Companies had more than a month to formulate a response to the end of federal abortion rights in the United States, if they didn’t weigh in immediately after a draft opinion was leaked in May. But when the final decision arrived in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization on Friday, relatively few had anything to say about the outcome. Most stayed silent, including some companies that are known for speaking out on social issues such as Black Lives Matter and L.G.B.T.Q. rights. Some of the corporations that blacked out their Instagram pages in 2020 or featured rainbow flags on their websites for Pride Month have so far been hesitant to comment on abortion . “Executives are feeling some trepidation around this,” said Dave Fleet, the head of global digital crisis at Edelman, a consulting firm. “They’re concerned about backlash because they know there’s no way to please everyone.” Many of the businesses that did make public statements on Friday opted to address the … [Read more...] about Companies Are More Vocal Than Ever on Social Issues. Not on Abortion.
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As though our current national debt was not troubling enough, the bright boys around President Marcos Jr. are planning to set up a state investment fund that seeks to participate in the highly diversified global investment game. Dubbed the “Maharlika Investments Corp.,” the proposed entity is to be headed by Mr. Marcos as chair of the board. The concept of sovereign wealth funds (SWF) is not new, although the term itself is fairly recent. Some countries have more money than they need, and they use this to generate more money. This may come from proceeds from the extraction of mineral resources like oil. Or it may come from prudent spending that yields budgetary savings. Surplus funds may also come from the sale or lease of state-owned assets like land. In our case, the plan is to form a seed fund of P275 billion ($5 billion) from pension funds managed by the Government Service Insurance System and the Social Security System, and from assets of state-owned banks like Landbank and the … [Read more...] about Are we ready for a sovereign wealth fund?
A person holding an umbrella with a slogan on it takes part in anti-Chinese government protests, amid China’s “zero-COVID” policy, near the Chinese consulate in New York City, U.S., November 29, 2022. REUTERS FILE PHOTO BEIJING — More Chinese cities including Urumqi in the far west announced easing of coronavirus curbs on Sunday, as China tries to make its zero-COVID policy more targeted and less onerous after extraordinary protests against restrictions last weekend. Urumqi, the capital of the Xinjiang region and where the protests first broke out, will reopen shopping malls, markets, restaurants and other venues from Monday, authorities said, after strict lockdowns that had lasted months. There was little sign of significant unrest this weekend, although police were out in force in the Liangmaqiao area of Beijing and in Shanghai around Wulumuqi Road, which is named after Urumqi. Both sites saw protests a week ago. A deadly apartment fire last month in Urumqi had sparked … [Read more...] about Chinese cities announce further easing of COVID-19 curbs
Emily Maitlis says BBC's Brexit coverage 'wasn't' balanced SUBSCRIBE Invalid email We use your sign-up to provide content in ways you've consented to and to improve our understanding of you. This may include adverts from us and 3rd parties based on our understanding. You can unsubscribe at any time. More info The BBC’s chairman has fired at Emily Maitlis for her comments about Dominic Cummings, saying the corporation has “a liberal bias”. Richard Sharp, BBC head, was asked about the former Newsnight presenter’s comments in May 2020, where she said the former adviser to Boris Johnson made the public “feel like fools”. Related articles BBC boss 'unapologetic' as he defends 'woke' World Cup coverage Gary Lineker and BBC pundits slammed by Piers Morgan over Lionel Messi In an interview, Mr Sharp said “we’re not a campaigning institution” after being asked about Ms Maitlis’ interview and claims against the BBC. She … [Read more...] about ‘She’s wrong’: BBC boss slams Emily Maitlis over Cummings lockdown rant on Newsnight
BBC chairman Richard Sharp has conceded the broadcaster has a liberal bias — but insists it is fighting against it. The former Goldman Sachs and JP Morgan banker also said the corporation had been too London -centred. That, he said, meant Brexit had come as a big surprise to the organisation, adding: “The BBC didn’t understand the ‘mind’ of the country.” Mr Sharp , who donates his £160,000 salary to charity, agreed “the BBC does have a liberal bias” but said he had a ten point plan to tackle it. He also agreed that ex-Newsnight presenter Emily Maitlis’s monologue on Dominic Cummings’ trip to Barnard Castle in lockdown was wrong. He told the Sunday Times: “We’re not a campaigning institution. Read More on BBC DYER ME Gary Lineker makes Kieron Dyer gaffe live on BBC ahead of England vs Senegal 'OH HI' Ferdinand bumps into ex Man Utd pal Park Ji-sung before World Cup punditry duties "Our approach is … [Read more...] about BBC boss admits broadcaster has ‘a liberal bias’ but has plans to tackle issue
December 02, 2022 - 16:38 GMT Fashion entrepreneur Nina Briance explains how Cult Mia’s new bespoke online tailoring service could be the answer to combating returns and fashion waste - read more With the advent of online shopping becoming easier than ever, there has emerged a significant and growing problem. " The relationship between consumer and returns has become unhealthy," explains Eco-Age ' s Elizabeth Bennett. Recent research revealed that up to 30% of shoppers deliberately over-purchase and subsequently return unwanted items. " It’s suggested that between 30 and 40% of clothes bought online are now returned to the seller. With more of us than ever shopping online – a habit only increased by the pandemic – the rate of returns is reaching unsustainable levels," says Elizabeth. The problem with all these returns is that while we assume the returned item will end up back on the virtual shelf and sold on, this … [Read more...] about Luxury e-tailer Cult Mia is starting a a digital made to measure service to help combat textile waste