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Sep 18 '14

bloombergphotos:

Day of Reckoning For Scottish Independence

First Minister Alex Salmond said Scotland’s people hold the “exclusive sovereign power” to define the nation’s future. He spoke last night in Perth where he was making his final rallying call to persuade voters to opt for independence in today’s referendum, Bloomberg News reported.

Three polls on Sept. 16 showed the anti-independence Better Together group backed by Prime Minister David Cameron and the main U.K. parties leading the “yes” campaign by 52 percent to 48 percent, excluding undecided voters. All the latest surveys showed the gap was closing fast.

The Spanish government, struggling with its own secessionist movement in Catalonia, stepped up its resistance to the Scottish referendum, with Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy saying that independence votes were damaging for the European Union.

Photographers: Simon Dawson & Chris Ratcliffe/Bloomberg



© 2014 Bloomberg Finance LP 

Sep 17 '14

bloombergphotos:

Step Inside Xiaomi                                                                    

Bloomberg staff photographer Brent Lewin paid a visit to Xiaomi Corp.’s offices in Beijing last week.

Xiaomi, pronounced she-yow-mee — meaning “little rice”, is one of the fastest-growing tech companies in the world. The four-year-old smartphone maker toppled Samsung Electronics Co. last quarter to lead smartphone sales in China.

The Beijing-based company, led by chief executive officer Lei Jun, is targeting overseas Chinese to lead its global expansion as it starts sales in Singapore, Indonesia, Thailand and India.

As Lei told Bloomberg Businessweek earlier this year, his goal is basically world domination.

“The creative economy [in China] continues to rise, entrepreneurship is surging, and our innovation abilities are growing,” he wrote in an e-mail to Bloomberg Businessweek. “We’re the world’s largest consumer market. After several decades of effort, this is the trend. Chinese technology companies are coming to the rest of the world.”

Photographer: Brent Lewin/Bloomberg

© 2014 Bloomberg Finance LP

Sep 15 '14
Sep 13 '14

bloombergphotos:

Russian Delicacy Deficit

Bloomberg’s Rome-based photographer traveled to the Coduro cheese factory in Fidenza, Italy, to document the manufacture of one of Italy’s finest cheeses, Parmesan .     

In his efforts to hit back at the West, President Vladimir Putin is depriving Russians of the delicacies to which they have grown accustomed since the Soviet Union collapsed.

Imports of the crumbly Pamigiano Reggiano cheese have been banned since Aug. 7 when Putin’s government banned many food imports from nations supporting sanctions due to the country’s role in the Ukraine crisis.

The embargo appears focused on products that Russia can source internally or from friendlier countries. It includes all kinds of dairy, fruit and vegetables, meat and seafood. Parmesan cheese is banned, but Italian olive oil isn’t. German sausage is out, but German beer can still be imported. French foie gras is out, but Sauternes is in. Irish cheddar will be gone from the few Russian stores that sell it, but Irish whiskey will still be served in Moscow bars, reported Bloomberg View contributor Leonid Bershidsky.

 Fast facts:

  • Italy has about 500 certified Parmesan producers, represented by the Consortium of Parmigiano-Reggiano Cheese, who all strictly follow an 800-year-old process to make the cheese.
  • Parmigiano Reggiano has been protected as a geographical indication in the 27-nation EU since 1996, meaning the phrase can only be used for cheeses made, grated and packaged in the northern Italian regions around the cities of Parma and Reggio.

Read more on the European food ban here.

  

Photographer: Alessia Pierdomenico/Bloomberg

© 2014 Bloomberg Finance LP

Sep 10 '14
foreignaffairsmagazine:

The momentum is shifting. Why Scotland might just say yes to independence: http://ow.ly/BkSp1  (Photo: Reuters)

foreignaffairsmagazine:

The momentum is shifting. Why Scotland might just say yes to independence: http://ow.ly/BkSp1  (Photo: Reuters)

Sep 10 '14
Plot: We meet people who are happy with how good the internet has been to them. Then, we learn that the FCC might allow internet service providers to turn the internet into a dystopian plutocracy. It is up to you to save these people, and the entire internet, by visiting tumblr.com/stop and asking the FCC to take a firm stand on net neutrality. Feat. Mark Ruffalo.

(Source: staff)

Sep 10 '14
Aug 31 '14

guardian:

The world-famous La Tomatina festival has been held in the Valencian town of Buñol on the last Wednesday of August since 1945.

Tens of thousands of people come together to throw over 100 tonnes of tomatoes at each other, costing an estimated $3,000 per minute. More photos »

Aug 26 '14

dailydot:

Orlando Jones sends powerful, provocative message with ‘bullet bucket challenge’

While pedestrians and celebrities alike have spent the past two weeks dumping buckets of ice over their heads in increasing comical and entertaining ways, actor Orlando Jones, took a different route with his challenge video.

He emptied a bucket full of bullets over his head, tying together the viral trend with the disturbing news out of Ferguson, Mo., following the killing of unarmed teen Michael Brown.

Aug 26 '14
dailydot:

George R. R. Martin taking the opportunity to knock out a few chapters at the Emmys

dailydot:

George R. R. Martin taking the opportunity to knock out a few chapters at the Emmys