opinion Daniel Payne Opinion contributor Published 3:26 p.m. UTC Jun 25, 2018 Two recent news media fumbles illustrate nicely the present divide between mainstream journalism’s ambitions and its chronically blundering execution. There is a reason that American mistrust of the media is at such historic lows. There are things the media can do to rectify this, if we care to. Time exploited a little girl's tears In other contexts this tactic would have been roundly condemned. By way of example, several years ago, when pro-life activist David Daleiden used some stock footage of a stillborn baby to illustrate an abortion worker’s claims, the news media had a feeding frenzy over it. The Washington Post, CNN, ThinkProgress and other outlets were quick to point it out. Nobody likes to be fooled. More: Trump's vicious assault on immigrant children hits America's moral gag reflex Immigrant family separation policy reveals the brokenness of our … [Read more...] about We can’t afford news media blunders in the Donald Trump era. Skip the cheap smear tactics.
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CASES of gonorrhoea and syphilis have soared 20 per cent in the last year – renewing fears a drug-resistant strain of gonorrhoea could spread across the UK. A mutant strain of gonorrhoea, which cannot be treated with the usual course of antibiotics, struck in Britain for the first time earlier this year. Health officials now fear there could be more cases after 44,676 diagnoses of gonorrhoea were recorded in 2017 - a 22 per cent increase on the previous year. The Public Health England (PHE) figures also revealed a 20 per cent year-on-year rise in deadly syphilis – 148 per cent up from 2008 figures. Debbie Laycock, from sexual health charity Terrence Higgins Trust, said: “Today's stats confirm the number of STIs diagnosed in England remains worryingly high against a backdrop of damaging cuts to sexual health services. “Our sexual health services are stretched too thinly and demand outweighs availability, with more cuts already planned. “The significant … [Read more...] about Fears of ‘super STI’ outbreak as cases of gonorrhoea and syphilis soar 20% in a year
Forecasters say the latest picture for Plymouth this Bank Holiday weekend has changed again - and it isn't good news. After predicting sweltering weather, the latest models show it is likely to rain on Saturday, Sunday and Monday - with the heaviest rain on the Bank Holiday. But it will be hotter than Porto in Portugal, as we top 23C. The Met Office says there will be mixed sun and rain over the weekend while Accuweather is forecasting thunderstorms for the city. For the week ahead high pressure will become dominant once more at the end of this week producing a mass of warm and dry weather moving across large swathes of the country from a baking central continent. Western areas will get the best of the sunshine with the threat of thunderstorms for southern and central regions as the hot and humid conditions take hold. It will be cooler in the east because of lingering mist and low cloud and there will also be a brisk easterly breeze to tame the heat. Computer models indicate the warmth … [Read more...] about The forecast has changed for this weekend and it’s not good news
It’s been 20 years since Britain’s debt issuing office was founded, when U.K. yields were 6 percent. It may take another two decades for them to return there, according to Societe Generale SA.The 10-year gilt yield has steadily fallen to less than 1.4 percent currently, driven by years of quantitative easing and a global bond rally this month. While the U.K.’s twin fiscal and current-account deficits leave yields vulnerable to global investors losing appetite for British assets during Brexit, there’s plenty of demand for U.K. long-dated debt to protect borrowing costs from blowing out, according to Kit Juckes, a strategist at the French bank.“It’s going to take a lot of bad news, geopolitical or otherwise, to trigger some kind of gilt Armageddon,” said Juckes, who sees the 10-year yield at 1.85 percent by year-end. “But running a big current-account deficit and a big budget deficit at the same time as decoupling from a huge free trade … [Read more...] about U.K. Debt Chief Wary of Shocks After 20 Years of Falling Yields
Heath Freeman, the 37-year-old hedge fund manager who just bought the Boston Herald, is a character straight out of the movie "Wall Street."You remember the plot of "Wall Street," don't you?The good guy is the dad, played by Martin Sheen, who heads the maintenance workers' union at Bluestar Airlines. His son, played the actor's own son Charlie Sheen, is a young, ambitious stockbroker who falls under the sway of Gordon Gekko, a rapacious corporate raider.Trying to curry favor with Gekko, the younger Sheen's character does a variety of unsavory tasks, while absorbing Gekko's gospel that "greed is good." For awhile he lives the Wall Street high life, until he realizes that Gekko is planning to dismember his father’s airline and put a lot of good people out of work. At which point he regains his moral compass and Does The Right Thing.Heath Freeman's father, Brian, wasn't a union man himself but spent his career representing unions as an investment banker. When he was in his … [Read more...] about Imagine If Gordon Gekko Bought News Empires