Amazon spends $500m on bonuses for Christmas staff

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Amazon is spending hundreds of millions of dollars on bonuses for Christmas staff after sales at the online giant soared during the pandemic.

Full-time warehouse workers in the UK and the US will receive £300 or $300, with £150 or $150 for part-time staff.

The money will be given to those employed between 1 and 31 December.

The firm, run by Jeff Bezos, the world’s richest man, praised staff for “serving customers’ essential needs” during the pandemic.

In a blog post, Dave Clark, senior vice president of Amazon Worldwide Operations, wrote: “I’m grateful to our teams who continue to play a vital role serving their communities.

“As we head into the peak of the holiday season, we want to share our appreciation through another special recognition bonus, totalling more than $500 million for our front-line employees.”

The firm has come under intense scrutiny for working practices in

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Burt’s Bees Says Single Black Mom Christmas Ad Was Photoshopped


  • Burt’s Bees apologized on Monday for an image showing three white families with a mother, father and children alongside a fourth Black family that had only a mother and children
  • It noted, however, that the grouping was not their own and the original poster had stitched together the images, ignoring the other images of Black families with fathers
  • That wasn’t enough for some consumers, who said the presence of any image of fatherless Black families willfully perpetuates stereotypes

Burt’s Bees has come under fire after an Instagram account stitched together various images from their website to make it seem like they were perpetuating racist stereotypes of fatherless Black families.

The North Carolina-based cosmetics company issued an apology Monday, taking responsibility for the picture but noting that the juxtaposition was the work of the poster and its website had images of Black families that include fathers.

The original post

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FedEx driver becomes internet sensation after being filmed singing ‘All I Want for Christmas is You’

In what has been… quite a year, people are finding joy wherever they can and with the festive season fast approaching, that means getting in the Christmas spirit.

That’s definitely true for one FedEx delivery driver who is going viral for his enthusiastic performance of Mariah Carey’s Christmas banger ‘All I Want for Christmas is You’.

In a viral TikTok video posted by user @kaylaprosser2, the delivery driver in question is filmed rocking out in his van to the classic festive song and though he may be seated, he’s still got all the dance moves.

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TikTok, Kayla Prosser

Visible from the waist up, he certainly gives it some and clearly knows how to entertain an audience, incorporating a point towards the camera in his dancing.

People are absolutely loving it and the video, captioned ‘In case anyone was wondering where their FedEx packages are’, now

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The internet is trolling the Rockefeller Christmas tree for being so ‘2020’

A 75-foot Norway spruce arrived at New York City’s Rockefeller Center on Nov. 14 to serve as one of the world’s most famous Christmas trees. The tree will be decorated over the coming weeks and more than 5 miles of lights will be illuminated at a ceremony at 7 p.m. Dec. 2, according to NBC.

The famous tree is popular with tourists every year, but this year most of the attention is coming virtually — and not just because people are staying home. The internet is abuzz with jokes at the tree’s expense. The less-than-regal pine tree has been getting trolled online for being, well, kind of ugly. Its scrawny branches are being interpreted as a visual representation of 2020.

The tree, which appeared to be in good shape before it was cut

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People are praising ‘beautiful’ Sainsbury’s Christmas advert featuring Black family following social media abuse

Watch: Sainsbury’s Christmas advert: Gravy Song

People are praising Sainsbury’s for a “beautiful” Christmas advert featuring an all-Black family, despite backlash against the company from some social media users.

The advert, one of three revealed by the supermarket giant on Twitter, shows home footage of a Black family enjoying Christmas dinner pre-coronavirus.

The one-minute clip, titled Gravy Song, is set to audio of a phone conversation between a father and his daughter talking about how much they want to see each other at Christmas.

They lament over “Mum’s roasties” and “Dad’s famous gravy”. The daughter is heard saying: “Your gravy is good to be fair and… I just really want to be home for it.”

The ad shows an all-Black family celebrating Christmas. (Sainsbury's)
The ad shows an all-Black family celebrating Christmas. (Sainsbury’s)

The ad, which was created with a “focus on celebrating how food can connect people”, Sainsbury’s said, was criticised by some Twitter users.

Some commentators

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Sky Q To Get 40+ HDR Films By Christmas

After a couple of relatively quiet years, British satellite broadcaster Sky is continuing its recent resurgence in 2020 by adding more than 40 films to its burgeoning portfolio of high dynamic range (HDR) titles – all set to arrive in time for Christmas. 

Sky can’t yet reveal the full list of HDR movies it’s going to be making available through its Sky Cinema service, but it is confirmed that the Back To The Future Trilogy, Dolittle, Le Mans 66, and all 8 Harry Potter films will be available in HDR from December 9. New Premieres including Emma, Little Women and Bad Boys For Life will also be landing in HDR when they join Sky Cinema – and Sky Original film The Secret Garden is actually available in HDR now.

It’s nice to see that Sky is prioritising getting HDR movies on Sky Cinema, within a suitable subscription,

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Shops warn of Christmas stock shortages as PPE shipments clog key UK port

Retailers are warning a logjam at the country’s biggest container port could result in product shortages this Christmas, as it emerged 11,000 containers of government-procured PPE is clogging up Felixstowe.

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Congestion at Felixstowe is a problem for the whole country as the Suffolk port handles approximately 40% of all the containers coming into and out of the UK.

The port is facing two problems that are together hitting deliveries and causing delays, just as the key Christmas trading period – when retailers rely on daily deliveries of stock to keep their shelves full – is getting underway.

Firstly, a huge surge in freight volumes is currently underway as retailers load up their warehouses ahead of Christmas and the Brexit deadline.

The volumes are greater than usual because the flow of goods into the UK was seriously disrupted during the spring lockdown when,

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