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A vision of our nation as a beloved community, where all are welcome, no matter what we look like, where we come from or who we love.”Harris also criticised President Donald Trump — who has a long, ongoing history of racism — saying that Americans “must elect a president who will bring something different, something better... A president who will bring all of us together — Black, white, Latino, Asian, Indigenous — to achieve the future we collectively want.”Harris, 55, is the second Black woman ever to serve in the U.S. Senate and is the first Black and first Asian American nominee for vice president by a major political party. If elected, she will also become the first female vice president in U.S. history.A short video that played before Harris’ remarks Wednesday featured several Black women speaking about the senator, one of them describing Harris as “someone who can fight for Black people, brown people, undocumented people, LGBT people, disabled people.” It included a clip from an interview in which Harris said, “The litmus test for America is how we are treating Black women.”Kamala Harris pays tribute to the trailblazers who came before her in her DNC address #DemConventionpic.twitter.com/eZF0VeBQAf— NowThis (@nowthisnews) August 20, 2020Before Biden tapped her for the ticket, Harris was one of his rivals in the Democratic primary race last year. In one of the most powerful moments in the Democratic debates, Harris called out Biden for his collaboration with segregationist lawmakers early in his Senate career and for his opposition to busing to integrate schools. 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A state judge ruled that Uber and Lyft must start classifying their drivers as employees instead of gig workers starting on Thursday.
In response, the firms are threatening to temporarily shut down their businesses in California.
Here's how Uber and Lyft have fought hard over worker classification in their home state — and how their fight heated up this month.
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Ride-sharing giants Uber and Lyft are threatening to pull their businesses from their home state of California on Thursday until at least November and possibly longer, if a judge doesn't grant them a 10-day stay on a ruling that classifies drivers as employees.
This is the latest effort from the firms to keep their drivers classified — and paid — as contractors instead of employees.
Companies like Uber and Lyft have built their business models around hiring drivers as independent contractors, reserving full-time employee status for corporate jobs such as the tech workers that build and run their app.
Classifying drivers as contractors allows them to keep their costs lower. They've said doing so also affords drivers flexibility in how and when they work. If the companies were to reclassify them as full-time employees, they could have to pay them higher wages and more benefits including unemployment insurance.
Doing so would have a major long-lasting impact on Uber and Lyft businesses but especially now, in the wake of the pandemic, where revenues from their rides businesses have suffered.
Here's how California has upped the ante in recent months to get the firms to upgrade drivers to employee status:
In January, a controversial gig worker law called Assembly Bill 5 (AB5) went into effect that made it harder for companies to classify workers as contractors. The law was designed for companies that rely on gig workers. Uber and Postmates pushed back and filed a lawsuit that challenged the law while Lyft continued to argue that their drivers were contractors, even under the new law. As a result, drivers alleged in April that they were collectively owed more than $630 million in back wages since the first few months of the year.
In May, the companies were hit with a lawsuit from the California Attorney General over their refusal to recognize drivers as employees, a classification made even more crucial given the COVID-19 pandemic, the subsequent economic fallout, and the rise in unemployment. Then, California's labor commissioner filed a lawsuit against both companies on August 5 alleging that the firms were "committing wage theft" by "willfully misclassifying" drivers as contractors instead of employees.
A state judge ruled on August 10 that the firms indeed would have to start classifying all drivers as employees by August 20, but both companies have argued that migrating all of their gig workers to employee status would take time and are appealing for a delay. If the appeal isn't successful, they are threatening to shut down business throughout California on Thursday until at least the election in November. Uber sent an alert out to customers on Tuesday night warning riders of a potential shutdown.
It's worth noting that both Uber and Lyft have a history of threatening to pull their businesses from markets when they don't want to comply with regulations. Doing so has worked in some cases, as Business Insider's Tyler Sonnemaker reported. Uber and Lyft are also toying with other workaround options that would change their business model in the hope of avoiding California's law, like adopting a franchise model, The New York Times reported Tuesday.
Meanwhile, Uber and Lyft, as well as other firms with heavy gig workforces, have been pouring millions into funding for a November ballot measure called Proposition 22, the Chronicle's Carolyn Said reports. Prop 22 aims to get ride-sharing and food-delivery services classified as exemptions from the AB5 law. Worth noting, if Uber and Lyft do shutdown in California, this could prompt voters to back Prop 22 come November after being cut off from the convenience of ride-sharing services.
Instead of AB5, the companies have been advocating for regulators to create a third classification, just for gig workers. It would allow platforms to set up a so-called "benefits fund" that would offer cash stipends to help gig workers cover some of their expenses, like healthcare or paid time off, without risk that the workers could later claim they were employees, not contractors.SEE ALSO: Travis Kalanick reportedly threw a party at his Los Angeles home amid a spike in coronavirus cases in Southern California
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You can set up Netflix closed captions or subtitles for any show or movie, with a variety of languages and customizations available.
Netflix users can choose the type of font, background, and preferred languages for subtitles in Account Settings.
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Subtitles on Netflix are a great way to keep up with the dialogue of your favorite show or movie without missing a beat, as well as for those who are hearing impaired, or if you are watching a show in a different language.
Netflix gives viewers the option to select a variety of subtitle preferences, including font style, background color, and text size. While viewing a video, you can also update your preferred language for subtitles.
Accessing subtitle preferences is simple, and enabling those preferences can be done in just a few easy steps, either within the video player window or through Netflix Account Settings.
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How to turn on Netflix closed captions on your device
If you're using a computer, tablet, or smartphone: After you've selected a title to watch, tap or click the middle of the video player, then select the "Audio & Subtitles" icon and choose a subtitle option.
If you're using a smart TV or gaming console: While viewing the selected title, use your remote's "down" or "up" arrow to access the video player menu. Then, select the "Audio & Subtitles" icon and choose a subtitle option.
If you're using an Apple TV: Depending on the Apple TV model you have, either hold down the center button or swipe down on your Apple TV remote while the selected title is playing. Then, select the "Audio & Subtitles" icon and choose a subtitle option.
How to edit the subtitle appearance in Netflix Account Settings on a computer
1. Log into your Netflix account on your preferred web browser.
2. In the top right corner, hover over your profile icon and select "Account" from the dropdown menu.
3. On the next screen, under "Profile & Parental Controls," select the profile you would like to manage subtitles for.
4. Under the profile's account settings, select "Change" in the "Subtitle appearance" category.
5. Next, using the dropdown menus, select the desired font and shadow for the subtitle appearance.
6. Then, select the desired text size, and colors for the subtitle background and window. Subtitle appearance is not available to viewers whose primary language is Thai, Hebrew, Arabic, Romanian, Korean, or Japanese.
7. Select "Save" at the bottom. To reset your subtitle preferences, follow the steps above and then select the "Reset to default" button.
8. Open Netflix on your device, and begin watching. Your updated subtitle preferences should now be reflected in the video.
How to change preferred audio or subtitle language in Netflix on your device
1. Launch Netflix on your device.
2. Select a TV show or movie to watch.
3. While the video is playing, hover your mouse or tap in the center of the screen: The menu items will appear.
4. At the bottom right corner of the video player, select the "Audio & Subtitles" icon (resembling a text bubble).
5. On the right side of the pop-up menu, you will see "Subtitles" where you can disable subtitles, or select from a list of languages. Netflix usually lists five to seven languages it thinks are relevant based on your location data or preferred settings. Select the desired option, and a white check mark will appear beside your selection and will begin populating on the screen.
6. On the left side of the pop-up menu, you will see "Audio" where you can change your audio preference, if there are available audio options other than English.
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