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Disneyland, Universal Studios call on California governor to ‘expeditiously’ reopen theme parks

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Disneyland, Universal Studios call on California governor to 'expeditiously' reopen theme parks

After shutting down for six months due to the coronavirus pandemic, Disneyland and Universal Studios are asking California Gov. Gavin Newsom to allow theme parks in the state to reopen.

The California Attractions and Parks Association, which represents popular theme parks like Knott’s Berry Farm, Legoland, Disneyland and Universal Studios, called on the governor Monday to implement COVID-19 regulations to allow the parks to get back to business.

“California’s amusement parks urge the Governor to issue amusement park guidelines expeditiously so these vital community attractions can reopen their doors in a responsible manner and get residents back to work,” Erin Guerrero, CAPA’s executive director, said in a statement to USA TODAY. 

Disneyland and Universal shut their doors in mid-March after Newsom’s order to suspend large gatherings. Guerrero said during the parks’ closures, they’ve had time to work on reopening plans that would allow them to safely welcome guests.

When will Disneyland reopen? COVID-19 surge keeps California theme parks in limbo

“Over those six months, parks crafted detailed plans to reopen –- they include capacity reductions, face covering requirements, robust health and safety protocols for both guests and employees, and significant modifications to support physical distancing,” Guerrero said in the statement. “These practices will promote health and safety in ways that many activities Californians are currently engaging in won’t. However, in order to reopen, parks require guidance from the state and that guidance has not been forthcoming.”

Guerrero also said “tens of thousands of jobs” are in jeopardy and that local businesses that rely on these amusement parks are struggling to stay open.

Disneyland was supposed to reopen on July 17, but that was postponed as coronavirus cases surged in California during the first half of the summer. The state had more than 757,778 cases as of Monday,  according to the California Department of Public Health. 

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In August, more than a month after Florida’s Disney World reopened, the head of Disney’s theme parks said the company is ready to reopen Disneyland as soon as California officials establish health and safety guidelines that would allow theme parks to reopen. 

The city of Anaheim is currently in Stage 2 of its reopening plan, which excludes theme parks. 

Contributing: Curtis Tate

More: Disneyland ‘ready’ to reopen when California allows; Florida governor OK with raising park capacity

This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: Disneyland, Universal Studios call on Gov. Newsom to reopen parks

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Geneva introduces world’s highest minimum wage of £3,500 per month

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A food bank has been set up in one of Geneva’s ice rinks during the coronavirus crisis – Getty Images

Geneva is to introduce a minimum monthly wage of nearly £3,500, the highest in the world, in response to growing poverty since the coronavirus outbreak.

Geneva has been hit particularly hard by the Covid-19 pandemic because it relies on revenue from tourists and business visitors. At the height of the coronavirus crisis, queues more than half a mile long formed at food banks.

The canton’s 500,000 voters approved the minimum wage, proposed by Left-wing parties, by a 58-per-cent majority in a referendum, after rejecting it twice in 2014 and 2011.  

The measure will benefit some 30,000 low-paid workers, two-thirds of them women, many employed as cleaners or in restaurants or hairdressers. More than 300,000 of Switzerland’s workers live in neighbouring France, where costs are lower. Most commute to jobs in the Geneva canton, or region.

Michel Charrat of the European Cross-Border Group, which supports cross-border workers, told France 3 television that the vote result marked a “movement of solidarity” with the poor that would help “restore a certain balance among the people of Greater Geneva”.

From October 17, the minimum hourly wage will be 23 Swiss francs (almost £19.50), more than double the rate in neighbouring France or in the UK. It also exceeds the world’s current highest minimum wage of over £11 per hour in Australia. The guaranteed minimum monthly salary in Geneva for a 41-hour week will be 4,086 Swiss francs (£3,437).

Mr Charrat said: “Covid showed that a certain section of the Swiss population cannot live in Geneva… 4,000 Swiss francs a month (£3,362) is the minimum to stay above the poverty line.” Rents in Geneva are often more than 2,000 Swiss francs a month, he added.

Switzerland has Europe’s highest average annual wage of more than £57,000, compared to nearly £35,500 in the UK, but the prosperous Alpine country sets no national minimum wage.

Geneva will be the third Swiss canton to adopt one. Jura and Neuchâtel have both introduced a minimum hourly wage of 20 Swiss francs (£16.85).

Geneva is rated the world’s tenth most expensive city, according to The Economist Intelligence Unit’s 2020 Worldwide Cost of Living Survey, with Paris in fifth place. London is not among the 10 costliest cities in the survey.

According to another cost-of-living index compiled by Expatistan, Geneva is the world’s second most expensive city. It rates London ninth.  

Switzerland sets no national minimum wage and Geneva will be the third Swiss canton to adopt one. Jura and Neuchâtel have both introduced a minimum hourly wage of 20 Swiss francs (£16.85).

Left-wing parties in Switzerland argue that introducing a minimum wage is a better way to address the rising cost of living than limiting immigration from EU member-states, as proposed by Right-wingers. They argue that immigrant workers have pushed up housing costs and lowered wages.

But Swiss voters rejected a proposal to end free movement from EU member-states in a national referendum on Sunday.   

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Beats Solo Pro Wireless Noise Cancelling On-Ear Headphones are on sale at Amazon

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Beats Solo Pro Wireless Noise-Canceling On-Ear Headphones—Light Blue. (Photo: Beats)

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Beats Solo Pro Wireless Noise-Canceling On-Ear Headphones—Light Blue. (Photo: Beats)

If you haven’t experienced the pure joy that comes with using wireless noise-canceling headphones, now’s your chance to save big on one of the best pairs available—ahead of Prime Day.

Right now, Amazon has these Beats Solo Pro Wireless Noise-Canceling On-Ear Headphones on sale for $200, or $100 off. That’s the lowest price we’ve ever seen on these guys! They’re so popular that more than 1,300 reviewers gave them a perfect five-star rating.

Rich audio and long battery life

The Beats Solo Pro Headphones sync to just about any smartphone or laptop via Bluetooth, delivering rich audio and heart-thumping bass. Super sleek, the pro-level headphones come in Light Blue and Dark Blue. They’re noise-canceling, so you can block out just about all background and ambient noise to enjoy your favorite music and podcasts.

“These are the best Beats so far. They sound very good and less bass heavy than previous models. Sound is really crisp,” wrote a delighted five-star reviewer. “Very worth it. The Noise Canceling feature is so good. You basically cannot hear anything around you!”

The Beats have up to a whopping 40 hours of battery life per charge, which means you don’t have to be tethered to a wall outlet all day long. In fact, they pump out a solid stream of music with top-notch audio for nearly two days. This is pretty impressive, considering that most wireless headphones tap out after about 30 hours.

Simply fold the headphones to turn them off, unfold to turn them on. (Photo: Amazon)

Go Apple!

If you’re an iPhone user, you can pair your iOS device automatically with the tech giant’s built-in H1 technology for instant sync. This is the same technology that instantly syncs AirPods to mobile devices. And Apple’s voice assistant Siri is included with these noise-canceling babies!

“Siri works really well,” shared a satisfied shopper. “Saying ‘Hey Siri’ will immediately lower the volume (so you know the command was heard) and within a second Siri will answer or execute a command, then the music will resume at normal volume.”

An adjustable fit and cushioned ear cups make these premium wireless headphones comfortable to wear for long periods of time. Plus, they come with a Lightning to USB-A charging cable and handy carrying case, so your headphones won’t get scratched or damaged when not in use.

Not convinced? Perhaps this five-star reviewer put it best: “The Beats Solo Pro are absolutely phenomenal!”

The reviews quoted above reflect the most recent versions at the time of publication.

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Dr. Roger Klein, Fmr. Adviser to the FDA & CDC joins Yahoo Finance’s Zack Guzman to discuss the latest coronavirus developments, as Moderna shares climb on positive vaccine news.

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