CNC Programmer/Machinist   
CO-Colorado Springs, MasterCam Programmer & Machinist · CNC Programmer/Machinist Applicant must have a proven ability to setup and operate one or combination of CNC lathes, milling machines working in a job-shop and production environment. • Setup and operate machinery per the appropriate work instructions • Machine part from blueprint, sketch, or verbal instruction • Use and maintain a variety of precision measuring
          TS208:San Fran MTA, FACT Act,Rand Paul   
Pull out your blueprints because the Denver airport is the new standard for the modern hip apartment! Brace yourself for terrifying murals and uncomfortable chairs! This week the Crisis Pregnancy Center not only has problems with sentence structure and facts, but they are also incapable of distinguishing between IUDs and a fetus. Also, Rand Paul gave a speech at Drake University (sadly not that Drake) and in true Trump form is telling gay people “ya fired.” Come on Rand don’t make yourself the subject of a Drake song because he’s “gotta lot of enemies.” Buh dum chh. Happy Thursday!
          The New Forests Company and its Uganda plantations: Oxfam Case Study   

London-based New Forests Company (NFC) would seem to be the design blueprint of how a young modern company should conduct a major land investment in Africa in a responsible way. Oxfam’s investigations reveal, however, that serious allegations by people who were evicted from land to make way for NFC’s operations remain unresolved. How will the company respond?

Today, the people evicted from the land are desperate, having been driven into poverty and landlessness. In some instances they say they were subjected to violence and their property, crops, and livestock destroyed. They say they were not properly consulted, have been offered no adequate compensation, and have received no alternative land.

Oxfam believes that the affected communities in Kiboga and Mubende deserve to have their case heard and to see justice done.

In Oxfam’s view, NFC and its financial backers must be held to account for the lost
livelihoods and shattered lives of families evicted from the land they farmed. Oxfam is
calling on NFC and its investors to:

  • Hold a full investigation into the events in Kiboga and Mubende, and make the terms of reference for the investigation and its findings, public;
  • Commit to a transparent and accountable process to provide justice for the affected communities and, in consultation with affected communities and local and national authorities, ensure the provision of alternative land and compensation for lost homes, crops, livestock, and livelihoods;
  • Provide damages for any abuses found to have been suffered by affected communities; 
  • Where failures are found, commit to reform their policies, standards, and procedures, so that such abuses can never happen again.
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In September 2011, Oxfam profiled a land deal in Uganda in which villagers were being evicted to make way for timber plantations. Read an update about the case.

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           China says Sino-British Joint Declaration on Hong Kong no longer has meaning    
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          Whitney Houston Remembered By Beyonce   

'She was the ultimate legend. The ultimate woman,' Beyonce says in a statement to MTV News about Houston, who died Saturday in L.A.
By Jocelyn Vena

<P>One day after pop music <a href="/news/articles/1679035/whitney-houston-dead-celebrity-reaction.jhtml">lost one of its icons</a> and greatest voices, <a href="http://www.mtv.com/music/artist/houston_whitney/artist.jhtml">Whitney Houston</a>, <a href="http://www.mtv.com/music/artist/knowles_beyonce/artist.jhtml">Beyonc&#233;</a> is opening up about the death of the pop superstar. She recalled meeting the singer for the first time 15 years ago, just as she was breaking into the industry herself. </P><P> </P><P></p><div class="player-placeholder right" title="Whitney Houston: Life And Music Of An Icon" id="id:1679030" width="240" height="211"></div><p> </P><P> </P><P>"The loss of Whitney Houston is painful. I remember meeting Whitney for the first time when I was 15. She was the ultimate legend. The ultimate woman. Not only was she confident, poised, stunningly beautiful and intelligent, but she was sincere and kind," she said in a statement to MTV News. "She took the time to make everyone feel like they were very important to her." </P><P> </P><P>Beyonc&#233; continued in the statement that Houston's killer vocal abilities helped make her the superstar she was. "I, like every singer, always wanted to be just like her. Her voice was perfect. Strong but soothing. Soulful and classic. Her vibrato, her cadence, her control. So many of my life's memories are attached to a Whitney Houston song," she said. "She is our queen and she opened doors and provided a blueprint for all of us. God bless her." </P><P> </P><P>Her statement comes on the same day that Houston will be remembered at the 2012 Grammy Awards. B's "Dreamgirls" co-star Jennifer Hudson will lead the <a href="/news/articles/1679040/whitney-houston-grammy-tribute.jhtml"> Grammy tribute to the late icon</a>, along with Houston's longtime friend and collaborator, Chaka Khan. </P><P> </P><P>She joins a long list of divas who have recalled Houston's undeniable influence on their own careers, including Rihanna, Nicki Minaj and Christina Aguilera. </P><P> </P><P>"Heartbroken and in tears over the shocking death of my friend, the incomparable Ms. Whitney Houston," Mariah Carey wrote about the <a href="/news/articles/1679049/whitney-houston-dies-details.jhtml">loss of Houston</a>, who was found dead in her Los Angeles hotel on Saturday."My heartfelt condolences to Whitney's family and to all her millions of fans throughout the world. She will never be forgotten as one of the greatest voices to ever grace the earth." </P><P> </P><P>It's not only pop divas who are recounting her influence, but also <a href="/news/articles/1679063/whitney-houston-dead-grammys-2012.jhtml">producers from the world of EDM</a>. "She had the swagger and she had the voice," Diplo told MTV News during our pre-show live stream. "I was listening to a bunch of records last night, and I was amazed at how deeply I felt about her records as a child." </P><P> </P><P><b>MTV News' Sway and James Montgomery will be live from the <a href="http://www.mtv.com/news/grammys/">Grammys</a> red carpet all evening to get reactions from music's biggest stars on the death of Whitney Houston. Watch reactions and remembrances at MTV.com.</b> </P><P> </P><P><i>Share your condolences with Whitney's family and friends on our <a href="https://www.facebook.com/mtvnews/posts/381732435187118&rdquo" target="_blank">Facebook</a> page.</i></p>

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          Ransomware has been around for almost 30 years, so why does it feel like it's getting worse?   

Ransomware is not new. The malware, which encrypts data and demands payment in exchange for decryption keys, has been with us for almost 30 years.

So why does it feel like it's getting worse? Well, that's because it is getting worse.

In seemingly no time at all, ransomware has gone from an obscure threat faced by a select few to a plague crippling hospitals, banks, public transportation systems, and even video games. Frustratingly, the explosive growth of ransomware shows no signs of abating - leaving victims wondering why them, and why now?

The answer to both of those questions involves cryptocurrency and the National Security Agency.

But first, a little history

The first known ransomware attack hit the healthcare industry way back in 1989. According to the cybersecurity blog Practically Unhackable, a biologist by the name of Joseph Popp sent close to 20,000 floppy disks to researchers claiming they contained a survey which would help scientists determine a patient's risk for contracting HIV.

What was left unmentioned in the promotional material was that the disks also encrypted file names on infected computers - rendering them practically unusable. Instead of their typical boot screens, victims were shown a message demanding a $189 payment in order to unlock the system.

The message displayed by PC Cyborg. PHOTO:  Palo Alto Networks

Popp, who had a PhD from Harvard, was an evolutionary biologist and fell outside of what we think of today as a stereotypical hacker.

According to The Atlantic, after he was arrested and charged with blackmail, Popp insisted that he intended to donate the proceeds from his scheme to HIV-related research.

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          This isn't the iPhone 8 - but it's probably really, really close   

It's getting harder and harder to think of opening sentences for all these iPhone 8 rumours, so I'll just get on with it: There's a new iPhone 8 video, crystal clear, showing the device from all sides.

There's one caveat: It's not really the iPhone 8. It's a device manufactured via CNC process, based on 3D CAD plans which allegedly come "directly from the factory in charge of building the new iPhone."

The video, courtesy of @onleaks and Tigermobiles, gives us a detailed look of a device that matches all the latest iPhone 8 rumours.

It has a vertically placed dual rear camera, no visible fingerprint sensor, a screen that covers the entire front side of the phone (save the dip on top to accommodate the sensors and the selfie camera), and a steel frame painted black to match the slightly curved black glass on both sides.

Toward the end of the video, the device is precisely measured from all sides: It's 14.35mm long, 7.5mm thick and 71.03mm wide.

One slightly worrying fact: That camera bump on the back is not small by any means; it adds 1.63mm to the phone's thickness for a total of 9.13mm.

Youtube/ Tiger Mobiles and Twitter/ OnLeaks

To see how all this would look in a case, check out the image below, courtesy of case manufacturer Nodus.

The company claims it had also received CAD models of the new phone from the supply chain, and has already designed a leather/polycarbonate case to match it.

There's nothing here that we haven't seen before, but it is by far the best view of the iPhone 8 we've gotten so far.

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However, keep in mind that even if those CAD designs are accurate, it's still possible that Apple will change some details before the phone goes into production.

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          CNC Laser Set Up Operator (Sheet Metal) - Innovated Machine & Tool Co., Inc. - Newport News, VA   
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          In the Beginning: We Start a 40,000-Mile Test of Genesis’s Premium Player   
In retrospect, it’s only logical that we eventually would find ourselves behind the wheel of a nearly $70,000 Hyundai. Loosely following the blueprint used by the trio of Japanese manufacturers that launched upscale divisions in the late 20th century, Hyundai’s newly minted Genesis is meant to put a little space between its upmarket offerings and […]
          The #1 Mistake Students Make   
Hi guys… Want to know the #1 mistake students make when they’re studying for exams? Then head on over to Exam Blueprint and watch a video I’ve put together which explains a huge mistake you’re probably making right now when you’re studying. Correcting this mistake could be the difference between passing and failing. It was […]
          Dr Leonard Bonello speaks at PKF’s innovation seminar   
PKF Malta hosted a session, entitled ‘Blueprint for Innovation’, on Wednesday 28th June at the SkyParks Business Centre. Supported by Microsoft Innovation Centre and FinanceMalta, the session aimed at driving dialogue and promoting creativity between entrepreneurs, start-ups and professionals who are interested or active in Research and Development (R&D) and the latest technological innovations. Amongst [...]
          Manager – Maintenance - Midway Attractions Corporate Office - Dubai   
Ability to read blueprints pertaining to rides, attractions, electrical, mechanical and plumbing. Extensive knowledge of Heat exchangers, Water filtration...
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          Exosomes as way to make 'personalized medicine' easier and more precise   
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          (USA-MI-Paw Paw) Mechanic Maintenance- Paw Paw, MI - PCK340-101822   
DESCRIPTION/RESPONSIBILITIES:Job ID: 41715Position Title: Mechanic Maintenance- Paw Paw, MICompany: The Coca-Cola CompanyWorking Location: MI - Paw PawSpecific Location: US-MI-PAW PAW-PLANTEmployment Status: Full TimeRelocation Provided: NoTravel Required: 0%Shift: N/AJob OverviewThe primary role of the Maintenance Mechanic is to provide competent effective mechanic maintenance support to Plant operations. The ability to perform work safely, meet the needs of Operations, execute the maintenance program comply w/all safety codes is paramount. The Mechanic must identify, troubleshoot repair problems in mechanical systems that occur in production equipment processes. He/she must be able to run tests, isolate problems, remove/replace failed components, determine failure modes by studying worn components perform other tasks as necessary. He/she also performs preventive maintenance upgrades to mechanical systems.The Mechanic is recognized as skilled knowledgeable in mechanical systems is sought out to support troubleshooting, development of process/system improvements, preventive predictive maintenance development contractor performance monitoring, when necessary, for new equipment or process systems. He/she is responsible for notifying management if a workplace becomes too hazardous because of some mechanical problem.Job DescriptionFunction Related Activities / KEY RESPONSIBILITIES: * Perform preventive maintenance on mechanical systems to include disassembly, cleaning, reassembly, calibration. * Analyze test results, machine error messages, information obtained from operators in order to diagnose equipment problems. * Clean, lubricate, adjust parts, equipment, machinery. * Disassemble machinery equipment to remove parts make repairs. * Examine parts for defects such as breakage excessive wear. * Observe test the operation of machinery equipment in order to diagnose malfunctions, using voltmeters other testing devices. * Operate newly repaired machinery equipment to verify the adequacy of repairs. * Reassemble equipment after completion of inspections, testing, or repairs. * Repair maintain the operating condition of industrial production processing machinery equipment. * Repair replace broken or malfunctioning components of machinery equipment. * Troubleshoot repair machine electrical controls malfunctions such as 3-phase motor replacements, photo eye adjustments, servos, machine timing circuit replacements, etc. * Study blueprints manufacturers' manuals to determine correct installation operation of machinery. * Cut weld metal to repair broken metal parts, fabricate new parts, assemble new equipment. * Demonstrate equipment functions features to machine operators. * Record parts materials used, order or requisition new parts materials as necessary. * Record repairs maintenance performed. * Enter codes instructions to program computer-controlled machinery. * Sometimes repairs or modifications are performed when blueprints manufactures specifications are unavailable or incomplete. * Applies a wide variety of methods, procedures techniques to lay out, install, align, repair, overhaul, maintain various types of machines encompassing mechanical, hydraulic, pneumatic, electrical systems operation principles. * Ut
          (USA-MI-Battle Creek) Medical Equipment Repairer - Biomedical Equipment Technician (BMET)   
Job Overview ## Job Overview ### Summary Vacancy Identification Number (VIN):1979351 OUR MISSION: To fulfill President Lincoln's promise – "To care for him who shall have borne the battle, and for his widow, and his orphan" – by serving and honoring the men and women who are America's Veterans. How would you like to become a part of a team providing compassionate care to Veterans? **Welcome to our Midwestern Frontier** Also known as "Cereal City," Battle Creek Michigan is strategically located midway between Chicago and Detroit. Battle Creek offers the serenity of country living and the cultural and recreational amenities offered in urban settings. Numerous parks are connected to the Battle Creek and Kalamazoo rivers and lakes and provide opportunities for hiking, fishing, canoeing, picnicking and other recreation. Community sporting, cultural, ethnic, historical, and holiday festivals provide plenty for residents to see and do. As a Battle Creek VA Medical Center professional, your opportunities are endless. With many openings in the multiple functions of VA, you will have a wide range of opportunities and leadership positions at your fingertips. Not only is the Department of Veterans Affairs the largest, most technologically advanced integrated health care system in the Nation, but we also provide many other services to our nations Veterans through the Veterans Benefits Administration and the Veterans National Cemeteries. Battle Creek VA Medical Center professionals not only feel good about their careers, but their ability to balance work as well as home life. The Battle Creek VAMC offers generous paid time off, and a variety of predictable and flexible scheduling opportunities. For more information on the Department of Veterans Affairs, go to http://www.vacareers.va.gov/ **Special Employment Consideration:** VA encourages persons with disabilities to apply, including those eligible for hiring under 5 CFR 213.3102(u), Schedule A, Appointment of persons with disabilities [i.e., intellectual disabilities, severe physical disabilities, or psychiatric disabilities], and/or Disabled veterans with a compensable service-connected disability of 30% or more. Contact the Agency Contact on the last page of the JOA for information on how to apply under this appointment authority via the Selective Placement Coordinator. For more information on the "Who may apply" eligibility requirements, please refer to the OHRM Status Candidates and Other Candidate Definitionsdocument. ### Duties **The Medical Equipment Repairer provides for the safe and reliable operation of medical equipment and systems used for the diagnosis and treatment of patients at the Battle Creek Healthcare Delivery System, which includes Battle Cree VAMC, Wyoming Health Care Center, and Community Based Outpatient Clinics located in Lansing, Muskegon, and Benton Harbor.** As a Medical equipment repairer the incumbent will install, modify, troubleshoot, maintain, test, calibrate, adjust, overhaul, and repair a wide variety of medical, laboratory, and dental equipment (electronic, electrical, and mechanical). Typical examples of equipment serviced include radiographic diagnostic and treatment units, cardiac defibrillators, hemodialysis units, ultracentrifuges, spectrophotometers, ultrasonic therapy equipment, electrophoresis apparatus, gas chromatographs, electron microscopes, X-ray units, electrocardiograph machines, cardiac monitors, electrosurgical units, electroencephalographs and radiography high speed film processors. They maintain and repair chemical, mechanical, hydraulic, pneumatic, vacuum, suction and pressure systems which may include water, steam, air, gas under pressure, and piped oxygen lines associated with equipment serviced. Medical equipment repairers determine nature and extent of repairs required by checking equipment for malfunctions, requiring the tracing of wiring, broken or worn parts, leaks, feedback, and interference. They check voltage tolerances, amperage, power supplies, wave shape, frequency resonance, deflection time, decay curve, gain, balance, and signal sensitivity against prescribed tolerances and specifications. The repairers plan and carry out work assignments using blueprints, schematic drawings, technical manuals, wiring diagrams, liquid and air flow sheets, and other specifications. Medical equipment repairers test equipment after repair and also new equipment to assure proper functioning; conduct preventive maintenance inspection of equipment; perform periodic checks to insure that using personnel are following proper preventive maintenance procedures; and may conduct on-the-job training for lower graded employees in the maintenance of medical, laboratory, and dental equipment. Medical equipment repairers make standard computations using algebraic expressions and shop formulas relating to load requirements of wiring and equipment. **The incumbent in this position will not be required to file a financial disclosure report.** **Work Schedule:** Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Schedule may be changed to meet the needs of the Veterans and the Medical Center; evening and weekend coverage may be required. **Position Description Title/PD#:** Medical Equipment Repairer, WG-4805-11, PD# 10068-0 ### Travel Required * Not Required ### Relocation Authorized * No Job Requirements ## Job Requirements ### Key Requirements * You must be a U.S. citizen to apply for this job. * Subject to a background/suitability investigation. * Designated and/or random drug testing may be required. * [time in grade requirement may be added] * Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959. ### Qualifications To qualify for this position, applicants must meet all requirements by the closing date of this announcement **Experience**: Your background must demonstrate experience of advanced knowledge and experience in the theories, techniques, and applications of advanced analog and digital electronics, electro-mechanics, microprocessor controls, computers, and computer networks. **You must also demonstrate a general knowledge of electricity, hydraulics, pneumatics, optics, physics, mathematics, chemistry, anatomy, physiology, and medical terminology.** A specific length of training and experience is not required, but you must show evidence of training or experience of sufficient scope and quality of your ability to do the work of this position. **Evidence which demonstrates you possess the knowledge, skills, and ability to perform the duties of this position must be supported by detailed descriptions of such on your resume or OF-612.** Applicants will be rated in accordance with the OPM Federal Wage System Job Grading Standard for Medical Equipment Repairing, 4805 Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religions; spiritual; community; student; social). 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Medical equipment repairers continually lift from 5 to 18 kilograms (10 to 40 pounds) and, occasionally, objects weighing in excess of 18 kilograms (40 pounds). **Working Conditions:** Repairers perform work inside, in well lighted, heated, and ventilated areas. They are exposed to the possibility of cuts, bruises, scrapes, broken bones, and serious burns caused by electrical shock. Repairers work in contaminated and contagious disease areas, and with radiation and contaminated equipment. ### Security Clearance Public Trust - Background Investigation Additional Information ## Additional Information ### What To Expect Next After we receive application packages (including all required documents) and the vacancy announcement closes, we will review applications to ensure qualification and eligibility requirements are met. During our review, if your résumé and application package do not support your questionnaire answers, we will adjust your rating accordingly. After the review is complete, a referral certificate(s) is issued and applicants will be notified of their status by email (if provided); otherwise, applicants will receive a notification letter via the U.S. Postal Service. Referred applicants will be notified as such and may be contacted directly by the hiring office for an interview. All referred applicants receive a final notification once a selection decision has been made. You may check the status of your application at any time by logging into your USAJOBS account and clicking on “Application Status.” For a more detailed update of your status, click on “more information.” Information regarding applicant notification points can be found in the USAJobs Resource Center. #### BENEFITS VA offers a comprehensive benefits package. This link provides an overview of the benefits currently offered: http://www.vacareers.va.gov/why-choose-va/benefits/index.asp. VA supports the use of telework as a way to help attract and retain talented individuals in public service, increase worker productivity, and better prepare the agency to operate during emergencies. This position may be authorized for telework. Telework eligibility will be discussed during the interview process. ### Other Information **The Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP) and Career Transition Assistance Plan CTAP)**provide eligible displaced Federal competitive service employees with selection priority over other candidates for competitive service vacancies. To be qualified you must submit appropriate documentation and be found well-qualified (have a final rating of 85 or more before any Veterans preference points) for this vacancy. Information about ICTAP and CTAP eligibility is on OPM's Career Transition Resources website. **Receiving Service Credit for Earning Annual (Vacation) Leave** : Federal Employees earn annual leave at a rate (4, 6 or 8 hours per pay period) which is based on the number of years they have served as a Federal employee. VA may offer newly-appointed Federal employee's credit for their job-related non-federal experience or active duty uniformed military service. This credited service can be used in determining the rate at which they earn annual leave. Such credit must be requested and approved prior to the appointment date and is not guaranteed. **Placement Policy:** The posting of this announcement does not obligate management to fill a vacancy or vacancies by promotion. The position may be filled by reassignment, change to lower grade, transfer, appointment, or reinstatement. Management may use any one or any combination of these methods to fill the position. It is the policy of the VA to not deny employment to those that have faced financial hardships or periods of unemployment. This job opportunity announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies. This job originated on www.usajobs.gov. For the full announcement and to apply, visit www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/473034400. Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at www.usajobs.gov will be considered. *Salary Range:* $25.63 to $29.91 / Per Hour *Series & Grade:* WG-4805-11/11 *Supervisory Status:* No *Who May Apply:* Current and former federal employees with competitive status, reinstatement eligible’s, Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP) eligible’s, Veterans (VEOA and 30% Disabled), and special non-competitive appointment eligible’s (e.g., Persons with Disabilities, Certain Military Spouses, Peace Corps and Vista Volunteers, etc.). *Control Number:* 473034400 *Job Announcement Number:* BI-17-081-DJJ-1979351-BU
          Millwright Journeyman - AECOM - Rainbow Lake, AB   
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          Machinist - AFIMAC - Toronto, PE   
Review electronic or written blueprints or specifications for a job. Successful candidates must be willing to work 12 hour shifts, 7 days a week, and must be... $27 an hour
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          (USA-MI-Paw Paw) Maintenance Mechanic - Paw Paw - PCK340-101387   
Maintenance Mechanic - Paw Paw - PCK340-101387DESCRIPTION/RESPONSIBILITIES:Job ID: 41448Position Title: Maintenance Mechanic - Paw PawCompany: The Coca-Cola CompanyWorking Location: MI - Paw PawSpecific Location: US-MI-PAW PAW-PLANTEmployment Status: Full TimeRelocation Provided: NoTravel Required: 0%Shift: N/AJob OverviewThe primary role of the Maintenance Mechanic is to provide competent effective mechanic maintenance support to Plant operations. The ability to perform work safely, meet the needs of Operations, execute the maintenance program comply w/all safety codes is paramount. The Mechanic must identify, troubleshoot repair problems in mechanical systems that occur in production equipment processes. He/she must be able to run tests, isolate problems, remove/replace failed components, determine failure modes by studying worn components perform other tasks as necessary. He/she also performs preventive maintenance upgrades to mechanical systems.The Mechanic is recognized as skilled knowledgeable in mechanical systems is sought out to support troubleshooting, development of process/system improvements, preventive predictive maintenance development contractor performance monitoring, when necessary, for new equipment or process systems. He/she is responsible for notifying management if a workplace becomes too hazardous because of some mechanical problem.Job DescriptionFunction Related Activities / KEY RESPONSIBILITIES: * Perform preventive maintenance on mechanical systems to include disassembly, cleaning, reassembly, calibration. * Analyze test results, machine error messages, information obtained from operators in order to diagnose equipment problems. * Clean, lubricate, adjust parts, equipment, machinery. * Disassemble machinery equipment to remove parts make repairs. * Examine parts for defects such as breakage excessive wear. * Observe test the operation of machinery equipment in order to diagnose malfunctions, using voltmeters other testing devices. * Operate newly repaired machinery equipment to verify the adequacy of repairs. * Reassemble equipment after completion of inspections, testing, or repairs. * Repair maintain the operating condition of industrial production processing machinery equipment. * Repair replace broken or malfunctioning components of machinery equipment. * Troubleshoot repair machine electrical controls malfunctions such as 3-phase motor replacements, photo eye adjustments, servos, machine timing circuit replacements, etc. * Study blueprints manufacturers' manuals to determine correct installation operation of machinery. * Cut weld metal to repair broken metal parts, fabricate new parts, assemble new equipment. * Demonstrate equipment functions features to machine operators. * Record parts materials used, order or requisition new parts materials as necessary. * Record repairs maintenance performed. * Enter codes instructions to program computer-controlled machinery. * Sometimes repairs or modifications are performed when blueprints manufactures specifications are unavailable or incomplete. * Applies a wide variety of methods, procedures techniques to lay out, install, align, repair, overhaul, maintain various types of machines encompassing mechanical, hydraulic, pneumatic, electrical systems operation principl
          Mechanical Drafter   
NJ-Asbury Park, Mechanical Drafter Category: Engineering Type: Permanent Description: Work for a Central, NJ company providing the Industrial & Commercial sector with superior mechanical contracting services including system design & installation, maintenance, controls, and power wiring SUMMARY - Mechanical Drafter (AUTOCAD) -Read and interpret blueprints, technical drawings, schematics, or computer-generated rep
          (USA-MI-Kalamazoo) Journeyman Plumber   
Qualified candidates eligible for a $1,000.00 sign on bonus.A-1 Refrigeration is seeking dynamic, motivated, career minded individuals. You would be working on a team with a company that has been in business for over 50 years! We understand that we wouldn’t have been in business as long as we have without our team. We need people like you to join our team and help grow our company. Take a look at who we are and what we offer. If it sounds like a good fit, introduce yourself by sending a current resume. We look forward to meeting with you soon.Qualified candidates eligible for a $1,000.00 sign on bonus.Position: Journeyman Plumber Primary Purpose: A Plumber Journeyman works day-to-day on assigned plumbing tasks. Provides guidance and direction to apprentices/helpers working under him/her. Ensures job quality and customer satisfaction is maintained in every stage of the project. Interacts with upper management and other trades to solve problems and build lasting relationships. Creates the type of positive environment that works to maintain a sufficient and qualified work force. Reports to the foreman and operates under specific supervision in all types of weather conditions. Frequently working at heights, using equipment, in a safe and professional manner.Essential Duties: Layout, assemble, install pipes, fittings, equipment, and fixtures of heating, cooling, domestic water, air, drainage systems, and gas according to company standards, specifications, and plumbing or mechanical codes. Test pipes and fixtures using water and air to detect deficiencies. Safely measures, cuts, threads, glues, solders, brazes, and slopes pipes composed of various materials Install hangers and supports for all plumbing systems.Required: Must have an active Michigan State Plumbing Journeyman card, Ability to read and interpret blueprints Extensive knowledge of all plumbing systems installation. Safe working knowledge of all hand and power tools Able to do basic take offs Able to install equipment Work within precise limits or standards of accuracyObtain required personal hand tools Must be able to lift, carry, push, or pull objects weighing up to 50 pounds Work off of ladders and at heights for an entire work shift Must have a satisfactory driving record, criminal record, and be able to pass a drug screen HS diploma, GED, or equivalent.
          (USA-MI-Kalamazoo) Maintenance Supervisor/Tech   
DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES: *Troubleshoots minor maintenance problems involving electrical, structural, plumbing, and equipment repair or replacement.*Performs preventive building maintenance duties, caulks windows and doors, repairs and replaces broken windows.*Performs routine plumbing repairs.*Performs routine electrical repairs.*Purchases supplies, equipment, and materials necessary to complete projects.*Repairs and replaces door knobs or locks, repairs door closures, patches holes in walls.*Paints interior and exterior walls.KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES:*Knowledge of a variety of building maintenance procedures and techniques.*Knowledge of machinery, equipment, and tools necessary for the maintenance and repair of public buildings.*Skill in reading and following blueprints and assembly instructions.*Skills in following safety practices and recognizing hazards.*Skill in using hand and power tools.PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS AND WORK ENVIRONMENT: Work involves moderate to heavy work in all types of weather. There is frequent need to stand, stoop, walk, lift heavy objects (up to 50 pounds) and perform other similar actions during the course of the workday.We are a drug/alcohol free work environment through the use of mandatory pre-employment drug testing.*MUST HAVE A VALID MICHIGAN DRIVERS LISCENSE*
          (USA-MI-Kalamazoo) Production Manager   
TASKSulliReview and approve estimates and contracts with salesperson before they are sent to the customer./liliConfer with sales person regarding new projects to ensure that project specifications meet customer expectations./liliOrder or requisition materials or supplies./liliSchedule and coordinate the activities of employees and subcontractors./liliAssign work to employees, based on material or worker requirements of specific jobs./liliRead specifications, such as blueprints, to determine construction requirements or to plan procedures./liliInspect work progress, equipment, or construction sites to verify safety or to ensure that specifications are met./liliMonitor project costs in accordance with the customer bid to ensure gross profit./liliActively participate in actions to help maintain overall company efficiency and profitability including overhead expenses./liliLocate, measure, and mark site locations or placement of structures or equipment, using measuring and marking equipment./liliConfer with sales person, technical personnel, other departments, or contractors to resolve problems or to coordinate activities./liliCollaborate with accounting department to set and monitor financial goals./liliAnalyze worker or production problems and recommend solutions, such as improving production methods or implementing/liliMotivational plans./liliRecruit or hire subcontractors or employees as necessary to maintain proper work flow and job completion./liliTrain workers in construction methods, operation of equipment, safety procedures, or company policies./liliRecord information such as personnel, production, or operational data on specified forms or reports./liliCommunicate production progress consistently with management./liliProvide assistance to workers engaged in construction or demolition activities when needed./liliArrange for repairs of equipment or machinery./liliSuggest or initiate personnel actions, such as promotions, transfers, or hires./li/ul
          (USA-MI-Kalamazoo) Manual Machinist Needed   
ulliOperate machine tools such as lathes, milling machines, and grinders to produce metal parts./liliReview electronic or written blueprints or specifications for a job./liliCalculate where to cut or bore./liliShape steel, aluminum, titanium, plastic, silicon and other materials./liliDetermine how fast or slow work piece is fed into machine./liliDetermine how much material to remove./liliSelect tools and materials for the job./liliPlan the sequence of cutting and finishing operations./liliMark the work piece to show where cuts should be made./liliPosition work piece on the drill press, lathe, or milling machine./liliMonitor and control feed rate and speed./liliEnsure work piece is properly lubricated and/or cooled./liliRegulate temperature of work piece./liliDetect problems by listening for specific sounds./liliAdjust cutting speed to compensate for harmonic vibrations./liliMonitor the accuracy of cuts./liliReplace dull cutting tools./liliCheck accuracy of work against blueprints and specifications./liliProduce large quantities of parts./liliDetermine how automated equipment will cut a part./liliDetermine cutting path./liliConcert path, speed, and feed information into set of instructions for machine tool./liliUse manual and computer-controlled machinery./liliWrite basic programs./liliModify programs in response to problems./li/ul
          One Teacher's Take on the Candidate's Forum....   
Random thoughts on last night's [Oct 23, 2008] forum for the candidates for San Joaquin Delta Board of Trustees...first, PIPELINE, its members, and the faculty (Jeanne-Marie Velickovic and Peggy Scully) who organized the club are to be congratulated on their stellar efforts. It is important to personalize the Nov. 4 election, and the many students in the audience last night received a lesson that could not have been taught in the classroom.

I was impressed that 10 of the 13 candidates were present and acquitted themselves in a professional manner. I would have been doubly impressed if all of our current Board of Trustees were present. The forum was well-moderated by Record editor Kevin Parrish, and the questions developed by the panel covered the bond, student services, fiduciary responsibility and administrative oversight. There were also questions taken from audience members, who were given index cards with their program and even a second or third card if needed. (There were no questions about improving "education" or "teaching." On numerous occasions the faculty was cited as exemplary.)

I felt like I'd won the lottery when my question was the first from the audience put to the candidates. I wrote (and I am paraphrasing): For years, there has been fearful discussion on campus that the administration was "after" the money raised at the flea market by the Associated Student Body Government. What would you do, if elected, to prevent that from happening?

Now, for anyone who feels this fear is unjustified, look no further than the conservative George Will, who on today's Record opinion page begins his column with: "Washington is having a Willie Sutton moment. Such moments occur when government, finding its revenue insufficient for its agenda, glimpses some money it does not control and would like to."

Trustee McCreary answered the question by referring to the current, contested expenditure approval process. Delta clubs and the administration have started down the slippery slope of who gets to determine how clubs spend their monies. "Approval" implies control simply because it can be withheld. And more questions have arisen than have been answered.

For the most part, candidates addressed the questions put to them. There were, however, several instances, where candidates only addressed a portion of the question or deflected the question with an answer of their own. In addition, I wish all the candidates had taken a cue from the presidential debates and written the questions down as they were being put. This would have saved time repeating the questions, and we could have asked more questions and leaned more about the candidates.

While some may equate outspokenness to viability, there is room for error in this approach. Jennet Stebbins was frequently flustered by the buzzer that indicated the 60 second time limit, and audience members may have discounted some of her answers due to performance rather than content. This morning, in English 1D: Critical Thinking, PIPELINE treasurer Antoni Tomas, who was also on the panel last night, recapped the event for his classmates, citing this question (and I paraphrase): Should there be a health care center on campus?

Trustee Bugarin wandered into health care insurance. Businessman James Grunsky said do the numbers, check the feasibility. Stebbens said partner with local health care agencies. Tomas liked her response. He said (and I quote): "She nailed it."

Two candidates stood out in their area of expertise. It was obvious from Mary Ann Cox's response on Middle College High School that her insider knowledge and institutional "memory" would be an asset on the board. From their facial expressions, most of the other candidates did not know about the program. In addition, Steve Castellanos made it apparent that his expertise in architecture from blueprints to ribbon cutting would really help the college through its growing pains.

This crude review of the evening is in no way an endorsement of any candidate, nor is it complete by any measure. I did not take notes and agreed to write up these remarks with the understanding that others could also contribute thoughts on the evening's content in order to be fair to all the candidates. I am making no attempt here to be "fair."

That said, Motecuzoma Sanchez's brazen alacrity is refreshing. In his final statement, he turned to his rivals for the Area 2 seat and pegged David Rishwain as the developer's choice and inferred that Mary Ann Cox represented the status quo. The man has guts. I personally like someone who will say what people are thinking, refusing to be silent out of phony politeness or, even worse, fear of reprisal.

All good things,
Paula Sheil
          Business Process consultant - (Boston)   
Info Tech Spectrum delivers comprehensive fully integrated creative IT solutions. We specializes in providing dynamic software solutions to a diverse array of business concerns worldwide.Position : Business Process Consultant Job Description:To conduct finance shared services assessment specifically record to report, controllership areas (namely fixed assets, inventory , general ledger, reconciliation and books closing,) and perform maturity assessment against best in class benchmarks To create business process design, mapping and documentation for finance new processes, systems, and technology (experience in visio and/or BPM tools will be useful) Ability to conduct customer stakeholder interviews with process owners, identify gaps, prepare documentation and suggest improvement roadmap Bring knowledge of the state of art point solutions to address the process/technology gaps including a view on RPA (robotic automation enablement use cases) Provide recommendations on best practices and changes in technology enablement for the R2R (record to report) finance functions across the organization Ability to evaluate business user needs and system functionality to ensure that business process needs are met in the optimal manner Summarize and present assessment findings to customer executives in a timely and structured manner Qualifications & attributes:Bachelors with finance major and additional CPA / CMA will be desirable5+ years of experience in business process design and solutions design/implementation in client facing consulting or IT or IT enabled services industryExperience in using Visio and/or any BPM tools will be helpfulExposure to ERP (SAP or Oracle) as a functional user is required and prior experience in process blueprintingA deep understanding business processes at transactional view related to these core functions will be helpfulAbility to work in diverse teams with an ability to influence, collaborate and partner with cross-functional teamsStrong and effective written and verbal communication skills; proven ability to communicate clearly and concisely to technical and non-technical audiencesA passion for improving processes, keen eye for details and a commitment to customer satisfaction is required Travel: This position requires someone who can travel at least 80%. Preferred location is Boston, MA or Irvine, CACPA,CMA,BPM,Visio
          O, O, O,IT´S MAGIC / SEEKING ALPHA   

O, O, O, It's Magic

by: Brad Thomas
 

- All triple-net REITs grow earnings by utilizing spread investing.

- The higher the multiple, the lower the costs of capital, and that translates into BIGGER MARGINS.

- The low cost of capital (high equity multiple) is the most important competitive advantage in the net lease industry.

 
This article is one in a sequence of articles that I refer to as “If I Had To Own Just One REIT” series. As you may recall, I recently wrote on the Healthcare REIT sector and I selected Ventas, Inc. (VTR) as my top pick. I summed up my BUY recommendation as follows:
VTR is my favorite Healthcare REIT and one of the best managed REITs overall. While I don't consider the shares anywhere near bargain-pricing levels, I consider the stock soundly valued and worthy of an entry position. For a deep value investor, I would wait on a pullback, but I have no problem recommending shares at the current price point.
I also wrote on the Shopping Center REIT sector and I explained that “after surveying the list of vetted retail REITs and considering which of the companies are worthy of ownership, I find Retail Opportunity Investments Corp. (ROIC) one of the best REITs to own.”
 
Given the more recent news and powerfully disruptive force in the retail sector – Amazon (AMZN), it’s critical that investors focus on QUALITY. As I explained in a recent Forbes article,
The best quality real estate with the highest sales productivity should thrive as successful retailers want to drive sales and inventory turnover..., Amazon is recognizing that to build a successful mousetrap, the blueprint must include REAL ESTATE.
In other words, it’s now more critical than ever to own Retail REITs that have the highest quality assets. There is no reason to be cute, hoping to capture outsized returns by investing a REIT like Spirit Realty (SRC) that leases to Shopko and formerly invested in a struggling grocer, Hagen. I summarized my thoughts in a recent article,
The cream always rises to the top, and today REIT investors have an opportunity to pick up shares in a stalwart REIT that has a superior low cost of capital advantage. It’s critical to always examine the underlying revenue generators of a REIT and remember that “quality is not free.
Now it’s time to continue the “If I Had To Own Just One REIT” series and today I’m writing on the Net Lease REIT sector. I’m sure you already know the company but in case you don’t here’s a clue…. O, O, O, It’s Magic.
 
 
The Basic Net Lease REIT Overview
 
Before I start on the discussion of Realty Income (O), let’s begin with a general overview of the Net Lease REIT sector. Net Lease REITs are different from Shopping Center REITs because their lease structure and growth drivers support a predictable revenue stream relative to other forms of retail real estate. This snapshot below compares Realty Income (and Net Lease REITs) with Shopping Center/Mall REITs:
 
 
 
 
One of the most important differentiators for Net Lease REITs is that they drive growth through acquisitions. When is the last time you saw a Mall REIT acquire a Mall? Net Lease REITs like Realty Income have a large pool to fish in – the sector is highly fragmented and there are opportunities to invest in practically every state in the U.S. (Realty Income owns properties in 49 states).
 
 
 
Here is a snapshot comparing Realty Income’s market capitalization with the Net Lease REIT peers:
 
 
 
Over the years, Realty Income has evolved into a massive Net Lease REIT with 4,980 properties located in 49 states and Puerto Rico. As you can see below, the company has a highly diversified portfolio spanning 49 states (not in HI):
 
 
 
 
It’s hard to fathom how much Realty Income has grown over the years, from one Taco Bell site to over 4,900 properties. The company now has incredible scale, well diversified by tenant, industry, geography, and to a certain extent, property type.
 
No tenant represents more than 6.8% of revenue as Realty Income has 250 commercial tenants, 45% are investment-grade rated (including 9 of the top 20 tenants):
 
 
 
As you can see, Whole Foods is not on the list of Top 20 tenants. During the first quarter, Realty Income added Kroger (NYSE:KR) to its top 20 tenants, representing 1.2% of annualized rental revenue. But more importantly, the top 15 tenants represent higher quality credit, less cyclical industries and greater diversification vs. 2009:
 
 
 
No industry represents more than 11.1% of rent and the company has considerable exposure to defensive industries: Top 10 industries represent strong diversification, significant exposure to non-discretionary, low price point, service-oriented industries:
 
 
Realty Income’s roots are in retail with growing exposure to mission-critical industrial properties:
 
 
 
Realty Income’s management team is highly experienced at sourcing deals and when the company invests in retail it seeks strong unit-level cash flow coverage (specific to each industry). The company seeks tenants with service, non-discretionary and/or low price point components to their business with favorable sales and demographic trends.
 
Keep in mind, there have been 13 retail bankruptcies in 2017 and 12 of them were related to apparel, electronics, and general merchandise. Realty Income has little exposure to these categories: 5 apparel BKs and O has 1.8% of ABR in apparel, 3 sporting goods BKs and O has 1.3% of ABR in sporting goods, and O has .30% exposure in electronics, 1.7% in general merchandise, and just .65% exposure in shoes (i.e. Payless BK).
 
Also, Realty Income has 3.67% exposure (based on ABR) to the grocery sector. The company has Wal-Mart and Kroger as Top 10 tenants. As I said earlier, it’s critical to invest in quality retail and that means avoid REITs that have exposure to weaker chains like Shopko (i.e. SRC) and Bi-Lo (i.e. WHLR).

What about Rite Aid (RAD)?
 
Of all of Realty Income’s tenants, Rite Aid is, in my opinion, the biggest watch list candidate. There is doubt regarding the Walgreen merger and RAD is highly leveraged (rated B by S&P). Realty Income has 69 RAD stores but I don’t consider this dire news given the fact that Realty Income has cherry-picked the real estate and the pharmacy sector is growing.
 
Who knows, maybe the RAD leases become Amazon leases… I’ll save that article for another day…
Realty Income remains comfortable with the momentum in the drugstore industry and continues to view the exposure favorably given the industry’s attractive demographic tailwinds, non-discretionary nature and continued growth from in-store pharmacy pickup.
 
Additionally, Walgreens and CVS (the top two drugstore tenants) have generated 15 consecutive quarters of positive same-store pharmacy sales growth.
 
Most importantly, over 90% of Realty Income’s retail portfolio has service, non-discretionary and/or low price point components. The Non-Retail-focused investments are Fortune 1000, primarily investment-grade rated companies.
 
 
 
The Magic Starts Right Here
 
All triple-net REITs grow earnings by utilizing spread investing; this simple formula is described as follows:
 
Cap Rate - Cost of Capital = Spread
 
By using this example, assume a triple-net REIT acquires standalone buildings at a 7% cap rate, and then, after subtracting the cost of capital (~5%), arrives at a spread (that's the profit margin) of ~2% (or 200 bps).
 
Over the years, I have been reading many articles on Seeking Alpha and other investing websites, and I'm amazed that most analysts miss the "most important thing" when it comes to net lease investing:
 
The Low Cost of Capital Advantage.
Let's consider the equity details related to spread investing.
 
To arrive at the earnings yield, one must divide the P/FFO ratio into 100. For example, a P/FFO of 21x divided by 100 is a 4.7% earnings yield. Since assuming Wall Street charges around 6.5% for equity, the earnings yield after issuance costs is .935 (100% - 6.5% = 93.5%).
 
So, the Nominal Cost of Equity is arrived at by dividing the 4.7% earnings yield by .935, or 5%.
 
With a 7% cap rate (on a purchase), the 5% NCE is equal to 2.0%. Thus, on a $100 million investment, there is $2 million in new profits for all shareholders. The same thing at 25x P/FFO equals a 4.27% NCE that translates into around $2.73 million (in profits) on a $100 million acquisition.
 
So, very simply, the higher the multiple, the lower the costs of capital, and that translates into BIGGER MARGINS.
 
AFFO yield = Annualized 2017 estimated AFFO ($3.06) divided by $56.67 stock price = 5.39%
 
Estimated cost of 10-year debt = 3.60%
 
Nominal Cost of Free Cash Flow = 0%
 
66% equity = 5.39% * (0.66) = 3.56%
 
34% debt = 3.60% * (.33) = 1.22%
 
WACC = 3.56% +1.22% = 4.78%
 
(In reality, it's actually lower than that, because O uses free cash flow instead of equity. Cash has a 0% nominal cost.)
 
Realty Income’s investment spreads relative to its weighted average cost of capital remained healthy in the first quarter, averaging 170 bps, which were well above the historical averages. Realty Income defined investment spreads as initial cash yield less the nominal first year weighted average cost of capital.
 
As illustrated below, the low cost of capital (high equity multiple) is the most important competitive advantage in the net lease industry:
 
 
Low cost of capital allows Realty Income to acquire the highest quality assets and leases in the net lease industry:
 
Realty Income avoids lease structures with above-market rents, which can often inflate initial cap rates:
 
 
Assuming identical real estate portfolio, consider two different lease structure scenarios...
 
 
Realty Income’s cost of capital advantage drives ability to source, fund, close on accretive M&A deals, like the ARCT transaction that closed in 2013:
 
 
Large, diversified portfolio offers capacity to absorb co-mingled portfolio opportunities, like the Inland portfolio that closed in 2014:
 
 
 
Realty Income’s property diversification, cost of capital, and willingness to acquire $250mm+ transactions with diverse property types provides unique growth opportunities in addition to traditional single-asset or retail sale-leaseback pipeline.
 
The Fortress Balance Sheet
 
In the first quarter, Realty Income issued approximately $800 million in common equity at an average price to investors of approximately $62 per share (trading at $53.76 now).
 
Realty Income has the highest credit rating in the net lease sector, the company issued $700 million in fixed rate unsecured debt with a weighted average term of 18.3 years and a yield of 4.1%.
 
The company’s credit spreads remain among the lowest in the REIT industry and leverage continues to decline with net debt to total market cap of approximately 26% and debt to EBITDA of approximately 5.5x. Realty Income currently has approximately $1.5 billion available on its $2 billion line of credit. This provides ample liquidity and flexibility as the company continues to grow.
 
 
 
The company is rated BBB+ by all three major rating agencies (Moody's, S&P, and Fitch), and is likely to become an A- rated REIT soon. Key metrics include: 93% fixed-rate debt, weighted average rate of 4.15% on debt, staggered maturities (8.1 year on average), and ample liquidity ($1.68 available on revolver (L+90bps) with $120 million (annually) of free cash flow.
 
 
O, O, O, It’s Magic
 
What company would copyright the name, “the monthly dividend company” if they did not intend to generate reliable monthly dividends?
 
 
As you can see, Realty Income has had Zero dividend cuts in 22 years as a public company:
 
 
 
The “Magic” of Rising Dividends: Yield on Cost, Dividend Payback long term, yield-oriented investors have been rewarded with consistent income. There are potential benefits to investing long term in a company that regularly increases its dividend. The longer you hold your shares, the higher the yield you will receive on your original investment, assuming dividends increase over time. Additionally, the compounding of reinvested dividends could generate increased investment returns over time.
 
 
Investors who have elected to reinvest their dividends have enjoyed the following returns over time (as of 3/31/2017):
 
Buy, Sell, or Hold?
 
Keep in mind, Realty Income’s share price (of $72.00) is down considerably over the last 11 months.
 
The dividend yield has compressed by 230 bps, representing a cushion for investors (Note: I had a “Trim” on shares at $72.00).
 
 
Let’s examine Realty Income’s dividend yield, compared with the peers:
 
 
Now let’s examine the AFFO Payout Ratio:
 
 
 
Realty Income's Payout Ratio is higher than most peers, but the company does not have considerable office exposure and the quality of the income stream justifies the low 80% ratio. Now let’s examine the P/FFO multiple:
 
 
 
As you see, Realty Income trades at the highest P/FFO multiple in the Net Lease REIT sector, but that does not mean shares are expensive. I would argue that shares are now “soundly” valued and that the premium valuation (relative to the peers) is warranted based on management’s skillful strategy for managing risk. Obviously, I would encourage investors to buy Realty Income if the price drops, but I consider fundamentals sound and I’m maintaining my BUY recommendation.
 
 
Although the Amazon/Whole Foods deal was a surprise last week, it should be no surprise that Realty Income has been able to successfully manage risk for more than two decades. The fact that Amazon is betting on brick and mortar serves to validate the argument that real estate is an essential asset class for delivering goods and Realty Income remains in an enviable position to be the dominant Net Lease consolidator.
 
In conclusion, if I had to buy just one Net Lease REIT, it would be Realty Income... O, O, O, it's magic!
 
AFFO per Share Forecaster (powered by FAST Graphs):
 
 
 
Author's note: Join me at the DIY Investor Summit where I share detailed tips on my core investment strategies, top advice for DIY investors, and specific ways I'm positioning for the second half of 2017.
 
Brad Thomas is a Wall Street writer, and that means he is not always right with his predictions or recommendations. That also applies to his grammar. Please excuse any typos, and be assured that he will do his best to correct any errors, if they are overlooked.
 
Finally, this article is free, and the sole purpose for writing it is to assist with research, while also providing a forum for second-level thinking. If you have not followed him, please take five seconds and click his name above (top of the page).
 
Sources: FAST Graph and O Investor Presentation.

          Adopta.Agency In Trump Administration   

Adopta.Agency is an ongoing project for me. I'm still using the template as a basis for some custom open data work, but I wanted to pause for a moment and think about what Adopta.Agency means to me in a Trump administration. The need for Adopta.Agency is greater than ever. We need an army of civic-minded individuals to step in and help be stewards of public data. The current administration does not see value in making government more transparent, something that will trickle down to all levels of government, making what we do much more difficult.

To be honest, after the election I hit a pretty big low, regarding what I should be doing with open data at the federal level. Now in February I feel little more optimistic and I wanted to set a handful of Adopta.Agency goals for myself, and think more about the project in the Trump Administration. In the next couple of months I want to:

  • Target Two Datasets - I want to target two datasets in coming months, liberate from their current position on government servers, download and convert to YAML format, and publish as an Adopta.Agency project on Github.
  • API Adoption - In addition to rescuing open data sets from disappearing, I want to enable the reuse of APIs. You can't always save or replace the entire API, but indexing and mapping what is there will help any future projects in the same area.
  • Storytelling - There has been a lot going on when it comes to rescuing government data in the last 60 days. Much of it has been centered around climate data -- I want to tell more stories of work going on beyond just Adopta.Agency.

The Trump administration doesn't change the Adopta.Agency mission and purpose at all, it just raises the stakes. I still view the federal government as a partner in this, we can't do the hard work of making government more observable without it's involvement. However, it is a much more hostile and unfriendly environment right now, making it even more urgent that we adopt existing data sets, and give new life in a safer place until the right partners in the public and private sector can be found.

It is easy to get overwhelmed by this work, I do often. I'm going to start with identifying two data sets, download the Adopta.Agency blueprint, and get to work liberating the data, and publishing it to Github. I find the process therapeutical and it helps me process what is going on right now--I hope you will join in. I look forward to hearing your story.


          The BBC Introducing Mixtape 05.06.17   
An hour of top tunes from THE CHAIRMAN DANCES, RUBY FRANCIS, CONOR HOUSTON, REDVERS AND MELISSA, SAM AIREY, JIMBODENI, TIME FOR T, SALT THE SNAIL, ARRON ERSKINE, DEM, SUPER CRAZY BRAIN, KIM, MAAIKE SEIGERIST, STU COOPER, VILA AKA PIA SILVI, JOHNNO CASSON, BLUEPRINT handpicked by Tom Robinson from the BBC Introducing Uploader
          State Single Payer And Medicaid Buy-In: A Look At California, New York, And Nevada   

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Rising insurance premiums, lack of access, uncertainty, and commotion around Affordable Care Act (ACA) repeal, have all contributed to the growing discontent and unease surrounding health care reform. Pressure to act continues to mount. Insurance titans Humana, United Healthcare, and Aetna have all rolled-back participation on the ACA Marketplaces. Anthem recently announced that it would exit the Ohio health insurance Marketplace, potentially leaving at least 18 counties without an exchange plan next year. Missouri and Washington State are also facing similar Marketplace participation issues. States such as Alabama, Arizona, Illinois, Kansas, Minnesota, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, and Tennessee have seen individual market exchange premiums increase more than 45 percent since 2016. Furthermore, participating exchange plans are asking for steep rate increases for next year—averaging between 11.1 percent and 44.7 percent.

These events have contributed to an economic and political climate ripe for disruptive legislation. While Congress and the current administration pursue solutions to address premium and access issues, more states are inserting themselves in the conversation. More than a dozen states have explored options to leverage federal 1332 and 1115 waivers, which would provide flexibility to develop market stabilizing programs and regulatory changes to their respective individual and Medicaid markets. More recently, a few state legislatures have leap-frogged one-off programs such as reinsurance or high-risk pools, and sought to create a truly different market structure. Three states’ legislatures, California, New York, and Nevada, have developed high-profile state-driven solutions to address consumer access and price-related concerns. While state-led waiver initiatives such as those from Alaska and Oklahoma are meant to provide an incremental stabilizing force to their respective markets, the models that California, New York, and Nevada legislatures proposed could fundamentally reshape the framework of state health markets more akin to what Massachusetts did 11 years ago.

State Models

These state legislative developments are essentially falling into two camps, termed “state single payer” and “Medicaid buy-in.” State single payer describes almost any system that creates a single coverage mechanism for health care that is administered through a centralized authority. California and New York fall into this first bucket. The Medicaid buy-in proposal that the Nevada legislature approved did not expand the Medicaid program to everyone, but it attempted to leverage the structure and negotiated rates of the Medicaid program to enable commercial insurance carriers to replicate these features in the private market.

California

On June 1, 2017, the California State Senate passed SB 562 23-to-14, creating what is known as “Healthy California”—a program intent on eliminating the segmentation of the health insurance market into different coverage types such as Medicare, Medicaid, employer-sponsored, and individual insurance. Instead, there would be a single health care market for everyone. The benefits would be simplified as individuals would not be subject to premiums, copayments, or deductibles. Medical, pharmaceutical, dental, vision, and long-term care would be provided to all residents—including undocumented immigrants—free of charge. The state would seek to pay providers Medicare rates, and a nine-person panel would administer the program.

Experts estimate the program would cost approximately $400 billion per year—double California’s current budget. California could cover about $200 billion from current federal and state spending—including Medicaid and Medicare. An additional $100 to $150 billion would come from what employers are already spending. The additional funding needed could involve a 15.0 percent payroll tax, a 2.3 percent sales tax, and/or a business tax increase.

On Friday, June 23, Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon decided to hold the bill within the Assembly Rules Committee until further notice. While Rendon’s actions did not entirely kill the bill, it will not be revived until next year. The bill may have a stronger prospect for passage next year if more thoughtful attempts to address financing, care delivery, and cost controls emerge.

New York

On Tuesday, May 16, the New York State Assembly passed a bill (A.5062) that resembles California’s in several core ways. Universal statewide coverage would be provided throughout the state, and enrollees would no longer be subject to out-of-pocket costs or network restrictions. This is the fourth time in recent history that the State Assembly has passed a similar bill.

The savings or costs—depending on who you talk to—range anywhere from $45 billion in savings to a need for $225 billion in tax increases. A hike of approximately $90 billion in annual new tax revenue appears to be the consensus estimate. Identified funding sources would be progressive payroll taxes and/or non-earned income tax increases.

Nevada

Nevada’s State Assembly and Senate recently passed a bill that was unique in its own merits but not quite as transformative. AB374—known as “Sprinkle care”—after its namesake State Rep. Mike Sprinkle (D) who introduced the bill—focused reforms solely on the individual insurance market and directed the state to contract with insurers to offer a commercial health plan based on the state’s Medicaid coverage. Employer-sponsored insurance and Medicare would have been maintained, but a commercial insurance product resembling the state’s Medicaid coverage would have provided consumers a new option. The plan would have offered a different benefit structure and leveraged the state’s lower Medicaid reimbursement rates.

On June 17, Nevada’s Republican Governor, Brian Sandoval, vetoed the bill hours before it would have become law. The bill’s failure may speak more to its hasty drafting than its potential to serve as a roadmap for future legislation. While Gov. Sandoval expressed concerns of moving too fast too soon without solid factual foundations, a more thoughtful version of Nevada’s plan could serve as a model for future legislation within Nevada or other states.

Exhibit 1 below outlines and distinguishes the three models.

Exhibit 1: Distinctions Among the State Models

 CaliforniaNevadaNew York
Cost$400 billion per year; $200 billion outside current state and federal spendingUnclear$90 billion in annual new tax revenue
Proposed funding source15.0% payroll tax; 2.3% sales tax; business tax increasePossible use of federal income tax creditsProgressive payroll tax; non-earned income taxes, for example capital gains
Administration of benefitsStatePrivate sectorState
Employer-sponsored insurance continuesNoYesNo
Medicare and Medicaid continue as separate programsNoYesNo
Reimbursement ratesMedicarePossibly MedicaidMedicare
1332 waiver neededYesYesYes
1115 waiver neededYesUnclearYes

Possible Implementation Scenarios

First off, it’s important to note that any single-payer model proposed by California and New York are likely years away from implementation as significant market restructuring and government infrastructure would need to be in place to enact such a drastic shift. Nevada proposed its solution be implemented in 2019, which was aggressive given that much of the plan’s details were not fully developed (the original bill is only four pages).

We foresee three potential scenarios playing out across the state legislative movements: limited adoption, a Massachusetts-like scenario in which the federal government uses a state’s plan as a blueprint for national reform, or nothing happens at all.

Under the limited adoption model, a state such as California passes a single-payer model, and other like-minded and potentially neighboring states adopt similar models over time. For example, one could envision California passing a bill that Oregon and Washington later adopted and tweaked according to the needs of their specific populations. Further adoption would be limited, however, given many states’ reticence to increase taxes, adversely affect their labor markets, and abandon private-sector solutions.

In a Massachusetts-like scenario, a state such as New York, California, or some other state adopts a single-payer model that serves as a template for a federal single-payer approach. Just as Massachusetts provided a roadmap for the ACA’s enactment, a trailblazer state could provide a workable model for an expanded federal government single-payer program.

A final scenario assumes that states either do not pass single-payer or other disruptive models given consumer and business community pushback or the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services does not grant federal waivers necessary to implement the programs. As to the latter point, there will be a host of regulatory hurdles and waiver applications necessary under any of these models, and getting approval could be challenging despite the prospect of increased waiver flexibility within the current administration.

Let us consider Nevada, given that it was likely the least disruptive of the three proposals. The designation of a commercialized Medicaid policy as a Qualified Health Plan and the potential application of federal tax credits toward such a product may have required the use of Section 1332 to apply for a State Innovation Waiver. Alternatively, current federal law prohibits a state from using federally matched Medicaid funding to reimburse a health care provider for services provided to a person who earns more than 138 percent of the federal poverty level or for other expenses that are unrelated to the administration of Medicaid. To the extent that the Nevada Care Plan relied on state or federal Medicaid dollars, the state may have also needed to consider applying for a Section 1115 or similarly oriented Medicaid waiver. These waivers were never crafted, and it’s unknown if the current administration would have been receptive to these changes.

At least for the short run, the “nothing happens” scenario has a high probability of playing out. Other states have tried and failed to create single-payer systems in the past. For example, consider the original Washington State effort in the early 1990s, Vermont’s attempt a couple years ago, and Colorado’s failed ballot measure last year.

Potential Local And National Impact

What would happen to markets if states passed legislation resembling any of these models? The answer depends on the model. In the California and New York scenarios, private insurance companies and brokers would cease to operate within the state. If a single-payer model spread to other states and/or the federal government, then the insurance and brokerage markets would be decimated. It is beyond this post’s scope to discuss in meaningful detail consumer implications associated with the various models. One thing is certain, consumer premium, coinsurance, and copayment responsibilities would either drop completely or be heavily reduced. Accessibility would improve in the sense that more people would have coverage, but it would also depend on agreed reimbursement rates and the percentage of providers who would be willing to accept new patients. Even if a state passed legislation, implementation could eventually become unworkable as was the case in Vermont.

In a Nevada-like scenario, private payers would continue to compete for Medicaid insurance lives as the state leverages aspects of the Medicaid program to reform commercial markets. Brokers would continue to sell group and individual market plans. Employers would continue to offer insurance, although fewer would likely offer over time given the tax advantages associated with qualified small employer health reimbursement arrangements.

Regardless of what scenario occurs, the broader industry trend of states engaging in thoughtful attempts to innovate amid difficult market conditions is one that will likely have broader impacts across the country. While the US health insurance system is unique in its reliance on the private market to facilitate and manage health care coverage, much of the regulatory construct of the market is still shaped by the federal government. As more states seek to develop their own unique systems and solutions, we appear to be in a time where states are truly the laboratories of health care policy.


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SUMMARYUnder general supervision, sets and adjusts and operates a variety of CNC and manual machining equipment to precisely machine, drill and/or shape steel, brass and aluminum parts to specification by performing the following duties.ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIESSets and adjusts controls of various CNC machining equipment.Sets up and operates equipment to properly machine parts of various dimensions to pre-determined specifications and tolerances.Reads and interprets blueprints, drawings and other printed material.Performs calculations and operations with decimals, fractions, metrics and associated mathematical data; properly utilizes a variety of hand tools and devices including hammer, wrench, tape measure, vernier calipers, micrometer, depth gauge, file and others.Receives parts from all departments; follows direction of Leadman or higher supervisor and coordinates with other machinists and employees from other departments as necessary.Corrects returned parts as necessary.Checks finished parts for appearance, tolerance and overall specification.Operates forklift to move parts when necessary.Projects a positive company image by interacting with fellow employees, customers and management in a cooperative, supportive and courteous manner; displays a professional attitude; complies with company dress code.Communicates with individuals at all levels within the organization.Documents assigned tasks as required.Performs work according to production schedule and/or supervisorand#39;s directives.Follows all company policies and procedures at all times.Follows proper safety procedures at all times.Wears personal protective equipment as required.Cleans work area daily.Performs other duties as assigned.SUPERVISORY RESPONSIBILITIESThis job has no supervisory responsibilities.QUALIFICATIONSTo perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.EDUCATION and/or EXPERIENCEMinimum one (1) year of experience operating CNC equipment required. Engineering drawing reading skills a must.Ability to operate a variety of machining equipment preferred.Knowledge of computer hardware and software including applications and programming in order to write programs for CNC equipment a plus.Previous experience programming CNC equipment a plus, preference will be given to applicant who has programming experience on Fanuc Model 310i Series A controls and lathe horizontal machine centers.Heavy equipment manufacturing experience a plus.SKILLS AND ABILITIES REQUIREDAbility to work satisfactorily as a team member.Ability to use a variety of hand tools and devices.Adept at problem solving.Must complete and maintain forklift operation certification and be able to safely operate a forklift if required.OTHER REQUIREMENTSMust be eighteen (18) years of age or older.Must successfully complete pre-employment drug screen, physical and background check.May be required to provide basic hand tools to perform duties.Must be dependable.Willingness to train on first shift if required.Willingness to work any shift when needed.Flexibility to work additional hours when required.LANGUAGE SKILLSAbility to read and comprehend simple instructions, short correspondence and memos.Ability to write simple correspondence. MATHEMATICAL SKILLSAbility to add, subtract, multiply and divide whole numbers, common fractions and decimals in both US and metric systems and apply to practical situations.Knowledge and understanding of both US standard and metric measurements required. Plane geometry skills required.REASONING ABILITYAbility to apply understanding to carry out detailed but uninvolved written or oral instructions. Ability to effectively deal with problems which involve a few concrete variables in standardized situat
          MIG Welder - Trailtech Inc. - Gravelbourg, SK   
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          Millwright Journeyman - AECOM - Rainbow Lake, AB   
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          If you ever loved 'Doctor Who,' now is the time to watch   
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There are a dozen very good reasons why you might have stopped watching Doctor Who. Maybe you're a holdout from the classic series, which ran from 1963 to 1989. Maybe you loved Christopher Eccleston in the role and couldn't stand David Tennant; maybe you're a die-hard Ten fan who loathed Matt Smith. 

More likely, you've been turned off at some point in the Peter Capaldi era. No doubt you love the grumpy old Scot himself, but showrunner Steven Moffat's increasingly twisty scripts, reset-button endings and preference for jokes over satisfying plot points have left many former fans with Who fatigue.  Read more...

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          'Stranger Things' is going where no Netflix show ever has: Comic-Con's Hall H   
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Netflix has never been on the big Hall H stage at Comic-Con, but then again, they've never had anything quite like Stranger Things.

The streaming phenom first came to Netflix on July 15 last year, just a week before the annual nerd pilgrimage got underway. The buzz that's made the show such a hit was just building steam then — and certainly not in time to make it Hall H-worthy.

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Well Hall H, prepare to go upside-down: With a year under its belt and a new season right around the corner, Netflix is moving into the big kids' room, the 6,000-seat monolith where so many Comic-Con legends were born. Read more...

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          This girls robotics team from Afghanistan was denied visas for a U.S. competition   
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A robotics competition team of Afghan girls won't be able to watch their creation compete in person.

They were recently denied one-week visas to the United States to come to Washington, D.C., for the First Global Challenge, a new robotics competition that focuses on providing clean water.

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The team twice traveled the roughly 500-mile distance to the U.S. embassy in Kabul, Afghanistan's capital, for visa interviews, but officials denied them.

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          Wanna know how the 'Game of Thrones' cast celebrated the Battle of the Bastards?   
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The Starks and the Boltons may have been sworn enemies on Game of Thrones, but they didn't let that get in the way of a good time.

Speaking at the Con of Thrones convention in Nashville on Friday, Iwan Rheon (aka Ramsay Bolton) revealed that after filming wrapped on episode 609, "Battle of the Bastards," the two sides put aside their differences for an evening of revelry.

"When we finished filming 'Battle of the Bastards,' all the Bolton guys and the Stark guys got together and had a massive party," he recalled. "So we were in there having a great night with all the guys from my army — the Bolton boys had written a song about Ramsay, so that was really good fun. When you’re filming it, you don’t get to interact much with those guys, and they put so much hard work into it, so it was a great way to celebrate the whole thing with them." Read more...

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          You can stop holding your breath, Bey Hive. Beyoncé and JAY-Z's twins' names may have been revealed.   
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The names of Beyoncé's and JAY-Z's (possible?) twins may have finally been revealed.

According to TMZ, the power couple's company has filed trademarks for the names Rumi Carter and Sir Carter. 

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The trademark apparently includes baby related products, such as rattles, strollers, and baby teething is making it pretty good evidence that these are the names of the newest additions to the Carter empire.

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          Trump chastises reporters after scrum in Oval Office   
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President Trump blasted the media yet again Friday as photographers got a bit rowdy fighting for a good spot in the Oval Office.

They were jostling for space during a meeting with South Korean president Moon Jae-in.

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"Fellas, easy," Trump warned, stretching his hands out as the pack encircled him. "You guys are getting worse."

CLIP: President Trump's bodyguard Keith Schiller catches lamp in Oval Office during visit with South Korean President Moonpic.twitter.com/Al94l9oEbl

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Furniture was knocked around with all the pushing and shoving and at one point Trump's bodyguard-turned-White House aide Keith Schiller had to catch a lamp from falling onto Trump. Read more...

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          Surprisingly Useful iPhone Hacks   
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          Disability rights activists are going viral. They won't stop until the GOP health care bill dies.   
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Dawn Russell spent two nights camped out with nine other people in a small room in Sen. Cory Gardner's office. On Thursday evening, after their 60-hour sit-in, Russell and her fellow activists were removed from the office and arrested. 

Russell was there because the Colorado Republican is one of the key swing votes who could either help pass or stop the GOP's health care bill — and she is one very angry constituent. 

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The Denver-based activist lives with cerebral palsy, a neurological condition that affects body movement and muscle coordination. She's a veteran member of ADAPT, a grassroots community that organizes disability rights protests. They frequently stage protests against laws that would reduce funding for Medicaid, the federal health program that aids low-income people and those with disabilities. Read more...

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          This is how NASA spots potentially dangerous asteroids near Earth   
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Ever wonder how NASA is able to find and track possibly hazardous asteroids near our planet? Well, this video explainer has you covered. 

It was released on World Asteroid Day, which is devoted to raising public awareness of the dangers of asteroids and comets in our cosmic backyard. NASA has actually discovered tens of thousands of asteroids floating around our part of space.

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Asteroid Day takes place every June 30, on the anniversary of the Tunguska event, which occurred in 1908. On that day, researchers think a 40-meter-wide space rock entered the atmosphere over Siberia flattening trees for about 800 square miles.  Read more...

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          Brilliant dog hack keeps pups safe but makes them look ridiculous   
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Even the most loyal of dogs can't resist the lure of the outside world. 

Redditor Gallowboob (gotta love Reddit usernames) shared an inventive dog hack that just may keep your own best friend from straying too far.

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The spoon technique may not be new, but spreading awareness about this trick could keep puppers everywhere safe.

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          The Evolution of Spider-Man   
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You may think you know Spider-man. But do you really? The first animated version of Spider-Man hit the screen in 1967. Watch the evolution of classic Marvel comic hero since then.  Read more...

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          Here's how to use Facebook to find a Wi-Fi connection anywhere   
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Facebook is rolling out a new feature to help us save on data and locate open Wi-Fi networks, no matter where we are. 

It's called Find Wi-Fi, and it shows network-needy users a tailored hotspot map of their immediate area, highlighting locations where they'll be able to find a connection. The feature was tested for iOS in a few countries last year to positive reviews, so Facebook is releasing it to all users around the world on both iPhone and Android.  

It's not all wide-open public Wi-Fi — the maps are made up of businesses that have shared with Facebook from their Page — but it'll help you pick out which coffee shop would be best for a pitstop if you're in an unfamiliar place.  Read more...

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          Retro-inspired text adventure puts a twist on using Wikipedia   
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Reading Wikipedia just got a whole lot more fun.

A new game called "Wikipedia: The text adventure" helps you navigate and learn more about the world using a clever modification of the online knowledge database's API. You can start your journey with a suggested location or choose your own, and from there on the game dynamically generates options of places to explore.

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For example, I started with my home state of Maharashtra in India. From there, the game gave me a few choices of other places in the state to explore.

People have discovered classic text adventure features like the ability to pick up items, examine them, and keep them in your inventory. Read more...

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          Palmer Luckey gives monetary middle finger to Facebook and Oculus   
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Palmer Luckey, co-founder of Oculus virtual reality, gave his old employers at Oculus and Facebook a huge middle finger this week by donating thousands of dollars to a VR project that makes Oculus-exclusive VR games playable on its competitor's VR device, the HTC Vive.

The creator behind Revive, a pet project aimed at breaking down exclusivity barriers for VR systems, confirmed Thursday that the big jump in donations per month on his Patreon came from Luckey.

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Luckey parted ways with Oculus and Facebook in March following the revelation that he was a Donald Trump supporter and had previously said some negative things about Hillary Clinton. He later denied this after his departure. Read more...

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          This smart light could help you curb your screen time   
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'Covi' is a speech-enabled light and open-source smart hub that can automate your home. Read more...

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          These are the Fourth of July sales you’ll want to know about   
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The Fourth of July is a time for pool floats, copious hot dogs, and shopping – yes, shopping. Thanks to a host of sales offering discounts on big ticket items, you could save some serious cash this weekend.

Let’s get down to business, people.

From kitchen appliances and tech, to that tablet you’ve been eyeing for weeks, this list has all the sales you’ll need to save big over the holiday weekend.

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HP is giving up to 50 percent off products storewide and coupon codes for specific selections. From laptops and tablets, to curved desktops – and all with free shipping and returns. Take a look here before the sale ends on July 8. Read more...

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          The world has come up with the worst names for Crayola's new color   
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Finally, the madness is almost over. 

Since March, Crayola — yes, the art supply company that ran your childhood — has been stringing the world along on a troublesome and emotional journey to replace the Dandelion crayon — an OG member of the 24-pack box. But rest assured, the end is near.

All you have to do is vote on the new blue crayon's name from five extraordinarily cheesy and embarrassing options. Sounds GR8. Very simple.

Except they are so so bad how will you choose?

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After killing off off Dandelion, the company held an elaborate ceremony announcing that in the coming weeks Crayola fans would be invited to choose the name of the new addition to the box. Read more...

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          7 portable grills to have a BBQ everywhere you go   
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We can all agree that summertime means three things: ice cream for dinner, an unhealthy obsession with air conditioning, and the ubiquitous weekend barbecue. But keeping a grill in your backyard to facilitate those get-togethers isn’t always feasible.

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If you have space constraints or are looking to grill on the go, this roundup features wood, propane, and charcoal options that can be stowed away until you need to use them. None of these are super powerful three-burner gas grills, but will get the job done without all of the bulk.   Read more...

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          Damnit, Chance   
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Damnit, Chance.

Chance the Rapper's long been known as a rap iconoclast, with a persona largely centered around humility. He's a rapper with a bashful embrace of fame, but bars he can't help being famous for. He raps about his relationship with God, about the grit of Chicago's South Side violence, and the bores of bling and materialism (his clique: Savemoney). He's laid waste to so many archetypes that the modern day, flex-addicted rapper ostensibly needs. Chance the Rapper is, as far as they go, a Good Guy.

All of which makes this story about him and MTV brutally disappointing. 

This week, journalist Jordan Sargent published a piece for SPIN about MTV News and their overlords' decision to pivot their strategy from well-reported, smart (if not controversial) writing to video content. Of course, that pivot also involved layoffs of some of its most celebrated writers and editors. It was a thoroughly reported, well-sourced deep dive into the motivations behind the move, and it produced a number of fascinating tidbits behind the struggles MTV News faced covering the subjects it was often otherwise promoting. Read more...

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          Facebook is targeting jerks who spam your News Feed   
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Facebook is taking new steps to fight spam.

The social network will now weed out posts from spammers who fill their friends' feeds with "vast amounts" of links to "low quality content." 

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"We want to reduce the influence of these spammers and deprioritize the links they share more frequently than regular sharers," writes Facebook's VP of News Feed Adam Mosseri. 

In this case, Facebook is setting a pretty high bar for what it considers a "spammer." The update was designed to address the "tiny group" of users who share 50 or more public posts a day. Read more...

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          Snarky tweets feature sweet pictures of grandparents to mock Trump's travel ban   
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The Trump administration's travel ban from earlier this year just won't go away. Now it's affecting grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins, and other family members that don't make the cut as "bona fide" relations — at least, as the State Department sees it.

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After winding its way through the Supreme Court, the watered-down temporary ban went into effect Thursday evening. It bans people coming from Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen from getting visas, unless they have a business or academic connection to the U.S. or qualify as certain family relationships. Read more...

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          JAY-Z's mom comes out in song on powerful track on '4:44'   
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In case you haven't heard yet, JAY-Z is seriously opening up on his new album, 4:44. He seems to cover everything, from his former friendship with Kanye West, to his relationship with Beyoncé. 

But the album wouldn't be complete without a shoutout to his mom, and one track in particular sees her share some personal news.

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On the album's third song, "Smile," he partners up with his mother, Gloria, for a duet which she uses to musically come out.

JAY-Z is first to mention the topic.

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          8 creative ways to show your love for stars and stripes   
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You know who looks good in stars and stripes? Everyone.

If dad’s old American flag muscle tee isn’t looking too hot anymore or you can’t seem to get the red, white, and blue face paint just right, these products may be able to help. 

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          Dog utterly loses control when it's time to go for a walk   
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Just hearing the word "walk" makes this doggo light up like a canine Christmas tree.

The dog may look like he might be possessed by a demonic canine as he's freaking out, but we promise, he's just a normal, happy dog. If it wasn't so cute, we might actually be terrified.

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          Sony is bringing vinyl back, but the truth is it never went away   
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Vinyl records are truly a thing of beauty. They were the first thing to bring personal music libraries to the masses, and that's something we'll never forget. While cassette tapes, CDs, and streaming services have all succeeded the format, there's just something about vinyl records that keeps them living on.

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          Toyota's new robot is a gentle, helpful companion for paralyzed veteran   
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The robots are coming ... to help us.

Almost a decade ago, as the U.S. war in Afghanistan trudged on, Army Ranger Romulo Camargo was shot in the neck when his troop was ambushed during a humanitarian mission. He was paralyzed from the neck down and struggles with daily tasks that most people might take for granted. 

Recently, however, Camargo got a little help in the form of a pint-sized, one-armed robot from Toyota. The company announced Friday that it has completed an in-home trial of its Human Support Robot with Camargo. 

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          Adele's side hustle is selling handmade pom-poms on Etsy   
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Adele might be on her last stretch of live performances for a long time, so naturally, it makes sense for her to pick up a new hobby to fill the void. 

The Grammy Award-winning singer has apparently turned to an unlikely thing to fill her free time: pom-poms. She told her fans all about it during a performance on Thursday night.

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          Weird game about girls in bikinis is getting a VR sense edition where you can *smell* them now, too   
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Dead or Alive is a...weird series. And it's only getting weirder with a new VR-equipped arcade cabinet edition releasing soon.

On the surface, Dead or Alive is a series of fighting games featuring scantily-clad women who, in a spin-off series, adopt a quieter life of playing volleyball and enjoying other beach activities. Since the spin-off series, the games have mostly become about about weird camera pans, zooms, and upskirt-like shots. 

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          Fourth of July foods, ranked   
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The best part of the Fourth of July is indisputably the cookout, whether that's lakeside with your family and a huge grill or TV-side in your unfurnished apartment with your roommate and a stovetop. (It still counts as a cookout because we opened the windows.) 

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          SpaceX is having a very, very good year... so far   
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SpaceX is having a pretty great year. 

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          Here’s How Leaf Group’s Brands Are Creating A Blueprint For Social Domination   

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          China's Charter 08   
China's Charter 08
New York Review of Books
Volume 56, Number 1 · January 15, 2009


Translated from the Chinese by Perry Link

The document below, signed by more than two thousand Chinese citizens, was conceived and written in conscious admiration of the founding of Charter 77 in Czechoslovakia, where, in January 1977, more than two hundred Czech and Slovak intellectuals formed a
loose, informal, and open association of people...united by the will to strive individually and collectively for respect for human and civil rights in our country and throughout the world.
The Chinese document calls not for ameliorative reform of the current political system but for an end to some of its essential features, including one-party rule, and their replacement with a system based on human rights and democracy.

The prominent citizens who have signed the document are from both outside and inside the government, and include not only well-known dissidents and intellectuals, but also middle-level officials and rural leaders. They chose December 10, the anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, as the day on which to express their political ideas and to outline their vision of a constitutional, democratic China. They want Charter 08 to serve as a blueprint for fundamental political change in China in the years to come. The signers of the document will form an informal group, open-ended in size but united by a determination to promote democratization and protection of human rights in China and beyond.

Following the text is a postscript describing some of the regime's recent reactions to it.

—Perry Link
I. FOREWORD

A hundred years have passed since the writing of China's first constitution. 2008 also marks the sixtieth anniversary of the promulgation of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the thirtieth anniversary of the appearance of the Democracy Wall in Beijing, and the tenth of China's signing of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights. We are approaching the twentieth anniversary of the 1989 Tiananmen massacre of pro-democracy student protesters. The Chinese people, who have endured human rights disasters and uncountable struggles across these same years, now include many who see clearly that freedom, equality, and human rights are universal values of humankind and that democracy and constitutional government are the fundamental framework for protecting these values.

By departing from these values, the Chinese government's approach to "modernization" has proven disastrous. It has stripped people of their rights, destroyed their dignity, and corrupted normal human intercourse. So we ask: Where is China headed in the twenty-first century? Will it continue with "modernization" under authoritarian rule, or will it embrace universal human values, join the mainstream of civilized nations, and build a democratic system? There can be no avoiding these questions.

The shock of the Western impact upon China in the nineteenth century laid bare a decadent authoritarian system and marked the beginning of what is often called "the greatest changes in thousands of years" for China. A "self-strengthening movement" followed, but this aimed simply at appropriating the technology to build gunboats and other Western material objects. China's humiliating naval defeat at the hands of Japan in 1895 only confirmed the obsolescence of China's system of government. The first attempts at modern political change came with the ill-fated summer of reforms in 1898, but these were cruelly crushed by ultraconservatives at China's imperial court. With the revolution of 1911, which inaugurated Asia's first republic, the authoritarian imperial system that had lasted for centuries was finally supposed to have been laid to rest. But social conflict inside our country and external pressures were to prevent it; China fell into a patchwork of warlord fiefdoms and the new republic became a fleeting dream.

The failure of both "self- strengthening" and political renovation caused many of our forebears to reflect deeply on whether a "cultural illness" was afflicting our country. This mood gave rise, during the May Fourth Movement of the late 1910s, to the championing of "science and democracy." Yet that effort, too, foundered as warlord chaos persisted and the Japanese invasion [beginning in Manchuria in 1931] brought national crisis.

Victory over Japan in 1945 offered one more chance for China to move toward modern government, but the Communist defeat of the Nationalists in the civil war thrust the nation into the abyss of totalitarianism. The "new China" that emerged in 1949 proclaimed that "the people are sovereign" but in fact set up a system in which "the Party is all-powerful." The Communist Party of China seized control of all organs of the state and all political, economic, and social resources, and, using these, has produced a long trail of human rights disasters, including, among many others, the Anti-Rightist Campaign (1957), the Great Leap Forward (1958–1960), the Cultural Revolution (1966–1969), the June Fourth [Tiananmen Square] Massacre (1989), and the current repression of all unauthorized religions and the suppression of the weiquan rights movement [a movement that aims to defend citizens' rights promulgated in the Chinese Constitution and to fight for human rights recognized by international conventions that the Chinese government has signed]. During all this, the Chinese people have paid a gargantuan price. Tens of millions have lost their lives, and several generations have seen their freedom, their happiness, and their human dignity cruelly trampled.

During the last two decades of the twentieth century the government policy of "Reform and Opening" gave the Chinese people relief from the pervasive poverty and totalitarianism of the Mao Zedong era, and brought substantial increases in the wealth and living standards of many Chinese as well as a partial restoration of economic freedom and economic rights. Civil society began to grow, and popular calls for more rights and more political freedom have grown apace. As the ruling elite itself moved toward private ownership and the market economy, it began to shift from an outright rejection of "rights" to a partial acknowledgment of them.

In 1998 the Chinese government signed two important international human rights conventions; in 2004 it amended its constitution to include the phrase "respect and protect human rights"; and this year, 2008, it has promised to promote a "national human rights action plan." Unfortunately most of this political progress has extended no further than the paper on which it is written. The political reality, which is plain for anyone to see, is that China has many laws but no rule of law; it has a constitution but no constitutional government. The ruling elite continues to cling to its authoritarian power and fights off any move toward political change.

The stultifying results are endemic official corruption, an undermining of the rule of law, weak human rights, decay in public ethics, crony capitalism, growing inequality between the wealthy and the poor, pillage of the natural environment as well as of the human and historical environments, and the exacerbation of a long list of social conflicts, especially, in recent times, a sharpening animosity between officials and ordinary people.

As these conflicts and crises grow ever more intense, and as the ruling elite continues with impunity to crush and to strip away the rights of citizens to freedom, to property, and to the pursuit of happiness, we see the powerless in our society—the vulnerable groups, the people who have been suppressed and monitored, who have suffered cruelty and even torture, and who have had no adequate avenues for their protests, no courts to hear their pleas—becoming more militant and raising the possibility of a violent conflict of disastrous proportions. The decline of the current system has reached the point where change is no longer optional.

II. OUR FUNDAMENTAL PRINCIPLES

This is a historic moment for China, and our future hangs in the balance. In reviewing the political modernization process of the past hundred years or more, we reiterate and endorse basic universal values as follows:

Freedom. Freedom is at the core of universal human values. Freedom of speech, freedom of the press, freedom of assembly, freedom of association, freedom in where to live, and the freedoms to strike, to demonstrate, and to protest, among others, are the forms that freedom takes. Without freedom, China will always remain far from civilized ideals.

Human rights. Human rights are not bestowed by a state. Every person is born with inherent rights to dignity and freedom. The government exists for the protection of the human rights of its citizens. The exercise of state power must be authorized by the people. The succession of political disasters in China's recent history is a direct consequence of the ruling regime's disregard for human rights.

Equality. The integrity, dignity, and freedom of every person—regardless of social station, occupation, sex, economic condition, ethnicity, skin color, religion, or political belief—are the same as those of any other. Principles of equality before the law and equality of social, economic, cultural, civil, and political rights must be upheld.

Republicanism. Republicanism, which holds that power should be balanced among different branches of government and competing interests should be served, resembles the traditional Chinese political ideal of "fairness in all under heaven." It allows different interest groups and social assemblies, and people with a variety of cultures and beliefs, to exercise democratic self-government and to deliberate in order to reach peaceful resolution of public questions on a basis of equal access to government and free and fair competition.

Democracy. The most fundamental principles of democracy are that the people are sovereign and the people select their government. Democracy has these characteristics: (1) Political power begins with the people and the legitimacy of a regime derives from the people. (2) Political power is exercised through choices that the people make. (3) The holders of major official posts in government at all levels are determined through periodic competitive elections. (4) While honoring the will of the majority, the fundamental dignity, freedom, and human rights of minorities are protected. In short, democracy is a modern means for achieving government truly "of the people, by the people, and for the people."

Constitutional rule. Constitutional rule is rule through a legal system and legal regulations to implement principles that are spelled out in a constitution. It means protecting the freedom and the rights of citizens, limiting and defining the scope of legitimate government power, and providing the administrative apparatus necessary to serve these ends.

III. WHAT WE ADVOCATE

Authoritarianism is in general decline throughout the world; in China, too, the era of emperors and overlords is on the way out. The time is arriving everywhere for citizens to be masters of states. For China the path that leads out of our current predicament is to divest ourselves of the authoritarian notion of reliance on an "enlightened overlord" or an "honest official" and to turn instead toward a system of liberties, democracy, and the rule of law, and toward fostering the consciousness of modern citizens who see rights as fundamental and participation as a duty. Accordingly, and in a spirit of this duty as responsible and constructive citizens, we offer the following recommendations on national governance, citizens' rights, and social development:

1. A New Constitution. We should recast our present constitution, rescinding its provisions that contradict the principle that sovereignty resides with the people and turning it into a document that genuinely guarantees human rights, authorizes the exercise of public power, and serves as the legal underpinning of China's democratization. The constitution must be the highest law in the land, beyond violation by any individual, group, or political party.

2. Separation of Powers. We should construct a modern government in which the separation of legislative, judicial, and executive power is guaranteed. We need an Administrative Law that defines the scope of government responsibility and prevents abuse of administrative power. Government should be responsible to taxpayers. Division of power between provincial governments and the central government should adhere to the principle that central powers are only those specifically granted by the constitution and all other powers belong to the local governments.

3. Legislative Democracy. Members of legislative bodies at all levels should be chosen by direct election, and legislative democracy should observe just and impartial principles.

4. An Independent Judiciary. The rule of law must be above the interests of any particular political party and judges must be independent. We need to establish a constitutional supreme court and institute procedures for constitutional review. As soon as possible, we should abolish all of the Committees on Political and Legal Affairs that now allow Communist Party officials at every level to decide politically sensitive cases in advance and out of court. We should strictly forbid the use of public offices for private purposes.

5. Public Control of Public Servants. The military should be made answerable to the national government, not to a political party, and should be made more professional. Military personnel should swear allegiance to the constitution and remain nonpartisan. Political party organizations must be prohibited in the military. All public officials including police should serve as nonpartisans, and the current practice of favoring one political party in the hiring of public servants must end.

6. Guarantee of Human Rights. There must be strict guarantees of human rights and respect for human dignity. There should be a Human Rights Committee, responsible to the highest legislative body, that will prevent the government from abusing public power in violation of human rights. A democratic and constitutional China especially must guarantee the personal freedom of citizens. No one should suffer illegal arrest, detention, arraignment, interrogation, or punishment. The system of "Reeducation through Labor" must be abolished.

7. Election of Public Officials. There should be a comprehensive system of democratic elections based on "one person, one vote." The direct election of administrative heads at the levels of county, city, province, and nation should be systematically implemented. The rights to hold periodic free elections and to participate in them as a citizen are inalienable.

8. Rural–Urban Equality. The two-tier household registry system must be abolished. This system favors urban residents and harms rural residents. We should establish instead a system that gives every citizen the same constitutional rights and the same freedom to choose where to live.

9. Freedom to Form Groups. The right of citizens to form groups must be guaranteed. The current system for registering nongovernment groups, which requires a group to be "approved," should be replaced by a system in which a group simply registers itself. The formation of political parties should be governed by the constitution and the laws, which means that we must abolish the special privilege of one party to monopolize power and must guarantee principles of free and fair competition among political parties.

10. Freedom to Assemble. The constitution provides that peaceful assembly, demonstration, protest, and freedom of expression are fundamental rights of a citizen. The ruling party and the government must not be permitted to subject these to illegal interference or unconstitutional obstruction.

11. Freedom of Expression. We should make freedom of speech, freedom of the press, and academic freedom universal, thereby guaranteeing that citizens can be informed and can exercise their right of political supervision. These freedoms should be upheld by a Press Law that abolishes political restrictions on the press. The provision in the current Criminal Law that refers to "the crime of incitement to subvert state power" must be abolished. We should end the practice of viewing words as crimes.

12. Freedom of Religion. We must guarantee freedom of religion and belief, and institute a separation of religion and state. There must be no governmental interference in peaceful religious activities. We should abolish any laws, regulations, or local rules that limit or suppress the religious freedom of citizens. We should abolish the current system that requires religious groups (and their places of worship) to get official approval in advance and substitute for it a system in which registry is optional and, for those who choose to register, automatic.

13. Civic Education. In our schools we should abolish political curriculums and examinations that are designed to indoctrinate students in state ideology and to instill support for the rule of one party. We should replace them with civic education that advances universal values and citizens' rights, fosters civic consciousness, and promotes civic virtues that serve society.

14. Protection of Private Property. We should establish and protect the right to private property and promote an economic system of free and fair markets. We should do away with government monopolies in commerce and industry and guarantee the freedom to start new enterprises. We should establish a Committee on State-Owned Property, reporting to the national legislature, that will monitor the transfer of state-owned enterprises to private ownership in a fair, competitive, and orderly manner. We should institute a land reform that promotes private ownership of land, guarantees the right to buy and sell land, and allows the true value of private property to be adequately reflected in the market.

15. Financial and Tax Reform. We should establish a democratically regulated and accountable system of public finance that ensures the protection of taxpayer rights and that operates through legal procedures. We need a system by which public revenues that belong to a certain level of government—central, provincial, county or local—are controlled at that level. We need major tax reform that will abolish any unfair taxes, simplify the tax system, and spread the tax burden fairly. Government officials should not be able to raise taxes, or institute new ones, without public deliberation and the approval of a democratic assembly. We should reform the ownership system in order to encourage competition among a wider variety of market participants.

16. Social Security. We should establish a fair and adequate social security system that covers all citizens and ensures basic access to education, health care, retirement security, and employment.

17. Protection of the Environment. We need to protect the natural environment and to promote development in a way that is sustainable and responsible to our descendants and to the rest of humanity. This means insisting that the state and its officials at all levels not only do what they must do to achieve these goals, but also accept the supervision and participation of nongovernmental organizations.

18. A Federated Republic. A democratic China should seek to act as a responsible major power contributing toward peace and development in the Asian Pacific region by approaching others in a spirit of equality and fairness. In Hong Kong and Macao, we should support the freedoms that already exist. With respect to Taiwan, we should declare our commitment to the principles of freedom and democracy and then, negotiating as equals and ready to compromise, seek a formula for peaceful unification. We should approach disputes in the national-minority areas of China with an open mind, seeking ways to find a workable framework within which all ethnic and religious groups can flourish. We should aim ultimately at a federation of democratic communities of China.

19. Truth in Reconciliation. We should restore the reputations of all people, including their family members, who suffered political stigma in the political campaigns of the past or who have been labeled as criminals because of their thought, speech, or faith. The state should pay reparations to these people. All political prisoners and prisoners of conscience must be released. There should be a Truth Investigation Commission charged with finding the facts about past injustices and atrocities, determining responsibility for them, upholding justice, and, on these bases, seeking social reconciliation.

China, as a major nation of the world, as one of five permanent members of the United Nations Security Council, and as a member of the UN Council on Human Rights, should be contributing to peace for humankind and progress toward human rights. Unfortunately, we stand today as the only country among the major nations that remains mired in authoritarian politics. Our political system continues to produce human rights disasters and social crises, thereby not only constricting China's own development but also limiting the progress of all of human civilization. This must change, truly it must. The democratization of Chinese politics can be put off no longer.

Accordingly, we dare to put civic spirit into practice by announcing Charter 08. We hope that our fellow citizens who feel a similar sense of crisis, responsibility, and mission, whether they are inside the government or not, and regardless of their social status, will set aside small differences to embrace the broad goals of this citizens' movement. Together we can work for major changes in Chinese society and for the rapid establishment of a free, democratic, and constitutional country. We can bring to reality the goals and ideals that our people have incessantly been seeking for more than a hundred years, and can bring a brilliant new chapter to Chinese civilization.
POSTSCRIPT

The planning and drafting of Charter 08 began in the late spring of 2008, but Chinese authorities were apparently unaware of it or unconcerned by it until several days before it was announced on December 10. On December 6, Wen Kejian, a writer who signed the charter, was detained in the city of Hangzhou in eastern China and questioned for about an hour. Police told Wen that Charter 08 was "different" from earlier dissident statements, and "a fairly grave matter." They said there would be a coordinated investigation in all cities and provinces to "root out the organizers," and they advised Wen to remove his name from the charter. Wen declined, telling the authorities that he saw the charter as a fundamental turning point in history.

Meanwhile, on December 8, in Shenzhen in the far south of China, police called on Zhao Dagong, a writer and signer of the charter, for a "chat." They told Zhao that the central authorities were concerned about the charter and asked if he was the organizer in the Shenzhen area.

Later on December 8, at 11 PM in Beijing, about twenty police entered the home of Zhang Zuhua, one of the charter's main drafters. A few of the police took Zhang with them to the local police station while the rest stayed and, as Zhang's wife watched, searched the home and confiscated books, notebooks, Zhang's passport, all four of the family's computers, and all of their cash and credit cards. (Later Zhang learned that his family's bank accounts, including those of both his and his wife's parents, had been emptied.) Meanwhile, at the police station, Zhang was detained for twelve hours, where he was questioned in detail about Charter 08 and the group Chinese Human Rights Defenders in which he is active.

It was also late on December 8 that another of the charter's signers, the literary critic and prominent dissident Liu Xiaobo, was taken away by police. His telephone in Beijing went unanswered, as did e-mail and Skype messages sent to him. As of the present writing, he's believed to be in police custody, although the details of his detention are not known.

On the morning of December 9, Beijing lawyer Pu Zhiqiang was called in for a police "chat," and in the evening the physicist and philosopher Jiang Qisheng was called in as well. Both had signed the charter and were friends of the drafters. On December 10—the day the charter was formally announced—the Hangzhou police returned to the home of Wen Kejian, the writer they had questioned four days earlier. This time they were more threatening. They told Wen he would face severe punishment if he wrote about the charter or about Liu Xiaobo's detention. "Do you want three years in prison?" they asked. "Or four?"

On December 11 the journalist Gao Yu and the writer Liu Di, both well-known in Beijing, were interrogated about their signing of the Charter. The rights lawyer, Teng Biao, was approached by the police but declined, on principle, to meet with them. On December 12 and 13 there were reports of interrogations in many provinces—Shaanxi, Hunan, Zhejiang, Fujian, Guangdong, and others—of people who had seen the charter on the Internet, found that they agreed with it, and signed. With these people the police focused on two questions: "How did you get involved?" and "What do you know about the drafters and organizers?"

The Chinese authorities seem unaware of the irony of their actions. Their efforts to quash Charter 08 only serve to underscore China's failure to uphold the very principles that the charter advances. The charter calls for "free expression" but the regime says, by its actions, that it has once again denied such expression. The charter calls for freedom to form groups, but the nationwide police actions that have accompanied the charter's release have specifically aimed at blocking the formation of a group. The charter says "we should end the practice of viewing words as crimes," and the regime says (literally, to Wen Kejian) "we can send you to prison for these words." The charter calls for the rule of law and the regime sends police in the middle of the night to act outside the law; the charter says "police should serve as nonpartisans," and here the police are plainly partisan.

Charter 08 is signed only by citizens of the People's Republic of China who are living inside China. But Chinese living outside China are signing a letter of strong support for the charter. The eminent historian Yu Ying-shih, the astrophysicist Fang Lizhi, writers Ha Jin and Zheng Yi, and more than 160 others have so far signed.

On December 12, the Dalai Lama issued his own letter in support of the charter, writing that "a harmonious society can only come into being when there is trust among the people, freedom from fear, freedom of expression, rule of law, justice, and equality." He called on the Chinese government to release prisoners "who have been detained for exercising their freedom of expression."

—Perry Link, December 18, 2008
          $1.5 million to Alfred State for biorefinery prototype   
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The Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) recently awarded $1.5 million to Alfred State for the Biorefinery Development and Commercialization Center (BDCC). The prototype facility will help private and public partners leverage wood resources to create sustainable businesses using advanced manufacturing processes. The new grant increases the total funding raised to date for the research facility to $4.5 million. 

“This is great news for Alfred State and the entire Southern Tier. This federal investment will help bring 15 new businesses and 125 good paying pay jobs to the Southern Tier and push this region’s economy into the future,” said Sen. Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y. “The work done at BDCC will help create a ‘New Forest Economy’ by working with local partners and using the region’s abundant natural resources to spur long-term economic development. I will fight tooth and nail to make sure Alfred State continues to have the resources it needs to leverage the region’s workforce and grow private enterprise.” 

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Lumber from the Southern Tier will help fuel Alfred State’s Biorefinery Development
and Commercialization Center.

“This award is a blueprint for new jobs, fresh opportunities, and a robust economic future for New York’s Southern Tier,” said ARC Federal Co-Chairman Earl F. Gohl.  “It is part of a strategy to bring added capital into the region, and help the region prepare to globally compete in manufacturing, technology, construction, and a variety of other industry sectors.” 

“Alfred State knows the ARC funding for the BDCC project will have a high impact by supporting equipment, training, and developing a network across the ARC region. Developing the proven Hot Water Extraction process in the BDCC will allow Alfred State to lead in biorefinery development and training in the region through the partners in the network,” said Craig R. Clark, vice president for economic development at Alfred State and executive director of the Allegany County Industrial Development Agency. 

The BDCC is a prototype that will develop and commercialize the Hot Water Extraction (HWE) process that produces valuable chemical assets from wood, energy crops, and agricultural residuals. Through this technology, approximately 25 percent of the biomass is converted into value-added products such as advanced fuels and bio-based chemicals for plastics. The remaining 75 percent produces modified wood chips that have improved qualities for paper products, fuel pellets, and particleboard used in furnishings and construction. 

Alfred State’s 18,000-square-foot biorefinery center is intended to spur additional investment, including business start-ups and full-scale biorefineries. Alfred State, the State University of New York (SUNY), universities from other ARC states, and private-sector bioenergy and biochemical companies will benefit from the research facility. 

“This project has been in the works for about five years, but recent advances in funding have spurred our progress,” stated Clark. “We are conducting engineering studies right now regarding process and project costs related to implementation of the center.” 

Through the BDCC, Alfred State will also provide training and technical services to both start-up companies and companies impacted by economic changes as they seek to enter new markets, diversify their manufacturing base, and adapt their workforce. The research facility is a collaboration between Alfred State and Syracuse-based Applied Biorefinery Sciences. 

According to Clark, “The BDCC prototype facility is the first step to launch full-sized commercial plants that can cost about $200 million to build. The effect on a local economy like ours will be tremendous.” 

The award to Alfred State was made through ARC’s POWER (Partnerships for Opportunity and Workforce and Economic Revitalization) Initiative. This congressionally funded multi-agency strategy brings federal resources directly to help communities and regions affected by job losses in coal mining, coal power plant operations, and coal-related supply chain industries due to the changing economics of America’s energy production.



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          Chicago Cubs: 5 Fresh Trade Ideas to Finally Look Like Champs Again   

After spending months waiting for the Chicago Cubs to turn the corner, it's time to wonder whether they will reach a higher gear this season.

When their young roster finally brought a championship to Wrigley Field, the conversation turned to their dynasty destiny. Anything can happen in MLB's unpredictable postseason, but getting there was as inevitable as another interpretation of Spider-Man. And not even Veep's Jonah Ryan could hit his head on the franchise's sky-high ceiling. 

The midway mark nears, and last year's juggernaut has yet to resurface. A dominant lineup and rotation is suddenly just OK. As of Wednesday, they trail the supposedly rebuilding Milwaukee Brewers by a game at 40-39.

If Jason Heyward and Ben Zobrist return healthy and validate lineup spots, Ian Happ's emergence means they're unlikely to seek a big bat on the trade market. That could change if Kris Bryant needs to miss extended time after injuring his ankle Wednesday night. Yet they need at least one more starting pitcher—preferably one who can stick around beyond 2017—with or without an able Kyle Hendricks.

Last year, president Theo Epstein ransacked the farm system to obtain Aroldis Chapman. When the closer left during the offseason, he flipped Jorge Soler for Wade Davis. Let's lay the blueprint for how he can respond to this season's middling start with five trade scenarios.

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          Pema Khandu Resolves to Restructure Sports Authority of Arunachal   

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Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister Pema Khandu on Friday resolved to restructure the Sports Authority of Arunachal (SAA), which is a registered body functioning under a Memorandum of Association since 2005, by an Act to be passed by the state legislative assembly.

Chairing a meeting of the SAA Governing Body in Itanagar on Friday, Khandu directed the sitting Chairman of SAA, Bamang Tago, in consultation with the department of Sports and Youth Affairs, to frame a blueprint of the Act and place it before the government for further perusal. This he said is required to give a distinct shape, role and responsibility to the autonomous body so that it can work constructively in the field of promoting sports and nurturing sportspersons from across the state.

Going through the roles and functions of the existing SAA set-up, Khandu lamented that the sports body has not been able to live up to expectations because of various flaws in guidelines under which it was constituted.

He lauded Tago for bringing it to the notice of the Governing Body, which incidentally met today after a gap of 5 years, and admitted the need to give greater autonomy to SAA. He also appreciated Tago for referring the Mizoram State Sports Council Act 2002 as an example that could be replicated in Arunachal Pradesh.

“If Mizoram can bring an Act to successfully run an autonomous sports body, we can too. Hence, I request SAA and the department of Sports and Youth Affairs to properly study the Mizoram Act and frame one keeping in consideration the requirements of Arunachal Pradesh for placing it in the Assembly as a bill,” Khandu advised.

Khandu observed that with an Act in place the autonomous sports authority will have its role, responsibility and power in clear terms and all confusions with its relation vis a vis the department of Sports and Youths Affairs and state level sports associations will be cleared.

The Chief Minister also appreciated the initiatives taken up by the Sports Authority of India (SAI) for promotion of games and sports in the state. While thanking SAI Regional Director from Guwahati, Dr Subhash Basumatary for his presence in the meeting as a co-opted member, Khandu assured state government’s support in his endeavours in the state.

He expressed happiness that SAI has agreed in principle to establish SAG centers at Roing, Aalo and Miao besides the ones at Itanagar and Rupa. Further, he accepted the proposal put in by Dr Basumatary to utilize existing badminton infrastructure in the state capital to temporarily run the Dorjee Khandu Badminton Academy till the time its permanent infrastructure comes up near Naharlagun.

When informed that sportspersons after getting employed in government departments under sports quota are forced to leave their playing profession, Khandu viewed that they should be allowed to practice and participate in competitions as they used to before employment till their age permits. He asked the department to come up with a guideline to ensure it.

Sports and Youth Affairs Parliamentary Secretary Nyamar Karbak informed that a state sports policy is in the making and after its finalization and implementation the road ahead will be crystal clear. He however emphasized on starting from ground zero and move upward instead of planning from the top. Legal Metrology & Consumer Affairs Parliamentary Secretary Laisam Simai, a co-opted member of the Governing Body, suggested that impartiality of the highest level should be maintained in giving opportunities to budding sports talents so that only the best of the best can go ahead to represent the state and the country in competitions.

Other issues like requirement of coaches, physiotherapists, instructors, administrators as well as budgetary allocation were discussed in the meeting.

The 2nd Governing Body meeting of SAA was also attended by the SAA Vice Chairman, Secretary Sports and Youth Affairs, Secretary APP Sports Board, Directors of Sports, Youth Affairs and State Plan, Member Secretary SAA, representatives of SBI, NEEPCO and NHPC and distinguished sportspersons Gumpe Rime, TadangMinu and TamatGamo.

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          Construction Sales - Skyrock Construction - Mississauga, ON   
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           Should the CFL be worried about attendance?    
The 2017 Canadian Football League season began last week with what was a typically CFL affair. It was a nice early-summer night at McGill University stadium, a wonderful location that played no small role in reviving the league in Montreal and providing a blueprint for how to do it in other markets.
          Planerman Millwright - Interfor Corporation - Chase, BC   
PlanerMill maintenance and Kiln Hot Oil Systems experience an asset. Install machinery and equipment according to layout plans, blueprints, and other drawings,...
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          Welder Fitter - Ranfar Steel Ltd - Courtice, ON   
Applicants should be CWB qualified, previous installation experience, be able to read blueprints and have a valid driver's license....
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          Welder - Cam Tran Company Limited - Bowmanville, ON   
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          Welder - Cam Tran Company Limited - Peterborough, ON   
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          For Our Consideration: Becky, Kanye, and Bey: JAY-Z’s 4:44 is an event album worthy of the name   

Every JAY-Z album since 2003 has been an event. There was the retirement saga of The Black Album, then the comeback of Kingdom Come; the surprise film-inspired return to form of American Gangster and then the overwrought, trilogy-concluding Blueprint 3. Watch The Throne and Magna Carta Holy Grail both felt like transmissions from deep within some golden Illuminati cave, with Hova casually obsessing over Rothkos and wine that costs more than your mortgage.

And so the new 4:44 arrives with all the baggage of being another weighty, “post-retirement” JAY-Z release, discussed in pre-release missives using the same terms as Amazon’s acquisition of Whole Foods; it is, after all, only available via cellphone carrier Sprint and Hov’s reportedly slow-moving streaming music service, Tidal. But now that it’s out, it’s an event for a much different reason: It’s fucking good. At 10 tracks and 36 minutes ...


          June 29, 2017: PERIL & PROMISE: “CLIMATE OF HOPE”   

Concerned about climate change and the “Peril and Promise” of our planet’s future? So is former NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg and the Sierra Club’s former Executive Director Carl Pope.  Together they have a plan on how cities, businesses, and even we – can save our world.  We have the blueprint!   Peril and Promise is an ongoing series of reports […]

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          Millwright Journeyman - AECOM - Rainbow Lake, AB   
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          The original iPhone didn't always look so good, as these early prototypes show   

Once upon a time, the original iPhone looked like the missing link between an iPod and something vaguely resembling an older smartphone. Indeed, the OG iPhone's elementary school graduation photo, shared by Ken Kocienda – to whom we owe the iPhone's on-screen software keyboard that practically everyone else copied – isn't all that flattering. But that doesn't matter, as the blocky, lumpy prototypes you are seeing were important milestones towards accomplishing the basic blueprint for virtually all smartphones that followed.

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          PROCESS PLANT MILLWRIGHT - Detour Gold Corporation - Detour Lake, ON   
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          Missouri Gov. Greitens signs budget, cuts $251 million in spending   
A slowdown in revenue flowing into state coffers triggers Gov. Eric Greitens to pare spending in his first spending blueprint.
          Authentic Models Bantam Midget Green (limited edition)   

The Spindizzy / Bantam Midget, was a 1930's-era American invention.  This was the era when anyone could be the next Enzo Ferrari (who started his company in 1929), Ettore Bugatti (1909) or Gottlieb Daimler. There were no computers: all you needed was metal, fuel and a lot of time.  Constructed using original blueprints the Authentic Models Bantam Midget model resembles the original down to the smallest detail.  These replica models are built from aluminium, with a cherrywood base, rubber wheels, wire spokes and with exquisite attention to detail. They are also packaged with an information booklet.  A stunning model - not to be missed!

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          Authentic Models Red Bantam Midget   
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The Red Bantam Midget, also known as the Spindizzie, was a 1930s-era American invention. This was the era when anyone could be the next Enzo Ferrari (who started his company in 1929), Ettore Bugatti (1909) or Gottlieb Daimler. There were no computers: all you needed was metal, fuel and a lot of time. Constructed using original blueprints the Authentic Models Bantam Midget model resembles the original down to the smallest detail.  
 
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This replica model is hand built from aluminium, with a hand finished cherry wood and maple frame, spoke wheels with rubber tires, a detailed dash and steering wheel, a faux leather seat and turning front wheels. It is also packaged with an information booklet - making it a wonderful gift for a car enthusiast or hobbyist. A stunning model - it really is not to be missed!
 
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The 1930s saw the rise of hand built model racecars, known as spindizzies or tether cars. Hobbyists built minature racecars and raced them around small tracks. Incredibly detailed and aerodynamic, they were wonderful toys, but they were also more than that - they were works of art, representing the best pioneering technology of the era. Authentic Models have produced a wide selection of wonderful model racecars, grown boys' toys of the 1940s and 1950s. Transport yourself back to the entertainment of the time, before TV sets, mobile phones and iPads changed the habits of hobbies forever. 
 
 
 

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          Authentic Models Replica Model Bantam Midget   

Minature Racing Car

The Bantam Midget, also known as the Spindizzie, was a 1930s-era American invention. This was the era when anyone could be the next Enzo Ferrari (who started his company in 1929), Ettore Bugatti (1909) or Henry Ford. There were no computers: all you needed was metal, fuel and a lot of time and enthusiasm. Constructed using original blueprints and plans, the Authentic Models Bantam Midget model resembles the original down to the smallest detail.

 
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This replica model is hand constructed from aluminium, with a cherry wood and maple frame, spoke wheels with rubber tires, a detailed dash and steering wheel, a faux leather seat and turning front wheels. It is also packaged with an information and instruction booklet - making it a wonderful gift for a car enthusiast or hobbyist. A stunning model - it makes a perfect addition to a vintage car collection.
 
Grown Boys' Toys
 
The 1930s saw the rise of hand built model racecars, known as spindizzies or tether cars. Hobbyists built minature racecars and raced them around small tracks. Incredibly detailed and aerodynamic, they were wonderful toys, but they were also more than that - they were works of art, representing the best pioneering technology of the era. Authentic Models have produced a wide selection of wonderful model racecars, grown boys' toys of the 1940s and 1950s. Transport yourself back to the entertainment of the time, before TV sets, mobile phones and iPads changed the habits of hobbies forever. 

 

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          A new tool will check if you're vulnerable to the hack that brought down computers across the globe   
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WannaCry paralyzed hospitals. NotPeya crashed banks. But how to know if you're vulnerable to the stolen National Security Agency exploit that fueled two major cyber attacks and helped bring down computers across the globe?

Thankfully, a new tool has your back. 

SEE ALSO: Ransomware has been around for almost 30 years, so why does it feel like it's getting worse?

After the Shadow Brokers hacking group dumped a cache of stolen NSA exploits in April, the cybersecurity community issued dire warnings that things were about to get really, really bad. But then Microsoft quickly chimed in to note that it had already patched the vulnerabilities in question.  Read more...

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          This girls robotics team from Afghanistan was denied visas for a U.S. competition   
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A robotics competition team of Afghan girls won't be able to watch their creation compete in person.

They were recently denied one-week visas to the United States to come to Washington, D.C., for the First Global Challenge, a new robotics competition that focuses on providing clean water.

SEE ALSO: U.S. visa applicants may have to hand over their social media handles

The team twice traveled the roughly 500-mile distance to the U.S. embassy in Kabul, Afghanistan's capital, for visa interviews, but officials denied them.

"I wanted this to happen badly, I really did," said First Global President Joe Sestak, a former Navy admiral and member of Congress. "These girls are courageous." Read more...

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          Surprisingly Useful iPhone Hacks   
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          Here's how to use Facebook to find a Wi-Fi connection anywhere   
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Facebook is rolling out a new feature to help us save on data and locate open Wi-Fi networks, no matter where we are. 

It's called Find Wi-Fi, and it shows network-needy users a tailored hotspot map of their immediate area, highlighting locations where they'll be able to find a connection. The feature was tested for iOS in a few countries last year to positive reviews, so Facebook is releasing it to all users around the world on both iPhone and Android.  

It's not all wide-open public Wi-Fi — the maps are made up of businesses that have shared with Facebook from their Page — but it'll help you pick out which coffee shop would be best for a pitstop if you're in an unfamiliar place.  Read more...

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          Retro-inspired text adventure puts a twist on using Wikipedia   
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Reading Wikipedia just got a whole lot more fun.

A new game called "Wikipedia: The text adventure" helps you navigate and learn more about the world using a clever modification of the online knowledge database's API. You can start your journey with a suggested location or choose your own, and from there on the game dynamically generates options of places to explore.

SEE ALSO: Someone already made a Wikipedia page for 'Trump orb'

For example, I started with my home state of Maharashtra in India. From there, the game gave me a few choices of other places in the state to explore.

People have discovered classic text adventure features like the ability to pick up items, examine them, and keep them in your inventory. Read more...

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          Palmer Luckey gives monetary middle finger to Facebook and Oculus   
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Palmer Luckey, co-founder of Oculus virtual reality, gave his old employers at Oculus and Facebook a huge middle finger this week by donating thousands of dollars to a VR project that makes Oculus-exclusive VR games playable on its competitor's VR device, the HTC Vive.

The creator behind Revive, a pet project aimed at breaking down exclusivity barriers for VR systems, confirmed Thursday that the big jump in donations per month on his Patreon came from Luckey.

SEE ALSO: 'Echo Arena' is the first VR game that made me forget I was real

Luckey parted ways with Oculus and Facebook in March following the revelation that he was a Donald Trump supporter and had previously said some negative things about Hillary Clinton. He later denied this after his departure. Read more...

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          This smart light could help you curb your screen time   
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'Covi' is a speech-enabled light and open-source smart hub that can automate your home. Read more...

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          Facebook is targeting jerks who spam your News Feed   
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Facebook is taking new steps to fight spam.

The social network will now weed out posts from spammers who fill their friends' feeds with "vast amounts" of links to "low quality content." 

SEE ALSO: This app will tell you which of your photos are actually good enough to post (which is both harsh and helpful)

"We want to reduce the influence of these spammers and deprioritize the links they share more frequently than regular sharers," writes Facebook's VP of News Feed Adam Mosseri. 

In this case, Facebook is setting a pretty high bar for what it considers a "spammer." The update was designed to address the "tiny group" of users who share 50 or more public posts a day. Read more...

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          Sony is bringing vinyl back, but the truth is it never went away   
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Vinyl records are truly a thing of beauty. They were the first thing to bring personal music libraries to the masses, and that's something we'll never forget. While cassette tapes, CDs, and streaming services have all succeeded the format, there's just something about vinyl records that keeps them living on.

SEE ALSO: The vinyl jukebox is coming back into production after 25 years

Sony Music understands this and has decided to start pressing vinyl records again at a Japanese factory by next March. This comes after a 25-year high in record sales, where we bought more than 3.2 million LPs in 2016.  Read more...

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          Toyota's new robot is a gentle, helpful companion for paralyzed veteran   
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The robots are coming ... to help us.

Almost a decade ago, as the U.S. war in Afghanistan trudged on, Army Ranger Romulo Camargo was shot in the neck when his troop was ambushed during a humanitarian mission. He was paralyzed from the neck down and struggles with daily tasks that most people might take for granted. 

Recently, however, Camargo got a little help in the form of a pint-sized, one-armed robot from Toyota. The company announced Friday that it has completed an in-home trial of its Human Support Robot with Camargo. 

SEE ALSO: This little robot is like a Roomba for your garden

The 3 foot-tall, 81 pound robot spent time doing a handful of basic, yet useful tasks for Camargo, like opening doors and grabbing food from the pantry and delivering them to the decorated veteran. Read more...

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          Comment on Guerrilla Business School by Winson Swimming Classes   
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          Construction Sales - Skyrock Construction - Mississauga, ON   
Required license or certification:. Vehicle would an asset, will provide car allowance or company car. Reading Blueprints Not necessary however would be An... $80,000 a year
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          "En iyi telefon" belli oldu!   

MWC Shanghai fuarında "en iyi akıllı telefon" ödülü sahibini buldu. Bu ödül tasarım, kullanıcı arayüzü ve inovasyon gibi kriterler hesaba katılarak verildi.


          Planerman Millwright - Interfor Corporation - Chase, BC   
Install machinery and equipment according to layout plans, blueprints, and other drawings, using hoists, lift trucks, hand tools, and power tools....
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          93. The Blueprint - JAY Z   
The Blueprint by JAY Z
          Global Consumer Telematics Systems Market 2017 – Omnitracs Ltd., BMW AG (Assist), Ford Motor Co. (SYNC), General Motors (OnStar), Agero Connected Services Inc.   

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          Episode 34: /dev/hell Mashup   

This is a big one. We’ve had Chris “The Grumpy Programmer” Hartjes and Ed “The Grumpy Podcaster” Finkler on our show before, but this time they both join us for a mashup!

We talk about the perils of being opinionated people speaking in public. Chris basically just says fuck Reddit and all of its minions of evil, and Phil gives a bit of insight into why he gets stuck in so many arguments.

We move on to chatting about PHP, and how people feel about a strong new demand for more async features. Is it better to leave that to other tools, or should we try and fit some into the language itself, and the ecosystem around it?

The last chunk of this podcast ends with a discussion around CodeIgniter 3.0 supporting PHP 5.2 and up. Should it be higher? Is it feckless to release like this? Should this be a documentation change to warn users away or a hard change to make it not even work there?

Also, who has the best beard? Hint: it isn’t Phil.


          Stephen Grand - Press Conference USA - June 30, 2017   
Stephen Grand, Executive Director of the Middle East Strategy Task Force at the Atlantic Council, presents a blueprint on how the Middle East can break the current cycle of conflict, whether in Syria, Iraq, Libya or Yemen. He tells host Carol Castiel and VOA Senior Middle East reporter Mohamed Elshinnawi, that a combination of grassroots efforts by civil society as well as diplomatic, economic and political leadership by Western and regional leaders can bring stability and unlock the region’s vast potential.
          Welder - Cam Tran Company Limited - Peterborough, ON   
A successful candidate will be able to read and interpret blueprints or welding process specification and welding symbols;...
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          Construction Sales - Skyrock Construction - Mississauga, ON   
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          Auxiliary Clerk IV - City of Abbotsford - Abbotsford, BC   
Our City Council has adopted a new, leading edge Official Community Plan, and a forward thinking and ambitious Strategic Plan that provides us with a blueprint...
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          Instrumentation/ Electrician Operator - Rainbow Lake - OpsMobil - Rainbow Lake, AB   
Consult manufacturer’s manuals, circuit diagrams and blueprints to determine test and maintenance procedures for instruments used for measuring and controlling...
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          steve hutchinson added a discussion to the group Ascension Support Group   
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Patience Brings Divine Timing By Shanta Gabriel ... And ... Radiant Waves ... And ... Secure Yourself In The Divine Peace & Stillness In Your Heart

rPatience Brings Divine Timing By Shanta Gabriel We are drawing on the compassionate and timeless wisdom of The Gabriel Messages to provide insight and inspiration that we can apply every day of our lives. For this week, the message from Archangel Gabriel suggests that we remember how important patience is for bringing Alignment into our lives.  The Gabriel Message Card for this Week Without Patience you can never understand the meaning of Divine Timing. Patience is so tricky sometimes. It is often difficult to surrender to how Life is transpiring when it's uncomfortable. Divine Timing is a natural law. Life becomes easier when we wait and remember...for everything there is a season. Having patience is difficult for most people. Sometimes I wonder if it is inertia, that we just get on a roll and find it hard to stop. I have had times when it did not seem possible for me to slow down, because it felt like there was so much to do. Life gets very stressful in those moments. But how much time does it actually take to slow down enough to breathe a little deeper, stop for one minute to put my hands on my heart to feel that inner sense of coherence? If I can remember my alignment to Source energy, my whole being changes and I feel so much more connected and grounded. This one-minute process can change our consciousness and bring us back into the wisdom of the heart. There is no way to encourage Divine Timing to move faster. Allowing yourself to have the patience to breathe more deeply and feel at home in yourself helps you to be more at peace with the situations in front of you and allow benevolent outcomes to unfold. In those times when I try to push against the flow of Divine Timing, technology goes haywire and nothing works right. Sometimes I can't move forward until I give myself the time to go for a walk so I can relax into feeling more spacious in Nature. This spaciousness allows me to move into an expanded perspective and provides a lovely experience of being supported and inspired by the beauty in the world. Being in Nature raises my vibrational frequency and allows me to feel happy and uplifted. The process of creation is simplified when I give myself this space. I love Hatha Yoga. It teaches me about slowing down and allowing as well as strengthens my body. One of the things that amazes me is what a metaphor yoga is for life. The continuous deeply connected breaths that are suggested during a yoga class permeate my being, so when I finish the class I am more grounded and patient. Sometimes I have gone to class in a resistant mood, believing I don't have time to slow down. But within the first 10 minutes or so, my concentration is focused on my breath and allowing my body to stretch quietly and gently. My mind calms down and I feel fully in my body for the first time that day. My whole yoga class becomes a lesson for allowing things to happen without strain. For these reasons, doing an energetic practice like Hatha Yoga, QiGong or Tai Chi can be incredibly helpful in these challenging times. Not surprisingly, I leave class and everything that needs to be done gets done, more easily and with more focus. Or not...but at least I am more allowing of the timing and my mind is not so invested in making things happen. Slowing down my breath and moving more consciously is in harmony with the flow of creative energy. From this place I can allow Divine Timing into every area of my life. Everything becomes more graceful and I am more at ease. Then all is truly well. Divine Presence, With every breath I take, may I slow down and let patience take over my attention. May I and all beings move more deeply into Alignment with the Source of all Life. May I trust the dynamic activity of Divine Timing in my life right now and love myself through the process of allowing it to work in and through all situations. Thank you for gracefully guiding and directing all that I am and all that I do, And so it is. Shanta Gabriel June 25, 2017 ShantaGabriel.comThe Gabriel Messages Book #19  Without patience you can never understand the meaning of Divine Timing. Dear One, Your conscious presence in the world leads to the opening of the consciousness of all people. Your Soul's task is to carry the light of Love and Truth with you wherever you go, no matter what you are doing. Through this intention you will bring more Peace and Light into the world. Being a visionary, you see in your mind that which you wish to accomplish. It becomes your intention, as if you are taking aim, pulling back the bow and shooting your arrow toward your target. With this clarity, you will surely reach your mark. There is, however, the question of when. At work in the world is the principle of Divine Timing. It is one of the immutable laws in the universe, such as Divine Order and Divine Justice. It is not something that you can push to make it go faster. There are times when you must wait upon the will of God in order to have your dream manifest in the most appropriate way for your highest good. This requires patience. It is sometimes difficult to have patience when you can see your vision so clearly. Often there is the desire to make it happen now. This is not God’s will but the ego’s will at work. You might be able to force the manifestation of certain parts of your vision, but it will not feel right once this occurs. It will feel as though you are pushing the river. When all is flowing according to God's will, miracles occur. You can ride the wave of this energy and it feels effortless. Practice: Imagine that you are at one of those points in your life when you want very badly to have a certain vision manifest. Let's say you really want it now but you are struggling against a wall of obstacles. If you are mentally or emotionally tense, anxious and impatient, anything that you do physically at this time will be pushing at the energy which is already at work. It is at these times that you must step aside, even though it may be most difficult. Release your striving, and turn the whole situation over to God and the Angels. You can assist the manifestation of your dream by simply sitting quietly and breathing in Divine Light and Love. As you continue to breathe these balanced breaths, see yourself in a pillar of golden light. This is the light of peace, love and wisdom that connects you with Divine Inspiration and the nurturing presence of the earth. While sitting in this light, in your mind’s eye remember your vision, the dream that you want for your life at this time. Allow your dream to be energized by this pillar of golden light. Know in your heart that you always receive that which is in your highest good. Know that the Angels are blessing you with love and wisdom. They are blessing all that you need to do in order to have your dream. Feel this loving presence with you, enfolding you in love and light. Feel Peace permeating every fiber of your being. Know in your heart that all will come to you in perfect Divine Timing. Give thanks for all the blessings in your life. Give thanks that this dream is manifesting in its own perfect and right time for your highest good. And as you exhale, release this vision to God and the Angels and allow this energy to work for you.      This practice will help give you patience and trust in Divine Timing. With a small amount of conscious focus you can begin to apply these principles to your day-to-day living and create a life filled with more Peace, Joy and Love. This is God’s will for all. Call on the Angels for assistance and remember to take time to breathe and receive the knowing in your heart that all is in the flow of Divine creative energy. And most of all remember: Without patience you can never understand the meaning of Divine Timing. Shanta Gabriel for Archangel Gabriel June 25, 2017 shantagabriel.comAn Evening with Archangel Gabriel Join Shanta Gabriel on Monday June 26 as she channels Archangel Gabriel to answer your questions! 712-432-0075, Code: 518 285#5:00 pm PDT 8:00 pm EDT   In a very new format, Shanta will open the phone lines to offer you personal guidance from Archangel Gabriel. You are invited to this FREE event!Video: "Angel Card Reading of the week! June 25-July 1 Angel Messages!" By Melanie Beckler - https://youtu.be/EIzbqMB1Itsradiant wavesJUNE 28, 2017 ~ THE 12TH ROADThe Ascension Waves are rolling in back to back this year leaving very little time between to integrate and catch our breath. So much is stirring inside it can be difficult to function through logical thought as the energy overrides the human processes and ushers our systems into a higher plateau of Light.These energetic waves are pushing us to go within, to observe the old programs falling away, receive the messages being delivered and cultivate a daily practice for interacting with the expansion, elevation and transformation. Mostly, it is creating deep space within the Heart and unveiling a true sense of sacredness as we transition into a new way of living.Rising through all this is a magnetism emanating from the heart of deep space. While the body feels out of whack and unable to focus, the radiance streaming from the core of the universe is strong and resolute. This radiance carries a resilience that takes me back to January and the first message from the Venus Beings: The White Sun is the Pure Heart of the Universe. White Light Radiance helps restore human resilience as we are guided back to the abundant riches that reflect the true nature of life itself. This is what lies at our core and the true purpose of being in a Realm of Creation, of being in a space of malleable energy that can be shaped and worked into all forms of desire. As we transcend into a new way of living, this gift of creation is being returned. We will find it in the deepest truths of our Being. It is our pure truth. Reconnecting with this message brings Full Circle the cycle developing from last December Solstice through to this immense June Solstice, a phenomenal passage of transformation, of building our Stairway to Heaven through our connection to sacredness. Sacredness is the practice that nurtures the exploration and expansion of the Soul. Sacredness holds the strength of this new reality and is the essence that guides us back to the space where perfection reigns.Our path to sacredness is guided by many Beings. This year I’ve tuned into messages from the Venus Beings, Ishtar, Thoth, Adama and the Lemurian Circle of 12. I have found myself on the Road to Shambhala and learnt these Beings are all related in their mission to restore Harmony and Balance for humanity. They all emanate Venusian energy and radiate the highest codes of enlightenment for the restoration of Peace through humanity’s awakening.They are here, now, guiding and supporting all of us. They are with us daily as we embody these elevating energies, detach from all that is not in resonance with our Pure Hearts and open our awareness to the truth emerging through these radiant waves. They are waiting, as they have always done, for our return to our original Star Families.This return is part of the deep space emanation. As it magnetises all things to the Pure Heart of the Universe, it shifts our awareness to the core of our Beings helping to move our focus from what is dissolving to what is anchoring in the New. It helps to empower ourselves with an embellished sense of wholeness and sovereignty, of trusting our inner knowing and understanding that we are connected to so many Beings on so many levels.As this new level begins, the void between where we are and where we desire to be is diminishing. The radiant Pure Heart emanates her blessings and we see this is where Heaven meets Earth. This is where Shambhala meets Earth. Where we protect, share and receive the riches of Mother Earth.We see this next chapter is where Soul meets Life.Video: "Goddess Isis Transmission: Reclaiming Divinity and Vulnerability" - https://youtu.be/GalXjg2tZQY   Secure & Anchor Yourself In The Divine Peace & And Stillness In Your Heart - Energy Report - June / July 2017a message from Kate SpreckleyWe are living in the most interesting of times. This shift in consciousness is bringing to the fore ALL that we, as individuals and as a collective, need to change and transform. It is definitely not what many expected as the incoming cosmic energies get stronger and stronger and our soul’s impulse to evolve intensifies. In the past six months, a dramatic increase in the intensity of the energy sweeping the planet initiated a radical leap in our human consciousness. We have been awoken from our own self-created illusions and quite literally it’s a shift show!The Solstice on June the 21st brought to fruition whatever has presented itself to you over the past six months. With a definite increase in the energy frequency since December, the pace shows no sign of slowing down. The chaos occurring on a global scale is part of this evolutionary shift in consciousness. The disruption of the world and the unity consciousness you are evolving to is part and parcel of this time. As one dissolves the other develops.If we are to establish a new way of being and a new reality the old structures and programs, which uphold the old world, need to be dismantled. As a result, a deep purification is occurring and all aspects of reality are being purged. Simultaneously a new energetic blueprint is being activated, which contains new structures and new systems that you must birth into the world. Real and practical changes, which anchor and support the new emerging consciousness, must now be made.The chaos and the drama of the world is only part of what is coming up for healing and release. You are being propelled forward by the evolutionary flow of life, which is dissolving the fragmented aspects of this world and your personal perception of reality. Everything you are currently experiencing is assisting in liberating your individual, auric and authentic self. Old patterns and programs, which no longer serve you or the collective, are being triggered and unraveled. The attachments and distractions, which seduced you away form your innate divinity, your authenticity, are being exposed.As this process unfolds you will come to realize that you cannot build on what is dissolving. The instability of this time is teaching you how to stabilize and ground yourself while navigating the sudden shifts and changes in reality. By securing yourself in your heart center you are able to tune and trust in the guidance of your soul. You are then able to observe the drama of the world with detached compassion, which supports you in mastering your fears, healing old painful emotions, clearing karmic debris and see the blessings held in each life situation.Your heart is imbued with an energy, which magnifies and magnetizes your energy field. When you allow this energy to blend together with your mind you create space for an authentic response to the world. You begin to think with your heart making the unconscious conscious, which allows for a greater sense of wholeness and oneness to emerge. Your consciousness reforms and you are shifted into expanded states of unity, compassion, love and acceptance. Securing yourself in this energy will propel you forward and ensures that you are physically, emotionally and mentally ready for the manifestation of your greatest self.Remember that you are currently being attuned to receive massive amounts of cosmic energy. As you come to master these vast multidimensional energies you will discover a new perspective and a new vision for your life. You will come to see and understand more of your divine purpose and how you are being called to assist in creating the new earth and a new reality. The wisdom of your heart and the truth of your soul will emerge enabling the full expression of your authentic self.You may find old emotional and mental patterns and programs emerging to be healed and cleared. Allow them to surface and dissolve. Be receptive and deliberate in this process. Do not go into the drama of the emotion or feeling. Listen for the messages from these trapped emotions, patterns and programs. Focus on freeing yourself from anything, which keeps you in a state of survival. Detach from the chaos of the world; remove all obstacles to expanded consciousness. Reflect on the unlimited possibilities that are available to you now, reestablish your trust in the flow of life and you will hear your true, intuitive voice. Video: "Vlog 16 - Why is this such a critical time on earth?" By Patricia Cota-Robleshttps://youtu.be/hhoSf0e-VDo See More

          (USA-DE-Dover) Senior Staff Consulting Manager   
**About Us:** GE is the world's Digital Industrial Company, transforming industry with software-defined machines and solutions that are connected, responsive and predictive. Through our people, leadership development, services, technology and scale, GE delivers better outcomes for global customers by speaking the language of industry. GE offers a great work environment, professional development, challenging careers, and competitive compensation. GE is an Equal Opportunity Employer at http://www.ge.com/sites/default/files/15-000845%20EEO%20combined.pdf . Employment decisions are made without regard to race, color, religion, national or ethnic origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, disability, protected veteran status or other characteristics protected by law. **Role Summary:** This consulting role requires APM/Reliability Engineering subject matter expertise and team leadership skills. Responsibilities will include hands-on knowledge and consulting in the GED Digital Transformation Blueprinting process (FEED), business case development, work process mapping, delivering reliability services, leading training, advising customers on work process and system configuration options and the willingness to deliver best practice consulting to our customers as needed. **Essential Responsibilities:** Technical, functional and business aptitude is required. The role reports to the Sr. Director of Advisory Services. The Functional Consulting Team lead will provide leadership and direction in the Foundation, Asset Health, Failure Elimination, Asset Strategy and Asset Integrity Asset Performance Management (APM) work processes. The team leader will ensure consistency in quality of product, services and solution delivery delivered by his/her consulting team. Actively coordinate all aspects of product application and delivery of the assigned work process. The Functional Consulting team leader will also lead and develop the asset strategy/failure elimination and asset integrity team and proactively work with sales & pre-sales, partners, customers, and prospects to support the GED APM work processes. Responsibilities: + Team leadership of functional consulting resources in GED’s Foundation, Asset Health, Failure Elimination, Asset Strategy and Asset Integrity work processes. + Direct supervision of GED employees and external consultants working in these functional consulting areas + Active employee mentoring, coaching, development, training and performance management + The team leader will be expected to learn the work processes, supporting APM software and the DTB process and obtain certification in these processes to lead, coach and mentor his/her direct reports + The leader will work closely with Product Managers, training and professional services staff to insure products are correctly applied to work processes + Support sales team with pre-sales and sales closure needs as required + Functional consulting skills required: + Analysis of client data sources, existing systems and identification of process improvements + Ability to translate technical/functional concepts into processes and configuration + Ability to work with customers in the Front End Engineering phase of projects to define value, assess reliability maturity, map work processes and develop implementation plans + Work hands on with customers to lead reliability workshops and reliability training sessions + Demonstrate and apply reliability analytics + Collaborate closely with cross-functional teams, including internal, third party and partners + Other consulting support as required **Qualifications/Requirements:** Basic Qualifications: + Bachelors of Engineering (any discipline) + 10 years of relevant experience in a manufacturing industry + 5 years of relevant software business related to manufacturingEligibility Requirements: + Legal authorization to work in the U.S. is required. We will not sponsor individuals for employment visas, now or in the future, for this job + Must be willing to travel up to 50% + Must be willing to travel to GE Digital’s Roanoke, VA office at least once a month for APM Practice team meetings and training **Desired Characteristics:** + Masters in Reliability, Engineering and/or MBA a plus + ASQ Certified Reliability Engineering certification a plus + Leadership, mentoring and supervisory experienced desired + Cross functional roles between technical, functional and business + CMRP, CQE, PE, API certification (or equivalent) is desired + Experience with Business Case development + Experience supporting consulting efforts for high-profile, demanding customers + Troubleshooting and problem solving skills + Excellent oral, written and presentation skills.\#DTR **Locations:** United States; Alabama, Alaska, American Samoa, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Guam, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Northern Mariana Islands, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Puerto Rico, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, United States Minor Outlying Islands, Utah, Vermont, Virgin Islands, U.S., Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin, WyomingGE offers a great work environment, professional development, challenging careers, and competitive compensation. GE is an Equal Opportunity Employer at http://www1.eeoc.gov/employers/upload/eeoc_self_print_poster.pdf . Employment decisions are made without regard to race, color, religion, national or ethnic origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, disability, protected veteran status or other characteristics protected by law.GE will only employ those who are legally authorized to work in the United States for this opening. Any offer of employment is conditional upon the successful completion​ of a background investigation and drug screen.
          Millwright Journeyman - AECOM - Rainbow Lake, AB   
+ Blueprint, parts book and manual reading experience. AECOM is seeking a Millwright Journeyman to be based in our Rainbow Lake, Alberta location....
From AECOM - Fri, 16 Jun 2017 20:48:19 GMT - View all Rainbow Lake, AB jobs
          Pipe Welder-Oil Refinery - Industrial Trade Services (ITS) - Beaumont, TX   
Ability to set up and utilize pipewelding equipment and tools*. Ability to interpret drawings, blueprints, and detail specifications*....
From Indeed - Wed, 28 Jun 2017 20:36:38 GMT - View all Beaumont, TX jobs
          Unreal Engine Developer: Deluxe Entertainment Services Group   
Deluxe VR currently has an opening for an Unreal Engine Developer Duties and Responsibilities Develop new and maintain existing blueprint "programs" for current and future projects. Contribute original ideas towards all aspects of game production and development Provide technical leadership in areas of specialization and assist with technical questions Work independently to complete assigned projects with limited supervision Educate other departments on technology and engine through either spoken or written format Keep up to date with the technological developments and advancements in the computer game industry Constantly analyze and optimizations solutions  Requirements Strong understanding of UE4 (all aspects) Keen interest in Virtual Reality Advanced working knowledge of Unreal Engine 4 and its visual programming graph (blueprints). Knowledge of shader programming languages (PSSL/HLSL/GLSL) a plus Strong linear algebray skills You are a gamer and entertainment enthusiast Experience with multiple core system tasks, such as graphics, networking, audio/video, and tools. Excellent performance optimization skills Hollywood, California-based Deluxe Entertainment Services Group, a wholly-owned subsidiary of MacAndrews & Forbes Holdings Inc., is the leading provider of a broad range of entertainment industry services and technologies. We offer complete film and digital solutions for production, post-production, major studio and independent theatrical release, broadcast, home entertainment, archiving and asset management. Deluxe operates facilities in major film, video and digital production markets around the world.  
          Fitter Welder/Assembler - Clark-Reliance Corporation - Cambridge, ON   
Perform activities such as steel fabrication, blueprint reading, pipe fitting, tube bending/assembly, and mechanical assembly....
From Clark-Reliance Corporation - Fri, 30 Jun 2017 15:13:47 GMT - View all Cambridge, ON jobs
          Electrician (Stow, OH)   

A Stow Company is seeking an Electrician. This is a 1st shift position and pay is based on experience. Candidates must have at least 5 years’ experience in machinery panel building and machine wiring or combination of electrical wiring work. Must be able to read electrical schematics, electrical conduit drawings, and bills of material. Must also be experienced with power tools to perform the work required and must be able to lift 50Ibs, work 4-5 hours with a ten minute break and must be able to bend and stoop. 


Primary Duties:
-Read and interpret detailed blueprint drawings electrical schematics, electrical conduit drawings, and bills of material.
-Panel Building-layout and preparing of sub-plates for building electrical control panels, mounting of electrical junction box, conduit, and electrical components of such per drawings.
-Machine Wiring
-Disconnect, clean and prepare controls


Secondary Duties:
-Diagnostic check-out of machine controls
-Perform misc. tasks assigned by supervisor


Mancan Temporary Staffing Employment Agency is located at 160 West Ave, Tallmadge, OH 44278. Please feel free to call us at 330-633-9675 with any questions. Please bring 2 forms of government ID and resume with you, or apply online at www.mancan.com/.


          Construction Sales - Skyrock Construction - Mississauga, ON   
Required license or certification:. Vehicle would an asset, will provide car allowance or company car. Reading Blueprints Not necessary however would be An... $80,000 a year
From Indeed - Mon, 13 Mar 2017 19:38:49 GMT - View all Mississauga, ON jobs
          The Third Floor Recruiting VFX Generalist   

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Postvis – VFX Generalist – Los Angeles THE THIRD FLOOR, Inc. is the world’s pre-eminent, Emmy Award visualization company with offices in Los Angeles and London as well as on location with productions around the world. For the past 12 years, the studio has helped clients visualize and maximize content by producing computer-animated blueprints, known […]
          Fire it up with CJ!: Learn to love your wrinkles--the wisdom of your face with Jean Haner. Call 800930-2819 with questions   
GuestChinese face reading is an ancient branch of Chinese medicine, which teaches that you are born with a personal blueprint that is yours and yours alone, and that this inner architecture can be read in your outer design - the features of your face. Join us as we show you how you can use this ancient art to excel at work, parenting, and in love.
          Jan De Dobbeleer: DocOps Part I - No time to rest   

Recently, I got the chance to assist a team of frontend and back-end developers to do a bit of open heart surgery. The scope of the project is as follows, migrate a BBOM monolith towards a new BSS system but keep the frontend part, and convert another web frontend and one mobile app to the same BSS system. To facilitate this, and because it’s common sense, the decision was made to create our own REST API in between. But, we were faced with an issue. Time is limited and we wanted to start creating everything at once. Without a working API implementation and the need for a defined interface, we decided to look for a tool to assist us in this process.

Gotta have swag

We began to create our API using API Blueprint in Apiary, but that soon turned out to be quite annoying because of a few reasons. One, everything exists within the same file. This implies the file grows quite large once you start adding endpoints, examples and responses. Secondly, there’s no nice way to start working on this as a team, unless you get a Standard Plan. We could debate about whether or not migrating to another plan would have solved our problem, but let’s be honest, I’d rather invest in the team than spend it on unnecessary tooling.

I began a venture to migrate this to another tool, and eventually ended up playing with Swagger. First off, Swagger also supports yaml, which is a great way to describe these things. Secondly, the ecosystem is a bit more mature which allows us to do things API Blueprint does not provide, such as split the specification into smaller parts. I found this great blog post by Mohsen Azimi which explains exactly this, and following his example, I added a compile.js file that collects the .yaml references and combines those into one big swagger.json file.

The advantages are interesting as we can now split the Swagger specification into folders for context and work on different parts without creating needless overhead all the time, like merge conflicts for example. To make sure we know the changes comply with the Swagger definition, I added a check after compiling swagger.json using swagger-parser to validate the output. Combined with a docker container to do the compilation and validation, we’ve got ourself a nice way to proceed with certainty. Adding this to a CI is peanuts, as we can use the same docker image to run all the necessary checks. The project is currently being built using Travis, you can find a sample .travis.yml file in the repository.

The setup of the project is as follows. The explanation of the components is listed inline, be aware I only listed the parts which need an explanation. Refer to the repository for a complete overview.

.
├── definitions // the data model used by the API
|   ├── model.yaml // model definition
|   └── index.yaml // list of model definitions
├── examples // sample json output
|   ├── sample.json
|   └── second_sample.json
├── parameters
|   ├── index.yaml // header and query string parameters
├── paths
|   ├── path.yaml // path definition
|   └── index.yaml / list of path definitions
├── swagger-ui // folder containing custom Swagger-UI
├── gulpfile.js // build and development logic
├── makefile // quick access to commands
└── swagger.yaml // swagger spec base file

While this sample contains model, path and parameter definitions in the root of each sub folder, nothing stops you from creating more folders to structure the definitions inside. As the compile function in gulpfile.js (previously compile.js) takes care of stitching the YAML files into one JSON spec, it can be as flexible as you want. The makefile contains a few handy commands so everyone can use the project without the need for specific setup or docker knowledge.

To change the spec you can use any editor of choice, I have Visual Studio Code setup together with the Swagger Viewer plugin. This way I can work on the spec and have it preview in a tab next to me. In case I need to validate the changes, I can also use the pre-configured validate task to quickly get feedback in my editor console. The tasks are added to the project to get you started using Visual Studio Code. If you do, make sure to also add a key binding to spawn the tasks. Open keybindings.json and enter the following (change the key combo if needed).

    {
        "key": "ctrl+shift+r",
        "command": "workbench.action.tasks.runTask"
    }

On top of that, one of my colleagues, Joeri Hendrickx, extended the setup by creating a watch function inside the gulpfile.js file that automatically reloads changes in Swagger-UI while you adjust files. This way, there’s no need for a specific setup and you can use any editor you like. As an extra bonus, it will also display the errors on top of the page.

To run the swagger specification, use the make swagger command or the swagger task in Visual Studio Code. By default, Swagger UI will be available at localhost:3000, unless you specify another port using the SWAGGER_PORT environment variable. To enable the watch function, make use of the make watch command or watch task in Visual Studio Code.

Are you mocking me?

This leaves us with one open item. How do we create a mock service using our Swagger specification? As it turns out, there’s a very useful tool out there called Prism that does just that. Part of the Stoplight tool set, their CLI tool allows you to create a mock server by simply using a Swagger spec. This provides you with all you need to design, test and move fast.

The docker image has been extended to also pull in the latest version of Prism and add it to our path. You can run the mock server through the make mock command or the mock task in Visual Studio Code. By default, the mock server will run on localhost:8010, unless you specify another port using the PRISM_PORT environment variable.

Starting the mock server prints the available endpoints. You now have the ability to start developing and use the mocked API, or validate your work via Postman, curl or any http request tool of choice. Using this repository, the curl following command will output a mocked result.

curl -X GET http://localhost:8010/v1/ping -H 'authorization: Basic trololol'

If for any reason you need to debug inside the container, you can use the make interactive command. This will open a shell inside the container for you to mess around in. I never needed it until now, but it’s there. Just in case.

The setup we have at work currently uses Jenkins to validate the spec which is deployed to Heroku every time the build on master succeeds (which is, well, every time). This way we have a single place of truth when it comes to our Swagger specification and accompanying mock service for developers or partners to play with. We can prototype fast while collecting feedback, or change current implementations fast and knowing the impact. Our production API is tested against the Swagger specification, which is integrated in that repository as a submodule to decouple designing and implementation. To get a more behavioral representation of a real API, we created middleware in Python which can keep track of the data you send and respond accordingly for certain processes. Changes to this part are also validated against the specification in order to reduce the chance of creating errors.

Feel free to mess around, ask questions or even create issues and pull requests on GitHub and let me know what you think. And stay tuned for Part II which covers technical documentation!

Source code


          A look at the 8 most revolutionary features the iPhone introduced to the world   

A look at the 8 most revolutionary features the iPhone introduced to the worldTen years ago today, Apple released the original iPhone and forever changed the way the world uses and interacts with technology. Without question, the iPhone is one of the most revolutionary products ever created, and the impact it's had on our day-to-day lives cannot be overstated. Today, millions upon millions of people all over the world use the iPhone -- and smartphones in general -- in ways that would have seemed impossible, of  just ten short years ago. With the iPhone's 10th anniversary now upon us, we thought it would be a good time to take a look back at how Apple's iconic device has impacted the smartphone industry at large. From the mainstream adoption of multitouch displays to the introduction of the App Store, even loyal Android users would have to concede that the modern smartphone era we enjoy today wouldn't have been possible had it not been for the iPhone. That said, listed below are the 8 of the biggest and game-changing innovations Apple's iPhone introduced to the smartphone market over the last 10 years. Multitouch While Steve Jobs may have boasted that Apple invented multitouch, it's no secret that multitouch technology existed long before the original iPhone hit store shelves. Nonetheless, there's no escaping the fact that the iPhone was the first device to bring the technology into the mainstream. Say what you will about the iPhone vs Android debate, the reality is that the multitouch UI introduced by the original iPhone immediately became the blueprint upon which all other smartphones were based. Touch ID Much like multitouch, Apple didn't invent fingerprint recognition technology on mobile devices, but its implementation of Touch ID on the iPhone 5s brought it into the mainstream. What was once a feature that only seemed possible in the distant future instantly became accessible thanks to Touch ID. Additionally, Apple's implementation of Touch ID was incredibly intuitive and ultimately spurred other phone manufacturers to incorporate similar functionality into their own devices. The App Store Anyone old enough to remember what mobile apps were like before Apple introduced the App Store can certainly appreciate how revolutionary the App Store was when it went live in July of 2008. In one fell swoop, the App Store made it easy and affordable for users to download apps. What's more, the iPhone SDK gave developers the necessary tools to create what were previously unthinkable and downright magical apps. To date, Apple has doled out more than $70 billion to developers over the last 9 years. Doing some quick math, that means iOS users have spent more than $100 billion on apps alone. Retina Display The Retina Display that Apple introduced on the iPhone 4 was an instant game-changer. Sporting an impressive 960x640 resolution, Apple's Retina Display effectively doubled the resolution of existing iOS devices, making them appear practically ancient in comparison. 64-bit Processor When Apple rolled out a 64-bit A7 processor with the iPhone 5s, it caught the entire tech world off-guard. 64-bit processors, at the time, were certainly on the horizon, but Apple managed to beat everyone to the punch. Of course, it was only a matter of time before Android handset manufacturers followed suit. Apple Pay Building off of the success of Touch ID, Apple with the iPhone 6 introduced the world to Apple Pay, a new technology that made it incredibly easy for users to authorize transactions straight from their device. Again, what made Apple Pay particularly useful is that it was incredibly easy to set up and use. What's more, Apple Pay is beyond secure and therefore provides users with peace of mind that they can engage in secure transactions and not have their sensitive financial information compromised. No more bloatware When developing the original iPhone, Apple demanded complete control over the user experience, AT&T's objections notwithstanding. This, of course, wasn't something carriers like AT&T were accustomed to dealing with. On the contrary, carriers at the time were prone to littering phones with horrible third-party apps that most people had little to no interest in, from NASCAR apps to unwanted streaming TV apps. While some Android devices still ship with their fair share of bloatware, the original iPhone demonstrated that it's never a good idea to let carriers dictate the user experience. Siri The introduction of Siri with the iPhone 4s gave us a glimpse into what the future of computing was going to look like. Even though Siri's functionality was a bit stunted upon release, and even though Siri has arguably been lapped by competing services from the likes of Google, the impact Siri had on the smartphone market cannot be overlooked.



          The Joseph Ghabi Show-Consciously Living Your Destiny: Blueprint Numerology day with Joseph Ghabi.   
GuestBlueprint Numerology Day with Joseph Ghabi. Call in to get a Numerology reading...
          David Dodwell: Be afraid: China is on the path to global technology dominance   
Excerpt:

"I have often jested that the main difference between the United States and China is not that one is capitalist and the other communist. Rather, it is that one is run by lawyers and the other by engineers.
Nowhere is this truer than in the astonishing “catch-up” occurring on the mainland in the explosion of digital technologies and their application to the daily lives of hundreds of millions of ordinary Chinese consumers.
Ask people in the US or Europe about Chinese technology and most will still cast a dismissive smile and say China remains home of the cheap and cheerful copycat stuff that fills Walmart shelves. The dangerous naivity of this view was brought home forcefully at our APEC Business Advisory Council (ABAC) meetings last year – the first in San Francisco and the second in Shenzhen. The first thing we noticed was that our internet worked noticeably faster in Shenzhen than around San Francisco. The second was that our Chinese colleagues were paying for everything via AliPay on their smartphones.
In awe of the smart technologies on display at PayPal, Google and Dolby sound studios, we were blown away by Huawei, where 40 per cent of its 170,000 staff are working on pure research, and the foundations are being laid for roll-out of 5G across the whole of China by 2020."
"In truth, China’s government was not doing anything unique or even novel. The Made in China 2025 initiative was based on Germany’s Industrie 4.0 blueprint for technology development. What is awesome is the speed and effectiveness with which they have built this technology self-reliance initiative from scratch. A total of 19 data labs have been established in universities across the country. STEM education (science, technology, engineering and maths) is being prioritised countrywide. A “Qianren Jihua” (Thousand Talents) scheme is trawling the world to attract brilliant scientists.
And for a US official who has for decades had first-hand experience of how US government-funded defence industry research has been carefully used to fuel the US’s technology leadership worldwide, complaints about Chinese government support for high-tech research sounds a tad hypocritical."
Rest of article in South China Morning Post: 
Link

          Dr Mastura Md Yusof : Dynamics of good cancer care   
I APPLAUD The Star for highlighting the need for more oncologists to serve our country in the report: “Wanted, oncologists and specialist docs who treat cancer” (Sunday Star, Feb 26).
We learnt from the report that our country needs to double the current number of about 110 oncologists to fulfil the recommended ratio of 10 oncologists to one million population.
A healthcare system with inadequate number of oncologists results in long waiting times, treatment delays, unequal access to care and, ultimately, increased cost.
The WHO has predicted that incidence of cancer will increase to 21.3 million new cases every year up to 2030, and approximately 70% will be from low- and middle-income countries.
A comprehensive national cancer programme that encompasses different aspects of prevention, detection and treatment is currently being planned in the latest national blueprint in an effort to develop efficient, sustainable cancer care programmes to meet the projected rise in cancer incidence.
The Institute of Medicine states, “Cancer is such a prevalent set of conditions and so costly, it magnifies what we know to be true about the totality of the healthcare system. It exposes all of its strengths and weaknesses.”
Cancer treatment has improved tremendously over the past three decades. Progress achieved in prevention, screening, early diagnosis, and treatment have led to lower mortalities and morbidities from the disease.
However, a new burden from these treatments is now emerging – “financial toxicity” from increasing cancer expenditures.
Cancer expenses are rising due to four main reasons: aging population, more patients with access to treatment, innovations, and treatment over-utilisation.
Our population is aging and older patients are at greater risk of developing cancer, resulting in them becoming candidates for anticancer therapy due to current less toxic treatment and optimised supportive care. This increases the proportion of cancer patients receiving therapies.
In many parts of the world, oncology is broadly divided into surgical and non-surgical oncology. The majority of non-surgical oncologists working in our country’s public and private sectors are clinical oncologists who are trained to deliver both systemic and radiation therapies, including brachytherapy and radioiodine therapy.
In contrast, non-surgical oncologists working in the health set-up in developed countries are divided into two categories: medical oncologists who deliver drug therapies, and radiation oncologists who deliver radiation therapies.
More than half of cancer patients require radiotherapy at some stage during their cancer trajectory, achieving various benefits like cure, symptoms relief, prevention of recurrence as well as avoiding mutilating surgery.
Majority of the most common cancers in Malaysia require multimodality management, including radiotherapy, surgery and chemotherapy.
Scholarships offered for training programmes should accord greater consideration to clinical oncology specialisation as the dual training has the potential for not only addressing the shortage in the workforce but also provide an opportunity for more efficient resource utility and cost-effective service delivery.
This model of working eliminates the need to consult different specialists, facilitates co-ordination and continuity of care and efficient healthcare delivery. Malaysia risks facing a catastrophic impact from higher average burden of cancer, advanced disease at presentation and poor access to care or varying quality of healthcare delivery.
Greater emphasis must be placed on practices or measures to prevent wastage by optimising prescription and dispensing practices as well as wider usage of generic drugs of the same quality to that of innovators, and less use of expensive medicines.
Radiation techniques such as giving hypofractionated radiotherapy (shorter duration of radiotherapy sessions while maintaining effective dose), brachytherapy, and combination chemoradiotherapy provide potentially cost-effective radiotherapy treatment options.
This will encourage shorter in-patient stays and reduce hospital costs. Prevention measures such as public health campaigns on prevalent risk factors like obesity, sedentary lifestyles and smoking have been pursued.
Obesity has to be tackled from pre-school level with broad educational initiatives, strict policies on food sold in school and regulations on food advertisement.
Preventive measures against the HPV (human papillomavirus) infection in cervical cancer offered to lower secondary school girls can be extended to school-going boys to prevent the risk of other HPV-related cancers such as oral and anogenital cancers in men.
Adequate financing of the public health system is integral to the success in improving the value of cancer treatment in our country.
A universal healthcare coverage for ensuring that our populations are protected from ill health from cancer can be initiated. In addition, the fee for treatment should be determined based on their ability to pay and not their risk for cancer.
As the number of public oncology facilities serving the greater proportion of patients within the country is few, more often than not the specialists serving the facility are overworked and are tempted to leave for other tenures.
We should consider assigning funds to adequately compensate cancer healthcare professionals in public hospitals to maintain an adequate number of specialists in the public sector.
Finally, we need to increase research efforts and spending in treatment areas relevant to our patient population. Only by focusing on our unique needs and challenges can we enable and plan beneficial and cost-effective treatment pathways with highly significant outcomes in the future.
DR MASTURA MD YUSOF
Clinical Oncologist
SJMC


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          O CANADA AVOIDS GENDER NEUTRAL LIBERAL POLITICALLY CORRECT REDICULAS NONESENSE UNTILL NEXT YEAR AT LEAST.   
JEWISH KING JESUS IS COMING AT THE RAPTURE FOR US IN THE CLOUDS-DON'T MISS IT FOR THE WORLD.THE BIBLE TAKEN LITERALLY- WHEN THE PLAIN SENSE MAKES GOOD SENSE-SEEK NO OTHER SENSE-LEST YOU END UP IN NONSENSE.GET SAVED NOW- CALL ON JESUS TODAY.THE ONLY SAVIOR OF THE WHOLE EARTH - NO OTHER. 1 COR 15:23-JESUS THE FIRST FRUITS-CHRISTIANS RAPTURED TO JESUS-FIRST FRUITS OF THE SPIRIT-23 But every man in his own order: Christ the firstfruits; afterward they that are Christ’s at his coming.ROMANS 8:23 And not only they, but ourselves also, which have the firstfruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves, waiting for the adoption, to wit, the redemption of our body.(THE PRE-TRIB RAPTURE)

Dreams of a gender-neutral O Canada are over — for now-[CBC]-YAHOONEWS-June 28, 2017

Canadians will not be singing a gender-neutral national anthem on Canada Day after a bill before Parliament to officially change the lyrics has stalled.The House of Commons overwhelmingly passed a private member's bill last summer that would alter the national anthem by replacing "in all thy sons command" with "in all of us command" as part of a push to strike gendered language from O Canada.Although the bill sailed through the House with government approval, Conservative senators opposed to the changes have scored a victory in the Red Chamber. A yearlong campaign successfully punted a vote on the bill until the fall, at the earliest, and even then the legislation faces an uncertain future."I'm trying to protect the tradition rather than, you know, water it down with a politically correct version that is historically inaccurate," Conservative Senator David Wells said in an interview with CBC News on Tuesday."I don't misrepresent why I'm [using parliamentary stall tactics] … I don't like this bill, and I will do what I can to ensure it doesn't pass."Wells and a number of other senators have said they oppose efforts to tinker with the lyrics written by a man long dead.(The lyrics have been changed since they were first penned by Robert Stanley Weir in 1908, but not since O Canada officially became the country's national anthem in 1980.) The late Liberal MP Mauril Bélanger introduced the bill, and many MPs backed the legislation as a salute to a colleague on his death bed."The bill was passed in the House compassionately and out of sadness for a dying colleague. While that is touching, it is not the way we make public policy in this country and it is not the way we do our legislation," Ontario Conservative Senator Lynn Beyak said.A flurry of amendments were introduced to the bill in the last few weeks of the parliamentary sitting — all failed to pass in the face of opposition from most Liberal and Independent senators — which dragged out debate considerably. Parliament rose for summer break before a final vote at third reading could be held.Ramona Lumpkin, the chancellor of Mount Saint Vincent University in Halifax, and a strong proponent of the bill, said she was deeply disappointed by the developments."We're so close and I really regret that there are a few senators who seem to have dug in and decided to delay. I hope it's not a permanent block," said Lumpkin, in an interview with CBC News."It's not as if the words were brought down from Mount Sinai on stone tablets like the Ten Commandments, they are words created by humans and subject to change as our social and cultural conditions change, and thank goodness they do," she said.Wells said national symbols cannot be altered to simply adhere to the "flavour of the day." He said Canadians were not consulted by the government and that there hasn't been an adequate conversation about a fairly significant change."I'll be working my hardest to delay this bill until there's a full debate," he said. "I get a lot of emails, and many comments to me personally, from people who don't want to see the anthem change, who see it as a part of our tradition and who see this attempt to change it as political correctness run amok. It is a slippery slope. Calls for inclusion will always be there, but my belief is all Canadians are already included in the national anthem."He said pictures adorning the walls of the Senate depict men in combat during the First World War. "Would we now airbrush females into those pictures to accurately reflect what it might be today with those pieces of Canadians' history? My answer is no, that would be an abomination, and I think that's what it is with the anthem as well."If the bill is amended in the Senate it would be sent back to the House for another vote. As per parliamentary rules, because Bélanger is dead, MPs will have to unanimously agree to replace him as sponsor or the bill drops from the order paper; that is unlikely given entrenched opposition from some corners of the chamber."That worries me," Lumpkin said. "I know language matters and I talk to students and young women regularly who still feel their voice doesn't carry as strong as the voice of their male friends. I think the gesture, even though it's symbolic, would say a lot to those young women."The Liberal government could also choose to introduce legislation of its own — with the same wording — to avoid some of the problems that often befall private member's bills; namely, the government could invoke time allocation to prevent procedural time delays.

DANIEL 7:23-24
23 Thus he said, The fourth beast (EU,REVIVED ROME) shall be the fourth kingdom upon earth,(7TH WORLD EMPIRE) which shall be diverse from all kingdoms, and shall devour the whole earth, and shall tread it down, and break it in pieces.(TRADING BLOCKS-10 WORLD REGIONS/TRADE BLOCS)
24 And the ten horns out of this kingdom are ten kings(10 NATIONS-10 WORLD DIVISION WORLD GOVERNMENT) that shall arise: and another shall rise after them; and he shall be diverse from the first, and he shall subdue three kings.(EITHER THE EUROPEAN UNION DICTATOR BOOTS 3 COUNTRIES FROM THE EU OR THE DICTATOR TAKES OVER THE WORLD ECONOMY BY CONTROLLING 3 WORLD TRADE BLOCS)

REVELATION 17:9-13
9 And here is the mind which hath wisdom. The seven heads are seven mountains, on which the woman sitteth.(THE VATICAN IS BUILT ON 7 HILLS OR MOUNTAINS)
10 And there are seven kings: five are fallen,(1-ASSYRIA,2-EGYPT,3-BABYLON,4-MEDO-PERSIA,5-GREECE) and one is,(IN POWER IN JOHNS AND JESUS DAY-6-ROME) and the other is not yet come; and when he cometh, he must continue a short space.(7TH-REVIVED ROMAN EMPIRE OR THE EUROPEAN UNION TODAY AND THE SHORT SPACE IS-7 YEARS.THE EUROPEAN UNION WILL HAVE WORLD CONTROL FOR THE LAST 3 1/2 YEARS.BUT WILL HAVE ITS MIGHTY WORLD POWER FOR THE FULL 7 YEARS OF THE 7 YEAR TRIBULATION PERIOD.AND THE WORLD DICTATOR WILL BE THE BEAST FROM THE EU.AND THE VATICAN POPE WILL BE THE WHORE THAT RIDES THE EUROPEAN UNION TO POWER.AND THE 2 EUROPEAN UNION POWER FREAKS WILL CONTROL AND DECIEVE THE WHOLE EARTH INTO THEIR DESTRUCTION.IF YOU ARE NOT SAVED BY THE BLOOD OF JESUS.YOU WILL BE DECIEVED BY THESE TWO.THE WORLD POLITICIAN-THE EUROPEAN UNION DICTATOR.AND THE FALSE PROPHET THAT DEFECTS CHRISTIANITY-THE FALSE VATICAN POPE.
11 And the beast that was, and is not, even he is the eighth, and is of the seven, and goeth into perdition.
12 And the ten horns which thou sawest are ten kings, which have received no kingdom as yet; but receive power as kings one hour with the beast.
13 These have one mind, and shall give their power and strength unto the beast.

Heres the scripture 1 week = 7 yrs Genesis 29:27-29
27 Fulfil her week, and we will give thee this also for the service which thou shalt serve with me yet seven other years.
28 And Jacob did so, and fulfilled her week:(7 YEARS) and he gave him Rachel his daughter to wife also.
29 And Laban gave to Rachel his daughter Bilhah his handmaid to be her maid.

DANIEL 9:26-27
26 And after threescore and two weeks(62X7=434 YEARS+7X7=49 YEARS=TOTAL OF 69 WEEKS OR 483 YRS) shall Messiah be cut off, but not for himself: and the people of the prince that shall come shall destroy the city and the sanctuary;(ROMAN LEADERS DESTROYED THE 2ND TEMPLE) and the end thereof shall be with a flood, and unto the end of the war desolations are determined.(THERE HAS TO BE 70 WEEKS OR 490 YRS TO FUFILL THE VISION AND PROPHECY OF DAN 9:24).(THE NEXT VERSE IS THAT 7 YR WEEK OR (70TH FINAL WEEK).
27 And he ( THE ROMAN,EU PRESIDENT) shall confirm the covenant (PEACE TREATY) with many for one week:(1X7=7 YEARS) and in the midst of the week he shall cause the sacrifice and the oblation to cease,(3 1/2 yrs in TEMPLE ANIMAL SACRIFICES STOPPED) and for the overspreading of abominations he shall make it desolate, even until the consummation, and that determined shall be poured upon the desolate.

Opinion-G20 is 'test run' for Trump-era climate governance By Simon Schunz-euobserver

BRUSSELS, 27. Jun, 09:06-Weeks after US president Donald Trump announced the US' withdrawal from the Paris climate agreement, the debate is still raging on in regard to the possible implications of his decision.Some fear a global domino effect, with more countries renouncing climate protection pledges and ceasing domestic emission reduction efforts.Others argue that the Paris accord's architecture is sufficiently resilient, and that efforts to keep global temperature increases to "well below 2°C" – as stipulated by the agreement – will endure.Activities at the sub-national level in the US also seem to support the argument that the agreement will prevail and domestic opponents of Trump’s decision have mobilised remarkably quickly.Cities and states with progressive climate policies joined forces across the US, committing themselves to honouring the Paris agreement.For instance, support came via the bipartisan "US Climate Alliance" of states – including heavyweights such as California and New York – and the "We Are Still In" initiative, which involves hundreds of businesses, investors, and institutes of higher education.Moreover, these sub-national players are linking up with leading nations to create innovative climate diplomacy networks: California and China have held talks to collaborate on emission reduction efforts, while several US states have intensified climate cooperation with Canada.Though these developments enhance the Paris agreement’s chances of survival, they will not be enough.Fight for survival-The resilience of the agreement hinges on how other major emitters will react to Trump’s break.To pursue effective global climate governance, these countries must repeat the steps taken in the run-up to the 2015 Paris climate meeting, where a strategy of "multiple bilateralism" between US-China, China-India and China-EU (among others) served to build trust and resolve crunch issues.The emerging consensus among key emitters was translated into cooperation in the world’s club governance fora (G7, G20) and fed into the multilateral negotiations, leading to the Paris agreement’s ultimate entry into force.True to this spirit, six members (plus the EU) were already pressuring the US to remain committed to the Paris agreement at the recent G7 summit in Sicily. Not that it seemed to do much good, as Trump withdrew from the climate pact a few days later.The next litmus test for effective global climate governance comes in July, when leaders from countries accounting for 80% of global emissions meet for the G20 summit in Hamburg, Germany, on 7-8 July.With the US thrusting itself into isolation, the German G20 presidency will seek to gather the broadest possible support for the Paris agreement.But a question remains: is a G20 entente possible? It might be, if others show the way.Climate leaders-From the G7, the EU and Canada display the clearest leadership ambitions.EU heavyweights have signalled their "strongest commitment" to uphold their pledges to combat climate change.In his reaction to Trump’s Paris exit, Canada's prime minister, Justin Trudeau, confirmed his country's "unwavering commitment to fight climate change".The Canadian government has also vehemently denied recent reports that Trudeau wished to scrap references to climate from the draft G20 declaration, in order to appease the US government.But leaders need followers. And whether followers can be mobilised depends on how G20 members define their interests – economically and politically.Economically, many G20 countries appear to believe the energy transition – accelerated by the Paris Agreement – must continue.Investing in low-carbon development is no longer seen as a burden on growth prospects. If anything, there is a growing consensus that Trump’s decision will put the US at risk of lagging behind technologically.Politically, the relationship between G20 countries and the US (particularly the Trump administration) is tricky.Are countries like Australia, Japan, Turkey and the UK willing to risk relations with the president of a key ally by adopting a confrontational attitude over climate change? The answer depends heavily on whether the German G20 presidency can dispel their concerns by convincingly demonstrating that the world is changing – because it is.-Changing world-At an EU-China summit the day after Trump’s announcement, a draft joint declaration on climate change characterised the Paris Agreement as “an historic achievement further accelerating the irreversible global low greenhouse gas emission and climate resilient development” and outlined numerous joint actions.Although it was ultimately withheld due to trade-related differences, this declaration contains the blueprint for a shifting centre of gravity in global climate governance to Eurasia.If supported by India's prime minister, Narendra Modi, who has reiterated support for the Paris Agreement, a solid pro-climate coalition including three of the world’s top four emitters would emerge.Cooperation with Canada, and with the sub-national forces in the US, could then provide additional momentum to convince other G20 members.As a major guiding forum, the G20 represents a test run for the future of global climate governance during the Trump era.The direction this governance will take, depends heavily on the strength of emerging partnerships, and their ability to convince others to join them regardless of US policies.If the will is robust enough, this "multiple bilateralism" could bring about the dawn of a new era, and the successful implementation of the Paris Agreement.If it fails, however, global climate politics faces a complicated, daunting future.Dr Simon Schunz is a Research Fellow at the United Nations University Institute on Comparative Regional Integration Studies (UNU-CRIS), and a professor of EU International Relations and Diplomacy Studies at the College of Europe in Bruges. He is also a visiting professor at the University of Leuven.

Opinion-EU parliament should befriend transparency By Sylvie GUILLAUME and Danuta HUEBNER-euobserver

BRUSSELS, 27. Jun, 17:24-A few days ago, an NGO representative expressed her concerns about the way the European Parliament was dealing with the European Commission’s proposal for a revised inter-institutional agreement on a “mandatory transparency register”.The proposal was submitted by the EU commission on 28 September 2016 and aimed at including the Council of the EU, where representatives of member states sit, as a new partner within the framework.Following the commission's proposal, the EU parliament’s Conference of Presidents entrusted us, as the responsible lead negotiators - supported by a contact group composed of one MEP from each political group - with developing a draft negotiating mandate.We organised five contact group meetings, where detailed discussions provided the opportunity for all political groups to give their input and ideas. It led to the endorsement of a balanced text on 11 April this year.We enriched our deliberations by means of a half-day meeting between the contact group and the involved NGO representatives - including Nina Katzemich from the website LobbyControl, and others from organisations such as Transparency International, Civil Society Europe and Corporate Europe Observatory.We listened carefully to their concerns, many of which we had already incorporated into our work, such as the necessity to enlarge the definition of lobbying and to include an independent observer in the management structure of the transparency register.We also discussed how we to pursue the negotiations with the EU commission and the council in order to get those concerns taken on board.Instead of the expected swift adoption of the mandate, which would signal the parliament’s readiness to enter into negotiations, we were deeply troubled to find that the item had been taken off the agenda of the Conference of Presidents on successive occasions.-Horse-trading-It appeared that some MEPs used procedural manoeuvres and political horse-trading to achieve repeated postponements of the adoption of the mandate, even though a large majority in parliament supported its content.It seems that it is sometimes those who believe themselves to be on the path of righteousness, who are most willing to misuse our system of procedures to score cheap political points.We found it disturbing that some wilfully ignored parliament’s power to determine its own internal organisation.It has also saddened us to see that some of those who claim to be at the forefront of stemming the tide of populism, do not seem to mind riding on that very same tide when it serves their own political ends.However, we were glad to see that the Conference of Presidents finally adopted the mandate two weeks ago on 15 June, in the very same form that had been proposed by the contact group.Following its adoption, the mandate was immediately published on the EU parliament’s website.Regarding the free and independent mandate of MEPs - enshrined in EU primary law - it is noteworthy that the independence of elected representatives is a cornerstone of a representative democracy and a principle this is not easily dismissed.Therefore, any limitation on MEPs in the exercise of their free mandate must be proportionate and cannot, for example, unduly restrict his or her right to seek information.Moreover, a principle enshrined in primary law cannot be altered by secondary law, let alone by an inter-institutional agreement.The mandate adopted on 15 June is based on a long line of parliament’s decisions regarding its relations with interest representatives.It reflects the position of a broad majority of MEPs and it constitutes a solid base for negotiations on a significant improvement to the current transparency register and a widening of its scope.-Negotiating framework-The mandate should be understood as a framework for the negotiations.Parliament’s position will continue to be adapted as the negotiations progress. Once the negotiations are concluded, parliament will adopt follow-up decisions with respect to its internal organisation, in order to implement the new inter‑institutional agreement.But the European Parliament still remains committed to pushing for a transparency regulation that would go beyond an inter-institutional agreement and lay down the relevant provisions on transparency and the register in secondary law.One should not forget the progress that parliament has achieved so far in this field. It initiated the Transparency Register as early as 1996, as well as a Code of Conduct with a commitment for registered lobbyists to act in accordance with high ethical standards.Parliament is, and remains, the most open EU institution, which can be seen with the web-streaming of its meetings and the ability for citizens to visit all of its buildings.Furthermore, parliament decided that registration on the transparency register was to be made a requirement to be invited as a speaker at committee hearings and to receive a long-term access badge for its premises.It also put in place a voluntary legislative footprint last year, and it encourages its MEPs to meet only with registered organisations.Katzemich considers the EU commission to have made a big step in 2015 by publishing meetings of commissioners, heads of cabinets and directors‑general.Certainly, this is true. However, this measure was decided by the commission with a view to its own internal organisation and cannot be easily translated to other institutions such as EU parliament or the council, both of which have a different set-up.Furthermore, the commission’s system is not without its flaws and has room for improvement, as Transparency International and other organisations regularly report.As the EU parliament's lead negotiators, we are particularly committed to getting the council on board and to adding significant value compared to the current framework.Three principles-A new register should encompass the following three principles.First, the widest possible scope of application for EU institutions and other bodies, including meaningful participation of the council.Next, a comprehensive and clear framework, without weakening the current system, for the regulation of interest representation activities.Finally, structures and resources that guarantee effective implementation.One of the main issues is that the new inter-institutional agreement provides a framework for coordination among the EU institutions, while at the same time fully respecting their different competences and prerogatives.-The mandate-The approach we have developed in our mandate would allow for:- The full respect of MEPs' independent mandate.- An inclusive transparency policy for all types of interest representative, as with the current register that features over 11200 registered interest groups from all over the world.- The possibility to maintain the wider definition of lobbying, covering both direct and indirect interest representation (as with the current system).- The full respect for each institutions’ needs, e.g. in the case of parliament as an open house but also with the need to know, for security reasons, who is coming in and why.- More flexibility in respect to the EU institutions’ roles and structures (parliament cannot simply duplicate rules that were designed for the commission).- Better quality information on the database – making the register more reliable as a source of information for the institutions themselves and for the general public.The quality of the new system will depend on how far the council can be convinced to match the parliament’s and commission’s commitment to transparency.We would therefore advise to look at the whole picture and analyse the situation comprehensively, especially with a view to scrutinising the council’s approach.It takes time to change long-standing practices, but we are fully committed to forge ahead, knowing that a pragmatic and constructive approach will yield the best results.Transparency certainly is one important aspect of ensuring citizens’ trust in the EU institutions. But it is not the only one. Keeping true to the facts is another.Sylvie Guillaume is a vice-president of the European Parliament, and Danuta Huebner is the chair of the constitutional affairs committee-Correction: The article's footnote originally said that Danuta Huebner is the chair of the foreign affairs committee, when in fact, she is the chair of the constitutional affairs committee

EU Commission could get say on Russia gas pipeline By Andrew Rettman-euobserver

BRUSSELS, 27. Jun, 09:29-EU states have given initial backing for the European Commission to negotiate the legal model of the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline with Russia.Pablo Micallef, a spokesman for the Maltese EU presidency, told EUobserver that “some 13” member states spoke out on the plan when EU energy ministers met for informal talks in Brussels on Monday.The incoming Estonian EU presidency is now expected to convene a working group to take things forward.The Danish energy minister, Lars Christian Lilleholt, who was among the 13 EU backers, said: “I’m very satisfied. It was the best thing that could have come out of the meeting”.The mandate will have to be formally approved later down the line in a “reinforced qualified majority” vote by member states, a higher than usual threshold of 72 percent of EU countries representing 65 percent of its population.Maros Sefcovic, the EU energy commissioner who drafted the proposal, told the Reuters news agency: “I’m definitely optimistic about getting the [formal] mandate, but I know this is just the beginning of the debate."Nord Stream 2 is to concentrate 70 percent of Russian gas supplies to Europe in one route to Germany under the Baltic Sea.But its critics, which include the Nordic states, the Baltic countries, Poland, and the US, say it would harm EU energy security and undermine Ukraine, a Western ally, by making Ukraine’s transit pipes obsolete.-EU laws-Anna-Kaisa Itkonen, the Commission’s energy spokeswoman, told EUobserver on Tuesday that the Commission wanted to talk to Russia on whether the offshore part of Nord Stream 2 should be covered by the EU’s so-called third energy package.That EU law would oblige Russian state firm Gazprom to open up its Nord Stream 2 monopoly to EU competitors - a demand which led Russia to stop a previous project, the South Stream pipeline under the Black Sea to Bulgaria.But Itkonen said the talks would “not [be] about a [Commission] veto, it is not about the future of the pipeline, not about the Commission approving it or not”.She said the Commission-Russia talks would be designed to give “legal certainty” on Nord Stream 2 and that they would be “nothing spectacular or extraordinary” because EU officials had held similar discussions with “third countries” on other projects.The Nord Stream 2 regulatory framework is currently being negotiated between Germany and Russia.German, Austrian, French, and Anglo-Dutch firms - Uniper, Wintershall, OMV, Engie, and Shell - are to take part in the project, with Germany and Austria keen to press ahead.Neither the German nor the Austrian minister spoke out on Monday, EU sources told Reuters, but Germany and Austria recently attacked the US over its threat to impose sanctions on Nord Stream 2 investors.“We decide who supplies us with energy and how they do it”, the German and Austrian foreign ministers said in a joint statement on 15 June.-Ukraine unhappy-Pavlo Klimkin, the Ukrainian foreign minister, told Reuters in Paris on Monday that Nord Stream 2 "would have disastrous consequences for the energy security of the European Union and would make the EU dependent on one source.""Maybe some companies will benefit for the time being, but in the long-run it will lead nowhere”, he said.He added that there was no progress on Russia ending hostilities in east Ukraine."How can you trust Russia in setting up a unique source of gas supply?”, he said, referring to broader EU and US concerns over Russia’s aggressive behaviour toward neighbouring states.

Focus-Nordics consider alternative to EU emissions trading system By Lisbeth Kirk-june 28,17-euobserver

Copenhagen, Today, 07:44-If the European emissions trading system is not reformed to work efficiently, a Nordic carbon price floor could be introduced to secure future green investments in the region, according to a new strategic review of energy co-operation by the Nordic Council.The plan, which has been in preparation for over a year, is penned by Finnish businessman Jorma Ollila, who had formerly chaired Royal Dutch Shell for almost ten years and was the chairman and CEO of Nokia.It comes at a crucial time, just as the final talks on reforming the EU's carbon trading scheme are due to take place in Brussels.On Tuesday (27 June), representatives of the EU member states, the European Parliament and the European Commission met for one of the final meetings on how the EU’s flagship climate instrument – the EU Emissions Trading System (EU ETS) – should look in the 2021-2030 period.But before the real talks have even started, hopes of reforming the EU system to work efficiently are fading.”I think everyone realises that this is not enough. The [EU] proposal will not deliver a carbon price that we need to decarbonise the industry sectors,” said Femke de Jong, EU policy director for Carbon Market Watch.Her organisation brings together more than 800 NGOs and academics from 70 different countries, working to make the carbon market “an effective climate mitigation tool.””I think it is only logical to have a debate on how we can complement the system. A carbon floor price – at least at the regional level – seems a realistic option,” de Jong said.-Nordic energy union-Norway and Sweden are strong on hydropower, Norway produces oil and gas, Denmark has wind, while Finland and Sweden have built nuclear plants and are pushing for more bio-fuels as a future energy resource.Some 20 years ago, these countries decided to connect their national electricity grids with water reservoirs, allowing hydropower to serve as a kind of Nordic battery to compensate for periods without wind, for example.”There were significant benefits, welfare benefits, lower electricity prices and easier management of the generation of electricity in tough times or during high peak demand in winter times,” Ollila pointed out.This Nordic solution, Ollila said, has been "managed historically very well". He added that since the EU is looking into different prospects for the energy union, there is an opportunity to learn from "what has been done in Nordic countries over the past 20 years."In addition to Nordic carbon trade, Ollila also suggested a Nordic export strategy for green energy solutions, alignment of research and using the whole Nordic area as a testbed.Nuuk in Greenland has been suggested to become a testbed for the full deployment of electric vehicles, and Reykjavik in Iceland may become a testing ground for infrastructure and systems that can support electrification of visiting cruise and fishing ships.The Faroe Islands may become the place for the development of battery technology and energy storage.-Green transition and growth-Put together, the Nordic region today is one of the 12 largest economies in the world and it is already living proof that the green transition is not incompatible with economic growth.However, the Nordics must become even greener to complete their transition into renewable energy, the Nordic Council report said."The energy transition is already underway – but if the Nordic countries do not participate to the fullest, the jobs will be created elsewhere," warned Jorma Ollila."The renewables will take off faster than what was thought only five years ago. So, the role of the renewables will grow quite significantly," he added."The focus should be on securing the most efficient green transition. If the ETS does not provide this, it may be relevant and timely to discuss a joint Nordic approach to support the schemes for renewable energy," Ollila's report concluded.”Another approach could be to discuss the introduction of a Nordic carbon price, based on the United Kingdom’s carbon price floor, in order to secure stronger incentives for the green transition,” it said.-UK leads the way-The prospect of a regionalised European carbon trading system in the future is not limited to the Nordic area. For instance, the UK already introduced a carbon price floor in 2013.”So far, the only country in Europe that has a carbon floor price is the UK. There it was very effective. They introduced a carbon floor price in 2013 and it has resulted in UK coal emissions falling by almost 60% last year," Femke de Jong said, adding: "So it is really significant."She goes on to say that: "It can be a very effective instrument to – at least in the intermediate time – to make sure that the carbon price reflects the damage cost of the pollution to the society.”Under the UK carbon floor price system, carbon emission prices rise automatically – currently at 18 pounds sterling (€20) from 2016 to 2020.Currently the carbon price in Europe stands at €5, but it should rise to €40 to meet the objectives of the Paris climate agreement and rise further to €100 in 2030.-Regional carbon trade-”Ideally, this should be solved at the EU level, but if this is not possible in the short-term, it makes sense to go for a regional solution,” de Jong said.”France has been pushing for it very much in the past and we think that now, with Macron [as president of France], he will also push for that," she added."Let's see," she said, "maybe after the German elections, there can also be a regional carbon price in Western Europe – with Germany, maybe Belgium, the Netherlands and France."Linking the Nordic carbon trade to the British system might be made complicated by the Brexit process, however.”I think it might be tricky for the Nordic countries to join the UK system,” said de Jong.”It is still an open question if the UK will withdraw from the ETS or not. Maybe it is also an idea to team up more with other countries that are contemplating this,” she suggested.

Luxembourg not a tax haven, claims PM By Nikolaj Nielsen-june 28,17-euobserver

Luxembourg, Today, 08:42-Luxembourg continues to refute any notion that it is a tax haven, despite widespread evidence of dubious schemes that it cuts global tax bills for big firms."We were never a tax haven," Luxembourg's prime minister, Xavier Bettel, told EUobserver on Tuesday (27 June).Bettel's comments follow a grilling of Luxembourg's former prime minister and current European Commission president, Jean-Claude Juncker. Juncker in late May told the European Parliament that he was unable to explain why the Grand Duchy "didn't want to remove tax secrecy."But Bettel, who was fielding a wide range of questions from reporters at an event hosted by the European Investment Bank in Luxembourg, defended the country's tax policies by saying it was one of the first places to push transparency and the exchange of tax rulings with other member states."It is important for me that we have common rules and Luxembourg was one of the first one for transparency," he said.Luxembourg was rocked by scandal following media revelations in late 2014 that exposed how nearly 340 companies secured secret deals that shaved billions of euros from taxes, which were due to be paid elsewhere.The revelations ushered in a raft of new EU and national legislation to increase tax transparency and weed out abuse.The scandal also triggered a probe by the European Parliament, which slammed Luxembourg for allowing corporations to dodge "tax that could have been used to build schools, hospitals or pay down national debt."A report by the Brussels-based NGO, Eurodad, had also revealed last December that Luxembourg had in fact increased the number of so-called tax rulings in the wake of the 2014 media revelations by some 50 percent.The issue saw former PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) employee Antoine Deltour face prison time for leaking the secret rules to the media, posing larger questions on whistleblower protection laws.But Bettel maintained that his country was fully compliant with tax standards and had not committed a crime."There are over 20 countries in Europe doing [tax] rulings," he noted, echoing a similar refrain to his predecessor, Juncker.Luxembourg, under Juncker's decade-long leadership of the country, had also repeatedly blocked the rolling back of aggressive tax planning schemes throughout the EU, according to a cache of German cables leaked earlier this year.Bettel also opposes any pan-EU taxation system and refuses to impose any sort of tax on financial transactions.The financial transaction tax, also known as the FTT, aims to raise money for the public good by imposing a 0.1 percent tax on shares and bonds, and 0.01 percent on derivative products."I am fully against and I will block that," said Bettel. But he noted that other member states are free to move ahead on the file as part of a two-speed Europe.He also added that people in Luxembourg should not have to pay more tax only "because other countries were not responsible with public finances."

New cyberattack wallops Europe; spreads more slowly in US-[The Canadian Press]-YAHOONEWS-June 27, 2017

PARIS — A new and highly virulent outbreak of data-scrambling software — apparently sown in Ukraine — caused disruption across the world Tuesday. Following a similar attack in May , the fresh cyber-assault paralyzed some hospitals, government offices and major multinational corporations in a dramatic demonstration of how easily malicious programs can bring daily life to a halt.Ukraine and Russia appeared hardest hit by the new strain of ransomware — malicious software that locks up computer files with all-but-unbreakable encryption and then demands a ransom for its release. In the United States, the malware affected companies such as the drugmaker Merck and Mondelez International, the owner of food brands such as Oreo and Nabisco.Its pace appeared to slow as the day wore on, in part because the malware appeared to require direct contact between computer networks, a factor that may have limited its spread in regions with fewer connections to Ukraine.The malware's origins remain unclear. Researchers picking the program apart found evidence its creators had borrowed from leaked National Security Agency code, raising the possibility that the digital havoc had spread using U.S. taxpayer-funded tools."The virus is spreading all over Europe and I'm afraid it can harm the whole world," said Victor Zhora, the chief executive of Infosafe IT in Kyiv , where reports of the malicious software first emerged early afternoon local time Tuesday.In Ukraine, victims included top-level government offices, where officials posted photos of darkened computer screens, as well as energy companies, banks, cash machines, gas stations, and supermarkets. Ukrainian Railways and the communications company Ukrtelecom were among major enterprises hit, Infrastructure Minister Volodymyr Omelyan said in a Facebook post .The virus hit the radiation-monitoring at Ukraine's shuttered Chornobyl power plant, site of the world's worst nuclear accident, forcing it into manual operation.Multinational companies, including the global law firm DLA Piper and Danish shipping giant A.P. Moller-Maersk were also affected, although the firms didn't specify the extent of the damage.Ukraine bore the brunt with more than 60 per cent of the attacks, followed by Russia with more than 30 per cent , according to initial findings by researchers at the cybersecurity firm Kaspersky Lab. It listed Poland, Italy and Germany, in that order, as the next-worst affected.In the U.S, two hospitals in western Pennsylvania were hit; patients reported on social media that some surgeries had to be rescheduled. A spokeswoman for Heritage Valley Health System would say only that operational changes had to be made. A Wellsville, Ohio, woman at one of its hospitals to have her gallbladder removed said she noticed computer monitors off and nurses scurrying around with stacks of paperwork.Security experts said Tuesday's global cyberattack shares something in common with last month's outbreak of ransomware, dubbed WannaCry . Both spread using digital lock picks originally created by the NSA and later published to the web by a still-mysterious group known as the Shadowbrokers.Security vendors including Bitdefender and Kaspersky said the NSA exploit, known as EternalBlue, lets malware spread rapidly across internal networks at companies and other large organizations. Microsoft issued a security fix in March, but Chris Wysopal, chief technology officer at the security firm Veracode, said it would only be effective if every single computer on a network were patched — otherwise, a single infected machine could infect all others."Once activated, the virus can automatically and freely distribute itself on your network," Ukraine's cyberpolice tweeted.Bogdan Botezatu, an analyst with Bitdefender, compared such self-spreading software to a contagious disease. "It's like somebody sneezing into a train full of people," he said.Ryan Kalember, a security expert at Proofpoint, said one reason the attacks appeared to be slowing down was that the ransomware appears to spread only when a direct contact exists between two networks — such as when a global company's Ukraine office interacts with headquarters.But once it hits a computer on a network, it spreads quickly, even among computers that have applied the fix for the NSA exploit."It's more harmful to the organization that it affects, but because it's not randomly spreading over the internet like WannaCry, it's somewhat contained to the organizations that were connected to each other," Kalember said.Botezatu said the new program appeared nearly identical to GoldenEye, a variant of a known family of hostage-taking programs known as "Petya." It demanded $300 in Bitcoin.Unlike typical ransomware, which merely scrambles personal data files, the program wreaking havoc Tuesday overwrites a computer's master boot record, making it tougher to restore even a machine that has been backed up, said Kalember.It may have first spread through a rogue update to a piece of Ukrainian accounting software called MEDoc, according to tweets by the country's cyberpolice unit. It said a rogue update seeded the infection across Ukraine. In a lengthy statement posted to Facebook, MEDoc acknowledged having been hacked.The motives of those behind the malware remain unknown. Ukraine has been a persistent target of pro-Russian hackers, who are blamed for twice shutting down large swaths of its power grid in the dead of winter and sabotaging its elections system in a bid to disrupt May 2014 national elections.Emails sent Tuesday to an address posted to the bottom of ransom demands went unreturned. That might be because the email provider hosting that address, Berlin-based Posteo, pulled the plug on the account before the infection became widely known.In an email, a Posteo representative said it had blocked the email address "immediately" after learning that it was associated with ransomware. The company added that it was in contact with German authorities "to make sure that we react properly."___Bajak reported from Houston. Associated Press writers Anick Jesdanun in New York, Vladimir Isachenkov in Moscow, Larry Rosenthal in Beaver, Pennsylvania and Jan M. Olsen in Copenhagen, Denmark, contributed to this report.Raphael Satter And Frank Bajak, The Associated Press.

Trudeau appoints his first climate change ambassador with revamped mandate-[The Canadian Press]-YAHOONEWS-June 27, 2017

OTTAWA — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has tapped a long-time Canadian diplomat to step into a revamped role of Canada's ambassador for climate change.Canada hasn't had such an ambassador since January 2015.Jennifer MacIntyre fills the role as of Tuesday, with a mandate to push Canada's international relationships on the climate change file, including promoting Canadian clean technology businesses abroad.She is the fifth person to hold the title of ambassador for climate change — but the first where the role is not the equivalent of Canada's chief negotiator for climate change treaties.As such she will not be on hand next week when Trudeau sits down with other G20 leaders in Germany where the Paris climate change agreement will be front and centre.Instead her role is to find ways for Canada to take advantage of any international opportunities for trade and investment that climate change policies bring.MacIntyre spent most of the last four years as the ambassador to Switzerland and Liechtenstein.The Canadian Press.

NATO chief: US allies to spend $12 billion more this year-[The Canadian Press]-YAHOONEWS-June 28, 2017

BRUSSELS — NATO's chief says U.S. allies are projected to spend around $12 billion more on defence this year, after President Donald Trump berated them for failing to boost military budgets.NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg said Wednesday that "we have really shifted gears. The (spending) trend is up and we intend to keep it up."Unveiling new figures, Stoltenberg said European allies and Canada have increased spending by almost $46 billion over the last three years.He said 25 of NATO's 29 allies aim to raise defence spending in 2017.Only the United States, Britain, Estonia, debt-burden Greece and Poland met NATO's spending targets last year. Romania says it will meet the 2 per cent of GDP guideline this year, while Latvia and Lithuania plan to in 2018.The Associated Press.

STORMS HURRICANES-TORNADOES

LUKE 21:25-26
25 And there shall be signs in the sun,(HEATING UP-SOLAR ECLIPSES) and in the moon,(MAN ON MOON-LUNAR ECLIPSES) and in the stars;(ASTEROIDS ETC) and upon the earth distress of nations, with perplexity;(MASS CONFUSION) the sea and the waves roaring;(FIERCE WINDS)
26 Men’s hearts failing them for fear,(TORNADOES,HURRICANES,STORMS) and for looking after those things which are coming on the earth:(DESTRUCTION) for the powers of heaven shall be shaken.(FROM QUAKES,NUKES ETC)

Wind fans the flames of Utah fire that has burned 13 homes-[The Canadian Press]-YAHOONEWS-June 28, 2017

SALT LAKE CITY — Firefighters are bracing for more high winds Wednesday as they try to slow a southern Utah wildfire that has burned 13 homes and forced the evacuation of 1,500 people.Firefighters are hoping to be able to put out hot spots on the southern end of the fire to allow residents to return to the ski town of Brian Head. Homes there have been evacuated since June 17 when authorities say it was started by someone using a torch tool to burn weeds on private land.The fire is the largest in the nation at 78 square miles (201 square kilometres ).The blaze is one of several in the West. Crews in California were making gains against two new fires that spread quickly, and firefighters in Idaho battled five lightning-sparked wildfires burning in grass and brush.

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WORLD POWERS IN THE LAST DAYS (END OF AGE OF GRACE NOT THE WORLD)

EUROPEAN UNION-KING OF WEST-DAN 9:26-27,DAN 7:23-24,DAN 11:40,REV 13:1-10
EGYPT-KING OF THE SOUTH-DAN 11:40
RUSSIA-KING OF THE NORTH-EZEK 38:1-2,EZEK 39:1-3
CHINA-KING OF THE EAST-DAN 11:44,REV 9:16,18
VATICAN-RELIGIOUS LEADER-REV 13:11-18,REV 17:4-5,9,18

WORLD TERRORISM

OH BY THE WAY WHEN THE MEDIA SAYS ALLU-AK-BAR MEANS GOD IS GREAT LIE. IN ISLAM ALLU-AK-BAR MEANS OUR GOD IS GREATER OR GREATEST. THIS IS HOW THE MEDIA SUCK HOLES UP TO ISLAMIC-QURANIC-MUSLIMS. BY WATERING DOWN THE REAL MEANING OF THE SEX FOR MURDER DEATH CULT ISLAM. TO MAKE IT SOUND LIKE A PEACEFUL RELIGION (CULT OF DEATH AND WORLD DOMINATION).

GENESIS 6:11-13
11 The earth also was corrupt before God, and the earth was filled with violence.(WORLD TERRORISM,MURDERS)(HAMAS IN HEBREW IS VIOLENCE)
12 And God looked upon the earth, and, behold, it was corrupt; for all flesh had corrupted his way upon the earth.
13 And God said unto Noah, The end of all flesh is come before me; for the earth is filled with violence (TERRORISM)(HAMAS) through them; and, behold, I will destroy them with the earth.

GENESIS 16:11-12
11 And the angel of the LORD said unto her,(HAGAR) Behold, thou art with child, and shalt bear a son, and shalt call his name Ishmael;(FATHER OF THE ARAB/MUSLIMS) because the LORD hath heard thy affliction.
12 And he (ISHMAEL-FATHER OF THE ARAB-MUSLIMS) will be a wild (DONKEY-JACKASS) man;(ISLAM IS A FAKE AND DANGEROUS SEX FOR MURDER CULT) his hand will be against every man,(ISLAM HATES EVERYONE) and every man's hand against him;(PROTECTING THEMSELVES FROM BEING BEHEADED) and he (ISHMAEL ARAB/MUSLIM) shall dwell in the presence of all his brethren.(LITERAL-THE ARABS LIVE WITH THEIR BRETHERN JEWS)

ISAIAH 14:12-14
12  How art thou fallen from heaven, O Lucifer,(SATAN) son of the morning!(HEBREW-CRECENT MOON-ISLAM) how art thou cut down to the ground, which didst weaken the nations!
13  For thou hast said in thine heart, I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God: I will sit also upon the mount of the congregation, in the sides of the north:
14  I (SATAN HAS EYE TROUBLES) will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like the most High.(AND 1/3RD OF THE ANGELS OF HEAVEN FELL WITH SATAN AND BECAME DEMONS)

JOHN 16:2
2 They shall put you out of the synagogues: yea, the time cometh, that whosoever killeth you will think that he doeth God service.(ISLAM MURDERS IN THE NAME OF MOON GOD ALLAH OF ISLAM)

Trudeau touts open Canadian immigration system in face of Trump travel ban-[CBC]-YAHOONEWS-June 27, 2017

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says he will continue to promote Canada's open immigration policy on the world stage as controversy rages over U.S. President Donald Trump's travel ban.Trudeau said Tuesday during a news conference in Ottawa to wrap up the parliamentary sitting that government officials have had "multiple conversations" with the U.S. administration about protecting Canadian rights in the face of immigration decisions south of the border."But at the same time, Canadians have been very clear that we see immigration as a net positive, that we know we don't have to compromise security to build stronger, more resilient communities," he said. "I will continue to stand for Canadian values and Canadian success in our immigration system as I always have, whether it's in Washington or in Hamburg next week or elsewhere around the world."On Monday, the U.S. Supreme Court allowed a limited version of Trump's ban on travel from six mostly Muslim countries to take effect.The justices will hear full arguments in October, but in the meantime, the court said Trump's ban on visitors from Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen could be enforced if those visitors lack a "credible claim of a bona fide relationship with a person or entity in the United States."-Trudeau defends sniper role-In the wide-ranging news conference in the National Press Theatre, Trudeau was asked about topics ranging from trade concerns with the U.S. to recent news that a Canadian special forces member had shot and killed an ISIS fighter at a record distance for a sniper.Trudeau called the sniper actions "entirely consistent" with the role of troops in northern Iraq. The "advise and assist" mission has always had an element of defending Canadian forces as well as our coalition partners, he said."That is something that is integral to this mission, and that is something that has always been followed," he said.NDP Leader Tom Mulcair has said the incident suggests Canadian forces are actually involved in direct combat in Iraq, and has called on Trudeau to provide the public with more details on the role of the mission.Trudeau said the incident should be "celebrated" for demonstrating the excellence in training and performance of duties by the Canadian Forces.National Defence said the sniper, part of the Joint Task Force 2 special forces unit, was supporting Iraqi forces when he shot an enemy fighter from 3,540 metres away.That is more than a kilometre farther than the previous record, held by a British sniper who shot a Taliban fighter in Afghanistan in 2009.Trudeau also said he broke his key electoral promise to reform Canada's electoral system because there was no compromise from other parties, and he didn't want to use his Liberal majority to ram through fundamental change."There was no path to do that."-'No path' on electoral reform-Trudeau said Liberals preferred a ranked ballot system, while the NDP wanted a proportional voting system that would have led to "fragmented" parties.Conservatives wanted to keep the status quo, he said."It was a very difficult decision for me," Trudeau said in describing his decision to break the promise.Asked about when the government will eliminate the deficit, Trudeau said his government is targeting billions in new spending on infrastructure and other services Canadians need and will not put a timeframe on when it will "arbitrarily" balance the books.Trudeau also touted what he sees as the government's key accomplishments so far, namely helping improve the quality of life for the middle class and taking steps to tackle the opioid crisis before taking questions.The prime minister also reacted to a new round of anti-dumping tariffs imposed on Canada's softwood lumber industry by the U.S. Department of Commerce. He said he is focused on being "constructive" and working toward a deal that will help protect thousands of jobs in Canada.Earlier Tuesday, the prime minister issued a statement to mark Multiculturalism Day.'Differences make us strong'"Canadians come from every corner of the world, speak two official languages and hundreds more, practise many faiths, and represent many cultures," he said. "Multiculturalism is at the heart of Canada's heritage and identity, and as Canadians, we recognize that our differences make us strong."Canada's tradition of multiculturalism has meant fresh perspectives and new answers to old problems, Trudeau said.Noting that Canada is celebrating both the 150th anniversary of Confederation and the 35th anniversary of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms, Trudeau said the milestones are a reminder of the values that unite Canadians: Openness, inclusion and deep respect for our differences."Whoever we are, wherever we come from, these values bring us together as equal members of this great country," he said.

U.S.-led coalition envoy visits Syria to discuss Raqqa aftermath-YAHOONEWS-[Reuters]-June 28, 2017

BEIRUT (Reuters) - Brett McGurk, the U.S. special envoy to the coalition against Islamic State visited north Syria on Wednesday and met the council planning to run Raqqa after its capture from the jihadists to assure it of support, one of its members said.The U.S.-led coalition is supporting the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), an alliance of Kurdish and Arab militias that began fighting inside Raqqa three weeks ago.The SDF announced the creation of the Raqqa Civil Council in April to replace militant rule in a city that has for three years been Islamic State's de facto capital in Syria.McGurk has met the council in Ain Issa in north Syria twice before in meetings that were not publicized, a member of the Raqqa Civil Council, Omar Alloush, said.Colonel Ryan Dillon, spokesman for the coalition, said coalition members are routinely in northern Syria working with the SDF and other local entities including the council. He could not confirm McGurk's visit on Wednesday and referred queries to the special envoy's office.Alloush said McGurk and other coalition officials, including its deputy commander Major General Rupert Jones, promised infrastructure help but did not discuss how much money was available."They did not specify any sum, but they decided we will support first removing mines, lifting rubble, maintenance of schools, then electricity stations and water," Alloush said.This month, volunteers at the council told Reuters they had informed the coalition it would take about $10 million a year to restore power and water supplies, roads and schools.(Reporting by Tom Perry; Writing by Angus McDowall; Editing by Louise Ireland)

Cluster bombs kill at least 15 in eastern Syria-[The Canadian Press]-YAHOONEWS-June 28, 2017

BEIRUT — A cluster bomb attack on an Islamic State-held village in eastern Syria killed at least 15 people on Wednesday, activists said, the latest in a series of devastating airstrikes along the Euphrates River ValleyTwo Syrian monitoring groups, Deir Ezzor 24 and Justice For Life, said the weapons were dropped on the village of Doblan by an unidentified jet. Russian, Syrian, and U.S.-led coalition aircraft are all known to operate in the area.Cluster bombs are designed to spread small bomblets across a wide area, but many fail to explode, endangering civilians long after the fighting has ended.Omar Abou Layla, the head of Deir Ezzor 24, said 15 bodies, including of women and children, were recovered in the village. He said residents expect to find many more killed.Ali Rahbe, of Justice For Life, said local informants counted at least 35 dead in the village, which is between the IS strongholds of al-Mayadeen and Boukamal.The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights put the initial toll at 30 dead.At least 57 people were killed in an airstrike on an IS-run jail in the Euphrates River Valley on Monday. Activists said that airstrike was carried out by the U.S.-led coalition. The coalition said it was looking into the reports.Turkey's military meanwhile said it returned fire after an attack by Syrian Kurdish forces.A statement Wednesday said the People's Protection Units, or YPG, fired on Turkish territory overnight with anti-aircraft weapons from Syria's Afrin region. Turkish artillery units returned fire, destroying the "detected targets."The YPG is the main component of the Syrian Democratic Forces, a U.S.-backed militia that is battling the Islamic State group in the extremists' de facto capital, Raqqa. Turkey views the YPG as an extension of the Kurdish insurgency raging in its southeast.Turkey was angered by a U.S. decision last month to arm the Syrian Kurds, fearing the weapons will end up in the hands of Kurdish rebels in Turkey.The Associated Press.

Philippines says beheaded civilians found in rebel-held town-[Reuters]-By Kanupriya Kapoor-YAHOONEWS-June 28, 2017

MARAWI CITY, Philippines (Reuters) - Five decapitated civilians were found in a Philippine city occupied by Islamist rebels on Wednesday, the military said, warning the number of residents killed by rebel "atrocities" could rise sharply as troops retake more ground.The discovery of the five victims among 17 bodies retrieved would be the first evidence that civilians trapped in besieged Marawi City have been decapitated during the five-week stand by militants loyal to the Islamic State group, as some who escaped the city have previously reported.Some 71 security forces and 299 militants have been killed and 246,000 people displaced in the conflict, which erupted after a failed attempt on May 23 to arrest a Filipino militant commander backed by Islamic State's leadership.President Rodrigo Duterte promised to destroy the militants in Marawi and said the Philippines was now dealing with "a very dangerous situation" due to young Muslims inspired by the "mass insanity" of Islamic State."All they do is just to kill and destroy, and killing in a most brutal way," he said at an event where he received hundreds of sniper and assault rifles donated by China to help the military campaign in Marawi."They enjoy decapitating people in front of cameras. They have to be dealt with, with the same ferocity but not the brutality," he said.The information about the beheadings came via a text message to reporters from Lieutenant Colonel Emmanuel Garcia of the Western Mindanao Command. Garcia did not respond to repeated requests for details.A civilian rescue worker, Abdul Azis Lomondot, told Reuters body parts were found, but with "no proof of beheading".Military spokesman Jo-Ar Herrera said bodies were found separately in two groups, of 12 and five, but he was unable to confirm if the five were beheaded.The battle entered its 36th day on Wednesday, with intense gunfights and bombing in the heart of the town and black-clad fighters seen from afar running between buildings as explosions rang out.The rebels' hold on Marawi, while incurring the full force of a military for years trained by its U.S. counterparts, has much of the region on edge, concerned that Islamic State's influence may run deeper than thought.Those fears are also being felt in Malaysia and Indonesia, whose nationals are among the Maute group of rebels fighting in Marawi, suggesting the group may have built a cross-border network that has gone largely undetected.-RISING TOLL-Military spokesman Restituto Padilla earlier said it was likely that many civilians had been killed and the death toll - at 27 before the latest 17 were announced - was only what the authorities could confirm independently and escapees had reported many in the area of fighting."(It) may increase significantly," Padilla told reporters. "There have been a significant number that have been seen."Padilla said the cause of all of those deaths would be "atrocities committed by the terrorists".Among those atrocities, the army says, have been residents being forced to loot homes, take up arms or become sex slaves.Videos have appeared this month on the website of Islamic State's Amaq news agency and its social media channels of hostages in Marawi pleading for their lives, saying they would be beheaded if air strikes were not stopped. Clips have also appeared of kneeling captives, shot in the head from behind.Reuters was unable to confirm the authenticity of the footage.The military has so far been reluctant to discuss the possibility that the real impact of the fighting on civilians could be far more severe than has been reported.It has played down the impact of daily air strikes and mortar assaults aimed at rebel sniper positions, which have reduced areas of the lakeside town to rubble and alarmed people stuck there, some of whom have said the shelling was a bigger threat than the militants.Military spokesman Padilla said troops needed more time to finish what was a tricky mission, complicated by trapped civilians, hostages and booby traps.(For a graphic on battle for Marawi, click http://tmsnrt.rs/2sqmHDf)(Additional reporting by Neil Jerome Morales in MANILA; Writing by Martin Petty)

CHINA AND KINGS OF THE EAST MARCH TO ISRAEL 2ND WAVE OF WW3 (200 MILLION MAN ARMY)

REVELATION 16:12-16
12 And the sixth angel poured out his vial upon the great river Euphrates;(WERE WW3 STARTS IN IRAQ OR SYRIA OR TURKEY) and the water thereof was dried up, that the way of the kings of the east might be prepared.(THE TURKEY ATATURK DAM ON THE EUPHRATES CAN BE SHUT AND DRIED UP ALREADY BY TURKEY)
13 And I saw three unclean spirits like frogs come out of the mouth of the dragon,(SATAN) and out of the mouth of the beast,(WORLD DICTATOR) and out of the mouth of the false prophet.(FALSE POPE)
14 For they are the spirits of devils, working miracles, which go forth unto the kings of the earth and of the whole world, to gather them to the battle of that great day of God Almighty.(WERE 2 BILLION DIE FROM NUKE WAR)
15 Behold, I come as a thief. Blessed is he that watcheth, and keepeth his garments, lest he walk naked, and they see his shame.
16 And he gathered them together into a place called in the Hebrew tongue Armageddon.(ITS AT THIS TIME I BELIEVE WHEN AMERICA GETS NUKED BY RUSSIA ON THE WAY TO THE MIDEAST)

DANIEL 11:44 (2ND WAVE OF WW3)
44 But tidings out of the east(CHINA) and out of the north(RUSSIA, MUSLIMS WHATS LEFT FROM WAVE 1) shall trouble him:(EU DICTATOR IN ISRAEL) therefore he shall go forth with great fury to destroy, and utterly to make away many.( 1/3RD OF EARTHS POPULATION)

REVELATION 9:12-18
12 One woe is past; and, behold, there come two woes more hereafter.
13 And the sixth angel sounded, and I heard a voice from the four horns of the golden altar which is before God,
14 Saying to the sixth angel which had the trumpet, Loose the four(DEMONIC WAR) angels which are bound in the great river Euphrates.(WORLDWIDE WAR)(TURKEY-IRAQ-SYRIA)(EUPHRATES RIVER CONSISTS OF 760 MILES IN TURKEY,440 MILES IN SYRIA AND 660 MILES IN IRAQ)
15 And the four(DEMONIC WAR) angels were loosed,(WORLDWIDE WAR) which were prepared for an hour, and a day, and a month, and a year, for to slay the third part of men.(1/3 Earths Population die in WW 3 2ND WAVE-2 billion)
16 And the number of the army of the horsemen were two hundred thousand thousand:(200 MILLION MAN ARMY FROM CHINA AND THE KINGS OF THE EAST) and I heard the number of them.
17 And thus I saw the horses in the vision, and them that sat on them, having breastplates of fire, and of jacinth, and brimstone: and the heads of the horses were as the heads of lions; and out of their mouths issued fire and smoke and brimstone.(NUCLEAR BOMBS)
18 By these three was the third part of men killed, by the fire, and by the smoke, and by the brimstone, which issued out of their mouths.(NUCLEAR BOMBS)

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“Data is the new oil!”

If you are in big data like myself, I am sure you have heard of this one before. As the Chief Sales Officer of Cinema Intelligence, a big data company for movie exhibitors, I have had the good fortune of bringing in an innovative new software.

Now, here’s the dilemma: In the last few years, while there have been endless publications on how movie studios are extracting data from platforms such as Twitter, Facebook and Google, there have been very few publications on how movie theaters can make data-driven decisions to boost box office numbers.

While many small businesses and startups may see this as a red flag and blame poor “product market fit” if they had a lack of success in sales, we’ve found ways to succeed in the industry by positioning our product the right way. Below are a couple pointers I can share with you that may help you dramatically with your company’s growth:

Understand The Big Trends

You now have a groundbreaking product. However, before you jump on that first phone call or email your nicely tuned sales pitch, the first thing you must study is the general industry trend.

For example, in the U.S., the relationship with studios and theaters deeply impact a theater’s capacity to bring in new technology. This starts with the unusual power balance between studios and theaters. Unlike theaters in other countries, theaters in the U.S. do not offer as much diversity when it comes to content because of the limited number of studios they work with.

Furthermore, relative to foreign markets, the U.S. theater market is much more competitive, having dozens of mid-sized theater chains across the country. The six or seven major studios produce the bulk of the films, and there are tons of theaters to present the films, giving studios the edge when negotiating product. This contrasts starkly with a market such as India, where there is three to five times more content in any given year.

In such markets, the leverage in negotiation power theaters have allows them to have far more flexibility when trying new business ideas to push their products, which in turn allows them to try new software. Understanding this big picture helped us create a blueprint for success. When Cinema Intelligence first launched in 2011, our focus was to expand in markets that were much more receptive to new ideas and flexible to change. We were country-agnostic and expanded to markets in Africa, Asia and Europe. Additionally, it didn’t hurt that many film industries outside the U.S. have a relatively short history and theaters are founded by young entrepreneurs who are interested in leveraging the latest technology. Launching in 2011 was important for us, since we needed to find early adopters and clients who championed our product. It wasn’t until this year we finally decided to tackle the U.S. markets. For your product to achieve success, it is important to understand the big picture and find the markets that are willing to become the early adopters.

Understand Your Customer’s Needs

Oftentimes when presenting a new technology, customers may not know the value of your product. Furthermore, today’s products and services are far more complex than yesterday’s, and selling a product such as big data will require a commitment on your end to educate the customer. If a customer fails to understand your value proposition, this is on you and your sales team.

As you engage with your customer, you should be able to answer the following questions:

  • What is the decision-making process like?
  • Is the decision-making power centralized or decentralized?
  • How great is their aversion to change?
  • Who are the stakeholders that will be using the product?
  • What does each department need?

One exercise that helped us during the sales process was setting up a discovery call. The purpose of the discovery call is to uncover the exact business processes of what decisions a theater makes throughout the entire lifetime of a movie. Once we understand their business processes from A to Z, we explain why the changes to their business add value. By pitching a solutions-driven presentation that explains the “why” instead of a product-driven presentation that explains the “what,” we are able to educate our customer. Additionally, oftentimes we do separate demos and presentations for each department. This is important because what could excite the marketing team can drastically different from the finance team. It’s all about dividing and conquering.

They say that you need to know your client’s business better than they know it themselves. While this is much easier said than done and can be quite challenging, you should always strive to do so. Lastly, if you’re a new business entering an industry with a new idea and haven’t quite proven your idea yet, feedback is essential and customization of your product will probably be expected. While you may see this as a cost, it is important to understand this as an opportunity. Customers will see it as a commitment to meet the expectations of your product performance. Therefore, invest in the relationship. If you’re able to establish yourself as a market leader in the industry after you capitalize on the first-mover advantage, your payoff can be immense.


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Einstein óta tudjuk, az emberi hülyeség határtalan. Az elmúlt évtizedekben ez a mondás napról napra egyre jobban megállja a helyét. Hányszor találkoztunk már olyan termékekkel a boltokban, melyekről tudtuk, egy oka van annak, miért is olyan magas az ára. Ez az ok pedig nem más, mint a márka, mely messze nem minden esetben jelent magasabb minőséget, sőt. Most elsősorban nem az egyszerűen csak drága, inkább a luxus-kategóriás márkák piacáról szeretnék néhány szót ejteni, mely piac ugyan viccnek is borzasztó, mégis szárnyal a mai napig.

Mennyi olyan eszköz, ruha, vagy ékszer van, amiről tudjuk hogy ronda, de látva az árat, azonnal elkezdünk töprengeni. Ha ennyire drága, akkor biztosan jó, meg szép is. Biztosan bennem van a hiba, ha ezt nem látom. Robbantott cipő 300 ezer forintért, 1000 forintos IKEA táska 600 ezer forintért, vagy épp műsárral összekent farmer 150 ezerért. A hülyének is megéri. Ez a piac azoknak szól, akiknek semmi sem fontosabb, mint hogy ők különlegesnek érezzék magukat. Nem számít, hogy amit hord, az egy túlárazott papírzacskó, ha 150 ezer forint, akkor mindjárt praktikus és szép.

Lássunk tehát egy válogatást az elmúlt évek legidiótább tárgyaiból.

Gemkapocs 50 000 forintért
Gemkapocs 50 000 forintért

 

120 000 forintos sáros farmer
120 000 forintos sáros farmer

 

275 000 forintos bevásárló szatyor
275 000 forintos bevásárló szatyor

 

400 000 forintos robbantott cipő
400 000 forintos robbantott cipő
600 000 forintos IKEA koppintás
600 000 forintos IKEA koppintás
Ez a kínai szatyor felső felbecsülhetetlen
Ez a kínai szatyor felső felbecsülhetetlen

150 000 forint értékű madárszar mintás cipő

                            150 000 forint értékű madárszar mintás cipő

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Address by YCLSA National Secretary Cde Mluleki Dlelanga at Youth Month Rally: Mpumalanga Province
18 June 2017

Consolidate young communists, organize young people and prepare for socialism!

Leadership of the SACP as led by Cde Madala Masuku, Leadership of the African National Congress by Cde Aron Motsoaledi, Leadership of COSATU as led by Cde Zingiswa Losi, Leadership of the Progressive Youth Alliance, Our National Chairperson Cde Yershen Pillay, Our esteemed National Committee Members, Our Provincial Secretary Cde Tinyiko Ntini, together with all Provincial Secretaries, Former Leaders of the YCLSA, Young revolutionaries who come from across the length and breadth of our country.

Receive our special profound revolutionary greetings from the 4th National Congress National Committee on this assembly of young revolutionaries during our month as youth of South Africa.

As the current generation of the YCLSA , First, we first salute the 1976 generation of young people that stood up and fought gallantly against brutal apartheid system and we also salute and thank YCLSA founding members and former leaders of the YCLSA who have established ,moulded , defended and builded this home of the young communists , the YCLSA. These comrades include the likes Mbeki, JN Sigh, Willie Kulk,Stanley Silwana,Sara Sable( the first National secretary of YCLSA), Eddie Rough, Moses Mabhida, Joe Slovo, Ruth First(the second National Secretary),Chris Hani, Moses Kotane, whom we continue to pay homage and remember as we continue with the baton that they have left to those who came before us.

Secondly our youth month 2017 message is about young people that are unemployed, about employed youth, about young people that has been abused, about young people that have been raped, about young people that have been killed, young people that are casualties, young people that have no access to education, about unemployed graduates

What is the problem, what is the nature of the problem and what must be done

South Africa's history of Colonialism, Apartheid and Segregation has led to institutionalized and systemic poverty, inequality, unemployment and underdevelopment requiring a decisive state-led response to redress the imbalances of the past. The brutal and fascist, white monopoly Apartheid regime, systemically dehumanized and underdeveloped black South Africans as part of ensuring a conveyor belt of future labour for the extraction of surplus value with the ultimate objective of ensuring the economy remains solely owned and controlled by white monopoly capital.

Youth constitute a significant, growing and distinct group in society. Much can be said about how society views youth. The way in which society views youth is critical to shaping perceptions by the adult population and how youths view themselves. There are three contending social perspectives on youth; youth as consumers in society, youth as problems to society and youth as assets to society.

The legacies of colonialism, apartheid and segregation have produced and reproduced the challenges of youth unemployment, poor quality education, lack of skills, high levels of HIV/AIDS, and low levels of entrepreneurship amongst the youth. It is no wonder that despite significant strides since the advent of democracy in 1994, the majority of young South Africans remain doubtful of a better life endowed with education, skills, jobs and opportunities for social and economic progress.

Youth must lead their own development and the state must support. Youth must be at the forefront of building schools, libraries and community centers as community builders and leaders of society. Young South Africans must never destroy or damage buildings such as schools or hospitals simply because of anger and frustration due to the lack of access to these buildings or to demand something else. Youth anger must be challenged strategically where youth build and not destroy where youth repair and not damage and where all youth are intellectually and productively militant and not destructively emotional.

Comrades, allow me to look closely on youth unemployment as it is a major problem facing young people in our country. The youth unemployment statistics in the first quarter of 2017 increased by 1.2 of a percentage point to 27.7% - the highest figure since September 2003.

The statistician-general of Statistics South Africa, released the Quarterly Labour Force Survey for the first quarter of this year recently, saying that the growth in employment was offset by the increase in the number of job seekers who entered the market in the beginning of the year.

The expanded unemployment rate - which includes those who wanted to work but did not look for work - increased by 0.8 of a percentage point to 36.4%, or 391 000 people. This amounts to 9.3 million people who were unemployed but wanted to work in the first quarter of 2017.

The statistician-general of Statistics South Africa further said the gap between the unemployment rate envisaged in the National Development Plan (NDP) and the current rate is widening.

"The NDP states unemployment should be 14% by 2020 and we have only two and a half years to that target," he said. "The gap to 2020 currently stands at 13.7 percentage points."

In the fourth quarter of 2016, unemployment stood at 26.5%.

Of the 433 000 of people who joined the ranks of the unemployed in the first quarter of 2017, approximately 58% were young people between the ages of 15 and 34 years. &quot;Unemployment remained high among those with an education level of less than matric at 33.1%, which is 5.4 percentage points higher than the national average.&quot;

This number is even higher when the number of discouraged work seekers is taken into account. The quarterly figures show that less than 5% of the discouraged work seekers have tertiary education, while approximately 72% had an education level below matric.

The unemployment rate among graduates are 7.3%.

Employment by industry level

The employment by industry levels through the latest figures show that the manufacturing sector reflected the biggest growth in employment in the first quarter of 2017 - by 62 000.

The mining industry showed employment growth of 26 000 after a decline for four consecutive quarters.

The agricultural sector shed 44 000 jobs in the period under review, while employment in the trade sector dropped by 15 000.

Jobs in the informal sector also went down by 14 000 to 2.7 million.

Unpacking our theme: consolidate young communists, organize young people and prepare for socialism

When we say that the YCLSA is the home for Communist Youth, branches should bring this into reality as a major player in regard to being a training ground for young communist for the SACP. Therefore, all our strength and resources should focus on building strong YCLSA structures especially the branches.

The YCLSA should strive to establish branches in all wards, in townships, rural areas, villages, suburbs, towns, workplaces, campuses, and all other places were young people are based. The minimum objective is to establish branches where we currently have SACP Branches, but this should not limit our potential to grow beyond the SACP, thus, indirectly increasing the organisational form of the SACP.

In doing so, branches should be engaged in the following tasks, to satisfy their vanguard and vigilant role:

Engage into continuous Political Education programme, aimed at introducing youth and members to the basic philosophy of Marxism-Leninism.

Introducing members to the constitution of the YCLSA through branch inductions.

Engage into focused and targeted recruitment of youth, particularly young women, white and coloured youth.

Lead in international, national and local campaign that seeks to undermine the power, presence and exploitative nature of capitalism.

Take up various civil responsibilities so as to identify and deal with the problems confronting youth.

The capitalist social system is characterised by poverty, unemployment, and inequality and class exploitation. This affects the section of society we seek to represent. It also provides political space for the organisation to mobilise youth to fight against this system. As the struggle against Apartheid was one through many forms and tactics, so will the struggle against capitalism.

In order to increase our mass-base, and to be an advanced guard for youth development, youth interest and aspirations, we need to put concerted efforts towards campaigns. The purpose of our campaigns should be to expose the brutality and inhuman of capitalism, and to highlight the plight of the working class and poor youth. In as much as most of the campaigns that we will engage into will not immediately usher a socialist society, they intervene in scathing minimal but qualitative bruises to the capitalist system. This also provides a platform to draw attention to the fact that societal crises are as a result of capitalist accumulation path.

We must continue to put our focus and target the following sections in our society and target the brutalities below:

Socio-Economic Conditions of Young People, Socio-Economic Transformation and Development
Education, Training and Human Resources Development - Health, Sexuality and the HIV/AIDS pandemic
Transformation of Gender Relations and Women's Emancipation
Marginalized Youth and Minority Youth
Culture, Religion and Ideology
Criminal Justice
Environment
Sports and Recreation

Our campaigns should also be used to mobilize and organize youth behind the banner of Socialism and Communism, and to ensure that minimum but emphatic struggles are waged against capitalism. We can also use campaigns to educate youth about the social ills that are as a result of the system of capitalism, and how certain behaviour&#039;s, conducts and addictions are as a result of profit and not entertainment. However, as the YCLSA, we should not fall in the trap of making noise and not providing solutions. The YCLSA can engage into alternative seeking Projects by encouraging the formation/ establishment of co-operatives across the province and Issue-Based Campaigns. We must also use South African Road to Socialism as a guide to our programmes and we must set a progressive youth agenda that will characterize a developmental agenda. Therefore if we can succeed on this revolutionary work our organization indeed will be consolidated and young people should have been organized and the momentum, the capacity and preparations for socialism will be indeed in full swing.

Comrades, there are also current problems facing young people that are not being said?

As the YCLSA we are in a firm view that to remain silent is the betrayal of the struggle. Our revolution and the Alliance is experiencing turbulences. The sovereignty of our country is a stake. It is not business as usual, the abnormality is the normality we are not lamenting. We are telling things as they are. On this youth month of 2017 we are speaking truth to power and power to truth as part of taking responsibility for the revolution as well as fighting for the betrayal of the revolution. History teaches us that all revolutions and all revolutionaries are capable of selling out the revolution. At times we might be confused that is it him/her, we say history is on our side we are all capable of selling out the revolution. Young revolutionaries and revolutionaries must never be confused when our revolution is being sold out!

Comrades, a democracy that was won through sweat, blood and struggle has been sold out to the Guptas. Yes monopoly capital is our strategic enemy but the immediate threat to our country, to our people, to our sovereignty are the GUPTAS. Guptas are the enemy of the youth and Guptas are the enemy of the growth and development of our country.

Corruption is the enemy of our revolution and youth of our country, young people who are not connected or political connected to them growth and development is a dream.

Factionalism is the enemy of our revolution and the youth of our country, faction rotate, and a faction produce another faction. Factions are brutal and factions are cruel. Factionalism robs young revolutionaries on understanding the theory of the revolution and understanding and valuing the unity of the organization. Factionalism leads to patronage politics and blind loyalty. Patronage corrupt and make young people individual henchmen whilst blind loyalty deprive young people opportunity to objectively understand and differentiate between what is right and what is wrong.

Capitalism is the mother enemy of the young people, capitalism creates youth unemployment, poverty, in equality, youth in drugs etc.

Comrades, this what is facing our revolution, the young people and young revolutionaries is the contradiction of the contradiction. We raise this issues that people are afraid to tell the youth of our country. We say to the youth of our country judge us , criticize us , insult us but truth is on our side , we will continue to say no on anything that seeks to affects the future of our youth and our country. We raised the issue of the former security branch member Mr. Ntlemeza, we were insulted but we won. We raised the about Brian Molefe, the golden boy of the Guptas, we were insulted but we won. We are raising the issue in particular the influence of Guptas, we are being insulted, but we know we will win. Now also we have an issue with the Minister of Guptas, Mr. Malusi Gigaba, he is not the Minister of Finance is the minister of the Guptas. He has betrayed the 1976 Youth Generation mission and even betrayed the current youth generation. We say to him you are compromised, your consciousness if you have it must guide you on what you do, either you resin or not but it must guide you. We are also saying now to the President of the Guptas , Mr. Jacob Zuma , who has decided instead of being the President of the ANC and the Republic of South Africa but decided to be the President of the Guptas , we say on behalf of over 105 000 members of the YCLSA, please step down . You have lost your credibility.

TWO YCLSA MESSAGES TO SENIOR LEADERS AND YOUTH OF OUR COUNTRY
As the YCLSA on this youth month rally of 2017, we want to send a clear and unambiguous message both to the all senior leaders in the congress movement and the youth of our country.

Do not corrupt us!

Young people are the current and the future of both the congress movement and our motherland South Africa. If you care about the future of this country. Don't corrupt us! Instead your responsibility is to teach us about an organization, teach us about the history of our revolution, teach us about the theory of the revolution, teach us about being patriotic and teach us about love for humanity and the importance or the fundamental principle of serving the people.

YCLSA is your organization!

As the YCLSA, we are the youth-wing of the SACP however the youth of our country should know that whether you are a member of YCLSA or you are not a member YCLSA is your organization. YCLSA continues to champion the needs, interests and aspiration of all young people in our country. History is on our side, history speaks for itself for us. In our consultative conference, we resolved in the Ten Youth Demands for 2015:

Decent jobs and a living wage for all workers including young workers and learners.
Free education for all from pre-school to tertiary education
Basic services for all
The provision of good quality treatment , care and support for people living with HIV/AIDS
An end to the abuse of women and children
Lowering the pension age to 55 for all women and men in order to create work opportunities to young people
Extension of child support grants to cover young people up to the age of 16
The extension of the school feeding scheme to high schools
Nationalization of all land for productive economic use by landless communities targeting jobless young people
Public ownership of all mineral wealth
On our youth month rally in 2016, we launched a youth manifesto with the Ten Youth Fronts:

Creating jobs for youth
National youth service
Improving access and success in education
Social cohesion and nation building
Youth enterprises and cooperatives development
Mentorship
Health and well-being
Youth and the environment
Infrastructure and ICT for youth
Sport and recreation

As the YCLSA, we want to argue that while much progress has been achieved since 1996, a new approach that is mass-based and focused targeting unemployed youth, youth from poor households and youth in rural areas is the next phase of youth development most appropriate for a second, more radical phase of the national democratic revolution (NDR). The focus of youth development in the second, more radical phase of the NDR should be on education and skills development, youth entrepreneurship and cooperatives development as well as social mobilization - all of which are the key drivers of accelerated job creation for young South Africans. We argue that more needs to be done to foster a culture of youth entrepreneurship and cooperatives development in order to develop youth who are job-creators and not simply job seekers. As part of making education fashionable, a culture of academic excellence and increased access to education for youth from poor households and youth in rural areas must be prioritized in the new approach.

Finally, we stress the importance of social mobilization and the need to institutionalize, mainstream and massify youth service in the second, more radical phase of the NDR. The greatest challenge confronting the youth movement today is that of youth unemployment. We therefore argue that the strategic objective of a new approach to youth development should be accelerated job creation for youth in the second, more radical phase of the transition. The new approach to youth development should inform the review of the national youth policy, the review of the integrated youth development strategy and the development of a long term youth employment plan as a blueprint for accelerated job creation.

Red card to corruption, Red card to dictators and Red card to lies!

We want to say to SACP and COSATU we applaud you and admire you courage and resilient for speaking out about what is happening in the ANC. No one has a license to speak only about ANC. ANC is the project of the South African people. We all joined the ANC and paid the same subscription amount.

If the working class is the main motive force of the national democratic revolution as the ANC asserts on strategy and tactics document, then working class has every right not only to express but also to assert its views on who should lead the revolution. The ANC is not national democratic revolution and national democratic revolution is neither ANC nor was it first conceived by the ANC.

But, if the ANC expects to lead national democratic revolution organizationally, it must also expect that the character of its leadership will be discussed by the main motive force of the revolution, the working class.

The word democratic in the national democratic revolution, first and foremost means that the leadership of the revolution must itself be a result of democracy or a democratic process. It is dictorial to expect people to follow leadership they could not express their views about it in the first place.

But as the YCLSA , we note that on the ANC leadership discussion the word women has been vulgarized and has only been centered around one women, whom we are not sure about her capacity. We believe that the name proposed is supposed atleat to be the President of the ANCWL than the ANC as in the ANCWL the is a vacuum of the President.

As the YCLSA, we want to categorically say we support struggles of the working class women. We support poor women, we support women's work in the kitchens, we support women's that are being raped every day and we support all the women's both employed and unemployed, they must count us, we fully support them.

We also want to say to the women's in the congress movement, they must refuse women to be used. Any women that has allowed herself to be abused they must stand up and say not in our name.

The name proposed for ANC president does not even by inch represent the poor women, women in the kitchen and all unemployed women's. This women's candidate is totally belonging in a very different class. Therefore, as the YCLSA we can't support such name and such imitative.

We say to the youth our country the time is now to emulate the generation of 1976

We say to the youth of our country let's stand up and fight corruption

We say to the youth of our country, let's stand up and fight the Guptarization of the ANC and the State

We say to the youth of our country, lets strive to be the worthy sons and daughters of martyrs that fought for freedom

We say to the youth of our country, let's all rise up and fight for free, compulsory and quality education for the poor

We say to the youth of our country, let's all stand up and fight for nation building and development of our country

We say to the youth of our country, let's stand up and fight the corporate capture of the state by Guptas and its stooges

We say to the youth of our country, let's all in unison say capitalism is our strategic enemy

We say to the youth of our country, we are the present and the future and we are building that future and that future is socialism.

YCLSA leads, YCLSA lives, YCLSA sharpen contradictions and YCLSA provide direction

Socialism in our life time.

Amandla!

          Riles Batting Lead-Off with Hayward   
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June 30, 2017
So Pat Riley bats leadoff with Gordon Hayward, eh? What's that mean? That the Heat are the bar by which everyone else will be measured, or that they're the appetizer before the main courses of Boston and Utah?

What's the motivation here from Hayward?



Because the Heat's motivation is as abundantly clear as it is overtly ambitious when Riley meets Hayward on Saturday, hours after the start of free agency. They want to effectively swap Chris Bosh's money for the good, versatile, modern-NBA game of Hayward.

OK, he's not LeBron, who changed the Heat's vistas. And he's not Shaquille O'Neal or Alonzo Mourning, whom Riley got to kick-start big eras. But Hayward would be a sizable upgrade on a building team, especially since Riley once again has a limited hand to play.

And that limited hand is the real story about the Heat as free agency starts. Everyone is enchanted with Riley's presence, and how his Godfather image can sway minds, because we've seen his shamanistic magic work through the years.

But let's be realistic. Riley isn't the big player this free agency. Boston's Danny Ainge is. The Celtics are positioned perfectly. They've accumulated a treasure chest of high draft picks to trade with Indiana for the one available franchise player in this period, Paul George.

They can then use George to entice Hayward. In fact, Hayward's former college coach, Brad Stevens, has a winning recruiting line as the current Celtics coach.

"With you and George, we can beat Cleveland to win the East," Stevens can say.

What does Riley have to counter that?

"We're building for the day when LeBron leaves?"

Sure, Riley has a better hand than a year ago, when he went into a meeting with Kevin Durant with the cloud of Chris Bosh's future and Dwyane Wade's non-help hanging over him.

But he's still selling belief in the Heat organization more than tangible roster proof. They're a .500 team looking to take the next step, not a team positioned to vault into the NBA Finals, unless the Celtics somehow blow it in the coming days. Which they could.

Riley has opportunely taken advantage of other franchises' miscalculations. Cleveland and LeBron. The Lakers and Shaq. You see it all the time, franchises not understanding what they have in a manner Riley does.

Can they hope Boston does the same?

If not, they'll most likely get Boston's leftovers. That wouldn't be such a bad thing. For instance, if Boston trades for George and signs Hayward, that means the Heat would chase Blake Griffin, who just might thrive in Miami.

He's 28. He checks all the boxes of scoring, rebounding and passing. He also has a history of injuries, and so could use a dose of the Heat's ability to get players into tip-top shape. And, frustrated with the Clippers, Griffin could use coach Erik Spoelstra's ability to unlock talent on the court.

But here's the thing with Hayward and Griffin. They aren't straight and simple additions to the roster. Their maximum deals would mean existing players won't return. James Johnson? Dion Waiters? Probably one of them, depending on who's signed.

To even dream of getting George, the Heat would have to include Justise Winslow, Tyler Johnson and either the money of Wayne Ellington or Josh McRoberts in a deal. That only would work if Boston misplays its hand, too.

So if the Heat add this free-agent period, they still have to subtract. Riley said recently the Heat enter free agency with a "Plan A, and we have a Plan B. There's no D, E, F or G." Why would there be? This is pretty simple:

Plan A: Shoot for Hayward or Griffin - what the heck, throw in trading for George, too. Best hope: Hayward likes South Florida winters and loves meeting Riley. Realistic hope: They get whoever Boston doesn't.

Plan B: The Heat bring back last year's team by re-signing Waiters and James Johnson, add a complementary player or two, play up the 30-11 second-half record last season and shoot for No. 3 in the East.

Everyone expects magic this time of year from Riley. But the magic this time would start with Boston mistakes. It could happen. It's just not what you build a free-agent blueprint around.



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          Challenge for new GOP chairman: attracting more women to party    

The President, brave front to the contrary, is not without his anxieties. The recovery isn't moving fast enough. The Israelis continue to obstruct his Mideast peace initiative. The Democrats are emboldened by recent election victories. . . .

Not the least of the President's concerns is that too many women in America just don't seem to like him - a solid majority according to several respected polls. Mr. Reagan and his cohorts are puzzled - but they know they have a problem.

''I believe the gender gap is real,'' says the new GOP national chairman, Frank J. Fahrenkopf Jr. He calls it a ''perception problem,'' and one that is ''particularly serious'' for the Republican Party among women, age 21 to 40, who are either single or single heads of households.

''The perception,'' concedes the chairman, in office only a few days, ''is that this administration doesn't care about (these women), and that this President is going to make life more difficult for them through his economic programs.''

The President has been trying particularly hard of late to tell women that he has their interests at heart. First, he elevated Elizabeth Hanford Dole to the Cabinet. Then he chose Margaret M. Heckler for a Cabinet post. This was a reminder to many that it was Reagan who had placed the first woman, Sandra Day O'Connor, on the US Supreme Court.

But what might Mr. Fahrenkopf say of such moves? Well, he was telling a group of reporters that high-level appointments of blacks to the Reagan administration could not be the answer to what he conceded was the Republicans' inability to attract blacks to the Reagan cause. ''Those are only symbols,'' he said.

What was needed, he said, was for blacks to see that they must broaden their power base to include both parties. He said that they should see it is in their best interests to participate in the Republican Party - so that they can be a part of Republican leadership when that party is in power, and so that the Democrats aren't in a position always to take them for granted.

Fahrenkopf said that he is going to make an all-out effort to bring all minorities into participation in party activities, from the grass roots up.

But for women he has a very special project in the blueprint stage. He plans to hold, under GOP auspices, a series of meetings across the country with what he calls a broad cross section of women - ''not just Republican women.''

From these meetings, he said, ''we hope to hear what their real concerns are.'' Furthermore, he added, these meetings ''will show that we really do care, and that we are going to make the effort to respond.''

The questioning from reporters that followed this announcement seemed to indicate that the news media are less than convinced that the Republican Party can make much ground with such meetings.

When do you plan to begin this?

I hope we would start by late spring. It's a top priority with me.

How are you going to overcome the feeling among women that the Republicans dumped a pro-ERA plan that had been put in the platform by Republicans even more conservative than Ronald Reagan?

You can't say the women of this country are solidly behind the Equal Rights Amendment.

No, I say you alienated a large body of women who were for it.

The committee made that change. Obviously the majority of that committee believed that changes aiding women's rights belonged with the state legislatures - because of progress being made there.

Fahrenkopf maintained his aplomb - and his enthusiasm for his women-related program. He said that after hearing what women's concerns are, ''we'll see if we can't come up with some programs that we can offer as party proposals . . . to the administration.''

Can this Fahrenkopf initiative help the GOP close the gender gap? It might. And, at least, it shows that Republicans see that they must do more to make more women feel that Mr. Reagan is their President and that he really cares for them.

The Fahrenkopf plan for meetings with women, which opponents are certain to brand a ''political gimmick,'' shows something more, too: It is just another sign of a President who, after two years in office, is viewing his position in a realistic way - and making some concessions.

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          Fixture Assembler - A.V. Gauge & Fixture Inc. - Canada   
The incumbent will fit and assemble parts to a ready fixture, using a variety of hand and machine tools. Ability to read detailing and assembly blueprints....
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          Oregon Senator Proposes Next-Gen NAFTA For Internet Trade   
Senator Ron Wyden, D-Ore., laid out his blueprint to revamp the North American Free Trade Agreement for the digital economy on Thursday at an Internet Association event on Capitol Hill, calling for protections for online sellers, a balanced approach to...(read more)
          Mechanical Drafter   
NJ-Asbury Park, Mechanical Drafter Category: Engineering Type: Permanent Description: Work for a Central, NJ company providing the Industrial & Commercial sector with superior mechanical contracting services including system design & installation, maintenance, controls, and power wiring SUMMARY - Mechanical Drafter (AUTOCAD) -Read and interpret blueprints, technical drawings, schematics, or computer-generated rep
          Truly How Majestic: In Memory of Bonna Devora Haberman z"l   
When I think of Bonna Devora Haberman z”l, I picture her leaping into the air on Yom Kippur afternoon, her face pale but beaming as she gathers everyone within arm’s reach into a circle for a triumphant chanting of Mareh Kohen, the liturgical poem about "truly how majestic" was the look on the high priest’s face when he successfully exited the Holy of Holies. Bonna was very proud of her Kohanic lineage, and even though she sometimes came late to shul, she never missed Birkat Kohanim – when she and her husband and children would get up to bless the congregation from beneath their tallitot, breathing new harmonies into the ancient biblical text.
            When I wasn’t davening with Bonna – we participated in the same minyanim both at Harvard Hillel and in Jerusalem – I would often see her jogging in the early mornings with her husband Shmuel and their dog Sumsum. Bonna rarely stood still. A self-avowed “textual activist,” she was also always active, always on the go, never content to let anything be. At the funeral her husband Shmuel—always the quiet one in their relationship, Matthew Cuthbert to her Marilla—told the story of how he first met her in college in Ottawa at an Israeli dance class, where Bonna, too, was spinning circles around him. At one point he sat her down and asked her to tell him her dreams. “I dream of a large barn and a community of women, dancing, reading books, busy with organic farming, discussing ideas, and caring for children.” A community of women was not exactly what Shmuel had in mind, but Bonna had given him his opening. “Where will all the children come from?” he asked, feigning innocence. “Well, a few men will be allowed once in a while,” Bonna conceded. Then she asked Shmuel his fantasy, and he said he wanted to retire with her to a desert island. Bonna was quickly dismissive. “We can’t,” she said. “There’s too much in this world that needs fixing.”
            Bonna insisted that Dayenu must end with Tikun Olam, because only when the world was healed would it truly be enough. For her, that was what building the Temple—the actual last line of Dayenu—was about. It was what drove her to help found Women of the Wall, a monthly Rosh Hodesh group where women donned the garments of ritual prayer and read from the Torah at the Kotel. And it was what inspired her brilliant writing about the Beit HaMikdash, including her profoundly bold and radical essay “The Yom Kippur Avodah in the Female Enclosure,” which I reread every year on Yom Kippur and which has inspired so much of my own writing and thinking about eroticism and the Talmudic sages. For a while Bonna became, for me, the embodiment of that essay, as if that one piece comprised the entirety of her identity; each time I’d run into her I’d buttonhole her with further questions and new ideas inspired by her words.
            But Bonna was so much more. When she wasn’t writing she was fighting sex trafficking around the globe, pushing for gender equality at the Kotel and in Jerusalem, informally counselling young women about natural childbirth, caring for Mother Earth, and staging theater performances with Israeli and Palestinian women to solve the conflict in the Middle East. One of her sons said that she understood her name to be Bonna DvarYa – that is, a builder of the words of God. Just as the midrash in Breishit Rabba relates that God used the blueprint of Torah to create the world, Bonna looked to Torah for inspiration to repair the world. Another one of her sons said that Bonna, particularly in her last few months of illness, never wanted to sleep. “I’ll have enough time to sleep in the grave,” she insisted. But her son was not so sure. He assured us at the funeral that he has no doubt his mother has already staged a revolution in heaven.
           And he is probably right. I can just imagine Bonna taking the angels by a storm, gathering them in a circle for a frenzied recitation of Mareh Kohen in which it is the angels who are analogized to the priests rather than vice versa. I will miss her presence in shul, especially during Birkat Kohanim – but regardless of what she is up to in heaven, I have no doubt she will still be shining her blessing upon us. יהי זכרה ברוך

          Ancient Aliens asks: Are we living in  The United States of Aliens?   
Valiant Thor (c) is said by some to be an emissary sent to Earth as result of our development of atomic bombs
This week Ancient Aliens: Declassified asks whether we could really be living in The United States of Aliens! Some alien theorists believe that we’ve had encounters with extraterrestrials both in the distance past and perhaps more recently, especially in the 20th century. Their theories on the ancients suggest that huge construction projects like the pyramids were perhaps blueprinted by such aliens and that ancient gods like Shiva could even have been alien leaders. In the more recent past they say the rapid acceleration in technological advance since WWI can surely only be down to external stimulation, given technology had hardly advanced...read more

          Newark DE plumber   

The water fittings are among the most significant parts of a home, if you're going to build the house of your dreams you'll need to hire a good plumbing contractor. You must make sure that the plumbing work done during the development of your new home is the best possible because this will guarantee zero upkeep for the following few years. Whenever you hire a Newark DE plumbing contractor, make sure he comes with the highest suggestions from all the clients he has handled before.

The job of the plumbing contractor needs them to find the best materials to make the waterworks for your house and then fit them according to the architectural design. The plumbing contractor must work closely with the engineer handling the development of you house straight to make your house a complete unit. A house is a mixture of heating system, water works and air vents and many other systems mixed that work without any conflict with each other. If the Newark DE plumbing contractor is not competent then he will do a unacceptable job, which in turn will affect the whole development of the house.

While looking for the best plumbing contractor you must make sure that, the company is insured and bonded correctly so that you are covered for sudden damage to your property while the contractor's job is in progress. Whenever you go to meet the plumbing contractor at his office, ask for a copy of their license so that you can rest assured about their validity. If you'd like, you can take the blueprints of your home design so that the plumbing contractor can provide you with a detailed quote. You must take quotes from at least five different plumbing contractors from different localities and then cut down your decisions. You must also check to see that the quotes do not contain any hidden charges safely tucked behind the small print. Ask folk you know about the trustworthiness of the contractor and you'll get a good idea about each one of them. You may ask the contractor to supply you with the amount of the clients he has handled during the past ; if he refuses then it will be a good is idea to avoid that contractor.

If the plumbing contractor has a merchant website then you can check the testimonials section and find what the clients have to say about their services. Make sure the company of the contractor is a stable one so that you can contact them in case you would like some patchwork done in the future. A good plumbing contractor isn't hard to come by, you just need to be cautions and keep your eyes open.

          Instrumentation/ Electrician Operator - Rainbow Lake - OpsMobil - Rainbow Lake, AB   
Full-Time Position - Camp Position. Consult manufacturer’s manuals, circuit diagrams and blueprints to determine test and maintenance procedures for instruments...
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           Should the CFL be worried about attendance?    
The 2017 Canadian Football League season began last week with what was a typically CFL affair. It was a nice early-summer night at McGill University stadium, a wonderful location that played no small role in reviving the league in Montreal and providing a blueprint for how to do it in other markets.
          CNC Machinist   
TX-Corpus Christi, Job Purpose: Produces machined parts by programming, setting up, and operating a computer numerical control (CNC) machine; maintaining quality and safety standards; keeping records; maintaining equipment and supplies. Duties: * Plans machining by studying work orders, blueprints, engineering plans, materials, specifications, orthographic drawings, reference planes, locations of surfaces, and machi
          Framing Carpenter   
CA-Santa Clara, Lead Staffing has immediate openings for Journey level Framing Carpenters. Accomplished construction framers have a solid grasp of complex mathematical concepts in both algebra and geometry. This ensures their ability to read, understand and even design blueprints for building the frame for a home or building. Construction framers must also have impeccable hand-eye coordination, and balance when h
          New York show exhibits original Spider-Man art   
If you're in New York this summer, check out "The Art of Spider-Man," runs through at the Society of Illustrators.

And if you can't make it, a catalog and other items are available from the museum's online gift shop.

Details:

Spider-Man is the well- known signature character of the Marvel universe; created by Stan Lee and Steve Ditko at the nadir of the comics field in August of 1962 in the last issue of Amazing Fantasy #15. Fan reaction was promising and Lee decided to take a chance and published Spider-Man as a stand- alone comic. Unlike the fun, yet two dimensional super heroes of the 1930s and 40s, Lee scripted his new characters with flaws, insecurities, and nuanced personalities. These new style comics proved to be popular with fans, and readers as old as college age began to follow the exploits of these famed but flawed super heroes. 
 
Ditko soon left Marvel and Spider-Man fans wondered who would take over his quirky and often awkwardly drawn hero. Enter artist John Romita. Romita, a graduate of Manhattan’s School of Industrial Art was already a veteran of comics and had worked in the industry since 1947. Overcoming his initial trepidation from taking over a strip that was drawn by the idiosyncratic Ditko, Romita soon ‘stopped trying to mimic Ditko’ and gave Spider-Man and his cast of characters his own warmer, friendlier, appealing and more elegant portrayal which would propel Spider-Man and his cast of well- known characters and villains to worldwide fame and multi-media acceptance as ‘the’ super hero symbol of the 'swinging ‘60s' pop culture.  
 
Romita’s lush and appealing artwork was also significant as his style soon became the blueprint for what would become the Marvel house look. Indeed, a few years later, in 1973, Romita would become the art director for the entire line of Marvel Comics. Romita’s impact on Marvel Comics in general and on Spider-Man in particular cannot be overstated; much like Walt Disney refined and nurtured a mouse and a house look into a powerhouse brand, Romita assisted Lee in doing much the same, Lee on the words, and Romita on the look of both the spider and the house line. No wonder Disney would acquire Marvel Comics some years later. Romita would be recognized for his contribution to his industry by being inducted into the Will Eisner Comic Book Hall of Fame in 2002. 
 
This exhibition features art from throughout Romita’s initial Spider-Man run. Featured are ('twice up') pages from early in the run and their large size and clean presentation are a joy to behold. Significant pages are exhibited here for the first time, including Spider-Man’s battles with the Green Goblin, the Rhino, Doctor Octopus and many others. There are many pages featuring Romita’s beautiful presentation of Mary Jane Parker and Gwen Stacy, including the original early finished drawings. Also featured are the first 2 weeks of John Romita's amazing Spider-Man strip run as well as several of his earliest larger Sunday strips. There are select pages from Steve Ditko, the quirky creator who gave Spider-Man his oblique beginning with fantastic and detailed layouts and cinematic pacing.  Other featured Spider-Man artists will include Todd McFarlane who rebooted Spider-Man’s look in 1988 to much fan acclaim, and notable artists such as Ross Andru, John Buscema, Ron Frenz, Gil Kane, Keith Pollard, and John Romita Jr,  who all contributed their considerable talents in illustrating this iconic character. 
 
The exhibition also includes rare art from the original Spider-Man newspaper strip, advertising and other illustrative work. It is the largest, and most comprehensive exhibition of Spider-Man art ever seen anywhere in the world. 
 
The art is on loan from the collection of Spider-Man and Romita expert Mike Burkey, and the show is arranged and curated by Comic Art Specialist Rob Pistella. 

          Basic Channel: Phylyps Trak   

Basic Channel 02 (D 12") - € 8.50
Blueprint Techno

Tracklisting:
  1. Phylyps Trak
  2. Phylyps Base
  3. Axis

          TMBA326: To VC or Not to VC, That is the Question   
http://www.tropicalmba.com/dhh/ Today's episode is the first of a two part series where Dan and Ian are speaking with David Heinemeier Hannson. David is the co-founder of Basecamp and the creator of Ruby on Rails. Truth be told, DHH has been a huge influence on the Tropical MBA podcast. In this episode, we're going to be talking about a subject that some see as a blueprint to getting rich, and others see as a dirty word: Venture Capital. Later on in the show, you'll hear from Zapier co-founder Wade Foster on his thoughts and experiences on seeking venture capital funding for his own company.
          Senior Enginer- IBI Webfocus -   
Responsibilities include:
? Serving as a core member of an agile team that drives user story analysis and elaboration, designs and develops software applications, and tests and builds automation tools
? Owning all technical aspects of software development for assigned applications; Performing hands-on architecture, design, and development of systems
? Performing hands-on software development and testing, typically spending about 50% of time writing code, API specs, conducting code reviews and testing in ongoing sprints, or doing proof of concepts/automation tools
? Driving consistent development practices - tools and common components; Developing deep understanding of tie-ins with other systems and platforms within the supported domains
? Working with technical product managers contributing to blueprints, and assisting with annual planning of feature sets
? Identifying exciting opportunities for adopting new technology to solve existing needs and predicting future challenges
? Mentoring engineers, and may have management responsibilities over 2-3 engineers
Qualifications:
This high energy Senior Engineer must have:
? 8+ years ofsoftware development experience, and preferably a BS or MS degree in computer science, computer engineering, or other technical discipline
? Demonstrated experience in Agile development, application design, software development, and testing
? Demonstrated experience with WebFocus/BI advanced capabilities
o IBI Administration and hands-on experience with reporting and dashboarding
o Strong knowledge with SQL and database technologies and data analysis experience is preferred
o Knowledge of ETL (extract, transform, and load) procedures to load reporting database from source data on a scheduled basis using Information Builder's Data Migrator tool
o Development of reports and user interface - use of java script and HTML; Development of complex reports
o Experience with drill down and use of CSS for styling of reports
o Knowledge of IBI's Maintain language
o Knowledge of WebFocus Architecture and Security
o Knowledge of creating metadata using IBI?s products
o Experience with App or Developer Studio
? One or more certifications in IBI products is a plus
? Corporate payments domain knowledge, including expertise in the reporting end to end tools used to provide business capabilities is preferred
? Demonstrated experience with database technologies and data analysis experience (DB2 preferred)
? Thorough understanding of XML, JSON , web services technologies, and data structure fundamentals, with experience in multi-threaded programming
? Experience with Java applications design and development in an Enterprise setting using J2EE, Spring, SQL DBMS
? Experience with a broad range of software languages and payments technologies is a plus
? Expertise in objected oriented analysis and design across a variety of platforms
? A proven hunger to learn new technologies and translate them into working software
? Ability to effectively communicate to internal and external business partners on solution design
We are an equal employment opportunity employer and will consider all qualified candidates without regard to disability or protected veteran status.
          Software Engineer- PEGA/Data Power -   
Our company is embarking on an exciting transformation driven by an energetic new team of high performers. This group is nimble and creative with the power to shape our technology and product roadmap. If you have the talent and desire to deliver innovative payment products and services at a rapid pace, serving our customers seamlessly across physical, digital, mobile, and social media, join our transformation team!

Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

Owns all technical aspects of software development for assigned applications; Performs hands-on architecture, design, and development of systems

Manages and mentors teams of junior and senior engineers through ongoing development efforts

Functions as a senior member of an agile team and helps drive consistent development practices ? tools, common components, and documentation

Develops deep understanding of tie-ins with other systems and platforms within the supported domains

Works closely with product owners on blueprints and annual planning of feature sets that impact multiple platforms and products

Typically spends 30-50% of time writing code and testing, and remainder of time collaborating with stakeholders through ongoing product/platform releases while managing team members? professional development

Provides continuous support for ongoing application availability

Identifies opportunities to adopt innovative technologies

This ?rebel with a cause? looks beyond the obvious for continuous improvement opportunities

Qualifications

This high energy Engineer must have:
?2-4 years of Java development experience

?Demonstrated experience with Waterfall, Agile, or other rapid application development methods

?Demonstrated experience with Mainframe - JCL, COBOL is preferred

?Demonstrated experience in DB2 or other relational DBMS required

?Demonstrated experience with Middleware Utilities (e.g., Data Power, MQ/MQ Series) is a plus

?2-3 years experience in Pega / PRPC is mandatory

?PRPC CSA Certifications a must

?Experience and thorough understanding of PegaRULES Process Commander System or other Business Process Management (BPM) system

?2-3 years demonstrated experience with Object Oriented programming (e.g., Java, .net) is required

?Bachelor's or master's degree in computer science, computer engineering, or other technical discipline, or equivalent work experience, is preferred

?Demonstrated experience with job scheduling (e.g., Job Trac, Control M) is a plus

?Demonstrated experience in coding native SQL and Stored Procedures is preferred

?Demonstrated experience data utilities (e.g., Event Publisher, Q-Replicator) a plus

?Experience with REXX, SYNCSORT, and Easytrieve is a plus

?Experience with payments technology and industry is a plus

?Ability to effectively communicate across third parties and technical and business product managers on solution design

?Ability to think abstractly and deal with ambiguous/under-defined problems

?Ability to enable business capabilities through innovation

?Demonstrated willingness to learn new technologies and takes pride in how fast they develop working software

We are an equal employment opportunity employer and will consider all qualified candidates without regard to disability or protected veteran status.
          Senior Java Software Engineer -   
Senior Software Engineers that join our Technologies team can be assigned to one of several exciting teams that are developing new virtual Internet-based payment solutions, customer service portals, online merchant services support and integration, credit management tools, and suites of web-based applications for cardmember targeted offers that will span over 20 international markets.
You will be part of a fast-paced, entrepreneurial team responsible for delivering world-class cardmember experiences across multiple channels, including native iOS, Android, web, social integration, Java services, and APIs. You will be challenged with identifying innovative ideas and proof of concept to deliver against the existing and future needs of our customers.

Responsibilities include:
? Serving as a core member of an agile team that drives user story analysis and elaboration, designs and develops software applications, and tests and builds automation tools
? Owning all technical aspects of software development for assigned applications; Performing hands-on architecture, design, and development of systems
? Performing hands-on software development and testing, typically spending about 50% of time writing code, API specs, conducting code reviews and testing in ongoing sprints, or doing proof of concepts/automation tools
? Driving consistent development practices - tools and common components; Developing deep understanding of tie-ins with other systems and platforms within the supported domains
? Working with technical product managers contributing to blueprints, and assisting with annual planning of feature sets
? Identifying exciting opportunities for adopting new technology to solve existing needs and predicting future challenges
? Mentoring engineers, and may have management responsibilities over 2-3 engineers
Qualifications
This high energy Senior Engineer must have:
? 6 years of software development experience, and preferably a BS or MS degree in computer science, computer engineering, or other technical discipline
? Demonstrated experience in Agile development, application design, software development, and testing
? Thorough understanding of XML, JSON, web services technologies, and data structure fundamentals, with experience in multi-threaded programming
? Experience with Java applications design and development in an Enterprise setting using J2EE, Spring MVC, SQL DBMSs
? Experience with a broad range of software languages and payments technologies is a plus
? Expertise in objected oriented analysis and design across a variety of platforms
? A proven hunger to learn new technologies and translate them into working software
? Ability to effectively communicate to internal and external business partners on solution design
We are an equal employment opportunity employer and will consider all qualified candidates without regard to disability or protected veteran status.
          Pay up to $80,000 Software Developer   
Communications Equipment Manufacturer in Orange County is looking to hire a Software Developer for their team. Candidates should be familiar with the electronics engineering field. Will need to be able to read blueprints and schematics and processor data sheets. Need to be well versed in C, C++, Java, Assembly, and Access. If the following description fits your skill set please submit your resume for review. Interviews being schedule immediately.

Duties:
? Responsible for helping document control when needed. This includes training new persons and assisting where detailed information or investigation is required.
? Responsible for ensuring the new software development department is equipped to handle future software related tasks. Identifying needed hardware, instrumentation or investigation current solutions and keeping abreast with the latest industry innovations.
? Will provide ongoing support for client's existing designs that use embedded processors such as the PIC micro controllers.
? Expected to help other departments including production when problems arise. These efforts may not necessarily be software related. Assistance may be needed in regards to server or PC related problems.

Software:
? Modify existing software to correct errors, to adapt it to new hardware, or to upgrade interfaces and improve performance.
? Develop or direct software system testing or validation procedures
? Direct software programming and development of documentation.
? Consult with customers or other departments on project status, proposals, or technical issues, such as software systems design or maintenance.
? Analyze information to determine recommendation and plan installation of a new system or modification of an existing system.
? Consult with engineering staff to evaluate interface between hardware and software, develop specification and performance requirements, or resolve custom problems
? Prepare reports or correspondence concerning project specifications, activities, or status.
? Confer with data processing or project managers to obtain information on limitations or capabilities for data processing projects.
? Store, retrieve, and manipulate data for analysis of system capabilities and requirements.

Programming:
? Conduct trail runs of programs and software applications to be sure they will produce the desired information and that the instructions are correct.
? Write, analyze, review, and rewrite programs, using work flow chart and diagram, and applying knowledge of computer capabilities, subject matter, and symbolic logic.
? Perform or direct revision, repair, or expansion of existing programs to increase operating efficiency or adapt to new requirements.
? Consult with managerial, engineering, and technical personnel to clarify program intent, identify problems, and suggest changes.
? Perform systems analysis and programming tasks to maintain and control the use of computer systems software as a systems programmer.
? Compile and write documentation of program development and subsequent revisions, inserting comments in the coded instructions so others can understand the program.
? Prepare detailed work flow charts and diagrams that describe input, output, and logical operation, and convert them into a series of instructions coded in a computer language.
? Consult with and assistant computer operators or systems analysts to define and resolve problems in running computer programs. We are an equal employment opportunity employer and will consider all qualified candidates without regard to disability or protected veteran status.
          Electro-Mechanical Manager   
NV-Las Vegas, Mechatronics Global Manager Duties: Manage global team for mechatronics engineers/technicians in Louisville, KY/Las Vegas, NV and overseas in Germany that will be performing the following duties. This is also a hands on position as needed. Work in a print manufacturing environment. Align, fit, and assemble component parts, using hand tools, power tools, fixtures, and templates. Read blueprints, sc
          System Engineer   
System Engineer
The System Engineer is a strategic technical position within the organization. This position is responsible for maintaining the design and integrity of customer¿s software systems, along with coordinating complex projects.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities
¿ IT support relating to technical issues involving Microsoft's core business applications, as well as virtual environments built on Citrix, Microsoft, and VMware
¿ Design, implementation, and support services for Microsoft related technologies: Windows Server, Exchange, SQL, SharePoint, etc.
¿ Engineer and implement system solutions for customers using technologies that meet their needs
¿ Implement and support disaster recovery solutions
¿ Technical services and support at the network level: WAN and LAN connectivity, routers, firewalls, and security
¿ Remote access solution implementation and support: VPN, Terminal Services, and Citrix
¿ System documentation and consulting services to include system reviews and recommendations
¿ Communication with customers as required: keeping them informed of incident progress, notifying them of impending changes or agreed outages

Additional Duties and Responsibilities
¿ Improve customer service, perception, and satisfaction
¿ Ability to work in a team and communicate effectively
¿ Escalate service or project issues that cannot be completed within agreed service levels
¿ Business awareness: specific knowledge of the customer and how IT relates to their business strategy and goals

A ¿New¿ Technology Experience
¿ Develop in-depth knowledge of the service catalog and how it relates to customer¿s needs
¿ Document internal processes and procedures related to duties and responsibilities
¿ Responsible for entering time and expenses in our CRM as it occurs
¿ Understand processes in our CRM by completing assigned training materials and blueprints on the CRM University
¿ Work through project tickets and phases in our CRM as assigned by a Project Manager
¿ Enter all work as service or project tickets into our CRM
¿ Review IT publications and online materials to remain up-to-date with current and future technologies emerging in the industry

Knowledge, Skills, and/or Abilities Required:
To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
¿ Professional IT Certifications, such as: Microsoft MCP, MCSA, or MCSE, Citrix CCEA or CCIA, SonicWall CSSA, Cisco CCNA, or VMware VCP
¿ Interpersonal skills: such as telephony skills, communication skills, active listening and customer-care
¿ Diagnosis skills of technical issues
¿ Ability to multi-task and adapt to changes quickly
¿ Technical awareness: ability to match resources to technical issues appropriately
¿ Service awareness of all organization¿s key IT services for which support is being provided
¿ Understanding of support tools, techniques, and how technology is used to provide IT services
¿ Typing skills to ensure quick and accurate entry of service request details
          Print documents on the go with this tiny, robotic wireless printer   
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          CNC Turret Punch Press Set Up Operator (Sheet Metal) - Innovated Machine & Tool Co., Inc. - Newport News, VA   
Proficiency using precision measuring tools; Check accuracy of work using blueprint and precision measuring tools;...
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          CNC Laser Set Up Operator (Sheet Metal) - Innovated Machine & Tool Co., Inc. - Newport News, VA   
Check accuracy of work using blueprint and precision measuring tools. Is a fast paced Precision Sheet Metal Fabricator in Newport News VA.As contract...
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          PROCESS PLANT MILLWRIGHT - Detour Gold Corporation - Detour Lake, ON   
Additional certification as a welder with the ability to interpret blueprints is an asset; Detour Lake Mine....
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          Etienne Charland – Sexual Magnetism   
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          Fulltime General Labourer - Skyjack Inc. - Guelph, ON   
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          Are Robots Taking Over The World's Finance Jobs?   

Nafis Alam, Sunway University and Graham Kendall, University of Nottingham


The year is 2030. You’re in a business school lecture hall, where just a handful of students are attending a finance class.


The dismal turnout has nothing to with professorial style, school ranking or subject matter. Students simply aren’t enrolled, because there are no jobs out there for finance majors.


Today, finance, accounting, management and economics are among universities’ most popular subjects worldwide, particularly at graduate level, due to high employability. But that’s changing.


According to consulting firm Opimas, in years to come it will become harder and harder for universities to sell their business-related degrees. Research shows that 230,000 jobs in the sector could disappear by 2025, filled by “artificial intelligence agents”.


Are robo-advisers the future of finance?


A new generation of AI


Many market analysts believe so.


Investments in automated portfolios rose 210% between 2014 and 2015, according to the research firm Aite Group.


Robots have already taken over Wall Street, as hundreds of financial analysts are being replaced with software or robo-advisors.


In the US, claims a 2013 paper by two Oxford academics, 47% percent of jobs are at “high risk” of being automated within the next 20 years – 54% of lost jobs will be in finance.


This is not just an American phenomenon. Indian banks, too, have reported a 7% decline in head count for two quarters in a row due to the introduction of robots in the workplace.


Perhaps this is unsurprising. After all, the banking and finance industry is principally built on processing information, and some of its key operations, like passbook updating or cash deposit, are already highly digitised.



Now, banks and financial institutions are rapidly adopting a new generation of Artificial Intelligence-enabled technology (AI) to automate financial tasks usually carried out by humans, like operations, wealth management, algorithmic trading and risk management.


For instance, JP Morgan’s Contract Intelligence, or COIN, program, which runs on a machine learning system, helped the bank shorten the time it takes to review loan documents and decrease the number of loan-servicing mistakes.


Such is the growing dominance of AI in the banking sector that, Accenture predicts, within the next three years it will become the primary way banks interact with their customers. AI would enable more simple user interfaces, their 2017 report notes, which would help banks create a more human-like customer experience.


Customers at Royal Bank of Scotland and NatWest, for instance, may soon be interacting with customers with the help of a virtual chatbot named Luvo.


Luvo, which was designed using IBM Watson technology, can understand and learn from human interactions, ultimately making the flesh-and-blood workforce redundant.


Meanwhile, HDFC, one of India’s largest private-sector banks, has launched Eva. India’s first AI-based banking chatbot can assimilate knowledge from thousands of sources and provide answers in simple language in less than 0.4 seconds. At HFDC Eva joins Ira, the bank’s first humanoid branch assistant.



AI has also made inroads in the investment industry, where, many financial analysts say, a sophisticated trading machine capable of learning and thinking will eventually make today’s most advanced and complex investment algorithms look primitive.


Advisory bots are allowing companies to evaluate deals, investments, and strategy in a fraction of the time it takes today’s quantitative analysts to do so using traditional statistical tools.


Former Barclays head Antony Jenkins, who called the disruptive automation of banking sector an “Uber moment”, predicts that technology will make fully half of all bank branches and financial-services employees across the globe redundant within ten years.


Goodbye, human fund managers.


The fintech grads of the future


Universities are now revising their educational blueprint to adapt to this technological disruption in the finance job market.


Both Standford University and Georgetown University business schools are planning to offer so-called “fintech” in their MBA programmes, hoping to teach students how to become masters of financial technology.


And the Wales-based Wrexham Glyndwr University has announced the launch of the UK’s first undergraduate degree in fintech.


But fintech is so new and diverse that academics are having difficulty to construct a syllabus for Financial Technology 101, let alone more advanced topics on AI. The lack of academic textbooks and expert professors are additional challenges.


Robots gone wild


Still, it is not clear that AI and automation will actually prove advantageous for banks.


Too much reliance on AI could backfire if financial institutions lose the human touch most customers favour.


There are other risks, too. Robo-advisers are cheap and save time when creating a simple investment portfolio, but they may struggle to take the correct precautionary measures when markets become volatile, especially when thousands, maybe millions, of machines are all trying to do the same thing while operating at great speed.


In August 2012, robo stock traders at Knight Capital Group went on a spending spree and lost $440 million in just 45 minutes.



High expectations for the performance of these well-programmed robo-traders could also cause chaos in the key trading centres around the world.


There is no single algorithm that can combine multiple volatile variables with a multidimensional economic forecasting model that works for all investors. Expecting that could prove a potentially fatal error for financial markets.


And how will investors be protected when robots make the wrong decision? According to the rulings of the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), robo-advisers require registration in the same way human investment advisers do. They are also subject to the rules of the Investment Advisers Act.


But it is difficult to apply to robots the financial regulations designed to govern human behaviour.


The SEC’s rules, created to protect the investors, require that advisers adhere to a fiduciary standard by which they unconditionally put the client’s best interests ahead of their own. Concerned US regulators have asked whether it is practical for robots to follow rules when their decisions and recommendations are generated not by ratiocination but by algorithms.


The ConversationThis conundrum demonstrates one fact clearly: it is hard to completely replace humans. There will always be demand for a real live person to act as check when and if our robots go rogue.


Nafis Alam, Professor of Finance, Sunway University and Graham Kendall, Professor of Computer Science and Provost/CEO/PVC, University of Nottingham


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          PROCESS PLANT MILLWRIGHT - Detour Gold Corporation - Detour Lake, ON   
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          Hey, you creative types — what's your "money blueprint?"   
Writing for writing’s sake. Art for art’s sake. How can someone who writes, paints, or makes music simply for the love of the art convince himself to monetize his art? How can he make a real living at his art? Are the two — the making of art and the earning of money — always mutually exclusive? Is it possible for a writer, painter, artist to make money at his craft without selling out?

It’s a question that has haunted artists the world over for centuries. A question with no easy answer.

What is art? Why do artists create? Many will tell you it’s not up to them, the creating. They literally have no choice in the matter, because for them, to not create art has the same effect as not breathing. They have to create in order to stay alive.

Poverty consciousness is a real thing. It’s a belief that being poor is good, or, at the very least, inevitable. This belief stems from the mindset that we don’t really deserve to have money, or that money is inherently bad.

The clichés abound: Money doesn’t grow on trees. We’re not made of money. [Love of] money is the root of all evil. I’m just trying to make ends meet. It’s too rich for my blood.

How many of these clichés went into forming your belief system about money?

For some strange reason, artists in particular have an odd disconnect about money. They seem to have formed the opinion that getting paid well for the innate act of creating is somehow wrong. But why is it wrong to get paid well to bring beauty, inspiration, challenge, passion, a message into the world? How did we get stuck in that mindset?

In order for artists to transition from a collective poverty consciousness toward prosperity consciousness, we’ve got to move past this idea that having money is a bad thing.

The fact is that money is just a concept. Sure, we have dollar bills and coins that serve as our currency — but all that means is that we have a physical means of exchanging a concept. Somewhere, way back when, we all agreed that a piece of paper with a picture of George Washington on the front and a pyramid and an eagle on the back represents one unit’s worth of value. To a native tribe member living half a world away, an American dollar bill might be an interesting icon, but it likely would have little or no value. Our money has only the value that we, as a culture and country, have agreed it holds.

Money is a simply a placeholder for a concept. Units of worth. If we didn’t agree that our currency represented value, it wouldn’t have any. OK? Money is an idea. Currency is a placeholder. Neither of these has any inherent positive or negative association, unless and until we give it one. Plain and simple, money is neither bad nor good.

But in the way of our world, what with the fact that we’ve agreed to this system of currency exchange for everything — from rent to car payments to chai tea to paint to canvas to film to printer cartridges — the fact is that having money is a good thing. Repeat that again, out loud, with enthusiasm. HAVING MONEY IS A GOOD THING!

Whatever you may have long believed about the badness of money or people who have it, having money equals having freedom. Having money gives you options. Having money opens doors. Having money enlarges your sphere of influence. In short, the more money you have, the more art you can make and the more people you can reach.

Aren’t you tired of scrounging for supplies? Making do with less than? Secretly wishing you had a wealthy benefactor while simultaneously feeling guilty for wishing for it? Sitting home raining down judgments on your "sell-out" friends and their "real jobs" because you’re making a living (i.e., scraping by at a subsistence level) from your art — while those same friends go out for coffee after a recent opening?

If you’ve decided you’re tired of living in poverty consciousness, you can start replacing your old negative money blueprint with a prosperity conscious one simply by changing your thoughts. For one thing, get new clichés: Show me the money. Roll in the dough. Laugh all the way to the bank.

Your money blueprint took a lifetime to create. Disassembling it will take some time, too. Just remember, if you change your thoughts, you change your life. You know what you think of your art. Now it’s up to you to decide how you are going to think about money from here on out. Art and money. They can peacefully coexist in your life, if you let them.
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          'True Detective' Season 3 could star Mahershala Ali and suddenly we're interested again   
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Oscar winner and professional scene-stealer Mahershala Ali has single-handedly renewed our interest in True Detective Season 3.

The Moonlight star is currently in early talks to star in the third season of HBO's anthology crime drama, Mashable has confirmed, although a deal is not yet in place. HBO declined to comment on Ali's potential involvement, which was first reported by the Tracking Board.

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          EPA to actually hold 'red-team' climate debates, in a new level of 'head-in-the-sand bullshit'   
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In what many climate scientists see as a direct assault on the scientific process, the Trump administration is moving ahead with a plan to hold so-called "red team, blue team" climate science debates.

The plan, which was first reported by ClimateWire on Friday morning and then detailed by the New York Times, would involve government-appointed experts chosen with the help of Scott Pruitt, the head of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and an outspoken climate denier. 

In an indication of who the plan may be intended to favor, it was reportedly first unveiled to coal company executives at a meeting of the American Coalition for Clean Coal Electricity on Thursday. Read more...

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          A new tool will check if you're vulnerable to the hack that brought down computers across the globe   
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WannaCry paralyzed hospitals. NotPeya crashed banks. But how to know if you're vulnerable to the stolen National Security Agency exploit that fueled two major cyber attacks and helped bring down computers across the globe?

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SEE ALSO: Ransomware has been around for almost 30 years, so why does it feel like it's getting worse?

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          Fitter - Andritz Hydro Canada Inc. - AFI - Paris, ON   
*Position Overview* Commercially weld material by manual or semi-automatic process. *Key Responsibilities and Tasks* * Read and interpret blueprints. *
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          Welder - Andritz Hydro Canada Inc. - AFI - Paris, ON   
*Position Overview* Commercially weld material by manual or semi-automatic process. *Key Responsibilities and Tasks* * Read and interpret blueprints or
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          Assembler - Vermeer Corporation - Pella, IA   
The Assembler assembles machines, equipment, and their subassemblies following blueprints and other written and verbal specifications. May also finalize
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          (USA-IN-Indianapolis) Production Supervisor   
Position Description *Production Supervisor* *Shift Details: 1st Shift ,Rotating 8:00 am- 8:00 pm* Saturday, Sunday, and Monday Output Solutions at Fiserv delivers business-critical communications to financial institutions, health and property/casualty insurance providers, billers, retailers, travel and entertainment companies and advertising agencies nationwide. With solutions including transactional document production and delivery, card manufacturing and personalization and direct marketing services, we help our clients streamline operations to contain costs, while building customer loyalty and generating incremental revenue. * Perform duties and supervise production activities usually within a section or segment of a large department or in a department that generally utilizes manual, hand assembly, or related workers. * Directly supervise subordinates to perform day-to-day tasks to provide timely and quality production in efficient manner. * Coordinates with employees to meet projected schedules; monitors progress and updates management; resolves day-to-day conflicts that could jeopardize the work; oversees work performance to assure specifications are met; and generally keeps production running in a timely manner. * Maintains close surveillance to assure scheduled work flow and best utilization of people, skills, and equipment. Works to continually improve quality and output. * Responsible for overall operation in areas of assignment. * Expected to be able to perform independent of supervision/technical assistance except for difficult assignments or new work concepts. * Performance of multi-tasks requires dedication and focused concentration for extended time periods. * Satisfactory performance requires broad skills and abilities and good knowledge of manual and assembly high volume production technology and methodology as well as good understanding of company products and operating concepts. * Stay abreast and well informed as to latest production techniques and company products by reading trade journals, attending training sessions and seminars, business meeting, and trade association meetings. * Work and people problem solving is a serious responsibility and often may require research, investigation, inquiry, analysis, and evaluation to solve. * Works from oral and written instruction, a variety of involved job specifications including blueprints, diagrams, schedules, and miscellaneous work documents. * Training of employees is an on-going responsibility and requires coaching, cross-training, and continuing assistance. * Sometimes works with confidential data requiring care to protect. * Must understand job classification skill levels, compensation programs, overtime provisions, performance appraisal, corrective discipline, vacation scheduling, complaint process, etc. and administer with subordinates. , stage and prioritize work, etc. * Responsible to correct and communicate in writing in a timely manner to payroll all necessary information to process payroll. * Comply with all policies, procedures, and work rule guidelines – administer complaint process and corrective action program. * Perform all duties and tasks within his/her department or job and when assigned, in any other department or job to the best of his/her individual skill and ability. This may include being assigned certain production tasks during work peak periods. Physical requirements include walking, standing, sitting, and the use of hands to process work and use keyboard. May on occasion exert or lift up to 25 lbs. Successful performance requires good vision. *_POSITION QUALIFICATIONS:_* *Education & Experience:* Generally an associate degree in industrial management or related is preferred, and typically, 2- 3 years of direct experience with 1 - 2 years in supervision or closely related experience, or equivalent combination of education and experience is required. *Functional Area Skills/Knowledge:* Requires broad skills/abilities and very good knowledge of manual/assembly production tech. and methods. Good skills in communications/writing; professional manner/tact dealing with others. Requires good organizational skills/ability to stay in control and maintain even handed approach while working with continually changing multi tasks in a deadline work environment. Needs very good PC skill. *This description is not intended to be a complete statement of all duties and responsibilities that are required of this position. It contains representative duties and necessary information to define the job classification within the job structure.* /*Fiserv, Inc. is an Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer and maintains a Drug-Free Workplace.*/ Fiserv is an Equal Opportunity Employer/Disability/Vet. Visit http://www.careers.fiserv.com/eeo for more information.
          Construction Sales - Skyrock Construction - Mississauga, ON   
Required license or certification:. Vehicle would an asset, will provide car allowance or company car. Reading Blueprints Not necessary however would be An... $80,000 a year
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          ANY SYSTEM   
I just received this poem from Alan Maki. Fantastic!

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ANY SYSTEM
by Leonard Cohen

Any system you contrive without us
will be brought down
We warned you before
and nothing that you built has stood
Hear it as you lean over you blueprint
Hear it as you roll up your sleeve
Hear it once again
Any system you contrive without us
will be brought down

You have your drugs
You have your guns
You have your Pyramids your Pentagons
With all your grass and bullets
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All that we disclose of ourselves forever
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Nothing that you built has stood
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          Joint Letter to Five Eyes Intelligence Agencies Regarding Encryption   

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To: Senator the Hon. George Brandis
Attorney General of Australi

Hon. Christopher Finlayson
Attorney General of New Zealand

Hon. Ralph Goodale
Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness of Canada

Hon. John Kelly
United States Secretary of Homeland Security

Rt. Hon. Amber Rudd
Secretary of State for the Home Department, United Kingdom

 

CC: Hon. Peter Dutton, Minister for Immigration and Border Protection, Australia;

Hon. Ahmed Hussen, Minister of Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship, Canada;

Hon. Jeff Sessions, Attorney General for the United States;

Hon. Jody Wilson-Raybould, Minister of Justice and Attorney General, Canada;

Hon. Michael Woodhouse, Minister of Immigration, New Zealand

 

To Ministers Responsible for the Five Eyes Security Community —

In light of public reports about this week’s meeting between officials from your agencies, the undersigned individuals and organizations write to emphasize the importance of national policies that encourage and facilitate the development and use of strong encryption. We call on you to respect the right to use and develop strong encryption and commit to pursuing any additional dialogue in a transparent forum with meaningful public participation.

This week’s Five Eyes meeting (comprised of Ministers from the United States, United Kingdom, New Zealand, Canada, and Australia) discussed “plans to press technology firms to share encrypted data with security agencies” and hopes to achieve “a common position on the extent of ... legally imposed obligations on … device-makers and social media companies to co-operate.”[1] In a Joint Communiqué following the meeting, participants committed to exploring shared solutions to the perceived impediment posed by encryption to investigative objectives.[2]

While the challenges of modern day security are real, such proposals threaten the integrity and security of general purpose communications tools relied upon by international commerce, the free press, governments, human rights advocates, and individuals around the world.

Last year, many of us joined several hundred leading civil society organizations, companies, and prominent individuals calling on world leaders to protect the development of strong cryptography. This protection demands an unequivocal rejection of laws, policies, or other mandates or practices—including secret agreements with companies—that limit access to or undermine encryption and other secure communications tools and technologies.[3]

Today, we reiterate that call with renewed urgency. We ask you to protect the security of your citizens, your economies, and your governments by supporting the development and use of secure communications tools and technologies, by rejecting policies that would prevent or undermine the use of strong encryption, and by urging other world leaders to do the same.

Attempts to engineer “backdoors” or other deliberate weaknesses into commercially available encryption software, to require that companies preserve the ability to decrypt user data, or to force service providers to design communications tools in ways that allow government interception are both shortsighted and counterproductive. The reality is that there will always be some data sets that are relatively secure from state access. On the other hand, leaders must not lose sight of the fact that even if measures to restrict access to strong encryption are adopted within Five Eyes countries, criminals, terrorists, and malicious government adversaries will simply switch to tools crafted in foreign jurisdictions or accessed through black markets.[4] Meanwhile, innocent individuals will be exposed to needless risk.[5] Law-abiding companies and government agencies will also suffer serious consequences.[6] Ultimately, while legally discouraging encryption might make some useful data available in some instances, it has by no means been established that such steps are necessary or appropriate to achieve modern intelligence objectives.

Notably, government entities around the world, including Europol and representatives in the U.S. Congress, have started to recognize the benefits of encryption and the futility of mandates that would undermine it.[7]

We urge you, as leaders in the global community, to remember that encryption is a critical tool of general use. It is neither the cause nor the enabler of crime or terrorism. As a technology, encryption does far more good than harm. We therefore ask you to prioritize the safety and security of individuals by working to strengthen the integrity of communications and systems. As an initial step we ask that you continue any engagement on this topic in a multi-stakeholder forum that promotes public participation and affirms the protection of human rights.

We look forward to working together toward a more secure future.

Sincerely,
83 civil society organizations and eminent individuals (Listed Below)

 

Organizations:

Access Now

Advocacy for Principled Action in Government

Amnesty International

Amnesty UK

ARTICLE 19

Australian Privacy Foundation

Big Brother Watch

Blueprint for Free Speech

British Columbia Civil Liberties Association (BCCLA)

Canadian Civil Liberties Association (CCLA)

Canadian Journalists for Free Expression (CJFE)

Center for Democracy and Techology

Centre for Free Expression, Ryerson University

Chaos Computer Club (CCC)

Constitutional Alliance

Consumer Action

CryptoAustralia

Crypto.Quebec

Defending Rights and Dissent

Demand Progress

Digital Rights Watch

Electronic Frontier Foundation

Electronic Frontiers Australia

Electronic Privacy Information Center

Engine

Equalit.ie

Freedom of the Press Foundation

Friends of Privacy USA

Future Wise

Government Accountability Project

Human Rights Watch

i2Coalition

Index on Censorship

International Civil Liberties Monitoring Group (ICLMG)

Internet NZ

Liberty

Liberty Coalition

Liberty Victoria

Library Freedom Project

My Private Network

New America’s Open Technology Institute

NZ Council for Civil Liberties

OpenMedia

Open Rights Group (ORG)

NEXTLEAP

Niskanen Center

Patient Privacy Rights

PEN International

Privacy International

Privacy Times

Private Internet Access

Restore the Fourth

Reporters Without Borders

Rights Watch (UK)

Riseup Networks

R Street Institute

Samuelson-Glushko Canadian Internet Policy & Public Interest

Clinic (CIPPIC)

Scottish PEN

Subgraph

Sunlight Foundation

TechFreedom

Tech Liberty

The Tor Project

Voices-Voix

World Privacy Forum

Individuals:

Brian Behlendorf | Executive Director, Hyperledger, at the Linux Foundation

Dr. Paul Bernal | Lecturer in IT, IP and Media Law, UEA Law School

Owen Blacker | Founder and director, Open Rights Group; founder, NO2ID

Thorsten Busch | Lecturer & Senior Research Fellow, University of St. Gallen

Gabriella Coleman | Wolfe Chair in Scientific and Technological Literacy at McGill University

Sasha Costanza-Chock | Associate Professor of Civic Media, MIT

Dave Cox | CEO, Liquid VPN

Ron Deibert | The Citizen Lab, Munk School of Global Affairs

Nathan Freitas | Guardian Project

Dan Gillmor | Professor of Practice, Walter Cronkite School of

Journalism and Mass Communication, Arizona State University Individuals

Adam Molnar | Lecturer In Criminology, Deakin University

Christopher Parsons | The Citizen Lab, Munk School of Global Affairs

Jon Penney | Research Fellow, The Citizen lab, Munk School of Global Affairs

Chip Pitts | Professorial Lecturer, Oxford University

Ben Robinson | Directory, Outside the Box Technology Ltd and Discovery Technology Ltd

Sarah Myers West | Doctoral Candidate at the Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism

J.M. Porup | Journalist

Lokman Tsui | Assistant Professor at the School of Journalism and Communication, the Chinese University of Hong Kong (Faculty Associate, Berkman Klein Center)

 

[3] We have included a copy of that statement and its signatories to this letter, which can also be found at https://securetheinternet.org.

[4] https://judiciary.house.gov/wp-content/uploads/2016/12/20161220EWGFINALR.... Such efforts will affect law-abiding individuals more aggressively than malicious actors as the latter are more likely to seek out and find secure cryptographic alternatives.

[5] Discouraging the use of encryption facilitates unauthorized access to sensitive personal data, including financial and identity information, by criminals and other malicious actors. Once obtained, sensitive data can be sold, publicly posted, or used to blackmail, exploit, or humiliate an individual. Finally, at a time of ever-growing cybersecurity threats, strong encryption tools are also necessary for the work of human rights activists across the globe. See, https://citizenlab.org/2017/06/reckless-exploit-mexico-nso/; See also http://www.ohchr.org/EN/HRBodies/HRC/RegularSessions/Session29/Documents....

[6] Imposing limits on the availability of strong encryption technology or requiring device manufacturers and technology firms to assist governments in gaining access to encrypted data threatens the security of international commerce and business. Economic growth in the digital age is powered by the ability to conduct business securely—both within and across borders. The largest companies in the world rely on strong encryption to ensure trust, authenticate digital interactions, protect financial transactions and their own intellectual property, and maintain the confidentiality of user data. Compelling technology companies to undermine the security of their users will inevitably undermine customer trust in those services. https://www.nytimes.com/2014/03/22/business/fallout-from-snowden-hurting.... States are equally reliant on strong encryption and technical security: encryption protects the integrity of critical national infrastructure, shields sensitive government data, and preserves the confidentiality of law enforcement and intelligence investigations.

[7] A statement on encryption-based challenges to investigative capabilities issued jointly by ENISA and Europol in 2016 concluded that “intentionally weaken[ing] technical protection mechanisms to support law enforcement will intrinsically weaken the protection against criminals as well.” https://www.europol.europa.eu/publications-documents/lawful-criminal-inv.... An Encryption Working Group of the United States House Judiciary & House Energy and Commerce Committees observed that “any measure that weakens encryption works against the national interest.” https://judiciary.house.gov/wp-content/uploads/2016/12/20161220EWGFINALR.... The former U.S. President’s Review Group on Intelligence and Communications Technology concluded in late 2013 that the Government should actively encourage, rather than discourage, widespread adoption of strong cryptography, a conclusion endorsed by many of the world’s largest technology companies. https://cdn.arstechnica.net/wp-content/uploads/2015/05/cryptoletter.pdf. In a draft 2017 report, the European Parliament’s LIBE committee has proposed requiring—rather than undermining—end-to-end encryption in electronic communication services: http://www.europarl.europa.eu/sides/getDoc.do?pubRef=-%2f%2fEP%2f%2fNONS..., proposed amendment 116. It should be noted that leading technical security experts have similarly concluded that exceptional state access to encrypted data cannot be achieved without a correlating exposure to malicious actors: https://www.schneier.com/academic/paperfiles/paper-keys-under-doormats-C....


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          Planerman Millwright - Interfor Corporation - Chase, BC   
Install machinery and equipment according to layout plans, blueprints, and other drawings, using hoists, lift trucks, hand tools, and power tools....
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          Warframe – Chains of Harrow Quest   
Warframe’s Chains of Harrow Quest is the newest Quest introduced to the game as of the Chains of Harrow Update. It is required to be finished as it is the only way of obtaining the Harrow Warframe blueprint. The pre-requisites of this Quest is to have completed Second Dream and have the Void node Mott […]
          Machinist 58008 – Byrnes and Rupkey   

CNC Bridge Mill Machinist needed in the Cedar Falls/Waterloo area, $16-22/hour, plus shift diff, 2nd or 3rd shift.

Responsibilities:
• Studying blueprints and drawings to determine dimensions and tolerances;
• Setting up and operating a CNC mill to manufacture steel;
• Regulating machines for speed, feed, coolant flow, depth and angle of cut, etc.;
• Verifying finished workpiece conforms to specifications;
• Using air/electric/hand tools to fit and assemble parts;
• Using micrometers, calipers, dial gauges, or other measuring devices to verify dimension and alignment;
• This position is on 2nd or 3rd shift.

Education: High School or GED required.

Required Skills:
• One or more years of CNC Bridge Mill machining experience;
• Ability to read blueprints and instructions;
• Mathematical skills in percentages, fractions, ratio and proportion, measurement, practical algebra, shop trigonometry;
• Ability to lift or move up to 50 pounds;
• Ability to work on 2nd or 3rd shift.

Please email your resume to weplace@byrnesandrupkey.com. Byrnes & Rupkey, Inc. is an Equal Opportunity / Affirmative Action Recruiting firm.

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          Machinist 58008 – Byrnes and Rupkey   

CNC Bridge Mill Machinist needed in the Cedar Falls/Waterloo area, $16-22/hour, plus shift diff, 2nd or 3rd shift.

Responsibilities:
• Studying blueprints and drawings to determine dimensions and tolerances;
• Setting up and operating a CNC mill to manufacture steel;
• Regulating machines for speed, feed, coolant flow, depth and angle of cut, etc.;
• Verifying finished workpiece conforms to specifications;
• Using air/electric/hand tools to fit and assemble parts;
• Using micrometers, calipers, dial gauges, or other measuring devices to verify dimension and alignment;
• This position is on 2nd or 3rd shift.

Education: High School or GED required.

Required Skills:
• One or more years of CNC Bridge Mill machining experience;
• Ability to read blueprints and instructions;
• Mathematical skills in percentages, fractions, ratio and proportion, measurement, practical algebra, shop trigonometry;
• Ability to lift or move up to 50 pounds;
• Ability to work on 2nd or 3rd shift.

Please email your resume to weplace@byrnesandrupkey.com. Byrnes & Rupkey, Inc. is an Equal Opportunity / Affirmative Action Recruiting firm.

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          CoasterRadio.com #621 - "Reel" Design Contest Semi-Finals (Part 1)   

For weeks and weeks, people from all over the world have been dreaming up new ideas for theme park attractions based on hit movies.

They've tried to carefully re-tell a story from a beloved film using the latest and greatest technologies available to the amusement industry.

Some have been drawing up blueprints and schematics, others have been sketching out storyboards, while others have been writing simple paragraphs detailing their ride experience.

Today, we find out which ideas will take their first steps on the road to super stardom.

Today, we begin the Semi-Final Round of the 2012 "Reel" Design Contest.

On this week's show, EB and Mike reveal the first five Semi-Finalists and discuss each entry in detail.

What parts of the attraction concept work?  What are some things that might need to change?  Could the design actually work in a real-life theme park?

We'll announce the next five Semi-Finalists on next week's show.  Then, we'll narrow the Top 10 entries down to three finalists.

Those finalists will be judged by an esteemed panel of industry experts... including:

* Neil Patrick Harris

* Gary Goddard, Founder and CEO, The Goddard Group

* Dan Koch, President of Holiday World and Splashin' Safari

* Korey Kiepert, Engineer & Partner at The Gravity Group

* Dave Altman, President, American Coaster Enthusiasts

* Arthur Levine, Theme Park Guide, About.com

* Lance Hart, Editor of Screamscape.com

* Andre from Miami, FL - The 2006 "Reel" Design Contest Winner

Plus, we also have a LIVE REPORT from the Disneyland Resort.  Apparently, there has been a disturbance outside of the Terror or Terror at Disney California Adventure. We have a live microphone on-site to get to the bottom of the situation.

All that and much more, this week on CoasterRadio.com!


          CoasterRadio.com #610 - The 2011 Holiday Gift Guide   

With the holidays right around the corner, you might be scrambling to find the perfect gift.

But if you're looking for something for a theme park fan, the local mall might not have exactly what you need.

Never fear!

Here at Coaster Radio, we're bring back our annual tradition - The Holiday Gift Guide!

The 2011 version has a ton of great ideas, sure to impress the theme park fan in your life.  Hey, you might even want to check out some of these items for yourself.

Plus, EB and Mike get into a great debate/rant about the latest announcements from Universal Studios.

This week, we found out that Hogwarts (and the incredible Forbodden Journey attraction) are coming to Universal Studios Hollywood.  In addition, there were confirmed plans to expand the Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Orlando.

However, another recent annoucement had to do with the closure of the classic "JAWS" attraction at Universal Studios Florida.  The latest hot rumor is that Amity Island will make way for Harry Potter's London and Phase Two of the Potterverse.

Mike and EB will disect the rumors and give you their opinion on the current state of things.

Hey! As you listen to the show, here is a list of all of the gift items that the guys discuss!

Coaster Dynamix Kits
    - Full Coaster Kits
    - Train Models - Statix
Knex Kits
Quercetti Skyrail Rollercoaster with Elevator
Disney Monorail
Park Season Passes

Online stores - Holiday World, Busch Gardens, Cedar Point, WWOHP
Millennium Force Replica Space Mountain Seat at
Mouse SurplusJungle Cruise Gallery of Light by Olszewski
Kinect Disneyland Adventures for XBox360
Imagineering Blueprints
Walt Disney Autograph
Touring Plans Subscription
Skee-Ball Game
Cotton Candy Machine
Sno Cone Machine
Rollercoaster DVD - Watch it with Our Unofficial DVD Commentary!
Vintage items from your home park on EBay (70s, 80s, 90s)


          CoasterRadio.com #414 - Your Theme Park Treasures   
On this week's show, we talk about the interesting theme park items that listeners own. We break down everything from complete roller coaster trains (right) to blueprints. We also talk about the type of things listeners would like to own someday.

We also talk about the recent trend to add advertising to roller coasters. Just as many cities have chosen to wrap their public buses in advertising, some theme park chains have done the same with their roller coasters. Is this a smart move or just a way to cheapen the park?

We also go Off Topic to discuss EB's rediscovery of Tetris and Mike's encounter with a "claw game" where the prizes were ALIVE!

Plus, we have a new challenge for listeners in The David Arquette Project!
          Driving the iconic Honda NSX R at Goodwood   
Driving the iconic Honda NSX R at Goodwood
Honda’s racy Type R brand turns 25 this year, which was reason enough for them to assemble a group of Type R models to run up Goodwood’s hill to mark the occasion
We drive this privately owned 1992 NSX R up Lord March's famous driveway in what is the Type R brand's 25th year

Honda’s racy Type R brand turns 25 this year, which was reason enough for them to assemble a group of Type R models to run up Goodwood’s hill to mark the occasion.

The first car was the 1992 NSX R, so Honda duly arranged one, and it fell through. There aren’t many around, as you might imagine, given it was a Japan-only model and only fewer than 500 were made. Astonishingly, at the start of this week a UK owner said Honda could borrow his and, more astonishingly still, let other people drive it.

Special feature: New Civic Type R - how Honda built the world's fastest hot hatch

What’s it like, then, this lighter, harder version of the NSX – a car that, even in standard form was blisteringly entertaining in its day? It’s wonderful, obviously.

The great things about the regular NSX remain intact. You can see out of it easily. The scuttle is low, the doors open wide and there’s a large glass area. By modern standards it feels incredibly compact; following a latest-generation Civic Type R down to Goodwood’s start line, you feel fairly dwarfed by the modern hatchback.

The regular NSX, aluminium-bodied as it was, was never a heavy car, but the R still came in some 120kg lighter, at merely 1230kg – lighter by a bit than today’s Toyota GT86, which is no bad going given the materials of the day and the fact that it’s powered by a 3.0-litre V6.

That sits in the middle, and drives the rear wheels through a wonderfully mechanical-feeling five-speed manual gearbox.

Goodwood Festival of Speed 2017: updates, pictures and live video

The opportunity to test all of those on Goodwood’s hill is limited when you’re in a convoy being led up for display purposes – especially in somebody else’s precious classic supercar. I’m led up, slowly, by BTCC driver Matt Neal, leading a train of Type Rs in the latest Civic, relatively gingerly. I can tell you the gearshift in the NSX R is terrifically positive and mechanical, the steering wonderfully direct, and the cornering balance firm, stable, agile. But I can’t tell you what the NSX R is like when it comes alive.

Until, that is, Neal passes onto Goodwood hill’s final straight, which runs up to and past the finish line, and on to a holding paddock. And, finally, he lets the Civic loose.

It’s a mark of how far things have come that the latest Civic would, I’m convinced, leave an NSX R for dust on a circuit. But as Neal disappears, I’m aware one small window in a car I will probably never drive again has opened up.

By today’s standards an NSX R’s 3.0-litre engine, officially still only making 276bhp even though it was blueprinted, is piffling. But by gum: give it the lot and the sound, the response, the smoothness and everything wonderful about Honda’s naturally-aspirated engines comes to life. It's not a long experience, but it doesn’t need to be, to know that the NSX R is one of the all-time greats.

Video: we drive Honda's 2017 360bhp BTCC Civic Type R racer


          Come to Our Second Anniversary!!!   

DINNER with FRIENDS
Thursday Sept 24
6:30 pm

This special evening for Friends of The Stone House will include ceremony, a look back at the year and a time to offer words of encouragement, advice and wisdom for the year ahead. And of course, an amazingly scrumptious meal in true Stone House fashion.

Friends are those who have made a five-year pledge of financial support to The Stone House. They - YOU - are the bedrock of our ability to stay alive and well in weird economic times. Not yet a Friend and been meaning to become one? You can become one today, just click here.


A DAY of CONVERSATION and PRACTICE
Friday Sept 25
9:30 am - 4:00 pm
Join us for a day of conversation and practice as we explore three vital and interconnected topics. Each conversation will be initiated by dynamic individuals who will act as "starters." The day will include a light lunch.

1. the future of organizing:
Erin Byrd, Civic Engagement Coordinator, NC Blueprint
Mandy Carter, Organizer, Social, Racial and LesGayBiTrans Justice
Dani Martinez-Moore, NC Justice Center
John Parker, Executive Director, Good Work and stone circles Board member

2. the future of food
Santos Flores, Coordinator, DIG program, SEEDS Community Garden
Tessa Eliza Thraves, Community-based Food Systems Coordinator, Center for Environmental Farming Systems

3. the future of giving:
Darryl Lester, co-founder, Community Investment Network
Frank Phoenix, Board co-chair, Triangle Community Foundation
M. Zulayka Santiago, co-manager of North Carolina Peoples' Coalition and stone circles Board member


A NIGHT of CELEBRATION
Saturday Sept 26
starting at 6 pm
Join us for an evening of music, celebration and ceremony. We'll feature a range of entertainment; please bring a dish for a potluck supper.

To RSVP for any or all events, please email Tricia@stonecircles.org
          I Thought I Was Cursed to Live a Sort of Half Life   

It’s Friday, everyone! And that means another Primal Blueprint Real Life Story from a Mark’s Daily Apple reader. If you have your own success story and would like to share it with me and the Mark’s Daily Apple community please contact me here . I’ll continue to publish these each Friday as long as they keep coming in. Thank you for reading!

Lyme Disease. Fibromyalgia. Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. Multiple Sclerosis. Adrenal Fatigue. Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome. Generalized Anxiety Disorder.

These are just a few of the diagnoses that I’ve received over the past 8 years. It was the summer of 2009 when I was hit with a mystery illness so severe that it forced me out of school and out of my job. To say I was terrified would be a gross understatement, and it was a long and winding road to recovery.

My triathlon training was put on permanent hiatus, along with my graduate education plans. My social life dried up in a matter of weeks. Everything in my life came to a grinding halt, and I had no idea how to get the gears going again.

Since my illness wasn’t, and still isn’t, well understood by the medical community, I was put in charge of my own treatment. Thankfully, my research background came in handy, and I scoured the Internet for anything and everything that I thought might help. I filled up my days with a regimen of pills and powders, and tried to use each second I had to read about potential explanations and cures for this mysterious disability I suddenly found myself with.

I considered myself lucky that I was able to finish my bachelor’s degree in Health & Human Sciences, mere weeks before the illness hit. I drew on as much of this knowledge and training that I had tucked away in my brain, as I attempted to navigate this tricky new path. I withdrew from the world, living in a fog of complex and confusing symptoms, day after day. Many of my friends fell off the map. I had no ability to produce income. I lost touch with my passions. I could barely leave the house on most days. My life as I knew it, was over.

The medical community put me through the ringer during that first year of my illness, ordering every possible test that they could justify to my insurance company. And while I did get the occasional positive result, all in all, the dozens of pokes and prods gave us no helpful answers, and my future was still unclear. I was labeled with numerous syndromes and other “wastebasket diagnoses,” and told to go home and rest more. So that’s what I did.

Thankfully, I can say, things did get better, albeit at a snail’s pace. Slowly, my body regained some strength and I was able to return to work very part time after nearly a year of absence. A year or so after that, I began taking some gentle yoga classes again, and started

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          MIG Welder - Trailtech Inc. - Gravelbourg, SK   
Reading, understanding and applying blueprints required skills. Fabrication and welding of steel for light industrial and commercial trailers.... $17.00 - $21.96 an hour
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          Production MIG Welder (Days/Nights/Weekends) - Meridian Manufacturing Inc. - Regina, SK   
Reporting to the Welding Supervisor, Welder I is responsible for fitting, assembling and welding parts of a structural nature in accordance with blueprints,...
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          CNC Milling Operator - JM TEK LTD - Oakville, ON   
* Read and interpret blueprints and drawings * 3-5 years experience setting up and operating CNC milling machines * Select proper tools and fixtures * Perform $18 an hour
From Indeed - Fri, 21 Apr 2017 17:36:03 GMT - View all Oakville, ON jobs
          #4: Blueprint for Revolution: how to use rice pudding, Lego men, and other non-violent techniques to galvanise communities, overthrow dictators, or simply change the world   
Blueprint for Revolution
Blueprint for Revolution: how to use rice pudding, Lego men, and other non-violent techniques to galvanise communities, overthrow dictators, or simply change the world
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          CNC Machinist   
PA-Telford, CNC Machinist Category: Manufacturing / Warehouse Type: Temp to Perm Description: URGENT - Family run machine shop in Upper Bucks/Montgomery County area is looking for an experienced CNC machinist for immediate hire Responsibilities include: - Set up and operation. Positions are open for Lathe and Mill machines - Reading and understanding blueprints to ensure proper dimensions and tolerance levels
          "Are You Ready for Liberation?" - Archangel Michael via Ronna Herman for July 2017   


unknown artist

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MESSAGES FROM ARCHANGEL MICHAEL * LM-7-2017

TRANSMITTED THROUGH RONNA / SACRED SCRIBE

ARE YOU READY FOR LIBERATION?


Remember, my brave ones, you are living in the midst of Eternity. The messages of cosmic wisdom we bring you are not to set more rules or create new dogma. Our intention is to set your hearts afire with love, and to give you a glimpse of the glorious future before you. As more and more of the masses are feeling a discontent initiated by their Soul Self, it is vital that the Wisdom Teachings of Ascension are studied and shared with those around you. You, the awakened STAR SEED, are the ones who will now spread the emerging WISDOM TEACHINGS of the future.

Once again, allow us to give you an example of what is occurring as you traverse the path of en-Lighten-ment. You have heard that there are many mansions in heaven, which in truth, are the many Dimensional and sub-Dimensional realms of manifested Creation. During the era that has now come to a completion, much of humanity’s reality has been composed of a combination of Third- and Fourth-Dimensional frequency patterns made up of his/her individual past and present beliefs, actions, and deeds. Residing within each person’s mansion of existence are all those people who are attuned to, and who are compatible with, that particular level of existence. They share many beliefs and function under many of the same limiting concepts: scarcity, guilt, fear of the future, and they are usually controlled by racial, cultural, religious, as well as traditional rules and standards.

In that reality, usually, the normal ego-driven personality has a self-centered sense of entitlement or a martyr, self-sacrificing complex with many variations and extremes. Those who function within this frequency level of existence interact with each other, choosing those who mirror to them that which they are lacking (usually in a distorted, exaggerated way). They usually are not comfortable with those who resonate at a higher frequency level, and even though they are dissatisfied, they have difficulty in breaking free and moving out of their dysfunctional life patterns – their perceived comfort zone.

As you eliminate old habits, beliefs and actions, you gradually return to harmony within the accepted spectrum of polarity/duality. With each higher frequency level you attain, you leave behind those situations, people and things that no longer are compatible with your new level of awareness and resonance. It often seems as if you have stepped through a new Dimensional doorway and a portion of the past is fading away. That is why many of you are experiencing the loss of friends and/or family members, and why you are changing jobs or beginning a new career. Many of you are also moving to new places, sometimes not really understanding why you have been guided to a certain area, but there is a deep inner-knowing that it was meant to be. Many of you are finding that the work you do, your recreational pursuits, hobbies and many things that interested you in the past are less satisfying, for they do not fit into your ever-expanding, evolving reality.

The multidimensional doorways of the past are closing, and the doorways of the future are opening at a faster and faster pace as the process of Ascension accelerates. The fear of change has been a major controlling factor within your conscious awareness for a very long time. In the beginning of your journey into density, you sought a great variety of self-expression and change, and you delighted in each new creation. It has only been during your earthly experiences that you have forgotten that you were a cocreator endowed with a full measure of creative abilities, and that you have a direct link to the Power Source of Creation, which has been named the River of Life/Light.

You, the StarSeed vanguard, who have diligently labored to refine the resonance of your physical vessel, and upgrade your emotional and mental nature in order to return to an accepted level of duality, are now in the process of clearing the residual, imbalanced frequencies within the three lower sub-planes – the astral planes – of the Fourth Dimension. You have refined your column of Light so that you now exist in a world of your own making, which consists of the four higher sub-planes of the Fourth Dimension. Most of you who have faithfully followed our teachings have tapped into a stream of frequencies composed of a variety of Fifth-Dimensional frequencies, as well as a small trickle-down stream of Light from the Sixth Dimension. You might say this is a new formula of Light/Life you are creating.

Within the ancient esoteric teachings was this puzzling concept: “When an initiate on the path reaches a certain stage in the Ascension process, there appears what is called The Dweller on the Threshold and the Angel of Presence. The Dweller on the Threshold is the one who stands before the gate of God and the portal of initiation. The Angel of Presence stands on the other side of the portal.”

Since so many of you on the Path are in the process of clearing the residual, imbalanced frequency patterns from the higher Third and lower Fourth Dimensions, the time has come for us to explain this important Facet of the initiation process. The Dweller on the Threshold is a Memory Seed Atom in which, over time, the remaining, residual, negative thought patterns within the emotional and mental bodies have been encapsulated. When you have reached a certain level of en-Lighten-ment, with your Higher Self as the director, the Dweller on the Threshold slowly releases these challenging thought forms into your conscious awareness, and then out into your world of form so they may be transmuted into harmonious frequencies of Light. The Angel at the Portal is a Facet of your Higher Self who stands ready to assist you through these intense periods of testing. The Threshold is within your Diamond Core God cell; it is the innermost portal that leads to your Sacred Heart Core where the White Fire Seed Atom of our Father/Mother God resides. Once you gain entrance to the Golden Sun chamber of the Sacred Heart, you will be forever changed, for you will have experienced the bliss of communion with your God parents.

It has become very apparent that humanity and the Earth are in the midst of an accelerated evolutionary process. That is the miracle of these times, beloveds. The Supreme Creator is radiating throughout the Omniverse the full spectrum of Divine Light. This powerful, pure Light is filtering through each Great Central Sun, the mansion world of the Father/Mother God of each universe − out into every level of Creation − so that gradually every Spark and fragment of Creation will have access to an appropriate level of Creator-consciousness. The Light of Creation or Adamantine Particles is being made available to every Soul that has ever been created; however, there are some rules that apply to this “Light Redemption” process: each Soul must prepare their vessel by lifting their vibrational patterns to a certain level of harmonious frequencies in order to receive these particles of God Light. And, you must remember: after receiving these particles of Light, they must be activated by your loving intention. Love is the power source, the generator of these precious particles from the Source of All.

Ascension is about lifting, balancing and harmonizing your vibrational patterns so that the many Facets of your Divine Self can descend and take dominion within your Sacred Heart core. As you delve more deeply into the wisdom of the cosmos, it is of vital importance that you maintain a state of mindful awareness. Humanity is emerging from a state of amnesia, or what could be called a limited awareness of Self, and of the complex vastness of Creation.

We have explained in the past; however, it is time to refresh your memory about what is taking place as you traverse the many levels and sub-levels of consciousness. As you clear the distortions within your auric field, there is also an internal process taking place. Your entire physical structure is undergoing complex changes, which are triggered by the higher frequency patterns you are integrating from the Creator Source via the great Cities of Light. Your DNA, your chakra centers, and your Sacred Heart/Mind contain your Divine Blueprint. As you integrate more and more Adamantine Particles of God consciousness, all the distortions/imperfections that you have created from the concepts you have accepted as your truth are slowly being rectified. Many of these distorted concepts are being filtered into your conscious awareness to be healed or eliminated. We understand that this can be an uncomfortable, disconcerting process.

You have a SACRED CENTER OF EXISTENCE within your Sacred Heart, which we have named your DIAMOND CORE GOD CELL for this sub-Universal experience. You have around you an etheric Third- / Fourth-Dimensional GRAND TRIANGLE OF EXISTENCE, which contains your Pillar of Light, and the Cross of Matter that you have created down through the ages. You exist in a GOLDEN OVOID (egg-shaped sphere), which expands and radiates more and more Divine Love-Light as you resonate with higher and higher frequencies of consciousness. The Adamantine Particles of Divine Light contain Living energy, which has been programmed for a specific Divine Blueprint. When you access that Living Light, you must activate it with your loving intention, and program it with the desires of the Soul, which are always in harmony with your Divine Blueprint.

On the material planes of existence, the Creator Light must be encoded with your Essence as a cocreator before it is ready to be radiated out into the world of form. It takes great courage and tenacity to become SELF-AWARE and SOUL-CONSCIOUS. A constant attitude of gratitude and thanks-giving is sustenance for the Soul.

You are becoming very proficient at analyzing new concepts, and the plethora of information that is now available via the empowering gift of discernment. Now that you are more attuned to Spirit and the voice within, you have the ability to quickly ascertain if a concept is in alignment with your inner truth. If it is not, it behooves you to discard it without malice or judgment. Or, if you are not sure, put it aside and ask your Higher Self to validate it for you in some unmistakable way. We are aware that you are being bombarded with many new concepts, some of which are stretching the limits of your conceptual understanding. Please be aware, beloveds, that what you are experiencing is all part of the reunification and ascension process.

Many of you are experiencing miraculous events in your lives, and we ask you to be bold enough to share these wonders with your family and friends. Do not fear ridicule or criticism; you will find approval more often than disapproval, and interest more often than disdain. The religious community, partially out of fear of losing their following, is beginning to incorporate some of the more moderate cosmic teachings. While it matters not how or why, it is all for the benefit of humanity, and it will assist in speeding up the transformation process of Earth and its inhabitants.

Examine your feelings of abundance and scarcity, beloved ones. If even one-quarter of the population of the world would believe, envision, invoke, and then work towards prosperity and abundance for all, you would see a dramatic turn of events as those who hoard the wealth of the world, and those who prey on the meek and poor begin to lose their stranglehold on the world’s economy.

Are you fearfully holding on tightly to and hoarding your riches? Beware, dear ones that your hoard does not melt into thin air. It is only a form of energy, you know. Energy is meant to be circulated, recycled − used, reformed, expanded and refined. That which you hold onto too tightly will dissolve before your eyes. A part of the Initiation process is to surrender all that you hold dear, all that you possess to your Divine Self, to the highest good of all. This does not mean that you will lose what you surrender; it means you are willing to allow the Divine plan to work through you, which is always for your highest good, even though it may not seem so at the time.

Do not be dismayed if your past is becoming only a hazy memory, especially the painful memories you experienced during this lifetime. It is time to heal and release the past, brave hearts. It no longer serves you to delve into past lifetimes in order to heal yourself or to try to understand why you are acting or reacting a certain way in the present. That is the old way. The distortions of consciousness you created in the past cannot exist when you fill yourselves to overflowing with Adamantine Particles through the processes we have taught you. These magical particles contain the pure / perfect Essence of the Creator, and will gradually transform / transmute any distortions in your auric field and your physical vessel. Slowly, but surely, the imperfections you have created both in your inner and outer worlds are being rectified. Remember, a slow steady pace forward on the Path leads to Self-mastery. It is the ego personality that desires more information and dramatic validation; it forever seeks excitement, drama and sensationalism. It has taken a very long time for the Earth and humanity to reach the present state of imperfection that is now so prevalent. The level of transformational progress that has been made by you, the earthly Legions of Light, in such a short time is truly miraculous.

We understand that these are times of great challenge, and many of you are wondering what you are doing to deserve such painful and trying tests when you have so faithfully stayed the course. We tell you “Do not falter now, for as you face these latest tests with love and compassion, you will find that the Angel at the Portal will assist you to clear the way. With every challenge faced head-on, there will be miracles and blessings to encourage you to clear the remaining obstacles on the Path before you.”

This is a critical step in the Ascension process, for when you have succeeded in firmly establishing your Soul Song resonance within the higher Fourth Dimension, you will be ready to incorporate a larger measure of Fifth-Dimensional vibrational patterns. Before taking this leap in consciousness, it is vital that you have gained the discipline to stay centered within the required parameters of duality. Your abilities to manifest in the world of form will increase dramatically, and if you are not well-disciplined mentally and emotionally, you will create more chaos, which will, most likely, draw you back into a denser frequency pattern.

Brave bearers of Light, are you ready and willing to be a Pathfinder, to open the doors to the many heavenly mansions/Dimensions of Creation? Each Dimensional level will offer new opportunities, and will give you access to many new abilities and expanded wisdom. However, each higher level will also challenge you in many ways, and will require that you release those things which no longer serve your greatest good. You left many Facets of your greater Self along the way as you traversed the descending pathway into the lower Dimensions − you must also be willing to release to the past those people, ways of being, and things which do not fit into your present and future reality as you make your return journey into the higher Dimensions.

Beloveds, we are assisting you in every way possible within the limits of Universal Law. We are waiting patiently for you to join us in the various Pyramids of Light stationed throughout this sub-Universe. We have told you that you are not only creating your new earthly reality, but you are also creating your mansions in the Heavenly Dimensions. We convey to you all the radiance of Love/Light that you can contain. You are loved beyond measure. I AM Archangel Michael.

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          KERJASAMA ASEAN DALAM BERBAGAI BIDANG   


Kerjasama Ekonomi ASEAN
Sejak dibentuknya ASEAN sebagai organisasi regional pada tahun 1967, negara-negara anggota ASEAN telah menempatkan kerja sama ekonomi sebagai salah satu agenda utama yang perlu dikembangkan. Pada awalnya kerja sama ekonomi difokuskan pada program-program pemberian preferensi perdagangan (preferential trade), usaha patungan (joint ventures), dan skema saling melengkapi (complementation scheme) antar pemerintah negara-negara anggota maupun pihak swasta di kawasan ASEAN, seperti ASEANIndustrial Projects Plan (1976), Preferential Trading Arrangement(1977), ASEAN Industrial Complementation scheme (1981), ASEANIndustrial Joint-Ventures scheme (1983), dan Enhanced Preferential Trading arrangement (1987).
Pada dekade 80-an dan 90-an, ketika negara-negara di berbagai belahan dunia mulai melakukan upaya-upaya untuk menghilangkan hambatan-hambatan ekonomi dan perdagangan, negara-negara anggota ASEAN menyadari bahwa cara terbaik untuk bekerja sama adalah dengan saling membuka perekonomian mereka, guna menciptakan integrasi ekonomi kawasan.
KTT ke-9 ASEAN di Bali tahun 2003 menyepakati pembentukan komunitas ASEAN yang salah satu pilarnya adalah Komunitas Ekonomi ASEAN (KEA). KEA bertujuan untuk menciptakan pasar tunggal dan basis produksi yang ditandai dengan bebasnya aliran barang, jasa, investasi, tenaga kerja terampil dan perpindahan barang modal secara lebih bebas.
ASEAN Economic Ministers Meeting (AEM) di Kuala Lumpur bulan Agustus 2006 menyetujui penyusunan suatu cetak biru (blueprint) guna menindaklanjuti pembentukan KEA dengan mengindentifikasi sifat-sifat dan elemen-elemen KEA pada tahun 2015 yang konsisten dengan Bali Concord IIdan dengan target-target dan timelines yang jelas serta pre-agreed flexibility untuk mengakomodir kepentingan negara-negara anggota ASEAN.
Cetak Biru Komunitas Ekonomi ASEAN (ASEAN Economic Community Blueprint)
Cetak Biru Komunitas Ekonomi ASEAN yang disahkan pada Rangkaian KTT ke-13 ASEAN bertujuan untuk menjadikan kawasan ASEAN lebih stabil, sejahtera dan sangat kompetitif, memungkinkan bebasnya lalu lintas barang, jasa, investasi dan aliran modal. Selain itu, juga akan diupayakan kesetaraan pembangunan ekonomi dan pengurangan kemiskinan serta kesenjangan sosial ekonomi pada tahun 2015.
Cetak Biru Komunitas Ekonomi ASEAN merupakan rancang utama (master plan) untuk membentuk Komunitas ASEAN tahun 2015 dengan mengidentifikasi langkah-langkah integrasi ekonomi yang akan ditempuh melalui implementasi berbagai komitmen yang rinci dengan sasaran dan jangka waktu yang jelas menuju terbentuknya integrasi ekonomi ASEAN, yaitu :
a. Menuju single market dan production base(arus perdagangan bebas untuk sektor barang, jasa, investasi, pekerja terampil, dan modal);
b. Menuju penciptaaan kawasan regional ekonomi yang berdaya saing tinggi (regional competition policy, IPRs action plan, infrastructure development, ICT, energy cooperation, taxation, dan pengembangan UKM);
c. Menuju suatu kawasan dengan pembangunan ekonomi yang merata (region of equitable economic development) melalui pengembangan UKM dan program-program Initiative for ASEAN Integration(IAI); dan
d. Menuju integrasi penuh pada ekonomi global (pendekatan yang koheren dalam hubungan ekonomi eksternal serta mendorong keikutsertaan dalam global supply network).
Implementasi segenap komitmen tersebut tentunya memerlukan dukungan berupa kemauan politik, koordinasi dan mobilisasi sumber daya, pengaturan pelaksanaan, peningkatan kemampuan (capacity building) dan penguatan institusi, serta peningkatan konsultasi antara pemerintah dan sektor swasta. Pelaksanaan rencana kerja strategis tersebut juga akan didukung dengan program pengembangan sumber daya manusia dan kegiatan penelitian serta pengembangan di masing-masing negara.
ASEAN telah mengembangkan mekanisme Scorecard sebagai alat untuk mengukur tingkat implementasi komitmen ekonomi ASEAN. Scorecard memberikan gambaran komprehensif mengenai kemajuan ASEAN dalam mengimplementasikan Cetak Biru Komunitas Ekonomi ASEAN. 

Kerja sama ASEAN di sektor industri
Sektor industri merupakan salah satu sektor utama yang dikembangkan dalam kerangka kerja sama ekonomi ASEAN. Kerja sama di sektor industri antara lain ditujukan untuk meningkatkan arus investasi masuk ke ASEAN, mendorong proses alih teknologi, dan meningkatkan kemampuan industri negara-negara ASEAN.
ASEAN Industrial Cooperation (AICO) yang mulai berlaku pada bulan November 1999 merupakan inisiatif kerja sama di sektor industri yang terus dikembangkan. AICO merupakan skema kerja sama antara dua atau lebih perusahaan di kawasan ASEAN dalam pemanfaatan berbagai sumber daya yang dimiliki oleh masing-masing perusahaan, dalam rangka memproduksi suatu barang yang bertujuan meningkatkan daya saing perusahaan ASEAN. AICO menyediakan prasarana untuk menerapkan prinsip economic of scale and scope yang didukung oleh pajak yang rendah untuk meningkatkan transaksi di ASEAN, menumbuhkan kesempatan investasi dari dalam dan luar ASEAN, serta menciptakan pasar regional yang lebih besar. Perusahaan-perusahaan yang memanfaatkan skema kerja sama ini antara lain akan mendapatkan preferensi berupa pengenaan bea masuk hingga 5%. 
  
 Kerja sama ASEAN di Bidang Jasa

Sektor jasa rata-rata menyumbang 40% - 50% Produk Domestik Bruto (PDB) negara-negara ASEAN sehingga dinilai memiliki peran strategis dalam perekonomian ASEAN. Sektor ini juga merupakan sektor yang paling cepat pertumbuhannya di kawasan.
Dalam upaya meningkatkan kerja sama ekonomi melalui liberalisasi perdagangan di bidang jasa, negara-negara ASEAN telah menyepakati ASEAN Framework Agreement on Services (AFAS) pada tanggal 15 Desember 1995 di Bangkok, Thailand. Selanjutnya dibentuk pula Coordinating Committee on Services (CCS) yang bertugas memfasilitasi negosiasi liberalisasi jasa dalam kerangka AFAS yang mencakup delapan sektor utama yaitu Jasa Angkutan Udara dan Laut, Jasa Bisnis, Jasa Konstruksi, Jasa Telekomunikasi, Jasa Pariwisata, Jasa Keuangan, Jasa Kesehatan dan Jasa Logistik.
Sejak penandatangan AFAS, Negara-negara anggota ASEAN telah menyepakati tujuh paket komitmen liberalisasi jasa.
Integrasi Sektor Jasa Prioritas
ASEAN telah menetapkan 12 sektor prioritas integrasi barang dan jasa yang akan diliberalisasi menjelang pembentukan KEA 2015 yaitu produk pertanian, jasa transportasi udara, produk otomotif, e-ASEAN, produk elektronik, produk perikanan, kesehatan, produk karet, tekstil dan produk tekstil, pariwisata, produk kayu, dan logistik.
Target penghapusan hambatan dalam perdagangan bidang jasa pada 2010 adalah untuk jasa perhubungan udara, e-ASEAN, kesehatan, dan pariwisata. Jasa logistik akan diliberalisasi pada 2013, sementara liberalisasi sektor jasa seluruhnya ditargetkan pada 2015.
Masing-masing sektor prioritas tersebut telah dilengkapi peta kebijakan (roadmaps)yang mengkombinasikan inisiatif-inisiatif khusus dengan inisiatif yang lebih luas secara lintas sektor seperti langkah-langkah fasilitasi perdagangan.
Pengaturan Saling Pengakuan (Mutual Recognition Arrangements/MRA) di Bidang Jasa
Salah satu perkembangan yang relatif baru dalam integrasi ASEAN di bidang jasa adalah Pengaturan Saling Pengakuan (Mutual Recognition Arrangements/ MRA). ASEAN Framework Agreement on Services (AFAS) menegaskan pentingnya MRA dalam keseluruhan integrasi bidang jasa.
Secara umum MRA (Mutual Recognition Arrangement) diartikan sebagai suatu kesepakatan saling pengakuan terhadap produk-produk tertentu antar dua atau beberapa negara untuk mempermudah kegiatan perdagangan – impor maupun ekspor – tanpa melalui dua atau beberapa kali pengujian.
Dalam konteks kerja sama jasa ekonomi ASEAN, MRA merupakan kesepakatan untuk mengakui kualifikasi pendidikan dan pengalaman seorang profesional. MRA digunakan untuk memudahkan perpindahan tenaga kerja profesional antar negara-negara ASEAN, khususnya dalam rangka integrasi pasar dengan tetap mempertahankan kekhususan masing-masing negara.
Hingga saat ini terdapat delapan kesepakatan MRA di bidang jasa yang telah ditandatangani oleh Negara Anggota ASEAN, yaitu MRA on Engineering Services, MRA on NursingServices, MRA on Architectural Services, Framework Arrangement for Mutual Recognition on Surveying Qualification, MRA on Tourism Professional, MRA on Accountancy Services, MRA on Medical Practitioners, dan MRA on Dental Practitioners.


Badan-badan Kementerian Sektoral dalam Komunitas Ekonomi ASEAN
Pertemuan Para Menteri ASEAN bidang Pertanian dan Kehutanan (ASEAN Ministerial Meeting on Agriculture and Forestry/AMAF)
Pertemuan Menteri Pertanian dan Kehutanan ASEAN, yang dilaksanakan satu kali dalam setahun, merupakan lembaga yang mewadahi kerja sama di bidang pertanian dan kehutanan.
Dalam mengemban tanggung jawabnya, AMAF didukung oleh Pertemuan Tingkat Pejabat Senior AMAF (Senior Officials Meeting of the ASEAN Ministers on Agriculture and Forestry atau SOM-AMAF) dan Pertemuan Tingkat Pejabat Senior Kehutanan (ASEAN Senior Officials on Forestry atau ASOF) dan pertemuan-pertemuan lain di tingkat working group.
Tujuan utama kerja sama pertanian dan kehutanan ASEAN antara lain untuk meningkatkan daya saing internasional produk pertanian dan kehutanan ASEAN, meningkatkan perdagangan intra dan ekstra ASEAN, memelihara ketahanan pangan di kawasan, mendorong alih teknologi, serta mendorong kerja sama koperasi pertanian ASEAN guna memberdayakan dan meningkatkan akses pasar produk pertanian.
Pertemuan Para Menteri Energi ASEAN (ASEAN Ministers on Energy Meeting/AMEM)
Pertemuan Para Menteri Energi ASEAN, yang dilaksanakan satu kali dalam setahun, merupakan lembaga yang mewadahi kerja sama di bidang energi ASEAN. AMEM didukung oleh Pertemuan Tingkat Pejabat Senior Senior Officials Meeting on Energy(SOME) dan pertemuan-pertemuan lain di tingkat working group.
Tujuan kerja sama ASEAN di bidang energi di antaranya adalah: mengembangkan diversifikasi energi dan energi terbarukan; mengurangi ketergantungan kawasan terhadap minyak bumi dan meningkatkan efisiensi energi; mengembangkan program bersama dalam menjaga ketahanan energi di kawasan; menciptakan kebijakan energi regional yang responsif yang secara bertahap akan mendorong reformasi pasar; menciptakan program energi yang mendukung upaya penjagaan lingkungan hidup, serta pelibatan sektor swasta dalam upaya mengamankan cadangan energi regional.
Pertemuan Para Menteri Mineral ASEAN (ASEAN Ministerial Meeting on Minerals/AMMin)
Pertemuan para Menteri Mineral ASEAN pertama kali diselenggarakan di Kuching, Malaysia, pada 4 Agustus 2005, dan merupakan lembaga yang mewadahi kerja sama di bidang mineral. Jadwal pertemuan tingkat menteri dilaksanakan minimal sekali dalam tiga tahun. Kerja sama ini didukung oleh pertemuan tingkat pejabat senior bidang Mineral, yaitu ASEAN Senior Officials Meeting on Minerals (ASOMM), yang bertemu secara lebih intensif.
Maksud dan tujuan pembentukan AMMin adalah sebagai wadah untuk membahas isu-isu bidang mineral di negara anggota ASEAN yang meliputi semua aspek teknis dan kebijakan serta pengaturan bidang sumber daya mineral termasuk aspek geologi dan pertambangan yang dimulai dari survei umum, ekspolarsi, eksploitasi, pengolahan, transportasi termasuk pengembangan sumber daya manusia/tenaga kerja, lingkungan, perdagangan, dan investasi.
Sejalan dengan AEC Blueprint, tujuan kerja sama ASEAN di bidang mineral adalah meningkatkan perdagangan dan investasi serta kerja sama dan kapasitas sektor geologi dan mineral untuk pembangunan sektor mineral yang berkelanjutan di kawasan ASEAN. Sama halnya dengan kerja sama energi, kerja sama di bidang mineral diarahkan untuk menciptakan kawasan ekonomi yang berdaya saing tinggi.
Pertemuan Para Menteri Telekomunikasi dan Informasi ASEAN (ASEAN Telecommunications and IT Ministers Meeting/TELMIN)
Pertemuan Para Menteri Telekomunikasi dan Informasi ASEAN diselenggarakan satu kali dalam setahun. Pada tingkat Senior Official, perundingan kerja sama telekomunikasi dan teknologi informasi ASEAN diwadahi dalam ASEAN Telecommunications Senior Officials Meeting (TELSOM).
TELMIN secara prinsip bertanggung jawab merumuskan kebijakan dan teknologi program kerja e-ASEAN. Sementara itu TELSOM bertanggung jawab mengembangkan, memperkuat serta meningkatkan daya saing di bidang Information and Communication Technology (ICT); mengurangi kesenjangan digital di antara negara anggota ASEAN; meningkatkan kerja sama antara sektor publik dan swasta; serta mengembangkan infrastruktur informasi ASEAN.
Pertemuan Para Menteri Transportasi ASEAN (ASEAN Transport Ministers Meeting/ATM)
Pertemuan Menteri Transportasi ASEAN diselenggarakan setiap tahun dan merupakan lembaga yang mewadahi kerja sama di bidang perhubungan. Untuk tingkat Senior Officialdilaksanakan oleh Senior Transport Officials Meeting (STOM) yang bertemu dua kali dalam setahun.
ATM bertanggung jawab antara lain untuk mengembangkan harmonisasi dan integrasi sistem transportasi guna menciptakan jaringan infrastruktur transportasi yang aman, efisien dan inovatif; meningkatkan kerja sama sektor transportasi di antara negara anggota ASEAN; meningkatkan saling keterhubungan di antara negara-negara ASEAN.
Pertemuan Para Menteri Pariwisata ASEAN (ASEAN Tourism Ministers Meeting/M-ATM)
Pertemuan Para Menteri Pariwisata ASEAN diselenggarakan satu tahun sekali, di sela-sela rangkaian ASEAN Tourism Forum (ATF).
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          HD Vision for My Church - "HD" Series: 01/11/2009   
When church-people think church-vision, we usually think of blueprints, programs, and upcoming expenses.  It's so much more than that.  You might be surprised at what we consider a vision for a church. Scriptures and Keywords:  Philippians 2:12-16, Church, Vision, Future, Unity, Selfishness, Philippians 2 To leave or view comments about this post please click on "Comments" to your right:
          Don’t Cry For Me Venezuela   
by Jimmie Moglia
According to the great Dr. Johnson, “Men can be estimated by those who know them not, only as they are represented by those who know them.” An unavoidable universal contingency – for, indeed, we don’t know most of the people we judge. And the same, but for a few much-travelled individuals, applies to nations.
We also know that “on the tongue of Rumor, continual slanders rise, stuffing the ears of men with false reports.”


That rumor and falsehood are trademarked products of the oligarchical news-mill needs no elaborate demonstration. Truth, by atrophy of misuse, has lost the sense of its own meaning.
Nevertheless, at least on national matters, most of us can often track or trace related and reliable evidence proving the falsehood. Besides, experience and history have shown that truth is scarcely to be heard but by those from whom it can serve no interest to conceal it.
But on international matters, and where the ruling oligarchy’s interests are at stake, to test the truth of rumors and news is more challenging. Consequently, we are more prone to half-believe the rumors, even though domestic experience should have induced an instinctive propensity to disbelief, when not an unfathomable depth of incredulity.


In limited cases, the democracy of the oligarchs(1), feeling reassured that their crimes will remain unpunished, actually claim them as virtuous acts. Ukraine is an example, when the woman “whose sole name blisters my tongue,” had no compunction to say publicly that, “We spent 5 billions to take down the (democratically elected) local government.”
So far, it has not been easy to duplicate Ukraine in Venezuela. The spirit of Hugo Chavez survived his death. Alternatively, to make a Libya out of Venezuela may lead to counterproductive consequences, even for the oligarchic democrats of the exceptional nation.

Furthermore, in the collective mind, Venezuela lives in a geographical limbo. It lies somewhere in South America, maybe to the left or to the right of Colombia – sharing borders with Brazil and with those three rarely heard-of countries, the Guyanas, of which one used to be British, one is still French and one Dutch, though, after its independence Dutch Guyana is called Surinam.
The relative noiselessness of the Guyanas extended, and would have continued its extension to neighboring Venezuela, but for the irruption of Hugo Chavez on the world stage.

As we know, Hugo Chavez was a socialist – a qualification requiring no explanation, though I will beg my 25 readers to allow a lexical comment.
We are, of course, both masters and slaves of words. Some of which mean more than they sound, and, when hearing them, they spontaneously produce deep-seated mental images that we think are ours, though they are not.

One such word is “socialism” or “socialist.” Over 100 years of unremitting and hammering anti-socialist propaganda were not spent in vain. Contrary to its actual and etymological meaning, a ‘socialist’ filtered through propaganda is a scrounger, an idler whose ideal profession is to do nothing, followed by long periods of rest, an ignorant recipient of unearned privileges, an individual envious of his deserving betters, a peddler of diabolical notions, a godless creature imbued with satanic ideas, inculcated in him by godless preachers and sundry enemies of humanity.

As for the states that dare practice socialism in whatever form, they are poor, starving, helpless, hopeless, godless, powerless, corrupt and without freedom. Their rulers are dictators who defend the indefensible and vainly attempt to make the unworkable work.
It’s not even worth it to dispute the propaganda, for, after a certain not-easily-measurable level of indoctrination, too many people no longer believe in facts.

Returning to Venezuela, the official (US, Anglo-Zionist) info-mill wants us to believe that the country is on the brink of a civil war, that citizens are on the edge of starvation, and that only a brutal dictatorship, fearful of its own demise, forces the citizens to live under its regime. Hinted-at, though not openly declared, is that Venezuelans eagerly await the (military and logistic) helping hand of the exceptional nation to regain their freedom.
It’s a line that, in the context of the neo-liberal philosophy, makes sense. Thirty years of recent history have taught one truth to the dominant oligarchic classes. They need an enemy to effectively resist the consequences of the social regression they impose at home. And two or more enemies are better than one. Venezuela fits the bill.

To balance this gloomy vision of Venezuela, I will first publish extracts from an open letter to the Italian mainstream media, written and signed by over 150 Italian citizens living in Venezuela (letter of course unpublished by the addressee). I will contrast it with an article on Venezuela, written by a Phil Gunson (son of a gun?) for the “International Crisis Group” (nomen omen), a Soros-founded NGO. (there we go again).
Here is what the Italians say:
Dear Italian Citizens,
Reading the Italian mainstream media and listening to the RAI (the equivalent of the BBC in Italy) and other chains, we regrettably observed that, on Venezuela, the information given only repeats the claims, positions and interpretations of one of the two parties concerned.
We also read and hear often that the attention paid to Venezuela by the (Italian) media is justified by the presence in Venezuela of “a substantial Italian community of Italian origin.” This community is said to be suffering, and to be bound together and unanimously with the opposition.
We, the signatories of this letter, are members of this substantial Italian community – but interpret very differently the origin and causes of the serious situation affecting the country where we have lived for many years, where we built our lives and formed our families. We are here either because we emigrated directly, or are the children and grandchildren of Italian immigrants, who came to Venezuela after WW2, to escape poverty, or find employment unavailable in Italy.
Many of us have shared and approved the project of Bolivarian socialism proposed by Chavez and continued by Maduro. We did so either as activists or voters, and participated directly in the project of a more just and supportive Venezuela.
What was and is unacceptable to us is that in a country so beautiful, rich in resources and potential, tens of millions of people lived for more than a century in a situation of strict apartheid, barred from any opportunity of social emancipation, and therefore without the essential rights to a dignified life, namely work, education, public health services and a pension.
Venezuela has endured this situation for over 100 years. We ask why, only at the beginning of this century, with Hugo Chavez, for the first time in the history of this country, these issues have been decisively addressed. And why this had not happened before. Those who today protest in the streets of the affluent neighborhoods, shouting “freedom!” where were they, what were they doing, before Chavez was elected in free democratic elections?
In these years (of Chavez), various UN agencies and the UN itself, have certified that Venezuela was among the first countries in the world in the fight against poverty, illiteracy and child mortality, achieving results unmatched in scale, speed of progress and quality.
You write about the lack of products of first necessity, and (prescription) drugs, but do not say that there is a coordinated hoarding and speculative action, that has driven up exponentially both prices and inflation. Who is responsible for the importation of these products? Some large and medium-sized private enterprises, furthermore subsidized by the State. In the best of cases, these shortages reflect the inefficiency of these private group. Or, more ominously, the groups make political use of the shortages. This is similar to what happened in Chile in 1973, in order to overthrow the democratic government of Allende.
Clearly the main objective of this revolt of the rich (please note that the riots only occur in affluent neighborhoods of our city), is to call into question the social achievements reached in recent years, to privatize our national oil company and other rising enterprises operating in strategic sectors, such as gas, gold, coltan, thorium, the latter recently discovered in large quantity. The objective of these social sectors is to return to their mythical past, a feudal past in which a small elite enjoyed all the privileges and had the charge of the country, while tens of millions languished in utter poverty.
We do not have a truth to convey, but we have so many things to tell and make known to Italians in Italy through the media. Beginning with the fact that the Italian community is not, as today your media claims, siding with the violent, the vandals who destroy the infrastructure of the country or the criminals who design and lead so-called peaceful protests that are anything but peaceful.
The Italian community in Venezuela is composed of about 150 thousand citizens with an Italian passport, and over 2 million natives. The natives, thanks to the new Constitution of Venezuela, approved under the Hugo Chavez government, were able to claim dual citizenship. We have lived and continue to share with other Venezuelans the successes and difficulties of these years.
Most of us have supported and continue to support the process of modernization and democratization of Venezuela. Many of us have been and are auditors, managers, politicians and members of parliament .The entrepreneurs are members of the “Middle Class for the Positive” and of such Christian organizations as Ecuvives. They have supported and continue to support the Bolivarian process. Several of them participated in the drafting of the Constitution, which reflects strongly the Italian Constitution enacted after WW2. They have largely supported Hugo Chavez and support Maduro, oppose the violent demonstrations and the vandalism organized by sectors of the ultra-right in Venezuela (sounds like Ukraine to me).
A small minority, as small is, proportionally, the Venezuelan elite, supports the positions of the opposition. Thanks to external financial support they carry out a continuous campaign of defamation of Bolivarian Venezuela in many countries, including Italy.
There are 20 Italian organizations in Venezuela with approximately 7,000 members.
Only some of these associations, together with their newspapers, directly subsidized by the Italian government, have carried out, in recent years and in full freedom, a campaign of disinformation against the Bolivarian experience. Regrettably, they have formed the unique “sources of information” accredited by different bodies of the Italian press.
But this is not “the Italian community” in Venezuela. It is a quite limited section, whose views are amplified by the official (Italian) media. The rest of the Italian community and of the dual-nationals organize and mobilize in this country as in all others. Some are against and most favor the Bolivarian process.
The Italian communities in Venezuela are in no danger. As in every Latin-American country, and anywhere, there are different political and social visions.
Exploitation of the Italian presence in Venezuela to undermine the Bolivarian Republic is dangerous, and it has no other objective than telling lies and feeding strife.
Now let’s hear from another source, Phil Gunson. (“son of a gun”) with his article, titled (original in Spanish), “Venezuela: a Blueprint for Strife.” published in the official communication channel of the Soros-funded “International Crisis Group.” The article is long and I will report only some of the most meaningful statements.
Amid the tumult on the streets of Venezuela, which has cost dozens of lives in the past six weeks, two crucially important, and related, events threaten to spur even greater violence and eclipse all possibility of international engagement aimed at redressing the country’s plight.
One was the announcement on 23 April by Foreign Minister Delcy Rodríguez that the country would withdraw from the Organization of American States (OAS) in response to what the government of Nicolás Maduro sees as “interference” in Venezuela’s internal affairs. The other move, which immediately incensed protesters and brought widespread foreign repudiation, was a presidential decree of 1 May convening an assembly to rewrite the country’s constitution.
(summary of the changes most dreaded by the son of a gun),
A… More active participation in the political process by trade unions and peasant groups.
B… More members of parliament elected at the municipal level, where they can be better known and evaluated for their persona and performance.
Gunson writes in dismay that this electoral system is “identical to that in the National Assembly of Cuba.” (God forbid).
The withdrawal from the OAS was, according to the author, “in response to pressure, both external and domestic, on the Maduro government to hold elections, restore the separation of powers, free political prisoners, and open a “humanitarian channel to ease the country’s critical shortages of food, medicines and other basic goods. Rather than accede to demands for genuine negotiations with the opposition Democratic Unity (MUD, Movement for Democratic Unity), the government has made good on its threat to “deepen the revolution” by creating a so-called “communal state”.
… “Meanwhile, in response to almost daily demonstrations by the MUD, security forces have clearly been given orders to intensify the repression. By 10 May, six weeks of violence had killed 39 people, according to the PROVEA human rights organization.”
[NOTE. For the record, ‘PROVEA’ is another NGO whose website has a banner title with the words “Dictadura vs. Rebelion Popular”]
I will skip to what the author subtitles “The Way Forward”
“…Venezuela could face civil war. At the very least, there could be a period of violent anarchy on the streets, with armed, pro-government groups and criminal gangs spreading mayhem. The civilian population, already facing hunger and a breakdown of the country’s basic infrastructure, would suffer even greater hardship, and the task of reconstructing Venezuela would become far more taxing. In contrast, a decision by the bulk of the armed forces not to obey government orders to use violence against demonstrators – and to take action against armed civilians acting as para-police groups – could galvanize both sides into seeking a peaceful and negotiated solution. Already there have been signs of internal dissent, with dozens of officers, including two generals, reportedly under investigation by military intelligence (DGCIM).
A decision by the bulk of the armed forces not to obey government orders to use violence against demonstrators […] could galvanize both sides into seeking a peaceful and negotiated solution.
International pressure is vital, but needs to be carefully calibrated, with carrots as well as sticks, so as to offer a way out to those members of the regime who may be inclined to negotiate a return to democracy.”
No need for interpretation. They are working on the military.
As you see, here is another example of how a billionaire (Soros), deeply imbedded in the foreign circles of the exceptional nation, organizes information on the Country he wishes to destroy, so as to gobble it up in a single bite.
And this with the help and in concert with other NGOs and similar, fake humanitarians who have lost all humanity and every shame. Much as Amnesty International, itself undeserving or unworthy of any amnesty.
First they work on public opinion so that the western oligarchies are unembarrassed to be corralled into the flatulent and pestiferous ”Coalitions of the Willing.” Coalitions to hide or legitimize any maneuver, even the most senseless and violent, when not to actually intervene militarily or to finance sundry terrorists (equivalent of ISIS), mercenaries and paramilitary groups, as they are doing in Caracas.
The “orange revolution” in Venezuela has been financed for 18 years, but failed to obtain the desired goal. It is apparently in crisis, even in numbers. The opposition owns and controls the Venezuelan mainstream media and is patiently tolerated by the Bolivarian regime. To televise the “rebelion,” to compensate for the shortage of Jacobins and to give the impression of crowds, photographers must restrict the cameras’ field of view. They censor, however, every pro-Maduro event (so I was told by a friend living there). But there is no shortage of (paid) sons of guns and sons of bitches to produce material like what I just extracted from.
Finally, at the cost of inducing vomit in some readers, here is what the Soros-funded International Crisis Group (with members like Phil Gunson), is about
Mission Statement.
“The International Crisis Group is an independent organization working to prevent wars and shape policies that will build a more peaceful world.
Crisis Group sounds the alarm to prevent deadly conflict. We build support for the good governance and inclusive politics that enable societies to flourish. We engage directly with a range of conflict actors to seek and share information, and to encourage intelligent action for peace.
Our work is urgently needed as the world is confronted with a dramatic rise in the number of conflicts, with devastating humanitarian, social and economic costs. Efforts to resolve conflicts are complicated by the profound shift in geopolitics, as well as the increasing prominence of non-state actors ranging from religious militants to criminal gangs.
In this more polarized, fragmented and dangerous world, Crisis Group’s work points a way forward. War is not inevitable; it is a man-made disaster. We must mobilize political leaders to heed early warnings and take early action to avoid looming conflicts. And we must build more creative and flexible frameworks for international diplomacy.”
In light of what these NGO monstrosities have done and continue doing worldwide, we can only ask, “Shame, where is thy blush?”
Note (1) The article “The Magnificent “G”Seven” (http://thesaker.is/the-magnificent-gseven/) attempts to demonstrate why a so-called democracy cannot but be, in the current circumstances and Zeitgeist, a concentration of oligarchies and, consequently, a negation of itself.

          Fabricator / Welder - B&D Manufacturing - Chelmsford, ON   
Required license or certification:. Interpreting and following blueprints and technical drawings. Experience in interpreting fabrication drawings including...
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          Machinist/Machinist Apprentice - B&D Manufacturing - Chelmsford, ON   
Ability to analyze and interpret blueprints and technical drawings. Machinist certification (or equivalent) is an asset)....
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          Edo’s ‘Wake and See’ Governor Marks Birthday Today   

Since Governor Godwin Obaseki kicked-off the implementation of his governance blueprint in Edo State, indigenes are faced with an intriguing uncertainty of what they are going to wake up to every morning when dusk turns to dawn.

The post Edo’s ‘Wake and See’ Governor Marks Birthday Today appeared first on Vanguard News.


          Planerman Millwright - Interfor Corporation - Chase, BC   
Install machinery and equipment according to layout plans, blueprints, and other drawings, using hoists, lift trucks, hand tools, and power tools....
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          Welder - Cam Tran Company Limited - Belleville, ON   
A successful candidate will be able to read and interpret blueprints or welding process specification and welding symbols;...
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          Metal Fabricator / TIG Welder - Malley Industries - Dieppe, NB   
ONLY THOSE WHO INCLUDE VALID WORK-RELATED REFERENCES WITH THEIR APPLICATION WILL BE CONSIDERED. Your duties would include following blueprints and drawings to...
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          Cast, Creatives Complete for KILL LOCAL World Premiere at La Jolla Playhouse   

La Jolla Playhouse announces the cast and creative team for its world-premiere production of Kill Local, by UC San Diego MFA playwriting graduate Mat Smart, directed by Jackson Gay (Kingdom City), running August 1 - 27 (press opening: Sunday, August 6) in the Sheila and Hughes Potiker Theatre.

The cast will feature Matthew Amendt (Playhouse's Hollywood) as "Todd," Carolyn Braver (Broadway's Airline Highway) as "Ami," CAndy Buckley (Broadway's After the Fall) as "Gloria," Amanda Quaid (Broadway's Equus) as "Sheila" and Xochitl Romero (Off-Broadway's Chimichangas and Zoloft) as "Abi."

The creative team includes Wilson Chin (Hollywood), Scenic Designer; Jessica Ford, Costume Designer; Paul Whitaker (Kingdom City), Lighting Designer; Daniel Baker, Sound Designer; Steve Rankin (Guards at the Taj, Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots), Fight Director; Shirley Fishman, Dramaturg; and Rob Chikar, Stage Manager.

"Both savage and savagely funny, Kill Local electrified the crowd during its DNA New Work Series reading this past December. With this full production in our subscription season, it's extremely gratifying to introduce a larger audience to UC San Diego playwriting alum Mat Smart's bloody workplace comedy, featuring a Broadway-seasoned cast and creative team," said Playhouse Artistic Director Christopher Ashley.

Sheila and her sister Abi work for their mother's small family business. Sheila's job used to be a source of joy and exhilaration; now she's questioning everything. But when you're an assassin, being uninspired means getting sloppy, and getting sloppy means getting killed. Kill Local is a pitch-black comedy about blood ties, revenge and trying to get unstuck - especially when your life is dedicated to ending others'.

Kill Local was featured as part of the Playhouse's acclaimed DNA New Work Series, which offers playwrights the opportunity to develop a script and receive valuable audience feedback. Several Playhouse mainstage productions have been developed through the DNA New Work Series, including Miss You Like Hell, The Last Tiger in Haiti, Blueprints to Freedom, The Who & The What and Chasing the Song.

A graduate of the UC San Diego MFA playwriting program, Mat Smart won the 2015 Equity Jeff Award for Best New Work in Chicago for The Royal Society of Antarctica (Gift Theatre, Stage West). Other plays include: Naperville (Slant Theatre Project, Theater Wit), Tinker to Evers to Chance (Geva, Merrimack Rep), Samuel J. and K. (Williamstown Theatre Festival, Steppenwolf), The Hopper Collection (Magic Theatre, Huntington) and The 13th of Paris (City Theatre, Seattle Public Theatre). Awards & Fellowships: 2014 Otis Guernsey New Voices Award from the William Inge Center for the Arts, Edgerton Foundation New Play Award, two Jerome Fellowships and a McKnight Advancement Grant. Commissions: South Coast Rep, Huntington, Denver Center, and currently, La Jolla Playhouse, The Second City, and Geva Theatre Center.

Jackson Gay directed La Jolla Playhouse's world-premiere production of Kingdom City. Her recent works include the new musical CHIX 6 by Lourds Lane (La MaMa); Chekhov's Three Sisters (Studio Theatre/New Neighborhood); Lisa Lampanelli's Stuffed (Women's Project); Transfers by Lucy Thurber (New York Stage & Film); Much Ado About Nothing, adapted with Kenneth Lin (Cal Shakes); Suzanne Vega's Lover, Beloved: An Evening with Carson McCullers with music by Duncan Sheik (Rattlestick West LA); These Paper Bullets!, adapted from Shakespeare's Much Ado About Nothing, by Rolin Jones with music by Billie Joe Armstrong (Atlantic Theater Company, Geffen Playhouse, Yale Rep; Critics Pick Time Out NY, Best Production and Adaptation LA Stage Awards, Best of 2015 Time Out Los Angeles, Connecticut Critics Circle Award Best Production and Best Director). She teaches directing at Yale College and is from Sugar Land, Texas.

The Tony Award-winning La Jolla Playhouse is internationally-renowned for creating some of the most exciting and adventurous work in American theatre, through its new play development initiatives, its innovative Without Walls series, artist commissions and residencies. Currently led by Artistic Director and 2017 Tony Award winner Christopher Ashley and Managing Director Michael S. Rosenberg, the Playhouse was founded in 1947 by Gregory Peck, Dorothy McGuire and Mel Ferrer, and reborn in 1983 under the artistic leadership of Des McAnuff. La Jolla Playhouse has had 28 productions transfer to Broadway, garnering 38 Tony Awards, among them the currently-running, Tony Award-nominated hits Come From Away and Indecent, along with Jersey Boys, Memphis, The Who's Tommy, Big River, as well as Billy Crystal's 700 Sundays and the Pulitzer Prize-winning I Am My Own Wife, both fostered as part of the Playhouse's Page To Stage Program. Visit LaJollaPlayhouse.org.


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          ​Easily Set Up, Manage, and Protect Your Apple Devices with Jamf Now   

Jamf Now Apple Devices

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Employees have never been more mobile, increasing the demand for connected smart devices. Between visiting customers, working from home, being embedded with clients, or simply working on the go, connectivity and security is vital to the health and bottom line of all businesses.

Apple devices are incredibly popular in the modern workplace — their combination of beautiful aesthetics, powerful brand recognition, ease-of-use, and a rich application ecosystem makes them a natural choice. The ubiquity of these devices does come with a challenge though — how do you set up, manage, and protect your Mac and iOS devices, no matter where they are or how they’re used?

There’s a software solution that’s up to that challenge — Jamf Now.

Jamf Now — Mobile Device Management

Jamf Now is beautiful, fully-featured, easy-to-use, mobile device management solution designed to make managing iPhone, iPad, and Mac devices a pleasure, throughout your business.

Jamf Now mobile device management provides three key features:

Set Up Devices

Provide consistent configuration settings across all devices to minimize user effort and give employees the exact settings, accounts, and applications needed to work at maximum productivity.

Manage Devices

Collect device information for inventory visibility, manage data usage, and update or deploy applications directly to devices so users always have access to the latest, most functional, and secure versions.

Protect Devices

Ensure that sensitive company information and data accessed on an Apple device remains secure. This includes encryption and enforcing security on devices including passcodes, locking, and even remotely wiping devices.

The Business Benefits of Jamf Now

Jamf Now provides several benefits to your business:

  • Reduces time and resources spent on setting up and managing Apple devices.
  • Ensures consistent application and device settings that can be customized by role or need.
  • Allows rapid deployment of applications for additional functionality or enhanced security.
  • Provides better license and asset management across all devices.
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  • Wipes data if a device is lost or falls into the wrong hands.

Jamf Now is Designed Around Simplicity

Traditionally, device management has been the responsibility of the IT department. Jamf Now removes the complexity of managing devices through a simple, easy-to-use interface that lets anyone set up configuration, security rules, application details, and more. The philosophy behind Jamf Now is to get employees set up and using their devices as quickly as possible. The Jamf Now software runs in the background so it’s never a distraction to the user, meaning they can get on with their work in a safe, secure, and always updated environment.

Jamf Now Works with Apple / iOS Devices, Across Multiple Industries

Jamf Now works with Mac, iPad, iPhone, and iPod devices across your business.

Jamf Now works with Apple devices in any industry — from education to finance, retail, manufacturing, healthcare, field services, and more.

Jamf Now Device Setup

Jamf Now takes the hassle out of setting up devices by letting you create a “blueprint.” This lets you input settings once and quickly send them to every device. You can easily customize individual devices with areas like email addresses, role-specific apps, data access, and more. Jamf Now supports Microsoft Exchange, Google Mail, Yahoo! Mail, and any IMAP or POP mail accounts.

Every employee gets access to the right settings, accounts, applications, and data they need to do their job and contribute to your bottom line.

Jamf Now Device Management

It’s vital that employees have access to the latest versions of applications, whether that’s because they need greater functionality or as the result of patching security vulnerabilities. Jamf Now’s management features makes it a breeze to push out new versions of apps. Just point Jamf Now at the latest version and it will automatically download and install it on every user’s device, in the background.

This can significantly reduce the workload of your IT department as it removes the need for manual installs. It also ensures everyone is on the latest version of an app, making support and troubleshooting quicker, easier, and more effective. License management is more effective, letting you track assets and licenses to ensure you don’t pay for software you don’t use. Jamf Now integrates with Apple’s Volume Purchasing Program, letting you buy and deploy multiple licenses and apps to devices, quickly and easily.

Jamf Now also makes inventory and asset management easier — you can easily export details of every device for compliance checks and get insight into all the key information for every device.

Jamf Now Device Security

Mobile devices, especially iPhones and iPads, are easily forgotten and can be prime targets for theft. Jamf Now helps to protect your devices and company data from getting into the wrong hands. It does this in several ways:

  • Encrypting data and information on the device.
  • Enforcing a passcode on the device.
  • Allowing you to remotely lock the screen.
  • Allowing you to display messages on the lock screen (e.g. asking for the device to be returned).
  • Allowing you to remotely wipe all sensitive data from the devices.
  • Allowing you to see the physical location of the phone, through GPS.

Jamf Now is Cloud-Based

Jamf Now runs on a “software as a service” model. It’s cloud-based, so you can manage your Apple devices from anywhere with an internet connection.

Jamf Now Pricing

One of the most attractive features of Jamf Now is the pricing. You can manage your first three devices at no charge. After that, it’s just $2 per device, per month.

Jamf Now Support

Jamf Now is fully supported in three main ways:

  • Live chat with customer service representatives and technical teams.
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  • A complete knowledge base covering all aspects of the software.

The knowledge base contains information on deployment, setup, enrolling devices, configuration, blueprints, devices, apps, settings, troubleshooting, and more.

If your business uses Apple devices, Jamf Now can give you the peace-of-mind you need. Its combination of smart setup, effortless device management, and enhanced security features will empower your users, protect your data, and help you manage all your Apple devices.

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          (USA-LA-BROUSSARD) AMO Technician (Electro/Mechanical) - Broussard, LA   
LOCATION Broussard, LA EMPLOYMENT STATUS Full Time Regular ABOUT THIS JOB Baker Hughes Incorporated has an opening for an AMO Technician in Broussard, LA. As a leader in the oilfield services industry, Baker Hughes offers opportunities for qualified people who want to grow in our high performance organization. Our leading technologies and our ability to apply them safely and effectively create value for our customers and our shareholders. KEY RESPONSIBILITIES/ACCOUNTABILITIES + Troubleshoot, test, assemble, disassemble and perform visual inspection of electro-mechanical assemblies + Assist in incident investigations and troubleshooting and diagnosing equipment issues. + Assist in the enhancement of maintenance processes, documentation, and quality + Assist in reworking, repairing and modifying non-conforming equipment + Perform complex and difficult tests with minimal instruction and documentation + Ability to identify and communicate technical problems by using logical troubleshooting techniques + Provide coaching to other technicians in areas of proven competence + Compliance with HS&E policies and procedures ESSENTIAL QUALIFICATIONS/REQUIREMENTS + High School diploma or GED + 5 years relevant industry experience (airline, military, oilfield, automotive) + Advanced skills in soldering and assembling of electro-mechanical devices + Ability to read and interpret blueprints, wiring diagrams, assembly prints and parts lists and follow formal procedures and maintenance practices + Proficient in the use of multi-meters, mego-hm meters, hi-pot testers and other basic instruments + Proficient in the use of measurement and gauging equipment and processes PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS/REQUIREMENTS + Technical diploma or Associates degree in Electrical or Mechanical field + Versed in fluid power technology, AC/DC circuits and electro-mechanical devices. Proficient in the use of oscilloscopes + 1 years maintenance related experience in electro-mechanical function or minimum + Advanced computer skills + Ability to operate crane/hoist and pallet jack + Knowledge of power and pneumatic tools and their uses (examples: drill, grinder, polisher, sander, screwdriver, wrenches and sockets) + Knowledge of workshop equipment and their uses (examples: air compressor, cleaning equipment, grease gun, hoist, jack, lifting equipment, measuring equipment, diagnostic equipment) + Knowledge of measuring equipment and their uses (examples: tapes, dial test indicator, micrometer, torque wrenches, vernier calipers) + Proficient in reading/interpreting assembly blueprints and following written and verbal work instructions + Forklift experience + Troubleshooting skills + Electrical experience COMPANY OVERVIEW Baker Hughes is a leading supplier of oilfield services, products, technology and systems to the worldwide oil and natural gas industry. By being the service company that best anticipates, understands and exceeds our customers' expectations, Baker Hughes Advances Reservoir Performance. The company's 39,000-plus employees work in more than 80 countries in geomarket teams that help customers find, evaluate, drill, produce, transport and process hydrocarbon resources. Baker Hughes' technology centers in the world's leading energy markets are pushing the boundaries to overcome progressively more complex challenges. Baker Hughes develops solutions designed to help manage operating expenses, maximize reserve recovery and boost overall return on investment through the entire life cycle of an oil or gas asset. Collaboration is the foundation upon which Baker Hughes builds our business and develops next-generation products and services for drilling and evaluation, completions and production and fluids and chemicals. For more information on Baker Hughes' century-long history, visit our website. _Baker Hughes is an Equal Employment Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, gender, gender identity, marital status, pregnancy, race, national origin, ethnic origin, color, disability status, veteran status, religion, sexual orientation or any other protection guaranteed by local law._ _If you are applying to a position in the US and you are an individual with disability or a disabled veteran status, religion, sexual orientation or any other protection guaranteed by local lawran and would like any type of assistance to submit an application or to attend any recruitment or selection event, we would like to help you to ensure that your experience is as smooth as possible. If you need assistance, information, or answers to your questions, feel free to contact us or have any of your representatives contact us at Baker Hughes Application Assistance Toll Free at 1-866-324-4562. This method of contact has been put in place ONLY to be used by those internal and external applicants who have a disability and are requesting accommodation._ _For all other inquiries on your application, log in to your profile and click on the My Jobpage tab. General application status inquiries will not be handled by the call center._ **Job:** _Repair and Maintenance_ **Title:** _AMO Technician (Electro/Mechanical) - Broussard, LA_ **Location:** _NORTH AMERICA-UNITED STATES-Louisiana-BROUSSARD_ **Requisition ID:** _1708884_
          (USA-OK-OKLAHOMA CITY) AMO Technician (Electro/Mechanical) - 2nd Shift - Oklahoma City, OK   
LOCATION Oklahoma City, OK EMPLOYMENT STATUS Full Time Regular ABOUT THIS JOB Baker Hughes Incorporated has an opening for an AMO Technician in Oklahoma City, OK. As a leader in the oilfield services industry, Baker Hughes offers opportunities for qualified people who want to grow in our high performance organization. Our leading technologies and our ability to apply them safely and effectively create value for our customers and our shareholders. KEY RESPONSIBILITIES/ACCOUNTABILITIES + Troubleshoot, test, assemble, disassemble and perform visual inspection of electro-mechanical assemblies + Assist in reworking, repairing and modifying non-conforming equipment + Perform complex and difficult tests with minimal instruction and documentation + Ability to identify and communicate technical problems by using logical troubleshooting techniques + Provide coaching to other technicians in areas of proven competence + Compliance with HS&E policies and procedures ESSENTIAL QUALIFICATIONS/REQUIREMENTS + High School Diploma or GED + Advanced skills in soldering and assembling of electro-mechanical devices + Ability to read and interpret blueprints, wiring diagrams, assembly prints and parts lists and follow formal procedures and maintenance practices + Proficient in the use of multi-meters, mego-hm meters, hi-pot testers and other basic instruments + Proficient in the use of measurement and gauging equipment and processes + Advanced computer skills PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS/REQUIREMENTS + Technical diploma or Associates degree in Electrical or Mechanical field + Versed in fluid power technology, AC/DC circuits and electro-mechanical devices. Proficient in the use of oscilloscopes + 1 years maintenance related experience in electro-mechanical function or minimum + 1 years relevant industrial experience (Airline, Military, Oilfield, Automotive, Electronic + Ability to operate crane/hoist and pallet jack + Knowledge of power and pneumatic tools and their uses (examples: drill, grinder, polisher, sander, screwdriver, wrenches and sockets) + Knowledge of workshop equipment and their uses (examples: air compressor, cleaning equipment, grease gun, hoist, jack, lifting equipment, measuring equipment, diagnostic equipment) + Knowledge of measuring equipment and their uses (examples: tapes, dial test indicator, micrometer, torque wrenches, vernier calipers) + Proficient in reading/interpreting assembly blueprints and following written and verbal work instructions + Forklift experience + Troubleshooting skills + Electrical experience OTHER DETAILS + Ability to work shift work. + Must be able to work in the US, for any employer, without sponsorship. + Availability to work overtime, weekends and holidays, if required **COMPANY OVERVIEW** Baker Hughes is a leading supplier of oilfield services, products, technology and systems to the worldwide oil and natural gas industry. By being the service company that best anticipates, understands and exceeds our customers' expectations, Baker Hughes Advances Reservoir Performance. The company's 39,000-plus employees work in more than 80 countries in geomarket teams that help customers find, evaluate, drill, produce, transport and process hydrocarbon resources. Baker Hughes' technology centers in the world's leading energy markets are pushing the boundaries to overcome progressively more complex challenges. Baker Hughes develops solutions designed to help manage operating expenses, maximize reserve recovery and boost overall return on investment through the entire life cycle of an oil or gas asset. Collaboration is the foundation upon which Baker Hughes builds our business and develops next-generation products and services for drilling and evaluation, completions and production and fluids and chemicals. For more information on Baker Hughes' century-long history, visit our website. _Baker Hughes is an Equal Employment Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, gender, gender identity, marital status, pregnancy, race, national origin, ethnic origin, color, disability status, veteran status, religion, sexual orientation or any other protection guaranteed by local law._ _If you are applying to a position in the US and you are an individual with disability or a disabled veteran status, religion, sexual orientation or any other protection guaranteed by local lawran and would like any type of assistance to submit an application or to attend any recruitment or selection event, we would like to help you to ensure that your experience is as smooth as possible. If you need assistance, information, or answers to your questions, feel free to contact us or have any of your representatives contact us at Baker Hughes Application Assistance Toll Free at 1-866-324-4562. This method of contact has been put in place ONLY to be used by those internal and external applicants who have a disability and are requesting accommodation._ _For all other inquiries on your application, log in to your profile and click on the My Jobpage tab. General application status inquiries will not be handled by the call center._ **Job:** _Repair and Maintenance_ **Title:** _AMO Technician (Electro/Mechanical) - 2nd Shift - Oklahoma City, OK_ **Location:** _NORTH AMERICA-UNITED STATES-Oklahoma-OKLAHOMA CITY_ **Requisition ID:** _1708341_
          (USA-TX-MIDLAND) AMO Technician (Equipment) - 2nd Shift - Midland, TX   
LOCATION Midland, TX EMPLOYMENT STATUS Full Time Regular ABOUT THIS JOB Baker Hughes Incorporated has an opening for an AMO Technician in Midland, TX. As a leader in the oilfield services industry, Baker Hughes offers opportunities for qualified people who want to grow in our high performance organization. Our leading technologies and our ability to apply them safely and effectively create value for our customers and our shareholders. KEY RESPONSIBILITIES/ACCOUNTABILITIES + Troubleshoot, test, assemble, disassemble and perform visual inspection of electro-mechanical assemblies + Assist in incident investigations and troubleshooting and diagnosing equipment issues. + Assist in the enhancement of maintenance processes, documentation, and quality + Assist in reworking, repairing and modifying non-conforming equipment + Perform complex and difficult tests with minimal instruction and documentation + Ability to identify and communicate technical problems by using logical troubleshooting techniques + Provide coaching to other technicians in areas of proven competence + Compliance with HS&E policies and procedures ESSENTIAL QUALIFICATIONS/REQUIREMENTS + High School diploma or GED + 5 years relevant industry experience (airline, military, oilfield, automotive) + Advanced skills in soldering and assembling of electro-mechanical devices + Ability to read and interpret blueprints, wiring diagrams, assembly prints and parts lists and follow formal procedures and maintenance practices + Proficient in the use of multi-meters, mego-hm meters, hi-pot testers and other basic instruments + Proficient in the use of measurement and gauging equipment and processes PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS/REQUIREMENTS + Technical diploma or Associates degree in Electrical or Mechanical field + Versed in fluid power technology, AC/DC circuits and electro-mechanical devices. Proficient in the use of oscilloscopes + 1 years maintenance related experience in electro-mechanical function or minimum + Advanced computer skills + Ability to operate crane/hoist and pallet jack + Knowledge of power and pneumatic tools and their uses (examples: drill, grinder, polisher, sander, screwdriver, wrenches and sockets) + Knowledge of workshop equipment and their uses (examples: air compressor, cleaning equipment, grease gun, hoist, jack, lifting equipment, measuring equipment, diagnostic equipment) + Knowledge of measuring equipment and their uses (examples: tapes, dial test indicator, micrometer, torque wrenches, vernier calipers) + Proficient in reading/interpreting assembly blueprints and following written and verbal work instructions + Forklift experience + Troubleshooting skills + Electrical experience OTHER DETAILS + Availability to work overtime, weekends and holidays, if required. + Must be able to work in the US, for any employer, without sponsorship. COMPANY OVERVIEW Baker Hughes is a leading supplier of oilfield services, products, technology and systems to the worldwide oil and natural gas industry. By being the service company that best anticipates, understands and exceeds our customers' expectations, Baker Hughes Advances Reservoir Performance. The company's 39,000-plus employees work in more than 80 countries in geomarket teams that help customers find, evaluate, drill, produce, transport and process hydrocarbon resources. Baker Hughes' technology centers in the world's leading energy markets are pushing the boundaries to overcome progressively more complex challenges. Baker Hughes develops solutions designed to help manage operating expenses, maximize reserve recovery and boost overall return on investment through the entire life cycle of an oil or gas asset. Collaboration is the foundation upon which Baker Hughes builds our business and develops next-generation products and services for drilling and evaluation, completions and production and fluids and chemicals. For more information on Baker Hughes' century-long history, visit our website. _Baker Hughes is an Equal Employment Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, gender, gender identity, marital status, pregnancy, race, national origin, ethnic origin, color, disability status, veteran status, religion, sexual orientation or any other protection guaranteed by local law._ _If you are applying to a position in the US and you are an individual with disability or a disabled veteran status, religion, sexual orientation or any other protection guaranteed by local lawran and would like any type of assistance to submit an application or to attend any recruitment or selection event, we would like to help you to ensure that your experience is as smooth as possible. If you need assistance, information, or answers to your questions, feel free to contact us or have any of your representatives contact us at Baker Hughes Application Assistance Toll Free at 1-866-324-4562. This method of contact has been put in place ONLY to be used by those internal and external applicants who have a disability and are requesting accommodation._ _For all other inquiries on your application, log in to your profile and click on the My Jobpage tab. General application status inquiries will not be handled by the call center._ **Job:** _Repair and Maintenance_ **Title:** _AMO Technician (Equipment) - 2nd Shift - Midland, TX_ **Location:** _NORTH AMERICA-UNITED STATES-Texas-MIDLAND_ **Requisition ID:** _1708882_
          (USA-OK-OKLAHOMA CITY) AMO Technician (Electro/Mechanical) - 2nd Shift - Oklahoma City, OK   
**LOCATION** Oklahoma City, OK **EMPLOYMENT STATUS** Full Time Regular **ABOUT THIS JOB** Baker Hughes Incorporated has an opening for an AMO Technician in Oklahoma City, OK. As a leader in the oilfield services industry, Baker Hughes offers opportunities for qualified people who want to grow in our high performance organization. Our leading technologies and our ability to apply them safely and effectively create value for our customers and our shareholders. **KEY RESPONSIBILITIES/ACCOUNTABILITIES** + Troubleshoot, test, assemble, disassemble and perform visual inspection of electro-mechanical assemblies + Assist in reworking, repairing and modifying non-conforming equipment + Perform complex and difficult tests with minimal instruction and documentation + Ability to identify and communicate technical problems by using logical troubleshooting techniques + Provide coaching to other technicians in areas of proven competence + Compliance with HS&E policies and procedures **ESSENTIAL QUALIFICATIONS/REQUIREMENTS** + High School Diploma or GED + Advanced skills in soldering and assembling of electro-mechanical devices + Ability to read and interpret blueprints, wiring diagrams, assembly prints and parts lists and follow formal procedures and maintenance practices + Proficient in the use of multi-meters, mego-hm meters, hi-pot testers and other basic instruments + Proficient in the use of measurement and gauging equipment and processes + Advanced computer skills **PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS/REQUIREMENTS** + Technical diploma or Associates degree in Electrical or Mechanical field + Versed in fluid power technology, AC/DC circuits and electro-mechanical devices. Proficient in the use of oscilloscopes + 1 years maintenance related experience in electro-mechanical function or minimum + 1 years relevant industrial experience (Airline, Military, Oilfield, Automotive, Electronic + Ability to operate crane/hoist and pallet jack + Knowledge of power and pneumatic tools and their uses (examples: drill, grinder, polisher, sander, screwdriver, wrenches and sockets) + Knowledge of workshop equipment and their uses (examples: air compressor, cleaning equipment, grease gun, hoist, jack, lifting equipment, measuring equipment, diagnostic equipment) + Knowledge of measuring equipment and their uses (examples: tapes, dial test indicator, micrometer, torque wrenches, vernier calipers) + Proficient in reading/interpreting assembly blueprints and following written and verbal work instructions + Forklift experience + Troubleshooting skills + Electrical experience **OTHER DETAILS** + Ability to work shift work. + Must be able to work in the US, for any employer, without sponsorship. + Availability to work overtime, weekends and holidays, if required **COMPANY OVERVIEW** Baker Hughes is a leading supplier of oilfield services, products, technology and systems to the worldwide oil and natural gas industry. By being the service company that best anticipates, understands and exceeds our customers' expectations, Baker Hughes Advances Reservoir Performance. The company's 39,000-plus employees work in more than 80 countries in geomarket teams that help customers find, evaluate, drill, produce, transport and process hydrocarbon resources. Baker Hughes' technology centers in the world's leading energy markets are pushing the boundaries to overcome progressively more complex challenges. Baker Hughes develops solutions designed to help manage operating expenses, maximize reserve recovery and boost overall return on investment through the entire life cycle of an oil or gas asset. Collaboration is the foundation upon which Baker Hughes builds our business and develops next-generation products and services for drilling and evaluation, completions and production and fluids and chemicals. For more information on Baker Hughes' century-long history, visit our website. _Baker Hughes is an Equal Employment Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, gender, gender identity, marital status, pregnancy, race, national origin, ethnic origin, color, disability status, veteran status, religion, sexual orientation or any other protection guaranteed by local law._ _If you are applying to a position in the US and you are an individual with disability or a disabled veteran status, religion, sexual orientation or any other protection guaranteed by local lawran and would like any type of assistance to submit an application or to attend any recruitment or selection event, we would like to help you to ensure that your experience is as smooth as possible. If you need assistance, information, or answers to your questions, feel free to contact us or have any of your representatives contact us at Baker Hughes Application Assistance Toll Free at 1-866-324-4562. This method of contact has been put in place ONLY to be used by those internal and external applicants who have a disability and are requesting accommodation._ _For all other inquiries on your application, log in to your profile and click on the My Jobpage tab. General application status inquiries will not be handled by the call center._ **Job:** _Repair and Maintenance_ **Title:** _AMO Technician (Electro/Mechanical) - 2nd Shift - Oklahoma City, OK_ **Location:** _NORTH AMERICA-UNITED STATES-Oklahoma-OKLAHOMA CITY_ **Requisition ID:** _1708339_
          (USA-TX-MIDLAND) AMO Technician (Equipment) - 2nd Shift - Midland, TX   
LOCATION Midland, TX EMPLOYMENT STATUS Full Time Regular ABOUT THIS JOB Baker Hughes Incorporated has an opening for an AMO Technician in Midland, TX. As a leader in the oilfield services industry, Baker Hughes offers opportunities for qualified people who want to grow in our high performance organization. Our leading technologies and our ability to apply them safely and effectively create value for our customers and our shareholders. KEY RESPONSIBILITIES/ACCOUNTABILITIES + Troubleshoot, test, assemble, disassemble and perform visual inspection of electro-mechanical assemblies + Assist in incident investigations and troubleshooting and diagnosing equipment issues. + Assist in the enhancement of maintenance processes, documentation, and quality + Assist in reworking, repairing and modifying non-conforming equipment + Perform complex and difficult tests with minimal instruction and documentation + Ability to identify and communicate technical problems by using logical troubleshooting techniques + Provide coaching to other technicians in areas of proven competence + Compliance with HS&E policies and procedures ESSENTIAL QUALIFICATIONS/REQUIREMENTS + High School diploma or GED + 5 years relevant industry experience (airline, military, oilfield, automotive) + Advanced skills in soldering and assembling of electro-mechanical devices + Ability to read and interpret blueprints, wiring diagrams, assembly prints and parts lists and follow formal procedures and maintenance practices + Proficient in the use of multi-meters, mego-hm meters, hi-pot testers and other basic instruments + Proficient in the use of measurement and gauging equipment and processes PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS/REQUIREMENTS + Technical diploma or Associates degree in Electrical or Mechanical field + Versed in fluid power technology, AC/DC circuits and electro-mechanical devices. Proficient in the use of oscilloscopes + 1 years maintenance related experience in electro-mechanical function or minimum + Advanced computer skills + Ability to operate crane/hoist and pallet jack + Knowledge of power and pneumatic tools and their uses (examples: drill, grinder, polisher, sander, screwdriver, wrenches and sockets) + Knowledge of workshop equipment and their uses (examples: air compressor, cleaning equipment, grease gun, hoist, jack, lifting equipment, measuring equipment, diagnostic equipment) + Knowledge of measuring equipment and their uses (examples: tapes, dial test indicator, micrometer, torque wrenches, vernier calipers) + Proficient in reading/interpreting assembly blueprints and following written and verbal work instructions + Forklift experience + Troubleshooting skills + Electrical experience OTHER DETAILS + Availability to work overtime, weekends and holidays, if required. + Must be able to work in the US, for any employer, without sponsorship. COMPANY OVERVIEW Baker Hughes is a leading supplier of oilfield services, products, technology and systems to the worldwide oil and natural gas industry. By being the service company that best anticipates, understands and exceeds our customers' expectations, Baker Hughes Advances Reservoir Performance. The company's 39,000-plus employees work in more than 80 countries in geomarket teams that help customers find, evaluate, drill, produce, transport and process hydrocarbon resources. Baker Hughes' technology centers in the world's leading energy markets are pushing the boundaries to overcome progressively more complex challenges. Baker Hughes develops solutions designed to help manage operating expenses, maximize reserve recovery and boost overall return on investment through the entire life cycle of an oil or gas asset. Collaboration is the foundation upon which Baker Hughes builds our business and develops next-generation products and services for drilling and evaluation, completions and production and fluids and chemicals. For more information on Baker Hughes' century-long history, visit our website. _Baker Hughes is an Equal Employment Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, gender, gender identity, marital status, pregnancy, race, national origin, ethnic origin, color, disability status, veteran status, religion, sexual orientation or any other protection guaranteed by local law._ _If you are applying to a position in the US and you are an individual with disability or a disabled veteran status, religion, sexual orientation or any other protection guaranteed by local lawran and would like any type of assistance to submit an application or to attend any recruitment or selection event, we would like to help you to ensure that your experience is as smooth as possible. If you need assistance, information, or answers to your questions, feel free to contact us or have any of your representatives contact us at Baker Hughes Application Assistance Toll Free at 1-866-324-4562. This method of contact has been put in place ONLY to be used by those internal and external applicants who have a disability and are requesting accommodation._ _For all other inquiries on your application, log in to your profile and click on the My Jobpage tab. General application status inquiries will not be handled by the call center._ **Job:** _Repair and Maintenance_ **Title:** _AMO Technician (Equipment) - 2nd Shift - Midland, TX_ **Location:** _NORTH AMERICA-UNITED STATES-Texas-MIDLAND_ **Requisition ID:** _1708881_
          (USA-TX-MIDLAND) AMO Technician (Equipment) - Midland, TX - 1st Shift   
LOCATION Midland, TX EMPLOYMENT STATUS Full Time Regular ABOUT THIS JOB Baker Hughes Incorporated has an opening for an Equipment Technician to be based out of Midland, TX. As a leader in the oilfield services industry, Baker Hughes offers opportunities for qualified people who want to grow in our high performance organization. Our leading technologies and our ability to apply them safely and effectively create value for our customers and our shareholders. Baker Hughes is an Equal Employment Affirmative Action Employer. KEY RESPONSIBILITIES/ACCOUNTABILITIES + Troubleshoot, test, assemble, disassemble and perform visual inspection of mechanical assemblies. + Assist in reworking and repairing of equipment + Perform complex and difficult tests with detailed instruction and documentation. + Ability to identify and communicate technical problems by using logical troubleshooting techniques. + Provide coaching to other technicians in areas of proven competence. + Compliance with HS&E policies and procedure ESSENTIAL QUALIFICATIONS/REQUIREMENTS + High School Diploma or GED + The ability to lift up to 50 lbs. on a regular basis + 1 plus years of experience utilizing overhead cranes, forklifts and mechanical hand tools. + 2 years relevant industrial experience (Airline, Military, Oilfield, Automotive or etc.) + 2 years of experience in the use of measurement, gauging equipment and measurement processes. + 2 years of experience utilizing a torque machine. + Advanced computer skills. + Strong organizational skills PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS/REQUIREMENTS + Technical diploma or Associates degree in a Mechanical field. + Versed in fluid power technology, + 2 years maintenance related experience in mechanical function + Ability to read and interpret blueprints, assembly prints and manuals OTHER DETAILS + Candidates must be available to work overtime, weekends and holidays as required + Candidates must be willing to be on call weekends on a rotating basis + Candidates must be authorized to work in the US, for any employer, without sponsorship. COMPANY OVERVIEW Baker Hughes is a leading supplier of oilfield services, products, technology and systems to the worldwide oil and natural gas industry. By being the service company that best anticipates, understands and exceeds our customers' expectations, Baker Hughes Advances Reservoir Performance. The company's 39,000-plus employees work in more than 80 countries in geomarket teams that help customers find, evaluate, drill, produce, transport and process hydrocarbon resources. Baker Hughes' technology centers in the world's leading energy markets are pushing the boundaries to overcome progressively more complex challenges. Baker Hughes develops solutions designed to help manage operating expenses, maximize reserve recovery and boost overall return on investment through the entire life cycle of an oil or gas asset. Collaboration is the foundation upon which Baker Hughes builds our business and develops next-generation products and services for drilling and evaluation, completions and production and fluids and chemicals. For more information on Baker Hughes' century-long history, visit our website. _Baker Hughes is an Equal Employment Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, gender, gender identity, marital status, pregnancy, race, national origin, ethnic origin, color, disability status, veteran status, religion, sexual orientation or any other protection guaranteed by local law._ _If you are applying to a position in the US and you are an individual with disability or a disabled veteran status, religion, sexual orientation or any other protection guaranteed by local lawran and would like any type of assistance to submit an application or to attend any recruitment or selection event, we would like to help you to ensure that your experience is as smooth as possible. If you need assistance, information, or answers to your questions, feel free to contact us or have any of your representatives contact us at Baker Hughes Application Assistance Toll Free at 1-866-324-4562. This method of contact has been put in place ONLY to be used by those internal and external applicants who have a disability and are requesting accommodation._ _For all other inquiries on your application, log in to your profile and click on the My Jobpage tab. General application status inquiries will not be handled by the call center._ **Job:** _Quality and Reliability_ **Title:** _AMO Technician (Equipment) - Midland, TX - 1st Shift_ **Location:** _NORTH AMERICA-UNITED STATES-Texas-MIDLAND_ **Requisition ID:** _1707022_
          Episode 534: Kailtyn Leaks? Tiger Would! RCWR Show 5-30-17   
5/30/17: This week on The RCWR Show... -Great Memorial Weekend? Former WWE Diva Kaitlyn didn't! -Importance of interactions on social media -WWE RAW, Smackdown keypoints -How Bailey's This is Your Life should have been booked -Table for 3 Feat. Eric Bischoff, Jim Cornett, Michael Hayes review -NBA Finals 2017 Preview and projected winner -O.J Simpson could be getting out soon... -Tiger Woods...What happened man??? -Listener questions BROUGHT TO YOU IN PART BY http://www.loveoflifeblueprint.com/ The Love of Life Blueprint© will provide details that give people confidence and awareness to better plan and prepare for both life and death situations. We believe that no family should have to face these events with no guidance of what to do next. The Mission of The Love of Life Blueprint© is to empower everyday people with invaluable information and direction to make it easy to organize your important business documents, information, wishes and instructions. Think of how much precious time and worry you will save your loved ones by having your Love of Life Blueprint© ready during an emergency. You will have a tremendous sense of security knowing that you have provided immeasurable footprints for the people you love. Follow on Twitter, Facebook, Vine, Instagram, Periscope at The RCWR Show COVERING THE LATEST IN ENTERTAINMENT & BEYOND SINCE 2011! SUPPORT THE SHOW WITH A DONATION! PATREON: https://www.patreon.com/rcwrshow?ty=h GOOGLE PLAY: http://tinyurl.com/zb73e86 SPREAKER: http://bit.ly/1z81cT5 ITUNES: http://bit.ly/1B9Fy1E MIXLR: http://bit.ly/1LMDwHq STITCHER: http://bit.ly/1yByytu IHEARTRADIO: http://bit.ly/15Itbyx YOUTUBE: http://bit.ly/1Kzp3yO
          Episode 533: R.I.P Chris Cornell with Rob Schamberger | The RCWR Show 5-23-17   
5/23/17: This week on The RCWR Show with Lee Sanders... -Thoughts on Dwayne The Rock Johnson returning to NBC's Saturday Night Live for his 5th appearance as host. -Arianna Grande Concert at Manchester Arena atack aftermath! -WWE artist Rob Schamberger stops by talking WWE and previewing AWESOME-CON. -Looking back at WWE Backlash and Jinder Mahal's win -Anthem's Ed Northam: "WWE Doesn't want Broken Hardy gimmick! -The Passing of Chris Cornell... -R.I.P Roger Moore...The second or third best James Bond actor! -Shelly Martinez retires thoughts -Timewarping this week... BROUGHT TO YOU IN PART BY http://www.loveoflifeblueprint.com/ The Love of Life Blueprint© will provide details that give people confidence and awareness to better plan and prepare for both life and death situations. We believe that no family should have to face these events with no guidance of what to do next. The Mission of The Love of Life Blueprint© is to empower everyday people with invaluable information and direction to make it easy to organize your important business documents, information, wishes and instructions. Think of how much precious time and worry you will save your loved ones by having your Love of Life Blueprint© ready during an emergency. You will have a tremendous sense of security knowing that you have provided immeasurable footprints for the people you love. Follow on Twitter, Facebook, Vine, Instagram, Periscope at The RCWR Show COVERING THE LATEST IN ENTERTAINMENT & BEYOND SINCE 2011! SUPPORT THE SHOW WITH A DONATION! PATREON: https://www.patreon.com/rcwrshow?ty=h GOOGLE PLAY: http://tinyurl.com/zb73e86 SPREAKER: http://bit.ly/1z81cT5 ITUNES: http://bit.ly/1B9Fy1E MIXLR: http://bit.ly/1LMDwHq STITCHER: http://bit.ly/1yByytu IHEARTRADIO: http://bit.ly/15Itbyx YOUTUBE: http://bit.ly/1Kzp3yO
          2nd shift Unit Assembler - Kalwall Corporation - Manchester, NH   
Use of shop math together with drawings, blueprints, specifications, charts, tables, adjustable measuring instruments, involving some training in mechanical... $12.87 an hour
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          Author Mj Lykins‘s Newly Released “Carpenter: Build My Man” Is an In-depth Examination of Family Life in America and a Call for a Return to Traditional Family Values   

“Carpenter: Build My Man” from Christian Faith Publishing author MJ Lykins is a revelation of men’s responsibility for the current state of the American family. Using colorful, creative backdrops mingled with true life stories, MJ Lykins presents a manageable and intriguing blueprint that has impacted men in positive ways.

(PRWeb July 06, 2017)

Read the full story at http://www.prweb.com/releases/2017/07/prweb14474246.htm


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          Production MIG Welder (Days/Nights/Weekends) - Meridian Manufacturing Inc. - Regina, SK   
Reporting to the Welding Supervisor, Welder I is responsible for fitting, assembling and welding parts of a structural nature in accordance with blueprints,...
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          Comment on Onsite SEO Blueprint + Ranking 3rd in 7 Minutes! by Tom   
Hey Steve, thanks for the comment. You're exactly right! The same strategies that worked last year, still work well to this date. We still use all the same tactics and have very good results with them. Hope the articles helped :)
          Comment on Onsite SEO Blueprint + Ranking 3rd in 7 Minutes! by Steve Goldberg   
Come on dude, we know this article (and the PBN one) isn't written in Jan 2016, you just change the published date... Aside from that, great article.
          2nd shift Unit Assembler - Kalwall Corporation - Manchester, NH   
Use of shop math together with drawings, blueprints, specifications, charts, tables, adjustable measuring instruments, involving some training in mechanical... $12.87 an hour
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          Planerman Millwright - Interfor Corporation - Chase, BC   
Install machinery and equipment according to layout plans, blueprints, and other drawings, using hoists, lift trucks, hand tools, and power tools....
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          To Plot or not to Plot by Allison Brennan   
LUCY BURDETTE: I was skimming over the Sisters in Crime listserv a couple of weeks ago, and the discussion turned to plotting versus writing by the seat of your pants. I was absolutely blown away by Allison Brennan's response, and knew instantly that you would want to read about her writing process. Welcome Allison!



ALLISON BRENNAN: At my first ever writer’s conference in 2005--after I sold my first book but before it hit the shelves--my friend Patti Berg and I came up with a workshop called “No Plotters Allowed: Solutions to writer’s block for those who can’t, won’t, or don’t plot.” 

One of the reasons Patti and I came up with this idea was our mutual frustration at being told that we were “doing it wrong.” That there was an established way to write and those of us who didn’t plot were somehow inferior to those who did.

There is no one right way to write a book. Some people plot. Some people don’t. And there are many people who combine plotting and pantsing. (I prefer “organic writing” to “pantsing.”)

The most important thing is that the writer finish the book. How is almost irrelevant, as long as we reach THE END.

Books by authors who heavily outline (Andrew Gross, Suzanne Brockmann, James Patterson) are no better than books by authors who write organically (Stephen King, Nora Roberts, Lee Child.) And vice versa. 

I’ve had writer friends insist that I must plot because I write mystery/thrillers. I say I don’t. I often don’t even know who the killer is. I sometimes write a great scene and have no idea how my characters are going to get out alive. Sometimes they don’t all survive. My characters often surprise me, and that’s one of the most fun things about writing organically.

Usually I start with nothing but a premise. What if a killer used a crime fiction writer’s books as blueprints for murder? (That idea became my debut novel, THE PREY.) I started writing and my main character took shape as she woke up and I wrote what I saw – how she felt, what she did, what she learned in that all-important first chapter. It set the stage for the entire book.

Sometimes I start with a character. Obviously, if you write a series you already have a core character or two. But the plot itself? That comes as my character goes to work. I want to challenge them as well as provide an interesting and exciting story for my readers. What if Sean and Lucy are camping and come across a couple who are acting suspicious? What if Lucy’s mentor is killed at Quantico? What if a crime in Sean’s past is used against him? What if Sean learns he has a son – but his son’s step-father is a criminal?

Almost always I write one or two paragraphs that summarize the core story, so in a sense I know the basics. I know what kind of mystery I’m writing—a thriller, a whodunit, a psychological suspense. I know the main character and the launch point of the story (a murder, a kidnapping, a prison break, etc.) Beyond that? Nothing. I often don't know who the killer is until my hero figures it out. And sometimes, what I think is the main crime in the first chapter is minor compared to what happens later!

When you write organically you can't be afraid to edit. I cut and rewrite tens of thousands of words. My books usually exceed 100K words, but I often completely rewrite scenes, cut scenes—sometimes dozens of pages—and I’ve also been known to write completely new endings. The editor of my first 17 books at Ballantine told me she loved my revisions because it was like reading a completely new book and she never knew what was going to happen. 

Because writing is rewriting, I don't stress over word choice, scene blocking, or description in my first draft. I layer that in on the second draft. If I get stuck, I reread from the beginning or just skip to the next logical scene. I always ask, what would my character do in this situation? I try to avoid getting distracted by research unless it's plot critical. Meaning, if my character finds a dead body buried for 10 years I don't describe it in the first draft. When I'm done I'll figure out what they saw and set the scene. However if there is a critical clue where I need to know exactly how the body looks because that's important to the plot, then I'll pull out my forensic books, use Google, or call an expert. Since I edit as I go, my first drafts are fairly clean. Each morning, I re-read what I wrote the day before to make sure that it’s free of major mistakes and it makes sense. That process jumpstarts my creativity.

I've published more than 30 books and haven't plotted or outlined any of them. My way is not the best way. It’s the best way for me.

Writers write. It’s what we do. Find the best process for you, the way you can get from beginning through the middle and type THE END. Anyone who says you’re doing it wrong? Ignore them. I’m glad I did.

So I’m going to ask you what Patti and I asked our workshops: what do you do when you’re stuck? Or, do you need help getting unstuck? Let me know and I’ll see if I can help! 

For the readers out there, can you tell the difference between books from plotters and books from people who don't plot?

New York Times bestselling author Allison Brennan has two books out this summer, TWO TO DIE FOR and SHATTERED. You can read more and follow her here:


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          Production MIG Welder (Days/Nights/Weekends) - Meridian Manufacturing Inc. - Regina, SK   
Reporting to the Welding Supervisor, Welder I is responsible for fitting, assembling and welding parts of a structural nature in accordance with blueprints,...
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          President Trump’s Team is Drafting Tax Reform Legislation   

President Trump’s Team is Drafting Tax Reform Legislation US President Donald Trump’s administration is working on a new tax reform legislation  that goes beyond the House of Representatives’ tax reform blueprint, according to the latest reports I have received. “The House can go and do what they want to do. We are going to formulate […]

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          Where’s The Party At? Summer Fun at The Charles and Colony Bar   

After suffering through winter, what we’ve all been waiting for is finally here: SUMMER! What’s on the agenda? We’ve got a couple ideas! Do you like good music? Watching sports? Dancing? A good brunch!? If you’re yelling “yeah-yeah-yeah!” at your screen, boy do we have just the thing for you. Let’s head to Gastown in […]

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          The New Trump Reality Show: “Beat the Press”   

The New Trump Reality Show: “Beat the Press” $TWTR Sunday, Rush Limbaugh blasted the mainstream media for what he called an effort to “destroy” US President Donald Trump. “The media did not make Donald Trump and they cannot destroy him,” Mr. Limbaugh said on TV. “They have a formula, they have a blueprint for destroying […]

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          Manager – Maintenance - Midway Attractions Corporate Office - Dubai   
Ability to read blueprints pertaining to rides, attractions, electrical, mechanical and plumbing. Extensive knowledge of Heat exchangers, Water filtration...
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          Strengths   
Strengths and playing to them are key to what makes a successful life. My guest today, on the Steve Jobs inspired Join Up Dots free podcast interview is a lady who you might mistake for Superwoman and if you do, you won’t be alone. She is regularly featured on television news segments, inside major blogs and publications, and on podcasts from all over the globe. She’s an accomplished Success Coach, Speaker, host of the Maximize Your Strengths podcast, as well as published Author of the hot new book; From Frustrated to Frickin’ Awesome: 4 Steps to Achieve the Success You’re Wired For. But more than anything else she’s an exceedingly proud wife and mother of two, who loves helping others discover how to make their businesses and relationships thrive in harmony. But this was as far from her starting point as you can possibly imagine. Graduating from St Catherine University with a post baccalaureate certificate in Nursing, she entered into the medical profession as a Clinical Dietitian and Registered Nurse before a four year stint as a beauty consultant for Mary Kay So from my viewpoint, she has always had a nurturing side to her character, wanting people to look and feel as good as they can right from the outset. And so you can see that where she is now, is as far away as she could be, but also very similar in concept, she has found a way to maximise her strengths, provide more value to the world and enjoy herself in the process. As she says “While I’ve always been interested in self-development, in the last 9 years, I dove into investment in my training, self-improvement, and coaching. In addition to classroom style learning, I’ve gained valuable knowledge from seminars, home-coaching programs, group-coaching programs, one-on-one coaching relationships, books, self-study, and real-life successes and failures. My clients benefit from all of that education and experience wrapped into one business coach!” So people you find what you want to do naturally, your unique strength, up-skill yourself and then solve the problems of others in that area. Seems simple doesn’t it? So if this is the blueprint for success, why do so many people struggle with finding their way through the pain and scarcity to make a success of their lives? And when was the moment when she sat bolt upright in bed and screamed “Erueeerka I know what I should be doing in my life!!” Well let’s find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots with the one and only Alissa Daire Nelson Show Highlights During the show we discussed such weighty topics with Alissa Daire Nelson such as: Why getting to know yourself is so vitally important if you ever want to be the greatest version of yourself that you can possibly be. Why Alissa feels that there is always another devil in another level and it doesnt matter where you are on the journey there are scary times ahead. Why masterminds are so uber powerful and an extremely cost effective way to keep you on track and focused on the right results. and lastly…. Why stability in ones life is so familiar and comfortable, and why all entrepreneurs have moments of thinking “Wouldn’t it be easier just to get a job?”
          Larry Summers   

Star economist Lawrence Summers—best known as just plain "Larry"—still has the aura of a wunderkind. Not only did he become a tenured Harvard professor at the tender age of 28, Summers had already served as Bill Clinton's Treasury Secretary when, at 46, he was appointed president of Harvard University in 2001.

With his hard-charging ways, and his insistence on shaking up what he saw as the complacent university establishment, especially the powerful faculty of arts and sciences, Summers gained popularity and support from undergraduates and alumni, but antagonized many others. Five years after his inauguration, it all came crashing down amid a series of ugly and highly publicized confrontations, particularly with celebrity professor Cornel West, who went public with his complaints and departed for Princeton after Summers privately questioned his academic output. The coup de grâce came when Summers, in a closed-door symposium, reportedly mused that there might be intrinsic reasons, worthy of study, why women were underrepresented in the science fields. He was forced to resign amid a predictable outcry.

SUMMERS' TIME

On the Economy:
"Moving beyond a 'trust the market no matter what, what's best for Wall Street is what's best for America' approach to the financial markets, is important."
On Echoes of 1998:
"This crisis this time is about us, not about them."
On Business:
"It's a lot less political than Washington, and Washington's a lot less political than academic administration."

These days Summers is back teaching at Harvard—but not, he points out, as a member of the arts and sciences faculty—and dipping his toe in the grubby business of making money while advising Senator Barack Obama's presidential campaign. On Monday, he discussed his life and times in an exclusive interview with Portfolio.com.  

Lloyd Grove: So, first of all, what's your reaction to what has happened with Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac?
 
Larry Summers: Oh, it's a sad story. Something like what Secretary Paulson did was almost certainly necessary, given the problems the economy and those firms found themselves in. To have allowed the general financial failure of those firms would've been to invite catastrophe in financial markets, the housing markets, and the economy. It's a sad thing that things came to this point, and it's a reflection of the eight years of relatively unsuccessful economic performance that has fed through the financial system and the housing market. It's a reflection of the special interests that, over many years, created the "heads I win, tails people lose" privatized-gain-socialized-loss formula for the G.S.E.'s (government-sponsored enterprises, like Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac). And, in a different way, it's a reflection of the fact that their regulator was cheerleading for their capital adequacy until the very absolute last moment. So while it's often said that success has many fathers and failure is an orphan, this unfortunate episode probably does have a fair number of parents.

L.G.: Are you one of them?
 
L.S.: Um, I hope not! During my time as secretary of the Treasury, to the outrage of a very large number of lobbyists in both political parties, I spoke out about the G.S.E.'s as a potential source of systemic risk, and raised questions about the adequacy of the regulatory framework within which they were operating, and pressed for clearer procedures to deal with any financial problems that they might have. Unfortunately, I was sorry at the time that there wasn't more Congressional responsiveness to those expressions of concern.
 
L.G.: Do you think if you'd been any more persistent or louder or more rabid on the subject that you would've been able to break through and counteract the well-oiled political machine?
 
L.S.: Oh, I think we'll never know. But I think, at that point, the strength that the institutions had and the loyalty that they commanded on Capitol Hill was very, very strong. So I think it would've been extremely difficult to have done anything. My conscience is clear.
 
L.G.: Where do we go from here?
 
L.S.: My hope is that we will use the next 18 months to find an appropriate and much more explicit division of responsibility between the private and the public sector. There almost certainly is a need for the public sector to take an explicit role in doing some of the things that the G.S.E.'s were doing, providing an emergency backstop for the mortgage markets, providing support for some lower-income populations. There are other areas where there's no need for a public institution, and certainly not for public guarantees that benefit primarily shareholders. And so fostering the right division of labor between private and public institutions, thinking about the broad questions—if there are going to be government guarantees, should there be only two enterprises that are able to benefit from them?—these are all questions that will need to be carefully debated over the next year.

L.G.: And obviously it's going to be the job of the next administration. You've suggested that they might be broken up and sold off in pieces. What do you think should happen?
  
L.S.: I think it's going to require a great deal of study and it's going to require exploration, seeing how the mortgage market functions over the next while before one's in a position to make any judgment: I don't think this is a moment for market fundamentalism. Anyone who looks at the performance of the subprime markets and the jumbo markets where the G.S.E.'s were absent, over the last year, has to see that the calls of many for simply privatizing and shrinking these institutions may well be taking a large risk with a crucial part of the financial system. At the same time, you can't keep going the way we've been with privatized gain and socialized loss. So I think it's a very technical and complex question and it's premature to suggest a blueprint at this point.

L.G.: By the way, do you feel like you're done with government work? Or, should Obama win, would you like to have a hand in fixing this problem? 

L.S.: Oh I'm—I certainly have strong opinions on a range of public-policy questions, but I'm very happy right now doing what I'm doing, teaching and consulting and writing on public-policy issues.
 
L.G.: So you don't think much of Henry Kissinger's idea that you should be given a permanent job in the White House to fix flabby policy ideas?
 
L.S.: I'm happy doing what I'm doing and flattered by Henry's observation.
 
L.G.: You're "happy," that's such a political answer, what everybody's supposed to say. But if you were offered such a thing, you're so happy doing what you're doing that you wouldn't take it?
 
L.S.: I think I answered your question, Lloyd. I said as much as I'm going to say.
 
L.G.: Okay, fine, I hear you. So about how long have you been advising the Obama campaign on economics?
 
L.S.: The last few months.
 
L.G.: How did that come to pass? I notice that you've given pretty much equally to Obama and Hillary in terms of your campaign contributions. Were you initially with Hillary? I notice that your contribution to Hillary was after her campaign effectively ended.
 
L.S.: Precisely, yes. I was neutral during the process, just focused on hoping we got a strong Democratic candidate. And as people sought my advice on economic questions, I've provided it. And a number of people from the Obama campaign have sought my advice, and I've tried to be helpful.
 
L.G.: Have you had some chats with Obama about policy?
 
L.S.: I don't get into the details of private conversations. I was part of what I thought was a very impressive meeting that he had with a group of economic advisers several weeks ago, where we reviewed both the current financial difficulties and some of the challenges that a new administration was going to face.
 
L.G: Tell readers why and in what ways the Obama economic policy is superior to the McCain economic policy.
 
L.S.: Look, I think after a period during the 1990s, when the economy grew rapidly and a very large fraction of Americans shared in the prosperity and America's influence and respect in the world were expanded, we've been in a period in recent years when economic expansion has been less strong; when its fruits have gone to only a very small share of the population and where our position of trust and respect in the world has been very greatly eroded. So I think the question is whether we're going to change course or whether we're going to stay on the course. And I think aggressive response to recession through fiscal stimulus, including through rebuilding infrastructure in a strategic way, is important, and that's something that's been a focus for Senator Obama. I think moving beyond a "trust the market no matter what, what's best for Wall Street is what's best for America" approach to the financial markets is important if the economy is to work. That's what Senator Obama favors. I think we're in a time when wage growth has lagged far behind productivity growth, and when there's been a large-scale movement of income and wealth toward the top 1 percent. That may be hard in some ways for government to fix, but surely government should not reinforce it with its tax policies. And so I think making the focus of tax reduction be on the vast majority of American families, rather than on a very privileged few, is the right and responsible economic policy. I think that for the medium and longer term, it is essential that we have responsible budget and fiscal policies that maintain confidence in our economy and support high levels of investment. That's what we did in the 1990s. The three and a half extra trillion dollars that the Tax Policy Center estimates that Senator McCain will issue in debt over a decade will have a very substantial adverse impact on investment and growth and incomes, in my view. I think we've got to have a more focused and a more public approach to assuring health-care availability, so that we're in a position to contain costs. And that's what Senator Obama has advocated.
 
L.G.: Are you concerned about the deficit?
 
L.S.: Yeah, I am. But during a recession, the top priority for the near term isn't deficit reduction. For the medium term, an economy with almost no national savings, with the baby-boom generation starting to retire, fiscal responsibility is essential. Senator Obama, by talking about serious health-care reform, by talking about the need to address the Social Security issue, by focusing on making sure that each new initiative is paid for, has put forth a fiscally responsible program in the tradition of the approach that was taken during the 1990s. The other side has mostly described the additional taxes it's going to cut for the top 1 percent. And those several trillion dollars of deficit—it's not my estimate, and it's not some Democratic adviser's estimate, it's think tanks that review both sides' proposals—those extra several trillion dollars are, I think, likely to be quite burdensome on the economy. They took a risk with foreign confidence in our system, they took a risk with our vulnerability at a time when for the first time in history, really, the world's greatest power has made itself the world's greatest debtor.
 
L.G.: The Republicans generally seem to have had a lot of success in boiling down what they're doing to this very attractive idea of four words really: "low taxes, small government." Those are simple concepts to communicate in the next 58 days or whatever it is. Is there a simple, elegant, campaign-ready way to communicate the Obama plan?
 
L.S.: You know, I try to do policy, not spin. Yes, it may be that policy over the last eight years has been simple to describe, but the descriptions haven't fit the reality, since spending has gotten completely out of control on bridges to nowhere and much else, and the consequences for ordinary families have been disastrous. So I prefer thoughtful economic policy that may take whole sentences to describe over simple economic policies that can be summarized in four words, but the four words don't actually correspond to what's done, and the consequences are pretty serious. I think Obama's economic policies would involve government providing a foundation and the necessary... assistance to enable people to maximize their potential in the marketplace. And I think that's a much sounder approach.

L.G.: Do you have any idea where the bottom of the housing crisis is? Have we reached it yet or do you think it will be, as Yale economist Robert Shiller has said, perhaps worse than the Great Depression?

L.S.: Oh, I don't minimize at all the seriousness of our economic problems. There are a zillion statistics you can compare. I don't think it's realistic to suggest that somehow America is going to suffer in the way that it did during the Great Depression, when the unemployment rate was 25 percent and more than half the homes in the country were foreclosed. At the same time, I fear that we've got some significant room to go in the housing market, and I'd expect further price declines for another six to nine months.
 
L.G.: How does the current global credit crisis compare with the Asian and Russian crises of 1998 that you had to deal with?
 
L.S.: Well, I think the central difference is that this crisis this time is about us, not about them, and that makes it that much more immediate and painful. Some of the very same mistakes—of excessive budget deficits, failure to regulate financial institutions, excessive leverage—that led to those problems, are what led to our problems. That's why we were so focused in the 1990s on fiscal prudence, on proper regulation of financial institutions, you know. I think one thing we learned in the course of responding to those crises was that you never see the end of a crisis. You can usually date the end of the crisis to the first moment when a public official makes a forecast that proves too pessimistic. And I think, unfortunately there's been some tendency of the administration, and certainly of Senator McCain, to cheerlead their way through the situation by talking about how strong the economy is, and I actually think the moment will come when we address this crisis, when it's described in frank terms. It's from that point that you can begin to see repair, but I think there have been some real failures of recognition and acknowledgment in the response over the last year.

L.G.: But isn't that just human nature at work as well?
 
L.S.: Sure. Hindsight is always twenty-twenty. And I'm sure with the benefit of hindsight, in some areas, we no doubt would've made different judgments. But I think if you look at the responses and the comments that Chairman Greenspan and Secretary Rubin and I tried to use during the 1990s—President Clinton above all—we didn't try to minimize or deny problems that everybody saw were there. I think it's an important part of addressing these problems, and so I've been surprised by the political figures who said that this was just whining or the political figures that said the economy was really strong, or that this was a temporary dip. This is something the United States can manage, but I don't think we'll manage it successfully by minimizing its significance.

L.G.: You mentioned Alan Greenspan. A lot of fingers have been pointed at him, as you know, for helping create the conditions that caused the subprime crisis to happen. Do you think that's a fair or unfair criticism of his role?
 
L.S.: Lloyd, I think, looked at over 17 years, Alan Greenspan had a tremendous record as Fed chairman. It's easy to look at things with hindsight, and often decisions look different with hindsight than they do with foresight. And, unfortunately, you have to make them with foresight. Battlefield medicine is never perfect, and that's certainly true in the financial sector. But I think if you look at Alan Greenspan's record in its totality, it's a strong one.

L.G.: I was intrigued to read a comment of yours on the death of Milton Friedman, that in some sense we're all Friedmanites now, in the same way Nixon said we're all Keynesians. What did you mean by that?
 
L.S.: I mean that I think we've all come to a much greater appreciation of the role of prices, the role of incentives, and the role of markets. I mean, to take just one example, now the pro-environmental alternative is a cap and trade system or a tax on carbon emissions. I tend to support a cap and trade system, and I think if we ever make progress against global warming,—as I hope we will, as we need to—it will come through some kind of cap and trade system. Well, that's relying on markets, and that's a very different place than where the country was, and where thought was, when I went to college or graduate school, when the assumption was, to address a problem like that, you would use command and control regulation. And it was only a few isolated people who would support the use of market instruments in the same way. Almost everyone today supports charter schools and some elements of competition within education. That was a heretical notion a generation ago. So I think the kind of emphasis that Friedman has brought on what markets can do has gained quite wide acceptance. Where I would still very much part company with Friedman is in believing that while market outcomes may be efficient, they may be profoundly unfair, and there's a need for government to do things to redress the balance—and in believing that a market system can only work within a broader legal framework that only government can establish.
 
L.G.: Tell me, you've been involved in an online credit-card venture with Steve Case, as a managing director of this fund, D.E. Shaw, which seems to be part hedge fund and part venture capital. It's a huge thing isn't it?

L.S: Lloyd, since I've stepped down as Harvard president, my primary activity has been as a professor of economics at Harvard, teaching as a university professor in the various schools of the university.
 
L.G: Teaching undergraduates, too, right?
 
L.S.: You know, I practice what I preach.
 
L.G.: God bless you, sir.

L.S.: I put emphasis on undergraduate education when I was president, indeed taught undergraduates while I was president, so I've kept on teaching undergraduates. I've also, on a part-time basis, affiliated with D.E. Shaw, where I provide advice on a range of macroeconomics and strategy questions. Having studied financial markets as an academic, and having been closely engaged with them as a policymaker, it's been enormously interesting for me to get the participants' perspective on financial markets.

And then I've enjoyed being involved with a number of smaller companies such as the Revolution Money venture, which has a potentially very exciting credit-card technology, using credit and debit technology, using the internet that, in a sense, brings together bricks and clicks by providing both a capacity for regular retail transactions and also for online.

L.G.: Is that on the market yet?
 
L.S.: On a partial basis—through certain vendors and certain stores. And then there's a significant number of the cards now accepted at over a million places. A growing number of people are carrying the card, or the technology is providing the backbone for other cards that people are carrying. 

L.G.: On D.E. Shaw, I'm just curious, did you advise them to short Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac?
 
L.S.: Oh, I provided macroeconomic advice, not individual stock advice. Certainly, as goes with the financial-industry standards, I don't talk about the specifics of any advice I provide.

L.G.: And then you invested in Big Think.
 
L.S.: I did. You know, one of the great things about being in a university is the remarkable students you meet and the remarkable friends of the remarkable students you meet. And one of the founders of Big Think was friends with students and colleagues of mine. I was very excited about the idea of raising the level of public dialog, and so found it to be an exciting venture, and so invested on a small scale. We'll have to see how it all works out.

L.G.: You've obviously had a career, or several, in economic theory and public policy and in academic administration. What's it like being in the marketplace?
 
L.S.: It's a lot less political than Washington, and Washington's a lot less political than academic administration. There's pretty clear ways of knowing whether you were right or whether you were wrong. I find that to be satisfying and exciting. For somebody passionately interested in economic questions, you learn a lot by being alongside people who are actively engaged in trying to make profits.
 
L.G.: Is that a bit of a thrill? Do you get a kick out of that?
 
L.S.: Oh, you know, I'm somebody who's not been primarily commercially motivated. That's why I was a professor, then I was a government official, then an academic administrator. Now my primary activity is back to being a professor. But I've learned a lot and gotten a great deal of satisfaction and considerable zest out of these various business ventures that I've been involved with—again, very much, in the case of most of them, on a part-time basis. And I've certainly come to understand many aspects of financial markets better through my work with D.E. Shaw.
 
L.G.: You've mentioned that it's more political, for the sake of argument, let's say at Harvard than it was in Washington. Do you agree with that old saw that the reason academic politics are so vicious is because there's so little at stake? What's your sense of what you learned from that experience?

L.S.: I wouldn't want to deny that there's sometimes pettiness in academic life, but I actually think the stakes in how we organize basic science in the United States, the stakes in what the next generation of leaders are taught during the most formative years of their life, the stakes in what kind of international presence American universities do or do not establish, I don't think these are minor issues at all. And some of the steps that we were able to take during my presidency at Harvard—establishing for the first time for a major American university the principle that any family with income below $60,000 wouldn't have to make any financial contribution to undergraduate education; establishing as a normal expectation in a leading university that students would have an international experience before they graduated; commencing a building program that in total was 17 football fields worth of laboratory space for cutting-edge interdisciplinary science, not done with individual investigators but done collaboratively—I think these are large things that have a large effect on the society. So I would reject the idea that the stakes in what gets decided at universities are always small.
 
L.G.: You had enormous support from the undergraduate community and other sectors of the university community who didn't want you to go. You were very popular among the alumni, people giving large amounts of money to Harvard. And yet it wasn't sufficient. The faculty was by and large against you. Did you learn anything from that whole crucible?
 
L.S.: Oh, you know, I think as I said in my letter when I decided to resign, I was very proud of what the university had accomplished during my five years as president and the path that had been set. And whether it's in the construction of new science buildings or students studying abroad or extension of financial aid, I've been gratified by the way in which acting President [Derek] Bok and then President [Drew Gilpin] Faust have followed some of the broad priorities that I had set out and thought were very important. I tend to look forward more than I look back. I wish I'd been more successful in having the kind of good relationship with the liberal arts and sciences faculty that I had with the faculty in many of the professional schools. As with any kind of conflict, it's probably a mistake to think that fault is entirely on one side.

L.G.: You've acknowledged that what you said about women and science—which, as you pointed out, has been misinterpreted and oversimplified—was probably very imprudent of you. So you yourself have taken some responsibility.

L.S.: Yeah, and I certainly wouldn't ever claim not to have made mistakes, not to have done things that if I had it to do over again, I wouldn't have done. I don't think what was reported was a very fair reflection of my views, but the existence of the controversy didn't help the university. And my job as president was to help the university. That's why I said that I regretted the words. At the same time, I think the catastrophic, important thing I regret is that if other scholars take from the response to my remarks that there are any subjects that are not suitable for research or beyond discussion or not appropriate for speculation. Because it seems to me that if universities should stand for anything, it should be openness to all arguments, no matter how controversial.

L.G.: The other things—your set-to with Cornel West and also your remarks about the troubling rise of anti-Semitism on college campuses. On that point, do you see that's changed at all? Is it less troubling to you now, the anti-Semitism that you pointed out?
 
L.S: There still are things that give cause for concern, and certainly outside of the United States, where British university faculties, as a collective faculty union, voted not to engage with Israeli scholars, and there's certain European academic journals that don't accept submissions from Israeli scholars. I think the "divest companies that invest in Israel" movement, which had some strength on American college campuses, my sense is that has faded away. And that's reassuring, because it seems to me, whatever you think about the merits of Israeli foreign policy or Palestinian foreign policy—certainly from my perspective, there's much to criticize on both sides—the idea that one side should be demonized and become the object of divestiture continues to seem profoundly misguided to me.

L.G.: Well, I guess the thrust of all these questions about the past is when you were in Washington, you were famously brilliant and equally famously hard-charging and not a paragon of tact and diplomacy. And I'm wondering whether you've mellowed at all?
 
L.S.: I think we all become wiser as we age, and I think I learned a lot in Washington. And certainly I'm sure I learned a lot during my five years as president of Harvard, and I've certainly learned a lot in the last couple years, and I hope that I will always keep learning and improving. At the same time, I'm somebody who wants their errors to be of trying to do too much rather than trying to do too little, trying to make as large and as constructive a difference as I can. That's a perspective that I bring to whatever I try to do.

L.G.: And some people were surprised that you actually took up a faculty position at Harvard after all that, but I guess that says that you weren't bitter about the experience.
 
L.S.: Oh, I didn't take a position within the faculty of arts and sciences, as I say—
 
L.G.: You're a university professor.
 
L.S: Yeah, I look forward rather than backward. And I've enjoyed the writing I've done, I've enjoyed the teaching that I've done, I have not missed the politics of the university from which I systematically remove myself. I have found it enormously satisfying to get back involved, thinking about economic-policy questions at a moment when, Lloyd, I think there are larger policy economic-policy questions that will get resolved in the next election than in any election over the course of my lifetime.
 
L.G.: So if somebody came to you and said, "Would you be president of our university?"—you would say?
 
L.S.: I suspect the academic administration phase of my career is over.

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          Millennials ep02 : DC Heroes   
4/9/2017
Millennials

"Thieves"

The Louvre, Paris
Security guards are talking about the pasta burrito and the sushi meatballs that certain restaurants have been serving. But both realize they heard a noise and turn to face the source. They illuminate an empty wall where the Mona Lisa should have been.

Gemäldegalerie, Berlin
A man talks on the phone about agreeing to support the invasion in France if the other supports his moves in Italy. The man turns out to be simply playing Diplomacy with a friend remotely. But he stops when he stares at an empty wall where The Glass of Wine should be on display.

Ayala Museum, Manila
A woman is shooting a livestream video of a new exhibit being opened.  But then the people begin screaming and cussing in horror and shock as they find a glass case empty. The case was supposed to contain something extremely expensive, but now it is gone.

Traverse City
Hundreds of media people are gathered. Lights flash and flicker as the cameras take shots of a young ten-year old girl in a cloth cape, mask, and gloves that cover all the way to her elbows. She is addressed as Missus Teniente.  Headlines feature "The Teniente Family" as the city's new heroes. 

At home, Diego Franko and his family are watching the news and Diego's family seems to be very excited to see the unfolding news. Lucita is very happy that the heroes are giving the Latin community representation. She asks Diego what he would wear if he was superhero, not like he would ever be one though. "The only thing you are good at is riding your bike."  Diego challenges back that he mops well, and that worked for the Toxic Avenger.  The young girl on the screen talks about them being the Avengers in the Real World.  And how she and her boyfriend are giving the city hope. Lucita wonders if the girl's parents are comic creators. Diego wonders if she's just a fan girl. Lucita feels El Teniente is a stupid name though for someone wearing armor.  Especially since the armor is more medieval than military.  Diego insists he believes El Teniente had a reason to choose that name.

Flashback, inside the White Room
El Teniente and Buzz are shocked to see they're all "inside" of Warpath. Buzz runs off in one direction, testing the limits of the room. He runs off for half a mile and still finds no end to the room.  He suddenly gets worried he might get lost and starts heading back. El Tentiente stares at the DVD movies, the iron, the bath tub, some cooking utensils and pots, and what looks like a cache of guns and asks Warpath if he lives "inside himself? And how the hell did you get guns at your age? Did you steal all this?" Warpath admits he would not call it stealing.  El Teniente finds Starbucks mugs each from a different country.  And piles of cash showing currencies of different countries. Buzz returns and tells them the place is huge.  Warpath tries to claim this was more a Robin hood thing, but El Teniente insists that sort of thing only works when you give it to the poor.  Warpath defensively explains, "I stole them from bad guys to make this harder for them!"  The three stare at the walker.  Buzz wonders if there's a bathroom and where the.. plumbing goes.  Warpath admits he doesn't know but things do work, other than they just do. He ends up admitting that it probably is stealing.

Diego and Lucita talk again about the rich girl that visited the other day. Diego thinks that girl is delusional since she seems to have tracked him down since he never gave her their address. Lucita thinks the girl is cool, but insists it has nothing to do with hoping she'd treat her out to check out some concerts and stuff. She asks about the guests supposedly coming over tonight, since abuela got ice cream.  Diego realizes that still is happening and he sighs in disappointment.

On the TV 
Missus Teniente is the topic of discussion in a talk show. The hosts marvel over her look and even throw the illogical idea that given the two are a couple, what if Buzz and Warpath are actually their children!  The hosts then talk about a witness coming on the show who witnessed them being on a date!

Lucita claims Maria mentioned one of the kids in the supermarket was super cute so she feels she needs to stay down there to watch over the guests.  Diego however reminds her they all have a strict plan to follow of how they will work after school, a plan they all set to help their family. Lucita feels however they should be more like El Teniente, who has time to study, save lives, and have a social life. Diego thinks its suspicious that only Missus Teniente has ever spoken on the media about this relationship, and that they've never been seen together.  Lucita thinks its just guys being guys. If they didn't agree with her, they would have said something. 

At the Takenoko Apartment
Elsewhere, Ren finishes making more tweaks on Shin's systems and reminds him that they've discussed a lot about avoiding running too fast or he'll break the Sound Barrier and create sonic booms.  Shin remembers the White Room and realizes that place might be a place where he can practice safely!

Flashback, inside the White Room
El Teniente thinks maybe they should just complete the journey, since they stepped into this one to head somewhere else. Buzz tells him to wait and reminds them they've never introduced themselves yet. Buzz proudly tells them he is a superhero and strikes a pose after giving his name. Warpath claims to be a super hero too and that his name was meant to be Warp Path. Warpath and Buzz however start cheering El Teniente to tell them since they both find him to be an awesome hero. El Teniente however feels he's nothing big.. that would be Savior. El Teniente tells them there's nothing special about him. He just has a job to do and sometimes he has to help out. Buzz feels its remarkable of him to be so altruistic. Warpath envies the glory El Teniente gets. El Teniente however insists he doesn't get any glory, and he still has to go to school.   He adds he's not sure if "they" would approve him being friends with a thief. Neither Warpath nor Buzz get what he means though, having no "higher calling" or someone giving them instructions.

Shin asks Ren if Ren is his "higher calling" since El Teniente reports to a higher authority who tells him what he should do.  Ren asks Shin if they are a team.  Shin wonders...

Flashback, inside the White Room
The three debate if they're supposed to be a team given Mister E's instructions that they work well together. Warpath reminds El Teniente, "He literally said, 'you guys are a team now.'"  Warpath insists he's not lying and that he really does know about a lot of the criminal groups in the city, since he steals from them.  An alarm rings and a mechanized voice tells them, "Bowling for Soup concert in thirty minutes, Japan." El Teniente asks if he bought tickets.  Warpath admits he never saw the need to since he was just watching it from afar... "So yeah.. Team!"

Shin admits they are a team now according to the Tinente Family. Ren admits he thought they'd be more like Buzz and the Super Friends or something. Ren fells Shin is turning this into a legacy and the best come up with a good name.   Shin knows the El Teniente Family is not the real name of the group but Ren does remind him until they come up and tell him this isn't really their name, that's the name people will believe.  Missus Teniente even has set up a Twitter account called #INeedAHero and over 2000 users have used the hashtag in the last 24 hours alone. Shin learns that there's even merchandise now being sold from websites of El Teniente family shirts. Ren informs Shin that he's been given a few new systems, including a transmitter and receiver system to stay in touch, and an automatic recording system as well as a head's up display of a life bar and his heart rate meter.  Shin is told that the recording system will record his interactions so Ren can study his social interactions.  Ren admits he never thought Shin would go this far and while he will never know how he works, he feels Shin has become more and more alive each day.  Shin muses that its because Ren made him. Ren deflects the question, however, and focuses more on reminding Shin to enjoy the overnight. When Ren gives Shin a hug to bid him goodbye, Shin however can sense Ren is sadder more than he admits.

Ren watches the TV
News on the various tombs and other museums that have been struck by thieves.  He switches to different channels and watches briefly the report on a comet closing in on the earth. He switches channels again and sees one where girls are being interviewed and all are screaming at the thought of meeting El Teniete whom they all admire.

Elsewhere, Guy Garlond is with his "Parents"
The two are practicing with Guy at the cafe and they make a mistake calling Guy, "Gary" as that was the name he originally used to try to hire them to show up as his parents to meet with the Principal. The two actors however have some complicated dramatics, which Guy struggles to deal with. The actress excuses herself to visit the bathroom. The guy however explains she's a great actress and just needs to have time to immerse herself into the role more.  Which includes staying over her place so she can cook him breakfast. Guy wonders if he's gotten himself into deeper hot water when lo and behold, the Principal is in the same cafe! The parents claim to have come from Africa, but the Principal admits he was in Africa too for a time! The woman panics, slips the name Gary once more, and quickly excuses himself to leave. The dad adds Gary just died. Guy claims they are a very emotional family.  The excuses are going really bad, but thankfully the Principal Skinner doesn't seem to pick up on any of them.

Diego worries over abuela's abuse of the credit cards and he discusses this with his mother. The two eventually come up to an agreement that someone has to cut up her credit cards. The mother insists she is too busy, extremely busy as she juggles so many jobs including the role of a paramedic and other odd jobs at the same time.  She hurries through the house to prep her things and strikes a pose as Corazon Franko, CSI, nurse, and more.  Mateo shows up on his bicycle and his eyes narrow as he focuses on Diego and promises to stop him from doing so... just as El Teniente would do so.  Diego tries to ask Lucita to do it for him but she refuses to.

Shin Takenoko arrives at the door with a bottle of wine in one hand, a pizza box in the other, and a knapsack by his feet. Diego is surprised how Shin was able to carry so many things at once and welcomes him in. He complains though that they accepted abuela's offer. Shin asks what was wrong with the offer. Diego growls, "Everything!"  As they go in, Shin notices Lucita by the staircase and the two send up staring at each other for a very uncomfortably long silence.  Diego yells at her, "Graduate college!"   Shin explains the wine is for their parents.  While Shin waits in the living room, Mateo bikes into the room and announces himself as El Teniente.  When Shin asks him where Missus Teniente is, Mateo makes a face and admits girls are yucky. Mateo asks if Shin is a good person and tells him that only good people can be close to the family. Mateo asks Shin to be "Buzz" and they can be a team, "Just make sure you go woosh when you move!"

Guy was in the city when he sees an interview on television of the mayor of Traverse City being interviewed. He talks about the Teniente Family and sees them as a force of change in the city. The Mayor assures them the government is doing what they can to reach out to the heroes and the fact they were seen with Mister E shows they're at least getting the support of the older heroes as well. "Know that my office is just waiting to hear from you. Let's talk. Maybe there's a way the city can help you keep the place safe."  People cheer as he walks back to his family and hugs them. The wife walks with a cane, and their only daughter, a very energetic ten-year old girl. News then shifts to a spectacular meteor shower happening within the month. The fragments of the meteor Savior stopped when he saved the Icarus should be giving a spectacular display.  The reporter invites everyone to catch the display.  Guy makes his way to where Diego's place should be but he stops when he sees a familiar face staring straight back at him.  They have not seen each other in almost six years. The man turns out to be his father and he seems to be running a card con at the corner.  It becomes quickly evident that the father knows about Guy's power and his "White Room." The father claims he was worried for Guy and so he's passed by to check on him. Guy feels though the father's here to trap him. When the father tries to bet triple or nothing with the mark he found on the street, Guy tries to tell the guy to back out but he decides to go for the bet anyway. When the guy loses three hundred bucks to the bet, Guy claims his father cheated, asks to look at the cards, and he secretly nicks the card to make it look like his father cheated. Guy's father however is impressed with what Guy did and asks if he's playing with the opposite side of the fence now.  Guy's father thought Guy was behind the recent thefts. He pulls his son into the Blue Room.
In the Blue Room, there are news reports pasted on the walls of the recent thefts and Guy explains they aren't him. The father claims he genetically modified Guy to be a perfect thief. The father complains that he went all the way here for nothing since he thought he was here to congratulate his son for finding his path. Guy tells him he's never going back no matter what or how he pushes him. "I'm never going to just steal again. Everything has to have a reason." The father takes it bad, feeling his son feels he's better than his dad now. Guy admits half the world is better than him cause he's an asshole. The dad tells him to leave.  But Guy finds himself plunging into nothing but water!  He pulls himself back into his own White Room and realizes the water was salty! Was that the sea?!?! Guy is annoyed that he has to get dressed again and head back to Diego's place. "I was already there, damn it."

Elsewhere
A room. A bed room. Pictures of different actors are pasted on the walls.  A vanity is in the room with a large crack on the glass. There is also a computer with lots of pop-up windows on them filled with messages of hate. There is a girl crying on the floor near the computer.  The doorbell rings. The girl stands up, answers the door, and finds a delivery guy with a box for her. "Miss Cole?"  Cole admits she didn't order anything. The man leaves the box with her and it suddenly glows when she touches it. The box opens, casting rays of light. She begins to smile as it opens like an unfolding device.

Diego's house.
The doorbell rings again. Shin and Lucita are at the living room watching the news on the television about how a certain musician has decided to no longer attend the coming awards as a show of solidarity for some ongoing drama in the entertainment industry. Shin asks Lucita if he should open it. She looks at Shin and asks, "So what's this counter-feminism they're talking about?" The actress on the screen talks about counter-feminism, women who believe women should stop thinking about women needing anything. "We don't need to be the victims of your stories. We can fight our own fight." Lucita complains how the world seems to be filled with people finding reasons to do anything. Diego had gone to abuela's room to cut the cards when abuela shows up and the two argue about what Diego should do. She tells him he has no permission to cut the cards! Diego isn't certain on what to do. 

Shin heads to the door to answer it and finds Guy outside. Lucita smirks when Guy walks in and acts all handsome. Guy is surprised when Lucita seems unfazed by his looks. Guy tells Shin he brought beer and corrects him when Shin asks if the beer was for the parents. He joins the two at the couch and they talk about how short a time they've been friends so far. Upstairs, abuela insists she knows what she is doing with the cards, and how she gets a new card every month to transfer the money she owes to the new card. Abuela demands Diego give the cards back to her. But Diego stands firm and reminds abuela that he has to be the man of the house. Abuela smiles as an idea enters her head.

Shin, Lucita and Guy begin drinking the beer. Shin admits they are not supposed to be drinking. But since Diego isn't with them, Lucita decides to try tasting it but only if Shin does. Shin decides to do so. Only Guy seems to enjoy it as they drink.  The television show is of a special guest from "The Truth Exists" and the pixelated image of the blog writer talks about how the group is not known as the Teniente Family. The pixelated guest explains the Missus Teniente only announced herself to be that name. Prior to that, the three young heroes were working independently and have yet to really work as a team. Guy and Shin are shocked to see someone who actually knows what's going on. They even discuss that Warpath most likely is male, but given SOGIE, his physical looks as male might not match what gender identity he would be identifying as. Lucita admits the name Warpath sounds like someone who is trying to sound more masculine. Lucita asks Guy if he's a big fan as he has the same haircut as Warpath. Guy insist guys can have the haircut he has too.

"Buzz!" a voice calls out and Guy looks a bit surprised to see Shin react to the call. Shin stands up and excuses himself, and goes whoosh as he walks up to Mateo. Guy looks confused. Lucita tells him the kids are playing a game.  Lucita shares how Mateo likes pretending to be El Teniente. Guy nods. The show continues and the pixelated guest continues explaining how El Teniente historically has shown to dislike publicity, even when the Mayor Saint Thomas tried to declare an El Teniente day, the hero did not show up. "El Teniente does not like the spotlight, so why would he ever name his team the Teniente family?" The screen shows numbers for people to send in their questions. Guy pulls out a phone and tries calling. Lucita tries calling too using the land line. 

At the kitchen, Mateo and Shin talk about their mission. Mateo suggests they have to do something before Diego gets access to the wallet... "and then the world is doomed!" Shin learns from Mateo what Diego plans to do and if he destroys the cards, Diego will destroy the ice cream money. When Shin shows his own credit card, asking if that's what Diego plans to destroy, Mateo exclaims that Shin has already "saved it!" and declares how much he loves Buzz. Shin feels an honest appreciation from the child, despite the case of mistaken identity. He realizes children have an honesty he's never experienced before.

Diego tells abuela to stop being clever. She tells Diego that a good host must be with the guests. Diego takes abuela's wallet with him and tells her he will head downstairs... with the cards. Abuela watches him leave the room. At the foot of the steps, Diego sees Shin being hugged by Mateo. Shin explains Mateo believes he's saved abuela already. Diego doesn't quite get what happened, more so when he overhears Guy and Lucita going crazy dialing numbers on their phones. 

The pixelated guest on the screen is given the label "Fan Girl" by the show. They announce a caller is asking, "Fan Girl, are you actually part of the team and merely trying to mislead everyone in thinking they are not really a team to catch enemies off guard?" The pixelated guest gives no clear answer on any affiliations but does state she does believe they know each other to say the least.  The host asks Fangirl who among the three of the heroes is still single. Fangirl states that all three are likely single, but he suspects El Teniente does have a special lady in his life.  Guy gets through and he asks to talk to Fangirl directly. He uses his charisma to try to get them to agree to let him speak on air. Given its the last question for the night, the host allows Guy to speak on air. Lucita calls Diego and Shin to watch! Guy asks, "Hey... okay.. so I'm on air.  Warpath is a guy. Warpath is totally a guy. I don't know what you're talking-" Lucita grabs the phone, claims the speaker was her stupid brother, and she asks Fangirl, "How is it you knew about the heroes before the media started talking about them?"  When the host asks Fangirl to answer the question, she suddenly stands up and walks off. The show cuts to a commercial break. Lucita stares at the phone, feeling cheated.  Diego notices the beer and reminds them they are all under age. Guy mutters how Diego sounds like someone he knows.  Diego tells them to stop drinking the beer.  But then Diego notices the two other cans and exasperatedly realizes Lucita might have been drinking! Mateo runs into the room asking what is beer! Diego takes charge of the siblings once more, telling them of the house rules.

As night comes, Diego gathers the cans for recycling. Guy feels the urge to run out and get beer but realizes he can't just run out to grab beer. Maria and Lucita are preparing ice cream and Shin has joined them to see what they can create with the ice cream and bowls.  Mateo keeps a watch on Diego making sure Diego doesn't try to do anything. Guy admits he finds it cute that the kid likes pretending to be El Teniente. Curiosity hits Guy as he looks at all the old stuff in the house, and there's an urge to try peeking at the history of the objects using his powers of Object Reading.  Guy pulls an old book in the shelf written in Spanish and starts reading it to occupy himself.   At the kitchen, Lucita and Shin enjoys the ice cream. Maria runs off from brain freeze and asks Diego for help. Mateo has a can of beer in his hands and Diego takes the can empties it in the sink. Mateo is spitting out the bitter stuff. Diego tells him to stand at the corner. Mateo calls Diego a super villain.

Lucita's spoon slips from her hand and ice cream splatters on her shirt. Shin offers to help, but as he reaches for her shirt, she splatters ice cream on his shirt.  The two begin spoon fighting with the ice cream.  Diego hears the commotion, goes in and gets splattered on the face with ice cream.  Diego goes to the list of chores on the wall and adds laundry to Lucita's list of chores for the week.  In retaliation, Lucita splatters more on Diego's shirt as, "I'm doing it anyway."  Diego grumbles why aren't the two just going home lamenting this is an overnight. Guy can't take it anymore and excuses himself to the comfort room.  There, he locks the door, and while inside, he tries peering at the book's history. But he can't seem to read it maybe due to the beer buzz he's floating on.   

With the night near its end, laughter (everyone) and exasperation (Diego) leads to bonding moments happening out of the blue.  Guy gains respect towards Shin when he sees Shin finish a can of beer despite the first time bitterness.  Shin feels attachment towards Diego and his siblings, feeling a sense of family he never had before.  Guy and Diego don't seem to mesh well, Diego likes the fact he can just speak in Spanish when talking to Guy. Diego however realizes Guy can understand abuela this whole time! Diego tells him to put the book back. Diego reminds him not to touch anything from that shelf as it belonged to their dad. Diego shared with Guy that they lost their dad some time back and that he actually didn't want to be in charge of his siblings. Guy admits he wished his dad was dead, but Diego tells him that once your dad is dead, everything about him becomes special. Guy counters his dad never did anything for me. Diego hopes he never has to find out.  "Even the crap becomes something you will miss."  Guy however insists for him, it is different.

Abuela heads down, looks at her watch, and a door bell rings on cue. Diego goes to the door and finds a delivery man outside.  Abuela mutters, "I may be old but I still have excellent memory." The delivery turns out to be a special order which paid premium delivery service within the hour. The three boxes are given to Diego, each one a long box with a label that mentions "Tents."  Abuela tells everyone that they can use the tents for an overnight party! Diego inwardly weeps.  Guy and Shin starts setting them up. Abuela grins and tells Diego, "There are more where that came from." Diego realizes in horror that Abuela may have memorized her cards!

House Pass
Later that night, with each of them in their tent, they watch the television and it shifts to an emergency broadcast of a condo unit at the university belt is in chaos as reports of a strange robotlike  creature has run amok in the area. The police have moved into position but none have gone in and the reporter wonders if the group formerly known as the Teniente Family will make an appearance. Guy glances and sees everyone is still awake and realizes he needs to go and help. He excuses himself, goes to the restroom, locks it up, and warps back to the White Room. The strange transforming robot is terrorizing the women in the women's dormitory. The news report shows a blurry image of something that looks almost techno-organic. There are still students trapped in the building, who have barred their doors to try to stay safe.  Shin heads to the kitchen, and realizing he can't just leave, he finds Lucita there preparing a new bowl of ice cream. When Shin asks to step out to call his brother, Lucita warns him its not safe to be out at night and that cellular signal is strongest by the door. Shin stands by the door, opens the window, and when Lucita looks away, he hangs his hand outside the window and his double splits from him outside.  Shin heads off for the street, while the other Shin pretends to be on the phone.   Diego hears the interviewed witnesses talk about how the robot think seems to have these dancing pixels on the screen.  Diego stands up, heads upstairs to check on his abuela. She asks if he's come to apologize. He tells her that she and his mother should work out their own issues and throws back to her bed her credit cards. He tells her that he has to step out for a while, to finish a delivery he almost forgot to do. Abuela tells him she does not mind that Diego has to act like an adult, but she does mind that Diego thinks he can be disrespectful. Diego apologizes and admits he's been under a lot of pressure.  He doesn't like being caught between her and his bother, "It's scary."  She reminds him, "Sometimes, breaking the rules does not mean bad. Sometimes it is necessary." Diego is surprised as this was not what they were taught before. Abuela admits the world is different now. Diego promises to be back as soon as possible. She tells him to take care. They hug. And she reminds him to tell Mister Chin, the man Diego works for, that he is over-working him. Abuela promises him that something is coming soon and the credit card problem will be done.  She promises him she will stop using them too much.  "Every bit counts right?" They exchange I love yous and Diego leaves.

On the computer screen, "The Truth Exists" is on display. Abuela watches Diego close the door and she begins typing .

***

Guy changes to his Warpath outfit.  He remembers the last moment before they all left the White Room and hopes the two others have the walkie talkies that he handed to each of them to be able to contact each other.  The walkie talkies have these wireless earpieces that they can all wear.  Warpath tests the earpiece at the White Room but accepts the fact signals don't seem to transmit from this room.  He begins to warp towards the condo, hoping the others will respond when he gets there.

Buzz, instachanged into his costume, remembers the communications earpiece and regrets leaving it in the backpack. He runs to the location, thinking when he gets there, it will be easier to find them. At the kitchen, Shin remembers the radio, goes to the backpack and considers what he can do. Lucita comes up to him, offering him a bowl of ice cream that she prepared. Shin grin, and ends up forgetting about the earpiece for now. 

Diego grabs his bike and begins biking to the condo area. Despite having boots that allow him to leap distances, he never changes near the house.

***

Glass shatters from the upper windows in the condo as an arm impossibly stretches outwards.  Warpath stares at it and realizes it reminds him of how Buzz looks like when he stretches.  Warpath warps to the roof of the condo and tries to peek in from above.  He hears the voices of the panicked women who are yelling at each other to bar the doors.  A mechanical voice can be heard calling out, "Pretty!  PRETTY!" and Warpath sees the thing trying to break open the door. A spotlight suddenly shines from below at Warpath and he realizes the media below with the emergency services have spotted him. People cheer.  They begin calling out his name.  "Warpath!" "I love her!"  Warpath turns to them and yells back, "I am a MAN!" 

Buzz runs past the museum of arts and sciences.   Diego on a bike hurriedly bikes past the museum as well.  Then a car comes to a stop near the museum.  A person walks up to the gates, pulls back a sleeve to show a watch, which is activated to start a timer, then the person slips between the bars. 

Near Mister Chin's place, Diego slows down to find a place to park his bike. But before he could leave, Mister Chin calls out for Diego, having noticed him arrive. He asks what Diego is doing here to late and he tells him he is working too hard. Mister Chin reminds him he does not want Diego's abuela thinking he's working too hard and even asks if he's already paid him for the month. Diego admits it can wait. Mister Chin, however, insists he step inside to get paid. 

As Warpath assures them he will do what he can to help, cheers erupt from the other part of the street. The cheers are for Missus Teniente who emerges from the crowd and makes her way to the condo. She calls out to Warpath and suddenly leaps, causing the sidewalk to crater as she leaps into the air and lands beside Warpath.  Missus Teniente calls back down and says sorry for her terrible launch, then turns to give Warpath a hug. Warpath tells her to wait, asks her to not get into trouble, and tells her to stay put. She reminds him they're the Teniente family and that she's his mother! Warpath begins walks down the wall to head to where the trouble is, but Missus Teniente suddenly jumps off the ceiling to let Warpath catch her. Warpath grabs hold of her and the people below begin cheering. Warpath asks what else she can do, and she tells him that she knows she's very strong, and very tough, but that's it.  Warpath notices she doesn't sound sure and she admits she didn't realize she could jump that high either. She tells him to stop talking to her like she is a kid.  Warpath reminds her she is a kid. 

Another scream from the building. Warpath realizes there's no time to bring her down. He asks her to punch the wall so they can go in.  As she does so, Warpath sees a blue and gold blur closing in from the street. Buzz h