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10 мая, 17:16

Compass Group unveils £1bn special dividend

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30 марта, 13:48

SHUTDOWN CLOCK STARTS -- RYAN: Trump will work with Dems -- IVANKA’s new title -- JULIA HAHN profile -- SPICER’s favorite word -- KATE BEDINGFIELD and MATT PAUL’s new jobs

Listen to Playbook in 90 Seconds http://bit.ly/2njhlUa ... Subscribe on iTunes http://apple.co/2eX6Eay ... Visit the online home of Playbook http://politi.co/2f51JnfSTART THE SHUTDOWN CLOCKS -- The government shuts down one month from today, and there are just eight legislative days left to pass a spending bill. Our sources tell us that Congress plans to deal with avoiding a shutdown the week of April 24 -- meaning they will push it off until the last minute, and give themselves five weekdays to avoid a shutdown. WHAT CAN GO WRONG?!ABOUT THAT HEALTH BILL … -- PAUL RYAN talks to NORAH O’DONNELL on this morning’s “CBS THIS MORNING”: “What I worry about, Norah, is that if we don’t [pass a GOP health care bill], then [Trump will] just go work with Democrats to try and change Obamacare and that’s not -- that’s hardly a conservative thing. ... [I]f this Republican Congress allows the perfect to be the enemy of the good, I worry we’ll push the president into working with Democrats, he’s been suggesting that as much.” ON TRUMP WORKING WITH DEMOCRATS: “I don’t want that to happen. You know why? I want a patient-centered system. I don’t want government running health care. The government shouldn’t tell you what you must do with your life, with your health care. We should give people choices.” -- JUST A NOTE: This is a pretty striking comment. The Republican speaker of the House acknowledges that the Republican president will abandon their party and work with Democrats if the GOP doesn’t step up its game soon.BREAKING OVERNIGHT -- BAD NEWS FOR TRUMP’S TRAVEL BAN -- AP/HONOLULU at 3:48 a.m.: “A federal judge in Hawaii who temporarily blocked President Donald Trump’s revised travel ban hours before it was set to take effect issued a longer-lasting order Wednesday. U.S. District Judge Derrick Watson held a hearing Wednesday on Hawaii’s request to extend his temporary hold. Several hours later, he issued a 24-page order blocking the government from suspending new visas for travelers from six Muslim-majority countries and halting the U.S. refugee program. “Hawaii Attorney General Douglas Chin argued that even though the revised ban has more neutral language, the implied intent is still there. He likened it to a neon sign flashing ‘Muslim Ban,’ which the government hasn’t bothered to turn off. Chad Readler, a Department of Justice attorney defending Trump’s executive order, told the judge via telephone that Hawaii hasn’t shown how it is harmed by various provisions, including one that would suspend the nation’s refugee program. Watson disagreed.” http://apne.ws/2nyt4A8 YASHAR ALI in the Daily Intelligencer on NYMag.com -- “What George W. Bush Really Thought of Donald Trump’s Inauguration”: “Bush gave a brief assessment of Trump’s inaugural after leaving the dais: ‘That was some weird s***.’ All three heard him say it. A spokesman for Bush declined to comment.” http://nym.ag/2nj3yNq RUSSIA WATCH -- “Senate steps up as House Russia probe flails,” by Austin Wright and Martin Matishak: “The House investigation into Russia’s election meddling is in shambles. The Senate is more than happy to fill the void. As the House probe continued its collapse into a partisan shouting match Wednesday, Senate Intelligence Chairman Richard Burr and his Democratic counterpart, Mark Warner, stepped into the spotlight to present a stark contrast. Their message? We are the adults in the room.” http://politi.co/2mRZlVG-- “Who is ‘Source D’? The man said to be behind the Trump-Russia dossier’s most salacious claim,” by WaPo’s Rosalind S. Helderman and Tom Hamburger: http://wapo.st/2nlZVqU--Kevin Baron (@DefenseBaron): “.@FBI Dir. Comey spoke tonight at the intelligence assoc @INSAlliance dinner. And sent a little message...” The message, per Patrick Tucker (@DefTechPat): “Comey on #russiagate investigation: politically, we don’t care who ‘Is gored by our work. I hope that’s reassuring.’ so @realDonaldTrump”ALL IN THE FAMILY -- NYT A19 “Ivanka Trump, Shifting Plans, Will Become a Federal Employee,” by Maggie Haberman and Rachel Abrams: “Ivanka Trump, the elder daughter of President Trump, is becoming an official government employee, joining her husband, Jared Kushner, in serving as an unpaid adviser to her father in the White House. The announcement on Wednesday amounts to the formal recognition of the value Mr. Trump places on the judgment and loyalty of both his daughter and his son-in-law. While relying on family members for advice is hardly unusual for a president, giving them a formal role has few precedents. Ms. Trump, 35, will be an assistant to the president; Mr. Kushner, 36, has the title of senior adviser.” http://nyti.ms/2niOhfG-- @BraddJaffy: “November 13, 2016 Q [on “60 Minutes” from Lesley Stahl] ‘People think that you’re going to be part of the administration, Ivanka.’ Ivanka: ‘I’m— no. I’m going to be a daughter.’” http://bit.ly/2ojTiGo-- “Lara Trump hired by Trump campaign’s digital vendor,” by AP’s Julie Bykowicz: “The New Yorker, Eric Trump’s wife, will serve as a liaison for San Antonio, Texas-based Giles-Parscale to Trump’s ongoing campaign, based at Trump Tower in Manhattan. Giles-Parscale President Brad Parscale says she’s an ‘incredibly talented person with the right experience for us.’ Parscale says Lara Trump has a background in marketing and helped on Trump’s 2016 political bid.” http://apne.ws/2mRIwdx THE JARED BEAT -- “Kushner Cos. Ends Talks With Chinese Firm for Skyscraper Deal,” by WSJ’s Peter Grant: “Negotiations between New York real-estate developer Kushner Cos. and a large Chinese company over a planned $7.5 billion tower in Manhattan collapsed amid an outcry over possible conflicts of interest involving the Trump administration. Anbang Insurance Group Co., which has close political and family ties to the Chinese government, began pursuing a possible investment of as much as $1.25 billion in the project at 666 Fifth Ave. last July, according to people familiar with the discussions. But Anbang began backing away from the deal in recent weeks as it became a lightning rod for critics of the Trump administration who have said President Donald Trump and some of his top advisers haven’t taken sufficient steps to avoid possible conflicts between their government roles and their former businesses.” http://on.wsj.com/2oaRQZPU.S. AT WAR -- NYT A1, “U.S. War Footprint Grows in Middle East, With No Endgame in Sight,” by Ben Hubbard and Michael R. Gordon: “The United States launched more airstrikes in Yemen this month than during all of last year. In Syria, it has airlifted local forces to front-line positions and has been accused of killing civilians in airstrikes. ... Two months after the inauguration of President Trump, indications are mounting that the United States military is deepening its involvement in a string of complex wars in the Middle East that lack clear endgames. Rather than representing any formal new Trump doctrine on military action, however, American officials say that what is happening is a shift in military decision-making that began under President Barack Obama. On display are some of the first indications of how complicated military operations are continuing under a president who has vowed to make the military ‘fight to win.’” http://nyti.ms/2ojN6OH -- @jimsciutto: “Just in: CENTCOM Commander says #Russia is likely ‘providing some kind of support’ to the Taliban in Afghanistan” HMM -- “Trump Drops Human Rights Demand in Bid to Sell Bahrain F-16 Jets,” by Bloomberg’s Anthony Capaccio: “The U.S. State Department told Congress it backs the sale of 19 Lockheed Martin Corp. F-16 fighters to Bahrain without preconditions on improved human rights previously demanded by the Obama administration, according to two people familiar with the proposal. ... Wednesday’s request triggers a roughly three-week informal notification period that will be followed by a formal, publicly released document that Congress has 30 days to approve.” https://bloom.bg/2nCyrQfBUZZ -- CONWAY CAUSING CONTROVERSY… AGAIN -- Kellyanne Conway received the American Association of Political Consultants MVP award earlier this month, but the award led to a major controversy among both GOP and Democratic members of the organization. Several operatives have voiced concerns that Conway got the prize despite the Trump campaign violating the AAPC’s code of ethics, which members sign. The AAPC code http://bit.ly/2nyiTvoOne longtime Democratic consultant and AAPC member told us members were upset over everything from whether she is a current member of the group (but still got the prize) to “questioning her ability and how much say she had in the campaign as well as the ethics of her participation in the campaign.” Another Democratic consultant member said “people were angry. It blew up on Facebook” during the conference. “There were people questioning ... whether to go to [AAPC] events in the future.” Conway didn’t attend the conference but instead sent in a video accepting the award. Giving the award to Conway was a matter of intense debate among AAPC’s board but they determined that it was unlikely that the Trump campaign would have been successful without Conway and found no evidence she lied in a substantial way to the press during the campaign or committed other violations. AAPC declined to comment. The White House did not provide comment in time for publication.THE NEW REALITY -- “Energy Department climate office bans use of phrase ‘climate change,’” by Eric Wolff: “A supervisor at the Energy Department’s international climate office told staff this week not to use the phrases ‘climate change,’ ‘emissions reduction’ or ‘Paris Agreement’ in written memos, briefings or other written communication, sources have told POLITICO. Employees of DOE’s Office of International Climate and Clean Energy learned of the ban at a meeting Tuesday, the same day President Donald Trump signed an executive order at EPA headquarters to reverse most of former President Barack Obama’s climate regulatory initiatives.” http://politi.co/2nlC8HHBUT, BUT, BUT -- “Apple, Wal-Mart Stick With Climate Pledges Despite Trump’s Pivot,” by Bloomberg’s Christopher Flavelle: “Many of America’s biggest corporations including Apple Inc. and Wal-Mart Stores Inc. are sticking by their pledges to fight climate change even as President Donald Trump guts his predecessor’s environmental policies. ... Anheuser-Busch InBev, the world’s largest beer-maker … announced Tuesday that it would get 100 percent of its electricity from renewable sources by 2025. Nearly 90 companies have made similar pledges ... One of them is Mars Inc., the maker of M&M’s. The company committed to eliminating its emissions entirely by 2040.” https://bloom.bg/2oBH0Zt -- Isaac Dovere: “General Electric CEO Jeff Immelt says [in an internal company blog post that] President Donald Trump’s imagination is at work if he doesn’t believe in climate change science or the Paris agreement that President Barack Obama signed onto before leaving office. And Immelt is calling on other companies to step up to fill the void that the administration is leaving behind.” http://politi.co/2niIA1a-- “Trump EPA declines to ban pesticide that Obama had proposed outlawing,” by WaPo’s Brady Dennis: “The new head of the [EPA] refused Wednesday to ban a commonly used pesticide that the Obama administration had sought to outlaw based on mounting concerns about its risks to human health. The chemical compound chlorpyrifos, also known as Lorsban, has been used by farmers for more than a half-century to kill pests on crops including broccoli, strawberries and citrus. The EPA banned its spraying indoors to combat household bugs more than a decade ago. But only in recent years did the agency seek to ban its use in agriculture, after mounting scientific evidence that prenatal exposure can pose risks to fetal brain and nervous system development. ... Environmental activists were incensed Wednesday, saying that [Scott] Pruitt had ignored substantial evidence of potential harms.” http://wapo.st/2ok3NtlMAKING AMENDS -- NYT’s Mark Landler: Wednesday was “a day in which the White House reached out to women, and sought to make amends for bruised feelings. At the daily White House news briefing, Sean Spicer, the White House press secretary, called first on April Ryan, the White House correspondent for American Urban Radio Networks. On Tuesday Mr. Spicer had a tense exchange with Ms. Ryan, who is African-American, which culminated with him ordering her to stop shaking her head during one of his answers. ‘How are you today?’ a solicitous Mr. Spicer asked Ms. Ryan, who said she was fine.” http://nyti.ms/2nOq0lzWHAT TRUMP LIKES TO TALK ABOUT WITH HIS FRIENDS -- AP’s Julie Bykowicz: “Billionaire Las Vegas casino owner Phil Ruffin has never been to the White House. On Thursday, he’ll have dinner there with his friend, Donald Trump. ... Few know Trump as well, or in as many capacities, as Ruffin, who described their friendship in two recent interviews with The Associated Press. They’re business partners and social friends who enjoy talking about corporate jets and golf games and business deals their acquaintances have made -- the usual billionaire stuff, Ruffin said.” http://apne.ws/2nlZ6hPTHE JUICE … -- THE PLACE TO BE … THE TRUMP HOTEL: Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross, Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin, Jason and Kelly Miller, Republican Reps. Mike Gallagher (Wis.) and Mike Fitzpatrick (Pa.) and Eric Peterson were all spotted last night at the Trump Hotel bar. Also on hand: A strong happy hour crew of former HHS Secretary Tommy Thompson alumni, including Bob Wood, Pam Stevens, Kevin Keane, Patty Conrad and Craig Stevens.-- KATE BEDINGFIELD, former deputy assistant to President Barack Obama and communications director for Vice President Joe Biden, is joining Monumental Sports & Entertainment as its vice president of communications. Monumental Sports owns the Wizards, Capitals, Mystics and Verizon Center. Bedingfield will report to founder Ted Leonsis. -- NFL TO CAPITOL HILL -- Current and former NFL players Anquan Boldin, Malcolm Jenkins, Johnson Bademosi and Donte’ Stallworth are back in Washington today to try and build support for their work on criminal justice reform and improving police and community relations. They are slated to meet with several lawmakers, including Sens. Cory Booker (D-N.J.), Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) and Mike Lee (R-Utah) and Reps. Elijah Cummings (D-Md.) Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah), Trey Gowdy (R-S.C.) and Scott Peters (D-Calif.).-- JIM JORDAN, a veteran Democratic media consultant, is joining California-based SCN Strategies. Jordan will anchor the firm’s east coast operations. Founder of the Thunder Road Group, Jordan has worked with GMMB; Shorr, Johnson, Magnus and Purple Strategies over the years.-- ALYSSA MASTROMONACO is a best-selling author. Her memoir of working for Barack Obama -- entitled "Who Thought This Was a Good Idea?: And Other Questions You Should Have Answers to When You Work in the White House" -- will debut at No. 10 on the New York Times bestseller list.-- NEWS MEDIA STEPS UP ITS GAME -- The New Media Alliance is pushing back hard against the spread of fake news. The group is engaging in a sustained coordinated campaign running full-page ads in several major newspapers, including the New York Times, USA Today, Wall Street Journal, LA Times, Chicago Tribune, Orlando Sentinel, Miami Herald and many more. Their goal: push readers to trusted original source websites and increase interest and support for investigative reporting. The ad http://politi.co/2okiGMg-- HOT HILL INTERNSHIP -- The Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations majority staff is seeking unpaid interns to start “immediately.” See the job listing http://politi.co/2odXE5d ... Apply to SenateJobOpenings@gmail.com (h/t Tom Manatos)YOU’RE INVITED! -- PLAYBOOK POOL WATCH PARTY – We’ll be gathering Monday night at BlackFinn to watch the game and enjoy some food and drinks. Join us! RSVP http://bit.ly/2nO85sHPLAYBOOK TIME-CAPSULE -- ONE YEAR AGO TODAY – Playbook’s subject line: “TRUMP to PEOPLE: ‘I’m ... the highest level of smart’ -- 4 hours of sleep – On working out: ‘Don’t have to. When you’re ... making America great again, you get a lot of exercise’” http://politi.co/1Rykqs3JULIA HAHN PROFILE – “Who is Julia Hahn? The unlikely rise of Steve Bannon’s right-hand woman,” by WaPo’s Ben Terris: “‘She’s the most wonderful, brilliant, kind, principled human being I’ve ever met,’ [Ann] Coulter said in an email. ‘I want her to be president as soon as she’s old enough.’ ... Friends who partied with her at the Coachella music festival, or decorated gingerbread houses with her at her family’s Beverly Hills home, recall a brainy and ambitious young woman who was unfailingly kind. She organized a fundraiser to bring foreign orphans to the United States. She shined in mock trial ... [When she moved to D.C. she] landed a gig with conservative radio host Laura Ingraham. According to three people who worked with her there, it sparked her political evolution: She came into the job holding many liberal views, including on immigration — but she moved quickly to the right as she rose to executive producer of the show.” With cameos from Ryan Williams, Alex Conant and Charles C.W. Cooke http://wapo.st/2mRKUB8 ... Her New Yorker Talk of the Town profile, “Becoming Steve Bannon’s Bannon” http://bit.ly/2kCBvZIDUNCAN HUNTER SAYS HE’S INNOCENT -- “Hunter: ‘I was not involved in any criminal action,’” by John Bresnahan and Kyle Cheney: “California GOP Rep. Duncan Hunter -- under criminal investigation by the Justice Department over alleged campaign violations -- insists he did nothing wrong. Hunter won’t say who is responsible for tens of thousands of dollars in campaign charges for personal expenses, but he says it wasn’t him and he’s broken no laws. ‘I was not involved in any criminal action,’ Hunter said in an interview Wednesday. ‘Maybe I wasn’t attentive enough to my campaign. That’s not a crime.’” http://politi.co/2nmCIok FOR YOUR RADAR -- “Years After 9/11 Chaos, U.S. to Build Wireless Network for Police, Firefighters,” by WSJ’s Ryan Knutson and John D. McKinnon: “The Trump administration on Thursday is expected to announce a $6.5 billion deal with AT&T Inc. to build a nationwide wireless broadband network for first responders, a project that was proposed after the 9/11 terrorist attacks but has struggled to get off the ground. The decision is a major step forward for FirstNet, as the program is called, though it still faces challenges. Some states are unsure whether to join FirstNet or build their own networks, and a politically connected startup that lost out on the contract is encouraging them to opt-out.” http://on.wsj.com/2mS2VziFUN READ -- “Sean Spicer’s kiss of death: ‘Phenomenal’: The White House press secretary has a curious habit of deploying the adjective,” by Matt Nussbaum: “The health care debacle, the travel ban setback, difficulties with Mexico, a slew of empty positions across the government -- all are symptoms or causes of President Donald Trump’s rocky first few weeks in office. They also have another thing in common: White House press secretary Sean Spicer has used the word ‘phenomenal’ to describe them. To be fair, Spicer has also deployed the term with more auspicious results — including the president’s ability to get his message out, to describe Terry Branstad’s prospects as ambassador to China and to discuss the Governors Ball. But there’s an unmistakable connection between his use of ‘phenomenal’ and issues that seem to be not going so hot for the White House.” http://politi.co/2nOmzetBEYOND THE BELTWAY -- UPDATE ON THE BATHROOM BILL -- “NC lawmakers, gov reach deal to end ‘bathroom bill’ standoff,” by AP’s Gary D. Robertson in Raleigh, North Carolina: “North Carolina Republican lawmakers and Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper said late Wednesday that they have agreed on legislation to resolve a standoff over the state’s ‘bathroom bill’ through a replacement measure that still restricts LGBT nondiscrimination protections. GOP leaders announced the new legislation would be debated and voted on Thursday, but it was unclear whether there were enough House and Senate votes to pass it.” http://apne.ws/2ny6yr5DREAM ON – “A Liberal Fantasy Ripped from a Hollywood Script: No, Democrats—the 25th Amendment won’t save you from Donald Trump,” by Jeff Greenfield in Politico Magazine: “The dream burns bright in countless liberal hearts and minds: President Donald Trump embraces one too many fever-swamp conspiracy theories, tweets one too many palpable falsehoods, threatens a nuclear attack on Mexico for not paying for the wall. A terrified Cabinet meets in Vice President Mike Pence’s home at the Naval Observatory, and, in a written declaration to the speaker of the House and president pro tempore of the Senate, that the president ‘is unable to discharge the powers and duties of his office.’ And just like that, Trump is dispatched to Trump Tower, or Mar-a-Lago, and Pence becomes acting president of the United States. Right? Yes -- assuming it’s a movie or a TV series or a Netflix or Amazon offering.” http://politi.co/2odnF4GHOLLYWOODLAND -- “$3-million real estate deal with Paul Manafort’s son-in-law goes south for Dustin Hoffman and son,” by L.A. Times’ Daniel Miller: “It is the most famous street in one of Los Angeles’ most coveted neighborhoods. High up in the hills above the Sunset Strip, Blue Jay Way is home to several A-list celebrities who enjoy panoramic views from glassy estates that can cost $10 million or more. But a property on Blue Jay Way is now at the center of legal proceedings involving actor Dustin Hoffman and Jeffrey Yohai, a real estate developer who is the son-in-law of Paul Manafort, the former chairman of Donald Trump’s presidential campaign.” http://lat.ms/2niWGQ9-- “PwC wins reprieve for role at Oscars after award mix-up: Controls over firm’s part in ceremony process to be tightened,” by FT’s Jennifer Thompson in London: “PwC has managed to save its position overseeing the prizegiving at the Oscars ceremony, following a humiliating blunder by two employees last month that led to the wrong film being declared Best Picture. … On Wednesday the body said that it would retain the services of PwC, which has overseen Oscar voting for 83 years, but with different employees and a ban on the use of electronic devices backstage. “In a message to Academy members following a board meeting on Wednesday, president Cheryl Boone Isaacs said they had been ‘unsparing in our assessment that the mistake made by representatives of the firm was unacceptable’. Ms Boone Isaacs said: ‘From the night of the ceremony through today, PwC has taken full responsibility for the mistake. ‘After a thorough review, including an extensive presentation of revised protocols and ambitious controls, the board has decided to continue working with PwC.’ She said Tim Ryan, PwC US chairman, would now take a ‘greater oversight role’ at future ceremonies.” http://on.ft.com/2nCGRas MEDIAWATCH -- YA CAN’T MAKE IT UP -- “IJR hires Mediaite’s controversial managing editor ‘Jon Nicosia,’” by Peter Sterne: Nicosia will be “managing editor of content … He was most recently the managing editor of Mediaite. Nicosia is a colorful and controversial figure. As POLITICO first reported in 2014, his real name is Zachary Hildreth and he was convicted in 1989 of larceny and bank fraud and in 2002. Following two stints in prison, he began uploading clips from cable news shows onto YouTube and eventually caught the attention of Mediaite founder Dan Abrams. Nicosia began contributing to Mediaite in 2010 and was promoted to managing editor in 2013. ... During his time at Mediaite, he misrepresented himself to many of his colleagues, lying about his real name and background by describing himself as a trauma surgeon who worked in the Washington area. His former co-workers recalled in 2014 that he would often offer medical advice, and once agreed to let a colleague spend the night at his residence in Washington — only to cancel at the last minute. In fact, he has no medical degree and is based in Massachusetts. Despite his controversial background and the lies he told his colleagues, former Mediaite staffers said that he always seemed polite and hard-working.” http://politi.co/2nyjVY7 -- “Conservative Publisher Rumored To Pick Up Milo Yiannopoulos Book,” by BuzzFeed’s Steven Perlberg: “Regnery Publishing -- the conservative imprint that has released books from right-wing authors like Dinesh D’Souza and Laura Ingraham -- is rumored to be in talks to publish Yiannopoulos’s upcoming book after it was scrapped by publishing powerhouse Simon & Schuster, according to two people familiar with the matter. ‘They’d be mad not to, wouldn’t they?’ Yiannopoulos told BuzzFeed News in an email. ‘You won’t embarrass yourselves by running it,’ he added.” http://bzfd.it/2nxXsdLHOT VIDEO – “Auschwitz Survivor Confronts ICE Director: ‘History Is Not On Your Side’” – HuffPost: http://huff.to/2nCqb2QSPOTTED: Sens. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.), Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.), Michael Bennet (D-Colo.) and Mark Warner (D-Va.) at Le Diplomate last night with Schumer’s Capitol Police detail prominent ... former DHS Secretary Jeh Johnson with former DHS personnel for a mini reunion at the Grill Room at the Rosewood Hotel in Georgetown on Wednesday evening. … Sens. Mike Lee (R-Utah) and Ted Cruz (R-Texas) with Cruz chief of staff David Polyansky and WPA’s Chris Wilson and Brian Phillips splitting desserts at Capital Grille.TRANSITIONS – Cornerstone Government Affairs has hired Matt Paul as senior vice president for public affairs and Jimmy Centers as VP of strategic communications. Paul most recently was as chief of staff to Tim Kaine during the Clinton campaign. He also was Clinton’s Iowa State Director during the caucuses. Centers was press secretary and communications director for Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad and Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds. http://bit.ly/2nlCLAY-- Erin Wilson is joining Sen. Bob Casey’s (D-Pa.) as state director. She most recently served as deputy state director for the Clinton Campaign in Pennsylvania and is a DNC alum. … End Citizens United has hired Dorothy Scheeline as research director and Anne Feldman as press secretary. Scheeline served as a senior research associate at the DSCC during the 2016 election cycle. Feldman was press secretary for Jason Kander’s 2016 Senate campaign.-- Stephenie Foster, Shari Bryan, and Susan Markham have started Smash Strategies, a woman-owned firm dedicated to working on global issues related to women and girls. Foster was previously at the State Department, Bryan was most recently at the National Democratic Institute and Markham just left her position at USAID. http://bit.ly/2nlOobeOBAMA ALUMNI -- Ira N. Forman, former State Department special envoy to monitor and combat anti-Semitism, will be joining Georgetown University’s Walsh School of Foreign Service’s Center for Jewish Civilization as distinguished visiting professor in anti-Semitism in the fall of 2017. http://bit.ly/2odwM5wSUNDAY SO FAR – “Fox News Sunday”: Panel: Laura Ingraham, Julie Pace, Gillian Turner, Jerry SeibBIRTHWEEK (was yesterday): Chris Georgia, partner for digital at FP1 Strategies (hat tips: Daria Grastara and Kevin Zambrano, his Jeb family)BIRTHDAY OF THE DAY: former Alaska Sen. Mark Begich, founder of consulting firm Northern Compass Group – he’s celebrating in Anchorage this weekend with Deborah and Jacob. “I am hoping Jacob will cook me breakfast...” -- read his Playbook Plus Q&A: http://politi.co/2niXJQ6 BIRTHDAYS: Piers Morgan is 52 ... Drew Maloney, assistant secretary of Treasury for legislative affairs and a Hess alum … Kevin J. Dowling, the pride-of the Bronx and LD for Rep. Lee Zeldin ... Tracey Schmitt Lintott, a Bush 43 WH and McCain campaign alum now SVP of global public affairs at Emergent BioSolutions ... Mark Pfeifle, the pride of Wishek, N.D., a former Bush and NSC national security messaging machine and founder and president of PR and crisis comms firm Off The Record Strategies – he’s celebrating with a happy hour tonight at the Hay Adams’ Off The Record, of course (h/t James Davis) ... Casey Higgins, an Appleton, Wis., native, assistant to Speaker Ryan for policy and trade counsel, is 31 ... writer Suzy Khimm … Joe Kildea, senior director of media relations at the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association, and a “student pilot, hunter, sailor, Hoya,” per his Twitter ... Rep. Gerald E. Connolly (D-Va.) is 67 ... Rep. Janice Hahn (D-Calif.) is 65 ... former Rep. Patrick Murphy (D-Fla.) is 34 ... BuzzFeed’s John Hudson, a Foreign Policy alum ... Morning Consult co-founder and CEO Michael Ramlet ... Randee Ulsh Gilmore, a Ogilvy Washington alum now marketing communications manager at Snagajob (h/t Stephanie Benedict) ... NBC News’ Bradleigh Chance ... Kivvit’s Zach Silber ... Bob Blancato is 66 ... Politico’s Sandhya Raman and Jerry Blount ... Paul Hoffman, CEO at Liberty Science Center … former Sen. Bob Smith (R-N.H.) is 76 ... Gabriela Schneider, chief comms officer at Issue One (h/t William Gray) ... Jamiyl Peters, LA for Rep. Donald M. Payne, Jr. (D-NJ) and the “Son of the Tenth” (h/t Michael Burns) ... Marc Gonzales, proud Gene Green alum now VP for govt. affairs at USTelecom (h/t Randy White) … ... Jessica Schulberg, HuffPost foreign affairs reporter and the pride of San Diego ... Politico alum Michael Stockert, now at Blackboard … Lisa Horowitz ... David Greer, VP for media and consumer comms. at the National Association of Realtors ... Scott Rasmussen ... Michael Szeto ... Dr. Robert Fishman, former director of GW Hillel ... Peter Rasmussen, alum of the U.S. Mint and Business Forward now getting his MBA at UMichigan ... Peter La Fountain, DNC alum now an LA for Rep. Jim Langevin … Jeremy Sturchio, USTR alum now senior director for global gov’t relations at Visa ... Susan Tyler Hitchcock, senior editor for books at NatGeo ... Alex Kingsbury, deputy ideas editor at Boston Globe and a WBUR alum ... James Pollock ... Danielle Simonetta Maurer, Boehner alum now at Fierce Government Relations ... Mark Strand, Jim Talent alum now president of the Congressional Institute and adjunct professor of legislative affairs at GWU ... Jill Hanauer, founder of Project New America, celebrating with her wonderful children in Denver ... Gail Stoltz, the pride of all of Montana ... Mark Daley, co-president of Proper/Daley – a social impact agency out of California ... Susan Lagana ... Michael Adler (h/ts Teresa Vilmain) ... Gerrard Williams is 58 ... Matt Laslo is 34 ... Chris Berardini ... Sue Robinson ... Terry Babcock-Lumish ... Charles Lee … country singer Justin Moore is 33 ... country singer Thomas Rhett is 27 (h/ts Kurt Bardella) … Warren Beatty is 8-0 ... Eric Clapton is 72 ... MC Hammer is 54 ... Celine Dion is 49 ... Norah Jones is 38 (h/ts AP)

22 марта, 02:40

Burger King Vows To Stop Buying Chickens From Animal Abusers

Next up on Burger King’s menu: humanely raised chickens. The company said Tuesday it will stop purchasing chickens from farms that abuse animals, falling in line with restaurant chains that have enacted similar standards, including Chipotle and Starbucks. The fast-food giant’s owner, Restaurant Brands International, said that by 2024, all its U.S. and Canadian locations will only buy chickens from farms that follow strict standards of Global Animal Partnership, or GAP, a group that includes animal welfare organizations and corporate interests. Burger King will use third-party auditors to ensure compliance. “We’re happy to see so many companies making a stand,” Libba Letton, a GAP spokesperson, told The Huffington Post Wednesday of the company’s change. The conditions include allowing chickens more room, quality litter, access to light and clean living conditions. The birds must be rendered unconscious before they’re slaughtered to minimize pain. #DYK chickens sleep 5-6 hrs per night? Lighting is just one of over 100 of GAP's broiler chicken welfare standards. https://t.co/cyqZyhSIBK pic.twitter.com/mpT3erTGD5— GlobalAnimlPartnrshp (@GAP5Step) March 21, 2017 Those standards may seem basic, but they conflict with practices used by suppliers to many restaurants and food retailers.  Mercy for Animals, a group advocating humane treatment for farm animals that has partnered with Burger King on the new standards, said chickens raised for meat, known as broilers, are “among the most abused animals on the planet.” The birds are engineered to grow quickly, often causing them to cripple under their own weight and leaving them in constant leg pain, the group said in a release. “Continual contact with wet litter causes extreme feather loss and painful sores on the chickens’ bodies and feet. Even breathing can be painful, as the air around the birds is acrid with ammonia from the stench of excrement,” Mercy for Animals said. Mercy for Animals said chickens typically are fully conscious when they are slaughtered by slitting their throats while being held upside down. Brent Cox, the group’s vice president of corporate outreach, said Burger King’s commitment “will reduce the suffering of millions of chickens each year.” “It should inspire other leading quick-serve restaurant chains to implement identical commonsense welfare improvements,” Cox said in a statement. Other companies implementing GAP’s standards include fast-food chains Chipotle, Quiznos, Red Robin, Panera Bread, and Starbucks; supermarket Whole Foods; food vendors Compass Group USA and Aramark; and meat suppliers Applegate, Wellshire and Thompson Farms. Letton said that GAP is always talking with companies and encouraging them to join their fight. Asked why they may now be making the shift, she said: “I think it’s just becoming a thing that just makes business sense. Lots of consumers are really looking for evidence that the products they’re consuming have some [animal] welfare standards.” Burger King competitor McDonald’s has its own animal welfare guidelines for chickens, which include stunning the birds before death so they don’t feel pain, according to the company’s website. Letton said that McDonald’s is not one of the companies that has been certified as meeting their welfare standards, however. Mercy for Animals specifically criticized Wendy’s. An online petition accuses the burger chain of using chicken suppliers that raise birds in near-darkness and grow them to crippling weights. Requests for comment from McDonald’s, Wendy’s, and Burger King were not immediately returned. This story has been updated to include Letton’s comments. type=type=RelatedArticlesblockTitle=CHECK OUT THESE RELATED STORIES BELOW: + articlesList=58b98016e4b0d2821b4d6eea,5720d782e4b0f309baef4f17,585c00e9e4b0de3a08f45bc1,5723a5eae4b01a5ebde58ff4 -- This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms. It may be used for personal consumption, but may not be distributed on a website.

31 декабря 2016, 01:20

Feds Go After Concessions Company That Shorted Senate Workers $1 Million

The Labor Department wants to bar a concessions company from receiving new federal contracts, after the company allegedly stiffed low-wage workers inside the U.S. Senate out of $1 million. In June, the department announced that Restaurant Associates, a subsidiary of the food service conglomerate Compass Group, would repay 674 Senate workers back wages after the company failed to pay employees the prevailing wage under federal law and didn’t compensate employees for all the hours they worked. Restaurant Associates has since paid back the workers. But the department went a step further on Thursday, filing a complaint requesting that the company be forbidden from receiving new contracts for a period of three years. The request will now go before an administrative law judge. If approved, it will only affect future contracts, not the current one at the Senate building, which runs through 2029, according to the Labor Department filing. In a statement, Oscar L. Hampton III, a solicitor with the Labor Department, said that “doing business with the federal government is a privilege and not a right.” He said the agency filed the disbarment request “to ensure a fair and level competitive playing field for all federal contractors and a fair day’s pay for a fair day’s work.” When private contractors get public money, they’re often held to prevailing wage laws that mandate minimum wages for particular jobs. The idea is to keep contractors from underbidding one another and driving down wages in the local economy. The workers in the Senate building are entitled to certain minimum rates according to their positions ― “Level 1 cook,” “Level 2 cook,” “food service worker,” etc. According to the Labor Department, Restaurant Associates misclassified workers by putting them in lower job categories, resulting in lower pay. The company said the misclassification was an honest mistake, resulting from “administrative technicalities related to [workers’] evolving day-to-day work responsibilities.” In a statement Friday, Restaurant Associates said it was “surprised and disappointed” that the Labor Department was seeking disbarment: “Restaurant Associates, which had no history of previous [prevailing wage] violations, fully cooperated in the investigation. The company immediately paid all back wages owed and made all changes to pay practices going forward as requested by DOL. ... DOL’s decision is unprecedented in these circumstances.” Workers get shorted on pay all the time, but this case was most notable for where it happened ― right inside the U.S. Senate. Good Jobs Nation, a labor group trying to unionize workers on federal properties, said the allegations were emblematic of a much bigger problem. “If federal contractors believe they can get away with breaking federal laws right under the nose of lawmakers, imagine what they’re doing all across the U.S.,” Joseph Geevarghese, the group’s director, told HuffPost in July. The Labor Department’s investigation came on the heels of a complaint filed by Good Jobs Nation on behalf of the workers. In recent years, the group has spearheaded protests and one-day strikes by low-wage workers at buildings including the Capitol, the Smithsonian and the Pentagon, where people work in fast-food restaurants, catering and janitorial services. Some prominent liberal lawmakers have showed up at rallies to support the workers, including Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and Rep. Keith Ellison (D-Minn.). The protesting workers say that they earn too little money to get by in the Washington region, and that federal contractors should be held to higher standards than they currently are. Their arguments persuaded President Barack Obama to issue several executive orders related to contractors, including one that set a minimum wage of $10.10 per hour. Another executive order, currently tied up in court, would make it easier to prevent companies from getting contracts if they have a documented history of wage theft or workplace hazards. Though hailed by advocates for low-wage workers, the executive orders will be at the mercy of President-elect Donald Trump when he takes office next month.  -- This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms. It may be used for personal consumption, but may not be distributed on a website.

31 декабря 2016, 01:20

Feds Go After Concessions Company That Shorted Senate Workers $1 Million

The Labor Department wants to bar a concessions company from receiving new federal contracts, after the company allegedly stiffed low-wage workers inside the U.S. Senate out of $1 million. In June, the department announced that Restaurant Associates, a subsidiary of the food service conglomerate Compass Group, would repay 674 Senate workers back wages after the company failed to pay employees the prevailing wage under federal law and didn’t compensate employees for all the hours they worked. Restaurant Associates has since paid back the workers. But the department went a step further on Thursday, filing a complaint requesting that the company be forbidden from receiving new contracts for a period of three years. The request will now go before an administrative law judge. If approved, it will only affect future contracts, not the current one at the Senate building, which runs through 2029, according to the Labor Department filing. In a statement, Oscar L. Hampton III, a solicitor with the Labor Department, said that “doing business with the federal government is a privilege and not a right.” He said the agency filed the disbarment request “to ensure a fair and level competitive playing field for all federal contractors and a fair day’s pay for a fair day’s work.” When private contractors get public money, they’re often held to prevailing wage laws that mandate minimum wages for particular jobs. The idea is to keep contractors from underbidding one another and driving down wages in the local economy. The workers in the Senate building are entitled to certain minimum rates according to their positions ― “Level 1 cook,” “Level 2 cook,” “food service worker,” etc. According to the Labor Department, Restaurant Associates misclassified workers by putting them in lower job categories, resulting in lower pay. The company said the misclassification was an honest mistake, resulting from “administrative technicalities related to [workers’] evolving day-to-day work responsibilities.” In a statement Friday, Restaurant Associates said it was “surprised and disappointed” that the Labor Department was seeking disbarment: “Restaurant Associates, which had no history of previous [prevailing wage] violations, fully cooperated in the investigation. The company immediately paid all back wages owed and made all changes to pay practices going forward as requested by DOL. ... DOL’s decision is unprecedented in these circumstances.” Workers get shorted on pay all the time, but this case was most notable for where it happened ― right inside the U.S. Senate. Good Jobs Nation, a labor group trying to unionize workers on federal properties, said the allegations were emblematic of a much bigger problem. “If federal contractors believe they can get away with breaking federal laws right under the nose of lawmakers, imagine what they’re doing all across the U.S.,” Joseph Geevarghese, the group’s director, told HuffPost in July. The Labor Department’s investigation came on the heels of a complaint filed by Good Jobs Nation on behalf of the workers. In recent years, the group has spearheaded protests and one-day strikes by low-wage workers at buildings including the Capitol, the Smithsonian and the Pentagon, where people work in fast-food restaurants, catering and janitorial services. Some prominent liberal lawmakers have showed up at rallies to support the workers, including Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and Rep. Keith Ellison (D-Minn.). The protesting workers say that they earn too little money to get by in the Washington region, and that federal contractors should be held to higher standards than they currently are. Their arguments persuaded President Barack Obama to issue several executive orders related to contractors, including one that set a minimum wage of $10.10 per hour. Another executive order, currently tied up in court, would make it easier to prevent companies from getting contracts if they have a documented history of wage theft or workplace hazards. Though hailed by advocates for low-wage workers, the executive orders will be at the mercy of President-elect Donald Trump when he takes office next month.  -- This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms. It may be used for personal consumption, but may not be distributed on a website.

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22 ноября 2016, 22:53

Годовая доналоговая прибыль Compass Group выросла на 14% г/г

Compass Group, крупнейшая в мире компания, работающая в сфере общественного питания, отчиталась о 14%-ном повышении годовой доналоговой прибыли. Так, по итогам фискального года с окончанием 30 сентября, доналоговая прибыль компании выросла с 1,16 млрд фунтов стерлингов годом ранее до 1,32 млрд фунтов ($1,62 млрд). Выручка в рассматриваемом периоде повысилась с 17,6 млрд фунтов до 19,61 млрд фунтов. Сообщается, что размер годовых дивидендов составил 31,7 пенса на акцию по сравнению с 29,4 пенса на одну бумагу годом ранее.

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22 ноября 2016, 12:28

Годовая доналоговая прибыль Compass Group выросла на 14% г/г

Compass Group, крупнейшая в мире компания, работающая в сфере общественного питания, отчиталась о 14%-ном повышении годовой доналоговой прибыли. Так, по итогам фискального года с окончанием 30 сентября, доналоговая прибыль компании выросла с 1,16 млрд фунтов стерлингов годом ранее до 1,32 млрд фунтов ($1,62 млрд). Выручка в рассматриваемом периоде повысилась с 17,6 млрд фунтов до 19,61 млрд фунтов. Сообщается, что размер годовых дивидендов составил 31,7 пенса на акцию по сравнению с 29,4 пенса на одну бумагу годом ранее.

04 ноября 2016, 01:59

This May Be The Most Sweeping Set Of Animal Protections Ever Announced

In the realm of animal protection, the chickens that we eat, known as broilers, have been the proverbial elephant in the room. Their numbers are almost inconceivably vast. Roughly 9 billion chickens are slaughtered every year in the United States, making up well over 90 percent of the land animals killed for food. Yet broiler chickens have mostly not benefited from a wave of improvements to farm animal welfare policies announced in recent years by large meat producers and food chains. On Thursday, that changed. Within an hour of each other, two of the world’s largest food services companies, Compass Group USA and Aramark, announced sweeping new welfare improvements for broiler chickens in their supply chains. Both companies manage dining operations at thousands of hospitals, universities and other large institutions. Together, their new policies will improve the wellbeing of over 100 million animals every year.  “I’m not aware of another day in U.S. history that produced policies that affected more animals than the ones announced today,” said Josh Balk, food policy director at the Humane Society of the United States. “If there is one, I’m not aware of it. I can’t think of one that comes close.” As it stands, the lives of broiler chickens in the U.S. are nasty, brutish and short. They are mere babies when we eat them, slaughtered about six weeks after birth. They spend their brief lives ballooning to immense proportions, over six times their natural weight, a result of intense genetic selection. (In human terms, this is akin to a 160-pound adult male bred to weigh about a thousand pounds.) As a consequence, academic and industry studies have found, they suffer. Their underdeveloped bones often cannot handle their own body’s unnatural mass. Many experience painful skeletal disorders and bowed or fractured legs. These birds will barely walk, or sit stationary for much of their lives. They’re housed in barren, tightly packed warehouses with limited natural light and few if any enrichments, like hay or perches, that would allow them to perform basic instinctual behaviors.  And then they’re off to the slaughterhouse, where extensive research has found that the electric stunning method used by U.S. processors is not consistently effective. As a result, scientists say, hundreds of millions of chickens at minimum likely experience intense suffering when they are slaughtered. The most extensive footage of modern broiler farming comes from a former contract farmer for Perdue, one of the largest U.S. poultry companies, who became a whistleblower and opened his farm to cameras a few years ago. In June, Perdue became the first major poultry company to announce its own welfare improvements for broiler chickens. In their announcements, both Compass Group USA and Aramark committed to reforming each of these practices in their supply chains.  First, they pledged to shift to healthier genetic strains of broiler chickens that grow more slowly. The strains will be approved by an independent animal welfare certification group, the Global Animal Partnership. Second, they said they’ll require suppliers to provide new minimum space requirements for their birds and introduce housing enrichments, including hay bales, perches and natural light. Finally, they agreed to order suppliers to replace electric stunning with a slaughter method that is overwhelmingly viewed as more humane. Under the alternative system, known as “controlled atmosphere killing,” birds are exposed to a rising concentration of gas (typically carbon dioxide) until they lose consciousness.  The new policies were developed in coordination with the Humane Society of the United States and Compassion in World Farming, and they followed a public campaign targeting Aramark launched in September by a third group, The Humane League. Balk said it was remarkable for such a major policy shift to first be adopted by some of the largest poultry buyers in the country. “This is going to propel the industry to start making these changes overall,” he said. “Every policy change brings about another policy change. The suppliers, the large poultry companies, will have to shift their operations to meet the demand of Compass and Aramark.” Nico Pitney is a senior editor at The Huffington Post. Tips? Feedback? Email him at nico.pitney [at] huffingtonpost.com. type=type=RelatedArticlesblockTitle=Related... + articlesList=577304f6e4b0352fed3e5b16,580e3d35e4b000d0b157bf98,57fd7e2ee4b044be30160d0d,57fac5c5e4b0e655eab5485d,57f4414be4b0325452623771,580a5aefe4b0b1bd89fdb1d0 -- This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms. It may be used for personal consumption, but may not be distributed on a website.

04 ноября 2016, 01:59

This May Be The Most Sweeping Set Of Animal Protections Ever Announced

In the realm of animal protection, the chickens that we eat, known as broilers, have been the proverbial elephant in the room. Their numbers are almost inconceivably vast. Roughly 9 billion chickens are slaughtered every year in the United States, making up well over 90 percent of the land animals killed for food. Yet broiler chickens have mostly not benefited from a wave of improvements to farm animal welfare policies announced in recent years by large meat producers and food chains. On Thursday, that changed. Within an hour of each other, two of the world’s largest food services companies, Compass Group USA and Aramark, announced sweeping new welfare improvements for broiler chickens in their supply chains. Both companies manage dining operations at thousands of hospitals, universities and other large institutions. Together, their new policies will improve the wellbeing of over 100 million animals every year.  “I’m not aware of another day in U.S. history that produced policies that affected more animals than the ones announced today,” said Josh Balk, food policy director at the Humane Society of the United States. “If there is one, I’m not aware of it. I can’t think of one that comes close.” As it stands, the lives of broiler chickens in the U.S. are nasty, brutish and short. They are mere babies when we eat them, slaughtered about six weeks after birth. They spend their brief lives ballooning to immense proportions, over six times their natural weight, a result of intense genetic selection. (In human terms, this is akin to a 160-pound adult male bred to weigh about a thousand pounds.) As a consequence, academic and industry studies have found, they suffer. Their underdeveloped bones often cannot handle their own body’s unnatural mass. Many experience painful skeletal disorders and bowed or fractured legs. These birds will barely walk, or sit stationary for much of their lives. They’re housed in barren, tightly packed warehouses with limited natural light and few if any enrichments, like hay or perches, that would allow them to perform basic instinctual behaviors.  And then they’re off to the slaughterhouse, where extensive research has found that the electric stunning method used by U.S. processors is not consistently effective. As a result, scientists say, hundreds of millions of chickens at minimum likely experience intense suffering when they are slaughtered. The most extensive footage of modern broiler farming comes from a former contract farmer for Perdue, one of the largest U.S. poultry companies, who became a whistleblower and opened his farm to cameras a few years ago. In June, Perdue became the first major poultry company to announce its own welfare improvements for broiler chickens. In their announcements, both Compass Group USA and Aramark committed to reforming each of these practices in their supply chains.  First, they pledged to shift to healthier genetic strains of broiler chickens that grow more slowly. The strains will be approved by an independent animal welfare certification group, the Global Animal Partnership. Second, they said they’ll require suppliers to provide new minimum space requirements for their birds and introduce housing enrichments, including hay bales, perches and natural light. Finally, they agreed to order suppliers to replace electric stunning with a slaughter method that is overwhelmingly viewed as more humane. Under the alternative system, known as “controlled atmosphere killing,” birds are exposed to a rising concentration of gas (typically carbon dioxide) until they lose consciousness.  The new policies were developed in coordination with the Humane Society of the United States and Compassion in World Farming, and they followed a public campaign targeting Aramark launched in September by a third group, The Humane League. Balk said it was remarkable for such a major policy shift to first be adopted by some of the largest poultry buyers in the country. “This is going to propel the industry to start making these changes overall,” he said. “Every policy change brings about another policy change. The suppliers, the large poultry companies, will have to shift their operations to meet the demand of Compass and Aramark.” Nico Pitney is a senior editor at The Huffington Post. Tips? Feedback? Email him at nico.pitney [at] huffingtonpost.com. type=type=RelatedArticlesblockTitle=Related... + articlesList=577304f6e4b0352fed3e5b16,580e3d35e4b000d0b157bf98,57fd7e2ee4b044be30160d0d,57fac5c5e4b0e655eab5485d,57f4414be4b0325452623771,580a5aefe4b0b1bd89fdb1d0 -- This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms. It may be used for personal consumption, but may not be distributed on a website.

11 октября 2016, 19:53

Grisly Undercover Video Shows Chickens Being Starved To Produce More Eggs

An animal protection group has released graphic undercover footage of an industrial chicken farm in Mexico, where hens spend their lives trapped in minuscule cages and are intentionally starved to induce egg production. The video, produced by Animal Equality, kicks off a broad new effort to end some of the cruelest practices of modern animal agriculture in countries outside the United States. It is funded in large part by Facebook co-founder Dustin Moskovitz and his wife Cari Tuna through the Open Philanthropy Project. In the undercover video, egg-laying hens are held in wire cages so small they cannot stretch their limbs, let alone perform basic instinctual behavior. Many of the hens are filthy, covered in other birds’ droppings, and confined with other chickens that are dead or dying. They are also subjected to “forced molting,” a practice to induce stress in hens by depriving them of light and starving them for days on end. The stress causes birds to shed and regrow their feathers. They temporarily stop laying eggs, providing their reproductive systems time to recuperate, and subsequently they produce better quality eggs. WARNING: The video below shows graphic content including injured and deceased chickens. It may be disturbing to some viewers.  Roughly five billion egg-laying chickens are raised globally each year, and the vast majority spend their lives confined in these small enclosures, called battery cages.  Recent campaigns to end the use of battery cages in the U.S. have been the most successful in the history of farm animal welfare, advocates say. In the last two years alone, every major grocery and fast-food chain in the country has committed to selling only cage-free eggs. Aiming to replicate this success abroad, the Open Philanthropy Project last week announced nearly $4 million in grants to animal groups to pursue international cage-free campaigns. “A lot of the factory farming practices that cause so much suffering to animals in the U.S. have now been exported around the globe,” said Lewis Bollard, who oversees the project’s farm animal welfare grants. “We don’t want to make progress in the U.S. only to see it undermined by a continuation and expansion of the practices abroad.” Latin America is a major focus. Mexico and Brazil are two of the world’s leading egg-producing countries and conditions for hens there are even worse than in the United States. Forced molting remains standard practice in Latin America (it is uncommon in the U.S. and illegal in Europe), and egg-laying chickens are packed about 30 percent more tightly than in U.S. factory farms. A typical hen raised in Mexico will live out its one- or two-year existence within the space of 48 square inches. Sharon Nunez, executive director of Animal Equality, said the undercover video was the Mexican public’s first glimpse inside their country’s factory farms.  Animal Equality is not identifying food companies that purchase eggs from the facility shown in the video. Rather, Nunez said, the footage would first be used to privately pressure companies to voluntarily adopt new welfare policies. Beyond Latin America, the Open Philanthropy Project is funding new advocacy work in India, Japan and Germany, as well as campaigns targeting multinational food companies headquartered in Europe. The project targets high-impact causes that aren’t getting sufficient funding from other charitable donors. The largest grants were awarded to Humane Society International, the Humane League and Mercy for Animals, and they’ve already built some early momentum. The world’s largest and second-largest food services corporations ― Compass Group and Sodexo ― each recently announced timelines for converting their entire global operations to cage-free eggs. And two weeks ago, Burger King became the first major fast-food brand to commit to using only cage-free eggs in its Latin America supply chain. type=type=RelatedArticlesblockTitle=Related Coverage + articlesList=577304f6e4b0352fed3e5b16,57f4414be4b0325452623771,575b0adde4b00f97fba8406f,57ec4405e4b082aad9b921e8 -- This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms. It may be used for personal consumption, but may not be distributed on a website.

11 октября 2016, 19:53

Grisly Undercover Video Shows Chickens Being Starved To Produce More Eggs

An animal protection group has released graphic undercover footage of an industrial chicken farm in Mexico, where hens spend their lives trapped in minuscule cages and are intentionally starved to induce egg production. The video, produced by Animal Equality, kicks off a broad new effort to end some of the cruelest practices of modern animal agriculture in countries outside the United States. It is funded in large part by Facebook co-founder Dustin Moskovitz and his wife Cari Tuna through the Open Philanthropy Project. In the undercover video, egg-laying hens are held in wire cages so small they cannot stretch their limbs, let alone perform basic instinctual behavior. Many of the hens are filthy, covered in other birds’ droppings, and confined with other chickens that are dead or dying. They are also subjected to “forced molting,” a practice to induce stress in hens by depriving them of light and starving them for days on end. The stress causes birds to shed and regrow their feathers. They temporarily stop laying eggs, providing their reproductive systems time to recuperate, and subsequently they produce better quality eggs. WARNING: The video below shows graphic content including injured and deceased chickens. It may be disturbing to some viewers.  Roughly five billion egg-laying chickens are raised globally each year, and the vast majority spend their lives confined in these small enclosures, called battery cages.  Recent campaigns to end the use of battery cages in the U.S. have been the most successful in the history of farm animal welfare, advocates say. In the last two years alone, every major grocery and fast-food chain in the country has committed to selling only cage-free eggs. Aiming to replicate this success abroad, the Open Philanthropy Project last week announced nearly $4 million in grants to animal groups to pursue international cage-free campaigns. “A lot of the factory farming practices that cause so much suffering to animals in the U.S. have now been exported around the globe,” said Lewis Bollard, who oversees the project’s farm animal welfare grants. “We don’t want to make progress in the U.S. only to see it undermined by a continuation and expansion of the practices abroad.” Latin America is a major focus. Mexico and Brazil are two of the world’s leading egg-producing countries and conditions for hens there are even worse than in the United States. Forced molting remains standard practice in Latin America (it is uncommon in the U.S. and illegal in Europe), and egg-laying chickens are packed about 30 percent more tightly than in U.S. factory farms. A typical hen raised in Mexico will live out its one- or two-year existence within the space of 48 square inches. Sharon Nunez, executive director of Animal Equality, said the undercover video was the Mexican public’s first glimpse inside their country’s factory farms.  Animal Equality is not identifying food companies that purchase eggs from the facility shown in the video. Rather, Nunez said, the footage would first be used to privately pressure companies to voluntarily adopt new welfare policies. Beyond Latin America, the Open Philanthropy Project is funding new advocacy work in India, Japan and Germany, as well as campaigns targeting multinational food companies headquartered in Europe. The project targets high-impact causes that aren’t getting sufficient funding from other charitable donors. The largest grants were awarded to Humane Society International, the Humane League and Mercy for Animals, and they’ve already built some early momentum. The world’s largest and second-largest food services corporations ― Compass Group and Sodexo ― each recently announced timelines for converting their entire global operations to cage-free eggs. And two weeks ago, Burger King became the first major fast-food brand to commit to using only cage-free eggs in its Latin America supply chain. type=type=RelatedArticlesblockTitle=Related Coverage + articlesList=577304f6e4b0352fed3e5b16,57f4414be4b0325452623771,575b0adde4b00f97fba8406f,57ec4405e4b082aad9b921e8 -- This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms. It may be used for personal consumption, but may not be distributed on a website.

15 сентября 2016, 11:56

Европа: индексы не продемонстрировали значительных изменений

В среду, 14 сентября, ключевые фондовые индексы Европы не продемонстрировали значительных изменений. Стоит отметить, что удорожание акций горнодобывающих компаний частично компенсировало негатив от снижения бумаг производителей товаров класса "люкс".  Из вышедшей накануне в регионе макроэкономической статистики можно отметить данные по промышленному производству еврозоны. Так, данный показатель сократился в июле на 1,1% м/м, тогда как ожидалось -0,9% м/м. Отметим, что предыдущее изменение данного показателя было пересмотрено с +0,6% м/м до +0,8% м/м.

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14 сентября 2016, 10:12

Compass Group up 1.6% after ratings upgrade at J.P. Morgan Cazenove

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11 июля 2016, 18:09

Here Comes a New Record for the S&P 500: Global Week Ahead

Bolstering the week's S&P 500's bullish trading tone from abroad -- long-term government bond yields hover at record lows thanks to the ECB. The benchmark risk-free U.S. 10-yr Treasury trades under this induced stress at 1.40%.

15 июня 2016, 15:19

Yum! Brands' Pizza Hut Launches Summer Special Treat Box

Pizza Hut, a division of Kentucky-based Yum! Brands Inc. (YUM), has introduced a summer picnic basket as a follow up of the Triple Treat Box introduced last year.

13 июня 2016, 19:44

3 New Strong Buy Growth Stocks for June 13th

Here are 3 newly-added Strong Buy stocks that have great growth potential and an A Growth Style Score to show for it.

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11 мая 2016, 16:09

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The Senate Has Plenty Of Racial Diversity, But Not The Kind You Brag About

WASHINGTON -- To a casual observer, the halls of Congress look pretty white. But according to Anthony Thomas, people of color abound there, so long as you know where to find them. "It's all black and Hispanic people downstairs," said Thomas, a 23-year-old African-American from the suburb of New Carrollton, Maryland. Thomas works as a dishwasher in the Senate cafeteria in the basement of the Dirksen building. His duties include catering special parties held in the Capitol and the Senate office buildings, where lawmakers and staff rub elbows with lobbyists and other power brokers. Though there are exceptions, it's mostly white people drinking and dining, and people of color like Thomas cleaning up after them, he said. A report released in December by the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies found that the most influential Senate staffers are disproportionately white. Among senior-level Senate staff -- chiefs of staff, legislative directors and other folks who ultimately shape the laws we all live by -- a mere 7.1 percent are people of color, researchers found. Yet people of color comprise 36 percent of the U.S. public at large. (There may well be more diversity among mid- and low-level Senate staff, but no such numbers are available.) So where is all the Senate's diversity? Apparently, much of it is concentrated at the opposite end of the power structure. For the past year and a half, a group called Good Jobs Nation, funded by the Change to Win federation of labor unions, has been organizing janitorial and food workers in the Senate offices and the U.S. Capitol Visitor Center. The group compiled a database of 160 rank-and-file employees it assumes would be eligible to vote if workers filed for a union election. (SEIU, a member of Change to Win, lost a union election among Senate dining employees three years ago, though the union could file for another election.) When the group examined demographics, it found the makeup of the service workforce to be the exact opposite of the senior-level Senate staff. The low-wage workers were almost exclusively people of color -- a whopping 97 percent, according to a demographic breakdown Good Jobs Nation provided to The Huffington Post (the breakdown did not identify individual workers). That number shouldn't be all the surprising, given the demographics of D.C. -- a majority of residents are people of color -- and the way low-wage food and janitorial jobs already skew heavily toward minorities in the U.S. at large, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. A caveat: This was not a scientific study. The database was compiled through on-the-ground outreach done by the group's organizers, not through government records or an official survey. And since the group is only organizing rank-and-file employees, the numbers don't account for middle management, where the workforce appears more mixed. Yet the figures should ring true for anyone who's taken a close look at the workers cleaning the dishes and mopping the floors in the Senate. "I think what's happening at the Capitol reflects a larger trend in our economy -- the gap between the knowledge economy workers and the service-sector workers," said Joseph Geevarghese, director of Good Jobs Nation. "You've got a class of workers who are higher paid, and then you have an underclass of service workers who are low-paid and struggling to make ends meet." Geevarghese's group has been agitating for raises for the workers at the Capitol, along with a host of other federal sites around Washington, including the Smithsonian and Union Station. It has succeeded in pressuring President Barack Obama to issue an executive order mandating a minimum wage of $10.10 per hour for workers on federal contracts. It also has gotten a lot of U.S. senators on board with the call for a $15 wage floor and a union in the Senate buildings, with Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt) and Democrats sending a stern letter to one of the main Capitol contractors, food giant Compass Group. There's a simple explanation for the campaign's growing political support: It's embarrassing that many of the people who take out lawmakers' trash and make their lunches are struggling to cover basic needs in one of the country's most expensive cities. It's also emblematic of larger trends in income inequality around the country. As The Washington Post reported last year, one employee, Charles Gladden, has periodically been homeless while working as a janitor in the Senate. The racial disparity should be just as unsettling, said the Rev. J. Herbert Nelson, director of the Presbyterian Office of Public Witness, which leads the church's social justice efforts. Nelson has been a backer of the campaign, showing up for rallies and strikes to speak to workers. "These people are really unseen in the public square, and there's no real intermingling across economic lines -- not just in the Senate buildings, but out in society," Nelson said. "We have some significant struggles with regards to race, wage earning and how individuals are selected to serve in positions of power. Work is racialized, and that's the great challenge that we have." Arhmed Claggette, 30, works as a janitor cleaning bathrooms in the Senate buildings, earning $11.83 per hour, a wage that he said doesn't cut it in Washington. He said he took part in one-day walkouts because many of his colleagues have gotten only small raises after years on the job. He said the racial disparity between those who run the Senate and those who clean it is hard to miss. "It would make a difference if the people who work with the senators could shed a little light on what it's like for people like me to struggle," Claggette said. The Senate cafeteria workers recently won a raise through a new contract. The average pay for the 115 workers under the contract is supposed to rise from $13 to $14.50, though some workers have claimed they were quickly reclassified into different positions, negating the pay hikes. Under federal contracts, workers' wages fall within a certain range for their occupations, so a lesser title means less pay. One cook told The Washington Post he was downgraded to a "food service worker," which amounts to a difference of nearly $3 per hour. Anthony Thomas, the dishwasher, said his base pay recently went up a dollar, to $13.30, and believes the recent protests played a big role in the raise. But even with the bump, he said he feels he should earn more, given the nights and odd hours he has to work for special events. His goal is to rise to the position of cook, to be in a better position to support his fiancee and their 6-month-old son. The splendor of the Capitol, he said, has a way of reminding him of his financial struggles. "Sometimes I'll walk around and think, 'That column right there is worth more than my salary,'" he said. Also on HuffPost: -- This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms. It may be used for personal consumption, but may not be distributed on a website.