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02 декабря, 03:05

Donald Trump Keeps Draining Swamp By Replacing Food Lobbyist With Former Food Lobbyist

We don’t know much about what President-elect Donald Trump plans to do about the many problems — like food insecurity, environmental pollution, unsustainable farming practices and obesity — facing the U.S. food system. But what we do know so far is cause for alarm to many food advocates. To date, Trump has not announced his pick for the secretary of the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Though various reports have narrowed the list to a half-dozen or so names, the final selection likely won’t be made for at least another week or two. In the meantime, focus has shifted to the names of the individuals Trump previously tasked to direct the transition of the department as part of his agriculture advisory committee, a group initially headed up by veteran D.C. food and agriculture lobbyist Michael Torrey. Torrey, whose recent clients include Little Caesar’s, the Snack Food Association and the soda-pushing American Beverage Association, abruptly resigned from the post last month after Trump announced a ban on lobbyists serving in the transition effort. Appointed in Torrey’s place was Joel Leftwich, staff director of the Senate Agriculture Committee and a long-time advisor for Senator Pat Roberts (R-Kansas). Leftwich himself is a former lobbyist, having worked for two years as senior director of public policy and government affairs for PepsiCo between 2013 and 2015 and, prior to that, serving for three months as the program manager of federal government affairs at chemical giant DuPont in 2010. function onPlayerReadyVidible(e){'undefined'!=typeof HPTrack&&HPTrack.Vid.Vidible_track(e)}!function(e,i){if(e.vdb_Player){if('object'==typeof commercial_video){var a='',o='m.fwsitesection='+commercial_video.site_and_category;if(a+=o,commercial_video['package']){var c='&m.fwkeyvalues=sponsorship%3D'+commercial_video['package'];a+=c}e.setAttribute('vdb_params',a)}i(e.vdb_Player)}else{var t=arguments.callee;setTimeout(function(){t(e,i)},0)}}(document.getElementById('vidible_1'),onPlayerReadyVidible); Prior to that, Leftwich did work for a year as a congressional liaison to the USDA. (That was between 2004 and 2005, during George W. Bush’s second administration). But the industry ties of Leftwich and many other members of Trump’s ag advisory committee are alarming, if not surprising, to advocates for a healthy and sustainable food system. They fear that advancements on such issues during the Obama administration could be slowed or reversed altogether in the coming years. Jim O’Hara, director of health promotion policy at the nonprofit Center for Science in the Public Interest, told The Huffington Post that Leftwich’s background indicates industry interests may be prioritized by Trump’s USDA. This could mean a rollback of food safety laws or nutrition initiatives. “Obviously, having pro-industry folks on the transition team who are likely to put in place pro-business policies without balancing public health concerns is an issue of concern,” O’Hara said. Tiffany Finck-Haynes, food futures campaigner at the Friends of the Earth environmental nonprofit, agreed. Leftwich’s close affiliation with Sen. Roberts, the lead opponent to legislation allowing states to approve laws requiring genetically modified foods to be labeled, is alarming, she said. “Basically, Trump is replacing a lobbyist with a former lobbyist,” Finck-Haynes said. “That indicates to us that he is much more serious about protecting corporate interests than protecting the American public and the environment.” But other advocates are less concerned with the direction the Trump administration’s ag appointments appear to be heading. Scott Faber, vice president at the Environmental Working Group, described Leftwich’s past connections to industry as an asset given that many companies, including PepsiCo, are working to better cater their products to consumers’ demand for healthier, more sustainable choices. “He sort of straddles the divide where food companies tend to think the customer’s always right, while many farm lobbyists tend to think the customer’s always wrong,” Faber told HuffPost. Further, the revolving door between lobbying and posts like Leftwich’s isn’t particularly unusual — and that’s true of both Democratic and Republican administrations, according to Ferd Hoefner, policy director at the National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition. While representing NSAC on the hill, Hoefner took part in meetings with Leftwich on the Senate Agriculture Committee, on issues like authorizing a farm-to-school program as part of the 2010 Child Nutrition Act. He described the experience as positive. “Joel certainly is someone who knows how things work,” Hoefner said. “He has a practical side. We may not always agree on positions, but we can certainly easily work together to move things forward.” Still, it will be too early to know exactly what a Trump administration will mean for our food system until the USDA secretary pick is announced. One apparent front-runner, Texas Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller, a Republican, has raised eyebrows for both his temperament and food policy positions. Miller called Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton a “cunt” on Twitter last month, in a tweet he blamed on an error made by a campaign staffer. And he’s been labeled a “king of cupcakes and deep-fried advocate” for his junk food-inclusive approach to school nutrition. Trump’s selection this week of U.S. Rep. Tom Price (R-Ga.) as secretary of health and human services, the agency that oversees the Food and Drug Administration, has also prompted concerns. As Politico reported Wednesday, Price’s congressional record includes voting against the Food Safety and Modernization Act and the Healthy Hunger-Free Kids Act. He also opposed menu labeling rules for convenience stores and grocers under the Affordable Care Act. Still, food advocates are pressing on. Regardless of whom the Trump administration selects as agriculture secretary, Tom Colicchio, celebrity chef and co-founder of the food advocacy group Food Policy Action, emphasized that his organization will push them to “take care of the health of our country across the board.” “We encourage Washington to keep turning the dial forward towards good food policy because that is what consumers want and every American deserves,” Colicchio said in an email. ―-― Joseph Erbentraut covers promising innovations and challenges in the areas of food and water. In addition, Erbentraut explores the evolving ways Americans are identifying and defining themselves. Follow Erbentraut on Twitter at @robojojo. Tips? Email [email protected] -- 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.

02 декабря, 03:05

Donald Trump Keeps Draining Swamp By Replacing Food Lobbyist With Former Food Lobbyist

We don’t know much about what President-elect Donald Trump plans to do about the many problems — like food insecurity, environmental pollution, unsustainable farming practices and obesity — facing the U.S. food system. But what we do know so far is cause for alarm to many food advocates. To date, Trump has not announced his pick for the secretary of the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Though various reports have narrowed the list to a half-dozen or so names, the final selection likely won’t be made for at least another week or two. In the meantime, focus has shifted to the names of the individuals Trump previously tasked to direct the transition of the department as part of his agriculture advisory committee, a group initially headed up by veteran D.C. food and agriculture lobbyist Michael Torrey. Torrey, whose recent clients include Little Caesar’s, the Snack Food Association and the soda-pushing American Beverage Association, abruptly resigned from the post last month after Trump announced a ban on lobbyists serving in the transition effort. Appointed in Torrey’s place was Joel Leftwich, staff director of the Senate Agriculture Committee and a long-time advisor for Senator Pat Roberts (R-Kansas). Leftwich himself is a former lobbyist, having worked for two years as senior director of public policy and government affairs for PepsiCo between 2013 and 2015 and, prior to that, serving for three months as the program manager of federal government affairs at chemical giant DuPont in 2010. function onPlayerReadyVidible(e){'undefined'!=typeof HPTrack&&HPTrack.Vid.Vidible_track(e)}!function(e,i){if(e.vdb_Player){if('object'==typeof commercial_video){var a='',o='m.fwsitesection='+commercial_video.site_and_category;if(a+=o,commercial_video['package']){var c='&m.fwkeyvalues=sponsorship%3D'+commercial_video['package'];a+=c}e.setAttribute('vdb_params',a)}i(e.vdb_Player)}else{var t=arguments.callee;setTimeout(function(){t(e,i)},0)}}(document.getElementById('vidible_1'),onPlayerReadyVidible); Prior to that, Leftwich did work for a year as a congressional liaison to the USDA. (That was between 2004 and 2005, during George W. Bush’s second administration). But the industry ties of Leftwich and many other members of Trump’s ag advisory committee are alarming, if not surprising, to advocates for a healthy and sustainable food system. They fear that advancements on such issues during the Obama administration could be slowed or reversed altogether in the coming years. Jim O’Hara, director of health promotion policy at the nonprofit Center for Science in the Public Interest, told The Huffington Post that Leftwich’s background indicates may be prioritized by Trump’s USDA. This could mean a rollback of food safety laws or nutrition initiatives. “Obviously, having pro-industry folks on the transition team who are likely to put in place pro-business policies without balancing public health concerns is an issue of concern,” O’Hara said. Tiffany Finck-Haynes, food futures campaigner at the Friends of the Earth environmental nonprofit, agreed. Leftwich’s close affiliation with Sen. Roberts, the lead opponent to legislation allowing states to approve laws requiring genetically modified foods to be labeled, is alarming, she said. “Basically, Trump is replacing a lobbyist with a former lobbyist,” Finck-Haynes said. “That indicates to us that he is much more serious about protecting corporate interests than protecting the American public and the environment.” But other advocates are less concerned with the direction the Trump administration’s ag appointments appear to be heading. Scott Faber, vice president at the Environmental Working Group, described Leftwich’s past connections to industry as an asset given that many companies, including PepsiCo, are working to better cater their products to consumers’ demand for healthier, more sustainable choices. “He sort of straddles the divide where food companies tend to think the customer’s always right, while many farm lobbyists tend to think the customer’s always wrong,” Faber told HuffPost. Further, the revolving door between lobbying and posts like Leftwich’s isn’t particularly unusual — and that’s true of both Democratic and Republican administrations, according to Ferd Hoefner, policy director at the National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition. While representing NSAC on the hill, Hoefner took part in meetings with Leftwich on the Senate Agriculture Committee, on issues like authorizing a farm-to-school program as part of the 2010 Child Nutrition Act. He described the experience as positive. “Joel certainly is someone who knows how things work,” Hoefner said. “He has a practical side. We may not always agree on positions, but we can certainly easily work together to move things forward.” Still, it will be too early to know exactly what a Trump administration will mean for our food system until the USDA secretary pick is announced. One apparent front-runner, Texas Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller, a Republican, has raised eyebrows for both his temperament and food policy positions. Miller called Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton a “cunt” on Twitter last month, in a tweet he blamed on an error made by a campaign staffer. And he’s been labeled a “king of cupcakes and deep-fried advocate” for his junk food-inclusive approach to school nutrition. Trump’s selection this week of U.S. Rep. Tom Price (R-Ga.) as secretary of health and human services, the agency that oversees the Food and Drug Administration, has also prompted concerns. As Politico reported Wednesday, Price’s congressional record includes voting against the Food Safety and Modernization Act and the Healthy Hunger-Free Kids Act. He also opposed menu labeling rules for convenience stores and grocers under the Affordable Care Act. Still, food advocates are pressing on. Regardless of whom the Trump administration selects as agriculture secretary, Tom Colicchio, celebrity chef and co-founder of the food advocacy group Food Policy Action, emphasized that his organization will push them to “take care of the health of our country across the board.” “We encourage Washington to keep turning the dial forward towards good food policy because that is what consumers want and every American deserves,” Colicchio said in an email. ―-― Joseph Erbentraut covers promising innovations and challenges in the areas of food and water. In addition, Erbentraut explores the evolving ways Americans are identifying and defining themselves. Follow Erbentraut on Twitter at @robojojo. Tips? Email [email protected] -- 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.

01 декабря, 19:01

Givenchy designs tribute to screen icon Audrey Hepburn

ONE of the fashion world’s greatest platonic love stories almost never came to pass, when in the 1950s French couturier Hubert de Givenchy at first refused a request to design for Audrey Hepburn. “When

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01 декабря, 18:39

Tiffany & Co. соорудила бриллиантовый айсберг на витрине

Ювелирный дом Tiffany & Co. представил рождественскую рекламную кампанию и оформление витрин своих магазинов. Их украшиют «бриллиантовый айсберг» и «бриллиантовый город», стилизованная новогодняя елка у Рокфеллер-центра и стол, накрытый для «зимнего пикника» с украшениями вместо деликатесов.

30 ноября, 21:28

5 Frugality Pros Help You Rein in Holiday Spending

The overflowing expectations around the holidays can entice us to spend more than we can afford. Not only do we have bills to face once the decorations are put away, but 43% of respondents to an Experian survey say extra expenses also make the holidays hard to enjoy. Now's the time to plan so your December spirit doesn't lead to January bills. We asked five experts on frugality what they do to avoid holiday overspending. Recognize your triggers Donna Freedman, author of "Your Playbook for Tough Times," says you need to recognize your spending triggers. Are you trying to make the holidays more magical for your family? Can you resist anything but a great a deal? Knowing what drives your spending can help you stop. Here's what she recommends: Carry your list with you even after you've finished shopping. When you see a killer deal or a gift that's "more perfect" than the one you've wrapped up, use the list to remind yourself you're done. Make a game out of spending little or nothing for a gift. Freedman likes things that represent "a stirring tale of thrift." She uses one such gift, a vase with a hole in it, to keep money she finds -- on the ground, in vending machines, wherever -- for giving to charity each holiday season. Consider limiting children to four gifts, asking them to choose "something you want, something you need, something to wear, something to read." It helps children set realistic expectations. Work with a list For Tiffany Aliche, aka "The Budgetnista," step one is making a list of whom you plan to give to and how much you plan to spend. Make sure your gift budget fits into an overall holiday budget that accounts for shipping, decorations, food, travel and entertainment. Her top tips: Check that list twice. It's easy to forget thank-you gifts for coaches, teachers, the letter carrier, party hosts. Decide what you want to give each person. Once the list is set, adjust it as you go to keep planned gifts and your budget in sync. Use technology. "Price-check online before you buy or go in a store," Aliche says. Know your price range for every gift on your list and set up price alerts. One of Aliche's new favorites is the Chrome extension Wikibuy, which looks for better offers as you shop online and applies the best coupon when you check out. Consider making an experience the gift. If you're already planning a holiday outing with a group of friends, can you agree it will be a gift to one another? Match your approach to your values The blogger who writes under the pseudonym Mrs. Frugalwoods says her family's frugality is "larger than the holidays." She notes that while the season is "wonderful and it's fun, it's not an excuse to dip into your emergency fund." Her tips: Decide what's most important and spend accordingly. For her, it's a family gathering. She hosts Thanksgiving and cooks from scratch rather than buying pre-made or going to a restaurant. Shop with gift cards or cash-back rewards. She prefers giving an item rather than a gift card but occasionally passes along gift cards that were given to her. It's regifting at its finest. Let your values be your guide. She favors "small, reasonable gifts" and shopping locally. Know the difference between cost and value Mary Hunt, the author of "Debt-Proof Living," blogs at Everyday Cheapskate. She says it's important to understand that your credit limit is not a license to spend. Try these instead: Shop with cash only; leave your checkbook and credit and debit cards at home. Need more cash? See if you can cut your grocery bill temporarily by using up items in your freezer or pantry, or track down unused gift cards to fund holiday shopping. Know the difference between a gift's value and its cost. A $20 toaster that you found on sale for $8 is still a $20 gift. If you budgeted $20 but paid less, that doesn't mean you owe the recipient $12 more in gifts. Define "gift" more broadly. Can you give your expertise, such as setting up a website for a tech-challenged friend? Do you have a treasured possession to pass on? One of Hunt's favorite gifts was vintage crystal that belonged to her mother-in-law: "She wrapped it up for me for Christmas and got to see me enjoying it, rather than just leaving it to me in her will." Plan for thrift Having a plan is central to being thrifty, says Gary Foreman, founder of The Dollar Stretcher. "If you don't have a plan, you'll overspend," he says, noting that some people don't finish paying for Christmas until April or May. His tips: Subscribe to online price alerts so you'll know about price drops for a specific item or for travel. (And unsubscribe later so continual alerts don't tempt you to spend.) Regifting is OK, especially when you know someone will love something you can't or won't use. The thought really does count, and thoughtful gifts can be inexpensive. One of his favorite gifts came when his daughter tracked down an ethnic bakery to get him some kolaches, Bohemian pastries his grandmother used to make. "Once you have needs met, the gifts that make a difference are the ones that say the giver knows who we are. Those are the best and most memorable gifts," he says. Bev O'Shea is a staff writer at NerdWallet, a personal finance website. Email: [email protected] Twitter: @BeverlyOShea. This article was originally published on NerdWallet. -- 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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30 ноября, 18:10

Company News for November 30, 2016

Companies in the News are: TIF,SCVL,MNTA,THO

30 ноября, 17:32

Can Tiffany's (TIF) Growth Efforts Help it Sustain Momentum?

Tiffany (TIF) looks promising, backed by its significant position in the global jewelry market due to its distinctive brand appeal and robust third-quarter fiscal 2016 results.

30 ноября, 12:43

Американский премаркет: не горизонте идеальный шторм

Вчерашний день начался за здравие, а закончился за упокой. Сначала, действительно, было все хорошо, даже очень хорошо. Вышедшие макроэкономические данные оказались не просто хорошими, а очень-очень хорошими.

30 ноября, 11:31

Азиатские рынки продолжили традиции предыдущих дней

Торги в США завершились незначительным ростом основных индексов.Действия ФРС на ближайшем заседании уже не вызывают сомнений. ВВП США воII квартале вырос на 3,2% по сравнению с предыдущей оценкой на уровне3,0%. Индекс потребительской уверенности Conference Board взлетел вноябре до 107,1 при ожиданиях 101,2. Индексы S&P/Case-Shiller показалипродолжающийся рост цен на недвижимость, а также превышение пиковогодокризисного значения. Однако не все так было радужно на рынке. Хужепрочих торговались сырьевые бумаги, включая нефтяников:Freeport-McMorran (-5,13%), Exxon Mobil (-0,66%), Chevron Corp. (-1,05%). Tiffany & Co. (+3,15%) отчиталась лучше ожиданий за счёт сильного ростапродаж ювелирных изделий в Китае и Японии. "Индекс страха"VIXснизился на 1,9% до 12,90 пунктов. В итоге, DJIA вырос на0,12% до19121,6 пт., S&P 500 - на0,13% до2204,66 пт.

30 ноября, 10:41

Азиатские рынки продолжили традиции предыдущих дней

Торги в США завершились незначительным ростом основных индексов.Действия ФРС на ближайшем заседании уже не вызывают сомнений. ВВП США воII квартале вырос на 3,2% по сравнению с предыдущей оценкой на уровне3,0%. Индекс потребительской уверенности Conference Board взлетел вноябре до 107,1 при ожиданиях 101,2. Индексы S&P/Case-Shiller показалипродолжающийся рост цен на недвижимость, а также превышение пиковогодокризисного значения. Однако не все так было радужно на рынке. Хужепрочих торговались сырьевые бумаги, включая нефтяников:Freeport-McMorran (-5,13%), Exxon Mobil (-0,66%), Chevron Corp. (-1,05%). Tiffany & Co. (+3,15%) отчиталась лучше ожиданий за счёт сильного ростапродаж ювелирных изделий в Китае и Японии. "Индекс страха"VIXснизился на 1,9% до 12,90 пунктов. В итоге, DJIA вырос на0,12% до19121,6 пт., S&P 500 - на0,13% до2204,66 пт.

29 ноября, 23:25

Протестующие против Трампа мешают бизнесу Tiffany

Акции протеста против избранного президента США Дональда Трампа могут серьезно ударить по доходам ювелирного гиганта Tiffany.

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29 ноября, 20:52

Tiffany & Co. Says Increased Security Around Trump Tower Is Hurting Business At Its Flagship Store

Tiffany & Co. Says Increased Security Around Trump Tower Is Hurting Business At Its Flagship Store Post-election, the area around Donald Trumps Fifth Avenue headquarters has been transformed by security checkpoints. For Trump, its a matter of safet

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29 ноября, 19:46

Tiffany & Co.'s Manhattan store finds out the downside of having Trump as a neighbor

The luxury jeweler said sales have suffered at its flagship store amid a steady stream of security-related activity at Trump Tower.

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29 ноября, 19:45

Tiffany & Co.'s Manhattan store finds out the downside of having Trump as a neighbor

The luxury jeweler said sales have suffered at its flagship store amid a steady stream of security-related activity at Trump Tower.

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29 ноября, 19:01

Tiffany & Co. Says Increased Security Around Trump Tower Is Hurting Business At Its Flagship Store

In its third quarter earnings release, Tiffany reported that the wave of protests and security measures that have swept across New York City's Fifth Avenue following Donald Trump's victory in the presidential election have negatively impacted its Fifth Avenue flagship store.

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29 ноября, 17:49

Прибыль Tiffany выросла на 4,5% в третьем квартале

Чистая прибыль компании Tiffany & amp; Co в третьем квартале 2016 финансового года выросла на 4,5% по сравнению с аналогичным периодом прошлого года и составила $95,1 млн. Об этом сообщает RNS. Чистые продажи в третьем квартале возросли на ...

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29 ноября, 17:35

Shares of Tiffany rise 5.8% to $82.93 to lead S&P 500 early gainers

This is a Real-time headline. These are breaking news, delivered the minute it happens, delivered ticker-tape style. Visit www.marketwatch.com or the quote page for more information about this breaking news.

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29 ноября, 17:32

Tiffany (TIF) Beats on Q3 Earnings & Sales; View Intact

Tiffany (TIF) posted the second straight quarter of positive earnings surprise, when it reported third-quarter fiscal 2016 results.

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