Coca Invades The Rainforest: Cocaine And Faith In The Amazon (Part 2)

Watch Part 1: 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 part two of a three-part series: Coca has begun to grow in the Amazon basin near where the messianic sect known as the Israelites have settled, and Brazilian authorities have their suspicions that members of the sect have become involved in the area’s growing drug trade. Watch “Peru: The New King of Coke” – Read “Meet the Man Helping Peru’s Foreign Drug Mules Get Home” – 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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The Harsh Reality of Oil Spill Cleanups (Excerpt from ‘Pipeline Nation’)

Watch the full documentary: A pipeline network more than 2.5 million miles long transports oil and natural gas throughout the United States — but a top official in the federal government’s pipeline safety oversight agency admits that the regulatory process is overstretched and “kind of dying.” A recent spike in the number of spills illustrates the problem: the Department of Transportation recorded 73 pipeline-related accidents in 2014, an 87 percent increase over 2009. Despite calls for stricter regulations over the last few years, the rules governing the infrastructure have largely remained the same. Critics say that this is because of the oil industry’s cozy relationship with regulators, and argue that violations for penalties are too low to compel compliance. VICE News traveled to Glendive, Montana, to visit the site of a pipeline spill that dumped more than 50,000 gallons of oil into the Yellowstone River, to find out why the industry has such weak regulatory oversight. In this excerpt, VICE News heads to the site of the Yellowstone River pipeline spill where the EPA’s Onsite Coordinator talks about the difficulties of recovering oil once it’s polluted the water, and whether pipe degradation has contributed to the increase in pipeline spills across the United States. Watch “Cursed by Coal: Mining the Navajo Nation” – Read “What Is the US Government Doing to Prevent the Next Oil Pipeline Disaster?“ – 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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VICE News Daily: Drama in Okinawa Over Relocation of U.S. Base

The VICE News Capsule is a news roundup that looks beyond the headlines. Today: Archaeologists may have discovered a Nazi hideout in the Argentinian jungle, schools in southern Malawi remain closed after a flooding disaster in January, a delay in the relocation of a U.S. air base in Okinawa, and how the world’s oldest and deepest freshwater lake is shrinking. ARGENTINA Archaeologists Study Site of Possible Nazi Jungle Hideout Legend has it a close aide of Adolf Hitler lived there. MALAWI Schools Remain Shut Months After Heavy Flooding Many were swept away and others remain badly damaged. JAPAN Okinawa Governor Delays Relocation of U.S. Air Base The dispute could create a diplomatic headache for Tokyo. RUSSIA Water Level of Lake Baikal Reaches 30-Year Low ​Experts blame a combination of climate change and the increased use of hydropower.​ 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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Emphasis Added: The Media and The Islamic State

Emphasis Added on VICE News brings together a group of journalists, academics and other smart folks to argue about the role the media play in actually effecting the outcome of the stories they cover. Hosted by VICE News Editor-in-Chief Jason Mojica (, our first episode examines media coverage of the Islamic State. We want to hear from you: Did the media fail or succeed in covering the Islamic State? Do you think the media should have shown propaganda videos released by the Islamic State? Let us know your questions on Twitter with the hashtag #EmphasisAdded, or send us a video message on Skype. To leave a Skype video message, follow the instructions here: Joining us live for our first episode: Steven Livingston ( Professor of Media and Public Affairs, The George Washington University Santiago Lyon ( Vice President and Director of Photography, The Associated Press Lina Khatib ( Director, Carnegie Middle East Center Phil Chetwynd ( Editor-in-Chief, Agence France-Presse 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 Why College Is Becoming More Expensive: The VICE News Interview

Watch the full roundtable: The biggest financial issue currently facing young Americans is not the decline of manufacturing jobs or the housing collapse, but mounting student debt. To tackle this issue, VICE hosted a roundtable discussion, moderated by VICE founder Shane Smith, with President Barack Obama and five students who discussed the challenges surrounding student debt and the pursuit of higher education in the US. In this excerpt, President Obama discusses why college is becoming both more important for students as well as increasingly expensive. Watch the full interview: Read “President Obama, VICE, and US Students Talk Student Debt Issues in Roundtable Discussion” – 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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Google’s Mobile Algorithm Puts Customers First [#SESMiami]

Google will begin prioritizing mobile-friendly sites because that’s what users have grown to expect, said developer programs tech lead Maile Ohye in her SES Miami keynote speech.

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Fundbox Provides Options to Borrow on Unpaid Invoices

Fundbox funding app

If your business is waiting on payments from a few clients to put plans into action, there’s a service that may be able to help.

Fundbox helps small businesses clear unpaid invoices by providing advances on those outstanding bills.

So, if your business has $1,000 in outstanding, unpaid invoices sent to customers, Fundbox may be able to provide those payments now. They can be paid back later when the money is received.

Interest in Fundbox is growing. In an official release recently, Fundbox announced receiving $40 million in Series B financing. Getting behind Fundbox in this round of fundraising are General Catalyst Partners, NyCa Investment Partners, existing Fundbox investors Khosla Ventures, Shlomo Kramer, Blumberg Capital and others.

In a prepared statement issued with the release, Fundbox CEO Eyal Shinar explains:

“This investment provides Fundbox with greater capacity and resources to bring data science backed financing solutions to small business owners in the U.S. Our vision transcends just cash flow solutions, as our proprietary data-driven engines can fundamentally transform and modernize the entire small business economy and B2B transactions.”

From within the Fundbox app, users can opt to clear paid invoices and flag the unpaid ones. If time goes by on the unpaid invoices, companies can opt to seek an advance from Fundbox.

Companies that are waiting on money in order to make new equipment purchases, pay employees, or even their own bills are putting their future on hold waiting for this money.

When an advance is approved by Fundbox, a recipient gets the money from the unpaid invoices immediately in their bank account.

The costs associated with getting fronts on the money owed vary by transaction, the invoice specifically, and a business’s overall financial health, the company’s official website says.

Fundbox says that users will see how much each advance will cost before they enter any bank information. The company says the average $1,000 advance on unpaid bills costs between $52 and $72.

On the Fundbox website, there is a slide calculator to help determine what each advance would cost.

From the money sought for an advance, Fundbox takes two cuts. The first is a transaction fee, including third-party fees. The other is an advance fee taken directly by Fundbox. The rest, or the principal, is sent immediately to the company needing the cash.

The money borrowed through the advance is paid back over the course of 12 equal weekly payments. Businesses have the option to pay back the advance even sooner, too.

A Fundbox account is free, the company says on its website. Signing up for an account takes about 20 seconds.

New users are prompted for an email, password, and the name of the bookkeeping app they use. Fundbox monitors that accounting software and it automatically stores all invoices created.

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