DuPont probiotics pilot facility benefits from 10m investment

first_imgDuPont probiotics pilot facility benefits from $10m investmentPosted By: News Deskon: August 17, 2017In: Food, Industries, IngredientsPrintEmailDuPont has invested $10 million in its probiotics pilot facility in Wisconsin, which it said would help it ‘strengthen and embolden’ its position as a leading player in the probiotics industry.The expansion at the site in Madison will allow DuPont to increase the pace of new product development, and significantly improves delivery times on pilot material for clinical trials and customer evaluations.This in turn, the company said, improves overall scale-up capability and creates a more seamless transition to commercial-scale production.DuPont Nutrition & Health president Matthias Heinzel said: “Given the explosive rise in demand for probiotics products all around the globe, this project allows us to aggressively pursue our goal to be the number one probiotics supplier in the world. “These expansion efforts show our commitment to becoming bigger and stronger with our capability to meet demand, and our facilities, and qualified staff to handle the significant growth we foresee in this sector.”The pilot area features new state-of-the-art equipment, data collection facilities, laboratories, instrumentation and specialised work space for probiotic development and scale up. The upgrades, which quadrupled the pilot area, have already increased bandwidth to simultaneously run more development projects while improving scale-up efficiency and time-to-market, DuPont said.“With all the enhancements, we are better able to meet customer demand for new probiotics at a much faster pace,” said Kurt Fenster, bioprocess development group manager, culture manufacturing technology for DuPont. “Moving forward, we expect to substantially increase our speed to deliver products to customers.”Share with your network: Tags: DuPontprobioticsUSlast_img read more

Lack of organic farms could stall growth of organic market – study

first_imgLack of organic farms could stall growth of organic market – studyPosted By: News Deskon: May 25, 2018In: Agriculture, Food, IndustriesPrintEmailThe future growth of the global organic food market could be at risk if organic land area does not grow sufficiently to meet rising demand, according to research from Informa’s Agribusiness Intelligence.Since 2011 the global organic farmland area has grown by 8.4% per year, but organic food consumption is exceeding the growth of land, rising by 10.2% per year over the same period. Informa said that as of 2016, a total of 57.8 million hectares had been approved for organic production, amounting to 1.2% of the world’s farmland. In the last two years, 13.4 million hectares of new organic farmland has been created, as demand for organic food and drink products grows.Some 2.7 million farmers worldwide were identified as organic farmers in 2016 (up 13% year on year). There are now 15 countries around the world – from Sweden to Samoa – where more than 10% of the total farmland area is registered organic. The European Union (EU) is the second biggest market in the world for organic products, with sales in 2016 estimated at €30.7 billion.From 2021 onwards, the EU will insist that its own domestic rules should directly apply to imported organic goods, and that current ‘equivalency’ agreements, which the European Commission says allows upwards of 60 different standards to be considered equivalent to EU standards, will no longer be valid. This, the EU claims, will finally establish a level playing field between EU producers and those from third countries.Chris Horseman, policy consultant to Informa’s Agribusiness Intelligence, said: “A massive international market now exists for organic food and drink products, ranging from fresh fruit and vegetables through to ready meals and processed foods, but future growth is by no means assured.“Sophisticated regulatory frameworks are in place to govern all aspects of the organic food chain, from approved farm management techniques to rules on the marketing and labelling of organic products. But demand for new organic farmland to serve this growth is ever increasing.“This is especially pressing considering that the unit yields from organic agriculture are lower than those from conventional agriculture. In the longer term, a growing world population may pose questions about the sustainability of organic farming, and whether there remains room in the market for a production system which renounces pesticides and artificial fertilisers and hence does not seek to maximise output and yield by using in the same way that conventional agriculture aims to.”Share with your network: Tags: Informaorganiclast_img read more

Interview The glass beer tower that lets you see your beer flow

first_imgInterview: The glass beer tower that lets you see your beer flowPosted By: Alex Clereon: November 21, 2018In: Alcohol, Beverage, FoodBev TV, Foodservice, Industries, Vending, VideosPrintEmail Share with your network: Tags: AustriabeerdispensingGermanyMISATaptube Michael Mayer explained: “All the brewers take so much care in their beer, and usually in a keg it arrives in perfect quality – and in dispensing, it sometimes loses quality. But the [TapTube], it even keeps more quality in the product and [the brewers] have the end result they want in the glass.”Each tap can hold 110kg of weight, so if things get heated in the bar environment the glass tower can withstand heavy force.Unlike conventional beer taps, which are often made of stainless steel, TapTube is made by hand out of glass, meaning it meets exceptional hygiene standards. Each one takes around three months to produce – so although MISA can facilitate larger orders, it is not intended for a mainstream market.Instead, with the rise of craft beer, MISA is targeting breweries, independent operators and taprooms.Alexandra Mayer said: “For the breweries, it’s an image thing so they can present their product in a really nice way. For sure this is not a mass product; you can use it for very special locations so the customers who are interested, they really pick it for their special restaurants, bars and showrooms.”For more content like this, subscribe to FoodBev’s YouTube channel.Presented and edited by: Alex Clerecenter_img BrauBeviale plays host to all manner of innovations – and at this year’s show, Taptube from Bavarian company MISA was no exception. This helictical glass beer tower allows customers to watch their brew being poured in front of them, providing for a spectacle in on-trade locations and tapping into the trends of naturalness and transparency – literally!MISA’s Alexandra Mayer and Michael Mayer, the children of the company’s original founder, explained to FoodBev’s Alex Clere why TapTube is so exciting and how it would fit within the food and beverage industry.last_img read more

How Bill Cosby went from Americas dad to convicted sex offender

first_imgBill Cosby Support The Guardian Last modified on Fri 27 Apr 2018 12.26 EDT Read more Topics Instead he may die in a prison cell after being exposed as a criminal whom dozens of women say drugged and assaulted them while they were unconscious.It’s a dramatic downfall for the man once known as “America’s dad” and star of what the Boston Globe has called “one of the most cherished comedies in television history”.But the guilty verdicts he received on Thursday for drugging and sexually assaulting Andrea Constand also obscure the fact that he nearly got away with everything for which he was just convicted.In the weeks and months before a joke by the comedian Hannibal Buress began to derail his public image in October of 2014, Cosby seemed to be at the peak of what had been an extraordinary public life. A biography published that year by veteran journalist Mark Whitaker, the longtime editor of Newsweek, focused entirely on his family life and achievements.“Historians will measure the seismic impact of The Cosby Show on the entertainment industry and on American society,” Whitaker wrote. “And they will point out how, by implanting such a positive image of black family life in the national consciousness, it helped Americans envision sending a black president and his wife and daughters to live in the White House less than two decades later.” The book was 500 pages long and delved into Cosby’s affairs and rocky family relations, but offered no mention of the multiple counts of rape of which Cosby stood accused.The New York Times, reviewing it in September of 2014, called it “a wonderfully thorough biography of America’s most accomplished comedian”. But by November of that year Whitaker acknowledged the failure of his omissions, and his publisher scrapped plans for a paperback edition. Something had changed. On 16 October 2014, in a low-lit club in Cosby’s hometown of Philadelphia, another comedian’s rape joke about Cosby had gone viral. “He gets on TV, ‘Pull your pants up, black people! I was on TV in the 80s! I can talk down to you because I had a successful sitcom!’” Buress said. “Yeah, but you rape women, Bill Cosby, so turn the crazy down a couple notches.” Fri 27 Apr 2018 11.59 EDT Pinterest Lucia Graves Rape and sexual assault Shares106106 Share via Email Share on WhatsApp How Bill Cosby went from ‘America’s dad’ to convicted sex offender Share on Twitter Hannibal Buress Facebook Share on Facebook Share on Messenger Since you’re here… Bill Cosby leaves his sexual assault trial in Norristown, Pennsylvania on Thursday.Photograph: Matt Slocum/AP Ta-Nehisi Coatescenter_img Born in Philadelphia in 1937, Cosby’s world looked nothing like the glamorous lifestyle he would later come to know. As he told Life magazine in a 1969 interview: “Started out in the middle class when dad was young and working. Dropped to lower class and then the projects. Mother worked for $8 a day as a domestic. One brother’s got epilepsy. Get the picture?” Share on Twitter Sign up for Bookmarks: discover new books in our weekly email Reuse this content Before his dramatic downfall, culminating in a guilty verdict, Cosby seemed to be at the peak of what had been an extraordinary public life A Philadelphia-magazine writer who happened to be in the crowd that night hit record on his phone, Vanity Fair has reported, and the video, uploaded to Phillymag.com the next day, began the rapid unraveling of Cosby’s decades-long career.His conviction on Thursday of sexually assaulting Constand – the former basketball player who first filed a civil lawsuit against Cosby back in 2005, after a district attorney declined to bring criminal charges – will not come as a shock to those who have followed the stories of the dozens of women who’ve stepped forward to accuse Cosby of drugging and raping them, some of the accusations dating back decades. But to those who have watched less closely, the verdict may still have been stunning – partly because until not long ago Cosby was seen as a paragon of moral virtue. Bill Cosby Share via Email His strongest pull anywhere was to leave, so he joined the navy, where he got his GED – high-school equivalent certificate – and at 23, he was accepted to Temple University, where he honed a love of literature and talent for comedy.He came up in the civil rights era, working in standup before landing his big breakthrough role as the first African American co-star on I Spy, and culminating with his starring role in The Cosby Show, where he played the wise father figure and won over white America with an emphasis on family values. Somewhere he found time to star in a good number of Jell-O commercials, and write around a dozen books. All along the way – according to the allegations of around 60 women who have come forward with claims dating back to the 1960s, publicly reported as early as 2000 – he was drugging and assaulting women. Those claims did not get widespread attention until a comedian made them famous, as Barbara Bowman, one of Cosby’s accusers, observed angrily in a Washington Post op-ed that same year. And it wasn’t that they were a secret. The claims against Cosby were well established when Constand filed her civil suit in 2005. By 2006, Philadelphia magazine had published a carefully reported compendium of victims’ stories, which was followed closely by Bowman’s own piece in People describing her drugging and assault.Meanwhile, Cosby had elevated his role to public moralist, holding forth on masculinity and self-discipline around the country. Writing in 2008 in the Atlantic on one of his tours, the writer Ta-Nehisi Coates, having seen him speak to a group of inmates who had just obtained their GEDs, remarked: “I wished, then, that my seven-year-old son could have seen Cosby there, to take in the same basic message that I endeavor to serve him every day – that manhood means more than virility and strut, that it calls for discipline and dutiful stewardship.”Coates has since expressed regret for not looking into the allegations against Cosby. And Coates was far from alone. The late David Carr, shortly after Coates’ mea culpa, wrote a piece in the New York Times titled ‘Calling out Bill Cosby’s media enablers, including myself’. The accusations have now come to eclipse what seemed to be a lifetime of extraordinary accomplishment. But many thought justice would never be delivered at all.Cosby’s first criminal trial over Constand’s accusations last year resulted in a hung jury. But on a second attempt with the help of attorney Gloria Allred, who represents 33 of Cosby’s accusers, her case succeeded.Constand was almost unable to bring the case at all because of expiring statutes of limitations: only one accuser stood in the courtroom because others were barred by legal technicalities. Still, the judge allowed five other women to give supporting testimony, in contrast to the previous year, when only one other could speak. For anyone wanting Cosby to be held accountable, the trial came not a moment too soon. Kevin Steele, the district attorney who brought the charges – having run for office against the previous prosecutor who declined to bring charges against Cosby in 2005, and won – was sworn into his new job just in time to sign off on an arrest warrant before the statutes of limitations expired.The witnesses certainly appear to have helped the case this time around. But with the downfall of Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein and the rise of the #MeToo movement, it’s also a very different cultural moment. And while many powerful men have lost their jobs or been suspended, Cosby is the first celebrity targeted by the movement to go to jail for his actions. Walking out of the courthouse after the verdict Thursday, Lili Bernard, one Cosby’s accusers, was overcome by emotion. “I feel like I’m dreaming. Can you pinch me?” a misty-eyed Bernard said to reporters on the courthouse steps. After all these years, she said, “my faith in humanity is restored”. Read more Pennsylvania analysis Bill Cosby came very close to cementing his legacy as America’s sweater-clad father figure and no-nonsense moral voice for the ages. Bill Cosby found guilty in sexual assault trial in milestone for #MeToo era Share on Facebook Share on LinkedIn Share on Pinterest Twitter @lucia_graves … 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.last_img read more

The latest Trump scandal would have destroyed any other president

first_img Facebook 25 Jul 2018 20:16 Matt Wood CardiffBlackLabel Share on Twitter It would appear that it’s not only American politics which is a cess pit, but the electorate itself. @Freedland 2 3 moderate_rebel_rebel I’m always amazed that Trump thinks that’s a sign of how wonderful he is, rather than it being the biggest insult, anyone has EVER delivered to that stinking bucket of deplorables. Report | Pick Share on Twitter 25 Jul 2018 19:16 Report Shall we cast our minds back to the more innocent era of 1992, when the presidential campaign of a young southern governor by the name of Bill Clinton was nearly derailed by claims that he’d had an extramarital affair with a former lounge singer by the name of Gennifer Flowers?As it happens, Clinton survived that episode – he and Hillary appeared jointly on 60 Minutes, as Hillary famously explained: “You know, I’m not sitting here, some little woman standing by my man like Tammy Wynette”, but it was a close-run thing.Now imagine that a tape emerged in which Clinton and his personal lawyer were heard discussing how best to pay the hush money that would keep Flowers silent, an undeclared payment that would be in violation of campaign finance laws. There can be no doubt: it would have destroyed Clinton as a candidate, and it would have been seized on as (further) grounds for his impeachment as president. tomword Share on Twitter Twitter Twitter Share on Facebook Henryb63 … 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. Twitter Share on Facebook Twitter First thoughts Share Twitter Reply comment A good economy “trumps” everything else. Twitter Share on Facebook You are describing the Midwest and South and NOT the real America, which you will find on the Coasts. We Real Americans are horrifically embarrassed by the uneducated and devolved barbarians in the Midwest and South. Please be aware that we Ream Americans are extremely embarrassed by them. If you see an American in the EU wearing a Canadian flag, it’s someone from the Coasts. Be ki d and realize that they truly represent America- the people who gave us the Peace Corps, NASA, polio vaccine and Rachel Carson. Please take the horribly devolved throwbacks from the Midwest and South for something other than Americans. They do identify with Putin’s Russia, after all. Facebook I still think that the Russian intervention in the US election will get Trump. Do not despair. Despair over the Tories and Brexit though – they are fricking awful and because the poor and working class remain generally apathetic towards voting, they could go on and on, weaving their incompetent malice. towel 16 17 ChrisRyanParker Reply Facebook Because it’s Trump’s supporters who claim to be in favour of Christian values and family values Share on Twitter Show 25 I think the wailing and bleating by the Democrats and MSM has something to do with it to also. They just seem so so upset that their establishment candidate didn’t get in that they will say anything and go to any lengths or any depths to try and change the result even now. For many people it’s just good to hear them whining. Share Reply All ChrisRyanParker Show 19 more replies 25 Jul 2018 19:24 unthreaded Share Show 1 more reply Henryb63 Share on Facebook … ‘Few would now bet on the Cohen tape story destroying Donald Trump.’Photograph: Aly Song/Reuters Reply Share bart willis 25 Jul 2018 18:56 Facebook | Pick Reply Share on Twitter Share on Facebook stuart255 Share on Twitter 30 31 Twitter 645 646 Not exactly. The Republicans in Congress are too intimidated. They are still in control, hence the ongoing appeal for a sane election in November. If Trumpster World is strengthened, then one can talk about USA. Reply | Pick Reply Facebook Dappler Gelion Share on Twitter Facebook Facebook 25 Jul 2018 21:15 9 10 Reply | Pick Donald Trump | Pick Facebook 25 Jul 2018 19:01 1 2 Share on Facebook Share on Facebook First thoughts Clinton was spunking over girl interns in the oval office, I’m sorry but he makes Trump look like an angel. This is why the US is so utterly morally corrupt and saturated in the blood of their own children and the millions they have slaughtered around the world since the end of WWII. Complete cognitive dissonance, poorly educated and zero critical thinking skills Share on Twitter Share on Twitter | Pick Report 19 20 62 63 The simple, stubborn fact is that nothing seems to move Trump’s core supporters away from him. His approval rating among Republicans remains sky high (though there are signs that the pool of Americans who identify as Republicans is shrinking, perhaps suggesting that it’s increasingly only Trump true believers who are proud to wear that party label). Trump’s 2016 observation that he could shoot people on Fifth Avenue and still not lose votes remains as valid as ever.It’s one reason why Trump’s opponents ought not to invest too much hope in the special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into alleged collusion between Russia and the Trump campaign. Even if Mueller produces jaw-dropping evidence against Trump, the president’s base is unlikely to be impressed. For a flavour of the likely response, note Alex Jones’s latest Infowars broadcast, making the wild, evidence-free allegation that Mueller was involved in a child sex ring and fantasising about shooting Mueller. (Predictably, Facebook, which carries Infowars, said the broadcast did not breach its rules.)We have to face the grim reality that in our post-2016 world few of the previous norms and standards apply. In Britain, too, we can see how things have changed. There was a time when a government admission that it was having to plan for the possibility that food and medicine would run out – not through natural disaster, but because of a policy it was pursuing – would have been terminal. Now it’s just another day in Brexit.The problem seems to be that a chunk of the electorate – whether diehard Trump supporters or hardcore Brexiters – is impervious to any countervailing evidence. By that same logic, hope surely must rest with those voters who are in the great middle: quieter than the rest, perhaps, but open to persuasion and willing to be moved by demonstrable facts. Those people surely still exist.If there were to be a second referendum on Brexit, their votes would be crucial. In the US, they will have a decisive opportunity to make their voice heard in November’s midterm elections. At that moment, they will have much more than a chance to punish Trump. They will also have it in their hands to restore a set of norms that currently lies battered and bleeding. It’s no exaggeration to say that the world is depending on them.Jonathan Freedland is a Guardian columnist PopeGregoryTheNinth manipulated in the geopolitical interests of Russia because they likely have a video of him being pissed on. Due to the large number of comments, they are being shown 100 per page. Reply Report Share Share on Twitter Reply | Pick 7 8 I agree, there’s going to be a tipping point when nobody will admit to ever having supported the orange stain. The only question is how much damage this ignorant buffoon will do in the meantime. 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. Show 9 more replies 330 331 If only! Twitter Share Share on Facebook Facebook Share on Facebook Reply | Pick I’m not sure they could ever make the claim, but it’s plainly beyond argument now. The GOP has zero credibility. Share on Twitter geoballo 24 25 recommendations tomword Rhapsodin Share on Messenger William Anthony Share Share on Twitter Twitter | Pick Report Dappler Share on Facebook Facebook Share | Pick Reply 10 11 Facebook 57 58 Jonathan Freedland Share on Facebook He’s more than a businessman. He’s a demagogue who is consciously pursuing a fascist agenda set by the likes of Steve Bannon, but manipulated in the geopolitical interests of Russia Gelion Share on Twitter 25 Jul 2018 19:44 Twitter Reply Share | Pick Annabel1968 | Pick Report Share on Facebook Reply Share on Twitter Report Share on Facebook 25 Jul 2018 19:02 | Pick Facebook supports Alex Jones, or the people are leaving because they (the people) support Alex Jones? 19 20 394 395 50 25 Jul 2018 19:00 Report 23 24 Reply Angstromunit 51 52 25 Jul 2018 19:23 | Pick Share Share The GOP represents all that is weak and regressive about America: crackpot, ripoff religion, gun worship, homophobia, misogyny, racism, contempt for nature and the environment, pathetic public education, adult illiteracy/ignorance, wage slavery and sleaze. | Pick 32 33 Reply Share on Twitter 25 Jul 2018 21:14 That’s because Trump is a businessman first and a politician second. America is a business disguised as a country. Twitter fordprefect100 Share Reply Twitter MrPeevley Share Reply I still think that the Russian intervention in the US election will get Trump. Do not despair. 5 6 Donald Trump Share on Facebook Facebook Report Show 1 more reply 25 Jul 2018 19:02 Facebook 25 Jul 2018 19:58 Show 5 more replies Threads collapsed Twitter Share oldest Share Any one of a million scandals about that odious idiot would have finished a normal politician by now. A normal UK government would have been ended by its sheer venal incompetence. But normal rules don’t apply any more. This is what happens when the far right get their hands on power, straight from the fascist playbook. A permanent state of crisis creates constitutional mayhem. Political language starts to talk of betrayal, of traitors, saboteurs, scapegoats. Emergency powers will come next, and once granted they will be kept in place. We have been staggeringly complacent about how fragile our decent, sane world is and how easily it can be torn down. | Pick Report Reply | Pick Facebook One can only hope that Trumpster Republicans are the only ones teflonized.. 10 11 25 Jul 2018 19:28 25 Jul 2018 19:00 vammyp No wonder many are leaving Facebook as they support people like Alex Jones. 3 4 It was wrong to try and remove Clinton over a sex scandal and it would be wrong to try it with Trump. If people decide not to vote for him because of these revelations fine, but sex scandals have too often been used to remove democratically elected politicians for rather dubious means. Share on Twitter Laurence Bury Share on Twitter Share on Facebook elliot2511 37 38 25 Jul 2018 19:57 Share on Facebook 25 Jul 2018 19:45 Twitter Twitter Facebook Reply Share on Facebook Twitter Facebook 1 America, the beautiful banana republic. Report 168 169 112 113 Share on Twitter 3 4 I don’t follow. Facebook is keeping Alex Jones’s page up. Why would his supporters leave FB? Or has he gone on some anti FB rant recently? Wouldn’t know since I don’t follow the delusional SOB. Share on Twitter Rhapsodin Share on LinkedIn Share on Twitter Report SergioCasa Reply Report Share on Twitter Share Twitter 8 9 Share Share on Twitter the press in the US only have themselves to blame, the reality is they are completely partisan and a lot of the tripe they peddle has no proof or legitimate sources, they don’t even bother any more, much like the UK press, belief is the new truth, it is enough for the establishment to ‘believe’ something is the case , no facts needed, no proof just belief and othering. Hardly the recipe for a decent society or nuanced debate. The problem is that the majority of people DO want proof to allegations repeatedly made, and there is non, so eventually they just switch off and no longer liste, A poll today in the US says that 61% of people believe better relations with Russia are desirable and 54% agree with the Tump/Putin US summit taking place. This goes massively against the media diatribe and neocons constant war babble. Nobody believes the press any more and few believe the polititians, they are right not to. Share on Facebook Complacent indeed. Perhaps we think that the age of the Internet and social media means that such fascist movements will never amount to much More likely it’s quite the opposite. We can froth and yell online instead of bothering to take to the streets Share Twitter Twitter Share 25 Jul 2018 19:02 Share on Facebook Share on Facebook Facebook 25 Jul 2018 19:04 Withdrawn from Paris AccordWithdrawn from Iran Deal Renegotiating NAFTA Started $800 billion trade war with China Placed sanctions on North KoreaPlaced sanctions on IranPlaced sanctions on VenezualaPlaced sanctions on Russia Engaged North KoreaMoved US Embassy to Jerusalem Ended support of the Syrian insurgency Verbally attacked EU, NATO, WTO, UN, OPEC. Threatened NATO with withdrawal, unless they increase spending. They did.Threatened OPEC with removal of security, unless they increase oil output. They did.Threatened WTO with withdrawal, unless they reduce all tariffs. In discussion.Threatened EU with higher tariffs, unless they apply tariff symmetry. In discussion. ******Everything is in flux, these are the international agreements that determine the flow of hundreds of billions of dollars of capital each year. It’s all being rewritten. From Macron, Putin, Juncker, Blair, Bush corruption of whatever shade and intensity pervades the international elites. Fake news. It’s Freedlands favourite Clinton and HER DNC they bought. | Pick 25 Jul 2018 19:20 William Anthony | Pick Share on Facebook Share on Facebook PopeGregoryTheNinth Report Share | Pick Facebook Twitter DefinitionOfMadness 25 Jul 2018 19:00 Facebook Share on Twitter JohnI Fussyandhonest 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. Watch the trump putin press conference without sound, and see how trump is widdling himself and putin is smirking….. PaulGButler Report Bill Clinton Report Sorry, it was an ambiguity question, not a causality debate. (Yes, the context from the article strongly suggests “they” referred to Facebook, but the pronoun could have applied to either antecedent, and generally you shouldn’t switch focus in a sentence if possible. Sounds a bit shit when you put it like that.) And I daresay Alex Jones has attacked everything he is aware exists (including Alex Jones) at some stage. Matt Wood | Pick Ya see, when you are rich, privileged, in a nice house that you own, with the prospect of little Tarquin or Mary-Jane spending a summer in Florence before going to uni, when your job isn’t threatened, when you are liberal and protected by hate laws, and living in a bubble of self satisfaction. When you are all of those things, then you can afford to be outraged at Trump, or Farage or anyone else. When you aren’t, when you are struggling, or cant afford to rent let alone buy a house, when your job or wages are undermined, then it tends to be a bit galling to see people in a constant state of outrage at things like this, when they seemingly don’t care about the issues you care about. Share on Facebook Facebook Reply Report Yeah, I do think there’s a legitimate issue with modern mainstream media, but it’s difficult to have a serious conversation about it when that orange idiot is blaming them for everything possible Facebook mbidding 13 14 Twitter Reply Show 2 more replies | Pick Facebook Not only did you make a gross generalization, you managed to include many of the BTL bingo labels as well. Well done sir! Seriously, people like you must like losing elections. There’s no other explanation for the hysteria and hyperbole coming from your side. Share Facebook Share on Facebook Show 29 more replies People knew what sort of man Trump was when they voted for him. Gelion Rhapsodin 96 97 Facebook Reply Facebook Agree. I asked my boss if it was ok to have sex with the receptionist during our lunch break on the dining room table.He looked at as if it was the stupidist request ever from an employee. Share on Facebook Mr Freedland is quite correct – most people really do not care. Corruption, fraud and systematic abuse of the judicial system is just part of everyday political life. From Macron, Putin, Juncker, Blair, Bush corruption of whatever shade and intensity pervades the international elites. Who gives a shit, when no one has been able to do anything about it. Trumps’ misdemeanours are just one more in a long list of craven, ego centric, holier than thou members of the ruling parties that just do as they please. Share on Twitter 10 11 Share Facebook Share on Facebook 8 9 Share on Twitter Reply Facebook GraphiteCommando Facebook | Pick Share on Twitter Facebook | Pick Twitter 4 Report 49 50 25 Jul 2018 20:57 Comments 1,466 Share on Twitter Unfortunately Trump has put the fear of the old system of “off with his/her head” and the usa is too intimidated to do anything about it, he is a bully and a coward. ID631136 Reply | Pick 9 10 zephirine 400 401 ChrisRyanParker Did people know what sort of a man Bill Clinton was when they voted for him? Report Even Caesar, when crossing the Rubicon, was not supporting Rome’s enemies the way Trump and his supporters do. 4 5 Reply PaulGButler ID240947 Share Share on Twitter | Pick Twitter collapsed Twitter | Pick Share on Twitter I don’t think they do, I think they believe him when he says “I meant wouldn’t”. I don’t think they really know that he is a liar who will say anything the pleases his current audience. Eventually the teflon will wear out….and it’s going to stick big time ! Facebook Share Share on Facebook Report Share on Twitter ethelbrose Share on Facebook 3 Report Reply Twitter Show 3 more replies Howie Normus Reply Share on Facebook 111 112 Share on Facebook Share Twitter The amount of sex scandals over the years should have put paid to that claim. Reply | Pick Share Share Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Show 3 more replies Show 18 more replies MrTinks | Pick 25 Jul 2018 19:06 Share on Facebook Share 25 Jul 2018 19:33 TheSadMafioso Share on Twitter Dappler Twitter Show 30 more replies Share Twitter Share on Facebook 1649 3 25 Jul 2018 21:16 Show 1 more reply We need to stop comparing radioactive man aka- toxic trump, with other presidents. He is the worst American president ever. And he’s probably among the top ten worst presidents in the world presently. Radioactive man is like a political vampire: the only thing that will kill his presidency is a stake through the heart by congressional Republicans, aka: impeachment. Henryb63 Trump is a businessman first and a politician second Report ID240947 25 Jul 2018 19:01 Reuse this content,View all comments > Facebook Reply Share Wiretrip Share on Twitter Share on Twitter It’s not sneering if it’s true. What other country, in the West, bar a dictatorship, would see Trump in power? Trump is an incompetent who thinks that reciprocated value Tariffs are “great” … and his supporters believe him. Could you make this up in any other Western country? Twitter Share on Facebook Twitter Twitter | Pick 6 7 Share on Twitter stuart255 Report Share Twitter Share on Twitter Twitter Facebook 50 51 Facebook Report 25 Jul 2018 21:39 Facebook The Republicans in Congress are too intimidated. And he’s giving a lot of them what they want – conservative judges in the Supreme Court, tax cuts, protectionism. They’re putting up with his distasteful personality and even possible treason, because they’re getting things they’ve wanted for a long time. It’s a mistake to think that Trump (and for that matter Brexit) supporters will one day wake up and see the light of truth. They don’t care about the light of truth, they’ve made a bargain that they know is shrouded in lies, but they think it’s worth it. Brexit Report Share Twitter Report Twitter | Pick Share Report Facebook Share 118 119 25 Jul 2018 19:16 | Pick | Pick PaulGButler Facebook Facebook ChrisRyanParker Report Share | Pick Share | Pick PaulGButler Twitter Reply Share 25 Jul 2018 21:10 Share on Twitter As was in the article, 115 116 | Pick Facebook Report Fussyandhonest Report Reply mbidding Reply Share on Facebook We are, of course, referring to the Midwest and South (Gilead). The American Coasts are SANE and far from devolved. Once the Coasts separate from Gilead life will improve. Facebook Loading comments… Trouble loading? 25 Jul 2018 21:22 queequeg8 Share Reply Trump supporters are so alienated from the mainstream political process they identify as completely separate from it. The usual norms of discourse no longer apply. Facts are Plasticine. Trump represents their anger, ignorance and bombast. He’s the embodiment of Reason’s opposite. It’s fascinating that he often watches his own performances without sound. Appearance is more important than substance. The idea that he is still considered worth cultivating as an ally shames and diminishes us. Reply 25 26 You’re absolutely right, but Trump is still arguably the worst president ever. Share MrPeevley Share on Facebook Share on Twitter 25 Jul 2018 19:06 Share on Twitter | Pick 25 Jul 2018 19:02 Reply | Pick 25 Jul 2018 19:08 Reply | Pick Share Twitter 4 Facebook Share on Twitter | Pick | Pick Share on Twitter Report ID631136 Report | Pick Twitter Report 30 31 geoballo President Pence isn’t exactly preferable. “His approval rating among Republicans remains sky high.” Not really surprising; most republicans are absolute hypocrites, especially the evangelical christians. Facebook Share on Twitter Topics LostInThis Reply 2 Reply | Pick Share on Facebook Share on Twitter 25 Jul 2018 19:09 And now a Conservative MEP, David Bannerman, is saying that the Treason Act should be updated and used against “those actively working undemocratically against UK through extreme EU loyalty” Share on Facebook Reply ratherambivalent Facebook tomword Facebook DonkeyLogic 10 11 Matt Wood Reply Share Reply Facebook Report Ludwidina 25 Jul 2018 19:05 GraphiteCommando Reply And probably an entertainer third. 25 Jul 2018 19:16 25 Jul 2018 19:12 Share on Twittercenter_img Reply | Pick Share Share on Facebook 25 Jul 2018 18:59 Share Report Report Report Share on Twitter steven daly Reply US politics Share 13 14 Reply Reply lesriley fordprefect100 Facebook Ludwidina Twitter Twitter Wed 25 Jul 2018 06.49 EDT | Pick Report | Pick Read more And why the US will inevitably break up like the USSR. Balkanization and polarization are only increasing. The republicans WANT the US to break up. Facebook | Pick geoballo Facebook View more comments Share Report Please select Personal abuse Off topic Legal issue Trolling Hate speech Offensive/Threatening language Copyright Spam Other 25 Jul 2018 19:42 Share on Twitter Share on Pinterest Twitter 118 119 Facebook Twitter Share on Facebook Twitter Twitter Share Show 7 more replies Report Share on WhatsApp 34 35 Facebook 103 104 25 Jul 2018 19:56 25 Jul 2018 19:05 Report Facebook Report 25 Jul 2018 19:26 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 Report Twitter 25 Jul 2018 19:18 The republicans can no longer claim to be the party of “family values”. To be fair, they haven’t been able to without hypocrisy for years. Contact author Share on Facebook Changes yet remains the same… Don’t you ever get tired of being wrong? When Ceasar crossed the Rubicon he CONCIOUSLY DECIDED to become the enemy of the Republic. 25 Jul 2018 19:07 Reply Share on Twitter | Pick Report Twitter Share on Twitter 25 Jul 2018 21:27 25 Jul 2018 21:23 Close report comment form Share on Twitter 25 Jul 2018 19:14 Report Share on Facebook Share Report Share Report Share Share Share on Facebook Share via Email Facebook Traitor Trump and his base all live in the same moral vacuum. They deserve one another but the rest of us do not have to put up with this shit beyond November. Reply | Pick 62 63 Share on Twitter Twitter Shares2,1102110 Share 192 193 | Pick 25 Jul 2018 19:32 Report Share on Twitter PaulGButler zolotoy Share Facebook Share on Twitter Facebook 2 3 Report | Pick Ortho ID631136 22 23 Report Reply Reply Report moderate_rebel_rebel Report 99 100 Twitter 100 Reply It is his way of silencing critics rather than answering the criticism. It is a very worrying trait for a leader. I guess it depend on whether you mean the US or the UK media, because they seem quite different and they create different issues in each country. Facebook towel Share Twitter Share on Twitter Twitter Share bradgate 25 Jul 2018 19:04 John Favre Angstromunit America has reached that point, like Rome just before Sulla’s dictatorship, where any sort of inhuman behavior is excused to support and worship an individual over country. The republicans clearly do not support their own country, going as far as to support Russia over America. Going forward, expect America to repeat the history of Rome. Succession of power will occur via assassination, revolution and civil war. Even Caesar, when crossing the Rubicon, was not supporting Rome’s enemies the way Trump and his supporters do. Share on Facebook 25 Jul 2018 19:11 10 11 Report 3 4 Share on Facebook | Pick Share on Facebook Share on Facebook | Pick 25 Jul 2018 20:12 12 13 Angstromunit Share Facebook 6 7 Twitter Share Share on Facebook packc47 Reply Wavingfrog geoballo | Pick America will break up like the USSR. Within 10 years. All this discussion will be irrelevant at that time. Reply 18 19 25 Jul 2018 19:06 Facebook 25 Jul 2018 19:21 Facebook Report next Share on Facebook William Anthony | Pick Reply William Anthony 25 Jul 2018 19:11 Sneer sneer! Share Political language starts to talk of betrayal, of traitors, saboteurs, scapegoats. Share on Twitter Share And yet, as the article states, we have no idea what percentage of the population is Trumpster-addled or still identifying as Republican. The media is far too obsessed with The Trumpter’s “base”… Of course it is clickbait. Facebook It’s not confined to Trump and it’s not a new phenonemon. The British royal family is still bafflingly popular despite a longtrack record of skulduggery and abuse of privilege. Report packc47 21 22 Facebook Henryb63 Twitter Report stuart255 Share on Facebook Ortho davidc929 21 22 Share 25 Jul 2018 19:17 25 Jul 2018 23:00 ID631136 Share on Facebook Reply 25 Jul 2018 20:30 Many Trump’s supporters will be thinking that if they had his money and fame which attracted a constant supply of willing, available and beautiful young women they would fill their boots, too, before using their wealth to make any resulting problems go away. 1 2 Reply Share Wavingfrog Share on Facebook Reply 25 Jul 2018 19:52 Reply Reply 25 Jul 2018 22:23 Since you’re here… Twitter 8 9 Facebook Report 8 9 Reply Reply Share on Twitter Facebook | Pick Report Twitter Wavingfrog Share Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Reply | Pick Share on Twitter 6 7 Report 25 Jul 2018 21:12 stuart255 Share on Twitter Report Share on Twitter 25 Jul 2018 21:36 9 10 | Pick Yes I agree. It must be the power like the Koch Bros and others who see Trump as a useful Idiot to fool the masses. I can see no other reason. Its the same here with our government and Brexit . If we had a Labour government in power everything they did good or bad would be picked over, criticised and condemned, but few are doing that to the most disastrous government in my lifetime. Not just Brexit but all the damage they have done to this country since 2010. Share on Facebook Share on Facebook Facebook Share 25 Jul 2018 19:00 | Pick moderate_rebel_rebel Snowshovel bradgate Share 5 6 William Anthony Compared to Bill Clinton? Share on Twitter Share on Twitter Sorry there was an error. Please try again later. If the problem persists, please contact Userhelp William Anthony Twitter 19 20 This comment was removed by a moderator because it didn’t abide by our community standards. Replies may also be deleted. 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But when his supporters will back him even with evidence he collaborated with their big historical rival, there is no hope. 25 Jul 2018 18:59 Twitter Trump is Putin’s Puppet.And the idiot yokels in the Midwest and South are ending America in favor of Russian supremacy. Reply Report EARTH TO MEDIA… EARTH TO MEDIA… The American people knew exactly who Donald Trump was before 2016. They have known exactly what kind of person he is since 1980’s. THEY ELECTED HIM ANYWAY. All of this “look how bad he is” journalism is met with a “yes, yes we already know”. They elected him because he is hyperactive, in geopolitics 1 year of Trump is like 5-10 years of normal geopolitics. The whole world order is changing faster than at any time since WWII and all the media cares about is random kiss and tells. NOBODY CARES! Look what he is doing with the international world order. Stop focusing on the many non-issues in Donald Trump’s vast closet of skeletons that don’t affect anyone at all. packc47 Report Twitter … 25 Jul 2018 19:06 Twitter I suppose having sex with an intern in the White House and then lying about it on national television doesn’t get you thrown out of office, so why would an alleged attempt to cover up an alleged affair which happened a long time before entering office? Facebook Twitter Report | Pick 7 8 packc47 25 Jul 2018 19:00 ratherambivalent Share on Facebook fordprefect100 25 Jul 2018 19:11 Report Report Reply Facebook expanded Report Report The latest Trump scandal would have destroyed any other president Reply Report William Anthony Facebook 25 Jul 2018 19:20 | Pick Annabel1968 | Pick 25 Jul 2018 19:07 Twitter Reply I think Clinton had a better reputation. 2 3 PopeGregoryTheNinth Share Report Report 306 307 Reply DC1234 Sign up for the Guardian Opinion email Share on Facebook Share comments (1466)Sign in or create your Guardian account to join the discussion. Report Reply Share on Facebook next The GOP represents all that is weak and regressive about America: crackpot, ripoff religion, gun worship, homophobia, misogyny, racism, contempt for nature and the environment, pathetic public education, adult illiteracy/ignorance, wage slavery and sleaze. They call themselves conservative and they get away with it. They say they stand for family values yet their politics is mostly aw way to exercise their cruelty. The GOP is a Fox News- NRA- Evangelical Church- Putin- Koch and Mercer project. And it’s one stop shopping for anyone who wishes to undermine the U.S., offering useful fools by the million. It’s more than Trump, its time to break the Republican Party once and for all with the expression of a clear majority. 95 96 steve_naive Reply Twitter | Pick Share on Twitter Facebook Facebook | Pick Yet late on Tuesday, the lawyer for Michael Cohen – Donald Trump’s personal attorney, fixer and keeper of his secrets – released a tape in which he and Trump are heard discussing how exactly to fund the silencing of a former Playboy model, Karen McDougal. Cohen apparently wanted it be handled legally, while Trump seemingly had other ideas.“We’ll have to pay,” Cohen says. Trump’s reply: “Pay with cash.”Put aside the impact an equivalent revelation about Clinton would have made in 1992. Just imagine the storm this would have caused if it had come out at the time Cohen and Trump had that conversation, just two months before the 2016 election. The entire political class would have assumed it would be devastating.And yet few would now bet on the Cohen tape story destroying Trump. Instead, they’ll guess it will dominate the news cycle for a few hours, and be ignored by Fox News before being replaced by something else. For this has become the established pattern.Note this month’s revelations by BBC’s Panorama programme that Trump behaved like a “predator” at parties packed with teenage girls in the 1980s and 1990s. It included the testimony of Barbara Pilling, then a young model, who recalled Trump asking her age. On hearing that she was 17, Trump said: “Oh, great. So you’re not too old and not too young. That’s just great.” Pilling added that she “felt I was in the presence of a shark”. Again, imagine what similar revelations would have done to the standing of Clinton or any previous president. Yet for Trump, they made barely a dent. Twitter We ll he can say that because there are no stories of Remain activists working undemocratically. The only calls for civil unrest have come from the Leave side. That still makes him sound like a dick though packc47 25 Sign up to receive the latest US opinion pieces every weekday Wavingfrog 204 205 Report Share on Facebook Share Audio released of president discussing buying a model’s story will change little. Both in the US and UK, too many voters don’t seem to care 25 26 25 Jul 2018 19:22 Share on Facebook Share on Facebook CardiffBlackLabel steve_naive Share on Twitter | Pick Share on Facebook You think we’re ignoring what he’s doing with the international world order? 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Reply Facebook Share on Facebook Share on Twitter I’m increasingly persuaded that folk don’t care about the moral disapprobation showered on these (admittedly dubious) figures because, in being patronised 24/7 by it, they just want to thumb their nose at the moral force of our time – the media, which has replaced the Church in our (largely) secular times… Jay Sterling | Pick 124 125 Order by oldest Share Laurence Bury *Real Americans* Share Share on Facebook Facebook Twitter Reply Share on Twitter Report Show 3 more replies Share on Twitter Twitter Share on Twitter Share on Facebook A good economy “trumps” everything else. 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first_img Share Facebook Oil prices hit fresh four-year high above $82 – as it happened,$100 a barrel would ‘annihilate’ oil demand growth – analystRetailer Next sets out detailed contingency plans for no-deal BrexitSterling rises for second day on Brexit deal hopes | Pick Facebook Share on Twitter Share on Twitter Twitter | Pick | Pick priorygardener We are quite confident that at $100 a barrel Brent, global oil demand growth will be annihilated. $100 a barrel Brent looks fine on a chart but it looks problematic on a currency-adjusted chart, and disastrous on a domestic-price chart. Only the last one matters for oil demand and domestic prices include taxes that have risen over the last few years, while subsidies have fallen. On a domestic-price basis, $100 a barrel crude will not only force a sharp reduction of global oil demand, it will also lead to inflationary pressures that will force higher interest rates in Emerging Markets, which in turn could lead to wider pressure on economic growth. Many Emerging Markets will be forced to cut oil taxes or increase subsidies, resulting in turn in widening budget deficits.In developed economies, oil would make a come-back at $100 a barrel right at the time when the major auto manufacturers are introducing new lines of electric cars and that should result in an acceleration of the sales trend of Alternative Fuels Vehicles, on top of a price-induced contraction of oil demand. Key events More jobs lost to the UK. Well done Brexiteers, I’m sure that David Davis and Boris couldn’t wait for a chance to resign, they can see what a mess Brexit is going to be. I hope everyone who voted for leaving will remember who spun them all the lies. Twitter 44 45 Show First published on Tue 25 Sep 2018 02.49 EDT Report Share on Twitter Reply Reply Myopicus Share on Twitter Seymour Pratt 3 4 Seymour Pratt The BDI president also warned that the German economy could be hurt by a wave of nationalism, after violent right-wing marches in the eastern city of Chemnitz that followed a stabbing blamed on migrants. Share on Facebook Share on Twitter “Brexiteer run company says no material impact from Brexit.” How is that news? Shares9999 Unlike many news organisations, we chose an approach that means all our reporting is free and available for everyone. 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. For as little as $1 you can support us – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Make a contribution – The Guardian GiantRobot Share Twitter 17 18 The trade policy of US President Trump, but also the approaching Brexit are dampening investment activity worldwide and with it German export business. I think we may well be on the verge of some very significant volatility here in Q4 2018 because, depending on the severity and the duration of the Iranian sanctions, the market simply does not have an adequate supply response for 2 million b/d of oil disappearing from the market.It is conceivable to see oil north of $100 a barrel. Share Facebook | Pick Facebook Show 25 more replies Report 31 32 Share on Facebook Share Read more Manners01 Facebook Share on Twitter 4 Share A few dozen jobs moving from NY to London.That’s your famous Chanel International HQ. Share on Twitter 13 14 Share on Twitter Twitter Winter is coming and markets need to brace for higher oil prices. Several factors have increased the likelihood of oil prices rising significantly, not least heightened geopolitical tensions. We see material near-term risks that oil could reach as high as USD100/b, potentially damaging global economic growth and increasing inflation. Share on Twitter Facebook Pinnington Updatedat 8.57am EDT Reply Loading comments… Trouble loading? Share on Messenger This is quite interesting. The European Medicines Agency, the European drug regulator, is moving from London to Amsterdam next year, but is having trouble getting out of its 25-year lease at 30 Churchill Place in Canary Wharf, where it occupies 10 floors.From Reuters Breakingviews:The European Medicines Agency is making a grim prognosis for London’s property market. The EU’s drug watchdog is using an arcane legal manoeuvre to try to get out of a lease on its UK headquarters. If successful, the case could set a dangerous precedent. Either way, London landlords should be worried…The EMA is deploying a rarely used legal argument that dates back to the 19th century, known as “frustration”. That allows parties to cancel a contract if an unforeseen event renders it impossible to fulfill. In one case, a plaintiff used frustration to terminate a lease after the cancellation of Edward VII’s coronation. If the EMA is successful, other tenants may follow.It looks like a long shot. Canary Wharf can argue that the existence of Article 50 in the Treaty of Lisbon, which was signed in 2007, shows that Brexit was not an unforeseen event. And UK politicians made the case for such a referendum long before the lease was first agreed in 2011. Nick Clegg, the former leader of the Liberal Democrats party, argued for a vote in 2008.The EMA has other options. Although the lease has no break clause, it does allow the drug regulator to sublet the space to other tenants. The EMA is exploring that option, according to one person familiar with the matter.The snag is that Brexit means there is little demand for large office spaces. Banks are already moving staff out of London, with 75,000 workers likely to leave, according to consultancy Oliver Wyman. The fallout will be more severe if the UK can’t agree a deal with Europe: asset managers would also leave, and an economic downturn would hit demand for flexible office space. Providers like WeWork are now central London’s biggest office occupier. Analysts at Jefferies reckon rents in the City of London will fall by a fifth over the next two years. Small wonder that the EMA is getting creative. Share on Twitter 53 54 Twitter | Pick The only skilled workers that she will get will be those escaping from war ravaged countries in Africa and the Middle East which is fine by me but not by theTory and UKIP racists. Share on Facebook | Pick russell84 25 Sep 201806:34 | Pick Report Report Returning to the rise in Brent crude above $82 a barrel (up 1% on the day), Ashley Kelty, oil & gas research analyst at Cantor Fitzgerald Europe, believes that Opec will take its time before it takes any action. Facebook Show 9 more replies 25 Sep 201806:21 Reply 50 Stock markets Share on Facebook 25 Sep 201805:46$100 a barrel would ‘annihilate’ oil demand growth – analyst Twitter 25 Sep 2018 16:08 Facebook Report The high-street retailer Next revealed today that it had hedged against a further weakening of the pound until 2020. It said: Hermann22 Twitter Share on Twitter Updated 25 Sep 2018,A pump jack operates at sunset in an oil field in Midland, Texas, August 22, 2018.Photograph: Nick Oxford/Reuters Business live Share on Twitter Share 9 10 Facebook 25 Sep 201805:26 Choller21 Share on Facebook Facebook Snotmee Others say crude prices could rise above $100 a barrel as market uncertainties stack up –including sanctions on Iran, Venezuelan production concerns, tighter crude inventories and Saudi spare capacity.Oil traders gathered at the S&P Global Platts Asia Pacific Petroleum Conference in Singapore yesterday, where Daniel Jaeggi, president and co-founder of Mercuria Energy Trading, told the conference: About a year ago the Guardian did an interview with a Tory grandee who made his pile in retail. He said he was looking forward to Brexit because he could ‘allow’ his workers to work longer hours – they have been complaining that they don’t make enough to live on it seems and his answer is not to pay them more per hour but make them work longer hours and employ less over numbers in his stores. Enjoy the bonfire of regulations. Facebook Reply Report Aginuk Facebook Share on Facebook Share Following four years of collapsing international capital spend, Trump’s removal of the world’s fifth largest oil producer, Iran, from the market – with sanctions to be fully implemented in November – was never going to end well.Iran is now likely to focus on influencing oil prices in the only way left available, by disrupting supply from others and elevating the risk premium – hence the military exercises performed over the Strait of Hormuz over the weekend.Following Trump’s call for support from OPEC, the only country able to increase production significantly since July has been Libya. It increased production by 270k bbld, compared to Saudi Arabia’s decline of 140k bbld – and this could disappear in a heartbeat. Reply Share Facebook Issue is Germany will take lot of taxes which will lessen the UK profits. 1 Twitter Facebook Share on WhatsApp Report Not mutually exclusive; grow up. | Pick Older Reuse this content,View all comments > Twitter Report binbucks Facebook Twitter 9 10 Share on Facebook Reply brit32 Share on Facebook Reply Share Reply comments (825)Sign in or create your Guardian account to join the discussion. Read more newest epincion Share on Facebook strange times Reply Twitter Most of their stuff is imported. I don’t give a stuff about them. It’s the exporters that matter. Facebook Threads collapsed Share on Facebook Report | Pick Share on Facebook Reply Twitter Twitter ViewfromtheBarTabac Share on Facebook The US sanctions on Iran threaten to cut Iran’s crude exports to as little as 1 million to 1.3 million barrels a day from over 2.5 million barrels a day, according to Trafigura.Ben Luckock, co-head of oil trading at Trafigura, said. Report 25 Sep 2018 14:51 Also in the fashion world, Michael Kors has confirmed its acquisition of the Italian fashion house Versace for $2.1 bn (£1.6bn).Donatella Versace, the brand’s artistic director and sister of founder Gianni Versace, will continue to lead the creative side of the business. Versace boss Jonathan Akeroyd will also stay put with the rest of the brand’s senior management. Twitter 8 9 | Pick Richard Robinson, manager of the Ashburton Global Energy Fund, says oil prices could surge another 12% to above $90 a barrel by the end of the year, due to tight supply, healthy demand, falling global inventories and anaemic spare capacity. He notes that “without spare capacity, OPEC is relatively impotent in relation to preventing rising prices”. Report That’s the “Next” which was one of the few businesses that heavily supported leave. Good that I stopped shopping there. Hypocrites! Share on Twitter Share 25 26 Twitter Twitter Share on Twitter Twitter 25 Sep 2018 16:17 6 7 CastaFioreBianca Newest Share Report Twitter Share on Facebook oldest Ulenspiegel Facebook Share Twitter Facebook Share on Twitter Share Twitter 25 Sep 2018 15:17 24 25 | Pick Share on Twitter That’s fine by me, so let’s remain!! Reply Twitter Twitter The ECB last raised rates in 2011 when Jean-Claude Trichet was president.Over in the US, the Federal Reserve is widely tipped to lift interest rates for the third time this year at the end of its meeting tomorrow, following strong economic figures. Rutger Spaans Twitter Facebook Share on Facebook Facebook Floppyears Share Share on Twitter Show 12 more replies legoloco 25 Sep 2018 15:23 Show 34 more replies 17 18 Twitter Reply Reply Topics Facebook | Pick Facebook Germany’s BDI industry association has stressed the importance of achieving a breakthrough on getting a Brexit deal in the coming weeks to ensure a transition period that will give firms legal certainty until the end of 2020. BDI president Dieter Kempf said: Report | Pick 13 14 Share on Facebook The best available deal is to Remain. Order by oldest | Pick Report Share on Facebook 25 Sep 201806:10Sterling rises for second day on Brexit deal hopes Here is our full story on oil prices and what it means for the world economy. engineeruk72 The majority of consumers will, once they find out Next are Brexist cheerleaders. Rofl, tickety tock. Report Facebook | Pick Intermittent Gardener Share 25 Sep 2018 16:26 25 Sep 201802:49Introduction: Next upgrades profits, sets out Brexit plans Facebook Share on Twitter In effect, we have insured the company against cost price volatility as a result of the potential devaluation of the pound. The corollary of this is that if the pound significantly strengthens next year we will not reap any of the reward until the following year. Report Share on Pinterest Share on Twitter Reply | Pick “Theresa May backs immigration plan that favours skilled workers” Skilled workers have a better standard of living in the US or the EU, why would they deliberately come to work for shit British wages? | Pick | Pick | Pick Show 25 Reply Reply Plus Tate & Lyle. Other brands of sugar are available. | Pick Facebook Facebook 21 22 I really hope that the EU stops and thinks about what it’s doing before it pushes ahead on a no deal basis Oldest Share on Twitter Hermann22 Share Reply Reply Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share on Facebook 25 Sep 2018 15:43 25 Sep 2018 14:58 35 36 Share on Facebook Reply Twitter Report kizbot Labour has the same issue as the Tories: There are completely different visions for the UK in Europe within the party and there is no more time. IMHO only a cooperation of Tories with Labour would generate a centre that has sufficient numbers to avoid a hostage situation May is in (DUP, Tory hardliner), however, for such a solution neither May nor Corbyn show any motivation. Share on Facebook Facebook Share Twitter Reply Report Facebook Facebook Report 25 Sep 2018 16:36 Adam Ball Share on Facebook Twitter Share | Pick Schtroumpf And they mostly support rubbish teams that win nothing, fuelling their bitterness & anger. Share Twitter 25 Sep 2018 16:10 Reply 1 2 | Pick In the mean time they set up a continental warehouse so that they won’t be affected by Brexit. Foreign workers for British jobs is their mantra. Reply Report Reply Facebook Show 3 more replies Facebook 4 And are thick and smell and can’t even splel yanw | Pick Twitter Share Twitter | Pick Joemike Fernandes citizenp Facebook “The Next chief executive, Wolfson, has said in the past that leaving the EU could spark an “economic renaissance” for Britain, by allowing the UK to leave behind swaths of regulation.” Yes. We already know that sections of capital want a bonfire of regulation. Politicians’ promises don’t add up to a great deal when an isolated economy has to compete with much lower regulation alternatives. 17 18 Twitter Twitter 5 6 russell84 Reply Reply Surely there will be no impact to Next — they will be doing their patriotic bit and buying only UK manufactured garments made with UK source materials and sold by British workers ? Rule Brittania & Long Live the Queen etc.. Share on Facebook Facebook 11 12 AuldCurmudgeon Share on Twitter 25 Sep 2018 16:37 Christopher Schmid Share LesTheGreek Some of the latest business news: • The government’s technical notices lay bare the grisly prospect of a ‘no-deal’ Brexit,” said Ian Wright, chief executive of the Food & Drink Federation. ‘We face chaos at the ports, serious disruption to food supplies, increasing business costs, rising consumer prices and ever more administrative burdens on the food and drink industry. If EU consumers are unable to access UK food and drink, the chances are they will switch to other sources of supply and those export markets will be lost forever.’• The government’s no-deal advice on haulage concedes that many British lorries attempting to move goods to Europe could be unable to continue operating without a deal. The road haulage industry says this scenario would spell chaos for the industry.• UK and EU licensed airlines would lose the automatic right to operate air services between the UK and the EU without seeking advance permission. That means flights could be grounded in Europe and the UK.• Three quarters of North West manufacturers are unprepared for a no-deal Brexit, a new survey reveals. And the study, published by EEF, the manufacturers’ organisation, also reports that 83% said it is vital any deal would ensure there are no tariffs on EU goods and 81% want to retain full access to the single market.• What a disastrous no-deal Brexit looks like:http://www.politics.co.uk/blogs/2018/07/27/this-is-what-no-deal-brexit-actually-looks-likehttps://www.lbc.co.uk/radio/presenters/james-obrien/experts-explanation-trading-wto-rules-means/ 59% now support Remain as 1 in 5 leave voters have changed their minds. We don’t have to Brexit – let’s have a People’s Vote. https://infacts.org/ 25 Sep 2018 15:34 Facebook Facebook | Pick Share Reply Intermittent Gardener Have they altered their position since before the referendum. Remember you knew what you were voting for and were very happy with this ? Pinnington Rutger Spaans Share on Twitter | Pick 25 Sep 2018 20:23 25 Sep 2018 20:22 2 3 25 Sep 2018 15:09 Reply Share Share on Facebook Twitter Share on Twitter Twitter | Pick Twitter Twitter Report Facebook Share on Facebook 3 Kleeber If only…. Perhaps you should tell your government to stop demanding EU benefits after you leave. Just leave and be done with it. We are tired of your internal squabbles and just want you to go. … 25 Sep 2018 15:42 Report 25 Sep 2018 15:20 Twitter InquisitorThrax Reply Share Share on Twitter 25 Sep 2018 15:01 Report Report Floppyears Report There is an additional risk when goods are sold online and dispatched from the UK to the EU, it said. | Pick | Pick Show 20 more replies Twitter Reply 25 Sep 2018 15:14 14 15 The entire dynamic has changed just at the time the UK puts up barriers. The Brits never understood migration patterns. Share on Twitter 3 4 Reply Facebook Share Michael Kors buys Versace in $2.1bn deal Tim Eslip leaving the EU could spark an “economic renaissance” for Britain, by allowing the UK to leave behind swaths of regulation.” Would those be the regulations that facilitate just in time deliveries? Reply That May immigration policy is weird. She wants to give foreigners the best jobs (‘skills’) and the best houses (‘wealthy’), rather than investing in training British youngsters and giving them a better chance of buying a home. An admission of failure, it seems to me. Our kids are destined to shine the shoes of wealthy foreigners, and as a deliberate government policy. Very sad. Share on Twitter Twitter Report Reply Report Share Barclays Capital also believes oil prices will go higher, without saying by how much.Updatedat 5.05am EDT Facebook Twitter aimeej Report 61 62 Pity Next do not state the cost they have already incurred and expect to incur in the coming years owing to Brexaster. Might be a good question for their shareholders’ meeting. Share on Facebook Share Facebook Reply 25 Sep 2018 14:53 Twitter Facebook The headquarters of the European Medicines Agency (EMA) in London. Photograph: Hannah Mckay/Reuters Share Facebook 25 Sep 2018 15:26 Report Facebook Choller21 Share on Facebook Reply epincion Share Share on Facebook Share on Facebook Twitter Twitter Report Share Report unthreaded | Pick Reply Twitter 25 Sep 2018 15:07 Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Reply | Pick Twitter Report Report The UK is always at the top of the lists for attracting talent and being one of the most sought out places to go. https://gmsmobility.com/corporate-relocation/knowledge-base/top-5-european-relocation-destinations/ There had already been a 3 year long run on the banks that started with the dirty ND/Juncker PSI deal which fucked Greece and Cyprus.. and that was why Greek banks were on ELA in the first place. By the time Syriza got in billions and billions had fled Share You lot twist anything and everything to suit your agendas. We’re leaving, end 🙂 I don’t think your annual purchase of 10 pairs of socks will sink them. Lol tick tock So I didn’t just buy something online from the States just fine? Report Next warns of Brexit port delays and higher prices Live feed 25 Sep 2018 15:12 Share on Twitter Christopher Schmid Share on Twitter 21 22 Reply 25 Sep 2018 16:02 19 20 0 1 Report Arcais Share on Facebook 66 67 Share on Twitter Twitter 25 Sep 2018 15:27 paulsouthport strange times The UK is fed up with itself. Any sensible approach to serious national matters shows nothing but division and contradiction.There is no common goal, nor common sense . Waterkanter 57 58 Share on Facebook Adam Ball Updatedat 5.47am EDT Business live Share on Twitter Share Share Michael Kors will be renamed Capri Holdings. The enlarged company will comprise of three global fashion brands: Michael Kors, Versace and Jimmy Choo.Donatella Versace, her brother Santo and daughter Allegra will become shareholders in Capri Holdings. Show Facebook Myopicus Dream on and keep polishing that bayonet and dreaming of ‘seeing off the hun’. The world has changed hugely and only those part of multilateral trading blocs will do well. On leaving the EU with no deal the following will happen 1. the UK service industry (which is the largest sector of the economy) loses the 40% of its business in the EU = mass layoffs of thousands directly and indirectly employed by them. Businesses as diverse as accounting, advertising, architecture, engineering, IT, telecoms, education, transport, tourism, and of course insurance, banking and finance. Also nice stuff like seamless use of your UK mobile with no roaming charges in the EU will abruptly end or your UK car insurance being valid anywhere in the EU while on that holiday will end. You probably don’t realise that UK mobile phone providers are major players in some EU markets e.g. 3 network is one of the biggest in Switzerland and they will have to set ups a new EU company completely separate from the UK. Good examples of UK service industries working in the EU. 2. UK agri simultaneously loses it CAP payments (on average 33% of farmers income) and free access to its highly protected main export market EU exports account for >75% of all UK agri experts across the board, and almost 100% of the export market for fresh goods. The latter will face ruin anyway because those trucks full of fresh goods for Carrefour will be spending 48 hrs idling on highways in Kent before making it to Calais and then being inspected and fees paid plus the now wilted lettuce reloaded onto French hauliers trucks because UK firms can no longer operate in the EU being a service industry. Say hallo to waves of bankruptcies of farmers and much much higher food prices in the UK as farmers will have to massively increase what they charge to UK consumers. Of course if as the High Tories say the UK will simply declare itself a zero (or very low) tariff ‘Singapore of Europe’ then cheap food can be imported from the whole world (including the EU!) and even more UK farmers go under. 3. Manufacturing based in the UK (especially foreign owned) will be stampeding for the exit to relocate in the EU so as to stay in the SM and also be able to continue using the over 700 excellent trade treaties the EU has with 105 nations like Japan, Mexico, Canada. All the major car firms are in the UK precisely because it was in the EU and their processes are highly integrated such that some parts (e.g. the engine) cross the channel on average 10 times in the manufacturing process before final assembly at Sunderland. These processes face huge disruption now as they will have to be quarantined and inspected at channel ports (and fees paid) and then again all goods offloaded from UK hauliers onto an EU haulier and the reverse on the way back. All car manufacturers have spare capacity and skilled workers in the EU and will simply be moving production there. In fact Diesel-gate has accelerated this in that all EU car companies have decided to phase out these engines for passenger cars much earlier than originally planned and are building new plant for electrical cars and batteries. Those new plants are being built in the EU. This is one reason Nissan and JLR are already on short weeks. 4. and oh yes, the BoE said about 2 months ago that a no deal would constitute a ‘financial state of emergency’ and require the immediate imposition of capital controls so as to mitigate a run on the pound. This is what that leaked Treasury memo was getting at when it talked of the need to ‘internally re-purpose’ resources. Having walked away from its debts to the EU (and an international treaty on NI) the UK will be considered as in default by world money markets and all trade will be on a hard cash upfront basis (no pounds please) so Treasury will be keeping those foreign notes to pay for such things as fuel and food. Your holiday in Italy or the US will get a low priority and you will have to apply for permission to buy an air ticket and purchase forex. Just like it was in the good old days of the 1960’s! Enjoy. Share Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share on Facebook 25 Sep 201805:03 Share Report Share Share 25 Sep 2018 15:21 | Pick Reason (optional) Twitter ViewfromtheBarTabac Share Reply Currencies Share on Facebook Yeah let’s listen to the corporate sector I’m sure they have the public’s best interests at heart. Reply Share on Facebook Reply Twitter GiantRobot AuldCurmudgeon Report Twitter Share on Twitter I think it is entirely possible that once are beyond that we trade higher into Christmas and higher again into the New Year. I think it is entirely plausible that you are at $90 by Christmas and you are probably going to trade $100 in the New Year. Share Share epincion priorygardener Twitter 36 37 Aviation body warns of ‘extreme seriousness’ of no-dealThe government yesterday said that flights between the UK and the rest of the EU could be grounded if Britain crashes out of the bloc without a deal.In response, the global airline industry body Iata has issued a stark warning about the implications of a no-deal Brexit today, saying that the impact is far broader. Pilots’ licenses and security arrangements also need to be agreed.The association’s director general, Alexandre de Juniac, said in a statement: 33 34 | Pick Facebook 25 Sep 201804:30Oil prices hit fresh 4-year high engineeruk72 Reply Brent crude has broken through $82 a barrel, rising as high as $82.20.Iran’s oil exports fell by more than 700,000 barrels a day between April and August, when the US reimposed sanctions on the country. The sanctions will be fully implemented in November. Appreciate your concern but on sitting mos being changed, I seriously doubt that as independents they would win as in my constituency very few could name her and much less identify her they vote for the partyThey days of local known and respected people being our mp were killed by both Blair and the torques parachuting there spads into seats often against local wishesPerhaps if we had local selected candidates feeer would snub there constituents by there choices Email (optional) Nadoma Share 25 Sep 2018 15:48 priorygardener Share on Twitter priorygardener Report Facebook Report engineeruk72 23 24 Share Share on Facebook | Pick Share on Facebook | Pick GiantRobot 25 Sep 2018 15:58 epincion Close report comment form 2 3 … 4 5 4 5 Lolz Facebook Are you suggesting I’ve got a flat blobby arse ? That’s been easy to offset though by investing in the FTSE or indeed foreign stocks, those options will no longer be available unless you move quickly under Jezz “Currency Controls ” Corbyn. With Brexit, clearly joining the EEA is the most favourable option, but all of them can be offset by lowering corporation tax and enacting business friendly reforms to counter any tariffs and border snags. Sterling has dropped aswell helping correct what was a major balance of payments deficit (7%) and make investing here more attractive. Corbyn & co have almost the opposite set of policies so sterling would in all likelihood have to drop much further. | Pick | Pick Share on Twitter Intermittent Gardener 25 Sep 2018 16:45 Reply | Pick Hermann22 Share Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Facebook Facebook Here is our full story on the Next results, profit upgrade and Brexit plans. Jamie McGeever (@ReutersJamie)Hedge funds are betting big against sterling. And following last week’s Brexit debacle in Salzburg, that bet may now be nearing the largest on record.Commentary: Hedge funds, smelling Brexit blood, circle sterling https://t.co/isx0i3jTsZ pic.twitter.com/NMMz38DbHwSeptember 24, 2018 25 Sep 2018 15:06 Share on Facebook Share on Twitter 25 Sep 2018 16:05 Reply 5 6 Twitter | Pick Facebook Twitter Reply 25 Sep 2018 15:08 lochewe Share | Pick 15 16 Share on Facebook ECB president Mario Draghi at hearing of the European Parliament Committee on Economic and Monetary Affairsin Brussels on 24 September. Photograph: Olivier Hoslet/EPA Reply Share on Facebook 25 Sep 2018 15:26 12 13 Share on Twitter 2 Report Report 25 Sep 2018 15:18 3 4 Share on Twitter Isn‘t it economical renaissance for Germany? Oh no, he said for the UK before, didn‘t he? Floppyears Twitter Then add in the delays and paperwork due to capital controls imposed by the BoE to try and control the run on the pound. Share on Twitter waterford | Pick 29 30 Share ViewfromtheBarTabac A passenger aircraft operated by British Airways at Heathrow airport in London. Photograph: Bloomberg/Bloomberg via Getty Images His comments came as the industry body lowered its 2018 growth forecast for Germany and warned of a potential downturn, citing weaker demand for German exports due to US tariffs and Brexit, as well a threat to the economy from a wave of nationalism and xenophobia in Germany.The German economy is now expected to grow by 2% this year, down from a previous estimate of 2.25%. Exports are forecast to rise by 3.5% in real terms, below an initial forecast of 5%.Kempf said: 20 21 Share on Twitter Report Reply Share on Twitter Report Facebook 25 Sep 2018 21:21 Facebook russell84 Arcais Facebook 25 Sep 2018 15:10 RatuJone2 Report Facebook Facebook Share 1 25 Sep 201804:56 Facebook Reply 25 Sep 2018 15:24 Intermittent Gardener The US has become the world’s biggest producer, although it is reaching peak output as infrastructure constraints are beginning to bite. These two will mean that supply will remain relatively tight in the near term, although OPEC were always likely to prevaricate at this meeting, as they (Russia and Saudi) don’t wish to do anything that would appear to be appeasing the US, whilst being able to build market share at the expense of Iran. The group also wants to wait and see how the Iran sanctions play out, and whether the US-Sino trade war escalates further, and thence begins to threaten the global economy. Furthermore, OPEC are thrilled at the current oil price as it helps refill the national coffers after the Saudi-instigated collapse several years ago. Ironically, Trump should also be somewhat pleased that the recent price rise has triggered the creation of a lot of jobs and helped the non-farm payroll figures get better. The lack of any concrete action by OPEC will increase focus on the rhetoric and actions by OPEC nations ahead of the next meeting in November. We reckon that OPEC are happy to sit back and see how the aforementioned sanctions and tariffs shale out before acting. Facebook Report Mentar 25 Sep 2018 15:33 25 Sep 2018 15:03 7 8 Share on Facebook LesTheGreek Facebook 9 10 Show 7 more replies Share 25 Sep 2018 15:18 The rise in oil prices has benefited shares in BP and Royal Dutch Shell and pushed Britain’s top share index higher. BP and Shell are among the main risers, up nearly 2% and 1.7% respectively.Top of the index is highstreet retailer Next, whose profit upgrade confounded expectations, at a time when other well-known retailers including John Lewis are struggling.Shares in Glencore are also higher, rising 2.9%, after the mining and trading giant launched an additional $1bn share buyback.The FTSE 100 has edged up 0.2% to 7,475.92. Updatedat 5.29am EDT Louch33se | Pick Share on Twitter Welcome back!!! * If this is something new to you, you must have been on a holiday without any means of communication. 25 Sep 2018 15:27 The challenges left out of this analysis is that goods cannot be solf online to customers in the EU because GDPR Report Reply Manners01 Facebook 25 Sep 2018 15:19 25 Sep 2018 16:41 Report Twitter Juglans Comments 825 Share Show 5 more replies Share collapsed Facebook 25 Sep 2018 15:34 Share on Twitter Facebook Twitter Brexiters won’t ever read your links. Brexiters don’t do links. That is why they never justify the Brexit prize in comments with links. Also if you look at Brexit comment history you will find they are quite often experts in football management and and sport generally 🙂 Share on Facebook | Pick Share on Facebook Twitter Reply Reply Share strange times | Pick Norway deal? Share on Twitter 25 Sep 2018 15:38 Labour has a difficult balancing act here. I have been a member since Smith was elected leader. I deplore the social marginalization that exists in this country and the imbalance in wealth and income. And as much as I would like to see a package of legislation that will wipe this out, without the floating voters in the marginal constituencies Labour cannot win a general election. Consequently, any manifesto must be attractive to these voters, that group of folk once referred to as Mondeo Man. There is a continuum, at one end is the pure ideology of the hard left and never being electable and at the other end, being “Tory light”, elected but horribly short on social reform. The question is where to place the party on that continuum, where can the party do the most good and be attractive to sufficient voters to win. Then there is another issue, if we see a mass of de-selections, how many of those long served MPs will then stand as independents, splitting the vote and letting another party in? Have those who agitate for de-selection thought this through? In my view, this is the worst government that I can recall, impotent, infighting, despised by many and has the confidence of few. Labour should be riding high in the polls. Yet they are not. And neither is their leader. I fear that Labour are moving in the wrong way along the continuum, the ideologists may feel very good about their political philosophy, they may feel very pure and correct, and they may well be, but that will be no consolation if they cannot win an election. The country badly needs a labour government, let’s go for a moderate one in the first term and get in power to do some good, those that push to the hard left with the consequence that the floating voters cannot be persuaded, will be judged by history as class betrayers as much as they now judge the Blairites to be class betrayers. Share on Facebook Twitter Share on Facebook There is a risk that prices could spike even higher, Robinson reckons. | Pick Share | Pick | Pick | Pick Intermittent Gardener Share on Twitter Facebook 25 Sep 2018 15:39 Facebook | Pick Reply | Pick Share on Facebook 25 Sep 2018 15:36 25 Sep 2018 15:13 Share on Twitter Share on Twitter 25 Sep 201805:46 25 Sep 2018 15:21 Closing summaryThe rise in crude oil prices above $82 a barrel has led to more predictions of $100 a barrel around the end of the year. A supply crunch is to blame, just as winter is coming – the US has reimposed sanctions on Iran and Opec declined to raise production at the weekend (some say the oil cartel has limited room for manoeuvre). Energy shares such as BP have benefited, lifting European stock indices. Trade tensions have faded for now, after the latest round of US and Chinese tariffs took effect yesterday. But concerns clearly remain.The United States is putting “a knife to China’s neck” on trade issues, a senior Chinese official has said, as the two sides struggle to find a way to end a months-long standoff over trade.A day after both sides heaped fresh tariffs on each other’s goods, vice-commerce minister Wang Shouwen said the resumption of talks on the matter depended on the “will” of the US.Sterling has risen for a second day, staging a recovery after Friday’s sell-off. It is trading at $1.3158 at the moment, up 0.3%.Thank you for all your great comments. Good-bye – we’ll be back tomorrow. Share on Twitter expanded Share Facebook 25 Sep 201806:34Markets now see ECB rate hike in September 2019 Facebook Facebook Waterkanter If a Jeremy Corbyn government was ever voted in. 1) Immediately sell all utility shares (nationalisation), indeed all FTSE shares (corporation tax rises to 30% and capital gains rises). 2) Get the money into a foreign currency asap, before Capital Controls are enacted by Labour to stop the outflow of funds. An Example of Capital Controls Capital controls are often established after an economic crisis to prevent domestic citizens and foreign investors from extracting funds from a country. For example, on June 29, 2015, the European Central Bank froze support to Greece during the European sovereign debt crisis. Greece responded by closing its banks and implementing capital controls from June 29 through July 7, 2015 out of fear that Greek citizens would initiate a run on domestic banks. The controls put limits on the daily cash withdrawals at banks and placed restrictions on monetary transfers and overseas credit card payments. 3) Rent out property for whatever derisory amount you can get (if you own one, you won’t be able to sell unfortunately, there’ll be no buyers as the gilt market will be tanking as will sterling, unemployment will soar as investment crashes), declare yourself non-resident and find yourself a job abroad for the next five years, whilst waiting for the Corbyn & co to bankrupt the UK and the IMF to get called in (shouldn’t take long). Return with hard currency to buy ultra cheap UK assets once the IMF arrive and the Tories are set to win the next elections for a generation. Forget Brexit, this is the real danger. Society will be fairer though, like it always is under socialism, after all everyone is equal when they’re chomping on tree bark. https://www.telegraph.co.uk/business/2018/09/24/john-mcdonnell-plans-stealth-tax-revives-labour-dream-mass-nationalisations/ Facebook Twitter Report 12 13 Facebook Show 9 more replies russell84 | Pick 38 39 Share on Twitter Snotmee Twitter Im no fan of the govt but that is a particularly warped and ridiculous way to interpret what they said about immigration, which is that immigrants coming to britain must be skilled and/or bring money with them (see Canada for similar). This doesnt prevent Brit kids going to college, tech or doing an apprenticeship… they all exist. More should be spent on training though, I agree. Twitter Hermann22 25 Sep 2018 15:41 Share on Twitter Twitter 25 Sep 2018 15:24 In the event of a large supply disruption, both OPEC and the US – due to a lack of takeaway capacity in 2019 – will find it increasingly difficult to meet shortfalls next year. The world could then be faced with oil prices spiking back up to all-time highs circa $120. Training British people is too expensive, much better let their own countries train them and then they can jump through the hoops to land a job here. Interesting comment from Next about a bonded warehouse in Germany. Can you spot the future direction? Facebook At last Remain comes up with a potent argument for Remaining. If Next is going to have problems because of Brexit, I’m going to vote Remain in the NEXT referendum. Wonder when it will be.Why didn’t they write this on a bus before the previous referendum? Remain would have won by a landslide. GiantRobot 2 2 3 Share on Twitter Share on Twitter Report Report Reply Share Twitter They’ve not gone under they’ve gone over. Setting up a ‘bonded warehouse’ in Germany so that they “don’t have to pay import duties twice” or perhaps that is “once”! Another Brexiter Peer of the Realm taking the piss out if the rest of us! 10 11 Share Share on Twitter Share on Facebook 4 5 AuldCurmudgeon Twitter Share on Facebook Share on Facebook Share Share on Twitter Share on Twitter Pinnington Reply 25 Sep 2018 15:30 Share via Email strange times Share on Twitter strange times lochewe Listening between the lines on the Radio 4 Today this morning was quite an eye opener. An unveiled attack on the Labour Party, it’s membership and it’s policy. This mornings’ edition saw it fit to invoke images of power cuts, rubbish left rotting on the streets and a country left begging at the feet of the IMF should the party’s popularity translate into power. Repeated quotes from the Telegraph, Sun and Daily Mail on broader issues as well as on the Labour Party. The establishment is worried. Happy days. It’s a small company staffed by a handful of people whose cost is more than offset by the extra profits Brexit will bring Next.EU27 companies are setting up in the UK too. Chanel has chosen to base it’s international HQ in London, giving two fingers to Paris. Yes, that’s right Chanel. What do you say to that Remainer? As far as contingency planning for a no-deal Brexit is concerned, it couldn’t have come at a worse time for many retailers. Jessica Walker, partner at international law firm Mayer Brown, says: Share dissapointed123 Share on Twitter Report Better have the business move out of the UK so you don’t have to built houses and have to finance your health care system properly for their staff. That’s the new economic doctrine of Brexit UK. Will work wonders. 1 of 2 Show 13 more replies Report Spike501 Reply johnnySF68 9 10 25 Sep 2018 15:15 EU consumers can’t order goods from outside the EU because of GDPR? Are you sure you have that right? Share on Twitter 3 4 Share Reply Report Twitter Facebook 25 Sep 2018 09:24 Newer Share on Facebook Report Share on Facebook russell84 Reply | Pick | Pick | Pick Schtroumpf All kingstonboy Share on Facebook Report Tue 25 Sep 2018 09.58 EDT Twitter Report Facebook Reply The UK government’s papers on the air transport implications of a “no deal” departure from the EU clearly exposes the extreme seriousness of what is at stake and underscores the huge amount of work that would be required to maintain vital air links. It is not just permission for flights to take off and land. Everything from pilots’ licenses to security arrangements need to be agreed. Much of this could be secured through mutual recognition of existing standards. But formalising this cannot happen overnight. And even when that is done, there will still be an administrative burden for the airlines and governments involved that will take time and significant resources. While we still hope for a comprehensive EU-UK deal, an assumption that “it will be all right on the night” is far too risky to accept. Every contingency should be prepared for, and we call upon both the EU and the UK to be far more transparent with the state of the discussions. Share on Facebook Report Reply Twitter ViewfromtheBarTabac Markets now see ECB rate hike in September 2019Investors have brought forward their bets on the first interest rate hike from the European Central Bank since 2011. Money markets now assume that the ECB will raise interest rates next September – before the departure of the central bank’s president Mario Draghi. He finishes his term at the end of October 2019. Draghi yesterday predicted a “relatively vigorous” pickup in underlying inflation, which has been interpreted by some traders and investors as a signal that rates could go up faster than expected. They had pencilled in a rate hike for the ECB’s October 2019 meeting, but have shifted this to the September meeting.Martin van Vliet, senior rates strategist at ING, told Reuters: Rising oil prices fuel fears of damage to global economy 7 8 Share | Pick Twitter Twitter Share Share on Facebook Share on Facebook | Pick 25 Sep 201806:21Aviation body warns of ‘extreme seriousness’ of no-deal Twitter Share Please select Personal abuse Off topic Legal issue Trolling Hate speech Offensive/Threatening language Copyright Spam Other Share Share Twitter Facebook But the bastards would rather die than remain. Business 2 3 Twitter lochewe | Pick Share on Facebook Arcais Share on Facebook 25 Sep 2018 15:27 It is clear its not been thought through As much as I loathe Ummana, do labour really think if they deselect him, they can run anyone that could beat him as an independent I am not sure that there has been that much thinking period Removing private capital of businesses and transferring it to the state seems to have completely missed the point that businesses and individuals are mobile The idea that individuals or businesses will stay in the UK when they can simply move their base for tax purposes is so idiotic as to be laughable The people that will be most damaged by the proposed policies are the very same people that Labour claims to care about It’s bonkers So Next has set up a German company to send goods to EU customers. 25 Sep 2018 15:50 Sculptures by artist Rainer Opolka in Chemnitz, eastern Germany. The figure in the centre is one of 10 life-sized metal wolf sculptures as a part of the exhibition ‘Wolves with Hitler salute howl in front of the Karl-Marx-Monument’, to protest against xenophobia and right-wing extremism. Photograph: Jens Meyer/AP | Pick Facebook 4 5 Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share on Twitter Share I thought that Next had gone under years ago. Still, it won’t be long now that Brexit is here. Facebook Twitter Tweed is great for underwear. Helps against cellulite. Reply binbucks 25 Sep 2018 15:22 Share on Facebook Share on Twitter 25 Sep 2018 16:53 25 Sep 201806:10 The rise in oil prices over the past two days has prompted Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group to lift its forecast.MUFG has joined others who are predicting prices might reach $100 a barrel in coming months – levels not seen since 2014 – with potentially adverse effects on global economic growth.Ehsan Khoman, head of MENA (Middle East and North Africa) research and strategy at MUFG, says: | Pick 3 4 Snotmee Share on Twitter 25 Sep 2018 15:43 Reply Share 25 Sep 2018 15:55 Share on Facebook 5 6 25 Sep 2018 15:33 9 10 20 21 25 Sep 2018 15:36 Manners01 25 Sep 2018 16:04 4 5 Twitter Reply Is it wrong for a UK company to expand overseas?I’d rather our companies did more of the same. Rather that than import the workers from say, Poland which puts pressure on housing and public services here. Better to employ the Polish in Poland, then the UK doesn’t have all the associated costs of mass immigration, which the company importing the worker doesn’t pay. 25 Sep 2018 16:02 2 3 Facebook 25 Sep 2018 15:08 | Pick You can downplay what Draghi said yesterday, but I think it was a notable shift in rhetoric.If inflation unfolds as the ECB now forecasts, then it makes sense for markets to brace for the first rate hike before Draghi leaves. | Pick Facebook Share on Twitter | Pick 25 Sep 201806:51 next Facebook | Pick Facebook The need for retailers to commit additional spending to prepare for a no-deal Brexit, including the costs of setting up the necessary infrastructure to mitigate the associated risks, comes at a time when many retailers are needing to increase their investment in their stores and online offerings during a time of reduced consumer spending, difficulties in increases borrowing and an already-increased trading cost base including inflated business rates and rising employment costs. There can be no doubt that preparing for Brexit as early as possible will be beneficial to all retailers but the costs of doing so may be unwelcome at best and crippling at worst. 25 Sep 2018 15:56 epincion Share on Twitter Louch33se Pinnington | Pick 100 Reply 32 33 25 Sep 2018 15:07 Report Facebook Twitter Report | Pick $100 a barrel would ‘annihilate’ oil demand growth – analystWith Brent crude oil prices holding above $82 a barrel, the highest in four years, $100 a barrel has become the talk of the oil town. Analysts at Petromatrix warn: Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Show 18 more replies Share on Facebook Business recommendations Share on Facebook Share Twitter “….buy something from the states just fine.”Oh yes and pay the taxes to Fed Ex on top before they will deliver the item. I’ve been stitched up on that one twice for auto parts which I could not obtain in the U.K. And I’m talking hundreds of pounds not pennies! | Pick Share via Email Share on Facebook Report Sterling rises for second day on Brexit deal hopesThe pound is also higher for a second day amid growing hopes of a Brexit deal, continuing its recovery from Friday’s sell-off when the UK ran into an impasse in Brexit talks with EU leaders in Salzburg. Sterling is currently 0.26% higher against the dollar at $1.3154 and has gained 0.1% against the euro to 89.42p. On Friday, it fell to a low of $1.3053.Brexit secretary Dominic Raab talked up the chances of an eventual deal yesterday, although he added that the government was also ready and prepared for a no-deal scenario.However, some are sceptical that the pound’s recovery will last. Hedge funds have been building up a massive bet against sterling since April, when it traded above $1.42. Updatedat 8.59am EDT Report Reply Hermann22 lochewe Report I’d be happy if they would rather die then remain. Sign in or create your Guardian account to recommend a comment Twitter Reply Truly terrifying. But wasted on the idealogues. aimeej Facebook Gapper Facebook Facebook Reply Share on Facebook 10 11 Christopher Schmid Report Twitter Report | Pick Share on LinkedIn Twitter andrewmc36 Facebook Report Reply | Pick Facebook Reply paulsouthport engineeruk72 Twitter Share on Facebook Share Share on Twitter Share on Twitter Twitter Share Share on Twitter Reply Waterkanter 25 Sep 2018 15:33 Share on Twitter Share on Twitter Twitter Share Share on Twitter Share Facebook Replace “could” with “will” and “renaissance” with “depression” and we’re getting closer to the truth. Adam Ball Optymystic Share on Facebook Facebook 25 Sep 2018 15:44 25 Sep 201809:24 | Pick The double duty issue is just part of the problem. There is also the double VAT, which is a big worry for online retailers like me who are on the flat rate VAT scheme. HMRC has no system in place to deal with it. The existing system relies on reclaiming VAT after several months, which means a lot of money gets tied up in VAT overpayment. And if customers return goods for a refund, then the nightmare begins. Share on Facebook It isn’t a risk it’s a f*cking guaranteed catastrophe.Tell the truth Wolfson you lying tory liar. Reply Facebook Share Show 19 more replies Share 1 2 paulsouthport New day, same drivel. The ball is in your court my dear. Share on Facebook Share on Facebook Nadoma 25 Sep 2018 15:34 28 29 16 17 Great, Brexit is a job machine for the continent. Reply Share Share on Facebook Share on Twitter 15 16 Report next 44 45 Reply Nadoma Manners01 Reply | Pick Reply 25 Sep 2018 15:48 Share on Twitter Facebook 25 Sep 2018 15:35 Reply 25 Sep 2018 15:44 | Pick Davidspig 48 49 25 Sep 2018 15:16 13 14 johnnySF68 Reply | Pick Report Facebook 25 Sep 201809:58 | Pick Report | Pick Twitter brit32 Twitter Share on Facebook Read more Reply Facebook 2 3 Is that Tory donor Lord Wolfson who is also ” …in favour of an immigration policy that would give companies access to workers”? https://www.theguardian.com/business/2018/sep/01/uk-business-figures-still-backing-brexit 25 Sep 201808:52 Share on Facebook Report Twitter Show 11 more replies Report 25 Sep 2018 15:35 39 40 Share Facebook | Pick Share An allegedly homeland-loving nationalism that declares everything foreign an enemy is wrong. It poses a threat to the business model of our industry which is based on openness – and it’s jeopardising prosperity and employment. Share on Facebook Twitter Share on Twitter 5 6 Share 7 8 25 Sep 2018 15:42 Share Not that there are any potent arguments for leaving. northerchap Facebook Bonded warehouses are a common feature of international trade. I used to work in one. What is your issue? | Pick 5 6 Share Twitter 11 12 25 Sep 201809:13 Choller21 Kleeber 25 Sep 2018 15:07 Italian designer Donatella Versace arrives to meet employees in Milan, Italy, September 25. Photograph: Stefano Rellandini/Reuters 25 Share Share on Facebook 15 16 25 Sep 2018 15:04 | Pick Share on Facebook Share on Facebook Choller21 | Pick Spike501 1 2 75 76 Share on Twitter Hello Next, join Wetherspoons and Dyson as companies I will never give a penny to. Share Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Even this amount of time will hardly suffice to negotiate a free trade agreement as the United Kingdom envisages. Twitter strange times 25 Sep 201807:25 Share I’ll save swivel eyes the bother. Port delays? Where is your business planning? If products and components are going to take longer to get to you, factor the delays into your schedule. Look for exciting new markets and elsewhere for suppliers and raw materials. Consider manufacturing some components locally. That’s what we did in wartime. There, problem solved. That’s why only highly skilled workers will be let into the fortress. No longer my country, though. More a laughing stock. Reply Arcais Report Share on Facebook Report Twitter Report Report 25 Sep 201808:50 6 7 kizbot 3 25 Sep 2018 15:10 | Pick Twitter Twitter Report Seymour Pratt Twitter 12 13 Twitter Share on Twitter Facebook Yes I will never shop there again – nor will I buy Tate and Lyle, Dyson or go to Wetherspoons. I can’t understand why a company would want to alienate 50% of the shopping public as I know I am not the only person doing this. Facebook Add to that driving licenses, visas, customs carnets, and queues at passport control, customs inspections, etc. It’ll be a heady mix. My observations of queues to use the epassport gates at the various London airports is that the Brits in particular are not the stoical, obedient ones who queued years ago. They are now much more assertive, aggressive, intolerant of waiting and angry with delays. Going back to the 50s and 60s might be a quaint idea, but life has moved on since the wonder of the compact cassette player and the Sinclair pocket calculator. Anyone who doubts that is living in a fool’s paradise or a dad’s army wonderland. Best left to the theme park. To be fair there already has been a run on the pound under David Cameron, so another 10% would be in line with that.That said it does now look like a Shanker style Brexit so minds should be focused on that for now. Intermittent Gardener Share on Facebook Not if they want to compete. Reply Twitter | Pick Report Report 25 Sep 201804:48 25 Sep 2018 16:49 4 5 Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Facebook Share on Twitter Twitter Report Twitter northerchap Report Show 4 more replies Julia Kollewe Report Facebook Twitter 25 Sep 201808:55 Facebook Sorry there was an error. Please try again later. If the problem persists, please contact Userhelp 25 Sep 2018 15:56 Reply Hermann22 The challenges left out of this analysis is that goods cannot be solf online to customers in the EU because GDPR will forbid the holding of customer data outside the EU, so stores running UK hosted data centres will be locked out of that market. Secondly, the retailer’s in Leeds, the customer’s in Turin, the severs are in Frankfurt and the Bank’s in Paris. Challenge: calculate the VAT. Report Thanks. I’ve been pretty busy. And to be honest, there’s so much going on about Brexit, Labour Conservatives I mostly haven’t got a clue what the hell is going on and I don’t know where to start. That and a sense that while pointlessly firing comments into the digital void is fun, my life might be better spent. But here I am. Back again. And it’s good to see you. View more commentslast_img read more

Trump overrules Congress with veto to protect border emergency declaration

first_imgDonald Trump Donald Trump Share on Messenger US politics Shares6161 US Congress This article is more than 4 months old Trump administration Share on Facebook Support The Guardian Share on LinkedIn This article is more than 4 months old news First published on Fri 15 Mar 2019 16.13 EDT Reuse this content Donald Trump has issued his first legislative veto since taking office, overruling Congress to protect his declaration of a national emergency to secure funds for a wall on the US border with Mexico. Share via Email Share on Pinterest @Bencjacobs Read more Trump border wall request will set up new budget fight, adviser says Ben Jacobs in Washington Since you’re here… The statement continued: “The problem with this is that after a revolutionary war against a king, our nation’s founders gave to Congress the power to approve all spending so that the president would not have too much power. This check on the executive is a crucial source of our freedom.”Defenders of the Trump administration justified their vote by saying the measure was needed to provide border security. Lindsey Graham, the Republican senator from South Carolina, said: “There is an emergency at our southern border. Military construction funds can be used by President Trump to create barriers to protect our nation from the scourge of illegal immigration. I believe the president is on sound legal ground.”Under article I, section 7 of the constitution, a veto override requires two-thirds majorities in each chamber. The initial resolution of disapproval did not receive two-thirds support in either the House or the Senate. Read more Topics Trump declared the national emergency after signing a government funding agreement that did not include the money he requested to build a wall. His signature ended a 35-day partial shutdown of the federal government, which had been triggered by a showdown after Congress refused to appropriate the $5.7bn he requested to start construction at the border. But the compromise reached on funding only included $1.37bn for “barriers” on the border, not a wall, and totaling far less than Trump wanted.Trump made the construction of a wall along the almost 2,000-mile-long US-Mexico border a cornerstone of his 2016 presidential campaign, saying Mexico would pay for it. The Mexican government has yet to agree to fund the project, and no part of the wall has been built – only repairs and refurbishments to existing barriers have happened in some areas.The declaration of an emergency allowed the administration to access over $6bn in additional funds not appropriated by Congress to build the wall.However, Democrats and a number of Republicans said his effort represented an unconstitutional expansion of the power of the presidency. In a statement, the Republican senator Lamar Alexander of Tennessee said: “Never before has a president asked for funding, Congress has not provided it, and the president then has used the National Emergencies Act of 1976 to spend the money anyway.” Share on Twitter Read more Share via Email Trump vetoed the resolution passed by the US Senate on Thursday to reject his declaration of a national emergency. The bill passed the Senate by a margin of 59-41 with 12 Republicans joining Senate Democrats in a rare rebuke of the president.The bill had passed the House in February with 13 congressional Republicans crossing the aisle to join Democrats.In the Oval Office at the White House on Friday afternoon, Trump said “our immigration system is stretched beyond the breaking point” and called the congressional action “dangerous” and “reckless”. Trump made the comments surrounded by law enforcement officials and “angel parents”, whose children were killed by undocumented immigrants.The president had long threatened a veto of the resolution. It is unlikely that Congress will have the two-thirds majority required to override it.Nonetheless, the House speaker, Nancy Pelosi, announced that the House would vote on 26 March in an effort to override Trump’s veto. In a statement, Pelosi said: “The House will once again act to protect our constitution and our democracy from the president’s emergency declaration by holding a vote to override his veto. House Republicans will have to choose between their partisan hypocrisy and their sacred oath to support and defend the constitution.”The Senate Democratic leader, Chuck Schumer, also criticized Trump’s action. “It is no surprise that the president holds the rule of law and our constitution in minimal regard,” said the New York Democrat in a statement.On 15 February Trump invoked the National Emergencies Act of 1976, claiming there was a crisis on the border that required the construction of walls to protect the United States. Fri 15 Mar 2019 17.24 EDT Donald Trump displays his veto in the White House.Photograph: Nicholas Kamm/AFP/Getty Images Trump announces first veto since taking office in 2017President calls congressional action ‘dangerous and ‘reckless’Trump issues veto – follow the latest live Share on Twitter Trump overrules Congress with veto to protect border emergency declaration … we have a small favour to ask. The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.More people are reading and supporting The Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we have chosen an approach that allows us to keep our journalism accessible to all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford. But we need your ongoing support to keep working as we do.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism, to maintain our openness and to protect our precious independence. Every reader contribution, big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Share on Facebook Share on WhatsApp Trump threatens veto after Senate rejects national emergency in sharp rebuke Trump denies white nationalism is growing threat – as it happenedlast_img read more

Cloudflare Launches AMP Real URL to Give Publishers and Site Owners More

first_imgCloudflare Launches AMP Real URL to Give Publishers and Site Owners More Control Over Their Brands PRNewswireApril 17, 2019, 6:52 pmApril 17, 2019 Cloudflare, the leading Internet performance and security company, announced that it is launching AMP Real URL to give Accelerated Mobile Pages (AMP) publishers the ability to display content under their own unique domains, rather than AMP-generated domains. With AMP Real URL, Cloudflare customers using AMP can get all the performance benefits of AMP without sending visitors to a domain they do not control.The AMP Project, founded by Google, is an open-source initiative aimed at optimizing mobile content and making it available anywhere, instantly. AMP is great at providing content quickly to users and is especially crucial for driving traffic to eCommerce sites and news publishers. Google Search directs Internet users to AMP-enabled results (identified by a lightning bolt). Historically, AMP required the Google URL to appear in a browser’s address bar, meaning that publishers could not display their own domains and direct visitors to their own sites. AMP Real URL keeps traffic on publishers’ sites, giving them control over their pages, analytics, and the way their content is displayed to users.To build this at scale, Cloudflare worked with Google to implement an emerging standard called Signed Exchanges. This technology, paired with Cloudflare’s global network of 175 data centers in 75+ countries, allows Cloudflare to digitally sign each AMP page it delivers to Google’s AMP Cache. Supported browsers will now show actual domains (example.com) instead of the Google AMP URL (google.com/amp/example.com) so that publishers can control their own cookies, analytics, and brand in their URL bar. Cloudflare is currently the only company with a CDN solution to implement AMP Signed Exchanges. Cloudflare customers can enable this feature with one-click on their dashboards, and it will roll out over the next few weeks.Marketing Technology News: G3G Partners with Symmetry for SAP Cloud Hosting Services“The AMP Project has allowed site owners and publishers to deliver fast content globally and monetize their sites. We’ve enjoyed working with Cloudflare to develop solutions to make AMP the best it can be,” said Malte Ubl, Technical Lead for the AMP Project at Google. “Cloudflare Workers made this seamless to develop and deploy, and will help scale better AMP URLs to the web community.”Publishers and website owners using Cloudflare and AMP will experience:Brand Protection: Instead of featuring content on a Google domain, publishers will now be able to direct AMP traffic to their primary website domain.Easier Analytics: AMP Real URL greatly simplifies web analytics for its users by ensuring all visitors, AMP or otherwise, can coexist on the same domain.Increased Screen Space: Publishers can enjoy more space to display their content on mobile screens. Previously, publishers using AMP had to make room for a “grey bar” at the top of their pages—space they could otherwise use for their own branding and monetization purposes.Reduced Bounce Rate: Website visitors may be more likely to stay on sites with publisher-branded domains.Content Signing: By relying on cryptographic techniques, AMP Real URL ensures that the content delivered to visitors has not been manipulated, protecting the sites and brands it is used on.“AMP has been a great solution to improve the performance of the Internet and we were eager to work with the AMP Project to help eliminate one of AMP’s biggest issues—that it wasn’t served from a publisher’s perspective,” said Matthew Prince, co-founder and CEO of Cloudflare. “As the only provider currently enabling this new solution, our global scale will allow publishers everywhere to benefit from a faster and more brand-aware mobile experience for their content.”Marketing Technology News: UNICEF Engages Infotools to Integrate Multi-Country Data and Easily Access InsightsMedia, eCommerce, and recruiting organizations are eager to use AMP Real URL to further take advantage of the benefits of AMP:“AMP has played a key role in helping us to more effectively reach our audience and develop our online community,” said Andrew Warner, CTO of Genius. “We’re keen to use AMP Real URL to better manage our online presence and keep our users engaged on the site.”“AMP is a crucial part of helping our business to grow and reach consumers everywhere,” said Sumantro Das, Senior Director, Product Innovations & Growth Brands GM, 1-800-FLOWERS.COM. “With AMP Real URL, we now have more control over our brand and can run analytics on our business site.”“The performance benefits of AMP deliver value to our business and we are excited to see how AMP Real URL is able to take that even further,” said Solomon Moskalenko, Director of Interactive, US Xpress Trucking, The Johnson Group.AMP Real URL is built on top of the same Cloudflare Workers infrastructure which thousands of developers use to deploy code on top of Cloudflare’s global network. Today, Cloudflare customers can enable AMP Real URL, for free. To learn more about AMP Real URL, check out the resources below.Marketing Technology News: SpotX and clypd Bridge Audiences between National Linear TV and OTT Accelerated Mobile PagesAMP ProjectCloudflareMarketing TechnologyMatthew PrinceNewsSigned Exchanges Previous ArticleIs Safari Safer than Chrome? New Data Report Reveals Insights on Online Journey Hijacking and its Effects on eCommerceNext ArticleActiveCampaign Hires Cory Snyder to Expand its Rapidly Growing Partner Programlast_img read more

Vertex Announces Salesforce Commerce Cloud Integration

first_imgVertex Announces Salesforce Commerce Cloud Integration PRNewswireMay 30, 2019, 10:02 pmMay 30, 2019 CRM platformcustomer serviceMarketing TechnologyNewspersonalizationSalesforce Commerce CloudVertex Previous ArticleSailPoint Drives the Future of Identity Governance with SailPoint Predictive IdentityNext ArticlePacific Life Partners with Salesforce for Digital Transformation Customers Can Benefit from Certified End-to-End Tax FunctionalityVertex, Inc., a leading provider of tax technology and services, announced a certified integration with Salesforce Commerce Cloud, the fastest path to unified commerce with advanced sales and use tax management capabilities.@VertexInc’s latest integration with @CommerceCloud enables end-to-end #tax functionality.Commerce Cloud enables brands to provide personalized experiences for shoppers that span web, mobile, social and in-store. As a part of Salesforce, the world’s #1 CRM platform, Salesforce Commerce Cloud customers can deliver completely unified experiences that extend beyond commerce to include marketing, customer service and more.The Salesforce certified Vertex integration empowers Commerce Cloud customers to automate tax calculations and generate signature-ready PDF returns in one solution, saving time, reducing risk and improving compliance. With 40 years in the industry and experience with thousands of implementations, Vertex builds robust integrations that consider every type of financial transaction and automatically apply the most up-to-date tax rates, rules and exceptions across jurisdictions.Marketing Technology News: Verint Honors 7 Award-Winning Customers Achieving Remarkable Results in Customer Engagement“There are multiple functionalities, from recurring billing and quick sales to multi-warehouse shipments or deliveries, that must be considered to satisfy the complex workflows of business,” said Paul Beirnes, managing director of partner development at Vertex. “Our tax integrations are built with the flexibility in mind to satisfy even the most sophisticated of customer needs.”Marketing Technology News: Zendesk Unveils Next Generation of Conversational Messaging ExperiencesThe Salesforce Commerce Cloud empowers retailers to unify customer experiences across all points of commerce, including web, social, mobile and store. From shopping to fulfillment to customer service, the Commerce Cloud delivers 1-to-1 shopping experiences that consistently delight customers, driving increased engagement, loyalty and conversion. With embedded predictive intelligence and a robust partner ecosystem, the Commerce Cloud helps retailers deliver superior customer experiences for retailers, from planning to launch and beyond.Marketing Technology News: MRC Continues DoubleVerify’s Accreditation for Desktop, Mobile Web & In-App Impressions, SIVT Traffic Filtration & Viewabilitylast_img read more

How Do SSDs Work

first_img This ‘Fire Emblem Heroes’ April Fools’ Day Joke Broke Hearts Here at ExtremeTech, we’ve often discussed the difference between different types of NAND structures — vertical NAND versus planar, or multi-level cell (MLC) versus triple-level cells (TLC) and quad-level cells (QLC). Now, let’s talk about the more basic relevant question: How do SSDs work in the first place, and how do they compare with newer technologies, like Intel’s non-volatile storage technology, Optane?To understand how and why SSDs are different from spinning discs, we need to talk a little bit about hard drives. A hard drive stores data on a series of spinning magnetic disks called platters. There’s an actuator arm with read/write heads attached to it. This arm positions the read-write heads over the correct area of the drive to read or write information.Because the drive heads must align over an area of the disk in order to read or write data (and the disk is constantly spinning), there’s a non-zero wait time before data can be accessed. The drive may need to read from multiple locations in order to launch a program or load a file, which means it may have to wait for the platters to spin into the proper position multiple times before it can complete the command. If a drive is asleep or in a low-power state, it can take several seconds more for the disk to spin up to full power and begin operating.From the very beginning, it was clear that hard drives couldn’t possibly match the speeds at which CPUs could operate. Latency in HDDs is measured in milliseconds, compared with nanoseconds for your typical CPU. One millisecond is 1,000,000 nanoseconds, and it typically takes a hard drive 10-15 milliseconds to find data on the drive and begin reading it. The hard drive industry introduced smaller platters, on-disk memory caches, and faster spindle speeds to counteract this trend, but there’s only so fast drives can spin. Western Digital’s 10,000 RPM VelociRaptor family is the fastest set of drives ever built for the consumer market, while some enterprise drives spun up to 15,000 RPM. The problem is, even the fastest spinning drive with the largest caches and smallest platters are still achingly slow as far as your CPU is concerned.How SSDs Are Different“If I had asked people what they wanted, they would have said faster horses.” — Henry FordSolid-state drives are called that specifically because they don’t rely on moving parts or spinning disks. Instead, data is saved to a pool of NAND flash. NAND itself is made up of what are called floating gate transistors. Unlike the transistor designs used in DRAM, which must be refreshed multiple times per second, NAND flash is designed to retain its charge state even when not powered up. This makes NAND a type of non-volatile memory.Image by Cyferz at Wikipedia, Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0.The diagram above shows a simple flash cell design. Electrons are stored in the floating gate, which then reads as charged “0” or not-charged “1.” Yes, in NAND flash, a 0 means data is stored in a cell — it’s the opposite of how we typically think of a zero or one. NAND flash is organized in a grid. The entire grid layout is referred to as a block, while the individual rows that make up the grid are called a page. Common page sizes are 2K, 4K, 8K, or 16K, with 128 to 256 pages per block. Block size therefore typically varies between 256KB and 4MB.One advantage of this system should be immediately obvious. Because SSDs have no moving parts, they can operate at speeds far above those of a typical HDD. The following chart shows the access latency for typical storage mediums given in microseconds.Image by CodeCapsuleNAND is nowhere near as fast as main memory, but it’s multiple orders of magnitude faster than a hard drive. While write latencies are significantly slower for NAND flash than read latencies, they still outstrip traditional spinning media.There are two things to notice in the above chart. First, note how adding more bits per cell of NAND has a significant impact on the memory’s performance. It’s worse for writes as opposed to reads — typical triple-level-cell (TLC) latency is 4x worse compared with single-level cell (SLC) NAND for reads, but 6x worse for writes. Erase latencies are also significantly impacted. The impact isn’t proportional, either — TLC NAND is nearly twice as slow as MLC NAND, despite holding just 50% more data (three bits per cell, instead of two). This is also true for QLC drives, which store even more bits at varying voltage levels within the same cell.The reason TLC NAND is slower than MLC or SLC has to do with how data moves in and out of the NAND cell. With SLC NAND, the controller only needs to know if the bit is a 0 or a 1. With MLC NAND, the cell may have four values — 00, 01, 10, or 11. With TLC NAND, the cell can have eight values, and QLC has 16. Reading the proper value out of the cell requires the memory controller to use a precise voltage to ascertain whether any particular cell is charged.Reads, Writes, and ErasureOne of the functional limitations of SSDs is while they can read and write data very quickly to an empty drive, overwriting data is much slower. This is because while SSDs read data at the page level (meaning from individual rows within the NAND memory grid) and can write at the page level, assuming surrounding cells are empty, they can only erase data at the block level. This is because the act of erasing NAND flash requires a high amount of voltage. While you can theoretically erase NAND at the page level, the amount of voltage required stresses the individual cells around the cells that are being re-written. Erasing data at the block level helps mitigate this problem.The only way for an SSD to update an existing page is to copy the contents of the entire block into memory, erase the block, and then write the contents of the old block + the updated page. If the drive is full and there are no empty pages available, the SSD must first scan for blocks that are marked for deletion but that haven’t been deleted yet, erase them, and then write the data to the now-erased page. This is why SSDs can become slower as they age — a mostly-empty drive is full of blocks that can be written immediately, a mostly-full drive is more likely to be forced through the entire program/erase sequence.If you’ve used SSDs, you’ve likely heard of something called “garbage collection.” Garbage collection is a background process that allows a drive to mitigate the performance impact of the program/erase cycle by performing certain tasks in the background. The following image steps through the garbage collection process.Image courtesy of WikipediaNote in this example, the drive has taken advantage of the fact that it can write very quickly to empty pages by writing new values for the first four blocks (A’-D’). It’s also written two new blocks, E and H. Blocks A-D are now marked as stale, meaning they contain information the drive has marked as out-of-date. During an idle period, the SSD will move the fresh pages over to a new block, erase the old block, and mark it as free space. This means the next time the SSD needs to perform a write, it can write directly to the now-empty Block X, rather than performing the program/erase cycle.The next concept I want to discuss is TRIM. When you delete a file from Windows on a typical hard drive, the file isn’t deleted immediately. Instead, the operating system tells the hard drive it can overwrite the physical area of the disk where that data was stored the next time it needs to perform a write. This is why it’s possible to undelete files (and why deleting files in Windows doesn’t typically clear much physical disk space until you empty the recycling bin). With a traditional HDD, the OS doesn’t need to pay attention to where data is being written or what the relative state of the blocks or pages is. With an SSD, this matters.The TRIM command allows the operating system to tell the SSD it can skip rewriting certain data the next time it performs a block erase. This lowers the total amount of data the drive writes and increases SSD longevity. Both reads and writes damage NAND flash, but writes do far more damage than reads. Fortunately, block-level longevity has not proven to be an issue in modern NAND flash. More data on SSD longevity, courtesy of the Tech Report, can be found here.The last two concepts we want to talk about are wear leveling and write amplification. Because SSDs write data to pages but erase data in blocks, the amount of data being written to the drive is always larger than the actual update. If you make a change to a 4KB file, for example, the entire block that 4K file sits within must be updated and rewritten. Depending on the number of pages per block and the size of the pages, you might end up writing 4MB worth of data to update a 4KB file. Garbage collection reduces the impact of write amplification, as does the TRIM command. Keeping a significant chunk of the drive free and/or manufacturer over-provisioning can also reduce the impact of write amplification.Wear leveling refers to the practice of ensuring certain NAND blocks aren’t written and erased more often than others. While wear leveling increases a drive’s life expectancy and endurance by writing to the NAND equally, it can actually increase write amplification. In other to distribute writes evenly across the disk, it’s sometimes necessary to program and erase blocks even though their contents haven’t actually changed. A good wear leveling algorithm seeks to balance these impacts.The SSD ControllerIt should be obvious by now SSDs require much more sophisticated control mechanisms than hard drives do. That’s not to diss magnetic media — I actually think HDDs deserve more respect than they are given. The mechanical challenges involved in balancing multiple read-write heads nanometers above platters that spin at 5,400 to 10,000 RPM are nothing to sneeze at. The fact that HDDs perform this challenge while pioneering new methods of recording to magnetic media and eventually wind up selling drives at 3-5 cents per gigabyte is simply incredible.A typical SSD controllerSSD controllers, however, are in a class by themselves. They often have a DDR3 or DDR4 memory pool to help with managing the NAND itself. Many drives also incorporate single-level cell caches that act as buffers, increasing drive performance by dedicating fast NAND to read/write cycles. Because the NAND flash in an SSD is typically connected to the controller through a series of parallel memory channels, you can think of the drive controller as performing some of the same load-balancing work as a high-end storage array — SSDs don’t deploy RAID internally but wear leveling, garbage collection, and SLC cache management all have parallels in the big iron world.Some drives also use data compression algorithms to reduce the total number of writes and improve the drive’s lifespan. The SSD controller handles error correction, and the algorithms that control for single-bit errors have become increasingly complex as time has passed.Unfortunately, we can’t go into too much detail on SSD controllers because companies lock down their various secret sauces. Much of NAND flash’s performance is determined by the underlying controller, and companies aren’t willing to lift the lid too far on how they do what they do, lest they hand a competitor an advantage.InterfacesIn the beginning, SSDs used SATA ports, just like hard drives. In recent years, we’ve seen a shift to M.2 drives — very thin drives, several inches long, that slot directly into the motherboard (or, in a few cases, into a mounting bracket on a PCIe riser card. A Samsung 970 EVO Plus drive is shown below.NVMe drives offer higher performance than traditional SATA drivers because they support a faster interface. Conventional SSDs attached via SATA top out at ~550MB/s in terms of practical read/write speeds. M.2 drives are capable of substantially faster performance into the 3.2GB/s range.The Road AheadNAND flash offers an enormous improvement over hard drives, but it isn’t without its own drawbacks and challenges. Drive capacities and price-per-gigabyte are expected to continue to rise and fall respectively, but there’s little chance SSDs will catch hard drives in price-per-gigabyte. Shrinking process nodes are a significant challenge for NAND flash — while most hardware improves as the node shrinks, NAND becomes more fragile. Data retention times and write performance are intrinsically lower for 20nm NAND than 40nm NAND, even if data density and total capacity are vastly improved. Thus far, we’ve seen drives with up to 96 layers in-market, and 128 layers seems plausible at this point. Overall, the shift to 3D NAND has helped improve density without shrinking process nodes or relying on planar scaling.Thus far, SSD manufacturers have delivered better performance by offering faster data standards, more bandwidth, and more channels per controller — plus the use of SLC caches we mentioned earlier. Nonetheless, in the long run, it’s assumed NAND will be replaced by something else.What that something else will look like is still open for debate. Both magnetic RAM and phase change memory have presented themselves as candidates, though both technologies are still in early stages and must overcome significant challenges to actually compete as a replacement to NAND. Whether consumers would notice the difference is an open question. If you’ve upgraded from NAND to an SSD and then upgraded to a faster SSD, you’re likely aware the gap between HDDs and SSDs is much larger than the SSD-to-SSD gap, even when upgrading from a relatively modest drive. Improving access times from milliseconds to microseconds matters a great deal, but improving them from microseconds to nanoseconds might fall below what humans can really perceive in most cases.Intel’s 3D XPoint (marketed as Intel Optane) has emerged as one potential challenger to NAND flash, and the only current alternative technology in mainstream production. Optane SSDs don’t use NAND — they’re built using non-volatile memory believed to be implemented similarly to phase-change RAM — but they offer similar sequential performance to current NAND flash drives, but with vastly better performance at low drive queues. Drive latency is also roughly half of NAND flash (10 microseconds, versus 20) and vastly higher endurance (30 full drive-writes per day, compared with 10 full drive writes per day for a high-end Intel SSD).Intel Optane performance targetsThe first Optane SSDs have debuted as excellent add-ons for Kaby Lake and Coffee Lake. Optane is also available in standalone drives, and in a variety of server roles for enterprise computing. At the moment, Optane is still too expensive to match NAND flash, which benefits from substantial economies of scale, but this could change in the future. NAND will stay king of the hill for at least the next 3-4 years. But past that point, we could see Optane starting to replace it in volume, depending on how Intel and Micron scale the technology and how well 3D NAND flash continues to expand its cell layers (96-layer NAND is shipping from multiple players), with roadmaps for 128 layers on the horizon.Check out our ExtremeTech Explains series for more in-depth coverage of today’s hottest tech topics.Now read:The Worst CPUs Ever BuiltHappy 40th Anniversary to the Original Intel 8086The Myths of Moore’s Law<span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span> This Is Where ‘The Man With the Golden Voice’ Ended Up Facebook Twitter Linkedin Pinterest Google Plus Reddit Hacker News Flipboard Email Copy 0shares This site may earn affiliate commissions from the links on this page. Terms of use. We Finally Understand Why ‘Criminal Minds’ Got Canceled How Do SSDs Work? 0 Comments By Joel Hruska on July 18, 2019 at 8:29 am This ‘Pirates of the Caribbean’ Star is Breathtaking in Reality You Might Also LikePowered By ZergNet New TV Shows That Will Absolutely Get Canceled in 2019 Why The Hound May Have Been ‘GOT’s’ Most Important Character Quentin Tarantino’s 50 Greatest Quotes What Natalie Portman Could Look Like as the Mighty Lady Thor Tagged In storageextremetech explainsSSDNANDSSDshard drivesNAND flashsolid state storage Post a Comment 0 Commentslast_img read more

Asus Unveils ROG Phone II With Snapdragon 855 Tons of Accessories

first_img Tagged In smartphonesandroidmobileasussnapdragon 855rog phone ii Post a Comment 3 Comments We Finally Understand Why David Schwimmer Has Disappeared Actors Who Could Barely Stomach Kissing Each Other on Screen Asus has never been a major part of the smartphone world, but the company’s gaming-focused ROG (Republic of Gamers) brand attracted some attention last year with the original ROG Phone. Now, a follow up known as the ROG Phone II is on the way. It still has a funky design and a wealth of accessories, but it’s got a bigger battery and faster Snapdragon chip. We first heard about the ROG Phone II’s existence last week when Qualcomm announced the Snapdragon 855+, which is basically an overclocked 855. The company said the ROG Phone II would be the first to have this chip, but Asus wasn’t ready to talk about the phone beyond that. Cut to today, and the company is spilling the beans. The Snapdragon 855 has a higher 2.96GHz maximum clock speed, and Asus says the ROG Phone II’s advanced cooling keeps the chip from throttling down under load. It actually has vents on the back that work this year — the original ROG Phone had purely decorative vents. The Asus ROG Phone II sports a 6.59-inch 2340 x 1080 OLED display. That’s a slightly taller aspect ratio than the last ROG Phone, and the refresh rate has jumped from 90Hz to 120Hz — that’s the highest on any Android device. If the phone can keep up with that frame rate, the ROG Phone II’s interface will look incredibly smooth. The new screen will undoubtedly use more power, but the ROG Phone II has juice to spare. The phone gets a 50 percent battery boost over the original with a 6,000mAh capacity. However, the phone is also much heavier at 240g versus 200g for the last version. Asus equipped the phone with the standard USB Type-C port for charging, but there’s also a headphone jack. It also continued the ROG Phone tradition of adding a second USB-C port on the side. You can use this for charging while playing a game, or as a connector for the company’s accessories. Most of the accessories are a bit silly, but “gaming” phones tend to be like that. There’s the active cooling bracket, a desktop dock, and more. The phone also has ultrasonic shoulder buttons you can map to on-screen buttons in games. Asus will start selling the ROG Phone II in China on July 23, and the international model will launch in early September. We don’t know the exact price yet, but Asus says it will be similar to the first-gen ROG Phone, which launched at $900.Now read:Qualcomm’s New Snapdragon 855+ SoC Is an Overclocked Snapdragon 855Nubia Just Stuffed the First Active Fan Inside a SmartphoneAsus Engineers Exposed Company Passwords for Months on GitHub Facebook Twitter Linkedin Pinterest Google Plus Reddit Hacker News Flipboard Email Copy 0shares This site may earn affiliate commissions from the links on this page. Terms of use. By Ryan Whitwam on July 22, 2019 at 11:38 am Asus Unveils ROG Phone II With Snapdragon 855+, Tons of Accessories ‘Endgame’ Directors Apologize To Tom Holland The Surprising Reason Why Brandon Routh Is Returning to Superman J.K. Rowling Confirms a Hermione Theory We Suspected All Along Maisie Williams’ Transformation is Turning Heads 3 Comments You Might Also LikePowered By ZergNet The Possibility Of An ‘Iron Man 4’ Finally Addressed Batman Stories Only True Fans Know Aboutlast_img read more

DocuSign Demonstrates Industrys Next MustHave Cloud at Momentum 2019

first_imgCompany joined on stage by Dave Matthews, The Wilderness Society, Keller Williams, Refinitiv, Shell, UCSF, and Walmart to showcase impact of DocuSign’s Agreement Cloud visionWith a broad lineup of world-class speakers, a host of innovation announcements, and a strong vision for the future of agreements, DocuSign kicked off its annual Momentum conference for more than 1500 customers, developers, and partners in San Francisco.This year’s event centers around the DocuSign Agreement Cloud—the recently announced suite of more than a dozen products and over 350 integrations for digitally transforming how organizations prepare, sign, act on, and manage agreements.Today, the company enhanced the DocuSign Agreement Cloud with several new products and features via its latest quarterly update, the DocuSign Summer ’19 Release. The company was also joined on stage by Keller Williams, Refinitiv, Shell, the University of California San Francisco, and Walmart to showcase the revenue and productivity impact it can have on real estate, financial services, manufacturing, healthcare and life sciences, and retail—among many other industries.Marketing Technology News: Mongolia’s Mongolsat Networks Optimizes Multi-Screen Video Delivery with Verimatrix and moTV.euDocuSign Momentum comes on the heels of the company showcasing strong revenue growth and a growing base of paying customers around the world during its Q1 FY 2020 earnings last week. And it all points to what DocuSign CEO Dan Springer believes is substantial potential for the company’s expanded solution portfolio.“Since we unveiled the DocuSign Agreement Cloud in March, we have seen a positive response from existing and potential customers—it is designed to meet their need to manage not just signing, but the entire agreement process both before and after that signature takes place,” said Springer. “The fact that we now have over half a million paying customers worldwide bears that out. In addition, given the caliber of customers and partners we have on stage today and the value they are driving with our technology, we believe we are creating the industry’s next must-have cloud.”Marketing Technology News: Study: Consumers Reject Brands That Advertise on ‘Fake News’ and Objectionable Content OnlineBy helping to automate and connect the entire agreement process, the DocuSign Agreement Cloud enables business to be done faster with less risk and lower costs, and to deliver better experiences for customers, partners, and employees. The company continues to innovate in that regard, and as part of the DocuSign Summer ’19 Release, several enhancements were announced today:DocuSign Rooms for Mortgage. Part of the company’s broader solution for the real estate industry, DocuSign Rooms for Mortgage accelerates closing times and improves the borrower experience with a secure, digital workspace for everyone involved in the process. Aimed primarily at mortgage lenders, it is flexible enough to support traditional closings via pen and paper, fully digital closings using eNotary, eNote, and Asset Vaulting, or anything in between. The product has been in beta testing since October last year, and is now slated for US availability in mid-July this year.Conditional Recipients. This feature allows customers to automate their existing workflows by configuring the rules on an envelope and automatically routing it to different recipients. Conditional Recipients is the first advanced recipient routing feature that will be available globally this month (with additional features slated for the DocuSign Fall ’19 Release).eWitness. This capability allows signers to identify a witness and capture their information as part of agreements and deeds. eWitness is targeted towards larger mid-market and enterprise customers and will be available globally this month.eSignature API v2.1. In a move to strengthen its developer-first experience, DocuSign will now make the API it uses internally available to developers this month. This is expected to give developers access to the very latest features—such as comments, bulk envelopes, and more—and to in turn ensure the DocuSign API continues to originate more than 60% of DocuSign’s successful transactions.During Momentum, DocuSign will also be expanding its commitment to protecting the environment through its DocuSign for Forests initiative—this time in partnership with The Wilderness Society, and environmentalist and Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter, Dave Matthews.“Since our inception in 2003, we have helped millions of people around the world to replace almost 20 billion sheets of paper with eco-friendly digital processes,” said Springer. “We are committed to the continued protection of the environment. That’s why we launched the DocuSign for Forests initiative earlier this year to support organizations doing critical work to preserve the world’s forests. And I’m looking forward to making a further announcement on that this afternoon.”Marketing Technology News: Triton Digital Integrates Centro’s Basis Platform with the a2x Programmatic Marketplace DocuSign Demonstrates Industry’s Next Must-Have Cloud at Momentum 2019 PRNewswireJune 18, 2019, 7:45 pmJune 18, 2019 cloudDan SpringerDocuSignMarketing TechnologyMomentum 2019News Previous ArticleOracle Joins Forces with Accenture and Capgemini to Rethink Customer Data Platform MarketNext ArticleTeespring and Twitch Announce New Partnershiplast_img read more

Heres What Katrina Kaif Thinks Would be the Perfect Alternate Career for

first_imgThe promotions of Bharat are going ahead full steam and the lead stars, Salman Khan and Katrina Kaif, are having all the fun and frolic times that they can before the film finally releases on June 5. While the funny banter between these two is not new, Katrina and Salman have taken the fun quotient to another level while promoting Bharat. Each time they appear in the media they make sure of grabbing headlines with their statements and acts.Read: Salman Khan Dances and Lifts a Child Contestant on Super Dancer 3 Sets During Bharat Promotions, See Pics During their latest outing, Katrina was asked if there was an alternate career choice for Salman, what role would best suite his abilities. Katrina responded to the question by saying (via mid-day.com), “Counsellor, people advisor”.About working with Salman, Katrina added, “Salman is a funny guy and someone who really gives you your space and just observes. There is a certain system which Salman has and it could be tough sometimes.””But now I am used to it as we have been doing films like ‘Tiger Zinda Hai’ and now ‘Bharat’. He is not too investigative. Some actors like to give you a lot of suggestions on rehearsals, but he lets you and your director figure out your thing,” she further added.All this conversation was part of talk show By Invite Only, which will air on Saturday on Zoom. Only recently, Salman had quipped, while appearing on a talk show that he thinks that an alternate career choice for Katina would be to “get married and be married and produce children.”Read: Salman Khan Thinks an Alternative Career for Katrina Kaif Could be to Get Married and Produce BabiesBharat releases on June 5 amidst much fanfare. The pairing of Katrina and Salman are reuniting with director Ali Abbas Zafar after their 2017 film Tiger Zinda Hai. Bharat also stars the likes of Disha Patani, Tabu, Jackie Shroff, Sunil Grover and Aasif Sheikh in pivotal roles.Follow @News18Movies for more Aasif SheikhAli Abbas ZafarbharatBharat cast First Published: June 1, 2019, 2:31 PM ISTlast_img read more

Battle of Kalinga Can Patnaik Retain the Crown for Another 5 Years

first_imgAll of coastal Odisha is reeling under the trail of devastation caused by cyclone Fani that hit the state on May 3. So much so, the modern capital city of Bhubaneswar has remained under a state of siege for many days with no electricity and water supply. The city ran on diesel generators. Fani triggered a mini exodus. Bhubaneswar’s bus and railway stations witnessed massive rush as many fled the city to escape harsh living conditions. In living memory, never before Bhubaneswar had suffered as much. The situation in the temple town Puri is even worse. It became a living hell for a large number of people in coastal districts. While the Naveen Patnaik government has done a commendable job in minimising death toll (the United Nations has lauded the state government’s efforts) to 64 by evacuating a million people into safety, it escaped scrutiny for its patchy rebuilding efforts in inaccessible areas as the national media largely chose to ignore the calamity (one TV editor said Odisha has no TRP).However, electorally speaking, as both the state and general elections got over on April 29, just three days before the cyclone hit Odisha’s coast, there is no chance of the hardship people facing in the aftermath of Fani having any kind of impact on the poll prospects of the Patnaik-led Biju Janata Dal. It was the 1999 Odisha super cyclone that had killed over 10,000 people and had wiped out the then Congress government and brought Patnaik’s newly formed BJD into power. Since then Patnaik has been ruling the state uninterrupted for the past 19 years. The Congress in Odisha is still struggling to rise from the ashes and has even conceded the second spot to a resurgent BJP.This time there is much talk about the BJP, powered by Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s immense popularity, having made strong inroads in Odisha and neighbouring West Bengal and this is where the saffron party aims to cover up a possible seat shortfall in the Hindi heartland. Many travelling journalists, opinion polls included, have come back with ground reports that while Patnaik is poised to win an envious fifth term, the same cannot be said about his Lok Sabha score card and the BJP may well go on to win nine to 12 of the total 21 Lok Sabha seats in the state.Also, there is a great deal of talk on “double voting” in both the state and national media — many have voted differently this time, i.e., for the BJD in the Assembly election and for the saffron party in the parliamentary polls.Is double voting possible? Has this ever happened in Odisha? In 2009, the BJD had won 103 Assembly and 14 Lok Sabha seats, while the Congress had contributed six Lok Sabha constituencies to the UPA-II government. In 2014, the BJD regained its lost ground and swept 20 Lok Sabha seats leaving just one to the BJP, as the grand old party drew a blank. The difference in BJD’s vote share between Lok Sabha (44.1%) and assembly polls (43.4%) was about 0.7% in 2014. A jump of 6% vote share in favour of the BJD as against 2009 saw Patnaik romp home with a massive mandate of 117 assembly seats. The Congress, despite getting 26% vote share, could not win a single Lok Sabha seat, while the BJP managed to win a seat even though it had only 18% vote share.If one looks closely at the 2009 Odisha results, the BJD couldn’t do as well in Lok Sabha as in the Assembly (103 MLAs with 38.86% vote share to 14 MPs with 37.23% vote share), indicating that people have voted differently, but not as differently to throw up any big surprises. But in a close contest, a little jump in vote share can make significant change in the final outcome. And that seems to be the big worry in 2019 for Naveenbabu. Apparently, in several Assembly seats, the BJD is said to be locked in close contests. In this election, the BJP launched its fiercest campaign yet in Odisha, clearing its own confusion whether to attack Patnaik in case his support would be needed in a post-poll scenario. But closer to polls, the state BJP campaign, led by Union minister Dharmendra Pradhan, went all out to attack. The BJD clearly sensed the danger signal and Naveenbabu undertook extensive bus tours across the state on campaign trail. Patnaik, too, didn’t spare Modi, and said the latter didn’t deserve a second term. Towards the end of the campaign, both sides appeared desperate.Two instances revealed that desperation. To quell rumours about his health condition, the CM’s office released a rather awkward video of Patnaik’s fitness regimen, reinforcing he’s in fine fettle, and the BJP going on to announce rice, dal and salt for Re 1 as a match-up to BJD’s populist scheme. On the BJD’s part, its initial campaign theme, which started on a confidant note — “21 ru 21 shankha” (21 out of 21 conch, the BJD symbol) and the party would play a key role at the Centre — had made way for taking on the BJP, asking the Central leadership “where were you” when Odisha was hit by cyclones Hudhud and Titli. Patnaik did not stop at that and took potshots at his one-time confidant Kendrapda MP Baijayant Panda, who had crossed over to the BJP just before the elections. He also addressed people in broken Odia to prove to his opponents that he knew how to speak the native language.Inarguably, Patnaik is the most popular leader in the state and there is no such anger against him as incumbents face. So, what changed in three months’ time leading up to the simultaneous elections when Patnaik still looked invincible? One BJD MP says it is anti-incumbency and not as much the BJP fightback. Also, apparently, Patnaik’s masterstroke, the Kalia welfare scheme for farmers, has caused a lot of heartburn among people who didn’t receive the first instalment. The BJD started blaming the BJP for stalling the payments. The BJP has surely done well in cashing in on these loopholes. Some key BJD leaders who didn’t get party tickets quickly switched over to the opposition camp. Modi’s ever-rising popularity and his fabled decisive leadership has definitely caught up the imagination of urban voters, and thanks to WhatsApp, PM’s speeches are instantly available for rural folks to take note of. No matter what the outcome, Odisha elections have never been this tantalisingly close and the poll battle so intense. Former BJD MP Tathagata Satpathy compares Odisha’s voting pattern this time to what had happened in 1977, indicating it could be an anti-establishment vote. “There was complete voter silence after the polling and no way one could figure out what would be the outcome.” Also not clear if the Congress vote that has shifted to BJP in great measure. Will 2019 Odisha Lok Sabha results be similar to 2009, or has the ‘Modi-wave’ swept the state? Has the BJP done a Tripura by breaching one of its last frontiers? If it’s a Right turn, then it’s nothing short of a tectonic shift in Odisha’s political landscape. And a victory for the BJD would mean Patnaik remains the Kalinga samrat at least till 2024. For a clear picture, one has to wait till the last vote is counted in Odisha on May 23. Bharatiya Janata PartyBiju Janata DalbjdBJP First Published: May 17, 2019, 7:23 PM ISTlast_img read more

BJP to Hold Padyatras as Part of Gandhis 150th Birth Anniversary Celebrations

first_imgAhmedabad: BJP president Amit Shah on Wednesday said party workers would take out ‘padyatras’ across the country to spread the teachings of Mahatma Gandhi as part of the 150th birth anniversary celebrations of the Father of the Nation.Shah, also the Union home minister, said an official announcement about the initiative will be made by the party in coming days. The BJP chief was addressing party workers from seven assembly segments which are part of his Gandhinagar Lok Sabha constituency. “In 2022, our country will be celebrating 75 years of Independence and 150 years of Gandhiji’s birth (this year).”On the occasion of ‘Gandhi 150’, Gujarat BJP workers should set a goal to reach out to the masses and spread Gandhiji’s principles and teachings,” said Shah.”The party has taken a decision in this regard and an official announcement will be made in days to come.”On the occasion of ‘Gandhi 150’, party workers would hold 150-hour padyatras at various levels (booth, district, state) across the country to spread Gandhiji’s teachings to the masses,” said the home minister.Praising Prime Minister Narendra Modi for “serving people for 18 years (as Gujarat CM and as PM) without taking a vacation”, Shah said he has eliminated three “demons”, namely casteism, dynastic politics and appeasement politics.”After 1960s, elections used to be fought on the issues of casteism, dynastic politics and appeasement politics.”But Narendra bhai has put the final nail on the coffin of these three demons of our democracy in this Lok Sabha election and started a new tradition of politics of performance,” he said.Referring to the air (2019) and surgical (2016) strikes on terror camps in Pakistan, Shah said the people of India had been for long waiting for a PM like Modi. “We stormed into Pakistan and eliminated terrorists,” he said.”No one can be allowed to play with our security in the name of peace. We want peace with respect and I believe that our power will become the base for a lasting peace,” said the home minister.Referring to BJP’s landslide victory in the 2019 Lok Sabha election, Shah urged cadres to not rest till the party forms its governments in states like West Bengal, Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Odisha, Telangana and Andhra Pradesh.He said though the media as well as political analysts had doubt about BJP’s victory in the 2019 polls, the party won 303 Lok Sabha seats. Amit ShahBJPGandhinagarGujarat BJP First Published: July 4, 2019, 7:45 AM ISTlast_img read more

In Last Two Years BJP Raised Rs 915 Crore in Donations While

first_imgIn the past few years, the BJP not only managed to garner the maximum number of votes but also the maximum money from those who donated to political parties, according to a recent report published by Association for Democratic Reforms, India (ADR).According to the report, the six national parties have received the total funding of Rs 1059 crore from various sources. The corporate houses donated a total of Rs.985.18 crore during 2016-18, which accounts for the 93 per cent of total donations received by the national parties. The leftover 7 per cent or Rs 74 crore came from unknown sources. Of this total amount, the BJP has received the maximum donations of Rs 915 crore, which is 86.4 per cent of the total donations in the last two years. Congress stood at second on the list with just Rs 55.36 crore while the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) secured the third spot with Rs 7.73 crore funds.The report has considered the national parties – BJP, Congress, NCP, CPI (Communist Party of India), CPM (Communist Party of India – Marxist), AITC (All India Trinamool Congress) and BSP (Bahujan Samaj Party) for the study. Though BSP is a national party, they declared that they have not received any voluntary contribution above Rs 20,000 in the above mentioned period. As per the rules, political parties need to declare donations worth more than Rs 20,000.Between FY 2012-13 and 2017-18, donations from corporates to National Parties increased four-fold from Rs 82.04 crore to Rs 421.99 crore, the report said. There was a major drop in the percentage of corporate donations in FY 2015-16. In the last six years, from 2012 to 2018, BJP has received a maximum of Rs 1621.40 crore in funding, which constitutes 83.4 per cent of the total funding.In the last two years, Prudent Satya electoral trust made the biggest donations to Congress and BJP. They have donated Rs 429 crore in total out of which Rs 405.5 crore went to the BJP while the rest Rs 23.9 was given to Congress. Among the top 10 corporate donors, five are electoral trusts while the rest are corporate companies.Almost half of the funds have come from the various electoral trusts in the last two years. Manufacturing, Real Estate, and Mining & Export-Import were the other top donors with the share of 12.2 per cent, 9.2 per cent and 6.5 per cent, respectively.A total of 347 donations amounting to Rs 22.59 crore have been made out to six national parties from unidentified sources. The contact and address details of most of these companies were unavailable in cases where they were visible online, mentioned the ADR report. Association for Democratic ReformsBJPcongressNationalist Congress Party First Published: July 10, 2019, 2:25 PM ISTlast_img read more

SNLs Amazon Echo Silver responds to almost any name

first_imgSOURCE: @Amazon Let’s admit it. Today’s fancy gadgets and technologies are really designed for younger, more agile consumers. While market dynamics and profits do demand that, it doesn’t have to be that way. Good technology is inclusive technology. Take for example the new Amazon Silver Echo, as seen on Saturday Night Live and only on Saturday Night Live. It’s a super limited and nonexistent version designed with well-aged users in mind, responding to almost any name even loosely sounding like “Alexa”. As if it weren’t bad enough that smartphones are getting larger, with high-density screens that confound the elderly, the latest tech and mobile hype revolves around voice-controlled products that talk back to you. When you’re a lot older, those are exactly the first things to go.Realizing this critical flaw in an otherwise almost perfect product, Amazon is introducing the Echo Silver, hot on the heels of the Echo Show. This Echo device, however, has no screen to confound the elderly. But even better, it boasts of features that cater to the particular needs of “the greatest generation”. Developed in partnership with the American Association of Retired Persons (AARP), the Echo Silver can respond to any name that even remotely resembles “Alexa”, like Allegra, Clarissa, Odessa, or even Excedrin. Unlike your regular Echo, the Silver has super loud speakers that make sure its answer can be heard, even if the question was forgotten. And even without a camera, it has a quick scan feature that can help remind users that they are already wearing their glasses.If you haven’t gotten the hint already, this is yet another SNL spoof. One that Amazon is only too happy to get into. But while it is indeed entertaining, it does underlie the fact that the fast-paced development of technologies and devices do often leave this segment of society in their dust.last_img read more

Google Now cards in Nova Launcher for Android APK download

first_imgStory TimelineInstagram update with Face Filters, Rewind Video, New Hashtag [APK Download]The best new Google Assistant feature is the simplest thing [APK Download]This Android O Pixel Launcher works for 6.0 [APK download]How to delete Archive posts on Instagram [APK Download]Magikarp Jump app is super quick fun [iPhone / APK download] Before you go anywhere, know that this update requires that the user have a smartphone with Android 6.0 or higher right out the gate. Without this, the entire set of instructions will be for nothing. Users will also need to be able to find the settings of their phone to enable Unknown Sources for app installs.The first thing a user wishing for Google Now cards in Nova Launcher will want to do is get in on the Beta. Move in to the Google Play app store for this first step. This is all about being official – even though it’s a Beta, and could have some bugs as such.Once the user has app installs from Unknown Sources activated and OKed, they’ll be able to take the next step. This step involves heading to APK Mirror to download Nova Google Companion 1.0. Remember that this is not a Google-sanctioned app store, and the contents of the app are not guaranteed to work entirely properly.AdChoices广告However – we’ve gotten this process to work quite easily, so there. We first got wind of the update through Android Police – now we’re rolling with it live and in person on devices of several sorts. It works pretty well! This week the folks responsible for updating Nova Launcher for Android have brought on a giant advance. This week the Beta version of the app officially has the ability to work with Google Now cards. Users will need to be brave in their downloading and loading of software – more than usual – because one part of the instructions to attain the cards requires a download and loading of an APK outside the Google Play app store.last_img read more

Galaxy S9 fingerprint sensor location confirmed by Health app

first_imgSamsung had a nearly perfect 2017 if not for one nitpick. It obstinately placed the rear fingerprint scanner in an inconvenient and odd location. Granted, that flaw wasn’t as bad as exploding phones, but it, unfortunately, marred the Galaxy S8’s and Galaxy Note 8’s image. Samsung has apparently learned its lesson and will be putting the sensor dead center. At least that seems to be the confirmation based on Samsung’s own Health app, which has been updated to show the new backside layout. It’s not a deal breaker, at least not for most. Having the fingerprint scanner to the far left (or right, depending on where you’re facing) is, at most, an inconvenience that requires some guesswork and produces some smudging. Even Samsung is aware of that because it advises users to clean their camera lens from time to time.That was supposedly just a stopgap solution to the lack of an on-screen fingerprint sensor. But since that is no longer a possibility, it seems that Samsung has decided to finally and properly arrange the components on the back of its next flagship.The new clue comes from a screenshot of the in-app guide to Samsung’s Health app, showing specifically how to use the heart rate monitor. Naturally, the focus on that sensor, not the fingerprint sensor, but the change is still clear. Here, for example, is the Galaxy Note 8 version of that guide.And here is the new Health app, supposedly updated in time for the Galaxy S9.Here we see the dual cameras arranged vertically instead of horizontally, with the telltale sign of the fingerprint scanner at the bottom. The heart rate monitor, however, is at the side, which is just fine for its purpose and infrequency of use.Somewhat ironically, this might actually be the biggest change in the Galaxy S9 compared to the Galaxy Note 8. Next year’s early flagship is expected to be more of a refinement than a revolution. Samsung might still have a few surprises up its sleeve, though, and we, fortunately, don’t have to wait long to find out.VIA: Weibolast_img read more

Google Grasshopper free coding app is made for beginners

first_imgA number of free services and apps offer coding education to individuals who may otherwise never learn the skills. Many of these free educational options are targeted at children, among those being ones from Google itself. Others, though, like Enki and now Grasshopper, are intended for older individuals new to the field.Upon launch, Grasshopper prompts the user to sign into their Google account. From there, the user must choose whether they’re new to coding or have existing experience. Be careful here — users report being unable to change this selection once it is made, though a future update may correct that issue.Content is broken down into lessons that focus on specific topics, including “Fundamentals” and “Animations.” Users get real-time feedback, unlock achievements, and are presented with visual puzzles to help drive home concepts. Progress is linked to the Google account used to log into the app.SOURCE: Google Play Google’s experimental products workshop Area 120 has released a mobile app that teaches adults how to code in JavaScript. The Grasshopper app, which is free, supports both Android and iOS, walking beginners from the very basics toward more sophisticated skills, but also helping individuals who already have some coding knowledge. The app is one of many that offer similar lessons.last_img read more