Why Is Your Veterinarian Still Reluctant to Discuss CBD With You? Advocating for your pet’s health can be a real challenge. Animals instinctively hide their pain (a carry-over survivor skill from the wild), often making that initial clinical diagnosis difficult and consequently the treatment protocol too.The good news is CBD is a non-toxic, non-pharmaceutical alternative that can bring relief for many ailments that plague our pets. The bad news? Pet owners across the country eager to broach the subject of BD with their veterinarian continue to be met with silence — despite numerous trial studies and mounting anecdotal evidence demonstrating the efficacy of CBD oil to rapidly improve the conditions of pets suffering from anxiety, inflammation, seizures, and chronic pain while boosting the pet’s immune system.According to a survey of 2,131 participants conducted by VIN (Veterinary Information Network), 63 percent of veterinarians report having been asked about CBD oil for pets at least monthly, if not weekly or daily. More than 80 percent of those vets also report having never observed or received knowledge of any adverse reactions from pet CBD oil use.Related: What You Need to Know About CBD for PetsSo why are veterinarians so averse to discussing CBD?Though hemp-derived CBD is non-psychoactive, it was classified as a Schedule 1 Drug, even in states that have legalized cannabis for human medical purposes, until late last year. What this means is that vets could be penalized and potentially lose their license for advising pet owners on CBD oil. Few were willing to take the risk.Fortunately a new law in California is bringing hope to pet parents, their beloved animals and their trusted pet physicians.California veterinarians can now discuss cannabis.On January 1, 2019 California became the first state to officially pass a law, AB 2215, which allows veterinarians to finally discuss cannabis with their clients.Opening the doors to discussion about CBD oil with one’s vet is great progress. However, according to the California Veterinary Board, this legislation only protects veterinarians from disciplinary action for talking about CBD oil with pet owners. It does not limit penalties for administering, advertising, selling, or having any paid affiliation with a company. Thus, California pet parents must do their due diligence when purchasing a pet CBD oil product to ensure that their product choice has been independently third partytested for both potency as well as unwanted herbicides, pesticides and chemicals.Related: How to Start and Market Your CBD CompanyWhat about the other 49 states in the U.S.?To date, California is the only state to have passed such a bill. The veterinary boards in Colorado and Oregon allow vets to discuss cannabis with their patients, though their rules fail to make a critical distinction between CBD — a non-toxic, non-psychoactive compound derived from hemp — and “marijuana.” To the layperson, marijuana and hemp derived CBD may be interchangeable words, but the dangerous conflation of these terms by state Veterinary Medical Associations remains a major barrier to progress.To be clear, “hemp” refers to the male cannabis plant, which is rich in CBD and very low in THC. “Marijuana” refers to the female cannabis plant, which is rich in THC and very low in CBD. Marijuana produces what is commonly referred to as “bud,” and when consumed by animals, marijuana can indeed be highly toxic.The Colorado Veterinary Medical Association (CVMA) “recognizes the interest of companion animal lovers and veterinarians regarding the potential benefits of marijuana therapies for a variety of animal medical conditions.” The Oregon Veterinary Medical Examining Board (OVMEB) states “Veterinarians may discuss the use of cannabis with clients, and are advised to inform clients about published data on toxicity in animals, as well as lack of scientific data on benefits.”The American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) published a document “Cannabis: What Veterinarians Need to Know.” It is a source for vets to learn about the clinical signs and treatment of acute marijuana toxicity, the effects of chronic marijuana exposure and other relevant topics.Related: Hemp Oil vs. CBD Oil: What’s the Difference?The future of CBD for pets is nonetheless bright.The passing of the 2018 Farm Bill on December 12, 2018 signals a huge win for the hemp community. While most clinical studies on Schedule 1 drugs are illegal, this bill removed licensed Hemp derived CBD from Schedule 1 status, legally enabling clinical studies on CBD’s usage with pets.Indeed, the future looks promising as more and more venerable institutions from NYU and Mount Sinai to Colorado State University, Cornell University and UC Davis embark upon studies that lend further credibility and research to the remarkable power of CBD oil to better our pets’ wellbeing. Hopefully, all 50 states will soon be on board with acknowledging the benefits of CBD and helping vets facilitate its use in our pet’s preventative wellness regime and as an aid in treating debilitating conditions. Subscribe Now February 14, 2019 Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. CBD –shares Andreana Pena Guest Writer Founder of Blooming Culture Add to Queue Next Article 5 min read CBD is as safe and effective for pets as it is for people, but hazy regulations are a big barrier to prescribing it. Get 1 Year of Green Entrepreneur for $19.99 Green Entrepreneur provides how-to guides, ideas and expert insights for entrepreneurs looking to start and grow a cannabis business. Image credit: Nenov | Getty Images
5 min read Add to Queue Get 1 Year of Green Entrepreneur for $19.99 A month after the election, marijuana legalization advocates still await some clear indication of President-elect Donald Trump’s official stance toward legal cannabis.Voters in eight states joined the legalization movement on Nov. 8. Those included two of the largest: California approved recreational marijuana while Florida expanded the use of medical marijuana.Still, concerns continue to grow among marijuana proponents about how a Trump Administration will address legalized cannabis. They are especially troubled by Trump’s planned Attorney General nomination of Alabama Sen. Jeff Sessions, a vocal opponent of marijuana legalization.However, some say there remain plenty of reasons to stay optimistic even as others voice concern over the future of legalized marijuana under Trump.Related: Trends For 2017: The Opportunities Entrepreneurs Are Chasing NowStates’ rightsIan Eisenberg is managing owner of Uncle Ike’s, Seattle’s biggest marijuana retailer and the second biggest in Washington, one of the first states to legalize recreational marijuana. Eisenberg told mynorthwest.com that “there’s a lot of doom and gloom going around that Sessions, being the attorney general, will go after states for medical and recreational pot. I’m not one of those people. It’s possible, but it’s not likely.”Eisenberg pointed to Trump’s advocacy of states’ rights on many issues. “Letting states do their own thing with pot is a pretty good example of a state right,” he said.Nate Bradley, executive director of the California Cannabis Industry Association, voiced similar hopes to USA Today, saying marijuana advocates are hopeful Trump’s support of states’ rights will outweigh Sessions’ views.Eisenberg also pointed to the rising popularity of marijuana across the country. More than half of all Americans have access to medical marijuana and 65 million people live in states that have legalized recreational marijuana. Eisenberg said. “I don’t know what Trump would gain by cracking down on cannabis. The country is pretty evenly split now and the popularity is rising.”Sessions on marijuana.Looking at past comments from Sessions, the potential that legalized marijuana could face challenges seems very real. The 69-year-old Sessions, who could become the top law enforcement official in the country, has “a long and antagonistic attitude toward marijuana,” reported Politico.In April 2016, Sessions said during a Senate hearing on drugs that the country needs “grownups” in charge who send the message that “marijuana is not the kind of thing that ought to be legalized.” He later added, “Good people don’t smoke marijuana.”U.S. Rep. Jared Polis, a Democrat from Colorado, said the already $6 billion legal marijuana industry faces troubled times unless advocates make their voices heard. Colorado became the first state to legalize marijuana for recreational purposes in 2012.“If we don’t take action and hold President-elect Trump accountable, in one fell swoop, the federal government could damage state economies, and discourage entrepreneurship — placing some of our innovators behind bars, all while eroding states’ rights,” he said, according to Politico.Related: 9 Business Tools for Working Smarter Instead of HarderPotential legal battle.Voters have made marijuana legal for medical use in a majority of U.S. states and for recreational use in seven states and the District of Columbia. Voters in Maine also narrowly approved recreational marijuana, although a recount is expected to begin this month.Under federal law, marijuana remains listed as a Schedule I drug under the Controlled Substance Act. These drugs, according to the federal Drug Enforcement Administration, are defined as “drugs with no currently accepted medical use and a high potential for abuse.”The federal government does not intervene with legalized marijuana at the state level under the guidance of the Cole Memo written in 2013 by then Deputy Attorney General James Cole. The memo changed federal policy to a more “hands off” approach as long as states properly regulate marijuana production and distribution, including keeping it out of the hands of minors.Related: How to Deal With Your CompetitorsRobert McKenna, the former attorney general of Washington, told KIRO 7 in Seattle that the issue will come down to priorities for Sessions. He noted that any action by Sessions against states would result in a long legal battle.“Is this going to be the Department of Justice’s highest priority? Because it will bog them down in court for quite a while,” he said.He also noted the number of states where voters have legalized marijuana. “So is this the fight they really want to have? He’s got to decide what his priorities are and whether the fight is worth it,” he said. Next Article Green Entrepreneur provides how-to guides, ideas and expert insights for entrepreneurs looking to start and grow a cannabis business. Cannabis Industry Is Rattled by Trump but Thinks Federal Crackdown Unlikely The nomination of Jeff Sessions as Attorney General is worrisome but court battles over states’ rights and decisive voter support for legal cannabis make tough enforcement problematic for the Trump Administration. Guest Writer Image credit: Mandel Ngann | AFP | Getty Images December 7, 2016 Easy Search. Quality Finds. Your partner and digital portal for the cannabis community. Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. –shares Cannabis dispensaries.com Subscribe Now
October 20, 2017 2 min read Money A recent study found that psychopaths make poor hedge fund managers. Next Article Image credit: Shutterstock If you think about the archetype of a money manager, someone cold, emotionless and driven probably springs to mind — like Gordon Gekko in Wall Street. But new research has found that these traits not only make someone a pain to be around, but also don’t net successful investments.”We should re-think our assumptions that might favor ruthlessness or callousness in an investment manager,” said Leanne ten Brinke, a social psychologist at the University of Denver and lead author of the study. “Not only do these personality traits not improve performance, our data suggest that they many hinder it.”Related: 10 Things Mark Cuban Says to Do With Your MoneyThe researchers found that hedge fund managers who exhibit higher instances of psychopathy, narcissism and Machiavellianism — three traits described quite evocatively as the “dark triad” — actually perform worse than their professional peers who do not, especially over long periods of time.The study looked at the personality traits of 101 hedge fund managers, then compared their investments and financial returns with their various personality types over the course of 10 years from 2005 to 2015.Related: 20 Money Tips to Help You Save MoreMoney managers with psychopathic traits made less profitable investments than their peers, by under 1 percent per year. The researchers note that while the discrepancy might seem small annually, those mistakes can add up over time. Additionally, money managers that were more narcissistic took more risks to earn the same amount of money as those managers who were less narcissistic.It goes to show that when you hire new team members, you would do well to keep an eye out for the candidates that exhibit empathy and care rather than callous single-mindedness. Your bottom line will thank you.Related video: 7 Tips for Service-Based Business Owners to Crush it on Social Media New Research Shows You Don’t Want the Person Managing Your Money to Be a Shark Add to Queue Staff Writer. Covers leadership, media, technology and culture. Entrepreneur Staff Register Now » Free Webinar | July 31: Secrets to Running a Successful Family Business 47shares Learn how to successfully navigate family business dynamics and build businesses that excel. Nina Zipkin
Tesla Add to Queue Matthew Humphries Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals Next Article January 25, 2018 The Tesla Model S drove into the back of a fire truck attending another freeway accident. Image credit: via PC Mag Register Now » One of the key features of Tesla’s vehicles is the Autopilot, which offers advanced driving assistance in the form of lane centering, adaptive cruise control, and self parking. It also seems to be a good excuse when it comes to assigning blame for an accident.As CNBC reports, on Monday a Tesla Model S crashed into the back of a fire truck located on a freeway near to Culver City, Calif. The fire truck was attending another accident involving a motorbike when the Model S crashed into it. Luckily, no firefighters were standing at the back of the truck at the time. In fact, there were no injuries caused, just damage to the truck and the Model S.While working a freeway accident this morning, Engine 42 was struck by a #Tesla traveling at 65 mph. The driver reports the vehicle was on autopilot. Amazingly there were no injuries! Please stay alert while driving! #abc7eyewitness #ktla #CulverCity #distracteddriving pic.twitter.com/RgEmd43tNe– Culver City Firefighters (@CC_Firefighters) January 22, 2018The driver of the Tesla is blaming Autopilot for the collision, which was apparently in use at the time. However, Tesla has already pointed out that Autopilot still requires the driver be fully attentive and have their hands on the wheel. With that being the case, the driver should have been able to take avoiding action or apply the brakes in time to avoid the crash. For some reason that didn’t happen.The National Traffic Safety Board will now examine exactly what happened and look at the data the Model S collected leading up to the crash. A fatal crash which occurred in Florida in 2016 also resulted in a review of the Autopilot system. No defects were found. If this new investigation comes to the same conclusion, then it was clearly driver error.I’d be very surprised if this turned out to be an Autopilot fault due to the limited driving assistance it offers. The driver really does need to be distracted to not see what’s going to happen. If anything, this shows the difficulty with trying to slowly transition towards self-driving cars. Really we need a complete switch from driving to self-driving very quickly, so a distracted driver no longer matters. Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. This story originally appeared on PCMag 2 min read Senior Editor –shares Tesla Driver Blames Autopilot for Fire Truck Collision
Magazine Contributor News and Trends 6 min read Andrew Freeman June 6, 2018 Image credit: Benjamin Shearn | Getty Images Add to Queue This story appears in the December 2018 issue of Green Entrepreneur. Subscribe » Last month, Kevin O’Leary, of CNBC’s Shark Tank, opened his keynote speech at MJBizCon NEXT in New Orleans with an earnest assessment of the cannabis industry, “I’ve worked in all eleven sectors of the S&P, and I have never seen anything like this.”He was preaching to the choir. Thousands of cannabis industry leaders, many of whom would not have looked out of place at the tech conference sharing the convention center, had gathered in the Big Easy to compare notes, make deals, and continue to build one of the world’s fastest-growing industries.With consumer demand growing and wholesale prices of cannabis dropping, industry leaders discussed what is going to happen next on the frontlines of this rapidly-evolving industry as it hurtles towards $10 billion in sales. Here are the trends to watch. Branding: New Companies, New Consumers“Cannabis is a commodity,” O’Leary reminded the crowd. As this reality settles into the industry, having a strong brand will be the only way for companies to survive. You can expect to see an increased emphasis on branding and a glut of new products hit the market in the coming year.Joe Hodas is a former Dixie Brands executive who was responsible for marketing some of that industry’s most successful brands. He is now COO of investment firm General Cannabis. Hodas predicts that the increased growth of the overall market will allow niche products to proliferate and thrive. “The majority of product is still purchased by the core consumer. But companies need to speak to the new and future consumers,” he warned.Brands will have to learn to speak to these new consumers in a different way. “Mainstream society–who is the prime target for cannabis–the 30-something professional, they don’t want to feel edgy,” says Co-Founder & CEO of Marijuana Business Daily Cassandra Farrington. “They want to feel like it’s as normal as having a glass of wine. The branding I am seeing working has to do with getting that image into people’s minds.”Nancy Whiteman, CEO of Colorado’s Wana Brands, shared how her brand has captured 20 percent of Colorado’s edibles market. After experimenting with a variety of baked goods and confections, Whitman found what she cheekily called Wana Brand’s “sweet spot” in gummies. In a constrained market with limited shelf space, she honed in on products that worked for her customer and then focused on delivering a consistent experience. Wana now commands 50% of the state’s growing gummies market and has expanded into Arizona, Oregon, and Nevada dispensaries, with Florida and Illinois on the immediate horizon. Related: 10 Ways the Cannabis Industry Is Rebranding to Meet Its Biggest Challenges Sustainability: Good for the Environment, and the Bottom LineAs individual state markets have matured, there has been an undeniable downward trend in wholesale prices of cannabis. In the coming year, cultivators will be taking a closer look at how energy consumption affects their margins and looking for new solutions. This is good news for the industry–and the planet.Farrington sees sustainability as integral to the continued growth and acceptance of cannabis. “There are a lot of detractors out there for the industry,” she says. “One of the few things that there is actual truth to is that this is a high resource intensity plant to cultivate and to distribute. We have to be very mindful that we are sucking up all these resources and we need to be actively combating the use of these resources so the detractors cannot hang their hat on that.”One non-profit, the Resource Innovation Institute, is attempting to overcome the secretive nature of the industry to develop industry standards for energy, carbon, and water use. The organization launched the Cannabis Power Score, a tool that growers can use to compare their energy use statistics to others in the industry. They currently have collected data from over 100 farms with a goal of building a data set of 250 farms by the end of summer.Related: 5 Reasons Why Sustainability and Social Issues Attract Customers Consolidation: The Big Will Get BiggerWith new states coming online and new money entering the industry, insiders are expecting to see increased consolidation across the cannabis sector. As the sector expands you can expect to see the big getting bigger and smaller players getting squeezed out or gobbled up.During a keynote address, Chris Walsh, Founding Editor & VP of Marijuana Business Daily noted that in Colorado, just five companies run more than seventy retail cannabis dispensaries, about 14 percent of the market. Startup expenses and cost of compliance are rising, and the mature medical marijuana industry is moving into the hands of well-capitalized companies.Farrington expects to see companies that have defined market share by doing one thing really well build out their capabilities by acquiring their vendors. “People are expanding their own capabilities through very trusted partners by bringing them officially in under the one roof,” she says. She cited Medicine Men, Denver’s largest dispensary as an example. The company recently purchased a lighting company and a nutrients company, growing their existing portfolio of cultivation facilities, dispensaries, and consulting services. International: The Market Up North Is Killing ItO, Canada. As Cannabis continues to be classified as a Schedule I drug by the United States, the federal government is stunting much-needed research, keeping institutional investment at bay, and blocking exportation. This is not the case in Canada. Our neighbors to the north have seen a massive increase in exports, including a 300% increase in oil and a 10x increase in exportation of dried Cannabis according to MJBizDaily, and cannabis stocks are traded on the country’s national exchanges.Jennifer Sanders of CNS Equity Partners says that as Canada becomes a global leader, she expects to continue to see Canadian firms pump investment into the United States market.Related: Canada Is Creating a Multi-Billion Dollar Legal Marijuana Industry –shares Industry experts weigh in on what trends to watch in 2018. These Are The 4 Big Buzzwords in the Cannabis Industry Right Now Next Article Each week hear inspiring stories of business owners who have taken the cannabis challenge and are now navigating the exciting but unpredictable Green Rush. Green Entrepreneur Podcast Co-Founder of Drew Martin Los Angeles Listen Now
Technology These Glasses Block You From Seeing Screens, But There Are Things You Can Do to Cut Screen Time Now Image credit: Kickstarter | Ivan Cash 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. –shares Enroll Now for $5 For many of us, we probably take for granted how frequently we look at screens. If you’re working at a desk, you’re spending hours on end staring at one, and then if you take a brief glance around any public transportation or grocery store line, more often than not you’ll seen an array of bowed heads as people swipe at their phones.Screens are pretty hard to avoid. That’s why a new company called IRL is making a pair of glasses that not only block out the sun, but also block out LCD and LED screens (not OLED screens such as those found in the newest iPhones. That’s apparently coming in version 2.).Related: 9 Sleep and Health Myths You Should Stop BelievingThe startup set up a Kickstarter for its IRL Glasses and have already surpassed its goal of $25,000 with $55,382 and counting, with 22 days to go. The glasses retail for $79, but the first 100 backers will get theirs for $39. According to the Kickstarter page, IRL spoke with optics engineers at Waymo, Nasa and Snap to figure out how to make an even more advanced pair.The glasses will ship to backers in April 2019. But if you’re thinking that the no-screen life sounds pretty good in the meantime, there are a few things that you can do to cut down on screen time.Cutting down on screen timeIf you’re at work, leave your phone and computer at your desk during breaks and go socialize with some friends or colleagues. Sit at a lunch table in the office or even, and — we know this sounds crazy but hear us out — go outside.As convenient as Gchat and Slack are in the workplace, try changing it up. If you need to talk to someone, get up and walk over to their desk, get on the phone or recommend a walking meeting and take a lap outside your office building.To make it cutting back on screen time a habit, actually set a timer. Whether it’s for every 30 minutes or every two hours, when that alarm goes off, you have to get up and away from your devices, wherever you are.Related: 5 Meditation Apps to Help You Find Your PeaceYou could also take your devices out of your bedroom. We’ve all been there, it’s after midnight and you’re thinking, it’s fine, it’s just one more level in this game or one more Instagram Story. Remove the temptation and see how your sleep improves.A lot of times we default to screens because we’re bored. If you’re commuting, instead of scrolling through Twitter of Facebook, bring an actual book or magazine. Or swap out another hobby that is easily transportable. Maybe take up knitting.Those are just our suggestions. How do you take a break from screens? Let us know in the comments. Nina Zipkin 3 min read Entrepreneur Staff October 8, 2018 IRL Glasses actually prevent you from seeing LCD and LED screens. Add to Queue Next Article Staff Writer. Covers leadership, media, technology and culture. Fireside Chat | July 25: Three Surprising Ways to Build Your Brand
Marketing How Millennials are Marketing to Gen Z 5 min read Add to Queue Jacky Chou December 7, 2018 Traditional marketing is useless. Founder of Indexsy –shares Learn how to successfully navigate family business dynamics and build businesses that excel. Image credit: Gpointstudio | Getty Images Although millennials are continually classified as being between the ages of 18-34, the reality is, they are likely older than that. Millennials are more accurately those between the ages of 26-42, making them the largest percentage of working age adults. In the United States, 2010/16 statistics counted the number of millennials as being well over 70 million people, preparing to surpass the total number of the baby boomers.If the majority of working adults can be classified as millennials — and they are often described as being able to think outside of the box — how are they marketing their businesses to the next generation? Those born after 1995, known as Gen Z, have grown up completely surrounded by technology, making traditional marketing efforts relatively useless. In order to capture the attention of the next generation, you have to be creative.Related: 4 Unconventional Ways to Better Market to Generation ZHere are a few examples of the ways millennial business owners are capturing the attention of today’s young adults:1. Building cult brands.One similarity between millennials and Gen Z is that they believe in brand loyalty. If a company is able to push beyond brand loyalty into cult brand territory, there’s no stopping them.Apple is an example of a brand that has managed to do this. They have gained the ability to create a “need” for what’s coming next. The Apple Watch, for example, is very popular with Gen Z, and has not once been truly marketed as a timepiece. It is obvious that you can check time on your phone, so Apple had to find a way to appeal to trendy and tech savvy individuals by creating a convenient smart watch.Creating cult loyalty to a brand means your customers will care more about your brand than they do about most other things. To get there, you must build a solid relationship with your audience, paired with excellent tracking, to meet and anticipate the needs of your buyers. If you are able to give them what they want, you can bet they will return to you in the future.2. Social media ads and influencer marketing.If you are trying to get the attention of Gen Z, stop focusing your efforts on television and magazine ads. This generation does not consume media in this way. They live online, and that’s exactly how we grew a 7-figure business.If you can build a creative ad that pops up in their social media feeds and captures their attention in a split second, you might secure a few purchases. If you can have an “influencer” prove your product’s worth to thousands of followers, you might just find yourself a goldmine.Related: 4 Young Marketing Influencers You Can Learn FromInfluencer marketing involves using an individual who has gained a cult following due to their job, posts and infectious personality. These individuals share content, potentially including your product, service or business, with their thousands — sometimes millions — of followers, influencing the purchases these followers make.Because influencers are not necessarily Hollywood celebrities with millions of followers and dollars, Gen Z feels they can relate with these real people and aspire to be them. The easiest way to accomplish this is to use the products they use. A good influencer will not make it feel like an advertisement, instead, they will create something more like a sneak peek.3. If it’s not fast, it’s broken.Ask a Gen Z what DSL is and you might get a blank stare in return. Devices continue to evolve into faster machines and the minds of Gen Zers are moving just as fast. If a page takes more than a few second to load, chances are that the young viewer has moved on to something else.Millennial business owners are creating new products and adapting old ones to make them faster and more attractive to younger audiences. It’s not just about how you are marketing to the younger generation, it is about creating a product and brand that they can love and grow with.Many businesses are still targeting youth by promoting their products on mediums that don’t even reach this audience. Marketers who treat their audience like they still have the values they did in the 90s and early 2000s, will do little more than waste money and ideas.Related: The Next Generation of Entrepreneurs Are Amazing. Let’s Support Them!Millennials grew up when the internet and its related technologies were beginning to boom, so they have a profound understanding of it. They know the appeal of the digital age to Gen Z, and they know how to quickly adapt their efforts to reach this growing generation.In order to reach a younger generation, you need to think like one. One of the best ways to do this is to employ some of these methods that have been successfully adopted by millennial marketers. Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Register Now » Guest Writer Next Article Free Webinar | July 31: Secrets to Running a Successful Family Business
Coca-Cola supports new ‘mini bottle’ with $15m investmentPosted By: Alex Clereon: March 25, 2019In: Beverage, Business, Financial, Industries, Packaging, Soft drinks, TechnologyPrintEmailCoca-Cola Canada will offer four of its best-known brands in a compact and resealable 250ml ‘mini bottle’, investing CAD 20 million ($14.9 million) to support the rollout with upgrades to an existing production line in Ontario.The new bottle has been described as “the first of its kind in North America”, taking inspiration from emerging markets, where Coca-Cola utilises smaller pack sizes to drive penetration in a pressured category.Because the small size can affect carbonation during the packaging process, the mini bottle uses a coating called FreshSafe, which increases shelf-life by up to four months. But the packaging is still 100% recyclable, as with other PET plastic containers.The $14.9 million investment will support an upgrade to production line capabilities at Coca-Cola’s plant in Brampton – a suburb of Toronto – to support production of the mini bottle.The format will roll out across Coca-Cola, Coca-Cola Zero Sugar, Diet Coke and Sprite.“Mini bottle is one of the most exciting innovations we’ve seen in packaging in a long time,” said Coca-Cola Canada president Darlene Nicosia. “We know that people want more drink options and mini bottle is just one way that we’re meeting that desire. “And it’s not just smaller package sizes; we’re also working to bring more low- and no-calorie drinks to the market to help Canadians choose the package size and sugar content that makes sense for them.”Coca-Cola Canada has already promised to introduce more than 20 new beverages this year – including more low- and no-calorie drinks, bold flavours and soda water beverages.The Coca-Cola system worldwide has increased its focus on lower-calorie and lower-sugar options since the sweetener became the object of public scrutiny a couple of years ago; the introduction of a smaller Coke bottle, which allows consumers to enjoy the same products in smaller portion sizes, plays right into that strategy.Todd Parsons, president and CEO of Coca-Cola Canada Bottling, added: “We are so proud that one of our first announcements as an independent bottling company is that we have invested back in our Brampton facility. Having a local spirit and supporting our communities is very important to us and our aim is to grow our capabilities in Canada, which will in turn grow jobs.”The investment follows an announcement last spring that Coca-Cola is investing CAD 85 million to build a new plant in Peterborough, Ontario to support production of Fairlife ultra-filtered milk. The new facility is on track to begin operations in spring 2020.The mini bottle will be available in two packages: a 250ml single-serve bottle, as well as a pack of eight 300ml bottles.Share with your network: Tags: CanadaCoca-Cola
This story originally appeared on Engadget 41shares Parking Ticket Chatbot Now Helps Refugees Claim Asylum Next Article Learn how to successfully navigate family business dynamics and build businesses that excel. Jon Fingas Image credit: Joshua Browder via engadget Add to Queue Joshua Browder’s chat bot lawyer, DoNotPay, is clearly multi-talented — after getting people out of parking fines, it’s now helping refugees find a home in a new country. Browder has adapted the AI to offer aid to asylum seekers in the U.S. and Canada, and asylum support in the U.K. The Facebook Messenger bot turns the asylum application process into a series of simple questions. Once you’ve finished, you’ll have a filled form ready to go. Refugees in the U.K. still have to apply in person, but those in the U.S. and Canada are largely set once they’ve finished the conversation.DoNotPay will automatically delete information within 10 minutes of completing a transaction, so it won’t store sensitive data after the fact.This isn’t a complete solution. Browder still wants to translate the bot into other languages (Arabic is next in line), and it’s not going to help much if there are problems with an asylum case. The developer would also like to support WhatsApp in the future. Even so, this could be a big help for refugees who might have trouble deciphering a form, or can’t easily make it to a location where they’ll get assistance. And Browder believes that even this initial version is particularly useful in the current political climate, where refugees might have to make a sudden change of plans. 2 min read Free Webinar | July 31: Secrets to Running a Successful Family Business Chatbots March 7, 2017 Register Now » A Facebook Messenger conversation could help you start a new life.
Image credit: MmeEmil | Getty Images Easy Search. Quality Finds. Your partner and digital portal for the cannabis community. Green Entrepreneur provides how-to guides, ideas and expert insights for entrepreneurs looking to start and grow a cannabis business. 3 min read –shares Subscribe Now Get 1 Year of Green Entrepreneur for $19.99 Next Article A recent poll from Quinnipiac University found a big division among Americans about legalizing marijuana at the federal level.A large majority favored the idea. Asked if marijuana “should be made legal in the U.S.”, 59 percent said “yes” while 36 percent said “no.”Related: Legal Marijuana a ‘Powerful Force’ in Oregon EconomyHowever, the poll found a real dividing line when it came to two groups:61 percent of Republicans oppose legalization at the federal level51 percent of those over the age of 65 also oppose federal legalizationThose two represent the only groups who oppose legalization of marijuana by the federal government. Quinnipiac broke down the respondents into different groups. Here are some of them, as well as the percentage who favor legalization.Democrats – 72 percentIndependents – 58 percentMen – 65 percentWomen – 54 percentAges 18 to 34 – 76 percentAges 35 to 49 – 71 percentAges 50 to 64 – 53 percentClearly, marijuana is yet another issue that strongly divides people along political lines and, at least in the case of the oldest Americans, by age.Related: Researchers Believe Legal Marijuana Could Hurt Beer SalesWhy it matters.The lack of legalization at the federal level has led to all kinds of issues for entrepreneurs and investors looking to get into the legal cannabis business, both medical and recreational.For one, the hodgepodge of state laws — and even different municipal laws within each state — has led to uncertainty about who can do what and where. That ranges from where you can grow, distribute and sell at the retail level. Business leaders also face different licenses and fees structures depending on where they do business.Perhaps most importantly for businesses, the prohibition against marijuana at the federal level has kept large banks from offering services of any kind to marijuana-related businesses.Many are looking to Canada as an example of a nation taking careful steps toward national legalization of marijuana. The government continues to move forward with national legalization even though a recent poll finds the country split on the issue.Government leaders there say they will move slowly on national legalization, taking time to coordinate with governments across the country to establish a universal set of regulations.Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said legislation that legalizes marijuana at the national level should be ready to introduce to Parliament by summer.No division on federal action.The Quinnipiac poll initially received a lot of attention because it found that people across all age and political groups voice opposition to the federal government interfering in states where voters made either medical or recreational marijuana legal.This question became relevant in the wake of comments by Sean Spicer, spokesman for President Donald Trump, made to reporters. He told them “I do believe” that people will see “greater enforcement” of federal law in regards to marijuana.While approved in 28 states for medical use and eight for recreational use, marijuana remains illegal at the federal level.Of the 1,323 surveyed, 71 percent said they oppose federal action against those states, while 23 percent supported it.Follow dispensaries.com on Twitter to stay up to date on the latest cannabis news. Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Cannabis Add to Queue March 21, 2017 Everyone but Republicans Favors Legalizing Marijuana Nationally dispensaries.com Guest Writer Recent polling shows majorities of nearly every demographic in the U.S. favors changing federal law regarding marijuana.
Fonterra’s foodservice business Anchor tops $1.44bn in revenuePosted By: News Deskon: October 16, 2017In: Business, Dairy, Financial, Food, Foodservice, IndustriesPrintEmailFonterra’s foodservice business, Anchor Food Professionals, generated more than NZD 2 billion ($1.44 billion) in annual revenue over the past year.In a statement today, Fonterra said the figures mean Anchor is now New Zealand’s sixth biggest export business. Over the past four years, Fonterra has invested NZD 850 million ($611.1 million) in new production capacity for its foodservice arm, NZD 700 million ($503.3 million) of which has been in New Zealand.These expansions are at Waitoa in the Waikato for UHT creams, Eltham in Taranaki for slice-on-slice cheese, Clandeboye in Canterbury for extra stretch mozzarella and Te Rapa in the Waikato and Darfield in Canterbury for cream cheese.Fonterra COO of consumer and foodservice Lukas Paravacini said the achievement is the result of changing lifestyles by consumers and a new way of working, which is about partnering with customers to help their businesses succeed in this rapidly growing industry.“Foodservice is one of the largest industries in the world and encompasses food and beverages that are consumed out of the home such as in restaurants, cafes and bakeries,” he said.“In the USA more than 50% of all spend on food and beverage is now out of home and in China the market has grown by 30% over the last five years. As a result, the global industry is predicted to be worth $3 trillion in 2021.“We have taken advantage of this eating out trend and currently Anchor Food Professionals is growing around ten times faster than the global total foodservice market.“It is part of our strategy of focussing on adding more value to every drop of our farmers’ milk. The gross margin from foodservice is two or three times what we can earn from basic ingredient products.”Fonterra global director of foodservice Grant Watson said a new business model which centres around providing solutions based on customer insights has been central to this success.“We have 56 chefs in more than 50 countries who go into kitchens to demonstrate the products,” he said. “They get to know their customers, work to understand their issues and challenges, and help us design more new products to help address those problems.“We know the smallest things can make a difference, so we make our products last longer, stretch further, work faster, waste less, withstand more. We bring together world class dairy products and the deep expertise of our people to work alongside the passionate, talented and innovative food professionals who are driving the foodservice industry to new heights.”Share with your network: Tags: Anchor Food ProfessionalsDairyFonterraNew Zealand
PepsiCo supports gender equality with Stacy’s Pita Chips redesignPosted By: News Deskon: March 02, 2018In: Business, Food, Industries, New products, Packaging, SnacksPrintEmailPepsiCo has created three new limited-edition designs for its Stacy’s Pita Chips brand to celebrate Women’s History Month and promote gender equality.The limited-edition designs feature original artwork, and Stacy’s says that each design aims to deliver a “powerful” message in support of the equality movement.One design features a super-imposed lion, which illustrates women’s “ferocious tenacity to advance the equality movement”.Another features several talking mouths, representing how women are speaking out to support and celebrate each other.The final design features the word ‘Unstoppable’ emblazoned on the packet, which “underscores how far women can go when they support each other”, according to the brand.Stacy’s will also donate $25,000 to the charity Step Up, which helps provide educational opportunities to girls from ‘under-resourced’ communities.Stacy’s has also pledged to donate a total of $100,000 to various women’s initiatives by the end of 2018.The three designs will be sold as part of a commemorative box set, which will be available online from PepsiCo’s online store, Amazon, Jet and at Walmart, though limited quantities have been produced.Stuart Beck, senior director of marketing at Stacy’s Snacks said: “As a brand founded by a strong, passionate, entrepreneurial woman, Stacy’s Pita Chips recognizes the importance of female empowerment and ingenuity and is proud to transform our packaging this month to honor women who are ‘Rising to the Occasion’ every day.”Share with your network: Tags: gender equalitypackagingPepsiCoStacy’s Pita ChipsUS
Synlait acquires Talbot Forest Cheese assets, sees profits surgePosted By: Jules Scullyon: September 21, 2018In: Business, Dairy, Financial, Industries, NutritionPrintEmailSynlait aims to diversify its revenue streams through the acquisition of selected assets of New Zealand firm Talbot Forest Cheese, as the dairy processor records a full-year profit rise of 89%.The deal includes property, plant and equipment at a new facility in the town of Temuka, New Zealand, as well as the consumer cheese brand Talbot Forest Cheese.The investment is expected to be between NZD 30 million ($20.1 million) and NZD 40 million ($26.7 million) and Synlait will assume full management and operational control of Talbot on 1 August 2019.Newly appointed Synlait CEO Leon Clement said: “This acquisition enhances our current portfolio, and will cement Synlait as a company with high-quality, flexible dairy manufacturing capabilities that can be tailored to meet customer needs.“We will be able to manufacture a variety of cheese products that complement our existing product portfolio, whilst at the same time further diversifying our revenue streams.”The announcement comes as Synlait reports a net after-tax profit of NZD 74.6 million ($49.9 million) in its full-year results, up by 89% on the year before.In the 12 months to 31 July 2018, the New Zealand company’s revenue was up 16% to NZD 879 million ($587.9 million).The firm has credited its solid figures to an increase in infant formula sales, which was said to be enabled by a number of investments in the blending and consumer packaging space.Earlier this year the company announced it would will invest NZD 260 million ($188.9 million) to build a nutritional powder manufacturing site in New Zealand, its second such facility.Synlait chairman Graeme Milne said: “This has been a milestone year for Synlait as we grew both in capability and capacity. We’re stepping up in terms of our performance, and we’re looking ahead at where we want to be.”He added: “In November 2017 we completed our second Dunsandel wetmix kitchen, and the same month commissioned our Auckland blending and consumer packaging facility. Both these projects have allowed us to increase our finished infant formula capacity.”Earlier this year Synlait revealed it has “significantly extended” its supply agreement with the A2 Milk Company, which it signed in 2016.Share with your network: Tags: New ZealandSynlait
Chr. Hansen part of sustainable agriculture project in DenmarkPosted By: Contributoron: November 06, 2018In: Agriculture, Food, Industries, IngredientsPrintEmailThe Danish Innovation Fund has awarded a grant to Chr. Hansen, the University of Copenhagen and the Danish Technological Institute (DTI), who have joined forces to develop natural solutions for sustainable agricultural production.Called Bac4Crop, the €3.9 million project has just started and will run for four years.Chr. Hansen said steps in the project include the “screening of new microbials based on plant and microbiome predictors”, and engineering more efficient and robust products by “making bacterial consortia”.According to the American Academy of Microbiology, microbial solutions to improve plant health have the potential to increase crop productivity by 20% and reduce fertiliser and pesticide requirements by 20% within 20 years.Chr. Hansen vice president of plant health Henrik Joerck Nielsen said: “Beneficial bacteria is a natural way to protect plants and crops, and can contribute to improved crop yield, as well as yield stability within agriculture.“With this grant, we join forces with Copenhagen University and DTI, to develop cost-effective, beneficial bacteria for agricultural production that can spur the conversion away from classical pesticides and fertilisers.”Innovation Fund Denmark managing director Peter Høngaard Andersen said: “The combination of the University of Copenhagen’s world-class research with Chr. Hansen’s technical know-how and deep microbial knowledge and DTI’s field trial capabilities creates a compelling platform to address this important challenge. The end goal is to increase yield for farmers globally and to provide consumers with crops exposed to fewer chemicals.”Joerck Nielsen added: “Today, there is very little science applied in understanding the mode of action when it comes to microbial solutions in agriculture, which leads to inefficient product development and insufficient products. The Bac4Crop project will increase the success rate and decrease the development cost of launching new plant beneficial bacteria as robust products for use in sustainable agricultural production.“Chr. Hansen has already had great success within plant health during the last five years. Leveraging on expertise built up over 140 years of developing microbial solutions within food, it is our ambition to expand our global leadership to provide a sustainable alternative to farmers worldwide.”Share with your network: Tags: Chr. HansenDenmark
| Pick Facebook The order Trump holds in contempt was once America’s proudest creation Share on Facebook Report Share | Pick Share on Facebook Report 17 Jun 2018 23:02 Twitter The soviets are weaker than the Americans.It’s Chinese hegemony next, and more power to them. They can’t **** it up worse then the US or colonial Europe, more specifically the colonial UK did. Reply Reply Report | Pick Share on Facebook Report Reply Share on Facebook Share via Email 16 17 Robert2017GB Report Share on Facebook Twitter Share on Facebook Reply Facebook DaveBloomfield Share on Twitter Twitter Sun 17 Jun 2018 07.00 EDT Oh, you’re one of those people that sees Russians around every corner. Must be scary. Share on LinkedIn DaveBloomfield Twitter Share on Messenger Share comments (739)Sign in or create your Guardian account to join the discussion. 3 17 Jun 2018 21:09 | Pick Twitter b_lunt_ma_n Reply 1 2 Share on Twitter Share on Twitter Oh golly, Your Trumpian language is hilarious, describing military maneuvers with our allies as “the games”. Heck, why not just cancel all maneuvers, the exercises that are training the troops to be ready fight in case of a little war breaking out. Both Russia and China think in decades, while our unstable Dotard has the attention span of a gnat. | Pick Jayem64 Reply Share on Facebook Reply | Pick Report 17 Jun 2018 20:51 18 Jun 2018 17:34 Obama was rich too. And Bush. And Clinton. They all kissed Saudi bottom. Obama kissed the ayatollahs.Double standards? SavannahLaMar 17 Jun 2018 19:25 | Pick However, the core American concern in the immediate postwar period was that the devastating legacy of the fighting might lead to the economic and social collapse of western Europe, opening the door to Soviet domination. Hence the Marshall Plan to revive the continent, or at least its western half, once Stalin had given the thumbs-down to participation by Soviet bloc countries. That gave the US presence a legitimacy that would not have come from simple military power and that played a role in encouraging co-operation that led to the original Common Market.Europe was far from being the only part of the globe where developments in 1947-8 forged the future. But it is striking how major events, such as the independence of India and Pakistan, or the creation of Israel and the ensuing war, took place outside the rivalry between the US and USSR, while the civil war in China was not an international struggle. The global order that took shape in 13 crucial months of 1947-8 was, therefore, geographically limited, focused on events in Europe and reactions to them in Washington and Moscow. US-Soviet competition spread in due course (and the division of Korea had been formalised in 1948).However, when democratic capitalism triumphed four decades later, it lacked the varied prescription for the wider world – and then tripped over itself in the new century as the spoils of prosperity were unevenly distributed and a complacent political class failed to react to the resulting resentments.The US is not alone in replacing internationalism with an inward-looking mentality and transactional approach to international relations. But its role since it entered the Second World War in 1941 makes it crucial. Pax Americana rested for seven decades on internationalist alliances and institutions, generally observed rules and a political and economic system that, while serving US interests, offered advantages for its partners. Now the security and economic umbrella this provided – even if it sometimes came with downsides – is being rolled up, with implications that go well beyond individual decisions from the White House.“The fundamental question of our time is whether the west has the will to survive,” Trump said last summer. “Do we have the confidence in our values to defend them at any cost?” Harry Truman asked a similar question when faced with Soviet power in the 1940s. His response was the Marshall Plan and all that flowed from it: the revival of Japan and Germany, internationalism and partnerships (even if it was clear who was in the driving seat) and encouragement of democracy (although support for dictators could be justified in the name of fighting communism). Today, the personality-driven response is very different in a fragmented world where combat is a sign of strength and it’s everyone for themselves.Jonathan Fenby’s book, Crucible: Thirteen Months That Forged Our World, has just been published. b_lunt_ma_n Share on Twitter Share on Twitter 2 Twitter | Pick 10 11 | Pick mikedow Twitter 17 Jun 2018 21:40 Zepp The commas are there for a purpose. Behind the Twitter storms and hyperbolic self-promotion, Donald Trump is nothing if not consistent in his approach to the world. A single aim runs through his international policy – to liberate himself and his country from constraints and to leave it free to pursue whatever he determines to be its destiny.Thus, this month, he has rounded on allies in the G7 and formed a “partnership for peace” with Kim Jong-un. His complaints about how America has been ripped off may not be unjustified, as when they target China’s commercial behaviour or the low European contribution to defence. But in the broad sweep of the president’s view of the world, that is becoming rather beside the point as he sets a pattern of reaching for his six gun regardless of others, proclaiming victory come what may and gingering up his electoral base. The rest of the world has only been able to stand by, trying to absorb each bump as if they were isolated incidents. Trump’s shock-jock style obscures the way in which the global order of the past seven decades is being shifted amid the constant agitation from the White House and Air Force One.Major players, above all China, are moving into the arena. Surveys show democracy in decline across the globe. Accepted rules lack force and international institutions are losing more of their influence. Alliances, along with the values meant to underpin them, become matters of short-term expediency as Palmerston’s observation about nations pursuing their interests meets Make America Great Again. Thus the G7 fracas and the way major US allies in Asia were not informed in advance about Trump’s decision to placate Kim by halting US-South Korean military exercises; as for personal diplomacy, Emmanuel Macron and Shinzo Abe can only wonder about their Bastille Day and golf course bromances with the president as he enthuses about Kim. Trump sees no reason for America to continue in the role it took up after the Second World War and celebrated five decades later with the collapse of the Soviet Union.Although that has been plain in the president’s thinking since he hit the campaign trail, other countries do not appear to have appreciated the extent to which he means what he says and will translate it into action. His moves may seem disjointed and subject to abrupt short-term shifts as his humour alters, along with his calculation of what will play well with his public, as if seeking votes on a reality show. There is no “Trumpian order” and a new president in 2022 may revert to the old mean. But for the moment we can only go on what we have and, 18 months after his inauguration, it is clear that the self-styled “very stable genius” has ditched the vision of his predecessors since 1945 and that the rest of the G6 has no substitute while Putin nibbles at the edge of the western alliance and Xi Jinping lays out China’s increasingly global ambitions. The vision that Trump has abandoned was shaped by the belief that, after victory over the Axis powers, the US should play the global role it had declined after the Great War. Although Franklin Roosevelt remarked to Stalin that the GIs would soon be coming home, the division of Europe after Germany’s defeat made continuing involvement inevitable. The stationing of the troops was important, as was the formation of Nato and the air power to supply Berlin during the Soviet blockade. Share on Twitter Facebook Share Facebook 9 10 | Pick Share on Twitter brotherJAK If democracy is a sham how did Trump win? You sound like a teenage edgelord. Share on Facebook 20 21 | Pick Report Share on Facebook Show 12 more replies | Pick Twitter 11 12 bothwellst Report NeverMindTheBollocks Facebook SavannahLaMar Share Reply | Pick Share AuntieMame Share on Twitter Show 6 more replies Twitter Twitter 12 13 JeanClawedBrexit brotherJAK Show 5 more replies 17 Jun 2018 22:37 Dear Jonathan Fenby,maybe we should read your book. Do the Balkan states figure there? Do you follow the EU’s diplomatic activity? What about Mazedonia’s decision to apply for membership of the EU? What impact will this have on the rest of the Balkan? Reply Facebook 11 12 Facebook Report “The truth is that Trump is a hero to millions of people and he will win in 2020.” Proving that millions of American voters are morons, too stupid to know what is good for them. They chose racism, sexism and xenophobia over healthcare and education. If Fat Donny manages to stay out of prison, he may well get reelected. | Pick Report How can Herr Drumpf have any long and even short term plans at all, when he doesn’t even read his daily security report, contradicts himself within two sentences, can’t spell and has the attention span of a gnat. b_lunt_ma_n Report Name one President or politician that hasn’t lied? Share on Facebook Share on Facebook Share GeraldoRiver 17 Jun 2018 22:24 RelaxAndChill Twitter Share on Facebook next Reply Report Share on Facebook Share on Facebook | Pick | Pick Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Reply graun Facebook Reply Jiri 17 Jun 2018 21:44 | Pick | Pick 12 13 Facebook Reply b_lunt_ma_n | Pick | Pick Report Facebook Report Share on Facebook 11 12 JeanClawedBrexit Twitter b_lunt_ma_n Maybe the Americans have decided that being the worlds policeman, long term, just is not cost effective. Withdrawal from that role could be done more coherently than Trumps “strategy”… but you can’t have everything in life. Share on Facebook Facebook BaronVonAmericano 17 Jun 2018 21:41 17 Jun 2018 22:37 Share Reply Share on Twitter Everyone was correct. The big shock is not what trump is doing. It is that this is what he said he would do in the campaign. All politicians lie everyone assumed Trump was as well. 17 Jun 2018 22:08 ‘Trump victory was a victory for the little people against the Deep State and ever since then, they have been trying to pull Trump down.’ Why then, does he have such a dismal record of shortchanging small contractors? Why then is his ‘Trump University’ been such a scam? Why then has he stripped health benefits from those who most need them? Share Reply Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Share on Facebook Share on Twitter 17 Jun 2018 20:56 charlieblue Share on Facebook 0 1 Shelley6148 17 Jun 2018 21:54 Facebook Twitter Twitter | Pick 17 Jun 2018 21:44 Share on Facebook Share on Twitter So he should stick with the status quo?It hasn’t worked and isn’t working, but fuck it what else is there?You sound like a UK remainer. Share 17 Jun 2018 21:37 UnevenSurface Order by oldest 18 Jun 2018 19:21 6 7 | Pick 17 Jun 2018 19:27 Show 1 more reply Share Another day, another anti trump article. I’m certainly no fan of his but every decision is met with an immediate condemnation. Including ones criticising his decision to call off the NK summit, then others critical of going ahead with it. And I’m still waiting for A WWIII to kick off, as I was assured it would following the bombing of Syria. It’s all getting a bit tiresome, especially as I’ve read little of the upturn in the U.S. economy and the lower unemployment rates in the U.S. (feels like selective journalism that the Guardian and some of its readers claim only their rivals practice). Criticism is good, and in regard to trump I agree with more than I disagree of, but I fear that objectivity has now gone. Also, this “major new book” that provides the basis of the article. Had a look on the web, no one else seems to give a crap about it. Share on Facebook 17 Jun 2018 21:30 Reply Reply Twitter Twitter Support The Guardian 3 4 17 Jun 2018 21:20 Reply Facebook historicist Share Share on Twitter Report Share on Facebook Facebook SavannahLaMar 17 Jun 2018 20:22 Share on Twitter 11 12 Twitter 17 Jun 2018 22:05 Share on Twitter In fact the idea of US as global ‘peacemaker’ has some very big holes in it. Show 25 more replies Share on Twitter Share 1 2 11 12 Zepp Twitter Share on Twitter 14 15 About six million holes, if you count all the people America has peaced to death since the end of world war 2. Share on Twitter MacTavi5h Share on Facebook Reply Twitter 17 Jun 2018 20:59 bothwellst Facebook Facebook Twitter Since you’re here… Twitter | Pick Twitter 17 Jun 2018 21:32 Share on WhatsApp 9 10 Share Doggiedo Share on Twitter | Pick Report Twitter | Pick Share Share on Pinterest 67 68 Facebook 1 2 Facebook Reply Reply 42 43 Pinterest The opposite of a wrong is sadly not necessarily a right.It could just be another wrong, possibly a worse one. 31 32 Reply Share on Facebook (Mixed up Pat Robertson and Pat Buchanan there sorry.) 17 Jun 2018 22:28 Share on Facebook Share on Facebook | Pick Share on Twitter westmoreland22 Facebook Share on Twitter | Pick “Strong international focus” in the shape of cuddling with the nasteist of the nastiest of dictators. Wow. Trupmpkins really are totally and utterly deluded. I’d almost wish he declared himself President for life in 2020. Just to wake-up sòme of his deluded followers. 17 Jun 2018 20:06 7 8 Facebook Report Share on Facebook Twitter 17 Jun 2018 22:03 Share on Twitter Share on Twitter Share on Twitter Twitter I;m not sure what upturn you’re speaking of. Unemployment was declining under Obama and it has continued declining under Trump. Inflation was low under Obama and it continues to be low under Trump. The one thing Trump has done that will have an impact on the economy, the tax bill, hasn’t fully made its impact felt yet. How is this an upturn? As for NoKo – having a foreign policy ping-ponging between crazy belligerence and facile subservience is not laudable in any sense. It’s not inconsistent to disapprove of both extremes – its consistent to disapprove of foolishness. It isn’t cost effective that is why he is asking the allies to pony up. Share on Facebook 9 10 Share on Facebook Twitter graun Share on Twitter The author seems to like American meddling when we are showering the world with money, aka the Marshall plan but doesn’t like our military interventions. I agree with Trump that it’s time we stop carrying the rest of the world on our backs. Bring our troops home from Korea and Japan and get the hell out of NATO. Threads collapsed 13 14 | Pick Reply Share Show 5 more replies Share on Twitter mikepaulz Twitter Reply 17 Jun 2018 21:53 Share on Twitter Reply Share on Twitter RelaxAndChill 2 3 graun fraser48 Share on Facebook | Pick Hi Svetlana. Share Share 17 Jun 2018 23:09 Report Herr Drumpf, a man who is using the presidency as a piggy-bank for his mob family, has the chutzpah to ask “do we have the confidence in our values to defend them at any cost”. Now, that is rich – pun intended. Kissing the butt of every dictator in the world while insulting our closest allies is his favourite past-time. Law and Order? This self declared very stable genius is a president of Lawlessness and Disorder. bbbphj211 AuntieMame Twitter Share on Facebook TheSadMafioso b_lunt_ma_n Share on Twitter Twitter Share on Facebook Twitter Facebook expanded Patrick Armshaw Share We learn nowhere here why his own book is promoted here as a “major” book. Just because this paper likes the book does not mean it is ‘major”. Then again this CIF is peppered with cliches and name-calling, so such distortion of words like “major” should come as no surprise. 3 Share on Facebook dylan37 Share It has been highly cost effective ever since 1945. Their policing role has made the whole world their export zone, and that made the US economy very strong. That’s what Trump is undoing. We’ll all feel it (in more ways than one) but it will hit the US economy worse than anything in living memory. China Reply Reply 18 Jun 2018 23:18 Report Facebook Share Share Trump administration 17 Jun 2018 21:14 Share on Twitter Reply Share That’s because they’re too busy worrying about what DT ate for breakfast. 17 Jun 2018 22:23 Reply Share Share on Twitter Share on Twitter | Pick | Pick Reply Share mrhodes Robert2017GB Share on Twitter 0 1 I am not a fan of the author but have you bothered to check his publishing track record … over the past 40 years or so… Reply Twitter 17 Jun 2018 22:54 Share on Facebook Muzzledagain Reply AuntieMame | Pick 25 17 Jun 2018 20:06 Show 1 more reply Share Reply mikedow Twitter Facebook 17 Jun 2018 21:26 You could argue, of course, that American hegemony has worked out pretty well – the US is rich, secure, all powerful and in control. Financially, militarily, culturally and politically, they’re still running the game. Trump has rather skilfully sold the idea that America is failing, but that just looks like a standard move from a Vegas shyster – buy this snake oil to cure an imaginary condition – and many seem to have bought it. ‘Make America Great Again’? Another pointless consumer product you don’t really need. Twitter Report JeanClawedBrexit RelaxAndChill Share on Facebook Share on Facebook Facebook Hey man, I watch Hans Rosling, and I know what you say to be true.I’d argue the cause of that isn’t American hegemony and their is a large chance that with out it, things will be even better. | Pick Twitter Facebook Report Share dylan37 Facebook | Pick Jayem64 ‘Seventy years ago, as a new major book suggests, America helped rebuild Europe and assumed the role of global peacemaker’.The globe isn’t peaceful and a lot of the conflicts involve…..America.It hasn’t worked out as planned, has it. 18 Jun 2018 6:19 Shelley6148 Share on Twitter Share Share on Facebook | Pick This comment was removed by a moderator because it didn’t abide by our community standards. Replies may also be deleted. 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In his crude way Trump knows this. historicist 29 30 17 Jun 2018 22:21 | Pick Twitter b_lunt_ma_n Share 17 Jun 2018 22:06 Reply Topics Share on Twitter Report Reply 9 10 Share on Facebook 7 8 Reply 8 9 5 6 | Pick CivilityPlease Facebook Share Share on Facebook Facebook eumyhome Reply Close report comment form Report graun Report Report 9 10 Report Reply 17 Jun 2018 21:51 Please select Personal abuse Off topic Legal issue Trolling Hate speech Offensive/Threatening language Copyright Spam Other Reply Reply 17 Jun 2018 22:42 Facebook Facebook b_lunt_ma_n Report Reply Dychanwr Report Share on Twitter Reply Share on Facebook Reply AuntieMame Share on Twitter Twitter Twitter Doggiedo Share 17 Jun 2018 20:47 Share on Facebook Report Share on Twitter b_lunt_ma_n | Pick Europe Twitter Jayem64 5 6 Facebook 27 28 Twitter Report Twitter Twitter Facebook Reply Share on Facebook You’re certainly free to make whatever arguments you like, but the facts don’t support you. At the end of World War II, global geopolitics were in shambles. The current system was built and enforced by the US, more as a multifaceted proxy war with the Soviet Union than as a blatant power grab. The collapse of the Soviet Union left the US in the unique position of being the uncontested leader of the world (in terms of hard and soft power). The US has certainly exploited this position to it’s own advantage. It has also made some missteps, occasionally in a fashion so disastrous it defies reason. But, on the whole, the situation for most of humanity is healthier, safer and more stable. This doesn’t justify the gross inequities of the American system, for it’s citizens or other countries, but it shouldn’t be ignored, either. All empires fall. Pax Americana may collapse, or fade away, to be replaced by something else. Assuming that whatever new system arises will be a better deal for you and yours is just blind, stupid optimism. I’ll spend my energy advocating for changes that improve the world, not change out of spite, or change just for the sake of change. US president Harry Truman, with Joseph Stalin and Winston Churchill, launched the Marshall Plan to rebuild Europe and save it from Soviet domination. Photograph: Bettmann/Bettmann Archive Twitter Facebook Share 17 Jun 2018 20:55 Share on Facebook Facebook Jiri Share on Facebook Share 17 Jun 2018 20:59 Facebook 13 14 Share on Twitter | Pick Twitter 17 18 Reply 17 Jun 2018 21:41 | Pick 0 1 Report Report Reply Report As outlined in historian Yuval Harari’s recent book Homo Deus, the modern world is an unparalleled period of peace, for mankind. Year to year, around the globe, more people kill themselves than are killed by warfare, terrorism and crime, combined. More people die from the complications of overeating than starve to death. When we do see famine, it’s a result of poor logistics, not a lack of food. It’s not an exciting story, with explosions to film, so this simple reality doesn’t get much airtime in the “information age”. Robert2017GB Twitter SavannahLaMar Share on Twitter 13 14 17 Jun 2018 20:48 Facebook Mujokan | Pick Share Share on Facebook Twitter oldest Twitter JeanClawedBrexit Twitter Facebook Show 4 more replies Facebook Never underestimate a ‘stupid’reply. westmoreland22 17 Jun 2018 23:10 Share Twitter Facebook Share on Twitter 35 36 Report 6 7 | Pick 1 Twitter Seventy years ago, as a new major book suggests, America helped rebuild Europe and assumed the role of global peacemaker Facebook Report Share on Facebook Report Share on Twitter fabfreddy When Bush left office, the USA was at war with two countries.When Obama left office, they were bombing seven.The democrats are as complicit in the state of world affairs as the republicans.The US is the warmonger, not either one of the parties. Report 2 O dear, democracy is so appalling when the hoi polloi can’t be trusted to vote the correct way, it’s their lack of education, you see. The Democrats should be declared the official ruling party’PS Warmongering Democrats, Wilson, Roosevelt, Johnson, Clinton, and the blessed St Obama and St Hillary. 17 Jun 2018 21:00 | Pick Muzzledagain 17 Jun 2018 20:24 Zepp Share Nice perspective. Twitter Twitter | Pick Twitter Facebook Opinion | Pick Vladimir Putin Share 3 4 MacTavi5h 17 18 18 Jun 2018 5:55 Share on Twitter sgtdixie | Pick Share RelaxAndChill Reply Share b_lunt_ma_n Twitter 17 Jun 2018 19:27 Twitter | Pick Facebook Twitter Whatever isolationist ambitions Trump may foster, it’s far too late in the game for such moves. Through decades of American pioneering globalisation, media saturation, military interventions, CIA plots to install the right regimes, then dispose them when they’re no longer useful, proprietary technology, patent power and being the Grand Fromage at the UN, the US is sunk to the nuts everywhere. There’s hardly a corner of the globe without either a MacDonalds or a military base; soft power with fries to go. The shallow doctrine of making America great again was ripped off from Reagan anyway, and no artfully crafted deals can resurrect sadly dying industries or truly stop the rise of the Chinese economy. But it’s an inward looking nationalist vote catcher in turbulent times, as old as democracy itself, and always a useful platform when you don’t have any original ideas of your own. You are asking the wrong person. The original poster thinks Trump doesn’t lie, Oohh.. the St Petersburg trollfarm came out in droves today. Busy bees, they are. Share Share on Twitter Twitter Facebook Share on Facebook Twitter Share Facebook Share Share on Twitter collapsed fabfreddy Twitter All Reading comprehension- 0/10. Loading comments… Trouble loading? Kim Jong-un Facebook Reply The question I would ask is this: Is the world a safer place after the Middle East meddling of those wonderful democrats, Blair, Bush and Cameron? Trump is certainly an unpleasant and dangerous man, simply because he wings it. But I for one believe he deserves credit for exposing our politicians for what they are: – duplicitous liars who fail to deliver what they promise. And Korea, at least for the moment, is a safer place than it was when he came to power. Twitter Yeah.. thing is, it’s always Europe that seems to catch the fallout of the USA’s military adventures. When was the last time a self-confessed ‘true Muslim’ shot a cartoon magazine office -up, or fired indiscriminantly in a Cinema in the USA? When did the USA start receiving all the people their wars displaced? Try : never! It’s always Europe that has to cater to those that fled their motherland because of some USA meddling. Mujokan Share | Pick … 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. Report 100 17 Jun 2018 19:27 charlieblue Twitter 17 Jun 2018 21:46 Reply 9 10 8 9 Or, possibly, the ignorance of imperialism? Share on Twitter mikepaulz Jayem64 Share on Facebook Report Annemc Report Ros Wingrove unthreaded | Pick OK, fair point. But we can agree that the news on the U.S. unemployment and economy in general is good, but rarely reported. NK summit showed neither belligerence or subservience imho. He refused to meet until certain conditions were met and then, at the beginning of talks was positive about them, which is the norm. So far he has achieved bugger all on NK, but equally I feel we’re no worse off. The coverage is designed to criticise everything, which means it cannot be objective. I never described any action of Trump as laudable. I take it we agree on the Syria coverage being OTT. Reply Reply Share Mujokan Facebook Share on Facebook 5 6 Share on Facebook 9 10 17 Jun 2018 22:39 Reply 14 15 Reply GeraldoRiver Reply JeanClawedBrexit Share on Facebook Facebook Share on Twitter Facebook Not sure I share the author’s enthusiasm for the seventy years of US hegemony. It has been all too often what Andrew Alexander in an excellent book summed up as the imperialism of ignorance. “Don’t ever underestimate the power of a large group of stupid people” | Pick b_lunt_ma_n Facebook Share on Twitter Share on Twitter The lesson the end of the Cold War taught me is that strategic interests don’t necessarily change just because ideology has. From that point of view, the collapse of the USSR doesn’t really matter. The question is whether or not you think NATO serves any purpose depends whether you think Western Europe needs to be able to exert influence on its Eastern borders. I would say that it does, based on recent events in Ukraine. Share … Facebook Facebook Facebook | Pick Report Share on Twitter AngloCanuck | Pick Report Reply DaveBloomfield Share on Facebook Reply Facebook comment | Pick Report Share Show 4 more replies 0 1 Reply Reply Trump has exposed America’s inner dirtbag, the rot that has always lurked at the heart of the country. Well-intentioned Americans fight it, but it is integral to the exigencies of capitalism and religion, racism and classism. It is a deep-rooted disease, and Trump is a symptom. | Pick 6 7 In what specific ways isn’t it working? Trump doesn’t seem aware of the advantages that creating and largely being in charge of the international order confer on the US. He’s a deeply stupid, ignorant, lazy, greedy and corrupt old fool who will just encourage other countries to make alternative arrangements. Facebook Report idlehanz Facebook Facebook | Pick DaveBloomfield Looking for peace is not a bad thing. The EU should just be doing the same, as its citizen, too often ignored, are demanding. Trump and his reptilian family are nothing more than self serving parasites, the deluded ” nuff, nuffs ” that support him would not know how to pour piss out of a shoe if the instructions were written on the sole. The Divided Staes of America is fast becoming a failed democracy and the next wave of cannon fodder blindly follows this true life Homer Simpson. Trump acts in Trumps interests, end of story. Reply Show 4 more replies So Winston Churchill wasn’t trying to save Europe from Soviet domination? Report Report Share on Facebook 17 Jun 2018 21:49 Jonathan Fenby Many purely anti-Trump posts below, with which I generally agree. But that doesn’t address this article, which vaguely pushes a kind of internationalism that is corrupt to its core, regardless of Trump’s blundering and self-defeating moves. One gets the idea that if Trump came out in favor of Social Security, “liberal” servants of the capital class would denounce his attack on private markets. In this way, Trump appears to serve the elite he supposedly confronts: his erratic moves are used to turn liberals into flag-waving backers of NATO, the WTO, and anti-negotiation nationalists that are indistinguishable from the mobs that opposed Obama’s laudable Iranian deal. Comments 739 Facebook Report You know the UK is the worlds 5yh largest economy on it’s lonesome.We’ll be fine. Facebook Facebook Report Show 7 more replies | Pick Report RelaxAndChill MacTavi5h Reply nosecolouredglasses 17 Jun 2018 22:03 Share on Facebook Report mikedow Share on Twitter Twitter Share Share on Twitter Twitter Share Share Share on Twitter 7 8 Report Report Sign in or create your Guardian account to recommend a comment SavannahLaMar Reply Share on Facebook Show 5 more replies Shares147147 | Pick Twitter b_lunt_ma_n Report b_lunt_ma_n 3 4 This comment was removed by a moderator because it didn’t abide by our community standards. Replies may also be deleted. For more detail see our FAQs. Share Share Show 25 Share on Facebook Share Share via Email 17 Jun 2018 19:30 Share This has nothing to do with my personal dislike of Trump, but he was elected on the basis of America First and that is what he is delivering. And a part of that strategy is to insulate himself and the country from the opinions and desires of others. The ones he feels have been getting an easy ride on the back of the USA, sorting out the world. What this tells us is that we should not depend or be dependent on the Americans. We (in the UK, the EU) need to have the strength, economy and power to push for our own priorities: not to merely follow where the yanks lead, because that is only to serve their own self interest.It also behoves us to be part of a greater union of common-interest states. An organisation that has the power and economic might to both not be threatened and to push-back against the USA promoting its own interests at the expense of others’. Report 10 11 The European countries that make up the EU have been at peace for the last 70 years. It’s US interventions – particularly in Vietnam, Korea, Iraq and Afghanistan – that have destabilised the prospect of world peace. Share on Twitter Reply Facebook Share on Facebook 17 Jun 2018 22:04 17 Jun 2018 19:58 Twitter Show 6 more replies 17 Jun 2018 21:26 16 17 Report Share on Facebook Yes it was all beautiful while it lasted but it now over. The model of “democratic capitalism” is all but democratic, it has proven its limits, the wealth has accumulated for a 1% only. Europe has always been nothing else than a big Nato playground for their foreign interventions whilst the US managed to divide the EU and tearing it apart from its natural geographical ally with the result that the EU is at loss and completely dependent of the goodwill of Mr Trump today. Trump has other plans for his country, he made no secrets of it, as well as for the US place in the world. Looking for peace is not a bad thing. The EU should just be doing the same, as its citizen, too often ignored, are demanding. Nothing is forever and all can turn into opportunities if one is clever enough to grab them when they arise. The EU seems paralyzed. Trump is doing what he said he would and those who are surprised by the way he runs things just have to watch some old bio of him to understand that Trump has always done as he pleased, proved to be right many times, learnt from his mistakes, picked up the pieces and carried on. He is a bulldozer. He will not stop on the promises he made. Beside if the US stop to act as the self proclaimed policeman of the world, it should be celebrated as a possibility of emancipation from the old order. Old is the key word here. Pax Americana was good while it lasted, for those who benefited from it. It obviously wasn’t meant to benefit all. Those who lost out from it are on the rise and will soon write the new rules. The only way to continue Pax Americana is by using nuclear weapons to subdue rising powers and to warn anyone who might get uppity. It worked before, no reason why it cannot work again. Share Share on Twitter Share 1 2 Twitter 17 Jun 2018 20:06 Share on Twitter Share Share Twitter Facebook Twitter Share on Facebook Share Report 17 Jun 2018 19:35 Trump revealed nothing new about politicians. 17 Jun 2018 21:46 Facebook Show 23 more replies bbbphj211 Share | Pick Reply 17 Jun 2018 23:00 unclestinky Twitter Share on Facebook 4 b_lunt_ma_n Reply Report 17 Jun 2018 21:25 Report b_lunt_ma_n 17 Jun 2018 22:32 Twitter Annemc Report Chinajim Share charlieblue Show 16 more replies Reply Share Share Share Twitter Share on Facebook | Pick Facebook Twitter Share Share on Facebook Trump administration recommendations 17 Jun 2018 21:50 bbbphj211 17 Jun 2018 20:40 Report fabfreddy Share on Twitter next 6 7 Mujokan | Pick | Pick Share on Twitter Report View more comments Report Report MacTavi5h Facebook Robert2017GB charlieblue Facebook 14 15 Show 12 more replies Reuse this content,View all comments > 17 Jun 2018 19:31 Jiri Share Reply 1 2 Muzzledagain Share on Twitter Facebook And why shouldn’t Trump act in America’s self interest? Germany acts exclusively in their own self interest. So does France. What about Turkey? Today Europeans are mostly allies on paper. As far as I can tell, this consists of nagging and moralizing. With the exception of Britain and occasionally France, they rarely get shot at. Meanwhile Europeans insist on telling the US and almost everyone else how to behave. Pax Americana was predicated on confronting the Soviet threat. I grew up in the Cold War, and and no one was interested in so-called “Internationism”. It was a military alliance to confront and defeat the Soviet threat . Full stop. Now the historic Western alliance is being reinvented as some kind of grand Socialist coalition. Count me out. Internalialism is basically incompatible with democracy. It’s the voters of each nation who should decide national objectives, not some supranational elite, unaccountable to anyone. Facebook 1 | Pick Share on Facebook Share on Facebook 8 9 Share on Twitter “Germany acts exclusively in their own self interest. ” Like when they took in all those refugees. So selfish. Reply Share on Twitter dylan37 Twitter Reply Share on Twitter Share on Facebook GeraldoRiver Democracy is a sham. Jonathan Fenby and his ilk only support Democracy as long as the “little people” vote the “right way”. Trump victory was a victory for the little people against the Deep State and ever since then, they have been trying to pull Trump down. The truth is that Trump is a hero to millions of people and he will win in 2020. Share on Facebook Facebook | Pick Reply | Pick You’re wrong. Obama did drop bombs in 7 countries, but most tallies have Bush dropping bombs in 5 countries, and starting two wars (that continue today). I’m not sure these facts support your implication that Democrats are the real warmongers. More to the point, while Obama used drone strikes in 7 different countries over the course of 8 years, in his single year in office Trump has dropped bombs in 7 countries. Think that tally won’t grow? Facebook 5 6 17 Jun 2018 21:54 Report 17 Jun 2018 21:51 the worlds 5yh largest economy Sigh! And one of the most populous countries. When you list countries by population, then remove those that aren’t democracies, you find that the UK is pretty much 5th on that list too! We are only a large economy due to our size. And that size pales into insignificance when you compare it to the countries and blocs we wish to strike deals with. China – 20 times the UK’s size, USA – 5 times, the EU 8 times. Those are the places we need to sell our exports to. They are also the places that can crush us like an ant under steamroller when it comes to thrashing out deals. In addition, our GDP per Capita is nothing to write home about – at #40 on the list we are a little lower than Finland’s. This is why countries group together, to give themselves some bargaining power. Share on Facebook Report Facebook Donald Trump Report Share Report Mujokan 17 Jun 2018 21:17 17 Jun 2018 22:23 Share on Facebook 24 25 17 Jun 2018 21:03 Reply Twitter | Pick | Pick | Pick newest Twitter Reply Share Facebook 1 2 I’m not even sure NATO serves any real purpose other than to annoy Russia and make it paranoid. It was to counter the USSR , which no longer exists.It also allows Turkey to be more aggressive and also stay in Cyprus. “the way major US allies in Asia were not informed in advance about Trump’s decision to placate Kim by halting US-South Korean military exercises; “Well he didn’t really have time to consult them, but I think it was the right decision to halt the games as a sign of ‘good faith and trust’. They can easily start again if Kim Wrong One doesn’t start dismantling. Reply 0 1 Share on Facebook 2 3 Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Share on Facebook Obama was bombing seven countries at the end of his tenure, compared to Bush on two.Inconvenient fact for democrats to hear. I fail to see why the reason we are the 5th biggext economy is important.We are.That is what is relevant. Facebook Share on Twitter 15 16 Share on Facebook 50 Report America would be much closer to Europe today if Europe had stayed closer to America, instead of so often snapping at our heels and reneging on its obligations. Contrary to what this article asserts, Trump has a strong international focus, but one aimed at relationships that benefit the US. As it is, political correctness and supranational fantasies have vitiated western Europe to the point where it simply isn’t of great consequence in the American scheme of things. And Trump does very well to recognize that. | Pick Share on Twitter Share on Twitter Sorry there was an error. Please try again later. If the problem persists, please contact Userhelp Report brotherJAK Share | Pick 3 4 You are, of course, right. However, it’s hard to see how this decision to talk and meet can make things worse . . . and if they do deteriorate at least he can reimpose sanctions, and threats. 17 Jun 2018 22:19 Share on Facebook Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Jiri Report Share idlehanz sgtdixie | Pick Share 4 5 Report Facebook | Pick Share on Twitter Report Caption : “US president Harry Truman, with Joseph Stalin and Winston Churchill, launched the Marshall Plan to rebuild Europe and save it from Soviet domination” Stalin tried to save Europe from Soviet domination ? | Pick Share on Facebook Report Share Facebook 2 3 Twitter Share on Twitter But it’s the US’s economic plan to wage war eternally, not ours. AngloCanuck A strong international focus – probably not. More likely he gets out of bed each morning, turns on Fox, then decides what his plan for the day will be, then gets busy twittering about who is being ‘very unfair and weak’. I don’t believe he has any long, or indeed any short term, plans. Share | Pick 5 6 Report Facebook 17 Jun 2018 22:06 Share | Pick 17 Jun 2018 19:31 Share Share 4 Share on Twitter Share on Twitter 13 14 Report 17 Jun 2018 22:40 Report fabfreddy 17 Jun 2018 22:05 Obama rich? Nothng like Bush or Clinton, or possibly Trump. And the Iran deal can scarcely be called a ‘kissing’ when compared with the arms Trump is shipping Saudi-Arabia. Share Last modified on Thu 5 Jul 2018 16.44 EDT mikedow | Pick Facebook Twitter 17 Jun 2018 20:02 Share on Facebook Share on Twitter | Pick bbbphj211 6 7 43 44 Reply 17 Jun 2018 21:12 b_lunt_ma_n Facebook Share on Facebook nosecolouredglasses charlieblue 6 7 Share on Twitter Mwâh. Trump is too disinterested to hold anything “in comtempt”. He’s only interested in enrichig himself and his family like some 2-cent tin-pot dictator/Big Man in the poorer regions of Africa. The ones “in contempt” are the ones that put Trump on the throne as their sock-puppet. they Are the real danger. b_lunt_ma_n 4 5 Share Facebook Twitter … Facebook Share on Twitter Share on Twitter 0 1 Report Share Show 9 more replies 17 Jun 2018 22:20 idlehanz NeverMindTheBollocks Share on Facebook 7 8 25 26 Reply | Pick Reply Share on Facebook | Pick Donald Trump: ‘He sets a pattern of reaching for his six-gun regardless of others.’Photograph: Brendan Smialowski/AFP/Getty Images Facebook Report 2 3 Patrick Armshaw Reply Share Share on Twitter Past a point, does it matter?When you are earning minimum a millionaire is a millionaire, even if one is relatively richer than another!Anyway, give Obama time, he’s got a lot of expensive speeches to give before he’s done. Share on Twitter Jayem64 | Pick Report Report Opinion Reply Share on Facebook Share on Twitter 11 12 Twitter Twitter Reply Share Reason (optional) Email (optional) Reply Share on Twitter Famously there have been two factions in the Republican Party for many decades now. One is called the old right or paleoconservatives, the other is the new right or neoconservatives. The old right is the Pat Robertson wing, caring mostly about religious and social issues, non-interventionist, isolationist, xenophobic, against taxes, the culture warriors. This was the Tea Party faction and now makes up Trump’s base. The new right was the establishment faction of the party from the Halloween massacre to 2008, when they lost control to the old right because they failed to prevent the election of an African American president and crashed the economy. They are highly interventionist and gave us all the recent wars, they’re very much concerned with making money for their class, they’re deregulatory especially for finance, they don’t much care about immigration or religion or the social fabric. They gradually lost control of the party over Obama’s terms, culminating in the election of Trump. Trump is Pat Robertson in his platform, but his overriding characteristics are vanity and corruption, so his presence as a unique individual is more significant than his factional role. He’ll borrow from either side depending on who’s doing well at the royal court. The point is that it’s not Trump alone who’s trashed America’s influence and western cooperation, it’s the Republican party. Nothing that Trump has yet done compares to the consequences of invading Iraq, or the boom and bust of the financial crisis. It was 2000-2008 when the democracies really started to decline. Now we’re following along on that trajectory. Trump is just a symptom of America’s fatal disease, which is the Republican party.
Associated Press in Pawleys Island Mon 1 Apr 2019 09.36 EDT This article is more than 3 months old A former South Carolina police chief who is on probation for robbing a bank in 2017 is accused of robbing another bank before leading authorities in a car chase that ended when he was shot at and wounded. South Carolina: ex-police chief accused of robbing bank and leading car chase This article is more than 3 months old Share on LinkedIn Reuse this content Share on Facebook Richard Edward Inman, who is on probation for robbing a bank in 2017, was charged last week with armed robbery US policing Share on WhatsApp Shares1515 Last modified on Mon 1 Apr 2019 09.39 EDT Share on Twitter Share on Facebook South Carolina student killed after mistaking car for Uber ride US crime … 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. South Carolina Since you’re here… News outlets report that former Williamston police chief Richard Edward Inman was charged last week with offenses including armed robbery.Authorities say he robbed a Pawleys Island bank by presenting a note that demanded money. He then led authorities on a car chase that ended when Charleston and Georgetown sheriff’s deputies shot at him.Inman suffered non-life-threatening injuries. It’s unclear if he was shot or wounded by debris.Inman resigned as chief in 2011, at the request of the town’s mayor, over racist Facebook messages.The state law enforcement division is investigating. Support The Guardian Topics Share on Pinterest Share on Twitter Share via Email South Carolina Share via Email Share on Messenger Richard Edward Inman resigned as chief in 2011, at the request of the town’s mayor, over racist Facebook messages.Photograph: Alamy Stock Photo Read more news
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Medallia to Provide Experience Management Technology and Expertise for all Four Red Roof BrandsMedallia, Inc., the global leader in experience management, has announced that Red Roof, the award-winning leader in the lodging industry, has selected Medallia to power its experience management program to take advantage of real time feedback capabilities and seamless insights across channels.Utilizing Medallia Experience Cloud, Red Roof will receive a detailed experience profile of each guest across their journey that they can use to improve their business operations, loyalty and profitability. Insights are collected in real time, which will enable Red Roof to adapt systems and services in the moment to ensure guest experiences exceed expectations. In addition to direct feedback, Red Roof will leverage Medallia to analyze its social reviews and take action to continue to increase customer loyalty. Medallia will provide real time insights to front line employees and senior operational leaders at all Red Roof brands, including Red Roof Inn, Red Roof Plus, The Red Collection, and HomeTowne Studios by Red Roof.“We are thrilled to welcome Red Roof back to Medallia’s hospitality community,” commented Geoffrey Ryskamp, Medallia’s Global Head of Hospitality, Travel & Leisure. “Red Roof is taking an innovative approach to enhance the guest experience across their brands by gathering feedback during stay and within moments of departure.”Marketing Technology News: Cognitiv Launches First Deep Learning Incrementality Solution To Help Marketers Find New CustomersThe partnership reflects Red Roof’s unwavering commitment to providing unmatched experiences on property and while booking, with frequent innovations driven by continuous customer feedback.“Red Roof is known for obsessively listening to customers and making changes in our business to better the guest experience based on their needs,” said Andrew Alexander, Red Roof’s President. “We are excited to partner with Medallia to accelerate customer-driven innovation and grow our business through loyalty. We know that providing customers with an experience tailored to their needs will drive repeat, sustainable business.”Marketing Technology News: Connected TV is Transforming the Digital Advertising Ecosystem: ExtremLatest Video Benchmarks Report Shows 49% of Video Ad Impressions Going to CTVRed Roof joins a roster of international hospitality leaders that rely on Medallia to anticipate and adapt to meet the high expectations of guests and employees. The platform is used by 7 out of 10 of the largest hospitality companies in the world, including Marriott International, Hilton, IHG, Four Seasons, and MGM Resorts International. Medallia’s Experience Cloud connects frontline staff and managers to real-time feedback from guests while measuring customer happiness, franchisee and employee experience, and the root causes to help brands get better.Marketing Technology News: Broadvoice Welcomes Kim McLachlan as Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing customer experienceMarketing TechnologyMedalliaMedallia Experience CloudNewsRed Roof Previous ArticleEpazz Is Developing a Bitcoin Sharing and Blockchain Social Media App Called Webbeeo to Provide Users Better Privacy Than Leading Social Media AppsNext ArticleHow Automating Metadata Management Can Transform Data Governance Red Roof Chooses Medallia to Transform its Customer Experience and Drive Retention PRNewswireJuly 1, 2019, 4:55 pmJuly 1, 2019