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21 июля, 15:29

Wake up, Boots. You can’t judge women who need the morning-after pill | Sian Norris

The chief pharmacist’s comments in defence of a refusal to lower the drug’s price has caused a backlash in the feminist community. Hardly surprising, really• Sian Norris is a writer and feminist activistYesterday Marc Donovan, the chief pharmacist at Boots, defended the chain’s decision to maintain a high price (£28.25) for women wanting to buy the emergency contraceptive, or morning-after pill. He told the British Pregnancy Advisory Service: “We would not want to be accused of incentivising inappropriate use, and provoking complaints, by significantly reducing the price of this product.” Rivals Superdrug and Tesco had cut the price of the drug to about £13.50 following complaints that it was artificially high; in France, it costs £5.50. The comments caused a backlash in the feminist and sexual health community, which argued that Boots’s decision not only creates a tiered system where the wealthier can access contraception, but it also positions women’s sexual health as a “moral” issue, and suggests that women are not capable of making sensible and informed choices about their contraceptive options. Related: Boots faces boycott over refusal to lower cost of morning-after pill Continue reading...

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21 июля, 13:15

Diversity is not important to the white men in power

The BBC pay gap and comments by the frontrunner to head the CBI suggest male leaders are out to protect their interestsThe realist in me says that diversity is not important to the men at the top of the food chain. It is ingrained in them to maintain their position and protect their interests.Sure, you hear the odd few say “but I want my daughter to have opportunities” and “it’s important to represent our customers” but these are merely pleasantries. As a species, the white educated man is out to survive and survival relies on staying on top. Continue reading...

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21 июля, 12:47

Do you think the morning-after pill is too expensive in the UK?

Boots has been criticised for refusing to reduce the cost of emergency contraception. We want to hear from our readers about thisBoots has been criticised for refusing to lower the cost of the morning-after pill for fear it would “incentivising inappropriate use”.It comes after a campaign from the British Pregnancy Advisory Service (BPAS), a leading provider of abortion care, prompted Tesco and Superdrug to halve the price of the emergency contraceptive. The chemist Boots, however, did not follow in this move for fears of encouraging over-use. Continue reading...

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20 июля, 22:02

Boots faces boycott over refusal to lower cost of morning-after pill

Tesco and Superdrug halve price of emergency contraceptive after charity campaign, but Boots retains higher priceThere have been calls for a boycott of Boots after the chemist refused to lower the cost of the morning-after pill for fear it would encourage over-use. Rivals Tesco and Superdrug halved the price of the emergency contraceptive following a campaign from the British Pregnancy Advisory Service (BPAS), a leading provider of abortion care. Continue reading...

19 июля, 14:13

Literary misquotations quiz: can you get the wrong lines right?

The Bank of England has chosen a contentious quote to adorn its Jane Austen note, joining a long tradition of misused and mangled citations. Do you know your lines?The Bank of England is coming in for some stick over the quotation it has chosen for its new Jane Austen note: "I declare after all there is no enjoyment like reading!" Which character in Pride and Prejudice says it?Mr DarcyElizabeth BennetMrs BennetCaroline BingleyIn 2013, Ireland’s Central Bank misquoted James Joyce on a commemorative coin intended to honour the author. Which is the correct quotation from Ulysses?Ineluctable modality of the invisible: at least if no more, that is thought through my eyes. Signatures of all things I am here to readIrresistible modality of the visible: at least that if no more, thought through my eyes. Signatures of all things I am here to readIneluctable modality of the visible: at least that if no more, thought through my eyes. Signatures of all things I am here to read Ineluctable modality of the visible: at least that if no more, thought through my eyes. Signatures of all things that I am here to readThanks to F Scott Fitzgerald scholar Anne Margaret Daniels for pointing out that Donald Trump misquoted Fitzgerald yesterday. The US president tweeted after the collapse of attempts to repeal and replace Obamacare that The Great Gatsby author wrote: “Never confuse a single defeat with a final defeat.” Which is the correct quotation?“You mustn't confuse a single failure with a final defeat.”“Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me - you can't get fooled again.”“You mustn’t confuse failure with success.”“Wake up and smell the covfefe.”The quotation “There are three kinds of lies: lies, damned lies, and statistics” is widely attributed to Mark Twain, but to whom did Twain himself actually credit it?Walt WhitmanBenjamin Disraeli Nathaniel HawthorneAlexander HamiltonAnd who has the site Quote Investigator pinpointed as the likely origin of “a lie can travel halfway around the world while the truth is still putting on its shoes”, which is usually attributed to Twain? Jonathan SwiftVoltaireSamuel JohnsonMary ShelleyTwain is much misquoted. Which of the following lines did he actually say? “Reports of my death have been greatly exaggerated.”“The only two certainties in life are death and taxes.”"I've never wished a man dead, but I have read some obituaries with great pleasure."“Ours is the 'land of the free'- nobody denies that - nobody challenges it. (maybe it is because we won't let other people testify.)"Which book retailer used George Orwell to support its argument that publishers were against cheap books by using the partial quotation: if “publishers had any sense, they would combine against them and suppress them” - rather than the full quote, which shows Orwell's support for the idea? "The Penguin books are splendid value for sixpence, so splendid that if other publishers had any sense they would combine against them and suppress them."WaterstonesTescoAmazonWalmartWhich poet wrote “A little learning is a dangerous thing”, a line which is often misquoted as “A little knowledge is a dangerous thing”?Alexander PopeWilliam WordsworthEmily DickinsonPercy ShelleyWho first wrote the line “Elementary, my dear Watson”?Arthur Conan DoyleBenedict CumberbatchPG WodehouseAnthony HorowitzWho wrote the line “I disapprove of what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it”?VoltaireVoltaire’s biographer Evelyn Beatrice HallJK RowlingPlato9 and above.There's no fooling you! As Shakespeare once said: "You done good, kid!" Didn't he?8 and above.There's no fooling you! As Shakespeare once said: "You done good, kid!" Didn't he?7 and above.Not bad. Try again? Although, as Einstein never said: "Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results."6 and above.Not bad. Try again? Although, as Einstein never said: "Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results."5 and above.Not bad. Try again? Although, as Einstein never said: "Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results."4 and above.As Abraham Lincoln once said: "Jeez, go Google it or something."2 and above.As Abraham Lincoln once said: "Jeez, go Google it or something."3 and above.As Abraham Lincoln once said: "Jeez, go Google it or something."0 and above.As Abraham Lincoln once said: "Jeez, go Google it or something."10 and above.There's no fooling you! As Shakespeare once said: "You done good, kid!" Didn't he? Continue reading...

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14 июля, 16:29

Tesco takes the cherry as bumper British crop leads to lower prices

Supermarket to sell large 1kg trays for £4 this summer after buying extra stock from Kent and HerefordshireShoppers are likely to benefit from a bumper cherry crop this summer as warm weather drives yields up and prices down.Tesco has announced it will take excess produce from its suppliers, in line with an existing agreement, and begin selling large 1kg trays of cherries at a lower price per unit than usual. Continue reading...

12 июля, 19:01

Vanguard, Tesco unit planning tech JV

VANGUARD, China’s top supermarket chain, and Tesco’s data analysis firm, Dunnhumby, yesterday announced a 50-50 joint venture on data science. Vanguard, a unit of Fortune 500 firm China Resources, is

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12 июля, 11:31

Tesco faces in-depth investigation into £3.7bn Booker takeover

Supermarket giant’s acquisition of Londis and Budgens supplier could result in higher prices in 350 areas, says CMATesco’s proposed £3.7bn deal to buy the cash-and-carry group Booker has been referred for an in-depth investigation after the competition watchdog said it could result in higher prices for shoppers in about 350 areas across the UK.The Competition and Markets Authority said in those areas Tesco overlapped with convenience chains including Londis and Budgens, which were supplied by Booker. Continue reading...

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12 июля, 09:52

Tesco-Booker deal to face in-depth competition probe

The UK Competition and Markets Authority says there are concerns over the proposed £3.7bn tie-up.

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12 июля, 09:00

High-fat oil and low-paid farmers: the cost of our coconut craze

The health implications of coconut oil have been much discussed – but supermarket shelves still groan with countless coconut products. Meanwhile, many growers earn less than $1 a day. Should we turn our back on this runaway trend?Canary Wharf in London on a Thursday lunchtime, and platoons of well-groomed office workers descend into a warren of underground malls in search of lunch: something healthy, natural and delicious – a little edible holiday from urban desk life. All the big chains are here to tempt the 100,000 ravenous workers, who needn’t step outside all day: from Eat, Leon and Pret a Manger to Wagamama, Waitrose and Marks & Spencer. The longest queue is in the vast Waitrose, snaking past fridge after fridge of hermetically sealed, ready-to-eat food.Step a little closer and look at that food, and a trend quickly emerges: at Pret a Manger, you can wash your avocado wrap down with “naturally rehydrating” coconut water, then grab a pot of dairy-free coconut yoghurt with mango for afters. You might have already had the coconut porridge for breakfast, and if that wasn’t coconutty enough for you, the top four items on the “Barista Specials” board are – drum roll – coconut-milk coffees. At Eat, it’s a mango-and-coconut-milk chia pot; at the Virgin Active cafe, a coconut granola with “pina colada” topping. Waitrose has more than 145 coconut-containing products (although, yes, that does include some toiletries), Morrisons sells 213 and Tesco no fewer than 394. Continue reading...

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10 июля, 17:25

Should your supermarket receipt count calories?

A new proposal says the ‘traffic light’ labels used on food packaging ought to be applied to your whole shop to help people eat betterFancy your supermarket receipt assessing the healthiness of your trolley? Well, a new proposal says the “traffic lights” system – widely adopted on food and drink packaging since 2013 – should be migrated from individual items to entire receipts. Forget the problem of making it through checkout without impulse-buying three bags of bonbons and a copy of Heat! magazine; now it is about the half-price pizza catapulting your basket into “red” territory.“Instinctively, it seems like a good idea,” says Ed Morrow, campaigns manager at the Royal Society for Public Health. “If health information is just on the product, it’s easy to ignore, but if you get another reminder at the till you might start to compare receipts, see what you’ve scored each time, then try to do better. Doing things that gamify the experience of shopping can be a good motivator in terms of changing behaviour.” That is if you want your midweek trip to Tesco to be gamified: is this just 21st-century code for the nanny state? “It’s not telling people what to do,” Morrow says. “All it does is provide people with extra information.” Continue reading...

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09 июля, 22:08

Tesco chairman favourite to be next CBI president

John Allan supported Britain remaining in the EU during referendum

07 июля, 16:13

Prologis (PLD) Completes 20 Build-to-Suit Projects in 1H

Prologis Inc.'s (PLD) build-to-suit activity remained solid this year, with the company completing 20 such development projects in the first half.

06 июля, 17:29

eBay Takes its Price Matching Program to United Kingdom

eBay Inc. (EBAY) has extended its price matching program to the U.K.

06 июля, 12:26

Как «программатик-потребление» меняет индустрии FMCG и продуктового ритейла?

Пользователи начнут учитывать рекомендации своих девайсов о том, где поесть, как одеться, что смотреть и куда поехать в отпуск. Какие технологии будут внедрять для этого ритейлеры, агрегаторы и производители?

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05 июля, 21:17

Tesco climbs as Booker target delivers growth

Grocer’s biggest gain in five months pushed FTSE into positive territory

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05 июля, 10:31

Worldpay suffers reversal of fortune

The payment processing company goes from leading the FTSE 100 to being its biggest loser.

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04 июля, 20:12

Benny Higgins to step down from Tesco Bank after a decade

CEO’s plans to retire in February come months after cyber attack hit 9,000 customers

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04 июля, 20:12

Benny Higgins to step down from Tesco Bank after a decade

CEO’s plans to retire in February come months after cyber attack hit 9,000 customers