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Health screenings, limiting density, and ensuring strict adherence to social distancing are some of the measures that Apple said it has taken in its global supply chain to address COVID-19’s challenges and to ensure people are able to return to work safely.

Apple said it is working with its suppliers around the world on a range of protections suited to the circumstances in each country.


These details were revealed in Apple’s annual “Supplier Responsibility Progress Report” released on Thursday which also included a letter from Sabih Khan, Apple’s Senior Vice President of Operations.

“We put people first in everything we do — and require everyone we work with to do the same — because we want to uphold the highest standards,” Khan said in the letter.

“We’re requiring the use of personal protective equipment — both during work and in all common areas — and have worked together to implement enhanced deep cleaning protocols and deploy masks and sanitizers,” he added.

Apple said it has partnered with suppliers to redesign and reconfigure factory floorplans where needed and to implement flexible working hours — including staggered work shifts — to maximise interpersonal space.


Health screenings, limiting density, and strict adherence to social distancing some of the measures by Apple in their supply chain. Pixabay

“We continue to work closely with leading medical and privacy experts to develop advanced health and safety protocols,” Khan said.

The ‘Supplier Responsibility Progress Report’ which is a look back at the progress it made last year said that 19.4 million supplier employees were trained on workplace rights since 2008.

Apple said its health and wellness education training programme expanded to Vietnam, joining China and India.

Over one million supplier employees have received training through the programme, it added.

As part of its “Responsible Sourcing” programme, the “Salmon Gold” project developed new mining methods while achieving habitat restoration.

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Apple said it is pioneering the use of blockchain technology to trace Salmon Gold from the mine to its supply chain. (IANS)


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Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman on Saturday asked the Directorate of Revenue Intelligence (DRI) to prevent dumping of toxic wastes in India.

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"Sitharaman said that the message through such enforcement actions should be such that these acts of brazen attempts at smuggling are nipped in the bud," the statement added. The Finance Minister also said that better coordination among the law enforcement and intelligence gathering agencies and sharing of actionable intelligence are the way forward in protecting the frontiers of the country more efficiently. "Sitharaman also asked the DRI to focus on interdicting dual use technology items as well as preventing the dumping of toxic wastes in our country," the statement said. (IANS/ MBI)


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Tech giant Amazon has expanded the sound detection capabilities of Alexa along with more features.

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When Alexa detects that the faucet has been left open, it will send users a notification as well so they can take appropriate action, it added. Amazon previously said at its event in September that it would add the ability to programme Alexa to recognise custom sounds, but that feature has yet to arrive. Having said that, the two new sound detection capabilities not only help users save energy, but they also make it easier to avoid paying for unnecessary charges on your home utilities, the report said.

The retail giant has also announced ultrasound motion detection, which will allow you to set up "Occupancy Routines" on additional Echo devices. This feature allows your smart speaker to detect nearby motion and initiate a routine, such as turning on the lights. It is compatible with many of the best Alexa speakers including the 4th-gen Echo, Echo Dot and Echo Dot with Clock. (IANS/ MBI)


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Comforting Christmas cocktails help you enjoy the celebrations and get into the festive spirit.

By Olivia Sarkar
It's the holiday season, which means it's time to be merry! As the month of December approaches, we're all in a festive mindset. With Christmas just around the corner, there will be plenty of parties and get-togethers with friends and family.

Comforting Christmas cocktails help you enjoy the celebrations and get into the festive spirit. The Leela Palaces, Hotels, and Resorts offer distinctive cocktails ranging from Hot Toddies to Decadent Egg Nogs. Sit back and enjoy one martini at a time to make the festive season a little brighter.

Dirty Chai Eggnog:

Eggnog is a Christmas favorite that is accustomed to toasts for good health and prosperity. It is an American tradition that has spread around the world. Historically, it has been made using eggs, milk, and alcohol. Our culinary artists have given an Indian twist to this winter drink, making it quintessentially desi!



Recipe:

30 ml Bourbon
30 ml Baileys
90 ml Hot milk tea
Whole Spices
Sweet cream foam to top up

Garnish:
Cinnamon powder and star anise.

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