Nissan Factory Shutting Down for Two Weeks Due to Chip Shortage; Tiger Woods’ Ex-Mistress Rachel Uchitel is Sued for Violation of $8M NDA; Johnny Depp’s Festival Award Slammed by Female Filmmakers; Beyoncé Opens Up on Her Struggles with Insomnia, Diets, and the Physical Toll of Touring; What3words Phone App Helped in Successful Rescue of Missing Girls
Nissan Tennessee Factory Shutting Down for Two Weeks Due to Computer Chip Shortage
Nissan’s six million-square-foot Smyrna, Tennessee, assembly plant will close for two weeks beginning Monday owing to computer chip shortages caused by a coronavirus outbreak in Malaysia. It announced Tuesday that it would resume production on Aug. 30.
The outage is the longest at any US car factory of this scale since the semiconductor shortage began wreaking havoc on global vehicle manufacturing late last year. The enormous Tennessee plant employs 6,700 employees and produces six Nissan models, including the Rogue small SUV, which is the company’s best-selling vehicle in the United States.
Analysts believe the two-week closure of Nissan’s huge facility is a warning that the semiconductor shortfall may not be resolved by the end of the year, as many car executives had hoped.
Few factories in the United States have been idle for two weeks in a row, and they are often those that produce lower-volume, less profitable vehicles, such as sedans. Automobile manufacturers have attempted to conserve chips for factories that produce their best-selling cars, primarily SUVs and pickup trucks. However, pickup truck plants have been shuttered on a regular basis as well, most recently three General Motors factories this week.
Sam Abuelsamid, principal analyst at Guidehouse Research, said Smyrna is a critical manufacturing site for Nissan, and its closure signals that the chip crisis may not be over.
“It’s looking like it’s going to stretch at least into the new year,” he said.
With ongoing COVID-19 outbreaks in Asia and other locations, supply chain disruptions may extend even longer, Abuelsamid added.
The scarcity and plant closures, along with increasing consumer demand in the United States, have resulted in nationwide shortages of new vehicles. This has increased prices, and the shortfall has spilled over into the used vehicle market.
While the chip deficit is improving, the coronavirus delta variant is causing problems at facilities throughout the semiconductor supply chain, escalating the situation, according to Phil Amsrud, senior principal analyst at IHS Markit, who monitors the chip business.
“It looks to me like we’re just set up for delta getting a foothold in all of these locations,” he said. “I think delta is going to still cause us all sorts of problems.”
Tiger Woods’ Ex-Mistress Rachel Uchitel is Getting Sued for Violation of $8M Nondisclosure Agreement
Rachel Uchitel, Tiger Woods’ former mistress, is being sued by the golf superstar’s attorney for breaching her $8 million nondisclosure agreement after she talked publicly about their affair. In a New York Times profile published Monday, Uchitel disclosed that she signed an NDA and discussed how the scandal’s repercussions continue to influence her life.
Uchitel stated that she initially signed a more than 30-page nondisclosure agreement in 2009, shortly after it was discovered that she had an affair with Woods, who was married at the time.
The agreement stated that she was not permitted to speak about her affair with Woods. Uchitel received $8 million and the promise of an additional $1 million each year for three years in exchange for her quiet.
‘I’m not an idiot, I’m not a hooker, I’m not a prostitute,’ she told the Times. ‘I was and am a very smart girl, and that’s why I negotiated $8 million because I knew it was going to affect my life.’
However, Uchitel asserts that she did not receive $8 million after taxes, and attorney’s costs totaling $1 million for five days’ work consumed almost $2 million of the original $5 million.
Despite her agreement, she consented to speak about her connection with Woods for the HBO documentary ‘Tiger,’ which premiered earlier this year.
‘I wanted for once to be the one to narrate my story,’ she told the Times about her decision. ‘Ten years later, people were still talking about me as a player in a story I had never talked about,’ Uchitel said. ‘I felt like it was time to take the reins.’
She reasoned that her interview would not affect the golfer, who had recently regained public favor, and thus agreed.
After the documentary aired in January, Uchitel said in the New York Times that she received a phone call from one of Woods’ attorneys, Michael Holtz, who promised to make her life a living nightmare.
‘If you get a job, I’ll come after your wages. If you get married, I’ll go after your joint bank account. I will come after you for the rest of your life,’ she alleged.
Uchitel filed for bankruptcy successfully after spending the approximately $2 million she said she received from the deal. Holtz is now challenging her creditor protection to file a claim against her for millions for violating her NDA.
Johnny Depp’s San Sebastian Film Festival Award Slammed by Female Filmmakers in Spain
The Donostia Award is intended to recognize individuals who have made significant contributions to film over their lifetimes. On Monday, the San Sebastian Film Festival recognized Johnny Depp as this year’s prize, calling him “one of contemporary cinema’s most talented and versatile actors.” Depp is scheduled to receive the award on Sept. 22.
However, female filmmakers are protesting Depp’s planned accolade at the San Sebastian Film Festival.
The Head of Spain’s Association of Female Filmmakers and Audiovisual Media, Cristina Andreu, told the Associated Press she was “very surprised” by the festival’s decision to honor Depp with the festival’s top prize, the Donostia Award, despite his ongoing legal battle with ex-wife Amber Heard. The latter has previously accused him of domestic violence. Depp, 58, has categorically refuted all claims leveled against him.
“This speaks very badly of the festival and its leadership and transmits a terrible message to the public: ‘It doesn’t matter if you are an abuser as long as you are a good actor,'” Andreu told the AP.
Andreu noted that the association linked to the festival is currently “studying next steps.”
The award comes despite Depp’s continuing $50 million defamation lawsuit against Heard over her 2018 Washington Post op-ed about her experience with domestic violence.
The actress was awarded a $7 million settlement in their 2017 divorce, which she donated to the ACLU and Children’s Hospital Los Angeles.
According to court documents filed by Depp and his attorneys in New York and obtained by PEOPLE in May, the actor and his legal team have been requesting that both groups disclose the amount of money donated by Heard.
A New York judge granted the actor permission last week to investigate whether Heard donated to the ACLU. The organization has been requested to make the documents available for verification.
Depp had claimed Heard did not give the money in an attempt to reverse a verdict in his “wife-beater” libel case against the United Kingdom’s The Sun earlier this year. Depp’s attorneys contended that Heard’s charitable contributions swayed the court.
Beyoncé Opens Up on Her Struggles with Insomnia, Diets, and the Physical Toll of Touring
Beyoncé is being upfront about her health challenges as a mother, performer, and public personality throughout the years. The singer, 39, spoke with Harper’s Bazaar and was featured in the magazine’s ICONS issue, devoting a significant portion of her interview to discussing the importance of mental and physical wellness.
“I think like many women; I have felt the pressure of being the backbone of my family and my company and didn’t realize how much that takes a toll on my mental and physical well-being,” she said. “I have not always made myself a priority.”
Without going into depth, she stated, “I’ve personally struggled with insomnia from touring for more than half of my life. Years of wear and tear on my muscles from dancing in heels. The stress on my hair and skin, from sprays and dyes to the heat of a curling iron and wearing heavy makeup while sweating on stage.”
After years of enduring the physical toll of going on tours, Beyoncé says she’s “picked up many secrets and techniques… to look my best for every show.” Still, she realized, “I know that to give the best of me, I have to take care of myself and listen to my body.”
However, she was not always so attuned to her wellness. Beyoncé previously told Harper’s Bazaar that she struggled with her body image in particular.
“In the past, I spent too much time on diets,” she said, explaining that she used to have a “misconception that self-care meant exercising and being overly conscious of my body.”
In a 2019 YouTube video, the singer described stepping on the scale as “every woman’s nightmare” before revealing her before-weight of 175 lbs. Beyoncé shared in the clip that she was on a “no bread, no carbs, no sugar, no dairy, no meat, no fish, no alcohol,” admitting, “I’m hungry.”
She now claims to take a more holistic approach.
“My health, the way I feel when I wake up in the morning, my peace of mind, the number of times I smile, what I’m feeding my mind and my body — those are the things that I’ve been focusing on,” she said.
What3words Phone App is Getting Credit for the Successful Rescue of Missing Teen Girls
The Murfreesboro Police Department in Tennessee attributes a phone app for saving the lives of two teenage girls who got lost in a park. The Police Department addressed the event in a news release, implying that had it not been for the What3words location app, the two adolescents’ fates might have been quite different.
Authorities said they were dispatched to Barfield Park at 8:45 p.m. on Saturday after receiving a 911 call from the kids saying they were lost. The girls stated that they spent an hour after dark attempting to locate their vehicle using Google maps but were unsuccessful.
The Murfreesboro Fire Rescue Department (MFRD) was also dispatched to assist with the search with all-terrain vehicles and an infrared-equipped drone, but it was the What3words app that ultimately assisted firefighters in locating the teens after they discovered one of the girls had What3words on her phone.
According to authorities, the crew members utilized the app and were able to determine the girls’ whereabouts at approximately 9:26 p.m. According to the press statement, the search was conducted without the use of drones due to the app. Authorities reported that the teenagers sustained no injuries.
“They were approximately three-quarters of a mile from the location they entered the trails hours before,” MFRD Battalion Chief Jamie Bigelow said in a statement. “Both girls were brought out by all-terrain vehicles. They thanked firefighters for helping to locate them.”
What3words divides the earth into 3-meter squares and identifies specific locations using a unique combination of three words, according to its website. Downloaded from the App Store and Google Play by millions of users around the world, the free app prides itself on being “the easiest way to find and share exact locations,” as well as helping to make life “safer, more efficient and less frustrating.”
Following the event, Murfreesboro Emergency Communications Director Seth Russell indicated that the Emergency Communications Center intends to finish What3words app training by the end of September.
“This is a valuable tool to aid 9-1-1 operators and first responders in locating anyone who finds themselves lost, injured, or in need of help in an unfamiliar location,” said Russell.