An Editor’s Note on the Trump Tax Investigation

Today we are publishing the results of an examination of decades of personal and corporate tax records for President Trump and his businesses in the United States and abroad. The records stretch from his days as a high-profile New York real estate investor through the beginning of his time in the White House. A team […]

Trump Wants to Discredit the Election. This Nerd Could Stop Him.

The Fox Corporation these days reminds me a bit of America: The elites have lost control, and partisan noise drowns out almost everything. But there are pockets where traditionalists cling to fading norms. One of those pockets is a new office on the third floor of Fox’s headquarters on the Avenue of the Americas in […]

New York Times' Trump Tax Returns Investigation: 18 Revelations

The New York Times has obtained tax-return data for President Trump and his companies that covers more than two decades. Mr. Trump has long refused to release this information, making him the first president in decades to hide basic details about his finances. His refusal has made his tax returns among the most sought-after documents […]

RenewableUK CEO Hugh McNeal to step down next year

Outgoing CEO led the influential trade body during a period of significant growth for the UK renewable industry since taking the role in April 2016 Trade body RenewableUK is embarking on the process of finding a new CEO after Hugh McNeal, who took the position in April 2016, announced he will step down next year. […]

Robeco to ban fossil fuel investments across all of its funds

The new investment policy excludes companies involved in Arctic oil drilling | Credit: Steve Morgan/Greenpeace Dutch asset managed intends to complete process of integrating new investment policy by the end of 2020 Robeco is to exclude investments in thermal coal, oil sands and Arctic drilling from all of its mutual funds, with the process expected […]

On trend: Chanel debuts new sustainability-linked bond

French luxury fashion label has raised a €600m bond whose terms are linked to its sustainability goals Leading luxury goods firm Chanel last week raised its first sustainability-linked bond in a pioneering €600m transaction undertaken with banking giant BNP Paribas. The bond’s terms are linked to the French company’s environmental objectives, contained in its Mission […]

Transforming a power station for our net zero future

A timeline from coal to negative emissions at Drax – told by the engineers who were there Biomass power generation would have seemed impossible to the engineers who began building Drax Power Station in 1967. Today, however, sustainably-sourced compressed wood pellets have enabled the Yorkshire power station – once the country’s largest single source of […]

Shepard Smith, Fox News Apostate, Is Starting Over at CNBC

Shepard Smith doesn’t have a bad word to say about Fox News. Did the network betray you? “They never interfered with what I was doing.” Is it different from when it started? “Well, I think every network has evolved since 1996.” Did you leave because you were fed up? “You know, it was time.” Mr. […]

U.S. Judge Hears Arguments on Trump’s TikTok Ban

The Trump administration on Sunday fought an attempt to delay its ban of the wildly popular app TikTok that is scheduled to take effect at midnight, telling a federal judge that a ban would address the government’s national security concerns while not posing a threat to free speech. The government argued that the measures were […]

How to Keep the Coronavirus at Bay Indoors

As the autumn chill ushers people back into homes, classrooms and offices, the coronavirus may resurge even in states that so far have restrained its spread. Why? The virus poses a greater threat in crowded indoor spaces than it does outdoors. Southern states, for example, saw a spike in infections when the temperatures soared this […]

Cream of Wheat to Drop Black Chef From Packaging, Company Says

The Black chef will no longer appear on Cream of Wheat packaging where he was the face of the brand for more than a century, the product’s parent company announced in a decision that comes three months after it vowed to re-evaluate its marketing to ensure it did not “inadvertently contribute to systemic racism.” “For […]

E.P.A. to Promote Lead Testing Rule as Trump Tries to Burnish His Record

WASHINGTON — The Environmental Protection Agency is preparing to overhaul the way communities test their water for lead, a policy change that will be pitched ahead of Election Day as a major environmental achievement for a president not noted for his conservation record. But a draft of the final rule obtained by The New York […]

The Week in Business: The Recovery Hits a Wall

If, like me, you’re deeply anxious about Tuesday’s presidential debate, here’s a distraction: all the business and tech news you need to know for the week ahead. Enjoy the rest of your Sunday. — Charlotte Cowles Image Credit…Giacomo BagnaraWhat’s Up? (Sept. 20-26)TikTok’s Countdown It’s been a month of constant drama for the Chinese video app […]

How to Manage Remote Teams Effectively

Featured image by fizkes Managing remote teams can be difficult. However, in times like ours, managers and business owners must learn how to do that and do it effectively. Even before the pandemic, remote work was becoming an increasingly popular choice for businesses and employees. That’s why there are so many tools available to help you […]

Being there

Being there is extremely important. That’s because it says something remarkable about you. And as such, it has a huge impact on the way people feel about you. Being there is especially important: When people are relying on you to be there. When people need your help, your understanding or your support. When people know […]

What to Know About Your Used Car

The pandemic has led many people to avoid public transportation in favor of walking, bicycling or driving a motorized vehicle. If the first two options aren’t practical, an automobile may be the best choice. Sales of used cars have, in particular, boomed in the last few months. If you’re among the buyers, you should have […]

How to Use the Renter's Market to Your Advantage

There’s nothing like being stuck inside for months on end to make you notice your home’s shortcomings, and stew about how much you’re paying for each and every one of them. Especially in places like New York and San Francisco — where rents reached record highs in 2019 — it’s now hard to justify top-dollar […]

How Ruth Bader Ginsburg Became a Pop Culture Icon

Ruth Bader Ginsburg lived a storied life. In 1972, she became the first tenured female professor at Columbia Law School. In 1980, she was appointed to the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. And in 1993, she became the second woman to serve on the Supreme Court, where she cemented […]

How to Get Focused

The average person’s mind wanders 47 percent of the time, according to a 2010 Harvard study, so nearly half the time you’re doing one thing, you’re thinking about something else. Add the 24-hour news cycle, the barrage of social media and the countless distractions for those working from their bedrooms, backyards and walk-in closets — […]

Strangers' Things

Pornography is the most common form of sexual experience available online — so common, perhaps, that a market for rarer intimacies has emerged. Bottles of influencer bath water sell for $30 a jar. Some cam models have scaled back on erotic performance because they can earn more money selling homemade cookies and hair clippings. You […]

Keith Hufnagel, Pro Skateboarder and Entrepreneur, Dies at 46

Keith Hufnagel, a professional skateboarder who grew a San Francisco streetwear store, Huf, into a global apparel company by the same name, died on Thursday at his home in Los Angeles. He was 46. A statement from the company said the cause was brain cancer, which Mr. Hufnagel had for two and a half years. […]

U.S. Places Restrictions on China’s Leading Chip Maker

WASHINGTON — The Trump administration has placed new restrictions on exports to Semiconductor Manufacturing International Corporation, China’s most advanced maker of computer chips, a measure that could deepen the technology conflict between China and the United States. In a letter on Friday, the Department of Commerce told American companies in the chip industry that they […]

China Gives Unproven Covid-19 Vaccines to Thousands, With Risks Unknown

First, workers at state-owned companies got dosed. Then government officials and vaccine company staff. Up next: teachers, supermarket employees and people traveling to risky areas abroad. The world still lacks a proven coronavirus vaccine, but that has not stopped Chinese officials from trying to inoculate tens of thousands, if not hundreds of thousands, of people […]

Join me for the Rural Renewal Symposium online Oct 13

Join me for the Rural Renewal Symposium hosted by Oklahoma State University. It’s an online event on October 13, 2020. What is the Symposium about? The Symposium is meant to raise awareness, attract resources and stimulate research toward solving grand challenges facing rural communities. And goodness knows we have some grand challenges. I’ll be facilitating […]

Pasta, Wine and Inflatable Pools: How Amazon Conquered Italy in the Pandemic

NAPLES, Italy — Ludovica Tomaciello had never shopped on Amazon before being trapped at her parents’ house in March during Italy’s coronavirus lockdown. Bored one afternoon scrolling TikTok, she spotted hair scrunchies that she then tracked down and ordered on Amazon. When the package arrived, she was hooked. She soon signed up for Amazon Prime […]

In Isolating Times, Can Robo-Pets Provide Comfort?

When Linda Spangler asked her mother, in a video chat, what she would like as gift for her 92nd birthday, the response came promptly. “I’d like a dog,” Charlene Spangler said. “Is Wolfgang dead?” Wolfgang, a family dachshund, had indeed died long ago; so had all his successors. Ms. Spangler, who lives in a dementia […]

Robert Gore, Inventor of Gore-Tex, Is Dead at 83

Robert Gore, a chemical engineer whose lab experiments with a polymer led unwittingly to the invention of Gore-Tex, the versatile, waterproof material used in ski jackets, aortic stent grafts and spacesuits, died on Sept. 17 at his vacation home in Cecil County, Md. He was 83. The cause was cancer, according to a statement released […]

Why It’s Time to Rethink Your Office Layout

Featured image by Awesome_art_Creation Are you planning to reopen your corporate headquarters soon? Before you can safely welcome employees back to the office, some things will have to change. Yesterday’s collaborative workspaces go against today’s physical distance policies. Therefore, you need to reimagine your open-plan office layout to make the workplace less dense. This unexpected […]

The editor of The Miami Herald’s Spanish-language publication resigns.

A top editor of The Miami Herald’s Spanish-language sister publication, El Nuevo Herald, has resigned and its publisher has been demoted after a racist and anti-Semitic column was published in a paid insert inside the newspaper this month. Kristin Roberts, vice president of news at McClatchy, which publishes The Herald and El Nuevo Herald, announced […]

F.A.A. chief will fly the Boeing 737 Max next week in Seattle.

Here’s what you need to know: Wall Street rose on Friday, shaking off an unsteady start, as a rally in technology stocks lifted the broader market. The S&P 500 climbed 1.6 percent. The technology heavy Nasdaq composite rose 2.3 percent. Amazon, Microsoft and Apple were each sharply higher. Companies that have been hard hit by […]

What Went Viral This Week

Here at Daily Distortions, we try to debunk false and misleading information that has gone viral. We also want to give you a sense of how popular that misinformation is, in the overall context of what is being discussed on social media. Each Friday, we will feature a list of the 10 most-engaged stories of […]

Tech Stocks Lead Wall Street Higher: Live Business Briefing

Here’s what you need to know: Stocks on Wall Street fluctuated between gains and losses Friday as investors continued to weigh new hopes for an agreement between the White House and lawmakers over a pandemic relief package against rising cases of the coronavirus. The S&P 500 started the day with a small decline, before swinging […]

At Climate Week, America’s Cascading Disasters Dominate

It’s been a very different Climate Week in New York City this year, and not just because of social distancing. The annual gathering, meant to showcase efforts against global warming worldwide, came as climate disasters pummeled the host country. There were fire tornadoes in the American West; a slow-moving hurricane drowned northwest Florida; children in […]

What to Do If an Employee Is Injured in a Truck Accident

Image by Gerhard G. from Pixabay Houston truck accident lawyer Hank Stout describes the dangers of large trucks and what you can do following a truck accident. What to Do If You or Someone Who Works for You Has Been Injured in a Truck Accident According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), 4,311 large trucks and […]

Alphabet Settles Shareholder Suits Over Sexual Harassment Claims

OAKLAND, Calif. — Google’s parent company, Alphabet, has settled a series of shareholder lawsuits over its handling of sexual harassment claims, agreeing to greater oversight by its board of directors in future cases of sexual misconduct and committing to spend $310 million over the next decade on corporate diversity programs. The settlement, filed on Friday […]

From China's stand to Walmart's wish list: A Climate Week news cheat sheet

Climate Week NYC took place online for the first time this year An all-you-need-to-know guide to all the top green corporate announcements from a busy Climate Week in NYC As with virtually all gatherings of the climate community during the Covid age, this year’s Climate Week was convened as an online event – one hosted […]

China Is on a Building Binge, and Metal Prices Are Surging

The coronavirus pandemic forced China to bring industrial activity to a halt earlier this year, but the country is revving its engines again — and global prices of metals are reflecting that renewed appetite for growth. China consumes roughly half of the world’s industrial metals, according to analysts. As the country emerged from the worst […]

Global Briefing: California plots 2035 end date for fossil fuel car sales

California is the USA’s largest car market Plus EU’s plan to cut aviation CO2, Norway’s CCS project, Australia’s green tech investment blitz and the top green business news from around the world this week California to ban fossil fuel vehicles sales from 2035 California Governor Gavin Newsom announced on Wednesday the state will prohibit the […]

Tell Us: How Is the Pandemic Affecting Youth Employment in Europe?

The youth unemployment rate across much of Europe surpassed 17 percent this summer, and is probably getting worse as the coronavirus regains force into a second wave. Despite furlough schemes and government measures that have temporarily kept tens of millions of people employed, a tsunami of layoffs is approaching Europe. The Times would like to […]

Boris Johnson teases 'big bet' for UK on wind, hydrogen and CCS

PM touts ‘green industrial revolution’ as fix for climate and Covid crises as he urges countries to step up climate efforts Boris Johnson has signalled he is keen for the UK to make a “big bet” on wind power, hydrogen and carbon capture and storage (CCS) as part of the government’s strategy for building a […]

Covid Cases in the Office: Who Should Be Told?

Want this delivered to your inbox each morning? Sign up here. To tell, or not to tell As workers return to offices in greater numbers, managers face this inevitable situation: An employee tests positive for Covid-19, possibly exposing others at the workplace. Who should be told about it? Traders at JPMorgan Chase in Manhattan recently […]

Babar Qadri, Lawyer and Defender of Kashmir, is Murdered

SRINAGAR, Kashmir — On television and in the courtroom, the young lawyer could be a force. Babar Qadri stood as a rare, pugilistic voice arguing on behalf of his native Kashmir, the rocky region long torn between India and Pakistan, on India’s combative and increasingly nationalistic talk shows. Shouted at, he would shout back. More […]

Big Four accounting firms reveal ESG reporting standards

The move aims to push the large global companies which are part of the IBS to adopt these ESG standards for their 2021 accounts PwC, KPMG, EY and Deloitte all back environmental social governance reporting framework headed up by the International Business School Leaders of the Big Four accounting firms have joined forces to unveil […]

Airlines, energy firms and trade bodies join government's Jet Zero Council

Aviation represents a large and growing segment of global greenhouse gas emissions Government and industry body dedicated to zero carbon flight to include executives from Shell, Rolls-Royce, BP and British Airways alongside clutch of trade bodies and research groups The government has revealed the industry members and experts set to join its new Jet Zero […]