Posts Tagged Social issues

Workers’ group to FIFA sponsors: Qatar a blot on your brand

In this Sunday, May 3, 2015 file photo taken during a government organized media tour, Nischal Tamang from Nepal takes a break in his work, in Doha, Qatar. Tamang lives in a housing facility for laborers that has been cited by labor inspectors for substandard conditions. Advocates for workers' rights are urging FIFA sponsors to take more responsibility for the treatment of World Cup workers in Qatar, calling the "horrific" working conditions there a blot on any company's brand. At a press conference Monday, May 18, 2015 they singled out FIFA sponsors such as McDonalds, Visa, Coca-Cola, Adidas, Budweiser, Gazprom, KIA and Hyundai, saying they have the power to pressure both FIFA and Qatar into improving the treatment of hundreds of thousands of migrant workers. (AP Photo/Maya Alleruzzo, File)

LONDON (AP) — Advocates for workers’ rights are urging FIFA sponsors to take more responsibility for the treatment of World Cup workers in Qatar, calling the “horrific” working conditions there a blot on any company’s brand.

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AVB tastes success in Russia

Zenit's players throw Zenit’s head coach Andre Villas-Boas as they celebrate after winning the national soccer Championship after match against Ufa in St.Petersburg, Russia, Sunday, May 17, 2015. (AP Photo/Dmitry Lovetsky)

MOSCOW (AP) — After rough spells in London, Andre Villas-Boas is tasting success in Russia.

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BBC says team reporting on migrant workers arrested in Qatar

LONDON (AP) — A BBC reporting crew spent two nights in a Qatari prison after being arrested while trying to meet migrant workers in the nation that will host the 2022 World Cup, the British broadcaster said Monday.

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Stem cell ‘Wild West’ takes root amid lack of US regulation

In this Dec. 5, 2014 photo, Dr. Mark Berman, of the Cell Surgical Network, injects a patient with a solution he says is rich in adult stem cells, at his practice in Beverly Hills, Calif. Berman’s company is the largest in the mushrooming industry of for-profit clinics that market stem cells to patients with dozens of different diseases and conditions. Critics say the businesses have flourished due to a lack of government oversight. (AP Photo/Raquel Dillion)

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) — More than 170 clinics across the country are selling experimental stem cell procedures for dozens of diseases and conditions — a mushrooming industry that has flourished despite little evidence of its safety or effectiveness.

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Records offer murky view into Affleck’s ancestor and slavery

In this March 26, 2015 file photo, actor Ben Affleck appears on Capitol Hill in Washington after testifying before the Senate State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs subcommittee hearing on diplomacy, development and national security. Evidence that Affleck’s distant relative owned slaves prompted the actor to ask PBS to cut Cole from a TV program highlighting Affleck’s family tree.  (AP Photo/Lauren Victoria Burke, File)

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — A family death in 1858 left Ben Affleck’s great-great-great grandfather with legal custody of his mother-in-law’s most valuable property — her slaves.

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