The Daily Populous

Friday May 14th, 2021 night edition

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Chipotle Mexican Grill is hiking its average hourly pay to $15 as it vies for workers in an increasingly tight U.S. labor market.

The Mexican-themed food chain said Monday it would offer a starting wage of $11 to $18 an hour by the end of June.

That's a starting wage increase of approximately $2 an hour, the company stated in an email, with the average wage at the chain's thousands of U.S. restaurants rising to $15 an hour.

As COVID-19 restrictions have faded, some employers have reported difficulty finding workers for open jobs, particularly in lower-paying frontline sectors, such as food service and retail.

The need to take care of children or supervise remote schooling is keeping many workers, especially women, on the sidelines, according to experts.

The Labor Department on Friday reported disappointing job growth in April, with a jobless rate of just over 6% — an indication that employers are having a tough time hiring.

Based in Newport Beach, California, Chipotle operates more than 2,800 eateries in the U.S., Canada, the U.K, France and Germany, and employs more than 97,000 people. »

Vaccinated Americans now may go without masks in most places, the C.D.C. says.

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But the advice came as welcome news to many Americans who were weary of restrictions and traumatized by the past year.

“We have all longed for this moment,” Dr. Rochelle P. Walensky, the C.D.C. director, said at a White House news conference on Thursday.

“If you are fully vaccinated, you can start doing the things that you had stopped doing because of the pandemic.”. »

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez raises alarm over security in Congress after Marjorie Taylor Greene accosts her

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Marjorie Taylor Greene has faced accusations of bullying and even calls for her arrest after she reportedly accosted Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez in the halls of Congress.

Ms Greene, a controversial GOP members of Congress, was overheard accosting Ms Ocasio-Cortez on Wednesday evening by two reporters from The Washington Post .

“You don’t care about the American people,” Ms Greene screamed, falsely referring to activists and Black Lives Matter organisations as “terrorists”. »

67 killed in Gaza, 7 killed in Israel as UN warns conflict could turn into 'full-scale war'

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Around 130 rockets hit Tel Aviv last night, forcing Israel's main international airport, Ben Gurion to close.

An Israeli soldier was also killed on Wednesday when Palestinian militants fired an anti-tank missile from Gaza, the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) said in a statement.

Meanwhile, there is growing concern over emerging violence in a number of towns in Israel with a majority Arab population. »

Two new DualSense wireless controller colors hit shelves starting next month

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Today, we’re thrilled to introduce two new colors that will be joining the DualSense controller lineup starting next month: Midnight Black and Cosmic Red.

This new lineup of colors will be available at participating retailers globally starting next month.

A blue hue is also present in the original DualSense wireless controller colors, so all three colors complement each other nicely. »