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Bunnahabhain invests £105m to upgrade its Scottish distillery

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first_imgAn artist’s impression of the upgraded facility ©Bunnahabhain DistilleryBunnahabhain invests £10.5m to upgrade its Scottish distilleryPosted By: Martin Whiteon: February 28, 2019In: Alcohol, Beverage, Business, Industries, ManufacturingPrintEmailBunnahabhain Distillery has invested £10.5 million to upgrade its distillery on the island of Islay, Scotland.The three-year upgrade programme will restore a number of the original buildings at the site, while others will be removed and relocated to create more space at the facility.A new visitor centre will be created, which will feature a café and retail space and will act as the ‘brand home’ for Bunnahabhain’s range of whiskies. Bunnahabhain estimates that the centre will be open by 2020.The main production building will also be refurbished and a new filling store will be added, while six cottages will be built alongside the distillery, which will serve as holiday accommodation.99% of the materials processed during the demolition process have been recycled, with the majority retained for re-use at the distillery.Derek Scott, brand director for Malts at Distell International, said: “Our investment programme, here at Bunnahabhain, is about improving the operational side of our distillery for the long term future.“We are restoring our buildings to their former glory and providing a visitor experience where we don’t just welcome visitors, after the long winding journey to get here, we help them enjoy a piece of Bunnahabhain life.“The plans aim to make the navigation of the site much easier for the visitor and to, in simple terms, declutter it. This will ensure the buildings are more efficient from a storage point of view and located in better suited, more accessible locations to the production buildings.“Furthermore, we are committed to reducing the environmental impact of the works. The whisky industry is starting to be more environmentally aware and our achievement of recycling over 99% of materials shows, with a little bit of extra effort, it is remarkable what we can achieve.”Share with your network: Tags: Bunnahabhain DistilleryUKwhiskylast_img read more


Xbox Controller Support Added to Elon Musks Boring Company Machines

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first_img Senior Editor Elon Musk’s Boring Company exists to create giant tunnels under the ground through which traffic-beating platforms carry your vehicle at speeds of up to 125 miles per hour. That’s the theory, anyway. There are plans for tunnels in Los Angeles, Washington, D.C., and Chicago, which means lots of boring machines are required.The latest boring machine Musk took delivery of has an extra feature: the ability to control it using an Xbox pad. Proof of that was provided by The Boring Company over the weekend as you can see in the video below:The “upgrade” announcement was made via Twitter with the tweet simply reading, “Best video game ever.” You have to wonder why this has been done, or is it simply a case of why not?The Xbox controller does pack in quite a few different types of control methods including buttons, triggers and thumbsticks. Could it be that this combination works really well for the different parts of the boring machine? The video suggests it does.It’s also very easy and cheap to buy new control pads, suggesting The Boring Company realized it could save some cash by embracing Microsoft’s controller. And finally, teaching someone to control a machine using an Xbox pad is going to be easier than using a bespoke set of controls. There’s a good chance new recruits have used the pad already.Whatever the case, The Boring Company and Elon Musk have managed once again to grab some media attention and in the process reminded everyone underground transport tunnels are happening. –shares Next Article Free Webinar | July 31: Secrets to Running a Successful Family Business Image credit: The Boring Company | Youtube This story originally appeared on PCMag Those tunnels being dug in L.A., Washington, D.C., and Chicago may well be completed using Xbox controllers. Is it a genius move or a case of what has Elon Musk been smoking? The Boring Companycenter_img Add to Queue September 10, 2018 Register Now » Xbox Controller Support Added to Elon Musk’s Boring Company Machines Matthew Humphries Learn how to successfully navigate family business dynamics and build businesses that excel. 2 min readlast_img read more


Demand for European glass packaging on the rise – study

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first_imgDemand for European glass packaging on the rise – studyPosted By: News Deskon: August 29, 2017In: Alcohol, Beverage, Food, Glass, Industries, PackagingPrintEmail Glass packaging production in Europe grew by 2.9% in volume and by 2.1% in unit terms in 2016, according to data published this week by the European Container Glass Federation (FEVE).The growth was driven by exports as well as continued demand for glass packaging in food and beverage segments in Europe.  A total of 20.9 million tonnes or 75.9 billion units were produced in Europe for the EU and international food and beverage markets.Strong performance in 2016 confirms the steady trend of the last five years, claims FEVE.  Since 2012, the industry has increased its production by 5.8% in volume and 6.1% in units.The federation said that glass is the reference point for beverages due to the positive image and ‘strong consumer trust’ in the material.Speaking of the figures, FEVE president Johan Gorter said: “The buoyant demand for glass is a strong signal of trust from customers in our industry and in glass packaging to help brands stand out on the shelves both in the European market and internationally.“It is encouraging that consumers trust glass because of its sustainability credentials and because it best preserves the quality of their preferred products. As an industry, we are committed to making the inherent properties of glass more visible to our customers and to the final consumer.”FEVE is the association of European manufacturers of glass containers and machine-made glass tableware. It has 60 corporate members which produce over 20 million tonnes per year of glass for food and beverage, perfumery, cosmetics and pharmacy markets in 162 plants throughout Europe.Share with your network: Tags: European Container Glass Federationglasspackaginglast_img read more


Finalists in the World Dairy Innovation Awards announced

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first_imgFinalists in the World Dairy Innovation Awards announcedPosted By: News Deskon: June 05, 2018In: Awards, Business, Dairy, Industries, InnovationPrintEmailAll finalists in the World Dairy Innovation Awards 2018 have been announced.Now in their 12th year, the World Dairy Innovation Awards are designed to celebrate excellence and innovation across every category of the global dairy industry. Those who made the shortlist for this year’s scheme represent a real cross-section of innovation, including companies from all over the world. You can see the full list of finalists below.The overall winners in each category will be revealed as part of a gala dinner at the Global Dairy Congress – held this year in Warsaw, Poland – on 20 June.Best brand extensionBio-tiful Dairy – Kefir Quark OriginalInner Mongolia Yili – Ambrosial Premium Granular Flavored YoghurtÍsey Skyr – Ísey Skyr BarNorseland Ltd. Ilchester – Cheese Advent CalendarBest marketing campaign or activationCP-Meiji – Barista CampGeneral Mills and O-I – Oui by YoplaitInner Mongolia Yili – “PRO-KIDO Searches for China’s Fantastic Baby”Latte Tigullio, O-I and VD Glass – Latte Tigullio limited editionBest dairy ingredientDSM – DelvoADD Aged Cheddar adjunctsDSM – Maxilact SmartKancor Ingredients – C-Capture Ochre and Sunlight seriesBest butter or dairy spreadFaircoop – Fairebel butterInner Mongolia Yili – ButterMeiji Co. – SpreaTableMoose Maple UK – Moose Maple ButterBest cheeseDairy Farmers of America – Borden Cheese Thick Cut ShredsMuratbey Gida San. Tic. A.S – Muratbey Helix CheeseP.A. Bowen Farmstead – Prince George’s Blue CheeseBest children’s dairy productHappy Family Organics – Happy Baby and Happy Tot Whole Milk YogurtInner Mongolia Yili – QQstarJunlebao Dairy Group – Xiaoxiao Luban Children’s Growth FormulaNational Dairy Development Board (NDDB) India – Dahi-based spread/dipBest dairy dessertMeiji Co. – Essel Sweets Ice Cream DessertPots & Co – Chocolate Fudge PuddingYasso – Yasso Frozen Greek Yogurt PintsBest dairy drinkAmul – Irish Drink MocktailCP-Meiji – Meiji StartNanyang Polytechnic – Fleuryo High Calcium Yoghurt DrinkShatto Milk Company – ECLIPSE Black MilkWNS Group – WDOM Lactose Free Real Dark Chocolate MilkBest dairy snackBio-tiful Dairy – Kefir-Quark Cranberry & ChiaGoodness! – Goodness! oat smoothieGujarat Cooperative Milk Marketing Federation – Amul Camel Milk ChocolateInner Mongolia Yili – Yoghurt Flavor Milk TabletRifRaf – RifRaf Ricotta CupsNanyang Polytechnic – Aloha Bliss Frozen YoghurtBest free-from dairy productMoose Maple – Moose Maple ButterWNS Group – WDOM Lactose Free Milk & Lactose Free Real Dark Chocolate MilkWheyhey – Salted Caramel Ice Cream MultipackBest functional dairyBio-tiful Dairy – Kefir-Quark OriginalFeihe International – Qingcheng milk powderFizzique – Fizzique Sparkling Protein WaterKnow Brainer – 16oz multi-serve keto creamer with collagenMeiji – Meibalance Nutrition Ice CreamPowerful Foods – Powerful SmoothieUpbeat Protein – Super SmoothieBest ice cream/frozen yogurtAmul – EPIC Ice CreamIncom Leone + Leone AL!VE – Ice cream sticksMelt Ice Cream – Melt Ice CreamBest manufacturing/processing innovationFeihe International – Precise Batching SystemOpen Air Dairy – Mobile milking parlourSealed Air Food Care – Cryovac Darfresh on BoardSidel – Sidel Aseptic Combi PredisBest new brand or businessFizzique – Fizzique Sparkling Protein WaterÍsey Skyr – Ísey SkyrValio – MiFU meat-free stripsBest packaging design1HQ – Valio ButterAmul – Single origin ChocolateBright Dairy – yoGreek yogurtYili – Ecolean Air 200mlElopak – the Naturally Pure-Pak cartonNanyang Polytechnic – Aloha BlissO-I – La FermièreO-I and VD Glass – Latte TigullioBest dairy product from Asia  Amul – EPIC Ice CreamCP-Meiji – Meiji StartInner Mongolia Yili – ButterKancor Ingredients – C-Capture Ochre and Sunlight seriesNanyang Polytechnic – Fleuryo High Calcium Yoghurt DrinkBest sustainability/CSR initiativeDairy Farmers of America – New headquarters buildingLittle Baby’s Ice Cream – Repulpable Pint ContainersSymbiona – AnoxyMem AnMBR for dairy sludgeYili Group – SATINE Spring of Wet Land packageBest yogurtBright Dairy – Mosilian Rose and Elderflower flavourBright Dairy – yoGreek yogurtGeneral Mills and O-I – Oui by YoplaitJunlebao – Purjoy Refreshing Matcha YogurtShare with your network: Tags: DairyWorld Dairy Innovation Awardslast_img read more


Darigold dairy plans to further expand its global outreach

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first_imgDarigold dairy plans to further expand its global outreachPosted By: Harriet Jachecon: July 24, 2018In: Business, Dairy, IndustriesPrintEmailSeattle-based Darigold dairy has announced plans to expand its customer outreach by opening several new international offices.The move will allow Darigold to double its outreach from serving 20 countries to 40 worldwide.  So far, the company has opened offices in Mexico City, Singapore and Shanghai, and says it plans to expand to other countries in the future.The expansion will open up more opportunities to connect directly with customers who expect suppliers to have sophisticated, personalised outreach abilities.Darigold says that this is in order to appeal to the growing demand to personalise products. The company also said that this move would optimise its technical solutions to increase its connectivity with customers.Over 40% of Darigold milk is exported for overseas products, and the company says that this should increase to over 50% in the near future with the global expansion. This will also see an increase in farm growth across the company.Stan Ryan, the chief executive officer of Darigold, said: “We are excited to expand with new in-house international capabilities and better serve our customers worldwide through a direct network.“With an expanded global team, Darigold can fully realise the potential of providing Northwest dairy products’ unique sustainability, quality, nutrition and taste to the world.”Share with your network: Tags: DairyDarigoldseattleUSlast_img read more


Wenlock Spring packaging aims to showcase brands provenance

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first_imgWenlock Spring packaging aims to showcase brand’s provenancePosted By: Contributoron: October 05, 2018In: Beverage, Industries, Labelling, Packaging, WaterPrintEmailBritish water brand Wenlock Spring has rebranded its rPET plastic bottles in a move to illustrate its natural origins.The redesigned labels showcase a ‘sky to spring’ concept, incorporating the rock strata of the Wenlock Edge limestone escarpment through which Wenlock Spring water filters.Wenlock said the ancient layers of limestone are unique to the source – which has been in use since 1086 – and give its water a “unique blend of minerals and taste”.With the introduction of over 50% recycled plastic into its rPET bottle range, Wenlock Spring has invested in a new, efficient bottling line.The brand can now produce 15,000 bottles per hour, increasing to 18,000 by the end of the year. Wenlock Spring’s whole bottling process takes place on the site in South Shropshire where it recycles 99% of all packaging and uses a carbon-neutral biomass system for hot water and heating. Earlier this year Wenlock switched to bottles made with 50% recycled plastic in a move, it said, before “political policy, taxes or green incentives make such measures compulsory”.The brand said that as the UK recycles more plastic, it will aim to achieve bottles made from 100% recycled plastic.Wenlock Spring water is available exclusively to the hospitality sector.Share with your network: Tags: UKWenlock Springlast_img read more


Russia implies US involvement in drone strikes on Syria military bases

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first_imgTopics This article is more than 1 year old US military Share on WhatsApp Attacks on its bases in Syria would have required assistance from a country with satellite navigation, says Russian defense ministry, a charge the Pentagon denies Share on Facebook Share via Email Syria Share on Facebook Support The Guardian Share via Email Associated Press in Moscow This article is more than 1 year old A US unmanned aerial vehicle. ‘Any suggestion that US or coalition forces played a role in an attack on a Russian base is without any basis in fact,’ the Pentagon said.Photograph: John Moore/Getty Images Last modified on Sat 14 Apr 2018 13.53 EDT Middle East and North Africa news Share on Messenger Russia … we have a small favour to ask. The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.More people are reading and supporting The Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we have chosen an approach that allows us to keep our journalism accessible to all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford. But we need your ongoing support to keep working as we do.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism, to maintain our openness and to protect our precious independence. Every reader contribution, big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. 70,000 Syrians flee as regime advances on last rebel-held province Reuse this content Europe Since you’re here… Read more Share on Twitter Share on Pinterest Russia implies US involvement in drone strikes on Syria military bases Share on Twitter Share on LinkedIn Shares104104 In Tuesday’s statement, it noted a “strange coincidence” of a US military intelligence plane flying over the Mediterranean near the two Russian bases at the moment of the attack.The Pentagon denied any involvement. “Any suggestion that US or coalition forces played a role in an attack on a Russian base is without any basis in fact and is utterly irresponsible,” said Marine Maj Adrian Rankine-Galloway, a Pentagon spokesman.The US and Russia support opposing sides of the Syrian civil war.Russia’s President Vladimir Putin declared victory in Syria last month and ordered a partial troops pullout, and the Kremlin said late on Monday that the number of Russian troops left in Syria is sufficient to fend off any attacks by militants.Asked on Tuesday whether the withdrawal could have been premature in view of the drone attack, Putin’s spokesman, Dmitry Peskov, said the Russian forces in Syria have “all the necessary means” to counter any challenge.Syria’s President Bashar Assad has recovered major territory from rebels in Syria in the past two years, largely because of Russia’s military support. His forces are currently battling rebels on two fronts, in the north-western Idlib province and in the eastern suburbs of Damascus. Russia Tue 9 Jan 2018 15.47 EST Russia has said that a recent series of drone attacks on its military bases in Syria would have required assistance from a country possessing satellite navigation technology – a statement that appeared to be aimed at the United States.Russia’s defense ministry said its forces repelled a series of drone attacks on Saturday on the Hemeimeem air base and a naval facility in Tartus, adding that out of the 13 drones involved, seven were shot down and six were forced to land without inflicting any damage.Without blaming any specific country, the ministry said data for the attacks could only have been obtained “from one of the countries that possesses knowhow in satellite navigation”.last_img read more


Kansas man pleads guilty to fatally shooting Indian engineer in bar

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first_imgPlay VideoAdvertisementPlayCurrent Time 0:00/Duration Time 0:00Loaded: 0%Progress: 0%FullscreenMuteThis is a modal window. Share on Twitter Shares3737 This article is more than 1 year old Adam Purinton pleads guilty to February 2017 murder of Srinivas Kuchibhotla at Austin’s Bar and Grill in Olathe, Kansas Associated Press in Olathe, Kansas … we have a small favour to ask. The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.More people are reading and supporting The Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we have chosen an approach that allows us to keep our journalism accessible to all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford. But we need your ongoing support to keep working as we do.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism, to maintain our openness and to protect our precious independence. Every reader contribution, big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Share via Email Share on Messenger Twitter Share on Facebook Share on Facebook Read more A man charged with fatally shooting an Indian immigrant last year at a suburban Kansas City bar has pleaded guilty to murder in a killing that fanned fears of anti-immigrant violence following Donald Trump’s election. Kansas man indicted on hate crime charges for killing Indian national Share via Email Since you’re here… This article is more than 1 year old Pinterest Share on Pinterestcenter_img Facebook Adam Purinton appears in court in Olathe, Kansas on 15 May 2017.Photograph: David Eulitt/AP Kansas Share on WhatsApp Wed 7 Mar 2018 08.37 EST Share on LinkedIn Topics Kansas man pleads guilty to fatally shooting Indian engineer in bar US crime Purinton faces life in prison with no chance of parole for 50 years when he is sentenced on 4 May for premeditated first-degree murder.At the time of the shooting, officials in India expressed concern about their citizens’ safety in the United States.Kuchibhotla’s widow, who was not at the hearing, issued a statement saying she hoped the guilty plea would “send a strong message that hate is never acceptable”. “We must understand and love one another,” Sunayana Dumala said.Purinton was asked to leave the bar when he made derogatory comments. He returned a short time later with a gun, according to court documents. Madasani told detectives that the gunman asked the men if their “status was legal” before he opened fire, an affidavit indicated.After the shooting, Purinton drove 70 miles east to Clinton, Missouri, and stopped at a restaurant, where he confessed to the killings to a bartender, who called police.Purinton, a 52-year-old navy veteran, was a regular customer at Austin’s. Neighbors in the Olathe cul-de-sac where he lived told the Associated Press after the shooting that he became “a drunken mess” following his father’s death about two years before the shooting and had physically and mentally deteriorated.He still faces federal hate crime charges. Federal prosecutors have not determined whether to seek the death penalty. Last modified on Wed 7 Mar 2018 10.07 EST Share on Twitter Witnesses said Adam Purinton, who is white, yelled “Get out of my country!” before firing at two men who had stopped for an after-work drink at Austin’s Bar and Grill in Olathe, Kansas.Srinivas Kuchibhotla was killed in the 22 February 2017 attack. His friend Alok Madasani was wounded. The men, both 32, had come from India to the US as students and worked as engineers at nearby GPS-maker Garmin.Another man, Ian Grillot, was wounded when he tried to intervene. Reuse this content news Support The Guardian Kansas bar shooting victim tells how he tried to tackle gunman Kansaslast_img read more


John Oliver Kim is only person excited to get a picture taken

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first_imgnews John Oliver Share on Twitter Television Vladimir Putin Twitter Since you’re here… Pinterest Share via Email Topics Share on Facebook “That may not sound like much to you, but Bolton bringing up Libya is literally the worst thing he could have said in this situation,” Oliver said. “The Libya model that he’s talking about involves a deal with the US and others struck to get Libya to give up their nuclear weapons program. But for dictators like Kim Jong-un, that example is somewhat tainted for reasons so obvious even the human throw pillows on Fox & Friends could understand.”Oliver then cut to a Fox & Friends segment, in which the hosts question Bolton’s allusion to the Libya model given the images of Gaddafi being dragged through the streets by rebel forces.“The point is, it’s not just Kim Jong-un who is touchy about what happened in Libya; Gaddafi’s death is a common obsession among autocrats,” Oliver said, referring to reports that Vladimir Putin frequently watches the video clips of the deposed leader being lynched. Share on Messenger Share on LinkedIn John Oliver: ‘Negotiating with North Korea is clearly the tightest of tightropes to walk.’Photograph: Youtube “For a sense of just how badly Bolton screwed up here, Trump actually walked his comments back,” Oliver said. “Yes, Donald Trump, a man who would double down on a fucking typo, went on TV and said this.”The host proceeded to show a video of Trump, when asked about Bolton’s comments, rebuking his national security adviser, saying: “The Libya model isn’t a model that we have at all when we’re thinking of North Korea.” John Oliver on Michael Cohen: a lawyer so bad ‘he made Trump get Giuliani’ Shares2626 Share on Pinterest Facebook Read more Kim Jong-un On Last Week Tonight, John Oliver discussed the prospects for the planned June summit between the US and North Korea. Donald Trump … we have a small favour to ask. The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.More people are reading and supporting The Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we have chosen an approach that allows us to keep our journalism accessible to all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford. But we need your ongoing support to keep working as we do.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism, to maintain our openness and to protect our precious independence. Every reader contribution, big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. This article is more than 1 year old @jhnevins This article is more than 1 year old The Last Week Tonight host addressed the mixed messages from Trump and his national security adviser about North Korea Share on Twitter Read more John Oliver recap After briefly covering Saturday’s royal wedding, Oliver said: “Let’s move on to North Korea, a country led by a man who is both a brutal dictator and the only person who’s ever been excited to get a picture taken with Mike Pompeo.“The proposed summit between Donald Trump and Kim Jong-un is scheduled to take place on 12 June, but this week it hit a major snag,” the host explained, showing news reports speculating that North Korea would call off the meeting over US demands that they denuclearize.Oliver explained: “The summit is now in jeopardy for a number of reasons, from the fact that both sides apparently have different definitions of what denuclearization means to North Korea’s objections to the United States and South Korea holding a joint training exercise called Max Thunder, which, incidentally, sounds way too much like a porn name for a military exercise.“Negotiating with North Korea is clearly the tightest of tightropes to walk,” the host added. “Unfortunately, instead of a professional tightrope walker, Trump has brought in a big old walrus, specifically, this big old walrus, John Bolton, the brand new national security adviser who’s been appearing on TV making a pretty alarming statement.”Oliver then cut to news segments featuring Bolton, who when asked about the North Korea conflict referenced the “Libya model of 2003-2004”, or the Libyan government’s decision to voluntarily give up its nuclear weapons program in 2003, followed by the capture and murder of the Libyan dictator Muammar Gaddafi in 2011 following the Arab spring. John Bolton Last modified on Mon 21 May 2018 12.57 EDT Share on WhatsApp Muammar Gaddafi Mon 21 May 2018 10.54 EDT Share via Email Share on Facebook Support The Guardian John Oliver John Oliver: Kim is only person excited to get a picture taken with Mike Pompeo Donald Trump’s threat to Kim Jong-un: make a deal or suffer same fate as Gaddafi Jake Nevins John Oliver recap Reuse this contentlast_img read more


IMF warns Trump trade war could cost global economy 430bn

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first_imgShare via Email International trade This article is more than 1 year old Share on Facebook US could find itself ‘focus of global retaliation’ in tariff dispute, says WEO report Mon 16 Jul 2018 10.22 EDT Sign up to the daily Business Today email or follow Guardian Business on Twitter at @BusinessDesk Read more Share on Messenger news Economics Share via Email Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share on WhatsApp Richard Partington Economics correspondent International trade Issuing its latest World Economic Outlook report on Monday amid the rising tensions, the IMF said there were greater risks emerging for the global economy since its last assessment in the spring. Although world growth remains strong, the expansion is “becoming less even, and risks to the outlook are mounting”, it said. IMF growth chart Global economy Warning that the broad expansion for the world economy that began about two years ago has plateaued, Maurice Obstfeld, the IMF’s economic counsellor, said: “Countries must resist inward-looking thinking and remember that on a range of problems of common interest, multilateral cooperation is vital.”Beyond the immediate threat from weaker levels of international trade, the IMF said greater use of protectionist measures could hinder business investment, disrupt global supply chains, slow the spread of productivity-boosting technologies and raise the price of consumer goods.Despite highlighting greater risks for the world economy, the fund left its global growth forecast of 3.9% for both this year and next unchanged. However, it unveiled sharp slowdowns for the EU, UK and Japan amid weaker growth and increasing political tension. Growth in the UK this year is forecast to slow to 1.4%, compared with an estimate of 1.6% made in April, as a consequence of weaker economic growth in the first quarter of 2018. The British economy ground to a halt in March amid freezing weather and heavy snowfall, although has since staged a modest rebound.The fund also highlighted the risk attached to Westminster and Brussels failing to make further progress on the terms of Brexit, despite several months of negotiations between the two sides.Germany, France and Italy were among European nations receiving the sharpest downgrades for growth this year, of as much as 0.3% compared with forecasts made in April, amid rising political risks in the single currency area triggered by the Italian election earlier this year. Growth across the eurozone this year is forecast to slow to 2.2%, compared with an earlier forecast for an expansion of 2.4%. Reuse this content International Monetary Fund (IMF) Topics Share on Twitter … we have a small favour to ask. The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.More people are reading and supporting The Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we have chosen an approach that allows us to keep our journalism accessible to all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford. But we need your ongoing support to keep working as we do.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism, to maintain our openness and to protect our precious independence. Every reader contribution, big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Shares627627 Share on LinkedIn Business Today: sign up for a morning shot of financial news Rising trade tensions between the United States and the rest of the world could cost the global economy $430bn (£324bn), with America “especially vulnerable” to an escalating tariff war, the International Monetary Fund has warned. Delivering a sharp rebuke for Donald Trump, the Washington-based organisation said the current threats made by the US and its trading partners risked lowering global growth by as much as 0.5% by 2020, or about $430bn in lost GDP worldwide. Although all economies would suffer from further escalation, the US would find itself “as the focus of global retaliation” with a relatively higher share of its exports taxed in global markets. “It is therefore especially vulnerable,” the fund said.Trump raised the stakes in his mounting trade dispute with China last week by proposing 10% tariffs on $200bn of Chinese goods entering the country, on top of $34bn of tariffs that were officially imposed on Beijing at the beginning of the month. The Chinese government, which hit back at the first wave of US tariffs with similar measures, was quick to warn of further retaliation on Monday. The US president also rattled European leaders by labelling the EU one of his greatest “foes” over trade, while leaving behind a trail of political chaos in Britain from his visit last week. Share on Pinterest This article is more than 1 year old IMF warns Trump trade war could cost global economy $430bn @RJPartington Support The Guardian The IMF said China would continue to grow at the slower rates it forecast back in April, of about 6.6% this year. While the US faces greater risks from trade, the fund said Trump’s tax cuts would also mean the American economy continuing to grow in line with its previous estimates, of around 2.4% this year. The Japanese economy is forecast to cool to 1%, marking the slowest growth rate among advanced nations – a downgrade of 0.2% – following weak private consumption and investment in the first quarter of the year. The IMF also warned of risks as the Federal Reserve prepares to raise interest rates. Alongside the threat of greater trade disputes, Obstfeld said: “Financial markets seem broadly complacent in the face of these contingencies.” Last modified on Mon 16 Jul 2018 13.45 EDT The trade war began when Donald Trump introduced tariffs on imported steel and aluminium.Photograph: Julian Smith/EPA Since you’re here…last_img read more


With 100 days until the midterms can the Democrats tip the scales

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first_img Share finnja | Pick Report Landish Davenport Facebook Reply Reply | Pick Share on Twitter Reply Shares3838 kevink 29 Jul 2018 1:51 There’s 100 days to go …… until the midterm elections! From Sunday, anyway, so get set for more bombardment from Republicans, Democrats and CNN pollsters. It’s not doom and gloom, though: Larry Sabato’s Crystal Ball – the misleadingly titled University of Virginia political predictions website (there is no crystal ball) – reckons the House now “tilts toward the Democrats”. The crystal ball says that 17 House races have just changed in favor of Democrats. Threads collapsed Twitter 29 Jul 2018 8:43 Share on Facebook Indivisible, the network of more than 6,000 progressive groups across the country, is marking the 100 days with a #100DaysOut “weekend of action” to try to make that ball prediction come true.“We’ll begin to #DoTheWork – canvasses, phonebanks, and Get Out the Vote trainings – to undo Republicans’ congressional majority,” Indivisible says. People can find their local event on Indivisible’s map tool. For those more inclined to stay indoors, the group has set up an online phonebanking effort. Bonne chance!Is Bill de Blasio not living up to his progressive promise?The big New York City mayor swept into office pledging to “commit to a new progressive direction in New York”. But five years on, De Blasio hasn’t really been very progressive at all, some on the left have been telling the New York Times. Facebook MisterRight Share on Twitter Reply Share on Facebook it is difficult to find out what political parties stand for when you aren’t spelling their names correctly… Good luck! Reply Jack Harrison Twitter Report Since you’re here… Sign in or create your Guardian account to recommend a comment They thought this was Trump country. Hell no 1 2 What we’re reading“The Democratic establishment is still winning. Progressives are trying to turn the tide”, is the rather ominous title of this Huffington Post piece by Kevin Robillard. Just 22% of progressive candidates have won their primaries so far, Robillard says, and while the progressive movement “has succeeded in pushing some of its policy goals […] so far, Democratic voters have mostly stuck with the establishment”. 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Share on Facebook Twitter Share comments (90)Sign in or create your Guardian account to join the discussion. 29 Jul 2018 13:50 Share via Email Share Twitter Show 25 Email (optional) Sat 28 Jul 2018 09.00 EDT Share Thank god every day we missed that Crooked Clinton bullet to the head. Share Report Democrats apacheman 1 Reply 0 1 Mueller will have plenty of wrongdoing. The question is what anyone in Congress will do about it. 1/3rd of the country will deny it but that’s unavoidable. I worry more about what happens in the next few years when the election results are obviously straying from the exit polls all over the place. It will be in the GOP’s favor and one side of the country has a political interest in not doing anything about it. 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Share on Facebook Twitter Show 1 more reply Reply Share Report Reply Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Report Twitter Report Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Twitter Share Reply | Pick Share on Twitter Facebook Report Reply Reply 50 Melusina19 Share on Facebook Citizen0 ZombieMessiah This week Lezley McSpadden, Brown’s mother, started a petition to reopen the local investigation into the fatal shooting. McSpadden is aiming to deliver the petition to Bob McCulloch, the prosecuting attorney for St Louis county. She writes:“Please consider signing this petition to re-open the local investigation of my son’s case. If you were a parent of a child who went through what Michael went through, you would never stop fighting for his justice. And you would do everything within your reach to ensure that our citizens experience fair legal practices, compliance and consistent adherence to policy.”Immigration news in one placeDocumented, a news site devoted solely to covering immigration issues, has launched a thrice-weekly newsletter rounding up national immigration news. It’s called Early Arrival, and people can sign up here. Facebook 29 Jul 2018 5:04 Report 29 Jul 2018 9:46 Share on Twitter Share on Facebook | Pick Facebook The Dims have positives to offer? Coulda fooled me. Report Share 0 1 | Pick All 29 Jul 2018 11:08 0 1 Reply Facebook Facebook Share on Twitter All I ask is for the Dems to give a straight answer. We get it. You’re going to thwart Trump and criticise him at every opportunity. What are the alternatives? What are you proposing? What are you going to do when Trump is no longer President? It’s all well and good to criticise someone else while offering nothing constructive. After the last election I have no clue what Democrats even want. This is coming from someone who supported Sanders. Joe Dert 28 Jul 2018 22:21 Twitter De Blasio is a corporate shill, but better than some of the others. Report Share on Twitter Share on Facebook 0 1 PrinceVlad 2 3 Chimborazo GDP at 4.1 kinda kils any argument What did Obama get? A pathetic 1.5%? erikus Reply Grae Sun 1 2 Bill de Blasio strikes a pose. Photograph: Charlie Neibergall/AP JayThomas Reply Does the future hold victories for the Democrats? Photograph: Neil Hall/EPA If your name is indicative of your location, I cannot believe you and Eudora Welty come from the same place. Your belief or skepticism notwithstanding… Trump for 2020, plus another two Supreme Court picks and we’ll be set for the duration…excellent. Share on Twitter Share on Twitter Report If democrats cannot point out the truth, Trump and the republican parties sharp increase across the board of taxes/tariffs then they deserve to lose. They should make and roll out an add nationwide showing the increase in housing costs,9000 due to taxes on imported canadian lumber, 25% increase in washing machines, 55% increase in solar panels, etc etc etc. They should also point out what happened last time America instituted such high taxes/tariffs back in 1930, which enabled the great depression. Almost forgot, our wonderful American farmers hurting due to 25% taxes/tariffs. Report Good omen? Larry Sabato’s crystal ball says that 17 House races have just changed in favor of Democrats.Photograph: AFP/Getty Images Report 0 1 I don’t have much hope for such a common sense realization to hit the Dems. For the most part they still haven’t even accepted that running Hillary Clinton in 2016 was the wrong decision. It doesn’t get much more obvious than that. memo10 | Pick Twitter 28 Jul 2018 22:37 Share on Twitter 1 2 | Pick Adam Gabbatt Twitter 28 Jul 2018 22:16 Reply 2 3 JayThomas Umm, people no longer learn debating skills in college either. Debate died at about the same time as Latin. | Pick Twitter Share on Twitter ravioliollie De Blasio hasn’t lived up to expectations on housing and schools, while, according to the NYT: 2 3 Report memo10 ZombieMessiah | Pick Reply Twitter Share on Twitter Share on Twitter This one will be shut down soon enough. Twitter Share on Facebook erikus | Pick Report zolotoy Reply 0 1 If enough violence breaks out, martial law could wind up being declared. 29 Jul 2018 1:35 Facebook Share 6 7 newest 29 Jul 2018 8:39 Reason (optional) | Pick We were choosing between a competent subtle crook or an incompetent blatant one. We chose the latter. We’re still not doing too hot. 9 10 29 Jul 2018 9:06 29 Jul 2018 1:36 Report Twitter Share Share on Twitter Share on Twitter 14 15 You gotta admire Thim Damn Rooskies. $100K in Farcebook ads, half of which weren’t even posted until after the election, beat out $1 billion in The Queen’s war chest. | Pick | Pick Grae Sun Share on Twitter toCrito Share on Facebook 29 Jul 2018 1:23 Report Reply Share on Facebook | Pick Twitter | Pick Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Eventually fires in California, droughts across the West, heatwaves in the Midwest, floods and hurricanes along the Gulf coast and eastern seaboard will render all these political parties irrelevant. The 1% will be forced to openly control the supplies of food and energy, the climate refugees will pile up in inland slums, and the natural environment will spiral into a reduced and vastly sterile wasteland of plastic oceans and soil-less, burnt landscapes with trash heaps linking in between. None of these Progressives or Democrats or world leaders is doing anything serious about it. At least the Republicans are taking action and hastening the mass degradation of the biosphere without any reservations or qualms. Their leaders aren’t honest about it, however as they still keep their base duped into thinking it’s all a Chinese Hoax as their homes are swept away in floods and tidal surge and firenadoes. And that’s just in America… Facebook | Pick Share Share on Facebook 7 8 If your name is indicative of your location, I cannot believe you and Eudora Welty come from the same place. Report Report Twitter Share on Facebook Jack Harrison 29 Jul 2018 2:09 Share Grae Sun 29 Jul 2018 2:07 finnja 2 3 Order by oldest Report Reuse this content,View all comments > Report Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Reply Share on Facebook 1 2 Share on Facebook Share on Messenger 29 Jul 2018 1:56 28 Jul 2018 22:47 I’m surprised, I thought part of the new resistance was to shut down comments on every political article. Reply 6 7 Share on Facebook 29 Jul 2018 5:43 Share Facebook 1 2 Report Show 10 more replies Share on Facebook Facebook Twitter 29 Jul 2018 1:33 29 Jul 2018 10:31 Facebook Share on Twitter Reply Melusina19 | Pick | Pick 2 3 Share on Twitter Twitter Share 3 4 Report Facebook Share on Facebook | Pick 1 2 3 Confess A memorial to Michael Brown in Ferguson, seen in November 2014. Photograph: David Goldman/AP zootsuitbeatnick Share on Twitter 29 Jul 2018 8:55 | Pick Dems have list the plot. Nothing to offer but Trump hate. Sorry there was an error. Please try again later. If the problem persists, please contact Userhelp | Pick Report Share on Facebook Share on Twitter MisterRight Facebook Report Share on Twitter LARRYPIPPICK Loading comments… Trouble loading? imoThe thing about no-win situations, MisterRight, is that you lose no matter what.If you like the Clintons and neo-libs, good for you.I don’t.imo Share on Twitter Higher taxes, more illegal immigration. Twitter Share on Twitter Share Facebook | Pick Report You’re not alone, Apacheman. | Pick Topics Twitter Democrats Reply Report zolotoy Share Share on Twitter Haven’t heard of Ocasio-Cortez or James Thompson? Share on LinkedIn apacheman 0 1 Jack Harrison SpringinAmsterdam1 0 1 Twitter Share JayThomas Report 29 Jul 2018 5:34 30 Jul 2018 2:24 29 Jul 2018 0:58 if you follow the link you can see the names of the Democrats who are running, and from there it’s very easy to find out what they support. Unsurprisingly, as everywhere in the country, it’s not one single platform— any more than every Republican supports Trump. Twitter crawfordcolo Share on Facebook | Pick Reply Share Report Twitter Facebook Facebook | Pick 29 Jul 2018 10:45 consumerx Show 2 more replies 30 Jul 2018 2:26center_img 29 Jul 2018 11:51 Ever listened to Cortez? Seen an interview? She sounds like an uneducated valley girl that has no clue of the issues. She literally has no clue about the issues. Watch her interviews. Plus..she like um like talks like um this like. What a joke. She is not a leader nor does she even have a grasp of the world. I’d go so far to say she’s dumb. Just watch her interviews. I know 12 yr old’s with a better understanding of the issues Share on Twitter | Pick Share on Twitter GDP at 4.1 kinda kils any argument What did Obama get? A pathetic 1.5%? Share Facebook Share on Twitter Twitter AlanJameson Facebook Twitter Share on Facebook Share 30 Jul 2018 2:31 29 Jul 2018 10:28 28 Jul 2018 22:43 With 100 days until the midterms, can the Democrats tip the scales? zolotoy Mmmm. I can understand your frustration. I used to feel the same about Fidel. Larry Sabato’s Crystal Ball – the misleadingly titled University of Virginia political predictions website (there is no crystal ball) – reckons the House now “tilts toward the Democrats”. Share Share Twitter Report 0 1 Share on Facebook expanded Share on Facebook | Pick Share 29 Jul 2018 10:24 I sincerely wish that the Democrats would just realize that nobody goes low, nobody goes negative, nobody generates fear of the other party like the Republicans. They can’t beat them with these kinds of tactics, the Republican machine is just too good at demonization. The Democrats win when they offer positives, which the Republicans have a lot of trouble with these days. Look at Obama, he offered something as nebulous as hope, delivered a Republican healthcare plan, won twice. This is why they pulled out all the stops trying to destroy or obstruct all the things Obama offered- even the Republicans know that’s how Democrats win. We are letting Trump control every conversation- they need to have a governing plan and a policy platform outside of beating Trump. Share Share on Twitter Activism Facebook apacheman | Pick 29 Jul 2018 1:24 Reply 2 Share on Facebook apacheman Share on Twitter 1.5% . . . 4.1% . . . it’s all bullshit. That kind of economic data (propaganda) never reflects the conditions for the average American. It’s the biggest reason why Trump got elected. | Pick 7 8 MisterRight 29 Jul 2018 3:24 apacheman Facebook As long as the duopoly exists, who cares? Support The Guardian Reply 29 Jul 2018 9:37 Share on Twitter Reply My Republican friends are far more unorthodox in their thinking than my Democratic friends, who all believe in lockstep whatever the current PC trend is. View more comments Not on a national level, but rather locally, creating an inflection point where things can escalate. Share on Twitter Facebook Share on Facebook Facebook Share Share on Facebook What did Will Rogers say, “I don’t belong to an organized political party I’m a Democrat”? The Democrats need to find something to stand for. We all know what they’re against (Trump). Twitter LARRYPIPPICK Twitter Share Reply Report Reply Confess The colleges are partly to blame. People learn to debate strictly to debate, not to find rational solutions. First Take, on ESPN, should share a larger part of the blame. Reply Share on Twitter Twitter Reply Facebook 2 3 | Pick 28 Jul 2018 22:13 29 Jul 2018 12:52 Reply Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Reply zootsuitbeatnick 29 Jul 2018 0:05 Share on Facebook 12 13 Facebook 100 | Pick | Pick JacksonMS Twitter 3 4 | Pick 28 Jul 2018 21:48 Report Twitter | Pick Unless the Democrats come up with an actual plan, November is likely to be a disappointment, if the best of all possible worlds prevails. That’s not likely to happen, for the same reason de Blasio disappoints. Democrats aren’t progressives anymore, not for the most part. They mouth the words, but don’t really want fundamental changes. The core of the Democratic Party’s leadership is what used to be the moderate wing of the Republican Party; they’ve less than zero interest in seeing any genuinely progressive legislation passed. But they do love to talk it up, then shift blame away from their lackluster attempts to bring it to the table successfully. Rather than strengthening the party these last two yeas, the Democrats have weakened it by purging itself of most progressives. I find it ironic that those who most often level the charge of unproductive demands for progressive purity to argue against progressive ideas are themselves enforcing a unproductive conservative purity, one which cost them 2016. I could deal with mere failure by the Democrats again better than with what I foresee coming in November. Russia will blatantly interfere with our elections, just to prove they can do it and we can’t , or won’t, stop them. Mueller’s investigation will tighten the noose without outright incriminating Trump (which will probably turn out to be a bad misjudgment on Mueller’s part). Republicans, and probably Democrats, too, will use the cover of Russian interference to do a little of their own on the local level, and some will get caught at it. If the Blue Wave does manifest, actions like those that stopped the Gore recounts in Florida are likely, only in the opposite direction. Enough close contests will be challenged to throw the entire election into turmoil and doubt, leading to delays in certifications. If enough violence breaks out, martial law could wind up being declared. In view of all or most of that, Trump, facing a new and unfriendly Congress, will likely push for a do-over on the ground that there was too much interference to trust any of the outcomes, and a conservative Supreme Court might agree with him, understanding that there’d be multiple groups besides him on the petition. His base would likely side with him on that. If the court ruled that the current sitting Congress should remain in place until such time as elections can be held in a secure and trustworthy manner, what Republican would disagree? And about ten seconds later, all hell would break loose. That’s my nightmare about November. Sure as shit hope I’m wrong and am just seeing shadows where none exist, but all the probabilities that history shows us of moments like these point in the general direction of disaster. Report | Pick Twitter memo10 Facebook 29 Jul 2018 12:37 And what are Democrats … even proposing? 5 6 Reply 2 3 Share on Facebook 4 5 Share on Twitter Chimborazo The Republicans are doing a pretty good job of tipping the scales against themselves. Facebook JacksonMS Share Share on Facebook 3 4 Share on Facebook Read more Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Report Will be voting a solid GOP ticket come November and, of course, Trump for 2020.Will also have Brett nicely ensconced on SCOTUS by November too.Excellent. consumerx Twitter Share Have you ever listened to Trump speak? Twitter 2 3 Twitter Pinterest Share on Facebook Share on Facebook Facebook Share on Twitter Twitter Report | Pick kevink Facebook Twitter Thomas1178 Share on Twitter Facebook Share via Email PrinceVlad MisterRight Share on Twitter PrinceVlad Reply Pinterest Twitter Share on Facebook Twitter 1 2 Reply 29 Jul 2018 12:57 Share on Facebook Share No. Voter purges will keep the Republicssn only slightly bruised. 2 3 | Pick Report Share With elections coming, some predict 17 House races have changed in favor of Democrats. Plus, is Bill de Blasio progressive enough? Share on Facebook 0 1 Reply oldest 29 Jul 2018 10:10 Confess Facebook Facebook zootsuitbeatnick Twitter Report Share 29 Jul 2018 9:03 Share Share on Twitter Share If the Democrats only take 17 House races they will still be short of controlling the House, correct? 193 Dems and 236 Repubs. (many who are gerrymandered).https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/115th_United_States_Congress Share on Facebook 6 7 Share Share Share on Twitter 3 4 Twitter De Blasio also has found himself repeatedly outflanked on the left by upstart political figures like Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, the democratic socialist who upset Representative Joseph Crowley last month in the New York Democratic congressional primary, and the actress Cynthia Nixon, a Democratic candidate for governor.Nixon, for example, backs marijuana legalization; De Blasio refuses to go that far, although he has taken steps to end the practice of arresting most people caught smoking marijuana in public. | Pick “With 100 days until the midterms, can the Democrats tip the scales?”imoOf course they can.But they won’t.The Clinton wing, which holds virtually all the power within the party, will mess it up by dumping on those Dem candidates who are left of neo-lib.They care more about their own power than they do about the party or the country.imo 3 4 Share Share on Facebook Report Share Facebook Share on Facebook Report crawfordcolo Facebook This discussion kind of reminds me of a point/counterpoint published many years ago in The Onion. Chad Johnson, Sophomore: Reservoir Dogs is the Best Movie Ever. Dirk Hicks, Junior: Reservoir Dogs is Fucking Awesome Share Thank god every day we missed that Crooked Clinton bullet to the head. 2 Reply Twitter Twitter 5 6 Republicans 0 1 Facebook De Blasio is a corporate shill, but better than some of the others. Share The Resistance Now 2 3 Reply Twitter Share | Pick Reply collapsed Share on Twitter Share on Twitter Protest | Pick 28 Jul 2018 22:41 | Pick | Pick Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Third party, please. And money out of politics. Then hope and goodness can return. Campaign to reopen investigation into Michael Brown shootingIt’s been almost four years since the teenager Michael Brown was shot and killed by a police officer in Ferguson, Missouri. Brown’s death prompted protests that lasted for months, but Darren Wilson, the police officer who shot Brown six times in the front of his body, was not indicted by a grand jury and was eventually cleared by the justice department. Share on Facebook Facebook Share on Twitter Twitter Share zolotoy Facebook Wow. That’s like asking whether or not Robespierre was a bit too squeamish when it came to the death penalty. Share on Facebook And what are Democrats resisting or even proposing? We get it, you’re against Trump, but I’ve yet to see Democrats come up with any meaningful policies or anything to stand for. They’re too busy in-fighting over what should be done with progressives. You’re going to have a uphill battle convincing the average American your ideals are better, when the economy is booming and unemployment is at its lowest ever. That’s all anyone cares about: is their quality of life better? Right now, no complaints. Last modified on Sat 28 Jul 2018 09.02 EDT Share Twitter Share Twitter Chimborazo Share Report Share One way or another, Corporate Democrats claim that they are for meritocracy. How does it work with them? There is a guy who Corporate Democrats consider to be a political marketing communications expert. They give them to lead the presidential campaign. His client is a triple ex-First Lady and ex-Secretary of State. The opponent is a political novice, reality show host and multi-bankrupt multi-millionaire. So, how big was the landslide win of his client? None. His client lost the elections. So, what do Corporate Democrats think now about the guy who lost his client’s elections? Not only that they still consider him a political marketing communications expert, but Corporate Democrats swallowed hook, line and sinker his look-the-other-way conspiracy theory about Dart Vader from the Eastern Shire who made his client to lose the elections. that’s the Corporate Democrats’ meritocracy for all of us: an ultimate result of neoliberalism’s negative selection. With such “two parties”, tipping the scale is actually flipping the coin, since those are not two parties, but two sides of the same counterfeit coin. Share on Twitter Democrats don’t stand a chance. they wasted 2 years attacking Trump rather than rebuilding the party and taking it on the chin as to why Trump got in. Reply 29 Jul 2018 16:39 Report 6 7 Share on Facebook US Politics has evolved to an emotive point where voting against one party rather than for another has become the norm. This is a gift from heaven from those who would (& do) use the web to disrupt & disinform. America, courtesy of 50 years of declining education standards has produced a vast morass of easily led rubes -ergo Trump. | Pick Facebook The Russians got Trump elected, via adds reaching OVER 130 MILLION Facebook users,FACT—-LOOK IT UP !!! If the Russians stay out of our elections, Democrats have a shot. Trump is a traitor to USA, just give Mueller a long leash,SO FAR————-25 Russians indictedManafort , Trumps HEAD campaign manager for 5 months IN JAIL5- GUILTY PLEAS BY TRUMPS INNER CIRCUS SO FAR !!!-Almost 70 % of USA is AGAINST TRUMP !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Facebook Share Share Facebook Facebook Facebook Facebook Twitter Report Report Reply Show 16 more replies 29 Jul 2018 6:53 Reply Twitter Twitter | Pick Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share 29 Jul 2018 5:47 Share on Facebook MisterRight Facebook Share Facebook Share Facebook Reply Chimborazo Share on Twitter recommendations 29 Jul 2018 11:48 | Pick | Pick @adamgabbatt Share 30 Jul 2018 2:23 memo10 Chimborazo Twitter Reply Share on Twitter Twitter The Democrats could easily tip the scales. However, with their strong determination to not touch any of the hot topics that could bring them support (Single payer Health care, free college, Glass Steagall for Wall Street…) with a pole n order to not irritate Big Money donors of all stripes, and their strategy to hide behinde Russia hysteria instead, they won’t. Nor will they change their tune for 2020…. because they’d rather lose elections and keep th lobbyists’ money than win elections and lose the money. Share That’s just changes in the last week. “Democrats’ lead in the generic ballot, if you go by the RealClearPolitics polling average, has quietly doubled (and then some) since the beginning of June, from a mere 3.2 percentage points to a healthy 7.1 points. That is roughly the margin political science nerds think they need.” 7 8 Facebook | Pick Share on Twitter Reply Report Facebook | Pick Show 1 more reply 0 1 MisterRight Landish Davenport Facebook Pinterest JacksonMS Share Reply | Pick 6 7 28 Jul 2018 22:15 | Pick Facebook Share on Facebook Facebook Share on Pinterest Report zolotoy De Blasio is a phony, an empty suit, like all the rest of the Dim nomenklatura. If the only way progressives can wrest control of the party from them is for Dims to continue to lose, then so be it. Only thing is, progressives will never control the Dim Party, and they’re too inept, cowardly, or coopted to make allies outside of the party. Share on Twitter Share on Facebook | Pick 10 11 Reply Facebook Grae Sun Facebook How did Obama manage that little miracle when he could hardly get anything through Congress? Answer: the “recovery” was a dead cat bounce, and no thanks to the Empty Suit President. | Pick I would also love if the Democrats had an identity outside of “whaddabouting” the Republicans. | Pick toCrito 29 Jul 2018 0:40 This probably wasn’t very well reported in Russia, but Obama took over an economy in free fall following the collapse of financial markets, and turned it around better than most people expected. Trump took over an economy in good shape and proceeded to apply fiscal stimuli based on deficit spending completely unheard-of outside depressions and wartime. It’s like injecting a winning football club with massive doses of methamphetamine during matches. They may run up impressive scores for a few games, but ultimately they will consume themselves and be unable to play. The cynicism of the Republicans and their Russian mentors in sabotaging the economy long term, to be left for Democrats to deal with after the current Trump plunder cycle, is breathtaking, but true to form. Share on Twitter 3 4 Allan Barr 2 3 1 2 Twitter 29 Jul 2018 9:07 29 Jul 2018 0:30 Share on Facebook Report Share 29 Jul 2018 2:55 | Pick Share on Twitter Close report comment form Share on Facebook SparketySpark 25 thevisitor2015 Twitter Comments 90 Share on Facebook Facebook Reportlast_img read more


Seriously ill Aretha Franklin visited by Stevie Wonder and Jesse Jackson

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first_imgShare on Twitter Aretha Franklin Since you’re here… Share on Facebook Seriously ill Aretha Franklin visited by Stevie Wonder and Jesse Jackson Stevie Wonder and Jesse Jackson are among those to visit the seriously ill soul singer Aretha Franklin, who is close to the end of her life and receiving hospice care at home, according to reports this week.Her nephew Tim Franklin said at the weekend she was “alert, talking, laughing, joking” and that relatives were “trying to keep her spirits up and go from there … We believe she’ll pull through it, she believes she will pull through it, and that’s the important thing.”Visitors to the singer’s Detroit home on Tuesday included her ex-husband Glynn Turman and Wonder. Franklin recorded a version of Wonder’s song Until You Come Back To Me (That’s What I’m Gonna Do) in 1973. Jackson is expected to visit her on Wednesday.News of Franklin’s ailing health has prompted a wave of support, with Bill Clinton – at whose 1993 inauguration gala Franklin performed – encouraging his Twitter followers to “lift her up by listening and sharing her songs that have meant the most to you”. Beyoncé and Jay-Z dedicated their concert in Detroit on Monday to her. Jesse Jackson Wed 15 Aug 2018 07.58 EDT Last modified on Wed 15 Aug 2018 07.59 EDT Topics Singer’s nephew says family and friends ‘trying to keep her spirits up’ as she receives hospice care at home news Shares261261 This article is more than 10 months old Stevie Wonder Share on Twitter Support The Guardian This article is more than 10 months old Ben Beaumont-Thomas Reuse this content Share via Email Soul Aretha Franklin @ben_bt … we have a small favour to ask. The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.More people are reading and supporting The Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we have chosen an approach that allows us to keep our journalism accessible to all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford. But we need your ongoing support to keep working as we do.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism, to maintain our openness and to protect our precious independence. Every reader contribution, big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Share on LinkedIn Aretha Franklin performing in August 2017. News of her ailing health has triggered a wave of support.Photograph: Owen Sweeney/Invision/AP Share via Email Share on Messenger Share on Pinterest Share on Facebook Share on WhatsApp Pop and rocklast_img read more


How you can do your bit in the war against climate change

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first_imgShare on Pinterest Sign up to the Green Light email to get the planet’s most important stories Share on Facebook Climate change letters ‘Get rid of your dishwasher – it wastes energy and water,’ writes Jo Steranka. Photograph: ronstik/Getty Images Share on Twitter … in our natural world, we refuse to turn away from the climate catastrophe and species extinction. For The Guardian, reporting on the environment is a priority. We give reporting on climate, nature and pollution the prominence it deserves, stories which often go unreported by others in the media. At this pivotal time for our species and our planet, we are determined to inform readers about threats, consequences and solutions based on scientific facts, not political prejudice or business interests.More people are reading and supporting The Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we have chosen an approach that allows us to keep our journalism accessible to all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford. But we need your ongoing support to keep working as we do.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism, to maintain our openness and to protect our precious independence. Every reader contribution, big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Share on LinkedIn Share on Twitter Support The Guardian Share via Email Wed 17 Oct 2018 12.01 EDT Read more • Rebecca Solnit is right to be optimistic about the future even if it won’t be easy to reduce our dependency on fossil fuels. Wind and solar plant can now generate cheaper electricity than coal or gas, if only because wind and sunlight are free. Furthermore, as the cost of battery storage falls, renewable energy will become increasingly competitive to the extent that those, like Donald Trump, who try to support hydrocarbon technology will actually handicap their own economies and make them less competitive in future.Rolling out renewable energy capacity is not just about protecting the environment but also about running a successful economy in the 21st century.Liam O’KeeffeAbinger Hammer, Surrey• The battle between public broadcasting and news and entertainment provided by organisations using cloud-based technologies is not only commercial (Update law to keep us top of TV listings, say public broadcasters, 15 October). And it is not only culture and democracy at stake here. The cloud is a euphemism for lots of Earth-based energy-hungry servers, and streaming accounts for a big fraction of internet traffic already.In the light of climate scientists’ ever more urgent calls for drastic reductions in dangerous emissions, champions of public service broadcasting should add its modest call on future precious electricity to its case.Sara ParkinSustainability Literacy Project• It is “great, so very great” that after three of the most damaging hurricanes in US history, President Trump is at least acknowledging that climate change is probably a “real thing”, if not yet believing it is manmade (Trump says climate change is no hoax, but claims ‘it will change back again’, 16 October).Yet he goes on to berate climate scientists for “having a political agenda”. If only as many politicians had a scientific agenda, we might actually be able to get something useful done.Andrew TinsleyHenley-on-Thames, Oxfordshire • Your profile of the Institution of Engineering and Technology’s report on the urgent need to retrofit thousands of homes to meet the Uk’s climate targets highlights the government’s failures (UK’s housing stock ‘needs massive retrofit to meet climate targets’, 11 October). However, putting the focus on retrofitting social housing is misguided. As our recent report on poor condition housing in the north shows, the highest level of non-decent poorly insulated homes is in the private sector – mostly among older homeowners. The social housing stock is in a much better state than the private rented or owner-occupied homes.Paul HackettDirector, the Smith Institute• Join the debate – email guardian.letters@theguardian.com• Read more Guardian letters – click here to visit gu.com/letters• Do you have a photo you’d like to share with Guardian readers? Click here to upload it and we’ll publish the best submissions in the letters spread of our print edition Letters Donald Trumpcenter_img Share on Messenger Shares6565 Climate change Share on Facebook Rebecca Solnit’s article (Don’t despair: history shows we can still save the planet, 15 October) is another version of “Please someone else sort this out!” The hope on offer is that groups as yet unformed will emerge to save us from global catastrophe.Today’s green organisations and political parties don’t have any answers. If they did, they would tell us all what to do. Neither do governments or big business. Why? Because they are only responding to our demands for cheap goods, easy living and endless economic growth in the rich countries of the world.Only we the people can prevent catastrophic climate change in our lifetimes. Here are seven things that we can do now:1. Never buy anything new until the old one breaks, including clothes. You’ll reduce demand for materials, their transportation around the planet and the pollution when they go to landfill.2. Get rid of your dishwasher – it wastes energy and water.3. Dig up the pavers and plant a garden. You’ll help prevent flooding.4. If you live in a city, why do you need a car? Get the bus, cycle or walk. Hire a car to go on holiday.5. Turn off the lights at bedtime.6. Buy local produce; cut down food miles.7. Persuade your neighbours to do the same.Opinion pieces don’t help if they don’t offer practical solutions.Jo SterankaClacton-on-Sea, Essex Housing Last modified on Wed 17 Oct 2018 12.35 EDT How you can do your bit in the war against climate change Jo Steranka,Liam O’Keefe,Sara Parkin andAndrew Tinsley share their ideas for tackling global warming As the crisis escalates… Communities Share via Email Share on WhatsApp Topics Reuse this contentlast_img read more


US briefing Parkland anniversary Paul Manafort and dark money

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first_imgShare via Email Brazilian police block access to the scene of the shootout during a gang operation in Rio last Friday. Photograph: Carson Gardiner/AP Topics Share via Email US morning briefing Thursday’s top story: A year after the Parkland shooting, has there been any progress on gun violence? Plus, fashion in the age of #MeToo Trump’s former campaign manager breached his plea deal with the special prosecutor. Photograph: Carlo Allegri/Reuters Twitter US briefing: Parkland anniversary, Paul Manafort and dark money Last modified on Wed 5 Jun 2019 04.13 EDT Share on Twitter Democrats hope to shed new light on the influence of “dark money” in US politics on Thursday, at the first congressional hearing on their sweeping new anti-corruption measure, HR1. The House Administration committee will examine the bill, which aims to combat the corrosive power of undisclosed political donations from big corporations and wealthy individuals.John Doe files. In 2016 the Guardian published the John Doe files, documents revealing previously undisclosed political donations, intended to support candidates including then-Wisconsin governor Scott Walker.AOC video. A clip of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez playing a “corruption game” to explain the lack of current campaign finance controls this week became the most-watched video of any politician on Twitter, ever.Rio police kill 13 in gang raid, raising ‘shoot-to-kill’ concerns Twitter Share on Pinterest A memorial at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School commemorates the victims of last year’s shooting.Photograph: Alicia Vera/The Guardian Former Wisconsin governor Scott Walker. Photograph: Morry Gash/AP Thu 14 Feb 2019 07.13 EST Tim Walker Sign up for the US morning briefing Pinterest US news Reuse this content Facebook Facebook Good morning, I’m Tim Walker with today’s essential stories.Gun control advocates take stock of victories and setbacksIt is a year to the day since the mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas high school in Parkland, Florida, which revitalised the national movement to prevent gun violence. And while the prospect of new federal gun control laws were negligible under Donald Trump and a Republican-led Congress, campaigners can point to signs of progress, including the Democrats’ recent introduction of House bill HR 8, which would expand federal background check requirements on gun transfers and sales.Students remember. As they prepare to mark Thursday’s anniversary, Parkland students have written about the shooting and its aftermath in these personal reflections first published by the Eagle Eye, the Marjory Stoneman Douglas high school newspaper.Judge rules that Manafort lied to Mueller Brazilian police killed 13 people during a deadly operation against a drug gang in Rio’s Fallet/Fogueteiro favela last Friday, raising fears that the “shoot-to-kill” policy promised by the new governor of Rio de Janeiro state has already come into effect. Fallet/Fogueteiro residents and relatives of the dead said two of those killed had been tortured, including a teenager with no gang links, while even those who were drug gang members had surrendered their weapons to police before being summarily executed.Rio governor. Wilson Witzel, an ally of Brazil’s new far-right president Jair Bolsonaro, became governor of Rio state in January after campaigning on an anti-corruption platform, which included the promise of shoot-to-kill tactics to combat drug gangs.Crib sheetThe House of Representatives has approved a resolution that would force an end to US involvement in Yemen, an implicit rebuke to the Trump administration for its continuing close alliance with Saudi Arabia.Nasa has confirmed its Mars rover Opportunity is finally dead after 15 years, the longest ever mission to the planet’s surface. When it landed in January 2004, the robot was expected to survive for only around 90 Martian days.The FBI has released sketches by the serial killer Samuel Little of his alleged victims, along with other information that the agency hopes could help solve dozens of unsolved homicides.Multiple women have accused the musician Ryan Adams of “[dangling] career opportunities while simultaneously pursuing female artists for sex,” according to a report by the New York Times. Adams tweeted that the article was “upsettingly inaccurate” and contained details that were “outright false”.Must-reads Shares1515 Pinterest Pinterest … we have a small favour to ask. The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.More people are reading and supporting The Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we have chosen an approach that allows us to keep our journalism accessible to all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford. But we need your ongoing support to keep working as we do.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism, to maintain our openness and to protect our precious independence. Every reader contribution, big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Since you’re here… This article is more than 5 months old Pinterest Share on Facebook How fashion has redefined sex appeal in the #MeToo eraIt’s 18 months since the start of the MeToo movement. That’s three seasons in which fashion’s centre of gravity has shifted steadily away from sex, says Jess Cartner-Morley – long enough for the trend to trickle down to date night outfits this Valentine’s weekend.Could a neo-Nazi be Slovakia’s next president?Marian Kotleba, the leader of the far-right Our Slovakia party, is widely regarded as a neo-Fascist. In 2013, he won a shock victory in regional elections. Voted out four years later, his party turned its focus to the Slovak national legislature, taking 14 of its 150 seats. Next month, Kotleba will run for president. Shaun Walker reports.From US intelligence officer to alleged Iranian spyMonica Witt, a former intelligence officer with the US airforce, who converted to Islam and defected to Iran in 2013, has been charged with espionage. Julian Borger asks how the 39-year-old became so enthusiastic about turning her back on her homeland.Life in the shadow of al-ShabaabGiven the enduring influence of the extremist group al-Shabaab, Mogadishu remains a dangerous place to live and work, especially for journalists, aid workers, government employees or youth leaders. Moulid Hujale reports from the Somali capital.OpinionThe 2011 protests in Tahrir Square represented a radical democratic movement that wanted to restore people’s dignity. But now, rightwing populists around the world have reduced that need for dignity to a vindictive clamour for pride, writes Ece Temelkaran. Facebook US gun control US morning briefing Share on Twitter Parkland, Florida school shooting Support The Guardian This article is more than 5 months old Facebook Twitter Solidarity in black at the 2018 Golden Globes, as the #MeToo movement began to influence what women wear. Photograph: Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP Share on Facebook news SportThe Ricketts family helped to turn the Chicago Cubs from “lovable losers” into World Series champions, ending the team’s 108-year drought. But now fans could be forgiven for wondering whether they made a deal with the devil, says Parker Molloy.Son Heung-min and Jan Vertonghen both found the net as they spurred Tottenham to a 3-0 Champions League win over Borussia Dortmund at Wembley on Wednesday, the first leg of their last-16 tie.Sign upThe US morning briefing is delivered to thousands of inboxes every weekday. If you’re not already signed up, subscribe now. Share on WhatsApp US news Share on LinkedIn It is dangerous and unfortunate that so much public anger is being organised and mobilised by rightwing populists and ruthless autocrats such as Donald Trump, Viktor Orbán, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan in Turkey and Jair Bolsonaro in Brazil. A federal judge in Washington DC has found that Paul Manafort, Trump’s former campaign manager, lied to Robert Mueller’s Russia inquiry about several issues, including his interactions with a former Russian intelligence agent, even after agreeing to cooperate with the special prosecutor. The Wednesday ruling by Judge Amy Berman Jackson means Mueller’s team is no longer obliged to honour its plea deal with Manafort, who could therefore spend many more years behind bars than he previously expected.Mystery Russian. Manafort was accused of lying to Mueller about having shared polling data on the 2016 election with Konstantin Kilimnik, a Russian political operative with ties to Moscow’s intelligence services.Democrats attempt to throw light on ‘dark money’ Share on Messenger Twitter last_img read more


Ford under criminal investigation in US over auto emissions

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first_img As the crisis escalates… Read more Support The Guardian Topics Pollution Share via Email Gwyn Topham Transport correspondent Ford Carmaker becomes latest firm to face scrutiny by authorities over pollution tests Ford … in our natural world, we refuse to turn away from the climate catastrophe and species extinction. For The Guardian, reporting on the environment is a priority. We give reporting on climate, nature and pollution the prominence it deserves, stories which often go unreported by others in the media. At this pivotal time for our species and our planet, we are determined to inform readers about threats, consequences and solutions based on scientific facts, not political prejudice or business interests.More people are reading and supporting The Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we have chosen an approach that allows us to keep our journalism accessible to all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford. But we need your ongoing support to keep working as we do.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism, to maintain our openness and to protect our precious independence. Every reader contribution, big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Reuse this content Shares6464 This article is more than 2 months old Share on LinkedIn The focus of thinvestigation appears to be whether Ford accurately assessed the “road load”, or drag and resistance, of its vehicles, and its “coast down” testing, when a vehicle stops once power is no longer applied.The modelling can significantly alter the certified emissions: a report by the International Council on Clean Transportation in 2016 found that in every model it analysed manufacturers were underplaying road load figures and subsequent carbon emissions by an average of 7%.Even if the discrepancy is far lower than from defeat devices, Ford could be fined. It said: “Because this matter is still in the preliminary stages, we cannot predict the outcome and we cannot provide assurance that it will not have a material adverse effect on us.”Mercedes and its parent company Daimler remain under investigation in the US by the DoJ and EPA for possible defeat devices in Mercedes diesel vehicles, in a process that has lasted nearly three years.Lawyers have filed a class action on behalf of Mercedes car owners in the US courts, claiming that vehicles marketed as eco-friendly were instead significantly exceeding pollution limits. The US Department of Justice has launched a criminal investigation into Ford’s emissions certification process.Ford said on Friday it was fully cooperating with government agencies, as it became the latest car manufacturer to be investigated over emissions.However, Ford said the concerns did not involve the use of defeat devices – the cheat software used to deliberately lower emissions during official tests, which were at the heart of the Volkswagen “dieselgate” scandal in 2015.According to a regulatory filing by Ford, the company voluntarily disclosed what it called a “potential concern” to the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and California’s Air Resources Board two months ago. Ford said in February it had hired external experts to check its testing procedures after its employees raised concerns. How green are electric cars? Share on Twitter The EPA said earlier this month that more legal actions against car manufacturers were “in the works”. In January, Fiat Chrysler reached an $800m settlement with the US government and California to resolve claims of defeat devices in its vehicles.Independent, real-world emissions tests have shown that diesel cars from virtually all manufacturers significantly exceeded official NOx pollution limits.VW admitted installing defeat devices to game the testing system in 11m cars it produced. In the US, It has agreed to pay more than $25bn in fines, compensation and buyback settlements with owners. Motoring (Money) Electric, hybrid and low-emission cars Ford under criminal investigation in US over auto emissions Share via Email Motoring (Technology) Automotive industry This article is more than 2 months old Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Ford said the concerns did not involve the use of defeat devices.Photograph: John G Mabanglo/EPA Fri 26 Apr 2019 12.34 EDT Share on Facebook news Sign up to the daily Business Today email or follow Guardian Business on Twitter at @BusinessDesk Last modified on Fri 26 Apr 2019 13.30 EDT Share on Pinterest Share on WhatsApp @GwynTopham Share on Messengerlast_img read more


Designing Technology for Your Needs – The IFoundation

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first_imgPeople walking, one with prosthetic legWhat IF injury or disability prevents you from fully interacting with the world?What IF commercially available products didn’t work for you?What IF someone had a solution?For most of his life, Bryce has been unable to run around with his friends, ride a bike, or play basketball. Commercially available prosthetics were unable to account for a birth defect that caused one of his knees to be several inches higher than the other, resulting in balance problems.  Bryce was the first recipient of a custom prosthetic designed and built at Purdue University.  Within minutes of putting on the prosthetic, Bryce was playing basketball and was able to pedal a bike for the first time.Assistive devices, like the prosthetic designed for Bryce, enable individuals with injuries or disabilities to interact more fully with the world around them.  Unfortunately, commercially available devices do not work for all individuals.  Therefore, a number of custom assistive devices are produced at Purdue University and delivered to individuals in the community.  Based on the benefits provided by these devices, and the potential they have to be of aid to a larger number of individuals, Theresa Gordon and Eric Nauman created the IFoundation.The mission of the IFoundation is to manufacture and distribute assistive devices customized to fit the individual needs and provide Increased Functionality in the areas of access, mobility, speech, and therapy.  This will be accomplished by tapping into the potential of the assistive devices created at universities and by individuals.  The IFoundation will work with Purdue’s Engineering Projects In Community Service (EPICS) program and individuals at Easter Seals Crossroads and The Timmy Foundation to develop products.  Devices will be distributed directly to individuals or caregivers through outreach programs and rehabilitation centers.  Several devices have already been produced for St. Vincent’s Pediatric Rehabilitation Center.There are many individuals like Bryce forced to do without an assistive device because commercially available devices do not meet their needs.  The IFoundation will provide affordable assistive device solutions for individuals so they no longer have to ask… “What IF?”Share this…TwitterFacebookPinterestLinkedInEmailPrint RelatedATU254 – Cybathlon with Dr Robert Riener, Facebook uses artificial intelligence, Twitter adds alt tages, The ums and ers of AIApril 8, 2016In “Assistive Technology Update”Guest Blog: Veteran Schooling and Assistive TechnologyApril 26, 2012In “Easter Seals Crossroads”She’s a Crucial Part of the Creative SolutionAugust 27, 2014In “INDATA News”last_img read more


Dancing on Wheels Company and School Revolutionizes the Perception of Dance

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first_imgMary Verdi-Fletcher became the first professional wheelchair dancer in the United States in 1980. She opened her own company, Dancing on Wheels Company and School, in Cleveland, Ohio and is now celebrating her 30th anniversary season. She was born with Spina Bifida which is a birth defect in which the backbone and spinal canal do not close before birth. She wanted to combine her experiences and passion for dance to revolutionize how people perceived dance and dancers.Dancing on Wheels Company and School is a professional studio with physically integrated techniques for dancers born with and without disabilities. Company members include 15 dancers who have danced with collegiate groups, Cirque de Soleil, the Cleveland Cavaliers and various other dance companies throughout the United States.  The company has reached over 4.5 million people through workshops, classes, performances, school assemblies and other events.The company offers weekly in-studio classes and community outreach programs enhanced with movement and performance for a unique approach to therapy. This experience is open to everyone including people who previously were excluded from the arts due to physical, sensory or developmental disabilities. Dancing on Wheels offers classes in ballet, modern dance, hip hop, creative movement and pre-pointe.  Each genre focuses on a improving a specific skill. The Company also offers summer dance and theatre workshops for all ages and abilities.Past performances include Alice and Wonderland, The Snowman, Walking on Clouds and others. Performances range from 10 minutes to 90 minutes depending on the occasion and difficulty level.On May 7, 2011, Dancing on Wheels performed at the DisAbilities Expo in Fort Wayne, Indiana. Mary was the keynote speaker and the group performed afterward. Dancing on Wheels will perform on May 26 in Saint Louis at the Spring to Dance Festival at Touhill Performing Arts Center.Share this…TwitterFacebookPinterestLinkedInEmailPrint RelatedDancing all the way to the top with prostheticsApril 30, 2014In “Tech Tips”Consumer Highlight: Stephanie WeatherfordSeptember 18, 2017Similar post3-D printing device helps girl “reach for the stars”April 3, 2014In “Tech Tips”last_img read more


AWS Announces General Availability of Amazon Personalize

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first_imgAWS Announces General Availability of Amazon Personalize PRNewswireJune 11, 2019, 7:40 pmJune 11, 2019 Amazon Personalize Enables Developers to Build Applications With the Same Machine Learning Technology Used by Amazon.Com for Real-Time Personalized Recommendations – With No Machine Learning Expertise Required Yamaha, Subway, and Zola Among Customers Using Amazon PersonalizeAmazon Web Services, Inc. (AWS), an Amazon.com company, announced the general availability of Amazon Personalize, bringing the same machine learning technology used by Amazon.com to AWS customers for use in their applications – with no machine learning experience required. Amazon Personalize makes it easy to develop applications with a wide array of personalization use cases, including specific product recommendations, individualized search results, and customized direct marketing. Amazon Personalize is a fully managed service that trains, tunes, and deploys custom, private machine learning models. Amazon Personalize provisions the necessary infrastructure and manages the entire machine learning pipeline, including processing the data, identifying features, selecting algorithms, and training, optimizing, and hosting the results. Customers receive results via an Application Programming Interface (API) and only pay for what they use, with no minimum fees or upfront commitments.Now available: Amazon Personalize, enabling developers to build applications with the same machine learning technology used by Amazon.com for real-time personalized recommendations – with no machine learning expertise requiredAmazon has pioneered the use of machine learning for recommendation and personalization for more than 20 years. During that time, customers have asked for access to these capabilities so they could enjoy similar benefits when running their businesses. However, the technology can be challenging to deliver effectively across a variety of use cases because there isn’t a single, master personalization algorithm. Each use case – videos, music, products, or news articles – has its own specificities, which requires a unique mix of data, algorithms, and optimizations to create a result. Today’s general availability of Amazon Personalize provides a major step toward putting the power of Amazon’s experience in machine learning into the hands of everyday application developers and data scientists at businesses of all sizes across all industries. Amazon Personalize reduces the time to build a custom model from months to days. When using Amazon Personalize, customers provide the service an activity stream from an application (e.g. page views, signups, or purchases) along with an inventory of the items to recommend (e.g. music, videos, products, or news articles), and receive recommendations via an API. Amazon Personalize does this by processing and examining the data, identifying what is meaningful, selecting from multiple advanced algorithms built and refined over years for Amazon’s retail business, and training and optimizing a personalization model customized to the data. During the whole time, all of the data is kept completely private, owned entirely by the customer.Marketing Technology News: SRAX and The ALS Association Give BIGtoken Users a New Way to Donate Real Money with Their Data Earnings“We are excited to share with AWS customers the expertise we’ve developed during two decades of using machine learning to deliver great experiences on Amazon.com,” said Swami Sivasubramanian, Vice President of Machine Learning, Amazon Web Services, Inc. “Customers have been asking for Amazon Personalize, and we are eager to see how they implement these services to delight their own end users. And the best part is that these artificial intelligence services, like Amazon Personalize, do not require any machine learning experience to immediately train, tune, and deploy models to meet their business demands.”Amazon Personalize is available today in US East (Ohio), US East (N. Virginia), US West (Oregon), Asia Pacific (Tokyo), Asia Pacific (Singapore) and EU (Ireland) with additional regions coming soon.Yamaha Corporation of America (YCA) offers a large assortment of high-quality musical instruments and audio products to U.S. customers. Their products include Keyboard, Guitar, Winds and Strings, Percussion, Professional Audio and Consumer Audio. “Amazon Personalize saves us up to 60% of the time needed to set up and tune the infrastructure and algorithms for our machine learning models when compared to building and configuring the environment on our own. It is ideal for both small developer teams who are trying to build the case for ML and large teams who are trying to iterate rapidly at reasonable cost. Even better, we expect Amazon Personalize to be more accurate than other recommender systems, allowing us to delight our customers with highly personalized product suggestions during their shopping experience, which we believe will increase our average order value and the total number of orders,” said Ishwar Bharbhari, Director of Information Technology, Yamaha Corporation of America.Marketing Technology News: Informatica Unveils AI-Powered Product Innovations and Strengthens Industry Partnerships at Informatica World 2019The Subway restaurant chain offers guests in over 100 countries quality ingredients and flavor combinations with nearly 7 million made-to-order sandwiches created daily. “At Subway, guest experience matters,” said Neville Hamilton, Interim Chief Information Officer at Subway. “Using Amazon Personalize, we can quickly deliver personalized recommendations for our endless varieties of ingredients and flavors to fit the unique lifestyles of our busy guests. Amazon Personalize lets our team use simple API calls to curate recommendations without requiring machine learning expertise. We are looking forward to continuing to work with Amazon Personalize to provide the best experience to our guests who want to eat fresh. We have already successfully tested using Amazon Personalize to provide recommendations to guests making orders from our app, and are excited to expand into personalized app notifications in the near future.”Zola is the fastest-growing wedding company in the country using design and technology to create the easiest wedding planning and registry experience for couples. “At Zola, we develop innovative wedding planning tools. We want to be there along the entire wedding journey and provide the best possible recommendations to our customers based on their style, interests, or preferences. Until now, those recommendations have been implemented via rule-based ranking, popularity, or more recently, via a similarity model calculated internally. These methods were difficult to maintain and scale. Amazon Personalize provides us with state-of-the-art algorithms and an end-to-end personalization solution that enables us to provide recommendations and personalized content in real time. Being a small team, using Amazon Personalize will allow us to quickly deliver capabilities that would have otherwise taken a much larger team and several months development time,” said Stephane Bailliez, Vice President of Engineering at Zola.Marketing Technology News: Tata Elxsi is a Certified Widevine Partner, Selected as the System Integrator for Google Widevine CAS solutionsSegment provides customer data infrastructure allowing companies to collect, unify, and connect their first-party customer data to over 200 marketing, analytics, and data warehousing tools with just a flip of a switch. “Today’s consumers expect real-time personalization and recommendations, yet the reality for most companies is that the amount of engineering required makes that experience very hard to create, let alone deliver,” said Tom Pinckney, Head of Partnerships at Segment. “Amazon Personalize brings Amazon’s world-class machine learning technology to every company. By combining it with Segment’s Customer Data Infrastructure, our customers can deliver these highly individualized recommendations at scale and in real time. We have been impressed and plan to extend its functionality for Segment with further integration in the future.” Amazon PersonalizeAmazon Web ServicesApplication Programming Interfacemachine learning technologyMarketing TechnologyNews Previous ArticleThe Mars Agency Introduces Marilyn, the First End-To-End, AI-Enabled Predictive Commerce Intelligence Platform for Marketing to ShoppersNext ArticleClarity Insights Recognized as a Leader in Customer Analytics Report by Independent Research Firmlast_img read more