‘Bag rage’ as Australia supermarkets impose plastic ban

SYDNEY: Dozens of supermarket staff have suffered abuse as two major Australian grocery chains struggled to impose a ban on single-use plastic bags, with one irate customer putting his hands around a shop assistant’s throat. Woolworths and Coles last year announced plans to voluntarily remove free lightweight plastic bags from their stores nationally and instead [...] The post ‘Bag rage’ as Australia supermarkets impose plastic ban appeared first on The Manila Times Online......»»

Category: newsSource: manilatimes_net manilatimes_netJul 2nd, 2018

‘Bag rage’ as Australia supermarkets impose plastic ban

SYDNEY: Dozens of supermarket staff have suffered abuse as two major Australian grocery chains struggled to impose a ban on single-use plastic bags, with one irate customer putting his hands around a shop assistant’s throat. Woolworths and Coles last year announced plans to voluntarily remove free lightweight plastic bags from their stores nationally and instead [...] The post ‘Bag rage’ as Australia supermarkets impose plastic ban appeared first on The Manila Times Online......»»

Category: newsSource:  manilatimes_netRelated NewsJul 2nd, 2018

‘Bag rage’ as Australia supermarkets impose plastic ban

Dozens of supermarket staff have suffered abuse as two major Australian grocery chains struggled to impose a ban on single-use plastic bags, with one irate customer putting his hands around a shop assistant’s throat. Woolworths and Coles last year announced plans to voluntarily remove free lightweight plastic bags from their stores nationally and instead offer […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  bworldonlineRelated NewsJul 2nd, 2018

Needle found in Australian strawberries sold in New Zealand

WELLINGTON -- The Australian strawberry scare has spread to New Zealand with a supermarket chain announcing Sunday that needles were found in a box of the fruit sourced from the neighbouring country. The Countdown supermarket chain said it had taken a brand of Australian strawberries off the shelves after a sabotaged punnet -- a plastic box -- was sold in an Auckland store. The strawberries, from Western Australia state, were sold in Countdown stores nationwide last week and only one incident of tampering was reported. "We take food safety very seriously," the company said in a statement, adding it was in touch with authorities investigating incidents of needles found in st...Keep on reading: Needle found in Australian strawberries sold in New Zealand.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsSep 23rd, 2018

Here s why Chris Webber should be in the Hall of Fame

By David Aldridge, TNT Analyst C-Webb needs to be in the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. My Turner colleague Chris Webber has always brought out polarizing opinions -- first as a player, and now as a broadcaster. And I’m not objective when it comes to him, either. I love the guy. He’s a true student of the game, not afraid to speak his mind on and off the court, and is someone whose love for the game knows no equal. It’s just a matter of time before he gets his chance to run a team, either in the front office or as a part-owner. But it will and should happen. And, after his impactful career as a player, he should be enshrined in Springfield. Everyone’s criteria for the Hall is different. To me, getting in the Hall as a player requires a yes answer to two questions: 1) were you among the very best at your position for a substantial period of time during your career, and 2) did your presence and/or play change the game in a meaningful way while you played? (This is why a guy like Sixers guard Andrew Toney, in my view, is HOF-worthy, even though “The Boston Strangler” played from 1980-88 and was limited significantly by injury in two of those seasons.) Webber is a “yes” to both of those questions. In the NBA, Webber was a five-time All-Star, four times with the Kings, and was Rookie of the Year in 1993. He was first- or second-team All NBA four times. His career PER of 20.9 is the highest of any non-retired and Hall of Fame eligible player that isn’t currently in the Hall. (Tim Duncan, Kobe Bryant and Kevin Garnett each have higher PERs than Webber, and each is an obvious HOF lock, but they aren’t Hall of Fame eligible until 2020.) Webber’s career PER is better than those of Hall of Famers including Allen Iverson, Bob McAdoo, Ed McCauley, George McGinnis, Billy Cunningham, Steve Nash, David Thompson, Connie Hawkins, Alex English, Walt Bellamy, Cliff Hagan and many others. Yet in his fifth year of eligibility, Webber was again passed over by the Hall of Fame voters this year. That needs to change. His impact on the game, from high school to being a member of the “Fab Five” at Michigan in college and during his 15 NBA seasons, is undeniable. The Hall encompasses all of a person’s basketball achievements, and Webber’s career is Hall-worthy. At Country Day High School in Michigan, he led his team to three state championships, averaging 29 points and 13 rebounds per game his senior season, when he was a consensus national player of the year. He then decided to cap an incredible recruiting class, which had three of the top 10 players in the country, among a group of freshmen that came to be known as “The Fab Five.” (Also on that Michigan team was a junior guard who averaged 2.9 points per game, who had no future as pro player, but who carved out a place for himself nonetheless in the NBA -- Rob Pelinka, who became a high-powered agent representing the likes of Kobe Bryant before becoming the Lakers’ General Manager in 2017.) “The Fab Five”, like it or not -- and, I liked it very much -- changed basketball forever. And Webber was the lynchpin of those Michigan teams that reached consecutive NCAA championship games in 1992 and ‘93. Across the board, the Fab Five had long-lasting impact. Aesthetically, they were vanguards, wearing long, loooong shorts that became all the rage throughout basketball.  And while trash talking has been at the heart of hoops for generations, Michigan raised it to a team-wide art form. It drove traditionalists crazy, while kids watching at home loved it. They were the accelerant to the “one-and-done” era, even though none of them left Michigan after their freshman season. But seeing five freshmen start games and play the lion’s share of minutes rippled throughout the college game. Going forward, teams didn’t just recruit blue-chippers, they put them on the floor immediately. What John Calipari does annually at Kentucky now is but the logical conclusion to what Michigan started, and every Power 5 team in college basketball has had to follow suit or get left behind. Of course, “The Fab Five” era wound up being star-crossed. I’m well aware of the penalties assessed to the Michigan program because of the money that Ed Martin gave to players, including Webber. The university vacated the ‘92-93 season, including all of its NCAA Tournament games that year, and took down the banners commemorating “The Fab Five” and their two Final Four runs. (Michigan also vacated all of its games from 1995-96 because of Martin’s associations with other players on teams during those seasons, and its ‘93, ‘96 and ‘98 NCAA Tournament appearances, as well as its ‘97 NIT title and ‘98 Big 10 Tournament championship.) It’s obvious to me that if not for his involvement with Martin, Webber would have been on the 2000 U.S. Olympic team, which won the gold medal in Australia, as well -- another potential feather in his cap that would bolster his Hall of Fame credentials. I will say, as delicately as I can, that there are coaches and players in the Hall that have been accused of doing some of the very things that got Michigan and Webber in so much trouble. That, in and of itself, should not be disqualifying. Webber’s NBA career also did not include a championship. But he was just as impactful on the pro game. Beginning in Golden State and Washington, C-Webb was a category all his own -- a big man with catcher’s mitts for hands who could pulverize in transition, yet was also an incredibly deft passer, both from the post or out front. As a rookie, Webber elevated Golden State from a 34-48 record in 1992-93 to 50-32 the next season. Traded to Washington after that one season with the Warriors, having conflicted mightily with Coach Don Nelson, Webber helped get the then-Bullets to the postseason for the first time in nine years. Once there, the Bullets went toe-to-toe with the defending-champion Bulls in a tough, three-game first-round series in ’97. But it wasn’t until Webber was sent to what was then the equivalent of Siberia in the NBA -- Sacramento -- that his game reached full flower. Playing with another excellent passing big man in Vlade Divac, and a flashy savant of a point guard in Jason Williams, Webber and the Kings were the vanguard of the modern NBA game, coming to fruition years before the Suns’ Seven Seconds or Less attack led by one of last week’s Hall of Fame inductees, Steve Nash. The Kings moved the ball with flair and purpose. The Warriors have changed the game forever by stretching the floor to the breaking point for opposing defenses with their 3-point proficiency, but even they didn’t have what Sacramento possessed -- two bigs who could initiate and finish from anywhere inside the 3-point line. No one could do what the Kings could do, and with Webber, Sacramento changed almost overnight from perennial joke to perennial championship contender. The Kings made the playoffs six straight seasons, reaching the Western Conference finals in 2002 before losing in controversial fashion to the Lakers in seven games. Webber’s knee injury during the Kings’ semifinal playoff series with Dallas in 2003 marked the beginning of the end for him and the Kings. If he hadn’t gotten hurt, Sacramento probably would have beaten the Mavericks and played San Antonio in the West finals. And while San Antonio would have been favored in that series, the Kings would have had a chance, with the winner facing the Nets in The Finals that year. And a championship would also have made C-Webb’s pro career look much different. But, that didn’t happen. It doesn’t matter, though. Webb’s career stands on its own merits. At all levels, he has had impact and changed the game, and he deserves to have his moment in the sun in Springfield. Sometimes it takes players of merit a little longer, for various reasons -- think Spencer Haywood, or, this year, Mo Cheeks. Chris Webber is a Hall of Famer, and it isn’t a close call. Longtime NBA reporter, columnist and Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Famer David Aldridge is an analyst for TNT. You can e-mail him here, find his archive here and follow him on Twitter. The views on this page do not necessarily reflect the views of the NBA, its clubs or Turner Broadcasting......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsSep 11th, 2018

Here s how many times you need to reuse your shopping bags

The plastic bag ban by the major supermarkets (and Coles’ pivot away from its ban after backlash , then pivot back to the ban after a backlash to the backlash ) has left plenty of people scratching their heads. Read more: Why plastic bag bans triggered such a huge reaction What are the best replacements for single-use plastic bags? Given that reusable bags are ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsAug 11th, 2018

Senate bill to require buyback of plastics

BOCAUE, BULACAN---The Senate plans to push legislation to require beverage manufacturers to buy back plastic bottles sold at supermarkets and retail, and help reduce the country's plastic pollution.   The country, along with China, Indonesia, Thailand and Vietnam, produces half of the 8 million tons of plastic wastes that reach the world's oceans and seas, Sen. Joel Villanueva said on Tuesday when he spoke at the Bocaue leg of "Refill Revolution."   The event, initiated by the Environmental Management Bureau of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources, encouraged consumers to bring recyclable containers when buying items like condiments, shampoo and c...Keep on reading: Senate bill to require buyback of plastics.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJun 29th, 2018

Amazon to block Australians from global websites due to tax

CANBERRA, Australia --- Amazon will block Australians from buying from its international e-commerce websites, and restrict them to a smaller local platform from July in response to new tax rules that consumer advocates fear will reduce the range of choices for customers in Australia.   Shoppers visiting the United States store will be redirected to the Australian version,, starting July 1 when Australia starts applying new tax rules, Amazon said in a statement on Friday.   From that date, Australia will impose a 10 percent consumption tax on online retailers for goods bought from overseas sites and shipped to Australia. The tax currently onl...Keep on reading: Amazon to block Australians from global websites due to tax.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJun 1st, 2018

US working to spare Australia tariffs – Trump

WASHINGTON, United States – The United States is working to exempt ally Australia from its newly unveiled foreign steel and aluminum tariffs, President Donald Trump said Friday, March 9 tying the effort to a security agreement. Major US trading partners have condemned Trump's decision to impose the punitive tariffs as protectionism ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsMar 10th, 2018

Australia surf lesson turns bloody after shark attack

SYDNEY, Australia -- A man takingpart in a surf lesson off Australia's east coast suffered serious cuts after a shark attack -- the latest in a spate of recent encounters. The attack is a sixth off Australia's beaches in two months, amid public debate about how to reduce the risk of encounters between sharks and the growing number of people using the ocean for leisure. The 24-year-old was wading waist-deep in waters offSeven Mile Beach some 130 kilometers (81 miles) south of Sydney when he "felt a forceful lashing motion against his legs," New South Wales Ambulance said. He had "significant cuts and hemorrhage as well as several puncture wounds to his wetsuit and right leg.....Keep on reading: Australia surf lesson turns bloody after shark attack.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated News7 hr. 19 min. ago

Duterte on Australia: What will they feed me? Kangaroo?

Duterte on Australia: What will they feed me? Kangaroo?.....»»

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Pence says U.S. to partner in Papua New Guinea military base

PORT MORESBY, Papua New Guinea – The United States said Saturday, November 17 it will join forces with Australia in the development of a new naval base in Papua New Guinea, a project seen as a move to curb China's influence in the Pacific. Australia, which has long-standing military ties ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated News21 hr. 45 min. ago

Duterte on skipping ASEAN-Australian breakfast summit: What will they feed us? Kangaroo?

President Rodrigo Duterte on Friday sought to defend his decision to skip a special summit between Southeast Asian nations and Australia, amid criticisms that he is lazy and speculations he is seriously ill to perform his duties......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsNov 17th, 2018

Duterte on skipping ‘informal’ breakfast meet: ‘Anong ipapakain nila, kangaroo?’

      President Rodrigo Duterte lashed out at his critics who criticized him for skipping a breakfast meeting with his counterparts from Southeast Asian countries and Australia, saying that the gathering was an "informal" event. Duterte was referring to the Asean-Australia Informal Breakfast Summit, the first event for the Southeast Asian leaders during the second day of the 33rd summit in Singapore. READ: Duterte skips Asean-Aus breakfast summit According to Duterte, the breakfast was too early and he arrived in Singapore from Davao at a wee hour. "Dumating kami doon from Davao 1:30 [a.m.], so we had to fix our things at itong mga Australyano hind...Keep on reading: Duterte on skipping ‘informal’ breakfast meet: ‘Anong ipapakain nila, kangaroo?’.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsNov 17th, 2018

Australia readies case vs India over sugar subsidies

Australia readies case vs India over sugar subsidies.....»»

Category: financeSource:  thestandardRelated NewsNov 16th, 2018

Japan PM Abe visits Australia s Darwin, 75 years after WWII bombing

DARWIN, Australia – Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe made a historic visit to Darwin on Friday, November 16, some 75 years after Japan bombed the northern Australian city, as the two countries cement ties in the face of an emergent China. Trade and closer defense relations are the centrepieces of Abe's ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsNov 16th, 2018

Duterte belittles ASEAN-Australia event: What will they feed us, kangaroo?

MANILA, Philippines – Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte belittled a recent summit between Southeast Asian countries and Australia, saying he decided to skip it  because it was just an "informal" summit anyway. He was speaking of the "informal breakfast summit" between the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and Australia, one ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsNov 16th, 2018

Top Pinoy tennis bets Pantino and Eala clinch semis berths

Filipino top bets Arthur Craig Pantino and Alex Eala went through different routes in getting into the semifinals Friday in the Phinma-PSC International Junior Tennis Championships Week 1 at Manila Polo Club clay courts. The 17-year-old Pantino, ranked 113th in the world, crushed New Zealand’s Corban Crowther, 6-2, 6-1, to book a place in the Final Four against third seed Fumiya Yoshino of Japan. Eala, the 13-year-old tennis wonder, displayed toughness of character beyond her years as she subdued Lu Yu-yun of Chinese Taipei, 6-1, 4-6, 6-3, to also advance in the meet sponsored by Philippine Tennis Association, Philippine Sports Commission, Phinma and Tecnifibre. Pantino also place a foothold in the boys doubles after he and compatriot Justin Suarez barged into the finals. Pantino is back-to-back doubles champion last year aside from making the singles final in Week 1 and capturing the singles title in Week 2. They defeated Crowther and Marcus del Rosario of the Philippines, 6-2, 6-4, to arrange a final duel against top seeds Tom Evans of Australia and Yoshino. Evans and Yoshino bested third seeds Jean Marc Malkowski of Switzerland and Zsombor Velcz of Hungary, 6-4, 1-6, (13-11). Eala will battle Fang WeiNing of China, who moved after pulling off an upset over second seed Saki Oyama, 7-6 (4), 6-2. Top-seeded Janice Then of Indonesia marched to the semis as well with a 7-5, 6-4 victory over Tian Fangran of China, 7-5, 6-4. Yoshino advanced after beating Lin Nan-Hsun of Chinese Taipei, 6-3, 6-2; Boys No. 1 ranked Mann Shah of India also rolled into the final four with a 6-4, 3-6, 6-4 triumph over Taiwanese Lo Yi-Jui. He will take on Evans who booted out Japanese Kokoro Isomura, 6-3, 6-2.    .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsNov 16th, 2018

I was prejudged early : Road rage suspect Jojo Valerio speaks | ABS-CBN News

I was prejudged early : Road rage suspect Jojo Valerio speaks | ABS-CBN News.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilanewsRelated NewsNov 16th, 2018

Police recover vehicle used in viral road rage video

    The Philippine National Police-Highway Patrol Group recovered on Friday the vehicle owned by singer Jojo Valerio that figured in a road rage incident in Pampanga. The incident was captured on video that later went viral in social media.   PNP-HPG Director Chief Supt. Roberto Fajardo presented to media the Toyota FJ Cruiser owned by Valerio. He said the vehicle was recovered by the PNP-HPG's Task Force Limbas along Quirino Highway in Novaliches, Quezon City at around 3 a.m.   READ: Road rage suspect in viral video collared in Tarlac City   Valerio's girlfriend was on board the vehicle when it was confiscated, Fajardo said.  ...Keep on reading: Police recover vehicle used in viral road rage video.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsNov 16th, 2018

ISIS-aligned groups warn of more attacks after Melbourne rampage

SYDNEY, Australia – Groups aligned with the Islamic State have warned of further attacks on Australia and other Western nations in online posters featuring the deadly lone wolf stabbing rampage in Melbourne last week. "Australia, don't think you are away from our attacks," read one poster, which showed a ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsNov 15th, 2018