Parcels are left in front of a door. In Korea, packages are left generally outside to avoid unnecessary contact during the Covid-19 pandemic. [SHUTTERSTOCK] Leave a package on your doorstep in Korea and see what happens — nothing, it will still be waiting for you untouched a week later. The idea that parcels can be left outside unattended without any risk in Korea isn't new, but the practice has increased dramatically during the Covid-19 pandemic as companies ditched direct deliveries. Delivery workers no longer ring people’s doorbells and hand over packages. Instead, most e-commerce and logistics companies including Coupang, CJ Logistics, Hanjin Transport and Lotte Global Logistics have changed to a contact-free delivery system. Simply leaving packages on people’s doorsteps means the delivery is finished, limiting unnecessary contact that might spread Covid-19. Other countries have changed their delivery policies during the pandemic, but their solutions aren’t as simple as … [Read more...] about [WHY] Is it really safe to leave valuables lying around in Korea?
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Once again a shooting took the lives of innocent schoolchildren. This time in a small, rural town in Texas. On May 24, a reported 21 people--19 students and two teachers--were killed in a shooting by an 18-year-old local high school student at an elementary school in Uvalde, Texas. It's the deadliest school shooting since Sandy Hook Elementary School in 2012 when 26 people, mostly 6- and 7-year-olds, were killed. As of Tuesday, there have been at least 213 mass shootings in 2022, according to the Gun Violence Archive . A mass shooting is defined as one in which four or more people were injured or killed, not including the shooter. You may be wondering what you can do to help. From donating a portion of profits to charitable organizations to encouraging employees and customers to call local officials to spur gun reform and address mental illness, here are some suggestions. Support the victims and victims' families in Uvalde If you're in the San Antonio area, … [Read more...] about 6 Ways You Can Take Action in the Wake of the Tragic Texas School Shooting
By The Associated Press MOSCOW — The Kremlin says it expects Ukraine to recognize the existing situation and accept Moscow’s demands. Asked Thursday if Russia expects Ukraine to make territorial concessions, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said that “Moscow expects the acceptance of its demands and the understanding of the real situation that exists de-facto.” Russia has previously demanded that Ukraine recognize the Russian sovereignty over the Crimean Peninsula that Moscow annexed from Ukraine in 2014 and acknowledge the independence of Russia-backed separatist regions in eastern Ukraine. During the talks in March, Ukrainian officials said that the status of Crimea and the separatist regions could be discussed later, but in recent weeks they have toughened their stand and said that Russian troops should pull back to areas where they were before Moscow launched a military action in Ukraine on Feb. 24. Speaking in a conference call with reporters on Thursday, Peskov said … [Read more...] about Live updates | Russia tells Ukraine to accept real situation
Cities have a knack for becoming unfriendly, hostile places when you’re away from home and nature calls. advertisement advertisement Public restrooms are vital public infrastructure, yet for decades cities across America have left it to private businesses like Starbucks and McDonald’s to pick up the slack. A new app wants to increase the number of public restrooms across the U.S. by leveraging the massive footprint of those businesses. We Can’t Wait launched last week with more than 45,000 restroom locations listed around the country. It’s the leading initiative of the Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation’s Open Restrooms Movement, which seeks to raise public awareness about the lack of access to public restrooms. Approximately 1.6 million Americans currently suffer from inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). The app was built with them in mind, but it could also prove useful for people experiencing homelessness, who often end up being further … [Read more...] about 45,000 restrooms in the U.S. where you can go when nature calls