first_imgBubbies releases four seasonal mochi ice cream flavoursPosted By: Martin Whiteon: October 09, 2018In: Food, Industries, New products, SnacksPrintEmailBubbies Homemade Ice Cream & Desserts has released a new range of limited-edition, seasonal mochi ice cream flavours for the US market.Four new flavours have been created by the brand: Pumpkin, Eggnog, Gingerbread and Peppermint Candy, all of which are naturally-flavoured and contain 100 calories or less per serving.The new flavours will be sold at selected grocery stores throughout the US with a suggested retail price of $2.00 each in self-serve mochi freezers, and $5.99-6.99 per retail box.Rick Schaffer, CEO of Bubbies Ice Cream said: “With more than 25 different flavours of mochi ice cream, our company has always strived for innovation of flavour for our customers.“Bubbies Mochi Ice Cream combines the seasonal spices people crave with our premium ice cream, so fans can enjoy these smart snack options during holidays alongside our classic flavours.”The release of the new range follows on from the opening of a new manufacturing facility in Phoenix earlier this year, and the release of the brand’s first vegan mochi ice cream range.Share with your network: Tags: BubbiesmochiUSlast_img read more

first_imgLand O’Lakes and Mars partner for dairy sustainability pitchPosted By: Matt Ferrison: May 28, 2019In: Agriculture, Dairy, Environment, Industries, Social ResponsibilityPrintEmailLand O’Lakes and Mars Wrigley have announced a new pitch event to accelerate on-farm dairy sustainability, calling for submissions of ideas, products and services to help farmers reduce on-farm greenhouse gas emissions.Entrepreneurs and companies are invited to submit their solution for review in the ‘Empower Possibilities’ event by June 24, 2019.“Across the dairy sector, entrepreneurs are developing new tools every day to help dairy farmers in all aspects of stewardship, including achieving reductions in greenhouse gas emissions,” said Pete Kappelman, senior vice president of member and government relations for Land O’Lakes.“Dairy farmers are innovative and forward-thinking, and Land O’Lakes is well-positioned to deploy on-farm solutions that can help our dairy-farmer members focus on business results, while also safeguarding natural resources. This pitch event is one more way to amplify emerging tools in our industry.”“Mars has prioritized sustainability throughout our supply chain network, including through our Sustainable in a Generation Plan. We believe the world we want tomorrow starts with how we do business today. To reach our ambitious science-based climate goals, we are working collaboratively to help reduce greenhouse gas emissions from dairy farms.” said Ashley Walton, global category director for dairy at Mars Wrigley. Participants invited to the pitch event will receive input, coaching and advice from dairy and ag tech leaders to help bring their products and services to scale on the farm.With support from Mars Wrigley, up to $200,000 in funding will support the implementation of one of the selected solutions on a Land O’Lakes member dairy farm, elevating efforts to apply the promising new product or service at greater scale.The pitch event builds on other efforts Land O’Lakes has led to help dairy farmers, such as last year’s dairy accelerator. Also in 2018, the company partnered with Tate & Lyle to advance conservation practices on Midwest farms and source sustainable corn in the USA.Share with your network: Tags: environmentLand O’LakesMarssustainabilitylast_img read more

first_img@olliemilman Share on Facebook As the crisis escalates… Americans: the next climate migrants Mon 24 Sep 2018 04.00 EDT ‘We’re moving to higher ground’: America’s era of climate mass migration is here Share on Twitter “It was horrible but fascinating to see it,” Twichell said. “It’s like we got to see the future and it wasn’t pretty. It’s like a movie where there’s a terrible volcano that is destroying everything, only it’s much slower than that.”A sense of fatalism is also starting to grip some local officials. Philip Stoddard, mayor of South Miami, has seen a colleague, spooked by sea level rise, move to California and some neighbours sell their houses before an expected slump in prices. Stoddard and his wife regularly discuss buying a fallback property, perhaps in Washington DC.“Most people will wait for the problem to be bad to take action, that’s what I worry about,” he said. “We can buy a lot of time, but in the end we lose. The sea level will go over the tops of our buildings.”Sanitation is an immediate preoccupation for Stoddard, given the large proportion of residents who aren’t served by sewage works. “If you’re using a septic tank and your toilet starts to overflow into your bathroom because of water inundation, that’s a basis-of-civilization problem,” he said. “A medieval city wasn’t a nice smelling place and they had a lot of diseases.”Those living near the coasts will face pressures of the gradual (sea level rise) as well as dramatic (storms) nature but people inland will also be harried to move by climate change.Farming techniques and technology have improved immeasurably since the Dustbowl but rising temperatures are still expected to diminish yields for crops such as maize, soybeans and wheat, prompting the departure of younger people from farming. By 2050, Texas county, the largest wheat-producing county in Oklahoma, could spend an extra 40 days a year above 90F (32C) compared with now. Facebook Twitter Americans: the next climate migrants Share on Facebook Twitter Smaller towns are giving relocation a go, however. In 2016, the community of Isle de Jean Charles in Louisiana was the first place to be given federal money to replant itself. The population, situated on an island being eaten away by the sea, is looking to move to a former sugar cane farm 30 miles inland.“We are called climate refugees but I hate that term,” said Chantal Comardelle, who grew up in the Isle de Jean Charles community.“We will be the first ones to face this in the modern US but we won’t be the last. It’s important for us to get it right so other communities know that they can do it, too.”About a dozen coastal towns in Alaska are also looking to relocate, as diminishing sea ice exposes them to storms and rising temperatures thaw the very ground beneath them. One, Newtok, has identified a new site and has some federal funding to begin uprooting itself.A buyout of damaged and at-risk homes has already occurred in New York City’s Staten Island in the wake of Hurricane Sandy, while certain flood-prone houses in Houston, pummeled by Hurricane Harvey last year, are also being purchased and razed.But the cost of doing this for all at-risk Americans would be eye-watering. Estimates range from $200,000 to $1m per person to undertake a relocation. If 13 million people do have to move, it seems fantastical to imagine $13tn, or even a significant fraction of this amount, being spent by governments to ease the way.“As a country we aren’t set up to deal with slow-moving disasters like this, so people around the country are on their own,” said Joel Clement, a former Department of the Interior official who worked on the relocation of Alaskan towns.“In the Arctic I’m concerned we’ve left it too late. Younger people have left because they know the places are doomed. These towns won’t be relocated within five years and I’m sure there will be a catastrophic storm up there. My hope is no lives will be lost.”Ultimately, the US will have to choose what it wants to defend and hope its ingenuity outstrips the environmental changes ranged against it. Not everyone will be able to shelter behind fortifications like the ‘big U’ planned to defend lower Manhattan. Wrenching decisions will have to be made as to what and where will be sacrificed.“We won’t see whole areas abandoned but neighborhoods will get sparse and wild looking, the tax base will start to crumble,” said Stoddard, mayor of South Miami. “We don’t have the laws to deal with that sort of piecemeal retreat. It’s magical thinking to think someone else will buy out your property.“We need a plan as to what will be defended because at the moment the approach is that some kid in a garage will come with a solution. There isn’t going to be a mop and bucket big enough for this problem.” Oliver Milman Illustration: R Fresson/The Guardian features Pinterest Children on Isle De Jean Charles, Louisiana, where only 20 families are left. Photograph: Amir Levy/AFP/Getty Images “That insidious climate migration is the one we should worry about. The big disasters such as hurricanes will be obvious. It’s the pressures we don’t know or understand that will reshape population in the 21st century.”Prodded to name refuges in the US, researchers will point to Washington and Oregon in the Pacific north-west, where temperatures will remain bearable and disasters unlikely to strike. Areas close to the Great Lakes and in New England are also expected to prove increasingly attractive to those looking to move.By 2065, southern states are expected to lose 8% of their US population share, while the north-east will increase by 9%. A recent study forecast that the population in the western half of the US will increase by more than 10% over the next 50 years due to climate migration, largely from the south and midwest.But these population shifts are uncertain and are bound by a tangle of other factors and caveats. People will still largely follow paths guided by nearby family or suitable jobs. Even those who do want to move may find favoured locations too expensive.Some will just grimly hang on. “With property rights as strong as they are in the US, some people may choose to go down with the ship,” said Harvard’s Keenan. “The question is whether they have the means and the options to do anything else.”“People can usually cope with being a little less comfortable, but if you see repeated storms or severe damage to crops, that will trigger change,” said Solomon Hsiang, who researches how climate change will affect society at the University of California.“There will be pressure to move a little north. It won’t be everyone, though, it won’t be like the great migration of wildebeest in Africa. Whole cities picking up and moving would be hugely expensive.” A firefighter carries a woman from her car after it was caught in street flooding in Sun Valley, California. Photograph: David McNew/Getty Images Climate change The era of climate migration is, virtually unheralded, already upon America.The population shift gathering pace is so sprawling that it may rival anything in US history. “Including all climate impacts it isn’t too far-fetched to imagine something twice as large as the Dustbowl,” said Jesse Keenan, a climate adaptation expert at Harvard University, referencing the 1930s upheaval in which 2.5 million people moved from the dusty, drought-ridden plains to California.This enormous migration will probably take place over a longer period than the Dustbowl but its implications are both profound and opaque. It will plunge the US into an utterly alien reality. “It is very difficult to model human behaviour under such extreme and historically unprecedented circumstances,” Keenan admits.The closest analogue could be the Great Migration – a period spanning a large chunk of the 20th century when about 6 million black people departed the Jim Crow south for cities in the north, midwest and west.By the end of this century, sea level rise alone could displace 13 million people, according to one study, including 6 million in Florida. States including Louisiana, California, New York and New Jersey will also have to grapple with hordes of residents seeking dry ground.“There’s not a state unaffected by this,” said demographer Mat Hauer, lead author of the research, which is predicated on a severe 6ft sea level increase. There are established migration preferences for some places – south Florida to Georgia, New York to Colorado – but in many cases people would uproot to the closest inland city, if they have the means.“The Great Migration was out of the south into the industrialized north, whereas this is from every coastal place in the US to every other place in the US,” said Hauer. “Not everyone can afford to move, so we could end up with trapped populations that would be in a downward spiral. I have a hard time imagining what that future would be like.” Last modified on Sun 7 Oct 2018 17.40 EDT Pinterest Share via Email … in our natural world, we refuse to turn away from the climate catastrophe and species extinction. For The Guardian, reporting on the environment is a priority. We give reporting on climate, nature and pollution the prominence it deserves, stories which often go unreported by others in the media. At this pivotal time for our species and our planet, we are determined to inform readers about threats, consequences and solutions based on scientific facts, not political prejudice or business interests.More people are reading and supporting The Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we have chosen an approach that allows us to keep our journalism accessible to all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford. But we need your ongoing support to keep working as we do.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.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism, to maintain our openness and to protect our precious independence. Every reader contribution, big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Share via Email Facebook ‘We’re moving to higher ground’: America’s era of climate mass migration is here Twitter Pinterest Support The Guardian Topics Share on LinkedIn Share on WhatsApp Environment Environment By the end of this century, sea level rises alone could displace 13m people. Many states will have to grapple with hordes of residents seeking dry ground. But, as one expert says, ‘No state is unaffected by this’ Within just a few decades, hundreds of thousands of homes on US coasts will be chronically flooded. By the end of the century, 6ft of sea level rise would redraw the coastline with familiar parts – such as southern Florida, chunks of North Carolina and Virginia, much of Boston, all but a sliver of New Orleans – missing. Warming temperatures will fuel monstrous hurricanes – like the devastating triumvirate of Irma, Maria and Harvey in 2017, followed by Florence this year – that will scatter survivors in jarring, uncertain ways.The projections are starting to materialize in parts of the US, forming the contours of the climate migration to come.“I don’t see the slightest evidence that anyone is seriously thinking about what to do with the future climate refugee stream,” said Orrin Pilkey, professor emeritus of coastal geology at Duke University. “It boggles the mind to see crowds of climate refugees arriving in town and looking for work and food.”Pilkey’s new book – Sea Level Rise Along Americas Shores: The Slow Tsunami – envisions apocalyptic scenes where millions of people, largely from south Florida, will become “a stream of refugees moving to higher ground”.“They will not be the bedraggled families carrying their few possessions on their backs as we have seen in countless photos of people fleeing wars and ethnic cleansing, most recently in Myanmar and Syria,” Pilkey states in his book. “Instead, they will be well-off Americans driving to a new life in their cars, with moving trucks behind, carrying a lifetime of memories and possessions.”Dejected with frigid New York winters, Chase Twichell and her husband purchased a four-bedroom apartment in Miami Beach in 2011, with the plan of spending at least a decade basking in the sunshine. At first, keeping a pair of flip-flops on hand to deal with the flooded streets seemed an acceptable quirk, until the magnitude of the encroaching seas became apparent when the city spent $400m to elevate streets near Twichell’s abode.Twichell began to notice water pumps were spewing plastic bags, condoms and chip packets into the bay. Friends’ balconies started getting submerged. Twichell, a poet, found apocalyptic themes creeping into her work. Last year, she sold the apartment to a French businessman and moved back to upstate New York.“It was like end of the world stuff,” she said. “It was crazy for us to have such a big investment in such a dangerous situation.” Her neighbours initially scolded her but now several are also selling up, fretting that the real estate and insurance markets for properties like theirs will seize up. A study published last year found that the economies of the southern states, along with parts of the west, will suffer disproportionately as temperatures rise. In what researchers called potentially one of the largest transfers of wealth in US history, the poorest third of counties are expected to lose up to 20% of their income unless greenhouse gas emissions are severely curtailed. Wealth, and potentially people, are expected to shift north and west.Meanwhile, cities already struggling with heat will see wealthy residents head for cooler climes. Last year, 155 people died in Phoenix due to a particularly fierce summer. Increasing heat will start testing the durability of the populace, even those shielded by air conditioning. In the western states, wildfires are getting larger, razing homes in ever more spectacular ways and choking thousands of people with carcinogenic smoke.Further to the south, at the border, there are suggestions that people from Central America are being nudged towards the US because of drought and hurricanes in their homelands, part of a trend that will see as many as 300 million climate refugees worldwide by 2050.“People will get very grumpy and upset with very hot temperatures,” said Amir Jina, an environmental economist at the University of Chicago who co-authored the research on economic losses. “Even if you have air conditioning, some areas start to look less habitable. By the middle of the century parts of the south-west and south-east won’t look attractive to live in. Share on Messenger Share on Twitter Facebook Shares5,7235723 Share on Pinterest After her house flooded for the third year in a row, Elizabeth Boineau was ready to flee. She packed her possessions into dozens of boxes, tried not to think of the mold and mildew-covered furniture and retreated to a second-floor condo that should be beyond the reach of pounding rains and swelling seas.Boineau is leaving behind a handsome, early 20th-century house in Charleston, South Carolina, the shutters painted in the city’s eponymous shade of deep green. Last year, after Hurricane Irma introduced 8in of water into a home Boineau was still patching up from the last flood, local authorities agreed this historic slice of Charleston could be torn down.“I was sloshing through the water with my puppy dog, debris was everywhere,” she said. “I feel completely sunken. It would cost me around $500,000 to raise the house, demolish the first floor. I’m going to rent a place instead, on higher ground.”Millions of Americans will confront similarly hard choices as climate change conjures up brutal storms, flooding rains, receding coastlines and punishing heat. Many are already opting to shift to less perilous areas of the same city, or to havens in other states. Whole towns from Alaska to Louisiana are looking to relocate, in their entirety, to safer ground. A firefighter monitors a backfire near Clearlake, California. The Rocky Fire burned over 60,000 acres and forced the evacuation of 12,000 residents. Photograph: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images Reuse this contentlast_img read more

first_imgShare on Pinterest ‘I don’t do cover-ups’: Trump lashes out over Pelosi accusation – video Nancy Pelosi says White House is ‘crying out for impeachment’ The Democratic speaker of the House, Nancy Pelosi, said the White House was “crying out for impeachment” and called on Thursday for Donald Trump’s family to intervene in the president’s wellbeing “for the good of the country” after an extraordinary 24 hours in Washington.The dramatic statements came one day after Trump stormed out of a meeting in the Oval Office with Pelosi and the Democratic Senate minority leader, Chuck Schumer, about infrastructure legislation, after three minutes, and then held a hastily called press conference to say he wouldn’t work with Democrats until they stop investigating him.At her own press conference on Thursday morning, Pelosi, speaker of the House of Representatives in Congress, suggested of the president: “Maybe he wants to take a leave of absence.” Nancy Pelosi Share on Twitter Thu 23 May 2019 14.22 EDT Donald Trump US politics Share via Email Play Video 1:15 Reuse this content Share on Facebook Sign up for the US morning briefing @Joannawalters13 This article is more than 1 month old The charge stemmed from Trump repeatedly attempting to block congressional committees from investigating him further, following Mueller’s inquiry into Russia’s election meddling in the US, allegations of improper contacts between the Trump election campaign and Moscow, and potential obstruction of justice by the president.Trump then stalked out of the Wednesday meeting in the Oval Office, straight into the adjacent Rose Garden where, from a podium adorned with signs saying “No collusion, no obstruction” the president slammed his opposition and refused to work with them further in the current circumstances.“I don’t do cover-ups,” he said.Then on Thursday morning, before Pelosi’s press conference, the White House spokeswoman, Sarah Sanders, said “it’s insane” to think infrastructure talks could continue after Pelosi had accused Trump of a cover-up.Sanders later added that: “It’s real simple, you can’t go down two tracks,” referring to working on bipartisan legislation at the same time as the Democrats are pushing for deeper investigations into Trump’s actions, while leveling powerful accusations.Schumer said on the MSNBC TV channel that Trump is “an erratic, helter-skelter, get-nothing-done” leader.Robert Mueller’s report resulting from his almost-two year investigation was made public, with certain sensitive parts redacted, in April.While Trump claimed “total exoneration”, the special counsel found 10 episodes in which Trump’s own actions may have amounted to obstruction of justice, detailing several instances in which the president’s demands to interfere with the investigation were blocked by his aides. And in a separate instance, it was found there were additional efforts by the Trump campaign before the election to obscure its contacts with Russian figures.The report separately examined the repeated contacts between the Trump campaign and individuals with ties to the Russian government. While Mueller did not find evidence of a criminal conspiracy, investigators made clear the Trump campaign was “receptive” to offers of assistance from the Russians.Democrats are requesting and in some cases issuing subpoenas for documents, and demanding witnesses, including Mueller, testify on Capitol Hill.Mueller is said to be resisting a public hearing, while the attorney general, William Barr, and former White House counsel Don McGahn have failed to turn up for scheduled hearings in front of the House judiciary committee in recent weeks. Read more She said she was not pushing for impeachment despite describing the president’s actions – in relation to Russian interference in the 2016 election and attempts at obstruction of justice, as detailed in the recent report by special counsel Robert Mueller – as impeachable.The Trump administration, led by the White House, had aggressively resisted demands – including subpoenas – from leading congressional Democrats for the government to hand over the full, unredacted Mueller report and for related witnesses to testify on Capitol Hill.“I think impeachment is a very divisive place for us to go in the country,” Pelosi said.However, she repeatedly expressed concern for the president’s wellbeing, which she said reflected a broader concern about the wellbeing of the United States itself. Asked if she was concerned about Trump, she said: “I am.”And she added: “I pray for the president of the United States. I wish that his family or his administration or staff would have an intervention for the good of the country.”The 25th amendment allows the president to be replaced if the vice-president and a majority of his cabinet decide he is incapable of discharging his duties.Before her weekly press conference, Pelosi told colleagues at a meeting on Thursday morning in Washington that Trump’s actions were “villainous”, according to NBC News.The situation blew up the day before when, shortly before Pelosi and Schumer were due to meet with Trump at the White House for negotiations on legislation to fund new infrastructure, Pelosi accused the president of a “cover-up”. 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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. 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first_imgOne of the most popular questions we receive at INDATA is “How do I get to the loan library?”  While the library is physically located at Easter Seals Crossroads, the information is stored on the online database.To access the loan library:1.  Visit by typing the address in the address bar of your browser.2.  On the left side of the screen under the title “Do you need equipment?” is a link that says AT Equipment Loan Library. Click on that link.3.  The page that loads has an image of assistive technology as well as information regarding how the library works.  Under the image is a link that says “Click here for our new online equipment loan system.”  Click on that link.4.  You will be redirected to the loan library web page!  Here’s an image of what you should see:Loan Library Home PageOkay, so you’ve made it to the loan library. What now?First things first, if you plan on using the loan library services, you need to create a log-in so that the database can remember your information.  Click on “Request a New Account” which is located on the left side of the home page.  You will be directed to a page that asks you for information such as name, address and phone number.  INDATA needs this information to make sure that you are a resident of Indiana and so that we know who and where to get the equipment to!  After you fill out all of the required fields and agree to the terms of service at the bottom of the page, click on “Create Account.”  You will soon receive an email that confirms your new account.  Once that has happened, go back to the Loan Library site and log-in.Now you can search for assistive technology devices that the INDATA library loans to people in Indiana.There are two ways to search for items in the database.  If you know the name of the device you are looking for, you can enter it in the “Item Search” field and you will be prompted with a page similar to the image below, which will show all items that are available or match the description you searched for.  If you don’t know what you are looking for but would like to browse devices in a particular category, you can go to the drop-down bar titled “All Categories” and search there.Let’s say you’re looking for a particular device.  Type the name of the device into the “Item Search” bar and click on “Search.”   If the library contains the device you are looking for, then you will see a list of items on the screen. For an example, I searched for “Vanguard Vantage.”  Here is an image of what came up on the screen:Image of Search for Vaguard Vantage on Loan Library SiteHere you can see the results page which shows that the loan library does have the Vanguard Vantage.  You can read a description of the device and see a picture of it as well.  On the page you will also notice that the item has been requested by an individual because it says “pending approval.”  You can still request the device for loan.If you click on the name of the device in the results page, you will see the information that pertains to that device.  Here is what happens when I click on “Vanguard Vantage:”Vanguard Vantage Info in Loan LibraryI can read all of the information about the device and even access the manufacturer’s Web site.  It tells me that the item is currently out on loan.  However, we can still request the item.  If you are logged-in to the site, you will have an option at the bottom of the page that says “request loan.” You will be asked to identify why you are requesting the loan.  Once it is requested, you will receive an email confirmation.If the device is available, Carol Girt or Steve Carter, our loan librarians, will then get in contact with you through the information you provided in your library account and discuss ways to get the device to you.  If the device is out on loan, you will be contacted when you can obtain the device.If you have other questions on this process, please email Carol at or call 888-466-1314.Share this…TwitterFacebookPinterestLinkedInEmailPrint RelatedMeet our new additions!October 6, 2011In “Easter Seals Crossroads”The loan library list keeps growing!!December 20, 2011In “Easter Seals Crossroads”What is Assistive Technology?September 30, 2009In “Testimonials”last_img read more

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first_imgGartner Says Marketers for US Spirits Brands Must Tap Into Search to Gain Competitive Advantage Business WireJuly 2, 2019, 6:51 pmJuly 2, 2019 Report Ranks Digital Performance of 69 Spirits Brands; 44% Percent Rank Average or Below Spirits brands continue to underinvest in search despite the crucial role it plays for consumers researching and buying products, contributing to overall poor performance in digital marketing for most brands, according to Gartner, Inc.Gartner research ranks 69 US #spirits brands, 44% rank average or below. Check out the full report for the full ranking. #GartnerMKTG #marketing #digitalThe inaugural Gartner L2 Digital IQ Index: Spirits US 2019 ranks the digital performance of 69 spirits brands operating in the US market. These brands were measured across more than 1,200 data points against four critical components, including digital marketing, desktop and mobile sites, e-tailers and social media. From these calculations, two brands were classified as Genius (Johnnie Walker and Hennessy), 22 as Gifted, 13 as Average, 21 as Challenged and 11 as Feeble.“The spirits industry is facing its third year of slow consumption, so tapping into online alcohol retailers is an important opportunity for brands to find growth in this sector,” said Brian Lee, senior principal at Gartner for Marketers. “As consumers between 21 and 35 continue to drink less and spend more time online, spirits brands need to find a way to lean into their target audience’s buying behaviors.”Marketing Technology News: Chris Torres Writes First Ever Marketing Advice Book for the Tours and Activities IndustryOnline sales for spirits increased 61% between 1Q18 and 1Q19, according to Gartner. However, digital investment remains nascent for U.S. spirits brands, with most indexed brands spending, on average, almost 20 times more on TV advertising than online display.Early movers are aggressively investing in online channels to capture as much visibility as possible before the space becomes more crowded. Gartner research identified four key findings for marketers for U.S. spirits brands to keep in mind as they look for new ways to drive growth:Marketing Technology News: Taptica International Rebrand Reflects Video Advertising LeadershipFirst-Mover Advantage: There is tremendous white space in paid search for U.S. spirits brands, as they can achieve substantial visibility by increasing investments in Google text ads, developing site content based on search trends and partnering with publications. Gartner research shows that search is responsible for the largest proportion of site traffic for the spirits sector. As activity moves from organic to paid, U.S. spirits brands must consider search’s potential for driving brand awareness.Partner Up: Another area that leading brands are taking advantage of is partnerships with online retailers and publications, as it is becoming the fastest way to reach consumers and tap into established audiences. Handing off from brand sites to online retailers is now table stakes, as leading brands are now taking additional steps to maximize visibility and reach through e-tailer platforms.Tailor Content to Platforms: U.S. spirits brands fall short in creating platform-specific social media strategies that resonate with consumers, and replicating content across channels is no longer effective. Instead, leading brands are finding reach and engagement by tailoring content and influencer strategies, such as cocktail and event content on Instagram and educational content on YouTube.Streamline Site Experience: Consumers look to U.S. spirits brand sites for educational content, product expertise, recipes and information regarding production facility visits. To best suit consumers, leading brands’ sites support three main objectives: Be the best source of product information, attract traffic through search-optimized content, and facilitate retailer handoff.Additional details on the digital performance of spirits brands in the U.S. is available to Gartner for Marketers clients in the report Gartner L2 Digital IQ Index: Spirits U.S. 2019.Marketing Technology News: SEMI Teams with Cornell University to Accelerate Technology Development Using Machine Learning and AI digital marketingGain Competitive AdvantageGartnerMarketing TechnologyNewsSpirits brands Previous ArticleQBE North America Appoints Risa Ryan SVP to Help Drive Analytics EcosystemNext ArticleHG Insights’ Elizabeth Cholawsky Wins Comparably’s 2019 Best CEO for Women Awardlast_img read more

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Terms of use. ‘Doctor Strange 2’ May Have A Different Version Of Nick Fury You Might Also LikePowered By ZergNet According to a new report, iPhone loyalty is dropping rapidly as consumers trade in their Apple products and move to other devices. The news is a further potential blow to Apple as the smartphone market slumps and its devices continue to underperform.A new report from BankMyCell claims that after tracking about 38,000 users since October 2018, iPhone retention has fallen by 15.2 percent compared with March 2018. 26 percent of BankMyCell users reported planning to move to another brand, while just 7.7 percent of Samsung Galaxy S9 buyers planning to move to an iPhone.According to Kantar Research, iPhone devices accounted for 36 percent of US phone sales in Q2 2019, down 2.4 percent from the same quarter last year. Globally, Gartner has stated that smartphone sales are expected to decline by 68 million this year, down 3.8 percent.A few things are made collectively clear by this data, and not all of them concern just Apple. First, you can expect an absolute blizzard of advertising around 5G in upcoming years, and it’s probably not going to be honest. AT&T set the tone early, with its lies about 5G E, but it probably won’t be the last company to fudge its marketing one way or another. Expect manufacturers to fight and fight hard to get you in the door, even though first-generation 5G cell phones are so bad, high outside temperatures can literally make them stop working in that mode. And by “high,” I mean “85F,” which isn’t really all that high in the downtowns and city centers where 5G service is rolling out.5G’s Mortal Enemy: The SunNo, it’s not an actual subhead for this article. It’s just how I feel like that point needs to be made.Anyway, the mystery here isn’t why Apple customers are abandoning Apple, so much as why they’d be running to Samsung instead. Both companies have enthusiastically leaped on to the bandwagon of selling customers smaller upgrades with fewer features at higher prices in recent years. The only Apple devices I’d recommend to anyone would be the small iPhone 7 or iPhone 8, but the reason I’d recommend them personally is because of their size, not any other feature. I have absolutely no interest in large devices, which means I have no interest in Apple products any longer. Unfortunately, since Android is responsible for the current trend in giant devices, it means I also have no viable Android alternatives.I genuinely expect that the iPhone SE I currently own will be my last smartphone. I will not carry a giant, smash-prone device. Given that I have broken the screen on every iPhone I’ve owned save one, I have no intention of upgrading to a larger piece of hardware with more expensive components that I am statistically even more likely to damage.But even if you aren’t like me — even if you love large devices — it’s hard to see what the current crop of products offers that’s new, useful, or even desirable when prices continue to skyrocket. Top-end smartphones are now more expensive than some very well-made laptops. For some people, it may even make sense to invest more in a top-end smartphone and skip the laptop altogether, but we’ve gone from the era in which you could treat these devices as existing side-by-side to one in which buying one type of product might be so expensive as to preclude you buying the other.Companies won’t be able to fix this problem because companies aren’t very good at being creative. What Samsung and Apple did during the original smartphone revolution was realize that new interface paradigms were possible, then push those interfaces and capabilities during a narrow window when hardware was improving rapidly, allowing for quick evolution. But the entire reason that new categories of devices like wearables haven’t taken off the same way is because manufacturers haven’t been able to capture lightning in a bottle twice.Thus far, the smartphone manufacturers in the United States have decided to double down by raising prices sharply and hoping people are still willing to pay them. Whether this has made the short-term pain worse is unclear. At the very least, it’s drawn a clear line between what these companies think they are entitled to — even more money, despite offering fewer meaningful improvements — and what consumers seem inclined to do (namely, refusing to award weaker products with more cash).I have no particular idea why anyone would move to Samsung over Apple, because honestly, most of these trends apply to Samsung just as much, but it’s possible that the talk about how Apple is failing to live up to its own product heritage or the negative rumors about this years’ iPhone are pushing people away. Either way, if the long-term PC decline is anything to judge by, this situation is going to get worse before it gets better.Now Read:Police Can Unlock Any iPhone With Cellebrite’s New ToolVerizon’s Galaxy S10 5G Price Blows Straight Through the $1K BarrierApple Cuts MacBook Air Prices, Updates MBP, and Kills off the MacBook last_img read more

first_img Feige May’ve Teased Clea For ‘The Multiverse of Madness’ The Possibility Of An ‘Iron Man 4’ Finally Addressed Wesley Snipes Fans Have Something to Say About ‘Blade’ Reboot Facebook Twitter Linkedin Pinterest Google Plus Reddit Hacker News Flipboard Email Copy 0shares This site may earn affiliate commissions from the links on this page. Terms of use. Lilly From ‘Princess Diaries’ Is 36 Now and Gorgeous Wesley Snipes Breaks Silence On Marvel’s Huge ‘Blade’ Decision By Adam Dachis on July 19, 2019 at 11:02 am How Deepfakes and Other Reality-Distorting AI Can Actually Help Us 16 Comments You Might Also LikePowered By ZergNet ‘Endgame’ Directors Apologize To Tom Holland We’re not far from the day when artificial intelligence will provide us with a paintbrush for reality. As the foundations we’ve relied upon lose their integrity, many people find themselves afraid of what’s to come. But we’ve always lived in a world where our senses misrepresent reality. New technologies will help us get closer to the truth by showing us where we can’t find it.From a historical viewpoint, we’ve never successfully stopped the progression of any technology and owe the level of safety and security we enjoy to that ongoing progression. While normal accidents do occur and the downsides of progress likely won’t ever cease to exist, we make the problem worse when trying to fight the inevitable. Besides, reality has never been as clear and accurate as we want to believe. We fight against new technology because we believe it creates uncertainty when, more accurately, it only shines a light on the uncertainty that’s always existed and we’ve preferred to ignore.We Already Accept False Realities Every DayThe dissolution of our reality—a fear brought on by artificial intelligence—is a mirage.  For a good while, we’ve put our trust in what we see and hear throughout our lives, whether in the media or from people we know. But neither constitutes reality because reality has never been absolute.  Our reality is a relative construct.  It’s what we agree upon together based on the information we gain from our experience.  By observing and sharing our observations we can attempt to construct a picture of an objective reality.  Naturally, that goal becomes much harder to achieve when people lie or utilize technology that makes convincing lies more possible. It seems to threaten the very stability of reality as we know it.But our idea of reality is flawed.  It’s comprised of human observation and conjecture.  It’s limited by how our bodies sense the world around us and how our brains process that acquired information.  Although we may capture a lot, we can only sense a sliver of the electromagnetic spectrum and even that constitutes too much for our brains to process at once.  Like the healing brush in Photoshop, our brains fill in the gaps in our vision with its best guess at what belongs.  You can test your blind spots to get a better idea of how this works or just watch it in action by looking at an optical illusion like this:Image credit: BrainDen | Scroll or turn your head if you don’t see motionThis, among other cognitive processes, produces subject versions of reality. You already cannot experience every aspect of a moment, and you certainly won’t remember every detail. But on top of that, you don’t even see everything you see.  Your brain constructs the missing parts, hides visual information (especially when we’re moving), makes you hear the wrong sounds, and can mistake rubber limbs for your own. When you have a limited view of any given moment and the information you obtain isn’t fully accurate, to begin with, you’re left with a subjective version of reality than you’re able to gauge. Trusting collective human observations led us to believe geese grew on trees for about 700 years. Human observations, conclusions, and beliefs are not objective reality. Even in the best of circumstances we will, at times, get things extraordinarily wrong.Everything you know and understand passes through your brain and your brain doesn’t offer an accurate picture of reality.  To make matters worse, our memories often fail us in numerous ways.  The way we see the world is neither true or remotely complete. So, for a long time, we have relied on other people to help us understand what’s true.  That can work just fine in many situations, but sometimes people will lie or have vastly different versions of the same situation due to past experiences.  Either way, problems occur when subjective observations clash and people cannot agree upon what really happened.  Technology has helped us improve upon that problem—technology we widely feared during its initial introduction.We Either Trust or Distrust Technology Too MuchThroughout time we’ve created tools to help us survive as a species.  By developing new tools we’ve been able to spread information more easily and create a sense of trust. Video and audio recordings allowed us to bypass the brain’s processes and record an un-augmented record of an event—at least, from a singular point of view.  A video camera still fails to capture the full reality of a given moment.Security footage can look bad or even creepy but that doesn’t always indicate a real problem. | Image credit: Horror Freak NewsFor example, imagine someone pulls out a knife in a fight and fakes a swipe to try and frighten their attacker without any intention of doing actual harm. Video surveillance paints a different picture without this context. To an officer of the law, the security footage will show assault with a deadly weapon. With no other evidence to provide context, the officer has to err on the side of caution and make an arrest.Whether or not such assumptions lead to less crime or more questionable arrests doesn’t change the fact that an objective recording of reality misses information. We trust recordings as truth when they only offer a part of the truth. When we trust video, audio, or anything that cannot tell the full story, we put our faith in a medium that lies by omission by design—just like any observer of reality.Faults exist in technology but that doesn’t offer cause to discard it. Overall, we’ve benefited from advancements that allowed objective recordings of the world around us. Not all recordings require additional context. A video of a cute puppy might not be cute to everyone, but—for the most part—people will agree they’re seeing a puppy. Meanwhile, we used to call the sky green and can’t agree on the color of a dress in a bad photograph. As technology progresses and becomes accessible to more and more people, we all begin to learn when and how it can paint reality with a less accurate brush than we liked to believe.This realization causes fear because our system of understanding the world starts to break down. We can’t rely on the tools we once could to understand our world. We have to question the reliability of the things we seen recorded and that goes against much of what we’ve learned, experienced, and integrated into our identities. When new technologies emerge that further erode our ability to trust what’s familiar they incite this fear which we tend to attribute to the technology rather than ourselves. Phone calls are a normal part of life but they were, initially, seen as an instrument of the devil.Today, AI enjoys similar problems. Deepfakes stirred a panic when people began to see how easily a machine could swap faces in videos with startling accuracy—with numerous quality video and photos that met specific requirements. While these deepfakes rarely fooled anyone, we all got a glimpse of the near future where artificial intelligence would progress to a point where we’d fail to know the difference. That day came last month Stanford University, Princeton University, the Max Planck Institute for Informatics, and Adobe released a paper that demonstrated an incredibly simple method of editing recorded video to change spoken dialogue both visually and aurally that fooled the majority of people who saw the results. Take a look:Visit the paper’s abstract and you’ll find most of the text dedicated to ethical considerations—a common practice nowadays. AI researchers can’t do their jobs well without considering the eventual applications of their work. That includes discussing malicious use cases so people can understand how to use it for good purposes and allow them to also prepare for the problems expected to arise as well.Ethics statements can feed public panic because they indirectly act as a sort of a vague science fiction in which our fearful imaginations must fill in the blanks. When experts present the problem it’s easy to think of only the worst-case scenarios. Even when you consider the benefits, faster video editing and error correction seem like a small advantage when the negatives include fake news people will struggle to identify.We Only Lose When We Resist ProgressNevertheless, this technology will emerge regardless of any efforts to stop it. Our own history repeatedly demonstrates that any efforts to stop the progression of science will, at most, result in a brief delay. We should not want to stop people who understand and care about the ethics of what they create because that leaves others to create the same technology in the shadows. What we can’t see might seem less frightening for a while, but we have no way of preparing, understanding, or guiding these efforts when they’re invisible.While technologies like the aforementioned text-based video editor will inevitably lead both to malicious uses and more capable AI in the future, we already fall victim to similar manipulations on a daily basis. Doctored photos are nothing new and manipulative editing showcases how context can determine meaning—a technique taught in film school. AI adds another tool to the box and increases mistrust in a medium that has always been easily manipulated. This is unpleasant to experience, but ultimately a good thing.Image credit: Will SigmonWe put too much trust in our senses and the recordings we view. Reminders of this help prevent us from doing that. When Apple adds attention correction to video chats and Google actually makes a voice assistant that can make phone calls for you we will need to remember that what we see and hear may not accurately represent reality. Life doesn’t require accuracy to progress and thrive. Pretending we can observe objective reality does more harm than accepting we can’t. We don’t know everything, our purpose remains a mystery to science, and we will always make mistakes.  Our problem is not with artificial intelligence, but rather that we believe we know the full story when we only know a few details.As we enter this new era we should not fight against the inevitable technology that continues to shine a spotlight on our misplaced trust. AI continues to demonstrate the fragility of the ways we conceive of reality as a species at a very rapid pace. That kind of change hurts. We lose our footing upon realizing we had only imagined the stable ground we’ve walked upon our entire lives. We seek a new place of stability as we tumble through uncertainty because we see the solution as the problem. We may not be ready for this change, but if we fight the inevitable we will never be.Artificial intelligence will continue to erode the false comforts we enjoy, and that can be frightening, but that fear is also an opportunity. It provides us with a choice: to oppose something that scares us or attempt to understand it and use it for the benefit of humanity.Now read:Soon, Alexa Will Know When You’re About to DieNew Research Warns of ‘Normal Accident’ From AI in Modern WarfareGoogle Duplex AI Still Needs a Lot of Help From HumansTop image credit: Getty Images Tagged In scienceartificial intelligenceaineurosciencepsychologydeepfakeshuman brain Post a Comment 16 Comments Anna Kendrick’s Transformation is Turning Heads Willow Smith’s Transformation is Turning Headslast_img read more