Big Soda Doubles Funding Against Sugary Drink Tax

first_img Tags: election 2016 • Elections Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0% The American Beverage Association California PAC has nearly doubled the money it has contributed to defeat the San Francisco soda tax by adding another $9.1 million this month to the No on V campaign, according to public records. The PAC is the the committee that has been bankrolling No on V campaign. Proposition V is the one-cent-per-ounce tax on sugary beverages like soda that goes before San Francisco voters in November.The early October addition to the PAC’s previous war chest of $9.8 million brings the campaign’s total to $18.9 million, according to San Francisco’s Ethics Commission filings.This is the most raised by a single committee to defeat a San Francisco ballot measure on record. During the November 2015 election, Airbnb spent $9 million to defeat Proposition F, a measure designed to regulate the short-term rental industry. In 2014, soda companies spent $9 million to successfully defeat a tax on sugary beverages in San Francisco. 0%center_img Joe Arellano, a spokesperson for the “No on V: Enough is Enough” campaign, confirmed that the last-minute contributions were made. He pointed to multi-million contributions from Michael Bloomberg, the former governor of New York, when asked why the American Beverage Association California PAC nearly doubled its contributions in the final month leading up to Election Day.“Michael Bloomberg has dropped in nearly $9 million since August 31 and we have 42 state and local measures on the SF ballot all competing for time and attention from voters,” he wrote in an email.Bloomberg has indeed contributed some $9 million to support soda taxes on the ballot in cities around the Bay Area including San Francisco, Oakland and Albany, where the beverage industry has already spent a combined $14 million to defeat them.In San Francisco alone, the “Yes on Proposition V” campaign has raised just over $5 million, with about $2.6 million of that coming in October.Asked about the whopping contribution, “Yes on V” spokesperson Dan Newman wrote in an email that the opposition has “spent tens of millions with no sign of stopping on lies about a so-called ‘grocery tax’ opposed by Bernie Sanders.”“A big gulp of big lies from big soda,” he said.The American Beverage Association PAC, which has been the major backer behind the ‘No on V’ independent expenditure committee, has been consistently receiving money from the likes of The Coca-Cola Company, Dr. Pepper Snapple Group/Motts LLP, PepsiCo, Inc., and Red Bull North America. last_img read more

IT was badged as Saints enter Hell in the prematc

first_imgIT was badged as Saints enter Hell in the pre-match build-up…Yet Nathan Brown’s side did anything but get burned in their third game of the season – dowsing Salford’s fires with an excellent 38-0 victory.They scored six tries including one scorching length of the field effort – as well as being far too mean and physical in defence to allow their hosts a sniff.And they went top of the table as a result.Saints had big performances all over the park with Alex Walmsley and Kyle Amor in particular immense throughout.Luke Walsh and Lance Hohaia had a field day off the back of them and the former helped take Saints out to a 12-0 lead in the first half.He made one and scored one as his side ripped the Devils apart for 20 minutes before Salford came back into it.In the second half, the home side had a right good dig until Mark Percival (2) and Kyle Amor broke their resolve.Anthony Laffranchi also got in on the fun as Saints proved too strong.Saints made two changes from the team that beat Hull FC last week; Gary Wheeler missing out with a dead leg – replaced by Lance Hohaia – and LMS swapping places with Josh Jones.Salford’s line up saw six players with Saints connections – Martin Gleeson, Francis Meli, Tony Puletua, Andy Dixon, Matty Ashurst and Stuart Howarth.After a kick off delay of 15 minutes, a lively start saw Salford get the ball from a Saints knock-on before Luke Walsh carved open the Red Devils’ defence.Both chances came to nothing but a Willie Manu break on six minutes brought points.He made a wonderful run right through the heart of the Devils; Walsh took it up, slipped in Amor who simply offloaded to Jon Wilkin.Walsh converting the try he was very much involved in.Saints didn’t hang about too and scored again almost immediately.That man Walsh sent a great ball out to Jordan Turner who drew in his winger.Seeing the opposition closing him down, Tommy Makinson chipped towards the post and Walsh put down.Adrian Morley entered the fray on 20 minutes and Salford looked a better side for it.Martin Gleeson had a dart down the right and then a penalty gave the home side great field position.But, with the crowd roaring them on, the ball went to ground under some ferocious Saints defence.That work for each other attitude saw Salford struggling to make ground on Saints D and the likes of Wilkin and Walsh were pinning them down in their own zone too.A big 40:20 from the second rower put Saints in good position again, but they couldn’t take advantage.On 33 minutes Salford almost got in. Gareth Hock made the break but the home side blew the chance of feeding Danny Williams earlier for a certain try.It was a let off for the visitors.Saints forced a drop out with two minutes to go and almost turned the screw further.Walsh kicked early on the tackle count and Makinson looked to have got downward pressure over the line.But it was controversially wiped off by the video ref.Saints needed to do the simple stuff well in the second half and after a few lacklustre sets were almost punished.Salford pushed the ball from a penalty and Saints snaffled the loose ball on the last.Ten minutes later they were on the back foot again – but scored a length of the field beauty.The Red Devils forced it on the last with a Tim Smith chip heading across the face of the posts.But Sia Soliola collected it and in a flash he’d fed Mark Percival.The centre cut up the field, found Swift who duly returned the pass for a great try.Walsh off the touchline for 18-0Saints then scored again.Alex Walmsley rampaged through the defence, got the ball away and Roby found Amor. Simple.Walsh added a penalty with less than 18 to go to make it safe before Anthony Laffranchi plunged over from Roby’s inside pass.And as the hooter went the excellent Lance Hohaia showed great feet to bamboozle the defence and send Percival over.Match Summary:Salford: Tries: Goals: Saints: Tries: Wilkin, Walsh, Percival (2), Amor, LaffranchiGoals: Walsh (7 from 7)Penalties: Salford: 4Saints: 6HT: 12-0FT: 38-0REF: Phil BenthamATT: 6353Teams:Salford: 1. Jake Mullaney; 23. Greg Johnson, 3. Martin Gleeson, 5. Francis Meli, 2. Danny Williams; 14. Theo Fages, 7. Tim Smith; 11. Tony Puletua, 9. Tommy Lee, 10. Lama Tasi, 13. Harrison Hansen, 12. Gareth Hock, 16. Andy Dixon.Subs: 8. Adrian Morley, 17. Shannan McPherson, 19. Matty Ashurst, 24. Stuart Howarth.Saints1. Jonny Lomax; 2. Tommy Makinson, 3. Jordan Turner, 22. Mark Percival, 5. Adam Swift; 6. Lance Hohaia, 7. Luke Walsh; 16. Kyle Amor, 9. James Roby, 18. Alex Walmsley, 12. Jon Wilkin, 13. Willie Manu, 4. Josh Jones.Subs: 10. Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook, 11. Sia Soliola, 14. Anthony Laffranchi, 17. Paul Wellens.last_img read more

Second allegation of sexual misconduct surfaces against UNCW soccer coach

first_img According to the letter, the first allegation, which became public knowledge last month, was made in 2007 regarding a 1994 incident. The New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office investigated and no charges were filed. UNCW Police was not notified about the investigation.The 2007 complaint resurfaced when the alleged victim filed a Title IX complaint with UNCW.The second allegation arose in May of 2004 when a young woman emailed a member of the Athletic Department alleging sexual misconduct by Cairney.Related Article: Service dog helps put children at ease when visiting the dentistHer email was forwarded to University administrators, who did not report the matter to UNCW Police or any other law enforcement agency. David’s letter states the matter was closed by the administration after one week. Attorneys for UNCW rediscovered the 2004 email while preparing the Title IX response. They notified UNCW Police, who notified David.David says on February 2, he reached out to the Sheriff’s Office and requested the file of their 2007 investigation. He and prosecutors met with UNCW Police to review the internal investigation of the 2004 complaint.Now that both allegations have come to light, David feels that a comprehensive investigation is warranted.David says the safety of UNCW students is top priority, so if the investigation uncovers any current threat to the safety of the campus community, Chief Donaldson should be notified directly at the first instance.The letter confirms that Chief Donaldson and Sheriff Ed McMahon joined the DA’s office in the request for assistance.Patty McQuillan with the State Bureau of Investigation confirms the SBI is currently investigating.We reached out to UNCW spokeswoman Janine Iamunno to ask why UNCW administrators did not alert campus police to the email from 2004 and whether this is normal procedure. She said UNCW can not answer those questions as they pertain to an ongoing personnel inquiry.“UNCW’s Title IX investigation remains open and ongoing,” Iamunno wrote in an email. “As part of that investigation, the university continues to review the way the 2004 matter was addressed.  We are fully cooperating with the SBI and have no further comment at this time.”Cairney remains on paid administrative leave. WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — A letter New Hanover County District Attorney Ben David sent the State Bureau of Investigation regarding UNCW Women’s Soccer Coach Paul Cairney reveals a second woman accused the Cairney of sexual misconduct.The letter reveals UNCW Police Chief David Donaldson contacted the district attorney regarding two reports of sexual misconduct against the soccer coach.- Advertisement – last_img read more

Southport officials break open meeting law

first_img00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave Settings SOUTHPORT, N.C. (WWAY) —  City leaders in Southport violated open meeting laws, as they scrambled to discuss the arrest of their police chief Thursday.“I knew that we needed some protection in our town and I knew that the Sheriff was there,” Dove said.- Advertisement – While Southport city leaders made sure there was still law enforcement after putting their entire police force on leave – they appear to have broken the law themselves. Their meeting Thursday to discuss the situation violated state open meeting law because they failed to notify the media. Things unfolded in a matter of hours and officials said they wanted to tread lightly.“They kind of didn’t want any information leaked anyway, so you can see our problem there,” Dove said.Southport Mayor Jerry Dove says officials did not purposely leave the media or the public in the dark, but they tried to handle the case carefully.Related Article: Southport city leaders hire firm to conduct audit on police departmentSouthport City Manager Bruce Oakley was working side by side with Dove the whole time. He explained Friday why they did not send out an alert.“We were supposed notify the media immediately after we set the meeting. Unfortunately, due to what was going on here, we could not use our computers to make any notifications,” Oakley said.Dove says they acted as professionally as they could, and they did not want to hide anything from people.“You can see the problem there, that if we have an emergency, what if this happened at midnight, at 12 o’clock. If we had to have an emergency meeting then, sometimes we can’t get a hold of the newspaper to notify them. But believe me, we’re not trying to run from you. We’re not trying to keep anything from you, and we didn’t,” Dove said.Oakley and Dove say the community was their first priority in every decision they made, but in extreme cases like these Oakley says they have to make an executive decision.The City of Southport has notified us of their next meeting on Wednesday.last_img read more

State Board McCready request Mark Harriss lawsuit be denied

first_imgThe attorneys argue that the NCSBE does not need to have an official protest filed in order to investigate.They also targeted the specific request by Harris’s attorneys to have NCSBE Executive Director Kim Strach to certify the race. Board attorneys argued that the board is under no legal obligation to certify the results while an investigation is underway and that only the board can certify, not Strach. WAKE COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — Today the battle over North Carolina’s lone open Congressional district goes even deeper into court.The State Board of Elections and Democratic candidate Dan McCready responded in court to Mark Harris, the unofficial winner, who asked a court to step in.- Advertisement – The investigation into voting irregularities in Bladen county still holds this race in limbo.Now that there will not be a new State Board of Elections until the end of the month, the election has gone to court. However, the State and McCready hope it goes no further.Republican Mark Harris remains firm that he belongs in Washington regardless of the alleged voter fraud that has been gathered by the state in the 2018 race.“We again believe that I should be certified,” said Harris outside of an interview he was having with state investigators hours before he filed the writ.Related Article: Cooper vetoing bill with congressional race redoOne of the key points his attorneys made to a Wake County judge in a petition to be certified was the simple vote margin from November.“We don’t believe the number of ballots in question would change the outcome of this election,” said Harris to a press pool of reporters.Harris’s attorneys also point out that no recount nor protest was ever filed over the election outcome. They submitted a writ of mandamus to the court January 3rd.On Monday, the State Board and McCready’s attorneys had their chance to talk.Both groups asked for a denial of Harris’s request.McCready’s attorneys make the claim that Harris’s request, “fails to satisfy even one –let alone all — of the legal requirements.”They went on the say the writ is only granted in “extraordinary” circumstances and with no other options available.McCready’s lawyers argues that the other alternative is for the investigation to continue and a public hearing of the evidence needs to take place.The request requires Harris prove that he has a legal right to the congressional office. Furthermore, to prove that the State Board has failed to do its job as well as show that there’s no way to fix it but to have a judge decide.Harris’s attorneys cite a 2017 case where a judge made the opinion that the, “the inability of the State Board to act is effectively considered to be a denial by the State Board.” Harris’s attorneys say that is the exact situation. They say his election certification has been indirectly denied and have requested an appeal of that indirect decision to the court.The State Board attorneys, including the Attorney General’s Office, say Harris has failed to establish any basis for the request.They continuously cite the board’s mission statement to, “assure that an election is determined without taint of fraud or corruption and without irregularities.”center_img The court is now working to determine an official hearing date for Harris’s caselast_img read more

Could downtown Wilmington see even more development in coming years

first_img Several years ago, the city bought several pieces of land on North Front St.The proposal includes plans for a visitor’s center or public space, commercial space and residential units. WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Downtown Wilmington has been a fast-growing spot in the city over the last few years, but could we see some more new projects added to that list?At the Wilmington City Council meeting on Tuesday, officials plan to discuss development proposals for several pieces of property downtown.- Advertisement – last_img read more

Turkey says second ship set to drill off Cyprus

first_img <a href=’;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’;cb={random}&amp;n=ab2c8853&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a> FILE PHOTO – Turkish Minister of Energy Fatih Donmez speaks during a ceremony to mark the completion of the sea part of the TurkStream gas pipeline, in Istanbul, Turkey November 19, 2018. REUTERS/Murad SezerFILE PHOTO – Turkish Minister of Energy Fatih Donmez speaks during a ceremony to mark the completion of the sea part of the TurkStream gas pipeline, in Istanbul, Turkey November 19, 2018. REUTERS/Murad Sezer A second Turkish drillship will begin drilling for oil and natural gas in the eastern Mediterranean within a week, Turkey’s energy minister said, in a move which that could strain ties with Cyprus over jurisdiction rights for exploration.Last month, European Union leaders warned Turkey to end its gas drilling in disputed waters or face action from the bloc, after Greece and Cyprus pressed other EU states to speak out.Turkey already has a ship off Cyprus and Cyprus issued arrest warrants for its crew in June.The second drilling ship, Yavuz, is currently at the port of Mersin doing final tests and taking on supplies, Energy Minister Fatih Donmez was quoted as saying by Turkish state news agency Anadolu.Ankara, which does not have diplomatic relations with Cyprus, claims that certain areas in Cyprus’s offshore maritime zone, known as an EEZ, fall under the jurisdiction of Turkey or of Turkish Cypriots, who have their own breakaway state in the north of the island which is recognised only by Turkey.“God willing, within a week Yavuz will begin drilling in the Eastern Mediterranean, in Carpasia (peninsula), in the area where we have got a licence from the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus” said Donmez.Cyprus was divided in 1974 after a Turkish invasion triggered by a brief Greek-inspired coup. Several peacemaking efforts have failed and the discovery of offshore resources has complicated the negotiations.WhatsApp SharePrintlast_img read more

Apples cheaper Plastic iPhone to be called iPhone 5C

first_imgAdvertisement While rumours are rife about Apple launching a new low cost variant of the iPhone, it’s still not known what the purported phone will be called.However, a new leaked photograph of plastic retail packaging that appeared on a Chinese website shows white plastic boxes marked ‘iPhone 5C’ complete with the Apple logo. It’s hard to confirm if the packaging boxes are genuine, or whether they’re being made for Apple’s upcoming low-cost iPhone. – Advertisement – What’s more, some sites are reporting that the C could stand for “color,” as the budget phone is reported to come in a variety of hues..Nowhereelse notes that the user who uploaded the image on WeiPhone also mentioned the device in an earlier forum post.Based on previous rumors, the budget handset is expected to look like a combination of the iPhone 5, the latest iPod touch and the iPod classic.Apple has not confirmed reports about the rumored budget iPhone.Credit: NDTVlast_img read more

Github to redesign its code repositories

first_imgAdvertisement GitHub has revealed that in two weeks, it will be rolling out a redesign for all its source code repositories online.The redesign will improve on the performance of repo pages, revealed GitHub director of design Mark Otto in a blog post.One of the most visible changes is that the right rail is going away for the most part, leaving more room for files, issues, and pull requests. – Advertisement – “The collapsing side menu is now a single, always present navigation at the top of every page within a repository,” Otto wrote.“This improves accessibility, makes navigating more coherent, and allows you to always see the labels for each tab without requiring tooltips.”Another change is hidden. The new protocol switcher shows “explicit menu items with explanatory text for each cloning method instead of simple text links,” Otto wrote.The image above is a preview of the new design.last_img read more

Uganda Communications Commission Toughens on Local Content Prioritization

first_imgUCC House in Bugolobi, Kampala Advertisement The Uganda Communications Commission (UCC) has issued strict guidelines to all broadcasters (Radio and television) requiring them to prioritize Ugandan local content.In the guidelines, the commission has reiterated that 70% of programming during prime time should be given Ugandan content, along with other quotas for the different programs.The move which was launched earlier in 2013 received little compliance from broadcasters as foreign content continues to dominate most television programming. – Advertisement – The little compliance is measured to have been one of the reasons why the commission had to reecho the order although no penalty has been specified for non-complying entities.“In recognition of the role local content plays in promoting national development, UCC set local content quotas which all broadcasters must comply with,” read one of the tweets made by UCC.Local content will promote national culture & diversity,enhance employmt capacity,identity of nationals & develop our local film industry.4.— UCC (@UCC_Official) January 23, 2017Of the 70% content required, 50% must feature drama, comedy and reality show programs, 10% will be reserved for local documentary programs, 5% for sports and 5% for children’s programs.70% of programming during prime time shd be Ugandan content.5.@Pamankunda @nbstv @bbstvug @UrbanTVUganda @ntvuganda @DeltaTVUganda— UCC (@UCC_Official) January 23, 2017The commission argues that once followed, the move will help promote national culture and develop Uganda’s local film industry.[related-posts]“Given the cultural and linguistic diversity of Uganda, it’s important that broadcasting stations in the country emphasise content relevant to the local audience and produced under Uganda’s creative control,” said UCC via a tweet.Given the cultural & linguistic diversity of Ug. it’s imp tht broadcasting stations in the ctry…2@nbstv @ntvuganda @bukeddetv @bbstvug— UCC (@UCC_Official) January 23, 2017“Local content will promote national culture and diversity, enhance employment capacity, identity of nationals and develop our local film industry.”last_img read more