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Washington, Jan 30, 2017: US coffeehouse chain, Starbucks has pledged to hire 10,000 refugees over the next five years in the 75 countries where it does business in response to President Donald Trump’s order banning travel from seven Muslim-majority countries, the media reported.

“We are living in an unprecedented time,” chairman and CEO Howard Schultz wrote in a memo on Sunday, which listed several actions the company said it was taking to “reinforce our belief in our partners around the world.”


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The refugee hiring proposal, Schultz wrote, will begin with a focus on people who have served with US troops as interpreters and support personnel, CNN reported.

Schultz also reiterated Starbucks’ support for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals programme (DACA), which helps undocumented immigrants who were brought to the US as children get driver’s licenses, enrol in college and secure jobs.

The programme was created by former President Barack Obama through an executive order in 2012.

Schultz also said the company was “ready to help and support our Mexican customers, partners and their families” should any proposed trade sanctions, immigration restrictions and taxes affect their businesses.

“We are in business to inspire and nurture the human spirit, one person, one cup and one neighbourhood at a time,” Schultz wrote. “That will not change. You have my word on that.”

Schultz is the latest business executive to weigh in on the travel ban, CNN said.

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Earlier on Sunday, General Electric CEO Jeff Immelt wrote to employees that he shared their “concern” over the order, and added that GE has many employees from the countries named in the ban.

Several tech executives have also publicly denounced the travel ban which has resulted in worldwide condemnation. (IANS)


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Delhi-based author Pritisha Borthakur is set to release her new book, 'Puhor and Niyor's Mural of Family Stories'. The 1,404-word children's book was put together to address a new kind of societal debacle in the family system. The author says the aim is to teach children that families can exist in different forms, and show them how to accept the diversity in family backgrounds.

The author who named the book after her twin sons -- Puhor and Niyor -- is a parent who has seen and heard the tales of ridicule and discrimination suffered by many in India and beyond. She says the book is an artistic illustration for kids that details how different families can live and coexist. Whether it's children with two dads or two moms, children with a single dad or single mom, and even multiracial family units, Borthakur's book teaches love, understanding, and compassion towards unconventional families.

Beyond race, gender, color, and ethnicity which have formed the bases for discrimination since the beginning of time, this book aims to bring to light a largely ignored issue. For so long, single parents have been treated like a taboo without any attempt to understand their situations; no one really cares how or why one's marriage ended but just wants to treat single parents as villains simply for choosing happiness and loving their children.

Homosexual parents, a relatively new family system, is another form that has suffered hate and discrimination for many years. Pritisha emphasizes the need to understand that diversity in people and family is what makes the world beautiful and colourful. 'Puhor and Niyor's Mural of Family Stories' is a firm but compassionate statement against all forms of discrimination on the bases of sexual identity, gender, race, and even differences in background

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