Benjamin Soskis, The Washington Post Published 10:25 am PDT, Friday, August 3, 2018 A few weeks ago, during a campaign rally in Montana, President Donald Trump was praising the effectiveness of his sloganeering when he made a quick, unfortunate detour. "Thousand points of light?" he quizzed the crowd, referring to the phrase George H.W. Bush popularized to evoke the power of voluntary service. "I never quite got that one. What the hell is that? Has anyone ever figured that one out?" The remarks earned quick rebukes from an older generation of Republican stalwarts, not merely for the lack of respect they showed toward the ailing 94-year-old former president but for the insult to America's sacrosanct tradition of volunteerism. Even the Rev. Jesse Jackson, who had sought the Democratic nomination to run against Bush for president in 1988, rushed to defend the "points of light" phrase, explaining that it represented "a thousand ways people could serve and share." Trump's … [Read more...] about Republicans used to celebrate volunteerism and service. What happened?
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WASHINGTON--(BUSINESS WIRE)--May 7, 2018--Withdrawing from the North American Free Trade Agreement would cost retailers and consumers up to $16 billion a year and lead to the loss of 128,000 retail-related jobs over the next three years, according to an AT Kearney study released today that was prepared for the National Retail Federation, the Retail Industry Leaders Association and the Food Marketing Institute.“There’s a lot at stake for American retailers, workers and consumers as the administration resumes NAFTA negotiations,” NRF President and CEO Matthew Shay said. “It’s clear NAFTA must be modernized, but we can’t lose sight of the fact that this agreement helps ensure that American families have access to products they need at prices they can afford. As this report shows, withdrawing from NAFTA would jeopardize countless U.S. jobs and force consumers to pay more everyday products like groceries and blue jeans.”“This report confirms … [Read more...] about NAFTA Withdrawal Would Mean Higher Consumer Prices and Fewer Retail Jobs, New Study Finds
News / UK and world by Press Association April 13, 2018, 3:07 pm FacebookTwitterLinkedInWhatsAppEmail Sign up to our Daily newsletter Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) will cut production and not renew the contracts of around 1,000 temporary workers at its Solihull plant, a source has told the Press Association. The UK’s biggest carmaker confirmed it is making adjustments due to “continuing headwinds impacting the car industry”. It will announce its plans for 2018/19 to its workforce on Monday. New car sales fell 5.7% in the UK last year amid falling business and consumer confidence. The automotive industry has warned of the impact of Brexit and a fall in demand for diesel cars amid concern over emissions. JLR said in a statement: “In light of the continuing headwinds impacting the car industry, we are making some adjustments to our production schedules and the level of agency staff. “We are however continuing to recruit large numbers of … [Read more...] about Jaguar Land Rover to cut production and staff in Solihull
Share Tweet Share Email Comments Print Will Tomer THE BLADE Enlarge | Buy This Image I am deleting my Facebook account. Yes, I’ve joined the growing chorus, eager to show my dissatisfaction with Facebook’s reckless data collection practices. Witness Facebook’s tumbling stock price — the company’s market cap fell by more than $100 billion between February and the beginning of April, and most of that fall occurred late into March — as public understanding of Facebook’s policies has grown. Read last week’s column from Will Tomer But, as Internet users all over the world grapple with Facebook’s unethical business practices, it is important to remember the scope of this problem is far greater than most of us realize, and to know Facebook is not the only tech giant collecting and mining personal data on a massive scale. It may not surprise you to know that Facebook has kept logs of every picture, message, … [Read more...] about We need an information consumer’s bill of rights
Women’s exercise leggings and action cameras such as GoPros have been added to the basket of goods and services used to calculate inflation in the UK. Also added to the 2018 "shopping basket" used to measure inflation are raspberries, quiche and pre-prepared mashed potato (some 30 years after its ancestor, dried instant mashed potato, left).Pork pies and edam cheese are among those items to be kicked out this year, reflecting a change in consumer habits.However, while pork pies are being removed as an individual item, they will still be covered by the wider product of a “meat-based snack”, which includes pork pies as well as, for example, sausage rolls, mini Cornish pasties and scotch eggs.The Office for National Statistics, which draws up the list to use in calculating inflation, said this was to ensure its number-crunchers can collect prices for "this kind of snack" in shops where pork pies themselves are not available.Senior statistician Philip Gooding said: … [Read more...] about Quiche and leggings in, pork pies and edam cheese out