US official reveals Atlantic drilling plan while hailing Trumps ability to distract

first_imgThis land is your land Share on Facebook Facebook Twitter Share on Pinterest In its drive to boost domestic fossil fuel production, the Trump administration has spearheaded an effort in recent years to open undeveloped federal waters to oil and gas drilling, despite fierce opposition from coastal residents, politicians and environmental groups. In 2018 it issued a draft of its plan, and in the coming weeks, the interior department is planning to officially propose a five-year program for oil and gas leasing in federally controlled coastal waters, up to 200 nautical miles and more from the shoreline.Already the Trump administration is moving to permit a handful of private companies to start using seismic surveys in the Atlantic, a controversial practice in which air guns shoot loud blasts into ocean waters to identify oil deposits. Some scientific studies suggest that seismic surveys can harm or potentially kill marine creatures, including dolphins, whales, fish and zooplankton.The seismic surveys could commence as early as this year, in coastal waters anywhere from Cape May, New Jersey, to Cape Canaveral, Florida, but first they require final approval from the interior department.“I will tell you we wouldn’t work really really hard to get the [Atlantic] seismic permits out, if it was an area that wasn’t going to be available”, said Balash, who helps oversee the the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, the agency responsible for permitting the Atlantic seismic permits and crafting the five-year leasing plan. The interior department did not make him available to the Guardian for comment. Trump administration As the crisis escalates… Read more Share via Email news Thu 14 Mar 2019 06.00 EDT Revealed: US moves to keep endangered species discussions secret Public records obtained by the Guardian show that the Trump administration has been in regular communication with key players in the offshore industry, while conservationists and coastal communities say their voices have been ignored.All told, a handful of prominent offshore drilling proponents – such as the International Association of Geophysical Contractors and the National Ocean Policy Coalition – held more than thirty calls or meetings with key Trump political appointees, including the former interior secretary Ryan Zinke and assistant secretary Balash, between early 2017 and the summer of 2018. Shares12,37412k Share on Twitter The Zinke effect: how the US interior department became a tool of big business This land is your land This article is more than 4 months old A top US official told a group of fossil fuel industry leaders that the Trump administration will soon issue a proposal making large portions of the Atlantic available for oil and gas development, and said that it is easier to work on such priorities because Donald Trump is skilled at sowing “absolutely thrilling” distractions, according to records of a meeting obtained by the Guardian.Joe Balash, the assistant secretary for land and minerals management, was speaking to companies in the oil exploration business at a meeting of the International Association of Geophysical Contractors, or IAGC, last month. “One of the things that I have found absolutely thrilling in working for this administration,” said Balash,“is the president has a knack for keeping the attention of the media and the public focused somewhere else while we do all the work that needs to be done on behalf of the American people.” … in our natural world, we refuse to turn away from the climate catastrophe and species extinction. 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Jimmy Tobias Top interior aide Katharine MacGregor, who for much of her tenure at the department helped oversee the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, communicated at least six times with proponents of Atlantic drilling in 2017, for example.In one instance, she traveled to Jackson Hole, Wyoming, in the fall of 2017 to speak to the National Ocean Industries Association. Its board members are representatives of some of the biggest offshore drillers in the world, including BP, ExxonMobil, Shell and Chevron.The interior department asserts that the agency is open to hearing from all parties. “When asked for a meeting, the department’s appointees try to make ourselves available for all of our stakeholders,” said spokesperson Faith Vander Voort, “including those representing the environment and coastal communities, and we invite any stakeholder to meet with us if they have an issue they wish to discuss.”The close ties between the interior department and the offshore industry has frustrated scientists, business owners and government officials who oppose the push to open the Atlantic to drilling and exploration and say they are not being adequately consulted.“We have 120 municipalities, 1,200 elected officials, 42,000 businesses and 500,000 that have registered their opposition to offshore drilling and exploration in the Atlantic,” said Vicki Clark, a representative of the Business Alliance for Protecting the Atlantic Coast, a coalition of small businesses, commercial fishing families and others along the eastern seaboard. “And yet, big oil has more influence over this administration.”A large bipartisan group of congressional representatives have also come out against drilling in the Atlantic, as have Democratic and Republican governors across the East Coast. “Opposition to drilling and testing in the Atlantic is as close to universal as anything will ever get,” said Ben Cahoon, the Republican mayor of Nags Head, a small town on the Outer Banks of North Carolina. “We are trying to get our message across as much as we can, but it seems pretty clear [the administration] doesn’t want to hear from us.”Gail Adams, the vice-president of communications and external affairs at IAGC, the group that hosted Joe Balash at its conference in February, said research showing the air guns to be harmful to marine life is wrong. “Unfortunately, the information that is disseminated is not accurate.”She added that “more than 50 years of extensive surveying and scientific research indicate that the risk of direct physical injury to marine mammals is extremely low, and currently there is no scientific evidence demonstrating biologically significant negative impacts on marine life.”Many prominent marine scientists disagree. 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Photograph: Dan Joling/AP About this content “The science, as far as we are concerned, is robust,” said Howard Rosenbaum, a senior scientist for the New York Aquarium and the director of the Wildlife Conservation Society’s Ocean Giants program. “Introducing this level of noise into the north Atlantic is of great concern for whales and other marine animals.”At his speech before the IAGC, Balash hinted very strongly that he stood on the oil industry’s side, saying it played an “important role” in the “value-adding process of looking for and producing hydrocarbon reserves”.“We have been working aggressively to put America on track to achieve the president’s vision for energy dominance,” he told his audience. Sign up for This Land is Your Land, our monthly email on public lands. 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Kim Kardashians budding law career takes celebrity hubris to a whole new

first_img Facebook Reply Twitter aplasticscouser A-listers have a habit of thinking they are gifted at everything – and not always to other people’s benefit Share on Twitter 27 Apr 2019 17:53 Share on Facebook Sign in or create your Guardian account to recommend a comment 27 Apr 2019 16:17 Share on Twitter Facebook Show 4 more replies Share on Facebook Facebook Share 27 Apr 2019 17:43 27 Apr 2019 16:46 Reply Report Share on Twitter The reality TV dross they were in got her famous for doing fuck all stillbeobach Report Support The Guardian Topics Life and style Report Kim Kardashian West Reply After all, as Kardashian observed in her Vogue interview, “The reading is what really gets me. It’s so time-consuming.” 35 36 Share on Twitter Share on Twitter Equipoisee Share Share on Twitter 2. There’s so much reading I had some idea that there would be a lot of reading, but I had no idea that horror stories of law students spending all day and all night in the library were actually true. There is a LOT of reading. I once spent so much time in the library that I genuinely started to feel homesick. Be prepared to study long and hard hours as a law student. | Pick Reply Share on Facebook tovarish missing out on clubbing except on hen nights. Share on Twitter Bjerkley tovarish Reply Is she REALLY a good role model? That could be potentially Ronald Reagan’d into a platform of manipulation for the public, even worse as a lawyer. We promote the worst types to office or pseudo-do-Gooders with the negative consequences of either being anti-spirit of the foundation of the US or the reactionary populist swoon eyes religious-purity types. 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Twitter | Pick Share on Twitter Share on Twitter Twitter Share Share 27 Apr 2019 16:34 Report 27 Apr 2019 17:37 Twitter I think most of us probably would be in different jobs if we’d had the benefit of another decade or so before we invested in university etc. So true! Reply 27 Apr 2019 16:22 Share on Twitter 93 94 If youth are stupid enough to have their opinions nurtured by celebrities, then the responsibility lies between them and their parents, who probably also venerate celebrities excessively. Nothing to do with the celebrities themselves. The cult of celebrity is merely an extreme manifestation of a more widespread cult of success, and of social and financial competitiveness. It is not celebrities who are guilty of inculcating these values in children – it is all of society. Anyway, looking at Greta Thunberg and various others, it seems that plenty of youth have functioning minds of their own, often much better than those of adults. | Pick Share on Twitter Twitter There’s no law saying that gaining a law degree has to be to help people. Law as an academic subject is interesting in its own right. A law degree is only the academic stage of legal training if you want to practise as either a solicitor or a barrister (attorney in the US). Once you have a law degree you need to sit legal practice exams and then learn legal procedure from a law firm that employs you. As a degree, law is in fact one of the easier subjects – far easier than chemistry or medicine. I really don’t see any problem with anyone learning to do anything they want whether they are an actor, musician, celebrity, fashion designer. The woman is good at using publicity to make money and is always poised and articulate in interviews so more power to her. The foolish people are the ones who follow her products making her millions. This article is ridiculous. Facebook Share on Twitter Facebook Share on Facebook newest Hadley Freeman 20 21 Daniel Warren 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. That’s the way I feel about the millions of people who sign up to study law every year. I wonder, will they have the staying power to keep studying a large amount of what is quite unglamorous not to say very boring stuff, commit it to memory and pass multiple exams culminating in passing the bar? I can’t sleep most nights thinking about it. Reply Poem51 3 Equipoisee Report Life and style Report Facebook 1 2 Reply Share 27 Apr 2019 17:43 — “Ten things I wish I’d known before becoming a law student”, The Guardian, 25 July 2013. It’s not quite that. Any lawyer often hears bores on about “How can you live with yourself, getting criminals off?” My friend had a terse answer- “It’s my job to defend, the fiscal’s job to prosecute, and the sheriff’s job to decide. If the other two are not doing their jobs, that’s not my fault.” Others might stress the need to restrain the enthusiasm of investigators and prosecutors within legal bounds- if evidence from an unlawful search was admissible, the police might just barge into your home on spec. Or the need for all mitigating factors to be brought out. No-one can be sure what happened, so the evidence should be tested. OJ Simpson was found not guilty in the context of police prejudice against black people and some strange discrepancies in evidence. This does not discredit lawyers, even the lawyers involved. Share on Facebook | Pick Share on Twitter Share on Twitter Reply SheriffFatman 27 Apr 2019 16:58 | Pick 27 Apr 2019 16:50 Report Twitter Share Sign up to hear about our weekend newspapers AmadanDubh Facebook DanielFrisbee Share Share on Twitter Report leavesontheline | Pick Facebook UnsavouryExcretions Share 1 2 Not necessarily! Twitter | Pick I wouldn’t need much persuading that kim kardashian is stupid but that advice might doesn’t seem like proof. Share Report “The reading is what really gets me. It’s so time-consuming.” They don’t call it reading law for nothing. Facebook Share Share on Facebook Report UnrepentantPunk Reply Twitter steena Simother Report Would it be more acceptable if Robert Kardashian had only ever worked on nice and heartwarming cases? I could care less about whether KK becomes a lawyer or not (although studying to be a lawyer is a world away from mindlessly telling someone you could do their job), but Freeman seems to be suggesting that we should take a dim view of lawyers who represent those accused of murderers. Reply But now Kim is reclaiming the connection, treating Vogue to anecdotes about how as a teenager she loved to read her father’s “OJ evidence books”. “I was really nosy about the forensics,” she says, seemingly omitting that (a) these “forensics” included details of the savage murder of her mother’s best friend, Nicole Brown Simpson, who had gone on holiday with the Kardashians, and (b) her father later admitted he had “doubts” about OJ’s innocence, despite helping him to get off. Still, the most important thing is that it set young Kim – OJ’s goddaughter, incidentally – on the path to becoming a lawyer, right?The Kardashians’ synthetic fame spun off from a real tragedy, and it’s hard not to admire Kim’s chutzpah in claiming one of the most notorious murder cases of the 20th century as a footnote in the story of Kim Kardashian: Legally Brunette. If she wants to be a lawyer to help people, then hats off to her. But her suggestion that she is following in some kind of noble family tradition is a little less heartwarming than she seems to think. This is celebrity narcissism taken to a level heretofore unknown, even in Los Angeles. Frankly, it’s enough to make one miss the appetite-suppressing lollipops. Twitter Reply | Pick Share on Twitter Poem51 12 13 SheriffFatman 11 12 Twitter chillango oofocus Share 3 4 Report Twitter | Pick EnglishroG Abigailgem | Pick Twitter 27 Apr 2019 16:19 So that was my favourite example – until now. Kim Kardashian has had the supremely 21st-century career portfolio of reality TV star, fashion designer, workout DVD presenter, memoirist and perfumier. Consider this the gig economy, celebrity-style. But her latest career shift to studying law, revealed in an interview with The Law Society Gazette, is her most intriguing yet. (Apologies, I’ve just heard the interview was in Vogue, on the cover of which she posed in a wet knitted top, just as Clarence Darrow once did.) I love that she was inspired to study law after – for reasons I have yet to grasp – President Trump summoned her to the White House to discuss a legal case. I love that she issued a huffy statement insisting her decision to study law had nothing to do with “privilege and money”, because clearly any random gets invited to the White House to discuss a prisoner’s conviction. And I really love that she issued that statement on Instagram, beneath a photo of her looking at a laptop. After all, as Kardashian observed in her Vogue interview, “The reading is what really gets me. It’s so time-consuming.”But among all the think pieces about whether this represents the ultimate in celebrity hubris or a new era of celebrity seriousness, the real story has got lost. I have no problem with Kardashian wanting to use her absurdly high profile for good as opposed to, say, flogging “appetite-suppressing lollipops”, as she has been wont to do. But, in her Vogue interview, she makes a comment that has been remarkably unremarked on, one that shows that Kardashian is finally embracing her roots. It has long been an inconvenient truth that the Kardashian name came to public prominence because someone once leaked a sex tape of Kim, and because her father, Robert, was OJ Simpson’s best friend and part of his legal team during his murder trial. Kardashian reclaimed the tape as a positive, pointing out, correctly, that she has nothing to apologise for and arguing, more dubiously, that her brand of exaggerated sexiness is a feminist statement. But being associated with a man most people assume is a murderer – despite being found not guilty at his criminal trial – is harder to spin as a positive. When the case was dramatised in the 2016 TV series The People Versus OJ Simpson, with David Schwimmer cast as Robert, the Kardashian klan pointedly said they hadn’t watched it. GabrielaSilva Tintenfische Share Share on Facebook Report Report 0 1 Brilliant comment Report recommendations Report Too kind. But thank you. Reply Share on Twitter next 27 Apr 2019 18:48 | Pick Facebook 27 Apr 2019 16:33 Share ‘But the only people who casually tell me they could do my job, or indeed any job, are celebrities’. This doesn’t feel authentic. 27 Apr 2019 20:31 170 171 Report Share on Twitter 80 81 Twitter Twitter Reply Share on Facebook Reply Share on Facebook merepseudmaged Tintenfische | Pick Reply jagadox Facebook Facebook Reply Reply 6 7 Share on Facebook Reply Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Kim Kardashian with Donald Trump at the White House.Photograph: the White House Since you’re here… gannoni 27 Apr 2019 17:30 Show 39 more replies 27 Apr 2019 16:53 Facebook Share on Twitter | Pick Facebook tpnrty | Pick Twitter Twitter Share 27 Apr 2019 19:05 There should be a question mark at the end, obvs. mintaka zippymosquito | Pick Reply Twitter Share on Facebook 3 4 Report Share on Twitter People say she’s only rich and famous because she made a video… but a quick search of the internet will show you that thousands of pretty girls have done the same and not gotten as far. She’s not dumb who knows it could work out.. and she did get Trump to commute that woman’s sentence. Show 22 more replies Share on Twitter | Pick 11 12 50 51 There appears to be a small alien emerging from the top of Trump’s head. Twitter Report 27 Apr 2019 16:33 Share on Facebook Share via Email Twitter Share on Facebook Share on Facebook Bjerkley 27 Apr 2019 16:56 | Pick chefollie Share The point is to earn a few quid writing about something of no importance whatsoever. Don’t really get this – would it be better for her to be drab and boring, and become a lawyer? And as for deciding to do so when she’s older, we’ll, I think most of us probably would be in different jobs if we’d had the benefit of another decade or so before we invested in university etc. Share on Twitter I’m surprised there’s room for it with two massive arses already filling the Oval Office. Poem51 Share Twitter Share on Twitter Reuse this content,View all comments > | Pick Twitter 27 Apr 2019 16:41 Report Reply 3 4 Share on Messenger 3 4 Share on Facebook Report | Pick 27 Apr 2019 17:00 Hadley Freeman Kim Kardashian’s budding law career takes celebrity hubris to a whole new level Excession77 14 15 27 28 Show 11 more replies Facebook Share on Facebook I don’t think a lawyer is allowed to have members of his family reading his notes. Kim Kardashian should have gotten her degree first and then boast about it. Certain professions take a lot of work before you actually achieve a degree, she could have shown some integrity and respect in relation to that and have waited with this news until she has actually achieved something. | Pick We purchased some kitchen scales recently. It came with the following stickers, I know not why:- ‘Whatever you believe, you can achieve’.’Live your dreams’.’Live the life you imagined’. Absent from all of this is the idea that you might need to work actually quite hard to ‘live the life you imagined’. Perhaps like sticking to a healthy balanced diet, for example. Or going to law school for years on end, getting into substantial debt and missing out on clubbing except on hen nights. Feminist empowerment is great and all, and I bow to no one in my belief that the world would be better run by women as long as they’re not Pauline Hanson or Anne Widdicombe, but we seem to be missing something rather significant out here. Share on Facebook Report Reply Share 5nufk1n4prez Equipoisee 2 Twitter Share on Twitter 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. tpnrty Say what you like but there’s no doubt Kardashian is actually very intelligent and would sail through law school like her old man. Best of luck to her. | Pick Facebook Share on Facebook Ponderbelle I don’t mind Kim Kardashian but what you’ve written about her social media pioneering is slightly silly. “I could care less about” I agree with your point entirely, but just wanted to vent my opprobrium for this particular phrase. It’s an Americanism that has seemingly caught on more and more, and winds me up no end. To show the correct amount of complete disdain and indifference, only “I couldn’t care less” or “I don’t give a fuck” will suffice. “Could care less” implies that you actually do care, and there’s just no way of inferring how high your level of caring might be in that particular situation. Old fart rant over :o) Twitter 7 8 27 Apr 2019 16:49 Who cares? Unless she is auditioning to be a role model, it’s irrelevant. Daniel Warren Share on Twitter SheriffFatman Share Well spotted, 5nufk. 🙂 Also, he has his rictus on again. :-/ Share on Facebook 3 4 27 Apr 2019 19:31 5 6 Reply Reply Share Share on Facebook Twitter Reply | Pick Report Share on Facebook expanded Share 14 15 | Pick Facebook Report Facebook Share on Facebook thedisciple516 Share on Twitter Twitter Reply Why do people keep saying this? Ten minutes on Google would show you how the Kardashians became famous. They have a reality TV show which has a million seasons, they have big social media following, apps, clothes and make up lines. They’re celebrities. How is that difficult to grasp? 27 Apr 2019 16:34 Tintenfische Report Share on Twitter Yes, I’m a bit puzzled by this article. I generally like Hadley’s articles, and find them interesting even when I don’t agree with her, but I can’t make out the point of this one. 9 10 52 53 | Pick Report Reply Twitter Well so long as she does the reading. Might not be required from Trump university. He’ll probably just say she’s so clever she doesn’t need to study and give her a PHD in law and then make her head of something. It’s the new way. Share on Twitter 25 Twitter Share on Twitter 27 Apr 2019 18:49 23 24 Facebook Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Reply oldest Share Report Facebook Facebook Reply 27 Apr 2019 18:54 Share Reply GabrielaSilva Twitter Depends on whether she means a donkey or an arse. Share on Facebook | Pick 27 Apr 2019 16:32 To be honest I’m all for self improvement through education. So if Kardashian wants to go back to school and earn a degreee more power to her and if her father’s work on the OJ case inspired her? So what, she is neither her father nor Simpson. By reading his notes she was only doing what the rest of America did rapaciously consuming the gory details of the murder as a form of entertainment. To condemn her for that is pointless unless you condemn the rest of America too. After all you all pretty much did the same. Twitter Reply Reply 27 Apr 2019 16:23 | Pick 999Jasper 27 Apr 2019 18:16 9 10 Report Report Stechris Willgil | Pick Facebook 45 46 Share on Facebook Reply Report MatthewHenson 999Jasper Facebook Report mouthfart SheriffFatman Reply Share on Facebook Share collapsed 27 Apr 2019 16:18 4 5 Twitter 27 Apr 2019 16:45 On that I’m less sure. Report This comment was removed by a moderator because it didn’t abide by our community standards. Replies may also be deleted. For more detail see our FAQs. Facebook Twitter 27 Apr 2019 16:46 Share on Facebook I wasn’t aware she actually had real job. Being brain dead , standing in front of TV cameras, going to lots of celebrity parties and being paid millions for doing so is not exactly a real job. Share on Twitter Share Sat 27 Apr 2019 04.00 EDT Reply Kim’s got a huge advantage then. Twitter Facebook Facebook leavesontheline 27 Apr 2019 16:30 Twitter Facebook Reply Facebook Martin L … being associated with a man most people assume is a murderer – despite being found not guilty at his criminal trial – is harder to spin as a positive … her father later admitted he had “doubts” about OJ’s innocence, despite helping him to get off. Twitter | Pick Share on Twitter Report I recently met a well-known actor at a party, and we talked, as one often does with successful actors, about his work. Eventually he asked me what I did, so I told him. “Journalist, eh? I’ve always thought I’d be rather good at that,” he replied. And maybe he would be because, let’s be honest, the kind of journalism I do is not brain surgery. But even if it were, he probably would have made a similar response: “Brain surgeon, huh? I fancy I’d be a dab hand at that.” I have great admiration for people who make sharp left turns in their career – an actor one day, a firebrand politician the next, like the mighty Glenda Jackson – rather than staying in the same job for ever, out of fear they can’t do anything else. But the only people who casually tell me they could do my job, or indeed any job, are celebrities.Famous people have a habit of believing they are gifted at, well, everything, and not always to other people’s benefit, as anyone who ever found themselves in an Ibizan club on one of Paris Hilton’s DJ nights knows well. This is what happens when an enormous ego is inflated further by wealth and sycophants. Princess Margaret, in the misguided belief she was a gifted singer, famously once regaled obediently enthusiastic guests with Cole Porter tunes. Francis Bacon, drunk to the eyeballs, booed loudly, and the princess, astonished, ran off in humiliation. “Her singing really was too awful. Someone had to stop her,” Bacon later said. leavesontheline 27 Apr 2019 17:57 Facebook KK, since you were influential with Trump in arranging a pardon for a grandmother, wonder if you might arrange it so that’ll Reply Facebook Share on Facebook Share on Facebook Reply Show 7 more replies merepseudmaged comments (706)Sign in or create your Guardian account to join the discussion. Report Share on Twitter 27 Apr 2019 18:05center_img Twitter Share on Facebook To give her the benefit of the doubt, she may have the aptitude and intellectual ability to study law. She’s certainly got the money to pay for experts to tutor her. But will she have the staying power to keep studying a large amount of what is quite unglamorous not to say very boring stuff, commit it to memory and pass multiple exams culminating in passing the bar? On that I’m less sure. Report Show 2 more replies | Pick Wasserfall 27 Apr 2019 19:36 | Pick Simother Tintenfische tovarish | Pick Share on Twitter Twitter Share Share on Facebook | Pick | Pick Twitter Twitter Twitter | Pick 5 6 25 26 On that I’m less sure. Facebook Simother 26 27 Twitter features | Pick Facebook Report | Pick MatthewHenson Facebook There appears to be a small alien emerging from the top of Trump’s head. 27 Apr 2019 16:35 11 12 Twitter Facebook Share on Twitter Share Reply 50 UnsavouryExcretions 11 12 Reply Share | Pick Report Share on Twitter Share 38 39 Reply Share on Twitter Report Share on Facebook 27 Apr 2019 17:00 6 7 Twitter There’s a joke just waiting to be made about Kim Kardashian’s briefs, but I can’t be arsed. Good luck to her. | Pick 28 29 Facebook …excuse, jostled on shuttle. Meant,arrange it so that lawyers must testify under oath to tell the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth? Guess I’ve known a few too many lawyers. Daniel Warren SheriffFatman Share jagadox Report Share Share on Facebook EnglishroG Share on Twitter Onthebus2 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. Reply Share Share 5 6 17 18 Twitter Share 27 Apr 2019 16:37 73 74 27 Apr 2019 16:54 Show 25 But her suggestion that she is following in some kind of noble family tradition is a little less heartwarming than she seems to think. Like all of us, Ms. Kardashian has zero responsibility for a parent’s choice of career (or clients). Also, representing accused murderers is a noble calling. If only the people you or I deem innocent are able to hire lawyers, the presumption of innocence is done with. Yes, that sometimes means the guilty go free (better that on occasion than a single innocent person be unjustly imprisoned). I’ve never quite understood the Kardashian phenomenon. Seems like the lot of them are famous on the flimsiest of pretexts. But that’s neither here nor there. If this woman wants to study the law, it’s fine with me. | Pick 4 Bjerkley 27 Apr 2019 17:03 27 Apr 2019 17:11 Facebook Is she REALLY a good role model? And? It wasn’t her father’s job to decide on Simpson’s guilt or innocence; it was the job of the jury. Robert Kardashian’s job was to defend his client to the best of his ability. Or do you think that people who look guilty — so much so that even their lawyers doubt their innocence — don’t deserve a robust defence? Say you were accused of some terrible crime of which you knew you were innocent but where all the circumstantial evidence pointed to you. Would it be just that no lawyer would defend you properly because they all thought you were guilty. 3 Twitter Order by oldest 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 Share Share on Twitter 110 111 Reply | Pick Share on Twitter Share Share on Twitter Poem51 Woman wants to attain a law degree.Hadley is pissed off about it. Confusing to say the least. OJ Simpson Facebook Report Share 5nufk1n4prez The point is Kim k already has a busy and highly lucrative career, not to mention a huge personal fortune, and may be distracted by all that. It’s not unreasonable to assume this. I know I’d sure as heck find it hard to study if I knew there was a lambo on the drive! 27 Apr 2019 16:21 Share on Facebook Share on Facebook 4 5 27 Apr 2019 17:12 Report Reply Share on Twitter Facebook Share on Facebook 100 Share on Facebook Facebook Twitter mintaka | Pick Share on Facebook mintaka Children of wealthy parents shouldn’t follow them into law, finance, business etc. They should become columnists instead. 27 28 27 Apr 2019 16:27 9 10 Read more Hadley Freeman’s Weekend column Share on Twitter Reply Facebook Share Facebook 27 Apr 2019 16:39 Report | Pick | Pick Share on Twitter Share on Facebook 33 34 Hi Kanye Report I am still trying to work out what any of the Kardashian have actually done to be so famous. Facebook Share 5nufk1n4prez Show 3 more replies Share on Twitter Report | Pick Twitter tovarish Report Share on Twitter Share Yes, it’s a sad incitement of society when that apparently makes you a role model for the rest of us plebs to aspire to. There not exactly in the same league as say Neil Armstrong or Sophie Scholl. The really sad part is that more people today have heard of and know more about the Kardashians than they do about either of these two. unclestinky | Pick Reply Comments 706 Twitter Show 4 more replies Share on Twitter Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Facebook Share Share on LinkedIn Report Reply “The reading is what really gets me. It’s so time-consuming.” Share on Twitter Plastic surgery, sex tapes, naked photos, marrying pop stars, changing their gender. Think that about sums it up. 27 Apr 2019 17:18 Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Share Dappler 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. Facebook Report “Kardashian is actually very intelligent”Really??? I once zapped by their show, her sister was having issues in her marriage/ relationship, Kim Kardashian’s solution was to give him a blow job. That was the first and last time I watched it tbh. Share on Twitter So weird though. So, so weird. The marketing-media-marketing-entertainment-marketing hype machine has (d)evolved from the Biebers and the Britneys to this, and while she’s definitely a willing product of that cesspool, and with nowhere near the talent(?) of those other two ancestors of this, the strange fact is that she could conceivably become an American, 21st century, Coco Chanel, complete with the billions if she stayed in her lane. Instead, she reckons she’ll have a bash at becoming My Cousin Vinny. unthreaded Report | Pick Loading comments… Trouble loading? Reply Show 5 more replies 27 Apr 2019 16:41 17 18 | Pick Reply Share on Twitter | Pick 27 Apr 2019 21:56 Facebook 29 30 Show 1 more reply 70 71 27 Apr 2019 16:49 27 Apr 2019 16:43 Share chillango Quite right, it was a typo. Ho ho, Kim finds reading hard! What a ditz! Except: 27 Apr 2019 17:32 Facebook Report 4 Twitter | Pick Share on Facebook | Pick Read more Share on Facebook Share on Facebook Report | Pick zippymosquito | Pick Share on Facebook Share on Facebook Ponderbelle Share on Twitter Show 17 more replies tovarish Reply And a Ph. D in Nuclear Physics will be next Share on Facebook Report Poem51 Twitter Facebook mintaka Reply Reply Share via Email 999Jasper thedisciple516 Share on Twitter @HadleyFreeman Twitter Report Twitter 27 Apr 2019 16:53 Simother Threads collapsed 27 Apr 2019 16:20 Reply This comment was removed by a moderator because it didn’t abide by our community standards. Replies may also be deleted. For more detail see our FAQs. Share on Facebook 11 12 I think the idea is she wants to speak out on certain issues and wants to be informed about them, not get a new job. If only certain opinion journalists took a similar approach. Facebook Erm, not me personally, but not only women. It’s because she appeals physically to men that she can sell all her merch to women. Share on Facebook | Pick Equipoisee 1 MaxHeidroom Share on Twitter The law is an ass. Report She’s trying to better herself, why mock that? You dislike her privilege? She’s explicitly stated that she’s becoming a lawyer to help more people like that woman she helped get out of jail, help those people who through racism and poverty have been condemned to unfair sentences or unjust ones. She is an intelligent strong woman, she foresaw the popularity of Twitter and Instagram, she built an app years before everyone else, she released emojis years before the top marketing departments at big corporations, and she has bounced back from being tied up naked and at gun point in a foreign country. Her ex leaked a sex tape which would now be called revenge porn and be illegal, and yet you all shame her for it. Facebook zippymosquito 2 3 | Pick Share | Pick 27 Apr 2019 16:40 Share on Twitter Report Share on Facebook Share One of a long running series. But it seems she particularly has an issue with who KK’s father is, and that whilst it would be understandable that many have an interest in what their parents did, this is off limits to her because he was involved in a legal case of the murder of a woman. 33 34 Share on Pinterest Share on Facebook Share Twitter Twitter Reply ID5296332 Share on Facebook Share Show 4 more replies | Pick Reply Share leavesontheline ranelagh75 Share smillsy Share on Twitter Facebook mintaka 27 Apr 2019 16:38 Twitter Quite agree. Hadley is of course entitled to take the piss but it looks to me as if KK might be doing something constructive with her time. Report Contact author 27 Apr 2019 20:05 9 10 Reply SheriffFatman Share on Twitter | Pick Share on Twitter Share Reply 0 1 Share on Twitter Share on Facebook tovarish Share Reply Poem51 mouthfart 14 15 Share on Facebook *released an app as a game and brand tool years before anyone else UnrepentantPunk 27 Apr 2019 16:35 Simother Twitter Share on Twitter Reply 10 11 Sorry there was an error. Please try again later. If the problem persists, please contact Userhelp Share on WhatsApp MaxHeidroom Twitter Celebrity 69 70 27 Apr 2019 17:02 Reply Share on Twitter Share chillango Poem51 27 Apr 2019 18:01 Facebook Report Share Facebook Share ranelagh75 27 Apr 2019 16:48 7 8 It gives her the chance to accessorise her outfits with studious looking glasses – that’s the only reason she would do this. Share Share on Twitter | Pick 27 Apr 2019 17:29 Share on Facebook AmadanDubh There’s only one conclusion I can draw from this article… Hadley would properly hate the current Finn/Imogen storyline in neighbours. 27 Apr 2019 17:33 15 16 30 31 HellHoundOnMyTrail Share Seems to me she is suggesting that we should take a dim view of Kim Kardashian, regardless of what she does to educate herself or set out to achieve a goal. Kind of says more about Hadley than about KK when you think about it. Reply Report Tintenfische Facebook Report Share 27 Apr 2019 17:26 Twitter mintaka merepseudmaged Report All She’s famous because people (almost entirely women as far as I can see) find her appealing. So they watch her tv shows, read her social media output and buy stuff she promotes. That makes her similar to loads of people who have done well in the media for many decades. 27 Apr 2019 16:28 Share on Facebook Facebook Daniel Warren 79 80 Twitter Share Facebook Report oofocus 27 Apr 2019 17:28 Share on Facebook Share on Facebook Here’s my advice for teenage girls: don’t make the same mistakes I did | Pick Share I think many people care, or should as celebrities should understand they are looked up upon, they nurture the opinions of the youth. Unless that is irrelevant to you? We need good role models. We have the President that has less values than an ape with Tourettes. The solution isn’t the biased-Puritan Pence either. Show 2 more replies Twitter | Pick Facebook jagadox ace9000 Share | Pick 27 Apr 2019 16:21 5nufk1n4prez Twitter Share Don’t you mean “missing out on clubbing except on seal nights”? Share on Twitter | Pick 27 Apr 2019 16:45 27 Apr 2019 17:08 Report zippymosquito Email (optional) Report 50 51 Bjerkley Facebook Reply MaxHeidroom 27 Apr 2019 16:49 | Pick Reply Poem51 Share UnrepentantPunk Facebook | Pick Report 25 26 6 7 Facebook 117 118 147 148 Report Because said staying power is a comparatively rare ability among humans, regardless of who we’re talking about? UnsavouryExcretions Poem51 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 Twitter | Pick 27 Apr 2019 17:06 27 Apr 2019 16:31 Share on Facebook 27 Apr 2019 17:12 Share Share on Facebook Share on Twitter 27 Apr 2019 19:01 Share on Facebook Report SheriffFatman 1 This is a remarkably mean-spirited article. A woman wants to be something other than famous for being famous, and you mock her for it? Thanks, Punky; they don’t call me Hawkeye for nothing (in fact, they don’t call me that at all)! Share on Facebook Share on Facebook greendreamer next Share Please select Personal abuse Off topic Legal issue Trolling Hate speech Offensive/Threatening language Copyright Spam Other Reason (optional) Close report comment form Share on Twitter Show 2 more replies View more commentslast_img read more

Mississippi police shooting suspect who shot officer dead on the run

first_imgShare 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. Gun crime This article is more than 2 months old Share on Facebook A gunman who shot dead a uniformed officer outside the Biloxi police station remained on the run on Monday, the subject of an intense manhunt along Mississippi’s Gulf coast.It was unclear what prompted the killing of Officer Robert McKeithen, a 23-year veteran who was scheduled to retire this year. Biloxi’s police chief, John Miller, said police did not know if he was targeted, or the victim of a random act.“The animal that did this is still on the run,” Miller told reporters. “We’re going to do everything within our power to bring him to justice for Robert and his family.”Authorities say the man approached McKeithen in the station’s parking lot on Sunday night and shot him multiple times, either before or after coming inside the station. Since you’re here… Reuse this content Biloxi police chief says he believes the man who killed officer Robert McKeithen outside the police station is still in the area Support The Guardian Mississippi police shooting: suspect who shot officer dead on the run This article is more than 2 months old Mississippi Mon 6 May 2019 14.39 EDT Biloxi authorities released images showing the suspect wearing navy blue shorts, a black T-shirt, a red beanie cap and dark high top sneakers with red tops.Photograph: Steve Skjold / Alamy/Alamy Authorities released images taken from a surveillance camera inside the station, showing a suspect wearing navy blue shorts, a black T-shirt, a red beanie cap and dark high-top sneakers. Miller said the man came inside “at one point” and “seemed a bit nonchalant” as he walked around.Authorities withheld details of the shooting but Miller said that “with all of Robert’s training, I don’t know that there was anything else he could have done”.McKeithen was rushed to a nearby hospital emergency room, where he was pronounced dead.Within two minutes, other officers set up “a pretty intense perimeter”, but the gunman remained at large hours later, Miller said.Officials pleaded for the public to identify the suspect, saying a $5,000 award is being offered.The news conference was held on the steps of Biloxi’s police headquarters, and Miller gestured at one point toward the crime scene, around McKeithen’s patrol SUV. He said his officer was “murdered last night right here in our parking lot”.Miller turned the case over to the neighboring Gulfport police department, saying it was better to have an outside agency investigate the killing of one of Biloxi’s officers.Gulfport’s police chief, Leonard Papania, promised an “around-the-clock” investigation.“Everyone is concerned,” Papania said. “Anytime you have this kind of a deliberate and violent attack on a police officer, especially right in front of a police station, it should cause everybody great concern.”Troy Peterson, sheriff of Harrison county, and the local district attorney were also assisting, along with state and federal law enforcement agencies.Miller said he believed the man was still in the area, but said he had no information to support that.McKeithen, 58, was described as an air force veteran with a wife, daughter, two stepsons and a stepdaughter.Miller said he and McKeithen had handled calls together earlier in their career. The chief said McKeithen and three other officers were awarded a medal of valor for risking their lives to rescue four special needs children during Hurricane Katrina.“He was a very gentle man for a policeman,” Miller said. “He treated people with respect and dignity and we’re going to miss him sorely.” newscenter_img The Mississippi Bureau of Investigations released this image of a suspect. Photograph: AP Topics US crime Mississippi Share on WhatsApp Shares1616 Share on LinkedIn First published on Mon 6 May 2019 11.21 EDT Share on Twitter Share via Email Associated Press in Biloxi, Mississippi Share on Pinterest Share via Email Share on Messenger Share on Twitterlast_img read more

The Snapdragon 215 Could Make Cheap Phones Less Terrible

first_img Little Jenny From ‘Forrest Gump’ Is 34 Now and Gorgeous The Most Inappropriate Comic Book Characters Ever Proof Henry Cavill Isn’t a Very Good Dude at All Maisie Williams’ Transformation is Turning Heads We Now Understand How Curt Schilling Blew His Entire Fortune 4 Comments You’d never expect a sub-$100 phone to be as fast as a flagship device like the Pixel 3 or Galaxy S10, but they can still be unreasonably slow sometimes. The bargain-priced Qualcomm Snapdragon 200-series chips have offered bare minimum performance in the past, but the company’s new Snapdragon 215 system-on-a-chip (SoC) could make ultra-cheap phones much more usable with better performance, higher resolutions, and more. The Snapdragon 215 replaces the 210, which has been a bottom-tier chip for Qualcomm since 2014. You’d see the 210 most often in ultra-cheap unlocked phones from white label manufacturers. Those are the sort of phones no one necessarily wants to use but plenty of people still do. The 215 SoC is a quantum leap over the 210 — Qualcomm says it’s 50 percent faster across the board. Like the old 210, the SD215 has a quad-core CPU. However, it has Cortex A53 cores instead of the aging A7 CPUs. These 64-bit cores are considerably faster and more efficient than the old 32-bit A7s. Cheap phones are slowly moving toward tall display ratios like 18:9, and the Snapdragon 215 will support that up to HD+ at 720×1560 (19.9:9). The more powerful Adreno 308 GPU can also decode video and render games more easily. It’s 28 percent faster than the 210’s GPU while offering better video battery life. Qualcomm’s new chip will also help budget phones compete on the camera front with its dual ISP (image signal processors). The 215 supports dual camera setups for enhanced depth sensing and portrait effects. Camera resolution also gets a boost to 13MP from 8MP on the 210. The new Hexagon DSP allows for about five days of music playback on an average phone, and apps that use sensors like GPS won’t drain the battery as much. The new SoC has more wireless capabilities, too. There’s NFC support for the first time on a 200-series chip. It was understandable to omit that in 2014, but mobile payments are much more common now. There’s also dual-SIM support with VoLTE on both cards. The updated 802.11ac Wi-Fi radio also means faster speeds, up to 433Mbps down. However, LTE still tops out at 150Mbps like the 210 (it has the same old X5 LTE modem). The first devices with the Snapdragon 215 will launch later in 2019. While it supports more features, there’s no guarantee device makers will utilize all the technologies offered by the Snapdragon 215. Phones with this SoC will cost well under $100, so there’s not going to be room for all the bells and whistles. Now read:The Entire Semiconductor Market Just Suffered the Worst Downturn in a DecadeReport: Apple Bought Loads of Cheap Patents to Make Qualcomm Look BadIntel CPU Shortage Could Worsen in Q2 2019, Opening Path for ARM, AMD Anna Kendrick’s Transformation is Turning Heads Facebook Twitter Linkedin Pinterest Google Plus Reddit Hacker News Flipboard Email Copy 0shares This site may earn affiliate commissions from the links on this page. Terms of use. You Might Also LikePowered By ZergNet The Most Offensive Video Game Characters of All Time Saying Goodbye to Johnny Depp By Ryan Whitwam on July 9, 2019 at 3:29 pm The Snapdragon 215 Could Make Cheap Phones Less Terrible Tagged In smartphonesmobileARMqualcommsystem-on-a-chip Post a Comment 4 Commentslast_img read more

The Worst CPUs Ever Made

first_img The Outrage Over Robert Pattinson As Batman Continues Tagged In amdintelsonycpussemiconductorsps3bulldozeritaniumCell Broadband EnginePowerPCCyrixDeschutesFDIVg5Merced6x866x86MXG4 Post a Comment 134 Comments Now Read:Moore’s Law is Dead, Long Live Moore’s LawHappy 40th Anniversary to the Original Intel 8086The Myths of Moore’s Law Facebook Twitter Linkedin Pinterest Google Plus Reddit Hacker News Flipboard Email Copy 4shares This site may earn affiliate commissions from the links on this page. Terms of use. Yesterday, we celebrated the Best CPUs Ever Made. Today, we’ve decided to revisit some of the worst CPUs ever built. To make it on to this list, a CPU needed to be fundamentally broken, as opposed to simply being poorly positioned or slower than expected. The annals of history are already stuffed with mediocre products that didn’t quite meet expectations but weren’t truly bad.Note: Plenty of people will bring up the Pentium FDIV bug here, but the reason we didn’t include it is simple: Despite being an enormous marketing failure for Intel and a huge expense, the actual bug was tiny. It impacted no one who wasn’t already doing scientific computing and the scale and scope of the problem in technical terms was never estimated to be much of anything. The incident is recalled today more for the disastrous way Intel handled it than for any overarching problem in the Pentium microarchitecture.We also include a few dishonorable mentions. These chips may not be the worst of the worst, but they ran into serious problems or failed to address key market segments. With that, here’s our list of the worst CPUs ever made. The Worst CPUs Ever Made The Emotional Way ‘Riverdale’ Paid Tribute to Luke Perry at SDCC Helen From ‘Waterworld’ Is 56 Now and Incredibly Gorgeous By Joel Hruska on July 23, 2019 at 7:40 am Intel Itanium Intel’s Itanium was a radical attempt to push hardware complexity into software optimizations. All of the work to determine which instructions to execute in parallel was handled by the compiler before the CPU ran a byte of code. Analysts predicted Itanium would conquer the world. It didn’t. Compilers were unable to extract necessary performance and the chip was radically incompatible with everything that had come before it. Once expected to replace x86 entirely and change the world, Itanium limped along for years with a niche market and precious little else.<><>12345678910 You Might Also LikePowered By ZergNet The Surprising Reason Why Brandon Routh Is Returning to Superman Canceled Marvel Movies We’ll Never Get to See We Finally Understand Why ‘Criminal Minds’ Got Canceled The Dangerous ‘Toy Story 4’ Scene One Million Moms is Protesting Iconic Movie Scenes These Actors Totally Regret Filming 134 Commentslast_img read more

Vertex Announces Salesforce Commerce Cloud Integration

first_img CRM platformcustomer serviceMarketing TechnologyNewspersonalizationSalesforce Commerce CloudVertex Previous ArticleSailPoint Drives the Future of Identity Governance with SailPoint Predictive IdentityNext ArticlePacific Life Partners with Salesforce for Digital Transformation Vertex Announces Salesforce Commerce Cloud Integration PRNewswireMay 30, 2019, 10:02 pmMay 30, 2019 Customers Can Benefit from Certified End-to-End Tax FunctionalityVertex, Inc., a leading provider of tax technology and services, announced a certified integration with Salesforce Commerce Cloud, the fastest path to unified commerce with advanced sales and use tax management capabilities.@VertexInc’s latest integration with @CommerceCloud enables end-to-end #tax functionality.Commerce Cloud enables brands to provide personalized experiences for shoppers that span web, mobile, social and in-store. As a part of Salesforce, the world’s #1 CRM platform, Salesforce Commerce Cloud customers can deliver completely unified experiences that extend beyond commerce to include marketing, customer service and more.The Salesforce certified Vertex integration empowers Commerce Cloud customers to automate tax calculations and generate signature-ready PDF returns in one solution, saving time, reducing risk and improving compliance. With 40 years in the industry and experience with thousands of implementations, Vertex builds robust integrations that consider every type of financial transaction and automatically apply the most up-to-date tax rates, rules and exceptions across jurisdictions.Marketing Technology News: Verint Honors 7 Award-Winning Customers Achieving Remarkable Results in Customer Engagement“There are multiple functionalities, from recurring billing and quick sales to multi-warehouse shipments or deliveries, that must be considered to satisfy the complex workflows of business,” said Paul Beirnes, managing director of partner development at Vertex. “Our tax integrations are built with the flexibility in mind to satisfy even the most sophisticated of customer needs.”Marketing Technology News: Zendesk Unveils Next Generation of Conversational Messaging ExperiencesThe Salesforce Commerce Cloud empowers retailers to unify customer experiences across all points of commerce, including web, social, mobile and store. From shopping to fulfillment to customer service, the Commerce Cloud delivers 1-to-1 shopping experiences that consistently delight customers, driving increased engagement, loyalty and conversion. With embedded predictive intelligence and a robust partner ecosystem, the Commerce Cloud helps retailers deliver superior customer experiences for retailers, from planning to launch and beyond.Marketing Technology News: MRC Continues DoubleVerify’s Accreditation for Desktop, Mobile Web & In-App Impressions, SIVT Traffic Filtration & Viewabilitylast_img read more

The Importance of a Clear Diversity Statement in Tech

first_imgThe Importance of a Clear Diversity Statement in Tech Zoe MorrisJune 14, 2019, 10:00 amJune 13, 2019 In recent years, we’ve seen a pronounced shift in the conversation around diversity and inclusion in the business world. An ever-growing number of organizations, from startups to Fortune 500 giants, are making Diversity and Inclusion a priority. They are investing in more initiatives and viewing Diversity as a driving force behind long-term growth and success. While it’s important to acknowledge and commend the positive changes happening across tech globally, it’s not the time to rest on our laurels just yet—there’s still a lot of work in the way to achieve real gender equality and put an end to corporate bias in its various forms.Diversity in Tech TodayThe tech sector is taking steps toward creating a more inclusive business landscape. But is lagging behind other industries when it comes to promoting Diversity and Inclusion internally. STEM industries certainly are notorious for employing primarily white males and evoking a kind of “boys’ club” mentality. This deters other genders and ethnicities hoping to forge a career there. Take Google’s employee numbers, for example; just 2% of Google’s 100,000 employees are African American, and only 20% of its technical roles are held by women. Other tech titans like Salesforce and Microsoft have made a clear effort to narrow the pay gap recently, but this needs to become the norm rather than the glowing exception.A lack of awareness surrounding Diversity and Inclusion policies stands as a major contributor. Tackling the issue head-on makes sense from a strategic perspective too. A more inclusive workplace means your employees feel happier and more empowered to innovate, grow, and help you outperform your competitors.Every one of your employees is a potential ambassador for your brand. A workforce that feels heard, respected, and connected is one that feels positive about its employer. This kind of currency will take you far when it comes to attracting the kind of high-caliber talent you want to drive your business forward.Read More: Why Sellers.json is a Major Leap Forward in Transparent Programmatic AdvertisingThe Modern Tech ProfessionalRight now, the tech job market is a skilled candidate’s dream. Organizations across the US and the rest of the world are clamoring to hire and retain the very best talent in their respective ecosystems. Gone are the days where a higher salary would be enough to nudge a potential hire in your direction. The most attractive job offer is less about money and benefits. It is more about company culture, professional development, and the core values upheld by the organization into consideration.Businesses looking to stay relevant and attract top-tier professionals can’t get away with simply paying lip service to diversity policies. The modern professional expects and demands transparency from current and potential employers, and this is particularly true of millennials; a recent report from Baker McKenzie revealed that a whopping 80% of millennial respondents wouldn’t even apply for a role if they felt the company in question had a gender pay gap. This only bolsters the already long-overdue message. It says businesses need to focus on equality and be transparent about where they stand on Diversity and Inclusion. This is important, especially when looking for fresh talent in an industry as fiercely competitive as tech.For a global scale business, Diversity and Inclusion becomes an even more integral part of sustained growth an international success. The richness of cultures and genders in your workforce leaves you better equipped to work across different parts of the world. It helps in an authentic understanding of the people-and markets-you work with.Read More: What to Expect When You’re Launching a Customer Data Platform in 2019Your Diversity Statement and Internal MarketingMore businesses are sitting up and taking stock of Diversity and Inclusion in the wider community. But employee-facing strategies are often on the backburner. Actually creating a diversity policy for your organization is only the beginning of the journey; the real work comes with promoting and supporting that strategy internally with the same Marketing zeal that goes into your customer-facing efforts.We need to change our perception of Internal Marketing. The perception should be changed from something of an afterthought to a key consideration. Your efforts in communicating company values to your workforce clearly and enthusiastically have an impact not only on employee satisfaction and morale. This also supports the delivery of exceptional Customer Service.According to a recent survey of the ServiceNow community, almost a third (29%) of professionals said they weren’t even sure whether or not their company had a diversity statement, while 8% said their employer simply didn’t have one.The fact that a significant number of employees experience a bit of a blind spot when it comes to their employer’s diversity statement indicates a lack of Internal Marketing to support it. It could be as simple as raising awareness through a company newsletter, organizing events to support diversity initiatives, or providing training to educate your people on the ins and outs of your organization’s values and protocols.Effective Internal Marketing is critical to rolling out a successful Diversity and Inclusion policy—one that has the power to effect real change and contribute to the fight for equality in a positive, pro-active way while attracting more-diverse talent to enrich your workforce like never before.Read More: Fully Connected: How to Get Developing Countries Online Clear DiversityGender Equalityinternal marketinginternational successNelson Frank Previous ArticleVidMob Closes $25 Million In Series B Financing To Fuel Global Expansion Of Creative Technology Platform, Agile Creative StudioNext ArticleXactly Redefines ICM Industry with First Unified Sales Performance Management Platform to Accelerate Revenue Growthlast_img read more

Anil Kapoor John Abrahams Pagalpanti to Release on This Date

first_imgThere is good news in store for all Anil Kapoor, John Abraham and Ileana D’Cruz fans. Their latest comedy film Pagalpanti has got a new release date, which was announced on Monday. As per the tweet of film trade analyst Taran Adarsh, director Anees Bazmee’s next project titled Pagalpanti will now be released on November 8 this year. Taking it to Twitter, the film critic wrote, “New release date for #Pagalpanti… Will now release on 8 Nov 2019… Stars Anil Kapoor, John Abraham, Ileana D’Cruz, Arshad Warsi, Pulkit Samrat, Kriti Kharbanda, Urvashi Rautela and Saurabh Shukla… Directed by Anees Bazmee.” New release date for #Pagalpanti… Will now release on 8 Nov 2019… Stars Anil Kapoor, John Abraham, Ileana D’Cruz, Arshad Warsi, Pulkit Samrat, Kriti Kharbanda, Urvashi Rautela and Saurabh Shukla… Directed by Anees Bazmee.— taran adarsh (@taran_adarsh) May 27, 2019 Abhishek PathakAnees BazmeeAnil Kapoorarshad warsi First Published: May 28, 2019, 11:51 AM IST Pagalpanti was earlier set to release on December 6, which was later preponed to November 22. Now, the makers have shifted the release date to November 8, bringing more excitement and eagerness to its fans. Recently, the movie was in the news when the lead actor John Abraham got a muscle injury while filming on the set of Pagalpanti.While Anil Kapoor has previously shared screen space with John Abraham in Welcome Back, he has acted with Ileana D’Cruz in Mubarakan. Surprisingly, both the films were directed by Anees Bazmee. Follow @News18Movies for more center_img Apart from the lead star cast, the movie has some more stars in its list, including Arshad Warsi, Pulkit Samrat, Kriti Kharbanda, Urvashi Rautela and Saurabh Shukla. Pagalpanti is being produced by Bhushan Kumar, Kumar Mangat and Abhishek Pathak.last_img read more

Delhi Congress Leaders Meet LG Demand Probe into Alleged Irregularities in Waqf

first_img amanatullah khanDelhi Waqf BoardLt Governor Anil BaijalParvez Alam First Published: July 11, 2019, 7:19 PM IST New Delhi: A delegation of Delhi Congress leaders met Lt Governor Anil Baijal on Thursday and demanded a time-bound probe into the alleged “irregularities” in recruitment on various posts of the Delhi Waqf Board (DWB).Party leader Parvez Alam said his party will soon hold a ‘dharna’ to expose the “corruption” in the Board. “We will take this matter to the Muslim community across the capital as to how the DWB is being misused for personal gains by its sitting chairman,” he said.Allegations of “irregularities and nepotism” in the recruitment had been levelled earlier as well by the party leaders against DWB chairman Amanatullah Khan.Khan had rejected the charges and said the Board was functioning for welfare of the Muslims. He had accused the Congress of levelling “baseless” allegations for political gains.A Delhi Congress statement claimed that the Lt Governor has assured the delegation of a probe.The delegation included Delhi Congress minorities cell chairman Ali Mehndi, Parvez Ahamad and spokesperson Harnam Singh among others. last_img read more

Jagan Mohan Reddy Govt Decides to Put on Hold Amaravati Expansion Works

first_imgAmaravati: Andhra Pradesh Government has decided to put on hold the Amaravati capital city expansion works due to a lack of funds.The Jagan Mohan Reddy-led government’s white paper on state finances cited a total outstanding debt of Rs 2,58,000 crore. This includes other borrowings, other dues, other liabilities that amounts to Rs 3,62,375 crore. The government is now paying around Rs 20,000 crore per month as interest amount to the outstanding debts. The previous government under Chandrababu Naidu assessed the requirement for the new capital city of Amaravati at over Rs 2,00,000 crore. The entire amount, however, spent over the five year period was just a miniscule portion of the estimated amount.A non-convertible debenture issuance was made by the APCRDA (Andhra Pradesh Capital Region Development Authority), a state-owned entity established for the purpose of capital city development at a very high fixed interest rate of 10.32%.AP Finance Minister Buggana Rajendranadh Reddy said during the release of the White Paper “We will consider the capital city construction works when our government will be able to afford Rs 32 crore/kilometre of road. We cannot go further on the capital city works, ignoring priority sectors like education, health” he added.Jagan Reddy’s government is now focusing on Navaratnalu (nine assurances were given in their party’s election manifesto). For this, the government has to allocate a huge amount of funds in the next five years. Hence, CM Jagan has put the works on low priority.Officials have already been instructed to put a halt on all works that haven’t been started yet and no new construction will be undertaken.The government’s decision comes as a setback to thousands of farmers, who had given their lands for the construction of the capital city. This is also a jolt to the state’s real estate sector. amaravatiAndhra PradeshJagan Mohan Reddy First Published: July 12, 2019, 12:29 PM ISTlast_img read more

Watch Qualcomms weird vision of what Snapdragon 845 life is like

first_imgAugmented Reality glasses that can identify your meal. Clearer, more color-rich photos of your salad. 360-degree streaming of avocados over LTE. Qualcomm has a vision of what the Snapdragon 845-powered experience might be like out in the real world, and it’s oddly obsessed with food. A flashy “day in the life” concept video is a mainstay of any new platform launch, and Qualcomm’s Snapdragon Summit is no different. In the case of the Snapdragon 845 particularly, it’s an opportunity for Qualcomm to push the idea of the chipset as being relevant far further afield than simply in smartphones. They’ll undoubtedly be some of the most frequent implementations of the new SoC, but Qualcomm wants more. For instance, Qualcomm apparently envisages diners wearing augmented reality glasses which can identify what they’re about to eat, and flag that up on top of their view of the table in front of them. Though AR wearables are a mainstay of science fiction, there’s actually plenty in the Snapdragon 845 design that promises to deliver that. Computational photography and on-device processing of face and image recognition – which has both privacy and latency advantages over cloud-based processing – are central to the new Adreno 630 Visual Processing Subsystem and Spectra 280 ISP.While consumers may not flock to such wearables, other food-based tech could be more popular. The video shows, for instance, how you could livestream an avocado in 360-degrees over an LTE connection: not, perhaps, the most common application of livestreaming, but a good example of why Gigabit LTE and adding a little unlicensed LTE spectrum in particular could be valuable. The Snapdragon 845’s X20 LTE modem supports up to 1.2 Gbps Cat 18, carrier-depending. Meanwhile, Windows on ARM notebooks also get a nod. Qualcomm announced its plans with Microsoft to power laptops, 2-in-1s, and detachable tablets running full Windows 10 earlier this week, with partners including ASUS and HP already having products to show while Lenovo apparently has a machine of its own waiting in the wings. The difference there, mind, is that those devices will use the Snapdragon 835, 2017’s flagship chipset, though it doesn’t seem to far fetched to assume that as the Snapdragon 845 rolls off the production lines at Samsung Foundry it’ll begin to show up in this new, larger form-factor. Really, though, it’s the battery promises that most people will be concerned with. Qualcomm isn’t giving a single figure – it’ll obviously depend, device-to-device, on what sort of hardware OEMs are packaging around the new Snapdragon – but says that for gaming, video, and “XR” (its umbrella term for augmented reality, virtual reality, and mixed reality) there’s roughly a 30-percent battery life improvement possible. Factor in Quick Charge 4.0, not new but which Qualcomm expects to gain traction more readily now that the dam has been broken on USB-C adoption, and the tastiest advantage to Snapdragon 845 might simply be a device in 2018 that actually has power when you need it. Story TimelineQualcomm is preparing for warQualcomm pushes Snapdragon 845 to steal Apple’s privacy crownQualcomm tweaked Bluetooth 5.0 to make headphones so much betterlast_img read more

WhatsApp just gave BlackBerry and Windows Phone an ultimatum

first_imgAccording to WhatsApp, the decision comes down to simple prioritization of resources. “These platforms don’t offer the kind of capabilities we need to expand our app’s features in the future,” the Facebook-owned company confirmed in a support update, spotted by Venturebeat. “If you use one of these affected mobile devices, we recommend upgrading to a newer OS version, or to a newer Android running OS 4.0+, iPhone running iOS 7+, or Windows Phone 8.1+ so that you can continue using WhatsApp.”The decision affects devices running either BlackBerry OS or BlackBerry 10, and any smartphone running Windows Phone 8.0 or older. It’ll go into effect at the start of 2018, and will mean that users of such devices won’t be able to create new accounts or re-verify existing accounts.However, the apps themselves will continue to work, though WhatsApp warns that they’ll be on borrowed time. “Because we will no longer actively develop for these platforms,” it cautions, “some features may stop functioning at any time.” Sadly, switching to a new device isn’t entirely hassle-free. Actually getting started with new conversations from an existing account isn’t a problem: once you’ve installed WhatsApp, you verify your number and your contacts should show up as usual. Unfortunately the same isn’t the case for chat history, since right now WhatsApp doesn’t support transferring old conversations between platforms. Instead the recommendation is to send a complete chat history as an email, for archiving purposes. Not ideal, but better than losing your whole conversation as you migrate to another platform with a little more future ahead of it. WhatsApp has been pretty upfront about its plans to deprecate support for aging smartphone versions. Nokia’s S40, which is still fairly popular on feature phones in developing markets, has just over a year left, but will fall under the same limits as BlackBerry 10 and Windows Phone 8.0 come December 31, 2018. Beyond that, Android versions 2.3.7 and older will do the same until February 1, 2020.The service does deserve some kudos for that transparency, not to mention the recent addition of some long-anticipated features. Back in October, for instance, it introduced support for recalling messages. Earlier that same month, it announced it would add location sharing for users with their friends. WhatsApp has called time on BlackBerry 10 and Windows Phone 8.0, confirming that it will cease supporting the smartphone platforms at the end of the year as it focuses its development attentions elsewhere. The decision won’t mean instant death for the WhatsApp app on those platforms, but it does mean the end is in sight.last_img read more

Jabra Elite Active 65t are an AirPods alternative for athletes

first_imgAt CES 2018, audio company Jabra announced a new product line called Elite, which is currently comprised of three earbuds models: the Elite 45e, Elite 65t, and Elite Active 65t. The first of the bunch, the 45e, feature a typical wired connection between the two otherwise wireless ear pieces, but the other two models are different: they’re ‘truly wireless,’ meaning there aren’t any wires connecting the bits together. The Elite 65t and Elite Active 65t are the third generation of Jabra’s own truly wireless earbuds. The ordinary 65t model are specifically designed to provide excellent voice and music experiences, according to the company. The unit features a four-microphone array, as well as one-touch access to Google Now and Siri, and integration with Alexa. This pair has up to 15 hours of run time per charge, though that includes the 10 hours provided by the charging case. If that sounds interesting but you worry about how they’d hold up during activity, Jabra has an alternative: the Elite Active 65t, which are designed for sport as well as more casual use. Jabra explains that the Elite 65t can be used by athletes during training and they can be worn during sports. This is made possible due to the inclusion of an “enhanced grip” coating and IP56 rating. This model also features an integrated accelerometer for tracking activity levels.Finally, Jabra is launching the Elite 45e wireless earbuds (they do have a cord between the ear pieces, mind). This model is best for people who want a headset with the best of both worlds as far as voice and music quality are concerned. This model has a box microphone for very clear audio, while the neckband is made with soft memory wire.last_img read more

US hits ZTE with huge ban that has ominous Android implications

first_imgZTE had admitted that, despite sanctions against shipping US-made components to the two countries, it had circumvented those embargoes. A five year long federal investigation concluded that the company had been buying US components and using them in its own products, some of which had been distributed in Iran and North Korea. ZTE then went on to hide the practice. When challenged by the US Department of Commerce, ZTE agreed to plead guilty to the actions. It also accepted a combined civil and criminal penalty and forfeiture of $1.19 billion. “In addition to these monetary penalties,” the US DoC said today, “ZTE also agreed a seven-year suspended denial of export privileges, which could be activated if any aspect of the agreement was not met and/or if the company committed additional violations of the Export Administration Regulations (EAR).”Now, though, the Department of Commerce says it believes ZTE made false statements in 2016 and 2017. Not only did ZTE continue to pay full bonuses to employees that had been involved in the illegal activities, it also failed to issue letters of reprimand. ““ZTE misled the Department of Commerce,” Wilbur L. Ross, Secretary of Commerce, said today. “Instead of reprimanding ZTE staff and senior management, ZTE rewarded them. This egregious behavior cannot be ignored.”The implications for ZTE could be huge. The ban, which will last for seven years, will cover “any commodity, software or technology” exported from the United States. That presumably includes any software ZTE might buy licenses for from US firms. It leaves ZTE’s use of Android in a potential quandary. The software is released under the open source license, which means that ZTE can presumably continue to install it on its smartphones and tablets. However, that doesn’t include Google’s specific apps for Gmail, the Google Play store, Google Maps, and other software. Use of those is governed by the Mobile Application Distribution Agreement, or MAPA, a contract signed between Google and device OEMs.Without that agreement – which, it would appear at first glance, Google would no longer be able to extend to ZTE under the terms of these sanctions – ZTE’s phones could not be considered Android certified. Currently, ZTE is listed as providing certified Android devices, which Google describes as being “tested for security and performance and preloaded with Google apps.”MORE US Department of Commerce order [pdf link] US companies have been banned from selling hardware and software to ZTE, after the Chinese company admitted to violating Iran and North Korea sanctions. The firm – which makes smartphones, telecoms hardware, and more – will no longer be able to purchase components from American manufacturers like Qualcomm and Intel, and it could put its current use of Android into jeopardy. Story TimelineUS bill proposal seeks fed ban on working with firms using ZTE and Huawei techlast_img read more

Windows 10 on ARM on Lumia 950 XL is almost finished

first_imgBen has also shared the steps to install Windows 10 on ARM on the Lumia 950 XL but, suffice it to say, it’s not for the faint of heart. It also raises the question of how many others will be able to take advantage of this mod, considering how few Lumia 950 XLs were sold and how they’re no longer available today. Hopefully, Ben’s success would spur others to try the same for other capable Windows Phones.VIA: MSPoweruser It’s almost ironic that it was Microsoft itself that opened the doors to this unofficial port of the rather new Windows 10 on ARM Edition. It released a version of is WP Internals tool last year that enabled unlocking the bootloader of certain Windows Phones. While Microsoft probably never envisioned it to be used as such, it has, at least, not closed the doors just yet.Ben has, since then, tried to make Windows 10 on ARM work on various devices, including the RX-130 prototype that never came to be as well as an off the shelf Lumia 950 XL. The latter is almost fitting considering it was the device that was supposed to be the phone that can replace your PC. That was until Microsoft killed off Windows 10 Mobile’s future as well as Continuum for Phones.That might soon be water under the bridge if this ports fully takes off. Right now wireless networking is still not working but most of the important bits are, including the touch screen. There’s also the question of which apps will work without a hitch but some have been able to run Chrome and even Visual Studio. If Microsoft’s Universal Windows Platform is truly what it’s meant to be, that shouldn’t be much of a problem.AdChoices广告 If Google is notorious for making dozens of throwaway moonshot projects, Microsoft is perhaps infamous for breaking hearts and crushing dreams. From the Courier digital notebook to the Windows 10 Mobile, Microsoft has given fans glimpses of heaven only to unceremoniously snatch it away. Some, however, have finally had enough and have either migrated to other mobile platforms or, in this instance, scratched their own itch. It was a Herculean task but developer Ben imbushuo, @imbushuo, has successfully made Windows 10 on ARM run almost completely on a Lumia 950 XL and has even provided steps on how to follow on his adventure.center_img The phone that can replace your PC(?) pic.twitter.com/OC9XBeWkdT— Ben | imbushuo (@imbushuo) May 12, 2018last_img read more

Ford Ranger will monitor blind spots around your trailer

first_imgThe BLIS system is also able to monitor the blind spots around the trailer the Ranger owner may be towing. Since trailer towing is very common for many truck owners, this system will be a big help to drivers. The system uses radar housed in the taillights of the Ranger that monitor blind spots all the way back to the trailer.Ford also integrates tech into the BLIS system that can warn the driver if a vehicle is coming as they back out. Ford’s video below shows how the driver will program the system. It supports up to three trailer profiles.The driver picks the trailer length from a list and the system does the rest of the work. The BLIS system is standard on Ranger XLT and Lariat models. The 2019 Ford Ranger will go on sale early next year according to Ford. The coolest of the Ranger models that we are looking forward to is the Ranger Raptor. This is a baby Raptor that will bring performance to the small truck segment.SOURCE: Ford All vehicles have blind spots, those areas where a big car can hide on the highway making accidents more likely. Some new vehicles have a blind spot detection system integrated specifically to warn drivers if there is another vehicle lurking in those hard to see areas. Ford will have a blind spot monitoring or BLIS system on the new Ranger truck that monitors more than the truck’s own blind spots.last_img read more

Fix Facebook after the latest update

first_img“People won’t be able to view custom fees from lists of friends,” said the Facebook representative. “[But] they’ll still be able to create and edit friends lists and share just to these audiences whenever they post to Facebook.” In other words, you won’t be able to see what you want specifically, but you will be able to control who sees what you share. Because Facebook is about consumption, not just connecting with friends. Facebook wants users to control what they see just a little less than they do right now. They’re suggesting they’re getting rid of this organization feature because not enough people use it – but imagine a world where the only tools we’re allowed to use are the ones most people use. There wouldn’t be any more sporks, that’s for sure.Assuming you’re a spork sort of person, and you want to be able to control your Facebook feed a bit more than everyone else, there is a way to do it. It involves the removal of friends from your news feed without removing said people AS friends. AdChoices广告In the upper right-hand corner of any one person’s profile page, there’s a button that, by default, says “Following.” Tap that button, and move the selection down to Unfollow. You’ll remain Friends with this person on Facebook, but you will no longer see their posts in your main news feed. Simple as that.I first started unfollowing people to attempt to cut my Facebook stress to zero back in October of 2015. It’s worked out pretty gosh-darned good so far. Story TimelineHow to play Snake on Facebook thanks to NokiaFacebook Dating feature enters employee testing, gets early revealNow Facebook wants to see your bank account [Update]Facebook bans 3D printed gun content, removes blueprint links Facebook today began removing Friends Lists Feeds from their main app and web browser site. This feature is one of a collection that’ll be removed from the mix this year due to a culling of the weak of sorts. As a Facebook representative suggested, “We’re shutting down this lesser-used feature to focus our efforts on improving the main News Feed experience.”last_img read more

FlexPai foldable screen phone foreshadows the coming months

If some of the latest leaks and teasers are true, the next few months is going to be a little bit crazy for the smartphone industry. Foldable smartphones are coming and they may or may not be to everyone’s expectations. But while Samsung might be rushing to be the industry’s first, a practically unknown Chinese company has just beaten it to the punch. Samsung has nothing to worry though because, hopefully, this FlexPai isn’t what the future holds. While the overall design and experience doesn’t inspire confidence, it is hardly representative of what the likes of Samsung or even LG might offer. The FlexPai does feel raw and rushed just to claim the title of first. That said, its retail price of 9,000 RMB, roughly $1,300, could be indicative of how much these devices will cost. In truth, the design that FlexPai uses isn’t that new. Not unless you haven’t seen Lenovo’s attempts at prototypes for foldable and flexible phones of all kinds. Here, it’s more like a tablet that folds in half, with the 7.8-inch screen facing outward when folded.The fold isn’t perfectly flat, as can be expected because of the limits of flexible and bendable screens today. That’s why the FlexPai’s 7.6 mm normal thickness doesn’t simply get doubled when folded and is in fact thicker. The device runs a certain “Water OS” software. Whether it’s based on Android or something else is still unknown. Based on the demonstration above, however, it doesn’t exactly have a reassuring experience. Specs-wise, the FlexPai might be running on a Qualcomm Snapdragon 8150, the only mobile chip so far on a 7 nm process. read more