Governor's call to celebrate Van Mahotsava   
GUWAHATI, June 30 - Governor Banwarilal Purohit has appealed to the people of Assam to celebrate Van Mahotsava and take a resolute step to increase the green coverage of the State to contribute towards a balanced environment.
          WCEU – Facts And Figures   
Did you know that 80% of the attendees’ costs at WCEU are covered by sponsors? Did you know that the ticket price of 40 Euros only covers 14% of the costs per attendee? Did you know that WCEU it required more than 10 thousand people/hours of work(*) voluntarily contributed by the community members? If you … Continue reading WCEU – Facts And Figures
          Comentário em Kathy Griffin – o João Quadros americano foi longe demais por ABC   
João Quadros já fez piadas com o estado paraplégico de Schaeuble e com o cancro da esposa de Passos Coelho. É uma besta. Se os tempos fossem outros faria piadas com pretos e paneleiros. E as piadas não têm piada. Ora como é que uma nulidade dessas tem um salário mensal pago pelo contribuinte? As piadas são de esquerda.
          Comentário em Kathy Griffin – o João Quadros americano foi longe demais por JPT   
Lamento, mas "banir" quem quer que seja por uma anedota, ainda que de péssimo gosto (como a da senhora em apreço), nunca pode ser "libertário". Estes "boicotes à americana" um dia acontecem a quem a gente não gosta - e achamos justo e apropriado - e noutro dia a quem a gente não gosta - e achamos que é a censura do politicamente correcto. É o chamado "raciocínio à Sousa Tavares". Coisa diferente é obrigar os contribuintes a pagar a carreira de humoristas sem talento e/ou de péssimo gosto, como o Quadros, o Nogueira, a Rueff, o Luís Afonso e todos os demais profissionais do frete ao PS para pagar a prestação da casa (todos no "payroll" da RTP, e alguns já no tempo do governo anterior...).
          Casa e immobili - In caso di vendita dell'immobile in condominio chi è obbligato alle spese di manutenzione straordinaria? (AmilcareMancusi)   
AmilcareMancusi scrive nella categoria Casa e immobili che: La corte di Cassazione, in una recentissima sentenza ha ribadito e chiarito ulteriormente che obbligato a contribuire alle spese di manutenzione straordinaria dell’edificio è chi era condomino, giac
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          ASAP, Afterschool jobs, PT, F visa, Incheon, Bucheon, Bupyeong,Magok st   

8. ASAP, PT, F visa, Incheon Nonhyen st, Afterschool, M, W

1. Working Hours: 1pm-5pm

2. Students: Elementary

3. Salary: M to F/ 130,000 won to 150,000 won

4. Start: ASAP

 

Sorry No F4

 

9. ASAP, PT, F visa, Bucheon, Bupyeong,Magok st, Afterschool, Tue, Thurs

1. Working Hours: 1pm-5pm

2. Students: Elementary

3. Salary: M to F/ 130,000 won to 150,000 won

4. Start: ASAP

 

Sorry No F4

 

Does the school pay monthly contributions into a Pension Plan? : 
Yes
Are you a licensed recruiter? : 
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          ASAP,Sejong city, F4, E2,F6,F5,1 hour from Seoul st, All benefits, 3 JOBS   

6. Sejong city, F4, E2,F6,F5,1 hour from Seoul st, Nice good, all benefits

http://www.sejong.go.kr/eng.do

1. Working Hours: PM 1:30 ~ PM 9:00

2. Students: Elementary

3. Salary: 2.1-2.5 mil

4. Vacation: 10 days + National holidays

5. Severance: the same as one month payment upon completion of 1yr contract

6. Medical insurance and pension: 50% paid by the school

7. Housing- Furnished Studio

8. Air fare- One way ticket

9. Start: July - Aug

Does the school pay monthly contributions into a Pension Plan? : 
Yes
Are you a licensed recruiter? : 
Yes

          15Jobs Afterschool,FT,PT, Daejeon Busan Sejong Changwon Suwon Incheon Osan Ilsan   

15 JOBS, ~3mil, Afterschool, Biz Eng, Adult, Full, Part, Daejeon, Changwon, Suwon, Incheon, Osan, Seoul, Busan,Sejong, Bungang, Ilsan

All Areas, We make a difference for an Excellent Service! We provide you with Structured and Progressive Recruiting Service!

 

We have more than 100 English school clients.

We would be of much help to find good schools that suit you the best.

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          Infosys rebuts Murthy over pay hike for COO   
‘Pravin Rao's commitment and contribution to the company has been immense, and his partnership over the past three years has been critical to th...
          Harris Hill: Research Funding Programme Manager   
£33k - 38k per year: Harris Hill: A cancer charity are looking for a Research Funding Programme Manager to manage their research grants programme contribute to the ongoing development of thier grant programme strategy. London
          Associate Vice President Information Technology Services - Saskatchewan Polytechnic - Saskatchewan   
Participate and contribute to Saskatchewan Polytechnic’s operational effectiveness in a wide range of strategic, operational and professional decisions through...
From Saskatchewan Polytechnic - Thu, 29 Jun 2017 17:19:14 GMT - View all Saskatchewan jobs
          Dean of the school of Construction and the school of Transportation - Saskatchewan Polytechnic - Saskatchewan   
Participate and contribute to Saskatchewan Polytechnic’s operational effectiveness and policy development in a wide range of strategic and operational decisions...
From Saskatchewan Polytechnic - Mon, 01 May 2017 19:49:25 GMT - View all Saskatchewan jobs
          Education Lead - The College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario - Ontario   
Present and update College Committees and Council about education-focused initiatives; Lead, contribute to and manage the on-going development and...
From The College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario - Fri, 31 Mar 2017 22:08:04 GMT - View all Ontario jobs
          Avis important aux grands voyageurs cactophiles (cf2) (3 réponses)   
Bonjour !

Toujours à la recherche de taxons impossibles à trouver sous forme de graines, je fais appel à tous les voyageurs cactophiles qui iraient visiter quelque pays d'Amérique que ce soit, y compris les USA ou le Canada.

Pour Taxonomie des Cactaceae "Description des espèces" vol.3 et 4, j'ai besoin de compléter la galerie des photos des graines au microscope numérique. Il reste encore environ 600 taxons à trouver (j'en ai déjà 2000...).

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Je serais heureux de trouver des volontaires pour me rapporter quelques graines des espèces manquantes, notamment des Opuntioidées, que l'on ignore généralement au niveau graines, surtout le genre Opuntia et Cylindropuntia, et d'une manière générale, toutes les graines manquantes sur la liste actualisée que vous pouvez consulter et imprimer.

[www.cactus-aventures.com]

Comme cette liste concerne tous les taxons, si vous désirez une liste des taxons manquants du pays que vous allez visiter, je peux vous en envoyer une via mon e-mail (joel@cactus-aventures.com)

Vos conditions seront les miennes (je ne paye pas le voyage ! ;-) ), j'offre à tous les contributeurs, les droits sur toutes les photos qui seront obtenues des graines, et ils seront dûment cités dans les ouvrages.

De votre côté, pour chaque taxon, il sera nécessaire d'avoir la localisation et une photo, car les identifications ne seront pas toujours possibles sur le terrain et il peut y avoir confusion.

Je sais que c'est un travail de titan, bien pire que celui des deux premiers volumes, mais je souhaite cet ouvrage le plus complet possible ! Et on est près d'y parvenir !

Les graines peuvent aussi provenir de collections si elles sont bien identifiées ou avec photos des plantes et des fruits si possible.
Le facteur temps est avec nous, la publication ne devrait pas intervenir avant 2021 ! :-/

Merci aux 50 personnes qui travaillent déjà sur ce projet de collectes de graines : je viens de recevoir de la part de "forumeurs" une offre de graines de Cleistocactus candelilla ssp piraymirensis, Selenicereus vagans et de Micranthocereus violaciflorus : les petits ruisseaux font les grandes rivières ! Merci à Fred et à Philippe !

D'avance, merci !
          Jardin de Repenti à Gonfaron c'est fini :( (aucune réponse)   
Comme presque tous les ans je parcours la région Paca pour faire le tour des producteurs de succulentes B)

La semaine dernière départ pour Gonfaron pour le Jardin de Repenti, pour les plantes en ventes, mais également pour le superbe jardin avec ses plantes magnifiques (cf2).

Une fois sur place je découvre quelques plantes succulentes et autres sur des étagères et le superbe jardin réduit à quelques gros cactus complètement mangés par des chèvres :'(

Passé mon étonnement j'ai découvert que le terrain est repris par un couple qui avait pour objectif de faire du fromage de chèvre, mais qui à décidé de faire une petite ferme pédagogique et de vendre des plantes succulentes et autres.

Cette ferme pédagogique est la "Ferme Ailée" en référence à la légende de Gonfaron et les ânes volant [www.mairie-gonfaron.fr]

En résumé si vous êtes dans le coin pour voir le jardin c'est trop tard, pour acheter des plantes pourquoi pas, pour faire une pause avec les enfants c'est sympa
l'entrée est payante mais très abordable.

Ovata
          U.S. Senate introduces resolution recognizing June as “LGBTQ Pride Month”   

Resolution recognizes LGBTQ contributions and vows to push for greater equality measures

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          GMAT Critical Reasoning (CR) | Re: The primary cause for osteosarcoma, the most common form of primary bo   
The primary cause for osteosarcoma, the most common form of primary bone cancer, is not known. Researchers believe that infection by the SV40 virus is a possible contributing cause, since recent investigations have identified SV40 DNA sequences in tissue samples from osteosarcomas, but no SV40 DNA sequences were found in healthy tissue. SV40 is a monkey virus; however, in 1960 some polio vaccine was contaminated with the virus. Researchers hypothesize that this vaccine was the source of the virus
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           l dont take stardom seriously: Salman    
Superstar Salman Khan says he lives his life in the present and does not take his celebrity status seriously. Asked what he wants to achieve in life, Salman told the media: I live my life moment to moment. If I can make this moment the best one, I know I will get something out of it... As an actor I'm doing my job. The persona you are seeing on screen is a contribution of more than 100 people from the different departments like camera, make-up and lights. How can I take that madness that you guys (media and common people)
          Commission permanente du 30 juin 2017 – La Région investit près de 23 M€ pour soutenir l’emploi et le développement économique   
Commission permanente du 30 juin 2017 – La Région investit près de 23 M€ pour soutenir l’emploi et le développement économique

La Commission permanente du Conseil régional du Grand Est de ce vendredi 30 mai 2017, placée sous la présidence de Philippe Richert, a attribué près de 23 M€ pour soutenir près de 502 dossiers économiques pour le territoire et son développement. Ces aides régionales contribuent à la création ou au maintien de 1 147 emplois.   […]

Cet article Commission permanente du 30 juin 2017 – La Région investit près de 23 M€ pour soutenir l’emploi et le développement économique est apparu en premier sur Région Grand Est.


          Functional Jobs: OCaml server-side developer at Ahrefs (Full-time)   

What we need

Ahrefs is looking for a backend developer with a deep understanding of networks, distributed systems, OS fundamentals and taste for simple and efficient architectural designs. Our backend is implemented mostly in OCaml and some C++, as such proficiency in OCaml is very much appreciated, otherwise a strong inclination to intensively learn OCaml in a short term will be required. Understanding of functional programming in general and/or experience with other FP languages (F#,Haskell,Scala,Scheme,etc) will help a lot. Knowledge of C++ and/or Rust is a plus.

Every day the candidate will have to deal with:

  • 10+ petabytes of live data
  • OCaml
  • linux
  • git

The ideal candidate is expected to:

  • Independently deal with bugs, schedule tasks and investigate code
  • Make argumented technical choice and take responsibility for it
  • Understand the whole technology stack at all levels : from network and userspace code to OS internals and hardware
  • Handle full development cycle of a single component - i.e. formalize task, write code and tests, setup and support production (devops), resolve user requests
  • Approach problems with practical mindset and suppress perfectionism when time is a priority
  • Write flexible maintainable code and adapt to post-launch requirements’ tweaks

These requirements stem naturally from our approach to development with fast feedback cycle, highly-focused personal areas of responsibility and strong tendency to vertical component splitting.

Who we are

Ahrefs runs an internet-scale bot that crawls the whole Web 24/7, storing huge volumes of information to be indexed and structured in a timely fashion. Backend system is powered by a custom petabyte-scale distributed key-value storage to accommodate all that data coming in at high speed. The storage system is implemented in OCaml with thin performance-critical low-level part in C++. On top of that Ahrefs is building various analytical services for end-users.

We are a small team and strongly believe in better technology leading to better solutions for real-world problems. We worship functional languages and static typing, extensively employ code generation and meta-programming, value code clarity and predictability, and are constantly seeking to automate repetitive tasks and eliminate boilerplate, guided by DRY and following KISS. If there is any new technology that will make our life easier - no doubt, we'll give it a try. We rely heavily on opensource code (as the only viable way to build maintainable system) and contribute back, see e.g. https://github.com/ahrefs . It goes without saying that our team is all passionate and experienced OCaml programmers, ready to lend a hand and explain that intricate ocamlbuild rule or track a CPU bug.

Our motto is "first do it, then do it right, then do it better".

What you get

We provide:

  • Competitive salary
  • Informal and thriving atmosphere
  • First-class workplace equipment (hardware, tools)
  • Medical insurance

Locations

Singapore : modern office in CBD

USA : cozy loft in San Francisco downtown

Get information on how to apply for this position.


          BEM : les raisons d’un bon classement à Tizi Ouzou   
Encore une fois, la wilaya de Tizi Ouzou s’impose en première position dans le classement des élèves admis à l’examen du BEM.  Ainsi, sur les 13 313 candidats inscrits, 8 878 élèves ont décroché le fameux sésame d’accès au lycée, soit un taux de réussite de 67, 02%. Ce n’est pas la première fois que la wilaya de Tizi Ouzou obtient la première place au BEM. Les raisons de cette consécration sont multiples. Il s’agit, selon Mohamed Tachabount, chargé à la communication au niveau de la direction de l’éducation, du fruit d’un travail collectif assuré aussi bien par les enseignants, l’administration et les travailleurs du secteur de l’éducation qui prennent en charge les préoccupations des élèves. Notre interlocuteur nous a évoqué également l’accompagnement permanent des parents qui veillent sur la scolarité de leurs enfants. «Il y a aussi la précieuse contribution des parents dans cette réussite», nous a-t-il précisé. L’autre raison ayant fait que Tizi Ouzou soit en tête du peloton dans l’examen de fin du cycle moyen est liée à plusieurs autres facteurs comme les cours de soutien dispensés aux élèves. «Il y a des parents d’élèves qui payent des enseignants pour assurer des cours de soutien à leurs enfants, à domicile. C’est une formule très répondue, notamment dans le chef-lieu et dans les grandes villes de la wilaya», nous a expliqué un père de famille qui ajoute que même dans les villages, il y a des initiatives du mouvement associatif dans le sens d’assurer des cours de soutien aux élèves des classes d’examen. «Dans certains villages, c’est le comité ou bien des associations qui assurent des cours aux candidats. Les enseignants interviennent généralement bénévolement pour aider les élèves à bien se préparer pour les examens», a souligné un citoyen de Boghni, au sud de la wilaya de Tizi Ouzou. Par ailleurs, il y a aussi le facteur motivation qui est pour beaucoup dans la réussite des potaches. «Chaque année, nous organisons une réception pour honorer les lauréats des examens scolaires. Cela stimule généralement les autres élèves à faire des efforts afin d’être récompensés. C’est une sorte de motivation qui incite les enfants à travailler davantage», nous dira un animateur associatif qui estime aussi que «l’attitude des parents est fondamentale dans la réussite scolaire des enfants. Leur rôle intervient aussi de manière à créer un climat propice pour que l’élève puisse travailler dans le calme et dans de bonnes conditions à la maison». Il est utile de rappeler, par ailleurs, que la wilaya de Tizi Ouzou arrive, depuis quelques années, toujours en première position même dans le classement des résultats du baccalauréat.
          Crash d’Air Algérie en 2014 : la compagnie espagnole Swiftair inculpée en France   
La compagnie espagnole Swiftair a été inculpée, hier, dans l’enquête en France sur le crash d’un avion d’Air Algérie, dans lequel 116 personnes avaient péri en 2014, les juges soupçonnant d’importants manquements dans la formation des pilotes, selon des sources judiciaires et proches du dossier. La compagnie de leasing a été mise en examen pour «homicides involontaires par maladresse, imprudence, inattention, négligence ou manquement à une obligation de prudence ou de sécurité», a précisé à une des sources. Il s’agit de la première mise en examen dans cette affaire. Le 24 juillet 2014, un McDonnell Douglas, loué par Swiftair à Air Algérie, s’était écrasé dans le nord du Mali avec à son bord 110 passagers, dont 54 Français, et six membres d’équipage, tous espagnols. D’après une expertise judiciaire rendue en décembre dernier, le crash a été provoqué par la non-activation du système antigivre des sondes moteur par les pilotes alors que les conditions météorologiques requéraient sa mise en place. Le givrage des sondes a conduit à une diminution de la vitesse de l’appareil, puis à son décrochage qui n’a pas pu être rattrapé. Ce scénario est aussi celui retenu par le Bureau d’enquêtes et d’analyses (BEA) en France dans un rapport rendu en avril 2016. Les conclusions des experts sont sévères pour la compagnie. A leurs yeux, l’entraînement au sol et sur simulateur «insuffisant et incomplet» des deux pilotes contribue à expliquer qu’ils «n’ont pas détecté ou très tardivement» la perte de vitesse de l’appareil ainsi que leur «manque de réaction adaptée» quand il a commencé à décrocher. Le fait que les deux pilotes, tous les deux saisonniers, ne volaient que quelques mois par an avec de longues périodes d’interruption a aussi contribué à «rabaisser leur niveau de performances face à des situations inusuelles», ajoutent-ils. «Ni le BEA français ni les magistrats espagnols, qui ont aussi diligenté une enquête, n’ont retenu la responsabilité de Swiftair qui ne peut comprendre être mise en examen aujourd’hui en France pour les mêmes faits», ont réagi ses avocats Sébastien Schapira et Marion Grégoire.
          No Shelter From the Woj Bombs   

On Wednesday, Yahoo’s Adrian Wojnarowski tweeted out some cataclysmic NBA news.

This was a blockbuster move—the Los Angeles Clippers’ stellar point guard signing up to play with recent MVP runner-up James Harden—a transaction huge enough that it may affect which team loses to the Golden State Warriors in next year’s conference finals.

If you read the replies to Wojnarowski’s tweet, though, one of the biggest NBA trades in years seems secondary—overshadowed by the man who broke the story.

In the parlance of NBA Twitter, Wojnarowski dropped a “Woj bomb,” hence the deployment of mushroom cloud GIFs.

In his 10 years at Yahoo—the company gave Wojnarowski his own website, the Vertical, in 2016—the NBA reporter built a reputation as the basketball world’s Eye of Providence, a mysterious, all-seeing entity who breaks news with terrifying speed and accuracy.

Judging by the reaction to his tweets, one might get the sense that he is actually the one setting these deals into motion—that teams make moves because Wojnarowski reports them rather than the other way around. It’s all part of the mythos of Woj, a cult of personality devoted to a man who doesn’t seem to have much of a discernible personality beyond “reporter who is always on Twitter.”

On Saturday, Wojnarowski will be joining ESPN, a move that coincides with (and in certain exceedingly nerdy circles perhaps overshadows) the start of the NBA’s free agency period. For years, his identity has been wrapped up in the fact that he doesn’t work for the Worldwide Leader in Sports. He’s been known to pick at ESPN in his columns, sometimes referring to them as an unnamed “cable sports company.” His defection to the world’s most powerful sports media company at once feels surprising and inevitable. It’s a marriage of questionable harmony but undoubtable impact, the equivalent of hiring a T. rex to hem your pants.

In his tenure at Yahoo, Wojnarowski has been a one-man wrecking crew, often out-scooping the world’s sports media hydra on the strength of his connections and unparalleled ability to type with his thumbs. Earlier this week, in his last days at the Vertical, he broke the news that Jeff Van Gundy—who works for ESPN—will be coaching USA Basketball’s World Cup qualifying team.

Wojnarowski’s unique ability to delight his fans and bedevil his rivals has been most evident during the NBA draft, when he managed to report, via Twitter, the upcoming selections well before they’re announced on ESPN’s live broadcast. The fact that one guy could ruin the drama and pageantry of a manicured television event infuriated ESPN execs and undoubtedly contributed to the company’s decision to make him an offer he couldn’t refuse.

In tandem with Wojnarowski’s hiring, ESPN laid off a number of talented NBA reporters, many of whom covered individual teams and contributed postgame recaps and analysis. They also terminated Marc Stein, who has long been Wojnarowski’s biggest competitor. Stein is a prodigious reporter in his own right, and many within the company have expressed dismay at his departure. Given that it seems like the network is shifting toward breaking news and scoops, there’s only one logical explanation for laying off Stein: ESPN’s suits feel it’s important to have Wojnarowski be the unquestioned leader of their NBA scoop machine. If you’re looking for an explanation for why that might be, you should ask someone who has better sources than I do.

ESPN, which pays $1.4 billion annually for the rights to televise NBA games, wants to claim total ownership of almost every NBA storyline. The network’s coverage of the NFL provides an instructive example. In 2013, Deadspin did a nice play-by-play of a story the network created out of thin air and subsequently covered to death. It began on SportsCenter, when one of ESPN's NFL pundits said, “I truly believe Colin Kaepernick could be one of the greatest quarterbacks ever.” ESPN got Kaepernick’s response to the statement, and that response was then covered at length on the network’s myriad shouting-head programs. The pundit who made the comment eventually became a featured guest across its various platforms, and the issue was debated for days until a natural endpoint was reached. (It somehow became about Tim Tebow.)

ESPN has been built to trim every last edible bit from a story, and with basketball’s greatest rumormonger and scoop-getter at its disposal, there’s no telling what the Worldwide Leader will now be capable of. My best guess is it will look a lot like what Gustavus Swift did to cows back in the 19th century.

Swift owned and operated one of the largest slaughterhouses in Chicago, but selling salted pork scraps wasn’t enough for him. In the late 1800s, the market demanded fresh beef, which meant cattle were shipped live to Eastern population centers where they would be butchered and sold after transit. Swift had a nose for inefficiency, and he got a great whiff of it with each and every steer-filled boxcar that passed through Chicago on its way east. If his company could somehow slaughter and butcher the beef in Chicago, he’d be able to expand his operation while more efficiently meeting demand.

To facilitate this, Swift hired an engineer to design a refrigerated train car that could ship dressed meat over long distances without sacrificing freshness. The Swift-owned cars were loaded with ice in Wisconsin, packed with beef at Swift’s Chicago slaughterhouse, and then sent east and sold for maximum profit. The supply process was so efficient and direct, a side of beef in the freezer of a New York wholesaler would hang off the same hook as the cow from which it was cut back in Chicago weeks prior.

It is perhaps a bit on the nose that the process Swift pioneered is known as “vertical integration.” The man ESPN lured from the Vertical will provide the grist for a never-ending mill of debate shows, news programs, and interview segments. The Wall Street Journal recently reported that the NBA receives as much attention on Twitter during summer free agency as it does during the regular season. ESPN is counting on its ability to grab that attention by harnessing the multikiloton power of the Woj bomb.

Consider, though, that the two biggest NBA stories of the past five years—LeBron James’ return to Cleveland and Kevin Durant’s move to Golden State—got broken via personal essays published in Sports Illustrated and the Players’ Tribune respectively, not via reporters on Twitter. If a player is savvy enough, he can circumvent the scoop machine and take ownership of his own breaking news, Adrian Wojnarowski be damned.

If history is any indicator, the establishment won’t give up the means of production without a fight. In the words of Karl Marx, “Tune into First Take for more reaction.”


          Quand un acteur parle   
Témoignage de première main d’un acteur en vue de la Révolution. En exil au Maroc où il s’occupait de sa briqueterie, Mohamed Boudiaf a décidé de détailler les préparatifs du 1er Novembre, à l’occasion de la célébration du 20e anniversaire du déclenchement de la Guerre d’Algérie. Publié une première fois par le journal du PRS, El Jarida (Paris, 1974), le texte d’une centaine de pages a été réédité en 2010 chez Dar El Khalil (Alger) par son frère Aïssa Boudiaf qui y a adjoint l’entretien qu’il a accordé à El Khabar Hebdo. Le document est un témoignage fort intéressant d’un acteur de cette période qui a été à la manœuvre (organisation spéciale, CRUA, groupe des 22 et des 6, etc.). Boudiaf commence par expliquer ses objectifs : «Répondant aux désirs des militants du parti et certainement à celui de tous les Algériens épris de vérité, la commémoration du 20e anniversaire du 1er Novembre 1954 sera pour moi l’occasion de reprendre l’histoire de cette époque, des contacts, des discussions, des démarches, de l’organisation, en un mot des circonstances réelles dans lesquelles est née l’insurrection algérienne.» Pour le rédacteur, «bon nombre de personnes étrangères à ces événements ont écrit et continuent de le faire en déformant, par intérêt ou par ignorance, les faits attribuant à des gens des rôles qu’ils n’ont pas joués, idéalisant certaines situations et passant d’autres sous silence, refaisant l’histoire après coup». Les chercheurs ne manqueront pas de se référer lorsqu’ils traitent de cette période dont beaucoup d’acteurs n’ont pas pu — mort au combat — ou voulu rédiger leurs témoignages. La Préparation du 1er Novembre, Dar El Khalil, Alger, 2010, p. 111. Quand Boudiaf assène ses vérités Parfois des titres connaissent une meilleure fortune que les livres eux-mêmes. Le livre de Mohamed Boudiaf Où va l’Algérie ? en fait partie. Publié une première fois aux éditions Librairie de l’Etoile (Paris, 1964), il sera réédité au début des années 1990 après avoir été diffusé en samizdat. La jeune maison d’édition Tafat (ex-Belles-Lettres), installée à Béjaïa, l’a mis à la portée des lecteurs sous un format poche (2013). Genèse du texte : enlevé par les hommes liges de Ben Bella, Boudiaf raconte dans le détail les journées de captivité. Amar Benbelaïd, étudiant et militant du PRS témoigne : «Le manuscrit a été envoyé dans le secret à des militants du PRS en France en septembre, soit deux mois avant sa libération (novembre 1963, ndlr). Quand Boudiaf fut libéré, nous étions en train de mettre la dernière main à la rédaction du manuscrit qu’il nous a fait parvenir du lieu de sa détention et qui relatait dans ses moindres détails, sa mise au secret depuis son enlèvement jusqu’à la veille de sa libération. Le soir même nous l’avions eu au téléphone et nous lui avions témoigné notre joie de le savoir enfin libre et de nouveau à sa place parmi nous. Nous décidâmes de surseoir à la publication du livre pour lui permettre d’y ajouter une analyse politique et économique de la situation de l’Algérie et de le terminer par des propositions concrètes qui viendraient compléter la plateforme du PRS.» Le rédacteur, qui parle de ses privations, ne s’est pas retenu pour commenter l’actualité qu’il suivait sur un poste radio (crise du FFS, tensions avec le Maroc, démission de Abbas, etc.). L’auteur a consigné également des observations qui gardent, malgré la distance qui nous sépare de cette période de l’histoire de l’Algérie indépendante, toute leur force. Mohamed Boudiaf, Où va l’Algérie ?, Tafat, P.250, 2013.   Boudiaf, l’enfant du Hodna La ville de M’sila a connu une effervescence politique. La population indigène comme coloniale avait ses choix bien arrêtés : formations colonialistes, Parti communiste algérien (PCA), Association des oulémas, Amis du Manifeste algérien (AML), et plus tard PPA/MTLD. Birem Kamel, enseignant à l’université de M’sila, a consacré une étude sur l’activité nationaliste dans sa région du Hodna, tirée de sa thèse de doctorat. S’appuyant sur un fonds archivistique important (Archives Outre-mer d’Aix-en-Provence, Quai d’Orsay, Armées de terre-France, etc.), l’ouvrage permet de suivre les activités menées par les différents groupes organisés en «nadi» (club), ou suivant des personnalités en vue. Né à Ouled Madhi à M’sila dans une famille déclassée, Mohamed Boudiaf fera ses premières armes dans ce milieu particulier. Après des études arrêtées en cinquième des cours complémentaires, il devient fonctionnaire successivement à Constantine et Jijel (service des contributions). Incorporé dans l’armée française en 1942 pendant la Seconde Guerre mondiale, il en sort avec le grade de brigadier-chef d’artillerie. A la fin de la guerre, il rejoint le parti MTLD/PPA (fin 1945) et en devient l’un des responsables à Bordj Bou Arréridj. Fin 1947, il est chargé de créer une section de l’organisation para-militaire - Organisation spéciale (OS). Recherché en 1950 après le démantèlement de l’OS, il est jugé et condamné par contumace pour ses activités militantes. En 1952, il est chargé de l’organisation de la Fédération de France du MTLD. En mars 1954, il forme le CRUA, avant d’être élu lors de la réunion des «22» comme responsable du Comité révolutionnaire. Il quitte l’Algérie en octobre 1954, pour rejoindre la délégation extérieure. L’avion de la compagnie Air Atlas-Air Maroc qui le conduit avec quatre des leaders de la Révolution est détourné en octobre 1956 sur Alger. A l’indépendance, il s’oppose à Ben Bella. Né le 23 juin 1919, il sera arrêté le 21 juin 1963. Il connaîtra une fin funeste le 29 d’un autre mois de juin (1992). Birem Kamel, Le Mouvement national dans la région de M’sila (1900-1954), Dar El Awtan, Sidi Moussa, Alger, 2012, p.203.  
          6/30/2017: BUSINESS NEWS: Seafood sector records growth of over 7%   
Ireland’s seafood sector grew by 7.4 per cent last year with domestic sales increasing from €350 million to €380 million, a new report from Bord Iascaigh Mhara (BIM) shows. The study estimates the seafood sector contributes €1.1 billion in GDP to the...
          Analysis: "Bad" foreign firms drive U.S. manufacturing jobs revival   

By Lesley Wroughton and Howard Schneider

SPARTANBURG/CHARLESTON, South Carolina (Reuters) - Years before Donald Trump began promising to bring back good manufacturing jobs by getting tough with U.S. trade partners, such jobs have already been on the rise, largely thanks to foreign companies now cast as villains in Trump's narrative.

Reuters analysis of federal jobs data shows that out of 656,000 new manufacturing jobs created between 2010 and 2014, two thirds can be attributed to foreign direct investment.

More recent jobs numbers are not yet available, but over $700 billion in foreign capital has poured in over the last two years bringing total foreign investment to $3.7 trillion at the end of 2016, a world record. (Graphic: http://tmsnrt.rs/2sWkzTB)

Now foreign companies that have spent billions of dollars on U.S. factories and local leaders who host them worry that global supply networks that back those investments will fray if Trump makes good on his pledge to roll back trade liberalization.

The U.S. president has threatened to tear up North American Free Trade Agreement with Canada and Mexico and slap higher tariffs on nations that run trade surpluses with the United States, such as Germany or China. The administration is also discussing tighter immigration rules and more security screening of investment.

The tough message helped sway swing northeastern and Midwestern Rust Belt states Trump's way in the 2016 election, but puts him at odds with companies and local leaders in the south, which has driven the recent growth in manufacturing jobs.

The southern states have voted for Trump, but have also spent decades wooing foreign companies with flexible labor laws, financial incentives and investment in ports, roads and other infrastructure.

POSTER CHILD AND WHIPPING BOY

The courtship has spawned new auto plants from Kentucky to Georgia, and a new Airbus plant in Mobile, Alabama.

Few places highlight the gap between Trump's rhetoric and local aspirations better than Spartanburg in South Carolina.

German carmaker BMW has invested here $8 billion in a 1.2 million square foot (11.15 hectares) assembly plant, which has become the largest single exporter of cars by value from the United States.

South Carolina Governor Henry McMaster, a Republican and Trump supporter, credits the German automaker for putting his state on the global investment map.

"The presence of this company changed everything in the trajectory of our state," McMaster said on Monday at an event unveiling BMW's newest X3 sports utility vehicle.

Its Chief Executive Harald Krueger said the carmaker would invest additional $600 million in Spartanburg over the next four years, adding 1,000 jobs to the 9,000-strong workforce, and spend further $200 million on employee training and education.

But the poster child of South Carolina's success also doubles as a whipping boy. In January, BMW's plans to build a plant in Mexico drew Trump's ire and last month the U.S. president was quoted as saying Germany was "very bad" on trade and selling too many cars in the United States.

And even as the company highlights its contribution to the U.S. economy and the benefits of free trade, it is hedging its bets by preparing for a possible protectionist backlash.

Outside of the spotlight, BMW is retooling factories in South Africa and China to build volume models like the X3 SUV, reducing its dependence on Spartanburg.

“We have a big footprint here, and we are flexible enough," Oliver Zipse, BMW's board member responsible for manufacturing, told Reuters. "We will build the X3 not only in Spartanburg, we will split it into South Africa and then to China, so we will have some flexibility to produce cars somewhere else,” he said.

“If something happens at the political level - which we don’t know yet - we are able to have a flexible response.”

The Trump administration has said it welcomes foreign investment and Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross, who spoke at an opening of a new Samsung Electronics <005930.KS> plant in South Carolina, said such projects showed that "America is becoming an even stronger destination for global businesses looking to grow.”

The southern U.S. states owe much of their success to coastal port authorities and cities that have invested heavily to make their channels and docks fit for shipments to and from China and Mexico.

Senator Lindsey Graham, a Republican from South Carolina who has often clashed with Trump, said protectionism would undermine those accomplishments and hurt American workers.

DOOMSDAY SCENARIO

"Negotiate a trade agreement with Europe, modernize NAFTA, don't tear it up," Graham told Reuters at the BMW factory. "We're going in the wrong direction. We need more trade agreements, not less."

Graham noted how low-cost competition from China and Mexico destroyed South Carolina's once thriving textile industry and how the state reinvented itself as a manufacturing hub, bringing the likes of BMW or French tire maker Michelin .

The now humming port city of Charleston has a similar story to tell. When a major navy base shut down in the 1990s wiping out 20,000 jobs, local officials worked to bring foreign manufacturers, which now employ around 10,000 in the three counties around the city and more is set to come.

Mercedes-Benz, part of Daimler AG , is adding 1,300 jobs so it can make its Sprinter van here rather than merely assemble it with imported parts, which also means more business for local suppliers.

Up the road, Volvo Car Group, part of Chinese conglomerate Geely, is due to open its first North American plant next year with a target workforce of 2,000.

Local development officials expect more jobs and investment to come, but worry that some steps discussed by the Trump administration could have a chilling effect.

Claire Gibbons, director of global marketing at the Charleston Regional Development Alliance, said the proposed new tariffs, tougher immigration rules and stricter reviews of foreign investment projects would amount to a "doomsday scenario" for the region.

"This is an education opportunity for us all, for the people making the decisions that don't understand the ramifications."

(1 euro = $1.1350)

(Additional reporting by Edward Taylor in Munich. Editing by David Chance and Tomasz Janowski)


          “UNA MANO ALLA FAMIGLIA GREST 2017” : richiesta di contributo   
“UNA MANO ALLA FAMIGLIA GREST 2017” : richiesta di contributo
Come ogni estate, nelle nostre parrocchie, si organizzano attività educative a sostegno dei nostri ragazzi. Sappiamo che molte famiglie vertono in difficoltà economiche e spesso le parrocchie sopperiscono a queste fatiche pur di non escludere nessuno dalle proposte educative. La Diocesi di Piacenza-Bobbio ha presentato anche quest’anno un progetto dal titolo “UNA MANO ALLA FAMIGLIA […]
          An Interview with Alia Hussain, Collections Technician   
This week’s interview is with Alia Hussain, the newest technician in the Collection Services Division.  With her writing background, I’m hoping she decides to contribute to our blog. Describe your background. I was born and raised in New Jersey, then moved to Chicago after graduating high school to attend college. What is your academic/professional history? […]
          watch: in our hands   
The Landworkers Alliance, is an organisation based in UK made up of farmers, growers and land workers working together to find solutions to the shared challenges they face, and raising awareness about the contributions that they make to their communities. In … Continue reading
          Comment on jb6 by Kristopher   
Skype has opened up its website-dependent client beta on the world, right after establishing it largely from the United states and U.K. previous this month. Skype for Web also now can handle Linux and Chromebook for immediate messaging communication (no video and voice yet, these need a plug-in installment). The increase of the beta contributes help for a longer list of languages to aid strengthen that global functionality
          Contribution des activités touristiques au développement territorial : une étude cas de la commune de Port-Salut.   
par Charly Camilien VICTOR Universite d'Etat d'Haiti 2016
          (IT) Security Analyst - SIEM tools   

Rate: Market Day Rate   Location: London   

Security Analyst required for 10 week contract in Inner London to develop plans to safeguard computer files against accidental or unauthorised modification, destruction, or disclosure and to meet emergency data processing needs. Confer with users to discuss issues such as computer data access needs, security violations, and programming changes. Monitor current reports of computer viruses to determine when to update virus protection system. Modify computer security files to incorporate new software, correct errors, or change individual access status. Coordinate implementation of computer system plan with establishment personnel and outside vendors. Experience required: Experience working with Security Incident and Event Management (SIEM) tools Significant experience of system operational security, network and/or application security Technical knowledge in security engineering, system and network security, (authentication and security protocols, cryptography), operation of a PKI, and application security Knowledge of system security vulnerabilities and remediation techniques Analytic skills to understand security implications of technical events Extensive troubleshooting and research skills with a positive and proactive approach to customer service and getting things done Strong experience working in an operational role in a secure environment Knowledge of network and web related protocols (eg TCP/IP, UDP, IPSEC, HTTP, HTTPS, routing protocols) Strong Scripting skills in at least one of the following is highly desirable: Ruby, Python, Shell (bash, ksh, csh). Working knowledge of Linux Clearance Level Required: BPSS (DS) - Baseline Personnel Security Standard (with a Disclosure Scotland) IR35 Scope: Outside If deemed inside IR35 - Please note that the client has determined that the off-payroll working rules will apply to this assignment and where a worker elects to provide their services through an intermediary (such as a personal services company) then income tax and primary national insurance contributions will be deducted at source from any payments made to the intermediary. If deemed outside IR35 - Please note that the client has determined that the off-payroll working rules will not apply to this assignment. CV closing date is Friday 30th June at 3.00 pm. GSA Techsource Ltd operates as an Employment Agency when recruiting for permanent vacancies, and an Employment Business when recruiting for contract vacancies. All contract rates quoted are to Ltd companies.
 
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          Oficializaron la entrega de rutas aéreas a Fly bondi (Página 12)   


Un negocio que ya empieza a carretear

El Gobierno le dio autorización para volar a 85 destinos nacionales e internacionales. La concesión de las rutas está bajo la lupa de la Justicia por los vínculos de la empresa con el vicejefe de Gabinete Mario Quintana.


El Gobierno nacional oficializó hoy la autorización "low cost" Fly Bondi, a explotar 85 rutas aéreas, nacionales e internacionales, por los próximos 15 años. Lo hizo a pesar de que la Justicia investigada posibles irregularidades en la concesión de esas rutas dados los vínculos de esa empresa con el vicejefe de Gabinete Mario Quintana.


La decisión de darle pista al negocio de Fly Bondi quedó plasmada en una resolución publicada esta mañana en el Boletín Oficial. Se trata de la  408-E/2017 del Ministerio de Transporte, que lleva la firma del titular de esa cartera, Guillermo Dietrich.


El otorgamiento de rutas aéreas a las low cost está en la mira de la Justicia. Bajo la lupa están las concesiones hechas a Fly Bondi y también a Avian, que antes no era otra que MacAir, la empresa aérea de los Macri.

Fly Bondi es la quinta empresa "low cost" que habilita el gobierno para operar en el transporte aéreo de carga y de pasajeros, luego de American Jet, Andes, Alas del Sur y Avian. El juez federal Sergio Torres investiga si no fue beneficiada con la entrega de las rutas en forma irregular a partir de sus vínculos con Quintana.

Richard Guy Gluzman, uno de los dueños y fundador de Fly Bondi aparece cruzado en varias sociedades con Quintana, incluso como vicepresidente de Pegasus, la empresa principal del funcionario. Ambos, además, figuran como fundadores de la firma Gustos y Aromas SA en el año 2004. Guy Gluzman, un empresario francés de 63 años, también fue incorporado en la función pública como empleado de Acumar (Autoridad de la Cuenca Matanza Riachuelo), dependiente del Ministerio de Medio Ambiente, con el ambicioso cargo de “Coordinador de Mejoras Continuas”.

 La autorización que se le concedió a Fly Bondi es "para explotar servicios regulares internos e internacionales de transporte aéreo de pasajeros, carga y correo con aeronaves de gran porte". Entre las rutas que se le otorgaron se incluyen destinos como Brasil, Ecuador, Bolivia, Colombia, Perú, Chile y Uruguay, además de las principales ciudades argentinas.

Según se indica entre los considerandos de la resolución, "se considera conveniente que otro operador con bandera argentina ingrese en los referidos mercados teniendo en cuenta que la ampliación de la oferta y el aumento de la competencia conducen al perfeccionamiento de la actividad del transporte aéreo".

Además, con respecto a las rutas internacionales otorgadas, "el ingreso de un nuevo operador argentino contribuirá a proyectar la presencia de nuestro país en rutas prioritariamente explotadas por transportadores extranjeros o en las que un nuevo explotador permitirá diversificar la oferta y con ello captar una mayor proporción del mercado".

La empresa tendrá su base de operaciones en el aeropuerto de El Palomar, aunque esa situación "queda sujeta a las habilitaciones y limitaciones" de ese aeródromo.

Fuente: https://www.pagina12.com.ar/47061-un-negocio-que-ya-empieza-a-carretear

          Observing Campaigns - new page   

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The AAVSO will issue a call for observations at its discretion, but any well-justified program is eligible for AAVSO support.  If you have questions about establishing an AAVSO Observing Campaign, or if you believe your research program would benefit from the participation of the AAVSO observer community, please contact the AAVSO Campaign Coordinator.  The AAVSO can assist with campaigns beyond announcing them; if your project requires substantial assistance of AAVSO staff, we may request grant support for staff activities.  Also, please consider becoming a member if you are not one already!

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For Observers: Please read the requests for observations in full, and use your own best judgment as to whether your equipment and abilities are well-matched to the specific project.  When in doubt please contact AAVSO HQ for guidance and recommendations.  If you are an instrumental observer, we strongly recommend that you calibrate your data and transform all photometry to a standard system!  For some projects this will be required, but it is good practice in general.

Please visit our observer resources page to find our Visual, CCD, and DSLR observing manuals, guides to photometry, and other tools to help you assess whether a campaign is a good match for you!

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          Re: One wolf's journey from survivor to star, and what her death says about our appetite for the wild   
Thank you for mentioning the reward fund that my own Organization, National Wolfwatcher Coalition also contributed to. Let's hope the reward is large enough to get someone to come forward with information.
Posted by Candy Copeland
          Conti al Milan tra lunedì e martedì: visite mediche pronte   

CALCIOMERCATO MILAN – Siamo ormai alla stretta finale per il trasferimento di Andrea Conti dall’Atalanta al Milan. Ieri è andato in scena un incontro tra le parti che ha contribuito a limare la distanza economica. Siamo ad un passo dalla chiusura di questa operazione. Il quotidiano Il Giornale scrive che lunedì ci sarà l’incontro decisivo...

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          A Significant Contribution to Human Happiness   
Andrew Dalby, "Dining with the Caesars," in Food and the Memory: Proceedings of the Oxford Symposium on Food and Cookery 2000, ed. Harlan Walker (Totnes: Prospect Books, 2001), pp. 62-88 (at 76; footnote omitted):
[U]ntil Nero's time the only safe way to add water to wine was to add it recently boiled, still hot. The Romans knew this, although, unaware of microbes, they had no idea why it was. They liked to add ice to wine, and even carried snow to Rome and stored it there for the purpose, but they knew that it would sometimes make them ill. Nero's great idea was to boil water, to seal it in a jar, and then to embed the jar in snow. This produced ice-cold water that was more or less sterilized, to add to wine, and I think it will be agreed that it was a significant contribution to human happiness, or at least to the happiness of those in Rome who could afford large quantities of snow in summer.

I am not alone in believing this to be one of Nero’s greatest achievements. Nero himself thought as I do, to judge from the fact that his great invention was at the front of his mind on his very last day on Earth. Expecting to be captured at any moment, Nero was hiding alone in a garden not far from Rome. Lacking any other supplies, 'he scooped up water from a pool to drink from his cupped hands. "Here is Nero's very own iced water," he said' (Nero 48). Whatever Suetonius' immediate source, the story, if true, must come from the memories of the few slaves who had remained with Nero during his flight.

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          Weech and Takazawa to present research at BAI 2017   

Associate Professor Terry Weech and doctoral candidate Aiko Takazawa will discuss their research on the economics of information at the International Conference on Business and Information (BAI), which will be held July 4-6 in Hiroshima, Japan. The conference is an annual meeting for scholars in the business and information disciplines.

Weech and Takazawa will present their paper, "iSchools and Business Schools, Potential to Collaborate on Business and Information Research." In their talk, they will examine the potential contributions of collaboration between schools of information and business schools that have an interest in the impact and utilization of information in the business context. They will also present their plan for establishing a basis for collaboration between business schools and schools in the iSchools organization.
 
Takazawa's doctoral research seeks to understand how information search and seeking activities facilitate spontaneous collaborative work. The topics in her research area lie at the intersection of information behavior, learning, and self-organization. Her dissertation examines the case of a humanitarian aid group that emerged on social media platforms in response to the 2011 Tohoku Earthquake and Tsunami in Japan.
 
Weech's research interests include the areas of reference services and sources, government information, library administration, library cooperation and networks, library use instruction, and economics of information. His teaching experience includes appointments at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill; Emporia State University (Kansas); University of Iowa, Iowa City; and Mississippi University for Women in Columbus. At the iSchool, Weech teaches the Economics of Information course (IS 549). He has been active in the American Library Association (ALA) and the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA), and he has been involved in the administration of the Robert B. Downs Intellectual Freedom Award reception at the ALA Midwinter meeting for nearly twenty years. Weech received his MS and PhD degrees in library and information science from the iSchool at Illinois.


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          Charting Russia’s most dangerous cities for LGBT people   

Here are the towns where it’s dangerous to be gay in Russia. A culture of silence and a law “against propaganda” are keeping them that way. Русский

An LGBT pride parade in St Petersburg, 2014. Photo CC BY-NC-ND 2.0: Maria Komarova / Flickr. Some rights reserved.

It’s become a tradition across the globe to celebrate LGBT Pride in the last days of June. Usually, such events are held on the weekend closest to the 28 June, as it was on that day that the modern LGBT movement in the USA began in earnest. It was an initiative that inspired strategies and tactics of human rights advocacy in many other countries. Although it takes different forms across the world, LGBT pride raises issues of freedom of expression, human rights, and healthcare for LGBT people. In some cities Europe and the USA it has turned into something of a commercial event or cultural festival for the wider public. In other locations, LGBT people march under the threat of police brutality.

In Russia, the first LGBT pride march was held in 1991 on the square before Moscow’s Bolshoi theatre as part of the Soviet Union’s first LGBT festival. The more modern history of LGBT parades in Russia began in 2006 when LGBT activist Nikolay Alekseyev attempted to officially organise a pride march in Moscow. Years passed, and the city authorities still haven’t found the guts to permit a march for LGBT human rights through the capital’s streets and provide security for its participants. However, other banned marches have been successfully challenged in the European Court for Human Rights and Alekseyev has generated support in other regions of the country. He and his colleagues have applied for permission to hold pride marches in Blagoveshchensk, Cherkessk, Cherepovets, Kazan, and Nizhny Tagil among many other cities across Russia, though they have always been rejected and sued city governments in response. A notable exception came in 2013, when the governor of St Petersburg did not forbid the city’s LGBT pride parade, although it did encounter violently homophobic protesters who tried to obstruct the march.

The metrics of hatred

In fact, these violent far-right groups keep close tabs on LGBT activists in Russia and the events they hold – or try to. While the government fights some homophobic campaigners and inciters of hatred, it supports others. After all, instigating violence against LGBT people is essentially the Russian state’s official policy towards sexuality. For example, the 2013 law banning “propaganda” of “non-traditional sexual orientations” sparked a wave of hatred against LGBT people across the country. As we discovered from court decisions last year, after the “propaganda” bill was signed into law, the number of hate crimes against lesbians and gay men doubled. 

In 2012, we found 33 examples of such hate crimes, while 2013 saw 50 hate crimes against LGBT citizens. By 2015 there were 65. We registered not only a common rise of LGBT hate crimes, but also the rise of homicides: following the enactment of the “propaganda” bill, there were more and more murders of people simply for being LGBT.

The growth in hate crimes against LGBT people across Russia. Image courtesy of the authors.

Of course, these are only the recorded crimes – many LGBT people may not dare approach the authorities after harassment, humiliation, or worse. These data are based on official court statistics, though we had to dig through the results ourselves. Nobody officially collects information on violence against LGBT people in Russia. On the contrary, the authorities pretend that nothing is happening. This attitude sometimes reaches absurd extremes when government officials claim that LGBT citizens simply do not exist.

After facts came to light about the systematic torture of gay men at secret detention camps in Chechnya, the republic’s press secretary immediately retorted that “you cannot repress those who are not and cannot be here in the Chechen Republic.” Despite the justified focus on Chechnya, these claims are hardly specific to one culture or region within the Russian Federation – officials in other regions speak in much the same manner. For example, the mayor of Svetogorsk in Leningrad Region declared his city “free from gays.” He subsequently argued that LGBT issues and rights are irrelevant there, neither an LGBT community nor LGBT people exist in the small city.

This imagined absence of LGBT people constitutes an active policy of silencing and excluding some citizens from the wider national community on the grounds of their sexuality

This imagined absence of LGBT people constitutes an active policy of silencing and excluding some citizens from the wider national community on the grounds of their sexuality. These comments certainly reinforce existing prejudices and reproduce violence against vulnerable groups. But what is the real picture? Let’s say that the authorities of a Russian city actually permitted an LGBT march to go ahead? Would these violent protectors of a false morality then take to the streets to fight those marching, to stop their fellow citizens expressing their point of view and standing up for their rights?

It depends on where you are. In other words, how dangerous is it to be gay in different Russian cities?

A “sexual stratification” of Russian cities

Media doesn’t simply inform society about current affairs; it also provides frames for understanding social problems, rendering some topics more important than others by virtue of generating discussion around them. Violence against LGBT people may be a key cause for concern in the human rights movement, but that urgency is lost in public discussions.

But media can also remedy societies from oblivion by sharing stories which are otherwise forgotten or ignored, and spark positive change. For example, the murder of gay teen Matthew Sheppard was one of the most publicised hate crimes in the US history. The furore in the press eventually led to changes in hate crime law.

One of the effects of Russia’s “propaganda” law was not simply the rise in violence against LGBT people. It also led to more frequent ewspaper publications on LGBT topics, hence public discussion on a topic which still remains taboo for many people. This was not entirely what legislators intended. We benefitted from this situation by researching the details and contexts of violence against LGBT in Russia as they were reported in media. The Sexuality Lab studied almost 4,500 media publications about violence against LGBT people in Russia between 2011 and 2016. We categorised all newspaper articles in accordance with the sexuality of the victims reported and the locations of crimes committed. All cities were then classified by population, making it possible for us to calculate an index of safety for every urban settlement.

The data reveal that the most dangerous places for LGBT people are villages in the countryside and small towns with a population below 100,000: they are characterised by the highest rates of violence against LGBT people per 1,000 persons. The safest locations are the largest cities (Moscow and St Petersburg): despite the greater number of crimes against LGBT in these cities, their relative indexes are actually the lowest. This can be explained by understanding the circumstances of these hate crimes.

Statistically, a gay person is safer in St Petersburg than in a smaller city like Nizhnevartovsk

Very often, hate crimes are committed as soon as perpetrators learn about the victim’s sexuality, which is usually revealed in a conversation in a private space over a drink or meal. These social gatherings occur more frequently in smaller settlements, because that way of life is simply more common there: there are fewer bars to go to, fewer crowds to blend into, and more free time to kill. People drink alcohol and talk about their personal lives as there’s no other way to spend one’s spare time. Alhough many people in Russia actually do not give a damn about LGBT issues, some still react violently to a person’s coming out – and such reactions are more common in smaller towns and cities.

The graph below shows incidents of violence against LGBT people in different towns and cities of Russia. We compare capital cities, big cities (of 500,000 people and above) and smaller cities (of between 100-500,000 people). This graph shows that the smaller a city, the bigger the probability of violence against LGBT people. Statistically, a gay person is safer in St Petersburg than in a smaller city like Nizhnevartovsk. This could explain why the mayor of Svetlogorsk thinks there are no gay men in his town – anybody with half a mind in that position would leave the place as soon as they felt threatened. 

Violence and hate crimes against LGBT people across Russia, by city size. Image courtesy of the author.

These results aren’t surprising; they just prove once again that homophobia is on the rise in Russia and that hate crimes are supported in its remote regions. We have based our claims on a survey of media publications, which limits the whole picture only to material in the public domain. As a result, there will be many hate crimes which went unreported, and some remote regions not covered in our media survey. However, it is no exaggeration to say that there are parts of the country which are simply not safe for LGBT citizens.

One of the ways to protect oneself is to keep silent about one’s sexuality, concealing it from the public in order not to become a victim of violence. So this secrecy around the existence of homosexuals is reinforced not only by political decisions, but also by individual moves as many LGBT people opt to hide their sexuality. While their response contributes to a culture of silence, they cannot and must not be blamed for it – simply put, they fear for their lives.

The LGBT pride parades pursue a radically different approach: a public and full-throated political demand to recognise that LGBT people exist. Do our data confirm that Russian cities are not ready to host such events on their territories? If our goal is to fight the silence, the data show exactly the contrary: as long as anybody suffers and is killed because of their sexuality, it is important to shout at the top of our voices to try and stop the murders and political climate in which they are tacitly tolerated. Human rights marches across towns and cities of all sizes are one way of articulating this; a means to make violence visible and demand that it stop.

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          Speedway Reaches Hess Halfway Mark   

UPDATE: According to data provided by GasBuddy, the current Speedway count is 2,156, while the current Hess count is 645 (see map below for the conversion progress).

FINDLAY, Ohio --Marathon Petroleum Corp. (MPC) has now converted more than half of the 1,250 Hess gas stations and convenience stores it acquired in October 2014 to its Speedway brand, Gary Heminger, president and CEO, said in reporting MPC’s second-quarter 2015 financial results.

It has converted more than 650 of the retail sites to the Speedway brand since the acquisition, said Heminger on the company’s earnings call.

According to data provided by GasBuddy, the current Speedway count is 2,156, while the current Hess count is 645 (see map below for the conversion progress).

Speedway, MPC's retail segment, performed well and continues to make tremendous progress integrating the East Coast and Southeast retail locations, he said.

"We are on pace to achieve the expected synergies for 2015 from light-product supply, as well as from operating and administrative expense savings. Further, the accelerated progress for store conversions and subsequent remodels has allowed us to more rapidly implement Speedway's industry-leading Speedy Rewards loyalty program. This program and other marketing enhancements are expected to drive the anticipated synergies to the business over the next several years."

Tony Kenney, president of Speedway, said. “We're moving along at an accelerated pace in converting the [Hess] brand to Speedway. … The important thing there is it's more than just the brand. What's going inside the store is all of our technology that is the platform for our marketing programs, primarily our loyalty program, all of our inventory management, other things that drive savings and synergies for us as we operate convenience stores. … As we begin to bring on all of the marketing enhancements through the conversions inside the store, then we'll start to realize those benefits down the road.”

Speedway segment income from operations was $127 million in second-quarter 2015, compared with $94 million in second-quarter 2014. This increase was primarily the result of higher merchandise and light-product margins and the addition of the newly acquired locations, partially offset by higher operating and administrative expenses. Speedway's consolidated light-product margin increased to 13.51 cents per gallon in second-quarter 2015, from 12.82 cents per gallon in second-quarter 2014.

Speedway's income from operations was $33 million higher in the quarter as compared to second-quarter 2014. Speedway's newly acquired locations contributed income of approximately $14 million to the quarter's results or approximately $45 million of EBITDA.

For the legacy Speedway sites, the merchandise gross margin was $23 million higher in second-quarter 2015 compared to the same quarter last year, and the light-product gross margin was about $16 million higher.

Speedway same-store gasoline sales volume was down two-tenths of a percent versus same quarter last year compared to estimates of U.S. demand growth in the second quarter of approximately 3% higher. Overall, gasoline sales volumes for legacy Speedway locations were up 3% in the quarter, reflecting the impact of investments in new, rebuild and remodel locations.

“Another key performance metric for our retail group is same-store merchandise sales,” said Timothy Griffith, CFO, “and we're continuing to see strong demand for our in-store offering as our same-store merchandise sales in the quarter excluding cigarettes were up 4.6% versus same quarter last year. So far in July, we've seen a 1.6% increase in same-store gasoline volumes compared to last July.”

MPC is the nation's fourth-largest refiner. Approximately 5,460 independently owned gas stations across 19 states sell the Marathon-brand. In addition, Speedway owns and operates the nation's second-largest convenience-store chain, with approximately 2,750 convenience stores in 22 states. MPC also owns, leases or has ownership interests in approximately 8,300 miles of pipeline. Through subsidiaries, MPC owns the general partner of MPLX LP, a midstream master limited partnership (MLP). MPC's fully integrated system provides operational flexibility to move crude oil, feedstocks and petroleum-related products efficiently through the company's distribution network in the Midwest, Southeast and Gulf Coast regions.

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          Reform Roundup: June 30th, 2017   

Catch up on the week’s electoral reform news with our round up of folks across the country writing and talking about FairVote reform vision. This week, Congressman Don Beyer introduced the Fair Representation Act (FRA), H.R. 3057.

  • Congressman Don Beyer wrote for The Washington Post about needing to change how we elect the House of Representatives. “Applied nationally, we would have more moderate Democrats from districts leaning Republican, and vice versa, creating a type of politician — now nearly extinct — known as a ‘bridge builder.’ Many members would share constituents with members of the other major party, creating incentives to work together on legislation affecting the district.”

  • Anita Earls wrote for The Nation about how the Fair Representation Act would put an end to gerrymandering and improve representation for communities of color. “There is a way forward. If we want to stop gerrymandering, and move beyond constant litigation over how lines are drawn, we must rethink the way we do districting itself. That’s why the Fair Representation Act creates such an exciting path forward. In states like Texas, for example, where black and Latino populations live close together, those communities are often pitted against each other for the one majority-minority seat. A multi-winner district, and a genuine multi-racial slate, would decrease tension between racial minorities, while increasing their voice.”

  • FairVote Executive Director Rob Richie and Board Chair Krist Novoselic spoke to Pedro Echevarria of the Washington Journal C-SPAN about FairVote’s 25th Anniversary year and the introduction of the Fair Representation Act. “With multi-member districts, you don’t need to receive 50% of the vote, which is what you do when you’re just electing one person like president. You can lower that share to whatever is proportionate to the number of seats, so if you have 5 seats it will take about a 5th of the vote. And by doing that, it opens up every single corner of every single state to meaningful engagement and participation and representation. One party would not sweep all of the seats anywhere.” 

  • The American Prospect reported on the Fair Representation Act and its potential to end Congressional Dysfunction. "The bill would not only institute nonpartisan redistricting commissions and a new voting system designed to create a proportionally representational Congress, but also aims to dramatically reduce the number of safe seats for each party and eliminate the unopposed re-election of representatives. In 2014, 31 congressional representatives were re-elected unopposed."

  • Lanae Erickson Hatalsky and David De la Fuente of ThirdWay wrote in U.S. News & World Report about why voters need the Fair Representation Act. “If policymakers don’t offer solutions to fix our electoral system and restore faith that our representative democracy is working the way it should, voters will continue to react with anger and deliver wave elections where they “throw the bums out” every other year. As we’ve seen over the past few election cycles, these reactive waves make it even harder to govern, further contributing to the cycle of frustration that led to them in the first place.”

  • The Alexandria News reports on the introduction of the Fair Representation Act, introduced by Rep. Don Beyer of Virginia’s 8th district. “The Fair Representation Act is the most comprehensive approach to improving congressional elections in American history,” said Rob Richie, the executive director of FairVote. “It creates an impartial, national standard that gets at the core of FairVote’s mission: Giving voters greater choice, a stronger voice, and a representative democracy that works for all Americans.”

 

 


          Women in the economy    
I dare say that the ending of this week’s contribution is written with a slight tongue in cheek. Still, I believe that the issue I write about – women’s role in the labour market and in the economy in general – needs to be taken seriously. The results of the last Labour Force Survey for Malta were published this week. They show once more that the average annual basic salary for males is higher than that of females. For the period January-March 2017, the average basic annual salary for males was €19,221 while for females it was €16,367. The national average is €18,029. Compared to the same period a year ago, the average basic annual salary for males increased by 4.9 per cent while that for females increased by six per cent. This signifies a narrowing of the gap, confirmed by the fact that in 2016 the average basic annual salary for females was 83.7 per cent of that of males, while in 2017 it was 86.5 per cent. It is to be noted that salaries for females are lower than those of males across all occupations and economic activities. There are some occupations where the gap has narrowed considerably, such as in the clerical support services, plant and  occupation and in the plant and...
          AT&T to launch software-based 10G XGS-PON trial   
AT&T announced it will conduct a 10 Gbit/s XGS-PON field trial in late 2017 as it progresses with plans to virtualise access functions within the last mile network.

The next-generation PON trial is designed to deliver multi-gigabit Internet speeds to consumer and business customers, and to enable all services, including 5G wireless infrastructure, to be converged onto a single network.

AT&T noted that XGS-PON is a fixed wavelength symmetrical 10 Gbit/s passive optic network technology that can coexist with the current GPON technology. The technology can provide 4x the downstream bandwidth of the existing system, and is as cost-effective to deploy as GPON. As part of its network virtualisation initiative, AT&T plans to place some XGS-PON in the cloud with software leveraging open hardware and software designs to speed development.
AT&T has worked with ON.Lab to develop and test ONOS (Open Network Operating System) and VOLTHA (Virtual Optical Line Terminator Hardware Abstraction) software. This technology allows the lower level details of the silicon to be hidden. AT&T stated that it has also submitted a number of open white box XGS OLT designs to the Open Compute Project (OCP) and is currently working with the project to gain approval for the solutions.

The company noted that interoperability is a key element of its Open Access strategy, and prompted the creation of an OpenOMCI specification, which provides an interoperable interface between the OLT and the home devices. This specification, which forms a key part of software-defined network (SDN) and network function virtualisation (NFV), has been distributed to standards and open source communities.



  • AT&T joined OCP in January 2016 to support its network transformation program. Earlier this year at the OCP Summit Edgecore Networks, a provider of open networking solutions and a subsidiary of Accton Technology, announced design contributions to OCP including a 25 Gigabit Ethernet top-of-rack switch and high-density 100 Gigabit Ethernet spine switch. The company also showcased new open hardware platforms.
  • At the summit, Edgecore displayed a disaggregated virtual OLT for PON deployment at up to 10 Gbit/ based on the AT&T Open XGS-PON 1 RU OLT specification that was contributed to the OCP Telco working group.
  • Edgecore's ASFvOLT16 disaggregated virtual OLT is based on the AT&T Open XGS-PON 1 RU OLT specification and features Broadcom StrataDNX switch and PON MAC SOC silicon, offering 16 ports of XGS-PON or NG-PON2, with 4 x QSFP28 ports and designed for next generation PON deployments and R-CORD telecom infrastructure.


          Coding4Fun Second Quarter 2017 Round-Up   

Scanning this past Quarter's posts, it's pretty easy to see some meta-themes. IoT, VS 2017, UWP and lots of Pi... :)

Coding4Fun Blog

Cloning Your VS 2017 Packages
Small Basic is Now Available in the Windows Store
C64ForTheWin - C64 Development on your Windows Machine
Squish That Whitespace
One Browser Extension Tutorial to Rule...
Cortana goes IoT
Menees VS Tools Updated for Visual Studio 2017
ReactXP - A library for building cross-platform apps
"Happy Path” to IoT
Functioning Private Visual Studio Gallery via Azure Functions
dotnet CLI Tool Build Redux
Sock IoT with this Azure Connected System-on-a-chip Project
Breaking the Breakpoint Blues with the Breakpoint Generator
Rion's "Contributing to .NET for Dummies"
End-to-End IoT with Azure Services
Adding Fire to your Coding with Fira Code Font
Keeping Track of Your Code's Performance with CodeTrack
Hello World .NET Core Pi
Make Visual Studio Zoom with Font Sizer
Scratch is Ten!
Raspberry PI ASP.NET Core MVC
WTS FTW 10T (Windows Template Studio For The Windows 10 Template)
Get Started with the Cortana Skills Kit
OpenZWave for UWP and .NET
dotnet new Template Creator
ToDo - Voice Activated IoT RPi ToDo List
Don't Skimp Code Security, Check Out DevSkim
Leveling Up with MonoGame and XML
iBeacons and UWP
CodeMaid Gets Some VB Loving and more...
From 0 to 100 with this ASP.NET Core/AngularX Project Template
Raspberry Pi Online Simulator and Azure IoT
Code Analysis at Compile? Why? Do it Live!
VSCode Your Next PWA
Getting Started with Azure IoT
Remarkable Comments with Remarker
Windows Template Studio (WTS) 1.1 Now Available

Coding4Fun Kinect Gallery

HoloOCR'ing
Kinecting to Art
HoloLens Terminator Vision
Kinect to HoloLens with Hololens-Kinect
Visual Gesture Builder (VGB)
HoloLens, Kinect and Telepresence
UrhoSharp HoloLens
Kinect to Your Inner Actor/Actress with Play The Knave
Kinect to Bouldering Pong
Kinect to Joints... Rotations that is...
Kinect to Zen Meditation
Kinect to at Home Rehab
HoloToolkit Setup - June Edition

Just June's Posts...

Coding4Fun Blog

ToDo - Voice Activated IoT RPi ToDo List
Don't Skimp Code Security, Check Out DevSkim
Leveling Up with MonoGame and XML
iBeacons and UWP
CodeMaid Gets Some VB Loving and more...
From 0 to 100 with this ASP.NET Core/AngularX Project Template
Raspberry Pi Online Simulator and Azure IoT
Code Analysis at Compile? Why? Do it Live!
VSCode Your Next PWA
Getting Started with Azure IoT
Remarkable Comments with Remarker
Windows Template Studio (WTS) 1.1 Now Available

Coding4Fun Kinect Gallery

Kinect to Bouldering Pong
Kinect to Joints... Rotations that is...
Kinect to Zen Meditation
Kinect to at Home Rehab
HoloToolkit Setup - June Edition

Past Round-Ups

Coding4Fun January 2017 Round-up
Coding4Fun February 2017 Round-up
Coding4Fun First Quarter 2017 Round-Up
Coding4Fun April 2017 Round-up
Coding4Fun May 2017 Round-up

Coding4Fun 2014 Round-Up
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Coding4Fun 2016 Round-Up

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          Fluff Friday 441   
Who doesn’t love Free Fluffy Mail?? This week The Cloth Diaper Whisperer is giving away 1 Smart Bottoms Dream Diaper in Wild Things   a Rafflecopter giveaway Would you like to be a contributor on The Cloth Diaper Whisperer? We’re always looking for creative writers who would like to share their cloth diapering tips. To find out more Contact Us
          Fluff Friday 440 WINNER   
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          Millions of Americans will be driving for Independence Day. Police will be watching for drunk drivers.   
Holiday travel, combined with holiday drinking, results in hundreds of deaths and injuries every Fourth of July weekend.Over the four-day-long weekend alone, the National Safety Council estimates that nearly 600 deaths and 66,900 injuries requiring medical attention may occur because of crashes. Experts and law enforcement officials say drunk drivers may be a big contributor.That's why law enforcement officials are [...]
          Winter in Canterbury: Picturing Canterbury   
A selection of winter themed photographs from Kete Christchurch Kete Christchurch is a collection of photographs and stories about Christchurch and Canterbury, past and present. Anyone can join and contribute. Visit Kete Christchurch View more Picturing Canterbury posts Do you have any photographs of winter…
          Global Generic Drugs Market 2014-2018   

Global Generic Drugs market to grow at a CAGR of 11.02 percent over the period 2013-2018

Portland, OR -- (ReleaseWire) -- 09/22/2014 -- TechNavio's analysts forecast the Global Generic Drugs market to grow at a CAGR of 11.02 percent over the period 2013-2018. The patent expiry of top-selling drugs is one of the major drivers contributing to the growth of this market. The market is also witnessing an increase in mergers and acquistions. However, intense competition among vendors could squeeze profit margins, increase pricing pressure, and pose a challenge to the growth of this market.

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TechNavio's report, the Global Generic Drugs Market 2014-2018, has been prepared based on an in-depth market analysis with inputs from industry experts. The report covers the market in the Americas, and the EMEA and APAC regions; it also covers the Global Generic Drugs market landscape and its growth prospects in the coming years. The report also includes a discussion of the key vendors operating in this market.
Key vendors dominating this space include Actavis plc, Mylan Inc., Novartis International AG (Sandoz), STADA Arzneimittel AG, and Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd.

Other vendors mentioned in the report are 3SBio Inc., Amgen Inc., Apotex Inc., AstraZeneca plc, Aurobindo Pharma Ltd., Baxter International Inc., Berlin-Chemie AG, Biocon Ltd., Biogen Idec Inc., Boehringer Ingelheim GmbH, Celltrion Inc., Cipla Ltd., Coherus Biosciences Inc., Daiichi Sankyo Co. Ltd., Dr. Reddy's Laboratories Ltd., Emcure Pharmaceuticals Ltd., Gedeon Richter plc, GlaxoSmithKline plc, Hospira Inc., Impax Laboratories Inc., Intas Pharmaceuticals Ltd., Lupin Ltd., Merck & Co. Inc., Mitsubishi Tanabe Pharma Corp., Par Pharmaceutical Inc., Pfizer Inc., Ranbaxy Laboratories Ltd., Roche Holding AG, Sanofi S.A., Wockhardt Ltd., and Zydus Cadila Healthcare Ltd.

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          2014 Market Research Report on Global Amino Acids Calcium Industry - Reports and Intelligence   

The reports studies the market and gives the market growth rates, market trends, revenues, opportunities and factors that drive & impede the market growth.

Portland, OR -- (ReleaseWire) -- 09/15/2014 -- Reports and Intelligence adds a report titled "2014 Market Research Report on Global Amino acids calcium Industry." The report is prepared by industry experts that provide intuitive knowledge to numerous market participants.

The reports studies the market and gives the market growth rates, market trends, revenues, opportunities and factors that drive & impede the market growth. The report has thoroughly analyzed major regional powers that contribute significantly to the amino acid calcium market. Significant geographies such as North America, Europe and Asia are deeply analyzed in their role towards the development of the market.

To get full information of the report visit: http://www.reportsandintelligence.com/global-amino-acids-calcium-industry-market

The report gives extensive information on market products, types, segments and important regional players. Further, the report includes crucial amino acid calcium industry's future growth rate and developmental plans that has been formulated during the forecast period. The detailed study would provide a comprehensive picture of the market conditions such as product price, capacity, profit, production, supply & demand and capacity utilization.

The experts have properly prepared the amino acids calcium market's SWOT analysis, investment return analysis and feasibility analysis.

The reports comprehensively cover all the market areas that would help global players in formulating their market strategies and evaluating the overall market chain. The report study is divided into 6 parts; the first part consists of basic market information. The second, third and fourth part studies the amino acid calcium market for Asia, North America and Europe, respectively. The fifth part provides the statistical data on investment and market entries. The last part consists of the conclusion.

The report also provides information on global players that influence the market growth.

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Part I Amino acids calcium Industry Overview

Chapter One Amino acids calcium Industry Overview

Chapter Two Amino acids calcium Up and Down Stream Industry Analysis

Part II Asia Amino acids calcium Industry(The Report Company Including The Below Listed But Not All)

Chapter Three Asia Amino acids calcium Market Analysis

Chapter Four 2009-2014 Asia Amino acids calcium Productions Supply Sales Demand Market Status and Forecast

Chapter Five Asia Amino acids calcium Key Manufacturers Analysis

Chapter Six Asia Amino acids calcium Industry Development Trend

Part III North American Amino acids calcium Industry (The Report Company Including The Below Listed But Not All)

Chapter Seven North American Amino acids calcium Market Analysis

Chapter Eight 2009-2014 North American Amino acids calcium Productions Supply Sales Demand Market Status and Forecast

Chapter Nine North American Amino acids calcium Key Manufacturers Analysis

Chapter Ten North American Amino acids calcium Industry Development Trend

Part IV Europe Amino acids calcium Industry Analysis(The Report Company Including The Below Listed But Not All)

Chapter Eleven Europe Amino acids calcium Market Analysis

Chapter Twelve 2009-2014 Europe Amino acids calcium Productions Supply Sales Demand Market Status and Forecast

Chapter Thirteen Europe Amino acids calcium Key Manufacturers Analysis

Chapter Fourteen Europe Amino acids calcium Industry Development Trend

Part V Amino acids calcium Marketing Channels and Investment Feasibility

Chapter Fifteen Amino acids calcium Marketing Channels Development Proposals Analysis

Chapter Sixteen Development Environmental Analysis

Chapter Seventeen Amino acids calcium New Project Investment Feasibility Analysis

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          Global Intravenous Immunoglobulin (IVIG) Market (Applications and Geography) - Reports and Intelligence   

Global Intravenous Immunoglobulin (IVIG) Market (Applications and Geography) - Size, Share, Global Trends, Company Profiles, Demand, Insights, Analysis, Research, Report, Opportunities, Segmentation and Forecast, 2012 - 2020

Portland, OR -- (ReleaseWire) -- 09/02/2014 -- IVIG is a blood product which is administered in the body through veins. These are used in the treatment of three major categories of diseases, namely immune diseases, autoimmune diseases and acute infections. These are administered in patients to maintain an optimum level of antibodies so as to upgrade immunity or avoid infections. The factors driving this market are increasing number of patients with bleeding disorders, autoimmune diseases and asthma, increasing awareness and expenditure on health products and technological developments. The resulting side effects with the use of intravenous immunoglobulin such as venous thrombosis, dermatitis and acute kidney disorders and high cost involved in treatment are restraining the growth of this market. The introduction of improved therapies for the treatment of these diseases would provide opportunity for growth of this market.

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GLOBAL INTRAVENOUS IMMUNOGLOBULIN (IVIG) APPLICATION MARKET ANALYSIS
On the basis of application, this market can be classified into neurology, haematology, dermatology, nephrology and ophthalmology. Among all areas where intravenous immunoglobulin is used, its application is maximum in heamatology. This is due to the increasing number of people with bleeding disorders.

INTRAVENOUS IMMUNOGLOBULIN (IVIG) GEOGRAPHY MARKET ANALYSIS
On the basis of geography, this market can be classified into North America, Europe, Asia-Pacific and rest of the world (RoW). Presently, North America is the major contributor to the market of IVIG followed by Europe. This is due to increasing number of people suffering from autoimmune diseases.

COMPETITIVE LANDSCAPE
The major players in this market are Biotest AG, Octapharma AG, CSL, Baxter International, Inc., Bharat Serums and Vaccines Ltd., Talecris, Grifols S.A., OMRIX Biopharmaceuticals Ltd, and Kedrion Biopharma. The companies in the report are seeking approval as a strategy for the commercialization of their in the pipeline drugs. Therefore, the companies are adopting approval and clearance as key developmental strategies.

HIGH LEVEL ANALYSIS
The Intravenous Immunoglobulin (IVIG) market is an emerging field of therapeutics. The market is facing challenges due to stringent regulations. However, these regulations are strategically dealt in this report and more emphasis is given on the commercial polices available for the Intravenous Immunoglobulin (IVIG) Market. The clinical trials conducted for the development of novel therapies are critically analyzed so that key players competing in this market can take strategic decisions. . The market dynamics show that the impact of drivers is more in the market compared to the restraints.

KEY BENEFITS
- The estimations in the report are made by considering present market scenario and future market potential for the period of 2014-2020
- Key developmental strategies adopted by top market players engaged in this business are described so that companies involved in development of intravenous immunoglobulin (IVIG) can get competitive intelligence about their competitors
- Market estimation for geographic segments is derived from current market scenarios and forecasted market trends.
- Market attractiveness analysis has been included for geographic regions with detailed analysis of factors responsible for rapid growth of the market segments
- In-depth analysis of market drivers, restraints and opportunities of the market is dealt in the report.

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          "The Flight" Chapter 2 of Apurvai, a travelogue by P.L. "PuLa" Deshpande   
Many years ago, I translated chapter 1 from the 1960 book. You don't HAVE TO read it to follow this chapter, but it is recommended. Unlike my other translations which were done from audio files of PuLa narrating his work, this one has been done from the actual book. So even Marathis who've never read the book will find something new here. 

To set the stage a little, in this chapter, PuLa describes the experience of his first ever international flight. Based on the references to the Suez Crisis, I'm guessing it happened in 1956 or 1957. So almost 60 years ago! I was surprised to learn of the sheer number of stopovers flights had to make in those days. It is indeed a different era. But so much of what he writes resonated with me in terms of my experiences with international flights. Which is why I chose to translate this although it isn't as ROFLMAO funny as the previous chapter.

Usual caveats - Much of PuLa's humor comes from how he played with the Marathi language, and it can get lost in translation. But his observations and descriptions stay relevant even 55 years later.

Our flight to London from Santa Cruz airport was scheduled for 11 PM on August 20th. It wasn't my first time flying, but it was the first time I was flying to another country, that too on a huge airplane. I had been told to reach the airport about an hour before the flight. Even if I hadn't been told this, I would've gone there two hours before. Because even when I am taking an M.S.M. train (or as you kids today call it, Southern Railway), I go to the station an hour early. Even if I have a reserved seat. 

I find it convenient to allow that buffer for unforeseen but predictable events like getting on the wrong train, not being able to find my compartment, taxi to the station breaking down, heavy rain causing waterlogging, forgetting some important stuff at home and realizing it halfway to the station, forgetting to fill the water bottle, and of course, panicking every few minutes thinking that I have either forgotten the ticket at home or lost it. 

And of course, Indian Railways regularly contributes with unforeseen but predictable events of its own. Just as you've spread out a sheet on your berth and laid down, a railways employee comes and says the compartment has some problems, so we need to shift to another one. It takes about 45 minutes to find a porter, find the replacement compartment, and move all the luggage. It turns out that if you turn the lights on, the fan stops working, and if you turn the fan on, the lights stop working. Finally both are fixed, and when you go to the bathroom, there is no water in the compartment. So you have to stay awake till Lonand to find a guard and complain about it. If you're lucky, it'll get fixed by the time the train reaches Nira. Or then wait till Miraj at 5 AM so you can use the bathroom on the station. 

So even if you go very early to the station, there's no guarantee that your rail journey will be pleasant. I wonder if we are destined to ever get railways that take the responsibility of passenger comfort seriously. Until then, there are only two ways to travel without any problems - on foot like Vinoba Bhave or by air.

Or so I thought.

When I bought my tickets at the Air India office, the lady behind the counter had told me to reach the airport at 9 PM. And then, flashing me a disarming smile, suggested that I call the airline before leaving to make sure the plane wasn't delayed. So just as we were about to leave, I remembered that smile and mentioned this to the huge contingent of friends, family, and neighbors gathered at our house to bid us farewell.

"Haha, don't be an idiot! It's a plane, not an ST bus to be delayed. Airlines operate with second-by-second precision!"

A friend, who had never traveled an inch north of Malad or south of Kala Ghoda, said making me feel like an idiot in front of everyone. This guy has always had this publicly dismissive attitude towards me. I don't know why I am still friends with him. When I told him I was being sent to England by Doordarshan, his first reaction was,

"You??? Why??? Looks like the government has too much money to waste!"

When I first wore the suit mentioned in the previous chapter, he laughed and said I looked like a trumpeter from one of the Dhobi Talao wedding bands. Totally unnecessary snark. But he can't help it. So even though he had no first hand experience on the matter, he stayed true to his nature and ridiculed me for wondering if I should call the airline to check the flight status.

My wife called the airline office anyway. And we came to know that because the incoming plane from Tokyo hadn't reached yet, our flight was delayed by two hours. 

I winced. The idea of sitting in Mumbai's humidity for two more hours wearing a three piece suit, that noose-like tie, those damned expensive Chinese shoes, the nylon socks bought after the Middle East cooled down, and a thick coat meant for England's cold weather, was unbearable. I was tempted to take off all my clothes (except for one) and cal the whole thing off. 

"So....will the plane depart exactly two hours later than scheduled?"

Someone from the annoyingly large farewell contingent asked, and that question suddenly made our house explode into a pointless deliberation that made it resemble a legislative body debating a useless resolution.

"Will the plane leave two hours later or do you go to the airport two hours later?"

"But does two hours really mean two hours?"

"But what does a plane coming from Tokyo have to do with an Air India flight going to London?"

"Let's say the plane reaches earlier than estimated......will it still leave two hours late or earlier than that?"

"Let's say that Tokyo flight is delayed by four hours instead, will your flight leave two hours late or four hours late?"

"Someone told me that last week a flight scheduled for midnight eventually departed after dawn. Is that true?"

"Are you sure it's a plane from Tokyo? Maybe it's Kyoto."

"I just called a friend of mine who works in a restaurant at the airport. He says there is some mechanical problem in this plane, and the Tokyo plane thing is just an excuse."

"So the flight might get cancelled?"

"Do they have a replacement plane? How many planes does All India Radio have anyway?"

"It's Air India, not All India Radio."

"Yeah, same difference."

"Mechanical problems......that's scary!"

"You both have life insurance, right?"

"Remember the plane that crashed at Cairo five years ago? My boss' nephew was on it. His wife got two million as compensation!"

"I've heard you can buy life insurance at the airport."

All this nonsense from people who had nothing to do with our travel whatsoever. I prayed to god to rescue me from this plane chaos by sending the plane he sent for Sant Tukaram. 

"I'm telling you guys. Instead of spending the two hours sitting at home, spend them sitting at the airport. Let's say they repair the plane early and it leaves before time. What are you going to do? It's not like you can catch it on the way. It's not the Barshi-Pandharpur passenger train. Hehehehe!"

So finally, following the over-cautious traditions of my train journeys, we reached the airport at 9:30 PM for a plane that was scheduled to depart at 1:30 AM. Some of my other friends and colleagues were at the airport already to see me off. They either didn't know that the plane was delayed, or even if they knew, they were aware of my over-cautious traditions. 

All my friends at the airport made me feel very awkward and also emotional by showering me with so many garlands and bouquets, that the airport officials thought I was a politician. And I had an epiphany at that moment - the greatest wealth in my life is my friends. If wealth were to be measured in friendships, I am probably richer than Tata-Birla combined. I have so many dear friends in so many walks of life! And so many of them had come late at night and out of the way to the airport to see me off. 

I felt touched but also embarrassed. Firstly, I still wasn't sure I could pull off the suit-boot look. Having such a huge audience for it felt weird. And then there were these garlands and bouquets. I was overwhelmed. I have gotten used to getting such attention at functions and award shows and suchlike. But on this occasion, I was feeling like I had an emotional debt to pay off. Just popping by to say goodbye is one thing, but these guys had come all the way to the airport!

My embarrassment was compounded by the fact that I hadn't really done or achieved anything to deserve all the attention that night. When I get such attention after a successful theater performance, it's okay. At least I gave them some happiness, and they are appreciating it. But that night, my wife and I were just flying to England like thousands of people do everyday. And yet my mob of friends at the airport had made me feel like I was doing something special. With a luggage full of such love and good wishes, I started feeling confident that even if all the engines of the plane failed, I could fly anywhere I wanted. 

The crowd of friends and all the flowers being heaped on me made the press photographers hanging around think that I was some big deal. They suddenly started snapping our pictures like paparazzi. In all this chaos, one of my friends went to the airport officials and convinced them to open a "VIP Lounge" for me. A sturdy fellow in a crisp uniform politely asked us to follow him to the VIP lounge. 

At that moment, my wife looked at me happily with an expression that said - "all these years that I have put up with you are finally paying off!"

As we were led into the imposingly plush VIP lounge, I started feeling even more awkward. Given our colonial history, I know that "England returned" has a certain halo attached to it. But I had no idea that the halo starts appearing even before you leave India. I started feeling worried about the possibility of a real VIP showing up and frowning at how our raucous farewell contingent had made the VIP lounge resemble Khandke's chawl. 

Even in all that chaos, I overheard one of the uniformed guys whispering to the other,

"Nowadays, any random person can become a VIP."

His colleague responded,

"Hoga koi Minister ka baccha nahi toh jamai!"

and walked away.

So I tried to appear and act as VIP-ish as possible. I went around folding my hands and solemnly thanking all the people who had come to see me off. Then I started giving away the garlands and bouquets to kids and being unnecessarily nice to them. Basically, emulating every aspect of VIP behavior that I could remember. 

A few of the professional photographers kept taking pictures of all this, and then offered to send them to me. They helpfully quoted a "professional" rate for it that was ten times what it would cost to get a photo taken in my neighborhood studio. But I was pretending to be a VIP and had to play the part. Once I parted with all the advance payments for the photos, the expression on my face finally came to resemble something that actually deserved to be photographs. I have no idea where those expensive photos are now, by the way.

Eventually there was an announcement that the customs check process had started, and we finally prepared to leave that VIP cell....I mean lounge. While leaving, I handed a generous tip to the uniformed guys standing at the door. The astounded expressions on their faces made me realize that real VIPs probably never hand out any tips. They hand out only two things - promises or threats.

We left the lounge and walked straight to the weighing scales near the customs area. I put our bags on it one by one and felt relieved when each of them were a pound or so less than the 44 pound limit. My wife on the other hand seemed a little disappointed and said,

"Hmpf, I guess we could have taken a few more papads then."

I ignored her and walked to the customs booth, standing in front of the officer with an appropriately guilty expression on my face.

This was the second time in my life that I had faced a customs officer. A few years ago, when returning from Goa (then a Portuguese territory) I stood in front of a customs officer for the first time. Everyone in front of me had been questioned extensively and had their bags checked thoroughly. So I was already terrified. Even though there was no reason to be terrified. In the entire crowd there, we were probably the only ones returning from Goa without as much as a tiny piece of chocolate. But customs booths are one of those weirdly imposing places where I feel nervous by default.

Some people are scared of a dentist's chair. Not me. I have been to dentists many times. One dentist actually turned my simple complaint of an aching tooth into an imperative to extract it with the glee of a professional sadist. It hurt so much, I think I actually saw a few angels waiting to welcome me into heaven. But even then, the next time I went to a (different, obviously) dentist, I went with the ease with which I go to Kulkarni's restaurant to eat bhajiyas. No fear or worries. But put me in front of a custom's officer and my heart starts racing.

There are many random entries in my list of "people I am irrationally scared of". For some reason, I am terrified of every liftman. Not afraid of the actual lift, mind you. It's not like I am scared that the lift will plummet to the basement or anything. I am just scared of the liftmen, at least in Mumbai, where almost all of them seem to have a cold blank expression on their face. I am also terrified of waiters in fancy restaurants. If one is standing next to me, I feel so nervous that I invariably spill something. I was never scared of male teachers, but female teachers always petrified me. And I can slap a doctor on his back and sing songs with him even when he is in the middle of surgery, but when it comes to nurses, my hands start trembling even if I am handing them a note. I have no idea why I carry these bizarre fears in my heart.

That customs officer I encountered when returning from Goa had insulted me rather painfully! I still shudder and shed a tear when I think about it.

When it was my turn, he asked me my name, address, and profession. Those days, I earned my living in a college fostering deep hatred for literature among the students. As soon as I told the officer that I was a Professor, and that too of Marathi, he just looked straight into my eyes, and with an expression conveying immense pity, said,

"You can go."

He didn't ask to search my luggage, didn't ask me if I was carrying any contraband, didn't even ask me if I had anything to declare. With utter conviction that I lacked the ability or the means to smuggle in alcohol, gold, cigarettes, or anything like that, he sent me on my way. I have never felt more humiliated. I would've preferred it if he had instead put me through a two hour long interrogation under a bright lamp.

So that day in Mumbai airport, I was wondering if the customs officer in charge of examining departing passengers would be more respectful. He looked at my bags, then glanced at my face, and then wordlessly made some chalk markings on the bags and waved me through. Rude, isn't it?

Next my wife and I went to Passport Control. Our passports had been issued two years ago and were valid for three more years. But one of my friends in the farewell party had authoritatively said, 

"Ohhhh.....just three years validity left? That might create problems. Good luck!"

I nervously handed over the passports to the officer. He glanced at them for a nanosecond and returned them to me. I was less worried about the validity and more worried about the passport photo. But the officer had evidently discovered some similarity between my passport photo and the way I actually look. Once we were done with that, a health officer quickly made sure we had taken the necessary vaccinations and we were done.

Once we got the "worthy of traveling abroad" certification from Pandit Nehru's people, all we could do was wait for the plane to leave. It was past midnight. The departure area at Santa Cruz is decorated and furnished in a very modern way. There are lots of comfortable couches and chairs for passengers to relax in. But my wife and I were sitting there uncomfortably, feeling out of place.

There was a European couple sitting in front of us. They seemed confused by Indian currency. These were the days when paisa coins co-existed with anna coins and the poor visitors had no idea if the many coins they had were worth five rupees or five annas. Hoping to give them a happy memory of Indian hospitality, I jumped in to offer unsolicited advice and ended up compounding their confusion even more. Finally my better half stepped in, sorted the whole thing out, and informed them that Indian women have a much better understanding of money than Indian men. 

The European couple left for their flight and I started looking around at other fellow-passengers. With a parochial mindset, I went around to see if there were other Marathi folk there, and soon met a man named Patil and a student named Joshi. I was there representing the Deshpande name. All we were missing was a Kulkarni. If we had found one, we would have had Patil-Joshi-Deshpande-Kulkarni, the four pillars of the ancient Marathi administrative set-up. Sadly there was no Kulkarni on that flight, but it did end up having a pilot named Nadkarni. Nadkarni is essentially the South Kannada version of Kulkarni, so I guess we ended up with the full set eventually.

 Around 1 AM, the plane's wings must have fluttered because suddenly, there was a lot of activity around us. The crowd started walking in one direction, and we went along. I looked at the glass barrier at the customs desk and saw our contingent was still patiently waiting. The elders had tears in their eyes and the younger lot looked like they were cracking stale jokes at our expense and passing them off as new. 

When we eventually reached the gate, I confirmed three times that it was the right plane. Or else we'd wake up the next morning in Cochin instead of Cairo. I still carried emotional scars from the night at Pune station that I got on a train to go to Kolhapur and woke up the next morning to find I was in a compartment parked in the Pune railway yard. I have always had the kind of luck where I take a girlfriend to watch a movie on the sly and run into a nosy old relative who decided to come watch the same movie. And I couldn't afford to let that luck mess up international travel. 

There was an air hostess standing at the door, welcoming us with an unnaturally wide smile. The rest of the crew, dressed in crisp dark trousers and skirts and blindingly white shirts, sporting wing shaped lapel pins and painstakingly groomed mustaches, was darting about doing their work. We reached our seats and stared out the tiny oblong window at the terminal, wondering if our friends and family were still there. 

Once I was in the seat, I assured myself that despite all apparent obstacles, it now seemed like I would definitely go to England, and fastened the seat belt around my stomach. The engines started humming and the fans started rotating one by one.   The plane got going. After zooming along the ground for a mile or so, it slowed down and stopped at the other end of the runway. 

As soon as it stopped, I started fearing the worst. The plane had already been delayed by mechanical problems. I wasn't sure if they had fixed the problems completely or had postponed some repairs. Maybe now they'd discover more problems. I also carried emotional scars from bus drivers who'd make passengers board on a scorching hot day, bake them in that tin box for an hour while they waited, and then open the bonnet of the bus to examine what's wrong with the engine. 

Luckily, nothing like that happened. In a couple of minutes, the plane started moving again, then sped up, and eventually left terra firma in a graceful glide. I watched the airport rapidly disappear from my view and before I knew it, Mumbai started resembling a gem-laden ornament below us. In that ornament, four million people were probably dreaming as they slept, while I sat with wide open eyes, realizing my childhood dream of foreign travel. 

And next to me was my soul mate and my life partner accompanying me on this adventure. Over the previous twelve years, we had built many castles in the air together, while never feeling tempted to build a house on the ground. We never stayed in one place for more than 2-3 years anyway. We had in common a huge appetite for new challenges and new experiences. And the latest one was to be living in England for 5-6 months.

Our flight had been in the air for a while, and the plane was completely dark as was the sky outside, but I still couldn't sleep. The plane was completely packed and experienced travelers were already snoring. Our air-hostess was Japanese. She was promptly and efficiently offering candy and nuts to travelers with a studied smile straight out of the training syllabus. Her walk was brisk and her voice had the crispness of springtime. 

I was feeling really hot. That damned suit on my body started feeling like clunky armor and I again cursed myself for wearing it on the plane. I looked around and was taken aback when I noticed at an Englishman sitting in front of me. Here I was, wearing a brand new three piece suit because I was going to his snooty country. And this dude was sitting there looking very relaxed in khaki shorts, a flannel shirt with some twenty five pockets, and a flimsy felt hat that did not match.

So I discreetly looked around at the other white people on the flight. Not a single one of them was dressed even as remotely formally as I was. Sitting there overdressed in that damned suit in the middle of the night, I started feeling like even more of a neophyte than I already was. 

Suddenly the Japanese air-hostess appeared with a small wet towel on a plate. I eyed the towel suspiciously for a second. I had no idea what purpose a wet towel was supposed to serve at two in the morning. But I was brought up never to turn a plate away, so I picked up the towel and thanked her. I looked at my wife to see if she had any suggestions, but she was fast asleep. I slowly glanced across the aisle and saw that the guy there was gently rubbing the towel on his face. I did the same, and the cool cologne scented fabric gave me some relief from the intense heat I was experiencing. 

Our massive jumbo jet was slicing through the darkness leaving cities and mountains behind. I was finally feeling a little drowsy. Almost everyone around me, including my wife, was already asleep. That Englishman with the khaki shorts was in fact trying to drown out the noise of the engine with his own booming multi-octave snores with his mouth open. The ex-subject of Her Majesty's realm inside me felt relieved to observe first-hand that even the English can snore with their mouths open. Because once our travel plans were made, I was a bit worried about that. 

You see, I am one of "those" too. But over the course of my life, I have come across some impressively loud snorers. My grandma says that people with big hearts and minds snore the most. I don't know if there is any correlation between big bodies and big hearts and minds - I won't mind if there is. I started thinking a lot about snoring and hearts and minds. I do remember that I spent a lot of time thinking about it. But I don't know for how long, because the next thing I knew, I was waking up to the dawn's early light.

Our plane was flying over a huge desert. I noted how different this dawn was from any other dawn I had experienced in my life, thousands of miles over a limitless desert. This experience, coming right after I had experienced a darkness so different from any other darkness I had experienced in my life, spurred some philosophical and metaphorical thoughts. It felt like I was witness to the dawn of a new phase of my life. I thought about my recent years and realized that I hadn't really experienced real dawn in years. In Mumbai's fast-paced hectic life, by the time my day ended, it was usually well past midnight. So by the time I usually woke up, dawn would have given up on waiting for me and slid away, making way for harsh sunlight. 

Our Japanese air-hostess, still looking as fresh as a dew-kissed flower, was making the rounds with hot fortifying beverages for the morning. I have never found those beverages particularly fortifying immediately after waking up, so I politely declined her offer of tea or coffee. Instead, I got up and headed to the bathroom. Taking care not to wake up or bump into any of the other passengers, I tiptoed my way to the front, and slowly opened the door to what I thought was the bathroom. Instead I found myself face-to-face with the fine gentlemen flying the plane. It was the cockpit door! I guess the expression on my face gave away what my need was because the co-pilot, without saying anything, pointed me to the correct door. 

I finished my morning ablutions and returned to the seat to find the "fasten seatbelts" sign flashing. By the time I was able to find the belt and buckle it up, the plane had started its rapid descent. I looked out the window and saw that we were headed to a desert island surrounded by more desert. I assumed it was Cairo, our first stopover. I started looking around the landscape in the hopes of spotting some pyramids. By the time I spotted a bump that I thought was a pyramid and was about to point it out to my wife, the plane was touching down, and before I knew it, it was standing stationary in a foreign land.

I looked at the dinky terminal outside the window and was a little disappointed that a city as renowned as Cairo should have an airport that looks more like an ST bus stand. But once we got off the plane, I learned that we were not in Cairo, but in some place called "Bahrain" instead. I felt a bit like Columbus who reached land confident that he was in India but then discovered that he was instead in some strange land he did not know anything about. And I felt relieved that I had not pointed out those supposed pyramids to my wife.

I had never heard of Bahrain before and had no idea where the hell it exactly was or why we were there instead of Cairo. But we walked into the terminal and headed for the restaurant. I learned that there were oilfields nearby and that Bahrain is a small island nation that is known for its oilfields. That was pretty much all we learned about the place. 

We sat in the restaurant, ordered tea, and waited while the plane was refueled. The tea arrived after a long time. One sip of that concoction and I was convinced that in Bahrain, they used dried date palm leaves in lieu of tea leaves and the milk probably came from a camel instead of a cow. Over the course of my life, I have tasted many different kinds of tea......except of course the spilled tea from Mongini's mentioned in the previous chapter. Tea served in small glass tumblers in Mumbai, tea served in mud bowls on the banks of the Narmada, tea served in metallic cups in Madras, masala milk tea, railway station tea flavored with charcoal, tea without milk, tea without sugar, and even Chinese tea made from jasmine flowers. But I will never EVER forget that horrible tea from Bahrain airport. I will happily drink the bitterest castor potion than drink that tea again.

Well, at least the tea was free, because it was paid for by the airline.

Pretty soon, the plane was ready and we all climbed back into its belly. The plane took off soon and headed for Cairo. The flight from Bahrain to Cairo was essentially just desert after desert after desert. Once in a while, just as a change of scenery, there would be a small strip of water. But otherwise, totally barren. Not a single glimpse of green. 

And that's when I really understood why the green flag of Islam came was hoisted in these deserts first. The prophet was very clever in choosing the color green for his flag. It is obvious why millions of Arabs enthusiastically followed that rare pleasant colored flag. I'm sure that the green flag was as instrumental in the spread of Islam as the Koran was. Add to it the moon that the desert dwellers probably equated with the relief provided by night, and I felt I had to applaud the prophet for his grasp of semiotics. 

It was about 8:30 in the morning. I was staring at the desert out the window hoping to spot a camel train. But in vain. I did spot a lot of dry river beds though. Soon the sun got really bright and the glare made it difficult to keep looking outside. Soon our plane moved from the sea of sand to a sea of water. Being geographically challenged, I first decided it was the Red Sea, then the Caspian Sea, then the Black Sea, and then the Dead Sea. I still have no idea which one it was.

A while later, there were murmurs all around that we were flying over the Suez Canal. All passengers looked out the windows, identified the first strip of water they could find, and assured themselves that it was the Suez Canal. Again, no idea if any of those were actually the Suez Canal. From the height we were flying at, every strip of water looked as tiny as the Fergusson College canal in Pune. But in one strip, I spied some dots that seemed like boats and I silently convinced myself that it was indeed the Suez Canal. It was hard to believe that this tiny strip of water was responsible for almost starting World War 3 and almost sinking my travel plans.  

When your plane is flying so high that you can only see the sky and clouds above you as well as below you, you can't help but get philosophical. You forget any fears you have about the plane crashing. Looking at creation from a height that makes even seas look like saucers of water makes you realize how insignificant you are in the whole scheme of things. As our plane flew towards Cairo, I couldn't help but realize that I was looking at the cradle of civilization. These deserts were where the Babylonian, Sumerian, and Assyrian civilizations had once bloomed. Where the library of Alexandria was once home to millions of of books that were burned. I'm assuming some Big Four or Big Five must have had a summit even then and decided that burning books was in the best interests of the world.

As impressive as the sights of great oceans, great skies, and great lands is while flying, one look at the great space when flying above clouds make them all pale in comparison. And you start wondering what the whole point of creation is, and whether you make any difference to it whatsoever. 

Our plane was about to reach Cairo soon and I started thinking about it. Egypt is an ancient civilization, much like India. Historians have discovered that trade and cultural links between Egypt and India date back millenia. This is the land that saw rich culture flourish for millenia even before Christ was born. And when Christ was born, the bright star that shone was above these lands too. This is the land where Jews, Christians, and Muslims found their faiths and then unfurled the blood-soaked flags of those faiths.

I was in the middle of these thoughts and didn't even realize when I dozed off. The next thing I knew, someone was yelling "KAHIRO!!!!", waking me up.

The first sight I saw at Cairo airport was of battle-ready fighter jets. Next to them were imposing anti-aircraft guns with their barrels pointed to the sky. The stage seemed to be set for the next big war. The only question seemed to be which actors would enter the stage first and who the director would be. Actors from dozens of countries seemed to be ready, with war-paint on, or make-up on. Who knew when the final act would start and when it would end.

When I read a big sign that said, "WE WELCOME YOU TO EGYPT", I felt like someone had sprayed a stream of cold water on my face on an oppressively hot day. Why shouldn't all human beings be welcomed heartily all over this little planet of ours? Although as long as there exist things like passports and visas, built on an assumption of distrust of fellow human beings, can we really expect true expressions of such humanity? The sign that said "WE WELCOME YOU TO EGYPT"....to any "you" who reached there, regardless of race, religion, gender, creed.....why shouldn't such signs and more importantly sentiments, be displayed everywhere?

The funny thing is, this "WE WELCOME YOU TO EGYPT" sign was right next to the massive anti-aircraft guns and the irony endemic to human existence tickled me and troubled me in equal amounts.

We headed to the restaurant inside the terminal. The waiters there were very friendly and polite, and served us some divine Egyptian coffee. Compared to Mumbai airport, I thought Cairo airport was small. There was a lot of new construction happening around us though. Egypt is currently in the midst of writing a new chapter in its history. Everybody is watching carefully to see which way their new statesman (Nasser) takes them.

It was in Cairo airport that I first encountered Egyptian people. And as I examined their appearance carefully, I wondered how many Egyptians there might be in Mumbai too. Because in terms of appearance, I didn't really see any major differences between Egyptians and Indians. Beyond the facts I had memorized in my childhood to score 2 marks in the history exam, such as pyramids, mummies, pharaohs, and the Nile river, my knowledge about Egypt was as barren as their desert. I had never even thought about anyone living in Egypt other than Cleopatra, General Najeeb, and now this Nasser fellow.

Suddenly, I was overcome by a profound sense of ignorance and curiosity as a foreigner in a foreign land. And sitting there in the Cairo airport, I started thinking about how day-to-day life in Egypt must be and how I knew nothing about it. How do school teachers, lawyers, and bureaucrats here dress? Is it similar to how those folks dress in India? What is the most popular item in a typical restaurant in Egypt? Do wives here refer to their husbands by name or is there some tactful pronoun that has been coined for the purpose like in India? With each passing second, the expanse of my ignorance about this fascinating culture seemed to exceed the expanse of the desert.

Then I started thinking about the people who worked at that airport. For them, a typical day consisted of interacting with travelers from dozens of different countries, for maybe an hour or two at a time, before they went on their way and were replaced by a different set of foreigners. Do they feel the same sense of curiosity and note their ignorance about other cultures? Or has it become just a mundane feature of their lives by now? Do they actively notice the multi-colored lattice of different races and nationalities or does it just pass by in the blink of an eye like a frame from a cinema reel?

I spent the rest of the time in Cairo thinking about all this before we were called back to the plane. The next stopover was Geneva in Switzerland. As our plane surged through the clouds, we gradually left the desert behind and were soon traveling over Europe. Specifically, Italy, as the pilot informed us.

While I was almost entirely ignorant about Egypt except for its ancient history and contemporary politics, I at least knew more about Italy thanks to all the books I had read. Names like Rome, Venice, and Naples started swimming around in my head. I decided that if the plane had to crash right now, I would want it to do so near Naples. I had read that Naples was home to some of the most awe-inspiring sculptures in the world. So if my plane crashed in Naples, I could drag myself to those sculptures, see them first hand, and then die happy.

Yes, I know it is morbid to keep pondering the possibility of the plane crashing but that's how I am and be honest, aren't you too?

But the plane kept going. I kept looking at the Italian landscape underneath and we didn't see Naples or Venice. But we did fly over Rome. It was hard to miss. As I looked at the distant but clear images of various buildings and cathedrals in Rome, I first felt a great sense of satisfaction at seeing them first hand. Then I compensated for the unfamiliar bliss by berating myself for still not having read Gibbon's "The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire" even after buying it years ago. I made a mental note to read it as soon as I returned home.

When you're flying over different countries of the world, you think more about what you haven't read about those lands than what you have read. In another hour or so, our plane was flying over the gorgeous alps and I realized we were in Europe's Eden.

Soon the plane touched down in Geneva. I had heard a lot of cautionary tales about how the cold in Europe is way worse than anything I might have experienced in India. I experienced it first hand as I walked into the Geneva airport and felt like I had walked into a massive refrigerator. And this was just August! So I shivered a little and prepared for six more months of this inhumanly cold weather. No wonder these white folks ran away and captured our warmer lands.

As soon as I stepped into the chilly Geneva airport, my brain initiated a flashback from 20 years ago from my college days in Pune. I had grown up in Mumbai, where it never gets even remotely chilly. Then in Pune in the winters, every so often, I would wake up to such a chilly morning. It felt more bracing than oppressive, making me feel like running all the way across the world. I had always thought cold weather would make me feel like a shriveled old man, but instead, it made me feel like a daring young man, ready to achieve anything!

Anyway, we walked into the restaurant at the Geneva airport and it looked more like a flower shop than a restaurant. The faces of all the staff members were fresh and enthusiastic like recently bloomed lilies. There was a spring in their step. It didn't look like anyone could ever age, and everyone looked like they were in their 20s even though they probably weren't. We were served coffee in a very elegantly crafted glass cup. And it tasted divine and almost intoxicating. I wondered that if even the coffee here gets my pulse racing so much, what will stronger beverages do? I had heard that Switzerland is a place where extreme beauty and extreme pleasure is the default and my experiences at their airport confirmed it.

I didn't even realize when that stopover at Geneva ended. It was cold, but I was surrounded by beauty, human and non-human, and I felt more alive than I ever had. Before I got back on the plane, I turned around and took a 360 degree mental picture of all I could see of Switzerland from that terminal. The tall trees sheltering cute little houses, the snow-covered peaks of the Alps kissing the deep blue sky. I promised myself to return for a more leisurely visit. When the plane took off, I was looking at a meandering little river as it flowed through the verdant Swiss countryside, when suddenly, our plane ascended above the clouds. And those fluffy white things that a few hours earlier had seemed gorgeous, now seemed like villains for blocking my view of the Swiss landscape. Our journey continued.

The next stop was to be at Dusseldorf in Germany, It had been over 20 hours since we took off from Mumbai. The hands of my watch had already been rotated many times by then. Every hour, the pilot made announcements about how high we were flying, what the temperature outside was, what the local time was, and so on. Passengers around us were saying random things in response to those announcements like, "Oh! 18,000 feet? That's nice! Very high!"

We were flying through clouds at that moment, so I personally couldn't tell the difference between 18,000 feet and 18 million feet. Honestly, this whole thing of estimating distances has been a challenge for me, whether I am in the air or on the ground. Whenever I read about some witness in court say stuff like "the accused was 19 feet away from me", I feel jealous of his ability to express distance so precisely. Because I absolutely suck at it. I can't even remember the inches in my own measurements for shoes, hats, collars, socks, and so on. When a shoe salesman asks what size I want, I just give him the chappals I am wearing then and ask him to figure it out. I have immense respect for people who go shoe shopping and say stuff like "Bring me Number 8 pairs".

And when someone remembers the precise date on which something happened, I feel overcome enough with admiration to go hug them. When I hear someone say stuff like, "I remember it was July 17th...", I am amazed. I suck at dates too. Which is why I always sucked at history in school. Even now, I remember only three dates - Shivaji Maharaj died in 1680, the 1857 uprising happened in 1857, and using multiple reminder mnemonics, my wife's birthday. Other than these three, I have no idea of any other dates. You can ask me when India gained independence and I will try to hedge between 1947 and 1950.

Anyway, the point is, I am horrible with anything that is expressed numerically. So even before I could figure out how high 18,000 feet exactly is, our plane was touching down in Dusseldorf. Before I knew it, we were surrounded by cries of "Achtung! Achtung!" and "Gut! Gut!". My wife and I walked to the terminal, now sick of this sequence of stopovers. Yes. I was in Germany with its rich history and culture and intriguing contemporary split between East and West, but I didn't give a damn. The aforementioned Joshi and Patil left us here and we sat there hoping that we'd reach London before we died of boredom.

Why does the final stretch of the journey always seem to last the longest? Even when I am traveling from Pune to Mumbai by train, it is the same. The time from Pune to Thane or Kalyan seems to breeze by in a happy procession of vada, omelets, chikki, etc. But from there, Mulund, Bhandup, Vikroli, Dadar, etc seem to take an eternity to pass by. Very annoying! It's the same with other trips too. When you're taking a train from Mumbai to Delhi, everything seems great until you reach Mathura, and then after that, things seem to slow down. If you're going from Mumbai to Nagpur. it is Wardha that is the tipping point after which it is all yawns and polite curses.

The flight from Dusseldorf to London seemed similarly annoying and yawn-inducing. Finally, after about the hundredth yawn, the plane started barreling downwards. All the passengers around us seemed to have perked up as the plane continued descending. Finally there was a bump and the plane started slowing down. And a few passengers around me echoed my thoughts,

"Ah! London!"



          Identity is not always Community   
A few days ago, Rajdeep Sardesai, generally a liberal, reasonable and likable voice in the Indian TV media, tweeted,

Big day for my goa. Two GSBs, both talented politicians become full cabinet ministers. Saraswat pride!! @manoharparrikar and Suresh Prabhu.
I cringed. And not just as someone who, through the random genetic lottery, was born in a family whose caste label reads Goud Saraswat Brahmin (GSB). I was particularly disappointed that an otherwise progressive voice was echoing such medieval sentiments. I tweeted back my disagreement and gave in to the hashtag impulse, labeling it #SaraswatShame. The hashtag was half in jest, half in disappointment, and not exactly accurate, but we'll come to that later.

I was not the only one who found fault with his tweet. Many people pushed back, with the responses ranging from outright abuse to expressions of disappointment. Rajdeep doubled down, responding,

 proud GSB, proud Goan, proud Indian. No contradiction.
And yesterday, he defended himself at length in a column in Hindustan Times titled Identity is not always destiny.

The title of the column is perfect, because identity may not always be destiny, but identity is not always "community" either. In fact, the core of my disagreement with Sardesai lies in conflating caste with community, and placing caste identity in the same bracket as being from a state or a country.

I hate writing stuff like "Oxford/Webster's dictionary defines community as....." so I'll leave it to you to look up exactly what the definition is. But the way I see it, a community is shaped and defined through some common experience or attitude/outlook.

I consider myself a part of many many communities. I am part of Indian, American, Indian-American, Punekar, Mumbaikar, New Yorker, Maharashtrian, Marathi, etc. communities as a result of sharing geography or language and/or nationality with others in that group. I am part of Engineer, IIM, MBA, PhD, Penn State, Academia, Marketing, etc, communities as a result of sharing my education or career related experiences with others in that group. Thinking test cricket is the best sport ever makes me part of the test cricket puritan community. Loving the Pittsburgh Steelers team and cheering it on every season makes me part of the Steeler Nation.

I am not sure what experience or attitude or outlook would or should make me consider myself (and with unabashed pride) part of the GSB community, at least in the 21st century. I can understand caste being considered a source of community identity a century or two ago, when people lived more or less segregated into those castes. But then we all generally realized that the caste system isn't the best topology to adopt if we want to build a good society, because the system seeded and engendered discrimination on the basis of birth.

Almost all Indians I know think (or at least say) that the caste system is a relic that should be relegated to irrelevance in an ideal society. Then a good start would be to think of caste as irrelevant, not as a specious source of pride. And that's where Sardesai's tweet had a problem - by perpetuating that which should ideally be irrelevant.

Sardesai drops a lot of names, from Sachin Tendulkar to Deepika Padukone, when enumerating the "enormous contributions" of our supposed community. But what exactly do Rajdeep or I as GSBs have in common meaningfully with Sachin Tendulkar as a GSB, that we don't with Ajinkya Rahane, also from Mumbai and not (as far as I can tell) a GSB? What have we as GSBs shared with other GSBs other than simply the label of being called GSBs?

Is it the most commonly defined culinary feature of GSBs - we have religious sanction to eat fish? Heh! We do not have religious sanction to eat steaks but clearly both Sardesai and I enjoy a good slab of succulent cow meat.

I don't really consider myself part of the Saraswat "community" and so don't really feel #SaraswatShame in Sardesai's bizarre views. I know being Saraswat is a tiny irrelevant trivial part of my identity, but it's no more defining of me than my identity as a guy with black hair. And I am surprised that someone like Sardesai is conflating such an irrelevant expression of identity with community.

What is the basis of defining this community other than just the label identifying ourselves as such?

Shared history? I won't go into the specifics of the problems with the history-based argument Sardesai makes in his column, mainly because Kaustubh has done it splendidly already.

But history brings me to the other problem with the "Saraswat Pride" sentiment that Sardesai espouses. And that's the history of the privileged and powerful position that brahmins in general, including GSBs, used to hold in the caste system with legal sanction until recently. We had a monopoly on education and on running the religion. We were the "haves" in a system that perpetrated the vilest atrocities, violent as well as insidious, on a large swathe of the population we defined as lower caste or caste-less.

As Sardesai notes a little fallaciously

In this political milieu, the Brahmins have usually lost out because their numerical strength doesn’t justify greater political representation. Which is why it is significant that Parrikar and Prabhu made the cut.
This is a point on which I recently had an argument with some fellow Marathi Brahmin friends as well. This weird self-pitying victim mentality that many Brahmins have about not being uber-dominant in politics the way we are in almost every other aspect of Indian society, from industry to academia to entertainment. Never mind that the proportion of Prime Ministers, Presidents, Chief Ministers, and Governors over the years from the Brahmin community is probably at least 3 times the proportion of Brahmins in the general population (caveat - I haven't crunched the numbers, but I strongly suspect this to be the case based on what I could remember).

But we still love indulging in this weird victim mentality in the "political milieu". Never mind that both guys Sardesai mentions have held positions of political power in the past. Parrikar was the Chief Minister of Goa and Prabhu was a cabinet minister in the last BJP government as well.

Regardless of all this, even if you grant the factually questionable premise that Brahmins are deprived of political power as a result of caste-based politics prevalent in many parts of the country, this cannot be viewed as divorced from history, especially in a democracy. Autocratic rule allowed higher castes to monopolize power, resources, and education for centuries. If 6 decades of democracy has resulted in a backlash electorally, well, suck it up.

Related to this, someone asked me online, "Why do you have problems with Sardesai touting Saraswat pride but you have no problems with people celebrating historic Dalit or OBC achievements in politics?"

I couldn't believe that I had to actually explain it, but here is what I said. Dalit or OBC leaders achieving a position of power after centuries of discrimination and systematic disenfranchisement is actually bucking the trend of history. Righting old wrongs in a way. In terms of a sports metaphor, it's like cheering the underdog. On the other hand, when people from a caste that held power, enjoyed monopoly over intellectual resources and were complicit in perpetuating discrimination until recently start gloating about their achievements, it almost suggests they are implying supremacy again.

It's like.......so many commentators, black and from other races, expressed pride and satisfaction in a black man becoming President of the United States. In the historic context, it makes perfect sense. Your expressions of community pride, to not seem distasteful, have to gel with the historic context.

Let's say the next President of America is white. What Sardesai tweeted was the equivalent of a white news anchor like Brian Williams tweeting "White pride!" in response. And responding to criticism with "Proud white guy, proud Jersey guy, proud American! No contradictions."

Because identity is not always community.

          TS217:David Bowie,Golden Globes,Worst Dressed Lists,Rubio,Special Guest Emma Rathbone   
The world lost a trailblazing icon - the one and only David Bowie. Luckily it was (not at all) overshadowed by the Golden Globes! But who did you think was the ugliest? Erin looks into why we ask that horrible question at all. And then Bryan finds out what a stack heel is and how it relates to Marco Rubio. Fashion! Turn to the left. Fashion! Turn to the right. Plus we have the hilarious author and New Yorker contributor Emma Rathbone! 
          On Ad Hominem and Relative Morality   
A few hours back, @riffraaf whom I follow on twitter and have great regard for, and I had a disagreement over the aftermath of the Rosen-Romney episode. We exchanged a couple of emails. She wrote this post.

This is my response

Very well put. I agree mostly.

Here's where I am coming from: Rosen made a stupid comment. Faux outrage about how Ann Romney is such a victim ensued. (never mind our FLOTUS is bashed in ugly ways every day but that's probably the partisan in me talking, you might say).


Oh, Michelle is definitely bashed in the ugliest ways. It is bizarre to me that someone can make combating obesity into some evil plot!

Some of the people I follow on the right started labeling it as #waronmoms. This was a completely cynical response to left's #waronwomen. Now they wanted to beat the left at their own game. I get it.


Yup, they're just being cynical. But being helped by the left propagating articles like the rude pundit's.

But there was more to #waronwomen (though I personally loathe to use this slogan): Most women I know who are not into partisanship in general (because they're too busy raising kids and handling jobs unlike me :) ) got really riled up with a series of events that hurt women's rights: starting from planned parenthood defunding by Komen to birth control access issues to Sandra fluke (and Rush Limbaugh harassing Fluke for 3 entire days calling her a slut, prostitute, how she should put her porn videos online so he can watch it and so on) to ultra sound bills to new arizona laws infringing rights further.


Agree. That's how my wife (Indian-born American-raised) wife is. She is not as much into politics. She does follow it more than others. She is, like me, a fiscal conservative. But for her, this #waronwomen trumps anything else. Anything related to planned parenthood (which she loves) and birth control gets her riled up. So even if Obama raises taxes by gazillion percent (she hates tax raises even on rich folks), the social aspect of it against women's rights will always make her vote democrat.

So it irritates me to no end that suddenly Risen is somehow equivalent of Limbaugh and all the incivilities shown against women in the last year are equivalent to one insensitive remark made by a Rosen who was a nobody until now (even w/ her hillary support in 2008 and apparently having contributed to Obama campaign in 2008).


I don't think Rosen is equivalent of the much much viler and nastier and just plain-worse-human-being Limbaugh. I am not drawing the equivalence, so I am not going to defend the equivalence.

However, on its own, what Rosen said is definitely insensitive and stupid. And undoubtedly ad hominem. That's all that matters to me, as someone who doesn't count himself on the left or the right when it comes to identifying with movements. By saying what she did, Rosen attacked who Ann Romney, not what Ann or Mitt Romney were saying, making it a classic ad hominem attack.

It's politically damaging I agree. But it's a huge fake outrage and no where near what's really happening to women all over the country (whether w/ healthcare, minimum wages, equal pay, infringing on woman's body, unemployment and so on that affect women in REAL ways).

So I know Obama was doing what any Dem politician would do, but I'm still turned off by this whole latest, what I call Faux outrage.


Granted that some of those outraging are just fake-outraging. Just taking the chance to score points against their political opponents. Granted that many of those outraging on the right have possibly said much worse and more misogynist stuff against women.

But what Rosen said was still stupid and insensitive. And IMO, the Obama campaign by denouncing what Rosen said, is doing not just the politically expedient thing, but the right thing. And elements of the left by digging in and writing posts/articles undermining the worth of Ann Romney's life, are doing the WRONG thing, be it politically or morally.
          Electrónico de Mantención    
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          Events: openSUSE.Asia Summit 2017, Diversity Empowerment Summit North America, Technoshamanism in Aarhus, ELC Europe   
  • openSUSE.Asia Summit 2017 Tokyo, Japan

    It is our great pleasure to announce that openSUSE.Asia Summit 2017 will take place at the University of Electro Communications, Tokyo, Japan on October 21 and 22.

    openSUSE.Asia Summit is one of the great events for openSUSE community (i.e., both contributors, and users) in Asia. Those who usually communicate online can get together from all over the world, talk face to face, and have fun. Members of the community will share their most recent knowledge, experiences, and learn FLOSS technologies surrounding openSUSE.

    This event at Tokyo is the fourth in openSUSE.Asia Summit. Following the first Asia Summit in Beijing 2014, the Asia Summit has been held annually. The second summit was at Taipei in Taiwan, then in Yogyakarta in Indonesia last year. The past Asia Summits have had participants from China, Taiwan, India, Indonesia, Japan, and Germany.

  • Program Announced for The Linux Foundation Diversity Empowerment Summit North America

    The Linux Foundation, the nonprofit organization enabling mass innovation through open source, today announced the program for the Diversity Empowerment Summit North America, taking place September 14 in Los Angeles, CA as part of Open Source Summit North America. The goal of the summit is to help promote and facilitate an increase in diversity, inclusion, empowerment and social innovation in the open source community, and to provide a venue for discussion and collaboration.

  • Technoshamanism in Aarhus – rethink ancestrality and technology
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          Blender – The Perfect 3D Creation Tool for Linux   

At this point in time, it can be argued that Blender needs no formal introduction, but for the sake of Linux users who are new to the community, I will introduce it anyway.

Blender is a 3D creation suite with support for the entire 3D pipeline – modeling, rigging, animation, simulation, rendering, compositing and motion tracking, video editing, and game creation.

As a free and open-source project, its code is contributed by hundreds of professionals, hobbyists, students, VFX experts, animators, professionals, scientists, and studios from all over the world.

It has become such a technological sensation that it is being used for various TV shows, short films, advertisements, and feature films now.

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          Regional Roundup: Top New Features This Week Around Our BroadwayWorld 6/29 - THE LITTLE MERMAID, RAGTIME, NEWSIES, and More!   

BroadwayWorld presents a comprehensive weekly roundup of regional stories around our Broadway World, which include videos, editor spotlights, regional reviews and more. This week, we feature THE LITTLE MERMAID, RAGTIME, NEWSIES, and more!

Check out our top features from around the BroadwayWorld below!


Central Pennsylvania: Contributor Marakay Rogers reviews NEWSIES at the Fulton Theater. She writes "Matt Farcher, who plays Jack Kelly, leader of the newsboy throng, is certainly energetic as well as a fine vocalist; local audiences will possibly not recognize him, though they've seen him before - as the Beast at Fulton's BEAUTY AND THE BEAST. His performance here may be a bit more informed, however, by his prior performance as Che Guevara in EVITA in Maine, as well as having played revolutionary Enjolras in LES MIS in the past. (That "LES MIS turns positive" vibe is strong with this show.) Kate Fahrner makes for a tough, but charming, potential love interest as Katherine Plumber, intrepid early female reporter who is trying hard to not be her father's daughter - a major plot point of the show. If there's a real criticism to be had of the book, it's Katherine's part; the amazement over a female journalist shouldn't have been so great, given that Nellie Bly was a major expose writer for Pulitzer (the big bad of the show) in 1887 and that her famous Around The World stunt was done for Pulitzer in 1888. The historic newsboy strike was in 1899, when Bly had only recently (and temporarily - she did war correspondent work in World War One) retired. Writer Fierstein presumably based Katherine on Bly, but the show is set just late enough that anyone relatively familiar with history will find the lack of prior existence of Bly irritating."


New Zealand: Contributor Monica Moore reviews BONNIE AND CLYDE. She writes "Bonnie, played by Nicolette Nes is superb. She has the look, the voice and the style. And the top quality performances just keep coming at you. Blanche (Katrina McConnell) is excellent along with Buck (Brian Wolfman) Preacher (Simon Chapman) and well, actually they're all pretty darn good! Special mention to the young Bonnie (Samara Bayliss and Medody Lui-Webster) and Clyde (Tim Cloves) who deliver Great Performances. The set is engaging and designed by the well-known John Fausett who cleverly incorporates and ensures the story is kept interesting."


Minneapolis: Contributor Karen Bovard reviews SUNDAY IN THE PARK WITH GEORGE at the Guthrie Theatre. She writes "Crucial to the success of any production of this show are the two leads. Randy Harrison is suitably difficult and awkward in Act 1 as Seurat, and far slicker as his great grandson George in Act 2, where he seems more in command. Act 1 belongs to Erin Mackey as Dot, who is sexy and sympathetic and sly and sings with great feeling. She's also fully credible as the elderly wheelchair bound Marie in Act 2; it's a startling, funny, and moving transformation. All the members of the strong ensemble take on new roles in Act 2, and part of what makes this second act work so well are the bold choices they've made in sketching in their characters. The music swells with real grandeur, thanks to their ensemble power, an excellent mic system, and a full 13 piece orchestra behind them, helmed by conductor and pianist Mark Hartman."


Oklahoma: Contributor Ronn Burton reviews MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET at the Lyric Theatre. He writes "Director Dave Steakley wisely steps back and lets his boys go to town when necessary, yet his subtle guidance of the tone and flow of the show does not go unnoticed. The costumes by the reliably-proficient resident designer Jeffrey Meek are period-perfect yet fashion-forward. Helena Kuukka's lighting and Adam Koch's sets work hand-in-hand seamlessly - the colors and patterns playing off each other consummately. Important to note: the musical performances wouldn't be as impeccable as they are without Anthony Risi's sound design, which subtly yet perfectly enhances the recording studio vs. live performance effects throughout the evening."


Long Island: Contributor Melissa Giordano reviews RAGTIME at East Islip's BayWay Theatre. She writes "Among the talented cast, Chazmond Peacock makes a superb Coalhouse; intense, great voice... he's a natural for the role. Coalhouse is the beau of Sarah (and father of her child) portrayed exquisitely by Amanda-Camille Isaac. Ms. Isaac's striking portrayal of poor Sarah is a roller coaster of emotions including a gorgeous rendition of the hopeful song "Wheels Of A Dream" with Mr. Peacock. Additionally, kudos to Mike Press who is an outstanding Booker T. Washington, Coalhouse's mentor. On Ms. Waller's clever creative team, Bob Butterley's bi-level set ideally fills the open stage. Rolling pieces, tucked away on the sides, are used throughout. Also, the fun here is that you get to use your imagination a great deal. The music, on tracks, is coordinated by Eizabeth DeGennaro who is also part of the cast. This is enhanced beautifully by Jessy Gill's choreography and Joseph Kassner's stunning costumes."


Kansas City: Contributor Alan Portner reviews JERSEY BOYS at Starlite Theatre. He writes "Jersey Boys offers up super production values with this touring show. Portrayals of Massi and DiVito are a little one dimensional, but the singing, acting, production, and dancing make up for any lack. The supporting cast is excellent. Jersey Boys is a little strange to get used to. It is an excuse for a concert of great music. The music does not advance the story much except in parallel in the documentary. Most of the first act is required for the audience to get used to the style, but the final forty minutes grabs the audience and transports them back to the golden age just prior to the Beatles in the Doo Wop period. The audience ends up loving the performance."


St. Louis: Contributor Chris Gibson reviews SEUSSICAL at Stages St. Louis. He writes "Ryan Cooper is a perfectly disarming and amusing Cat in the Hat, with nimble movements and well-timed comic delivery of lines that bring forth smiles and laughs from young and old alike . You can just see that he's having fun. Cooper and Company draw the audience into the tale immediately with the rousing opening number "Oh! The Things You Can Think," and Cooper takes on several different comedic roles throughout the proceedings. As JoJo, Colton James Kastrup is a very believable little boy, and definitely possesses just the right voice and enthusiastic innocence that fit the part. Anthony Arpino absolutely shines as Horton, with a warm and deeply concerned performance that makes you genuinely care about his plight. April Strelinger is delightfully vainglorious as Mayzi and oozes attitude to spare. Leah Berry is simply terrific as Gertrude McFuzz, a single-feathered bird who's in love with Horton, but having trouble getting him to realize it. Her take on "Notice Me, Horton" is a sad and sweet delight."


Rhode Island: Contributor Andira Tieman reviews THE DIANA TAPES. She writes "The Diana Tapes is a tightly-written one act with just four actors. Playwright James Clements takes on the role of biographer Andrew Morton with Sam Hood Adrain as Michael O'Mara, his publisher. The two of them receive and transcribe recordings made by Princess Diana's friend James Colthurst, played by Jorge Morales Pico. The attention to detail with the sets and costumes is impressive for a production barebones as this. Battered chairs are swapped for fancy ones when the scene changes from the office where Morton and O'Mara frequently meet to Diana's residence where she talks with Colthurst. Diana's iconic wedding ring, now Kate Middleton's, is replicated. While the men's costumes are necessarily basic, Diana gets several glamorous outfit changes that suit the scenes perfectly."


St. Louis: Contributor Chris Gibson reviews THE LITTLE MERMAID at The Muny! He writes "Emma Degerstedt is delightful as Ariel, effectively conjuring up the image of a young mermaid who wants more out of life, and is positively driven to do so. Her voice is splendid as well, as would befit a character who uses it as a bargaining chip so she can gain her true love. Jason Gotay does fine work as the object of her affections, Prince Eric, and you genuinely root for them to connect. Emily Skinner is perfectly menacing as Ursula, creepily costumed and brimming with malevolent intentions, Skinner makes a memorable impression. Jerry Dixon is commanding and surly as King Triton, bringing plenty of bluster to the role. James T. Lane is enthusiastic as Sebastian, the red Jamaican crab who is also a composer. The undeniably catchy "Under the Sea" gets a great workout under his guidance. Jeffrey Schecter is funny and friendly as Scuttle the seagull, and Spencer Jones is awfully cute as Flounder. Kevin Zak and Will Porter are quite good as Ursula's moray eel minions; Flotsam and Jetsam, respectively. Frank Vlastnik is also sharp as Chef Louis/Pilot, specializing in seafood dishes as the Chef, which naturally rubs Sebastian the wrong way. Richard B. Watson rounds out the cast as Eric's manservant/confidante, Grimsby. Of course, the large ensemble also adds to the merriment, and gives the show an even wider scope."


Chicago: Contributor Rachel Weinberg reviews MOBY DICK at Lookingglass Theatre Company. She writes "MOBY DICK also features three extraordinary female actors in its ensemble: Kelly Abell, Cordelia Dewdney, and Mattie Hawkinson. While each essays various roles, they also come together as the three Fates-an inventive and eerily effective device. Decked out in Sully Ratke's magnificent and haunting costumes, they provide the warning of what's to come upon the play's conclusion. At various points in the production, Abell, Dewdney, and Hawkinson also embody various elements of nature: the ocean, a whale carcass, and even Moby Dick himself. Outside of the skeletal structure of the set, there is no literal whale onstage-but that is perhaps one of the most striking representations of Moby Dick in the production."


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          Laing freed in Beetham   

After 14 hours of intense prayers and a massive operation by police and army for the safe return of San Fernando businessman Gregory Laing, he was set free by his captors in the Beetham Gardens last evening.

The T&T Guardian learned that Laing was released following the payment of a ransom and was picked up by the Anti-Kidnapping Unit (AKU) on the roadside around 5.05 pm. ACP Irwin Hackshaw said Laing was then taken to the Eric Williams Medical Science Complex in Mt Hope for a check-up. Investigators said he had minor bruises to the face and was to be interviewed and taken back to his home in St Joseph Village, San Fernando, last evening.

Up to last night, there was a large contingent of police and soldiers combing the Laventille and Beetham Garden districts searching for suspects.

Laing, 54, whose family owns the popular Puff N Stuff Bakery along Circular Road, Vistabella and the Trade Winds Hotel in St Joseph Village, was the latest of three south business owners to be kidnapped in recent years. Designer Kirby Mohammed and produce importer Caroline Katwaroo were both kidnapped 2015 while hair stylist Ria Sookdeo was taken in 2016. Those three victims were never found and ransoms were not demanded.

Yesterday around 3 am, police said Laing went to open the bakery so staff could begin preparations for the 6 am opening. Around 3.10 am, one of his employees arrived and saw his Mercedes Benz at the side of the building with a cell phone and a bunch of keys on the ground. One of his brothers reported to police that around 4 am he received a phone call from someone demanding a ransom of $270,000 for his safe return. The call was said to have originated from the Beetham Gardens area.

A party of officers from the San Fernando CID and Mon Repos Police Station, led by Insp Don Gajadhar, responded and statements were taken from a few people. Laing’s car was taken to the Mon Repos Police Station for processing. There were no CCTV cameras nearby and police said they were not able to get a description of possible suspects or the vehicle used in the kidnapping. They suspect he was held up at the business and taken away.

Following the kidnapping, DCP Harold Phillip called a meeting of senior officers, which included Snr Supt Boxhill, ASP Ajit Persad, Snr Supt Mohammed, Insp Gajadhar and officers from the Port-of-Spain Division, Southern Division, AKU and the T&T Defence Force.

There were several social media reports that Laing was found earlier in the day, but Hackshaw confirmed he was only found around 5.05 pm. He said police had aggressively pursued all leads in an effort to safely return Laing to his family. Relatives and staff declined to speak about his disappearance earlier in the day, saying it was at a sensitive stage. However, it was business as usual as the bakery remained open. San Fernando Mayor Junia Regrello, however, condemned the “reprehensible actions” by Laing’s kidnappers.

Regrello said while the city has mostly avoided the brunt of criminal activity in T&T, the kidnapping further galvanized the need for all citizens to take back the city. He called on citizens who may have information regarding the kidnapping to contact the San Fernando police and pass on any information.

“Mr Laing is one of San Fernando’s model business owners and is noted for providing employment to many of the citizens of San Fernando, while the charitable contributions of his company are a testament to Mr Laing’s dedication towards the city of San Fernando,” Regrello said.


          GypsumWorks Studio (no replies)   
I have known about mindat.org for many years but recently joined to better participate. I am a retired physicist with a strong background in the fields of solid state, crystallography, piezoelectricity, and materials science. I was elected a Fellow of the Acoustical Society of America in 2000 for my contributions to the field of transducers. I know quite a bit about sound generation, propagation, and detection in various media including solids.

One of my daughters is a geologist and when both daughters were living at home, we spent many years rockhounding around our province of Nova Scotia, Canada as a family. I still go on field trips and have set up a small research lab area plus a rock and mineral studio. I live near some of the best gypsum sites in Nova Scotia and have begun working with gypsum as an art material. I refer to my studio as GypsumWorks Studio and hope to post some gallery photos on this site once I become more familiar with uploading photos and creating galleries. I uploaded one photo successfully so it's a start.

Plan to write a few articles and get to know other users. I used to write HTML code so that will come back to me quickly.
Cheers, Dennis
          Need Explaination From Management (2 replies)   
Over the past few days, I have uploaded numerous "on site locality photos" from the Herkimer, New York area. A total of 5 different Herkimer "diamond" collecting sites are involved. Unfortunately 99.99% of those photos were placed in the "User Only Gallery". After a quick check of currently displayed photos, including mineral and site photos, already listed in the MinDat library per each of the 5 sites in question, very few if any of my contributions are shown.

If possible could someone please explain.

Thank you

Frank
          Wilson To Give Abramoff Contribution To Boy Scouts   
ALBEQUERQUE, NM - Rep. Heather Wilson, R-N.M., will donate a $1,000 campaign contribution to the Boy Scouts from Washington lobbyist Jack Abramoff, who entered into a plea agreement in an investigation into corruption in government.
          Trump's Appointment to Gender Equality Office Has Hateful Anti-Trans Record    
PoliticsTransgenderFeminismWomenDonald Trump Tracy E. Gilchrist

Adding to his record of appointing people to posts they are fundamentally unqualified to hold, Donald Trump has named an anti-trans activist as a senior adviser to the office of Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment. Bethany Kozma, who held positions in the White House and Homeland Security under George W. Bush, vehemently opposed guidelines issued by President Obama's administration that advised schools to let trans students use their preferred names and pronouns and use the restrooms and locker rooms that align with their gender identity, Buzzfeed reports. And to Google the woman who will advise on gender equality in the office that is part of the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) is to uncover a treasure trove of hateful, woefully misguided anti-trans propaganda. 

“A boy claiming gender confusion must now be allowed in the same shower, bathroom, or locker room with my daughter under the president’s transgender policies,” Kozma wrote in a 2016 piece about the Obama administration guidelines. “When I learned that predators could abuse these new policies to hurt children in school lockers, shelters, pool showers, or other vulnerable public places like remote bathrooms in national parks, I realized I had to do something.” 

In a disgusting attempt to equate trans women with sexual predators, Kozma’s story included a video of women sharing their stories of how they were sexually assaulted by cisgender men in spaces like bathrooms and locker rooms. 

While naming Kozma, who clearly doesn’t believe that trans women are equal to cisgender women, as an adviser at the office of Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment is a slap in the face to all women, her position in the office is further complicated by the fact that USAID has a long history of supporting programs that advance LGBT equality around the world, including a program that leverages financial contributions to support “LGBTI human rights and development in 14 countries around the world,” HIV and AIDS prevention efforts, and an initiative to empower Asia’s LGBT people, according to its website.

A spokesperson for USAID said Kozma’s appointment does not mean there has been a change in policy in terms of its commitment to LGBT rights, according to Buzzfeed. 

"USAID is committed to promoting a work environment that is free from sexual-orientation and gender-identity discrimination, in accordance with existing federal law," the spokesperson said. 

But Kozma's anti-trans crusade did not end with her campaign to oppose Obama’s protections for trans students in 2016. Earlier this year she wrote a piece for The Daily Signal (part of the conservative think tank the Heritage Foundation) in which she patted herself on the back for being a part of the movement that she believes helped influence the Trump administration to rescind those protections.  

“Trump’s decisiveness on this issue shows that he cares more about people than political correctness — that all our children deserve a safe and respectful learning environment, not just a very small minority, and that privacy and free speech are rights that American parents hold dear,” Kozma wrote this February. 

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          Acupuntura NÃO é Ato Médico!   
Diante das informações errôneas divulgadas pela mídia, que possui o papel de "instruir" a população, muitos leigos e até mesmo profissionais mau informados acham que atualmente a Acupuntura é exclusiva da classe médica. 

Infelizmente não podemos mais confiar naquilo que a mídia diz, porque seja por falta de informação (e de interesse em buscar a verdade) ou por interesse em beneficiar uma determinada classe ou grupo (no caso os médicos que contribuíram bastante para divulgar informações erradas), o conteúdo daquilo que é divulgado já não é mais selecionado, prejudicando a população e como no atual caso, diversos profissionais, em prol de sabe-se lá o que.

O ato médico (sim, em letras minúsculas) é um projeto de lei que irá regulamentar a medicina (por incrível que pareça, a medicina ainda não é regulamentada) e precisa ser aprovado em algum momento, porém não da forma que está, já que lesaria milhares de pessoas aumentando consideravelmente o índice de desemprego no nosso país e prejudicando em proporções absurdas a saúde da população.

Projetos de leis precisam ser aprovados diversas vezes antes de serem sancionados pela Presidência. E o ato médico não virou lei, não foi sancionado! 

O Conselho Nacional de Saúde deixa claro que as práticas integrativas e complementares a saúde, como a Acupuntura, são de caráter multiprofissional. Não há lei que regulamente a Acupuntura, e também não há lei que regulamente o seu uso exclusivamente pelos médicos.

Como não há lei, há Portarias, e em 3 de maio de 2006 foi criada a Portaria do Ministério da Saúde nº 971 que aprova a Política Nacional de Práticas Integrativas e Complementares no SUS; sendo que o TRF-1 afirmou através da sua imprensa que essa portaria está válida lembrando que a mesma segue a orientação da Organização Mundial de Saúde (OMS) que considera a Medicina Chinesa de caráter multiprofissional.

A prática da Medicina Chinesa tem esse caráter definido pela OMS, e tem sido assim pelo mundo afora. Mas então vem o brasileiro dizendo-se "preocupado com o bem-estar do povo" e decide monopolizar  algo que existe há mais de 5.000 anos e que nunca foi exclusivo de uma categoria profissional. Vale lembrar a esses pequenos "profissionais" que a Acupuntura vai MUITO além de inserir agulha!

Imagem: internet.

Abaixo, segue a matéria sobre o assunto publicada na Fisioterapia em Revista, pelo Crefito-3.





          Lombalgia: entenda os mecanismos que a causam e como o tratamento conservador pode ajudar.   
Atualmente a lombalgia, popularmente conhecida como dor lombar, afeta mais da metade das pessoas de forma constante. E até 85% da população terá essa dor em algum momento da vida.

Embora existam fatores psicológicos e sociais por trás de tal problema, o estresse mecânico sempre tem um papel importante no desenvolvimento do mesmo, e a fisioterapia é de extrema importância na atuação desse fator.

Mais da metade das lombalgias são idiopáticas, ou seja, sem causa definida. Mas dentro dos fatores que podem causá-la, podemos citar as hérnias de disco entre as principais causas, sendo a maior incidência na coluna cervical e lombar.

A hérnia ocorre quando as fibras do disco intervertebral, que contém o núcleo pulposo (substância que os forma), se rompem. A função dos discos é  absorver impactos do dia-a-dia, e podemos compará-los a uma bolsa de gelatina entre cada vértebra.

                      

    Disco Intervertebral                                             Hérnia de disco
  
Independente de fatores externos, os discos começam a degenerar-se a partir dos 20 anos de idade. Mas fatores como o peso corporal, tensão nos ligamentos e músculos, pressão intra abdominal (conseguida também através de fortalecimento) e cargas externas contribuem para a preservação discal.


As sobrecargas na coluna fazem os discos perderem água (90% da sua composição) como um mecanismo de auto proteção. Ao aliviar a carga, a água é reabsorvida. Porém a sobrecarga contínua e o envelhecimento tornam esse mecanismo cada vez mais ineficaz, e os discos passam a diminuir sua capacidade de reabsorção de água (ficando desidratados e suscetíveis a lesões) e consequentemente de absorção de impactos.

Ao contrário do que se imagina, ficar sentado gera mais carga de compressão sobre a coluna do que manter-se em pé, sendo que manter a postura desleixada, mesmo que agradável, é um agravante para tal.

A nutrição dos discos é feita através de mudanças posturais. Por isso, manter-se fixo, independente do conforto, por longos períodos, é prejudicial.

Além da postura inadequada, movimentos súbitos ou excessivos, e o uso de apenas uma mão constantemente para carregar pesos predispõe a lesões na coluna. Um único e simples movimento com uma carga elevada pode ser o suficiente para que a lesão ocorra; ou ainda diversos movimentos com cargas pequenas.

Dentre os movimentos mais agressivos para os discos encontram-se os de rotação da coluna. Não que não devam ser feitos, mas durante exercícios é preciso a orientação de um bom profissional e no dia-a-dia devem ser realizados da forma menos brusca possível e nunca carregando-se cargas elevadas.

Aliás, a velocidade é praticamente decisiva na incidência da lesão discal. Quanto mais lento um movimento, menor a carga compressiva sobre a coluna.
 
E vibrações também são prejudiciais aos discos. Comuns em cadeiras de massagem, provocam uma piora considerável em quem se arrisca a resolver o problema sem orientação profissional.
 
Sendo assim, após explicações básicas sobre o mal que acomete uma boa parte da população, torna-se necessário explicar qual é o papel da fisioterapia dentro da lombalgia.

Pode-se dizer que a base para uma coluna sem dor é a estabilidade e a flexibilidade. Mas infelizmente o que parece simples não pode ser realizado de qualquer forma, porque o que é benéfico para uma pessoa sem dor pode piorar e muito um quadro onde já existe um problema.

O princípio do tratamento é o ganho de estabilidade para a coluna, que ocorre através da ativação de músculos específicos que irão aumentar a pressão intra abdominal (lembrando que essa pressão em excesso também provoca dor).

Vale explicar que esses músculos devem ser ativados o tempo todo, e para que isso ocorra faz-se necessário um foco em resistência (que fará com que mantenham-se contraídos por muito tempo sem fadigar) e não força, o que explica o índice de dor e lesões em atletas e praticantes de exercícios como musculação.

O famoso abdominal é importantíssimo para o ganho desse aumento de pressão. Entretanto, os convencionais, onde se realiza uma flexão total de tronco, independente das pernas estarem dobradas ou esticadas, geram uma carga de 3.000 Newton na coluna, o equivalente a 305,91 Kg (imagem 1). Em contrapartida, esses mesmos exercícios com o tronco fletido parcialmente diminuem a carga compressiva gerada (imagem 2).

                 


Já a flexibilidade, ao contrário do que se pensa, não é sinônimo de alongamento. Ser flexível é conseguir mover todas as partes do seu corpo no limite máximo (o que não se consegue de um dia para o outro). O alongamento é um exercício para ganho de flexibilidade, porém implica em sustentar a posição por no mínimo trinta segundos. Mas quando o tecido neural (o tecido que recobre o nervo) ou o próprio nervo estão acometidos, fato comum nas hérnias discais, o alongamento agrava o quadro uma vez que estira o tecido e diminui o suprimento de sangue para uma região muito sensível e já danificada. Portanto, é preciso outro recurso, como a mobilização neural, para o retorno da flexibilidade sem danos adicionais.

Além das técnicas e recursos convencionais que a fisioterapia tem a disposição para o tratamento da dor lombar, seja ela idiopática ou secundária as hérnias por exemplo, pode-se citar o método Pilates, tão divulgado atualmente, como um excelente coadjuvante, desde que adaptado para cada necessidade e aplicado por um fisioterapeuta nos casos em que o objetivo é a reabilitação. Esse método trabalha com foco na ativação da musculatura profunda que estabiliza a lombar, movimentos suaves, e uma gama de abdominais com flexão parcial de tronco. Todavia, possui alguns exercícios agressivos e prejudiciais quando a instabilidade da coluna ainda é grande; além do foco em alongamentos que podem ser contra indicados.

Sendo assim, é de fundamental importância uma avaliação fisioterapêutica minuciosa para traçar-se o plano de reabilitação, além da adaptação de métodos parcialmente benéficos como o Pilates e a adição de outros recursos que se fazem necessários. Portanto, cuide da sua saúde buscando um tratamento individual e personalizado que fará toda a diferença no futuro.

Referência Bibliográfica:
Hall J, Susan. Biomecânica da coluna vertebral; 277 - 317. In: Hall J, Susan. Biomecânica Básica. Editora Manole. 2009: 5ª edição.

Referência para a conversão de Newton em Quilograma:
http://www.convertworld.com/pt/massa/Kilonewton.html

Imagens: Internet.

          OHSU researchers: New discovery on obesity-high blood pressure relationship   
Obesity contributes to high blood pressure, but why and how this happens remains unclear. One of the major causes of high blood pressure — or hypertension — is the inappropriate activation of the fight-or-flight sympathetic nervous system response, and most obesity researchers have focused on factors that increase sympathetic activity. Virginia Brooks, Ph.D., however, has been investigating mechanisms that inhibit this activity. A team led by Brooks, professor of physiology and pharmacology at OHSU, identified a neuromodulator, neuropeptide Y (NPY), that inhibits sympathetic activity in a specific area of … Read More
          Pilates e a Postura   

Muitos já ouviram falar quanto o Pilates contribui para uma melhora na postura. Mas poucos entendem como realmente ocorre esse mecanismo.
Antes de mais nada é importante frisar que uma postura incorreta não trás conseqüências apenas  à estética, mas também prejudica a respiração e provoca um excesso de tensão em músculos e ligamentos predispondo o indivíduo a lesões.
Infelizmente esse risco acaba sendo maior na região lombar uma vez que a sobrecarga nessa região é muito grande e ainda maior quando adota-se uma postura inadequada. Lesões nessa região diminuem drasticamente a funcionalidade do indivíduo, podendo levar ao sedentarismo que se mantido apenas piora o quadro da doença.
Os exercícios do Pilates são realizados visando flexibilidade e resistência muscular mas sempre associados a uma postura adequada, com ombros e pelve (região do quadril) alinhados e estrategicamente posicionados assim como ativação constante de músculos essenciais para o bom alinhamento corporal.
Sabe-se hoje que a ativação em conjunto desses músculos, que chamamos de CORE, Power House ou Centro de Força são fundamentais para a prevenção de lesões na coluna, como protrusão discal ou hérnias de disco.
Sendo assim, os exercícios de Pilates são extremamente benéficos na correção postural, o que não apenas previne o risco de lesões como também melhora nossa respiração e diminui o gasto de energia durante as atividades, minimizando ou eliminando as dores e o cansaço.
Foto: Internet

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          Règlement de la Régie des marchés agricoles et alimentaires du Québec sur le prélèvement par les acheteurs des contributions des producteurs, RLRQ c M-35.1, r 3 [Modified on Jun 23, 2017]   
Règlement de la Régie des marchés agricoles et alimentaires du Québec sur le prélèvement par les acheteurs des contributions des producteurs was modified or came into force on 2017-06-23
          Regulation Respecting Contributions to the Québec Pension Plan, CQLR c R-9, r 2 [Modified on Jun 23, 2017]   
Regulation Respecting Contributions to the Québec Pension Plan was modified or came into force on 2017-06-23
          Règlement sur la contribution des acheteurs de crabe des neiges de la zone 16 à l'Association québécoise de l'industrie de la pêche, RLRQ c M-35.1, r 164.01 [Modified on Jun 23, 2017]   
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          Règlement sur la contribution des acheteurs de flétan du Groënland à l'Association québécoise de l'industrie de la pêche, RLRQ c M-35.1, r 179 [Modified on Jun 23, 2017]   
Règlement sur la contribution des acheteurs de flétan du Groënland à l'Association québécoise de l'industrie de la pêche was modified or came into force on 2017-06-23
          Systems Specialist, Global IT Infrastructure   
NJ-Linden, - Global End User Services team - Supporting and problem solving complex issues in a dynamic enterprise desktop environment - Exploit latest Microsoft technologies for improving Windows desktop environment for reliability and end user effectiveness - Contribute effectively to projects and initiatives within and outside of the Infrastructure service teams. Client Details Chemicals industry Descript
          Règlement sur la contribution des acheteurs de homards à l'Association québécoise de l'industrie de la pêche, RLRQ c M-35.1, r 184 [Modified on Jun 23, 2017]   
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          DevOps Engineer   
NJ-Teaneck, RESPONSIBILITIES: Kforce has a client seeking a DevOps Engineer in Teaneck, New Jersey (NJ). The successful candidate will be efficient, personable, reliable, and will be prepared to contribute to a fast-paced and growing organization. The individual must demonstrate the ability to support the full development life cycle and have knowledge of fundamental development skills. Responsibilities: Manag
          Règlement sur les contributions des producteurs acéricoles du Québec, RLRQ c M-35.1, r 9.2 [Modified on Jun 23, 2017]   
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          Règlement sur les contributions des pêcheurs de crevette de la Ville de Gaspé, RLRQ c M-35.1, r 165 [Modified on Jun 23, 2017]   
Règlement sur les contributions des pêcheurs de crevette de la Ville de Gaspé was modified or came into force on 2017-06-23
          Règlement sur les contributions pour l'administration du Plan conjoint des producteurs de légumes destinés à la transformation, RLRQ c M-35.1, r 218 [Modified on Jun 23, 2017]   
Règlement sur les contributions pour l'administration du Plan conjoint des producteurs de légumes destinés à la transformation was modified or came into force on 2017-06-23
          Op-Ed: Staples' $6.9 billion buyout could end in the shredder   
Private equity firm Sycamore can only contribute so much to Staples' survival, says Lauren Silva Laughlin.
          The Stairs Expedition: Canadian Atrocities in the Congo   
Canada’s 150th anniversary offers a unique opportunity to shed light on some darker corners of Canadian history. One of the dustier chapters is our contribution to one of the most barbarous regimes of the last century and a half. In a bid to extract rubber and other commodities from his personal colony, Belgian King Léopold II More
          Encerramento do Circuito junino 2017 acontece nesta sexta (30), no bairro Limeira em Picuí   
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Nesta sexta-feira (30), acontece o encerramento do circuito junino 2017 em Picuí. As etapas aconteceram nos dias: 03, 09, 10, 16, 17, 25 nos bairros e distritos do município e hoje dia 30, será o encerramento no bairro Limeira com duas grandes atrações: Bob Léo Mercadoria e Raniery Gomes, que esteve participando do São João de Campina Grande.
A administração municipal ofereceu aos artistas participantes palco, som e luz de excelente qualidade, valorizando assim o trabalho dos filhos da terra.
O Departamento de Cultura, que tem a frente o jovem Ismael Moisés, esteve na organização, juntamente com outras secretarias e departamentos municipais, que numa soma de forças contribuíram para o sucesso do circuito.
O Circuito Junino 2017 foi mais uma ação do Governo da Participação e teve como objetivo manter viva a chama da cultura nordestina, além da valorização dos artistas locais.
De acordo com informações que chegaram a redação do ClickPicuí, o referido evento deverá ser ampliado no ano de 2018.


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          Economia: Veículo do gabinete do prefeito de Picuí custará 74% menos em relação gestão passada; o mais barato dos últimos 13 anos   
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O prefeito Olivânio surpreendeu os picuienses quando abriu mão do luxo do gabinete e disponibilizou um ônibus de qualidade aos estudantes universitários.
Sem ostentação, nos 6 meses de gestão, o prefeito tem gerado baixo custo a máquina pública. Ao longo desse período, realizou dezenas de viagens a capital do estado, a cidade do Recife e a capital Federal, mesmo assim, foram poucas as diárias recebidas em relação aos dois últimos gestores que o antecederam. A situação não é diferente em relação ao veículo que passará a ser usado pelo chefe do executivo em suas viagens oficiais, o valor será o menor da região e o menor dos últimos 12 anos.
Após organizar a máquina pública e sistematizar as prioridades da gestão, o prefeito autorizou a realização da licitação para locação do veículo que servirá ao seu gabinete e também outras demandas do centro administrativo, ao custo de R$ 2.900,00 o veículo ficará 74% mais barato em relação ao histórico do que vinha sendo praticado na prefeitura de Picuí que chegou a custar R$ 7.500,00 aos contribuintes.
Calculando em salários mínimos, de 2005 até 2012 a prefeitura de Picuí desembolsava mensalmente 11 (onze) salários mínimos todo mês para custear o veículo do prefeito. Com essa redução, o prefeito Olivânio economizará mais de 8 (oito) salários mínimos mensais.
O prefeito já informou que usará esse dinheiro para alugar dois veículos com capacidade de sete lugares ou superior para tender as demandas da saúde do município, principalmente aos pacientes de hemodiálise e da quimioterapia que viajam diariamente até Campina Grande. A licitação para os veículos da saúde ocorrerá na segunda feira dia 03 de julho.
O prefeito informou que acabou a geração do prefeito ostentação e do desperdício, e fez referência a um trecho passagem de um texto do escritor Rubem Alves.
“O político por vocação é um apaixonado pelo grande jardim para todos. Seu amor é tão grande que ele abre mão do pequeno jardim que ele poderia plantar para si mesmo. De que vale um pequeno jardim se à sua volta está o deserto? É preciso que o deserto inteiro se transforme em jardim”.

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          Associate Transaction Services Strategic Advisory - ING - Noord-Holland   
You actively contribute in creating the new desired culture and facilitate the new way of working. ING is looking for an Associate Transaction Services...
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          King Crimson - Island   
La definizione di “musica da camera elettrica” è quella che meglio si attaglia alle creazioni originalissime, moderne e affascinanti della più grande formazione del rock progressivo inglese, quella dei King Crimson. Il loro esordio è del 1969, sul palco del concerto in memoria di Brian Jones ad Hyde Park, e i loro brani contribuiscono a definire i contorni del rock progressivo. Ma solo tre anni dopo, nel 1971(dopo aver già pubblicato tre album leggendari), la loro musica è già altrove. E quell’”altrove” è “Island”, uno dei dischi più innovativi e sorprendenti della musica degli anni Settanta. Jazz, avanguardia, rock, canzone, sperimentazione, melodia, elettronica, mescolati dalla grande inventiva di Robert Fripp, chitarrista ed anima del Re Cremisi. Ernesto Assante e Gino Castaldo vi accompagneranno alla scoperta di questo capolavoro della storia del rock.
          Michael Jackson - Thriller   
La sua scomparsa lo ha trasformato in mito e leggenda. Ma la sua vita è stata altrettanto leggendaria e particolare, assurda e fantastica. Ernesto Assante e Gino Castaldo raccontano Michael Jackson e soprattutto un disco, “Thriller”, che è quello che lo ha consacrato “King of pop” all’alba degli anni Ottanta. Un album che, assieme ai video che lo hanno accompagnato, ha cambiato le regole della musica pop, ha dettato le leggi per le quali ancora oggi il pop si produce e va in scena, ha contribuito a mutare la percezione e il consumo musicale da parte del pubblico di mezzo mondo. Dagli esordi con i fratelli nel pieno dell’era della Motown, al successo solista sull’onda della disco music, al trionfo di Thriller con l’aiuto di Quincy Jones e di John Landis, alla crisi degli anni successivi, il declino, le polemiche, la morte. Un viaggio attraverso la vita e le opere di Michael Jackson.
          Led Zeppelin, rock, demoni e segreti   
Sono passati più di vent’anni dallo scioglimento della band ma è come se i Led Zeppelin fossero ancora in attività. La loro musica ha resistito nel tempo perché rappresenta il rock nella sua forma più essenziale e diretta, perché se è vero che il rock di oggi ha ben poco a che vedere con loro, è anche vero che chiunque prenda una chitarra elettrica in mano deve confrontarsi con quanto Jimmy Page, Robert Plant, John Paul Jones e John Bonham hanno fatto. Per quanto siano stati spesso presentati come i padri dell'heavy metal, in realtà essi hanno avuto poco a che fare con quel genere. La loro era una musica ricca di influenze diverse, "avevamo un ricchissimo repertorio di brani acustici, abbiamo ascoltato musica indiana, araba, pop, jazz, mille cose diverse che hanno contribuito a creare un suono che è stato soltanto nostro" ricorda Jimmy Page. E il punto di partenza fu comunque il blues, cuore pulsante di un avventura sonora straordinaria.
          Ugandan community reaches agreement with British company   

In September 2011, Oxfam profiled a land deal in Uganda in which villagers were being evicted to make way for timber plantations. Now, the Mubende community has signed a Final Agreement with the New Forests Company (NFC), concluding nearly 15 months of negotiations that were facilitated by the Office of ComplianceAdvisor/Ombudsman (CAO). The CAO handles complaints from communities affected by investments made by the International Finance Corporation, the private sector arm of the World Bank.

Oxfam welcomes that an agreement has been reached through mediation. As part of this agreement, NFC will contribute funds into a community-run cooperative that has been set-up by the Mubende community. NFC will also implement development projects to benefit the affected community. The community remains far from restoring its livelihoods but the outcome of the mediation process provides a basis for community members to start to rebuild their lives.

"I am optimistic about the future but this will depend on how soon we are able to get land. At the moment we are not farming or raising animals but I am hopefulthat through the co-operative we will be able to buy land and move forward," said Emmanuel Bagibariho, a community representative from Mubende who was part of the team that negotiated the agreement on behalf of the affected community.

Oxfam has been providing support to the Mubende community throughout the CAO mediation process, and we commend the eight community representatives who worked tirelessly to get the best possible deal that they could through this process. We will work with Mubende community members so that they can quickly develop the new cooperative as a means to improving their livelihoods. 

Oxfam is also continuing to support and advise a second community from neighboring Kiboga district. This community is in a separate mediation process, also facilitated by CAO, with NFC. We are hopeful that the Kiboga community’s discussions with NFC could also lead to an agreement between the company and the community.

If you would like more information, you can read the CAO’s report about the Mubende mediation.

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          Feuilles mortes (Fallen Leaves) (2006)   
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          Postludium (1979)   
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          Lobt Gott getrost mit Singen (Partita), GWV 325 (1997)   
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          More employers promoting financial wellness among employees   

Surveys show employees' money angst hurts productivity

By Mark Huffman of ConsumerAffairs
June 29, 2017

PhotoAfter several high-profile and well-paid professional athletes retired from their sport in near-bankruptcy, leagues began providing rookies with some financial coaching in addition to athletic coaching.

It's made a difference, as more players now have diversified portfolios to fall back on when their playing days are over.

When you boil it down, it's an example of a financial wellness program -- learning good habits to build wealth and avoiding financial mistakes. These days, businesses are adopting a similar approach, with financial wellness programs becoming a popular employee benefit.

SunTrust has just rolled out a financial wellness program and reports Home Depot, Delta Airlines, Equifax, McKee Foods, Waffle House, Haverty's, and 1-800 Contacts are among the early adopters.

Financial fitness programs

"More than 40% of Americans live paycheck to paycheck, and 75% report experiencing financial stress," said Bill Rogers, CEO of SunTrust. "Progressive companies can improve overall wellness in America by offering a financial fitness program for their employees."

Participating employees take part in workshops and online sessions to learn how to establish financial goals. The program stresses the importance of having an emergency savings fund and managing spending habits.

SunTrust says a follow-up survey found employees who had a household budget rose from 43% before the start of the program to 87% when it was completed. By the time the program ended, nearly all participants had set up an emergency funds and increased their contributions to retirement savings accounts by 35 percent.

No sales pitches

SunTrust stresses that its program is non-profit and there are no advertisements or sales pitches for financial products anywhere in the curriculum.

"We've had terrific feedback from our associates about this program," said Scott Smith, vice president of Human Resources at Home Depot. "It's a great way for us to put more power behind the great financial benefits we already offer."

You're likely to hear more about these programs in the months ahead, and maybe even have access to one at your place of employment.

PWC's 2017 Employee Financial Wellness Survey found that employees' financial stress takes a toll on company productivity. Nearly a third of employees said they are distracted by personal financial issues while at work. Nearly half admit to spending three hours or more each week dealing with personal finances at work.

What's behind this growing financial stress? Not surprisingly, for many it is student loan debt.

Forty percent of Millennials and 31% of Gen X employees with student loans reported these debts are having a significant impact on their ability to set and meet other financial goals.

Companies interested in adding a financial wellness program can learn more by reading this report from the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.


          Інформація від Європейської асоціації університетів   
Achieving Open Access by 2020: tracking universities’ progress and guidelines for the future 29 June 2017 In furthering its work in the area of open science, EUA releases today a series of aims and recommendations on open access, with the purpose of further assisting European universities and National Rectors’ Conferences (NRCs) in the transition towards a more open scholarly communication system. As stated in its Roadmap on Open Access to Research Publications (2016), “EUA aims to contribute to a publishing system that is simultaneously fair and transparent Читати далі →
          Congratulations New Java Champion Bob Paulin   

Welcome New Java Champion Bob Paulin 

Bob Paulin is an independent consultant working for different IT firms. He has 15 years of experience as a developer and has contributed to open source software for the past 10 years.

Bob is currently an ASF member and actively contributes to Apache Tikka, Apache Felix, and Apache Sling. He was nominated as JCP Outstanding Adopt-a-JSR participant for his involvement with Java EE 8. He has run numerous JDK 9 workshops in the Chicago area. 

Bob is the co-host the JavaPubHouse.com, a podcast on a range of Java topics, standards, tools, and techniques. He also participates regularly in the Java Off-Heap, a podcast about Java technology news. 

Bob has run the Devoxx4Kids and GotoJr conferences in Chicago allowing kids to hack in Minecraft, play with Lego robots, and use conductive play-doh. These efforts have enriched the lives of students and are helping inspire students to pursue technical careers. Follow him on Twitter @bobpaulin

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          New Java Champions: Emmanuel Bernard, Chris Newland and Bert Jan Schrijver   

Welcome three new Java Champions: Emmanuel Bernard, Chris Newland and Bert Jan Schrijver

 

Emmanuel Bernard is a data platform architect at JBoss. He has been a contributor and lead of open source projects for over 15 years and has led the Hibernate portfolio since 2008. He also contributed to JPA specs as JCP EG member and the Bean Validation spec as JSR Spec Lead. 

He is the author of Hibernate Search in Action, a reference guide for Hibernate Search. Aside from speaking at Java conferences around the world, he runs two podcasts, JBoss Community Asylum, and the French podcast, “Les Cast Codeurs”.

Chris Newland is a senior developer and team lead at ADVFN using Java to process stock market data feeds in real time. In his spare time, he invented and still leads developers on the JITWatch project, an open source log analyzer to visualize and inspect Just-In-Time compilation decisions made by the HotSpot JVM.

Chris is also a JavaFX developer and built a performance benchmark called DemoFX.  He set up a community OpenJFX backend at http://chriswhocodes.com/ for cross-platform builds so that OpenJFX can be used with ARM JDKs and OpenJDK-based builds from other vendors such as Azul Systems' Zulu JDK.

 

Bert Jan Schrijver is a senior developer at JPoint. A tireless community organizer, he organizes J-Fall, the biggest Java conference in the Netherlands as well as the IoT Tech Days, a one-day conference on smart technologies. He is the chief editor of Java Magazine in the Netherlands, which has 4,000 subscribers. 

 Bert Jan worked with the JCP to have NLJUG join the Adopt-a-JSR program. The NLJUG was nominated as ‘outstanding adopt-a-jar participant’ for the JCP awards this year. Just in the past year, Bert Jan helped the Utrecht and Amsterdam JUGs start up their user groups. Bert Jan is always eager to share experiences with other JUG leaders and he helps out at Devoxx4Kids workshop to teach kids how to code. 


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          Congratulations New Java Champion Bauke Scholtz   

Welcome New Java Champion Bauke Scholtz

Bauke Scholtz is a member of JSF 2.3 Expert Group and the co-founder of the JSF helper library OmniFaces. In 2015, OmniFaces won the Duke's Choice award. The source for OmniFaces is available under his github handle: github.com/BalusC.

Bauke is also the co-founder of zeef.com, a popular new social search engine built with Java EE 7. Zeef's content relies on contributors' expertise and their status in the community. Bauke’s page has links to the most relevant JSF information jsf.zeef.com/bauke.scholtz. Adam Bien wrote a detailed blog about the inner workings of Zeef.

Known as BalusC,  Bauke ranks third in the user reputation ranking of Stackoverflow with nearly 17,000 answers. Bauke blogs about JSF, Java EE, and Java EE frameworks at balusc.omnifaces.org. He was one of the heroes of Java in Markus Eisele’s series and was interviewed in 2012. Follow him on Twitter @OmniFaces

Java Champions are an exclusive group of passionate Java technology and community leaders who are community-nominated and selected under a project sponsored by Oracle. Learn more about Java Champions

 

 


          Congratulations New Java Champion Oliver Gierke   

Welcome New Java Champion Oliver Gierke

Oliver Gierke is leading the Spring Data project at Pivotal. He is an active member of the JCP expert group on JPA 2.1 and one of the main organizers of the JUG Saxony Day, OOP, JAX and WJAX conferences.

Oliver coined the Spring Data repository programming model which is a widely used Java abstraction to develop data access layers for relational and non-relational databases. This simplifies the way Java developers interact with persistence technologies as Spring Data provides an abstraction over APIs such as JPA. He is one of the leading experts on JPA and other persistence technologies. With Spring Data REST, he helped Java developers implement REST APIs. He also coined the Spring HATEOAS module and helped Java developers use hypermedia elements in REST APIs when using Spring MVC or JAX-RS.

Oliver is a consulting lecturer at the Chair of Software Engineering at TU Dresden helping students to get started with application development in Java. All of his material is available online: http://static.olivergierke.de/lectures/ This makes it easy for student developers to experiment with Java and receive a professional introduction to the language and Java development practices. 

Oliver contributes almost daily to diverse Open Source frameworks on Github, see https://github.com/olivergierke.  He is a frequent speaker at many conferences including BEDcon, OOP, JavaZone, Devoxx, SpringOne, JavaOne, JFokus, Øredev to name a few. Follow him at @olivergierke


          Diplomacy and mediation   
The fourth edition of the Istanbul Conference on Mediation takes place today with the theme of ‘Surge in diplomacy, action in Mediation’. Experts, diplomats, practitioners and scholars from around the world will explore ways and means to promote mediation as a prominent conflict prevention and resolution method. The profile of mediation has been rising globally since Turkey and Finland led the way at the United Nations through the Mediation for Peace initiative. The initiative culminated in the establishment of the Group of Friends of Mediation. The group now has 53 members, including 48 states and five international organisations. There has also been substantial improvement in international capacity for preventive diplomacy and mediation within the UN, regional and sub-regional organisations and civil society. The group has become the leading platform at the UN to promote mediation. It has initiated the adoption of four UN General Assembly resolutions, which lay the ground for the development of the normative and conceptual framework of mediation. The group has also contributed to the 2012 United Nations Guidance for Effective Mediation, a fundamental document for those who...
          Did a GOP politician effectively buy Roger Stone’s endorsement against Sen. Elizabeth Warren?   

Roger Stone posted social media endorsements of Massachusetts state Rep. Geoff Diehl’s bid to challenge Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) just days after Diehl rented his email list.

Stone, who contributes to radio host Alex Jones’ Infowars network and will soon host his own Infowars show, has a history of pushing racist, sexist, and conspiratorial rhetoric. Stone has been a longtime adviser to Trump and worked as a paid consultant for Trump’s campaign; he is now reportedly under FBI investigation as part of the agency’s probe into ties between the Trump campaign and Russia.

Stone announced in May through a marketing company that he’s accepting advertisers for his “online presence,” which includes his email list and "social media posts."

Diehl’s campaign rented Stone’s list on June 16 for a fundraising email. A message accompanying the email stated: “We are excited to share with you a special message from one of our sponsoring advertisers, Diehl For Senate. It is also sponsors like them that help fund Stone Cold Truth. Please note that the following message reflects the opinions and representations of our sponsor alone, and not necessarily the opinion of Roger Stone.”

Endorsements for Diehl subsequently appeared on Stone's Facebook and Twitter accounts. Those posts gave no indication whether they were advertisements.

Stone’s Facebook page posted the following on June 23: “Help Us Fire Elizabeth Warren!!!!! Geoff Diehl: The REAL Deal for Massachusetts Help build our grassroots movement to support the real Diehl for Massachusetts. Stand with Geoff Diehl for U.S. Senate. Your donation will send a loud message that it's time to put Massachusetts first.” Much of that language is taken from Diehl’s website. Diel’s Facebook page subsequently touted the Stone post by writing: “The Stone Cold Truth is that we need a U.S. Senator who will put Massachusetts first. Donate today!” 

On June 24, Stone tweeted a link to a Diehl fundraising page and asked followers to "help us fire Elizabeth Warren."

Diehl retweeted Stone and a supporter who celebrated Stone's tweet:

Stone’s backing of Diehl is at odds with his colleagues at Infowars, which has thrown its support to entrepreneur Shiva Ayyadurai, who is competing against Diehl for the Republican nomination. He appeared on Alex Jones’ program on June 7 and June 25. During the June 7 interview, Jones said it was “really exciting” to have Ayyadurai challenging Warren, gave viewers his campaign website address, and asked the Republican how people can support his candidacy. Ayyadurai responded by asking Jones’ listeners to make donations and to volunteer with his campaign.

He appeared on Jones’ June 25 show with guest host Owen Shroyer for roughly 20 minutes; the video description stated: “Everyone show your support for Dr. Shiva Ayyadurai running against Democrat Elitist, Elizabeth Warren in 2018. https://shiva4senate.com/ https://twitter.com/va_shiva.” During the appearance, the candidate said that “what Alex does is probably, sort of the last sort of beacon of truth that’s out there.”

Requests for comment to Diehl were not returned.


          Nueva Factura Facilitará Cumplimiento de Contribuyentes: SAT   
Marvin Bautista Tapachula Chis; JUN 30 (interMEDIOS).- El Servicio de Administración Tributaria (SAT) informó que a partir del 1 de julio entra en vigor la nueva factura, cuya plataforma se actualiza para mejorar la calidad de la información y hace más fácil su uso para que los contribuyentes puedan cumplir con sus obligaciones. La Administradora […]
          Bret Stephens and MSNBC’s hiring spree: The network keeps moving right   


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Update: MSNBC and Greta Van Susteren have agreed to part ways.

MSNBC is now a pasture for pseudo-intellectual conservatives. Climate denier and Iraq War booster Bret Stephens is just the latest right-wing hire at the network.

In recent months NBC News Chairman Andy Lack has overseen a hiring spree of right-wing pundits and former Fox News personalities. The stable includes Hugh Hewitt, Megyn Kelly, Charlie Sykes, Greta Van Susteren, and George Will. They join other conservatives at the network: Elise Jordan, Steve Schmidt, Michael Steele, Rick Tyler, Nicolle Wallace, and former Republican congressman Joe Scarborough. This is to say nothing of NBC News contributor and Trump apologist Mark Halperin; and given their frequent appearances, it may be just a matter of time until David Frum, a speechwriter for then-President George W. Bush, former George W. Bush chief of staff Andy Card, and neocon Bill Kristol join the network as well.

Compared to CNN’s boorish Trumpists or the state media apparatchiks at Fox News, the common thread among MSNBC conservatives is a certain pretentious shine. They’re frequently just arguing that President Donald Trump is the wrong type of conservative, when in fact Trump is the apotheosis of everything conservatism has been careening toward for some time. (The exception is Hugh Hewitt, who is now just a huge Trump booster after vacillating during the campaign.) 

Many of these hires have direct, intimate connections to Bush, the most disastrous president in decades. Card, Frum, Jordan, and Wallace worked in the Bush administration, and Stephens, Kristol, Will, Scarborough, and Hewitt were all huge cheerleaders for the Iraq War. And that history matters. Two major media institutions, including a newspaper of record, are now paying Stephens essentially just to troll liberals with climate denial and to push America towards a war with Iran.

You can separate Lack’s hiring spree into two buckets: pundits and brands. Neither offer much value in the long run. In this media environment, opinions are cheap (including mine!). Everyone has one and most of them stink. There’s no long-term return on opinions (and no lack of people wanting to get on TV to share theirs).

Adding brands like Megyn Kelly or Greta Van Susteren is equally pointless. It’s no wonder that both of these shows have failed. There’s simply no audience for them outside the Fox News bubble. Particularly with Kelly, NBC News executives seem completely unaware that her entire show at Fox News was built around racial dog-whistling (with occasional moments of bucking the party line).

Also, as Ryan Grim noted, it is the progressive shows that Lack hasn’t touched that are succeeding the most.

Rather than spending all this money on right-wing pundits and big names, the true value-add for news networks now is reliable and aggressive journalism. That’s hard to do. It’s expensive. It’s time-consuming. But it’s ultimately what will define NBC News and MSNBC.


          Guest Contribution: “‘Lending money to people across the water’: The British Joint Stock Banking Acts of 1826 and 1833, and the Panic of 1837”   
Today we are pleased to present a guest contribution written by Geoffrey Williams, Assistant Professor at Transylvania University. The Financial Crisis of 2008 and earlier emerging market crises of the 1990s have encouraged a resurgence of research interest in financial fragility. Out of this work has come a greater appreciation for a number of stylized […]
          Kanpur’s Leather Industry Is In Distress But The UP Government Seems More Interested In Cow Protection   

The Leather hub of India, Kanpur is in distress. The economy of Kanpur which contributes 4% to UP’s GDP has fallen apart due to a slew of factors which has resulted in the decimation of the leather industry. The Yogi Adityanath Factor The arrival of the new CM has spelled doom for the slaughter houses. […]

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          Chairperson - Governor in Council Appointments - Canada   
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          General Labourer - HUNT PERSONNEL - East York, ON   
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General Labour $14.00 per hour + 4% vacation pay weekly East York, ON In this role you will be joining a production team to contribute to a successful $14 an hour
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          How tax reform could impact retirement savings: Tax Strategy Scan   
Lawmakers are considering scrapping individual deductions, including tax breaks for certain plan contributions.
          The View Camera Aesthetic in the Digital Realm part 3   
(Editor’s note: Guest contributor Steve Inglima continues his discussion of the view camera and how its aesthetic informs digital photography. This installment explains the circle of coverage in relations to the shift movement in the view camera and the DSLR equivalent, the tilt / shift lens. Here are links to part 1 and part 2.)…
          Comment on Model/Actress/Writer Natalia Bonifacci Interviews Herself by Alva   
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          You can’t just throw it all away: Alternatives to trashing junk when moving   
I enjoyed contributing to Amber Taufen’s article about helping our clients downsize. She wrote: "It’s harder than ever to get rid of your stuff — and once that lamp, jewelry or antique hutch reaches 'family heirloom' or 'treasured artifact' status, feelings can get hurt ...
          JONATHAN LEE RECRUITMENT: Plant Quality Manager   
£50000 - £60000.00 per annum + Car, Pension: JONATHAN LEE RECRUITMENT: Plant Quality ManagerUK Site Locations: Preston, Norwich & Milton KeynesSalary up to £60,000, company carContributory Pension scheme, 25 Days holidayThis UK manufacturing business provides a comprehensive range of market leading domestic heating solutions Preston, Lancashire
          Useful information concerning the steel alloy elements   
Carbon (C):
Carbon is the foremost alloy element of steel and it has the farthest reaching influence on it. In addition to carbon every unload steel contains silicon, manganese, phosphorous and sulphur which are introduced unintentionally during the manufacture. The addition of further alloy elements to produce specific, desired effects and the intentional increase of the contents of manganese and silicon gives rise to alloy steel. As the carbon content rises, the mechanical strength and the hardening properties of the steel improve, but its elasticity, forging, welding, and cutting properties suffer. The carbon content has substantially no influence at all on the corrosion resistance to water, acids and hot gases.


Cobalt (Co) Melting Point 1492 °C:
Cobalt doesn’t form carbide. It hinders the grain growth at higher temperatures and greatly improves the resistance to tempering and the hot tensile strength; it is therefore, often an alloy element of high speed steel, hot work steels, and heat resisting raw materials. It acts favorably on the graphitic formation, and greatly increases residual magnetism, coercive force, and thermal conductivity, therefore the alloy basis for high grade permanent magnet steels and alloys. If subjected to neutron rays it forms a strong radio-active isotope Cobalt 60 for which reason it is undesirable in steels for atom reactors.


Chromium (Cr) Melting Point 1920 °C:
Chromium increases the hardness and strength and only minimally reduces the elasticity. It improves the resistance to heat and non scaling properties. With higher Chrome content the steels become corrosion resistant and with Carbon form a high wear resisting Carbide. The welding properties deteriorate in pure Chromium steels with increasing Chromium content. Chromium is a strong Carbide former. The tensile strength of the steel rises by 8----10 Kg/mm2 per 1% Chromium. The yield point is likewise increased, however not at the same rate, but the notch impact value is lowered.


Manganese (Mn) Melting Point 1244 °C:
Manganese improves the strength properties of steel, while only slightly impairing its elasticity: furthermore, manganese has a favorable influence on the forging and welding properties. Higher contents of manganese in the presence of carbon increase the wear resistance very substantially. With up to 3% Mn the tensile strength of the steels is increased by about 10 Kg/mmfor every percent of Mn with Mn contents above 3 to 8% the increase rises more slowly and at more than 8% of Mn it drops off again. The yield point behaves in a similar manner. Manganese increases substantially the depth of hardening.


Molybdenum (Mo) Melting Point 2610 °C:
Molybdenum improves the tensile strength and especially the heat resistance and also a favorable influence on the welding properties. Steel with a higher Mo content tends to be difficult to forge. Molybdenum is frequently used in conjunction with chromium. The behavior of Molybdenum resembles that of Tungsten. When used in alloy steels in combination with Chromium and Nickel, Molybdenum may produce high yield point and tensile strength values. Molybdenum has a strong tendency to form Carbide and is the alloy element of choice in high speed and hot working steels; in austenitic corrosion- resistant steels, case hardening and heat-treating steels as well as in heat resistant steels, also in view of the diminution to over-drawing brittleness.


Nickel (Ni) Melting Point 1453 °C:
Nickel raises the strength of steel less than does Silicon or Manganese with elasticity dropping only insignificantly. Ni ensures good through hardening, especially so when the steel contains also Chromium. Chrome nickel steels are stainless and resistant to scaling and also heat resistant. Nickel doesn’t impair the welding properties. Nickel increases the notch impact value of structural steels considerably, especially at low temperatures. In the sphere of steel alloying Nickel is especially suitable for use in austenitic steels, steels resistant to corrosion and scaling and in casehardening and heat treating steels to improve their toughness.


Phosphorus (P) Melting Point 44 °C:
There are various kinds of Phosphorus, viz. white (yellow0, red (purple), Black Phosphorus and others. Quite generally, Phosphorus is considered to be detrimental to steel so that it is endeavored to keep the P content in high grade steels at a maximum level of 0.03 to 0.05%.


Sulphur (S) Melting Point 118 °C:
Sulphur produces “red shortness”, makes steel brittle and is therefore harmful-Contents of 0.025% or 0.030% are permitted. Exceptions are the free-machining steels to which is added up to 0.30% so that the small distributed Sulphide inclusions disturb the metallic cohesion and therefore contribute to the formation of short turnings.   


Silicon (Si) Melting Point 1410 °C:
Like Manganese, Silicon is present in all steels since the iron ores used in their manufacture contain a varying amount of it. Further Silicon stemming from the refractory lining of the furnace is introduced into the melt during the manufacturing of steel. The term “Silicon steels” however, includes only steels having Silicon content above 0.40%. Si is not a metal but rather a so-called metalloid like, for example, Phosphorus and Sulphur. Silicon increases the mechanical strength, the resistance to scaling and the density; especially of cast steel. The elasticity is only insignificantly affected; while the tensile strength is increased by about 10 Kg/mmfor each percent of Si and the yield point is raised to a similar degree. Steel having a higher content of Silicon turns coarsely granular. A high Silicon content (about 14%) enables steel to resist chemical attacks but it can no longer be forged.




          Come let us Worship and bow down   
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          In a Lonely Place (1950): “Film noir as an opera of male fury”   
In a Lonely Place (1950): “Film noir as an opera of male fury”
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          Sessions Hopes Russia Probe Ends ‘Sooner Rather Than Later’   

Attorney General Jeff Sessions gave a vote of confidence Friday to former FBI director Robert Mueller, the special counsel leading an investigation into potential coordination between Russia and the Trump campaign, but he also said he hoped the investigation could “move forward and come to an end sooner rather than later.” The attorney general’s comments during a “Fox & Friends” interview were his most expansive to date on the Justice Department’s appointment last month of Mueller to run the investigation. “Mr. Mueller is someone I’ve known a long time, and I’ve had confidence in him over the years,” said Sessions, an Alabama Republican who served for years on the Senate Judiciary Committee, the panel that oversees the FBI. Those remarks stand in contrast to a drumbeat of Republican criticism of the special counsel’s investigation, including from President Donald Trump, who on the same show last week contended that Mueller was “very, very good friends” with fired FBI director James Comey and characterized that relationship as “very bothersome.” Republicans have also raised conflict-of-interest concerns by noting that some lawyers on Mueller’s investigative team have previously contributed to Democratic candidates, though federal law and department policy does not permit the special counsel to take into consideration the political affiliations of a potential hire. Sessions said he was hopeful the investigation would conclude sooner than later, a point White House staff has repeatedly made, and he did suggest that questions about the composition of Mueller’s staff could be fair game. “We expect integrity from every person involved in this investigation. Mr. Mueller is entitled, lawfully, I guess, at this point, to hire who he desires,” Sessions said, “but I think he should look for people who have strength and credibility by all people.” Mueller was appointed FBI director by Republican President George W. Bush and held the position for 12 years. (AP)

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          Tackling the plastic bottle crisis and our wider disregard for nature | Letters   

Green co-leader Caroline Lucas says she hopes to build a cross-party coalition to stop bottle wastage, while other correspondents offer their thoughts on protecting the environment

The Guardian’s coverage of the global plastic bottle crisis (Surge in plastic bottle use sparks global alert, 29 June) has been powerful and compelling. Like so many of the environmental challenges we face, this issue has been largely ignored in the mainstream, which has led us to the extraordinary situation where we have one million bottles being bought every minute globally. Britain’s contribution to this problem is significant. We use a staggering 38.5m plastic bottles each day, accounting for roughly 40% of the litter found in our environment along with cans. We’ve all read in horror the stories of whales’ stomachs filled with plastic waste, and we’ve all seen bottles littering our local communities.

The government must take responsibility for this growing crisis. One easy step forward would be to introduce a bottle deposit scheme. Such systems were commonplace in the UK until the 1980s, and are used in 11 other European countries. The concept is simple: you pay a small deposit on bottles and take them back to the shop you bought them from after use for recycling. The Scottish government has taken a major step towards introducing such a scheme – now the Tories must follow suit. We should also be ensuring that it’s easier for people to refill water bottles in shops and other businesses. This week has shown that the government is far more pliant towards the will of parliament than previously, and I’m hoping to build a cross-party coalition on this issue in the coming weeks so that Britain becomes a world leader in tackling plastic bottle pollution.
Caroline Lucas MP
Co-leader, Green party of England and Wales

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          Gobierno otorgará tierras en usufructo por 20 años; anuncia medidas para cuentapropistas   
Gobierno otorgará tierras en usufructo por 20 años; anuncia medidas para
cuentapropistas
Posted on 30 Junio, 2017
Por Fabián Flores

LA HABANA.- El gobierno cubano anunció que extenderá a 20 años la
vigencia del usufructo de tierras entregadas a ciudadanos nacionales
para su explotación, y adelantó que impondrá "un conjunto de medidas"
para perfeccionar el trabajo por cuenta propia en el país.

Ambas decisiones emergieron de la más reciente reunión del Consejo de
Ministros, en presencia del gobernante Raúl Castro, en la cual se
analizó el desempeño de la economía nacional durante el primer semestre
del año, según informó este viernes el diario Granma.

El reporte oficial atribuyó a Marino Murillo, jefe de la Comisión
Permanente para la Implementación y Desarrollo, la explicación de que el
usufructo de tierras estatales ociosas para todas las personas naturales
se extenderá a 20 años (antes era de diez años), y será prorrogable
sucesivamente por igual término.

Solicitudes limitadas

Murillo agregó que se incorporará como causa de extinción del usufructo
la utilización de financiamientos ilícitos, y se instituirá además el
"precepto de que para recibir tierras, las personas naturales tienen que
trabajarlas y administrarlas de forma personal y directa".

La información señala que desde la puesta en práctica de esta medida en
el 2008 y hasta septiembre del 2016, se han entregado un millón 917,000
hectáreas de tierra, que representan el 31 % de la superficie agrícola
del país.

Murillo dijo que en la actualidad es limitada la solicitud de tierras
debido a que las que continúan disponibles son menos productivas, con
alta infestación de marabú, y están alejadas de los asentamientos
poblacionales y los servicios básicos, y enfrentan adicionalmente
dificultades para acceder a fuentes de agua.

"Se ratificó que las tierras otorgadas en usufructo son propiedad
intransferible del Estado y deben mantenerse en explotación, evitando un
mal uso del suelo y la pérdida de su productividad", indicó el reporte.

La decisión se produce días después de que un informe oficial indicara
que más de la mitad de las tierras cultivables en el país permanecen
baldías. Solo 2.7 millones de los 6.2 millones de hectáreas de tierras
disponibles estaban cultivadas el pasado año.

El estado cubano es propietario del 80 por ciento de las tierras y ha
entregado pequeñas parcelas a unos 200 mil cubanos desde el 2008.

Control sobre cuentapropistas

La reunión del gabinete ministerial anunció también que se implementarán
nuevas medidas para contribuir al mejoramiento de la organización y el
control del trabajo por cuenta propia, que hoy ejercen en el país más de
medio millón de personas.

Sin embargo, no se especificó el "conjunto de medidas" ni cuándo serán
publicadas. Solo se mencionó que "la prensa cubana ofrecerá más detalles
como parte del proceso de divulgación que acompañará la implementación
de las modificaciones".

Pero evidentemente se trata de más control y fiscalización al trabajo de
los cuentapropistas, de acuerdo con las referencias del reporte
periodístico a los problemas detectados en este sector.

"Han sido detectadas desviaciones en el diseño de la política como la
utilización de materias primas, materiales y equipos de procedencia
ilícita; incumplimientos de las obligaciones tributarias y
subdeclaración de ingresos; imprecisiones e insuficiencias en el
control; y deficiencias en la contratación económica para la prestación
de servicios o productos entre personas jurídicas y personas naturale",
dijo el artículo.

Más turistas, menos carne y leche

En la reunión, el ministro de Economía y Planificación Ricardo Cabrisas,
indicó que la economía nacional marcha "en correspondencia con los
pronósticos elaborados para la planificación del 2017", sin brindar
mayores precisiones.

Otros asuntos de interés económico revelados en la reunión fueron:
- Las principales producciones agrícolas reportan cumplimientos
favorables, y las de viandas y hortalizas se sobrecumplen, no así
respecto a la leche y la carne vacuna, cuyos indicadores están por
debajo de lo planificado.
- El transporte registra afectaciones en las cargas, sobre todo en el
sistema ferroviario.
- La producción de azúcar se incrementó en un 20 % durante la zafra
recién concluida, pero se incumplió en 300,000 toneladas. Estimados
oficiales indican que superó el millón de toneladas, la cifra más alta
de las últimas 15 cosechas.
- La cifra de turistas superó los 2 millones 260,000 visitantes hasta
finesde mayo, lo que representa un 20 % de crecimiento con respecto a
igual periodo del 2016.
- Los embalses de abasto de agua a la población están al 43 % y los
destinados a asegurar la producción de arroz a un 27 % de su capacidad.

La reunión del Consejo de Ministros antecede regularmente a un pleno del
Comité de Central del Partido Comunista, en preparación del próximo
período de sesiones de la Asamblea Nacional del Poder Popular, finado
para el próximo 14 de julio.

Source: Gobierno otorgará tierras en usufructo por 20 años; anuncia
medidas para cuentapropistas - Cafe Fuerte -
http://cafefuerte.com/cuba/31013-gobierno-otorgara-tierras-usufructo-20-anos-anuncia-medidas-cuentapropistas/
          Cubanos impedidos de asistir a evento en México tendrán voz a pesar de las prohibiciones   
Cubanos impedidos de asistir a evento en México tendrán voz a pesar de
las prohibiciones
junio 29, 2017

Una representación de activistas cubanos que no pudieron asistir a un
evento organizado en Cancún esta semana podrán hacerlo este jueves vía
telefónica.
El IV encuentro "Caminos para una Cuba Democrática" organizado por la
Fundación Konrad Adenauer (KAS) y la Mesa de Unidad de Acción
Democrática (MUAD) se celebra esta semana en Cancún, México a pesar de
la ausencia de más de 20 activistas cubanos a quienes las autoridades
impidieron viajar el lunes para asistir al evento.

"No nos vamos a dejar intimidar por las acciones de ellos, que la
voluntad de seguir trabajando por el bien de Cuba es firme y no podrá
ser coaccionada con injustas medidas", dijo a Martí Noticias el
activista exiliado Siro del Castillo, secretario ejecutivo de
Solidaridad de Trabajadores Cubanos.

El activista explicó que "en solidaridad con los que no pudieron asistir
este jueves, buscarán opciones telefónicas o vía Skype para darles
participación desde la isla".

Otras expresiones de solidaridad con Cuba

Del Castillo dijo que el expresidente de México, el Dr. Felipe Calderón
Hinojosa, presente en el IV Encuentro en el día de ayer, dictó una
conferencia y expresó que estaba unido "con la causa de la Cuba
democrática" que los cubanos están buscando.

El expresidente mexicano expresó su interés en saber que es lo "que
podía hacer para contribuir a esa causa".

También la solidaridad y el apoyo a los presentes lo dio con su
presencia el Senador Jorge Ocejo, vicepresidente de la Organización
Demócrata Cristiana de América (ODCA), quien fuera en el 2014, uno de
los principales promotores de la celebración de estos eventos, donde
surgió la MUAD, precisó Del Castillo.

Las sinrazones de la ausencia de los cubanos

Varios cubanos invitados a participar en el evento denunciaron las
acciones policiales contra ellos en el Aeropuerto Internacional José
Martí, de La Habana, cuando se disponían a abordar el vuelo que los
llevaría a Cancún, el pasado 26 de junio.

Las autoridades de migración informaron a las activistas Lía Villares,
Kirenia Yalil Núñez, María lena Mir Marrero y Regina Coyula que sus
casos estaban "regulados", un término que implica la negativa de viaje
fuera del país, sobre la que los oficiales no dan explicación, ni razones.

El portal digital 14yMedio informó que tampoco pudieron abordar el avión
hacia México los activistas Rafael León Rodríguez, Hildebrando Chaviano,
Wilfredo Vallín, Amado Calixto Gammalame, Erick Álvarez, y Alexei Gámez.

(Redactado por Idolidia Darias, con reporte de Ivette Pacheco)

Source: Cubanos impedidos de asistir a evento en México tendrán voz a
pesar de las prohibiciones -
https://www.martinoticias.com/a/cuba-opositores-prohibicion-viaje-evento-mexico/147867.html
          Conect, otra alternativa para una Cuba desconectada   
Conect, otra alternativa para una Cuba desconectada
La red, que funciona en el municipio más populoso de Cuba, ya tiene diez
años
Jueves, junio 29, 2017 | Eliseo Matos

LA HABANA, Cuba.- Para la mayoría de los cubanos, el acceso a Internet
sigue siendo un lujo debido a los altos precios que la Empresa de
Telecomunicaciones de Cuba (ETECSA), única de su tipo en el país,
mantiene sobre este tipo de servicios.

Ante esta situación y provocados por la necesidad de la comunicación e
información, muchas han sido las iniciativas particulares en la Isla
para buscar alternativas. Entre ellas se halla Connectify, el
surgimiento de aplicaciones para comunicarse desde el celular y la
creación de sistemas de cables que conectan en una red a cientos de
computadoras de diferentes lugares.

En el capitalino municipio de Diez de octubre funciona una de estas
redes que, bajo el nombre de Conect agrupa a un total de 5678 usuarios y
cuenta con más de 16 kilómetros de cable.

Según Roberto (su apellido es reservado por cuestiones de seguridad),
uno de los principales administradores de la red, esta surgió en julio
del 2007 como un proyecto de un grupo de cinco amigos que pretendían
enlazarse digitalmente y jugar con sus computadoras conectadas en red.

Roberto explica que a pesar de que el objetivo de este sistema es
conectar a aquellos internautas apasionados por los juegos de
computadora, también existe la posibilidad de interactuar en cinco redes
sociales similares a Facebook, Twitter, YouTube y acceder, además, a
múltiples blogs y páginas de noticias, principalmente relacionadas con
la tecnología.

Los usuarios de la red "solamente deben abonar 1 CUC cada dos meses,
pero esto no es por el servicio, sino una contribución para comprar
equipos y dar mantenimiento a los existentes que facilitan el
funcionamiento de la misma."

Roberto agrega que el rápido incremento en la cantidad de usuarios y el
tiempo que ha durado este proyecto demuestran la aceptación y el éxito
del mismo. "La gente necesita comunicarse, interactuar, intercambiar y
esa posibilidad es la que tratamos de brindar."

Esta red Conect, próxima a cumplir sus diez años de existencia, tiene
como particularidades que solo opera en el municipio Diez de octubre, y
para facilitar el tráfico de contenidos entre los internautas se han
colocado en distintos hogares unos cincuenta 'nanos' para asegurar la
conexión.

Uno de los atractivos más singulares de este sistema es la oferta del
servicio de Internet a los usuarios a través de la red Conect.

Si bien para acceder a la navegación el cliente debe pagar las tarifas
establecidas por ETECSA (1,5 CUC por hora), con Conect lo puede hacer
desde la comodidad de su casa y en cualquier momento del día.

Uno de los usuarios que disfruta de este servicio de conexión,
identificado como Jorge, expresa que "en un país desconectado como Cuba
esta red constituye una gran ventaja. No solo compartimos con las demás
personas, sino que tenemos acceso a una amplia variedad de productos
comunicativos e informaciones.

Agrega que en la red Conect se evitan los pronunciamientos y
posicionamientos políticos pues el estatus de este enramado permanece en
cierto limbo legal. "Las autoridades saben que esto existe, como saben
que existe el paquete y el Conectify, pero son fenómenos contra los que
no les conviene luchar porque la gente se les pondría en contra. Aunque
supuestamente sea ilegal todo el mundo lo seguirá haciendo porque es una
necesidad".

Hace pocos días, e igualmente de manera clandestina, los administradores
de la red Conect convocaron a una subasta de varios equipos tecnológicos
con el objetivo de recaudar fondos para el mantenimiento de la red.

Según confirmaron fuentes participantes en el evento, este es el único
de su tipo en Cuba del que se tenga registro y es la segunda ocasión en
que se realiza. Añadieron que los equipos (principalmente computadoras
diseñadas para jugar) alcanzaron precios de hasta miles de dólares y que
el evento fue exclusivo para algunos usuarios.

Iniciativas como estas confirman las opiniones de expertos en el tema
sobre la creciente informatización de la sociedad cubana, que en muchas
ocasiones se ha lanzado a realizar "por cuenta propia" aquello que las
autoridades les prohíben o limitan.

Source: Conect, otra alternativa para una Cuba desconectada
CubanetCubanet -
https://www.cubanet.org/tecnologia-2/conect-otra-alternativa-para-una-cuba-desconectada/
          Hong Kong: A two-stage economic experiment   
Post-war Hong Kong delivered one of the most dramatic improvements in living standards in history, a transformation regarded by Milton Friedman as an experiment in the potential impact of economic freedom on economic growth. This column assesses the contribution of one key official – finance minister Sir John Cowperthwaite – whose laissez-faire approach of ‘positive non-interventionism’, much admired by Friedman, underpinned that success. It also explores, 20 years on from the handover to China, whether a second stage of the Hong Kong economic experiment might be in progress, perhaps leading to faltering freedom and faltering growth.
          Gildan Releases Its 2016 CSR Report    

(Marketwire) Gildan Activewear Inc. (GIL; TSX and NYSE) has released its 2016 corporate, social and environmental responsibility (CSR) report on the Company’s dedicated CSR website genuinegildan.com. The report is aligned with the new Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) Standards, offering a comprehensive online review on the progress of Gildan’s commitments to its people, communities, the environment and products. 

“As one of the world’s largest manufacturers of apparel and socks, we understand that operating responsibly and integrating sustainable solutions drives our success and enables our future growth,” said Glenn Chamandy, President and CEO, Gildan. “Providing good working conditions for our employees, improving the communities where we operate and pursuing continuous improvements to reduce our impacts on future generations is at the foundation of our commitment.”

Making Apparel Better™

As a large scale vertically-integrated manufacturer, Gildan is able to maintain strict control over the conditions under which its products are manufactured. Close to 90% of Gildan’s revenues are derived from products that are manufactured in Company-owned and operated facilities. “Gildan was founded on the vision that owning its factories, investing in technology and pursuing continuous improvements was the best way to operate and to make better products,” said Glenn Chamandy. “Our continued investments in our vertical integration are at the foundation of our business strategy and the key to our ability to positively influence every part of the overall production process including all activities across our four CSR pillars: People, Environment, Community and Product,” he added.

Navigating the road towards Gildan’s 2020 environmental goals

In 2016, Gildan demonstrated good progress towards its 2020 environmental goals which call for a 10% reduction in energy, water, GHG emissions and landfill waste intensity, per kg of product, from owned operations, when compared to the 2015 baseline year.

In 2016, Gildan’s efficiency initiatives resulted in a reduction of its energy intensity by 10% and water intensity by 5%. The Company increased its industrial and domestic recycling programs globally to now recycle or repurpose 86% of total waste. Additionally, the Company powered 32% of its energy needs by renewable resources.

The Company is continuing to integrate manufacturing capacity from recent acquisitions and is firmly committed to meeting its 2020 GHG goal, by pursuing various initiatives including increasing its use of renewable resources such as biomass. The Company has a number of projects in research and development that hold promise to help meet its 2020 goals, and propel it along the next phase of its environmental journey.

Investments in Local Communities

As part of its commitment to Making Apparel BetterTM, Gildan has contributed close to $2 million towards projects in local communities in the U.S., Canada and Latin America in 2016. Some of these projects include:

  • The construction of a new infant ward for the Mario Catarino Rivas Hospital in Honduras which provides care and services to more than 3,000 infants annually. The newly expanded ward will not only reduce overcrowding at the hospital, but also help to lower mortality rates.

  • A partnership with World Vision Honduras for the “Building Safe and Healthy Environments for Children” program. In addition, Gildan made a commitment with the Ministry of Education to fully sponsor renovation projects for 10 schools in the Sula Valley, improving the school conditions for approximately 4,000 children.

  • Over 450 scholarships awarded to Gildan employees and community members to attend professional and vocational schools in Canada, the U.S. and Latin America.

  • Relief to communities in need due to several weather-related disasters that created difficult situations for residents:

    • Gildan donated to UNICEF and Americares for the relief efforts in Haiti following Hurricane Matthew, as well as provided food and water kits to the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies.
    • During the Fort McMurray, Alberta wildfires, the Company donated clothing items, including sweatshirts, t-shirts, underwear and socks to the over 88,000 evacuees. 
    • Gildan responded to the call for basic necessities for the families displaced by the Louisiana, USA floods, with the distribution of products including t-shirts, socks and underwear though the St. Vincent of Paul Society.

Recognition and Awards

In recognition of Gildan’s efforts to distinguish itself in the apparel industry through its CSR efforts, Gildan was again included on the Dow Jones Sustainability World Index (DJSI World Index) for the fourth consecutive year.  The Company remains the only North American company in the Textiles, Apparel and Luxury Goods industry group listed in the DJSI World Index. 

In Latin America, Gildan was recognized with a Distintivo ESR 2016 award for the first time, presented by the Mexican Center for Philanthropy (Cemefi) and the Alliance for Corporate Social Responsibility (Aliarse).  This award is presented to companies that are considered leaders in their corporate social responsibility efforts.   

Contacts:
Investor inquiries:
Sophie Argiriou
Vice President, Investor Communications
(514) 343-8815
sargiriou@gildan.com

Media inquiries:
Garry Bell
Vice President, Corporate Marketing and Communications
(514) 744-8600
gbell@gildan.com
www.gildancorp.com


          Software Program Manager - Cirrus Logic - Austin, TX   
Contribute to the productivity of development projects by leading the software development efforts for Mobile Platforms. Work with cross-functional teams to
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          Nilsa Rodriguez, Ph.D. is recognized by Continental Who's Who   

KINGSTON, N.Y., June 30, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Continental Who's Who recognizes Nilsa Rodriguez, Ph.D., as a Pinnacle Lifetime Member in recognition of her contributions to the field of Culinary Education. Dr. Rodriguez brings 25 years of industry experience to her role as Professor of...



          Students Experience Italian Luxury Hospitality as LUISS Business School Partners With Lungarno Collection   

http://mma.prnewswire.com/media/529154/LUISS_Business_School_Campus.jpg?p=captionROME, June 30, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Students taking the LUISS Master in Tourism Management will get insights in to the luxury tourism sector through a new partnership with Lungarno Collection. The partnership will enhance the classroom experience and contribute to field projects in...



          RDH - LaClair Family Dental, PLLC - Carthage, NY   
Seeking a true team player who demonstrates initiative, is passionate about hygiene, actively contributes creative ideas and is truly involved in the practice....
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           Cultura presenta la primera orquesta sinfónica infantil de Santiago   

SANTIAGO DE LOS CABALLEROS. El Ministerio de Cultura presentó en Santiago la primera orquesta sinfónica infantil de esa ciudad, que forma parte del programa Sistema Nacional de Orquestas Sinfónicas Infantiles y Juveniles que desarrolla el ente estatal, en un acto abierto al público realizado este miércoles en el Gran Teatro del Cibao.

En el marco del evento, el grupo Mejía Arcalá, empresa que apoya este programa musical desde el año 2016 a partir de un acuerdo de colaboración suscrito con el Ministerio de Cultura, realizó la donación de unos 70 instrumentos musicales, divididos en vientos, cuerdas y percusión, que alimentarán el recién creado núcleo orquestal infantil de Santiago.

El ministro de Cultura, Pedro Vergés, agradeció al grupo Mejía Arcalá por la decisión de respaldar el desarrollo del Sistema Nacional de Orquestas Sinfónicas Infantiles y Juveniles en todo el país, un programa que forma parte de las políticas culturales que desarrolla su gestión en el ámbito de la música, y que busca garantizar el relevo generacional de nuestros músicos profesionales, así como contribuir a formar jóvenes formados con valores de sensibilidad y trabajo en equipo.

“Constituye una enorme satisfacción para nosotros presentar en Santiago el primer núcleo orquestal infantil, que es la semilla que hoy siembra lo que en un futuro será una Orquesta Sinfónica Juvenil de la región del Cibao”, manifestó Vergés en sus palabras.


          Psyche - Re-membering Dwayne 16,99 €   
At the end of 1981, brothers Darrin and Stephen Huss and schoolmate Dwayne Goettel performed for the first time as Psyche in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. Their live show was a combination of horror and electronics that was completely unprecedented in Western Canada. Although Goettel and the Huss brothers parted ways before Psyche was to release any material, the masters containing Dwayne Goettel's performances were preserved in the band's vaults.

Now, 19 years after Goettel's untimely passing in 1995, Dark Entries records presents "Re-Membering Dwayne", the original Psyche-Dwayne Goettel sessions. All tracks were recorded and mixed on 4-track during a single day in March of 1983. Psyche's early material is visceral and abrasive, a far cry from the sleek, dark synthpop they'd later become known for. Like the body horror films of fellow Canadian David Cronenberg, Psyche disquietingly conflate the organic and the mechanical, calling into question the limits of the human form. Dwayne, who would join Skinny Puppy a few years later, contributes heavily to this more aggressive, disturbing sound.

All songs have been remastered for vinyl by George Horn at Fantasy Studios in Berkeley. Each LP includes a 12-page booklet with excerpts from Darrin Huss' diary, unpublished photos of Psyche with Dwayne, and an essay by Darrin reflecting on Psyche's past and the Goettel legacy as well as lyrics. This collection is a glimpse at the early Canadian industrial scene and the roots of Skinny Puppy. Go take a walk in the past with an ear for the future; you just might learn something.
          #6: [3 Pack] iPhone 7 Screen Protector, MaxTeck 0.26mm 9H Tempered Shatterproof Glass Screen Protector Anti-Shatter Film for IPhone 7 4.7" Inch [3D Touch Compatible]   
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          Ethical Civil Servant for Sustainable Economy   
[Ethiopian Herald] The 11th Ethiopian Civil Service Day is being marked nationwide with a theme: 'Ethical Civil Servant for Ethiopian Renaissance.' Indeed, the contribution of Civil Service sector as a staunch force in the advancement of development and transformation goals of the nation is beyond measure.
          The cost of Black America   
If you are a white American, over the course of your lifetime the federal government will, on average and on your behalf, transfer $384,109 of your wealth and income to a single black individual.

According to the data derived from the 2014 federal budget, the average annual net tax/benefit broke down as follows:
  • White: -$2,795
  • Black: +$10,016
Over the course of an average 79-year lifespan, a white individual contributes a net $220,805 to the system, whereas over the course of an average 75-year lifespan, a black individual receives a net $751,200. However, since there are 4.6 times more whites than blacks in the USA, the black share has to be divided among the various contributors to sort out a one-to-one comparison.

So, the net cost to the average White American of the average Black American is $384,109. Married? That's $768,218. Got 2 kids? That's $1,536,436. 4 kids? Now we're talking $2,304,654 lifetime.

Diversity is expensive. Now you understand why you won't have much of an inheritance to leave to your children. Do you really think it's worth it? And then, those natural conservatives to the south, the Hispanics, will surely improve the situation, right? After all, immigration helps the economy! Well, not so much.
  • Hispanic: +7,298
In fact, because there are more Hispanics in the USA than Blacks, Hispanics are already a bigger cumulative net drain on the economy, $411,950,000,000 to $389,710,000,000. Needless to say, the ongoing demographic change from a predominantly white society to a less productive, less white one can be expected to have even more serious negative effects on the long-term economic prospects of the United States that it already has.

To quote the original author: "The negative fiscal impact of blacks and hispanics is significant. All of this discussion of a “national debt” and “deficit” is primarily of function of blacks and hispanics. Without them, we would be running budget surpluses today, even when keeping the military the same size."
          Death of Eric Fiesley   
We are saddened to report that Eric Fiesley died earlier this month, several weeks after a road accident in Mildura. A retired TAFE teacher, Eric was well-known to the Skeptical community, as a good friend and as contributor to and administrator of on-line Skeptical and social chat groups, and an enthusiastic supporter of campaigns. We […]
          Rising homeowner rates could have implications for renting   
These factors are contributing to the slight increase in the homeownership rate – and whether it's likely to continue, U.S. News reports.
          (IT) Senior Developer (Java, ION) - Front Office   

Rate: £600 - £700 per day   Location: London   

Senior Developer - Java, ION, FIX, Shell, TCL, WebSphere, MQ, Agile, Front Office, Trading. Rate: £600-£700 per day Duration: 6 months Location: City of London Start date: ASAP/1 month This is a great opportunity for an experienced Front Office Java Developer to join a leading Investment Bank based in the City. You will be part of the Front Office Solutions department that providing quantitative technology services. The team collectively provide the requisite level of support to cover all asset classes and technologies. The successful candidate will work with high-performing Front Office technology functions on change projects to upgrade the banks E-commerce trading platforms, integrate new software with existing platforms and prepare the bank for MIFID compliance. Responsibilities Take project ownership for coding, testing and releasing code into a production environment. Integrating a new trading platform with ION, pricing contributions of products to external venues and electronic execution. Ensure that high volume products are routed via STP to internal downstream systems. Develop, test and release software into a Front Office production environment Skills Strong Java, and at least one of ION or FIX (both preferred) Integration experience with ION will be highly regarded Knowledge and experience of source control, continuous integration and agile processes Required: basic knowledge of trade flows and price contributions to E-commerce platforms (eg. Bloomberg) Desirable: strong knowledge of trading platforms, products and front-to-back trade life cycle Desirable: Shell Scripting (eg. TCL or similar), experience with WebSphere and MQ Desirable: Knowledge of banking regulations and regulatory requirements Understanding of financial products and front-to-back processes Experience in development methodologies agile
 
Rate: £600 - £700 per day
Type: Contract
Location: London
Country: UK
Contact: Tom Ricucci
Advertiser: Empiric Solutions
Email: Tom.Ricucci.24C5A.DC7C5@apps.jobserve.com
Start Date: ASAP/1 month
Reference: JS

          (IT) Data Architect   

Location: New York, NY   

Software Guidance & Assistance, Inc., (SGA), is searching for an Data Architect for a right to hire assignment with one of our premier financial clients in New York, NY. Responsibilities : We are looking for an experienced Technologist/Data Architect is responsible for ensuring that the data assets of an organization are supported by a data architecture that aids the organization in achieving its strategic goals. The data architecture should cover defining technical architectures and subject domain based design for operational/transactional data as well as analytic data in both Rational and NoSQL/Big Data technology environments. Besides the data modeling tasks, the data architect is also expected to contribute to the data processing tasks for data mapping, data conditioning, ETL/ELT, data delivery through java, python as well as metadata management system. Analyze functional and non-functional business requirements and translate into technical data requirements and create or update existing logical and physical data models. Create data models (logical) and DB designs (physical), that depict the business areas and systems. Design and develop a data processing techniques in Cassandra and Hadoop environments Design and implement solutions for data re-conciliation, data delivery as well as data forensics. Implement data technology solutions in the area of master data, metadata, and reference data Design and implement data analytics solution using analytics tools like dash boarding, reporting. Required Skills : BS in Computer Science or in related fields, higher degree preferred. 5+ year working experience in data modeling methodology and process using Erwin Data collection, curation, preparation and transformation Data warehousing, reporting and business intelligence, such as dash boarding Clear verbal and written communication; demonstrated ability to collaborate with peers from a variety of disciplines Working knowledge with RDBMS (DB2) as well as Cassandra and Hadoop Implementation skills such as in Java, Python, and Scripting Preferred Skills : Breadth and depth of skill to build and deliver scalable data and reporting solutions for Deep knowledge and experience with the Cassandra, related software tools, and performance optimization An obsession with delivering an exceptional customer experience and site resiliency Desire, initiative and resourcefulness to learn new tools, frameworks, languages SGA is a Certified Women's Business Enterprise (WBE) celebrating over thirty years of service to our national client base for both permanent placement and consulting opportunities. For consulting positions, we offer a variety of benefit options including but not limited to health & dental insurance, paid vacation, timely payment via direct deposit. Only those authorized to work for government entities will be considered for government roles. SGA is an EEO employer. We encourage Veterans to apply.
 
Type: Contract
Location: New York, NY
Country: United States of America
Contact: george wellington
Advertiser: Software Guidance & Assistance
Reference: NT17-02437

          (IT) Senior Java Engineer - Dublin   

Rate: Euros 500 +   Location: Dublin   

Financial Services Powerhouse client of mine is looking to add 2 Senior Engineers to their team to work on a large scaling platform which has 20,000 users. They are looking to implement and add new tools to their platform to ensure that their business and trading platforms are up to the level that enables their business to grow 3 fold this year. Paying excellent daily rates and chance to joining a team in which is at the forefront of my clients innovation centre. What they are looking for: -At least 5 years of experience in delivery of innovative software solutions (Java) -Experience migrating enterprise grade solutions to cloud offerings -Solid Application development background with a focus on Java, in an enterprise environment -Experience setting up large scale CI/CD pipelines -Familiarity with software development tools such as: JIRA, Confluence, SVN, Artifactory and others -Experience with continuous integration Servers (TeamCity, Jenkins) -Experience with virtualization solutions (vRealize) -Experience working with containers (Docker) -Ability to partner with senior stakeholders both in the team and across teams -Dedicated self-starter, ability to drive a team and its contribution Skills that would be advantageous to have: -Maven/Gradle/MSBuild/cmake -Apache/Tomcat skills -Grails/Groovy -Track record on Linux Java application debugging and tuning -Work experience in large multinational corporations -Familiarity with agile methodologies Contact Brendan (see below)
 
Rate: Euros 500 +
Type: Contract
Location: Dublin
Country: Ireland
Contact: Brendan Hennessy
Advertiser: Stelfox Ltd
Email: Brendan.Hennessy.3712A.B45A6@apps.jobserve.com
Start Date: ASAP
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          Flying To Warmer Shores With Family - 3 Top Tips   
In the world we live in, taking time for a family getaway is not always easy. This is why some parents opt for theme parks as destinations. There are great things to be said about that type of trip, but going somewhere you have never been or going somewhere that has something for everyone, (adults and children) is often more fun and the memories created are treasured for life.

Here are 3 top tips for taking the family getaway vacation of your dreams.


Top tips for flying to warmer shores with family



Step out of tradition

Maybe your child is having a birthday, or maybe you want to celebrate an anniversary, graduation, or wedding. While a cake and gifts are traditional, there is a better way. Plan a bon voyage party before leaving on a celebration trip. Instead of traditional cake and gifts, set up a colorful and delicious candy buffet. The decorations are easy to gather and you can order candy from online suppliers like Sweet Services and have it delivered to your door. 
The candy is easily taken in goodie bags, and there is virtually no cleanup. Not only will your guests enjoy the treats, but you will have fantastic sweets to munch on as you fly away. Your guests can avoid the gifts and contribute to your vacation fund. Cash gifts for these types of parties are completely acceptable. 



Carnival rides, ocean fun, and great food

You do not have to go around the world to have a family fun trip. Book your family into a hotel in Ocean City Maryland. This city has something that every member of the family will love. There is the world famous boardwalk, complete with carnival rides. There are fantastic places to eat, whether you want a lunch to enjoy while strolling on the beach or a sit-down meal with a view of the ocean. Ocean City has every water sport you can imagine or you can rent bicycles and have an outing. 

The hotels have a beautiful ocean view, pools, clubhouses, spas, hot tubs and all the amenities you desire. There are two and three bedroom condos available for the larger families and they come with a complete kitchen. 

Whether you want to take the kids to enjoy Ripley’s Believe It Or Not, or the adults want a night at the casino. You can do it all in this great destination. 



Dream trips

This may be a really important vacation for you. Perhaps you want one last family vacation before your child heads off to college, or maybe it is a honeymoon or anniversary trip. You cannot go wrong with an all-inclusive Hawaii Vacation Package.

Enjoy historical tours, including Pearl Harbor. Visit the unique, black sand beaches. Take a trip to the mouth of a volcano or enjoy a sunset luau. Hawaii is one of the most beautiful places the world has to offer. Tour the islands and swim in crystal blue waters. Experience the Hawaiian culture first-hand. 

Many people do not even consider Hawaii because they think they cannot afford it. But, with an all-inclusive package, you can afford it and you can afford to take the family with you. This is a dream package that you will never forget.

Don’t spend your life staying close to home because you think it is too expensive to step out. There are great deals to be found and many things to see. This is not beyond your reach. Get creative and have your celebrations your way. 






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          Orion: Announcing Orion 15   

We are pleased to announce the fifteenth release of Orion, “Your IDE in the Cloud”. You can run it now at OrionHub or download the server to run your own instance. Once again, thank you to all committers and contributors for your hard work this release. There were 191 bugs and enhancements fixed, across 367 commits from 18 authors!

This release was focussed on making improvements in the Node.js server and Electron app, and progressing on adding collaborative development support and debugging support directly in Orion. Additionally, the Orion repos have now moved to github.com (client and server).

The improvements in the Node.js server will see it soon replace the Java server as the preferred implementation. The new work on adding collaborative development support and debugging support directly in Orion is not quite ready for prime time, but should officially land in Orion 16.


          Maximilian and Jonas: EMF Forms and EMF Client Platform 1.13.0 released!   

We are happy to announce that together with Oxygen, we have released EMF Forms and EMF Client Platform 1.13.0! The number “13” should actually mean bad luck, however, 1.13.0 is the 14th release (starting with 1.0.0), so we are not superstitious here 🙂
We want to thank our continuously active team of 14 contributors (35 contributors over all) for completing on 43 bug reports and feature requests.
It is amazing to look at the on-going histroy of this successful project, since version 1.0.0, we have completed over 1.4k feature requests and bug reports, 38 contributors have submitted 10k commits and developed 640k lines of code. EMF Forms continues to be one of the most active projects at Eclipse.

In case you don’t know EMF Forms: It is a framework focused on the creation of form-based UIs. EMF Client Platform is designed to support the development of applications based on an EMF data model. If you are not yet familiar with EMF Forms, please refer to this tutorial for a introduction.

We have also submitted a getting started talk to EclipseCon Europe 2017, so make sure to be there. By the way, today is the deadline for the early bird submission, so get your own talks in as well.

EMF Forms and EMF Client Platform are part of Eclipse Modeling Tools Oxygen, but you can also find the new release on our download pages:

Download EMF Client Platform
Download EMF Forms

As always, we will also blog about new features of the EMF Forms / ECP 1.13.0 release in the upcoming weeks! Please follow this blog or follow us on twitter to get notified about the new posts.


          My Plans for Akademy / QtCon   
It’s finally that time of the year again which many KDE contributors have been looking forward to: The time when we all get together at Akademy, to meet our KDE friends in person, give and listen to talks and make
          Joining the press – Which topic would you like to read about?   
When I saw an ad on Linux Veda that they are looking for new contributors to their site, I thought “Hey, why shouldn’t I write for them?”. Linux Veda (formerly muktware) is a site that offers Free Software news, how-tos,
          University of Maryland School of Medicine Scientist Receives Top Award for His Work on the Relationship Between Potassium and Blood Pressure   
Paul Welling, MD, a professor of physiology at the University of Maryland School of Medicine (UM SOM), has been named the 2017 Carl W. Gottschalk Distinguished Lecturer of the American Physiological Society. The award recognizes a distinguished scientist who has made major contributions to understanding physiological processes through innovative research.
          Standing Desk by Humble Works   
Standing desks are all the rage these days and this clever contribution to the trend by Humble Works is worth a mention. I love the flexibility of this design. Thanks to the multiple slots, anyone can find the correct position for the monitor and keyboard shelves in relation to their eye level and overall height. […]
          Author Writes Heart-Warming Memoir to Honor Family and Friends   

Life must be lived to the fullest with family and friends. They give meaning to one's life. The appreciation of family and friends stems from the idea that these people make significant contributions to our lives. Honoring them is a way to acknowledge who they are and what they have meant. In this collection, the author, Patricia Jones Thurmond delightfully honors her family, friends and other significant people in her life. The readers can't help but identify themselves in t

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          4 Ways in Which Payroll Services Are Important To Small Companies   

There are different types of companies today and all these companies require payroll services. Processing employees’ salaries is a task that is time consuming and is supposed to be handled by a professional because it is complicated in one way or the other. Most small companies like payroll outsourcing as compared to employing their own because in this way they are able to save some money that they will use in developing and expanding their businesses.

Activities involved in payroll processing

Some of the functions involved in payroll processing are determination of salary, various health and government benefit contributions, sick leave allowance and deductions for absences. The use of external payroll services is very important because they make it easy for you to reduce the …


          Small Business Payroll Challenges: Top 10 Things to Consider   

Running a successful business can be challenging. Fortunately, there are many payroll services that can help you with all of your financial needs. Here are the top 10 things to consider to help make your payroll as smooth a process as possible.

  1. Payroll Conditions

There are many conditions and requirements that come into play when working with successful payroll. It is also important to remember that you must include all salaries, bonuses, deductions, and other contributions to your payroll tax, such as the ones you would make to the employee’s superannuation fund. By working with a professional payroll service, you’ll be able to run your payroll system much more smoothly.

  1. Safety

By utilizing a third-party service, your employees will no longer have direct access to …


          Author Presents A Collection Of Short Stories Based On Biblical Events   

Those people who are mentioned in passing, those who take up only a page or two in the scriptures, but nevertheless play a role in teaching us lessons need to be acknowledged. Their contribution may pale in comparison to some of the better known big heroes, like Moses, David, Abraham, etc., but they likewise contributed and molded us into the persons we are today. Feats of Courage: Lesser-Known Heroes of the Bible is a very inspirational book that will teach us humility and faith. It is...

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          Options For New Rapid City Arena Presented   
RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) -The mayor of Rapid City is presenting options for replacing the community’s aging arena. Mayor Steve Allender says the outdated design and size of Barnett Arena has contributed to a decline in the “top tier” events that can generate revenue for the local economy. Allender says it comes down to two options. Remodel the current arena...
          OPAS/OMS no Brasil é homenageada por sua contribuição para o aprimoramento do SUS   
O representante da Organização Pan-Americana da Saúde/Organização Mundial da Saúde (OPAS/OMS) no Brasil, Joaquín Molina, recebeu na quarta-feira (28) uma homenagem pela contribuição que o organismo internacional tem dado para o aprimoramento do Sistema Único de Saúde (SUS) brasileiro. O reconhecimento ocorreu durante a abertura da 15ª Mostra Nacional de Experiências Bem-Sucedidas em Epidemiologia, Prevenção e Controle de Doenças (EXPOEPI), realizada em Brasília.
          5 Tips for a Sustainable, Eco-Friendly Fourth of July   
It's always more fun when the Earth is happy, too.

With summer in full swing and the Fourth of July around the corner, everyone can benefit from a few tips on how to reduce the environmental footprint of their summer celebrations. Here are five tips to be more environmentally friendly for the Fourth of July (and all summer activities we take part in) and how we stay cool (as well as some motivating statistics to illustrate why its important to do so):

1. Take a stroll/hop on a bike

The average passenger vehicle emits 423 grams per mile, averaging about 5.1 metric tons a year so every bit counts when trying to reduce the miles we drive. Exhaust from cars also contributes to city’s heat island effect so can make the city feel even hotter. Instead of giving into our dependence on cars and fossil fuels, walk or bike to that Fourth of July BBQ you plan on attending, or carpool with a friend if it’s a longer trip. Getting a little sunshine, exercise, and reducing your carbon footprint is a win-win-win.

2. Pick up after yourself

Litter has environmental and economic impacts as well as threatens wildlife. Although not all litter is plastic, 90 percent of marine litter is with 10 million to 20 million tons of plastic entering the ocean every year. And this litter is coming from us: the top 10 items found on beach clean up day include food wrappers, beverage containers, and plastic bags. As you are out camping, having picnics, enjoying rivers and beaches don’t forget to leave with everything you came with. Let’s keep those beautiful places beautiful for generations to come!

3. Be conscious of your A/C use

In the U.S., about 100 million tons of carbon dioxide are emitted each year due to air conditioning use — an average of about two tons for each home with an A/C. If you plan on having guests over to enjoy Fourth of July festivities and plan on being inside, make sure the A/C is operating efficiently and minimize energy consumption. Clean out your air filters, cool only the rooms that you are using, and advise guests to keep doors and windows closed. Make sure all vents are open; closed vents mean that the system will work harder to maintain a constant temperature.

4. Replace the plastic

The U.S. generated almost 7 million tons of plastics as non-durable goods, such as plates and cups in 2012. Only 9 percent of the 14 million tons of total plastic waste was recycled (and we already mentioned where a high percentage went). It is easy to just grab a plastic water bottle on the go, but it is so much more fulfilling to fill up a reusable one. If you’re having guests over for the long weekend, try to use reusable silverware, cups, and plates which are the more environmentally friendly choice for your Fourth of July BBQ, and perhaps ask some close friends to help with dish-washing after.

5. Don’t forget the veggies

Livestock accounts for 14.5 percent of all greenhouse gas emissions with cattle-raising alone contributing 65 percent of the livestock sector’s GHGs. Our meat addiction also has environmental and social effects across borders as tropical forests continue to be cleared to meet increasing demands. Of course we love BBQs, but it’s no secret that eating vegetables is better for the environment. Show salads and summer veggies some love as well this Fourth of July!

Keep these tips in mind when you are out-and-about enjoying your summer in order to minimize the impact your Fourth of July activities have on the environment.

Do you have any tips for a more sustainable, eco-friendly Fourth of July? Share them in the comments.

 

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          4 Hidden Dangers of Pork   
Pork is the most commonly consumed meat in the world, but may also be one of the most dangerous.

Among foods that inspire a cult-like following, pork often leads the pack, as evidenced by the 65% of Americans eager to name bacon the country’s national food.

Unfortunately, that popularity comes at a cost. Along with being the most commonly consumed meat in the world, pork may also be one of the most dangerous, carrying some important and under-discussed risks that any consumer should be aware of (1).

1. Hepatitis E

Thanks to the revival of nose-to-tail eating, offal has redeemed itself among health enthusiasts, especially liver, which is prized for its vitamin A content and massive mineral lineup.

But when it comes to pork, liver might be risky business.

In developed nations, pork liver is the top food-based transmitter of hepatitis E, a virus that infects 20 million people each year and can lead to acute illness (fever, fatigue, jaundice, vomiting, joint pain and stomach pain), enlarged liver and sometimes liver failure and death (23).

Most hepatitis E cases are stealthily symptom-free, but pregnant women can experience violent reactions to the virus, including fulminant hepatitis (rapid-onset liver failure) and a high risk of both maternal and fetal mortality (4). In fact, mothers who get infected during their third trimester face a death rate of up to 25% (5).

In rare cases, hepatitis E infection can lead to myocarditis (an inflammatory heart disease), acute pancreatitis (painful inflammation of the pancreas), neurological problems (including Guillain-Barré syndrome and neuralgic amyotrophy), blood disorders and musculoskeletal problems, such as elevated creatine phosphokinase, indicating muscle damage, and multi-joint pain (in the form of polyarthralgia) (678).

People with compromised immune systems, including organ transplant recipients on immunosuppressive therapy and people with HIV, are more likely to suffer from these severe hepatitis E complications (9).

So, just how alarming are pork’s contamination stats? In America, about 1 out of every 10 store-bought pig livers tests positive for hepatitis E, which is slightly higher than the 1 in 15 rate in the Netherlands and 1 in 20 rate in the Czech Republic (1011). One study in Germany found that about 1 in 5 pork sausages were contaminated (12).

France’s traditional figatellu, a pig liver sausage that’s often consumed raw, is a confirmed hepatitis E carrier (13). In fact, in regions of France where raw or rare pork is a common delicacy, over half the local population shows evidence of hepatitis E infection (14).

Japan, too, is facing rising hepatitis E concerns as pork gains popularity (15). And in the UK? Hepatitis E shows up in pork sausages, in pork liver and at pork slaughterhouses, indicating the potential for widespread exposure among pork consumers (16).

It might be tempting to blame the hepatitis E epidemic on commercial farming practices, but in the case of the pig, wilder doesn’t mean safer. Hunted boars, too, are frequent hepatitis E carriers, capable of passing on the virus to game-eating humans (1718).

Apart from total pork abstinence, the best way to slash hepatitis E risk is in the kitchen. This stubborn virus can survive the temperatures of rare-cooked meat, making high heat the best weapon against infection (19). For virus deactivation, cooking pork products for at least 20 minutes to an internal temperature of 71°C (160°F) seems to do the trick (20).

However, fat can protect hepatitis viruses from heat destruction, so fattier cuts of pork might need extra time or toastier temperatures (21).

Summary: Pork products, particularly liver, frequently carry hepatitis E, which can cause severe complications and even death in vulnerable populations. Thorough cooking is necessary to deactivate the virus.

2. Multiple Sclerosis

One of the most surprising risks associated with pork — one that’s received remarkably little airtime — is multiple sclerosis (MS), a devastating autoimmune condition involving the central nervous system.

The robust link between pork and MS has been known at least since the 1980s, when researchers analyzed the relationship between per capita pork consumption and MS across dozens of countries (22).

While pork-averse nations like Israel and India were nearly spared from MS’s degenerative grips, more liberal consumers, such as West Germany and Denmark, faced sky-high rates.

In fact, when all countries were considered, pork intake and MS showed a whopping correlation of 0.87 (p<0.001), which is much higher and more significant than the relationship between MS and fat intake (0.63, p<0.01), MS and total meat intake (0.61, p<0.01) and MS and beef consumption (no significant relationship).

For perspective, a similar study of diabetes and per capita sugar intake found a correlation of just under 0.60 (p<0.001) when analyzing 165 countries (23).

As with all epidemiological findings, the correlation between pork consumption and MS can’t prove that one causes the other (or even that, within MS-stricken countries, the most enthusiastic pork consumers were the most diseased). But as it turns out, the evidence vault goes much deeper.

Earlier, a study of inhabitants of the Orkney and Shetland Islands of Scotland, a region teeming with unusual delicacies, including seabird eggs, raw milk and undercooked meat, found only one dietary association with MS — consumption of “potted head,” a dish made from boiled pig’s brain (24).

Among Shetland residents, a significantly higher proportion of MS patients had consumed potted head in their youth, compared to healthy, age and sex-matched controls (25).

This is particularly relevant because — per other research — MS that strikes in adulthood might stem from environmental exposures during adolescence (26).

The potential for pig brain to trigger nerve-related autoimmunity isn’t just an observational hunch, either. Between 2007 and 2009, a cluster of 24 pork plant workers mysteriously fell ill with progressive inflammatory neuropathy, which is characterized by MS-like symptoms such as fatigue, numbness, tingling and pain (2728).

The source of the outbreak? So-called “pig brain mist” — tiny particles of brain tissue blasted into the air during carcass processing (29).

When workers inhaled these tissue particles, their immune systems, per standard protocol, formed antibodies against the foreign porcine antigens.

But those antigens happened to bear an uncanny resemblance to certain neural proteins in humans. And the result was a biological calamity: confused about who to fight, the workers’ immune systems launched a guns-blazing attack on their own nerve tissue (3031).

Although the resulting autoimmunity wasn’t identical to multiple sclerosis, that same process of molecular mimicry, where foreign antigens and self-antigens are similar enough to trigger an autoimmune response, has been implicated in the pathogenesis of MS (3233).

Of course, unlike pig brain mist, hot dogs and ham aren’t literally inhaled (teenage boys notwithstanding). Could pork still transmit problematic substances through ingestion?

The answer is a speculative yes. For one, certain bacteria, particularly Acinetobacter, are involved in molecular mimicry with myelin, the nerve-sheathing substance that becomes damaged in MS (3435).

Although the role of pigs as Acinetobacter carriers hasn’t been exhaustively studied, the bacteria has been found in pig feces, on pig farms and in bacon, pork salami and ham, where it serves as a spoilage organism (36373839). If pork acts as a vehicle for Acinetobacter transmission (or in any way increases the risk of human infection), a link with MS would make sense.

Two, pigs may be silent and under-studied carriers of prions, misfolded proteins that drive neurodegenerative disorders like Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (the human version of mad cow) and Kuru (found among cannibal societies) (40).

Some researchers suggest MS itself could be a prion disease, one that targets oligodendrocytes, the cells that produce myelin (41). And since prions — and their associated diseases— are transmitted by consuming infected nerve tissue, it’s possible that prion-harboring pork products could be one link in the MS chain (42).

Summary: A causative role of pork in MS is far from a closed case, but the unusually strong epidemiological patterns, biological plausibility and documented experiences make further research imperative.

3. Liver Cancer and Cirrhosis

Liver problems tend to trail closely on the heels of some predictable risk factors, namely hepatitis B and C infection, exposure to aflatoxin (a carcinogen produced by mold) and excessive alcohol intake (434445).

But buried in the scientific literature is another potential scourge of liver health — pork.

For decades, pork consumption has faithfully echoed liver cancer and cirrhosis rates around the world. In multi-country analyses, the correlation between pork and cirrhosis mortality clocked in at 0.40 (p<0.05) using 1965 data, 0.89 (p<0.01) using mid-1970s data, 0.68 (p=0.003) using 1996 data and 0.83 (p=0.000) using 2003 data (4647).

In those same analyses, among the 10 Canadian provinces, pork bore a correlation of 0.60 (p<0.01) with death from liver cirrhosis, while alcohol, perhaps due to an overall low intake, showed no significant link.

And in statistical models incorporating known perils for the liver (alcohol consumption, hepatitis B infection and hepatitis C infection), pork remained independently associated with liver disease, suggesting the association isn’t just due to pork piggybacking, as the case may be, on a different causative agent (48).

Beef, by contrast, remained liver-neutral or protective in these studies.

Liver cancer, too, tends to follow in the hoof steps of the pig. A 1985 analysis showed that pork intake correlated with hepatocellular carcinoma deaths as strongly as alcohol did (0.40, p<0.05 for both) (49). (Considering liver cirrhosis is often a prelude to cancer, this connection shouldn’t be surprising (50).)

So, what’s behind these eerie associations?

At first glance, the most likely explanations don’t pan out. Although pork-transmitted hepatitis E can lead to liver cirrhosis, this happens almost exclusively in immunosuppressed people, a subset of the population that’s too small to account for the global correlation (51).

Relative to other meat, pork tends to be high in omega-6 fatty acids, including linoleic acid and arachidonic acid, which may play a role in liver disease (525354). But vegetable oils, whose polyunsaturated fatty acid content blows pork out of the water, don’t dance the same liver disease tango that pork does, calling into question whether fat is really to blame (5556).

Heterocyclic amines, a class of carcinogens formed by cooking meat (including pork) at high temperatures, contribute to liver cancer in a variety of animals (57). But these compounds are also readily formed in beef, according to the same studies that indicated pork has no positive relationship with liver disease (5859).

With all that in mind, it’d be easy to dismiss the pork-liver disease link as an epidemiological fluke. However, some plausible mechanisms do exist.

The most likely contender involves nitrosamines, which are carcinogenic compounds created when nitrites and nitrates react with certain amines (from protein), particularly in high heat (60). These compounds have been linked to damage and cancer in a variety of organs, including the liver (61).

One of the biggest dietary sources of nitrosamines is processed pork, which, along with being a frequent visitor to the frying pan, typically contains nitrites and nitrates as curing agents. (Vegetables are also rich in naturally occurring nitrates, but their antioxidant content and dearth of protein help thwart the process of N-nitrosation, preventing them from becoming cancer-causing agents (62).)

Significant levels of nitrosamines have been found in pork liver pâté, bacon, sausage, ham and other cured meats (636465). The fatty portion of pork products, in particular, tends to accumulate much higher levels of nitrosamines than the lean bits, making bacon a particularly abundant source (66).

The presence of fat can also turn vitamin C into a nitrosamine promoter instead of a nitrosamine inhibitor, so pairing pork with veggies might not confer much protection (67).

Although much of the nitrosamine-liver cancer research has focused on rodents, where certain nitrosamines produce liver injury with remarkable ease, the effect appears in humans as well (6869). In fact, some researchers suggest humans may be even more sensitive to nitrosamines than mice and rats (70).

In Thailand, for instance, nitrosamines have been strongly linked to liver cancer in areas where other risk factors are low (71). A 2010 analysis of the NIH-AARP cohort found red meat (including pork), processed meat (including processed pork), nitrates and nitrites to be positively associated with chronic liver disease. Rubber workers, occupationally exposed to nitrosamines, have faced extremely high rates of non-alcohol-related liver disease and cancer (72).

Do nitrosamines prove a chain of causation between pork, liver-harming compounds and liver disease? The evidence is currently too patchy to make that claim, but the risk is plausible enough to justify limiting nitrosamine-containing (or nitrosamine-producing) pork products, including bacon, ham, hot dogs and sausages made with sodium nitrite or potassium nitrate.

Summary: Strong epidemiological links exist between pork consumption and liver disease. If these links reflect cause and effect, one culprit might be N-nitroso compounds, which are found abundantly in processed pork products cooked at high temperatures.

4. Yersinia

For years, pork’s precautionary motto was “well-done or bust,” a consequence of fears about trichinosis, a type of roundworm infection that ravaged pork consumers throughout much of the 20th century (73).

Thanks to changes in feeding practices, farm hygiene and quality control, pig-borne trichinosis has dropped off the radar, inviting pink pork back onto the menu.

But pork’s relaxed heat rules may have opened the doors for a different type of infection — yersiniosis, which is caused by Yersinia bacteria. In the US alone, Yersiniacauses 35 deaths and almost 117,000 cases of food poisoning each year (74). Its chief entry route for humans? Undercooked pork.

Yersiniosis’s acute symptoms are rough enough — fever, pain, bloody diarrhea — but its long-term consequences are what should really ring alarm bells. Victims of Yersiniapoisoning face a 47-times higher risk of reactive arthritis, a type of inflammatory joint disease triggered by infection (75).

Even children become post-Yersinia arthritis targets, sometimes requiring chemical synovectomy (the injection of osmic acid into a troubled joint) to relieve persistent pain (7677).

And in the less-common instances where Yersinia doesn’t bring the typical feverish, diarrheic unpleasantries? Reactive arthritis can develop even when the original infection was asymptomatic, leaving some victims unaware that their arthritis is a consequence of food-borne illness (78).

Although reactive arthritis usually subsides on its own over time, Yersinia victims remain at higher risk of chronic joint problems, including ankylosing spondylitis, sacroiliitis, tenosynovitis and rheumatoid arthritis, for years on end (798081).

Some evidence suggests that Yersinia can lead to neurological complications (82). Infected individuals with iron overload may be at higher risk of multiple liver abscesses, potentially leading to death (838485). And among people who are genetically susceptible, anterior uveitis, inflammation of the eye’s iris, is also more likely following a bout of Yersinia (8687).

Lastly, via molecular mimicry, Yersinia infection could also raise the risk of Graves’ disease, an autoimmune condition characterized by excessive thyroid hormone production (8889).

The solution? Bring on the heat. The majority of pork products (69% of tested samples, according to a Consumer Reports analysis) are contaminated with Yersiniabacteria, and the only way to safeguard against infection is through proper cooking. An internal temperature of at least 145°F for whole pork and 160°F for ground pork is necessary to decimate any lingering pathogen.

Summary: Undercooked pork can transmit Yersinia bacteria, causing short-term illness and raising the risk of reactive arthritis, chronic joint conditions, Graves’ disease and other complications.

In Conclusion

So, should health-savvy omnivores scrap pork from the menu?

The jury’s still out. For two of pork’s problems — hepatitis E and Yersinia — aggressive cooking and safe handling are enough to minimize the risk. And due to a shortage of controlled, pork-centric research capable of establishing causation, pork’s other red flags spring from epidemiology — a field rife with confounders and unjustified confidence.

Worse, many diet-and-disease studies lump pork together with other types of red meat, diluting whatever associations might exist with pork alone.

These issues make it hard to isolate the health effects of pig-derived products and determine the safety of their consumption.

That being said, caution is probably warranted. The sheer magnitude, consistency and mechanistic plausibility of pork’s connection with several serious diseases make the chances of a true risk more likely.

Until further research is available, you might want to think twice about going hog-wild on pork.

This article was originally published by Authority Nutrition.

 

 

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The American loved ones has come in a bimestrial way and has denatured a lot work time. Liberals and conservatives have their own views on the American house present. It is unbelievably resilient to wage hike a house in our day. However, nearby are any easier way to bring to the fore a family connections today as okay. Some of the property that will be the subject of symposium are separation and its effects, welfare, abusiveness on children and wives, and few separate assets associated gossip.One sturdy thing in the order of today's American ancestral is separation. If we proceeds a look of history, in 1816, one marriage ceremony out of one c done in divorce. Then relating the eld 1869-1888, divorce hyperbolic up to one c and cardinal per centum. And the worse, involving the years 1960-1980, the divorce charge per unit multiplied up to two hundred and cardinal percentage. Divorce tax peaked in 1981 and then started to decrease a tiny during the mid 1980's. However, divorce rates now are as glorious as they have of all time been. Now, cardinal proportion of all marriages end in divorce.Researches have revealed 5 unfinished reasons for the amplification in divorcement. The prototypal grounds is in ultramodern societies; not public jubilation is regarded to be essential so when race are melancholy beside their marriage, they break-up and break up. The 2d motivation is it is easier to get removed financially. The 3rd point is that women's financial self-sufficiency has contributed. The fourth principle is the reproductive structure of separation has diminished so populace are not agitated socially. The concluding defence is the convert of laws. The "no fault" laws have contributed to increases in divorcement revenue enhancement.Post ads:monitoring your computer / keyloggers windows mobile / fhwa mobility monitoring / cheating on pogo / telephone recording systems uk / how can you find listening device at home / skype video call recorder free / record a video call on skype mac / telephone recording work / is he still having an affair / does spy phones work / how to use best callrecorder / why is my husband having an affair / call recorder software htc touch / dreams im cheating on my boyfriend / surveillance cell phone headset / do u know guy cheating youDivorce does not feeling purely the spouse and mate but leaves a catchy result on brood and more than one a million children experience their parental divorcement all yr. One of these private property is the parental loss. The offspring put in the wrong place the loss of skills and reserves of one of the parents. Another consequence is in attendance is cosmic financial loss. Another event is the children's lives are more than nerve-racking. Children have to be more communal and put together an hysterical fitting. Another result is children feel much problems in conservatory and next to friends. And one of the second effects is divorced offspring in the long-dated run form little relationships, and if they do conjoin past the probability of getting a separation is considerably highly developed.
          Banche venete, ecco la storia di una truffa pagata dai contribuenti   
I comportamenti criminali delle due banche venete verranno pagati non da chi li ha messi in pratica, bensì da tutti noi contribuenti. E' l'Italia che salva chi delinque per punire chi lavora.

          News and Notes - June 30, 2017   
Crouser, Muhammad nominated for Team USA’s Best of June, Dr. Melvin Ramey remembered for contributions to the sport, Team USATF rosters announced for Capital Cup & Thorpe Cup, NBC Sports Group to Present AJC Peachtree Road Race Through 2019
          Levantamento de Pesos Pode Piorar a Celulite?   

Todos sabemos que, para nos vermos livres das temíveis celulites, devemos nos tratar de dentro para fora, ou seja, através da alimentação saudável e balanceada. Porém, além disso, é preciso ter disposição para praticar atividades físicas, normalmente, as aeróbicas, pois contribuem para a queima de gordura e de toxinas, que provocam os buraquinhos. Por outro […]

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          #4: Gregs Tagebuch 11 - Alles Käse!   
Gregs Tagebuch
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          #5: Detektiv Conan 91 (HIERARCHIETITEL, Band 91)   
Detektiv Conan
Detektiv Conan 91 (HIERARCHIETITEL, Band 91)
Gosho Aoyama , Josef Shanel

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          #6: Attack on Titan 19   
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Hajime Isayama , Claudia Peter
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          #7: Gregs Tagebuch 9 - Böse Falle!: Gregs Tagebuch 9 .   
Gregs Tagebuch 9 - Böse Falle!
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          #8: VONG: Was ist das für 1 Sprache?   
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          #9: Gregs Tagebuch 2 - Gibt's Probleme? (Baumhaus Verlag)   
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          Truck Driver / Batcher - Lafarge Canada - Red Lake, ON   
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          Truck Driver / Batcher - Ready Mix - Lafarge Canada - Red Lake, ON   
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          AEE 220: Find Your Zone of Genius with TEDx Speaker Laura Garnett   

Do you have a potential for genius?

How can you access it?

Today Lindsay talks with Laura Garrett, creator of the Zone of Genius Assessment, about how you can discover your own zone of genius!

 

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The Zone of Genius is your innate talents combined with your purpose.  Your talent is what you’re naturally good at, and it is unique to you.  Your purpose is your main challenge in life – this may not be so unique.  In fact, many others may have the same challenge, and there may be an opportunity for you to help them while helping yourself.

 

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Laura offers four tips to finding your Zone of Genius:

  • Identify your talent: Ask your colleagues what they see as your unique approach to the work you do. You may have overlooked something about yourself!
  • Identify your challenges: Look at your past. What did you struggle with? What was hard? What did you overcome, and how did you help others?
  • Ask yourself weekly: What are you excited about at work? Are you bored or interested? Why or why not?
  • Look back on your past week: What impact did you have? Does it satisfy you?

 

What do you think of the Zone of Genius concept?

Let us know in the comments section below!

 

 

Laura Garnett is a Performance Strategist, speaker and the creator of The Zone of Genius Assessment — a powerful process that clarifies your unique talent and purpose, to produce greater impact, results and fulfillment at work.

She speaks at events and conferences across the country, including TEDx, and is a regular contributor to Inc.com, The Huffington Post and the Zappos Delivering Happiness blog.

Prior to launching her own New York-based consultancy, Laura honed her marketing, branding and mission-refining skills at companies like Capital One, American Express, IAC and Google.

Visit Laura’s website, sign up for her newsletter and take an assessment to see if you are living and working in your Zone of Genius!


          Automotive made in Italy, la scommessa del Polimi   

Il Politecnico di Milano contribuirà all’innovazione del settore automotive made in Italy, grazie a un accordo firmato nei giorni scorsi

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          Conference: Appel à contributions // Call for papers   
on June 30, 2017 in Paris, France
          Without Rival: Incomparably Made, Uniquely Loved, Powerfully Purposed   
Bold Bible Teacher Empowers Women to Live Free from Comparison and Rivalry In this day of challenge and opportunity, women have been the victims of constant comparison and rivalry. It has robbed the church of the feminine voice and contribution that would make her strong.  In a wild, vibrant, and relatable style, Lisa challenges women […]
          Part-Time Customer Service Specialist - Coward PharmaChoice Tillsonburg - Tillsonburg, ON   
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          Backlog Part 2   
Poi Scoobie Week, e come al solito non ci ho capito piu' un cazzo.
Gli Scoobies per la precisione si sono fatti Londra/Galles/Londra in macchina, e quindi li riagguantiamo a Windsor (senza gita al castello perche' omfg costa tipo 20 sterle a testa, maddecheao'..) e torniamo a Londra giusto in tempo per quello che doveva essere il Grande Cast Change Dell'Anno Ma Poi Non Lo E' Stato Perche' Sheridan Ha Esteso.

LEGALLY BLONDE CAST CHANGE (23.10.10, Mat & Eve)
Ah le matte risate. Ah, i pianti.
Questo cast ti fa sentire di aver speso bene i tuoi soldi, mettendo in scena uno dei muck up piu' assurdi che io abbia mai visto. Eravamo letteralmente sul punto di farcela sotto dal ridere. Non glien'e' fregato veramente un cazzo, hanno dato il 100% e via, tanto e' l'ultimo giorno che possono farti? Ti licenziano? Va via 3/4 di cast, mi pare anche giusto andare via col botto. E quindi ognuno ha dato il suo contributo, chi ha cambiato le battute, chi ha cambiato vestiti, chi ha breakato completamente character..Uno appresso all'altro, senza prendere fiato. Premio Casinista dell'Anno va a Suzie McAdam che era OVUNQUE, anche quando non c'entrava niente, ed ha rubato l'attenzione anche all'ultima scena, mettendosi in ginocchio e chiedendo la mano di Vivienne/Caroline, con tanto di anello. Vivienne/Caroline ha detto si, tanto per la cronaca. Noi eravamo ribaltati.
La sera al solito, il devasto.
Pianti, abbracci, foto con tutti che tanto e' l'ultima sera, che ci frega (le ragazze sono tutte in tiro perche' vanno al party, noi avevamo l'ormone impazzito..)
Sheridan ci fa 'venite lunedi'? Ci vediamo lunedi?'. Si si, veniamo lunedi'.

SHOWSTOPPER! (24.10.10)
Decidiamo di invadere casa della YB e prendere possesso della Wii come al solito, e per puro caso notiamo che al King's Head fanno Showstopper. Io ADDDDORO Showstopper! Cotta e mangiata, prendiamo i biglietti al volo.
Madoh. Sono cosi' deficenti che non si puo' non amarli. Cosi' usando le idee sparate dal pubblico, abbiamo avuto il privilegio e l'onore di vedere (per la prima e unica volta) Going Down, un improvvisato musical di un'ora su una crew di un sottomarino bloccato sott'acqua al largo della Isle of Skye in Scozia. Non avete idea. Si stava quasi per chiamare Ninja Penguins, ma l'MC l'ha bocciato, chissa' come mai. Brilliant. Adesso trasferiscono nel West End, e non sto nella pelle. Se vi capita, fateci un salto.

LEGALLY BLONDE (25.10.10)
Arriva lunedi', andiamo a vedere il nuovo cast, e Sheridan non esce. MAPPORC. Vabbe'. Il nuovo cast e' nice, Denise Van Outen potrebbe anche imparare a recitare nel frattempo, ma non sembra essere una sua priorita', quindi per ora ha i tempi comici di un batufollo di laniccia. Il mio amico Lincoln adesso fa il padre di Elle/professore di Harvard/cronista al processo al posto di Andy Mace, ed e' bravo assai. La nuova Margot e' average, niente di che..
La nuova Vivienne e' Siobhan Dillon, di How Do You Solve A Problem Like Maria-ana memoria, precisamente quesa QUI, che e' una figa immane ed e' anche brava. La sua nota spacca candelabri e' all'altezza di Kate Shindle, e ho detto tutto. E' ciccia ma la odio perche' e' una di quelle che ti ci fai la foto insieme e anche se fossi al meglio del meglio, verresti fuori un cesso perche' lei sfolgora, e' alta tre metri e ha una pelle perfetta sotto ogni luce. ODIO.
Il fidanzato di PrettyPretty fa uno dei due professori di Harvard. Il nuovo Carlos non e' da strapparsi i capelli ma e' decente. Il resto tutti ai loro posti, swings compresi, Jane a coprire tutti e Lucy Miller a fare da secondo in comando.

Unica nota stonata e' che ci siamo scapicollati in macchina a tornare da Windsor ed arrivare in tempo a 39 Steps..e Dianne era off. Non solo off, era proprio in viaggio di nozze. Marky e' devastato, ma le lasciamo comunque un pensierino alla stage door, e dopo qualche giorno Mark riceve una lettera di scuse da Dianne, mortificata. (dev'essere l'unica persona al mondo a scrivere ancora lettere con foglio e penna invece di emails, dio la benedica, e' piu' inglese di Jane Austen..)
La grande storia tra Mark e Dianne continua, e noi shippiamo sempre di piu'.

Nel frattempo ci chiude Sweet Charity, Avenue Q, Sister Act, e meta' della gente che conosco nel West End se ne va a spasso senza un lavoro. Che vita dura.
Josefina e' finita a fare Me & My Girl non so dove, credo a Manchester..
Paoletto lo Speziale e' impegnato a produrre i suoi duemila shows (tra cui When We Are Married al Garrick) e a fare un album che esce a maggio prossimo (LOL).
CJ non ho ben capito, credo sia parte di una all girls band tipo Puppini Sisters..
E Katie, poraccia, e' finita nella solito Panto natalizia in culo al mondo, a fare Biancaneve.
Che vita grama.

Novembre e' stato un mese un po' loffio, sono stata trascinata a vedere i PARAMORE all'O2 (15.11.10), in mezzo ad una masnada di 14enni..meno male che Hayley Williams e' bravissima dal vivo e ne e' valsa la pena..

LEGALLY BLONDE (18.11.10)
Ultimo Blonde dell'anno per vedere com'e' Susan McFadden al posto di Sheridan e per vedere finalmente il mio amico, che continuiamo a mandarci messaggi e texts senza incrociarci..
Piu' che soddisfatta da Susan, che e' bellissima e bravissima e una Elle perfetta. Forse troppo perfetta. E' funny e tenera, ma non ha assolutamente il fattore 'ti amo all'istante' che scatena Sheridan. E' la Elle che ti aspetti, che siede composta e in testa ha le pigne, non ha quella furbizia innata di Sheridan che ti fa adorare Elle. Ma funziona lo stesso, don't get me wrong..
E finalmente trovo anche il mio amichetto Lincoln, che ci porta a bere al pub all'angolo senza indugi. (e' troppo giovane secondo me per fare il padre di Elle, ma non gliel'ho detto, non sono idiota..)

E finalmente l'ultimo musical del 2010:

LOVE STORY (29.11.10)
Il musical fortemente voluto da Michael Ball, con la nostra Emma Williams, uno dei due principi di Into The Woods a Regent's Park e Peter Policarpou che e' il mio spirit animal personale e gli voglio un gran bene.
La storiella e' sempre quella, boy meets girl, si piacciono, si scontrano, si sposano, lei e' malata di leucemia e muore. Fine della storia.
Ma in mezzo c'e' una storia di due persone che si incontrano e vogliono stare insieme nonostante tutto. Finisce, prima o poi, ma hanno avuto un po' di tempo insieme in fin dei conti..
Set spartano, e' un loft newyorkese dipinto di bianco, l'orchestra in findo al palco ma tutti ben visibili, due porte, qualche sedia, un paio di tavoli, un bancone di cucina funzionante.
La melodia e' una sola, ripetuta costantemente durante i 90 minuti (senza intervallo), cambiano solo le parole. La famosa musichetta del film viene suonata da lei al pianoforte, per un attimo, giusto accennata. E la famosa battuta, l'atroce 'Amare significa non dover mai dire mi dispiace', e' stata eradicata e nuked from orbit, e meno male perche' la trovo orrenda. E mentre i due innamorati sfigati cercano di incollare la loro vita che sfascia, c'e' Policarpou dietro che fa il papa' italoamericano di Boston, piu' vero del vero e piu' vivo del vivo, e distrugge ogni cliche'.
Non ho capito se mi e' piaciuto o no. Di sicuro non l'ho odiato. Di sicuro non mi ha fatto strappare i capelli. Vale la pena vederlo, sicuramente.

Poi, che altro?

Ah si, GAGA all'O2 (17.12.10). Stavolta dalla fossa dei leoni, stavolta dalla seconda fila. E ancora una volta, e' impossibile spiegare Gaga, se non la vedi in concerto non sai qual e' la vera Gaga, non sai che quella che vedi in tv e nei videoclip non e' la vera Mama Monster.
Una volta che sei tu, lei e altri ventimila scalmanati, diventa tutto chiaro. Ti rendera' libero e non sarai piu' lo stesso.

Pensa, talmente loffio st'inverno che sono andata persino al cinema. Non so se rendo, AL CINEMA. E non solo al cinema, ALL'IMAX. OMG, RIGHT? Abbiamo visto Harry Potter, pensa! E Tron! Ebbene si! E The King's Speech! OMG SONO IMPAZZITA, LO SO.
Non e' da me, prometto che smetto presto.

Ultimissimo show dell'anno, il mio amico Ian e' in un gruppo che si esibisce al King's Head (19.12.10), quindi acchiappo la moglie e vado a vederlo. Fanno una roba tipo mash up accappella armonizzati con un twist irriverente. Sono funny e scemi il giusto. E' venuta anche la collega Liz, la rossa canadese che parla come Joanne Kelly. La moglie conclude che avevo ragione io ed e' hot. Io sono solo tre anni che lo dico..

E concludiamo l'anno come sempre, a massacrarci di cibo a casa dei Bad Idea Bears, a guardare i fuochi d'artificio in tv e a SCORDARCI DI MANGIARE LE LENTICCHIE MA COME SI FA DICO IO, OGNI SANTO ANNO. XD

Quindi buon anno nuovo e che sia pieno di risate e stronzate come l'anno vecchio. Only better.
          Pension funds, insurance companies as key drivers of regional integration   
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Capital markets, where money from savers is put into long-term investments, can contribute significantly to socio-economic development if they invest in productive projects and enterprises. But small size and market illiquidity can undercut this process.


          Color Bumper Plates: The Difference in Training and Competition Bumper Plates and Why You Need to Know When Equipping a Facility   
Jaci Long at RVA Weightlifting Competition 2016


Firstly, we need to talk about the sport of weightlifting.  Bumper plates would probably not have been invented if not for athletes dropping huge amounts of weight from overhead.  Weightlifting has existed as an Olympic sport since 1896.  The first Olympic Weightlifting events featured both one-handed and two-handed lifts, although the one-handed lifts were later phased out during modern weightlifting competition. 

Current weightlifting competitions are comprised of three attempts at the Snatch, followed by three attempts at the Clean and Jerk.  The weightlifter’s heaviest successful Snatch is combined with his/her heaviest successful Clean and Jerk to create the Total.  Naturally, the Total determines the overall result of the competition within a body weight category. 

While other weight sports test limit strength, Olympic Weightlifting tests aspects of human ballistic limits (explosive strength).  The Olympic lifts are executed with greater speed and  more range of motion than other strength movements performed with a barbell. 

Rubber bumper plates were reportedly not used in Olympic Weightlifting competition until the 1960’s, but did not become a competition standard until the early 1970’s. As records escalated, quite naturally the number of plates loaded on the bar also increased.   Early model rubber bumper plates were extremely thick to the extent there was no more room to add weights to the sleeve of the barbell. Making the loadable sleeves of the barbell longer to accommodate the weight was not an option as it displaced the bumper plate weight too far from the weightlifter’s body. This would have ultimately made the lifts more difficult than they inherently are.  As a solution, the steel disc was added into competition bumper plates.  This steel disc center adds weight to the plate without impacting the desired qualities of the rubber surrounding the disc.

The colors of the Olympic Bumper weight plates, as well as Powerlifting plates, are regulated by international sports organizations that govern these respective sports The apparent reasoning is to create uniformity of all equipment  for identification purposes at a glance.
The official color standards are as follows: Red for 25kg plates, blue for 20kg plates, yellow for 15kg plates, and green for 10kg plates.  There is also a similar color code for color bumper plates in pound increments: Red for 55lb, blue for 45lb, yellow for 35lb, and green for 25lb.  Lastly, there are “off brand” low-quality weight plate sets that may use red for 45lb, blue for 35lb, and green for 25lb (or other variations deviant to officially recognized color schemes).



What is the difference between Color Training Bumper Plates and Competition Bumper Plates?


Colored training bumper plates should provide a lower cost alternative and possibly greater durability to competition bumper plates.  Training bumper plates should have qualities that are more beneficial for everyday training for the following reasons:

1.       Equipping multiple platforms with quality competition bumper plates generally is not practical from a cost vs. benefit perspective. 

·         Note:  there are two properties of competition bumper plates that make them superior to training bumper plates for actual competition use.  These same factors are also responsible for the considerably higher price of competition bumper plates.
a)       Accuracy of plate weight:  Vulcan Absolute Competition Bumper Plates are accurate to their designated weight variances within 10 grams.  The accuracy of weight requires calibration which increases the cost of the plates. 
b)      Lower plate profile:  Thinner plates contribute to bringing the bar load more proximal to the weightlifter’s body.  The lifter can apply greater control and force to the load if it is closer to his/her body.  The steel disc makes the low profile possible, but also increases the cost of the plate.  Steel is inherently more expensive than rubber and requires more costly processing and machining to be used in any quality product.

The minimal variance in weight and better weight placement is certainly important for the actual competition or for attempting personal record lifts in training, but it could be questionable how that plays out in the day-to-day “grind” of training repetition after repetition.  The Vulcan Kilogram Training Bumper Plates are accurate within +/-1% of the designated mass, which is only 0.5% over the International Weightlifting Federation standard for competition plates.  The Vulcan Absolute Competition Plates are +/- 10 grams which far surpasses the IWF standard for IWF certified weight plate tolerances.  "The tolerance on the nominal weight of each component weighing more than 5 kg must be + 0.1% and - 0.05%. On parts weighing 5 kg or less, the tolerance must be +10 grams and - 0 grams per part."


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2.       Noise pollution and lifter safety.  Vulcan Competition Bumper Plates and Color Kilogram Training Bumper Plates are “low noise” and “low bounce” plates.

·         We talk about excessive noise in a training environment but sometimes our cries fall on deaf ears (forgive the pun).  It is not cool losing your hearing before you are even 50 years old.  If your work environment exposed you to the amount of noise a weightlifting coach endures on a daily basis, you would be justified requesting earplugs from your employer.  As it is, most weightlifting coaches are self-employed so take it upon yourself to treat your most important employee right!
·         Competition bumper plates should not bounce high when dropped on the platform.  It is a wasteful expenditure of energy and effort catching or deflecting nearly waist-high barbell bounces.  That, and it is simply dangerous.  Many weightlifting gyms we visit are 2,000 ft2 or less with very little room between lifting platforms.  Lifters should be able to concentrate on their own lifts in their own area without worrying about the interference of a bar loaded with 10kg plates skipping across their platform from another lifter’s area.  Responsibly equipped gyms provide ideal training environments. 

3.       Competition Bumper Plates just look cool.  They are simply the higher-quality, better performing option.  Few would disagree with this.  For high-level weightlifting gyms and athletic training facilities, the competition bumper plate is highly favored over the training weight plate.  If you have the funds, the people, and the facility for it then yes, yes, yes, equip every platform and power rack with competition plates and professional bearing bars!  If you are starting a gym or weightlifting club as a business, perhaps you want to save some money for marketing and unforeseen expenses as your business grows and opt for more training bumper plates in your gym.  As your business grows you can always add a few sets of competition bumper plates for testing and in-house competitions.

 





          DE SCR34   
This concurrent resolution commends the Food Bank of Delaware for its contributions towards ending hunger and resolving the root causes of poverty in the State of Delaware through its increased statewide impact.

2017/06/20 Introduced in Senate
          Stop pay-to-play politics in Baltimore County   

Not long ago, Jonathan Herbst wrote a letter stating that Sen. Jim Brochin's proposal to limit campaign contributions from developers was unconstitutional (“Banning campaign contributions from developers is unconstitutional,” June 14). As an attorney, Mr. Herbst ought to know better. In fact, not...


          Statement of Foreign Contribution received for the quarter January 2017 to March 2017   

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          Como a música brincante ajuda no desenvolvimento do seu filho   

Durante dois anos e meio eu (a Patcamargo) e a Patricia Marinho fomos colunistas do blog do Instituto de Pesquisa do Hospital Infantil Sabará, em São Paulo. Nestes posts escrevíamos sobre os mais diversos aspectos da brincadeira, e como ela contribuía para a formação de vínculo e o desenvolvimento das crianças. E agora trazemos estes textos para você também, que nos acompanha aqui no blog e nas redes do Tempojunto. Desta vez, falamos sobre a música brincante e como ela ajuda, sendo pate de uma brincadeira, inclusive para crianças que estejam doentes ou hospitalizadas. É claro que a última coisa que eu desejo é que o seu filho ou o meu filho tenham que passar uma “temporada” no hospital. Mas quando a gente escreve sobre brincadeiras num blog como este, acaba pensando em como ajudar os pais cujos filhos estão...
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          Comment on Financial Literacy: Reading A Financial Statement by Karol   
Skype has opened its online-structured customer beta on the entire world, soon after introducing it broadly within the U.S. and You.K. previous this 30 days. Skype for Web also now works with Linux and Chromebook for instant online messaging communication (no voice and video however, those call for a plug-in installation). The expansion in the beta contributes help for an extended selection of dialects to aid strengthen that international usability
          Live Innovations Host Workshop Inspired by Stephen Covey's Sand, Pebbles and Stones Experiment   
London-based direct marketing and sales experts, Live Innovations encourage people to spend their time on the things that contribute to the bigger picture.
          Registered Nurse (RN), Home Infusion - UnitedHealth Group - Spring Valley, NY   
One (1)+ years of experience working as an RN in a clinical care setting that contributes to proficiency in infusion therapy (such as medical surgical unit,...
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          $2,500 Sign on bonus* PRN Home Infusion Nurse, RN - UnitedHealth Group - Wauchula, FL   
One (1)+ years of experience working as an RN in a clinical care setting that contributes to proficiency in infusion therapy (such as medical surgical unit,...
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          RN - First Assistant - SSM Health - Fenton, MO   
Contributes to exceptional quality and safe patient care by demonstrating competency in surgical first assist nursing skills, procedures/treatments, critical...
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          Differential Expression of VEGF-Axxx Isoforms is Critical for Development of Pulmonary Fibrosis.   

Differential Expression of VEGF-Axxx Isoforms is Critical for Development of Pulmonary Fibrosis.

Am J Respir Crit Care Med. 2017 Jun 29;:

Authors: Barratt SL, Blythe T, Jarrett C, Ourradi K, Shelley-Fraser G, Day MJ, Qiu Y, Harper S, Maher TM, Oltean S, Hames TJ, Scotton CJ, Welsh GI, Bates DO, Millar AB

Abstract
RATIONALE: Fibrosis following lung injury is related to poor outcome and Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis (IPF) can be regarded as an exemplar. Vascular Endothelial Growth Factor-A (VEGF-A) has been implicated in this context but there are conflicting reports as to whether it is a contributory or protective factor. Differential splicing of the VEGF-A gene produces multiple functional isoforms including VEGF-A165a, and VEGF-A165b a member of the inhibitory family. To-date there is no clear information on the role of VEGF in IPF.
OBJECTIVES: To establish VEGF isoform expression and functional effects in IPF.
METHODS: We used tissue sections, plasma and lung fibroblasts from IPF patients and controls. In a bleomycin-induced lung fibrosis model we used wild type MMTV mice and a triple transgenic mouse SPC-rtTA+/-TetoCre+/-LoxP-VEGF-A+/+ to conditionally induce VEGF-A isoform deletion specifically in the ATII cells of adult mice.
MEASUREMENTS AND MAIN RESULTS: IPF and normal lung fibroblasts differentially expressed and responded to VEGF-A165a and VEGF-A165b, in terms of proliferation and matrix expression. Increased VEGF-A165b was detected in sera of progressing IPF patients. In a mouse model of pulmonary fibrosis alveolar type II cell (ATII) specific deficiency of VEGF-A or constitutive over-expression of VEGF-A165b inhibited the development of pulmonary fibrosis, as did treatment with intra-peritoneal delivery of VEGF-A165b to wild-type mice.
CONCLUSIONS: These results indicate that changes in the bioavailability of VEGF-A sourced from ATII cells, namely the ratio of VEGF-Axxxa to VEGF-Axxxb, are critical in development of pulmonary fibrosis and may be a paradigm for the regulation of tissue repair.

PMID: 28661183 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher]


          French Bilingual Call Centre Outbound Sales Representative - Scotiabank - Ontario   
Assist in and contribute to the development and growth of profitable business across the protection, credit, investment and day-to-day banking product and...
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          Forró com o grupo Erva Rasteira na Casa do SambaAqui   

A Casa do SambaAqui recebe neste sábado (01), a partir das 20h, o grupo Erva Rasteira para embalar a festa junina no 14º Forró do Rala Coxa. A entrada é no caráter ‘pague quanto quiser’, com uma contribuição para a mesa coletiva de doces ou um agasalho para doação. No repertório, canções clássicas do baião, […]

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          Powder Room Revamp or Remodel or update, you pick   
I wish I had pictures of this bathroom from the day we moved in. I don't, so here's the visual. Imagine iridescent blue wallpaper with a 1980's design clad with massive pink flowers of some sort. It was hideous. You can see some wallpaper in some of the before photos, this is actually the original wall paper from, not the iridescent florally blue stuff I speak of.  It didn't take long for me to get busy removing the wallpaper, but as we all know, moving in to a new home is time consuming, which equates to a very half ass job on my part. Despite the half-assedness, the wall paper was gone, and there it sat for 3 1/2 years desperately anticipating my next move. We did replace the toilet shortly after moving in, and just recently, I transformed the wood work and opened up the space a bit (remember this post ?), however, it just wasn't enough.

Here she is in all her pre-demolition glory.  I had already painted over the brown on the top portion of the wall, because of course, I FORGOT to take pictures.  Imagine that! Anyway:





Mark removing the "nice toilet"



What a MESS!!



Mark laying the marble tiles.








Mark talked me in to replacing the vanity with a pedestal sink (brand new, craigslist $75) and laying white marble tile, which I am so, so thankful for! I wasn't sure I'd like the pedestal sink, but wow, the difference. The space feels much more open and less cramped. Since the remodel I have had two people comment on the "nice toilet". What they didn't realize was that this is the same "before" toilet. Suddenly, our "nice toilet" is much more noticeable now that the huge vanity is gone. I have to admit, it is kind of funny to eagerly show someone all of the new improvements and they end up commenting on the "nice toilet". Something I never would have anticipated, but funny none the less.

Aside from all of the obvious surface work, Mark also replaced all of the old plumbing that is now visible behind the sink and added a joist (?) between the studs on the wall where the pedestal sink is now to allow the pedestal to anchor in the correct spot. Blah, blah, blah. So, enough of that. Here's the fun part. The after pics!




















I am so, so proud of my talented husband.  There is nothing he can't do!  I am just so impressed with all of his work and the TIME, oh the TIME.  He came to bed many nights after midnight...after working a full day at work.  My only contributions were picking out the paint color (Behr Verdigris), priming and painting everything and caulking and spackling.  Other than that, Mark did it all.  

And on to the next project. ;)


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          PARIS HILTON FOR D’SCENE MAGAZINE – EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW   

D’SCENE Magazine‘s Contributing Writer MATTI BYGOD sits down with PARIS HILTON for an exclusive interview to talk about her musical inspiration, business, music and future plans. OUT NOW IN PRINT AND DIGITAL Paris Hilton changed the culture of celebrity and the path to seeking it with her controversial rise to fame. From socialite to reality […]

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          Ordenador de sobremesa Lenovo M73 Sff i5-4460 8GB 500GB Windows 8.1 Pro   





Diseño compacto El diseño compacto (SFF), con un peso a partir de 6,6 kg (14,55 lb), está diseñado para encajar en espacios reducidos y con posibilidad de colocación tanto horizontal como vertical. Experiencia inalámbrica ultrarrápida El diseño avanzado de la antena ofrece una recepción de señal mejorada y un rendimiento más rápido para su conexión inalámbrica. PC Cloud Manager 2 Mantenga su flota de PC segura y proteja el medio ambiente mientras controla y gestiona el consumo de energía y el estado de su sistema de sobremesa sin complicaciones. Centro de soluciones de Lenovo El Centro de soluciones de Lenovo ofrece acceso a una consola simplificada que refleja completamente el estado del sistema. Esta herramienta de diagnóstico de hardware permite el acceso rápido a través de la consola a las herramientas de gestión del sistema usadas frecuentemente, incluidas las funciones de copia de seguridad y restauración, la configuración del antivirus y el firewall, las actualizaciones de software y del sistema, las conexiones a Internet, y el servicio y soporte. Aumente drásticamente la velocidad de migración con ThinkVantage System Migration Assistant. Invierta menos tiempo en la búsqueda manual de actualizaciones de controladores y software con ThinkVantage System Update. Transferencia de datos de alta velocidad Transfiera datos rápidamente entre el sistema M73 y otros dispositivos con el puerto USB 3.0. Es hasta 10 veces más rápido que las tecnologías USB anteriores y es compatible con la especificación anterior. Liderazgo ecológico Las certificaciones como ENERGY STAR 5.2, EPEAT Gold y UL Environment Gold garantizan un ahorro económico gracias a los PC de consumo energético más eficiente. Además, puede utilizar Desktop Power Manager para personalizar la configuración de la alimentación y equilibrar el consumo energético con el rendimiento del sistema, lo que contribuirá a proteger el planeta y la rentabilidad de su empresa. Otras características: Acorde RoHS: Si Adaptador de gráficos a bordo de frecuencia dinámica (max): 1100 MHz Adaptador de gráficos a bordo versión DirectX: 11.1 Adaptador de tarjeta grafica a bordo: 0x412 Adaptador gráfico en tablero: Si Altura: 335 mm Ancho: 101 mm Ancho de banda de memoria soportada por el procesador (max): 25,6 GB/s Arquitectura del sistema operativo: 64 bits Cables incluidos: Corriente alterna Caché Intel®igente de Intel®: Si Caché del procesador: 6 MB Canales de memoria que admite el procesador: Dual Cantidad de DisplayPorts: 1 Cantidad de puertos USB 2.0: 4 Cantidad de puertos VGA (D-Sub): 1 Cantidad de puertos tipo A USB 3.0 (3.1 Gen 1): 2 Cantidad de unidades ópticas: 1 Capacidad de disco duro: 500 GB Capacidad total de almacenaje: 500 GB Caracteristicas técnicas de la solución térmica: PCG 2013D Certificado Energy Star: Si Circuito integrado de tarjeta madre: Intel H81 Color del producto: Negro Configuraciones PCI Express: 1x16,2x8,1x8+2x4 Configuración de CPU (máximo): 1 Conformidad EPEAT: Oro Disposición de la memoria: 1 x 4 GB ECC que admite el procesador: No Entrada de línea: Si Escalabilidad: 1S Escalonamiento: C0 Estados de inactividad: Si Ethernet: Si Ethernet LAN (RJ-45) cantidad de puertos: 1 Ethernet LAN, velocidad de transferencia de datos: 10,100,1000 Mbit/s Etiquetado de segmentos Intel®: Enterprise, Profesional Execute Disable Bit: Si Familia de adaptador de gráficos incorporado: Intel HD Graphics Familia de procesador: 4ª generación de procesadores Intel® Core™ i5 Frecuencia base de gráficos a bordo: 350 MHz Frecuencia del procesador: 3,2 GHz Frecuencia del procesador turbo: 3,40 GHz Fuente de alimentación: 240 W Fuente de alimentación, frecuencia de entrada: 50/60 Fuente de alimentación, voltaje de entrada: 100 - 240 Intel Hyper-Threading: No Intel® 64: Si Intel® AES Nuevas instrucciones (Intel® AES-NI): Si Intel® Enhanced Halt State: Si Intel® Insider™: Si Intel® OS Guard: Si Intel® Secure Key: Si Intel® TSX-NI: No Intel® Tecnología InTru™ 3D: Si Interfaz del disco duro: Serial ATA III La tecnología Intel® vPro™: No Litografía de IMC y Gráficos: 22 nm Litografía del procesador: 22 nm Manual de usuario: Si Memoria interna: 4 GB Memoria interna máxima: 16 GB Memoria interna máxima que admite el procesador: 32 GB Memoria máxima del adaptador de gráficos incorporado: 1,024 GB Micrófono, jack de entrada: Si Modelo de gráficos en tarjeta: Intel HD Graphics 4600 Modelo del procesador: i5-4460 Modo de procesador operativo: 32-bit, 64 bits Número de discos duros instalados: 1 Número de filamentos de procesador: 4 Número de núcleos de procesador: 4 Número de pantallas soportadas por el adaptador gráfico de a bordo: 3 Número de procesadores instalados: 1 Número de puertos 3.5": 2 Número de puertos 5.25": 1 Número de unidades de almacenamiento instaladas: 1 Número máximo de buses PCI Express: 16 Opciones integradas disponibles: Si Pantalla incluida: No Peso: 6,6 kg Potencia de diseño térmico (TDP): 84 W Procesador ARK ID: 80817 Procesador libre de conflictos: Si Procesador nombre en clave: Haswell Profundidad: 382 mm Programa de Plataforma de Imagen Estable de Intel® (SIPP): No Protección con contraseña: BIOS,Supervisor,User Protección mediante contraseña: Si Puerto DVI: No Puerto de ratón PS/2: 2 Puerto serial: 1 Ranura para cable de seguridad: Si Ranuras de memoria: 2x DIMM Ranuras x1 PCI Express: 2 Ranuras x16 PCI Express: 1 Salidas para auriculares: 1 Serie del procesador: Intel Core i5-4400 Desktop series Set de instrucciones soportadas: AVX 2.0 Sistema de refrigeración por agua: No Sistema operativo instalado: Windows 8.1 Pro Socket de procesador: LGA 1150 (Socket H3) System bus data transfer rate: 5 GT/s Tamaño de disco duro: 3.5" Tamaño del paquete de procesador: 37.5 Tcase: 72,72 °C Tecnología Clear Video HD de Intel® (Intel® CVT HD): Si Tecnología FDI de Intel®: Si Tecnología Intel® Quick Sync Video: Si Tecnología Intel® Turbo Boost: 2.0 Tecnología My WiFi de Intel® (Intel® MWT): Si Tecnología SpeedStep mejorada de Intel: Si Tecnología Thermal Monitoring de Intel: Si Tecnología Trusted Execution de Intel®: No Tecnología anti-robo de Intel® (Intel® AT): Si Tecnología de cableado: 10/100/1000Base-T(X) Tecnología de protección de identidad de Intel® (Intel® IPT): Si Tecnología de virtualización Intel® (VT-x): Si Tecnología de virtualización de Intel® para E / S dirigida (VT-d): Si Tipo de cache en procesador: Smart Cache Tipo de chasis: SFF Tipo de memoria interna: DDR3-SDRAM Tipo de producto: PC Tipo de ranura de bloqueo del cable: Kensington Tipo de unidad óptica: DVD±RW Tipos de bus: DMI Tipos de memoria que admite el procesador: DDR3-SDRAM Unidad de almacenamiento: Unidad de disco duro VT-x de Intel® con Extended Page Tables (EPT): Si Velocidad de memoria del reloj: 1600 MHz Velocidad de reloj de memoria que admite el procesador: 1333,1600 MHz Velocidad de rotación de disco duro: 7200 RPM Versión Intel® TSX-NI: 0.00 Versión de Intel® Identity Protection Technology: 1.00 Versión de Intel® Secure Key Technology: 1.00 Versión de Intel® Small Business Advantage (SBA): 1.00 Versión de entradas de PCI Express: 3.0 Versión del programa Intel® de plataforma de imagen estable: 0.00 Wireless Display de Intel® (Intel® WiDi): Si código de procesador: SR1QK

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          Moscow 39th Awards Ceremony   

MAIN PRIZE “GOLDEN GEORGE” FOR THE BEST FILM

CRESTED IBIS/YUAN SHANG, director Liang Qiao, China
 

SPECIAL JURY PRIZE “SILVER GEORGE”

THE BOTTOMLESS BAG/MESHOK BEZ DNA, director Rustam Khamdamov, Russia
 

“SILVER GEORGE” FOR THE BEST DIRECTOR

YELLOW HEAT/SARI SICAK, director Fikret Reyhan, Turkey
 

“SILVER GEORGE” FOR THE BEST ACTOR

SON HYUN-JU ( BOTONGSARAM), Republic of Korea
 

“SILVER GEORGE” FOR THE BEST ACTRESS

VERENA ALTENBERGER(DIE BESTE ALLER WELTEN), Germany, Austria
 

“SILVER GEORGE” FOR THE BEST FILM OF THE DOCUMENTARY COMPETITION

THE PARIS OPÉRA/L’OPÉRA, director JEAN-STÉPHANE BRON, FRANCE, SWITZERLAND
 

PRIZE FOR THE BEST FILM OF SHORT FILMS COMPETITION

AMBULANSE, director Sebastian Torngren Wartin, Norway
 

SPECIAL PRIZE FOR AN OUTSTANDING CONTRIBUTION TO THE WORLD CINEMA

FRANCO NERO (Italy)
 

SPECIAL PRIZE FOR THE OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT IN THE CAREER OF ACTING AND DEVOTION TO THE PRINCIPLES OF K.STANISLAVSKY'S  SCHOOL

MICHELE PLACIDO (Italy)

 


          Process Engineer - Large SCale Biologics   
Devens, PROCESS ENGINEER – LARGE SCALE BIOLOGICS DEVENS, MA Project Description: Serve as a process technical expert to implementation of Discoverant system for large scale unit operations for the commercial manufacture of biopharmaceuticals. This position offers the opportunity to resolve complex problems while meeting quality, schedule, and cost objectives. The successful candidate will be a key contrib
          GitHub launches ‘Open Source Friday’ initiative to encourage community contributions   
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          Infant Accidentally Vaccinated with Gardasil – Mother Blamed for Vaccine Injuries and Baby Medically Kidnapped   
Doctors call it a "medication administration error." During a routine check-up at her pediatrician's office, 4-month old Aniya was accidentally given the Gardasil 9 vaccine, and she hasn't been the same since. Anita Vasquez of Victoria, Texas, herself a nurse, says that "doctors are in denial" that any of the medical issues that began after her daughter received the shot are related to the vaccine. Aniya was a happy and healthy breastfed baby before her 4-month doctor visit. Her only illness was an ear infection which had been cleared up with antibiotics shortly before that fateful day of December 29, 2016. Since then, she has suffered numerous health issues and several hospitalizations. Rather than acknowledge the possibility that the Gardasil 9 vaccine contributed to the decline in Aniya's health, doctors and Child Protective Services have reportedly blamed the mother. Her desperate search for answers has led instead to her being accused of Munchausen by Proxy, or "medical child abuse," and her baby has been seized by the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services (DFPS). Anita told Health Impact News that her concerns about the vaccine have been dismissed and ignored by virtually everyone involved in her daughter's care. DFPS refers to her "unfounded concerns" about the Gardasil 9 vaccine. She believes that they are trying to cover up the dangers of the vaccine. This is any mother's worst nightmare, and no one deserves this.

          ForeverLawn Contributes to Beauty and Safe Play at the Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival   

For the seventh consecutive year, ForeverLawn has teamed up with Walt Disney World to create playgrounds and landscaping for the Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival with its world-class synthetic turf. The festival is held annually at Walt Disney World in Lake Buena Vista, Fla., and runs from March 6 through May 19, 2013.

(PRWeb April 03, 2013)

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          Grass Ain’t Always Greener – Post-Steelers Career Of Terence Garvin   
When it comes to free agency, the Pittsburgh Steelers have very rarely dipped more than a toe in the pool, though they have had quite a bit of success with players ranging from Kevin Greene to Mike Mitchell making significant contributions to the team. But the Steelers have also had... The post Grass Ain’t Always Greener – Post-Steelers Career Of Terence Garvin appeared first on Steelers Depot by Matthew Marczi. Go Steelers!

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29/06/2017 - The African Development Bank's Board of Directors approved a US $3-million grant of the Bank's Sustainable Energy Fund for Africa (SEFA) for Phase 2 of the Green Mini-Grid Market Development Programme (GMG MDP). Implemented by the Bank-hosted SEforALL Africa Hub, the GMG MDP's objective is to support the scale-up of investments in commercially viable GMG projects through a broad range of interventions to improve the enabling environment. The project seeks to remove or reduce market barriers at regional scale and strengthen the ecosystem for the emergence of a thriving GMG sector in Sub-Saharan Africa – contributing significantly to the objectives of SEforALL and the New Deal on Energy for Africa.

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29/06/2017 - The Senior Director of the African Development Bank in Nigeria, Ebrima Faal, on Wednesday, June 28 concluded his accreditation with the Nigerian Government in a ceremony presided by the Nigerian Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama.

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          Illinois House adjourns, plunging state into third year without a budget   
Illinois House lawmakers adjourned Friday without approving a budget, officially entering a third fiscal year without one, but with optimism that a deal can be reached over the weekend.

Democratic House Speaker Michael Madigan conceded Friday morning that a budget deal wouldn't be consummated by midnight – the start of the 2018 state fiscal year – and implored the major bond ratings agencies not to downgrade the state’s credit rating to junk status.

But House lawmakers offered up a glimmer of hope with a bipartisan 90-25 test vote to approve a $36.5 billion spending plan fueled by a $5 billion income tax increase.

Lawmakers and experts statewide had warned for months about the host of bad consequences that await the state should it enter an unprecedented third straight year without a budget, courtesy of the differences between the Democratic-dominated General Assembly and Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner.

They go far beyond becoming the first U.S. state to be have its credit rating dip below investment grade. For starters, Comptroller Susana Mendoza has said she will be unable to cover the basic state services ordered paid by courts, and the Illinois State Department of Transportation has halted all of its road construction projects.

“We will remain in session to continue our progress toward passing a balanced budget," Madigan said in the statement. "In light of this ongoing progress, I would ask that bond rating agencies temporarily withhold judgment and allow legislators time to negotiate a bipartisan, balanced budget."

Madigan’s statement included letters he sent Friday to Fitch Ratings, Standard & Poor’s and Moody’s Investors Service. Standard & Poor’s warned several weeks ago that it will downgrade the state to junk should it not have a budget by Saturday, and the other two agencies could follow suit.

"We will continue working to put a compromise on the governor’s desk and end this impasse through the next week, and I ask you to allow these negotiations to move forward," Madigan wrote to all three ratings firms.

Illinois' current spending, mandated by court orders and consent decrees despite the lack of a budget, has resulted in a $6.2 billion deficit and a $14.7 billion stack of unpaid bills as of Friday afternoon.

The proposed budget in the House relies on increasing the state income tax and cutting $2.4 billion.

The revenue plan conceived by House Democrats likely would increase the income tax rate for individual filers by 32 percent, or from 3.75 to 4.95 percent of income. The increase would take effect Saturday – earlier versions that made the increase retroactive to Jan. 1 met with resistance from Republicans.

If approved, it would take on average an extra $600 a year from a worker making $50,000 a year.

The 4.95 percent rate is close to the 5 percent rate that Illinois taxpayers paid for four years after lawmakers raised taxes in the lame-duck session after the 2010 election. That temporary increase, which raised the individual rate by 66 percent, took an average of a week's pay from every Illinois worker.

Rauner, who was elected in 2014 on a platform of reversing Illinois' sinking fortunes, has insisted that any budget that includes tax increases must include sufficient pro-taxpayer and pro-business reforms. They include a four-year property tax freeze, and reforms to workers' compensation laws and changes to pension benefits for state employees.

The bitter partisan divide in Springfield over how to come together on a spending plan has eased in significant part to cooperation as Republicans and Democrats alike work to avoid the nightmare scenario that experts warn will come to pass if a budget isn't finalized, and fast.

"I come to you today with great joy, not with regret or despair. We're going to save our state, and we're going to save it together," Rep. Steve Andersson, R-Geneva, the House Republicans' floor leader, said to thunderous applause.

Andersson, whose district includes a sliver of McHenry County, was the only local house lawmaker who voted yes on the 90-25 test bill. Republican Reps. David McSweeney, R-Barrington Hills; Barbara Wheeler, R-Crystal Lake; Steven Reick, R-Woodstock; and Allen Skillicorn, R-East Dundee, all voted no.

Skillicorn said that Illinois taxpayers will be giving more to the state in exchange for weak and "watered down" reforms.

"It's pretty clear to me that the governor and a large portion of Republicans have capitulated to the speaker," Skillicorn said. "The appropriations amendment didn't have any substantial cuts, no structural reforms, and really was something that compromises the values of the people of McHenry County."

McSweeney, as he has since the budget impasse started, reiterated that he is a "hell no" on any tax increase.

"There's nothing that's been done to reform Illinois government or spending. It's a travesty. It's a joke," McSweeney said.

Whatever plan the House passes will need to clear the Senate before going to Rauner for a vote. Senate Democrats approved a budget in May in the last days of the legislative session – without a single Republican vote – but Madigan did not bring it forward for consideration.

The Associated Press contributed to this story.


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          Crystal Lake residents seek relief from city for continual flooding in backyards   
CRYSTAL LAKE – Donald Adams never knows how much water to expect in his backyard after seasonal showers and thunderstorms, but the 68-year-old Crystal Lake resident knows rain on his block means he will have to run the water pump.

In most cases, Adams or his wife, Susan, must throw on waders and trudge through about 3 feet of dirty rainwater to fill the pump with gasoline and keep it spitting water out in front of their house on Pine Street.

“If I wasn’t doing that, everybody’s basement would flood,” Adams said. “People don’t realize … I’m still sucking all the groundwater out so that when it does rain, there’s some percolation left.”

Residents living in the block immediately southeast of the Route 14 and West Crystal Lake Avenue intersection are frustrated with the city for not finding a solution to the flooding problem, which has cost them money and left them without access to their backyards for much of the summer. However, the city has been denied grant money to help fund a solution.

Pools of grimy, putrid rainwater stood for weeks after June 14 thunderstorms dumped nearly 5 inches of rain across McHenry County, and about 3 more inches of rain that fell Wednesday night in Crystal Lake made the problem worse.

For between 10 and 12 affected homes, rainwater on average ponds longer than a standard swimming pool and covers large portions of residents' yards. Mosquitoes and other flying insects are attracted to the standing water and make it nearly impossible for people to stand in the backyards at night without pests biting or bothering them, residents said.

“Half the summertime, it’s full of water back there,” said Mike Sanchez, who has lived on West Crystal Lake Avenue for the past two and a half years and is concerned about the safety concern the flooding poses to his children. Sanchez said the family has even considered moving to a different neighborhood.

Thomas O’Brien has lived on the corner of West Crystal Lake Avenue and South Oriole Trail for nearly 50 years and said the buildup of water in his backyard has always been a problem. He remembered watching geese land in "ponds of water" that sometimes extend more than 100 feet across the residents' yards.

O’Brien said the problem has continued over the years as the city has developed the area along South Virginia Street for businesses.

Specifically, O’Brien pointed to the business strip at 25 S. Virginia St. and suggested rainwater could be traveling down the downward-sloping asphalt drive that backs right up to the affected area.

“I think the city goofed on it,” O’Brien said. “My feeling is, if the city gave these people that built the office buildings permits to build, then they should have said, ‘All right, you should have some holding tanks.'"

Adams also takes issue with the businesses building along Virginia Street, which were developed more than decade ago, according to the McHenry County assessor records. Adams said he has kept notes on correspondence with the city dating back to the mid-1990s.

By his estimate, Adams has spent about $30,000 over the years for flooding-related expenses such as gas, oil, electricity and replacing a furnace and hot water tank. He also spent about $5,000 in order to have his basement sanitized.

“We never had water like this until all those properties went in,” Adams said. “Connect the dots; it’s completely absurd to say that has nothing to do with it.”

The city of Crystal Lake has identified the area as one that has “continually flooded,” City Engineer Abby Wilgreen said.

Hey and Associates Inc., an engineering and ecological consulting firm, prepared a report for the city in 2009 on the flooded area between Pine Street and Oriole Trail – labeled the “Pine Street depression” – that suggested a relief storm sewer or a stormwater pumping station could be implemented.

Wilgreen, however, also said the businesses along Virginia Street do not contribute at all to the ongoing problem.

“The area in the backyard is like a big bowl,” Wilgreen said. “Whether that was asphalt or that was grass back there behind that business, the water is still going to end up in those people’s backyards because water flows downhill. It’ll always end there in those backyards because there’s nowhere else for it to go.”

Wilgreen said the city has been pursuing possible solutions to the flooding since at least 2012 that would help resolve the problem for residents.

Between 2012 and 2014, the city twice applied for — and was twice denied — funding from FEMA’s Hazard Mitigation Grant Program that awards grants to states, local governments and Indian tribes for long-term hazard mitigation projects, Wilgreen said.

Grant funding is awarded on a case-to-case basis to projects on either public or private property that are both “environmentally sound” and “cost effective” and aimed at solving a problem and preventing future damage, according to the Illinois Emergency Management Agency website.

“Since we didn’t get that grant, we’re trying to check for everything, and one of the possible options is potentially adding like a pump there that would pump the water into the storm sewers,” Wilgreen said.

She said if the city can create a feasible engineering plan to implement a working pump near the backyards, it would need to be added as an item for next year’s budget approval on May 1, 2018. It also would then need approval from the City Council.

For some residents, confirmation that the city is looking into the problem is enough to quell the frustrations that come with every rainfall. O’Brien’s wife, Mary, said she might not be able to build a small garden in her backyard in the near future but believes someday it will be a possibility.

“When she called, it gave us some hope,” Mary O’Brien said after talking with Wilgreen on the phone.

Other residents, such as Adams, feel like they are going around in circles with the city and believe there is no end in sight.

“They told us that kind of stuff in 2010 and that it would be resolved in 2015,” Adams said. “With all due respect, I don’t believe a word.”


          Travel ban takes effect but less chaos expected   
WASHINGTON – A scaled-back version of President Donald Trump's travel ban took effect Thursday evening, stripped of provisions that brought protests and chaos at airports worldwide in January yet still likely to generate a new round of court fights.

The new rules, the product of months of legal wrangling, aren't so much an outright ban as a tightening of already-tough visa policies affecting citizens from six Muslim-majority countries. Refugees are covered, too.

Administration officials promised that implementation this time, which started at 8 p.m. EDT (0000 GMT), would be orderly. Customs and Border Protection spokesman Dan Hetlage said his agency expected "business as usual at our ports of entry," with all valid visa holders still being able to travel.

Still, immigration and refugee advocates are vowing challenge the new requirements and the administration has struggled to explain how they will make the United States safer.

Under the temporary rules, citizens of Syria, Sudan, Somalia, Libya, Iran and Yemen who already have visas will be allowed into the United States. But people from those countries who want new visas will now have to prove a close family relationship or an existing relationship with an entity like a school or business in the U.S.

It's unclear how significantly the new rules will affect travel. In most of the countries singled out, few people have the means for leisure travel. Those that do already face intensive screenings before being issued visas.

Nevertheless, human rights groups on Thursday girded for new legal battles. The American Civil Liberties Union, one of the groups challenging the ban, called the new criteria "extremely restrictive," ''arbitrary" in their exclusions and designed to "disparage and condemn Muslims."

The state of Hawaii filed an emergency motion Thursday asking a federal judge to clarify that the administration cannot enforce the ban against relatives – such as grandparents, aunts or uncles – not included in the State Department's definition of "bona fide" personal relationships.

Los Angeles City Attorney Mike Feuer met with customs officials and said he felt things would go smoothly.

"For tonight, I'm anticipating few issues because, I think, there's better preparation," he told reporters at Los Angeles International Airport on Thursday night. "The federal government here, I think, has taken steps to avoid the havoc that occurred the last time."

Much of the confusion in January, when Trump's first ban took effect, resulted from travelers with previously approved visas being kept off flights or barred entry on arrival in the United States. Immigration officials were instructed Thursday not to block anyone with valid travel documents and otherwise eligible to visit the United States.

Karen Tumlin, legal director of the National Immigration Law Center, said the rules "would slam the door shut on so many who have waited for months or years to be reunited with their families.

Trump, who made a tough approach to immigration a cornerstone of his election campaign, issued a ban on travelers from the six countries, plus Iraq, shortly after taking office in January. His order also blocked refugees from any country.

Trump said these were temporary measures needed to prevent terrorism until vetting procedures could be reviewed. Opponents noted that visa and refugee vetting were already strict and said there was no evidence that refugees or citizens of those six countries posed a threat. They saw the ban as part of Trump's campaign promise to bar Muslims from entering the United States.

Lower courts blocked the initial ban and a second, revised Trump order intended to overcome legal hurdles. The Supreme Court on Monday partially reinstated the revised ban but exempted travelers who could prove a "bona fide relationship" with a U.S. person or entity. The court offered only broad guidelines.

In guidance issued late Wednesday, the State Department said the personal relationships would include a parent, spouse, son, daughter, son-in-law, daughter-in-law or sibling already in the United States. It does not include other relationships such as grandparents, grandchildren, aunts and uncles. On Thursday, the State and Homeland Security departments had both expanded the range of bona fide relationships to include fiancés.

Business or professional links must be "formal, documented and formed in the ordinary course rather than for the purpose of evading" the ban. Journalists, students, workers or lecturers who have valid invitations or employment contracts in the U.S. would be exempt from the ban. The exemption does not apply to those who seek a relationship with an American business or educational institution purely for the purpose of avoiding the rules.

Refugees from any country will face similar requirements. But the U.S. has almost filled its quota of 50,000 refugees for the budget year ending in September and the new rules won't apply to the few remaining slots. With the Supreme Court set to consider the overall ban in October, the rules could change again.

The travel ban may have the largest impact on Iranians. In 2015, the most recently available data, nearly 26,000 Iranians were allowed into the United States on visitor or tourist visas. Iranians made up the lion's share of the roughly 65,000 foreigners from the six countries who visited with temporary, or non-immigrant visas that year.

American journalist Paul Gottinger, said he and his Iranian fiancee applied for a visa nearly a year ago but are still waiting on a decision. Gottinger says they were to wed at a Japanese garden in his parents' home state of Minnesota this month but postponed the ceremony until August because they had not yet received the visa.

Now, he expects they will have to delay again.

"Every twist and turn of the courts, we're holding our hearts and our stomachs are falling to the floor," he said by phone from Turkey.

The new regulations are also affecting the wedding plans of Rama Issa-Ibrahim, executive director of the Arab American Association of New York.

She is Syrian-American and had planned to get married this fall. While her father in Syria may be able to get a visa, her aunts and uncles may well be blocked.

"I would love for them to be at this wedding, and unfortunately, they aren't going to be able to be here," she said, adding that the ceremony would be postponed.

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Associated Press writer Amy Taxin and Andrew Dalton in Los Angeles and Michael Noble in New York contributed to this report.


          6 Contributed Modules That Improve Drupal Core Caching   
6 Contributed Modules That Improve Drupal Core Caching
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David Csonka Wed, 02/08/2017 - 06:28

Website performance is an important goal no matter the platform or CMS alternative that you are using. Studies have consistently shown that the longer it takes for your website to load the more likely it is that your visitors will "bounce" off of the page and move on to view something else.

Within the Drupal community, there have been discussions and concerns over the last couple years about the performance of the upcoming Drupal 8 release. Newer technologies being added to the Drupal 8 core such as "BigPipe", will likely have great benefits to overall page loading speed.

However, for people still using Drupal 7, and assuredly many will for some time to come, it is important to realize that even though the core Drupal 7 setup already has a lot of optimizations and tools for boosting performance like the built-in caching system. There are several contributed modules for Drupal 7 that one can install that will greatly enhance the ability of the core caching system to reduce page rendering time for regular Drupal website visitors.

Advanced CSS/JS Aggregation

(https://www.drupal.org/project/advagg)

The Advanced CSS/JS Aggregation provides a wide variety of enhancements to the caching process to signifcantly boost front-end performance. This includes the automatic generation of aggregate files if they aren't present, and stampede protection to provide locking in the case of multiple requests for the same file. Theme files are combined using media queries for better grouping, and compression and I/O is better processed to reduce the amount of files to be loading.

This is just one of those modules that probably everyone should install and could potentially get some benefit from.

Block Cache Alter

(https://www.drupal.org/project/blockcache_alter)

One deficiency in Drupal 7 core is the lack of more varied control over how blocks are cached. Primarily you get an option within the "performance" settings page to either cache all blocks or not. It's possible though that you may want to have more granular control over which blocks get cached or not. This contributed module will help you with that. Additionally you might consider using the Ajax Blocks (https://www.drupal.org/project/ajaxblocks) module to facilitate caching of the overall page, but have some blocks with dynamic content load through an Ajax operation.

Panels Hash Cache

(https://www.drupal.org/project/panels_hash_cache)

Drupal Panels are an incredibly useful tool for generating more interesting and varied display layouts for your content. However, their complexity and the dynamic nature of their contexts don't lend them to work well with Drupal's core caching. This contributed module provides a hash-based cache for Panels supports caching based on any combination of contexts, arguments, roles, etc.

Entity Cache Loader

(https://www.drupal.org/project/ecl)

Caches help with performance but at some point they need to expire in order to be effective as a part of your website's content presentation. When caches expire, they then need to be reloaded, and if the caches all expire at a similar time the loading process may cause undue performance loss for a subset of your visitors. Cache warming is a process of pre-loading content to be cached beforehand instead of at the time of actual demand. Ensuring all of your content is cached at all times will greatly help boost the performance of your Drupal website.

Views Content Cache

(https://www.drupal.org/project/views_content_cache)

Along with having your content cached as much as possible, sometimes you need to have your cache refreshed in order to reflect changes in your content. The Views Content Cache module helps to maintain the accuracy of your cached Views pages by letting them "monitor" specified content types for changes, and thus expiring and renewing the caches for those Views to reflect the updated content.

 

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          What is The Drupal Security Shield For Contributed Modules?   
What is The Drupal Security Shield For Contributed Modules?
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David Csonka Sun, 02/05/2017 - 15:54

If you have been looking around for new Drupal contributed modules lately, or just reviewing the release versions and statuses for modules that you are using, you might have noticed a new shield icon at the bottom of the project information section.

Nicknamed the "Drupal Shield of Awesomeness" by some of the leaders of the Drupal community, this small but useful graphic is intended to help people recognize contributed modules that receive a higher level of scrutiny and support by the Drupal security team than others.

drupal-project-module-information

So, who is the Security Team? You can find more information on drupal.org, but in short the Drupal Security Team is a group of highly skilled volunteer developers and software security professionals that identify vulnerabilities in Drupal code and provide fixes.

Their public contributions come in the form of security advisories, which inform the Drupal community of issues with Drupal core and released contributed modules.

There are a lot of Drupal developers, many of whom are actively making contributed modules, so it would be difficult for the Security Team to individually vet each module out there. So the process has evolved to demonstrate to the wider community that contributed modules which have opted to promote their project to a stable release, so no longer alpha, beta, dev, etc. they can and will have their project subjected to more in-depth scrutiny. After passing, it will receive this shield icon to help identify it as a module with the backing of the Drupal Security Team's review.

Review entails a mixture of automated code analysis tests and actual review of the code by a person or persons. Considering the multitude of Drupal modules, this can be a laborious process and is all the more remarkable that the bulk of this work is done by volunteers. If you see a Drupal Security Team member at the next DrupalCon, be sure to say "thank you"!

What does this ultimately mean for the average Drupal user? Well, you can still continue using any of the other contributed modules out there, but you need to recognize that if your website is for official use by a company or organization, and is live and open to the public, you'll want to seriously consider using only modules which have this backing by the Security Team.

To be frank though, it is rarely possible to complete your Drupal website with only stable release modules, it seems like there is always that one feature that you want that needs an obscure module that is still in a "dev" state. You can do this of course, just be sure to follow the modules issue queue and stay informed about ongoing work that it may need.


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