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NY Governor Andrew Cuomo faces renewed calls to resign as state confirms sexual harassment

The embattled governor remains defiant against a growing furor, with top Democrats leading the charge and some saying impeachment is on the table.

NY Governor Andrew Cuomo faces renewed calls to resign as state confirms sexual harassment
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After a months-long investigation, the state of New York has concluded that Governor Andrew Cuomo sexually harassed multiple women, both working in and outside of the governor’s office.

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New York’s attorney general, Letitia James, made the announcement during a Tuesday morning press conference. The sexual harassment findings are a violation of state and federal law. The investigation was carried out by two outside attorneys who, after interviewing nearly 180 people associated with the accusations, confirmed a dozen of the accusations through multiple sources.

But despite the renewed pressure to resign, the governor is still refusing to step down and contends he did not engage in inappropriate behavior. Shortly after the first accusations were made public, Cuomo’s fellow New York Democrats—including both of the state’s U.S. senators, Kirsten Gillibrand and Chuck Schumer—called for his resignation. Now, additional top-ranking Democrats have chimed in, along with calls for impeachment if the governor refuses to step down.

In a rebuttal to the investigation, Cuomo’s attorney publicly shared on the governor’s website an 85-page report, which called the probe’s findings “biased” and said it “purposefully omits key evidence.”

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Later on Tuesday, the governor held his own press conference, where he shared his response to the investigation, stating he “never touched anyone inappropriately or made inappropriate sexual advancements,” as well as revealed an unusual slideshow of photos of him kissing and pressing his face against others, defending his habits as something he does with “everyone.”

In March, President Biden told ABC News that if the AG’s investigation verified harassment, the governor should step down, adding that he could potentially be prosecuted.

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Diana is an assistant editor for Fast Company's Work Life section. Previously, she was an editor at Vice and an editorial assistant at Entrepreneur

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Will PepsiCo be naked once it sells Naked, Tropicana, and other juice brands?

PepsiCo announced this morning that it is selling Tropicana, Naked, and other juice brands to a French private-equity firm for $3.3 billion.

Will PepsiCo be naked once it sells Naked, Tropicana, and other juice brands?
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Get ready to do a spit take with your orange juice.

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PepsiCo has announced this morning that it’s selling Tropicana, Naked, and other juice brands to a French private-equity firm for $3.3 billion.

The deal for its North American juice calls for PepsiCo to retain a 39% non-controlling interest and exclusive U.S. distribution rights for the brands in North America. The French firm, PAI Partners, gets the European juice businesses.

According to the Purchase, N.Y.,-based company, the juices yielded about $3 billion in net revenues last year.

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“This joint venture with PAI enables us to realize significant upfront value, whilst providing the focus and resources necessary to drive additional long-term growth for these beloved brands,” PepsiCo chairman and CEO Ramon Laguarta said in a written statement. “In addition, it will free us to concentrate on our current portfolio of diverse offerings, including growing our portfolio of healthier snacks, zero-calorie beverages, and products like SodaStream which are focused on being better for people and the planet.”

In addition to its namesake drink, PepsiCo owns a variety of brands including Lay’s, Doritos, Quaker Oats, Sabra, and Gatorade.

The deal is expected to be done later this year or in early 2022.

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PAI’s portfolio also includes Yoplait, Swissport, FTE Automotive, and Cerba Healthcare.

PepsiCo bought Tropicana in 1998 and Naked Juice in 2007.

Its stock was trading at $156.86, up 54 cents or 0.35%, in midmorning trading.

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Delta variant breakthrough cases by state: Here’s what the latest research says

Cases of COVID-19 are rare among the fully vaccinated, according to new data compiled by the Kaiser Family Foundation.

Delta variant breakthrough cases by state: Here’s what the latest research says
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“Breakthrough cases”—those in which a fully vaccinated person tests positive for COVID-19’s delta variant—are very rare. But they do happen, as no vaccine is 100% effective. However, the infection rates among unvaccinated people are continuing to rise, especially in states where a majority of residents haven’t gotten the shot yet.

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Although there is no single definitive repository for state-by-state data (the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has stopped monitoring), the Kaiser Family Foundation (KFF) reviewed data from official websites and state sources for all 50 states and D.C. to see which are showing more COVID-19 breakthrough cases, hospitalizations, and deaths. This data varies, as each state reports this information differently and less than half are even reporting data on breakthrough cases. If the state didn’t have a report, KFF looked to Johns Hopkins University and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services for hospitalization totals.

Among the notable findings from KFF’s report:

  • The rate of breakthrough cases reported among those fully vaccinated is well below 1% in all reporting states, ranging from 0.01% in Connecticut to 0.29% in Alaska.
  • The rates of death among fully vaccinated people with COVID-19 were even lower, effectively zero (0.00%) in all but two reporting states, Arkansas and Michigan, where they were 0.01%. (Note: Deaths may or may not have been due to COVID-19.)
  • More than 9 in 10 COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations, and deaths have occurred among people who are unvaccinated or not yet fully vaccinated, in those states reporting breakthrough data.

“This data indicate the vast majority of reported COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations, and deaths in the U.S. are among those who are unvaccinated or not fully vaccinated,” the authors write. “These findings echo the abundance of data demonstrating the effectiveness of currently authorized COVID-19 vaccines.”

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You can check out KFF’s state-by-state breakdown here.

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Lydia Dishman is a reporter writing about the intersection of tech, leadership, and innovation. She is a regular contributor to Fast Company and has written for CBS Moneywatch, Fortune, The Guardian, Popular Science, and the New York Times, among others.

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Fast Company Innovation Festival adds Drew Barrymore, Idris Elba, CEOs of Sundial, Intel, UPS

Seventh annual festival of creativity will feature keynote interviews, panels, interactive workshops and in-person Fast Tracks.

Fast Company Innovation Festival adds Drew Barrymore, Idris Elba, CEOs of Sundial, Intel, UPS
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Drew Barrymore, the actress, director, entrepreneur, and executive producer and host of The Drew Barrymore Show will help kick off the Fast Company Innovation Festival this fall. Other keynote speakers include Coupledom podcast cohosts and actors Idris Elba and Sabrina Dhowre Elba.

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The festival’s diverse lineup of panelists and speakers include Sundial Brands CEO Cara Sabin; Good Morning America anchor Robin Roberts; Intel CEO Pat Gelsinger; Michael Miebach, CEO of Mastercard; and Carol Tomé, CEO of UPS. 

LinkedIn cofounder and Greylock partner Reid Hoffman will appear with June Cohen, CEO of WaitWhat, which produces the Masters of Scale podcast that Hoffman hosts. Hoffman, Cohen, and Deron Triff are the coauthors of a forthcoming Masters of Scale book. 

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Barrymore, who started performing in commercials before her first birthday, is also the founder of Flower Films, a production company, and Barrymore Brands. Her product launches include cosmetics company Flower Beauty and Beautiful, a line of kitchen tools and appliances for Walmart. Her talk show, The Drew Barrymore Show, premiered in September 2020, and earlier this year she and Bauer Media debuted Drew magazine.

On Coupledom, Idris Elba and Sabrina Elba speak with famous pairs on their partnerships. The Elbas also are cofounders of S’able Labs, a lifestyle brand focused on relationships.

The hybrid festival will be held September 27–30, with in-person Fast Tracks—editorially curated field trips to New York’s most innovative workplaces—held in person September 28 and 29. 

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Fast Track hosts include Mastercard, CannonDesign, Tory Burch, Moët Hennessy USA, Parsley Health, DCK, Diamond Schmitt, Zambezi, and Luminary.    

Keynote interviews, panels, and interactive workshops will be held at our virtual hub. Confirmed workshops include “How to Eat Your Way to Your Best Brain” with Harvard-trained psychiatrist Dr. Uma Naidoo; “Creative Collaboration in a Hybrid Workplace” with author and entrepreneur Erica Dhawan; and “How to Network, Grow in Your Career, and Get a Promotion While Working Remotely” with marketing specialist, professor, and author Dorie Clark.

Visit the Innovation Festival website for ticket purchase information, a list of speakers, and more details on sessions and Fast Tracks. Additional speakers and sessions will be announced in the coming weeks.

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The 2021 Fast Company Innovation Festival is sponsored by Altair, Genpact, Klarna, Mastercard, Square, Takeda, and the Elevate Prize.

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Just getting more sleep might not improve productivity and well-being, a new study finds

A new MIT study suggests more sleep alone doesn’t improve performance or well-being, especially for people whose nighttime sleep is often interrupted.

Just getting more sleep might not improve productivity and well-being, a new study finds
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If you’re a little short on sleep today, know that more shut-eye might not have changed anything.

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A new study from Massachusetts Institute of Technology suggests that more sleep alone doesn’t improve performance or well-being, especially for people whose nighttime sleep is often interrupted.

Most sleep research takes place in labs, where sleep quality is high. Researchers equipped 452 real-world, lower-income workers in Chennai, India, with wrist devices to track their sleep at home. The participants, who worked flexible data entry jobs, then increased their nightly sleep from about 5.5 hours to roughly six hours through a mix of encouragement and financial incentives.

The 30-minute boost did none of the things you would expect. It had no impact on productivity, earnings, decision making, blood pressure, or sense of well-being. This surprised the researchers, because sleep has long been associated with everything from increased energy to emotional control.

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The extra sleep did lower one metric—overall time spent working.

“If you spend more time in bed, then you have less time for other things in your life,” says co-author Frank Schilbach, an MIT development economist.

One sleep change improved participants’ lives, though. Short daytime naps improved productivity, cognitive function, and well-being as well as lowered spending.

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But there was a catch. Every minute the participants spent napping was a minute they weren’t paid for their work.

The researchers say their findings suggest that sleep quality may be essential. Participants experienced many nightly sleep interruptions, a saga familiar to anyone who lives with children. Even with eight hours in bed, they were still averaging 5.5 hours of sleep at the start of the study.

“A key thing that stands out is that they had extremely few periods experiencing what’s thought to be the restorative benefits of deep sleep,” says Shilbach. “Adding sleep of poor quality may not have the benefits that another half hour of sleep would have, if it’s of higher quality.”

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