During an appearance on Wednesdays The View, Bloomberg, who once called Trump a con and dangerous demagogue, urged Americans to get behind Trump and suggested that the presidents opponents should focus less on resistance and more on the next presidential election.
Bloomberg also explained that, although he did not vote for Trump, he wanted to avoid repeating themistakethat he says Sen. Mitch McConnell made as minority leader in President Barack Obamas administration. In 2010,McConnell told The National Journal that the single most important thing for Republicans to achieve would be to makeObama a one-term president.
Bloomberg, who publiclyendorsedDemocratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton in the 2016 election, said that those who dont agree with the Trump administration should direct their energy toward electing new officials in 2020.
We should sit back and say, OK, four years from now, how do I get my person, my man or my woman, elected? he suggested, which elicited cheers from the audience.
If you disagree, you should go out there. You can protest. You can elect other officials,write letters, make phone calls, he said. But in the end, the public has spoken, whether you like the results or not.
The former mayors message to support the president stands out amid Bloombergs ongoing criticisms of the president while promoting his book, co-written with environmentalist Carl Pope,Climate of Hope: How Cities, Businesses, and Citizens Can Save the Planet.
Watch Bloombergs full interview onThe View in the clip above.
After three Chinese activists were arrested investigating a factory where Trumps shoes were made, her brand claimed none were produced after March
When three activists investigating labour abuses at a factory that makes Ivanka Trump shoes in China were arrested, the brand stayed silent for a week and then attempted to distance itself from the controversy by saying it had been months since its products were manufactured there. But production tables reviewed by the Guardian contradict public statements made by the brand owned by Ivanka Trump, the daughter of the US president, Donald Trump. They show that Ivanka Trump shoes were still scheduled to be made at the factory two months after the brand said they had stopped. The case highlights the pitfalls of having a president and his relatives in the White House while maintaining business interests around the world. Trump herself has remained silent on the case but the US state department did call for the activists to be released. Chinas foreign ministry quickly rebuffed the US, saying, other countries have no right to interfere. The men, Hua Haifeng, Li Zhao and Su Heng, have been arrested on suspicion of illegal use of eavesdropping and secret photography equipment after they went undercover in factories making products for international fashion brands. In the wake of the arrests, Huas wife has been interrogated by police and his lawyer has been told by the authorities not to speak to the media. After the three men were arrested, the brand waited a week before releasing its only public statement, defending working standards and saying: Ivanka Trump brand products have not been produced at the factory in question since March. But a 14 April production table from the factory in Ganzhou in southeast China show nearly 1,000 shoes were slated to be manufactured between 23 and 25 May. The order was set to be delivered by 30 May. Material for clothing and shoes is typically ordered months in advance. In response to questions from the Guardian, Ivanka Trumps brand did not refute the information contained in the production tables. Ivanka Trump HQ is committed to only working with licensees who maintain internationally recognised labor standards across their supply chains, Abigail Klem, president of Ivanka Trump, said in a statement. Our licensees and their manufacturers, subcontractors and suppliers must comply with all applicable local and international labor laws, and the legal and ethical practices set forth in our vendor code of conduct. Klem did not respond to questions about previous statements contradicted by factory productions tables. She also declined to respond to questions about how the brand ensures standards are maintained or about the fate of the three arrested labour activists. Marc Fisher, the company that licenses the Ivanka Trump brand to make shoes, declined to comment. The factory in Ganzhou, owned by Huajian Group, also declined to comment on the production timetables or arrested activists. Ivanka Trump no longer leads the business that bears her name, turning over day to day operations to Kelm, but the first daughter maintains an ownership stake. The three detained activists, who worked for New York-based NGO China Labor Watch, were preparing to release a report that showed a host a labor violations at the factory, which also makes shoes for brands such as Coach, Karl Lagerfeld and Kendall + Kylie. Those abuses include paying below Chinas legal minimum wage, managers verbally abusing workers and violations of womens rights. The arrests were the first for China Labor Watch in its 17 years of investigating labour conditions in factories across China, including companies like Apple and Samsung. But the Chinese government has launched a wide-ranging crackdown on civil society since Xi Jinping came to power in 2012, and foreign NGOs have also come under increased scrutiny. A new law requires them to register with police and find local NGOs as partners, with many Chinese organisations wary over political repercussions. The three arrested activists ties to the New York-based NGO may now complicate their cases. Police have accused the men of giving information to foreign organisations with the goal of receiving payment, according to local news reports. Read more: http://www.theguardian.com/us The post Ivanka Trump shoes slated for production at China factory despite brand's denial appeared first on Business Questions Information Answers.
At a meeting with top tech leaders Trump promised a transformation of outdated federal technology, which astonishingly still includes floppy disks
Donald Trump called for sweeping transformation of the federal governments technology during the first meeting of the American Technology Council, established by executive order last month. Eighteen of Americas leading technology executives including Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, Apple CEO Tim Cook, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella and Eric Schmidt, the executive chairman of Google parent Alphabet convened at the White House Monday for the summit. Government needs to catch up with the technology revolution, said Trump. America should be the global leader in government technology just as we are in every other aspect, and we are going to start our big edge again in technology such an important industry. The tech leaders spent four hours meeting officials including vice-president Mike Pence, treasury secretary Steven Mnuchin and commerce secretary Wilbur Ross before meeting with the president. Ivanka Trump, the presidents daughter, was also present. They discussed modernizing the governments technological infrastructure, cutting fraud and government costs and improving services for taxpayers. The White House believes these measures could save up to $1tn over 10 years. Together we will unleash the creativity of the private sector to provide citizen services in a way that has never happened before, said White House senior adviser and Trumps son-in-law Jared Kushner, before the sessions started. Kushner highlighted some astonishing examples of outdated federal IT infrastructure, including the fact that the defense department still uses 8-inch floppy disks on some of its legacy systems. He also mentioned that civilian agencies maintain more than 1.6m email addresses per month using on-premise servers at an average cost of $20-per-user per month. Switching to cloud-based email services could reduce these costs down to $3-per-user per month, he said. Our goal here is simple: we are here to improve the day to day lives of the average citizen. Thats a core promise and we are keeping it, said Kushner. We will foster a new set of start ups focused on gov-tech and be a global leader in the field making government more transparent and responsive to citizens needs.
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Before that Ubers embattled CEO Travis Kalanick left Trumps business advisory council after the company faced criticism for working closely with the Trump administration and for its response to the White Houses travel ban affecting people from seven Muslim majority countries. In January, the social media meme #DeleteUber exploded online after the ride-sharing company was accused of exploiting the travel ban for commercial gain. In protest at the travel ban the New York Taxi Workers Alliance called on its members to avoid JFK airport. However, Uber flouted the strike although removed surge pricing from journeys to and from the airport. It was far from Ubers most egregious undertakings, but enough to give arch rival Lyft a 7% boost in users. Uber NYC (@Uber_NYC) Surge pricing has been turned off at #JFK Airport. This may result in longer wait times. Please be patient.
It followed concerns the system was not working properly, leading to avoidable injuries, accidents, and even deaths. Image copyright Remi Lefevre Image caption A fire at a tower block in Shepherd's Bush last year was believed to have been caused by a faulty tumble dryer She said Trading Standards departments in local authorities were struggling to police companies because of budget cuts, and businesses had become bolder about cutting corners. We do not know what caused the Grenfell Tower fire, but what we do know is that we are putting people at risk because we don't have a good enough system, she said. A business department spokeswoman said a working group had been established in October 2016 to look at product recalls and safety to ensure the products we all use are as safe as possible. She said the group, led by fire safety expert Neil Gibbins, was exploring Ms Faulds Wood's recommendations and developing options for improvement. She added that the group had commissioned the British Standards Institute to develop a code of practice on recalls. Read more: http://www.bbc.com/news/uk The post Lynn Faulds-Wood: Government 'failing on product safety' BBC News appeared first on Business Questions Information Answers.
The company has had a seemingly never-ending string of missteps, from its controversial CEO to questionable tactics and sexual harassment claims
Uber has been rocked by a steady stream of scandals and negative publicity in recent years, including revelations of questionable spy programs, a high-stakes technology lawsuit, claims of sexual harassment and discrimination and embarrassing leaks about executive conduct. The PR disasters culminated in CEO Travis Kalanick taking an indefinite leave of absence this week and promises of bold reform that largely ignored the ride-hailing companys strained relationship with drivers. Here is a timeline of some of the most consequential controversies. Boob-er backlash, February 2014 Uber CEO Travis Kalanick faced backlash for a sexist joke about his increasing desirability, telling an Esquire reporter: We call that Boob-er. Targeting the competitor, August 2014 Uber faced accusations that it booked thousands of fake rides from its competitor Lyft in an effort to cut into its profits and services. Uber recruiters also allegedly spammed Lyft drivers in an effort to recruit them away from the rival. The God View scandal, November 2014 Uber executive Emil Michael suggested digging up dirt on journalists and spreading personal information of a female reporter who was critical of the company. He later apologized. It was also revealed that Uber has a so-called God View technology that allows the company to track users locations, raising privacy concerns. One manager had accessed the profile of a reporter without her permission. Spying on Beyonc, December 2016 A former forensic investigator for Uber testified that employees regularly spied on politicians, exes and celebrities, including Beyonc. Self-driving pilot failure, December 2016 Regulators in California ordered Uber to remove self-driving vehicles from the road after the company launched a pilot without permits. On the first day of the program, the vehicles were caught running red lights, and cycling advocates in San Francisco also raised concerns about the cars creating hazards in bike lanes. The company blamed red-light issues on human error, but the New York Times later claimed that the companys statements were false and that the autonomous technology failed. Uber self-driving car drives through red light in San Francisco False advertising, January 2017 Uber was forced to pay $20m to settle allegations that the company duped people into driving with false promises about earnings. The Federal Trade Commission claimed that most Uber drivers earned far less than the rates Uber published online in 18 major cities in the US. #DeleteUber goes viral, January 2017 A #DeleteUber campaign went viral after the company lifted surge pricing during a taxi protest at a New York airport against Donald Trumps travel ban. A total of roughly 500,000 users reportedly deleted accounts after the scandal erupted. Trump ties, February 2017 CEO Travis Kalanick resigned from Trumps advisory council after users threatened a boycott. Kalanick said: Joining the group was not meant to be an endorsement of the president or his agenda but unfortunately it has been misinterpreted to be exactly that. Sexual harassment scandal, February 2017 Former Uber engineer Susan Fowler went public with allegations of sexual harassment and discrimination, prompting the company to hire former US attorney general Eric Holder to investigate her claims. The story sparked widespread debate about sexism and misconduct across Silicon Valley startups. Google lawsuit, February 2017 Waymo, the self-driving car company owned by Googles parent corporation Alphabet, filed a lawsuit against Uber, accusing the startup of calculated theft of its technology. The suit, which could be a fatal setback for Ubers autonomous vehicle ambitions, alleged that a former Waymo employee, Anthony Levandowski, stole trade secrets for Uber. Uber later fired the engineer.
A vigil in Delhi held in support of a woman who was raped by her Uber driver in the Indian capital. Photograph: Anindito Mukherjee/REUTERS Kalanick takes leave of absence, June 2017 Kalanick announced that he would take an indefinite leave of absence as the company released a damning report on workplace culture that recommended Uber review and reallocate the CEOs responsibilities. Board members sexist joke, June 2017 David Bonderman resigned from Ubers board after he made a sexist joke during an all-staff meeting about reforming the company and combatting sexual harassment. The venture capitalist had joked that there was likely to be more talking with another woman on the board. He apologized and stepped down hours later.