Legislators across the country have been struggling to find answers to the issue. Recently, San Francisco became the first major U.S city to ban oil-based plastic bags, requiring shoppers to use paper, biodegradable or canvas bags instead. The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors also is considering a similar ban, an effort to deal with the 6 billion plastic grocery bags used in the county each year. “Consumers tend to think of plastic bags as being free, but they are really costly for the environment,” said Bryan Early, a policy associate for the environmental group Californians Against Waste. Early, who focuses on plastic waste, said AB 2449, passed in 2006, will go in effect July 1, forcing all major grocery stores to brand their plastic bags with the message, “Please reuse me.” Stores will also be bound to have reusable bags for sale. “The good thing about this legislation is that it’s taking this first step and really bringing to mind the idea of reusing bags,” Early said. “Hopefully, in the climate we are in of environmental awareness people, realize that these little things we can do really add up to make a difference.” Gail Swanlund, a CalArts faculty member and adviser to Jaster on his project, said graphic design artists have really begun to be more aware of their powers to create change. “Graphic design is a really powerful tool,” Swanlund said. “It’s very engaging on a personal level.” A year and a half ago, Jaster decided he wanted to combine his design skills with his desire for social change by placing bright yellow, blue and green “reuse” graphics on paper bags that he handed out at his local Ralphs market. Jaster’s efforts got him recognition in the art world, and got his work displayed in several art galleries. But he said as time went on, he felt he needed to do more. “I began to wonder what I really achieved. I wanted to prevent the project from becoming a one-liner.” This new tote bag project will bring Jaster back to his regular market. Growing up in communist East Germany until the Berlin Wall crumbled when he was 11, Jaster said his upbringing was definitely different than most Americans his age. “I was not deprived, but it was an environment where you made the most of every little thing you had,” Jaster said. Jaster remembers how amazed he was with the wealth in America when he came here as an exchange student at 16. Grocery bags in particular were always interesting to him because back home, both before and after the fall of the Berlin Wall, the sacks were washed and rinsed after every use. In most European countries, taxes on disposable bags are already levied. “That definitely makes people bring their own bag,” Jaster said with a smirk. As he prepped himself days before the bag event, Jaster admitted he was nervous, but said he’d be happy if just a few were moved by his message. “I am not trying to persuade anyone to change the law. I just want to talk to shoppers directly and let them know they have a lot of power to opt out of a crazy, wasteful habit.” email@example.com (661) 257-5254160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! “This is a gesture, a provocation for thought,” Jaster said. “Most conservation efforts go back to the same question, paper or plastic, but they are just confusing the issue with a choice when the real answer is: neither.” His idea is to give a small group of people “sexy bags” that they’ll look forward to using for shopping instead of disposable ones. By taking the bags, the shoppers must agree to use them for at least six months. “This is an ecological intervention that forces people to stop and consider what they are doing to the environment,” Jaster said. Every year, Americans consume more than 100 billion disposable shopping bags – that is 1 million bags a minute. While paper bags traditionally have been looked at as the more eco-friendly option – they are biodegradable and can be recycled, they are made from trees and once used, break down in landfills. Plastic bags are made with petroleum products and end up filling drains, or worse, washing up on ocean shores. VALENCIA – If you see him toiling away by the sewing machine, all this German-born graphic design student asks is that you stop by and chat. His message: Neither paper nor plastic. To celebrate Earth Day, Roman Jaster will be handing out 40 handmade sacks today to shoppers at Ralphs grocery in Valencia’s Granary Square. Jaster, a graphic design student at nearby California Institute of the Arts, said this living art project is his personal crusade against bag waste.
“It’s time to reach out”Kamal NathKAMAL NATH UNION MINISTER FOR COMMERCE & INDUSTRYGlobalisation means different things to different people. It means different things to different professions. It means different things to different countries. There are two distinct views on what globalisation means-to the farmer in Burkina Faso and the farmer,”It’s time to reach out”Kamal NathKAMAL NATH UNION MINISTER FOR COMMERCE & INDUSTRYGlobalisation means different things to different people. It means different things to different professions. It means different things to different countries. There are two distinct views on what globalisation means-to the farmer in Burkina Faso and the farmer in the United States. Nevertheless, globalisation does have a common message: geography is history.When we embarked on globalisation, the challenge before us was: what is the model we follow? And the lesson we learnt was that there is no model for India. We had to globalise. And when we talk about our economic reforms, we, in other words, talk of globalisation, we discuss how we are going to engage with the global economy. Today we have seen the mass of economic activity shifting from the Atlantic Ocean to the Indian Ocean. People talk about outsourcing and loss of jobs. It is not outsourcing that led to loss of jobs, it was technology. The new global social architecture is driven by globalisation and technology. At the heart of globalisation lies global competitiveness. If India hadn’t been engaged with the global economy, we would have never reached the competitive levels we have reached today. It’s this great change which took place in a calibrated manner.LET’S ENSURE GLOBALISATION REACHES THE 300 MILLION PEOPLE WHO LIVE ON LESS THAN A DOLLAR PER DAY. But does globalisation affect the lives of 300 million people who live on less than one dollar a day? What do we tell the thousands of villagers who have never ever heard the ring of a landline telephone when we talk about six million new cell phone connections a day? To them, to our villagers, globalisation is still an abstract concept. If I go to my district, I cannot talk of globalisation to people. Their worry is about getting their children into school, about health care and power. And in a democracy, as you know, you will be sent packing home if you are going to talk a language which people do not relate to. So that is the challenge before us today.Take the controversy on SEZs and the political furore in some parts of the country. SEZs are simply an industrial cluster with an infrastructure meant for exports. You don’t require experts to tell you that land has to be there for industry. But when you want to acquire land, it has to be in a fair, equitable, all-inclusive manner, Today 10 people depend on one hectare of land. Unless their subsistence needs of income and livelihood are addressed there would be no equity and no sustainability in globalisation.advertisementAnd that is the biggest challenge of globalisation today. And here we have now voices, voices emerging. The greatest champions of globalisation-particularly the US-are now talking about guarding themselves against this rampant globalisation. India, on the other hand, is now engaging with the world saying we need to globalise. India has to globalise. It is not only that the world’s perception about India has changed. Our own perception about ourselves is changing. We no more talk about better lives for our children and grand children. We talk of better life in our own lifetime. That is the new-found confidence which globalisation has brought about in India. And we need to ensure that this process of globalisation reaches out.”Is it sustainable?”Clyde PrestowizCLYDE PRESTOWIZ PRESIDENT, ECONOMIC STRATEGY INSTITUTE, WASHINGTON D.C.Let me give you a personal example about doing business in a flat world. Last weekend my son who is a software developer asked me if I would co-invest in a snow removing business? He explained that the company had all the equipment and contracts and a monopoly. I asked why invest in a snow removing business? After all he studied computer science. He said, “Don’t you get it? The snow is here and they can’t move it to India, it can’t be outsourced.” Another time I had to be taken to a hospital as they thought I was having a stroke. It was about three in the morning and they did a brain scan. There were two interesting facts: I had a brain and that the scan was being read online in Bangalore. My radiologist had been outsourced.So, this is doing business in the so-called flat world. But, it raises obvious questions about where is all this going. If the radiologists are all going to be in Bangalore and the software is all going to be done in Bangalore and the manufacturing is all going to be done in China, where is this going? It is a fascinating question. Countries are doing studies, benchmarking against others on competitiveness and finding new technologies. And they have got prime ministerlevel committees and cabinet committees and all their business communities are focusing on what they are going to do to compete in the future, because they are scared to death of the challenge being posed by India, by China, by the rest of the developing world and the question is, you know: what are we going to do?advertisementCompetitiveness is important but we need to be just as concerned about access to markets. And, in fact, the world is much less flat than we have been admitting. I also want to turn to something that I think is, in a way, much more significant and much more dangerous. As we look at the tremendous benefits that globalisation is generating right now today, think about how sustainable the current situation is. Will the Americans be able to indefinitely consume more than they produce? Will the Chinese, the Japanese and the OPEC indefinitely buy the American treasury bonds to finance their exports to the US? Will the dollar remain the world’s currency? Will oil be priced in dollars in ten years? Will semiconductors be sold in dollars in ten years? Is this sustainable? Nobody knows the answer to this but that it is something that those of us who are benefiting from and promoting globalisation, should be addressing.DiscussionQ. You spoke about inclusive growth, particularly for the rural farm workers. At the same time, the developed world, specially the US is unlikely to cut subsidies. How does this balance out? Nath: When I was talking about structural flaws, one of the greatest structural flaws in the world trade is agriculture and the flaw in agriculture is huge subsidies given by the European Union and the United States amounting to almost $1 billion per day. Just the US has subsidies of $75 billion to agriculture. Take cotton. We import about $500 mn of cotton and convert to yarn and garments and sell it to the US. But there is also subsidised wheat, rice, meat, soya etc. Unless the issue of subsidies is resolved the impasse will continue. Without this it won’t be trade or trade flow but subsidies flow. The competition is not the US farmer but the US Treasury.Q. The unstoppable consumption by the US citizens is also putting a huge load on the sustainability of the planet. They won’t sign Kyoto protocol but want others to curb energy consumption. How will this play out in the long run? Prestowitz: I think it is an even more daunting and challenging issue. The US accounts for about five percent of global population and 30-33 percent of global consumption. So, you can justly criticise the profligacy and the hypocrisy of the US. But you are still left with the problem as nobody tells the US anything as everybody wants to sell to the Americans. I think we need a global solution because if the rest of the world did nothing there will be a global financial crisis.advertisementQ. It is profitable for the US to produce less and import from the outside world. That enables them to free resources for technology driven growth. How will consumption reduce if they remain net consumers? Prestowitz: Any economy needs consumers and producers. You can’t have an economy where there is no consumption, no production. The difficulty I see in the world economy today is that there is a kind of lack of consumers. In the US, there are no savings; we are financing our consumption by importing foreign capital. So, effectively Americans are mortgaging their future or the future of their children. The way the US is borrowing today, if it was an individual it would have been bankrupt. Ditto if it was a corporate. What would happen if East Asian countries do not politically support the United States? Suppose they manage their currency. It may so happen that the dollar would get devalued. What will happen? Will there be imbalance in the world? Paul Walker, the former chairman of the Federal Reserve recently predicted a 75 percent chance of a global financial crisis within the next four years. I believe that the dollar will devalue between 50 and 70 percent on a traded basis, sometime within the next 5-7 years. China as you know is putting together an investment fund in order to begin investing its reserves in something other than the US treasury bills. And all of that suggests to me an eventual move away from the dollar.
Square Enix’s Marvels Avengers game got a longer look at San Diego Comic-Con. Square Enix One month after the mixed response Marvel’s Avengers received at E3 2019, the Square Enix game got a longer look from fans during the Marvel Games Hall H panel at San Diego Comic-Con on Thursday.About 20 minutes of gameplay footage was shown, taking place during the same San Francisco disaster first seen at E3 2019 but also showing substantial gameplay with each of the characters. The footage was screened for Comic-Con attendees very early, as it’s not set to hit the internet until one week after Gamescom in August.Starting off with Thor, the thunder god uses God of War-style moves to dispatch baddies with his hammer. The guy sounds a bit arrogant. He rescued one civilian while saying something that sounded like “Lucky for you, I am mighty,” while the civilian just responds with “Thank you Thor.”Most interestingly was a moment where Thor was able to electrocute several armed men, lifting them off the ground at the same time — reminiscent of a Jedi power from Star Wars.The demo in general emphasizes all the punches and explosions, including as gameplay shifts over to Tony Stark, who in this level is seen flying around a deteriorating Golden Gate Bridge and firing away at enemies flying around the bridge.The game then shifts to Bruce Banner as he leaps out of the plane that Black Widow is flying, transforming into Hulk for lots and lots of Hulk-smashing. Hulk’s gameplay includes grabbing enemies and using them as weapons, grabbing two and bashing them together and grabbing sections of the bridge to use as weaponry too.Following all that Hulk-smashing, the game shifts to Captain America, who swings his shield like a boomerang several times. And yes, while the characters still do not look like their MCU counterparts, this Cap does a roundabout kick that looked very inspired by Chris Evans’ performance from the films. 3:00 62 Photos Video Games TV and Movies Tags Comic-Con The very best cosplay we saw at Comic-Con 2019 Now playing: Watch this: As Cap’s section ends, a scene shows a young woman who looks like Kamala Khan as she is accidentally knocked onto a vent that has green gas emanating from it. Maybe it’s a tease for Ms. Marvel? While that’s not confirmed yet, a definite addition to this prologue is the Taskmaster, driving into the game with a bomb.Black Widow’s section launches straight into a battle with Taskmaster, as she runs across the deteriorating bridge to catch him as he flies around. She leaps onto him, delivers a series of punches, and ultimately the two finish their fight on the bridge. Black Widow’s gameplay looks very similar to Lara Croft — which makes sense since Crystal Dynamics develops that series — with Natasha Romanov flipping multiple times and lighting up Taskmaster with plenty of bullets. Romanov also has a few extra tricks, including the ability to turn invisible and launch a charged-up, electrified punch as her finishing move in this battle.As their battle ends though, the same disaster seen in the E3 reveal takes place with the ship that held many civilians celebrating Avengers Day plummeting into the ocean. Also made clear at the panel is that, as of the prologue, Captain America’s character is considered dead. (But this is Marvel, he’ll probably come back.) The footage concludes with a montage of scenes that show the heroes fighting. Creative director Shawn Escayg noted the story will continue five years after the prologue that was seen.Also discussed was an element of the game in which players can customize the team that they play as. These included a Hulk wearing a suit, alternate colors for Iron Man’s costume and a viking-themed Thor.The single-player and multiplayer co-op game is set to be released May 15. While the game will have downloadable content, it was revealed that there won’t be loot boxes. The game will have free characters and regions for players who buy the base game.Voice actors for the game include many veteran actors like Troy Baker as Bruce Banner, Jeff Schine as Captain America, Travis Willingham as Thor, Laura Bailey as Black Widow and Nolan North as Tony Stark. Post a comment The best San Diego Comic-Con celebrity disguises Share your voice Marvel The Avengers 0
.Only one out of every four respondents plays sports in their leisure time. They not only play in the field, but enjoy sports on television as well. They spend about one and a half hours every day in this purposes, finds the survey.The study also revealed that those who have internet facilities take part and watch sports programmes more than those who do not have access to this.Of the respondents, around half of the students said they pass time playing games in their leisure time.It also said that youth from the village areas take part in sports more than their city counterparts.Female students’ participation in sports is very little (2.1 percent) compared to male students (46.8 per cent).The division wise results said that more than one third of young people from Mymensingh take part in sports whereas the number is 18 per cent in Chittagong and 16.6 per cent in Barisal. Youths from Rajshahi and Rangpur enjoy sports on television but most of the youth from Chittagong, Khulna, Sylhet and Barisal do not enjoy watching sports that much, the survey report said.Read book, newspapers, but a littleThe youth of the country give only 45 minutes to reading newspapers and half an hour to books every day, the youth survey indicates.Allocation of such small amount of time is due to some other tasks including watching television, gathering with friends and online chatting.The study also found that female students read books more whereas male students read newspapers.The respondents, however, said they want to increase their boundary of knowledge.According to the study findings, access to internet facilities affects the respondents significantly. Those who have access to it read more books and newspapers than those who do not have the facility.A little more than one third youth (31.3 per cent) read newspapers in leisure time.The Youth Survey-2017 also suggested that the bachelors read more than the married persons.Almost half of the youth living at towns read newspapers. The rate of regular newspaper readers in villages is 38.9 per cent.Division wise, youth of Rajshahi read newspapers the most (40.7 per cent) and the rate is least in Barisal (16.3 per cent).About half of the students read newspapers. Among them, nearly three fourth are graduate and postgraduate students, the survey said.The survey findings also said that the government job holders read newspapers most (64.4 per cent) whereas housewives read least.It also revealed that the habit of reading decreases with the age.*This report, originally published in Prothom Alo print edition, has been rewritten in English by Shameen Reza