Index number – 6 Toros 6 Thu, 24 Nov 2022 02:08:00 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Index number – 6 Toros 6 32 32 Mary Peltola seeks to thwart Sarah Palin as Alaska tabulates ranked picks voting results Thu, 24 Nov 2022 02:08:00 +0000


Alaska representative Marie Peltolathe Democrat, who won a special election that sent her to Congress this summer, will once again thwart the former governor. Sarah Pallinoffer for a political comeback. CNN predicted on Wednesday that Peltola would win the race to Alaska Big House Headquarters after the state ranked choice voting boarddefeating Palin and Republican Nick Begich III.

CNN also predicted that Republican Senator Lisa Murkowski would be re-elected. She will beat Republican Kelly Tshibaka and Democrat Patricia Chesbro. CNN previously predicted that a Republican would fill the seat.

And Republican Gov. Mike Dunleavy will be re-elected, CNN predicted. He beat Democrat Les Gara and Independent Bill Walker. Dunleavy won over 50% of the first-choice votes, so tabulating the ranked picks was unnecessary.

In Alaska, voters in 2020 approved a move to a ranked-choice voting system. It is in place in 2022 for the first time.

Under the new system, Alaska holds open primaries and voters vote for a candidate from any party, and the top four advance. In the general election, voters rank these four candidates from their first choice to their fourth choice.

If no candidate exceeds 50% of the first choice votes, the state then tallies the results of the ranked choices – removing the last runner-up and moving those votes to the voters’ second choices. If, after one round of tabulation, there is still no winner, the third is dropped and the same vote change process takes place.

Peltola first won the House seat when a similar scenario unfolded in the August special election to fill the remaining months of the term of the late Rep. Don Young, a Republican who died in March after representing Alaska in the House for 49 years.

Presenting herself as a supporter of abortion rights and an advocate for salmon fishing, Peltola emerged victorious in the August special election after securing just 40% of the votes for first place. This time she has a bigger share, while Palin and Begich’s support has dwindled.

The home run highlighted the unusual alliances in Alaskan politics. Although Peltola is a Democrat, she is also close to Palin — whose term as governor coincided with Peltola’s time as a state legislator in Juneau. The two warmly welcomed each other. Palin criticized the ranked voting system. But she never targeted Peltola in personal terms.

Republicans in the race, Palin and Begich, both urged voters to “rank red” and put the two GOP contenders first and second.

But Peltola had quickly won over many in the state after her special election win — in part because she has deep relationships with a number of Republicans.

Peltola told CNN in an interview that she and Palin bonded over Juneau because they were new mothers, and that Palin’s family gave Peltola’s family her backyard trampoline when Palin resigned from the governor’s office.

At a Federation of Alaska Native candidates forum in October, Palin praised Peltola effusively.

“Doggone, I never have anything to complain about. I just wish she would convert to the other part. But other than that, love her,” Palin said of Peltola.

Peltola’s family was also close to the late Young’s family. Peltola and Young’s father had taught together decades ago and were chasing buddies, Peltola said in an interview.

In the race for the Alaska Senate seat, Murkowski, a moderate Republican, was targeted by former President Donald Trump after voting to convict him during his impeachment trial following the January 6 attack. 2021 against the US Capitol. Murkowski also broke with Trump on a number of key votes during his presidency.

Trump endorsed Tshibaka and a group of former Trump campaign officials worked on his campaign. She was also endorsed by the Alaska Republican Party, which chose to back the most conservative candidate in a state that Trump won by 10 percentage points in 2020.

But Murkowski had built a broad coalition in a state where political alliances are often more complicated than it seems. She and Peltola had publicly declared that they would rank first in their elections.

Chesbro, the Democrat, was among four candidates who ran in the general election. Republican Buzz Kelley also advanced, but gave up and urged his supporters to vote for Tshibaka.

Singaporean businesses unable to sustain customer experience momentum in 2021 Mon, 21 Nov 2022 05:27:00 +0000

Despite an average drop in overall CX scores, UOB and Income Insurance have emerged as new leaders in banking and insurance, respectively

SINGAPORE, November 21, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — According to by Forrester (Nasdaq: FORR) 2022 Singapore Customer Experience Index (CX Index™), despite a positive evolution of CX scores in 2021, financial services companies from Singapore were unable to sustain this momentum, with average scores falling slightly in 2022.

Forrester’s CX Index in Singapore assesses the CX quality of financial services brands in the motor/home insurance and banking sectors. It is based on a survey of over 2,500 consumers in Singapore through 11 brands, including six insurers and five banks.

According to Forrester’s CX Index, how an experience makes customers feel, through a set of positive or negative feelings, has a greater influence on their brand loyalty than effectiveness or ease. Among the customers of that of Singapore banking industry who trusted a particular brand, 74% plan to spend more with that brand and will advocate for it. In contrast, among customers who feel disappointed with a particular insurer, only 11% plan to spend more and only 12% will champion that brand.

Last year, Singapore’s CX Index saw the highest level of positive change since its launch in 2018. Many brands, especially the insurance industry, which relied heavily on personal service from agents, used pandemic shutdowns as an opportunity to build CX equity with their clients. Unfortunately, most companies were unable to sustain this trend in 2022. For example, the insurance industry saw its average score drop significantly, with five out of six brands losing ground. Similarly, with the exception of United Overseas Bank (UOB), the banking sector saw no significant positive change in its CX scores.

In a turnaround from last year’s performance, UOB jumped five points to deliver the best CX of any bank and insurance brand this year. The bank doubled down on its digital experiences to deliver more emotionally positive interactions for its customers and improved its website and mobile app experiences. Income Insurance (formerly NTUC Income) has undergone a dramatic reversal in its rankings in 2022, rising from last to first among auto/home insurers. In a year that saw declining CX quality for all of its peers, the company improved its experience score on the website and mobile app.

“While financial services brands Singapore have steadily improved their CX quality over the years, which has now plateaued and most still only provide an ok customer experience,” said Amit Bhatia, senior analyst at Forrester. “To achieve CX leadership, brands need to dive deep into data to understand the key factors that most influence customer loyalty so they can prioritize their efforts.”


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Subway will sell sandwiches in smart vending machines Mon, 14 Nov 2022 19:00:00 +0000

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you are next Subway command could come from a vending machine.

Subway reported strong third-quarter sales on Monday and publicly unveiled its first Grab and Go “smart fridge” stocked with pre-made sandwiches, snacks and drinks. The machine debuted in September at the University of California, San Diego, and the company plans to add more across North America in high-traffic areas like other college campuses, airports and hospitals.

Local franchises will prepare and deliver sandwiches to refrigerators, which are equipped with artificial intelligence and “natural language processing” so customers can choose to order verbally and have a contactless experience. Initial customer reaction has been “overwhelmingly positive,” Subway said in its statement.

Subway is leaning into the grab-and-go. In 2020, the company began selling pre-made sandwiches in regular refrigerators at outlets like casinos, gas stations, and airports. Subway said Monday that the program has been rolled out to 400 locations with “plans for continued growth over the coming year.”

A prefabricated submarine.

“As more of our customers seek dining experiences to meet their ‘in-the-moment’ needs, the brand’s non-traditional locations and platforms can serve them wherever and whenever they crave Subway,” said Taylor Bennett, vice president of non-traditional development at Subway, in a press release.

It’s just one of many recent new programs from Subway as the company revamps its branding and selection. It recently unveiled the most comprehensive menu overhaul in the company’s nearly 60-year history.

The results so far have been positive: sales at stores open for at least a year rose 8.4% in the third quarter, the privately held company said last month. Over the past 18 months, Subway said it achieved “record sales” at its nearly 20,000 locations in the United States, bolstered by a number of changes, including new sandwiches, soups and store renovations.

Subway attributed its recent success to its new “Subway Series” menu — which has been streamlined to speed up service — and an increase in digital orders.

It also sees a rebound in sales in places that have been hit hard by Covid-19. Sales for the first three quarters of this year in Subway’s “non-traditional” locations – such as airports, colleges and hospitals – increased sales by more than 20%, “indicating a strong recovery in 2022 across all channels affected by the pandemic”.

Fridges could also fill the void left by Subway’s reduction of the physical footprint. The number of locations fell for the fifth consecutive year to 20,746 according to its website.

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Wall Street is bracing for a potential game changer, but it’s not the midterms Tue, 08 Nov 2022 22:26:00 +0000

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Wall Street awaits the results of Tuesday’s midterm elections like the rest of the world, but the traders say this week’s inflation report may prove to be much more substantial for the markets.

“Obviously this midterm election — because democracy is on the ballot — is a big deal in the eyes of the people,” Peter Tuchman, a veteran stock exchange trader, told CNN Business on Tuesday. New York. “But how much that weighs on the economy is a good question.”

Markets have rallied in recent days as investors bet Republicans will take control of at least one chamber, leading to a divided government. Traders generally think stalemate is a good thing because it means one side can’t push through legislation that messes things up.

In this case, that means Republicans can’t pass unfunded tax cuts and Democrats can’t pass unfunded spending programs, which would worsen inflation which has already been at high levels for decades, and raise interest rates.

“Less government, complete gridlock, will likely benefit the stock market,” Tuchman said.

Of course, the stalemate may not turn out to be good if it leads to a fight against the debt ceiling or if it limits the will of Congress to cushion the blow of a possible recession.

If Republicans take control of at least the House of Representatives, the markets could have a “silent” reaction because it is widely expected, Goldman Sachs told clients in a report Monday.

Andrew Frankel, co-chairman of Stuart Frankel, agrees that a GOP victory is “prepared” and unlikely to trigger a major market rally. Rather, Frankel said, it could be a news sell event where markets pull back after getting confirmation of a GOP victory.

Frankel warned that a surprisingly strong night for Democrats that allowed them to retain control of both the House and the Senate would lead to a “significant decline” in stocks.

Several NYSE traders told CNN that the midterm elections could be overshadowed by Thursday’s consumer price index, an inflation indicator that has become arguably the most important economic gauge of the month.

“This CPI number is where all eyes are. It’s much bigger than what’s happening today,” Tuchman said.

A higher-than-expected inflation reading could reignite fears about massive interest rate hikes from the Federal Reserve.

“Markets can adapt to virtually anything except the unknown,” Tuchman said. “The biggest long-term unknown in the market is the story of inflation.”

Soaring housing prices force rent controls in November US ballot Wed, 02 Nov 2022 10:49:00 +0000 Liberty McCoy was out Saturday urging voters to pass a Nov. 8 ballot measure to limit rent increases in Pasadena because she fears eviction from the city where she grew up and where her aging parents live.

The librarian and her husband, an independent consultant, were notified of a monthly rent increase of $100 last year and another $150 this year, bringing the rent on their home outside Los Angeles at $2,350 a month. They can absorb increases for now, but not forever.

“A lot of times people say, ‘Well, just try to pick up and move somewhere cheaper,'” the 44-year-old said. “But I have a job there, my family, my friends. It would be a big challenge to uproot my whole life in search of cheaper rent.

With rental prices are skyrocketing and affordable housing shortage, inflation-weary tenants in cities and counties across the country are turning to the ballot box for relief. Proponents say rent control policies in the Nov. 8 ballot are the best short-term option to curb rising rents and ensure vulnerable residents stay housed.

Opponents, led by the real estate industry, say rent controls will drive up prices for tenants in homes not covered by rent caps, hurt family landlords who depend on rental income for their retirement and discourage construction of new homes. affordable housing that they badly need. lodging. They spent heavily to stop the ballot initiatives, even going to court to stop them.

In Orange County, Floridahouse for disney World and other theme parks, voters will consider a ballot initiative limit rent increases to the annual increase in the consumer price index. But a court ruling last week means that even if it passes, it could be overturned.

Supporters in Orlando and other cities in Orange County point to a population that has grown 25% since 2010 and rents that have jumped 25% between 2020 and 2021 — and saw another double-digit increase this year. The housing shortage was magnified by Hurricane Ian, with an estimated 1,140 rental properties sustaining $44.5 million in damage.

“I’ve had a lot of constituents contact me, and they’re afraid of becoming homeless. They don’t know what to do,” said Orange County Commissioner Emily Bonilla, who wrote the ballot initiative ordinance after hearing from tenants facing rent increases of more than 100 percent.

Last year, voters in St. Paul, Minnesota passed a ballot measure capping rents at 3% a year while residents across the river in Minneapolis backed a measure allowing the city ​​council to enact a rent control ordinance.

This summer, Kingston, New York, became the first upstate city to enact rent control. The measure means that about 1,200 units – buildings built before 1974 with six or more units – must limit rents to a percentage set by a rent guidelines board.

Boston Mayor Michelle Wu was elected last year and brought back rent control to the city as part of his campaign. The biggest obstacle to this proposal is that Massachusetts voters narrowly approved a 1994 ballot question banning statewide rent control.

“Rent stabilization can provide protections for everyone, but do it in a way that really targets benefits for low-income tenants, tenants of color, tenants most desperately affected by the instability of the housing,” said Tram Hoang, a housing policy expert who was involved in the St. Paul campaign.

The rent control fight has been most intense in the West, where in 2019 lawmakers in California and Oregon approved statewide caps on annual rent increases. California’s annual cap cannot exceed 10% and Oregon’s is set at 7% plus the consumer price index.

Both laws exempt new construction for 15 years, a compromise to encourage developers to keep building, and only apply to certain units.

But that hasn’t stifled tenant activism in California, where nearly half of the state’s 40 million residents are tenants. Supporters say the statewide law — which expires in 2030 — doesn’t go far enough.

Voters in the San Francisco suburb of Richmond and the southern California beach town of Santa Monica will consider moves to further tighten existing rent caps to a maximum of 3%.

In the city of Pasadena — home to the annual Rose Parade and Rose Bowl college football game — voters will consider a move to create a rent watchdog and limit rent increases to 75% of the price index consumption, which proponents say translates to 2% to 3% per year.

Rent stabilization advocates failed to collect enough signatures to qualify for the 2018 ballot, and they thought it would be difficult this time around because the state had protections in place. But campaign field manager Bee Rooney said tenants financially wrecked by the pandemic were eager to support the initiative.

“Any amount you don’t expect is a lot,” Rooney said. “Some people, their rent has doubled or increased by 50%.”

Pasadena retiree Paulette Brown received the state-authorized 10% raise in July, bringing the rent for her two-bedroom apartment to $1,175 a month. Budgeting will be tighter.

“I really can’t afford to have any mishaps because I can’t salvage anything,” said Brown, 64, who lives with his daughter and grandson.

Opponents of the measure, which include national and state associations of real estate agents, say cutting rent increases to a fraction of inflation will result in landlords pulling rentals off the market and minimal maintenance.

“What’s on offer here is draconian, and for the most part, landlords who have good tenants aren’t trying to get rid of them,” said Paul Little, president and CEO of the Pasadena Chamber of Commerce. .

Michael Wilkerson, senior economist at ECONorthwest, based in Portland, Oregon, describes state laws in California and Oregon as “anti-tariff” measures aimed at protecting the most vulnerable renters from exorbitant increases, while encouraging the development of new housing.

Rent control policies have been around for decades, introduced after World War II in New York and elsewhere to combat rising housing prices and again in the 1970s in the Northeast and California. However, the real estate industry has since succeeded in passing state laws that have made it difficult, if not impossible, for many local municipalities to cap rents.

Data on rent control is mixed. The policy, according to Report of the Urban Institute, was found to reduce rent for covered units in Cambridge, Mass., San Francisco, and New York, but resulted in no significant decreases in cities in New Jersey.

However, some studies have shown that rent control can reduce the number of units available and discourage landlords from maintaining them.

Opponents also say rent regulations can scare off developers. The original St. Paul’s ordinance, for example, applied to nearly all housing, and mandated landlords stuck to the 3% cap even with new tenants.

Within weeks, council members heard from developers who accused the new law of scuttling housing projects because they had lost funding. Building permits issued for new homes through August fell 31% from the four-year average.

In response, the city council approved amendments in September to exempt social housing as well as new construction for 20 years. It also allows landlords to raise rents by 8% plus the consumer price index after a tenant leaves.

Orange County’s ballot measure is on hold after an appeals court rejected the proposal last week and suggested it would not be certified even if voters approved it.

The court, which recognized that the state law “sets an extremely high bar” for local governments to pass rent control ordinances, said a consultant hired by the county did not identify any housing emergency – a requirement under a 1977 state law anticipating local rent control. .

The county plans to file a motion for a rehearing and with ballots already out, the Orange County Supervisor of Elections said he has no plans to issue any new ones. Supporters of the measure said they would continue to campaign.

For tenants like Jessy Correa, the setback means she will face a 20% rent increase for her three-bedroom Orlando apartment in January. The 44-year-old mother of six is ​​already struggling to pay the current rent of $2,300.

A recruiter at a faith-based nonprofit, she hoped the ballot initiative would “bring stability, give us a moment to breathe.” Instead, she is now forced to make difficult choices, such as finding another job.

“Where is the American dream of being able to live, enjoy?” she asked tearfully after learning of the court’s decision. “What do we do? It’s frustrating.”

Live Updates: Kemp-Abrams debates Georgia gubernatorial race Sun, 30 Oct 2022 23:39:00 +0000

Crime has been a major issue in many midterm races across the country and it quickly became a flashpoint between Gov. Brian Kemp and his Democratic challenger Stacey Abrams during Sunday’s gubernatorial debate.

When the moderator noted that Atlanta was experiencing record violent crime, Kemp insisted he was on the front lines of addressing this problem – identifying street gangs and cartels as a problem before others paid attention .

But he quickly pivoted to criticize Abrams as an ally of progressive groups that sought to “defund the police” following the death of George Floyd, who was killed by a Minneapolis police officer in 2020.

“We are not the local police department,” Kemp said. “I am not the mayor. I am the governor.

“Go check the file, because Ms. Abrams on CNN got asked the question, would she fund the police? And she said, yes, we have to reallocate resources. It means cutting the defunding of the police,” Kemp said.

But Abrams said Kemp was lying about his record. She noted that under her leadership, violent crime and gun violence increased in Georgia.

“Guns are the number one killer of our children. We have the ninth highest rate of gun violence in the country. Domestic gun violence has increased 18% under this governor, and his response has been to weaken gun laws in the state of Georgia,” she said.

Abrams added that Kemp was misrepresenting his record on police funding.

“I believe in public safety. I did not say, nor do I believe, in defunding the police,” she said. “He lies again. And I never said that. I believe in defunding the police. I believe in public safety and accountability.

Abrams offered to provide $25 million in state grants to local agencies for law enforcement pay raises.

In June, Kemp joined Atlanta Mayor Andre Dickens for a ribbon-cutting ceremony at a new police station in the affluent community of Buckhead in Atlanta.

Kemp at the time touted state and local law enforcement working together to fight crime in Atlanta.

“Public safety knows no political boundaries,” Kemp said. “Whether you’re Republican, Democrat, or don’t care. You want your neighborhood to be safe, you want your streets to be safe and that’s what today is all about: fulfilling the government’s #1 duty by protecting its citizens.

‘Unprecedented’ demand for I Bonds offering 9.62% rate overwhelms Treasury site Thu, 27 Oct 2022 19:57:00 +0000

The request for purchase in the United States Series I Savings Bonds this week has been so great that it has temporarily blocked the Treasury website where these bonds are purchased. This could mean that some investors’ requests may not be processed in time to lock in the bond’s 9.62% rate by the October 28 deadline. alerted users to the possibility on Thursday, citing “unprecedented” volumes. “We cannot guarantee that your bond purchase will be completed before this deadline if your account or purchase requires additional customer support for issues such as identity verification.”

The Treasury said on Thursday it has since resolved the underlying technical issues and more than doubled the site’s connectivity capacity to enable more customers to create accounts and purchase bonds successfully. But, a Treasury official noted that there could still be intermittent problems depending on traffic over the next two days.

To give an idea of ​​the magnitude of the increase in traffic, the official said: “Over the last few days of the pricing window, has gone from having an average number of concurrent visitors of a few thousand to being l one of the most visited federal government websites.

The historically high rate on the I’m bound, which is determined by a formula based in part on changes to the Consumer price index, resets every six months. It is planned to do so next on November 1.

It’s no surprise that demand for inflation-protected savings bonds has skyrocketed over the past week, given that it’s virtually impossible to find an investment that offers a 9.62% return these days, not to mention a “safe” return.

However, there are restrictions on the amount you can invest in an I Bond. Individuals can only buy up to $10,000 in I Bonds electronically in a calendar year. (For married couples, each spouse can purchase their own I Bond for a total investment per year of up to $20,000.) Plus, you can buy up to $5,000 of paper I Bond if you use your federal tax refund to buy it.

The grip with I Bonds, which you can keep for up to 30 years, is this: You can’t cash it in the first year. And to get the full amount of interest, you need to hold the bond for at least five years. Otherwise, you will sacrifice three months of interest.

Thus, even if it is not a liquid investment Right now, it’s a good place to stash money you won’t need for the next 12 months, if only to preserve purchasing power in today’s high inflation environment.

Facebook and TikTok approve ads with ‘glaring’ misinformation about midterm voting, researchers say Fri, 21 Oct 2022 17:51:00 +0000

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Facebook and TikTok failed to block ads with ‘gross’ misinformation about when and how to vote in the US midterm, as well as the integrity of the voting process, according to a new report by human rights watchdog Global Witness and Cybersecurity for Democracy. New York University (C4D) team.

In one experiment, researchers submitted 20 advertisements with inaccurate claims to Facebook, TikTok and YouTube. The ads targeted battleground states such as Arizona and Georgia. While YouTube was able to detect and reject each test submission and suspend the channel used to post them, the other two platforms did significantly worse, according to the report.

TikTok approved 90% of ads containing blatantly false or misleading information, the researchers found. Facebook, meanwhile, endorsed a “significant number“, according to the report, although significantly lower than TikTok.

The ads, submitted in English and Spanish, contained information that falsely stated that voting days would be extended and that social media accounts could also be used as a means of voter verification. The advertisements also contained claims aimed at discouraging voter turnout, such as claims that election results could be hacked or that the outcome was decided in advance.

The researchers removed the ads after going through the approval process, if approved, so ads with misinformation were not shown to users.

“YouTube’s performance in our experience demonstrates that it is not impossible to detect harmful election misinformation,” said Laura Edelson, co-director of NYU’s C4D team, in a statement accompanying the report. “But all the platforms we studied should have gotten an “A” for this mission. We call on Facebook and TikTok to do better: stop bad election information before it reaches voters.

In response to the report, a spokesperson for Facebook parent Meta said the tests “were based on a very small sample of ads and are not representative given the number of political ads we review daily across the world.” The spokesperson added, “Our ad review process involves multiple layers of analysis and detection, both before and after an ad goes live.”

A TikTok spokesperson said the platform “is a place for authentic and entertaining content, which is why we ban and remove election misinformation and paid political advertising from our platform.” We value feedback from NGOs, academics, and other experts who help us continually strengthen our processes and policies. »

Google said it had “developed extensive measures to address misinformation on our platforms, including misrepresentation about elections and voting procedures.” The company added, “We know how important it is to protect our users from this type of abuse – especially ahead of major elections like those in the United States and Brazil – and we continue to invest in and improve our application systems to better detect and remove this content.”

Although limited in scope, the experiment could rekindle concerns about steps taken by some of the largest social platforms to combat not only misinformation about candidates and issues, but also seemingly clear-cut misinformation about the voting process. itself, with only a few weeks until the halfway mark.

TikTok, whose influence and scrutiny of US politics has grown in recent election cycles, launched an Elections Hub in August to “connect people who interact with election content with authoritative information,” including advice on where and how to vote, and added labels to clearly identify content related to the midterm elections, according to a business blog post.

Last month, TikTok taken additional measures to protect the veracity of political content before the midterm elections. The platform began requiring “mandatory verification” for US-based political accounts and implemented a blanket ban on all political fundraising.

“As we’ve stated before, we want to continue to develop policies that foster and promote a positive environment that brings people together, not divides them,” said Blake Chandlee, president of Global Business Solutions at TikTok. in a blog post at the time. “We currently do this by working to keep harmful misinformation off the platform, banning political advertising, and connecting our community with authoritative election information.”

Meta said in september that his medium-term plan would include removing misrepresentations about who can vote and how, as well as calls for violence linked to an election. But Meta refrained from banning claims of rigged or fraudulent elections, and the company said The Washington Post these types of claims will not be removed for any content involving the 2020 election. Going forward, Meta has banned U.S. ads that “question the legitimacy of an upcoming or ongoing election,” including mid-term elections, in accordance with company policy.

Google too took action in September to protect against election misinformation, by elevating trusted information and displaying it more prominently on services including search and YouTube.

Large social media companies typically rely on a mix of artificial intelligence systems and human moderators to vet the large amount of posts on their platforms. But even with similar approaches and goals, the study is a reminder that platforms can differ wildly in their content enforcement actions.

According to the researchers, the only ad they submitted that TikTok rejected contained claims that voters must have received a Covid-19 vaccine in order to vote. Facebook, on the other hand, accepted this submission.

The hunger crisis becomes a disaster – World Wed, 19 Oct 2022 00:44:19 +0000

Welthungerhilfe, Concern Worldwide and KfW present the Global Hunger Index: Alarming development.

Climate change, COVID-19 and the growing number of conflicts are leading to an alarming number of hungry people around the world. Food prices have risen sharply, in particular due to the war in Ukraine. The importance of local food systems in the fight against hunger was at the center of the online conference during which KfW, in collaboration with Welthungerhilfe and Concern Worldwide, presented the new edition of the World Hunger Index (WHI) report on 13 october.

“In Kenya, mothers bake stones to give their children hope that they will prepare food,” said keynote speaker Elizabeth Kimani-Murage of the African Population and Health Research Center (APHRC) in Nairobi, introducing the WHI 2022 presentation. The Corona Pandemic has caused hardship for many families, not just in Kenya. Mathias Mogge, General Secretary of Welthungerhilfe (WHH), welcomed the more than 600 guests who had logged on online to hear the results of the already 17th World Hunger Index. The report shows that hunger and malnutrition are particularly prevalent in South Asia and sub-Saharan Africa. While in South Asia many people suffer from absolute hunger and the nutritional situation of children is particularly critical, in sub-Saharan Africa the proportion of people suffering from hunger and the infant mortality rate are very high. .

The situation is bad and getting worse: 828 million people did not have enough to eat in 2021, according to WHI data. The progress made so far in the fight against hunger is being lost, as the proportion of people suffering from hunger is just under 10%, the same level as in 2009. Yet, the figures are already exceeded at the time of the presentation of the report, because the war in Ukraine will cause food prices to rise again in 2022.

More just food systems

“Crisis is turning into disaster,” warned Connell Foley. Concern Worldwide’s Director of Strategy, Advocacy and Learning summarized the findings of the year’s report. In five countries, the Central African Republic (CAR), Chad, DR Congo, Madagascar and Yemen, the situation is “very serious” and in four other countries, Burundi, Somalia, South Sudan and Syria, the situation is also described as “very serious”. serious”, although the available data are insufficient. The outlook is worrying: if the trend does not change, the global community will not achieve its goal of zero hunger by 2030 (Sustainable Development Goal 2). 46 countries will not even reach low levels of hunger by then.

“We need to do something now to cushion the problems,” warned Barbara Schnell, head of sector policy at KfW. “However, a long-term perspective is needed to make the whole food system fairer and more sustainable and to realize the right to food for all.” As a short-term response, KfW supports partner countries in particular, where the effects of the war in Ukraine are particularly severe, with around 120 million euros through the special initiative A world without hunger. Cash transfers (cash payments) are an important means here to enable access to food despite rising food prices.

Vegetable gardens for food supply

In her keynote address, Elizabeth Kimani-Murage, after the harrowing account of the plight of mothers in Kenya, revealed that her country’s local food systems had been disrupted during the pandemic. The delivery of food from the countryside to the cities has been disrupted. This situation is aggravated by the worst drought in 40 years, which has lasted for three years in Kenya. The senior researcher at APHRC pointed out that her government has now enshrined the right to food in the Kenyan constitution and is providing aid. But that is not enough: “Citizens must also realize that they have the right to food and demand it. Given the difficult situation, more investment is needed, demanded Kimani-Murage. But she also reported on initiatives that bring hope. Planting a vegetable garden, for example, could decide whether mothers should bake stones or put vegetables on the table. Young people from poor urban neighborhoods are now involved in local food production, she said. “Changes at the local level are the most important,” said the Kenyan scientist.

Commitment at the local level

“People understood that something had to be done about hunger,” noted Danielle Resnick during the following discussion moderated by Deutsche Welle journalist Christine Mhundwa. The political scientist from the Brookings Institution and the International Food Policy Research Institute, a think tank in Washington, reminded the audience that the global food situation will be a topic at both the G20 summit and the next global conference. on the climate COP 27 in Egypt. But international efforts cannot replace initiatives at the local level to achieve progress on the ground.

In Pakistan, floods have set back food security efforts. Aisha Jamshed, director of Welthungerhilfe in Pakistan, said farmers could not return to their fields even after three months because the floodwaters had not yet receded. This means that this year’s harvest and next year’s will be lost. But in villages where community councils had been established in cooperation with WHH, flood losses were lower because people were informed and better prepared.

Nutrition is not a privilege

Rawda Seman, Concern Worldwide’s program director in Ethiopia, said her organization had to cut long-term projects in favor of short-term aid. To make this possible, she said, humanitarian funding must also be more flexible. She also discussed approaches to ensuring food security in communities by distributing drought-tolerant local vegetable seeds and teaching people to grow their own seeds.

Tendai Saidi of the Civil Society Agriculture Network (CISANET) in Malawi highlighted the sharp rise in fuel, fertilizer and transport prices. In parts of his country, the price of staple foods like maize has tripled. Although Malawi allocates 10% of the household budget to food security, this is not enough. She described the cash transfer project for particularly poor people, which is also funded by KfW, as a success, but it needs to be complemented by education. The trend of buying more and more processed foods instead of eating vegetables and fruits is worrying, she said. “Food is not a privilege,” Saidi concluded, “citizens must hold their governments accountable to demand the right to food.”


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