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Why Apples Project Titan Is Not About Building a Car

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first_img This story originally appeared on PCMag 3 min read Add to Queue Amidst reports of layoffs across Apple’s rumored car division, I fielded several calls from reporters who assumed the news meant Project Titan was dead and Apple had abandoned car-related efforts altogether.That’s absurd. If Cupertino was killing Project Titan, why would it bring back Bob Mansfield, former vice president of engineering, to manage the project? Instead, I imagine Mansfield returned, assessed Project Titan, and tightened its focus, which unfortunately led to layoffs.In the beginning, Apple likely hired a lot of people from many disciplines as it was researching and playing around with what it should do in the automotive space. Knowing Apple as I do, I would not be surprised if it entertained everything from doing its own car to new ways to integrate its technology into existing vehicles.My personal belief is that Project Titan is not about creating an Apple Car. It just does not make sense given the competition from traditional auto makers. Instead, the biggest opportunity I see for Apple is creating software that makes existing cars smart or autonomous.At its simplest level, Titan will beef up Apple’s CarPlay. But what if Apple created a “kit” or special self-driving package that is relatively easy to deploy at a dealer or by a mechanic and integrates the sensors and cameras seen on Google’s self-driving vehicles into an existing car? An iPad in the dash could deliver intelligence and navigation. And instead of an ugly 360-degree camera up top, Jony Ive and team could design a sleek roof attachment.Think of what a goldmine that would be. Even if it’s pricey, it will be much cheaper than buying a new autonomous car.Of course, the other benefit is that Apple brings more people into its services ecosystem and grows its business beyond iPhones, iPads and Macs.In a recent LinkedIn post by Dan Lyons (aka Fake Steve Jobs), he stated that we might eventually “think of a car as just a container for software and services, a node on the Internet of Things.” I believe this is at the heart of what Project Titan is really all about.I realize that doing this type of “kit” is not easy, but given the fact that Google has already done this to an existing car, it is in the realm of possibility that Apple could do it, too. I would not be surprised to see it in the next few years, but even if Apple isn’t the first to try it, I think retrofitting existing cars to make them self-driving vehicles will become big businesses in the next five to 10 years. Fireside Chat | July 25: Three Surprising Ways to Build Your Brand Learn from renowned serial entrepreneur David Meltzer how to find your frequency in order to stand out from your competitors and build a brand that is authentic, lasting and impactful. Why Apple’s Project Titan Is Not About Building a Car Tim Bajarin Applecenter_img Next Article Image credit: Apple via PC Mag If Cupertino was killing Project Titan, why would it bring back Bob Mansfield? September 26, 2016 –shares Columnist Enroll Now for $5last_img read more

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Orkla acquires Zeelandia Sweden to grow bakery ingredients offer

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first_imgOrkla acquires Zeelandia Sweden to grow bakery ingredients offerPosted By: Jules Scullyon: April 10, 2019In: Bakery, Business, Food, Industries, Ingredients, Mergers & AcquisitionsPrintEmailOrkla has entered into an agreement to acquire Zeelandia Sweden, a supplier of margarine, vegetable oils and bakery ingredients.The deal, which is being carried out through the Orkla Food Ingredients subsidiary, sees the business being bought from Dutch firm Koninklijke Zeelandia Groep.Headquartered in Stenkullen, near Gothenburg, Zeelandia Sweden has most of its sales domestically and exports to Finland, the Baltics and Norway. Last year, it had a turnover of €22.9 million.Following the transaction, the company’s name will be changed to Credin Sverige, becoming part of Orkla’s Credin Group. It is expected to be consolidated into Orkla’s financial statements in the second quarter of 2019.Johan Clarin, CEO of Orkla Food Ingredients, said: “The acquisition of Zeelandia Sweden AB is strategically right for strengthening Orkla’s position and production capabilities in our Nordic home markets in categories with which Orkla Food Ingredients is very familiar. Their product portfolio makes a good fit with the Credin Group.”In January, Orkla secured a deal to buy a 90% stake in Easyfood, a Danish producer of bread-based convenience products. Founded in 2000, Easyfood had a turnover of DKK 316.1 million ($48.7 million) in the 12 months to the end of October 2018 and employs 144 people. Orkla announced a trio of acquisitions earlier this month to boost its portfolio of brands across Europe. The company is buying a majority stake in Greek ingredients firm Stelios Kanakis Industrial and Commercial (Kanakis), alongside the purchase of Sweden’s Lecora and a minority investment in the owner of Portugal-based Captain Kombucha.Next month, Orkla CEO Peter Ruzicka will step down from his role after more than five years in charge.Share with your network: Tags: NorwayOrklaSwedenlast_img read more

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Yahoo May Write Off 1 Billion Acquisition of Tumblr

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first_img Yahoo Inc. said it may have to write down the goodwill value of Tumblr, more than two years after the web pioneer spent $1.1 billion to buy the microblogging site.Yahoo said earlier in the month it took a $230 million impairment charge related to Tumblr and was considering strategic alternatives for its core internet business.”It is reasonably possible that changes in judgments … could cause the company to consider some portion or all of the remaining goodwill of the Tumblr reporting unit to become impaired,” Yahoo said in a regulatory filing on Monday.The deal for Tumblr was then seen as a bold bet by Yahoo Chief Executive Marissa Mayer to revitalize the company by co-opting a Web property with strong visitor traffic but little revenue.Yahoo said on Friday it would take pretax charges of $64 million to $78 million, mostly in the first quarter of 2016, due to job cuts and other restructuring moves.Of the total, $40 million to $48 million would be for severance pay and related cash expenditures, the company said in a filing.Yahoo has said it would reduce workforce by 15 percent by the end of 2016 and close offices in Dubai, Mexico City, Buenos Aires, Madrid and Milan.The company’s shares closed up 1.3 percent at $31.79 on Monday and were largely unchanged in extended trading.(Reporting by Alan John Koshy in Bengaluru; Editing by Savio D’Souza and Sriraj Kalluvila) Yahoo! Yahoo May Write Off $1 Billion Acquisition of Tumblr Reuters –shares Next Article This story originally appeared on Reuters 2 min read Add to Queue Learn how to successfully navigate family business dynamics and build businesses that excel. Free Webinar | July 31: Secrets to Running a Successful Family Business March 1, 2016 Register Now »last_img read more

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Amazon Friend or Foe You Decide

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first_img Do you see Amazon as a partner or an enemy? In a recent survey 42 percent of businesses saw the retail giant as having a negative effect, though fully 83 percent said they hadn’t felt one personally. Amazon Next Article Guest Writer July 17, 2018 Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Amazon: Friend or Foe? You Decide. Image credit: EMMANUEL DUNAND | Getty Images Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. CEO of Insureon –shares Ted Devine 5 min read Today, the second half of Prime Day 2018, a lot of us are thinking about Amazon in one way or another: as a place to score a good deal, perhaps, if we’re consumers, or, if we’re small business owners, even as an outright foe.In fact, Amazon’s massive presence naturally fosters fear among some in the small business community. After all, the online giant seems to have infiltrated virtually every industry imaginable, from groceries to books to home services and beyond. If you need it, Amazon probably has it.Related: The Best Amazon Prime Day Deals for EntrepreneursThat helps explain the fear among a sizable proportion of small businesses: A recent study from CNBC and SurveyMonkey found that 42 percent of owners in this category who were surveyed believed Amazon has a negative effect on small business – though 83 percent said they hadn’t felt any negative effects directly.Yet for all the talk of how Amazon will kill small business, with its sprawling resources and convenient offerings, plenty of small business owners remain enthusiastic about the opportunity for an Amazon partnership: Small businesses that sell online via Amazon often experience a significant increase in sales, according to a recent poll from Insureon and Manta, which surveyed 2,400 small business owners about their businesses’ online selling activities.Leaders of nearly a quarter of those small businesses said they had sold their goods on Amazon, and 68 percent agreed that online sales through Amazon and other sites had had a positive effect on their business.While there are some drawbacks to selling via the ecommerce giant, Amazon’s capabilities can provide a big boost to small businesses that want to reach a broader audience. Here are some of the top pros and cons.The prosEasy fulfillment, returns and refunds. One of the major barriers for small business owners that want to scale their operations to wider audiences is the need for return and refund resources. In 2017, returns accounted for more than $351 billion in lost sales, according to Appriss Retail.Here, Amazon is a logistics force, and online sellers can benefit from its fulfillment capabilities. Small businesses selling through Amazon can store, ship and track returns through Amazon’s fulfillment centers — eliminating shipping and return-based hurdles. Selling via Amazon gives business owners access to the best fulfillment strategy in the online sales game.Related: Amazon Will Let Entrepreneurs Start Their Own Delivery Business and Earn Up to $300,000 a YearThorough guidance. Amazon provides in-depth onboarding to the small businesses that want to sell on its platform. When it comes to insurance, the retail giant has robust requirements to make sure businesses have adequate coverage for their products. For example, Amazon requires general liability insurance before businesses list products on its platform. This policy typically includes protection against claims of trademark infringement, as well as product liability coverage, which can pay for expenses if someone is injured or sickened by a product sold on the site.As the founder of a lean small business operation, you may find it easy to view business insurance as an afterthought. After all, 75 percent of U.S. businesses are underinsured. But one lawsuit could cause you irreparable damage. For example, you could be sued for using someone else’s photo in a product listing or if a customer has a bad reaction to a healthcare product. These types of lawsuits could easily cost you or any small business owner thousands of dollars in legal fees, and potentially force his or her shop to close. Policies such as general liability insurance can help business owners protect their livelihood.Significant ROI. Amazon’s platform may have hefty insurance requirements, but the effort and cost of coverage is worth the difference it can make for a small business’s sales. We’ve worked with online sellers who have seen a dramatic increase in their sales once they began working with Amazon.The power of Amazon is that it’s top of mind for today’s consumers.Consider that 64 percent of American households have an Amazon Prime subscription, according to experts at the Internet Retailers Conference and Exhibition.The consLack of relationship-building. Amazon doesn’t allow its sellers to put any funds or effort toward targeting the customers they’ve previously sold to on its platform. If Amazon becomes a business owner’s main avenue of selling, this could severely limit the percentage of customers with whom a relationship could be built.However, for entrepreneurs who only sell products online as a side business to their 9-to-5 jobs, this prohibition against relationship-building could be a relief. These owners may not have the funds or time to target customers with marketing and advertising efforts. Relying on Amazon makes their job that much easier.Cost barrier to entry. For all the perks that selling on Amazon can offer to small businesses, there will be some added expenses sellers may not be used to, such as business insurance. However, the average general liability insurance policy costs $576 per year, which works out to only $48 per month.Of course, while Amazon does require small business sellers to arm themselves with the right coverage, small business owners should not blindly rely on the ecommerce powerhouse to explain which insurance policies are needed to operate safely. No matter where you’re selling online, it’s important to perform your due diligence and research the required policies to cover your inventory.Related: Small Businesses Should Be Thankful for Amazon.comHowever, once you’re adequately covered, Amazon is a great avenue for exposing your products to new audiences outside of your immediate geographic area. Its wide reach can lead to increased sales, opening up new (virtual) doors for your small operation, on Prime Day or any day of the year. Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals Add to Queue Register Now »last_img read more

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Afghan helicopter raid killed or injured over 100 says UN report

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first_imgAfghanistan Read more … we have a small favour to ask. The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.More people are reading and supporting The Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we have chosen an approach that allows us to keep our journalism accessible to all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford. But we need your ongoing support to keep working as we do.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism, to maintain our openness and to protect our precious independence. Every reader contribution, big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Topics Assault on religious ceremony in April was intended to break a stalemate with the Taliban United Nations Taliban In the wake of the attack, the government acknowledged that civilians had been killed and President Ashraf Ghanī ordered an investigation but so far no results have been made public. The UN had expressed concern over the high number of casualties from air attacks even before the Dasht-e Archi incident, with 67 deaths and 75 injuries in the first three months to the end of March.In October 2015, 42 people were killed in a US airstrike on a hospital in Kunduz city run by the medical aid group Médecins Sans Frontières. Mon 7 May 2018 14.53 EDT This article is more than 1 year old Since you’re here… Guardian Today: the headlines, the analysis, the debate – sent direct to you An Afghan air force helicopter during a military exercise on the outskirts of Kabul.Photograph: Shah Marai/AFP/Getty Images US military First published on Mon 7 May 2018 14.13 EDT Share on Facebook According to the report, at least 36 people, including 30 children, were killed and 71 wounded, leading to questions “as to the government’s respect of the rules of precaution and proportionality under international humanitarian law”.Investigators verified 107 victims but had received lists from various sources indicating more than 200 casualties, the report said. There were serious concerns about the incident that required further investigation, but the UN report said it was not in a position to determine whether the attack amounted to a violation of international law.Last month, the Afghan government said the attack was intended to hit members of a senior leadership group based in the Pakistani city of Quetta, who it said were in the area. It also targeted members of a Taliban “Red Unit”, or special forces group, that was planning an attack on Kunduz city, which has been overrun by insurgent forces twice since 2015. According to the UN report, based on interviews with over 90 witnesses, the helicopters swooped down, firing rockets and .50-calibre machine guns into a crowd attending a so-called dastar bandi ceremony in Dasht-e Archi. The ceremony celebrates boys who have learned the Koran by heart. It said as many as 12 rockets may have been fired at the ceremony held in a field about the size of a football pitch that was adjacent to a madrassa. The helicopters continued to attack as people fled towards nearby roads and houses but the UN could not verify allegations that they had deliberately targeted civilians and could not determine the civilian status of each person killed or injured. This article is more than 1 year old Reuse this content Afghan helicopter raid killed or injured over 100, says UN reportcenter_img Reuters in Kabul Share on Twitter Support The Guardian Read more Afghanistan news Afghan civilians count cost of renewed US air campaign Share on WhatsApp South and Central Asia Share via Email Share on Messenger Share on Facebook Share via Email Share on LinkedIn Share on Pinterest Rockets and heavy machine guns fired from Afghan government helicopters killed and wounded at least 107 boys and men attending a religious ceremony near the northern city of Kunduz last month, according to a UN report. Villagers in the Dasht-e Archi district of Kunduz province said that dozens of people, including many children, had been killed in the 2 April attack, prompting the UN to launch an investigation.The UN report published on Monday underlined the risks of a new strategy, developed with US advisers, which has seen a significant increase in Afghan airpower, with helicopters equipped with rockets and attack aircraft deployed to try to break a stalemate with the Taliban. “A key finding of this report is that the government used rockets and heavy machine gun fire on a religious gathering, resulting in high numbers of child casualties,” the UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan said. Shares104104 Share on Twitterlast_img read more

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AIG to settle defamation lawsuits with seven Bill Cosby accusers

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first_imgShare on Facebook This article is more than 3 months old AIG to settle defamation lawsuits with seven Bill Cosby accusers Share on WhatsApp Insurer took action without entertainer’s knowledge, his lawyer saysCosby, 81, is currently serving sexual assault sentence news Share on LinkedIn Bill Cosby Since you’re here… … we have a small favour to ask. The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.More people are reading and supporting The Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we have chosen an approach that allows us to keep our journalism accessible to all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford. But we need your ongoing support to keep working as we do.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism, to maintain our openness and to protect our precious independence. Every reader contribution, big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Topics Share on Pinterest Bill Cosby Filings on Friday in federal court in Springfield, Massachusetts, show the two sides have negotiated a settlement since Cosby went to prison last fall in a separate Pennsylvania sexual assault case. The 81-year-old comedian is serving a three- to 10-year prison sentence there.The federal judge overseeing the defamation case in Massachusetts must still approve the settlement. The terms are confidential.Andrew Wyatt, a spokesperson for Cosby, said on Friday that AIG had chosen to settle the claims without the actor’s “knowledge, permission and/or consent”.“Mr. Cosby did not settle any cases with anyone. He is not paying anything to anyone, and he is still pursuing his counterclaims,” a statement tweeted from the actor’s account read.The plaintiffs in the Massachusetts defamation case were among at least 50 women who accused Cosby of sexual misconduct over a span of several decades when he was one of the most successful men in American show business. Cosby has denied the allegations and is appealing against his conviction. He and his wife Camille have a home in Massachusetts. He is also facing civil actions in California.Cosby was convicted two years ago, in retrial in a Pennsylvania court, of drugging and sexually assaulting Andrea Constand, a former basketball player, and was given a prison sentence. Last October he was denied a new trial.The case had ended in a mistrial the year before but then became the first significant conviction since the eruption in October 2017 of the #MeToo movement against sexual assault and harassment, following a string of allegations against the former film producer Harvey Weinstein.The women suing Cosby in Massachusetts for defamation say he defamed them by branding them liars after they went public with allegations of sexual assault. They include Tamara Green, Therese Serignese and Barbara Bowman. Cosby has denied their allegations.The lawyer Joseph Cammarata, who represents the women, said on Friday afternoon that “each plaintiff is satisfied with the settlement”. He declined to comment further.However, he warned in a status report also filed on Friday that his clients would seek to depose Cosby and gather other documents and evidence if he does not drop the counter-claims, which accuse the women of harming his reputation through their accusations.Camille Cosby had been ordered to give a deposition in the case in 2016, after a heated court fight over her testimony.Lawyers for the Cosbys tried to quash her subpoena to testify, saying she did not have any relevant information on the women’s claims and that any marital conversations she had with her husband of 50 years were confidential.The judge agreed that marital conversations were private, but the women’s lawyers noted she also served as his business manager throughout their long marriage. The case had largely been put on hold, though, while the Pennsylvania criminal case ran its course.This article was updated on 5 April 2019. An earlier version stated that Cosby himself was settling the lawsuits. Bill Cosby’s settlement must still be approved by a federal judge in Massachusetts.Photograph: Matt Rourke/AP Bill Cosby sentenced to three to 10 years in prison for sexual assault Massachusetts Read more This article is more than 3 months old @Joannawalters13 Share on Twitter Joanna Walters in New York and agencies Share on Messenger Support The Guardian The insurer AIG has agreed to settle lawsuits filed by seven women who say the disgraced actor and comedianBill Cosby defamed them when he accused them of lying about sexual misconduct allegations. First published on Fri 5 Apr 2019 13.48 EDT Share on Twitter Share via Email Shares8787 Fri 5 Apr 2019 18.20 EDT Share on Facebook Share via Email Reuse this contentlast_img read more

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From New York to Buckingham Palace for Trump meeting the Queen is

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first_imgMonarchy Read more From New York to Buckingham Palace: for Trump meeting the Queen is everything Share on Messenger An absolute state of a visit: what the Trump and Windsor snapshots tell us Share on LinkedIn Share on WhatsApp Hide Photograph: Jonathan Ernst/X90178 Show Since you’re here… Donald Trump arrives at Buckingham Palace for Queen’s welcome – video “No,” he told reporters at the White House on Sunday. “I made no bad comment.”This is the bubble that Trump hopes his diehard fans will never leave: a warm cocoon where the king of bad comments never says any such thing, except to nasty people and Latinos who surely had it coming.There are just enough of them to keep Fox News on top of the cable TV ratings, but there aren’t really enough of them to win another election: 52% of registered voters said they definitely would not vote for Trump, according to a Washington Post poll in April. This is not a great place to start your re-election campaign.Still, the Trump campaign is hoping for some quality images from this state visit to help lift their candidate from the sewer of the Mueller investigation and the presidential Twitter account. Who cares if the king of bad comments is meeting the queen of no comment? They all look the same size on TV.• Richard Wolffe is a columnist for the Guardian US As Donald J Trump spends quality time with Queen Elizabeth II on his state visit to the UK this week, the blinding reality is that this is no meeting of minds. It is true that these visits are supposed to demonstrate the enduring alliance between the two countries, not their respective heads of state. But this special relationship has all the personal charm of a hardened convict meeting his probation officer. You know he’s going to reoffend; the only question is one of timing.The sight of Trump’s welcome at Buckingham Palace may be a pomp-filled mark of acceptance of a pompously needy president. Yet it remains true that the US is happy to receive the recognition, and Britain must be delighted that it still has something worth conferring on a world leader, even while the nation celebrates his arrival with street protests and a giant inflatable baby.To Trump himself, the yawning chasm between him and the longest-serving British monarch is not as obvious as it is to the rest of humanity.He may even feel that the joke is on all those snooty Manhattanites who have disdained him for all those decades, but would pay good money for a seat at his state dinner with the biggest Queen ever. (Memo to the Trump 2020 campaign: don’t even think about doing this on a return visit.) Donald Trump Topics comment Twitter Opinion Share on Facebook Shares307307 Was this helpful? Facebook Pinterest Mon 3 Jun 2019 13.18 EDT Share via Email There is something of a pattern to these pre-travel spasms for this president. Before leaving for London, Trump told the Sun: “I think I have great polls.” He also said that a Brexited UK could have “tremendous” trade numbers with the US because “they have never had a president like me that understands this”. They surely haven’t.This could be an awkward few days for the bad boys of Brexit. Trump made no secret of his love and admiration for Boris Johnson (“he would be excellent”) and Nigel Farage (“a very smart person”), mostly because both have been “very positive about me”.The last time a catastrophically unpopular president backed a British politician was during the Iraq war, after Bush and Blair started sharing the same toothpaste. Blair remains so toxic that he is three points less popular than Trump in a country that elected him no less than three times. 2:41 Support The Guardian He is from Queens. She is, well, the Queen.He likes to build towers that feature his name in gold. She keeps her gold in the Tower. In public and private, he runs the gamut from boorish and braggadocious to mindbogglingly bigoted. In public and private, she doesn’t. Richard Wolffe So what could possibly go wrong when Trump embraces his mini-Trumps in Merry Olde England? As he was leaving the south lawn of the White House for his transatlantic voyage, Trump was asked if this kind of blatant meddling with British politics was entirely appropriate. “Don’t ask me the question if you don’t want me to talk about it,” he said, displaying all the diplomatic talent that has led to trade wars with the rest of his own continent and the next largest economy in the world.There will be time for so many more questions with so many more inappropriate answers. Will Trump apologise to Meghan Markle, the Duchess of Sussex, for telling the Sun that he “didn’t know she was nasty”? Will he apologise to the rest of us for claiming that he never said the word, preferring instead to blame “the fake news media”? The Queen Opinion Q&A Itinerary: What will Trump be doing during his UK state visit? The president doesn’t care about the spats or the protests, he only cares about status Hannah Jane Parkinson Donald Trump Share via Email Share on Twitter … we have a small favour to ask. The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.More people are reading and supporting The Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we have chosen an approach that allows us to keep our journalism accessible to all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford. But we need your ongoing support to keep working as we do.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism, to maintain our openness and to protect our precious independence. Every reader contribution, big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Last modified on Tue 4 Jun 2019 04.22 EDT Read more After arriving in the UK on Air Force One on Monday 3 June, US president Donald Trump will be formally welcomed in a ceremony in the gardens of Buckingham Palace. It will be attended by the Queen and Prince Charles. The president will then attend a private lunch at the palace, which is expected to be attended by Prince Harry, but not his wife, who Trump recently described as ‘nasty’.Following a wreath-laying ceremony in Westminster Abbey, Donald Trump will join Prince Charles for an afternoon tea at Clarence House. The Queen, Prince Charles and Prince Harry will then host a state banquet in the evening, which will be attended by prominent US citizens who live in the UK, as well as political and civic leaders.On Tuesday 4 June the visit includes a breakfast meeting with Prince Andrew, and then talks and a press conference with prime minister Theresa May at Downing Street. On the Tuesday evening Trump hosts a dinner at the residence of the US ambassador.On Wednesday 5 June Trump will take part in commemoration services in Portsmouth to mark the 75th anniversary of the D-Day landings. The day ends with the Queen formally bidding farewell to the US president.  Trump’s entourage will also include two identical seven-seat black armoured limousines nicknamed ‘The Beast’, and a number of presidential helicopters. The president has at his side at all times one of five rotating military aides who carry the nuclear ‘football’ which can trigger a missile strike – equipped with communication tools and a book with prepared war plans.   Thank you for your feedback. Republicans ‘The Trump campaign is hoping for some quality images from this state visit to help lift their candidate from the sewer of the Mueller investigation.’ Photograph: Victoria Jones/AP Then again, this is a man who still lies about the size of his inaugural crowds, his praise for the neo-Nazis in Charlottesville, and his illegal payoffs to a porn star. His grasp of reality and decency is astonishingly weak, but his delusional sense of self-worth is rather remarkable. To be sure, the toffee-nosed Brits love nothing more than preserving their own delusional sense of self-worth by sneering at the arriviste powers. They have a word for it nowadays: Brexit.Yet it’s hard to avoid the inescapable truth that Trump is several leagues below his predecessors in the eyes of most Brits, who enjoy a love-hate relationship with the US, like most of the rest of the world.Trump currently has a 21% approval rating in the UK, according to YouGov polling, which is fully 51 points behind Barack Obama. He is eight points behind Hillary Clinton and seven behind Angela Merkel (memo to the White House: Merkel, not to be confused with Markle, is from Germany.) Trump is even lagging six points behind the dismally unpopular prime minister currently shuffling out of Number 10, having failed to achieve anything of note, including her beloved Brexit.Normal world leaders might read such numbers and heed the obvious warnings about wading into domestic politics. But as we know from numerous sources, Trump doesn’t read much and isn’t too good with numbers. Or warnings, for that matter.Normal world leaders pride themselves on staying above the fray, but Trump looks at frays the same way he looks at Big Macs. When the mayor of London, Sadiq Khan identified him as part of a global alliance of racist far-right leaders, Trump happily took umbrage while still en route to London. Even though he prides himself on leading an alliance of racist far-right leaders, Trump tweeted that “Kahn” – who is several weight classes below the presidential level – was a “stone cold loser”. ‘The sight of Trump’s welcome at Buckingham Palace may be a pomp-filled mark of acceptance of a pompously needy president.’Photograph: WPA Pool/Getty Images @richardwolffedc Trump says US is ready to do post-Brexit trade deal – as it happened Play Video Share on Facebook Share on Pinterest Share on Twitter Contact author Reuse this contentlast_img read more

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NCMEC Launches GeoTargeted Digital Out of Home Campaign to Help Find Missing

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first_img advertising agency M/H VCCPMarketing TechnologyNational Missing Children’s DayNCMECNewsOAAAOpenLoop Previous ArticleTiVo Integrates Demographic Attributes, Ad Airings, and Mobile Devices into TV Viewership Data Product, Helping Connect the Media and Advertising Industries to ViewersNext ArticleSmaato and Liftoff Reveal the Most Engaging In-App Ad Formats As Part of the Cross-Industry Initiative Created by M/H VCCP, the out of Home (OOH) Advertising Industry Has Donated AD Space Valued at More Than $3 Million to Feature Regionally Targeted Photos of Missing Children Across the US National Center for Missing & Exploited Children (NCMEC) and advertising agency M/H VCCP have launched Runaway Train 25, a cross-industry initiative to reinvent the search for missing children in the US As part of the initiative more than 450 digital billboards and transit screens will support the campaign ahead of National Missing Children’s Day on Saturday May 25, 2019.Organized by the Out of Home Advertising Association of America (OAAA), and produced by Grand Visual, the campaign aims to harness the public’s help to join the search by publishing the names and photos of missing children and raising awareness of the number to call for sightings; 1-800-THE-LOST.  The digital OOH activation spans 14 media vendors and runs across rail, roadside, and high street locations in over 40 U.S states, including major cities NYC, Chicago, Boston, Atlanta, and Philadelphia.The campaign is delivered through OpenLoop, the dynamic creative optimization server from QDOT. OpenLoop takes the data feed from NCMEC and publishes each missing child case in a geo-targeted push to digital billboards in and around the region the child went missing. “It’s about using clever ad tech to reach a broadcast level audience, whilst delivering tactical and relevant information at a community level,” said Grand Visual’s COO, Ben Putland.Marketing Technology News: Jumpshot Releases State of eCommerce Data Report that Reveals New Retail Strategies for Sponsored Search, Affiliate Marketing and InfluencersThe digital billboards also promote Runaway Train 25, a new music video, released today, as part of the broader initiative, which reinterprets the 1990’s award-winning Soul Asylum song “Runaway Train” with musical artists Jaime N Commons and Skylar Gray feat. Gallant. Directed by RSA Films’ Emmy award winner Jake Scott, the music video uses geo-targeting technology to change the missing children featured based on where the video is viewed.Both the DOOH creative and the music video encourage people to visit runawaytrain25.com and share the video across their social channels to help publicize #MissingKids and #RunAwayTrain25 through their personal networks.“Last year NCMEC assisted with over 25,000 cases of missing children, the vast majority were runaways,” said NCMEC President and CEO John Clark. “Thanks to the outdoor advertising community and all of our amazing partners, this highly targeted campaign gives us visibility in transit locations across the U.S.  Campaigns like this can play a vital part in the search and the ability to run multiple cases that are geo-targeted across more than 40 states will be a true game changer.”Marketing Technology News: WireWheel and Virtru Partner to Protect Integrity and Privacy of Personal Data“We know that it only takes one person to find a missing child. This powerful campaign is a great example of OOH, online, and social media working together to ensure photos of missing children are distributed as widely as possible,” said OAAA President and CEO Nancy Fletcher. “It’s about driving awareness and spurring action; everyone has the ability to make a difference in their communities.”“There is nothing more powerful than when a community comes together to solve a problem. We conceived of Runaway Train 25 to bring art and technology together in a way that resonates with communities across the country so that NCMEC can bring home more kids than ever before.” John Matejczyk, founder and Chief Creative Officer, M/H VCCP.Marketing Technology News: Phishing of SaaS and Webmail Brands Surpasses Phishing Attacks on Payment Brands for the First Time NCMEC Launches Geo-Targeted Digital Out of Home Campaign to Help Find Missing Children MTS Staff WriterMay 23, 2019, 7:16 pmMay 23, 2019 last_img read more

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Minutely Launches Automated Solution for Stories to Empower Brands and Publishers

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first_imgMinute.ly Launches Automated Solution for “Stories” to Empower Brands and Publishers MTS Staff WriterJuly 16, 2019, 6:33 pmJuly 16, 2019 automated solutionMarketing Technology NewsMinute.lyNewsStoriesvideo enhancement solution Previous ArticlePOWSTER Launches “Trailered,” An Innovative New Approach To Discovering Movies In Theaters Around YouNext ArticleJotForm’s New Slack Integration Helps Teams Respond Faster Leading AI-Driven Video Enhancement Technology Company Offers New Best-In-Class Solution Allowing Publishers to Develop and Post Compelling Stories Across a Variety of Platforms in Real-TimeMinute.ly, a leading AI-driven video enhancement solution, announced that it has launched an automated solution for long-form vertical videos, which can be utilized across a wide variety of platforms and devices. The unprecedented solution will enable brands, content creators and publishers to create and share their Stories in real-time, helping to increase site traffic, video engagement and viewership.Stories are watched by millions of viewers daily, with current estimates around 150 million on Facebook, 190 million on Snapchat, and 300 million on Instagram and Google recently launching Its own AMP Stories. It’s predicted that Stories will surpass homepage feeds this year as the primary way in which people share news with friends. For publishers, vertical storytelling is an immersive and an increasingly interactive way to engage with their audience and reach an entirely new generational demographic. In order to place their Stories across multiple mediums and devices, publishers need to devote hours to expensive and laborious video editing, as each Story needs to be reproduced and formatted to fit the platform where it’s distributed.Marketing Technology News: JotForm Reaches 5 Millionth User After Major LaunchMinute.ly powers Stories by tackling the issues which challenge publishers: updating Stories every 24 hours so that the publisher remains relevant and at the top of the users’ feed; smart formatting for each platform notwithstanding the vertical limitations on mobile devices (converting a horizontal video to be vertical) and creating one video which can be used universally– eliminating the time-consuming burden of creating a separate video for each platform. Using computer vision and patented machine learning technologies, Minute.ly’s solution detects the most exciting visual story within a video, ensuring that the most exciting snippet will be used for the Story.“Stories have proven to be an extremely effective medium for publishers to interact with their followers,” said Amit Golan, Minute.ly’s CEO and Co-Founder. “This visual narrative is fundamentally changing consumer behaviour. With our automated solution for Stories, we make it much easier for publishers to communicate and connect with their audiences with the content they crave on the medium that resonates with them most.”Marketing Technology News: Wix and FaZe Clan Launch Global PartnershipMinute.ly’s proprietary artificial intelligence video solutions sit at the intersection of technology and psychology, combining the best of both worlds to boost user experience and bring traditional publishers into the digital age. Minute.ly’s technology intuitively analyzes thousands of videos simultaneously, extracting the most compelling content to create smart, gripping teasers, but has now leveraged these tools to produce the short, compelling video clips needed for impactful Stories. Minute.ly is a trusted partner of the world’s largest broadcasters, sports leagues, publishers, news and entertainment brands, helping them to increase video consumption across their digital assets.Minute.ly offers a comprehensive suite of tools for content creators and publishers. The company recently launched several new products, including Top Videos, which automatically aggregates top performing video articles and presents internal video recommendations to consumers, and Smart Video Preview, which generates the most effective teasers to increase click-through-rate (CTR) by an average of 300%. Smart Live Video Preview was utilized to great effect during the 2018 World Cup Russia.Marketing Technology News: Zeta Global and PlaceIQ Announce Strategic Partnership to Enhance the Zeta Data Cloudlast_img read more

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ET Deals AMD Ryzen 7 2700x for 199 During Amazon Prime Day

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first_img 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 ZergNet By Michael Sexton on July 16, 2019 at 12:56 pm Ginny From ‘Harry Potter’ Is 28 and Unrecognizably Gorgeous This Is Where ‘The Man With the Golden Voice’ Ended Up ET Deals: AMD Ryzen 7 2700x for $199 During Amazon Prime Day 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. This Happens in Every ‘Star Wars’ Movie and You Never Noticed With the launch of AMD’s Ryzen 7 3700X, AMD’s last-gen flagship CPU has started its slow exit from the market. The Ryzen 7 2700X still offers excellent performance, however, and you can get one of these high-end processors for an almost unbelievable price of $199.99 during Amazon’s Prime Day sales event.The Ryzen 7 2700X features eight CPU cores that can handle two threads each, which enables the processor to run a total of sixteen threads simultaneously. Each CPU core is also able to run at a max clock speed of 4.3GHz and the processor as a whole has whopping 20MB of cache.Though it is no longer the top SKU from AMD, it’s nonetheless one of most powerful processors available and it can competently compete with Intel’s Core i7 products. Marked down from its original retail price of $329 to $199.99 for Prime Day, the Ryzen 7 2700X also costs less than half of what the new Ryzen 7 3700X is listed for.You can also get the even faster AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2950X that comes loaded with 16 cores marked down from $899.00 to $499.99, which makes it also an excellent deal. If you want to buy one of these processors at the current price you will need to act today, however, as the deal expires at 11:59 PM EST. Why Oliver Won’t Be Miserable In ‘Arrow’ Season 8 This ‘Pirates of the Caribbean’ Star is Breathtaking in Reality We Now Understand Why Sean Connery Has Disappeared What the Biggest Fans Don’t Know About ‘Cutthroat Kitchen’ 10 Scientifically Proven Side Effects of Growing a Beard 1 Comment Tagged In et deals Post a Comment 1 Commentlast_img read more

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BrightEdge Instant Is an Industry First Taking Research and Content Optimization RealTime

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first_img BrightEdgeBrightEdge InstantContent OptimizationJim YuMarketing TechnologyNewsSEO solution Previous ArticleViamedia Names Tom Walsh Chief Digital OfficerNext ArticleFoleon Announces Zapier Integration BrightEdge Instant Is an Industry First: Taking Research and Content Optimization Real-Time PRNewswireMay 7, 2019, 3:10 pmMay 7, 2019 “Leading brands realize the importance of organic search as the key to digital portfolio success and have been asking for technology that can truly help them produce real, tangible business outcomes ‘right here and right now,’” said Jim Yu, CEO of BrightEdge. “At BrightEdge we take great pride in adding new capabilities in lockstep with both technological innovation and investment in the success of our customers. I am so excited to see how brands will maximize revenue lift with BrightEdge Instant.”Marketing Technology News: Neustar Integrates TiVo TV Viewership Data into Multi-Touch Attribution Models The final shift from multiple SEO point solutions to a single-platform experienceAccording to BrightEdge market research a typical organic search practitioner uses an average of 6 tools and can spend up to 4 hours a day on research, reporting and analysis. In the past it was difficult for search marketers to truly understand the customer journey as it happens and, in turn, maximize revenue. BrightEdge Instant ensures that this is no longer a problem.“Having the capability to conduct real-time research and optimize content all within one platform is game-changing for search, content and digital marketers,” said Carlos Spallarossa, director of SEO, L’Oréal. “Marketers no longer have to deal with the inaccuracy of data silos and the inflexibility of point solutions, while at the same time they save vital resources and time in order to focus on highly impactful revenue-based incremental revenue opportunities.”Marketing Technology News: Tetra TV Launches Transparent Advertising Network for Connected TVReal-time insights how and when marketers want and need itBrightEdge Instant is set to transform the search industry rapidly. Key capabilities enable marketers to:Research on Demand: Utilize real-time research to answer questions and uncover opportunities as they happen. BrightEdge Instant gives marketers access to real-time, on-demand data, which allows them to ask specific questions and discover quantitative, data-driven answers with rapid speed, ease and accuracy. Marketers for the first time can take action on the voice opportunity with a data-driven approach to conversational search.Rankings in Real-time: Understand in real-time how content is performing across any search engine and any device across 37,000 locations and 46 languages. Real-Time Rank Checker allows marketers to optimize at the speed of Google through analysis of video (YouTube) and image SERP rankings. Amazon Rank Checker enables marketers to protect their brand on Amazon.Recommendations and Page Speed Performance: Take action on instantly identified content opportunities, page insights and link recommendations through an integrated approach to page speed analysis and data insights. Page Speed Performance allows marketers to understand, at scale, desktop and mobile site speed performance while comparing and contrasting against the competition.According to Tanu Javeri, global SEO strategist at IBM, “Responding to changes in the customer journey with speed and agility begins with identifying and understanding even the most subtle shifts in search patterns in real-time and optimizing accordingly.”Marketing Technology News: PDI Launches PDI Marketing Cloud Solutions to Broadly Serve Needs of Convenience Retailers and Petroleum Wholesalers Pioneering Innovation Allows Marketers to Research at Scale and Optimize at Lightning PaceBrightEdge, the global leader in organic search and content performance, unveiled BrightEdge Instant, a revolutionary set of innovations that transforms how search marketers drive performance at scale. BrightEdge Instant is the industry’s first and most powerful real-time SEO solution that empowers marketers to utilize real-time insights and take action to optimize content all within one unified platform. This is something that has been never done before.last_img read more

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inRiver Helps Customers Publish Product Information Across Key Marketplaces Faster and Easier

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first_imgNew Summer Release Helps Product Marketers With the Functionality That Helps Them Stock, Merchandise, and Optimize the Digital ShelfinRiver, leading product information management (PIM) company, announced the addition of syndication capabilities to its comprehensive portfolio along with other major technology updates around enterprise readiness and extensibility. These updates, specifically the addition of syndication capabilities, solidify inRiver as the only one-stop-shop SaaS PIM solution currently on the market.inRiver’s new syndication abilities will allow customers to distribute their product content anywhere at any time, including countless online marketplaces and retailers.“The added syndication functionality of inRiver is going to transform the ways in which enterprise organizations use PIM today to market and sell products,” said Mathieu Kittel-Hudon, PIM practice lead at Absolunet. “The ability for merchants to be more autonomous when it comes to configuring omnichannel exports changes the game for e-commerce and merchandising teams.”Marketing Technology News: SureDone Enhances Automation Engine to Support Marketplaces and Complex IntegrationsAdditional benefits for inRiver customersExpanded content segmentation functionality for large enterprises serve multiple brands and divisionsSingle-sign-on and security assertion markup language (SAML) eliminates the need for users to remember passwords, increased security with a single point of authentication, and a standardized format that allows seamless authentication between systemsApplication templates allow users to extend or customize iPMC with their own or third party applicationsA REST application program interface (API) allows users to build integrations in any code language. It enables customized interfaces within iPMC to provide a strong framework for interface templates like application templates or in-context editing, and extends enrich PDF/preview templates with information from other entitiesUpdated adapters for EPiserver Commerce, Salesforce Commerce Cloud, schema-based outbound, and delimited import for greater extensibility.Marketing Technology News: Native Mobile Apps Market Expanding Massively by 2020“The needs of successful enterprise organizations never slow down,” said Eric Waller, CTO and EVP of products, inRiver. “This latest release of inRiver PIM offers our enterprise clients robust functionality to meet their evolving needs including syndication, content segmentation, rest API, application templates, and single sign-on. As our clients innovate and expand into new markets and geographies, we will grow with them and support them.”Marketing Technology News: Monetate Exceeds $2 Billion in Influenced Revenue and Unveils New Brand Identity and Leadership at Cannes Lions 2019 AbsolunetinRiverMarketing TechnologyNewsproduct information managementSaaS PIM solution Previous ArticleNew Benchmark Report Confirms the Power of Localized Social Marketing in Franchise Brand GrowthNext ArticleAbsolutdata Named Best Overall AI-Based Analytics Company in 2019 AI Breakthrough Awards Program inRiver Helps Customers Publish Product Information Across Key Marketplaces Faster and Easier Than Ever MTS Staff WriterJune 27, 2019, 7:43 pmJune 27, 2019 last_img read more

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GCOM Software Announces Ernie Connon as New Chief Growth Officer

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first_img Ernie ConnonGCOM SoftwareKamal BherwaniMarketing Technology NewsNews Previous ArticleBlackstone Announces Agreement to Acquire Vungle, a Leading Mobile Performance Marketing PlatformNext ArticleIntroducing Shutterstock Elements, Thousands of Cinema-Grade Video Effects for Filmmakers GCOM Software Announces Ernie Connon as New Chief Growth Officer Business WireJuly 16, 2019, 10:30 pmJuly 16, 2019 Experienced software executive added to accelerate growthGCOM Software Inc (“GCOM”) announced that Ernie Connon, a well-known technology leader, will join the company as its new Chief Growth Officer (CGO), effective immediately. Mr. Connon brings a wealth of experience as a technology entrepreneur and company builder. He has led successful go-to-market strategies and delivered triple-digit growth for companies including Curam Software, Inc., Oracle, and IBM. In his role as CGO – a first for GCOM, Mr. Connon will be responsible for business development, sales, marketing and partnerships, with a goal of integrating these disciplines into a holistic go-to-market strategy to propel the company forward.Marketing Technology News: Accelerators Launched for Rapid Execution and Faster Time to MarketConnon’s career spans more than 30 years in the information technology business where he has served as Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of several high-growth, venture capital and private equity-funded companies, and led them through multiple funding rounds and subsequent acquisition by such companies as IBM and Oracle. At both IBM and Oracle, he went on to lead global business development and sales teams in pursuit of continued revenue growth. He joins GCOM after successful stints as President of Curam Software Inc. and President and CEO Of SiteHawk LLC, the pre-eminent global supplier of cloud-based chemical data management solutions. Most recently, he was the Founder and Managing Partner of Alba Advisors, a specialized consulting firm serving technology companies.center_img Marketing Technology News: Brave Expands Advertising Platform to Mobile Devices and Launches Brave Ads Certified Vendor Program“Ernie’s leadership and track record in government software and services is extremely relevant to our market strategy and growth,” said Kamal Bherwani, GCOM CEO. “Having Ernie as part of our executive team will help us align market dynamics, customer needs and buyer behavior into an integrated ‘voice of the customer’ across the company to ensure that GCOM remains agile and responsive to our evolving marketplace.”“I relish the opportunity to work with the GCOM team to grow and enhance the company’s reputation as an innovative technology partner,” said Connon. “Building upon its great track record, I look forward to bringing an increased strategic focus to marketing and sales across GCOM as part of its industry and geographic expansion.”Marketing Technology News: M-Commerce Not Living up to Consumer Expectations, New Research Findslast_img read more

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Shatrughan Sinhas Wife to Take on Rajnath Singh in Lucknow as SPBSP

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first_img BJPBSPLok Sabha elections 2019lucknow-s24p35 First Published: April 16, 2019, 2:12 PM IST | Edited by: Zoya Mateen Lucknow: Poonam Sinha, wife of actor-turned politician Shatrugan Sinha will be contesting against Union Minister Rajnath Singh from Lucknow parliamentary constituency on a Samajwadi Party (SP) ticket with Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP)’s support.The SP, which got Lucknow in its kitty under the BSP-SP-RLD alliance seat distribution, had been busy finding a suitable candidate to give a tough fight to Singh. Earlier, Shatrughan Sinha had met with SP chief Akhilesh Yadav to discuss the candidature of his wife. The Patna Sahib BJP MP Sinha had recently switched camps and is now contesting from there on a Congress ticket. According to sources, the Congress is likely to extend support to Sinha’s candidature, with the aim to dent BJP’s votes and keep Singh confined to his constituency. The grand old party’s decision to not field any candidate from the state capital paves way for a one-on-one face-off between Singh and Poonam Sinha.There are four lakh Kayastha voters and 1.3 lakh Sindhi voters in Lucknow, apart from 3.5 lakh Muslims. The fact that Poonam Sinha is a Sindhi while her husband Shatrughan Sinha is a Kayastha is expected to give a major push to her candidature.She is likely to file her nomination on April 18, which also the last day of nomination for the fifth phase of polling, scheduled for May 6.The Lucknow parliamentary seat is considered to be a BJP bastion and has been its stronghold since the Atal Bihari Vajpayee era. After Vajpayee, this seat was won by Lalji Tandon and then by Singh in 2014. last_img read more

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Jacqueline Fernandez Shows Off Her Toned Beach Body in a Barbie Swimsuit

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first_img Jacqueline FernandezJacqueline Fernandez beach bodyJacqueline Fernandez fashionJacqueline Fernandez film Drive First Published: June 12, 2019, 7:16 PM IST On the work front, Jacqueline will be seen making her digital debut with Netflix’s Mrs. Serial Killer. The film is directed by Shirish Kunder and produced by his wife Farah Khan. Jacqueline will also be seen next in Drive, opposite Sushant Singh Rajput. She even has Kick 2, opposite Salman Khan, in her kitty.Follow @News18Movies for more Actress Jacqueline Fernandez is currently enjoying a vacation with her sister at some seaside destination, and has been putting up sun-kissed pictures on Instagram. She also seemed to be celebrating her sister’s birthday while on vacation, posing with her in many of the photos.The Kick actress posted a long birthday wish for her sister, alongwith photos of the two of them sunbathing on a yacht. In one of the photos, she is wearing a pink swimsuit with the word ‘Barbie’ written across it. She completed her vacay look with sunglasses and a high ponytail. Jacqueline’s sister also posed alongwith her in the photo, looking equally amazing in a light pink swimsuit.”Happy bday to my sissy poo Geri!! To always being nature babies, working on our bikini bodies but also never giving up on our coffee and croissants in the morning, wearing sunscreen (always!) and dancing like funny man in his thong! I love you,” she captioned the post. In another photograph, she is on a yacht and looks pretty in a floral dress. last_img read more

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Rahul Gandhi Congratulates PM Modi Says Will Respect Peoples Mandate

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India to Term Ecigarettes as Drug And Ban Them Here Are Other

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first_img e cigarette banIndia to ban e-cigaretteneural stem cellsNicotine First Published: July 3, 2019, 5:06 PM IST New Delhi: The Ministry of Health, Government of India, has come to the conclusion that e-cigarettes and devices of similar nature will be classified as a ‘drug’ in India under the Drugs and Cosmetics Act and subsequently should be banned.Recognising their harmful effects, the Health Ministry has decided to ban the nicotine inhalers that have gained popularity among smokers in recent years. Incidentally, some states, including Punjab, Haryana, Kerala, Mizoram, Karnataka, and Jammu and Kashmir, have already banned e-cigarettes as an unapproved drug. The decision comes close at the heels of a study which too has highlighted the risks of smoking e-cigarettes. Often used as an alternative to traditional smoking, the study, published in the journal iScience found that e-cigarettes produce a stress response in neural stem cells, which are critical cells in the brain.This is, however, not the first time that a decision to ban e-cigarettes have been made. In March of 2019, the Delhi High Court stayed the government’s efforts to ban e-cigarettes. According to the India’s Trade Ministry, there is no legal basis to ban imports of the device and the government’s possible decision to classify it as an unapproved drug could become the necessary legal basis to do so.Notably, e-cigarettes are devices that heat a liquid (containing nicotine and other flavouring agents) into aerosol that the users inhale.Even as India gets ready to effectively ban the e-cigarette, its regulation across other nations are varied.E-cigarettes are illegal in Japan, forcing the market to use heat-not-burn tobacco products for cigarette alternatives, while other places have introduced strict restrictions and in places like UK, they have licensed devices as medicines.However, no new vaping devices have been granted a medical license that is commercially sold or available by prescription in the UK since February 2018.The legal status of e-cigarettes is currently pending in many countries. Many countries such as Brazil, Singapore, the Seychelles, and Uruguay have banned e-cigarettes, while, even though Canada banned vaping, e-cigarettes are still sold widely in the country.There are more than 40 countries that have some type of ban on vaping — either use, sales or importation, or a combination, with prohibition being most common in Asia, the Middle East, and South America as well as in Australia. For countries banning e-cigarettes, they follow the World Health Organization (WHO) and its tobacco control arm the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC) have encouraged restrictions and bans on e-cigarettes since the earliest products were introduced.Here are a few countries and their status regarding e-cigarette use:-Argentina: Legal to use, illegal to sell-Brazil: Legal to use, illegal to sell-Mexico: Legal to use, illegal to sell. However, there is a thriving vaping community in the country.-Nicaragua: Banned-United States: Legal to use, legal to sell — but sales of products produced after Aug.8, 2016 are prohibited without a marketing order from the FDA. Furthermore, the mayor of San Francisco has signed an ordinance that effectively bans e-cigarette sales within the city — the first of its kind in the United States.-Venezuela: Legal to use, illegal to sell, except approved medical products-Bhutan: Legal to use, illegal to sell-Cambodia: Banned-India: A ban is being set up to take place.-Japan: Legal to use, legal to sell devices, illegal to sell nicotine-containing liquid.-North Korea: Believed to be banned-Malaysia: Though sales are banned, Malaysia has a thriving vaping market.-Nepal: Legal to use, illegal to sell-Singapore: Banned-Sri Lanka: Legal to use, illegal to sell-Thailand: Legal to use, illegal to sell.-Turkmenistan: Banned-Turkey: Legal to use, illegal to import or sell.-Australia: Legal to use, illegal to sell nicotine. In Australia, possessing or selling nicotine is illegal without a doctor’s prescription, but except in one state (Western Australia) vaping devices are legal to sell.-Norway: Legal to use, illegal to sell nicotine-Vatican City: Believed to be banned-Egypt: Legal to use, illegal to sell-Iran: Believed to be legal to use, definitely illegal to sell-Qatar: Banned-Saudi Arabia: Legal to use, illegal to selllast_img read more

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Rahul Gandhi Best Person to Lead Party Too Premature to Write Congs

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first_imgNew Delhi: Rahul Gandhi is the best person to pull the Congress out of its predicament following the setback in the Lok Sabha polls, says party leader Shashi Tharoor while declaring that his party is “alive and kicking” and it is too premature to write its obituary. The Congress has no time to sit and lick its wounds as it must immediately pick itself up for the upcoming state elections, Tharoor told PTI. The party faces an existential crisis with the party president adamant on his decision to quit after the poll debacle — winning just 52 Lok Sabha seats — and its state governments facing an uncertain future. Tharoor, who scored an electoral hat-trick by winning from the Thiruvanathapuram seat in the Lok Sabha polls, also said he is ready to take on the job of the Congress’ leader in the Lok Sabha if offered the post.The Congress still represents the only credible national alternative to the BJP and it will take its message to the country, hopefully under Gandhi’s leadership, he said.In his view, the Gandhi-Nehru family will continue to command “great clout and respect” within the party, on the basis of the tremendous contributions it has made in shaping and guiding the party since Independence.The former Union minister said Gandhi has led the party from the front and still has far more to offer to the party.Asked about Gandhi’s offer to resign and if he was still Congress’ best bet in terms of leadership, Tharoor said attempts in the media to pin all the blame for the party’s electoral setback on his shoulders are simplistic and unfair.”I think it does a disservice to the very complex challenges facing the Congress party to reduce it to a question of one person.”While Rahulji has bravely taken full responsibility for the defeat, we all are responsible for what went wrong and we all have a responsibility to ensure the party’s revival,” the 63-year-old leader said.Gandhi will easily beat any other interested candidate by a landslide if the party decides to hold a free and fair election tomorrow for the position of party president, he claimed.”That is the kind of place he has built in the hearts of the rank and file of the Congress party and therefore, to my mind, he still undoubtedly remains the best person to help rally the party out of the predicament it finds itself in and help us collectively move forward,” Tharoor said.Asked whether a non-Gandhi could lead the party, Tharoor said others can rise to prominent positions in the Congress and a case in point is that the last two Congress prime ministers were not Gandhis.”Still, I have no doubt the Gandhi-Nehru family will continue to command great clout and respect within the party, just on the basis of the tremendous contributions they have made in shaping and guiding the party since Independence,” the former diplomat said.Two former prime ministers from the Gandhi family — Indira Gandhi and Rajiv Gandhi — even sacrificed their lives for the nation and this is the proud legacy to which Rahul Gandhi is heir, he said.Asked if the Congress still remains a credible alternative to the BJP, he said, “It’s far too premature to write any obituary for the party as Kerala and Punjab have shown, we are very much alive and kicking.”Despite Congress’ poor showing across the country, the party performed well in Kerala and Punjab, winning 15 and eight seats respectively.”I strongly believe that we have no time to sit and lick our wounds and must instead pick up again immediately and effectively not least because we have several state elections coming up, some of which are four or five months away,” he said.Elections are due in the states of Jharkhand, Haryana and Maharashtra later this year.Tharoor said he strongly disagreed with Swaraj India leader Yogendra Yadav’s recent “ill-considered” statement that the “Congress must die”.”I genuinely and passionately believe that what the Congress stands for and offers the nation is fundamentally indispensable to the future of the country,” he said.The Congress represents an alternate vision of the idea of India, an inclusive and pluralist vision, that reflects truly the heart and soul of the country, Tharoor said.Asked if he would take up the role of Congress leader in the Lok Sabha, he said, “If offered, certainly I would, but that is not for me to determine. It is clear, though, that since so many of our stalwarts have lost these elections, those of us who remain will have to pull our weight and take on extra responsibility. I am ready for that.”Talking about polarisation playing a role in elections, Tharoor said certainly the party has to understand why voters chose not to vote in their economic self-interest.With unemployment at a 45-year high, farmers in such distress that record numbers are committing suicide, and small and micro enterprises are shutting down all over the country, one would think that economics would decide the election, he said.”…Why should a young man who voted for Mr Modi in 2014 in the hope of getting a job vote for him again in 2019 when he still doesn’t have a job? And yet he did,” Tharoor said.”Undoubtedly, the increasing religious polarisation was a factor. But it is not the whole story, I think. The larger-than-life personality cult around the PM seems to have convinced some voters that he is the only one to lead the country and keep it safe from real and imagined enemies, within and without,” he said. congressRahul Gandhishashi tharoor First Published: May 28, 2019, 2:35 PM ISTlast_img read more

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Synthetic Milk Racket Busted in MP 62 Held for Manufacturing Distributing to

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first_img The arrested persons were allegedly supplying highly toxic synthetic milk and milk products like ‘mawa’ and cottage cheese to branded outlets in Delhi, Madhya Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan and Haryana, he said. madhya pradeshmilksynthetic milk First Published: July 20, 2019, 3:39 PM IST Bhopal: Madhya Pradesh police have busted a racket involved in manufacturing synthetic milk and other products and distributing them to branded outlets in various states, a police officer said Saturday, adding that 62 people have been arrested.The Special Task Force (STF) Friday raided factories based at Ambah in Morena district and Lahar in Bhind district of the Gwalior-Chambal region, around 400 kms from here, Superintendent of Police Rajesh Bhadoriya told PTI. Police seized huge quantity of chemicals and preservatives besides around 10,000 litres of synthetic milk, over 500 kg of spurious ‘mawa’ or condensed milk and around200 kgs synthetic cottage cheese in the operation.center_img “As many as 20 tankers and 11 pick-up vans containing spurious milk and other products were seized,” the SP said. Synthetic milk was being supplied to various areas inMP, UP and Rajasthan located closer to Morena and Bhind districts while other synthetic products to farther districts. “A huge quantity of liquid shampoo, detergent, refined oil, maltodextrin powder, sodium thiosulfate and other chemicals were seized during the raids,” the SP said, adding that the accused were using high quantity of preservatives.He said STF sleuths also raided a dozen other locations on Saturday but found these premises locked. last_img read more

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Facebook is using AI to create the worlds most detailed population maps

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first_img Editors’ Recommendations Chicago’s trash-eating river robot is a glimpse into the future of crowdsourcing Google’s Street View cars are helping build a giant map of global air pollution Amal and George Clooney want to change the world. Can Microsoft help? Your weather app may not be as reliable as you thought. Here’s why. Facebook launches new changes against hate and discrimination. Are they enough? It’s probably fair to say that Facebook hasn’t had a banner year when it comes to good publicity. What just a few years ago seemed like a benevolent and cool tech giant is often now cast in a negative light, largely due to the lingering effects of controversies like the Cambridge Analytica scandal. But Facebook is working hard to show that that its expertise in A.I. has a valuable role to play as a force for good in the world.With that in mind, A.I. experts and data scientists at Facebook have today shown off the world’s most accurate population density maps yet created. Building on work that dates back to 2016, the company has unveiled maps covering the majority of the African continent. Eventually, it says that this will expand to map nearly the whole world’s population. This will allow humanitarian agencies to determine how populations are distributed even in remote areas; opening up new opportunities for healthcare and relief workers to be able to distribute aid where necessary.“[Our population density maps] are 3x more detailed than any other population map available,” James Gill, a software engineer at Facebook, told Digital Trends. “On the technology side, we have to address data infrastructure on a massive scale, developing spatial algorithms that work with interesting computation graph topologies, novel labeling techniques, and apply state-of-the-art research in machine learning … On the impact side, our work informs life-saving service delivery like vaccination delivery and natural disaster response. So it’s very exciting both from a technical perspective, as well as from an impact perspective.”Facebook stressed that no Facebook user data has been, or will be, used in the project. The population maps are instead based on census and satellite data, which contain no personally identifiable information. To create its dwelling-spotting A.I., the company built a tool that can take extremely high-resolution satellite data (50 cm of land per pixel) and then cross-reference it with census data to build up an accurate picture of how many people live in an area. While this could be done manually using satellite images, it would be incredibly time-consuming and tedious. Facebook’s algorithms can achieve the same thing with an accuracy level of 99.6 percent.The results are interesting from a computer science perspective. From a human perspective, however, they could be life-saving in a humanitarian situation. See, this is kind the of Facebook we want to see more of!last_img read more

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