Starbucks rolls out Android app in UK

first_imgStarbucks is to expand its mobile platform, with the roll-out of its Android app to the UK and Canada.Customers in the UK who download the app will be able to access a range of features including Starbucks Card mobile payment system, store locator, My Starbucks Rewards stars, balance check and reload, PIN code protection, a widget and balance transfer capabilities.At the same time, the global coffee chain has also enhanced the features of the app for its US customers, which now include a widget, PayPal support, PIN code protection and the ability to view the My Starbucks Rewards history dashboard. Adam Brotman, chief digital officer at Starbucks Coffee Company, said the extension of its mobile payment capabilities to Android smartphones in the UK, one its most important markets, was a strong milestone for the firm. “But more importantly, it extends the number of customers who now have a faster and easier way to pay at Starbucks,” he added.last_img read more

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India and coronavirus: lucky escape or emergency ahead?

first_imgTesting times Jha said India should be testing many more people at its 52 facilities nationwide.South Korea has been conducting around 10,000 tests per day, or 220,000 in total as of Wednesday, more than 40 times that of India.But K. K. Aggarwal, a former Indian Medical Association president, said the official number of those infected is “absolutely correct” and that India is doing enough.”The practice is to examine symptomatic patients,” as is the case for example in Iran and Italy, Aggarwal told AFP.And India’s healthcare system has shown itself capable before.During an outbreak of the much deadlier Nipah virus in Kerala in 2018, deaths were kept to 17 and human-to-human transmission successfully contained.”I am quite hopeful that in another 10-15 days things will settle down,” said Rajan Sharma, national president of the medical association.The coming hot season may help, Aggarwal added.”SARS and MERS all reduced when summer came. Maybe the heat and humidity will kill the virus,” he said. Topics : Tough border  India on Friday imposed some of the world’s toughest border measures in the current crisis, barring most foreigners and suspending visa-free access for millions from the vast diaspora.Those arriving, including Indians, who have travelled to virus hotspots such as China and Italy must be quarantined for 14 days. At land borders there is “robust screening”.More than a million air passengers have been screened and authorities have stepped up efforts to identify those with the virus and people in contact with them.Hotels in tourist destinations such as Rajasthan have told foreigners to get health certificates. “We waited two hours at a hospital,” a woman named Selina from Germany told AFP.All mobile calls begin with a recorded health message, preceded by coughing, while social media, newspapers and television carry advice.Top sports events are being played to empty venues, while the start of the Indian Premier League — cricket’s most lucrative competition — has been postponed.Masks and hand sanitizer have sold out in many chemists and online.”We are running 24 hours to produce as much as we can,” said Ashish Kotadiya at a mask factory in Ahmedabad.Domestic flight bookings have plunged 16 percent and tickets are on sale for under $15 on many routes.Firms such as Google in Bangalore have asked staff to work at home, while Chinese phone maker Xiaomi, India’s top brand, has cancelled new product launches. “One girl was tested positive for coronavirus and hence my entire team at Accenture is working from home,” said Vaishnavi S., an employee with the consultancy in Pune. Virus paradise Prime Minister Narendra Modi tweeted that India could “break the chain” in the spread of the virus, but in many ways the country is a paradise for infectious diseases.Some 70 million people live in extreme poverty, many in teeming unhygienic slums where working from home or “social distancing” is not an option.Around 420 people are crammed into every square kilometer of India compared to 148 people in China. Millions also move about internally to find work.Health spending is among the world’s lowest at 3.7 percent of GDP, according to Bloomberg News. Some 70 percent of Indians live in rural areas where healthcare is patchy.center_img “It’s hard to imagine there are only so few cases in India,” Ashish Jha, director of the Harvard Global Health Institute, told AFP.”India’s a big country where a lot of people live in very close, compact spaces. It is unclear to me why India would somehow magically skip this pandemic.” Cow dung Some experts say India is not doing enough to create awareness about the coronavirus or to reduce public gatherings.Holi, the recent Hindu festival where people smear paint on each other’s faces, still saw big crowds in many places. Wedding season also appears largely unaffected.There has been some distinctly unscientific advice, with one government ministry pushing homoeopathic and ayurvedic medicine, and social media awash with disinformation.Some lawmakers from Modi’s party have extolled cow dung and urine, while the chief minister of the most populous state, Uttar Pradesh, suggested yoga could offer protection. Despite being poorer and more densely populated than China and having a shakier healthcare system, India has officially recorded only 81 cases of the coronavirus and just one death.This has raised hopes that the virus that has infected more than 130,000 people and killed 5,000 worldwide might largely pass the world’s second-most-populous nation by.But with only about 5,000 Indians tested, some experts doubt the official figures and warn that if there is a major outbreak, the country of 1.3 billion is woefully unprepared.last_img read more

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Youth Worker Cafe highlights top youth issues

first_imgGreensburg, IN—The Decatur County United Fund hosted the Decatur County Youth worker Café Tuesday at the Decatur County REMC.  The Indiana Youth Institute presented the State of the Child 2020 demographic date information to the crowd.   The data presented was on overview of state statistics reported from the Department of Education for Decatur County as well as correlated information against State and national data. Decatur County ranked 29th overall for child well being.  The largest issues for the area continue to be a lack of mental health options for youth and a lack of early education options.  The data was presented by Sarah Micich, Director of Data and Research at IYI. The Decatur County United Fund hosts three Youth Worker Cafes per year.  Joane Cunningham stated that the intent of the cafes is to gather all of the individuals and agencies in the community that works with the youth of Decatur County including schools and not-for-profits.  The events are free but do need to register in advance as there is a lunch provided.  The next Youth worker café will be held on May 14 at the Decatur County REMC.  To review the snapshot information on any county in Indiana from IYI, click here.last_img read more

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