Companies are warming up to climate activists

Corporate leadership is proving more receptive to climate activists at shareholder meetings. Climate activists found companies more receptive to steps like cutting emissions and buying clean power this year, a new tally of shareholder resolutions shows. Proponents say the trend undercuts the case for rule changes sought by business groups to make it more difficult to file proxy resolutions at annual shareholder meetings. Of the 145 climate-related proposals filed for this year’s springtime annual shareholder meeting season, 39 percent led to deals for greener policies being struck with corporate top…

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Major US ’roundup’ of undocumented migrants may begin on Sunday

Immigrants say their communities have been ‘in constant fear’ over expected sweep targeting families in major US cities. The Trump administration is moving forward with a nationwide immigration enforcement operation this weekend targeting migrant families, despite loud opposition from Democrats and questions over whether it’s the best use of resources. The operation had been postponed by United States President Donald Trump late last month and would target people with final deportation orders, including families whose immigration cases were fast-tracked by judges in 10 major cities, including Chicago, Los Angeles, New…

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Reasons to celebrate: Where have all these ‘national days’ suddenly come from?

While many designations are quirky, others are beneficial — such as June 23 being National Hydration Day — or historic — Day of the Seafarer, June 25. June 20 was Ugliest Dog Day; the 22nd, National Kissing Day. June is considered the national month for candy, soul food, country cooking and dairy. Every day of every month, in fact, is a reason to focus on and “celebrate” something. While many designations are quirky, others are beneficial — such as June 23 being National Hydration Day — or historic — Day…

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Louisiana braces for first hurricane of the season

Tropical Storm Barry could develop into a Category-1 hurricane as it makes landfall this week, bringing torrential rain. Thousands of residents of the US state of Louisiana broke out sandbags or fled to higher ground Thursday as Tropical Storm Barry threatened to turn into the first hurricane of the season and blow ashore with torrential rains that could pose a severe test of New Orleans’ improved post-Katrina flood defences. National Guard troops and rescue crews in high-water vehicles took up positions around the state as Louisiana braced for the arrival…

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The Debates Were a Mess—but Big Progressive Ideas Were on Stage

A clear and shared vision among Democrats is the only way to compete against “Make America Great Again.” Amid the Democratic primary debate spin out there, one thing that seems agreed on is this: It was a mess. Putting 10 candidates on a stage and giving them 60 seconds to answer questions about public policy isn’t that informative. Who knew? But maybe information wasn’t the point. Given the size of the field—24 as of this writing, including four who had neither the money nor the polling to earn an invite…

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Goodbye, ‘Love Bug’: the Volkswagen Beetle is going extinct

The last of the design classic rolls off production lines. There aren’t many things beloved both by hippies and Nazis. A self-important belief in the righteousness of one’s cause, perhaps? The other would be the Volkswagen Beetle. The original “people’s wagon” – designed by Ferdinand Porsche in the 1930s on the orders of Adolf Hitler – survived its associations with the Third Reich in the years after World War II to become a counterculture classic. United States production of Porsche’s original design finished in the 1970s. By the time manufacture…

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How to become more optimistic

Optimism is an inheritable trait in about 25 percent of individuals; yet, there are many factors such as socioeconomic status that have a bearing on positivity as well. NBC News in August 2017 reported that optimism is an inheritable trait in about 25 percent of individuals; yet, there are many factors such as socioeconomic status that have a bearing on positivity as well. Regardless, glass-half-empty individuals can practice optimism habits to develop a cheerier outlook. Consider these four from the report: 1. Stop equating optimism with happiness. While viewing hardships…

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