Carlsberg and Brooklyn Brewery open craft beer site in Lithuania

first_imgCarlsberg and Brooklyn Brewery open craft beer site in LithuaniaPosted By: Jules Scullyon: July 06, 2018In: Alcohol, Beverage, Industries, ManufacturingPrintEmailCarlsberg and Brooklyn Brewery have continued their craft beer collaboration as they begin production at a new brewery in Lithuania.Following a three-year construction project in the city of Klaipėda, the new facility opened its doors as the site of Švyturys Brewery – part of the Carlsberg Group.The joint investment, which was announced last year, strengthens the partnership between Brooklyn and Carlsberg as they aim to “excel in the European craft beer market”.The renovated brewery will brew craft and specialty beers for the Švyturys and Raudonos Plytos brands, created together alongside brewers from Brooklyn Brewery.Švyturys-Utenos Alus managing director Rolandas Virsilas said: “Today the Švyturys Brewery embarks on a new journey, changing a closed and outdated brewing space into a modern, open and social place – where it is all about brewing the perfect craft beer.“Our ambition is to nurture and support the rich beer culture in Lithuania and to make Švyturys Brewery the centre of this culture not only within Lithuania, but also in the entire Baltic region.“I am sure that this day also marks the beginning of a greater change within the brewing market of Lithuania.”Brooklyn Brewery president Robin Ottaway said: “In Klaipėda, we found a passionate group of brewers who wanted to introduce new styles and flavours to beer enthusiasts in Lithuania. It was natural for us to partner with like-minded brewers, who also want to advance a good beer culture.”Švyturys-Utenos Alus marketing manager Andrius Bagdzevicius added: “We shall demonstrate the brewing process, educate about beer heritage and food pairing combinations, as well as offer tastings to all visitors.  From now on brewing will be part of the socialising experience for guests. It will be a truly special place in Klaipėda.”Švyturys Brewery is the third major joint project between the Brooklyn Brewery and the Carlsberg Group in Europe. They have also opened similar craft breweries in Sweden, the UK and Norway.Share with your network: Tags: Brooklyn BreweryCarlsbergcraft beerLithuaniaŠvyturys Brewerylast_img read more

Valeo Foods acquires Tangerine for over £100m – reports

first_imgValeo Foods acquires Tangerine for over £100m – reportsPosted By: Martin Whiteon: August 10, 2018In: Business, Confectionery, Food, Industries, Mergers & Acquisitions, SnacksPrintEmailValeo Foods Group has reportedly agreed to acquire Tangerine Confectionery from private equity firm Blackstone in a £100m-plus deal.The merger will add the Barratt, Dip Dab and Fruit Salad confectionery brands to Valeo’s Big Bear Confectionery portfolio, which Valeo acquired from Raisio in 2017 for €100 million.Big Bear Confectionery includes brands such as Fox’s Glacier Mints and Poppets, and this acquisition will further enhance Valeo’s position in the UK’s confectionery market.As a result of the deal, Valeo has added Tangerine’s five UK confectionery production sites in Liverpool, York, Blackpool, Pontefract and Cleckheaton to its UK production network.Last year, Tangerine sold its Butterkist popcorn brand to KP Snacks for an undisclosed sum, as the company claimed that it wanted to focus on developing its core confectionery business.Valeo currently operates in 90 markets worldwide, and owns brands such as Rowse honey, Balconi and Jacob’s.Share with your network: Tags: confectioneryTangerine ConfectioneryUKValeo Foodslast_img read more

Ocado invests £17m in vertical farming forms new joint venture

first_imgOcado invests £17m in vertical farming, forms new joint venturePosted By: Contributoron: June 11, 2019In: Agriculture, Business, Food, Industries, Mergers & Acquisitions, Retail, TechnologyPrintEmailOcado has announced two investments totalling £17 million in vertical farming as it aims to become a leader in the emerging industry.The British online grocer has completed the acquisition of a 58% stake in Jones Food Company (JFC), a vertical farm based in Scunthorpe, England, that currently produces leafy greens and herbs – and is expected to grow its capacity to 420 tonnes per annum.With more than 5,000 square metres of production area, JFC has plans in place to expand crop types and production across the UK.Ocado has also formed a joint venture called Infinite Acres with US vertical farming business 80 Acres Farms and Netherlands-based industrial systems provider Priva. Each partner will hold one-third of the joint venture’s equity.Vertical farming involves the production of food in indoor facilities where crops are grown on a series of levels in a precisely controlled environment.Ocado highlighted the sustainability advantages of vertical farming, including low water use, minimal land use and predictable yields of produce year-round.“We believe that our investments today in vertical farming will allow us to address fundamental consumer concerns on freshness and sustainability and build on new technologies that will revolutionise the way customers access fresh produce,” said Tim Steiner, Ocado CEO.“Our hope ultimately is to co-locate vertical farms within or next to our CFCs and Ocado Zoom’s micro fulfilment centres so that we can offer the very freshest and most sustainable produce that could be delivered to a customer’s kitchen within an hour of it being picked.”JFC CEO James Lloyd-Jones said: “JFC is delighted that Ocado has chosen to partner and invest with us. We are certain that the combination of their world-leading logistics and automation systems coupled with our advanced growing technology will transform the way customers experience fresh produce – delivered fresh to their door a matter of hours from ordering.“JFC has always been committed to minimising the environmental impact of agricultural production and we see this partnership accelerating our ambitious growth strategy to make a wider variety of vertically farmed produce available to even more customers. We are very excited and looking forward to a bold and ambitious future as part of the Ocado Group.”Earlier this year, Ocado announced the creation of a new 50/50 online grocery joint venture with British retailer Marks and Spencer (M&S).Under the deal, M&S is acquiring a 50% share of Ocado’s UK retail business for a total consideration of up to £750 million, including a deferred consideration of up to £187.5 million.Share with your network: Tags: OcadoUKvertical farminglast_img read more

Tropical storm Florence likely to become a hurricane forecasters say

first_imgLast modified on Tue 11 Sep 2018 09.34 EDT Shares1717 Since you’re here… Tropical storm Florence likely to become a hurricane, forecasters say Bermuda Sat 8 Sep 2018 15.12 EDT Share on Twitter Hurricanes Tropical storm Florence is becoming a “better organized” weather system that will likely strengthen into a hurricane late on Saturday, weather forecasters said.The National Hurricane Center (NHC) said the storm was expected to become a “major hurricane” by Tuesday as it passes between Bermuda and the Bahamas. The storm is expected to approach the south-east US coast on Thursday.Officials in North Carolina are already bracing for impact. South Carolina governor Henry McMaster declared a state of emergency on Saturday, in order to give his state time to prepare for the possible arrival of a hurricane. Share via Email Share on Facebook McMaster emphasized that there is no way to know yet when and where the storm will hit land, or when evacuations might be called.On Friday, North Carolina governor Roy Cooper declared a state of emergency and urged residents to use the weekend to prepare for the possibility of a natural disaster.“We are entering the peak of hurricane season and we know well the unpredictability and power of these storms,” Cooper said.Swells generated by Florence could cause dangerous rip currents and coastal flooding on Saturday in areas including coastal Delaware and New Jersey, the National Weather Service said.At 11am ET, the Miami-based NHC said Florence’s maximum sustained winds were estimated to be 65mph. The storm was centered about 835 miles south-east of Bermuda and moving west at 7mph. Share on Messenger Read more Bahamas Reuse this content This article is more than 10 months old This article is more than 10 months old Share on Twitter news Support The Guardian Natural disasters and extreme weather Topics US weather Hurricanes South Carolina … we have a small favour to ask. The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.More people are reading and supporting The Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we have chosen an approach that allows us to keep our journalism accessible to all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford. But we need your ongoing support to keep working as we do.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism, to maintain our openness and to protect our precious independence. Every reader contribution, big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Share on WhatsApp Share on LinkedIn Share on Facebook North and South Carolina declare states of emergencyStorm expected to hit south-eastern US on Thursday Share via Email Associated Press in Miami Share on Pinterest North Carolina A satellite image shows tropical storm Florence as the closest squall to the US mainland.Photograph: Jose Romero/AFP/Getty Images Hurricane season may be even worse in 2018 after a harrowing 2017last_img read more

Democrats bear some blame for the TrumpKim summit collapse

first_imgIt is a genuinely historic opportunity, and for liberals to undermine it because they can’t stomach the idea of Trump receiving a Nobel peace prize is shameful | Pick Facebook | Pick Laughattheleft Wed 20 Mar 2019 11.27 EDT Share on Twitter Share on Facebook 20 21 21 Mar 2019 1:50 Facebook 21 Mar 2019 1:19 | Pick Swan17 | Pick Share on Facebook Report Share on Facebook 16 17 … 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. Support The Guardian Topics Reply Opinion Swan17 JohnFallhammer Reply Sign in or create your Guardian account to recommend a comment Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share via Email 2 3 Twitter Matt M 21 Mar 2019 1:19 Facebook | Pick Twitter Facebook KedarB Reply Reply 1 2 Order by oldest 21 Mar 2019 0:54 funnies Share Show 25 Share on Facebook 50 100 Reply But, but, I was assured by Trump nation this situation was totally solved several months back. MoonlightTiger expanded 6 7 1 2 Report 21 Mar 2019 2:21 Share cookcounty 21 Mar 2019 0:19 Facebook Lucasian Share on Facebook stevetyphoon Report DavePup Reply | Pick Twitter Share on Facebook unthreaded marshwren Share on Twitter Share oldest Report Share on Facebook Facebook 21 Mar 2019 17:40 Report You and I might agree but to some it would be more important to bash Trump and/or the US. Very sad state of affairs. William Anthony … 21 Mar 2019 0:27 24 25 Right, likely Mussolini making the trains run on time. Hitler building the autobahn. Hip hip hoorah! Infantile notion. Facebook joel76 I love your sarcasm. 21 Mar 2019 2:55 pereubu2000 Twitter I wish life was as easy as passing on the blame to others. What happened to the master negotiator? This may be the most ridiculous “take” on any world event in the history of writing…..Did the GOP do anything but undermine and submarine anything Obama did on EVERYTHING? You want the dems to help your causes now? The dems are 100% right to oppose this farce. They are under no obligation to help the sycophants in the GOP stroke Donny’s ego…And “believe me”….it’s NOT what the voters want…The failure is 100% Trumps and his enablers in the GOP….. 21 Mar 2019 0:34 Share on Facebook Sometimes it is the right thing to do to walk away. If there is no prospect of a deal now then don’t do anything that might jeopardise a deal in the future. HistoryHacker Share on Twitter Share on Twitter | Pick 4 Reply | Pick Facebook Reply Report The South Koreans elected Moon on a promise of rapprochement with the North in 2017. He thenjump-started the process with a meeting in April 2018. President Trump only got involved after Moon told him what was going on, possibly to glom the credit for any progress that was made. Before Trump got to meet Kim, for example, the Koreans fielded a joint team in the World Table-tennis Championships. Reply It’s not so much about ‘negotiation’ as it is about ‘diplomacy’. Trump is like the marathoner who never trains, doesn’t learn how to compete by studying the competition, and only shows up for the title or medal race by being chauffeured to the finish line as the others arrive after 26 miles of running. And expects to be declared the winner for his ‘efforts’.Negotiation is the final stage towards completion (an Agreement, Protocol, Treaty); before then is the hard work of establishing not only the defined parameters of what’s being negotiated, but more importantly an incremental step-by-step process of establishing credibility and trust, without which, there’s no point scheduling ‘negotiations’.Btw, my first real job was local civil service; in four years i negotiated three contracts (the first was the full contract, the others were wage and benefit issues only). I won’t pretend this is on par with bilateral diplomacy, but it is far more experience than most people ever have with the process.That said, perhaps you’d care to explain what it is i allegedly don’t know about “negotiation”, specifically in the context of the unrequited bromance of the Dear Leaders. CitizenWise Reply Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Report Reply Share on Twitter Share Good article. Let us also not forget the Cohen hearings that were going on simultaneously. They could have been held after the summit. He is not starting his prison sentence until May. The hearings gave the enemy the impression that it is a house divided. 21 Mar 2019 0:40 It’s a facile and extreme comparison, but ultimately holds water whether you like it or not. Let’s say Trump’s rather less nefarious desire for a peace prize above his fireplace had led to peace of the Korean Peninsular, wouldn’t that outcome outweigh the intent? 21 Mar 2019 5:35 Facebook | Pick | Pick | Pick Share on Facebook Share on Facebook 4 5 21 Mar 2019 0:29 Guardian Pick Wellfitbooty Matt M Share funnies Duncan_Idaho Share on Facebook Twitter PrinceVlad Twitter Chris Wright Share Share on Facebook 16 17 Share Share on Facebook aeris2001x2 Share on Facebook Reply heavenairport Share As much as i appreciate satire, the fact still remains that being in denial about the evil of our comic book villain president is what’s ‘childish and myopic’. Report Twitter Report Share on Twitter 15 16 Don’t be daft. Look at the United States since the Contract with America. It’s been this way for at least 25 years. Twitter 21 Mar 2019 21:58 Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Report gottliebvera | Pick Report Report Share on Twitter 72 73 Let me get this right…Trump is a narcissist and terrible deal maker. Bolton tacked loads of extra demands onto the deal.But it’s still the Democrats fault. Some folk will never accept responsibility for being shite. Seems to be fairly common amongst the political class, ie May, Raab, Grayling etc etc Share on Facebook Share on Facebook Facebook vammyp Report Facebook Report Reply Rule no 1 of a negotiation is to understand what each party wants and what each party will accept. Not doing his homework was irresponsible at best. | Pick newest | Pick Twitter PrinceVlad 21 Mar 2019 21:36 popgoesthepop 55 56 Facebook Complete and utter bullshit. Nixon was a deeply reviled president when he went to China, but that trip succeeded because it came at the end of a years-long process of painstaking negotiations which allowed Tricky and Mao to finalize a treaty.Our Dear Leader’s photo-op gloriously failed because it was just that–an over-sold, over-hyped photo-op that was the first step in a process that should have started in secret and ended with a treaty, as it did with Nixon.There’s only one person who bears all of the responsibility for the failure of Donnie’s Big Bromance with Lil’Kim, and that’s Trump himself. He didn’t do his homework, but promoted the lie that, despite his profound ignorance and arrogance, the force of his personality alone would overwhelm Kim to the point of getting him to sign anything sight-unseen. A lie openly aided and abetted by the breathless M$M coverage that dominated every news cycle up to the anti-climatic point of abject failure.As for blaming “Democrats”, the author would have done better to acknowledge the difference between wanting Donnie to fail, and merely noting that given the inferior skill set he brought to the table made failure the most predictable inevitability, without necessarily wishing it.All-in-all, it’s very disappointing to see The Graun descend to such substandard ‘journalism’. cookcounty Twitter | Pick Twitter It’s fuck all to do with anyone but Trump and Kim. What on earth is the G doing publishing guff like this? 2 3 cookcounty Share on Twitter Very droll. | Pick Reply | Pick | Pick Twitter | Pick Report Joe Dert Facebook CharlieBull Share on Twitter 1 Stopping the risk of nuclear war there is more important then petty politics. 21 Mar 2019 0:37 Share morton22 And that is a criticism, how? There are over a dozen individuals currently competing for the Democratic nomination, so of course there is no one clear message regarding foreign policy, the economy, immigration. Dems have over 18 months to choose the messages that are the loudest, clearest and best. At least wait for someone to win the nomination. Jeez. Share on Twitter collapsed 6 7 Reply Share on Twitter Reply Share vammyp Twitter 6 7 Facebook Share on Facebook Share on Facebook Twitter | Pick Twitter | Pick 13 14 Twitter Share Reply Twitter Share on Twitter | Pick Twitter PaulinJapan Democrats bear some blame for the Trump-Kim summit collapse Reply Share on Twitter Report As for what the ultimate failure of this peace process would mean for those most affected by it – the millions of Koreans who have lived under the threat of violence for more than 50 years, people who would like to see their civilization made whole again one day – these alleged progressives have had much less to say. The Korean war has long been an enormous blank spot in the average American’s historical awareness (unlike the ceaselessly mourned and debated and sentimentalized Vietnam war), and today that lack of awareness persists in politicians’ remarks and journalists’ commentary on the peace process, which have overwhelmingly focused on the eccentricities, bombast and hairstyling choices of the two national leaders. To hear these people tell it, the worst possible outcome of the peace process would be that Trump receives some friendly news coverage or even gets an award that he didn’t quite deserve on the merits.This is childish and myopic, and it speaks to the intellectual void at the party’s center that the most Democrats have offered the peace process so far is hysterical rhetoric about North Korean leadership that has been stale for upwards of 25 years. Demonizing Trump was a poor substitute for having any useful policy proposals in the 2016 presidential election, and it’s a poor substitute for substantive foreign policy thinking today. Just before the Hanoi summit, a group of 20 progressive House Democrats that includes Ro Khanna and Barbara Lee introduced a resolution supporting the peace process and calling for an end to the Korean war. This was an encouraging sign, but its sponsors remain on the outer margins of the party’s leadership and power structure. If Democrats want to improve America’s international relationships anytime soon, those progressives will need to push their way to the party’s center as soon as possible.Richard Beck is an associate editor at N+1 Have a recommend. 1 2 ghstwrtrx7 Share Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share Report | Pick Shares8383 William Anthony Facebook Reply | Pick Share on Facebook All Share on Facebook Share on Facebook Facebook | Pick Report William Anthony 21 Mar 2019 0:11 Twitter Wellfitbooty tomword 21 Mar 2019 0:26 I think they should have had a beach wedding in Waikiki with a burger buffet reception and a honeymoon in Tahiti. Lovely couple. 21 Mar 2019 22:18 Twitter 6 7 Share | Pick 3 4 33 34 Reply Reply Report Share on Twitter 0 1 Twitter Reply Share North Korea Share on Messenger Report | Pick Reply 4 5 | Pick Share on LinkedIn 8 9 Facebook MoonlightTiger Facebook Share on Facebook 21 Mar 2019 1:26 Share on Twitter Twitter 21 Mar 2019 0:32 Twitter Show 3 more replies funnies 21 Mar 2019 0:13 19 20 Reply 3 | Pick Ricardo111 21 Mar 2019 0:24 Reply Share on Facebook 21 Mar 2019 0:08 True, not good enough for Nobel Peace prize so I’m walking. If trump was really interested in Peace he’d have stayed and tried harder. Con man can’t win NPP. Fishgirl23 Report Trump, wanting a distraction from all his self-made problems back in the States, thought that a popularity booster of a summit with Kim Jeong Eun would help him. What happened was he was badly prepared and the foundations were not laid for him to just waltz in there and sign something, have some photos taken and then for everyone to adore him after. Yes, he was distracted by watching the Cohen enquiry and quite like when Trump met Theresa May, Kim knew that Trump was in trouble and Trump would be looking for any kind of positive outcome. But what happened, again, is that Kim got his photos and a few other concessions, whereas Trump got nothing, again. I’ve lived here in South Korea for 11 years and there is no worry about what Kim Jeong Eun will do. Koreans don’t really talk about it as much as the west might like to portray. They’re more worried about the stinking pollution we breathe in every day. Well this is news. Trump soils his nsppy in public anf the Guardian attempts a clean up job. Unbelievable. But then again, maybe not. This comment was removed by a moderator because it didn’t abide by our community standards. Replies may also be deleted. For more detail see our FAQs. | Pick morton22 Facebook Twitter Reply next Share Reason (optional) Twitter 21 Mar 2019 9:29 3 4 | Pick Share on Facebook Share 21 Mar 2019 0:32 Facebook 40 41 Twitter Trumpublicans own this shytepile outright. End of story.Had Beck written about how the power of toddler ego risibly believes it can conquer the world, the piece would have garnered a millisecond of credibility. Share Threads collapsed the most Democrats have offered the peace process so far is hysterical rhetoric about North Korean leadership that has been stale for upwards of 25 years. Raul Gjijalva The problem starts at the top, with the Democratic House speaker, Nancy Pelosi. Two weeks ahead of the summit, Pelosi chastised a group of South Korean lawmakers who were visiting Washington to seek US support for the peace process. She described the first Trump-Kim summit as diplomatically meaningless and warned that Kim’s true intention was not the denuclearization of the peninsula but simply the “demilitarization” of South Korea. She also said that her understanding of the Kim regime’s true intentions, which the South Korean officials are apparently incapable of discerning on their own despite their regular interactions with that regime, was based on a visit she made to the North some 22 years ago. Pelosi’s condescension was reportedly prompted in part by a leader of South Korea’s rightwing opposition party. Then, shortly after the failure of the Hanoi summit, Pelosi held a press conference in which she did not even bother trying to hide her pleasure regarding the negotiations’ collapse. “I guess it took two meetings for [Trump] to realize that Kim Jong-un is not on the level,” she said.The Democratic senator Bob Menendez, a top official on the Senate foreign relations committee, has also expressed concern that North and South Korea might be making too much diplomatic progress for America’s liking. He joined the Republican ultraconservative Ted Cruz in complaining to the secretary of state, Mike Pompeo, that President Moon’s engagement with North Korea had gone beyond their comfort level. Menendez urged Pompeo to keep both North and South Korea in line, a strange request considering that one of those countries is a crucial regional ally, while the other is still technically a wartime enemy.Liberal commentators have followed suit, from newspaper columnists all the way down to Twitter users with “#Resist” in their profile bios. In the run-up to the Hanoi summit, liberal opinion writers wrung their hands about the possibility that Trump would “give away too much”, by which they appeared to mean that he would accept anything other than “complete, verifiable, and irreversible denuclearization”, a ludicrous starting point for a serious negotiation, as nuclear weapons remain North Korea’s only real leverage. As the summit was taking place, Democrats staged spectacular hearings with Michael Cohen, Trump’s former lawyer now turned informant, obviously designed to undercut Trump’s negotiating position. “I find it ironic,” Cohen said at one point, addressing Trump directly, “that you are in Vietnam right now” (he’d been discussing Trump’s draft-dodging). And in the wake of the summit’s failure, the New Yorker reveled in Trump’s “humiliating twenty-four hours”, while Twitter users got “#TrumpFail” to trend. morton22 Twitter 21 Mar 2019 0:14 Share on Facebook Report KedarB 21 Mar 2019 0:22 Share 21 Mar 2019 23:51 Reply In the past I would have welcomed a different (if obviously demented) perspective and seen it as part of the Guardian’s commitment to pluralism. Nowadays, I just think there must be a big market in right-wing clicks. Share on Twitter Facebook 0 1 Share The true art of progressivism is to take your opportunities to advance the status quo wherever you can ethically get them, because there aren’t going to BE that many! The opportunity to demilitarize the Korean peninsula after 66 years (even if it means setting denuclearizing it aside for now) is worth a temporary alliance with Donald Trump. On foreign policy there’s an opportunity to learn a lot from the latest, best-motivated versions of liberta… Reply Report William Anthony | Pick 41 42 Share | Pick 21 Mar 2019 0:27 Share on Twitter | Pick Laughattheleft Please select Personal abuse Off topic Legal issue Trolling Hate speech Offensive/Threatening language Copyright Spam Other Report Facebook Twitter 21 Mar 2019 0:59 Share on Twitter Facebook Prehistorian Share on Twitter Truewordshere 21 Mar 2019 0:19 21 Mar 2019 Share on Twitter 21 Mar 2019 0:11 Share MoonlightTiger Reply | Pick MoonlightTiger Twitter Share on Twitter Facebook 1 2 Share on Facebook Twitter Twitter 21 Mar 2019 17:48 Richard Beck Facebook 21 Mar 2019 0:02 Reply Report Trump is an ignorant narcissist motivated solely by the desire to watch people say nice things about him on television, but his vanity has allowed Kim and the South Korean president, Moon Jae-in, to jump-start a process that now offers the best chance for peace on the Korean peninsula in many decades. It is a genuinely historic opportunity, and for liberals to undermine it because they can’t stomach the idea of Trump receiving a Nobel peace prize is shameful. pereubu2000 Share 13 14 Twitter Wellfitbooty Share on Facebook Share on Twitter HistoryHacker 21 Mar 2019 0:47 Share Share on Twitter Share 21 Mar 2019 1:12 aeris2001x2 Facebook 5 6 Reply Reply 21 Mar 2019 0:26 Reply Twitter 0 1 | Pick Fishgirl23 Twitter honeytree Share | Pick 5 6 Laughattheleft It’s a nuclear armed basket case, hence it’s going to be a basket case for as long as it wants. If it ever ditches its nukes it’s going to stop being a basket case because it will be turned into a wasteland by the US, just like it happened in places like Libya and Iraq. All the “rogue police of the World on the take” by the US in the last few decades was bound to induce at least some of the surviving less-than-salubrious-characters to make sure they have the biggest bang they can. The amazing thing was Trump’s tweet about ‘this never happening to an American president before’ has never heard about Obama and the letter from Senator Tom Cotton and other Republicans to the Supreme Leader of Iran in 2015. American politics stinks. Facebook tomword Report Share on Twitter Share on Twitter | Pick Reply No matter how bad the situation, Herr Trump will try to make it worse. That’s what he does to everything. Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Show 2 more replies Donald Trump 3 4 | Pick Share on Facebook Report Share on Twitter Facebook Facebook Report Share on Twitter Reply Reply Share on Twitter | Pick 10 11 Share on Twitter Report 1 2 marshwren Share Report Share on Twitter Share on Twitter Facebook Share on Facebook Facebook comments (571)Sign in or create your Guardian account to join the discussion. Report “Why does the Guardian give space to this right-wing rambling navel gazing?” Because sensationalism = more clicks = more revenue? Facebook Twitter Twitter Facebook Report Reply Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Since you’re here… 2 3 I was under the impression that Trump walked away because he wasn’t getting what he wanted. Jump to comment William Anthony 21 Mar 2019 0:42 Share on Twitter Twitter | Pick 21 Mar 2019 0:09 Your ‘tone’ here appears to be derisive; mocking, therefore: Who has ever said that? Except you, I mean? Folks possessing at least a modicum of reason and self-respect, however, have taken note of Trump’s pathological inability to be truthful with those around him or himself. What is rightfully expected of Trump is that he takes responsibility for himself. Clearly, these expectations didn’t turn out to be all that great. To be fair here, though, I can see why Trump hasn’t the time to accept responsibility for his incompetence and corruption; he’s too busy blaming Obama, Hillary, the Deep State, and the Fake media for all his woes. Doesn’t leave time for much else, does it? Remember when uttering the words, ‘I did not have sexual relations with that woman … ‘ was more than enough to get a president impeached? Ahhh, the good ole days. PaulinJapan Twitter Report Reply Twitter | Pick Share on Facebook Share | Pick Share on Facebook ” … Trump is the blame for everything around here.” Twitter 21 Mar 2019 1:12 Share on Facebook vastariner Share on Facebook Report Matt M Reply She …warned that Kim’s true intention was not the denuclearization of the peninsula but simply the “demilitarization” of South Korea. Which was the very reason why the talks fell apart. KedarB Reply Twitter 1 2 Share on WhatsApp 8 9 0 1 Share on Twitter 11 12 Report aeris2001x2 21 Mar 2019 0:22 Share Twitter Twitter DavePup Share on Facebook | Pick | Pick The most Democrats have offered the peace process so far is hysterical rhetoric about North Korean leadership that has been stale for upwards of 25 years Reply Report Facebook 21 Mar 2019 0:23 Share on Facebook Stillgrizzly Twitter gottliebvera Show 1 more reply Facebook Twitter Share on Facebook William Anthony Report | Pick 21 Mar 2019 0:23 Report Twitter Report Share 21 Mar 2019 0:28 Share Share on Twitter KedarB Trump is a joke that’s gotten old. Please make it go away. Report Share Twitter Twitter Share 0 1 Kim Jong-un aeris2001x2 Coming soon… “How remainers basically forced through Brexit… by opposing it”… I thought April Fools was a couple of weeks away yet… Facebook Also, the main thrust of the article is that the Dems have no clear foreign policy ideas of their own. Perfectly true. You can extend that to every other topic, too, from the economy to immigration to defense. Americans are looking for an adult, responsible, fairly centrist alternative to the erratic Trump — provided that such a choice doesn’t hurt the sizzling economy. Instead, the Dems are serving up a steady diet of Russia, impeachment, and — now — socialism, Green New Deal, 70 percent top tax rate, unlimited abortion and the elimination of the Electoral College. A perfect recipe to get Trump re-elected. Twitter Share on Twitter Report vammyp Share on Facebook 21 Mar 2019 0:58 21 Mar 2019 0:27 marshwren | Pick Share The Nobel Prize should go to Kim for developing nukes which forced the US to the negotiation table. Twitter Share on Twitter 5 6 Report Share on Facebook Reply stevetyphoon Share Twitter joel76 Nor obviously do you or your blowhard Trumpster. Share Report Share Report Share on Twitter | Pick Reply And how exactly do Democrats “bear some of the blame” (because the article really doesn’t make the case)? No, this article is clearly trying to deflect the failure of Trump’s whole North Korea strategy away from Trump. But it won’t work – its not a coherent argument, its built on the flimsiest of premises – the Democrats really wanted Trump to fail, therefore they bear some of the blame for hs failure. That’s not a logcally coherent argument. It might pass muster over at Fox News, but not here. Facebook Nah, its ‘loss of face’ when they found out the yanks had the drop on what they were sneakily up to.Anyway, its nuts North and South are not united; at least the big guy actually went there with the aim of helping to solve this stupid rift. 11 12 4 5 Reply Reply Share on Facebook All this mambo jambo empty talk about Kim. He needs the nukes for his survival. And that’s that! All else is useless babble. Korea is a basket case, but it protects its basket of nukes, need we say it again? Share on Twitter Share | Pick Facebook 21 Mar 2019 21:39 next You really don’t understand negotiation do you. Share on Twitter Maybe, but as strategies go “ramping up the nuclear rhetoric to the brink of war before pulling back and massaging the ego of a despot” is pretty high risk. It could have gone really badly and I just don’t trust Trump’s abilities enough to assume he had any idea of what he was doing. Reply Share 1 2 Share Facebook Report You couldn’t make it up or wait a minute, Richard Beck just did. Two despots who both dress like a cartoon character, fall in love but decide not to get married and all because the big bad democrats said it would end in divorce. Why does the Guardian give space to this right-wing rambling navel gazing? Wellfitbooty Reply 21 Mar 2019 0:09 Facebook As a remain voter I can admit that I played a role in the final referendum result by failing to properly argue my case to those with opposing views – and I say that as someone who tried very hard not to resort to personal attacks or refuse to debate. Part of the learning from the events of 2016 should be attempting understanding our own place within society and the collective decisions it makes – if we all ask ourselves ‘could I have done more?’ and come to the answer ‘no, it’s everyone else who was at fault’ then we’re done for. Reply Facebook pereubu2000 Share on Twitter | Pick Truewordshere Report Report Reply … Facebook 2 3 Not in the case of this ‘Sizzling’ take. Reply Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Facebook Share on Facebook Bolsonaro Complemented Donald Trump on his intelligence, and good decisions, he looks forward to trumps investors making Brazil great again(by rapping the rainforest and moving Indigenous people into concentration camps. Donald Trump was beaming with delight with his own Magnificence. Share on Facebook Report ID9229755 Share Reply Share on Facebook | Pick Facebook cookcounty You think it took the Cohen hearings to give them that impression? Share on Facebook 3 4 PrinceVlad Share on Twitter Share Share on Twitter stevetyphoon Share on Twitter | Pick 9 10 Very true, I hate Trump, but if he enabled peace on the Korean peninsula then he would deserve the Nobel peace prize. Stopping the risk of nuclear war there is more important then petty politics. marshwren Facebook Twitter Share on Facebook Share on Facebook 21 Mar 2019 5:47 Report Facebook 1 2 Hereabouts William Anthony 25 5 6 stevetyphoon Reply Share Can’t say I agree with this article. Trump failed because he went in with the goal of being awarded a Nobel Peace prize, and when the meeting went badly he walked away. Trump art of the con. Show 1 more reply vammyp 21 Mar 2019 0:29 This comment was removed by a moderator because it didn’t abide by our community standards. Replies may also be deleted. For more detail see our FAQs. It’s just an extension of the infantile notion that a bad man cannot do good things. Twitter 21 Mar 2019 0:12 Truewordshere Share on Twitter Facebook Last modified on Tue 26 Mar 2019 15.31 EDT 2 3 Facebook Comments 571 pereubu2000 Reply What made me laugh was the “intellectual void at the heart of the Democratic Party” line. Hysterical coming from a Republican and Trump supporter. North Korea Asia Pacific Reply Twitter Share on Twitter Report Share on Facebook Facebook Share on Facebook Facebook Report Share on Facebook | Pick Reply This comment was removed by a moderator because it didn’t abide by our community standards. Replies may also be deleted. For more detail see our FAQs. Reply William Anthony 6 7 4 5 Share Share on Twitter Facebook Facebook Email (optional) vammyp | Pick Donald Trump and the North Korean leader, Kim Jong-un, in Hanoi on 28 February.Photograph: Evan Vucci/AP Facebook honeytree He would only be a contended if – IF – the negotiations had a tangible result. Right now they don’t seem to have achieved very much. Kim hasn’t decommissioned anything and has quite probably just kept his arms program going. Talk of a prize for Trump is a wee bit premature. 12 13 2 0 1 Trump has complete ownership of this very public fiasco. Why The Guardian would want to endorse this very contorted rationalization of the attempted bro-mance between one dictator and his older admirer (sounds potentially interesting to some, I suppose), and how those nasty liberals just won’t let poor little Donny be, is beyond me. joel76 Mike McInnis Share on Twitter mwsampson Reply Reply Share 21 Mar 2019 16:03 Report Share on Twitter Share on Twitter tomword Reply Facebook Twitter 3 4 What I find absolutely hilarious is that the Republicans wanted to bomb NK not too long ago. If a political party could have bipolar disorder, it would certainly be the republicans. Reply Report Share Share on Twitter 21 Mar 2019 1:00 Share Share on Pinterest Report Share Twitter Twitter Share on Twitter Share 9 10 mwsampson Share Share on Twitter Share Report Share 2 3 The comments are almost more interesting than the article. So many people seem to be interpreting the article as blaming the Democrats — the headline says, “some of the blame.”Also, the main thrust of the article is that the Dems have no clear foreign policy ideas of their own. Perfectly true. You can extend that to every other topic, too, from the economy to immigration to defense. Americans are looking for an adult, responsible, fairly centrist alternative to the erratic Trump — provided that such a choice doesn’t hurt the sizzling economy. Instead, the Dems are serving up a steady diet of Russia, impeachment, and — now — socialism, Green New Deal, 70 percent top tax rate, unlimited abortion and the elimination of the Electoral College. A perfect recipe to get Trump re-elected. Report Facebook Share on Twitter Share 4 5 Report Share on Facebook Truewordshere 21 Mar 2019 21:33 Share via Email Not really; more that a lazy incompetent man can’t do something which requires a great deal of preparation, such as international diplomacy. Show 3 more replies Share on Facebook | Pick Share on Twitter We share that thought. I have stated my belief that The Guardian is the most-widely read newspaper. Judging from the BTL comments, more of the right-wing reads this newspaper than any other paper. A pleasant surprise to see a more balanced article on Trump. This idea of Trump as pure evil and everything and everyone against him as ok (as often seen here) is, quoting the article above, “childish and myopic”. They were delayed because of trumps stupid threat to Cohen. Laughattheleft marshwren So many people seem to be interpreting the article as blaming the Democrats — the headline says, “some of the blame.” 21 Mar 2019 0:32 MoonlightTiger 12 13 LeidenWolf Facebook Facebook Share on Twitter Twitter Twitter Report recommendations Share on Twitter Reuse this content,View all comments > That was a particularly funny, given it begins with “This is childish and myopic”.LOLOLBeck’s comedy bit was a great way to begin the day. | Pick Who is responsible for the abrupt collapse of peace negotiations between Donald Trump and Kim Jong-un in Hanoi last month? Though the summit’s failure does not mean the end of the peace process on the Korean peninsula – both sides were restrained and polite in their commentary afterward, with no insulting tweets or impromptu missile tests – it is a serious setback. Initial reports suggest there is lots of blame to go around, from Trump’s overestimation of his own abilities as a dealmaker, to Kim’s possibly unrealistic expectations as to how little the US would be willing to accept, to the uncompromising hawkishness of the national security adviser, John Bolton, who may have intentionally sabotaged negotiations by throwing extra demands into the mix at the last minute.Some of this blame, however, belongs to Democratic politicians and liberal commentators, who have reliably denigrated Trump’s Korean outreach from the beginning, and did everything they could to diminish the Hanoi summit’s chances for success. Trump is an ignorant narcissist motivated solely by the desire to watch people say nice things about him on television, but his vanity has allowed Kim and the South Korean president, Moon Jae-in, to jump-start a process that now offers the best chance for peace on the Korean peninsula in many decades. It is a genuinely historic opportunity, and for liberals to undermine it because they can’t stomach the idea of Trump receiving a Nobel peace prize is shameful. gottliebvera Facebook | Pick Share Share 21 Mar 2019 21:49 Facebook Reply comment 21 Mar 2019 2:53 Reply 10 11 | Pick Facebook Facebook Twitter 21 Mar 2019 3:06 Twitter Share on Facebook Share on Facebook Report heavenairport Share 22 23 Loading comments… Trouble loading? Share on Twitter Close report comment form Reply Report Share on Twitter Share on Facebook 2 1 29 30 Share on Facebook Reply 4 5 JonPurrtree Show 7 more replies Share Share Facebook Share Twitter Presidents Carter and Clinton have both been to DPRK on successful diplomatic missions. President Bush? 21 Mar 2019 0:13 | Pick vammyp Report 21 Mar 2019 21:42 After the vote – many things have been said to entrench people’s positions. But I doubt you did it before the vote. Unless you are [name redacted: close friend of Corbyn who’s name gets your post in quarantine], or you refused absolutely and in all ways to admit any faults of the EU. 21 Mar 2019 0:20 William Anthony 3 | Pick Report 19 20 That’s because Donnie does everything ass-backwards. Signing the agreement or treaty or whatever comes at the very end of the process, when both sides know exactly what they’re signing. It’s why they call it the ‘signing ceremony’, because it’s entirely for show.Trump is such a raging Dunning-Kruger ego-maniac that he imagined all he had to do was show up, without adequate (or any) preparation, and the sheer power of his persona would bend Lil’Kim to to his will…which obviously didn’t happen (twice), as if those results weren’t obvious before he even hatched the hare-brained. scheme.Had he followed the template used by Nixon with China, he would only have had to go once, and only to sign the piece of paper and enjoy the photo-op. Instead, he played the ardent suitor to Kim’s hard-to-get princess, and the first date ended with an agreement to admit it wasn’t going to work but they’d remain ‘friends’. Then Donnie jumps at a second chance to humiliate himself on the world stage, and couldn’t even get an agreement to remain ‘friends’.It’s what happens when imbeciles put the proverbial cart before the horse. | Pick Reply | Pick Share Shhhh, Trump is the blame for everything around here. Reply Reply Facebook Facebook Share on Facebook 21 Mar 2019 1:26 Share on Facebook Share Share on Facebook Share 21 Mar 2019 0:41 Share on Twitter | Pick Share on Facebook Share Twitter 21 Mar 2019 0:34 19 20 | Pick | Pick Share on Twitter Liberals have reliably denigrated Trump’s Korean outreach from the beginning, and did everything they could to diminish the chances for success Raul Gjijalva JohnFallhammer Share on Facebook Report Share on Twitter Share SimonEsposito Facebook 4 his vanity has allowed Kim and the South Korean president, Moon Jae-in, to jump-start a process that now offers the best chance for peace on the Korean peninsula in many decades. He played the Constipated Orange Buffoon like a cheap fiddle. Report Facebook 21 Mar 2019 22:36 Apparently, liberal commentators are the same thing as trending hashtags – which at least explains Devin Nunes’ lawsuit. This article is so cretinous I’m going to lie down lest I have a stroke. 0 1 Share on Facebook Share Report I have to confess I admire such a brazenly partisan approach to foreign policy. We do need talks in NK, most people agree there. They just don’t think Trump has done anything except give things up to NK, in return for them… continuing to arm themselves. | Pick Opinion Twitter Share Share on Facebook Share Twitter | Pick Report Facebook “It is a genuinely historic opportunity, and for liberals to undermine it because they can’t stomach the idea of Trump receiving a Nobel peace prize is shameful.“ What’s shameful is Richard Beck’s pathetic naivety about the Kim family. They’re a family that let 1.8 million of its citizens starve in the 1990’s to fund their nuclear aspirations while they slurped back fine French cognac. They’re criminals who have kidnapped Japanese citizens, funded cyber terrorism, and counterfeited millions of fake US dollars. They run a police state that the UN calls something so appalling we haven’t seen anything like it in the UN’s 70 year history. We already have a deal with North Korea made in the 90’s where they agreed to stop plutonium enrichment. They broke that, along with every agreement we’ve ever made with them. The North Koreans will never disarm. Nuclear Weapons are the only thing that make the Kim family relevant in the world, and Trump’s flatter diplomacy show will be revealed to be a fantasy as soon as the Kim family gets what it wants. Trump and by extension Mr Beck’s understanding of these ruthless people is foolish and ignorant and Democrats (and Republicans that aren’t cow tied to Trump) have every right to criticize it Share on Twitter Trump is infatuated by totalitarian leaders – further evidence for this is unfolding at the moment, as the idiot entertains Bolsonaro at the White House. All Trump has achieved in the Korean Peninsula is to elevate Kim onto the world stage, giving him the prestige that he craves; in return Kim has given him what? – a few body bags from an old war. Meanwhile Kim continues to build a nuclear arsenal. The little guy must be laughing his ass off. Twitter Share on Facebook Report Sorry there was an error. Please try again later. If the problem persists, please contact Userhelp 21 Mar 2019 21:45 Report 21 Mar 2019 0:15 Twitter 21 Mar 2019 0:57 21 Mar 2019 7:31 View more commentslast_img read more

Danny Boyle says script dispute made him quit Bond 25

first_imgShare on Twitter Last modified on Fri 22 Mar 2019 09.17 EDT ‘What John Hodge and I were doing, I thought, was really good’ … Danny Boyle.Photograph: Murdo MacLeod/The Guardian Danny Boyle says script dispute made him quit Bond 25 @Andrew_Pulver … 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. Thrillers (film) Since you’re here… Reuse this content This article is more than 3 months old Share on Twitter Share via Email Share on Facebook Boyle did not reveal any precise areas of disagreement, saying it would be “unfair” on his replacement, Cary Fukunaga. Fukunaga, director of Beasts of No Nation, was named as the Bond 25 director in September. Rumours of contention included a suggestion that Boyle and Hodge wanted to kill off the Daniel Craig 007, and that Boyle wanted the little known Polish actor Tomasz Kot, star of Cold War, to play the villain.Boyle’s exit last August played havoc with the film’s production schedule, as producers hired new writers, including Neal Purvis and Robert Wade and Scott Z Burns, to work on the screenplay. As a result, the film’s release has been pushed back to April 2020. Release of 25th James Bond film delayed following Danny Boyle’s exit Topics James Bond Danny Boyle has confirmed that a dispute over the script was the reason he left the latest James Bond movie.In a reply to a reader question in Empire magazine, Boyle said that the screenplay he had been working on with regular writing partner John Hodge had not found favour with producers, and that he quit the project rather than jettison that script and work with another writer.“I work in partnership with writers and I am not prepared to break it up … We were working very, very well, but they didn’t want to go down that route with us. So we decided to part company.”He added: “What John Hodge and I were doing, I thought, was really good. It wasn’t finished, but it could have been really good … You have to believe in your process and part of that is the partnership I have with a writer.” Shares8989 Share on Facebook Support The Guardian Share on WhatsApp James Bond Danny Boyle Share on Messenger Daniel Craig Share on LinkedIn This article is more than 3 months old Director says he left 007 movie project rather than replace screenwriter after disagreement with producers Share via Email Read more Share on Pinterest news Andrew Pulver Thu 21 Mar 2019 10.30 EDTlast_img read more

Moral Mondays protest William Barber convicted of trespassing for 2017 action

first_imgNorth Carolina This article is more than 1 month old First published on Thu 6 Jun 2019 17.48 EDT Since you’re here… Share on Twitter Support The Guardian Share on LinkedIn @oliverlaughland Reuse this content North Carolina Moral Mondays protest: William Barber convicted of trespassing for 2017 action Shares776776 Share on WhatsApp … we have a small favour to ask. The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.More people are reading and supporting The Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we have chosen an approach that allows us to keep our journalism accessible to all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford. But we need your ongoing support to keep working as we do.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism, to maintain our openness and to protect our precious independence. Every reader contribution, big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Share on Facebook 50 years after Martin Luther King’s death, a ‘new King’ fights for justice Read more Share via Email Thu 6 Jun 2019 19.11 EDT The US religious leader and activist William Barber, a national figurehead in the campaign for a “moral revival” in the country, was convicted on Thursday of second-degree trespass for his role in a peaceful 2017 protest in North Carolina over healthcare access.Barber had pleaded not guilty to the misdemeanor, seeking to frame the case as a freedom of speech issue after he was arrested during a sit-in at the North Carolina state legislature that sprang from his Moral Mondays protest movement. Share on Twitter Topics This article is more than 1 month old The Rev William Barber, left, with the Rev Jesse Jackson at a Poor People’s campaign rally in Washington DC on 21 May.Photograph: Jonathan Ernst/Reuters Share via Email Barber had pleaded not guilty, seeking to frame the case as a freedom of speech issue after he was arrested during a sit-in Oliver Laughland Protest Civil rights movement Share on Pinterest Share on Facebook Activism The trial, which lasted three days, saw a number of law enforcement officials testify that they had asked Barber, the former leader of the North Carolina NAACP and a group of protesters to leave after a group of Republican politicians declined to meet with them in May 2017.Barber, and others, had been arrested due to what prosecutors described was loud noise during the protests. Barber had been reading from the Bible and quoting statistics related to North Carolina’s refusal to expand Medicaid, the federal healthcare provision for low-income Americans.As he took the stand on the third day of trial, Barber said: “I was there [at the general assembly] because the constitution gives you the right.”He continued: “My motivation was believing that the constitution of North Carolina says that everything you do in government should be done for the good of the whole.”The jury took only a matter of minutes to return a verdict.Speaking to the Guardian by phone after the verdict, Barber described it as “a serious case for the country”.He added: “It’s particularly serious when the majority of the negative things happening – denial of the living wage, of healthcare, denial of LGBTQ and immigrants’ rights, denial of basic public education and racist voter suppression – are happening at statehouses, especially in the south.“We cannot just put our hands between our legs and say: ‘OK, sorry, you can regulate my nonviolent protest,’ and just go away. The extremists in the south want to keep these statehouses under lock and key.”Superior court judge Stephan Futrell sentenced Barber to 24 hours of community service and a $200 fine. Barber immediately informed the court he would appeal against the verdict.The Moral Monday protests, spearheaded by Barber and other grassroots organizations in North Carolina began in 2013 and became an umbrella for a host of progressive causes in the state including voter suppression and healthcare access. The movement has since ballooned into a nationwide civil rights campaign. news Share on Messengerlast_img read more

Demystifying Predictive Analytics

first_imgDemystifying Predictive Analytics Jamie SchisslerApril 26, 2019, 4:00 pmJuly 22, 2019 customer experienceMarketing TechnologyMarriottNetflixpredictive analytics Previous ArticleWhy Senior Business Leaders Should Care About CX DataNext ArticleWhy Measurement is the Secret to Agency Success What if you had a crystal ball that could tell you which leads are sales-ready and which need some nurturing? Or what type of content will most engage a specific visitor; which customers are most likely to purchase which products and through which channel; or how much demand will increase during peak holiday time?This is predictive analytics: The statistical analysis and identification of attributes that have a direct correlation to a future event or condition. There’s been so much hype about predictive analytics recently that it’s easy to forget it’s been around for over 50 years — from weather forecasting and flight planning to consumer credit scoring and fraud detection. From a marketing perspective, the accuracy it provides and the predictive opportunities it creates can substantially minimize risk while driving tremendous efficiency and performance gains.  What is new is the availability of predictive analytics. Once the luxury and secret sauce for only the largest brands staffed with deep data and analytics teams, expertise, and infrastructure, PA is available to organizations and business of all sizes.So, how can marketers drive adoption, establish predictive analytics competency, and use it to create better outcomes for businesses and experiences for customers? Let’s break down some of the basics. Recognize the power of segmentationTraditional marketing segmentation is about grouping audiences by historical attributes like age, gender, geography, etc. The emphasis of this approach is on understanding what individual consumers have done in the past and/or who they are at this moment in order to better focus and calibrate the brand’s sales and marketing efforts.Predictive analytics can also be thought of as a segmentation strategy. The difference is it employs algorithmic models against much of the same underlying data in order to identify and group customers by what they are likely to do or prefer. As such, it’s useful to think of and approach predictive analytics as a segmentation strategy to identify customers by future behavior, such as those who are likely to travel soon, renew a lease, upgrade, or refer a friend.Read More: How AI will Change the Game for Influencer MarketingDefine specific business cases and develop effective strategiesThinking of it as a segmentation strategy, it’s helpful to begin by defining those groups that represent the greatest opportunities or needs for your business. Perhaps your primary goal is lead velocity. Or maybe it’s churn reduction or lifetime value. Focus on one or two to start, otherwise, you’ll get overwhelmed quickly.After you’ve defined your business and use cases, you’ll need to develop a strategy for how you are going to engage that audience. It’s one thing to be able to identify customers who are likely to do something. It’s another to figure out what that means for your business and how you are going to act on it. Both elements – identification and treatment strategy — are essential.Identify the right data Before rolling up your sleeves and diving into the data science and algorithms, identify the data required for your model. In some cases, you may find you simply don’t have the attributes or volume to create the segment with the degree of probability required. Focus on what you can do with the data you currently have, while simultaneously working on a longer-term roadmap and action plan, complete with business cases.Read More: 3 Ways Mobile Technology is Changing the Brick-and-Mortar ExperiencePrioritize consumer trust and respectA few years ago a Target employee infamously used individual purchase data to build a model that would predict, with tremendous accuracy, which of its customers was likely pregnant. The audience was then subtly targeted with specific relevant products via direct mail. This example provides several important lessons when embarking upon predictive analytics. It underscores the potency and accuracy of predictive analytics while demonstrating that it doesn’t take a huge staff to develop and implement (though it does require a lot of data). More importantly, it demonstrates that in all things, trust and respect matter. The creep factor, invasiveness, and breach of privacy and trust in this application was a bridge too far.To avoid such pitfalls, marketers should ensure there is governance and oversight in how predictive segments are defined and utilized. Socialize internally the segments the organization seeks to create and why, balancing out the needs of the business with customer preference, perception, privacy, and experience.The power of predictive analyticsThe predictive analytics landscape is an incredible opportunity to streamline the customer journey, deliver better experiences and value to your audiences, and boost overall business performance. Brands such as Netflix, through its recommendation engine, and Marriott are using PA to deliver messages at key decision points. Marriott uses it for better insight on the types of travelers likely to stay at their properties; for insight on and understanding of what attracts travelers to it over other brands; and to better understand the unique travel patterns and needs of those who travel for business versus those who travel for pleasure.What’s really exciting is not just what brands can do with PA, but that the variety of PA technologies and solutions available today make it accessible to every organization. Plan carefully and deliberately, advance incrementally, and implement governance that reflects your organizational values and goals and you’ll be on your way to delivering exceptional customer experiences and accelerating growth.Read More: Eye Rolls at Pre-Rolls: How to Escape the Trap of Annoying Adslast_img read more

Nvidia vs AMD Do GPUs Degrade in Performance Over Time

first_imgNvidia vs. AMD: Do GPUs Degrade in Performance Over Time? By Joel Hruska on July 15, 2019 at 7:39 am 98 Comments Reality TV Scandals We Never Saw Coming Facebook Twitter Linkedin Pinterest Google Plus Reddit Hacker News Flipboard Email Copy 1shares This site may earn affiliate commissions from the links on this page. Terms of use. Jim Carrey’s Tragic Life Just Gets Sadder and Sadder The Fan Theory That Will Totally Change How You See Eric Forman One of the areas where reviews sometimes fall short is in providing perspective on how component performance evolves over time. While the yearly new hardware launch cadence provides periodic opportunities to revisit how older components stack up to newer ones, the focus in any given launch is going to be on the CPU or GPU that’s being launched, not previous cards. Title-specific coverage, meanwhile, is typically measured and written in the days immediately following a launch, often as part of a game or product review. Stack these two trends together, and it can be more difficult than it ought to be for gamers to figure out how performance has changed over time and to tease out which GPUs are holding their value better than others.With this in mind, we’ve completed an analysis of the data sets we gathered in our recent review of AMD’s Radeon RX 5700 and Radeon RX 5700 XT, as well as the Gigabyte Aorus RTX 2080 Xtreme 8GB. We updated all of our GPU data sets in late June / early July of 2019, which makes this a good time to look back at how Pascal, Turing, and GCN performance have each evolved over the past nine months.We’re specifically watching for two trends. First, there have been a number of general concerns from gamers about the ongoing impact of Meltdown and Spectre patches on game performance. Second, there is a perception in certain circles that Nvidia GPUs lose performance more quickly than their AMD counterparts, either because of intrinsic characteristics of Nvidia GPU design or because the company deliberately handicaps older cards to make newer GPUs look better by comparison.If I’m being honest, I’ve never believed the more sinister version of this argument. Nvidia and AMD pursued somewhat different optimization strategies in the pre-DX12 era, and Nvidia can reasonably be assumed to focus its optimization efforts on newer GPUs rather than older cards. This is not unique to Nvidia, however. Now that AMD has RDNA in-market, it may have to make decisions about how to prioritize its time when working to optimize for its various architectures as well. There is a difference between saying that Nvidia may focus more on optimizing for newer cards and saying that Nvidia deliberately handicaps older GPUs. In any event, the goal here is to measure how performance has evolved over time in the same suite of titles. We’ll see where the results take us.Test SetupAll of our tests were run on an Asus Prime Z370-A motherboard, with 32GB of DDR4-3200 using an Intel Core i7-8086K. The September 2018 Nvidia GPUs were tested using the 411.63 Turing launch driver, while the June retest used the 430.86 Nvidia driver. The AMD Radeon 64 and Radeon VII used the Adrenaline 19.5.2 driver. A Samsung 1TB 970 EVO was used for storage. The September 2018 tests were run using Windows 10 1803, while the June 2019 tests were run under Windows 10 1903. All Meltdown, Spectre, and related patches were left in default states.While the dates for the comparison are set to September 2018 and June 2019, this is obviously a bit of a fudge in the Radeon VII’s case (the Radeon VII didn’t launch until February). The Radeon VII’s June performance is being compared with its launch performance in this case.Two games showed performance declines across both Radeon and GeForce hardware: Ashes of the Singularity: Escalation and Warhammer II. Both games showed declines in all APIs, though AotS: Escalation lost more performance. This is theorized to be the result of Spectre et al protections. No other games showed performance declines, and the declines in these specific titles were not large enough to change the overall trend across our suite of games.We measured performance in Ashes of the Singularity: Escalation, Deus Ex: Mankind Divided, Hitman, Metro Last Light Redux, Middle Earth: Shadow of War, Rise of the Tomb Raider, Warhammer II, Shadow of the Tomb Raider, Assassin’s Creed: Origins, and Far Cry 5. The performance figures given for each GPU in each resolution reflect the geometric mean of our results. We used a geometric mean instead of an arithmetic mean to calculate averages to account for the fact that minimum frame rates can vary widely by game — Hitman, for example, regularly returns minimum frame rates for all GPUs between 4 – 12fps.Our September coverage used a standard GeForce RTX 2080, while the June 2019 data is based on the Gigabyte Aorus RTX 2080 Xtreme, which has slightly higher clock rates. This may have had a slight impact on performance (1-2 percent), but the difference is not large enough to be an issue for our purposes.ResultsThe slideshow below contains our results, graphed by resolution and by minimum versus average frame rates. Conclusion:The minimum frame rate improvements at 1080p and 1440p are quite solid for Vega 64, the RTX 2080, and the GTX 1080 Ti. The average level of improvement is smaller across the board for all cards, but this isn’t necessarily surprising. Vega 64 and Radeon VII are both based on GCN, and GCN has been AMD’s lead architecture for a number of years — long enough to be well-optimized, at this point. Nvidia’s RTX 2080 picks up the most consistent gains across all resolutions, probably thanks to the minor clock tap or the fact that Turing is the newest architecture and had the most performance still on the table. Even the GTX 1080 picks up a few frames at 1080p.There is no evidence that Nvidia has taken any action to harm Pascal performance or to make its older, 2016 GPUs look less attractive than more recent cards. There are no Pascal performance regressions or frame rate issues in any game that do not affect every GPU (that’s why we think the performance decline in Ashes and Warhammer II is CPU-related, not GPU-related). Vega 64’s performance may have come up the most, but Vega 64 has been on the market for less time than the Pascal family. Despite these improvements, it also only matches or slightly underperforms the GTX 1080 at every resolution and in both minimum and average frame rates. The relative performance of these AMD and NV cards relative to each other has shifted only modestly.The implication of these findings is only to the good, no matter which GPU you own. AMD or Nvidia, Vega and Pascal cards both show continued expected performance, while Turing’s slightly larger improvements are what we’d expect for a relatively newer architecture. Obviously the particulars of how a GPU architecture ages are going to be specific to each architecture, and since this review didn’t focus on older cards from the Maxwell or Kepler era, we can’t speak to the situations with those GPUs. But as far as Pascal is concerned, Nvidia’s last-generation architecture appears to be aging quite well, while AMD has also improved on Vega’s performance.Now Read:AMD’s RX 5700 and RX 5700 XT Reviewed: RDNA Puts Radeon Back in the GameNvidia RTX 2060, 2070 Super: Better GPU Performance, Same PriceMeet RDNA: AMD’s Long-Awaited New GPU Architecture Tagged In amdgamingnvidiagpusPascalVegaturingGTX 1080RTX 2080Vega 64GTX 1080 Tirise of the tomb raiderCore i7-8086KRX 5700assassin’s creed originsshadow of the tomb raiderRX 5700 XTWindows 10 1903hitmanGigabyte Aorus RTX 2080 Xtremefar cry 5Deus Ex: Mankind DividedWarhammer IIWindows 10 1803Ashes of the Singularity EscalationMetro Last Light ReduxMiddle Earth: Shadow of War Post a Comment 98 Comments Paul Walker’s Daughter is Head-Turningly Gorgeous Now at 20 The First ‘Scary MCU Film’ Will Come Out During Phase 4 You Might Also LikePowered By ZergNet Movies You Should Watch By Yourself Why Billy Hargrove from ‘Stranger Things’ Looks So Familiar The Radeon Vega 64 is the big winner here, climbing 1.14x, while Turing and Pascal both pick up about 1.11x. The GeForce GTX 1080 still gains 1.07x. The Radeon VII is the only GPU to show flat minimum performance.<><>123456 Cartoon Episodes So Controversial They Were Bannedlast_img read more

College Pulse Delivers First RealTime Data Analytics Platform for Tracking US College

first_imgCompany Raises $1.5 Million from Leading Venture Capital and EdTech InvestorsCollege Pulse, a survey research and data analytics company, co-founded by Terren Klein and Robin Jayaswal, has developed the first real-time data analytics platform to track and predict US college students’ opinions, interests and buying behavior. Recent survey research reports include: Divided Legacy: Students’ Perceptions on Affirmative Action, Expectations vs. Reality: Early Career Salaries, and Political Intelligence: The State of the 2020 Democratic Primary Tracker. Upcoming research, conducted in partnership with the Knight Foundation, will focus on student opinions about freedom of speech on campus.The company recently closed a 1.5 Million fundraising seed round after a summer in Y Combinator, a Silicon Valley accelerator. Investors included: Madrona Venture Group, Norwest Venture Partners, and GSV Accelerate, and strategic angels including Y Combinator founder, Paul Graham. GSV Accelerate is an education vertical VC that has previously backed companies like Chegg, Course Hero, and Masterclass.Marketing Technology News: Pantheon Launches Community and Advocacy Program for Drupal and WordPress“Most leading brands don’t fully understand college students as effectively as they could,” said College Pulse CEO Terren Klein. “Our vision is to provide the most reliable, up-to-date insights into what college students think about brands, hiring, purchasing and social opinions.”Matt McIlwain, Managing Director at Madrona Ventures, who led the investment round, added, “College Pulse is making huge strides to tackle the $50 billion Market Research industry. The fact that such a young company has already partnered with organizations like the Knight Foundation and McKinsey & Company is truly exceptional.” The newly raised funds will contribute to growing College Pulse’s student opinion data platform and expanding its data analytics and predictive insights capabilities to better serve clients.Marketing Technology News: Clear Software and Automation Anywhere Announce Strategic PartnershipCollege Pulse offers custom data-driven marketing and research solutions, utilizing its proprietary College Radar Analytics Platform. This is the first real-time, mobile student survey platform that can poll 250,000 undergraduate college student respondents from over 230 four-year colleges and universities in all 50 states. The panel, which is currently the largest of its kind in the United States, is hosted on College Pulse’s proprietary mobile platform available on iOS, Android and the desktop. Clients include McKinsey, Knight Foundation, Sennheiser, and Dartmouth College.Marketing Technology News: Welcome to the Eventbrite App Marketplace and Our New Partners: Constant Contact, Gift Up!, Lennd, and Prism College Pulse Delivers First Real-Time Data Analytics Platform for Tracking US College Student Opinion PRNewswireApril 24, 2019, 4:03 pmApril 24, 2019 Affirmative ActionCollege PulseMadrona VenturesMarketing TechnologyNewsTerren KleinY Combinator Previous ArticleVonage Partners with Altice Portugal to Provide Leading-Edge Customer CommunicationsNext ArticleNew Entity Helps Customers Reimagine What’s Possible With Digitallast_img read more

WPP and iHeartMedia Launch Project Listen

first_imgPartnership Will Drive Innovation and Learning in Creative and Media Strategies Across All Audio PlatformsiHeartMedia, America’s leading audio company, and WPP, the creative transformation company, announced the launch of Project Listen to develop next-generation insights, planning and creative capabilities in audio.“People are wired for sound – it grabs our attention, sets our mood, and triggers our memories and imagination. It transports us from a favorite artist’s soundstage, to a podcast courtroom or even another galaxy. It’s quite literally a soundtrack for our lives”The two companies will help brands better engage with consumers and win across all audio platforms: broadcast radio, digital streaming, podcasts, smart speakers and live events.Consumer listening is at an all-time high, according to new iHeartMedia research. The study shows consumers say they are listening to audio content for an average of 17 hours a week, with millennials and younger generations listening the most. This ramp up in listening is the direct result of the rapid growth of digital streaming, podcasts, smart speakers and airpods, on top of the massive and consistent scale of broadcast radio.The new partnership comprises:Creative Audio Studio – Audio will be pushed higher on the agendas of creatives and media strategists with the launch of a new studio at GroupM’s headquarters at 3 World Trade Center in New York. Clients and creatives from across WPP will experiment with modern audio marketing programs, working with creative producers in a series of pilots.Empowering Planning – iHeartMedia’s Smart Audio Insights and audience tools will be integrated with GroupM’s proprietary data and insights tools to uncover new insights and support novel measurement approaches, all of which will be shared in quarterly intelligence reports for clients and the market. A new audio certification program for planners at GroupM’s agencies will roll out later in 2019.Raising Audio IQ – A new Project Listen monthly podcast is launching in Cannes with plans for 18 episodes through 2020. Lessons from the client pilots and research will be shared to help inspire more advertisers to embrace audio’s new capabilities.Marketing Technology News: Whitebox Raises $5 Million in Series A Funding to Accelerate eCommerce “Factory Floor to Front Door” Tech PlatformProject Listen is intended to raise the bar in audio creativity and media strategy through shared learning about what works in the evolving audio landscape. The partners will help marketers to mine audio data for insights and to deploy them across a cohesive planning framework, from creative strategy to media planning and implementation.“At iHeartMedia, we understand the unparalleled power of audio and its ability to engage and make brands part of the daily conversation, with consumers of all ages, at a massive scale,” said Bob Pittman, Chairman and CEO of iHeartMedia, Inc. “Project Listen is about tapping into the scale of audio and moving from the traditionally transactional radio business to the future of audio advertising where insights and ideas lead the way to growth for brands. Simply put, audio is the biggest greenfield for growth in media today, and we could not be more excited to partner with the talented teams across WPP to develop the tools and skillsets needed to unlock that growth.”“Consumers are listening more than ever, and we already know the power of music, voice and sound to create engaging and emotional human connections,” said Mark Read, CEO of WPP. “As consumer behaviour evolves, from the media they enjoy to how they relate to brands and make purchase decisions, it’s essential to have a modern approach to creative and strategy for all media, including audio.”Marketing Technology News: Global Software Leaders Xero and Stripe Join Forces to Bring Seamless Payments to Millions of Small Businesses“People are wired for sound – it grabs our attention, sets our mood, and triggers our memories and imagination. It transports us from a favorite artist’s soundstage, to a podcast courtroom or even another galaxy. It’s quite literally a soundtrack for our lives,” said Brad Hiranaga, NA Chief Brand Officer, General Mills. “Because audio is an incredible driver of culture and yet is so personal, it’s a profound way to tell a brand story that connects with people authentically in the right moments of their day. That connection is a great match to our mission for our brands to create experiences for people and provide value in their lives.”“Marketers spend a lot of time perfecting the way their brand looks, but today there is an equal need to focus on how they sound,” said Leslie Sims, Chief Creative Officer for Ogilvy USA. “With the growth in listening, sonic branding is becoming an even more vital part of the creative process. Project Listen will challenge us to experiment even more as we work with clients to explore new sonic solutions.”“At GroupM, our single-minded focus is on helping clients to best utilize the media that can help deliver growth for their businesses,” said Tim Castree, CEO, GroupM North America. “Like every other medium, audio is quickly evolving. This requires work with our clients and our partners to test and learn how to leverage the scale and reach of audio, and the creative and innovation potential of new platforms, which is what we’ll do with Project Listen.”Marketing Technology News: GoSpotCheck Gains Valuable Leadership Expertise with Five Additions to Management TeamProject Listen was announced today at the 2019 Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity during a special live podcast at the WPP Beach. The podcast featured Brad Hiranaga, Chief Brand Officer, General Mills; Bob Pittman; Tim Castree; Leslie Simms, Chief Creative Officer of Ogilvy US; Ryan Seacrest, host of On Air with Ryan Seacrest, Live With Kelly and Ryan and American Idol; and host Will Pearson from the hit podcast, Part Time Genius. WPP and iHeartMedia Launch ‘Project Listen’ Business WireJune 24, 2019, 6:57 pmJune 24, 2019 Bob PittmanGroupMiHeartMediaMarketing TechnologyNewsnext-generation insightsWPP Previous ArticleCleo Integration Cloud Enhances E-Commerce Integration Capabilities to Deliver Seamless Ecosystem ExperiencesNext ArticleREPLY: New Tool “China Beats” Provides Deep Insights Into the Chinese Marketlast_img read more

Vonage and Freshworks Enhance Customer Experience Via Multichannel Communications

first_imgIntegration of Freshdesk with Nexmo, the Vonage API Platform, provides seamless social conversationsVonage, a global business cloud communications leader, has announced a partnership with Freshworks Inc,  a global innovator in customer engagement software. The partnership integrates messaging APIs via Nexmo, the Vonage API Platform directly into the Freshdesk customer support software, enabling business messaging with customers on the channels they prefer including SMS, MMS, WhatsApp and Facebook Messenger.Marketing Technology News: Truepic Recognized as a Technology Pioneer by the World Economic ForumFreshdesk is intuitive, feature-rich support software providing companies with the ability to streamline customer communications, collaborate internally, and respond quickly and effectively to customer requests. The Nexmo Messages API integration will open new channels for Freshdesk users to connect with their customers directly through the existing Freshdesk ticketing system, and offer the ability to leverage two-way messaging and notifications between customers and support staff to resolve incidents and address customer concerns via channels that best fit their lifestyle.“By integrating Nexmo APIs directly into our Freshdesk ticketing system, we’re allowing businesses to connect with customers via two way communications and notifications across any channel,” said Anand Venkatraman, VP of Global Partnerships at Freshworks. “Providing customers with the choice to interact with brands via their preferred channel empowers businesses with quick resolution to customer requests to increase customer satisfaction.”Marketing Technology News: Xignite Joins Snowflake Data Exchange as First Market Data VendorThe Nexmo Messages API makes it possible for businesses of all sizes to engage with customers around the world via the channels they prefer by handling all the complexity of integrating multiple channels into one interface. Combining the power of Nexmo with the customer support capabilities offered by Freshdesk, businesses can now drive customized user and customer experiences, simply and at scale, by innovating in ways that are critical to success.“Customers today are demanding more personalized, intuitive, and innovative connections with their chosen brands,” said Omar Javaid, President, API Platform Group for Vonage. “With this partnership between Nexmo and Freshworks, companies using Freshworks’ CRM tools have the ability to connect with customers on the most popular and in-demand channels.”Marketing Technology News: Former Oracle and Salesforce Exec Kate FitzGerald Appointed Leanplum President Vonage and Freshworks Enhance Customer Experience Via Multichannel Communications PRNewswireJuly 2, 2019, 2:12 pmJuly 2, 2019 Anand Venkatramancustomer engagementFreshworksMarketing Technology NewsNewsOmar Javaid Previous ArticleGetResponse Expands Turnkey Marketing Platform with Powerful Webinar, eCommerce, Online Payments, and Social Ad Integration CapabilitiesNext ArticleSoundCommerce Closes $6.5 Million Seed Round Led by Defy Partnerslast_img read more

Cannes 2019 Terrence Malicks A Hidden Life Puzzles More and Explains Less

first_imgAmerican helmer Terrence Malick makes movies that come dangerously close to a three-hour run time, and his creations like The Thin Red Line and A Tree of Life can be abstract, confounding and confusing. But as much as Malick may be a viewer’s nightmare, he can, at the same time, be a jury’s delight. In 2011, he won the Palm dÓr for A Tree of Life. Nobody can deny he is enormously talented, but he is also frighteningly mystifying. However, his latest title, A Hidden Life, which played as part of the Cannes 2019 Competition, has a less abstract narrative, though it leaves behind unanswered questions. Based on a true story, set during World War II, A Hidden Life talks about an Austrian man, married with children. But the man’s often puzzling conscience takes him to the Nazi guillotine. Running three hours, the film is gorgeous to look at, and DOP Jorg Widmer captures the Austrian landscape in its its lush splendour. The undulating lands, the imposing mountains and the lively streams add beauty to a story whose climax is all but predictable. But, yes, I am sure there must have been some in the audience who would have wished for a happier end.Shot in northern Austria, which may not be far from where the classic, The Sound of Music, was filmed, A Hidden Life begins with a black-and-white footage of Hitler’s rise and his arrogant invasions. Later, it settles down to a more personal format.Franz Jagerstatter (August Diehl) and his wife, Franziska (Valerie Pachner), have a farm. But after the German takeover, Franz is called for military duty, and he goes just like everybody else. But when he is called upon to swear his allegiance to Hitler, he flat refuses. Warned by his local priest not to get into this kind of defiant mode (“Your sacrifice will benefit no one”), Franz remains steadfast in his commitment to his conscience. A Hidden Life has its problems. It seems highly incredible that a man like Franz, who loves his wife and brood of daughters, would put his own life in peril, knowing full well that defying the Fuhrer could mean death. Malick never explains the reasons for Franz’s stand. At best, they seem fuzzy, and he is never allowed to explain to his family the reason for his dogged pursuit — opposing Hitler. We are left in the dark why the man internalises his struggle, and often the movie begins to look like a silent work. With 173 minutes at hand, Malick could have offered a more convincing view Franz’s life. He was certainly not interested in being a martyr. He adored his family. But did his love and loyalty for Austria overshadow his responsibility towards his mother, wife and children? Malick never tells us.(Author, commentator and movie critic Gautaman Bhaskaran has covered Cannes close to three decades) A Hidden LifeCannes 2019Cannes Film Festival 2019Terrence Malick First Published: May 21, 2019, 4:55 PM ISTlast_img read more

EC Action Allows Over 1000 Voters in Delhis Kasturba Nagar to Exercise

first_imgNew Delhi: More than a thousand voters in Delhi’s Kasturba Nagar would have lost their right to exercise their franchise had the Election Commission gone ahead with a proposal to close down a polling booth in the area.According to Delhi Chief Electoral Officer Ranbir Singh, the government accommodations in Kasturba Nagar, which comes under the New Delhi parliamentary constituency, were redeveloped and residents of the area were shifted to other areas. This necessitated the need for the Delhi CEO to write to the Election Commission about the polling station in that area not being needed anymore, Singh said.”We had sent a proposal to the EC saying polling station number 1 under which that area fell is not needed. The EC asked us to issue a public notice saying if voters there were willing to vote, they will facilitate it,” Singh said.The Delhi CEO got the polling done and of 1079 registered voters from the locality, 300 turned up till 1 pm, officials said.Delhi recorded 60.21 per cent voter turnout till 6 pm on Sunday. delhidelhi-lok-sabha-elections-2019election commissionLok Sabha elections 2019 First Published: May 13, 2019, 7:32 AM ISTlast_img read more

Jagan Gets Congratulatory Call from KCR Dedicates Win Over Chandrababu Naidu to

first_imgAndhra Pradesh Election Result 2019: It’s disappointment all around for Chandrababu Naidu who is on his way out as the CM of Andhra, giving way to YSR Congress chief Jaganmohan Reddy. The YSR Congress is racing to a brute majority in the Assembly with 144 leads so farm while the TDP is ahead in only 30 of the 175 seats in the Assembly. Jagan Reddy has the upper hand in Lok Sabha results too, with his party leading in 20 seats. Celebrations are underway at the YSRCP party office in Amaravati. Slogans of ‘Jagan CM, Bye Bye Naidu’ can be heard reverberating around the party office. This was the first general and Assembly election to be held in the state after its bifurcation five years ago and after Naidu walked out of the Narendra Modi-led National Democratic Alliance.Follow all the live updates from the Lok Sabha elections results here: Here are the key developments in the state:Jana Sena chief Pawan Kalyan lost both his seats Gajuwaka and Bhimavaram.Film director Ram Gopal Varma has congratulated YSR Congress Party chief YS Jagan Mohan Reddy on his party’s victory in the Andhra Pradesh Assembly and Lok Sabha elections. A known critic of TDP supremo N Chandrababu Naidu, he also alleged “lies” and “corruption” were the reasons for the “death” of the ruling party in the state.Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrashekar Rao congratulates YSRCP chief Jagan Reddy on winning a huge mandate in Andhra Pradesh.Armed with massive leads in the state, Jagan Reddy took to Facebook announcing his victory as that of the people. “This is the victory of people of Andhra Pradesh,” he posted. Jagan Reddy’s YSRCP is headed for a big win in 20 Lok Sabha seats as well, including Araku, Amalapuram, Kadappa, Nellore, Tirupati, Guntur. Naidu’s TDP, on the other hand, is ahead in four seats, including Kakinada, Vijaywada, Rajahmundry, Bapatla. Sources said that the YSRCP camp is already finalising dates for Jagan Reddy’s swearing-in as the new Andhra Chief Minister and a meeting for the same will be held on May 25. Headache is mounting for Chandrababu Naidu with his son Nara Lokesh also trailing in Mangalagiri to BJP’s Alla Rama Krishna Reddy. Interestingly, actor Pawan Kalyan’s Jana Sena has picked up the lead in one assembly seat. A strong anti-incumbency, caste and corruption were the major factors when voters marched to polling booths for the simultaneous election on April 11. Soaring heat, faulty EVMs and VVPAT glitches stretched the polling late into the night on election day, following which CM Chandrababu Naidu lodged a complaint with the Election Commission.Hotels in Amarvati are reportedly packed as supporters of both leaders have made the capital city their home ahead of the results. Andhra Pradeshandhra-pradesh-elections-2019arvind kejriwalBahujan samaj party First Published: May 23, 2019, 10:50 AM ISTlast_img read more

For First Time CPIM Admits That Sabarimala Temple Issue Led to Lok

first_imgThiruvananthapuram: After the Lok Sabha poll drubbing in Kerala, where the LDF could win only a single seat, the ruling CPI(M) on Wednesday admitted the entry of two women into the Sabarimala temple did cause a “big impact” at the hustings.This was stated in a post-poll evaluation report, prepared by the party’s central committee and discussed during the two-day state committee meeting here on Sunday and Monday, excerpts of which were published in party mouthpiece “Deshabhimani” on Wednesday. A day after the human wall of women was organised by the ruling front on January 1, two women had trekked the holy hills and offered prayers at the Sabarimala temple.This was much used by the Opposition Congress-led UDF and the BJP during the election campaign, creating a “big impact” among party sympathisers, it was stated in the report.This is the first time that the CPI(M) has openly admitted the entry of the two women — Bindu and Kanakadurga (both in their forties) — into the Lord Ayyappa temple on January 2 had contributed to the Front’s defeat.The Supreme Court had on September 28 last year allowed women of all age groups to offer prayers at the Ayyappa temple in Sabarimala, where earlier women and girls in the menstrual age were forbidden.Protests had broken out in the state after the LDF government decided to implement the verdict.Earlier, Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan had stated that Sabarimala women’s entry issue was not the reason for the ruling Left front’s rout in the LS polls and had claimed that many voted for Congress-led UDF, which won 19 seats, expecting it to form the government at the Centre.While the CPI(M) and the LDF government decided to favour the SC court verdict, the Congress and the BJP first supported and later changed their stance.They launched a “vicious” campaign against the LDF and succeeded in attracting the section of voters close to LDF, the report stated.The fear that the BJP would ride to power at the Centre once again, created a pro-UDF wave among secular minds and led to votes being polled in favour of the UDF, it said.The report said the CPI(M) failed to read the pulse of the people, which was a “serious” flaw.Though there was good acceptance of the LDF government’s performance among people, it, however, was not reflected in the poll outcome and this needed to be examined.The report also stated that at the centre there was a need to form a secular government for which there was need to strengthen the Left presence.However, the LDF could not garner the confidence of the electorate.To ensure the defeat of CPI(M) and the LDF, the report alleged that in Thiruvananthapuram, Attingal, Pathnamthitta, Thrissur and Palakkad, the BJP gave a share of their votes in favour of UDF.The report said even though it was the Left party which was at the receiving end of political violence in the state, the UDF, the BJP and the media succeeded in unleashing a campaign blaming the CPI(M) and LDF for the same.Despite a chunk of its votes going to the UDF kitty, the BJP could garner 15.56 per cent votes and this has created a “big scare”, it said adding to stall the saffron party’s growth in the state, there is need to put up a united fight and be patient.In some party strongholds, there has been an erosion in the votebank, and it needs to be examined why despite the party’s efforts and the good performance of the government, the party failed to expand it voter base.The report stated the party had failed to attract youngsters and wanted it to tap social media like the BJP.It also expressed anguish over the erosion in its traditional votebank in its strongholds CPI(M)DeshabhimaniKerala Chief Minister Pinarayi VijayanKerala CPM First Published: June 26, 2019, 6:20 PM ISTlast_img read more

Step into the center of the galaxy with NASAs 360degree visualization

first_imgHave you ever wanted to take a supermassive black hole’s view of the galaxy? Then you’re in luck. Researchers at NASA’s Chandra X-ray Observatory have released a stunning, immersive video that let you view the Milky Way as if you were sitting right in the center of the galaxy.If you view the video on YouTube, you can see 360 degrees of beautiful galactic activity created from a combination of supercomputer simulations and data from Chandra. If you have a high-definition display, then fire it up, as the visualization is available in Ultra HD — up to 8K definition. Or if you’re on a smartphone, move the phone around to see different areas of the movie. And if you have a VR headset, then you’re in for a treat, as you can explore the visualizations in virtual reality.At the center of the galaxy sits a supermassive black hole creating enormous gravitational forces, and around which matter in the Milky Way rotates. The visualization shows the stellar giants which live nearby, in a region called Sagittarius A* located a few light-years away. These stellar giants create powerful winds which have a key role in star formation. They also push material like dust and gas toward the supermassive black hole, feeding it a steady supply of matter.When winds from the massive stars in this region collide, they form clumps of material which fall back toward Sagittarius A* along with low-density gases. The gases emit X-rays, which the Chandra telescope can detect in order to work out how matter is moving in this distant and very active location. Gases start off moving slowly toward Sagittarius A*, then pick up speed as they move closer to the galactic center. Flashes of X-rays are given off when clumps of gas collide, causing the gas to rapidly heat before cooling again.The visualization show the processes in this busy region in action: The blues and cyans represent X-ray emissions from hot gas, which reaches a blistering temperature of tens of millions of degrees, the red shows ultraviolet emissions which are given off by relatively cooler gas with temperatures in the range of tens of thousands of degrees, and the yellow shows the areas of cooler gas which has the highest densities.The visualization was first presented by Dr. Christopher Russell of the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile (Pontifical Catholic University) at the 17th meeting of the High-Energy Astrophysics (HEAD) of the American Astronomical Society. Editors’ Recommendations How do you kill a jellyfish galaxy? With a supermassive black hole Supermassive black hole resides inside a supermassive galaxy Milky Way’s supermassive black hole is wrapped in a vast mantle of cool gas Practically perfect in every way: Hubble shows galaxy with amazing symmetry Russia launches X-ray observatory capable of locating thousands of black holeslast_img read more

Oppos exciting new tech hides the selfie camera under the phone screen

first_img Editors’ Recommendations Oppo RX17 Pro review Notch no more: The era of the in-display smartphone selfie camera has arrived Oppo Reno 10x Zoom hands-on review OnePlus 7 Pro review Google Pixel 3a and Pixel 3a XL review Oppo has revealed impressive new technology that hides a smartphone’s selfie camera beneath the display itself — taking its devices another step closer to providing an entirely unspoiled and completely immersive viewing experience. The company showed its Under-Screen Camera, or USC, for the first time at MWC Shanghai 2019, and explained some of the technical challenges around making it.Many will be concerned about the camera’s ability to take good photos when set under the screen. Oppo took steps to make sure the sensor gets enough light, but the transparency of the screen itself introduced problems with glare, haze, color inaccuracies, noise, and diffraction. To combat this, Oppo has made the section of screen above the camera from a custom piece of highly transparent material, then redesigned the pixel structure to ensure none of these light problems are encountered.Next, Oppo decided on a bigger sensor with a larger aperture, and bigger pixels, so the camera could make best use of the light it gets. Software in the phone deals with some of the harder problems: a haze-removal algorithm increases sharpness, a new HDR algorithm balances exposure, and a special white balance algorithm keeps the colors in check. The camera will take photos worthy of any other selfie camera, says Oppo, and adds that it will have a portrait mode, a beauty mode, and different filters as you’d expect. 1. Oppo’s USC, or Under Screen Camera. 2. USC means no notch, bezels, or pop-up camera This no-compromise approach is to be expected; but Oppo also mentions an interesting side benefit of the USC — a higher degree of water resistance, due to the USC allowing a complete, true unibody design. Using a USC also means the notch, hole-punch camera, or pop-up cameras are no longer the only solutions to retaining a selfie camera on bezel-less smartphone designs.The Under-Screen Camera is the result of several years hard work at Oppo. The project began in 2017, with development officially starting in May 2018, and now with the official reveal in Shanghai, it has become the first company to demonstrate what’s expected to become an industry trend. Xiaomi is already hot on Oppo’s heels with in-display camera tech, and we expect others to show off similar tech too.When will you see the first Oppo phone with a USC? Oppo says it will release a phone with the camera in the near future, but has not been more precise. Oppo sells smartphones in China, other parts of Asia, Europe, and in the U.K.. It does not sell smartphones in the U.S.last_img read more

LG V30 Geekbench scores will make you want to get it

first_imgWhile still a contentious topic, benchmarks are still popular and widely used, more as a common point of reference and a launchpad for discussion. While they may or may not reflect real world use, they can come pretty close to giving users an idea of what they’re in for. And those waiting for LG’s “true” 2017 flagship might be in for a treat. The LG V30 has just popped up at Geekbench, just a month shy of its official unveiling, and it has some pretty sweet numbers to boast of. On the one hand, it’s not that surprising to see the LG V30 get some high scores in Geekbench’s single and multi core tests. After all, it’s running on the latest Qualcomm Snapdragon 835. But not all smartphones are made equal, even when they’re using the same processor. The “LG-H932PR” believed to be the LG V30 got a score of 1899 in the single-core test and 6350 in the multi-core test, putting it in the top 3 of Geekbench’s Android chart.To put things into perspective, the Galaxy S8 and S8+ occupy the top spots but with one important caveat. Only the Exynos 8895 models get those high scores. The Snapdragon 835 variants actually perform poorly in Geekbench’s tests, scoring even way below Huawei’s P10 with its Kirin 960 CPU, which itself scores lower than the LG V30. The only other smartphone to beat the V30’s score is the Xiaomi Mi 6, which also uses a Snapdragon 835. The Mi 6, however, only has a Full HD screen and gets 6 GB of RAM, which helps in the overall performance of the phone.So the LG V30 is poised to be one of the top performing smartphones this year. At least if you take into account Geekbench’s scores and nothing else. While performance is an important aspect of a phone’s usability, it isn’t the only one either.Much of the LG V30 has already been leaked, so there won’t be much of a surprise left when LG unveils it on 31st August. The Geekbench entry confirms the somewhat disappointing 4 GB of RAM only. It is expected to have the same 18:9 FullVision Display tech as the LG G6, except on a larger scale. The only question left really is whether LG has indeed traded in its second screen for an OLED panel and whether its dual cameras will finally redeem LG’s name on DxOMark’s charts.VIA: Telefoon.nllast_img read more