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AdvancePierre deal helps Tyson record thirdquarter revenue rise

first_imgAdvancePierre deal helps Tyson record third-quarter revenue risePosted By: News Deskon: August 06, 2018In: Business, Financial, Food, IndustriesPrintEmailTyson Foods recorded a 2% increase in net sales during its third quarter as it benefited from the acquisition of prepared foods supplier AdvancePierre Foods.Tyson, which owns brands such as Hillshire Farm, Ball Park and State Fair, recorded a turnover of $10.95 billion for the quarter. Operating income was up 15% to $802 million.In its chicken and prepared foods segments, net sales were up in part thanks to the AdvancePierre deal, which had its results incorporated into the two units. However, chicken sales volumes decreased “due to sluggish demand for certain chicken products”. The company’s beef and pork units both posted a decrease in sales.Tyson Foods CEO Tom Hayes said: “We continued to grow our business in Q3, even with the headwinds we faced related to oversupply and pricing. In this challenging environment, we delivered a solid quarter overall, growing earnings, operating income and margins.“Our diverse portfolio continues to be a key advantage for us. Our beef and prepared foods segments had a strong quarter, helping to balance the results in our chicken and pork segments, which faced stiff headwinds.“We have a sound strategy and a solid foundation, which will continue to serve our business and shareholders well. We remain confident in our ability to create long-term value.”Tyson Foods has increasingly restructured its business to focus on its core protein unit. In June it announced it would sell its Sara Lee Frozen Bakery and Van’s business to private equity firm Kohlberg & Company.It has also shifted its focus to alternative protein companies, with investments in biotechnology company Future Meat Technologies, lab-grown meat start-up Memphis Meats and part-funded a $55 million investment in meat alternative company Beyond Meat in December 2017.For the full year, Tyson said it expects sales to grow approximately 6% to between $40-$41 billion, which is attributed to incremental AdvancePierre sales of $1.1 billion.Share with your network: Tags: proteinTyson FoodsUSlast_img read more

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School of Wok expands in retail with UK first line of bao

first_imgSchool of Wok expands in retail with ‘UK first’ line of bao bun kitsPosted By: Jules Scullyon: August 21, 2018In: Food, Industries, Innovation, New products, SnacksPrintEmailCookery school and Asian cooking brand School of Wok is launching into grocery retail with the “UK’s first bao bun kit range”.The meal kits, which come in black pepper and barbecue variants, have been introduced into over 300 Tesco stores as the brand aims to expand in the oriental food category.Each bao bun kit, which serves two and makes between four and six buns, comes with a flour mix, pickling salts, dry rub and glaze, along with step-by-step instructions on how to create a fluffy bao.Consumers just need to add the fresh ingredients along the way, to create filled bao rolls in around 30 minutes.Founded in 2009 by TV chef and author Jeremy Pang, School of Wok aims to make Asian cooking more accessible with a brand which focuses on putting the fun into education. With a cookery school and wok range, it is now aiming to emulate its success in grocery retail.Pang said: “At School of Wok we’ve become known as the UK’s Asian cookery hub and we believe the time is now right for us to bring our flair for demystifying oriental cookery into the grocery sector.“With this first launch, we’ve focused on a key trend in the thriving Asian restaurant sector, the bao bun, to bring something completely new to the supermarket aisles.“With our vibrant packaging, unique product offering and focus on fun, we believe we’re well placed to drive consumer engagement in the category and look forward to our nationwide roll-out with Tesco.”Share with your network: Tags: Meal kitSchool of WokUKlast_img read more

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BrewDog unveils new beer – and offers drinkers swap for bad beer

first_imgBrewDog unveils new beer – and offers drinkers swap for ‘bad beer’Posted By: Alex Clereon: September 12, 2018In: Alcohol, Beverage, Industries, Innovation, New productsPrintEmailScottish brewer BrewDog has launched a new lager – and will encourage consumers to upgrade by staging an amnesty on ‘bad beer’.So-called ‘bad beer bins’ will be positioned in the company’s bars throughout the UK, as well as its locations in mainland Europe. BrewDog will urge consumers to swap cans of ‘bad beer’ with their latest release, Lost Lager.It is a 4.7% ABV dry-hopped pilsner made with classic German Saphir hops, giving vibrant citrus and stonefruit notes. Made using Bavarian yeast, it has a crisp and clean taste, BrewDog said.It is available in 330ml cans and bottles, as well as 660ml bottles, and will be available through supermarket chain Tesco as well as directly through BrewDog.The beer collected during the amnesty will be recycled by staff, with some being donated to a UK university and used to create biofuel.BrewDog co-founder James Watt said: “Lost Lager is a crisp, clean pilsner with hints of spice and a zesty lime marmalade character. To mark its launch, we wanted to give beer drinkers a chance to taste a lager made with soul and passion, rather than the mass-produced fizzy yellow swill that the big breweries have been peddling for years.“For decades, the craft of lager has been lost and forgotten, bastardised by mega breweries putting profit before flavour. But brewed right, lager can pack huge flavour and offer a really exciting style with depth and character. We have been working hard on nailing this recipe for months, and we know anyone who has a taste of Lost Lager will never look back.”The company, which is currently focused on growing in the US market and Australia, will hope that the launch of Lost Lager will be better received than Pink IPA in May: the beer maker’s offering for International Women’s Day was a swipe at brands that target female consumers with lazy rehashed versions of the same product.But it backfired massively on the Aberdeenshire-based brewer when it was accused of the very faux pas that it was trying to raise awareness of, and criticised for patronising women.Earlier this month it released its first sour beers from its state-of-the-art sour beer facility, Overworks.Share with your network: Tags: beerBrewDogUKlast_img read more

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Ocean Spray switches to plastic packaging for its chilled juice line

first_imgOcean Spray switches to plastic packaging for its chilled juice linePosted By: Contributoron: November 26, 2018In: Beverage, Industries, PackagingPrintEmailOcean Spray seeks to emphasise the health benefits of its chilled cranberry juice with new packaging in rPET bottles in the UK.The US-based cooperative said the change results in stronger stand out on-shelf than its previous carton packaging. Its Ocean Spray Cranberry Original and Ocean Spray Cranberry Original with No Added Sugar are now packaged in plastic bottles.Ocean Spray said it has “ambitious plans to become a dominant force in the chilled juice category, where the most health-conscious consumers are looking for interesting and nutritious juice solutions”.Caroline Rose, Ocean Spray marketing manager, said: “In chilled juice, growth is coming from premium juice brands which offer a health and functional benefit. Ocean Spray’s unique health benefits give consumers reasons to believe and buy into our brand.“By changing our packaging to modern, distinctive and premium clear PET bottles we can more clearly communicate our strong health credentials and create stand out in the sea of orange and yellow in the chiller cabinet.“As a brand, our aim is to accelerate growth in chilled by growing category value and offering differentiation at a time when health and wellbeing are a key consumer focus.”Ocean Spray said that one 200ml glass of Ocean Spray Cranberry Original “provides 60% of the reference intake of antioxidant vitamin C”.The firm has also changed the name of its Ocean Spray Original Light variant to Cranberry Original with No Added Sugar, which contains 12 calories per 150ml glass.The new 1 litre bottles are now available in UK retailers with a recommended retail price of £2.19.Share with your network: Tags: Ocean SprayUKlast_img read more

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Trump to reportedly meet evangelical leaders to discuss Stormy Daniels

first_imgEvangelical Christianity Fri 6 Apr 2018 11.17 EDT Share on Facebook Support The Guardian This article is more than 1 year old Amanda Holpuch in New York @holpuch Read more Shares351351 Meeting will address concerns on how the midterms will be affected by Trump’s divisive style and alleged affairs, according to sources Share on Facebook Read more Five months before the election, Trump met privately with nearly a thousand conservatives, predominantly members of the religious right, at a daylong conference in New York. The meeting was intended to brief Trump on their policy positions and also bolster support for Trump among more religious Republicans. The proposed meeting in June would have similar intentions, the sources told NPR. Ralph Reed, chairman of the conservative Faith and Freedom Coalition told NPR he does not expect the affair allegations to substantially reduce evangelical support for Trump in the midterms. “If these folks don’t turn out in record numbers in 2018,” Reed said. “It’s gonna be a long night for Republicans.” Donald Trump attends service at First Presbyterian church in Muscatine, Iowa, on 24 January 2016.Photograph: Andrew Harnik/AP Reuse this content This article is more than 1 year old … 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. Since you’re here… Share on WhatsApp As well as the claims by Daniels – real name Stephanie Clifford – former Playboy model Karen McDougal has claimed an affair with Trump. The president on Thursday denied knowing about a $130,000 payment his lawyer, Michael Cohen, made to Daniels to buy her silence.When asked why Cohen made the payment, Trump said: “You’ll have to ask Michael Cohen. Michael is my attorney. You’ll have to ask Michael.”The White House did not immediately respond to the Guardian’s request for comment. Early polling suggests Daniels’ claim she had an affair with Trump before he was president has not had a substantial impact on white evangelicals’ attitudes towards Trump.A CBS News poll held from 8 to 11 March found 70% of white evangelicals approve of Trump’s job performance. This poll was taken before Daniels detailed her sexual encounter with the president on the television news program 60 Minutes. This poll looks exclusively at white evangelicals, omitting an increasingly powerful and diverse bloc within the community. Evangelicals are becoming more diverse, fueled largely by an increase in young Latino members. This has led to an increasing political divide in the bloc, as these younger, non-white members are more often Democrats or independents. center_img Trump’s evangelical panel remains intact as others disband. Here are his religious cheerleaders Share via Email Topics Evangelical Christianity Trump to reportedly meet evangelical leaders to discuss Stormy Daniels Share on Pinterest Donald Trump Donald Trump denies knowing of $130,000 payment to Stormy Daniels Christianity Share on Messenger Share via Email Evangelical leaders are planning a meeting with Donald Trump in June following continuing developments in the scandal over his alleged affair with pornographic actor Stormy Daniels, it was reported on Friday.Four anonymous sources told radio network NPR that the meeting was intended to address concerns about how the midterms might be affected both by the president’s divisive leadership style and his alleged sex scandals. Last modified on Fri 6 Apr 2018 12.35 EDT Share on LinkedIn Share on Twitter Religion Share on Twitter newslast_img read more

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President Obama is sitting not even four feet away my life working

first_img Share | Pick Facebook ‘President Obama is sitting not even four feet away’: my life working in the White House Twitter Close report comment form 4 5 anon-113452a530181 Bransby TheLogan 15 Jul 2018 10:47 2miners Email (optional) Ben Groetsch Share on Facebook MoonlightTiger Share on Twitter | Pick Share Facebook Einsteinmc2 Share on Twitter 7 8 Reply The day after the [2017] inauguration there was this palpable arrogance walking into the East Wing. It was very disturbing Jason eventually broke Dorey-Stein’s heart by deciding to marry his long-term girlfriend shortly after Hillary Clinton’s shock defeat in the 2016 presidential election. She found it hard to know which piece of news was the more devastating. “It felt like the world was officially turning upside down,” she says now. “It was surreal. Everyone was walking around fighting back tears all the time.” Since most of her friends were political appointees, they left the White House straight away. The stenographers were not, so her job continued. Having been excited at the prospect of working for the first female president, she says, “it became this feeling of, I’ve got to get out of here”. She stayed on “in part just to witness it, and in part because I hadn’t figured out my next step yet. I couldn’t just quit.”After swapping duties with a colleague to avoid recording Donald Trump’s first meeting with Obama at the Oval Office – “I could not stomach the reality of what was happening” – it took just one day working in the new president’s White House to convince her she needed an exit strategy. “The day after the inauguration there was this palpable arrogance walking into the East Wing,” she says. “It was very disturbing. They had no idea what they were doing, yet they were the victors and now occupied the throne. It felt like Game of Thrones, in one of the darker episodes.”Dorey-Stein began conversations with the book world and got herself a literary agent. “I was in the middle of typing up a Sean Spicer press briefing when my agent called to say I had a book deal.” She walked out straight away.Having entered the White House with an aversion for “political creatures”, she is now very much one herself – “in the sense that we all owe it to each other to be political. As upsetting as so much of the news is now, I think it is really cool how much activism it has inspired and it is really important to exercise our right as citizens to know what’s going on, to be active and to fight for what we believe in.”Her DC days are behind her now, though. She has moved back to Philadelphia, where she lives close to her family and plans to write full-time. What’s next? More notes from the White House? “Goodness no! It will be fiction. Writing the memoir was therapeutic in lots of ways, but I don’t want to write about my personal life again. I’m going to be making up stories from now on.” | Pick Report Share on Twitter Report Reply Reply Share shspruill President Trump boards Air Force One. Photograph: Eric Thayer/Reuters Facebook 10 11 JeanBreton | Pick Anjeska Barack Obama The Observer Share on Twitter Share on Twitter | Pick 15 Jul 2018 6:42 | Pick Share on Facebook Facebook 15 Jul 2018 2:18 Share on Twitter Share on Pinterest Twitter Reply 13 14 Report David Marquez 15 Jul 2018 4:41 oldest Facebook | Pick You miss the point, it’s not about one specific president or employee. If one ex employee can write a book about working with one US president, why don’t more do it? There are enough ghost written “celeb” memoirs to prove the name on the cover doesn’t have to be a writer to professional standard. There’s an obvious demand for political memoirs in general and the politicians are free to write them, as Clinton, Obama and GW Bush did in recent years. Why is every president’s term not also followed by several memoirs from the office? In the UK civil servant rules and “official secrets” restrict the authorship to the politicians themselves, e.g. Benn, Crosland or Clarke diaries. If US freedom of speech is so predominant that anyone can write anything that isn’t obviously libellous, why are there not more books out there? Or are they written but don’t sell well enough? Twitter 15 Jul 2018 9:46 Twitter MidwestCoast | Pick Show 1 more reply anon-113452a530181 Report Share on Twitter Share on Facebook | Pick After swapping duties with a colleague to avoid recording Donald Trump’s first meeting with Obama at the Oval Office – “I could not stomach the reality of what was happening” Order by oldest 15 Jul 2018 7:47 | Pick 15 Jul 2018 15:54 Reply Facebook MidwestCoast Christ, you sound bitter. Report Share Report Neurochicken Share on Facebook Twitter Facebook Reply Show 3 more replies Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Report 2 3 23 24 | Pick 15 Jul 2018 4:27 15 Jul 2018 6:39 Reply Good read. Cant wait for the rest. Report Share | Pick collapsed Share on Twitter Twitter DandelionandMurdoch comments (153)Sign in or create your Guardian account to join the discussion. Loading comments… Trouble loading? 3 4 Dorey-Stein turned up on time for the rescheduled interview and got the job, partly because her position at Sidwell Friends meant she had already been background-checked by the FBI and cleared to be around the Obama girls. Rather unfair on the other candidates who applied and were they also told they’d be working with Obama if successful. Seems more to it, she obviously knew the right people to get in ! “…I loved this playful, trash-talking side to him.” Before long, Dorey-Stein was working out regularly alongside Obama. “It’s weird how normal it is to say hi to the president in the gym now,” she writes. Even so, she remained starstruck by him till the end. Her memoir is in many ways a love letter to him and what he stands for. Report ID8191211 Share Share on Twitter 4 5 You remind him of his daughter that is why his was chasing you. Share on Facebook Share on Twitter 15 Jul 2018 10:41 Did it occur to you that Trump might not need the giant, king-sized amount of personal space that Obama was accustomed to expect of you? Facebook Books The contrast between the Obama & Trump Whitehouse sounds extreme, little wonder so many talented people left and were replaced by the “dregs of the Fox News greenroom”. Share on Twitter Facebook Report 0 1 Reply Twitter 15 Jul 2018 19:11 17 18 zzeb Report Share on Facebook zzeb Share on Twitter monteverdi1610 Reply C’mon yourself. Some people are way more polished, educated, and experienced in interpersonal manners than others. I am an ivy league graduate but I know I do not have nearly nthe social understanding that I see in so many other people. It is not difficult for me to admire this person and it is easy, having seen Obama in person, for me to be interested in his personality as this perceptive person has seen it. I do not resent the fact that there are people (like my wife) who I can simply admire. 6 7 Report Share Share Report Dave Parry The Observer Share 0 1 Nor on that scumbag Trueman’s hands. I can’t wait to read this book! Beck — could you be sure that it is also published in an ebook format, please? While I love the fragrance of books and the inimitable smell of libraries — especially old libraries — I read ebooks these days. That way, because I can easily read ebooks on my BlackBerry, I can pick up where I left off with whatever book I am reading and I am never without something to read! Oh, to have had this in college! Facebook Share on Facebook Look forward to it. Trump is obsessed with overturning everything Obama accomplished. Cheetos may not be the worst president in history but he’s working on it. The worst president was George W bush Jr undoubtedly. Share on Twitter Reply Share on Facebook Share on Facebook 2 3 8 9 Facebook Umm, there is also that little thing about passing an interview and being professionally qualified. I would’ve liked to have seen some upskirting or downblousing shots of trump Twitter Pinterest Twitter Facebook Twitter Twitter 1 2 11 12 Uh, no. She said she was the one who backed up to give Obama the space she thought the most powerful man in the world expected as his due. A job at the White House. Perhaps it doesn’t sound the most appealing of prospects under the current occupant. But Barack Obama’s White House? For most go-getting graduates heading to Washington DC during the Obama presidency, landing a position at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue would have been the stuff of dreams. Not for Beck Dorey-Stein, who arrived there in 2011 nursing an innate suspicion of the US capital and its “DC creatures”, and with no desire whatsoever to work in politics.She intended to stay just a few months: “The city seemed too buttoned up for me, too obsessed with politics.” Yet within a year, aged just 25, she found herself at its epicentre, working as an aide to President Obama. As one of five stenographers responsible for recording and transcribing his speeches, briefings and official statements, both for the press office and the presidential archives, Dorey-Stein joined the elite team who accompanied the president wherever he went. Travelling the world at his side, she visited 45 countries, becoming “a front-row witness to history”.Now 32, she has written a memoir about her five years at the White House called From the Corner of the Oval Office, which earned her a seven-figure advance. Universal Pictures has optioned the film rights, and Michael Sugar, who won an Oscar for Spotlight in 2016, is in line to produce. “It feels kind of insane,” she says, speaking on the phone from her home in Philadelphia. expanded disillusionedYank … and not one p.grab moment ! Report 15 Jul 2018 15:02 J092939 Facebook Twitter Share | Pick Report The Government Accountability Office found $14,000 of vandalism during the transition period, including missing W keys. https://www.nytimes.com/2002/06/12/us/white-house-vandalized-in-transition-gao-finds.html?nytmobile=0 Share on Facebook 57 58 Reuse this content,View all comments > Twitter Share on Facebook what did he accomplish, really? he kept few-no promises. Reply monteverdi1610 lkgnyc Share Klonzy Report Twitter 15 Jul 2018 1:38 16 17 ID8567320 15 Jul 2018 6:27 Share Share on Twitter Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Thank goodness President Trump has ceased the drone programme. And not expanded it. That would of course be Fake News. I’ll be brutal about this. A US president who was only responsible for knocking off a mere 2000 civilians or so around the world in two terms, is probably to be counted among the saintlier denizens of the Oval Office | Pick So you were present when he consulted his ‘ kill lists ‘ to be murdered around the world by Drone strikes in breach of all international law. More than 2000 innocent civilians had been murdered by 2015 it’s estimated. And the politically naive innocents moan about Trump and eulogize Obama ?? https://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/entry/we-droned-some-folks_n_7131710 unthreaded Impressive, but only for its flagrant self-promotion. Person with menial job (but who went to posho Wesleyan and tutored at Sidwell Friends, the premier DC school) finds themselves working with a ‘great one’ – if you’re in DC and you have this kind of ambition you can make it happen (I’ve know a couple of people who have). Every figure of power is surrounded by innumerable minions. Dorey-Stein is not interesting because of it. The people I know who have ended up in the corridors of power were actively interested in policymaking and went on to do it; they were not not professional fanboys. This passage says it all: This comment was removed by a moderator because it didn’t abide by our community standards. Replies may also be deleted. For more detail see our FAQs. zzzzzz……..zzzzzzzzz……….zzzzzzzzzzz……… Reply Twitter Share on Twitter Twitter Share on Twitter | Pick | Pick Facebook 19 20 Reply 8 9 | Pick Report MiCasaRosa Twitter 50 Share on Twitter �� 1 13 14 jamesarc Report Share on Facebook Twitter An oval doesn’t have a corner. Reply Share on Facebook Beck sounds like she has her head screwed on the right way round for sure. I think I might have to get a copy of this book, she sounds like she’s writing from the Chazer House’s corner of the Oval Office too. Twitter Share Share on Facebook 15 Jul 2018 5:03 Drone strikes in breach of all international law ID8567320 Facebook Before long, Dorey-Stein was working out regularly alongside Obama. “It’s weird how normal it is to say hi to the president in the gym now,” she writes. Even so, she remained starstruck by him till the end. Her memoir is in many ways a love letter to him and what he stands for. On her way to the White House on her first day, she worried he might be “a politician who comes across great on TV yet is quite greasy in person. But actually he is so much better in real life. He is warmer, even more kind, even funnier. He has this reputation that he is aloof and it just isn’t true at all.”The job was all-consuming. “I basically had to sign my life over to it, 100%,” she says. While senior staffers were older, the junior aides were mainly in their 20s, “because who else can afford to give up their whole life and drop everything at a moment’s notice?” She describes life at the White House and on the road as “like college but on steroids, because the people you are working with are the same people you have dinner with on a Saturday night and the same people you hang out with on a Sunday morning, and when you have to check your phone every 30 seconds they are the only people who understand why”. Share on Facebook | Pick Reply monteverdi1610 Report Share JayThomas Twitter Topics Reply Share on Twitter Twitter Facebook All Share on Twitter Reply Reason (optional) Share on Facebook Facebook … we have a small favour to ask. The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. 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Every reader contribution, big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. 15 Jul 2018 15:59 Reply Report Report JayThomas Share on Twitter Read more 15 Jul 2018 9:27 Report Report Washington DC Reply 7 8 Share on Facebook leadballoon Share on Twitter Comments 153 President Obama is the person that Trump can never be. Trump can go to his grave knowing that he is nothing but a maggot. They will have to bury him at sea to avoid all the people who will come to take a piss on him. Anjeska 14 15 MidwestCoast Share on Facebook ArundelXVI 20 21 Share on Facebook 24 25 Show 3 more replies everybodyelse Share Twitter Different planet Sign in or create your Guardian account to recommend a comment Report 14 15 Share 3 4 “The first thing she said to me was: ‘You’re late.’ I responded with ‘…and wet’.” Edgy stuff. Can’t wait. | Pick She was on the road almost continuously, both around America and internationally, on diplomatic visits to Burma, Peru, Greece, France, Vietnam, China, Japan and Cuba, where she watched Obama make history as the first sitting US president to visit the country in almost a century. Sometimes she flew on Air Force One with the president, at others she was on the press charter, dubbed the “party plane”. She was there for the first family’s summer vacation at Martha’s Vineyard and their Christmas holiday in Hawaii.“I never thought I’d find myself casually chit-chatting with the president of the United States on the North Shore of Oahu, while his daughters read in a nearby hammock and Flotus [Michelle Obama, first lady of the United States] holds court with her friends, cracking jokes and sipping fun drinks through straws,” she writes.On a flight to Seattle for a Democratic party fundraiser, Dorey-Stein met one of her heroes: David Remnick, editor of the New Yorker. He told her: “You have an interesting perspective here. Keep notes.” Did she take his advice? “I was already taking a ton of notes in my journal, all the time. I’d wanted to be a writer since I was six years old,” she says.As well as state visits and family holidays, she was by necessity present at some of the darkest moments in Obama’s presidency, typing up his quietly furious responses to tragedies such as the shootings at Sandy Hook elementary school, Pulse nightclub in Orlando, the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal church in Charleston, and Isis’s beheading of the journalist Jim Foley. On that occasion, the president made his statement the following morning, after allowing the family time to grieve. “No one in that room can deny the power and sincerity of the president’s address,” Dorey-Stein writes. “But even more remarkable than the president’s palpable anger is the sound that follows his words: unprecedented silence. Only the clicks of a dozen camera shutters break through the thick, deliberate quiet.”Not surprisingly, the pace of life took its toll on everyone in Obama’s entourage. “The people who make the president look good on these trips often look terrible and feel even worse,” she writes. Exhausted by the constant travel, late nights and lack of sleep, she and her colleagues survived mostly on junk food, sleeping pills and copious amounts of alcohol.Perhaps inevitably, in such a hothouse atmosphere, Dorey-Stein fell in love with a fellow staffer – an older, more senior aide close to the president whom she calls Jason (not his real name) – and embarked on an on-off affair that lasted for much of her time at the White House, despite both having partners at home. Does she think this element of the story might have helped pique Hollywood’s interest? “Probably,” she admits. Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share on Twitter 15 Jul 2018 7:18 | Pick Share on Facebook Report Sorry there was an error. Please try again later. If the problem persists, please contact Userhelp 6 7 reviews The NY Times also told us that Iraq had WMDs. The keyboard thing was a lie, it was Bush’s GAO that made that shit up, it was propaganda. Petty shit. I really don’t care, do u? | Pick 15 Jul 2018 7:52 Share on Facebook JayThomas Facebook Report Share on Facebook Reply Klonzy Show 1 more reply Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Leslie Masters 17 18 15 Jul 2018 10:13 Keep your hand on your ha’penn! Threads collapsed +10 million upvotes “Hi, sir,” I say, taking a step back, just as I’ve learned to do with President Obama. Give the most powerful man in the world room to breathe. But when I take a step back, Trump takes a step forward, into my personal space. 15 Jul 2018 2:02 Twitter Share on Facebook Reply Report Reply Facebook Report 25 15 Jul 2018 22:23 | Pick Share on Twitter | Pick Share 14 15 Share Oh, c’mon. And she has a seven-figure sum for this thing? Please, Guardian, approach such books with some critical sense. 15 Jul 2018 5:30 Reply 7 8 Twitter Your book is critical of Trump! Great we will write a positive review and publish it. Support The Guardian What’s your point? What’s being airbrushed? leadballoon WordChazer Share on Twitter SweetBread Report 15 Jul 2018 20:15 | Pick Share Twitter 15 Jul 2018 1:52 Share on Twitter Reply Twitter Beck Dorey-Stein at home in Philadelphia earlier this month.Photograph: Christopher Lane for Observer New Review/The Observer Twitter 1 2 Share on Twitter 3 4 100 Reply Reply Reply 15 Jul 2018 6:00 Facebook Facebook newest Twitter | Pick Report 15 Jul 2018 10:44 Share on Facebook Twitter Share on Facebook Report Share Twitter Twitter Share Share on Twitter | Pick Share on Twitter 15 Jul 2018 22:26 Facebook | Pick Share Share on Facebook True. Trump will never be the drone murdering, Libya destroying, surveillance state expanding President while an uncritical fawning media and entertainment industry finds no fault and criticism. Personally I am ver happy about that. At least he might have a legacy of some sorts. Share ‘President Obama is sitting not even four feet away’: my life working in the White House Share Facebook Facebook Twitter Disagree. She is very obviously turning fanboyism into ker-ching material. Strip out the relationship issues and there’s very little there. I view it as a sign of our diminished times. I have a friend who worked her way up from nothing and became a respected member of a presidential Cabinet. Cheap tell-alls are not in her repertoire; she was more interested in using what she knew to change policy herself, and she has done. Meanwhile, I’m reading Madeline Albright’s Fascism: A Warning. Albright has something to say that helps us through the hideousness of the Trump era. Dorey-Stein? Nope. Share on Twitter Huh? Are you serious? Obama was sensitive to the power of his office and intelligently gave the woman the comfortable distance that was appropriate to their professional but often close-quarters relationship. Wake up. Share on Facebook Reply Share on Twitter Share Dave Parrycenter_img 15 Jul 2018 10:20 Share on Facebook Jesus. Literally anything can be made into a book these days. ..from “Commenting in the Guardian – the Wilderness Years” available 18th July at participating BP service stations. Facebook Reply Share Reply 15 Jul 2018 5:47 Report WordChazer 3 4 XSMITH Share on Facebook 12 13 15 Jul 2018 15:54 Facebook Share on Twitter 3 4 | Pick Wow. This book (and film) seems awesome. What a great article. 2 Reply Twitter shspruill Reply Share 9 10 Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Facebook JayThomas Share on Facebook Yeah Trump wants to get close. Real close baby Share on WhatsApp 18 19 15 Jul 2018 3:22 Share Share Report Facebook Share on Messenger rygelXVI Facebook 15 Jul 2018 2:28 haemodroid Report This comment was removed by a moderator because it didn’t abide by our community standards. Replies may also be deleted. For more detail see our FAQs. Facebook 15 Jul 2018 3:31 20 21 Report | Pick Twitter Lisa O’Kelly | Pick What a shame. If she’d shown a little more back bone she would have gotten something useful for her book. Former White House stenographer Beck Dorey-Stein tells how traveling with President Obama and his press pool was like ‘summer camp on steroids’ In her upcoming memoir, From Corner of the Oval, Dorey-Stein lifts the lid on her travels on Air Force Once and her affair with a staffer Everyone took their drug of choice on long flights: Sonata, Xanax or Ambien – which made ‘awkward intimacy with colleagues suddenly just funny and bizarre,’ she writes 15 Jul 2018 5:03 Share on Twitter Share on Facebook J092939 Twitter 0 1 Facebook Share on Facebook 15 Jul 2018 20:10 Twitter Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Reply Share on Twitter Report ArundelXVI anon-113452a530181 Report 15 Jul 2018 6:01 Facebook Reply RoscoBoyle Gods, looking at Obama and Trump just a reminder of how far we have strayed. Facebook Share on Twitter 15 Jul 2018 4:25 Sounds like it was a little close there for a minute on the plane, before she got saved. Definitely the beginning of an “ewww” moment. Share Share on Facebook anon-3a11b71136524b Twitter Report Shares222222 Share Reply 36 37 Reply Share on Twitter Reply Share Reply For five years, Beck Dorey-Stein was a stenographer in the White House, allowing her a front-row seat as political history was made. Now her memoir – extracted below – is being turned into a film Report Eewww… Trump, the fake president. It’s on Audible. Sarenllan Reply Beck Dorey-Stein walks from Air Force One with members of the White House press pool in Laos in 2016. Photograph: Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images Report 5 6 Despite having little interest in politics and even less in joining the DC “ego-swamp”, Dorey-Stein had quietly admired Obama since her teens. He influenced her original career choice when he gave the commencement speech to her graduating class at Wesleyan University in 2008. Having listened to him encouraging them to “give back”, she decided to go into teaching instead of advertising and worked for two years as an English teacher in New Jersey, and then Seoul. Returning from South Korea, she was offered a maternity-cover job at Sidwell Friends, an exclusive Quaker private school in Washington, whose alumni include Teddy Roosevelt’s son, Richard Nixon’s daughter, Al Gore’s son and Chelsea Clinton. Sasha and Malia Obama were pupils there when Dorey-Stein joined.She had planned to stay in the city only for the duration of the job – “to build my résumé” – but fell in love with a young political speechwriter who worked for a public relations firm. As the months went by, she found herself doing five part-time jobs, from waitressing to tutoring, which kept her busy but barely out of debt. Despite applying for full-time posts every day, she got nowhere until she saw an advert on Craigslist for a stenographer at a law firm. After completing some initial tests for the recruiting agency, Dorey-Stein failed to turn up for a follow-up interview because she was kept late at one of her shifts. “I texted the woman who’d asked me for the interview and told her I already had too many jobs and I was withdrawing my application,” she says. “She replied: ‘Hi Rebecca, I understand you’re busy. This is actually a job at the White House and you would be travelling with the president on his domestic and international trips. Let me know if this changes things’.”No prizes for guessing that it did. Dorey-Stein turned up on time for the rescheduled interview and got the job, partly because her position at Sidwell Friends meant she had already been background-checked by the FBI and cleared to be around the Obama girls.She found her first time in the Oval Office overwhelming. “My hands start to shake uncontrollably,” she writes. “President Obama is sitting not even four feet away and gives me a quick nod and tight-lipped smile before beginning his remarks to reporters.” However, she quickly got used to quietly taking her appointed place “behind the big lamp on the side table, between the president’s chair and the tan sofa”.In the Oval Office and at official briefings, Dorey-Stein was expected to say nothing and be as inconspicuous as possible. The place where she got to talk the most to Potus – as White House staff referred to him (it stands for president of the United States) – was in the gym. “We had this mutual respect for early morning workouts,” she says. “The first time he ever spoke to me was in a hotel gym in Colorado, at 7.30 in the morning. I had just run seven miles and was feeling pleased with myself, when he stepped on to the treadmill next to mine and said: ‘I thought you’d be faster than that.’ It kind of set the tone for our whole relationship going forward. I loved this playful, trash-talking side to him.” | Pick | Pick Report 2miners monteverdi1610 That was a myth about the w’s. Didn’t happen. Reply Twitter ‘This isn’t too bad, right?’: an extract from From the Corner of the Oval OfficeIn the first of two extracts, Dorey-Stein gets to fly in the presidential helicopter on her 28th birthdayOn a staffer’s last day at the White House, they may get to fly on the president’s helicopter as the ultimate parting gift, but no one in my office has ever flown on Marine One.Josh Earnest, the press secretary, pats the empty seat next to him, and my heart stops as I see I’ll be sitting across from Potus, who is looking out the window. As the helicopter lifts off I notice how quiet Marine One is compared with the press charter, and how if I straightened my arm I could touch the sleeve of the leader of the free world. Jason leans forward from his seat in the back, and tells Potus: “Sir, we’ve got a birthday girl with us today. It’s Beck’s birthday.”Potus turns to me and cocks his head. “Is that so? Well, happy birthday! This isn’t too bad, right?”“No, sir, this is pretty magical.” I’m aware of Pete Souza taking photos from the back of the helicopter. I sit on my shaking hands to conceal how nervous I am. My insides are tangled as the president asks me how old I am.“I think 28 is a good age,” he says when I tell him. The president gazes out of Marine One’s large square window that is probably six inches thick, bombproof and bulletproof. I assume we won’t speak for the rest of the flight.But just a few seconds later, Potus is thinking aloud. “28, 28… I was just starting law school in the fall,” he says, “which means it was this summer that I met Michelle.” He nods to himself. “It might have been this week, or even today, that we met for the first time 24 years ago.”He looks at me, and I feel compelled to say something. “24 years ago! We should have champagne!”“Well, you sure got comfortable quick,” Potus teases, his eyes glimmering with mischief. “You sit down all nervous and now you’re already trying to drink champagne on Marine One!” Potus then goes on to tell me the story of the day he met Michelle, how he didn’t own a suit but had an internship at a corporate law firm, and how the day before he’d bought two suits, feeling like a complete sellout. It was raining on his first day, and en route his umbrella broke, and he had already got mixed up on the subway so he was running behind schedule. When he walked in the door, the receptionist scowled at him, and sent him back to the office of Michelle Robinson, who was going to be his supervisor for the summer.“She was taller than I expected, long legs, and I thought…” He says nothing here, but instead shrugs and gives a sly grin. “The first thing she said to me was: ‘You’re late.’ I responded with ‘…and wet’.”Potus continues, telling us how he asked her out multiple times before she finally said yes. After Michelle tried to pawn him off on her friends, he finally got her to just go get ice-cream with him. “Very low-key, very casual – she didn’t even see it coming,” he says, grinning. “Like shooting fish in a barrel.” Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Twitter Twitter | Pick | Pick Facebook 1 Share Share on Facebook Report The parking lot is no longer filled with Priuses but with Porsches and Maseratis. Excellent. Trump’s 25% tariff on European cars will hit exactly where we want! Share on Facebook Share 3 4 Facebook haemodroid Show 25 ID8191211: So, you’re saying she applied to teach part time at Sidwell Friends just knowing it would lead to a full time job at the White House? And what stopped everyone else at Sidwell from applying for the job she applied to? “The day after the inauguration there was this palpable arrogance walking into the East Wing,” she says. “It was very disturbing. They had no idea what they were doing, yet they were the victors and now occupied the throne. It felt like Game of Thrones, in one of the darker episodes.” To be fair, I’ve heard that’s the rule when the other party takes over the WH. The exchange tends to be a little hostile (remember Clinton staffers stealing the W key off keyboards and other petty acts of vandalism before Bush took over?) Facebook J092939 15 Jul 2018 6:31 Share via Email 15 Jul 2018 7:23 Reply Autobiography and memoir | Pick | Pick Twitter Share | Pick Reply Show 1 more reply 9 10 15 Jul 2018 6:00 Share Reply mutie janey smit Share Reply The people who make the president look good on these trips often look terrible and feel even worse 27 28 | Pick Report Share on LinkedIn I thought so too but it seems from many of the other comments that we were hoodwinked and in actuality she’s evil. Reading them it’s either because she’s made a lot of money or because she preferred Obama to Trump or went to a posh school. Facebook | Pick MoonlightTiger Twitter Share Facebook | Pick Share DandelionandMurdoch | Pick 11 12 Facebook Share on Facebook Reply 4 5 15 Jul 2018 5:36 Sarenllan MoonlightTiger Twitter Report 10 11 Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Facebook recommendations Twitter Share on Twitter It’s only wrong when conservatives do it. Share on Facebook Get real. I am not giving Obama a free pass but the truth is that Trump has a “legacy f some sort” already as a mentally ill fascist with no knowledge base on how government operates. He is not presidential timber, to say the least. 15 Jul 2018 6:49 23 24 Share on Facebook Share 11 12 10 11 lkgnyc ID8191211 Share on Twitter Twitter Report ShowMeMary Share 15 Jul 2018 20:05 Report Report Twitter Share on Twitter 9 10 Twitter Share on Facebook Facebook Share on Twitter | Pick Share Twitter 15 Jul 2018 20:14 Twitter President Barack Obama on Air Force One at Andrews Air Force Base, Maryland, in 2012. Photograph: Cliff Owen/AP Facebook | Pick Reply leadballoon 0 1 15 Jul 2018 5:43 Seven figure advance? First question is why doesn’t every offfice worker at the White House since it was built have a book out about their time there? If every employee is free to write about their head of state employer as soon as they leave, there should be thousands out there. Report Share on Facebook | Pick Facebook ID8191211 Twitter Show 4 more replies 1 2 J092939 Share on Twitter JayThomas 0 1 These are human beings, not job descriptions. An intelligent person writing about working with a very intelligent and mentally superb / healthy man who is President. | Pick Share via Email Share Share | Pick Share Michelle Obama announces memoir will be called Becoming Share on Facebook marziPANIC Facebook Reply Twitter Facebook Reply | Pick Report Sat 14 Jul 2018 13.00 EDT Reply 15 Jul 2018 13:02 Share on Twitter Share Twitter Report 15 Jul 2018 18:45 Share on Facebook Share on Twitter 3 Share MidwestCoast Share on Facebook Books Twitter Twitter | Pick Show 1 more reply Share Reply | Pick Facebook Share Reply 15 Jul 2018 2:22 Facebook US politics Share on Twitter JayThomas Share on Twitter callaspodeaspode Report Reply Share on Twitter | Pick Share on Twitter 15 Jul 2018 22:17 Twitter Facebook No. It was Obama, totally useless. Report Drug fueled “awkward intimacy” on Obama’s Air Force One? Did Obama know? ID8567320 Share on Facebook Reply 4 5 Facebook 15 Jul 2018 1:29 ArundelXVI Anjeska Klonzy J092939 15 Jul 2018 4:03 15 Jul 2018 6:43 15 Jul 2018 6:54 Share on Facebook | Pick Facebook Share on Facebook Share Share on Twitter 15 Jul 2018 6:29 Facebook Reply | Pick Facebook Share on Twitter 15 Jul 2018 7:41 Report Report Getting that kind of security clearance can take a long time, and if she was already cleared she could start working right away. Not really suspicious. It is true that not everyone gets called on to sub at Sidwell Friends. Share on Facebook Facebook 2 Share Reply Share Twitter Facebook Facebook Pinterest | Pick jamesarc Share on Twitter Facebook Reply Mongoose Jones | Pick Share on Facebook Facebook Facebook Facebook 15 Jul 2018 5:16 | Pick Share on Twitter | Pick Reply Share Trump is an imbecile – his father was a member of the KKK and cheated his way to the upper echelons of society. He’s a bigot, a charlatan and a psychopath. Obama is more respectable. Both have caused thousands of deaths in the Middle East. Obama presided over Libya, Yemen and Syria (the biggest abomination of our generation). Trump separated kids from their families, but he doesn’t yet (YET!) have as much blood on his hands as that smooth talking hypocritical scumbag Obama. This is not an endorsement for Trump, BTW. ShowMeMary DandelionandMurdoch Share Reply The book will either live or die on the book stands. If it sells well, then the Guardian will have backed a winner. If not, then the Guardian editorial staff will have another small lesson learnt. My two penny worth: the book will do reasonably well. There are a lot of people who like Obama and will want to hear the more personal side of the man and his family. Facebook 15 Jul 2018 6:07 Twitter 15 Jul 2018 5:38 Alastair Ballantyne Show 18 more replies Share on Facebook ‘Trump takes a step forward, into my personal space’Dorey-Stein recalls her first days working for the Trump administrationI’m now a stenographer in the Trump administration. Remember that pit of snakes in Indiana Jones? I work in that pit now. At a pool spray [photo call] in the East Room, I feel a cold draught behind me and turn to see Steve Bannon lurking in the corner. The parking lot is no longer filled with Priuses but with Porsches and Maseratis. The black frames that line the West Wing no longer display photographs of Potus shaking hands with world leaders, little kids, and wounded warriors; instead, it’s a pathetic display of inauguration day crowd shots, cropped tight in order to establish yet another “alternative fact”.The deputy communications director tells us they don’t need stenographers or transcripts of interviews because “there’s video”. They don’t realise that print and radio interviews will not have video. After a few weeks they decide they do want us, “But, like, only some of the time.”In the Oval Office during the first pool spray I attend with Trump, I notice that the table behind the Resolute desk, once crowded with Obama family photographs, is now empty except for one framed picture of Trump’s father. There isn’t a single photo of Barron, or Melania, or even Ivanka. If only Fred Trump had told his son he loved him – maybe none of this would have happened.When I fly to Mar-a-Lago with the new president, I hear Fox News blasting from every cabin so loudly I can’t hear the whoosh of the wings. After takeoff, Trump gets lost while giving Melania a tour of the plane. I don’t know how he gets lost. Air Force One is a beautiful bird, but it’s no different from any other commercial 747 in that there’s one narrow hallway that takes you from the front to the back. Nevertheless, Trump ends up standing over my seat. I stand up because he is, after all, the president.“Hello,” he says.“Hi, sir,” I say, taking a step back, just as I’ve learned to do with President Obama. Give the most powerful man in the world room to breathe. But when I take a step back, Trump takes a step forward, into my personal space.“Hello,” he says again, with a smile he must consider charming pasted on his face. It looks like he’s spent the last decade staring into the light of a tanning bed. I look to Melania behind him but she stares at the ground. On the TV screen is footage of Michael Flynn and the new allegations against him. In front of the screen is Flynn himself, talking with Trump’s body guy as he retrieves documents from his briefcase.Trump is still in my face when a staffer touches his arm.“Right this way, sir,” she says, directing him back toward the aisle.• From the Corner of the Oval Office by Beck Dorey-Stein is published by Bantam Press (£14.99). 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Phone orders min p&p of £1.99 Twitter Report Facebook Twitter 6 7 JayThomas Share | Pick Since you’re here… janey smit Report 13 14 Twitter JayThomas Twitter Share on Facebook J092939 Facebook Rescued the country from the Great Recession, cutting the unemployment rate from 10% to 4.7% over six years Affordable Care Act (yes, a failure in not giving Americans genuine national health care, but a small step in that direction and more than any president before had accomplished) Supported the LGBT community’s fight for marriage equality, and repealed the military’s “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy Signed the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act to re-regulate the financial sector Began the process of normalizing relations with Cuba Boosted fuel efficiency standards for cars and began to dramatically turned the United States away from its fossil fuel dependence generally Nominated Sonia Sotomayor to the Supreme Court, making her the first Hispanic ever to serve as a justice Reversed Bush torture policies Expanded hate crimes protections Expanded health coverage for children And all this with a Republican Congress that hated him. He disappointed me endlessly, especially on foreign policy, but he also lived and worked in a political reality dominated by this thing called checks and balances. Presidents are not omnipotent and Obama’s failures are indelibly marked by his compromises with the right. Share Report Report I remember this one. The Daily Mail covered it months ago. The media airbrushing here definitely reminds me of the Obama years. Share on Facebook ID8191211 Share on Facebook anon-113452a530181 Reply Share Share on Twitter ShowMeMary Share on Twitter Twitter Report Pinterest 15 Jul 2018 9:17 Share on Twitter 15 Jul 2018 10:21 J092939 2 3 MiCasaRosa 3 Report | Pick Please select Personal abuse Off topic Legal issue Trolling Hate speech Offensive/Threatening language Copyright Spam Other Share | Pick Share on Facebook Share View more commentslast_img read more

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Looters target Florida homes left in dark from Hurricane Michael authorities say

first_imgAuthorities are arresting around 10 suspected looters every night in the Florida Panhandle since Michael crashed ashore a week ago Hurricane Michael Sign up for the new US morning briefing First published on Wed 17 Oct 2018 09.39 EDT Hurricanes Share on Twitter Wed 17 Oct 2018 15.01 EDT Share via Email Guardian staff and agencies news Natural disasters and extreme weather Since you’re here… Residents salvage belongings after Hurricane Michael slammed into the Florida Panhandle on 10 October as a category 4 storm.Photograph: Scott Olson/Getty Images Stanford says it’s been a stressful time for officers, many of whom lost their homes but are working 16-hour shifts. He says the current influx of resources and officers from other areas will help quell the lawlessness and deter attempted looting.“Most our officers lost their homes, have been working 16- to 18-hour shifts with no sleep, no shower; and now they’re encountering armed individuals,” Stanford told the local newspaper. “It’s a stressful time for everyone in Bay county.”The scope of Hurricane Michael’s fury is still being discovered after nearly a week of missing-persons reports and desperate searches of largely-flattened small towns such as Mexico Beach. Neighborhoods were devastated by the most powerful hurricane to hit the continental US in nearly 50 years, and the most ferocious in recorded history to hit the Panhandle. Cellphone service has started to return to the stricken zone but there are 137,000 customers in northern Florida still without power.Lack of electricity and phone service is hampering efforts to distribute food and water and to contact residents not heard from since the storm hit. Florida officials have not said how many people are missing. The death toll from those killed in Florida, Georgia, North Carolina and Virginia currently stands at 29 but could yet rise.Many residents of Mexico Beach, where the hurricane made landfall, returned to the decimated town on Wednesday, after they had evacuated and been told to stay away for a week.Some sobbed and clung to each other as they found mere fragments of their homes – structures, belongings and precious keepsakes all swept away by the 155mph wind or huge storm surge. What was considered a charming, traditional Florida seaside town will never be the same again – rebuilding will require up to date codes for buildings better to withstand storms.“Basically, we lost ‘old Florida’, it’s gone,” resident Lanie Eden said. This article is more than 8 months old … we have a small favour to ask. The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.More people are reading and supporting The Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we have chosen an approach that allows us to keep our journalism accessible to all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford. But we need your ongoing support to keep working as we do.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism, to maintain our openness and to protect our precious independence. Every reader contribution, big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Share on Facebook Share on Pinterestcenter_img Support The Guardian Law enforcement authorities are arresting around 10 suspected looters every night in an area of the Florida Panhandle left in the dark since Hurricane Michael crashed ashore a week ago.The Bay county sheriff’s office has warned that looters are targeting homes and businesses in the devastated region – and they’re almost always armed, the Panama City News Herald reported.One victim was Victoria Smith, who said thieves entered her home while she and her four children were sleeping. She had left the front door open to allow a breeze in during the steamy weather following the hurricane, as her power was off.The perpetrator snatched her purse even as she was clutching it to her chest while she slept. She said she was so exhausted from trying to survive and fend for her children after the storm that she didn’t even hear them enter.In some areas of the county, spray-painted signs warn “Looters will be shot” and “You steal, we kill”. Florida Share on LinkedIn Share on Messenger US crime Topics Share on Twitter Looters target Florida homes left in dark from Hurricane Michael, authorities say Florida Share on WhatsApp Share via Email Share on Facebook Shares8787 Reuse this content This article is more than 8 months oldlast_img read more

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This is evil at work how should a small town react to

first_img … 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. Jake Laskey is back in prison for stabbing Wolfe, but his plea deal means that it’s set to be a much shorter stay. With time served, and good behaviour, he could be back out again in January 2020.Inside Wolfclan, on a sunny afternoon in late September, Gabriel Laskey, Jake’s brother, was working at the counter. He would not comment directly on Jake’s case or Laura Rose’s. Asked if Jake used a knife from Wolfclan to attack Wolfe, Laskey said: “I have no idea.” Asked if Jake was still involved in white supremacy while he was out, he said: “I never got involved in his business.”When asked what he would say to those who don’t believe that the Laskey’s have no knowledge of Jake’s activities, he replied: “I probably wouldn’t say a whole lot to them. I don’t try to convince people. People have all kinds of crazy ideas.”He denied any ongoing connection himself with white supremacy. “I don’t do nothing no more. I haven’t been involved in white supremacy since I was 20.” (Laskey was 20 when he participated in the synagogue attack).He says that Wolfclan’s social media still featured Jake’s posts because he and the rest of the family don’t know how to use Twitter, Facebook, or YouTube so well. “I wouldn’t know how to pull all of it down to be honest. I am not tech savvy.”Now, he claims: “I pretty much just work and do my own thing. I’m kind of a hermit.”Will Jake work here when he gets out?Gabriel hesitates. “Probably not.”He then dropped his eyes back to the place behind the counter, where he went on sharpening one of his knives. Twitter Many progressives disagree on how best to fight the far right. This is how one rural Oregon community resisted I think there is a lot of passivity in modern America. People don’t think for themselves @jason_a_w ‘This is evil at work’: how should a small town react to neo-Nazis? Share via Email Facebook Pinterest Share on LinkedIn Counter protesters at the Unite the Right 2 rally in Washington DC in August. Photograph: Zach Gibson/AFP/Getty Images Laura Rose is facing a felony charge of criminal mischief for defacing a store in Cottage Grove, Oregon.Photograph: Jason Wilson for The Guardian They – Rose is genderqueer – live an itinerant lifestyle, traveling around the US Pacific north-west. They had been staying in the small town of Cottage Grove, Oregon, (population 10,000) when they had heard about a violent neo-Nazi by the name of Jake Laskey who had been using a store, Wolfclan Armory, as a base of operations for reviving the American Front, one of the oldest white supremacist gangs in the country.Laskey had a track record that included being sent to prison for attacking synagogues and threatening witnesses, and had published videos in which he made veiled threats against anti-fascists and journalists.In Cottage Grove, public meetings had been organized by anxious residents. Leaflets and posters had distributed, and street protests outside the store had been organized.Nothing had seemed to work, and Wolfclan Armory was open and trading on Main Street. Rose knew that although anti-fascists had successfully shut down openly fascist street marches in liberal cities on the east coast, things were different in rural America.One day in June, as Rose walked back into town from the bus stop, they “realized I couldn’t just walk past it again. I looked across the street and there were these American flags – 7ft long metal poles set out in sidewalk sconces in the lead-up to the 4th of July. They weren’t locked down or anything.”Rose has been an environmental activist, but has not participated in mass anti-fascist actions like the ones that have taken place in Portland over the last year. But that day, they grasped the opportunity for a “symbolic act”.“I was like, I am gonna smash in these windows with an American flagpole, in broad daylight, and then I am going to go and sit down over there and I am going to deal with the consequences.”Before they acted, in a nearby pub, Rose drank a glass of mead, ate some hot soup and “waited for my hands to stop shaking”.“I walked down the street, and pulled the flag pole out of the ground. Then I walked back across the street and bashed the windows in. Some of them were reinforced plexiglass, like bulletproof stuff. So I couldn’t break them, but I broke all the glass ones. Then I threw the big American flag through the window into the shop,” Rose says.“Then I walked back across the street. There was a public bench right there. I sat down and I waited for the cops,” Rose says. Race The far right Last modified on Tue 23 Oct 2018 10.49 EDT Share on Pinterest US politics Share on Twitter The Wolfclan shop on Main Street, Cottage Grove. Photograph: Jason Wilson/Jason Wilson for The Guardian Cottage Grove Community United distanced themselves from Rose immediately after their action at Wolfclan.The next day, they posted on their Facebook page that the group “does not condone violence of any sort and we are dismayed by the events of 6/11/2018 at Wolfclan Armory. Our goal is to promote peaceful actions of positive community involvement that build understanding, trust and open communication.”Eugene Antifa, who do anti-fascist organising in nearby Eugene, were more supportive. In an email, a spokesperson repeated the allegation that they have consistently made: “The Laskey family has a long history of being active in and funding white supremacist and neo-Nazi groups. The tolerant left of Cottage Grove has been unsuccessful in removing this hive from their community.“While other organizations have denounced Laura Rose’s actions, we support a variety of tactics including property damage and certainly support Laura Rose’s actions.”These different responses reflect persistent philosophical and political disagreements over appropriate responses to fascism in liberal and leftist politics.While anti-fascist groups see property damage or violence as a sometimes necessary response to the inherent violence of fascism, other groups urge non-violent responses. On its website, the Southern Povery Law Center says: “SPLC condemns violence in all its forms, including the violent acts of far-left street movements like antifa.” features In the towns nestled in Oregon’s south Willamette Valley, neo-Nazis and assorted other far-right actors have been operating in the open throughout the Trump era – hate crimes in the area have doubled in the year following the 2016 election.The Guardian spoke to many people in Cottage Grove who were fearful of the Laskeys’ presence, and the possibility of attracting white supremacists to the town. So fearful, in fact, that few were willing to go on record.When Wolfclan Armory registered the business with Oregon’s secretary of state in 2016, they announced their intention to sell “KNIVES, SWORDS, TACTICLE [sic] AND SURVIVOR GEAR ETC”.Many of the knives are handcrafted by one of the Laskey boys, Gabriel. But it is their older son, Jake, who occasionally used them to commit violence. In January 2018, he illegally carried one and went on to assault his former comrade in Oregon’s white supremacist movement, Devin Wolfe, stabbing him in the hand.When he was arrested, photos taken there show him with a buzzcut, inked from his fingertips to his chin with white power tattoos, and wearing a T-shirt advertising the neo-Nazi group he had hoped to revive. When a deputy asked where he got the knife. Laskey replied: “What do you mean? I sell them.” Jake had also taken charge of Wolfclan’s social media accounts to spread his poisonous ideology and threaten those who challenged him. On YouTube and Bitchute, Laskey issued a rambling and at times menacing series of videos, in which he described himself as an “anti-antifa supremacist”.Mostly they are filmed at Wolfclan’s premises, and some of them feature Jake’s brothers. Often, Jake would pose against the wall of knives. In one, challenging anti-fascists to confront him face to face, Jake Laskey says: “You guys wonder why I handle knives? Come and find out. You guys say I have a very violent history and I must be stopped. Well, stop me then. Stop me then, Antifa.”All indications were that until he went back to prison in September for stabbing Wolfe, Jake intended to continue this track record of violence. These disagreements have persisted throughout the rise of far-right groups during the Trump presidency.For their part, Rose denies that their action was violent at all, and says they were responding to a broader paralysis.“I think there is a lot of passivity in modern America. I think that people don’t think for themselves for the most part. They outsource it to media,” Rose says.They stand by their actions. On the way into the front room of the coffee shop to pose for some photos, Rose sticks a piece of pink paper, folded into a triangle, into the brim of their hat.Rose says: “People like me were thrown in camps by the Nazis. There are already camps here. We’re starting them with children. It’s happening.”“People are really afraid of being uncomfortable. People are afraid of having any confrontation that’s not on the internet, that’s face to face,” they say. Share on Twitter Facebook Since its formation in 1983, members of the American Front have been responsible for racist beatings, bombings, and attempted murders.In 2012, 10 members of the group were arrested in Florida, where they had been doing paramilitary training ahead of a projected “race war”. (The anti-fascist group Rural Organizing Project, based in Cottage Grove, published a report on the group, warning of its reach.)In 2010, in Norfolk Virginia, Christopher Brooks placed antisemitic stickers on the exterior of a synagogue and got five years for “injury to a church”. Closer to Cottage Grove, Christopher Lord received a 54-month sentence on various charges related to his 1994 drive-by shooting on the Temple Beth Israel synagogue in Eugene.In 2002, Jake Laskey would attack the same synagogue in the company of his brother, Gabriel. At that time, they were members of another white power gang, Volksfront. (Photographs obtained by the Guardian show him with other members of that group throwing fascist salutes and posing with weapons.)On 25 October of that year, Jake, his brother Gabriel and two other men threw swastika-engraved rocks at Temple Beth Israel in Eugene, in the middle of a Friday service. While awaiting trial for the 2002 attack, Jake doubled down on the violence. County jail surveillance caught him threatening to kill witnesses, including the woman who he would later marry when he got out of jail, Amanda Laskey.In court documents from his trial, prosecutors said that a police search of Laskey’s car found more knives, these ones “designed in the manner of Aryan or German weaponry”. They also said Laskey was involved in “efforts to indoctrinate youth” at a local high school.For the synagogue attack and the threats, Jake was sentenced to 11 years in a federal prison. Between 2007 and 2015, he served eight.Rabbi Ruhi Sophia Motzkin Rubenstein, who leads Temple Beth Israel in Eugene, which Jake Laskey attacked in 2015, says that recent far right activity in the area in the last two years has brought about “a level of anxiety. I think we are trying to navigate the impulse to do whatever it takes to keep ourselves safe, and the moral courage it takes to stand in solidarity with other targeted groups.” Support The Guardiancenter_img Share via Email In this atmosphere, Wolfclan’s move to Cottage Grove from the nearby town of Creswell earlier this year had caused a wave of public consternation, even before the store opened.Residents expressed their anger and concern at public meetings, and some took matters into their own hands. In March, one woman, Venice Mason, staged a picket outside the store. She claimed that the Laskeys shared their son Jake’s beliefs, and supported his activities.In response, Jake’s mother Jeanette Laskey issued the first of many denials that they were white supremacists. She told the Cottage Grove Sentinel: “We’re Christians.” She told KEZI, a local TV station, that “it seems like our son can’t live down his past, even though he’s tried to”.She denied there was any fascist symbolism in the store’s name or logo, saying that it was named after another son, Elias, who committed suicide in 2000. “My son was a lone wolf … that’s why we’re the Wolfclan,” she told KEZI. (Attempts by the Guardian for comment from Jeanette and Allen Laskey through their son, Gabriel, were unsuccessful).Following this, community groups worked – sometimes at cross purposes – to put pressure on the landlords, city authorities, anyone who could stop the store moving to town.The national context hung over local activism. While Donald Trump had famously argued that there “some very fine people” among the white supremacists who marched on Charlottesville in 2017, he, conservative media, and groups like the NRA had relentlessly demonized any radical responses to such groups. Laura Rose might go to prison for an anti-fascist act of rebellion which has exacerbated a deep debate in a small Oregon town, but they say it wasn’t premeditated.“I didn’t make a plan. I missed the bus,” Rose says, raising their eyebrows under a battered cowboy hat. Inevitably, this rubbed off on the opinions of conservative residents of towns like Cottage Grove. Some worried about a backlash to actions that pressed too hard on the Laskeys.While they had deep disagreements over tactics, all of those opposing the Laskeys’ presence in Cottage Grove agreed that, at the very least, the elder Laskeys had effectively condoned Jake’s organizing by allowing him to do it with the business’s accounts. Some suspected he had their blessing, pointing to the decades in which Jake’s (and earlier, Gabriel’s) far-right organizing had happened under their noses.Cottage Grove’s local progressive activists tried to enlist support from local businesses and community leaders, while more radical anti-fascist groups urged a more confrontational approach.A progressive coalition, Cottage Grove Community United, printed posters, held community meetings, enlisted faith groups, and generally tried to mobilize the community to oppose the store. They also tried to lobby city authorities to prevent the store opening. A statement from the group to the Guardian says that “a lot of people were concerned to see a business with strong links to white supremacy move onto Main Street. The goal of our group however, is to fight against racism and other hate however it shows its face in Cottage Grove.”They explain that their approach has been resolutely peaceful: “Our focus to date has been on reaching out to businesses and community members, as well as educating ourselves and others about white supremacy.”But legal and peaceful means have thus far been met with the reluctance of city authorities to get involved. Though Cottage Grove has a strong, progressive element, many residents and city leaders are conservative-leaning, or inclined to leave the Laskeys be.Cottage Grove’s mayor, Jeff Gowing, said in a telephone interview that “we uphold the constitution. The Oregon constitution doesn’t allow us to dictate what businesses come into town.”His comments were in line with warnings emailed to city councillors by city manager, Richard Meyers, in March. Meyers wrote “the city has no authority to approve or disapprove the use of property by Wolfclan Armory” and told councillors to take care with their public statements lest they “put the city into a liability situation”.Into this impasse, Rose threw a flagpole. ‘This is evil at work’: how should a small town react to neo-Nazis? Jason Wilson in Cottage Grove, Oregon Share on Messenger Donald Trump in Houston, Texas. Photograph: Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images Tue 23 Oct 2018 06.00 EDT Pinterest The far right Since you’re here… Pinterest Within minutes, Cottage Grove police took them into custody. Rose is now facing a felony charge of criminal mischief, which carries a possible prison term.Rose says they “don’t advocate violence at all. I think of what I did as a forceful intervention, in which no living being was threatened. I wanted people to pay attention, to investigate these people, to find out what is unseen: ‘Look here: this is evil at work in the world.’”Progressive organizers and more radical groups have disagreed about the best way to respond when faced with white supremacists, and Rose’s actions has dramatized that argument and raised a question: how far should a community go in fighting the far right? Topics Bishop Michael Curry: ‘moderate religious voices’ are not being heard Oregon Facebook When Jake got out of prison, he started promoting the American Front aggressively. A Facebook photo republished by an anti-fascist group shows Jake at Wolfclan with Steve Shallenberger, a far-right skinhead who beat a black man in Portland while yelling “KKK” in 1992.Jake was also using the American Front’s social media account to promote national far right gatherings, like the Hammerskin music festival in Boise, Idaho in September 2017. During his period outside prison, he was pictured with Hammerskins members, all wearing the American Front T-shirts.Meanwhile, throughout 2017 and 2018, in surrounding towns and cities, neo-Nazis were becoming bolder and more confident.The longtime white supremacist campaigner Jimmy Marr co-wrote a Holocaust-denying book with Jake. He also seemed to take credit for antisemitic banners hung on freeways around Eugene in 2018.In February, Andrew Oswalt, who was a teaching assistant at Oregon State University in Corvallis, faced hate crimes charges over a neo-Nazi stickering campaign targeting civil rights activists.In April, a neo-Nazi folk singer who billed himself as Byron De La Vandal was identified by anti-fascists and the Eugene Weekly as Evan McCarty, a luminary of the local musical theater scene. 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The INDATA Projects Ability Round Table Supports Resource Groups

first_imgMoving from an Affinity Group to an ERG/ARGAn affinity group simply consists of employees who share a common ground. Evolving into an ERG or ARG involves joining forces to make an impact on the company. In addition to groups focused on disability, others are often focused on minorities, LGBT issues, veteran status, health/fitness, generational differences and other cultural factors.First, in order for employees with disabilities to thrive as an ERG or ARG, one of the several assets they need is a champion at the executive level. This advocate on the top rung of the company ladder will ensure proper development and funding of the group, among many other things.“If you are not prepared to ‘put the money where the mouth is,’ you set the group up for failure,” said Mark Dresen, a senior specialist at Eli Lilly and Company, a supporter of the Ability Round Table. “Give them the means to accomplish their goals and yours. If all steps are followed and committed to, the return on your investment will be profound, both in the improved work lives of your employees and in the increased productivity and profitability of the company as a whole.”Once established and supported, a group must implement a plan for expanding membership and evaluating success to justify the time and financial commitment to its existence. More often than not, these groups prove to be highly valuable assets. The Future of the Ability Round Table Starting in January, Ability Round Table meetings will be held monthly, on the second Friday of each month at 12 p.m.One meeting each quarter will be hosted as a face-to-face meeting onsite at a partner location in Indianapolis, and the other two meetings will be hosted online via Zoom.The topics are as follows:January 11 (virtual via Zoom): Assistive technology and tips for streamlining your accommodations processFebruary 8 (virtual via Zoom): The job accommodation processMarch 8 (Rolls Royce Indianapolis): Recruiting ERG members“Disability is the largest minority group and the only one any one of us can become a part of at a moment’s notice,” Wingler said. “You need to know about the resources now — not when it’s too late.”The Ability Round Table is open to all company representatives who have a disability ERG/ARG and want to improve it as well as for those who want to learn more about creating a resource group in their organization.For Zoom meeting details, visit eastersealstech.com/roundtable.For more information, please contact Wade Wingler at 317-466-1000 or email him at wwingler@eastersealscrossroads.org.Share this…TwitterFacebookPinterestLinkedInEmailPrint RelatedThe Ability in Disability: New Vision, Same ValuesOctober 26, 2016In “Communication”Aging in Place with Assistive TechnologyFebruary 28, 2018In “Aging in Place”Shedding Light on a Hidden DisabilityNovember 22, 2017In “Communication” Earlier this year, the INDATA Project at Easterseals Crossroads launched a series of learning opportunities to discuss strategies and resources for the inclusion of people with disabilities in the workplace.And it will continue in the new year with a new format, a new time and new topics!This series, the Ability Round Table, brings together area leaders of companies that have or are considering having an employee resource group (ERG) or associate resource group (ARG) focused on employees who have disabilities, are caregivers for those with disabilities, have family members who are disabled or simply feel strongly about creating positive change within their company.“An effective ERG or ARG can improve a company’s bottom line,” said Easterseals Crossroads Vice President Wade Wingler. “Statistics show diverse companies are more profitable and successful than their non-diverse counterparts. Companies need to know about the resources available for people with disabilities and how to engage them in the workplace culture.”center_img Resource Groups Boost Business ERG and ARGs are becoming increasingly common. You can find them in 90 percent of Fortune 500 companies like the Ability Round Table’s supporters, Anthem, Inc. and Eli Lilly and Company.Recent research from McKinsey & Company, a global management consulting firm, shows that inclusive workplaces with resource groups outperform less diverse, supportive organizations by 35 percent.“A disability ERG or ARG increases the retention of employees whose lives are touched by disability, creates a more inclusive environment and increases the profitability of a company by helping people with disabilities produce at a higher level,” Wingler explained.In a survey conducted by the research association The Conference Board, a considerable number of companies reported their resource groups played a large role in helping them retain talent. These groups are also effective in attracting new talent. 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Global Sports Entertainment Leader Topgolf Selects InMoment to Tap into Next Level

first_imgTopgolf drives fun & engaging experiences to a global community of over 13 million consumers & 15,000 employees; expects to continue its innovation of world-class in-person and digital experiences via InMoment’s feedback approach Topgolf has selected InMoment, the leading cloud-based experience intelligence platform, to provide the rapidly growing company with the ability to better understand its unique and multifaceted human experience from both a customer experience (CX) and employee experience (EX) perspective.Topgolf pioneered a technology to make golf more fun and engaging, and has since emerged as a global sports and entertainment community focused on connecting people in meaningful ways. The company entertains more than 13 million guests annually across the United States, Australia and the United Kingdom, with locations soon opening in Canada, Mexico and the United Arab Emirates.Marketing Technology News: Mongolia’s Mongolsat Networks Optimizes Multi-Screen Video Delivery with Verimatrix and moTV.euTopgolf is implementing InMoment’s Customer Experience (CX) and Employee Experience (EX) clouds to ensure the company’s strong growth is informed by deep intelligence from these critical stakeholders. In addition to important CX functions like resolving cases, analyzing and exploring unstructured data, generating key metrics, and surfacing systemic issues and opportunities, Topgolf will leverage the InMoment platform to test the success of new products and services, detect high- and lower-value experiences by customer segment, spot both risks and new business opportunities, and more. The company will also track and analyze employee experience, empowering Topgolf associates to become more engaged and effective ambassadors of the brand.“As we continue to expand our offering into a dynamic, entertainment ecosystem, having the right strategy depends on a real-time understanding of the guest and associate experience, and how they affect each other,” said Topgolf CEO Dolf Berle. “We made the decision to move to InMoment because we want both a partner and a platform that can support our evolving, multifaceted business. The more intelligence we can unlock behind our guest and associate perceptions, what they value, and why, the more successful we’ll be in driving the right kind of growth.”Marketing Technology News: Study: Consumers Reject Brands That Advertise on ‘Fake News’ and Objectionable Content Online“Topgolf is brilliantly blending physical and digital moments across channels and over time, creating the kind of memorable experiences that provide huge value to customers, employees and the business,” said InMoment CEO Andrew Joiner. “Understanding the perceptions of these audiences and how they affect each other is both difficult and essential. Through our data science-powered platform, InMoment is uniquely able to deliver the level of detail, actionability and velocity to support Topgolf as the company scales. We are both honored and confident that we’re the right partner for this exciting challenge.”Marketing Technology News: Triton Digital Integrates Centro’s Basis Platform with the a2x Programmatic Marketplace Global Sports Entertainment Leader Topgolf Selects InMoment to Tap into Next Level of Customer & Employee Experience Intelligence MTS Staff WriterJune 19, 2019, 3:00 pmJune 19, 2019 cloud-based experienceEmployee Experience IntelligenceInMomentMarketing TechnologyNewsTopgolf Previous ArticleTechTarget Priority Engine Named Best Account Based Marketing and Sales & Marketing Intelligence Solution by SIIANext ArticleSingapore’s Conversant Leverages Verimatrix Secure Cloud for Multi-DRM Securitylast_img read more

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Brooklyn Electric Car Races Add Showroom Stock Cars

first_img The Hate for ‘Captain Marvel’ May Never Stop We Finally Know Why This Kid Returned in ‘Endgame’ By Bill Howard on July 11, 2019 at 12:10 pm The Formula E electric car race in Brooklyn this weekend may be the slickest sporting event in the Big Apple this year. It’s a look at the future of auto racing. It’s on the waterfront of the city’s hippest borough, with the Statue of Liberty and Wall Street in the background. Formula E has much of the sophistication of Formula 1 but without the throbbing noise of unmuffled engines and the crowded races that draw in five to 10 times as many people.With the improvement in battery technology, Formula E now runs as a nonstop race without the need to change cars halfway through. And the Saturday and Sunday races are preceded each day by a sedan race (top photo) using nearly identical Jaguar i-Pace electric cars — little modified from what Jaguar dealers sell to the public.In Brooklyn, fans in the grandstand are just a few feet from the racing. In most auto races, being this close means your ears would ring for days afterward.What Is Formula E?Parts of the world are concerned about climate change, emissions and air quality, yadda-yadda. So FIA, the governing body of motorsports, wants to get ahead of the climate curve and promote a form of motorsport that looks toward a cleaner form of racing in the kinds of cars we’ll be — possibly — driving in the near future. That means electric vehicles. Formula E, E for electric, formed five years ago under the umbrella of FIA, the governing body for much of motorsport.Note: Do not confuse FIA, the Fédération Internationale de l’Automobile, which governs world motorsport, with FIFA, the Fédération Internationale de Football Association, the governing body of world futbol/soccer. The difference? One is seen as a bunch of old men, autocratic rules, and a lot of money changing hands whereas the other … uh, never mind. To their credit, FIFA doesn’t have vuvuzelas any more and FIA never did.To the untrained eye, Formula E cars look like open-wheel, combustion-engine Formula 1 race cars — or, for that matter, the Indycar racers that mostly run in the US. They run on the power of lithium-ion battery packs. There was one set of rules for seasons 1-4 and another for the current season 5, which concludes this weekend in the US. Some parts of the car are specified to save costs, such as the kevlar-and-carbon-fiber body, OZ wheels, Michelin tires, the motor, and the McClaren Applied Technologies battery. The power inverter spec is open and so is the race strategy.Reports have the current cars costing about $900,000 to build (€800,000) versus about $445,000 (€400,000) for the first-generation. The current cars develop 335 hp and weigh 900 kg or an Orwellian 1,984 pounds. But there’s no power steering and the drivers’ arms get a workout. They reach 60 mph or 100 kph in about 2.8 seconds, about the same as a Formula 1 racer, but the top speed is way different, about 175 mph (speed governed) versus 235 mph.In seasons 1-4, the battery wouldn’t last the entire race, so drivers swapped to a second car around the halfway point. But no more. This is the paddock at the 2018 Brooklyn ePrix, as Formula E is called, race.No More Changing Horses in MidstreamThe biggest change for season 5 is the bigger battery that allows cars to go the entire distance of the race. Batteries had been 28 kilowatt-hours (kWh), but now for 2018-19 are 54 kWh. The races had been 80-100 kilometers or 50-60 miles, or 33-46 laps depending on the circuit length. Now there is a fixed race time of 45 minutes plus one lap. (Which is roughly what the previous races took.)At roughly the halfway point, drivers used to pull into their teams’ paddock area tents, unbuckle, and step into identical second cars. Except for fans sitting in certain areas of the grandstands (photo above), there was a half-minute where the car was gone from view. For most of the first years, there also had been a mandatory time-in-pits rule of about 30 seconds (depending on the track), so drivers didn’t skimp on properly fastening their safety harnesses. Needing two cars good for only 25 minutes of racing was not good PR for electric vehicles, and that has changed for this current season.How much are 28 kWh and 54 kWh? The original Nissan Leaf had a 24 kWh battery good for about 84 miles. Now the Leaf batteries are 40-62 kWh, rated at 150-226 miles. The Tesla Model 3 has three batteries: 50 kWh (220 miles rated range), 62 kWh (240 miles), or 75 kWh (264 miles). The longest-range Tesla Model S, the 100D, has a 100 kWh battery and, with battery and software enhancements, has raised its EPA range from 335 to 370 miles. The street version of the Jaguar I-Pace has a 90-kWh battery and an EPA range of 234 miles. So even the newer Formula E battery isn’t that big compared with longer range production cars.Much of the battery technology derives from the smaller energy recovery systems in Formula 1 cars that add an extra 160 hp or 120 kW to the 1.5-liter V6 F1 engine’s 700 hp. (F1 cars actually capture energy from the deceleration and from exhaust gas heat.) For more than a decade, Formula 1 has used forms of hybrid power.Drivers say Formula E cars are simpler to drive in many ways than Formula 1 cars. But easier still isn’t easy. The driver continually runs calculations in his or her head about battery consumption and when to charge ahead versus hold back. The driver is backed up by some dozen people in the paddock monitoring race telemetry. The driver gets some, but not all, of the available information. Interestingly, the track signage tells fans — but not the drivers — how much power is left. The goal is to finish with a minimum amount of power left in the batteries.As to whether you should care: The research into battery technology and energy recovery has direct applications for passenger cars; EVs specifically, but also hybrids and plug-in hybrids. Racing is an especially important way to test thermal management of batteries and charging.Formula E halo bar over the driver glows blue (here) when the car is in Attack Mode.Extra Shots of Energy During Formula E RacesIn Formula E, drivers can boost power temporarily. One way is gimmicky, called Fanboost. Formula E fans vote online, up to six days before the race, or during the early stages of the race, for their favorite driver. The five most popular drivers in the voting get an extra five seconds of power that can be used, in one shot, to make a crucial pass in the second half of the race. (It’s unclear if Russian trolls have taken an interest in these elections.) By the rules of Fanboost, you can vote once a day.New for the current season is Attack Mode: It gives every driver an extra 25 kW of power and it must be used during the race. To activate, the driver goes outside the racing line (but still on the track) and — shades of Mario Kart — loses a bit of time in order to gain the attack mode advantage later. The number and duration of Attack Mode activations are announced to the teams an hour before the race, which requires frantic juggling. LEDs built into the “halo bar” over the driver’s head — the roll bar/stiffener in many open wheel cars — indicate the modes. Attack Mode for TV viewers includes a virtual overlay of the activation zone area, much like how first-down markers are shown for US football.The three power levels for current cars are:Base power output (2018-19) – 200 kW / 268 hp.Attack Mode – 225 kW / 302 hp. Halo bar LEDs glow blue.Fanboost – 240-250 kW / 322-335 hp. Halo bar LEDs glow magenta.Bryan Sellers, the lone American in the Jaguar I-Pace eTrophy series, is second in the standings going into the final weekend.Now, a Supporting Race: eTrophyFor the fifth season, a supporting race was added, the Jaguar I-Pace eTrophy for nearly showroom stock sedans (actually, SUVs) prepared by Jaguar Special Vehicle Operations. The races run on the same urban tracks as the Formula E cars. Because every car is a Jaguar, the winning car will be a … Jaguar. It also helps Jaguar build cred for the I-Pace. The I-Pace already won a trifecta of sorts in annual awards: World Car of the Year, World Car Design of the Year, and World Green Car. Not to mention ExtremeTech’s own Car of the Year award.Compared with the Tesla Model S, the I-Pace is happy running lap after lap on a racetrack (as delivered from the factory), where Teslas, until recently, grew wheezy after just a lap or two. Teslas are capable of insanely fast acceleration; just don’t try to do it 10 times in a row.“Electric cars are clearly the way of the future,” says Bryan Sellers, one of the eTrophy drivers. At 36, he has a quarter century of racing experience behind him. You don’t need a driver’s license to race; many drivers start with karting in grade school. He is the first American to win an eTrophy race, winning in Hong Kong in March.Manhattan skyline in the background of the 2018 Formula E race in Brooklyn’s Red Hook section. While this is a “street circuit,” the track is laid out on roads and parking areas of the Brooklyn cruise ship terminal.The Brooklyn Weekend’s RacesThis is the final weekend of the 2018-19 Formula E ePrix and Jaguar eTrophy series, in Brooklyn’s Red Hook waterfront section that is quickly transforming from seedy to you-can’t-afford-it. There will be two races, Saturday and Sunday, with practice, qualifying, and a race each day. You can pay anywhere from $12 for admission to more than $1,000. If you’ve been to other big auto races — the Indianapolis 500 once got 300,000 attendees — Formula E Brooklyn is much more human-scale. Among other things, when a race series is building, everybody goes out of their way to be accessible to fans.Formula E has 11 teams, each with two cars. As automakers recognize the need to promote EVs, and now that a single car and battery goes the entire race, more big names are in the race series, including Audi, BMW (formerly as Andretti Motorsport), Jaguar with Panasonic, Mahindra (big elsewhere), Nissan (previously as Renault). Mercedes-Benz and Porsche join Formula E for the sixth season that begins this fall. All the series needs now is a US-flag automaker.The New York race is unique with not one but two days of racing. It’s the only US stop on the world tour that covers Asia, Africa, Europe, South America, and other parts of North America (Mexico City, but no longer Montreal, Long Beach, or Miami). All are on urban public circuits.Ironically for a sporting event involving motor vehicles, the better way to get to the track is by public transportation rather than driving and parking. Pack sunblock. No need to pack hearing protection: The cars at 80 dB are significantly quieter than Formula 1 cars, although you can then hear hard braking, suspension bounce, the body contact (it’s a narrow track), and the wind whistling over the cars at speed.Now read:2019 Jaguar I-Pace Review: Tesla-Killer EV Is 2018’s Best CarNvidia Built One of the Most Powerful AI Supercomputers in 3 WeeksFiat Chrysler-Renault Merger Points to High Cost of Developing Electric Car 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. 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Valve Introduces Machine Learning Algorithm to Recommend New Steam Games

first_img By Joel Hruska on July 12, 2019 at 9:47 am Jim Carrey’s Tragic Life Just Gets Sadder and Sadder Little Lucy From ‘Narnia’ is Head-Turningly Gorgeous Now at 23 Tagged In gamingaimachine learningsteamvalvedeep learningGOGuPlaydiscoverabilitymetro 2033Steam Summer Salegame recommendationsGrand Prixrecommendation engineSteam games Post a Comment 8 Comments Willow Smith’s Transformation is Turning Heads Facebook Twitter Linkedin Pinterest Google Plus Reddit Hacker News Flipboard Email Copy 0shares This site may earn affiliate commissions from the links on this page. Terms of use. ‘Super Mario Odyssey’ Producer Shuts Down Popular Toad Theory The Real Reason Emma Watson Refuses to Do a Nude Scene Valve Introduces Machine Learning Algorithm to Recommend New Steam Games You Might Also LikePowered By ZergNet J.K. Rowling Confirms a Hermione Theory We Suspected All Along Finding games on Steam has always been difficult, but the flood of titles being published on the platform has made discoverability a massive problem for creators and gamers alike. Valve is attempting to improve the situation with a new game recommendation system that relies on AI, rather than user-curated metadata. The AI isn’t given any information about a game at all, rather than its release date, and it isn’t impacted by review scores or tags. Instead, it learns about games solely based on what players do.Valve writes:Underlying this new recommender is a neural-network model that is trained to recommend games based on a user’s playtime history, along with other salient data. We train the model based on data from many millions of Steam users and many billions of play sessions, giving us robust results that capture the nuances of different play patterns and covers our catalog. The model is parameterized so that we can restrict output to games released within a specified time-window, and can be adjusted to prefer games a higher or lower underlying popularity. These parameters are exposed to the user, allowing you to select whether to see only recent releases in the results, or go all the way back to include games released a decade ago. Similarly, you can choose whether to see mainstream hits, or deep cuts from the catalog. Regardless of the settings of the sliders, the results will always be personalized and relevant to the individual user.Valve’s ability to create recommendation engines, search tools, and discoverability enhancements that treat players and creators fairly has taken some hits over the past year. During the recent “Grand Prix” summer sale, Valve created a confusing competition around the event. As a result, gamers began removing indie titles from their wish lists en masse in an attempt to game the system and receive expensive AAA titles for free, out of a mistaken belief that deleting low-cost titles increased their chances of receiving expensive free games. Creators panicked. Having a game on your wish list means receiving updates when it goes on sale, and those notifications apparently have a major impact on how many copies a game sells overall. Developers are exceedingly unhappy with how the Steam sale played out this year, and many saw no uptick at all in either wish list pickups or overall sales.The new game recommendation system Valve is unveiling today isn’t a direct response to the Grand Prix debacle, but it’s an example of how the company is attempting to improve its own recommendation algorithms in ways that will be fair to game creators and help players find titles they want to experience. To date, Valve’s changes to its recommendation system have been controversial; an algorithm bug last year drove far more traffic to already-established titles at the expense of smaller titles. After the Grand Prix problems, some developers have lost faith that Valve is particularly interested in solving the situation.“Before October 2018 (and for a few months after that while I gave Steam the benefit of the doubt), I told anyone who asked me that Steam was 100% worth it for indie developers,” developer Yitz told Kotaku via Twitter DM:Now, that trust is gone, and it’s not because I’ve changed or become more cynical… This Steam sale was a disaster, but I’m far more concerned about the overall trend we’ve seen in the Steam algorithm since October last year: pushing unpopular (including ‘mostly negative’ reviewed) triple-A games over titles that Steam has more than enough data to know would be a better match for the consumer.I decided to take the Steam recommendation algorithm out for a spin, to see what kind of titles it would recommend for me, personally. In my specific case, I’m prepared for the algorithm to be a little less accurate — some of the games I’ve spent the most time “playing,” historically, are titles I’ve used for benchmarking, and it’s possible that will throw off the algorithm. I also have a very bad habit of leaving games alt-tabbed while running in the background, which can also drastically inflate my own playtimes.I have not spent 73.5 actual days of my life playing Fallout 4.That’s the default view when you login. Your top games are listed along the left, while recommended titles are on the right. Here’s the top game listing when you play with the “Niche” versus “Popular” slider. My “Popular” games list is on the left below, while the full “Niche” recommendations are on the right.Regarding its recommendation algorithm, Valve writes:One direction is to gather every single piece of information about a game, and then make guesses about what games are similar, and then recommend those “similar” games. But that allows for all sorts of weird distortions— just because you play a lot of Beat Saber, doesn’t mean we should only ever recommend you VR rhythm games. This model takes a different approach. It disregards most of the usual data about a game, like genre or price point. Instead, it looks at what games you play and what games other people play, then makes informed suggestions based on the decisions of other people playing games on Steam. The idea is that if players with broadly similar play habits to you also tend to play another game you haven’t tried yet, then that game is likely to be a good recommendation for you.The “niche” versus “popular” slider seems as though it could use some fine-tuning. Somehow, Metro 2033 Redux is the most popular title recommended for me under both options. But it’s odd that this game should be recommended to me in the first place, given that I own (but have never bothered to beat) Metro 2033. The same is true of Metro Last Light Redux. It makes sense to recommend Metro 2033 Redux to me if the only thing you’re examining is either hours played (I used it for benchmarking) or “number of games owned in the Metro series.” Examining the number of unlocked achievements in these titles would show that I barely played either.The other shortcoming I see in this data isn’t exactly Valve or Steam’s fault. I own Far Cry 3 on uPlay and Witcher 3 on GoG. I played games like Dishonored, Borderlands 2, and Wolfenstein: The Old Blood using a friend’s Steam account. The quality of the recommendations is a bit mixed — I loved Dishonored and found Borderlands 2 relatively amusing, but was not a huge fan of Far Cry 3 and have never actually played very much of The Witcher 3. The “niche” titles are games I haven’t played or heard of, so it seems to be fulfilling its goals in that regard, though that also makes it more difficult to interpret if I’d like them.The goal is for this tool to be a better recommendation engine for games that isn’t susceptible to being gamed or manipulated, or that requires developers to worry about optimizing for underlying and unknown algorithms. The idea is for the AI model to watch what players are playing and recommend these games to people who play similar games to those people. We’ll have to wait for data on how it works, but discoverability has been a major problem for every kind of online store. Solving it, or even improving it, would be a major achievement for any storefront.Now Read:Gamers Hate the Epic Store, but They Hated Steam, TooSteam Prepares to Roll Out Revamped Library PageValve Lays Off 13 Employees, May Have Slashed VR Division Grant Gustin Reveals Details For This Year’s Flash Costume Henry Cavill ‘Tried on’ a New Superman Suit and It’s Awesome 8 Commentslast_img read more

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New ThousandEyes Research States Internet Performance Benchmark for Performing Digital Businesses

first_imgNew ThousandEyes Research States Internet Performance Benchmark for Performing Digital Businesses Sudipto GhoshMay 23, 2019, 9:56 pmMay 23, 2019 Internet Performance Study Reveals Best Practices of the Top 20 Digital Retail, Travel and Media Sites Delivering an Exceptional Digital ExperiencesThousandEyes, the company providing visibility into the Internet and digital experiences today released the 2019 Digital Experience Performance Benchmark Report, a comparative analysis of web, infrastructure and network performance metrics from the top 20 U.S. digital retail, travel and media websites. This research empowers website operations teams to benchmark their own performance metrics against their competitors and provides recommendations to help guide future performance management, content delivery and network architecture decisions as they aim to deliver the highest quality digital experiences for their customers. Notably, the research also establishes an industry-agnostic ‘Internet Performance Bar’, setting minimum performance thresholds that any digital company should strive to meet to deliver the best possible end-user experience.Internet Performance Report Analyzed Global Vantage Points in Network Layer Performance Metrics for Any Website“One of the biggest challenges we have in website performance engineering is understanding what ‘good’ looks like. We lacked an industry-wide, competitive context for our performance,” said Mark Rodrigue, Sr. Network Engineer at Room & Board.Mark added, “The ThousandEyes research finally shines a light on where we stand in relation to our competitors, and gives us hard data we can absolutely use to guide future infrastructure investments in the spirit of delivering the best possible website performance and digital experiences for our customers.”MarTech News Update: Veeva Introduces a Single Application for End-to-End Product and Marketing Claims ManagementThe Digital Experience Performance Benchmark Report is the third report in an ongoing series of research produced by ThousandEyes that is intended to help companies gain a data-driven understanding of how various aspects of Internet infrastructure impacts their digital experience delivery.The data for all three reports was gathered using the ThousandEyes platform, which uses active monitoring and global vantage points to measure application layer and network layer performance metrics for any website. The most recent research measured Internet, network, server and experience metrics every 10 minutes for 60 days across 36 major metros across the U.S. In total, over 300M unique measurements were collected and analyzed.A Data-Driven Approach to Boosting Website TrafficKey findings from the research include:Each industry displays unique performance patterns: The three measured industries (retail, media and entertainment, and travel and hospitality) display distinct performance cohort behaviors that differ from each other. For example, top retail sites fall into two distinct clusters of HTTP response times along a mostly uniform range of network latency, while media and entertainment sites saw a more uniform range of HTTP response times but with two distinct clusters of network latency.Significant performance variations exist, despite perceived market maturity: Performance variations across CDN providers, ISPs and geographies exist even in the highly mature US market. This makes real-time operational visibility from a variety of geographical and Internet user vantage points important so businesses can keep a real-time eye on unexpected performance blockers.Focusing on delivering strong DNS, network and HTTP response time performance will help most companies deliver top-tier digital experiences: 60% of sites with 1st quartile response times delivered DNS and network performance at or better than the median. Delivering near to or better than the median response time highly correlates with strong page load performance. 87% of sites that did so delivered 1st quartile page load times.A minimum Internet Performance Bar exists that, if met, should deliver top-tier website performance, regardless of industry: Given cross-vertical performance ranges across the gathered metrics, it is recommended that operations teams minimally target DNS time of 25ms, network latency to the CDN edge of 15ms and HTTP response time of 350ms, from all important markets within the U.S.Read More: ZOOM announces Elevēo WFM“Internet performance is an under-appreciated yet major contributor to digital experience, and in the battle for customer loyalty, every millisecond matters,” said Alex Henthorn-Iwane, report author and vice president of product marketing at ThousandEyes.Alex added, “With this research, we hope to provide operations professionals the data and inputs they need to know which aspects of digital experience delivery to improve so they can ensure the best possible customer digital experiences.”Currently, ThousandEyes empowers enterprises to see, understand and improve digital experiences for their customers and employees. The ThousandEyes cloud platform offers unmatched vantage points throughout the global Internet and cloud providers, delivering immediate visibility into the digital experience for every user, application, website or service, over any network.Read Also: Adobe and Software AG Partner to Advance Customer Experience Management content managementdigital experiencedigital marketingInternet PerformanceNewsThousandEyes Research Previous ArticleaccelQ and Salesforce Join Hands on AppExchangeNext ArticleSteve Mann Joins ThetaRay as Chief Marketing Officerlast_img read more

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Box Maintains Aggressive Revenue Growth in Q1 Reveals Loyal Customers Continue to

first_img Aaron LevieAggressive Revenue GrowthBoxcloud content managementMarketing Technology NewsNews Previous ArticleMarTech Interview with Shafiq Rajani, Vice President, Mintel ComperemediaNext ArticleUS Podcast Ad Revenues Hit Historic $479 Million in 2018, an Increase of 53% over Prior Year, According to IAB & PwC Research Box Maintains Aggressive Revenue Growth in Q1; Reveals Loyal Customers Continue to Drive Sales PRNewswireJune 4, 2019, 2:39 pmJune 4, 2019 Box, Inc., a leader in cloud content management, announced financial results for the first quarter of fiscal year 2020, which ended April 30, 2019.Box Reports Revenue of $163.0 Million for Fiscal First Quarter 2020, Up 16 Percent Year-Over-Year“In the first quarter, we drove record add-on product attach rates of more than 90% across our six-figure deals. Customers are increasingly adopting Box as a platform for secure content management, workflow, and collaboration,” said Aaron Levie, co-founder and CEO of Box. “While we are encouraged by the demand for these larger, more strategic deployments, these deals often have longer sales cycles, which is reflected in our updated guidance. Our go-to-market initiatives, in combination with our expanded product portfolio, will enable us to improve sales productivity and meet the demand for Cloud Content Management.”“We continued to drive operational efficiencies in the first quarter, with strong improvements in free cash flow and operating margin,” said Dylan Smith, co-founder and CFO of Box. “We remain focused on driving long-term growth as enterprises adopt more robust implementations of our expanded product portfolio. In Q1, 89% of our total recurring revenue base came from customers paying at least $5,000 annually. Of this base, more than half of our recurring revenue came from customers who have purchased at least one add-on product. We will continue to focus on opportunities to drive further operating margin improvement in the future, with a non-GAAP operating margin target of 6-7% in FY21.”Adoption of the New Lease Standard – ASC Topic 842Box adopted the new lease standard, Accounting Standards Codification Topic 842 (“ASC 842”), on a modified retrospective basis, effective February 1, 2019. Financial results for reporting periods in Box’s fiscal year ending January 31, 2020 are presented in compliance with the new lease standard. Historical financial results for reporting periods prior to fiscal year 2020 are presented in conformity with amounts previously disclosed under the prior lease standard, Accounting Standards Codification Topic 840 (“ASC 840”). The adoption of ASC 842 did not have a material effect on our condensed consolidated statements of operations and cash flows, however, did materially increase our assets and liabilities on the condensed consolidated balance sheet.Marketing Technology News: How to Solve Latin America’s E-Commerce ProblemFiscal First Quarter Financial HighlightsRevenue for the first quarter of fiscal year 2020 was $163.0 million, an increase of 16% from the first quarter of fiscal year 2019.Remaining performance obligations as of April 30, 2019 were $637.4 million, an increase of 16% from the first quarter of fiscal year 2019.Deferred revenue as of April 30, 2019 was $330.4 million, an increase of 15% from the first quarter of fiscal year 2019.Billings for the first quarter of fiscal year 2020 were $118.4 million, an increase of 1% from the first quarter of fiscal year 2019.GAAP operating loss in the first quarter of fiscal year 2020 was $35.4 million, or 22% of revenue. This compares to a GAAP operating loss of $35.9 million, or 26% of revenue, in the first quarter of fiscal year 2019.Non-GAAP operating loss in the first quarter of fiscal year 2020 was $3.0 million, or 2% of revenue. This compares to a non-GAAP operating loss of $9.2 million, or 7% of revenue, in the first quarter of fiscal year 2019.GAAP net loss per share, basic and diluted, in the first quarter of fiscal year 2020 was $0.25 on 145.3 million weighted average shares outstanding. This compares to a GAAP net loss per share of $0.26 in the first quarter of fiscal year 2019 on 138.5 million weighted average shares outstanding.Non-GAAP net loss per share, basic and diluted, in the first quarter of fiscal year 2020 was $0.03. This compares to a non-GAAP net loss per share of $0.07 in the first quarter of fiscal year 2019.Net cash provided by operating activities in the first quarter of fiscal year 2020 totaled $25.5 million. This compares to net cash provided by operating activities of $18.4 million in the first quarter of fiscal year 2019.Free cash flow in the first quarter of fiscal year 2020 was positive $13.4 million. This compares to positive $7.3 million in the first quarter of fiscal year 2019.For more information on the non-GAAP financial measures and key metrics discussed in this press release, please see the section titled, “About Non-GAAP Financial Measures and Other Key Metrics,” and the reconciliations of non-GAAP financial measures and certain key metrics to their nearest comparable GAAP financial measures at the end of this press release.Marketing Technology News: Nielsen Launches Global Measurement For YouTube Mobile AppBusiness Highlights since Last Earnings ReleaseDelivered wins and expansions with leading enterprises such as Blackboard, BT Group, ChargePoint, Dignity Health, Fanatics, and Rémy Cointreau Group.Announced an all new Box Relay, a powerful workflow engine, to simplify and accelerate business processes across any organization’s extended enterprise of employees, partners and customers.Launched new product integrations with best-of-breed partners, including Autodesk AutoCAD, Google Calendar and Microsoft Outlook, allowing customers to leverage Box as a unified, secure content hub across all of their applications.Launched Box KeySafe support for AWS KMS Customer Key Store, providing control and protection of dedicated hardware devices without requiring customers to manage hardware to secure their encryption keys.Launched enhancements to Box’s core security features with two-factor authentication for external users, enabling a frictionless experience for admins to setup powerful controls to add and verify external collaborators.Received a top score of 100 on the 2019 Human Rights Campaign Corporate Equality Index (CEI).Recognized as one of LinkedIn’s Top 50 Companies: Where the U.S. Wants to Work Now for 2019.Welcomed Peter Leav, former President and CEO of BMC Software, to Box’s Board of Directors, effective as of the end of Box’s upcoming Annual Meeting of Stockholders.OutlookQ2 FY20 Guidance: Revenue is expected to be in the range of $169 million to $170 million. GAAP and non-GAAP basic and diluted net loss per share are expected to be in the range of $0.29 to $0.28 and $0.02 to $0.01, respectively. Weighted average basic and diluted shares outstanding are expected to be approximately 147 million.Full Year FY20 Guidance: Revenue is expected to be in the range of $688 million to $692 million. GAAP basic and diluted net loss per share are expected to be in the range of $1.05 to $1.03. Non-GAAP basic and diluted net income per share are expected to be in the range of $0.00 to $0.02. The weighted average basic and diluted shares outstanding are expected to be approximately 148 million and 155 million, respectively.All forward-looking non-GAAP financial measures contained in this section titled “Outlook” exclude estimates for stock-based compensation expense, intangible assets amortization, and as applicable, certain legal settlement and related costs. Box has provided a reconciliation of GAAP to non-GAAP net income (loss) per share guidance at the end of this press release.Webcast and Conference Call InformationBox’s management team will host a conference call today beginning at 2:00 PM (PT) / 5:00 PM (ET) to discuss Box’s financial results, business highlights and future outlook. A live audio webcast of this call will be available through Box’s Investor Relations for a period of 90 days after the date of the call.The access details for the live conference call are:+ 1-833-231-7240 (U.S. and Canada), conference ID: 3887679+ 1-647-689-4084 (international), conference ID: 3887679A telephonic replay of the call will be available approximately two hours after the call and will run for one week. The replay can be accessed by dialing:+ 1-800-585-8367 (U.S. and Canada), conference ID: 3887679+ 1-416-621-4642 (international), conference ID: 3887679Box has used, and intends to continue to use, its Investor Relations, as well as certain Twitter accounts (@box, @levie and @boxincir), as a means of disclosing material non-public information and for complying with its disclosure obligations under Regulation FD. Information on or that can be accessed through Box’s Investor Relations website, these Twitter accounts, or that is contained in any website to which a hyperlink is provided herein is not part of this press release, and the inclusion of Box’s Investor Relations website address, these Twitter accounts, and any hyperlinks are only inactive textual references.This press release, the financial tables, as well as other supplemental information including the reconciliations of non-GAAP financial measures and certain key metrics to their nearest comparable GAAP financial measures, are also available on Box’s Investor Relations website. Box also provides investor information, including news and commentary about Box’s business and financial performance, Box’s filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, notices of investor events and Box’s press and earnings releases, on Box’s Investor Relations website.Forward-Looking StatementsThis press release contains forward-looking statements that involve risks and uncertainties, including statements regarding Box’s expectations regarding the size of its market opportunity, expectations regarding its leadership position in the cloud content management market, the demand for its products, its ability to scale its business and drive operating efficiencies, its ability to achieve revenue targets, expectations regarding its ability to achieve profitability on a quarterly or ongoing basis, its expectations regarding free cash flow, its ability to continue to grow unrecognized revenue and remaining performance obligations, the timing of recent and planned product introductions and enhancements, the short- and long-term success, market adoption and retention, capabilities, and benefits of such product introductions and enhancements, and the success of strategic partnerships, as well as expectations regarding its revenue, gross margin, GAAP and non-GAAP net income (loss) per share, non-GAAP operating margins for future periods, the related components of GAAP and non-GAAP net income (loss) per share, and weighted average outstanding share count expectations for Box’s fiscal second quarter and full fiscal year 2020 in the section titled “Outlook” above. There are a significant number of factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from statements made in this press release, including: (1) adverse changes in general economic or market conditions; (2) delays or reductions in information technology spending; (3) factors related to Box’s highly competitive market, including but not limited to pricing pressures, industry consolidation, entry of new competitors and new applications and marketing initiatives by Box’s current or future competitors; (4) the development of the cloud content management market; (5) the risk that Box’s customers do not renew their subscriptions, expand their use of Box’s services, or adopt new products offered by Box on a timely basis, or at all; (6) Box’s ability to provide timely and successful enhancements, new features and modifications to its platform and services; (7) actual or perceived security vulnerabilities in Box’s services or any breaches of Box’s security controls; and (8) Box’s ability to realize the expected benefits of its third-party partnerships.Additional information on potential factors that could affect Box’s financial results is included in the reports on Forms 10-K, 10-Q and 8-K and in other filings Box makes with the Securities and Exchange Commission from time to time, including the Annual Report on Form 10-K filed for the fiscal year ended January 31, 2019. These documents are available on the SEC Filings section of Box’s Investor Relations. Box does not assume any obligation to update the forward-looking statements contained in this press release to reflect events that occur or circumstances that exist after the date on which they were made.Marketing Technology News: Miaozhen Systems Acquires RadioBuy to Deepen its Omni-Marketing Intelligence Strategylast_img read more

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Veeru Devgan Dies Aamir Khan Akshay Kumar and Shahid Kapoor Pay Condolences

first_img aamir khanAamir Khan Veeru DevganAbbas MastanAjay Devgn Veeru Devgan First Published: May 27, 2019, 3:49 PM IST Bollywood’s veteran action director Veeru Devgan, father of actor Ajay Devgn, died here on Monday, family sources said. He was 85.Veeru Devgan breathed his last on Monday afternoon at a hospital in Mumbai due to age-related issues, according to a source. Apart from directing action sequences, he had directed the 1999 film Hindustan Ki Kasam, starring Ajay and megastar Amitabh Bachchan.The funeral will be held here at the Vile Parle West Crematorium on Monday evening.Aamir Khan, Akshay Kumar, Sanjay Dutt, Vivek Oberoi, Shahid Kapoor and Varun Dhawan tweeted their heartfelt condolences for the Devgn family. See their messages here:I’m very sad to hear about Veeruji passing away.I had the pleasure & privilege of working with Veeruji.He was an amazing person to work with, extremely professional & one of the best in his field. My heartfelt condolences to Ajay & everyone in the family. Love and respect.a.— Aamir Khan (@aamir_khan) May 27, 2019Extremely sad to hear about the demise of #VeeruDevgan, one of the finest action directors of our industry. My heartfelt condolences to @ajaydevgn and family 🙏🏻— Akshay Kumar (@akshaykumar) May 27, 2019Deeply saddened by the passing of Veeru ji! He was a gem of a person and extremely gifted. So grateful that I had a chance to work with him on multiple films. My heartfelt condolences to @ajaydevgn and the entire Devgan family.— Sanjay Dutt (@duttsanjay) May 27, 2019Legendary action director, supportive father and a wonderful human being. We will miss you Veeru uncle 🙏 Heartfelt condolences to @ajaydevgn, @KajolAtUN and the family. #RipVeeruDevgan— Vivek Anand Oberoi (@vivekoberoi) May 27, 2019Deepest condolences to @ajaydevgn sir and the entire family. Prayers and love.— Shahid Kapoor (@shahidkapoor) May 27, 2019#RipVeeruDevgan heartfelt condolences to the devgan family— Varun Dhawan (@Varun_dvn) May 27, 2019″Sad to know that veteran action director Veeru Devganji is no more. He was a genius in choreographing fights on the big screen when there were no facilities available. My heartfelt condolences to Ajay Devgn and the entire family,” filmmaker Ashoke Pandit tweeted.Sad to know that veteran action director #VeeruDevgan ji is no more. He ws a genius in choreographing fights on the big screen, when there were no facilities available. My heart felt condolences to @ajaydevgn & the entire family. 🙏Funeral at Vile Parle (W) at 6 pm today.— Ashoke Pandit (@ashokepandit) May 27, 2019″RIP Veeru Devganji. A legend of Hindi cinema. Left his mark at a time when ‘pure action’ without VFX was the order of the day. Heartfelt condolences to Ajay Devgn and Kajol. May his soul rest in peace. Prayers are with the family,” Kunal Kohli wrote.#RIP #VeeruDevgan ji. A legend of Hindi Cinema. Left his mark at a time when ‘pure action’, without vfx, was the order of the day.Heartfelt condolences to @ajaydevgn & @KajolAtUN May his soul rest in peace. Prayers are with the family.— kunal kohli (@kunalkohli) May 27, 2019Actor Siddharth also tweeted in the matter. Deepest condolences and strength to @ajaydevgn and his family. Prayers and respects to #VeeruDevgan sir, a stellar veteran stunt choreographer. R.I.P.— Siddharth (@Actor_Siddharth) May 27, 2019Director duo Abbas-Mastan also tweeted after the news broke on social media. Our heartfelt condolences to @ajaydevgn @KajolAtUN and entire family on the sad demise of #VeeruDevgan ji .. May his soul rest in peace 🙏— Abbas Mustan (@theabbasmustan) May 27, 2019(With inputs from IANS)Follow @News18Movies for morelast_img read more

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Phase 6 Sees 63 Turnout Amid Violence in Bengal UP Dip in

first_img akhilesh yadavbihar-lok-sabha-elections-2019BJPcongress First Published: May 13, 2019, 7:30 AM IST New Delhi: BJP candidate Bharati Ghosh was attacked in West Bengal and a poll officer was allegedly beaten up by an MLA of the saffron party in Uttar Pradesh during the Lok Sabha poll’s sixth and penultimate phase on Sunday in which over 63 per cent turnout was recorded in 59 seats across six states and the national capital.Elections were held in 14 seats in Uttar Pradesh, 10 seats in Haryana, eight constituencies each in Bihar, Madhya Pradesh and West Bengal, four in Jharkhand and seven seats in Delhi where votes were cast by a number of public figures, including President Ram Nath Kovind, Congress chief Rahul Gandhi, UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj. With Sunday’s polling, votes have already been cast in nearly 89 per cent of the 543 constituencies, while the last phase of voting will take place on May 19 for the remaining 59 seats. The Election Commission (EC) said 63.48 per cent turnout was recorded across the states and Delhi, with West Bengal recording over 80 per cent polling and Delhi registering just 60 per cent. In 2014, it was 63.37 per cent, it said.The EC said the polling percentage was recorded at 9 pm. The figure is provisional and the figure may rise, it said. Union ministers Radha Mohan Singh, Harsh Vardhan and Maneka Gandhi, Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav and Congress leaders Digvijay Singh, Jyotiraditya Scindia and Sheila Dikshit as also celebrity contestants Gautam Gambhir, Vijender Singh, Dinesh Lal Yadav ‘Nirahua’, Ravi Kishan and Hans Raj Hans were among several prominent faces in the fray.Delhi’s saw a dip in its turnout from 65 per cent in 2014, despite a three-cornered contest among the BJP, Congress and AAP with several high profile candidates, while the EC also appeared disappointed at the low polling figure even after its enhanced efforts to draw the voters to polling booths.Glitches in EVMs were reported in Delhi, and the other places where polling took place. However, poll officials said the voting machines were replaced. More than 1,200 VVPAT machines facing glitches were also changed across the city delaying the polling process, officials from Delhi Election Commission said.Delhi’s Chief Electoral Officer Ranbir Singh said eight per cent of the VVPATs were replaced during the day which translated to a total of 450 VVPATs, 61 CUs and 77 BUs. The maximum number of faulty VVPATs were changed in the South Delhi Lok Sabha constituency while the minimum were replaced in the Northeast segment, the CEO office said.Officials said the VVPAT machines are extremely sensitive to light and heat and being a new technology, glitches arose which delayed voting at some places.Compared to 84.95 per cent in 2014, this time 80.35 per cent polling was recorded in eight seats in West Bengal, where BJP’s Ghatal candidate and former IPS officer Bharati Ghosh was attacked twice by local people when she tried to visit polling stations in her constituency. Ghosh suffered minor injuries when a group of women allegedly attacked her when she tried to take a BJP agent inside a polling booth at Keshpur area, officials said.Following this, bombs and stones were hurled towards her convoy when she was going to visit another booth at Dogachia in Keshpur. One of her security guards was injured and a vehicle was damaged, they said.It is alleged that a TMC worker was injured in firing by Ghosh’s security officers at Dugachia, following which an FIR was registered against her and her security personnel.BJP candidate Dilip Ghosh also faces an FIR for allegedly causing law and order issues. At least 26 people were injured in incidents of violence. Central forces also opened fire to control the situation at two places, they said. In Uttar Pradesh, 54 per cent polling was reported in 14 constituencies. SP president Akhilesh Yadav and Maneka Gandhi are in the fray in the state that sends 80 members to Lok Sabha.Maneka Gandhi and her rival BSP candidate Chandra Bhadra Singh had a face-off in Sultanpur, with the BJP leader warning him that hooliganism will not work. Singh dismissed her charge.BJP MLA Dinanath Bhaskar and four others allegedly beat up a presiding officer in Badohi, accusing the official of deliberately slowing the polling process. Poll officials have sought a report on the matter.Akhilesh is trying to retain his father and SP founder Mulayam Singh Yadav’s seat against Bhojpuri film star ‘Nirahua’ of the BJP in Azamgarh.In Bihar, around 59.38 per cent turnout was recorded for the eight seats.A polling officer was killed at a booth in a freak incident of firing by a home guard before polling started in Sheohar constituency.Haryana recorded 69.50 per cent turnout in 10 Lok Sabha seats and officials said no untoward incident was reported and polling remained peaceful in the state.However, Congress’ Rohtak candidate Deepender Singh Hooda, who is seeking re-election for a fourth term, accused Haryana Minister and Rohtak MLA Manish Grover of “intimidating” voters by forcibly entering some polling booths.Grover, however, rejected the charge claiming that Deepender, who is the son of former CM Bhupinder Singh Hooda, made baseless allegations in the face of “imminent defeat”.Union ministers Rao Inderjit Singh and Krishan Pal Gurjar are among the 223 candidates in fray in Haryana.In Jharkhand, an estimated 65.17 per cent turnout was recorded for four Lok Sabha seat.Officials said no untoward incident was reported.Madhya Pradesh, which recorded 64.01 per cent turnout, saw several heavyweights contesting the polls.Eight constituencies went to polls Sunday.In Bhopal, Congress veteran Digvijay Singh was locked in a battle with BJP candidate and 2008 Malegaon blast accused Pragya Singh Thakur.Scindia, who is seeking re-election from Guna seat, is locked in a battle with BJP’s KP Yadav. Union minister Narendra Singh Tomar, sitting MP from Gwalior, is contesting from Morena. Over 10.17 crore people were eligible to decide the fate of 979 candidates.(With PTI inputs) last_img read more

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Super 30 Celeb Reviews Bollywood Stars Overwhelmed by Hrithik Roshans Performance

first_img In other tweets Farah also praised director Vikas Bahl.Director of #Super30 Vikas behl.. WHAT A COMEBACK!Flawless direction with every technician n cast member doing exceptional work.@sanjeevdutta @anaygoswami @AjayAtulOnline @CastingChhabra @mrunal0801 @PankajTripathi_ @NGEMovies @FuhSePhantom n of course the Super30 kids,take a bow— Farah Khan (@TheFarahKhan) July 11, 2019And can’t forget #AnandKumar .. what a story n what an inspirational life♥️ #super30— Farah Khan (@TheFarahKhan) July 11, 2019Check out other celebrity reactions to Super 30 here:#Super30 will be known & may even become a case study for its casting. Especially of those 30 Super students. Commendable how seriously @CastingChhabra takes his work.@RelianceEnt— Nikhil Dwivedi (@Nikhil_Dwivedi) July 11, 2019Take a bow @iHrithik for such a brilliant movie #Super30 .. What a brilliant performance and what a beautiful movie…. A must watch for all the cinema lovers … We all need to witness the fight & journey of Anand Kumar. Wow .. Truly inspiring!!!… Go watch this beautiful Gem . pic.twitter.com/ZXAGXDj47z— Aalim Hakim (@AalimHakim) July 10, 2019Saw the preview of movie #SUPER30 … The movie is just Wow 😮… It’s a brilliant film .. It’s a completely new @iHrithik Hrithik Roshan in the movie… @hrithikroshan ’s performance blew my mind….He is so… https://t.co/WuZi0ZvGut— Aalim Hakim (@AalimHakim) July 10, 2019Watched #super30 last night , @iHrithik u are a shining star! What a performance ! Real, endearing, gut wrenching! Every character , especially the kids n #pankajTripathiJi uffffff outstanding! This movie is gonna make u wake up n go after ur dreams ! @CastingChhabra 👏🏻👏🏻— Gauahar Khan (@GAUAHAR_KHAN) July 10, 2019‘Super 30’ leaves you extremely overwhelmed with emotions and speechless with words ! @iHrithik you have always believed in taking up challenges and giving your heart n soul to it ! You are simply beyond OUTSTANDING as ‘Anand Kumar’ ! This inspiring story is a MUST WATCH 👏🏻❤️🙏🏻— Yami Gautam (@yamigautam) July 11, 2019Featuring Mrunal Thakur and Pankaj Tripathi in pivotal roles, Super 30 releases on July 12. Super 30 marks Hrithik’s return to the silver screen after 2017 film Kaabil.(With inputs from PTI)Follow @News18Movies for more Ali FazalAnand KumarAnand Kumar filmanand kumar super 30 First Published: July 11, 2019, 12:32 PM IST Super 30, in which Bollywood actor Hrithik Roshan has played the role of mathematician Anand Kumar, who is credited to have shaped the careers of over 400 poor children since the inception of Super 30 programme in 2002 by providing them free food, lodgings and classes to help them qualify in the different IITs of the country, had a special screening for the film fraternity on Wednesday.Among those who attended the special premiere were Farah Khan, Yami Gautam, Disha Patani, Sonali Bendre, Aayush Sharma, Kriti Sanon, Richa Chadha, Ali Fazal, Jacqueline Fernandez among others and the film has elicited a positive response from the fraternity. Praising Hrithik’s film and his performance in it, Farah wrote, “Last night i saw what I feel is the Movie of the Year”! #Super30 .. laughed, cried,clapped n got goosebumps. @iHrithik ur always good but this performance is on another level.. No vanity All soul this one!! Any n every award is too less for You (sic).”Last night i saw what I feel is the Movie of the Year”! #Super30 .. laughed, cried,clapped n got goosebumps. @iHrithik ur always good but this performance is on another level.. No vanity All soul this one!! Any n every award is too less for You👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻— Farah Khan (@TheFarahKhan) July 11, 2019last_img read more

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Wayanad MP Rahul Gandhi Urges Kerala CM Pinarayi Vijayan to Help Kin

first_img Dinesh KumarkeralaPinarayi VijayanRahul Gandhi First Published: May 31, 2019, 6:59 PM IST Thiruvananthapuram: Congress president and incumbent Wayanad MP Rahul Gandhi has written to Kerala chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan to provide assistance to the family of a farmer who committed suicide allegedly due to non-repayment of loans, and also conduct an inquiry into the matter.The development comes after suicide of 53-year-old Dinesh Kumar, a farmer this week. In his letter to the CM, Gandhi said that after speaking to Kumar’s wife, he learnt that the farmer was under severe stress due to his inability to repay the loans and that forced him to commit suicide. Gandhi wrote, “Dinesh’s case is not an isolated one. There has been a spate of farmer suicides in Wayanad due to an inability to repay loans.”In his letter, the Congress president added that though the state government has announced a moratorium on farm loans till December 2019, farmers are still being pressurised by loan collection agents. He requested an enquiry into the circumstances surrounding Kumar’s death and also asked the state to extent financial support to the bereaved family.Farm distress has been a major issue in Wayanad especially following the floods in 2018. CM Vijayan later responded to Rahul’s request and said that he has sought a report from the administration. .@RahulGandhi, Wayanad MP, requested an enquiry into a farmer suicide case. Have asked the DC to submit a report. Also, the loans from commercial banks come under the SARFAESI Act & it’s for the GoI to take a stand. We hope that he will join us in raising the issue in parliament— Pinarayi Vijayan (@vijayanpinarayi) May 31, 2019last_img read more

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Pixel 2 XL A word of display warning

first_imgThe panel may look, on paper at least, like it’s the screen from the V30 – complete with its rounded corners. However it was actually built for the Pixel 2 XL according to Google’s own specifications. That includes, I’m assuming, more subdued colors. Glance at the Pixel 2 XL in isolation, and not everybody sees how muted the display’s saturation is. Put it side-by-side with some rival devices – I opted for an iPhone 8 Plus and Samsung’s Galaxy Note 8 – and suddenly it’s a lot more noticeable. On Google’s phone, it looks like the red channel has been tuned down. The Pixel 2’s OLED screen is decent to my eyes, though I’m not a fan of the sizable bezels above and below it. And, of course, color saturation is a matter of taste. The punchy colors Samsung prefers for its devices have their critics, too, after all; not for no reason does Samsung offer a set of different color profiles that include more muted hues. Now, Google’s argument is that the less punchy colors are by design. Its argument is that, until Oreo, Android lacked precise color space control. For developers that’s a big deal, as they could be left uncertain how the colors they used in their apps would appear. Whether that should sway you as a consumer is questionable. Combined, though, with the pOLED panel’s blue tint when viewed off-center, and it amounts to a minor annoyance that I periodically noticed during my time using the Pixel 2 XL. MORE Google Pixel 2 ReviewThe upshot? I’m still a huge fan of the Pixel 2 for their cameras, solid build quality, and of course the promise of being at the front of the line for software updates and new features. Nonetheless, if you’re considering the phone yourself, I’d highly recommended heading to your nearest Verizon store to check one out in person first. Your eyes may thank you. The Pixel 2 is manufactured by HTC, while the Pixel 2 XL is made by LG. The latter uses LG Display’s pOLED screen technology, and it’s here that my complaints start. If you’re in the market for an Android smartphone the new Google Pixel 2 should be on your shortlist, but there’s something you should know first. Google has two versions of the Pixel 2, the regular 5-inch model and a Pixel 2 XL with a 6-inch display. While they share the same name, and the same design language, in some key ways they’re very different phones. last_img read more

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Galaxy S9 key feature may come to a flip phone first

first_imgLast week, Samsung revealed a new flip phone called the W2018. With dual displays, a Snapdragon 835, and 6GB of RAM, the phone is crazy enough as it is, but then we learned of the camera, which is definitely the star of the show. The camera is not only worthy of attention because of its f/1.5 aperture, but also due to the fact that the aperture is adjustable. Story TimelineGalaxy S9 specs leak ahead of rumored CES previewGalaxy S9 Release dates the phone details, new and oldSamsung’s Galaxy S9 chips are ready, but there’s a huge question The bad news is that we’ll almost certainly never see the W2018 launch in the US, but new rumors are giving us reason to believe that the phone’s camera might make the jump to the Galaxy S9. Today Forbes called attention to a report from Neowin that claims the Galaxy S9 will feature a camera with an adjustable aperture. Though Neowin’s report was actually written before the W2018 was revealed, it also claims that the camera in the Galaxy S9 will offer an f/1.5 aperture – a key giveaway that suggests the Galaxy S9 will borrow from the W2018.True, Neowin’s report doesn’t name the W2018 directly, but it’s fairly easy to connect the dots here. It would make sense for Samsung to bring the W2018’s camera over to the Galaxy S9, as that adjustable aperture would give the Galaxy S9 a certain edge over its competitors. The presence of that f/1.5 aperture means that the phone would take excellent low-light photos, jumping to f/2.4 during times when the camera is already getting enough light.Obviously, take all of this with a grain of salt. Connecting this report to the W2018 requires a fair amount of speculation, and until Samsung officially reveals the Galaxy S9, there’s no way for us to know what its plans are for sure. Still, it doesn’t require a huge leap of faith to assume that Samsung would want to put this camera in its spring flagship, as its just another thing that would differentiate the Galaxy S9 from the other phones on the market.Of course, we’ll have to wait until Samsung actually reveals the Galaxy S9 to know if these reports are accurate, but that reveal could come earlier than many of us are expecting. Recent rumors claim that we’ll see the Galaxy S9 revealed at CES 2018, and if that’s true, then we’re just a few weeks out from knowing all there is to know about the phone. Stay tuned, because it won’t be long before we hear more about the Galaxy S9.last_img read more

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