For major carriers in the country have joined the national campaign against the plastic epidemic by becoming part of the Vietnam Zero Waste Alliance. Vietnam Airlines said they have starte using paper cups and biodegradable alternatives for trash bags and blanket wraps. The national carrier said in a press release that it is also opting for other go-green materials for their in-flight products, including non-woven fabric and bioplastic made with wheat or corn flour. "The change will be permanent, and we are working on a step-by-step blueprint for the long-term shift," a Vietnam Airlines representative said. But it will not be a sweeping change all at once, "since eco-friendly products in Vietnam are still quite scarce and expensive," the representative said. The airline is currently working with a manufacturer in Vietnam who supplies such products to Japan and Europe. Newcomer Bamboo Airways already sent its first "green" flight to the sky on June 5. The flight from Hanoi to the … [Read more...] about Four Vietnam carriers get on board with plastic fight
Prisoners count. But where? That's a question state lawmakers across the country are grappling with as the 2020 census approaches. Washington Gov. Jay Inslee, a 2020 Democratic presidential candidate, signed a billTuesday to make his state the latest to require that prisoners be counted at their pre-incarceration addresses instead of where they're serving time. That legislation is important, advocates of the change say, because the Census Bureau currently counts prisoners as residents of the places where they're imprisoned, and states use the census data to draw up their legislative maps. But because the majority of America's more than 2 million inmates are imprisoned temporarily and can't vote while in jail, the counting method can unconstitutionally inflate the voting power of residents in the legislative districts where prisons are located while diluting it everywhere else, the advocates say. That's especially a problem in sparsely populated areas with large prisons, they say. While … [Read more...] about Will ‘prison gerrymandering’ be the next big fight?
Bigger fights await Pacquiao after ThurmanFilipino ring hero Manny Pacquiao, already 40 years old and in his 24th year of a legendary prizefighting career, is still the same Manny Pacquiao of old, gearing to fight and fight the best. At his age, the only human being to have won boxing championships after boxing championships in eight weight divisions, is considered at the twilight of his career and would’ve been enjoying the luxury picking opponents of lesser-caliber. But that’s not our Manny. Only a week ago, the WBA regular welterweight belt-holder who has had many epic fights in his 61-7-2 win-loss-draw records spiked with 39 KOs in a successful 24-year fight game, announced that he will facing undefeated WBA “super” 147-pound titlist Keith Thurman (29-0, 22 KOs) next. The Pacquiao vs Thurman title fight set for July 20 at a venue still to be named, but possibly MGM Grand in Las Vegas, site of many of his classic encounters that made him a global icon.Part of … [Read more...] about Bigger fights await Pacquiao after Thurman
By Tim Dahlberg Published 3:31 pm PDT, Friday, May 3, 2019 LAS VEGAS — Canelo Alvarez owns both big Mexican holiday weekends in this gambling town, along with a contract that could make him one of the richest athletes in the world. He’ll own everything at 160 pounds, too, if he can get past Daniel Jacobs in an intriguing middleweight title unification fight Saturday night. Just another big fight for Alvarez, who doesn’t like to back away from a good challenge. “Every single one of my fights is important,” Alvarez said this week. “Every single fight marks history for me. He (Jacobs) is the second best middleweight in the world, so it’s another step in that direction, to keep writing my history.” What would ordinarily be a big pay-per-view fight on Cinco de Mayo weekend on the Las Vegas Strip will be an experiment in the possible new future of boxing as Alvarez meets Jacobs in a fight that will be streamed on DAZN. Fans … [Read more...] about Big contract in hand, Canelo Alvarez looks for a big win
VARANASI: The Election Commission on Wednesday rejected the nomination of Samajwadi Party Lok Sabha candidate Tej Bahadur Yadav from Varanasi for failing to submit the required certificate from the poll panel in his response to a notice served to him on Tuesday over discrepancies in the two forms filed by him on April 24 and April 29. Tej Bahadur had been given time till 11am on Wednesday to submit documents to explain the discrepancy. District election officer Surendra Singh examined the papers and reply in the presence of an EC representative in the afternoon and announced the rejection of Tej Bahadur’s nomination. “Tej Bahadur has stated he was dismissed from GoI service on April 19, 2017, and a period of five years has not elapsed… A person dismissed from service from state or central governments in the last five years must obtain a certificate from the EC that he or she has not been dismissed due to disloyalty to the state or corruption. The certificate … [Read more...] about Tej Bahadur Yadav: Axed BSF jawan barred from Varanasi big fight