The Daily Populous

Tuesday September 29th, 2020 night edition

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MADRID: Spain's Supreme Court ruled on Sept 23 that riders for Barcelona-based food delivery app Glovo were employees, not freelancers, in a case that could clear the way for so-called gig economy workers to demand formal labour contracts and benefits.

The ruling by the country's top court follows two previous cases heard in regional courts, one involving Glovo and the other its rival Deliveroo.

"... fixes the conditions for the provision of its services, and owns the assets essential to carrying out its services," the court said in a statement.

"It uses deliverers who... fulfil their roles within the employer's professional organisation.".

Glovo had argued it was merely an intermediary between restaurants and delivery riders, who were self-employed.

Glovo said in a statement it respected the court's ruling, but expected the government and the European Union to set up a regulatory framework.

"Glovo firmly believes this regulation must be promoted based on dialogue between all actors involved," the statement said. »

Multiple 'water bodies' found under surface of Mars

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Several liquid bodies have been found under the south pole of Mars, according to a major new study.

The discovery was made using MARSIS, or the Mars Advanced Radar for Subsurface and Ionosphere Sounding, which is onboard the Mars Express spacecraft sent by the European Space Agency to orbit around Mars.

The instrument sends radar pulses that can penetrate the surface and ice caps of Mars. »

YouTube celebrates Deaf Awareness Week by killing crowd-sourced captions

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Today's the day YouTube is killing its "Community Contributions" feature for videos, which let content creators crowdsource captions and subtitles for their videos.

In one of Google's all-time, poor-timing decisions, YouTube is killing the feature just two days after the International Week of the Deaf, which is the last full week in September. »

Revealed: Trump campaign strategy to deter millions of Black Americans from voting in 2016

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3.5 million Black Americans were profiled and categorised as ‘Deterrence’ by Trump campaign – voters they wanted to stay home on election day.

It reveals that 3.5 million Black Americans were categorised by Donald Trump’s campaign as ‘Deterrence’ – voters they wanted to stay home on election day.

Analysis by Channel 4 News shows Black Americans – historically a community targeted with voter suppression tactics – were disproportionately marked ‘Deterrence’ by the 2016 campaign. »