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Starbucks to ditch single-use plastic straws by 2020

Starbucks said it would eliminate single-use plastic straws from all of its cafes globally by 2020. The company will offer recyclable strawless lids and alternative-material straws, like paper or compostable plastic. Starbucks said customers in Seattle and Vancouver will be the first to see these changes roll out in the fall. Come 2020, you won’t be sipping your Starbucks iced […]

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British pound frail after key eurosceptic ministers quit

TOKYO (Reuters) – The British pound was frail on Tuesday after the departure of two key eurosceptic ministers raised worries about a “hard Brexit” while the dollar stood near three-week lows against its rivals after data showed soft U.S. wage growth. Britain Horse Racing – Grand National Festival – Aintree Racecourse – 7/4/17 A bookmaker displays the new pound coin […]

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Security Tokens Mean Public Marks for Issuers and That’s OK

By Doug Clinton of Loup Ventures Security tokens will enhance the liquidity of private security offerings, provided there is sufficient on-going information about those companies available to investors, but this liquidity will also have another effect: real-time mark to market. In today’s private securities markets, mark to market is generally done on a quarterly basis as funds analyze their holdings […]

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Europe plans ban on plastic cutlery, straws and more

Europe is proposing a ban on single-use plastic items such as cutlery, straws and cotton buds in a bid to clean up the oceans. The European Commission wants to ban 10 items that make up 70% of all litter in EU waters and on beaches. The list also includes plastic plates and drink stirrers. The draft rules were unveiled Monday […]

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Why this 70-year-old feels like he’s 25

Age is but a number for Bob Arnot, a nutritionist, author — and competitive paddleboarder. The 70-year-old, who also enjoys bicycle races, running and skiing, is preparing for the Molokai 2 Oahu Paddleboard World Championships in Hawaii later this month. Arnot has written books such as “Dr. Bob Arnot’s Guide to Turning Back the Clock” and “The Aztec Diet.” He […]

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Rescuers race to find survivors after Japan floods kill at least 114

Rescuers in Japan dug through mud and rubble on Monday, racing to find survivors after torrential rain unleashed floods and landslides. The disaster has killed at least 114 people and dozens are still missing. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe canceled an overseas trip to deal with Japan’s worst flood disaster since 1983. Rescuers in Japan dug through mud and rubble on […]

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Can Groupon Get Lucky With a Buyout?

Groupon Inc. (NASDAQ: GRPN) shares have been hit in 2018, but it seems that this online coupon company may have found a way to get something back. According to a report from Recode over the weekend, Groupon may be looking for a buyout. Excluding Monday’s move, Groupon shares are down about 15% in 2018. However, in the past 52 weeks, […]

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Brent crude oil climbs on global demand and US sanctions on Iran

Oil prices were pushed higher on Monday by increased global demand and U.S. efforts to shut out Iranian output using sanctions. Saudi Arabia and other nations have little spare capacity, while exports from several OPEC producers, including Venezuela and Libya, have been falling. Crude stockpiles at Cushing, Oklahoma, the delivery point for U.S. crude futures, have fallen to their lowest […]

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How to Practice as a Day Trader With Paper Trading

Day trading has become incredibly competitive in recent years with the surge of high-speed trading and algorithmic trading taking place in the markets. The good news is that many online brokers have enabled so-called paper trading accounts to help traders hone their skills before committing any real capital. In this article, we will look at how to setup and practice day […]

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