Uber Spending 500 Million to Make its Own Maps

first_img Add to Queue August 1, 2016 Next Article Image credit: Shutterstock | Enhanced by Entrepreneur Learn from renowned serial entrepreneur David Meltzer how to find your frequency in order to stand out from your competitors and build a brand that is authentic, lasting and impactful. Uber has depended on Google Maps for its mobile ride-hailing service for some time now. And that’s been fine. Google doesn’t plan to launch a competing service of its own anytime soon, and Uber has raked in enough revenue that whatever it’s paying Google for Maps data hasn’t been much of a financial burden.With the two companies now independently expanding into similar business areas around vehicles — namely, cars with more autonomy and potentially even cars that can drive themselves — the two seemed headed for a great business clash. And it should come as no small surprise that Uber is now looking to eliminate its reliance on Google Maps and instead use its own mapping service to power users’ ride-hailing experiences. “Existing maps are a good starting point, but some information isn’t that relevant to Uber, like ocean topography. There are other things we need to know a lot more about, like traffic patterns and precise pickup and dropoff locations. Moreover, we need to be able to provide a seamless experience in parts of the world where there aren’t detailed maps — or street signs,” reads a new blog post from Uber.”The ongoing need for maps tailored to the Uber experience is why we’re doubling down on our investment in mapping. Last year we put mapping cars on the road in the United States. This summer they hit the road in Mexico. Our efforts are similar to what other companies including Apple and TomTom are already doing around the world.”According to The Financial Times, Uber is looking to spend up to $500 million to create its own mapping setup, which includes deploying mapping vehicles around the United States and Mexico. And these vehicles aren’t just duplicating previous companies’ efforts. They could allow Uber to acquire more precise data strictly themed to its service: the location of a side door at a company, for example, which is more important for Uber’s pick-ups than Google’s Street View.”Over the past decade mapping innovation has disrupted industries and changed daily life in ways I couldn’t have imagined when I started. That progress will only accelerate in the coming years especially with technologies like self-driving cars. I remain excited by the prospect of how maps can put the world at our fingertips, improve everyday life, impact billions of people and enable innovations we can’t even imagine today,” Uber mapping expert Brian McClendon, formerly head of Google Maps, wrote in a blog post.Recently, Uber also announced a multi-year partnership with DigitalGlobe. The company’s satellites are powerful enough to discern a one-foot by one-foot item on the Earth, and they’ll provide Uber with high-resolution imagery to help improve its mapping efforts. David Murphy Ubercenter_img 3 min read This story originally appeared on PCMag 51shares Uber Spending $500 Million to Make its Own Maps Enroll Now for $5 Fireside Chat | July 25: Three Surprising Ways to Build Your Brandlast_img read more

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Expect the Fed Rate Hike to Impact Your Wallet

first_img 2 min read Interest Rates –shares Image credit: Shutterstock This is only the second time since the end of the Great Recession it has been increased. Fireside Chat | July 25: Three Surprising Ways to Build Your Brand Enroll Now for $5 Add to Queue Next Article center_img Learn from renowned serial entrepreneur David Meltzer how to find your frequency in order to stand out from your competitors and build a brand that is authentic, lasting and impactful. December 15, 2016 This story originally appeared on Business Insider Bob Bryan Reporter Expect the Fed Rate Hike to Impact Your Wallet Wednesday’s announcement that the Federal Reserve was lifting its fed funds rate for just the second time since the end of the Great Recession has already started shaking up global markets.Less immediate is the impact it could have on your wallet.Most simply, the fed funds rate determines the interest rate at which banks borrow money short term.This increase is then passed on to other borrowers, mostly consumers, through higher rates on things like credit-card debt.And this debt is based on the banks’ prime loan rate, the interest rate used as a starting point for nonmortgage loans.The announcement of the Federal Reserve to raise the fed funds rate by 0.25 percent had an immediate impact on these rates, sending them to 3.75 percent from 3.5 percent, mirroring the magnitude of the Fed’s increase.And so after what seemed like an arcane and abstract policy change from the Fed on Wednesday, this is the impact that might matter to someone who doesn’t follow the news as closely as his or her credit-card bill.Here’s the quick rundown of the prime loan rate changes — all taken to 3.75 percent from 3.5 percent — announced at major U.S. banks so far:Wells FargoKeyCorpCitibankJPMorgan ChaseBank of AmericaM&T BankPNC BankUS BankRegions BankSunTrustBNY MellonHSBCBB&TWebster BankNorthern TrustCitizens FinancialBBVA CompassBMO Harris BankFifth-Third Bancorplast_img read more

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The Evolution of the Gig Economy Cupcakes to Claims Inspections

first_img Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals The Evolution of the Gig Economy: Cupcakes to Claims Inspections Gig Economy Next Article Add to Queue Choices, access and flexibility. It doesn’t get much better than that. Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. May 17, 2017 Image credit: Geber86 | Getty Images –shares Entrepreneur and Consultant Guest Writer Register Now » We sure have come a long way in the gig economy. We are maturing, pivoting and enabling workers and businesses all over the world to seamlessly tap into the new digital economy. Life is good.I remember reading back in 2011 about one of the initial gig platforms, TaskRabbit, and how one of their taskers was earning supplemental income by delivering cupcakes. It was a cute story. The gig economy started originally as a true B2C phenomenon. The “C” is obviously for cupcakes!But that was the old gig economy. Although there is still a strong vertical for consumers, the gig economy has become more professional, streamlined and innovative.Related: The Affiliate Marketing Model: A Blueprint for Success in the Gig EconomyThe evolution to B2C.The gig economy resulted from the combination of two important factors: the boom in digital platforms and the leveraging of underutilized assets. The gig economy began as a peer-to-peer phenomenon, with consumers being able to access the assets of other consumers directly through digital platforms. Think Uber, Airbnb, and yes, cupcake deliveries on TaskRabbit.Consumers wanted more choices, better access to goods and services and flexible work options. And oh boy, did they get it! Graphic designers can now easily pick up side jobs on Upwork. People with a vehicle can drive for Uber. Those with a spare room can rent it on Airbnb, and free time can be used to conduct tasks through WeGoLook.The peer-to-peer gig economy is mainstream and is predicted to grow to a $300 billion industry by 2025. That’s not bad growth. But this is only the beginning of the gig economy story. Get ready for Act 2, where businesses are taking notice and tapping into this new industry.The B2B pivot.I love the quote by entrepreneur Paul Hawken, who in 2013 noted that the B2B gig economy would be “bigger than the internet.” Now, Hawken may have been little ahead of the times, but we are starting to witness his prediction come true in 2017.The gig economy’s shift from B2C to B2B is in its early stages with Airbnb targeting the business travel market and Uber entering the commercial transportation scene. Newcomers like DashHaul, uShip and Cargomatic, businesses that connect enterprises with each other to leverage unused space in both shipment and warehousing, are on the rise.The B2B gig economy began with business travel, naturally found a place in the logistics industry and is now moving toward one of its most promising sectors — staffing.Related: Gig Economy Platforms Are Creating A New Class of EntrepreneursCase study: WeGoLook.They key difference here between the cupcake and business gig economy is that enterprise solutions provided by gig platforms are integrating seamlessly into business cycles and supply chains. How are they doing this? Through a network of on-demand workers connected through a powerful mobile application. More and more businesses are tapping into the on-demand workforce to fulfill staffing needs. Some studies estimate 40 percent of the U.S. workforce will be classified as independent, or gig, workers by 2020.Let’s consider WeGoLook as a case study. The company has more than 30,000 gig workers globally who are ready to perform professional tasks such as asset verifications, document delivery, notary services, data capturing and much more.Enterprise clients are increasingly leveraging our Looker — what we call a gig worker — network, instead of their own workforce. Traditional staffing methods are wising up to the fact that on-demand workers can be dispatched at a moment’s notice to perform a variety of professional tasks. Why use an expensive full-time employee who can use their time for other important duties? This is a rhetorical question all of our clients are asking themselves.Freelancing and contracting is by no means new, but the integration of this type of workforce with innovative digital technology and mobile applications is fairly new.For instance, WeGoLook works with gig workers who are licensed drone operators who can perform a variety of tasks such as damage assessments, professional photos for realty companies and property inspections.WeGoLook has also partnered with many enterprise insurance clients to give them access to our network of gig workers. Instead of sending an expensive field adjuster, our app will notify Lookers that are within the job radius. They will go capture that data immediately, submit it, and the insurance carrier has that report within an hour.You can see why enterprises are increasingly electing to plug into the gig economy. The B2B gig economy allows businesses to easily extend their service offerings outside of their normal footprint.Related: 6 Millennials Who Quit Their Day Jobs Share How They Did ItFinal thoughts: Cupcakes versus enterprise solutions.As you can see, the gig economy has matured considerably. The B2B gig economy has come a long way from the early days of peer-to-peer sharing of goods and services.Seasoned gig companies like WeGoLook have embraced the shift to B2B, without compromising the B2C services that got us into business in the first place. B2B solutions have allowed WeGoLook to give more employment options to our Lookers, all the while helping enterprises join the digital economy.The growing enterprise demand for integrated on-demand workforces and gig economy models is shaping the future gig economy. This is the gig economy 2.0. 5 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Angela Ruthlast_img read more

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Quest Nutrition introduces range of tortillastyle protein chips

first_imgQuest Nutrition introduces range of tortilla-style protein chipsPosted By: News Deskon: May 29, 2018In: Food, Industries, Innovation, New products, SnacksPrintEmailUS-based protein snack brand Quest Nutrition has expanded its savoury offerings with the launch of a line of tortilla-style protein chips.The crisps are available in the US in two flavours, nacho cheese and ranch, with each packet containing 18 or 19 grams of protein and 4 grams of carbohydrates.Quest Nutrition said that it is responding to consumer demand for savoury snacks that don’t compromise on taste.Suzanne Ginestro, chief marketing officer at Quest Nutrition, said: “As consumers seek healthier food options, they often feel deprived of eating the snacks they love. With our bars and cookies, we offer many ways to feed sweet cravings, so we are happy to expand our savoury options with this new line.“It is our goal to support consumers on their wellness journey by giving them foods they crave in protein-packed, low-carb options.”  The launch follows on from a surge in new protein products released in recent months, including high-protein Ryvita, new steak snack bars and One Brands naturally sweetened protein bars.Share with your network: Tags: proteinQuest NutritionUnited Stateslast_img read more

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Darigold uses ultrafiltration to develop new highprotein milk

first_imgDarigold uses ultrafiltration to develop new high-protein milkPosted By: Jules Scullyon: February 14, 2019In: Dairy, Industries, Innovation, New productsPrintEmailDarigold has released a new high-protein, lactose-free milk in the US, as it aims to keep pace with rapidly changing consumer demands.Called Fit, the milk is said to have “75% more protein and 40% less sugar than regular 2% milk”. The farmer-owned cooperative’s ultrafiltration process concentrates protein and removes sugars.Darigold quoted research which suggests that nearly half of Americans strongly want to reduce sugar consumption and more than half of US households consider protein to be an important attribute influencing purchasing decisions.Duane Naluai, senior vice president of Darigold’s consumer products business, said: “The desire for high-protein, low-sugar food continues to increase, and we are thrilled to launch another product that provides healthy options for families.”Darigold Fit is currently available in the US in 59oz cartons with a suggested retail price of $3.99, and in 14oz bottles for $1.99. A chocolate flavour has also been released.The Darigold portfolio includes a range of milk, butter, cheese, sour cream, cottage cheese and whipping cream.Last year, the Seattle-based company revealed plans to expand its global customer outreach by opening several new international offices.Over 40% of Darigold milk is exported overseas, and the company hopes this should increase to over 50% as its global expansion continues.In November, former Country Fresh Holdings executive Mark Garth was appointed as Darigold chief financial officer.Share with your network: Tags: DarigoldmilkprocessingUSlast_img read more

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Fox News host Laura Ingraham takes week off after David Hogg comments

first_img Florida school shooting survivors march on unfazed by personal attacks This article is more than 1 year old Read more Topics Share on WhatsApp … 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. Sun 1 Apr 2018 06.44 EDT Fox News Share on Twitter US television industry Laura Ingraham and David Hogg.Photograph: AP Read more Hogg wrote on Twitter: “An apology in an effort just to save your advertisers is not enough. I will only accept your apology only if you denounce the way your network has treated my friends and I in this fight. It’s time to love thy neighbor, not mudsling at children.”After Ingraham announced her time off, he added that she should: “Have some healthy reflections this Holy Week.”He told CNN: “I think it’s great that corporate America is standing with me. They cannot push us around, especially when all we’re trying to do here is save lives.”On Saturday, he told the same outlet: “A bully is a bully and it’s important that you stand up to them.“She’s tried calling out people at Dartmouth University for their sexual orientation and she told Lebron James to shut up and dribble,” he added. “I don’t see any apology for those people.”Elsewhere on Friday, the rock musician and Donald Trump supporter Ted Nugent said students calling for gun control were “mushy brained children”.The National Rifle Association board member was a guest on the Joe Pags Show, a nationally syndicated conservative radio program. Parkland survivors were wrong to blame the NRA for mass shootings, he said, adding that “the evidence is irrefutable, they have no soul”.The gun-control measures such activists support would amount to “spiritual suicide”, he said. This article is more than 1 year old Share on Pinterest US gun control Ingraham said on air she would take Easter week off with her children and a “great line-up of guest hosts” would fill in. In an email on Saturday, a Fox News spokeswoman said the break had already been planned.Ingraham taunted David Hogg, 17, on Twitter on Wednesday. In response, Hogg called for a boycott of advertisers on The Ingraham Angle.Ingraham wrote that Hogg had been “Rejected By Four Colleges To Which He Applied and whines about it. (Dinged by UCLA with a 4.1 GPA…totally predictable given acceptance rates.)” Hogg is a survivor of the 14 February shooting that killed 17 people at Marjory Stoneman Douglas high school in Parkland, a suburb of Fort Lauderdale. He and other classmates have become the faces of a youth-led movement for gun control reform, last weekend leading a huge protest march in Washington DC. Hogg tweeted a list of a dozen companies that advertise on The Ingraham Angle and urged his supporters to demand they cancel their ads. On Thursday, Ingraham tweeted an apology. “Any student should be proud of a 4.2 GPA,” she wrote, “incl[uding] David Hogg. On reflection, in the spirit of Holy Week, I apologize for any upset or hurt my tweet caused him or any of the brave victims of Parkland. “For the record, I believe my show was the first to feature David immediately after that horrific shooting and even noted how ‘poised’ he was given the tragedy. As always, he’s welcome to return to the show anytime for a productive discussion.” ‘Haunting’ school shooter drills become the new normal in US schools Share via Email Share via Email 11 companies boycott The Ingraham Angle over Twitter attackNaomi Wadler: the 11-year-old helping lead a protest movement Share on Facebookcenter_img US television Fox News host Laura Ingraham takes week off after David Hogg comments Support The Guardian Fox News Share on Messenger First published on Sat 31 Mar 2018 09.17 EDT Guardian staff and agencies Parkland, Florida school shooting Shares869869 The apology did not stop companies dropping her show. The first to cancel were Nutrish, a pet food line created by the celebrity chef Rachael Ray; TripAdvisor; the online home furnishings seller Wayfair; Nestlé; Hulu; Expedia; and Stitch Fix, an online personal shopping service. According to CBS News, four more companies dropped the show on Friday: Johnson & Johnson, Office Depot, the dieting company Jenny Craig and the Atlantis Paradise Island resort. Reuse this content news Share on Facebook Florida The Fox News host Laura Ingraham announced late on Friday that she would take the next week off, after 11 advertisers dropped her show over her mockery of a teenage survivor of the Florida school shooting. Share on LinkedIn US politics David Hogg (@davidhogg111)☺️ tweet away https://t.co/cKe4iTTulVMarch 29, 2018 Share on Twitter Since you’re here…last_img read more

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Black men arrested at Philadelphia Starbucks feared for their lives

first_imgStarbucks This article is more than 1 year old Black men arrested at Philadelphia Starbucks feared for their lives This article is more than 1 year old Pennsylvania Support The Guardian Thu 19 Apr 2018 08.41 EDT Share on Twitter Race Philadelphia Share on Facebook Shares419419 Topics Play Video 0:47 Rashon Nelson and Donte Robinson shocked that incident escalated Pair were waiting for business meeting before 12 April incident Nelson and Robinson, black men who became best friends in the fourth grade, were taken in handcuffs from the Starbucks in Philadelphia’s tony Rittenhouse Square neighborhood, where Robinson has been a customer since he was 15. “We were there for a real reason, a real deal that we were working on,” Robinson explained. “We put in a lot of time, energy, effort … We were at a moment that could have a positive impact on a whole ladder of people, lives, families. So I was like, ‘No, you’re not stopping that right now.”’ The Democratic mayor, Jim Kenney, who is white, said what happened at the Starbucks “appears to exemplify what racial discrimination looks like in 2018”. The police commissioner, Richard Ross, who is black, said in a Facebook post that arresting officers “did absolutely nothing wrong”, and added that Nelson and Robinson were disrespectful to officers. Ross said officers did what they were supposed to do and were professional in their dealings with the men, “and instead they got the opposite back”.Nelson and Robinson originally were supposed to meet Andrew Yaffe, a white local businessman, at a Starbucks across town. But the plan changed, and they agreed to meet at the Rittenhouse Square location, where they had met several times before on a potential real estate opportunity. The black men arrived a few minutes early. Three police officers showed up not long after. Nelson said they were not questioned but were told to leave immediately. Yaffe showed up as the men were being handcuffed. He can be seen in the video demanding an explanation for the officers’ actions. Nelson and Robinson did not resist arrest, confused and unsure of what to think or what might happen next. “When you know that you did nothing wrong, how do you really react to it?” Nelson said. “You can either be ignorant or you can show some type of sophistication and act like you have class. That was the choice we had.” It was hardly their first encounter with police, a rite of passage that becomes a regular occurrence for many black men their age. But neither had been arrested before, setting them apart from many of their peers in the gritty south-west Philadelphia neighborhood where they grew up.Attorney Stewart Cohen, representing Nelson and Robinson, said the men were illegally profiled. He pointed to Title II of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which prohibits discrimination on the basis of race in hotels, restaurants, theaters and other public accommodations. Seattle-based Starbucks has said the location where the arrests occurred has a policy that restrooms are for paying customers only. Nelson and Robinson spent hours in a jail cell with no outside contact and no sense of what would happen next. They were released after midnight, when the district attorney declined to prosecute them for trespassing. They had no idea the video of their arrests was making the rounds on the internet. Over the weekend, attention and outrage over the video grew, prompting a protest at the local Starbucks restaurant and a national boycott. By Monday, the men were set to meet with Starbucks’ CEO, Kevin Johnson, to discuss what happened. Johnson has responded quickly to public outcry around the arrests, calling them “reprehensible”, apologizing and ordering stores closed for mandatory training to tackle unconscious bias. Nelson and Robinson said they are looking for more lasting results and are in mediation proceedings with Starbucks to implement changes, including the posting in stores of a customer bill of rights; the adoption of new policies regarding customer ejections, racial profiling and racial discrimination; and independent investigations of complaints of profiling or discrimination from customers and employees. Robinson said he appreciates the public support the men have received but anger and boycotting Starbucks are not the solution. “We need a different type of action … not words,” he said. “It’s a time to pay attention and understand what’s really going on. We do want a seat at the table.”The two men were also interviewed on ABC’s Good Morning America on Thursday. “I want to make sure that this doesn’t happen again,” Robinson said. “So what I want is for a young man or young men to not be traumatized by this and instead motivated, inspired.”Asked what the men thought about criticism that they had violated the store’s rules, he said: “Rules are rules, what is right is right, and what is wrong is wrong.” Starbucks to close 8,000 US stores for racial-bias training Read more … 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 arrests, recorded on a white customer’s cellphone video, galvanized people around the country who saw the exchange as an example of racism. The men have met with the CEO of Starbucks and are pushing for meaningful change so what happened to them does not happen to anyone else.Police this week released a recording of the call from the Starbucks employee that led to the arrest. In it, a woman is heard saying the men refused to “make a purchase or leave”.Starbucks has promised to shut all 8,000 company-owned stores across the US on 29 May to train employees about unconscious bias. Nelson initially brushed it off when the Starbucks manager told him he couldn’t use the restroom because he wasn’t a paying customer. He thought nothing of it when he and Robinson, his business partner, were approached at their table and were asked if they needed help. The 23-year-old entrepreneurs declined, explaining they were just waiting for a business meeting. A few minutes later, they hardly noticed when the police walked into the coffee shop until officers started walking in their direction. “That’s when we knew she called the police on us,” Nelson said.center_img Share via Email Rashon Nelson, left, listens as and Donte Robinson, right, addresses a reporter’s question during an interview with the Associated Press in Philadelphia.Photograph: Jacqueline Larma/AP Social media video shows arrests of black men at Philadelphia Starbucks – video First published on Thu 19 Apr 2018 07.52 EDT Associated Press news Share on Pinterest Share via Email Two black men arrested at a Philadelphia Starbucks said they were just waiting for a business meeting – and a week later still wonder how that could have escalated into a police encounter that left them fearing for their lives. Share on WhatsApp Since you’re here… Starbucks Share on Messenger Share on Twitter Sign up to receive the top US stories every morning Share on LinkedIn Share on Facebook Rashon Nelson and Donte Robinson spoke to the Associated Press in their first interview since video of their 12 April arrests went viral.Robinson said he thought about his loved ones and how the afternoon had taken such a turn as he was taken to jail. Nelson wondered if he would make it home alive. “Anytime I’m encountered by cops, I can honestly say it’s a thought that runs through my mind,” Nelson said. “You never know what’s going to happen.” Reuse this contentlast_img read more

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Californias economy passes UKs to become worlds fifth biggest

first_imgCalifornia Aided by tech, entertainment and agriculture, state’s GDP rose between 2016 and 2017, while UK’s has fallen since 2014 news Share via Email Share on Twitter People visit Santa Monica beach in Los Angeles county.Photograph: Greg Balfour Evans / Alamy/Alamy This article is more than 1 year old California Support The Guardian Since you’re here… Read more Share on Facebook Share on Messenger This article is more than 1 year old Share on LinkedIn Share on Twitter Last modified on Tue 8 May 2018 05.23 EDT Economicscenter_img California’s economy has surpassed that of the United Kingdom to become the world’s fifth largest, according to new federal data made public on Friday.Despite having a population of only 40 million compared with the UK’s 65 million people, California’s gross domestic product of $2.7tn has overtaken the UK’s $2.6tn.The so-called Golden State’s GDP rose by $127bn in the period from 2016 to 2017, while the UK’s economic output fell slightly over that time when measured in US dollars, due in part to exchange rate fluctuations. British GDP has fallen steadily from $3tn in 2014, according to World Bank figures.The release of Friday’s data demonstrated the sheer immensity of California’s economy, home to a thriving technology sector in Silicon Valley, the world’s entertainment capital in Hollywood and America’s “salad bowl” in its agricultural heartland. It also reflects a substantial turnaround since the recession that followed the financial crisis of 2008. California last had the world’s fifth largest economy in 2002 but fell as low as 10th in 2012 following the great recession. Since then, the largest US state has added 2 million jobs and grown its GDP by $700bn, now contributing a little over 14% of the US economy despite having 12% of the US population, according to state economists. California’s strong economic performance relative to other industrialized economies is driven by worker productivity, said Lee Ohanian, an economics professor at University of California, Los Angeles. … we have a small favour to ask. The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.More people are reading and supporting The Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we have chosen an approach that allows us to keep our journalism accessible to all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford. But we need your ongoing support to keep working as we do.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism, to maintain our openness and to protect our precious independence. Every reader contribution, big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Share via Email Sign up to the daily Business Today email or follow Guardian Business on Twitter at @BusinessDesk California’s economy passes UK’s to become world’s fifth biggest Topics Who ruined San Francisco? How its scooter wars sparked a blame game Fri 4 May 2018 17.22 EDT Share on Facebook California’s economic output is now surpassed only by the total GDP of the United States, China, Japan and Germany.All economic sectors except agriculture contributed to California’s higher GDP, said Irena Asmundson, chief economist at the California department of finance. Financial services and real estate led the way, with $26bn in growth, followed by the information sector, which includes many technology companies, at $20bn. Manufacturing was up $10bn. Shares1,6131613 Guardian staff and agencies Share on Pinterest Share on WhatsApp Reuse this contentlast_img read more

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In 1993 my agency warned of climate change In 1995 it was

first_imgShare via Email Share on Facebook Climate change William Westermeyer Thu 27 Dec 2018 06.31 EST … in our natural world, we refuse to turn away from the climate catastrophe and species extinction. For The Guardian, reporting on the environment is a priority. We give reporting on climate, nature and pollution the prominence it deserves, stories which often go unreported by others in the media. At this pivotal time for our species and our planet, we are determined to inform readers about threats, consequences and solutions based on scientific facts, not political prejudice or business interests.More people are reading and supporting The Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we have chosen an approach that allows us to keep our journalism accessible to all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford. But we need your ongoing support to keep working as we do.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism, to maintain our openness and to protect our precious independence. Every reader contribution, big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Share on LinkedIn Share on Facebook Read more Opinion comment Last modified on Tue 8 Jan 2019 05.48 EST Many agree that one of the most pressing problems the world faces today is climate change. The question of what to do about it, however, has become highly politicised. Scepticism about climate change is typically a conservative position and trust in the conclusions of the scientific community a more progressive one. While this politicisation is perhaps most evident in the United States, it is well known in many other countries.But this wasn’t always the case. Between 1972 and 1995, a US agency named the Office of Technology Assessment (OTA) existed to provide the practical means to help overcome such politicisation. During its 23-year existence, the OTA was in a unique position to assist members of Congress in understanding complex issues in science and technology. Share on Twitter Why eating less meat is the best thing you can do for the planet in 2019 Opinion Share on WhatsApp The OTA was a non-partisan agency governed by a technology assessment board which consisted of of equal numbers of senators and representatives and equal numbers of Democrats and Republicans. Its assessments strove for objectivity and comprehensiveness, and were considered state-of-the-art documents by many. The OTA provided Congress, at its request, with the information and options it needed for the issues with which it was grappling, but it was careful never to tell Congress what it should do. The methodology that OTA used was widely admired and imitated in the parliamentary units that many European countries established following OTA’s lead.In the early 1990s there was still Congressional interest in taking action on climate change, which most of the scientific community already understood would become a major problem if not addressed. Thus, in October 1993, the OTA published a two-volume, 700-page report, Preparing for an Uncertain Climate, at the request of three Congressional committees. I was a principal author. The report identified more than 100 options to help coastal areas, water resource systems, agriculture, wetlands, forests, and federally protected natural areas adapt to climate change. Not only that, but the OTA had also proposed – in its comprehensive 1991 assessment, Changing by Degrees – steps to reduce emissions of greenhouse gases that would help the US avoid climate change.Imagine where we would be now if Congress had begun to address climate change at the time of these reports (and the early reports of other organisations, such as the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change).Instead, the OTA was abolished in 1995, shortly after Republicans retook control of Congress and Newt Gingrich became speaker of the House of Representatives. At the time, the OTA was one of the most respected agencies in Washington.Many reasons have been suggested for the move, but it mostly came down to a change in attitude towards the value of science and analysis in Congress. The OTA’s abolition was the proverbial canary in the coalmine with respect to the current anti-science attitude among many conservatives in and out of Congress. Since the 1990s, the pace of technological change has continued to accelerate, but few in Congress have the scientific or technological background to understand the new developments.Now more than ever, the US Congress, as well as legislative bodies in other countries, need sources of unbiased and comprehensive information and analysis they can trust. When Democrats retake control of the House in 2019, they will have an opportunity to re-establish the OTA or an agency like it to assist Congress with complex science and technology issues. Ideally, this should be done by Democrats and their Republican colleagues together, so that technology assessment can once again be a bipartisan benefit to Congress. Congress has already scheduled two days of hearings in January 2019 to consider how to respond to a changing climate. It would be well served if it could turn to its in-house technology assessment office for advice. Congress might ask a reconstituted OTA, for example, to assess the costs and benefits of implementing the provisions of the Energy Innovation and Carbon Dividend Act, a bipartisan bill which was recently introduced in both the US House and Senate.Climate change aside, the number of science and technology issues that may require legislative action continues to grow. A new OTA could also provide assistance, for example, on such issues as artificial intelligence, gene editing, cybersecurity, self-driving cars, alternative energy technologies, voting technologies, and dozens of other multifaceted issues that have, or should, come before Congress. These issues, of course, are of interest to countries other than the United States. The need for organisations in Europe and elsewhere that can provide impartial, non-partisan advice on the complicated science and technology issues of the day has never been greater.We live in an age that seems at times to dismiss expertise, while the problems that require complex solutions grow ever greater. The OTA was an important source of clarity and understanding until it was abolished. Had we instead retained its valuable services, we could surely have reduced or avoided many of the very serious problems we now face.In 2019, will the world prove able to heed this lesson?• William Westermeyer was a senior policy analyst for the Congressional Office of Technology Assessment from 1982-95 and a principal author of the 1993 report Preparing for an Uncertain Climate As the crisis escalates… Shares941941 Climate change Topics Share via Email Read more Share on Twitter Share on Messenger US politics Support The Guardian The US Office of Technology Assessment should be revived – in 2019 the world will need its expertise more than ever Risks of ‘domino effect’ of tipping points greater than thought, study says The Niederaussem coal-fired power plant in Bergheim, Germany.Photograph: Sascha Steinbach/EPA Share on Pinterest In 1993 my agency warned of climate change. In 1995 it was abolished Reuse this contentlast_img read more

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