first_imgMüller Milk & Ingredients eyes milk and cream SKU reductionPosted By: Jules Scullyon: April 11, 2019In: Dairy, Distribution, Industries, LogisticsPrintEmailMüller Milk & Ingredients (MMI) has announced it could cut up to 40% of its 835 fresh milk and cream SKUs in the UK as part of a major cost-cutting drive.Labelled the ‘SKU rationalisation programme’, the move forms part of Project Darwin, which was announced by the business in February and aims to save £100 million.The Darwin initiative includes a comprehensive review of every aspect of MMI’s operations – including logistics, back office and people organisation – in order to simplify the business and reduce costs. By working collaboratively with customers to focus on popular SKUs, MMI said it will improve its environmental performance, supporting its long-term sustainability. The project will allow the business to remove 400 tonnes of plastic from its core fresh milk SKUs, while reducing distribution costs.Patrick Müller, CEO of Müller Milk & Ingredients, said: “At a typical dairy, more than 90% of the milk we buy from farms is manufactured into less than 80 different product formats, meeting customer requirements for different milk types, pack sizes and labelling formats.“At the same dairy, the remaining 10% of milk would be processed into a further 125 SKU formats, which is staggering. Typically, this milk will be packed into smaller or unusual formats, which tend to be far less efficient not only in terms of manufacturing but through the whole supply chain.“The environmental cost of persisting with some of these less common SKU’s is significant, requiring our dairies to halt production whilst pack formats are changed for very small production runs, causing unacceptably high levels of product waste, energy use and complexity throughout our business.“We are working closely with our customers who are fully aligned with the need to simplify and improve environmental and business performance and we are extremely encouraged by the response we’ve had.“Fresh milk is a loved, iconic British tradition and it’s in 96% of the nation’s fridges. With Project Darwin, we have an opportunity to reinvigorate the industry and we will do so by challenging established practices that have become the norm, benefiting the whole supply chain in the short, medium and long term.”In January, Müller announced the introduction of a new recyclable cap in the UK, which uses 13% less plastic. All the company’s branded and private-label fresh milk products in the country now include the lighter cap.Share with your network: Tags: Müller Milk & IngredientsUKlast_img read more

first_img Geoff Weiss April 3, 2014 A blockbuster investment by Andreessen Horowitz is shining a spotlight on Imgur (pronounced ‘imager’), one of the web’s defacto imaging hosts that has, until now, remained largely behind the scenes.The $40 million injection represents a first for Imgur, which has never accepted outside money before and has never expanded beyond 13 total employees, founder Alan Schaaf told Betabeat. Though the startup has been approached by countless venture capitalists, “we never really found a good fit.”Reddit, the dynamic online community for which Imgur was originally created by Schaaf in college as a gift, also invested a vastly smaller, undisclosed sum.Imgur’s exponential growth, including over 3 billion page views and 130 million unique visitors each month, means that the company is emerging as more than just a hosting platform. Related: Bitcoin Advocate Andreessen: ‘Mt. Gox Had to Die’It now boasts its own budding community of uploaders and commenters and Schaaf has frequently likened the venture to a “YouTube for images.”Stating that 30 percent of its traffic comes straight through the front door, Schaaf clarified that Imgur has its own following beyond browsers referred to the site by Reddit, Facebook, Pinterest or Twitter.As part of its investment, Lars Dalgaard, a partner at Andreessen Horowitz, will join Imgur’s board. “Overall, the site has not been optimized for the scale,” Dalgaard told Betabeat of its untapped potential.However, expansion won’t come at the price of the site’s much-beloved free and speedy interface. “I hope we don’t make the site more complicated,” he said.Related: 5 Quick Tips for Better Bootstrapping From SXSW –shares Add to Queue The only list that measures privately-held company performance across multiple dimensions—not just revenue. 2019 Entrepreneur 360 List 2 min read Imgur Finally Says Yes to VC Funding, Accepts $40 Million From Andreessen Horowitz Venture Capital Apply Now » Former Staff Writer Next Article last_img read more

first_img Next Article American Company Lost $100 Million in Largest Email Scam Ever, Government Says 71shares Scams This story originally appeared on Reuters Image credit: Shutterstock Reuters Fireside Chat | July 25: Three Surprising Ways to Build Your Brandcenter_img 3 min read An unidentified American company was defrauded last year out of nearly $100 million by individuals who created a fake email address in order to pose as one of its legitimate vendors, U.S. authorities said on Thursday.The details of the scheme came as the U.S. government filed a civil forfeiture lawsuit in federal court in Manhattan seeking to recover about $25 million in proceeds derived from the fraud held in at least 20 bank accounts around the world.Nearly $74 million has been recovered and returned to the American company, authorities said.The case appeared to be the latest, and one of the largest, examples of a “business email compromise,” a growing type of cyber scam in which fraudsters target businesses that work with foreign suppliers or regularly perform wire transfers.The FBI said in an alert issued to companies last week that businesses had suffered $2.3 billion globally in losses from email wire-transfer scams from October 2013 to February of this year.The complaint filed on Thursday “appears to be the largest email scam that I’ve seen,” said Tom Brown, a former Manhattan federal prosecutor who is now managing director of Berkeley Research Group’s cyber security practice.The scheme at issue in Thursday’s lawsuit took place from August to September and was identified after a Cyprus-based bank identified suspicious transfers, authorities said.According to the lawsuit, the perpetrators carried out the scam by creating a fake email address that resembled that of one of the company’s vendors in Asia.The perpetrators then posed as a vendor while communicating with a professional services company that was hired to handle the details and logistics of vendor payments for the American corporation, the lawsuit said.The fraud caused the American firm to send $98.9 million meant for the actual vendor to an account at Eurobank Cyprus Ltd., which discovered the fraud, the lawsuit said.Eurobank, which did not respond to an email seeking comment, on its own initiative in September restrained nearly $74 million of the funds.The remaining $25 million was laundered through other accounts in locations including Cyprus, Latvia, Hungary, Estonia, Lithuania, Slovakia, and Hong Kong, authorities said.Foreign governments at the request of U.S. authorities have restrained 20 accounts worldwide that received portions of the remaining stolen funds, which are now the subject of the lawsuit, authorities said.(Reporting by Nate Raymond in New York; and Dustin Volz in Washington; Editing by Jonathan Oatis and Peter Cooney) Add to Queue April 15, 2016 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. Enroll Now for $5last_img read more

first_img May 20, 2016 Free Webinar | July 31: Secrets to Running a Successful Family Business Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. –shares Native Ads Are the Backbone of Business In These 3 Industries Guest Writer Yoav Vilner Image credit: Shutterstock Add to Queuecenter_img Next Article 5 min read Learn how to successfully navigate family business dynamics and build businesses that excel. I visited New York City a few years ago, and like every tourist in Manhattan, I wanted to see all the big sites. Looking back, I would say Times Square was the most impactful. As I pushed my way into the street, all I noticed were lights — the lights that were part of the many ads taking over the area. But ask me what brands were displayed on those ads, and I wouldn’t be able to name one.There’s certainly a place for this type of advertising; just like there is a place for more subdued forms of traditional advertising, like billboards and magazine ads. But let’s consider another option. Native ads bring something else to the table. Native ads embed quizzes, articles, videos, infographics and more into the context of a host piece. They offer something to the user such as information, entertainment or solutions — all of which blend into the background of whatever platform they appear.Related: 4 Digital Marketing Trends to Pay Attention to Right NowThe popularity of native ads is on the rise. Business Insider reports spending on native ads will reach $7.9 billion this year and $21 billion by 2018. Who are the heavy hitters?1. Publishing.When you think of native advertising, you often think of publishers. Big name magazines have quickly jumped on the native advertising bandwagon for a reason — they engage users. When you place native ads within an article, not only does it blend in, but it also enriches the conversation, bringing forth new ideas about the overall topic at hand.Since they do not seem overly promotional or spammy, users are more likely to engage in the ad, and stay on the site for longer.According to a study by IPG Media Labs, users look at native ads at a 53 percent higher rate than banner ads. Furthermore, 32 percent of these individuals would share those ads with people in their circles. Sharing ads is not common practice among friends, so this is big. “The key is in experience and engagement,” said Moti Cohen, CEO of Apester. “When the audience feels they are part of the story, they engage more and conversions for brand awareness or performance are better.”2. Mobile apps.The world is becoming more mobile-first everyday, so it makes sense that native ads would move in that direction as well. According to research by Yahoo, native advertising results in a 114 percent increase in top of mind awareness as compared to other ad formats.Since the same study found the click through rate to be at least triple, this ad format has become more and more appealing to the mobile advertising industry.Related: The Right Way to Monetize Your Free App“In my business, we see native ads as more than another way to monetize an app,” said Elad Natanson of Appnext. Native ads are so popular among developers today because in the right setting, they appear as content extensions of the app itself. When an ad becomes a part of the app’s content, engagement increases, revenues increase and even more important — user retention grows. When retention grows, revenue grows accordingly. For our developers, it’s a win-win situation.”3. Social media.The average person has five social media accounts, spends about an hour and 40 minutes browsing those accounts each day, and checks the accounts 17 times a day. (Admit it, you probably got to this article from Twitter, didn’t you?). If we’re checking social media every hour we’re awake, then it shouldn’t be surprising to hear that brands are flocking to social media advertising.In-feed ads on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn, Pinterest and others have become part of the norm. Brands can target their niche audience and serve up advertisements that subtly blend into our news feeds. If done well, users won’t even notice it’s an ad — they’ll click simply because they see a great piece of content that matches their interests. In addition, native ads on social media can boost brand credibility because users can like, comment and share. The more social proof, the higher your brand’s authority.As you can see, native ads are trending because of what they offer the user. Instead of bombarding them with unwanted messages, native ads bring value by feeding the user information and entertainment without being tacky or spammy.Related: Some Bare Truths About Native AdvertisingFor this reason, industries that have taken advantage of all native formats have to offer are booming. They are forming better relationships with users and experiencing greater loyalty.What do you think of native ads being used in these industries? Share your experience in the comments. Advertising Startup mentor, CEO and tech blogger Register Now »last_img read more

first_img Image credit: Panasonic via PC Mag As Japanese tourism grows, businesses struggle to bridge the language divide between international visitors and locals. Panasonic, however, may have a solution: a multilingual loudspeaker.The Megahonyaku — an amalgamation of “megaphone” (megahon) and “translation” (hon’yaku) — automatically translates Japanese into English, Chinese and Korean.  Simply speak into the microphone; the machine listens and analyzes sentence structure, and transcribes the words. Using the integrated touch screen, pressing the respective dialect button outputs your sentence in one of the three available languages.Aimed at corporate customers including train stations and airports, the amplifier could prove very useful in crowded locations and tourist destinations where information is dispensed to groups who may all speak different languages.The Megahonyaku, The Japan Times reports, comes pre-installed with 300 common sentences in Japanese, including “The train has been delayed” and “Watch your step.” Additional phrases will be available via Web-based updates.Making your voice heard in a congested, noisy terminal isn’t always an easy task — even with a portable PA system. But the Megahonyaku’s speech recognition system is unaffected by background noise, the Times said, and is “almost certain” to recognize preset sentences if not spoken verbatim.Panasonic did not immediately respond to PCMag’s request for comment.The megaphone is expected for launch Dec. 20, on sale for less than ¥20,000 ($183) per month on a three-year contract, which includes future updates and maintenance.Panasonic is also developing a number of other audio solutions, with an eye on the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo, which promises throngs of international travelers spilling into the capital city. Next Article 2 min read Technology Simply speak into the microphone and the device takes care of the rest. Reporter at PCMag 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. Add to Queuecenter_img –shares Stephanie Mlot Fireside Chat | July 25: Three Surprising Ways to Build Your Brand This story originally appeared on PCMag Panasonic’s Multilingual Megaphone Translates as You Speak November 18, 2016 Enroll Now for $5last_img read more

first_img The only list that measures privately-held company performance across multiple dimensions—not just revenue. News and Trends The digging machine emerged at ‘O’Leary Station’ in Los Angeles. 2019 Entrepreneur 360 List November 19, 2018 Boring Company Breaks Through to the End of Its First Test Tunnel We’re about a month away from the planned opening of The Boring Company’s Test Tunnel in LA, and it appears progress is moving along. Elon Musk tweeted this brief video of a digging machine breaking through, and although he wasn’t specific about the location, it looks like they’ve reached O’Leary Station where the first test tunnel will end.Related: Elon Musk’s Boring Company will build a high-speed link in ChicagoThe ‘Godot’ machine dug its first segment on SpaceX property in June, and things have been moving along busily ever since. We’ll probably see people lining up for test rides after Black Friday. As the Boring Company explains, the point of this tunnel isn’t just to dig it, but also to show off the small elevators that are key to its “loop” concept and are small enough to fit inside a house.Update: Just after this post was published, Musk tweeted again congratulating his company on completing the LA/Hawthorne tunnel.Boring Company just broke through the other side!!— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) November 17, 2018Congratulations @BoringCompany on completing the LA/Hawthorne tunnel! Cutting edge technology!— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) November 17, 2018O’Leary Station taking shape— The Boring Company (@boringcompany) October 19, 2018 Image credit: @elonmusk 2 min read –shares This story originally appeared on Engadget Richard Lawler Next Article Add to Queue Apply Now »last_img read more

first_imgCargill signs strategic agreement with global distributor UnivarPosted By: News Deskon: February 21, 2018In: Business, Distribution, Food, Industries, IngredientsPrintEmailCargill’s North American Food Ingredients & Bio-Industrial division has announced that it has signed a long-term strategic agreement with international ingredients distributor Univar.The deal includes an ingredients distribution agreement, which will allow Cargill’s ingredients arm to expand the distribution of its range of starches, sweeteners, cocoa, texturizers and oils to new consumers through Univar’s global distribution network.The deal also grows Univar’s portfolio of food ingredients brands, allowing Univar to provide new products to its clients in the bakery, prepared foods, meat, poultry, seafood, snacks, dairy and beverage industries.Cargill will also benefit from access to Univar’s team of consultive industry experts, who will provide recommendations and advice regarding industry trends, supply chain solutions and regulatory issues.Pat Rogers, Cargill’s director of commercial excellence, North America food & bio-industrial ingredients said: “This partnership will bring improvements to supply chain, e-commerce, technical applications support and other critical components that bring value to the overall customer experience.”Gerald Briand, Univar’s vice-president of focused industries added: “In a fragmented distribution network, expanding our business relationship with Cargill allows Univar to offer our customers an even broader selection of high-quality, innovative ingredients.“This new agreement strengthens Univar’s position as a leading food ingredients provider and trusted advisor to food producers in a wide variety of categories.“Our global reach, focus on safety, and technical formulation expertise provides strong value for food formulation customers.”Share with your network: Tags: CanadaCargilldistributioningredientsUnivarUSlast_img read more

first_imgNestlé boosts KitKat Senses line with new bar format in the UKPosted By: Jules Scullyon: February 19, 2019In: Confectionery, Industries, Innovation, New productsPrintEmailNestlé has launched a single bar format of KitKat Senses, its “premium” KitKat variant which was introduced last year.Two flavours – salted caramel and hazelnut – have gone on sale in the UK, with each bar comprised of three chocolates.Nestlé said the products are “the perfect combination” of KitKat chocolate and wafer, with a thick layer of salted caramel filling infused with crunchy caramel flakes (salted caramel variant) or a layer of praline and crunchy hazelnut pieces (hazelnut variant). The KitKat Senses introduced last year feature 20 individually wrapped chocolates in a box which, once popped open, can be turned into a sharing platter. A double chocolate flavour is also included.Sascha Macchi, KitKat brand manager at Nestlé UK, said: “KitKat Senses received an excellent response from fans in 2018 and meant that there was now the perfect, premium option for sharing KitKat on special occasions.“With KitKat Senses ideal for sharing, we now want to offer these popular indulgent KitKat flavours as a single bar for an individual treat.”The announcement comes as Nestlé launches the Ruby chocolate KitKat in retailers across the UK following the release of the chocolate in Tesco stores last year.Ruby chocolate is derived from ruby cocoa beans and has a slightly fruity taste, and was created by Swiss chocolatier Barry Callebaut following a decade of development.Share with your network: Tags: KitKatNestléRuby chocolateUKlast_img read more

first_imgOdysea boosts dairy offer with new kefir and yogurts in the UKPosted By: Jules Scullyon: February 21, 2019In: Dairy, Industries, Innovation, New productsPrintEmailGreek food brand Odysea is expanding its portfolio in the UK with the launch of three new dairy products: organic kefir, organic sheep’s milk yogurt and organic goat’s milk yogurt.The kefir is made in Greece and is said to be “authentically tart” with a “creamy taste”. Odysea said the product is full of probiotics such as lactic acid bacteria, which aids digestion and reduces inflammation within the digestive system. Meanwhile, both yogurts feature a layer of clotted yogurt, which the brand describes as “a true sign of a natural, non-homogenised yogurt”.All three products are made in a traditional dairy, which is made up of a cooperative of 12 members and located in the Drama region of northern Greece.Odysea said the dairy is committed to high animal welfare standards and cultivates its own organic seeds and greens to feed its herds.Organic kefir has a recommended retail price of £1.95 for 330ml, the organic sheep’s milk yogurt costs £2.20 for 250g, while the organic goat’s milk yogurt retails for £2.20 for 240g.Odysea has nurtured relationships with Greek artisan producers since 1991 when brand founder Panos Manuelides first brought Greek olives to the UK – selling them from a stall in London’s Portobello Road.Now, 28 years later, the brand has products on sale in retailers such as Sainsbury’s, Waitrose, Wholefoods and Abel & Cole.Share with your network: Tags: GreeceOdyseaUKlast_img read more

first_imgBud Light makes lemon its next brewed citrus peel flavourPosted By: Alex Clereon: April 26, 2019In: Alcohol, Beverage, Flavours, Industries, Innovation, New productsPrintEmailAnheuser-Busch is expanding its range of Bud Light lagers brewed with citrus peel with the launch of a third flavour in the range: lemon.The newest addition to the Bud Light brand is a light lager brewed with lemon peels and aged over black tea leaves to give the beer a distinct flavour profile.It complements the existing Bud Light Lime and Bud Light Orange – the brand’s two previous experiments with brewing with citrus peels – and arrives just in time for the American summer.Andy Goeler, vice-president of marketing for Bud Light, said: “As the number one selling beer in America, it is important for us to continue to innovate and bring consumers the types of products they are demanding. We saw the success of Bud Light Lime and Orange last summer and wanted to bring another beer into our portfolio that uses real lemon peels and tea leaves in the brewing process.“Bud Light Lemon Tea is a product that we think consumers are going to love this summer. Its unique taste profile is something we think is going to help attract new people to the Bud Light family.”Earlier this year Bud Light debuted a comprehensive ingredients label on its packaging. As a continuation of Bud Light’s commitment to transparency, Bud Light Lemon Tea will also include an ingredients and serving facts label on its packaging, and will have icons that highlight the fact that it is brewed with no corn syrup and no artificial flavours.AB InBev said that citrus flavours now account for 84% of the overall flavoured beer category in the US amid a greater focus on flavour.And low- and no-alcohol options are proving increasingly popular as millennial consumers turn their backs on alcohol: the US and Canada recorded a moderate increase in per capita alcohol consumption between 1996 and 2015, according to the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), but generally consumption is falling as drinkers become more conscious about their intake.In Western Europe, the picture is quite consistent: all countries recorded a similar level of decline in overall alcohol consumption, ranging from 3.1 litres per person in Greece to a moderate 0.5 litres in Belgium.Excluding the US and Canada, those countries monitored by the OECD that increased their consumption – like China, India, Brazil and Indonesia – can generally be characterised by a growing economy and an emerging middle class.Speaking at the launch of Bud Light orange, Goeler said: “Our millennial consumers are eager to try new, flavoured options in the light lager category. We wanted to create something new to engage with these consumers and bring them into the Bud Light family.“Flavoured beer has seen steady growth with consumers continually looking for higher quality beverages made with real, natural flavours. [These new Bud Light flavours] answer that call and reinforces Bud Light’s commitment to quality.”Share with your network: Tags: Anheuser-Busch InBevbeerBud LightUSlast_img read more

first_imgBig tech, desperate cities Mon 2 Jul 2018 06.00 EDT news Shares313313 Share via Email Apple, Amazon, Facebook, Google and Foxconn among companies taking increasingly large tax breaks in return for the promise of jobs Facebook Share on Twitter Share on Twitter Topics Cities Cities Share on Facebook Share on Messenger Foxconn About this content Data centers for Apple, Amazon, Facebook, Google and others have secured huge tax breaks but created few jobs.Photograph: Marcio Jose Sanchez/AP Giant technology companies in the US, which include some of the world’s most profitable firms, have been pledged at least $9.3bn in state and local subsidies over the last five years – much of it coming from the coffers of cities and states with failing infrastructure, struggling schools and broken budgets.The analysis by watchdog group Good Jobs First shows that the size of individual handouts appears to be growing. The latest – and largest – award of $4.8bn went to Foxconn, the Taiwanese manufacturer of the iPhone, PlayStation and other electronic goods, for its enormous new plant in Wisconsin. Share on Facebook Share on Pinterest @dominicru Twitter The Tesla Gigafactory during construction. Nevada gave the company $1.3bn in tax benefits. Photograph: James Glover/Reuters Pinterest Amazon Dominic Rushe Last modified on Thu 5 Jul 2018 11.07 EDT Tesla accounted for $68.7m of last year’s loss. Good Jobs First calculates that Tesla’s tax breaks resulted in one school district, Storey County Schools near Reno, losing $36.7m of revenue.LeRoy of Good Jobs First said on current trends the handouts were only likely to increase. “The big dirty secret in economic development in America is that the number of job creation programmes is falling,” he said.Fewer smaller, fast growing companies are being created in the US; as a result “anxious mayors and governors are chasing these big deals” and driving prices up. “The big loser is the taxpayer,” he said.This week Guardian Cities takes a deeper look at the relationship between tech and US cities, asking whether tax giveaways are worth the cost. Join the discussion on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram and explore the series here Since you’re here… … 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. States and cities argue the tax breaks are necessary to attract the high-paying jobs that technology companies provide. But the list of the biggest giveaways so far shows that the handouts rarely result in significant job creation – and the jobs that are created come with a high price tag.Tech is not the only industry to secure megabucks, but it is among the worst offenders, LeRoy said. Data centers for Apple, Amazon, Facebook, Google and others have secured huge tax breaks but created few jobs. Amazon warehouses and assembly plants like Foxconn’s may create large numbers of jobs, but few six-figure salaries.Wisconsin governor Scott Walker, for example, has said that Foxconn’s new plant will create 13,000 new jobs in the state. More conservatively the company has predicted it will “create 3,000 jobs with the potential to grow to 13,000 new jobs. ” If 13,000 new jobs are created, Wisconsin would be paying $346,153 per job at a subsidy of $4.5bn. The subsidy would be worth $1.5m per job cost if the deal ends up creating just 3,000 new positions. Facebook Read more How much does a tech bro cost? US cities and states give big tech $9.3bn in subsidies in five years Big tech, desperate cities Apple Share via Email Tax and spending This article is more than 1 year old This article is more than 1 year old Share on WhatsApp Cities is supported by The true cost of tech’s tax breaks is slowly becoming clear, thanks to changes in US accountancy rules that require states and localities to release more information about the cost of their tax abatement agreements.In the last tax year local governments in Nevada lost more than $105m as a result of state abatement programs. Nevada is home to Tesla’s “Gigafactory” – which received $1.3bn in tax benefits, the largest such subsidy the state has ever awarded.The new rule – Governmental Accounting Standards Board Statement 77 (GASB 77) – led to Nevada giving one of the most detailed breakdowns so far of the cost of the cost of these corporate handouts. Google Share on LinkedIn The overall figure is also likely to increase. It does not include any breaks Amazon can expect for securing its second headquarters, known as HQ2: in the first round of bidding, many of the tax and subsidy packages on offer topped the Foxconn subsidy. One region alone – Montgomery County, Maryland – offered tax breaks and infrastructure improvements worth more than $8.5bn.Good Jobs First calculates that the average price of a job created by a “megadeal” – one costing $50m and above – is now $658,000. “At that price taxpayers never break even,” said Greg LeRoy, executive director of Goods Jobs First. Support The Guardian Reuse this contentlast_img read more

first_img Read more This article is more than 10 months old news Technology Share via Email Since you’re here… How much screen time is too much for kids? It’s complicated Share on Facebook Share on LinkedIn Associated Press Technology Two-thirds of parents are concerned about the amount of time their “hyperconnected” teenage children spend in front of screens – and yet more than a third expressed concern about their own screen time, a US study published on Wednesday by the Pew Research Center found.And more than half of teens said they often or sometimes find their parents or caregivers to be distracted by their electronic devices when the youngsters are trying to have a conversation with them. The study calls teens’ relationship with their phones at times “hyperconnected” and notes that nearly three-quarters check messages or notifications as soon as they wake up. Parents do the same, but at a lower, if still substantial, rate of 57%.Big tech companies face a growing backlash against the addictive nature of their gadgets and apps, the endless notifications and other features created to keep people tethered to their screens. Kids are glued to their screens – but parents are in no position to criticize Wed 22 Aug 2018 11.59 EDT Many teens are trying to do something about it themselves. A total of 52% said they have cut back on the time they spend on their phones and 57% did the same with social media.Experts say parents have a big role in their children’s screen habits and setting a good example is a big part of it.“Kids don’t always do what we say but they do as we do,” said Donald Shifrin, a professor of pediatrics at the University of Washington School of Medicine, who was not involved in the Pew study. “Parents are the door that kids will walk through on their way to the world.”The study surveyed 743 US teens and 1,058 US parents of teens from 7 March to 10 April 2018. The margin of error is 4.5%. Support The Guardian Parents lament their teenagers’ noses being constantly buried in their phones, but they might want to take stock of their own screen habits, according to a new report. This article is more than 10 months old Last modified on Wed 22 Aug 2018 13.15 EDT … we have a small favour to ask. The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.More people are reading and supporting The Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we have chosen an approach that allows us to keep our journalism accessible to all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford. But we need your ongoing support to keep working as we do.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism, to maintain our openness and to protect our precious independence. Every reader contribution, big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Share on Messenger Share on Pinterest Topics Three-quarters of US teens check their phones as soon as they wake up, the Pew Research Center found. More than half of their parents do the same.Photograph: Rubberball/Mark Andersen/Getty Images/Rubberball Shares7373 Share on Twitter Share via Email Share on Twitter Share on Facebook A study has found teens are ‘hyperconnected’ to their phones but many of their parents have a problem with their own screen time Share on WhatsApp Sign up to receive the top US stories every morning Reuse this contentlast_img read more

first_imgThe first NFL player to take a knee may need to go further and take a stand against the injustices of capitalism itself 6 Sep 2018 22:45 Share Report Report Report 7 Sep 2018 0:53 6 Sep 2018 22:28 Share on Twitter Facebook Report CodeIs45100 5 6 Reply Get Society Weekly: our newsletter for public service professionals 1 2 But is the Nike-Kaepernick partnership a harbinger of 21st-century activism, or a case study in capitalist co-option?To be sure, Nike is riding the zeitgeist of athlete activism, not creating it. We’re in the throes of what the scholar-activist Harry Edwards has called a “fourth wave of athlete activism”. This is undoubtedly an exciting era of cross-sport solidarity, with LeBron James cheering on track star Caster Semenya and Kaepernick rooting for Serena Williams. James and Williams – themselves Nike-endorsed athletes – have been vocal in support of Kaepernick’s cause.Nike may be amplifying a courageous voice of dissent, but we should also recognise that it’s in its economic interest to do so. After all, Nike’s core customers are young and more racially diverse than previous generations, with almost two in three who don the Swoosh being younger than 35. Notwithstanding a one-day fall in its stock market value, to embrace Kaepernick as a spokesperson is to make a shrewd longer term business move. Twitter Share Maybe if Nike ascertained that endorsing Trump sold more stuff they’d do that instead? Nike Air Trump Orange? Share Colin Kaepernick is out of the NFL but he is more powerful than ever Report Reply Since you’re here… Share on Twitter William Anthony Twitter simeonbanner Opinion Share on Twitter US sports 6 Sep 2018 22:35 Report Share 16 17 Share on Twitter Share Report Report 6 Sep 2018 22:31 Reply Twitter Report Share on Facebook Reply Is Colin Kaepernick’s Nike deal activism – or just capitalism? Show 25 Twitter Capitalism. I’m surprised he’s so clueless about Nike’s exploitative working practices, given his Stokely Carmichael credentials. 100 Facebook Share collapsed oldest 16 17 7 Sep 2018 0:01 Share on Twitter If a company runs a campaign carrying a message you disagree with, complain.If a company runs a campaign carrying a message you agree with, complain. Facebook … 6 7 Report 19 20 RED333 83 84 Twitter Facebook John Favre Share on Facebook joeleee 50 Reply Pretty much | Pick Share on Twitter Facebook Report 15 16 Shares474474 | Pick Twitter Share Reply Report Reply MrWangincanada 6 Sep 2018 22:49 Share dianab Share 31 32 The world view presented in their advertising is appalling. | Pick Share on Facebook 60 61 Show 4 more replies 2 3 Share on Twitter NFL Exactly So Colin gets a bucket full of money, Nike makes good use of a political situation, and it all riles Trump and his stupid supporters. A win-win, IMHO. Actually I make that a win-win-win – which is even better! Report 6 Sep 2018 23:52 Foxxxo Reply 24 25 It would have been more impressive if they had donated them to the homeless. Show 2 more replies Facebook Share Share on Facebook Hattheory Share on Twitter Haigin88 Share haemodroid Twitter Report 129 130 Report 2 Facebook Facebook Report Facebook Twitter Loading comments… Trouble loading? Share Report Report Twitter Ben Carrington and Jules Boykoff Twitter 6 Sep 2018 22:23 Report 1 2 Ah Nike. The same Nike who employs factory workers (75% women) and pays them 25 cents per hour, working long shifts (reported to be up to 70+ hours), so Nike can profit enough to pay Colin Kaepernick millions to speak out against oppression and injustice. Yes, that Nike. Report | Pick Share on Facebook Creating a hoopla around your product? Any hoopla is good hoopla?I have never.owned a Nike product and never will. I know their bad track record. I support Ks protest. I dont think a football game is a patriotic event. K has the right to voice his concerns ,but he is paying a high price. I have better things to do than watch football on a beautiful fall day.Does Nike really think that we are deluded enuf to think that K favors their products? He is paid and he is just using his face. Enuf said…. Show 9 more replies Reply Facebook | Pick Capitalism. Irrespective of the intent, it’s funny watching them set fire to their shoes. I’m rather impressed they had the sense to take them off first at least. Reply Share | Pick Facebook Share on Facebook 6 Sep 2018 22:16 Twitter sillyhilly69 Share on Twitter Reply Share on Facebook 6 Sep 2018 22:50 9 10 Reply | Pick | Pick Facebook | Pick Reply 6 Sep 2018 23:35 Share Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share Report Facebook Legs O’Hagan Share Share on Facebook Order by oldest Report 2 3 Share on Twitter 6 Sep 2018 22:40 Trump supporters are not Nikes market. on that. Black teens probably are. Facebook Zoorro Share on Twitter Facebook Share Share Share on Facebook Share on Facebook 6 Sep 2018 22:29 Share on Facebook 6 Sep 2018 22:55 Report Share on Facebook 5 6 Reply 6 Sep 2018 23:23 Reply 7 Sep 2018 0:26 Share | Pick | Pick | Pick simeonbanner Please select Personal abuse Off topic Legal issue Trolling Hate speech Offensive/Threatening language Copyright Spam Other Reply Obviously capitalism. Nike would hardly do a campaign featuring sweatshop labour would it? Twitter | Pick Twitter Facebook | Pick 6 Sep 2018 22:33 | Pick 7 Sep 2018 0:17 | Pick 71 72 Share on Facebook Report OutOfOptions nevillejpatel Share Share on Twitter Facebook Share on Twitter 169 170 2 3 Share on Twitter gilstra Alfred Tim Share on Twitter Twitter Twitter Reply Share kazzamm | Pick InfiniteJest85 You may forget that Britain went through the stage of sweatshop work as well. It’s part of a country’s natural development. Reply Share on Twitter | Pick sirJason Report Despite this, the furore around Kaepernick’s sponsorship deal was intense and predictable in equal measure. The hashtags #BoycottNike and #JustBurnIt trended on Twitter, as social media was filled with videos and images of overwhelmingly white Americans of the Trumpenproletariat burning their Nike gear, slicing off their Swooshes. Conservatives predictably wrapped themselves in the comforting blanket of nationalistic militarism, and fashioned memes juxtaposing military personnel with Kaepernick, suggesting that real sacrifice was to be found in the streets of Falluja and Helmand province.President Trump, of course, weighed in on Twitter: “Just like the NFL, whose ratings have gone WAY DOWN, Nike is getting absolutely killed with anger and boycotts. I wonder if they had any idea that it would be this way? As far as the NFL is concerned, I just find it hard to watch, and always will, until they stand for the FLAG!” The unindicted co-conspirator in chief also told the far-right website the Daily Caller that the Nike-Kaepernick partnership was “a terrible message and a message that shouldn’t be sent”.By signing up Kaepernick, who it turns out had kept his endorsement deal despite not playing, Nike continued its mythic tradition of appearing countercultural, rebellious and anti-establishment while the company’s own practices belie its claimed progressive credentials. As the journalist Dave Zirin noted: “Nike has used the image of rebellion to sell its gear, while stripping that rebellion of all its content.” Report 6 Sep 2018 22:33 | Pick Share on Twitter Reply I have to say I think it’s a bit of a win-win. Not everything has to be bad! I also don’t agree that the only way to solve any of society’s ills is to scrap capitalism entirely, so I don’t agree with the implicit critique that Kaepernick isn’t a ‘real’ activist because he also doesn’t state that. | Pick 1:01 There’s no question there’s some manipulative PR bs going on here. That’s what advertising is. It might be a little exploitative, but I’m sure Kaepernick was A) well compensated, and B) happy to get his message out. Win win? | Pick Share on Twitter sillyhilly69 Britain didn’t go through a stage of sweatshop work in order to provide cheap labour for a much richer society, however. Quiss42 gilstra Share Report On the other hand they now have a world wide advertisement campaign they didn’t have to pay a buck for. Alan Lockhart Share on Twitter Sunshine70 Reply Facebook Legs O’Hagan Share on Facebook 57 58 31 32 Share Facebook expanded Facebook 8 9 Share on Facebook 6 Sep 2018 22:37 Reply id1983 The workers in your so called “sweatshops” are not forced labors. If they could find better employments they would not have worked for Nike. Nike provides low skill labors of developing countries an extra choice, some of them take it, it’s that simple. I wish you could have offered those people something better than Nike did. Report Report Twitter Reply Share Reply Facebook 3 4 Excellent piece. Yes, of course it’s capitalist co-option but bastards like Nike probably have rooms of egg-heads who have this down to a science and they’re evidently betting that “the arc of the moral universe is long but will bend towards Kaepernick…” and away from scoundrels like Trump and if they can make millions of dollars off the back of this then all the better…. Share Report Twitter Share on Twitter gilstra Share What good cause? Here’s the quote from Kaepernick:”I am not going to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses Black people and people of color…” Making a blanket statement adds nothing to the discussion. Kaepernick needs to be specific. The majority of black people aren’t being oppressed, so who is being oppressed? And just as importantly, who are the oppressors? Until those questions are answered nothing will be done. Reply Share on Twitter 6 Sep 2018 22:54 Facebook Share on Facebook Facebook Report Thorn Davis 1 2 Reply Twitter 6 Sep 2018 22:29 4 5 34 35 Report Share Facebook Share on Twitter Share on Twitter Share on Facebook | Pick Report Reply comments (385)Sign in or create your Guardian account to join the discussion. Nike evaluated before starting this campaign: Who’s more capable of buying another pair their overpriced shoes – the well paid, liberal Californian IT specialist or the Trump supporting jobless rust belter. And then they decided to ‘just do it’. Share on Twitter Twitter Facebook yoimmaletyoufinish Facebook Stillgrizzly Twitter | Pick Close report comment form Report Twitter Facebook 17 18 Reply Share on Facebook 6 Sep 2018 22:33 Twitter joeleee Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Nepochtitelnikov Twitter Reply Hattheory Share Report Anedert Share Share Twitter Share on Twitter Share on Twitter Twitter Report | Pick 1 2 18 19 Share on Facebook Twitter Share Reply next Twitter Share on Twitter Twitter I for one when next purchasing and sportswear will by Nike , why, Feck off Trump the child | Pick 6 Sep 2018 22:30 Twitter 6 Sep 2018 23:20 6 Sep 2018 22:22 Delicious! Reply Twitter Topics Share on Facebook Alan Lockhart Facebook Share on Twitter Share on Twitter Share I think your problem is with Capital not Kaepernick. Reply Facebook Twitter Reply Reply Share on Facebook Reply Facebook Facebook Facebook Opinion Facebook Share Share on Twitter 6 Sep 2018 22:27 Reply Share on Facebook Share US politics Share on Facebook HerculesBlondell Share on Facebook tempestteacup | Pick 6 Sep 2018 22:39 | Pick Facebook Report Twitter Report Virginia Stanley Share on Facebook Before the sweatshops of asia? Match the clothing label with the decade it was most common in:Made in hong kongMade in chinaMade in indonesia Facebook | Pick Share on Facebook Report Share on Twitter Report Last modified on Fri 7 Sep 2018 08.26 EDT Share on Facebook some didn’t take them off! Whoops. View more comments Email (optional) | Pick Good comment and surprising that the professors of whatever do not make this point in a couple of thousand words of blah blah blah Share on Twitter The sweatshop workers of Cambodia thank you, Colin! While I’m here, I have this new ‘Say no to racism’ set of T shirts that came dirt cheap from the Rohingya refugee camps in Mynanmar. PM me to get a 10 percent discount 😉 12 13 Facebook 44 45 Yet, amid all the debate and discussion this week, a key element has been overshadowed: class politics. Nike rarely addresses issues around class, which is not surprising since Nike has an appalling history of labour rights violations in the 300-plus factories in nearly 40 countries around the world where its products are made. Nike has also been exposed for fostering a sexist work environment that included discrimination and harassment towards women.In this context it is worth reminding ourselves that Kaepernick is currently involved in a labour dispute with the NFL, a collusion grievance in which he alleges NFL owners have effectively conspired to keep him from playing because of his activism. (Meanwhile, and often overlooked, his former teammate, faithful supporter and fellow activist Eric Reid has still not been signed by an NFL team for the 2018 season).Kaepernick often invokes the history and legacy of the radical black tradition, from WEB Du Bois to Angela Davis. But that tradition grounded its rightful critique of white supremacy and racial subjugation in an understanding of capitalism’s awesome and destructive power, alongside a commitment to socialism. This is not to accuse Kaepernick of selling out, or to suggest that he is not sincere in his political convictions. He has suffered more than any other athlete in recent times for merely exercising his right to speak out on social justice issues. It is, instead, to acknowledge the limitations of any radical politics whether in the sports arena or more widely, that is divorced from a critique of capitalism and a socialist alternative. It is also a reminder that late-modern capitalism can embrace and even promote radical, chic rhetoric as long as it does not call into question the ideology of capitalism itself.Make no mistake, the pressures on black athletes, and others standing in solidarity, are as great as they’ve ever been. Despite what the right alleges, their sacrifices are real. Those courageous enough to speak out against the status quo and conservative orthodoxies do so at a time where the president of the United States will personally attack anyone not supine enough to engage in paid patriotism and shallow nationalism.The question now is whether those who have bravely taken a stand, or a knee, in the cause of social justice are also willing to speak out when it comes to the systemic conditions of economic exploitation that are intimately interconnected with those very same issues. Linking, for example, racist policing practices and the hyper-incarceration rates of African Americans to the capitalist state that enacts these neoliberal policies in the first place.For those athletes wanting to do so but fearful of the consequences, there may never be a more propitious moment to act with conscience and conviction. As Nike might say, just do it.• Ben Carrington is an associate professor of sociology and journalism in the Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism, University of Southern California; Jules Boykoff is an associate professor of political science at Pacific University in Oregon and a former professional soccer player Share Share on Facebook 6 Sep 2018 22:48 Facebook 10 11 CodeIs45100 Judging by the prices, they can stick ’em up their latex behinds. And I’m a capitalist, being ripped off to pay overinflated sports people a sponsorship is beyond a joke. That may be true. But before they ran the campaign they had both sets of people buying their stuff, whereas now sales have taken a hit from Trump supporters. So I think it’s fair to give them some credit for their principles on this occasion. Share on Twitter | Pick Report | Pick Share on Facebook 8 9 Comments 385 | Pick Share on Facebook chariscroft Share on Facebook Cops are shooting unarmed black people -Buy Nikes! 89 90 | Pick Share on Facebook Share Of course this is capitalism. That said, and I’ve never been a Nike fan – I prefer to buy my over-priced sweatshop clothing from Puma or Adidas – it’s a brilliant piece of advertising. This guy stood up (or kneeled) for a principle and he got excluded from the sport he’s good at because of that. Would anyone rather see Trump hugging the flag or Kaepernick kneeling? I think it’s clear who’s defiling the flag here. So Colin gets a bucket full of money, Nike makes good use of a political situation, and it all riles Trump and his stupid supporters. A win-win, IMHO. Silly Nike………….……………… Twitter | Pick | Pick Facebook Share via Email | Pick | Pick Share on Twitter Report Share 7 Sep 2018 1:24 1 Reply Share on Facebook Share Thu 6 Sep 2018 09.20 EDT Don’t forget all that cheap labour being exploited when you make your political and moral purchase. Also buy not “by” bye bye….. Share on Twitter Twitter 7 Sep 2018 3:55 3 4 Twitter Are Nike endorsing Kaepernick and his standpoint or riding on the bandwagon? Or is he endorsing Nike and all that means? Both obviously think its a financially beneficial arrangement Is it cynical? Probably Is it wrong or immoral? Not sure Twitter Quiss42 4 Yeah, Colin’s not profiting from it at all… Share on Facebook Share on Twitter It’s appalling it’s taken this long for the message to get out. Help spread the word: buy the T shirt! Share on Twitter Twitter 6 7 Agreed! It will drive great progress as did the cultural revolution of The Sixties. Nepochtitelnikov 6 Sep 2018 22:34 Facebook 3 Share on Messenger nottaken | Pick Facebook Threads collapsed Share on Twitter What good cause? Here’s the quote from Kaepernick:”I am not going to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses Black people and people of color…” Making a blanket statement adds nothing to the discussion. Kaepernick needs to be specific. The majority of black people aren’t being oppressed, so who is being oppressed? And just as importantly, who are the oppressors? Until those questions are answered nothing will be done. Legs O’Hagan Alfred Tim | Pick Zoorro Foxxxo 1 6 Sep 2018 22:40 Facebook Report Virginia Stanley 29 30 next 58 59 Report Share on Facebook Share Foxxxo Facebook | Pick Twitter Share nottaken Share on Facebook Twitter Of course, that “…” in your quote leaves out the bit where Kaepernick elaborates on why he was kneeling: “I am not going to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses Black people and people of color. To me, this is bigger than football and it would be selfish on my part to look the other way. There are bodies in the street and people getting paid leave and getting away with murder.” Which answers those pressing questions that you posed. If you read the newspapers, that is. But please, feel free to carry on with your selective quotations. Facebook 6 Sep 2018 23:21 6 Sep 2018 23:24 Report 9 10 | Pick All Sorry there was an error. Please try again later. If the problem persists, please contact Userhelp 1 2 | Pick Share Twitter I’ve never have imagined that I would once back any world brand, but today I say :Thank you Nike, justice matters ! Report Freedom4UK2019 7 8 … 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. 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Twitter yoimmaletyoufinish Reply Share on Twitter Reply Share on Twitter | Pick Facebook | Pick Reply 25 Antipodean1000 7 Sep 2018 1:25 5 6 Facebook Share on Twitter nottaken Share Twitter Report Share on Facebook Twitter haemodroid | Pick nottaken 34 35 Twitter Twitter Hephaestuslegs Meanwhile in the sweatshops of Asia…… Share on Twitter Facebook Maybe that will be next – JUST DO IT (OR ELSE)! Reply 2 | Pick InfiniteJest85 Reply Twitter InfiniteJest85 Colin has allowed himself to be used, big time. And I think he probably knows it. Colin Kaepernick: from kneeling quarterback to Nike poster boy – video Facebook Show 10 more replies 27 28 Hattheory Share on Facebook Report Share you miss the point entirely Mr Wang 43 44 unthreaded Show 4 more replies Twitter Twitter Share on Facebook Facebook Report Share on Facebook Twitter Share Report 1 2 Play Video Share on Twitter Reply Share on Twitter Reply Share on Facebook Antipodean1000 Read more Facebook | Pick Reply Share on Twitter Share on Facebook | Pick Share on Pinterest 6 Sep 2018 22:43 Twitter Share via Email Facebook Sunshine70 Virginia Stanley Reply Share | Pick 7 Sep 2018 2:38 Reply Share Well if being used means they’re giving him millions of dollars, then yes he’s being used. USE ME, NIKE!!! US politics Share Twitter raindancer68 Report HerculesBlondell 59 60 Didn’t hear such concerns about blacks being slaughtered by the cops…funny that!! dianab Reply Share on Facebook 12 13 It doesn’t have to be a binary issue. Activism and capitalism aren’t necessarily polar opposites, and obviously Nike do what they do primarily out of self-interest, but if their self-interest aligns with a good cause, it’s a good thing. We’re lucky that we live in an age where a corporation can back such a contentious issue and (idiot rednecks aside), not suffer significant loss. There would be reason to be worried if Nike were scared to defy the President of the USA, so on the whole it’s a good thing; the motivation isn’t the primary issue. 3 sillyhilly69 Twitter | Pick 6 Sep 2018 22:27 Twitter Twitter newest 6 Sep 2018 22:40 Twitter Share on Twitter | Pick No, use me, i’m cheaper! 6 Sep 2018 22:54 Share Reuse this content,View all comments > Share Facebook | Pick Share on Twitter Report Facebook Reply 4 Reason (optional) 6 Sep 2018 22:39 Share on Twitter Nothing wrong with high-lighting causes and using a position of success to do so. There is perhaps a double-standard with some “cause” activists & commentators in the sense that they have zero personal experience of the life of given demographics or populations & individuals beyond perhaps seeing something they regard as an injustice or would not themselves like to experience, and seeking to do something about it. What us White westerners have to take on board is that whilst we also have many ethnic minorities also living and existing within the western World and some of us are integrated or mixed families – Nike being a World Wide Brand must surely have capability and capacity to sell throughout the Globe, and Not All African Nations are starving or at war, likewise not all South Americans are drug crop growers and dealers, and not all Indians are only interested in Former Colonial Sports such-as Cricket & Rugby and so on. Same with Arabic Countries and Caribbean Countries etc. WE JUST HAVE TO LOOK AT THE OLYMPICS, EVERY 4 YEARS TO KNOW THIS! With a World Wide Population of 7, 000, 000, 000 the vast majority of whom are not of White Western Heritage, it perhaps brings us White Nations into “DISREPUTE” within the eyes of the Global Village or Community that many of us experience through Entertainments and Social & News Media’s. Even for the most diehard of cynics it can be suggested that Both Colin Kaepernick & Nike can demonstrate from there own perspectives that it is something of a possible WIN-WIN for those who perhaps have felt underrepresented or without voice and so on and so forth and all that jazz within the White Spheres of Influence & realms in which they live. Facebook Share on LinkedIn We definitely have a left-liberal capitalist Spectacle now – this was the originality of Obama’s tenure in birthing it. I’d prefer it to the toxicity of Britain’s Labour Party but it’s still an odd thing to witness, this high-minded sports-marketing simulation of 60s radicalism. 15 16 Share on Facebook Reply Facebook Reply Share 9 10 Report Markus Okafor Support The Guardian Report Twitter 6 Sep 2018 22:36 Facebook 6 7 Report Alan Lockhart Reply Share on Facebook Precisely…this is the matter conveniently forgotten. Law enforcement agencies behaving like the Klan… #I’m with Kap! 6 Sep 2018 22:46 Share Share on Facebook | Pick Show 4 more replies Facebook partoftheproblem Nepochtitelnikov Twitter Hattheory dianab 4 5 6 7 Share on Twitter 6 Sep 2018 22:59 The Nike market is not your average Trump supporter.Since they are older white males, and white males in particular ,they probably favor work boots. K maybe a fitting symbol to worldwide Nike customers. Perhaps K can vault from tossing footballs to a position as a radical or just free speech black spokesman…..???? He is well positioned to do that. Nike products are of no interest to me. Twitter Share … Diggedy Report 8 9 Alan Lockhart | Pick 7 Sep 2018 0:03 Quiss42 course its capitalism, that’s the very reason Nike exists. To make a profit for its shareholders. But you say that as if corporations don’t have cultures, ethics, standards and policies they adhere to. EVERY. SINGLE. COMPANY. Will have a certain culture which becomes apparent the moment you walk through the door, it will permeate from the services rendered, to the products they make and to the employees they have working for them. To disagree with this is to disagree with 50+ years of psychological studies on business itself. There is something massively amusing about this whole debacle though, I don’t think I have ever seen a more practiced display of widespread farcical closeted white supremacy from such a wide range of the American public. Claiming Nike’s support of Kapernick is just another cynical ploy in the latest turn at attempts at bullshit obfuscation which do not really stand to the slightest scrutiny. Nike decided to take a stance, it didn’t have to. Said stance has come at the cost of their stock value in the short term. Throughout the history of the western world, corporate decisions on wider political issues have often, through time, become the stuff of legend. Walt Disney’s famed anti-Semitism, Barclay’s profiting off slavery, VW making vehicles for Nazi Germany, Hugo Boss making SS uniforms. Nike could have sat on the fence and played coy, they decided otherwise, amusingly enough now the perpetually cynical will accuse them of “cashing in”. Its amusing as it shows that despite constant criticism of those at the top, on many occasions, the wider public seem to be just as daft and bereft of ideas. Twitter | Pick Facebook Nike’s campaign featuring Colin Kaepernick ‘celebrates the 30th anniversary of arguably the most famous advertising slogan in sports – Just do it.’Photograph: Reuters 9 10 Share on Twitter Share sillyhilly69 6 Sep 2018 22:30 5 6 Share Facebook | Pick Share on Twitter Share on Twitter Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Share on Facebook 6 Sep 2018 23:36 TheRedThreat Gil Scott-Heron famously noted that the revolution would not be right back after a message, would not go better with Coke, and certainly would not be televised. It now appears, if Nike’s current advertising campaign is to be believed, that the revolution comes embossed with a Swoosh.On Monday the famously underemployed NFL player Colin Kaepernick tweeted a black and white image of his face, his eyes staring at us, with the words “Believe in something, even if it means sacrificing everything” etched over the top. Below sits Nike’s Swoosh. The campaign celebrates the 30th anniversary of arguably the most famous advertising slogan in sports – Just do it. Kaepernick’s deal with Nike will allow him to continue his empowering community and youth activism work, such as his Know Your Rights camp. In this light, Kaepernick might be seen as a modern-day Robin Hood. Report Show 14 more replies Report Reply 7 Sep 2018 0:13 I for one , when next purchasing sportswear, will buy Nike Why ? To feck off Trump Spell check going crazy today !, Facebook Report Share on Facebook Share on Twitter 10 11 Reply CodeIs45100 Share on Twitter Share on WhatsApp Reply Share Share Twitter 6 Sep 2018 22:40 | Pick Deltron1984 David Perkins 7 Sep 2018 1:18 Share yoimmaletyoufinish 6 Sep 2018 23:56 recommendations Read more Reply Share Laurence Bury Share on Facebook Share on Facebook Share on Facebook Report Share on Facebook Report 36 37 Reply 6 Sep 2018 21:59 Reply 6 Sep 2018 22:40 Share on Twitter Share Share on Facebook haemodroid | Pick Race That circle cannot be squared, but nice try. 6 Sep 2018 22:50 Report Sunshine70 22 23 Share on Twitter Can you name a big brand that is better than Nike? Reply Deltron1984 The significance of this for me isn’t to do with whether Nike or Kaepernick have behaved with integrity or hypocrisy; it’s the fact that this is the first time I can remember one of the standard-bearers of American capitalism making an overt snub to the Republican Party. This is pretty much two fingers up to the president (well, one finger if you’re American). Of course ultimately they’ve done it because they think it will make them money; but given how viciously partisan Trump’s supporters are, that in itself is telling, that they believe the benefits will outweigh any costs. In other words, either Nike is willing to lose money for a principle, which would be admirable, or, much more likely, they think Trump is a dead man walking. Which world view? And surely their real world views ie those not presented in advertising are likely to be more appalling?Though very same question applies to world viewCan you name a big brand than is better than Nike? 6 Sep 2018 23:41 Share on Facebook Facebook Laurence Bury Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Reply 4 5 | Pick Or even more likely think they’d make more money without trump in office. 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first_imgDonald Trump Share on LinkedIn Share on Twitter Support The Guardian Read more Since you’re here… This article is more than 7 months old Shares260260 Share on Facebook It also allows schools to use a higher standard of proof to determine if a student should be found responsible for misconduct. While the Obama guidance told schools to use a “preponderance of the evidence” standard, meaning the allegation is “more likely than not” true, the new proposal would allow a “clear and convincing” standard, meaning the claim is highly probable.The department will collect public input on the rules before they can be finalized. Share on Messenger Share on WhatsApp This article is more than 7 months old Betsy DeVos, the US education secretary, has proposed a major overhaul of the way colleges and universities handle complaints of sexual misconduct, narrowing the definition of sexual harassment and increasing protections for students accused of misconduct. Reuse this content Plans would narrow definition of harassment and allow students accused of misconduct to cross-examine accusers on campus Share on Pinterest Share on Twitter Fri 16 Nov 2018 09.57 ESTcenter_img Republicans Last modified on Fri 16 Nov 2018 13.02 EST The education department released a plan on Friday that would require schools to investigate sexual assault and harassment only if the alleged misconduct was reported to certain campus officials and only if it occurred on campus or other areas overseen by the school.The department says the proposal ensures fairness for students on both sides of accusations, while offering schools greater flexibility to help victims who don’t want to file formal complaints that could trigger an investigation.“Throughout this process, my focus was, is, and always will be on ensuring that every student can learn in a safe and nurturing environment,” DeVos said in a statement.“That starts with having clear policies and fair processes that every student can rely on. Every survivor of sexual violence must be taken seriously, and every student accused of sexual misconduct must know that guilt is not predetermined.”In September 2017, DeVos rescinded a set of 2011 rules that were created under the Obama administration and guided schools on how to handle complaints.DeVos previously said the existing rules were too prescriptive, pressuring schools to take heavy action against students accused of misconduct without giving them a fair chance to defend themselves.The new proposal adds protections for accused students, giving them a presumption of innocence throughout the disciplinary process and the right to review all evidence a school collects. They would also be able to cross-examine their accusers, although it would be done indirectly through a representative to avoid personal confrontation.If finalized, it will tell schools how to apply the 1972 law known as Title IX, which forbids discrimination based on sex in schools that receive federal funding.Advocacy groups for victims say the Obama rules forced schools to stop brushing the issue under the rug, while advocates for accused students say it tipped the scales in favor of accusers. Some college leaders complained that the rules were too complex and could be overly burdensome.Among other changes, DeVos’s proposal narrows the definition of what constitutes sexual harassment. It would be defined as unwelcome sexual conduct that’s “so severe, pervasive and objectively offensive that it effectively denies a person equal access to the school’s education program or activity.” US education US universities 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. 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first_img Yemeni bodegas boycott New York Post over attacks on Ilhan Omar Ilhan Omar news Share on Twitter Bernie Sanders Republicans Sat 13 Apr 2019 16.40 EDT Read more Republicans falsely claim Ilhan Omar denied 9/11 attackers were terrorists In the face of attacks from Donald Trump, Republicans and rightwing media outlets, the Minnesota representative Ilhan Omar said on Saturday no one could “threaten” her “unwavering love for America”. Lois Beckett in Oakland and Martin Pengelly in New York Topics Ilhan Omar ‘will not back down to Trump’s racism and hate’, said Bernie Sanders.Photograph: J Scott Applewhite/AP “I did not run for Congress to be silent,” Omar wrote on Twitter, less than a day after the president shared a video that included footage of her speaking and graphic images of the 9/11 terror attacks. Trump retweeted his message on Saturday.Omar thanked supporters for standing “against an administration that ran on banning Muslims from this country”.“No one person – no matter how corrupt, inept, or vicious – can threaten my unwavering love for America,” she wrote on Twitter. “I stand undeterred to continue fighting for equal opportunity in our pursuit of happiness for all Americans.”In the hours after the president attacked Omar, who came to the US from Somalia as a refugee and became one of the first Muslim women in Congress, progressive Democrats condemned the president for “inciting violence” against her. Just last week, a Trump supporter from New York state was charged with threatening to kill Omar.But while presidential candidates rallied behind Omar, House leaders did not immediately take the same approach. Share on Facebook Congresswoman says rightwing vitriol cannot threaten her ‘unwavering love for America’ as president pushes videoOpinion: Omar is the target of a dangerous hate campaign Share via Email Support The Guardian Fox News and the New York Post, owned by Rupert Murdoch, have devoted high-profile coverage to misleading claims about Omar’s words. Republican party chair Ronna McDaniel has also attacked the congresswoman. Rashida Tlaib, the other Muslim American woman in Congress, was the first on Friday to call for Democrats to “speak up” in return.“Enough is enough,” she wrote. “No more silence, with NY Post and now Trump taking Ilhan’s words out of context to incite violence toward her, it’s time for more Dems to speak up. Clearly the GOP is fine with this shameful stunt, but we cannot stand by.” Pete Buttigieg, the mayor of South Bend, Indiana who has surged in 2020 polls, wrote: “After 9/11 we all said we were changed. That we were stronger and more united. That’s what ‘never forget’ was about. Now, a president uses that dark day to incite his base against a member of Congress, as if for sport. As if we learned nothing that day about the workings of hate.”Buttigieg added: “The threats against the life of [Omar] make clear what is at stake.”Among other candidates, former Hud secretary Julián Castro said he stood with Omar and “others targeted by the president’s anti-Muslim rhetoric”. Former congressman Beto O’Rourke said: “We are stronger than this president’s hatred and Islamophobia. Do not let him drive us apart or make us afraid.”The California senator Kamala Harris wrote: “For two years, this president has used the most powerful platform in the world to sow hate [and] division. Putting the safety of a sitting member of Congress at risk [and] vilifying a whole religion is beyond the pale. I’ll be blunt – we must defeat him.” Elizabeth Warren Beto O’Rourke Facebook Share via Email Share on Twitter Democratscenter_img … we have a small favour to ask. The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.More people are reading and supporting The Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we have chosen an approach that allows us to keep our journalism accessible to all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford. But we need your ongoing support to keep working as we do.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. 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Trump under fire over Islamophobia after man threatens to kill Ilhan Omar Shares2,0962096 Read more Since you’re here… Trump’s own comments and falsehoods about September 11 have long attracted criticism.He has repeated false claims about “thousands and thousands of” Muslims in New Jersey celebrating on the day itself; his business received money meant for small businesses affected by the attack, even though his businesses were not; he has claimed to have helped clear rubble from the attack site, a claim for which evidence does not exist; he has said he watched people jump from the World Trade Center towers from Trump Tower, four miles away, which would not be possible.Perhaps most famously, in an interview hours after the attack on the World Trade Center, part of attacks in which 2,977 people were killed, Trump described his shock and disbelief. Then he added a comment that left his interviewers “stunned”.Trump, claimed, falsely, that one of his own buildings had been “the second-tallest building in downtown Manhattan”, after the World Trade Center.“And now it’s the tallest,” he said. Twitter Read more ‘I won’t be silent’: Ilhan Omar answers Trump 9/11 attack US politics Leadership and some freshmen Democrats have disagreed over how to respond to attacks on Omar, including accusations that her criticism of US policy on Israel was antisemitic. Last month, Omar apologized “unequivocally” after suggesting support for Israel was fueled by donations from a lobby group.On Saturday morning, Speaker Nancy Pelosi hedged her response to Trump’s tweet, saying “the president shouldn’t use the painful images of 9/11 for a political attack” but not mentioning Omar.“The memory of 9/11 is sacred ground, and any discussion of it must be done with reverence,” Pelosi wrote, a comment that could be read as a criticism of Omar as well as the president. “It is wrong for the president, as commander-in-chief, to fan the flames to make anyone less safe.”Trump tweeted “WE WILL NEVER FORGET!” with a video edited to suggest Omar was dismissive of the attacks. The video used part of a speech last month to the Council on American-Islamic Relations in which Omar discussed the problem of Islamophobia, describing “the discomfort of being a second-class citizen”. After September 11, she said, advocates “recognized that some people did something, and that all of us were starting to lose access to our civil liberties”.Rightwing politicians were quick to say Omar was dismissing the gravity of 9/11. Dan Crenshaw, a congressman from Texas who as a Navy Seal was seriously injured in Afghanistan, falsely claimed Omar “does not consider [September 11] a terrorist attack on the USA by terrorists”.Two of the most progressive candidates for the Democratic nomination called on all lawmakers to condemn such attacks. Senator Bernie Sanders called attacks on Omar “disgusting and dangerous” and said Omar would not “back down to Trump’s racism and hate, and neither will we”.Senator Elizabeth Warren said: “The president is inciting violence against a sitting congresswoman – and an entire group of Americans based on their religion. It’s disgusting. It’s shameful. And any elected leader who refuses to condemn it shares responsibility for it.” Ilhan Omar, with Democratic representative Sheila Jackson Lee and Nancy Pelosi outside the Capitol. Photograph: J Scott Applewhite/AP Share on LinkedIn First published on Fri 12 Apr 2019 21.45 EDT This article is more than 3 months old Share on Pinterest This article is more than 3 months old Share on Messenger Pinterest Ilhan Omar The president is inciting violence against a congresswomanElizabeth Warren Share on WhatsApp Share on Facebook Reuse this contentlast_img read more

first_img 1 2 Facebook Share on LinkedIn Facebook features Not a Climate Change denier , and a scientist, but New Delhi has always been late 40s every summer and way back when I was a kid, in the 80s, for 2 successive years, we hit 50C, and I recall my rubber flip flops stuck to the pavement and my father had to rescue me. I remember looking the atlas for long to look at Riyadh, the only city twinned weather those days Reuse this content,View all comments > Share Close report comment form Share Show 1 more reply Wed 5 Jun 2019 16.30 EDT newest | Pick | Pick Comments 10 7 Jun 2019 8:54 Share Share via Email Twitter KedarB India needs to start taking climate change very seriously and STOP focussing solely on their economy but try to restore their environment – as we ALL should do. Why not give everyone a new idiot-phone and let them open a new social media account, if they do not already have many? Then they can protect themselves in shade while uploading 1000s of pictures of everything around them. Give them new headphones too, so that they can “protect” themselves from all that is happening around them? No-hear, No-see, No-think — is the best solution to all our problems! Humans are racing towards extinction; and we focus on political correctness and on who gets offended by whom! We have done almost nothing to reduce pollution. And that is just one of the major problems. This is not just India’s problem, this is a global problem. Also, consumption based development is a key issue. Over-population is the mother of all problems, but lets not talk about that, better to just keep quiet; it will all be fine by itself. Reply 0 1 India Share on Twitter | Pick Share on WhatsApp View more comments Share on Twitter There is virtually no chance of India doing anything about this … or anything else. Alex Shi Share Life in the Indian subcontinent especially the northern part is going to get only more miserable with the rapid growth of human population. It is already one of the densest part of the world. For example Bangladesh has the land area equivalent to New York State but the population equivalent to half of the United States. India has one-third the land of the US but around 4 times the population. With 3% of the global area it includes at least one-fifth of the global population. Indian summer seems more and more miserable for the following reasons. 1) The most obvious one is overcrowding. Too many people can make any place seem hotter than it with so many people breathing and sweating in one place. 2) Deforestation – To make land available for people to live they have to cut down forests. This creates even more greenhouse gas effect. Trees would have reduced the carbon dioxide level. 3) A side effect of #2 is that it leads to soil erosion. Moreover, trees are good in retaining water. So come summer time there is less and less water left to evaporate and create clouds for the ensuing monsoons. Monsoon season is getting shorter and shorter. 4) Less water obvious problem especially for a hot region like that. 5) More and more energy consumption during summer leading to power failure. More and more greenhouse effect and even more increase in temperature. So in conclusion unless a big stick like China is employed with one couple, one child that entire region is fucked. expanded Share on Twitter 8 Jun 2019 13:04 Share on Facebook Reply All Report Twitter Share on Facebook Facebook Reply Order by oldest | Pick Drought Share on Facebook World weatherwatch Temperature hits 46.8C in Delhi, while south-east Alaska battles two years of drought 3 4 oldest Share on Facebook Threads collapsed Reply Reply Twitter Alex Shi 6 Jun 2019 18:05 Share on Messenger Facebook Share on Facebook Facebook Share Share on Twitter Tamsin Green (MetDesk) World weatherwatch: heatwave grips India, with no relief in sight | Pick Do you ever consider the ‘hindrance’ that such development of the Indian economy is having on people, wildlife, and the general state of the environment? [“India has seen rapid deforestation in recent years, primarily due to its focus on economic development. According to government data, 14,000sq km of forests were cleared to accommodate 23,716 industrial projects across India over the last 30 years.”] … in our natural world, we refuse to turn away from the climate catastrophe and species extinction. For The Guardian, reporting on the environment is a priority. We give reporting on climate, nature and pollution the prominence it deserves, stories which often go unreported by others in the media. At this pivotal time for our species and our planet, we are determined to inform readers about threats, consequences and solutions based on scientific facts, not political prejudice or business interests.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. 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Two-thirds of India is being gripped by a severe heatwave, owing to clear skies and warm north-westerly winds, with many parts of the country breaking temperature records. The mercury rose to 46.8C (116F) in Delhi last Thursday, the highest May temperature since 2013, while Prayagraj in Uttar Pradesh, northern India, also broke its 1994 record maximum temperature with 48.6C. Relief does not appear to be on the horizon either, with the monsoon not due to reach north India until mid-June.The wettest part of Alaska, the south-east region, has been experiencing a two-year drought that was upgraded last week to the second-highest level of drought severity, as measured by the US drought monitor. Precipitation varies widely across Alaska due to its different climatic zones, though local-scale issues have been exacerbating the problem: winds have been blowing in from the south and north, in place of the more common westerlies. So less moist air is reaching the mountains, reducing rainfall.Several wildfires have recently ravaged Alberta, western Canada, as a result of prolonged unseasonably warm and dry weather. Smoke has also spread into the north-central US, affecting the weather in places. Thick pockets of smoke have been known to suppress the sun’s heat, resulting in less potent thunderstorm development. Natural disasters and extreme weather OvlovS60 Share on Twitter 7 Jun 2019 7:04 0 1 Alex Shi Share on Facebook Samyukta Twitter | Pick Natural disasters and extreme weathercenter_img NeinJuanWon Share on Twitter Show 25 Twitter Reason (optional) Facebook Share via Email Share on Twitter Share Report 100 8 Jun 2019 18:13 Share on Twitter Share on Facebook 1 2 1 2 Share on Twitter Reply 8 Jun 2019 17:14 puddlesthecat Sorry there was an error. Please try again later. If the problem persists, please contact Userhelp Please select Personal abuse Off topic Legal issue Trolling Hate speech Offensive/Threatening language Copyright Spam Other Never going to happen. Politicians only see as far as the next election and so the focus will remain on the economy. Sadly they believe the environment can always wait for the next guy’s watch. US weather Twitter Loading comments… Trouble loading? 0 1 unthreaded Share on Facebook recommendations The weather condition is a hindrance to the developmwnt of Indian economy. 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Those who have endured it for several decades now recall similar conditions prevailed even in their childhood. Huge population growth and the enormous growth in carbon emissions from every known source were not mentioned at all when I was a school going child. We had very few factories and cars. The best we knew were the steam engines, bicycles, bullock carts, town buses and a few tractors here and there. Our elders were blaming only the Sun and the humidity for the great discomfort. They used to stop us, the children, from playing outside until after the Sun was down. There was just enough water in the village ponds to quench the thirst of everyone including the animals. It were as if everyone made peace with the summer heat without complaining. World weatherwatch Report Sign in or create your Guardian account to recommend a comment | Picklast_img read more

first_imgDreams can come trueLaura is an essential part of the INDATA team, and she makes helping others and making a positive impact her mission. But it’s not always easy.“I’ve certainly had times of weakness, but my family is always reminding me what I’ve done and how much I can still achieve,” Laura said.She lives on her own, in her own house, with the help of caretakers. She also has another helper — her dog, Winnie, or Winifred Eleanor to be exact. She is a two-year-old American Bulldog.“She’s my baby,” Laura said. “She’s very smart and inquisitive. She’s definitely helped me mentally and physically. She starts every single day off right and gives me a purpose.” Winnie gets Laura in the positive mindset she exudes as she heads to work at INDATA. Laura hopes to continue writing and even become a published author.“I definitely have more stories to tell.” One of those personal stories is being kissed on the cheek by Jerry Lewis during his annual telethon for the Muscular Dystrophy Association.“I was a state goodwill ambassador for MDA for most of my childhood,” Laura said. “In 1997, my family and I went out to Los Angeles for the Jerry Lewis MDA Labor Day Telethon. My biggest memory was Jerry Lewis swooping me up at the end of the telethon and kissing me on the cheek. I remember blushing — it was on national television!”Laura said it was something you experience just once in a lifetime. But after talking with her, I feel certain more of those opportunities will come her way. She will make it happen.After all, we both love The Little Mermaid. And her favorite quote comes from Mr. Walt Disney himself: “If you can dream it, you can do it.” And she will. Share this…TwitterFacebookPinterestLinkedInEmailPrint RelatedATU251 – Your AT Journey with Laura MedcalfMarch 18, 2016In “Assistive Technology Update”Consumer Highlight: Laura MedcalfFebruary 29, 2016In “Testimonials”ATU299 – Home delivery services with Laura MedcalfFebruary 17, 2017In “Assistive Technology Update” Passion for the projectNow, as INDATA’s social media content specialist, Laura gets the unique opportunity to combine her love of helping people with her love of writing.“I’m always trying to explore ways to maintain my independence,” she said. “Being in this atmosphere has exposed me to so many new devices and services. I’m seeing a lot of new technology firsthand, and I’m meeting people who are experts in this field. It’s really quite exciting!”Laura is advocating for INDATA and all the resources it makes available for people with disabilities. Plus, she’s writing about many of the newest tools and gadgets.“I love writing about technology,” she said. “One of the most memorable blog posts I have written was about Amy Purdy, a double amputee and Olympic snowboarded who was recently on ‘Dancing with the Stars.’ With or without disabilities, we all need to see the possibilities that can be offered with assistive technology.”Laura enjoys making her writing relatable to people, showing them how assistive technology has helped someone in real life, whether it’s going to college, driving or gaining employment.“Assistive technology helps people with disabilities live a more independent life,” she said. “INDATA has so many resources and specialists to guide people throughout the state of Indiana with all different kinds of technology, no matter the disability.” Laura has also gained confidence in herself as well as respect for all the people who work at INDATA.“This has been such a life-changing experience. I’m more aware now than ever of the necessity of everything we do at INDATA. There are so many people working so hard to make things possible. It’s an amazing and humbling experience to work with such passionate individuals who are helping others.” Making a positive impactAt 25 years old, Laura is the social media content specialist for the INDATA Project. Promoted from INDATA’s social media intern, Laura is responsible for blogging several times a week for the INDATA Project. She also develops content for and posts INDATA’s weekly Tech Tip, which requires shooting and editing video and interviewing people about assistive technology.“I’m so excited to come to work every day,” Laura said. “It’s definitely been a positive influence in my life, and I’ve learned more about assistive technology than I could have ever imagined. I never thought I’d have such an intrinsically rewarding job.”Born and raised in Indianapolis, Laura graduated from Perry Meridian High School. While she was interested in both writing and teaching, she wasn’t sure what she wanted to focus on after graduation.“I wasn’t certain about teaching originally,” she said. “But my senior year in high school, I had the most amazing English teacher, Mrs. Schoch, who inspired me in an infinite amount of ways. Because of her, I wanted to pursue a career in literature and grammar. I also realized how much teachers influence their students, and I wanted to influence others in that same positive way.”So after graduating high school in 2007, Laura went on to study English and secondary education at Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana. However, it wasn’t what she thought it was going to be.“It was a lot to take on, and I was a bit overwhelmed,” she said. The typical college atmosphere is an adjustment in itself, but Laura didn’t let that stop her. She had been raised with the “tough love” that has helped her succeed. The art of expressionThroughout college, Laura had continued to study English and language arts. She spent a fifth year at Ball State focused on writing. With classes in poetry and non-fiction writing, Laura was reminded of all she had accomplished.“Writing really helped me find out who I am and how far I have come,” she said. “I had encountered many challenges in recent years that made me question my ability in so many ways. So many people had told me ‘You can’t do this, and you can’t do that.’ When I was writing these personal essays, it was an eye opener for me and helped me realize I can do anything!”Writing was where Laura belonged. And in her writing classes, she also read and edited other people’s writing and got to know them on a personal level.“Writing can make you very vulnerable, and I love that,” she said. “Words represent someone’s soul on paper, and when people expose their souls like that something magical happens.” It was an experience she would take with her in the future.In 2012, Laura graduated from Ball State with a Bachelor of Science in general studies with a focus on creative writing and human development.Through Indiana’s Vocational Rehabilitation Services (VRS), Laura was connected with Easter Seals Crossroads (ESC) and their Employment Division. With little work experience, Laura worked with a job coach at ESC for resume help and interviewing tips. She was then placed in her first job — working with Washington Township Schools in Indianapolis.“I loved it. I really did,” she said. “As an after-school tutor, I got to work with students on a personal level. I helped them, and that’s what I’ve always wanted to do.” But in the end, the 40-minute commute wasn’t worth the few hours a week she was working. So she headed back to her job coach at ESC.The job coach told Laura about an intern position open with the INDATA Project, helping to increase access to and awareness of assistive technology. She applied and was offered the intern position by INDATA Director Wade Wingler. And, as they say, the rest is history.center_img Writer: Tiffany Whisner, Coles Marketing Communications“I want to be a Disney Princess.” Right away I knew Laura Medcalf and I were kindred spirits. Not only do we share a love for Disney but our favorite Disney Princess as well — Ariel. Like Ariel, Laura is strong-willed, independent and courageous. She has learned to do things her way and has never given up on what she wants in life.“I was diagnosed with Spinal Muscular Atrophy when I was four. It’s a form of muscular dystrophy,” Laura said. According to the Muscular Dystrophy Association, it is a genetic disease affecting the part of the nervous system that controls voluntary muscle movement. Laura could walk up until she was in about third or fourth grade, but she was completely wheelchair-bound by fifth grade.“It’s a neuromuscular disease, so it will affect all of my muscles,” she said. It started with her legs, but over the years she has noticed a greater weakness in her upper body. Laura did go through physical therapy, but nothing offered her long-term benefits.“I just try to do as much as I can independently. That’s my motto. I want to do as much as I can while I can.” Learning a different lessonLaura’s time at the camp allowed her to express herself through arts and crafts and through writing. It also exposed her to working with others with disabilities, which led her to continue to do so throughout high school.“I volunteered during high school to work with students in special education, and that truly lit up my life,” Laura said. “They made every day a joy.”Once Laura steered away from secondary education at Ball State, she began to pursue elementary education with a focus on special education. She was passionate about working with children, especially those with disabilities.After four years, she was in the midst of her teaching practicum in preparation for student teaching. Then came another bump in the road.“When it came time for me to be placed in a student teaching position, I was advised to pursue another career — for liability issues,” Laura said. Being in a wheelchair, she couldn’t lift the 50 pounds required of her. And although her professors were great supporters of Laura and her efforts, when it came down to the advisors and department chairs actually making a decision, it was one that didn’t go her way.“When they looked at it on paper, being in a wheelchair made me not a good candidate to become a teacher.” The wheelchair hadn’t stopped her before, and it wasn’t going to stop her now. Not only had Laura succeeded in completing four years of college, but she did so living independently in the dorms.“My family was really all for it,” she said. “They wanted me to live as much of an independent life as possible.” So maybe teaching as a full-time career wasn’t for Laura after all. But she continued on with and finished her teaching practicum. She also took advice from one of her Ball State professors in the special education department, who had been diagnosed with ADHD and dysgraphia, a learning disability that affects writing.“He said I had more to offer than a majority of his students,” Laura said. “I mean, I go through these challenges on a daily basis, and I think it’s important for individuals with disabilities to know they’re not alone, and they, too, can overcome such adversities. In addition to my physical disability, I also have ADHD. I deal with these issues every day, and I knew there was a way to accomplish my goals.” Take one step at a time“When I was younger, I was always told I was wise beyond my years,” Laura said. “My parents didn’t baby me because of my disability, and I’m so grateful for that.” One time when she was six or seven years old, she wanted to get up the stairs but didn’t think she could get there on her own.“My parents said the only way I was going to learn was to do it by myself. They had all the faith in the world in me.” Laura was pleading for one of her parents to carry her, but no one came. She then made her way upstairs. “I remember having the biggest smile on my face and feeling so accomplished.” She has learned even though she can’t always do things like everyone else — she adapts and gets it done her own way.Laura went through the mainstream school system with some special accommodations in classrooms and extra assistance. And even though she was in a wheelchair, she continued to put herself out there to new opportunities and experiences.“I didn’t know anything else,” she said. “The wheelchair was a part of me but didn’t define me. People saw I was in a wheelchair but knew I wasn’t that different from them. Growing up, I was very active in Girl Scouts, show choir and even cheerleading — so I never struggled with making friends or going out there and doing things. A lot of people thought the wheelchair was the coolest thing.” But Laura is certainly aware of isolation and bullying that sometimes targets those with disabilities and strongly believes a lot of it is due to lack of disability awareness.“I know many people encounter discrimination and bullying. I’m also aware that I’m luckier than a lot of people who have to go through it, and I know I’m very blessed.”Laura also made lots of friends and gained many social experiences at MDA Summer Camp. It’s a place where kids with the neuromuscular disease can discover a world created specifically for them and meet other kids sharing the same needs.“We did canoeing, dancing, arts and crafts, singing and theater,” she said. That helped developed her creative side and her love for writing and painting as well. In addition to the fun and friendship of MDA Camp, it also enables campers to grow in independence as they spend time away from home. It was a place where Laura and others could feel like physical disabilities are the norm rather than the exception.“Being in a wheelchair most of my life, I have always been around people with disabilities, whether physical or cognitive,” Laura said. “Having attended MDA Summer Camp for many years, the people I met there had a major influence on my life.”After her freshman year of college at Ball State, Laura had the opportunity to do a missions trip to Tegucigalpa, Honduras, with MDA Camp Counselor Ali Campbell. While there, Laura was able to introduce individuals with disabilities to a lot of helpful resources. Her team also put on carnivals for schools, worked with children at orphanages and even put on a camp for individuals with cerebral palsy.last_img read more

first_imgCHRIS TIDMARSH:  Hi, this is Chris Tidmarsh, the cofounder of Greenbridge Growers.JAN PILARSKI:  And this is Jan Pilarski.CHRIS TIDMARSH:  And this is your Assistive Technology Update.WADE WINGLER:  Hi, this is Wade Wingler with the INDATA Project at Easter Seals Crossroads in Indiana with your Assistive Technology Update, a weekly dose of information that keeps you up-to-date on the latest developments in the field of technology, designed to assist people with disabilities and special needs.  Welcome to episode number 168 of Assistive Technology Update.  It’s scheduled to be released on Friday, August 15 of 2014.I’m super excited about my interview today.  I got to meet Chris Tidmarsh and Jan Pilarski in South Bend, Indiana.They are a group called Greenbridge Growers which is a micro-enterprise for people with autism.  We’ve got some stories from the BBC news about Google glass being used to help people who are deaf with sign language, a webinar from Tools for Life coming up on accessible play, interesting information coming from the access board about standards for outdoor developed areas for hiking and camping and those sorts of things, Kurzweil Educational System is getting a new look and a new name and some travel tips for people who have arthritis.We hope you’ll check out our website at  Call our listener line at 317-721-7124, or drop us a note on Twitter at INDATA Project.Love our show?  Visit  Take a survey.  Let us know what you like and what you don’t.  We’re looking forward to your input on how to make the show even better. the BBC news, there’s an article entitled, “Live subtitles:  how smart technology could help deaf people.”  It’s by William Major and he talked about the fact that there’s all kinds of new technology to make it easier for people who are deaf or hard of hearing to have life stop listening transcripts of the conversations that are going on around them.  This particular one deals with Google glass.  He had the opportunity to try a system that operates on Google glass, a wearable technology, depositions the screen above your right eye.  He tried it out in a meeting where they stuck a tablet computer in the middle of the table and the people in the room had a conversation.  He used the service called My Cap that’s a remote captioning service that works on lots of platforms including Google glass.  He said it was miraculous how while looking through the Google glass technology, it seemed that there was a screen off in the distance that was translucent and he was able to get crisp, easy to read captions right there live during the conversation.Now, he did say that after a while his excitement was kind of overtaken by fatigue.  It’s not something that he does regular basis so he found the activity to be visually fatiguing.  The article goes on to talk a little bit more in detail about the future of this technology and how companies like Samsung and Microsoft are developing technology that might play into this.  In the end, he decided that there’s lots of cool technologies and this is a first and he has seen lots of first in his life, but he still prefers old-fashioned technology like the sign language interpreter.  He says in the article here, “They are temperamental and they might make mistakes too, but they are fast, adaptable, portable, and they don’t need tech support when things go wrong.”  I’m going to encourage you to check out this story on  I’ll pop a link in the show notes and you can learn how Google glass may become a new option for folks who are deaf and need to have life subtitles.The headline reads, “On your mark, get set, play! Exploring AT for living in adaptive recreation.”  This is a webinar that’s going to happen on Wednesday, August 27 from 2 PM to 3:30 PM Eastern Standard Time and it comes out of our friends at Tools for Life which is George’s Assistive Technology Act program.  Martha Rust and O’Ree Crittendon are going to be talking about accessible recreation.  They’re going to talk about some recent research that sheds light on the gaps and the needs of recreation for folks with disabilities.  The people in the webinar are going to learn a lot recreational activities that can be done within the home or with a group.  They are also going to talk about adaptive sports, devices, and socialization opportunities that can help make a difference in the lives of folks with disabilities.  I’ll pop a link in the show notes over to the registration page.There is no cost to attend and you can learn more about how to have a more adaptive recreation experience.  Check our show notes.Our friend Andrew Liebs is the guide for assistive technology over at  He has interviewed Tara Mason who is a teacher of the blind and visually impaired at Texas Tech University about why the iPad is an ideal learning tool for folks were blind or visually impaired.  Some of the questions that he gets to our since iPads are so visually stunning, why and how can they be helpful for folks who are blind or visually impaired?  He asks what third-party apps would she recommend that are installed on the iPad as somebody who is blind or visually impaired?  He gets to the topic up is the iPad robust enough to replace or be equivalent to a computer?  Then he talks about funding and does vocational rehabilitation in general purchase iPads these days?  He talks about pricing and he talks about whether the iPad mini offers any advantages over the standard iPad for somebody who is blind or visually impaired.  Interesting article with some difficult questions that Andrew is asking here.  I’ll invite you to check that out by following the link on our show notes.  I’ll pop a link in their new committee article from Andrew at love camping and hiking and all things outdoors.  Recently the access board has released a new set of standards for outdoor areas.  It’s called “Outdoor developed areas:  a summary of accessibility standards for federal outdoor developed areas.”  Now my understanding is that this technically only applies to federal parks and recreation areas and those kinds of federal facilities but they are great guidelines for other areas as well.  Some of the areas the guidelines include are trails and trailheads, how to make outdoor recreations more accessible with accessible access routes, more accessible camping facilities.  It talks about things like the area for accessible vehicles, how big they should be, talks about picnic facilities and how things like grills and picnic tables need to be made accessible and how many in the park need to be made accessible.  Other areas include accessibility guidelines on viewing areas, beach access, all kinds of other stuff.  It’s that time of the year when I’m hoping everybody is enjoyed some time outside and if you’re interested in how federal recreation areas are going to be made more accessible, check out this link in our show notes.Are you a user of Kurzweil Educational Systems products?  Kurzweil, the company, is going to rebrand.  They have a new name.  According to the wall street journal earlier this week, Kurzweil Educational Systems is now known as Kurzweil Education.  Not only are they getting the new name, but they’re going to have a new tagline, new logo, indicating here a tighter product portfolio.  That’s because they recently divested themselves of the Intelitools product line.  Their new tagline is “Unlocking potential.”  According to John Campbell, the CEO of Cambium Learning Group come he says, “Our mission has always been to provide tools and resources that allow all learners to actively engage in authentic learning experiences in the ways that work best for them.”  It’ll be interesting over the next few weeks and months to see what other developments happen here with Kurzweil, but in the meantime they’ve got a new name, Kurzweil Education.  I’ll pop a link in the show notes over to the Wall Street Journal and you can learn more about this new change.From Everyday Health we have an article here from Linda Schrager.  Is called, “The organized caregiver: four top travel tips for people with arthritis.”  It’s that time of the year when a lot of people, especially here in the United States are finishing up their last summertime vacations before they head back to work and school and those sorts of things.  Some of the tips that are included here by Ms. Schrager who is an occupational therapist include picking the right destination.  She talks about traveling within your capabilities.  If you’re not a rock climber, maybe don’t sign up for a rock climb but maybe a month top helicopter excursion will give you the same you without all the effort.  She talks about choosing the right accommodation picture says, “While you’re traveling, it’s important to get a good night’s sleep, so do so in a way that’s accessible.  All hotels in the US have to comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act, but their levels of accessibility may vary from place to place.”Some of the things she suggest you consider is how close is the room to the restaurant, the pool, the beach, the elevator.  Are the bathrooms fully accessible, which means they have walk-in showers, grab rails and those sorts of things.  Is the room big enough for a wheelchair and is there accessible parking nearby.  Tip number three is packing right and packing light.  She talks about the fact that you need to take only the things that you think you’re going to need.  You to look at the weather in advance back make sure your packing in layers and packing in such a way that you can deal with the different kinds of whether that’s going to be there on your trip.She also talks about the fact that if you have small adaptive equipment like folding preachers, special eating utensils, blowup raise toilet seats, those kinds of things, consider taking them with you.  If you’re on a trip and you have some arthritis or other symptoms kind of become a problem, if that’s how those adaptive aids while you’re there.Lastly, number four is pick the right mode of transportation.  She mentions that for air travel, the Air Carrier Access Act prohibits discrimination based on disability and has some tips on how to make sure that your air flights will be accessible as possible.  She suggests may be paying a little more and not doing a layover which means changing planes if that’s a difficult thing for you.  She gives some details on trains and buses and cruise ships and some of the accessibility features that are available for those.  She also talks about the fact that if you’re in a car, you have lots more freedom and lots more independence and maybe if you’re going to rent a car, treat yourself to one that has lots of power control just for a little less effort.  I’m going to pop a link in the show notes over to and you can read more details on these top travel tips for people with arthritis.Each week, one of our partners tells us what’s happening in the ever-changing world of apps, so here’s an app worth mentioning.>>  This is Amy Barry with BridgingApps and this is an app worth mentioning.  Today’s app is called Write About This.  This app is a visual writing prompt and creation platform, perfect for classrooms and families.  With endless ways to respond and the ability to craft custom photo props, it will kickstart any writing activity.  So if you’re looking for a way to increase your students writing skills, check out Write About This.  You can try it before you buy it with a free version to see if the app is right for you or your students.With this app, the saying “A picture is worth a thousand words” is the best way to describe it.  In the full version, you’re given 125 pages and 375 props.  Categories range from the common core standards, informational text, to writing about feelings or customizing the app with your own category.  Options available to choose from our careers, animals, transportation, fun friends, etc.  Users choose a category and then select another photo that provides a prompt.The app can be individualized using a variety of prompts within the settings.  Prompts range from text prompts, voice prompts, create custom ones to your level of difficulty.  Prompt levels go from one to three, allowing you to use the same theme but customized level of difficulty based on the writer’s capabilities.After a student completes their story, they can record story and email it to family members or teachers.  The voice is not saved unless the receiver also has the Write About This app.Our students love this app.  They can create a place or save their Write Abouts and add their photo and name, helping them understand what an author is.  Each student can be encouraged to use the app weekly to expand his or her writing capabilities.  Hearing their story helps them to revise and edit independently.  The beauty of this app is its ease of use and endless opportunities for creative writing.  We have used Write About This with writers of all abilities.  The Write About This is $3.99 at the iTunes Store.  This app can be used on iOS devices.  For more information on this app and others like it, visit WINGLER:  So normally when I record the show, I’m sitting in a studio surrounded by walls with sound dampening equipment and is little bit stuffy and there sometimes.  There’s a glass window and sometimes people walk by and look at me and wave at me and try to distract me.  That’s always kind of a hoot.Today I am sitting in the very northern part of central Indiana, north of South Bend, just a little bit near the Michigan state line.  I see blue skies and clouds and I see beautiful trees and flowers and somebody squirting a garden hose on some pumpkins.  I see a greenhouse and horses and there is a guilt right over there as well.  I am on the grounds of Greenbridge Growers which is in the South Bend, Indiana, area and I am sitting at a picnic table.  It’s absolutely beautiful outside.  With Chris Tidmarsh and Jan Pilarski, the cofounders of Greenbridge Growers.  It’s a farm.  It’s a garden.  But it’s not your average farm or your average garden.  There is lots of cool stuff going on here that has to do with business and enterprise and disability in a way that I really didn’t expect.  I want to introduce my guest.  Chris Tidmarsh, how are you?CHRIS TIDMARSH:  I’m good.  How about you?WADE WINGLER:  I’m doing great.  Thanks for asking.  Jan, how are you?JAN PILARSKI:  Hi, Wade.  Nice to be here with you.WADE WINGLER:  Thank you.  Jan, you’re mom so you’re here and I think standing side-by-side with Chris on a pretty regular basis for this project.  I’m glad to have the both of you here for the interview.  Chris, I’m just going to jump right into this and ask you to tell me the history of Greenbridge Growers.  How did you guys get started here?CHRIS TIDMARSH:  When I was in college, I became very interested in environmental studies and environment issues.  After I graduated, I did a few internships at different organic farms in Indiana to gain experience.  I really liked working at the farms, and I became convinced that I wanted to go in to farming as a career.  We got the idea for going into aquaponics when we visited Growing Power in Milwaukee.  We thought that would be a good model to use here in South Bend.  We attended several training sessions at Growing Power and that’s how we learn to put aquaponics into action.WADE WINGLER:  Excellent.  So your personal interest in this came from that experience after college mostly, right?  Have you been in the garden since you were a child?CHRIS TIDMARSH:  Well, we used to have a garden at St. Mary’s College right near South Bend.  We grew some produce there for our family.  My interest in farming is recent in the last several years since college.WADE WINGLER:  That’s great.  I know that your interest is recent and your energy level and enthusiasm for this is very high.  I can tell because we spent a little time this morning walking around the grounds.  Folks who are regular listeners of our show might wonder why we’re talking about gardening.  Usually our show is about disability in technology.  Can you tell me a little bit about disability figures into Greenbridge Growers?CHRIS TIDMARSH:  Green bridge is meant to employ people on the autism spectrum.  Unfortunately, 90% of people on the autism spectrum are either unemployed or underemployed.  Green bridge tends to address this problem.  We’re here to get people with autism the chance to use her skills and an accepting environment.WADE WINGLER:  That’s excellent.  I think it’s really boring.  So tell me a little bit about the people who are involved.CHRIS TIDMARSH:  Let’s see.  Hannah and Friends is the organization, the site that we are on right now.  We have several residents houses here with about four people each, as well as an activity center for people to come in and do fun activities like arts and crafts or game time. Hannah and Friends has a partnership with Greenbridge Growers where they allowed us to build a greenhouse on the side of Hannah and Friends to grow aquaponically.  I did an AmeriCorps program here at Hannah and Friends.  The residents are participants at Hannah and friends, helping the greenhouse.  In addition to Hannah and Friends, we’ve also had help from certain groups at Notre Dame.  Is a couple of groups called esteem and another one is fish for fellow Irish social hub.WADE WINGLER:  Chris, I know that one of the people that’s involved is your mom, Jen, and she’s here with us today.  Jan, tell me a little bit of your perspective about why this is important and the folks that are involved.JAN PILARSKI:  Well, green bridge gives us a whole lot of hope.  Chris was someone who we felt got great services and was educated so well to the schools in South Bend and even graduated college a few years ago.  The one piece of the equation was that accessing a job in the traditional workforce is difficult for a young person with autism.  Like Chris said, 90% are unemployed or underemployed.  That happened to him despite his interest in science and wanting to make a difference in the community.  Things just didn’t work out in that way.  So it looked to us that one of the best prospects for young adults with autism who have aged out of the system and are looking for ways to use their gifts was to be entrepreneurial about employment and putting together Chris’s interest and background and growing with a talented workforce. Aquaponics seemed a great skill match because of the precision, the detail, the attentiveness to work.  We sure that with Hannah and friends and they were very excited to involve their participants in training and learning the work.WADE WINGLER:  Based on the tour that we did a little while ago and I got to kind of look under the hood of the operation, aquaponics is a system where you have plants and fish kind of working in concert to create produce.  Is that right, Chris?CHRIS TIDMARSH:  That’s right.  The waste from the fish is used as the trans for the plants and the plants clean that water and cycle it back up into the fish tank.  It’s a closed loop system.WADE WINGLER:  So the end result is what?  What do you produce out of this aquaponics system?CHRIS TIDMARSH:  We produce produce like basil and mint and some lettuces.WADE WINGLER:  And who is the customer for those?CHRIS TIDMARSH:  We have a few customers in the area such as Whole Foods.  We might also be selling to a couple restaurants in the area as well.WADE WINGLER:  Excellent.  So you’ve had to figure out a lot of technology related to managing the fish and their habitat.  We talked about the fact that you have to Minnesota chemistry related to the plants and fish as well.  Chris, is a technology that specific to disability that you’ve employed here to make this more successful project?CHRIS TIDMARSH:  Yeah.  For example, we have an app called Podio that helps us keep track of our information.  Were also hoping out some point to use plant tracking solders that we can track the growth of our plans and germination rates.  People with autism aren’t often interested in technology so these tools are helpful for people with autism.  There’s also hands-on learning, side-by-side learning, people talking through their problems so it’s Apple for people with autism.WADE WINGLER:  Did you mention something about visual schedules or books, manuals, those kind of things?CHRIS TIDMARSH:  We have a manual for helping the people at the greenhouse to understand what they need to do.JAN PILARSKI:  All the steps that are involved in the different tasks, all the seeding, the transplanting, the harvesting, very visual.  People who are training with us are all our models and they posed, but it just helps show and reinforce all the work that is to be done.WADE WINGLER:  So I’m sitting here recording in our early August and things are in bloom and their stuff that’s obviously going to become products are going to sell, produce to supermarkets and restaurants and those sort of things.  I have to think about the future a little bit, not one of the future of the strong season but the future of Greenbridge Growers in general.  Chris, if I asked you to learn into your crystal ball and make some predictions on where things are going, what would you say?CHRIS TIDMARSH:  I say that we hope to one day be able to employ people across the South Bend area and possibly eventually throughout the state.  We’re already begin to sell our produce at farmers market so that people do to know us.  We’re hoping that by selling at farmers markets, will be able to get to know our people and expand more.WADE WINGLER:  The idea is you create demand and instead of one greenhouse and a small plot, then you move into more greenhouses, more people come and skills of thing.  Is that correct?CHRIS TIDMARSH:  That’s right.  Were actually looking for our first commercial greenhouse right now.  Were still in the process of looking for land but we’re hopeful that soon will be able to find some land.WADE WINGLER:  Chris or Jan, tell me a story about somebody whose life has been impacted by what you’re doing here with Greenbridge Growers.  Chris, I think it’s fair to say that your life has been impacted.  Tell me a story.CHRIS TIDMARSH:  One of the people here at Hannah and friends is a young man named Brandon.  He really liked to come in and feed the fish and taking care of them.  He trained with us and had a special interest in seeing things grow but especially the fish.  Keynotes a lot of things about the fish that other people wouldn’t have noticed.  He saw the greenhouse is a great way to participate and help things grow.WADE WINGLER:  That’s a great example.  What does Greenbridge Growers mean to you?CHRIS TIDMARSH:  I see green bridge as a way for me to use my skills and my interest in farming and at some point in the future as a source of employment for me as well.WADE WINGLER:  Mom, same question.JAN PILARSKI:  I think that as a parent and helping a venture like this get launched, I see it as a sign of hope, that if things don’t work out in one way of life than create something new.  Hopefully it can be a model for other businesses of other kinds and also show the terrific capabilities of young adults, young autistic adults, and what other people with disabilities can do all around the state.  It’s hope.  It’s a way of sharing that with others and showing what people can do.WADE WINGLER:  Excellent.  Chris, if people are inspired by a story and I know that they are going to be, wherever they go online to learn more?  If they wanted to learn more about green bridge, if they wanted to reach out to you, what would you suggest in terms of contact information?CHRIS TIDMARSH:  We have a website.  It’s Greenbridge  We also have a Facebook page, which is  I think we also have a twitter.JAN PILARSKI:  We’re on Twitter, Pinterest, and Instagram as green bridge grow.WADE WINGLER:  So you’re telling me if you put Greenbridge Growers are green bridge grow into most social media are going to find you guys.JAN PILARSKI:  That’s right.  We’d be delighted to connect with people all around the state.WADE WINGLER:  Thanks.  Chris, any closing thoughts?CHRIS TIDMARSH:  I’m really excited to see this project grow.  I’m looking forward to being able to sell our produce and seeing our product developed.WADE WINGLER:  Chris Tidmarsh and Jan Pilarski are the cofounders of Greenbridge Growers in beautiful South Bend, Indiana.  Chris, Jen, thank you so much for being with us today.CHRIS TIDMARSH:  Thank you, Wade.JAN PILARSKI:  Thanks, Wade.  It’s a pleasure.WADE WINGLER:  Do you have a question about assistive technology? Do you have a suggestion for someone we should interview on Assistive Technology Update? Call our listener line at 317-721-7124. Looking for show notes from today’s show? Head on over to Shoot us a note on Twitter @INDATAProject, or check us out on Facebook. That was your Assistance Technology Update. I’m Wade Wingler with the INDATA Project at Easter Seals Crossroads in Indiana. Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadYour weekly dose of information that keeps you up to date on the latest developments in the field of technology designed to assist people with disabilities and special needs.Show Notes:Green Bridge Growers: | Chris Tidmarsh & Jan PilarskiTake our listener survey: News – Live subtitles: How smart technology could help deaf people Webinar: On Your Mark, Get Set, PLAY! 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