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    NEW YORK (AP) — The Justice Department’s effort to block the merger of Penguin Random House and Simon & Schuster isn’t just a showcase for the Biden administration’s tougher approach to corporate consolidation, it’s a rare moment for the publishing industry itself to be placed in the dock. Through the first week of an expected two- to three-week trial in U.S. District Court in Washington, top publishing executives at Penguin Random House, Simon & Schuster and elsewhere, along with agents and such authors as Stephen King, have shared opinions, relived disappointments and revealed financial figures they otherwise would have preferred to discuss privately or confide on background with reporters. “I apologize for the passionate language,” Penguin Random House CEO Markus Dohle testified about correspondence exhibited in court that reflected tensions between him and other Penguin Random House executives. “These are private text messages to my closest collaborators in the company.” The government is trying to demonstrate that the merger will lead to less competition for bestselling authors, lowering their advances and reducing the number of books. The Justice...
    The AP also reports that passage of the Stabenow-Boozman bill would be considered a win by the cryptocurrency industry, which sees the CFTC as a more “industry-friendly” regulator than the SEC. The cryptocurrency industry is “trying to get anyone other than the SEC to regulate them,” said Cory Klippsten, CEO of Swan Bitcoin. This bill is the latest in federal efforts to reign in the crypto market. In June, Sens. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) and Cynthia Lummis (R-Wyo.) proposed a sweeping bill called the Responsible Financial Innovation Act. That bill would require the IRS to adopt guidance on digital assets and would make a distinction between digital assets that are commodities and those that are securities. It also names the CFTC as crypto’s primary regulator. Earlier this year, President Biden issued an executive order calling on agencies to look at ways to regulate digital currencies. This followed the administration’s 22-page report last November calling on Congress to pass crypto regulation.
    Car dealerships have been mom and pop businesses for much of their existence. But the industry is slowly consolidating. Six publicly traded dealership groups — AutoNation, Lithia Motors, Group 1 Automotive, Sonic Automotive, Penske, and Asbury Automotive Group — have been on a shopping spree in recent years, buying up a small but growing share of dealerships. And they've been wildly profitable. Circumstances have been especially positive in the past couple of years. New car prices have hit record highs with parts in short supply and automobiles in high demand, especially for Americans who moved to suburban areas during the Covid-19 pandemic and needed their personal vehicles for their main mode of transportation. The trials of the pandemic also forced dealers to become a lot more efficient. As a result, dealers have been raking in higher profits on every unit sold. Companies such as the two biggest firms, AutoNation and Lithia Motors, have been, respectively, buying back massive amounts of stock and investing into more acquisitions and other businesses, such as online retail architecture. But they could face a tough, uphill...
    When the president, the treasury secretary and other Biden administration officials insisted this week that the U.S. economy is not currently in a recession, they were mocked for weaseling out of bad news on a technicality. The Commerce Department announced Thursday that the broadest measure of economic activity, gross domestic product, fell for a second quarter in a row — meeting a widely held, though unofficial, definition of recession. It is true, as the Biden folks argued, that the nation’s official recession arbiter, the National Bureau of Economic Research, has yet to call one, because it relies on many more signals. Still, it sure sounded as if the Biden team was splitting hairs. Over the past few days, though, I’ve spent more time than is healthy listening to CEOs expound on their businesses during quarterly corporate earnings calls. (What can I say? I’m a sucker for a good time.) And I was surprised by what I heard. The CEOs convinced me that the Biden people — not to mention Jay Powell, the chair of the Federal Reserve, who also said...
    The marijuana industry has dramatically increased its lobbying efforts within the halls of Congress since the first states legalized recreational use of the drug in 2012. The industry has spent over $20 million lobbying Congress since Colorado and Washington legalized marijuana in 2012, with the bulk of the spending coming after Democrats retook the House in 2019, according to data compiled by OpenSecrets. The figure represents just a fraction of the total marijuana lobbying in Congress, as dozens of businesses and advocacy groups that represent other sectors of the economy have also lobbied on marijuana-related bills in recent years. GRINER'S DEFENSE TEAM ARGUES HER MARIJUANA USE WAS TO MANAGE PAIN However, the marijuana industry is not expected to boost its congressional lobbying efforts further in the short term, even after Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) introduced a groundbreaking comprehensive reform bill in mid-July that would decriminalize cannabis at the federal level. The marijuana industry is on track to spend around $4.5 million in lobbying in 2022, a rate in line with what it spent in...
    With the National Rifle Association still in its years-long decline, gun manufacturers are on the hunt for alternative standard-bearers. But according to data shared with The Daily Beast, these gun companies may have found their new favorite political weapon: themselves. The National Shooting Sports Foundation, the gun industry’s trade association, isn’t as well known as the NRA, but it spends more money annually to influence policy, while pushing the country further to the right. As the NRA has faltered, the NSSF has been on the rise. And while the organization markets itself as something of a kinder, gentler NRA—on a mission to “promote, protect and preserve hunting and the shooting sports”—critics say that’s just a fantasy. Shannon Watts, founder of gun control organization Moms Demand Action, told The Daily Beast that the NSSF is a “front group” for the firearms industry and “trafficks in the same extremist, guns-everywhere agenda” as the NRA. “They’re focused on the profitability of the gun industry above all other concerns—including the safety of the American public,” Watts said. Ryan Busse, who recently left firearms...
    A SKINCARE whizz has revealed the common habits she will never to do her skin - and it's bad news if your routine involves countless of different products. Skincare - some like to keep it simple, others follow a dedicated nine-step routine every night without a fail, and one expert, Cia Eclectica, belongs to the first group. 2Having worked in the industry for most of her 20s, Cia has learnt a few thingsCredit: Tiktok/@cia_eclectica Although the beauty industry is full of numerous skincare Dos most of us will deem as musts, there are a few things the professional will never do to her skin. Care about ageing With expensive Botox treatments and serums for tackling the appearance of fine lines, the anti-ageing industry is set to be worth close to £100 billion by the year of 2030. But although for many remaining a youthful appearance is a goal they strive for no matter what, Cia is definitely not amongst them. ''Having seen the anti-ageing industry from behind the scenes, I don't want anything to have to do with it. She...
    WHEN it comes to skincare and makeup, there is a world of products available and lots of rules that come with them. However beauty experts say some of these guidelines are actually myths which do nothing to help your complexion. 2TikTok user Sarah Palmyra shared the common advice she avoids having worked in the beauty industryCredit: TikTok TikTok user Sarah Palmyra shared the three pieces of advice she refuses to follow having worked in the beauty industry. The first piece of advice Sarah advised viewers to ignore is purchasing eye cream. "If someone tells me I need eye cream, that’s a red flag. I feel they’re just trying to sell me something," Sarah told her followers. She explained: "I love eye cream, but its definitely not a necessity. Sunscreen, retinol, hydrating serums will go such a long way you may never want [eye cream]." Read More LifestylePOWERFUL MINDSET People don't believe I’m 42 but I’ve never had Botox, my anti-aging secretSUNSCREEN MISS I'm a skincare pro - I tried Trader Joe’s Supergoop dupe & was NOT impressed The beauty expert...
    As summer rolls around, people start to incorporate more linen pieces into their outfits. This feels like a great opportunity to talk about how awesome linen is and why you should be opting for it more! Linen is the oldest textile around, so it’s not surprising that it’s also one of the more sustainable textiles available today. The fabric is made from the flax plant (yes, like the seed) and has a rich and interesting history.  Keep reading to learn more about why you should wear your linens with the respect and pride they deserve!  Rich History Source: Victoria and Albert Museum/Youtube Flax isn’t just what we sprinkle on top of our oatmeal, it’s also one of the first plant fibers used by humans. The plant stalks have been fermented, dried, crushed, and beaten into a fiber for thousands and thousands of years. Although we have a plethora of great textile options today, the invention and widespread use of linen throughout history was an incredibly big step in humanity’s development.  Linen was first made before 10,000 BCE and...
    The chaos engulfing many major airports in North America and Europe since summer began hasn't abated much, and news outlets and social media users continue to report on hordes of impatient travelers and mountains of misplaced suitcases.Source: Getty Images Canceled flights. Long lines. Staff walkouts. Missing luggage.  Sound familiar? The chaos engulfing many major airports in North America and Europe since summer hasn't abated much, and news outlets and social media users continue to report on hordes of impatient travelers and mountains of misplaced suitcases. Just this week, German carrier Lufthansa canceled nearly all its flights in Frankfurt and Munich, stranding some 130,000 travelers due to a one-day walkout by its ground staff who were on strike for better pay.   London's Heathrow Airport and Amsterdam's Schiphol Airport — two of the largest travel hubs in Europe —slashed their passenger capacity and demanded that airlines cut flights in and out of their airports, which angered both travelers and airline managers. Carriers in the U.S. have also canceled and delayed tens of thousands of flights due to staffing shortages and weather...
    THE world's most tattooed doctor says she always gets the same stupid reaction - but she doesn't care. Dr Sarah Gray, 33, from Australia, wants to change the public opinion of tattoos after judged by her looks while working as an orthopaedic service registrar. 4Dr Sarah Gray is a 33-year-old model and an orthopaedic service registrarCredit: Instagram 4She wants to challenge public perceptions around tattoosCredit: Instagram 4Sarah has spent more than 300 hours being tattooed while holding down her role as an orthopaedic surgeon registrarCredit: Instagram 4She believes those who dismiss her have minds clouded by judgement The former Miss Ink Australia winner does believe a shift is occurring which sees people be more accepting, but wants to reiterate the message that she's not defined by her body art. Sarah says it's becoming more common for people in professional roles to be displaying tattoos and hopes her external look wouldn't alter how she is perceived. She told the Daily Star: "Tattoos don't make you a bad person and anyone that thinks that is just a representation of...
    The Republican nominee has claimed high gas prices have nothing to do with 'greedy oil executives.' As gas prices broke records in late May, Nevada Republican Senate nominee Adam Laxalt repeatedly defended the oil and gas industry and claimed "greedy oil executives" were not to blame. Last month, the industry rewarded his loyalty with more than $11,000 in campaign contributions. In the face of Russia's invasion of Ukraine and Congress' decision to suspend Russian oil and gas imports in response, gas prices hit record highs across the country in June — averaging more than $5 per gallon. According to AAA, average prices were even higher in Nevada, exceeding $5.50 per gallon. While these prices were bad news for consumers, they helped bring massive profits to oil and gas companies, which refused to take steps that might bring costs down. Some Democratic lawmakers and consumer watchdog groups accused the industry of price gouging and prioritizing greed over customers. Former Nevada Attorney General and unsuccessful 2018 Republican gubernatorial nominee Adam Laxalt, who is currently challenging Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto (D-NV) repeatedly rushed to...
    A model has revealed the most horrific things that her agents said and did to her 'as a minor' - including putting her on a 'mandatory' juice cleanse, checking in with her gym instructors to make sure that she was working out everyday, and passing off photographer abuse as 'what happens in fashion.' Maddie White, 26, who was born in the U.K. but grew up in Los Angeles, California, opened up about some of the terrible things that her past managers forced her to do when she was just a teen and starting out in the industry. According to the star - who posed for many big magazines like Harpers Bazaar Japan, Company, and Wylde in her teen years, and has recently become well-known on TikTok for sharing a glimpse into her life as a model, where she has racked up more than 2.8 million followers - her agents would sign her up for daily, 6am Pilates classes, and would speak with the trainers to ensure that she showed up. She claimed they also told her not to eat fast...
    Greater Washington’s restaurant industry partied Sunday evening like it was 2019. An estimated 2,500 people registered to attend the Restaurant Association Metropolitan Washington’s 2022 RAMMY awards, held at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center. Many turned out dressed in black-tie and ballgowns they haven’t worn since before the coronavirus outbreak. There were plenty of reminders that fallout from the Covid-19 pandemic continues to plague an industry still hobbled by challenges including a labor shortage and supply-chain issues. Even some of the award categories, such as “Splendid Holidays at Home,” spoke to the lingering public health crisis. Still, speakers such as Kathy Hollinger, president and CEO of RAMW, reflected on how far the industry has rebounded since the depths of the pandemic. It’s come back from tough times before, Hollinger noted. In 2016, for example, the Michelin Guide came out with its D.C. edition, signaling the industry had bounced back from the Great Recession.… Read the full story from the Washington Business Journal.
    In this article AAPLAppleApple is using the iPhone's popularity to push itself into the auto industry. Automakers are a little unsure how they feel about this. Apple announced the next generation of its car software CarPlay in June. It takes over the user interface on all interior screens, replacing gas gauges and speed dials with a digital version powered by the driver's iPhone. It suggested CarPlay helps automakers sell vehicles. Apple engineering manager Emily Schubert said 98% of new cars in the U.S. come with CarPlay installed. She delivered a shocking stat: 79% percent of U.S. buyers would only buy a car if it supported CarPlay. "It's a must-have feature when shopping for a new vehicle," Schubert said during a presentation of the new features. The auto industry faces an unappealing choice: Offer CarPlay and give up potential revenue and the chance to ride a major industry shift, or spend heavily to develop their own infotainment software and cater to an increasing audience of car buyers who won't buy a new vehicle without CarPlay.Apple wants a seat at the tableCarmakers...
    Satya Nadella, chief executive officer of Microsoft Corp., appears at a panel session at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, on May 24, 2022.Hollie Adams | Bloomberg | Getty Images Microsoft said it will decelerate the pace of hiring new employees given current economic conditions, following similar announcements from its tech counterparts. "As Microsoft gets ready for the new fiscal year, it is making sure the right resources are aligned to the right opportunity," a Microsoft spokesperson told CNBC in an email on Wednesday. "Microsoft will continue to grow headcount in the year ahead, and we will add additional focus to where those resources go."  Microsoft shares declined 1% in extended trading after an initial report from Bloomberg, which said the software company was getting rid of job listings. Alphabet, Meta and reportedly Apple have committed to slowing down the pace of new hires. That follows years of expansion as investors rewarded revenue growth and market share gains. With inflation at a four-decade high and fears of a recession on the horizon, companies are getting more conservative. ...
    Media personality and OnlyFans star Mia Khalifa believes being a soldier is worse than being a sex worker. During a recent appearance on the hit Showtime show, Ziwe, Khalifa was asked about her thoughts on sex work versus actors and what the difference was between the two. Host Ziwe Fumudoh asked, “So we have OnlyFans and then we have like the sex work industry, and then we have like actors. Is there a difference between these industries or are we all fundamentally selling our body in some way?” “Honestly, I think that selling your body, like if we’re going by that definition, being in the Army is worse than being on OnlyFans,” Khalifa replied. “Wow,” uttered Fumudoh. “You’re selling your body to the government,” Khalifa added. @ziwe i asked mia khalifa if there is a difference between the s3x w0rk industry and hollywood #fyp #miakhalifa #ziwe ♬ selling your body mia khalifa – ziwe In the same interview with Fumudoh, Khalifa revealed that she makes over $10,000 a day from her website after...
    Washington (CNN Business)The Biden administration is pushing to fill hundreds of thousands of cybersecurity jobs in the United States as part of a bid to close a talent shortage US officials describe as both a national security challenge and an economic opportunity.On Tuesday, the administration announced a multi-agency plan to create hundreds of registered apprenticeship programs with the private sector to flesh out the nation's cybersecurity workforce — and defend against a rising tide of data breaches, ransomware attacks and other hacking incidents.In a 120-day sprint, the US government will work with employers to establish apprenticeship programs in the cybersecurity industry, said Labor Secretary Marty Walsh, vowing to launch the joint program with the Department of Commerce "in as little as 48 hours." Heres how North Korean operatives are trying to infiltrate US crypto firmsThe initiative draws funding from a wider $500 million Commerce Department program known as the Good Jobs Challenge, and will particularly focus on recruiting young people, women and minorities to train and work in the cybersecurity field, said Walsh and Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo at a...
    Submit your letter to the editor via this form. Read more Letters to the Editor. VTA threat not just scary; it’s a crime Your article about the VTA employee who will be charged with a misdemeanor for having made a verbal threat (“VTA bus driver threatened shooting, sheriff’s report says,” Page A1, July 12) did not mention that he had violated Section 422 PC of the California Penal Code. A felony violation of that section can result in a prison sentence of up to three years. Many violent acts over the decades had been preceded by threats delivered in person, in writing, or via a computer. Far too many schoolmates, teachers, family members and work associates do not understand that such a verbal threat is grounds for immediate arrest of the offender before he has physically harmed anyone. Many lives could have been saved by an immediate response by law enforcement to that first threat. Steven Raymond San Leandro Oil industry’s windfall must be investigated Clearly, the primary cause of our current inflation was excessive increases in the costs of...
    Investing in cryptocurrencies is clearly not for the faint of heart. The value of bitcoin has plunged from its high last fall, and others have followed similarly gut-wrenching paths. But that does not mean that the revolutionary technology behind them, which allows for innovations such as smart contracts and instant peer-to-peer payments, is not here to stay. Because of that, many states are jockeying for leadership in this emerging industry. With that in mind, CNBC's America's Top States for Business study — which scores all 50 states on a broad range of competitive features — is paying special attention to cryptocurrency under this year's methodology. Our crucial Cost of Doing Business category has always included the cost of electricity, a key consideration in this power-hungry industry. This year, our Technology and Innovation category includes a measure of each state's share of computational power or "hash rate." And our Business Friendliness category gives special consideration to how states are regulating this increasingly important industry. Based on those metrics, these ten states are leading the way.10. TexasA worker installs a new row...
    MOST people believe the porn industry is full of wild orgies and seedy old blokes pressuring young women into performing sex acts. But two top stars of the X-rated business insist that what everyone thinks they know about their job is wrong. 6Maitland Ward went from Hollywood star to porn starCredit: Instagram/maitlandward 6Sofia Kappel plays a wannabe porn star in the movie PleasureCredit: Flamboyance Films Former Boy Meets World TV star Maitland Ward, 45, switched to making adult material three years ago and was named 2022 XBIZ Porn Performer of the Year. While Derby born Keiran Lee, 38, had his manhood insured for a million dollars after becoming a porn star in the US almost two decades ago. The pair are speaking in response to a graphic new movie called Pleasure, streaming now, which explores the darker side of steamy film-making. Directed by feminist Ninja Thyberg, it shows young wannabe porn star Bella Cherry, played by Swedish actress Sofia Kappel, being told to "push through" her nerves when she gets stage fright about her first sex scene. The men are...
    Grasping the enormity, the breadth, and the depth of “Trump corruption” is rather astonishing. Most news junkies and politicos alike are quite familiar with the in-your-face looting, skimming, and self-dealing of the president and his family members. Beyond the family corruption, there is a much larger world of Trump corruption. A “sliminess perpetrated by literally thousands of presidential appointees from Cabinet officials to obscure functionaries,” as reporter Jim Lardner put it in his article for the American Prospect. It is certainly difficult to tabulate all the knaves, thieves, and corporate stooges as well as the nefarious schemes perpetrated. This excerpt is adapted from Criminology on Trump (Routledge, 2022) and was produced for the web by Earth | Food | Life (a project of the Independent Media Institute). The corruption infected many of the government bodies designed to protect the health and well-being of all Americans, including the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), in ways that we haven’t fully reckoned with. Former President Donald Trump’s first Environmental Protection Agency administrator was one of his most controversial appointments to a cabinet-level position. This...
    Nearly half a decade after the story broke, we’re getting an inside, big-screen look at the reporting behind the New York Times’ bombshell piece exposing Harvey Weinstein as a sexual predator. The story made waves in the film industry, exposing a flurry of folks who had abused their power with sexual misconduct, sending #MeToo to the very top of the trending page in 2017. The first trailer for She Said gives insight to the reporting done behind the scenes by journalists Jodi Kantor and Megan Twohey, played respectively by Zoe Kazan and Carey Mulligan. And while the first trailer does have Spotlight-levels of thrill, folks on social media have pointed out a big plot hole: Brad Pitt, who executive produced the film, has been accused of domestic violence against Angelina Jolie. What’s the value of pointing out some of Hollywood’s biggest misdemeanors when an alleged abuser is profiting from the film? Haven’t we learned from our mistakes? Pushing the envelope even further, Pitt reportedly knew about Weinstein’s behavior—the actor confronted the producer back in 1996 trying to protect Gwyneth...
    Some state officials are acting quickly as country-wide debates on whether the U.S. needs stricter gun laws continue. California Gov. Gavin Newsom signed into law an effort to limit the availability of “abnormally dangerous” guns in the state on Tuesday. According to The Los Angeles Times, the bill will also allow victims of gun violence and others to sue firearm manufacturers. Taking effect in July 2023, the Firearm Industry Responsibility Act (AB 1594), requires manufacturers, distributors, and dealers of guns and ammunition to follow new state standards for the safety, marketing, and sale of their products. If the aforementioned parties do not abide by these standards, it allows individuals, local governments, and the California attorney general to sue gun manufacturers if their firearms are used irresponsibly or have caused harm. Newsom announced the law in a video statement on Tuesday, noting that “nearly every industry is held to account when their products cause harm or injury. “All except one: the gun industry,” the governor said. “Today, California is going to change that. They can no longer hide from the mass destruction that they have...
    Cara Delevingne has revealed the importance of representation in her industry as she stars on the cover of British Vogue. The Brit model joins West Side Story star Ariana DeBose and actress and singer Cynthia Erivo to talk about their experiences as part of the LGBTQIA+ community alongside a trio of special digital covers. They are among the 12 LGBTQIA+ stars who cover British Vogue's August Issue, celebrating 50 years of Pride in London. Representing: Cara Delevingne has revealed the importance of representation in her industry as she stars on the cover of British Vogue Cara appears on her solo cover in a wet t-shirt emblazoned with her name, layered under a Karl Lagerfeld metal body plate. Speaking to the publication about the importance of representation for her in the industry, she explained: 'People need to see people like them.' RELATED ARTICLES Previous 1 Next Graham Norton is married! £24m presenter ties the knot with... 'It touched my heart like no other': Suranne Jones reflects... Gugu Mbatha-Raw looks ravishing in a chic white dress...
    There’s a new skin in the game, and the cattle industry is being turned on its head. A new generation of bio-based materials is changing the existing leather trade, which could have major knock-on effects for cattle farming – not only with mammoth environmental implications but economic ones, too. The inefficiencies inherent in the leather industry mean that operating margins are narrow by nature – and, in light of current volatility in the cattle industry, even a small drop in demand or revenue will have monumental ripple effects on the wider market. But what exactly would the impact be, and who would be affected? A Precarious Industry Worth USD 80 billion today, the leather industry is one of the largest manufacturing sectors among animal-derived textiles, with exports of hides and skins alone exceeding USD 5 billion annually. The products derived from the material are even more valuable – the annual global leather goods market was valued at almost USD 400 billion as of 2020. Bovine leather makes up about 65 percent of the global leather market. The primary raw...
    Countries continue to promote bioenergy and biofuels as part of the solution to the climate crisis. But concerns over the environmental and ecological damage these energies can cause have been growing for years. Tackling the extinction crisis is firmly on the global agenda in 2022. The UN’s delayed biodiversity conference – COP15 – is meant to be taking place in China. That makes this year the perfect time to ask whether bioenergy and biofuels can play a significant role in tackling the joint crises we face? The evidence suggests that it cannot. Biomass-derived energy The terms bioenergy and biofuel refer to energy that is derived from biomass, meaning organic matter. Biomass can create heat, electricity, and liquid fuels for transport. The latter is what people largely mean when they talk about biofuels. The term bioenergy generally relates to electricity and heat or is utilized as the catch-all term for all biomass-derived energy. In theory, people can replenish organic matter like crops or trees that they’ve used for these energies. So authorities often categorize them as renewable. Moreover, this replenished...
    Howard County’s “Summer Restaurant Week” starts Monday and this year’s theme focuses on being grateful for those in the hospitality industry. “COVID has thrown a wrench in our industry,” said William Lowe, the owner and manager of Rathskeller, a German restaurant in Elkridge. “It has been a bear to do business.” More Howard County News Howard County is launching “HoCo Gratitude” this year during its summer restaurant week to put focus on being grateful for hospitality workers. A website features stories from workers, and customers are being encouraged to “tip up.” “By participating in Restaurant Week as a guest, not only will you be providing support to local restaurants, but you’ll be helping to support all the hard working individuals that make this industry.” Howard County’s Summer Restaurant Week runs from July 11 through 24 and features close to 30 restaurants and craft beverage creators. “It’s been a challenging couple of years. And here we are working together, fighting through the pandemic, making sure that we do invest in our small and local businesses,” said Howard County Executive...
    Actress Candice Patton, who has starred on The Flash since the show’s inception in 2014, laments that she was “not protected” against racist comments from fans — that producers at the CW and Warner Brothers had a “whatever” attitude with regards to handling it. Patton said in a recent interview on The Open Up podcast that fans’ racism toward her was shrugged off by the CW and Warner Bros. in the early days of the series. “In 2014, there were no support systems,” the actress said. “No one was looking out for that. It was just free range to get abused every single day.” “It’s a dangerous place to be in when you’re one of the first, and you’re facing backlash for it and there’s no help,” Patton said of being one of the first black actresses in the DC TV Universe. “Now, people understand a little better and they understand how fans can be racist, especially in genre, and misogynistic,” she continued. “But at the time it was kind of like: ‘Yeah that’s how fans are, but whatever.'” Patton remarked that “with the companies I...
    Gov. Gavin Newsom The state of California is entering the pharmaceutical industry. Specifically, it will start manufacturing insulin to ensure an affordable supply of the essential drug for the state’s patients living with diabetes. Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom made the announcement Thursday. x California is going to make its own insulin.It’s simple. People should not go into debt to get life-saving medication. pic.twitter.com/yB4mpGjtQO— Gavin Newsom (@GavinNewsom) July 7, 2022 Newsom announced that $100 million from the 2022-23 state budget would be allocated to “contract and make our own insulin at a cheaper price, close to at cost, and to make it available to all.” Half of that funding would go toward the development of a “low-cost” insulin and the remaining $50 million would go toward building a facility to manufacture insulin that would “provide new, high-paying jobs and a stronger supply chain for the drug.” “Nothing epitomizes market failures more than the cost of insulin,” Newsom said. “Many Americans experience out-of-pocket costs anywhere from $300 to $500 per month for this lifesaving drug. California is now taking matters into our own hands.” This comes...
    Why would anyone with a bright future ahead of them look to oil and gas for their livelihood? Interest in oil and gas jobs appears to finally be dwindling. According to a recent Bloomberg report, just 400 students will graduate this year in the U.S. with petroleum engineering degrees, representing an 83% decline from the more than 2,300 graduates who represented the class of 2017. Typically, there is more interest in oil and gas career paths when prices are booming. Though Big Oil companies are currently raking in the profits, the industry doesn’t seem to be attracting new candidates eager to line their own pockets. “Personally, I think we are heading to a bit of a crisis,” Colorado School of Mines petroleum engineering department head Jennifer Miskimins told Bloomberg. “As petroleum engineers age, the industry will need to replace a retiring cohort of Baby Boomers. But we are not seeing enough petroleum engineers to fill the demand.” A 2019 survey from consulting firm EY saw a massive disconnect between how oil and gas executives feel about their own industry and...
    IF you want to gauge just how far down the U-bend ITV has travelled this century, consider this contrast. Between 1963 and 1998, our main commercial network boasted an investigative journalism show called World In Action that corrected great injustices, like the Birmingham Six, and drew audiences of up to 23million. 5If you want to gauge just how far down the U-bend ITV has travelled this century, consider this contrastCredit: ITV 5Now, it's got Olivia Attwood: Getting Filthy Rich, here multi-millionaire Bonnie LocketCredit: INSTAGRAM/BONNIE LOCKET And now? Now it’s got Olivia Attwood: Getting Filthy Rich. A concept that will be familiar to you but a name that possibly isn’t. So I should start by explaining Olivia’s the novelty pipe-cleaner from series three of Love Island who, through an ability to laugh at herself, has forged a fly-on-the-wall career at ITV2, with her footballer fiancé Bradley Dack, who sometimes plays for Blackburn Rovers. How this qualified her to lead the channel’s investigations unit, I cannot explain, but she’s now fronting a four-part report into the pornography industry which began, this week,...
    By Rishi Iyengar | CNN Business For much of the past decade, tech companies have showered their corporate employees with money and lavish perks to attract and retain talent in a hyper-competitive industry. That dynamic only kicked into overdrive the past couple of years amid a pandemic-fueled boom for tech products and services. “The hiring … was off the charts, paying [salaries] that were probably too high or out of range, where companies would hire four or five people for a sales position when they really only needed two,” said Bill McHargue, founder of San Francisco-based recruitment firm Talent House. But the situation has started to cool as the tech industry and the broader economy have been hit by the perfect storm of inflation, rising interest rates, fears of a recession and Russia’s war in Ukraine. A wave of tech companies that had been aggressively hiring, from Netflix to Coinbase, have announced layoffs in recent weeks. Many others are also moving to cut costs, with Uber, Lyft, Snap, Twitter and Apple all planning to slow or pause hiring. “They’re not...
    San Francisco (CNN Business)For much of the past decade, tech companies have showered their corporate employees with money and lavish perks to attract and retain talent in a hyper-competitive industry. That dynamic only kicked into overdrive the past couple of years amid a pandemic-fueled boom for tech products and services."The hiring ... was off the charts, paying [salaries] that were probably too high or out of range, where companies would hire four or five people for a sales position when they really only needed two," said Bill McHargue, founder of San Francisco-based recruitment firm Talent House. But the situation has started to cool as the tech industry and the broader economy have been hit by the perfect storm of inflation, rising interest rates, fears of a recession and Russia's war in Ukraine. A wave of tech companies that had been aggressively hiring, from Netflix (NFLX) to Coinbase, have announced layoffs in recent weeks. Many others are also moving to cut costs, with Uber (UBER), Lyft (LYFT), Snap (SNAP), Twitter (TWTR) and Apple (AAPL) all planning to slow or pause hiring....
    After the high-profile mass shooting in Uvalde, Texas, where 19 students and two teachers were killed, many politicians who are opposed to stricter gun laws have been calling for "hardening" U.S. schools. President Joe Biden signed rare, bipartisan legislation to address gun violence late last month. The law provides $1 billion in funding for schools to quote "create safe and healthy learning environments for all students" as well as an additional $300 million to go toward training and equipment that can help during a threat of violence. The private security industry that focuses specifically on the education sector had projected revenue of $3.1 billion in 2021 and is expected to grow by more than 8% annually on average, according to research and consulting firm Omdia. However, these estimates only look at the companies that provide technology that helps control who enters a school, such as cameras and electronic locks. The Department of Justice, Department of Education and the Department of Homeland Security at the federal level each have programs that provide grant money to school districts for security upgrades. The...
    TODAY the Black Collective of Media in Sport is partnering with The Sun’s owner News UK for a special conference. BCOMS founder, campaigner and film-maker LEON MANN, explains their mission. 1Leon Mann is founder of The Black Collective of Media in SportCredit: Ernest Simons Stories of racism, discrimination and division have dominated the headlines in sport in recent days. Lewis Hamilton being abused by Nelson Piquet in F1 and Luther Burrell lifting the lid on racism in rugby are just two examples. But the fact they are being covered by the media is an indication that these issues are increasingly seen as important. It hasn’t always been like this. Read More In Sport'RAPE' COPS SWOOP Prem star arrested at 3am on suspicion of raping woman on holiday in Med There was a time when horrific abuse would happen and everyone would turn a blind eye. In press conferences and post-match interviews, rarely would one question be asked by the media, let alone be reported. In 2022, that rarely happens because journalists — regardless of their backgrounds — won’t let it. Today...
    For such a small fruit the humble cranberry seems to have an awful lot to offer. In just the past four months alone studies have suggested that cranberries in various forms can improve our memory, lower levels of harmful cholesterol and potentially reduce the risk of heart disease. If that wasn’t enough, another study, published in April in the journal Microbiology Spectrum, suggested that cranberry with manuka honey — also prized for its health-boosting properties — may have the potential to prevent tooth decay. That adds to a long back catalogue of research proving the benefits of cranberries — in particular for tackling urinary tract infections (UTIs), such as a study in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition in 2016 that showed drinking a ‘cranberry juice beverage’ lowered the number of UTIs in women who’d recently had the infection. In just the past four months alone studies have suggested that cranberries in various forms can improve our memory, lower levels of harmful cholesterol and potentially reduce the risk of heart disease Put together, it makes quite the case for eating...
    In this article WEBR COOK People have been eating and cooking more meals outdoors since the pandemic began, a trend driving several barbecue companies to go public.Ben Hasty | MediaNews Group | Reading Eagle via Getty ImagesGrilling caught fire amid the pandemic as stuck-at-home consumers searched for new ways to cook meals, as well as entertain and host family and friends safely outdoors. But while there are plenty of signs that the outdoor cooking craze is here to stay, inflation, market saturation, and supply chain challenges are threatening to lower the heat. Since July 2020, more than 21 million grills and smokers have been purchased by U.S. consumers, according to data from NPD. The outdoor cooking industry's revenue grew to $6.1 billion in sales in 2021, a 14% year-over-year growth. An estimated 70% of U.S. households now own at least one grill or smoker, according to consumer research from the Hearth, Patio & Barbecue Association (HPBA), the highest the industry group has ever seen, according to its CEO and president Jack Goldman. Nearly every type of grill has seen...
    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Companies selling shampoo, food and other products wrapped in plastic have a decade to cut down on their use of the polluting material if they want their wares on California store shelves. Major legislation passed and signed by Gov. Gavin Newsom on Thursday aims to significantly reduce single-use plastic packaging in the state and drastically boost recycling rates for what remains. It sets the nation’s most stringent requirements for the use of plastic packaging, with lawmakers saying they hope it sets a precedent for other states to follow. READ MORE: Rices Fire Updates: Some Evacuation Orders Lifted As Crews Make Progress In Fire Fight“We’re ruining the planet and we’ve got to change it,” Sen. Bob Hertzberg, a Democrat, said before voting on the bill. Under the bill, plastic producers would have to reduce plastics in single-use products 10% by 2027, increasing to 25% by 2032. That reduction in plastic packaging can be met through a combination of reducing package sizing, switching to a different material or making the product easily reusable or refillable. Also by 2032,...
    Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell threatened to tank a bipartisan bill that puts $52 billion toward the semiconductor industry to compete with China if Democrats try to resurrect President Joe Biden's Build Back Better plan.  'Let me be perfectly clear: there will be no bipartisan USICA as long as Democrats are pursuing a partisan reconciliation bill,' McConnell tweeted late Thursday afternoon, using the acronym for the United States Innovation and Competition Act.  Press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre called McConnell's threat 'shocking' and 'outrageous,' in a statement issued as President Joe Biden was returning to the White House after his two-country trip to Europe.  Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell threatened to tank a bipartisan bill that puts $52 billion toward the semiconductor industry to compete with China if Democrats try to resurrect President Joe Biden's Build Back Better plan 'Let me be perfectly clear: there will be no bipartisan USICA as long as Democrats are pursuing a partisan reconciliation bill,' McConnell tweeted late Thursday afternoon, using the acronym for the United States Innovation and Competition Act President Joe Biden waves to reporters as...
    (CNN) — The Supreme Court’s decision on Friday to overturn Roe v. Wade has raised fears that it could have “far-reaching ramifications” on people looking to get pregnant and the clinics providing services to help them. Experts have previously told CNN that a high court ruling could open up the legal terrain for states to interfere with the fertility process known as in vitro fertilization, in which a sperm fertilizes an egg outside the body. READ MORE: Maryland Weather: Sunny & WarmFertility doctors and academics who study the legal landscape around fertility told CNN there is grave uncertainty — both about how abortion laws already on the books will be interpreted and about how lawmakers and local prosecutors may seek to push the envelope, freed from the precedents that have effectively shielded the fertility process from government meddling. That lack of clarity, it is feared, will affect the treatments doctors are willing to offer IVF patients and the decisions people will have to make about how to pursue growing their families. “Overturning Roe v. Wade will have vast, far-reaching ramifications for the fertility...
    You can reuse, reduce, and recycle as much as you want, but it won’t amount to much if you don’t also change the clothes on your back. About 21 billion pounds of clothing are tossed into landfills each year in the U.S. Many of those articles, especially ones designed for working out, are made from synthetics like polyester, nylon and lycra—materials made from fossil fuel-derived plastic. Micro- and nano-sized fiber fragments of these plastics are released into our waterways during laundry, directly contributing to the microplastic pollution accumulating in the waters. Textiles are estimated to produce about 35 percent of all microplastic pollution (recently found in Antarctic snow!) and there are about 2.2 million tons of microfibers filling up the planet’s waters every year. Scientists are still trying to determine what the effects of microplastics are on the health of humans as well as the environment, though it’s already clear these fragments are toxic to us at the cellular level. The effects on organisms worsen as more and more microplastics are ingested. So is cotton, the king of all...
    Porn stars have revealed what it's really like to perform on camera - from why they joined the industry, to how much money they earn and whether it smells on a porn set. In the latest installment of ABC's award winning series 'You Can't Ask That' airing on Wednesday night, porn performers of all types provided some insight into their  risqué jobs.  Among the trade secrets revealed is that porn sets tend to smell like coconut oil and the last people you'd want to find out about you career - such as parents - are usually among the first to figure it out.  The interviewees included hall-of-famer Angela White who's been called Australia's top porn export after making it big in the US. Viewers also meet gay porn star Woody Fox, Arianny Koda, Morgana Muses, Robbie Oz, trans porn star Marissa Minx, Rubi Valentine, and 80s porn star Nikki Stern - who quit the business to become a librarian.  Angela White (pictured) is often called Australia's top porn star after she made her start in the industry when she hopped a plane...
    VIDEO5:4005:40Snoop Dogg: Crypto winter 'weeded out' the NFT abusersCrypto World Perhaps the most prominent celebrity figure in the Web3 zeitgeist is Snoop Dogg, but for Snoop being an early adopter is nothing new. In 2014, the rap icon was part of a $50 million investment into Reddit, which valued the company at around $500 million at the time. Today, the platform is worth $15 billion, according to PitchBook data. He's also known for private investments into fintech companies like Robinhood, Klarna and MoonPay, and for investments in the cannabis space. In 2015, just one year before weed was approved to be legalized for recreational use in California, Snoop co-founded Los Angeles-based Casa Verde Capital — a VC fund that has more than doubled in size. Of course, these days, anyone following him on Twitter knows that his attention has been consumed by anything and everything that has to do with Web3 ⁠— especially NFTs. NFTs are unique digital assets, like artwork and sports trading cards, that are verified and stored using blockchain technology, but critics see them as overhyped and potentially harmful to the environment given...
    SACRAMENTO (CBS13) — Gov. Gavin Newsom has invested nearly $40 billion into bolstering clean energy in California, pledging that by 2035 all new vehicles sold in California will be zero-emission. Now, another major industry is joining that pledge — the cement industry. READ MORE: Police Searching For 2 Suspects Following Chase In West SacramentoTom Tietz, executive director of California Nevada Cement Association, says California uses 11 million tons of cement per year. California cement is a hot commodity. It’s used to build schools, roadways and even Sacramento’s Golden 1 Center. The only other state that uses more cement is Texas. “Our entire civilization is based on our material,” Tietz said. “Every building has a concrete foundation.” Now the material is working to cement itself in California’s future, but how? We’re getting answers. “The California Nevada Cement Association released a carbon neutrality plan,” Tietz said. READ MORE: Cell Phone Video Shows Amazon Driver Held Down After Alleged Attempted RapeCalifornia’s seven cement factories have to run 24 hours a day, seven days a week to maintain heat high enough to melt materials....
    In this article MS GS JPM People walk by the New York Stock Exchange.Spencer Platt | Getty Images News | Getty ImagesLess than six months ago, Wall Street bankers were reaping the rewards from a historic boom in mergers and IPOs. Now, thanks to a confluence of factors that have cast a pall over markets and caused most deal categories to plunge this year, broad-based job cuts loom for the first time since 2019, according to industry sources. The turnaround illustrates the feast-or-famine nature of Wall Street advisory work. Firms were caught understaffed when central banks unleashed trillions of dollars in support for markets at the start of the Covid-19 pandemic. The ensuing surge in capital markets activity like public listings led to a bull market for Wall Street talent, from 22-year-old college graduates to richly compensated rainmakers. For the first time in years, bank employees seemed to gain the upper hand. They pushed back against return-to-office mandates. They received record bonuses, multiple rounds of raises, protected time away from work and even Peloton bicycles. But that's over, according...
    It is hard to imagine that the Queen would feel the need to discuss Denmark’s thriving pornography industry. But before she met Margrethe II during the Queen of Denmark’s state visit to the UK in 1974, she was advised not to mention the nation’s ‘reputation as the pornography capital of Europe’. Royal biographer and Mail writer Robert Hardman told the Chalke Valley History Festival yesterday how the information was included in a briefing note for Her Majesty. Royal diplomacy: The Queen and Prince Philip welcome Margrethe II in 1974. The Queen was provided with a list of 'topics to avoid' before her meeting with Danish Queen Margrethe, right ‘Whenever she’s meeting any world leader there’s always two files she studies very closely,’ Hardman explained. ‘One is called “personality notes” and the other “topics to be avoided”. They don’t hold back, either.’ One entry in ‘personality notes’ about an unnamed Caribbean prime minister in 1977 described him as ‘unbalanced, at times to the point of apparent derangement’ and ‘a ladies’ man with a particular liking for blondes’. The pornography issue appeared...
    (CNN)The Supreme Court's decision on Friday to overturn Roe v. Wade has raised fears that it could have "far-reaching ramifications" on people looking to get pregnant and the clinics providing services to help them. Experts have previously told CNN that a high court ruling could open up the legal terrain for states to interfere with the fertility process known as in vitro fertilization, in which a sperm fertilizes an egg outside the body.Fertility doctors and academics who study the legal landscape around fertility told CNN there is grave uncertainty -- both about how abortion laws already on the books will be interpreted and about how lawmakers and local prosecutors may seek to push the envelope, freed from the precedents that have effectively shielded the fertility process from government meddling. That lack of clarity, it is feared, will affect the treatments doctors are willing to offer IVF patients and the decisions people will have to make about how to pursue growing their families. Efforts underway to protect abortion rights as nation adjusts to Supreme Courts reversal of Roe v. Wade"Overturning Roe...
    A 'We're Hiring!' sign is displayed at a StarbucksMario Tama | Getty Images News | Getty Images Last week, senior product manager for Coinbase David Hong wrote on LinkedIn that he was up at 4am to prepare for a meeting when his company MacBook abruptly shut down. He later found out he was part of the nearly 20% of the company was being laid off from what the company's CEO called a looming recession. "When I joined Coinbase, I accepted that working in this industry would be risky,” Hong wrote on a LinkedIn post. “But on the other hand, I've never given more to a company and was reassured as recently as last week that I / my team was safe.” When Coinbase announced its layoffs, it sent a wave of worry beyond just the crypto industry into the wider tech world. But recruiters wasted no time commenting on Hong's post, and others like it, with hiring opportunities at their companies.  While Coinbase was one of several companies that have announced layoffs in recent weeks, recruiters and others involved...
    Aspen, Colorado (CNN)Through the entirety of a five-course dinner, three NBA stars said little about basketball. There was barely a mention of an NBA title the Golden State Warriors had won the night before; no talk of which jersey they'd wear next season; hardly a word about a likely induction into the sport's Hall of Fame next year. Instead, conversation tended towards a different topic entirely: winemaking. "Coming from the world we come from, we top dogs. Carmelo Anthony, 'DWade' -- they know who we are in basketball," said retired NBA star Dwyane Wade while standing in front of guests at an exclusive dinner celebrating Black chefs and winemakers inside the historic Jerome Hotel in Aspen, Colorado, last week. "Coming to this world, we're no one." Read MoreThis world -- the winemaking industry -- is where Wade, 10-time NBA All-Star Carmelo Anthony, New Orleans Pelicans' guard CJ McCollum and other NBA players have staked their claim, hoping to build a legacy well beyond the basketball court. 'What is he doing?'Anthony's journey as a wine lover started off as a lonely...