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Apple Offering Staff Bonuses To Travel To China Amid Pandemic

KEY POINTS

  • Apple has resumed sending U.S.-based workers to China
  • To encourage employees to go there, Apple is offering huge bonuses for each day of their stay
  • The employees will be required to stay in China for at least six weeks

Apple is offering staff huge daily bonuses to travel to China and work there, a report says.

The Cupertino tech giant is lifting its travel restrictions and is now sending staff and employees to its manufacturing partners in China amid the COVID-19 problem.

To encourage its workers to fly to the Asian country, Apple is giving them $500 per day as a bonus for simply going, The Information reported, citing several unnamed sources who are either current or former Apple employees or people working for the Cupertino-based company’s partners.

Apple has resumed sending its U.S.-based employees to China to work with the companies responsible for manufacturing most of its devices, such as iPhones, iPads and Macs, according to The Information.

Apple resumed such activities in recent months, the report said. It started sending employees to China during summer. More recently in September, the company emailed its manufacturing and design staff about the changes it made to its travel guidelines before actually sending more people over to the Asian country in October.

Part of the changes involved requiring workers to stay in China for at least six weeks. Staff previously flew in and out and had multiple 10-day trips at a time. The current scenario, however, requires them to stay in quarantine facilities for two weeks at a time. The remaining four weeks will be spent working with Apple’s partners.

While the idea of voluntarily going away for six weeks, and staying in quarantine for two weeks, might be quite unappealing to some, Apple’s promised bonus may make it bearable – even desirable – for those who are looking to earn more.

As mentioned, Apple is giving $500 per day as a bonus for all staff who volunteer to go to China to work there, though there’s more to it than just this. According to two of The Information’s sources, this daily bonus is over and above the daily expense the company provides for business travel.

Simply put, Apple staff will earn $7,000 for volunteering to stay in quarantine and more for the remainder of their stay in China.

In this photo released by Apple, Apple CEO Tim Cook holds up the all-new iPhone 12 Pro during an Apple event at Apple Park in Cupertino, California on October 13, 2020 In this photo released by Apple, Apple CEO Tim Cook holds up the all-new iPhone 12 Pro during an Apple event at Apple Park in Cupertino, California on October 13, 2020 Photo: Apple Inc. / Brooks KRAFT

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Apple pies and holiday lights headline Peabody Rec programs

PEABODY — Despite the prospect of colder temperatures ahead, there are still plenty of opportunities to enjoy the great outdoors and gear up for the holidays, thanks to some exciting seasonal programs offered by the Peabody Recreation Department.

On Wednesday, the city will celebrate Veterans Day with a fun-filled day at Brooksby Farm from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. The event is for children ages 7-12 and will feature games, fire pits, and, of course, s’mores for all. Participants are advised to dress warmly and bring a lunch, snacks and refillable water bottle. The cost of the event is $50 per person.

Herbalist Rebecca Ingalls is back for the “Herbs for the Holidays” program, which will be held at Tillie’s Farm, 189 Lynn St., on Saturday, Nov. 14, from 1-3 p.m. The event is designed for ages 12 and up and costs $20 per person. Participants will have the opportunity to design and create their own wreaths, potpourri and mulling spices.

Peabody Rec, in concert  with Danvers Recreation, is offering the “Easy as Apple Pie” workshop on Wednesday, Nov. 25, from 11 a.m.-12 p.m., just in time for Thanksgiving. The cost of the event, which will be held in the large greenhouse at Tillie’s Farm, is $25 per person and is limited to two members per family. Participants will have the opportunity to create a custom-made pie using Brooksby Farm home-grown apples while sipping Brooksby’s fresh-pressed apple cider.

The popular “Ooey Gluey Crafts” program for children from kindergarten through grade 5 is offering new sessions starting Dec. 3. Kids can tap into their inner creativity working on an assortment of craft projects, which they will then take home to share with friends and family. 

Sessions will be held at multiple locations. Tillie’s Farm sessions will be held on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 3:15-4:15 a.m. in the greenhouse. The Tuesday program runs from Dec. 8 through Feb. 2, while the Thursday program runs from Dec. 3 through Feb. 11.  Brown School students will be met after school by an instructor and walked across Lynn Street to the farm. 

Monday and Wednesday programs will be held in the clubhouse at The Meadow at Peabody golf course, 80 Granite St. The Monday program runs from Dec. 14 through Feb. 1, while the Wednesday program runs from Dec. 16 through Feb. 11.  Participants should bring water, a nut-free snack and a firm surface, such as a book, to write on.

The department is also offering several Christmas-themed programs. The department is teaming up with Peabody Main Streets once again for the wildly popular “Light the Night” holiday decorating contest. Residents can pay $10 to enter their homes and businesses in the contest. Decorations must be completed by Tuesday, Dec.15. Photos will be taken by the Rec department and shared on social media. Participants’ addresses will also be posted on Google Maps to encourage residents to drive by and vote for their favorites. From Dec. 18-23, viewers may cast

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