Scientists grow yeast for beer making using spent grains

first_img“Sustainability is a business priority, especially for a large-scale commercial brewery like APB Singapore. We take great efforts to reduce our waste footprint, through such circular processes that ensure materials like spent grain, glass bottles, and even waste water are repurposed and not simply discarded.”Share with your network: Tags: brewingManufactuirngSingapore © NTU SingaporeScientists grow yeast for beer making using spent grainsPosted By: News Deskon: August 30, 2017In: Alcohol, Beverage, Industries, Ingredients, Innovation, ManufacturingPrintEmailScientists from Nanyang Technological University in Singapore (NTU Singapore) have invented a new process to turn spent brewery grains into a valuable product that can grow beer yeast.Spent grain amounts to as much as 85% of a brewery’s waste. This is of little value, so the discarded grain is often used as compost or for animal feed. Researchers at the university said the new conversion process turns brewer’s waste into a valuable liquid nutrient, as similar commercial liquid nutrients are sold for $30 per litre. In comparison, the research team’s upcycled liquid nutrient is produced at only a fraction of the cost.The innovation has drawn the interest of several international beverage companies including Asia Pacific Breweries (APB) in Singapore.Professor William Chen, director of NTU’s Food Science and Technology Programme, is now in talks with companies to license or commercialise the technology. “We have developed a way to use food-grade microorganisms to convert the spent grains into basic nutrients that can be easily consumed by yeast,” he said.“About 85% of the waste in brewing beer can now be turned into a valuable resource, helping breweries to reduce waste and production cost while becoming more self-sustainable.”Researchers said that there is a need to innovate in creating foods and processes to alleviate the increasing demand from a burgeoning global population.NTU claimed that over 193 billion litres of beer are produced annually worldwide, generating some 39 million tonnes of spent grain. For every five litres of beer produced, one kg of spent grain is created.Head of corporate affairs at APB Singapore Mitchell Leow said: “This research is a testament to how science and innovation enables companies to find novel ways to be more sustainable in their operations.last_img read more

Current trends shaping the beverage industry in 2018

first_imgWorld Beverage Innovation AwardsHave you launched a new product? Then the World Beverage Innovation Awards are for you! We regularly come across new products and trends, providing them with the platform to get the exposure they deserve. Showcase your latest innovations and set that trend!Find out more hereShare with your network: Tags: beveragedrinksWorld Beverage Innovation Awards 2018 Canned alcoholDespite drinking less, the hectic modern lifestyle of Generation-Y is driven by convenience. Canned alcohol is not necessarily revolutionary, but original flavour combinations will lead the way, particularly in the form of pre-mixed cocktails. With the World Beverage Innovation Awards drawing nearer, we take a look at five trends that are shaping the beverage industry right now in the hope that it inspires your entry into this year’s awards scheme – to be held at BrauBeviale in Germany this November.Protein drinks Following the rise in conscious living and healthy eating habits, variations of protein drinks will see further growth, particularly with plant-based alternatives to animal protein. Protein drinks will reach a wider market of consumers through a combination of unique flavours and healthy, sustainable ingredients © Cannabis Energy DrinkA now-legal highLast year’s prediction of botanical beverages has gone a step further this year as a result of the legalisation of marijuana in Canada, and softening consumer attitudes towards cannabis. There is no shortage of opportunities for innovation with the growth of cannabis-infused drinks. Cannabis is a controversial ingredient that will be positioned alongside natural medicinal beverages.Adult soft drinksHealth-conscious millennials are found to be drinking less than their parents. So, this year non-alcoholic drinks are a growing area. New and unique combinations will inspire these tonics and ‘non-alcoholic’ spirits, and natural botanic ingredients will drive innovative flavours.Cold brewThe influence of craft last year will continue on into 2018, but cold brew coffee will grow in popularity as opposed to traditionally brewed coffee. Cold brew guarantees a stronger flavour without the bitter and often acidic taste of traditional coffee. The personal touch from smaller producers and a simplistic design will adorn the packaging of successful brands. Current trends shaping the beverage industry in 2018Posted By: Tesni Robertson: July 23, 2018In: Alcohol, Beverage, Industries, Interesting Lists, Tea & CoffeePrintEmaillast_img read more

Kerry rolls out solution which can reduce acrylamide levels by 90

first_imgKerry rolls out solution which can reduce acrylamide levels by 90%Posted By: Contributoron: January 30, 2019In: Bakery, Confectionery, Industries, Ingredients, Innovation, New productsPrintEmailKerry has launched a non-GMO yeast which has the ability to reduce acrylamide levels by up to 90% across a range of food and beverage products, including biscuits, crackers, French fries, potato crisps, coffee and infant food.Called Acryleast, the clean-label solution is rich in asparaginase enzyme and has been introduced in partnership with Renaissance BioScience after the two companies secured a licence agreement last month.Kerry has initially focused Acryleast application analysis in the categories of baked goods. However, this is being expanded to snacks, processed potatoes and other categories, as the market for non-GMO acrylamide reduction solutions continues to gain traction.The company said that acrylamide is fast becoming “a big concern” for the food industry, due to the growing body of evidence of its role as a potential carcinogen.Indeed, a study published last year revealed that among consumers who are aware of acrylamide, 70% are concerned by its potential health effects.Commenting on the launch, Matthew May, Kerry’s bakery lead for Europe and Russia, said: “Across our entire taste and nutrition portfolio, we are keen to ensure that the functionality of our ingredients is reliable and consistent. On this basis, we repeatedly tested Acryleast’s effectiveness in reducing acrylamide levels across a range of biscuit and cracker applications.“This involved testing in both our own laboratories and in scaled-up plant trials, where reductions of greater than 90% were achieved. Importantly, these trials also demonstrated no impact on taste or texture, confirming that Acryleast is a very effective and versatile solution for acrylamide reduction, that requires no or minimal changes to existing manufacturing processes.”Mike Woulfe, VP business development enzymes at Kerry, said: “For Kerry, it was essential to launch a solution that was clean label and non-GMO so that both producers and consumers could trust that acrylamide was being reduced consistently, and in the right way. We are delighted to partner with Renaissance, an innovative life science company. Their non-GMO approach to acrylamide reduction fits very well with our clean-label strategy. “Our extensive laboratory and sensory analyses have demonstrated that foods produced using Acryleast are comparable in appearance, aroma, flavour and texture to those produced without Acryleast. It is a versatile solution that offers manufacturers an acrylamide reduction strategy that is much more effective than alternative approaches, which require them to fundamentally change their process e.g. lowering temperatures, processing time or changing raw ingredients.”Dr Cormac O’Cleirigh, chief business development officer at Renaissance BioScience, added: “For customers looking for peace of mind and a more natural, non-GMO, sustainable solution to a naturally occurring problem, Acryleast is the perfect natural and clean-label solution. Couple this with Kerry’s global scale and unmatched taste, applications and sensory expertise, and you have the recipe for long-term success.” Kerry is rolling out Acryleast globally now, with the exception of 11 markets where Orkla Food Ingredients has a license agreement with Renaissance BioScience Corp to promote its own acrylamide-reducing yeast enzyme.Share with your network: Tags: acrylamideIrelandKerrylast_img read more

Hidden gems readers share tips on US national parks – as it

first_imgThis land is your land Share on Twitter Report Share Facebook Facebook Alastair Gee public lands editor @alastairgee 26 May 2018 9:31 4 5 ThinkThankThunk Reuse this content,View all comments > 26 May 2018 9:34 Eeeeeexactly. Shares4545 | Pick Facebook Share on Facebook Report | Pick Share Report 26 May 201815:54Pueblos and eruptions past: Wupatki national monument and Sunset Crater Volcano national monument, Arizona 26 May 201814:42Among the ancients at Redwood national and state parks, California GRBnative Live feed Report Now you’ve ruined it for the rest of us. Reply Share on Facebook Veufveuve Share on Twitter Facebook Share on Facebook Twitter Share on Twitter “I had 15-minute stretches alone on rocky cliffs overlooking the Pacific and the beautiful seascape below. The wildlife was spectacular. I saw whales, dolphins, seals, sea lions, foxes, and even a Garibaldi (the California state marine fish). I got my fill of hiking and kayaking as well. All on one of the busiest weekends for parks! I cannot wait to return.” AmigodeDurruti Share on Messenger Share on Facebook San Francisco’s drinking water, and others reasons to visit the backcountry of Yosemite national park, CaliforniaYosemite is vast – there are 1,100 square miles of wilderness. Peter Lund recounts a hike he made to the Hetch Hetchy reservoir, which supplies San Francisco’s drinking water, with the Sierra Club: “Apart from the first and last day, we never saw more than four people on any of the days we were out (seven in total). The mountain and lake scenery was spectacular throughout, though the midges were pestilential on some evenings.” Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share on LinkedIn 26 May 201816:06 2 3 Twitter Facebook Twitter 26 May 201815:54 Facebook (We’ll be editing these pieces for length and clarity.)Updatedat 9.19am EDT “We had a wonderful day hiking in an almost deserted Sunset Crater Volcano combined with an afternoon at the enchanting archaeological site at Wupatki just a few miles away. It was that day that the desert really cast its spell over me.” fantod Report 26 May 201814:42 Share on Facebook fantod Reply 0 1 Twitter 18 19 26 May 2018 2:22 Alligators? Just stay in your canoe. Photograph: Alamy Stock Photo Share Devils Tower national monument in Wyoming Photograph: Alamy Stock Photo 0 1 Mt Lassen Volcanic NP is beautiful, unusual wilderness – and empty. We did a 14 mile hike around 4 July last year and saw 5 other people the whole day – including walking around twolarge lakes. Share on Facebook | Pick Facebook 26 May 2018 4:33 Facebook Report Share on Facebook “Founded as a handy way-stop between Zion and the North Rim of the Grand Canyon when the park service was in its infancy, Pipe Spring does a really fine job of preserving Mormon history, presenting it to the public in rich context, and reminding anybody who comes here that Pipe Spring might be a Mormon fort but the whole monument is surrounded by the Kaibab Paiute reservation. It also preserves and showcases a rich history of Paiute and much older Native history, in collaboration with the Paiutes. Pipe is a fast visit, is completely out of the ordinary, and shows what a fine job the park service can do with a site that could easily have been (and was for decades) a celebratory monument to Mormon and American colonialism.” Share on Facebook Share 26 May 201813:08 CitizenAZ … which is 299,900 too many. “The landscape is so incredibly stunning: at sunset and dawn, looking down from a hill into the untouched nature, you really feel like you are in a fairyland. Bison and wild horses roam free and enjoy scratching their backs on the trail-marking poles, often taking them down. Small, muddy streams can appear in a fairly unpredictable way, and often cross the trails, so you need to be ready to take off your shoes and dive across! It all makes hiking in the backcountry much more of an adventure than in most other parks. You may very well get lost (we did!) but in the park you are allowed to camp anywhere, and since it is relatively small you can easily find your way back to the road. The only downside… is ticks. tons of them. But they aren’t the really mean ones.” 26 May 2018 1:56 25 May 201811:52 So far a clean miss on my secret spots. Good. I’m not sharing. Those seeking can get off their ass and do the necessary leg work to find them. Reply Report fantod GRBnative Reply Reply Vegas79 Share on Twitter Facebook Great Sandunes in Colorado. Hike up to Zapata Falls; 8000 feet and ice cold. 26 May 2018 4:36 Share on Twitter Wondrous geology: Capitol Reef national park, UtahCapitol Reef is one of Utah’s Mighty Five (along with Zion, Arches, Bryce Canyon and Canyonlands). It’s firmly on the radar, with 1.2m visitors per year. Yet reader Fletcher Hill believes it still isn’t getting its dues: Facebook Fri 25 May 2018 17.06 EDT Facebook Share on Twitter The East Cabin at Pipe Spring national monument, Arizona Photograph: Wayne Hsieh / Flickr Report A view of Biscayne national park, Florida Photograph: Courtesy of Denise R Twitter Facebook Twitter Twitter 50 Lassen volcanic National park in California has epic views, a wide variety of landscapes from sulfuric pools to alpine meadows, and is practically empty compared to Yosemite. Updatedat 11.14am EDT I’ve visited National Parks all over America. One thing I’ve discovered is that people don’t like to walk. Even in the most visited park, The Great Smoky Mountains, I’ve discovered that if I head down a trail for only a few hundred feet, the crowds disappear. I used to work in Utah during the summers. Even at the height of summer visitation, parks like Arches, Canyonlands, and Capitol Reef have no or few people on the trails away from the visitors’ centers. I don’t mean heading across country and getting lost, I mean being on a trail you can follow back again. Most visitors just don’t want to have to walk. Delicate Arch is about the only place that takes effort to get to that stays crowded. Most trails lead you away from people. “State parks are often overlooked, yet they offer rich alternatives to the national parks, especially at the height of the season. The Valley of Fire State Park is a stunning geological wonder in the Mojave Desert, a petrified valley of red sandstone eroded into forms that resemble flames. It has a variety of landscapes: open areas where the rocky outcrops float on plains of sage brush; slot canyons and arches; and trails that wind through red sandstone, white and pink limestone. There are sites where you can find petroglyphs 2-3,000 years old. This wonderful place is less than an hour from Las Vegas. On the two occasions I visited the park, once in September (when there was no one there) and once in the summer season on the way to Zion (when there were a few people around), the sense of ancient geological time was tangible.”One more picture because it’s so lovely… Share on Twitter Vegas79 26 May 201817:06The weekend beckons… Facebook 26 May 2018 4:40 Twitter Tahoe is beautiful but it’s not a National Park. 2 Facebook Facebook Report Reply Share on Twitter I doubt that these places will suddenly be inundated with Guardian readers. Nevada’s Valley of Fire State Park. Photograph: Adam Gray / Barcroft Images Twitter Twitter Aldous0rwell Email (optional) Reply When I see someone in my favorite California places, I know it’s because they worked hard to find it and we become silent kindred. Let the Chinese busloads have the rest of it, in its commercialized fading glory. I will treasure my hideyholes and share them only with family. Report Share on Twitter Twitter Report National parks Comments 62 Share on Facebook Report Share via Email Facebook Share on Facebook Report Report Petra Kandus olman132 26 May 2018 2:39 Share on Twitter oldest Twitter Facebook | Pick Feeling expansive at Berlin-Ichthyosaur State Historic Park, NevadaFor Sofia Steinhagen, this park in central Nevada was a place to contemplate both large prehistoric marine reptiles and her own place in the universe. Berlin-Ichthyosaur is the site of the largest-known specimens of ichthyosaurs, which lived in the sea that covered the Silver State 225m years ago. There’s also a well-preserved ghost town and cemetery. “Imagine my surprise while taking a back road to Reno from Bishop, California when I spotted the little sign that saying “Icthyosaur”!! Standing on the edge of the Great Basin while gazing westward evokes a feeling of vastness when one imagines the ancient shoreline under one’s feet. I’ve been twice and will go again. Remote but so worth it.” | Pick Share Reply 26 May 2018 4:43 Report “There’s one park so saturated in peacefulness and beauty that it’s surprising many are ignorant of its charm.Utah highway 24 crosses the waist of Capitol Reef national park as you’re heading east on your way to Goblin Valley or Green River. It looks like a nice picnic stop. But it is a geological wonder. It has breathtaking canyons. The Fremont River gorge is stupendous. There are hanging canyon hikes, natural bridges, exquisite wind-weathered rocks. It houses incredible petroglyphs that connect the park to the Fremont Indian civilization that spanned central Utah when Augustus ruled Rome. The Wingate sandstone escarpment shares Zion’s colors while the reefs foreshadow those of the San Rafael Swell.These are the easy things, accessible from pavement and gentle trails. For the more adventurous there are wondrous rewards in exchange for four-wheel hazards and primitive camping up in the Bentonite Hills and Cathedral Valley.” Inspiration Point, Anacapa Island in springtime. Photograph: Edwin Beckenbach/Getty Images Facebook Facebook Rivermama Rivermama Facebook 0 1 Luckily very few stay overnight. I spent a week on one of the islands and only saw two people, and those for only a total of a couple of hours. “Mum” is the word… I hopped trains to get to Lassen when I was twenty. Share on Twitter Twitter 25 May 201811:30 | Pick Twitter Facebook Cuyahoga Valley national park, Ohio Photograph: Courtesy of the National Park Service expanded Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Share on Facebook Share on Twitter 0 1 11 12 1 Twitter Facebook Facebook Reply Rivermama Share Facebook 7 8 | Pick comments (62)Sign in or create your Guardian account to join the discussion. 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Mine couldn’t keep secrets to save their lives. | Pick Report This land is your land 26 May 201816:47San Francisco’s drinking water, and others reasons to visit the backcountry of Yosemite national park, California 26 May 201812:20 Share on Twitter 25 May 2018 23:22 Reply Reply Twitter Facebook | Pick marshwren Share on Facebook Attu de Bubbalot 11 12 Twitter Share on Twitter Reply 26 May 2018 0:30 | Pick Share on Twitter | Pick Reply Share 26 May 2018 4:20 Share 1 2 Facebook Facebook Can’t get Baxter State Park out of my mind, MaineDeepesh Rana has sent some stunning pictures of Baxter State Park in Maine, which has been described by advocates as “a magnificent obsession” covering 210,000 acres about 215 miles north of Portland. 0 1 Share on Twitter Share on Facebook | Pick Grazing happily at Theodore Roosevelt national park Photograph: Courtesy of Silvia Bonvini The lesser-known Acadia: Isle au Haut, Maine Report 25 Twitter Facebook Twitter Twitter Share on Twitter 26 May 2018 5:20 Great Sand Dunes national park and preserve, Colorado. Photograph: Alamy Stock Photo Hyphenman Vigil2010 AmigodeDurruti Report 26 May 201816:47 In northern Arizona, we had a wonderful day hiking in an almost deserted Sunset Crater Volcano National Monument combined with an afternoon at the enchanting archaeological site at Wupatki National Monument just a few miles. It was that day that the desert really cast its spell over me. We were on the way from Flagstaff to Page but both sites could also be combined in a very accessible day trip from Flagstaff. Facebook Share Share 26 May 2018 3:47 compostmodern 1 2 | Pick Show Report Reply Facebook Facebook First published on Fri 25 May 2018 02.00 EDT Twitter apacheman Facebook Facebook Reply Share on Twitter You nailed it. My wife and I went on an epic spring hike early in the morning. Within 100 yards, there is a spectacular waterfall, but further in, the forest was breathtaking, we found more waterfalls and had incredible views. We were alone the entire day on a 10 mile hike that we’ll never forget. When we got back to the trailhead, the parking lot was jammed and there must have been 100 people hanging out at the first waterfall. Nobody ventured in further. It’s just plain lazy and they miss out on so much more. Facebook Twitter Share Twitter Facebook Share on Facebook It seems strange to just consider national parks. Why exclude national monuments and state parks? e.g. White Sands National Monument has to be seen to be believed. I’m currently parked a block away from Aztec Ruins National Monument and there is so much stuff to see and do within 50 miles that it’s like having a “segmented” national park.,_New_Mexico Some states have amazing state park systems, the parks are small but each has some cool, unique thing. I’ve been doing a loop of state parks in New Mexico that have campground spaces for a 40′ RV (my home), and even just that limited subset has some exceptional things to see and do. So far I’ve been to Caballo Lake (Riverside campground), Percha Dam, Manzano Mountains, Living Desert, Bottomless Lakes, Storrie Lake, Oasis, and Navajo Lake. I’ve still got 3 or 4 to go and I’m really looking forward to the dinosaur tracks at Clayton Lake. I’ll leave the national parks for the hordes of tourists… while I enjoy places like Facebook Report Share on Facebook What, no love for Tahoe? Share Reply AmigodeDurruti Twitter Reply Share on WhatsApp Twitter | Pick Hyphenman | Pick Facebook Aldous0rwell 3 4 Not your usual Cuyahoga Valley national park, OhioLocated in a densely populated part of northern Ohio, Cuyahoga Valley national park, which traces a scenic and historic waterway, draws over 2m visitors every year. Commenter clevelandbill writes:“The Towpath Trail can get busy, but get off that and up into the forests, including the very best section of the Buckeye Trail in northern Ohio, and you’ll find surprising solitude, unbelievably located between two major cities.” Share Report 2 Reply Report Twitter The delights of Devils Tower, WyomingYou’re in Wyoming. You’ve seen Yellowstone. You’ve taken our advice and hit up the Bridger-Teton national forest. Perhaps you should stop by that gigantic rock formation you’ve seen hovering above the landscape, suggests Roly Smith. Share Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share 26 May 201814:06Everglades national park, Florida: alligators and other adventures 26 May 2018 2:54 6 7 Share on Twitter 26 May 2018 4:05 Facebook | Pick 26 May 2018 0:32 Patricia Cole writes of a watery wonder in the northeast:“Nearly half this beautiful, rugged island several miles off the Maine coast is part of Acadia National Park, but much less-visited. You get to Isle au Haut on the Mail Boat out of Stonington, a gorgeous 40-minute ride among spruce-covered islands. There are many hiking trails on the island, including one up Duck Harbor Mountain where you have incredible views out over Penobscot Bay. There are several park-maintained campsites at Duck Harbor, as well as one inn, the Keeper’s House, which was once just that for the Isle au Haut lighthouse . The Maine Lobster Lady has a food truck with amazing lobster rolls and other goodies, and there is a small but surprisingly well-stocked general store. Full disclosure: We spend the summers on the island and think it’s a very special place!”Updatedat 10.53am EDT Hyphenman Reply Share 2 3 Report 6 7 Welcome, and follow along for readers’ stories – live!Welcome to our national park live blog! Memorial Day weekend is a time when Americans get outside to enjoy the nation’s glorious parks – but it’s increasingly clear that the most popular are struggling to handle the strain. Places like Zion and Yellowstone are overwhelmed with visitors.We asked two dozen experts – from Ryan Zinke to Leslie Marmon Silko and Joan Naviyuk Kane – to suggest their favorite alternatives to the thronged favorites. Now we want to hear from you.Do you have a beloved national park, monument, forest or wilderness that is underappreciated? We’d love to hear about it. Please send an email to with a few lines explaining why your chosen destination is special, and what someone should see or do when they get there.Starting Friday at 9am ET, we’ll be checking the inbox and posting a selection on this page throughout the day. We can’t wait to hear from you.Updatedat 8.17pm EDT 25 May 2018 23:28 Report | Pick 26 May 2018 0:51 Report Report Relics inside dilapidated homes at Berlin ghost town at Berlin-Ichthyosaur State Park in central Nevada. Photograph: TravelNevada/Sydney Martinez collapsed Reply Share via Email Rana says:“The sheer backcountry feel of this place blew me away. All water bodies in the park are reserved for wildlife which adds to a true wilderness feel while you’re there. The hikes are amazing and almost always lead to stupendous views of Mount Katahdin — the towering northern terminus of the Appalachian Trail. I visited the park over July 4 weekend in 2016 and was amazed at how relatively private our experience was. The park is a must-visit to experience true northeast backcountry wilderness.” Please select Personal abuse Off topic Legal issue Trolling Hate speech Offensive/Threatening language Copyright Spam Other | Pick clevelandbill Facebook When the park service really gets it right: Pipe Spring national monument, ArizonaLike other of our commenters, Leighton Quarles is deeply informed about the nation’s protected places.“I am a public historian and PhD student completing an administrative history of Zion National Park as a contract with National Park Service,” he writes. He highlights Pipe Spring in Arizona as an NPS success story. 1 2 Share Reply 1 0 1 Hell, no, I’m not telling my secret places! Why on Earth would anyone do that, and open the floodgates? That’s why they are secret. Good grief! Find your own, on your own. Share on Twitter 25 May 201811:13 | Pick Share fantod Facebook Reply Report Reply Updatedat 2.59pm EDT Twitter Share Share Share on Facebook 26 May 2018 17:06 26 May 2018 9:31 26 May 2018 0:51 Boardwalk traversing the Big Boiler pool and fumarole steam vents at the Bumpass Hell area in Lassen Volcanic national park. Photograph: Witold Skrypczak/Getty Images/Lonely Planet Images 26 May 2018 4:17 NeverForever | Pick Replycenter_img Twitter Storms over Wupatki Pueblo Photograph: NPS photo (B. Sutton) | Pick Share on Twitter Petra Kandus | Pick Report Twitter Stripes of desert varnish line the canyon walls of Capitol Gorge in Utah’s Capitol Reef National Park. Photograph: Larry Geddis / Alamy/Alamy Irresistible Biscayne national park, FloridaDenise R may be the perfect person to give the following recommendation. She was also kind enough to send us a photo…“95% of Biscayne is water so it’s a great place for boating, fishing and snorkeling. I’m a park ranger here so will admit some bias, but who could resist a view like this taken from Boca Chita, one of the islands you can visit in the park?” Twitter | Pick National parks Share Share on Pinterest Twitter | Pick Twitter Ricko Smith | Pick Share on Facebook olman132 Share on Twitter Show 25 Tour buses rolling in 3… 2… View more comments Report Johnrieber Show 1 more reply Report Share Email Share on Twitter 25 May 2018 23:57 Share on Twitter Facebook Share Share Share on Facebook Twitter Twitter 26 May 201812:59 Share on Facebook Share Loading comments… Trouble loading? Isle Au Haut Lighthouse in Maine Photograph: Michael Hilton / Alamy/Alamy AmigodeDurruti Twitter Twitter Twitter 26 May 2018 3:28 Reply Share on Facebook Share on Facebook “It stands like a gigantic, fluted Doric column, rising a sheer 867 feet straight up out of the surrounding Wyoming prairies, and is a landmark for miles around. Such was its singularity, Devils Tower became the original national monument, established by President Theodore Roosevelt in 1906.Long before that it was known to the local Sioux tribes as “the Grizzly Bear’s Lodge”, and the fluted columns were thought to be the result of the scrabbling bear’s claw marks as it attempted to climb to the flat, one-and-a-half acre summit. Modern geologists have more prosaic interpretations, believing it to be either the plug of a long extinct volcano or a shallow intrusion, or ‘sill’, of hardened magma that thrust through the surrounding sedimentary layers around 40 million years ago.Either way, Devils Tower dominates the surrounding landscape like no other physical feature, and its architectural qualities made it the ideal first national monument. There’s a fine, stepped trail which will take you around the tower and an informative museum and visitor center at the entrance.” Updatedat 10.54am EDT Share on Facebook Really? When did that become a US National Park? And which state is it in? Share on Twitter Facebook 26 May 201813:33 4 5 Report Share on Twitter I have several little-known favorites, including Mt. Lassen Volcanic NP, but a real gem is Silver Falls State Park, Oregon. A seven-mile trail leads one past ten spectacular waterfalls as you descend the river valley I wish I could post photos of my scores of favorite parks. Share on Facebook When it comes to park visitors, a minor group of people don’t know how to act in these areas. They are loud ,litter, let their kids climb trees and generally disrespectful of our wonder lands Share on Facebook Reply compostmodern | Pick | Pick | Pick 26 May 2018 4:31 26 May 2018 4:18 1 2 Facebook Share Reply 0 1 Share on Twitter | Pick Facebook Valley of Fire state park one hour from Las Vegas, amazing rock colors and formations, esp if you don’t have time to make it to Zion & Bryce Canyons. | Pick 1 2 fimbulvinter 26 May 2018 4:55 Facebook Twitter Reply Djinn666 fantod Facebook Ackerson Meadow in Yosemite Photograph: Robb Hirsch/AP Twitter 25 May 2018 23:22 Valley of Fire State Park, NevadaOur rundown of the 22 parks you should visit as alternatives to the Yosemites and Yellowstones of the world is comprehensive – but there’s a lot we couldn’t fit in. That’s where you come in. Over the course of the day, we’d love to hear your own ideas and stories about stirring and evocative American landscapes that don’t receive as much love as they should. 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Make a contribution – The Guardian Share on Facebook fantod 25 May 2018 23:09 Another note of appreciation for Theodore Roosevelt national park, North DakotaDouglas Brinkley penned a lovely piece for us in praise of this northern park as an alternative to Mount Rushmore, and reader Silvia Bonvini is in full-throated agreement. | Pick To be fair, we’re talking about National Parks here, not closely guarded secrets. I recommended Redwood National Park and the redwood State Parks, but there are dozens of “secret spots” within these parks and nearby that I wouldn’t specify. | Pick | Pick Reply Share on Facebook This is a great article…so many amazing places to go that are away from the crowds…if you are on California’s spectacular coastline south of Monterey (where the aquarium is one of the world’s best), you can find a tiny little state park that allows you to walk to the coastline – there, hidden away, is a Calla Lilly field, nestled in a gully between the hills and the ocean…hundreds of them growing in an oasis of beauty – it’s free and hidden away – | Pick Facebook Share on Facebook Share on Twitter unthreaded Reply Twitter Facebook Never understood the urge to share ‘secret’ locations that are attractive because of their isolation and lack of people. What is the point? Close report comment form Share on Twitter Facebook Facebook Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Share newest 26 May 2018 4:46 | Pick Report Report Brian Gross Twitter 0 1 Facebook Reply If I have a secret spot, it sure wouldn’t stay that way if I mentioned it here. “In the summer it’s hot, humid, mosquito-infested and a bit of an acquired taste. From November to April, it’s balmy and beautiful and a treat, and I have gone a week at a time in winter without any bug spray. I know; I visit it almost every year. While the main Everglades is a flat plain of sawgrass, speckled with tree-covered hummocks standing like islands among the knee-deep water, it’s the western fringe that attracts me most.The Wilderness Waterway — a 99-mile canoe trek that takes eight days to complete — is an incredible adventure. Where else may you canoe among bald eagles, other colorful birdlife, and sleep on chickees (wooden platforms scattered among quiet and scenic bays). In the freshwater areas you may see the occasional alligator; stay in the canoe and you’re fine.”(P.S. Rachel Levin, who contributed to our main story, has written a brilliant book on what to do when you run into unsettling wildlife: Look Big: And Other Tips for Surviving Animal Encounters of All Kinds.) Seconded. Haven’t been there in years but always one of my favorites. i’ve lived/worked in Yellowstone and I’ve been to every national park and nearly every national monument in the western US, so my standards are pretty high. 2 3 Share on Twitter Share on Twitter 3 4 Facebook A rarified weekend at Channel Islands national park, CaliforniaThe Channel Islands are just across the water from Los Angeles and are home to small indigenous foxes and other native flora and fauna. Robert Knudson visited on the July 4 weekend last year. Canyon de Chelly, Arizona Beautiful small canyon you can walk all the way down in less than one hour. There be rewarded by remains of rock dwellings and petroglyphs. 3 4 No, it certainly is not. 26 May 2018 2:12 Twitter dphaynes Facebook Twitter Facebook Share on Twitter Report nobodyexpects 26 May 2018 3:58 Twitter Share 25 May 201809:15 | Pick Absolutely, people don’t want to walk. Sometimes it’s even a matter of a hundred meters and the crowds are gone. Even more true for bushwhacking; come off the trail for 50 meters and you’re totally isolated. 0 1 Share on Twitter Among the ancients at Redwood national and state parks, CaliforniaPhil Williamson advocates for the delights of Redwood national and state parks in northern California:“Walking in the true old-growth coast redwood forest is an experience like no other: the vast trees like huge red columns, the silence, the overwhelming sense of being in a truly primeval environment.And not too far away from Redwood national park — about a 4-hour drive — is another of the most spectacular parks in the system, Crater Lake national park in Oregon. The view across the lake from the crater’s rim, when the water reflects the sky and clouds like a mirror, is one of the finest in any park, rivaled only by the Grand Canyon itself.” Twitter 25 May 2018 22:44 Reply 2 3 Last light on the sandstone formation known as the Fire Wave. Photograph: Alamy Stock Photo Share on Facebook Updated 29 May 2018,The Boundary Waters canoe area wilderness in Minnesota. Where do you go to get away from it all?Photograph: Prisma Bildagentur AG / Alamy/Alamy Pueblos and eruptions past: Wupatki national monument and Sunset Crater Volcano national monument, ArizonaArizona isn’t all about the Grand Canyon, as commenter Veufveuve observes. A different itinerary might take in Sunset Crater Volcano national monument — it erupted in 1085 — and Wupatki national monument, renowned for its ruined pueblos. Share Mountains, water, boulders – is there anything else? Photograph: Courtesy of Deepesh Rana 4 5 Report | Pick Share compostmodern Share on Twitter 1 2 Channel Islands National Monument in California – beautiful deserted islands, full of life, visited by few folks (approximate visitation 2016 is around 300,000). Share on Twitter Topics Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Facebook dphaynes Reply Twitter Can’t keep a good thing quiet, eh? Share on Twitter Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Share on Facebook 26 May 2018 2:24 Share Show Twitter | Pick Report 1 2 Share on Facebook Twitter Twitter Show 1 more reply Reply | Pick Share on Facebook Reply Redwood National Park in northwestern California, along with the nearby State Parks – Humboldt Redwoods, Prairie Creek Redwoods, Del Norte Redwoods, and Jedediah Smith – which together form the Redwood National and State Parks UNESCO World Heritage Site, is without a doubt one of the less visited National Parks. Even in the high season one can find solitude on the lesser known, and in the off-season even the best trails (like the Miner’s Ridge-James Irvine loop or the Fern Canyon trail in Prairie Creek) are only lightly used. Walking in the true old-growth coast redwood forest is an experience like no other – the vast trees like huge red columns, the silence, the overwhelming sense of being in a truly primeval environment. And not too far away from Redwood National Park – about a 4-hour drive – is another of the least-visited and most spectacular parks in the system -Crater Lake National Park in Oregon. The view across the lake from the crater’s rim, when the after reflects the sky and clouds like a mirror – is one of the finest in any ark, rivaled only by the Grand Canyon itself. 4 5 | Pick Share Share on Twitter DeathByPartisanship Report recommendations 26 May 2018 4:46 Twitter Report Share Facebook 26 May 2018 2:58 Report Share on Facebook Report goatee2go 26 May 2018 4:13 Rivermama Share Twitter Share Twitter GRBnative 1 2 26 May 2018 4:41 25 May 201810:53 Brian Gross Twitter 100 26 May 2018 4:08 Share on Facebook Vegas79 Share Share Share on Facebook NeverForever Lovely Lassen Volcanic national park, CaliforniaLots of support coming in for Lassen Volcanic national park in northeastern California. It offers “epic views, a wide variety of landscapes from sulfuric pools to alpine meadows, and is practically empty compared to Yosemite,” writes commenter Mercury Ellis.“Always one of my favorites,” adds dphaynes. “I’ve lived/worked in Yellowstone and I’ve been to every national park and nearly every national monument in the western US, so my standards are pretty high.”Who’s to argue? Vegas79 3 4 Reply I’m from Alaska and I know some really great spots that see almost no activity over the summer from tourists or residents. And I’ll take that knowledge to my grave. m|m 0 1 Share on Twitter Ricko Smith Facebook Baxter State Park Photograph: Courtesy of Deepesh Rana Share | Pick 26 May 2018 2:18 All | Pick 0 1 26 May 2018 4:09 26 May 2018 4:35 Hidden gems: readers share tips on US national parks – as it happened,As the most popular national parks get more crowded, where do you go to escape? Send your tips to and we’ll share them belowThe 22 best US national parks to escape the crowds These kinds of stories are just silly. Why in the world would anyone want to reveal, and see flooded, their favorite special place? I’m not going to name any names, but a park that must be reached by boat or seaplane is a park where peace is guaranteed. Share Twitter The weekend beckons……and your humble blogger is heeding its call. Thanks for tuning in, and here’s hoping you’re able to get out to somewhere special over the next few days. Share on Facebook Report | Pick 12 13 fantod In Cuyahoga Valley National Park, the Towpath Trail can get busy, but get off that and up into the forests up the valley walls, including the very best section of the Buckeye Trail in Northern Ohio, and you’ll find surprising solitude, unbelievably located between two major cities. CVNP is a treasure! “An experience like no other” Photograph: John Warden/Getty Images 2 3 26 May 201817:02A rarified weekend at Channel Islands national park, California Share on Facebook Report Share Share on Facebook 26 May 2018 0:16 STOP MENTIONING IT! Share Facebook 26 May 201816:06Lovely Lassen Volcanic national park, California Report Facebook 26 May 201814:06 Twitter 26 May 201817:02 Facebook Share on Facebook I can think of a few overlooked places that I adore in the backcountry of California and Washington State — and, since I want them to remain overlooked, why on earth would I tell you about them?? 26 May 201817:06 Report | Pick 1 2 Share on Twitter Everglades national park, Florida: alligators and other adventuresA constant theme in the comments we’re receiving: get out of the tourist traps and main drags in the most popular parks. (Writer Robert Leonard Reid said as much in his piece for us on Yosemite.)Stephen Morrill describes a very special kind of experience in the Everglades, alligators permitting. absolutely! Glacier Nat’l Park is not “crowded” at all, per se, if you actually go off the roads and hike! Not all of us can/want to hike obviously, but in that case, I highly recommend taking one of the red jammers they have to offer, it’s wacky and a blast. Maybe I’m biased as a Montanan, but I would recommend against the Guardian advice of skipping Glacier, it’s the most wonderful place I’ve ever been to. GRBnative Reply Facebook GRBnative Share on Facebook Twitter GRBnative Reply 25 May 2018 23:43 2headedboy 0 1 Twitter Facebook Order by oldest But it’s not up there with Yellowstone or Yosemite. Supported by Reply Desert splendor at Great Sand Dunes national park and preserve, ColoradoThe most obvious destination in Colorado is the Rockies, but don’t stop there, writes Marion Delahaye, who visited from France:“To get there from the west, we had to cross mountains and then farmland. As we were driving across this flat land, the dunes gradually appeared. First as a mirage, then growing bigger and bigger.”The dunes span 30 square miles in the San Luis Valley, south of Denver. Aldous0rwell Reply SuomalainenTytto Veufveuve 26 May 2018 2:46 Share Hush. Just hush. Send them on to the Grand Canyon instead. NeverForever Facebook Twitter Share Reply Facebook Share on Twitter Twitter Twitter Reply Facebook Threads collapsed Report Reply Twitter Share on Facebook I was just there the other day and they have the same dog restrictions as national parks so I assumed it was one. Aldous0rwell Sign in or create your Guardian account to recommend a comment Share on Facebooklast_img read more

Something died in America John Lewis on Robert Kennedys legacy

first_imgShare on Pinterest Share on LinkedIn Robert Kennedy campaigning on 4 May 1968. Photograph: Paul J. Shane/AP Shares146146 @smithinamerica Share on Twitter … we have a small favour to ask. The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.More people are reading and supporting The Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we have chosen an approach that allows us to keep our journalism accessible to all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford. But we need your ongoing support to keep working as we do.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism, to maintain our openness and to protect our precious independence. Every reader contribution, big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. features Facebook Since you’re here… Robert Kennedy John Lewis with labor leader and civil rights activist Dolores Huerta and Ethel Kennedy, the widow of Robert Kennedy, at Capitol Hill on 5 June.Photograph: J. Scott Applewhite/AP Robert Kennedy’s daughter on his death, Donald Trump and America’s future US politics Read more Share on Facebook ‘Something died in America’: John Lewis on Robert Kennedy’s legacy Support The Guardian Pinterest The Georgia congressman, who had joined Kennedy’s presidential campaign in the 60s, and others honor the senator 50 years after his assassination “I kept thinking today what could have been if Robert Kennedy hadn’t been assassinated 50 years ago,” he reflected. “I think when he was assassinated something died in America, something died in all of us who knew him, who worked with him. He was the embodiment of the hopes and dreams of so many people.“I think our country and the world community would have been much better if he had lived. We would have ended the war in Vietnam much earlier … he would have been a force in bringing together the young people of the world.”And what would Kennedy, who would now be 92, have made of Donald Trump? “I think he would be shocked and surprised. He would still be speaking up and speaking out and leading us.”Lewis, introduced to the crowd as a civil rights icon and greeted by cheers and standing applause, was besieged by well-wishers and selfie-hunters as he made his way from the marble amphitheatre to a waiting car. One woman said she was proud to shake his hand and planning to be arrested for civil disobedience for the first time next week. One man told him: “I wanted to shake your hand for so many years. Thank you so much for what you did.” Bill Clinton speaks at a memorial service for Robert Kennedy at Arlington National Cemetery on 6 June. Photograph: Michael Reynolds/EPA Twitter Share on Twitter Of all who delivered the words of Robert Kennedy at Arlington cemetery on Wednesday, 50 years after his assassination, surely none felt them as intimately as John Lewis.He read from the speech – an unscripted plea for love, wisdom, justice and compassion for black and white – that he personally witnessed Kennedy give in Indianapolis on the night that Martin Luther King was shot.“It was very, very moving,” he told the Guardian. “From time to time you have what I call an executive session with yourself. I said to myself that evening: ‘We still have Bobby.’ Two months later, he was gone.” Last modified on Wed 6 Jun 2018 18.59 EDT How Robert Kennedy’s assassination emboldened the NRA for 50 years Topics Now a Democratic congressman from Georgia, Lewis was among readers and speakers including former president Bill Clinton, the House minority leader, Nancy Pelosi, and 18-year-old gun safety campaigner Emma González at the hour-long memorial service in bright sunshine. Country singer Kenny Chesney sang This Land Is Your Land and the American University Gospel Choir performed The Battle Hymn of the Republic, a favourite of Kennedy’s.Earlier, his widow Ethel Kennedy, 90, and other family members placed white roses on the grave of the former navy serviceman, attorney general and New York senator, which is marked by a plain white cross near the burial site of his brother, President John F Kennedy.Aged 42, Kennedy was shot and killed after winning the Democratic primary in California in June 1968. In an interview, Lewis said: “I remember I just started crying and the next day I got up and I travelled to Atlanta; I think I cried all the way from Los Angeles to Atlanta. It was a dark, dark period. But we would get better.”Lewis, 78, who had joined Kennedy’s campaign for the Democratic nomination, remains convinced that he would have gone on to win the 1968 presidential election, where Republican Richard Nixon eventually prevailed. The Kennedys Read more Share on WhatsApp Wed 6 Jun 2018 16.08 EDT Robert Kennedy Twitter Share on Facebook David Smith in Arlington, Virginia Facebook Clinton noted Kennedy’s love of the poem Ulysses by Alfred, Lord Tennyson. Among its lessons, he said, were: “You have got to stop hating each other. It’s bad for us. And by the way, that includes the members of our clans and our tribes. The outstretched hand beats the clenched fist … We can do it all over again, but we have to do it the way he did. Speaking to everybody, saying the same thing to everybody, with a heart full of love and an outstretched hand. His legacy has brought us here, and will see us on.”Congressman Joe Kennedy III of Massachusetts, born 12 years after his grandfather’s death, also paid tribute. “In the shadows, in the background, in the quiet spaces that rarely sought or got attention, Robert Kennedy found the arteries of our American heart and he said to those forgotten: ‘Your country sees you. Your country values you. America would not be America without you.’“He held their hands, he knelt by their side, he shared their sorrows and he lifted their spirits. He wasn’t radical or revolutionary. He was human and willing to be vulnerable. It was his greatest gift to give.” Share via Email Pinterest In the main speech of the day, Clinton got some respite from recent awkward questions over his sexual misconduct in the White House that have overshadowed his current book tour. Reflecting on “the timeless wisdom” of Kennedy’s speeches, the 42nd president said: “I think if he were here today, he would remind us that perhaps the words he spoke then are truer today than they were then.”Clinton recalled Kennedy as a force of nature whose commitment to social justice took him to African American, Native American and Appalachian communities as well as Soweto, the biggest black township in South Africa, a visit that enraged the apartheid government. “He encountered people and challenged all of us to do the same,” he said.“His message really, no matter how dressed up in the finest poetry, never changed: we can do better and, because we can, we must. He gave it over and over and over and, while the words were beautiful, look at the films, if you weren’t alive then, that are coming up now. The energy was awesome and the intensity of conviction burned away like a blowtorch all those layers of complacency and comfort. Show up, stand up, we can do better, and he didn’t let anybody off the hook. He said, I wanna help you, but you’ve got to work hard.” Share via Email Share on Messenger Reuse this contentlast_img read more

An economic recovery based around high debt is really no recovery

first_img Share Share on Twitter An economic recovery based around high debt is really no recovery Share on Facebook Report Sun 16 Sep 2018 07.13 EDT Last modified on Sun 23 Sep 2018 09.22 EDT michaelmichael Share on Twitter Facebook | Pick Reply Share via Email Reply Reply Rickard Nyman and Paul Ormerod have compared economic forecasting by humans and machines in both the US and the UK, and come up with some stark conclusions. At the start of 2008 the survey of professional forecasters in the US failed to predict that within a year their country would be in a deep recession. Had US policymakers relied on machine-learning algorithms they would have been much better prepared for the trouble ahead. Even more impressive results using machine learning were obtained for the UK. | Pick Share Sign in or create your Guardian account to recommend a comment Share on Facebook Read more Reply Sign up to the daily Business Today email or follow Guardian Business on Twitter at @BusinessDesk | Pick Reply 16 Sep 2018 20:03 16 Sep 2018 20:08 ManuelSantiago Business Economics viewpoint Lehman Brothers Reply MikeInfinitum Facebook Share on Twitter Share via Email Twitter Reply “That’s the true purpose of this drivel.” It is a good article, not drivel. Now Remainer Economics…. well they are take a premise and bend the facts and innuendo to fit the pre-chosen narrative. This guy is saying it does not work that way. Share on Facebook | Pick Report Twitter Twitter Please select Personal abuse Off topic Legal issue Trolling Hate speech Offensive/Threatening language Copyright Spam Other recommendations Report Show 25 Comments 483 Report All Twitter Share on Twitter Twitter 16 Sep 2018 19:27 | Pick That has been clear for a long time. In the UK, Blair/Brown still ran up increasing external debt. even when imports were cheap. Low inflation meant low interest rates, because of the absurd inflation targeting which takes no account of the factors underlying inflation; inflation affected by external factors need different responses from internally generated inflation. Low inflation meant low rates meant a housing bubble…from which we are still recovering. Government overspending that was possible because of cheap imports left us with debt and a structural deficit. Blair/Brown didn’t cause the crash; they made recovery more difficult than it might have been. We are still paying for that. | Pick | Pick Reply Twitter Twitter Andy Spence Share on Twitter Report One can’t recover if one doesn’t own ones own money. This is most peoples and many companies reality. Twitter plymouth1 Share on Twitter 16 Sep 2018 21:39 Reply Twitter jazzdrum How many of those responsible in the finance industry went to prison for causing the Great Recession?Very few.Thus it will carry on.The poor and the workers did pick up the tab last time and will do so next time. Twitter okisthislongenough 16 Sep 2018 19:30 Report You can always recover with good ideas that can then translate into money. Twitter spotthelemon As the late Sir Terry Pratchett said about this: “Why hasn’t anybody been hanged yet?” Twitter Share on Twitter Twitter chezcamus Report 16 Sep 2018 20:58 Share on Twitter Share curious_in_uk 30 31 11 12 1 2 Share on Facebook Facebook … | Pick 16 Sep 2018 19:56 dungdegrees chelsea55 benedikt74 Share on Twitter Report | Pick curious_in_uk Share That depends entirely on where the spending is going: on consumption or on investment in future productivity. Share on Facebook Share on Facebook 24 25 Reply Share on Twitter 1 16 Sep 2018 21:27 16 Sep 2018 19:31 Larry Elliott plymouth1 Share on Facebook 16 Sep 2018 22:25 Share What really happened was that the expansion of the global marketplace led to cheap goods flooding the west. Inflationary pressure abated and that persuaded central banks to cut interest rates Share Facebook Facebook 1 2 Share on Facebook Share on Facebook 17 Sep 2018 2:37 0 1 Seth works for AP, he’ll be doing just fine from it. 🙂 Business Today: sign up for a morning shot of financial news spotthelemon | Pick Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Report KenFine spotthelemon Twitter 16 Sep 2018 22:16 26 27 Where does this argument fit in with Corbyn’s plans to borrow £500bn to achieve his ambitious renationalisation plans once he is in power? Or does £500bn borrowed by a Labour Govt not count as debt, only money borrowed by everyone else? Share Report Share on Facebook WeallneedThneads ID7015954 Share Share on Twitter 0 1 Twitter pegasusrose2011 Report Facebook HelloGuardianers Report Share Share on Facebook Facebook Share on Twitter Facebook Twitter upthecreek Facebook Twitter Report ‘The world is sleepwalking into a financial crisis’ – Gordon Brown Facebook Share on Twitter Report It’s not relevant as the argument is about personal debt. There may be another to be had about public debt but it’s not this one. 25 Collateralised Debt Obligations on subprime mortgages were given top investment grade AAA ratings by rating agencies, who were paid (read ‘bribed’) to do so by the banks. No one understood the maths of these instruments, because the banks hired mathematicians who dealt with highly abstruse theoretical maths used in highly theoretical physics, in ‘superstring’ theory, and basically told them what results they wanted them to get. So, they did, and no one, least of all the auditors, could question the maths, because no one understood it. This was deliberate fraud, and there ought to be laws against such deliberate mathematical fraud. Much the same thing goes on in the derivatives market. No one understands the maths behind the more complex of these contracts, and that is deliberate, because then they can ‘mark to fantasy’, and no one can question the valuations. Case in point – when Warren Buffet decided to liquidate the modest derivatives position of a reinsurance company he had acquired, he lost $400 million, despite the fact that he was under no pressure to unwind. The auditors had valued them at a few hundred million dollars, so they were only out by the best part of a billion dollars, and that was a modest holding, compared to the exposure of the big banks, such as Deutsche Bank. The notional value of the global derivatives market is around a quadrillion dollars. When it eventually implodes, things will get very ugly, indeed. Report Facebook Had US policy makers relied on machine-learning algorithms they would have been better prepared for the trouble ahead Share on Facebook 22 23 Share | Pick Share on LinkedIn Facebook Share 22 23 The BIS says in its latest annual report that there are already material risks to financial stability. “In some respects, the risks mirror the unbalanced post-crisis recovery and its excessive reliance on monetary policy. Where financial vulnerabilities exist, they have been building up, in their usual gradual and persistent way. More generally, financial markets are overstretched … and we have seen a continuous rise in the global stock of debt, private plus public, in relation to GDP. This has extended a trend that goes back to well before the crisis and that has coincided with a long-term decline in interest rates.”Behind the dry official language, the message is clear. A recovery that is based around high and rising levels of debt is really no recovery at all. The world economy is, in all material respects, the same as it was in the run-up to the 2008 crisis. The necessary reforms to a flawed model have not taken place, which is why the BIS warning should not be ignored.While it is not possible to say when the next recession will arrive, or where it will start, history is repeating itself. And you don’t need a machine learning-algorithm to know there are dangers involved in that. clearly there can be because there has before, the problem is not how money is created but the change whereby they encouraged people to take on excessive debt to maintain their lifestyle rather than doing it through increased wages. Share | Pick Report Show 17 more replies Share on Facebook 1 2 Share on Facebook Report Share on Twitter Support The Guardian Share on Facebook comment Twitter Machine puts out outcomes based on what we’ve first put into the machine. And humans are still far better at spotting patterns than the machines. | Pick Share on Facebook Horris Courtney blindbrain Facebook Report Show 15 more replies Facebook Reply Larry is telling us between the lines that predictions about disaster, caused by Brexit, can’t be believed. That’s the true purpose of this drivel. Order by oldest UDunham Share on Facebook | Pick Twitter Reply Benz101 Share on Twitter 4 5 Share on Facebook Share on Twitter You interpret discontentment of being dictated to by an unelected autocracy as being ‘backwards nationalism’? Facebook Share on Twitter | Pick Reply Twitter Share | Pick Elliott’s pretty desperate these days, just like Old Man Mervyn King complaining that Brexit that he supported has gone all wrong due to some poor low level government bureaucrat rather than playing out exactly like many people stated it would. Andy Spence Share That’ll be that Juncker fella, – do you not read the papers? Share on Twitter | Pick Share on Facebook Facebook All government borrows – it depends what you spend that capital on. What Corbyn proposes to spend on will create further revenue for the UK. What the Tories have been spending on has created further revenue for their mates. Share on Facebook dungdegrees Report Share on Facebook 16 Sep 2018 21:07 16 Sep 2018 19:44 16 Sep 2018 20:22 Reason (optional) | Pick Share Share on Twitter Report Share on Facebook Reply plymouth1 Share on Facebook Share Facebook 2 3 10 11 | Pick Ten years after the Lehman collapse the necessary reforms to a flawed model have not taken place Report | Pick Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Share | Pick Twitter Share on Facebook curious_in_uk A Marxist, despite the fact he has been shown to be wrong time and again and his followers have murdered millions. For shame. 16 Sep 2018 20:51 Yes, the press have called 7 out of the last 3 recessions! Reply Share Facebook 16 Sep 2018 20:22 16 Sep 2018 21:37 Share | Pick Report 9 10 This is simple. The £500bn would be used to invest in much needed infrastructure – and that would supply jobs. The infrastructure would by itself lead to more economic transactions, thus more jobs. Personal debt is not the same – most people in the UK are borrowing money just for necessities (Guardian survey in 2016) because wages are so poor. Why is this so difficult for you, and other posters who post the same, to understand? Spokesperson4PERT Share on Twitter It depends what you mean by private sector debt. If Third Way Governments do private finance deals for new schools and hospitals, or tender public contracts to privately-financed bidders, or expand universities with student loans, the resulting debts are still at taxpayers expense or risk. The mortgages taken out by Carillions and Rail companies and Students, are either repaid by taxpayers or defrayed at taxpayers expense. The Millennium was also an era of private finance for everyone, our letterboxes deluged with loan offers, our wallets and handbags filled with credit cards and store cards. This was the era of McKeynesianism when finance was as easy to obtain as a McBurger. What few fail to realise, however, is that under our emergency banking laws, taxpayers are the ultimate guarantor of bank lending. So when Third Way politicians encouraged subprime mortgages and easy consumer credit through a light-touch Financial Services Authority, they were indirectly bubbling debt at taxpayers risk in addition to all the PFI deals that Govts were making at taxpayers expense. In the US, subprime mortgages were directly guaranteed by American taxpayers through their principal home loans institution, Fanny Mae and Freddy Mac. In Europe, the banks knew that politicians would never let the Euro fail. President Barroso told us it was ‘irreversible’, so lending institutions judged correctly that taxpayers and savers would bail out the dodgy debts of governments and voters. And that’s exactly what happened. Report Share Share on Facebook Facebook Share on Facebook 4 5 Report Share on Facebook Facebook Facebook 9 10 Share on Twitter Report Share on Twitter Close report comment form 4 Share Twitter Share on Facebook graun Facebook It didn’t help that some people believed Gordon Brown when he said that he had ended the “boom and bust” economy. | Pick Share on Facebook Share Facebook Then the “poor old workers” will need to get organised like they did in Russia in 1917,rather that meekly accepting their guaranteed fate under capitalism.PS The bankers going to prison (they should have) would not have made any difference at all.The ones who took over from them would have immediately done the same things as they did, and even if they did not, capitalism would still collapse. 0 1 Facebook 16 Sep 2018 21:11 Reply Bill White, then chief economist at the Bank for International Settlements was one of the very few who sought to prick the bubble of complacency in the boom years, making the point that periods of low inflation could still end in crisis. His warnings were not heeded.The BIS remains concerned about debt levels, which is where the work of Nyman and Ormerod is relevant to the state of the world 10 years after Lehman.Put simply, the cure for the Great Recession was for central banks to slash interest rates and to increase the supply of money by buying bonds from the private sector in the process known as quantitative easing. Debt levels in the private sector fell for a while as households and companies retrenched but have subsequently started rising again. Low interest rates were designed to provide incentives for investors to seek out riskier assets, which is what they have done. Money has flooded into emerging markets, where yields are juicier because the risks are higher. Turkey, where the central bank raised interest rates to 24% last week, is one example of what can happen in a world of footloose capital. Speculative money comes in from abroad. It finances a construction boom and drives up the exchange rate. Eventually, the trade deficit starts to balloon and inflation starts to rise. At that point, the speculators take fright and the exodus of capital triggers a fall in the exchange rate. At that point, the central bank has to raise interest rates to punitive levels to defend the currency and recession becomes inevitable. Reply The criticism of the Labour government at the time of the recession is that they were extracting record amounts of tax at the top of the economic cycle created by an unsustainable credit boom but were still borrowing something like 3% of GDP to pay for government spending. The Banks and finance were the goose laying the golden egg with no questions asked by Brown and his Labour cronies. As soon as the recession hit it is hardly surprising that the governments finances went into a tailspin. The left keep quoting Keynsian economics about increased government borrowing and spending during a recession but are less keen on the other side of the deal which is to pay down debt during the boom times to leave yourself room to actually increase spending in times of recession. Germany is busy paying off their debts, reducing them from 81% of GDP in 2010 to 64% last year and that trend is continuing. On the other side of the coin is Greece with debts 180% of GDP. It does not take a trained economist to guess which country will weather the next recession the better. Share on Twitter eveofchange Facebook Share Twitter Was it really recovering, behind the headline numbers? | Pick CaptainGrey Share on Facebook 16 Sep 2018 20:38 Share on Twitter Twitter Share Reply People haven’t been jailed because crimes were not committed. If we want risk taking to be criminalised we need to change our laws. Perhaps Jeremy will do that. Business leaders took risks, that with hindsight were unwise. I think there may be a case for negligence but it would be quite hard to prove. Perhaps again we should lower the bar for financial negligence? Again Jeremy may do this. The first step is to change laws but beware of unintended consequences. The people of oil rich Venezuela may be happy to change places with the hard pressed in this country. I know from experience that the people of Cuba certainly would. Twitter 16 Sep 2018 20:05 Share on Facebook 16 Sep 2018 23:08 | Pick Reuse this content,View all comments > Facebook SocAlan Report Facebook despite being dead for over 120 years, his works foretold the crash of 2008, Presumably you believe in Nostradamus, too? Unless Marx had any knowledge of sub-prime mortgages, hedge funds and deriviatives any chance that he could have predicted actual events and dates would have been down to pure, blind, luck. But he didn’t. All he did was some arm-waving based on the world of 150 years ago (steam trains and smallpox) and made some sweeping statements that have no relevance to the modern world. Report | Pick 2 3 Reply Twitter When the money supply comes from unsecured bank debt, created at the tap of a key – as does 97% of the UK’s supply – there will never be a recovery. The keys to the kingdom have already been handed over. clockworktoothbrush Or maybe government should take on a portion of that debt instead of fetishising a balanced budget. That way some of it might be spent on public works to improve our crumbling infrastructure rather than inflating asset prices. Share on Facebook Share Share on Facebook Loading comments… Trouble loading? ID7015954 Twitter Share Share They’re also better at concluding that this time it’s different. Share on Facebook Report … we have a small favour to ask. 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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. 1 Facebook ManuelSantiago mangohead | Pick The recession was caused by the collapse in the US housing market caused by easy to get sub-prime mortgages there. How did anyone in the UK do anything illegal? Some did stupid things, like Fred Goodwin buying ABN Amro for far too much money. It is almost as if posters on this site are completely ignorant. Show 5 more replies Report Report Report pegasusrose2011 16 Sep 2018 20:02 4 5 curious_in_uk Facebook mangohead WeallneedThneads Share Report pegasusrose2011 eveofchange curious_in_uk 16 Sep 2018 23:52 | Pick clockworktoothbrush Share on Facebook | Pick weirofhermiston 100 Share on Facebook Share Reply Report 14 15 Reply Facebook And humans are still far better at spotting patterns than the machines. Share on Twitter Reply Facebook ohmygoditshim Horris Courtney Share Share | Pick Report 3 Share on Twitter 9 10 2 | Pick 16 Sep 2018 20:53 9 10 Reply Share on Facebook Share chezcamus Share on Facebook 16 Sep 2018 22:45 Report Share on Twitter Cronus Titan WeallneedThneads Have a look at “The Spider’s Web” on YouTube, you’ll learn a bit about who the real culprits are. Show 7 more replies Share on Twitter As a profession, economists are absolutely hopeless at forecasting recessions. That is true not only in the years before a severe downturn. It happens when the storm is about to break. Back in 2008, the Bank of England failed to predict the biggest postwar slump in the UK’s history even after it had started.This less than impressive record should act as a cautionary note in the current circumstances when the 10th anniversary of the collapse of Lehman Brothers has generated a thriving cottage industry devoted to predicting when the next crisis will occur. The honest answer is that nobody really knows. Meteorology has improved in the past 40 years, economic forecasting has not. When a weather forecaster says a hurricane is imminent, the public does well to take notice. When an economic forecaster gives a similar warning, the chances are that it is already too late.This might be about to change. Just as satellite technology has made weather forecasting far more accurate, so machine-learning algorithms could bring economic forecasting into the 21st century. Share on Twitter 50 As long as those at the top of the financial tree want more and more , nothing will be done about the next forthcoming crisis.Those people, and im not sure they are human, want it all , like Monty Python`s fat diner, they just cannot get enough . If you are lower down on the food chain, like most, then sorry . Share on Facebook Share | Pick Twitter Share 1 2 Show 9 more replies 47% persimmon and 43% wimpy new house sales reliant on help to buy loans, 9 million mortgaged homeowners, 4.5 million buy to lets (about a third mortgaged), 1.7 million students borrowing £45/50,000 each and accumulative student debt now £120 bn, 91% private new car sales on finance/pcp No debt no economy Share on Twitter Share 4 5 16 Sep 2018 21:03 Twitter None in the UK. It’s the rule here, unlike in Iceland or even the U.S. Have a look at “The Spider’s Web” on YouTube, it’s a brilliant documentary on the Power within the State, the City of London, the real Untouchables. Share on Facebook Show 6 more replies Share on Facebook 16 Sep 2018 20:07 CaptainGrey ManuelSantiago Share on Twitter Share Share on Facebook 3 4 Share on Twitter 16 Sep 2018 19:36 Share Twitter Reply | Pick 12 13 Reply Share on Facebook Andy Spence Report Reply Share on Facebook Facebook Share on Twitter 16 Sep 2018 19:38 I hope that fella in the photo owns his image rights – he’s getting trotted out for everything Lehman/debt/economy related at the moment! Share on Twitter | Pick Facebook Share on Facebook Share on Facebook Facebook Reply Facebook Twitter 2 3 Share JumpingSpider Facebook Twitter “Surely nobody believes anything a politician says.” I believe everything Trump says. He is doing just what he said he would when he ran, he is the one political leader to do so, he is the only Prez who did this. MAGA Mr President! Scaffale Far more many more weren’t. Share on Twitter Gelion Share on Facebook Share on Twitter newest Facebook Reply Twitter Reply Share on Twitter 13 14 Reply Report 16 Sep 2018 21:15 Share on Twitter 16 Sep 2018 20:39 Another Hatton Garden chapter…. Share on Facebook Twitter Reply Share on Facebook probitasecenter_img 16 Sep 2018 20:37 When is a “reform” not a”reform”? When its implementation does not make any difference to the eventual outcome. Pedantic nit picking cuts no ice.Elliott was giving the impression that there was nothing wrong with capitalism that a few “tweaks” could not put right. That is completely untrue. Types like him and you, were sneering at those like me who said that capitalism was headed for the buffers prior to 2007/8. Sneer away. Coming events will prove Marxists to be right–again. | Pick Facebook Share on Twitter Report Share Wages are secondary to supply – look at the amount of corporate & commercial debt out there (and the number of businesses that went bump at the behest of RBS). There’s legislation against banks creating capital – which (conveniently) hasn’t been updated to account for technology advancement. Once banks create money supply, the government of the day is in servitude to them – should they become displease they can withdraw the supply, being the threat. Share on Twitter dickthetag Report Twitter Share on Facebook Twitter Twitter Facebook 3 Twitter | Pick | Pick Share on Twitter Twitter Budanevey eveofchange 4 5 Reply graun 12 13 9 10 16 Sep 2018 20:02 CaptainGrey 7 8 | Pick Reply Share on Facebook | Pick Share 16 Sep 2018 22:28 65 66 funnybum07 17 18 Report Report Share Facebook Facebook Reply | Pick Facebook weirofhermiston Share KenFine Facebook 2 3 Facebook 2 3 Reply 9 10 Show 1 more reply Share on Twitter Twitter 16 Sep 2018 20:22 Reply Share on Twitter Share on Facebook 5 6 Facebook Reply Share Share Facebook 8 9 | Pick | Pick 16 Sep 2018 20:55 Share Sorry there was an error. Please try again later. If the problem persists, please contact Userhelp Reply 3 4 Twitter 0 1 Share collapsed Facebook Facebook Share on Twitter | Pick 5 6 Since you’re here… memo10 2 3 | Pick Report Facebook | Pick Share on Facebook Share Reply | Pick 16 Sep 2018 20:03 Report 16 Sep 2018 21:17 Gelion Twitter 16 Sep 2018 20:43 Share on WhatsApp 16 Sep 2018 21:44 Facebook Facebook Facebook chelsea55 Facebook 16 Sep 2018 23:23 Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share 16 Sep 2018 20:05 Share Share on Twitter Share Share on Facebook Read more Share on Facebook 16 Sep 2018 21:13 unthreaded Share Reply Share on Twitter Lots of people call it all the time. Look around at the press just now. And they are wrong most of the time. Just because somebody ‘called it’ and it happened does not mean that they were ‘right’. Did they put a date on it, or a scale or did they just do what’s in the press just now ‘the next crash is close and it will be bad’. Gee. Of course it is. Of course it will. That’s just a statement of the obvious not an insightful prediction. Fraudulent loudmouths pretending to be experts building their careers ledmatt Twitter Actually many reforms have been made, such as capital adequacy requirements being a lot more robust. Maybe they won’t be enough, but it is an out and out lie to say no reforms exist. Share 6 7 Facebook denzel185 Twitter Shares262262 Share id22JS Report Report Twitter Share Reply Reply 16 Sep 2018 19:51 Threads collapsed Share on Twitter 0 1 What has the EU ‘dictated’ to you? How is democratically elected institution an ‘unelected autocracy’? Who is the autocrat who wields absolute power in this autocracy? 16 Sep 2018 20:10 Share on Facebook Reply Business Facebook | Pick Twitter Share on Twitter Facebook 16 Sep 2018 20:42 Twitter Share The US govt has plenty of deficit. But it spends all the money on wars and handouts to the oligarchy. Share mangohead Facebook 9 10 Share Reply expanded Share on Facebook Facebook Reply Twitter denzel185 Share on Twitter CaptainGrey | Pick Reply | Pick A Marxist, despite the fact he has been shown to be wrong time and again and his followers have murdered millions. For shame. Share on Twitter And then in 2010 when the economy was recovering, Cameron/Osborne decided that introducing austerity to make the poor pay the price would cure the problem. Of course it didn’t. 6 7 Report Share on Twitter Facebook Reply pegasusrose2011 Budanevey 30 31 Banking Report Share on Twitter Twitter 25 26 Share on Facebook Twitter Share on Twitter blindbrain Perhaps starting with not making our situation less competitive with our biggest trading partner for some vague wave of backwards nationalism could be a good start? Larry what do you think about that? Have you yet found an immediate positive impact from leaving? We all await. In vain… curious_in_uk 16 Sep 2018 21:09 Twitter BlueInMyHeart Share on Twitter Facebook HARPhilby Reply Report Reply funnybum07 Reply Share Report 6 7 Facebook 1 2 16 Sep 2018 20:26 Ah the good old days, when just before the crash Ruth Lea, and that fat bloke who used to head the C.B.I. were telling everybody who would listen that the banks were “over regulated”. I have heard both of them lately telling us how marvelous brexit will be. Pass for the tin hat. | Pick 1 2 Individuals might be able to, but a country cannot do that. Surely you can see the problem here? 1. There is no mass manufacturing any more. The UK remains 6th in the league table of manufacturers but there are no mass employment supporting that. The UK does the same volume of manufacturing now as it did in the 70s, but with 80% less workers due to automation of work. Jobs because of this have moved to retail and services. 2. Services support millions of jobs but are utterly dependent on a good economy. We haven’t had a good economy for a decade now. Result? The Tories crow about the lowest unemployment for years, but that employment has been made up fundamentally of low paid, low wage rise, low good job prospect work. Result – retail sales bump along the bottom, the economy bumps on the bottom for most people. 3. The City is being eroded. 10,000s of jobs are going to the EU because of Brexit – a major factor in London house prices falling. Throughout 2019 the EU will have set up clearing services and the City will have been eroded further, never to recover fully. You look at the UK economy and really, debt is the only growth “product” that the UK produces, but the problem with too much debt is of course, it leads to stagnant economy. As does too much saving (Japan). Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Economics viewpoint Show 10 more replies Spending in to debt is a sure way of eventual economic, and so social, catastrophe. Not only is this model a disaster for the mass of individuals but it’s a disaster for the environment as we want to consume more today than yesterday more tomorrow than today. Of course the wealthy individuals and countries can spend without debt – but to achieve this requires other individual and countries to be in debt – if that makes sense. Reply | Pick denzel185 And humans are still far better at spotting patterns than the machines. Horris Courtney Actually there were plenty of indicators (and warnings) of an impending crash, for example the level of debt versus people’s and institutions’ ability to repay, and there were no shortage of historical examples of what would happen next. A small but significant number of analysts did call it before it happened (Morgan Kelly in Ireland for example), and they were ridiculed, then ignored. Unfortunately most economists chose not to look at the data but go down the blind ideology route instead. Ideology said ‘party on’ and ‘borrow harder’ (essentially, keep on jerking off). Share on Messenger Share on Twitter Show 2 more replies HelloGuardianers plymouth1 Gelion Increasingly, this is not the case. Twitter Share on Twitter Report Budanevey Reply Share wrong way round is it not? first is student debtthen student debt + credit card debtthen student debt + credit card debt + car loanthen student debt + credit card debt + car loan + rental arrears I doubt people could then get to mortgage debt – as most would not qualify under rules set out by banks who were bailed out by the public. 16 Sep 2018 21:09 14 15 Twitter 14 15 Twitter eveofchange The problem IS how money is created, but the details are subtle. Essentially fiat money should only be created when a “lender” judges that person or company is going to do future work whose value is proportional to the new money being magicked into existence. It’s like promising to someone that you’ll paint ten fences, then handing them ten “I’ll paint a fence” promise cards as money, that they’re free to trade with other people. This approach works so long as you actually end up painting the fences. The problem comes when new money is created as a result of e.g. rising asset prices. Rising asset prices are not themselves indicative of future goods and services being created. So creating new money based on them creates a positive feedback loop that spins out of control, as the new IOU tokens don’t represent meaningful future work. Share on Twitter 12 13 Twitter 4 5 Reply Share Twitter | Pick 16 Sep 2018 23:48 | Pick CaptainGrey Facebook eveofchange 17 Sep 2018 0:04 Your original comment referred to most people and most companies, not the country. My comment was to that.. If Marxists are proved correct in the future it will be the first time in the history of Marxism, there is no ‘again’ as they have yet to get anything right at all. Report 16 Sep 2018 20:31 Share on Facebook Facebook TonyLex memo10 Facebook Whose followers have not murdered millions? Don’t say Capitalism. Or Jesus, or Moses, or Mohammed. Etc. Show 19 more replies Reply 16 Sep 2018 20:00 Reply Reply Share Reply Share Share on Twitter Report 57 58 There’s more, however. Nyman and Ormerod sift through all the economic and financial variables that might have been responsible for causing the downturn and come up with a conclusion that explodes the myth that overspending governments were to blame.“The evidence suggests quite clearly that public sector debt played no causal role in generating the Great Recession” they say. “In contrast, the ratio of private sector debt to GDP does appear to have played a significant role, especially in the UK.”In truth, the idea that state profligacy caused the Great Recession has never been credible. What really happened was that the expansion of the global marketplace led to cheap goods flooding the west. Inflationary pressure abated and that persuaded central banks to cut interest rates. Financial deregulation meant the only remaining constraint on excessive borrowing – high interest rates – was removed – and so credit was cheap and readily available. The private sector loaded up on debt, which was fine so long as the assets on the other side of the balance sheet were going up in value. When the markets turned, things went pear-shaped very quickly.Only at that point, did public sector debt become a problem because governments sought to ameliorate the impact of the recession by cutting taxes and increasing spending. The debts incurred by the private sector were, to an extent, nationalised. chezcamus 16 Sep 2018 20:42 Twitter Share on Facebook ledmatt Twitter 17 Sep 2018 1:31 next Share There were numerous blog sides detailing what was going to happen. I was following them from late 2005 onwards, and they got the basics absolutely right, especially with the mortgage resets in the US. Mike Shedlock’s site in particular was very accurate. I was telling my family to get prepped for a downturn in early 2007. Twitter okisthislongenough | Pick Share on Twitter next Reply Facebook Twitter Larry misses an elephant size elephant in the room and that was the criminal and fraudulent activity of financial institutions; auditors giving failing companies (and Greece before entering the Euro) a clean bill of health, banks aiding and abetting financial advisors inflating the ability of people to borrow large sums of money, mortgages over 100% of property value, manipulation of markets, on and on. Remind me. Who went to jail? Twitter Reply Share Reply Twitter Report I can think of one Economist whose works fairly accurately predicted the cyclical, boom/bust nature of de-regulated Capitalism and free markets. He was pretty accurate in forecasting that the desire to extract ever greater levels of profit, by driving down wages and demanding ever-increasing levels of output, would lead to a polarization of socio-economic groups, rising Nationalism and the use of increasingly draconian measures to keep the victims of the casino economy in check. Indeed, despite being dead for over 120 years, his works foretold the crash of 2008, just as they did that of 1929 and all the others that have occurred around the world whenever rampant capitalism was allowed to run riot. His name was Karl Marx. Look him up. Share 0 1 JumpingSpider Reply | Pick 16 Sep 2018 20:03 Government overspending that led to a reduction in national debt between 1997 and 2008? | Pick | Pick Report | Pick And don’t forget, many of the politicians in the US and Europe during this period were ex-bankers. Various US Treasurers were ex-Goldman Sachs. President Prodi, who launched the Euro, was ex-Goldman Sachs. President Barroso, who oversaw 4 trillion in bailouts for the Euro, went on to work for Goldman Sachs. The President of the European Central Bank, Mario Draghi, was the former Vice-Chairman of Goldman Sachs in Europe. The EU Competition Commissioner, Peter Sutherland, was Chairman of Goldman Sachs for 20 years. The current EU Commissioner preparing new taxes to fund the Eurozone, Mario Monti, is ex-Goldman Sachs. Goldman Sachs did the credit default swaps for Greece. Romano Prodi prepared Italy’s convergence into the Euro when he was previously Italian PM. Goldman Sachs has more than 700 BN invested in the Euro. Mark Carney, and most of the central bankers in Europe when bailouts were happening in 2011, were ex-Goldman Sachs. Goldman Sachs meets politicians through its private forum, Atlantic Bridge. Goldman Sachs funded the Remain Campaign. Labour gave up traditional public sector Keynesian economics in the 90s when they agreed to the Deficit Limits of the Maastricht Treaty and renounced Clause 4, but they didn’t give up Keynesianism altogether, which is why they adopted the Third Way economics of easy private finance, and got into bed with big banks and the filthy rich. Report Traders work in the product options pit at the New York Mercantile Exchange in New York after Lehman Brothers slid into bankruptcy.Photograph: Seth Wenig/AP Report 11 12 Twitter Reply Twitter Reply | Pick | Pick Benz101 so machine-learning algorithms could bring economic forecasting into the 21st Century This is extremely doubtful. All that machine learning does is look for similarities with past events. But all recessions are different, not least because the world of finance (not economics) changes so much and so rapidly. All a computer would be able to forecast would be things that look like the great depression of the 1930s, or post-war austerity or the american sub-prime fiasco. It wouldn’t be able to detect new and novel threats. But those are the ones that will bite us in the bum. If for no other reason than because they are new, they won’t have had any regulatory limitations or checks placed on them.Further in order to make a recession avoidable, but utilising warnings, we need to have the tools at hand to fix the problem. We also need to have sufficient warning – some number of years – to apply those monetary tools, regulations and international agreements. Having a 4-minute warning, or even 6 months is probably leaving it too late. We also have the issue that nobody really knows how to deal with recessions. Just look at the last one: the USA adopted a policy of investment, spending and protectionism. The UK adopted a policy of austerity, bailing-out and low unemployment. Who is to say whether either of those would be the correct remedy for a future recession with different causes? We are also told that if you ask 6 economists what will happen over the next year, you will get 7 different answers. What should we do: rely on a single ML / AI to oversee the world, or have many – each one (falsely) reporting boom or bust, depending on precisely how it was programmed. The reason that the last recession caught us off guard wasn’t because nobody saw it coming – some did! But because there were so many contrarian voices and so many vested interests that did not want to hear.You can’t fix that with a computer. Share on Twitter Share on Twitter Reply Report Share on Facebook Share on Pinterest Share on Facebook 16 Sep 2018 20:13 MikeInfinitum Share on Facebook graun Facebook Share on Facebook 16 Sep 2018 20:17 | Pick 5 6 JumpingSpider Share on Twitter 17 Sep 2018 0:04 Report That depends entirely on where the spending is going: on consumption or on investment in future productivity. Reply benedikt74 Report Surely nobody believes anything a politician says. Budanevey Share on Twitter Twitter Report Report JumpingSpider Twitter | Pick Report 16 Sep 2018 20:51 Facebook The economy needs debt to function, maybe everyone should stop borrowing ! Reply Facebook Facebook chezcamus 28 29 | Pick Topics Good post. “Collateralised Debt Obligations on subprime mortgages were given top investment grade AAA ratings by rating agencies,” And here is the animal its self: “The Federal National Mortgage Association (FNMA), commonly known as Fannie Mae, is a United States government-sponsored enterprise (GSE) and, since 1968, a publicly traded company. Founded in 1938 during the Great Depression as part of the New Deal,[2] the corporation’s purpose is to expand the secondary mortgage market by securitizing mortgages in the form of mortgage-backed securities (MBS),[3] allowing lenders to reinvest their assets into more lending and in effect increasing the number of lenders in the mortgage market by reducing the reliance on locally based savings and loan associations (or “thrifts”).[4] Its brother organization is the Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corporation (FHLMC), better known as Freddie Mac.” Fannie Mae, the Federal USA mortgage guaranteer – a tool of Presidents popularist, diversity, agenda. And here is how it worked (I played in this game and won) The Prez says poor and minorities and the improvident, need to be able to buy their homes so he orders Fannie Mae to buy sup prime loans sold by banks for this purpose by making it ‘anything goes’ in the mortgage game. Fannie buys mortgages from banks and bundles and sells them on as instruments (guaranteeing the bank they can sell the mortgage they just sold to a poor person and pocket their cut). Banks could not loan many mortgages if they held them, so this organization exists. Banks DO NOT hold mortgages, they originate them, and sell them to Fannie. If Fannie is ordered to buy mortgages for political reasons, ones doomed, it buys them – the banks happily sell doomed mortgages – OR have to or be prosecuted under ‘Fair Lender Law’ as racists, or poorists, or bad credirtists… This was Fannie tampering was a Democratic President playing politics with the money supply. It was Hugo Chaves-ism. Corbyn will have such fun doing this kind of thing, in a thousand ways, he will bring the Venezuela beaches to Brighton. Reply Share on Facebook … Reply Share Twitter michaelmichael Report | Pick | Pick Email (optional) upthecreek Share on Facebook Reply Share on Facebook Report Twitter Reply | Pick Reply ID7015954 Share 16 Sep 2018 20:48 id22JS weirofhermiston Share on Twitter Report Or maybe government should take on a portion of that debt instead of fetishising a balanced budget. That way some of it might be spent on public works to improve our crumbling infrastructure rather than inflating asset prices. “Ten years after the Lehman collapse the necessary reforms to a flawed model have not taken place”—-Do you know why?It is because no such “reforms” actually exist.The writer bewails the fact that a “recovery” (there hasn’t been one for the great majority) based on debt is no “recovery” at all. How true!However the brutal fact is that the only thing that capitalism can ever do, or has ever done or can ever do, is predicated on the “principle” of debt, plus money printing.Once those “magic wands” have run their course (like they have done now), then the capitalist`s armoury is completely bare.Nothing on earth can stop what is coming then-except in times gone by, a massive world war that destroyed productive capacity, and with it millions of lives. Alas, as the advent of nuclear weapons has guaranteed that these deaths would also include the ruling class,this “option” is now closed for the rulers. Only full socialism can prevent what is coming.If capitalism continues, then nothing can be done. Share Facebook When you consider how many cars are owned on a long term mortgage,never, it may be the only way, to a recovery. Report aberystwyth | Pick | Pick 16 Sep 2018 21:22 Report 16 Sep 2018 21:29 8 9 Ann Pettifor, and many other economists, were dutifully blanked by the media and the City. They saw it all coming, rang the bells, repeatedly, un-heeded.Don’t insult all economists, look at the way the media sieves through what it likes first, who it obeys, who it depends on for a living. Share Show 1 more reply Report Facebook Twitter | Pick Share on Facebook 16 Sep 2018 19:44 | Pick Share on Facebook Reply Share on Twitter chelsea55 Facebook curious_in_uk 16 Sep 2018 20:50 Share on Twitter Twitter 3 4 Share 17 Sep 2018 1:17 Facebook Twitter 7 8 Twitter 16 Sep 2018 21:27 Twitter Share on Facebook Share Share on Twitter denzel185 oldest ManuelSantiago | Pick Share on Twitter They been saying this for 60 years and America keeps proving you wrong. I hope you don’t gamble, even just for fun. “ Oh ma God, the debt , people, what about the debt????” Save it, we’re not falling for it anymore. It’s fine for England too. Do economic forecasters ever get it correct? Short answer….No. Facebook Report Share on Facebook 6 7 comments (483)Sign in or create your Guardian account to join the discussion. 17 Sep 2018 1:55 It also depends on where the borrowing is coming from! In this country; is it coming from the Bank of England? or is it coming from elsewhere? If it comes from the Bank of England, it can quite easily be written off. The Tax Payer owns the Bank of England. Does it not? But remember: The debt owned to the Bank of England; is mainly in £ notes issued in quantitative easing (500 billion), to write it off would let banks off that particular hook! Why not FORCE the banks to pay it back? probably over quite a few years. If the Tories win the next election, it will almost certainly be written off; without any compensation from said banks. | Pick Share Report WeallneedThneads Share 16 Sep 2018 21:00 16 17 Meanwhile, all the interest gets paid to ? You guessed – the Banks, credit card and mortgage companies … JumpingSpider Twitter Reply | Pick 6 7 10 11 Report 64 65 65 66 ManuelSantiago 46 47 12 13 id22JS | Pick 2 Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Share on Twitter ID7015954 17 Sep 2018 1:51 Report Report 16 Sep 2018 22:12 Report 4 16 Sep 2018 19:54 5 6 Share on Twitter Reply 17 Sep 2018 1:57 Share on Twitter interesting trajectory First a house with a mortgage Then a mortgage and a car loan Then a mortgage, car loan, credit card Then a mortgage, car loan, credit card, student loan Then a mortgage, car loan, credit card, student loan, and a pay day loan Then a mortgage, a buy to let loan, car loan, credit card, student loan, pay day loan and rent to own loan Then retire on an equity release loan Report Share View more commentslast_img

Mattis resignation triggered by phone call between Trump and Erdoğan

first_imgMattis had already composed a resignation letter that did not mention the SDF or Syria but repeatedly referred to the importance to US national security of respecting allies, and confronting strategic adversaries.Trump rebuffed Mattis’s arguments over the course of a 45-minute meeting. Trump had already recorded a video in the White House garden, announcing he was bringing the troops home, and it had been shown to Mattis. Donald Trump’s Syria withdrawal could reverberate for years Trump administration “For more than three and a half years, they have been our boots on the ground and were the point of the spear in retaking [the Isis stronghold] Raqqa,” Phillips, now at Columbia University, said. “Who is going to fight for us in the future when we throw our allies under the bus?”Mattis’s colleagues had previously said he was determined to stay on despite multiple differences with Trump to safeguard the interests of the armed services, and in the words of one former Pentagon employee “serve the constitution”.According to a version of events in the Associated Press, the US position going into the call was to demand that Turkey stall a planned offensive into Syria aimed at US-backed Kurdish elements of the SDF, which Ankara sees as indistinguishable from the Kurdish insurgency inside Turkey.“The talking points were very firm,” one of the officials quoted by the Associated Press said. “Everybody said push back and try to offer [Turkey] something that’s a small win, possibly holding territory on the border, something like that.”Erdoğan responded by saying that Isis had been 99% defeated.“Why are you still there?” Erdoğan demanded, according to the account.With the Turkish leader still on the line, Trump asked the same question of his national security adviser, John Bolton, who repeated US policy until then, that the defeat of Isis had to be “enduring”, preventing the possibility of a resurgence.To the surprise of Bolton and Erdoğan, Trump instantly sided with the Turkish president. Donald Trump Share via Email Share on Facebook Fri 21 Dec 2018 13.49 EST According to the Turkish newspaper Hurriyet, whose account is similar to the Associated Press’s, Trump declared: “OK – do it.” Not hearing an instant response from Bolton, Trump demanded to know whether his national security adviser was still on the line. When Bolton said he was, Trump ordered: “Start the work.”Bolton and his Turkish counterpart, Ibrahim Kalin, were left to sort out the details.The Hurriyet report said the initial timetable for US withdrawal was between 30 and 60 days, which was later extended to up to 100 days.Such an abrupt withdrawal would leave the SDF vulnerable to Turkish attack. Observers said it gave the SDF little choice but to try to reach deal with the Assad regime, in an effort to safeguard some Kurdish autonomy.Mattis and other US national security officials sought to change Trump’s mind over the weekend, without success. US allies such as the UK and France, who have small special forces contingents in northern Syria engaged in the fight against Isis, were not consulted, and only found out about the policy change on Monday through informal contacts with US officials.Mattis had begun his tenure at the Pentagon with good relations with Trump, who admired his martial bearing and one of his nicknames, “Mad Dog”.However, the relationship soured and Mattis resisted several of Trump’s defence policies including the ban on transgender troops, the creation of a space force and the staging of an extravagant military parade in Washington, based on French Bastille Day parades.Mattis had also restrained Trump from his initial impulse of threatening to leave the Nato alliance if US allies did not spend more on defence. His resignation letter focuses on the US reliance on its alliances for its security.“My views on treating allies with respect and also being clear-eyed about both malign actors and strategic competitors are strongly held and informed by over four decades of immersion in these issues,” Mattis said, before making it clear he no longer believed the president shared those convictions.“Because you have the right to have a secretary of defence whose views are better aligned with yours on these and other subjects, I believe it is right for me to step down from my position,” he said. The letter offers no words of praise for the president.Mattis’s departure shocked some of Trump’s most loyal backers in Congress. Mitch McConnell, the Senate majority leader, warned the chamber would only confirm a replacement who held the same views as Mattis on the importance of alliances.Mac Thornberry, the Republican chair of the House armed services committee, expressed regret at Mattis’s departure and said: “Reducing the American presence in Afghanistan and removing our presence in Syria will reverse that progress, encourage our adversaries, and make America less safe.” US president complied with Turkish leader’s demands and took own advisers by surprise, accounts say This article is more than 6 months old Shares2,8052805 This article is more than 6 months old Read more US politics Share on Facebook news Sign up for the new US morning briefing Share on LinkedIn Read more At the end of the meeting Mattis took Trump by surprise by presenting his resignation letter. According to the New York Times, Mattis ordered 50 copies to be made and circulated around the Pentagon on his return to his office.Accounts in the US and Turkish press of the Friday call between Trump and Erdoğan show the volatile US president complying with the Turkish leader’s demands and taking his own advisers by surprise.It is the latest example of a pattern in which Trump tends to side with authoritarian foreign leaders, over the advice of US officials.Trump has also ordered the withdrawal of half the 14,000 US military presence in Afghanistan, but it is the decision over Syria which appears to have precipitated Mattis’s decision to leave office.“As soon as the US folds its tent and leaves, Turkey will immediately begin an air bombardment followed by a ground attack by the [Ankara-backed] Free Syrian army. Thousands will die, thousands will be displaced and will be given no haven within Syria. They will be turned away at the Turkish border,” said David Phillips, a former senior state department official, and the author of the new book: The Great Betrayal: How America Abandoned the Kurds and Lost the Middle East. Share on Twitter Reuse this content Mattis resignation triggered by phone call between Trump and Erdoğan The latest major Trump resignations and firings Read more Topics Share on Pinterest Share on Twitter Trump administration Julian Borger in Washington Recep Tayyip Erdoğan Share on Messenger Syria Support The Guardian Europe responds with alarm to US defence secretary’s resignation James Mattis in June last year. Mattis went to see the president on Thursday, and presented his resignation.Photograph: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg via Getty Images Share via Email Share on WhatsApp Last modified on Mon 7 Jan 2019 13.08 EST The resignation of US defence secretary James Mattis was triggered by a phone conversation between Donald Trump and the Turkish president, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, in which Trump abruptly decided to upend previous US policy and withdraw troops from Syria, according to new accounts of the call.Mattis went to see the president on Thursday afternoon in a last-ditch attempt to change the president’s mind, and argue for standing by the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), which have taken the lead role in ejecting the Islamic State from its Syrian strongholds. … we have a small favour to ask. The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. 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Guatemalan boy who died in US custody suffered from brain infection

first_imgJuan De León Gutiérrez, 16, travelled to the US from Camotán, hoping to be reunited with his older brother Nina Lakhani The booming business for smuggling people to the US: ‘Everyone wins’ A Guatemalan boy who died at a Texas children’s hospital after being detained on the US southern border was suffering from a brain infection, the Guardian has learned. He was the third migrant child from Guatemala to die in US government custody in the past five months.Juan De León Gutiérrez, 16, had travelled to the US from Camotán, a poor rural community in the Chiquimula region of eastern Guatemala, hoping to be reunited with his older brother. Texas Topics Juan was in apparently good health when he arrived, but the next morning he was taken to an emergency room after complaining of a fever, chills and a headache. He was discharged back to the shelter later that day, according to a statement by the Administration for Children and Families (ACF).The boy’s health deteriorated, and he was returned to the emergency room by ambulance on 22 April, said ACF. From there, the sick boy was admitted to the intensive care unit at the children’s hospital with the brain infection.Southwest Key has not commented on Juan’s death, but an ACF spokeswoman, Evelyn Stauffer, said in a statement: “Arrangements were made for the minor’s brother and Guatemalan consular officials to visit the minor while he was hospitalised. The family who resides in the home country received frequent updates from hospital staff. The cause of death is currently under review, and, in accordance with standard ORR policies and procedures, the case will be subject to full review.” First published on Thu 2 May 2019 13.59 EDT Share on Facebook Support The Guardian Share via Email This article is more than 2 months old Fleeing a hell the US helped create: why Central Americans journey north … 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. 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Share on Twitter Share on WhatsApp Share on LinkedIn Texas Read more Guatemalan boy who died in US custody suffered from brain infection Share on Pinterest Share on Facebook US immigration It is unclear when or where the boy first fell ill, but he died on Tuesday, days after being detained by Customs and Border Protection (CBP) and transferred to a government-contracted children’s detention shelter. “My son was always healthy,” his mother, Tránsito Gutiérrez Oloroso, told local newspaper Prensa Libre. “I ask that they treat his remains with dignity.”Juan was diagnosed with a frontal lobe infection at Driscoll children’s hospital in Corpus Christi.Medical treatment – including surgery to alleviate the pressure caused by the infection – failed, and he died on 30 April after several days in intensive care. The boy’s older brother, who lives in Texas, visited him in hospital.Consular officials in McAllen hope to repatriate his body to Guatemala within the next few days.Silvia Samines, the deputy Guatemala consul in McAllen, said that efforts had been made to obtain humanitarian visas for the boy’s parents so that they could visit him in hospital, but they were unable to travel due to their advanced age. “We have started the relevant procedures in order to repatriate the body as soon as possible,” she said.The 16-year-old was under the care of the Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR) when he fell ill. ORR contracts private firms and charities to house thousands of children separated from their parents at the border by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (Ice) officials – as well as those detained after making the perilous overland journey from Central America without adult relatives.Two other Guatemalan children died in US custody within weeks of each other in December 2018, but unlike the latest case, they were in custody of CBP.Jakelin Caal, seven, who died on 8 December at an El Paso children’s hospital, and Felipe Gómez Alonzo, eight, who died on Christmas Eve at a New Mexico hospital, were part of a mass exodus from the impoverished Central American country.Almost two-thirds of Guatemala’s population live in poverty and half its children suffer from chronic malnutrition.In November, Guatemalans overtook Mexicans as the largest nationality taken into CBP custody – an extraordinary figure considering that the population of Mexico is seven times larger than that of its southern neighbour.Juan entered the US near El Paso, and was detained by CBP on 19 April. He was taken by Ice agents on 20 April to a children’s facility in Brownsville which is run by Southwest Key – a not-for-profit organisation which houses up to 5,000 migrant children in more than 20 shelters. Since you’re here… Read more news This article is more than 2 months old Share on Twitter Share via Email Fri 3 May 2019 12.13 EDT A group of migrant families walk from the Rio Grande near McAllen, Texas, on 14 March.Photograph: Eric Gay/AP Shares4848 Share on Messenger Reuse this contentlast_img read more

MoveInMay Everyone Needs to Move for National Physical Fitness Month

first_imgWriter: Tiffany Whisner, Coles Marketing CommunicationsMay is National Physical Fitness and Sports Month. It’s a great time to get moving and get committed to living a healthier and more active lifestyle!From the President’s Council on Fitness, Sports & Nutrition (PCFSN), according to the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (HHS)’s Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans Midcourse Report: Strategies to Increase Physical Activities Among Youth, youth need 60 minutes or more of physical activity each day where they live, learn and play.PCFSN Executive Director Shellie Pfohl says in her statement, “Research shows that when children are physically active, they achieve higher grades, record better attendance, and their behavior improves. Put simply, active kids do better.”PCFSN is encouraging children and their families to get up, get out and get active! It could be exercise before school or work, or walking around the neighborhood with your family after dinner. We all should set aside time for some fun physical activity each day.And this includes those people with disabilities or special needs. Importance of a healthy lifestyleWhy do individuals with disabilities or special needs especially need to make sure a healthy lifestyle and exercise are an important part of their lives?Studies have shown people with disabilities are more likely than those without disabilities to report poorer overall health, less access to adequate healthcare and physical inactivity, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). People with disabilities need healthcare and health programs just as much and for the same reasons anyone else does — to stay well, active and participate as a part of the community.The CDC reports people with disabilities are often at a greater risk for health problems that can be prevented. This is due to having certain limitations as a result of specific types of disabilities.Some of these health problems are also called secondary conditions and might include:Bowel or bladder problemsFatigueInjuryMental health and depressionOverweight and obesityPainPressure sores or ulcersOther health conditions and chronic conditions can also be prevented. This starts with a healthy lifestyle, visiting a healthcare provider for preventive care and screenings, and learning how to manage specific health issues.The World Health Organization (WHO) notes that more than a billion people, about 15% of the world’s population, have some form of disability. Additional key facts from WHO:Between 110 million and 190 million adults have significant difficulties in functioning.Rates of disability are increasing due to population aging and increases in chronic health conditions, among other causes.People with disabilities have less access to healthcare services and therefore experience unmet healthcare needs.Unfortunately, those with disabilities report seeking more healthcare than people without disabilities … and have greater unmet needs. Health promotion and prevention activities seldom target people with disabilities.For example, women with disabilities receive less screening for breast and cervical cancer than women without disabilities. People with intellectual impairments and diabetes are less likely to have their weight checked. And adolescents and adults with disabilities are more likely to be excluded from sex education programs. Working together for better accessSo what can be done to improve the access to healthcare and related services and programs for those with disabilities? Governments can help improve health outcomes for those with disabilities by improving access to quality, affordable healthcare services.According to WHO, healthcare standards need to be established related to care for people with disabilities. Where private health insurance dominates the world of healthcare financing, we need to ensure people with disabilities are covered and the premiums are affordable.Disability education should be integrated into continuing education for all healthcare providers. Community workers should also be trained to help play a role in preventive healthcare services.And when it comes to fitness facilities and equipment, design and access needs to be available and accessible to all people with disabilities. Here is a great article from Anthony Marc Robles, a council member with PCFSN. He was born without his right leg. But that never stopped him from competing or enjoying sports and other activities. He says being active as a kid helped him become the man he is today.“I am committed to empowering kids and adults with disabilities to experience freedom through sports and recreational activities,” he says. “However, not all children and adults with disabilities have access and opportunities to enjoy being active like I did. And since individuals with disabilities have a greater need for regular physical activity and good nutrition to prevent obesity and other chronic conditions, it is even more important that schools and communities provide equal opportunities for all Americans to lead healthy, active lives.”Robles talks about the I Can Do It, You Can Do It! (ICDI) program. It is a health promotion model to facilitate access to sports and recreational activities and nutrition education for children and adults with disabilities.ICDI facilitates and encourages opportunities for all Americans, regardless of ability, to lead a healthy lifestyle including regular physical activity and good nutrition. ICDI previously focused on youth participation and implemented nine sites across the country. Today, the program includes children AND adults with disabilities. The Council’s goal is to expand and implement the program in at least 100 sites nationwide over the next five years. RecTech leads with vision and missionEvery day, projects, campaigns and organizations throughout the nation are working on ways to make exercise equipment, physical fitness devices and sports facilities more available and accessible to those people with disabilities.A group at the forefront of this mission is RecTech, a research center dedicated to using technology to promote healthy, active lifestyles for people with disabilities. RecTech is a Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center funded by National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research (NIDRR).“Exercise provides substantial health benefits throughout the body, including the brain, muscles, bones, heart and lungs,” says RecTech Director James H. Rimmer. “Approximately half of the U.S. adult population does not take advantage of these health benefits simply because they do not get enough exercise. And among people with disabilities, the numbers are much lower.”One of the projects RecTech is working on is “Development of Adaptive Game Controllers and Energy Expenditure Tables for Active Video Games for Youths with Disabilities.”This project has two goals:To develop adaptive game controllers that will allow youths with disabilities at functionally diverse levels to play active video games (AVG) at a satisfactory levelTo determine the energy expended playing AVGs in non-ambulatory youths with disabilities in order to create a list of MET (metabolic equivalent) values for each game“Children with disabilities have lower levels of physical activity and fitness and higher levels of obesity compared to their non-disabled peers,” says RecTech’s Sangeetha Padalabalanarayanan. “Children and adults love gaming consoles and video games, including active video games (AVG), in which the player has to move about to control the action of the game rather than simply pressing buttons or moving a joystick. These games ‘bring you into the action’ of the game and show promise as a way of getting people of all ages to be more physically active while having some fun.“Unfortunately, many people with disabilities are unable to play these games because the gaming consoles or games are not accessible for people with disabilities, including youth that are unable to stand, have balance issues, poor motor control or can’t use the body to perform game moves,” she continues. “Making AVG controllers accessible is a necessary first step toward finding ways youth with disabilities can increase their daily energy expenditure. That’s why RecTech currently has a project (D1) to develop game controllers and game controller adaptations that will allow children with a broad range of functional abilities to play AVGs with about the same amount of energy expenditure required of a non-disabled player.”Mary Allison, a RecTech consumer and wheelchair user, tried a sample adaptation to the Wii Fit board.“I think the concept of the accessible controller is great. It’s something that could be easily installed, used and transported. I could bring it to a friend’s house for game night! I would like to see added reinforcement and a higher lip on the front of the platform. This would increase my stability if I needed to lean forward during a game and allow me to play more confidently.”Padalabalanarayanan says the long-term goal is to make AVGs accessible and to develop an evidence base for the use of AVGs as an exercise model for improving cardiorespiratory fitness and strength in youths with physical disabilities. To follow the progress of this project, please visit: Developing standards for allAnother RecTech project to highlight is “D3: Development of Uniform Standards for Accessible Fitness Equipment.”The main goal of this project is to finalize a set of standards for strength and cardiovascular fitness equipment that will be supported by the leading standards authority in the U.S. through American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM).“Currently, people with disabilities have to travel longer distances to find fitness centers with specialized equipment,” Padalabalanarayanan says. “Specialized equipment is usually only found in medical settings such physical therapy centers. Universally designed, accessible mainstream fitness equipment will allow people with disabilities to join public fitness facilities that are close to their home or places of work. Additionally, accessible mainstream fitness equipment will offer people with disabilities the social benefits of being able to work out with their friends and family.”That’s why having equal access and opportunity to fitness equipment and facilities for all is so important.In July 2013, two new ASTM International standards were developed and published to provide specifications for fitness equipment that will be accessible to users of all abilities.Some of the new standards include:Multiple access points to get on/off equipmentAdjustment required for set up shall: not require the simultaneous use of two hands; avoid left/right bias; be easy to reach, use, insert or remove; and not require fine finger control, excessive wrist rotation, tight grasp or a pinch gripDetachable controls and adjustments shall be tetheredStatic handles or other appropriate structural components shall be provided in proximity to sitting surfaces to assist with transferText and fonts shall be in accessible format, i.e., larger, non-serif, tactile, color contrastAll emergency/safety stops shall be of a color, shape and size that is easily distinguishable from other available controls“With growing social and political pressure to provide equal opportunities for people with disabilities in health/fitness facilities, standards that identify critical elements of universal design for fitness equipment are becoming increasingly important,” as RecTech states in its project background.To follow the progress of this project, please visit:, the RESNA Standards Committee on Inclusive Fitness (IF) was founded in June 2012 in order to develop guidelines to help fitness facility operators, trainers and staff members identify materials that are available to them in order to make their fitness environment, including layout, equipment and programming, more universally accessible to people of all abilities, including those with a disability. Visit to learn more! What’s new? Check out RESNA!Where can you see cutting-edge RecTech devices and hundreds of other technology solutions along with educational sessions and internationally-recognized speakers?RESNA 2014 Annual Conference! This year, the international conference is racing into Indianapolis!Designed by and for people passionate about the use of assistive technology to improve the health and well-being of people with disabilities, RESNA 2014 offers educational sessions, scientific paper sessions, posters, three plenary sessions with internationally-recognized speakers and a large exhibit hall.Don’t miss topics like:Power Wheelchair Access: Determining and Optimizing Access for Independent MobilityWhen Optimal Isn’t Possible: Home Modification Tips from the TrenchesA Guided Conversation on Apps: What Works!Addressing the More Challenging Needs: Hands and Eyes-On with the Latest Computer and Smartphone Accessibility Hardware and SoftwarePlus, the Assistive Technology Exhibit Hall is open and free to the public on Friday, June 13 and Saturday, June 14. RecTech is just one of many exhibitors at the conference. RecTech staff will be available at booth #31 in the exhibit hall, which is open to the public. This all takes place at the JW Marriott in downtown Indianapolis.For more information, visit: about all the new information and technology available to those with disabilities and their families. And use those devices to make sure you get moving in May!Share this…TwitterFacebookPinterestLinkedInEmailPrint RelatedATU398 – Adapted Physical Education with Dr. Scott McNamara PhD, CAPEJanuary 11, 2019In “Assistive Technology Update”AM084 – National Center on Health Physical Activity and DisabilityJanuary 4, 2013In “Accessibility Minute”The Driving Force to OvercomeApril 27, 2016In “Conferences and Events”last_img read more

ATU178 – Dan Hubbell from Microsoft Boy with Autism develops relationship with

first_img——-transcript follows ——DAN HUBBEL: Hi, this is Dan Hubbel and I’m the Accessibility Technical Evangelist for Microsoft, and this is your Assistive Technology Update.WADE WINGLER: Hi, this is Wade Wingler with the INDATA Project at Easter Seals Crossroads in Indiana with your Assistive Technology Update, a weekly dose of information that keeps you up-to-date on the latest developments in the field of technology, designed to assist people with disabilities and special needs.Welcome to episode number 178 of assistive technology update. It’s scheduled to be released on October 24 of 2014. Today our guest is Dan Hubbel who is Microsoft’s accessibility technical evangelist. A story about a boy with autism and his relationship with Siri. And information about potentially a new tablet for folks who use braille.We hope you’ll check out our website at, shoot us a note on Twitter at INDATA Project, or call our listener line, 317-721-7124. Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadYour weekly dose of information that keeps you up to date on the latest developments in the field of technology designed to assist people with disabilities and special needs.Show notes:Dan Hubbell – Microsoft’s Accessibility Technical Evangelist | One Boy With Autism Became BFF With Apple’s Siri enables paralyzed groom to walk down the aisle – Technology & Science – CBC News, the tablet for blind people now is reality – West Hanx Writer——————————Listen 24/7 at www.AssistiveTechnologyRadio.comIf you have an AT question, leave us a voice mail at: 317-721-7124 or email tech@eastersealscrossroads.orgCheck out our web site: https://www.eastersealstech.comFollow us on Twitter: @INDATAprojectLike us on Facebook: Share this…TwitterFacebookPinterestLinkedInEmailPrint RelatedATU188 – Wheel Life & The Bally Foundation, Look at Me app for Autism, Applevis’ Golden Apple Awards, Birdhouse for AutismJanuary 2, 2015In “Assistive Technology Update”ATU228 – iOS 9 and Its Impact on People with Disabilities | Luis Perez | Free AT Webinars, Insulin and Blood Sugar Monitoring on Your Smart Phone, Robots and AutismOctober 9, 2015In “Assistive Technology Update”ATU196 – Microsoft Windows 10 Accessibility for People with Disabilities (Dan Hubbell and Brett Humphrey), Comcast’s Accessible Television Interface, NFB Scholarships, Sesame Enable Smart Phone with Head Control, AT TimelineFebruary 27, 2015In “Assistive Technology Update”center_img There’s an old-fashioned phrase called “I stood up with you at your wedding,” meaning that you’re the best man or the maid of honor. I’ve had two situations recently where standing up at weddings has been an assistive technology tank. I’ve got a friend named Ed who uses a standing wheelchair and he was able to use that standing wheelchair to walk his bride down the aisle, not too long ago, for her wedding. And then just last weekend, Jordan Bucille and Matt Facar, who are in New York, Syracuse, New York in fact, did something even more interesting. Matt is someone who has a spinal cord injury. It says in the article here that he has been paralyzed from the chest down since an accident three years ago. However, he’s been working for the last several months to use in exoskeleton that allows him to walk. He walked down the aisle to greet and marry his beautiful bride. So the technology is something that he has been working on in a rehabilitation center in Allentown, Pennsylvania. The actual device is called an Ekso, and they are now in Jamaica on their honeymoon. Congratulations to the happy couple and how interesting that we have so many people using assistive technology to stand up and walked down aisles at weddings. Pop a link in the show notes and you can see a picture of the happy couple.I’m always fascinated by the idea of a full-page braille display or Tablet computer that operates on braille input/braille output and those sorts of things. There is a new one that’s hitting the news cycle this week called BLITAB. Their tagline is feelings get visible. This seems to be a group of three individuals from Austria who are working on a device that looks very Apple-esque. In fact, on their domain website, they get a picture of it sitting next to a Mac. It has a plastic area where there are bubbles making braille above, and then an 8-key, Perkins style keyboard down below. They talk about the fact that this is going to be a device that will connect to your computer and provided braille output system or braille tablets, presumably interfacing with a computer but I’m not exactly sure. It’s one of those upsets that has a great marketing pictures and a lot of spin and finesse –, but I’m finding a little less technical information that I’m looking for in terms of this. But it’s interesting because they are taking preorders on this period I clicked on the preorder button on the website, and especially place to sign up for their email list. I’m seeing this in lots of mainstream media, and it looks like an interesting and promising concept that I’ve seen other places. But I’m going to let you make your own judgment about it. I’m going to place a link in the show notes and you can check out this BLITAB and tell me whether or not you think it’s a promising device for folks or braille readers to check our show notes.And the New York Times, there’s a very popular article are now circulating about a young man with autism who was quote/unquote BFFs with Siri. So I, working at Easter Seals crossroads, had the benefit walking down the hall to our Autism Resource Center. I grabbed a friend of mine, Marin Oslin, who works in that program. Marin, before we talk about the article, tell folks your name and what you do here at Easter Seals Crossroads.MARIN OSLIN: My name is Marin Oslin, and I am a licensed clinical therapist. I specialize with kids with autism providing therapy to their families and to the kids directly. We work on social skills. We work on challenges such as anxiety and depression and independence skills.WADE WINGLER: Excellent. So I walked on with this New York Times article that basically said as a young man who’s on the autism spectrum who has really started a relationship with Siri. I wanted to get your opinion on that. What did you think?MARIN OSLIN: I thought it was really interesting article. We use technology a lot with our clients. One thing that I tend to do with client a lot is look at it to have anxiety about a specific issue, we might use the Internet as a way to look at the things that they are nervous about, see if they are having any faulty thoughts, and see if there’s some facts that can give them the truth instead of letting them feel very anxious about it. So I think the use of technology with kids with autism is really helpful. Obviously it’s benefiting this boy.WADE WINGLER: So my question was this is a good thing? Is this a bad thing? Tell me about this particular application. Is that a healthy thing for a kid with autism to do? Or is it in between?MARIN OSLIN: I definitely wouldn’t say that it’s not healthy. I think that there are some benefits for him. Obviously there’s some — it helps them have a chance to seek out what he’s interested in. A lot of kids with autism have specific interest that they enjoy spending a lot of time learning about, talking about, picking about. This is a way for them to do it. So I see that as a good thing.WADE WINGLER: It’s a very mainstream, typical kind of technology that he is interacting with. It’s not some sort of an autism special thing.MARIN OSLIN: exactly.WADE WINGLER: So it kind of established that this is cool and this is okay, but what is this kid going to get out of this interaction? How is it going to be helpful?MARIN OSLIN: I think it’s most likely very freeing for him because when he’s talking about something that is very interested in, that he is learning about, he doesn’t have to be distracted or overwhelmed by all the social pressures such as looking someone in the eye or reading their social cues or having good boundaries with them he can just engage in conversation and learn about what he’s interested in. It’s also really cool that he is forced to enunciate properly. So is working on his speech and language skills. He has to be polite and ask things clearly so to building on his skills as well as just being an enjoyable activity for him.”WADE WINGLER: Marin, thank you so much for coming down the hall and spending some time with us. If individuals want to learn more about our autism programs here at Easter Seals crossroads, they can head over to and find more information there.MARIN OSLIN: Thanks.WADE WINGLER: And I’ll pop a link to that New York Times article in our show notes.Each week, one of our partners tells us what’s happening in the ever-changing world of apps, so here’s an app worth mentioning.AMY BARRY: This Amy Barry with BridgingApps, and this is an app worth mentioning. Today’s app is called Hanx Writer. Hanx Writer is a cool word processing app developed by actor Tom Hanks that turns your iPad into an old-fashioned typewriter. With a clean piece of paper, and automatic slide, and a very distinct click every time you type, the F provides a unique way to write and publish documents.Hanx Writer is an excellent addition to the language arts curriculum. They can also be used with students that struggle with handwriting and/or have week weak fine motor skills and to teach keyboarding skills. Students with autism spectrum disorder and nonverbal individuals will enjoy using this app to communicate in a fun way.One of the great features of this app is that it removes the auto capitalization and autopunctuation functions of typical word processing programs, forcing users to be more mindful of errors. The user also has the option of disabling the modern delete key and setting it to place a large ax over the mistakes instead of erasing them.Documents created on Hanx Writer ink-like typeface of a typewriter and can be exported as PDFs via email or cloud services. The modern word processor features available on the app are the iOS spellchecker and the ability to purchase additional features. Upgrades let you add pictures, create title pages, aligned text on the page, and change ribbon and background colors, as well as manage multiple documents. You can also buy additional type of the styles or the writer’s block bundle which includes two typewriter models and additional features.Hanx Writer is a terrific teaching tool and we tried it with K-12 students. The app is intriguing, engaging, and highly motivating, especially for struggling writers. Creative teachers will find endless uses for Hanx Writer in the classroom and no doubt, the nostalgia of this retro typewriting app will also appeal to adults who used typewriters when they were younger.The Hanx Writer is free at the iTunes Store. This app can be used on iOS devices. For more information on this app and others like it, visit WINGLER: It’s hard to think about assistive technology and not think about the impact of some of the big players, specifically Microsoft. Dan Hubbel is Microsoft accessibility technical evangelist. He is also currently the president of ATIA, has been with Microsoft for about 14 years and is the writer behind the Microsoft accessibility blog, Plessy turning me via Skype right now. Dan, are you online?DAN HUBBEL: I am, Wade, how are you?WADE WINGLER: I’m doing really well. I want to thank you so much for carving a little time out of your day. I’m sort of excited to talk about you because I’m a little bit starstruck. I don’t know if I’ve heard anything about Microsoft and assistive technology in the last 10 or so years without hearing her name. I’m flattered that you’re taking some time to be on our show today.DAN HUBBEL: Well, flattery will get you nowhere, by the way. Thank you very much for having me. It’s my pleasure.WADE WINGLER: So, Dan, I know that Microsoft and its reach impacts almost everybody who is using assistive technology. I thought maybe you could give me a little bit of the background about how Microsoft has historically addressed accessibility and folks with disabilitiesDAN HUBBEL: Sure. The entirety of the answer is somewhat lengthy, but I’ll give you the digest version. For those that do want the broader chronology can go on to our website where we have a lot of this documented. Basically, Bill Gates back in the 90s recognize that this was an area that really needed to have attention put on it. So it was back in 1993 actually, a little over 20 years ago, the Microsoft created its first team dedicated to accessibility within our products. At the time, that specifically meant to Windows. So it was as early as Windows 95 that we began introducing assistive technology into our operating system.Since then, we had evolved tremendously as the technology has evolved. We got from simple tools for manipulating the keyboard — in the early 90s, obviously, we are starting the transition from keyboard-based input into more mouse and Dewey driven input in the computer. As we moved from that, there’ve been several different program interface that we have standardized on in order to make it possible for a really broad assistive technology vendors to exist in the ecosystem. We evolved from that into really driving more inbox experience for our users.And then around, I would say, the late 2000s, 2008, I think consumer expectations have really changed, especially as we’ve seen the proliferation of mobile devices really taking off in the marketplace. So our focus has been shifting to really try and recognize that market. We’re now really getting into greater development and recognizing the mobile space.WADE WINGLER: And I know that there’s a whole lot happening with mobile space and the future. I want to come back to that. Before I start talking about some of the things that people might know about Microsoft accessibility and some product specific stuff, can you tell us a little bit about what Microsoft does behind the scenes with developers to work on the disability?DAN HUBBEL: Sure. We have come over the years, had different ways of interacting with teams. I would say in the 2003 had a program called the MAT VP, which is the Microsoft Assistive Technology Vendor Program. It was a connection — at the time, Microsoft really didn’t have a good way of integration with partner developers like the AT companies that exist in the ecosystem. So we created sort of our own specialized vendor program where we had very frequent conference calls. We brought teams of AT folks on campus here to work with us during the development of new versions of Windows.As our product teams matured, you realize that it no longer made sense to centralize that into an AT program, but we really engaged folks directly with our product groups. So today we have assistive technology companies that are very deeply connected to our developers and groups like Office and Windows Phone and Windows. So part of our role as the central accessibility team is to help broker and facilitate those relationships.WADE WINGLER: I appreciate that philosophy because disability doesn’t occur in tiny little boxes. It occurs all over the place. I like the fact that you guys are spreading that around amongst your business units. Adding that the smart idea.Dan, I’m hearing a lot lately in the media and newsletters about the Microsoft visibility answer desk. Can you take me to school on that little bit?DAN HUBBEL: This been fantastic. We’ve got a team of folks and our support group that realize that the difficulty in providing support for our own products for people who use various types of assistive technology or have various types of disabilities, to explain to somebody how to do some function within Windows or in Office, to explain the process of doing that is very different for someone who is using a screen reader or even a magnifier than for somebody who sighted. A disability answer desk was really created to say hey, you know what, we have a whole class of customers that are not getting good support, because we as a company, Microsoft, don’t really understand the tools that they are using as an intermediary to using our products.So the disability answer desk was created really to fill a void in providing good support for people with disabilities. That team over there has just been phenomenal. They’ve expanded the answer desk to several international languages and regions around the world to essentially, if you have a disability, or if you are using assistive technology, so you yourself may not have a disability but may work with somebody who has a disability or might be a friend or family member, you can call the disability answer desk free of charge and get support on whatever you need. Obviously, it has to be related to some sort of Microsoft product, but the idea is that if you’re having difficulty using one of our products because you’ve got some disability or other product that you’re using with it, this is a line that you can call to get support for that.WADE WINGLER: That’s phenomenal. Do you happen to know the number of the top of your head or can we pop it in the show notes later?DAN HUBBEL: We can definitely pop it in the show notes and I can pull it up as you’re asking the question here. If you take me — if I talk long enough and say — what I’ll do is I’ll mention as I’m pulling this up that is also a chat and an email that you can do. So if you, for example, have a disability where you can speak on the phone, there’s also a chat window and an email address.The phone number, if you want to call, is 1-800-936-5900. If you want to try the chat or email, the best thing to do is to go to our Microsoft accessibility site which is, and at the bottom of that page there is a link to accessibility technical support. If you click on the accessibility technical support link, it will take you to the page where you can start a chat or send an email.WADE WINGLER: Excellent. That was an excellent fill-in. We chatted a little bit preinterview about you have some radio background so I’m really impressed that you put on your DJ jobs there for a minute.DAN HUBBEL: I can hit the post like anybody.WADE WINGLER: There you go. So, Dan, the last time we bumped into each other face-to-face with in Fort Wayne, Indiana, when you guys are making the announcement about Window Eyes for Office not too long ago. Tell me a little bit about how that initiative is going in then maybe also a little bit about how Office 365 is going to impact people with disabilities and users of assistive technology.DAN HUBBEL: Both great questions. So Window Eyes for Office initiative that we kicked off with the team that was formally GW Micro who now is a part of AI Squared, essentially we realize that we really need to create a compelling experience in office for our customers who are blind or visually impaired. We looked at what we are providing in the box with narrator and said we’re hitting some core scenarios, but the reality is that to really be productive in office, our inbox tools weren’t providing the experience today that we really want to see. So working with the folks in Fort Wayne there as he mentioned, for us it was just a way of providing an avenue for our users to have the best experience with Office work because you really do feel the Office is the most compelling productivity suite that’s out there. Which extends to Office 365. Part of the reason why we were in discussions with the folks there at GW Micro, now AI Squared, is the fact that they had really good support for web-based apps like Office 365 and office online set of apps.How is that going to impact industry? As we are moving, I think it’s not just Office 365, but as a lot of products are moving to web-based interfaces of which Office 365 and our Office Web apps are one, I think that you’re going to see — what’s great about this is the portability of where you can access these things from. You no longer have to have a version of office installed on your computer for example. You can be informed of any terminal that has the access software that you need and be able to get to the tools that you use on a daily basis. This is impactful not just for people with disabilities but I think for consumers in general, which is just being able to actually take these tools with you wherever you need to have them.WADE WINGLER: I think that’s an excellent point because you’re right. Everything is moving toward mobile and the platforms are changing. What we considered computing years ago is looking different ambient different and those kinds of things. It’s shifting all the time.So how does Microsoft stay relevant in that changing landscape? How does Microsoft keep up with the industry and continue to do the great job that they always have?DAN HUBBEL: Here’s how we’re thinking about it right now, which is we have a tremendous history as you alluded earlier around accessibility and understanding people with disabilities and the added user benefit of a lot of the great tools that exist within this assistive technology scope of software. So what we are thinking about right now is the fact that more and more of our computing experiences are going mobile.Gone are the days where you used a computer in a climate controlled office where you knew what the lighting and the sound were like. You’re not in a static environment anymore. We’re carrying around our phones. We’re carrying around all tablets. We are inside sometimes where it can be in a controlled environment and you have one experience. You walk outside where it’s bright and you require a different experience because you can’t see your screen because the brightest of the screen. Or maybe you’re a student, and you’re in class and it’s too loud, and you can’t hear what’s happening on your screen. Maybe need a better captioning tool.We’re looking at the fact that what we — while there is a certain percentage of the population that always experiences some of these symptoms, so to speak, of not being able to see the screens or not being able to hear what’s happening on the computer all the time because of their disability, as we move into a mobile environment, everybody is experiencing these. So how can we apply what we’ve learned about people with disabilities and the accessibility industry in general and the tech that has been built in this industry and apply it in ways where everybody is going to be impacted by it and everybody is going to find a benefit to it?We’ve had some great success within the company around mapping out some of these scenarios. One example that I started to use is you’re a student and you’re in a classroom environment, maybe you’re on your phone, and you’re walking between classes under outside and you can hear conversation just fine. All of a sudden, you walk into a noisy hallway. Your phone should be smart enough to know that it’s too loud for you to actually hear the person talking on the other end of the line. So the technology exists. Why doesn’t it actually automatically transcribe a call for you so that you can continue the conversation seamlessly through a text for the call? Today, that’s sort of a pie-in-the-sky thing but it’s an example of how we can apply what we’ve learned in the accessibility and drive those experiences to a broader audience.Was that a benefit to people with disabilities? As we drive these concepts to be more built-in and to be more mainstream around providing adaptability within the way we interact with our computer, both input and output, then you just have that many more options for a person with a disability to find their place in the spectrum of ability and find the expense that works best for them toWADE WINGLER: I think that speaks to the concept of universal design and the fact that what’s good for folks with disabilities is often good for everybody. Dan, we’re about out of time for the interview today. Two quick things: if people want to learn more about Microsoft and accessibility, where should they start? And then if people want to reach out to you, how can I find you?DAN HUBBEL: Sure. The best way to find out about what’s happening at Microsoft is in two places: you can go to our Microsoft accessibility website, which I mentioned earlier. There’s also our accessibility blog which is a tremendous amount of content up there and hopefully will be posted to regularly moving forward as well. That is WINGLER: Excellence. Dan Hubbel is Microsoft accessibility technical evangelist, has been our guest on the show. Dan, think is much for being with us today?DAN HUBBEL: It’s my pleasure, and I look for to coming back at some point.WADE WINGLER: Do you have a question about assistive technology? Do you have a suggestion for someone we should interview on Assistive Technology Update? Call our listener line at 317-721-7124. Looking for show notes from today’s show? Head on over to Shoot us a note on Twitter @INDATAProject, or check us out on Facebook. That was your Assistance Technology Update. I’m Wade Wingler with the INDATA Project at Easter Seals Crossroads in Indiana.last_img read more

HeadMouse Extreme

first_imgFor individuals with limited hand and arm mobility, operating a standard computer mouse and keyboard proves to be quite the challenge.  Fortunately, there are many assistive devices available to help said individuals operate their computer or alternative and augmentative communication device.  One example of these available technologies is the HeadMouse Extreme.The HeadMouse Extreme replaces the standard computer mouse by translating the natural movements of a user’s head into directly proportional movements of the mouse pointer.  In other words, as the user moves his or her head, the mouse pointer on the screen also moves.  According to Origin Instruments, “The HeadMouse has a wireless optical sensor which tracks a tiny disposable target that is worn by the user in a convenient location on their forehead, glasses, hat, etc.”One of the greatest features of this alternative mouse is that it requires no additional special software.  It connects to the computer or AAC device through a USB port and operates using standard mouse drivers.Benefits of using the HeadMouse Extreme:No extra power adapters to keep up with or concern for keeping components charged.  The HeadMouse is powered through the USB connection.Simple installation with only one step: connect the HeadMouse Extreme to a USB port.Connectivity support for both wired and wireless adaptive switches with integrated switch interface.Uninterrupted operations, even in varied lighting conditions.Support for a variety of platforms including computers, AAC devices, and other devices that support a USB mouse.HeadMouse Extreme package includes:HeadMouse ExtremeMounting Bracket for notebook computersDual-lock mounting kit (used to attach HeadMouse to a monitor)Right-angle 6-foot and straight 3-foot USB cables50 target dots2-year limited warrantyTo learn more on the HeadMouse Extreme, click here.Click here to view the HeadMouse Extreme User Guide. Share this…TwitterFacebookPinterestLinkedInEmailPrint RelatedSmartNav 4 AT: totally hands-free mouse solution!October 13, 2015In “Computers”EyeGaze Foundations BundleMarch 24, 2015In “Learning Disabilities”AM252 – BJOY Chin MouseSeptember 15, 2017In “Accessibility Minute”last_img read more

Ediscovery and Information Governance Expert Rena Verma Joins FTI Consulting

first_imgE-discovery and Information Governance Expert Rena Verma Joins FTI Consulting PRNewswireJune 4, 2019, 4:02 pmJune 4, 2019 Twenty-Year Veteran to Leverage Extensive Legal Industry Experience, Ranging from Pharma Litigation to Mergers and Acquisitions and E-Discovery Managed ServicesFTI Consulting, Inc. announced the addition of Rena Verma, an expert in e-discovery, information governance and legal operations, as a Senior Managing Director in the Information Governance, Privacy & Security practice within the Technology segment. Ms. Verma will be based in New York and will support growth for current and new data governance solutions.“The wide range of information governance challenges — from data privacy to post-merger data segregation and remediation — require a specialized skillset that includes legal and technical acumen as well as strategic thinking,” said Jake Frazier, a Senior Managing Director and Leader of the Information Governance, Privacy & Security practice at FTI Consulting. “Rena has this skillset as well as deep experience advising companies on how to operationalize and streamline their discovery and data governance practices. She will bring significant value to our clients, and we are extremely pleased she has joined our practice.”Marketing Technology News: VERB Adds Leading Health Care Provider OnDoc to Its Client RosterMs. Verma has nearly 20 years of experience advising Fortune 500 legal departments and law firms in information governance, electronic discovery, legal technology and legal operations. Her clients include some of the largest pharmaceutical, banking, insurance, transportation and technology companies.  In addition, Ms. Verma has led legal integration projects involving mergers, acquisitions and divestitures requiring merging and separation of business information systems and processes, organizational design work as well as implementation of legal hold solutions. Prior to joining FTI Technology, she served in leadership positions with Consilio and the Huron Consulting Group.“Every day, our clients face new challenges and rely on our global team of experts to help meet these needs in an efficient and defensible manner,” said Sophie Ross, Global Chief Executive Officer of FTI Technology. “We continue to invest in our group’s global growth and subject-matter expertise to remain the premier provider at the intersection of data and legal and regulatory risk. Rena’s addition to FTI Technology is a reflection of this investment and of the caliber of professionals on the team.”Marketing Technology News: TechTarget Integrates 1st and 3rd Party Intent Data within Priority Engine Platform to Help Companies Make Faster Sales and Marketing Progress with Best Fit AccountsFTI Technology’s IGP&S practice focuses on providing consulting services that are flexible and can range from a single short-term project to a complete transformational service with ongoing monitoring. The offerings address key corporate data challenges with safety and defensibility by mining, storing, migrating and disposing of corporate data, as well as designing and implementing defensible e-discovery and information governance policies that are cost-effective and do not disrupt business operations. FTI Technology has been recognized as a leader in information governance software and services across the legal industry, including acknowledgement from the National Law Journal, Corporate Counsel and Computer Technology Review.“FTI Technology’s IGP&S team has built a strong reputation in the industry for delivering practical solutions to help companies reduce risk,” Ms. Verma said. “I’m excited to help grow the practice and lend my experience assisting companies in pharma, financial services and other industries address complex discovery and data governance issues.”Marketing Technology News: Email Verification Company Kickbox Announces Release of New Partner Portal e-discoveryFTI Consultinginformation governanceMarketing TechnologyNewsPrivacy & Security practiceTechnology Previous ArticleLiferay Announces New Content, Commerce and Headless Capabilities to Drive Personalization at ScaleprnNext ArticleMagna Imperio Systems Selects Vertebrae for 3D & AR Sales Enablementlast_img read more

PowerChats Updates Home Service Customer Experience with Latest Software Advances

first_imgAI-Powered Chat Provider’s New Real-Time Alerts and Texting Features Give Home Service Business Owners Even More Capability for Connecting with CustomersPowerChats, an artificial intelligence-powered chat service exclusively for the home services industry, has announced major updates designed to improve convenience and conversion tracking, enhance connection with leads and increase customer satisfaction.In today’s economy, speed to lead is critical for connecting with customers. The new updates provide PowerChats customers with outbound texting capability, expansion of CRM tracking integrations, dynamically changing click-to-call buttons to ensure compatibility with all call-tracking providers and new chat notifications via text message and email.Outbound texting allows home service business owners to connect immediately with all of their company’s customers or to conduct chats by text through the PowerChats app or website. The text and email notifications alert team members when a chat has been initiated and offer them the option to switch from AI to taking control with live chat.Marketing Technology News: Gigapaces Partners with Tableau to Accelerate Machine Learning and Data Visualization“Outbound texting and real-time alerts will tighten our users’ connection with their customers and leads,” said Brigham Dickinson, founder and president of PowerChats. “The new text option expands the platform’s availability for reaching out or responding to customers, and the notifications are a powerful safeguard that ensures visitors to the website have a positive experience.“Tracking conversions and working well with other systems is something else we really pride ourselves on,” Dickinson said. “We know our customers use other tools, so the more tracking integrations we can provide, the better. We’re very happy that we can be an extension to call-tracking software and are excited to expand on the functionality even further.”Marketing Technology News: Invoca Survey Finds Over Half of Consumers Only Offered Automated Communications By Brands Feel Frustrated When They’re Unable to Speak with a Live PersonPowerChats’ innovative interface and wide variety of user options generate more positive reviews, more phone calls, more completed chats and more sales leads at a higher rate than any other tools. PowerChats’ artificial intelligence also results in completing chats in less time with more information collected.“Connection is the key in the competitive home services market,” Dickinson said. “PowerChats allows website visitors to get the information they’re looking for quickly and conveniently, and it lets our customers spend more time on their trade.”Marketing Technology News: Verve Releases SDK 4.0 To Supercharge The Revenue-Generating Power Of In-App Inventory Artificial IntelligencecrmCRM tracking integrationsMarketing TechnologyNewsPowerChats Previous ArticleAnimoto Investigates Marketing Potential For Branded Videos on Instagram StoriesNext ArticleVerve Releases SDK 4.0 To Supercharge The Revenue-Generating Power Of In-App Inventory PowerChats Updates Home Service Customer Experience with Latest Software Advances PRNewswireJune 28, 2019, 3:52 pmJune 28, 2019 last_img read more

Pixvana Enhances XR Platform to Accelerate and Scale the Creation and Distribution

first_img Chris PirieMarketing Technology NewsNewsPixvanaXR Platform Previous ArticleGetAccept Closes $7 Million Series A Funding Round Led by DN CapitalNext ArticleSaviynt Announces Support for Amazon EventBridge Release of SPIN Studio 2.0 and SPIN Studio Lite Empowers Enterprises and Creators with Unprecedented VR Functionality  Pixvana, a virtual reality solutions provider specializing in corporate learning and training, introduced SPIN Studio 2.0, bringing groundbreaking improvements to its industry-leading XR platform for creation, editing, and distribution. This release is purpose-built for learning and development teams looking to integrate immersive experiences into their curricula at scale. Coupled with SPIN Studio 2.0 is SPIN Studio Lite, a new free solution for streamlined VR casting.SPIN Studio 2.0 introduces three critical interactive features designed for training-specific experiences: Q&A, quizzing, and scavenger hunts, to help learning and development teams assess performance and progress, as well as, optimize content on the fly for better results. The platform also provides advanced analytics for measuring the engagement and impact of training sessions. This includes powerful progress monitoring capabilities through the use of data-rich analytic maps, gaze heatmaps, and real-time feedback, supplying vital performance and behavioral data not available through traditional learning methods.For the first time ever, Pixvana’s enterprise-ready platform, SPIN Studio 2.0 now allows organizations to deliver XR content across multiple headsets as well as 2D screens (phones, tablets, and PCs), effectively scaling experiences and providing access to modernized content, from anywhere at any time.Marketing Technology News: Tremor Video Expands Its Advanced TV SolutionsThe platform infrastructure has been completely rebuilt for faster speed and even higher video quality. Harnessing the power of elastic, high-powered GPU farms, the new SPIN Studio 2.0 pipeline can now render data up to 10x faster than the previous version, and deliver today’s best-possible “5.7K” maximum streaming and download versions of all content for Oculus headsets. With new improvements to its end-to-end workflow, SPIN Studio 2.0 offers a better, more effective way to handle raw camera sources by uploading directly in the browser, and maintains high-quality mezzanine files through media preparation of stitching, color correction, and more.“SPIN Studio 2.0 simply handles XR media in a better, faster, more efficient manner, offering enterprise-designed features to enhance immersive experiences as well as scale across multiple screens,” said Beverly Vessella, VP of Product for Pixvana. “Now it’s easier than ever for learning and development teams to incorporate XR content into their curriculum with easy content management and distribution tools at their fingertips. Interactive narratives take the learner out of traditional classrooms and into an immersive, 360 degree experience that’s proven to enhance learning.”Marketing Technology News: Alluxio Delivers First Data Orchestration Platform Powering Multi-cloud Analytics and AIPixvana is also unveiling a free casting solution for those who seek a simple way to share high-quality XR video. SPIN Studio Lite makes distributing immersive content easy and free to anyone with a headset or web browser. The solution allows creators to upload high-quality XR content to the cloud with straightforward drag-and-drop functionality, as well as cast content to any number of headsets. SPIN Studio Lite also enables administrators to guide viewers throughout any experience, supporting virtual classrooms and narrated events.“Sharing content is by far the biggest pain point for XR creators,” Vessella said. “There’s never been an easier and more efficient way for creators to share their immersive content to groups of all sizes. Simply upload the content, get a code and enter it, then start casting to headsets around the world, no problem.”“Pixvana is an innovative company that constantly strives to demystify and uncomplicate VR, making it readily accessible to the mainstream,” said Chris Pirie, CEO of The Learning Futures Group and Former Microsoft Chief Learning Officer. “The launch of SPIN Studio 2.0 and SPIN Studio Lite streamline the creation and distribution of XR, particularly for learning and development teams looking for innovative solutions that provide better results for their organization and the people within them.”Pixvana SPIN Studio 2.0 and SPIN Studio Lite support all devices in the Oculus line, as well as off-line environments.Marketing Technology News: Valassis’ Marketing Technology Platform Earns Tech Award Pixvana Enhances XR Platform to Accelerate and Scale the Creation and Distribution of Enterprise Training MTS Staff WriterJuly 12, 2019, 7:30 pmJuly 12, 2019 last_img read more

Google Might Try to Buy Your Face for 5

first_img Facebook Twitter Linkedin Pinterest Google Plus Reddit Hacker News Flipboard Email Copy 0shares This site may earn affiliate commissions from the links on this page. Terms of use. This Is Where ‘The Man With the Golden Voice’ Ended Up ‘God of War’ Developers Release Thank You Video for Fans Ginny From ‘Harry Potter’ Is 28 Now and Absolutely Gorgeous Tagged In googleprivacypixel 4face unlock Post a Comment 11 Comments You Might Also LikePowered By ZergNet The Truth About Thor’s Jane Foster Why Billy Hargrove from ‘Stranger Things’ Looks So Familiar Google Might Try to Buy Your Face for $5 By Ryan Whitwam on July 22, 2019 at 4:07 pm This ‘Pirates of the Caribbean’ Star is Breathtaking in Reality The Transformation of Daisy Ridley Is Turning Heads Unless you’re a digital hermit, Google probably already has a lot of data about you. Even when you don’t tell Google specific bits of data, it can make educated guesses based on your searches and how you use its services. One thing it doesn’t have is your face, and that’s what Google is after. No, this isn’t some Game of Thrones-style Faceless Men situation — Google reps are offering $5 gift cards to scan people’s faces. Google representatives are approaching people in real life and asking them to contribute data to developing “the next generation of facial recognition phone unlocking,” according to a report from ZDNet. As compensation for helping out, Googlers are offering people a $5 gift card to Amazon or Starbucks. Are people willing to sell their faces to Google for five bucks? It appears they are, yes. After agreeing to help out, participants are handed a phone inside a large case that obscured the shape. It’s common for engineers to use cases like this to hide pre-release phones during testing, which strongly suggests these devices are Google Pixel 4s. It reportedly takes a few minutes for the phone to acquire face data as people move their heads around, and then they’re free to paint the town red with their gift cards. The data is most likely feeding into a machine learning algorithm that will help the Pixel 4 recognize faces with some assortment of sensors and cameras on the phone. While Android has supported face unlock for years, it has always been 2D camera-based recognition. The iPhone, by comparison, uses a 3D sensor to unlock the device securely. Some Android phones like the LG G8 have imitated that, but Google is adding official support for 3D face unlock in the upcoming Android Q release. Leaks of the Pixel 4 also show plenty of sensors on the front of the phone that could contribute to secure face unlock. This is all speculation for now — Google isn’t talking, and it probably won’t say anything until the Pixel 4 is official. The teaser and leaked images don’t show a fingerprint sensor in the traditional place, so Google has either gone to an in-display sensor or it’s ditching that all together in favor of face unlock. That would make the accuracy of its algorithm extremely important. In that eventuality, I hope a lot of people sell their faces to Google.Now read:3D-Printed Head Shows Face Unlock on Most Phones Isn’t SecureAndroid Q May Support Apple-Like 3D Face UnlockFBI Forces Suspect to Unlock Phone Using Face ID 11 Comments We Finally Understand Why ‘Criminal Minds’ Got Canceledlast_img read more

Scientists Capture Photographic Proof of Quantum Entanglement

first_img 8 Comments Scientists Capture Photographic Proof of Quantum Entanglement Stuff Niantic Should Add to ‘Pokemon GO’ Saying Goodbye to Johnny Depp We Now Understand Why Elizabeth Berkley Disappeared Facebook Twitter Linkedin Pinterest Google Plus Reddit Hacker News Flipboard Email Copy 0shares This site may earn affiliate commissions from the links on this page. Terms of use. Maisie Williams’ Transformation is Turning Heads The Possibility Of An ‘Iron Man 4’ Finally Addressed Helen From ‘Waterworld’ Is 56 Now and Incredibly Gorgeous Natalie Portman Reacts to Being the Next ‘Thor’ Humans tend to think they have a pretty good handle on how the physical world operates, but things get unspeakably weird at the small scale. Particles aren’t always particles, and sometimes those particles (or waves) behave in bizarre, counterintuitive ways. One of the strangest features of physics is quantum entanglement, and scientists from the University of Glasgow have just captured the first photo demonstrating the effect. When two particles or molecules become entangled on a quantum level, they share one or more properties such as spin, polarization, or momentum. This effect persists even if you move one of the entangled objects far away from the other. Einstein famously called entanglement “spooky action at a distance.” Einstein felt the existence of entanglement meant there were gaping holes in quantum mechanical theory. Scientists have successfully demonstrated quantum entanglement with photos, electrons, molecules of various sizes, and even very small diamonds. The University of Glasgow study is the first ever to capture visual evidence of entanglement, though. The experiment used photons in entangled pairs and measured the phase of the particles — this is known as a Bell entanglement. The team produced photons with an ultraviolet laser, passing them through a crystal that causes some of the photos to become entangled. A beam splitter turned the beam into two equal “arms” with some of the entangled photos going down different paths. Since they were entangled, they continued to share the same phase even after being separated. The experimental setup. The beam starts in the lower left, splits in the middle, and the left “arm” goes through phase filters.One of those photons passes through a liquid crystal material that runs it through four phase transitions (0, 45, 90, and 135-degrees). The team used a highly sensitive camera to capture images of the entangled photon that hadn’t gone through the filter. However, it showed the same phase transitions as its partner. The image above shows the entangled pair at a 45-degree phase. Scientists believe that quantum entanglement could have applications in quantum computing, data transmission, and even teleportation. For any of that to work, we need to study entanglement in much greater detail. The University of Glasgow experiment may open the door to new types of imaging that help us come to grips with that spooky action at a distance.Now read:Photon Teleported Between Earth and Space for the First TimeLarger, Hybrid Optical CPUs Could Eclipse Silicon DesignsHow Does Quantum Computing Work? By Ryan Whitwam on July 15, 2019 at 1:09 pm We Finally Understand Why ‘Criminal Minds’ Got Canceled You Might Also LikePowered By ZergNet Tagged In sciencephysicsquantum computingquantum entanglementquantum mechanicsentanglement Post a Comment 8 Commentslast_img read more

Infosys Continues to Impress Clients with Digital Process Automation Wins Partner Excellence

first_imgInfosys Continues to Impress Clients with Digital Process Automation; Wins Partner Excellence Award at PegaWorld 2019 Sudipto GhoshJune 5, 2019, 3:37 pmJune 5, 2019 Infosys is a Strategic Partner for Pegasystems Inc. At the PegaWorld 2019, Pega recognized Infosys’ valuable contribution to Digital Transformation processes for clients and partners. Infosys helped Pegasystems to implement large-scale complex Digital Process Automation platforms and solutions.Infosys and Pega bring a robust customer ecosystem experiences to life with innovative and creative solutions based on actionable data insights.In an official press release, Infosys revealed that the ‘company’ is a key catalyst in the design and execution processes of innovative Digital Process Automation on the Pega Platform TM. It stated, “With its strong Pega credentials, solutions and accelerators, Infosys empowers global enterprises to achieve their business vision, by bringing robust customer ecosystem experiences to life with innovative and creative solutions based on actionable data insights.”Recognition for Infosys Based on Expertise in Digital Process Automation Platforms Pegasystems recognized Infosys at the annual PegaWorld conference in Las Vegas for excellence in growth and delivery.Infosys won the Pega partner excellence award in recognition of their innovative practice development and continued investment in the growth of a strong delivery practice.Infosys has implemented countless transformation projects for Fortune 500 companies since 2006. Currently, backed by its strong Pega credentials, solutions, and accelerators, Infosys empowers global enterprises to achieve their business vision.Infosys has redesigned its practice from traditional Business Process Management (BPM) to Digital Process Automation Practice by stitching services across BPM, case management, real-time decision making, robotics, AI and ML. Infosys Digital Process Automation goes beyond process automation to enable true digital engagement. It entails simplifying the business process and enabling the straight-through process across organizations, with access to real-time information and recommendations with digitized operations to support the end-to-end customer experience.With over 17+ years of experience in delivering high-quality process management services to close to 200 customers, Infosys continues to drive Digital Transformation journeys in the modern era.Recently, Infosys BPM was also named a winner in the HfS Blueprint Grid: Retail Customer Engagement Services Report 2018.Then, Infosys McCamish Systems, a U.S. based subsidiary of Infosys, was also positioned as a ‘Leader’ in Gartner’s Magic Quadrant for Life Insurance Policy Administration Systems (PAS) for North America.This recognition from various institutions and partners demonstrates Infosys’ current roadmap for the Digital Transformation ecosystem.center_img crmdigital process automationDigital TransformationNewsPega PartnerPegaWorld 2019 Previous ArticleInfobip Launches Rich Communications Services With Google to Businesses in MexicoNext ArticleFigure Eight Secure Data Access Solution Provides Customers With Comprehensive Security Controlslast_img read more

Nearly Half of Users of Ad Blockers Will Avoid Websites that Target

first_img ad-fatiguedMarketing Technology NewsNewsOnline AdvertisingpersonalizationVisual Objects Previous ArticleWill On-Demand AI Solutions Design Cloud for Data ScientistsNext’s Voice Device Integration Sets the Pace for Marketing Innovation by Being the First to Combine Google Home and Amazon Alexa With Direct Mail Advertisers State That Data Collection Makes Ads More Helpful for Online Visitors. New Data from Visual Objects Indicates That Highly Targeted Ads Could Negatively Impact Businesses’ Potential to Engage with AD-Fatigued Consumers, Though.Nearly half of users of ad blockers (45%) say they would avoid a company’s website if that company targeted them with ads, according to a new survey report from portfolio website Visual Objects.Businesses argue that personalization makes ads more useful for potential customers, but this data shows that ad-fatigued users disagree.To avoid alienating these users, businesses must ensure ads that rely on user data do not reveal personal information, such as age, marital status, or schooling.Users of ad blockers feel strongly about how their personal data is collected for advertising. Almost two-thirds of people who use ad blockers (63%) say data collection in online advertising is an invasion of privacy.Visual Objects surveyed 500 people who use ad blocking browser extensions to learn how ad-fatigued users feel about data collection and online privacy in advertising.Marketing Technology News: Fastbase New 3.0 Extension to Google Analytics Boosts Lead Generation to a New High Level for B2B companiesBaby Boomers Most Uncomfortable With Data Collection in AdvertisingThough most ad-blocker users feel that data collection is invasive, baby boomers are the generation most averse to highly targeted advertising. Almost three-quarters of baby boomers (72%) say that data collection from ads feels like an invasion of privacy.By contrast, 58% of millennials and 64% of Generation X respondents feel that data collection invades their privacy online.“I think younger people tend to be less threatened by data collection because it’s what they’ve known,” said Tim Smith, director of communications and media planning at IPNY. “They’ve grown up with data breaches and they’ve almost always been connected and online.”Smith also said that older internet users often have more to lose financially than younger users, making them more wary of data breaches.Businesses should build trust with users of all ages by allowing them to access the personal data businesses collect and remove it if they desire.Marketing Technology News: Vonage Awarded 2019 CRM Excellence AwardGen-X Users Are Most Likely to Pay for Ad-Free BrowsingAs people increasingly demand more privacy online, some browsers, like Mozilla, have started offering options for users to go ad- and tracking-free for a price.The Visual Objects survey found that younger ad blocker users are more likely to pay for this type of browsing. Almost half of Generation X users (47%) and 41% of millennials are willing to pay to browse ad-free, compared to only 29% of baby boomers.“It’s helpful to have an alternative option that allows people not to have ads when they’ve become a premium subscriber,” said Kyle Deming, founder at Chicago web services firm Wojo Design.Offering an ad-free alternative for a small fee could help businesses build trust with users who feel strongly about invasive advertising and data collection, according to the survey.Marketing Technology News: Bpm’online named a Leader in 2019 Gartner Magic Quadrant for Sales Force Automation Nearly Half of Users of Ad Blockers Will Avoid Websites that Target Them With Ads, Creating Challenges for Advertisers MTS Staff Writer5 days agoJuly 18, 2019 last_img read more

Medallia Announces Launch of Initial Public Offering

first_imgMedallia, Inc. (“Medallia”) announced the launch of its initial public offering of 14,500,000 shares of common stock. Medallia is offering 13,325,000 shares and selling stockholders are offering 1,175,000 shares. The underwriters will have a 30-day option to buy an additional 1,585,000 shares of common stock from Medallia and an additional 590,000 shares of common stock from the selling stockholders at the initial public offering price, less underwriting discounts and commissions. Medallia has been approved to list its common stock on the New York Stock Exchange under the ticker symbol “MDLA”.BofA Merrill Lynch, Citigroup and Wells Fargo Securities are acting as lead book-running managers for the proposed offering. Credit Suisse is also acting as a book-running manager. Oppenheimer & Co., SunTrust Robinson Humphrey, William Blair, Needham & Company, Craig-Hallum Capital Group and Roth Capital Partners are acting as co-managers.Marketing Technology News: BlueCrest Wins Two Direct Commerce AwardsA registration statement relating to these securities has been filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission but has not yet become effective. These securities may not be sold, nor may offers to buy be accepted, prior to the time the registration statement becomes effective. This press release shall not constitute an offer to sell or the solicitation of an offer to buy, nor shall there be any sale of these securities in any state or jurisdiction in which such offer, solicitation, or sale would be unlawful prior to registration or qualification under the securities laws of any such state or jurisdiction.Marketing Technology News: RedPoint Announces Digital Acquisition Platform for Targeted Ad ExperiencesMedallia is the pioneer and market leader in Experience Management. Medallia’s award-winning SaaS platform, the Medallia Experience Cloud, leads the market in the understanding and management of experience for customers, employees and citizens. Medallia captures experience signals created on daily journeys in person, digital and IoT interactions and applies proprietary AI technology to reveal personalized and predictive insights that can drive action with tremendous business results. Using Medallia Experience Cloud, customers can reduce churn, turn detractors into promoters and buyers, and create in-the-moment cross-sell and up-sell opportunities, providing clear and potent returns on investment.Marketing Technology News: M-Files Makes Microsoft Office 365 the Single Point of Access to All Enterprise Information Marketing Technology NewsMDLAMedalliaMedallia Experience CloudNewsStock Exchange Previous ArticleSeQuel Response Hires New Director of Marketing to Propel Brand AwarenessNext ArticleVeritonic Launches First Audio Score For Marketers To Understand Relative Power Of Their Creative Assets Medallia Announces Launch of Initial Public Offering PRNewswireJuly 8, 2019, 8:49 pmJuly 8, 2019 last_img read more

Kochava Expands In APAC Region

first_imgKochava Expands In APAC Region PRNewswireJuly 8, 2019, 10:30 pmJuly 18, 2019 Appoints regional directors in Japan and South KoreaKochava Inc., the global provider of real-time data solutions and marketing intelligence, welcomed Makoto Katayanagi July 1, 2019 as Regional Sales Director of Kochava Japan based in Tokyo. His appointment opens the Japan office for Kochava in Tokyo, adding to the company’s existing presence in the Asia-Pacific region with headquarters office in Beijing and the company’s regional office in South Korea.Katayanagi brings a background in law and over 15 years of experience in sales and development with global advertising companies to his role at Kochava. Before joining Kochava, Katayanagi was Sales Manager at Japan’s Group IMD, headquartered in London, an online TV advertising company. Katayanagi spent 12 years at ADK, one of the notable advertising agencies in Japan, as a Senior Account Executive.Marketing Technology News: Extreme Networks to Acquire Aerohive Networks“I’m excited to be joining this great international team of professionals. The opportunities in Japan are wide open, and I look forward to expanding Kochava’s services to new customers in this region,” Katayanagi said.Earlier this summer, Kochava welcomed DongHee Cho as Regional Sales Director for their Korea market, adding to their existing team in the Seoul office. Cho most recently served as Executive Director at GfK and before that, as a Division Head at Nielsen, and brings strong operational and development skills to his new role at Kochava.Marketing Technology News: Salesforce’s $15.7 Billion Tableau Acquisition Highlights Big Data as Key Theme, Says GlobalData“The Asia-Pacific region is a very important market for Kochava, and we are pleased to be increasing our presence across the region, especially opening a new office to serve customers in Japan,” said Jeff Chai, Managing Director for Kochava, North Asia, who is based in the company’s Beijing office. “In addition to sales and development, we are expanding our support team to serve the needs of our growing customer base and partners across the APAC region.”Kochava plans to expand across APAC territories with additional resources in the coming quarters. Customers and partners can meet the Kochava team at their local offices, or at upcoming events GMIC in Guangzhou July 25-28, ChinaJoy Expo in Shanghai August 2-5, and others.Marketing Technology News: Tencent Champions “Tech for Good” in Cannes APACKochavaMarketing Technology NewsNews Previous ArticleViral Booth Announces New Roaming Photo Booth on WheelsNext ArticleKnowbly : Bringing Collaboration to Content Creationlast_img read more