PlantBased Alternative Just Egg Is Upending the Liquid Egg Market

first_img Next Article Plant-Based Alternative ‘Just Egg’ Is Upending the Liquid Egg Market The mung bean-based product is the top selling liquid egg in natural stores and the second best-selling in conventional stores. Add to Queue –shares 2 min read The top-selling liquid egg in natural grocery stores is now made of plants, according to data shared by Just, the maker of plant-based mayonnaise, dressings and cookie dough.According to SPINS data shared by the company, Just Egg made up for 40 percent of all dollars generated and 30 percent of all units sold in the natural channel’s liquid egg category. It’s also the second best-selling egg substitute in conventional grocery stores (Egg Beaters takes all the other spots at the top), according to IRI data.Related: How Just’s Co-Founder Got More Than $200 Million From Investors (Podcast)“This is happening because everyday consumers who don’t want to eat perfectly but want to eat a little better and a little healthier are buying Just Egg at their local grocery store or ordering it at their favorite restaurant,” the company’s co-founder and CEO, Josh Tetrick, told Entrepreneur. “That’s where the growth is, that’s where the impact is and that’s why I’m so humbled to see Just Egg taking off in such a short time.”The company’s Just Egg, a convincing plant-based egg substitute made of mung beans, became available nationwide in Sprouts in March and Whole Foods in April.The company, which was founded in 2011 by Tetrick and Josh Balk and has raised $220 million from investors to date, said that the amount of its product sold so far is comparable to 8.2 million chicken eggs. This week, the company was awarded a patent for Just Egg.“The idea of finding a plant that scrambles like an egg was conjured up on a couch seven years ago,” Tetrick said. “To see where we are today — what my team has built — and to see that over 8 million of these plant-based equivalents have been sold already makes me incredibly proud.” Image credit: Courtesy of Just Food Businessescenter_img Stephen J. Bronner News Director The only list that measures privately-held company performance across multiple dimensions—not just revenue. June 20, 2019 Apply Now » Entrepreneur Staff 2019 Entrepreneur 360 Listlast_img read more

Clothes Dryers of the Future Could Also Build Smartphones

first_img 2 min read Image credit: PC Mag Next Article Tom Brant If you’re an electronics factory looking to cut costs, you might lay off some humans and buy some robots. But what if you’re an electronics designer? Thanks to MIT researchers, you might one day be able to sidestep the manufacturing process altogether.The MIT Self-Assembly Lab is experimenting with a series of materials that can be “programmed” to self-construct, according to Fast Company. They’ve already tried self-lacing sneakers and self-building furniture, and are now turning their automation efforts to smartphones and other electronic devices, thanks to a grant from the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA). Unlike the lab’s earlier projects, the self-constructing phones require no robotics. Instead, they rely on a simple design of a few parts that can snap together when exposed to a gravitational force. To deliver that force, the lab used a drum like the one you might find in a commercial clothes dryer to act as a centrifuge. After many spins, the phone parts click together and the handset can be removed in one piece.It’s a rudimentary and blunt process, and not certainly not a substitute for the precise manufacturing protocols that Apple and other high-end phone manufacturers demand. Eventually, though, Self-Assembly Lab co-director Skylar Tibbits thinks the process could be perfected to create many different electronics form factors with just a handful of components.”Right now the phone is predetermined, and we’re using this process to assemble that phone,” Tibbits told Fast Company. “But imagine you take a circuit board and you have different logical building blocks and those logical building blocks can be tumbled around — you can have different functionalities.”Essentially the holy grail is [that] you want complete design freedom,” he continued. “So whatever you want to design or make, you have complete freedom in that space with the minimum number of unique components. We’re just scratching the surface.” August 24, 2016 This story originally appeared on PCMag Clothes Dryers of the Future Could Also Build Smartphones News reporter –shares Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals Add to Queue Smartphones Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. Register Now »last_img read more

Samsung Flags 53 Billion Profit Hit From Note 7 Failure

first_imgSamsung Free Webinar | July 31: Secrets to Running a Successful Family Business Learn how to successfully navigate family business dynamics and build businesses that excel. 4 min read –shares Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. on Friday said it expected to take a hit to its operating profit of about $3 billion over the next two quarters due to the discontinuation of its fire-prone Galaxy Note 7 smartphone.The outlook brings to about $5.3 billion the total losses the global smartphone leader has forecast as a result of the overheating issues, after it said on Wednesday it would suffer a $2.3 billion hit to third-quarter profit.The premium device that was meant to compete with Apple Inc.’s latest iPhones at the top end of the smartphone market had to be scrapped earlier this week, less than two months after its launch, due to safety fears.The South Korean tech giant said in a statement on Friday it expected the blow to profit to be in the mid-3 trillion won over the next two quarters — in the mid-2 trillion won range in the October-December period and about 1 trillion won ($900 million) for the first quarter of 2017.Samsung shares, which have fallen about 8 percent this week, edged up 0.6 percent as of 0228 GMT on Friday, versus a 0.5 percent gain on the broader market.To make up for the lost revenue, Samsung said it would expand sales of gadgets like the Galaxy S7 and S7 edge phones, and make “significant changes” in its quality assurance processes to improve product safety.Investors and analysts said that while the company had to move quickly to reassure the market about the potential financial costs, deeper losses from one of the tech industry’s most spectacular product failures could not be ruled out.Reputational damage remained the great unknown and potentially more harmful than recall costs, with rivals in the cut-throat industry eager to pounce on any sign of weakness in the market leader’s standing among consumers.”The sales impact on other models remains unclear,” said Kim Sung-soo, a fund manager at LS Asset Management, which owns Samsung Electronics shares.”The end of the premium model will damage Samsung’s brand, and hurt demand for its other models. It is difficult to measure such impact.”Samsung posted earnings of $7.2 billion in the second quarter, with mobile profits — its biggest earner — soaring 57 percent.Rebuilding trustThe Note 7 debacle has come at an awkward time for South Korea’s biggest family-run conglomerate, which is in the middle of a leadership succession and is facing calls for a major restructuring from U.S. hedge fund Elliott Management.Park Jung-hoon, a fund manager at HDC Asset Management which owns shares in Samsung affiliates, said that although future losses would not be as bad as the third quarter the company had to work hard to rebuild confidence.”What’s important is whether the flagship S7 can fill the gap left by the Note 7, and how much trust Samsung can regain from consumers by the time the S8 comes out,” he said. Analysts expect the S8 to be released in the first quarter.Key to brand recovery would be rapidly finding out and communicating what went wrong with the Note 7, which was recalled when some devices were found to be combustible and finally discontinued when customers reported similar faults in their replacements.The company blamed faulty batteries for the original problem but it has given no inkling about the cause of overheating in the replacements.”Samsung must announce clearly what the reason was and dispel uncertainty,” Park said.Investors were also expecting the company to show its “commitment to shareholders” by announcing share buybacks or higher dividends, he said.Samsung has announced financial incentives for U.S. and South Korea customers who exchange Note 7s for other Samsung products, as part of efforts to stem customer defections.(Reporting by Se Young Lee and Hyunjoo Jin and Joyce Lee; Editing by Stephen Coates) Samsung Flags $5.3 Billion Profit Hit From Note 7 Failure Reuters Add to Queue The premium device that was meant to compete with the latest iPhones at the top end of the smartphone market had to be scrapped earlier this week. Next Article Image credit: Reuters | Kim Hong-Ji October 14, 2016 This story originally appeared on Reuters Register Now »last_img read more

Starbucks to Block Public WiFi Porn in 2019

first_img Learn how to successfully navigate family business dynamics and build businesses that excel. Senior Editor Image credit: Adrianna Calvo | Pexels via PC Mag Starbucks November 29, 2018 Matthew Humphries Free Webinar | July 31: Secrets to Running a Successful Family Business Add to Queue If you enjoy watching porn over a free Wi-Fi connection while sipping on a cappuccino or latte, then Starbucks isn’t the place for you for much longer. Beginning at some point in 2019, porn will be blocked on Starbucks’ public Wi-Fi across all its U.S. locations.If you walk into a Starbucks today, there’s no content filtering used when accessing the internet using the coffee company’s free coffee house Wi-Fi. Starbucks actually promised to stop porn being accessible in this way back in 2016, but the blocking of explicit content has yet to happen. The delay hasn’t been explained, but is likely due to Starbucks wanting a solution that guarantees not to block any other types of content.As Business Insider reports, Starbucks recently finished testing a range of tools that potentially solved the problem and finally decided on one. We don’t know what that tool is and Starbucks isn’t forthcoming with details, but porn filtering will be introduced “to our U.S. locations in 2019.”The wording suggests that content filtering could be a slow roll out as Starbucks tests how well it performs in real store settings. By only stating 2019 as the date it also gives the company a full year to deliver on its promise.This announcement by Starbucks follows a petition that appeared on the CitizenGo website created by the anti-pornography nonprofit organization Enough Is Enough. The petition is titled “Starbucks Breaks Promise to Filter Porn & Child Sex Abuse Images from Its Public WiFi” and so far has been signed by 26,721 people. The goal is to reach at least 50,000 signatures.Banning porn from any public location is always going to be difficult. Content filtering certainly helps, but then an increasing number of people have a VPN running on their device which can render such filters useless. In 2019, if someone is determined to watch porn with their coffee, they will find a way regardless of what content blocking is in place. When that happens, it’s up to staff to ask them to leave.center_img Starbucks to Block Public Wi-Fi Porn in 2019 –shares This story originally appeared on PCMag Next Article The coffee company promised to look into content filtering for its US locations back in 2016, but nothing has happened yet. Now a petition with over 26,000 signatures seems to have spurred Starbucks into action. 2 min read Register Now »last_img read more

KP Snacks and TerraCycle partner for packaging recycling initiative

first_imgPackaging will be made into plastic pellets, which will ultimately be recycled into items such as outdoor furniture, waste bins or storage boxes. KP Snacks and TerraCycle partner for packaging recycling initiativePosted By: Jules Scullyon: March 08, 2019In: Business, Food, Industries, Packaging, Snacks, Social Responsibility, Social responsibilityPrintEmailIntersnack Group subsidiary KP Snacks has teamed up with TerraCycle to launch a recycling scheme for its packs of nuts, popcorn, crisps and pretzels.The free-to-use initiative will tap into an established network of recycling collection points across the UK. Packaging will be cleaned and made into small plastic pellets, which will then ultimately be recycled into items including outdoor furniture, waste bins or storage boxes. To encourage collection and return of the packets for recycling, the scheme offers charity points based on the number of bags collected, which can be redeemed for a variety of charitable gifts or payment to a non-profit organisation.UK-based KP – which bought Tyrrells last year and owns brands such as Hula Hoops, Butterkist, and Skips – aims for all its packaging to be recyclable, reusable or compostable by 2025. The business said it has been reducing its packaging usage over the last few years, most recently investing in its Ashby facility to enable a 23% reduction in the amount of packaging required on Hula Hoops multipacks. These new packs are being rolled out across the UK, and will be introduced to other brands in the future. Mark Thorpe, KP Snacks CEO, said: “Plastic reduction is a significant challenge across both the manufacturing and retail environment that requires collaborative and innovative approaches. Giving consumers access to better recycling facilities is just one solution to a complex and challenging issue. “The initiative forms part of our longer-term commitment which will also see us reduce the amount of packaging across our portfolio, with an ultimate goal of making all of our plastic fully recyclable by 2025 as part of our membership of the UK Plastics Pact.”Earlier this year, TerraCycle, alongside a coalition of leading food and drink companies, unveiled a new online shopping concept that aims to challenge the reliance on single-use packaging.Called Loop, the initiative seeks to enable shoppers to responsibly consume a variety of products in customised, brand-specific packaging that is collected, cleaned, refilled and reused. The content, if recoverable, will be either recycled or reused.Speaking to FoodBev last month, TerraCycle CEO Tom Szaky said the project has been well-received by the public. “I think the world is ready for schemes like this, because consumers and manufacturers have come to realise that recycling is critically important to help a symptom, but it is not going to solve waste at the root cause.”Share with your network: Tags: KP SnackssustainabilityTerraCycleUKlast_img read more

SurveyMonkey Expands Business Into Paid Analytic Services

first_img Reuters Add to Queue April 2, 2015 –shares Enroll Now for $5 2 min read This story originally appeared on Reuters Fireside Chat | July 25: Three Surprising Ways to Build Your Brand Next Article Online polling company SurveyMonkey, one of the United States’ most richly valued venture-backed firms, launched a new tool on Thursday to help companies better understand their customers.The tool, known as Benchmark, aims to bolster the fee-based, rather than the free part of SurveyMonkey’s business model, helping it justify the $2 billion valuation it commanded when it raised $250 million in funding in December.”The way to think about this is SurveyMonkey democratized the way people collect data,” Chief Executive Dave Goldberg said in an interview on Monday. “The next step is democratizing comparative data.”Organizations are increasingly relying on ever more intricate slicing and dicing of data, much of it generated by social media and the growing digitization of communication. Call it “Big Data,” although some data scientists say that term covers only the largest data sets.Goldberg aims to allow organizations to compare metrics such as website feedback and employee engagement with other similar organizations. Fees vary depending on the granularity of the requested data.Some very basic information comes free, but most pricing starts at $799, SurveyMonkey said, adding it believed that pricetag sharply undercut current market prices.Competitors vary according to the sector, but include Foresee for website satisfaction and Press Ganey for patient satisfaction.Palo Alto, Calif.-based SurveyMonkey’s existing core business allows organizations to quickly set up online surveys. Most are free, but the company does charge fees for advanced features, such as downloading results.Benchmark has been in a trial phase for several months, with customers including Hallmark Cards, Jive Software, and Next Day Blinds.(Reporting by Sarah McBride; Editing by Clarence Fernandez) Analytics SurveyMonkey Expands Business Into Paid Analytic Services Learn from renowned serial entrepreneur David Meltzer how to find your frequency in order to stand out from your competitors and build a brand that is authentic, lasting and impactful.last_img read more

SpaceX Rocket Lifts Off on Cargo Run Then Lands at Launch Site

first_img This story originally appeared on Reuters SpaceX Rocket Lifts Off on Cargo Run, Then Lands at Launch Site The only list that measures privately-held company performance across multiple dimensions—not just revenue. –shares Add to Queue Next Article SpaceX CEO Elon Musk. SpaceX Reuters 2019 Entrepreneur 360 List An unmanned SpaceX rocket blasted off from Florida early on Monday to send a cargo ship to the International Space Station, then turned around and landed itself back at the launch site.The 23-story-tall Falcon 9 rocket, built and flown by Elon Musk’s Space Exploration Technologies, or SpaceX, lifted off from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station at 12:45 a.m. EDT (0445 GMT).Perched on top of the rocket was a Dragon capsule filled with nearly 5,000 pounds (2,268 kg) of food, supplies and equipment, including a miniature DNA sequencer, the first to fly in space.Also aboard the capsule was a metal docking ring of diameter 7.8 feet (2.4 m), that will be attached to the station, letting commercial spaceships under development by SpaceX and Boeing Co. ferry astronauts to the station, a $100-billion laboratory that flies about 250 miles (400 km) above Earth.The manned craft are scheduled to begin test flights next year.Since NASA retired its fleet of space shuttles five years ago, the United States has depended on Russia to ferry astronauts to and from the station, at a cost of more than $70 million per person.As the Dragon cargo ship began its two-day journey to the station, the main section of the Falcon 9 booster rocket separated and flew itself back to the ground, touching down a few miles south of its seaside launch pad, accompanied by a pair of sonic booms.”Good launch, good landing, Dragon is on its way,” said NASA mission commentator George Diller.Owned and operated by Musk, the technology entrepreneur who founded Tesla Motors Inc., SpaceX is developing rockets that can be refurbished and re-used, potentially slashing launch costs.With Monday’s touchdown, SpaceX has successfully landed Falcon rockets on the ground twice and on an ocean platform during three of its last four attempts.SpaceX intends to launch one of its recovered rockets as early as this autumn, said Hans Koenigsmann, the firm’s vice president for mission assurance.(Reporting by Irene Klotz, Editing by Chris Michaud and Clarence Fernandez) July 18, 2016 Image credit: Reuters | Mario Anzuoni 2 min read Apply Now »last_img read more

In AboutFace Uber Will Apply for California SelfDriving Car Permit

first_img Add to Queue 2 min read Reporter Next Article It wasn’t long ago that Uber dramatically pulled its fleet of autonomous Volvos from California’s streets after refusing to secure an Autonomous Vehicle Testing Permit in the state.Now, Uber has decided to play by California’s rules after all. According to The Mercury News, Uber will apply for the state permit required to test its autonomous vehicles in the state.The ride-hailing app previously argued that it didn’t need the $150 permit since humans were present in its autonomous Volvo XC90 SUVs at all times, ready to take over if necessary. The California DMV didn’t agree and revoked the SUVs’ registrations, effectively ending the expiriment. Uber in December loaded its vehicles onto flatbed trucks and rolled them over to Arizona, where Gov. Doug Ducey welcomed them with open arms.Passengers in Tempe now have the option to get picked up by a self-driving Uber. The company’s self-driving vehicles still have a human behind the wheel to take over if something goes wrong.Uber did not immediately respond to PCMag’s request for comment, but the company has confirmed it will be taking steps to begin testing in California again.”As we said in December, Uber remains 100 percent committed to California,” an Uber spokeswoman told The Mercury News.Meanwhile, the about-face in California comes as Uber was dealt a legal setback in London this week. According to Reuters, a London court ruled that Uber drivers are indeed required to pass an English language exam to prove their reading and writing skills. Uber had challenged the mandate, arguing that it would cause 33,000 London drivers to lose their licenses.Uber CEO Travis Kalanick also this week found himself at the center of another controversy after being caught on a dash camera disrespecting a driver. In the video, first published on Bloomberg, Kalanick raises his voice and uses profanities while arguing with an Uber driver, identified as Fawzi Kamel, over fares. Kalanick has since issued an apology. March 3, 2017 Image credit: via PC Mag Register Now » Angela Moscaritolocenter_img Uber Free Webinar | July 31: Secrets to Running a Successful Family Business In About-Face, Uber Will Apply for California Self-Driving Car Permit Learn how to successfully navigate family business dynamics and build businesses that excel. The ride-hailing app previously argued that it didn’t need the $150 permit since humans were present in its autonomous Volvo XC90 SUVs at all times. –shares This story originally appeared on PCMaglast_img read more

Pass the Cannabis Please Marijuana Among Restaurant Trends for 2019

first_imgRestaurant Business Image credit: Creative-Family | Getty Images November 22, 2018 dispensaries.com –shares Pass the Cannabis, Please: Marijuana Among Restaurant Trends for 2019 CBD is becoming ubiquitous despite being, strictly speaking, not quite legal everywhere. Get 1 Year of Green Entrepreneur for $19.99 4 min read Next Article Guest Writer Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Easy Search. Quality Finds. Your partner and digital portal for the cannabis community. What do millennials, vegans, vegetarians, the wellness crowd and “Wall Streeters” all have in common? They’re all early adopters of a growing trend in the restaurant business: offering cannabis-based items on the menu.That’s according to a 2019 trends report from international restaurant consulting agency Baum and Whiteman. Members of each of the above groups have led consumer interest in seeing more marijuana on the menu at their favorite restaurant. Trend-setting eateries are already responding, and we’re not talking about the Maine restaurant that gets lobsters high before boiling them. Chefs in restaurants as diverse as juice bars, organic eateries and smoothie shops are getting cannabis on the menu.It’s an interesting, growing area of the cannabis business. Although, as Baum and Whiteman noted, “we haven’t heard from Olive Garden and Applebee’s just yet.”Related: Cannabis Edibles Market Set to Quadruple in U.S., Canada to $4BCBD, not THCIn ranking marijuana menu items as a trend for 2019, Baum and Whiteman offered examples of restaurants that have already taken the plunge into cannabis-infused food and drink. In most cases, these items involve the use of cannabidiols (CBD), a chemical ingredient that naturally occurs in marijuana.Although CBD is associated with health benefits that include pain management and relaxation, it is not to be confused with THC, which is the ingredient in cannabis that gets you high.The Baum and Whiteman report includes references to a handful of restaurants. Here’s a closer look to give you some idea of where this trend is going. All these restaurants are, obviously, in states that have legalized recreational marijuana. Don’t expect CBD-laced truffles in Texas.Green Goddess CafeThis vegan cafe in Stowe, Vermont, is offering smoothies, coffee drinks and baked goods that contain CBD. Part of the reason is that the cafe owner has Lyme disease and has been taking small amounts of CBD every day to reduce joint pain. In short, he’s a believer.The cafe is starting out by offering smoothies and coffees made with CBD, including Jolly Green, Chilled Out Chai and Chronic. The cafe also offers to add CBD to whatever menu item a customer requests it on, including sandwiches or pastries.Monarch & the MilkweedIn Burlington, Vermont, pastry shop Monarch & The Milkweed is offering truffles containing 20 milligrams of CBD. They come in two flavors: Andy’s Mints, a liquid mint fondant encased in dark chocolate, and Strawberry Blonde, a white-chocolate shell that holds smooth strawberry fondant. The restaurant plans to eventually offer five varieties each day.By ChloeThe vegan chain in New York City began this fall to offer the FEELZ line of CBD-infused food items that includes cupcakes, cookies, mini pies, popcorn, bubble tea and dog treats. The plan is to find out which are the most popular and then offer them on a regular basis later in the year.Related: Silicon Valley VCs Were Eager to Hear About Our Cannabis Tech Firm but Reluctant to InvestJuice CraftersIn Los Angeles, Juice Crafters now offers a line of CBD-infused teas. They include CBD Blue, CBD Green, CBD Black Tea and CBD Elixir. The elixir, according to Juice Crafters, is an “anti-stressor” that “supports a healthy blood pressure” and “digestive health.”These are just a few of the examples. As noted by Baum and Whiteman, trendsetters already are buying into CBD-infused menu items and it’s just a matter of time before “the rest of us will follow.”Follow dispensaries.com on Instagram to stay up to date on the latest cannabis news. Add to Queue Subscribe Now Green Entrepreneur provides how-to guides, ideas and expert insights for entrepreneurs looking to start and grow a cannabis business.last_img read more

Tesla Responds to Model S Fires With Battery Software Update

first_img Add to Queue Tesla Out of ‘an abundance of caution’ the charge and thermal management settings are being adjusted on the Model S and Model X using an over-the-air software update. Fireside Chat | July 25: Three Surprising Ways to Build Your Brand This story originally appeared on PCMag Within the past month two Tesla Model S electric vehicles have burst into flames while unattended in a parking lot. We still don’t know why, but Tesla is now responding with a software update.As Reuters reports, a battery software update has now been released by Tesla for both the Model S and Model X lines of electric vehicles. In a statement released yesterday, Tesla explained that, “As we continue our investigation of the root cause, out of an abundance of caution, we are revising charge and thermal management settings on Model S and Model X vehicles via an over-the-air software update that will begin rolling out today, to help further protect the battery and improve battery longevity.”The first incident of a Model S catching fire in a parking lot occurred in April in Shanghai. CCTV cameras recorded smoke appearing from beneath the vehicle before the flames took hold. Then earlier this week, a second Model S burst into flames, again while parked, but no footage of that incident has appeared yet even though it is thought to exist.By revising the charge and thermal management settings on its vehicles, I’d guess Tesla is going to trigger some thermal safety features sooner if it detects a spike in temperatures. That way there’s less chance of another fire happening. However, the statement suggests this is just a cautionary measures rather than Tesla’s investigation having already pinned down the cause of the fires. Image credit: via PC Mag Tesla Responds to Model S Fires With Battery Software Update –sharescenter_img May 16, 2019 2 min read Matthew Humphries Next Article Learn from renowned serial entrepreneur David Meltzer how to find your frequency in order to stand out from your competitors and build a brand that is authentic, lasting and impactful. Senior Editor Enroll Now for $5last_img read more

Mexican poultry group Bachoco in deal for chicken firm Albertville

first_imgMexican poultry group Bachoco in deal for chicken firm AlbertvillePosted By: News Deskon: July 18, 2017In: Business, Food, Industries, Mergers & AcquisitionsPrintEmailMexican poultry group Industrias Bachoco has agreed to acquire Alabama-based Albertville Quality Foods, a manufacturer of consumer meat products including chicken strips and breakfast sausage.Albertville mostly produces chicken pieces under the AQF and Top Chick Chicken brands. It will be incorporated into Bachoco’s OK Foods subsidiary; Bachoco expects a short turnaround between the announcement, made today, and completion of the deal.The deal will cost Bachoco around $140 million, with sales of Albertville’s products generating $270 million last year.As well as AQF and Top Chick Chicken, the company produces Papa C’s and Southern Quality branded sausage.Bachoco CEO Rodolfo Ramos said: “With this acquisition, we will continue the growing of our US operation, mainly with further processed products. We are confident that we will be able to quickly integrate this company into our current operations and to capitalise the opportunities and synergies we have identified.”Bachoco will hope to capitalise on consumer demand for fresh and ready-to-cook chicken products, which offer a convenient mealtime solution while tapping into the trend for food that can be shared with others.As Birds Eye – the frozen chicken brand – explained in February, there is a desire among shoppers for “casual and versatile adult dining options”.Mexico’s leading poultry processor, Bachoco will also sense opportunity in Brazil’s carne fraca scandal, with confidence in exports of meat from Brazil – a major poultry exporter – seriously dented by malpractice in the supply chain.Brazil exported $6.9 billion’s worth of poultry and $5.5 billion of beef last year, Reuters reported, with particular triumphs in exports to the US and China.But government health officials were accused of accepting bribes to overlook contaminated or even rotten meat destined for export overseas.The country’s largest poultry firm, BRF, and meat packing giant JBS were among those implicated.The number of countries that either suspended or curtailed imports of meat from Brazil rose to at least 35, FoodBev reported in March.Earlier this month, a report from the Brazilian Ministry of Agriculture found there was no evidence authorities knew about salmonella contamination in samples of poultry meat prior to it being exported to the European Union (EU).According to the findings, the samples showed no signs of typhimurium or enteritidis – the two strains of salmonella dangerous to humans – suggesting that authorities had no cause to be suspicious about other shipments of meat.Share with your network: Tags: BachocoMexicopoultrylast_img read more

UK wine industry concerned by Brexit as sparkling imports soar

first_imgUK wine industry ‘concerned’ by Brexit as sparkling imports soarPosted By: News Deskon: August 03, 2017In: Alcohol, Beverage, Business, Financial, Industries, LegislationPrintEmailThe industry body representing the UK’s wine industry has warned that a clear plan is needed in order to protect the industry against the effects of the UK withdrawing from the European Union (EU).Voters in the UK elected to leave the EU last year, and the government’s current timescale involves a ‘Brexit’ by 2019.But the Wine & Spirits Trade Association (WSTA) has “deep-seated concerns” about the lack of vision for a post-Brexit food and beverage industry, and its chief executive has put its members’ concerns to the secretary of state for environment, food and rural affairs, Michael Gove.Miles Beale said: “The wine and spirit industry has had enough of political posturing and cabinet rifts, which have led to a flurry of mixed messages over what we should expect from the government approach to Brexit. Put bluntly, we want government to get a grip and put to rest some of the deep-seated concerns facing our trade – by telling us clearly what they are going to ask for when negotiations get serious in the autumn.”The UK’s prime minister, Theresa May, has consistently resisted calls to share more of the government’s negotiating strategy and has been forced into a number of concessions – including a parliamentary vote on invoking Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty, which paves the way for a member state to withdraw from the EU.“The WSTA has argued continually for a negotiated deal including a transition period that would allow the UK to agree a free-trade agreement (FTA) with the EU,” Beale said. “Then the government needs to make quick progress on other bilateral FTAs with our major trading partners. Such a transition would give businesses time to prepare fully for a post-EU trading environment.“We have been encouraged by some recent comments made by the chancellor, Philip Hammond, but just when you think there is a plan in place, another minister comes in and contradicts it. It is simply not good enough for business needing to plan for their future and that of their employees. It has been over a year since the referendum and over four months since Article 50 was triggered.“Our industry needs to feel confident that there is an agreed and carefully thought-through plan for trade before we leave the EU. Without it businesses are just bystanders – increasingly frustrated ones at that.”Companies in the food and drink industry have persisted with calls to protect free-trade and free movement of labour after Brexit, which looks an increasingly unlikely prospect.The WSTA’s calls come after its own poll shows that Brits are drinking more sparkling wine than ever, with sales in the UK growing 12% last year.This means that sales of sparkling wine and champagne have soared by 72% since 2012 – up from 112 million bottles to around 156 million, representing an extra 44 million bottles.Overall, the UK is the sixth largest sparkling wine market in the world, and the largest market for champagne outside France. Recent reports suggest that the UK is also the largest export market for Italian sparkling wine by both volume and growth, demonstrating British consumers’ demand for sparkling wine.“Over two thirds of UK trade in wine is with the EU, and the question of how to keep the UK at the heart of the world wine trade post-Brexit is key if we want to see continued growth in years to come,” Beale said.Share with your network: Tags: spiritsUKwineWSTAlast_img read more

Curcumin adding antiageing functionality to beverages

first_imgCurcumin: adding anti-ageing functionality to beveragesPosted By: Harriet Jachecon: April 16, 2019In: Beverage, Confectionery, Functional, Health, Ingredients, NutraceuticalPrintEmailAccording to market research company NPD, 62% of women aged 35-54 and 65% of women over 55 consider anti-ageing benefits to be of top importance when purchasing beauty products – which could be extended to beauty beverages. Lipofoods, which specialises in the development and production of microencapsulated functional ingredients, has partnered with research and development company Sphera, to create Curcushine, a highly soluble curcumin solution for anti-ageing applications. Curcumin is extracted from tumeric, which fits in with the botanical trend seen in many current beverage products on the market. Curcushine microcapsules can be incorporated into functional beauty beverages or nutricosmetics to deliver anti-ageing properties for consumers. The majority of curcumin ingredients currently available are water-dispersible, which up until now has meant that including these in beauty beverages has been challenging. Lipofoods’ marketing manager, Isabel Gomez, explains how Curcushine can be incorporated into more than just beverages: “Curcushine microcapsules provide anti-aging benefits and are suitable for multiple nutraceutical applications.” This can extend to confectionery items such as beauty gummies. Curcumin has benefits reaching beyond anti-ageing properties: according to a 2017 study by the National Center for Biotechnology Information, the ingredient could help in the management of oxidative and inflammatory conditions, metabolic syndrome, arthritis, anxiety, hyperlipidemia, and exercise-induced inflammation and muscle soreness.Curcushine has the added benefits of being water-soluble, neutral in taste, and vegan. According to Mintel’s Global New Products Database (GNPD), vegan beauty launches grew by 175% from July 2013 to June 2018. Share with your network: Tags: anti-ageingbeauty beverageslast_img read more

Amazon doubles quarterly profits to 16bn – and hikes annual cost of

first_imgApple Amazon Jill Abramson This article is more than 1 year old Shares112112 Trump’s feud with Amazon is really about the Washington Post’s success The company’s chief financial officer Brian Olsavsky said that the price hike was a reflection of the increased cost of handling same-day, one-day and two-day shipping and “increased value” for customers.In the first quarter of 2018 Amazon collected more than $550m a day in revenue from Amazon.com sales, web hosting, TV production and Whole Foods, the upmarket US grocery chain it bought last year. Read more As Amazon reported that it had more than doubled its profits to $1.6bn in the first three months of 2018, the company announced that the cost of a Prime subscription would increase to $119 from $99 per year for US customers.The results sent the company’s shares soaring 7% to a new record of $1,625 in after-hours trading, adding billions to the fortune of its founder, Jeff Bezos.During the earnings call, the company, which said last week that it had signed up more than 100 million people to its Prime subscription service, revealed that the cost of a Prime subscription would increase to $119 per year, effective from 11 May for new subscribers and to renewed subscriptions from 16 June. It represents the first price hike in the US since March 2014. Share on Twitter Read more Dominic Rushe and Rupert Neate First published on Thu 26 Apr 2018 15.23 EDT Since you’re here… Olson said research showed that only 5% of the public think about whether companies pay appropriate levels of tax when deciding where to shop. Free and fast shipping, which Amazon provides to Prime subscribers, is seen as a much more important consideration. Amazon’s results come as the company and its multi-billionaire founder Bezos are coming under greater scrutiny from politicians, regulators and its employees. Last week, the head of the IMF, Christine Lagarde, said technology companies such as Amazon had “too much market power – in the hands of too few”. She said the tech giants’ dominance was “not helpful to the economy or to the wellbeing of individuals”.Bezos was recently met with a noisy protest from Amazon employees in Germany, who allege mistreatment of workers and tax avoidance. About 450 protesters picketed the offices of media company Axel Springer, which honored Bezos with an award for innovative excellence.“We have an Amazon boss who wants to Americanize work relationships and take us back to the 19th century,” union leader Frank Bsirske told the crowd of Amazon workers, some carrying placards reading: “Make Amazon pay”.Andrea Nahles, the newly elected leader of Germany’s Social Democratic party, the junior partner in chancellor Angela Merkel’s government, said Bezos treats his employees badly and is a “world champion in tax avoidance”.Nahles, who is billed as a possible chancellor candidate for the next election in 2021, added: “This does not deserve a prize.”Amazon has repeatedly rejected the union’s demands. It says it believes warehouse staff should be paid in line with competitors in the logistics sector, not as retail staff.An Amazon spokesman said: “Amazon provides a safe and positive workplace for thousands of people across Germany with competitive pay and benefits from day one.” This article is more than 1 year old Topics Reuse this content Show Hide Jeff Bezos, Amazon founder, US. Worth $102bn. Bill Gates, Microsoft founder, US. Worth $90bn.Warren Buffett, investments, US. Worth $84bn.Bernard Arnault, LVMH (luxury goods), France. Worth $72bn.Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook, US. Worth $71bn. Amazon Company announces cost of Prime subscription will increase $20 to $119 for US customers, after share price soars to record high of $1,625 Jeff Bezos v the world: why all companies fear ‘death by Amazon’ Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump)I have stated my concerns with Amazon long before the Election. Unlike others, they pay little or no taxes to state & local governments, use our Postal System as their Delivery Boy (causing tremendous loss to the U.S.), and are putting many thousands of retailers out of business!March 29, 2018 The strong results came despite Donald Trump’s repeated threats to force the company to pay more tax.Amazon is the world’s second-biggest company after Apple, with a market value of $723bn. Many experts expect it to overtake the iPhone maker and become the world’s first trillion-dollar company.Analysts at Credit Suisse believe Amazon’s shares – which have risen by more than 50% in the past six months – could soon hit $1,800. The bank’s Stephen Ju said: “Amazon is one of the best positioned to capture the next wave of retail dollars coming online.” Food and fashion spending are its big targets.Ju said: “Apparel and groceries remain large pools of dollars still left to come online, and Prime Wardrobe and the linkup between Whole Foods Market content and Prime Now distribution will serve as the spearheads to address those opportunities.”Michael Olson, an analyst at Piper Jaffray, also said he expected Amazon’s shares to rise, adding even if Trump did launch a tax offensive against the firm it would have a negligible effect.“Nothing can be certain, except death and taxes … and more Trump tweets on Amazon,” Olson said in a note to clients. “We believe sales tax collection changes would have limited impact on consumer use of Amazon and could actually help Amazon’s relative competitive positioning in domestic ecommerce.”center_img Thu 26 Apr 2018 18.23 EDT Share via Email Amazon says it has signed up more 100 million people to its Prime subscription service.Photograph: Mark Lennihan/AP Jeff Bezos Share on Messenger Internet Amazon also reported strong growth at its highly profitable cloud computing division, Amazon Web Services (AWS).AWS, which hosts companies including Netflix, Airbnb and the CIA, reported a 49% hike in sales in the first quarter to $5.44bn. AWS made a profit of $1.4bn – the majority of Amazon’s profits over the quarter.The company’s success has allowed it to announce a big investment in Amazon Studios, its in-house TV production firm that makes The Grand Tour, presented by Jeremy Clarkson, and the dystopian series The Man in the High Castle. Amazon doubles quarterly profits to $1.6bn – and hikes annual cost of Prime Share via Email Share on Facebook Share on LinkedIn Share on Twitter E-commerce Share on Pinterest news Share on Facebook … we have a small favour to ask. The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. 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. Was this helpful? Thank you for your feedback. Support The Guardian Share on WhatsApp Retail industry Q&A The world’s wealthiest billionaires last_img read more

Amazon halved corporation tax bill despite UK profits tripling

first_imgAmazon Amazon halved corporation tax bill despite UK profits tripling Share on Twitter This article is more than 11 months old Share on LinkedIn Mark Sweney Reuse this content “We pay all taxes required in the UK and every country where we operate,” an Amazon UK spokesman said.The cuts in tax payment came despite turnover at the UK business, which handles the packing and delivery of parcels and functions such as customer service, rising 35% from £1.46bn to £1.98bn.“Corporation tax is based on profits, not revenues, and our profits have remained low given retail is a highly competitive, low-margin business and our continued heavy investment,” the spokesman said.Revenue from Amazon’s UK retail sales are reported through a separate company in Luxembourg, but its US filings reveal that UK revenues hit $11.3bn last year, a healthy 19% year-on-year rise.For accounting purposes Amazon Services UK reports turnover as a charge to its parent company for the cost of delivering products, which hit £1.98bn last year. Amazon will not reveal how much it paid in total to HMRC last year, beyond what it paid through Amazon Services UK.Amazon UK’s warehouse and logistics staff and management enjoyed a bumper $164m (£125m) payout from the company share scheme – a rise of almost a third on 2016’s £95m bonanza – thanks to the company’s surging share price.On average the thousands of staff who handle orders received about £3,000 per person last year. Senior staff will have taken home considerably more.Amazon’s share price has surged 84% in the last two years. Last year the shares vested at an average stock price of $992, in 2016 it was $704 and in 2015 $467.The payouts will have reduced Amazon’s tax bill because under UK tax law companies are required to deduct the vest value of the shares provided to employees.The wage bill for Amazon UK’s 19,749 warehouse and logistics staff and management came to £653m last year, making the average pay per employee £33,000. Fri 3 Aug 2018 05.05 EDT First published on Thu 2 Aug 2018 10.56 EDT news Internet Amazon has revealed that its UK corporation tax bill almost halved to £4.5m last year, days after the US company posted a record profit of $2.5bn (£1.9bn) in its most recent quarter.The company, which has been locked in a race with Apple and Alphabet to be the world’s first trillion-dollar business, revealed that pre-tax profits at its UK business tripled from £24m in 2016 to £72m last year.The figures were reported by Amazon UK Services, the company’s warehouse and logistics operation that employs more than two-thirds of its 27,000-plus UK workforce, in its annual financial filing to Companies House.The company almost halved its declared UK corporation tax bill from £7.4m in 2016 to £4.5m last year. It received a tax credit of £1.3m from the UK authorities in 2016, and last year paid £1.7m tax on its profits. Share on WhatsApp Share on Pinterest Facebook Share on Messenger Share on Facebook This article is more than 11 months old @marksweney An Amazon fulfilment centre in Swansea, south Wales. Photograph: Matt Cardy/Getty Images Tax and spending Share via Email Doug Gurr, Amazon’s UK and Ireland boss, said in June that the company would create more than 2,500 jobs in the UK this year, including 650 head office roles. A month later, he reportedly told the Brexit secretary, Dominic Raab, that Britain would face civil unrest within weeks of a no-deal Brexit, adding the online retailer’s voice to a growing list of businesses expressing concerns.“We’ve invested over £9.3bn in the UK since 2010 including last year opening a new head office in London alongside development centres in Cambridge and London,” the company spokesman said. “This year we plan to create 2,500 permanent jobs across the country in research and development, our head office, customer service and fulfilment centres, to bring our total workforce in the UK to over 27,500.”Amazon said in 2015 that it would stop using controversial corporate structures that diverted sales and profits away from the UK, following a clampdown on the practice with the introduction of George’s Osborne’s diverted profits tax.Earlier this week, Amazon made its first move into public sector procurement with a five-year, £600m deal to sell everything from office supplies to medical equipment to Yorkshire’s schools, social care providers, local government and emergency services across 13 local authority areas.The deal prompted criticism from the GMB union, which said the company could do more for public services by paying more tax.“If they really wanted to help our public services they’d pay taxes properly and treat their workforce better,” said Neil Derrick, a GMB regional secretary. “They’re trying to make a few million quid from our cash-strapped councils.”The latest accounts for the UK parent company, Luxembourg-registered Amazon Europe, show the company’s total Europe-wide tax bill was €54.8m (£48.8m), up from €16.5m (£14.7m) in 2016.Total European revenues rose 15% year on year, from €21.6bn (£19bn) to €24.9bn (£22bn). Amazon Europe reported an overall loss of €869m (£774m), having reported a profit of €48.5m (£43m) in 2016. Since you’re here… Guardian Today: the headlines, the analysis, the debate – sent direct to you Read more Shares962962 Amazon Topics … 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. Pinterest Share on Twitter Support The Guardian Share on Facebook Email E-commerce Revelation comes after US company posts record $2.5bn profit in most recent quarter Share via Email Twitter Amazon plans to create more than 2,500 jobs in the UK this year.Photograph: Abhishek Chinnappa/Reuterslast_img read more

The walls fall prototypes for Trumps southern border barrier come down

first_imgDonald Trump Share on Messenger … 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 via Email Since you’re here… Thu 28 Feb 2019 16.28 EST Reuse this content Mexico Share on Facebook Demolition comes the same week that the House voted to block Trump’s national emergency declaration The walls fall: prototypes for Trump’s southern border barrier come down This article is more than 4 months old Public access to the prototypes had been blocked from the San Diego side. This article is more than 4 months old The administration has said that “elements” of the prototypes have been “melded” into current border barrier designs and the prototypes have “served their purpose”, whatever that means.“I will make Mexico pay for that wall,” Trump had said, repeatedly. A record government shutdown, a declaration of a national emergency and humble crowdfunding efforts by Republicans later, not a mile of Trump’s desired new wall has been built. Some sections along the 1,900-plus mile US-Mexico border have been refurbished or enhanced. And as comic actor Maya Rudolph confirmed in her opening moments on stage with Tina Fey and Amy Poehler introducing the 2019 Oscars ceremony on Sunday, the president’s dream wall is clearly not going to be funded by Mexico.The sight of prototypes turning to dust made that all the clearer this week, the structures coming down in the same week that the House of Representatives voted to block Trump’s national emergency declaration to procure extra funding for what he now terms the barrier, or “whatever they’d like to call it”. The Department of Homeland Security redirected $20m from its budget in February 2017, a month after Trump took office, to pay for the eight prototypes erected south of San Diego, a few yards from the border with Tijuana, Mexico, and smaller mock-ups further away that have already been dismantled. The prototypes each varied by angle of slope, thickness and curves. The commercial bidding guidelines had called for them to withstand punishment by sledgehammer, pickaxe, torch, chisel or battery-operated tools, and to prevent use of climbing aids such as grappling hooks.Except, a government report obtained by KPBS revealed otherwise. “The heavily-redacted government documents reveal every mock-up was deemed vulnerable to at least one breaching technique,” reported KPBS.And according to a report by the Government Accountability Office, the eight model sections were riddled with design and construction flaws. US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) tested the slabs and found they could be breached. Pinterest Share on Twitter Read more news US politics In Tijuana, activist artists led by the Backbone Campaign, projected images and slogans on to the prototypes. Photograph: Jill Marie Holslin/Courtesy OLBSD Share via Email Hazar Kilani in New Yorkcenter_img But in Tijuana, activist artists led by the Backbone Campaign, projected images and slogans on to the prototypes, with messages such as “Refugees Welcome Here” and the Statue of Liberty. “Trump’s wall is a false solution to a nonexistent problem. It squanders resources to satisfy irrational fears, xenophobia and racism of his political base,” Bill Moyer, the executive director of the Backbone Campaign, told the Guardian on Thursday.“If you build a 30ft wall, someone will build a 30ft ladder,” said Lawrence Pierce, who was part of the art protest team that projected a huge image of a ladder on to a prototype as one of its actions. Facebook Twitter Share on LinkedIn Trump administration Support The Guardian Topics Donald Trump A worker passes a partially demolished border wall prototype during demolition at the border between Tijuana, Mexico, and San Diego on 27 February 2019.Photograph: Gregory Bull/AP US immigration Trump declares national emergency to build US-Mexico border wall On Wednesday, slabs from seven out of the eight prototypes fell in clouds of dust in under two hours, no match for a jackhammer. At the point of destruction, an owl fled from a steel tube atop one section. Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Share on WhatsApp Shares2,0622062 House passes resolution to revoke Trump’s national emergency declaration Share on Pinterest And the prototypes came tumbling down.“I will build a great wall and nobody builds walls better than me, believe me – and I’ll build them very inexpensively. I will build a great, great wall on our southern border, and I will make Mexico pay for that wall. Mark my words.”We marked his words. But the wall has not been built and this week the government is demolishing eight prototype sections of new wall that have been languishing in the border desert of southern California for months.They have been used most dramatically as a backdrop for a presidential visit last March and for protest art. Read more Last modified on Wed 24 Apr 2019 11.29 EDTlast_img read more

White House considers move to designate Muslim Brotherhood a terrorist group

first_imgJulian Borger in Washington and Ruth Michaelson in Cairo Middle East and North Africa Sisi – whose support Trump is seeking for the launch of a Israeli-Palestinian peace plan championed by his son-in-law, Jared Kushner – succeeded in winning over the US president on two issues: expressing support for the Libyan warlord, Khalifa Haftar, and reviewing the possibility of designating the Muslim Brotherhood as terrorist.The Muslim Brotherhood is a network of loosely affiliated groups across the Islamic world. In Egypt, the movement has gone underground since Sisi took power, but remains a source of determined opposition to his regime.The White House portrayed the step as being in its early stages, but reflecting the sort of bold action the administration took earlier this month to designate the Iranian Islamic Revolutionary Guard as a foreign terrorist organisation.“The president has heard the concerns about the Muslim Brotherhood from our friends and allies in the Middle East, as well as here at home. Any potential designation would go through a robust, deliberate and inclusive interagency process,” a senior administration official said.Daniel Benjamin, a former counter-terrorism coordinator at the state department said: “State looked at this in 2017-18 and concluded there was no legal basis for designation. That continues to be true.”Benjamin, now director of the centre for international understanding at Dartmouth College, went on: “If it ever went to court the administration would be risking serious embarrassment. The administration would have a hard time showing the Brotherhood would meet any of the historic standards associated with designation of a foreign terrorist organisation.”He pointed out that the Egyptian branch of the movement forswore violence in the 1970s.“If anything, the Muslim Brotherhood has come in for tremendous criticism from al-Qaida, for supporting democratic elections and deviating from the path of violence,” Benjamin said.If implemented, the move risks skewing US foreign policy towards a number of allies that contain parties or organisations aligned with the Muslim Brotherhood, including Tunisia, Iraq, Kuwait, Jordan and Turkey. Affiliates of the group are also present in Syria and in Libya, where it is part of the unity government endorsed by the United Nations, the Government of National Accord.“Trump is trying to lead the region into disaster,” said Amr Darrag, a former prominent member of the Muslim Brotherhood and minister in the Islamist government of Mohammed Morsi, overthrown in the 2013 military coup which brought Egypt’s Sisi to power.“This is a mess,” said Darrag. “All of this just to please Sisi.”Darrag fears that the designation could radicalise young supporters of the Brotherhood. “If this designation happens now, it will give Isis and al-Qaida further evidence to present to young people, saying that you’ve been labelled terrorists so what are you waiting for, why don’t you become real terrorists,” he said. “This could turn the region into chaos. Imagine the repercussions of something like this.”The United Kingdom conducted a review of the Muslim Brotherhood under David Cameron’s leadership in 2015, examining the group’s origins and ideology in order to judge whether it had links to extremists. The review found that “for the most part, the Muslim Brotherhood have preferred non-violent incremental change,” and the group was primarily committed to political rather than violent engagement.Michele Dunne of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace said that such a decision would be “an extremely imprudent step” given that the organisation does not fit the legal criteria for a foreign terrorist organisation.“This decision could have very unpredictable implications,” she said. “It could be used to curb the civil liberties of US citizens who are Muslims. I find this deeply troubling.” This article is more than 2 months old Sarah Sanders says ‘designation working its way through internal process’ after Trump personally lobbied by Egypt president Sisi Since you’re here… Share via Email Share on Twitter Shares110110 Last modified on Wed 1 May 2019 09.27 EDT Share via Email Share on Twitter White House considers move to designate Muslim Brotherhood a terrorist group Share on Facebook The White House has confirmed it is considering the designation of the Muslim Brotherhood as a terrorist organisation, after Donald Trump was personally lobbied by Egypt’s president, Abdel Fatah al-Sisi.The official designation of the Islamist movement as terrorist would have far-reaching effects, sanctioning companies and individuals who had any interactions with the group.Such a move has been considered before, most recently by the Trump administration soon after taking office, but had been rejected as being impractical for such a diffuse and multifaceted organisation, and potentially illegal under US law.However, the White House spokeswoman, Sarah Sanders, said on Tuesday: “The president has consulted with his national security team and leaders in the region who share his concern, and this designation is working its way through the internal process.”The order to look again at the designation, first reported by the New York Times, came in the wake of Sisi’s visit to the White House on 9 April. US foreign policy Share on WhatsApp ‘No coherent policy’: Trump’s scattergun approach plunges Libya deeper into peril … we have a small favour to ask. The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.More people are reading and supporting The Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we have chosen an approach that allows us to keep our journalism accessible to all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford. But we need your ongoing support to keep working as we do.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism, to maintain our openness and to protect our precious independence. Every reader contribution, big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Topics Share on LinkedIn Read more Egypt Muslim Brotherhood Africa Share on Facebook This article is more than 2 months old Tue 30 Apr 2019 17.01 EDT news US foreign policy The Egyptian president, Abdel Fatah al-Sisi, visited Donald Trump at the White House earlier in April.Photograph: Kevin Lamarque/Reuters Share on Pinterest Support The Guardian Share on Messenger Reuse this contentlast_img read more

The hypocrisy of Trumps racism

first_imgRace Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Reuse this content Woody Guthrie Donald Trump has suggested that certain US congresswomen might go back to “the totally broken and crime-infested places from which they came” (Trump intensifies racist attack on congresswomen despite outrage, 16 July). How sad to be chief of state of any of those countries. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s mother came from Puerto Rico. Her father was of Puerto Rican origin, though himself born in the Bronx. The chief of state of Puerto Rico? President Donald J Trump.Adam SleeLondon• Woody Guthrie wrote a song about a notorious apartment block built by Donald Trump’s father. Black people were free to apply but none were acceptable as tenants. Racism is generally learned in the home.Duncan GrimmondMarkington, North Yorkshire• It’s surprising that so few people are pointing out that none of Trump’s grandparents and only one of his parents were born in the US or spoke English as their mother tongue. But at a deeper historic level, by his insane logic, everyone in the US today who isn’t Native American/First Nation should consider going back to the countries they came from and leave the continent to the people who were living there for 10,000 years before the Europeans arrived and set about creating a broken, crime-infested society.Norman MillerBrighton• Perhaps we can spend a bit more time discussing the critical question: what makes a person, organisation, or nation, great? It is not the size of your GDP. Or the size of your skyscrapers. It is much more about having the ability to justifiably occupy the moral high ground. Could someone try to explain this basic point to the those so-called leaders, who appear to be driven by an indulgent sense of their own sense of importance.Dr Bruce LloydEmeritus professor of strategic management, London South Bank University• Join the debate – email guardian.letters@theguardian.com• Read more Guardian letters – click here to visit gu.com/letters• Do you have a photo you’d like to share with Guardian readers? Click here to upload it and we’ll publish the best submissions in the letters spread of our print edition Puerto Rico Share via Email Support The Guardian Letters letters Last modified on Wed 17 Jul 2019 13.05 EDT Rep Ilhan Omar speaks at a press conference called in response to Trump’s comments as Reps Rashida Tlaib, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, and Ayanna Pressley listen.Photograph: Carol Guzy/ZUMA Wire/REX/Shutterstock Share on WhatsApp Share on LinkedIn Topics Since you’re here…center_img The hypocrisy of Trump’s racism Donald Trump Share on Pinterest Share on Facebook Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Race Americas Shares2323 Share on Messenger Share via Email The far right Adam Slee, Duncan Grimmond, Norman Miller andDr Bruce Lloyd dissect the US president’s recent racist abuse towards four US congresswomen … 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 Twitter Wed 17 Jul 2019 12.55 EDTlast_img read more

GoTalk 9

first_imgImage Source: EnableMart.comSome people with disabilities can benefit from using augmentative communication devices. These are devices that allow people with Autism or other disabilities who need assistance communicating verbally. GoTalk 9+ is lightweight and rugged with a 45 message capacity and five recording levels, plus three “core messages” which stay the same on each level so you don’t need to re-record essential messages for each level. GoTalk provides fantastic sound with volume control, easy sequential recording, quick level erase, built-in overlay storage, record lock and level lock. Use GoTalk to initiate conversations, support daily activities, talk on the telephone, tell personal anecdotes, practice speaking and articulation, give instructions, participate in small group instruction and more. Instructions are printed on the back for convenience.Features include:9 message keys5 recording levels45 message capacity9 minutes of recording time3 core messagesBuilt-in overlay storageFast record and eraseShare this…TwitterFacebookPinterestLinkedInEmailPrint RelatedGoTalk 20+October 17, 2013In “Products and Devices”GoTalk 20+, an augmentative communication deviceOctober 30, 2013In “Products and Devices”GoTalk Express 32July 9, 2015In “Communication”last_img read more

Ramp Up Indiana

first_imgClick here to learn more about Ramp Up Indiana.Share this…TwitterFacebookPinterestLinkedInEmailPrint RelatedAM195 – AmrampAugust 5, 2016In “Accessibility Minute”Indiana Museum AccessibilityJanuary 11, 2010In “Accessibility Reviews”Folding Wheelchair Ramps for Greater AccessibilityJanuary 21, 2011In “Products and Devices” Eligible Applicants for Ramp Up Indiana:Nonprofit 501(c)(3) or 501(c)(4) entities that can demonstrate an organizational mission of focus related to serving the housing needs of persons with disabilities.Eligible beneficiaries of the program are limited to homeowners at or below 80% of area median income.An organization may only have one active Ramp Up grant at a time.  Once the program is completed and the grant successfully closed, the applicant may then apply for a second grant if Ramp Up funding is still available.Maximum request amount per application is $25,000.Due to the nature of the program and the relatively small amount being invested in any individual home, the Indiana Housing and Community Development Authority will waive its affordability period requirements.  No liens will be recorded against the homes assisted through Ramp Up Indiana.The funding source of the program is Community Development Block Grant Disaster (CDBG-D) funds.There are ten counties in Indiana that are ineligible for these funds:BlackfordClintonDelawareHowardLagrangeMiamiSteubenTiptonWarrenWells The Indiana Housing and Community Development Authority (IHCDA) has recently announced the launch of a new program to provide assistive mobility devices to Indiana homeowners.  The program, Ramp Up Indiana, will provide “up to $25,000 each to eligible nonprofit organizations in Indiana as part of a non-competitive rolling funding round beginning May 1, 2016.  Through this program, 150-200 ramps will be built throughout the State of Indiana.”As an individual who has used a wheelchair a majority of her life, my biggest concern when going anywhere is: Will the building be accessible?  When I think of accessibility, the first word that pops into my head is the simple four-letter word: ramp.  Naturally, I was super ecstatic to learn about Ramp Up Indiana and to get the word out there about this program!  I personally know many individuals who have needed a ramp, but aren’t able to afford installing one.Did You Know?The average ramp installation price ranges between $1,000-$1,500!last_img read more