PureCircle announces stevia antioxidant for food and drinksPosted By: News Deskon: June 26, 2017In: Flavours, Industries, Ingredients, New productsPrintEmailStevia producer PureCircle has developed a commercially viable stevia antioxidant product in a bid to give food and beverage companies access to health ingredients for their consumers.While researchers have known that antioxidants are present in stevia plants, PureCircle claims to be the first company to be able to extract them from the stevia leaf.The Malaysia-based company said it has created a unique process for extracting and purifying this plant-based antioxidant ingredient at a global scale.The product is now going through a sampling stage, with a full roll-out expected after US regulatory approval in 2018.PureCircle’s portfolio currently consists of flavour modifiers and sweeteners.Vice president of marketing and innovation Faith Son said: “Stevia as an antioxidant will further support beverage and food companies in providing their customers with health benefits and great-tasting products containing compounds commonly found in superfoods such as fruits, vegetables, nuts and grains.“Although it has been known that stevia plants contain antioxidants, the ability to extract is a major commercial advance.”Earlier this year PureCircle completed a $42 million expansion of its stevia facility in Malaysia, doubling its production of stevia leaf extract.The expansion to the automated plant has allowed the group to grow its output at a scale that matches global demand.Share with your network: Tags: MalaysiaPureCirclesteviasweetener
Toray Plastics introduces new Torayfan polypropylene filmsPosted By: News Deskon: February 01, 2018In: Food, Industries, Manufacturing, PackagingPrintEmail Toray Plastics (America) has launched the third generation of its Torayfan clear polypropylene films as it responds to consumer demand for shelf-stable food in transparent packaging and companies’ preference for PVdC-free, high-barrier films.The new Torayfan CB3 portfolio is manufactured with Toray’s proprietary formulation and a patented PVdC-free coating. The films are said to offer “superior oxygen-barrier protection along with excellent moisture barrier” and are available in sealable and non-sealable versions.In addition, the 70- and 80-gauge CB3 films are said to be a thinner alternative to OPP films and enable source reduction, yield, and economic benefits.In a statement, Toray Plastics said: “The CB3 films’ strength also enables them to withstand the rigours of the laminating and converting processes without any degradation to barrier performance.”All CB3 films are manufactured at Toray’s site in North Kingstown, Rhode Island. The films are suited for bags, pouches, stand-up pouches, and flow wrap. Among their applications are nuts, seeds, salted snacks, cookies, dried fruit, and confectionery items.Tammy Williamson, associate product manager of the Torayfan polypropylene films division at Toray Plastics (America), said: “The third generation of Torayfan CB films is an exciting advancement. These are very sophisticated films that combine a modified base film and complex coating to achieve impressive barrier.“In addition, consumers today want to see the item they are purchasing; it helps them feel confident that the food and ingredients are fresh. CB3 films offer the transparency and freshness protection they expect.“Also important is consumer packaged goods companies’ companies’preference that PVdC be eliminated from packaging because of the environmental concerns associated with it. They also appreciate Toray’s commitment to sustainability. Now manufacturers are able to specify a transparent package with even greater shelf stability, without PVdC issues.”Share with your network: Tags: plasticToray Plastics (America)United States
Nestlé’s Sanpellegrino releases two iced tea flavours in CanadaPosted By: News Deskon: March 29, 2018In: Beverage, Industries, New products, Soft drinks, Tea & CoffeePrintEmailNestlé Waters-owned Sanpellegrino has expanded its sparkling drinks range in Canada by introducing two new iced tea drinks.Lemon and peach iced teas will join Sanpellegrino’s soft drinks range, and both drinks will be packed in 250ml cans and contain 50 calories per serving.Made with organic tea extract and flavoured with real fruit juice and pure cane sugar, the Sanpellegrino + Tea drinks are the first organic beverages the brand has produced.Both flavours are also made without artificial colourings, sweeteners or preservatives.Jennifer Semley Robert, marketing manager, International Brands, Nestlé Waters Canada said: “Sanpellegrino’s extensive growth and innovation showcases its leadership in the sparkling water category.“They’re continually setting the industry standard of excellence and reinvention with their modern and unique take on an Italian classic.”Sanpellegrino + Tea will be available from selected Canadian retailers with a suggested retail price of CAD 5.99 for a pack of six.Share with your network: Tags: Canadaiced teaNestlé WatersSanpellegrino
Saputo appoints North American COO to support growth strategyPosted By: Martin Whiteon: March 07, 2019In: Appointments, Business, Dairy, IndustriesPrintEmailSaputo has appointed Carl Colizza as the new president and chief operating officer of its North American operations, in an effort to further support its growth strategy.Colizza has been with the company since 1998, and most recently served as the president and chief operating officer of the company’s Canadian and Argentinian dairy divisions. He will assume his new position as of 1 April 2019.As a result of this appointment, Frank Guido will replace Colizza as the president and chief operating officer of the company’s Canadian dairy division, also effective from 1 April 2019.Guido has been with Saputo since 2015, and has held several senior management positions in operations and logistics at the company.These management changes come just a few weeks after Saputo announced it had agreed to acquire UK-based Dairy Crest for approximately £975 million, as part of an effort to grow its international presence as part of its growth strategy.As well as focusing on international growth, the company also made a number of investments over the course of 2018 to boost its North American operations. This included a $240 million investment to build a new dairy processing facility in Port-Coquitlam, Canada, and an agreement to acquire US cheese producer F&A Dairy Products in a deal worth approximately $85 million.Saputo also launched a high-protein, ultra-filtered milk range in Canada at the end of 2018, in an effort to appeal to increasingly health-conscious consumers.Share with your network: Tags: CanadaNorth AmericaSaputo
Dairy Farmers of America eyes merger with US dairy cooperativePosted By: Contributoron: July 03, 2019In: Business, Dairy, Industries, Mergers & AcquisitionsPrintEmailThe board of directors of St Albans Cooperative Creamery (SACC) has voted unanimously to recommend to its membership a merger with Dairy Farmers of America (DFA).Vermont-based SACC said the merger proposal reflects a desire to position SACC members “for a secure, long-term future amid rapidly changing market dynamics”.The proposed merger requires approval by SACC’s members, who will be asked to vote during a special meeting in late July.DFA said the merger provides its members with established customer relationships, investments in critical hauling and manufacturing assets in the northeast of the US and increased milk marketing activities in the region. SACC has been a member cooperative of DFA since 2003.“DFA and St Albans have always had closely aligned philosophies and values, with both cooperatives focused on providing value to members and committed to preserving the northeast tradition of family dairy farming for years to come,” said Brad Keating, senior vice president and chief operating officer of DFA’s northeast area.Harold J Howrigan, chairman of the SACC board of directors, said: “Our board has been working nearly two years to strategically plan for the future of our members.“With increasing shifts in customer needs, an imbalance in supply and demand and a volatile milk price cycle, it is clear change is needed for our cooperative; however, with change comes great opportunity.“DFA offers increased value to our members with the ability to make continued investments in operations, a clear vision for the future and the depth of leadership to carry out that vision.”Leon Berthiaume, SACC chief executive officer, added: “I have seen the dairy industry evolve and the continued need for dairy farmers to work together. DFA has been a strategic partner and I am very enthusiastic about what they will bring to our members, community and state.”Last year, DFA secured a deal to acquire Agropur’s facility in Saint Paul, Minnesota, to expand its extended shelf-life capabilities and introduce aseptic processing into its portfolio.Share with your network: Tags: Dairy farmers of AmericaprocessingUS
Trump-Russia investigation Read more Topics Russia Share on Facebook US politics Sun 22 Jul 2018 13.33 EDT Since you’re here… … we have a small favour to ask. The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.More people are reading and supporting The Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we have chosen an approach that allows us to keep our journalism accessible to all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford. But we need your ongoing support to keep working as we do.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism, to maintain our openness and to protect our precious independence. Every reader contribution, big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Shares684684 FBI This article is more than 11 months old On Sunday Page denied ever meeting Sechin or Divyekin and described the specific allegations as “totally false”. The released documents include applications and renewal warrants filed in 2017, while Donald Trump was in office . The president denies collusion with Russia. On Sunday morning, he accused his own government of serious malpractice.The president wrote on Twitter that the documents were “ridiculously heavily redacted but confirm with little doubt that the Department of ‘Justice’ and FBI misled the courts. Witch Hunt Rigged, a Scam!”He added: “Looking more & more like the Trump Campaign for President was illegally being spied upon (surveillance) for the political gain of Crooked Hillary Clinton and the [Democratic National Committee] … Republicans must get tough now. An illegal Scam!”The top secret documents were released in response to a Freedom of Information Act request lodged by a group of media outlets. But, pointing to intense political wrestling over the files, Trump credited the rightwing activist group Judicial Watch for “being successful in getting the Carter Page Fisa documents”.Republican lawmakers have claimed the FBI overreached when it sought a warrant to monitor Page in October 2016, shortly after he left the Trump campaign. Senior GOP politicians, including the House intelligence committee chair, Devin Nunes, have alleged that the FBI relied too heavily on Steele’s research and did not declare in the warrant that the dossier was opposition research. On Saturday House Democrats said the release of the FBI documents further disproved such Republican criticism. “These documents provide clear evidence of ‘Russia’s coordination with Carter Page’, a high-ranking Trump campaign official, ‘to undermine and improperly and illegally influence the 2016 US presidential election’,” said the House Democratic leader, Nancy Pelosi.The justice department’s inspector general said in March he would review whether the FBI and the department followed proper procedures when they applied for a warrant.The documents released show the FBI disclosed that the Steele dossier was paid for by people looking to discredit Trump, and said Steele had “provided reliable information” in the past. The firm Steele worked for, Fusion GPS, was initially hired by a conservative website, the Washington Free Beacon, to conduct research on Republican candidates including Trump. The Democratic National Committee and the Clinton campaign helped fund the work later. Oliver Laughland and Martin Pengelly Former Trump advisor Carter Page denies working as Russian spy – video Trump-Russia investigation Share on Messenger The latest major Trump resignations and firings A surveillance application filed by the FBI in October 2016, a month before the election, said: “The FBI believes that Page has been collaborating and conspiring with the Russian government.”Page has consistently denied working as an agent of the Russia and has not been charged with any crime after almost two years of investigation.In an interview with CNN’s State of the Union on Sunday, he reiterated his denials and described the FBI’s application to the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance (Fisa) court as “so ridiculous it’s beyond words”. He accused law enforcement of misleading the court.“I’ve never been an agent of a foreign power by any stretch of the imagination,” he said. The 412 pages of released documents, heavily redacted and made public by the FBI late on Saturday, included a number of surveillance applications and warrants. The documents said “the FBI believes that the Russian government’s efforts are being coordinated with Page and perhaps other individuals associated with” Trump’s campaign. They also said Page “has established relationships with Russian government officials, including Russian intelligence officers”.On CNN the former foreign policy adviser and energy consultant declined to answer four times whether he had relationships with Russian officials and declined to elaborate on an academic letter he wrote in 2013, in which he described himself as an “informal adviser” to the Kremlin. According to allegations in the documents Page, who lived in Moscow between 2004 and 2007, met a number of senior allies to President Vladimir Putin during a July 2016 trip to Russia. The claims were first made in the now notorious dossier authored by the former British intelligence officer Christopher Steele.It is alleged that Page met Igor Sechin, a Russian energy executive, and discussed lifting western sanctions imposed in response to the 2013 Ukrainian crisis. The application also alleges that Page met with Igor Divyekin, a Russian intelligence operative, and discussed compromising material on Hillary Clinton. Trump administration Share on Twitter Donald Trump Support The Guardian Share via Email Clinton, who beat Trump by 3m ballots in the popular vote but lost in the electoral college, spoke in New York on Saturday. She said Trump’s behaviour around his meeting with Putin in Helsinki this week was a “mystery” and warned that sources had told her attacks on the 2018 midterms could spread to electoral infrastructure.Last week, as part of special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russian interference and links between the Trump campaign and Moscow, a federal grand jury charged 12 Russian intelligence officers with hacking Democratic computer networks in 2016, in the most detailed US accusation yet that Moscow meddled in the election to help Trump. The indictments followed charges against 13 other Russians and three Russian companies on counts of conspiring to interfere with the election, which were issued earlier in the year.Four former Trump aides have been indicted. Former national security adviser Michael Flynn and foreign policy aide George Papadopoulos are cooperating with authorities, as is Rick Gates, deputy to former campaign manager Paul Manafort. Manafort is in jail, awaiting trial on financial charges he denies. This article is more than 11 months old Former Trump adviser denies being ‘agent of foreign power’President accuses own government of serious malpractice Share on Pinterest ‘Trump derangement syndrome’: the week America went mad Read more Share via Email Share on Twitter The Trump administration has released documents related to the surveillance of the former Trump campaign adviser Carter Page, as part of an investigation into whether he colluded with Russia to undermine the 2016 US presidential election. First published on Sat 21 Jul 2018 19.55 EDT 2:04 Read more news Trump-Russia: FBI believed Carter Page ‘collaborated and conspired’ with Moscow Share on Facebook Surveillance Share on LinkedIn Play Video Share on WhatsApp Who is Carter Page, the Trump ex-adviser at the center of the memo furore? Reuse this content
Sorry there was an error. Please try again later. If the problem persists, please contact Userhelp Andrew George BoneyOCoonassa PhilSophia Local left activists have realised that seceding would abandon the US to the right. The UK left must not fall into that trap Shares189189 Share on Twitter Share on Facebook 16 17 Those left wingers Merkel and Macron? Yes, I see what you mean. Reply Twitter Twitter Share on Facebook The establishment of a true socialist Britain will have to be outside the EU For the many not the (EU) few Reply Reply Facebook 24 Dec 2018 18:55 Lagado Share on Twitter One potential explanation of the difference between these cases is feasibility. The UK had only to host a single referendum in order to trigger article 50, theoretically unmooring it from the EU in a two-year timeframe. California, by contrast, appears much more tightly bound to the US. There is, for example, no unique passport for California residents.But Californian secession is actually much simpler than it seems – and as we are learning, British secession is actually much more complex. In order to facilitate Calexit, California’s state legislature would need to put the proposition on the ballot, its voters would need to approve it, and then win a simple majority in the United States Congress. Passports might be a problem in the very short term, but California could easily install posts at its airports to issue temporary documentation to travelling residents. Feasibility, in other words, is not the problem.The much more important question, one might argue, is desirability. While Britain has the benefit of the pound, California would have to design its own currency from scratch, risking a significant recession while the new system got up and running.But California is arguably in a stronger position than Britain to make this leap – with a larger, more dynamic and technologically equipped economy. In any case, the fear of economic costs has never scared British Lexiteers very much: they are small collateral for the benefits of political and economic sovereignty. If Britain can succeed outside the European Union, California can almost certainly succeed outside the United States.No, the real reason that California lacks a Lexit movement is solidarity. “I want to be part of an America that continues to stand up for all of us, not bail on all of our friends across the country,” said the mayor of Los Angeles, Eric Garcetti. If it left the US, California would take millions of progressive votes out of national circulation, thereby solidifying the Republican stranglehold on the country. Its representatives in Congress – some of the strongest advocates of progressive change – would no longer hold sway over the country’s direction.The consequences of such a transition are not only domestic. With an executive that is committed to climate denial and aggressive armed conflict, Calexit would enable a 49-star United States to inflict increasing pain on the world around it – and on generations to come.British Lexiteers might respond by claiming that their hurdle is higher. The EU, they might say, is far more anti-democratic than the US: at least Americans can elect their executive directly. Facebook nexxo00 | Pick Share Andy Foster Schtroumpf Share on Facebook Facebook newest Opinion Report | Pick Report Twitter Democrats Reply Facebook RogerACA Share on Twitter | Pick Share on LinkedIn 2 3 Labour leavers don’t have to switch to UKIP, Corbyn is no different to Farage on Brexit. Are we at war with Eastasia or Eurasia? 24 Dec 2018 18:58 RudolphMeadows 24 Dec 2018 19:00 RudolphMeadows Share Share on Twitter Report 25 50 Share on Facebook Twitter Facebook collapsed Reply Share on Twitter Droner 108 109 24 Dec 2018 18:59 Share Share on Facebook Twitter Twitter Share Share on Facebook 9 10 Report Last modified on Thu 27 Dec 2018 05.32 EST Twitter Share on Twitter 16 17 Share Share on Twitter Share on Facebook BoneyOCoonassa | Pick Twitter Share Report | Pick spanishpainter Loading comments… Trouble loading? Reply Share Share on Facebook 10 11 Twitter | Pick Share 24 Dec 2018 19:02 The EU certainly don’t need the Labour Party. Social Democracy is older on the continent. Most continental member states have better protection of workers rights, better health care and better redistribution. There would even be better minimum standards throughout the EU on such matters if it hadn’t been for UK governments on the EU council. Britain, get out and get real, before you try to teach anything to your neighbours they already know. Get your own house in order, there’s plenty to do for Labour at home. Show 8 more replies expanded 24 Dec 2018 18:49 Lots of our health and safety, social welfare and protection for workers are better than those in the rest of the EU.Many of the EU directives were driven by the UK. Share Facebook Twitter Share Twitter 25 26 underaskier Share BoneyOCoonassa The extreme left is usually also tribal, their tribal divisions are just called working class and the rest. Hence they easily switch to UKIP. Same mindset essentially. Facebook Share on Twitter | Pick Share on Facebook Share on Facebook Facebook Share on Facebook Twitter | Pick Report Show 49 more replies While preaching the value of hospitality, the central authority constructs a fortress to keep foreigners out of the federation 24 Dec 2018 18:49 Twitter Please select Personal abuse Off topic Legal issue Trolling Hate speech Offensive/Threatening language Copyright Spam Other 41 42 WeAreAllDoomed Share on Facebook Reply Share Dave Machin Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Twitter Facebook Report 24 Dec 2018 19:02 Facebook Reply Share All but the most faithful now realise what an intransigent Red Kipper Corbyn is. Time for a new leader. Corbyn must go. Facebook RudolphMeadows Facebook | Pick Reply Twitter | Pick recommendations Twitter Share on Twitter 24 Dec 2018 18:58 207 208 Basilot Ah, yes, European ‘socialism’. The terms seems to have been defined out of existence so that it now means neo-liberal market fundamentalism. Did you ever wonder why the austerity kings Cameron, Osborne and Clegg, along with the City and banks, were telling us to vote Remain? ‘Costas Lapavitsas, an economics professor at London University (SOAS), is bravely trying to educate the British Left. His book – The Left Case Against The EU – argues that the Social Chapter of the Delors era has long since given way to “institutionalised austerity”, with a Europe divided between a rich core and a pauperised South, and under the thumb of “German industrial export capitalists”. ‘Monetary union in particular is the coercive whip of the ascendant ideology. “The euro has been an outstanding instrument for imposing discipline on workers,” he writes. ‘Prof Lapavitsas was briefly a Syriza MP and witness to the failed Greek Spring. He argues that politics as we normally know it is impossible in the EU. The Left is wasting its time thinking it can change anything by democratic activism. “It is a transnational juggernaut. Neoliberalism has become EU the credo. Capital wins at every major turn,” he said. ‘His warning to Jeremy Corbyn is that EU rules on state aid, public procurement, and nationalisation would make it impossible to carry out his industrial policies. “These are not minor issues. They lie at the heart of any attempt to transform Britain’s economy in a socialist direction,” he said.’ 46 47 Reply Share on Facebook Corbynscat 51 52 Twitter Share Twitter But over the last decade, these differences have largely melted away. In the Citizens United case, the supreme court removed restrictions to campaign finance, allowing big, dark money to flood into US democracy. In the more recent Abbott v Perez, the supreme court approved efforts to gerrymander the electoral map against the popular vote. With the appointment of Brett Kavanaugh to the court, these victories appear more solid than ever – and yet young progressives are rallying together to think creatively about how to mobilise a movement to reverse them and reclaim the court as our own.As a Californian, then, it seems to me that the burden of proof lies with the Lexiteers. First, to explain why the task of democratising the EU is that much harder than the task of democratising the US. Second, to explain how their exit plan does not amount to abandonment, and how being outside the EU will help them stem the tide of European fascism.Or – perhaps more honestly – they might admit that the project of British socialism is a higher priority than sticking it out with their continental partners and reshaping the EU for the better. Europe’s far right, for their part, will be pleased to see them gone for good.• David Adler is a writer and a member of DiEM25’s coordinating collective. He lives in Athens, Greece• This article was amended on 27 December 2018 to clarify the steps necessary for a potential Calexit through the state legislature. 14 15 24 Dec 2018 19:03 Comments 2,015 It’s a national tragedy that, just when we need agile, imaginative thinking, we’re stuck with two of the dullest, most grimly stubborn party leaders we’ve ever had. Share on Twitter | Pick Andrew George Share on Twitter Share Share | Pick Sign in or create your Guardian account to recommend a comment Reply The problem is that Corbyn is incapable of changing his mind. Share on Facebook Report Report Report Report | Pick BoneyOCoonassa RudolphMeadows Show 2 more replies 24 Dec 2018 19:23 Facebook Reply LurkingClassHero Report Share on Facebook I’m an old Tribunite member of the Labour Party. George Orwell is a hero. Jeremy Corbyn is directly in the tradition of Nye Bevan or even Harold Wilson. The only reason he is considered ‘hard left’ is that some people drove the party so far to the right. Stop twisting history and politics to fit your prejudices. Have you seen the Tories lately… Reply Reply Share on Facebook Facebook 64 65 Facebook | Pick Facebook Share Email (optional) Reply Share on Facebook They are to the left of the Tories, who are party of a right wing reactionary group in the EU parliament. Twitter Yes, because of all those left wing governments in Poland, Hungary. Italy, Austria etc. Share on Facebook Report Twitter Corbyn learn something? He stopped doing that forty years ago. Europe is a lot closer than California and Corby can’t even learn from the Socialists that manage quite happily there. 254 255 Share Report anthony davids | Pick Swan17 24 Dec 2018 19:39 Reply Facebook Report Reply Share on Twitter Share Share on Twitter 24 Dec 2018 20:18 Twitter Share on Twitter Report Scottish and Welsh independence then? London? mindset Reply spanishpainter … 24 Dec 2018 18:59 Share on Twitter Share Dream on Report ID261048 Share Facebook Twitter Twitter 24 Dec 2018 19:03 Share on Twitter Share on Twitter Facebook grimjim66 Twitter Share on Twitter Twitter | Pick 24 Dec 2018 18:52 You don’t actually know this. But thanks for the speculation. (Indeed it seems these days that journalism is based uniquely on guesstimates and mind reading.) Stock for the Guardian though.Remember when they were comparing educational outcomes, and to get a “good comparison” they compared a BAME boy with SEN on Free school meals with a white girl without SEN or FSM and then called the difference Scandalous? Report Reply Report Andrew George Share on Twitter Twitter Share on Facebook Facebook BoneyOCoonassa Twitter humanbychance 331 332 Report grimjim66 0 1 174 175 Twitter Facebook | Pick Share 24 Dec 2018 19:22 ChairmanMayTseTung Paddy01 BoneyOCoonassa Support The Guardian Share 24 Dec 2018 20:12 Reply | Pick Twitter 24 Dec 2018 19:12 Share on Twitter Reply Twitter Share on Facebook 44 45 | Pick 24 Dec 2018 19:03 Report Drinking while Rome burns actually. Anyway, who gives a toss about Rome when you’re in the Dog&Duck 100s of km away? 24 Dec 2018 19:32 Since you’re here… Lagado 100 RogerACA Show 9 more replies Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Report DeadCross Share | Pick 17 18 24 Dec 2018 18:56 Reply Jembo Jembo Translation from the Guardian-speak = maintaining sovereign borders by stopping illegal/undocumented immigrants who have not followed the legal route (that does exist) to enter the country. Share on Twitter Twitter Share on Facebook Basilot | Pick Share on Twitter | Pick Pinterest Jolyon Maugham Reply 24 Dec 2018 18:59 | Pick …Except between RoI and N.I. 24 Dec 2018 19:23 24 Dec 2018 19:10 | Pick 24 Dec 2018 18:57 Share on Facebook Share on Facebook Report WHY? Are you not aware that there are other socialist governments in place in the EU as we speak? Share on Twitter Dave Machin Swan17 24 25 comments (2015)Sign in or create your Guardian account to join the discussion. Reply 32 33 Twitter 45 46 Reply Foreign policy Share Share TheSadMafioso Share on Facebook Share on Twitter | Pick oldest Reply 28 29 Share on Twitter Share Twitter Report Labour Twitter LurkingClassHero Share on Twitter The difference between the US and the EU, as well as the UK and California, are so vast as to make this comparison – and article – utterly redundant. What is wrong with Labour party members, that they twice elected this clown to be their leader? The familiar cry of led the Union, don’t leave it, is almost like the cry of the Sirens, but on closer scrutiny, it never holds water. Scotland heard that guff in 2014, before the sentiment vanished 5 minutes later on the steps of Downing St. with English votes for English laws. And EU supporters have always tried to convince us that persuading 27 other member states to reform was a doddle. But of course, the real influence in the EU has always been the corporate lobbyists, and the army of quangos working behind the scenes with the Commission, hand in glove. Democracy? Don’t make me laugh. As I’ve always said, the EU have played one of the greatest con tricks in human history: they have convinced hundreds of millions of people that this corporate racket is a triumph of progressive and socialist values. The bigger the lie, the easier it is to swallow and all that… Facebook Opinion | Pick 24 Dec 2018 18:55 | Pick Report Report Share on Twitter Mujokan next 24 Dec 2018 19:02 24 Dec 2018 18:50 Report 17 18 Twitter 24 Dec 2018 20:13 | Pick 40 41 Share Report Share RogerRoe 104 105 Shhh! Narrative! Report The best way to keep out illegal immigrants is to be in the EU and gave more people patrolling a smaller border. The sum off the length of all countries in the EU borders is far longer than the border that surrounds the EU. So the logical way of reducing illegal immigration is to have a stronger EU, with more cooperation between the countries enforcement agencies. So why didn’t people want this? Facebook Twitter Twitter Facebook Threads collapsed Basilot Twitter | Pick All Twitter 180 181 Facebook 24 Dec 2018 18:55 Show 14 more replies | Pick Share Twitter Twitter Share 24 Dec 2018 19:02 219 220 Twitter Reply Reply Facebook Reply Share Facebook Facebook Share on Facebook Twitter Exactly – European socialists, to whom Corbyn professes solidarity want us to stay in the E.U. to help them work towards a better continent for its people.But Corbyn contradicts all notions of solidarity and support wanting to go it alone and presumably build socialism just at home. Share 24 Dec 2018 19:04 | Pick 24 Dec 2018 20:00 49 50 Facebook Reply Reply This is a terrible analogy as an EU without Britain will actually be less right-wing. | Pick Share on Twitter unthreaded Share on Facebook Twitter Facebook Twitter The reasons for Labour not to enable Brexshit are so blindingly obvious that 93% of party members and, according to the latest poll, 78% of Labour voters are in no doubt. So what exactly is wrong with Corbyn that he’s unable to see what is right in front of his eyes?? I thought Abraham Lincoln had set a precedent that states cannot secede from the union. Has something changed or were the confederate states within their rights all along? | Pick European Union RogerACA Lagado It is ridiculous, like comparing chalk and cheese. Share on Twitter 24 Dec 2018 18:56 Facebook Report I am talking, of course, about the state of California. But the similarities with Britain and the European Union are striking: an economy of roughly the same size; sharing a single market with scores of other states, based on the free movement of goods, services and labour; governed by a strong – and only vaguely democratic – central authority that threatens to clash with radical movements growing out of its grassroots.And yet – even as the US federal government veers towards the far right – the calls for California to exit the US remain quiet. Growing up in Los Angeles, I would occasionally hear the rallying cry that we should secede from the union. The federal government would do something evil, and Californians would throw their hands up to the sky and claim they were moving to Canada. Since Donald Trump’s election, the call for “Calexit” has found some renewed enthusiasm, with a group called the Yes California independence campaign pushing to get secession on the ballot.But by and large, left-leaning Californians want nothing to do with Calexit. Indeed, the only people that seem to be promoting the Yes California campaign hail from the state’s fringe right wing. “I think it would be good for California, good for the rest of the country. It would help Trump’s re-election campaign,” said venture capitalist and creepy libertarian Peter Thiel. The campaign itself is mired in controversy over the close ties between its former president, Louis Marinelli, and a Kremlin-backed pro-secessionist organisation.Why, given the striking similarities, is there so little energy behind California’s left exit? And what can it tell us about Britain’s own Lexit movement? Corbynscat 24 Dec 2018 18:57 Report Lagado Bangorstu Share on Twitter 4 Mujokan 104 105 Report Share on Facebook Share on Facebook | Pick Share on Twitter Reply Share 24 Dec 2018 19:03 Share Share on Facebook RudolphMeadows Twitter Report There nothing wrong with Corbyn – he is being completely consistent with his principles, which have been clearly and openly held his entire life. The more relevant question is why such a vast number of Labour members voted him in as leader whilst deceiving themselves that he would be a europhile. It was never going to be the case – they were all deluded. Share Guess again Facebook spanishpainter Isn’t the reverse true of the GB. It is the GB that makes the EU more right. Look at the way the Tories support Orban. Brexit would make the EU more left. 24 Dec 2018 19:01 No there is not Facebook Share on Facebook | Pick Share 36 37 Reply Share on Facebook Report Brexitsbane fustratedhistorian AshesToAshes Facebook Share on Facebook Twitter Share Share on Facebook Share on Facebook Twitter fustratedhistorian | Pick 24 Dec 2018 18:56 Reply Jembo Jembo Reuse this content,View all comments > Reply LurkingClassHero Reply Facebook 24 Dec 2018 19:27 Reply Mujokan Report Share on Facebook Share Gelion Imagine for a moment that you live in a large federation of states – some small and some large, some richer and some poorer – held together by a strong central authority. While preaching the importance of democracy, the central authority frequently undermines the will of its member states. While preaching the value of hospitality, the central authority constructs a fortress to keep foreigners out of the federation. Even states that do not rely heavily on the fiscal support of the central authority – states that would rather use their resources for more just purposes – are forced to live by its rules and regulations. Share on Facebook Volcano_Man 41 42 Facebook tomilous | Pick Reason (optional) Share on Twitter Share Reply Report Reply | Pick Bengaal 12 13 Share on Facebook Reply Share on Facebook Share on Facebook 24 Dec 2018 19:21 Share on Twitter | Pick Share on Facebook ParadisePostponed Facebook Facebook Reply 136 137 Which is an undoubted dilution of the vote of individuals living in states with larger populations. That a statelet like Luxembourg is considered deserving of equal power as Germany is no sign of equality, it skews inordinate strength to Luxembourg. That though isn’t borne out in reality. Germany uses its economic might to dictate much of the EU direction. | Pick Reply That is a delusion. You will Not have more sovereignty outside. You will see that once you start negotiating those 60+ trade deals you need to be were you are now. Twitter Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Share 3 4 GordonsAlive Share on Facebook 24 Dec 2018 18:57 underaskier Share on Facebook Reply Share on Facebook Share on Facebook Reply Twitter Twitter Driscoll Not just that, the UK implements Regulations that many other member states just ignore. Look at the issue with Italy and the budget deficit – the EU insist that Italy conform to the Regulations but it is somehow OK when Germany & France do not. Wonder why? GordonsAlive Twitter Share on Facebook Are you really suggesting that the UK at any point in its 40+ years within the EU has ever tried to reform the EU in a less neoliberal, more pro-social direction? For most of the time, the UK was one of the most neoliberal influences within the EU (and very successfully so), while most moderating influences on the UK originated in the EU (see worker’s rights). Unfortunately, we are living in an age of corporate power, that is hard to reign in by any country/government. The EU is cushioning the impact of that for its citizens. If you do not believe it, look up the inequality indexes. With a few exceptions (e.g., UK), inequality is still considerably lower in most EU countries than in the rest of the world. Reply Share Twitter Facebook 4 5 Twitter Report 12 13 Share on Facebook Share Share on Twitter Share on Twitter Share on Facebook 89 90 Socialism Facebook 24 Dec 2018 19:51 Facebook Twitter 24 Dec 2018 18:50 Reply 24 Dec 2018 19:15 California | Pick Share on Facebook Share on Facebook Reply No. One of THE founding tenets of the EU is that all states, no matter how big or small have an equal say. 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Share 1 2 6 7 Report 3 Share 40 41 26 27 | Pick Share Facebook Twitter Share on Twitter 2 | Pick | Pick Share on Twitter RogerRoe What is the matter with being an Eurosceptic? Do you think the EU is whiter than white? Whatever European commission is in power, they all have default neo-liberal polices already in place to follow. That is a given, whatever changes, those polices remain in place. Austerity… Do a bit of research… Share on Twitter Share on Twitter 24 Dec 2018 19:06 Share on Twitter Report Facebook Gelion Share on Twitter 31 32 Share 8 9 Paddy01 | Pick Twitter Resisting the resistance: anti-liberal rage brews in California’s right wing Share on Facebook Report 24 Dec 2018 19:01 Share ‘Calls for California to exit the US remain quiet.’Photograph: Alamy Stock Photo 28 29 Reply … PhilSophia Twitter Europe is a lot closer than California and Corby can’t even learn from the Socialists that manage quite happily there. Share on Twitter Report Twitter Share Facebook Share on Twitter Report Facebook 333 334 Share on Facebook Paddy01 3 Brexit Lagado ParadisePostponed Share We do see this idea that “the project of British socialism is a higher priority” here BTL, but I wonder how much of that is from agents provacteurs sometimes. Still, doing scenario analysis for Brexit, it seems to be an important factor that’s hard to quantify because it may be being kept under wraps. It’s maybe the biggest “unknown unknown” when gaming things out. 42 43 Facebook 18 19 Basilot Share on Twitter Twitter 46 47 Just what we need for Christmas: another foreign resident trying to tell us that it’s better for the UK to have a 1/28th (or 3.6%) control of our future inside the EU than close to 100% control outside it. 24 Dec 2018 18:50 | Pick Brexit would make the EU more left. 24 Dec 2018 19:03 Share This comment was removed by a moderator because it didn’t abide by our community standards. Replies may also be deleted. For more detail see our FAQs. Facebook 24 Dec 2018 18:55 | Pick Show 21 more replies RogerRoe Share on Facebook greennigel22 103 104 Facebook Reply If Labour wanted to lean there were closer places for lessons:the ex-socialists/communist states in Europe! Read more Facebook Share on Facebook Report 1 Wugazi Share on Facebook Share on Facebook | Pick Wugazi Share on Facebook Share on Twitter RogerRoe Report Wugazi 3 4 1 2 Reply Reply Report tlswimmer | Pick GordonsAlive Share Share on Twitter 23 24 Share Schtroumpf Facebook 25 26 The Confederate States tried to just leave without following the process. I think that was a big part of the problem. Reply PhilSophia Share on WhatsApp Oh heck, will the Guardian ever stop? Trying to compare California seceding from the USA with Britain leaving the EU would be hilarious if it weren’t mad. Or perhaps it wants to confirm to Leave supporters that the EU really is a super-nation state. 16 17 Andrew George David Adler 174 175 Share Share on Facebook Share fustratedhistorian Report 208 209 Facebook Share Driscoll HulloHulot 24 Dec 2018 19:01 In 2018 Labour has been very successful in prevaricating over Brexit and appearing to support both supporting Brexit and for a closer union in or out of the EU. It has managed a very difficult balancing act between the 60% of iits supporters who want to remain close to the EU and the crucial 40% who want out and who will decide the fate of Labour in any election. Corbyn has managed to successfully mask his euroscepticism from the many that elected him and want him to steer the party towards a policy of staying in the EU and supporting a second referendum as the means to do that. In addition Labour “Six Tests” were designed to be impossible to meet and thus give the party a fig leaf to vote against the government and then engineer an election(equally unlikely under the FTPA unless the government and supporters want one) so that they can follow their equally fantastical Brexit plan of staying in a customs union NOT the customs union but a specially engineered one that the EU27 will immediately agree once Labour is steering negotiations(total nonsense of course as they are likely to get a similar deal to the one they are actively campaigning to vote down in the New Year) But Corbyn has now lost his fig leaf and shown to be the eurosceptic he always was and in favour of Brexit providing of course the Tories deliver it and not Labour so that Labour can continue to moan and gripe and hopefully thereby gain political advantage. The cracks in Labour are starting to show and in 2019 the party needs to get off the fence and have a realistic policy on Brexit. They either should support May’s Deal or state categorically they want to remain in the EU. Of course in the present opportunistic Corbyn led Labour they will do neither . Reply | Pick Share on Twitter 24 Dec 2018 18:54 Share on Twitter Facebook RogerRoe Share on Twitter Share on Twitter 24 Dec 2018 18:45 Share on Facebook Facebook Show 1 more reply Share on Twitter Share 317east The people can prevent a no-deal Brexit – with a general strike Bengaal Report | Pick Reply Share on Facebook I wouldn’t through stones in glass houses with a comment as dumb as that. 24 Dec 2018 19:33 Share on Facebook ID261048 Twitter Reply Facebook 24 Dec 2018 19:15 This comment was removed by a moderator because it didn’t abide by our community standards. Replies may also be deleted. For more detail see our FAQs. Share on Twitter | Pick Reply BasilIgor That may be, but I think Labour have learned ‘The Guardian Rule.’ Whatever the Guardian supports, then the sensible course is always to hold the opposite view. Everything the Guardian endorses turns to dust: Clegg, Clinton, Remain, Miliband. If The Guardian is against Californian independence, then I fully expect to see the Republic of California taking up its UN seat this time next year. 24 Dec 2018 19:11 Share on Facebook CORRECTION: successive governments. Facebook Share 24 Dec 2018 19:20 Oh the irony… Mon 24 Dec 2018 05.01 EST Facebook 4 5 Report Show 5 more replies 5 6 | Pick | Pick Reply Show 13 more replies Share on Pinterest Brexit Facebook Reply Share on Messenger Reply | Pick PhilSophia Share on Twitter 7 8 Facebook Facebook Reply | Pick Share Share | Pick Reply | Pick Twitter Share buryboy Facebook 24 Dec 2018 19:12 Read more Wow, what a witty retort… did you spend time thinking that one up? Share on Twitter Reply Facebook And the 48% (in England and Wales, anyway) are disenfranchised. Shocking. Twitter Share on Twitter Report Report | Pick Facebook Reply Share on Twitter Reply Share Reply Report Indeed that was my first thought, anyone who has spent time in the states (i’ve lived in california) will know that there is enormous mobility amongst people. Americans are born in one state, grow up on another, get married in another etc etc. There is no strong state nationalism but there is strong american nationalism. The one area there may some similarities is in the homelessness disasters in California and the UK, in the sense that mobility leads poor people to move to socially liberal places with plenty casual work. But then to suggest that here doesnt go down well. Report Share on Facebook weakandwobbly Labour are not very good at learning lessons from anywhere, be it California, Cuba, the USSR, Putin’s Russia, or Venezuela. They might appear to learn, but they always revert to their default option of ”principled” opposition, even if they have to find ever more ingenious ways to lose elections. Show 4 more replies Share on Twitter comment Who gives a shit ? It’s christmas Eve and I’m going to he pub in an hour 🙂 Labour is dedicated to ingsoc under Corbyn and won’t change until he is removed. Supporting Labour is supporting Brexit. Reply Share Report Twitter Share on Facebook | Pick 7 8 Report what exactly is wrong with Corbyn that he’s unable to see what is right in front of his eyes?? Report | Pick | Pick Share via Email Reply 24 Dec 2018 19:09 Twitter Facebook Facebook | Pick | Pick Yes, because of all those left wing governments in Poland, Hungary. Italy, Austria etc. The far right is ascending in the EU at the moment even in countries we still think of as left wing and socialist, such as Sweden and Denmark. Share on Facebook Report Schtroumpf weakandwobbly Share on Facebook What Labour can learn about Brexit from California: think twice Share on Facebook 317east 24 Dec 2018 19:16 “California would only need to approve the ballot measure at the state level, and then to win a simple majority in the United States Congress.” You think there would be anything “simple” about winning that majority?! Last time it ended in civil war… Under the Article 50 process, the UK needs to simply trigger an Article 50 notification and, even if everyone sits on their hands for the next two years, we’re out. You’re comparing apples and anthrax in terms of political processes. Why do you mention Merkel and Macron instead of the portuguese (Antonio Costa) and the spanish (Pedro Sánchez) governments which ARE left-wing? Oh I know, because like your brexiting pals, southern europe doesn’t exist except as a place for your lager louts to practice drink-till-you-drop-off-the-balcony. Merry xmas. Show 20 more replies 12 13 Share Share on Twitter Share 9 10 Report Share on Facebook Report | Pick Twitter 24 Dec 2018 18:58 towel Share GordonsAlive Share on Facebook Andy Foster 24 Dec 2018 19:01 Share 67 68 Twitter next Share on Facebook Report Report they have convinced hundreds of millions of people that this corporate racket is a triumph of progressive and socialist values. This is also fake, most people in the EU and especially the UK, don’t support socialism. You are just saying ‘socialism’ because you are on the Guardian. Apart from a few Lexiters, those who still support Brexit only care about immigrants. All economic arguments have been shot down, even EU socialists wrote to Corbyn telling him to stay in. You are just covering for your xenophobia. Share Report Share on Twitter 24 Dec 2018 19:02 90 91 It’s clear that under Corbyn Labour can learn nothing, his learning days ended in the 1970s. He, party and indeed the Conservative party have thinking and idealogies rooted even further back in late Victorian times. None are of the 21st century and none are problem solvers rather they are imposers of policy based on dogma. anthony davids Close Kremlin ties … Louis Marinelli cooks in his kitchen in Moscow last month. Photograph: Reuters Share on Twitter Reply Share on Twitter Paddy01 Report Report Share on Facebook 24 Dec 2018 18:58 Report Show 3 more replies 16 17 Twitter 35 36 Facebook Share on Twitter Twitter Show 54 more replies Report “They might appear to learn, but they always revert to their default option of ”principled” opposition,” Then why don’t you vote for the Tories, then you don’t have to worry about principles at all…don’t be shy. 24 Dec 2018 19:03 Share on Twitter RogerRoe Share Does it matter? The useful idiots will bray and cheer him on, until he is removed then no one will have supported him. Orwell has the hard left down pat many years ago. It is possibly because he saw them in action and witnessed their oppression and treachery. Share on Twitter Share Share on Twitter RogerRoe tomilous Reply Stefka Cragg Twitter Share Lagado Corbynscat 28 29 Share on Twitter | Pick Due to the large number of comments, they are being shown 100 per page. 7 8 24 Dec 2018 20:06 15 16 Share Facebook 29 30 Not necessarily. Share | Pick Twitter spanishpainter Twitter Share on Twitter Report Reply Share on Facebook Lagado Report 24 Dec 2018 19:37 Facebook Twitter Share RogerRoe Report How? It sends 70% of its exports to the rUK and its financial industry needs a large Lender of Last Resort that an independent Scotland couldn’t provide. Report 24 Dec 2018 20:25 Facebook Share on Twitter And EU supporters have always tried to convince us that persuading 27 other member states to reform was a doddle. No we didn’t. In fact I don’t think you should be allowed to ‘reform’ anything. The last 2 years have shown that it’s the UK which needs reforming. You are the one telling the big lie, your entire comment is Faragist cliche which has been shot down years ago. The Commission is appointed by member state governments, who are democratically elected. If your government is neoliberal that will have an effect. You can also vote for MEPs if you want to reform the EU…Which party did you vote for? 64 65 Share via Email 1 Share on Twitter Share on Twitter Share on Facebook | Pick The UK is the most neoliberal country in Europe. Wasn’t caused by the EU, rather by Thatcher and successive parliaments. Twitter Twitter Report Show 1 more reply If Britain ever manages to complete Brexit the chances are it will bring about the end of Westminster controlling Scotland as the Scots demand independence from Westminster and then affiliate themselves with Brussels. Junior partners whichever way they turn. 24 Dec 2018 19:21 79 80 Fiddling while Rome burns. 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Morphio, the AI-driven prediction platform that was created by marketers, for marketers, has publicly launched and is now available – offering a free trial to those interested in unlocking its powers. The data analysis tool that was developed in partnership with the team at Arcane – a digital marketing agency with offices in London, Calgary, and Toronto, Canada – has been a staple of their advertising success, and it’s now available for marketers everywhere.In an effort to change the face of data analysis in the digital world, Morphio was born. The goal: reduce the amount of time that marketers spend on data collection so that they can focus on action and improved ROI – with predictive results provided from the platform. Morphio provides real-time reporting in a single place; Google Analytics, Google Ads, Facebook Ads, and Microsoft Advertising (formerly Bing Ads) data can all be integrated into Morphio. Monitor all of your marketing data and receive prompts when something out of the ordinary happens.Marketing Technology News: RentPath Announces Social Ads Express, Rental Industry’s First And Only Hyper-Targeted And Fully Automated Facebook ProgramMorphio was built for nimble both in-house and agency teams, helping them to set and monitor their KPIs to effectively hit their digital marketing goals. The strength of the platform lies in its algorithm which optimizes performance to these set KPIs, detects and analyzes anomalies, provides audience and customer segment opportunities, and monitors competitor performance – Morphio will detect anomalies in your data before you do.“It’s been a pleasure working alongside the Morphio team and watching the features develop. Over the past few months, we have had exclusive access to the impressive platform, and we couldn’t be more excited to see the Morphio algorithm launch” says Alina Morkin, Vice President of Marketing at Voices.com.Marketing Technology News: Google Launches App AD Creative Partner Program Featuring ConsumerAcquisition.Com“Morphio is a secret weapon we use internally at Arcane that has helped deliver substantial growth for our clients,” says Eric Vardon, Co-Founder Morphio and Arcane. “We’re now in a position to share Morphio with the wider marketing community. Morphio’s mission is simple – help your humans – as we fundamentally believe the value that digital marketers truly bring is their strategy and insights to advertising efforts, not data gathering and analysis.”Marketing Technology News: 4.9 Billion Robocalls In April, According to YouMail Robocall Index AIArcaneDigital Marketing AgencyFacebook adsMarketing TechnologyMicrosoft AdvertisingMorphioNews Previous ArticleAvatria Adds Magento Integration to Avatria ConvertNext ArticleIAB Podcast Measurement Compliance Certifies Voxnest Audience Network Arcane’s Secret Weapon, Morphio, Now Available for Marketers MTS Staff WriterMay 10, 2019, 8:26 pmMay 10, 2019
AIcustomer engagementMicrosoft CRMNewsPersoneticsSalesforce Previous ArticleQuik! Integrates with Forms Logic Workflow PipelineNext ArticleVerint Only Vendor Recognized by Gartner in the 2019 Magic Quadrant for the CRM Customer Engagement Center and the Magic Quadrant for Workforce Engagement Management Personetics Puts the Power of AI in the Hands of Bank Relationship Managers and Agents With Personalized Insights and Advice Available via Salesforce and Microsoft CRM PRNewswireJune 26, 2019, 5:57 pmJune 26, 2019 Integration of AI-driven financial insights into Salesforce Financial Cloud and Microsoft Dynamics 365 enables bankers at the branch and call center to anticipate customer needs and deliver just-in-time personalized advicePersonetics, the leading provider of AI-powered personalization and customer advocacy solutions used by the world’s top banks, announced that its data-driven actionable insights will now be available for bank relationship managers and agents.In addition to a rich set of insights to empower bankers at the branch and contact center, the solution includes built-in integration with popular CRM solutions by Salesforce and Microsoft. Banks that use other CRM system will be able to use the solution through Personetics-provided APIs.Marketing Technology News: Eggplant Expands Test Automation Across Entire LifecycleOmnichannel AI-Powered Insights and AdviceEmpowering bank front-line employees with personalized insights and recommended actions for their customers is an extension of the capabilities already delivered by Personetics directly to consumers and small business customers via the bank’s online and mobile channels.“Personetics has always focused on helping banks bring a higher level of personalization to the customers through AI,” said Dorel Blitz, VP Strategy and Business Development at Personetics. “By making our solutions available to relationship managers in branches and agents at the contact centers, we help banks anticipate customer needs, provide personalized insights and advice, and enhance the customer experience”.Even as banking interactions become increasingly digital, many customers still rely on their banking relationship managers for advice and guidance. With timely insights at their fingertips, bankers can proactively help customers stay on top of their finances:– Alert customers to potential issues with their accounts (e.g., suspected duplicate charges, balance too low to cover upcoming expenses and payments)– Highlight opportunities to improve their financial wellbeing (e.g. excess funds in checking account that can be moved into savings or investment accounts)– Offer high value products and services personalized to each user needs (e.g., overdraft protection, short-term loan, better suited reward card)“While banks continue to invest in their digital capabilities, the branch and contact center continue to play an important role, offering customers multiple points of service,” said Bob Meara, Senior Analyst, Celent. “Enabling bankers to provide AI-powered personalized advice that is synchronized with the insights delivered directly to customers helps create a seamless experience across all channels and improve in-person customer engagement.”Marketing Technology News: Top of Mind Networks Adds BombBomb Integration to Surefire CRMIncreasing Banker Productivity at the Branch and Call CenterAs banks across the globe consolidate their physical footprint, improving the productivity of resources at the branch and call center becomes increasingly important. The Personetics solution provides multiple ways to deliver such productivity enhancements:– Optimizing the banker’s outreach to customers by prioritizing the most promising opportunities to engage based on real-time analysis of each customer’s financial situation and recent activities– Providing bankers with insights that can inform and enrich their conversations with customers – either for inbound inquiries or outbound outreach– Enabling the banker to deliver personalized offers and service based on customers’ financial activity– Showing the banker which insights have been delivered directly to customers and whether the customer viewed or responded to these insights“While many doomsday predictions have painted the advance of AI in banking as a job killer, we view AI as an enabler that can complement and enhance banker interactions,” said Danny Vatnik, Chief Technology Officer at Personetics. “By putting the power of AI in their hands, we help bankers be more effective and deliver higher value in their communication with customers.”Marketing Technology News: Yext Study: 58% Of Healthcare and Pharmaceutical Marketers Say Their Marketing Management Strategy Needs Major Improvements
Poor Data Mastery Impacting Ability to Drive Value From Data, Oracle Report Shows MTS Staff WriterJune 24, 2019, 3:24 pmJune 24, 2019 Andrew Sutherlanddata and securityData MasteryEMEAMarketing TechnologyNewsOracle Previous ArticleTTEC to Debut AI-Enabled Associate Assist Solution at Customer Contact Week (CCW) 2019Next ArticleSheerID Gives Brands Worldwide Reach to Gen Z Audience with Industry’s First Student Verification Solution Available in 191 Countries On average 42% of respondents do not have a data management strategy in placeOnly 4 in 10 are highly confident in their ability to manage, secure data and use their data responsiblyOnly 35% are highly confident they can manage data to generate meaningful insightsKey departments are still not accepting both accountability and responsibility for data managementData security protocols are often not understood, or abided byMarketing Technology News: Will Salesforce Customer 360 Arrival Push CRMs and DMPs Out of Equation in 2020?Source: Oracle Newsroom On average less than 40% of companies in Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA) are confident they can master their data – that is manage, secure and gain insight from data, and use it responsibly. Capabilities in these four areas aren’t projected to increase in the next three years, according to a new study from cloud company, Oracle, called ‘Rediscovering trust in your data and security’. This is despite respondents recognising the value of achieving excellence in these areas, with the top three benefits being cited as increased customer loyalty, revenue and brand value.“We know that being able to leverage data gives immense business benefit and a lead that others find hard to diminish,” said Andrew Sutherland, Senior Vice President, Technology and Systems, Oracle APAC and EMEA. “But these findings suggest that organisations are still being overwhelmed by the data deluge faced. Companies need to tackle the problem head on. This will come from better internal practices and putting data management strategies and enhanced security controls in place. Additionally, the prudent use of cloud and emerging technologies like AI and automation will also be key as we hit that tipping point where the data and security challenge is becoming just too big for humans alone.”Collective effort neededWhen it comes to looking at who is accountable for securing data, there seems to be confusion about who is meant to take the lead. For example, while nearly half of all finance and IT decision makers say they are accountable for securing data within their organisation, only a third of those who typically use data – marketing and HR – revealed they take accountability.Marketing Technology News: Tencent Champions “Tech for Good” in CannesMind the gapWhile 53% of EMEA leaders surveyed believe that the secure management of data is very important to reputational risk, the study shows there are many key internal behaviours that compromise trust.One-quarter say that the biggest concern around data security inside the organisation is low attention to data confidentiality, followed by weak controls on who can access data (24%), a willingness to manage data through mobile devices or social platforms (23%), and use of untrusted devices and connections (23%).Around one fifth of respondents (22%) also say that top behaviours compromising their trust in how data is managed include: blindness on how data is supposed to be used; the misuse of critical data; and disregard for applicable data regulations.Marketing Technology News: Only 6% of Small Businesses Focused on Retaining Customers, Despite Main Digital Marketing Goal of Increasing SalesDriving changeCountering these behavioural issues, those with data management strategies in place are 8% more likely to use password protected documents, 10% more likely to have access to secure on-premises databases, and 9% more likely to use data on trusted devices.When it comes to the key data and security priorities companies have for the year ahead and actions being taken to promote the responsible use of data, enforcing better controls and procedures, as well as training and workshops to mix people from different lines of business together ranked highly. Organisations are also turning to technologies companies for help across the spectrum of data mastery including accelerating the move to cloud for enhanced security performance (30%), turning to AI and machine learning to drive actionable insights from data (26%), and machine learning capabilities to self-patch and secure data (25%).
About Blue Fountain Media Tell us about your role and the team/technology you handle at Blue Fountain Media.I am Vice President and General Manager of Blue Fountain Media (BFM). I oversee all agency activities from Revenue Generation to Expense Management. BFM has a strong history of growth through our technology partnerships – as evidenced by being awarded Acquia Growth Partner of the Year in 2018. While we love Drupal on Acquia, we are also strong proponents of WP Engine, Sitecore and Adobe for CMS.On the commerce front, BigCommerce has a great product that’s growing very quickly ever since Adobe acquired Magento. Salesforce Commerce Cloud has made key purchases in both B2B and B2C commerce – making them suddenly a player, as well. We tend to make recommendations based on the entirety of our clients MarTech stack and build integrations with many different Marketing Technologies.Our parent company, Pactera, has a strong partnership with Microsoft and we have been implementing many Microsoft products both internally and for clients as a result of their special relationship.What do you see as the biggest web trends moving forward?Can I be the first to call the end of websites as a “thing people build”? It’s so much more evolved and complex than that. At BFM, we enable content to be delivered across many different devices – and Voice Technology is one area we see becoming bigger every day. For us, Voice Technology represents a paradigm shift in how consumers interact with content, as voice-enabled speakers become more deeply intertwined with day-to-day life. Being able to interact with your favorite brand using voice commands, simplifies and humanizes the user experience. It’s an area we see tremendous growth happening in.Here’s another trend. Privacy regulation comes home. Remember last year’s scramble to comply with GDPR? Well, this EU import is coming to America in January 2020 – and anyone who’s ignored the privacy laws thus far must get in compliance with California’s pending laws or the enforcement will come from much closer to home. I’m sure this will become a more active topic of conversation as that bill becomes law in 6 months or so.What are the key Advertising Analytics/Metrics that Digital Advertising and Marketing teams should be keenly following?Brands are collecting more data than ever, but gleaning valuable, actionable insights out of all this data is what remains woefully out of reach for many. Return on Advertising Spend and the ability to attribute Ad Dollars to Revenue Dollars is the most relevant metric for many advertisers who concentrate on direct response advertising.Other Advertisers are simply trying to win hearts-and-minds, and create brand recognition/affinity so that the next time someone is deciding between Pepsi and Coke, they choose that advertisers brand.We do a lot of work in the CPG space where the goal is not only to collect useful consumer data (and not run afoul of GDPR) but most importantly, it’s about having the Data Scientists and Analytical tools that will help you fuel smarter strategic decisions across your enterprise.How is Blue Fountain Media’s strategy transforming the way modern brands do their Marketing and Sales?In a marketplace defined by Digital Disruption, established brands are continually faced with “what’s next?” moments. Established enterprises must essentially re-invent themselves to be Digital First while still performing their day-to-day functions in order to compete with Digital First competition. That’s not an easy task, especially when tackled from within an organization that’s always done things in an analog environment. We offer businesses solutions, from a fresh perspective, using technology that can essentially transform an enterprises way of working.Why do brands fail to fully understand Digital Marketing Analytics? How do you train your customers to understand this Analytics better?For most brands, collecting data isn’t as much of a problem as making sense of it in the context of today’s business environment. Too often, they limit themselves to one analysis tool, typically chosen because it churns out the dashboards their bosses want to see. This can leave out a lot of valuable insights unnoticed. This is why we work with our clients on the importance of understanding and building actionable metrics for each business. The purpose of this is not just to build pretty dashboards, but to impact both brand and business by offering a clearer view into all aspects of company operations of which Digital Marketing is only one component.Where do you see AR and VR playing a part in the Website Experience?We see these technologies fast becoming powerful Marketing tools for forward-thinking brands. Why? Not only do they create more engaging online user experiences, but they also alleviate an age-old e-commerce selling conundrum: making a customer comfortable buying a product they can’t “see or touch.” AR and VR promise to knock down that barrier by bringing the brick-and-mortar retail experience to the customer.The advent of 5G mobile connectivity gives these nascent technologies a shot at going mainstream, as improved signal bandwidth will support their intensive bandwidth requirements. This is why, going forward, we recommend all brands should be considering ways to incorporate these evolving technologies as part of their comprehensive digital strategies.What are the biggest challenges in measuring the ROI of Social Media Advertising?Measuring ROI on social media campaigns has always been a challenge, even when specific measurements are incorporated in the activation itself. API’s can change rapidly. Social Media Advertising is part of a long-term Marketing strategy and has a much bigger impact when it comes to introducing customers to the brand and overall customer retention than direct sales. Coming up with engaging content is a huge challenge, but maybe more important is avoiding content that might turn a customer off – like deceptive promotions, a poor customer service experience or not responding to online communications, especially when those are public comments made on the company social media page.What is your prediction on the disruptive application of AI in B2B and B2C Marketing initiatives?AI, ML, and Personalization have been the disruptive technology for the last 10 years but they are yet to truly disrupt as they are very difficult to implement elegantly. While AI will certainly be the future, I don’t think it will be disruptive in the foreseeable future. The rollout of 5G technology will be the most disruptive technology to face Digital Marketers in the near future. It will trigger wave upon wave of Marketing Innovation that will spread far and wide, and that’s a very exciting prospect! About BrianAbout Blue Fountain MediaAbout Brian Brian Byer is a leading digital expert helping businesses navigate technology trends to create a competitive advantages and ultimately transform organizations. He has over 20 years of business and entrepreneurial experience and is currently the VP and General Manager at NYC’s leading Digital Agency, Blue Fountain Media. TechBytes with Brian Byer, Vice President, GM at Blue Fountain Media Sudipto GhoshJuly 10, 2019, 1:00 pmJuly 10, 2019 A leading NYC digital agency creating experiences that connect, marketing that performs, and branding that inspires. Explore how we can help you move from now to next. 5GAIARBlue Fountain MediaBrian ByerDigital advertisingGDPRTechBytesVR Previous ArticleCoveo Acquires Tooso to Expand Its AI-powered Digital Commerce TechnologyNext ArticleNEORIS Launched Augmented Intelligence Practice to Spur Data-driven Business Innovation
Marketers are able to collect zero- and first-party customer data to drive personalized, real-time experiences across all channels, with speed, scale, and cost efficienciesCheetah Digital, the world’s leading independent, enterprise cross-channel marketing software company, announced today it has acquired Wayin, a global leader in zero-party data collection and activation. The acquisition strengthens Cheetah Digital’s ability to help marketers collect zero- and first-party data and preference insights to drive hyper-personalized, real-time experiences and meaningful customer engagement across all channels and stages of the customer lifecycle.Marketing Technology News: Veritonic Launches First Audio Score For Marketers To Understand Relative Power Of Their Creative AssetsMarketers Turn to First- and Zero-Party DataData is the lifeblood of modern marketing, yet bad data is fueling ineffective personalization, consumer mistrust, and has helped usher in a new age of privacy. Consumers are still willing to share their data, but only if they receive unique value in return (e.g., personalized offers, content, etc.). The surge in regulations and consumer demands have left marketers wondering how to acquire new, opted-in customer data in their marketing efforts. Forrester Research says, “Consumers want control over their info, so marketers will turn to zero-party data. While regulations like Europe’s GDPR and Vermont’s data broker registration law whittle away access to third-party data, marketers will need new ways to augment their existing first-party data. All hail zero-party data.”Formed in 2016, Wayin is recognized as the industry leader in zero-party data – data that customers own and willingly provide to brands. Wayin helps non-technical marketers to quickly create interactive experiences that collect the data, insights, and permissions needed to activate personalized and permission-based marketing across all stages of the customer lifecycle. Working with many of the world’s leading brands such as Discovery Communications, NHL, Bauer Media, Vodafone, Priceline.com, Reckitt Benckiser, Air New Zealand, and Manchester City FC, Wayin-powered interactive experiences have collected more than 1.3 billion zero-party customer data records in the past two years alone.Marketing Technology News: Medallia Announces Launch of Initial Public OfferingA Customer Engagement Solution for the Modern Marketer“Marketers have never faced a tougher challenge than they do today. Consumers are demanding personalized experiences, global consumer privacy regulations mount, trust in and effectiveness of third-party sources deteriorates, and CEOs demand greater efficiency of their marketing spend. Smart marketers are turning to zero- and first-party data, to not only be compliant and build customer trust, but deliver exceptional brand experiences,” said Sameer Kazi, CEO, Cheetah Digital. “Wayin is the leader in helping marketers acquire opted-in data at scale, and now combined with our enterprise cross-channel marketing platform, Cheetah Marketing Suite, and our industry-leading loyalty platform, Cheetah Loyalty, marketers are able to put that data to work in real-time with hyper-personalized experiences across all channels. We’re excited to team up with the incredibly talented team at Wayin to help marketers create lasting customer relationships – from acquisition to loyalty.”“Privacy and personalization can only exist in the future with a first- and zero-party data strategy, rather than third-party data that is increasingly incomplete, inaccurate, and breaches consumer trust,” said Richard Jones, CEO, Wayin. “That’s why many of the world’s biggest brands are continuing to turn to Wayin for interactive experiences, audience building, and profiling that helps them identify customers, drive rich personalization, and keep data accurate, relevant, and current – because it’s coming directly from their customers. We’re thrilled to join Cheetah Digital and continue our mission to facilitate honest, mutually beneficial relationships between brands and consumers.”While Wayin ushered in a way to collect zero-party data, marketers still needed to connect another system to put the data to work in real-time, which can add complexity to the marketing stack – until now. With the acquisition of Wayin, Cheetah Digital is now enabling marketers with a comprehensive customer engagement solution to acquire customer data, unify it in a single customer view, and put it to work in real-time to deliver immersive experiences across all channels and stages of the customer lifecycle.Marketing Technology News: SeQuel Response Hires New Director of Marketing to Propel Brand Awareness Cheetah Digital Announces Acquisition of Wayin MTS Staff WriterJuly 10, 2019, 9:00 pmJuly 10, 2019 AcquisitionCheetah DigitalNewsRichard JonesSameer KaziWayin Previous ArticleDomo Releases Seventh Annual “Data Never Sleeps” InfographicNext ArticleEverything You Need to Know About WordPress and Database
Aussie Anthony Capano appointed Managing Director, International at Rakuten Marketing PRNewswireJuly 16, 2019, 12:31 pmJuly 16, 2019 Anthony Capanodigital advertising businessMarketing Technology NewsNewsRakuten Marketing Previous ArticleANSYS Welcomes Lynn Ledwith as Vice President of MarketingNext ArticleBlue Prism Collaborates with Microsoft to Deliver Free Cloud Trial on Azure Australian industry veteran, Anthony Capano has been appointed Managing Director of International at leading digital advertising business, Rakuten Marketing.Capano has an impressive history of success with the company, being promoted from his previous role as Managing Director of EMEA to now cover all territories outside of the US and Japan (including Asia-Pacific and Latin-America). Capano’s promotion follows the company’s commitment to double down on its investment in technology and services built for the global market.As the former Managing Director of APAC, Capano launched Rakuten Marketing to the Australian market in 2012 and facilitated the company’s expansion into Singapore and across the greater Asia-Pacific region in 2017.Marketing Technology News: Zeta Global and PlaceIQ Announce Strategic Partnership to Enhance the Zeta Data CloudIn early 2018, he was promoted to Managing Director of EMEA and has since spearheaded operations and successfully positioned Rakuten Marketing as a leading advertising solution across the EMEA market.Commenting on the company’s new global alignment, Rakuten Marketing CEO Nick Stamos said: “Rakuten Marketing is committed to delivering leading digital advertising solutions that drive performance for our advertiser and publisher partners, and as a business, we are constantly looking at ways in which we can align to our customers.“As more of Rakuten Marketing’s EMEA clients expand operations to the Asia-Pacific region, this appointment allows for the international operations to unify under one leader. Anthony’s understanding of the e-commerce industry in the EMEA and APAC regions, coupled with the growth he has driven for both Rakuten Marketing and our clients over his 6 years with the company were recognised as perfectly suited to naturally progress Rakuten Marketing’s international business.”Marketing Technology News: Beanstalk Digital Launches Beanstalk Predictive to Provide Robust Data Analytics Through AI-Driven InsightsAnthony Capano on his new appointment, commented: “It’s been fantastic to watch the APAC business continue to go from strength-to-strength and I’m thrilled to be back involved with the market. Further aligning the international regions works to better serve our clients who work with us across markets, and combines our teams’ expertise. I’m excited for Rakuten Marketing’s future ahead.”Having overseen considerable business growth and expansion during his tenure, JJ Eastwood exits the business after one year as Managing Director of APAC.Marketing Technology News: M-Commerce Not Living up to Consumer Expectations, New Research Finds
action camerascanoncanon camerascanon ivy rec First Published: July 4, 2019, 10:35 PM IST | Edited by: — Bizarre crowdfunded gadgets aren’t anything new — in fact, that’s a legit category of which you’ll even find listicles on the web. However, most of these “bizarre” gadgets usually come from (often overtly) ambitious startups looking to pull off a near miracle or the old fashioned lunacy. Canon, the Japanese imaging giant, fits neither bill, and take one look at the Ivy Rec and you will soon realise that neither does its latest camera.It’s not a commercial product yet, and we really doubt if it ever will be. Nevertheless, Ivy Rec is a tiny little camera that looks like it accidentally got stuck while trying to wiggle out of a keychain. Its elongated outer casing shell has a square empty area, which by the looks of can be used to clip on to a backpack or Snowy the Alpine Terrier’s collar. It apparently has a 13-megapixel sensor inside that, alongside still, can shoot 1080p videos at 60fps. The camera is waterproof for up to 30 minutes underneath three feet of water, and according to Canon’s promo material, is “great for outdoors”. While none of this provides conclusive hints of what the Ivy Rec is about, perhaps the only clue lies in how Canon’s trying to introduce it — crowdsourcing. The sort of outdoorsy action camera that Canon is going after is already ruled by GoPro, followed by the highly credible DJI. Canon, on this note, might be attempting to gauge if there is enough audience interest in ultra-compact cameras that can literally fit anywhere by introducing it on Indiegogo. Furthermore, crowdsourcing is a neat little way of generating hype and spreading the word out among the enthusiast community.Nevertheless, there is no word from Canon on when would the crowdfunding campaign go underway, and if at all Canon intends to really make one of these. The Japanese imaging behemoth does not really need to rely on crowdfunding to make a commercial release, so it’ll be interesting to see what happens if the cute little Ivy Rec fails to raise the moolah after all.
Modi started the show of strength from the campus of the Benaras Hindu University by paying respects in front of a statue of Madan Mohan Malviya at a specially constructed stage in front of the main gate of the varsity. The rally was originally to start at 3 pm, but was delayed by over two hours. Congress’ eastern UP incharge Priyanka Gandhi Vadra will not lock horns with Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Varanasi as the party announced that it would repeat Ajay Rai from the seat. Rumour mills were abuzz with the news of the Congress fielding Gandhi after she hinted that she was ready to take on PM Modi if party chief Rahul Gandhi decided.Meanwhile, the Aam Aadmi Party released its manifesto for the 2019 election, with the focus on full statehood for Delhi. Party chief Arvind Kejriwal also launched a scathing attack on the Congress, saying the AAP made several efforts for an alliance but was snubbed by the grand old party. “We had never dreamt of a ‘gathbandhan’ with Congress but today, keeping in mind the Modi-Shah challenge, we decided to have a ‘gathbandhan’ on 33 seats. We made all efforts in the past two months but had a feeling that they did not want an alliance. They put conditions but went back on them repeatedly,” he said.Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who is set for his mega roadshow in Varanasi, attacked the Opposition at a Darbhanga rally, saying those who had questioned the air strikes in Pakistan’s Balakot were now doubting the credibility of EVMs as they were sure of losing elections. Modi will also take part in the ‘Ganga aarti’ in Varanasi today, before he files his nomination on Friday. PM Modi’s event will be a show of strength as all the prominent leaders in the National Democratic Alliance will accompany him. Congress president Rahul Gandhi and Priyanka Gandhi Vadra will kick-off their election campaign in Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh respectively. While Priyanka Gandhi will hold a roadshow in Jhansi, Rahul Gandhi will campaigning in Rajasthan’s Jalore, Ajmer and Kota districts. In UP, Priyanka Gandhi will also rally in Gursarai and Jalaun.
Ananya Pandeyangad bediAtul AgnihotriBharat Premiere First Published: June 5, 2019, 11:25 AM IST Salman Khan’s much-awaited film Bharat hits the silver screens today. Like most other Salman hits, which are released on the occasion of Eid, Bharat is, too, expected to set the cash registers ringing at the box office.On Tuesday, the makers of Bharat held a grand premiere for the star cast and B-Town in Mumbai. The grand premiere saw a huge attendance from the film fraternity. While Salman Khan donned a black jeans and black T-shirt combined with a leather jacket, Katrina Kaif looked every inch royal in a black lehenga with floral prints. Another actress from the movie, Disha Patani was all smiles at the premiere as his friend and rumored boyfriend Tiger Shroff came to support her. Comedian Sunil Grover, who plays one of the key roles in the movie, was also present at the occasion.Other Bollywood celebs who were present at the hosting of Bharat’s grand premiere were Tabu, Atul Agnihotri, Karisma Kapoor, Angad Bedi, Neha Dhupia, Mahesh Manjrekar with his wife, Chunky Pandey, Bhavana Pandey, Giorgia Andriani, Palak Muchhal, Suniel Shetty, Maniesh Paul, Ramesh Taurani, Bhushan Kumar and Karanvir Bohra, who arrived early for the celebration.Salman Khan’s friend, actor Jackie Shroff was also a part of the premiere. Singer Himesh Reshamiya also made his way to the premiere with his wife. Also present at the occasion were Karan Johar, Khushi Kapoor, Janhvi Kapoor, Tara Sutaria, Punit D Malhotra, Ananya Panday, Shanaya Kapoor, Hiroo Johar, Sonali Kulkarni and Bobby Deol. Follow @News18Movies for more
New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi was unanimously elected leader of the BJP-led National Democratic Alliance on Saturday at a meeting attended by its newly elected MPs and senior leaders in Parliament’s Central Hall.Modi will now call on President Ram Nath Kovind to stake his claim to form the government, following which he will be sworn in as the next prime minister, likely next week. “Modi is elected the leader of the parliamentary party of 353 MPs unanimously,” BJP president Amit Shah announced after the election as Modi acknowledged the support and cheers from MPs.Top alliance leaders, including JD(U)’s Nitish Kumar, Shiv Sena’s Uddhav Thackeray and Akali Dal’s Parkash Singh Badal, extended their party’s support after Modi was elected as the leader of the BJP parliamentary party at first.Senior BJP leaders L K Advani and Murli Manohar Joshi were present on the dais with other alliance leaders.Shah proposed Modi’s name and former party presidents Rajnath Singh and Nitin Gadkari seconded the proposal.Modi’s election was a mere formality as the NDA had already declared him the alliance’s prime ministerial candidate.He has led the NDA to a landslide win in the general election, with the BJP winning 303 seats, its highest ever, and its allies 50. Amit ShahBJPLok Sabha elections 2019Narendra Modi First Published: May 25, 2019, 6:42 PM IST