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Amazon Sword Aquatic Plants: How To Grow Amazon Sword In An Aquarium
By Tonya Barnett, (Author of FRESHCUTKY)
Amazon Sword is a good option for those looking to add vibrant greenery in their fish tanks. Find Amazon Sword growing tips in this article.
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Managing Amazon Flex Blocks
Your welcome email makes it sound simple but there’s more to catching blocks than you’d expect.
First, you must set your availability.
The availability an Amazon Flex drivers sets will guide what reserve offers they receive. Reserve offers are blocks set aside for you prior to the next calendar week. If you decline, you may receive additional reserved offers at a later time, and it sometimes takes two or three weeks to see your first reserve offer.
In addition to your reserved blocks, you will see on-demand blocks, which appear in the app regardless of your set availability.
Block times cannot overlap so you won’t see available blocks during times you already have work. Your Distribution center (DC) will drop these blocks at different times throughout the day, and it’s your job to figure out when that occurs.
Prime Now deliveries are different, as drivers spend time outside their DC’s refreshing the app in the hopes of catching blocks. Its more difficult to catch blocks for Prime Now as they come available sometimes less than an hour before the block begins.
Factors that increase the availability of blocks include:
- Inclement weather
- Delays at the warehouse
- Holidays and other times of high demand
When circumstances like these occur, Amazon Flex drivers can anticipate an increase in rates.
If you find that you need to forfeit a block, do so as soon as you are aware . Drivers who don’t forfeit a block right away will be penalized if they do so less than forty-five minutes prior to the block start time. If you do this frequently, you will likely be deactivated.
Keep It Alive
- While appreciating all degrees of shade, western sword fern will tolerate some sun as long as its roots are provided sufficient moisture, especially for the first year.
- If good drainage is present, this fern can adapt to a range of soil conditions.
- Because dead fronds will stay attached all winter, unlike most leaves that fall off, you must cut them off in the early spring before new bright green fiddlehead shoots unfurl.
- Divide western sword ferns in spring and transplant to other garden areas for enjoyment.
For more growing tips, see Western Sword Ferns 101: A Field Guide to Planting, Care & Design. So many ferns, so little time—see our Garden Design 101 guides to Asparagus Ferns and Tree Ferns, as well. For more plants that love shady spots, read:
Amazon will pay $61.7 million to delivery drivers after withholding tips
Amazon will pay more than $61.7 million to Flex drivers from whom it withheld the full amount of customer tips to settle a Federal Trade Commission investigation.
The settlement comes nearly two years after the Los Angeles Times first exposed that Amazon was dipping into customer tips to cover the base pay guaranteed to Flex drivers, who deliver Amazon Fresh, Prime Now and other orders.
The money will reimburse Flex drivers whose tips Amazon withheld over the last 2½ years, according to the FTC.
Until August 2019, Amazon promised Flex drivers a guaranteed minimum base pay for each order, which the e-commerce company said included 100% of customer tips. However, as The Times reported, Amazon would at times use tips to subsidize the company’s own payment to workers. In one case, a driver who was assigned to deliver an order to his own home tipped himself $12. The guaranteed minimum base pay for the order was $27. The driver received $30 in compensation for the order, which the company said included 100% of the tip — showing that Amazon contributed only $18.
Amazon at times dips into the tips earned by contracted delivery drivers to cover their promised pay, a Times review of emails and receipts reveals.
In May 2019, a few months after the pay model was revealed, the FTC notified Amazon that it was launching an investigation and sought records regarding its payment policies for Flex drivers. According to the complaint, Amazon changed its tip-dipping practice after learning it was under investigation by the FTC. In August 2019, Amazon sent an email to drivers indicating that it would no longer use tips to subsidize the base pay and that the company would give a full breakdown of how much workers were being paid for each order.
In addition to the $61.7-million settlement, Amazon will be prohibited from making changes to how drivers receive customer tips without getting drivers’ written consent and from misrepresenting driver pay or tips. The FTC has asked Amazon Flex drivers to sign up to receive email updates on the status of the refund process.
“Today’s order provides substantial redress to the families victimized by Amazon’s anticompetitive deception,” FTC Commissioner Rohit Chopra wrote in a statement. “However, this cannot be the only action we take to protect workers and families from dominant middlemen. The FTC will also need to carefully examine whether tech platforms are engaging in anticompetitive conduct that hoodwinks workers and crushes law-abiding competitors.”
In a statement, Amazon spokeswoman Deborah Bass disputed that the company’s policies misled drivers.
“While we disagree that the historical way we reported pay to drivers was unclear, we added additional clarity in 2019 and are pleased to put this matter behind us,” Bass said. “Amazon Flex delivery partners play an important role in serving customers every day, which is why they earn among the best in the industry at over $25 per hour on average.”
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The Most Beautiful Agave Plants and How to Care For Them
Use these versatile and stunning succulents for adding drama to pots and sunny gardens
When Sunset published its book Succulents and Cacti in 1970, agaves definitely took a back seat to sedums—there were only about a half dozen species mentioned. Now, we could fill a whole book on these knockouts alone. Growing beautiful agave plants has never been easier — there’s a variety for every garden and more choices than ever. Grow them alone as a specimen for dramatic statement, or combine with other succulents for a stunning sea creature landscape. Check out these agave images for inspiration (or just because they’re drop-dead gorgeous) and pick up a few tips for how to grow them while you’re at it.
All agaves do best in full sun and sandy, well-drained soil, and thrive on the scantest amount of water. Some are more cold-tolerant than others, but they can’t handle damp cold. When they do bloom—a rare feat—these slow-growing yucca-cousins eject a giant asparagus-looking flower spike straight to the heavens.
If you want more pointers on how to grow agave, check out these care tips.