Ethical trends

first_imgRetail sales of Fairtrade products in 2007 were worth £493m, up a staggering 81% on 2006 sales of £273m, according to the Fairtrade Foundation.Sales have been increasing by over 40% year-on-year since 2002. Tea and coffee sales, in particular, have shown dramatic rises. Fairtrade coffee sales rose 24% to over £117m last year, while Fairtrade tea rose 24% to just over £30m. Fairtrade tea should account for one-tenth of all tea sold in the UK by the end of 2008.The figures were released by the Fairtrade Foundation, to coincide with Fairtrade Fortnight, which lasts until 9 March. Harriet Lamb, executive director of the Fairtrade Foundation, said: “After years of chipping away, Fairtrade supporters are finally beginning to make a significant impression on the way companies trade. Increasing numbers of people in the UK are buying Fairtrade goods as a practical action to tackle poverty in the developing world. But the scale and level of poverty worldwide demands that we all play our part to scale up Fairtrade. That means more companies offering more Fairtrade products and the public putting those Fairtrade goods in their shopping baskets.”Over 10,000 events across the UK have taken place during Fairtrade Fortnight, aimed at building awareness of how small changes in shopping habits can make big differences to producers around the world.last_img read more

Which Broadway Star Should Host Saturday Night Live?

first_img Star Files View Comments The staff is crazy for Culturalist, the website that lets you choose and create your own top 10 lists. Every week, we’re challenging you with a new Broadway-themed topic to rank.On October 8, Lin-Manuel Miranda will join the ranks of Nathan Lane, Bernadette Peters, Matthew Broderick and more Broadway stars who have hosted the legendary Saturday Night Live. In addition to dreaming up five things we’d love to see him do on the iconic comedy show, we’ve been thinking of other Great White Way faves we want to watch host. Who would you want to see take the stage live from New York on a Saturday night? Senior Editor Imogen Lloyd Webber kicked things off with her top 10. Now it’s your turn!STEP 1—SELECT: Visit Culturalist to see all of your options. Highlight your 10 favorites.STEP 2—RANK & PUBLISH: Click “rearrange list” to order your selections. Click the “publish” button.Once your list is published, you can see the overall rankings of everyone on the aggregate list.Pick your favorites, then tune in for the results next week on!center_img Lin-Manuel Mirandalast_img read more

Two thirds of West Java residents need COVID-19 aid amid policy ‘injustice’, governor says

first_imgRidwan said the central government had the wrong perspective on aid policy; it had allocated budgets based on the number of regions in a province, not on the size of its population.As a result, he said, the funds allocated for West Java – with a population of more than 49 million, according to the Central Statistics Agency (BPS) – such as the village funds, were less than those for other provinces with smaller populations, thereby impeding relief efforts.“There is fiscal injustice in the way the central government is providing funds to the regions. The size of the population is never used as a benchmark. [West Java] really felt [the impact] when COVID-19 hit,” he said.During the discussion, Ridwan called for solidarity and sensitivity to ensure mutual support during the economic crisis. He asked the community to embrace the spirit of Ramadan to do charitable work. The COVID-19 economic downturn has caused two thirds of West Java residents to need assistance, governor Ridwan Kamil has said, while criticizing the central government for mistaken calculations in aid policy.During a recent webinar held by the West Java Development Institute, Ridwan pointed out that the number of residents in need of aid had increased to 38 million from the initial 9.4 million, with the majority living in the southern part of the province.“So, ladies and gentlemen, about two thirds of people in West Java are asking for support from the government at the moment,” Ridwan said in the online discussion as quoted by Antara on Thursday. “We can change the narrative of social emergency to social solidarity. Moreover, this is the month of Ramadan, the month of blessings, the month of support,” he said.The West Java administration has been conducting 2,000 polymerase chain reaction (PCR) tests daily in 15 laboratories and is prioritizing testing in crowded places, such as traditional markets.Ridwan said the number patients being treated for COVID-19 at hospitals in the province – the second hardest hit after Jakarta – had decreased to about 300 in the first week of May from about 400 at the end of April. He said the number of recoveries had doubled.As of Friday, West Java had confirmed 1,404 cases with 92 fatalities, according to the central government’s count.“We hope this positive trend can be maintained,” he said. (syk)Topics :last_img read more

Bundesliga opener: Bayern to face Schalke without fans, Coman, Alcantara

first_img Promoted Content8 Things That Will Happen If An Asteroid Hits Earth2020 Tattoo Trends: Here’s What You’ll See This Year9 Facts You Should Know Before Getting A TattooHere Are The Top 10 Tiniest Mobile Phones On The Planet!Who Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?What Happens To Your Brain When You Play Too Much Video Games?Is This The Most Delicious Food In The World?7 Things That Actually Ruin Your Phone7 Universities Where Getting An Education Costs A Hefty PennyCan Playing Too Many Video Games Hurt Your Body?The Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read MoreWhat Is A Black Hole And Is It Dangerous For Us All? Read Also: Real Madrid snub move for Tottenham star “We’re on the right track and I expect the team to keep it up. We face opponents who are looking for their chances,” said Flick. Germany winger Leroy Sane is set to make his Bayern debut after signing from Manchester City while Schalke will be without injured defenders Matija Nastasic and Salif Sane. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Bayern are also without Coman who scored the winner in the Champions League final but is now self-isolating after coming into contact with someone infected with Covid-19. “He won’t play,” confirmed Flick, who said Coman has already returned “three or four” negative tests for the virus. Flick hopes to have the France international back for Bayern’s UEFA Super Cup showdown against Europa League holders Sevilla next Thursday in Budapest. That match is due to go ahead even with the Hungarian capital on the German government’s risk list. Despite the off-field distractions, Bayern are focused on picking up where they left off last season. They ended the campaign on an all-conquering 21-match winning run, which they aim to extend against cash-strapped Schalke, whose mounting debts were exacerbated by the coronavirus pandemic. Loading… Bayern Munich must host Schalke behind closed doors in today’s opening game of the new Bundesliga season as the defending champions begin their hunt for a ninth straight league title minus playmaker Thiago Alcantara and with Kingsley Coman in quarantine. On Thursday, it was confirmed that Spain midfielder Alcantara is joining Liverpool, meaning Bayern have lost four of the squad which won last month’s Champions League final. Ivan Perisic, Philippe Coutinho and Alvaro Odriozola have returned to Inter Milan, Barcelona and Real Madrid respectively after their loan deals expired. After seven league titles in as many years with Bayern, Alcantara’s farewell was “very emotional”, said coach Hansi Flick. “Everyone was sad when he said goodbye.” The European champions, who won the treble last season, still hope to make fresh signings before the transfer window closes on October 5. Bayern Munich manager Hansi Flick “Things are currently very tight, but we don’t want to complain,” Flick said referring to squad numbers. There was more bad news as plans to welcome a limited crowd of 7,500 to the Allianz Arena were blocked by the mayor of Munich, because of a rising rate of coronavirus infections. However, set numbers of fans are expected for the first time since March at other Bundesliga matches over the weekend. The individual crowd numbers will depend on permission from each club’s local health authority.last_img read more