Amid Controversy, Coke Drops Ties to Policy Organization ALEC

first_img Legal Advocate Discusses Medical Abuse At Shut Down Georgia ICE Facility For Whom The Bell Rings ‘It’s Fractured’: Georgia Lt. Gov. Geoff Duncan On Healing Republican Party Share Coca-Cola no longer wants membership with the American Legislative Exchange Council, a policy organization accused of pushing controversial legislation. But opinions differ about why the Atlanta-based company severed ties with the group.Companies usually sponsor the organization, also known as ALEC, in their own interest. In Coke’s case, ALEC helped combat policies that would tax certain foods and beverages.Diana Garza Ciarlante is a spokesperson for the company.“But the reality is that the Coca-Cola Company did elect to discontinue its membership with ALEC,” she says. “Our involvement has always been focused on efforts that are specific to our industry.”Efforts that are potentially overshadowed by ALEC’s backing of controversial voter ID legislation, and most recently, “Stand Your Ground” gun laws.Rashad Robinson is executive director of, a political group with a focus on the black community. His organization has accused ALEC of promoting discriminatory voter ID laws.“And for companies like Coca-Cola or Pepsi or some of the other companies associated with ALEC, we had a simple and clear message to them: You can’t come for black folks money by day and try to suppress our vote by night,” he says.Robinson says ColorOfChange reached out to Coke last year, but with no response. This week, the group got its members to contact Coke about the issue – a move he thinks influenced the soda giant’s decision.ALEC did not respond to WABE by deadline. 1:21 | Play story Add to My ListIn My List Related Storieslast_img read more

POMRFL President James Naipao wants a change in PNG Hunter’s halves

first_imgBY KEVIN TEME The PNG Hunters third consecutive loss in the 2019 Intrust super cup competition is heart wrenching for its fans. Recently they lost by just two points to the Sunshine Coast Falcons, 28 to 26. Fans across the country have called for the PNGRFL and the Hunters management to reshuffle the team’s halves combinations currently of Charlie Simon at dummy half, William Mone at half back and Justine TangueYoka at five-eight. Yoka however impressed a bit in his debut on Sunday scoring a try while Simon who started the season played five-eight and was later moved to hooking did not impress much. This was the same for William Mone who assumed the half back role and at times was flat footed, not directing plays. Former PNG Kumuls and current president of the biggest rugby league association in the country, the Port Moresby Rugby League Inc, Dr. James Naipao joined the hordes of critics and said the good thing that came out from Hunters challenging the Falcons was the number six, Justin Tangue Yoka. He said that was Yoka’s first game but added: “The number seven (halfback) William Mone needs to go. He should be replaced. He’s entire time he is one line back in attack and staying at the back is when you are at the opponent’s red zone like say, 10 or 20 meters close to the opponent’s try line,” Dr. Naipao said this after watching two Hunters games at the Oil Search National Football Stadium in Port Moresby. Naipao said staying at the back for the entire 80 mins of the game was nothing then being involved in directing plays when the going got tough. “When you are picking a team, you need creative players, not just players that can always follow structure(d) football but pick players that can create something out of nothing to score tries when the going gets tough,” Dr. Naipao said. He was frank that the current Hunters had nothing of that sort and said, certainly the halves needed a change in the team. Last week former PNG Rugby League International Marcus Bai appealed for critics to give support to coach Michael Marum and his team. “I do not care if it is an NRL club like Brisbane Broncos or Melbourne Storm. If you lose players like the Boas brothers (Ase and Watson), the forwards and few from the backline that have the combination for the last six years it is very difficult to get new boys and understand what the coach wants them to do,” he said. Bai added the coaching/player combination transition for the players that have left like Ase, Watson and Wartovo Puara Jr started way back. He urged the rugby league fanatics of PNG to respect Marum and try and help the team knowing that he (Coach Marum) will also be taking on board critics in his own way of managing the players. “Two ( Now 3) losses is a big blow for us but we, as a public including sponsors that transition is a big thing for any coach to comprehend or coach. Losing players in halves and hooker creates a massive hole to fill for these young boys,” Bai said.last_img read more

Scottish Cup: Celtic thrash St Johnstone, Hearts KO Talbot

first_imgOdsonne Edouard and Timothy Weah were introduced from the bench but the final goal came from Sinclair, with the Englishman firing a shot into the bottom corner to seal his hat-trick.Auchinleck Talbot took the headlines in the last round when the Juniors side beat Ayr United but they were no match for Hearts at Tynecastle.Craig Levein named a strong side, to ensure there was no upset and saw his players secure progress with plenty to spare.Captain Christophe Berra put the hosts ahead ten minutes in, heading past Andy Leishman from an Olly Lee free kick. Celtic powered into the quarter-finals with a demolition of St Johnstone at Celtic Park.The holders had an explosive start as they went two goals up in the space of nine minutes with Oliver Burke setting up Scott Sinclair for the opener before Scott Brown fired in a stunning long-range shot.St Johnstone couldn’t find an opportunity to get back into the game but Tommy Wright brought on Tony Watt at half-time in the hopes that the striker could conjure something against his old side. But it was Celtic who found their attacking groove with another quick-fire double.James Forrest scored the third in the 52nd minute and two minutes later Scott Sinclair doubled his tally, set up by Burke again. And they doubled their lead through Demetri Mitchell, whose low shot from the edge of the box took a deflection on its way into the Talbot net.Mitchell then set up the third just before the break, sending a ball across goal that Steven MacLean met to knock past Leishman.Teenage striker Aidan Keena wrapped up the scoring in the final moments, jinking past two Talbot players before smashing home a powerful finish.Derek McInnes’ Aberdeen produced a strong second-half performance to down Queen of the South and march on to the quarter finals.There were few chances for either side in the first half but McInnes made a decisive change at the break, introducing Niall McGinn for Stevie May to immediate effect.The ball fell nicely for McGinn just inside the box and he curled his shot home to put his side ahead.But Queens weren’t to be written off and their talisman struck back instantly. Stephen Dobbie carried the ball from deep and unleashed a perfect shot that found the top corner from 30 yards to seal his 38th goal of the season.Just after the hour, the Dons were back in front, Andy Considine the scorer from a McGinn set piece. And the Northern Irishman set up the third, sending in a corner that Sam Cosgrove headed in.And Aberdeen wrapped up the scoring on 73 minutes when Andy Stirling was perhaps unfairly judged to have handled in the box. Cosgrove took penalty duties and bagged his second of the game.last_img read more

Stunning new video of the Boeing 777X interior

first_imgBoeing has released a stunning video of the 777X interior showing the many features of its latest aircraft.We design our airplane cabins so that you fly in style and comfort. See what you can enjoy onboard the new #777X and 787 #Dreamliner.— Boeing Airplanes (@BoeingAirplanes) August 5, 2019The Boeing 777X combines the best features of the current 777 with a longer and wider fuselage, new engine and the composite wing design from the Boeing 787.It also features 20 per cent larger windows and lowers pressurization altitude to reduce jet lag.WATCH: Amazing thermal video of Boeing 757 landingThe 777-9X seats more than 400 passengers, depending on an airline’s configuration choices.With a range of more than 8,200 nautical miles (15,185 km), the aircraft will have the lowest operating cost per seat of any commercial aircraft says, Boeing.The second member of the family, the 777-8X, will be the most flexible jet in the world claims Boeing. The aircraft will seat 350 passengers and offer a range capability of more than 9,300 nautical miles (17,220 km).The driving force behind the 777X is Emirates President Sir Tim Clark, whose airline is the lead buyer with an order for 150.Sir Tim describes the 777X as “an absolute peach”.Key to his enthusiasm is the aircraft’s economics and greater space — it is 20 per cent more efficient per seat than the industry’s long-time benchmark the 777-300ER.The 777X is due to fly early nxt year and be delivered late in 2020.last_img read more

Executive Book Club: December

first_imgEveryone who works with people is realizing that the old autocratic method of leadership simply doesn’t work. The way to win is to build a great team.John C. Maxwell has been teaching the benefits of leadership and team building for years. Now he tackles the importance of teamwork head on, writing about teamwork being necessary for every kind of leader, and showing how team building can improve every area of your life.The 17 Indisputable Laws of Teamwork not only contains laws that you can count on when it comes to getting people to work together, but it tells them in such a way that you can start applying them to your own life today. And it’s illustrated with great stories of team leaders – and team breakers – from history, business, the church, and sports.To visit the SHRM Store, please click here.last_img read more

North Dakota Might Exempt Military Retirement Pay

first_imgNorth Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum indicated in his State of the State address that:– his budget proposes a 100% personal income tax exemption for military retirement pay; and– he will enter into agreements with American Indian tribes to administer sales and use, alcohol, and tobacco taxes.2019 State of the State Address, North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum, January 3, 2019Login to read more tax news on CCH® AnswerConnect or CCH® Intelliconnect®.Not a subscriber? Sign up for a free trial or contact us for a representative.last_img

JMB Donates $20,000 to Rotaract Early Childhood Project

first_imgThe Jamaica Mortgage Bank (JMB) has donated $20,000 to the Rotaract Club of New Kingston’s Stratton Early Childhood Centre project.“This money will go toward erecting a cover for the walkway leading to the two newly-built bathrooms for the students… on Labour Day, May 23,” President of the New Kingston Rotaract Club, Vanessa Williams told JIS News.Ms Williams expressed appreciation for the funding, noting that the new infrastructure, would assist the school in receiving certification from the Early Childhood Commission (ECC).“The fact of the matter is that the Government can’t do it all and communities require a ‘bottom-up’ approach to be built, so it has to be us. We are the ones who use the communities and we are the ones who need it. If we as citizens endeavour to develop our communities and improve the lives of those around us, it will help to minimise crime,” she stated.Meanwhile, General Manager of the JMB, Courtney Wynter lauded the Rotaract Club of New Kingston for the charitable initiative.He noted that JMB’s support, was in keeping with the bank’s values and practice of good corporate social responsibility.“Each year we try to spread our sponsorship budget across various groups in support of community programmes. We are particularly passionate about learning and development among young people, so when we were approached by the Rotaract Club we were willing to offer our support,” Mr. Wynter told JIS News.last_img read more