Is there such a thing as vegan loo roll?: how to have a cruelty-free home

From plant-based paint to ethical furniture, creating a vegan home is less complicated, and costly, than you may think With vegan food, fashion and makeup firmly established in the mainstream, more and more people are looking for ways to have an ethical, cruelty-free home, too. You may not have given much thought to what animal-based products crop up in your house, but there are many: fabrics, from silk to wool to sheepskin, are an obvious example but is your mattress vegan? What goes into your cleaning products, or your energy provider? And is there such a thing as vegan loo roll? The fact is, you can take a vegan approach to choosing almost anything for your home and it neednt …

Equity transcribed: SoftBank-backed startup cracks under pressure to scale

Welcome back to the transcribed edition of the popular podcast Equity. This week, TechCrunch writers Kate Clark and Connie Loizos were joined in the studio by Canvas Ventures’ general partner Rebecca Lynn. This week, the crew talked about the big rounds raised by shoe resale marketplace StockX, which raised  $110 million at a $1 billion valuation. And Cameo, which provides personally recorded messages by celebrities and influencers to whomever will pay for them, raised $50 million at a reported $300 million valuation. The group then discussed Brandless and the amount of money that SoftBank poured into it. Being the recipient of such large sums at an early age adds a lot of pressure to produce. Kate Clark: …Brandless raised this …

The IPOd learn investing at First Rounds Angel Track

Startups depend on the angel lifecycle. A few flush post-exit individuals put the first cash into a fresh venture. With some skill and plenty of luck, the early team grows the company into a big success. It sells or goes public and those team members earn a fortune. They then pay it forward by investing in the next generation of startups. If they hoard their spoils they starve the early-stage ecosystem or leave founders stuck with dumb money from non-strategic financiers. If they redistribute their winnings, they can influence startup culture by deciding what, and more importantly, who gets funding. But how does a co-founder or VP learn to be a mini-VC? That’s the goal of First Round Capital’s Angel …

Supreme court to rule on whether Trump can end Daca

Court expected to hear arguments late this year, with a decision likely in 2020 as Trump campaigns for re-election The supreme court will review the constitutionality of an Obama-era program allowing undocumented immigrants who came to the US as children to get temporary deportation relief and work permits. Trump Original Article : HERE ; This post was curated & posted using : RealSpecific

Joe Jonas & Sophie Turner Tie The Knot At A Lavish French Chteau! – Perez Hilton

Joe Jonas and Sophie Turner got married… AGAIN! On Saturday, the Jonas Brothers band member and the Game of Thrones star tied the knot in France at Château de Tourreau! Video: Billy On The Street Finds Out If NYC Cares About The Jonas Brothers! Judging by the pics released early from the big event (see ’em WENN] Original Article : HERE ; This post was curated & posted using : RealSpecific

Masai Ujiri: Why Toronto Raptor’s president sees promise in Africa

(CNN)As rags to riches stories go, it’s a spectacular one, and Masai Ujiri, the president of Toronto Raptors basketball team, can’t quite believe how far he has come from kicking a football in the streets of northern Nigeria to leading a Canadian team to a historic NBA championship win. Ujiri’s journey to basketball was an unusual one, but he recalls being instantly hooked when he first heard the “chas chas” sound of a basketball hitting the chains as it slipped through the net. “It was an unbelievable sound, and all we wanted to do was shoot the balls and hear that chas, chas,” he says, talking about his first memories of the game in Nigeria. Football was the sport of …

The Cypherpunks Tapping Bitcoin via Ham Radio

Every six hours, at his home in the high desert outside Kingman, Arizona, midway between Phoenix and Las Vegas, Brian Goss downloads the latest blocks from the bitcoin blockchain via satellite. He receives the transmission through a dish he installed this January; it arrives with messages, too—tweets, blogs, odes to Satoshi—sent by bitcoiners around the world. Goss rebroadcasts them from a radio device perched on his roof, in case the neighbors care to tune in. There’s nothing wrong with Goss’ terrestrial internet connection, he assures me—Kingman is not that remote. But if bitcoin is truly digital gold, as he believes, contingencies are important. If the internet goes down, how else will you access your cache? For some, the trouble with …

Seaside resort holds first Pride festival

“Recent television documentaries and my son inspired us to come out in support of groups fighting prejudice,” Ms Waugh said. Image caption Friends Ben, Howard, Paul and Darren attended the event together Mr Jeal, who is serving his second term as mayor, said the day had been “absolutely fantastic and I hope similar events will be staged in the future”. Great Yarmouth and Waveney Pride plans to hold similar days in future to raise awareness of its work in promoting equality, diversity, mental and sexual health. The organisation’s stated aim on its website is: “We believe that every human, regardless of age, disability, gender reassignment, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief, sex, and sexual orientation …

I almost got killed: the Hmong refugees who call the US home

Nou Vang Thao and 299,000 other Hmong now live in the US thanks to the refugee resettlement program which faces an unprecedented attack under Trump The harrowing journey Nou Vang Thao took to freedom was nearly over when a boat captain gave Thao and his cousin three options: take their chances swimming to Thailand through the hazardous Mekong River, take the boat back to Laos or give him all the money they had. It was 1975 and Laos was no longer safe for Thao and his fellow members of the Hmong ethnic minority. I almost got killed before I got freedom, Thao explained from his home in Wausau, Wisconsin nearly 8,000 miles away and 44 years after he made his …

Desalination Is Booming as Cities Run out of Water

This story originally appeared on Yale Environment 360 and is part of the Climate Desk collaboration. Some 30 miles north of San Diego, along the Pacific Coast, sits the Claude “Bud” Lewis Carlsbad Desalination Plant, the largest effort to turn salt water into fresh water in North America. Each day 100 million gallons of seawater are pushed through semi-permeable membranes to create 50 million gallons of water that is piped to municipal users. Carlsbad, which became fully operational in 2015, creates about 10 percent of the fresh water the 3.1 million people in the region use, at about twice the cost of the other main source of water. Expensive, yes, but vital for the fact that it is local and …

Arnold Schwarzenegger Stars in a New Ad Plugging Electric Cars

It’s hard to disguise Arnold Schwarzenegger. There’s the size of the man—even at 71 years old, he’s broad, if not soaring. His face has been a regular presence on screens for decades. And of course, he’s got that accent. “No one can hide the accent,” Schwarzenegger says. So the men and women looking to buy an electric car at a Burbank, California, dealership weren’t fooled when a large Austrian wearing a fake mustache, wig, and Hawaiian shirt introduced himself as Howard Kleiner. Nor were they fooled by his patently ridiculous arguments against going electric: That a horribly noisy Hummer will impress rather than piss off one’s neighbors, that street cred beats a tax credit, that generating pollution is an easy …

The life of a female chimney sweep

Image copyright EMILY WILEBORE Image caption Emily Wilebore set up her chimney sweeping business in 2016, having previously worked as a youth worker For Emily Wilebore, the only time she has experienced dubious remarks about her job is when she has been up on the roof. Image copyright EMILY WILEBORE Image caption Emily says she’s is “really well-received” by customers “I was really taken aback by how brilliant and confident she was at doing it. I just needed that boost, really,” Emily says. Following that meeting, she decided to complete her own chimney sweep training and eventually set up her own business in 2016. Emily says she has never found any “gold rings or old hip flasks” – which, in …