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Facebook set to ban content that sexually harasses celebrities, politicians, and content creators

Facebook set to ban content that sexually harasses celebrities

Facebook has announced that it would start removing “severe sexualizing content” targeting public figures as part of a new update to its bullying and harassment policies.

As part of this new policy update, Facebook said on Wednesday that it would remove any profiles, pages, groups, or events dedicated to sexualizing public figures, including celebrities, politicians, and content creators.

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2022 Lexus LX 600 brings the new Luxurious Land Cruiser to the world (Photos)

Much will be made of the grille on the 2022 Lexus LX 600, our upmarket version of the new Land Cruiser that Toyota isn’t bringing stateside. It’s big, but then so are the grilles on a lot of recent models. It’s not so much the size of the grille that commands attention but the many horizontal lines that comprise it. This thing is like a seven-blade electric trimmer. If I saw one in my rearview mirror, my vision might go blurry. That’s sort of happening as I gaze at the image above in this very moment.

But the LX 600 is more than a face — it’s a Land Cruiser 300 deep down, which has proven to be a pretty popular new SUV.

It rides on the same GA-F platform as the new Tundra, which Lexus quotes as saving a whopping 441 pounds compared to the last-gen underpinnings, despite a 20-percent increase to rigidity.

A 3.5-liter twin-turbo V6 delivering 409 horsepower and 479 lb-ft of torque handily bests the 383 HP and 403 lb-ft of the 5.7-liter naturally-aspirated V8 under the hood of the outgoing model.

The LX 600 might look glitzier than the Land Cruiser it shares so much with, but it’s still built with the same off-road chops.

A quicker-adjusting three-position adaptive height suspension raises and lowers the LX 600 depending on the active Multi-Terrain Select mode.

The 25-degree approach and 20-degree departure angles are unchanged from the previous LX, and suspension travel remains long at 3.93 inches bound, 5.7 inches rebound. That’s six-tenths of an inch longer for the rebound.

As for on-road manners, electric power steering and electronically controlled braking should make the big old body-on-frame SUV smoother to steer and stop.

An available F Sport trim adds a Torsen limited-slip differential for increased grip at the rear; it also swaps the grille out for mesh that doesn’t make my eyes glaze over as much.

Because the previous Lexus LX was so old — it launched in 2007, if you can believe that — it wasn’t the sharpest in tech.

The new LX improves by leagues as you’d expect, with a two-touchscreen center stack and a partially digital instrument cluster, running on the new Lexus Interface developed by Toyota Motor North America’s Connected Technologies division.

Safety tech’s also been stepped up to modern standards with the move to Lexus’ Safety System+ 2.5 suite, bringing blind-spot monitor, rear cross-traffic alert and more responsive and accurate pre-collision detection, among other features.

The interior on the whole just looks exquisite; the new Ultra Luxury grade makes the second row look like the best seat in the house. From the brand’s press release:

To help achieve an unparalleled comfort level, the front seat can move forward, and the seat reclining angle can be controlled up to 48 degrees.

Additionally, the rear seat display, behind the front passenger seat, can fold down to allow for forward visibility, offering an airy VIP seating experience with a maximum leg space of 1,100 mm/43 in.

This seating posture is easily achieved with the push of one rear control panel button. A footrest behind the front passenger seat can be deployed to provide maximum comfort, from head to toe.

The LX 600 is due to begin arriving in dealers in the first quarter of next year. There’s no word on pricing yet, but we can look to history for some guidance.

The old one started at $86,930 — only about a grand more than the old Land Cruiser. Those old SUVs struggled to justify their premiums, especially as they got longer in the tooth.

With the new powertrain and comprehensive interior enhancements, the LX 600 seems far better positioned to earn its price tag — even with that confounding maw.

2022 Budget: Exchange rate gap’ll worsen deficit, arbitrage –Experts

There are fresh concerns that Nigeria’s 2022 budget presented last week to the National Assembly by President Muhammadu Buhari would widen the deficit and escalate arbitrage in the foreign exchange (FX) market.

Some economic experts who spoke to Daily Sun at the weekend, based on some of the benchmarks highlighted by the president would mount undue pressure on the nation’s reserves unless oil prices improve with the Federal Government ramping up production locally to increase its foreign currency earnings.

President Buhari had stated that the 2022 Appropriattion Bill was meant to build on the achievements of previous budgets to deliver on the nation’s goals and aspirations as encapsulated in its soon-to-be launched National Development Plan of 2021 to 2025.

Buhari said the 2021 budget performance has seen actual revenues go 34 per cent below target as of July 2021, due to the underperformance of oil and gas revenue sources, citing that the Federal Government’s retained revenues (excluding Government Owned Enterprises) amounted to N2.61 trillion against the proportionate target of N3.95 trillion for the period.

He also stated that the priorities of the 2022 budget would be diversifying the economy, with robust MSME growth; investing in critical infrastructure; strengthening security and ensuring good governance; enabling a vibrant, educated and healthy populace; reducing poverty; and minimizing regional, economic and social disparities.

But according to some economic experts, the country spent big for the 2022 budget tagged – Economic Growth and Recovery, stressing that given the government’s track record of revenue underperformance over the years and the absence of any major reform to drive this projection, time will soon tell on the achievability of the revenue projection.

They also expressed concerns that pegging the naira official rate at N410 when exchange rate is almost at N600/$1 was an unrealist proposition.

Speaking to Daily Sun via a telephone chat, Head of Research at FSL Securities, Victor Chiazor, argued that even if the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) adjusts the Naira to N550 or N500, the parallel market will still move higher because the country is still not producing enough to send that signal that it does not have a liquidity problem in terms of dollar supply.

Commending government’s efforts towards meeting the invisibles, BTA, PTA, medical and hospital bills, Chiazor said the level of demand was not what Nigerians expect, adding that FX challenges still persist and that arbitrage was likely expected given the low supply capacity in the system. His words, “Luckily we just raised about N4 billion in the Eurobond and we expect that to hit the reserves which are already inching and that should take us up to above $40 billion of our reserves.

Man who caught wife in bed with friend tells him to pay him Ksh240,000 (N892k) and take her

Tanzanian business man who caught his wife and his friend in bed, has made an unusual demand that shocked everyone.

A local TV station reported that the man identified as Issa Kasili from Mpimbwe in Tanzania, caught his wife in bed with his friend, Mayombi Mwela at a guest house.

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Customers who don’t get it

Customers at the Richmond, Virginia, Asian fusion restaurant where Kat Combs, 18, works are generally nice, she said. But since reopening, some have behaved poorly.

“One of our first nights of reopening, some guy came to the bar and yelled at our manager. [He said] ‘you need to hire more staff,’ as if she could solve that problem right then, right there,” she said.

Some customers get frustrated when they have to wait for a table, even though many tables are unoccupied. They don’t understand that the restaurant doesn’t have enough staff to serve them or cook their food, Combs said.

“I try to explain and most of the time, they’re understanding,” Combs added. But sometimes, she said, they don’t really care what she has to say. Combs will leave her job at the end of the summer when she enters her sophomore year at college. There, she’ll likely look for an on-campus job.

Ingrid Moody, 56, has been working at a steakhouse in Riverview, Florida since November. She’s also found customers to be more difficult.

These days, some customers are “entitled,” she said. “We have less staff and less kitchen crew and people just don’t seem to care,” she said. “They’re very demanding. And they take it out on your tips.”

Moody is contemplating leaving her job. “If a better opportunity came available in a restaurant right now, I probably would take it,” she said.

People working in a Restaurant are quitting in the middle of their shifts

Joshuah Morton, 36, has worked as a server at a Cheddar’s Scratch Kitchen in Phoenix, Arizona for about four years. Morton is diabetic, and has a four-year-old son with an immune deficiency. When the pandemic hit, he stopped working, fearing for their health. But by October he was ready to return to work.

“Sitting at home all the time was getting depressing,” he said. And of course, the money was an incentive.

Back then, Morton noticed that the restaurant was having a had time bringing employees back. Once it started bringing new people on board, many of those caved under the pressure.

“People are just walking out in the middle of shifts,” Morton said. “[Hostesses who] seat the tables, the dishwashers, the bussers … they’ll walk out,” he said.

Morton understands why people might quit. After waiting to be seated, customers arrive at their tables “already angry, already wanting to complain about things,” he said. A few weeks ago one employee started to cry because a customer was so mean to her.

On top of all that, there are for more takeout orders than there used to be. “It’s almost like we’re running double the restaurant, comparatively, with half the staff.” Darden, the owner of Cheddar’s, did not respond to a request for comment.

Morton has contemplated quitting himself.

“I don’t think there’s any server who hasn’t been tempted to quit,” he said. “Especially right now.”

But for now, he’s getting what he needs from Cheddar’s. Darden is “by far one of the better” employers he’s had, Morton said. Darden recently raised wages for employees, and offers health benefits, which are especially important given Morton’s medical costs. Morton is also going to school for biochemistry, so the flexible hours are important to him. “That’s the big reason why I’m here,” he said. “It’s hard to find a job where I can work 30 hours a week, and still make $35,000 a year.” That salary, along with the rent he collects from his brother, is enough to support himself, his wife and their son. “I don’t know what else I would do.”