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Break the Barriers of Isolation: Send Letters to the World

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Currently, our world faces dark times as we still combat Covid-19. Whether we admit it or not, the pandemic changed our surroundings. It’s less lively than we’re used to. And now, it’s 2021, but we’re still stuck on this invisible war against the virus. This self-quarantine life only made us feel more isolated from the world. 

As a solution for this ‘lonely’ feeling, an aspiring doctor created a safe space to record their experiences. Daisy Davidson made a website hoping it would serve as a therapeutic place for people. Let’s learn more about what the young mind had in store for us.  

Send Letters to the World

Daisy Davidson is an 18-year-old from Shrewsbury in Shropshire, England. She created a website that allows people to post anonymous letters. It aims to help people combat the feeling of loneliness and isolation during the crisis. The website serves as an open forum where people could submit their experiences throughout the pandemic. 

Also, Daisy hopes the website helps people feel less alone and connected to others who have similar experiences. She stresses that looking after our mental health during these difficult times is so important. The website was created last year in April during the first lockdown. 

The website experienced an influx of entries after Dr. Phil Hammond shared a link on Twitter. From the tweet, the campaigner and medic commended Daisy, saying that it’s a great website. He further expressed his appreciation by saying “well done” to the aspiring doctor. 

Of course, the website deserved the praise. Not only does it have an anonymous letter section, but it also has a support page that links to various mental health support. 

The Website

Daisy told a news agency that she wanted to do something because of all the free time she suddenly had. The 18-year-old was supposed to take exams last summer but was abruptly canceled due to the pandemic. Instead, she utilized all that free time to create a safe space. The website was designed with a user-friendly interface and can be translated into 13 languages. 

She adds that the only way people could contact others is through the internet. From this idea, she wanted to make it more accessible to all ages, hence the simple interface. Furthermore, in this time where you can’t speak to people face to face, writing it all out could feel therapeutic. The idea also stems from Daisy’s personal feeling where she struggled throughout all the lockdowns. She says that it can be lonely, and her usual routine is gone. 

Also, the young girl hopes for the NHS staff and frontline workers to find the website useful. She wants them to share the difficult times they experienced first-hand from the pandemic. 

The Anonymous Letters

The most memorable letter for Daisy was the one written by an intensive care doctor. She shares that he didn’t expect the world to turn out like this when he went to medical school. Daisy shared her sentiments as an aspiring doctor who plans to study medicine. She adds that it’s a career where there is always the unexpected. However, no one predicted that the pandemic would be extreme and last this long. 

Besides, the experiences she had have not put her off from studying medicine. It only made her want to study medicine more after being inspired by everyone’s incredible work. Daisy further expresses her passion by saying she wants to be able to go out and help people. She says that it’s a job where you get to step right in and help. 

As An Endnote

Daisy’s website features a world map on the front page where it pins the anonymous letters’ location. So far, it’s satisfying to see that almost the whole world sent their letters in the safe space that the 18-year-old created. It shows that Daisy succeeded in creating a trustworthy website. 

If you click on the website’s letters section, you’ll see that people still post about their experiences. Some even share short messages about what they are feeling at the moment. The platform is made to show people that they’re not alone in these rough times. It’s truly a fresh and fantastic idea from Daisy. Indeed, a job well done. 

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The Chappelle Show Returns to Netflix

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The Chappelle Show has officially returned to streaming on Netflix, ending a turbulent saga between Dave Chappelle, Comedy Central, and its parent company, CBS Viacom.

Netflix began streaming The Chappelle Show on February 12th, once again after being pulled from its streaming service in November of last year. Netflix originally acquired the rights form CBS Viacom to stream the show in October. In November, Chappelle hosted Saturday Night Live, just after the election. He used his monologue to touch on his payment and licensing dispute with Comedy Central, while also poking fun at Trump, COVID, and the state of the country.

Days later, he released a video on Instagram titled Unforgiven in which he discusses the details of his argument with Viacom.

 “These contracts are crazy. You should hear the terminology they say in these contracts. ‘…to use your name and likeness in perpetuity throughout the universe.’ Who the [expletive] could possibly know what that means?”

The contract wasn’t all that it was cracked up to be, according to Chappelle. “People think I made a lot of money from Chappelle Show. When I left that show, I never got paid. They didn’t have to pay because I signed the contract, but is that right? I found out that these people were streaming my work and they never had to ask me, and they never had to tell me. Perfectly legal, because I signed the contract. But is that right?”

Chappelle, who already had a working relationship with Netflix, spoke highly of the streaming service. “That’s why I like working for Netflix. I like working for Netflix because when all those bad things happened to me that company didn’t even exist, and when I found out they were streaming Chappelle show I was furious. How could they not know? You know what I did? I called them and I told them that this makes me feel bad. And you wanna know what they did? They agreed that they would take it off their platform just so I could feel better. That’s why I fuck with Netflix.”

After admitting there was nothing he could do legally to win his battle, Chappelle appealed to his fans. “I’m coming to my real boss. I’m coming to you. I’m begging you. If you ever liked me, if you ever thought there was something worthwhile about me, I’m begging you. Please don’t watch that show. I’m not asking you to boycott any network. Boycott me. Boycott Chappelle Show. Do not watch it unless they pay me.”

After months of silence on the subject Chappelle released a ten-minute-long video, “Redemption Song”.

Chappelle thanks his fans for the boycott. “I asked you to stop watching the show and thank God almighty for you, you did. You made that show worthless, because without your eyes its nothing. And when you stopped watching it, they called me, and I got my name back and I got my license back and I got my show back and they paid me millions of dollars.”

Dave announces that Comedy Central paid him and gave him the rights and licensing back on his show. He name checked the CEO of Netflix Ted Serandos for backing him. He also thanked Chris McCarthy of CBS Viacom for making things right.

The Chappelle Show along with three of his stand-up specials are available for streaming on Netflix.

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Fail or Success: CEO Pays Equal Pay For ALL

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Have you ever experienced receiving the same amount of salary as the CEO? At first, this setup sounds excellent, especially for the employees. However, in the long run, it brings inevitable setbacks to the company. Calvin Benton, CEO of a British company called Spill, thought that the same pay equals a happy environment. Let’s see if the idea turned out fine for him and his team. 

Where it All Started

Calvin Benton is the CEO of Spill, a psychotherapy company that offers an all-in-one solution for employee’s mental health. It provides counseling and therapy to employees over any platform like Zoom, Slack, etc. 

When Calvin first founded the company, he decided to pay himself and his team an equal salary. At that time, there were only five people in the company, and everyone contributed the same amount of work. Hence, everyone in the team was paid the same amount regardless of the role and experience. 

In the end, after calculating a decent wage enough to live in London, they decided on £36,000 a year. The agreement initially worked well and received positive feedback from the team. Furthermore, it doesn’t matter who pays as everyone has the same salary rate during team outings. The overall team dynamics were more comfortable during those social situations.

However, the team harmony didn’t last that long. The problems started as Spill’s success took off. A growing company needs more staff. That’s the first bump on the road for Calvin’s equal-salary scheme. 

A Bump Following Company’s Expansion

As Spill expanded, the team needed to hire salespersons, clerical workers, and software developers. Calvin told BBC that usually, software developers are in-demand. It means that they have higher salaries than their company’s salary model. As for salespeople, they’re usually paid on commission. 

Their initial salary model didn’t suit the regular pay grade for the two industries. Calvin admitted that they struggled to attract a senior talent for the company’s senior role. After three months in, the salesperson started asking to be paid according to their achieved commission. The salesperson further added that the fixed salary was not working out for them. 

Furthermore, as their team grew, Calvin noted that the equal-pay system began causing inner conflict within members. Some members argued that they worked longer hours and felt they were contributing more than others. Simultaneously, Calvin and his team were overwhelmed with the number of applications they received for clerical jobs. 

Unlike sales and software developers, the offer of £36,000-a-year for a clerical job was higher compared to the usual. Also, people wanted to apply for the role because of the high salary. Sadly, they did not apply for the position because they believed in Spill’s mission and vision. 

Equal Pay System Experiment: Failed 

After a year of using the equal-pay experiment, Calvin decided to pull the plug following staff pressure. In the end, he decided to replace the system with the traditional pay grade structure. Like any other company, Spill followed a format based on company seniority and technical expertise. “Sometimes, traditional practices are there for a reason,” Calvin Benton admitted. 

One thing came out good after Spill’s equal pay experiment— open salary policy. Calvin decided to make everyone’s salary common knowledge for the whole staff. He commented that since they adopted an open approach, there were no rumors over who is being paid higher. It helped improve the harmony in the office. Besides, if you’re working for a therapy business, then happy employees and harmony are essential in the workplace.

In Conclusion

After two and a half years in the business, Spill surged to success. Now, it has more than 100 UK companies in their books. Also, their team grew into 13 full-time employees and a number of part-time psychotherapists. 

In the end, Spill eventually scrapped their equal-pay system and turned to traditional roots. Indeed, a conventional salary setting is there for a reason. This situation only explains why bonuses and commission pays are essential when running a company. It motivates the team’s drive to deliver excellent results. 

At first, equal salary might sound a bit tempting to the ears. However, in the long run, it’s a recipe for disaster. Good thing the equal-salary experiment only lasted for a year.

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Woman’s Tinder profile went viral after embarrassed man’s awkward question

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Birmingham singleton Emily was dumbfounded when a potential date asked a very puzzling question. “This may sound weird but are you an amputee?” Was the opening line of a guy who was a match on Tinder. 

Once she realized why the embarrassing question, she went into fits of howling and laughter. 

Emily, a 21-year-old student at Birmingham City University, shared her video on TikTok that was seen more than 700,000 times. With the caption, “I’m done.” it has gone viral and peppered with hundreds of comments. Who could blame the guy? Her photos on the dating app seemed as if she had only one arm.

Dating Faux Pas?

Thinking that the man made a blunder in dating etiquette, she replied no and said she can’t wait for his next chat-up line. In their conversation, he maintained that his question was genuine. The guy then asked Emily to take a look back at all her photos.

She did and what happened next left her howling. Then, she saw that he did have a point. She never realized before that the photos she shared showed only her left arm. Indeed, the pics would make anyone think that she has no right arm.

Going Viral

In a follow-up video, Emily admitted to seeing why the man would make that mistake. “You only ever have 1 arm in them.” was his reply. She noticed how in all of her pics on the dating platform, she unknowingly hid the right side of her body. 

Curiosity about the photos made her create a video about them. In it, she clarified that she does have two arms and shared the snaps which made one man think the opposite.

The video went viral and many commenters agreed with what her potential match saw, she did look like an amputee. People were left in stitches as they saw why anyone would get confused. Many comments told her about how funny and awkward they found the situation to be.

The Comments

Hysterics then ensued as many viewers agreed with what the man saw in her appearance. Emily acknowledged that her photos did seem to back the poor guy’s assessment of her body. As sultry and stunning her poses were, she unwittingly showed only one side.

Comments such as “He was totally right.” and “This is probably the funniest TikTok I’ve ever seen, omg. I’m literally crying.”  Another wrote, “The fact that it’s the same arm every time, too.” and “He has good observational skills.” All these comments show why the whole incident justifies the man’s question as being mortifying.

You would think that asking if someone is an amputee is a bit off for a first-time dating chat. One viewer commented that the one with her wearing the Betty Boop shirt was probably what made the guy ask her the question. 

Almost everyone who saw the exchange between them clearly sided with the man. With over 95,000 likes, the guy has good enough reasons to wonder and get baffled by it all.

Lesson Learned

Thinking that the guy’s probably trying hard to think of a unique way to chat with her, Emily now says that she learned her lesson. She now thinks he’s right and will have to think about it every time she takes a selfie from now on. 

As for the guy who asked her that question, there were no reports if he ever got to date her or anyone, for that matter.

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