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    Oil and gas industry groups had a heavy hand in choosing representatives to serve on a council intended to ensure energy and electricity operations continue during extreme weather conditions, emails provided to The Texas Tribune and confirmed by the Texas Railroad Commission show. The council, recently formalized by the Texas Legislature in the aftermath of the power crisis earlier this year is supposed to ensure the energy and electric industries meet “high priority human needs" and “address critical infrastructure concerns" — responsibilities lawmakers assigned to it after the previous, informal group failed to ensure natural gas suppliers could transport enough fuel to power plants during the February winter storm. The lack of fuel ultimately forced more electricity offline, lengthening the crisis for Texans, millions of whom lost power, heat and, at times, safe drinking water during the dayslong blackouts. The power outages, primarily caused by the inability of power plants to operate in the extreme cold, caused the deaths of as many as 700 people, according to a BuzzFeed analysis, and caused an estimated $86 billion to $129 billion in...
    BERLIN (AP) — A major shipping industry group said Tuesday that its members will aim for “net-zero” carbon emissions by 2050, following a commitment to the same goal by the world’s airline industry a day earlier. The current target set by the International Maritime Organization, a United Nations body, is to reduce emissions from international shipping by 50% by 2050. The International Chamber of Shipping said it has submitted a proposal to the U.N. for the industry to stop adding CO2 to the atmosphere by mid-century. “Talk is cheap, and action is difficult,” International Chamber of Shipping Chairman Esben Poulsson said in a statement, adding that the group’s proposal “sets out the ‘how’ as well as the ‘what’ for decarbonizing shipping by 2050.” “A net-zero carbon ambition is achievable by 2050,” Poulsson said. “But only provided governments take the unglamorous but urgent decisions needed to manage this process within a global regulatory framework.” The U.N.’s annual climate change conference starts Oct. 31 in Glasgow, Scotland. The ICS previously called for a global surcharge on carbon emissions from shipping to...
    GENEVA (AP) — The world’s largest association of airlines said Monday that it is aiming for the air transport industry to reach net zero carbon emissions by 2050, while acknowledging it will be a “huge challenge.” The International Air Transport Association, which has key offices in Geneva, said its general meeting in Boston had agreed on the target, a commitment that would line it up with the goal of the 2015 Paris accord to help keep global warming under 1.5 degrees Celsius. The industry appears to be counting heavily on a carbon-offset plan laid out by a U.N. organization on civil aviation, but suggests governments have a role to play, too. “With collective efforts of the entire value chain and supportive government policies, aviation will achieve net zero emissions by 2050,” IATA Director-General Willie Walsh said in a statement. IATA said industry can take steps through use of sustainable fuels, new plane technologies, improved efficiencies and new power sources like electric or hydrogen power — but carbon capture and carbon-offset programs will also have a role. Walsh said one scenario...
    (CNN)Members of the union representing roughly 60,000 film and television workers have voted to authorize a strike that could shutter Hollywood productions indefinitely. The International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees union president Matthew Loeb announced the results on Monday. "The members have spoken loud and clear," said Loeb. "This vote is about the quality of life as well as the health and safety of those who work in the film and television industry. Our people have basic human needs like time for meal breaks, adequate sleep, and a weekend. For those at the bottom of the pay scale, they deserve nothing less than a living wage."The union said the results were made "by a nearly unanimous margin," with nearly 90% voter turnout. This is the first time in IATSE's 128-year history that members of the union have authorized a nationwide strike, according to IATSE. The union had been in negotiations with the group representing producers, the Alliance of Motion Picture Television Producers (AMPTP), making a case for higher pay, improvements to on-set conditions (including longer rest and meal breaks) and...
    A plane lands on the southern runway at London Heathrow Airport. US and EU travellers who are fully vaccinated against coronavirus will be allowed to enter England and Scotland without the need to quarantine from Monday.Steve Parsons | PA Images | Getty Images The global airline industry is expected to lose close to $12 billion next year, cutting its losses from this year by 78% as carriers slowly recover from the Covid-19 pandemic, the International Air Transport Association said in a forecast Monday. IATA, which represents nearly 300 airlines that operate more than 80% of the world's air traffic, said industry losses in 2021 will be worse than originally thought, totaling $51.8 billion, up from a forecast in April of $47.7 billion. Net losses in 2020 were $137.7 billion, more than the $126.4 billion IATA estimated earlier this year and bringing the industry's total net losses from the pandemic to more than $200 billion. "We are past the deepest point of the crisis," IATA's Director General Willie Walsh said during the group's annual meeting, which was held in Boston. It...
    Check out our must-buy plant-based cookbooks! Learn more French fashion company Kering will be going entirely fur-free to keep up with the customer demands. The group manages multiple high-end brands, including Yves Saint Laurent and Alexander McQueen. Some of their brands, including Gucci, have already ditched fur.  The fashion brand has announced that starting in 2022, they will remove fur from all of their brands. This is a huge step that will have a lasting impact on the fashion industry. After Gucci made the decision to remove fur from their products, many other fashion brands followed suit. Many animal rights activists hope that this big step for Kering will encourage even more fashion brands to change their tune on fur. François-Henri Pinault, Chairman, and CEO of Kering, said, “The time has now come to take a further step forward by ending the use of fur in all our collections. The world has changed, along with our clients, and luxury naturally needs to adapt to that.” Many customers have slowly started to make demands for a fur-free industry, as...
    Long hours and hectic environments are typical within the restaurant industry, and KNEAD Hospitality + Design hopes to change that with the rollout of a four-day work week. From Succotash in National Harbor to Mi Vida at The Wharf, the group has several restaurants. During the pandemic, Jason Berry, one of the founders, said the group went through “a wild time.” “In March, we thought we were losing our company and our lives, as many people did,” Berry said. “We didn’t know what was going to happen and it was very scary.” He said throughout that time, they began to focus more on how they could positively impact the industry and retain exceptional employees. While he said all employees returned post-pandemic, the need for a more balanced work-life experience became apparent. “Over the course of the past year and a half, we saw a few people who said, ‘Hey, I’m burnt out, I’m tired, I love this industry but I just can’t do it, it doesn’t fit with my lifestyle,”’ Berry added. He said they’ve since rolled out a program...
    A major maritime industry association on Monday backed plans for a global surcharge on carbon emissions from shipping as a way to help fund the sector's shift toward climate-friendly fuels. The International Chamber of Shipping announced that it's proposing to the United Nations that all vessels trading globally above a certain size should pay a set amount per metric ton of carbon dioxide they emit. The shipping industry is estimated to account for nearly 3% of the greenhouse gas emissions that are driving global warming and projected to rise significantly. Some analysts expect that shipping will account for 17% of emissions by 2050, according to S&P Global.  Despite the scale of its emissions and its critical role in the global economy, the industry was one of the few left out of the Paris agreement. Upward of 80% of global trade is carried via sea routes, according to Reuters. Environmental groups welcomed the proposal to the the International Maritime Organization, a U.N. body, but cautioned that it doesn't specify what carbon price would be supported by the group, which represents commercial...
    BERLIN (AP) — A major maritime industry association on Monday backed plans for a global surcharge on carbon emissions from shipping to help fund the sector’s shift toward climate-friendly fuels. The International Chamber of Shipping said it’s proposing to the United Nations that all vessels trading globally above a certain size should pay a set amount per metric ton of carbon dioxide they emit. The group, representing commercial shipowners and operators covering over 80% of the world merchant fleet, didn’t specify what carbon price it would support. The shipping industry is estimated to account for nearly 3% of the greenhouse gas emissions that are driving global warming and projected to rise significantly in the coming decades. Environmental campaigners welcomed the ICS submission to the International Maritime Organization, but cautioned that the extent of its ambition remains unclear. “We will know they are serious about real progress when they embrace a level of ambition consistent with what climate vulnerable island nations have already proposed,” said Aoife O’Leary, director of global transportation at the Environmental Defense Fund. The Marshall Islands and the...
    The once-venerable Nielsen TV ratings service has lost its accreditation from an oversight group after networks accused the company of under-counting TV viewers during the coronavirus pandemic. On Wednesday, the Media Rating Council, which oversees metrics companies like Nielsen and comScore, said it was suspending Nielsen after it had found a “generally consistent pattern of underreporting of viewing” in the company’s reporting in February 2021. In May, the Media Rating Council determined that Nielsen may have underestimated the total usage of TV in February by the valuable 18-to-49 age demographic by 2 percent to 6 percent. Networks and other industry organizations have claimed Nielsen’s underreporting was more widespread. There is “a heck of a lot of money” at stake, said Sean Cunningham, CEO of the Video Advertising Bureau, a trade group that represents TV networks to advertisers, in a statement to Variety. “There is the potential for a lot more understatement.” The Video Advertising Bureau has contended Nielsen undercounted audiences during the height of the pandemic last year, creating an “exaggerated and inaccurate depiction of 2020 Covid TV usage declines.” Congress created the...
    NEW YORK (AP) — Bethany Mayer didn’t want to go back to work after learning that a fellow ironworker insinuated that women like her didn’t belong there. Jordyn Bieker, an apprentice sheet metal worker in Denver, said she felt uncomfortable that her foreman asked her pointed questions about being gay. Yunmy Carroll, a veteran steamfitter, said a worker at a training session declared that women in construction are “whores.” The three women shared their stories over Zoom during a Lean In Circle for Tradeswomen, one of 76 launched nationwide and in Canada this year by the North America’s Building Trades Unions and Lean In, the women’s advocacy group started by Facebook Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg. About 700 tradeswomen are participating the program, designed to help them navigate persistent bias and harassment on construction sites, from unwanted sexual advances to being assigned lesser duties like traffic control or fire watch. It’s a culture industry leaders are fighting to change in the hopes of recruiting more women into a sector with an aging workforce that faces chronic...
    A report released this week indicates that thousands of New York restaurants still need help recovering from the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. On Tuesday, the National Restaurant Association (NRA) issued a release indicating roughly 18,000 restaurants in the state have applications pending for Restaurant Revitalization Fund (RRF) grants. The national group, in concert with state associations, sent a letter to congressional leaders that day urging them to back replenishing the fund. The business groups say it’s essential that more funding becomes available. They cite the rise of the COVID-19 delta variant and the steps some cities, counties and states have taken, which have affected member establishments. That includes New York City, where a vaccine mandate for indoor dining was implemented earlier this month. An NRA survey conducted two weeks ago found that nearly 20% of U.S. adults have stopped going to restaurants. In addition, 37% have opted for takeout or delivery rather than eating at an establishment, while 19% are seeking outdoor dining options. The survey also found that mask and vaccine mandates would also have an impact on restaurant dining....
    BERLIN (AP) — Devastating floods in western Germany last month likely caused insured damage to the tune of about 7 billion euros ($8.2 billion), an insurance industry group said Wednesday, significantly increasing its previous estimate. More than 180 people died in Germany and hundreds more were injured in the July 14-15 floods, which also claimed lives in neighboring Belgium. Heavy rainfall turned small streams into raging torrents, sweeping away houses, bridges and cars. Joerg Asmussen, the head of the German Insurance Association said that residential buildings, household equipment and damage to companies accounted for about 6.5 billion euros ($7.6 billion) of the estimated damage, while vehicles accounted for another 450 million euros ($529 million). The umbrella group for private insurers had previously estimated that insured damage would total 4.5 billion to 5.5 billion euros. ($5.3 billion to $6.5 billion). The association said the total damage from the floods will be well above its estimates because many buildings weren’t insured for “elementary damage” from events such as floods. It said that almost all residential buildings in Germany are insured against...
    Amber Group, the leading cryptocurrency service provider, today announced the launch of a new internship program, STAR-X, one of its talent-nurturing initiatives. The program offers a four-week rotating internship for juniors, seniors, and graduates from the world’s top universities. The goal is to provide college students with real-world experience and further their career opportunities in the crypto industry. “This internship program is a natural extension of Amber Group’s ongoing efforts to develop and nurture the next generation,” he said. Michael Wu, Co-Founder and CEO of Amber Group . “By creating a new pipeline for college students to gain work experience in the crypto industry, we look forward to providing meaningful mentoring and opportunities to the younger generation, who will play a key role in the future of crypto finance.” With a presence in Asia and North America, the Hong Kong-based crypto unicorn Amber Group has a global team of nearly 400 employees from diverse backgrounds. Successful program candidates begin their internship in Amber’s sales department for the first two weeks, then rotate to other departments such...
    Senate Democrats on Tuesday introduced legislation aimed at bolstering nursing home staffing, transparency, accountability and oversight, after COVID-19 wreaked havoc on seniors in long-term care facilities.    The bill, from a group led by Sens Ron WydenRonald (Ron) Lee WydenHillicon Valley: Cryptocurrency amendment blocked in Senate | Dems press Facebook over suspension of researchers' accounts | Thousands push back against Apple plan to scan US iPhones for child sexual abuse images Cryptocurrency amendment blocked in Senate Here are the key parts of Democrats' .5T budget resolution MORE (D-Ore.) and Bob CaseyRobert (Bob) Patrick CaseySenate Democrats press administration on human rights abuses in Philippines Biden celebrates anniversary of Americans with Disabilities Act Lawmakers introduce bipartisan Free Britney Act MORE (D-Pa.), proposes a series of comprehensive changes to an industry that advocates and lawmakers have said is in need of reform. Nursing home residents make up only a tiny fraction of the U.S. population, but they were disproportionately killed by COVID-19. According to federal figures,almost one in three COVID-19 deaths in the U.S. were connected to nursing homes.  Nursing homes across the country...
    NEW YORK (AP) — The Hollywood Foreign Press Association on Thursday announced reforms to its bylaws and an overhaul of its membership process in a bid to diversify its ranks and potentially restore the heavily criticized Golden Globes. The embattled 84-member press association voted 63 to 19 in favor of the new measures, including the election of a new board that will for the first time also include several non-members. The HFPA, which has long been populated by little-known international journalists who seldom publish, also voted to expand its membership. “Three months ago, we made a promise to commit to transformational change and with this vote we kept the last and most significant promise in reimagining the HFPA and our role in the industry,” said Ali Sar, HFPA board president. “All of these promised reforms can serve as industry benchmarks and allow us to once again partner meaningfully with Hollywood moving forward.” Numerous reports about ethical lapses and a recent voting membership that included no Black members prompted an industry-wide rebuke of the Globes earlier this year. Studios and stars...
    A group of three lawmakers is trying to change a provision in the bipartisan infrastructure package that industry advocates say could create problems for blockchain software developers, cryptocurrency miners, and other parties. Democratic Sen. Ron Wyden of Oregon and Republican Sens. Pat Toomey of Pennsylvania and Cynthia Lummis of Wyoming introduced an amendment to the spending package on Wednesday that seeks to alleviate some anxieties in the cryptocurrency industry. The revenue-raising provision would apply new IRS reporting requirements to cryptocurrency brokers, which lawmakers predict would bring about $28 billion in revenue. Crypto proponents feared the original proposal was overly broad and could be interpreted to include not only centralized exchanges but also node operators, developers, and miners. SEC CHIEF ASKS CONGRESS TO HELP REIN IN ‘WILD WEST’ OF CRYPTOCURRENCIES The new amendment clarifies the definition of brokers does not include any person engaged in the business of validating distributed ledger transactions, those who sell hardware or software that allows a person to control private keys used for accessing cryptocurrencies on a distributed ledger, or those who...
    We finally have a Navy with no more firsts for women Louisiana breaks its all-time COVID case record; CDC says delta as infectious as chickenpox: Latest updates © Reuters/ARND WIEGMANN The logo of French luxury group Hermes is seen in Zurich PARIS (Reuters) -Sales at Birkin handbag maker Hermes powered ahead in the second quarter, more than doubling from a year earlier as lockdowns eased around the world and shoppers, particularly in Asia and the United States, flocked back to stores. The luxury goods industry, which suffered an unprecedented sales contraction last year, has bounced back sharply in 2021, with Hermes rivals like LVMH and Kering also benefiting. Hermes said sales at constant currencies were up 127% at 2.15 billion euros ($2.55 billion). That was 33% above where they stood in the first half of 2019, before the coronavirus pandemic. The recurring operating margin reached 41% of sales, matching that of French rival and industry leader LVMH's fashion and leather goods division. Executive Chairman Axel Dumas called the results exceptional and said Hermes, unlike some rivals, had...
    Shoppers wear protective masks inside the Glendale Galleria shopping mall in Glendale, California, on Thursday, May 6, 2021.Bing Guan | Bloomberg | Getty Images The biggest global trade association for the retail real estate industry is rebranding to update its image amid massive changes in the way people shop. The International Council of Shopping Centers announced Monday its initials ICSC will now stand for Innovating Commerce Serving Communities. ICSC said the changes have been about nine months in the making. The 65-year-old trade group said the shift is indicative of how ICSC, its members — which include U.S. mall and shopping center owners — and the entire retail real estate industry are rapidly evolving, in part due to repercussions of the coronavirus pandemic. "The terminology 'shopping centers' or 'retail real estate' are still clearly an important part of our membership," ICSC President and CEO Tom McGee said in an interview. "But they're somewhat descriptive to the historical nature of who our membership was, from a demographic standpoint ... the property type that it was. As opposed to the impact that...
    CHICAGO (CBS) — Questions of equity continue to surround the billion-dollar Illinois marijuana industry. Starting Monday, an activist group plans to stage a weeklong sit-in outside a dispensary, demanding reparations for ex-convicts who were put away for a drug that has now been made legal. READ MORE: Man Shot In Broad Daylight In South Loop As CBS 2’s Marissa Parra reported Sunday, it has been a blockbuster year for recreational marijuana in the Land of Lincoln. But indeed, not everyone is celebrating. “It’s wrong for them to benefit off the same product that they incarcerated us with,” said Tyrone Muhammad, a founder of the group Ex-Cons for Community and Social Change. Muhammad and Greg Sherman, also of the organization, plan to camp outside a specific cannabis dispensary for the next week. “To highlight the inequities and injustice of the cannabis industry,” Muhammad said. It is no secret the state is lagging when it comes to social equity in the billion-dollar pot industry. CBS 2 has repeatedly covered the delays and lags with the
    Hong Kong (CNN Business)Changes to Hong Kong's data protection laws could force some companies to stop providing services in the city, according to an industry group that represents some of the world's top tech firms.The prospect of a retreat from Hong Kong was floated in a letter released publicly this week by the Asia Internet Coalition (AIC), a Singapore-based association that counts Facebook (FB), Twitter (TWTR) and Google (GOOGL) as members.The memo, which is dated June 25 and sent by the group to Hong Kong's privacy commissioner for personal data, Ada Chung Lai-ling, pushes back on a recently introduced bill that seeks to crack down on doxxing. The practice refers to the sharing of private information of individuals online, usually to open them up as targets for harassment.The Hong Kong government says this has been a particularly widespread issue since 2019, when the city was engulfed by mass protests. Officials say it can lead to people's photographs, identity card information and addresses being given out without their consent. Read MoreBetween June 2019 and May 2021, more than 5,700 doxxing-related cases...
    A Federal Aviation Administration advisory group is urging the agency to replace words like "airman" and "cockpit" with gender-neutral terms like "aviator" and "flight deck." The FAA’s Drone Advisory Committee put forth the recommendations in a report released Wednesday, part of a broader push for equity in the agency and aviation industry. "Research shows that the utilization of gender-neutral language can lead to a more inclusive environment that draws more people to the industry and helps keep them there," the report states. ASTRONAUTS TACKLE MORE SOLAR PANEL WORK IN THRID SPACEWALK The committee offered several alternatives for terms commonly used in the industry, such as using "manufactured" or "fabricated" instead of "man-made." It also noted that the term "cockpit" has at times been used by male crew members to "undermine femme co-workers" — and proposed that "flight deck" be used instead. The group — made up of representatives from different sectors of the industry — was asked by the FAA in February for suggestions on switching to gender-neutral terms, according to The Washington Post. The idea was to refresh language...
    A transport advisory committee has urged the Federal Aviation Administration to replace terms including 'cockpit' and 'airman' with gender-neutral terms. The suggestions were put forward in a report, which was released on Wednesday, as part of the FAA's Drone Advisory Committee's efforts to make the aviation industry more inclusive. It offered alternative gender-neutral phrases to replace the current FAA terms, including 'flight deck' instead of 'cockpit', 'aircrew' to replace 'airman' and 'traditional aviation' rather than 'manned aviation'. Giving a reason for the proposed change to 'flight desk', it claimed the term 'cockpit' has occasionally been used by male crew members to 'exclude or undermine femme coworkers'. FAA's Drone Advisory Committee has urged the Federal Aviation Administration to replace terms including 'cockpit' and 'airman' with gender-neutral terms (file image from July 2020) The report stated: 'Research shows that the utilization of gender neutral language can lead to a more inclusive environment that draws more people to the industry and helps keep them there.  'Accordingly, entities ranging from international bodies to airlines have adopted gender-neutral language.' It also recommended using 'they' to describe...
    In this article BTC.BS=-USSChesnot | Getty ImagesAmber Group, a cryptocurrency financial services firm, has raised $100 million as investors rush to back companies in the industry. The fresh funding round values the Hong Kong-based start-up at $1 billion. Investment bank China Renaissance led the round with participation from other high-profile investors including New York-based Tiger Global Management. Existing investors, which includes Coinbase's venture arm, were involved. The latest funding round continues a flurry of funding activity in the cryptocurrency industry. In the second quarter of 2021, venture capital investment into cryptocurrency and blockchain start-ups totaled $14 billion, according to data from PitchBook provided to CNBC. That compares to just $600 million in the same period last year. Interest in cryptocurrencies, particularly in bitcoin, rose this year as institutional investors and large corporations jumped in. Payments processor Square and electric vehicle maker Tesla are among the companies that have purchased bitcoin. But after touching a record high of $64,829.14 in April, bitcoin has plunged by nearly half.Business modelAmber Group has typically sold products to institutional investors and high-net worth individuals...
    VIDEO1:2701:27Man Group: Meme stocks a 'false market' but will cause 'radical shift' for cinema industryEvolve The rise to prominence of so-called "meme stocks" — those favored by retail traders on forums such as Reddit — is creating "false markets" that should be actively avoided, according to Man Group CEO Luke Ellis. Meme stocks such as GameStop and AMC Entertainment took markets by storm in January and have continued to grab headlines, as Reddit traders piled into previously unfavorable companies for brief periods of time and sent their share prices skyrocketing, causing a squeeze on several hedge funds with short positions against the stock. Shorting a stock involves borrowing it and selling it on with a view to buying it back at a lower price, hence profiting from a depreciation in the share price. A recent CNBC analysis found that the typical upward run for an individual stock, often as a result of being championed by 10.5 million-member Reddit thread "Wallstreetbets," lasted around nine days before its first big drop.VIDEO2:0002:00Billionaire investor Paul Tudor Jones on meme stocksSquawk BoxSpeaking at CNBC's Evolve...
    A bipartisan cast of lawmakers raised the possibility that major meatpacking companies are engaged in price-fixing and are calling on the Justice Department to investigate. More than two dozen Republicans and Democrats in the House and Senate signed a letter to Attorney General Merrick Garland that asked his department to take “decisive action.” They contend that “the anticompetitive practices occurring in the industry today are unambiguous.” The letter, which was led by Republican Sen. Mike Rounds of South Dakota and Democratic Sen. Tina Smith of Minnesota, points out that four large companies, two of which are foreign-owned, control 80% of the meatpacking industry “and are seemingly able to control prices at their will, or even defy expectations of market fundamentals.” The lawmakers said that over the past several years, the price of live cattle in the U.S. market has fallen while the price of boxed beef has greatly increased, a disconnect that has resulted in higher costs at the grocery store for consumers. They said that the meatpacking companies reaped the rewards of the price difference while...
    DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The U.S. Department of Agriculture has declined a request by the pork industry to increase the speed at which pigs can be processed into meat, delivering a victory to slaughterhouse workers who had raised safety concerns about the plan. The USDA announced Wednesday evening it would enforce a Minnesota judge’s order issued in March. The judge struck down plans begun years ago but finalized by the USDA under former President Donald Trump’s administration that would have lifted maximum line speeds at pork slaughterhouses, allowing dozens of plants to speed up production. READ MORE: As Frigid Weather Lingers Into The End Of May, Tips To Keep Your Plants Safe The United Food and Commercial Workers Union International, which represents 33,000 workers in the pork processing industry, welcomed the decision. “President Biden made a commitment to strengthen safety protections for America’s meatpacking workers on the frontlines of this pandemic. With today’s USDA statement, the Biden administration is reaffirming its commitment to worker safety,” union president Marc Perrone said Wednesday. The USDA’s decision followed a March 31 ruling...
    (CNN)On Monday, NBC announced that it won't broadcast the Golden Globes next year after low ratings and the film industry's denouncement of the lack of diversity in the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, as well as ethical issues plaguing the group, which puts on the event. Prior to NBC's announcement, Scarlett Johansson issued a statement calling for the entertainment industry to pull back from HFPA-sponsored events; afterward, Tom Cruise drew significant buzz when a source close to the actor told CNN that he had returned his Golden Globe awards (for "Jerry Maguire" and "Magnolia") to the HFPA. Kara Alaimo From a business perspective, this was the right move by the network: Had it continued to air the event, it almost certainly would have been a spectacular failure. But from a public relations and moral point of view, it was also well past time for Hollywood to hold the HFPA's feet to the fire. Audiences have an appetite for more diverse stories -- but it's harder to tell them if they don't get buzz because they're shunned by exclusionary "critics." Now,...
                      by Nyamekye Daniel  Georgia Attorney General Chris Carr said President Joe Biden’s executive order addressing climate change is an authoritative overreach that could kill a selection of Georgia jobs and impose more burdens on Americans. Georgia has joined nine other states in suing the Biden administration over the order, which creates the Working Group on the Social Cost of Greenhouse Gases. The working group is required to publish estimations on the social costs of carbon, nitrous oxide and methane, then make recommendations to the administration on how federal agencies should incorporate the social costs into their regulatory decision-making processes. “This executive order is nothing but a license for gross federal overreach that will have potentially life-altering consequences for hard-working Georgians,” Carr said in a statement. “The president is using arbitrary numbers to justify regulating anything and everything, and we will not allow this egregious overstep of executive branch authority.” Carr argued carbon dioxide, methane and nitrous oxide are among the most common and prevalent by-products of human economic activity. Carr said...
    In this article GOOGL FB AMZN US President Joe Biden holds his first cabinet meeting in the East Room of the White House in Washington, DC, on April 1, 2021.Andrew Caballero-Reynolds | AFP | Getty ImagesChamber of Progress, a new tech industry group funded by giants like Amazon, Facebook and Google, is announcing its support for a corporate tax increase like the one President Joe Biden proposed to fund his $2 trillion infrastructure plan. The move sets Chamber of Progress, a new center-left group, apart from other business organizations that have opposed Biden's tax hike, like the Business Roundtable and U.S. Chamber of Commerce. While the group's endorsement does not reflect the individual views of each company that funds it, it does send a signal that the tech industry is open to higher tax rates and supports greater infrastructure investment. Chamber of Progress launched late last month and is an industry coalition focused on a range of economic, social and consumer issues, including creating a social safety net and tackling income inequality. Biden proposed raising the corporate tax rate...
    In this photo illustration, a message saying "COVID-19 PCR test result has been verified, of Travel Pass app mobile application by IATA (International Air Transport Association) seen displayed on a smartphone screen in front of IATA logo.Pavlo Gonchar | LightRocket | Getty Images Travel restrictions that require proof of Covid-19 vaccines or negative tests should be lifted once the pandemic is under control, the new head of the International Air Transport Association said Wednesday. "These are measures that may be necessary as temporary arrangements while we go through this crisis, but once we're through it, we want to see these restrictions permanently removed so people can get back to traveling as they experienced back in 2019," Willie Walsh, the former CEO of British Airways' parent International Airlines Group, said in his first press briefing as IATA's director general. In the interim, Walsh said travelers need access to digital health certificates to make travel easier. The travel industry has urged government authorities to work toward lifting travel restrictions, such as a more than yearlong ban on much non-citizen travel between the...
    New York (CNN Business)Norwegian Cruise Line wants to start US cruises again on July 4, and it's willing to require all passengers and staff to be vaccinated before it sets sail.Norwegian, which despite its name is a US-based company, sent a letter Monday to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, notifying it of its proposal. It's the first major American cruise line to lay out plans for a resumption of US sailings. No industry has been decimated quite like the US cruise ship industry, which hasn't been able to sail to or from a US port in more than a year. Other industries, even in travel and hospitality, are showing signs of a rebound. Rising vaccination rates are raising hopes of a return to normalcy. But the US cruise industry is still stuck in limbo with no clear sign when it'll be back in business. So on Monday, Norwegian essentially said: Enough. The company said it plans to require vaccinations for everyone on a ship at least two weeks before sailing."Vaccinations are the primary vehicle for Americans to get...
    WASHINGTON (AP) — The oil and gas industry’s top lobbying group on Thursday endorsed a federal price on carbon dioxide emissions that contribute to global warming, a reversal of longstanding industry policy that comes as the Biden administration has pledged dramatic steps to address climate change. The American Petroleum Institute, whose members include ExxonMobil, Chevron and other oil giants, announced the shift ahead of a virtual forum Thursday by the Interior Department as it launches a months-long review of the government’s oil and gas sales. API also called for fast-tracking commercial deployment of long-sought technology to capture and store carbon emissions; advancement of hydrogen technology; and federal regulation of methane emissions from new and existing oil and gas wells. The industry also pledged to reduce flaring at drilling sites that has released vast quantities of harmful methane gas emissions into the air after strongly resisting regulations on methane proposed by the Obama administration. “Confronting the challenge of climate change and building a lower-carbon future will require a combination of government policies, industry initiatives and continuous innovation,” API President and CEO...
    New York (CNN Business)The oil industry's most powerful lobbying group announced Thursday that for the first time it will support setting a price on carbon, a significant shift that underlines intensifying pressure on Washington and business to tackle the climate crisis.But the devil will clearly be in the details. The American Petroleum Institute laid out a series of principles that must be met before the century-old group endorses a price on carbon. The announcement is part of a broader framework unveiled by the API that includes calling for direct regulation of methane, expanded emissions transparency and stepped-up federal spending on energy research. Its not as if we would support any carbon tax or cap-and-trade program that is slapped onto a piece of legislation." API CEO Mike SommersAdvocates of carbon pricing say it is crucial to fighting the climate crisis, as it would accelerate efforts to curb planet-warming emissions and force investors, companies and individuals to bear the cost of pollution.After years of debate, the API's support for "market-based" carbon pricing is part of an evolution by the group, which...
    ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — Some sports betting companies are offering tools that allow compulsive gamblers to block themselves from most online sites. Unibet last week announced it was making software from U.K.-based Gamban available to customers in the U.S. The tools allow customers to in effect ban themselves from gambling sites across multiple devices. On Wednesday, FanDuel did so, as well. The software blocks thousands of licensed and unlicensed gambling sites and is constantly updated to add new ones as they appear. “Educating customers about the importance of gambling responsibly and within limits is a business imperative and ethically the right thing to do,” said Carolyn Renzin, chief risk and compliance officer with FanDuel Group. “Offering Gamban’s software to those customers signaling they need help adds another layer of protection for our customers, our program, and to the industry.” “This is a massive moment for the industry and one we’ve been pushing to achieve since the launch of Gamban,” added Jack Symons, Gamban’s co-founder. “As the largest real-money gaming provider in the United States, FanDuel Group is making a...
    North Korean government media outlet Arirang Meari published an attack on South Korea’s pop music industry, or “K-pop,” this week, claiming South Korean record labels are enslaving artists. The article mentioned by name Korea’s most popular musical act, BTS, or Bangtan Sonyeondan, who recently became the first Korean musical artist to receive a Grammy award nomination. The boy group has become a cultural sensation around the world and is suspected to be illicitly popular in North Korea, where citizens often smuggle USB keys filled with South Korean music, television, and movies to watch illegally. All media not created by the North Korean communist state is illegal to consume in the country. The article also reportedly mentioned BlackPink, a South Korean girl group that has met with outsized success in the United States, leading to collaborations with American artists like Lady Gaga and Cardi B. North Korean media targeted not the artists, but their record labels, for allegedly exploiting the artists, according to a translation by NK News. The attacks follow several attempts by Chinese state media to condemn BTS for making...
    Sun Country Airlines Boeing 737 takes off from Los Angeles International Airport on August 27, 2020.AaronP/Bauer-Griffin | GC Images | Getty Images Sun Country Airlines starts trading on Wednesday after the budget carrier said it estimates it raised $218 million in an initial public offering, a bet travel will continue to rebound. The Apollo Management Group-backed, low-cost airline is the first U.S. carrier to go public since regional carrier Mesa Air Group in 2018. It sold close to 9.1 million shares, which priced at $24, the carrier said late Tuesday. Last week, the Minneapolis-based airline said it expected shares to price at between $21 and $23. Sun Country caters to sun-seeking vacationers, a segment that has fared better during pandemic compared with larger airlines whose big international networks and business models that relied heavily on corporate travel. Sun Country also has an agreement with Amazon to fly cargo on older narrow-body Boeing 737 planes. Sun Country was still impacted by the crisis. It swung to a $3.9 million loss last year from net income of $46 million a year earlier,...
    More On: tinder Dating apps seeing big spike in users boasting about being vaccinated: report How Bumble’s CEO became a billionaire — after ending some awkward relationships Killer caught on video carrying backpacker’s body in suitcase Man who killed backpacker Grace Millane had attacked other women They’ll ensure that your Tinderella isn’t a catfish in disguise. You no longer need a relative in the CIA to screen your upcoming dates. Tinder and other Match Group-owned dating platforms will soon allow everyday users to conduct background checks on their matches, the Verge reported. “This is an industry first,” Match Group safety head Tracey Breeden told Yahoo News of the cutting-edge capability. “There have not been any background check options in the dating industry.” The technology will come courtesy of Match’s undisclosed investment in Garbo, a nonprofit that seeks to permit everyday citizens to vet people based on basic info such as their first name and phone number. Using these cursory details, Tinder trustees will reportedly be able to determine if someone they’re courting online has a criminal record, or...
    ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — A gambling industry group wants to teach consumers how to tell if a particular sports betting or online casino site is legal or not. Conscious Gaming, a nonprofit group associated with an online gambling technology firm, launched its Bettor Safe campaign this week to promote the advantages of licensed gambling sites, including consumer practices, and highlight the risks of unlicensed ones, including identify theft, or the outright theft of deposits. It also began state-specific campaigns in New Jersey and Pennsylvania, where research shows many customers are confused about what is a legal gambling site. Additional state-specific efforts are planned soon. READ MORE: CBS3 Pet Project: How To Keep Resource Guarding From Getting Out Of Hand “This campaign comes at a pivotal moment when American sports fans are gearing up for the NCAA basketball tournament amid a pandemic that continues to push individuals online,” said Seth Palansky, a vice president with the group and a former online gambling executive with Caesars Entertainment. “Now more than ever we must educate consumers and equip them with the tools...
    LA TRIBUNE – Azur Trucks continues to move away from its historic business, the automobile industry, with the acquisition 18 months ago of Ateliers Mécaniques de Nice (AMN), which marks an industrial turning point in the diversification of the group after the creation of the poles tourism and real estate. What motivated this choice? PIERRE IPPOLITO: Azur Trucks’ distance from the automotive industry is very relative since it still represents 90% of turnover, which amounts to € 200 million, and 80% of the 900 people who make up the workforce. group. The industrial vehicle remains our historic heart and continues to benefit from new developments with the acquisition, in 2020, of 7 Carrier agencies, specialist in refrigerated vehicles and a Vulco agency. In this activity, our growth potential is still estimated at 30% before covering the whole of the South region in all of our ten truck-related businesses (sales, maintenance, repair, rental … Editor’s note). It is significant, but ultimately not enough for a group whose objective is to … Follow La Tribune Every day in...
    Amy Poehler and Tina Fey got straight to the point. During the 2021 Golden Globes broadcast, the co-hosts and former “SNL” queens immediately addressed the lack of black members in the Hollywood Foreign Press Association following a damning report that led to a Time’s Up protest. “The HFPA is made up of about 90 international no black journalists,” Fey, 50, cracked. “We say around 90 because a couple of them might be just ghosts and it’s rumored the German member is just a sausage that somebody drew a little face on.” “This is something we probably should have told you earlier, everyone is understandably upset at the HFPA and their choices,” Poehler, 49, admitted in her opening monologue before cutting to the chase: “A lot of flashy garbage got nominated. But that happens, that’s like their thing. A number of black actors and black-led projects were overlooked.” “We all know awards shows are stupid,” said Fey, to which Poehler responded: “We all know they’re a scam invented by big red carpet.” “Inclusivity is important and there are no black...
    HOLLYWOOD (CBSLA) – On the eve of the Golden Globe Awards, the union representing actors called on the Hollywood Foreign Press Association Sunday to increase the diversity of its membership. The statement from the Screen Actors Guild – American Federation of Television and Radio Artists comes one week after the Los Angels Times published a report detailing the fact that none of the 87 HFPA members who vote for the annual Golden Globe Awards is Black. The report further alleged that relatively few of the 87 members write regularly for major overseas outlets, though many are paid by the HFPA to write for the HFPA website and sit on committees. READ MORE: Man And Woman Shot To Death In Gardena Identified “SAG-AFTRA is proud to stand shoulder to shoulder with our fellow creative industry guilds and unions, industry allies, and all inclusion advocates in calling on the Hollywood Foreign Press Association to establish a more inclusive membership that truly reflects the extraordinary diversity and variety of the global media industry they purport to represent,” the statement said. “Without inclusive membership,...
    SANTA ANA, Calif. (KABC) -- Another group of people is now eligible to receive a vaccine in Orange County.The county on Monday will start vaccinating people in Phase 1B, officials said. They include teachers, child care providers and food industry workers.County health officials say they are moving toward giving 30% of their vaccine supply to this group, depending on vaccine availability. The rest will be given to people 65 and older.So far, over a 500,000 doses have been administered in Orange County.Over 261,000 people have received their first dose while 125,000 people have been fully vaccinated in Orange County.
    WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. airline industry is pledging to expand the practice of asking passengers on flights to the United States for information that public health officials could use for contact tracing during the pandemic. An industry trade group said Friday that the carriers would turn over the information to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which could use it to contact passengers who might be exposed to the virus that causes COVID-19. Delta and United have been doing that since December. On Friday, an industry trade group said that American, Southwest, Alaska, JetBlue and Hawaiian will also ask passengers to make their names, phone numbers, email and physical addresses available to the CDC. The airlines had long resisted government efforts to require them to gather passenger information and provide it to health agencies. They said they don’t have the information on passengers who buy tickets from other sellers such as online travel agencies. They also argued that gathering the information and making it immediately available to the government would be time-consuming and require costly upgrades to...
    WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. airline industry is pledging to expand the practice of asking passengers on flights to the United States for information that public health officials could use for contact tracing during the pandemic. An industry trade group said Friday that the carriers would turn over the information to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which could use it to contact passengers who might be exposed to the virus that causes COVID-19. Delta and United have been doing that since December. On Friday, an industry trade group said that American, Southwest, Alaska, JetBlue and Hawaiian will also ask passengers to make their names, phone numbers, email and physical addresses available to the CDC. The airlines had long resisted government efforts to require them to gather passenger information and provide it to health agencies. They said they don’t have the information on passengers who buy tickets from other sellers such as online travel agencies. They also argued that gathering the information and making it immediately available to the government would be time-consuming and require costly upgrades to...
    Orlando, Fla. is seeking to attract tourists with its first ad campaign since the coronavirus pandemic crippled the tourism industry. Visit Orlando, a trade association that represents over 1,100 companies across the city’s tourism industry, launched “The Wonder Remains” on Tuesday. The campaign is aimed at getting residents across the Southeast part of the country to travel to the city in the spring and summer. The campaign is the first time since the pandemic hit in March that Visit Orlando has run television advertising promoting travel to the city, as well as advertising aimed at reaching consumers outside of Florida, the association said. The trade group said the ad campaign will feature Orlando’s theme parks, attractions and resorts and focus on the safety measures put in place at those destinations. It will also focus on affordability. The $2.2 million ad campaign is targeted at visitors in states like Georgia, Texas, Tennessee and Alabama, according to WESH 2. “The Central Florida region has gone above and beyond to create a safe and sanitized guest experience,” Orange County Mayor Jerry Demings said...
    By Stephen Nellis (Reuters) - A group of U.S. chip companies on Thursday sent a letter to President Joe Biden urging him to provide "substantial funding for incentives for semiconductor manufacturing" as part of his economic recovery and infrastructure plans. The chief executives of major U.S. firms such as Intel Corp, Qualcomm Inc, Micron Technology Inc and Advanced Micro Devices Inc signed onto the letter. It comes as a global chip shortage has idled factory lines at Ford Motor Co and General Motors Co, with executives at the automakers predicting billions in lost profit. Tight chip supplies have even made it hard for consumers to buy popular gaming consoles such as Microsoft Corp's Xbox and Sony Corp's Playstation. The missing chips are mostly manufactured in countries such as Taiwan and Korea, which have come to dominate the industry. The letter, sent by the Semiconductor Industry Association, said that the U.S. share of semiconductor manufacturing dropped from 37% in 1990 to 12% today. "This is largely because the governments of our global competitors offer significant incentives and subsidies to attract new...
    Clever Leaves’ Nutraceutical Manufacturer, Herbal Brands Inc., Begins Importing CBD into the US Key Milestone Accomplished Through Partnership Between Clever Leaves, TruSource, and LooperGroup NEW YORK, Feb. 09, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) – Clever Leaves Holdings Inc. (NASDAQ: CLVR, CLVRW) (“Clever Leaves” or the “Company”), a leading multi-national operator and licensed producer of pharmaceutical-grade cannabinoids, announced today its branded nutraceutical manufacturer, Herbal Brands, has entered into a strategic partnership with the LooperGroup and TruSource Hemp Group (“TruSource”), a leading provider of services for the hemp industry, to import the Company’s first commercial shipment of CBD into the United States. Clever Leaves´ Colombian facilities are the first and only cannabis operations in LATAM to have a Good Manufacturing Practices certification from the European Union (EU-GMP). “This partnership will capitalize on both Clever Leaves’ and TruSource’s combined expertise within the hemp industry, resulting in significant access to high quality grade CBD products for the US marketplace,” said Kyle Detwiler, CEO of Clever Leaves. The CBD industry is estimated to reach $ 20 billion by 20241, and the Company expects this US-based strategic partnership...
    The U.S. oil industry is seeking to forge an alliance with the nations corn growers and biofuel producers to lobby against the Biden administrations push for electric vehicles, but is so far meeting a cool reception, according to multiple sources familiar with the discussions. The effort to promote liquid fuels and combat expected federal subsidies for electric vehicles marks an unusual attempt by the petroleum industry to join with its long-time rivals, reflecting the scale of its concern over President Joe Bidens measures to combat climate change and tamp down fossil fuels. While the oil industry and biofuels producers are competitors for space in Americas gas tanks, they share a desire to ensure a future for internal combustion engines. The effort also reflects the shifting political landscape in Washington. The oil industrys influence has waned since Biden replaced Donald Trump as president, but the farm belt remains a powerful political constituency. The American Fuel and Petrochemical Manufacturers (AFPM), an oil refining trade group, confirmed it has been contacting state and national representatives of the corn and biofuel industries in recent...
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