Lego Replaces LongTime CEO With Companys First Foreign Boss

first_imgCEOs 2 min read Lego Replaces Long-Time CEO With Company’s First Foreign Boss Add to Queue –shares Free Webinar | July 31: Secrets to Running a Successful Family Business Image credit: Fabian Bimmer | Reuters Next Article Learn how to successfully navigate family business dynamics and build businesses that excel. This story originally appeared on Reuters Briton Bali Padda, currently chief operations officer, will replace Jorgen Vig Knudstorp, who was the first chief executive from outside the Kristiansen clan, Denmark’s richest family. Danish toymaker Lego is to appoint its first foreign CEO and give its family owners a bigger role in developing the Lego brand under an organizational shake-up that will see incumbent Jorgen Vig Knudstorp step down by the end of the year.Briton Bali Padda, currently chief operations officer, will replace Knudstorp, who was the first chief executive from outside the Kristiansen clan, Denmark’s richest family. He has led the company through a turnaround since his appointment in 2004, a year after the company flirted with bankruptcy.Knudstorp will head up the company’s new Lego Brand Group, while the owner family will become active in brand-related activities, including the group’s stake in Merlin Entertainments, operator of the Legoland theme parks and in Lego Education used in schools.  Lego, with revenues of 35.8 billion Danish crowns ($5.2 billion) last year, is vying with Barbie doll maker Mattel to become the world’s biggest toymaker, helped by its push into movie franchises, video games and smartphone applications.The company said its new brand group will help it reap “untapped potential in the LEGO brand.””With our recent growth and globalization come new and exciting opportunities for the brand, and we establish the LEGO Brand Group to look into these new opportunities,” says Thomas Kirk Kristiansen, fourth generation owner of the LEGO Group.Under extrovert, quirky CEO Knudstorp, Lego overtook My Little Pony producer Hasbro to become the world’s second-largest toy company.After taking over in 2004, he set about reviving Lego’s core business, by firing consultants and hiring new designers to come up with higher-margin products that were up to date but still looked like Lego, an abbreviation of the Danish “leg godt,” meaning “play well.”(Reporting by Jacob Gronholt-Pedersen and Teis Jensen; Editing by Susan Fenton) Register Now » Reuters December 6, 2016last_img read more

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Amazon Completes Its First DronePowered Delivery

first_img Amazon Completes Its First Drone-Powered Delivery It’s already been three years since Amazon first revealed its somewhat audacious plan to make deliveries by drone. But the company is quite serious about this, and today it is announcing that it complete the first Amazon Prime Air drone-powered delivery. The company recently launched a trial in Cambridge, England — and on Dec, 7, Amazon completed its first drone-powered delivery. It took 13 minutes from order to delivery, with the drone departing a custom-built fulfillment center nearby.Amazon’s video about the project says that it’s only servicing a few customers in the area right now, but will soon be open to dozens more who live within a few miles of the Cambridge fulfillment center. Naturally, this center is custom-built to handle these types of orders — once an order is placed and packaged up, the drone is loaded up and sent out from the facility on a motorized track. From takeoff, it flies at heights up to 400 feet to make the delivery and then return to the facility.This Cambridge beta program has been in the works for a long time now; recently it was revealed that Amazon has been operating a secret lab in the area to get ready for the launch of Prime Air. Amazon’s page detailing this first delivery notes that the company also has Prime Air labs in the U.S., Austria and Israel as well as the United Kingdom, so we may hear news about test deliveries in those areas sooner or later as well.Amazon’s FAQ page answers a few other questions about its drone delivery system. For starters, drones are only allowed to fly during daylight hours when its sunny — rain, snow or icy conditions will ground them. As for how Amazon’s drones will work in airspaces with other vehicles, the company says it believes drones should operate in a separate airspace where only small unmanned vehicles can operate. Amazon says airspace access should be “determined by capability” — the company envisions the low altitude space it is operating in should be reserved exclusively for drones similar to what it plans to deploy.With only a couple customers able to receive drone deliveries, we’re still a long way out from this becoming a reality. But just a few years ago some thought CEO Jeff Bezos’s plan was just a joke — but it now appears to be a very real part of Amazon’s plans. The company says that “one day, seeing Prime Air vehicles will be as normal as seeing mail trucks on the road.” It’s a big goal, but it’s going to be a lot harder to manage drone deliveries in London than it is in the peaceful pastures of Cambridge. Nathan Ingraham Learn how to successfully navigate family business dynamics and build businesses that excel. Free Webinar | July 31: Secrets to Running a Successful Family Business The first delivery was made in Cambridge, U.K., and took 13 minutes from purchase to drop-off. Image credit: via engadget Amazon 3 min readcenter_img December 14, 2016 Add to Queue This story originally appeared on Engadget Next Article –shares Senior Editor at Engadget Register Now »last_img read more

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A Woman Got Caught Allegedly Trying to Smuggle 102 iPhones Into China

first_img Learn how to successfully navigate family business dynamics and build businesses that excel. –shares Register Now » Next Article Apparently, it’s the largest number of iPhones that Shenzhen customs officials have found on a smuggler’s body. A Woman Got Caught Allegedly Trying to Smuggle 102 iPhones Into China by Strapping Them to Her Body Free Webinar | July 31: Secrets to Running a Successful Family Business 2 min read July 19, 2017center_img Tech Reporter Antonio Villas-Boas Add to Queue A woman was arrested on July 11 by customs officials in Shenzhen, China, for allegedly strapping 40 pounds of iPhones and luxury Tissot watches to her body and trying to smuggle them into the country, according to Chinese news site XMNN.The woman was allegedly carrying 102 iPhones and 15 Tissot watches, which she was trying to smuggle in from Hong Kong, according to the report. Apparently, it’s the largest number of iPhones that Shenzhen customs officials have found on a smuggler’s body. Customs officials normally intercept smugglers carrying “up to 70 or 80” iPhones, according to XMNN (as translated by Google Translate).iPhones are priced higher in mainland China than they are in Hong Kong, so they can be sold for a profit when transported from one to the other. the girl-attempted to smuggle 102 iPhone smartphones and 15 luxury Tissot watches from Hong Kong to China ended in failure pic.twitter.com/FKrWkVLkNb— rajiv (@rajbindas86) July 15, 2017The alleged smuggler had four layers of iPhones wrapped around her body, according to XMNN. She caught the attention of customs officials because she seemed to be wearing more clothing than was appropriate for the hot weather, according to the report. Also, customs officials said her torso seemed out of proportion with her “relatively” slim arms and legs.To confirm their suspicions, customs officials put her through a metal detector, which indicated that she “should have a lot of metal objects” on her. The phones the woman was smuggling appear to be either Apple’s iPhone 6 or iPhone 6s, not the iPhone 7, which is the latest model. The iPhone 7 would probably fetch a higher profit-per-weight than older versions.  Image credit: Attila Fodemesi | Shutterstock.com iPhone This story originally appeared on Business Insiderlast_img read more

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Comedy Legend Judd Apatow on Trusting Your Gut and Taking Risks

first_img Next Article Image credit: Linkedin From collaboration to facing self-doubt, one of the most singular voices in the world of comedy has a lot to teach entrepreneurs. Entrepreneur Staff –shares  Freaks and Geeks. The 40-Year-Old Virgin. Girls. The Big Sick. Writer/director/producer and comedian Judd Apatow is responsible for some of the most hilarious and influential comedies of our generation.You’d think with a track record like that, the guy would be brimming with confidence. But that’s not exactly the case, as he revealed in the above interview with LinkedIn Executive Editor Daniel Roth. Explaining why he continues to get in front of crowds on stand-up stages, Apatow admits, “my fear is that I’m not funny any longer but no one has told me.”Related: LinkedIn’s Reid Hoffman Says Laughable Ideas Are Sometimes the Best Ideas Whether or not you’re an aspiring comedian, Apatow has a lot to teach on the topics of risk-taking, collaboration and self-motivation.On pushing yourself“You know, I just don’t feel like any success I’ve had means the next one will be successful. It keeps me on my toes and I have a lot of energy to succeed because I just don’t get cocky or lazy because, again, in comedy I just don’t know.”On defining success“Success isn’t necessarily in the money and the box office, it really is in ‘does this project survive, do people care about it?’”On trusting your gut“The hard thing with comedy is no one knows if anything’s going to work. There’s just no way to predict it. Early in my career, I just had an instinct that if I think it’s right, I should try to just do it the way I think it works.”Related: Silicon Valley’s’ Kumail Nanjiani on Never Playing It Safe  Register Now » Add to Queue 2 min read Free Webinar | July 31: Secrets to Running a Successful Family Business Entrepreneur Staff July 20, 2017 Project Grow Learn how to successfully navigate family business dynamics and build businesses that excel. Comedy Legend Judd Apatow on Trusting Your Gut and Taking Riskslast_img read more

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Lantmännen Unibake UK debuts cherry bakewell Danish pastry

first_imgLantmännen Unibake UK debuts cherry bakewell Danish pastryPosted By: Jules Scullyon: April 08, 2019In: Bakery, Food, Foodservice, Industries, Innovation, New productsPrintEmailLantmännen Unibake UK has launched a new cherry bakewell plait Danish pastry as part of its Schulstad Bakery Solutions range.Featuring 24 layers of pastry, a cherry remonce filling, flaked almonds, the brand’s signature glaze, and hand-finished with white icing, the new addition aims to add value to the Danish pastry category in the UK.Inspired by Lantmännen Unibake UK’s maple pecan plait, the new pastry features the “much-loved flavours of a cherry bakewell in an innovative new format”, the company said.Kate Sykes, marketing manager at Lantmännen Unibake UK, said: “Traditional British flavours are experiencing a significant resurgence. It is therefore imperative that brands work with their customers to explore ways to bring these flavours to life across new formats and consumption occasions.“We know that when it comes to Danish pastries, almost half of consumers (48%) seek out traditional flavours. Acting on this insight, we’ve developed our new cherry bakewell plait to deliver a taste that consumers know and love, in a format that’s a little bit different.“We are constantly innovating and looking at ways to keep the category fresh and we are confident that our latest addition will be an instant hit, encouraging more consumers into the Danish pastry market.”Last year, Lantmännen Unibake UK announced a £4.4 million investment into its Milton Keynes factory, as a response to growth in the burger market.In March, the business’s parent company, Lantmännen, secured a deal to acquire Tate & Lyle’s oat ingredient business, which is based in Kimstad, Sweden, enabling it to meet growing demand from customers in the Nordic food industry.Lantmännen has three oatmeal mills in Sweden, Denmark and Norway. It is currently pursuing research and innovation to develop new oat products.Share with your network: Tags: LantmännenUKlast_img read more

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Tame the Email Beast

first_img Add to Queue This story appears in the March 2010 issue of Entrepreneur. Subscribe » E-mail multiplies like rabbits, each new message generating more and more replies. Want fewer distractions? Send fewer e-mails. Here are some helpful rules. . Turn off all visual and sound alerts that announce new mail. . Respond immediately only to urgent issues. Just because a message can be delivered instantly does not mean you must reply instantly. . Use automatic out-of-office messages to carve out focused work time, such as: “I’m on deadline with a project and will be back online after 4 p.m.” Within the heart of your company, saboteurs lurk. Disguised as instruments of productivity, they are subverting your staff’s most precious resource: attention. Incessant e-mail alerts, instant messages, buzzing BlackBerrys and cell phones are decimating workplace concentration. The average information worker–basically anyone at a desk–loses 2.1 hours of productivity every day to interruptions and distractions, according to Basex, an IT research and consulting firm.That time is money. Computer chip giant Intel, for one, has estimated that e-mail overload can cost large companies as much as $1 billion a year in lost employee productivity. The intrusions are constant: each day a typical office employee checks e-mail 50 times and uses instant messaging 77 times, according to RescueTime, a firm that develops time-management software. Such interruptions don’t just sidetrack workers from their jobs, they also undermine their attention spans, increase stress and annoyance and decrease job satisfaction and creativity.The interruption epidemic is reaching a crisis point at some companies and shows no sign of slowing. E-mail volume is growing at a rate of 66% a year, according to the E-Policy Institute. More people are texting. More are using Facebook or Twitter for work.”It’s worse than it’s ever been,” says Michelle Rupp, owner of NRG Seattle, an insurance brokerage with a staff of 12 who feel pounded by the avalanche of messaging. “It’s so hard to stay focused. Everything bings and bongs and tweets at you, and you don’t think.”Yes, it is possible to blunt the interruption assault. But business leaders must go on the offensive in a realm most are oblivious to: interruption management.The Myth of MultitaskingHuman brains come equipped with two kinds of attention: involuntary and voluntary. Involuntary attention, designed to be on the watch for threats to survival, is triggered by outside stimuli–what grabs you. It’s automatically rattled by the workday cacophony of rings, pings and buzzes that are turning jobs into an electronic game of Whac-a-Mole. Voluntary attention is the ability to concentrate on a chosen task.As workers’ attention spans are whipsawed by interruptions, something insidious happens in the brain: Interruptions erode an area called effortful control and with it the ability to regulate attention. In other words, the more you check your messages, the more you feel the need to check them–an urge familiar to BlackBerry or iPhone users.”Technology is an addiction,” says Gayle Porter, a professor of management at Rutgers University who has studied e-compulsion. “If someone can’t turn their BlackBerry off, there’s a problem.” Tame the E-mail Beast The only list that measures privately-held company performance across multiple dimensions—not just revenue. 2019 Entrepreneur 360 List Climbing Out of the Inbox 9 min read The cult of multitasking would have us believe that compulsive message-checking is the behavior of an always-on, hyper-productive worker. But it’s not. It’s the sign of a distracted employee who misguidedly believes he can do multiple tasks at one time. Science disagrees. People may be able to chew gum and walk at the same time, but they can’t do two or more thinking tasks simultaneously.Say a salesman is trying to read a new e-mail while on the phone with a client. Those are both language tasks that have to go through the same cognitive channel. Trying to do both forces his brain to switch back and forth between tasks, which results in a “switching cost,” forcing him to slow down. Researchers at the University of Michigan found that productivity dropped as much as 40 percent when subjects tried to do two or more things at once. The switching exacts other costs too–mistakes and burnout. One of the study’s authors, David Meyer, asserts bluntly that quality work and multitasking are incompatible.Brian Bailey and Joseph Konstan of the University of Minnesota discovered that sleeve-tugging peripheral tasks triggered twice the number of errors and jacked up levels of annoyance to anywhere between 31 percent and 106 percent. Their interrupted test workers also took 3 percent to 27 percent more time to complete the reading, counting or math problems. In fact, the harder the interrupted task, the harder it was to get back on track. (A Microsoft study suggests it takes a worker 15 minutes to refocus after an interruption.)The damaging effects spread well beyond the office cubicle. Kate LeVan, a communications consultant in Evanston, Ill., coaches executives whose brains are so scrambled by electronic interruptions that they stumble during key face-to-face interactions: board meetings, investor pitches, sales presentations. “They can’t have an extended conversation for more than a few minutes,” LeVan says. “That’s the impact of having all this data going back and forth. They have problems in conversation because they can’t focus.”Here’s how the brain behaves when your attention slips away from a task: The hippocampus, which manages demanding cognitive tasks and creates long-term memories, kicks the job down to the striatum, which handles rote tasks. So the gum-chewing part of the brain is now replying to the boss’s e-mail. This is why you wind up addressing e-mails to people who weren’t supposed to get them. Or sending messages rife with typos.The striatum is the brain’s autopilot. And no part of your business should be allowed to run on autopilot.Paying Attention to Paying AttentionIn her 2009 book Rapt, Winifred Gallagher argues that humans are the sum of what they pay attention to: What we focus on determines our experience, knowledge, amusement, fulfillment. Yet instead of cultivating this resource, she says, we’re squandering it on “whatever captures our awareness.” To truly learn something, and remember it, you have to pay full attention.E-interruptions are making it so hard to do that that Google, Microsoft, IBM and Intel are members of the Information Overload Research Group , formed in 2008 to collaborate on research, develop best practices and host forums to share new approaches. It’s self-preservation as much as anything; computer engineers were among the first to show symptoms of e-interruption exposure.Ten years ago, Harvard Business School’s Leslie Perlow famously chronicled the interruption of a high-tech software company. Its engineers were interrupted so often they had to work nights and weekends. After studying the workplace for nine months, the source of the dysfunction became clear: No one could get anything done because of the bombardment of messages. Perlow came up with an intervention: Quiet Time. For four hours in the morning, the 17 engineers worked alone. All messaging and phone contact was banned. In the afternoon, communication could resume. Given time to concentrate, the engineers got a project for a color printer completed without the graveyard shift.Intel is using Quiet Time at two of its sites. Other companies, including U.S. Cellular and Deloitte & Touche, have mandated less e-mail use, encouraged more face-to-face contact and experimented with programs such as “no e-mail Friday.” The results often are surprising: employees build rapport with colleagues–and they save time. Co-workers can settle something in a two-minute phone conversation that might have required three e-mails per person. Each change reverberates throughout a company, especially since–as a University of California, Irvine, study found–44 percent of interruptions an employee experiences are from within the company.Nearly everyone needs such boundaries to get anything done in this 24/7 work world. Count Chad Willardson among the converted. He’s a senior financial advisor at Merrill Lynch Private Wealth Management Group and operates a financial services practice with a partner for Merrill in Riverside, Calif. He used to check for new messages every five minutes, a potential 96 interruptions during an eight-hour day.”The more I checked e-mail,” he says, “the more anxious I would feel over every request and question.” Now he checks e-mail manually, and only four times a day at prescribed hours–the schedule that Oklahoma State University researchers describe as optimum. He says he gets a lot more done, is more in control of his calendar and feels much less stressed.In fact, stress-management seminars often reveal executives driven to wits’ end by their own inboxes. During one session at the aerospace company Lockheed Martin, many managers vented this frustration–until one raised his hand. “It’s not a problem for me,” he said. “I’ve gotten my e-mail checking down to twice a day.”He explained that his staff knew he preferred to communicate by phone and they don’t send him e-mail unless it’s important that the information be in writing. And because he checked e-mail only twice daily, they had been weaned from the idea that they’d get an instant reply.Chances are this wasn’t just good for the manager, but for all his employees, too. By modeling interruption-management, he was likely reducing the volume of interruptions throughout his division. Everyone understood that he viewed excessive messages as a drain on his performance–and by extension, theirs.One thing was clear that day at Lockheed: When the manager volunteered his solution, it was as if he’d levitated. Other managers looked stunned. And envious.Joe Robinson, a business coach and trainer, is the author of Work to Live and the audio CD The Email Overload Survival Kit. Next Article center_img . Don’t let e-mail be the default communication device. Communicating by phone or face-to-face saves time and builds relationships. February 12, 2010 Growth Strategies Joe Robinson . Severely restrict use of the reply-all function. . Put “no reply necessary” in the subject line when you can. No one knows when an e-conversation is over without an explicit signal. –shares The research is overwhelming. Constant e-mail interruptions make you less productive, less creative and–if you’re e-mailing when you’re doing something else–just plain dumb. Apply Now » . Check e-mail two to four times a day at designated times and never more often than every 45 minutes. Magazine Contributor . Resist your reply reflex. Don’t send e-mails that say “Got it” or “Thanks.”last_img read more

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The Worlds Two Largest Brewers Have Agreed to Become One

first_img The World’s Two Largest Brewers Have Agreed to Become One Learn how to successfully navigate family business dynamics and build businesses that excel. Next Article This story originally appeared on Reuters October 13, 2015 Image credit: Bud Light | Facebook Free Webinar | July 31: Secrets to Running a Successful Family Business Register Now »center_img The world’s two biggest brewers agreed on Tuesday to create a company making almost a third of the world’s beer after SABMiller accepted an offer worth more than $100 billion from larger rival Anheuser-Busch InBev.The SABMiller board said it would give its blessing to a fifth proposal from its sole larger rival. If it goes through, the deal would rank in the top five mergers in corporate history and be the largest takeover of a UK company.After repeated rejections to its lower proposals, AB InBev said on Tuesday it was willing to pay 44 pounds in cash per SABMiller share, with an alternative for cash and shares set at a discount and limited to 41 percent of SABMiller shares.SABMiller has indicated that its board would be prepared to accept the offer and has asked for a two-week extension to the UK-imposed deadline set for 1600 GMT on Wednesday for a formal bid. The new deadline is Oct. 28.”We have written extensively on the attractions of (an ABI/SAB combination) since 2011 and continue to see major long-term benefits for ABI shareholders now,” said Canaccord Genuity analysts.The new group would combine AB InBev’s Budweiser, Stella Artois and Corona lagers with SABMiller’s Peroni, Grolsch and Pilsner Urquell. AB InBev would add certain Latin American and Asian breweries to its already large presence and, crucially, enter Africa for the first time.Africa is expected to see a sharp jump in the legal drinking age population in coming years and a fast-growing middle class more willing to switch to lagers and ales from illegal brews.For many observers this would be the final chapter of decades of consolidation in brewing. The big four, AB InBev, SABMiller, Heineken (HEIN.AS) and Carlsberg (CARLb.CO), are already present across the globe and brewing more than half of the world’s beer.BREAK FEEThe parties have agreed that AB InBev would pay a break fee of $3 billion to SABMiller in the event the transaction fails due to the significant regulatory issues or because AB InBev shareholders do not back it.The new offer unveiled on Tuesday surpasses a Monday proposal set at 43.50 pounds in cash and is 50 percent above SABMiller’s shares on Sept 14, the day before speculation surfaced about an impending AB InBev approach.The partial share alternative remains, designed for SABMiller’s two main shareholders, cigarette-maker Altria and the BevCo company of Colombia’s Santo Domingo family, who own 40.5 percent of the UK-based brewer.Were they to accept the discounted alternative and all other shareholders took cash, the offer would be worth 68.5 billion pounds ($104 billion) at current prices.SABMiller shares were up 9.0 percent at 1045 GMT, while AB InBev’s were 1.7 percent higher.”There’s so much we don’t know – we don’t know what costs they’ll take out, we don’t know what they’ll get for the asset sales that they’ll have to make. But if you make reasonable assumptions about those, I think it’s a pretty good price all around,” said Morningstar analyst Phil Gorham. MAJOR ANTITRUST HURDLESThere are significant antitrust hurdles to any combination, particularly in the United States, where the companies would have about 70 percent of the beer market.A deal would likely result in Denver-based Molson Coors (TAP.N) acquiring SABMiller’s 58 percent stake in their U.S. joint venture.Any merged group may also have to sell interests in China, where SABMiller’s CR Snow joint venture with China Resources Enterprise (0291.HK) is the market leader.It would also force change in the wider beverage sector, with SABMiller a large distributor of Coca Cola while AB InBev has ties with rival PepsiCo (PEP.N).Bernstein Research beverage analyst Trevor Stirling said that he rated the chances of the deal going through at 80 percent, with antitrust issues being the main risk.”There is a chance that due diligence throws up something nasty,” he said, but added that SABMiller would be unlikely to have accepted AB InBev’s approach if they knew of a major problem.Morningstar’s Gorham said that, of remaining assets, the beer business of Guinness and spirits maker Diageo looked particularly attractive, with Heineken a possible buyer.Carlsberg’s new management is likely to have its hands full with sorting out problems inRussia for some time.”With all the major M&A targets now taken, and M&A so important to brewers’ growth, it raises the question of where next for global brewers as they bid to carry on growing,” said Jeremy Cunnington, a drinks analyst at Euromonitor International.($1 = 0.6562 pounds) –shares Reuters Mergers and Acquisitions Add to Queue 4 min readlast_img read more

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Amazon Offers Lex Chatbot Platform to Devs

first_img Next Article Amazon Tom Brant Add to Queue Amazon Offers ‘Lex’ Chatbot Platform to Devs Image credit: Amazon via PC Mag Makers of smartphone apps and other software now have access to the language processing capabilities of Amazon’s Alexa voice assistant, allowing them to take advantage of all that Alexa has learned after years of talking to customers via Amazon’s own devices and software.Amazon is calling its new voice recognition service Lex. In beta testing since last fall, Lex is now available to developers who want to build voice chat features into their products, Reuters reports. It’s based on the automatic speech recognition and natural language understanding that already powers everything from the Echo to the Fire TV Stick with Alexa Voice Remote, not to mention a growing list of third-party devices.Chatbots of the sort that Lex will power are in high demand from companies that want more opportunities to put their products and services in front of consumers. Microsoft already has its own chatbot ecosystem for Skype, and Facebook recently added more bot features to its Messenger app, including the ability for companies like Delivery.com to analyze conversations for indications that you might be hungry and have its bot suggest ordering food.Amazon is already a major player in the cloud computing industry, offering companies pay-as-you go access to storage and processing servers. Lex will follow that same model, with developers paying less than one cent for each voice or text processing request. Amazon envisions several use cases, from an automated customer support agent to a bot that can control connected home devices.In addition to making it easier for developers to create chatbots, Lex will also provide Amazon with an easy way to gather more data to train its algorithms.”The cool thing about having this running as a service in the cloud instead of in your own data center or on your own desktop is that we can make Lex better continuously by the millions of customers that are using it,” Amazon CTO Werner Vogels tells Reuters.The Lex rollout follows Amazon’s announcement last week that it will also offer third-party developers the voice recognition hardware and software used in the Echo. The kit includes a seven-mic circular array, beamforming technology, and voice processing software. April 21, 2017 Developers will be able to create their own chatbots using the same language processing that powers Amazon’s own Alexa voice assistant.center_img 2 min read News reporter 2019 Entrepreneur 360 List Apply Now » This story originally appeared on PCMag The only list that measures privately-held company performance across multiple dimensions—not just revenue. –shareslast_img read more

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British startup continues quark revival with range of snack pots

first_imgBritish start-up continues quark revival with range of snack potsPosted By: News Deskon: June 14, 2017In: Dairy, Food, Industries, Innovation, New products, SnacksPrintEmailA British start-up will look to capitalise on the country’s quark revival, after launching a new range of snack pots for UK retail.Nutrii’s new range of quark is available in plain, raspberry, and mango and passionfruit flavours. With a debut retail listing in 300 Sainsbury’s stores across the UK, the brand said it would showcase the nutritional profile of quark – including 20g of protein in each tub and less than 8g of sugar.The variety of soft cheese, which has a mild enough flavour to be used for both sweet and savoury products, has experienced a dramatic upturn in popularity in the last year. Nutrii’s launch follows the release of several similar products from brands such as Graham’s, Arla and Fuel10K.The quark is packaged in 180g tubs, with contemporary branding that will aim to appeal to an active and health-conscious audience.The brand is the brainchild of Lithuanian Akvile Marciukaityte and Finn Juhani Meurman, who now live in London, and who both grew up with quark as an everyday food item. Made with curdled milk, it is particularly common in northern Europe but has only recently returned to fashion in the UK.Meurman and Marciukaityte were keen to balance quark’s nutritional credentials with the flavour and creaminess that consumers crave from dairy.They explained: “By using milk from only non-intensive Dorset farms, which uphold strict environmental policies, we have ensured our quark has a rich creamy texture and there’s not a single artificial colour, flavour or preservative in sight. Three flavours ensure there’s something to please everyone’s taste and give quark an extra versatility.”The pots can be enjoyed as a breakfast or post-workout snack, and can be topped with fruit or granola for a fuller treat.The range is available in 300 Sainsbury’s stores across the UK with a recommended retail price of £1.15 per tub.Share with your network: Tags: NutriiquarkUKyogurtlast_img read more

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Tyson Foods develops bill of rights for its poultry farmers

first_imgTyson Foods develops ‘bill of rights’ for its poultry farmersPosted By: News Deskon: May 04, 2018In: Agriculture, Food, Industries, Social ResponsibilityPrintEmailTyson Foods is launching several new initiatives aimed at enhancing communications and transparency with the thousands of independent farmers who farm the company’s chickens. The company has developed a contract poultry farmers’ ‘bill of rights’, is forming an advisory council made up of poultry farmers and is investing in technology for additional communications.  Tyson has been working with poultry farmers on a contractual basis since the 1940s. The company supplies the birds, feed and technical advice, while the farmers provide the labour, housing and utilities. The company pays more than $800 million annually to more than 3,600 independent poultry farmers. The average farmer has been raising chickens for Tyson Foods for 15 years and some families have been raising chickens for the company for three generations.Highlights of the ‘bill of rights’ include: the right to join an association of contract poultry farmers, the right to a fixed length contract and the right to discuss their contract with outside parties.Doug Ramsey, Tyson Foods group president for poultry, said: “We value the farmers who raise our chickens and work hard to maintain good relationships with them, but also know we can do better. That’s why we’re taking steps to enhance how we interact with them.”The company is still working on the details regarding the initial advisory council as well as a process so that farmers who are interested may be able to potentially participate as members of the council. Currently, there are six farmer-members from Arkansas, Missouri, Tennessee and North Carolina. A poultry grower-specific website called Grow With Tyson has been in operation as a communications tool for contract farmers, but much of the information published on the site will soon be tied to a functional smartphone application that farmers will be able to download. The development of the application is under way, but a release date has not yet been set.  Johnny Simmons, one of the advisory council member-farmers, said: “The council will give growers the ability to communicate directly with top management of Tyson. They are listening and very interested in our ideas as well as issues affecting growers.”Doug Ramsey added: “Two-way communication is key to any productive relationship. The goal of the advisory council is to provide a platform where contract farmers can share their views of the business environment for raising chickens, while we can gather insights that might help us improve how we operate.“Farmers are the backbone of agriculture and the farmers we contract with are critical to our business. We want them to know how much we appreciate the hard work and dedication it takes to feed the world. This announcement is one more way we want to say ‘thank you’.” Earlier this week, Tyson, through its Tyson Ventures capital arm, lead a $2.2 million funding round in an Israeli start-up that aims to produce meat from animal cells.Share with your network: Tags: farmingsustainabilityTyson FoodsUnited Stateslast_img read more

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Frugalpac opens new factory to increase paper cup production

first_imgFrugalpac opens new factory to increase paper cup productionPosted By: Martin Whiteon: March 13, 2019In: Beverage, Business, Environment, Industries, Manufacturing, Packaging, Refreshment, Social responsibility, Tea & CoffeePrintEmailFrugalpac has opened a new manufacturing facility in Wrexham, Wales, to increase production of its Frugal Cup range of fully-recyclable coffee cups.The new 18,000 square foot manufacturing site has been opened following a seven-figure investment from the company, and the facility features three dedicated production lines which will produce Frugal Cups for coffee shops in the UK.Frugal Cups are made from recycled paperboard and with no waterproofing chemicals, while the cup’s food-grade liner separates easily during the recycling process, offering an environmentally-friendly alternative to non-recyclable disposable cups. The cups can be easily recycled through standard recycling processes.Frugal Cups will be produced in three sizes – 8oz, 12oz and 16oz – and in four styles, though the company also offers bespoke designs to companies through its in-house printing process.Malcolm Waugh, CEO of Frugalpac, said: “We are delighted to open this factory which will mean we can now produce and supply the innovative Frugal Cup to coffee shops and cafes across the UK.“With ever-increasing consumer demand for brands and retailers to do more to support an environmentally-sustainable economy, our aim is to be the number one replacement for all the coffee cups in the market today which are difficult to recycle and made from virgin paper board.”Share with your network: Tags: coffee cupFrugalpacsustainabilitylast_img read more

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Sealed Air partners with Kuraray for plantbased food packaging

first_imgSealed Air partners with Kuraray for plant-based food packagingPosted By: Contributoron: March 25, 2019In: Food, Industries, PackagingPrintEmailPackaging company Sealed Air has joined forces with Japanese firm Kuraray for a project to produce plant-based food packaging. Sealed Air will spend $24 million to upgrade its facility in Simpsonville, South Carolina, to make materials made from Kuraray’s Plantic brand plant-based resin and post-consumer plastic. The expansion is underway and production is scheduled to begin in the second quarter of 2020.To support this work, Kuraray is investing approximately $15 million to install plant-based high barrier resin production and supporting capabilities in Houston, Texas. The resin plant is scheduled to be completed at the end of September 2019 and will begin operating in early 2020.In June 2018, Sealed Air and Kuraray America entered into an agreement to offer Plantic materials to package perishable foods such as poultry, beef and seafood in the US, Canada and Mexico.As upgrades to both facilities progress, Sealed Air, under the agreement with Kuraray, will continue to serve customers in North America by importing materials from Plantic Australia. Sealed Air CEO Ted Doheny said: “This collaborative effort with Kuraray expands our ability to deliver innovative, sustainable food packaging solutions that leave our world, environment and communities better than we found them.“This investment also helps us reach our commitment to deliver 100% recyclable or reusable packaging offerings, and 50% average recycled content across all packaging solutions by 2025.”Katsumasa Yamaguchi, Kuraray general manager of the global EVAL division, added: “Kuraray continues to pioneer proprietary technology to develop new fields of business, grow globally and improve the environment.“We are looking forward to this collaborative investment with Sealed Air, which allows us to produce and offer a high-performing plant-based packaging option to the food industry on a much larger scale.”Last month, Sealed Air acquired Philippines-based packaging producer MGM to expand its printing and lamination capabilities and better serve customers throughout the Asia Pacific region.Share with your network: Tags: Sealed AirUSlast_img read more

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Justin Trudeau pledges full legal framework for indigenous Canadians

first_imgCanada news Share via Email Shares327327 Americas Support The Guardian Share on WhatsApp Topics This article is more than 1 year old Reuse this content Justin Trudeau pledges full legal framework for indigenous Canadians Canada Justin Trudeau with the Assembly of First Nations national chief, Perry Bellegarde, in Gatineau in 2015. Trudeau said the legal framework would be ‘full, rigorous and meaningful’.Photograph: Chris Wattie/Reuters Canada celebrates 150 but indigenous groups say history is being ‘skated over’ Last modified on Wed 14 Feb 2018 17.56 EST Read more Canada will create a legal framework to guarantee the rights of indigenous people in all government decisions, doing away with policies built to serve colonial interests, Justin Trudeau said on Wednesday. In a sweeping speech that condemned past governments for failing to do enough to protect the rights of aboriginal people, the prime minister said the planned legislation would ensure “rigorous, full and meaningful” implementation of treaties and other agreements and could establish new ways to resolve disputes. While treaty rights with aboriginal people are already recognized under Canada’s charter of rights and freedoms, the framework would ensure the constitution is the starting point for such matters as resource development, self-governance, land rights and social issues. It will include new legislation, policy or other mechanisms to put those rights in action, Trudeau said. He did not provide details. Since you’re here… “We need to get to a place where indigenous peoples in Canada are in control of their own destiny, making their own decisions about their future,” Trudeau said in a speech to the House of Commons. “Recognition of rights will guide all government relations with indigenous peoples.”The government will consult with indigenous groups as well as provinces, industry and the public as it writes the legislation, which will be introduced this year and implemented before the 2019 election. If the government follows its words with tangible actions, “this can be an incredibly important step in Canada’s journey of reconciliation”, said Ry Moran, director of the National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation. Trudeau is under pressure to make good on his 2015 election promise to repair the country’s relationship with indigenous Canadians. On Tuesday, he met the family of an aboriginal man who was killed by a white farmer after a not-guilty verdict on Friday in the high-profile case triggered calls for changes to Canada’s justice system. Indigenous Canadians, who make up about 5% of the country’s 36 million people and face more poverty and violence and have shorter life expectancies, have fought for generations to gain greater control of the development of Canada’s vast natural resources.While treaty rights with aboriginal people are already recognized under Canada’s charter of rights and freedoms, the new legal framework would ensure the constitution is the starting point for such matters as resource development, self-governance, land rights and social issues.center_img Reuters in Ottawa “This framework could establish new ways to resolve disputes, so that collaboration becomes the new standard, and conflict the exception rather than the rule,” Trudeau said.Thousands of legal challenges brought by aboriginal groups have ground their way through the court system at a huge cost, said Ken Coates, a professor at the University of Saskatchewan.With the supreme court broadly accepting indigenous rights, the government appears ready to try to clarify and implement them in decision-making, rather than making decisions first and then fighting in court. “I’m really hopeful this will be a major reset of the relationship and will send the message that Canada is ready for a fundamental reconfiguration of confederation in a way that is consistent with constitutional law and aboriginal aspiration. 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Vogue was my escape hatch André Leon Talley on Warhol Wintour and

first_img Share on Facebook Facebook Reply Facebook Share on Facebook Talley always struck me as one of those fashionistas more enamored of his sense of himself of a style guru than any innate qualities of taste or aesthetic — the perfect example of being when he dressed poor Jennifer Hudson the night she won the Oscar in a miniature bolero jacket that only emphasized her large size. She ditched it after she won the award, but the damage had already been done. Facebook 7 May 2018 14:20 Wintour and Talley in New York in 1996. Photograph: Evan Agostini/Liaison Report unfriendlyblckhottie Email (optional) Share via Email Facebook Report brolene You wouldn’t understand it. Share 7 May 2018 2:31 Twitter | Pick What’s your beef? Movies open every weekend. Share on Facebook Reply Share on Pinterest | Pick Report Twitter | Pick MysticMutt Facebook Talley took the brief and ran with it, asking a technician at the museum if he could use some gold paint, and spray-painting three coats on the mannequin to match the dress so that the effect was “gold on gold, like the sun. She loved it.”Vreeland, Warhol and Wintour are the three mentors Talley credits with shaping his career. Warhol, he says, for whom Talley worked in the early 70s for $50 a week – answering the telephone, running to “Mrs Brown’s the organic store” to pick up Warhol’s lunch, ultimately editing at Interview magazine – was quiet, generous, perceptive. “He did not judge people; you could say or do anything. Drag queens were as important as Princess Caroline of Monaco. Grace Jones was treated like Caroline Kennedy. It was wonderful to be around him.”Talley remained friends with Vreeland, meanwhile, until she was into her 80s. “When she retired, I would go to her apartment and read entire books aloud to her. I read her the biography of the Queen of Romania by Hannah Pakula. I read her articles, I read the memoirs of Baron Guy de Rothschild, twice. I would read until 4am. She liked to hear the spoken word. If she got you, she got you for life.”It is Talley’s friendship with Wintour, however, that is by far the longest and most defining of these working relationships. Famously, she is said to have staged an intervention in 2005 to get Talley to address his obesity and it did actually happen, he says. “She intervened because she was alarmed and cared, and she had the minister from my church there, and the De la Rentas [Oscar and his wife]. I was called into this boardroom in Vogue, and I was flabbergasted.” Share Report Share on Twitter Facebook 7 May 2018 2:36 Twitter Facebook I’ve been fond of ALT for many years, he’s quite a character. His grand, oracular, epigrammatic pronouncements clearly show him as Mrs. Vreeland’s heir. He doesn’t care if he sounds pompous, he has standards, you see, ha. As well as an encyclopedic knowledge of fashion, style, aesthetic and social history- a certain type of 20th c. gay male sensibility and deep knowledge that seems quite endangered now. He was never in it for money or self-aggrandizement, he’s an imaginative true believer in The Dream, an abstract ideal in fashion, aesthetics as a spiritual calling, the dream of a cultured, beautiful world. Good for him, looking forward to seeing this documentary. Share on Twitter luciddays | Pick Report Share on Facebook Report Twitter Share on Facebook Kenji1 Guardian Pick Shares265265 Great man. His life story would make a fascinating movie. Report Reply Twitter Loki12 Reply Share on Twitter | Pick Guardian Pick Fashion can certainly seem frivolous and silly. But haute couturiers engage the services of craftsmen and women of what are often dying arts: embroiderers, glovers, weavers, crafters of notions and ribbons, master shoemakers and leather workers, feather-masters, les petites mains or ‘the little hands’ of lace-makers… ad infinitum. Without the pageantry of high fashion, many of these professions would be doomed to irrelevance and extinction. 19 20 69 70 Twitter 7 May 2018 6:50 2 18 19 Share Pinterest 7 May 2018 15:29 Share Share on Twitter Soosisan 7 May 2018 3:31 5 6 Facebook Share Reply Facebook 4 5 Threads collapsed | Pick Share on Facebook unthreaded Report Grandmothers are great…That cape looks like its from a starwars set though! Report 6 May 2018 23:29 Share 0 1 39 40 Loki12 Share on Facebook 7 May 2018 7:17 Report Facebook Share on Twitter 8 May 2018 2:26 | Pick Report Twitter Twitter Facebook 7 May 2018 2:45 Share on Twitter Reply Twitter Well at least he won’t take off when the wind blows. Judge Talley on America’s Next Top Model. 23 24 Reply Report lsrnyc Share on Facebook PerAbsurdumAdAstra Amazing. No one would have thought of getting up. Or holding up the broken leg. Truly amazing. No wonder he’s famous in the fashion world. | Pick Share on Twitter Reply Share Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share on Twitter Report collapsed Report Share on Twitter 6 May 2018 23:21 81 82 Share on Facebook Reply TaliShar Twitter | Pick 8 May 2018 0:07 Facebook Share on Facebook Sajid Wahid Share on Facebook Jump to comment Reason (optional) Twitter ArundelXVI SenorSol peonyrose | Pick Share Reply Twitter 7 May 2018 1:38 | Pick Report noblah 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. PerAbsurdumAdAstra Luftwaffe Support The Guardian Share Share 5 6 Interview’Vogue was my escape hatch!’ André Leon Talley on Warhol, Wintour and weight interventions | Pick Share on Facebook luciddays | Pick If she called him now for style help, would he oblige? “First of all, she wouldn’t call me because she would know that I would probably be reluctant to go. I would perhaps consider it; but I know that I would be crucified if I went to help Melania Trump. It would be really detrimental to me. Although I do think she’s wonderful, a wonderful mother, and she has beautiful manners. She is not a snob. She was polite and gracious and had great patience.”Talley reserves his harshest words for those in the fashion industry who have, as he says, “dropped him” since he left Vogue in 2013. “It’s very backstabbing, viperish, cruel,” he says, and “people have dropped me because I’m no longer viable on the front row. I will survive, and go through the chiffon trenches as I always have.” But, he says, “I feel sort of lonely.”He has never lived with anyone or had what he considers to be a significant romantic relationship. “I regret that,” he says, but “I was too busy with my career.” And after decades of living high on the illusory wealth of a Condé Nast expense account, he is finding this current period financially chilly. “Money’s tight,” he says.We are not in a golden age of fashion right now, says Talley. “The Oscars red carpet does not inspire me any more, and then the next morning you get up and can have the dress at Zara. It’s the strapless dress and a train. No one goes with something unique the way Sharon Stone wore a turtle neck and a skirt from Armani and a coat, or Barbra Streisand in pussycat bellbottoms.”He prefers to look to the past; to the costume exhibitions he curates at centres of design around the country and beyond that to the woman to whom he owes it all. “She still adored me,” he says of his grandmother, who died in 1989, having lived to see him well into his period of success at Vogue. “When I went home I wore maxi coats to the floor, with gold braid and buttons I bought in New York. She didn’t blink an eye.” He smiles at the memory of a woman whose vision was, perhaps, even more startlingly free of the times than his own. “I could do no wrong.”• The Gospel According to André will be released in the US on 25 May and in the UK in the autumn This article contains affiliate links, which means we may earn a small commission if a reader clicks through and makes a purchase. All our journalism is independent and is in no way influenced by any advertiser or commercial initiative. By clicking on an affiliate link, you accept that third-party cookies will be set. More information. Report Share on Twitter Share on Twitter 7 May 2018 4:41 Share on Twitter Vogue – circulation 201,000Asda magazine – 1,983,400‘George’ is the really big player in fashion. Report 7 May 2018 3:13 Share on Twitter 6 7 Twitter It was the twin interests of France and fashion that started Talley on his professional journey. “Darling, of course!” says Talley, when I ask if his early interest in French – after studying it at school, he went on to win a scholarship to read French Literature at Brown University – was partly informed by his interest in style. “Because I was living through the pages of Vogue! My escapism was Vogue and literature; Flaubert’s Madame Bovary and Yves Saint Laurent, Sonia Rykiel, Givenchy. It was everything I loved.” He repeats this phrase three times, then turns to the waiter who is in the process of setting down a pistachio souffle. “C’est gentil, merci beaucoup.”One gets the impression that Talley, grand in all senses of the word, originally modelled himself after Vreeland, a woman he describes as “never frivolous or pretentious” but with whom “every conversation you had was dramatic”. Unlike his idol, however, Talley’s right first to belong, then to progress up the ranks as an editor in fashion magazines was never assured. The appointment of Edward Enninful as the editor of British Vogue last year “was seismic in the history of high fashion,” he says. “Never has there been a man of colour at the helm of Condé Nast Vogue”, and it is hard not to regard Talley, a full generation older than Enninful, as someone whose career has been circumscribed by this lack of a precedent.For example, “I would love to have been at Vogue in the 60s when Mrs Vreeland was there,” he says dreamily, before rather smartly coming to his senses. “But then I wouldn’t have been at Vogue in the 60s because they wouldn’t have had a black male editor at a fashion magazine the way they did in 1983. In the 60s you rarely had a black model; Naomi Sims or Pat Cleveland, although that was more the early 70s. It was still very much an elitist world, although the fashion was very exciting.”He says all this blandly; after more than 50 years in the fashion business, from his first job at Andy Warhol’s Interview magazine, to four seasons as a judge on America’s Next Top Model and many decades at Vogue, Talley has had wearily to accommodate the racism around him. (The only time in the interview he shows anything stronger than measured disdain is when the subject of British Vogue prior to the arrival of Enninful comes up.) He recalls a PR director at a major label. “I was told by people that she was going around Paris calling me Queen Kong. That was the most racist thing I’d ever heard. It didn’t hurt me, I didn’t show it, but I never forgot.”He would prefer, while lamenting the “cruelty of the fashion world”, to return with boyish enthusiasm to the roots of his interest, those heady days of his childhood in North Carolina when he would tear out the pages of Vogue and stick them to his walls. In those days, the fashion magazine came out twice monthly and each time, Talley would walk “from the black part of town where I lived in my grandmother’s house, across the tracks to Duke University and the campus where they had a newsstand that would sell Vogue. I was too naive to know that I could subscribe to it. I loved the idea of walking and bringing it back. My escape hatch was Vogue.” | Pick Topics I have you know I pull off a cape rather well. Twitter 0 1 Share on Facebook renaultfloride Share on Facebook Share on Facebook Reply After a poor childhood, he became editor-at-large at US Vogue. He talks about racism in fashion, why he stopped reading British Vogue, his new documentary – and dressing Melania Trump Twitter Share 7 May 2018 7:41 Reply Share on Twitter Share 6 7 Share on Facebook I enjoyed this. An interesting, individualistic but warm individual who has overcome so much. Share Share on Facebook “…As a first lady, he says, she has a certain “robotic elegance”, but back then he found her “very intelligent and well-spoken; she speaks several languages….”. Not to disparage Stephen Colbert’s bit with the very funny actress and singer, Laura Benanti, but when less clever, less nuanced comic performers try to make fun of Melania Trump’s accent, that’s something to ask themselves: ‘…and how many languages do I speak?’. Yes, it’s ludicrous when Melania Trump talks about online bullying when the Muhammad Ali of online bullying, when The Beatles of toxicity, is the big, farting mass of orange blubber sitting at the other end of her long, long breakfast table but she’s most probably a virtual hostage to a prenuptial agreement and will drop Trump like a hot plate once Trump’s been eventually 86’d from the White House; by 22nd Amendment; or 25th Amendment; or by the voters; or by the Feds demanding that he stick his tiny hands in the air before they slap on the cuffs and perp-walk him out of there. Report Report Twitter Facebook 9 10 PrinceH 13 14 13 14 Fashion along with many other industries are still very racist although things have improved a lot more for Black people then Asians it’s still an issue for us non whites, not all obviously. Report 3 4 Twitter 32 33 Facebook Reply | Pick Share on Twitter 7 May 2018 14:24 What a lovely interview. Of all the judges on ANTM, André was my favourite. Hilarious, yes, but consistently humane. And he’s looking great! gaajo 7 May 2018 2:21 Reply 7 May 2018 0:46 Reply Luftwaffe The pictures he stuck to his walls – which his grandmother allowed him to paint “Schiaparelli pink; we didn’t know it was Schiaparelli pink, but that’s what it was” – included Vogue portraits of “Naomi Sims, Pat Cleveland, Marisa Berenson, Mrs Vreeland, Loulou de la Falaise photographed by [Richard] Avedon. All those people were part of the fabric of my early developing years.”It didn’t occur to him to question whether he would belong in this crowd. “I felt like I was included, because there were people I wanted to be like – eccentric, original, people who were artists, writers: Truman Capote, I so identified with him.” At 15, Talley declared that he wanted to be a fashion editor, an announcement that in other households in the American south in 1963 might not have been received with undiluted joy. But Talley was lucky: after the divorce of his parents when he was very young, he went to live with his grandmother, his champion, Bennie Davis.“My grandmother!” he says. “Unconditional love!” He starts to talk even more rapidly than usual. “One of my uncles came one Sunday after church and said, what do you want to be when you grow up, André? And I said a fashion editor. And he said, what is that? And I said, all I know is that it’s a person who works in fashion on a magazine. And he said, I’ve never heard about boys doing stuff like that, and my grandmother said, leave him alone, let him do whatever he wants, and he will do it well. She wasn’t cultivated, she didn’t read Vogue; she was just doing things by instinct. She loved me unconditionally, and nurtured me. And that gave me the confidence to pursue it.”The great lessons of his upbringing were, he says, “Grace, and do your homework. Research, research; the foundation of your life is knowledge!” When it was announced, last April, that Enninful would take over from Alexandra Shulman at British Vogue, Talley was over the moon. “Edward is a very talented person, he is very quiet, and he’s so connected to everyone who is important in fashion. When it was announced, I emailed him and said, congratulations, you so deserve it, and he replied: you paved the way.”It was while working with Vreeland at the Met that André Leon Talley discovered he had an unusual talent for making abstract fashion ideas concrete. Vreeland, then in her 70s, was a character. “She walked on her toes,” says Talley. “You never heard her heels click. She would go into her office and have her little cucumber sandwiches and a tiny thing of vodka or Scotch, and that would get her going.” It was the run-up to an exhibition of costumes from great Hollywood movies and she called Talley into her office to discuss how to stage a gold lame number worn by Claudette Colbert as Cleopatra in 1934. “She said, André: you realise that Cleopatra is the queen of all of Egypt. But she is a teenager! A teenage queen. And she spends all day in her gardens, in the sun, walking her white albino peacocks. She was giving me the thoughts to explore. She didn’t say, go put this dress on a mannequin.” Share on Facebook Facebook | Pick | Pick Share on Twitter Promoting poor mental health and eating disorders in a teen near you Twitter Share on Facebook | Pick unfriendlyblckhottie AntiGuardianista Share HebeRetour Share on Twitter Twitter Facebook oldest Share on Facebook Twitter Haigin88 Facebook | Pick | Pick This comment was removed by a moderator because it didn’t abide by our community standards. Replies may also be deleted. For more detail see our FAQs. Share on Facebook Guardian Pick | Pick 1 I’m just so happy for you that you speak your second and third language without any accent whatsover! Share on Facebook 7 May 2018 3:04 Share on Twitter Share on Twitter Share | Pick Reply 2 3 PerAbsurdumAdAstra The circulation of American Vogue is 1.2M. It has reached 1.8/2m Facebook Facebook Share Share Facebook Share on Facebook 18 19 Report 5 6 7 May 2018 3:57 7 May 2018 0:11 Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Twitter interwar Report Share on Facebook Facebook Vogue Share on Facebook PrinceH Report Facebook 0 1 26 27 Reply Reply Sun 6 May 2018 11.00 EDT Share on Facebook Fat is something one can do something about. It’s unhealthy and ugly. Share on Twitter Twitter That’s where I first saw him, years ago. Nice guy. Report IsThatAllThereIsNow Share on Facebook 7 8 7 May 2018 23:00 Vogue unfriendlyblckhottie Share Clutch the pearls!! 1 Share on Twitter Twitter Share on Twitter features HellsKitchenGuy Reply Share Facebook Share Report … 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. 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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. Reply Report Share on Twitter Reply Report 3 Facebook IsThatAllThereIsNow 7 May 2018 2:28 32 33 Reply Share Twitter 6 May 2018 23:56 Share muzikluv Share 13 14 Have you heard the one about André walking into an exclusive restaurant on Manhattan’s Upper East Side, wearing one of his trademark kaftans? The waiter says, “Où est ta veste en cuir André?”The riposte from André is rapier like.”Je ne porte jamais de cuir sur l’Upper East Side! Bring me a Diet Coke! Report | Pick 7 May 2018 2:22 7 May 2018 10:44 Share on Twitter Share on Twitter 7 May 2018 3:09 Share on Twitter MysticMutt | Pick | Pick 5 6 | Pick Facebook Twitter | Pick 30 31 6 7 Share on Facebook ArundelXVI Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Report Share on Twitter Reply Share on Facebook 7 May 2018 8:13 Sajid Wahid Reply | Pick Defined the style of black masculinity? Hahhhhhhaaaaa! I remember waiting in a Que for a club years ago.. “you look like that black twat from vogue”. Said one black man to another. The whole line was laughing. He’s ridiculous like his bestie Karl Lagerfield. Reply Share Twitter 7 May 2018 6:26 | Pick Twitter Reply Report “…with the opening of a documentary…” ‘Opening’ of a documentary? Pretentious much? He can wear a cape to cover his bulk, meanwhile, all the women in that universe have to starve themselves. Facebook 6 May 2018 Share on Facebook Reply recommendations 8 May 2018 2:27 | Pick Reply People make fun of the way she speaks because she’s been in the US for two decades but she sounds like she just got off the boat. And most people would have done better speaking a second language after all that time 7 May 2018 2:13 Anne taylor davis Sajid Wahid | Pick Sign in or create your Guardian account to recommend a comment 32 33 ‘You can be aristocratic without having been born into an aristocratic family’ … André Leon Talley, shot at Majorelle at the Lowell Hotel, NYC. Photograph: Joshua Bright for the Guardian What a lovely interview. Of all the judges on ANTM, André was my favourite. Hilarious, yes, but consistently humane. And he’s looking great! Share 9 10 Facebook Report | Pick Twitter 0 1 Facebook gwatters Reply Share on Twitter 7 May 2018 5:19 People make fun of the way she speaks because she’s been in the US for two decades but she sounds like she just got off the boat. And most people would have done better speaking a second language after all that time. Yes, she is probably held hostage to a pre-nup, although she could have walked earlier, but she knows where her bread is buttered. Let us never forget though, that she is an enabler, and a racist (birther) herself. Share on Facebook Twitter Twitter Twitter No – more what single minded determination in the face of almost insurmountable odds can achieve in the fantasy world of fashion. Report Sixtyfive Share Share Twitter ‘George’ is the really big player in fashion. Not in ‘chav’ land. Close report comment form Twitter 1 2 Share on Twitter Share on Twitter Editor at large eh? Pinterest Report HebeRetour Facebook As usual a load of pretentious bull 1 2 Hey, he doesnt discriminate as badly as that…he encourages self destructive behaviour in women of all ages!! Share on Twitter | Pick Share Share on Twitter Share on Twitter This comment was removed by a moderator because it didn’t abide by our community standards. Replies may also be deleted. For more detail see our FAQs. Pinterest Report 7 May 2018 10:41 Luftwaffe mouthfart 1 2 Last modified on Mon 2 Jul 2018 09.48 EDT Report Share on Twitter “I ask if he agreed with Naomi Campbell’s assessment last year that under Shulman, British Vogue was racist.” I think that within the world of fashion, where what is du jour is of primary importance any “ist” is transitory. The only ism that is beyond question or criticism is “fatism”. Even overweight queens like myself and Mr Talley as he was once and, maybe at the threat of moderation, may still be are beyond the pale. Fashion might now be colour blind but certainly not size blind. Facebook Share Twitter 7 May 2018 0:06 Share on Facebook Report 7 May 2018 1:03 Would a waiter in an exclusive Upper East Side restaurant really “tu” Mr Talley? HellsKitchenGuy Reply | Pick Isn’t the Asda mag free? lsrnyc PerAbsurdumAdAstra Reuse this content,View all comments > Sunshot17 | Pick Anne taylor davis IsThatAllThereIsNow Report 4 5 7 May 2018 1:14 Report Share on Twitter Share on Twitter Facebook Report Report 7 May 2018 6 7 Twitter 6 May 2018 23:56 The article notes that he’s strapped for cash after all these years. Money’s tight in his old age, and the publication is paying for a nice lunch in a fancy and expensive restaurant. That is literally ALL that “exclusive” means in this context. The only people “excluded” are people like me who could not afford such a place, though clearly you are trying to find a more sinister explanation for that description. And implying a gay black man is somehow complicit in your truly crap understanding of what the ancient phrase “exclusive restaurant” means. It just means really fucking expensive, that’s all, and buying the subject of a profile a meal in exchange for their time is just standard. 2 Share Report Caped crusader … Talley’s personal style redefined the boundaries of black masculinity. Photograph: ESBP/Star Max/GC Images Huh, I’d love to show me where he did that, and why you think teen girls listen so keenly to a gay male aesthete in his seventies about how they should eat an how he magically and wickedly has the powers to affect and maliciously poison their minds. Do you realize how utterly nasty and unfairly attacking of Andre Leon Talley that is? Completely unjustified, Christ get a grip. Reply ArundelXVI Reply 1 2 IsThatAllThereIsNow kizbot Reply | Pick Report Twitter Share I subconscioulsy started reading all his quotes in Captain Holt’s voice….. Share on Facebook Reply Twitter Reply 0 1 TaliShar Rapier like. Report Share on Twitter | Pick gingerbob 6 May 2018 23:38 Emma Brockes StrawberryTart Being encouraged to lose weight by Oscar de la Renta and co feels like something we have all been discreetly subjected to all our lives, but anyway, in the first instance, Talley was angry and defensive and refused to take up their offer of a place at Duke University Diet and Fitness Center. “I had to get over the shock.” A year later, however, it sank in that his health was at stake and he set about changing his lifestyle. Of Wintour, he says, “She’s loyal, a loyal friend. One sees the glacial sunglasses and impeccable dresses. But she cares.”Until recently, American Vogue’s record for promoting models of colour was almost as parlous as that of its British sister title, although Talley, a loyal friend too, focuses on improvements made in the last five years and insists that “under Anna Wintour it’s become very diverse”. I ask if he agreed with Naomi Campbell’s assessment last year that under Shulman, British Vogue was racist.“I don’t know,” he says thinly, “because I didn’t look at it under Alexandra Shulman.” You didn’t read British Vogue? “I never looked at it. No. I looked at Italian Vogue under Franca Sozzani.”Why didn’t he look at British Vogue? “I just didn’t. It didn’t amuse me to look at British Vogue. I looked at Franca Sozzani’s Italian Vogue because it took the pulse of the way the world changed; she did an all black issue and it sold out. They reprinted it.” This is a not-very-oblique reference to Shulman’s defence that black models are not famous enough to sell on the cover. “The late Franca Sozzani was a disrupter. So her Vogue was very influential.”In 2005, Talley flew to Mar-a-Lago to help dress Melania Knauss before her wedding to Donald Trump. As a first lady, he says, she has a certain “robotic elegance”, but back then he found her “very intelligent and well-spoken; she speaks several languages. I emailed to tell her I thought she looked great at the inaugural, in Ralph Lauren blue.” Share on Facebook Share Kurwenal Twitter Melania Trump has to have someone to dress her ? things are worse than I thought … 7 May 2018 4:20 Looks good for 70 What when he got fired by John Fairchild? Emma Brockes Reply IsThatAllThereIsNow Reply Share Reply What I do like about fashion is you can see the flow…When you see the new look at a show in N.Y. or Tokyo you then see it in X high street or Supermarket chain 12-18 months later like clockwork. 6 May 2018 23:35 Report lsrnyc 8 9 Facebook The G2 interview Twitter Report | Pick Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Loading comments… Trouble loading? 2 3 Twitter Reply Share 7 May 2018 1:26 kizbot expanded Reply Report Facebook Share | Pick Share 7 8 Share Share on Facebook Share on Facebook Love me some Andre. I was three rows behind when he entered a Parisian fashion show in a hôtel particulier and took his seat in the front row. As we waited for the show to start there was a loud crack as his chair collapsed under his weight and he fell from sight. Sharp intake of breath and people staring. Slowly, with an incredible sense of drama, his hand came up, holding aloft the broken gilded chair leg. The room broke into applause. Comments 108 6 May 2018 23:30 Twitter Share on Twitter Twitter | Pick 8 May 2018 16:25 Facebook Share Report Twitter Share The G2 interview Share on Twitter 2 3 When André Leon Talley was fresh out of college, he went to intern at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. It was the early 1970s and Diana Vreeland, the legendary former editor at Vogue, was consulting at the Costume Institute and put him to work. “I was very tall and skinny,” says Talley. “I had very good clothes, although very few clothes. I followed the trends, the world of Rive Gauche.” He was an anomaly in the white, upper–class world of high fashion – an African American from a modest background in Durham, North Carolina – but he had something Vreeland and later Anna Wintour would recognise: a belief amounting to fervour in his power to become “the self–made person I am through the mythology of Vogue”. /info/ng-interactive/2017/jul/25/sign-up-for-the-fashion-statement-email Talley, who turns 70 this year, sits in the sun room of an exclusive restaurant on Manhattan’s Upper East Side, wearing one of his trademark kaftans and breaking off every few moments to converse with the waiter in French. If he is little known beyond the fashion world, that may be about to change with the opening of a documentary next month that tells the story of Talley’s extraordinary trajectory from grandson of sharecroppers to editor-at-large at Vogue; a man who, unlike so many of the pinched and unhappy looking women who guard the gates of high fashion, seems to embody the unfulfilled promise of that world: pure joy.The documentary, The Gospel According to André, directed by Kate Novack, is a funny and often moving account not only of the fashion industry as seen through Talley’s eyes, but of a much broader American cultural history, reaching back from his days at Vogue to the Jim Crow south in which Talley grew up, and 70s bohemian New York, where he found a home in his early 20s. While Talley’s personal style – the capes, the kaftans, the exaggerated forms of speech – redefined the boundaries of black masculinity, his overall bearing insisted on something the dominant culture denied: that he be permitted to take up more space. “You can be aristocratic without having been born into an aristocratic family,” he says to the camera at one point, and the film is a study of both the scope and limitations of this kind of self-realisation. IsThatAllThereIsNow Pinterest Share on Twitter HollywoodPass Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Luftwaffe Share on Twitter IsThatAllThereIsNow Show 11 more replies Share on Twitter Facebook canisinterruptus Twitter 7 May 2018 10:53 Show 25 | Pick Maergarie Tyrell Twitter 7 May 2018 2:20 Share on Facebook Report He shows the importance and power of love, and how parents and carers can shape lives. | Pick | Pick That’s fashion for you. Show 2 more replies Reply Share Facebook Share on Facebook Share on Messenger Facebook muzikluv Interview’Vogue was my escape hatch!’ André Leon Talley on Warhol, Wintour and weight interventions Talley found a home in 70s bohemian New York … dancing with an unidentified guest at Regine’s in 1977. Photograph: Darleen Rubin/Penske Media/Rex/Shutterstock Share on Facebook Facebook Twitter @emmabrockes Twitter | Pick Share on Twitter 50 ‘She’s loyal’ … Talley with Anna Wintour at a New York fashion awards dinner in 1988. Photograph: Tony Palmieri/Penske Media/REX/Shutterstock Loki12 Facebook Jump to comment Reply lsrnyc Share on Twitter Share on Facebook That’s brilliant! I love Captain Holt. Reply Race 7 8 5 6 What happened to his memories of his days at Fairchild? Easily forgotten. Even then ALT’s outfits were memorable. One day, a maharajah. The next, a Scottish laird. Adam Csor NotTheOswald Reply Share on Facebook Share on Facebook 100 Share on Facebook Facebook comments (108)Sign in or create your Guardian account to join the discussion. Share via Email Share on Facebook | Pick gaajo Share All Order by oldest 0 1 Facebook joeyschmoey1 1 2 11 12 Share Facebook Share Facebook 6 May 2018 23:59 Share Reply Report Facebook Report Facebook Share Report 8 May 2018 0:07 peonyrose | Unpick No he doesn’t. Ignorant accusation with no justification. It takes some parsing to object to the racism of certain editions of Vogue, but not be bothered by the classism, sexism, lookism, etc. Twitter 25 Share on Facebook Share Share on Twitter Share Kurwenal | Pick HollywoodPass NotTheOswald Share Twitter 6 May 2018 23:30 Share on Facebook Facebook newest Twitter Twitter Facebook Reply | Pick Share on Twitter | Pick Share on WhatsApp Sixtyfive God I’m glad I don’t inhabit this world…. 4 5 | Pick 7 8 Share 7 May 2018 3:06 mouthfart | Pick Report Facebook 2 3 Facebook Pinterest Reply Facebook 7 May 2018 2:40 bllckchps | Pick gwatters Share on Facebook Share Reply Twitter 8 May 2018 16:29 Sorry there was an error. Please try again later. If the problem persists, please contact Userhelp Reply | Pick Facebook Facebook 7 May 2018 3:25 Facebook 8 9 Facebook | Pick StrawberryTart 3 4 Facebook Share on Facebook Reply ArundelXVI Report Facebook Exactly. It’s by definition a rarified, exclusive industry. The fact that an overweight black guy got to the top of it is a testament to him, not the pseudo-liberal but in fact virtually fascistic atmosphere of high fashion. Note that after all these years, he’s eating in an ‘exclusive’ restaurant. Who’s being excluded, then? Report Share on Facebook Report Report 10 11 7 May 2018 1:28 Share And yet here you are. Share on Facebook Definitely on Trump fan, but that’s completely unfair. Most people i know who come from another country speak English with a definite accent all their lives. My grandparents lived here their entire adult lives, and not only spoke with thick accents, but could barely speak English at all, which for me makes your comment doubly insulting. Facebook Twitter Facebook Twitter Share 3 Share on Twitter 7 May 2018 2:48 Since you’re here… Share on Twitter 6 7 IsThatAllThereIsNow bigsands Facebook Share Reply lsrnyc Reply Twitter 7 May 2018 3:57 Reply Twitter Stop. It really is great, isn’t it? Reply Haigin88 No, I know what exclusive means in this context. But that’s exactly what I meant. If a journalist is arguing in favour of some sort of inclusivity generally, and then boasting about being in a restaurant few can afford, it points out the inherent hypocrisy of the industry. To me,anyway. ArundelXVI NotTheOswald | Pick Twitter 6 May 2018 23:08 Twitter _matthew_ Share Share on LinkedIn Share Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share on Twitter simonsaint Facebook 69 70 Twitter Share on Twitter Twitter Share on Facebook MysticMutt Please select Personal abuse Off topic Legal issue Trolling Hate speech Offensive/Threatening language Copyright Spam Other 7 May 2018 0:25 33 34 Share on Twitter Reply View more commentslast_img read more

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Michael Cohen to testify publicly before Congress in February

first_img Support The Guardian Michael Cohen Former Trump lawyer says he accepted invitation from top Democrat and will offer ‘full and credible account of events’ Trump-Russia investigation @Bencjacobs Since you’re here… Robert Mueller has enjoyed a year of successes … 2019 could be even stronger Share on Pinterest news Donald Trump Donald Trump’s longtime lawyer and aide Michael Cohen says he has accepted an invitation from a top House Democrat to testify publicly before Congress next month.His testimony before the House oversight and reform committee on 7 February will be the first major public oversight hearing for Democrats, who have promised greater scrutiny of Trump after winning control of the House in the 2018 midterm elections.Cohen said in a statement: “I look forward to having the privilege of being afforded a platform with which to give a full and credible account of the events which have transpired.” Last modified on Mon 14 Jan 2019 05.49 EST Shares134134 Michael Cohen to testify publicly before Congress in February Share on Twitter Ben Jacobs in Washington and agencies Reuse this content Read more Share on WhatsApp This article is more than 6 months oldcenter_img … we have a small favour to ask. The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.More people are reading and supporting The Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we have chosen an approach that allows us to keep our journalism accessible to all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford. But we need your ongoing support to keep working as we do.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. 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. The New Yorker, who is to begin a three-year prison sentence in March, is a pivotal figure in investigations by the special counsel Robert Mueller into potential collusion between Russia and the Trump campaign, and by federal prosecutors in New York into campaign finance violations related to hush-money payments to two women who say they had sex with Trump.Elijah Cummings, the committee’s chair, said the panel would avoid interfering with Mueller’s investigation. “We have no interest in inappropriately interfering with any ongoing criminal investigations, and to that end, we are in the process of consulting with Special Counsel Mueller’s office,” Cummings said in a statement.Cohen’s 2017 congressional testimony before the Senate and House intelligence committees led to a guilty plea in November 2018 for lying under oath about Trump’s business dealings in Russia. In the plea, Cohen said: “I made these misstatements to be consistent with Individual 1’s political messaging and out of loyalty to Individual 1.”Individual 1 was a reference to Trump. Cohen also pleaded guilty in August 2018 to several counts of fraud and campaign finance violations.When asked about Cohen’s testimony on Thursday, Trump said: “I’m not worried.” Trump has previously attacked Cohen as “a rat” and “a liar” on Twitter. House of Representatives Trump administration Share via Email Cohen’s testimony will mark the first major public oversight hearing for the new Democratic House majority.Photograph: Jeenah Moon/Reuters Share on Facebook US Congress This article is more than 6 months old Michael Cohen Thu 10 Jan 2019 17.25 EST US politics Share via Email Share on Messenger Topics Share on Facebook Share on LinkedIn Share on Twitterlast_img read more

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Blindness awareness month

first_imgOctober is not only the month of turning leaves, crisp afternoons and fall festivals, it is also a month dedicated to raising awareness for people who are blind and have low vision.Eye Care America offers some sobering statistics about blindness:• One in three Americans will have some form of a vision impairing eye disease by the age of 65.• People with diabetes are 25 times more likely to become blind than people without diabetes.• Nearly three million people have glaucoma, but half do not realize it because there are often no warning symptoms.According to a recent study of 1,000 adults on medicine.net, 47% of them are more worried about losing their sight than their ability to walk or hear, yet 30% do not get their eyes checked. Because these statistics are so shocking, we would like to provide you with some useful information and resources to help you become more aware and get you thinking about your eyes, let’s take a look at some of the most common eye diseases and conditions.Glaucoma• Definition: a disease that refers a group of eye diseases affecting the optic nerve causing potential damage and vision loss.• Those at greatest risk: The elderly, African-Americans, and people with family histories of the disease• Preventative Measures: There are no symptoms of Glaucoma in the early stages, by the time a patient experiences vision loss, treatment can halt the progress but not reverse it.• Treatment: Eye drops, lasers and in some cases, surgery are all affective means in which a patient can cope with Glaucoma.• Glaucoma SimulatorCataracts• Definition: painless condition in which the normally clear lens of the eye becomes cloudy.• Those at greatest risk: everyone! Cataracts will affect most everyone if they live long enough.• Preventative Measures: diagnosis can be made with a doctor examination• Treatment: Eyeglasses, brighter lighting, antiglare sunglasses and magnifying lenses can all help patients living with cataracts to see more clearly. If these efforts fail, a surgical procedure removing the cloudy lens and replacing it with an artificial one, is the only way to cure the condition.Age Related Macular Degeneration (AMD)• Definition: a condition that occurs typically after the age of 60 that destroys the macula, the central part of the retina, inhibiting central vision. (It rarely causes blindness because it only affects central vision.)• Those at greatest risk: everyone!• Preventative Measures: regular eye exams• Treatment: early stages of AMD can be treated with high-dose formulations of anti-oxidants, other treatments include lasers, surgery and eye injections; however, in the more advanced stages, vision loss cannot be restored.There are many more eye conditions worth noting. Click here for more information about eye diseases and conditions.Blindness awareness month goes beyond the month of October. Remember that vision loss can happen to anyone: parents, neighbors, teachers, friends. By increasing your awareness about blindness, you are making a choice to realize that not everyone leads a “typical life” and there is nothing wrong with that.Share this…TwitterFacebookPinterestLinkedInEmailPrint RelatedATU263 – Blind New WorldJune 10, 2016In “Assistive Technology Update”Consumer Highlight: Greg HerronOctober 8, 2016In “Consumer Highlight”A Healing Hand in Accessible HealthcareJanuary 27, 2016In “Communication”last_img read more

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Monday Tech Tip eType Word Prediction Software

first_imgTo view Closed Captioning, click on the “CC” in the lower right corner of the video.Having trouble viewing the video? Click here!Click here! Click here to visit our archived videosShare this…TwitterFacebookPinterestLinkedInEmailPrint RelatedMonday Tech Tip: Book Sense XT and DSSeptember 5, 2011In “Easter Seals Crossroads”Monday Tech Tip: The Lomak KeyboardSeptember 26, 2011In “Easter Seals Crossroads”Monday Tech Tip: iPad, tablet and laptop accessoriesOctober 3, 2011In “Easter Seals Crossroads”last_img read more

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4 Accessible Apps for Hard of Hearing

first_img3. TruLink Hearing ControlBy pairing a Made for iPhone hearing aid with the TruLink Hearing Control app, “people with hearing loss can go anywhere and do everything more conveniently than ever before.”  The app seamlessly connects one’s hearing aids to an iOS device, making it easy to stream music, phone calls, FaceTime, videos and more directly to the ears with “pristine sound quality.”Features of TruLink:Enables carefree communication using your iPhoneAllows users to personalize and geo-tag memories to match what you do and where you goAbility to change memories automatically based on personalized geo-tags (e.g. Coffee shop memory kicks in when you walk into a coffee shop)Adapts automatically when you travel in a carAllows Siri to read texts and emails to you through your hearing aidsLets users control their hearing aid volume and memories via iPhone4. Stratus Video InterpretingStratus Video Interpreting is the “first mobile cloud application for language services in healthcare and business.”  It transforms your smart device into an on-demand video interpreter.The Stratus On-Demand Interpreting App requires users to create a corporate account.  According to the Stratus website, “Please contact customer service or sales representative to activate your account and interpreting options.”  Once you have an account, you’ll be able to use Stratus on all devices and platforms including: Mac/PC, iPad, iPhone, and Android Smartphones/Tablets.Features of Stratus Video:Call volume is 50 times higher than their closest competitorUsers can reach a certified interpreter in 30 seconds or less 24/7.Video calls require minimal bandwidth so calls can be made with 4G in areas with poor WiFiComplete ADA Compliance:“Our ASL interpreters are nationally certified, and we provide free video relay service calls.  Our VRS calls are private and work with any and every VRS provider.  We now offer Certified Deaf Interpretation, ensuring complete compliance.” Share this…TwitterFacebookPinterestLinkedInEmailPrint RelatedSpeaking with a New VoiceMarch 23, 2016In “Apps”Stay “ntouch” with Sorenson Communications’ Suite of ProductsApril 5, 2017In “Apps”ATU355 – Apps that every person who is Deaf or Hard of Hearing must have – Greg Gantt, Indiana RelayMarch 16, 2018In “Assistive Technology Update” There are countless ways to interpret the term communication.  In general, it is the means of connection between other people and environments.  It is so essential and common, yet so often taken for granted.  Individuals who are deaf or hard of hearing understand this all too well, as they have to find alternative means to communicate with others around them.Fortunately, many smart devices and their apps help these individuals communicate with others around them.  Keep on reading to learn more about 4 different apps to help them communicate, as well as teach American Sign Language!“I’m a great believer that any tool that enhances communication has profound effects in terms of how people can learn from each other, and how they can achieve the kind of freedoms that they’re interested in.”  – Bill Gates4 Apps for Hard of Hearing:1. Glide – Live Video MessengerSearching for a lightning-fast video messenger?  Check out Glide!  Glide allows you to “express yourself in the moment and share memories as they happen with lightning-fast videos.”  This is an ideal way for individuals who are deaf or hard-of-hearing to communicate with others.Features of Glide:Available on iOS, Android, and Microsoft devicesVideo Chit Chat allows you to chat with friends and family easily by featuring instant messaging and real time videos, which can be watched immediately or saved for later.Send and receive unlimited videos without worrying about phone’s memory or your data planAbility to delete a video you sent with a single tapApple Watch compatibility2. The ASL AppThe ASL App was developed by individuals who are deaf to teach others conversational American Sign Language.  “The ASL App is designed to help you learn a new visual language in a way that is easy, intuitive, and well-paced.”Features of ASL App:More than 450 videos, hundreds of signs, and many phrases commonly used by individuals who are deaf or hard of hearing.More than 10 different bundles ranging on topics from “Dining, Food, Nature, Environment, Money, Time,” and many more.  (The starter pack is available for free!)Also includes:Search indexSlow motion buttonTipsFavorites folderand more!last_img read more

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