Siggi’s introduces fruit yogurt made with no added sugarPosted By: News Deskon: January 04, 2018In: Dairy, Food, Industries, New productsPrintEmailUS yogurt brand Siggi’s has unveiled a new 4% fat skyr yogurt range made with no added sugar, preservatives, sweeteners, colours or flavours.Available in Peach & Mango and Banana & Cinnamon flavours, the yogurts are sweetened with natural fruit mixed with pasteurised whole milk and cream.The new range will go on sale in the US later this month.Siggi’s says the yogurts are targeted at consumers who are aiming to reduce their sugar intake yet want a convenient snack.Both flavours in the range contain 10g of protein and 5g of natural sugar per serving, as well as a range of live active cultures.Siggi Hilmarsson, founder of Siggi’s said: “We have always been at the forefront of reducing sugar in yogurt, and we are constantly pushing ourselves to use even less sugar while still making delicious yogurt with no strange additives.“We understand that consumers today more than ever want less sugar. For example, in a recent survey we conducted, over 80% of participants noted that they are actively trying to reduce their sugar consumption.“Our hope in launching this no added sugar line of skyr is to provide everyone with a tasty new yogurt that takes one step further in sugar reduction. We’re excited about it and hope our fans are too.”Share with your network: Tags: DairySiggi’sUSyogurt
Vieve adds watermelon flavour to its portfolio of protein watersPosted By: Contributoron: November 15, 2018In: Beverage, Industries, Innovation, New products, WaterPrintEmailUK-based Vieve has expanded its beverage portfolio with the launch of the “world’s first watermelon-flavoured protein drink”.The flavoured water contains no fat, sugar or artificial colours or flavours. The product joins two other Vieve flavours: strawberry and rhubarb, and citrus, apple and mint.Vieve is a naturally flavoured water infused with 20g of protein, with 85 calories per bottle. The firm said it can be enjoyed after a workout or as a hydrating protein top-up during the day.Rafael Rozenson, Vieve founder, said: “Our consumers are always at the forefront of our mind, so when it came to developing a new flavour, we actually turned around and asked them which Vieve flavour they’d like to see next.“We have 700 people in our database who have supported us since the launch, which is why we wanted to reward them by offering a chance to help with the brand’s future development. Out of all survey responses, watermelon was by far and away the preferred flavour to launch.”He added: “I really think these three flavours deliver on our mission with a slightly different taste profile for each product. Our strawberry and rhubarb flavour, as an example, is quite sweet, while our citrus flavour is a bit more neutral.“The watermelon is somewhere in between, offering the best of both worlds. I’ve found through sampling the new flavour at trade shows, Vieve has a flavour for everybody.”The Vieve range is sold in 500ml bottles with a recommended retail price of £2.49, or £11.99 for a pack of six. The drinks are also exported to ten countries across Europe and the Middle East.Share with your network: Tags: protein waterUKVieve
Share Facebook Share on Facebook Facebook 19 Apr 2018 5:44 6 7 Facebook | Pick Facebook Twitter Share on Twitter Kennyryan1 19 Apr 2018 5:01 Facebook | Pick | Pick Share Twitter Share on Facebook 3 4 0 1 Dizzy123 Facebook This article is more than 1 year old news 4 5 19 Apr 2018 2:23 Twitter Twitter 19 Apr 2018 4:01 You are not guilty, it is ok not to finish your vegetables , grow a backbone Report Share on Twitter Share Share on Facebook Reply | Pick recommendations Reply Facebook 50 Eat all of the fatty and gristly bits do you? | Pick TomTalay Depends where you go. There are almost no fat people in the Bay Area, for instance. Share on Facebook Share sblejo 19 Apr 2018 5:04 2 3 Report Marc Simmonds 19 Apr 2018 3:46 Share on Twitter Twitter Share Share 1 2 | Pick Share on Twitter | Pick Report Share on Twitter Share on Twitter but it raises the question of whether people who don’t buy fruits and veg throw any out – it’s not clear where the statistic is coming from. | Pick 27 28 5 6 Twitter Twitter Share Facebook 7 8 19 Apr 2018 4:47 Share on Twitter Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Dizzy123 Facebook honza75 Share on Twitter Report Share Share on Facebook Facebook To solve this – each grocery store will be allotted 10 of each fruit / veg. Once they run out, that’s it for the day. No more waste. Share Share on Facebook Facebook | Pick Twitter arena2 11 12 | Pick Report Report Twitter 1 Share on Twitter apacheman Reply 19 Apr 2018 4:54 Show 16 more replies 12 13 Share on Facebook Share on Facebook Report Share on Facebook arena2 Report Alun Jones 19 Apr 2018 3:00 Twitter Report | Pick 19 Apr 2018 2:13 Kennyryan1 19 Apr 2018 3:01 PepperoniPizza Report 19 Apr 2018 4:52 19 Apr 2018 3:28 Share on Facebook Report Share on Twitter | Pick 5 6 The food produces the same amount of methane whether it’s in a landfill or in your gut. 4 5 Reply Share on Twitter Alun Jones Reply 19 Apr 2018 4:58 MDKerrigan Share on Facebook Report Share 19 Apr 2018 8:20 Share Share on Facebook Share on Messenger Reply 19 Apr 2018 13:12 Share on Pinterest Report I actually meant your council members… You seem like a much nicer person than I am. But we do produce enough food right now to feed approximately 10 billion people. The issues are waste, distribution, and how much of that food we use inefficiently by feeding it to animals and converting it into meat. Facebook Share on Twitter Share on Twitter Share on Twitter Report Waste rates in continental Europe are not that different. There was a documentary some yrs ago focusing on France, Germany. And lots of the waste happens on supermarket level. As the crisis escalates… Reply Twitter Reply Share Facebook Share | Pick Share on WhatsApp | Pick Don’t shop at Costco? Aside from the global/social issue of food waste-why do YOU accept to pay for mass quantities of stuff you know is going to be thrown out? $30 is going to “break the bank”? Eat more greens? All it will take is to eat the last 1/5 of the bag. Eat less un-greens. Facebook Report Reply 0 1 And yet I am supposed to read and understand this stuff from a major newspaper and then what? Act on it? Go picket my local Safeway? Dizzy123 Share on Facebook @olliemilman newest Share on Twitter Edimus9981 | Pick | Pick comments (293)Sign in or create your Guardian account to join the discussion. Thomas1178 | Pick Facebook 1 2 ytrewq Share on Twitter arena2 2 3 TomTalay Twitter Facebook Twitter Share on Facebook Comments 293 Share on Facebook Share on Twitter ID9349090 19 Apr 2018 4:45 ID9349090 Facebook Thomas1178 Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Facebook Thomas1178 Share via Email sblejo Share on Facebook | Pick Reply 19 Apr 2018 4:06 Report Reply Share on Twitter | Pick Share Sign in or create your Guardian account to recommend a comment rebel7 mtn74 Cornelius P. Snuffington III Share Share honza75 Report Reply That’s the weight I waste in a year. Reuse this content,View all comments > | Pick 7 8 | Pick Jonathan Bailey Reply Facebook Twitter Report 19 Apr 2018 3:04 Share on Facebook Reply Facebook Share on Facebook Twitter Share 3 4 | Pick Share on Twitter Reply Facebook Yeah. I love the ‘fat-shaming’ invention.Grotesquely fat people SHOULD be ashamed.Still – at least they will die young. 19 Apr 2018 3:37 Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Facebook All Twitter oldest | Pick Pounds, tons, gallons – I am having a lot of trouble following this story. Could we have an international version please in MKS? Thomas1178 2 3 Report Reply Share on Facebook Share on Facebook Facebook When you say “Americans” waste a pound of food a day, I am surprised there is not a lot more in total considering there are 350,000,000 of us.. I happen to know that a supermarket down the road from me throws out “a lot” of fruit and vegetables daily because “Americans” do not like to cut the mold off their food before eating it. They throw out much more on a per person basis than I do. And what I do throw out I compost. Go to a supermarket in a “poor” area and you will see few fresh fruit and veggies in the carts at checkout. No wonder the rich and healthy waste the most, as they are the people eating it. Some of the other statements are just the usual grauniad drivel. I refuse to be blamed for wasting acreage or the use of pesticides. 30 m acres a year is about a tenth of an acre per person a year. Sorry, my conscience is not pricked. If you are worried about rotting food, how about the biomass that I drop into the sewer system every day. The stuff that got digested in my body instead of outside of it. Get real! The Guardian seems to want to make us all feel guilty about just living. I refuse to. Facebook Share on Facebook Report Reply 19 Apr 2018 2:36 7 8 Facebook Reply have you considered composting them? Share Share Facebook 6 7 Twitter Kennyryan1 Report Is there nothing Americans do that doesn’t offend foreigners? NeverMindTheBollocks Facebook Share on Facebook with people who have healthier diets rich in fruit and vegetables the most wasteful Thomas1178 Share Twitter 5 6 19 Apr 2018 17:52 ouialaraison 19 Apr 2018 5:57 10 11 | Pick Share on Twitter 5 6 10 11 | Pick Share on Facebook 1 | Pick Reply Twitter Twitter The obvious solution is to eat the homeless. A modest proposal. | Pick Email (optional) Wasting food is something I try very hard to avoid, for both environmental and economic reasons. I find that the best way to avoid it is to avoid buying more than a 3-4 day supply of foods which spoil quickly, while buying enough of the less perishable stuff to last me a bit longer in case I don’t make it to the grocery store by midweek. I find that this works pretty well, other than some fresh parsley and thyme which I didn’t finish in time I have thrown out almost no food at all. Other than peels, stems, rinds, etc. Composting is obviously a wise thing to do. California, where I am temporarily residing, has passed a law requiring commercial waste generators and large multi-family housing developments to sign up for food waste collection. Unfortunately, the attitude in this small conservative town is such that the handful of John Birch types that show up to every city council meeting literally compared it to the Soviet Union. It didn’t stop them from implementing the state mandate, at the risk of financial sanctions, but I can’t help but feel people that pugnaciously stupid deserve to drown in their own waste. MDKerrigan That doesn’t follow. One person could buy up the lot and then waste most of it. Facebook Reply 2 Share on Facebook Share on Twitter 2 3 Twitter | Pick Report Share 19 Apr 2018 2:53 10 11 Report Share on Facebook Share | Pick 3 Share Threads collapsed Share on Facebook Reply Share on Twitter Twitter Facebook Share on Twitter Kennyryan1 Facebook Report Share on Facebook 22 23 Share on Twitter Report Facebook Report Share on Twitter 10 11 Share Twitter WHAAAAT?!!! The ABSURD system imposed by the EUSSR?!!! With post Brexit Global Britain ruling the waves again, it will be creative jams and Imperial system for everybody. And the world will be grateful for that. So, as they say, suck it up! Reply Share on Twitter Facebook | Pick UK muts be high too, something like 50% of all food produced is chucked!!!! Beyond beleif!! Reply Share Report Share on Facebook Share on Twitter 5 6 | Pick Twitter NeverMindTheBollocks 19 Apr 2018 7:52 Share Marjallche Reply Thomas1178 FeliciorAugusto Facebook Share Use the metric system, but still measure road distances in miles. That’s’ the part I don’t get. 19 Apr 2018 3:48 Report Americans waste 150,000 tons of food each day – equal to a pound per person Fruit and vegetables were most likely to be thrown out, followed by dairy and then meat.Photograph: Robyn Beck/AFP/Getty Images Share on Twitter Another more reason for people not to follow the non-meat fad being promoted at the Guardian so aggressively. It is telling that it is such people, often so proud of their “green” credentials, who are in fact the most wasteful. Share on Twitter Facebook Share on Twitter Loddolodarslambo 6 7 2 3 19 Apr 2018 2:40 Share on Twitter | Pick 19 Apr 2018 3:12 Facebook Reply Share Share on Facebook Reply Share on Facebook 3 4 Twitter | Pick Reply | Pick Non meat fad? I’d say it’s people realising they don’t need to eat meat for EVERY meal, and go back to more sustainable and ethical farming regimes. Not just mass farmed for profit. | Pick Reply Share 19 Apr 2018 2:20 Report Share on Twitter Twitter bpollutin Facebook | Pick Twitter 19 Apr 2018 4:36 Share on Twitter | Pick 19 Apr 2018 2:25 Share on Facebook Facebook Wed 18 Apr 2018 14.05 EDT Share Share on Twitter Report JumpingSpider Alun Jones Share Report Report Share Facebook Reply Facebook Share on Facebook eggsniffer 2 3 Share on Facebook Reply Report good point , I say throw it all away Twitter 19 Apr 2018 4:42 Share Share Reply Food loss and waste also has a significant impact on the environment. The carbon footprint of wasted food is estimated at 3.3 gigatonnes. In fact, if food waste were a country, it would rank behind only the US and China for greenhouse gas emissions. The production of wasted food also uses around 1.4 billion hectares of land – 28% of the world’s agricultural area. A huge amount of surface or groundwater – known as “blue water” – is also lost; about 250km3, more than 38 times the blue-water footprint of US households. Source: https://www.weforum.org/ Share on Facebook | Pick | Pick Report Share Marc Simmonds rebel7 Reply If you spend enough time and energy throwing stuff way you are bound to lose weight. 24 25 Twitter Share on Facebook Twitter Didgeridoo 19 Apr 2018 3:28 19 Apr 2018 3:25 Share Share on Facebook Share Share on Twitter Reply Report FeliciorAugusto Facebook TomTalay Share | Pick Twitter Facebook Report Reply 19 Apr 2018 3:18 4 5 Reply 1 2 19 Apr 2018 3:28 expanded Facebook FeliciorAugusto 19 Apr 2018 4:02 JumpingSpider Report Sucks if you live in New England and like oranges. 19 Apr 2018 3:28 This should be the next battleground for conservation…there is no reason to be as wasteful as we are with food, especially fresh fruit and produce. There should be a mechanism where food can be donated rather than discarded, but that means a change in laws that hold companies accountable for any danger caused by donating older food…as your statistics show, there is SO much that can be done Twitter Reply Share Loading comments… Trouble loading? Twitter Share on Twitter 3 4 Share on Facebook Uhh, no. American kids, and adults, love food so much that 60% are severely overweight here. And then our American culture tries to deny it’s a problem by inventing complete BS to accept it…like making Dad bods “hot” when in reality it’s just a gross overweight dude with no tone. Not to mention fat shaming being treated like it’s on par with Murder. God forbid my fellow Americans stop eating like starving Hyenas and get in shape. | Pick Shares976976 Kennyryan1 Share 6 7 arena2 Share Share on Twitter 0 1 19 Apr 2018 3:41 Report Report Share on Facebook 2 3 Facebook Report Sorry there was an error. Please try again later. If the problem persists, please contact Userhelp | Pick Share Share on Facebook | Pick FeliciorAugusto Share Report Report Share Vintage59 19 Apr 2018 6:03 | Pick You know what’s funny, bollocks? Just a few posts up, you’re having a go at someone for not providing evidence, and so on. And yet here you are, posting complete and utter bullshit. Not just bullshit, but dishonest, in-bad-faith bullshit, in at attempt to attack people who have healthier diets. Vintage59 20 Apr 2018 9:35 arena2 25 Twitter Show 1 more reply Reply DanInTheDesert 3 4 Twitter Let’s not even get started on the food wasted in restaurants. Okay, let’s. Share on Twitter That’s 7.14% of a “stone” to you. Share on Twitter | Pick Thomas1178 Twitter so gentrification has finished its work? Sorry, I’ve been to the bay area, you can find larger people there like anywhere. Try public transit! Report | Pick Report Nel Len Thomas1178 Report Share on Twitter This article is more than 1 year old Share Share on Twitter Facebook Twitter Twitter Share on Facebook NeverMindTheBollocks sblejo bpollutin bpollutin Americans are blase about the riches we live with on a daily basis. It is also why homeless people can eat, a disgusting and sad situation in itself. Americans also waste water, typically using up whether is actually used or not, 6000 gallons monthly, in a two person household. Flagrant, foolish and ignorant. Twitter Share Share on Facebook Veblenite Read more Share on Twitter I’m guilty of wasting food and the culprit is CostCo. I’ll buy a couple of gigantic bags of organic greens knowing that I’ll end up tossing the last 1/5 of one bag. This costs $10. I know this is wasteful but the alternative, getting equivalent greens in smaller batches, raises my weekly bill to close to 30 dollars plus the gas, time and hastle of additional shopping. Reply Twitter 19 Apr 2018 5:57 19 Apr 2018 4:36 Twitter Facebook Share on Twitter Food Report Facebook Topics sblejo 54321C | Pick Bronxite Americans really don’t like criticism do they? | Pick Report Facebook Reply Twitter Share on Facebook Facebook Share Report Reply Share JumpingSpider Share on Facebook 19 Apr 2018 5:46 1 2 Share on Twitter Reply | Pick PepperoniPizza Share on Twitter Share on Twitter Ben Groetsch | Pick mtn74 | Pick ID9349090 Share on Twitter 19 Apr 2018 6:18 DanInTheDesert Reply Share Share on Facebook Report Share on Twitter Twitter | Pick Support The Guardian Report Facebook | Pick LocknessMunster 100 7 8 Looking for a sarcasm button somewhere around here… 19 Apr 2018 5:27 Reply Facebook Share Share Report rebel7 Share on Facebook TomTalay Facebook Share unthreaded 19 Apr 2018 7:55 Show 1 more reply Facebook My two person household uses about 1200 gallons a month. Can’t even imagine using 200 gallons a day. Twitter this may be foolish, depending on where you live, but have you tried growing your own? It’s surprisingly easy with some of the kits that they have and you can actually do in apartments successfully as well as houses. growing up after ww2 we cleaned our plates. kids were terrified of being sent to “Ernaehrungs” camps, to fatten us up, after not eating enuf (war rations) during 6 war years. compared to today’s children post war parents spoke regularly about food scarcity – never a grapefruit or banana, or strawberry … but Kartoffel (potatoes) and beets yes. we lost god in that war. seems we also lost any respect for food. today’s kids basically hate food. TomTalay This waste has an environmental toll, with the volume of discarded food equivalent to the yearly use of 30m acres of land, 780m pounds of pesticide and 4.2tn gallons of irrigated water. Rotting food also clogs up landfills and releases methane, a powerful greenhouse gas.Researchers at the US Department of Agriculture analysed eight years of food data, up to 2014, to see where food is wasted and also what members of the public say they do at mealtimes. The research has been published in Plos One.The study found that the healthiest Americans are the most wasteful, because of their high consumption of fruits and vegetables, which are frequently thrown out. Fruit and vegetables require less land to grow than than other foods, such as meat, but require a large amount of water and pesticides.Lisa Jahns, a nutritionist at USDA and co-author of the study, said: “We need a simultaneous effort to increase food quality as well as reduce food waste. We need to put both of those things out.”Jahns’s study recommends educating consumers on fruit and vegetable storage in order to reduce food waste.She said: “Consumers aren’t connecting the dots, [and] they don’t see the cost when they throw food in the trash. At the same time, we don’t want to undermine legitimate food safety concerns and we need to be aware it’s not just the cost of food that’s the issue. It’s the time and energy required to prepare and store food, which often isn’t a priority in a busy household.”Food waste occurs from farm to the plate in the US, with separate research released this week showing that American supermarkets are failing to address the issue.The report, by the Center for Biological Diversity, found that just four of the 10 largest grocery chains in the US have specific food waste reduction commitments. A further four out of the 10 don’t prevent the waste of food considered too cosmetically “imperfect” to sell. Walmart achieved the highest grade, a B, while Aldi US was the worst. Trader Joe’s, Target and Whole Foods all did poorly, ranked with a D.“There is just so much wasted food at so many levels,” said Jordan Figueiredo, who runs the “Ugly” Fruit and Veg Campaign and collaborated on the report. “Supermarkets usually get a free pass for doing anything to reduce wasted food or donate extra food. There is so much more they can and should do to reduce wasted food, especially given that they are essentially the gatekeepers for our food.”Figueiredo said there needs to be better funding for food recovery and wider use of composting, which is only available to about one in 10 Americans. from throwing away fruits and vegetables? I’m not sure you understand obesity. Thomas1178 liberals live off of guilt, don’t give in , buy what you want, eat what you want, and throw out what you want. Share Fat and gristle is where the taste resides. Ever heard of BBQ? Not grilling. Low and slow is what I’m talkin bout. Softens that gristle right up. Share Share on Facebook 19 Apr 2018 3:32 19 Apr 2018 2:57 Show 9 more replies Share on Twitter So stop farting! Or somebody will write a report about you. Reply 11 12 Reply Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Please select Personal abuse Off topic Legal issue Trolling Hate speech Offensive/Threatening language Copyright Spam Other Share on Facebook Twitter Reply Twitter Share | Pick Reply Report Share Facebook rebel7 Report Share on Twitter Share on LinkedIn Is there nothing that the Guardian doesn’t frame so as to make it seem like an American problem? I used to work in the grocery industry. Spoilage and discard rates are approximately the same for advanced economies world wide, when adjusted for climate (since warm areas have quicker spoilage). The amount of food you Brits throw out is on par with the amount of food people in the US who live north of the mason Dixie line throw out. Same reasons….food spoils, and whilst the distribution chain is pretty good, it’s far from perfect. hence, a lot of stuff goes bad before it can be consumed. But keep that ol’ smugness cape on, it’s very fashionable and looks good on ya. Twitter Share on Facebook OK. What is a “normal” amount? How does this compare with our “standard” of civilized, enlightened, intelligent behavior-Europe? Any consideration of the fact that there has been a move toward picking fruit/veges when closer to ripe? Meaning there WILL be more waste and loss. What’s the mix of fruit/veges? Potatoes and apples last and transport far better than berries and tomatoes. 19 Apr 2018 4:19 Show 6 more replies | Pick Edimus9981 JumpingSpider Share on Facebook 4 5 Report Close report comment form ID9349090 Share on Twitter | Pick Share on Facebook 19 Apr 2018 5:45 Reply 19 Apr 2018 2:28 Share Report Twitter Reply Share Twitter Show 18 more replies View more comments 4 5 | Pick Reply Report Great post. 19 Apr 2018 5:50 54321C Why dont you want homeless people to eat? That seems pretty harsh. I know poor people and not so poor people who dumpster dive for everything from food to clothing and make up. What they dont use they sell. Recyclying is a good thing. Facebook Twitter 19 Apr 2018 2:33 1 2 Reply Reply Johnrieber Share TomTalay 2 3 Pounds-tons. 2,000 lbs. per ton. Show 3 more replies 19 Apr 2018 5:10 First off, probably worth noting that these results came from interviewing 5000 people about their best recall over what they threw out earlier in the week, which is perhaps not the best sample size/methodology possible for making generalizations this sweeping. It also included “plate waste,” which means every child who didn’t want to eat her Brussel sprouts had an effect on the study. I don’t mean to suggest that there isn’t a problem, especially because, at least in the US, so much food is labeled with a “sell by” date or “best before” date that is actually made up by companies and that many consumers don’t understand. but the study was remarkably free of solutions/conclusions and at the very least it would be interesting to see a breakdown between what’s being bought and not cooked and what is plate waste. It would also be helpful to know what the actual real-world impact is between wasted meat, which has far more serious environmental consequences, and wasted fruits and vegetables. Facebook Twitter Share on Facebook buy locally + eat seasonally = less waste “Earth provides enough to satisfy every man’s need but not for every man’s greed”-Gandhi Research shows people with healthy diets rich in fruit and vegetables are the most wasteful and calls for better education for consumers Share on Twitter So 150,000 tons is 300 million lbs which is a pound a day for each of us, discounting all the babies who are farting and belching methane into the atmosphere anyway. There are many of us. I personally feel no responsibility for the 150,000 ton number. I don’t understand why we see so many articles on this web site that are uncritical of their own assertions. If Trump used arguments like this he would be lambasted by liberals for not thinking clearly. And yet I am supposed to read and understand this stuff from a major newspaper and then what? Act on it? Go picket my local Safeway? | Pick Reply ‘History in the making’: California aims for world’s highest farm animal welfare law Twitter Facebook Reply Twitter | Pick | Pick 19 Apr 2018 4:00 Share on Facebook Twitter 19 Apr 2018 4:12 2 3 There is a reason that it is beyond belief.You have provided no evidence that it is actually true. So readers would be wise not to believe your claim. Perhaps you are confused by the fact that under 50% of the total amount of food thrown away in the UK comes from our homes. That is an actual fact. 19 Apr 2018 2:55 Share on Facebook Facebook Edimus9981 Twitter Facebook DanInTheDesert 3 Reply Share on Twitter Report Share on Facebook Reply Half a kilo a day per capita? That’s nothing, considering the logistical prowess to feed every person in the current centralized city & production layout. Yes, though I presently live in an apartment complex so it will probably have to wait until the food waste receptacles are introduced or until I move and have a garden again. Before I moved, most of that stuff would end up in the garden. eggsniffer Twitter Share on Twitter 1 2 Share via Email Thomas1178 1 2 19 Apr 2018 4:55 MDKerrigan 19 Apr 2018 7:51 Reply One day we have a Guardian article about the US obesity epidemic and now one about how much food the US wastes. Well if this food wasn’t wasted and was eaten, Americans would be even more obese. Share on Facebook 1 2 Share on Twitter Report Reply Facebook Twitter Report 19 Apr 2018 4:40 1 2 3 4 Reply Share Twitter collapsed 19 Apr 2018 2:57 Show 1 more reply 1 2 Share on Twitter 0 1 Twitter Facebook Share on Facebook | Pick Report Share on Facebook Pssst. The rolly-polly ones aren’t the ones eating fruit & vegies. The rolly-polly ones don’t even buy that stuff in the first place. They buy burgers & fries. Do what the Italians did: drink a small cup of espresso, have a roll for breakfast only, and eat a later meal in small proportions. No wonder Italy has a 7% GDP on healthcare vrs the US which has a 19% GDP with healthcare spending. 19 Apr 2018 2:55 15 16 | Pick NeverMindTheBollocks Show 25 JumpingSpider 19 Apr 2018 2:49 2 3 Reply Reply another reason to dislike vegans, I don’t waste my steak Share on Facebook Americans waste about a pound of food per person each day, with people who have healthier diets rich in fruit and vegetables the most wasteful, research has found.About 150,000 tons of food is tossed out in US households each day, equivalent to about a third of the daily calories that each American consumes. Fruit and vegetables were the most likely to be thrown out, followed by dairy and then meat. Share on Twitter 0 1 Facebook Order by oldest By wasting less food, it does not seem so hard to figure this out? If you don’t waste a bunch of food, then I guess good for you, though based on your post I probably wouldn’t believe you if you tried to claim it, given that you are confused on how to act upon the information that Americans waste a lot of food. 7 8 rebel7 Share on Twitter Reply Share | Pick Share on Facebook rosyglow Share on Twitter Report Twitter Looks like a GIGO study to me, after reviewing the paper on PLOS One. The “novel” methodology they used is highly questionable, given the assumptions used. It is highly unlikely that the portion sizes they used reflect anything close to the reality. Nowhere did they account for the fact that in many households with pets, plate waste is actually the dog’s food, which therefore isn’t wasted, but used. I know a lot of dogs fed primarily with leftovers. This study seems akin to economic studies that reflect the agendas of the authors with very little connection to realities of the marketplace and actual consumer choices. Poor people waste very little food for the simple reason they can’t afford to. They ignore the sell-by dates because they tend to buy at cut-rate stores and eat whatever they buy within a few days at most. Not saying food isn’t wasted, but I’m not sure what this study is worth. It is riddled with questionable assumptions based on estimates of other estimates based on small sample sizes, and counts unavoidable losses during cooking as waste as well. In any case, a pound or less per day, while large in the aggregate, represents a fairly efficient usage, one difficult to reduce without risking widespread food-borne illness from spoiled food. I would wager that most food waste derives from the more affluent members of society, and from corporate functions like dinners, charity events and the like, as well as restaurant waste. Framing food waste as “per person per day” actually deflects from and distorts the sources of major food waste, not helping the problem, as well as being intellectually dishonest. Share Share on Facebook rosyglow 19 Apr 2018 3:58 7 8 I’m very confused about this issue, and the findings (pretty scantly) reported here have done nothing to resolve that confusion. My understanding is that it is the supermarkets who are wasting the food, not the consumers. How much food do you throw out? I’ve polled so many people on this and the answer’s the same: pretty much nothing. Not very scientific, for sure…perhaps I’m naive…perhaps there are all these people around me with so much money they happily throw food away…but I doubt it. The last third of this article is talking about supermarkets, not consumers, which isn’t even what the article is supposed to be about…. 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Twitter 4 5 Seeing how rolly polly those yanks are.I am surprised they waste any food.Well maybe salad. Share on Twitter First published on Wed 18 Apr 2018 14.00 EDT Facebook Report Twitter Food 2 3 DanInTheDesert Twitter 2 4 5 Twitter Facebook Report Share on Facebook Share Share rebel7 Reply NeverMindTheBollocks Reply Share on Twitter Facebook Reply Share on Facebook Report Share on Facebook Reason (optional) Geoff Burkman Oliver Milman Share That was then, this is now. The population in 1948 (the year Ghandi died) was about 2.5B, considerably lower than today.
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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. President calls for avoiding ‘long … legal process’Trump insists suspension of rights ‘is the only real answer’ Donald Trump He continued in a second tweet: “If this is done, illegal immigration will be stopped in it’s [sic] tracks – and at very little, by comparison, cost. This is the only real answer – and we must continue to BUILD THE WALL!”The statement is tantamount to a proposal for the suspension of law. But Sarah Sanders, the White House press secretary, defended the position and insisted a judge was not always required for due process to be observed.“Virtually all Americans agree that it makes no sense that an illegal alien sets one foot on American soil and then they would go through a three- to five-year judicial process to be removed from the country,” she told reporters, though she did not providing polling data to back this claim.“Thousands of illegal aliens are removed every month without seeing an immigration judge as a result of procedures in current law including voluntary removal and expedited removal. Just because you don’t see a judge doesn’t mean you aren’t receiving due process.”Sanders said that Trump was focused on securing the borders and finding “a very legal and easy immigration process”, adding: “The president would certainly like to see more expedited removal.”The question of due process compounds an already confusing situation as Republican lawmakers scrambled to build a consensus around immigration legislation, and federal agencies work to reunite migrant families separated under Trump’s policy, with many children now scattered across the US without their parents. First published on Mon 25 Jun 2018 11.18 EDT Support The Guardian Share on Messenger Share on WhatsApp This article is more than 1 year old The Department of Homeland Security stated over the weekend that it had reunited 522 children with parents so far. The agency also claimed to have a “well coordinated” process for reuniting families, following chaos and confusion last week. The Pentagon is preparing to temporarily house immigrants at two military bases. In Texas on Monday, the Customs and Border Protection commissioner, Kevin McAleenan, said agents had temporarily stopped referring for criminal prosecution cases involving parents who crossed the US border illegally with their children. He said the zero-tolerance policy remained in effect but that halting prosecutions in these instances was necessary to comply with Trump’s executive order. The House is preparing to vote this week on a broad Republican immigration bill that is expected to fall short amid Democratic opposition and a lack of consensus among GOP lawmakers on how restrictive US immigration laws should be.The legislation attempts to resolve twin crises created by Trump: it seeks to provide a pathway to citizenship for young undocumented immigrants, known as Dreamers, who were brought to the US as children; and to end the practice of separating families at the border. The bill would also give Trump $25bn funding towards building his border wall and impose new restrictions on legal immigration. Mark Meadows, the chairman of the conservative House Freedom Caucus, said lawmakers continued negotiations on the immigration proposal over the weekend. But asked what he expected would happen when it came up for a vote this week, Meadows told Fox & Friends: “I would think fail right now.”On Monday, Sanders echoed Trump’s attempts to shift the blame to his political opponents. Democrats, she said, had made it very clear they did not want to work with the president and did not want to fix the immigration system. “They’d rather have open borders and rampant crime,” she alleged. Donald Trump on Monday again issued a call to deprive undocumented immigrants of their right to due process, arguing that people trying to cross the border should not be allowed a trial or an appearance before a judge.Trump’s sustained attacks on the American judicial system come amid extraordinary condemnation of his administration’s zero-tolerance enforcement policy at the southern border, which led to more than 2,300 children being separated from their families in recent months. Trump last week was pressured into halting his administration’s practice of separating families, in an abrupt reversal that overruled the views of his hardline advisers. “Hiring many thousands of judges, and going through a long and complicated legal process, is not the way to go – will always be disfunctional [sic]. People must simply be stopped at the Border and told they cannot come into the U.S. illegally,” Trump said via Twitter on Monday. “Children brought back to their country……” Share on Facebook ‘All I hear is my daughter, crying’: a Salvadoran father’s plight after separation at border Share on LinkedIn Read more Reuse this content Since you’re here… Share on Twitter Share via Email Shares267267 US immigration House of Representatives Lauren Gambino and David Smith in Washington and agencies news Share via Email Share on Twitter US immigration Share on Facebook US border patrol agents watch over a group of migrant families as they wait for transportation a processing center after finding them near McAllen, Texas.Photograph: Caller Times/USA Today Network/Sipa/Rex/Shutterstock Mon 25 Jun 2018 17.29 EDT Sign up to receive the top US stories every morning Share on Pinterest
Jamal Khashoggi Fri 12 Oct 2018 10.46 EDT Topics 1:02 Share on Twitter Saudi Arabia Turkey Trump administration Donald Trump has made it clear that whatever the outcome of the inquiry into the disappearance of the journalist from the Saudi embassy in Istanbul, the US will not forgo lucrative arms deals with Riyadh. The president says the possibility of Saudi Arabia sourcing its arms from Russia or China instead is unacceptable• Trump announces Khashoggi investigation but says he will not halt Saudi arms sales Journalist safety Trump: Khashoggi case will not stop $110bn US-Saudi arms trade – video,Play Video Donald Trump Shares325325 Share via Email Jamal Khashoggi Share on Facebook Source: Reuters Last modified on Sun 14 Oct 2018 13.13 EDT Arms trade
Stretching into a third week, the shutdown is the second-longest in US history, as Trump demands funding for border wallFollow the latest US politics news Share via Email 1:16 Share on WhatsApp Share on Twitter Lauren Gambino in Washington Share on Facebook Share on Facebook ‘If I have to I will’: Donald Trump on declaring a national emergency – video Trump administration Shares187187 Donald Trump Government shutdown: how bad is it and can it be resolved? First published on Tue 8 Jan 2019 14.18 EST What is a government shutdown?During a government shutdown, federal agencies must cease all operations and services deemed non-essential while essential functions such as airport security and law enforcement will continue to be performed. Laid-off workers are sent home without pay while other employees must work without being paid.The shutdown lasts until new government funding is approved by Congress and signed into law by the president. A majority – roughly three-quarters – of the federal government was fully funded last autumn, before the start of the new fiscal year which began on 1 October. Several agencies, however, continued to operate on temporary funding extensions, known as continuing resolutions. On 21 December at midnight, those funding extensions expired and work ceased across nine federal departments. Many national parks are closed, immigration courts were suspended and scientific research has stalled. How does a shutdown come about?The sprawling federal bureaucracy that keeps many aspects of American life humming is funded by an annual budget set and approved by Congress. The president must sign – or veto – the 12 so-called appropriations bills, which lay out how federal agencies may spend their money in the next fiscal year.Appropriations bills need 60 votes in the Senate, a requirement that often forces bipartisanship depending on the party breakdown in the chamber. When Congress fails to pass – or the president refuses to sign – budget legislation before a spending deadline, whatever portion of government lacks funding “shuts down”.This process has becoming increasingly political in recent years and has been used by both parties as a way to extract concessions on legislative priorities.How bad is this one?If the shutdown continues through the weekend, it will be the longest on record. The impact of the shutdown will only worsen the longer it lasts. The nation’s food assistance program has only been assured funding through the end of February. Meanwhile, federal workers appear to be growing frustrated. Transportation Security Administration employees have been increasingly calling in sick at airports across the country while at the Environmental Protection Agency are planning a “national sick day” to protest against the shutdown.Who is to blame?An impasse between a divided Congress and the White House is to blame, and Trump’s demand for a wall is the key sticking point. Public polling suggests that Americans believe Republicans, and specifically the president, are to blame for the shutdown. Meanwhile, a majority of Americans oppose the wall, while a larger share say it should not be the priority. In December, Trump said he would be “proud” to take responsibility for shutting down the government in the face of Democratic opposition to funding his pet wall project.How can it be resolved? Negotiations between congressional leaders and the White House are at a virtual standstill. That’s despite several tense meetings and the president spending the Christmas and New Year break at the White House instead of going to his club, Mar-a-Lago in Palm Beach, Florida, alternating between threats and pleadings to Democrats via Twitter.As the repercussions of the shutdown further ripple across the country, members of Congress – including a small but vocal group of Republicans – are demanding the Senate take up legislation to end the shutdown and allow the debate over border security to resume when the government opens.Trump has repeatedly threatened to declare a “national emergency” that would – in theory – allow him to build a wall without congressional approval, but such a move would be fraught with legal obstacles and political peril. Alternatively, he may merely declare a “crisis” and continue his political arguments as he searches for a deal. Share on Messenger Topics US federal government shutdown 2019 explainers @laurenegambino … 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 Twitter US Congress US politics Dawn arrives at the Capitol in Washington, as the partial government shutdown enters day 18 on Tuesday.Photograph: J Scott Applewhite/AP Share on LinkedIn A partial shutdown of the US federal government has stretched into a third week with virtually no end in sight. If it continues to Saturday, it will become the longest shutdown in US history.The closures affect around 25% of the federal government, and are having an impact on 800,000 federal workers, many of whom will not receive paychecks for the first time since the standoff in Washington began just before Christmas.Standing in the way of a resolution is Donald Trump’s demand for a wall on the US-Mexico border – a central promise of his presidential campaign. Despite repeatedly vowing that Mexico would pay for it, the president is now demanding $5.7bn in taxpayer money to proceed with construction of the border wall.Democrats are standing firm against the proposal while Trump has threatened that the shutdown, which he already said he would be proud to take responsibility for, could last for “months or even years”. 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Facebook ‘Being a Londoner is something I could always accept and own’: Yann Demange in Notting Hill.Photograph: Phil Fisk/The Observer ‘My brother was anxious to help me avoid the painful experiences of racism he’d had growing up in France’: Yann and Eric in Paris, 1979. Share on WhatsApp features Last modified on Sat 23 Feb 2019 12.56 EST … we have a small favour to ask. The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.More people are reading and supporting The Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we have chosen an approach that allows us to keep our journalism accessible to all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford. But we need your ongoing support to keep working as we do.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism, to maintain our openness and to protect our precious independence. Every reader contribution, big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Since you’re here… Topics Sat 23 Feb 2019 08.00 EST The Observer Share on Messenger It was 1991, and in the background a political conflict was brewing. The FIS (Islamic Salvation Front) had won the local elections, so the government cancelled the national elections. After I returned to London an all-out civil war broke out. More than 250,000 people died over the proceeding decade. Every time a school holiday came around, it was too dangerous for me to risk going back to see my family. I never saw them again. I have not been back to Algeria since that original trip.Knowing my aunt had been in The Battle of Algiers strengthened my love for film. As absurd as it sounds, on some level I think I felt like I had discovered an inheritance to some sort of personal lineage in movies. It gave me a kind of connection and claim to film. I may just be projecting this on to it now, of course – the human need to try to make sense of, and find meaning in, narratives being so strong.I never thought of film as a possible career path; the notion would have been absurd to me at the time. It was simply my medicine, my comfort and escape. Film showed me there were so many people living many different lives, and they were all really complicated. I found comfort in that.My first American movie, White Boy Rick, was released in December, and is based on a true story. A father-son story set in Detroit in the mid-80s during the crack epidemic, it’s about a 14-year-old named Rick, the only white kid left in the east side of Detroit after “white flight”, who becomes completely immersed in the African American community. He’s an outsider, an “inside outsider”, like so many of my protagonists have been.I arrived in the US to make the film at a strange time. Trump was gearing up to run for president, and a Brexit movement was brewing back home. We know how that all turned out. The landscape has changed. People seem increasingly reluctant to engage with the “other” right now, and there is a global shift towards nationalism. Everyone is tribing up again and calling each other out. Lines are being drawn in the sand.I guess my tribe is the tribeless. I have come to terms with the fact that I will remain a perpetual outsider. But now I know who I am. I am an outsider. Yes, I’m still seeking. Yes, it’s still confusing, but what I do as a filmmaker is embrace that question mark. I know first-hand the importance of telling the stories of people who are under-represented, particularly during a time when the discourse is becoming increasingly black and white. So I’ll continue to explore outsiders in storytelling, in the hope that it may some day unlock something for me, or lead to some sort of inner peace. And I’ll continue giving my short answer to the question “Where are you from?” Because as you can see, the alternative answer can go on for-fucking-ever, innit. This is an extract from The Good Immigrant USA, edited by Nikesh Shukla and Chimene Suleyman, published on 7 March by Dialogue, an imprint of Little, Brown, at £16.99. Order it for £14.95 from guardianbookshop.com Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share on Twitter Being a Londoner transcends national connotations. It’s a vibe, attitude, swag, banter Facebook Twitter Twitter Pinterest Moving to the States was never a goal of mine. It happened after I made a UK indie film called ’71 [about the Troubles in Northern Ireland], which came out in 2014, three years after Top Boy. Surprisingly, Hollywood reacted really well to the film. Opportunities I couldn’t ignore suddenly presented themselves, so I packed up, left my council flat in London, and off to Hollywood I went.Slowly, as the dust settled and the political rhetoric of the ongoing election debates was kicking in, I started to feel a strange loneliness and discomfort. I’d gone from living in a particular part of London that was a genuine melting pot of diversity, coming from a family of multiple ethnicities, to living in the most segregated society I had ever experienced. And – get this – I was bunched in with the whites for the first time in my life. Me? One of the privileged whites?Don’t get me wrong: London is no mecca of equality. We may have diversity among the working-class communities, but that’s not to be confused with opportunities within my own industry. Along with many of my – shall we say “ethnically diverse” – peers from the UK, I had to migrate to the US in order to have a real chance at a career with some scale. Diversity in the industry is surface-level back home, as are the stories told in film and on TV.In LA, there were opportunities for me. But who was going to be my tribe? Where could I fit in?In looking for an answer, I had to think back to my multicultural family. I was born in Paris in 1977, and two years later I was an immigrant. My family moved to south London, then west. My mother is light, can’t go in the sun, whiter than white. My father was born and raised in Algiers, grew up during the war for independence from France, and moved to Paris at 18. I have two older brothers, each with a different father – one is Afro-Caribbean; the other is Argentinian and half-indigenous.My mother and father broke up soon after they came to London, and I was fostered from the age of four to 12 while my mum found her feet as a single mother and immigrant. I had two four-year stints with different families in Essex. The first was with a French-speaking household, and the second was with a white Cockney family. I have never quite shaken the accent that gave me.The families who took me in were decent people. But they weren’t my family, and they certainly weren’t my tribe. I wasn’t well received in Essex. I remember trying to reason with some white Cockney kids calling me “Paki” at school once. “I’m North African. I ain’t Pakistani.” Blank looks. “You’re still a fucking Paki.” That summed it up. “Paki” was how they saw anything “other”, between their understanding of complete whiteness and what they could clearly discern as blackness. I really wanted my own culturally empowering moment; it felt like the missing piece I needed Culture ‘No, I’m a Londoner’: Top Boy director Yann Demange on his tussle with identity in the US My eldest brother, Eric, who is 17 years older than me, was my hero growing up. Once my father was gone, my brother filled that role. He was anxious to help me avoid the painful experiences of racism he’d had growing up in France and was still experiencing as a young black man in London. He was there during the Brixton riots, and had his fair share of battles with racists.I remember how confident he was when he came back from a stint living in New York in the late 80s. It was an important, empowering trip for him. He had discovered his blackness. He was wearing Spike Lee merchandise, reading African American literature, had started playing basketball and was wearing caps, which, believe it or not, was fucking radical in London at the time. His year in New York had given him an attitude and confidence that I loved; he’d found a personal way of owning and being proud of his blackness. It was unapologetic – and I wanted in.This was round about the time that Tim Burton’s Batman came out, which was the same year Spike Lee’s Do the Right Thing was released, the latter being the cultural phenomenon of the year and a bit of a game-changer. My brother came home wearing a T-shirt with the Batman logo, except it said “Blackman”. I remember thinking that was the coolest thing in the world. I wanted one! It was awkward for my brother, but he had to explain why I couldn’t wear that. He was black. I wasn’t.“I know, but we’re family, right?”“Nah, cultural and ethnic identity don’t work that way, bro.” Share on LinkedIn Comments 15 Add to the mix that my mother was raised Catholic, but isn’t religious, and my father is Muslim. Yet neither “gave” me a religion to follow, or wanted to dictate a cultural identity for me. My parents left me to figure out my identity. Neither claimed me for their tribe. So at a very early age, one thing became clear: I’d always be an outsider.Eventually I came to realise I’d always be a Londoner, too. Being a Londoner is something I could always accept and own. It transcends national connotations. It’s a vibe, attitude, swag, banter. It doesn’t have a flag or passport or past atrocities attached to it in the same way. But I’m also a particular type of Londoner, one of the multicultural mongrels who came of age in the 1990s and found expression in the rise of the jungle, drum and bass, and then the UK garage music scenes. A common language emerged across races that bound working-class Londoners living within the “melting pots”, as opposed to those posh Londoners who lived in close proximity to us, but didn’t experience diversity beyond sharing a postcode.But the question “Where are you from?” goes to the heart of an identity issue I have found myself forced to face all over again, when I was somewhere I felt more out of place than ever: in a white, privileged, Hollywood bubble. All this confusion even extended to my name. My given first name is Mounir, but my brother convinced my mother to change it to Yann. He had experienced so much racism as a young black man in France, and he told my mother I would have the same fate as an Algerian. So Mounir became my middle name once my father left, and I was too young to have a say.I wonder if on some level he was right. Would Mounir Hanine have been a filmmaker, too? Perhaps Mounir Demange would have had a clearer sense of tribe. Perhaps he would have been “claimed” or embraced by the North African community more? Who knows?Through all this, I really wanted my own culturally empowering moment, like my eldest brother had experienced in New York; it felt like the missing piece I needed. So in the summer of 1991 I went to Algeria. I remember the feeling when I first got there, of looking around and seeing that the majority of people looked like me. It was undeniable that I was from this tribe, genetically speaking at least. But I couldn’t speak Arabic and, though I was making an effort to live as a Muslim at the time, I didn’t know how to truly be one. I was still an outsider.It was on this trip that I first saw The Battle of Algiers, when my cousins screened it for me. My family was incredibly proud of the film, as are many Algerians, but they were particularly proud and obsessed with the film because my aunt starred in it. She played the beautiful woman who plants the bomb in the milk bar. This was the only time she ever acted in anything.The director, Pontecorvo, used a lot of non-actors, something I would later do myself. I loved the fact he used real people and channelled who they were and what they could bring. Not only does this give the people you are depicting some ownership over their story, but the sense of authenticity and the experiences they bring to the process can help a film to feel truly immersive, rather than a story “told”, I think.So I had “returned” to the family, and I would now come every school holiday and get to know them all properly and perhaps start to have a sense of tribe. Or so I thought. Twitter Yann’s brother Eric and mother in South London, 1980. Share on Pinterest The filmmaker was born to French-Algerian parents and made his home, and his name, in multicultural London. But he never felt a sense of belonging. Then Hollywood called … Pinterest Television Support The Guardian Immigration and asylum Pinterest The Observer Share via Email ‘I know first-hand the importance of telling the stories of people who are under-represented’: filmmaker Yann Demange in Notting Hill. Photograph: Phil Fisk/The Observer ‘No, I’m a Londoner’: Top Boy director Yann Demange on his tussle with identity in the US Culture Where are you from? It’s a question I’ve always had a hard time with. And since moving to the US four years ago, I’m asked it on a regular basis. Maybe it’s the combination of a brownish face, London accent and French names that throws people off. Who knows? But this question, hearing it asked over and over these past few years, has forced me to confront unresolved questions I have about identity: how I grew up and how those experiences led me to being a director.People tend to like things compartmentalised and simple, but it’s never been that simple for me. I’ve never had any sense of a “national identity” or, for that matter, a sense of belonging to any one tribe. I’m mixed race: French white mother, Algerian father. So “I’m a Londoner” is my standard go-to short response when the question comes up. That’s the simplest answer I feel comfortable giving without getting into it.“Ah, so you’re British…” is the reaction I often get in the US. I always bristle a little at that one. “No, I’m a Londoner.”It’s complicated, so let’s stick to the short answer, bruv. I’ve never been able to identify as British, not when I was called “Paki” by Brits for most of my childhood. I feel similarly about being French. I’m a French passport holder, I’m legally French, but I haven’t lived in France since the age of two. I can’t call myself Algerian either. I grew up largely estranged from my father and, although I studied Arabic at one stage in my teens, I don’t speak it, which pains me. 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Girl in Movie TheaterWhat: A sensory friendly showing of the Disney Nature documentary film African Cats presented by Goodrich Quality Theaters.When: Saturday, April 23 at 9amWhere: Portage 16 IMAX in Portage, IN, and Eastside 9 in Lafayette, IN.Who Should Attend: Families with children who have special needs. The “Lights Up, Sound Down” event gives families with children who have special needs the opportunity to enjoy their favorite movies in a comfortable, sensory – friendly setting with the lights turned up and volume turned down in the auditorium. The shows are offered at regular matinee prices and there are concession discounts for groups of 15 or moreShare this…TwitterFacebookPinterestLinkedInEmailPrint RelatedEVENT: Sensory Friendly Screening of Gnomeo and JulietMarch 3, 2011In “Conferences and Events”EVENT: Sensory Friendly of Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick RulesMarch 31, 2011In “Conferences and Events”EVENT: Sensory Friendly Screening of Disney’s TangledDecember 3, 2010In “Conferences and Events”
When I walked into the lobby at Ivy Tech Community College in Anderson, I was greeted by Cadira Greer and her notetaker. I was instantly excited to sit down and talk with Cadira when she greeted me with a great big smile. She has a warm personality that just radiates positivity. I came to talk to Cadira to learn about the services she has received from Easter Seals Crossroads Assistive Technology department. Cadira started working with Easter Seals Crossroads when she was a senior in high school. She is now a freshman at Ivy Tech Community College in Anderson, IN. Cadira has cerebral palsy. Cerebral palsy refers to to any number of neurological disorders. These disorders usually appear in infancy or early childhood and permanently affect body movement and muscle coordination. People with cerebral palsy typically lack muscle coordination when performing voluntary movements and also have stiff or tight muscles and exaggerated reflexes or spasticity. Cadira told me she was born with cerebral palsy. Her cerebral palsy is moderate to severe. She has limited fine motor skills and has difficulty walking independently. She is able to ambulate with a walker, but mostly only walks for exercise. She relies primarily on a power wheelchair to get around.Cadira told me that throughout school her biggest challenge was taking notes and tests. In 6th grade, she was appointed a notetaker. This notetaker stayed with her until she graduated high school. Cadira said this was so helpful and relieved her anxiety because she could focus on listening in class and not worry about trying to take notes. Once she was in high school, students started using more technology. Cadira was intimidated by the technology because it was tough for her to access a computer or tablet. She had a particularly tough time with touch screens as she has limited fine motor skills and the spasticity in her hands would cause her to hit icons that she had not intended to hit. Cadira became involved with Vocational Rehabilitation her senior year to learn about what resources were available in transitioning out of high school. Vocational Rehabilitation is a state agency that offers assistance to people with disabilities in preparing for a job, obtaining employment, or even keeping their current job. Vocational Rehabilitation referred her to Easter Seals Crossroads for an assistive technology evaluation to determine what tools could help her throughout her senior year and assist her in transitioning to college. An assistive technology evaluation is a one-on-one evaluation to determine what technology is appropriate to meet a person’s needs in the home, work, school, or community. Cadira worked with Brian Norton, who at the time was the manager of the clinical department and is now the director of both the INDATA program and the clinical assistive technology program. Brian determined that Cadira’s biggest hurdle was computer access. He learned that Cadira’s greatest concerns were her ability to keep up with written assignments. He recommended several accommodations to address her access needs. He recommended that she have a laptop with several adaptive software programs. One of the programs he recommended was AudioNote. AudioNote is a note-taking application with a voice recorder. To increase her input speed, he recommended PhraseExpander software, which allows a user to use keyboard shortcuts to autofill often used phrases. He also recommended an IntelliKeys keyboard , which is a large key keyboard that is able to be customized for users who have a physical disability. This keyboard has larger buttons and can be customized to the individuals needs for better typing accuracy. He also recommended a large screen monitor, wireless mouse, and laptop stand for home to make doing homework more accessible. When discussing her evaluation in high school, Cadira reminisced about how much she loved her high school years. She told me she was very active in high school. She was in the drama club and was on the cheer team. Cadira was in four different plays throughout high school. She told me the best part of drama club was “making so many friends.” She also told me she loved being on the cheer team. She said that the team was so supportive and did not care “if I could do flips or not.” She says she is enjoying college, but she misses all her activities. When I was talking with Cadira it was obvious that she is a social butterfly. Cadira also told me that her favorite subject was always math. She is now taking classes at Ivy Tech in hopes to become an accountant. Cadira has been active in her church for the past 13 years and tells me that the accountant there may be retiring soon. She hopes that she may be able to work for the church as their accountant. She will be getting her associates degree in next few years. Cadira told me that she couldn’t do her school work without all the technology that Brian recommended and she is now using. In addition to the software Brian recommended, she uses a talking calculator to assist her in doing math. The talking calculator has larger buttons which are easier for her to push with better accuracy and the talking feature is helpful so she does not have trouble bending over to read the display. Cadira is an honor roll student. She says with the help of her notetaker and assistive technology she is able to take 13 hours per semester. She told me that Brian was so helpful in finding the technology that allowed her to be able to do her school work independently. She said, “I couldn’t do my school work without it.” She went on to tell me, “I loved working with Brian. He doesn’t care when you call him. He always makes himself available any time even outside of office hours.” I asked Cadira if she had any advice to share with people about assistive technology. She said, “If they haven’t worked with technology, it’s okay. Easter Seals Crossroads will train you so you will know how to do it by yourself.” She told me, “Technology is really fun when you understand how to use it.” She also advised that everyone using technology should “make sure to charge their technology every night.”After talking with Cadira, I wished her continued success in school. I told her that I know she will be such a positive addition to a company’s accounting department one day not only with her great math skills, but with her positive can-do attitude. Cadira is great role model for how combining assistive technology, hard-work, and a positive attitude can help overcome physical challenges. Share this…TwitterFacebookPinterestLinkedInEmailPrint RelatedCerebral Palsy in the SpotlightMarch 10, 2011In “cerebral palsy”Consumer Highlight: Stephanie WeatherfordSeptember 18, 2017Similar postConsumer Highlight: Nicholi KauffmanSeptember 19, 2016In “Consumer Highlight”
brightcoveBrightcove Live solutionMarketing TechnologyNAB ShowNewsserver-side ad insertionVideo Streaming Costs Previous ArticleWibbitz Releases New Research on Video Marketing Trends & Challenges for Social MediaNext ArticleXandr Creates Community An End-To-End Solution, Brightcove Live Increases Value by Simplifying Workflows and Enabling Greater Reach to Users GloballyBrightcove Inc., the leading provider of cloud services for video, announced new features and functionality for Brightcove Live, once again pushing the envelope and establishing a best-of-breed user experience. The award-winning Brightcove Live solution enables broadcasters, publishers, brands, and enterprises to deliver and monetize live video at a low cost with the flexibility to scale with business needs.@Brightcove’s Award-Winning Live Platform Releases Broadcast Features, Lowers Video Streaming CostsBrightcove Live is a broadcast-grade, cloud-based live-streaming solution with broad device reach and integrated monetization capabilities using server-side ad insertion (SSAI). Broadcasters, publishers, and brands alike can originate live events using Brightcove’s globally-distributed architecture, and deliver a high-quality experience to viewers with minimal delay across multiple platforms and devices.Marketing Technology News: Neustar and JCDecaux North America Partner to Bring Mobile Location Intelligence to Digital and Analog Out-of-Home AdvertisersThe new features and functionality in Brightcove Live include:Live to Social: Brightcove Live events can now be streamed to Facebook simultaneously via the Brightcove Studio and will soon be available for YouTube. Live to Social enables users to grow and retain viewers by live streaming content to existing audiences in social communities.Transport Stream (TS) Input Interface: Allows broadcasters that are delivering live streams over the internet the flexibility to send a broadcast native MPEG2-TS stream to Brightcove Live without having to convert to digital RTMP format while eliminating the need for costly onsite encoders. By accepting MPEG2-TS, Brightcove Live can detect SCTE-35 ad markers, replacing the linear ads with digital ads across devices using SSAI.Secure Reliable Transport (SRT): Support for live stream ingest via the SRT protocol, enabling forward error correction and the robust low-latency delivery of live broadcasts over unpredictable and challenging network conditions.Real Time Media Protocol (RTMP) Output Interface: Allows users to expand audience reach by pushing streams to other RTMP entry points with the flexibility to turn them on and off during the event. This enables a simplified workflow with maximum stability and minimal risk to deliver live video to multiple locations.Marketing Technology News: IBI Group Launches TravellQ Traveller Information Software“We have invested deeply in Brightcove Live in order to ensure we’re offering cutting-edge innovation to our customers. Brightcove delivers an industry-leading solution that provides an exceptional, high-quality viewing experience, in addition to outstanding scalability for supporting large global events,” said Charles Chu, Chief Product Officer, Brightcove. “Brightcove Live is backed by our best-of-breed support team, and has already streamed some of the largest global annual sporting events and conferences. We have improved the solution continuously based on feedback from users, and look forward to helping them achieve their goals event after event.”“We’ve worked with Brightcove for the past eight years and they have been an incredibly reliable partner, playing an essential role in helping us execute our video strategy, and reach more viewers through live streaming at NAB Show and on-demand assets,” said Dorian Sullivan, VP of Audience Development, National Association of Broadcasters. “Each year, Brightcove brings new features and functionality to the video market, which helps us simplify our workflows and reach our global audience in real time. With Brightcove managing all aspects of the content lifecycle, from the initial live stream to the post-show on-demand assets, we trust that our content is in good hands.”Marketing Technology News: Index Exchange Introduces Adaptive Timeout, Incorporating Machine Learning into Header Bidding Brightcove’s Award-Winning Live Platform Releases Broadcast Features, Lowers Video Streaming Costs PRNewswireMay 24, 2019, 6:05 pmMay 24, 2019
GumGum Sports: Women’s World Cup Unused In-Stadia Space Could Have Netted Sponsor $1 Million Per Match Value Business Wire1 day agoJuly 22, 2019 Latest measurement data shows that Nike & Visa won big sponsoring the global tournament, but an unsponsored stadium wall would have delivered the most sponsorship valueUsing its unique computer-vision platform, GumGum Sports analyzed three U.S. Women’s National Team matches at the recent World Cup, measuring sponsorship media value for all in-stadia sponsor logo placements appearing across traditional broadcast (television) and social media. The result was surprising: A non-sold area with no sponsor logo present – the stadium wall below the stands – would have given a World Cup partner the greatest return on investment of any sponsorship placement. That space drove $2.96 million in value over the three measured games – nearly $1 million per match.Marketing Technology News: Introducing Shutterstock Elements, Thousands of Cinema-Grade Video Effects for Filmmakers“Leading into the Cup, a fair number of doubters were questioning the virtue and value of sponsorship in women’s soccer – even women’s sport in general – but it looks like the doubters were wrong,” said GumGum Sports GM Brian Kim. “This was a small sample of early tournament games and the sponsorship media values we found were still huge. It’s clear not only that sponsors were smart to get behind the Women’s World Cup, but also that FIFA could have mined the Cup for considerably more sponsorship revenue than it did.”GumGum derives the sponsorship dollar values from a Media Value Percentage (MVP) calculation conducted for each sponsorship placement or unsold white space available. That calculation, which applies a proprietary algorithm to six variables, including the clarity, size, screen time, to each sponsorship location, found that the unsponsored blue wall just behind the field-level LED screen ads had the highest MVP percentage (32 percent), surpassing both Visa and Nike. That blank stadium wall also had significantly more broadcast television exposures: 478 versus Nike’s 161.Marketing Technology News: GCOM Software Announces Ernie Connon as New Chief Growth OfficerNike received the next-highest sponsor value for its USWNT jersey sponsorship, generating more than $1.4 million total, or nearly $450,000 per match. Visa followed with its rotating field signage netting nearly $930,000 over the three measured games.“These results could add to the weight of the players’ argument for higher pay,” added Kim. “They could point to all the sponsorship value they’re generating and on that point alone make a fairly strong case for a raise.”GumGum Sports works with leagues, teams and sponsors across all sports, but has specific soccer marketing experience in the MLS, the English Premier League and La Liga.Marketing Technology News: Blackstone Announces Agreement to Acquire Vungle, a Leading Mobile Performance Marketing Platform Brian KimcouldGumGum SportsMarketing Technology NewsMVP Previous ArticleJames Liu Appointed to Board of Directors of Opera LimitedNext ArticleOpenText Automates Invoicing for Rosneft Deutschland
Actor Gulshan GroverAkshay KumarAkshay Kumar and Katrina Kaif SooryavanshiAlia Bhatt First Published: June 13, 2019, 8:00 AM IST Expressing his gratitude towards Rohit and team, Salman wrote in his tweet, “I always thought of him as my younger brother and today he proves it… #RohitShetty Sooryavanshi releasing on 27th March, 2020.I always thought of him as my younger brother and today he proves it… #RohitShetty Sooryavanshi releasing on 27th March, 2020. pic.twitter.com/KGHsej3Bow— Salman Khan (@BeingSalmanKhan) June 12, 2019 Salman Khan and Akshay Kumar’s respective films Inshallah and Sooryavanshi will not release on Eid 2020 as speculated earlier. Salman tweeted an image with director Rohit Shetty saying that the latter has preponed his cop drama’s debut date with Akshay to March 27, 2020, averting a clash with Sajay Leela Bhansali’s Inshallah, which also stars Alia Bhatt in the lead opposite Salman. Salman had announced earlier last week that Inshallah will release on Eid 2020. Inshallah will mark Sanjay Leela Bhansali and Salman’s reunion after 11 years. The epic romance drama is a co-production between Salman Khan Films and Bhansali Productions Private Limited. Alia is also on board the film and expressed her happiness when the project was announced in March. She had written in a tweet, “Bhatt announced her association with the film earlier this year on March 19. She tweeted, “Dream with your eyes wide open they say & I did. Sanjay Sir and Salman Khan are magical together & I can’t wait to join them on this beautiful journey called Inshallah.” Dream with your eyes wide open they say & I did. Sanjay Sir and Salman Khan are magical together & I can’t wait to join them on this beautiful journey called “Inshallah” ❤#Inshallah #SLB @BeingSalmanKhan @bhansali_produc @SKFilmsOfficial @prerna982— Alia Bhatt (@aliaa08) March 19, 2019As for Sooryavanshi, Rohit and Akshay are shooting for the film in Bangkok. It is the fourth installment in Rohit’s cop universe. The first three films were Singham, Singham Returns and Simmba. It features Katrina Kaif in the lead opposite Akshay. Some images from the sets of Sooryavanshi that were shared by the makers earlier this month gave us a glimpse into the world of this action film.Casually hanging, off a helicopter…just another day on the sets of #Sooryavanshi 😎P.S. Do NOT try this on your own, all stunts are performed under expert supervision 🙏🏻 pic.twitter.com/0zeDLeks5q— Akshay Kumar (@akshaykumar) June 5, 2019Action. Stunts. Chase… Akshay Kumar shoots bike stunts on the streets of #Bangkok for #Sooryavanshi… Akshay collaborates with director Rohit Shetty for the first time. pic.twitter.com/2h1O6eZbwl— taran adarsh (@taran_adarsh) June 4, 2019Follow @News18Movies for more
bangladeshBay of Bengalfishermen First Published: July 8, 2019, 2:36 PM IST Kakdwip/Kolkata: Six of the 31 fishermen, who had gone missing in the Bay of Bengal after venturing into deep waters despite weather warnings four days ago, were rescued on Monday but 25 are still missing, officials said.Thirteen other fishermen on another boat, which had developed a snag and drifted into the Bangladesh waters due to inclement weather, were rescued by the coast guards of India and the neighbouring country in a coordinated operation on Saturday, a Defence official had said. With this, 49 fishermen have been rescued since Saturday, the officials said.The secretary of the fishermen’s association at Kakdwip, Nikon Maity, said six fishermen of FB Dashabhuja were rescued by fishermen in Haribhanga islet of Bangladesh and they were brought to Kakdwip on Monday morning.The missing fishermen had started from Namkhana in South 24 Parganas district of West Bengal on four trawlers – FB Nayan, FB Dashabhuja, FB Babaji and FB Joy Jogiraj – on Thursday, Maity said.Though FB Dashabhuja, FB Joyjogiraj and FB Babaji are feared to be submerged, 15 fishermen each from FB Joyjogiraj and FB Babaji have been rescued.The whereabouts of FB Nayan with 16 fishermen on board are still unknown. Nine fishermen from FB Dashabhuja are also missing, Maity said.After getting information about the missing fishermen by the West Bengal Fishermen Association, Sundarban Development Minister Manturam Pakhira had asked the South 24 Parganas district authorities to launch a search and rescue operation.All the missing fishermen were from Kakdwip area.The Indian Coast Guard (ICG) and its Bangladesh counterpart had rescued 13 crew members on board an Indian fishing boat amidst very rough sea conditions and inclement weather, the Defence official said Sunday.The 13 crew members of fishing boat ‘FB Tara Shankar’, which had ventured to the Bay of Bengal from Kakdwip, were rescued on Saturday amidst very rough sea conditions and inclement weather, the official said.The boat had developed a technical problem and on receiving the information, the ICG regional headquarters contacted the Bangladesh Coast Guard (BCG) West Zone headquarter at Mongla.A Bangladesh Navy ship located the Indian boat with 13 crew on board near the Mongla Fairway Buoy in the evening on Saturday and rescued all the crew members on the boat.The Bangladesh Naval ship took the Indian disabled boat under tow and brought it to Pussur river mouth, which is approximately 60 nautical miles eastward of the Indo-Bangladesh maritime border, where 100 more Indian fishing boats were sighted.The disabled boat was handed over to one of the operational Indian boats for towing back to India.As the sea was rough, around 100 Indian fishing boats, including the disabled one under tow, were guided by the Bangladesh Naval ship for taking passage through the riverine/coastal route westward up to the Haribhanga river, the official said.The coast guards of India and Bangladesh have a memorandum of understanding (MoU) followed by a ‘Standard Operating Procedure’ for helping each other during such incidents and making waters of north Bay of Bengal safe, he added.
AssamAssam Witch Hunting BillEncephalitishuman sacrifice First Published: July 13, 2019, 11:41 AM IST | Edited by: Divya Kapoor Guwahati: In Assam, which records a high number of deaths due to Japanese Encephalitis (JE) every year, it is age-old superstitions, misbeliefs and lack of awareness attached to the disease that lead to more damage. Not Just JE, the controversial rituals of human sacrifice and witch hunting —practiced by a large section in the state —are also posing a major challenge for the state government. Every year, when the state health department runs its JE vaccination drives across the state, an existing misbelief of ‘turning infertile’ by the vaccination creates a major hindrance in the success of the drive. It is suspected that many who lost their lives to the deadly disease did not participate in the vaccination process last year owing to fear that it would affect their potency. Usually, vaccination drives are carried out during the pre-monsoon months. “Apart from the common fear of injections, many believe that vaccine would make them impotent. In other instances, health department officials found people saying no to the vaccine suspecting that it would lead to fatal illness. Such superstitions have turned out to be a major barrier in the success,”Dr BC Bhagobati, state surveillance officer, Integrated Disease Surveillance Programme of Assam, told News18,According to sources in the health department, these superstitions prevail mostly in minority-dominated areas of lower Assam and several pockets of tea belt areas. Ignorance and lack of proper awareness, and popularisation of the immunisation programme were found to be adding to the woes. This year alone, over 65 people have died due to Japanese Encephalitis in the state.The National Health Mission (NHM) officials said that people from rural areas are not only keeping themselves away from the vaccination drives but are also not taking effective measures after being detected with the disease. “If patients are brought directly to the doctor at the earliest, then chances of saving their lives from JE are high. But the villagers prefer going to quacks, which results in high death toll,” an NHM official said.“Since pigs and wild birds are carriers of the JE virus, spread by Aedes mosquitoes during the monsoon season, precautionary measures can easily prevent the spread of the disease. These mosquitoes breed mainly in rice fields and large water bodies rich in aquatic vegetation,” the official added.What’s more alarming is that these superstitions are not restricted only to the educationally backward sections in Assam. In the recent incident of suspected human sacrifice, the accused were all educated. Jadab Saharia, whose family was caught performing the bizarre rituals, is a science teacher. His 28-year-old son Pulakesh, who died because of injuries suffered in police firing, was a computer application graduate.“On July 6, Pulakesh allegedly forced his family to take part in a black magic ritual. Stripped naked, the family members set their vehicles on fire and are suspected to have tried to sacrifice a three-year-old. The family later told police that they performed the rituals under the guidance of a self-styled godman to bring peace and prosperity to the family. It’s shocking to see such educated people involved in superstitious activities,” said superintendent of police, Udalguri. Calling the incident “unfortunate”, Assam chief minister Sarbananda Sonowal also warned people against believing in rumours and superstitions. “People of the state should remain alert to deal with any kind of untoward situation that may occur due to superstition,” he said. To fight against prevailing superstitious beliefs, Assam government had launched its highly ambitious program ‘Sanskar’ in 2018, following the lynching of two Guwahati youths — Abhijeet Nath and Nilotpal Das — who were beaten to death by a mob over a superstition. The Assam Science Technology and Environment Council is the nodal agency for the programme encompassing all district administrations, district police and all concerned government departments, besides local bodies, mahila samiti, voluntary organisations, leading citizens, academicians, MPs and MLAs from ruling and opposition parties.Taking up the matter on priority, Assam Police have made several attempts of spreading awareness to counter superstitions and rumour mongering. Assam police director general Kuladhar Saikia, who himself is a crusader against the age-old practice of witch hunting, has emphasised on the need for community involvement in eradicating such superstitions. “The involvement of the entire community is vital because in many cases the villagers don’t report such incidents to the police due to fear of being ostracised for revolting against traditional beliefs,” said Saikia, who had initiated state police’s ‘Project Prahari’ to counter the witch-hunting tradition in 2001. Witch hunting, a primitive ritual performed for hundreds of years by several tribal communities in the state, has taken some 193 lives — 114 women and 79 men —who were branded as “witches” and killed between 2001 and 2017. However, in July last year, President Ram Nath Kovind assented to the Witch Hunting (Prohibition, Prevention and Protection) Bill, 2015 to deal with superstitions.As per the state government figures, at least 21 people were killed due to superstitions and witch-hunting incidents in the last two years.However, the government’s efforts have also been questioned. Many believe that the state government should come up with a list of all superstitions, conduct studies and involve the public and influential people to create a mass movement.Kamalesh Gupta, general secretary of Ellora Vigyan Mancha, a state-based organisation working to spread scientific temper and to fight superstition and blind belief, said, “The superstitions prevailing in the society are deep-rooted and can’t be uprooted overnight. Therefore, the government and all stakeholders should initiate campaigns from at the school level so that young minds can be made free from ill beliefs. In one instance, a state minister had said that ‘diseases like cancer happen due to ‘sins of past life’. Other ministers were also found to have changed their office interiors due to some ‘misbeliefs’.” The Ellora Vigyan Mancha will observe August 20 as a day against superstitions in the state.
BSPBSP MayawatiLok Sabha elections 2019Mayawati First Published: July 6, 2019, 6:14 PM IST Lucknow: Seemingly mocking Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s election theme of a strong government versus a “helpless” one, BSP chief on Saturday claimed a “majboor” ruling alliance would actually have been better.During elections Modi used to ask people whether they wanted a “majboor” (helpless) or a “majboot” (strong) government. “There has been a full majority government both at the Centre and the state for the past sometime but the necessary improvement has not taken place in UP. This proves that in the interest of the people it is the ‘majboor’ government which was required rather than a ‘mazboot’ one,” Mayawati said.”A ‘majboor’ government will have fear and will work for the welfare of people. Such a government will not be an autocratic one and its leaders too will not take the law in their hands, and create anarchy and corruption,” the BSP supremo said while addressing party leaders of Purvanchal and Awadh regions.The BSP chief directed party workers to strengthen the organisation.She also alleged that BJP government was cutting into the funds meant for rural employment.The BSP workers claimed the conditions were very bad in Purvanchal, the region from where Prime Minister Narendra Modi has been elected to the Lok Sabha and Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath has his ‘karmabhumi’ (Gorakhpur).They claimed people are continuously “migrating” from the region out of compulsion.People in the region are looking for better law and order and development, they said.
The U.S. company has had a good run, having reigned supreme as the world’s top maker of computer chips for the better part of two decades, but times are changing and so is the industry. Whereas Intel had dominated thanks to its processors for personal computers, Samsung had cast a wide net, setting itself with a strong focus on mobile-centric products, among others.Consumers have largely gravitated away from laptops and to smartphones and tablets as their primary or sole personal computing gadgets; whereas someone may upgrade their phone every year, they’re likely to hang onto their laptop for years, upgrading far less often. This change has been reflected in decreasing PC shipments over the past few years.Samsung has many things to thank for its success, the biggest one perhaps being its quick response to the changing markets. The company has also been praised for its development of new NAND flash memory and DRAM technologies. During the quarter spanning from April to the end of June, Samsung’s semiconductor business alone raked in about $15.8 billion, of which $7.2 billion was operating income. Contrasting this is Intel’s $14.4 billion overall revenue for the quarter.For its part, Intel did report a huge year-on-year increase in operating profit, rising a solid 190% versus the same quarter last year. Samsung’s domination holds for this past quarter, but it is anticipated the company will beat out Intel on an annual basis in the near future. We’ve been anticipating such an announcement for a couple months, and now it’s finally here: Samsung has officially bumped Intel down a peg, taking over the top slot as the world’s premiere chipmaker. It has been expected for a couple months now that Samsung would announce record-breaking profits in its latest Q2 report, and that’s exactly what happened. Among the details is a big tidbit: Samsung’s chip business had higher sales revenue than the entirety of Intel this past quarter.
Amazon’s controversial move to acquire Whole Foods Market has been given the go-ahead by the US Federal Trade Commission. The decision was confirmed today by the FTC, with its Acting Director of the Bureau of Competition, Bruce Hoffman, issuing a statement that the Commission would not be beginning an investigation into the deal. The scale of the agreement had led some industry watchers to predict the FTC would weigh in with the idea that a merger could be anti-competitive. Not so, says Hoffman. “The FTC conducted an investigation of this proposed acquisition to determine whether it substantially lessened competition under Section 7 of the Clayton Act,” he said in a statement today, “or constituted an unfair method of competition under Section 5 of the FTC Act. Based on our investigation we have decided not to pursue this matter further.” Amazon’s announcement that it intended to buy Whole Foods came as a huge surprise back in June. The deal, worth a hefty $13.7 billion, would see the brick & mortar retailer continuing to operate much as it already had been, with CEO John Mackey continuing to serve as chief exec. However, while Whole Foods was in agreement, there were still some hurdles to face. For instance, Amazon’s own shareholders needed to approve the acquisition, something which happened earlier this week. The FTC’s attitude was the lingering question, and not only because large scale purchases of this sort generally come under increased scrutiny. Amazon also found itself facing potential political push-back.That involved Jeff Bezos’ side-project, his ownership of The Washington Post, and that newspaper’s tumultuous relationship with the Trump Administration. US President Trump has repeatedly accused Amazon of avoiding taxes, and drawn connections between that and the coverage he’s received in The Washington Post. That’s despite Amazon and the newspaper having no connection bar Bezos himself, since the online retailer doesn’t itself own the news organization.It led some to expect Trump to apply pressure to the FTC’s decision, and make trouble for the Whole Foods deal. That, it seems, has not been the case – or, if it was, the FTC opted not to take Trump’s concerns onboard.Still, Hoffman did leave the door open for returning to the topic in future. “Of course, the FTC always has the ability to investigate anticompetitive conduct should such action be warranted,” the acting director pointed out.