California Lawmakers Kill Housing Bill After Fierce Debate

California Lawmakers Kill Housing Bill After Fierce Debate Photo A bill considered by a California State Senate committee aimed to create increased housing density near rail and ferry stops, overriding local zoning codes. Credit Jim Wilson/The New York Times SACRAMENTO — Just before a committee of California state senators voted on a landmark bill to ramp up housing production by overriding local resistance, legislator after legislator talked about a dire affordable-housing crisis that demanded bold action and a marked increase in new building.
Then they killed the bill.
The vote here on Tuesday evening highlighted the emergence of California’s housing and homeless problem — and the fraught question of how to address it — as a potent election-year issue that promises to dominate the state’s politics for years.
The ferocity of that debate was on display throughout a meeting of the State Senate’s Transportation and Housing Committee, which met to vote on a divisive bill that would force ..

Majority of millennials stay in same career as they fear starting from scratch, survey suggests

'Younger workers are searching for greater meaning in their work and a role that will bring them satisfaction and the social impact they are looking for'
The majority of millennials have chosen to stay in one career as many are reluctant to start from scratch, new research suggests.
More than half (53 per cent) of the millennial generation – those born between 1980 and 1999 – have remained in the same job sector, according to a survey by education charity Teach First.
Almost three in ten millennials do not move on as they worry about starting at entry level in a new sector – or they fear that a career change will not work out, the research suggests.
Read more Millennial renters should have German-style tenancy rights The findings buck the stereotype of “footloose” millennials constantly swapping careers, rather than opting for a job for life, and it suggests younger workers have more in common with prior generations, the charity said.
Russell Hobby, CEO of the Teac..

Pret a Manger adverts which claimed it uses natural ingredients banned for being 'misleading'

Complaint was made by food charity Sustain in 2016
The Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) has banned two Pret a Manger ads for making “misleading” claims that the sandwich chain uses natural ingredients.
The ASA received complaints about Pret ads seen in December 2016, the first being a description of the firm on Facebook which stated: “Pret opened in London in 1986. College friends Sinclair and Julian made proper sandwiches avoiding the obscure chemicals, additives and preservatives common to so much of the ‘prepared’ and ‘fast’ food on the market.”
The second ad in question was on the company’s website and contained the phrase “Pret creates handmade natural food… doing the right thing… naturally”, along with repeated uses of the words “good natural food”.
Read more This healthy food delivery service wants to be the new Pret a Manger Food and farming charity Sustain made the complaints on the basis that claims that Pret’s products were natural implied the chain’s food was f..

Costa Coffee pledges to recycle half a billion disposable cups a year

The UK’s largest coffee retailer, Costa Coffee, has committed to recycling half a billion coffee cups a year by 2020 in a landmark act to tackle plastic waste.
The pledge, which amounts to recycling the same volume of cups it puts onto the market, would take a significant chunk out of the 2.5 billion takeaway cups thrown away across the country every year.
Despite often being marked as recyclable, the vast majority of paper coffee cups end up on landfill or being incinerated due to the plastic lining used to make them waterproof.
By paying waste collectors to take coffee cups to specialist facilities, Costa hopes to massively increase the rate at which cups are recycled.
Latte levy: The plastic problem inside your coffee cup Ultimately, all a customer will need to do to ensure their cup avoids landfill is throw it into a standard recycling bin.
The move is the most ambitious so far by a major coffee chain since the start of The Independent’s Cut the Cup Waste campaign.
Launched f..

Aldi tops list of supermarkets stocking most sustainable seafood

Shops selling more Marine Stewardship Council-certified fish than ever in the UK, with sales up 60 per cent in last two years
Aldi stocks the highest proportion of sustainable seafood of any supermarket in the UK, according to new research.
Almost 80 per cent of the German discounter’s seafood range is certified as sustainable by the Marine Stewardship Council.
Iceland and Morrisons were at the bottom of the league table with less than 5 per cent of their seafood range certified sustainable. Marks & Spencer had 19 per cent of its seafood products certified.
Read more Stop eating cod and tuna in favour of sustainable fish, Britons told Supermarkets are now selling more sustainable seafood than ever in the UK, with sales up 60 per cent in the last two years the MSC said.
Sainsbury's came second in the table, stocking more than 200 certified products to make up 76 per cent of its wild seafood range.
​Lidl came third with just over 100 products or 72 per cent of its range. Wa..

Divides Over Trade Scramble Midterm Election Messaging

Divides Over Trade Scramble Midterm Election Messaging Photo Production at a Chinese steel plant. Americans are about evenly split on the steel and aluminum tariffs that President Trump announced last month, according to a survey for The New York Times. Credit China Network/Reuters President Trump’s trade policies enjoy the strong backing of his supporters but are less popular among independents, moderate Republicans and others whose votes could decide control of Congress in the midterm election this fall. That could complicate Republicans’ plans to make their economic record a central argument in their case for re-election.
Over all, Americans are about evenly split on the steel and aluminum tariffs that Mr. Trump announced early last month, according to a survey conducted in early April for The New York Times by the online polling firm SurveyMonkey. Support split mostly along predictable partisan lines, with 78 percent of Republicans supporting Mr. Trump’s tariffs and 74 percent of D..

Starbucks to close all US stores on 29 May for 'racial-bias education'

The move comes on the heels of the arrest of two black men who were waiting at a Philadelphia store
Starbucks has said it will close all its US stores for the afternoon of 29 May while it conducts what it called “racial bias education” in light of the recent arrest of two black men who were waiting in one the coffee giant's Philadelphia locations.
Late last week the two men entered the store wanting to use the bathroom. An employee, whose identity has not been made public, called the police after they saw the men waiting at a table without ordering anything. The two were then arrested for trespassing, with video of it going viral. No formal charges were filed and the employee in question is no longer working at the store.
Starbucks CEO Kevin Johnson called the incident “reprehensible” and met with the two men in Philadelphia to apologise in person. Mr Johnson has not said if the employee was punished for her actions. “I'd like to have a dialogue with [the two black men ..

Entrepreneurs find dating and maintaining social lives hardest things to keep up

Research shows start-ups need an average of £16,309 in order to begin
Maintaining a social life, taking time off for holidays and dating are among the hardest things about starting your own business, a poll has found.
Establishing your business in the marketplace, working weekends and believing in yourself also appeared among the challenges when finally making the decision to “go out on your own”.
The fear of failing, not having as much disposable income, managing finances and being able to drive the recruitment for their business also proved difficult for many of the 500 entrepreneurs surveyed.
Read more The gender pay gap can be even worse for women who are self-employed This is the happiest job to work in, study claims Most older workers will end their careers self-employed “From start-up, to scaling up and then staying ahead, there’s nothing easy about running your own business,” said Hugh Chater, chief commercial officer at Virgin Money which commissioned the study.
“Balan..

Marks & Spencer to close distribution centre, putting 450 jobs at risk

Company already announced in January that it would close up to 14 stores with potential loss of 468 jobs
Marks & Spencer is closing one of its distribution centres in September, putting 450 jobs at risk, the retailer announced on Tuesday.
The facility at Hardwick Grange, near Warrington in Lancashire, will shut as part of a five-year transformation of M&S’ business.
M&S is opening a new distribution centre in Hertfordshire which will be run by DHL. It is also in the process of automating its distribution centre in Bradford which can now handle more capacity, meaning the Lancashire site is no longer needed.
Read more Marks and Spencer appoints former Asda boss Archie Norman as chairman It comes after M&S announced in January that it would close up to 14 stores with the potential loss of 468 jobs. The department store has struggled in recent years, particularly in its clothing division which has faced fierce competition from fast fashion rivals.
Gordon Mowat, a director at M&S sa..