-takes-another-step-towards-google-graveyard/ Thu, 11 Mar 2021 04:21:22 +0000 https://suffolkbrc.org.uk/hangouts-takes-another-step-towards-google-graveyard/ The history of Google Hangouts has been a strange one, to be sure. I guess that goes for any Google messaging platform, right? Google’s messaging products come at a certain pace, and that usually involves an exciting launch, a lukewarm reception, and an informal death. Sure, it might be a little too hard, but Google’s […]]]>

The history of Google Hangouts has been a strange one, to be sure. I guess that goes for any Google messaging platform, right? Google’s messaging products come at a certain pace, and that usually involves an exciting launch, a lukewarm reception, and an informal death. Sure, it might be a little too hard, but Google’s messaging history is bad and we all know it. They’ve taken out some great platforms that many loved (RIP Allo), inexplicably transferred others (Hangounts -> Hangouts Meet & Chat), and put all their hope squarely in others like Android Messages when it seems they shouldn’t have.

After taking over the functions of Google Talk years ago, Hangouts has become Google’s de facto messaging platform. It was a stand-alone service, integrated with Gmail and even supporting SMS for some users. With the addition of video calling as well, Hangouts was Google’s one-stop-shop for messaging and most of us were quite happy with it. While I’m still not sure why it was ditched for Allo and Duo a few years ago, I’m sure the rise of iMessage and WhatsApp has a lot to do with this decision. As a result of these two new messaging apps from Google, Hangouts has been left in a strange void. He received little attention, but was not killed either.

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Instead, Google decided to move Hangouts to the G Suite side of the operation, giving us a weird breakdown of Hangouts Meet and Hangouts Chat. Hangouts Chat never really did much, sticking to the standard instant messaging format while adding Slack-like options like rooms and bots. We’ve tried using it internally, but since it’s only suitable for G Suite users, we’ve found other options that are much more user-friendly in the long run. I recently signed into Hangouts Chat and it looks like not much has changed.

Hangouts Meet, however, was extremely good and very helpful. With the ability to quickly create meetings and share them with anyone via a URL, Hangouts Meet has become the go-to method of video calling for us. And it wasn’t just us. Tons of customers and reps we’ve needed to speak with over the years have offered Hangouts Meet links for conversation, almost becoming the wait when a quick video chat was scheduled. It was fantastic, honestly, and in the midst of our current pandemic, this is still the option I would choose over any other.

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So where does that leave the old Hangouts aimed at consumers? He is still there and according to rumors completely killed by June 2020, but it went on for so long at this point that I was starting to wonder if there wouldn’t be some sort of resurgence. Why would Google keep it for so long? I guess Hangouts – just like Google Talk it replaced – is built into a lot of things in the Google ecosystem. It’s a quick chat in Gmail, but it also seems to feed the backend of Google’s help desk chats and who knows what else. If this is the case, it greatly complicates killing him completely. Either way, Hangouts is clearly on the verge of Google’s dreaded graveyard and if you needed proof, the latest change to Hangouts Meet and Chat should serve as proof.

At the end of last week, Google made it official: Hangouts Chat and Hangouts Meet are now simply Google Meet and Google Chat. This move should come as a surprise to few, as Persistent Hangouts only name confusing things. These two services share little in common with the consumer version of Hangouts other than the name, so this move makes things clearer and more concise. After all, most of us already called it Google Meet anyway. Using the term meeting place in a professional setting never felt right, anyway. Overall, it’s a good move for Google.

But there are still Hangouts we can talk about. For now, Hangouts still works, still exists, and still allows the basics of instant messaging and video chats. You can still make Hangouts calls on web and messaging, and the service still supports multiple callers online. So, I guess I’m sitting here wondering why it’s still a thing in light of Duo and Google’s success saying it was all inclusive on RCS Chat because it’s the messaging platform. (Whoopsie. Google again has two quite different products with the same name.)

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I’ll be honest, I don’t really know. Sometimes I wonder if Google knows this. It looks like the removal of the Hangouts name from the two services that millions of people still use is a sign that Hangouts is finally on the brink of death. It has managed to hang around longer than most abandoned Google email services, but this move really feels like an end. We’re quickly approaching June 2020, so it’ll be interesting to see if Google just follows or extends the timeline once more. We’ll have to wait and see, but if I was still using Hangouts at this point, I would definitely look elsewhere for my messaging platform.

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Amazon delivery drivers say they fear becoming targets of looters https://suffolkbrc.org.uk/amazon-delivery-drivers-say-they-fear-becoming-targets-of-looters/ Thu, 11 Mar 2021 04:21:22 +0000 https://suffolkbrc.org.uk/amazon-delivery-drivers-say-they-fear-becoming-targets-of-looters/ An Amazon.com Inc. delivery driver in Long Island, New York, has been ordered to abandon his van and call 911 in the event of looting and to avoid “high crime” areas. A Chicago driver encountered a heavy police presence and road closures. In Washington, another driver canceled his shifts for the week after seeing video […]]]>

An Amazon.com Inc. delivery driver in Long Island, New York, has been ordered to abandon his van and call 911 in the event of looting and to avoid “high crime” areas. A Chicago driver encountered a heavy police presence and road closures. In Washington, another driver canceled his shifts for the week after seeing video of an Amazon pickup truck in Santa Monica, Calif., Looted in broad daylight.

The thousands of drivers delivering Amazon packages to the United States are adjusting to civil unrest that has resulted in curfews and road closures aimed at quelling riots and looting. This is the latest test of a decentralized delivery machine made up of companies that hire people to drive blue Amazon-branded vans and self-employed drivers who use their own vehicles. Already anxious to avoid exposure to Covid-19, many drivers must weigh the risks of navigating the troubles.

“I usually get around $ 100 for a four-hour shift, and it’s just not worth putting my car in the trash,” said an Amazon delivery driver in Chicago who uses his own car. . “I Feel as if I had a target on my back.

He carries a pocket knife for protection and tries to avoid the city roads, but the unrest spreads to the suburbs. Another Chicago driver said many of his co-workers were reducing their shifts due to safety concerns.

Unrest in urban areas largely affects grocery delivery, according to several people interviewed for this article. Many drivers in major cities have turned to delivering groceries due to increased demand related to the pandemic. Amazon is incentivizing them with better pay to take different types of shifts in different areas to match delivery capacity with demand.

But the company has closed at least one Whole Foods store and is closing others earlier than usual to comply with curfews. Amazon has offered deliveries until midnight, so ready-to-work drivers notice fewer shifts due to curfews.

Amazon declined to say which cities are affected or how many Whole Foods stores have been closed. Deliveries to some urban areas continue after curfews when deemed safe, the company said in an emailed statement.

“Nothing is more important than the safety of our employees and partners,” said an Amazon spokesperson. “We are monitoring the situation closely and have adjusted routes or reduced typical delivery operations in affected areas to ensure the safety of our teams. “

Amazon has a small team of around 100 people based in Tempe, Ariz. To handle fast delivery services like Prime Now, Amazon Fresh and Whole Foods delivery, according to a person familiar with the matter. The team is too small to handle the current situation and may halt deliveries in some areas, said the person, who requested anonymity as he is not authorized to discuss the details.

A driver who works for an independent contractor on Long Island said he received the following instructions if the van was looted: don’t try to prevent it, and if you are surrounded, call 911 immediately. The driver said the company does not make deliveries to some areas.

A Washington driver, who uses his own car, said he canceled all his shifts this week after seeing video of the pickup being looted in Santa Monica. He wears a waistcoat and puts an Amazon sticker on his car so people will know who he is when he approaches their house, and he worries that this will make him a target. Amazon drivers have shared their fears in discussion forums where they discuss the tricks of the trade.

“People are scared,” he says. “You are outside in a vest with a car full of parcels, so you Feel like a target. This video scared a lot of people.

About the photo: A truck drives past Amazon.com’s fulfillment center. Photographer: Michael Nagle / Bloomberg

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Home party tips – including how to turn off notifications and lock private chats https://suffolkbrc.org.uk/home-party-tips-including-how-to-turn-off-notifications-and-lock-private-chats/ Thu, 11 Mar 2021 04:21:22 +0000 https://suffolkbrc.org.uk/home-party-tips-including-how-to-turn-off-notifications-and-lock-private-chats/ With the UK now in coronavirus lockdown, many self-isolating Britons are turning to technology to stay in touch with friends and family. In particular, the lockdown saw an increase in the number of people using fun group video chat. application, Home party. While the basics of the app are pretty self-explanatory, there are several sneaky […]]]>

With the UK now in coronavirus lockdown, many self-isolating Britons are turning to technology to stay in touch with friends and family.

In particular, the lockdown saw an increase in the number of people using fun group video chat. application, Home party.

While the basics of the app are pretty self-explanatory, there are several sneaky tricks you might not be aware of.

From turning off annoying “X in the house” notifications to locking out your private chats, there are several simple things you can do to make sure you get the most out of the app.

Here’s a recap of our top Houseparty tips and tricks.

1. Play games with your friends

If you run out of things that you are talking about, you will be happy to know that there are several free games that you can play in a video chat.

Once you’re in the chat, tap the dice icon at the top right of the screen.



Houseparty currently has four games to choose from – Heads Up, Trivia, Chips and Guac, and Quick Draw.

Houseparty currently has four games to choose from: Heads Up, Trivia, Chips and Guac (Houseparty’s version of Cards Against Humanity) and Quick Draw.

The games will close automatically after you complete a game, or if you need to close the game before that date, tap the X in the upper right corner of the screen.

Make sure you don’t accidentally hit the X in the bottom right – that will end the discussion!

2. Disable notifications

Once you’ve downloaded Houseparty and logged in with your friends, you’ll start getting notifications every time they open the app.

While this is handy for spontaneous conversations, the constant barrage of notifications can be a bit irritating.



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Fortunately, it is very easy to turn off these notifications.

Open Houseparty and tap on the face icon at the top left of the screen.

Tap Manage Notifications, and you’ll have options to turn off notifications from all friends, or just certain friends.



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3. Lock your private chats

One of the most original features of Houseparty is the ability to join your friends’ chats with their friends.

However, if you try to have a private chat with a friend, you’ll be happy to hear that you can lock the chat, preventing other friends from joining you.

Just tap the padlock icon at the bottom of the chat screen.



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4. Change your name and photo

When you set up Houseparty, you will be given the option to sync your account with Snapchat, in which case your photo and name will be transferred from there.

However, if you’re out of sync with Snapchat and want to change your name and photo, just tap the smiley face icon at the top left of the screen and then tap the pink cog.

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Never Rarely Sometimes Always makes the politics of abortion personal in the story of adolescent girls on interstate road trips https://suffolkbrc.org.uk/never-rarely-sometimes-always-makes-the-politics-of-abortion-personal-in-the-story-of-adolescent-girls-on-interstate-road-trips/ Thu, 11 Mar 2021 04:21:22 +0000 https://suffolkbrc.org.uk/never-rarely-sometimes-always-makes-the-politics-of-abortion-personal-in-the-story-of-adolescent-girls-on-interstate-road-trips/ Writer-director Eliza Hittman has been acclaimed as a specialist in portraying difficult and groping rites of passage. In her third feature film, she goes from the brutal sexual awakening of her first two feature films, It Felt Like Love and Beach Rats, to the shock of an unwanted pregnancy. Awarded the Silver Bear Jury Grand […]]]>

Writer-director Eliza Hittman has been acclaimed as a specialist in portraying difficult and groping rites of passage. In her third feature film, she goes from the brutal sexual awakening of her first two feature films, It Felt Like Love and Beach Rats, to the shock of an unwanted pregnancy.

Awarded the Silver Bear Jury Grand Prize at the Berlinale earlier this year, Never Rarely Sometimes Always is Hittman’s most accomplished and finely tuned film to date, as tender as it is tense and devoid of sentimentality. .

Echoing the artistic thriller 4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days by Cristian Mungiu, it traces the journey of a young woman in the desperate pursuit of an abortion, supported by a faithful friend.

Eliza Hittman told Variety she felt a sense of urgency to tell this story after Donald Trump was elected in 2016.(

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It’s a mission that will take Autumn (Sidney Flanigan, 17, in a beautifully untouched debut film) and her cousin Skylar (Talia Ryder, another naturalist newcomer) across state lines in a desperately desperate act of “abortion tourism”. From their stagnant Pennsylvania backwater, along a fuzzy strip of burnished fields and bare trees seen through the windows of a Greyhound bus, they make their way to New York City.

This road trip is funded by a handful of hastily skimmed bills from a supermarket cash register at the end of a shift; the destination chosen on the basis that New York, unlike the girls’ state of origin, does not require minors to obtain parental consent before terminating a pregnancy.

(Hittman’s protagonists tend to come across parents who are too damaged to be of much use to them on a daily basis – let alone when needed; watched and stubbornly inarticulate, they have learned to legislate for themselves and do faced little opposition in doing so.)

The main character of the film, Autumn (Sidney Flanigan) rests her head on the shoulder of her cousin Skylar (Talia Ryder).
Hittman asked the actors to write about themselves and share with each other before the shoot so that they “get to know each other inside out on set.”(

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Beach Rats cinematographer Helene Louvart returns to document the pilgrimage to the big cities of Autumn and Skylar in 16mm, the grain of the film softening the grimy fluorescence of the transitional spaces in which they take shelter. – shuttling between the port authority and the waiting rooms of Planned Parenthood, oversized suitcase in tow.

Few words pass between them, but the looks and gestures by which they prefer to communicate, sometimes punctuated by haunted puffs from Julia Holter’s score, translate with remarkable economy both the girls’ mutual familiarity and their uneasiness in the face of situation.

While her previous work explored the lust of teenage girls festering in the summer heat, it seems the season has since turned into Hittman’s cinematic universe, taking with it all the potential whiffs of romance.

Autumn (Sidney Flanigan) watching his cousin Skylar (Talia Ryder).  Both are dressed for the cold in thick jackets.
Sidney Flanigan and Talia Ryder are both from Buffalo, New York.(

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Autumn, whose name anticipates the cold weather in the film, doesn’t have a beau to speak of – or at least, not a single one that she sees fit to inform about her predicament. The identity of the man who permeated his characters as largely unimportant to the story, and the circumstances of their mating are never discussed.

However, the evidence for a history of abuse is mounting quickly – first touched upon in the music review’s opening sequence, in which Autumn performs a melancholy take on He’s Got the Power from The Exciters. “He makes me do things I don’t want to do / He makes me say things I don’t want to say,” she intones in an auditorium of high school students and parents, her voice passionate; plaintive, but his body stiff with nerves.

In a film in which the exposure is admirably limited, with backstories suggested by broad but skilful lines, the most revealing and the most poignant scene is the one built around the medical questionnaire from which the title is taken: “It is enough to respond either never, rarely, sometimes or always, ”says the family planning counselor. Louvart’s camera remains fixed on Autumn throughout the interview, his shifting expressions an index of traumatic memories unearthed in real time.

The main character of the film, Autumn (Sidney Flanigan) lying on a hospital bed holding the hand of her cousin Skylar (Talia Ryder).
Flanigan was initially not interested in the role. A passionate musician, she had no real aspirations to act.(

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Even the humorous moments are likely to have viewers squirming, for example, the appearance of a net hipster (Theodore Pellerin, Boy Erased) trying to chat with Skylar on the Greyhound – instantly recognizable as one of those guys. “gentiles” whose persistence in the face of blatant disinterest reveals an immense sense of entitlement.

“Freakin ‘love New York,” he tells Skylar, Pellerin’s naughty performance worthy of the name. “Because of the way the city is organized and everything, you are forced to interact with people who are very unlike you.” “A bit like this bus,” she replies, without meeting his gaze. Of course, he doesn’t understand the hint.

More and less casual predators lurk on the fringes of the film, from classmate douchebag miming a blowjob to Autumn after his performance in the magazine to the man in the subway who holds his gaze as he puts his hand in his pants. If that starts to seem a bit of a stretch as Skylar goes out with the persistent hipster Jasper in order to get him to fund their bus ride home, then the message is at least clear: this is a world of men of men.

Close-up of the film's protagonists, Skylar (Talia Ryder) in a drugstore or store looking at something.
Trained as a dancer, Ryder has been acting professionally since the age of 12.(

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Likewise, it is clear that what Autumn is looking for in New York is to regain control of her body, and therefore, to some extent, of her life: the film mostly turns questions of morality around it. ‘abortion, focusing instead on the issue of access (although the first is shown to shape the second: its local women’s center secretly peddles a pro-life agenda; a flock of protesters chanting outside the Manhattan Planned Parenthood tour her and Skylar – Louvart framing the girls in a close-up close-up against the backdrop of a real protest).

To be sure, reproductive rights in America today are a far cry from the Communist Romania in Cristian Mungiu’s flagship film, where a complete lack of legal options has pushed women into sordid backstage operations.

What Hittman lays bare in Never Rarely, however, is a system that is nonetheless terribly difficult, and often demeaning, to navigate; one marked by dead ends and blind spots – and how many of them could house a man with rough rights?

Never Rarely Sometimes Always is in theaters from October 29th.

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Congress demands government responses on new social media rules https://suffolkbrc.org.uk/congress-demands-government-responses-on-new-social-media-rules/ Thu, 11 Mar 2021 04:21:22 +0000 https://suffolkbrc.org.uk/congress-demands-government-responses-on-new-social-media-rules/ Congress alleged the government subverted parliament by introducing new rules on social media to silence voices critical of government policies. Speaking at a press conference in New Delhi on Thursday, party spokeswoman Supriya Shrinate raised questions about the minutes of GoM meetings which were leaked to the media. She said: “The government’s communication report revealed […]]]>

Congress alleged the government subverted parliament by introducing new rules on social media to silence voices critical of government policies.

Speaking at a press conference in New Delhi on Thursday, party spokeswoman Supriya Shrinate raised questions about the minutes of GoM meetings which were leaked to the media.

She said: “The government’s communication report revealed some very, very disturbing facts. There were five cabinet ministers of the Union, including Smt. Smriti Irani, Shri Prakash Javadekar, Shri Ravi Shankar Prasad, Shri Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi, Shri S Jaishankar and of course, four other Ministers of State, who were part of it. “

“It is absolutely certain that in the days of the crown, when the whole world, including all of us, were rock solid with the government and hoping the prime minister thinks about our lives, our livelihoods , he was thinking about how to resolve this crisis, he was in fact preparing to stab us in the back by first compromising the freedom of speech and expression in the country by first controlling the freedom of the press ” , she added.

She questioned some journalists whose names are circulating: “It seems that some of the press / media have become accomplices, I sympathize with them. I don’t know if it happened because they were caught off guard? I do not know. if it happened with their consent. But I think it’s important that they come forward and clearly articulate their positions, because that raises questions about the commitment to being part of the media. And the media is not another job, the media is for a reason called the fourth pillar of our democracy.

The congressional spokesperson said that the 2021 IT rules announced a few days ago by Ravi Shankar Prasad and Prakash Javadekar, appear to have taken into account a large part of these suggestions, so this raises questions.

“Will Parliament make laws or will laws be made by ministers sitting in salons with consultations and under the guidance of docile media always ready to serve the Modi government?” ” she said.

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Facebook Launches New Application Called “CatchUp” To Facilitate Group Phone Chats https://suffolkbrc.org.uk/facebook-launches-new-application-called-catchup-to-facilitate-group-phone-chats/ Thu, 11 Mar 2021 04:21:22 +0000 https://suffolkbrc.org.uk/facebook-launches-new-application-called-catchup-to-facilitate-group-phone-chats/ Facebook’s NPE Experimental Team has released its sixth new app, this time focused on facilitating phone calls between friends who are ready to chat. Called Catch up, the new application is essentially Messenger rooms for voice calls, providing the ability to see when your friends are online and ready for a voice call, as well […]]]>

Facebook’s NPE Experimental Team has released its sixth new app, this time focused on facilitating phone calls between friends who are ready to chat.

Called Catch up, the new application is essentially Messenger rooms for voice calls, providing the ability to see when your friends are online and ready for a voice call, as well as ongoing group chats that you can join.

According to app description:

“Catching up has never been easier. See who’s available and effortlessly join one-on-one and group calls. Never play phone tag or make an appointment to call someone. one again. Keep in touch more, think about it less. free to talk, CatchUp! “

So, yes, you can see who is active in the app, like Messenger, and join open group chats, like Messenger Rooms. It sounds pretty straightforward.

In the app, users can set their status to notify their connections when they are ready to talk and create groups to chat with. There is also an “auto-availability” feature that will automatically update your status when you are connected via Bluetooth.

It’s another way for people to connect – but of course you can already call people through Messenger anyway, with the added option of using video as well, if you want. As such, CatchUp’s only functional addition to Messenger is that you can see when people are specifically ready for an audio chat, so it doesn’t look like it provides enough utilities for a separate application, including you and your connections will then need to each download for it to be of real use.

But again, perhaps in areas where connectivity is limited and phone calls are the preferred means of connection, having the ability to see when people are open to voice chat will be beneficial. The app is currently being tested in the United States, both on iOS and Android.

Either way, it’s worth keeping an eye out for where Facebook’s NPE – or Experimentation with new products – the team is researching and on what trends it could seek to capitalize with its test applications. In this case, it could be a trending social app. Club house that Facebook is looking to follow – Clubhouse, an audio-only chat app, has gained popularity in some circles in recent weeks. Keen to avoid the disruption of another Snapchat, Houseparty or TikTok, Facebook’s NPE team seems determined to quickly launch apps that adapt to such a trend, with the goal of maximizing their popularity through scale. Facebook.

So far, NPE has launched six new apps in the past six months. These applications are:

  • Pencil case – Provides extensive messaging options through Apple Watch
  • Hobbi – Allows users to collect hobby pictures and sort them into tables to track personal development
  • Whale – Allows users to create their own memes with simplified templates and tools
  • TO THE – A participatory DJ app, where users try to get their song to a group playlist
  • To bump – A chat app that aims to introduce students to other people in their neighborhood

And now CatchUp, making it easy to connect via voice calls.

There isn’t a specific theme for the different apps that NPE tries out, but you’d assume each is based on usage behavior, with Facebook looking to capitalize on the next key trend and stay ahead of the competition. .

Given the limited functionality of each beyond the apps that already exist and where users, critically, already have established networks, none of these new apps looks set to become a mainstay. But that might not be the intention either – Facebook may just be looking to collect information to inform other areas and tools.

In his explanation of the The NPE team, Facebook says that:

We decided to create this separate developer name to help set the right expectations with people who, unlike Facebook’s family of apps, NPE team’s apps will change very quickly and shut down if we learn that they are not useful to people. Many failures are expected. We also want to minimize disruption for the billions of people who use Facebook apps every day. “

So each app might just be a little testing ground for a new feature in an existing Facebook app – so if notifications from friends who are ready for audio calls in Messenger become a thing, that just might be the reason.

What we do know for sure is that the NPE is certainly not wasting time – and maybe if they keep throwing ideas up the App Store wall, one will stick.

You can find CatchUp on the App Store and the Google play store, and thanks to Free Dating Advice for the head held high.

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