Month: July 2019

Stop using scare stories to put people off dairy – Arla UK

first_imgTomas Pietrangeli has been head of Arla UK since April 2016.Stop using ‘scare stories’ to put people off dairy – Arla UK chiefPosted By: News Deskon: September 07, 2017In: Beverage, Blog, Dairy, IndustriesPrintEmailThe CEO of Arla UK has attacked the so-called ‘scare stories’ used to discourage consumers from enjoying dairy-based foods.Defending the virtues of dairy, Tomas Pietrangeli said that milk was “a unique, natural and nutritious product that plays an important part in our diets”.It comes after a National Osteoporosis Society survey found that nearly a fifth of UK consumers aged under 25 had sought to reduce the amount of dairy in their diets, adding weight to earlier research that discovered almost a fifth of 16 to 24-year-olds claimed to be intolerant to cow’s milk.But the charity warned consumers against cutting dairy out of their diets entirely, saying the lack of calcium could have serious consequences on bone health in later life. Consumers who avoid dairy are more likely to have weak bones, and more vulnerable to breaks and fractures in the future, the society said.Now Pietrangeli, writing on LinkedIn, has urged everybody involved with the industry to ‘get our facts straight’ before making claims about dairy.“Not a day goes by it seems when there isn’t some new scare story about what we should and increasingly shouldn’t be eating,” Pietrangeli said. “Dairy is no exception… the endless cycle of claim and counter-claim is prolific.“For every research report trumpeting the health benefits of dairy you can find another that says the exact opposite. Sometimes you even see the same data being used to prove different things. The debate is fierce and feelings run high. That passion is to be applauded and as the UK head of a dairy cooperative, it should come as no surprise that I feel passionately about dairy. I believe strongly that milk is a truly unique, natural and nutritious product that plays an important part in our diets. I’m biased of course, but so are those equally zealous who sit in the opposite camp.“And it is a lobby by the way. You only need to look at some of the recent advertising campaigns to see that this an orchestrated and well-funded effort to endorse, often aggressively, a certain way of life. That’s their prerogative and while I dispute many of the claims, people are free to live and eat however they choose and for many an alternative lifestyle is incredibly rewarding.”Analysis: ‘A no-holds-barred attack’It’s a bizarre diatribe from the head of Arla in the UK, the country’s largest dairy company both by turnover and milk pool. It’s not unusual for food companies to defend their products and their position in the market, sometimes aggressively, but this is a no-holds-barred attack from Tomas Pietrangeli. Without naming names, he implies that the media and industry lobbyists are using ‘scare stories’ to put consumers off eating and drinking dairy.In nearly 140 years of business, Arla has invested heavily in sustainability, animal welfare and delivering value for its farmers, each of whom owns a small stake in the cooperative. Its farmers ‘have nothing to hide’, he says. But this latest statement is unlikely to have an impact on his critics, although his description of the dairy-free movement as ‘an orchestrated and well-funded effort’ to push consumers towards ‘a certain way of life’ is unlikely to pacify rivalries.Also in his 750-word article, Pietrangeli acknowledges that he isn’t in a position to criticise dairy alternatives; Arla produces a range called Lactofree, which includes several different types of cream, milk, cheese and yogurt. But instead he recognises that “you can be healthy living a vegan diet”, just as “you can also be healthy living one with dairy in it too.  As part of his statement, Pietrangeli pointed out five ‘record-straightening’ facts about dairy.They include the fact that milk is naturally high in a variety of nutrients and vitamins, typically in greater quantities than non-dairy foods (gram for gram). He says the same about calcium, with plant-based drinks needing to be fortified unnaturally to incorporate calcium.Pietrangeli also says that dairy is recommended, in some form or quantity, by health authorities throughout the world. “Nowhere is the reigning medical wisdom to exclude dairy,” he said.“Some (not many) people need to exclude dairy because of proven intolerances and others want to because of preference. That’s fine – we produce our own Lactofree range so we are not against choice. You can be healthy living a vegan diet, we just think you can also be healthy living one with dairy in it too.  “What I am against is an overly emotive debate which clouds consumer decision-making and it doesn’t help that, in this country and others, there is a lack of joined up guidance on the precise amount of dairy that should be consumed. We need clarity and a mature dialogue from all sides of the debate and from policymakers and the medical community. Like everything to do with diet, the key is balance. Sadly, the dairy debate needs this too.”Share with your network: Tags: Arla FoodsDairyUKlast_img read more

Frutarom buys 51 of Turpaz to expand in fragrance industry

first_imgFrutarom buys 51% of Turpaz to expand in fragrance industryPosted By: News Deskon: September 07, 2017In: Business, Flavours, Food, Industries, Manufacturing, Mergers & AcquisitionsPrintEmailFrutarom has continued its series of acquisitions by purchasing 51% of Israeli company Turpaz Perfume and Flavor Extracts.The agreement sees Frutarom pay $4.1 million for the shares and a further $7.6 million into the company, which it values at $15.1 million.The deal includes an option for the purchase of the remaining balance of Turpaz shares starting about four years from the date of completion of the transaction, at a price based on Turpaz’s business performance.Turpaz’s sales turnover for the 12 months ending in June 2017 was approximately $6.2 million, with higher profitability than Frutarom’s flavours division, into which it will be consolidated.Turpaz began its activities in 1970 and engages in the development, production and marketing of fragrance solutions. With 16 employees, it has a research and development, manufacturing and marketing site in Israel, and recently opened a facility in the US state of New Jersey.The company will join Frutarom’s small existing fragrances businesses situated mainly in India, Africa and Latin America.Frutarom president and CEO Ori Yehudai believes the acquisition marks an important step to develop Frutarom’s global fragrance business.“We see interesting and diverse growth opportunities for fragrances, especially in emerging markets, and the potential to perform acquisitions of companies with combined flavour and fragrance activities, including in countries where Frutarom is already active, with the potential to realise interesting operational synergies,” he said.“In the past we would forgo opportunities to acquire companies whose main activity was fragrances and with just a smaller amount in flavours. In the framework of our recent strategic decision to develop a global fragrances business, we can now move forward with such acquisitions as well.“We are happy to disclose that we have an interesting pipeline of acquisitions in fragrances which we are pushing forward.”The deal marks the seventh acquisition that Frutarom has made this year. Since 2015, it has acquired 26 companies.Yehudai added that in order to reach the company’s target of  $2 billion in sales by 2020, it will continue carrying out its growth strategy, which includes combining profitable internal growth with strategic acquisitions.Share with your network: Tags: acquisitionFrutaromIsraellast_img read more

FreshDirect opens up new facility to provide fresher food

first_imgFreshDirect opens up new facility to provide fresher foodPosted By: Harriet Jachecon: July 19, 2018In: FoodPrintEmailFreshDirect, an online food shopping service which delivers to US consumers, has opened a new FreshDirect Campus (FDC) to expand its manufacturing and distribution capabilities.The new facility is based in the South Bronx, New York City, and will enable FreshDirect to add thousands of new products, the company says. The new FDC will enhance the way consumers can enjoy fresh produce under a ‘farm-to-fork’ concept.The FDC will promote quality and safety through temperature controlled areas designed to keep food fresh. Areas will be provided to store meat, seafood, produce, deli, bakery, and prepared food items along with a separate freezer room for ice cream. Refrigerated rooms will also be provided for bananas, tomatoes, and onions to ensure the products are stored under optimum conditions.FreshDirect says that every staff member has been selected and trained for each of their individual tasks, and personal shoppers will become experts in their own products as they will handle the same items 20-30 times a day.In keeping with a sustainable outlook, FreshDirect says that the FDC will use significantly less energy through one refrigerated central food facility. FreshDirect says that this ensures a huge fossil fuel reduction compared to brick-and-mortar stores.FreshDirect CEO and co-founder, Jason Ackerman, said: “The launch of the FreshDirect Campus is the culmination of 16 years of learnings that have enabled us to reinvent the grocery industry with customer experience, food quality, and sustainability at its core.“This marks a pivotal moment for our business, while positioning us for future growth. We can also better serve the community by providing greater access to fresh food and significantly reducing food waste, cardboard use, and energy consumption. We are thrilled to officially be a part of the Bronx community and are very thankful for the local support we’ve received throughout this journey.”Share with your network: Tags: freshdirectNew YorkOnline shoppinglast_img read more

AB InBev launches accelerator to help fund sustainability startups

first_imgAB InBev launches accelerator to help fund sustainability start-upsPosted By: Jules Scullyon: August 03, 2018In: Alcohol, Beverage, Environment, IndustriesPrintEmailAB InBev has launched a new green innovation accelerator as it aims to tackle some of the most pressing sustainability issues.Called 100+ Accelerator, the initiative will support, mentor and fund ten successful applicants so they can incubate, experiment and amplify their solutions at scale.The world’s largest beer company said it wants to mobilise the world’s brightest minds –entrepreneurs, academics, scientists and technologists – to solve global sustainability issues and contribute to the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals.  Areas it intends to focus on include: smart agriculture, water stewardship, circular packaging and climate action.In a statement, the company said: “We believe that global challenges need local solutions. Because we source, brew and sell locally through our companies around the world, we have a unique insight into issues that are directly impacting communities. And we are positioned to identify opportunities.”Maisie Devine, global director of the 100+ Accelerator, said: “Today’s global sustainability challenges provide us with some of the greatest opportunities for development and innovation. The 100+ Accelerator will draw on our company’s entrepreneurial spirit and our constant drive to deliver faster, better results.”The deadline for start-ups to apply is 14 September 2018. The initiative will start in New York in October and run until March 2019. The start-ups will then have the opportunity to pitch for further funding.The scheme complements AB InBev’s sustainability targets, which were revealed earlier this year. The company aims to source 100% of its electricity from renewable sources by 2025.It also hopes to make 100% of its packaging from materials which can be recycled or made predominantly from recycled content.Share with your network: Tags: acceleratorAnheuser-Busch InBevsustainabilitylast_img read more

Class war in the American west the rich landowners blocking access to

first_img Reply This land is your land Share | Pick Share on Twitter Twitter justanotherflyboy Sun 21 Jan 2018 06.00 EST 7 8 Share | Pick Share 24 25 17 18 Twitter | Pick Share on Twitter Twitter romnraven Reply Reply Report Show 13 more replies Twitter Along the Smith river, Montana. Photograph: Alamy For Gloria Flora, the public/private turf battles took a different, equally violent and unsettling turn, one that drove her out of Montana entirely.Flora, a former US Forest Service manager, moved to a sparsely populated area outside the state capital, Helena, in 2005 and into what would be the middle of heated fight over who could use the roads. Two of her neighbors locked in an escalating war over easements – negotiated agreements that allow people to cross private land in order to get to public land – with one neighbor reportedly insisting that if others used his road, he could do whatever he wanted on their land.In 2011, one of those neighbors turned up dead. No arrests have been made.Flora and her husband, who were friends with the man who died, packed up and left the state, fearing for their own safety. Given her own experience, and what she saw in her years as a Forest Service manager, Flora believes private conflicts over public land access are on the rise in the west.The problem, she said, often begins when people misunderstand the historic limits of private property when it connects to public land.“They have two acres and they think they are in the vast wilderness. They really don’t get it, a lot of the newer people moving it,” said Flora. “I think they are flummoxed by the access laws. It’s about whose got the bigger voice and bigger gun, despite what the law is.”That’s not to imply there was a period in recent history when everyone roamed through the Rocky Mountain West’s private ranches and farms to hunt and fish wherever they pleased. The region was built on a snatching land from Native Americans and conflicts have long been present over who owns what and goes where for what purpose.But the frame has changed radically in recent years as longstanding large ranches and farms have been sold and divided into smaller private properties and more people have moved in, including a mass influx of big money to some specific pockets. The issue of public access through private land has always been contentious but the land is getting relatively crowded.“I know this sounds like an odd thing to say, but we’re kind of running out of land,” said Flora.Since the 1960s, the population of the Rocky Mountain West has grown at a higher rate than the rest of the United States. States including Idaho and Montana have seen steady population increases in the past 30 years. In other words, this is not a stagnant economic zone lacking for growth. In 1970, Montana’s population was less than 700,000; today it’s more than 1 million. That inward migration has come alongside a shift from an economy based on mining and logging to one based on the service industry. And it’s all brought fast-rising income inequality and an ongoing, roiling culture clash.In the meantime, things are apt to get messier with more confrontations and court battles. The state of Montana, perhaps showing where it stands, has hired a public lands access specialist, the only one known in the country. He’s been tasked with identifying access problems and brokering agreements between governments, landowners and the public for access.Montana’s public v private land battle is highly political and became a major flashpoint in the governor’s race last year. The Democrat incumbent, Governor Steve Bullock, hammered his opponent, Republican Greg Gianforte, over a 2009 lawsuit that sought to remove an easement providing river access through Gianforte’s property.Bullock beat Gianforte, in part by focusing on the issue of access to public lands. Still, Gianforte was elected months later in a special election to replace Zinke as Montana’s congressman.In a December op-ed in the Washington Post, Bullock criticized Trump’s decision to scale back national monuments, inviting him to Montana and calling public lands a great equalizer. The president’s son Donald Trump Jr appears to already spend significant time hunting in Montana.Bullock wrote: “You don’t have to have a Swiss bank account to spend a day with a fly rod on the river. You don’t have to have friends in high places to explore mountains and trails. You don’t have to have to own a big piece of property to experience some of the best hunting and fishing in the world.”It’s still mostly true, but those boundaries are being tested every day. Report Share Please list some sites. Thank you. romnraven Share on Twitter 22 Jan 2018 3:17 22 Jan 2018 4:08 Report Share on Facebook Reply Share via Email Share on Twitter henry hobson Share on WhatsApp Reply Reuse this content,View all comments > Todd Phillips Vintage59 | Pick Reply American citizens have a right to visit public land and the law ought to protect them. | Pick 22 Jan 2018 0:43 sejong Share Report | Pick | Pick Share on Twitter Share on Facebook 1 0 1 21 Jan 2018 20:02 Report Please select Personal abuse Off topic Legal issue Trolling Hate speech Offensive/Threatening language Copyright Spam Other “not expressly stated is that most of these people demanding access are hunters, who want to be able to kill wherever they want. ” No, they want access to the public land beyond where they have a legal right to hunt. | Pick 22 Jan 2018 10:18 21 Jan 2018 19:24 | Pick Twitter sejong Report Share on Facebook 21 Jan 2018 22:54 Share on Twitter Share 23 Jan 2018 1:37 Last modified on Thu 15 Feb 2018 08.35 EST | Pick Twitter Sorry there was an error. Please try again later. If the problem persists, please contact Userhelp Twitter As long as the attrition is confined to the Red States, this is perfectly acceptable. Reply 25 Share on Facebook | Pick | Pick 21 Jan 2018 23:58 Share on Facebook 21 Jan 2018 23:33 Facebook Share on Facebook Share on Facebook 4 5 Sorry but it is “Blue Cities” that have a problem with gun violence. Baltimore, St. Louis, Chicago, Detroit Reply Share via Email HiramsMaxim Twitter Share on Twitter MeRaffey Share on Facebook 6 7 Share on Twitter | Pick | Pick Facebook Share on Twitter Reply HiramsMaxim vineyridge “I always wanted to see Montana” – Hunt for Red October. Perhaps not any more. https://youtu.be/BJESLxEd0Tk MeRaffey Share Twitter 20 21 Share on Twitter Report Twitter Report | Pick Facebook Look into the common-law concept of “easement” and you’ll begin to understand. Facebook Share on Twitter Tony Buontempo sejong Share on Facebook Todd Phillips | Pick | Pick henry hobson Woody Guthrie would piss on your leg… | Pick Facebook Share on Twitter nettkitten Share Share on Facebook Share on Facebook Report Facebook kurtaallen Reply Share on Twitter Or, another way to look at it is 29% of the land in Montana is owned by the American people, for use by the American people.Amended.—Resource extracting businesses and the railroads were not proving to be good stewards of the land they were essentially allowed to profit off of for free. They were given their chance, and blew it. Therefore the American people were forced to provide guidelines for usage.That truth remains, but too many Americans have become complacent to it. Twitter A pox on all of their houses. One thing that is hinted at, but not expressly stated is that most of these people demanding access are hunters, who want to be able to kill wherever they want. It is perfectly legal to post no hunting signs, but if people ignore such signs the alternative is to prevent them from entering. You people quoting Woody Guthrie and others do not realize how right wing most of these Montanans are. If they wanted to take a walk or take pictures that would be one thing, but these people want the right to wander around on your land heavily armed and intending to shoot. Twitter 22 Jan 2018 2:43 Twitter Facebook | Pick Report | Pick Share on Twitter | Pick Share on Twitter Facebook Share on Facebook Reply Share on Twitter They tried that on the shores of Sydney Harbour. The public retaliated by using the public parts of the shoreline for nude sunbathing so the home owners had to see past dozens of saggy bottoms to get their views of the bridge and opera house. The signs came down soon after. 11 12 If a corporation owned a piece of land with no access they could sue other land holders to force an easement. Generally local government is careful to ensure access to all land parcels to avoid this situation Reply Reply This is it, and worldwide, too. WestPondCorresponden 21 Jan 2018 19:48 Report | Pick 0 1 Share It is getting to a point in the US where the 1% are going to have to be brought to heel. The narcissism, egoism, and destruction to our culture by the wealthy has to be brought to an end. During the depression in the 1930s, a constitutional amendment was suggest that put a cap on personal wealth, it is time to revisit that idea. Individuals should be not allowed to accumulate so much money and power that they become out of control. Those who do not agree with a wealth cap should be forced to leave the country. Facebook Show 3 more replies 18 19 Reply 4 Twitter WestPondCorresponden Share Share on Facebook Share on Facebook Reply Share Show 5 more replies Share on Facebook Share 4 5 Share on Twitter Shares1,3461346 DudetheDude Share on Twitter Twitter 4 5 henry hobson Report 22 Jan 2018 3:09 Show 6 more replies Twitter Share on Facebook 1 2 Facebook 22 Jan 2018 3:06 Twitter Twitter | Pick Share on Twitter gimmeecenter 3 Report Share on Facebook Facebook One look at this terrain tells you a lot about why there are so many crackpots there. Twitter Reply Report Share on Twitter Reply Share on Facebook Private land is private land stay off, there are countless area open to the public give your communism pushing a rest 2 3 america, the land of ive got mine, fuck the rest of you Report 2 3 gimmeecenter gimmeecenter Twitter Yes but the public lands discussed in the article are “open” to the public for hunting, fishing, hiking, etc. | Pick MattOR Reply Twitter Sign in or create your Guardian account to recommend a comment 22 Jan 2018 1:33 Twitter Report 7 8 Facebook Report Twitter 1 2 Reply Share RichardNYC Show 2 more replies Facebook Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share Facebook 22 Jan 2018 3:04 Facebook Share on Twitter Share on Twitter Facebook 21 Jan 2018 20:01 Share Twitter the British principle of “rights of way newest 21 Jan 2018 20:04 Facebook 2 3 Share on Twitter Share Share on Facebook Reply Share on Twitter Facebook hardmoney Share Franklin Cat Share Twitter Facebook “Public land” does not necessarily mean “public land”. There is much public land not accessible to the public; sort of like public lands held privately by the government corporation. 22 Jan 2018 0:41 Share Report Barbara Bobola Share on Facebook Report | Pick 22 Jan 2018 2:41 Reply William Anthony Twitter 5 6 Share Charles Demers Vintage59 AndrewMcIntosh Share on Facebook Reply Remember Woody — As I was walking down the highway,I saw a sign that said “no trespassing.”But on the other side, It didn’t say nothing.That side was made for you and me. Facebook NJrubble Show 4 more replies William Anthony 22 Jan 2018 4:03 Facebook 0 1 21 Jan 2018 21:45 Share on Facebook Reply 23 Jan 2018 10:46 Report Facebook Share on Facebook gimmeecenter Show 6 more replies Share 1 2 Twitter Share on Facebook 22 Jan 2018 0:18 Share 5 6 Report Facebook 2 3 Canisman Canisman Share on Facebook Public lands Share on Twitter Class war in the American west: the rich landowners blocking access to public lands RichardNYC Reply Reply 11 12 gimmeecenter Share 3 4 Report Report 21 Jan 2018 23:45 unthreaded i used to walk the beach along the famed Malibu colonythey posted a ‘no trespass , armed response’ sign to try to intimidate people from going therethe law is they own up to the mean high tide line, below that is public but theyd rather not have the rabble disturbing their celestial serenity at allremarkable pigs that they are Twitter Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Facebook Report Vote trump 2024! Share on Twitter Twitter | Pick Facebook Email (optional) | Pick Share on Facebook Twitter Mark Loughran Share on Facebook Facebook As the crisis escalates… Massaniello Pinterest Report He shot and killed his neighbor, Timothy Newman, a man who had repeatedly challenged Campbell over his access-blocking proclivities. Campbell first claimed it was self-defense because Newman threatened him, but last year he finally pleaded guilty to negligent homicide. He’s now on probation, under a 20 years suspended prison sentence. Facebook Share on Twitter Report Share Facebook Facebook In my part of California, one landowner blocked access to state and federal lands that families here have been hiking and hunting for two hundred years. This particular landowner inherited his land and unable to make an honest living, turned to politics. By using loopholes in campaign finance laws he was able to support his lifestyle for thirty years while winning office only once. Now he is blocking access to public lands in the hopes of getting his friends in Sacramento to use taxpayer money to pay him for access to land we already own. Massaniello Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Twitter Share on Facebook 3 4 Share on Facebook Twitter | Pick | Pick 3 Share on Facebook Report Twitter Reply features Steve Erickson Share on Twitter 3 4 Reply 21 Jan 2018 23:39 Reply 11 12 gimmeecenter henry hobson Reply Facebook Share Comments 586 4 5 Report Share on Facebook Share on Facebook Reply vineyridge Lessons from this article; Republicans, crazy gun culture, and the wild-wild-west is a toxic mix. If true wilderness is desired, head north to Canada….your odds of being shot by a lunatic conservative is vastly reduced (though your odds of being eaten by a grizzly bear are proportionally increased). 21 Jan 2018 21:48 Facebook Twitter Facebook Share Twitter 22 Jan 2018 0:23 1 2 Reply gimmeecenter 21 Jan 2018 23:50 Share on Twitter | Pick 21 Jan 2018 22:56 Facebook Share on Facebook Twitter CA will not secede. Show 1 more reply Share on Twitter 0 1 William Anthony Reply Share Report The moderator will probably delete my comment, but you can go to hell. Private property is an immoral human construction of reality only a few hundred years old and not accepted by most of humanity. 21 Jan 2018 21:25 Report 26 27 Share on Twitter | Pick Report Share on Facebook Facebook 2 Share on Twitter Close report comment form Tom1982 The case offers a violent, extreme illustration of what many say is a creeping, pervasive and underreported threat to public lands in the west: a widening class battle between private landowners – oftentimes newcomers with little knowledge of the region’s history or law – and the general public expecting to use public lands.It’s become the new class war of the west, one public lands advocate I interviewed told me. It’s a class war contentious enough he didn’t want his name used beside that characterization.There are no available statistics on land-access related violence, but throughout the west, anecdotes spring up regularly about chest-thumping, locked gates and confrontations, often with both sides armed. From Wyoming to Idaho to Utah, public access through private land is a hot-button issue in the west.While public lands advocates battle the Trump administration over its plans to scale back national monuments, some private landowners – whether by tying up land access cases in courts or by putting up physical gates – present a rising threat to the millions of acres set aside for public use.According to a study from the Center for Western Priorities, 4m acres of public lands in the Rocky Mountain West (Montana, Idaho, Colorado, Utah, Wyoming and New Mexico) are considered “landlocked”, blocked off by private landowners who control adjacent properties or roadways. Two million of those landlocked acres are in Montana.The report notes that “land ownership in the Rocky Mountain West is a quilt of federal, state local, Native American and private lands. The patchwork of owners can make it difficult for the public to access lands without trespassing through private lands.”At the heart of the battle, landowners and recreations groups say, often lies misunderstanding. New Montana property owners often arrive wanting their own slice of paradise without knowing the decades of legal battles over public lands and a history of allowing neighbors – sometimes after protracted negotiation through governments and courts – to move through roads and trails. A ranch once open to hunting is suddenly posted as private, hunters ignore the gates and signs, and conflict flares.And in some pockets that have become havens for the uber-rich – like the Crazy Mountains near Livingston – and politically connected, private landowners have tied up huge tracts of prime recreational public lands. Kate Kelly, public lands specialist with the Center for American Progress, said while natural resource development like oil and gas threatens access to public lands in the west, a major and less noticed peril in Montana – and to a lesser degree in other states – comes from private landowners blocking public access.“Where Montana stands out is when it comes to how much public land is essentially inaccessible,” said Kelley. “For Montana, it appears that a very real problem is private landowners – including those coming in from out of state – and their unwillingness to grant access to public lands. It’s essentially locking Montanans out of their backyard.”“I think this is one of the driving factors to loss of access to public lands – people coming in who don’t necessarily understand Montana values,” said Land Tawney of Backcountry Hunters and Anglers, a national land conservation group based in Montana. Share Problem is that the 1% have invested mightily in propaganda machines to convince the 99% that they should continue to vote against their own interests. To a very large extent they have succeeded, unfortunately aided and abetted by a Democratic movement which has abandoned any attempt to fight for votes in certain parts and demographics of the US. Share on Facebook I thought the same thing the first time I saw Manhattan. henry hobson Share on Facebook hardmoney Show 25 spacecadet1 Tony Buontempo justanotherflyboy Facebook ‘This Fascist Kills Guitars’. vineyridge 7 8 | Pick Share on Twitter The image of the mountains with the bison in the foreground is actually the Teton Range in Wyoming not Montana as the caption infers. It is national park land and open to all. But, as the article states, that problem does exist in Wyoming, notably in the southern part of the state where public lands are held in a checkerboard pattern (due to long ago land grants to the Union Pacific Railroad. 68 69 0 1 Report Share on Facebook Report Facebook Report The guy next door came on Joe’s property with a gun too – mitigating as could be. Reply Report Twitter Reply Share on Facebook Report Share on Twitter Report 23 Jan 2018 10:26 | Pick 21 Jan 2018 21:29 Reply Reply 15 16 dawsonct Franklin Cat Facebook Share on Twitter Tony Buontempo MattOR Report Reply 21 Jan 2018 22:01 22 Jan 2018 0:11 Reply RichardNYC We have similar checkerboard access issues up here in the Crazy Monutains of MT and others. Strange way to divide land. Do you know why it was done that way originally? Report Share on Facebook justanotherflyboy Share on Twitter 22 Jan 2018 1:29 Twitter Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Facebook Twitter Jembo Jembo Reply Share on Twitter | Pick Reply Facebook oldest Share on Facebook Pat McNeal Facebook | Pick recommendations sejong Reply | Pick Share Share on Twitter Share Facebook Twitter HiramsMaxim Facebook | Pick Share on Twitter Share Twitter | Pick Twitter | Pick Share Twitter Facebook Share on Facebook | Pick 22 Jan 2018 2:03 Share on Twitter spacecadet1 Show 3 more replies If it’s in your backyard it’s also your choice to stay there. The rule of law must be enforced whether it inconveniences you or not. Share on Twitter Second Amendment version: This land is my landIt is not your landI’ve got a shotgunAnd you ain’t got oneIf you don’t get offI’ll blow your head offThis land was made for only me Share on Facebook Facebook Share on Twitter Share Share on Twitter Twitter 2 3 Murder! Reply Twitter Share 4 5 Show 2 more replies Twitter SysDisruptcenter_img Report gimmeecenter | Pick bishoppeter4 33 34 Share on Pinterest 22 Jan 2018 0:00 Share on Twitter 21 Jan 2018 20:30 Share on Facebook Share on Facebook Reply | Pick 22 Jan 2018 15:01 All henry hobson Twitter BDStrong Reply Canisman Kennyryan1 Twitter Reply Share Share on Twitter Report Twitter Twitter 23 Jan 2018 0:14 Franklin Cat Report expanded henry hobson Montana Report Share on Twitter 21 Jan 2018 21:11 Share Share Kennyryan1 Share Reply Twitter Share on Twitter comments (586)Sign in or create your Guardian account to join the discussion. | Pick Reply I’m looking out my window as the sun rises over a snow covered Brider range. From a duplex in town, way too expensive and shoddily built. But i’ve got this view. My kin go back to the 1890’s in this valley. There is nothing left of the land in the family now. Our friends to the south on the Crow Nation should offer instruction into stewardship – land is not to be owned, but shared. 4 Reply 3 4 Share on Facebook 4 5 4 5 Land of the rich. Home of the homeless. Share on Twitter Report owhatsgoingon meltyman Threads collapsed NJrubble A fairly slim distinction, really. Reply Kennyryan1 Share on Facebook 22 Jan 2018 1:23 Report Reply 47 48 11 12 21 Jan 2018 21:59 Share on Twitter 21 Jan 2018 22:14 I’ll take my chances with the bear, at least they can generally be reasoned with and generally don’t have unreasonable expectations. Share on Facebook Report Share Share on Facebook y’all apparently have a healthy notion of community action. perhaps we could borrow a bit? Twitter Twitter canuck_overseas An interesting article, if a bit incomplete. For instance, 29% of Montana is owned by the Federal Government. Oh, and the homicide rate in Montana is 3.5. Share 21 Jan 2018 22:28 Facebook Reply “29% of Montana is owned by the Federal Government.” And I’m glad it is, as are most Montanans. Report 22 Jan 2018 0:04 Share on Facebook Share Share on Facebook Share 85 86 Report 22 Jan 2018 2:52 | Pick 22 Jan 2018 1:38 | Pick too bad its not 80 % Wonkypops 7 8 vineyridge BDStrong Share I’d imagine money talks. A poor white landowner would also be unlikely to get such a lenient sentence in similar circumstances. Facebook Charles Demers The English ‘Right of Way’ is a very limited ‘right’ indeed; it consists solely of the right to walk on nominated footpaths, and even a slight veer off-course can result in a threat to physically put you back on the ‘road’.Rural access in England is amongst the most restricted in the world. I live in a rural river valley, and at almost no point am I allowed within sight of the actual river. Report When the California Republic gains its independence, such nonsense will be put on a bus to Arizona and dropped off. Share 4 5 22 Jan 2018 0:07 Share on Facebook Share | Pick Share on Facebook 22 Jan 2018 1:39 Report hardmoney Share | Pick All property is theft Share Tony Buontempo I hate to encourage the Graun by getting all “woke”, but can any rational person credibly argue that a poor black man in the USA who shot his neighbour dead over a boundary dispute would have received a suspended sentence? Facebook Jembo Jembo Share 22 Jan 2018 1:01 Pinterest lots of things in america that ought to be that arentthis is the least of them RileyRay Reply | Pick 3 4 Welcome to neofeudalism. Share You’ve only been raped since the white man started their rapacious run to and toward the west coast. What’s the matter? You mean to tell me that you have issue with just one more?? Don’t you know there are laws in place or created that justify it; the audacity of you commoners. My God!! Topics Report Share Twitter Reply 22 23 Share on Twitter | Pick “Individuals should be not allowed to accumulate so much money and power that they become out of control. Those who do not agree with a wealth cap should be forced to leave the country.” Why do you have a need to control people? Are you willing to let people control you? 7 8 Share 22 Jan 2018 0:38 Facebook Not in China, where the state is strong and the national interest is advancing. Arguably not in Russia either. Share Report | Pick | Pick Share 26 27 AndrewMcIntosh Your first photograph of the mountains and bison are the Grand Tetons in Wyoming not Montana. 1 2 | Pick | Pick Share Facebook Facebook Share on Twitter Twitter “I’ve got mine, fuck the rest of you?” The United States is hardly alone in this attitude. Share on Twitter Tom1982 Reply Twitter | Pick 22 Jan 2018 1:34 Share Facebook Facebook Share on Facebook 22 Jan 2018 0:35 22 Jan 2018 1:26 | Pick Order by oldest 22 Jan 2018 3:04 22 Jan 2018 2:53 Report Kathleen McLaughlin decisivemoment Share Facebook Share on Facebook Jack Pine … Report 11 12 dawsonct gimmeecenter 2 3 Facebook I dunno, but we have it up here, too. all in a checkerboard, it’s weird as hell. Share Share on Twitter Share Share on Twitter lol! Twitter Reply | Pick Twitter Facebook Twitter Report This was also done for the railroad land grants. The grants were given out in a checkerboard pattern following the railroad right-of-way or in every township. The idea was that the railroads would sell the land to homesteaders who would use the railroad, thus bringing civilization to the west. The eastern politicians had no clue what the west was like and those who sought to rip it off were happy to keep it that way. So homestead laws that allowed, i.e., the creation of private homesteads that were sized at a fraction of the area needed to actually support a family were encouraged, almost all to be snatched up by robber barons and wannabe robber barons when the family based yeoman farmer model failed. Imagine, i.e., an eastern senator owned by a robber baron (and they were outright owned) imagining a team of horses pulling a maple log out of the woods in New England when the reality was a 200 ft tall 6 ft diameter Douglas Fir or 100 ft 6 ft diameter Ponderosas Pine that required an entire crew to fell and move it. Or a large landowner in the well watered east when the affected parts of the west were semi-arid. The settlement of the west of by the European colonizers is a story of profound ignorance ad refusal to look at the landscape with open eyes, the “rain follows the plow” myth being perhaps the most striking example of this. Share on Facebook Share on Facebook Franklin Cat Report Report Twitter Report Report Why would you direct people to Canada, Mr. “overseas”? Have you not been to BC lately? They have had to pass a law to tax foriegn real estate purchases due to the explosion of foriegn buyers. It’s over up there so don’t bother. Facebook StairheidCritic bishoppeter4 Twitter Report Twitter Twitter SysDisrupt 2 3 Franklin Cat 2 100 meltyman 22 Jan 2018 0:02 Reply gimmeecenter These private land owners need to erect a high impenetrable opaque fence so no one can see out or in. Then take all of the public game out from inside the fence and set it free. Share on Facebook James Holland Share on Twitter Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share Report Facebook Facebook 22 Jan 2018 7:10 Share 22 Jan 2018 0:34 X Girl 19 20 Share on Facebook Facebook Share on Facebook Share on Twitter hardmoney Report 22 Jan 2018 4:05 RichardNYC 22 Jan 2018 0:15 to a degree that’s true here, too. the local cops often say, just drag one foot over your front step and we’ll call it a righteous shooting. fortunately, it’s not a situation that comes up very often. Facebook | Pick 5 6 Public lands Until it’s in your backyard, like it is in mine right now. | Pick WestPondCorresponden Twitter Report Facebook Report Yes – see below. Show 1 more reply Sorry, but if you own the land and choose to not provide access to public lands, shouldn’t the law favor land ownership? Indigenous people occupied those lands for hundreds of years. If anyone has access or should be restored to ownership it would be indigenous people. Do Americans really need another dirt track, more out of control forest fires, water pollution, pop up shops of gee gaws, and goofy theme restaurants? This followed by another public hue and cry to slaughter a bear when some idiot gets mauled or killed. Donald Trump and his brother killing native creatures with long guns–can’t call that hunting, there are no odds for the animals. The United States assault on public lands is one of corruption and disruption, not careful and guided exploration within limits of lands that are more critical than ever. Development is never far behind. This article shows what the ultimate fate of these lands will be: The women of the Tongass National Forest, a matrilineal indigenous people ask for all of our election representatives and senators to help:Wanda J. Culp— Tlingit, Artist, Activist, WECAN Coordinator Tongass ProjectErnestine Hayes — Tlingit, Professor, AuthorBernadine DeAsis — Environmental Specialist, Douglas Indian Association Tribal GovernmentLoretta Marvin — Tlingit, Thunderbird Clan from the Sun HouseErnestine Hanlon-Abel —Tlingit, Indigenous basket weaver, Old-Growth AdvocateJerry Ann Gray — Tlingit-Tsimshian Indigenous WomanOur people, the Tlingit and Haida, have lived in what is now known as the Tongass National Forest in Southeast Alaska since time immemorial. Today our treasured forest faces one of its greatest and most immediate threats to date.As the end of the year approached, Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) introduced two legislative budget riders aimed at allowing thousands of acres of old-growth forest in the Tongass (and the Chugach National Forest) to be clear-cut.As indigenous women whose ancestors are from this forest, we vigorously oppose these attacks on our public lands. In the coming days, we urge lawmakers to reject these riders, and instead maintain the existing protections for our ancient forest and its peoples.The U.S. Forest Service and the timber industry should have stopped destroying our ancient forest a long time ago. Our original and historic use and occupancy of the Tongass is essential to our people’s identity and culture as our people have depended upon the bounty of the forest and its waters for millennia.Our matrilineal societies are built from the Laws of Living Nature. Our relationship with the ancient trees of the Tongass extends beyond concepts of wild, untamed, peaceful, quiet, spiritual, and beautiful — for us, the forest is life.“It is for these reasons we, as indigenous women of the Tongass National Forest, are asking for your individual and collective support in contacting Alaska’s and your own congressional delegation to loudly oppose Sen. Murkowski’s sneak attack on Alaska’s ancient forests and our people!”From Standing Rock to Bears Ears and beyond, we stand in solidarity with indigenous peoples across the country in their calls to end the relentless assault on our lands. We ask lawmakers to reject the Roadless Rule and the Tongass riders and protect Alaska’s old-growth forests and our people.The Indigenous people of North America is one of the great genocides in history, the part of white supremacy in the United States.. Even if you could care less about the Tlingits–a matrilineal tribe like the Hopi, the Iroquois, and the Navajo people these lands are critical to slow climate change and to survive these lands must have a functional complex ecological system intact. Our public lands and national lands and waters are now at the forefront of slowing climate change. Please protect our heritage and provide for a legacy of decency and survivalhttps://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/end-the-assault-on-indigenous-peoples-and-our-land_us_5a4f977ce4b089e14dba6bc6?section=us_contributor Share on Facebook The land the animals are in is all that’s left. Setting them “free” is impossible. The animals must now do the best they can with small, oddly shaped parcels of high country. Report Twitter Share on Twitter Massaniello bzzzt.nice try but comparing cities versus what? let’s try an entire state, and look what we find: states with the lowest rate of firearm deaths per 100,000:HI, MA, NY, CT, RI states with the highest rate of firearm deaths per 100,000:AK, LA, AL, MS, WY back to the trolling board with you… Facebook Share 22 Jan 2018 3:11 Rights of way are more of an English thing, pretty sure they never applied in Scotland – who in any case now have the “Right To Roam” enshrined in legislation. Though other countries also have this right, this recent blog from a US hiker traversing Scotland makes some useful comparisons: – https://www.backpacker.com/stories/scotland-right-to-roam 3 4 Facebook 22 Jan 2018 4:50 Not 100% sure on this, but confident that the law here is written soft on shooting someone who is trespassing. Certainly not saying it is ok, but the wording of the law here and in, say, Chicago’s South Side are notably different, so the race card thing you are trying to do doesn’t really start on even ground. Sundowner1374 Reply Share on Twitter Share on Twitter Share on Twitter Share Reply Share on Facebook Public land designated as military bases, which is extensive, for a start. Also, per Wikipedia: “Each western state also received federal “public land” as trust lands designated for specific beneficiaries, which the States are to manage as a condition to acceptance into the union. Those trust lands cannot any longer be considered public lands as allowing any benefits to the “public” would be in breach of loyalty to the specific beneficiaries. The trust lands (two sections, or about 1,280 acres (5.2 km2) per township) are usually managed extractively (grazing or mining), to provide revenue for public schools.” Share on Twitter 22 Jan 2018 2:50 Report Twitter 33 34 Share on Facebook Twitter Facebook | Pick | Pick 16 17 James Holland Share Facebook Twitter Facebook Share on Facebook Share Facebook next Share on Facebook feds’d never let go of California; they can’t afford to. so no point hoping for that one, ain’t gonna happen. still, the landblockers only get so far here. after a while we all just hop their fence and keep rolling. Reply Report Twitter Twitter 21 Jan 2018 23:41 27 28 Report Reply Class war in the American west: the rich landowners blocking access to public lands Share on Facebook 5 6 Share on Twitter Reply | Pick Facebook Share on Twitter | Pick Twitter 3 4 21 Jan 2018 21:18 Share on Facebook 1 2 Share Facebook Tom1982 22 Jan 2018 4:43 Share on Twitter Facebook Reply Share Reply Share Reply Share | Pick Facebook Reply Reply | Pick Dzndef Smith Again, MT laws on trespassing are different here than a lot of places and favor heavily the side of the landowner. Likely a left over from times when this place was still a lil rowdy. Facebook | Pick Reply Reply 21 Jan 2018 23:20 21 Jan 2018 19:28 Report Facebook Facebook The only time to change the Constitution is when you control 38 state legislatures. Report Share on Facebook 6 7 People in rural parts of the country can only afford to live there with huge subsidies for the infrastructure like roads and electricity paid for by the rest of the country. If the private land owners want to be stingy about access then the public has every right to be stingy about our public roads. Lets see if these selfish landowners can use their property if they aren’t allowed to cross public property. 24 25 William Anthony Reply 2 3 Share on Facebook Twitter Reply Twitter I’m right across town in the “Olive District” off 19th. It’s a sad decline here, for certain. That said, you couldn’t have what we have going on here without private property rights. I see a lot of people talking about wishing the Native Americans still had the place under control, yet none offering to move, return their property to the local tribe, or give a direct assist to the struggles on the Rez currently. Why is that? Every state is different, east and west. Reply 50 The Diamond Bar X is a postcard-perfect slice of Montana solitude. A former cattle ranch that’s been parceled up into sprawling home sites, it sits not far outside Augusta, a cowboy town beneath Montana’s Rocky Mountain Front, where the Great Plains crash into majestic snow-peaked mountains to dramatic effect.The area is prime habitat for elk and grizzlies, people are few, and its residents have easy access to countless miles of trails and streams on the adjacent public lands.By all accounts, this was a little community positioned just right for fishing, hunting, hiking in some of Montana’s wilder mountain spaces.And that’s how it functioned for decades, residents said in court, until Joseph Campbell bought 300 acres at the Diamond Bar X, moved in and started putting up locked gates that blocked access to well-trodden thoroughfares that people in the area had used for years.Within five years, court records say, the police were called 25 times to deal with Campbell’s threats and erratic behavior, and his seeming obsession over keeping people off every inch of his property despite longstanding agreements among the neighbors for access to the neighboring publicly owned land. (In the west’s wide-open spaces, it’s common practice for landowners to negotiate deals – both informal and formal – to allow the public to cross their land to get to hunting spots, streams and trails.)In 2013, after years of fights and threats, Campbell finally snapped.He shot and killed his neighbor, Timothy Newman, a man who had repeatedly challenged Campbell over his access-blocking proclivities. Campbell first claimed it was self-defense because Newman threatened him, but last year he finally pleaded guilty to negligent homicide. He’s now on probation, under a 20 years suspended prison sentence. 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first_img | Pick Trump plays to the gallery at CPAC – and the gallery loves it Share on Twitter 7 8 @laurenegambino | Pick Share on Twitter 1 2 Share Twitter Oh dear, have you been destroyed by those mean old Democrats? Try growing a backbone, snowflake. Twitter 15 16 Facebook 24 Feb 2018 20:30 25 Feb 2018 0:28 24 Feb 2018 8:30 | Pick Report Share on Facebook Donald Trump… the modern day Minotaur ! 17 18 BringBackBuck Twitter Share on Facebook Never make notes at a presentation? Especially one in front of millions, many who just want you to fail. Never mind who it hurts. Share on Twitter Report Loudsince1975 US politics Twitter Facebook 24 Feb 2018 6:10 Share Share on Facebook Topics … 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. 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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. Show 1 more reply BringBackBuck | Pick comments (127)Sign in or create your Guardian account to join the discussion. Share on Twitter Reply 3 4 Share on Twitter Show 25 Facebook “They say the right is angry. Oh no, I don’t think so,” said extreme conservative provocateur Laura Ingraham, urging the right to be “happy warriors”. Between speakers, jaunty pop ballads blared, sometimes in sharp contrast to the grim warnings about the socialist dystopian future that would befall the country should Democrats regain control of a chamber of Congress in this year’s midterms. “Is that Rocket Man?” a bemused Eric Trump asked an emptying ballroom on Thursday evening as the Elton John classic greeted his arrival on stage. “It is very different this year,” Kristina Miniear, a pastor and co-host of the Conservative Commandos Radio Show, said.Miniear pointed to the throngs of fresh-faced attendees as proof that Trump’s ascent was a sign of a bright future for the conservative movement.“The next generation is really coming on board,” she said. At a table sponsored by the conservative America Rising Super Pac, a pair of friends peered over a tranche of pins with the faces of potential 2020 Democratic candidates crossed out, including progressive senators Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders.“Who should we take?” one mused. “I think I’m going to take Bernie and Pocahontas,” the other replied, referring to Trump’s derisive nickname for Warren to mock her claim of Native American ancestry.At another booth, a Ukrainian organization courted support to erect a statue of Ronald Reagan in Kiev. Share on Twitter All Twitter Share on Facebook Share Alt-reality for short? As I’ve said before and I’ll say it again.. Trump is the President of the untied butt kissers of the U.S.A. That’s his support, that’s why it’s difficult to make them critical of Trump. They do what all butt kissers do and just grovel. You may think that’s not True… But check out his twitter or Fb page. The grovelling makes me cringe. I mean, how shameless can you get? Reply Comments 127 Nickdastardly Close report comment form Facebook Ammonium Reply The real agenda in that CPAC Thudderdome is making bigger and better propaganda machines filled with God Loves Conservative Republicans artificially sweet poison gushing out of the TV landscape while the actual earth is being murdered by those very same lawless forces.. 5nufk1n4prez Share on Messenger Share on Twitter 1 2 Report Donald Trump 0 1 24 Feb 2018 6:06 Facebook | Pick Report Share Share on Twitter Share on Twitter Show 4 more replies 9 10 joAnn chartier 24 Feb 2018 9:02 The slimy, idiotic, un-hinged, Mango Mussolini -or stable genius, depending on your IQ level- has only a tenuous grip on reality. He thinks people like him -though there aren’t really people like him- but they don’t, not even his poor wife; he thinks he’s not obese, he thinks he’s not bigly in debt, he thinks he has big hands, big crowds and, no doubt, thinks he has a big cock, sorry covfefe, but a very small handicap.He also thinks the GOP will keep feeding bananas to this Orange-utan if it helps them to stuff their own pockets with more and more taxpayers dollars. For once, he’s actually right.The Republicans will indulge the Tangerine Tyrant’s trumptrums for as long as it allows them to screw the American public to pay for more new mansions in The Hamptons and private jets and whatever else it is they find to squander the people’s money on, when they’re not hiding it in offshore tax-havens. Here boy, golf and meatloaf, golf and meatloaf. SAD!!! Share on Facebook 7 8 Share on Twitter 8 9 Share on Twitter Reply Report | Pick Share on Facebook | Pick Report 24 Feb 2018 7:50 ehdunno 1 2 | Pick Reply Show 6 more replies 2 When crowds of hateful pea-brains cheer a total imbecile one has to genuinely fear for the future of that country. That freak will die in jail but will his sentencing come soon enough? globalp Reply Share on Facebook Report Twitter Facebook Djozer 13 14 The president’s speech thrilled supporters at the Gaylord Convention Center, where attendees were in celebratory mood Twitter Share 13 14 Share on Twitter It is an inside job by the Koch Bros, the Mercer family, millionaires and billionaires on parade. Murdoch is poison, and the ultra rich ‘business’ corporatist protectionist lobbies (NRA!NRA!NRA) are celebrating in their locker rooms, even though there is likely to be a tsunami building against their FREE (Because we control it) MARKET that putts money/power ahead of everything else. Show 1 more reply Facebook Twitter Twitter 24 Feb 2018 15:25 Report Share on Twitter Never make notes at a presentation???? Reply Share Share on Twitter Facebook Report Share | Pick Facebook | Pick 28 29 Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Twitter Aha, looks like the link has disappeared from the homepage, that would explain it. Reply Share on Facebook Twitter Conservatives at CPAC. The rage that once seethed from conservatives at the annual event in Maryland seemed to have softened.Photograph: Jacquelyn Martin/AP Twitter Reply Report 24 Feb 2018 8:10 24 Feb 2018 21:41 Share Twitter Share on Twitter | Pick Share Play Video I’ve just watched the Trump videos and his Second Amendment chant and rant… https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2018/feb/24/cpac-trump-conservatives-republicans It is the sickest insane ranting I have ever seen a “world leader” (as if!) do with the exception of films clip of Adolf Hitler ranting at Nuremberg and other choice occasions. If I was an American I would be seriously embarrassed by an animal performance like Trump’s… and the audience was no better than their adored “dear” leader… a barbaric mob from sometime BC. I thought the rant from the leader of the NRA was shocking enough the other day… it seems these “Conservatives” who for me sound more like thug fascists try to out do each other with their inflammatory ranting… As for Trump’s visit to the UK, it should be CANCELED forthwith with immediate effect… we don’t need a rogue animal like that importing himself to strut and shoot off is foul mouth in our green and pleasant land… NO WAY! We don’t need Trump carrying a concealed gun in the UK or meeting the Queen of the United Kingdom with a concealed hand gun. Trump… if you come to the UK and we will TRUMP you like you will never, never ever forget! And BREXITers can forget making any trade deals with that odour government and leader while that deranged beast stalks the White House while still in power… Trump be warned! Stay out of the UK… OlaNorskman Report | Pick Churchill called out the troops to break the National Strike. Maybe you should use FDR instead. A true Democrat. Share on Facebook Twitter Reply busylittlebee Share Share Twitter Report Bilateral cultural affiliation? I get why they’d both be invited to CPAC’s dirty little picnic. But in what capacities exactly are MMLP and Le FarAGE attending? MMLP holds no office. And how is CPAC an even remotely “bilateral” forum?By the way, check your Latin singular/plural agreement. BringBackBuck | Pick Twitter globalp 24 Feb 2018 22:34 Report 2 3 Dream on. Now go do something constructive. dynamic22 5nufk1n4prez 24 Feb 2018 6:26 5nufk1n4prez Share on Twitter Twitter Report Share on Twitter BringBackBuck 2 3 Share on Twitter Ricksta 5nufk1n4prez 24 Feb 2018 7:51 Share Show 3 more replies 1 2 | Pick 24 Feb 2018 7:36 Share on Twitter recommendations Share on Facebook | Pick Report Great speech. Trump really knows how to work a crowd. This was something the right has needed since Reagan. Reply I think it’s good for the old guard to step aside and really let the Trump people get into the party and run itSuzzanne Monk 7 8 Share via Email 4 5 JMSutherland | Pick Don’t let Trump into the UK. If he shows up, have Mr. Kahn have him arrested and sent to the Tower. 5nufk1n4prez Share on Twitter EdwardFatherby Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Report Share Reply Twitter Share on Twitter | Pick Reply Twitter Reply 24 Feb 2018 6:50 Share on Twitter | Pick 7 8 5nufk1n4prez 24 Feb 2018 16:26 Share on Facebook 2 Share on Twitter Reply Report Facebook Share on LinkedIn twodoormonarch Share Share on Twitter Share on Twitter | Pick Share Show 2 more replies Facebook Share on Facebook The bald patch on the back of Trumps head is from being dropped on his head as a baby. Share on Twitter Reply Hedgehopper Mr Throgmortentoyou 25 Feb 2018 0:24 collapsed Fri 23 Feb 2018 16.45 EST Badchicken1 24 Feb 2018 7:49 The deplorables love the smell of a turd in the morning. Facebook The caption invites me to join the discussion but a discussion with these brainwashed minions is impossible because they actually like and believe the imbecile with the badly concealed bald spot. All very sad that people can be taken in so easily. I mean they laugh at his “jokes”- the man does not have a sense of humor unless it’s at others’ expense. The absolute worse was when he said arming adept teachers and coaches in schools would not cost much money. It’s as his slimy son said, the only color he set is green. And again the morons lap it up as safeguards for the economy, the environment and services are washed down the toilet bowl. I’m going to get drunk. Copper65 Of course they’re happy, they have no meaningful opposition. The lack of leadership in the Democratic Party is stunning. Trevor Noah put it best when he said last year “it’s like when Mufasa died and Scar became king” but the lions had Simba, all we have is the meerkat, the warthog, and something resembling a cross between Tonya Hardings bodyguard and the police force from Ebbing Missouri. Can’t Barack Obama take some timeout from watching his legacy flushing down the toilet to inspire some kind of fight back? To the Democrats “where the fuck are you” “why don’t you elect some new leaders and fight” America’s darkest hour! no Churchill, just Nancy pelosi. Share Sign in or create your Guardian account to recommend a comment Share on Facebook Reply Twitter Share on Facebook 24 Feb 2018 7:56 Facebook Hedgehopper Report 24 Feb 2018 8:08 Our own conservatives in the US are bad enough, but I’m so annoyed that Nigel Farage and Marion Maréchal Le Pen think they can swan into the United States, a country of which neither is a citizen, and give speeches intended to influence US politics. Farage even campaigned with Trump shortly after Brexit, which is completely hypocritical considering he only sits in the European Parliament to heckle them about supposed interference in UK sovereignty. Clearly it doesn’t bother him to tell US voters what to do even though he doesn’t live or pay tax here. | Pick The panels included wryly named sessions such as Kim Jong Un-iversity: How College Campuses are Turning into Re-education Camps and An Affair to Remember: How the Far Left and the Mainstream Media Got in Bed Together. Sebastian Gorka, the controversial former White House adviser who had tense encounters with no less than two members of the press on the first day of the conference, was asked about the prospect of impeachment if Democrats win the House in November. He said that Trump would counter by “outflanking them every day on Twitter multiple times a day”.Earlier in the day, the US vice-president was introduced by his wifeKaren Pence, who promised to “pull back the curtain” with “five facts you need to know about Mike Pence”.The first, she revealed melodramatically, is that Friday night is pizza night in the Pence household. The standing order: a supreme, thin-crust pie washed down with an O’Doul’s, the non-alcoholic beer. The crowd also learned that Pence is an amateur cartoon artist and has long wished for a horse.But there was a shortage of big names from Congress.And that’s for the best, said Suzzanne Monk, who sardonically wore a “pussyhat”, a symbol of female resistance to Trump during the now-annual Women’s March, with “MAGA”, the acronym for Make America Great Again, emblazoned in big letters.“I think it’s good for the old guard to step aside and really let the Trump people get into the party and run it,” she said. MartinK1978 24 Feb 2018 8:24 Share 24 Feb 2018 18:30 Donald Trump 1 OlaNorskman Bad typing: Since Trump is such a great speaker, his approval ratings must be through the roof. Mr Throgmortentoyou Share on Twitter Share on Twitter Share on Twitter This is a global response to a global stimuli; globalism. It’s perfectly reasonable to resist subjection to international agreements and supranational courts based on bilateral cultural affiliation You mean the very stable genie? He’ll be in isolation sooner than you think, but in prison rather than his bottle (he’s grown too fat to get back in there). | Pick 24 Feb 2018 16:07 Share on Twitter “As democracy is perfected, the office of president represents, more and more closely, the inner soul of the people. On some great and glorious day the plain folks of the land will reach their heart’s desire at last and the White House will be adorned by a downright moron.”H.L. Mencken, On Politics: A Carnival of Buncombe Share on Facebook Share Mr Throgmortentoyou Share on Twitter dynamic22 Ammonium “Trump plays to the gallery at CPAC…” And…that would be the pea(brain)nut gallery. Reuse this content,View all comments > Report So they’re going global to combat the evils of globalism? Subversive. 5nufk1n4prez 22 23 Share on Facebook | Pick 2 3 7 8 davshev 24 Feb 2018 6:10 Absolutely. Facebook Twitter Share on Twitter 6 7 24 Feb 2018 14:40 | Pick You are the perfect opposition. Stop embarrassing your self. I try like hell to hide that bald spot, says Donald Trump – video Share Twitter 5nufk1n4prez Reply Facebook busylittlebee Facebook Facebook Reply Report Reply 0:36 Classic! | Pick Reply Reply | Pick Reply Twitter Share on Twitter 24 Feb 2018 15:29 Order by oldest W could work a crowd. He was the guy you’d want to go out for a beer with. Since Trump his such a great speaker, his approval ratings must be through the toof. Ammonium Reply Share on Facebook Twitter 2 3 Facebook Reply 24 Feb 2018 5:54 Share I still can’t believe this meat sock of bellenderical fuckwitlessness is POTUS. I’m sure that this has been the ultimate Karmic payback for every single wrong doing that’s ever happened since the dawn of time. Either that or Russian have just played the ultimate episode of You’ve Been Framed….. I’d also focus how he has criticized every world leader except Putin and Duterte, and the fact that he has been laundering cash for oligarchs for over 20 years. Share 24 Feb 2018 7:27 5nufk1n4prez Share on Facebook 6 7 Share Support The Guardian | Pick Twitter Since you’re here… Share on Twitter Gregory Newman Share on Twitter Twitter Reply 24 Feb 2018 8:32 24 Feb 2018 8:25 Facebook Share on Twitter CPAC Twitter 1 2 Shares1616 Reply Report Report Share on Facebook 24 Feb 2018 6:27 25 Feb 2018 0:18 EdwardFatherby | Pick Share Share on Twitter 2 3 Hedgehopper Share on Facebook Share joAnn chartier joAnn chartier 24 Feb 2018 6:16 Twitter 2 3 Facebook | Pick Twitter 1 You don’t think it’s shameful that someone had to give him a note to remind him to act like a decent human being? Report Report newest | Pickcenter_img Share on Facebook Facebook Facebook Twitter DrVenable Share Report 2 3 | Pick Please select Personal abuse Off topic Legal issue Trolling Hate speech Offensive/Threatening language Copyright Spam Other Facebook Badchicken1 | Pick | Pick Share I know what the right needs…and Trump, and the horse he rode in on. OlaNorskman 4 5 Reply Share on Facebook Facebook Report Twitter | Pick Loudsince1975 Twitter Facebook 24 Feb 2018 21:47 25 Share on Facebook 24 Feb 2018 7:09 Facebook 7 8 Facebook Report 24 Feb 2018 7:43 | Pick Report Share LocknessMunster 18 19 Reply Share Report CAMELOON Share on Facebook But he is a STABLE evil genius! Twitter Facebook Loudsince1975 Twitter | Pick MartinK1978 8 9 100 Report Twitter Share on Facebook Share Share on Twitter Reply Reply Share on Twitter 24 Feb 2018 7:47 Reply 16 17 Why shouldn’t they be happy? They have their own reality generation machine in Fox News and alt-right conspiracists, and they don’t recognize the existence of a single problem that can’t be solved by an NRA-mandated teacher with an assault weapon. 1 2 24 Feb 2018 8:58 0 1 Share Twitter Twitter expanded Share on Facebook Havingalavrov 24 Feb 2018 11:37 9 10 50 Reply Share on Twitter Facebook Facebook Report 24 Feb 2018 9:07 Nickdastardly sawdat Nickdastardly Copper65 24 Feb 2018 14:56 Reply the whirlwind that mussed up Donald’s hair? Reply Facebook Share Twitter Donald Trump can read a room. And on Friday, he thrilled supporters at the Conservative Political Action Conference by going off script with a rollocking review of the greatest hits of his election campaign. Or perhaps that should be revue.The crowd roared to life. Chants of “lock her up” when the president mentioned Hillary Clinton evoked powerful nostalgia. 24 Feb 2018 18:19 Twitter Facebook 5nufk1n4prez Copper65 Read more Report sawdat Facebook You’re half right in that last sentence. Share Facebook 24 Feb 2018 23:03 Ammonium Twitter Reply Twitter 24 Feb 2018 12:51 | Pick Shit meet shovel, best of pals! Twitter Report Share LocknessMunster Facebook Twitter | Pick | Pick 0 1 Share on Facebook Reply Reply | Pick Report Share on Facebook Facebook Share on Twitter 25 Feb 2018 0:22 Twitter 12 13 Share on Facebook Twitter Loudsince1975 GramsciCat Share on Twitter The lunatics have absolutely taken over the asylum and are changing the locks. The genie is out of the bottle and normal service will not be resumed. Badchicken1 Share Reply | Pick Share Report JMSutherland Rupert Murdoch and the Russians. Report | Pick Reply Share Report Facebook Share Twitter Share on Facebook Share 5 6 Share on Facebook Share via Email Share on Twitter | Pick Report 5nufk1n4prez 7 8 sejong A year ago it was Hitler analogies. Now it’s he was prepared with notes at a meeting with families and teachers about guns. Things have changed. Share on Facebook Reply Twitter Facebook 24 Feb 2018 16:27 Report Share on Twitter unthreaded Twitter Facebook Facebook busylittlebee Twitter Report Share Reply Hedgehopper Report MartinK1978 Share on Facebook Reply Share on Twitter Share on Twitter | Pick Threads collapsed | Pick Share Twitter | Pick 24 Feb 2018 17:16 Facebook Share Share oldest Facebook Facebook | Pick Share on Facebook What’s the weather like in Moscow? OlaNorskman Republicans Facebook Last modified on Fri 25 May 2018 12.25 EDT Reply The Statue of Liberty should be replaced by a statue of the late, “great” P.T. Barnum. Modern America owes much more to Barnum and his spiritual descendant Trump for its prevailing culture of hucksterism, sourness, cynicism, fear, anger, dollar worship and ignorance than it does to the concept of freeing humanity from oppression. Reply Share | Pick Share on Facebook 0 1 24 Feb 2018 22:35 Report MartinK1978 Facebook Report 14 15 7 8 Apparently the security guard at the school (whose only job was to walk around armed and protect the place, i.e. he didn’t have to teach math or coach volleyball too) just went outside and did nothing. And we’re supposed to believe teachers are going to have perfect aim and take out the bad guy like in the movies? I’m with the kids on this one and call absolute BS. The security guard has since been fired or quit. 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Twitter Nickdastardly Share on Twitter Report Facebook Share on Facebook Ritula Fränkel Share on Twitter Report globalp Facebook 24 Feb 2018 18:37 Facebook View more comments | Pick matran40 Share on Facebook As did a dramatic recitation of The Snake, a song about a treacherous reptile that bites the woman who nursed it back to health, which Trump presents as an allegory for immigration policy, and which he often referred to on the campaign trail.But the ominous lyrics were also a reminder that the issue is far from resolved, with thousands of young undocumented immigrants facing uncertain futures.They loved it at CPAC.“I thought that was so funny,” said Natalie DeChristopher, a sophomore at a Washington-area high school. “But it’s also informative, especially for young people who don’t always understand, like on immigration, everything that it entails.”Barbara Kennedy, of Sun City, Arizona, said the speech was “wonderful” and demonstrated how he has “relaxed into the position”.Trump spoke on the second morning of the four-day grassroots conservative conference, aimed at rousing the rightwing and roiling liberals.This year, with their man in the White House and Republicans in control of both chambers of Congress, the rage that once seethed from conservatives at the Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center in Maryland seemed to have softened. 1 2 Share on Twitter Share on Twitter Report GazHat Reply Share on Facebook Facebook 32 33 Twitter Email (optional) Facebook 5 6 Report Lauren Gambino in Oxon Hill, Maryland Share on Facebook 7 8 Reply Share Facebook globalp 24 Feb 2018 7:44 3 4 25 Feb 2018 0:13 Facebook Good point. Plus — he was one of those very famous rich families — but he had a much better understanding of where the wealth comes from and that poisoning the well by impoverishing workers and poisoning the environment was a really stupid, really suicidal republican brainfart. Share on Facebook JMSutherland Share on Facebook Share on Facebook Report features Facebook Reply | Pick Share on Facebook 6 7 13 14 Share on Twitter Share Share on Facebook Share 3 4 | Pick Reply globalp Report Share Share Share on Facebook Report Astutely observed. Trump is in power indefinitely. Reply Where is everybody ? Report “I think it’s good for the old guard to step aside and really let the Trump people get into the party and run it……..into the ground.” Share on Facebook 4 5 | Pick Share on Twitter Share on Twitter Reply It greives me to see my country become like this – the out of power party destroying everyone who disagrees with them and fail to realize that what goes around, comes around. Sow the wind, reap the whirlwind. Report 2 3 | Pick Facebook | Pick 24 Feb 2018 9:01 24 Feb 2018 22:32 7 8 sawdat Reply Twitter Share on Facebook If you’ve ever wondered if you could be The President, if you’ve ever wondered if you would be overwhelmed by the pressure of such a role, if you’ve ever wondered whether you would need to be a highly competent, intelligent individual to take the position, Trump answers all those questions for you: any type of person, at any level of competence, can be The President of the US. The fact he is more at home playing the class clown to a room full of his hand-picked supporters than he is speaking with grieving, angry people in the wake of a national tragedy should tell you everything you need to know about him. Twitter Share on Facebook Share on Facebook | Pick Reply 7 8 | Pick Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Reply 24 Feb 2018 6:17 Share Report Share Share Reply globalp Share Share on Twitter | Pick Report 8 9 Share Twitter Share on Twitter | Pick Share on Facebook Twitter Report dynamic22 Share Reply Reply The Minotaur symbolised raw male virility. Dinky-digit Trump, not so much. Twitter 24 Feb 2018 17:57 I didn’t mention that the Republican Congress is complicit in Trump’s crimes. Reply 5nufk1n4prez Share on Facebook Share Share on Facebook There’s his future. Before too long, he’ll be in Vegas in one of the lower Casino stages. Smoke-filled, people asleep on tables. He’ll shamble on at 2am: “Can anyone here give me a Lock Her Up?” Someone from the back yells: “Lock her up yourself, you fat fuck.” He goes home alone. The prostitutes on the strip won’t even look at him anymore, he owes them all money. He makes himself a boiled egg and looks in the cracked mirror. “Dad? Is that you?” Report Sorry there was an error. Please try again later. If the problem persists, please contact Userhelp Loading comments… Trouble loading? Trump returns to usual style at CPAC with boastful and divisive speech Reason (optional) Share on Facebook Report 26 Feb 2018 21:50 The Guy’s taking the piss out of his audience with the Snake story – and they don’t realize it.Trump knows that he’s the poisonous reptile whose policies are going to bite the very people who voted him into power.He really is an evil genius.last_img read more

Judge orders Georgia to stop tossing absentee ballots in rebuke to GOP

first_imgTopics Wed 24 Oct 2018 20.56 EDT US midterms 2018 This article is more than 8 months old Decision was a victory for voting rights activists, who feared the signature mismatch practice could disenfranchise thousands Share on Messenger Share via Email Georgia Share on Twitter Shares384384 Share via Email Georgia voters line up during early voting at a polling location in Decatur, Georgia, on 22 October.Photograph: Tami Chappell/EPA news Voting rights surfaced almost immediately in a Tuesday night gubernatorial debate, as Kemp accused Abrams without evidence of encouraging non-citizens, including undocumented immigrants, to vote. Abrams, in return, accused Kemp of using scare tactics as well as suppression techniques to keep eligible voters at home.Kemp has staunchly resisted calls to step down as Georgia’s secretary of state so he does not end up overseeing the vote count in his own race, and on Tuesday he said he would not recuse himself even in the event of a recount.Polls show the two candidates neck and neck.May’s order covers only part of the controversy over rejected absentee ballots, because mismatched signatures are only one of the issues at hand. Many ballots in Gwinnett county and elsewhere are being tossed because the information is incomplete, because the signature is missing, or because the voter was found to be ineligible.May’s court has received a brief from the plaintiffs urging remedial action on the other issues, but she said she needed to hear from the government before ruling on those. … we have a small favour to ask. The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.More people are reading and supporting The Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we have chosen an approach that allows us to keep our journalism accessible to all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford. But we need your ongoing support to keep working as we do.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism, to maintain our openness and to protect our precious independence. Every reader contribution, big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Read more Share on Pinterest Judge orders Georgia to stop tossing absentee ballots in rebuke to GOP candidate Share on Twitter Read more Share on WhatsApp Share on Facebook Black ‘reverse migration’ driving Atlanta and Georgia towards Democrats US midterms 2018 Since you’re here… A federal judge has ordered election officials in Georgia to stop throwing out absentee ballots solely because of a suspected signature mismatch. The decision was a victory for voting rights activists who feared the practice could disenfranchise thousands of eligible voters.The temporary restraining order on Wednesday amounted to a striking rebuke of Brian Kemp, the controversial Georgia state elections chief who is also running for governor in one of the most closely fought and closely watched races of the midterms.Judge Leigh Martin May agreed with the plaintiffs, led by the American Civil Liberties Union, that rejecting absentee ballots without notifying voters or offering them a chance to resolve any discrepancy was a violation of their rights of equal protection and due process under the fourteenth amendment.She ordered authorities to include the ballots in the provisional vote tally and give affected voters up to three days after the 6 November election to prove their eligibility. Reuse this content This article is more than 8 months old Share on LinkedIn Share on Facebook Last modified on Fri 26 Oct 2018 14.22 EDT May also firmly rejected the state’s argument that the arrangement would be overly burdensome so close to election day and risked compromising the overall integrity of the process. “The Court does not understand how assuring that all eligible voters are permitted to vote undermines integrity of the election process,” she wrote. “To the contrary, it strengthens it.”The rejections have been particularly alarming in Gwinnett county, in the northern Atlanta suburbs, where election officials have tossed close to 1 in 10 absentee ballots. Voting rights activists point out that the rejections have disproportionately affected black and Asian voters in a fast-growing county that has shifted from majority white to majority non-white in the past 15 years.The ballot rejections in Gwinnett account for one-third of the statewide total.Kemp, a pro-Trump conservative, has thrown hundreds of thousands of people off voter registration lists and fought for a 2017 “exact match” law empowering voting officials to reject registration applications for as little as a missing hyphen.This month, it emerged that Kemp’s office had put 53,000 largely minority voter registrations on hold because of exact-match concerns. When the story made national headlines, Kemp insisted that anyone on the list was still eligible to cast a ballot as long as he or she turned up at the polls on election day with a valid government-issued ID.The voting rights controversy has cast a long shadow over the gubernatorial race pitting Kemp against Stacey Abrams, a former minority leader in the Georgia state house who has also campaigned to register hundreds of thousands of new voters, particularly minority voters who are rapidly changing the demographic and political complexion of a once solid-red southern state. Midterms: how the votes of vulnerable groups are being suppressed Support The Guardian Andrew Gumbellast_img read more

Dont get your hopes up about Chicagos first black lesbian mayor

first_imgThe week in patriarchy Pokémon Go played on a phone. Photograph: Mark Kauzlarich/Reuters … we have a small favour to ask. The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.More people are reading and supporting The Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we have chosen an approach that allows us to keep our journalism accessible to all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford. But we need your ongoing support to keep working as we do.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism, to maintain our openness and to protect our precious independence. Every reader contribution, big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Twitter comment While the election of Lori Lightfoot made history, many fear she will simply maintain the status quo Last modified on Sat 6 Apr 2019 08.41 EDT Support The Guardian Sign up for the Week in Patriarchy, a newsletter​ on feminism and sexism sent every Saturday. Lori Lightfoot wins landslide to become Chicago’s first black female mayor LGBT rights Shares451451 Share on Facebook Share on Messenger Share on LinkedIn Read more Sat 6 Apr 2019 03.00 EDT Lightfoot herself positioned her win as the beginning of a new and improved Chicago. “Little girls and boys are watching,” the 56-year-old told a crowd at her election party. “And they’re seeing the beginning of something, well, a little bit different.”Representation matters: it’s hard to be what you can’t see. A gay black woman leading America’s third-largest city is a big deal, there’s no doubt about that. However, while representation matters, it’s important to ask what Lightfoot actually represents. For many Chicago activists, Lightfoot, and her far-from-progressive record as a corporate lawyer and federal prosecutor, doesn’t represent the “beginning of something a little bit different” but the continuation of an oppressive status quo.“Black queer Chicagoans, especially those who are low-income, don’t merely predict oppressed people will suffer under the Lightfoot administration but know it,” wrote Benji Hart, a Chicago-based writer and educator in the Advocate. Hart argued that Lightfoot’s “record already demonstrates a commitment to gentrification, disinvestment from poor communities of color, and impunity for an ever more militarized police force”.A campaign called #StopLightfoot further explains that while Lightfoot has run “extensively on her lesbian identity, her stances on policing and rent control fall into a legacy of decades-old anti-gay and anti-trans political suppression. Lightfoot’s plan to expand police presence in the city … and transform 38 closed public schools into mini-cop academies should concern every LGBTQ person in Chicago.”Lightfoot is an important reminder that having more women and minorities in positions of power means very little if they’re simply leaning into an unfair status quo. Chicago’s new mayor seems to be an example of Diversity™. Like corporate feminism, Diversity™ focuses on the achievements of individuals versus meaningful systemic change. It celebrates difference as long as it’s not actually trying to do anything too different.An inspiring handbook for the rebellious everywomanGreenday, an all-male band, have co-authored a book called Last of the American Girls. It is described as “an inspiring homage and handbook for the rebellious everywoman who refuses to capitulate”. No women appear to have been involved in the writing of this inspirational handbook.#PokemetooSeveral influencers in the Pokémon YouTube community (yes that is apparently a thing) are facing sexual assault allegations involving underage girls. The accusations are part of a broader #MeToo movement in the Pokémon community, which has ill-advisedly been given the hashtag #PokeMeToo. The week in patriarchy Since you’re here… Share on Facebook Facebook Share via Email Don’t get your hopes up about Chicago’s first black lesbian mayorcenter_img LGBT rights Microsoft protest treatment of womenMicrosoft workers have confronted its CEO Satya Nadella over the company’s treatment of women. A number of employees confronted Nadella during a Q&A session on Thursday, asking the CEO to address sexual harassment and discrimination in the company. Joe Biden jokes about inappropriate touchingThe former vice-president has recently faced a number of criticisms surrounding his treatment of women. On Friday morning, during his first public appearance since the controversy, he thought it would be a good idea to joke about it. Biden was speaking at the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Construction Conference in Washington and was introduced by the IBEW president, Lonnie Stephenson. “I just want you to know I had permission to hug Lonnie,” Biden quipped. Despite his half-hearted apologies about the inappropriate touching, Biden obviously doesn’t understand why he is being criticized.Paul Ryan sad AOC won’t listen to his useless adviceThe former House speaker Paul Ryan’s major achievement during his 20-year career in congress was cutting taxes for rich people. Nevertheless he thought it behooved him to give unsolicited advice to Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. In an interview on Tuesday he joked that he gave AOC “a few little tips on just being a good member of Congress … I don’t think she really listened to a thing I said.” Good for AOC. Arwa Mahdawi Share on Pinterest Topics Arwa Mahdawi Chicago Read more US politics Women Gentrification Race Year of the lesbian mayor?On Tuesday Lori Lightfoot made history when she was elected the first openly LGBTQ and black female mayor of Chicago.Lightfoot’s landslide victory was roundly celebrated as a win for diversity and progress. “A black lesbian taking power in the nation’s third-largest city is a historic moment for so many communities that are too often ignored in American politics,” said Annise Parker, the director of the Gay & Lesbian Victory Fund and the former mayor of Houston. Parker also noted that a number of other lesbians had had political wins across America and speculated that 2019 might be “the year of the lesbian mayor”. Share on Twitter Share on Twitter Lori Lightfoot at Chicago’s city hall. 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Las Vegas is about to take a gamble on Musks Boring Company

first_imgLast modified on Wed 22 May 2019 21.06 EDT Share on Twitter Elon Musk Share via Email This article is more than 2 months old Mark Harris in Seattle @meharris Sat 18 May 2019 01.00 EDT Pinterest According to the proposed contract between Musk’s company and the city, which was made public ahead of a vote on Wednesday by board members of the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority (LVCVA), The Boring Company would build two 0.8-mile tunnels and three underground stations at the Las Vegas Convention Center, the world’s largest single-level convention center. Construction would begin as soon as September, with the entire system being completed by November 2020.In December, Elon Musk showcased Tesla Model X SUVs automatically driving themselves through its Hawthorne test tunnel. But holding just four passengers at a time, these would need to depart the Las Vegas stations about every six seconds to hit the convention center’s target. Share via Email Share on Twitter The Boring Company’s Hawthorne test tunnel. Photograph: Robyn Beck/AP … 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. Las Vegas is set to give Elon Musk’s Boring Company its first payout: a $44m contract to build a high-speed underground transit system serving an expanded convention center. But the city is hedging its bets. The contract withholds over two-thirds of payments until construction is complete, and specifies hefty penalties should the system fail to accommodate enough passengers.The project is a gamble on technology that has yet to be demonstrated at a commercial scale, and on a company whose founder has a reputation for missing deadlines.Musk formed The Boring Company in 2016 after growing frustrated with Los Angeles’ bumper-to-bumper traffic. He initially envisioned building a subterranean network for private cars, but the concept has since evolved into an underground transit system called Loop that uses modified Tesla electric cars to transport pedestrians across cities.The Boring Company has built one tunnel to date, a 1.1-mile test tunnel in Hawthorne, California, but has projects under way in Chicago, Los Angeles and Washington DC. The Las Vegas system would be the first to earn The Boring Company any money, and the first to break ground. The Boring Company would build two tunnels and three underground stations at the Las Vegas Convention Center. Photograph: Las Vegas Convention Center and Visitors Authority Facebook Share on Messenger This article is more than 2 months old Shares177177 Las Vegas has contracted with Elon Musk’s Boring Company to build a high-speed underground transit system at its expanded convention center.Photograph: Las Vegas Convention Center and Visitors Authority news Topics Reuse this content Share on Pinterest Share on WhatsApp Facebook Support The Guardian Las Vegas is about to take a gamble on Musk’s Boring Company Contract for Tesla-powered underground system reveals lofty goals for a company whose founder is known for missing deadlines Twitter City transport Share on Facebook One solution The Boring Company proposed would be to use modified Model X vehicles that could accommodate up to 16 people, sitting, standing or in wheelchairs. The Boring Company has yet to show it has built those models.The Boring Company declined a request for comment and LVCVA did not immediately respond.Not everyone came out in favor of experimenting with Musk’s new system. Las Vegas’s mayor, Carolyn Goodman, cautioned at a meeting of the LCVCA in March that The Boring Company does not have a track record, and she voiced concerns about fire safety in the underground system. “The backbone of Las Vegas is tourism and convention center business,” she told a local TV station this week. “Don’t put anything at risk that risks tourism and conventions.”But Steve Hill, CEO of the LVCVA , said at the same meeting that the city simply could not afford any of the alternatives.The Boring Company’s $44,250,000 fixed price contract came in at about a fifth of a reported $215m bid submitted for a rival, elevated rail system. Musk said that he thinks the Loop’s small tunnels can be built for a tenth of the cost of traditional rail or road tunnels, and in less than a tenth of the time.The Boring Company will need to rely on those economies as it embarks on the Las Vegas project. Under the contract, it would get only a little over a million dollars up front, receiving more money as it hits various milestones, including $2.5m for excavating the first station and $3.2m for completing the first 100 feet of tunnel. It will have to build all the tunnels, stations and system infrastructure on payments of less than $14m.Payments would increase when the first autonomous electric vehicles start testing, around six weeks before the system opens in late 2020. The Boring Company’s final payments will depend on it demonstrating that it can transport 4,400 passengers an hour, day after day.Even once the Las Vegas Loop is up and running, The Boring Company is not off the hook. The contract specifies that if the system is unable to provide full passenger capacity during its first 18 months of operation, The Boring Company will pay a penalty of $300,000 per event, up to a total of $4.5m.Musk’s system is likely to face its toughest test almost immediately. The world’s most attended trade show, the Consumer Electronics Show, descends on Las Vegas every January, with the 2021 exhibition starting just a few weeks after the Loop’s planned completion date.If the Loop can successfully cope with those crowds, The Boring Company envisages expanding the Loop to eventually serve the airport, a stadium, and its famous Strip. Ultimately, Musk wants to build networks in cities around the world. Twitter Las Vegas Since you’re here… Pinterest Share on LinkedIn Las Vegas Share on Facebooklast_img read more

Consumers Reluctant to Swap Passwords for Biometrics for Fear of Identity Fraud

first_imgPaysafe launches new global research into consumer payment trendsOver half of consumers (56 percent) are worried that the shift to biometrics to authenticate online payments will dramatically increase the amount of identity fraud, according to new research conducted by Paysafe, a leading global payments provider. The research found that four fifths (81 percent) of consumers still favour passwords for making payments online due to concerns about the security of new biometric options.According to the data, two thirds (66 percent) of consumers worry about being able to pay for goods or services without being asked for a password, and only 37 percent believe that biometrics are more secure than other authentication methods.The report, Lost in Transaction: The end of risk?, explores consumer attitudes to biometrics prior to the roll-out of Strong Customer Authentication later this year. The annual study tracks changing views on payments across the UK, US, Canada, Germany and Austria, and this year includes Bulgaria for the first time.Marketing Technology News: Lightspeed POS Inc. Announces the Acquisition of ChronogolfThose consumers who didn’t feel comfortable using biometrics identified a lack of trust as their primary reason for avoiding them. The research also revealed further fears around the use of biometrics:Nearly half (45 percent) stated they did not want companies having access to their personal biometric details35 percent did not know enough about biometrics to trust itNearly a third (31 percent) were concerned that their fingerprint could easily be cloned and used to commit fraud28 percent said biometrics did not seem safeCommenting on the research, Daniel Kornitzer, Chief Business Development Officer, Paysafe Group, said: “Biometrics are a huge opportunity for the payments industry to combat the increasing risk of card not present fraud. However, it’s not surprising that there is reluctance among consumers to use biometrics as a form of payment authentication when passwords and PINs have been the central pillar of financial data security for at least 20 years. News headlines are also dominated with fraud and hacking scandals so the public are aware of the risks involved when it comes to adopting new services. To overcome this, consumer education is imperative and with SCA coming in September, consumers will need to be aware of the benefits to ensure acceptance and adoption. We’ve lived in a password-driven world for many years now and consumers aren’t fully prepared to let go of what they know.”Marketing Technology News: VERB Adds Leading Health Care Provider OnDoc to Its Client RosterDespite the worries over biometric transactions, adoption continues to grow with more than half (54 percent) of British consumers having used biometrics to make a payment. Nearly two thirds (61 percent) of consumers also agree that using biometrics is a much quicker and efficient way of paying for goods and services.When asked what biometrics they had used, fingerprint technology was most commonly used biometric (38 percent) followed by one in six (17 percent) having used facial recognition and one in ten (11 percent) voice-activated technologies.Kornitzer continued: “Consumer acceptance of biometrics is being driven largely by smartphone usage and adoption, and this will only increase. However, payment providers will need to do their bit to get consumers on board. Ultimately, SCA should lead to smoother and more secure payments – a win for businesses and consumers alike.”Marketing Technology News: Alorica Taps Business Transformation Veteran Colson Hillier to Be Chief Marketing Officer Consumers ReluctantDaniel Kornitzeridentity managementNewsPaysafe Previous ArticleUpland Software Acquires Kapost, Raises GuidanceNext ArticleNet Element Launches Blade, Fully-Automated, Artificial Intelligence-Powered Underwriting Solution with Predictive Scoring Consumers Reluctant to Swap Passwords for Biometrics for Fear of Identity Fraud PRNewswireJune 3, 2019, 8:56 pmJune 3, 2019 last_img read more

How Do SSDs Work

first_img The Possibility Of An ‘Iron Man 4’ Finally Addressed Don’t Watch These Movies With Your Parents We Now Understand How Curt Schilling Blew His Entire Fortune Facebook Twitter Linkedin Pinterest Google Plus Reddit Hacker News Flipboard Email Copy 0shares This site may earn affiliate commissions from the links on this page. Terms of use. We Finally Understand Why ‘Criminal Minds’ Got Canceled Jeremy Renner Unveils ‘Hawkeye’s Epic Intro How Do SSDs Work? 0 Comments Helen From ‘Waterworld’ Is 56 Now and Incredibly Gorgeous Natalie Portman Reacts to Being the Next ‘Thor’ By Joel Hruska on July 18, 2019 at 8:29 am You Might Also LikePowered By ZergNet Things Only Adults Notice in ‘ThunderCats’ Here at ExtremeTech, we’ve often discussed the difference between different types of NAND structures — vertical NAND versus planar, or multi-level cell (MLC) versus triple-level cells (TLC) and quad-level cells (QLC). Now, let’s talk about the more basic relevant question: How do SSDs work in the first place, and how do they compare with newer technologies, like Intel’s non-volatile storage technology, Optane?To understand how and why SSDs are different from spinning discs, we need to talk a little bit about hard drives. A hard drive stores data on a series of spinning magnetic disks called platters. There’s an actuator arm with read/write heads attached to it. This arm positions the read-write heads over the correct area of the drive to read or write information.Because the drive heads must align over an area of the disk in order to read or write data (and the disk is constantly spinning), there’s a non-zero wait time before data can be accessed. The drive may need to read from multiple locations in order to launch a program or load a file, which means it may have to wait for the platters to spin into the proper position multiple times before it can complete the command. If a drive is asleep or in a low-power state, it can take several seconds more for the disk to spin up to full power and begin operating.From the very beginning, it was clear that hard drives couldn’t possibly match the speeds at which CPUs could operate. Latency in HDDs is measured in milliseconds, compared with nanoseconds for your typical CPU. One millisecond is 1,000,000 nanoseconds, and it typically takes a hard drive 10-15 milliseconds to find data on the drive and begin reading it. The hard drive industry introduced smaller platters, on-disk memory caches, and faster spindle speeds to counteract this trend, but there’s only so fast drives can spin. Western Digital’s 10,000 RPM VelociRaptor family is the fastest set of drives ever built for the consumer market, while some enterprise drives spun up to 15,000 RPM. The problem is, even the fastest spinning drive with the largest caches and smallest platters are still achingly slow as far as your CPU is concerned.How SSDs Are Different“If I had asked people what they wanted, they would have said faster horses.” — Henry FordSolid-state drives are called that specifically because they don’t rely on moving parts or spinning disks. Instead, data is saved to a pool of NAND flash. NAND itself is made up of what are called floating gate transistors. Unlike the transistor designs used in DRAM, which must be refreshed multiple times per second, NAND flash is designed to retain its charge state even when not powered up. This makes NAND a type of non-volatile memory.Image by Cyferz at Wikipedia, Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0.The diagram above shows a simple flash cell design. Electrons are stored in the floating gate, which then reads as charged “0” or not-charged “1.” Yes, in NAND flash, a 0 means data is stored in a cell — it’s the opposite of how we typically think of a zero or one. NAND flash is organized in a grid. The entire grid layout is referred to as a block, while the individual rows that make up the grid are called a page. Common page sizes are 2K, 4K, 8K, or 16K, with 128 to 256 pages per block. Block size therefore typically varies between 256KB and 4MB.One advantage of this system should be immediately obvious. Because SSDs have no moving parts, they can operate at speeds far above those of a typical HDD. The following chart shows the access latency for typical storage mediums given in microseconds.Image by CodeCapsuleNAND is nowhere near as fast as main memory, but it’s multiple orders of magnitude faster than a hard drive. While write latencies are significantly slower for NAND flash than read latencies, they still outstrip traditional spinning media.There are two things to notice in the above chart. First, note how adding more bits per cell of NAND has a significant impact on the memory’s performance. It’s worse for writes as opposed to reads — typical triple-level-cell (TLC) latency is 4x worse compared with single-level cell (SLC) NAND for reads, but 6x worse for writes. Erase latencies are also significantly impacted. The impact isn’t proportional, either — TLC NAND is nearly twice as slow as MLC NAND, despite holding just 50% more data (three bits per cell, instead of two). This is also true for QLC drives, which store even more bits at varying voltage levels within the same cell.The reason TLC NAND is slower than MLC or SLC has to do with how data moves in and out of the NAND cell. With SLC NAND, the controller only needs to know if the bit is a 0 or a 1. With MLC NAND, the cell may have four values — 00, 01, 10, or 11. With TLC NAND, the cell can have eight values, and QLC has 16. Reading the proper value out of the cell requires the memory controller to use a precise voltage to ascertain whether any particular cell is charged.Reads, Writes, and ErasureOne of the functional limitations of SSDs is while they can read and write data very quickly to an empty drive, overwriting data is much slower. This is because while SSDs read data at the page level (meaning from individual rows within the NAND memory grid) and can write at the page level, assuming surrounding cells are empty, they can only erase data at the block level. This is because the act of erasing NAND flash requires a high amount of voltage. While you can theoretically erase NAND at the page level, the amount of voltage required stresses the individual cells around the cells that are being re-written. Erasing data at the block level helps mitigate this problem.The only way for an SSD to update an existing page is to copy the contents of the entire block into memory, erase the block, and then write the contents of the old block + the updated page. If the drive is full and there are no empty pages available, the SSD must first scan for blocks that are marked for deletion but that haven’t been deleted yet, erase them, and then write the data to the now-erased page. This is why SSDs can become slower as they age — a mostly-empty drive is full of blocks that can be written immediately, a mostly-full drive is more likely to be forced through the entire program/erase sequence.If you’ve used SSDs, you’ve likely heard of something called “garbage collection.” Garbage collection is a background process that allows a drive to mitigate the performance impact of the program/erase cycle by performing certain tasks in the background. The following image steps through the garbage collection process.Image courtesy of WikipediaNote in this example, the drive has taken advantage of the fact that it can write very quickly to empty pages by writing new values for the first four blocks (A’-D’). It’s also written two new blocks, E and H. Blocks A-D are now marked as stale, meaning they contain information the drive has marked as out-of-date. During an idle period, the SSD will move the fresh pages over to a new block, erase the old block, and mark it as free space. This means the next time the SSD needs to perform a write, it can write directly to the now-empty Block X, rather than performing the program/erase cycle.The next concept I want to discuss is TRIM. When you delete a file from Windows on a typical hard drive, the file isn’t deleted immediately. Instead, the operating system tells the hard drive it can overwrite the physical area of the disk where that data was stored the next time it needs to perform a write. This is why it’s possible to undelete files (and why deleting files in Windows doesn’t typically clear much physical disk space until you empty the recycling bin). With a traditional HDD, the OS doesn’t need to pay attention to where data is being written or what the relative state of the blocks or pages is. With an SSD, this matters.The TRIM command allows the operating system to tell the SSD it can skip rewriting certain data the next time it performs a block erase. This lowers the total amount of data the drive writes and increases SSD longevity. Both reads and writes damage NAND flash, but writes do far more damage than reads. Fortunately, block-level longevity has not proven to be an issue in modern NAND flash. More data on SSD longevity, courtesy of the Tech Report, can be found here.The last two concepts we want to talk about are wear leveling and write amplification. Because SSDs write data to pages but erase data in blocks, the amount of data being written to the drive is always larger than the actual update. If you make a change to a 4KB file, for example, the entire block that 4K file sits within must be updated and rewritten. Depending on the number of pages per block and the size of the pages, you might end up writing 4MB worth of data to update a 4KB file. Garbage collection reduces the impact of write amplification, as does the TRIM command. Keeping a significant chunk of the drive free and/or manufacturer over-provisioning can also reduce the impact of write amplification.Wear leveling refers to the practice of ensuring certain NAND blocks aren’t written and erased more often than others. While wear leveling increases a drive’s life expectancy and endurance by writing to the NAND equally, it can actually increase write amplification. In other to distribute writes evenly across the disk, it’s sometimes necessary to program and erase blocks even though their contents haven’t actually changed. A good wear leveling algorithm seeks to balance these impacts.The SSD ControllerIt should be obvious by now SSDs require much more sophisticated control mechanisms than hard drives do. That’s not to diss magnetic media — I actually think HDDs deserve more respect than they are given. The mechanical challenges involved in balancing multiple read-write heads nanometers above platters that spin at 5,400 to 10,000 RPM are nothing to sneeze at. The fact that HDDs perform this challenge while pioneering new methods of recording to magnetic media and eventually wind up selling drives at 3-5 cents per gigabyte is simply incredible.A typical SSD controllerSSD controllers, however, are in a class by themselves. They often have a DDR3 or DDR4 memory pool to help with managing the NAND itself. Many drives also incorporate single-level cell caches that act as buffers, increasing drive performance by dedicating fast NAND to read/write cycles. Because the NAND flash in an SSD is typically connected to the controller through a series of parallel memory channels, you can think of the drive controller as performing some of the same load-balancing work as a high-end storage array — SSDs don’t deploy RAID internally but wear leveling, garbage collection, and SLC cache management all have parallels in the big iron world.Some drives also use data compression algorithms to reduce the total number of writes and improve the drive’s lifespan. The SSD controller handles error correction, and the algorithms that control for single-bit errors have become increasingly complex as time has passed.Unfortunately, we can’t go into too much detail on SSD controllers because companies lock down their various secret sauces. Much of NAND flash’s performance is determined by the underlying controller, and companies aren’t willing to lift the lid too far on how they do what they do, lest they hand a competitor an advantage.InterfacesIn the beginning, SSDs used SATA ports, just like hard drives. In recent years, we’ve seen a shift to M.2 drives — very thin drives, several inches long, that slot directly into the motherboard (or, in a few cases, into a mounting bracket on a PCIe riser card. A Samsung 970 EVO Plus drive is shown below.NVMe drives offer higher performance than traditional SATA drivers because they support a faster interface. Conventional SSDs attached via SATA top out at ~550MB/s in terms of practical read/write speeds. M.2 drives are capable of substantially faster performance into the 3.2GB/s range.The Road AheadNAND flash offers an enormous improvement over hard drives, but it isn’t without its own drawbacks and challenges. Drive capacities and price-per-gigabyte are expected to continue to rise and fall respectively, but there’s little chance SSDs will catch hard drives in price-per-gigabyte. Shrinking process nodes are a significant challenge for NAND flash — while most hardware improves as the node shrinks, NAND becomes more fragile. Data retention times and write performance are intrinsically lower for 20nm NAND than 40nm NAND, even if data density and total capacity are vastly improved. Thus far, we’ve seen drives with up to 96 layers in-market, and 128 layers seems plausible at this point. Overall, the shift to 3D NAND has helped improve density without shrinking process nodes or relying on planar scaling.Thus far, SSD manufacturers have delivered better performance by offering faster data standards, more bandwidth, and more channels per controller — plus the use of SLC caches we mentioned earlier. Nonetheless, in the long run, it’s assumed NAND will be replaced by something else.What that something else will look like is still open for debate. Both magnetic RAM and phase change memory have presented themselves as candidates, though both technologies are still in early stages and must overcome significant challenges to actually compete as a replacement to NAND. Whether consumers would notice the difference is an open question. If you’ve upgraded from NAND to an SSD and then upgraded to a faster SSD, you’re likely aware the gap between HDDs and SSDs is much larger than the SSD-to-SSD gap, even when upgrading from a relatively modest drive. Improving access times from milliseconds to microseconds matters a great deal, but improving them from microseconds to nanoseconds might fall below what humans can really perceive in most cases.Intel’s 3D XPoint (marketed as Intel Optane) has emerged as one potential challenger to NAND flash, and the only current alternative technology in mainstream production. Optane SSDs don’t use NAND — they’re built using non-volatile memory believed to be implemented similarly to phase-change RAM — but they offer similar sequential performance to current NAND flash drives, but with vastly better performance at low drive queues. Drive latency is also roughly half of NAND flash (10 microseconds, versus 20) and vastly higher endurance (30 full drive-writes per day, compared with 10 full drive writes per day for a high-end Intel SSD).Intel Optane performance targetsThe first Optane SSDs have debuted as excellent add-ons for Kaby Lake and Coffee Lake. Optane is also available in standalone drives, and in a variety of server roles for enterprise computing. At the moment, Optane is still too expensive to match NAND flash, which benefits from substantial economies of scale, but this could change in the future. NAND will stay king of the hill for at least the next 3-4 years. But past that point, we could see Optane starting to replace it in volume, depending on how Intel and Micron scale the technology and how well 3D NAND flash continues to expand its cell layers (96-layer NAND is shipping from multiple players), with roadmaps for 128 layers on the horizon.Check out our ExtremeTech Explains series for more in-depth coverage of today’s hottest tech topics.Now read:The Worst CPUs Ever BuiltHappy 40th Anniversary to the Original Intel 8086The Myths of Moore’s Law<span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span> Tagged In storageextremetech explainsSSDNANDSSDshard drivesNAND flashsolid state storage Post a Comment 0 Commentslast_img read more

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first_img ‘Doctor Strange 2’ May Have A Different Version Of Nick Fury By Michael Sexton on July 11, 2019 at 2:35 pm 0 Comments With July half over and school starting back next month, lots of online retailers are running sales on notebooks that would be perfect for getting you or your kids through their next year of school.Apple MacBook Air Intel Core i5 13-Inch Laptop w/ 8GB RAM and 256GB SSD ($1,199.00)Apple’s MacBook Air was designed to be exceptionally lightweight at 2.75lbs. It also has a high-quality 2560×1600 display, and Apple built the system out of durable 6000 series aluminum. If you would like to buy one of these systems with the larger 256GB SSD, you can get it marked down from $1,399.00 to $1,199.00 at Amazon.Lenovo Ideapad S340 Intel Core i3-8145U 15.6-Inch Laptop w/ 8GB RAM and 128GB SSD ($289.00)This inexpensive laptop with its dual-core processor and 8GB of RAM offers solid performance for everyday home tasks like web browsing and school work. Lenovo claimed this system should also be able to last up to 8.5 hours on single charge. Right now it’s marked down from $329.00 to $289.00 at Walmart.Dell Vostro 14 3000 Intel Core i3-7020U 14-Inch Notebook w/ 8GB DDR4 RAM and 1TB HDD ($299.00)Dell’s Vostro 14 3000 is a solid well-made notebook computer that’s currently selling at a dirt cheap price. The dual-core Intel Core i3-7020U processor paired with 8GB of DDR4 RAM offers plenty of performance for everyday tasks like web browsing.  As configured this system originally cost $740.42, but its price has been slashed well below the 50% off mark, down to just $299.00 with promo code SMLBIZ299.Tenda MW6 Nova Wave 2 802.11ac Mesh Wi-Fi System 3-Pack ($109.99)A mesh Wi-Fi network offers excellent network coverage over a large area by using multiple devices to rebroadcast the Wi-Fi signal. Tenda’s MW6 Nova Wave 2 comes with three networking devices, each of which can transmit data over a 2,000 sq. ft area, and they can cover up to 6,000 sq. ft when working together. Right now you can get this set from Amazon marked down from $199.99 to $109.99 with a $10 clickable coupon and promo code 30MESHWIFI.Ring Video Doorbell Pro + Echo Dot ($169.99)This helpful device is more than just a doorbell. It sends notifications to your Echo devices whenever the doorbell is rung, and it will allow you to see who is at your door and talk to them. This helps to keep you safe by making it easy to check who’s there. As a special deal for Prime members, Amazon is currently offering the Ring Video Doorbell Pro with a 3rd gen Echo Dot marked down from $298.99 to $169.00.Audible 1-Year Gold Membership + $0.99 Echo Dot ($119.99)If you’ve never tried Audible, then you may not know that it’s a popular audiobook service that was created by Amazon. Some people like myself use Audible on and off throughout the day to enjoy listening to books while also getting other important tasks done such as cleaning. Right now, you can try out the service for $119.99 for the first year and get an Echo Dot for just $0.99 as part of the offer, but you need to be an Amazon Prime member to qualify. Also, as an Audible member, you will get discounts on books and credit each month that can be redeemed towards your choice of virtually any book on Audible.Note: Terms and conditions apply. See the relevant retail sites for more information. For more great deals, go to our partners at TechBargains.com. Paul Walker’s Daughter is Head-Turningly Gorgeous Now at 20 Saying Goodbye to Johnny Depp The Transformation of Daisy Ridley Is Turning Heads 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 Now Understand Why Sean Connery Has Disappeared Ginny From ‘Harry Potter’ Is 28 and Unrecognizably Gorgeous Tagged In et deals Post a Comment 0 Comments ET Deals: Apple MacBook Air 13-Inch $1,199, Lenovo Intel Core i3 15.6-Inch Notebook $289, Dell Vostro Intel Core i3 14-Inch Laptop $299 How Loki Could Return For ‘Thor: Love And Thunder’ The Most Inappropriate Comic Book Characters Ever Extremetech may earn affiliate commissions from the shopping links included on this page. To find out more, read our complete terms of use. You Might Also LikePowered By ZergNetlast_img read more

SiriusXM Introduces New Streaming Subscription Package Makes It Easier Than Ever To

first_imgSiriusXM Introduces New Streaming Subscription Package; Makes It Easier Than Ever To Subscribe and Listen Without a Car PRNewswireApril 23, 2019, 4:02 pmApril 23, 2019 Apple TVaudio entertainmentHoward VideoMarketing TechnologyMatt EpsteinNewsSiriusXM Previous Article10 Tips for a More Successful Price Optimization ProjectNext ArticleBSI Reports Top Supply Chain Themes for 2019 New Essential Subscription Package, Available Now, Is Built Especially for People Who Want to Listen on a Mobile Phone, Tablet, Desktop, and on Connected Devices in the Home Including Devices with Amazon Alexa, Amazon Fire TV, Chromecast, Apple TV, Roku, Sonos Speakers, Xbox, Sony Playstation and Moreessential Subscribers Get Channels from SiriusXM’s Unrivaled Lineup of Music, Comedy, News, Sports, and Entertainment – for $8 per MonthApproximately two-thirds* of people in the US (ages 12+) stream their audio entertainment, and to meet that growing universe of listeners, SiriusXM is expanding its subscription choices and introducing the new, low cost, “Essential” streaming-only package.SiriusXM is the premier provider of audio entertainment for people in their cars. For those who don’t have a car, or don’t use one very much, this new package makes it easier and more affordable than ever to enjoy the advantages of SiriusXM, with no car required. The Essential package features more than 300 channels and is priced at $1 for the first three months, then $8 per month thereafter.Listeners who subscribe to the Essential package will have several options for listening to SiriusXM, including on their smartphones and tablets via the SiriusXM app, via the SiriusXM.com web player, and on connected devices in the home including devices with Amazon Alexa, Amazon Fire TV, Chromecast, Roku, Apple TV, smart TVs, Sonos speakers, Xbox, Sony PlayStation, and more.Marketing Technology News: Broadvoice Names Marisa Freeden as Vice President of Brand and Experience“The strength of SiriusXM’s programming is evident in the tens of millions of people who subscribe and listen in their cars year after year. We’ve now created the Essential subscription as an appealing option for the many people, particularly younger consumers, who don’t have a car or don’t spend a lot of time in their car,” said Matt Epstein, Vice President of Marketing, SiriusXM Outside the Car. “On SiriusXM, listeners will find more innovative formats and expertly-curated commercial-free music channels, live performances, plus a very deep lineup of news, entertainment, comedy and sports talk. The Essential package offers an attractive bundle of content at a competitively low price among streaming services.  Also, and this is extremely important, our streaming subscribers get access to all of this content in the kind of user-friendly, ‘lean back’ way that makes it easier to find the music or shows that they like best.”Subscribers to the Essential package will get SiriusXM’s full lineup of music programming, featuring 200+ channels of expertly curated, commercial-free music channels from virtually every genre. This includes artist-branded music channels like Diplo’s Revolution, The Garth Channel and Emimen’s Shade 45, concept-based channels like the popular Pop Rocks, Coffee House and Yacht Rock Radio channels, and the new Pandora NOW channel, which showcases the most listened to and fastest-trending new music on Pandora. The Essential package also features more than 100 recently added SiriusXM Xtra channels that promise more music and the ability to skip through songs to find just the right one to match the mood or activity.Marketing Technology News: Clear Software and Automation Anywhere Announce Strategic PartnershipWith the Essential package listeners will also get access to several sports talk channels, including Mad Dog Sports Radio, Barstool Radio, Fantasy Sports Radio and others, plus a wide-ranging array of entertainment, news and comedy programming choices.Howard Stern’s two full-time audio channels and Howard Video, as well as NBA, NHL, and NCAA channels, are available as part of the Premier streaming package.Marketing Technology News: Welcome to the Eventbrite App Marketplace and Our New Partners: Constant Contact, Gift Up!, Lennd, and Prismlast_img read more

Talkdesk Launches Talkdesk Boost to Accelerate Digital Transformation

first_imgTalkdesk Boost eases transition to the cloud by augmenting existing on-premises systems with intelligent, cloud-based contact center applicationsTalkdesk, the cloud contact center for innovative enterprises, at Customer Contact Week in Las Vegas unveiled Talkdesk Boost, a new way to accelerate corporate digital transformation by augmenting existing voice systems with AI-infused, cloud-based contact center applications to boost agent productivity, operational agility, and customer experience.“The number one driver of digital transformation is to enhance the customer experience,” says Zeus Kerravala, principal analyst, ZK Research. “While customer experience typically resides in the contact center, it’s critical to modernize in that area. With Talkdesk Boost, Talkdesk has enabled the agent to do more with minimal disruption, while also being able to yield business results.”Marketing Technology News: Will Salesforce Customer 360 Arrival Push CRMs and DMPs Out of Equation in 2020?Companies today need to compete and win on customer experience, but many are held back by legacy on-premises Automatic Call Distributors (ACD) that lack critical capabilities such as a unified agent experience, mobile agent support, digital channels, Customer Relationship Management (CRM) software integration and artificial intelligence (AI). Despite the limitations and frustrations of these older, inefficient on-premises systems, many large enterprises and Business Process Outsourcers (BPO) are reluctant to adopt modern cloud-based alternatives. These organizations often have years of investment in these deployments, which still perform core call center functions, and cloud migration may be perceived as too complex, risky or costly.Talkdesk Boost addresses this growing marketplace dilemma with a win-win approach. Companies can now leverage and strengthen their existing investment in on-premises telephony with modern and intelligent cloud applications to boost agent performance, supervisor productivity, IT agility and customer self-service. Leveraging Talkdesk xConnect to interact with IP-based systems, Talkdesk integrates with legacy ACDs using secure SIP trunk connections to offer companies new features and a comprehensive, customer-centric solution portfolio.Marketing Technology News: Tencent Champions “Tech for Good” in Cannes“Talkdesk Boost is a game changer. Our partners can now offer their Avaya and Cisco customers a risk-free way to boost efficiency and customer experience with a set of intelligent cloud-based applications,” said Shane McNamara, executive vice president, Avant Communications.“Talkdesk Boost offers cloud adopters a coexistence model and progressive transition rather than a ‘rip and replace’ option offered by other cloud contact center providers,” said Tiago Paiva, chief executive officer, Talkdesk. “This newest advancement from Talkdesk enables companies to remain focused on their customers by offering a smooth and simple digital transition, with consistent customer experiences across voice and digital channels.”Talkdesk Boost provides companies the best of both worlds; the wealth of benefits that come with digital transformation – efficiency, agility, cost savings, ongoing innovation and better customer experience – in a risk-free cloud deployment that protects their legacy ACD investments.Marketing Technology News: Only 6% of Small Businesses Focused on Retaining Customers, Despite Main Digital Marketing Goal of Increasing Sales Talkdesk Launches Talkdesk Boost to Accelerate Digital Transformation Business WireJune 26, 2019, 4:42 pmJune 26, 2019 AIcustomer contactDigital TransformationNewsTalkdesk Previous ArticleChina Emerges as Global Blockchain LeaderNext ArticleIndependent Research Firm Reports Partnerships Are Critical to Business Growth Study Confirms Companies With Mature Partnership Programs Grow Overall Company Revenue Nearly Twice as Fast as Companies With Less Mature Programslast_img read more

Selligent Marketing Cloud Study Reveal Digital Marketers Struggle to Deliver Consistent Omnichannel

first_imgSelligent Marketing Cloud Study Reveal Digital Marketers Struggle to Deliver Consistent Omnichannel Experiences MTS Staff WriterJune 28, 2019, 7:37 pmJune 28, 2019 41% of Marketers Surveyed Find It Difficult to Launch Integrated Campaigns Across ChannelsGlobal B2C marketing automation company, Selligent Marketing Cloud, announced the findings of a study that polled marketers about the integration of their technology stack to deliver an immersive, consistent customer experience. The survey of 221 digital marketers reveal that the omnichannel excellence struggle is real – with almost half of respondents saying that they find it ‘difficult’ or ‘very difficult’ to launch integrated campaigns. With 65 percent of customers frustrated about inconsistent experiences across channels, the reality for digital marketers is still at odds with consumer expectations.The study found that while marketers are confident about the individual components of their marketing strategy, they still have a way to go when it comes to integration.Marketing Technology News: Gigapaces Partners with Tableau to Accelerate Machine Learning and Data VisualizationDisjointed Technologies: 69 percent do not have one single solution to execute omnichannel campaigns, with some indicating having it in future plans. 16 percent strive to have one solution but are unsatisfied, while only 14 percent claim to successfully utilize one solution across all channels today.Tying Omnichannel Behavioral Data: 41 percent are dissatisfied with their ability to tie omnichannel behavioral data back to an individual customer, with only 16 percent saying they do it successfully today. One-third of respondents have no capabilities to do it today and have it in future plans.Email Still King: 94 percent of marketers actively and successfully use Email as part of their omnichannel strategy, making it the most popular channel. Website and Social came in at 86 percent and 81 percent, respectively. Surprisingly, only 52 percent noted mobile as an active and successful channel used, despite more than half of U.S. website traffic coming from mobile devices. Other channels noted are SMS (22%), In-store (19%), Chatbots/Web chat (15%), and Push notifications (14%).Disconnected Experience: only 8 percent of respondents share loyalty marketing data with the contact center in real-time –and a whopping 20 percent do not share any customer information between marketing and service. 44 percent share ‘some information’ but do not have the capabilities to do so in real-time.Marketing Technology News: Invoca Survey Finds Over Half of Consumers Only Offered Automated Communications By Brands Feel Frustrated When They’re Unable to Speak with a Live Person“The disconnect across business units like service and marketing is no surprise but a challenge that companies today need to address head-on,” said Niki Hall, CMO of Selligent Marketing Cloud. “Making omnichannel work means orchestrating messages across all channels and ensuring that the content is personalized and delivered at the right time. This can only happen at scale with technology that provides visibility into the data and prompt execution on insights shared across all departments. Successfully building long-term customer relationships and loyalty is dependent on a brand’s ability to deliver consistent, relevant experiences regardless of channel.”Selligent recently announced a partnership with Genesys to integrate marketing and contact center systems to provide a full 360-degree view of the customer, delivering best-in-class customer experiences.Marketing Technology News: Gigapaces Partners with Tableau to Accelerate Machine Learning and Data Visualization B2C Marketing Automationcustomer experiencemarketing automationMarketing TechnologyNewsSelligent Marketing Cloud Previous ArticleAprimo Recognized as Winner for 2019 Microsoft Media & Communications Partner of the YearNext ArticleDigital Communication Tools Leave Many Workers Feeling Squeezed out by Tech-Savvy Colleagueslast_img read more

ECommerce Trends Playing the Amazon Prime Day LongGame

first_imgHaving an undeniable impact on e-commerce over the last decade, Amazon has not only changed how people shop but when they shop, shaking up Americans’ holiday-shopping calendar with Black Friday-style sales in July known as Amazon Prime Day. With over $4 billion spent and 100 million purchases (CNBC) made during last year’s 36-hour event, Prime Day is slowly closing in on Black Friday (with $6.2 billion in sales) as the apex of the US shopping calendar. Furthermore, many other major retailers are taking part by offering their own massive sales events to counter Amazon over the same time period.This week Amazon confirmed the official date of Prime Day 2019 as July 15. Marking the fifth annual event, it is expected to be bigger (and run longer – 48 hours) than ever before. However, while Prime Day is just a 2-day event for consumers, shoppers typically plan their shopping strategy well ahead of July 15th, which means that brands need to plan their strategy far in advance.Based on traffic, we know that people start “window shopping” as soon as Prime Day dates are announced, which could be 2-plus week in advance of the event, so it’s the perfect time to tailor your Ad strategy, Prime the Pump, to make sure you’re getting in front of people before they are overwhelmed by day-of deals. Taking that into account, we recommend that brands decide what their deal is going to be months in advance and iron out details such as how many units will be available. While sales conversion rates will likely be low during this time, sales for a brand’s entire product portfolios can benefit from the right advertising strategy leading up to Prime Day. Shoppers are getting their wish lists in order to make sure they are ready to hit buy with Prime Day begins, so you’ll need to invest in the long game.It’s also imperative to keep in mind that today’s shoppers are more price sensitive and brand agnostic, the opposite is true on Prime Day. Prime Day is a time where aspirational shoppers go to Amazon to seek out brands they aspire to own, knowing there may likely be a deal. Shoppers generally have a good idea of what they are looking for, like a 75-inch Samsung QLED television as well as deals premium products with a higher price point. While most ad campaigns running on Amazon link to a specific product or set of search results, Amazon Brand Stores empowers brands to showcase a group of related products with additional information like videos or hero images.Think of it like Target: people joke they walk into the store for something small like toilet paper and leave with a full cart of other things they didn’t know they needed. Prime Day offers brands an opportunity to cross merchandise through Brand Stores to replicate that in-store shopping behavior. A well-executed cross merchandising strategy is a Prime Day power move and Amazon Brand Stores are an effective way to increase same-brand sales.Making it easy for customers is key, especially as the number of deals they are exposed to on a single day can be very overwhelming (thus the pre-shop popularity). Doing simple things like looking at the questions people are asking about a product and offering visuals that answer the question before it is asked is a great way to make customers gravitate towards your product rather than a competitor. Simply put: you’re helping do the research for them.Further, the opportunity exists to ride the Prime Day wave far beyond mid-July. The audience brands can attract on Prime Day can actually be more valuable than the day itself. Being able to see insights such as who was looking but didn’t complete a purchase, or who did complete a purchase but didn’t buy an accessory, provides an opportunity to continue to target these shoppers throughout their Amazon shopping experience after Prime Day, making this day a truly unique way to drive incremental sales.Read more: Why Online Coupons Connect With the Ultimate Smart Shopper: The Millennial E-Commerce Trends: Playing the Amazon Prime Day Long-Game Joshua KreitzerJuly 12, 2019, 9:00 amJuly 1, 2019 Amazon PrimeAmazon Prime DayChannel BakersE-Commerce TrendsPrime Data Previous ArticleWhy You Should Train Hard in MarTech to Save Your Job in 2020Next ArticleSwit Raises $6 Million to Assist its Rapid Growth Within the Team Collaboration App Marketlast_img read more

Top Smartphones to Buy Under Rs 15000 in India

first_imgGetting a good performing smartphone at a limited budget is no longer a difficult task. Companies like Xiaomi, Realme, Samsung and others have been offering some impressive handsets in the budget segment, and it’s not just great hardware but they look great too. So today we are listing down some of the best handsets you can buy today under a price range of Rs 15,000.Xiaomi Redmi Note 7 Pro asusasus zenfone max pro m2galaxy m30oppo First Published: July 7, 2019, 4:05 PM IST One of the best offerings from Xiaomi, the Redmi Note 7 Pro is a phenomenal smartphone given its price tag. The smartphone features a glass back with ‘Aura Design’ and a 6.3-inch Full-HD+ display with 19.5:9 aspect ratio and a dot-notch. The device has a 2.5D curved Gorilla Glass 5 at the front and the back. This one is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 675 processor. There is an option of 4GB and 6GB RAM with 64GB and 128GB of inbuilt storage with support for a microSD card slot of up to 256GB. At the back, here is a 48-megapixel primary sensor with f/1.79 aperture and a 5-megapixel secondary depth sensor. At the front, you get a 13-megapixel camera. Rest of the features include a 4,000mAh battery with Quick Charge 4.0 support, a rear fingerprint sensor, USB Type-C port, 3.5mm audio jack, Wi-Fi 5, Bluetooth 5.0, Infrared and dual-SIM support. It runs on Android Pie 9.0 with MIUI 10.Price: Starts at Rs 13,999Realme 3 ProOppo’s sub-brand Realme has been chasing down Xiaomi with its budget smartphones. The Realme 3 Pro tries to trump the Redmi Note 7 Pro with a more powerful processor. The Realme 3 Pro offers a 6.3-inch FHD+ display with a dewdrop notch. It has a Snapdragon 710 SoC and an Adreno 616 GPU. It houses a 4,045mAh battery and runs on Color OS 6.0 based on Android 9 Pie. There are two variants of Realme 3 Pro — 4GB RAM with 64GB storage and 6GB RAM with 128GB storage. The company has also introduced a special 6GB RAM with 64GB storage variant. Realme 3 Pro has a 16-megapixel primary sensor with a 5-megapixel secondary sensor as part of the dual rear camera setup. It supports expandable storage via a microSD card (up to 256GB). It has a 3.5mm headphone jack and uses a Micro-USB port for charging. It ships with a 20W VOOC 3.0 charger in the box.Price: Starts at Rs 13,999Asus ZenFone Max Pro M2If you are looking for a stock Android experience then Asus has a pretty solid offering. The ZenFone Max Pro M2 features a 6.26-inch full-HD+ and is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 660 SoC and is available in three variants – 3GB RAM / 32GB Storage, 4GB RAM / 64GB storage, and 6GB RAM / 64GB storage . It ships with stock Android 8.1 and is currently running on Android 9.0 Pie. It has a 5,000mAh battery, one of the largest in its category. It sports a dual rear camera setup with a 12-megapixel primary sensor with an f/1.8 aperture and a 5-megapixel depth sensor, along with a 13-megapixel selfie camera. It is available in two colors – Blue and Titanium, supports dual-SIM dual-VoLTE standby, has a fingerprint sensor and supports face unlock as well.Price: Starting at Rs 9,999Samsung Galaxy M30Samsung launched the Galaxy M series this year as a comeback against Chinese smartphone player dominating the budget smartphone market in India. The Galaxy M30 sports a Super-AMOLED Infinity V display and is powered by the latest Exynos 7904 processor. It is also equipped with a triple camera setup on the back with a 13-megapixel RGB sensor, a 5-megapixel sensor with a super wide angle lens, and a 5-megapixel depth sensor. On the front, the device features a 16-megapixel selfie camera with support for 1080p video recording and face unlock. The 6.4-inch Super AMOLED display with FHD+ resolution, protected by 2.5D curved tempered glass. Other features of the Samsung Galaxy M30 include a rear-mounted fingerprint scanner, face unlock, USB Type-C support, 3.5mm audio jack and a 5,000mAh battery.Price: Starting at Rs 14,999Xiaomi Redmi Note 7SXiaomi quickly updated the Redmi Note 7 with a 48-megapixel camera. Besides the camera change, the Redmi Note 7S come with the same specifications as the regular Note 7. There is a 6.3-inch full-HD+ (2340×1080 pixels) display with a 19.5:9 aspect ratio, a dot-notch and is protected with Gorilla Glass 5. It runs on a Qualcomm Snapdragon 660 octa-core processor with 3GB and 4GB RAM options coupled with either 32GB or 64GB of inbuilt storage. Both the variants include the option of adding a microSD card slot (up to 256GB) for expanding the storage. As mentioned before, the Redmi Note 7S gets a 48-megapixel sensor paired with a 5-megapixel depth sensor, at the front, there is a 13-megapixel camera. Rest of the features include a 4,000mAh battery with Quick Charge 4.0 support, a rear fingerprint sensor, USB Type-C port, 3.5mm audio jack, Wi-Fi 5, P2i splash-resistant coating, Bluetooth 5.0, Infrared and dual-SIM support. It runs on Android Pie 9.0 with MIUI 10. It will be offered in three colours including Onyx Black, Ruby Red, and Sapphire BluePrice: Starting at Rs 10,999Oppo K1If you are looking for a smartphone with an in-display fingerprint scanner, then you need to go for the Oppo K1. Apart from that, it also comes with a reliable processor and a gradient finish at the back. The smartphone features a 6.4-inch full-HD+ (2340×1080 pixels) display with 19.5:9 aspect ratio and 91 percent screen-to-body ratio. It is powered by an octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 660 processor, clocked up to 1.95GHz paired with 4GB RAM with 64GB of internal storage which is expandable using a microSD card. There is a dual rear camera setup at the back, with a primary 16-megapixel camera (f/1.7 aperture) along with a secondary 2-megapixel camera (f/2.4 aperture). At the front, there is a 25-megapixel selfie camera with an f/2.0 aperture. Other features include Android 8.1 Oreo with ColorOS 5.2, 4G VoLTE, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 5.0, a 3,600mAh battery and a microUSB port.Price: Rs 14,990last_img read more

Kerala Poll Body Confirms CPM Panchayat Member Polling Agent Cast Bogus Votes

first_imgThiruvananthapuram: The Election Commission in Kerala on Monday confirmed the case of bogus votes being cast in the state’s Kasaragod Lok Sabha constituency .Chief Electoral Officer Teeka Ram Meena, after receiving a report from Kannur district collector Mir Mohammed Ali, said a case will be filed under sections 171 C, D and F of the Indian Penal Code against three persons, identified as Padmini, Saleena NP and Sumayya KP. The IPC sections refer to undue interference and impersonation at an election. While Padmini, a resident of Kannur, was found casting her vote twice at Pilathara booth at 5.20pm and then at 5.47pm, Saleena, a panchayat member of the CPI(M) was caught in CCTV visuals exercising her franchise at a booth where she wasn’t a registered voter. Sumayya, a CPM polling agent, has also been found guilty of the same offence. Saleena is likely to disqualified from the rural body. The chief electoral officer rubbished the CPI(M)’s claim that they were ‘open votes’ or ‘companion votes’, marked to support electors having vision impairment or other disabilities that hampered them from exercising their franchise on EVMs.A lapse on the part of polling officers had also been observed, Meena said. The Kasargod district collector would submit a report in this regard which would be sent to the Centre.A CCTV footage of people casting votes multiple times in the Pilathara booth of Payyannur was aired by television channels recently. A woman was seen wiping the indelible ink on her index finger immediately after it was put. Later, she was seen casting her vote for the second time. The video was released by the Congress-led United Democratic Front (UDF), accusing the ruling Left Democratic Front (LDF) of resorting to bogus voting fearing defeat.The UDF has also sought re-polling in 110 booths which witnessed over 90% turnout in the third phase of general election in Kerala.Following allegations, the Meena had sought a report from the district collectors of Kannur and Kasargod.“From video evidence, it could be seen that the Left has cast about 5,000 bogus votes in Kasargod constituency,” Opposition Leader Ramesh Chennithala was quoted as saying by PTI. Kannurkasaragod-s11p01kerala-lok-sabha-elections-2019left democratic front First Published: April 29, 2019, 7:32 PM IST | Edited by: Sohini Goswamilast_img read more

Urvashi Rautela is Virat Kohlis Biggest Fangirl in this Pic from ICC

first_imgBollywood actress Urvashi Rautela, who was in London for the India vs Pakistan match played on Sunday, May 16, has posted an image on her social media handle that shows her hugging the wax statue of the Indian cricket team captain Virat Kohli. The Hate Story 4actress shared the picture on the occasion of the match at Manchester to show her support for the team. In the post she can be seen with her hands around Virat’s shoulders. The pic of Urvashi with Virat’s statue is from the Madame Tussauds museum in London, which was unveiled before India’s match on May 30. In the image, Urvashi is all smiles as he poses with what can be guessed is her favourite cricketer. Sharing the image on Instagram she wrote, “#INDIAVsPAKISTAN #CWC19 @cricketworldcup #INDvPAK #love #india #cricket #lovecricket (sic).” Other Bollywood celebrities who were in attendance at the India vs Pakistan match were Ranveer Singh, Saif Ali Khan, Boman Irani, Pooja Bedi’s daughter Alaia Furniturewalla, Shibani Dandekar among others.Read: Ranveer Singh Posts Selfies With Tendulkar, Ganguly, Pandya As Cricket Fever Grips Him Follow @News18Movies for more Alaia FurniturewallaAnil Kapoorarshad warsiBoman Irani First Published: June 18, 2019, 1:10 PM ISTcenter_img On the movies front, Urvashi will next be seen in Pagalpanti being helmed by Anees Bazmee. Apart from the former beauty queen, the comedy also stars Anil Kapoor, John Abraham, Ileana D’Cruz, Arshad Warsi, Pulkit Samrat, Kriti Kharbanda and Saurabh Shukla in major roles.last_img read more

Ranveer Singh Gets Litigation Warning from WWE Wrestler Brock Lesnars Advocate Paul

first_img 83Brock Lesnaricc world cup 2019India vs Pakistan First Published: June 19, 2019, 11:54 AM IST Ranveer Singh might be having the time of his life while shooting for his upcoming sports-drama ’83 in London, England, but he seems to have brushed someone in the World wrestling Entertainment (WWE) the wrong way, unknowingly. Yes, Singh is being threatened with a copyright lawsuit by Paul Heyman, who is most infamously known for representing the ‘Beast Incarnate’ aka Brock Lesnar in WWE and outside. The matter pertains to Singh using a known war cry that Heyman and Lesnar apparently devised for their time in the WWE. Fans may remember Heyman rooting for Lesnar by shouting, “Eat, Sleep, Conquer, Repeat,” every time the latter steps inside the ring. The phrase became prominent when Lesnar returned to WWE a few years ago after quitting in 2003-04 to pursue other career interests like Mixed Martial Arts (MMA). The war cry is even printed on the back of Lesnar’s outfits that he wears while entering the ring in WWE. Singh used the phrase with a minor change when he shared a picture with Indian all-rounder Hardik Pandya at the India-Pakistan match at the ongoing ICC World Cup 2019. While posting a picture with Pandya, Singh wrote, “Eat. Sleep. Dominate. Repeat. The name is Hardik. Hardik Pandya. 🏏✌🏾✊🏾 @hardikpandya7 ma boi #unstoppable.”Eat. Sleep. Dominate. Repeat. The name is Hardik. Hardik Pandya. 🏏✌🏾✊🏾 @hardikpandya7 ma boi #unstoppable pic.twitter.com/B5oRzedTg3— Ranveer Singh (@RanveerOfficial) June 17, 2019 Replying to the usage of the phrase made popular by Heyman-Lesnar pair, Heyman wrote on Twitter on Wednesday, “. @RanveerOfficial ARE YOU F’N KIDDING ME???????????1 – It’s Eat Sleep CONQUER Repeat2 – Copyright #YourHumbleAdvocate and @BrockLesnar 3 – I am litigious 4 – EAT SLEEP DEPOSITION REPEAT (sic). See Heyman’s tweet here:. @RanveerOfficial ARE YOU F’N KIDDING ME???????????1 – It’s Eat Sleep CONQUER Repeat2 – Copyright #YourHumbleAdvocate and @BrockLesnar 3 – I am litigious 4 – EAT SLEEP DEPOSITION REPEAT https://t.co/yppZe129eZ— Paul Heyman (@HeymanHustle) June 19, 2019It may all be in good humour but if their WWE stint is anything to go by, Lesnar and Haymen don’t mess around. Heyman is also Lesnar’s advocate. Follow @News18Movies for morelast_img read more