Germany's labor minister, Andrea Nahles, is considering an "anti-stress" legislation, which could ban companies from contacting employees outside of work hours (The Guardian). She told local press there is a relationship between availability and the increase of mental illness. It's already illegal in Germany to contact staff on holidays. Arianna Huffington encouraged something similar when she was here last semester, and posted to Instagram today that Labor Day is a great time to think about disconnecting from our devices and our work, and connecting with our families and ourselves.
NBC News is reporting Labor Day weekend has been wet and windy in many parts of the country, with strong thunderstorms expected. I can report myself without attribution that it is in fact blisteringly hot down here in South Florida, with afternoon showers every day of the week, and a happy air-conditioned Labor Day is being had by myself and my roommate.
On this Labor Day, the New York Times reports President Obama is pushing Congress to act on raising the federal minimum wage. During his Saturday Weekly Address, Obama said raising the minimum wage was "one of the best ways to give a boost to working families." This is Obama's latest charge on an issue Democrats hope will boost support at midterm election polls (CBS News).
CNN Money is reporting Russia's biggest bank, Sberbank, is offering cats as part of a mortgage plan for new clients. In Russia, it's considered good fortune if a cat enters a new home ahead of the owners, and the bank is offering to deliver cats to a client's doorstep and will be on loan for two hours. CNN Money features the promotion paired with a video titled, "Worst 3 Bank Promotions."
This is not groundbreaking science news, but it's a holiday weekend so allow me the liberty of having a little fun. This just in: scientists in New Zealand have determined Mozzarella Cheese is the best cheese for pizza! According to LA Weekly, their findings were published in the Journal of Food Science and titled "Quantification of Pizza Baking Properties of Different Cheeses, and Their Correlation with Cheese Functionality." The study examined mozzarella, cheddar, Colby, Edam, Emmental, gruyere and provolone cheeses. The researchers found Mozzarella is the best because it melts, bubbles and browns better than all other cheeses. #KingCheese
The Hollywood Reporter reports Jennifer Lawrence's rep has issued a statement after nude photos of the 24-year-old actress were leaked. Forbes explains the leak, which includes alleged photos of stars such as Ariana Grande and Kate Upton, is the work of a hacker who breached Apple's iCloud service and copied the photos. A statement by Lawrence's rep called the hack a "flagrant violation of privacy," and said the authorities were contacted and would prosecute anyone who posted the stolen photos. Mirror UK reports within hours of the leak, Twitter announced they would suspend all accounts that shared the nude photos.
It's the first day of September, successfully blowing the mind of me and everyone else in this world. Summer is but a distant memory. It's also Labor Day, a celebration always held on the first Monday of September which recognizes the contributions workers have made to the well-being of our country, while simultaneously giving these workers a day off from work. Truthfully, it's a great chance to tell someone who works hard that you recognize and appreciate everything they do and sacrifices they've made to do it. And extra kudos to my friends in the news business who I know did not get a day off today!