Nestlé Mexico set to double milk capacity in Lagos de MorenoPosted By: News Deskon: November 14, 2017In: Dairy, IndustriesPrintEmailNestlé Mexico is set to invest 100 million pesos ($5.25 million) in its Lácteos Lagos de Moreno factory, to double its capacity to receive fresh milk in the region. The company has made the investment as it aims to install six new unloading bays with a reception capacity of up to 3.6 million litres of milk per day, directly benefiting 450 milk producers and 40 transport lines.Marco Guimaraes, vice president of technique and manufacturing at Nestlé Mexico said: “The investment that we made in our Nestlé dairy factory in Lagos de Moreno, will allow us to double our capacity to receive milk and thereby reduce up to 80% the time of receipt of this raw material. Currently this factory collects 16% of the total production of fresh milk from Jalisco, which represents the purchase of 460 million litres of milk and 365 million litres of whey per yearThe Lácteos Lagos de Moreno factory receives the highest volume of fresh milk from the 17 factories that the company has in the country, producing brands such as: Nido, Svelty and Nestlé half cream, to meet national demand and also to export to Latin America, Central America and the United States.Share with your network: Tags: DairyMexicoNestlé Mexico
SIG unveils microwaveable carton pack for on-the-go consumptionPosted By: News Deskon: July 18, 2018In: Beverage, Industries, Packaging, TechnologyPrintEmailSIG has developed a microwaveable carton as it aims to capitalise on demand for drinks that can be consumed on the go.The new Heat&Go pack is aluminium free and can be heated in a microwave, either in a vending machine, store, café, home or office.SIG research in China revealed that 72% of consumers are dissatisfied with current heating methods for on-the-go products and are looking for new methods of fast and convenient heating with their increasingly cash-rich and time-starved lifestyles.Heat&Go offers protection to beverage products, and can be produced on existing SIG filling machines with a one-time upgrade to enable it to run standard and aluminium-free material structures.By replacing the aluminium foil with a high-barrier film and a light blocking pigment, Heat&Go protects the product from oxygen ingress, flavour migration, light and water, and is suited for still drinks and low viscosity, sensitive, enhanced juice and liquid dairy beverages. Ali Kaylan, SIG vice president of global marketing, said: “Our new high-barrier aseptic carton Heat&Go can be heated in the microwave up to 60oC, with a recommended temperature of 50oC, by allowing brands and co-packers to launch innovative nutritional hot beverage products into new channels and categories.”SIG said that the packaging innovation is particularly targeted at the Asian market, “where differentiation and innovation are key to attracting today’s on-the-go consumer”.Share with your network: Tags: SIG
Group of Butchers acquires German meat company HartmannPosted By: Martin Whiteon: October 16, 2018In: Business, Food, Industries, Manufacturing, Mergers & AcquisitionsPrintEmailNetherlands-based meat supplier Group of Butchers has entered the German market for the first time, as it has acquired German meat producer Hartmann GmbH for an undisclosed sum.Hartmann is a family-owned business and produces a range of meatballs and mince-based products for domestic and international meat suppliers.Group of Butchers distributes meat products throughout the Netherlands and Belgium, and the company claims that the acquisition will enhance its product portfolio and bolster its market position as a leading supplier of artisan meats.Remko Rosman, CEO of Group of Butchers, said: “Currently we primarily serve the Dutch and Belgian markets. The acquisition of Hartmann will give us access to the German market, which is an important and extremely interesting proposition for us.“We are also extending the product range that we can offer our existing customers, particularly of mince-based products.“Together with the management and highly motivated workforce of Hartmann GmbH we will now identify and leverage common customer and market opportunities, in order to maintain both our growth strategy in all price segments and sales regions as well as our customers’ high level of satisfaction.”Hartmann will continue to operate from its 4,000 square metre- production facility in Warendorf-Milte, Germany, once the acquisition is concluded.Hartmann co-founders Martina Beuker, Christian Hartmann and Maike Hartmann added: “Our family business is becoming part of the strong Group of Butchers team. By joining forces, we are guaranteeing the continuity of Hartmann GmbH, the site with all its employees and our high-quality product range.“As part of Group of Butchers, we will continue working to produce and sell traditional and innovative meat and mince-based products of proven quality.”Share with your network: Tags: GermanyGroup of ButchersHartmannmeatNetherlands
Support The Guardian This article is more than 1 year old Last modified on Mon 12 Feb 2018 15.26 EST Jamiles Lartey in New York Share on Twitter Share on Pinterest Share on Facebook Share on Twitter A former police officer who alleged he was fired for not shooting a black suspect during a standoff has settled a wrongful termination suit with his former department for $175,000.“At the end of the day, I’m happy to put this chapter of my life to bed,” said Stephen Mader, a former officer in Weirton, West Virginia, who was also granted a pledge that his former employer would not prevent him from obtaining a new job in law enforcement elsewhere.Mader was the first responding officer to a 2016 call involving RJ Williams, a 23-year-old black man believed to be suicidal. Mader, who is white, made the determination that Williams did not pose an immediate threat to him or fellow officers, even though he was holding a gun. Mader began trying to talk Williams down. West Virginia police officer sues after being fired for not shooting black man West Virginia Stephen Mader, a former officer in West Virginia, sued after he was fired for not shooting a black suspect during a standoff in 2016 Shares2,1282128 As part of the settlement, Stephen Mader, center, was also granted a pledge that his former employer would not prevent him from obtaining a new job in law enforcement elsewhere.Photograph: City of Weirton/Facebook US policing @JamilesLartey Police officer fired for not shooting black suspect wins $175,000 Share on WhatsApp Race … 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. news Read more US policing Share via Email This article is more than 1 year old Topics Share on Messenger Reuse this content Share on LinkedIn Share via Email Mon 12 Feb 2018 13.33 EST “He wasn’t angry,” Mader previously told the Guardian. “He wasn’t aggressive, he didn’t seem in position to want to use a gun against anybody. He never pointed it at me. I didn’t perceive him as an imminent threat.”But amid Mader’s attempts to convince Williams to drop the weapon, two veteran officers arrived on the scene and, almost immediately, shot and killed Williams.Mader, an Iraq and Afghanistan war veteran, received a termination letter 10 days later, which claimed that he failed to respond to the threat. “The unfortunate reality of police work is that making any decision is better than making no decision at all,” it read.Mader disagreed and filed a suit alleging wrongful termination. “No police officer should ever lose their job – or have their name dragged through the mud – for choosing to talk to, rather than shoot a fellow citizen,” Mader’s attorney Timothy O’Brien said after the settlement. After the suit was filed, the city argued that Mader was actually terminated for two other prior incidents, and not for holding fire against Williams. This claim did not square with termination letter, however, which directly and repeatedly chastised Mader for not shooting.The city said in a statement that the decision to settle was a call made by its insurance provider, and that it stood by its decision to fire Mader.A call to the attorney representing Williams’ family was not immediately returned. Share on Facebook Since you’re here…
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Share on LinkedIn ‘It will not be very pleasant,’ Iran warns, if Trump sabotages nuclear deal Tehran warns US of possible repercussions should Donald Trump tear up 2015 nuclear deal Saeed Kamali Dehghan in London and Julian Borger in Washington DC This article is more than 1 year old Support The Guardian Share on Pinterest Since you’re here… Last modified on Thu 5 Jul 2018 16.45 EDT Share on Facebook Trump has been emboldened by his recent appointment of Iran hawks such as the national security adviser, John Bolton. He refused to certify Iran’s compliance with the nuclear agreement last year, but has so far stopped short of cancelling US participation in the deal, which promised to loosen sanctions in exchange for curbs to Tehran’s nuclear programme. The US president’s decision was in contrast with repeated confirmations by the International Atomic Energy Agency that Tehran has been complying with the agreement. Iran has repeatedly said it would take no time to restart its nuclear programme if the deal is ripped up. Trump, who was meeting the French president, Emmanuel Macron, said on Tuesday: “It won’t be so easy for them to restart it. They’re not going to be restarting anything. If they restart it, they’re going to have big problems, bigger than they ever had before. And you can mark it down. If they restart their nuclear programme, they will have bigger problems than they ever had before.”The US president reluctantly waived a range of sanctions against Iran in January, as required by the US Congress every 120 days, but said this was “a last chance” and asked European countries to “join with the United States in fixing significant flaws in the deal”. Trump has vowed not to waive the sanctions again unless European nations manage to make radical changes to the nuclear deal, including curbs on Iran’s missile development. This programme is not covered by the deal, and Tehran says it will not bow to pressure to halt it. Macron said ahead of his visit that the agreement was not perfect, but there was no better option. The German chancellor, Angela Merkel, told Israeli television at the weekend that “we believe it’s better to have this agreement, even if it is not perfect, than to have no agreement”. Israel, a vocal critic of Iran’s nuclear programme, did not sign the NPT and is estimated to possess a few hundred nuclear warheads, an issue Tehran cites as an example of western hypocrisy. Earlier on Tuesday, the Iranian president, Hassan Rouhani, who was re-elected last year in a landslide victory thanks to popular support for securing the nuclear deal, said his government would react firmly and the US would face severe consequences. “A successful foreign policy means increasing enemies’ expenses, and if the United States violated the joint comprehensive plan of action [or the nuclear deal], they will pay the highest price and Iran will pay the lowest price,” he said during a provincial visit. Iran Share on Twitter US foreign policy Trump administration Iran’s nuclear programme Ali Shamkhani, the head of the national security council, said Iran was considering ‘surprising actions’.Photograph: Morteza Nikoubazl/Reuters Share on Facebook Tue 24 Apr 2018 13.31 EDT Nuclear weapons Share via Email Share on Messenger Iran has threatened to withdraw from the treaty on the non-proliferation of nuclear weapons in the clearest indication of how it will react should Donald Trump pull the US out of the 2015 nuclear deal. Ali Shamkhani, the secretary of Iran’s supreme national security council, said Tehran could leave the NPT nearly half a century after it signed if it decided the treaty no longer served its interests. Speaking on Tuesday, the senior official said Iran was mulling “surprising actions” if the nuclear deal were scrapped, and made it clear that leaving the NPT, which is designed to prevent the spread of nuclear weapons, was an option. “The NPT acknowledges the right for all its member states to leave the treaty if their interests are endangered,” he said in comments carried by the semi-official Tasnim news agency. As the 12 May deadline nears for Trump to either sign a presidential waiver on sanctions against Iran or withdraw from the nuclear accord, Tehran has made it known that it will not stand idly by if the latter decision is taken. Shares7272 Share on Twitter Iran threatens to withdraw from nuclear weapons treaty Iran news Reuse this content
Since you’re here… Share on Pinterest news Support The Guardian North Korea Share on Twitter … we have a small favour to ask. The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.More people are reading and supporting The Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we have chosen an approach that allows us to keep our journalism accessible to all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford. But we need your ongoing support to keep working as we do.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism, to maintain our openness and to protect our precious independence. Every reader contribution, big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Trump to meet Kim at 9am Singapore time on 12 June, White House says This article is more than 1 year old Donald Trump Trump brags of ‘500 days of greatness’ – but how do his boasts stack up? Share on Messenger Share on Twitter Sarah Sanders said the White House ‘advance team’ was already on the ground in Singapore.Photograph: Shawn Thew/EPA Donald Trump and the North Korean leader Kim Jong-un are tentatively scheduled to meet at 9am Singapore time on 12 June, according to White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders, who said that planning for the historic summit continues. Mon 4 Jun 2018 16.27 EDT Topics Shares5757 Share via Email Singapore Share on WhatsApp North Korea Share on Facebook Share via Email Asia Pacific Sarah Sanders says US is ‘actively preparing for the 12 June summit’ and that ‘good progress has been made’ Last modified on Tue 5 Jun 2018 04.46 EDT “We are actively preparing for the 12 June summit between the president and the North Korean leader,” Sanders said on Monday. “We feel like things are continuing to move forward, and good progress has been made.”Sanders said that the White House “advance team” – which features military, security, technical and medical staff – were already on the ground in Singapore.They are “finalizing preparations and will remain in place until the summit begins,” said Sanders.The announcement of the timing for the first meeting between the two leaders came just three days after Trump hosted a senior North Korean delegation at the White House bearing a letter from Kim. Trump, who had previously canceled the summit, abruptly announced the meeting was back on.Asked about the contents of Kim’s letter, White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders declined to “get into the specifics of the letter” but added “we feel like things are continuing to move forward and good progress has been made.“She added that Trump is getting daily briefings on North Korea in the runup to the landmark meeting.“I can tell you the president has been receiving daily briefings on North Korea from his national security team,” said Sanders. Experts have voiced concern that despite Trump’s claim to be the world’s greatest dealmaker, he knows little about North Korea, arms control or international diplomacy. The on-again-off-again summit is expected to focus on US efforts to get North Korea to abandon its nuclear program. The oppressive regime is believed to have developed a miniaturized nuclear device that could be placed on a missile that could strike the United States. Washington has called that unacceptable and demanded North Korea embark on full and verifiable denuclearization. With days to go before the meeting, it remains unclear whether Pyongyang is willing to take that step, or whether it is using the promise of talks as a way of easing Trump’s “maximum pressure” campaign. Trump last week said he no longer wanted to use that term and indicated that he was willing to embark on a lengthy series of talks that would ease pressure on the regime. “I think it’ll be a process,” he said after welcoming top official Kim Yong-chol to the White House. “It’s not – I never said it goes in one meeting. I think it’s going to be a process. But the relationships are building, and that’s a very positive thing.”Trump also said that there would be no new sanctions while the talks are taking place, although the White House was at pains to say existing economic sanctions will not be removed either. Share on Facebook Share on LinkedIn Reuse this content This article is more than 1 year old Staff and agencies Read more
Topics news Andrew Pulver This article is more than 1 year old This article is more than 1 year old Share on LinkedIn Since you’re here… Share on Facebook Share on WhatsApp Share on Twitter Wed 18 Jul 2018 06.26 EDT Last modified on Thu 19 Jul 2018 05.05 EDT … 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. Female directors are more likely to be mentioned by a female critic … Wonder Woman’s Patty Jenkins.Photograph: Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP Film criticism Share on Pinterest Newspapers Support The Guardian Share via Email 68% rotten: female critics outnumbered two to one by male counterparts A new study has found that male film critics outnumber female by two to one, and are less likely to mention female directors in their work.Men comprise 68% of US-based film reviewers, according to a report by Martha M Lauzen that was published by the Center for the Study of Women in Television and Film at San Diego State University. The research pool examined reviewers whose work was included on the aggregator site Rotten Tomatoes in spring 2018. It comprised more than 4,000 reviews written by 341 contributors in print, broadcast and online. The new figures mark a marginal improvement over the last two years: In 2016, the same author reported a disparity of 73% to 27%.The report also found that men outnumber women in every job category, including critics, freelancers, editors and contributors. In assessing the impact of gender imbalance, the study showed that male critics were likely to award worse ratings to films with female protagonists than female critics were (with the disparity less marked with films with male protagonists), and films with a female director were more likely to be reviewed by a female critic. Moreover, the figures reveal that female critics are more likely to mention a female director by name than a male critic (89% to 81%) and make exclusively positive comments about that director (52% to 38%).The report follows a USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism’s study in June that examined reviews of the 100 biggest-grossing films of 2017 and recorded a considerably worse male/female disparity, of 78% to 22%. Its publication was followed by complaints by high-profile actors that this disparity had led to poor reviews for Oceans 8 and Wrinkle in Time. Share via Email Film industry Magazines Film criticism Newspapers & magazines Shares3434 Share on Facebook Gender @Andrew_Pulver Share on Twitter Share on Messenger Rotten Tomatoes A San Diego State University study of Rotten Tomatoes reveals that male critics are less likely to mention female directors than their female writers are Reuse this content
Share via Email HSBC Topics Reuse this content Share via Email Jason Deans and agency news Manufacturing sector Share on Pinterest Business Today: sign up for a morning shot of financial news Share on Twitter Stock markets Since you’re here… Share on Facebook New cars at Guoyuan port in Chongqing, south-west China.Photograph: Xinhua/Barcroft Images Read more Share on Twitter Stock markets Share on Messenger Support The Guardian Economics Shares in carmakers were boosted on Monday by a report that China is considering cutting vehicle sales tax to boost demand, helping European stock markets rebound after last week’s mauling.Financial stocks also contributed to the rally, thanks to strong results from Europe’s biggest bank, HSBC, as well as the decision by Standard & Poor’s not to downgrade the Italian government’s credit rating.The STOXX 600 index, which tracks the share prices of companies across 17 European countries, ended the day 0.9% higher. Despite the bounce, the STOXX 600 remained on track for its worst monthly performance since August 2015, following the stock market turbulence through most of October.London’s FTSE 100 closed up 1.4%, led by HSBC, which closed up 4.8%. The FTSE 100 posted its best daily performance in five weeks, recovering some of the ground lost last week after a heavy sell-off hurt shares around the world.The gains in Europe followed a sluggish performance in Asia, where worries about China’s slowing economy weighed. Wall Street started in positive territory before slipping back.“European markets enjoyed a stronger start to the week, despite a sell-off in China as investors digested the impact of a trade war with the US on industrial earnings,” said Russ Mould, investment director at AJ Bell.Car manufacturers were the strongest performing business sector across European stock markets, up 3%. They rose sharply after a Bloomberg report said that China was considering halving its car purchase tax to 5% to support its struggling auto industry, which has been hit hard by the ongoing China-US trade war.Investors seized on a potential good news story for a sector buffeted in recent months by falling sales, particularly of diesel models in the wake of the Volkswagen emissions scandal, and concerns about the impact of a trade war and the impending switch from combustion to electric engines. Car industry shares rally after reports of China vehicle tax cut Share on LinkedIn Share on Facebook This article is more than 8 months old The Chinese tax cut report lifted shares in VW, up 4% and the biggest riser among the European car makers. Daimler, BMW, Fiat, Renault and Peugeot Vauxhall’s parent PSA also enjoyed a share price boost, along with car parts suppliers including Michelin, Pirelli and Continental.Shares of General Motors, the No1 US automaker by sales, were up about 2% by mid afternoon in New York, while those of rival Ford were up by 4%. Shares of the two companies have fallen more than 20% this year.The gains by carmakers helped offset worries over the political outlook in Germany, Europe’s largest economy after the German chancellor, Angela Merkel, said she would not seek re-election as party chairwoman at a conference in early December and that her current term as chancellor would be her last.However, analysts warned that the positive mood among European investors was unlikely to last. “Equity markets bounced back today as traders swopped in to snap up relatively cheap stocks. The German market has rallied thanks to a jump in car manufactures,” said David Madden, a market analyst at CMC Markets UK.“China is keen to keep the economy motoring along and Beijing is considering cutting the tax levied on car purchases by half … China’s economy is cooling, and the policy would be aimed at boosting demand.“The bullish mood has spread across Europe, but seeing as the geopolitical and economic risks still persist, the upward move might not last long.”The European banking sector rose 1.9% to a one-week high. Italian banks shone after the rating agency S&P’s kept its credit rating two notches above non-investment grade for Italian sovereign bonds, even though it lowered its outlook to negative, saying that the new government’s policy plans were weighing on the country’s growth and debt prospects.Banco BPM shares rose 5%, UBI Banca 4% and UniCredit 4.3%. Europe Banking This article is more than 8 months old Automotive industry Shares1313 Share on WhatsApp … we have a small favour to ask. The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.More people are reading and supporting The Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we have chosen an approach that allows us to keep our journalism accessible to all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford. But we need your ongoing support to keep working as we do.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. 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Foreign policy Share via Email Share on WhatsApp This article is more than 3 months old Donald Trump Jr This article is more than 3 months old Support The Guardian Share on Pinterest Topics Last modified on Tue 19 Mar 2019 17.23 EDT President’s son and US national security adviser in apparent coordinated intervention news Shares391391 Donald Trump Jr and the US national security adviser, John Bolton, spoke out over Brexit on Tuesday in what appeared to be a coordinated intervention by the White House into British domestic politics.Both the US president’s son and Bolton attacked British political leadership after Theresa May said she would ask the EU for a delay to the UK’s exit from the European Union; in line with parliament’s wish.In an article for the Daily Telegraph, Trump Jr said May should have listened to his father’s advice over Brexit, saying that a “process that should have taken only a few short months has become a years-long stalemate, leaving the British people in limbo”. According to the prime minister, Trump advised her to “sue the EU – not go into negotiations”.And, speaking to Sky News, Bolton accused UK politicians of failing to “give effect” to the Brexit referendum result. The UK has invoked article 50 – the formal process by which it can leave the EU – but is seeking a delay, after the terms upon which it would exit the bloc could not be agreed by parliament.Bolton added: “The president has been clear that he wants a resolution of this issue that allows the United States and Britain to come to trade deals again. He sees huge opportunity if Britain’s status can be resolved.”Last week, the US president said he was “surprised at how badly” the Brexit negotiations had gone for the UK, but added at that point: “I think we will stay right in our lane.” Trump, who has sought to tear up many of the US’s existing trade agreements and seek terms he sees as more favourable to Washington, has previously said May’s Brexit withdrawal agreement “sounds like a great deal for the EU” and could prevent the UK from pursuing closer trade ties with the US.Earlier this month, it was reported that Trump had met the hard-Brexiter and former Ukip leader Nigel Farage, who hinted that the US president was supportive of the UK leaving the EU without a deal in place.Concerns have been expressed about the UK being forced to lower food safety standards in order to secure a free trade deal with the US post-Brexit. John Bolton Kevin Rawlinson Donald Trump Jr and John Bolton berate UK leaders over Brexit Share on Twitter Brexit … 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 Donald Trump Donald Trump Jnr wrote that a ‘process that should have taken only a few short months has become a years-long stalemate, leaving the British people in limbo’.Photograph: ddp USA/Rex/Shutterstock Share on LinkedIn Share on Twitter Tue 19 Mar 2019 16.36 EDT Since you’re here… Share via Email Theresa May Brexit Share on Facebook Reuse this content Share on Messenger
Report Twitter | Pick Well, with laws based on Catholic dogma where ‘every sperm is sacred’ ‘they’ only stop caring about ‘the unborn child’ once it is born and becomes another of their ‘flock’ keeping their out of date cult going and telling them ‘suffering is good for them’. The irony that the US government is suposedly secular and yet is still heavily influenced and leant on by religious powers always amazes me. | Pick ID5296332 Share on Facebook | Pick Alternatively; don’t go around assaulting people in an open carry state. ParcelOfRogue 9 10 Facebook This attitude of the Republican right was brilliantly satirised in the Family Guy episode Partial Terms of Endearment, where Lois contemplates an abortion. Banned in the US for fear of upsetting the Christian jihadi. As Peter said, I don’t give a shit about them after they’re born Share This is patriarchy; this is white supremacy – bare-faced and unmistakable. | Pick Omally 1 Jul 2019 22:21 | Pick Share Facebook Reproductive freedom… ZODIACKILLER Support The Guardian 1 Jul 2019 22:04 Facebook Opinion Melty Clock Report Schnellmann Twitter Give it the right to a handgun or semi automatic assault rifle Roe v Wade comment Share on Twitter Share on Twitter Share on Pinterest Not so much Catholic influence though; outside the northern cities, and they’d be mostly Dem.The Bible Belt is evangelical protestant, primarily. I am sure the latter is of greater concern. 1 Jul 2019 22:17 Report Give it the right to a handgun or semi automatic assault rifle RedMan30 Report 1 Jul 2019 22:36 Share I’m guessing that if Marshae Jones had been killed by the shooter, the shooter wouldn’t be held responsible for manslaughter/murder, because Marshae had ‘instigated the fight’. Pretty much the same absurd and sickening logic as holding Marshae legally accountable for her miscarriage. The unborn aren’t sentient humans. Murderers, whatever else we may think of them, are. 1 Jul 2019 22:01 Twitter Twitter I know, right? The real victim here is the poor gun shop owners. If only she’s had a gun herself, she could have killed the assailant, been hailed a heroine, and had a healthy baby. She should get an extra few years for not having a gun to protect her baby. And 12 months community service for not smoking’ that fool. I am surprised this article did not mention felony murder. It is an established legal principle in some parts of the US that someone committing a felony can be charged with murder even if they did not directly cause the death. There was an article in the G a few years back about a young lad in the US who had tried to burglar a house they thought was empty. However the owner was home and shot the intruders. Under the stand your ground rules he was not prosecuted even though he shot one the burglars in the back. However the guy who survived (who was shot in the leg) was charged and found guilty of felony murder and imprisoned for life (I think – can’t remember all the details). This seems to be extension of the same principle to the foetus. US legal system is odd. Which would not be legal anywhere in the advanced world. As the carrying of a lethal weapon wouldn’t have been legal in the first place in any advanced country. oldest It’s well known that these people care about life from conception to birth. After birth, they don’t give a ****, and in fact are generally in favour of the death penalty and happy free use of huns to kill. The bodies they are obsessed with are not those of foetuses but those of women. richmanchester | Pick Facebook john adams Share trenchfeet 1 OldBathrobe 3 Reply Share on Facebook 1 Jul 2019 21:51 2 3 Share on Facebook Facebook 59 60 Reply Share on Facebook 44 45 | Pick 1 Jul 2019 22:03 Show 3 more replies 1 Jul 2019 22:10 Report Share via Email Share on Facebook The massive poverty in the US: 100,000,000, 1/3rd of the population living on or under the US poverty line 400,000 dying a year of “poverty related conditions”, 4m a decade underlines just how right Peter’s quote is. 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Guardian Pick 1 Jul 2019 22:04 1 Jul 2019 22:18 BayOfGiggs kmihindu Twitter 36 37 Reply Report Twitter Twitter 1 Jul 2019 22:13 Twitter Share on Facebook richmanchester Opinion Report Facebook 14 15 richmanchester Share on Facebook Please select Personal abuse Off topic Legal issue Trolling Hate speech Offensive/Threatening language Copyright Spam Other Report It has to be a joint enterprise of some kind. If you and I set out to burgle together, and I kill someone, you can be charged with murder. In this case, the women who was shot had the opposite intention to the shooter. They were not acting in concert. 50 51 This is why many hate and deplore institutionalised religion. It magnifies division, insanity and hate based on gullible delusional rhetoric. But worse it makes puppets of the followers by the super wealthy who only seek their vote to sustain that wealth power. No poor humble belief group ever gathers such potent political wealth power. It’s always high wealth by right wing nutters that have the means to corrupt politicians seeking office in western democracies. Share Twitter | Pick john adams Loading comments… Trouble loading? Omally Facebook 1 Jul 2019 22:13 Share on LinkedIn Diggedy | Pick Topics unthreaded Share on Twitter 1 Jul 2019 22:16 Twitter Share on Facebook Report A crime she arguably committed. Unlike manslaughter. Twitter | Pick | Pick IMissRonRafferty Share | Pick Twitter OldBathrobe Facebook | Pick Report Reply Share on Facebook john adams The shooter, Ebony Jemison, was charged with manslaughter, but the grand jury declined to indicte her, as it was told the fight was begun by Jones, and defending one’s self with a firearm is generally legal in Alabama. | Pick 1 Jul 2019 22:06 Share on Twitter HaveYouSeenThisMan 1 Jul 2019 22:27 Reply Moral values created and promulgated by mad people. | Pick Share on Facebook ParcelOfRogue OldBathrobe Reply It is neither of those things. Firstly it is not ‘patriarchy’, because the opinion split on abortion is very similar for men and women, and if anything it is men who quite like having abortion as an option, for reasons that are not hard to fathom. Secondly it is not ‘white supremacy’, because anti-abortion activists believe it is just as wrong to abort babies of all colours. Indeed, since most abortion in the US is undertaken by non-white women, an actual white supremacist should be all in favour of it. Your language is therefore deliberately inflammatory. The tragedy on the southern border of the US is really a separate issue. But for what it’s worth, if you decide to do something you know perfectly well is illegal and physically dangerous (many migrants die on the southern border because crossing deserts is dangerous), and if you decide to take children with you and deliberately endanger them, then whilst it gives the authorities no excuse whatsoever to act like thugs, a huge part of the blame still lies with you. Legal and safe immigration is praiseworthy, open border advocacy is not only nakedly unlawful and anti-democratic, it is cruel and inhumane. RedMan30 PerplexedSardine Read more Twitter Share on Facebook Facebook 1 Jul 2019 22:05 1 Jul 2019 22:19 Reply Whilst I disagree with foeticide laws it’s worth remembering that Marshae Jones assaulted another woman who was initially tried on manslaughter herself but the jury found her innocent because she didn’t initiate the altercation. The woman she assaulted defended herself (Alabama is an open carry state) resulting in the death of the fetus. If she hadn’t been charged for manslaughter then she’d still be in jail for assault. Facebook Twitter Report 1 Jul 2019 22:48 Twitter | Pick 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. 47 48 IAmAHugger Share on Twitter Share RedMan30 Share on Twitter Share Share on Facebook Share via Email Share 31 32 | Pick Report 1 Jul 2019 22:06 Abortion restrictions are hardly unique to white supremacisit countries. Indeed abortion rights of women in white supremacist USA are far more than across most of the Americas; particularly the non-white countries. Facebook Twitter Reply Quite. The UK as it is currently constructed will no longer exist. Reply Twitter richmanchester Since the population of Alabama is roughly 50% women, and women can vote, if women en masse were minded to have abortion laws changed they could achieve this. Facebook Share on Twitter 30 31 Share on Twitter Share Reply Facebook onona 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. What do those who are anti-abortion think really happens after the birth? What support is available afterwards, from babysitting, to milk-vouchers, to enough school places? And what about money? Even in the UK the Child Support Agency had major problems trying to get fathers to contribute towards the upkeep of their children. Society is not constructed to take on unwanted children. 1 Jul 2019 22:00 22 23 Abortion Reply RedMan30 Facebook PerplexedSardine Twitter 117 118 Facebook Twitter Reply 1 Jul 2019 22:26 22 23 1 Jul 2019 22:11 Reply Report 5 6 1 Jul 2019 21:59 Twitter RedMan30 Shares237237 OldBathrobe Share on Twitter Twitter IMissRonRafferty Reply Share Share on Twitter Report 36 37 13 14 | Pick PerplexedSardine kmihindu Twitter Share on Twitter Reply Twitter Report Women in Alabama have the right to vote. If they really wanted the place to be different, they have the means to make it so Share Share on Facebook 1 Jul 2019 22:38 Report OldBathrobe Reply RedMan30 | Pick | Pick MeandYou So, they don’t have a justice system? 25 Share on Twitter Report Facebook MCA Alabama’s bizarre “stand your ground” gun laws 12 13 | Pick Reply Show 40 more replies Reply Twitter Share IMissRonRafferty Reply 48 49 Share on Facebook OldBathrobe | Pick Share on Twitter 19 20 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. 1 Jul 2019 22:24 | Pick Nintiblue MCA | Pick Report Share on Twitter Blessed are the meek for they shall do what we fucking tell them. Share on Facebook Reply Share on Facebook Reply Share on Facebook Twitter Share on Facebook Twitter IAmAHugger In the USA, unlike may Amercian countries, those moral values can only be impossed with the people’s consent; to an extent anyway. Race US crime Facebook Once again Jackboots are stomping all over – Brexit Trumpers were made for stomping on humanity and that’s just what they’ll do. Twitter Share 1 Share Twitter expanded | Pick Facebook | Pick Nintiblue Share on Twitter 1 Jul 2019 22:24 1 Jul 2019 22:21 | Pick But I wonder if this hypocrisy has ever been visible in such high relief; while Jones faces up to 20 years in jail for manslaughter, thousands of migrant children, many stolen from their parents, are being detained in horrific conditions in US border facilities.Holly Cooper, part of a team of lawyers who recently inspected a Texas facility, told the Associated Press: “In my 22 years of doing visits with children in detention, I have never heard of this level of inhumanity.” The lawyers found dangerously ill children, who they believe would have died had they not inspected the centres. Children were cold, hungry, filthy, exhausted, living in overcrowded conditions, locked in cells or cages almost all day, and lacked basic access to sanitary facilities. Children as young as seven and eight were caring for younger ones they’d just met. Guards took clothing and medication from children, and – chillingly – referred to them as “bodies”.Meanwhile, lawyers for the Trump administration argued in court that these children do not require soap, toothbrushes, blankets or beds.When people are capable of condoning both the criminalisation of miscarriage and the institutionalised abuse of migrant children, there can be no illusion that love of the innocent underpins their ideology. What’s common to and consistent between Jones’s indictment and the border camps is punishment and control of “bodies” considered inferior by dint of their race, ethnicity or gender.This is patriarchy; this is white supremacy – bare-faced and unmistakable.• Emer O’Toole is associate professor of Irish performance studies at Concordia University in Montreal, Canada 40 41 All Share on Twitter Report ‘Anti-abortion groups will capitalise on the murder or injury of a pregnant woman to gain support for increased foeticide penalties, then cynically use the new laws against those they were intended to protect.’Photograph: José Luis Magaña/AP Share on Twitter Share on Facebook 5 6 Reply Twitter 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. Report | Pick 7 8 15 16 Facebook Share on Twitter 1 Jul 2019 23:10 32 33 Facebook 1 Jul 2019 22:01 Twitter That seems an inaccurate statement given that statistically the foetus/ baby they are trying to “save” is most likely to be black. Rather than thinking of them as nasty bigots, I tend to believe that anti-abortionists have sincerely held views about when life begins. We may disagree with them, but we should respect and engage their views, in the same way they should respect and engage with ours. You never know, we may even convince a few people along the way. 39 40 Facebook People like Lieutenant Danny Reid should crawl back into the cesspit they came from. I feel so sorry for women in states like Alabama. It is beyond belief that women get treated that badly in 2019. 78 79 richmanchester Share on Facebook Reply 13 14 Reply Share Threads collapsed Share on Twitter Twitter Share Reply Facebook Report Show 3 more replies Reply Share | Pick Share on Facebook Report 5 6 Facebook Twitter Report Share on Facebook Reply 2 Report 1 Jul 2019 In these days of heightened ‘legal rights’, it’s hardly surprising layers are becoming able to sue on behalf of a foetus. AndyC555 1 2 Report Facebook 1 Jul 2019 22:06 Twitter Brexitsbane Share on Twitter Reply HaveYouSeenThisMan Report Twitter Share on Twitter Report 1 Jul 2019 23:22 Share on Facebook In Alabama, a woman who was shot in the stomach five times and lost her pregnancy as a result has been charged with the manslaughter of her foetus. Marshae Jones allegedly instigated a fight that resulted in the shooting, and, thus, according to a local police source, the “only true victim” was the “unborn baby”. Lieutenant Danny Reid further explained that the foetus is “dependent on its mother to keep it from harm, and she shouldn’t seek out unnecessary physical altercations”.If Jones can be tried for manslaughter, what other types of pregnancy loss can be treated as serious crimes? If a pregnant woman is hit by a car while jaywalking, is this manslaughter? How about if – despite knowing of the tiny risk – she chooses to eat soft blue cheese and miscarries due to listeria? What if she changes the cat litter and contracts toxoplasmosis? Share on Twitter RedMan30 36 37 Report richmanchester Share Alabama is an open carry state so I highly doubt a jury would side with the person assaulting them rather than the victim standing their ground. If we were to somehow abolish poverty, religion would be vanquished almost immediately, but we can only get rid of religion by defeating poverty, not the other way around (which was Marx’s fallacy). When you’re poor and desperate and have nothing else in life to look forward to, it stands to reason that you’re going to be seduced by fantastical stories about a Kingdom of Heaven. But give people something to live for now, and they will no longer be living for the Afterlife. Share Twitter Reply Share Share 6 7 PerplexedSardine MarkPJNY Report viper61 Close report comment form richmanchester Share That easy is it? It is an established legal principle in some parts of the US that someone committing a felony can be charged with murder even if they did not directly cause the death Report Reply 15 16 Facebook 1 Jul 2019 22:14 Share on Facebook 27 28 These questions are not as outlandish as they seem. While cases are rare, hundreds of women have been prosecuted for endangering their pregnancies in the US since Roe v Wade. Charges include murder, manslaughter, neglect, criminal recklessness and chemical endangerment.Framing the foetus as a potential crime victim separate from the person carrying it is a tactic intended to enshrine its legal personhood. Anti-abortion groups hope this could provide a pathway to overturning Roe v Wade. The fact that those prosecuted are often women mourning the loss of wanted pregnancies is, to conservative strategists, mere collateral damage.Anti-abortion groups will capitalise on the murder or injury of a pregnant woman to gain support for increased feticide penalties, then cynically use the new laws against those they were intended to protect. So, for example, in 2008, Katherin Shuffield was shot and lost her twins. In response, state legislators enacted stricter feticide laws. These have since been used to charge a depressed pregnant woman with murder following a suicide attempt; to charge a woman who had substance abuse issues with manslaughter following a stillbirth; and to sentence Purvi Patel – the first US woman to be sent to prison for inducing her own abortion – to 20 years for feticide (a conviction since overturned).Proclaimed concern for the foetus has long been used to legally victimise women of colour, and African-Amercian women in particular. In the 1980s and 90s, the racist war on drugs whipped up public hysteria about an epidemic of “crack babies”, a hysteria now understood to have no scientific basis. Pregnant African-American addicts were prosecuted on charges that included child abuse, distributing drugs to a minor and assault with a deadly weapon.Jones’s case is not an isolated incident. However, it is a particularly harrowing one. A confluence of Alabama’s bizarre “stand your ground” gun laws and the ideological push to grant the foetus legal personhood has resulted in an indictment that looks – to outside eyes – like something directly from Gilead. Its implications for the criminalisation of pregnancy are amplified by the precariousness of Roe v Wade under Trump’s conservative supreme court.I’m certainly not the first to remark that conservative concern for the innocent child never survives the trip down the birth canal. As the comedian George Carlin so eloquently put it almost 20 years ago: “If you’re preborn, you’re fine; if you’re preschool, you’re fucked.” Share on Facebook Share on Twitter https://news.gallup.com/poll/244709/pro-choice-pro-life-2018-demographic-tables.aspx. Share Report The US right’s concern for the foetus doesn’t survive the trip down the birth canal Reply Share Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Facebook This is patriarchy; this is white supremacy – bare-faced and unmistakable. Abortion restrictions are hardly unique to white supremacisit countries. Indeed abortion rights of women in white supremacist USA are far more than across most of the Americas; particularly the non-white countries. 1 Jul 2019 22:06 Reply 3 4 27 28 Share Facebook 1 Jul 2019 22:34 Share on Facebook Reply | Pick 1 Jul 2019 22:07 True- but it doesn’t change the fact that in this case a group of powerful, mostly old, mostly white, mostly men are imposing their morality on women and condoning the victimisation of non- white people. It’s the same mentality that condones the shooting of black people while they’re asleep (because they’re a threat). Neo- Nazis marched in Charlotte because they perceived Trump as part of the Obama backlash. Obama was the ultimate symbol of a people deciding they actually had the right to be as uppity as they wanted, because they had rights. The backlash to that was inevitable but, by a quirk of the Electoral College, it was bigger than expected. And it will get worse. They’re being slowly but surely outnumbered by immigration and outbreeding- they’ll get noisier and more aggressive to compensate for that. Share Show 4 more replies Jump to comment Reply Report Report Share on Twitter Report They don’t care, especially not for brown babies or women. Report Share Share on Facebook Facebook Share on Twitter Share on Twitter Share | Pick Share on Facebook | Pick Mon 1 Jul 2019 08.26 EDT Facebook PerplexedSardine In the USA, unlike may Amercian countries, those moral values can only be impossed with the people’s consent; to an extent anyway.Since the population of Alabama is roughly 50% women, and women can vote, if women en masse were minded to have abortion laws changed they could achieve this. In this case two non-white women became invloved in a fight and the one who was, its claimed initially attacked defended herself legally.At least that’s the decision the grand jury in her manslaughter indictemnt came to. How is that white supremacy in action? Share on Facebook Facebook Twitter Abigailgem john adams Brexitsbane Share on Facebook LauraCereta 1 Jul 2019 22:05 In this case two non-white women became invloved in a fight and the one who was, its claimed initially attacked defended herself legally. Share on Twitter Share on Twitter Report Share on Facebook Gelion Facebook Twitter Gareth100 Report Share on Facebook Reply Share on Facebook Last modified on Mon 1 Jul 2019 11.52 EDT Yes, I wonder how much of this is genuine concern for a non-sentient foetus that they’ll happily discard into poverty and hardship post-conception, or simply the misogynist desire to control women’s bodies. Reply Share Share Great post. I welcome a difference of opinion, but a mischaracterisation of the facts is unforgivable. Especially in a “reputable” news publication. | Pick trenchfeet | Pick 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. T0nyN | Pick 1 Jul 2019 22:25 10 11 Perhaps we might return to laws passed by democratic assemblies rather than interpretations of “rights”. Order by oldest Share on Twitter Jim987 1 Jul 2019 22:28 Share on Twitter Facebook 26 27 Share on Facebook onona 1 Jul 2019 22:12 1 Jul 2019 22:10 Twitter Reply Comments 306 Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Share on Facebook RedMan30 Report Pregnancy Reply Share Facebook 63 64 Facebook Nintiblue 1 Jul 2019 22:52 Share 23 24 Reply Facebook 2 3 John Favre Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Facebook | Pick | Pick | Pick 1 Jul 2019 22:12 Report Reply | Pick Share Share on Facebook Share on Facebook Facebook 1 Jul 2019 22:05 Twitter Schnellmann Share on Twitter | Pick Twitter RedMan30 Twitter Reply 1 Jul 2019 22:16 The seeming hypocrisy of the argument here is that the value of human life seems to lessen as one ages. What some might argue not to have life yet is given inordinate protection to maintain its potential for existence, those of young children get less attention and the elderly with insufficient means get perhaps the least support of all.If a survival of the fittest issue is held by the hypocrites, they might claim that a fetus cannot fend for its… Share on Twitter Facebook 1 Jul 2019 22:18 12 13 Share on WhatsApp Twitter Report Share on Facebook Share It’s not religion as such, but men wanting control over women and their bodies. PerplexedSardine Share richmanchester Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share Share IMissRonRafferty Report zMartG001 Twitter Here’s a very good account of the hideous American border policy effects from someone working there. It’s much worse than you think. Facebook 92 93 1 Jul 2019 22:02 Pagey Report Share on Twitter Emer O’Toole 29 30 Reply Yet there exist pious people of means. 1 Jul 2019 22:10 15 16 Pidgeonfancy Facebook Schnellmann promisingproper Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Reply trenchfeet 1 Jul 2019 22:15 | Pick Share Twitter Show 8 more replies LauraCereta 62 63 | Pick Share on Facebook Facebook Twitter Give it to the left for not knowing what they’re talking about. There’s no such thing as a semi-automatic assault rifle. A rifle is either semi or fully automatic. An assault rifle is fully automatic. Report Facebook Reply Sign in or create your Guardian account to recommend a comment Pidgeonfancy Twitter | Pick OldBathrobe Share Twitter Facebook Reply 1 Jul 2019 22:09 43 44 Facebook | Pick OldBathrobe | Pick Where you have no obligation to try to remove yourself from a confrontation before using lethal force. Where mass shootings on school grounds are somehow not a gun control issue. Where a man, Patrick Murphy, was sentenced to death for a muder he did not commit, order, condone or even witness. Reply Share on Twitter Share Share on Facebook 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. Share on Twitter Gareth100 Contact author Report Twitter Reply Share on Twitter john adams Share 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. Share on Messenger 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. @Emer_OToole Share on Facebook 1 Jul 2019 22:03 Share Facebook Further proof, as if any more was needed, that the US has gone insane and sadly it looks like we in the UK are eagerly following in their footsteps. | Pick Report Twitter Facebook 1 Jul 2019 22:17 unclestinky Share on Twitter Email (optional) IMissRonRafferty Reply Share 17 18 Facebook Share on Twitter Facebook | Pick Report 1 Jul 2019 22:12 2 3 1 Jul 2019 22:16 Report 5 6 Share | Pick 1 Jul 2019 22:39 Gareth100 Facebook Likely this one: https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2015/feb/26/felony-murder-teenager-55-years-jail-indiana Report US immigration 1 Jul 2019 22:12 Twitter 23 24 If she hadn’t been charged for manslaughter then she’d still be in jail for assault. Report Reply You conflate the two issues. Prosecuting the women is Patriarchy, imprisoning the children is white supremacy. More importantly, the two are linked: the Republicans imagine a pure community of people like themselves, and outside hordes of the Bad who must be controlled and punished. As humans mature, they see the whole of humanity, or even the whole biosphere, as one- the bell tolls for all of us- but the hard right are in arrested development. recommendations comments (306)Sign in or create your Guardian account to join the discussion. Share on Twitter Twitter Share Report I believe you’ve confused the Catholic church with Monty Python… john adams 19 20 “…she could have killed the assailant…” The one who got shot was the assailant, so she’d have needed to turn the gun on herself. And then been prosecuted for endangering the baby’s life if she’d survived. 19 20 Facebook Reply Report Show 10 more replies Report | Pick | Pick | Pick They make up half the population. So, if they were minded, could vote for a party which would remove many of the existing abortion restrictions yes. The Dems do run candidates there. Share on Facebook 1 Jul 2019 22:33 Alabama: pregnant woman shot in stomach is charged in fetus’s death Share Share on Twitter 11 12 Share on Facebook | Pick 1 Jul 2019 22:23 collapsed 17 18 1 Jul 2019 22:39 Gareth100 onona 1 Jul 2019 22:13 Show 25 That Alabama case with the women who got shot in her stomach is absolutely astonishing. Reply The UK??? Lol, that is total bullshit. Facebook 3 Share on Facebook Children So, the real issue is another US shibboleth: guns, and the stupidity of the ‘stand your ground’ law. The trigger-happy scumbag who shot Marshae Jones is the one that terminated the unborn foetus, not Jones. Report jaypee65 Share on Twitter Report Facebook ID5296332 Reply Share 13 14 Share Share Twitter Share on Facebook Reply Report Report For what it’s worth, they view us similarly. The unborn are innocent, murderers are not. Yet we kill the former, and not the latter. Twitter Anthony Anthony Share on Twitter Share on Facebook | Pick Reuse this content,View all comments > richmanchester Report | Pick | Pick Share Twitter 1 Jul 2019 22:13 richmanchester Show 3 more replies Share Show 13 more replies Facebook Share on Twitter Share The U.S right are rather a very strange people mired in contradiction. It cares very much for the unborn and not only that they care-less for the living but enact the death penalty to kill them. Their President and his family goes around the world to show how far civilisation has come to slap their country in the face. Twitter Facebook Twitter | Pick Twitter Report | Pick Facebook Share on Facebook Reply Reply Strummered Twitter MeandYou Share on Twitter Report 2 3 Share on Twitter Report Share on Twitter Share on Facebook RedMan30 100 Share RedMan30 Share 1 Jul 2019 22:02 Share on Twitter newest The fact that those prosecuted are often women mourning the loss of wanted pregnancies is, to conservative strategists, mere collateral damage. Yes, the conservative strategists really don’t give a damn, such hypocrites. Show 2 more replies 1 Jul 2019 21:56 20 21 OldBathrobe 1 Jul 2019 22:00 Show 7 more replies The doctrine goes beyond that. If someone commits a dangerous felony then they can be held responsible for any consequence however unintended. In this case I assume they are thinking the mother committed a felony by attacking the other person (I don’t know if that has been proved yet) and so they were indirectly responsible for the death of the foetus. Reply Share Lawyers for the Trump administration argued in court that the migrant children do not require soap, toothbrushes, blankets or beds Facebook Share on Twitter Schnellmann Share on Facebook Facebook Women face jail for miscarriage while migrant children are held in unsafe conditions. Hypocrisy is thrown into sharp relief Share Share on Facebook PerplexedSardine Elections in the US are a function of advertising budgets. And this case doesn’t involve abortion law, except in that christian nutcases are using a tragic situation to advance their cause in a non- democratic fashion. 2 Share on Twitter Sorry there was an error. Please try again later. If the problem persists, please contact Userhelp 1 Jul 2019 22:04 Indeed. An insult to the Pythons, who are much more sane. Reason (optional) ethelfrida Share on Twitter 8 9 View more comments
Saudi Arabia Share on LinkedIn Relatives hope raising awareness in the US can help end detention of Hathloul who battled the ban on women driving Lauren Aratani Sun 14 Jul 2019 02.00 EDT Support The Guardian Share on Twitter Facebook Shares141141 … we have a small favour to ask. The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.More people are reading and supporting The Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we have chosen an approach that allows us to keep our journalism accessible to all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford. But we need your ongoing support to keep working as we do.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism, to maintain our openness and to protect our precious independence. Every reader contribution, big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Read more Since you’re here… news Share on Pinterest When Lina al-Hathloul learned her sister, the Saudi activist Loujain al-Hathloul, had been whisked away by Saudi Arabian police in the middle of the night, she thought it was a joke. Twitter Family of Loujain al-Hathloul fight to free imprisoned Saudi activist Topics “They came in with so many people, there were so many cars waiting outside,” said Lina al-Hathloul, Loujain’s youngest sister who lives in Brussels, describing what her family told her at the time. “It was so spectacular that we thought it couldn’t be real.”It was 15 May 2018, and at that point things were supposed to be different in Saudi Arabia. Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman was preparing to lift the country’s ban on women driving, protests against which had led to Hathloul’s arrest three times before. The arrest contradicted the picture of a more liberal, modernizing Saudi Arabia that Prince Mohammed was trying to paint in the west.But the night Hathloul was arrested, several other women – all activists who spoke out against the driving ban – were also detained on unspecified charges. Official statements in state-run news outlets called the women traitors and accused them of making contact with “foreign entities with the aim of undermining the country’s stability and social fabric”.It’s now been over a year since Hathloul imprisoned, and her family is still fighting for her release, campaigning abroad to try to increase pressure on the Saudi government and highlight the plight of Hathloul and others like her. Members of Hathloul’s family living outside Saudi Arabia have decided that raising awareness in the United States, Saudi Arabia’s most powerful ally, may be the only way to get the Saudi authorities to release Loujain.That marks a change of tack. During the first six months Hathloul was in prison, her family stayed silent in hopes their cooperation with the government would lead to her release. Her family was also placed under a travel ban – still effective to this day – that barred them from leaving Saudi Arabia.But their desperation reached its peak after learning Hathloul was being tortured in prison. When her parents visited her in December 2018, she showed them black scars on her thighs from electric shocks. Saudi Arabia ‘planning to relax male guardianship laws’ Share via Email Reuse this content Pinterest At that point, staying silent “wasn’t something optional for us”, said Walid al-Hathloul, Loujain’s older brother who lives in Toronto. “We were in a position where we had nothing to lose. We tried to be silent, we tried everything.”But Hathloul and her family are unlikely to get any help from the Donald Trump White House. The administration has been hesitant to challenge Prince Mohammed on human rights abuses, including the murder of the US-based journalist Jamal Khashoggi.Instead, Trump has remained amicable toward Saudi Arabia. At the G20 summit in Osaka last month, Trump showered the crown prince with lavish praise during his remarks, calling him “a friend of mine”.Despite knowing the tough political forces they are fighting against, the Hathloul family and their allies have continued to pen op-eds, give interviews to US news outlets and speak at events to keep their sister in the public consciousness.The Saudi activist Manal al-Sharif, who lives in self-exile in Australia, went on a 10-city road trip in April across the United States to spread the word about Hathloul and other jailed activists.Hathloul, along with two of her fellow women’s rights activists, Nouf Abdulaziz and Eman al-Nafjan, was awarded the PEN America’s Freedom to Write Award in May. The three activists were honored alongside Anita Hill and Bob Woodward, who received separate awards, for being “dauntless truth-tellers” in May at a gala in New York City. She was also featured in this year’s Time 100.Most recently, the Human Rights Foundation wrote a letter to the American rapper Nicki Minaj asking her to cancel a performance at a music festival in Saudi Arabia in light of Hathloul’s continued imprisonment. Minaj agreed to pull out of the concert saying she wanted to “make clear my support for the rights of women, the LGBTQ community and freedom of expression”.Adam Coogle, a Middle East researcher with Human Rights Watch, said pressure from the White House may be the only thing that would lead Saudi Arabia to release the activists, though it’s unlikely to come from Trump.“In their view, as long as they have the [Trump] administration in their pocket, … I don’t think the Saudis have a major incentive to change behavior,” Coogle said.But, despite the lack of action from the US, Lina al-Hathloul said she and her family will keep speaking out in hopes that the Saudi government will release her sister.“They have to realize that the justice will be made one day,” Hathloul said. “But people have to speak about it and not remain silent. 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Share this…TwitterFacebookPinterestLinkedInEmailPrint RelatedATFAQ070 – Q1Amazon Echo reading Kindle books Q2 English to German dictionary Q3 Transcript of church sermons Q4 Mandarin Speech to Text Q5 Hubs for Macs Q6 Themes in Windows 10 Q7 Kids these daysFebruary 26, 2018In “Assistive Technology FAQ (ATFAQ) Podcast”ATFAQ090 – Q1- Using Google Home to answer phone, Q2 – Talking scales, Q3 – smart switch for muting TV and activating Dragon, Q4 – Accessible Event planning what should I consider, Q5 – Moving from Office 2016 to O365 where did all my controls go, Q6 – App Showdown – Kurzweil 300 and ClaroPDF app, Q7 – Wildcard question: What would type of tech would you buy if you were given $10k this holiday season.December 24, 2018In “Assistive Technology FAQ (ATFAQ) Podcast”ATFAQ037 – Q1. Live Captioning Options Q2. Vocalize free cell pone equipment? Q3.Voicmail Transcriptions? Q4. Graphing calculator solutions for folks with dexterity and fine motor control issues? Q5. Hooking up iPad to a large 32” touch screen? Q6. Wildcard Question: How reliant are you on Internet connectivity?September 12, 2016In “Assistive Technology FAQ (ATFAQ) Podcast” Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadATFAQ029-05-09-16Show notes:Panel: Brian Norton, Mark Stewart, Belva Smith, Armando Rodriguez, and Wade WinglerQ1. Are there any accessible bi-lingual dictionaries? Q2. What’s the status of Samsung’s accessible TVs? Q3. Does Dragon 13 work with Office 2016? Q4. I need to change from Zoomtext to a screen reader, what should I consider? Q5. Can I convert my existing desk into a standing workstation? Q6. What does Oculus Rift mean for people with disabilities?——-transcript follows ——WADE WINGLER: Welcome to ATFAQ, Assistive Technology Frequently Asked Questions with your host Brian Norton, Director of Assistive Technology at Easter Seals Crossroads. This is a show in which we address your questions about assistive technology, the hardware, software, tools and gadgets that help people with disabilities lead more independent and fulfilling lives. Have a question you’d like answered on our show? Send a tweet with the hashtag #ATFAQ, call our listener line at 317-721-7124, or send us an email at email@example.com. The world of assistive technology has questions, and we have answers. And now here’s your host, Brian Norton.BRIAN NORTON: Hello and welcome to ATFAQ episode 29. I want to welcome the folks in the studio today. Today we have Belva Smith. Belva?BELVA SMITH: Hi guys.BRIAN NORTON: Hey, how are you doing?BELVA SMITH: Good.BRIAN NORTON: We also have Mark Stewart. Mark?MARK STEWART: Hey, gang.BRIAN NORTON: And I also have Wade Wingler. Wade?WADE WINGLER: Hello. It’s me. I’m going to sing Adele at the beginning of the show.BELVA SMITH: And we are in the afternoon instead of in the morning.BRIAN NORTON: That’s right. Last time we recorded at 5 AM. We were a little loopy at five.WADE WINGLER: We are still tired for different reasons.BRIAN NORTON: All three of these folks work here at Easter Seals crossroads with me. Belva does a lot with folks who have vision issues, either are blind or low vision. Mark works on our mobility cognition team, works with folks all over the state of Indiana dealing with those types of issues. Wade –WADE WINGLER: Say it: we don’t know what I do.BRIAN NORTON: We are not really sure what he does, but he shows up and runs that board over there.BELVA SMITH: He is the Wade of all trades.WADE WINGLER: There you go. That’s nice.BRIAN NORTON: He’s the captain of our ship. How about that? No?WADE WINGLER: I don’t know about that.BRIAN NORTON: Of course my name is Brian Norton, Director of assistive technology. I’m really glad that you guys are here and joining us today.For those that are new listeners to our show, I just want to spend a little bit of time telling you about the format of our show. This is a question and answer show where we sit around and we take in questions all about assistive technology. It can be anything, how do you work with a screen magnifier, how do you deal with Dragon, how do you worry about sit/stand desks and things like that. We take in lots of different questions and we sit around in a panel and try to answer those questions for our listeners.I would encourage you guys to become active listeners. We have a very active group of folks who listen to our show, give us a call, email us, send us tweets with different kinds of questions. But also lots of listener feedback. If you guys are looking to do that, we do have a listener line. That listener line is 317-721-7124. You can send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Or send us a tweet with the hashtag ATFAQ. That’s how we collect information, feedback, and questions. But you can also tell your friends about our show if you like it. They can find our show on iTunes, ATFAQshow.com is our website. They can find is also on Stitcher. Lots of different ways to find us. And now we are on the Google Play Store. Is that right?WADE WINGLER: The Google Play Store just started including podcasts in general a few weeks ago, and we were there on launch day with all three of our shows, Assistive Technology Update, Accessibility Minute, and this show ATFAQ.BRIAN NORTON: Great. Our first feedback today is from a person, his name is Theodore. He sent me this message. He says, “I am a blind high school student studying French, Italian, and Latin. For school I am required to have access to bilingual dictionaries for each of these languages. The dictionaries must be able to be accessed off-line and should be both comprehensive and thorough as I must learn to use them for school examinations.” He talks about the school “preferring that the dictionaries were from well-known and reputable publishers of dictionaries; however, this is not necessarily a requirement.” I did a lot of digging in for this particular type of question, and I really didn’t find anything that touted accessibility, especially for someone who is probably using a screen reader and needing to get access to it with text to speech. I wanted to take a moment and throw this out to our listeners and see if there is any feedback that folks have had, and experience that folks have had with dictionaries as such, bilingual dictionaries like these. If so, I would love your feedback so that we can pass that on to Theodore.***BRIAN NORTON: The second piece of feedback that we got was a message. We are going to go ahead and play that for you now.SPEAKER: Wade, good morning, good morning to all of the team there at ATFAQ. You guys bring so many good memories. I’m a Perdue University graduate. My name is Charlie Alvarez. So is my older brother and sister, so we made it into a family affair. The people of Indiana were always so good to us. I have great memories of my four and a half years of living there in West Lafayette.Anyway, folks, I have a question, and it is related to specifically for Wade but I guess any other members of the team, Brian, or Belva, or Mark can answer. A lot was made a great deal on blogs and social networks about the accessibility of Samsung television sets. I think it was on the 14th, the program on the 14th that we discussed something about remote controls with accessibility. You guys had a little bit into the accessible TVs. Samsung apparently received in the Consumer Electronics Show this year, 2016, the big one that takes place in Las Vegas which includes everything from dishwashers to everything that’s been invented or will be coming out soon. They got the best of innovation award for assistive technology. This was given to Samsung for this television set. Now, they have expanded. There used to be only one of them that had accessibility, menus were read to you, had text to speech engines and so on. Now it looks like they have expanded this to four or five or six different models. I’ve been looking for one, not in the 50 inch television size but a little bit smaller, maybe in the 32, 36 inch. But I wonder if you guys had any information or if you knew about any of these television sets. Wade, I will be sending you an email with information, specifically with a page that talks about the award that Samsung got and the specific model. Also, the American Foundation for the Blind had an article, I think it was in August 2014, in their Access World publication where they talk about this one, first model that came with accessible menus and so on. I understood also from reading before that last year, by January 2016, according FCC rules, all television sets were supposed to be accessible. They had to have some kind of accessibility. I wonder where that went. If I’m not mistaken, maybe Laura Metcalf has information on that as well. I listen to her as well –BRIAN NORTON: I really think the root of his question was, I guess first off –WADE WINGLER: First off, thanks for being such an amazing listener who knows all of our folks on our shows.BRIAN NORTON: All of our names and all of our shows.WADE WINGLER: I don’t remember all of our names that well. Thank you so much for being a listener.BRIAN NORTON: I think his question, the root of it was have you heard anything about the accessible lineups of Samsung TVs, specifically because it won a pretty big award at the CES, the Consumer Electronics Show, one of the big shows for computer electronics. Kind of won the best of innovation award for accessibility in 2016. I looked up a list of those, and let me jump back over here. There seems to be quite a bit of accessibility available. So the first thing that comes out is there is now a voice guide which enables the television to read on-screen text back to you and provide verbal feedback about the selected volume, the current channel, and also program information. There is also audio descriptions now, so audio description is a service provided with, I guess a lot of UK television programs whereby an additional audio track is podcast which provides verbal description of the scene to aid in understanding. Also menu transparency, I think in a lot of television sets these days when you get a menu that pops up, you can typically see the show in the background, so the menu is actually transparent and there are things moving in and around. You can imagine how difficult that would be for someone who has low vision trying to be able to see something. Now I think they are more solid in their state, so you can’t see back through to the thing. Also high contrast modes for the TV helps to display all the information with really high contrast, so white text on a black background and color universals, those kinds of things. I also believe you can enlarge things to be able to see it better. There is also now a way to learn your remote control whereby the TV enters a teaching mode to help you get the most out of your viewing experience, kind of walks you through a lot of those things on that particular remote, specifically very helpful for folks who are blind or visually impaired, where they can quickly learn the location and operation of all the different buttons on the remote control, so on and so forth. So quite a bit of accessibility that is built into these TVs.WADE WINGLER: As I do research on this, I’m finding that the UK seems to be a little bit ahead of the products I am sitting here in the US. Big companies like Samsung and Toshiba and whatnot have UK versions of products and the US versions of products that might be similar but have some differences. As I look on the Samsung website, under the UK side of it, they have a really robust section on accessibility where they declare their vision and their principles as they relate to accessibility, spanning across all their products, not just TV but their phones and tablets and wearable devices. They even get into photocopiers and home appliances like refrigerators and things that they do to make drawers easier to slide out when it comes to refrigerators. They talk about things that make photocopiers a little bit easier to use. They even talk about their web accessibility. They have some stories and case studies of people with disabilities who are using their products. They do spend a lot of time talking specifically about the vision, hearing, and sort of general accessibility of their television products.Quite frankly, I’m someone who uses a Samsung TV. I have a big one on my wall at home that we watch – we watch mostly toddler programs on it. I’m not saying a lot of the accessibility I thought I was going to. The Twenty-first Century Telecommunications Act started in 2010. It first talked about the need for accessible hardware and the fact that set-top boxes and televisions and those kinds of hardware equipment needed to be made more accessible. The second title of the CVAA said that video programming would have more describe the videos. First the hardware, just the set-top boxes and TVs being more accessible, and then slowly rolling out more described video. There is clearly more to the Twenty-first Century Telecommunications Act than that, those of the two things that are relevant here.I know that they are rolling out over time. We are only five or six years into this, but I am seeing things like Apple TV, seeing pretty good accessibility, and the Comcast stuff we talked about a time or two I am seeing a lot of accessibility there. I was fortunate enough to spend some time at Comcast world headquarters not too long ago being introduced to their current accessibility initiatives and think they’re looking at in the future. I am seeing a whole lot of it there, but I haven’t found any of the Samsung TV that I have having that kind of accessibility built in. Now I’m not looking at them for that. I’m a consumer in that role. On the evaluating accessibility or even investigating that, but I’m just not seeing a lot of that. I wondered if you guys have seen anything.BELVA SMITH: I actually have four Samsung TVs in the house, the smallest one being a 26 inch. The largest one is 58 inch. I don’t think that they are doing the accessible features in the smaller version. I don’t think – I know that that is one of the things the listener was mentioning, that he didn’t necessarily want the 50 inch. But I do think that the accessible features are more than likely going to be found in the larger, because of the extra expense or cost I guess to get those things included. Though they are Samsung Smart TVs, none of mine have the accessible features. We are getting our accessibility features through the Comcast remote. But for those who might be fortunate enough to have one of the Samsung’s that has the accessibility features, I just wanted to throw out there that the shortcut on that smart remote to bring up those accessible features is to just hold your mute button for three seconds. If you think but maybe don’t know how to get to them, if you think you might have them and you have the smart remote, try holding your mute button for three seconds and see if that doesn’t bring up the accessible menu.MARK STEWART: I don’t have something new to add, but was the caller talking about 2016 CSON?BELVA SMITH: More than likely.BRIAN NORTON: He was actually talking about, there is a CES which is Consumer Electronic show. It is a really large for mainstream video games, TVs, electronics. It’s a general electronics show.MARK STEWART: So is this one that was at that show but isn’t on consumer floors?WADE WINGLER: Maybe that’s it. Maybe it’s just about to happen. Charlie, you may be ahead of us when it comes to your insight into this technology, which wouldn’t be the first time.BRIAN NORTON: It is pretty amazing what they are doing with those. He was talking about that lineup. Belva, you hinted on that. I looked all over about Samsung TVs in this lineup of TVs that are out there. Access World did an article about a very specific TV. I think you mentioned that in his voicemail. That’s a 50 inch TV that’s going to cost a lot. As far as the smaller TVs, I didn’t see anything that listed out the accessible features as a look at a whole line about different Samsung TVs. I couldn’t find a lineup that was referenced, but it sounds like hopefully they can they get into all their TVs down the road.BELVA SMITH: I know when we bought our last one, the salesman at H.H. Gregg was excited to tell us about the voice recognition features and stuff like that that were available in the much larger, more expensive version of the TV thankwe what we were getting.WADE WINGLER: Samsung is clearly, at least on their website, dedicated to this stuff. Hopefully they will be rolling it out. This is probably one of those situations where one of our listeners is jumping up and down saying, you guys didn’t realize. I would encourage other listeners who have more insight into this particular situation, give us a call, let us know. We’d love to hear what you guys know about this.***BRIAN NORTON: So our next question is from Lindsay. Lindsay’s question is, I have a customer who will be using Dragon 13 Premium on a laptop. It’s a 64-bit system with an i5 processor and four gig of RAM. I would prefer it upgraded to a gig of RAM and are wondering if using a USB memory stick for the RAM is as effective as the installed RAM. Any thoughts?I think the answer is pretty much no. The memory stick is more of a storage device and doesn’t substitute for the RAM on your computer. Even if you store the user profile on the USB drive, you’re not using that as RAM. It’s just as a storage device. you are storing that as your user profile over there. I think the answer is no, that a memory stick would not substitute for RAM in your computer.WADE WINGLER: been on Mac for a long time, but there used to be some Windows trick where you could install USB flash-based RAM and trick Windows basically into using that as memory. But I never found it caught on or develop, because I think it was so slow, the RAM was an onboard, so I haven’t found that to be an accessible or effective solution. It may be technically, but I don’t think it would work so well.BRIAN NORTON: I guess for me that begs another question: how much memory would we recommend? What kind of processor for Dragon if you’re using it on a laptop?BELVA SMITH: That seems to be a good topic of conversation lately. We used to do so much with our computers with so little RAM. Now it’s like 8 to 16 gigs of RAM. Why? Are the programs that much more robust right now that they are begging?BRIAN NORTON: I think they are getting smarter and are thinking a lot more, becoming more intuitive. That’s causing it to use more processes.BELVA SMITH: It seemed like a standard computer nowadays is four gigs of RAM. then everything is wants eight gigs or more.BRIAN NORTON: If I were buying a computer, I wouldn’t go less than four.BELVA SMITH: I think eight. I feel like eight is where you have to start nowadays. Is that right, Mark?MARK STEWART: Of course you guys are right. My two cents is – of course this is all relative, right? I’m at no lower than six, would really like to have eight from the overall “usually everything considered cost effectiveness” standpoint. With Dragon, this is going to be from this field experience standpoint, not four any more. I want six as that general – not the basic specifications, minimal specifications, but what do I recommend from a practical standpoint from this “will perform at least adequately” standpoint. I’m at six. Again, that’s coming from not being frivolous standpoint. How many years – we’ve done Dragon at two gigs, at four for many years. Yeah, I think the speech engines in version 13 are much better, and I think that takes a lot more processing power. So they are saying, we have good technology now, but it’s going to take more RAM and a better processor. Sorry, we had to push you guys out there as the consumers to do your part so that our software will run better. Core i3, but the latest generation of Core i3. I really would like a fourth generation or higher Core i5 processor. In summary, more current Core i5, six or eight gigs of RAM are going to run Dragon 13 really well. We’ve had a lot of success with Dragon 13.I’ll slip in there, take a look at Nuance’s website. There actually is a form of what you otherwise would call Dragon 14 out there with regard to the speech engines. Dragon NaturallySpeaking Professional Individual. It is around $300 now. It has speech engines that are beyond the level 13, they are still selling – if you want just the features that are in typically the Premium or Standard, they are still selling Dragon NaturallySpeaking version 13 for those models. But if you really want to push the limit on speech engine quality, for example if there is a speech impediment or you are a power user for any particular reason, you probably want the Dragon NaturallySpeaking Professional Individual.BRIAN NORTON: I’ll also throw out there, obviously performance on your computer is really important for Dragon and any adaptive piece of software these days. We are working with more sophisticated types of software out there. Zoom Text Fusion, we just had a rep from the company talked to our group today. That has a lot of things going on in the back and for the program to work correctly and requires more RAM. Just as a kind of rule of thumb, some of the things you can do to your computer to really increase its performance from a practical standpoint. You can go in and disable a lot of startup processes that are running, so unnecessary startup processes. Be careful when you do that because you don’t want to turn on the wrong ones, so definitely Google when you get in there and go to MS Config you run that, make sure that you are choosing processes that aren’t system critical for your system to run correctly. You can also work with the display themes as well, changing it from the default arrow theme back to kind of that Windows classic display. That will help increase the speed and performance of your computer. Now, in the control panel, you have things under power options to really choose the high-performance where it will use more resources, allow you to tap into more RAM cost for RAM memory, all those kinds of things. It will drain your battery a little bit quicker, but it will provide higher performance for your computer and. And then I always tell people, just don’t your computer fall asleep. Shut it down occasionally. Let’s clear it out, start over periodically to make sure it’s clean once in a while.BELVA SMITH: It’s like the old technician advice of reinstall Windows. Shut it down and reboot it. It really needs to be done at least every other day.MARK STEWART: Brian, you’re reminded me of something. This is almost where folks kind of take our word for it because Dragon does some strange things as far as not performing well. Dragon version 13 that we were just speaking about probably would basically run on two gigs of RAM, four gigs of RAM. It’s not just an all or nothing – a lot of times when something doesn’t run, it was run some and then stop, run some then stop. That kind of thing can happen with Dragon. Sure it will happen with two gigs of RAM given even though it could basically perform. Here’s my point: there is a more confusing phenomenon going on there. Actually when it doesn’t have plenty of RAM and processing hard to work with, it just sort of mysteriously has the voice recognition accuracy dropped off in percentage. It just isn’t as accurate. It just throws the wrong words. I think you could dial, come up with a digital analysis of that. It takes longer to process, probably after a certain amount of time will make a choice. It didn’t process as well so the choices aren’t as good as they would’ve been if it had had more promising processing power. It runs but it just isn’t as accurate.WADE WINGLER: I haven’t thought about that before but it makes you wonder if they adjust their accuracy threshold. I’ve been looking at artificial intelligence systems that do picture recognition stuff, and even weather apps will send an accuracy threshold. How sure glad to be of this guess that I’m making before I will go ahead and pop it out there? I wonder if, in order to recognize we are running out of cycles, running out of processing power, running out of memory, maybe we do over the accuracy rest threshold and let more check out than they would otherwise when we have more time to process it.MARK STEWART: That is part of how it works. You can actually change that threshold.WADE WINGLER: I didn’t realize.BRIAN NORTON: It’s like a little slider, right?MARK STEWART: Mhm.BRIAN NORTON: Most accurate, accurate, less accurate.WADE WINGLER: Backing down the accuracy threshold to conserve power.BRIAN NORTON: I never thought of that either.MARK STEWART: Of course, this problem, I didn’t learn about it – I knew about it from the beginning and I never wasted any time with it. I never sat in front – I never sat with four or five or six consumers for hours until I finally figured this out. Fortunately that is kind of how I learned about it over the years.BELVA SMITH: I know our light is red, but I wanted to touch on the listener’s question about, could she or he use the USB drive as RAM. It can be done. It is virtual RAM. The reason that people would choose to do something like that is maybe they don’t have any open slots. Maybe they don’t have the money to do the upgrade. But is it going to help – to do it is a pretty simple process: it is four steps. But is it going to help the improvement of your performance with Dragon? Probably not. Again, it is virtual RAM. It is not real. I wouldn’t recommend it. It’s not something that we and our world would ever do. It’s more of a geeky, techie thing that a person would do on their own.MARK STEWART: There are two possibilities here. One that might’ve been a very techie thought here, of course there is the wrong question or answer. It might’ve been a very techie creative thought or might’ve been a little bit of a confusion of hard drive space versus RAM. If it is the latter, a little bit of confusion, let me see this – we won’t go into this here, but get the right kind of RAM. Do you want to mention Crucial and Kingston? It is something that consumer can tell, but there is a little bit to learn about it. You want to get the right kind of RAM that goes with the computer.BRIAN NORTON: There are a couple of websites, Crucial.com. Kingston.com is another great website where they can break it down where you put in the model – it’s a Dell, it’s an Acer, it’s an IBM, Lenovo – you can break it down to model number. It gets really specific about the exact kind of RAM you need for your very specific computer. You don’t want to screw that up because you can fry your motherboard if you put the wrong kind in.BELVA SMITH: And if you don’t know what you’re doing, you don’t want to attempt to put it in.BRIAN NORTON: You don’t want to crack something.BELVA SMITH: It’s better to take it and let a technician do it for you to make sure he gets installed properly.***BRIAN NORTON: So our next question is along that very same line, this is a Dragon question as well. Have you tried Dragon 13 with Microsoft Office 2016, which is the new version of office out there? If so, how does it work? Does it work well? Any concerns? I’ll throw that out to the group.WADE WINGLER: We are looking at you, Mark.BRIAN NORTON: With that question, obviously Office 2016 is fairly new. I think we’re finding that assistive technology takes a little bit of time to work out the kinks when something so new comes out. We always deal with that. From what I have heard with Office 2016, that you’re going to find that some commands – I guess most commands seem to work fairly well; however, some of those commands that have been around for a long time like new sentence or new, all those kinds of things, may not work as well. I think it is a little glitchy; however, we usually tend to find that those things tend to work themselves out with incremental updates and other kinds of things. That just seems to be the way assistive technology roles when something new comes out from the productivity side like Microsoft Office or other kinds of things. It usually takes that adaptive software some time to catch up. Although there may be some concerns, some things that may or may not work as well, I’m sure that those things will be remedied very soon.BELVA SMITH: I think for us it seems like we may be quick to get the new releases of specific assistive technology, but a little bit slower to get access to the productivity software or the operating systems. I don’t know why, but maybe it’s because we do kind of wait for them to work out the bugs. I know that the adaptive software that I’m working with, they are all saying it’s accessible to 2016, but I personally haven’t had much interaction with it. I’m assuming it is the same thing with you and Dragon, Mark. You probably haven’t had the opportunity to really use Dragon with office 2016.MARK STEWART: I just have a few times recently. I actually wanted to make sure the question right, so thanks for going first, guys. I’ve had a little bit of an issue with it along the same lines, learning curve stuff. I know there is the Dragon add-in so everything is supposed to be certified to work together, but frankly it just doesn’t work as well for me as 2013. I’ve had accuracy issues. Just this last week, I had to do a workaround with someone who is an experienced Dragon user. DragonPad worked so much better that we are using that and copying and pasting it into word. We are going to keep working on it and keep investigating because it would be much better to go directly into word. But I think right along the lines of what you guys are talking about, I think the waters are still kind of rough in the marriage between the two programs.BRIAN NORTON: I would encourage anyone in our listening community, if you have had experience with Dragon or Office 2016 together in some way shape or form, then let us know what your experience has been so that we can pass that along to folks.WADE WINGLER: The only thing I would add isn’t based on knowledge but more supposition. I just wonder if we are seeing a change in the industry where people are using Microsoft Office and similar products less. I spend more and more of my time on the web and in emails and things like Word Press and dealing with creating material not in a traditional office environment. It makes me wonder if manufacturers of AT are more focused on making it work well with the web browser and those web-based Pro tools as opposed to working at Microsoft. Even Microsoft with Office 365 is moving into more web-based stuff. I just wonder if we are starting to see that overall move toward software as a service and web-based stuff as opposed to the traditional office software.MARK STEWART: Sorry for the non-tech comment, but I would agree with that by saying this: the experience I was referring to last week was kind of just like – there was too much going on with the software. It had too many hands into many pots and it just wasn’t focused on Dragon well enough. It was just having trouble with it.***BRIAN NORTON: Don’t forget, if you have a question, you can give us a call on our listener line at 317-721-7124. Our next question is, I am a long time Zoom Text user but recently experienced a drop in vision and should really move to a screen reader. Do you have any suggestions for me? I’ve heard about Zoom Text Fusion and am considering the option since I’m very familiar with the Zoom text. But should I also consider NVDA or JAWS or some other screen reader?BELVA SMITH: Yes.BRIAN NORTON: Yes to what?BELVA SMITH: Don’t rush to make a decision. Make sure that you consider all of your options, possibly try all of your options. The three that you just mentioned are all available in a trial version, so I would highly recommend trying it before you make your decision. Also I wonder, so you are an experienced Zoom Text user. Are you using this at home, at work, because that could make a big difference as to what you might want to do, because you have to make sure if you are using it in a work environment that it’s going to be compatible with any third-party programs that you might be using. You also need to consider the power of your computer, back to what we were talking about earlier. You may find that you can use, for example, NVDA or JAWS or Window Eyes — because you can still get Window Eyes, right? You may find that you can use any one of those with less needed resource. May be if it is home use that you are using this and your computer may not be brand-new, maybe a couple of years old, it may not have eight gigs of RAM. It might be a better solution to use a standalone screen reader. Just don’t make an uneducated decision. Try them all out. First check out what their requirements are, compared to what you have.WADE WINGLER: I also think it is important to talk about your comfort level with new technology. Are you the kind of person who always wants to try the newest, latest, greatest thing, learning a whole new set of keystrokes or commands doesn’t intimidate you? Or are you someone who is really more focused on the task and not the tool and don’t want to mess around with those big changes? If that’s the case, you might want to look at a product where the change is going to be minimal to how you use it? If you’ve been using Zoom text, then something like Zoom text fusion might make a big difference. The other thing I would like to suggest is, what are your friends and neighbors using? Do you have other people who are assistive technology users in your life? What are they using? Because if everyone is using ask and you decide to use Z, then you will be a little bit more alone in terms of that support in the informal stuff. Those personal factors I think matter a lot. Plus costs. Some of these are free options in some of these are $1000 or so.BELVA SMITH: I will say, and goodness all of the screen readers have pretty much gone together and the keystrokes are pretty much going to be the same from one to the other. It use to be a drastic change to go from one to the other. It’s just not the case anymore. So that’s good news. You probably as a Zoom text user haven’t really learned a lot of keystrokes. You’ve probably been a point and click her. Learning the new approach is going to be the same for you probably either way. Or whatever program you choose.BRIAN NORTON: I would also encourage folks, you mentioned try those things out, find your local tech act project, assistive technology act project. Use their loan library. A lot of them had a loan library where you can borrow equipment. I know here in Indiana, we have a loan library. We have software loaded on computers so you can borrow a computer to try out the software. See what you like, touch it, experience it, get to know what a little bit before you make the purchasing decision that will make a big difference for you and your satisfaction overall with a particular product.BELVA SMITH: One last thing you should consider, especially if you are using it in a work environment: NVDA cup because it is free, it is also open source. That could make a big difference if you’re using it in a work environment with your third-party software and you need tech support and that kind of stuff. You are going to find that you will have much better tech support with one of the prepackaged software then an open source.WADE WINGLER: Yeah, because a lot of time that relies on volunteers or paid consultants.***BRIAN NORTON: Our next question is, is there a way to make the desk I currently use into a sit/stand workstation? I’ve look at options from Ergotron and Human Scale. But I would really like to simply raise my current desk to the appropriate height. Again, is there a way to make the desk I currently use into a sit/stand up workstation? Obviously we don’t know what kind of desk they are at, so knowing a little bit about that desk would maybe make our decisions a little bit easier. You have big executive desks; you have desks that have a lot of clear space underneath. I think we can talk a little bit about that.WADE WINGLER: I have to say I love my Ergotron desk. I have been using an Ergotron sit/stand add-on to my desk for a couple of years now. I don’t sit down at all. I get what the caller is getting at in wanting to raise the current desk to the appropriate height. But I love that Ergotron desk that I stand at all the time.BELVA SMITH: The two that I looked at were just basically converters. it really doesn’t matter what kind of desk the caller is using because they just attached to the top of the desk and then you can pick it up. They were cheap, way cheaper than what I thought. The uplift converter is only $219, and the high-rise converter from Amazon is $279. You can even get it to support dual monitors. it is yours dual monitor, Wade?WADE WINGLER: It is.BELVA SMITH: Because I know a lot of people do need that in a work environment. I was much surprised. I thought it would be much expensive than that.BRIAN NORTON: I’ve seen yours, Wade. We actually have one in our lab that is exactly the same thing. I worked with the company – and I knew we use them quite a bit for height adjustable desks. It is called populace furniture. Several years ago, I was working on a job accommodation. The lady I was working with did nails. What do you call that when you get your nails done?BELVA SMITH: Manicure.BRIAN NORTON: You can tell – I’m a guy. I don’t know what that is. and manicure table. She needed to be able to stand and sit periodically throughout the day. I worked with this company, and they actually sent me these custom legs. So they just bought onto the bottom of the desk. They are hydraulic lift legs. It is not purchasing the whole table. you can attach it –BELVA SMITH: That may be what he’s looking for.BRIAN NORTON: You can attach it to really any table or desk and it will raise it up or down. So there are four straight metal like that have four boats that built into the bottom of your desk. As long as you have enough service space and enough room underneath her desk to be able to bolt those underneath there, it will pick up the whole desk and move it up or down for you in a really easy, smooth fashion.BELVA SMITH: Wow.BRIAN NORTON: Populace is a great company. You have lots of questions about desks, they will get on the phone with you and help you figure out what they can do. They will recommend their own furniture and they will modify their own furniture, but they do have high levels of customer service and really try to make that custom fit for somebody.MARK STEWART: I’ve gotten some custom stuff with them as well. Things that would go on top of the desk, for sit to stand, there is the Varidesk which is lever-activated, non-power, pretty wide, pretty popular, fairly stable. The Taskmate that Wade talked about is a good concept. The Taskmate 6100 is a large power device that we’ve had a lot of success with that you can get a dual monitor extension arm. So you have two articulating monitor arms for wide angle monitors. That’s an interesting type because it can raise up to the appropriate standing height but then also, when you are sitting, if it needs to be lower than the desk – and a lot of time standard desks are too high for most folks – the keyboard and mouse tray coming down over the edge of the desk. That articulates see you can get that in the optimum position from an ergonomic standpoint or biomechanical standpoint. Kangaroo makes good products. I don’t think they have one – caller, check me on this if I am wrong. I don’t think theirs come down below the desk so you can optimize the positioning in sitting. Classic trade-offs for on the sit to stand units, usually they are a little less then a full power elevated desk, those price points are changing. Even if you buy a new desk – I know that’s not what this color is talking about – but picture the whole worksurface going up and down by the push of a button. It used to be those would be the real expensive – wouldn’t it be great to have all your stuff go up and down at any height you want, sitting to standing, but they are superexpensive, so I need to go to and on the desktop version. Those price points are coming together. While some of the on the desk versions have kind of gotten fancier with the whole movement towards sit to stand, the full table versions have been coming down in price, so if you’re talking about a new desk, you may want to consider the whole desk.WADE WINGLER: I’m looking at the autonomous line. I don’t know if you’ve had any spirits with those. They are entry-level, motorized, sit/stand table desk: $299.MARK STEWART: There are a couple reasons – and these aren’t absolutes. But there are a couple of reasons to consider that conceptually – Wade, your experience is what it is. I’m glad that’s working great for you and you are standing a lot. But textbook answers to this, when you put something now though she had one nice flat worksurface and you put this other device on top of it, only certain things go up like maybe the keyboard and the mouse. As the keyboard tray wide enough for an ergonomic keyboard? With many of these, it is really hard – one of the things the candor does well is a put a little – when it comes to the higher level, you can put a brace underneath the keyboard so that your keyboard doesn’t move much. It is not about the keyboard moving. It causes the monitors to shimmy. That can drive you crazy especially if there is a visual type of issue. Again, you lose a lot of your worksurface – or let’s say you’re doing it because you have a really particular back problem or something. Now you have to reach down for things. There are trade-offs.WADE WINGLER: I was in the only reason that moving to a full time standing worksurface has worked for me because it did two things at the same time: I went to a dual monitor setup and I also went to a paperless office. I don’t deal with paper and my keyboard and my mouth at the same time. I’ve got a scanner on my desk. I thought whatever document it is in my scanner or take a picture of it and it is on my secondary monitor. Because I’m not handling paper anymore, it works a lot better. When you do have a paper intensive activity like I need to sit down and look at budgets or a book or something, I’m moving away from my desk and going to sit at a table somewhere where regular chair environment.MARK STEWART: You guys know I’ve been doing lots of seating and positioning type access lately. I’ll roll with us a little bit more. There is another – back to the person’s question in particular. Again, we don’t know whether it is an executive desk or kind of more of a simple table. If it is more of the table thing, refer to what Brian said that is excellent. I love the company as well. Sometimes I’ve used – again, this is with always be safe double check. Bed risers. We’ve used bed risers to put under like sometimes. That gets it up a little higher. That is not the sit to stand. They did say they want both options. With wood, sometimes you can get an executive desktop. Well, if you raise the whole desk up to the work from standing position, now you can do – we don’t know the weight of this person and things like that, but another concept I do a lot is fixed height at the high level but now come in with a chair stool. Leading to a number of ergonomic chairs, Steelcase does it, ErgoGenesis, Bodybuilt does it and some others do it where you can – surprisingly it’s not a stool; it’s the full ergonomic chair, but on an extra tall cylinder with a foot ring. When you’re sitting, you can set high and then you just push the chair out and now you stand and the desk state at a higher height. That could be a trick that they might be interested in as well.BRIAN NORTON: Excellent. I think those are all really good options.***WADE WINGLER: And now it’s time for the about card question.BRIAN NORTON: So it’s time for our wildcard question. We do something a little unique today. We actually recorded the question first in our show. The reason we did that you will hear in a minute. Let’s go ahead and ask our wildcard question.WADE WINGLER: So for today’s wildcard question, I wanted to catch you guys while you were still fresh because we just do something just before stepping into the studio that I think is kind of cool. Late last week, we had preordered and got delivered our first Oculus Rift. We now have in our lab Oculus Rift and we’ve been doing demos and playing around with it a little bit. Today’s wildcard question is simply this: how cool was your experience just moments ago with Oculus Rift, and what is is going to mean for people with disabilities? Belva, you are the one saying “Oh, my gosh!” Tell me what just happened with this Oculus Rift deal.BELVA SMITH: I think it was amazing. First of all, the first one was Brian had me step out to the edge of this cliff and look down. Behind me were these big tall buildings and all around me. I was actually trying to reach and touch things because – did I feel it shake me at some point? Or was that my imagination?BRIAN NORTON: That’s your imagination. Belva and then there was this huge dinosaur that came walking up to me. I ducked because he walked over my head and I really – that’s what I felt like I was being shaken when he stopped behind me. Wow. I don’t know. I said can my visually impaired folks see this? Brian said no. I don’t know how it’s going to help us or what it’s going to do.WADE WINGLER: So if you are listening and are not familiar Oculus Rift is one of the first commercially available, eye and virtual-reality headsets. It’s a set of goggles that goes over your face and it fits tightly so it sort of blocks out all of the light in the room. Then it has these two high-definition audio earphones that slide down over your ears so that you have an immersive experience. You did the demo where you are standing on a skyscraper in this post-apocalyptic kind of world. Mark, you did a demo too, right?MARK STEWART: Yeah.WADE WINGLER: How was it?MARK STEWART: I did skyscraper and also the dinosaur.WADE WINGLER: Tell me about the dinosaur demo.MARK STEWART: The dinosaur demo was fantastic, but I put it in the category of being really fun and just I can’t believe how cool this technology is. I’m going to go to the skyscraper one because that was the first one I did. I thought I was in this category or I would like to be in the category of, I can control my emotions. I used to play sports and I can control my pain and this doesn’t really hurt. I can separate those sorts of things. Brian said step to the edge of the skyscraper – at least during that demo, I could not step four. I absolutely did not want to step forward. I was totally immersed. The whole time I was doing it, looking around, I was trying not to fall. But if you were going back and forth. I was concerned – I could have sworn I felt wind. It totally had me.BELVA SMITH: And you knew you weren’t going to fall, you you felt like you are going to fall.MARK STEWART: Yeah, I wasn’t trying it for 30 minutes and my goal wasn’t just can I step four. But while I was doing it for five minutes, I was like, I should step forward to see if – I didn’t. I was scared up there.BELVA SMITH: You felt the wind, and I felt the ground vibrating when the dinosaur was coming up. That’s crazy, isn’t it?MARK STEWART: I’m really surprised how immersive that was.BRIAN NORTON: I kind of look at it, because I’ve done both of those. I’ve done them all because I helped set it up this past week. I just think what an incredible opportunity for folks who have disabilities to be able to immerse themselves in an express they would otherwise be able to experience.BELVA SMITH: I of course immediately go for the visual impairments, but I have worked with clients who are either stuck or tethered to their bed or their wheelchair. So being able to put something like that on and maybe take a tour of a museum or take a tour of some sort of live sports event or something would be amazing, absolutely amazing.BRIAN NORTON: You guys didn’t get the footprints yet because there are other ones in there too. There is the virtual reality of the human body. Being able to better understand anatomy and physiology and all those kinds of things, it takes you through your lungs, it takes you through your brain and show you this real time, 3D, virtual-reality world of what’s really going on inside the body and how it works and red blood cells, white blood cells, things like that. I just wonder, just from a learning standpoints what a more subversive expense that can be for folks.BELVA SMITH: Are they using these things in school settings?WADE WINGLER: It’s so new that there not a whole lot of this particular virtual-reality headset being used yet like that. It’s still so new.MARK STEWART: Talk about visual-spatial. We all play off of multisensory approach to learning and multimodal learning. Sometimes it’s this, sometimes it’s that, sometimes it’s these two things. But as you’ve heard us say in other shows, and not a time for a lot of folks, just sort of the overlap itself really helps. Talk about taking something to another level. Isn’t that what we are all trying to do? Let’s do a little auditory, let’s do a little more visual. That’s the ultimate example.WADE WINGLER: Let’s sit under an oak tree with pictures and have a picnic well my penguin unicycles by.MARK STEWART: Exactly.BRIAN NORTON: It’s really an amazing experience.MARK STEWART: It’s unbelievable.WADE WINGLER: I’m sort of fascinated with what kind of opportunities might be for folks who have sensory issues or folks on the autism spectrum. If you want to learn to practice social interactions or learn to ignore distractions during conversation, what could you do for speech therapy where you are trying to recite stuff or learn to speak over a crowd or learn to deal with visual distractions during communication or social interaction? I think there is a whole bunch of stuff that you can do from the behavioral side of things. I’m fascinated with that.MARK STEWART: Immersive, we already said that word. But you are exactly right, Wade. We are here in the work building on Monday with all of our meetings and stuff like that. Brian takes me down to do this thing kind of as a surprise. Talk about my mind, everything is being off my mind in a flash. Totally immersive.BELVA SMITH: So you said this is one of the higher-end. How much is it?WADE WINGLER: I was impressed, we preordered this right at the release, so this one was ordered the last couple of weeks of April or so. The unit we bought, we just went to Amazon and bought a package that included an Alienware computer, the Oculus Rift, and all the accessories you needed to get it up and running including it’s got Xbox hand controllers, video game controllers, and stuff like that. It was just slightly under $2000 for the whole package, which I thought was remarkably inexpensive compared to what I was expecting. I was pleased. A couple of thousand dollars got the computer and everything.BELVA SMITH: Awesome.BRIAN NORTON: And for cost comparison, Google has done some things where you can take your phone, a six inch phone, and be able to stick it into a cardboard box looking thing and build to hold it up to your eyes and get yourself somewhat of a 3-D virtual reality subversive environment like that.BELVA SMITH: Tht sounded really help for me though. That sound is what really put me in the moment.BRIAN NORTON: Right.WADE WINGLER: The first time I experienced it, I didn’t have the earbuds or the earphones down correctly. Brian saw me messing with it, and he walked up and just didn’t say a word, just slid them down over my ears. I felt like he had put me into the world. It changed dramatically from having those earbuds slightly off to right over my ears.MARK STEWART: It was Star Trek holodeck stuff. You can look all around and it pans with you in real time and that’s just absolutely amazing. Is it full holodeck? No, in the sense that I can’t walk forward. Or if I put my hands out, I don’t see my hands. Otherwise –WADE WINGLER: That stuff comes though.The other thing I heard on public radio a week or so ago was the developers of Second Life, that virtual world that’s been around for years, are now working on how to take this new hardware and create – it’s called high fidelity, I think, which is a new version of Second Life based on not HoloLens but Oculus Rift kind of virtual glasses. Just imagine if two people sitting on opposite sides of the world can have this totally immersive experience. Mark and I could be in different hemispheres and sit in the park and played a game of chess using these sorts of things. I think about the other technology that is out there. We had that leave controller in our lab that you can hover your hands over and it will follow your hands around to allow you to play a game of chess or to control things in a virtual world. The marrying above this technology, I’ve messed with all the components I think that are required to give you this virtual world experience. They are all sorted out there individually. Marrying those up into a solution is the next step. Remarkable.BELVA SMITH: Wow.BRIAN NORTON: Excellent.MARK STEWART: Awesome.BRIAN NORTON: Thanks everyone. I appreciate you guys today. Thank you, Wade. Thank you, Belva. Thank you, Mark. But you are a little bit hesitant there.WADE WINGLER: You want to get out of here. But I have to get out of here. Thank you everyone. I appreciate it. I wanted to again tell folks how to find our show. You can find it by searching assisted technology questions on iTunes. You can look for us on stitcher, find us on our website at ATFAQshow.com. Also please don’t forget the question we had at the beginning of the show where we talked about if you guys know of an accessible bilingual dictionary for someone who is blind or visually impaired. I love to be able to pass information along to the folks that send that question in to us. Have any other feedback about the other question we ask today, we appreciate you sending that in today as well. You can get your questions to us, your feedback to us by calling our listener line at 317-721-7124. You can send us a tweet at the hashtag #ATFAQ. Or send us an email at email@example.com. Again without your questions, we don’t have a show, so please send those in. We appreciate it. Take care and we will talk to you guys in a couple of weeks.BELVA SMITH: Thanks, guys.MARK STEWART: See you.WADE WINGLER: See you later.WADE WINGLER: Information provided on Assistive Technology Frequently Asked Questions does not constitute a product endorsement. Our comments are not intended as recommendations, nor is our show evaluative in nature. Assistive Technology FAQ is hosted by Brian Norton; gets editorial support from mark steward and Belva Smith; is produced by me, Wade Wingler; and receives support from Easter Seals Crossroads and the INDATA project. ATFAQ is a proud member of the Accessibility Channel. Find more of our shows at www.accessibilitychannel.com.
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About TomAbout GlobalWebIndexAbout Tom AI in MarTechAutomationGlobalWebIndexInterviewInterview SeriesMarketing Tech InsightsMarketing TechnologyMarketing Technology InterviewMarTech InterviewMarTech Interview SeriesMarTech SoftwareMartech stackMarTech UpdatesTom Smith Previous ArticleIDnow Pushes for 100 Million Euro Sales Target with New CEO and CFONext ArticleLiveIntent Tap Software Provider Narrative To Accelerate Next generation of Onboarding Service Built for Brands, Platforms and Publishers Demanding Open Ecosystem MarTech Interview Series The MTS Martech Interview Series is a fun Q&A style chat which we really enjoy doing with martech leaders. With inspiration from Lifehacker’s How I work interviews, the MarTech Series Interviews follows a two part format On Marketing Technology, and This Is How I Work. The format was chosen because when we decided to start an interview series with the biggest and brightest minds in martech – we wanted to get insight into two areas … one – their ideas on marketing tech and two – insights into the philosophy and methods that make these leaders tick. Tom founded GlobalWebIndex in 2009 and the company has transformed from a simple idea to the world’s leading provider of consumer insights to the global marketing industry. His goal is to expand their reach to represent every connected consumer on the planet, with data that helps businesses of any size connect with the right audience. “Marketing Automation is baked into our own marketing processes, however, it’s no short cut for real people working with prospects and customers in a non-scalable way“ Tell us about your role and journey into marketing technology. What inspired you to start GlobalWebIndex?I had previously worked in a market research role at a large global advertising agency. My job was to help clients understand who they should target their marketing at, why and how to reach them. I utilized all the industry research and data sets that existed, however it was increasingly apparent to me that I was unable to do my job as all the data sets were collected offline and focused on TV, radio and print. The data I was using was often up to 18 months old and all made for local markets, which is the global connected digital era was completely non fit for purpose.Knowing this problem inspired me to build the solution that enabled modern marketers to understand their audience anywhere in the world.How do you see the modern automation industry evolving from the dot-com bubble era?Marketing automation is baked into our own marketing processes, however, it’s no short cut for real people working with prospects and customers in a non-scalable way. We have large teams of designers and content writers producing custom and bespoke content. We encourage our sales development and new business teams to take the time to contact people in a personal and one-to-one way.Within our own product, we are building in automation to help researchers, analysts and non-experts quickly derive insights by identifying relevant data points. However, really people have to interpret what it means. Automation should mean that people have more time to think, spend less time running data. Automation will never replace people.How does GlobalWebIndex fit into a modern marketing technology stack?The most fundamental part of successful marketing and business strategy is audience insight. Knowing who and how to target is the first stepping stone in success. Most of our customers use out data in silo and develop audience insights through our platform, however an increasing number is integrating our data into their data stacks and DMPs and also utilize our pixel to deliver incredibly detailed audience analytics. We also have an API and a number of clients have used this to combine our data with other data sets.How does GlobalWebIndex technology maximize the campaign effectiveness at each step of the user’s journey?No campaign is effective without understanding the fundamentals of who you should target, why and how to engage. This is our core value. Often in a world of optimization and direct response, marketers can jump past these fundamentals, but without it, money is being poured down the drain. Also with our analytics solutions you can measure the exact audience you reach, from any combination of over 35,000 variables. Reaching the right audience is vital to digital marketing and can drive perceptions and build brands.From the time you started GlobalWebIndex, how much has the customer data and analytics market evolved?I started a market research business when everyone was saying it was dying and going to be replaced by actual data from social networks, behavioral tracking and analytics. Many thought third-party data could replace market research. Nothing has been further from the truth and market research is now more relevant than ever. Analytics is incredibly inaccurate and with GDPR, consumers have to opt in and knowingly participate.Tell us about your go-to strategies to support rapid growth, lessons learned through periods of massive shift and transition.Last year we hired over 100 people. This is a monumental challenge and I’ve learnt (sometimes the hard way) that you need to invest more than you could imagine on learning and education. Also huge over-communication on the business journey and the vision of where you are going. Those 100 new hires had no concept of where the business evolved from and it’s easy to forget that. I try to imagine what it would be like to join my business today and make that an awesome and inspiring experience.Which marketing and sales automation tools and technologies do you currently use?We use SalesLoft and HubSpot.What are your predictions on the most impactful disruptions in technologies/innovations for marketing and sales in 2019-2020?We are in the midst of a data disruption, but it’s all coming back around to market research and sample-based data sets, complete and accurate data with no holes.What startups in the technology industry are you watching keenly right now?Our own, Pollpass, which is an AI-powered chatbot that turns surveys into a one-to-one conversation. We built a start-up inside our business and I am incredibly proud of what we have built.How do you prepare for an AI-centric world as a business leader?I think AI-impact is over-hyped and I’m not taking specific steps. People are the core of all companies and that’s not changing any time soon. It can massively improve products and we are using it to deliver a better surveying experience by creating real-life type conversations in our new data collection platform, Pollpass.How do you inspire your people to work with technology?I have the opposite problem. I want people to get off technology. I encourage employees to get off Slack and pick up the phone or to leave their phones and laptops out of meetings and bring maximum attention. Meetings with total attention are incredibly productive.One word that best describes how you work.Persistent.What apps/software/tools can’t you live without?Of course Slack! Also Salesforce and email which is massively underrated and frankly without it I would have no business.What’s your smartest work related shortcut or productivity hack?I review and delete all my email in my inbox every single day, this takes 10-15 minutes’ tops, but the productivity gains are insane. Communication is 90% of my job and a huge part of that is digital. If you are not responsive you lose the respect of the team. Most people’s inboxes really freak me out.What are you currently reading? (What do you read, and how do you consume information?)I am reading about five books in one go, all extremely slowly. The best ones I am reading now are “The Hard Things about Hard Things” by Ben Horowitz and “Peak: How All Of Us Can Achieve Extraordinary Things” by Anders Ericsson and Robert Pool.What’s the best advice you’ve ever received?Don’t worry about competitors.Something you do better than others – the secret of your success?I really believe in what we’re building and I can clearly see where it’s going to go in the next five and ten years. My main job is to sell that to other people.Thank you, Tom! That was fun and hope to see you back on MarTech Series soon. MarTech Interview with Tom Smith, Founder and CEO, GlobalWebIndex Sudipto GhoshMay 7, 2019, 6:27 pmMay 7, 2019 About GlobalWebIndex GlobalWebIndex is a leading market research company that provides digital consumer insights across 45 countries to the world’s largest brands, marketing agencies and media organizations. Our data represents more than 2 billion connected consumers, which we leverage to create 35,000 data points to profile internet users around the world.
V12 Launches Revolutionary Database of 125 Million In-Market Diners, Providing Restaurants with Groundbreaking Insight into Their Customers and Competitors PRNewswireApril 24, 2019, 4:05 pmApril 24, 2019 AcquisitionAndy FrawleyMarketing TechnologyNewsRestaurant Intender DatabaseV12V12 Velocity Previous ArticleTD and Microsoft Enter into a Strategic Relationship to Power the Future of Digital Customer ExperiencesNext ArticleCrypto Terminal Offers a Market Intelligence Platform for the Digital Asset Industry Featuring Quick Service, Fast Casual and Casual Dining Restaurant BrandsV12, a leading provider of customer acquisition solutions, announced the launch of its Restaurant Intender Database, the industry’s largest and most inclusive database of consumers actively shopping for quick service, fast casual and casual dining restaurant options. The in-market database is an integrated component of V12 Velocity, the company’s end-to-end customer acquisition package featuring first and third-party data integration, analytics and omnichannel program and campaign delivery.Powered by V12 Signals technology, V12’s intender database was built over a three-year time span using proprietary mobile location intelligence, browsing behavior and in-market behavioral triggers.“One of the biggest challenges restaurant owners and marketers face is cost-efficient customer acquisition and retention. However, the existing marketing ecosystem has been highly ineffective due to the lack of effective data sources and real-time, actional consumer insights,” said Andy Frawley, CEO of V12. “V12 has developed a remarkably powerful solution to identify high quality prospects for acquisition based on behavioral indicators and in market intent.”Marketing Technology News: Welcome to the Eventbrite App Marketplace and Our New Partners: Constant Contact, Gift Up!, Lennd, and PrismThe three pillars of V12’s Restaurant Intender Database include:80 million monthly consumers who are actively browsing online for restaurants and dining options. V12 provides visibility into behavioral data and searches occurring on over 90% of internet-connected devices.17 million monthly consumers visiting restaurants including quick service, fast casual and casual dining establishments. Unlike other mobile solutions which only target the device, V12 Signals proprietary mobile location intelligence connects devices to actual consumer identities.27 million new movers looking for new dining options in their local area.Marketing Technology News: Sales Engagement Leader Outreach Reaches Unicorn Status, Raises $114 Million Series E“Consumers are eating away from home more often and are looking for a range of dining options to fit their lifestyles. As they research online or visit dining establishments, we are able to capture these signals and provide restaurant marketers a wealth of insights into who they should be targeting for acquisition or retention” said Anders Ekman, President of V12. “We are extremely excited to bring our restaurant intender solutions to market and are encouraged with the high engagement rates and reduced acquisition costs our clients are enjoying.”Marketing Technology News: US Companies Seek Providers to Help Manage Enterprise Use of Salesforce
Continuous data cleansing and enrichment improves the quality of Salesforce contact databasesSynthio, the leader in contact data maintenance solutions for B2B companies, announced the immediate availability of its Contact Data Management for Salesforce (CDM-SF) platform. CDM-SF continuously compares a customer’s Salesforce contact database against more than 160 million data records and automatically updates it with complete and correct information.Marketing Technology News: Valassis’ Marketing Technology Platform Earns Tech AwardA company’s contact data is the lifeblood of its marketing and sales campaigns, its customer relationships, billing and invoicing, and supply chain. Therefore, current and correct data is essential to a company’s operations. Data hygiene – the regular and frequent correction of inaccurate or incomplete records – has long been a laborious and time-consuming task that can often introduce new errors.Synthio solves this dilemma by connecting directly to a customer’s Salesforce database and automatically updating incorrect or incomplete records without requiring manual inspection and editing. Companies implementing CDM-SF are assured of a complete and correct database on which to build Account Based Marketing and demand generation programs, customer billing, and partner management.Marketing Technology News: JumpCrew Announces Inaugural Conference “JumpCon: The Digital Sales Transformation Summit”“Historically, data maintenance has been expensive and burdensome, costing American companies upwards of 3 trillion dollars per year, according to a survey by IBM,” says Bill Curran, Synthio’s chief executive officer. “And bad contact data affects more than the bottom line. Synthio’s CDM-SF platform will give B2B companies the satisfaction of knowing that they have complete and correct data as the foundation for their mission critical programs.”Marketing Technology News: Inpixon to Acquire Indoor Mapping Leader Jibestream Synthio Introduces Contact Data Maintenance for Salesforce Business WireJuly 12, 2019, 11:00 pmJuly 12, 2019 Data MaintenanceMarketing Technology NewsNewsSalesforceSynthio Previous ArticlePalo Alto Networks Welcomes Jean English as New Chief Marketing OfficerNext ArticleB2B Marketing Hacks: Lead Follow-Up at Shows … No Excuses!