Stratus Group Beverage releases organic kombucha line

first_imgStratus Group Beverage releases organic kombucha linePosted By: Martin Whiteon: August 08, 2018In: Beverage, Industries, New products, Nutrition, Soft drinksPrintEmailUS-based Stratus Group Beverage has released a new line of organic kombucha drinks for the US market.Made exclusively with organic and non-GMO ingredients, the drinks in the KÖE Organic Kombucha range feature a blend of fermented tea and a range of fruit flavours.Five flavours are initially available: Lemon ginger, mango, raspberry lemon, blueberry ginger and raspberry dragonfruit, all of which are USDA-certified organic, Non-GMO Project verified and feature no artificial sweeteners.Stratus claims that the release of the drinks aims to bring kombucha to a wider range of consumers, rather than specifically targeting particularly health-conscious consumers.The company says that the range offers a healthier alternative to soft drinks which are high in ingredients such as fructose syrup.Stratus Group Beverage executive vice-president Armen Soghomonian said: “KÖE was made for the 90% of consumers in America who have never had kombucha.“We wanted to craft a beverage for the person who wants all the great benefits of traditional kombucha without sacrificing great taste.”“What KÖE does is revolutionary. Vibrant and delicious organic fruit purees and juices mixed with billions of live probiotics in a shelf stable can.“You can have great tasting kombucha anywhere – on the beach with your friends, in the boardroom, or on a hike. KÖE is the kombucha that goes wherever you go.”Share with your network: Tags: kombuchaorganicStratus Group BeverageUSlast_img read more

Whisky brand Grants heralds global packaging redesign

first_imgWhisky brand Grant’s heralds global packaging redesignPosted By: Alex Clereon: September 12, 2018In: Alcohol, Beverage, Industries, Innovation, New productsPrintEmailScotch whisky brand Grant’s has unveiled a global brand refresh, including a striking new design for its bottles.As well as refining its core range, the brand will also rename its signature blend Grant’s Triple Wood, reflecting the three types of cask in which the liquid rests before being bottled: Virgin Oak, which provides spicy robustness; American Oak, lending subtle vanilla smoothness; and Refill Bourbon for a brown sugar sweetness.The update represents “a new way of communicating the superiority” of Grant’s Triple Wood whisky.“The Triple Wood process is at the very heart of what we create here at Grant’s,” said master blender Brian Kinsman. “As a result of ageing our whiskies in three different casks, our Triple Wood is distinctive to taste, with a balance of qualities drawn from the character of the wood. I love the complexity of spice, smooth vanilla and the sweet edge gathered from that combination of three casks.”The use of wood plays an important role in the creation of Grant’s. Using the same formula for the last 130 years, 60% of its flavour is drawn from cask influence, rather than being aged in just one type of cask. And Grant’s chief marketing officer Philip Gladman said: “While other blended whiskies are declining, Grant’s continues to go from strength to strength, leapfrogging others to become the world’s number three Scotch whisky. As the whisky that holds the family name, we have big ambitions to be the most distinctive player in Scotch whisky and are proud to celebrate our Triple Wood maturation, the key to our exceptional taste, with a new global brand refresh.”Share with your network: Tags: designGrant’sUKwhiskylast_img read more

RPC Group launches new vending cup recycling initiative

first_imgRPC Group launches new vending cup recycling initiativePosted By: News Deskon: January 14, 2019In: Business, Environment, Industries, Packaging, Refreshment, Social responsibility, VendingPrintEmailUK-based packaging supplier RPC Group has launched a new vending cup recycling initiative, enabling vending suppliers and operators to deliver used cups to RPC’s facility in Dumfries where they will be recycled.The scheme has been launched by RPC Group’s RPC Tedeco-Gizeh and RPC bpi recycled products divisions, to help close the loop on plastic packaging.Once delivered to the Dumfries facility, the used cups will be reprocessed and blended with other recycled polymers for use in the manufacture of RPC bpi’s Plaswood material, a high-performance lumber made from 100% recycled plastic that does not rot, splinter, crack or degrade with age and requires no maintenance.Products manufactured from Plaswood include fences, posts and outdoor furniture.According to RPC, Scotland-based vending machine supplier Excel Vending is the first company to make use of this service, collecting cups from its customer base across Scotland.Excel Vending’s managing director Jane McDonald said: “This is a great initiative.“The cups are a valuable resource that can be put to good use rather than going to landfill and will help to support our environmental and CSR strategy.”Nigel Cannon, RPC Tedeco-Gizeh’s UK sales manager says the new initiative provides a closed-loop supply opportunity for vending businesses:“As a UK producer, our cups already offer important benefits in terms of a lower carbon footprint from more efficient logistics and deliveries.“They can now have a significant end-of-life use that keeps them out of the waste stream.”Share with your network: Tags: RPC GroupsustainabilityUKvending cupslast_img read more

Worried about turfing your kids out of the nest Fear not –

first_img 1 2 Reply Reply Tim Dowling Report | Pick Share on Twitter Share Facebook Show 3 more replies Share on Twitter | Pick Facebook Twitter | Pick Twitter Facebook comments (352)Sign in or create your Guardian account to join the discussion. The secret to… living with adult children Read more The idea that you ‘turf your kids out of the nest’ is really quite recent, and only has common currency in the West.It has enormous consequences too – not all beneficial to society or the economy. 24 May 2018 19:12 Report 4 5 Reply Reply Share on Facebook Family Children | Pick 24 May 2018 19:22 3 4 Reply Share on LinkedIn 3 4 24 May 2018 18:28 Twitter Report Share on Twitter Twitter Report David_Andrews Share on Facebook Share 24 May 2018 18:46 Report 24 May 2018 20:44 24 May 2018 19:06 Report I finished screwing up my Further Education aged 18 and took on full time work, paying rent before leaving home at 21 for a job in the north of England. At 24 I had a mortgage. In the early eighties this was an entirely unremarkable story but the odds are stacked against anyone of a similar age following that route today. Costs are higher, wages lower and jobs far more insecure. The economic landscape young adults face today makes it far more likely that parents will have to support their kids for far longer, assuming that they have the means to do so. Report 24 May 2018 18:59 Share Share on Twitter Share on Facebook From what I can tell he refused to pay rent or help with the upkeep of the residence, so I don’t blame the parents. If I tried that with my parents they would be “so you won’t pay rent or help clean up, alright then cunt fuck off out then” Twitter | Pick 25 2 3 Bopstar rosettastoned Share on Twitter 32 33 Share on Twitter Twitter 8 9 2 3 Share on Twitter Share Bopstar VeryInterestingTimes Good article. Bad tax idea. Here you are son. £1 pocket money. Unfortunately for you, I must now ask for it back as rent money. Furthermore, since that is way below the going rate in this area (for a house of this size), I have to notch a little bit more onto your overall debt – so you now owe me £5000 in total. No, no. Don’t cry. These are valuable life lessons you are getting. Reply 16 17 6 7 19 20 24 May 2018 18:31 Indeed, I’m sure it was very difficult for the parents. The son does appear to be a challenging fellow. Report Smallbones Share Share 38 39 Young people have plenty of money, the problem is the supply side, not enough houses and flats pushing up the prices. Give young people more money and the cost of a flat would simply go up as well. David_Andrews Share 0 1 Report Reply Share Share Share It does have its downsides this is true Klytie Report Facebook 24 May 2018 18:56 Twitter Reply Report Share on Facebook That’s not true; moving out and still living the same cushy middle class lifestyle they have at home isn’t an option, but moving out – sharing with friends, for example – certainly is within the realms of financial possibility. Reply Reply graun Report Redmike88 1 Reply | Pick 24 May 2018 18:41 Facebook Share on Facebook Facebook Facebook Share Share on Twitter | Pick Report | Pick wigglybeezer Share on Twitter workshy_freeloader Facebook Report Reply Share on Facebook Facebook 12 13 16 17 52 53 24 May 2018 18:30 Twitter NaForbacha Army Reply Facebook | Pick 24 May 2018 19:12 Report NaForbacha Share Yossarian64 | Pick Report 24 May 2018 18:15 welshloiner Twitter 24 May 2018 18:22 Share on Facebook Similar, kicked out of poly after a year, drove mum mad getting up at midday to watch Sesame Street for a year, moved out on my 20th birthday having found an office junior role that was shit pay but still covered the rentcon a bedsit 5mins from the City. By 25 I had a mortgage on a 3-bed while still only an EO in the civil service. Divorce did for that and 20yrs later I’m renting, but what chance any kid has following my path in their 20s? No parental help needed, and had I not divorced I’d now own a £500k property outright. My son turns 18 in two weeks. I worry for his future, but worry more for his half-brother who arrives two weeks after. Facebook Share on Twitter Facebook Twitter Agreed – they should seperate out people who are in full-time education. Student housing is temporary. Even though I was living and paying rent in a different city my main address was my parents house. Why start getting bank statements sent to an address I’m only going to be at for 9 months? Still I moved out of my parent’s house permanently and started full-time work before I attended my graduation ceremony. Share on Facebook Sorry there was an error. Please try again later. If the problem persists, please contact Userhelp | Pick VirgilKane Share on Facebook Show 12 more replies Facebook My step-daughter moved out last year, then moved back in a month later citing how hard it was doing things like washing up and cooking. She is 21 and keeps saying that she will never move out again. If we get a take away curry, her mum still cuts the big bits of chicken into smaller pieces for her! If she wants a cup of tea taken to her room she will text her mum or just bang on her bedroom floor, I kid you not. David_Andrews 6 7 expanded Had to smile at that. Even though we both know that David_Andrews did not mean it like that … Facebook Facebook 24 May 2018 18:33 24 May 2018 18:14 Shares1818 Share Report | Pick Twitter Facebook Share That’s at least half the story but of course it isn’t that simple. For me, the root cause was the Right to Buy scheme that started around the start of the eighties. Social housing was relatively plentiful, therefore housing for those at the start of their adult life was affordable. I don’t blame anyone who was offered the opportunity to buy their council house back then, but it sowed the seeds for what followed. Share on Twitter | Pick Share Reply For many young people in our obscenely expensive cities moving out is not an option. wigglybeezer My oldest son moved into his own place just recently, illuminating some of the finer points of this paradox. The whole time your adult children are living at home, you worry you’re making things too nice for them – free laundry services, hot meals, overly relaxed policies regarding smoking indoors and keeping odd hours. Most seaside B&Bs have stricter rules. The second they depart, however, you start trying to lure them back for a visit with the exact same perks: supper, free beer, a working dryer. Have a bath while you’re here. Of course you can smoke! Do you have a key? Take a key!We’re now accustomed to thinking of this generation as the one that might never leave home. According to the Office for National Statistics the percentage of adults aged 20 to 34 still living with their parents has risen from 21% in 1996 to 26% last year. For males it’s 32%, which is astonishing. Rotondo may be shiftless, but he’s not an anomaly.Under these circumstances, to prepare for children to leave the nest is to simultaneously prepare for their return. You can’t really turn that bedroom into a home gym. The boomerang generation will always have the need of that front-door key. Facebook Facebook Serial killer, was he? Reply | Pick Share on Facebook | Pick Twitter Share Facebook Report Unless they get enough money to actually buy – and want to – that’s more likely to just force rents up massively. As an example, and a pure coincidence, when I was at university I was able to borrow £3,500 a year. Amazingly rooms in shared student housing were all £300 a month. All over the city. VirgilKane bleakTW Report Share on Facebook Share on Facebook View more comments Twitter 100 Twitter Making yourself an always available source of unsolicited advice is a pretty good deterrent to them staying forever Share on Twitter Share on Twitter Report | Pick Share on Facebook | Pick Share on Facebook DenisCooper 24 May 2018 18:15 Facebook | Pick Share on Facebook | Pick aguest Share Share on Facebook Report More fool the mother. Why do people pander to the feckless? Whatever the reason, offspring flying the nest is not an option for thousands of parents who live with the knowledge that their children will never have anywhere else to go and they are bound to be their carers until they themselves die. Once upon a time hope sprang eternal that a more enlightened society would provide care for those unable to care for themselves. Fine words and aims are spoken by a duplicitous government who then do not provide the money to back their enlightened speeches. Charities are unequal to the task, so for so many parents anxious for their child’s future, laughing about the young returning to the nest is a luxury they’ll never know. | Pick 24 May 2018 21:21 David_Andrews Twitter Reply Facebook | Pick Twitter ID6523152 Report Reply Report | Pick Twitter Share | Pick Share on Twitter Share on Twitter Crikey lots of typo’s in my orginal post. Anyway. Asking your children to pay rent makes them aware of the cost of things and the work / sacrifice that is required in paying your way. If someboy realises how much of their time it costs in order to afford a new phone, game console, holiday, meal out then they will evaluate if that thing is worth the amount of time they have to sacrifice to get it. My brother is very different to me. He recently divorced, asked to come live with me and advised me he would pay rent. He neglected to pay rent but continued to drink and smoke. Consequently he no longer lives with me. All my son’s Child Benefit is being saved for his future. Opinion Report allfalldown Share on Facebook Facebook I dont steal im just saying like of anything is given to my i take it. Report Report 2 Reply 8 9 Reply Share Report Reply Share on Facebook What’s controversial is graduates thinking a degree will land a job. Just take a look at the recent articles in this very paper. Broadcast Journalism guarantees you a job. With Deliveroo. If you have expectations of a particular salary level, then you need to pick your degree very, very carefully. If you follow your passion, that’s great. But you better do some research for both employability and salary to start setting your expectations. Share on Twitter 24 May 2018 19:32 My parents solved that problem buy only buying awful food for my visits. Who the fuck eats mild cheddar? Ew. Reason (optional) Share on Facebook “The idea that you ‘turf your kids out of the nest’ is really quite recent” Not, its not..Families in this country in the past used to marry off their daughters with a dowry. A practice I still believe is prevalent in some sub cultures today. I also understand that some cultures murder their babies if they were girls. 6 7 Twitter 6 7 Facebook timmyb Facebook 24 May 2018 19:29 57 58 Share on Twitter Report Facebook Share on Twitter Twitter In the circumstances, wasn’t it perhaps a little risky for the parents to remind their son of the existence of his personal weapons stash? Share on Twitter 25 May 2018 13:51 Facebook Support The Guardian 24 May 2018 20:01 14 15 Have you considered selling a kidney? Typical millennial. Probably need two kidneys to process all the excess waste from the 300 avocados you eat a week. NaForbacha 24 May 2018 18:15 24 May 2018 18:32 VirgilKane | Pick Facebook Show 25 Nice sentiment. Reply Share Reply Share on Twitter 24 May 2018 18:14 Share on Facebook Share Share Show 4 more replies Reply Twitter Twitter Share Report Reply wigglybeezer Rotwatcher Report About eight quid – | Pick Contact author 25 May 2018 0:27 Nicola Jack Reply … 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. 24 May 2018 18:17 24 May 2018 18:10 24 May 2018 18:16 Lucasthecat 24 May 2018 18:22 comment Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Reply Share on Facebook Facebook Report Twitter workshy_freeloader Report Share 24 May 2018 19:17 | Pick Share on Twitter Facebook | Pick My son rents a shoe box in London for over a thousand a month. I’d willingly let him live at home, if only to stop his landlord taking him to the cleaners, but, unfortunately, we live within the Southern rail network area, so he’d never be able to get to work on time. Share on Twitter Smallbones Share on Facebook Reply Facebook Jeez…where are you buying them!? 24 May 2018 18:24 Share Share on Twitter Report Share via Email | Pick | Pick Facebook Facebook Report Twitter | Pick Share on Facebook I pay my taxes in Finland, if some of that goes to help him pay his rent by way of a housing benefit subsidy i’m quite happy, and no he’s not staying he’s going to out and be independent whilst he does his studies. workshy_freeloader Twitter Email (optional) | Pick Reply Share Share 24 May 2018 19:15 Share on Twitter Twitter Rent controls really dont work as a tool to keep prices down apart for first movers. People entering the rental system in 15 years would have it worse than the current generation. Building more housing? That’s a policy I can get on board with. Just needs a loosening of planning rules first (my preference is loosen planning on use of land and building height but stricter architectural design standards). | Pick It’s because young people come out of 4/5 years of uni and expect to be earning the big bucks. You have to pay your dues for a few years before getting paid decent money. Also, doing a crap degree (sociology etc) doesn’t make you that employable. Show 16 more replies 24 May 2018 18:46 Sign in or create your Guardian account to recommend a comment Reply Reply A 30-year-old man ordered by a judge to move out of his parents’ house might be shiftless, but he’s not an anomaly Share on Facebook Twitter Share on Facebook Share on Twitter 3 Share Facebook | Pick JuliaVanRoy @IAmTimDowling Share Facebook 13 14 Share on Twitter Share JuliaVanRoy Twitter Its a small mammal with a shell on its back isnt it? 😉 Hmm, Housing Benefit – rather sounds like you are happy for others to help pay your son’s rent. Why not let him live at home and charge him a lower rent. Thus the tax payer won’t have pay housing benefit and subsidise a BTL Landlord. Reply Share on Twitter Share on Facebook 1 My parents threw me out in my late teens. I didn’t blame them then, and forty years later I don’t blame them now … I was a complete shit. 2 3 Reply Share on Twitter There are nearly always options. It’s a question of what the best one is. Share on Twitter Share | Pick Report Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share on Twitter Share the percentage of adults aged 20 to 34 still living with their parents … A remarkably bad classification of a single demographic group. At the lower end you have people (let’s not say “young adults”) who according to some are still many years away from being an adult and at the far end you have those in middle age (starts at around 30, usually) with families, slippers and a mortgage of their own. However, there are certain milestones is a person’s life. Ones that mark personal development, maturity, (in)dependency and frailty. Becoming independent is a very significant one – far more than any number of candles on the cake. And it is a parent’s duty to ensure that their “child” is prepared for this. Many parents completely fail in any form of parental responsibility. We even hear of children entering school who haven’t even been potty trained [ warning: annoying auto-start sound track ]. Others who neglect their children’s health, diet and need for exercise and social skills. Maybe being unable to let go, or still having 20-somethings who are incapable of independent living is just one more item on the list? 24 May 2018 19:10 Reply 24 May 2018 19:20 KiwisinIreland It’s really just the price of housing which is causing this issue. Get that back down and most people could do that again. Twitter OK, that’s enough from you, Prince Charles. Facebook | Pick Share on Twitter Report Share on Twitter Share Reply Share 11 12 24 May 2018 18:34 Facebook StrawberryTart Reply Twitter Twitter Twitter Twitter Tippingpoi What about those who were leaving university about ten or so years ago and found that they couldn’t get any jobs. Even warehouse work during the run up to Xmas was sporadic. Then after a year to get a training job in one’s chosen career only to be made redundant a few months later.I even know one lad who had a first in Law from a Russell university who spent his first postgrad year labouring on the Westfield construction site.No option but to boomerang. Twitter Reply KiwisinIreland I think these parents would be happy, too, if their “little angel” had moved out at 19 and never returned to live with them (visits would not be a problem) But this “child” is neither ill, nor is he in a precarious situation out of which there is no other way. No, that man (boy is really inappropriate for someone his age) is just lazy. LenofLondon Share | Pick Reply Share on Twitter 24 May 2018 18:20 31 32 | Pick Facebook Share on Facebook Report Share on Twitter 24 May 2018 18:41 Twitter When you say your elder child will be “gone for the summer” does that mean a) travelling and sitting in the sun or b) earning money to keep them at uni ? Reply Report newest 24 May 2018 18:25 Facebook If Tim was born in 1963 that means he returned home circa 1991, which is before 1992 and before the late 90swhich the narrative suggests he means. I cry fake news. Or a typo. childofmine Tonda99 Tippingpoi Twitter Tonda99 Facebook SnowyJohn 39 40 Share Facebook 24 May 2018 18:37 Report 24 May 2018 19:31 Share on Facebook Reply Order by oldest Before he’s finished school? 0 1 0 1 | Pick | Pick Share Army Show 2 more replies Daniel Kells ArtfulDodger83 | Pick 24 May 2018 18:36 Share on Facebook Twitter Share on Facebook Twitter Tim Jensen 3 4 Good article. I also think the Tories should champion a young person tax cut (under 25’s saying being taxed at 10% and exempt from NI). This would help a lot of young people afford rents and costs of moving out. BewilderedMark | Pick Twitter 5 6 Share Share Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Twitter Share Share Report Facebook Reply 8 9 Facebook 8 9 24 May 2018 18:03 childofmine BewilderedMark Share on Facebook It does if your parents have connections. Most degrees and the people studying to attain them are a waste of time and effort. There aren’t enough jobs to go round although there is enough money. These patents sound like absolute wankers. So does their son . 2 3 Facebook Twitter 4 5 24 May 2018 19:18 24 May 2018 21:04 7 8 Im 35 and moved out at 33. Lived with my parents all that time with no rent no bills no nothing. Getting a mortgage was an eye opener. Luckily i still go to my mum and dads 4 nights a week for my tea and to take the odd bottle of spirits. Parents should not be kicking kids out. No – they expect to be earning a salary that they can live on, particularly if their job requires a degree. What’s controversial about that? 24 25 Reply 1 2 2 Please select Personal abuse Off topic Legal issue Trolling Hate speech Offensive/Threatening language Copyright Spam Other Report Our elder left home for uni last September, is back for a week shortly, then gone for the summer. Our younger finishes school next month, and will then follow suit. Sad as it is, g go they must – they have lives to lead, just as we did at their age, and tha. But I’d like them to regard our home as theirs, no matter what age they are – somewhere they can come back whenever they want – just as I’d like them to feel they don’t need to do so. Report Report Twitter 8 9 SnowyJohn Reply Share on Twitter 10 11 Interesting subject. in a world where kids move out of parents somewhen they can as early as possible, this is another angel. Where I come from, your children remain your kids until you die and if they move away, always remain in touch and support parents, if parents need it. My offspring left when he was 19 and although I carried on supporting him for studies, our contacts were not often. I am still so happy when he calls me or visits me, even though it is only few times year. May be I belong to another culture which is dying even back home. 23 24 Share on Twitter Twitter timmyb Reply Facebook Facebook Twitter 9 10 Bopstar Reply 17 18 redleader Facebook 24 May 2018 19:08 Twitter 24 May 2018 18:20 Share on Facebook Reply ArtfulDodger83 14 15 | Pick Of course they should – when the kids are just unwilling to leave. Kids that CANNOT leave (for health reasons, because they really cannot find a job) of course should be treated differently. Kids that move back for some time for different reasons – like divorce, lost their jobs, health crisis) should as well be encouraged to leave again. In the end parents won’t be there for all of the kids lives. And when kids are no kids anymore they really should strive to be responsible for their own lives. Twitter Reply Reply David_Andrews One can never have an “overly relaxed smoking policy”, Tim. Engelssmellyfart | Pick Twitter Share on Twitter ArtfulDodger83 24 May 2018 18:29 Reply Kids shouldn’t be stealing their parents booze when they are older than 18 and can buy their own. Report Report Reply Share on Facebook Facebook Share on Facebook Parents and parenting Share on Twitter My eldest child will never live independently so although not every article needs to mention situations like ours, it’s nice to see the very different reality we face acknowledged in the comments. People have no idea. Worrying if he’d be able to afford rent on a decent place – I’d give anything to have that problem. Twitter Share on Twitter 16 17 | Pick 7 8 Loading comments… Trouble loading? Facebook Share Report Another posted while I’m amending it. Sad as it is, go they must – they have lives to lead, just as we did at their age, and that means taking flight. But I’d like them to regard our home as theirs, no matter what age they are – somewhere they can come back whenever they want – just as I’d like them to feel they don’t need to do so. Show 2 more replies Twitter Show 35 more replies Share on Facebook I know well enough what it’s like to boomerang back. When I came home from college in 1992, all my younger siblings were still in higher education and living elsewhere. I hadn’t eaten dinner with my parents alone for 20 years. I lasted about nine months before I moved out after, I seem to recall, a conversation about rent. Two years later, I managed to relocate from Boston to New York, and then to London. Then, all of a sudden, I found myself back in my old bedroom, jobless and painting my Dad’s office for money. I was 28. If my parents ever sought legal advice, they didn’t tell me.There may be extra reasons why Rotondo’s parents went to court (one of their letters advised him to sell his valuables: “This is especially true for any weapons you may have”) that do not apply in most cases.My advice to parents with grown kids still at home is not to worry too much about what you’re doing to hold them back. In my experience, making yourself an always-available source of unsolicited advice is a pretty good deterrent to them staying forever, no matter how good a cook you are. Even if your house is as cushy as an open prison, it’s still a prison. Your kids will leave as soon as they’re able, and they won’t come back if they can help it.When they’re finally gone, you will expel a long sigh of relief, and then spend the rest of your life trying to get hold of them.• Tim Dowling is a Guardian columnist 3 4 In London young people must be prepared to spend 50% of their income on rent. It has been that way for decades. High price for independence but you need to go where the jobs are. You get used to it after a while guess that’s why nothing changes. Share on Facebook Share Bopstar Facebook MarisadeAzevedoMonte Share Share on Facebook Report Crikey, perhaps the mum and daughter should flat share. I wish you luck with them both. Share on Twitter Share on Twitter 24 May 2018 19:16 34 35 Share on Twitter Twitter 24 May 2018 18:31 Share on Facebook Share Report Share on Facebook Engelssmellyfart Twitter Share Share | Pick Report Facebook ArtfulDodger83 Reply He could always houseshare for a lot less than that Share 7 8 | Pick My sister is currently living with our parents while she finishes her teacher training, as the cost of the travel is far less than the average rent. I am approaching my thirties and see no signs of having my own place, and will continue to flatshare as while I would love to have my own place one day, the only way to save for such a future is to rent a spare room. I would still be living at home if my job was closer. Until the government either chooses to bring in rent controls like many EU countries to make renting a realistic long term lifestyle, or takes house building seriously we will continue to see this rise. Facebook Show 40 more replies Share on Twitter Share on Twitter Twitter Facebook 24 May 2018 20:10 Facebook Facebook Share on Twitter 2 3 | Pick Show 8 more replies My granddad (died 45 years ago) told me that when his generation got pensions the main thing it paid for was the ability to leave their children (and in-laws) and live independently. No longer in anybodies way, not tutted at, not given the smallest portion, not ‘beinga bother’. This led to a societal shift, and I am grateful for it. That being said my son and daughter in law live with us and we love it, they are friendly, chatty, cause no fuss. Twitter Share on Facebook Except that data clearly shows that tens have gone up a lot over time and earnings haven’t followed. So you must know that now isn’t the same as it has been for decades. | Pick Share on Twitter Facebook | Pick Redmike88 Share on Twitter | Pick 10 11 Report childofmine Share on Twitter BorgleyUderwad KiwisinIreland Facebook Report Share Facebook | Pick | Pick | Pick | Pick Report Give young people more money and the cost of a flat would simply go up as well. 24 May 2018 19:34 | Pick I disagree with this, having your children leave, able to afford their own house, either renting or ownership was a reality post WWII in this country. And it was because councils built social housing. Since 1979 every Conservative Government has chipped away at personal wealth for most people in the UK, concentrating it more and more in the hands of the few. Housing is just another extension of this. If you are rich you might have 1 or some BTL houses, if you are on an average salary, you will not be in a situation that you need help from your parents to get a deposit, or have to rent until your early 40s now. And this all changed to this after the privatisation of housing in the mid 80s. Since then developers and governments have not overseen enough housing being built, and won’t, because in doing so, house prices would fall leading to profit problems for developers, economic problems for banks and electability problems for the government that built enough for demand. This is why enough houses are never built. Prices would crash and so would the economy. Reply Share 3 | Pick Share on Twitter Twitter unthreaded Report MarisadeAzevedoMonte Report 24 May 2018 20:21 Twitter 24 May 2018 19:00 6 7 Amanzim BobJam 5 6 Report Share on Twitter Show 5 more replies Share on Facebook Thirdfloorman Comments 352 24 May 2018 20:30 Share on Twitter Klytie Twitter Miamijim Share on Facebook Last modified on Thu 24 May 2018 05.49 EDT Show 9 more replies KiwisinIreland I agree that 20-34 appears a very odd demographic group to make this point. I went to university (humble-brag!), so at 20 I would still technically have been “living at home” since my parents’ address was my registered home address. As soon as I left university I started work and moved into a shared house. Anna_B Reply Amanzim carbonblacktest 24 May 2018 18:17 Reply 11 12 Share Share Share on Facebook Report | Pick “According to the Office for National Statistics the percentage of adults aged 20 to 34 still living with their parents has risen from 21% in 1996 to 26% last year. For males it’s 32%, which is astonishing.” StrawberryTart franhunny Amanzim 24 May 2018 20:17 4 5 Show 1 more reply The second they depart, however, you start trying to lure them back for a visit with the exact same perks: supper, free beer, a working dryer. Have a bath while you’re here. Of course you can smoke! Do you have a key? Take a key! Errr, nope! | Pick 14 15 | Pick Share on Twitter Army VirgilKane Or massively incentivises spreading the economy across the country. None of which will happen on a large scale because there are too many vested interests. Which tbf are legitimate issues. There are no solutions without downsides, which is the problem. I have a feeling it might have been to do with the grandparents wanting contact with their grandchild, — he, the father, has been offered only supervised access in a “therapeutic environment” or something – probably meant the grandchild could not come to their house when their son still resided in it. I am not sure this is the case but if the mother is happy for the grandparents to be involved but not the son – it might make sense for the sudden change as it is not as though he only just started being lazy or being waited on hand and foot – he clearly says himself he never did chores or lifted a finger to help in the past! Report Share on Facebook 0 1 Twitter aguest 24 May 2018 19:31 24 May 2018 18:30 | Pick 24 May 2018 19:06 Share on Facebook Worried about turfing your kids out of the nest? Fear not – they’ll be back Share Share on Facebook Bopstar 23 24 Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share 24 May 2018 18:20 Share Reply Share on Facebook franhunny 22 23 19 20 Share on Twitter | Pick Report Share on Facebook Share on Twitter | Pick Report 4 5 Report Reply Parents and parenting Report Share Report Reply Twitter Thu 24 May 2018 05.48 EDT Reply Andrew Mcevoy 24 May 2018 19:15 34 35 Share on Twitter Share Reply Share Reply 24 May 2018 17:52 Share on Twitter 24 May 2018 20:15 Twitter Share Report Share | Pick 24 May 2018 18:54 Reply Twitter | Pick Share on Facebook Report Facebook Share on Facebook 24 May 2018 19:09 franhunny Share on Facebook 5 6 Share on Facebook Reply Share on Twitter Topics Share on Facebook More like 250% if you wanted a flat of your own. Now it’s 50% for a room in a three bedroom terrace in Harrow. Reply Twitter David_Andrews Share on Facebook Threads collapsed Reply Report Facebook Share on Twitter oldest 3 4 Report Lucasthecat Share Share Daniel Kells All BobJam He doesn’t want to house share. The last time he did one of the sharers was a nurse who worked odd hours at a private hospital and played loud music at odd hours, too. Another had his girlfriend living in for free. 14 15 Share on Facebook 3 4 Daniel Kells Twitter franhunny My son turned 4 last week. I fully intend to either buy him a house or gift him enough for a deposit (yes I am planning ahead – yes I have a spreadsheet). I’d be happy if the little fellow decided to keep living with me. I’d be a terrible parent and ask him to pay rent but I’d take that rent and put it in investment vehicle for him. If I didn’t charge him rent and then he spent all his oney on shiny pointless gadgets I’d be a little upset. I’m fiortunate too be in a position to assist my son but I’m ont on a six figure salary and I’ve not inherited anything. VeryInterestingTimes Engelssmellyfart allfalldown | Pick A 5% rise, considering the economic collapse, years of austerity and increased length of education. isn’t that bad. 20 to 34 is too wide a range to be useful imo. Nothing wrong with 20 year olds hanging round the house, between uni semesters. 34 year olds? That’s a bit different. Share Twitter Reply Reply Share on Twitter 8 9 | Pick Share on Facebook Report Share on Facebook Share on Twitter LenofLondon Twitter Share Facebook Show 3 more replies Reply My son left home over twenty years ago, yet he still has a nose in the fridge every time he visits:) Twitter Show 13 more replies 24 May 2018 18:08 Redmike88 I see your point. That is the difference when you say that visits would not be a problem. I am happy if he visits. I agree if he came and stayed permanently, that could be a problem of adjustment since we get used to living with our ways and his habits might irritate us. Share on Twitter 24 May 2018 19:14 BobJam Share Miamijim Twitter Share Share on Pinterest Share 14 15 Facebook Facebook Facebook David_Andrews Smallbones Report Share Share on Facebook Share on Twitter | Pick Twitter timmyb carbonblacktest Reply Facebook Show 1 more reply Report If those really were the reasons she wanted to come back, I’m afraid I would have refused her with an “Oh dear. What a pity. How sad.” Share on Facebook Share Report Facebook Twitter workshy_freeloader Share on Twitter Report Facebook Twitter Baron Von Dominic IV Share on Facebook sausagerollmodel | Pick Share David_Andrews Gelion Share Share on Facebook Share on Facebook Twitter Reuse this content,View all comments > Twitter 44 45 Report GeoffHa Reply | Pick 24 May 2018 18:42 Facebook Share on Twitter What IS an avacado? Report 8 9 shazoo | Pick Share on Facebook Twitter Share on Facebook | Pick Redmike88 Hi dad graun I know!!! We hear all this stuff in the lamestream media about a supposed “housing crisis” but, in truth, it’s only a crisis amongst people who don’t want to share a kitchen with other people. There are plenty of rooms, it’s just studio apartments that are in short supply. People who don’t insist on a “cushy middle class lifestyle” have no problem finding somewhere to live. You couldn’t make it up, could you bleakTW? | Pick Reply 34 35 Facebook Share on Facebook Report Opinion Share Twitter Reply Facebook Facebook | Pick 24 May 2018 18:31 Reply Reply recommendations 50 Share on Facebook Share 18 and out that’s my motto, I have spoken with my son and he knows that as soon as he is 18 I’ll help him find a studio, partly furnish it and pay his deposit and first months rent, then it’s all up to him, luckily where we live he will be able to get a studio for around 450 a month and he will also get Housing Benefit help (Asumistuki) as well as the fact he will get free further education. All he’ll need is a part time job to top it all up. Facebook Facebook Share on Twitter Twitter Share on Facebook Share on Twitter David_Andrews Share on Twitter Twitter Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Reply | Pick Share on Twitter Facebook 1 2 DenisCooper 8 9 Share on Twitter ‘The percentage of adults aged 20 to 34 still living with their parents has risen from 21% in 1996 to 26% last year.’Photograph: Hero Images/Getty Images/Hero Images 24 May 2018 18:01 Share on Facebook A New York judge has ordered 30-year old Michael Rotondo to move out of his parents’ house. The ruling comes after Rotondo’s parents tried and failed to evict their son in a series of letters. “There are jobs available even for those with a poor work history like you,” they wrote. “Get one – you have to work!”. Rotondo, unrepentant, told reporters he planned to appeal.For anyone who is a parent of adults or near-adults, it is almost unimaginable that coaxing them out of the nest could ever come to such a pass, even though most of us, at one time or another, have probably imagined it. It is one of the great paradoxes of parenting: even if you don’t really want them to go, you still worry they will never leave. Twitter Reply Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share on Twitter Facebook Since you’re here… collapsed At some point your kids do need to learn to become independent from you though. There’s providing support for your child when they have a tough time moving out and getting a job, but in this most recent case their son had been living rent free and doing no housework and hadn’t even been looking for a job. There’s only so much of that kind of behaviour I’d expect someone, even parents, to put up with. Twitter childofmine | Pick 2 3 Share on Facebook Share on Facebook 24 May 2018 23:18 Share Facebook Facebook Twitter Reply Share on Twitter Miamijim Share on Twitter childofmine John O’Donnell Data doesn’t show quite everything. When I graduated in 1971 I went to work as a temp secretary in London – with a view to landing what I thought would be my dream job in publishing. My rent for my bedsit in Putney was £6.00 a week. My pay after deductions only slightly more than double that. Share on WhatsApp bleakTW Share 45 46 Share via Email Report My son turned 4 last week….Asking your children to pay rent makes them aware of the cost of things and the work / sacrifice that is required in paying your way. 24 May 2018 18:52 Miamijim Report 12 13 Share 12 13 Report 24 May 2018 20:00 Reply JuliaVanRoy Smallbones Share on Facebook Report Report KiwisinIreland 24 May 2018 19:22 8 9 Twitter Facebook Share on Facebook 4 5 young people come out of 4/5 years of uni and expect to be earning the big bucks Army | Pick Share on Messenger Share | Pick UDunham Reply Report Share on Twitter Share on Twitter | Pick Baron Von Dominic IV | Pick Facebook Twitter Reply Share Share on Facebook Facebook Share on Facebook Share on Facebook Reply Close report comment form whatamilike 24 May 2018 18:20 24 May 2018 18:27 Share Share on Twitter 24 May 2018 18:20last_img read more

The Guardian view on Trumps Palestinian policy setting fire to the ground

first_imgOpinion ‘The Trump administration has cut aid funding to the Palestinians and slashed its contributions to the UN agency that supports more than 5 million Palestinian refugees across the Middle East.’Photograph: Rex/Shutterstock The Trump administration is the first in history to uncritically back the government of Israel while waging diplomatic war on the Palestinians. This is a recipe for chaos … 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. Topics The Guardian view on Trump’s Palestinian policy: setting fire to the ground Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Since you’re here… Editorial Palestinian territories Israel Aid editorials Middle East and North Africa Mr Trump does not care. We should be profoundly concerned by this. He claims to be offering an “ultimate deal” to settle the conflict. In reality, there will be no mutually-agreed-upon deal. Mr Trump has refused to endorse the idea of a two-state solution. Instead, his team is putting together a take-it-or-leave-it proposal designed to please the most rightwing government in Israeli history. As former US negotiator Aaron David Miller tweeted, this administration is the first “in [US] history to provide unqualified support to [the] Government of Israel while waging political/economic war on Palestinians”. What is obvious is that a people deprived of liberty and dignity cannot be pacified. Over the last 70 years, Palestinians have not accepted a settlement imposed by outsiders that redraws borders and redefines sovereignty without popular consent. Mr Trump is wrong to think they will do so now.• This article was amended on 4 June 2019. Trump has publicly referred to his peace plan as the “ultimate deal”, not the “deal of the century”. United Nations Last modified on Tue 4 Jun 2019 14.47 EDT Support The Guardian Donald Trump Read more Reuse this content Share on Messenger Share on WhatsApp Thu 30 Aug 2018 13.43 EDT Share via Email Shares304304 Share on Twitter US foreign policy Share on LinkedIn Since Israel was created in 1948 the United States has been the region’s crucial actor. US presidents have brokered peace deals, provided Israel with security guarantees and the Palestinians with reassurance that they have not been abandoned. Washington stood ready to douse a fire if the dry tinder of rage and discontent in the Holy Land burst into flames. Donald Trump, however, appears more arsonist than firefighter.The Trump administration has cut aid funding to the Palestinians and slashed its contributions to UNRWA – the UN agency that supports more than 5 million Palestinian refugees across the Middle East. These cuts have hit hundreds of thousands of vulnerable people already. Israeli security officials privately warn that the move could backfire badly – “setting fire to the ground” by deepening an economic crisis in the West ank and Gaza.Reports suggest the president is unperturbed. He wants to end all UNRWA funding, and impose a ban that would prevent other nations making up for the US cuts. This is a recipe for chaos: what will happen to the 500,000 children that UNRWA teaches or the half of Gazans who rely on UNRWA for food? The US provides about $350m annually to UNRWA, more than a quarter of the organisation’s annual budget of $1.2bn. Mr Trump’s policy risks the security and stability of nations. Worse is set to follow. The Trump administration wants to end UNRWA’s policy of recognising the descendants of Palestinian refugees as refugees too. Instead of 5 million refugees that have a “right to return” to their ancestral homes, there would be a few hundred thousand. The US ambassador to the UN, Nikki Haley, went further, saying that Palestinian refugees’ right of return – a demand critical to Palestinians and anathema to Israel – ought to be off the table. These are dangerous moves in a dangerous region. The issue of Palestinian refugees’ right to return, like the status of Jerusalem, was meant to be decided by talks between Israelis and Palestinians. Israel Opinion Share on Pinterest Share via Email The latest major Trump resignations and firings Share on Facebooklast_img read more

Its union busting 101 documents reveal Verizons attacks on organized labor

first_img Pinterest This article is more than 5 months old This article is more than 5 months old Verizon Communications Facebook Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Share via Email US unions Telecommunications industry Support The Guardian Share on WhatsApp In documents given to managers and employees, Verizon encourages its staff to use anti-union rhetoric and disparages previous efforts within the company.Photograph: Charles Dharapak/AP Twitter Read more Twitter Michael Sainato Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Verizon Communications Share on Messenger “The employees in Brooklyn were highly influenced into voting for the CWA,” the documents allege. “They were swayed by a good sales pitch through empty promises and unrealistic expectations. Unfortunately, the union does not have to sell with integrity, and it was our Brooklyn employees who paid the price.”“Before you sign anything or even click ‘submit’ online, think hard about joining a union and remember the story of your Brooklyn workers,” the document continues.Verizon pushed for a union decertification vote in their Brooklyn stores, which workers voted against doing in August 2018. Share on LinkedIn news The internal Verizon website, marked “for Verizon Wireless management only, not for distribution to non-supervisory employees”, offers leadership training on how to react to any employees who mention or discuss unionizing.The prompts resemble those offered to Amazon employees in an HR training video leaked in September 2018.The website includes union awareness refreshers and responses to any perceived CWA organizing and union activity, including responses to union flyers on call center closures and offshoring.Verizon has run into trouble for previous attempts to ward off union activity. In December 2018, Verizon finalized a settlement with the National Labor Relations Board after the CWA filed a unfair labor practice charge in response to a Verizon employee in Albuquerque, New Mexico, who experienced interrogation and surveillance by Verizon for engaging in union activity.“When I noticed the change in structure at Verizon, that made me want to start unionizing and organizing two years ago when I took a different position to work at headquarters,” said LaTasha French, an employee for 18 years at the Verizon headquarters in Irving, Texas.She claimed Verizon has sent union busters to harass her, give her misinformation and offer false promises, like the possibility to work from home. French added the way Verizon human resources had handled complaints of harassment she had made, which included a supervisor joyriding in the wheelchair the company provided for her, had also contributed to her involvement in union efforts.“I’m not afraid to go up against them because I know I do my job. I know I’m there and available,” French said. “But what I won’t stand for is you’re making billions of dollars on our head and you treat us as modern-day slaves and uneducated. You’re trying to consolidate other departments and you’re not giving the people who take these additional duties any more pay.” Facebook Wed 16 Jan 2019 06.00 EST Pinterest The US’s largest wireless provider encourages staff to use anti-union rhetoric and disparages previous unionization efforts In July 2018, a Verizon retail store in Hazleton, Pennsylvania, successfully voted to unionize. Verizon’s union-busting tactics stopped an effort to hold an election to unionize in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, around the same time.“We ended up pulling the petition,” said Darryl Givens, a Verizon employee at the Wilkes-Barre store. “If we lost, we had to wait a year. It was initially five to four. Two people didn’t want to be involved at all.”He explained Verizon sent executives to the store in response to union activity. “The first thing they do is come and say how awful the union will be for us and if we go union, they can’t do anything special for you. They would come out and, not directly, say ‘unions, sometimes their stores sometimes get closed,’ trying to entice us in any way to vote no,” Givens said. “They would call us in, do forced meetings with us, and go over how awful unions are. Every few days we’d get rotated back in.” ‘We are not robots’: Amazon warehouse employees push to unionize Share on Pinterest Verizon also criticized a 2016 strike of workers at their Brooklyn retail stores and nearly 40,000 other unionized employees. Photograph: Eduardo Munoz/Reuters Verizon strike ends as tentative deal promises ‘big gains’ for workers … 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. Read more Topics Reuse this content A member of the Communications Workers of America pickets in front of Verizon corporate offices during a 2016 strike in New York City. Photograph: Brendan Mcdermid/Reuters Last modified on Wed 16 Jan 2019 11.56 EST Share via Email According to Tim Dubnau, an organizing coordinator for the CWA, this is the modus operandi of Verizon in response to any perceived union activity.“They distort the truth about unions, they imply union workers make less, they distort the truth about dues and strikes. That’s the union busting 101 when you walk into the door,” said Dubnau. “They have a jump team ready at a moment’s notice to have a forced captive audience meeting to warn about the dangers of unions.”Verizon did not respond to repeated requests for comment. ‘It’s union busting 101’: documents reveal Verizon’s attacks on organized labor Unions offer “empty promises and unrealistic expectations” and don’t act with “integrity”, according to internal documents circulated by Verizon’s human resources department and obtained by the Guardian.In documents given to managers and employees the US’s largest wireless provider encourages its own staff to use anti-union rhetoric and disparages previous unionization efforts within the company.Several pages focus on the six Verizon retail stores in Brooklyn that voted to join the Communications Workers of America (CWA) in 2014, the first Verizon stores to unionize. The union battles at these stores are used to frame unions as a danger to Verizon and its workers. In a ‘Questions you may have’ section, Verizon offers further input against unions. The answers claim “the best way to secure jobs is to provide excellent products, services, and customer service,” rather than join a labor union.Verizon also criticized a 2016 strike of workers at their Brooklyn retail stores and nearly 40,000 other unionized employees who work as network technicians and customer service reps, citing its impact on “working conditions for our employees and experience for our customers”.The documents further explain Verizon’s anti-union position. “We don’t believe unions are necessary at Verizon Wireless or that you or your coworkers will be well served by electing a union as your collective voice.” Verizon argues the only difference between unions and non-union-represented employees are the dues union members pay. Verizon defines a union as “an organization whose income comes from taking a portion of the wages from the employees it represents”.Verizon added: “Instead of treating employees as individuals, the company has to negotiate with the union on behalf of all employees collectively.” The documents claim union representation has declined because state and federal labor laws protect workers free of charge. Read more Since you’re here… ‘They’re liquidating us’: AT&T continues layoffs and outsourcing despite profits Shares2,4192419last_img read more

Nations must protect spending on the vulnerable says IMF chief

first_imgLast modified on Fri 14 Jun 2019 13.10 EDT Support The Guardian Share on Twitter Shares263263 Christine Lagarde Share on Messenger Share via Email Larry Elliott Economics editor Share on Facebook Lagarde said the IMF’s watchdog – the Internal Evaluation Office – had identified room for improvement. “It found that we were doing a lot of work in this area but it was not consistent and not fully endorsed throughout the organisation. It wanted a more systematic approach.”The fund’s increased concern for social spending comes at a time when there have been signs of the global economy slowing. “It is too soft, too low and politics is interfering too much with the economic mechanism and that is frustrating.”However, the IMF’s MD said the new strategy was not a response to current events: “It has been on my mind for some time and in the works for two and a half years.”She revealed that there had been some pushback against the new approach by fiscal hardliners on the IMF’s board. “There is always a group of countries that are questioning the non-orthodox definition of macro-criticality. But it has become politically incorrect to argue against the impact of social spending on health and education.”Asked whether she had learned lessons from Greece, where the country had to accept harsh terms in return for a succession of financial bailouts and its economy shrunk by more than a quarter, Lagarde said it had been Europe rather than the IMF that had pushed for draconian cuts.“There was a lot imposed and there were many sacrifices. We were not advocating the kind of hardship that was imposed.”Lagarde said the new approach was the result of consultation.“We went outside the organisation. We took the pulse of the membership, of NGOs and academics, a range of external actors and influences, people in the know.“We now have a framework both for our programmes and for policy guidance, which has the approval of the board.”She added that the IMF would be looking at the impact of spending programmes on growth and stability. “Is social spending going to be meaningful and relevant for those two purposes? Where a country is undergoing a programme we will be paying more attention than we did in the past to social spending.” More so than in the past, the IMF would take into account what needed to be spent on young people, single-parent families or senior citizens on low incomes. Share via Email Sign up to the daily Business Today email or follow Guardian Business on Twitter at @BusinessDesk … 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. Christine Lagarde Economics International Monetary Fund (IMF) Share on Twitter Share on Facebookcenter_img Fri 14 Jun 2019 09.30 EDT Nations must protect spending on the vulnerable, says IMF chief Christine Lagarde says the IMF has been through a process of introspection after being criticised in the past for imposing anti-poor spending cuts on governments facing financial crises.Photograph: John Thys/AFP/Getty Images The International Monetary Fund is urging countries to protect spending on health, education and vulnerable groups amid growing concern among its members about excessive levels of inequality, its managing director has said.Announcing the change of approach in an interview with the Guardian, Christine Lagarde said it was now politically incorrect to argue against the impact of social spending on growth and stability.The IMF, she said, had been through a process of introspection after being criticised in the past for imposing anti-poor spending cuts on governments facing financial crises.Lagarde said the new stance was the result of demands from the IMF’s member countries and internal soul-searching on the part of her organisation.“There are more members concerned about inequality – which is excessive in many areas of the world – and how to remedy it. Social spending can be a mitigating factor.“There are quite a lot of people looking for work; a lot of people coming into the labour market. There will be more retirees and they will require social spending in terms of health.Lagarde said the fund’s research had shown that tackling inequality helped countries grow faster and that there was a consensus in the organisation that social spending was critical for the overall health of economies.“There is a consensus in the organisation that social spending can be macro critical. We have surveyed all the mission chiefs and asked them whether social spending was likely to be macro critical and were happily surprised that 80% of them said it was.” Business Today: sign up for a morning shot of financial news Shift in stance comes as more countries raise concerns about inequality – Christine Lagarde Inequality Since you’re here… Share on LinkedIn Health Topics However, she warned that the fund was not going to abandon its concern for good fiscal housekeeping.“When a country’s debt is out of control and it is spending without restraint we will still be going to focus on debt sustainability.”Lagarde said the IMF had incorporated its new approach in its programme for Argentina. While it was up to individual countries whether they protected social spending, Lagarde said she was hopeful that member states would notice the difference.“Research has shown the link between inequality and growth. That’s why the social spending strategy has been adopted.” Share on Pinterest Share on WhatsApp Read more Reuse this contentlast_img read more

Wheelchair Cushions

first_imgImage from SunriseMedical.comDid you know that some wheelchairs have the capability to incorporate personalized cushions into the chair? With JAY Your Way, you can create the exact cushion or backrest you need. Below, I’ve listed the different types of cushions the company offers, check out their website for specifics on the nine different cushions available.Cushion Base ModificationsThese cushions can improve the comfort of your chair and can be purchased in a variety of colors.  These cushions give you a stable support for postural stability. Since these cushions contour to your body, they help distribute your weight to protect you from skin breakdown (also known as bed sores). Cushions can be cut in a variety of shapes and angles to provide users with unique needs a safe and effective sitting position.Cushion Fluid ModificatonsThe JAY Flow™ fluid pad reduces the risk of skin breakdown for the user. The cushion in filled with liquid/gel and creates minimal resistance and conforms to the shape of the user’s pelvis. This design distributes the pressure. Each fluid pad can be customized with overfills or underfills to create a safe sitting surface for people of all body shapes.Backrest ModificationsJAY backrests offer tension-adjustable straps and contoured solid shells. These provide lateral trunk support and postural correction for users with varying needs. For unique needs and additional skin protection, JAY Your Way can make each backrest with modifications such as fluid inserts, foam inserts, and custom cut-outs.Cover ModificationsEach JAY cushion and back comes with a carefully designed cover that’s designed to enhance the clinical effectiveness and comfort of the product. These can be customized with easy-to-wipe covers, colored covers, embroidery, or other options.Share this…TwitterFacebookPinterestLinkedInEmailPrint RelatedCushion Game ControllersNovember 28, 2012In “Easter Seals Crossroads”OXO Good Grips ProductsJuly 12, 2017In “Independent Living”Senseez CushionsJuly 12, 2016In “Autism”last_img read more

At a Glance Kingston KC2000 1TB SSD Review

first_img What the Biggest ‘America’s Got Talent’ Stars Are Doing Now Ginny From ‘Harry Potter’ Is 28 and Unrecognizably Gorgeous You Might Also LikePowered By ZergNet We Finally Understand Why ‘Criminal Minds’ Got Canceled The Real Reason Emma Watson Refuses to Do a Nude Scene The Surprising Reason Why Brandon Routh Is Returning to Superman Kingston’s new KC2000 series SSDs were designed to tackle the high-end consumer SSD market. With capacities available up to 2TB in size and read/write speeds as high as 3,200/2,200MB/s, this drive has the potential to play a major role in the SSD market. But so far, the drives are off to a rough start.DesignKingston’s KC2000 SSDs use 96-layer 3D TLC Kingston NAND that connects to an SMI 2262EN controller. This controller features Silicon Motion’s NANDXtend ECC technology, which helps to keep data secure by preventing read/write errors. The drive also supports 256-bit XTS-AES encryption. These features make the drive better suited for business use, where the loss or theft of data could have serious consequences.These drives have average endurance ratings that match up with what we’ve seen from other 3D TLC NAND products in the past. In short, for each 250GB of NAND, the drive is able to handle 150TBW before failing.BenchmarksOur sister site PCMag ran a 1TB model of Kingston’s KC2000 through its usual quartet of benchmarks alongside three competing products from Adata, Samsung, and Western Digital. In the first test using PCMark 8 Storage test, we see virtually no difference from one drive to the next.Stepping things up with Crystal DiskMark 6.0 we start to see some deviation between the competing drives. In the sequential read/write test, Kingston’s KC2000 places second while reading data and last while writing it. It’s worth noting that the KC2000 actually exceeds its maximum reported read/write performance. The same can’t be said for the other tested drives, all of which come in below their rated performance.Reading and writing random 4K chunks of data is a weakness of this drive. It doesn’t come in dead last in this test, but its performance results leave much to be desired.Turning last to AS-SSD’s file transfer test, we once again see the KC2000 in a rather mixed position. The KC2000 came finished in second place while transferring the program folder and the game folder, and its performance results were close to what was achieved by the Adata XPG SX8200. Conversely, the drive’s performance while transferring the ISO file was significantly lower than the other tested drives.ConclusionFinally, there’s pricing. The 1TB model PCMag tested has an MSRP of $201.50, and strangely, it’s currently available for a higher price of $218.06 from Amazon. Unfortunately for Kingston, SSD prices have been trending downward, so that’s somewhat high for a 1TB SSD at the moment.The 1TB model of Samsung’s 970 Evo is similarly priced but offers better performance in most scenarios. The Adata XPG SX8200 Pro 1TB is significantly less expensive at $134.99, and it also supports ECC technology.Now read:At a Glance: Adata XPG SX6000 Pro ReviewAt a Glance: Acer Nitro XV3 XV273K ReviewAt a Glance: Dell UltraSharp U3219Q Review Tagged In SSDsreviewsat a glancekingston Post a Comment 3 Comments 3 Comments Facebook Twitter Linkedin Pinterest Google Plus Reddit Hacker News Flipboard Email Copy 0shares This site may earn affiliate commissions from the links on this page. Terms of use. At a Glance: Kingston KC2000 1TB SSD Review Lilly From ‘Princess Diaries’ Is 36 Now and Gorgeous 10 Scientifically Proven Side Effects of Growing a Beard The End of ‘Big Little Lies’ Explained By Michael Sexton on July 18, 2019 at 2:29 pmlast_img read more

Intels Neuromorphic Loihi Processor Scales to 8M Neurons 64 Cores

first_img Facebook Twitter Linkedin Pinterest Google Plus Reddit Hacker News Flipboard Email Copy 20shares This site may earn affiliate commissions from the links on this page. Terms of use. 17 Comments Ginny From ‘Harry Potter’ Is 28 and Unrecognizably Gorgeous Celebs Who Were Sadly Killed By Their Fans By Joel Hruska on July 16, 2019 at 7:08 am Intel has announced a significant advance for its neuromorphic research processor, codenamed Loihi. The company has now scaled up its Loihi implementation to the 64-processor level, allowing it to create a system with more than 8M neurons (8.3M). This new configuration (codenamed Pohoiki Beach) delivers 1,000x better performance than conventional CPUs in applications like sparse coding, graph search, and constraint-satisfaction problems. Intel claims that the new Pohoiki Beach delivers a 10,000x energy efficiency improvement over conventional CPU architectures in these sorts of tests.Neuromorphic computing is a subset of computing that attempts to mimic the brain’s architecture using modern technological analogues. Instead of implementing a typical CPU clock, for example. Loihi is based on a spiking neural network architecture. The basic Loihi processor contains 128 neuromorphic cores, three Lakefield (Intel Quark) CPU cores, and an off-chip communication network. In theory, Loihi can scale all the way up to 4,096 on-chip cores and 16,384 chips, though Intel has said it has no plans to commercialize a design this large.A close-up shot of an Intel Nahuku board, each of which contains 8 to 32 Intel Loihi neuromorphic chips. Intel’s latest neuromorphic system, Pohoiki Beach, is made up of multiple Nahuku boards and contains 64 Loihi chips. Pohoiki Beach was introduced in July 2019. (Credit: Tim Herman/Intel Corporation)“With the Loihi chip we’ve been able to demonstrate 109 times lower power consumption running a real-time deep learning benchmark compared to a GPU, and 5 times lower power consumption compared to specialized IoT inference hardware,” said Chris Eliasmith, co-CEO of Applied Brain Research and professor at University of Waterloo. “Even better, as we scale the network up by 50 times, Loihi maintains real-time performance results and uses only 30 percent more power, whereas the IoT hardware uses 500 percent more power and is no longer real-time.”One of Intel’s Nahuku boards, each of which contains 8 to 32 Intel Loihi neuromorphic chips, shown here interfaced to an Intel Arria 10 FPGA development kit. Intel’s latest neuromorphic system, Poihoiki Beach, annuounced in July 2019, is made up of multiple Nahuku boards and contains 64 Loihi chips. Pohoiki Beach was introduced in July 2019. (Credit: Tim Herman/Intel Corporation)The Pohoiki Beach implementation is not the largest planned deployment for the neuromorphic chip. Intel states that it intends to roll out an even larger design, codenamed Pohoiki Springs, which will deliver “an unprecedented level of performance and efficiency for scaled-up neuromorphic workloads.”We’ve covered the advances and research in neuromorphic computing for several years at ET. The work being done on these CPUs is closely related to the work that’s being conducted in AI and machine intelligence overall, but neuromorphic computing isn’t just concerned with how to run AI / ML workloads efficiently on existing chips. The ultimate goal is to build processors that more closely resemble the human brain.One of the oddities of computing is that analogies comparing human brain function and how computers work are so prevalent. Human brains and classic computers have very little overlap in terms of how they function. Transistors are not equivalent to neurons and the spiking neural network model that Loihi uses for transmitting information across its own processor cores is intended to be closer to the biological processes humans and other animals use than traditional silicon.Projects like this have a number of long-term research goals, of course, but one of the most fundamental is to better understand how brains work in order to copy some of their energy efficiency. The human brain runs on roughly 20W. Exascale supercomputing, which is considered the minimum for advanced neural simulation of anything more complex than an earthworm, is expected to consume megawatts of power per supercomputer. The gap between those figures explains why we’re so interested in the long-term energy efficiency and computation potential of the brain in the first place. Architectures like Loihi aren’t just an effort to write programs that mimic what humans can do; the goal is to copy aspects of our neurology as well. It makes their progress a bit more interesting.Feature Image Credit: Tim Herman/Intel CorporationNow Read:New Leak: Intel 10-Core Comet Lake CPUs Will Counterattack Ryzen 3000 FamilyIs Moore’s Law Alive, Dead, or Pining for the Fjords? Even Experts DisagreeIntel’s New Omni-Directional Interconnect Combines EMIB, Foveros Why Jordan Peele Probably Won’t Be Directing ‘Blade’ Things Only Adults Notice in ‘ThunderCats’ Why These Overhyped Follow-Up Films Were Never Released Iconic Movie Scenes These Actors Totally Regret Filming The Sad Situation That Hayden Panettiere Is Living In Today Intel’s Neuromorphic Loihi Processor Scales to 8M Neurons, 64 Cores You Might Also LikePowered By ZergNet The Surprising Reason Why Brandon Routh Is Returning to Superman Tagged In scienceintelcpusartificial intelligencesemiconductorsaimachine learningneuromorphicneuromorphic computingLoihineuromorphic processor Post a Comment 17 Commentslast_img read more

Parks Associates Potential Broadband CordCutters Watch More Than Six Hours of Mobile

first_imgResearch examines use of data-intensive entertainment services among potential broadband cord cuttersNew research from Parks Associates shows US broadband households highly likely to cut the cord in the next 12 months watch more than six hours of video content on their mobile phone a week, compared to 2.5 hours among all US broadband households. Examining Broadband Cord Cutters notes that fixed broadband providers that do not offer mobile services are particularly susceptible to cord-cutting among their current subscribers. These market trends drove US cable operators Comcast and Charter to introduce mobile services as a way to extend their service-based product portfolios.Marketing Technology News: CoSchedule Launches Marketing Suite to Transform the Way Marketers Work 5GAT&TBrett SappingtonMarketing Technology Newsmobile videoNewsParks Associates Previous Article3 Reasons Your Programmatic Team Is Losing You MoneyNext ArticleYappa Selected by Google for New Business Scale Sales Program Parks Associates: Potential Broadband Cord-Cutters Watch More Than Six Hours of Mobile Video per Week PRNewswireJuly 1, 2019, 8:58 pmJuly 1, 2019 Parks Associates: Average Total Weekly Video Consumption on Mobile Phones by Likelihood of Broadband Cord Cutting “Roughly 10% of broadband subscribers are likely broadband cord-cutters, with half of them highly likely to make the change in the next 12 months,” said Brett Sappington, Senior Research Director and Principal Analyst, Parks Associates. “Many are satisfied with their current provider overall, but these subscribers are aware of the other options available to them and could become actual cord-cutters if their current service does not continually meet their needs.”Marketing Technology News: Constant Contact Unveils New WooCommerce and Shopify Offerings at 2019 Internet Retailer ConferenceThe research notes that two-thirds of broadband households currently subscribe to a cable internet service, three in ten subscribe to DSL or fiber optic, and one-third use mobile data services. Verizon, AT&T, and Frontier are the largest providers of DSL and fiber-based fixed-line services.“Potential broadband cord-cutters rely on their mobile devices for entertainment,” Sappington said. “They are significantly more likely to watch live video content via mobile, including live TV broadcasts and livestreaming, averaging an hour more per week each compared to average broadband households. As 5G mobile and 10G fixed broadband services start to deploy, the substantial performance improvements will be attractive to this segment of subscribers, which will drive many providers to match these offerings in order to achieve parity in competition and messaging.”Examining Broadband Cord Cutters addresses the intent among existing broadband subscribers to disconnect their fixed broadband service and go with alternatives instead. It also identifies characteristics of potential broadband cord-cutters and examines their adoption and use of data-intensive entertainment services.Marketing Technology News: Broadvoice Welcomes Kim McLachlan as Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketinglast_img read more

Tactical Marketing Automation Announces Master List Creation Tool for ActOn Software

first_imgSimplifies Act-On List ManagementTactical Marketing Automation, LLC, a digital marketing agency specializing in marketing automation consulting and services, has announced the release of Unity List Aggregator (ULA), a Software as a Service (SAAS) application designed to augment the list capabilities of Act-On Software’s marketing automation software.The ULA application is designed to connect to an Act-On Software customer account using their standard license credentials and extracts all marketing lists in the account. Through a proprietary design, the application allows a user to identify list columns that contain the same data types and then generates a complete master list containing all contact data for that Act-On instance. Furthermore, the application automates the management of adding new contacts to the Act-On Master List.Marketing Technology News: Leadspace Acquires ReachForce to Offer Customers Even More Robust B2B Customer Data PlatformTactical Marketing Automation’s CEO, Philip Easley-Bosley said, “Having a master list is a critical component to advanced Act-On marketing automation strategy. In the last year alone, we have worked on nearly 150 different Act-On projects that required creation or management of a master list. With ULA (pronounced yoo-luh), our customers will be able to effectively manage their master lists without investing dozens of hours into the custom process development currently required.”Shane Wooten, lead developer and co-owner of the ULA application, commented on the product saying, “I’m excited to bring ULA to market, and just as excited about its product road map. We’re really just getting started and already working on our next iterations.”Marketing Technology News: Norled Sets Sail for Digital Transformation with InforTactical Marketing Automation does not represent that ULA is part of the Act-On Software application nor that it is in any way a product affiliated with Act-On Software. As a separate application, Act-On Software provides no support for the ULA product. Act-On Software has not reviewed or endorsed this press release in any way.Marketing Technology News: Veritonic Launches First Audio Score For Marketers To Understand Relative Power Of Their Creative Assets Tactical Marketing Automation Announces Master List Creation Tool for Act-On Software PRNewswireJuly 11, 2019, 3:18 pmJuly 11, 2019 marketing automationMarketing TechnologyMaster List CreationNewsTactical Marketing AutomationUnity List Aggregator Previous Receives 2019 IoT Evolution Industrial IoT Product of the Year AwardNext ArticleQuad Helps Accelerate the Future of Commerce, Announces Strategic Partnership With the dtx Companylast_img read more

Unstoppable Domains Announces the Top 60 Zilliqa Domain Names Up for Auction

first_img Marketing TechnologyMatthew GouldNewsUnstoppable DomainsZilliqa Domain Previous ArticleMarTech Interview with Duncan Stockdill, Co-Founder and CEO at CapsuleNext ArticleFranklin Sports Selects CommerceIQ To Empower Their E-Commerce Team To Manage Amazon Holistically Unstoppable Domains, a software company building domains on blockchains, today announced which 60 .zil domains it will auction on June 27. These domains represent the top 60 most watched Zilliqa domain names on the Unstoppable Domains website. The top domain, bitcoin.zil, has already attracted 505 potential buyers.“We are excited to see growing enthusiasm for blockchain domains,” said Matthew Gould, Unstoppable Domains CEO. “These domains provide two very critical benefits to users: they enable people to send crypto to a single human readable name, and they offer a platform to create uncensorable websites. The concepts of free speech and growing the crypto community are really resonating with our customer base.”Marketing Technology News: Triton Digital Integrates Centro’s Basis Platform with the a2x Programmatic Marketplace.Zil domains have seen high demand over the past 3 months, even though top domains have yet to be released. Users can, however, watchlist the domains they are most interested in bidding on during the coming public auction. Here are the top 60 most watchlisted domains:Which domains will be up for auction?1. bitcoin2. crypto3. porn4. blockchain5. money6. insurance7. gold8. cars9. hotels10. satoshi11. bra12. zil13. usa14. bank15. wallet16. beer17. ethereum18. carinsurance19. lasvegas20. pay21. trump22. weed23. travel24. toys25. pizza26. cannabis27. xxx28. litecoin29. privatejet30. music31. xrp32. fb33. z34. shop35. 36036. coffee37. coin38. cash39. vacationrentals40. porno41. hotel42. payme43. booking44. diamond45. insure46. game47. exchange48. 149. ripple50. donaldtrump51. abc52. cardano53. auction54. shoes55. ai56. car57. we58. domain59. elonmusk60. israelThe auction will be split into two phases. During phase I, the 60 most watchlisted domains will be available for a buy now price of $10,000 each. Domains can be purchased using bitcoin, ethereum, litecoin, and bitcoin cash.Marketing Technology News: Mindtree to Showcase Contextual, Real-Time Solutions for Personalized Traveler Experiences at HITEC MinneapolisDuring phase II, domains can only be purchased with Zilliqa.Bidding will start between $10 and $1,000 depending on the price of the domain in the pre-order phase. Each subsequent bid must be at least 5 percent greater than the previous bid. If a person is outbid, they will immediately get their funds returned. New bids will add additional time (~1 hour) to the auction to prevent auction sniping. Also, bidding will be capped at $10,000 per domain. Anyone in the world can participate and anyone in the world can watch the auctions as they happen.Marketing Technology News: CoreMedia Announces CoreMedia Content Cloud – Marketing Connector on Salesforce AppExchange, the World’s Leading Enterprise Cloud Marketplace Unstoppable Domains Announces the Top 60 Zilliqa Domain Names Up for Auction Business WireJune 19, 2019, 1:45 pmJune 19, 2019 last_img read more

Windstream Enterprise Announces Unified Communications Integration for Slack

first_img Austin HerringtoncloudMarketing Technology NewsNewsOfficeSuiteslackWindstream Previous ArticleOnline Shoppers Are Doing What Brands Should Do: Using Technology SmartlyNext ArticleACI Worldwide and Worldpay to Drive Global Acceptance of Alternative Payment Methods Integration enables users of leading collaboration tools to access OfficeSuite UC’s award-winning featuresWindstream Enterprise (WE), a leading supplier of advanced network communications, announced that its OfficeSuite UC and HD meeting applications now integrate with Slack, an industry leader in helping businesses streamline communications and enhance team collaboration. With increasing competition, working in teams has become an essential characteristic of the digital workplace as businesses seek ways to increase creativity, improve productivity and the customer experience, and promote healthy employee relationships.Also Read: JotForm’s New Slack Integration Helps Teams Respond Faster“The benefits of collaboration within an organization are many and that’s why one of Windstream Enterprise’s top priorities is to meet the needs of our customers by aligning ourselves with best-in-class collaboration tools,” said Austin Herrington, vice president of product management at Windstream Enterprise. “With this integration, customers will be able to extend OfficeSuite UC’s already-robust capabilities to Slack using the app’s native slash commands, thus enabling them to maximize their return on investments in both services.”Marketing Technology News: WebCEO, the Agency Oriented Marketing Platform, Launches a New Local SEO ModuleEnterprises are increasingly faced with the challenges of email mailbox overloads, attachment restrictions, lack of version control and vulnerability to safety breaches, making collaboration tools a favorable option to get work done. By integrating OfficeSuite UC with Slack, Windstream Enterprise is enabling companies’ employees to connect seamlessly for easy, uninterrupted communication and collaboration. For example, customers can launch an OfficeSuite UC call or virtual meeting from within a Slack channel.To emphasize the value of purchasing a cloud-based service, Windstream Enterprise is offering OfficeSuite UC and HD Meeting integrations for Slack at no extra cost to new and existing customers.Marketing Technology News: Progress Named a Leader in the New 2019 Gartner Magic Quadrant for Multiexperience Development Platforms Windstream Enterprise Announces Unified Communications Integration for Slack Business Wire6 days agoJuly 17, 2019 last_img read more

BJP Set to Storm ModiShahs Home State as Exit Polls Predict Win

first_imgNew Delhi: Predicting a clean sweep for the BJP in Gujarat, the News18-IPSOS Exit Poll handed 25 to 26 seats to the saffron party in the state.The exit poll gave the Congress zero to one seat in Gujarat, suggesting a repeat of the 2014 Lok Sabha election results which saw the BJP win all the 26 seats in Narendra Modi’s home state. Other exit polls also suggested a similar result in the state. Today’s Chanakya predicted a whitewash, handing BJP all the 26 seats. The India Today-Axis exit poll also echoed a strong performance by the BJP, handing the party 25 to 26 seats and a single possible seat for the Congress. The ABP-Nielsen exit poll predicted a loss of two seats for the BJP from its 2014 performance, handing the saffron party 24 seats and the Congress two.In the 2014 elections, which propelled Narendra Modi to power at the Centre, the BJP had won all the 26 Lok Sabha seats in the state.Of late, however, anti-incumbency in Gujarat has been raising its ugly head in the form of the Patidar reservation issue, demonetisation, hasty implementation of GST, land acquisition woes and sliding industrial productivity, all of which was feared to affect the BJP vote-share this election.The BJP has a strong voter base in urban Gujarat, especially in Ahmedabad (both east and west), Gandhinagar, Vadodara, Rajkot and Surat. Voters in these six seats have historically appreciated the developmental work that their cities have seen over the past three decades under saffron rule. In fact, local civic bodies and city municipalities are also run by the BJP. However, outside the urban sphere, caste politics plays a key role in determining voter sentiment.Then comes the Patidar vote bank and the Hardik Patel factor which had played an instrumental role in weakening the BJP’s foothold in the state. Patidar Anamat Andolan Samiti (PAAS) and Hardik Patel had wreaked havoc on the BJP in 2015 and in the run-up to the 2017 Assembly elections. However, Hardik has since joined the Congress and declared that the Patidar reservation movement has ceased. Although he was barred from contesting the Lok Sabha elections, he had whipped up crowds across Gujarat against the BJP.Over 40% of the state’s population belongs to the OBC community which is spread across north Gujarat and Saurashtra.Up in north Gujarat, the Thakor vote is split, thanks to Alpesh Thakor’s political antics. However, the Congress still has an upper hand in north Gujarat. The community united after the rape of a minor girl in Sabarkantha by a north Indian migrant labourer in the last week of September 2018. The BJP pointed fingers at Alpesh Thakor and his Thakor sena for the violence against migrant workers which angered the community.Apart from that, voters in north Gujarat are unlikely to forget the delayed government response to the 2017 floods in Sabarkantha and Banaskantha districts, which saw over 224 deaths. In Saurashtra, cotton and ground nut farmers are in dire straits and the Congress was expected to capitalise on their woes, especially in Amreli and Surendranagar districts.The BJP and Congress are contesting these elections on completely different political agendas. For the saffron party, nationalism rides higher than economic development which did not impress the rural voter in the state.The Congress saw revival during the 2017 assembly election campaign, which also witnessed Rahul Gandhi’s hands-on campaigning in Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s home state.Across south Gujarat, the land acquisition issue for various infrastructure projects of national significance, including the bullet train project, is also a major bone of contention, especially in terms of remuneration. Barring Surat, the BJP was expecting a close fight in Valsad and Bardoli. Alpesh ThakorAmit Shahexit polls 2019gujarat exit polls 2019 First Published: May 20, 2019, 7:30 AM ISTcenter_img The Republic C-Voter exit poll, however, gave the Congress four seats in Gujarat, while predicting a strong showing of 22 seats for the BJP in its stronghold. last_img read more

Over 33000 Voters Opt for NOTA in Himachal Pradesh Amid BJP Clean

first_img Anurag ThakurBJPHamirpurhimachal-lok-sabha-elections-2019 First Published: May 24, 2019, 10:52 AM IST Shimla: Over 33,000 none of the above (NOTA) votes were polled in Himachal Pradesh, where the ruling BJP swept the Lok Sabha elections winning all four seats in the state. The saffron party won Mandi, Shimla, Hamirpur and Kangra with record margins of about four lakh votes in each of the constituencies.As many as 33,008 voters chose the NOTA option. In this way, 0.87 percent voters opted for NOTA out of the total 38,01, 793 votes polled in the state on May 19, an election official said. Besides, 8,208 (0.22 per cent) votes were rejected for the four Lok Sabha seats of the hill-state, he added.The highest 11,327 voters chose NOTA in Kangra, followed by 8,357 in Shimla, 8,026 in Hamirpur and 5,298 in Mandi, the official said.He said a total of 29,032 voters (0.9 per cent) had opted for NOTA in the 2014 parliamentary elections.The highest 3,322 votes were rejected in Hamirpur, followed by 2,567 in Kangra, 1,777 in Mandi and 1,542 in Shimla, the official said.He said as electronic voting machines (EVMs) were used for general voters, there was no chance to get votes rejected. But, the votes of the soldiers, generally known as service voters, and those of the poll staff, who use ballot papers to exercise their franchise, may be rejected if not properly cast, the official added.Of the total 53,30,154 registered voters in the four constituencies, 68,028 (1.27 percent) are service voters.The highest service voters 24,245 are in the Hamirpur Lok Sabha seat, followed by 21,836 in Kangra, 13,474 in Mandi and 8,473 in Shimla, a state electoral officer said.The HP Assistant Chief Electoral Officer Harbans Lal Dhiman told PTI that the ballot papers had been electronically transmitted to record offices/units of service voters on May 3 itself with envelopes to ensure their voting.”Subsequently, the service votes were required to reach the concerned Returning Officer before the start of the counting,” he added.There were 46,000 employees deputed as polling staff and they were also eligible to use ballot papers in case they were on poll duty outside their respective parliamentary constituency, the officer added. last_img read more

10 Killed Over 8 Lakh Affected Across Northeast as Incessant Rains Trigger

first_img Assamassam weatherBrahmaputra riverdisaster management First Published: July 12, 2019, 11:42 PM IST Guwahati: The flood situation in Assam continued to be grave on Friday with more than half of the districts submerged by waters of the Brahmaputra river and its tributaries. At least six persons have been killed in the floods and landslides and more than 8.5 lakh people affected so far.Assam State Disaster Management Authority (ASDMA) officials said three persons died in rain and flood-related incidents in Golaghat and Dima Hasao districts on Friday. While two persons died in the flood at Bokakhat revenue circle in Golaghat, one died in landslide in Haflong in Dima Hasao district. In rain-related incidents in Arunachal Pradesh and Mizoram, two each also lost their lives. The total death toll so far in the region has climbed to 10.The flood situation in Assam remained grim with 21 of the state’s 33 districts battling the raging waters of the Brahmaputra and its tributaries. The floods have led to death of six persons and affected 8.7 lakh people. The swirling waters have forced the railway authority to control train services due to “settlement of tracks” in the Lumding-Badarpur hill section.Officials said the Army was called in in Baksa district to assist the National Disaster Response Force and State Disaster Response Force for rescuing people.The Assam State Disaster Management Authority (ASDMA) said nearly 800 villages in 41 revenue circles are under water and about 2,000 marooned people have been put up in 53 relief camps and relief distribution centres. The Kaziranga National Park, the famed habitat of the Great Indian Rhino and a World Heritage site, has been affected too.Massive erosion has taken place at Chirang, Barpeta and Baksa due to the floods, which has submerged a total 1,556 villages and damaged 27,864.16 hectares of crop area, embankments, roads, bridges, culverts and other infrastructure in the affected districts. The authorities are running 68 relief camps and distribution centres in 11 districts, where 7,643 people are taking shelter currently.The Army, NDRF and SDRF have rescued 1,160 persons in the state since Thursday and have distributed 1,281.35 quintals of rice, dal, salt and 1,493.46 litres of mustard oil, besides tarpaulin, water pouch, sanitary napkins, baby food and other essential items.The Brahmaputra is flowing above the danger mark at Nimatighat in Jorhat and Tezpur in Sonitpur, while Dikhow river has breached the danger mark at Sivsagar town, Dhansiri river at Numaligarh in Golaghat, Jia Bharali at NT Road Crossing in Sonitpur, Puthimari at NH Road Crossing in Kamrup and Beki river at Road Bridge in Barpeta.In Mizoram, two men drowned and 390 houses submerged in floods triggered by incessant rain across Mizoram. Disaster management and rehabilitation officials said landslides made many places inaccessible.The swelling water of Khawthlangtuipui river, also known as the Karnaphuli, has submerged at least 390 houses in six villages of Lunglei district. A total of 119 families have been rescued from one of the affected villages.Several areas of the district have been cutoff from the rest of the state due to road blocks caused by landslides. Power supply was also disrupted in many areas across the state.In Arunachal Pradesh, two students got buried alive and two others injured after a boundary wall of a government school hostel collapsed in Tawang district due to landslides triggered by incessant downpours. With the state capital witnessing landslides, mudslides and road blockades due to heavy rainfall for several days, the district administration has ordered closure of all schools in Itanagar till Sunday.Sikkim was cut off from the rest of the country as multiple landslides triggered by heavy and continuous rainfall at several places blocked the arterial NH-31A, officials said. The state has been cut off from the rest of the country since Thursday noon, officials of General Reserve Engineering Force of the BSF said. They said a significant section of the hills have collapsed and blocked the highway at around five locations between Setijhora and Kalijhora in West Bengal.In Sikkim, landslides have occurred near Rangpo and 32 Number on the highway. Repair and restoration work is underway on a war footing at the spots but is being hampered by heavy and continuous rains.Incessant rains over the past three days have jeopardised normal life in north Bengal, creating a flood-like situation in the low-lying areas and triggering landslides in the hills.The weather department has predicted downpour in north Bengal and parts of Sikkim till Monday morning.Railways affectedA Northeast Frontier Railway release said passenger train services between New Jalpaiguri and Alipurduar through Dooars area have been suspended. Heavy rains have affected the train tracks between Jatinga Lumpur to New Harangajao station in Lumding Badarpur hill section as well, it added.The Sealdah-Agartala Kanchanjungha Express has been terminated at Lumding and will remain cancelled between Lumding and Agartala, while the Silchar-Sealdah Kanchanjungha Express which was scheduled to leave Silchar Friday will remain cancelled, said NF Railway Chief Public Relations Officer Pranav Jyoti Sharma.The Guwahati-Silchar passenger, which left Guwahati on July 11 and arrived at New Haflong station this morning has been short terminated and will remain cancelled between New Haflong and Silchar, while the Silchar-Guwahati passenger of Friday has been short terminated at Chandranathpur station and will return to Silchar, Sarma added. last_img read more

Thanks to Motif food startups dont need a lab to make labgrown

first_img Editors’ Recommendations Impossible FoodsStartups like Impossible Food and others are working as we speak to change how we produce food. But where do they get the “ingredients” to do so? Boston-based Motif Ingredients hopes to be that supplier.The company recently secured $90 million in financing to do just that, and it might be a good time to do so. Demand for alternative foods increased 17 percent last year, but obstacles remain primarily in how these meat and dairy substitutes taste. To put it simply, you can still taste the difference, and that doesn’t make them appealing to consumers who aren’t vegetarians. Beyond Meat’s second generation product is probably the only one that has truly come close.Motif’s executives have said publicly that the success of Beyond Meat played a big part in their decision to launch Motif. But at the same time, Impossible spent a lot of money (and time) getting its new burger to be so meat-like. This might not be possible for smaller and less well-funded companies, and that’s where Motif comes in.“Consumers are demanding mindful food options, but there’s a reigning myth that healthy and plant-based foods must come at a higher price, or cannot taste or function like the animal-based foods they aim to replicate,” CEO Jonathan McIntyre said.Motif says it will use biotechnology and fermentation (the latter process similar to brewing beer) to create the ingredients necessary to create the meat and dairy substitutes. Through extensive research and development, Motif will then select the various vitamins, amino acids, enzymes, and flavors necessary to closely replicate actual meat and dairy to the point it’s practically indistinguishable. The company will also offer its research and development services to food companies looking to break into the alternative foods market.Motif Ingredients is built on a biological engineering platform created by Ginkgo Bioworks, the group’s parent company. According to its website, Ginkgo is an “organism company, using the power of biology to build sustainable products in food, pharma, manufacturing, and more.” Ginkgo had previously partnered with healthcare company Bayer to research sustainable agricultural practices, including ways to create microbes to replace traditional fertilizer.Once the company gets off the ground, it is expected to expand far beyond just meat substitutes. Among the potential uses for Motif’s ingredients are nondairy ice cream, plant-based yogurt, soy milk and nut milk, protein snacks, and sports drinks, the company says. Grub’s up? Lab-grown insect meat could be the future of food production Jargon: A look inside the lingo of the plant-based diet industry Impossible Foods struggles to keep up with Impossible Burger demand How to print Instagram photos, from mobile printers to online photo labs Niantic Labs will soon drop support for Pokémon Go on Apple Watchlast_img read more