Starbucks citing environment is ditching plastic straws

first_imgSEATTLE – Starbucks, citing the environment threat to oceans, will ban plastic straws from all of its stores globally in less than two years.The company becomes the largest food and beverage company operating globally to do so.Starbucks said Monday that it is making available a strawless lid at 8,000 stores in the U.S. and Canada for certain drinks.Starbucks Coffee Co. estimates the switch will eliminate more than 1 billion plastic straws a year.The company’s announcement comes a week after it’s hometown, Seattle, banned single-use plastic straws and utensils at businesses that sell food or drinks in the city.Starbucks said cold beverages in which a straw is typically included make up 50 per cent of the drinks its sells, up from just 37 per cent five years ago.last_img

US oil giant Chevron to acquire Anadarko for 33 bn

first_imgNew York: US oil giant Chevron announced Friday it had agreed to acquire all outstanding shares of Anadarko in a stock and cash transaction valued at $33 billion, or $65 per share. Based on Chevron’s Thursday closing price, Anadarko shareholders will receive 0.39 shares of Chevron and USD16.25 in cash for each Anadarko share held, the company said in a statement. The total enterprise value of the transaction is USD50 billion. “The acquisition of Anadarko will significantly enhance Chevron’s already advantaged Upstream portfolio and further strengthen its leading positions in large, attractive shale, deepwater and natural gas resource basins,” the company said. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscal”The combination of Anadarko’s premier, high-quality assets with our advantaged portfolio strengthens our leading position in the Permian, builds on our deepwater Gulf of Mexico capabilities and will grow our LNG business. “It creates attractive growth opportunities in areas that play to Chevron’s operational strengths and underscores our commitment to short-cycle, higher-return investments.” Anadarko Chairman and CEO Al Walker added: “The strategic combination of Chevron and Anadarko will form a stronger and better company with world-class assets, people and opportunities.” Also Read – Food grain output seen at 140.57 mt in current fiscal on monsoon boostThe deal is the oil industry’s largest since Royal Dutch Shell bought BG Group in 2016, and it sparked speculation that other shale producers are in play. Shares of Apache Corp, which also has extensive acreage in the Permian Basin, jumped 7 percent in premarket trading, while Pioneer Natural Resources Co rose 6 per cent. US crude oil production now surpasses 12 million barrels a day (bpd), and the nation is the third-largest producer of liquefied natural gas (LNG), the super-cooled fuel that is seeing record demand as a cheaper, cleaner alternative for countries that still rely heavily on coal for power generation. Chevron, which already has 2.3 million acres in the Permian Basin, said the deal to buy Anadarko would give the combined company a 75-mile (120-km)-wide corridor across the Permian’s Delaware basin, on the Texas-New Mexico border. Anadarko also has a Mozambique LNG project, part of one of the industry’s largest planned current investments. Chevron Chief Executive Michael Wirth will lead the combined company after the deal closes. Chevron will remain headquartered in San Ramon, California. Credit Suisse Securities (USA) LLC is Chevron’s financial adviser, while Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP is its legal adviser.last_img read more

Marrakech Police Arrest Drug Gang Using Mission Impossible Tunnels

Rabat – Police in Marrakech arrested 13 people accused of using an abandoned network of underground tunnels to hide drugs and weapons. The tunnel network was dug out during the shooting of Tom Cruise’s blockbuster movie “Mission Impossible 5,” daily newspaper Al Massae reported.The drug gang members, aged between 20 and 30, were arrested last week in the city of Marrakech after showing “strong resistance”, added the newspaper.The same source said the authorities discovered that the aforementioned gang was using the network of abandoned tunnels already meant for the shooting of scenes from the movie Mission Impossible 5 featuring American actor Tom Cruise as Ethan Hunt to hide drugs, stolen goods and white arms (knives) imported from outside the country. The weapons were used for “theft” and “robbery”. Besides Marrakech in which he closed a highway bypass section to leave space for the shooting of his film, Tom Cruise also shot scenes for the fifth installment of the Mission Impossible franchise in other Moroccan cities including, Casablanca and Rabat. read more

More Than 80 Moroccan Companies Tour Rwanda Tanzania and Madagascar

Rabat – A delegation of more than 80 Moroccan companies is undertaking a commercial prospecting mission in Rwanda, Tanzania and Madagascar. The tour ispart of the second edition of the “African Business Connect” operation, organized by Maroc Export in partnership with BMCE Bank of Africa. A delegation of more than 80 diverse companies operating in several sectors and representatives of several professional associations, traveled to Rwanda on April 2, and are set to tour Tanzania on April 5 and Madagascar on April 7. The commercial tour was initiated to accompany Moroccan companies on their commercial prospecting efforts. It also promotes the “Made in Morocco” offer, this year focused on Eastern and Southern Africa. It follows a successful first edition in 2015 in Senegal and Mali.  The tour represents an opportunity for Moroccan companies to discover regions with great potential for their international development, drawing on the expertise and support of the two partners who initiated this event.The second edition’s program provides business to business meetings (B to B) between Moroccan businessmen and their counterparts from the three countries. A meeting was held by the partners two weeks before the initiation of the program to better prepare the Moroccan business leaders investment opportunities waiting in the host countries.The meeting focused on informing the members of the delegation of the key sectors in the three economies, namely energy, ICT and the pharmaceutical sector.It also raised awareness of the constraints related to the linguistic difficulties, as Tanzanians and Malagasies are Creole English speakers and it raised the issue of the absence of airlines between Morocco and the three host countries.Managing Director of Morocco Export, Zahra Maafiri explained that the organization of this second edition is part of a public-private partnership conducted in 2015 between Morocco Export and BMCE Bank of Africa.It was formed to promote the “Made in Morocco” brand, a national offer aimed at establishing trade relations and making investments in African countries. Maafiri highlighted the contribution of her establishment in terms of supporting companies in Africa. She noted that 626 companies benefited from this program in 2016, which reflects, according to her, the growing interest of Moroccan companies in sub-Saharan Africa. “African Business Connect” is a concept created in 2015 by Maroc Export and BMCE Bank of Africa for the development of Moroccan companies in Africa through a series of B to B missions, business trips, business meetings and business to consumer (B to C) missions in different African countries. read more

Lanka accuses US of HR abuses

In one of the reported incidents last year a US soldier in Afghanistan had killed at least 16 civilians and wounded five after entering their homes in Kandahar province. However he noted most countries are overlooking the abuses committed by the US and yet making allegations against countries like Sri Lanka. He says if the government is not at fault if the public in Sri Lanka fail to identify the efforts of the government.The allegations against the United States comes after the US formally submitted the draft resolution on Sri Lanka to the UN Human Rights Council currently meeting in Geneva.The resolution was submitted last afternoon (Friday), Geneva time, after the document was initially circulated among Council members. The Sri Lankan government has accused the United States of committing human rights abuses.Government Minister Lakshman Yapa Abeywardena says there were reports that the US had killed civilians during its military operations in Afghanistan. Yapa says the Sri Lankan government will not be shaken by such allegations and will instead continue with its policies for the country.Among the most noted policies of the government, the Minister noted, is the free education and free health system. The resolution notes the UN High Commissioner for Human Right’s call for an independent and credible international investigation into alleged violations of international human rights law and international humanitarian law in Sri LankaIt also expressing concern at the alleged continuing reports of violations of human rights in Sri Lanka, including enforced disappearances, extra-judicial killings, torture,violations of the rights to freedom of expression, association and peaceful assembly,as well as intimidation of and reprisals against human rights defenders, members of civil society and journalists, and threats to judicial independence and the rule of law. (Colombo Gazette) The draft resolution titled ‘Promoting Reconciliation and Accountability in Sri Lanka’ is still open for amendments before it is discussed at the Council and debated on. read more

Teenage boy who was moments away from mass school shooting has sentence

first_img“We are satisfied that it would be appropriate, once we are informed the arrangements are in place, to follow the recommendations made.”  Last September, Warwick Justice Centre was told how the teenager armed himself with the intent of carrying out “a shooting that would have taken a dreadful place in the history of truly wicked crimes” committed in Britain – but had a last minute “change of heart”.The boy, who cannot be named, took the double-barrelled shotgun and 200 cartridges from his father’s cabinet as well as a knife, balaclava and ear defenders.He then spent his first lesson with the firearm concealed in his trousers at Higham Lane School, in Nuneaton, Warwickshire before excusing himself from class and going to a side room.  As he was putting on ear protectors in preparation of his massacre he suddenly saw sense and phoned 999.Judge Andrew Lockhart QC told the youngster: “The consequences of what might have occurred had you carried your plan into effect are too awful to contemplate. “The event was, on your own admissions made at the time, just moments away.”A moment in time separates the pupils and staff of this school from being the subject of a terrible event and a shooting that would have taken a dreadful place in the history of truly wicked crimes committed in this country.” A teenage boy who took a shotgun to school in preparation for a mass shorting has had his six year sentence overturned after an appeal court judge said he is a “model son”.The 15-year-old boy was jailed last September after a court hear he had been  “moments away” from carrying out a high school massacre after going to class with a shotgun, knife, balaclava and 200 rounds of ammunition.But this week, Lady Justice Hallett said he had shown only a “fleeting intention” to use the gun at his Warwickshire school last June, before contacting police.She agreed with social workers who said he should be freed under supervision. Lady Justice Hallett, sitting with two other senior judges at the Court of Appeal on Wednesday, acknowledged the boy quickly “came to his senses” after loading the gun and called police to the school himself.”It was when he was putting on his ear protectors that he changed his mind and rang the police,” she said.The teenager, who had been suffering from severe depression and social anxiety at the time, had “exhibited no aggressive or disruptive behaviour before this incident,” she added.Social workers recommended that the boy’s release includes a rehabilitation package. “We have concluded that this is a case in which the welfare of this child goes hand in hand with the protection of the public,” Lady Justice Hallett said. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.last_img read more

FPA says VAT on local lumber discouraging consumers from purchasing

… as forestry sector reports increase in cheaper substitutesThe Forest Products Association of Guyana (FPA) is again raising concerns about the imposition of Value Added Tax (VAT) on local lumber at all stages in the production chain.FPA President Ricky Ramsaroop on Tuesday said consumers were now going after plastic wood substitutes and concrete, and in some cases importing alternative construction products instead of lumber.The main reason for this, according to Ramsaroop, is the VAT that was imposed on the sector this year. He said this was now taking a toll on the local industry and persons were now feeling the squeeze.“So, people prefer to go for concrete products and all of that is putting pressure on the wood sector. This is where we expect the Government will intervene,” the FPA head asserted.Ramsaroop, who also serves as a Director on the Guyana Forestry Commission (GFC), was quoted in the media saying that this issue was brought up for discussion at a Commission meeting.He said now that it has the attention of the GFC, it is hoped that the matter would be raised again with the Government, to look at ways of possibly reversing or reducing the VAT rate.The FPA head claimed the tax imposition could cause a virtual shutdown of the sector, create mass unemployment in specific Amerindian communities and for other persons living in the interior.A forest concession in Guyana’s rainforestRamsaroop said it also had the potential to increase illegal logging and deforestation and forest degradation, thus endangering the Green Development Plan and access to future carbon funds.Meanwhile, the VAT to some extent is already causing a reduction in forestry activities, and hinterland roads and other infrastructure maintained by forest operators could be threatened also, he posited.Opposition Leader Dr Bharrat Jagdeo has said that the imposition of VAT on the sector was in direct conflict with the Government’s stated objective of promoting value-added production.Locally-produced lumber-based items, including plywood, are also subject to VAT. Previously, there was no VAT on the final sale of lumber and plywood. Jagdeo said this would only deter individuals from buying the commodity.The former President said the coalition Government had been critical of loggers and logging companies summarily cutting down trees and exporting them, but its position had now changed.According to him, while Government claims it wants to support more value-added activities in the forestry sector, it has simultaneously placed 14 per cent VAT on processed lumber.Last year, the forestry sector contracted more than 30 per cent, principally as a result of Barama halting the production of logs and the United Kingdom’s restriction on greenheart logs originating from Guyana.In its March 2017 monthly bulletin, the Finance Ministry said that forestry production for February 2017 amounted to 21,300 cubic metres compared with 25,319 cubic metres in February 2016. According to the report, this has resulted in production reaching 37,074 cubic metres, year-to-date, compared to 51,052 cubic metres in 2016.Finance Minister Winston Jordan had said in May of this year that he is willing to remove the 14 per cent Valued Added Tax (VAT) on forestry products if evidence can be provided to show that the tax was hurting the lumber industry.Jordan explained that representation was made to him by the private sector that the “VAT was killing the industry.”  The Minister expressed the view however, that he did not believe that the industry was being killed.  “If it was killed, it was a long time ago, when we allowed pine and sheet rock to come in at undervalued price and we allowed it to knock out our own fledging industry, but they have said that this VAT is killing them, so I said bring the evidence and if it is, not only will we remove the VAT, but we will give further incentives so that the lumber industry can grow and be competitive in Guyana,” he had said.Forest products that have since February 1, 2017 begun attracting VAT include, logs, shingles, staves, lumber (rough and dressed), piles, poles, posts, spars, veneer, plywood, charcoal, firewood, wattles and manicole palm. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Related’VAT killing the lumber industry’: Jordan says ‘bring the evidence’ and it will be removedMay 2, 2017In “latest news”VAT on exports: PSC, GMSA, GCCI, GREMA, FPA call out Gov’t over moveApril 23, 2018In “Business”Government to introduce import permit for foreign wood- TrotmanAugust 4, 2017In “Business” read more

IN TOP FORM RK Vardar routine win over Meshkov Brest

← Previous Story SEHA Gazprom Final4 in Skopje – Balkan Classico and “Meshkov “underdogs” against champions Next Story → RK Zagreb to meet RK Vardar at 7th SEHA Gazprom final RK Vardar Skopje are the first finalists of the seventh SEHA Gazprom Final4 at home hall “Jane Sandanski”. The reigning champions from Brest 2017 routinely beat Meshkov Brest 33:24 (17:14) in front of 4.000 of fans who had a chance to see their idols after few weeks break since the end of EHF Champions League Preliminary Round.Home team had a total control over the match during 60 minutes. The visitors had not even a single chance to endanger fantastic squad of Spanish coach Raul Gonzales who had their leader in Luka Cindric.The Croatian playmaker led his team with five goals in the first half. RK Vardar had 7:3 after 10 minutes, but Meshkov managed to come closer on 12:10. However, that was all from their ambitions to come to the final match of the regional competition.The Macedonian champions had powerful start of the second half with Arpad Sterbik (17 saves) in the main role who was eager to give 100% tonight. Domestic team had 5:0 series until 37th minute, which put Meshkov on -8 – 22:14, when became clear who are the first finalists of the event in Skopje.Mijailo Marsenic netted for 30:20 in 51st minute.Luka Cindric netted six goals for the winners, while right wing Maxim Baranau scored nine for Meshkov. read more

NXT to do September tour in Texas headtohead with ROH

first_imgFacebook Videos Articles Google+ Pinterest WhatsApp Courtesy of NXT comes to Texas this SeptemberGet ready, Lone Star State, because The Superstars of Tomorrow are heading your way! For the first time ever, NXT will head to Texas for three nights of live action featuring the next generation of Superstars and Divas.NXT has been bringing its hard-hitting brand of sports-entertainment around the country this year, with stops in California, Ohio, New York and Pennsylvania. Now, Texas will get a chance to see Superstars like NXT Champion Finn Bálor, Samoa Joe, Enzo Amore & Colin Cassady with Carmella, Bayley, Tyler Breeze and more!On Thursday, Sept. 17, NXT invades the Bayou Music Center in Houston. Friday, Sept. 18 sees the future of WWE take over the Austin Music Hall in Austin, before heading to San Antonio’s Aztec Theater on Saturday, Sept. 19 for a third action-packed evening. All three Live Events start at 7:30 p.m. CST.Tickets for all three nights of NXT’s road trip through Texas go on sale Saturday, Aug. 1 at 10 a.m. CST. Go to for more information on how you can see WWE NXT live.NOTE: These shows will be running head-to-head once again with Ring of Honor as ROH has shows in San Antonio, Texas on September 18 and September 19.Recommended videosPowered by AnyClipWho Will Face Undertaker At WrestleMania 35?Video Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:42/Current Time 0:04Loaded: 100.00%0:04Remaining Time -0:38 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list Now Playing Up Next Now Playing Up Next Jason Namako RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Roman Reigns is in Remission Seth Rollins Defends WWE On Two Separate Occasions Ronda Rousey Highlighting WWEs Problemscenter_img Who Will Face Undertaker At WrestleMania 35? Now Playing Up Next Twitter Now Playing Up Next Now Playing Up Next Ronda Rousey On WWE: I Love This Job, But I Dont Need It Finn Bálor Report on WWE making a pitch to put the NXT show on the USA Network this coming fall NWA President Billy Corgan announces their first television tapings from Atlanta WWE Live returns to China this September, Will hold tryouts this July in Shanghailast_img read more


first_imgBy Sulayman Bah Senegal’s wrestling rising starlet Ama Balde is due in Gambia, Foroyaa Sport can reveal.Ama is expected to leave the shores of Senegal for the Gambia this month.The reason for his arrival according to a highly-placed source is in honour of an invitation extended to him by Gambian-based wrestling promotion brand Narisou Promotions.This publication understands, the visiting Senegalese is also named after the brand’s grand combat that will see Leket Bu Barra and Mbroran tussle January 31st.Should he touch down, he will become the third Senegalese wrestler to grace Gambian soil in the space of four months after Modou Lo and Tapha Tine.Ama triumphed past a highly-rated Malick Niang in his last combat and is now linked to face Zoss when this season.]]>last_img

Virtus Entella confirms it will play on Sunday

first_imgThe Serie C team is fighting in the courts to be re-admitted to the Italian Lega Serie B after three teams failed to registerThe Italian Lega Serie B and Serie C are in the middle of a big controversy after three teams failed to register.Avellino, Bari, and Cesena couldn’t register to the Serie B and the tournament will play with only 19 teams.But those clubs relegated to the Serie C are fighting to be re-admitted to the league.SOUTHAMPTON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 27: Claudio Ranieri, Manager of Fulham during the Premier League match between Southampton FC and Fulham FC at St Mary's Stadium on February 27, 2019 in Southampton, United Kingdom. (Photo by Steve Bardens/Getty Images)Ranieri speaks for the first time at Roma Manuel R. Medina – March 10, 2019 The Italian manager has returned to his country to coach Lega Serie A club Roma after the team was kicked out of the UEFA Champions League.“On Sunday we’ll take the pitch against Pisa because Serie C requires us to play while emphasizing that playing the game does not compromise any possible readmission to the tournament in which we deserve to play,” a statement on the Virtus Entella’s website reads according to Football Italia.“Entella will certainly continue our battle. We’re victims of a great injustice, we are entitled to stay in Serie B, after the sentence from CONI’s Collegio di Garanzia, that is the sporting Supreme Court, which said that Entella must be readmitted.”“That was an executive ruling dated September 19 that was never complied with, a very serious fact which does great damage to our club,” the team added.“From today, however, all Entella, from the team to the technical staff, from the directors to the fans must enter ‘match mode’.”last_img read more

Melco International to redefine Macau landscape as 2017 revenues soar

first_img Melco likely to pass Australian regulatory inquiry, target full Crown acquisition: Bernstein Melco International Development Ltd Chairman and CEO Lawrence Ho has lauded his company’s ability to deliver “world’s first projects that redefine and elevate the landscapes they share” following a record-breaking year in 2017 that saw net revenue increase by 72.4% to HK$41.2 billion.Melco International Development’s positive results were due to multiple factors, primarily the recovery of Macau’s gaming industry across all sectors. They were also aided by the first full year of consolidated results from gaming subsidiary Melco Resorts & Entertainment Ltd compared with eight months of consolidated results in 2016. Melco Resorts defers acquisition of second tranche of Crown shares until conclusion of regulatory inquiry RelatedPosts Casino revenue comprised HK$38.4 billion while Adjusted EBITDA grew by more than 80% to HK$9.8 billion, with Melco noting that the entire Macau market had rebounded strongly in 2017 as patrons returned to the tables across both the VIP and mass market segments.“These tailwinds were further reinforced by our sustained attention to operating excellence and attracting Chinese outbound tourism, particularly within the consistently expanding premium-mass segment,” said Ho.However, Ho saved most praise for the impending launch of luxury hotel Morpheus at City of Dreams, which he described as a “masterpiece” while singling out Melco’s development initiative.“Morpheus is more than just another building. It is an architectural masterpiece, and will become a tourist attraction in Macau – an icon for quality, taste and vision,” he said.“It embodies our commitment to supporting Macau’s ongoing transformation into a diversified world tourism and leisure destination. Just as critically, it exemplifies our unique ability to imagine and deliver world’s first projects that redefine and elevate the landscapes they share.“The reality is few, if any, other operators are doing this – certainly not on the same scale. This is a fundamental competitive advantage. Our successful execution of large projects like Morpheus goes beyond the operations of a single property. For all the current and future governments and partners with whom we collaborate, they validate our commitment to holistic and original development, made specifically for each location.“For our customers, they reaffirm our focus on quality and on creating from their perspective – for the experience they want, not what we can most easily implement. This is why we have been able to build a global integrated resort network, literally from the ground up, within a few years. And it is why we have the opportunity to own the future of our space.”Melco International Development announced a final dividend of HK$0.04 per share, totalling approximately HK$61.5 million, for the year ended 31 December 2017, to be paid on 4 July 2018. Load More Evan Winkler appointed President as Melco Resorts implements latest management overhaullast_img read more

65 expect their employer to provide guidance on benefits

first_imgAlmost two-thirds (65%) of respondents expect their employer to provide guidance on the employee benefits available to them and how appropriate each benefit is for them and their family, according to research by Capita Employee Benefits.Its Employee insight report 2016-17, which surveyed 3,006 UK employees, also found that 69% of respondents are more likely to stay with an organisation that offers a good employee benefits package.The research also found:68% of respondents are more likely to join an organisation if it offers a good employee benefits package.Just 13% of respondents aged 25-34 years old are communicated to by their employer in the way they want, and almost half (47%) say their employer uses communication channels that they are not interested in.62% of respondents that have access to flexible benefits and are currently using these feel they are in a good benefits scheme.50% of respondents believe a pay rise would make them feel more valued at work, followed by being thanked (25%), and flexible working hours (20%).60% of respondents believe their employer should provide access to financial education to help with retirement planning.37% of respondents believe that there should be no option to opt out of a workplace pension scheme.60% of 16-34 year old respondents think the Lifetime individual savings account (Lisa) will have a positive impact.36% of respondents aged 16-34 years old would cash in their entire pension in order to buy a house.43% of respondents believe their employer has a responsibility to help them manage their personal health and wellbeing.33% of respondents would use wearable technology to help them monitor their health.Alex Tullett (pictured), head of benefits strategy at Capita Employee Benefits, said: “The past few years had shown a steady decline in the number of people who say they would take a job based on a good benefits package, down from a high of 72% in 2013. This year, that trend has been reversed, as has the decline in the number of people who would stay in a job based on the benefits on offer.“But the days of offering benefits because of tradition (industry or otherwise) or offering them because ‘that’s what’s always been done’ are ending. Employers want to see a business case for each benefit offered and for the overall benefit strategy, they want proof they are getting their money’s worth and that employees are responding to their benefits with the commensurate engagement and loyalty.“People are much more likely to buy a benefit as and when it becomes relevant to their lives; why shouldn’t they expect to be able to buy travel insurance after they’ve booked their flights? It’s clear that guidance on how appropriate each benefit would be for individual [employees] would be greatly appreciated.”last_img read more

Merchants of Alarming Truth and the Reality of Media Bias

first_imgAlong about New Year’s Eve, Sports Illustrated ran a piece on the firing of Tampa Bay Buccaneers head coach Dirk Koetter.“For the seventh time in eight years,” wrote Jonathan Jones, “the Bucs finished last in the NFC South, a level of ineptitude to which only the Browns can lay claim… At 5–11, the Buccaneers have missed the playoffs for the 11th consecutive year, and it’s the seventh time in that span that Tampa Bay has had double-digit losses.”“Ineptitude.” Ouch. That’s kind of… judgmental. But funny thing about what did not happen next. There were no howls about S.I.’s bias. Nobody questioned Jonathan Jones’ journalistic ethics or declared him the purveyor of Fake Sports News or castigated him as the Enemy of the Tampa-St, Petersburg-Clearwater metroplex.Because, objectively, the Buccaneers suck.Elsewhere on the meteorological disaster front, over the years the National Review has called Hurricane Katrina a “killer storm,” Newsweek called Cyclone Nargis a “killer storm” and Popular Mechanics called Hurricane Irma a “killer” storm. I don’t recall there being a trial verdict—in this country one is innocent until proven guilty—yet not a single accusation was forthcoming about the media’s anti-weather agenda. Evidently, the accuracy of the reporting spoke for itself.So now comes ex-New York Times executive editor Jill Abramson’s new book, “Merchants of Truth,” in which she concludes that the paper’s negative coverage of the Trump Administration violates the paper’s founding values and panders to its—she says—mainly liberal audience. It’s mainly a digression in her examination of the overall (treacherous) media landscape, but of course the right-wing-media-o-sphere swooped in like seagulls spying a stray boardwalk french fry. If you Google “jill abramson bias,” your tops hits will be: the New York Post,, Washington Times, Fox News, Russia Today (!) The Hill, and National Review.The liberal-bias narrative, after all, is their raison d’etre, their obsession and their business model. And it has been at the core of conservative politics since Nixon. But is it, you know, true? Is there a liberal bias in mainstream media? Yes. And, also, no.In the Venn diagram of values, journalism and liberalism do have a huge overlap. Questioning authority, suspicion of big money, “reform” in general, afflicting the comfortable and comforting the afflicted—which is really another way of saying “social justice.” Journalism isn’t a political party, much less an “opposition party,” but it is inherently progressive and inherently adversarial to the sitting government. Among recent victims: Barack Obama and Bill Clinton. And would-be president Hillary Clinton? Ask her. On the other hand, while the latest survey numbers are a bit outdated, in 2013 only 7 percent of journalists self-identified as Republican. (52 percent identified as independent). So the bleeding-heart sensibility is not a figment of the right’s imagination.But does that prove political bias? No, it does not.With some notable and horrifying exceptions, large news organizations—especially the ones dismissed as hubs of liberal bias—are rigorous in their work. Their publishing protocols police fairness and accuracy, and are difficult to circumvent within a newsroom. When a story is deemed particularly explosive, the caution is even greater. (Indeed, here the press tends toward the more insidious sin of false balance.) Nonetheless, when things happen, we report them, and when bad things happen we report them louder. That is not evidence of bias. It is evidence of observation and judgment.We have a president who told three bald-faced lies on his second day in office, one about the CIA, one about crowd size at his inauguration and one about the weather. Since then, fact checkers have documented thousands of presidential lies, falsehoods and misstatements. According to the Washington Post, in 2018, he made 15 false claims per day. Plus the schoolyard ad hominem against his critics. Plus his attacks on the press, the judiciary, the Congress, the intelligence community, the Justice Department and NATO. Plus his nakedly racist and unconstitutional statements and actions, blocked again and again by the courts. Plus his embrace of dictators in Russia, North Korea, Philippines and Turkey (and, this just in, now a fascist in Brazil). Plus his sleazy business conduct. Plus his sleazy “charity.” Plus his hidden tax returns. Plus his unabashed misogyny.These are all observable, and they are manifestly unique in the history of the presidency. This stuff is also not a figment of anyone’s imagination. The statements, the tweets, the insults, the executive orders, the firings, the defense of Charlottesville Nazis—they are all on the record and unfolding before our eyes. Yet when the media report on the wreckage, it’s seen as a smoking gun of bias and partisanship.Has the press piled on Donald Trump? Of course it has. For that you can blame Donald Trump. It is simply an eyewitness account of historic… hmm… I was going to say “depravity,” but let’s just go with ineptitude.Sarah Sanders wonders why we don’t report on Trump’s achievements, instead of focusing on Robert Mueller and Vladimir Putin and Stormy Daniels. Yeah, well, Dirk Koetter’s Tampa Bay offense gained more yards than any team in Bucs’ history. They still fired his ass.last_img read more

Wilmington Yard Sale Listings August 45

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Below is information on a yard sale happening in Wilmington this weekend:When: Saturday, August 4, 8am-5pm AND Sunday, August 5, 8am-5pmWhere: 1 Rustic Lane, Wilmington (Dead End Street off of Salem Street)Details: THIS IS A 2-DAY WEEKEND YARD SALE: Sat 8/4 to Sun 8/5, 8 AM to 5 PM. Rain or Shine (covered). We have lots of awesome items at this yard sale and invite you to attend.Too many household and outdoor items to mention but examples are: small household appliances, rug cleaner, electronics, clothing, generator, ladders, scaffold, chairs, housewares, dishes, and more! Most items are marked and for sale. All offers considered. Bring your ca$h for a good trade. Credit and debit considered at time of purchase. No personal checks. [Source:]Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedWilmington Yard Sale Listings (August 3-4)In “Community”Wilmington Yard Sale Listings (August 24-25)In “Community”Wilmington Yard Sale Listings (August 10-11)In “Community”last_img read more

Juneau SEARHC opens its doors to nonNatives seeking mental health services

first_imgPyper Powell straightens a picture at SEARHC’s new behavioral health location. (Photo by Elizabeth Jenkins/KTOO)About 15 new patients are scheduled for behavioral health services at a tribal health consortium in Southeast Alaska. SEARHC recently its practice in Juneau to offer services to non-Native people.It’s estimated that more than 4,700 people in Juneau suffer from a mental health condition. But if you’re seeking counseling from a private practice, you might have to wait.“Services in our community are limited and access to them is limited. We just thought it was time to open our doors and make ourselves available to others,” says Pyper Powell, a behavioral health clinician at SEARHC.She says she’s heard of patients being waitlisted up to a month or longer. So when the behavioral health division moved into a larger building in Juneau, it seemed like the perfect time to expand. Before, the service was only available to Alaska Natives and American Indians.“And now we’re able to serve anybody that wants to walk through the door.”That includes non-Natives with health insurance, Medicare and Medicaid coverage. She says they’re working on a sliding scale option for people without insurance. SEARHC is the tribal health care organization serving Alaska Natives in Southeast. It’s funded with federal dollars from the Indian Health Service and grants.The organization has seen both Native and non-Native people in Sitka for decades.“We know that it can work,” she says. “We know that it does work and that is a great support for the community.”Powell hopes, with more people in Juneau, they will be able to expand group therapy.“You have a chance to work out your problems in a safe confidential environment with people who maybe remind you of somebody and can give you great feedback rather than jumping in full bore,” she says.Groups include mental health support and chemical dependency. Some offer art therapy or mindfulness exercises. There’s one for grief management that uses Tlingit storytelling and drumming.SEARHC’s vice president, Leatha Merculieff, says it’s mutually beneficial to include non-Natives. She’s Aleut from St. Paul Island.“From an Alaska Native perspective, any type of expansion, it’s great for us as Alaska Native people because it adds additional resources to our services. That’s how we expand,” she says.SEARHC will also accept patients for one-on-one counseling, but another community behavioral health provider says there’s no need. They already provide similar services without a wait.“I don’t think we fully realized that there is a perception that so many people didn’t have immediate access to behavioral health services,” says Pamela Watts, the executive director at the Juneau Alliance for Mental Health.JAMHI provides counseling, among other services, and offers a sliding scale policy for its uninsured clients. Watts says SEARHC is “duplicating” what’s already available.“When duplication occurs that can draw resources away or clientele away from organizations that are well established,” she says.SEARHC’s revenue is 20 times larger than JAMHI’s. But something both providers agree on is the lack of psychiatric care in Juneau — particularly for kids. Pyper Powell says that’s one thing SEARHC’s new patients may not receive right away. Alaska Native children already have about a four month wait for that.“One of the things that we need to make sure that we do is honor the beneficiaries, the Alaska Natives, who would like to receive service as priority when there is a waitlist,” she says.Powell says there are no immediate plans to hire more staff. SEARHC will reassess in the next few months.last_img read more

This Power Strip Features 3 AC Outlets 3 USB Ports For Charging

first_img Share Tweet Submit ANKER has a hot deal on its unique PowerPort Cube which features a 3 AC outlets as well as 3 USB ports for charging your mobile devices. Or maybe not just mobile devices only.Having a dedicated charger to juice up your wares is an obvious route to take these days. But there are unique products out there that do the charging bit and go a mile further by incorporating extra features such as the inclusion of AC outlets. That’s what the ANKER PowerPort Cube is, essentially a power strip with USB ports.The most obvious use for this sort of product is charging up mobile devices. But of course, you can go beyond that by hooking it up with your GoPro, a pocket drone like the DJI Spark, a wireless charger, or take the Rambo route by plugging in a full-blown USB PD charger into it so you can charge up your MacBook Pro at full speed using one of the three AC ports.PowerPort Cube does not keep you on a leash by limiting you to just plain USB ports for charging. With the inclusion of 3 AC outlets, you can expand on your charging and power game anyway you like. Maybe even hook up a mini fridge to this bad boy while you are at it.Those USB ports which we talked about are backed up by ANKER’s PowerIQ tech, meaning that they will detect the device that is connected via USB, and will deliver the fastest, safest charge which the device can accept up to 12W, or 5V/2.4A.If you are interested, you can grab the PowerPort Cube from the link below. Remember to enter the special discount code in order to bring the price down to even more reasonable $20.79. You can even clip the on-page coupon code to get an extra $2 off the asking price.Buy Power Strip, Anker PowerPort Cube, 3 Outlets and 3 USB Ports with Switch Control, Overload Protection, 5 ft Cable – Was $25, Now just $20.79 using special discount code ANKERP27last_img read more

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first_img January 12, 2015 — Lexmark’s Perceptive Software announces a new agreement with Allscripts, including Allscripts Sunrise. As part of this agreement, components of Perceptive’s Enterprise Content Management (ECM) solution suite will be private-labeled and optimized to become part of an integrated medical content management platform within Allscripts.Perceptive Content will enhance Allscripts’ existing document management solution, which includes third-party ECM software components from various vendors. Perceptive Software and Allscripts product engineering teams will collaborate to develop a solution that helps Allscripts users effectively capture, access, manage and share unstructured patient content from within the Allscripts EMR platform.Using Perceptive Software ECM solutions within Allscripts will enable clinical and business staff to access documents and medical images directly within the Allscripts platform, giving them complete patient information for more informed clinical decisions, better productivity and streamlined workflow. Perceptive’s Enterprise Content Manager, when embedded in Allscripts applications, will enable Allscripts customers to benefit from ECM across the healthcare enterprise, from operations and patient finance to HIM, scheduling, registration/admissions, patient care and medical imaging.Medical Content Management solutions from Perceptive Software help healthcare organizations connect, manage and share patient content from disparate applications so they work in unison to optimize technology investments and make patient content available in existing applications, including the EMR.  For more information: Related Content News | Artificial Intelligence | August 05, 2019 Montefiore Nyack Hospital Uses Aidoc AI to Spot Urgent Conditions Faster Montefiore Nyack Hospital, an acute care hospital in Rockland County, N.Y., announced it is utilizing artificial… read more A nurse examines a patient in the Emergency Department of Cincinnati Children’s, where researchers successfully tested artificial intelligence-based technology to improve patient recruitment for clinical trials. 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From knitting to television with Alan Esslemont TG4s rise to Irelands 7th

first_imgVery interesting interview with Alan Esslemont, Director General TG4What is your background briefly?I’m originally Scottish, although very proud that I am now an Irish citizen, naturalised at a ceremony in Killarney in 2018 led by Judge Bryan MacMahon and Minister Paschal Donohoe.  I came to Galway in 1984 on a nine-month teaching contract with UCG (NUIG) and 35 years later I am still here! My wife, Máire, is from Mayo and we raised five adult children in the Connemara Gaeltacht.  Before coming to Ireland I graduated with an MA in French from Edinburgh University, spending about two years working in France and Switzerland and then two years working as a machine knitter in a knitting factory in the Isle of Skye.Does it seem like a logical background to what you do now?From knitting to television via academia? Probably not!  But for everyone there are always forks in the road and, for some of us, sometimes a moment of epiphany.  From the first day I sat down at a video editing machine in a Fás course in Tralee, beginning to make decisions on how moving pictures should fit together and how a visual story should be told, I knew that I really, really wanted to find a way of working in television.In 1989 I was lucky enough to become a member of the start-up team for Telegael, the first successful audio-visual company in the west of Ireland.  Then, in 1995 I was appointed to the senior management group of Teilifís na Gaeilge which launched TnaG in October 1996 and then I played a key role in the successful re-launch of TnaG as TG4 in 1999.    I became Director of Television for TG4 in 2000 and then in December 2007 I returned to Scotland to help set up and launch BBC ALBA, the Scots Gaelic television channel.With five kids in school and college, we didn’t want to move to Scotland, so I spent almost nine years commuting weekly from Connemara to Glasgow and Stornoway.  In the lead up to its launch in 2008, BBC ALBA was seen as being ‘set up to fail’ but the channel was a pioneering success and ended up being watched weekly by an audience ten times the total amount of Gaelic speakers in Scotland.BBC ALBA was a great place to be and people say ‘never go back’ but in October 2016 I came back to work in Ireland as Director General at TG4 and have really enjoyed the challenge.1 min pitch for what you are doing now?TG4’s reputation and popularity with audiences is now well established and we are the 7th most watched channel in Ireland, ranked above rich and accessible broadcasters like Channel 4, Sky and BBC Two.  Habitual Irish speakers watch us in great amounts, with our news, ‘Nuacht TG4’, and our soap, ‘Ros na Rún’, especially popular with our core audience.  But almost everyone in Ireland, with little Irish or none, will find something in our schedules which is compelling and unique, especially in our sport, our music and our documentaries.We are also aware of how audiences, especially young audiences, are changing the way they view content and we have doubled our investment in young people’s programming and established a new digital non-linear channel called ‘BLOC’ which serves young people aged 18-35.But beyond the public value that TG4 creates culturally, socially and for the Irish language, our new five year strategy highlights the role that TG4 plays in the creative economy and the development of the audio-visual industry in Ireland, especially in the regions.  In this respect, TG4’s strength is its model as a publisher broadcaster, a model first developed by Channel 4. That means that we don’t actually make our own programmes. We strategise our schedules and our brand in-house, but we commission our programmes from external independent producers.Because of the high level of global competition in the television market in Ireland, producers who work for us have to reach world-class standards for their programmes to be watched by Irish audiences. This means that producers working for TG4 are honing world-class skills which can then serve other broadcasters, nationally and internationally.  Thus any investment in TG4 becomes an investment in Ireland’s creative economy.Tell us about the potential of the creative economy, particularly in the regions, what might ‘good look like?The potential for Ireland is huge.  The Creative Ireland strategy launched by the Government in 2017  has a national goal for Ireland to become a global Centre of Excellence for Media Production and the government’s own advisors pointed out the critical role played by TG4 in developing the audio-visual sector outside of Dublin/Wicklow.  In the last 5 years alone TG4 has invested over €130M in Ireland’s creative services, helping build strong, internationalising Irish companies.What ‘good’ looks like is perhaps exemplified by Telegael, the company from An Spidéal I started out with over thirty years ago.  In the early years, Telegael’s turnover was very dependent on TG4 but their entrepreneurial CEO managed to find an international market for the company’s skills and now Telegael has a huge annual turnover focusing on animation and live-action drama. These days TG4 hardly provides 5% of Telegael’s income but we are proud that it was the quality of TG4’s programming that provided such a compelling calling card for home-grown talent to grow and flourish in the international audio-visual market.Why do you think it is such a powerful idea?It’s powerful because of the status of audio-visual content worldwide, a status that has indeed grown over the last few years.  Perhaps people are viewing less traditional television than before but they are actually viewing more content than ever. For that reason we have diversified into short-form digital content and also into Irish language cinema.  The first films from our ‘Cine4’ brand will come into cinemas this year and we have the stated and achievable aim of winning a foreign-language Oscar for Ireland.Media remains a powerful force in the modern world and we are proud that surveys show that over 90% of the public strongly identify TG4 as a promoter of Irish.   But being a creator of wealth, especially in Ireland’s regions, means that everyone one shares in TG4’s success, not solely those interested in Irish.TG4 is both a great idea and yet also a challenge as more and more Gaeltacht areas experience challenges in maintaining an active usage of the language. Question how does Irish remain a vibrant and functional language, rather than an exercise in preserving heritage?Your question gets to the core of the problem the Irish language in Ireland has had for over 300 years.  How do we achieve a vibrant and functional bilingualism in a world dominated by the English language? What added value does the Irish language bring to individuals in Ireland?  There was a famous Canadian academic, William Mackey, who pointed out ominously that “a self-sufficient bilingual community has no reason to remain bilingual”.I believe that TG4 is part of a vision for healthy bilingualism in Ireland, especially in those regions where Irish is strong.  We help create status for the language and help bring Irish into the national mainstream. And very importantly we are part of an international industry which doesn’t need to be in Dublin to create wealth and to create world-class audio-visual content.What similarities and differences do you see between the Irish and Scottish languages and their usages?I speak Irish at home and at work in Connemara and I learned Scots Gaelic in the knitting factory in Skye and used it daily in my role of Head of Content with BBC ALBA.  The two languages and their respective ‘Gaeltacht’ communities are similar but their histories have diverged. The efforts to revive Irish in Ireland have been criticised but have been much more effective than in Scotland.  But by working together, we can both make progress.This applies to Wales as well, where the native language is still very strong and where the Welsh TV channel, S4C, has about three times the budget of TG4. At present TG4, S4C and BBC ALBA co-produce a great deal together and this internationalised base has allowed us recently to open up new markets for co-production including Korea and China.How can people find out more about you & your work?Lots of TG4 content is available worldwide without restrictions on and I can be contacted through or via TG4TV on LinkedIn.  And if you’re at home in Ireland, just turn on the telly and enjoy!Nach álainn seo ó Fleadh Cheoil Na Mumhan an deireadh seachtaine seo caite. Crossfields Céilí Band – Craobh Chronáin, Corcaigh “Cup Of Tea”.@FleadhTV— TG4 (@TG4TV) July 23, 2019More information about Irish Tech News and the Business ShowcaseFYI the ROI for you is => We now get over 1.5 million monthly views, and up to 900k monthly unique visitors, from over 160 countries. We have over 860,000 relevant followers on Twitter on our various accounts & were recently described as Ireland’s leading online tech news site and Ireland’s answer to TechCrunch, so we can offer you a good audience!Since introducing desktop notifications a short time ago, which notify readers directly in their browser of new articles being published, over 16000 people have now signed up to receive them ensuring they are instantly kept up to date on all our latest content. Desktop notifications offer a unique method of serving content directly to verified readers and bypass the issue of content getting lost in people’s crowded news feeds.Drop us a line if you want to be featured, guest post, suggest a possible interview, or just let us know what you would like to see more of in our future articles. We’re always open to new and interesting suggestions for informative and different articles. Contact us, by email, twitter or whatever social media works for you.Home From knitting to television, TG4’s rise to Ireland’s 7th most popular channel If you would like to have your company featured in the Irish Tech News Business Showcase, get in contact with us at or on Twitter: @SimonCockinglast_img read more