Should There Be A Death Penalty? – The People Speak

VICE News traveled around the world speaking to people about capital punishment, and differences in global attitudes on the death penalty. In this episode, we asked you whether the death penalty is outdated, and how effective capital punishment is as a crime deterrent. Find out what people from Yokosuka, Japan to Pleven, Bulgaria had to say about about it, and tell us what you think: share a post with the hashtag #vicenews on Twitter, or send us a Skype video message. To leave a Skype video message, follow the instructions here: With support from Skype. Subscribe to VICE News here: Check out VICE News for more: Follow VICE News here: Facebook: Twitter: Tumblr: Instagram: More videos from the VICE network:

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Facebook Wants Your Businesses On Messenger

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Your small business may already use Facebook to keep in touch with customers.

And the ubiquitous social media platform is getting ready to introduce a way for your business to contact them there directly in all new ways.

Facebook recently unveiled Businesses on Messenger. It’s set to be formally launched soon, the company’s website reports.

The Businesses on Messenger app will allow your company to contact customers in a variety of ways — and in a place where they’re clearly spending a lot of time.

On the company’s official Developers blog, Facebook Product Manager Lexy Franklin writes:

“Businesses on Messenger enables things like the following: during the checkout flow on a business’s site, a person can choose to start a conversation with a business, receive updates from that business on things like order confirmations and shipping status updates, and ask the business free-form questions about the order, receiving quick responses.”

Franklin also writes that there are now 600 million users on Messenger.

The chances that some of them are your customers are pretty good.

It’ll be a few weeks until Businesses on Messenger is officially launched but until then, here’s how Facebook is telling us it will work:

If someone makes a purchase on your website, they can opt to receive notifications of the transaction through their Facebook Messenger app. That includes shipping updates, too.

This allows you to connect with your customers in a one-on-one way. And Businesses on Messenger keeps each conversation organized. That way, you and your customers can maintain that one-on-one connection.

Businesses on Messenger allows you the ability to customize those types of messages. The message that initially connects your business to your customer can showcase the item they purchased, the size or style, and the cost.

Future updates can track the shipment until it arrives at its destination and eventually when it arrives to your customer’s door.

These personalized notifications are sent right to your customer’s Messenger app and come from your business.

Normally, your customers would get confirmations on orders and shipping from third-party apps, and would have to manually check shipping statuses.

Businesses on Messenger is going through a trial phase with two of Facebook’s first partners in this venture, Everlane and zulily.

Facebook is also working on partnering with live chat platforms. Currently, the social site has a deal in place with Zendesk. This allows your business to have one-on-one conversations with prospective customers, too.

Through this and future partnerships with live chat providers, Businesses on Messenger will allow companies to send and receive text messages and photos with customers.

Even more, Businesses on Messenger can be set to send push notifications to a customer’s mobile device. These are the notifications that overlay any current activity on a user’s smartphone, even their lock screen.

These types of notifications will put your business’s interactions your customer front-and-center and impossible to miss.

Right now, Facebook is recruiting businesses that want to use Businesses on Messenger. On the service’s main page, there is a sign-up form for those interested in participating.

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This article, “Facebook Wants Your Businesses On Messenger” was first published on Small Business Trends

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Should the US Send Lethal Aid to Ukraine?

This week, the United States delivered a shipment 10 Humvees to the Ukrainian government — the first installment of a $75 million aid package of non-lethal equipment that is meant to assist the fight against Russia-backed rebels in the country’s east. But despite the overwhelming adoption of a resolution in the US House of Representatives urging President Barack Obama to provide Ukraine with lethal arms, his administration has yet to send such materiel. Debate on this issue centers on whether outfitting the country with lethal aid will serve only to escalate the conflict and trigger a regional arms race between the government and eastern separatists. A question that has received less attention is whether Ukraine’s army is even capable of effectively using the weapons it wants. VICE News correspondent Simon Ostrovsky visited rebel-held areas and the capital of Kiev to explore whether it would be wise for the US to arm Ukraine’s poorly trained military with advanced weaponry. Watch “Ukraine’s Religious War” – Watch “Volunteer Soldiers Fighting in Ukraine: Russian Roulette (Dispatch 102)” – Read “‘The Surgeon’: We Spoke with the Leader of Putin’s Favorite Biker Club, the Night Wolves” – Subscribe to VICE News here: Check out VICE News for more: Follow VICE News here: Facebook: Twitter: Tumblr: Instagram: More videos from the VICE network:

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President Obama On The Islamic State: The VICE News Interview

Watch the full interview: VICE founder Shane Smith interviews President Barack Obama, discussing a host of issues important to Americans, from foreign policy and marijuana legalization to college affordability and global warming. In this excerpt, President Obama discusses the rise and threat of the Islamic State. Watch “A Roundtable with President Barack Obama” – Read “Obama Talks to VICE News About Climate Change, Marijuana Legalization, and the Islamic State” – Watch Season 1 of VICE on HBO: Watch Season 2 of VICE on HBO: More from Shane Smith: Follow Shane on Twitter: Subscribe to VICE News here: Check out VICE News for more: Follow VICE News here: Facebook: Twitter: Tumblr: Instagram: More videos from the VICE network:

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Crops Killing The Rainforest: Cocaine And Faith In The Amazon (Part 3)

Watch Part 1: Watch Part 2: Peru is now the world’s main supplier of coca, the raw plant material used to manufacture cocaine. In the last five years, coca production has grown the most in the tri-border region, an area deep in the Amazon where Colombia, Brazil and Peru meet. The tri-border region is home to a messianic sect with apocalyptic beliefs whose members dress in biblical robes. Known as “Israelites,” the religious group migrated to the Peruvian Amazon in 1995 in search of a promised land that’s now infested with coca plantations. VICE News traveled to Alto Monte de Israel, the sacred land of the Israelites, to meet them and understand how they cope with the existence of coca crops on their land, and whether they’re involved in the drug trade. In the final part of our series, VICE News visits a coca plantation near Caballococha, Peru, and learns of the environmental impact the Israelite farmers and the introduction of crops have had on the Amazon rainforest’s ecosystem. Watch “Peru: The New King of Coke” – Subscribe to VICE News here: Check out VICE News for more: Follow VICE News here: Facebook: Twitter: Tumblr: Instagram: More videos from the VICE network:

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