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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

Let’s preserve nature: Bali requires foreign tourists to pay $10

JAKARTA ---While battling against the plastic that has besieged its waters, Bali is preparing a bylaw that will impose a US$10 levy on foreign tourists. The Bali administration has drafted a bylaw on tourist contributions for the environment and cultural preservation, which has been discussed with the Bali Legislative Council since December. Bali Governor Wayan Koster said the revenue from the tourist tax would be allocated to fund programs on preserving the environment and Balinese culture. "This will give us better fiscal space to support the development of Bali," Koster said at the Bali Legislative Council building. A renowned tourist destination, Bali welcomed 5.7 mil...Keep on reading: Let’s preserve nature: Bali requires foreign tourists to pay $10.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJan 22nd, 2019

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 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

Nut rage Korean Air heiress accused of child abuse by husband

SEOUL, South Korea – The husband of a Korean Air heiress known for a "nut rage" tantrum that sparked uproar in South Korea has accused his wife of abusing him and their young children, police said on Thursday, February 21. Cho Hyun-ah shot to international infamy in 2014 when ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated News5 hr. 0 min. ago

Labor chief wants stiffer penalties for hiring of illegal foreign workers

  MANILA, Philippines - Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III on Thursday said he wants stiffer penalties for companies who hire illegal foreign workers.   Bello said he is asking Congress to give the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) the authority to order the closure of erring firms who continuously hire illegal aliens.   He noted that the agency could only impose fines of P10,000 per illegal foreigner employee.   "'Yun nga ang hinihingi ko from Congress. They should give DOLE that power (to order the closure of erring companies)," Bello said.   "Sa ngayon fine pa pa lang eh," he added.   Foreign nationals who want to...Keep on reading: Labor chief wants stiffer penalties for hiring of illegal foreign workers.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated News6 hr. 47 min. ago

Fil-for teams from Italy, Vancouver are newest additions to NBTC

Now on its 12th year, the National Basketball Training Center just keeps on getting better and bigger. This year, the NBTC’s annual National Finals will feature 26 local teams from a record 105 cities in the Philippines as well as six squads from overseas, also a historic mark. Nazareth School of National University will defend its title against Manila heavyweights such as Mapua High School and San Beda High School as well as provincial powerhouses like Sacred Heart School-Ateneo de Cebu. Alongside them will be international teams, four of which are returnees hailing from Australia, New Zealand, USA, and Toronto in Canada. Two foreign crews coming from Vancouver in Canada and Italy make their debuts in the annual tournament set to run from March 18 to 24. A year ago, Filipino-American Jalen Green, the top-rated recruit for the 2020 Class of the US NCAA, opened eyes in the NBTC while playing for Fil-Am Sports USA and then later on playing in the All-Star Game. --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated News10 hr. 47 min. ago

'IsThisYours: Make consumer goods companies accountable for plastic pollution

An environmental organization resurfaced its initiative to pressure big consumer goods companies to be accountable for their products and to be more aware of their impact on Mother Earth. Greenpeace urged the public to take a picture of any single-use plastic waste that they have spotted lying around, post in on social media and then […] The post #IsThisYours: Make consumer goods companies accountable for plastic pollution appeared first on Interaksyon......»»

Category: newsSource:  interaksyonRelated News13 hr. 34 min. ago

Ex-policeman in Malaysian murder case loses Australia asylum bid

SYDNEY, Australia – A former policeman sentenced to hang in Malaysia for the murder of a young woman in a scandal linked to the country's ex-prime minister, has lost a bid for asylum in Australia.   Sirul Azhar Umar, who has been in Australian custody since fleeing Malaysia in 2015, has maintained ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated News19 hr. 13 min. ago

Australia detains nanny over alleged Pinochet-era crimes

SYDNEY, Australia – Australia on Wednesday, February 20,  announced it had arrested a nanny living in the country for more than 3 decades on allegations of Pinochet-era kidnapping and torture. Adriana Elcira Rivas Gonzalez, 66, was detained on Tuesday, a spokesperson for Australia's attorney general office said, adding she "is ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsFeb 20th, 2019

Fashion marketplace Zilingo raises $226-M in Series D funding

Zilingo explains plans to expand into the Philippines, Indonesia, and Australia......»»

Category: newsSource:  bworldonlineRelated NewsFeb 20th, 2019

Nanny detained over alleged Pinochet-era crimes

SYDNEY, Australia — Australia has arrested a nanny living in the country for more than three decades, officials said Wednesday, after Chile requested her extradition on allegations of Pinochet-era kidnapping and torture. Adriana Rivas, a Chilean citizen, was previously arrested in Chile in 2007 during a return to the country, but escaped back to Australia […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsFeb 20th, 2019

Northern Red Sea coral reefs may survive a hot, grim future

      EILAT, Israel --- As the outlook for coral reefs across a warming planet grows grimmer, scientists in Israel have discovered a rare glimmer of hope: The corals of the northern Red Sea may survive, and even thrive, into the next century. There is broad scientific consensus that the effects of climate change have devastated the world's reefs, recently ravaging large swaths of the Great Barrier Reef in Australia, one of the natural wonders of the world. The carbon dioxide that humans pump into the atmosphere spikes the temperature and acidity of seawater, which both poisons the marine invertebrates and hampers their growth at alarming rates, according...Keep on reading: Northern Red Sea coral reefs may survive a hot, grim future.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsFeb 20th, 2019

State actor hacks Australian parliament, political parties - The Manila Times Online

SYDNEY: Australia on Monday said a sophisticated state actor had hacked the countrys main political parties and parliament, just weeks before a closely fought election. Prime Minister Scott Morrison t.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilanewsRelated NewsFeb 19th, 2019

Zambo bans use of plastic bags

ZAMBOANGA CITY – Mayor Beng Climaco has urged shoppers and market goers here to use paper or buri bags instead […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  mindanaoexaminerRelated NewsFeb 19th, 2019