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‘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 News9 hr. 4 min. ago

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 Amazon.com will be redirected to the Australian version, Amazon.com.au, 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

Microplastics are getting into mosquitoes and contaminating new food chains

There is no doubt that plastic pollution in oceans is a growing worldwide problem . The internet is full of images of seabirds and other marine animals entangled in plastic waste , and animals starve because their guts are blocked with plastic bags . But the problem goes much deeper than this. Much plastic pollution is ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsSep 22nd, 2018

NEDA backs state of calamity declaration in typhoon-ravaged areas

THE National Economic Development Authority (NEDA) backed the declaration of a state of calamity in regions affected by typhoon Ompong, as it would allow authorities to impose price ceilings on basic goods to help soften inflation in hard-hit areas. The post NEDA backs state of calamity declaration in typhoon-ravaged areas appeared first on BusinessWorld......»»

Category: financeSource:  bworldonlineRelated NewsSep 21st, 2018

Coca-Cola, Walmart to cut plastic pollution in oceans

MONTREAL: Coca-Cola, Walmart and other big multinationals pledged on Thursday to help reduce plastic pollution in the world’s oceans in support of a campaign by five of the G7 industrialized nations. Britain, Canada, France, Germany and Italy, along with the European Union, signed the Ocean Plastics Charter at a leaders’ summit in Canada’s Charlevoix region [...] The post Coca-Cola, Walmart to cut plastic pollution in oceans appeared first on The Manila Times Online......»»

Category: newsSource:  manilatimes_netRelated NewsSep 21st, 2018

California to limit use of plastic straws in restaurants

California restaurants will soon stop providing plastic straws unless customers explicitly ask for them. California to limit use of plastic straws in restaurants California restaurants will soon stop providing plastic straws unless customers explicitly ask for them, under a new law signed on Thursday by the state's environment-friendly governor. Source link: California to limit use of plastic straws in restaurants.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilainformerRelated NewsSep 21st, 2018

Coca-Cola, Walmart to cut plastic pollution in oceans

By Agence-France Presse Coca-Cola, Walmart and other big multinationals pledged on Thursday to help reduce plastic pollution in the world’s oceans in support of a campaign by five of the G7 industrialized nations. Britain, Canada, France, Germany and Italy, along with the European Union, signed the Ocean Plastics Charter at a leaders’ summit in Canada’s Charlevoix […] The post Coca-Cola, Walmart to cut plastic pollution in oceans appeared first on BusinessWorld......»»

Category: financeSource:  bworldonlineRelated NewsSep 21st, 2018

Australia eyes PNG military base to curb China’s Pacific influence

SYDNEY: Australia is planning to build new naval base in Papua New Guinea, reports said Wednesday, an apparent move to curb China’s influence in the Pacific. Canberra was aiming to finalize an agreement on the joint facility — to be built on the Pacific nation’s Manus island — ahead of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit [...] The post Australia eyes PNG military base to curb China’s Pacific influence appeared first on The Manila Times Online......»»

Category: newsSource:  manilatimes_netRelated NewsSep 20th, 2018

Australian tourist haven suffers twin shark attacks

SYDNEY -- A girl was in a serious condition and a woman was fighting for her life, Australian authorities said Thursday after two separate shark attacks at an idyllic beach retreat. The girl was air-lifted to hospital after being bitten on the leg while swimming in the Whitsundays in northeastern Australia, first responders said. "Paramedics are treating a female child in a serious condition with a significant leg injury," Ambulance Queensland said, without providing further details. The incident occurred within 24 hours of an attack on a Tasmanian woman in the same area. The 46-year-old remains in a critical condition after being bitten on the upper left leg, in what witness...Keep on reading: Australian tourist haven suffers twin shark attacks.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsSep 20th, 2018

Trade war escalates further

BEIJING — The trade war between the United States and China escalated further Tuesday, with Beijing announcing retaliatory tax increases on $60 billion worth of US imports, including coffee, honey and industrial chemicals. The increases are in response to the US announcing it will impose tariffs on $200 billion worth of Chinese-made goods starting next […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsSep 20th, 2018

SRA wants supermarkets to follow Robinsons lead on sugar pricing

The Sugar Regulatory Administration is hoping that big grocery chains will follow the move of Gokongwei-led supermarket to bring down prices of sugar amid the continued rise of prices of other basic commodities......»»

Category: financeSource:  philstarRelated NewsSep 19th, 2018

Rules for implementing the sweetened beverage tax

In addition to raising tax revenue, governments impose excise taxes to influence the buying behavior of consumers, for instance to discourage the purchase and use of certain goods and services that the government considers unhealthy or unnecessary. The post Rules for implementing the sweetened beverage tax appeared first on BusinessWorld......»»

Category: financeSource:  bworldonlineRelated NewsSep 19th, 2018

Nick Kyrgios pep talk umpire suspended

  LOS ANGELES, United States – The US Open umpire criticized for giving Australia's Nick Kyrgios a pep talk has been hit with a two-week suspension, reports said Tuesday, September 18. Swedish official Mohamed Lahyani triggered controversy last month after coming down from his chair to give advice to ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsSep 19th, 2018

North and South Korea plan to bid for 2032 Summer Olympics

PYONGYANG, North Korea --- North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and South Korean President Moon Jae-in said in a statement Wednesday that the countries planned to jointly bid for the 2032 Summer Olympics. At a major summit, the two leaders gave no details of which cities might host certain events at the games, or how advanced the plans were. The International Olympic Committee traditionally does not announce host cities until seven years ahead of the games. That would give the Koreas until 2025 to put together a joint bid. Germany has already announced plans for a multi-city bid for 2032, as has Brisbane, Australia. The India Olympic Committee has also indicated its interest in...Keep on reading: North and South Korea plan to bid for 2032 Summer Olympics.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsSep 19th, 2018