California Bill Provides Trademark Protection for Marijuana Industry

first_imgCannabis California Bill Provides Trademark Protection for Marijuana Industry California, long a pioneer in legalizing cannabis, is intent on giving the industry the legal tools to grow. Add to Queue Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. February 16, 2017 Next Article Image credit: Shutterstock 3 min read Keep up with the latest trends and news in the cannabis industry with our free articles and videos, plus subscribe to the digital edition of Green Entrepreneur magazine. dispensaries.com –shares Easy Search. Quality Finds. Your partner and digital portal for the cannabis community. In any business, the owner can trademark the name, logo and even images associated with their business with the United States government.Every business, that is, expect the marijuana business.vThe federal government grants trademarks for businesses but the federal government still classifies marijuana as an illegal drug. That makes getting a trademark at the national level impossible.However, lawmakers in California, which has been among those leading the way in the new era of legalized marijuana, have proposed a solution for businesses in the Golden State.California Trademark ProposalBusinesses need trademarks to protect intellectual property, keeping other businesses from stealing names and logos associated with their product and using it on products of their own. The lack of trademark protection in the marijuana industry already has led  a German pipe maker to sue companies in the United States for appropriating their name and placing it on other products.Under current law, a secretary of state can provide trademark protection for businesses at the state level, but only if they already have a federal trademark.“Not being able to trademark your brand is a huge setback if you’re trying to get capital investment,” Nate Bradley, a lobbyist for marijuana sellers, told non-profit journalism site Calmatters.com. “If you’re not able to protect what you’re asking people to invest in, you’re not likely to get investments.”California lawmakers have introduced a bill that would provide that protection. Assembly Bill 64 expands provisions of the Model State Trademark law allow the state to grant trademarks to business that deal in “medical cannabis and nonmedical cannabis goods and services.” Assemblyman Rob Bonta, a Democrat representing the Oakland area, is lead author on the bill.Both Colorado and Washington have passed similar laws to offer marijuana businesses in those states trademark protection.Related: Luxury ‘Bong’ Maker Faces Unique Trademark Infringement DilemmaOther Provisions of BillThe bill also restricts advertising for marijuana businesses in California. Some restrictions were included in the amendment passed by voters in November 2016 to legalize recreational marijuana. They include prohibiting the placement of billboards advertising marijuana that are “located on an interstate highway or state highway that crosses the border of any other state.”Bonta’s bill would expand that language to include all interstate and state highways. It also expands the prohibition to medical cannabis businesses and authorizes the state to use special classification marks on marijuana-related products.The bill also loans $3 million from the state’s general fund to the California Highway Patrol until proceeds for a state tax on marijuana sales begins bringing in money in 2018. The money is aimed at funding the highway patrol’s efforts at establishing protocols for determining whether is driver is under the influence of marijuana.The money also will fund research into developing technology that can determine if a person is impaired.Related: The Little-Mentioned Consequence of Selling MarijuanaFollow dispensaries.com on Twitter to stay up to date on the latest cannabis news.  Guest Writer Free Green Entrepreneur App Download Our iOS Applast_img read more

Its Time for McDonalds to Offer a Veggie Burger Nationwide

first_img Image credit: McDonald’s June 20, 2019 2019 Entrepreneur 360 List Cofounder and President of the Reducetarian Foundation Add to Queue The devastating impact of animal agriculture has taken center stage in recent years, and we’re becoming more informed about the impact our meat intake is having on the environment, our health and animals. Which makes it all more confounding that one of the world’s largest fast food retailers is still lagging behind, and has no vegetarian or vegan burger.Despite more than 220,000 people petitioning McDonald’s to add a vegetarian protein option to its menu across the U.S., McDonald’s website says it does not promote any of its U.S. menu items as vegetarian or vegan, which is astonishing given the soaring demand for change.More and more of us are becoming “reducetarians” — people who cut down on meat, egg and dairy. The number of vegans in the U.S. rose from 1 percent in 2014 to 6 percent in 2017, while one in three Americans consider themselves “flexitarian,” according to research from last year. Many meat-eaters cutting down on their consumption of animal products still enjoy the taste and ritual of eating meat, and are replacing their usual meaty staples with plant-based alternatives. But while we’re eating more plant-based foods — our love of fast food remains. The food industry has been quick to respond. Not only are plant-based businesses and restaurants thriving, but those traditionally catering to meat-eaters are conceding to our changing eating habits and branching out. The market for plant-based products that taste like animal-based meat and are marketed similarly to their meaty counterpart is exploding. Supermarkets are stocking plant-based foods (including the new Lightlife Plant-Based Burger), and restaurants, from high-end ones to fast food, are offering more plant-based options. The Beyond Burger and the Impossible Burger, for example, are sold in thousands of restaurants, hotels and other establishments. It’s an easy business decision to branch out to plant-based. Annual global sales of plant-based meat alternatives have grown on average 8 percent every year since 2010 — twice the rate of processed meat — and in the U.S., sales of plant-based foods that directly replace animal products grew 8 percent in the 12 months to August 2017. We’ve quickly reached the point where businesses that don’t offer vegan food options are the odd ones out. Among those companies is McDonald’s. Pressure is mounting on the fast food chain to introduce a vegan burger, since most of its competitors offer vegan alternatives.Carl’s Jr. has added the Beyond Burger to its menu, while Burger King has plans to roll the Impossible Burger out across the U.S. by the end of 2019. Burger King’s pilot in its initial test market of St. Louis boosted traffic to test locations by 18.5 percent in April this year, according to research, while foot traffic fell by 1.75 percent in the same month for stores outside this area, compared to the previous month. The evidence is stacking up to suggest it would be an unquestionably wise decision, but CEO Steve Easterbrook’s latest comments on the matter are vague. “Watch this space,” he recently said on CNBC’s Squawk on the Street.He explained that he’s still unsure about whether demand is high enough to justify the “complexity” of introducing a plant-based burger. While he also conceded that he didn’t think veganism is a fad, he alluded to being unsure what type of customer would buy a vegan burger. He asked: “Is it an existing customer who just wants an alternative option; does it bring a new customer in?”Since the retailer already has vegan options in Europe, launching a vegan option in the U.S. is not completely new territory. McDonald’s offers vegan items in several locations across the globe, including the McVegan burger in Germany, Finland and Sweden.”Improving for us means that we are brave enough to try new ways,” said Philipp Wachholz, company spokesman for McDonald’s Germany, on the launch of its vegan burger there. But for some reason, this “bravery” is lacking in the U.S., where the only vegan option is McAloo Tikki, a vegan burger, complete with vegan mayo, which launched at its global headquarters restaurant in Chicago last year.Silvia Lagnado, McDonald’s global chief marketing officer and director of McDonald’s menu, has said the company is monitoring plant-based meat. But in the meantime, the chain is missing out on business from customers cutting down on their meat intake and taking their money elsewhere. Crucially, Easterbrook compared the decision of adding a vegan burger to McDonald’s menu to the company deciding to start offering all-day breakfast. This isn’t the only time McDonald’s has introduced different items to the menu when the market was calling out for it. In fact, McDonald’s has excelled at responding to consumer demand over the years. In the 1950s and ’60s, cardiovascular disease had fast become a national health emergency, and in 1977 the U.S. government warned people to eat less meat, and more poultry and fish. McDonald’s sales fell, so staff called in Tyson Foods for help, and McNuggets were available worldwide by 1983.Around the same time, Cincinnati McDonald’s franchisee Lou Groen was losing business to a competitor offering customers halibut. The restaurants were in a predominately Roman Catholic neighborhood, and many people were eating fish instead of red meat on Fridays as part of a penance to mark the day of Christ’s death.Groen came up with the idea of adding a fish option to the menu, and after successfully trailing the Filet-O-Fish sandwich, it was rolled out nationwide in 1962, advertised as “the fish that catches people.”The fish sandwich is a no-brainer compared to some of the options McDonald’s has trialed over the years. Among its less successful ideas, it has introduced onion nuggets and pizza. Compared to these ideas, evidence suggests a plant-based burger is a far smaller risk.McDonald’s is missing out on a huge opportunity to cater to the growing numbers of vegans, vegetarians and flexitarians who like fast food as much as the next omnivore. The business might still be wondering who would eat its vegan option, but they’re alone in their continued doubt. Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Brian Kateman 7 min read Next Article –shares Apply Now » Guest Writer It’s Time for McDonald’s to Offer a Veggie Burger Nationwide McDonald’s is missing out on a huge opportunity to cater to the growing numbers of vegans, vegetarians and flexitarians who like fast food as much as the next omnivore. The only list that measures privately-held company performance across multiple dimensions—not just revenue. McDonald’slast_img read more

Nestlés new Milkybar Mix Ups blend milk and white chocolate

first_imgNestlé’s new Milkybar Mix Ups blend milk and white chocolatePosted By: Jules Scullyon: March 08, 2019In: Confectionery, Food, Industries, Innovation, New productsPrintEmailNestlé has launched Milkybar Mix Ups, a line of Milkybar buttons that combine white chocolate with milk chocolate for the first time.The products have gone on sale in the UK and Ireland this week in sharing and single packs. Each contains a mix of classic Milkybar white chocolate buttons with a cocoa filling and milk chocolate buttons with a milky filling.The chocolate is being made at Nestlé’s factory in Fawdon, Newcastle, which also creates confectionery products such as Rowntree’s Fruit Pastilles, Jelly Tots, Matchmakers, Munchies, Caramac and Rolo. It’s the last of those, Rolo, which has helped to make Milkybar Mix Ups possible.The individual Mix Ups chocolate buttons are created using a similar technique to the way a Rolo is made and are being produced on the Rolo production line with the same milk chocolate recipe. Along with Milkybar mini eggs, it is the first time that any Milkybar product has been made in Fawdon, away from its more usual home of York.Alberto Pisanello, assistant brand manager for Milkybar, said: “We get a lot of requests from Milkybar fans who have been asking us to mix white chocolate with milk chocolate for a long time but it’s not something we’ve done before with original Milkybar.Milkybar Mix Ups are made at Nestlé’s factory in Fawdon, Newcastle.“Milkybar is famously white chocolate so it needed to be something special if we were going to mix things up. We think Milkybar Mix Ups are very special, and if they are as popular out there as they have been at Nestlé HQ then we’re sure our fans will absolutely love them.”Milkybar Mix Ups are on sale in a single 32.5g pack, a 78g pouch, a 95g sharing bag and a larger 196g ‘more to share’ bag.Last year, Milkybar Wowsomes became the first product under the Milkybar brand to use two different types of chocolate in the same product.Nestlé created the bar using a ‘world-first’ sugar production technique, which drastically reduces the amount of sugar in the bar.The sugar contained in the Milkybar Wowsomes range is made using a process which produces aerated, porous particles of sugar that dissolve quickly in the mouth. Nestlé estimates that the Milkybar Wowsomes range contains 30% less sugar than similar chocolate bars thanks to this technique.Share with your network: Tags: chocolateNestléUKlast_img read more

DuPont opens new probiotics fermentation unit at US facility

first_imgDuPont opens new probiotics fermentation unit at US facilityPosted By: Contributoron: July 15, 2019In: Beverage, Dairy, Food, Functional, Industries, Ingredients, NutritionPrintEmailDuPont has inaugurated a new probiotics fermentation unit at its facility in Rochester, New York, as part of a $100 million investment to expand its probiotics capacity.The facility is now producing probiotics for the dietary supplement and food and beverage industries.DuPont said the unit features an automated system of sensors and monitors that helps maintain optimal growing conditions, removing the need to take traditional manual samples. It also has bacteria freezing technology for safe storage of the probiotics.“The investment in our Rochester probiotics operation furthers our strategy to provide health and nutrition science solutions to this growing market,” said DuPont CEO Marc Doyle.In addition to the company’s capital investment, construction of the fermentation unit was supported by a grant provided by Empire State Development. “We deeply appreciate the support from the state of New York as we launch this industry-leading endeavour,” said Matthias Heinzel, president of DuPont Nutrition & Biosciences.“We’re proud to be part of the Rochester community and to expand our footprint at the Eastman Business Park. This investment represents our deep commitment to driving innovation through probiotic research and manufacturing.”In 2016, DuPont said it would invest around $100 million to expand its probiotics production capacity in the US.In May, the company announced the creation of DuPont Nutrition & Biosciences, which combines its Nutrition & Health and Industrial Biosciences divisions into one unit.Share with your network: Tags: DuPontprobioticsUSlast_img read more

Green Tech Save the Planet the Easy Way

first_img Going green is in, but how easy is it to do? Many small changes that you can make in your everyday life will add up to a big impact on the environment–and you don’t have to buy a Toyota Prius to accomplish them. In many cases, it’s a matter of getting a gadget to do the hard work for you. Here are ten steps you can take with technology to help save the planet. ReduceBefore you can keep track of how successful you are at reducing your impact on the environment, you need to know what your impact is. A slew of gadgets, gizmos, and software programs can get you started.It’s possible to modify your entire house to monitor its energy use. Agilewaves Resource Monitor links a flat-panel touch screen with your home’s power, water, gas, and temperature systems. The panel lets you access real-time usage data (and time-lapse data) by floor, room, individual appliance, or specific utility. You can also access the Internet with it, of course.If you don’t have the big bucks to drop on digitizing your house, consider a simpler alternative. You can plug P3 International’s Kill A Watt ($40) into any electrical outlet and then plug the appliance you want to measure into Kill-A-Watt. The device measures kilowatt-hours of energy and tells you how much the appliance costs to run.Of course, the point of monitoring your energy intake is to help you waste less power. Here are some painless ways to cut back:PC: A typical PC consumes 600 kwh of electricity every year. Software can help you reduce that expenditure. Most programs, like Verdiem’s Surveyor , automatically shift your computer to its lowest power settings when the machine isn’t not in use. Monitor: Energy Star , a joint program of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Energy, recommends shutting your monitor down after 5 minutes of inactivity. Conveniently, Energy Star provides a link on one of its pages to a Computer Management Savings Calculator, which includes a monitor component. The site also offers drop-down lists of Energy Star-qualified monitors from various vendors on its Monitors page . Finally, for a downloadedable PowerPoint presentation of the program’s guidelines for qualifying monitors, see ” Proposed Energy Star Specifications for Computer Monitors .”The Web: Some authorities contend that the amount of energy a cathode-ray tube monitor uses depends on the color it displays. According to the Department of Energy , for example, a white screen uses 74 watts of power, while a black screen uses only 59 watts. So you may be able to save power by using a black Google screen such as those offered by Google-Black , GreenerGLE , Earthle , and Darkoogle for your searches. Similarly, you can display Word documents as colored text on a black background. Or enable a starry night screen saver.Use less paper: Even if “print less” is not an option for you, you can reduce your paper use by 4.75 percent: simply by changing your margins . The standard Microsoft Word document sets the margins at 1 inch on the top and bottom of the page, and at 1.75 inches on each side. Reducing those margins to .75 inch each saves paper, money, and trees. Green Tech: Save the Planet the Easy Way Make “reduce, reuse, recycle” a breeze with new gadgets and technology tips for your home, your gear, and the rest of your life. –shares When Buying New, Go Green More Ways to ReduceAt home: Every light in your house uses energy. Lighting-control systems such as Watt Stopper’s Wall Switch Vacancy Sensors(about $45 online) can replace your light switches with motion sensors that turn lights on when they detect people in a room. More-comprehensive systems like Green Switch (starts at $1125) can reduce your energy costs by at least 25 percent by retrofitting your house with a master switch for simultaneously turning off all light switches, wall plugs, and air-conditioning systems you put under its control. Outdoors: Water conservation is becoming a major issue. WeatherTrakprovides a service to regulate your lawn-watering system, reducing water use and runoff. The company’s irrigation system will automatically schedule watering based on the soil type and slope of your lawn along with data gathered from local weather stations and NOAA satellites.Get money to conserve: Various state, local, and federal entities have established incentives for switching to renewable energy or boosting your energy efficiency. Use DSIRE, the Database of State Incentives for Renewables and Efficiency, to find out what else you can do to reduce your use (and get some rebates, grants, and tax deductions while you’re at it).Reuse and RecycleTechnology enthusiasts tend to buy lots of new gadgets. But instead of dumping the old ones, why not recycle them?PCs: Perhaps the best thing you can do with an old computer is to donate it to a charity that will reuse it. Some local United Way chaptersgive refurbished computers to schools and families in need. Another option is to donate your computer to a Microsoft Authorized Refurbisher, which will ultimately give your computer to a charity, nonprofit organization, school, or public library.Cell phones: There are lots of ways to recycle phones, PDAs, cell phone batteries, chargers, and related accessories (some companies will even take your old appliances and other electronics). You can drop off old mobile phones at Best Buy, Office Depot, or Staples. Or you can mail out-of-date handsets back to Sprint, T-Mobile, Samsung, or Motorola. The Environmental Protection Agency maintains a comprehensive listof providers and retailers that operate recycling programs.Everything else: The EPA keeps track of recycling, donation, and refurbishment programs for just about anything that requires electricity to run. Check out the master list at the EPA’s eCyclingWeb site. Free Webinar | July 31: Secrets to Running a Successful Family Business Register Now » Plug in to efficiency : Your computer, monitor, printer, or other electronic hardware sucks power out of your outlets even when it’s inactive. The best solution is to plug each component into a device that prevents useless power drain. BITS Limited’s Smart Strip ($33) powers your PC and your peripherals at the same time. And when you turn off your PC, the strip automatically suspends power to all other devices you aren’t using. Another option, Watt Stopper’s IDP-3050 power strip ($40 at Web retailers), has a motion sensor that turns its outlets on when the strip senses someone in the room–and off when no one is there. Learn how to successfully navigate family business dynamics and build businesses that excel. Add to Queue Erin Biba Next Article Technology More Ways to Reduce When Buying New, Go GreenAnother essential aspect of energy use conservation involves looking ahead. Every time you buy something new, make sure it’s green. Here are a few low-power toys to get you started:Earth-friendly PC: Hewlett-Packard offers a full line of Energy Star-compliant products. The HP Compaq Business Desktop dc5750($750) comes with an 80GB SATA hard drive, 1GB of DDR2 memory, an AMD Athlon 64 X2 Dual Core processor, and the Windows Vista Business operating system. Under optimum conditions, according to HP, it consumes 52 percent less energy than a standard desktop. Green storage:Western Digital’s Caviar GP WD10EACS($320) is a 1TB hard drive that consumes less power and operates at lower temperatures than comparable-size drives. It scored fairly well on our tests against a similar nongreen hard drive. Light up less: Replacing the light bulbs in your house with compact fluorescent light(CFL) bulbs can reduce your energy use for lighting by 75 percent (CFLs last about 10 times longer than standard incandescent bulbs, too). Or go a step further and get Motionbulbs ($20)–CFLs equipped with motion sensors that turn on when you enter a room and turn off when you leave.A different kind of pod: Your iPod is great, but how energy efficient is the constant recharging? Maybe you should try a Wind Up Eco Media Player (£150) instead. This device has an FM stereo radio, plays video and music, and comes with a built-in microphone, LED light, and SD Card reader. To charge its 20-hour battery, you turn a crank at the back–1 minute of winding yields 40 minutes of audio playback. (Or you can plug it into a USB port and let the electric company do the cranking.) January 1, 2008 Brought to you by PCWorld 7 min readlast_img read more

Google Fiat Chrysler Reportedly Working on SelfDriving Car Deal

first_img Next Article Google and Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV are close to agreeing on a partnership that could break boundaries between Silicon Valley and the auto industry in the race to develop self-driving cars, people familiar with the discussions said on Friday.The partnership could be announced soon, three people familiar with the situation told Reuters on condition of anonymity because the discussions were private. The talks were first reported Thursday by the blog AutoExtremist.com.Google, a unit of Alphabet Inc., and Fiat Chrysler declined to comment.Google has said that it does not want to build self-driving vehicles on its own and has explored alliances with auto companies, but none have been finalised. Fiat Chrysler Chief Executive Sergio Marchionne said this week the company was in talks with an advanced technology company, but offered no details.Executives at other auto makers, including Ford Motor Co., General Motors Co. and Daimler AG, have expressed wariness about alliances with Alphabet or other technology companies that could relegate them to the role of hardware suppliers. Auto executives have said they do not want to stand by while Alphabet reaps richer profits from the data generated by vehicles and their passengers.GM has signalled that it plans to go its own way on driverless car technology, moving to buy self-driving vehicle startup Cruise Automation.On a conference call after Fiat Chrysler issued quarterly earnings on Tuesday, Marchionne repeated that he was interested in partnerships with Google or Apple Inc.”Dialogue continues with people who are interested in exploring their relevance in the automotive world and we will continue to help them find their way out,” Marchionne said in response to a question about working with non-traditional automakers.John Krafcik, a former auto executive who heads Alphabet’s self-driving car project, made a public pitch for partners in January at a conference in Detroit in January. Fiat Chrysler officials in Michigan and Italy have declined to comment on speculation that Google’s technology could eventually be offered on the new Chrysler Pacifica minivan launched in February. Marchionne and other FCA officials are scheduled on May 6 to visit the Windsor, Ontario plant that builds the Pacifica.Auto and technology industry executives have said self-driving vehicles, possibly minivans, might hit the roads first in ride-sharing or shuttle fleets.Among the models that Alphabet has been using in its self-driving project is the Lexus RX450h, a hybrid sport utility vehicle, made by Toyota Motor Corp.(Reporting by Bernie Woodall; Editing by Richard Chang) Google, Fiat Chrysler Reportedly Working on Self-Driving Car Deal Learn how to successfully navigate family business dynamics and build businesses that excel. Add to Queue Image credit: Reuters | Stephen Lam Register Now » –sharescenter_img May 2, 2016 Self-Driving Cars Reuters Free Webinar | July 31: Secrets to Running a Successful Family Business This story originally appeared on Reuters 3 min readlast_img read more

7 Hottest Jobs in the Cannabis Industry Right Now

first_img –shares Add to Queue New survey reveal who’s getting hired and what they’re getting paid. Free Green Entrepreneur App Download Our iOS App VIP Contributor 3 min read Image credit: Shutterstock.com Looking for a way to break into the budding cannabis industry? There are plenty of jobs to be had if you know where to look. This week, marijuana-focused recruiting company Vangst published a jobs report. And the overall outlook was pretty greentastic. Here’s what we learned:Related: Cannabis Industry Likely to Employ More Than 400,000 By 2021, Study ProjectsThe Cannabis Jobs Market Is At An All-Time HighMedical marijuana is now legal in 30 states; and recreational pot, in 9 others. This, coupled with record-high levels of support for legalization among the U.S. population, has led to a 690 percent growth in cannabis job listings between January 1, 2017, and August 1, 2018, according to Vangst.In addition, the average salary in the industry increased by 16.1 percent over this period.These Are Jobs with BenefitsVangst’s report looked at health benefits across the industry. Here’s what they found:71 percent of cannabis jobs include medical insurance.51 percent offer dental insurance for full-time employees.46 percent offer vision insurance.46 percent offer all three for full-time employees.29 percent offer a 401k plan – or employee stock options.21 percent of the jobs come with no benefitsRelated: Marijuana Industry to Create 283,000 Jobs by 2020, Report ProjectsThe Most Hired Positions Are…Using proprietary data and responses from surveys of more than 1,200 cannabis companies around the U.S., Vangst compiled salary data for the most hired positions in the cannabis industry. These were:Director of ExtractionDirector of CultivationCompliance ManagerDispensary ManagerOutside Sales RepresentativesBud-tendersTrimmersA few things to note: “A salary survey provides a look into the industry at a certain point in time,” says Vangst. “As the cannabis industry continues to grow at an exponential rate, we will continue to communicate with businesses within the industry in order to provide the most accurate and reliable data possible in future reports.”Vangst also took into account the experience and/or skill level of each job, dividing. their report into four categories:Low: less experience than required; training needed.Average: expected experience; necessary skills for the job.High: more experience than usual; strong skills and training.Top: “extremely high, relevant experience” for the job; “Candidate has exceptional skills to complete this job and likely has advanced degrees and certifications.”Here are the top seven cannabis industry jobs and their average salaires:1. Director of ExtractionLow: $47,000Average: $72,000High: $135,000Top: $191,0002. Director of CultivationLow: $47,000Average: $88,000High: $140,000Top: $250,5003. Compliance ManagerLow: $45,000Average: $62,500High: $81,750Top: $149,0004. Dispensary ManagerLow: $41,500Average: $56,250High: $65,400Top: $98,0005. Outside Sales RepresentativesLow: $28,000Average: $58,800High: $73,500Top: $150,0006. Bud-tendersLow: $12/hrAverage: $13.25/hrHigh: $14/hrTop: $16/hr7. TrimmersLow: $11.50/hrAverage: $12.25/hrHigh: $13/hrTop: $14.50/hr    cannabis, biotech and entrepreneurship reporter Keep up with the latest trends and news in the cannabis industry with our free articles and videos, plus subscribe to the digital edition of Green Entrepreneur magazine. Javier Hasse Next Article Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. September 7, 2018 You’re Hired! 7 Hottest Jobs in the Cannabis Industry Right Nowlast_img read more

Google Fired 48 Staffers Over Sexual Misconduct in the Past 2 Years

first_img Image credit: via PC Mag Register Now » Google Fired 48 Staffers Over Sexual Misconduct in the Past 2 Years Next Article Add to Queue Reporter Guest Writer The New York Times published a story that suggests Google has been protecting senior executives accused of sexual harassment. In response, the company’s CEO said the tech giant has been taking a harder line against all employees found engaging in sexual misconduct. Sexual Harassment –shares Free Webinar | July 31: Secrets to Running a Successful Family Business 2 min read This story originally appeared on PCMag Michael Kan October 26, 2018 Learn how to successfully navigate family business dynamics and build businesses that excel. Is Google doing enough to stop workplace sexual harassment?On Thursday, The New York Times published a story that claims Google paid $90 million to Android founder Andy Rubin in his exit package — even though he was forced to resign in 2014 over a credible sexual misconduct claim.The report goes on to paint a picture of Google protecting senior executives accused of sexual harassment. Amit Singhal, a former head of Google search, also received an exit package paid in the millions after he resigned over allegations he groped an employee.Google isn’t denying all the claims in the report. On Thursday, company CEO Sundar Pichai and company vice president Eileen Naughton sent out an email to staffers that says: “Today’s story in the New York Times was difficult to read.”However, Pichai and Naughton were quick to add that Google “is dead serious” about making the company a “safe and inclusive workplace.”The email — which PCMag obtained through a company spokesperson — gives a rundown of Google’s recent efforts to stop sexual misconduct. It notes that during the past two years, Google has terminated 48 employees for sexual harassment. Thirteen of the employees were senior managers or above, and none of them received an exit package.”We want to assure you that we review every single complaint about sexual harassment or inappropriate conduct, we investigate and we take action,” reads the email. An updated Google policy also demands that company vice presidents and senior vice presidents disclose relationships with co-workers, regardless of “reporting line or presence of conflict.”That all said, the email makes no mention of Singhal and Rubin, both of whom left Google over two years ago. The New York Times’ report suggests Google paid Rubin the huge exit package to prevent him from working at a competitor or disparaging the company through a wrongful termination suit.Sam Singer, a spokesman for Rubin, told The New York Times that the Android founder left Google on his own accord and that he did not engage in sexual misconduct while employed at the company.last_img read more

Federal Regulators Are Blocking the Cannabis Boom but Congress Keeps Them In

first_img 4 min read March 14, 2019 Free Green Entrepreneur App Keep up with the latest trends and news in the cannabis industry with our free articles and videos, plus subscribe to the digital edition of Green Entrepreneur magazine. Image credit: Xinhua | Liu Jie | Getty Images Federal Regulators Are Blocking the Cannabis Boom but Congress Keeps Them In the Way Add to Queue A new era is at hand for investing in medical cannabis, which until now has been the exclusive territory of investors brave enough to venture into the risk-ridden waters of federal prohibition.But that won’t last forever. The feds are trying to play catch-up as investors, consumers and patients fuel the rapid expansion of the multi-billion-dollar cannabis industry, with legalization spreading across the U.S., Canada and elsewhere.States that have legalized cannabis are enjoying the benefits of increased tax revenue. Gov. Andrew Cuomo of New York, where medical cannabis is legal and a plan to legalize adult-use is underway, has proposed that revenue from the cannabis excise tax be used to fix the ailing subway (the legislation is stalled by African-American legislators demanding some portion of revenues be channeled to communities most victimized by the War on Drugs).States with legal cannabis don’t want the feds to interrupt the flow of tax revenue. The fundamental purpose behind the SAFE Banking Act that’s currently working its way through Congress is to protect institutions that provide financial services to “legitimate” cannabis businesses.The odd thing about this is that cannabis businesses are required to pay steep taxes to the federal government that bans their product. A 1982 amendment to the Tax Code called 280E, which was originally meant to penalize drug dealers, has been narrowly interpreted by the IRS to mean legal marijuana businesses cannot deduct normal business expenses from their taxable revenue.Related: Cannabis Advocates Want ‘Unjust’ Federal Tax Code ChangedJust recently, Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell told the U.S. Senate that clarity in federal financial regulations in the marijuana market is increasingly necessary as more states line up behind legalization. “I think it would be great to have clarity,” Powell told members. “It puts financial institutions in a very difficult place and puts the supervisors in a difficult place, too.”As states continue to fall like giant green bowling pins — 35 states and the District of Columbia have legalized its use for medical purposes — the complexity of legalization and its ramifications on banking and financial institutions are impossible to ignore. Many more states, such as New York, New Jersey and Illinois, are debating legalization of the cannabis industry. Eventually the feds are going to have to adapt as federal agencies, like the FDA, are getting involved in regulation. Former FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb said before his recent resignation that his agency is investigating “possible alternative approaches” to regulating CBD. This is after the passage of the Farm Bill last year and the FDA giving the greenlight to Epidiolex, a CBD treatment for epileptic seizures from GW Pharmaceuticals. Now the federal government finds itself in an unusual conundrum, of approving and regulating a compound that it has banned. Meanwhile, doctors and patients are demanding more clinical evidence that CBD actually works.Related: Move Aside, CBD: New Data Finds THC Is the Real Medicine in Medical MarijuanaThis, combined with the recent call for clarity from Chairman Powell, signals that a new era is at hand for investing in cannabis. There’s too much momentum, and too much money, for the feds to stuff the genie back in the bottle.GW Pharmaceuticals led Big Pharma into medical cannabis investment and was rewarded by becoming the first drug company to get a cannabis-based treatment approved by the FDA. You might think everybody wants to be the next GW but Big Pharma has been noticeably quiet on the subject of cannabis investing.The Novartis subsidiary Sandoz partnered with Canadian cannabis company Tilray to sell medical cannabis in countries where it’s legal. But aside from that, it’s been the smaller companies that are getting involved in medical cannabis. The ones best positioned to make investments are the biotechs capable of running clinical trials.The future of investing in medical cannabis lies in the Second Generation: the development of cannabinoid pharmaceuticals through clinical trials which are then submitted to the FDA. Investment in Second Generation medical cannabis is coming from small biotechs that are just making themselves known, like Katexco Pharmaceuticals and CannBioRex Pharmaceuticals.But Big Pharma seems content to sit on the sidelines as long as cannabis remains prohibited by federal law in the U.S. The smaller, cutting-edge biotechs have a greater tolerance for risk than Big Pharma. That’s unlikely to change so long as federal law equates cannabis banking with money laundering.If the U.S. government ever puts an end to prohibition, just imagine what that would do to cannabis investment on Wall Street. The pharmaceutical floodgates will finally open. 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Constellation Brands buys stake in US firm Black Button Distilling

first_imgConstellation Brands buys stake in US firm Black Button DistillingPosted By: Contributoron: February 06, 2019In: Alcohol, Beverage, Business, Industries, Mergers & AcquisitionsPrintEmailConstellation Brands, through its venture capital group, has acquired a minority stake in US craft alcohol firm Black Button Distilling, in a move to fill white space in its spirits portfolio.As part of the deal, Black Button will continue to produce, market and sell its range of spirits such as its Straight Bourbon Whiskey, Citrus Forward Gin, seasonal Lilac Gin and Bespoke Bourbon Cream.The firm was founded in Rochester, New York, in 2012 by Jason Barrett. Sales have more than tripled since 2014, and in 2017 the company expanded and opened a tasting room and bottle shop in Buffalo, New York.Over 90% of ingredients in Black Button’s spirits are grown or produced in New York State. It now makes 115,000 bottles of spirits each year, distributed in 11 US states and Japan.Barrett said: “For us to continue the growth rate we believe we are capable of, it was time to find an equity partner. But we didn’t want just any equity partner. We wanted someone who understood our business, our culture and our goals.“We found that partner right in our back yard. Constellation shares our love of western NY and they are also committed to the agricultural roots that are so important to Black Button. This partnership is great for our employees, our ownership, our farmers and our consumers because we will be able to bring more great Black Button products to our community.”Bill Newlands, Constellation Brands COO and incoming CEO, added: “As a company headquartered in the Greater Rochester region, we’re especially proud to make this investment in this local favourite.“Black Button has a proven track record of producing premium craft spirits that resonate with consumers and they have a variety of products that are aligned to consumer trends and fill white space within Constellation’s spirits portfolio. With our shared knowledge, experience and guidance, we will work together to help Black Button grow and expand the brands that craft spirits enthusiasts have come to know and love.”In its third-quarter results posted last month, Constellation recorded a 0.4% rise in net sales for its wine and spirits segment, while the firm’s beer division grew 16%.Share with your network: Tags: Black Button DistillingConstellation BrandsginUSwhiskylast_img read more

Big tech companies are trying to rewrite the rules to get your

first_img Part of the problem is hat consumers think they’re getting a service for free and do not appreciate that they are paying for the service with their data. We need better consumer literacy, but given we have failed to give consumers better financial literacy, I sadly can’t see this happening. Share Reply 5 6 Share on Facebook Facebook digit 22 May 2018 18:37 Arthur Sternom 15 16 Share on Twitter Share on Twitter Justlyjohn 22 May 2018 17:12 What is GDPR and how will it affect you? Arthur Sternom Share on Twitter Share on Twitter 22 May 2018 17:12 It’s the ‘smart’ way to comply with rules – technically it makes the job of compliance easier as you’re in or you’re out, so issues such as consent management lessen. But there’s the psychological barrier to actually deleting everything – ‘this is a part of my life i may not want to lose, what about the photo’s from bob’s wedding 5 years ago – delete is sooo final’ that errs towards keeping active. I like the principals of GDPR & it’s not that badly worded (I do regulatory change for a living), but as we see with the inexorable cookie consent notices that are a chore rather than promoting choice, big corps like life will find a way Reason (optional) That makes regulating and taxing these companies much more difficult. It also means it’s impossible for developing countries to insist on technology or skills transfer. In effect, big business can profit from a market without providing jobs or skills or knowhow or taxes, or having to worry about new regulations.Two weeks ago it was announced that Walmart was buying a controlling stake in Indian online retailer Flipkart. This is big news because India has resisted domination by major western supermarkets, which it fears could wipe out its local and national retailers. But by buying an online retailer, Walmart could have found a way round India’s successful retail regulation. This would proliferate under e-commerce rules.It gets worse when you remember that many of these corporations are “rent-seekers” to a large degree. They don’t make things, but rather provide online platforms that they charge rent to use. This is a model for the extraction of wealth. Companies such as Uber and Airbnb get huge commissions from the incomes of low-paid taxi drivers and accommodation owners in countries such as Uganda and Nepal. Small businesses at the very end of the value chain are subsidising fat-cat salaries in Silicon Valley. Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Since you’re here… Reply Justlyjohn Reply Share on Twitter Facebook 23 May 2018 2:15 Report Share on Facebook Report Share via Email Report | Pick | Pick Share | Pick comments (86)Sign in or create your Guardian account to join the discussion. Order by oldest Close report comment form Share on Facebook | Pick Share on Facebook | Pick Facebook Share Don Mac Please select Personal abuse Off topic Legal issue Trolling Hate speech Offensive/Threatening language Copyright Spam Other Report expanded 22 May 2018 16:34 James Parsons Share on Facebook 23 May 2018 2:19 22 May 2018 17:13 Reply 1 2 Data protection I don’t think we necessarily need this. We need innovation, decentralisation and experimentation of which approaches work best. A global, one size fits all rules set will kill off innovation. Twitter Report Report LearningIsLife 4 5 22 May 2018 18:41 Twitter He must be quaking in his boots. Reply Twitter Data protection Facebook Facebook Share on Facebook SeanThorp Tue 22 May 2018 04.24 EDT Stillgrizzly Report | Pick Share I haven’t had an email from HMRC asking if I want to exercise my right to be forgotten yet. I’d love to get an email from HMRC asking if I want to exercise my right to be forgotten , just think no Income Tax to pay. This comment was removed by a moderator because it didn’t abide by our community standards. Replies may also be deleted. For more detail see our FAQs. Remember when all these guys were the little guys fighting the big, established corporations? They were young tech nerds fighting to overthrow the status-quo with a new way of doing things. They established great places to work with quirky approaches to worker management and a philosophy of sharing out their gains. They had slogans like ‘do no evil’. We cheered them on and felt part of this brave new world they were creating. Now they have become what they set out to overthrow. They bully competitors, paying expensive lawyers to tie young start-ups in patent litigation. They buy out competitors and close them down. They pay the minimum they can get away with and treat worker’s rights as an inconvenience. They dine with the law makers and have their exclusive ears. Plus ça change. Twitter Share on Facebook 2 3 I haven’t had an email from HMRC asking if I want to exercise my right to be forgotten yet. Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Facebook Twitter Reply Share on Twitter Reply Share on Facebook Reply 22 May 2018 17:33 22 May 2018 17:52 Share on Twitter Last modified on Tue 22 May 2018 10.32 EDT 8 9 Share Reply Facebook Report | Pick Facebook Twitter “Trade deals” are just code for letting corporations undercut our protections, abuse our rights and sap our wealth away into tax havens. I love having barriers to trade! Anything that slows the endless encroachment of corporatisation and consumerism gets my seal of approval. Report Share on Facebook | Pick Report | Pick Twitter Share on Facebook Reply Share on Twitter Facebook Report This comment was removed by a moderator because it didn’t abide by our community standards. Replies may also be deleted. For more detail see our FAQs. Reply 22 May 2018 16:49 Show 25 Paddy01 Share on Twitter Share on Facebook … 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 Twitter Twitter He may come across as clueless but is not daft. At least, the grown ups who advise him aren’t Share on Twitter | Pick Reply I haven’t had an email from HMRC asking if I want to exercise my right to be forgotten yet. 0 1 The suggestion is that someone renting out their second home in the Cotswolds (or main home while they’re travelling abroad) is probably in a different financial position to someone in a developing country who may be renting out their only home so they can eat. The commission arrangement is not unlike restaurants demanding a cut of service staff’s tips. Reply 22 May 2018 17:31 Reply Reply Reiuver We need global rules for digital trade and e-commerce – rules that prevent monopolies and add to our ability to tax and regulate big business. Share qwerd Share on Facebook dg000000 Share on Twitter Report Facebook Reply Show 3 more replies Facebook UnashamedPedant Justlyjohn Share on Twitter | Pick Nick Dearden LearningIsLife Share on Facebook Share 22 May 2018 17:53 Arthur Sternom Facebook collapsed SeanThorp Share on Facebook | Pick 22 May 2018 18:41 Comments 86 Report 1 2 Ziggi_Mundo 23 May 2018 4:22 4 5 Facebook are already fighting back. I noticed that the ability to ‘deactivate’ account has been removed from the options in favour of a complete delete function. I understand that this is only a small thing but it adds up to retaining people as active users which is probably why the deactivation has been removed. So you say, but you are just an opinionated nobody. Share Twitter | Pick Share on Facebook ParadisePostponed | Pick JuliaVanRoy Twitter Twitter 23 May 2018 4:22 Share Share Big tech companies are trying to rewrite the rules to get your data Share Report Share Share Twitter Facebook 2 Share …….insightful. 9 10 22 May 2018 18:43 Reply Share on Facebook | Pick Excellent article. Right on the money. Share on Twitter 3 4 | Pick 22 May 2018 16:29 uncommodified Twitter Share on Facebook 4 5 22 May 2018 18:09 23 May 2018 5:45 Share Twitter Share 22 May 2018 19:10 Report TimesReader2 Share 7 8 pinkeywafu Share on Facebook Facebook ParadisePostponed Facebook Share on Facebook 23 May 2018 5:02 Share on Twitter Twitter | Pick Report Share qwerd | Pick 7 8 | Pick Reply You know the last paragraph of Animal Farm… 5 6 TheJoyOfEssex Share on Twitter Facebook TheJoyOfEssex Reply 0 1 Share on Facebook Report | Pick As someone who is having to deal with the fallout from GDPR, I’m fairly sure most companies will just delete the data. It’s far easier and cleaner than hanging on to it. Reply Report 23 May 2018 2:46 | Pick 25 I don’t think we necessarily need this. We need innovation, decentralisation and experimentation of which approaches work best. “someone in a developing country who may be renting out their only home so they can eat” Sounds like a fair and open exchange, which these apps are facilitating, so are in such cases acting as redistributors of wealth. Would you prefer people to starve for your ideals? Report LenofLondon Report Report 0 1 You’re likely not deleted from archives and backups. Reply Share on Messenger 17 18 oldest Report Twitter 22 May 2018 17:35 Report 9 10 This is the week the EU brings in new regulations to control how organisations can use your data. You might be sick of the re-subscribe emails you’re getting from everyone, but these new rules are aimed at forcing all organisations to gain genuine consent to use your personal information. They introduce concepts such as the “right to be forgotten” into law, and the penalising of those who don’t comply. Show 1 more reply 23 May 2018 3:33 Share on Twitter Theoretically, the penalties can be massive. However I have a feeling that we won’t be seeing any of the international data companies actually paying big fines, irrespective of what they get up to. Share 1Essex | Pick Share on Twitter Share on Facebook 23 May 2018 3:11 Report ParadisePostponed Share on Facebook Facebook The problem will only get worse, because every year the size of the digital economy increases, which is why big tech wants to write the rules so its power can expand over ever greater sections of the economy. Rather than inspiring new, collaborative means of organising society, these rules shore up the power of private monopolies to stamp out alternatives.Over the past 30 years trade rules have been used to secure greater monopoly power for the richest businesses on earth – big pharma and big agriculture to name just two. If we want the economy of tomorrow to be more democratic and diverse, we need to fight big tech now.We need global rules for digital trade and e-commerce – rules that prevent monopolies and add to our ability to tax and regulate big business. But that’s the opposite of what’s on the table. Rather than buy into Fox’s free-market approach, let’s remember that data has been described as the “new oil” of the global economy. Like any extractive industry it must be regulated for the benefit of people and the planet. The GDPR is a starting point.• Nick Dearden is the director of Global Justice Now Well said. For years economists (but not all of them, unfortunately!) have been pointing out that free trade benefits only those countries and enterprises that are already economically strong. The UK and the USA built up their economies by protecting them with enormous tariffs until they felt they could kick away the ladder they had climbed up and force weaker competitors to take up “free trade”. This is for instance forcefully set out, with lots of very specific examples, by Cambridge economist Ha-Joon Chang in his 2007 book Bad Samaritans: the guilty secrets of rich nations & the threat to global prosperity. | Pick Share Arthur Sternom All 1 2 22 23 | Pick Share on Facebook Share on Facebook 22 May 2018 19:11 Pinterest We need global rules for digital trade and e-commerce Share on Facebook Reply James Parsons Share on Facebook Twitter Share Twitter 22 May 2018 19:48 newest Very good piece Report What about the NHS? Have you heard from them? Or is it private health for you? 1 2 Another reason why ‘capitalism’ will eat itself. LearningIsLife Ziggi_Mundo Share 1 abbimoon Share on Twitter Twitter 1Essex Opinion recommendations Report Norton642 abbimoon Twitter Democracy must be controlled to protect it? Share on Facebook 0 1 Report Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Reply Share Reply Share on Twitter Opinion 1 2 An Amazon warehouse in Germany. ‘From Cambridge Analytica to Amazon and Uber, big tech is transforming our world in ways that defy standard regulation.’Photograph: Sean Gallup/Getty Images Report Lazio99 5 6 Facebook 22 May 2018 17:54 Twitter graun Shares5656 James Parsons | Pick Regulations such as the EU’s GDPR may not frighten the Silicon Valley giants, but they’re a step in the right direction 1 2 Share on Facebook Reply Report ParadisePostponed Facebook Share Share on Twitter Facebook 1 2 PrincessChooChoo Facebook 22 May 2018 18:08 Facebook Facebook Show 6 more replies DecemberElle Share on Facebook This comment was removed by a moderator because it didn’t abide by our community standards. Replies may also be deleted. For more detail see our FAQs. Share on Facebook 23 May 2018 1:53 Reply Share on Facebook Stillgrizzly Share on Twitter Report Report 9 10 Facebook Share on Twitter Twitter | Pick Report Share LearningIsLife Report Share on Twitter Reply | Pick MikkaWanders 0 1 Share Share on Facebook | Pick 22 May 2018 16:53 Twitter 22 May 2018 17:36 Report Share on Twitter | Pick Facebook | Pick Share 7 8 | Pick Facebook Report Twitter As I have been saying on CiF for a couple of years, the British need the EU to protect them against the governments the keep on electing! Share on Facebook Twitter Facebook Loading comments… Trouble loading? JuliaVanRoy | Pick gavindac1 Share on Twitter | Pick Justlyjohn 22 May 2018 18:25 Reply I don’t understand why or how companies are allowed to shift profits etc to other countries? If all countries enforced that the appropriate taxes were applied to the country in which the revenue was earned, surely that would resolve that small part of this hideous injustice? 0 1 2 3 | Pick Twitter Reply You can bet they wont delete them – just mark them as do not contact, and then one day someone will run an extract and forget to filter on that criteria. Share on Pinterest Twitter 0 1 prettyclueless 22 May 2018 18:01 1 2 Report Twitter AlMcGrachee Share | Pick Share on Facebook 2 3 Report Facebook Twitter Twitter Twitter Twitter Twitter Reply Share on Twitter Report Share via Email TheJoyOfEssex Share on Facebook 1Essex pinkeywafu Twitter Facebook Reply Twitter Facebook Share on Twitter Report Share on Twitter Data is more likely to be the new asbestos. I have had emails from companies I have explicitly opted out from, and can prove it, which means they are breaching PECR and the DPA, as well as the GDPR if they continue. There are going to be fun times ahead. 0 1 Yes, if only we had world government for all, and everything was equal, what a world eh. It isn’t here, this doesn’t get it there either. Share on Facebook Share on Facebook Twitter Reuse this content,View all comments > Report | Pick | Pick Share 23 May 2018 1:33 Hopefully this is a golden age for those of us with Hadoop, Spark and other big data technology experience. I am hoping the next few years will fund my retirement and maybe a boat. Twitter 22 May 2018 17:44 Facebook Facebook AlanAudio I certainly support the EU approach. I’m less in favor of ‘It will also need looser intellectual property laws’ to be honest. | Pick Share on Twitter Share | Pick A protest in Delhi against Walmart’s purchase of the Indian e-commerce firm Flipkart Photograph: Saumya Khandelwal/Reuters Facebook JuliaVanRoy Reply Facebook Reply 22 May 2018 18:19 CornShonnery Twitter Twitter 1Essex If we let the market “innovate” and “experiment” freely to decide how much our privacy should be violated, then it will be violated to the fullest extent possible, because that’s what is most profitable. Share on Facebook Share on Twitter SmiththeGreat Share on Twitter 22 May 2018 18:38 Reply Share on Facebook Threads collapsed No we didn’t. We know a hip capitalist is still a capitalist and always have known that. If you were fooled, then more fool you. 23 May 2018 2:21 Gretsch83 Few would deny that we need rules to control digital trade. … to the role of Amazon in undermining high-street retail Let’s pause here for a moment. I like Amazon. I like the huge range of goods they offer. I like their much lower prices. I like being able to return goods without having a fight on my hands. I like being notified (long after I had forgotten) that something I bought was being recalled – and here’s a credit for the full cost of the item. I like ordering one day and having the stuff turn up a day or two later. I like being able to see what other people (some of them who aren’t downright liars just after giveaways) thought of a product I am considering.I even like seeing recommendations for other products I might not have known about. I dislike being unable to park anywhere close to the shops that claim to want my business. I dislike their high prices for what often turns out to be cheap tat. I dislike their ignorance about the stuff they sell. I dislike the tiny range of goods they have available for purchase. I dislike only being able to buy stuff at weekends since shops are only open when I’m at work and they close before I get home. And if high-street stores cannot satisfy my consumer needs, I feel no remorse if they go bust and close down. Justlyjohn LearningIsLife Report 22 May 2018 17:37 22 May 2018 17:11 Report Reply | Pick Sorry there was an error. Please try again later. If the problem persists, please contact Userhelp memeroots Share SnowyJohn I’m optimistic a state of relative control between companies and consumers will start to emerge now the world is starting to understand exactly what the data product is (excepting the pioneering nerds who always got its potential) and where the clear and obvious restrictions should lie. Share on Twitter Show 2 more replies 22 May 2018 19:17 Ziontrain comment Twitter He was scared of getting grilled by the Brits and they’ll have put him on a spook hitlist now. Share Share Facebook NeilPeel Share on Facebook Twitter 0 1 Twitter Democracy??? 9 10 23 May 2018 14:51 Reply Twitter Facebook Reply Twitter The new data protection law seems to be causing havoc (and incurring sudden expense), as groups small and large have told me the new law is confusing and its niceties impenetrable. A group of small societies I belong to, separate but affiliated, vary widely in how they’ve interpreted the law, one going on a course, and most opting for the ‘cover all conceivable bases’ and distributing wordy forms to be signed, and one simply sending an e-mail containing 2 sentences and asking me to Reply to it with a “yes”. The National Trust dedicated helpline today couldn’t tell me if I needed to give consent in order to be sent only my membership card and handbook, but seemed to confuse that with continuing to send me junk mail as well. In the end I felt I was holding up proceedings and felt a bit railroaded, and agreed to the whole “yes” package i.e. I’ve agreed to continue to receive the NT junk mail to ensure I receive my membership card and handbook; I’ve had to do that with other well-known national organisations that have charity legal/tax status (but aren’t “charities” in the real sense). Some organisations think trying to phone me is enough but because I have BT Call Guardian they indistinguishable from cold calls so the phone doesn’t even ring, yet they haven’t sent a hard copy request – so far I’ve found out only because I’ve dared to chase up the calls that haven’t rung but appear in my Call Log, at the risk of ringing back a cold caller. So, what’s the benefit to the individual? – because I can’t see any at the moment. Read more 2 Share | Pick Facebook Report Share on Twitter I’m sure they are very scared about the regulatory slap on the wrist they ‘might’ get..People (executives) should be accountable – they should not be protected by “wrapping them in a corporate blanket”. Fines are almost meaningless anyway – and the customer ends up paying for it in the long run! Facebook Share on Facebook I don’t think that you’ve looked at the new GDPR penalty regime yet. Reply Share on Twitter Facebook We cheered them on and felt part of this brave new world they were creating. Now they have become what they set out to overthrow. Show 2 more replies | Pick | Pick Share Share | Pick LenofLondon Lazio99 22 May 2018 17:23 23 May 2018 2:04 Share Report stuff6to12plusdigits Share on Twitter 50 22 May 2018 19:44 Reply Share on Twitter Reply Share Share | Pick Reply 0 1 Reply Facebook It gets worse when you remember that many of these corporations are “rent-seekers” to a large degree. 22 May 2018 18:04 Reply 100 | Pick 23 May 2018 6:03 Twitter Share on Facebook Reply Share on Twitter 22 May 2018 19:09 Facebook Share on Facebook Share on Facebook | Pick Share on Twitter Don Mac Reply Share on Facebook Report 2 3 Show 1 more reply Facebook That Fox would be all for lax data protection laws is unsurprising. This is the same government that brought in GDPR (only because we’re still in the EU), with a UK derogation that specifically exempts the Home Office from having to disclose data they’re using to reject an application. Given how many errors and gaps there are in Home Office data, Subject Access Requests (SARs) have been increasingly used to successfully access & correct faulty data. Being able to access & correct your data is fundamental to the current UK Data Protection Act (DPA), the imminent General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR) and data protection principles. 0 1 1 2 Share 9 10 1 2 Report 1 Share on Twitter I would prefer these companies not take huge commissions from people who are already starving. Or does that go against your ideals? Under today’s trade regime, anything that gets in the way of a corporation doing what it wants is labelled a “trade barrier”. How true is this! Share Do you think corporations are individuals and that consumers face them as equals? | Pick Reply James Parsons Share on Facebook Facebook Share on Twitter Share Facebook Share on Facebook Facebook Stillgrizzly qwerd Reply Report Reply 2 3 Interesting that Zuckerberg has gone without delay to the European Parliament to answer questions, while ignoring multiple requests to attend the UK Parliament. Whatever you think about Zuckerberg, he knows where the power lies. Facebook Share 28 29 Twitter UnashamedPedant Support The Guardian abbimoon Twitter Sign in or create your Guardian account to recommend a comment TheJoyOfEssex LearningIsLife While certainly not perfect, this is the biggest ever attempt by governments to get to grips with the huge new powers that digital technology hands to big business. Tech corporations are among the richest and most powerful in the world, and governments are struggling to keep up with their ever expanding power. GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation) is one part of the answer, passed in the face of fierce opposition from big tech.But a big tech fightback is already under way, with corporations looking to use trade deals to preserve and expand their vast global power. And they have an ally in the British trade secretary, Liam Fox, who speaks passionately about the need to diverge from EU rules, singling out data rules as a possible area for action. The “e-commerce agenda” – which aims for a “free flow of data” across the globe – is at the cutting edge of trade policy. It was a major item of discussion at last year’s World Trade Organisation summit – where it failed because most developing countries opposed it – and is being included in new trade deals such as the Trans-Pacific Partnership and the Trade in Services agreement.Few would deny that we need rules to control digital trade. From the Cambridge Analytica scandal to the role of Amazon in undermining high-street retail and Uber’s impact on workers’ rights, big tech is transforming our world, and doing so in ways that defy standard regulation. The problem is that the e-commerce chapters put forward in new trade deals would – far from controlling big tech and making it work for the many – actually cement the power of a few big players into global rules for ever.Under today’s trade regime, anything that gets in the way of a corporation doing what it wants is labelled a “trade barrier”. The EU is focused on preventing big tech moving your data overseas, where more lax regulations could govern its use and abuse. But Donald Trump and Liam Fox label the EU’s behaviour as protectionist.The issues at stake aren’t limited to personal privacy. New technology has outrun society’s ability to control it. Vast fortunes have been made as a result, and corporations are impinging on our lives in ways we could never previously have imagined. Consider India, a country that is rightly interested in developing its own technology sector. Like all infant industries, this will need to be planned through an industrial strategy and, to some degree, protected from mega-corporations that can simply blow new companies out of the water. It will also need looser intellectual property laws, to allow developing countries to learn from the big players. But this will all be impossible under some of the rules being proposed under the e-commerce agenda, which includes, for example, rules that prevent the need for big tech companies to have any sort of local presence in the countries they’re operating in. Share on Twitter “Companies such as Uber and Airbnb get huge commissions from the incomes of low-paid taxi drivers and accommodation owners in countries such as Uganda and Nepal” ? Uber and Airbnb are global platforms, why are there operations in Nepal any different from say the Cotswolds? Report Share Share on Twitter unthreaded Share on Facebook 23 May 2018 3:56 Share Share on Twitter NeilPeel “Rules such as the EU’s GDPR may not frighten the Silicon Valley giants” Of course not because most of them are now trying to sell products to help you manage your data in a GDPR compliant way… Regulators Report Share on Facebook Twitter Report Share | Pick Facebook Show 6 more replies gavindac1 If we want the economy of tomorrow to be more democratic and diverse, we need to fight big tech now 22 May 2018 17:31 Share on Twitter 3 4 Share on Twitter Stillgrizzly Facebook JuliaVanRoy Facebook Share Reply 0 1 The collection of data won’t stop anytime soon because most people are happy to supply it if it means they’ll ‘get something free/get a better user experience’. Large companies are behaving like Rockefeller’s Standard Oil not because they are collecting large amounts of data, but because they are hoarding it and seeking to control who has access to it. If a government wanted to really disrupt the ability of the new Standard Oils to control how data is used they would insist that all data was made freely available and then massively fund learning institutions so smaller companies and individuals had access to the same level of R & D as the current tech giants. Share 1 2 Share on Twitter Twitter 22 May 2018 21:21 Share on Facebook I have. Today they wanted to know if I needed an online consultation. I feel sorry for the older generation who don’t know how to use Skype. The idea of an online consultation sounds useful, but I can see they could also turn into a way of keeping patients at arms-length, only one button away from being cut off and blocked from further access. I doubt private health will go down this online route, unless the patient themselves asks for that, because it’s too stand-offish. 4 5 Share 12 13 Report Twitter Reply Share on Twitter 2 3 Share on WhatsApp Reply | Pick Share on Facebook Facebook Share on Twitter UnashamedPedant Topics 22 May 2018 17:32 22 May 2018 17:52 Game Cabbage Report 22 May 2018 17:59 There is a huge and fundamental flaw in the premise that government ‘as it presently stands in most countries’ can effectively regulate data use by companies. Government are largely directed ‘by business…for business’. Indeed the largest data ‘thieves’ are government bodies, such as GHCQ and the NSA. The activities regarding these bodies are far from transparent, and are not accountable to the public. There is a clear conflict of interest here, that of the public good vs private. Private interest has nearly ‘always’ trumped public where government is concerned. Until there is government that breaks free from the influence of big business and big money, then it is only hollow words that will enacted and very little action. Share on Twitter Reply Report Twitter 0 1 Share Report But the global measures the article is calling for are to prevent centralisaton via monopolies. the_fitzrovian Reply I’m not getting tired of the emails, I like that I’m getting a chance to get my name and address off of so many sites. Many of them I had no idea had been holding my details. Share on Twitter Facebook | Pick Share Twitter Facebook Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Share on Twitter | Pick Show 1 more reply Twitter Facebook Facebook Share so the solution? oh right, sit back and allow the oligarchs to have their way each and every time? Let’s not try and snipe from the sides. Ironic with your comment re world government given the issue is about supranational organisations standardising operations and protocols. Suspiciously like world government itself. 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Langston Hughes born a year before accepted date researcher finds

first_imgShares4141 Since you’re here… Share on LinkedIn This article is more than 11 months old Poetry Alison Flood Share on Messenger Share via Email Share on Facebook Langston Hughes Last modified on Fri 10 Aug 2018 11.42 EDT Share on Pinterest Share on Facebook Langston Hughes appearing before the House Un-American Activities Committee in 1953.Photograph: AP A poet’s late-night internet search of local newspaper archives has revealed that one of the US’s greatest cultural icons, the African American poet Langston Hughes, was born a year earlier than his biographers have believed for decades.Kansas poet Eric McHenry told the New York Times that he was trawling through digitised local newspaper archives when he spotted a note on the society page of the African American weekly newspaper, the Topeka Plaindealer from 20 December 1901, mentioning that “Little Langston Hughes has been quite ill for the past two weeks. He is improving.” The paper recorded the minutiae of daily life for locals, promising: “Do you want to know where your friends are, who they visit, what they are doing? What the race is doing in general? Read the Plaindealer.”At first, McHenry wasn’t sure the mention he had found was of the Hughes who would go on to become one of America’s most acclaimed poets, writing works including I ,Too (“I, too, sing America. // I am the darker brother. / They send me to eat in the kitchen / When company comes, / But I laugh, / And eat well, / And grow strong.”). All previous biographies of Hughes list his date of birth as 1 February 1902.But McHenry found another mention, in an edition dated 17 May 1901, of how “Mrs Carrie Hughes and little son Langston are visiting friends in the city before leaving for Buffalo”. Hughes’s mother was called Carrie, and his father lived in Buffalo. A third mention from 17 January 1902 also referred to Mrs CM Hughes and son. “That’s when I thought, ‘I got it, it has to be the same Langston Hughes,’” McHenry told the paper.The New York Times reported that Denise Low, co-author of Langston Hughes in Lawrence, also looked into the historical records. She found found three censuses – from 1905, 1910 and 1915 – giving an age for Hughes that pointed to a 1901 birth.McHenry suggested that the discrepancy may have originated from Hughes’s mother, who could have waited a year to enrol him in Topeka’s white elementary school, which she chose instead of the local “coloured” school. “Maybe his mother deemed it advantageous for him to be older, and for them not to know,” he said.Arnold Rampersad’s acclaimed biography of Hughes gives the poet’s birthdate as “near midnight on 1 February 1902”, but adds: “The date of this birth he would take on faith, since Missouri did not require the registration of infants, and his birth was never entered officially there.”Rampersad told the New York Times that McHenry’s evidence for an earlier birthdate was compelling. “It is on the one hand unimportant, but on the other hand quite important,” said Rampersad. “You want to know when your subject was born.” Langston Hughes ‘born a year before accepted date’, researcher findscenter_img Share on WhatsApp … 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 History books This article is more than 11 months old news Fri 10 Aug 2018 08.41 EDT Share on Twitter Topics Share on Twitter Poet researching archives of local African American newspaper finds story reporting on ‘little Langston’ before his recorded birth date Langston Hughes Support The Guardian Reuse this contentlast_img read more

US farmers troubles over tariffs show the value in looking ahead

first_img Twitter US farmers’ troubles over tariffs show the value in looking ahead | Pick Share Facebook So they should have voted for Hillary b/c of her enormous success derived from payoffs from Wall Street and the exhorbitant speaker fees she took from state universities?… Not a lot to choose from there, really. Sun 2 Dec 2018 07.00 EST 12 13 Share on Facebook 2 Dec 2018 22:07 0 1 Shares5959 No one who votes Conservative is “good people.” To quote Paul Krugman: “bothsidesism and whataboutism have become the last refuge of cowards.” Share SeaNote mikedow Share on Twitter Share Share on Twitter Reply Share on Facebook Facebook 0 1 Share on Facebook US small business Hey USA,Ready for a Trump recession ??? 9 of the last 10 recessions were caused by a GOP President in the whitehouse,look it up, FACT !! Get ready for another recession !!—————————————————————————-On recent milk checks, some dairy farmers in Iowa received a suicide hotline number.John Maxwell of Cinnamon Ridge Dairy said during times like this, farmers can experience low self-esteem and low value of their work, resulting in mental health issues.https://www.wsaw.com/content/news/478688273.html————————————————————————- An analysis by the National Taxpayers Union Foundation suggested that the full impact of the 25% tariffs beginning in 2019 would hit Americans harder than the total taxes levied under the Affordable Care Act, better known as Obamacare. Retailers have also warned that the tariffs could increase prices for consumers and threaten the retail industry.https://www.businessinsider.com/trump-trade-war-tariffs-china-effect-2018-10————————————————————————————-Donald Trump’s trade war with China is hitting American farmers the hardest, forcing them to take losses for soybeans and corn — just as the White House has granted exemptions to some oil refineries to avoid complying with biofuels’ rules. Indeed, soybeans and corn are used to make biodiesel and ethanol that are blended with petroleum — required by the Renewable Fuel Standard of 2005. The law has been a boon to farmers producing those crops. The exemptions coupled with the trade war are thus a double whammy for farmers. Not to be outdone by Trump, China now applies a tariff to $14 billion in American soybean exports entering its borders. Furthermore, changes to the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) could have a $21 billion impact on corn growers, Bloomberg reports. Congress has sought to expand ethanol use from a base of 6.5 billion gallons in 2005 to 16 billion gallons by 2022.https://www.forbes.com/sites/kensilverstein/2018/09/10/trumps-relationship-with-american-farmers-is-soiled-because-of-biofuels-stance-and-trade-war/—————————————————————————— Reply 4 Dec 2018 0:35 … 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 Twitter Are these small family farms or giantvagrobudinesses we are talking about. If the latter, then, no, they are not good people, no matter how the US Supreme Court wants to define “people”. Sorry there was an error. Please try again later. If the problem persists, please contact Userhelp Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Share on Facebook Masaccio Masolino unthreaded | Pick Share on Facebook Show 1 more reply 3 Dec 2018 1:09 Close report comment form 25 | Pick 100 Aldous0rwell 5 6 Share I’m no forecaster or farmer, but no one in Iowa or Nebraska could see the writing on the wall back in 2016? Share on Facebook mikedow Iowans voted for Trump which was not a “good businessmen and women” decision. The farmers were helped with Obama’s policies (nearly $1 trillion in spending over 5 year period). The recovery steadily ticked upward. Instead of appreciation, they chose the “others are responsible for your problems” rhetoric of Trump. Why complain, was the Trump 12 billion dollar aid package not enough? No sympathy. 4 5 So how about putting the food to use rather then letting it rot?https://news.un.org/en/story/2018/11/1025131 Share Last modified on Thu 21 Feb 2019 08.23 EST Reply Share on Twitter Share Share on Facebook | Pick Share on Twitter Report Share Share Report Share on Twitter Share on Twitter 6 7 Share on Facebook Go on Youtube and you’ll find clips of some of these farmers – many of them have said that they’d vote for Trump again, despite nearing bankruptcy. Of course, ‘socialism’ is so bad that tens of billions have been forked out by taxpayers to keep some of these farmers from losing their business… Twitter paul simon | Pick | Pick Reply Share Report Twitter Share Reply 0 1 3 4 Are those side effects or the intended effect? All Share Share Share Share on Twitter 13 14 Threads collapsed | Pick Facebook Facebook Reply Share on Facebook Facebook Share on Twitter 2 Dec 2018 20:55 1 2 | Pick The thing that Trump supporters (including midwest farmers) like so much about Trump is that he’s a tough guy who does what he says he’s going to do. How many times have we heard about Trump and his promises? But it may be that his supporters only listened to what they wanted to hear (build the wall!) and didn’t hear what they didn’t want to hear (we need tariffs). Or maybe they didn’t think China would retaliate? Maybe they thought China would just capitulate and then everything would be just fine. We have now learned that Trump is not much of a businessman, knows very little about anything but certainly nothing about tariffs, is a perpetual liar, cannot be trusted, and doesn’t care a jot about his supporters. As soon as the tariffs went into effect, it was a foregone conclusion that farmers were going to take a huge hit and that many were going into bankruptcy. The Republicans in the House and Senate who have aided and abetted Trump should be tossed overboard come 2020. We’ll see if the midwest farmers have learned anything. Share on Twitter Yes…horrifying! Their purposeful…culpable?…ignorance orchestrated these catastrophes for so many: Trump…Brexit… Share Report Reason (optional) SystemOfTheWorld Facebook 3 4 Share on Facebook | Pick 2 Dec 2018 20:51 The Iowa farmers on the frontline of Trump’s trade war with China Reply 2 Dec 2018 20:25 | Pick Twitter Share on Twitter Share on Facebook 3 Dec 2018 1:20 edmund00 Share If one looks at a 2018 result scheme by areas in Iowa, where a republican governor won handily, a place most impacted by farm voters, one finds the dems really won statewide in only city areas and suburbs. The farmland all went once again to reps which serves as a affirmation for Trump. Clearly his policies and their impacts are not being displayed sufficiently. | Pick Share 1 2 gefreiter 0 1 Reply Share on Twitter | Pick 0 1 Share Twitter Twitter 1 2 oldest 3 Dec 2018 3:04 Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Show 25 Facebook Reply I think Trump is a moron and buffoon, but I share his views on China being corrupt , a major source of counterfeit goods and organised theft of industrial processes and secrets. No one can argue that it’s a tough time for these US farmers. But did it have to be so tough?Photograph: Nati Harnik/AP 9 10 2 Dec 2018 20:50 Share Share on Twitter | Pick Share on WhatsApp Share 0 1 gefreiter Report Share on Twitter Facebook johngriggs paul simon Report Share Twitter Facebook Reply collapsed Twitter Kuni Leml Report 2 Dec 2018 23:08 Reply Facebook ildfluer The premise is flawed, surely: how can anyone plan ahead if the operation of both the national economy and its global markets are being disrupted by such an irrational and mercurial president? Share on Facebook Share on Facebook 3 Dec 2018 6:50 Report Reply Report Twitter Ritcaa Thomas1178 Share Support The Guardian Share on Facebook 1 2 Share on Facebook ronnewmexico | Pick Share on Twitter 1 2 14 15 mikedow raekei Share on Facebook Report Share Share on Twitter Share via Email | Pick Twitter GorCro Reply Twitter | Pick Share on Twitter Report 19 20 Facebook Share on Twitter Share on Facebook | Pick Share on Facebook Share Britain consumes 90% of the world’s baked beans (beans on toast, anyone?) The unbaked beans are mostly grown in Michigan. Is this a cause for concern … mumble, mumble … Share | Pick Report 1SoCalGal Share on Twitter | Pick Share on Pinterest 1 2 | Pick Share Johann Olivier Facebook Twitter Aldous0rwell 3 Dec 2018 0:20 Report mikedow 3 Dec 2018 6:17 Share not so much “support” as still belong to the Trump cult leaving a cult is difficult 3 Dec 2018 1:24 0 1 No one was misled they agreed with the rhetoric and ideology, that’s the horrifying thing. SystemOfTheWorld Report Truly! Ignorant does as ignorant is. I remain speechless. Where to start? They did plan ahead…through the Looking Glass! Plant more, vote Trump. If being truly stupid were not a disability – a disability worthy of exculpation – I’d call the lot of them beyond stupid. Which, in view of said disability, would elicit sympathy… However, they are both perpetrator & victim of their incredible ignorance! Sorry. No sympathy, merely a quiet satisfaction. I, too, suffer the Individual #1…& am enraged for it. Twitter Report Report Share on Twitter 2 3 3 Dec 2018 21:26 Just to the north Canadian farmers were the world’s largest growers of pulses, but the Indian govt decided they needed to be more self sufficient in their major food stuffs, so the farmers stopped growing so much lentils and switched back to soybeans. Canada has a better economic relationship with China… Share on Facebook 3 Dec 2018 8:01 Eric Mintz 3 Dec 2018 21:30 Twitter Share on Twitter Reply Reply Report Reply Kuni Leml Share on Facebook Share on Twitter | Pick Trump supporters are a curious lot. They are mostly “single issue” voters and believed that a real estate developer, who was not self-made, would fix their own inability of looking forward and planning for their own futures. The principals of supply and demand as well as elementary Business 101 is all these farmers need to follow. Not Trump who has filed multiple bankruptcies, stiffed his suppliers, and received multiple bailouts. Reply Eric Mintz Share on Facebook TedStewart paul simon Share on Twitter 1 Reply | Pick Share | Pick GorCro 3 Dec 2018 9:09 Reply Order by oldest Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Report 2 Dec 2018 23:49 10 11 As Peter Schiff puts it: US is a deadbeat customer of China that produces nothing consum everything. Burrow money from the Chinese to buy Chinese produce. US needs China but China doesnt need US. Let say China refuses to export to USA and refuse to loan anymore money to the States. I wonder whats going to happen? American start to make their own stuffs again? Dollar will sure tanked and worth less than toilet paper. American stuffs going to come from where? | Pick 2 Dec 2018 23:52 Share Twitter ronnewmexico Report Facebook Report Reply Valentin Backofen 3 Dec 2018 12:02 Report 2 3 Report Ritcaa Facebook Reply The bankrupt farmers �� can always move to West Virginia and take up coal mining ��. Share on Twitter 3 Dec 2018 1:25 Contact author Share on Facebook consumerx I feel terrible for our farmers. These are good people and good businessmen and women and they are dealing with enormous challenges. Report Facebook gefreiter Twitter Share Share on Facebook “So let me ask you: if your business was producing a single product where 90% of it was being sold to just one big customer (i.e. China) and the newly elected president of the United States said as recently as May 2016, “We can’t continue to allow China to rape our country and that’s what they’re doing. It’s the greatest theft in the history of the world,” you wouldn’t have considered hedging your bets just a little?” The only one raping our country is Donald Trump and GOP republicans. January can’t come soon enough. Report 3 Dec 2018 6:42 Twitter SeaNote 4 Dec 2018 10:05 Facebook Share on Facebook 1 2 Reply Share Well all that assumed true then. Why in a place like Iowa, the position of governor, by most reads most reflective of a national interest in things, identified most with who is president, find dems taking only cities and suburbs of cities…is it not then messaging?They are failing completely to get their message across. That is the result of the midterms in that place. 6 7 Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Share on LinkedIn Share on Twitter Twitter Twitter Share on Facebook 2 Okies won’t be heading to the California Dust Bowl now. GorCro Share on Facebook 10 11 | Pick Share ronnewmexico Share on Facebook 3 Dec 2018 5:08 Well, yes. LOOK, A SQUIRREL! Reply | Pick 4 Dec 2018 0:50 | Pick ronnewmexico Share | Pick Share on Facebook One would think that farmers would be the first to know that one reaps what they sow. You vote Conservative, you need to accept personal responsibility. Facebook 2 Dec 2018 21:01 Report Twitter Reply Yes. It is a cause for concern. Reuse this content,View all comments > Share Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Average means nothing here— a lot of agribusiness and a handful of small family farms would give you a misleading average. By other measurements, it looks like agribusiness… https://www.google.com/amp/s/amp.desmoinesregister.com/amp/5669313 Facebook Share on Twitter Share on Twitter Thomas1178 3 Dec 2018 1:27 0 1 Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Twitter | Pick Facebook 2 Dec 2018 23:24 Reply Share via Email Share on Twitter Report 2 Dec 2018 21:22 Share on Twitter So the news that Iowa farmers – as well as other farmers around the country – are hurting in the wake of the Trump tariff war with China doesn’t surprise me.A just-published study from the Federal Reserve Bank in of Minnesota has revealed that 84 farm operations filed for Chapter 12 bankruptcy in the upper midwest which is above the previously reported peak of 2010 that followed the 2008-09 recession and is more than double the number of bankruptcies in 2014.Across the country, according to Reuters, grain farmers are “plowing under crops, leaving them to rot or piling them on the ground, in hopes of better prices next year”. 15% of oilseed crops in Louisiana are being plowed under and millions of acres of crops in Mississippi, Arkansas, North and South Dakota are going to waste.US farmers are scrambling to find places to store their crops wherever they can in the hopes that their Chinese customers will soon return – a huge gamble in itself. “I’ve heard farmers and commercial companies are putting corn and soybeans into tool sheds and caves,” Soren Schroder, chief executive officer of Bunge Ltd, the world’s largest soybean processor, said in a Bloomberg report.No one can argue that it’s a tough time for these US farmers. But did it have to be so tough?Trump has been quite vocal about his disagreement with China’s trade practices going way back before he was even a candidate. That rhetoric only grew as his popularity increased. His hardline position further solidified when, soon after being elected more than two years ago, he appointed Wilbur Ross, a steadfast proponent of Chinese tariffs, to be his secretary of commerce. He also appointed Peter Narravo, the author of Death by China, as his newly established director of the Office of Trade and Manufacturing Policy.Yet amazingly, and in the midst of all this rhetoric, farmers in the US planted more than 90 million acres of soybeans in 2018, which was the second highest planting ever because they expected China’s rising demand would turn into lucrative orders. Share Facebook Share on Twitter Sharecenter_img anyonelistening Share on Twitter 3 Dec 2018 0:09 We can replenish clay aquifers with fracking technology! Aldous0rwell Facebook 3 Dec 2018 7:21 350 acres is less than one section of land, and impossible to make a decent living from decades ago just from crops. Those operations must be pig farms, buying all their fodder. Share Report Reply | Pick Share 2 3 There is a silver lining to this lesson: the reminder that monoculture is a bad idea. Sure it can make for great profits, but when our entire way of thinking is dominated by short-term profits and not by sustainability, this is what we logically get as a result. Twitter GorCro Share Probably rare in the mid-West with the lack of trees, so I can understand your excitement. Twitter Twitter Twitter Lack of attention to specific issues and running on image was one of many fundamental flaws in HRC’s campaign. Image running is really a rep game, and dems suffer when they engage it. I think global warming. Not related to this, but the questions debated are not just arbitrary and both parties have input into what is asked. Global warming, in all the hours combined in debates, it was one question and 45 seconds or so in the answering. Polling shows a majority view with concern for it, a clear winner for dems. Instead how many questions were nebulous things that dealt with image not policy? Valentin Backofen 50 Reply 4 5 paul simon Share Facebook Report 3 Dec 2018 7:42 Show 5 more replies TroyWayne 2 Dec 2018 20:18 Share Reply 3 Dec 2018 1:07 Show 8 more replies Facebook | Pick Twitter 2 Dec 2018 23:36 Facebook TroyWayne 3 Dec 2018 2:41 Admirable but more easily said than done when you have to get a crop from harvesting in Iowa to a hungry resident of Bangladesh, for example. That would need a very big budget indeed. | Pick Reply Report Share Facebook Share on Twitter 1 2 Facebook Report raekei 3 Dec 2018 2:59 Read more paul simon Reply Reply Share on Facebook Facebook Reply Share on Twitter Reply Thomas1178 I don’t understand this. You are diversified, but a cessation of orders from one Customer means you have to sack 50% of your production staff ? Kuni Leml Reply Share Trump is a self-destructive moron.Nothing there, at all. 4 Dec 2018 2:52 Share Share on Facebook Facebook | Pick anyonelistening Thomas1178 Facebook GorCro Share on Facebook Share on Twitter 4 5 Reply Twitter Aldous0rwell ronnewmexico 3 4 Email (optional) Twitter Reply Report expanded raekei Pork exports to China down 30%, knock on effect will be the drop in pork prices in US causing more farmers going to the wall.Guess Trump will just wash his hands claiming collateral damage. | Pick Agriculture has been the lead in export from America of any type product as long as I can remember. What is most impacted in any trade war..what you export. Twitter I own a company that fabricates plastic parts for different industries. One of my customers produces fertilizer injection pumps used in agriculture. We could count on at least one order (for several hundred parts at a time) every month. Our last order (for 200 parts) was back in September and the company that we produce them for has no idea when we might receive another. Thank you so much Mr. Trump for helping make America great again. I was forced into letting half of my production staff go. I’m sure that they appreciate your expertise in running our country into the ground as much as I do. Reply 0 1 3 Dec 2018 4:54 Twitter Thomas1178 | Pick Share on Facebook MoonlightTiger Reply Loading comments… Trouble loading? SystemOfTheWorld Report politicians should also consider the side effects of their actions, particularly when they harm Americans. Share 10 11 Share on Twitter 3 Dec 2018 4:53 Facebook Share Facebook MoonlightTiger recommendations Share on Messenger Share on Facebook Twitter Trump said he would raise taxes on the wealthy to pay for infrastructure and get jobs for corporations.How’d that work out? MeRaffey Share on Facebook Share on Twitter 3 4 1 2 7 8 Sign in or create your Guardian account to recommend a comment paul simon Reply Reply | Pick 0 1 Show 1 more reply Twitter Facebook Share Facebook Share on Twitter Twitter Share on Facebook Reply Share 1 Donald Trump 8 9 | Pick Share on Facebook 4 Dec 2018 0:59 Is it just me or you guys can’t stand Trump’s double standards? Tariff on Chinese steel that built Trump businesses. Whatabout Ivanka clothing? Ivanka Trump alone got 16 new trademark approvals from China right after 2016 election. Donald Trump has more than 100 trademarks in China, including 35 granted pre-approval since he became US president. Why not drop tariffs on all Trump made in China stuffs? Trump bleeds hypocrisy and Trump supporter last defense is : “at least Trump is taking some action, Obama did nothing”. Trump will sacrifice the well being of his own supporters and us to satisfy his petulant childish ego to prove to himself and the world that he is better than all his predecessors.If trade war doesn’t workout he has got nothing to lose and we are sacrificable nobody [collateral damage] in his twisted demented quest of degeneracy and depravity to achieve bragging right! Conservative politicians do “consider the side effects of their actions, particularly when they harm Americans.” That’s why Conservative politicians support trickle-down/supply-side Satanomics – because it harms most Americans. (The same applies the economic terrorists in the UK – just the 120,000 Brits murdered by Austerity how that works.) | Pick Report ronnewmexico Twitter | Pick Share Reply Richard Chattman | Pick 3 Dec 2018 2:54 gefreiter Twitter Twitter @genemarks Twitter ronnewmexico Reply Share on Twitter I’m not so sure this was foreseeable. And I know for sure that people who voted for Trump thought he was on their side in roughly the same way the people who voted for Brexit thought the Troies were on their side. Both groups were misled. Trump has no principles, just prejudices and pre-judgments, coupled with bull-headed refusal to game out likely responses. Tory leadership is just like Trump on those points, and others as well. Normal people, like voters in both nations, don’t think their leaders are such a bunch of boobs. That was the central error in both cases. Tariffs were not a unexpected and totally out of the blue thing for Trump. It was known of he advocated for them and made mention of them and protectionist sentiment.The dems have to take the time in adds and media to display how policy initiatives can hurt as well as occasionally help. This is a prime example. It is not enough to say no we do not support tariffs. It must be explained in specific markets by media why that hurts them within that market. Specifics applicable for farmers. They did not win handily in the midterms many of these rural farmer areas. It remains understated to them, and thus the impact of specific policy is as well in election result. Twitter Show 2 more replies Report Report Facebook 1SoCalGal Facebook Twitter ronnewmexico 2 3 TroyWayne Facebook Farmers are a curious lot as well in a way. A lot of rhetoric is thrown around in campaigns and little of it really sticks.By my guess they voted for Trump as a representative of a free and independent spirit(that is how his image was molded) and voted on that basis.But they are quite pragmatic. If dems are centered upon a directly beneficial to farmers specific in a thing like this, they will win them handily. But likely they dilute this message with some rhetoric on immigration or other issue which likely is not theirs and remote from them. Like Hilliary, what was in Hillary to inspire them to vote for her?. It was lack of substance and a image they did not particularly care for, as opposed to lack of substance and a image they liked. So the choice was then clear. Provide them a specific that will help them and their interest, and no amount of image will overcome that. Taking Iowa as the article does there are some 88,000+ farms giving an average 350 or so acres per farm. Small by US standards surely and though doubtless there are agribusinesses too it would seem to be predominately family farms.(USDA, National Agricultural Statistics Service) Yes, farmers should plan ahead and consider how politicians actions may harm them. That said, politicians should also consider the side effects of their actions, particularly when they harm Americans. Facebook Facebook Reply Thomas1178 Report Johann Olivier Share on Facebook Reply I’m no forecaster or farmer, but c’mon: no one in Iowa or Nebraska could see the writing on the wall back in 2016?So let me ask you: if your business was producing a single product where 90% of it was being sold to just one big customer (ie China) and the newly elected president of the United States said as recently as May 2016: “We can’t continue to allow China to rape our country and that’s what they’re doing. It’s the greatest theft in the history of the world,” you wouldn’t have considered hedging your bets just a little?Maybe grown another crop or two? Diversified your customer base? Looked for other markets? Hold back on spending and stored away extra cash to wait out a trade war? Or at the very least secured storage facilities in advance just in case there was a disruption in Chinese trade and to avoid the mad panic that we’re seeing now?These are not easy decisions or easy things to change. But over history, farmers – like any business owners – have learned to rotate and change the products they grow based on the markets they serve. Even two years may not have been enough time to fully switch from soybeans to something else, but for sure it would’ve been a headstart.I feel terrible for our farmers. These are good people and good businessmen and women and they are dealing with enormous challenges. But there’s something to be learned. It’s about looking ahead. If you’re running a business, I hope you’re looking forward a few years and making a few calculated decisions based on the realities of what’s happening around you.That’s what smart business leaders do. Not doing so will put you in the same awful predicament that many US farmers now find themselves in – and that’s a shame not only for them, but for their employees and families who rely on them for their livelihoods. 4 Dec 2018 5:42 Gene Marks FattMatt Share on Facebook Twitter Share on Twitter | Pick Twitter And still there are many farmers who still support Trump. It is truly mind boggling ! 4 5 4 5 Share on Twitter Rimas lmorone Share 3 Dec 2018 4:20 3 Dec 2018 2:16 Facebook Topics Twitter Comments 90 You write that confidently, but it’s just not true, is it ? Twitter Twitter Facebook Farming 2 3 Reply Share on Facebook Share Facebook comments (90)Sign in or create your Guardian account to join the discussion. Report Share on Twitter Twitter Reply | Pick | Pick Thomas1178 Report 5 6 Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Facebook 3 Dec 2018 1:01 Twitter consumerx Report Twitter As the crisis escalates… Makes sense to me, historically farmers have done far better with diversification— as does the soil itself. But that gets back to your earlier point about agribusiness… Twitter Report | Pick Reply Share Twitter Share 0 1 | Pick Facebook Facebook Twitter Report Share on Facebook Reply Report Share on Facebook Facebook I always feel weird taking a side of Trump supporters but… Very few of the people who voted for Trump were going to sort his comments on China out of all of his other comments. He talks constantly and he doesn’t carry much through. The people I knew in North Carolina who voted for Trump wanted a conservative Supreme Court— accomplished. They wanted conservative federal judges- accomplished. Most of them thought Trump was an asshole. But they still thought he was better than Hillary. One question: did the Democrats run a single ad— did anyone run an ad- in 2016 about the impact of a trade war with China on farming? Was anyone actually talking about this then? Did the Democrats say, my God, if he’s elected the price of soybeans will plummet- but let’s not mention that to anyone in Iowa during the election season? Or did the Democrats do with they did in North Carolina, and run one single ad talking about how much Hillary Clinton loved children… And NOW hindsight is proving to be 20/20 as usual. Reply | Pick | Pick | Pick johngriggs | Pick The farmers of Iowa and workers of Michigan voted Trump in. So they got what they wished for: now let them enjoy it. At the same time they gave that con artist to the rest of us who despise him. Seeing how he treated his supporters, I tremble to think of the next “Schweinerei” in store for us and this country! Share Share on Twitter US farmers’ troubles over tariffs show the value in looking ahead Or possibly the value of not electing an arse as president? Trump Making America Shite Again! Share on Facebook US needs China but China doesnt need US. 6 7 Twitter Share on Twitter | Pick Reply Facebook Facebook 3 Dec 2018 7:12 Masaccio Masolino Facebook 4 Dec 2018 0:44 Share on Twitter NotIdefix Twitter edmund00 3 Dec 2018 13:08 Share Share Reply If you’re running a business, I hope you’re thinking of the future. Not doing so will put you in the same tight spot our farmers face Report Facebook 3 Dec 2018 7:39 Share on Facebook Report 4 5 Share on Facebook Report 0 1 Share on Facebook Twitter newest | Pick Facebook Share on Twitter Share on Twitter Facebook Misplaced trust on the part of farmers and simplistic arguments by the author… Share on Facebook Report Share on Twitter TroyWayne 3 Dec 2018 16:00 Report Twitter Share on Twitter 2 | Pick Twitter Share on Facebook 7 8 Reply Report 3 Dec 2018 21:24 TroyWayne Report Report You’re wrong. Commoners like Trump because he pisses off the academics, experts, know-it-alls, talking heads, and the educated. Those are the people that commoners blame for the downward spiral of the middle-class. They are the people commonly known, by the commoners, as the best and brightest – aka the elite. 1 2 3 Dec 2018 4:42 Reply comment Reply | Pick 1 2 Share on Facebook Reply GorCro | Pick Report Report Perhaps Trump could be marketed in China: “Orange vegetable product American process Reality POTUS.” US farmers’ troubles over tariffs show the value in looking ahead Share Share on Facebook | Pick Facebook ildfluer 3 Dec 2018 18:55 Report Facebook Report Share on Twitter Facebook I am only quoting somebody.https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCIjuLiLHdFxYtFmWlbTGQRQ Twitter Share on Facebook US small business Share on Facebook Facebook | Pick Share on Twitter 5 6 Report Report Share on Twitter When you drive from Minneapolis to West Okoboji Lake, Iowa – as I did early last summer – you pretty much see just one thing: farmland. And those farms are pretty much just growing one thing too: soybeans. The state of Iowa is the second largest producer of soybeans in the US – and can you guess their biggest customer? An estimated one out of every three rows of soybeans grown there are shipped to China. I didn’t see any pork farms from my car, but I’ve also learned that Iowa is the largest exporter of pork to China as well. 7 8 Please select Personal abuse Off topic Legal issue Trolling Hate speech Offensive/Threatening language Copyright Spam Other Facebook Gerryofhamilton Report 3 Dec 2018 4:45 View more commentslast_img read more

Donald Trump warns Megan Rapinoe not to disrespect US flag at World

first_img Megan Rapinoe says she would not visit the White House – video Donald Trump warns Megan Rapinoe not to ‘disrespect’ US flag at World Cup USA women’s football team Share on Facebook @tom_lutz Wed 26 Jun 2019 11.06 EDT Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump)….invited Megan or the team, but I am now inviting the TEAM, win or lose. Megan should never disrespect our Country, the White House, or our Flag, especially since so much has been done for her & the team. Be proud of the Flag that you wear. The USA is doing GREAT!June 26, 2019 Share on Messenger Last modified on Mon 8 Jul 2019 10.20 EDT Women’s World Cup Megan Rapinoe Donald Trump Read more The Fiver: sign up and get our daily football email. On Monday, Megan Rapinoe scored two goals to send the US through to the quarter-finals of the Women’s World Cup. On Wednesday, the President of the United States warned her not to “disrespect” her country.Rapinoe, who has won the World Cup and Olympics with the USWNT, is outspoken on social issues and was the first white professional athlete to kneel for the national anthem in protest of social injustice in the United States, before US Soccer passed a rule requiring team members to stand for the anthem. In a video that has circulated on social media since Tuesday – but appears to have been filmed before the World Cup started – she said that she would not visit the White House if the team wins the tournament.On Wednesday, Trump responded to Rapinoe’s comments, although he addressed Twitter user @meganrapino rather than Rapinoe’s official account @mPinoe before correcting it about an hour later. Facebook Megan Rapinoe: ‘God forbid you be a gay woman and a person of color in the US’ Pinterest “Women’s soccer player, @meganrapino, just stated that she is “not going to the F…ing White House if we win.” Other than the NBA, which now refuses to call owners, owners (please explain that I just got Criminal Justice Reform passed, Black unemployment is at the lowest level… ….in our Country’s history, and the poverty index is also best number EVER), leagues and teams love coming to the White House. I am a big fan of the American Team, and Women’s Soccer, but Megan should WIN first before she TALKS! USA women’s football team Topics Twitter Share on Twitter US sports Player says she will not visit White House if US win World CupOther American teams and players have refused trip in pastAli Krieger throws support behind Rapinoe with pointed tweet Ali Krieger (@alikrieger)In regards to the “President’s” tweet today, I know women who you cannot control or grope anger you, but I stand by @mPinoe & will sit this one out as well. I don’t support this administration nor their fight against LGBTQ+ citizens, immigrants & our most vulnerable.June 26, 2019 “As I got more into gay rights, I got more into equal pay and you just see that it’s all connected. You can’t really speak out on one thing and not another without it not being the full picture. We need to talk about a larger conversation in this country about equality in general and respect – especially with the recent election and subsequent narrative that’s coming from the White House right now.”The US play hosts France on Friday for a place in the World Cup semi-finals. Megan Rapinoe, right, visited the White House with the US women’s national team after their 2015 World Cup victory. Photograph: Jim Watson/AFP/Getty Images Trump’s remarks came one day after he said he did not think it was appropriate for Rapinoe, a co-captain of the US team, to protest during the anthem during an interview with The Hill. “No, I don’t think so,” Trump said when asked about Rapinoe’s actions.The 33-year-old Rapinoe has been outspoken about LGBTQ rights as well as racial and gender equality. She is also one of the most prominent voices in the US team’s battle with their federation over equal pay.“The more I’ve been able to learn about gay rights and equal pay and gender equity and racial inequality, the more that it all intersects,” Rapinoe told the Guardian in 2017. “You can’t really pick it apart. It’s all intertwined. God forbid you be a gay woman and a person of color in this country, because you’d be really fucked. Share on LinkedIn Women’s football Share on Pinterest Women’s World Cup 2019 Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Shares1,0391039 0:14 Tom Lutz in New York Veteran fullback Ali Krieger, who is engaged to teammate Ashlyn Harris, voiced her support for Rapinoe on Wednesday, saying that she would also decline a White House visit and doesn’t “support this administration nor their fight against LGBTQ+ citizens, immigrants & our most vulnerable”. Share via Email Share via Email Play Video Share on WhatsApp “Finish the job! We haven’t yet……..invited Megan or the team, but I am now inviting the TEAM, win or lose. Megan should never disrespect our Country, the White House, or our Flag, especially since so much has been done for her & the team. Be proud of the Flag that you wear. The USA is doing GREAT!”If the US do refuse a visit to the White House, they would be following in the footsteps of the Golden State Warriors, who did not meet with the President after winning the NBA championship, and the Philadelphia Eagles, who skipped the trip after winning Super Bowl LII. Other US championship teams have visited Trump although some players on nearly every one of those teams have chosen to stay away. Rapinoe’s teammates Becky Sauerbrunn and Alex Morgan have also said that they will not attend the White House should the team win the World Cup. The US met with Barack Obama after they won the World Cup in 2015. Reuse this contentlast_img read more

Its a Family Affair A Day of Community and Fun Hosted by

first_imgNational Federation of the BlindThe National Federation of the Blind is an organization that seeks to provide security, opportunity, and equality for all blind people. The NFB holds fundraisers throughout the year in order to support community outreach initiatives and to provide scholarships to blind children and adults. One such fundraiser is next month’s “It’s a Family Affair.” This event will take place on May 15, 2011 from 11am-4pm at the Moose Lodge at 7055 East 16th Street in Indianapolis.The event will feature 8 full hours of community fun while providing attendees the opportunity to become more educated about blindness and the members of the blind community. Festivities include a day of fun with games that give sighted and blind children the opportunity to play together, face painting by clowns, door prizes, Twister and  hula hoop competitions, and much more. In addition, entertainment will be provided by the Butler University Jazz Band, singer and NFB member J.W. Smith, as well as a number of local artists and musicians.This event is an affordable day of fun for families. Children 12 and under will be admitted for $3, youth age 13-19 for $5, and adults will get in for $15 for a single and $25 per couple. Meals will be$5 and the event is catered by the Moose Lodge.Money raised from this event will go into the state treasury and will be used for community outreach at schools and businesses as well as for scholarships for children to have the opportunity to meet with legislatures on a trip to Washington, DC.State Fundraising Chair for the NFB, Jean Brown said, “Enhancing the lives of the youth through a strong philosophy allows the NFB to educate future generations. Blind children are being deprived of Braille orientation and mobility skills training in schools, often causing them to fall behind sighted children in the education process. This event is a chance to raise awareness and funds to ensure that blind children are granted every opportunity for sufficient growth and education.”The general public is encouraged to attend this event. “It’s a Family Affair” promises to be a day of entertainment and education.Share this…TwitterFacebookPinterestLinkedInEmailPrint RelatedATU186 – NFB Newsline (Scott White), RESNA and ATIA Outcomes Research, On the Hill with Audrey Busch, Kickstarter and Indiegogo campaigns for disability technologyDecember 19, 2014In “Assistive Technology Update”Introducing Lee Martin, President of Circle City Chapter of National Federation of the BlindApril 21, 2010In “Services”ATU172 – What does the Apple Watch and iPhone 6 mean for people with Disabilities, National Federation of the Blind, Duo Lingo app, Vision Force from Bosma EnterprisesSeptember 12, 2014In “Assistive Technology Update”last_img read more

Useful Accessibility Links for Public Relations Professionals

first_imgShare this…TwitterFacebookPinterestLinkedInEmailPrint RelatedAM079 – Touch ScreensNovember 30, 2012In “Accessibility Minute”ATU185 – Web Accessibility Webinar Series from ATAP (Rob Carr), Intel and Stephen Hawking’s New Assistive Technology, Department of Justice Settlement with Peapod, Robots in LibrariesDecember 12, 2014In “Assistive Technology Update”ATU326 – Accessibility at the Smithsonian with Beth Ziebarth Director of The Smithsonian Institution’s Accessibility ProgramAugust 25, 2017In “Assistive Technology Update” Over lunch today, Wade Wingler is serving on a panel at the Hoosier Chapter of the Public Relations Society of America.  The topic of discussion is “How to Connect with Diverse Audiences.”Here are some links that he plans to share with the group today.  (They are included here for everyone’s convenience.)Michael’s video link: http://www.courseload.com/alongside-video/Web accessibility links:www.w3c.org/waiwww.section508.govwww.webaim.orgwave.webaim.orgwww.a11yproject.comTechnology accessibility:www.apple.com/accessibilitywww.microsoft.com/enablewww.adobe.com/accessibilityPeople First Language: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/People-first_languageUniversal Design: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Universal_designAssistive Technology:Vision: http://www.afb.org/section.aspx?Folderid=2&Sectionid=4Hearing: http://www.hearingloss.org/content/technologyAbleData: http://www.abledata.comFind Your Local State-Wide Assistive Technology Project:  http://www.resnaprojects.org/statewide/index.htmlTranscription and media resources:National Center on Accessible Media at WGBH — http://ncam.wgbh.org/WebAIM’s captioning resources: http://webaim.org/techniques/captions/AST – a provider of captioning services: http://www.automaticsync.com/captionsync/services/captions-subtitles/flash-qt-wmv-captions/ INDATA Project at Easter Seals Crossroads:www.EasterSealsTech.com | Podcast | YouTube | Facebook | Twitter | Assistive Technology Radiolast_img read more

SpotIM Raises 25 Million in Series D Funding

first_img fundingInsight VentureMarketing TechnologyNadav ShovalNewssocial engagementSpot.IM Previous ArticlePushSend Launches All-in-One Marketing Platform That Brings Enterprise Capabilities to SMBsNext ArticleTetra TV Launches Transparent Advertising Network for Connected TV New Resources Will Power the Expansion of Spot.IM’s Platform for Helping Digital Publishers Organically Grow the Lifetime Value of Their ReadershipSpot.IM, a social engagement and community platform for digital publishers, announced it has raised $25 million in Series D funding led by Insight Venture Partners with participation from Millhouse Capital, AltaIR Capital, Cerca, and Jonah Goodhart, SVP at Oracle. Additionally, Spot.IM has appointed technology and media executive, Itzik Ben-Bassat, as President of the company and a member of its Board of Directors.The new round of funding comes on the heels of the digital media bubble burst of 2018 where click-based advertising revenue models proved to be futile to the long-term growth of the digital media industry. In the last year, Spot.IM has grown to become the largest Community Platform partner to more than 80% of top-tier U.S. publishers, including Hearst, AOL, Refinery29, Fox News, and more.Marketing Technology News: Huawei Enables Smart Finance with “AI+DATA”“Our goal has always been to provide publishers with the ability to build a sustainable business organically through their content and community — not arbitrary clicks,” said Nadav Shoval, CEO of Spot.IM. “We are excited by the enthusiasm of our investors and partners for the platform that we’re building. Together, we look forward to shaping a new era for the digital media industry that’s focused first and foremost on delivering the value and experience that readers deserve.”Spot.IM’s platform empowers digital media publishers with comprehensive engagement and community moderation tools for driving on-site interactions with content. By providing publishers with a more sustainable monetization strategy, Spot.IM’s platform has played a critical role in growing the community and lifetime value of readers for its partners.Marketing Technology News: New Study Finds the Current State of Pay TV, OTT & SVOD in 2019“Pressures of monetization have been poisonous to the digital media industry,” said Itzik Ben-Bassat, President at Spot.IM. “It’s time that digital media companies begin looking beyond the low-hanging fruit of measuring growth by the sheer volume of clicks or impressions, and Spot.IM is the solution for just that.”Marketing Technology News: Uber Versus Lyft: The Game of Ride Sharing and Pricing Data Gets Hotter Spot.IM Raises $25 Million in Series D Funding MTS Staff WriterApril 30, 2019, 9:10 pmApril 30, 2019 last_img read more

Key Social Media Monetization Tactics for MobileFirst Gaming Brands

first_imgWhen you think of a typical gamer, the mind is quick to paint a mental picture of a young male. However, that is not the case at all in this growing industry that topped 43.8 billion in 2018. There is a huge audience – and demand – for casual mobile games that span across demographics. For example, 65 percent of women in the 10-65 age range report they play mobile games and 20 percent of female gamers discover new games on social media.Casual gamers aren’t particularly dedicated to specific genres or games; most tend to play for free and the gaming sessions are short, yet addictive, and they have only a few in-app purchase options. Their interaction with games tend to occur while passing time while commuting or taking a little break from work.Casual gaming is also growing rapidly at 3.5 times its market share, so the competition for winning players over is rife. But how do these games make money? It all comes down to brands selling in-game ads to other advertisers.Read More: Think Before the Ad using Customer DataSocial Media Monetization Makes a Bet for GamingGaming advertisers are known to be technologically savvy and they invest millions in user acquisition and retention. Social platforms like Facebook and Instagram have been quick to hop on the gaming wave to develop bespoke ad formats fit for attracting casual gamers. Below, we have compiled some of the latest tactics and innovations to attract and retain users on paid social.The Rise of Interactive AdsFacebook recently introduced Playable ads that allow users to try a game before they download it. This mobile ad format opens into a full-screen game view where brands can recreate key game functionalities for the user to experience without leaving their feed. When designed correctly, Playable ads can be a great source of quality leads.There are a few considerations advertisers should take into account with this ad format and adhering to the best practices can drive a clear uptick in performance:Short loading times are a must so that the user doesn’t become frustrated and scroll alongInclude a clear Call-to-Action from start to finish to encourage conversions throughout the experienceGuide players at first and then let them explore; visual cues such as arrows and hands guide the user on how to navigate the winDesign for the win: let the user experience success in the ad for a positive rewardInteractions over time: as this isn’t a video format, focus on the number of in-ad interactions over the amount of time it takes to complete the sample gameGive a sample: don’t recreate the game in its entirety but, rather, offer a taste of what’s to come if you download the gameAlso Read: Social Media vs. Messaging Apps: What Brand Marketers Need to KnowCreative Testing for Better Performance with Social Media MonetizationIn 2019, one of the performance marketing trends constantly gaining popularity is creative testing and running more scientifically sound A/B tests to determine what really moves the needle. On social media, in particular, an ad becomes old news fast and marketers need to cycle in new creative to fight ad fatigue. However, updating campaigns constantly makes it tough to understand causality: between targeting, new creative variations, and factors like seasonality and changes to attribution models, how do you really know what pushed the lever?For a sound testing plan, don’t rush to test too many variables at once. For insights that really matter, it is important to lay out a structured framework, a testing calendar with a clear cadence, and a plan of elements to test.A good general rule is to only test one variable at a time.Another faux-pas to avoid is not to test new creative against your best-performer within the same audience. This approach can drive a false negative if the new variation fails to perform against the older one. It is likely that the audience is already familiar with your advertising and less susceptible to your marketing messages.What should you do, instead?You could try running this creative test by targeting broad audiences which are people who, based on their behavior, could be interested in your game.Finally, once you’ve found your winning combination, you can then create a campaign conversion lookalike audience that finds people similar to the converted gamers. That way, you can expect the creative to do well with the new audience, too, and, ultimately, lead to greater monetization.Read More: Customer Lifetime Value (CLV): the MVP of Your Marketing Metrics Key Social Media Monetization Tactics for Mobile-First Gaming Brands Martin KilpMay 27, 2019, 6:39 pmMay 27, 2019 FacebookInstagrammobile marketingMobile-First GamingPerformance MarketingSmartly.ioSocial Mediasocial platformsvideo marketing Previous ArticleBright Pattern Contact Center Now Available on Microsoft AppSourceNext ArticleShred-it GDPR Compliance Survey of UK SMEs Reflects Positive Understanding but Highlights Key Areas of Concern Under the Surfacelast_img read more