Gutenberg Tue, 10 May 2022 19:27:00 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Gutenberg 32 32 Getting to Zero sees CFDs as a way to close the green fuel price gap Tue, 10 May 2022 15:40:00 +0000

The cost gap between zero-emission fuels and fossil fuels could be bridged by spending revenues from EU emissions trading to fund derivatives called contracts for difference (CFDs) on green trading.

That’s the finding of the Getting to Zero coalition in a new research paper, which suggests using 14% to 25% of shipping revenue when it falls under the EU’s Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS). the EU.

Incentives provided through CFDs could target different segments of the shipping sector and a range of zero-emission fuels, particularly on the development of green corridors, the offshoot of the Global Maritime Forum (GMF) said.

The CFD strategy would support the coalition’s goal of at least 5% zero-emission fuels in EU shipping by 2030 at an estimated cost of €1.2 billion ($1.26 billion). dollars) per year, the coalition said.

“This sum could be funded with just a portion of the ETS revenue related to transport, which is estimated between 5 and 9 billion euros per year depending on the price of the ETS,” said Getting to Zero.

The article continues below the ad

A CFD is an asset derivative contract that mitigates the market risks faced by providers of a new high-cost commodity by paying the provider the difference between a predetermined reference price reflecting the old technology – in this case, the cost of conventional fuel – and a strike price set at the value required for the new technology to be viable.

The provider receives a guaranteed minimum price for the duration of the CFD, and if the benchmark price exceeds the strike price, the provider pays back the subsidy, Getting to Zero said.

The coalition added that a CFD model for the shipping industry would most likely focus on the cost of fuels, with ship operators directly receiving government subsidies for the difference between the strike price of zero-emission and fossil fuels. .

In turn, operators would sign off-take agreements with fuel producers based on the fixed strike price, and fuel producers would be incentivized to cut costs to improve profits, Getting to Zero said.

To reach the 5% utilization target by 2030, around 11 GW of electrolysis capacity would be needed in the EU if it were based only on green hydrogen and fuels derived from green hydrogen.

“This would save around 2.7 million tonnes of heavy fuel oil per year by 2030,” the coalition said.

The required electrolysis capacity can be achieved comfortably in the context of announced global capacity and the European hydrogen strategy which aims for 40 GW of electrolysis capacity in Europe by 2030, the group added.

Odessa under new missile attacks Tue, 10 May 2022 02:24:00 +0000
People remove the statue of Ukrainian philosopher Hryhoriy Skovoroda from the destroyed Hryhoriy Skovoroda Literary Memorial Museum in Skovorodynivka, Ukraine on May 7. (Ricardo Moraes/Reuters)

Last Friday, the historic home of treasured Ukrainian poet and philosopher Hryhorii Skovoroda was destroyed by a Russian artillery strike, along with a museum of his work.

Skovoroda’s house was in a small village not far from Kharkiv – far from any obvious military targets such as a railroad or an ammunition depot. The attack appears to have been a deliberate act of cultural vandalism, and not the first since the Russian invasion began in February.

Skovoroda was a leading figure in Ukraine’s cultural renaissance in the 18th century; this year is the 300th anniversary of his birth.

In a video address on Saturday, President Volodymyr Zelensky condemned the attack on the home of a man “who taught people what a true Christian attitude towards life is and how a person can know himself”.

“It seems to be a terrible danger for modern Russia: museums, Christian attitude towards life and people’s self-knowledge,” Zelensky said.

Burnt books and other items are displayed at the Hryhoriy Skovoroda Literary Memorial Museum on May 7.
Burnt books and other items are seen at the Hryhoriy Skovoroda Literary Memorial Museum on May 7. (Ricardo Moraes/Reuters)

Zelensky echoed the theme during the Victory Day celebration, quoting Skovoroda’s words in another public message on Monday: “There is nothing more dangerous than an insidious enemy but there is nothing more toxic than a fake friend.”

Skovoroda’s legacy has become a symbol of what Zelensky and other Ukrainians call the struggle between two worldviews – those of individual freedoms and democracy against a new authoritarianism guided by prejudice.

Kharkiv Governor Oleh Synyehubov said in a post on Telegram: “The occupiers can destroy the museum where Hryhoriy Skovoroda worked the last years of his life and where he was buried. But they will not destroy our memory and our values! “

While many volunteers and cultural sector workers in Ukraine rushed to protect institutions and monuments across the country at the start of the war, churches, museums, statues and art collections suffered damage.

Zelensky said in his Saturday speech that Russian forces had destroyed nearly 200 heritage sites since the invasion began.

Whether most of them were deliberately targeted is debatable, but given Vladimir Putin’s dismissive view of Ukrainian culture, that would hardly be surprising.

There were certainly acts of cultural hooliganism in the Russian-occupied areas. A statue of another prominent Ukrainian poet, Taras Shevchenko, in the town of Borodianka outside Kyiv has been repeatedly pulled down and badly damaged. The city was occupied by Russian and Chechen troops for weeks.

Shevchenko’s poem “The Dream”, which satirized Russia’s oppression of Ukraine, was considered subversive and led to his banishment from Ukraine by Tsar Nicholas I in 1847, “under the supervision the strictest, without the freedom to write or paint”, as Nicholas demanded.

Bullet holes are visible all over a bust of Taras Shevchenko in Borodianka, Ukraine on April 6.
Bullet holes are visible all over a bust of Taras Shevchenko in Borodianka, Ukraine on April 6. (Celestino Arce/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

Shevchenko is widely regarded as the founder of the modern written Ukrainian language. His view would have been at odds with Vladimir Putin’s view – as he said in February – that “modern Ukraine was created entirely by Russia or, to be more precise, by Russia bolshevik and communist”.

Not far from Borodianka, a museum containing two dozen works by the late Ukrainian folk artist Maria Prymachenko was hit and set on fire in March. The extent of damage to his works remains unclear, with a representative of the Maria Prymachenko Family Foundation alleging that the works were saved. Prymachenko’s vivid paintings were admired by Pablo Picasso who once called her an “artistic miracle” after visiting an exhibition of his work in Paris in 1936.

A number of Ukrainian churches were also destroyed, many of them far from a military target. Just outside Kyiv, an 18th-century wooden church in Lukyanivka has been destroyed – one of many properties in the area razed to the ground when Russian forces withdrew from around Kyiv in April.

Read more here.

CNN’s Olga Voitovych and Kostan Nechyporenko contributed to this report.

Celebrity chef Mario Batali faces lawsuit over groping wife claim in #MeToo era Mon, 09 May 2022 10:12:00 +0000

BOSTON, May 9 (Reuters) – Celebrity chef Mario Batali is on trial on Monday over allegations that he groped and forcibly kissed a woman in the only criminal case to stem from multiple allegations of harassment and sexual assault by the #MeToo era that helped fuel his downfall.

Batali will appear in Boston City Court on Monday on a charge of indecent assault and assault against a woman at a bar who came forward to report her experience after other women accused the behavior count sexually aggressive.

The woman, Natali Tene, said Batali assaulted her after he posed with her in 2017 for “selfie” photos at Towne Stove and Spirits, a bar near Eataly in Boston, the Italian Market and the chain of restaurants that he partly owned at the time.

Join now for FREE unlimited access to

Batali’s lawyers have called the allegations fabricated and argue that Tene surrendered to the police to support a lawsuit she is pursuing against him seeking a monetary settlement. “Our defense is that she lies and lies all the time,” Anthony Fuller, Batali’s attorney, said at a hearing in April.

Tene’s attorney declined to comment.

The case is one of a handful of criminal lawsuits against celebrities following the explosion of the #MeToo movement in 2017, which exposed widespread patterns of sexual harassment or abuse of women in multiple spheres of society. American life.

If found guilty, Batali would face up to 2.5 years in prison and would have to register as a sex offender.

Prosecutors said Tene came forward with her account after food website in December 2017 detailed allegations of four women who said Batali had touched them inappropriately for at least two decades.

This report prompted Batali to be fired from the ABC cooking and discussion show “The Chew”, and Batali later cut ties with restaurants like Babbo and Del Posto in New York that he partly owned. He denied the sexual assault allegations but apologized for his “deeply inappropriate” behavior.

Batali and his business partner agreed in July to pay at least 20 former employees $600,000 to resolve allegations by the New York attorney general that their Manhattan restaurants were plagued by sexual harassment.

As the trial approached, Batali’s lawyers and prosecutors argued over what evidence Judge James Stanton, who is overseeing the trial, would allow jurors to hear.

While prosecutors say Tene came forward to show solidarity with other women, Stanton decided they couldn’t question her about the allegations reported by Eater.

But Stanton also ruled that Batali’s lawyers could not, at trial, play a voicemail message left for police by a friend of Tene’s who was at the bar saying he didn’t want to see “a guy coming up the river to something that is not entirely true or correct.”

The judge said Batali’s lawyers can, however, question Tene on a questionnaire she filled out in February 2018 during jury selection in an unrelated assault case in which she said nothing about being accused. being the victim of a crime while pretending to be clairvoyant.

Text messages Batali’s lawyers obtained show she later wrote to a friend that she had researched the defendant online and he ‘totally did it’, despite instructions not to conduct a search outsiders and keep an open mind.

When the text messages emerged, Middlesex County prosecutors agreed to overturn the man’s conviction due to jury bribery and charged Tene herself with contempt. On Thursday, she reached an agreement to have that case dismissed within a year after a period of administrative probation, according to court records.

Join now for FREE unlimited access to

Reporting by Nate Raymond in Boston, editing by Alexia Garamfalvi and Cynthia Osterman

Our standards: The Thomson Reuters Trust Principles.

Nathalie Raymond

Thomson Reuters

Nate Raymond reports on federal judiciary and litigation. He can be reached at

Arsenal’s youthful exuberance has served them well in the quest for the top four, but almost cost them against Leeds Sun, 08 May 2022 15:57:01 +0000

LONDON — Sunday’s 2-1 victory over Leeds United was an advertisement for the precocious and precarious nature of Arsenal’s youth. The Gunners took another major step towards Champions League qualification with a vital victory, initially the product of their drive and efforts to capitalize on a dreadful first half from their opponents before giving way to a unnecessarily nervous final in which they almost blew a two-goal lead against 10 men.

The catalyst for Arsenal’s renaissance this season has come from a group of young players who have seized the opportunity to try to redefine modern Arsenal: Bukayo Saka is the poster child, but Martin Odegaard, Emile Smith Rowe and Aaron Ramsdale are among those who contributed this term beyond initial expectations. Eddie Nketiah and Gabriel Martinelli have joined the party in recent weeks, particularly the former, who scored both goals here and continues to build his case for Arsenal to break the deadlock over his contract situation, with his current deal set to expire in a few weeks. .

– Stream ESPN FC Daily on ESPN+ (US only)
– You don’t have ESPN? Access immediately

Still, it’s a time of the season where talent needs to be temperamentally aligned with prize money in sight.

Leeds improved after half-time – they could hardly have been worse – but what should have been a comfortable ride in the early May sunshine turned into a tense final after Diego Llorente converted a routine smart set-piece in the 66th minute to halve the deficit. Substitute Nicolas Pepe failed to raise his head to see an open goal with goalkeeper Illan Meslier for a corner in a frenetic denouement, a moment that served as a metaphor for the lack of game management that almost cost them dearly.

Nonetheless, they crossed the line with Mohamed Elneny a particularly prominent presence in the final 20 minutes, limiting Leeds on the counterattack and allowing Arsenal to play as much of the game as possible in the opposition half.

There will likely be nervous moments ahead. They go into Thursday’s North London derby at Tottenham Hotspur knowing victory would secure a top-four berth. Still, defeat would leave them a point clear, and with Spurs facing Burnley a day before Arsenal travel to Newcastle United, the Gunners could start at Tyneside in fifth place.

These are the stakes at this stage of the season.

“When you look at other games, you see a lot of [handling nerves] because now is the decisive moment when a goal can change a whole season and it plays in the back of the mind,” Mikel Arteta said after the game. “But I didn’t see any of that in the start of the game.

“In many phases we did well, but we had to score the third goal and we had the chances to do so. Then the accident happened when we conceded a goal from a set piece and then he had to deal with some nerves.”

It’s hard to overstate how bad Leeds were in the first 45 minutes.

They bagged Nketiah’s opening goal as Meslier took a laborious touch to handle Luke Ayling’s back pass. Nketiah shut it down quickly – in a way Alexandre Lacazette probably wouldn’t – to tackle and score in one motion inside the penalty area. It was just the start of a remarkable afternoon for Ayling, his 500th career appearance, as he received a scorching time from Martinelli, who passed him to lie down a second as Nketiah , unmarked from 12 yards, brought home a second inside 10 minutes.

Leeds were chaotic and Ayling added to their misery by launching a reckless and silly challenge on Martinelli on both feet. Inexplicably, referee Chris Kavanagh responded with a yellow card but VAR John Brooks suggested he review the incident and the decision was properly upgraded to a red card.

Ayling is likely to receive a three-game ban and his season could therefore be over. Raphinha could have easily followed him as he furiously protested the decision, but even though he stayed on the pitch, Leeds finished the half with more red cards (one) than shots (zero).

“We dug ourselves a huge hole and made a tough job a lot harder,” said Leeds boss Jesse Marsch, mastering the art of understatement. They nearly snatched a point in stoppage time when Junior Firpo headed a long free-kick forward, but Rodrigo could only cast a tame glance straight at Ramsdale.

Arsenal have hung on and head into Thursday’s derby knowing that all the pressure is on Spurs in the race to secure fourth place. They should therefore be able to play with a greater sense of freedom. Younger players tend to be able to do this, but they will also need to keep their cool.

Jean Johansson wows viewers with Celebrity Mastermind win and fans are all saying the same thing Sat, 07 May 2022 22:21:00 +0000

JEAN Johansson wowed viewers by winning Celebrity Mastermind, but she left fans saying the same thing about one of her answers.

The Scottish TV presenter appeared on tonight’s episode, the celebrity version of the BBC quiz show.


Jean Johannson was tonight’s Celebrity Mastermind ChampionCredit: BBC
She acquired her specialty and general knowledge


She acquired her specialty and general knowledgeCredit: BBC
One of his answers got fans talking


One of his answers got fans talkingCredit: BBC

The 39-year-old took the lead early on by correctly answering ten questions on her specialist subject – Kylie Minogue.

But it was the general knowledge round that gave the Port-Glasgow-born singer the Mastermind victory.

Jean finished the round with an impressive 19 points, earning him the Mastermind Trophy.

But it was one of his answers that caught the attention of fans.

Martel Maxwell appears on Celebrity Mastermind and fans are all saying the same thing
Mastermind viewers scratched their heads as the contestant

Jean was asked by host Clive Myrie about alcoholic beverages.

He asked: “In 1887 Percy Bulmer, the son of a Herefordshire clergyman, set up a business making what liquor?”

The A Place In The Sun host had him guessing, saying, “Buckfast.”

Clive then revealed that the answer was actually cider, but that didn’t stop fans from appreciating Jean’s nod to the popular tonic wine north of the border.

A fan took to social media saying, “Buckfast, well done!”

Another said: “Buckfast! Make the Scots proud Jean.”

A third commented: ‘Responded like a true Glasgowian, Buckfast!’

A fourth commented: “Well done Jean, loved Buckfast’s response.”

Gers fans face Seville robbery and Airbnb price hike as hosts charge £4,000 a night
Brides are left in the lurch after a plush Scottish venue is marketed with weddings scrapped

After her win on the show, Jean said her winning Mastermind would make her dad proud – after revealing the pair often watch the show together.

She said: “This is a huge win for daytime TV presenters and I’ve finally made my dad proud after all these years.”

We pay for your stories and videos! Do you have a story or video for The Scottish Sun? Email us at or call 0141 420 5300

Bet Kentucky Derby 148 with experts, celebrities and influencers! Sat, 07 May 2022 17:06:29 +0000

The Kentucky Derby is the best time to back your horse with a legal bet! Most places across the United States offer the ability to bet on horse racing.

Below, TwinSpires lists picks from our resident experts, notable influencers, and a few celebrities. Additionally, we will be adding suggested bets as they arrive. Click the bet button with the bet slip under the names and opinions that resonate best with you!

Check throughout the day for more choices as the day progresses!

Be sure to check out the full Kentucky Derby betting guide here at! He provides many choices here in an easy to read format as well as additional information that any handicapper will love.

At a Glance 2022 Kentucky Derby Pick

Drawing on all of our coverage from the past week and decades of disability experience, our experts gather for their quick picks below.

John Mucciolo

Having improved with every mission on the road to the Kentucky Derby, Mucciolo’s first choice is No. 3 Epicenter. You can read his full analysis here: Tipsheet: Kentucky Derby 2022

  • Win $50 and place Epicenter #3
  • $15 exacta 3, 5 with 3, 5, 6, 10
  • Trifecta 50 cents 3, 5 with 1, 3, 5, 6, 9, 10 with everything

Moving on to a few more Derby Exotics picks, Mucciolo adds No. 5 Smile Happy and No. 6 Messier.

  • $10 box exact 3, 5, 6 ($60)
  • $2 Trifecta 3,5,6 w/3,5,6 w/1,3,5,6,9,10,19 ($60)
  • $1 superfecta 3 with 5.6 with 1,5,6,9,10,19 with 1,5,6,9,10,19 ($40)
  • 1$ superfecta 5,6 with 3 with 1,5,6,9,10,19 with 1,5,6,9,10,19 ($40)

If you want to stick with Morning Line favorite #10 Zandon, his money-making picks can be found below. Check out the full analysis here: How to Make Money With Zandon in the Kentucky Derby

  • Trifecta 50 cents 10 with 3,5,6,19 with everything ($36)
  • Trifecta 50 cents 10 with everything with 3,5,6,19 ($36)
  • Trifecta 50 cents 3,5,6,19 with 10 with everything ($36)

J. Keeler Johnson

Providing varied choices to different budgets, Keeler favors No. 1 Mo Donegal and No. 6 Messier. Find his full article here: Betting the Kentucky Derby 2022 on different budgets

Budget of $40

  • $12 to be won on #1MB Donegal
  • $12 to be won on #6 Messier
  • Exacta at $2: 1.6 with 1,3,6,10,12 ($16)

Budget of $80

  • $20 to be won on #1MB Donegal
  • $20 to be won on #6 Messier
  • $1 Trifecta: 1.6 with 1,3,6,10,12 with 1,3,6,7,10,12,13 ($40)

Budget of $120

  • $24 to be won on #1MB Donegal
  • $24 to be won on #6 Messier
  • $1 Superfecta: 1.6 with 1.6 with 3,10,12 with 3,7,10,12,13 ($24)
  • $1 Superfecta: 1.6 with 3,10,12 with 1.6 with 3,7,10,12,13 ($24)
  • $1 Superfecta: 1.6 with 3,10,12 with 3,7,10,12,13 with 1.6 ($24)

Vance Hanson

Hanson is staying with No. 1 Mo Donegal, despite the rail drawing, and will also use No. 10 Zandon for his Pick 4 which ends in the Kentucky Derby. Check out the rest of his picks here: Hanson: Kentucky Derby Day Betting Strategy

  • $1 Choose 4 over 2,9,11 with 1 with 4.8 with 1.10 = $12.

Do you plan to go far? Hanson’s pick is #8 Charge It. “While it’s far from the finished article, and therefore will need a lot of luck to win, Charge It has plenty of tools to become a serious racehorse, perhaps as early as Saturday. “

Ashley Anderson

Ashley prefers Mo Donegal but will also incorporate Smile Happy and Zandon into her choice to fashion an exacta.

  • $2 Exacta Box on 1, 5, 10 ($12)

Alastair’s Bull

On Alastair’s pick: “I always come back to a horse that showed it all: #3 Epicenter.” Find his full analysis here: Kentucky Derby bets with an epicenter

  • $20 Win/$20 Show: 3 Epicenter ($40)
  • 50 cent trifecta: 3.12 w/ 1,3,5,7,10,12,14 w/ 1,3,5,7,10,12,14 ($30)
    Total: $70

Sara Dacus (@saradacus)

Sara closely followed the Arkansas Road to the Kentucky Derby Trail and here are her thoughts:

“Oaklawn Park is my home track, so I naturally look for suitors who take the Arkansas route to the Kentucky Derby. I attempted to handicap this year’s Kentucky Derby without bias, and I still believe that Cyberknife , winner of the Arkansas Derby (G1), could wear the roses on Saturday.

“At 20-1 odds, he offers an opportunity for a fine score. The versatile chestnut colt also has victories at the host Kentucky Derby track and at Fair Grounds. The only blemish on his resume came in the Lecomte S (G3), where Cyberknife was sired by Gun Runner, the 2017 Horse of the Year, whose offspring broke outright winning records for a first generation sire, so his pedigree is top notch.

“Cyberknife is packaged by Louisville-born Brad Cox, winner of the last two Eclipse Awards as Coach of the Year. He also dispatched Mandaloun, who was named the winner of the 2021 Derby in February after Medina Spirit was disqualified. Cox grew up two blocks from Churchill on Evelyn Avenue, and I’d love to see him experience the thrill of the Derby winner’s circle.

“Cyberknife will be ridden by Florent Geroux, who was Gun Runner and Mandaloun’s jockey. arrived in Louisville to support ‘FloJo’ in the Derby.

“My second pick is the second pick on the morning line, Epicenter. He completed a near sweep of Louisiana’s four prep races (he lost the Lecomte by a header), winning all three scores in the light He is trained by Hall of Famer Steve Asmussen, North America’s all-time winningest Thoroughbred trainer.Despite his unparalleled success, Asmussen has yet to win the Kentucky Derby. His horses have twice finished second.

“To complete the trifecta, I select Messier. The winner of multiple graduated stakes has finished in the top two in each of his six starts. He won the Robert B. Lewis S. (G3) by an astounding 15 lengths. Although the field was small, it gained numbers at high speed, and West Coast horses have traditionally performed well in the Kentucky Derby Messier, whose size is impressive, was recently transferred from Bob Baffert’s barn to the coach Tim Yakteen.

Where do big companies stand on reproductive health policies Sat, 07 May 2022 09:55:58 +0000

it becomes Harder and harder to keep companies quiet on controversial social issues — take the bitter LGBTQ-related clash between The Walt Disney Company and Florida Governor Ron DeSantis (R) as a recent example.

The latest blurring of the lines between business and politics, however, was sparked by the leaked majority draft opinion suggesting the Supreme Court is set to strike down federal abortion rights as protected. by the law of 1973. Roe vs. Wade. Here is where tech giants and large corporations hold on so far:

Airbnb: “We will work to ensure that our employees have the resources they need”

In a request for comment regarding the leaked opinion and its expected effect on employee health care, vacation rental company Airbnb said The San Francisco Standard that the “company’s health care coverage supports reproductive rights and we will work to ensure that our employees have the resources they need to make choices about their reproductive rights, as we committed to last fall” after Extreme abortion ban for six weeks in Texas.

Amazon: up to $4,000 per year in travel expenses

Amazon, the second largest private employer in the country, has Free to cover up to $4,000 per year in travel expenses for employees seeking non-threatening medical care, including abortions, if such care is not available within 100 miles of their residence and the care virtual ones are not possible.

Apple: “Actively monitors legal proceedings”

Tech giant Apple, with a strong presence in Texas, has mentioned her health insurance covers both abortions and related travel expenses. It appears that Apple’s policy has been in place since at least September 2021, when it confirmed Tech Crunch that he was keeping tabs on the legal challenges surrounding the Texas ban.

“We are actively monitoring legal proceedings challenging Texas’ uniquely restrictive abortion law,” Apple wrote in an employee memo. “In the meantime, we want to remind you that our benefits at Apple are comprehensive and allow our employees to travel out of state for medical care if it is not available in their home state.”

Bumble and Match Group: “We strongly believe in the right of women to choose”

Online dating app Bumble commented on Monday’s leaked draft the following evening. “Today’s headlines regarding the leaked draft advisory to strike down abortion rights in the United States are deeply disturbing,” the company said. wrote on Twitter. “At Bumble, we strongly believe in the right of women to choose and exercise complete control over their bodies.”

In September, Bumble and other Match Group dating app services advertised separately they would each launch relief funds for Texas employees in need of out-of-state abortion care. “As I have said before, the company generally does not take a political position unless it is relevant to our business,” Match Group CEO Shar Dubey said in a memo at the time. . “But in this case, personally, as a woman in Texas, I couldn’t keep quiet.”

Citigroup: A target of House Republicans

In March, Citigroup became the first major bank to announce that it would pay travel expenses for employees affected by the abortion ban in Texas, where it employs more than 8,000 workers. “In response to changes in reproductive health care laws in some states in the United States, beginning in 2022, we are providing travel benefits to facilitate access to adequate resources,” the bank said. mentioned in a folder.

Citigroup was later criticized for its decision; House Republicans urged the United States to cancel government contracts with the bank, and a Texas legislator threatens introduce a bill preventing Citigroup from underwriting municipal bonds.

CVS Health: “We’ve Made Out-of-State Care Accessible and Affordable”

In response to a request for comments on the draft opinion of FortuneCVS offered the following: “We are monitoring the situation closely and evaluating how we can better meet the coverage needs of our colleagues, customers and consumers. We have made out-of-state care accessible and affordable for employees of States that have instituted more restrictive laws.

Levi Strauss: “Business leaders need to make their voices heard”

“Given what is at stake, business leaders must speak out and take action to protect the health and well-being of our employees,” Levi Strauss wrote in a statement released on Wednesday. “That means protecting reproductive rights.” The clothing brand also reimburses employees for travel expenses incurred while seeking health care services unavailable in their state, including abortions. Part-time hourly workers can also apply for reimbursement.

Salesforce: Helping Employee Families Move Out of Texas

Software company Salesforce offered in September to help employees and their families move out of Texas after its abortion law passed.

Salesforce did not take an explicit position on the Texas law in its statement, CNN noted at the time.

Uber and Lyft: creating legal defense funds

Uber and Lyft each announced in September that they would create legal defense funds to help drivers prosecuted under Texas law, which financially incentivizes and delegates private citizens to sue anyone aiding or abetting an abortion (including carpool trips) after six hours. weeks of pregnancy. The two companies recently extended the same coverage to drivers in Oklahoma.

Lyft has also committed to donate 1 million dollars to family planning. “We’ve made our point on this very clear,” Lyft co-founder and president John Zimmer said. The Wall Street Journal Tuesday, after the leak. “So we will continue to look for ways to make a difference, to speak up and, above all, to take action.”

UTA: “The right to choose… was a foundation”

Hollywood’s United Talent Agency also responded to the proposed ruling by informing its employees that it would reimburse travel expenses related to reproductive health services that were unavailable in their state. “We are doing this to support the right to choose which is the foundation of a law that has been established for nearly half a century,” said CEO Jeremy Zimmer. mentioned in a note to employees. “Several states have already introduced restrictive legislation, and the Supreme Court’s draft decision released yesterday, if passed, could make abortion illegal in more than half of the country.”

Yelp: “Turning Back Time… Will Have a Seismic Impact”

The Yelp online review website has been franc in its opposition to a cancellation of deerwarning that such a court decision would have a “seismic impact on our society and our economy”.

“Rolling back the progress women have made over the past 50 years will have a seismic impact on our society and our economy,” Yelp continued in his statement about it. “It goes against the will of the vast majority of Americans who agree that decisions about reproductive care should be made by women and their doctors.” The company also called on Congress to codify deer in the law.

Prior to the Monday night leak, Yelp announced that it would be cover expenses for employees and their spouses who must travel out of state for abortion care. The policy came in response to a restrictive six-week ban out of Texas, but the benefit extends to employees in other states as well. Mirian Warren, the company’s chief diversity officer, said Yelp isn’t concerned about backlash.

No comment?

According to a Wednesday report from The New York Timescompanies that appear not yet commented directly on the draft decision include PricewaterhouseCoopers, Oracle, JP Morgan Chase, Walmart, Disney, ThirdLove, PatagoniaKroger and Meta (although Sheryl Sandberg posted on Facebookwriting that “this is a scary day for women across our country”).

It seems Microsoft also remained silent on an expected deer reversal, although company co-founder and billionaire Bill Gates weighed in on Twitter:

It pays to be nice to your competitor brands on social media, study finds Fri, 06 May 2022 19:05:00 +0000

Newswise – The brand’s competitors aren’t known for being nice to each other. Think of the legendary “ad wars” between Coke and Pepsi, Avis and Hertz, or McDonalds and Burger King.

But what if brands played well with each other on social media? A group of researchers from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and Duke University wondered after noticing tweets from Xbox and PlayStation congratulating Nintendo on new product launches.

In a study that’s been buzzing among marketers, researchers conducted nearly a dozen experiments that show that when a brand compliments a competitor on social media, it boosts their reputation as well as their sales.

The benefits go to the praising brand, but it doesn’t affect the brand on the receiving end, said Katherine Du, one of the co-authors from the Lubar School of Business at UW-Milwaukee.

In one of the experiments included in the study, participants received one of two fictional tweets: one in which Kit Kat complimented a top competitor, Twix (“@twix, competitor or not, congratulations on your 54 years in business! Even we can admit – Twix are delicious”). In the other tweet, Kit Kat only mentioned her own product (“Start your day with a treat!”).

After 11 days, participants reported buying candy since the study ended. Those who saw the free Kit Kat tweet bought this brand 34% more frequently than those who saw the self-promoting Kit Kat tweet. Sales of Twix did not increase, even though Kit Kat called Twix delicious.

The strategy works for the renter because consumers’ opinions of brands are based on two dimensions — warmth and competence, said Du, who conducted the study with Lingrui Zhou and Keisha Cutright at Duke University.

“Warmth is one of the number one things we judge a brand on — and how we judge others too,” she said. “Our contribution was to examine how brands can interact to create this perception. But it’s important that the praising brand initiates the interaction and comes across as authentic.

Why doesn’t it work for the brand being rented?

“We believe this is because consumers recognize that this is an uncommon and potentially risky action for the praise brand, given that there is no obvious benefit to them,” said Zhou, a PhD student at Duke.

Zhou added that brand-to-brand praise works best for organizations that aren’t traditionally viewed as warm or caring. Among consumers, the most skeptical are those who have felt the most effect.

“Skeptical consumers don’t trust brands very much to begin with,” she said. “And so when they see this type of interaction, it disarms them and allows them to change their perception of the brand that’s being praised.”

The study, published earlier this year in the Journal of Marketing, included about 4,000 participants and a collection of tens of thousands of real tweets.

To suggest that marketers can profit by drawing positive attention to competitors is still a radical idea, Du said.

“It’s been an uphill battle for us to get people in marketing to believe that this brand-to-brand praise works,” she said. “That’s why there’s so much data in this study because the burden of evidence was really high.”

Mark Wright to host new BBC family TV show without Michelle Keegan Fri, 06 May 2022 10:53:46 +0000

Former TOWIE star Mark Wright has gotten a new TV show – which he will star in without his wife Michelle Keegan. The Buckhurst Hill native, 35, is set to present A Wright Old Adventure which will air on the BBC, reports the Mirror.

The show will be with his father, brother and a few close friends and see them take part in adventurous activities and explore Britain’s top attractions. Viewers will be able to see Mark and his pals go go-karting in Llandudno, kitesurfing in Co Down and cycling in the Scottish Highlands.

Speaking about the new venture, Mark said: “I’m absolutely thrilled about it. At this point in my life, I want to do things that I really want to do and love.

Read more: Mark Wright almost left The Only Way Is Essex after the first episode when people he knew trolled him

“I’m going to travel the country, see places I normally wouldn’t, have adrenaline-pumping experiences and challenge myself.” And I’ll do it all with two of my favorite people on earth – my two best friends , the brother and my father. It’s a dream come true and I can’t wait. It’s going to be one hell of a ride.”

The ex-Corrie Michelle star – who has been married to the reality TV star since 2015 – has not been announced for the next season.

It was revealed last month that the couple’s £3.5million Essex mansion was nearing completion. The couple bought the house in 2019 and have been renovating it since last year.

Their beautiful modest home will include a fantastic swimming pool, which will be ideal for summer gatherings or lounging in the garden. A huge outdoor pool is being built as the duo add the finishing touches to their pad.

In aerial shots taken from the back garden, a gigantic hole has been dug in the earth, with what appears to be a flat concrete floor already shaped at the bottom. The giant pool sits just behind the property – which Mark recently bragged about “four to five acres” in total.

The TV couple have shared the gradual transformation of their massive Essex property with fans on their “Wrighty home” Instagram, but have yet to move in. However, they make sure to keep their fans updated on the whole process.

]]> Celebrities, Netflix and pure audacity: how F1 finally cracked America Thu, 05 May 2022 06:57:24 +0000


Ormula One has longed for acceptance in the United States for a long time, a market where she usually struggles to crack anything she chooses to throw at her.

It wasn’t until last year – the 10th United States Grand Prix of Lewis Hamilton’s F1 career – that he feels he and the sport have finally found that sense of belonging in the United States.

With 400,000 viewers, it attracted the biggest audience of the entire calendar while a million and more others watched it from the comfort of their homes in the United States.

Hamilton narrowly missed the race win over Max Verstappen but still left Texas buoyed by the bigger picture. “I think that’s definitely our acceptance in the United States,” he said.

Suggestions it could be an anomaly for returning sports fans, previously denied to live viewers in the age of Covid, appear to have been dispelled with a sale of 240,000 fans for the Grand Prix of Miami this weekend.

Finally, F1 in the United States is in vogue. Among the celebrities who have found their place in the inner circle of Miami, David Beckham, LeBron James, Michael Jordan, the Williams sisters, The Rock and Pharrell Williams. And interest should increase.

This is the first season since 1984 that there are two American races on the calendar. Next year a third will be added with a Saturday night race in Las Vegas.

The last time F1 raced in Vegas, it did so in the parking lot of Caesars Palace. This time, Hamilton, Verstappen and the rest of the grid will demolish the Strip, a bold concept unthinkable just a few years ago.

The United States is so passionate about F1 as an organization that it has even signed up as co-promoters of the Vegas night race, while manufacturers looking to sell cars in the country relish the growing American reach.

Television viewing figures are also on the rise. There was a 58% increase in viewership figures last year, this season so far it has increased by 35% with the Saudi Arabian Grand Prix proving F1’s biggest viewership on American television since 1995 with more than 1.5 million viewers.

Getty Images

Sports bosses are optimistic about the US invasion, attempts that until recently had ended in endless head-scratching.

In one of his last interviews before leaving the sporting directorship, Bernie Ecclestone pontificated on why the United States had been so hard to crack. He suggested it was too fast and furious, and not long enough for the average American. He also said the future of the sport lies in Asian markets rather than across the pond.

When Liberty Media bought the sport in 2017, it shamelessly made its No. 1 ambition to successfully embed itself into the psyche of American sports fans.

At the heart of this success was the launch of the Netflix docuseries Drive to Survive in March 2018, which many believed were doomed as the protagonists of that year’s title, Mercedes and Ferrari, chose not to s register initially.

But the series created the kind of theater – often contrived but immensely watchable – that audiences in the United States simply swallowed. F1 CEO Stefano Domencali said of its impact: “Netflix has played a very important role in reaching new fans and showing the emotion and drama behind this sport.” Its obvious success has been such that other sports have signed up to do their own versions.

Pool/AFP via Getty Images

And yet, it is still early. Viewing numbers on ESPN are still only a fraction of the US market – unsurprising for a fledgling sport in the eyes of most Americans – but the bidding for the rights for 2023 and beyond has taken its toll. -said to have attracted interest from NBC, Fox and Amazon, with F1 bosses seeking a reported £. 60 million per year.

There is still a long way to go in other areas. F1 has at least one American team in Haas, central to Drive to Survive storylines thanks to the team’s mercurial Italian boss Guenther Steiner, but still no driver. And Michael Andretti is pushing for a second American team.

But the last United States world champion was Andretti’s father Mario in 1978, the last full-time Scott Speed ​​rider in 2007.

It was the same year that an American race was removed from the calendar until its return in 2012, the damage caused by the public relations disaster of the 2005 edition in Indianapolis in which only six cars raced continued to safety fears over the rest of the field on Michelin tyres.

If this was the nadir of F1 in the US, last year was the polar opposite and the signs are that it will comfortably be the most-watched season in US F1 history.

For so long, F1 has struggled to find a home on American shores from Indianapolis to Sebring, from Riverside to Watkins Glen. In 2023, he has three, and the sport claims this is just the start.