Love Cocoa launches Europes first ever avocado chocolate bar

first_imgLove Cocoa launches Europe’s ‘first ever’ avocado chocolate barPosted By: News Deskon: November 01, 2017In: Confectionery, Food, Industries, Ingredients, Innovation, New productsPrintEmailBritish chocolate brand Love Cocoa claims to have introduced Europe’s ‘first ever’ avocado chocolate bar.The avocado ingredient used in the bar is 100% natural freeze dried avocado pulp powder, which the brand says contains the same taste, texture and nutrients of the green fruit.Love Cocoa aims to tap into the popularity of avocados with the new bar, which is vegan and contains 70% organic dark chocolate.James Cadbury, the great-great-great grandson of Cadbury’s founder John Cadbury, created the brand as he aims to respond to consumer demand for premium chocolate with quality ingredients.“Growing up a Cadbury, I’ve always loved chocolate and experimenting in the kitchen,” he said.“And like the millions on Instagram, I’m also an avocado fan, so I thought why not mix two of the most loved flavours and foods together – and that’s how the avocado chocolate bar was born.”Love Cocoa reinvents British favourites with contemporary twists to produce its handmade chocolates. Other flavours created include earl grey tea, gin and tonic, and Maldon sea salt.Love Cocoa’s avocado dark chocolate bar is now available in the UK, priced at £4.25.Share with your network: Tags: chocolateconfectioneryinnovationLove Cocoanew productUKlast_img read more

Mahou San Miguel invests 21m euros in Spanish distribution plan

first_imgMahou San Miguel invests 2.1m euros in Spanish distribution planPosted By: Contributoron: December 21, 2018In: Alcohol, Beverage, Distribution, IndustriesPrintEmailSpanish beer maker Mahou San Miguel has invested €2.1 million in a new distribution model for the south of Spain.The firm said the project ensures both the competitiveness and long-term sustainability of its sites in Córdoba, Granada, Málaga and Jaén.It added that the investment reinforces its commitment to the Andalucía region in the south of Spain, where it employs more than 300 people.Madrid-headquartered Mahou San Miguel makes beer brands as San Miguel, Alhambra and Reina, as well as mineral water brands Sierra Natura, Solán de Cabras and Sierras de Jaén.Carmen Calama, Mahou San Miguel logistics director, said: “This project highlights that, for us, Andalucía has a strategic importance and, therefore, we are continuing to strengthen our commitment to the area through continuous investment in our facilities and initiatives that boost its economy and development.”Earlier this year, Mahou San Miguel joined forces with 20 of its domestic distributors in Spain in a bid to improve the sustainability of its distribution chain.The group has provided training aimed at identifying challenges and good practices to integrate sustainability into their businesses. They include innovative urban distribution solutions and technologies for the efficient delivery of goods.Mahou San Miguel was founded when Mahou bought the remaining 70% stake that it did not already hold in San Miguel from Danone in 2000.Earlier this year, the firm launched a new addition to its Maestra range of beers in Spain – Mahou Maestra Dunkel.Share with your network: Tags: beerMahou San MiguelSpainlast_img read more

Glanbia Nutritionals acquires US premix producer Watson

first_imgGlanbia Nutritionals acquires US premix producer WatsonPosted By: Martin Whiteon: February 20, 2019In: Business, Food, Industries, Ingredients, Mergers & Acquisitions, NutritionPrintEmailGlanbia Nutritionals has agreed to acquire Watson, a US-based producer of custom nutrient premixes, expanding Glanbia’s premix portfolio.Connecticut-headquartered Watson also produces a range of bakery ingredients, edible film and material conditioning solutions for the nutrition, food and beverages industries, as well as the supplement segment.Glanbia says that the acquisition strengthens its microencapsulation, agglomeration, micronising, spray drying and edible film technologies and capabilities, while expanding its premix production footprint.Thanks to this acquisition, Glanbia’s US premix production network now includes facilities in California, Missouri, Illinois, and Connecticut, allowing the company to better serve customers across the region.The addition of Watson’s R&D team will also enhance Glanbia’s ability to create new premix solutions that address the complex formulation requirements of today’s applications.Brian Phelan, CEO of Glanbia Nutritionals, said: “We are excited to welcome the 300 employees of Watson with their established reputation of expertise, technical capability and commitment to excellence.“The customers of both organisations will stand to benefit significantly from the combined capabilities that the two teams now bring together.”Share with your network: Tags: GlanbiapremixUSWatsonlast_img read more

Lesaffre opens baking centre for industrial customers in Austria

first_imgLesaffre opens baking centre for ‘industrial customers’ in AustriaPosted By: Alex Clereon: April 11, 2019In: Bakery, Food, Industries, Innovation, ManufacturingPrintEmailLesaffre has inaugurated a new ‘baking centre’ in Austria, allowing it to better support it customers in bringing new products to market.The new facility in Austria, which has been operational since early 2019, adds to a growing network of Lesaffre baking centres and will be the group’s first entirely dedicated to industrial customers. The company claimed the opening would allow it to enhance its service offering and open up new opportunities within Europe.Jérôme Lebriez, president for Oriental and Central Europe at Lesaffre, said: “In this new baking centre, suited to industrial scale pilot trials, we offer our customers and partners the possibility to carry out tests on our premises by simulating their own conditions and constraints, and without disrupting their productions. This will allow us to develop tailor-made solutions with them.”The facility houses an ultra-modern pilot industrial bakery, built around four zones: a dough preparation zone, a shaping zone, a cold treatment zone with a forced-air freezing cell, and a baking zone. In addition, there is a laboratory area dedicated to evaluating the quality of finished products, including their shelf-life, preservation, and texture. In all, the centre is more than 600 square metres in size and boasts cutting-edge technology that will allow Lesaffre to better engage with its clients.Lesaffre CEO Antoine Baule said: “Innovation is part of the company’s genes and will be one of the keys to meeting the many challenges of tomorrow. We want to help our customers by codeveloping with them technical and industrial solutions that meet their own innovation needs. Setting up this Baking CenterTM in the heart of a region that plays such an important role in the evolution of food trends is essential for Lesaffre.”The French company said the latest investment reflects its continued commitment to its talent, technology and to finding new solutions for customers’ problems.It has previously expanded its capabilities through acquisitions: last July it acquired bakery ingredients company Delavau Food Partners as part of its expansion in North America, and then in November bought Italian biotechnology company Gnosis – a specialist in fermentation-derived ingredients for food and nutraceuticals.Share with your network: Tags: AustriabakeryFranceLesaffrelast_img read more

Is the US in a constitutional crisis Experts say not yet

first_imgDonald Trump Is the US in a constitutional crisis? Experts say: not yet Trump’s unpredictable behavior has alarmed many but so far has not created an unresolved clash between branches of government Share via Email Share on Twitter Wed 7 Feb 2018 06.00 EST Share via Email Support The Guardian Trump-Russia investigation Last modified on Thu 5 Jul 2018 16.46 EDT Was this helpful? Share on Facebook US constitution and civil liberties The Trump administration has so far abided by judicial rulings in the case of the travel bans, diverting a potential crisis, experts said. Likewise, Trump might comply with a ruling in the case of any firing of justice department officials, Posner said.“I think probably the thing to look for is a judicial order that the president defies,” he said. “That’s the clearest evidence that a constitutional crisis exists.“So for example, if Trump fired Mueller and a court reinstated him, and Trump ordered the treasury department not to pay his salary, or the justice department not to give him a budget, or something like that, that would be a clear constitutional crisis.”In the case of a Mueller or Rosenstein firing, other potential checks including congressional oversight and the electoral process would have to fail before the risk of a constitutional crisis became full-blown, said Whittington.But the position would become more grave if Trump did fire Rosenstein or Mueller, and then the Republican majority in Congress did nothing to rebuke him, and voters in the 2018 midterm elections returned that majority to Capitol Hill.“Then I think we’re probably in a pretty disturbing situation, because then it would suggest that the president’s own party in Congress has come to the conclusion that it’s politically and electorally safe for them to allow the president to behave very badly,” Whittington said. “No, I’m not,” the president said in mid-December. But in fact Trump had ordered special counsel Robert Mueller’s firing in June 2017, just one month after Mueller was appointed, the New York Times reported. Trump backed down when the White House Counsel, Donald McGahn, refused to convey the order to deputy attorney general Rod Rosenstein.Trump-aligned voices on Capitol Hill and in the media, meanwhile, prominently including Fox News, continue to call for Mueller’s head, and attacks on Mueller from inside the White House have proliferated. Hide Pinterest Since you’re here… Photograph: Charles Dharapak/AP Many people felt in 1973 that Richard Nixon’s firing of special prosecutor Archibald Cox in the Watergate affair amounted to a constitutional crisis, said Posner, but no such crisis materialized because Nixon ultimately complied with justice department subpoenas, the government continued to function, and then Nixon resigned.“In a lot of ways, the system operated exactly as it should have” during Watergate, Posner said.Whittington agreed. “I don’t think this is that dangerous of a moment,” he said of the Trump era. “Certainly there are reasons to worry, in part because president Trump himself is a very unusual individual to hold executive office, and the political parties are extremely polarized.“The US has confronted lots of serious and difficult social, economic and political dilemmas across its history and sometimes people worry whether the constitution was adequate to allow the government to address those problems in a reasonable way, but I just don’t think that the problems that currently confront us are nearly as severe as some of those that we’ve seen in the past.” US Congress Shares8484 Facebook Twitter … we have a small favour to ask. The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.More people are reading and supporting The Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we have chosen an approach that allows us to keep our journalism accessible to all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford. But we need your ongoing support to keep working as we do.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism, to maintain our openness and to protect our precious independence. Every reader contribution, big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Even Watergate fell short of being a constitutional crisis, some argue. Photograph: Bettmann/Bettmann Archive Share on LinkedIn Read more Share on Facebook analysis Reuse this content @TeeMcSee US politics Trump himself reportedly believed that the Nunes memo was a set-up for him to sideline one or more of those top figures, possibly special counsel Robert Muelleror his boss, deputy attorney general Rod Rosenstein. Both men are Republicans, a fact which has done nothing to quell the theories that they brought an inherent bias against Trump.Democrats have warned that the president would be placing himself beyond the reach of the law if he tried to remove the men, because such a move would hamper an investigation in which Trump personally appears to be a target. The president would be acting more like a king than a constitutional executive.“If the president uses this fake, horrible release of distorted intelligence as an excuse to fire Rosenstein or Mueller, it could lead to a constitutional crisis,” the Senate minority whip, Dick Durbin, said, echoing a line used by House minority leader, Nancy Pelosi.But were the Democrats right to deliver the warning? Is a constitutional crisis afoot? The short answer, according to multiple experts in constitutional law, is no – not yet.“I don’t think that we’re currently in a constitutional crisis, although we’re certainly dealing with activities that are unusual in our constitutional experience, and that can sometimes lead people to worry that you’re in the midst of crisis,” said Keith Whittington, a professor of politics at Princeton University specializing in constitutional theory. “But things being unfamiliar isn’t necessarily the same as things being broken down and in a crisis.”Eric Posner, a professor at the University of Chicago law school who has revisited the question frequently over the past year, agreed that the country isn’t there yet.“What’s really going on is that people are worried that a constitutional crisis might begin at any moment,” Posner said. “And I can understand the worries. President Trump is unpredictable. He’s said an awful lot of alarming things, which if followed through on would be unconstitutional – but he hasn’t really followed through yet.”Trump’s failure to divest from his companies as president and his attempts to impose what critics say are discriminatory travel bans are evidence that the Trump presidency threatens constitutional norms.However, it takes more than a wayward president to precipitate a constitutional crisis, which involves an unresolved clash between branches of government or the unanswered flouting of constitutional rules, legal experts advise. US constitution and civil liberties US President Donald Trump holds a roundtable discussion with law enforcement officials and local community leaders on the threat of MS-13 on February 6, 2018 at the White House in Washington,DC. / AFP PHOTO / Mandel NGANMANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty ImagesPhotograph: Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images Share on Messenger Q&A Is Trump preparing to fire Mueller? Email Thank you for your feedback. Share on Twitter Share on Pinterest Topics Tom McCarthy in New York Trump administration Even those who experience the Donald Trump presidency as an uninterrupted emergency have had moments when concern about what happens next has spiked.We appear to be in such a moment. Internet search interest in the phrase “constitutional crisis” went ballistic in the first week of February, according to Google, and the phrase featured prominently in talking points deployed by top Democrats over the weekend.The cause for alarm was the release of the so-called Nunes memo, named for Devin Nunes, the Republican chairman of the House intelligence committee. It was a slender work which sought to tar the top figures in the Russia investigation as compromised by a partisan conspiracy. Show Trump: Schiff and senior Obama intelligence figures are ‘liars and leakers’ Share on WhatsApplast_img read more

Ronny Jackson crashed car while drunk and mishandled drugs document claims

first_imgRonny Jackson Only hours after the White House press secretary insisted that Ronny Jackson, Trump’s pick to run the veterans affairs department, “had received more vetting than most nominees”, a document was released that detailed allegations of Jackson, the current White House physician, mishandling drugs and wrecking a car while intoxicated.Jackson said he would continue to move forward with the nominating process and said he had “never wrecked a car”.The Montana Democrat Jon Tester, the ranking Democrat on the Senate veterans affairs committee, released a document summarizing more than 20 interviews conducted by staffers with people who served with Jackson. The document includes allegations of drunkenness, faulty prescribing practices and creating a hostile work environment. Share on Facebook @Bencjacobs Document summarizing more than 20 interviews with people who served with the VA nominee contains concerning allegations Support The Guardian This article is more than 1 year old Share on WhatsApp Last modified on Thu 5 Jul 2018 16.45 EDT Reuse this content Ronny Jackson on Capitol Hill in Washington DC Tuesday.Photograph: Michael Reynolds/EPA Wed 25 Apr 2018 17.36 EDT Share on Twitter This article is more than 1 year old news Share on LinkedIn Read more It includes claims that Jackson “got drunk and wrecked a government vehicle” after a party and described “at least one occasion [when] Dr Jackson could not be reached when needed because he was passed out drunk in his hotel room”. It also alleges that he so freely handed out prescription drugs that he was nicknamed “candyman” and had his own “private stocks of controlled substances”.The allegations come a day after Tester and Johnny Isakson, the chair of the veterans affairs committee, jointly released a statement saying that the committee was postponing Jackson’s confirmation hearing “in light of new information presented to the committee”.The two added: “We take very seriously our constitutional duty to thoroughly and carefully vet each nominee sent to the Senate for confirmation. We will continue looking into these serious allegations and have requested additional information from the White House to enable the committee to conduct a full review”.Jackson’s nomination had long faced scrutiny because the White House doctor did not have any administrative experience prior to Trump choosing him to run the Department of Veterans Affairs, which employs nearly 350,000 people. Trump left room for Jackson to withdraw on Tuesday in a news conference with French president Emanuel Macron. “I don’t want to put a man through a process that is too ugly like this and it’s disgusting,” Trump said. “I’ll stand behind him. He’s a fine man but it’s his choice.”Jackson, who was nominated in March, first came to public notice when he told reporters in January that Trump had “incredibly good genes” after giving him a physical. center_img Donald Trump Share on Pinterest Ben Jacobs in Washington Ronny Jackson Topics Since you’re here… Shares8989 Share via Email Share via Email Ronny Jackson crashed car while drunk and mishandled drugs, document claims Trump administration Share on Facebook … we have a small favour to ask. The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.More people are reading and supporting The Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we have chosen an approach that allows us to keep our journalism accessible to all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford. But we need your ongoing support to keep working as we do.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism, to maintain our openness and to protect our precious independence. Every reader contribution, big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Share on Twitter Share on Messenger Ronny Jackson close to withdrawing as VA nominee, Trump suggestslast_img read more

US service member killed in Afghanistan in apparent insider attack

first_img Since you’re here… This article is more than 10 months old Share on WhatsApp Share via Email Share on LinkedIn Reuse this content A US service member was killed and another wounded in an apparent insider attack in eastern Afghanistan on Monday, the Nato-led Resolute Support mission said in a statement.The service member, who was not immediately identified, was the sixth American to be killed in Afghanistan this year. US service member killed in Afghanistan in apparent insider attack Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share on Facebook A US military helicopter is seen flying toward Bagram airbase from Kabul, Afghanistan.Photograph: Thomas Watkins/AFP/Getty Images Share on Messenger The incident came two months after a member of a US army training unit was shot dead by an Afghan soldier in the southern province of Uruzgan.“The sacrifice of our service member, who volunteered for a mission to Afghanistan to protect his country, is a tragic loss for all who knew and all who will now never know him,” said Gen Scott Miller, who assumed command of Nato forces in Afghanistan on Sunday.Insider attacks, often known as “green on blue” attacks, in which Afghan service members or attackers wearing Afghan uniforms fire on US or coalition troops, have been a regular feature of the conflict in Afghanistan, although their frequency has diminished in recent years.Coalition forces have also tightened security and added extra force protection measures including special “guardian angel” units to accompany training units.The Resolute Support statement said the wounded service member was in stable condition but gave no further details, saying their name would be withheld until after next of kin were notified. Read more This article is more than 10 months old US service member killed in ‘insider attack’ in Afghanistancenter_img Share on Twitter Mon 3 Sep 2018 13.42 EDT Share via Email Share on Pinterest US military Afghanistan … 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. US military news Support The Guardian Last modified on Tue 4 Sep 2018 08.21 EDT Shares2424 Topics Service member is sixth US fatality in Afghanistan this yearWounded American in stable condition, Nato-led force says Reuters in Kabullast_img read more

John Kerry People are going to die because of the decision Trump

first_imgSaturday interview Last modified on Fri 16 Nov 2018 22.11 EST PepperoniPizza This comment was removed by a moderator because it didn’t abide by our community standards. Replies may also be deleted. For more detail see our FAQs. 3 21 22 Fun fact: John Kerry was a decorated Vietnam veteran who had the considerable courage to stand against the War early on. I see plenty of smugness here, and it’s all coming from you. | Pick CaressOfSteel Share on Facebook Report Share on Facebook | Pick Facebook Facebook Share on Twitter nancynoonoo | Pick Share on Twitter Facebook Reply Share on Facebook Twitter sharethewealth 6 7 Share Reply Now there’s a lot about Obama I liked and am inspired by. But let’s get our heads out of the sand. There’s plenty of decisions he made that led to people being killed. And Kerry would have been privy to them. Reply 292super Share | Pick Twitter CaressOfSteel Kerry needs to support Bernie Sanders and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. They are the people who can fight back. Will Kerry have the grace and humility to do this? He just might. See the face you love light up with……;-) Facebook 0 1 Report Share on Facebook Reply Share Share on LinkedIn Show 3 more replies 100 badcat Share on Twitter Share on Twitter Guardian Pick Share GordonsAlive Report 17 Nov 2018 Share on Twitter Twitter 17 Nov 2018 1:00 Share Pinterest Elizabeth Warren will get absolutely shellacked by Trump.I cannot stand Donald Trump, but really can’t see myself voting for Warren. Show 25 circuit 50 Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Share on Facebook expanded unthreaded Report He is clearly still hurt – and furious at himself for not airing his own ads in response. They had been prepared: “We have records on film; [my swift boat crew are] all on film” – he leans forward, jabbing at the air with his index finger – “at LENGTH, telling the TRUTH.” He lost the race narrowly to George W Bush.Kerry has a touching faith in truth, in answering falsehood with evidence and with testimony: “You have to expose a lie!” But with someone such as Donald Trump – who has racked up, as Kerry has noted, more than 6,000 documented lies – one would have no time to do anything else, not to mention that responding forces one on to Trump’s agenda. “Well, inevitably, in the mass of back and forth, there’s always something you have to respond to. But how you choose to respond is critical. You don’t have to get down into the dirty-mud name-calling that he gets into – I’d ignore that; that’s stupid stuff.”But no one seems to have managed it effectively so far – not the media and certainly not the Democrats – although Kerry disagrees on the latter point. “I think we just had an election which shows a lot is working. We just elected more members of Congress as Democrats than in any election since Watergate in 1974. Seven governors flipped from Republican to Democrat. Six legislatures flipped. We had huge additional turnout of young people – a 55% increase. One hundred and thirteen million Americans voted – we’ve never hit 100 before. So, it’s happening. That’s called accountability. And I think you keep organising and building the grassroots movement around the truth.”Vietnam made Kerry an activist; it also made him a diplomat, a believer in talking, listening, doing whatever it takes to avoid war and to come to an agreement that might be constructive for the country. Kerry, who was elected to the US Senate in 1984 and served there for 28 years, talks fascinatingly and depressingly about how the institution changed in that time. When he arrived, “I had as many daughters as there were women in the US Senate” – two, from his first marriage, to Julia Thorne. The cigar- and alcohol-fuelled banter was locker-room salty, but there were characters such as Ted Kennedy, who provided wise advice. “Never explain,” for one thing – if you explain, you have already lost. (When he became secretary of state, Kerry was assiduous about collecting advice from previous incumbents. Condoleezza Rice told him to remember the big picture; Colin Powell implored him to sort out the ancient email system.) comments (863)Sign in or create your Guardian account to join the discussion. 17 Nov 2018 1:17 Share Comments 863 Share | Pick | Pick 33 34 Reply Twitter Report 7 8 | Pick Share on Twitter MartinSilenus Report Fogmaker Share on Facebook Share Reply Twitter Twitter Twitter circuit Share on Twitter 17 Nov 2018 1:03 17 Nov 2018 3:01 Facebook Share on Facebook Reply Share on Facebook Share 17 Nov 2018 0:57 VettelCrashes MartinSilenus userles 8 9 Report Twitter 69 70 Bernie Sanders is the only politician who is a certainty to beat Trump in 2020. Everyone else is a maybe and a lot of them tend towards no. Offer someone who has a proven track record of fighting the ultra-rich in order to win material gains for the masses, or lose. It’s that simple. 3lement Share Share on Facebook | Pick Facebook Play Video Report Twitter ID2323 | Pick Facebook Show 1 more reply | Pick algae64 Stormy’s attorney, Avenatti has to overcome some recent inconvenient allegations first. Should that be Decisions (plural) and not Decision? Trump seriously needs to be removed from office before he presses the nuclear button! 30 31 4 Facebook Share on Twitter Whataboutery Share on Twitter Twitter 10 11 Perhaps the dubiousness comes from the fact that Kerry himself is considering another presidential run. “I haven’t ruled it out – I’m just going to think quietly about whether I think it’s … necessary. Whether I feel I can bring something to the table that’s essential, that somebody else can’t. I’ve got to see what my friend Joe Biden does, I’ve got to see what Mike Bloomberg does. There’s only so much space for genuine, capable candidates. Do I think I’m capable? Sure – I thought I was very capable and ready to be president 14 years ago, and came within one state of being it [he lost Ohio by 2 percentage points].” But wasn’t one of the problems with Hillary Clinton that she had been around for a long time, that she was part of the old guard? “Well, my own opinion is that people want somebody who knows what they’re doing. I don’t think we have time for a learning curve – Donald Trump has proved that.”The last quarter of Kerry’s book is taken up with a blow-by-blow account of the hard graft of being Barack Obama’s secretary of state – the hours and weeks of global meetings that eventually secured the Iran nuclear deal, that saw him take his two-year-old grandchild on stage to sign the Paris climate agreement, that crashed against the intractability of the Middle East conflict. Six months after Trump’s inauguration, the new president took the US out of the Paris agreement; this May, he pulled out of the Iran deal. How does it feel to watch things built with so much care being torn down? | Pick PepperoniPizza Facebook 6 7 Reply skywalker9009 Twitter Reply John Kerry and Beto O’Rouke would be a great ticket, but they would not get elected because they are too honest. That has always been John Kerry’s issue, he thinks truth and fact can triumph over B.S. fed to the uneducated by the Republican party. Really, the U.S. seems like a lost country. Share on Twitter Staff ‘We’ve got to make America fair again’ … John Kerry.Photograph: Richard Saker/Guardian,The former US secretary of state has looked on as Donald Trump has dismantled the Paris climate agreement. Now, 14 years after losing his presidential bid, he is considering anotherby Aida Edemariam,Main image:‘We’ve got to make America fair again’ … John Kerry.Photograph: Richard Saker/Guardian Report splitshift2 Share on Facebook manoftheworld Share on Twitter Share Reason (optional) Share on Twitter 6 7 Share Share Compared to Trump any monkey is Einstien VettelCrashes Facebook 19 20 Share on Twitter 17 Nov 2018 0:53 Reply Share on Twitter Threads collapsed Order by oldest | Pick Report Report Do I think I’m capable of being president? Sure – I thought I was very capable and ready 14 years ago Twitter 176 177 Saturday interview Facebook Share on Twitter 17 Nov 2018 0:57 17 Nov 2018 0:57 Reply Share 2 Fogmaker 17 Nov 2018 1:01 | Pick | Pick Trump has spent the past two years gutting a lot of those environmental regs. There’s a corporation actually trying to oppose Trump’s efforts to okay greater mercury emissions now. Facebook Share on Twitter Reply Why are American political leaders so old? Kerry is 74, Trump is 72, Pelosi is 78 and Mitch McConnell is 76. They all need to get out of the way and let the younger generation take over. Maybe you should try it then. Reply Facebook Share on Facebook Facebook Share on Facebook recommendations 17 Nov 2018 1:40 Report 17 Nov 2018 1:12 Report Compared to trump Kerry is all gold “Here’s my feeling. And I’m certain of this.” He slows down. “I. Do. Not. Take. It. Personally. I’m sorry for the world. I’m sorry for my country, which looks ridiculous. Look, I’ve known all my life that this is a tough business, that politics is hard – that there are ups and down and if you personalise them you’re never going to survive.” Also, he points out, “I feel better than a lot of people think”, because Trump cannot affect the 194 countries still “doing Paris”, or even the 38 US states (plus Washington DC) committed to renewable energy portfolios regardless of the president’s edicts. The Iran deal is wounded, but still exists, he says. “In fact France, Germany, Britain, Russia and China all met few weeks ago in New York with the foreign minister of Iran, to talk about how to keep the deal moving forward.”Surely he is angry, though? “You know what I’m angry about? People are going to die because of the decision Donald Trump made. My kids and my grandkids are going to face a difficult world because of what Donald Trump has done. But if you sound angry all the time, people aren’t going to listen to you.” Anger boiled over into a tweet last week, when he could not bear the farrago unfolding on Remembrance Day. “It was just a sad moment, for our country and for the presidency. The president of the United States did not go to an event because of rain, when those guys died in the rain, died in the snow, died in the gas, died in the mud, and not to honour them I thought was brutal.”How does he think the US is seen now, two years after he left office? His voice drops low. “I think America right now is a big question mark for a lot of people. And I regret that; I hate that. As somebody who worked so hard to have America be a leader, a principled participant in global affairs, a grownup, and see us now – our credibility, people actually laughing and hating at the same time – that’s a real problem. I want to see it change and I’m going to work very hard to make it change, one way or the other.”Every Day Is Extra by John Kerry is published by Simon & Schuster UK. To order a copy for £22 (RRP £25), go to guardianbookshop.com or call 0330 333 6846. Free UK P&P over £15, online orders only. Phone orders minimum P&P of £1.99. | Pick Reply Support The Guardian | Pick Share on Twitter Randall Moore 17 Nov 2018 0:36 Reply | Pick | Pick Phillip Rhodes PepperoniPizza Facebook Mr. Kerry joined the military for his political resume. People who wanted to have a career in politics used to do that. Now it hurts them so they don’t do it anymore. Share on Twitter Reply Facebook Report 17 Nov 2018 2:00 Twitter Yes, they do. Donald Trump Show 10 more replies Reply Report Share on Twitter Facebook Report Share sometimes insults=truth…care to actually refute what mow said? 14 15 3lement Share next Peter Cini 17 Nov 2018 0:34 17 Nov 2018 0:47 28 29 Share on Facebook To look back at the moment John Kerry entered US public life, addressing the Senate foreign relations committee on 22 April 1971, is to be struck by many things. There are the famous words, of course: “How do you ask a man to be the last man to die in Vietnam? How do you ask a man to be the last man to die for a mistake?” There is the shock of dark, Beatles-inspired hair, the distinctly British-tinged accent. Above all, there is the self-possession. Even though, as he describes it in his new book, Every Day Is Extra, he had not realised he would be the only witness until he had walked in the door, breathless and young and late; even though he was describing a situation about which he was deeply angry, he did not hurry his delivery. Share Share Share on Facebook 17 Nov 2018 1:44 Report 17 Nov 2018 0:44 | Pick 17 Nov 2018 0:56 Share on Twitter Show 7 more replies Peter Cini Facebook Share on WhatsApp Share Report userles 32 33 armitage32 Share on Facebook Share on Facebook Facebook 6 7 12 13 17 Nov 2018 0:33 Matthew McKinnon By fracking and outsourcing their emissions to China? Who does China manufacture for? Facebook All 17 Nov 2018 1:01 Reply Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Reply 76 77 You’re correct in that “Very little research is required to establish that human caused climate change fearmongering is just hot air”.However, if you do anything more than “Very little research”, you’d discover that it’s a genuine thing, supported by the vast majority of the World’s Scientists (Oh, and by “Scientists” I mean people with actual qualifications from actual Universities, not an easily discredited loon on Youtube). Reply | Pick So do the Republicans. Also on their wish list are Harris and Sparticus and Stormy’s lawyer whatshisname. There’s money in enviromentalism, a man could get rich…. Twitter Twitter 17 Nov 2018 0:22 I don’t want to disagree with you, but Trump is not that worthy, decent or honest. What you say about Kerry is true though. Report Twitter | Pick Well, his wife is wealthy. He married wealth. Dunno about his big footprint. Share on Twitter Report Facebook Report Show 3 more replies Share Show us the ‘very little research’ then, to prove your very misguided opinion. 17 Nov 2018 0:37 mikedow Share Share on Facebook Reply | Pick Share 17 Nov 2018 0:54 17 Nov 2018 0:35 Twitter Doesn’t wisdom come with age? It would scare me if all leaders looked like Trudeau. Twitter Loading comments… Trouble loading? Twitter Lagado Facebook Report Twitter Share on Facebook Share “f they want to go for a celebrity to fight Trump then I can’t see him beating Robert Redford.” Though I like Redford, we need younger talent. Dwayne Johnson (the Rock) I’d love to see him run against Trump, Donnie wouldn’t dare try to intimidate the Rock. Trump would lose big. Share | Pick Reply Share nancynoonoo 0 1 | Pick Reply Reply Reply Facebook Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Report Report circuit Share 17 Nov 2018 1:02 51 52 That’s right, you just blindly hurl insults at the USA and, in the meantime, ignore the point of the article. Twitter Share Compared to trump Kerry is all gold Facebook Reply “On the opposite side of the spectrum are the industrial powerhouse China and major energy exporters who are doing almost nothing to limit carbon dioxide emissions. These include Saudi Arabia (oil), Russia (gas) and Canada, which is drawing vast quantities of dirty oil from tar sands. Fossil fuel lobbies in these countries are so powerful that government climate pledges are very weak, setting the world on course for more than 5C of heating by the end of the century.” | Pick Reply daWOID manoftheworld I hope Tulsi Gabbard runs for President 70 71 Matthew McKinnon Facebook Twitter Facebook Kerry is an interminable windbag– the US has cut more CO2 emissions than any other country in the world. Share on Twitter 17 Nov 2018 2:07 Facebook That man is one those directly responsible for the death of hundred of thousands in Syria (the Syrian Army alone has lost close to 100 000 soldiers). So he should just go away Since you’re here… Reply 17 Nov 2018 0:51 stopeatingme Twitter Kerry tries to guard against nostalgia, but he is horrified by the gradual erosion of respect and initiative in the Senate, the impossibility of contemplating bipartisan work, the loss of an upper chamber that was “more tolerant”. “There’s a lost sense of ‘senator’ – of the value of the Senate as a place of compromise. It’s a huge loss. The Senate was designed for moments like this. This is what the founding fathers wanted – to have six years in a term, so you’re not running to the passions of the House every two years. And there’s been such an orthodoxy that has set in.” Kerry cannot keep the disgust out of his voice: “I call them the orthodoxy police. Those are the people like [the Texas senator] Ted Cruz or [the former Louisiana senator] David Vitter, who would threaten their colleagues, in their own caucus, with the potential of a primary! ‘If you guys don’t go for this, well, we’re going to find someone to run against you because you know, it’s my way or the highway.’”He also learned from the Senate the tactics that he would suggest to the new influx of Democrats – so many of them young, female and/or from ethnic minorities; an “incredible class”, in Kerry’s words – must be the way to fight Trump and all his doings: ignore the furores, the tweets and “legislate seriously. Be out there fighting for what the country needs, what the world needs,” to deal urgently with climate change, cyber threats, “the challenge of 2 billion young people between the ages of 15 and 24, 1.8 billion 15 or younger; 300 million of them won’t even go to school. Fifty-one per cent of the income of America going to 1% of Americans.” The latter percentage, of course, includes Kerry and his second wife, Teresa Heinz. According to a 2015 New Yorker profile, between them they own at least six properties, including a 23-room mansion in Georgetown, Washington DC, and a 90-acre farm outside Pittburgh in Pennsylvania, as well as a 23-metre (76ft), $7m (£5.4m) sailboat called Isabel. “We’ve got to make America fair again. You gotta make things work for working folks so they can pay their bills and send their kids to school, reach the brass ring, retire in dignity, have healthcare – the priorities are pretty clear, in my judgment. We need infrastructure. Desperately. We need to start rebuilding America,” he says.But who will lead them? Surely an obvious leader is what the Democratic party, going into the presidential election in 2020, needs desperately? “It’s part of the current cynicism,” says Kerry. “I think people want to know that they’re choosing someone with winability, with electability. [But] there is no clarity …” What does he think of Beto O’Rourke? The young former punk rocker did not win his Senate race against Cruz in Texas, but he came close. “I don’t … think so,” says Kerry. “But who knows. I mean, anyone can decide to run. He did energise people. He did a terrific job. But whether that translates into a presidential race – I don’t know.” (Kerry has his own history as a bassist, in a band called John Kerry and the Electras; the clips of his performance in the band, available on YouTube, are the only things he tells me to check out.) Report Twitter CaressOfSteel Twitter MayorHoberMallow | Pick Report Show 9 more replies Twitter Peter Cini Facebook 4 Report Share Reply Facebook 13 14 11 12 PepperoniPizza | Pick 7 8 Share on Twitter 17 Nov 2018 1:19 | Pick Share Reply Reply This comment was removed by a moderator because it didn’t abide by our community standards. Replies may also be deleted. For more detail see our FAQs. violagirl Twitter 2 3 Every president makes decisions that lead to deaths.But not on the global scale of Trump turning away from climate change at this critical stage. I’m sure that sounded clever and amusing in your head Redford has a bit more gravitas than The Rock, but it’s a great call – and Trump’s base would love him too. | Pick Share 17 Nov 2018 0:39 Reply Reply Pinterest Share on Facebook Twitter Share on Facebook John Kerry: ‘People are going to die because of the decision Trump made’ | Pick 17 Nov 2018 1:05 Fogmaker Share Report Share on Twitter says the guy who wrote captured twice 🙁 still, my mistakes have little bearing on global policy. ‘There’s always hope’: John Kerry on Donald Trump, the US midterms and climate change – video | Pick next Facebook Reply Twitter Facebook PetetheTree 17 Nov 2018 0:41 The Environmental Protection Agency openly admits in its proposal for new emission guidelines that the plan could lead to up 1,400 more premature deaths a year. A 289-page EPA report released Tuesday(Aug, 2018) provides details on the impact of the Trump administration’s Affordable Clean Energy rule, which would reverse Obama-era cuts to power plant carbon pollution. The EPA acknowledges that the proposed plan is expected to “increase emissions of carbon dioxide” and “increase the level of emissions of certain pollutants in the atmosphere that adversely affect human health,” as compared to the projections for Obama’s plan. Report Twitter Sign in or create your Guardian account to recommend a comment Report Share Facebook | Pick Reply Twitter 44 45 collapsed 33 34 GordonsAlive Report The US, as a country, is too racist to vote anyone with that sort of name as Prez. Barack Obama was a freak result for the US. Twitter Twitter Perhaps – after the vivid pointlessness of months spent in Vietnam, captaining vulnerable “swift boats” up muddy rivers; after being shot at and experiencing the deaths of friends; after watching a wounded Vietnamese soldier bleed to death in a US medical tent, surrounded by well-meaning soldiers who could not give him the most basic words of comfort in his own language, in his own country – the committee held little fear. Perhaps it was his upbringing, as the son of a state department lawyer and a mother whose extended family owned estates in Brittany, France, and an island off Cape Cod in Massachusetts; as a boy who attended elite boarding schools in Switzerland and the US; as a young man who, while a competitive debater and athlete at Yale, once went to visit a girlfriend (Jackie Kennedy’s half-sister) and found himself sailing with JFK for an afternoon. Or perhaps, as he puts it in his publisher’s offices in London, eyes watchful, tired from jetlag and an appearance on BBC Radio 4’s Today programme, it comes from “being a little kid on the train to Berlin, travelling home alone from school”, a kid who by eighth grade had attended seven schools. “It was just – survival. I am confident. I have a confidence about things.”The accent is all American now, but the ease is still there, a kind of centred stillness that coexists with mercurial attention: one minute he is leaning back, genial, possibly bored; the next minute he is sitting forwards, engaged, answering questions with a thoughtfulness that, in this age of tweeted ignorance and bile, elicits pangs of regret for what used to be and still could be. He is far from immune to regrets himself and is upfront about what they are: voting for the second Iraq war, for one, and not going all-out to scotch what he argues was the first major irruption of fake news into presidential politics – the airing of ads, during his 2004 presidential campaign, that questioned his war record. 9 10 157 158 He would be a near-perfect opponent for the Republicans in 2020 – another wealthy liberal from the NE. With H. Clinton also not ruling out another run, one has to wonder whether the Democrats have some kind of death wish. Twitter Share on Twitter 17 Nov 2018 1:21 Share tomtom21 Report Parischef Shares607607 Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Harriieee Show 18 more replies violagirl Peter Cinicenter_img Jump to comment Show 6 more replies | Pick 17 Nov 2018 0:42 27 28 “They all need to get out of the way and let the younger generation take over.” Well, Hillary and Warren are considerably younger. They are the Dems’ younger generation. And you forgot to mention Biden and Sanders. DeadCross People are going to die? Stop looking so smug, Kerry. People have been dying in tens of thousands because of US policy decisions for decades. The US is also the most war-like country on the planet. Has any country come close to killing as many innocents through their interventions and calculated abstentions ? Climate? Just one more issue that hurts everyone from a country in total denial about what it really stands for. Share on Twitter Share WitNit This comment was removed by a moderator because it didn’t abide by our community standards. Replies may also be deleted. For more detail see our FAQs. 17 Nov 2018 0:39 Share on Twitter KevinFinn Reply Fogmaker Parallax1 “…Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.” AO-C has zero clue about, well, anything! Regardless of who the Democrats put up for POTUS, they must put idealogical purity aside and vote a united ticket. This is how the Repubs gained their short lived unified control. Share Share on Facebook Facebook Report Facebook Reply Share on Twitter Bush was smart to dodge the US genocidal war in Vietnam. Same with Drump… anyone who fought in Vietnam was either a hapless poor victim dragooned into the war; or a crazed fanatic like Kerry who went to Vietnam as a “true believer”… there is a lot more nobility and honor for dodging service in Vietnam than joining in… Twitter Share Report Care to provide any substance with that critisism, champ? He always did seem a very worthy, able candidate, and a very decent and honest man. I’m not sure he did or would cause sufficient enthusiasm to win against a showboating liar with no respect for the truth but a surprising ability with demagoguery. Reply henchard11 68 69 Share on Twitter Share on Twitter | Pick KevinFinn circuit 11 12 Report Share ThamesSider Share on Facebook Twitter 17 Nov 2018 1:36 GordonsAlive Twitter 0 1 Twitter PepperoniPizza Report henchard11 Share on Facebook 17 Nov 2018 1:00 Facebook Share on Facebook Twitter Share on Facebook Facebook Reply Twitter | Pick PepperoniPizza Fogmaker Reply Twitter 3 4 Share on Facebook oldest Share Twitter Facebook newest Share circuit Share 17 Nov 2018 1:17 17 Nov 2018 0:46 Twitter Share on Twitter Close report comment form Share on Facebook Facebook Facebook | Pick Share on Twitter 17 Nov 2018 1:36 17 Nov 2018 0:50 Report “What does he think of Beto O’Rourke? The young former punk rocker did not win his Senate race against Cruz in Texas, but he came close. “I don’t … think so,” says Kerry. “ And this is exactly why Trump will win 2020. This and keeping Pelosi on as speaker, even though only 29% of Americans (including dems) have a favorable opinion of her. They aren’t listening to the people. They don’t want Clinton, they don’t want Pelosi and I’m sorry but they don’t want Kerry. All these people represent the corruption of Wall Street. Yes the GOP also does but Trump won in spite of them because he insulted them and tore them down, now they follow him. I despise Trump but I’m starting to see why his base is so loyal – aside from the shared racism I mean. He does what he promised he’d do. NO matter how revolting we may find it, he delivers to his base what he told them he would. When Obama won – he had both the House and Senate and what did he do? He didn’t do any of the things he promised he’d do, instead in the middle of one of the worst recessions of our time he chose Clintons Health Care plan to try and deliver and he ended up caving to insurance companies on that as well. The young Democrats that have just won all these seats have done so largely on their own terms without the backing of the ‘establishment’. Young people came out in droves because they see younger, more diverse candidates promising bold ideas and a new direction. Kerry, Pelosi and the rest of the old timers need to get out of the way and let them lead the party if they want to see real change. Personally I think Beto is a breath of fresh air. The guy ran a grassroots campaign without ‘corporate cash’ and he came close to winning in the most conservative state in the US – so I don’t see where Kerry’s attitude comes from, other than from his Wall Street buddies who don’t want to see change that will impact their bank accounts. 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They should really put Alec Baldwin in his Trump persona on the ticket. That would be hilarious. tigger2013 Share on Pinterest Share on Twitter Facebook ThamesSider Report mikedow Share via Email Parischef Share on Facebook 6 7 Facebook Share Twitter Anything you feel strongly about in particular? Besides the person. Twitter Facebook | Pick … 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. 17 Nov 2018 0:37 Twitter Bush spent the Vietnam War pretending to be a bar stool in a Texas bar. Kerry fought in it. Bush manoeuvred the country and Kerry into believing that Bush was a 10 time Medal Of Honour winner, the man who captured captured Ho Chi Minh. That’s how useless Kerry was. 3 4 86 87 Reply | Pick Share on Facebook manoftheworld Facebook Twitter Share on Facebook | Pick Share on Twitter algae64 Global warming does not alarm me as much as the trillion dollar US deficits passed in Congress by the Repubs and Trump. 8 9 17 Nov 2018 1:09 | Pick Facebook Please select Personal abuse Off topic Legal issue Trolling Hate speech Offensive/Threatening language Copyright Spam Other Facebook Share on Twitter View more comments Report Share on Twitter 1 Nasher77 Share on Twitter 8 9 Report | Pick 12 13 Reply Twitter Report 43 44 Email (optional) Report MartinSilenus badcat Facebook Report Share on Twitter | Pick Share on Twitter Share 17 Nov 2018 0:38 Reply algae64 Share | Pick Report 6 7 Share on Facebook Share on Facebook Facebook Reply 17 Nov 2018 1:23 12:53 Share on Facebook Report Show 2 more replies Twitter algae64 Report Topics 17 Nov 2018 0:57 8 9 CommunityMod Tiny Toy Share Twitter Facebook | Pick Twitter The planet is fine. Very little research is required to establish that human caused climate change fearmongering is just hot air. 100% bollocks. They wouldn’t get elected because Kerry belongs to the old school. 23 24 Twitter 17 Nov 2018 1:01 21 22 Harriieee Facebook Facebook Twitter Nonsense. Facebook Share on Facebook 4 5 zolotoy Share on Twitter Share on Twitter BernardCobb Reply | Pick Reply stopeatingme Share Share on Twitter 11 12 stopeatingme | Pick Report 25 Share on Facebook | Pick PepperoniPizza ‘My kids and my grandkids are going to face a difficult world because of what Donald Trump has done’ … Kerry, then the US secretary of state, holds his granddaughter while signing the Paris climate agreement in 2016. Photograph: Spencer Platt/Getty Images Share on Twitter Reply Share Share Peter Cini Share via Email Share and still the biggest pollutant 13 14 Reply Share on Facebook Share on Facebook Share on Twitter 38 39 Reply Share 17 Nov 2018 1:09 I read somewhere that there were fewer US military deaths under Obama then under any president in over a century.So, not perfect, but not the worst either. Reply Reply | Pick | Pick US midterms 2018 Twitter Share on Twitter 19 20 17 Nov 2018 1:03 Show 5 more replies Share on Facebook 17 Nov 2018 1:00 Read more 17 Nov 2018 1:20 userles Share Reply Facebook Report Share on Facebook Reply 17 Nov 2018 0:49 Share on Facebook CaressOfSteel Share on Facebook Show 4 more replies Show 12 more replies nancynoonoo This comment was removed by a moderator because it didn’t abide by our community standards. Replies may also be deleted. For more detail see our FAQs. userles Indeed. It makes you wonder how it’s so difficult to beat a loser. 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Go figure, I was shocked for nearly two seconds, max… Humans only true taste of the infinite, lies in being infinitely open to being corrupted: at the right price, of course. Putative future Canadian national motto: “let our grandchildren burn, we want the money” 2 Share on Twitter Share on Facebook … Fri 16 Nov 2018 11.06 EST Sorry there was an error. Please try again later. If the problem persists, please contact Userhelp 1 17 Nov 2018 2:42 Share on Twitter Share on Facebook KevinFinn Compared to Trump, Gerald Ford is gold. 17 Nov 2018 1:01last_img

Marlboro company buys 35 stake in Juul ecigarette maker for 128bn

first_imgMarlboro company buys 35% stake in Juul e-cigarette maker for $12.8bn This article is more than 6 months old “Our success ultimately depends on our ability to get our product in the hands of adult smokers and out of the hands of youth,” Juuls chief executive, Kevin Burns, said in a statement on Thursday, adding that “this investment and service agreement helps us do just that.”Under terms of the deal, Altria is subject to a standstill agreement under which it may not buy additional Juul shares above its current interest. Altria has also agreed not to sell or transfer any Juul shares for six years from the closing of the deal.The deal is subject to antitrust clearance and would give Altria the ability to nominate directors representing a third of Juul’s board, the cigarette giant said.The company also said that it would participate in the e-vapor category only through Juul for at least six years.Juul’s devices, which vaporize a nicotine-laced liquid and resemble a USB flash drive, grew from 13.6% of the market in early 2017 to more than 75% this month, according to a Wells Fargo analysis of Nielsen retail data. In its release on Thursday, Altria said Juul represented approximately 30% of the US e-cigarette space, when factoring in online sales and products in specialty stores such as vape shops.Federal data released last month showed a 78% year-on-year increase in high school students who reported using e-cigarettes in the last 30 days, coinciding with the rise in Juul’s popularity. Share on Pinterest Altria Group preparing for future in which ‘adult smokers overwhelmingly choose non-combustible products’ Support The Guardian Tobacco industry Last modified on Thu 20 Dec 2018 10.11 EST For Juul, which has risen swiftly over the last three years to become the US market leader in e-cigarettes, the Altria investment is expected to give it more prominent distribution in convenience stores and other traditional retail channels. The companies said Juul will be able to reach Altria’s customers through advertisements in traditional packs of cigarettes as well as direct mailers to customers.Altria also brings years of lobbying expertise in Washington that could benefit Juul as the company navigates heightened federal scrutiny over its products’ popularity among teenagers. Reuse this content Share on WhatsApp Read more Since you’re here… … we have a small favour to ask. The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.More people are reading and supporting The Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we have chosen an approach that allows us to keep our journalism accessible to all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford. But we need your ongoing support to keep working as we do.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism, to maintain our openness and to protect our precious independence. Every reader contribution, big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Share on Facebook The Marlboro cigarette maker Altria Group on Thursday announced it would pay $12.8bn to take a 35% stake in Juul Labs, a marriage between an old-line tobacco giant and a fast-growing electronic-cigarette rival looking to make inroads among smokers.The deal values San Francisco-based Juul at $38bn, more than double the roughly $16bn valuation it fetched in a July private funding round, highlighting what Altria sees as its next phase of growth in the face of declining smoking rates and cigarette sales in the United States.“We are taking significant action to prepare for a future where adult smokers overwhelmingly choose non-combustible products over cigarettes,” Altrias chief executive, Howard Willard, said in a statement. Share via Email Topics This article is more than 6 months old Juul has risen swiftly over the last three years to become the US market leader in e-cigarettes.Photograph: Steven Senne/AP Share on Twitter What’s leading more teens to try vaping? Study finds ‘alarming’ rise Reuters E-cigarettes Sign up for the new US morning briefing Smoking news Thu 20 Dec 2018 09.15 EST Share on LinkedIn E-cigarettes Share via Email Share on Twitter Shares4343 Share on Messenger Share on Facebooklast_img read more

We want to live with them wolves airdropped into US to tackle

first_imgShare on LinkedIn Share via Email This article is more than 4 months old ‘We want to live with them’: wolves airdropped into US to tackle moose problem Last modified on Wed 6 Mar 2019 09.44 EST Canada This article is more than 4 months old Supported by Elephant seals take over beach left vacant by US shutdown Wed 6 Mar 2019 06.00 EST Read more As the crisis escalates… Share on Twitter Support The Guardian Michigan A white wolf released into Isle Royale national park in Michigan.Photograph: Daniel Conjanu/AP Pinterest Animals Share on WhatsApp An Ontario wolf is captured at Michipicoten Island. Photograph: Mike Allan/AP About this content Katharine Gammon Share on Messenger Share on Facebook This land is your land This land is your land Wildlife Topics Facebook Twitter At a remote national park, four Canadians were recently airdropped into a dizzying new life in America.They are expert moose hunters, accustomed to cold climates, and covered in fur.A quartet of Canadian wolves was transported by helicopter from their home in Ontario to Isle Royale national park, covering an 894 sq mile island in the US Great Lakes, to deal with the burgeoning moose population. Scientists also hope to bolster a dwindling population of wolves that already exists on the island. Michigan news With the wolf population dwindling in a Michigan park, four were trapped in Ontario and transported by helicopter The biggest challenge to wolf reintroduction is people. Once wolves were among the most widely distributed wild mammals, but by the early 1990s, only a few hundred remained in the lower 48 states. Today, there are more than 6,000 wolves in the mainland US, and up to 12,000 in Alaska. “People’s attitudes have changed a ton,” says Vucetich. “Our attitudes have changed enough to decide definitively that we want to live with wolves. But we haven’t decided how to live with wolves.” Share via Email Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Historically, ice bridges have connected Isle Royale to the mainland for more than 50 days a year, allowing wolves ample time to migrate. But over the last two decades, these bridges have been far less common and consistent, in effect stranding the two last wolves at Isle Royale and preventing newcomers. The four new ones will join two others introduced in 2018. The National Park Service is planning to introduce 20 to 30 wolves to the park over the next five years.The new wolves were trapped in Ontario using foothold traps. “You don’t get to choose the wolf you trap,” says John Vucetich, an ecologist from Michigan Technological University who leads Wolves and Moose of Isle Royale project, the longest-running study of any predator-prey system in the world. “It could be old, young, or injured when captured.” Authorities wanted animals that weren’t too young or too old and that didn’t have any trouble with their teeth. Getting the right wolves is important because they typically live just four years in the wild (though alpha animals can live to twice that age), and the park wants to build a breeding population. When the new animals were dropped off on Isle Royale, it was probably a strange experience for them, says Vucetich.“They live in families, so imagine what happens to a dog when they’re plunked into a foreign place,” he says, adding that for the most part, the new wolves didn’t know each other prior to their release in Isle Royale. “They are being introduced to each other. It’s tense and nervous – and it’s tough to find food in a new place. It’s stressful.” The relocation process can also be dangerous: last fall, a female wolf died after she was sedated for travel. Shares745745 Share on Pinterest … in our natural world, we refuse to turn away from the climate catastrophe and species extinction. For The Guardian, reporting on the environment is a priority. We give reporting on climate, nature and pollution the prominence it deserves, stories which often go unreported by others in the media. At this pivotal time for our species and our planet, we are determined to inform readers about threats, consequences and solutions based on scientific facts, not political prejudice or business interests.More people are reading and supporting The Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we have chosen an approach that allows us to keep our journalism accessible to all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford. But we need your ongoing support to keep working as we do.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism, to maintain our openness and to protect our precious independence. Every reader contribution, big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Reuse this contentlast_img read more

US checking reports North Korea executed envoy says Pompeo

first_imgShare on Twitter Justin McCurry in Tokyo and agencies news This article is more than 1 month old South Korean paper claims Kim Hyok-chol has been killed and a negotiator put in forced labour Fri 31 May 2019 08.00 EDT Share on Pinterest Share on Facebook Read more Topics Share on Messenger Shares6,4456445 North Korea … 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. Mike Pompeo has said the US is attempting to check reports that a senior North Korean official involved in Pyongyang’s nuclear negotiations with Washington had been executed.“We’ve seen the reporting to which you are referring,” the US secretary of state told a news conference in Berlin in answer to a question. “We’re doing our best to check it out. I don’t have anything else to add to that today.”Earlier on Friday, a South Korean newspaper reported that Kim Hyok-chol, the North’s special envoy to the US, had been executed over the failure of the recent summit between the North Korean leader, Kim Jong-un, and Donald Trump.South Korea’s Chosun Ilbo newspaper claimed Kim and foreign ministry officials who conducted working-level preparations for February’s doomed Trump-Kim summit in Hanoi were killed in March.The newspaper’s report, based on unnamed North Korean sources, has not been independently verified. North Korea has not confirmed or denied the killings, and the regime has challenged previous media claims about executions. The South Korean government was unable to confirm the report.The paper said Kim Yong-chol, a senior official who had been Pompeo’s counterpart in the run-up to the summit, had been subjected to forced labour and “ideological education”.Chosun Ilbo said Kim Jong-un had launched another purge of senior officials in an attempt to divert attention from internal turmoil and discontent.“Kim Hyok-chol was investigated and executed at Mirim airport with four foreign ministry officials in March,” an unnamed North Korea source said, according to the newspaper, adding that they were charged with spying for the US.Kim Hyok-chol had been the counterpart to Stephen Biegun, the US special representative for North Korea, before the summit. Share on Facebook Putin offers to help break nuclear deadlock at Kim Jong-un summit Since you’re here… Support The Guardian First published on Thu 30 May 2019 19.39 EDT North Korea Share on Twitter This article is more than 1 month old Share on LinkedIn Share on WhatsApp Share via Email Asia Pacific Share via Email US checking reports North Korea executed envoy, says Pompeo Kim Yong-chol was forced to work in Jagang province after his dismissal, the newspaper’s source said, adding that Kim Song-hye, who carried out working-level negotiations with Kim Hyok-chol, was sent to a political prison camp.Shin Hye-yong, who interpreted for the North Korean leader at the Hanoi summit, was reportedly detained at a political prison camp for undermining Kim Jong-un’s authority by making a critical interpreting mistake, the newspaper said.Kim Yo-jong, the regime leader’s sister who has been at her brother’s side throughout both nuclear summits, is also said to be “lying low” on her brother’s orders, the paper reported, citing an unnamed South Korean government official, who said: “We are not aware of Kim Yo-jong’s track record since the Hanoi meeting.”Although it made no mention of the purges reported by the Chosun Ilbo, the North Korean state newspaper Rodong Sinmun said in a commentary on Thursday: “Acting like one is revering the leader in front [of others] but dreaming of something else when one turns around is an anti-party, anti-revolutionary act that has thrown away the moral fidelity toward the leader, and such people will not avoid the stern judgment of the revolution.”“There are traitors and turncoats who only memorise words of loyalty toward the leader and even change according to the trend of the time.”It is the first time since the December 2013 execution of Jang Song-thaek, Kim Jong-un’s uncle and mentor, that expressions such as “anti-party, anti-revolutionary” and “stern judgment” have appeared in Rodong Sinmun, according to Chosun Ilbo.Kim is believed to have presided over several high-profile purges since he became leader in late 2011 after the death of his father, Kim Jong-il.However, South Korean reports of North Korean executions have sometimes turned out to be inaccurate, underlining the difficulty of ascertaining reliable accounts of the secretive state’s internal politics.In 2015, South Korean media reported that Hyon Yong-chol, North Korea’s defence chief, had been executed with an anti-aircraft gun. But South Korea’s national intelligence service later said it had been unable to verify that Hyon had been put to death. Reuse this content Kim Jong-un North Korean leader Kim Jong-un arrives for the second US-North Korea summit in Hanoi, Vietnam. The leader has purged some of his senior staff.Photograph: Wallace Woon/EPAlast_img read more

Sarah Sanders tenure as press secretary ended long before her exit

first_img Sarah Sanders exits after two fraught years as Trump hails ‘a very fine woman’ Thu 13 Jun 2019 20.01 EDT Share on WhatsApp Sanders had made a short speech as delighted crowd chanted her name. “She’s becoming too popular,” the president quipped. “Sarah, I’m jealous.”The truth was that Sanders had, in effect, been fired some time ago – long before her departure was announced on Thursday. The position of White House press secretary had all been made redundant. Trump prefers to do the job himself and be his own spokesman.During Sanders’ tenure, the once daily ritual of the press briefing – must-watch television in the chaotic era of Sean Spicer – was essentially supplanted by the president holding court with reporters in the Oval Office, the cabinet room and, above all, on the White House South Lawn, competing with the roar of his Marine One helicopter.The more he talked, the more pointless Sanders’ briefings became, since she merely parroted his tweets, evaded serious policy questions and channeled her boss’s anti-media barbs. It was perhaps inevitable that the briefings would get shorter and finally wither away, symbolised by a recent photo that showed dust literally gathering on the lectern. Share on Twitter Donald Trump kisses Sarah Sanders after it was announced she would leave her job.Photograph: Kevin Lamarque/Reuters Trump administration Share on Messenger The latest major Trump resignations and firings Newspapers & magazines Share on Facebook Share via Email Trump tweeted in January: “The reason Sarah Sanders does not go to the ‘podium’ much anymore is that the press covers her so rudely & inaccurately, in particular certain members of the press. I told her not to bother, the word gets out anyway!” Share on Facebook Sarah Sanders and her fiery relationship with the media – video Share on LinkedIn Donald Trump Topics Last modified on Sun 16 Jun 2019 23.26 EDT US politics Share on Twitter Support The Guardian Read more @smithinamericacenter_img Since you’re here… US press and publishing Read more “You’re fired!”Donald Trump was joking when he barked these words at his press secretary, Sarah Sanders, during a rally in Green Bay, Wisconsin, in April – on a night when both were snubbing the White House Correspondents’ Association dinner. Tweets, lies and the Mueller report: Sarah Sanders’ lowest moments … 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. Reuse this content news Trump administration 2:43 Read more This article is more than 1 month old Shares271271 Play Video Share via Email David Smith in Washington The departing White House spokeswoman, who has not held a press briefing in months, spun a web of deceit in her role Such is the paradox: the administration is one of the most opaque in history, yet the president is one of the most transparent, offering his stream of consciousness for public consumption via his frequent remarks and barrage of tweets.Along with Kellyanne Conway and other officials, Sanders – the third woman and first mother to serve as White House press secretary – continued to push the president’s dishonest lines in other ways: interviews on Fox News and other outlets, less formal gatherings in the White House driveway and, of course, Twitter.Her web of deceit was dizzying and shameless. The special counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia report found that Sanders admitted to investigators that she had made an unfounded claim about “countless” FBI agents expressing support for Trump’s decision to fire the FBI director James Comey.Sanders’ predecessor, Spicer, was a merchant of mendacity too, but she was better at it. The occasional glimpse of panic in his eyes suggested a flicker of self-awareness; Sanders, however, was a true believer, her lack of doubt proving her superpower. The class clown had been replaced by something more sinister.Her devout allegiance to Trump is at least partly explained by her religious faith; she read from a book of Christian devotionals before every press briefing. She is among the millions of evangelicals willing to overlook his sins and believe he furthers their cause.In conservative America, Sanders will remain a “personality”, no doubt popping up on Fox News and at Trump rallies, following in the footsteps of her father, the former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee, as a Trump cheerleader. (Sanders was born in Hope, the small town that also produced the former president Bill Clinton.)In liberal America, she will be remembered as an apologist for a dangerous demagogue who occupies the Oval Office. The “resistance” made its feelings known. Sanders was roasted by the comedian Michelle Wolf at last year’s White House correspondents’ dinner and, a year ago, ejected from a restaurant in Lexington, Virginia.Kurt Bardella, a former congressional aide who switched from Republican to Democrat, tweeted on Thursday: “No one should ever offer her a job … she shouldn’t be given a book deal. She shouldn’t be given a pundit deal. She should never be allowed to be given any kind of platform ever again to lie to the American people.”Sanders’ willingness to echo Trump’s fierce attacks on the media was unprecedented for a press secretary and will be a shameful legacy. When the CNN White House correspondent Jim Acosta repeatedly challenged her at briefings to say the press are not the enemy of the people, she declined to do so. Share on Pinterest Sarah Sanders’ tenure as press secretary ended long before her exit This article is more than 1 month old On camera at such moments, she could be pugnacious, combative and sardonic; off camera, she could be warm, folksy and down to earth. In his new book, Acosta tells how she met reporters for drinks and could “throw back her Maker’s and Coke with the best of them”.Sanders lasted a relatively long time by Trumpian standards. It is uncertain who will replace her or, indeed, whether there will be a press secretary in the proper sense at all, now that the president appears to have taken on those duties. The job of communications director also remains vacant since Bill Shine’s departure in March. Even the chief of staff, Mick Mulvaney, remains “acting”.Sanders’ final press briefing was 94 days ago, on 11 March. It lasted just 14 minutes. On Thursday Brian Stelter, CNN’s chief media correspondent, offered this epitaph via Twitter: “Sarah Sanders’ primary legacy as White House press secretary will be the death of the daily press briefing.”last_img read more

Asos issues second profit warning in seven months as shares fall

first_imgAsos … 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. Asos suffered a fresh share price collapse after the online fashion retailer blamed IT chaos in its overseas warehouses for a second profits warning in seven months.Analysts said investors were losing confidence in the former stock market star after it downgraded earnings expectations following a disastrous IT upgrade in Germany and stock problems in the US.Shares in Asos closed down 23% at £21.07. The company has lost 60% of its value after a profit alert in December and another update in March when it first confessed to teething problems in America. Nick Beighton, the Asos chief executive, said the company now expected to make profits of £30m to £35m this year, far below City forecasts of £55m and only a third of the £102m it reported in 2018.Beighton said: “The major overhaul of our infrastructure has been bumpier and taken a lot longer than we originally anticipated. We acknowledge that this is a failure in execution.” He insisted the problems would be resolved by the end of September. Topics Thu 18 Jul 2019 04.19 EDT Brown said £700m had been invested its Asos’s warehouses over the last four years and although sales had doubled, profits were going backwards. “We question where £1.5bn of additional sales have gone considering profits are now £20m lower than in 2015.”Asos insists its current problems are self-inflicted and short-term and that the future remains bright for the retailer as fashion sales move online. “None of these [issues] change the opportunity ahead for us which remains huge,” said Beighton. “I’m clear this is not a demand issue.”Independent retail analyst Nick Bubb said there was a “growing management credibility problem” at the company but suggested that investors would see how Beighton handled the key Black Friday online sales event in the autumn before calling for his head. Europe Sign up to the dailyBusinessToday email or follow GuardianBusinesson Twitter at @BusinessDesk Share via Email Shares1515 Zoe Wood and Julia Kollewe Asos expects to make profits of £30m to £35m this year, far below City forecasts of £55m.Photograph: Suzanne Plunkett/Reuters Burberry flies high thanks to bomber jackets and bumbags Read more Share on WhatsApp Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Since you’re here…center_img Online fashion retailer blames glitch in rollout of European and US automated warehouses Share on Facebook Asos said overall sales were up 12% in the four months to 30 June. However, growth in the US and EU was lower than expected, at 12% and 5% respectively, due to the operational failures. Sales in the UK – which are handled by a warehouse in Barnsley, Yorkshire, that remained unaffected – were stronger, up 16%.The problems were different in Germany and the US: its two-year-old warehouse in Berlin was affected by the switch from processing orders manually to new automated systems, while its new Atlanta site – which opened in February – had stock shortages after clothing brands struggled to get products into the country fast enough.“These issues have restricted product choice and availability for our customers in the US and Europe which has a corresponding impact on sales growth in these regions as well as profitability in the form of higher transitional costs to fix the issue,” said Beighton.Wayne Brown, analyst at stockbroker Liberum, described it as “another significant profits warning” and said management had “serious questions” to answer. He added: “The operational issues in Europe and the US signal to us a lack of enough senior leaders in the business with the adequate skill-set to undertake the complex capital projects.” Asos issues second profit warning in seven months as shares fall Retail industry E-commerce Last modified on Fri 19 Jul 2019 10.16 EDT Share on LinkedIn Support The Guardian news Reuse this content Share on Messenger Share on Pinterest Asos Share via Email Share on Twitterlast_img read more

TPN Launches VELOCITY COMMERCE GROUP—A New Consultancy That Addresses the Digital Commerce

first_imgTPN Launches VELOCITY COMMERCE GROUP—A New Consultancy That Addresses the Digital Commerce Challenges of Today’s Brands PRNewswireApril 16, 2019, 8:23 pmApril 16, 2019 Direct-To-ConsumerJoe ScartzMarketing TechnologyNewsSEOTPNVELOCITY COMMERCE GROUP Previous ArticleZaius Adds New Dimension to Customer Behavior Analytics Using Predictive IntelligenceNext ArticleBlueConic Launches AI Workbench to Eliminate Operational Inefficiencies for Data Science & Marketing Teams As retailing continues to evolve, it’s not enough to have a digital commerce strategy.  Digital commerce has shown that it has a language and a life all of its own.Recognizing these changes, creative commerce agency TPN announced the unveiling of VELOCITY COMMERCE GROUP (VCG), a new consultancy that mirrors the rapidly evolving needs of today’s omni-channel brands, but also emerging brands and direct-to-consumer (DTC) organizations.“Today’s brands should no longer question whether they should be present on digital commerce platforms.  They should be asking how to maximize business potential on platforms that matter most to them,” said Sharon Love, Chief Executive Officer of TPN.  “We created VELOCITY COMMERCE GROUP to address tomorrow’s challenges for brands, not just those of today.  Having a dedicated team to solve these problems and create solutions based on their expertise and execution will improve clients’ top and bottom lines, while representing brands properly in this new world.”Marketing Technology News: TIBCO Names Dan Streetman as Chief Executive Officer, Murray Rode as Vice Chairman“According to industry reports, global e-commerce will reach $4.5 trillion by 2021.  Amazon grabs headlines, but it isn’t the only game in town. Jet, Alibaba, DTC companies, and others across the globe are expanding their presence, changing algorithms and technologies,” said Joe Scartz, Chief Digital Commerce Officer of VELOCITY COMMERCE GROUP.  “VCG was created with the sole intent of helping brands and manufacturers become smarter about how to optimize their digital commerce efforts. When time is scarce, learning on the fly won’t get the job done.”The Velocity DifferenceUnlike creative/digital agencies, VELOCITY COMMERCE GROUP has structured its practice to mirror and solve the needs of today’s retailing models.Pure play.  VCG can address needs of brands that sell their products through online-only retailers, recommending different approaches to showcase brands.VELOCITY.PRIME.  VCG has a team dedicated to addressing the myriad challenges that come with Amazon, whether it be as vendor, or a third-party seller, or (increasingly) as an advertising vehicle.Direct-to-consumer.  Increasingly, brands are launching products that forego traditional intermediaries and are sending products directly to the consumer. VCG’s team has analyzed different logistics, supply chain and marketing channels and can recommend the most optimal solutions for specific challenges while managing brand’s complete ecommerce ecosystem efficiently.Omni-channel retail. VCG recommends and executes different solutions to support online and in-store purchases and transform a consumer’s experience at retailers like Walmart and Target where and when she shops in-store, online or both.Marketing Technology News: Aginity Set to Unveil the Next-Gen SQL Analysis Tool Late Spring 2019Among VCG’s solutions is its Product HealthScore, a qualitative and quantitative analysis of specific SKUs sold on Amazon, providing recommendations on how to optimize awareness, sales and search activity using a variety of internal factors driven by Amazon.  Its analysis reviews in-depth levers that e-commerce managers use to build their business—creative assets, inventory management, third-party reselling analysis, SEO and merchandising.“VELOCITY COMMERCE GROUP wants to create a new standard of reporting for products and brands.  We have found that not having the right assets at one’s disposal puts Amazon success at risk,” said Rami Odeh, VP Digital Commerce at VCG.  “VELOCITY COMMERCE GROUP works with retailers, manufacturers and brand managers to ensure they appreciate how a shopper sees and conducts commerce on Amazon so they can properly and systemically navigate the platform’s rigorous demands.”Marketing Technology News: Evergage Appoints Laura Saati as VP of Customer Success for Evergage’s Retail Practicelast_img read more

FreeWheel Announces Programmatic OTT Offering for Local TV Buyers

first_imgEnd-To-End Automated Buying Within the Strata Platform Removes Common Barriers to Buying Premium OTT VideoFreeWheel, A Comcast Company, announced that its FreeWheel Advertisers division has launched new OTT buying capabilities for agencies and advertisers. FreeWheel Advertisers’ network of 1,200-plus agencies using the Strata platform can now programmatically access the full OTT marketplace through exchanges and direct premium publisher integrations.“Our clients are very interested in tapping into new opportunities to connect with audiences on OTT, but the solutions available to them don’t meet the needs of every agency”While these capabilities are available to all Strata users, the offering is particularly important for mid-sized and independent media buying agencies. These shops are often faced with barriers to efficiently buy OTT inventory, including minimum spend levels enforced by demand-side platforms (DSPs), the complexity of managing multiple campaigns for local clients across different vendors and geographies, and lack of transparency in ad placements.Marketing Technology News: Information Builders’ WebFOCUS Named a FrontRunner in Business Intelligence in Fourth Consecutive Report“Our clients are very interested in tapping into new opportunities to connect with audiences on OTT, but the solutions available to them don’t meet the needs of every agency,” said FreeWheel Advertisers General Manager Joy Baer. “We developed this new industry offering for our clients based on their collective input, which included the expressed need for geo-targeting, greater transparency and pricing efficiency. By solving for these challenges, we’ve opened up OTT for a new base of buyers.”“The expectation for our media team is to be metric-obsessed and ambidextrous in all forms. FreeWheel empowers buyers by allowing them to be more agile and to make smarter, more integrated decisions faster,” said Adam Herman, Chief Integrated Media Officer, Zimmerman Advertising. “Their latest solutions around OTT are an example of this type of empowerment.”FreeWheel Advertisers executes the buys through an integration with Simpli.fi, a DSP purpose-built to meet the complexities of localized campaigns. This integration makes it easy for Strata users to buy OTT programmatically, similar to the way they buy digital media. Moreover, there is no minimum spend generally charged by DSPs, and no need to leave the existing workflow that buyers use every day for media buying and management.Marketing Technology News: Batterii Unveils New Co-Creation App to Eliminate All Traditional Focus Groups“Our partnership with FreeWheel Advertisers is a natural fit, as we have focused on building a programmatic platform that executes and optimizes high volumes of campaigns with precise targeting and efficient pricing,” said Frost Prioleau, CEO, Simpli.fi. “We look forward to working together on seamlessly bringing OTT solutions to Strata users, at the local level and beyond.”FreeWheel Advertisers plans to extend its local OTT programmatic offering to all forms of TV, beginning in the second half of 2019.Marketing Technology News: Phillips Edison Reveals Top Retail Shopping Center Trends of 2019 FreeWheel Announces Programmatic OTT Offering for Local TV Buyers PRNewswireMay 24, 2019, 6:43 pmMay 24, 2019 Demand-Side PlatformsFreewheelFreeWheel AdvertisersMarketing TechnologyNewsOTT buyingStrata platform Previous ArticleWeTransfer Unveils Brand Campaign, “Please Leave,” Reflecting the Relationship Between People and TechnologyNext ArticleKaizen Ad Named One of Eight Trusted Google Creative Partners to Drive Better App Campaign Results With Creative at Scalelast_img read more

Intel Acknowledges It Was Too Aggressive With Its 10nm Plans

first_img Sun Baby From ‘Teletubbies’ Is 22 Now & Unrecognizably Gorgeous Intel Acknowledges It Was ‘Too Aggressive’ With Its 10nm Plans Intel is claiming significant improvements on fin pitch, minimum metal pitch, cell height, and gate pitch, with two new technologies tossed in for good measure. <><><>1234 Amazon is Developing a ‘Jack Reacher’ TV Series When Intel finally ships 10nm for laptops later this year, it’ll hopefully close the book on a uniquely difficult period in its own history. Originally, 10nm was intended to ship by 2016, following delays to the company’s 14nm process. Intel has since been forced to push the date back multiple times, though the company has repeatedly stated that it will not miss its own promise to have Ice Lake on store shelves by the holiday season of 2019.According to Intel CEO Bob Swan, that delay was caused by the company’s overly aggressive strategy for moving to its next node. The delay, Swan said at Fortune’s Brainstorm Tech conference, was “somewhat a function of what we’ve been able to do in the past, which in essence was defying the odds. At a time when it was getting harder and harder, we set a more and more aggressive goal. From that, it just took us longer.”According to Swan, Intel is prepared to put its problems behind it. “The short story is we learned from it,” Swan said. Intel has reportedly reorganized itself for greater transparency and better information exchange between business units to avoid these problems in the future.This explanation fits with what is publicly known about the situation. Back in 2017, Intel unveiled its 10nm node with promises of aggressive scaling, higher performance, and leading-edge density improvements. Features like contact over active gate were declared to be core components of how Intel would take a leadership position in the semiconductor industry. Intel’s 2017 slideshows on the topic are shown below: Lilly From ‘Princess Diaries’ Is 36 Now and Gorgeous This slide summarizes why Intel wants a different metric for process nodes. Even compared to the “other” 14nm, its transistor density is still 1.23x higher. Note: We do not know which specific process nodes at Samsung or TSMC were compared against Intel’s products. <><><>1234567 We Finally Understand Why Hollywood Dumped Christina Ricci By Joel Hruska on July 18, 2019 at 7:30 am Even in 2017, it seemed like a risky bet. Intel’s 2017 argument, essentially, was that it had taken the extra delay on 10nm and turned it into a win by delivering a more aggressive node shrink. But there was always a risk of biting off more than one could chew — and that kind of mistake can harm companies for a very long time.At Architecture Day last December, Intel shared details of how the last four years have logjammed development processes. Intel’s entire design and development strategy hooked architectural improvements to new nodes. Once the company realized it wasn’t going to hit its initial 10nm projections back in 2015, it would have had to make a decision: Did it try to de-couple process node and architecture to pull 10nm design changes back into 14nm, or did it keep going and bet on 10nm being available in the near-term future?What we’ve heard from various sources is that Intel has pulled certain features originally intended for 10nm CPUs into 14nm parts, but that this linkage between new nodes and planned architectural improvements hit the firm hard. It’s possible that Intel made a decision to stay the course in 2015, believing that 10nm would be available by 2017. This obviously didn’t happen, but it’s possible that by the time Intel knew it wouldn’t, it didn’t make sense to try and pull 10nm chips into 14nm process nodes. The company might well have finished the work right around the time 10nm finally becomes available.Putting the Miss in ContextThere’s no arguing the fact that Intel missed, and missed badly, on 10nm. It’s unquestionably going to impact the company’s finances and competitive position against AMD, which is enjoying a resurgence of its own. But when you step back and take a look at the entire semiconductor market across multiple companies, these kinds of things happen. It isn’t always driven by foundry issues, but when you toss in the possibility for designs to under-deliver, the metaphorical board lights up with examples.Samsung’s first implementations of big.Little were broken and the resulting SoC’s had high power consumption. Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 810 was viewed as a disappointment, though the company argued that some of this was the result of its own partners failing to implement power management properly. AMD’s Bulldozer architecture nearly killed the company. Jump back in time a little farther, and you’ve got the poorly received ATI Radeon HD 2000 family (developed mostly before the AMD acquisition). Nvidia, of course, had the infamous GeForce FX. Intel had Prescott. The point is, most major semiconductor companies have weathered significant silicon misses. This is something that happens to even the best-run companies.We’ve known for years that each new node brought greater challenges and tougher problems than the previous; that’s why fewer and fewer foundries bother operating on the leading edge at all. Intel might not have been the company anyone expected to slip, but the chances that somebody would have been rising every node.Intel is going to face a more competitive AMD and a tougher environment for its own products than it would have had it kept to its original plans. That’s a given. If it can’t bring 7nm to market in 2021 as is currently planned, the situation will get harder. We don’t even know when or if desktop CPUs will make the jump to 10nm, and they might avoid that node entirely until 10nm+ or 7nm are available. But Intel’s fundamental position across its markets is strong. It may lose a few points of market share to AMD — it probably will — but it isn’t going anywhere.Now Read: Intel’s Neuromorphic Loihi Processor Scales to 8M Neurons, 64 CoresNew Leak: Intel 10-Core Comet Lake CPUs Will Counterattack Ryzen 3000 FamilyIs Moore’s Law Alive, Dead, or Pining for the Fjords? Even Experts Disagree center_img We Now Understand Why Tom Welling Disappeared Little Lucy From ‘Narnia’ is Head-Turningly Gorgeous Now at 23 Jason Momoa’s Marriage Just Keeps Getting Weirder and Weirder The Stunning Transformation of Shailene Woodley Tagged In amdintelgamingcpuscpusemiconductors7nm10nmarchitecturemicroarchitecture Post a Comment 125 Comments You Might Also LikePowered By ZergNet 125 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.last_img read more

NASA Sends Tiny Atomic Clock to Space

first_img Popular Memes That Completely Destroyed Innocent Lives Traveling through space isn’t just about knowing where you are. You also need to know what time it is, and a wristwatch won’t do. Spacecraft rely on extremely accurate measurements of time to coordinate maneuvers, and these systems will become even more important as we aim for distant destinations. That’s why NASA is testing a new type of mercury-ion atomic clock, which is smaller and more versatile. NASA’s new clock headed into space earlier this week aboard the second commercial Falcon Heavy launch. That rocket carried 24 different payloads including a prototype light sail spacecraft, NOAA temperature monitoring satellites, a NASA test of hydrazine fuel alternatives, and more. The Deep Space Atomic Clock was a very small part of the Falcon Heavy’s total payload, but it could be one of NASA’s most important current experiments. Most current spacecraft rely on signals from Earth-based systems to do all the work. A signal goes to the spacecraft from Earth, and the spacecraft sends one back. Atomic clocks on Earth measure the time it took for the signal to come back, allowing controllers to calculate distance and speed for the probe. The problem with this system is how long it takes light to travel between Earth and the probe. On a trip to Mars, it would take about 40 minutes for each navigation measurement, which is impractical for real-time autonomous navigation and crewed missions. The Deep Space Atomic Clock launched aboard the second commercial Falcon Heavy.To fix this, you need an atomic clock on the spacecraft, and that’s what the Deep Space Atomic Clock is. It’s about the size of a toaster oven, attached to the General Atomics Electromagnetic Systems Orbital Test Bed satellite. Atomic clocks on Earth are usually the size of a refrigerator. It could effectively make navigation calculations a one-way system. Signals from Earth could allow the spacecraft to instantly measure its speed and position. NASA says the Deep Space Atomic Clock has a high degree of stability, so it should remain accurate far longer than any mission would last. It should only be off by one or two nanoseconds in nine million years. NASA will gauge the clock’s performance in the coming months with the aim to integrate similar devices with small and mid-sized satellites. Atomic clocks may also end up on spacecraft in the Artemis program’s moon missions.Now read:SpaceX Successfully Launches Starlink SatellitesNASA Installs Wheels on Mars 2020 RoverNASA Needs $20 Billion in Additional Funding to Reach Moon by 2024 5 Comments Ginny From ‘Harry Potter’ Is 28 Now and Absolutely Gorgeous You Might Also LikePowered By ZergNet What the End of ‘Big Little Lies’ Meant Jon Favreau Has a Funny Idea for ‘Iron Man 4’ Celebs Who Were Sadly Killed By Their Fans Dani From ‘Girl Next Door’ is Absolutely Gorgeous Now at 36 NASA Sends Tiny Atomic Clock to Space The Most Inappropriate Comic Book Characters Ever By Ryan Whitwam on June 27, 2019 at 11:35 am Facebook Twitter Linkedin Pinterest Google Plus Reddit Hacker News Flipboard Email Copy 0shares This site may earn affiliate commissions from the links on this page. Terms of use. We Finally Understand Why Hollywood Dumped Wesley Snipes Tagged In sciencespacenasaspacexatomic clock Post a Comment 5 Commentslast_img read more

Goldilocks Principle of Marketing The Need for a Consistent View of the

first_imgMarketing and Advertising professionals running brands big and little around the globe are facing a similar dilemma in Consumer Journey. Mapping marketing impact and swiftly gaining insights to drive increased ROI was never easy  – several of the instruments we rely upon were developed when we were primarily marketing on a handful of television networks, a few radio stations, and in local newspapers.The challenge has only grown with the proliferation of entertainment and news options available with cable television, non-terrestrial radio, e-mail, social media, and the myriad distractions popping up almost every day.Read More: 3 Simple Steps to Meet Current GDPR Compliance“We still don’t have a consistent view of the customer,” says Gartner analyst Christi Eubanks. She believes that this perspective is critical if we want to, “Optimize Spend, Increase Attention, and Maximize Satisfaction.” This failure to get a “consistent view of the customer” can cause significant challenges when marketers look to maximize the performance of their marketing mix.The challenge is simple to understand but, until recently, not easy to solve. Marketers have a view of call center performance. They get reports galore on Email Marketing Open Rates. They receive click-through rates in Digital and GRPs on TV. Their POS systems deliver retail sales numbers and brand tracking studies to help them assess awareness. They have net promoter score surveys to tell them satisfaction.Marketers are managing their business by these metrics – why would a consistent view of the customer be necessary?Let’s say your Display Marketing manager is laser-focused on generating online sales. Measuring Display Advertising Performance based on its ability to drive e-commerce seems a logical connection. However, if you’re selling both on your website and in retail locations, this approach may fail to measure the impact online display has on sales at your brick-and-mortar locations.Read More: Fully Connected: How to Get Developing Countries OnlineWithout a consistent view of the customer, you may miss the insight that Display Advertising with coupons was converting because of their interaction with the TV campaign running at the same time.Often Marketing managers don’t have visibility or control over every Consumer Interaction. Therefore, it is tempting to hold managers accountable for a click, GRP, immediate sale, or something narrow and easily measured. Inertia from old methods has become a trap for some. On the one hand, marketers know that they have to be masters of data-driven decision making.On the other side, there are real challenges to overcome if a company wants to move to a unified system of measurement that comprises the entire consumer journey.Mark Greatrex, CMO at COX Communications, recently shared his perspective on the challenge.In their retail stores, the COX team learned that focusing on narrow conversion metrics incentivized behavior that hurt overall sales. It failed to appreciate that their Retail team members might be closing a transaction with one customer, and educating another customer about the benefits of their solutions. The focus on conversion failed to appreciate the need for Customer Education. They had to look at the consumer journey and meet the consumer at the point in the journey with the support that mattered most.This shift in thinking allowed the COX team to optimize their effort to overall sales of the store rather than the short-term selling behavior of each staff member. In doing so, they increased sales overall.COX isn’t the only company working to overcome the pernicious, limiting conclusions of siloed measurement. Leading brands are finding that the old way of measuring Marketing performance is restricting overall marketing ROI and failing to uncover the hidden opportunities to leverage interaction effects between channels. Outlined here are some specific pitfalls from real-world situations.Read More: Why Sellers.json is a Major Leap Forward in Transparent Programmatic AdvertisingFailing to Link Email Marketing to Overall SalesIn this company’s efforts, the e-mail marketing manager was focused exclusively on their ability to drive sales through their online store. This well-meaning team member was blasting out e-mails to chase a few more online sales. As one might anticipate, open rates for the additional emails were declining, but they were driving incremental sales to the e-commerce site.The problem was that the majority of this company’s sales happen in brick-and-mortar locations. Unfortunately, the team wasn’t measuring the impact of e-mail on offline sales. Without a consistent view of the customer, and with a siloed focus on the immediate online sales, nobody saw that the declining open rates of the additional e-mail blasts were hurting open rates and costing the company 3X more sales than it was generating.Inability to Link Price Promotion to Incremental SalesThis company’s brand manager could see that lowering prices drove higher sales volumes. Unfortunately, a siloed approach wasn’t able to see whether this consumer would have bought at a slightly later date, at full price (and profitability). Rather than managing for lifetime value, the brand offered two-for-one promotions and turned loyal customers into buyers that were only loyal to the deal. The brand didn’t sell anymore – they only succeeded in getting consumers to pull forward purchases (pantry loading) at a lower price than they would have paid if they had optimized from a customer journey perspective. The immediate increase in sales driven by price promotions was hurting overall revenue.Need to Tie Messaging to Lifetime Value of CustomersOne credit card company had been declaring success based on the immediate take rate for their card. As many do, this company was using various offers including cash awards, airline miles, and direct appeals to the lifestyle benefits of the card.An initial measurement of success, based on the initial customer acquisition, made it look like cash awards were the best driver of new accounts. Fortunately, this credit card company tracked conversion data from credit card offers for a year. While cash won the immediate “new card” issued contest, it was the focus on the benefits of the card without cash or airline miles that won the profitability contest. The lifetime value of customers who had responded to lifestyle messages trumped the short-term gains of creative that focused on cash awards.On one level, it is intuitive why we would want a consistent view of consumers. On another level, we have to recognize that we have to help members of the Marketing team to better understand their contribution to success. Fractional attribution that looks at the complete customer journey, applying empirical analysis can help.In this world of fragmented Media and Consumer Attention, those who rely on data-customer-centric, consumer-journey driven decision making will find real competitive advantage in the marketplace. Capabilities of today’s solutions generate insights in such a timely fashion that the nimblest marketers can incorporate those insights into active campaigns to drive massive performance improvements, rather than waiting for weeks or months to see results.Read More: SiriusDecisions Summit 2019 Takeaways: Enablement May Not be a Word, But It’s Growing Nonetheless Consumer Journeye-commercee-mailJellyfishPrinciple of MarketingROISocial Media Previous ArticleThe Age of AI and Wall StreetNext ArticleTechBytes with Sarah Assous, SVP Marketing at Zoovu Goldilocks Principle of Marketing: The Need for a Consistent View of the Consumer Journey Jai AminJune 17, 2019, 9:00 amJune 14, 2019 last_img read more

EC Bans Media Houses from Publishing AIADMKs Election Ads After DMKs Complaint

first_imgChennai: Tamil Nadu Chief Election Officer Satyabrata Sahoo has issued a directive to all media houses, including print and television media, to not publish or telecast AIADMK advertisements ahead of the Lok Sabha poll and by-election. The Election Commission has warned the AIADMK against broadcasting election campaign content without prior permission from the state-level media certification and monitoring committee.In the letter, the CEO states: “It is brought to the notice of this office that the political parties are telecasting/broadcasting their political advertisement in electronic and social media without the prior approval of the State level Media Certification and Monitoring Committee and also if otherwise the contents of political advertisement get approved by MCMC, the certification number has not been telecasted/ broadcasted along with the advertisement in electronic and social media.” DMK’s legal wing had approached the commission, complaining that the AIADMK was telecasting ‘scandalous’ campaign videos and making baseless allegations against the party.The letter further warns of dire consequences if the AIADMK advertisements are still published or telecast. “The video in this regard should be stopped from telecasting forthwith and it will attract severe punishment and penal provisions of Cable TV Act and law in force,” the letter further states.In its advertisement, the DMK alleged that the “AIADMK is slavish and the BJP is a hegemonic force”, while highlighting issues such as NEET, unemployment and farmers’ distress. The AIADMK, on the other hand, in its advertisement claimed that ‘people should be saved from hooligans’. aiadmkdmkelection commissiontamil-nadu-lok-sabha-elections-2019 First Published: April 15, 2019, 2:09 PM ISTlast_img read more

MDMK Chief Vaiko Convicted by Chennai Court in Sedition Case Gets Oneyear

first_imgChennai: A special court on Friday sentenced MDMK chief Vaiko to imprisonment for one year in a 2009 sedition case and imposed a fine of Rs 10,000 on him. The court, however, granted a month’s time to Vaiko to file his appeal as the MDMK chief had moved a petition for the same.Vaiko is nominated on behalf of the DMK as the Rajya Sabha candidate from Tamil Nadu, elections for which will take place on July 18. Vaiko will file his nomination on Saturday. The case relates to Vaiko’s speech in 2009 during a book launch when the Sri Lankan civil war was at its peak. In his speech, Vaiko said he was in support of LTTE. The Chennai Police had registered a case against Vaiko in 2009 under sections 124(A) (Sedition) and 153(A) of the Indian Penal Code. Vaiko had appeared before the court in May this year in connection with this case.A charge sheet against him was filed in December 2009 but the leader was arrested. He was granted bail in 2017 by the Egmore Magistrate court and the case was transferred to a special court.After the judgement was stayed, Vaiko told reporters that he would be happy to get more jail terms.”I don’t want to take back what I spoke then. Nedumaran released a book and at that event, I spoke on Tamil Ezhlam. Whatever I said then is not against our country. I spoke about Tamil Ezhlam tigers in Parliament too in the past. The judge in her statement said the accused sought lenient punishment. I never asked for lenient punishment. I will be happy if I get as much punishment as possible. I wanted as many jail terms as possible,” Vaiko said. ChennaiLTTEmdmkvaiko First Published: July 5, 2019, 12:01 PM ISTlast_img read more