«Notre sainte Vierge sous les eaux est un peu notre gardienne»   
Christophe, plongeur de la police, a appris son métier à la mer. Mais comme il n’y en a pas en Suisse, il se contente du Lac de Neuchâtel, où il pratique «le meilleur job du monde»   People of Switzerland est un projet multimédia des journalistes freelance Jennifer Greenland et Nora Hesse. Des personnes de toutes les villes villages et vallées de la Suisse parlent de leur vie dans les quatre langues nationales ou en anglais. Ce sont les gens qui façonnent la Suisse, chacun à sa manière. Comment se sentent-ils de vivre ici? Qu’est ce qui les inspire? leur fait peur? Et que changeraient-ils, s’il le pouvaient? swissinfo.ch présente les portraits de ces «gens de la Suisse» à intervalles réguliers, sous forme de blog vidéo. Christophe avait douze ans quand son père l’a emmené en plongée pour la première fois. «j’ai tout de suite croché», raconte-t-il. Et il a fait de sa passion un métier. Comme plongeur de la police fribourgeoise, il cherche dans les eaux du Lac de Neuchâtel des ...
          Non-Boring #Tech4Good Meetings for Nonprofits   
NetSquared organizers bring together the nonprofit technology community for face-to-face meetings ... but we all know that meetings are boring! Admit it, you sometimes dread going to those all-staff assemblies. Luckily for you, our NetSquared leaders are super creative when planning their #Tech4Good events. "Meetings" come in diverse and innovative formats like Mississauga, Canada's Geek Talk — Coffee and Convo; Pangani, Tanzania's Social Media Surgery ; and Birmingham, United Kingdom's Summer Tech for Good Social in a local pub. Join us at your local group. It will be fun — we promise! Find your closest NetSquared group Upcoming Tech for Good Events This roundup of face-to-face nonprofit tech events includes meetups from NetSquared , NTEN's Tech Clubs , and other awesome organizations. If you're holding monthly events gathering the #nptech community, let me know , and I'll include you in the next community calendar. Or, apply today to start your own NetSquared group. Africa The targets need to be linked like so: --> Jump to events in North America or go international with events in Africa and Middle East Asia and Pacific Rim Europe and United Kingdom Central and South America ## North America ## Africa ## Europe ## Asia and Pacific Rim --> North America Monday, July 3, 2017 Mississauga, Ontario: Geek Talk — Coffee and Convo Wednesday, July 5, 2017 San Francisco, California: Code for America Civic Hack Night Thursday, July 6, 2017 San Francisco, California: Tech for Good Monthly Mixer Friday, July 07, 2017 Saint Paul, Minnesota: Tips and Tools to Doll Up Your Data | Minnesota Council of Nonprofits (Free) Tuesday, July 11, 2017 Naples, Florida: How to use Technology to Communicate and Manage Volunteers Vancouver, British Columbia: Full Spectrum Civic Engagement Columbus, Ohio: Nonprofit IT Forum Boston, Massachusetts: Tech Networks of Boston Roundtable: Nonprofit Organizations, Civic Data, and Civic Faith Phoenix, Arizona: Phoenix: QuickBooks Made Easy Wednesday, July 12, 2017 Los Angeles, California: Summer Social Phoenix, Arizona: Data Management: What Nonprofits Need to Know San Francisco, California: Code for America Civic Hack Night Monday, July 17, 2017 Kitchener, Ontario: Mail Management Tuesday, July 18, 2017 Greensburg, Pennsylvania: Bagels and Bytes — Westmoreland Marietta, Georgia: Easy SEO Fixes for Your Nonprofit Jasper, Indiana: Social Media Wednesday, July 19, 2017 San Francisco, California: Code for America Civic Hack Night Portland, Oregon: QuickBooks Made Easy Thursday, July 20, 2017 Seattle, Washington: QuickBooks Made Easy Friday, July 21, 2017 San Francisco, California: Mobile Apps for Change Demo Day at the Salvation Army Monday, July 24, 2017 Nanaimo, British Columbia: "Free Money" (Microsoft Volume Licensing and Google for Nonprofits) Tuesday, July 25, 2017 Buffalo, New York: Why Nonprofits Should Use TechSoup and NetSquared Houston, Texas: Net2Houston Refresh! Wednesday, July 26, 2017 San Francisco, California: Code for America Civic Hack Night Friday, July 28, 2017 Seattle, Washington: Roundtable for New Nonprofit Executives Tuesday, August 1, 2017 Naples, Florida: Tech4Good SWFL Meeting Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania: Bagels and Bytes — Allegheny Wednesday, August 2, 2017 San Francisco, California: Code for America Civic Hack Night Phoenix, Arizona: Defining and Targeting Your Audience: Marketing for Nonprofits Thursday, August 3, 2017 Cleveland, Ohio: How to Remarket to Website Visitors via Facebook and Twitter Monday, August 7, 2017 Mississauga, Ontario: Geek Talk — Coffee and Convo Tuesday, August 8, 2017 Columbus, Ohio: Nonprofit IT Forum Ottawa, Ontario: Review Progress on Data Analysis Projects Wednesday, August 9, 2017 San Francisco, California: Code for America Civic Hack Night Los Angeles, California: Web Accessibility: Designing Inclusive User Experiences Friday, August 11, 2017 Saint Paul, Minnesota: Optimizing Your Communications for Mobile | Minnesota Council of Nonprofits (Free) Wednesday, August 16, 2017 San Francisco, California: Code for America Civic Hack Night Research Triangle Park, North Carolina: The Internet of Things: You Only Live Twice? Tuesday, August 22, 2017 Houston, Texas: Net2Houston Refresh! Wednesday, August 23, 2017 San Francisco, California: Code for America Civic Hack Night Asia and Pacific Rim Saturday, July 15, 2017 Jakarta, Indonesia: Strategy of Data Collection for Nonprofits Tuesday, August 15, 2017 Jakarta, Indonesia: YouTube for Nonprofits Africa and Middle East Saturday, July 1, 2017 Bunda, Tanzania: Microsoft Cloud Computing Monday, July 3, 2017 Beirut, Lebanon: Lebanon's Digital Big Bang — An AltCity Info Session Friday, July 7, 2017 Mukono, Uganda: Second Term 2017 Solar Mobile Computer Training Meetup for Kibiribiri Primary School Saturday, July 8, 2017 Bunda, Tanzania: Microsoft Cloud Computing Wednesday, July 12, 2017 Bamenda, Cameroon: How to Create Digital Stories Friday, July 14, 2017 Mukono, Uganda Second Term 2017 Solar Mobile Computer Training Meetup for Kibiribiri Primary School Second Term 2017 Solar Mobile Computer Training Meetup for Saint John Kaama Primary Saturday, July 15, 2017 Bunda, Tanzania: Microsoft Cloud Computing Friday, July 21, 2017 Mukono, Uganda Second Term 2017 Solar Mobile Computer Training Meetup for Kibiribiri Primary School Second Term 2017 Solar Mobile Computer Training Meetup for Saint John Kaama Primary Saturday, July 22, 2017 Bunda, Tanzania: Microsoft Cloud Computing Friday, July 28, 2017 Port Harcourt, Nigeria: Creating Apps and Other Tech Mukono, Uganda: Second Term 2017 Solar Mobile Computer Training Meetup for Saint John Kaama Primary Saturday, July 29, 2017 Bunda, Tanzania: Microsoft Cloud Computing Pangani, Tanzania: Social Media Surgery: WhatsApp for Farmers and Livestock Keepers Sunday, July 30, 2017 Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso: Monthly Meeting of Local Members Friday, August 4, 2017 Mukono, Uganda: Second Term 2017 Solar Mobile Computer Training Meetup for Kibiribiri Primary School Saturday, August 5, 2017 Bunda, Tanzania: Microsoft Cloud Computing Wednesday, August 9, 2017 Bamenda, Cameroon: How to Create Digital Stories Friday, August 11, 2017 Mukono, Uganda Second Term 2017 Solar Mobile Computer Training Meetup for Kibiribiri Primary School Second Term 2017 Solar Mobile Computer Training Meetup for Saint John Kaama Primary Saturday, August 12, 2017 Bunda, Tanzania: Microsoft Cloud Computing Friday, August 18, 2017 Mukono, Uganda Second Term 2017 Solar Mobile Computer Training Meetup for Kibiribiri Primary School Second Term 2017 Solar Mobile Computer Training Meetup for Saint John Kaama Primary Saturday, August 19, 2017 Bunda, Tanzania: Microsoft Cloud Computing Friday, August 25, 2017 Mukono, Uganda: Second Term 2017 Solar Mobile Computer Training Meetup for Kibiribiri Primary School Second Term 2017 Solar Mobile Computer Training Meetup for Saint John Kaama Primary Saturday, August 26, 2017 Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso: Monthly Meeting of Local Members Sunday, August 27, 2017 Pangani, Tanzania: Social Media Surgery: Instagram for Farmers and Livestock Keepers Europe and United Kingdom Saturday, July 1, 2017 Saint-Étienne , France: Rencontres Mondiales du Logiciel Libre 2017 Monday, July 3, 2017 Edinburgh, United Kingdom: One Digital Meetup Leith Tuesday, July 4, 2017 Saint-Étienne , France: Rencontres Professionnelles du Logiciel Libre Monday, July 10, 2017 Birmingham, United Kingdom: Data Analysis for Nonprofits Tuesday, July 11, 2017 West Bridgford, United Kingdom: User Research and Service Design — Lunch and Learn for Nottinghamshire County Council Staff Wednesday, July 12, 2017 Cambridge, United Kingdom Social Media Surgery — Hands-on Help with Social Media Tech for Good — Law and Justice Tuesday, July 18, 2017 Bath, United Kingdom: Design for All — Technology for Everyone, Accessibility, and User Experience Thursday, July 20, 2017 Milngavie, United Kingdom: One Digital Meetup Milngavie Tuesday, July 25, 2017 Renens, Switzerland: OpenLab: Visite du Fablab de Renens Dublin, Ireland: Design Thinking For Good: IBM Health Corps Tuesday, August 1, 2017 West Bridgford, United Kingdom: Organisation Design — Lunch and Learn for Nottinghamshire County Council Staff Wednesday, August 9, 2017 Cambridge, United Kingdom: Social Media Surgery — Hands-on Help with Social Media Monday, August 14, 2017 Birmingham, United Kingdom: Summer Tech for Good Social Tuesday, August 29, 2017 Paudex, Switzerland: RdV4-0.ch: 2. Objets Connectés — IoT Renens, Switzerland: OpenLab: Visite du Fablab de Renens Thursday, August 31, 2017 Edinburgh, United Kingdom: One Digital Meetup Edinburgh Image : Michele Mateus / CC BY Siobhan Aspinall with Umbrella at The Digital Nonprofit 201 : Elijah van der Giessen via Michele Mateus / CC BY-NC 2.0 --> spanhidden
          GZ-BASEL 2015 - An International Fair of Contemporary Art for Artists to Debut May 30 in Basel, Switzerland   
NewswireToday (newswire) - 2015/03/23 Oosterhout, Noord Brabant Netherlands - This international fair of contemporary art for artists is a unique presentation in Basel - Switzerland, as it has a duration of 9 days and represents a well selected conjunction of painting, photography,video, sculpture, installation art and perform
          Rhy Artist Fair - A New Artist-to-Public Fair of Contemporary Art Dates Announced   
NewswireToday (newswire) - 2015/01/13 Basel, Switzerland - Rhy Artist Fair in Basel is a trade and presentation platform, with direct contact to the public. This Art Fair is the perfect complement to the big art events in Basel in June - Rhy-Art.com
          ラクレッ, スイス Raclette, Switzerland   

ラクレッ, スイス
Raclette, Switzerland
Raclette, Schweiz
Raclette, Suisse

 

Switzerland, its cheese, its mountains, its chalets, it is this rustic universe that inspired the singer and dancer David Charles for his parody. Entitled "Racler comme Jamais", the song has been making a hit on social networks since last weekend.

 

Raclette is a semi-hard cow's milk cheese that is usually fashioned into a wheel of about 6 kg (13 lb). It is most commonly used for melting. It is also a Swiss dish based on heating the cheese and scraping off (racler) the melted part.

 

Raclette was mentioned in medieval writings, in texts from Swiss-German convents dating from as far as 1291, as a particularly nutritious meal consumed by peasants in mountainous Switzerland and Savoy (Now part of France). It was then known in the German-speaking part of Switzerland as Bratchäs, or "roasted cheese". Traditionally, Swiss cow herders used to take the cheese with them when they were moving cows to or from the pastures up in the mountains. In the evenings around the campfire, they would place the cheese next to the fire and, when it had reached the perfect softness, scrape it on top of bread. (Wikipedia)

 

 


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Have a good and see you again next week.

 

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          Clinical PM - Switzerland - Innovative Tobacco Product    
Salary: 100,000+ (GBP)
Benefits:
Location: Bulgaria, Sofia city
Company: Skills Alliance
Posted: 30 June 2017 17:58:33
Expiry: 14 July 2017 00:00:00
          Senior Clinical Research Associate   
Salary: On Application (GBP)
Benefits: Excellent, Full Benefits on Application
Location: France, Switzerland
Company: RBW Consulting
Posted: 30 June 2017 17:06:35
Expiry: 30 July 2017 16:53:31
          CLINICAL RESEARCH ASSOCIATE (CRA) - Switzerland   
Salary: Competitive (GBP)
Benefits: Excellent salary + benefits
Location: Switzerland, Switzerland
Company: PRA Health Sciences
Posted: 30 June 2017 10:11:50
Expiry: 30 July 2017 10:07:28
          The Future of Islam in Western Europe   
With the upcoming French Presidential election in France the topic of Islam in Europe has again become central to the political discourse. This is nothing new, we also saw that in the UK, in Holland, in Austria and even in Switzerland where the Muslim communities were banned – by popular referendum - from building minarets...
          Senior Clinical Project Manager/Leader - Growing Biotech - Switzerland   
Salary: Competitive (GBP)
Benefits:
Location: Switzerland,
Company: Barrington James Clinical
Posted: 30 June 2017 09:49:39
Expiry: 30 July 2017 09:46:59
          "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!"



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Revolution and Collapse

Over the next few years, during which I began my political activity, I had plenty of opportunities to analyze the causes of the collapse. In fact, addressing them in numerous public meetings large and small, I did so until I was blue in the face. Some of my conclusions simply continued thoughts that had been with me during the war and even before it had started. The rest were directly related to our defeat.

The Second Reich, as it was widely known, had been born under an auspicious star amidst the thunder of victorious battle. For that we had Bismarck to thank and, coming right after him, Chief of Staff Helmut von Moltke and Minister of War Albrecht von Roon. Nothing symbolized it as well as the Siegessäule, or Victory Column, in Berlin. Originally sixty-seven meters tall, it was wrapped entirely by captured enemy cannons. In 1939, as part of my plan to renovate the city and to turn it into Europe’s capital, I had its height increased by another seven and a half meters. I also moved it from its original site at the Königsplatz (now misnamed the Platz der Republik) near the Reichstag to the Grosser Stern. But back to the Reich. Over the first forty-three years of its existence it enjoyed immense prosperity and economic growth. Simple people, who always and everywhere form the great majority, were impressed by that prosperity as well as the evident military strength of the Reich, which was put on display on appropriate occasions.

Having done so, they attributed the sudden collapse of the structure solely to the war, which had brought so much misery to them. But this is absurd. In fact, all the collapse did was to expose weaknesses that had long existed. Chief among them were general suffrage which Germany got before England, misleadingly known as the “mother of democracies,” did. On its heels came elections and democracy. All three were non-German elements of government. Initially, they were foisted on us by the professors of 1848, who wanted nothing better than to ape the “ideals” of the French Revolution. Once established, they quickly turned into a morass of useless chatter and corruption.

Next came the failure to properly deal with the liberated provinces, Alsace and Lorraine. As a result, they never truly became an integral part of the Reich. To repeat, Wilhelm II’s foreign policy was essentially misdirected. To add insult to injury it was often weak and vacillating as well.

Finally, there was the tolerance long shown for those vile Marxist traitors, the Social Democrats. Starting long before the war and redoubling their efforts while it lasted, they did whatever they could to foment discontent and to incite the people against the army and the government. Their ability to do so was due to the government’s inability or unwillingness to rein in the press. Not that the non-socialist press was necessarily better. Only parts of it supported the government in its conduct of the war, and much of it did what it could to undermine them.

Though the war was over, the British blockade still continued. Only in the middle of 1919 was it finally lifted, enabling us to resume our imports and exports. But this happened only to a very limited extent. Partly because of carelessness in August 1914, partly because of enemy action, and partly because no new merchantmen were built during the war, we had lost almost our entire merchant navy.
Much of what we still possessed had to be given away gratis as reparations. In any case the enemy had used the war to steal our overseas markets from us. This caused production to come to a halt and unemployment to soar. The demobilization of the armies, which at the end of the war still numbered several million men, added to the problem. That’s to say nothing of the hundreds of thousands maimed and crippled men who had to be taken care of in one way or another.

Determined to avenge themselves on us, our enemies took large parts of Prussia and Silesia, which had been German for centuries, if not longer, away from the Reich. This caused hundreds of thousands of our fellow citizens, who understandably were unwilling to live under Polish (mis)rule, to leave their homes to migrate to the west, where nothing had been done to receive them. Nor did the process of drawing the borders unfold peacefully. Throughout 1919, in many places, volunteer units known variously as Freikorps, or the Black Reichswehr, fought heroically, if ultimately unsuccessfully, to retain the lands in question.

All over Germany, wherever one looked, people shivered and hungered. It goes without saying that I detest that self-appointed artist and filthy pornographer, Georg Grosz. Luckily for him, he left the country in a hurry in 1933, or else I would have had him thrown into a concentration camp! Still I must concede that many of his sketches, which show starving workers, fat, evil-looking capitalists with heaps of money, and made-up prostitutes presented a true, if one-sided and perverted, picture of reality at the time. Much later, I learned that the origins of this misery had been explored in depth by the English economist John Maynard Keynes in his booklet The Economic Consequences of the Peace (1919). He could hardly have done a better job.

Political conditions naturally reflected the economic situation. The new Social-Democratic government was unable to resist the Allied demands. So weak were the “statesmen” whom the so-called “Revolution” had brought to power that they signed the famous Kriegsschuld, war-guilt, article under which Germany assumed responsibility for the war. To be sure, history bristles with occasions when the defeated were not only despoiled but humiliated. However, the Kriegsschuld business was something new and unprecedented. Besides preparing the “legal” basis for extracting reparations, it hit straight at the nation’s soul, which, of course, was just what it had been meant to do.

Internally, the political situation was even worse. The Social Democrats, having successfully undermined public order, were unable to reimpose it. Everywhere workers, incited by their often Jewish leaders, spat on officers, tore the epaulets from their shoulders, and beat them up. So bad were conditions that many places were reduced to anarchy. That specifically included Bavaria and Munich, where I was stationed at the time and where the Jews set up a “Soviet Republic.” The stupidity of these people was truly amazing. During the few days the “Republic” lasted its foreign affairs commissar, Franz Lipp, whose record included several stays in mental hospitals, actually declared war on Switzerland. That was done, he explained, because the Swiss had refused to lend him sixty locomotives! At one point I myself, rifle in hand, had to chase away three scoundrels who had come to arrest me in my quarters.

In the end the Reichswehr, assisted by Freikorps units, re-took Munich and exacted a well-deserved vengeance. Eugene Leviné, the Jewish Communist who had led the uprising, was killed. Not so his uncouth right-hand man and fellow Jew, Erich Mühsam. He was arrested, tried, and sentenced to fifteen years in prison. But he did not have to stay there for long; in 1924 an amnesty was granted, and he was released. After the Reichstagbrand on 28 February 1933, I had him arrested and sent to a concentration camp where the boys, seeking their revenge, saw to it that he would expire. Good! As these two gentlemen illustrate so nicely, behind each and every one of these problems stood the Jews.
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The Industrial Control Systems (ICS) security market is expected to grow from USD 10.24 Billion in 2017 to USD 13.88 Billion by 2022, at a Compound Annual Growth Rate (CAGR) of 6.3%. The major vendors in the ICS security market include ABB Ltd. (Zurich, Switzerland), AO Kaspersky Lab (Moscow, Russia), BAE Systems, Inc. (Farnborough, UK), Bayshore Networks (Maryland, US), Belden Inc. (Missouri, US), Carbon Black, Inc. (Massachusetts, US), Check Point Software Technologies Ltd. (Tel Aviv, Israel), Cisco Systems, Inc. (California, US), Claroty (New York, US), CyberArk Software Ltd (Massachusetts, US), FirEye, Inc. (California, US), Fortinet, Inc. (California, US), General Electric Company (Massachusetts, US), Honeywell International Inc. (New Jersey,US), IBM Corporation (New York, US), Indegy (New York City, US), McAfee LLC (California, US), Nozomi Networks (California, US), Raytheon Company (Massachusetts, US), Rockwell Automation, Inc. (Wisconsin, US), Schneider Electrics (Rueil-Malmaison, France), SecurityMatters (Virginia, US), Siemens AG (Munich, Germany), Symantec Corporation (California, US), and Trend Micro (Tokyo, Japan)....
          HVDC Transmission Market by Component (Convertor Stations, Transmission Cables, and Others), Technology (CCC, VSC, LCC, and UHVDC), Project Type, Power Rating, Application, and Geography - Global Forecast to 2023..., Market Research Report: MarketsandMarkets   
The HVDC transmission market was valued at USD 6.79 Billion in 2016 and is expected to reach USD 11.52 Billion by 2023, at a CAGR of 7.31% during the forecast period. Many countries are focusing on innovations and expansions in the existing projects. This factor would increase the demand for HVDC transmission systems in the coming years. Major players operating in the HVDC transmission market are ABB Ltd. (Switzerland), Siemens AG (Germany), General Electric Co. (US), Toshiba Corporation (Japan), and Mitsubishi Electric Corporation (Japan)....
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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)

 


          7/1/2017: OBITUARIES: Accused of taking kickbacks   

In 2013, Hein Verbruggen hand- delivered a batch of letters to the Lausanne Palace hotel in Switzerland, where the 15 highest-ranked members of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) were holding a meeting. The letters contained an emphatic denial...
          New comment on GeekList April showers bring May flowers - Thank You list   

by Teatabletopper

GalaGalaxia wrote:

Teatabletopper wrote:

mmpoole wrote:

I like this smaller exchange more than the bigger one at Christmas time. Nice to know many of the people.


I've not done anything like this before but knowing people was definitely a big plus for me


"What are some pros about living in Switzerland?"
"Well, the flag is a big plus ..."


A bit embarrassed to say, but this gave me a chuckle
          New comment on GeekList April showers bring May flowers - Thank You list   

by GalaGalaxia

Teatabletopper wrote:

mmpoole wrote:

I like this smaller exchange more than the bigger one at Christmas time. Nice to know many of the people.


I've not done anything like this before but knowing people was definitely a big plus for me


"What are some pros about living in Switzerland?"
"Well, the flag is a big plus ..."
          Another year of Clojure   

Clojure at paper.li

I’ve been involved with clojure almost exclusively for a year as smallriver’s lead architect, working on the paper.li product and wanted to share my experience of clojure in the real world.

I had a previous experience with clojure where I put it to work where ruby on rails wasn’t a natural fit, and although smallrivers is a close neighbor of typesafe in Switzerland, my previous experience with the language made it prevail on scala.

Why clojure ?

While working on the backend architecture at a previous company I decided to evaluate three languages which met the needs I was faced with:

  • erlang
  • scala
  • clojure

I decided to tackle the same simple task in all three languages and see how each would fare and how I felt about them. The company’s language at that time was Ruby and JS, and coming from a C background, I wanted a language which provided simplicity, good data structure support and concurrency features, while allowing us to still code quickly.

While naturally drawn to Erlang, I quickly had to set it apart because the stack that was starting to emerge at the time had JVM based parts and would benefit greatly from a language targetting the JVM. I was a bit bummed because some tools in the erlang world were very exciting and the lightweight actors were interesting for a part of our stack.

Scala made a very strong first impression on me, but in practice I was taken aback by some aspects of it: the lack of coherency of open source projects found on the net in terms of style, which made it hard to see which best practices and guidelines would have to be taught to the team, some of the code I found was almost reminiscent of perl a few year back, in the potential it had to become unmaintainable some time later. The standard build tool - SBT - also made a very weak impression. It seemed to be a clear step back from maven which given the fact that maven isn’t a first class citizen in the scala world seemed worrying.

Clojure took the cake, in part because it clicked with the lisper in me, in part because the common idioms that emerged from the code I read bore a lot of similarity with the way we approached ruby. The dynamic typing promised succinct code and the notation for vectors, maps and sets hugely improved the readability of lisp - look at how hashes work in emacs lisp if you want to know what i mean. I was very excited about dosync and a bit worried by the lack of leightweight erlang style actors even though I could see how agent’s could help in that regard. As I’ll point out later on, we ended up not using these features at all anyhow.

The task at hand

When I joined Smallrivers to work on paper.li, it became natural to choose clojure. The team was small and I felt comfortable with it. There was a huge amount of work which needed to be started quickly so a “full-stack” language was necessary to avoid spreading across too many languages and technologies, and another investigation in how the other languages had evolved in the meantime was not possible. The main challenges to tackle were:

  • Being able to aggregate more content
  • Improve the quality of the processing done on content
  • Scaling the storage cluster accordingly
  • Automate the infrastructure

The “hiring” problem

One thing that always pops up in discussions about somewhat marginal languages is the hiring aspect, and the fear that you won’t be able to find people if you “lock” yourself in a language decision that strays from the usual suspects. My experience is that when you tackle big problems, that go beyond simple execution but require actual strong engineers, hiring will be a problem, there’s just no way around it. Choosing people that fit your development culture and see themselves fit to tackle big problems is a long process, integrating them is also time consuming. In that picture, the chosen language isn’t a huge deciding factor.

I see marginal languages as a problem in the following organisations:

  • Companies tackling smaller problems, or problems already solved. These are right in choosing standard languages, if I built a team to build an e-commerce site I wouldn’t go to clojure.
  • Larger companies which want their employees to jump from project to project, which makes sense from a managerial standpoint.

What we built

The bulk of what was done revolves around these functional items:

  • A platform automation tool, built on top of pallet.
  • Clojure facades for the tools relied upon (elastic search, cassandra, redis, kafka).
  • An ORM-type layer on top of cassandra
  • Our backend pipelines
  • A REST API

I won’t go in too much detail on our in-house code, but rather reflect on how things went over.

Coding style and programming “culture”

One of the advantages of lisp, is that it doesn’t have much syntax to go around, so our rules stay simple:

  • the standard 2 space indent
  • we try to stick to 80 columns, because i’m that old
  • we always use require except for: clojure.tools.logging and pallet.thread-expr which are use’d
  • we avoid macros whenever possible
  • we use dynamically rebindable symbols

Of course we embraced non mutable state everywhere possible, which in our case is almost everywhere. Whenever we need to checkpoint state, it usually goes to our storage layer, not to in memory variables.

When compared to languages such as C, I was amazed at how little rules are needed to enforce a consistent code look across projects, with very little time needed to dive into a part written by someone else.

The tools

  1. Local environment

    We didn’t settle on a unique tool-suite at the office, when picking up clojure I made the move from vim to emacs because the integration is better and I fell in love with paredit. Spread amongst the rest of team, textmate, eclipse and intellij were used.

    For building projects, leiningen was an obvious choice. I think leiningen is a great poster child for the greatest in clojure. A small and intelligent facade on top of maven, hiding all the annoying part of maven while keeping the nice distribution part.

    For continuous integration, we wrote a small bridge between leiningen and zi lein-zi which outputs pom.xml for maven, which are then used to build the clojure projects. We still hope to find some time to write a leiningen plugin for jenkins.

  2. Asynchronous programming

    Since a good part of what paper.li does relies on aggregation, async programming is very important. In the pure clojure world, the only real choice for async programming is lamina and aleph. To be honest, aleph turned out to be quite the challenge, a combination of the amount of outbound connections that our work requires and the fact that aleph seems to initially target servers more than clients.

    Fortunately Zach Tellman put a lot of work into the library throughout last year and recent releases are more reliable. One very nice side effect of using a lisp to work with evented code is how readable code becomes, by retaining a sync like look.

    For some parts we still would directly go to a smaller netty facade if we were to start over, but that’s a direct consequence of how much we learned along the way.

  3. Libraries not frameworks

    A common mantra in the clojure development community is that to ease integration the focus should be on libraries, not frameworks. This shows in many widespread projects such as compojure, pallet, and a host of common clojure tools. This proved very useful to us as clients of these libraries, allowing easy composition. I think pallet stands out most in that regard. Where most configuration management solutions offer a complete framework, pallet is just a library offering machine provisioning, configuration and command and control, which allowed us to integrate it with our app and build our abstractions on top of it.

    We tried to stick to that mantra in all of our work, building many small composable libraries, we made some errors at the beginning, by underutilizing some of clojure features, such as protocols but we now have good dynamics for writing these libraries, by writing the core of them with as little dependencies as possible, describing the behavior through protocols, and then writing add-ons which bring in additional dependencies and implement the protocol.

  4. Macros and DSLs

    Another common mantra is to avoid overusing macros. It can’t be overstated how easy they make things though, our entity description library (which we should really prep up for public release, we’ve been talking about it for too long now) allows statements such as these (simplified):

    (defentity :contributors
      (column :identifier (primary-key))
      (column :type (required))
      (column :name)
      (column :screen_name (index))
      (column :description)
      (column :detail (type :compound))
    
      (column :user_url)
      (column :avatar_url)
      (column :statuses_count (type :number))
    
      (has-many :articles)
      (has-many :editions (referenced false) (ttl 172800))
      (has-many :posts (key (timestamp :published_at)) (referenced false)))
    

    The power of DSLs in clojure cannot be understated, with a few macros you can easily build full languages, allowing easy extending of the functionality. Case in point, extracting text from articles, like most people we rely on a generic readability type library, but we also need to handle some sites that need special handling. By using a small DSL you can easily push rules that look like (simplified):

    (defsiterule "some.obscure.site"
       [dom]
       (-> dom
           (pull "#stupid-article-id")))
    

    The great part is that you limit the knowledge to be transfered over to people writing the rules, you avoid intrusive changes to the core of your app and these can safely be pulled from an external location.

    At the end of the day, it seems to me as though the part of the clojure community that came from CL had awful memories of macros making code unreadable, but when sticking to macros with a common look and feel, i.e: with-<resource>, def<resource> type macros, there are huge succintness take aways without hindering readability or maintenance of the code.

  5. Testing

    Every respectable codebase is going to need at least a few test. I’m of the pragmatist church, and straight out do not believe in TDD, neither in crazy coverage ratios. Of course we still have a more that 95% unit test coverage and the decoupled approach preached by clojure’s original developer, rich hickey1 allows for very isolated testing. For cases that require mocking, midge provides a nice framework and using it has created very fruitful throughout our code.

  6. Concurrency, Immutable State and Data Handling

    Funnily, we ended up almost never using any concurrency feature, not a single dosync made it in our codebase, few atom’s and a single agent (in https://github.com/pyr/clj-statsd to avoid recreating a Socket object for each datagram sent). We also banned future usage to more closely control our thread pools. Our usage of atom’s is almost exclusively bound to things that are write once / read many, in some cases we’d be better off with rebindable dynamic symbols.

    We rely on immutable state heavily though, and by heavily I actually mean exclusively. This never was a problem across the many lines of code we wrote, and helped us keep a sane and decoupled code base.

    With facades allowing to represent database fields, queue entries, and almost anything as standard clojure data structures and with powerful functions to work on them, complex handling of a large amount of data is very easily expressed. For this we fell in love with several tools which made things even easier:

    • the threading operators -> and ->>
    • the pallet thread-expr library which brings branching in threaded operations: for->, when->, and so on
    • assoc-in, update-in, seq-utils/index-by and all these functions which allow easy transformation of data structs and retain a procedural look

    I cannot stress how helpful this has been for us in doing the important part of our code right and in a simple manner. This is clearly the best aspect of clojure as far as I’m concerned.

    Moreover, building on top of Java and with the current focus on “Big Data” everywhere, the interaction with large stores and tools to help building batch jobs are simply amazing, especially cascalog.

  7. The case of Clojurescript

    While very exciting we did not have a use for clojurescript, given the size of the existing JS codebase, and the willingness of the frontend developers to stick to a known.

    The simple existence of the project amazes me, especially with the promise of more runtimes, there are various implementations on top of lua, python and gambit (a scheme that compiles to C). With projects like cascalog, pallet, lein, compojure, noir and clojurescript, the ecosystem addresses all parts of almost any stack that you will be tempted to build and we didn’t encounter cases of feeling cornered by the use of clojure - admiteddly, most of the time, a Java library came to the rescue.

  8. The community

    The community is very active, and has not reach critical mass yet, which makes its mailing-list and irc room still usable. There are many influent public figures, some who bring insight, some who bring beautiful code. Most are very open and available to discussion which shaped our approach of the language and our way of coding along the way.

Closing words

It’s been an exciting year and we’re now a full fledged 80% clojure shop. I’m very happy with the result, more so with the journey. I’m sure we could have achieved with other languages as well. As transpires throughout the article, the whole team feels that should we start over, we would do it in clojure again.

It helped us go fast, adapt fast and didn’t hinder us in any way. The language seems to have a bright future ahead of it which is reassuring. I would encourage people coming from python and ruby to consider it as a transition language or as their JVM targetting language, since many habits are still valid in clojure and since it helps slightly change the way we look at problems which can then be reapplied in more “traditional” languages.


  1. Rich hickey’s talk simple made easy and his coining of the term “complecting” illustrates that http://www.infoq.com/presentations/Simple-Made-Easy

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          #Switzerland – Brutal attack in #Lucerne: Noah (17) because of beatings from 15 young #migrants almost blind!   
🆘‼️😬🔥 #Switzerland – Brutal attack in Lucerne: Noah (17) because of beatings from 15 young migrants almost blind! https://t.co/iB4hHfagZm — Onlinemagazin (@OnlineMagazin) June 29, 2017 * * * PayPal: Donate in USD PayPal: Donate in EUR PayPal: Donate in GBP
          Merck expands biotech capacities   
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Merck inaugurated a new packaging building at its biotech manufacturing site of Aubonne, Switzerland. The inauguration ceremony was attended by Merck’s Chairman of the Executive Board and CEO Stefan Oschmann, as well as personalities from the local political, economic and scientific scene. “This sta...
          Kite power—latest in green technology?   
  Geneva, Switzerland, is known for many things. It is the birthplace of the International Red Cross and the Geneva Conventions, and home to more than 270 nongovernmental organizations, and tens of thousands of intergovernmental meetings and diplomatic treaty negotiations. It is also host to an enormous amount of steady, powerful winds that come off […]
          This Machine Sucks CO2 Out Of The Air – Will It Save Us? – Redacted Tonight   

Here’s the good news: Scientists in Switzerland invented a machine to suck poisonous carbon dioxide emissions out of the air! Here’s the bad news: We’ll need hundreds of THOUSANDS of them to even make a fraction of a dent in the emissions literally choking the world’s population into an early death. While advances in life-saving

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          Auddict United Strings of Europe First Violins KONTAKT | 12.2 GB |   
Auddict United Strings of Europe First Violins KONTAKT FANTASTiC | June 14 2017 | 12.2 GB Auddict teamed up with the "United Strings of Europe", a London-based string orchestra, to create THE flagship string library. We are extremely proud to present the UNITED STRINGS OF EUROPE. This astounding library has what we believe to be the most realistic string legato sampled and programmed to this date, recorded at the world-famous "Cadogan Hall" in London. Thanks to the USE musicians' pristine and flawlessly crafted sound, we have captured the most delicate, to the most gargantuan of string sounds for this library, which blends superbly well in a mix due to the fantastic acoustic of this concert hall. These are the perfect strings for your next score/track; you need look no further... ABOUT THE UNITED STRINGS OF EUROPE The United Strings of Europe is a London-based ensemble made up of young professionals from across the European Union and Switzerland with the goal of promoting musical and cultural cooperation at the highest level. The ensemble is gaining recognition for its exciting performances in Switzerland, France, Lebanon and the UK. With several world premieres of works by Hristic, Marinkovic and Winkler, the ensemble has collaborated with a number of distinguished artists including Hildegarde Fesneau, Marc Benzekri, Mateja Marinkovic, Jack Liebeck, Walter Delahunt and Ljubisa Jovanovic. First Violins Below are the specs of the first violins. On the 26th May, an update was released, to include greater control over legato modes (volume and length), as well as routing mic positions to outputs, spot mic pan pots, staccato ADSR, soft/hard sustain attack control and much more... If you purchased before the 26th May, and haven't received a notification about the update, drop us an e-mail at updates@auddict.com requesting your update. •Over 12GB of content in the "First Violins" ALONE •SEVEN microphone positions replicating a film scoring setup, so you can craft your own sound to taste. Separate desk spot mics can be used to simulate divisi. •Recorded at the world-renowned Cadogan Hall •Over 22,000 samples+ •Multiple TRUE LEGATO sets including normal and portamento, at different dynamics (cross-fade-able with MIDI CC1) •7RR Staccato, Pizzicato and Sautille multiplied by multiple dynamic layers •Tremolo, Harmonics and Trills Homepage http://auddict.com/use.html DOWNLOAD: http://nitroflare.com/view/0D37927CEDC14EF/Strings._Europe.First.Violins.part01.rar http://nitroflare.com/view/EBDB78C996E6E9A/Strings._Europe.First.Violins.part02.rar http://nitroflare.com/view/E724D736315D01B/Strings._Europe.First.Violins.part03.rar http://nitroflare.com/view/E2ABDDCF08B4C69/Strings._Europe.First.Violins.part04.rar http://nitroflare.com/view/29F1F6CD444EF36/Strings._Europe.First.Violins.part05.rar http://nitroflare.com/view/FBCB33782A459CC/Strings._Europe.First.Violins.part06.rar http://nitroflare.com/view/3C3393ED9E0FB93/Strings._Europe.First.Violins.part07.rar http://nitroflare.com/view/288A48A3AF2304F/Strings._Europe.First.Violins.part08.rar http://nitroflare.com/view/529D15DB5905B8D/Strings._Europe.First.Violins.part09.rar http://nitroflare.com/view/149BFD66DC79BA8/Strings._Europe.First.Violins.part10.rar http://nitroflare.com/view/CAEEB81DCA14A82/Strings._Europe.First.Violins.part11.rar http://nitroflare.com/view/E8D5960F5C67A4F/Strings._Europe.First.Violins.part12.rar http://nitroflare.com/view/15B3485B87F51AA/Strings._Europe.First.Violins.part13.rar
          Grand Duchess Supports Survivors of Wartime Sexual Assault   
All photos: Mukwege Foundation / Jeppe Schilder
Grand Duchess Maria Teresa visited Geneva, Switzerland, yesterday where she was among the guests for an exhibition by women who survived wartime sexual assault. The exhibition is organised together by Foundation of Dr. Denis Mukwege, a Congolese gynecologist who specialises in the treatment of women who have been gang-raped or suffered other wartime sexual assault during the ongoing violent conflict in the Democratic Republic of Congo, and the Fondation du Grand-Duc et de la Grand-Duchesse
The Grand Duchess used the occasion to announce the holding of an international symposium in Luxembourg for survivors of wartime sexuael violence on March 8, 2019. Wartime sexual violence is rape or other forms of sexual violence committed by combatants during armed conflict or war or military occupation often as spoils of war; not only but oftentimes in ethnic conflict. 
Dr. Denis Mukwege has dedicated his life to defending, supporting and assisting female survivors of rape. He spends 18 hours a day doing operations to repair the horrific physical damage caused by gang-rape. 
Each month the Panzi Hospital founded by Dr. Mukwege admits more than 400 patients and he is one of only a few doctors qualified to preform the delicate and complex surgeries required to repair vaginal tears and vaginal fistulas that result from these violent assaults. His hospital has provided over 4,000 free surgeries just to treat fistula. These circumstances have led to Dr. Mukwege becoming the world's leading expert on repairing the internal trauma caused by gang-rape and sexual assaults.
The Geneva exhibition is the result of a reflection process initiated by about twenty women who suffered sexual violence from 15 different countries. They met for the first time in Switzerland to initiate a movement in order to work for the fighting and long-term prevention of rape committed during armed conflicts. 
"It is through initiatives like this that women can strengthen their influence and visibility in the prevention of of violence. Together these women are a formidable force that will not be stopped", the Grand Duchess said.
The Grand Duchess has been a supporter of the cause and Dr. Denis Mukwege for a few years no having met him in both 2016 and earlier this year, among others.

          Watches-and-diamonds.com Blog Tracks Jewelry Trends   


If you’re looking for more information on the latest jewelry trends, check out the blog at Watches-and-diamonds.com ‘s web site, www.watches-and-diamonds.com. I love to read fashion blogs online, and this blog from the number one watch retailer on the web is quickly becoming one of my favorites for news on jewelry trends. It has a great variety. I’m always surprised to see how much I can learn about watches on their web site at www.watches-and-diamonds.com/blog.  Today, they have a great feature on the Odis Bob Dylan watch, which I know my Dad would just love for his birthday. The classic but rustic watch really captures the style of Bob Dylan’s American tomboy look.

The blog also always features new advertising campaigns for watches, and it has articles on watches that sell at auction, or remarkable watches like a recent $5 million watch that is on display in Basel, Switzerland. According to the Watches-and-diamonds.com blog, the watch is for display only. The blog also helps to explain special features on watches. It’s a great resource if you are wondering what all those knobs and dials on your new watch are for! It can also help you plan your next jewelry purchase to make sure you get the most for your investment.

The blog is written by the team of experts at Watches-and-diamonds.com. After catching up on the blog, I always click over to their retail site at www.watches-and-diamonds.com to see what’s new or on sale. Watches-and-diamonds.com is an international company that curates a finely edited collection of watches. They have watches from around the world at surprisingly great prices! I’m always impressed to see how well they can beat department store prices. Check out the blog and the retail site next time you are looking for a watch or just a good read online.
          How Watches-and-diamonds.com Scouts Select Watches   


Watches-and-diamonds.com has a huge selection of over 1,000 new watches from 35 designers. It has certain classic watches that are always available, but much of its inventory also shifts depending on trends and what is available from watchmakers. They have watches at a range of prices, and you can find pieces from the most classic to the most avant-garde. You can see the entire collection of men’s and women’s watches at www.watches-and-diamonds.com. Shlomo Lustig, President of Watches-and-diamonds.com, is in charge of the company’s collection. He travels the world looking at promising new designs and selecting pieces for sale on the website. 

However, he can’t choose all of the pieces himself, since he is often needed at the main Watches-and-diamonds.com office in Birmingham, UK, or its sister office in Dallas, Texas. When he can’t travel personally, Shlomo Lustig relies on trained scouts to make recommendations for which watches Watches-and-diamonds.com should purchase for resale.

How do the Watches-and-diamonds.com scouts select new watches? They start by reading up on the year’s fashion trends, particularly as they relate to jewelry. It is important for scouts to anticipate what Watches-and-diamonds.com customers will be looking for as they shop. Then, they visit watchmakers. They have established relationships with some major brands, but they also look for smaller manufacturers who might have a great product with less exposure. For example, they often visit small watch shops in Switzerland to look for watches that they could help market to an international audience. When scouts find a piece that is appealing in terms of style, they consider value and quality. They only purchase watches that will last for several years, because they know that their customers want a high-quality watch. Watches-and-diamonds.com scouts are also trained in pricing watches, so they know when a watch is priced correctly.

          Pensions Timebomb In America – "Global Crisis” Cometh   

Pensions Timebomb - Pensions "Are Going To Be A National Crisis"

- America’s underfunded pension system is “not a distant concern but a system already in crisis”...

- Tax may explode as governments seek to bail out insolvent pension plans

- Illinois, California, New Jersey, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Kentucky and eight other states vulnerable

- The simple mathematical mismatch at the heart of the pension crisis...

- Why the pension crisis really is “America’s silent crisis”...

- Pensions timebomb confronts Ireland, UK and most EU countries


By Brian Maher, Managing editor, The Daily Reckoning

"This is going to be a national crisis..."

“This” being America’s woefully underfunded pension liabilities, according to Karen Friedman. She’s the executive vice president of the Pension Rights Center.

(A place called the Pension Rights Center does in fact exist. We checked.)

MarketWatch columnist Jeff Reeves howls in confirmation that “collapsing pensions will fuel America’s next financial crisis.”

“This is not a distant concern,” warns he, “but a system already in crisis.”

According to data supplied by the Federal Reserve, pensions — public and private combined — were roughly 27% underfunded at the end of last year.

By some estimates, America’s public pensions alone are sunk in a $6 trillion abyss.

The issue, approached from any direction, is an impossible knot… a tar pit… a minotaur’s maze of blind alleys and dead ends.

How has the American pension come to such an estate?

Most public pension systems were built upon the sunny assumption that their investments will yield a handsome 7.5% annual return.

But consider…

The average public pension plan returned just 1.5% last year.

Last year marked the second consecutive year that plans undershot the 7.5% return rate, according to Governing magazine.

The same plans worked an average gain of 2–4% in 2015.

A highly technical term describes the foregoing if it goes on long enough... and we apologize if it sends you to the dictionary:

Insolvency.

Briefly turn your attention to the Golden State, for example. California.

State pensions are only in funds to meet 65% of their promised benefits.

And California pins its hopes on that golden annual 7.5% return to make the shortage good.

But it’s in a devil of a fine fix if the average public pension plan only returns 1.5%.

The math is the math.

California essentially depends on returns 400% above the norm, according to financial analyst Larry Edelson.

But California is by no means alone.

We won’t run the entire roll call of shame.

But the great state of Illinois, for one, risks sinking into a $130 billion "death spiral" from its unfunded pension liabilities, as Ted Dabrowski of the Illinois Policy Institute described it.

S&P Global Ratings has even threatened to downgrade the state's credit score to "junk" status.

New Jersey, Connecticut, Massachusetts and Kentucky are also among the worst deadbeats.

But the problems run from ocean to ocean and south to north.

A report from Moody’s reads thus:

For many states and municipalities, exposure to unfunded pension liabilities is already at or near all-time highs. Since cost burdens are already expected to further increase, pension fund investment performance is critical for the credit quality of many governments.

Not even a "best case" cumulative 25% investment return on public pension plans would stanch the blood flow, according to Moody’s.

They say that best-case 25% would merely reduce pension liabilities a slender 1% through 2019 due to weak contributions and poor past investment returns.

“But I don’t have a pension,” comes your response. “This doesn’t concern me.”

Ah, but have another guess — at least if you swear off your taxes in these United States.

Is it your belief that governments will let their prized public pension plans flop?

There are votes to consider, after all.

Jilted pensioners are capable of generating a good deal of hullabaloo, hullabaloo to which the official ear is exquisitely attuned.

Besides, do you think kind Uncle Samuel will turn the politically strategic states of California and Illinois out on their ears?

As our resident income specialist Zach Scheidt argues:

Your tax bill could explode as governments around the country seek to bail out insolvent pension plans. And you know how much politicians like to use your tax money to bail out some constituent. They like to prove their “compassion” with your money!

“Expect to pay higher state and local taxes for fewer services in the years to come,” adds Larry Edelson, before mentioned.

And:

“Don’t be surprised if authorities of all shapes and sizes — from local governments to national agencies — up the ante to get ahold of your assets any way they can.”

We would have to agree. You shouldn’t be surprised in the least.

And we can scarcely imagine the holy hell that would follow another financial crisis.

Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner warns the state’s pension crisis is driving his beloved Land of Lincoln into "banana republic" territory.

But we suspect the good governor’s mouth ran away with him here...

Can you imagine comparing the venerable, eminently worthy banana republic... to Illinois?

The pension crisis is truly “America’s silent crisis” and indeed the world's silent crisis.

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          Israel, American Jewry and Trump's GOP   

Earlier this month Norway, Denmark and Switzerland did something surprising.

Norway announced that it was demanding the return of its money from the Palestinian Human Rights and Humanitarian Law Secretariat, for the latter's funding of a Palestinian women's group that built a youth center near Nablus named for PLO mass murderer Dalal Mughrabi.

Denmark followed, announcing it was cutting off all funding to the group.

And last week, the Swiss parliament passed a resolution directing the government to amend Swiss law to block funding of NGOs "involved in racist, antisemitic or hate incitement actions."

For years, the Israeli government has been urging these and other European governments to stop funding such groups, to no avail. What explains their abrupt change of heart?

In two words: Donald Trump.

For years, the Obama administration quietly encouraged the Europeans to fund these groups and to ratchet up their anti-Israel positions. Doing so, the former administration believed, would coerce Israel to make concessions to the PLO.

But now, Trump and his advisers are delivering the opposite message. And, as the actions by Denmark, Norway and Switzerland show, the new message is beginning to be received.

If the US administration keeps moving forward on this trajectory, it can do far more than suspend funding for one terrorism-supporting Palestinian NGO. It can shut down the entire BDS industry before Trump finishes his current term in office.

To understand what can and ought to be done, it is first important to understand the nature of the BDS movement. Under the catchphrase BDS, two separate campaigns against Israel and against Jews are being carried out.

The first BDS campaign is a campaign of economic warfare. The focal point of that campaign is Europe. The purpose of the campaign is to harm Israel's economy by enacting discriminatory, anti-Israel trade policies and encouraging unofficial consumer and business boycotts of Israeli firms and products.

The US Congress can end this economic war against Israel by passing laws penalizing European states for engaging in trade practices that breach the World Trade Organization treaties. The US Treasury Department can also push strongly and effectively for such an end in its trade negotiations with the EU. The Treasury Department can also investigate whether and how EU trade practices toward Israel constitute unlawful barriers to trade.

Unlike the situation in Europe, where the BDS economic war against Israel is fairly advanced, efforts in the US to mount economic boycotts of Israel hit an iceberg early on due to the swift preemptive actions taken by state legislatures.

In 2015, then-South Carolina governor Nikki Haley became the first governor to sign a law barring her state government from doing business or investing in companies that boycott Israel. Last week Kansas became the 21st US state to pass an anti-BDS law along the same lines. Last month, all 50 state governors declared opposition to BDS.

The second BDS campaign being carried out against Israel is a form of political and social warfare.

Its epicenter is US academia. Its purpose is to erode US support for Israel, by making it politically unacceptable and socially devastating to publicly voice support for Israel on college campuses and more generally in leftist circles.

As is the case with the economic BDS campaign, the best way to defeat political BDS is through state and federal government action. If state and federal governments withheld funding to universities and colleges that permit BDS groups to operate on their campuses, campus administrators, who to date have refused to lift a finger against these hate groups, would be forced into action.

If the US Education and Justice departments opened civil rights investigations against major BDS groups for antisemitic bigotry, campus administrators would finally begin banning them from their campuses.

For many Israelis, the notion that defeating BDS is a job for the US government rather than for grassroots, American Jewish activists, will come as a surprise.

When Israelis think about the BDS movement, they tend to think that the American Jewish community is the place to turn for assistance.

This is not merely incorrect.

As two studies published in the last few weeks show, the notion that Israel can look to the American Jewish community for help with anything is becoming increasingly dubious.

To be sure, there are several American Jewish groups that devote massive resources to combating BDS on campuses. But their actions are tactical.

They fight specific BDS resolutions coming to votes before student councils. They train pro-Israel students to defend Israel to their peers.

While helpful, none of these actions constitutes a serious challenge to the movement.

On a strategic level, the effective moves made to date against BDS have been initiated by Republicans.

Alan Clemmons, the South Carolina lawmaker who initiated the anti-BDS bill in his statehouse and has since gone on to spearhead the state government anti-BDS drive nationally, is a Christian Zionist.

Clemmons didn't act out of concern for South Carolinian Jews. The Jewish community of South Carolina numbers a mere 20,000 members. The state-by-state anti-economic BDS campaign is neither the brainchild of any major Jewish group nor the product of their efforts.

So, too, to the extent that the Trump administration and the Republican-controlled Congress take action to defeat BDS on campuses and in Europe, they won't be answering the call of their Jewish constituents. American Jews vote overwhelmingly for the increasingly anti-Israel Democratic Party. And while making up a mere 2% of the US population, American Jews contributed 50% of the donations to the Democratic Party in the 2016 elections.

This then brings us to the two studies of the American Jewish community and its future trajectory.

The first study was published by the Jewish Agency's Jewish People Policy Institute. It analyzes the data from the 2013 Pew survey of American Jewish attitudes. The Pew survey demonstrated that the Jewish identity of American Jews is growing increasingly attenuated and superficial.

Famously, the study noted that while 19% of American Jews said that they view observance of Jewish law as an essential part of their Jewish identity, 42% said they viewed having a good sense of humor as an essential part of their Jewish identity.

The JPPI study analyzed the Pew data regarding rates of marriage and childbearing among American Jews aged 24-54. The study started with the data on intermarriage. Sixty percent of non-haredi American Jews are married to non-Jews. A mere 32% of married American Jews are raising their children as Jewish to some degree.

From there, the JPPI study considered marriage and childbirth rates in general. It works out that a mere 50% of American Jews between 24 and 54 are married. And a mere 40% of American Jews between those ages have children living with them. In other words, the majority of adult American Jews are childless.

The JPPI study tells us two important things.

First, in the coming years there will be far fewer American Jews. Second, among those who are Jewish, their Jewish identity will continue to weaken.

Clearly, it would be unwise for Israel to believe that it can depend on such a community to secure its interests in the US for the long haul.

The second study shows that not only can Israel not expect the American Jewish community to help it maintain its alliance with the US. The number of American Jews willing to spearhead anti-Israel campaigns is likely to grow in the coming years.

The second study was produced by Brand Israel, a group of public relations experts that for the past decade has been trying to change the way young Americans think about Israel. The idea was to discuss aspects of Israel that have nothing to do with the Palestinians, with an emphasis on Israel as a hi-tech power. The hope was that by branding Israel as the Start-Up Nation, leftists, who support the Palestinians, would still support Israel.

Fern Oppenheim, one of the leaders of Brand Israel, presented the conclusions of an analysis of the group's work at the Herzliya Conference this week and discussed them with the media. It works out that the PR campaign backfired.

Far from inspiring increased support for Israel, Oppenheim argued that the hi-tech-centric branding campaign made leftist American Jews even more anti-Israel. She related that over the past decade, there has been an 18-point drop in support for Israel among US Jewish students.

To remedy the situation, which she referred to as "devastating," Oppenheim recommended changing the conversation from hi-tech to "shared values."

The problem with Oppenheim's recommendation is that it ignores the problem.

Young American Jews aren't turning against Israel because their values are different from Israeli values. By and large, they have the same values as Israeli society. And if they know anything about Israel, they know that their values aren't in conflict with Israeli values.

Young American Jews are turning on Israel for two reasons. First, they don't care that they are Jewish and as a consequence, see no reason to stick their necks out on Israel's behalf.

And second, due in large part to the political BDS campaign on college campuses, supporting Israel requires them to endanger or relinquish their ideological home on the Left. Since their leftist identities are far stronger than their Jewish identities, young American Jews are joining the BDS mob in increasing numbers.

This then brings us back to BDS.

The only way to diminish the groundswell of American Jews who are becoming hostile toward Israel is to defeat the forces of political BDS on campuses. To do this, Israel should turn not to the Jewish community but to evangelical Christians, the Trump administration and the Republican-controlled Congress.

As for the American Jews, Israel needs to stop viewing the community as a resource and begin to view it as a community in crisis. To this end, the most significant contribution Israel can make to the American Jewish community - particularly to non-Orthodox American Jews - is to encourage them to make aliya. Assuming that current trends will continue, the only way non-Orthodox American Jews can have faith their grandchildren will be Jewish is for a significant number of them to make aliya.

No, this won't appeal to all American Jews. But nothing Israel does will. Israel's job isn't to reach the unreachable. It is to protect its alliance with the US and to help the Jews that remain in the room. 

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A version of this piece also appeared on The Jerusalem Post.

 

 


          Could anyone end the Big 4's title streak?   

FILE - In this file photo dated Friday, June 9, 2017, Britain's Andy Murray in action against Switzerland's Stan Wawrinka during their semifinal match of the French Open tennis tournament at the Roland Garros stadium, in ... . Rafael Nadal of Spain serves a ball during a training session, at the All England Lawn Tennis Championships in Wimbledon, London, Thursday, June 29, 2017.


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          Switzerland and Chagall   
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          Security remains a stumbling block in Cyprus peace talks   

Supporters of the peace process hold placards at the beginning of a new round of the conference on Cyprus under the auspices of the United Nations, in Crans-Montana, Switzerland, Wednesday, June 28, 2017. GENEVA - Turkish proposals on how to maintain security in Cyprus if a deal reunifying the ethnically divided island nation is reached fell short of its president's expectations Wednesday.


          Ticktock as Taskmaster: A Show About Metronomes and Musical Time   
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          Snr. Officer, EU Regulatory Affairs Submissions   
Salary: 80,000 - 100,000 (GBP)
Benefits: competitive package
Location: Switzerland, Switzerland
Company: SEC Recruitment
Posted: 30 June 2017 17:28:08
Expiry: 07 July 2017 00:00:00
          Senior Clinical Research Associate   
Salary: On Application (GBP)
Benefits: Excellent, Full Benefits on Application
Location: France, Switzerland
Company: RBW Consulting
Posted: 30 June 2017 17:06:35
Expiry: 30 July 2017 16:53:31
          Senior Officer, EU Regulatory Affairs - Pharmaceuticals   
Salary: Negotiable (GBP)
Benefits:
Location: Switzerland, Neuchâtel
Company: SEC Recruitment
Posted: 30 June 2017 17:06:25
Expiry: 07 July 2017 00:00:00
          Supply Chain Planner   
Salary: Negotiable (GBP)
Benefits:
Location: Switzerland, Neuchâtel
Company: Skills Alliance
Posted: 30 June 2017 16:57:34
Expiry: 14 July 2017 00:00:00
          Freelance IT Business Analyst   
Salary: Competitive (GBP)
Benefits:
Location: Switzerland, Neuchâtel
Company: Skills Alliance
Posted: 30 June 2017 16:31:34
Expiry: 14 July 2017 00:00:00
          Head of Medical Safety & Pharmacovigilance   
Salary: Competitive (GBP)
Benefits:
Location: Switzerland, Basel, Switzerland
Company: CTC Resourcing Solutions
Posted: 30 June 2017 16:10:00
Expiry: 30 July 2017 16:04:21
          PMO - Administrative Expert   
Salary: Negotiable (GBP)
Benefits:
Location: Switzerland, Basel
Company: RM IT Professional Resources AG
Posted: 30 June 2017 16:07:52
Expiry: 07 July 2017 00:00:00
          Senior Regulatory Affairs Consultant (with IVD experience)    
Salary: Negotiable (GBP)
Benefits:
Location: Switzerland, Basel
Company: Edelway Switzerland AG
Posted: 30 June 2017 15:28:08
Expiry: 07 July 2017 00:00:00
          Accountant   
Salary: Negotiable (GBP)
Benefits:
Location: Switzerland, Fribourg
Company: RM IT Professional Resources AG
Posted: 30 June 2017 13:33:30
Expiry: 07 July 2017 00:00:00
          Analytical Expert   
Salary: Negotiable (GBP)
Benefits:
Location: Switzerland, Basel
Company: RM IT Professional Resources AG
Posted: 30 June 2017 13:28:27
Expiry: 07 July 2017 00:00:00
          Administrative Assistant 50%   
Salary: Negotiable (GBP)
Benefits:
Location: Switzerland, Basel
Company: RM IT Professional Resources AG
Posted: 30 June 2017 10:57:28
Expiry: 07 July 2017 00:00:00
          CLINICAL RESEARCH ASSOCIATE (CRA) - Switzerland   
Salary: Competitive (GBP)
Benefits: Excellent salary + benefits
Location: Switzerland, Switzerland
Company: PRA Health Sciences
Posted: 30 June 2017 10:11:50
Expiry: 30 July 2017 10:07:28
          Senior Clinical Project Manager/Leader - Growing Biotech - Switzerland   
Salary: Competitive (GBP)
Benefits:
Location: Switzerland,
Company: Barrington James Clinical
Posted: 30 June 2017 09:49:39
Expiry: 30 July 2017 09:46:59
          IT Project Manager   
Salary: Negotiable (GBP)
Benefits:
Location: Switzerland, Basel
Company: RM IT Professional Resources AG
Posted: 29 June 2017 14:20:15
Expiry: 06 July 2017 00:00:00
          Business Analyst   
Salary: Negotiable (GBP)
Benefits:
Location: Switzerland, Basel
Company: RM IT Professional Resources AG
Posted: 29 June 2017 14:17:59
Expiry: 06 July 2017 00:00:00
          Global CMC Lead - Biologics development    
Salary: Negotiable (GBP)
Benefits:
Location: Switzerland, Switzerland
Company: SEC Recruitment
Posted: 29 June 2017 12:58:35
Expiry: 06 July 2017 00:00:00
          Digital Clinical Operations Manager – Early phase / Biomarker    
Salary: Negotiable (GBP)
Benefits:
Location: Switzerland, Switzerland
Company: SEC Recruitment
Posted: 29 June 2017 11:09:15
Expiry: 06 July 2017 00:00:00
          Senior Medical Officer (Onco-Hematology)   
Salary: On Application (GBP)
Benefits: Excellent and competitive benefits
Location: England, United Kingdom,Belgium,France,Germany,Hungary,Ireland,Italy,Netherlands,Poland,Portugal,Romania,Serbia,Spain,Sweden,Switzerland,Ukraine,France - Alsace,England - Berkshire,France - Aquitaine,Franc ...
Company: Chiltern
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Expiry: 30 July 2017 00:00:00
          Clinical Project Lead   
Salary: On Application (GBP)
Benefits: Excellent, Full Benefits on Application
Location: France, Switzerland
Company: RBW Consulting
Posted: 29 June 2017 07:50:43
Expiry: 29 July 2017 07:29:59
          Europe's extreme June heat clearly linked to climate change, research shows   

Heatwaves that saw deadly forest fires in Portugal and soaring temperatures in England were made up to 10 times more likely by global warming, say scientists

Human-caused climate change dramatically increased the likelihood of the extreme heatwave that saw deadly forest fires blazing in Portugal and Spain, new research has shown.

Much of western Europe sweltered earlier in June, and the severe heat in England, France, Belgium, the Netherlands and Switzerland was also made significantly more likely by global warming. Such temperatures will become the norm by 2050, the scientists warned, unless action is taken to rapidly cut carbon emissions.

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          Montreux Jazz Festival, Where Legends Inspire Young Talents   

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          INDIANS’ MONEY IN SWISS BANKS HIT RECORD LOW OF 676 MILLION FRANCS   
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          Rare, exceptionally preserved fossil reveals lifestyle of ancient armor-plated reptile   
(University of Oxford) An exceptionally preserved fossil from the Alps in eastern Switzerland has revealed the best look so far at an armored reptile from the Middle Triassic named Eusaurosphargis dalsassoi. The fossil is extremely rare in that it contains the animal's complete skeleton, giving an Anglo-Swiss research team a very clear idea of its detailed anatomy and probable lifestyle for the first time, according to a paper published in Scientific Reports today.
          New "Welcome message" on www.galasoft.ch   

Originally posted on: http://geekswithblogs.net/lbugnion/archive/2009/01/25/new-quotwelcome-messagequot-on-www.galasoft.ch.aspx

I changed the "welcome message" on my website www.galasoft.ch and thought I would also publish it here :)

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Update: In addition to the talks listed below, I will also talk in TechDays Geneva. More details here.

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          Solange Peters elected ESMO President 2020-2021   
 ESMO, the leading European professional organisation for medical oncology announced today that the President for 2020-2021 is Professor Solange Peters, MD, PhD, head of the Medical Oncology Service, Chair of Thoracic Oncology, Oncology Department, Centre Hospitalier Universitaire Vaudois, Lausanne, Switzerland.
“I would like to sincerely thank all those who put their trust in me. As ESMO President, I will dedicate my full energy to the well-being and the future of the Society and its members, as well as continuing to promote quality cancer care for all patients,” says Peters

“ESMO should continuously strive to learn about the needs of its members in order to adapt its activities to the distinct geographical and professional realities in their regions,” says Peters. Other priorities will be education, fostering independent academic research and supporting oncologists, at all stages of their careers, to broaden their professional horizons.
Peters has long been involved in ESMO activities and is currently ESMO Executive Board Member, Women for Oncology Committee Chair, Press & Media Affairs Committee Chair and ESMO 2018 Scientific Chair, among other responsibilities.
She is active in the International Association of Lung Cancer (IASLC) where she is a Board Member. Peters is also a member of the American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) and the European Organisation for Research and Treatment of Cancer (EORTC).

Peters has served as the associate editor of ‘Lung Cancer’ and became Deputy Editor of the ‘Journal of Thoracic Oncology’ (JTO), the official journal of IASLC, in 2013. She was Editor in Chief of Cancer Treatment Communications. In addition, she acts as Associate Editor for ‘Frontiers in Pharmacology of Anti-Cancer Drugs’ and Review Editor for ‘Frontiers in Thoracic Oncology’. She is the author of numerous articles in peer-reviewed publications as well as book chapters and abstracts.
The ESMO President is elected by ESMO members, who can choose between two candidates put forward by the ESMO Nominating Committee following the recommendations from the Society’s Leadership.
“ESMO has become a global society. It needs to prioritise a greater integration of professionals from different geographic, socio-economic and ethnic backgrounds, aiming to create a vibrant community that considers relevant issues from a global perspective,” explains Peters.

“I wish to guide the Society to be the promoter of an environment where equal access to information and optimal cancer treatment is a priority, at a time when these considerations might be weakened in several specific political and economic contexts. ESMO must become the primary platform for scientific exchange, encompassing the best science in all fields of oncology. I am determined to work to achieve these objectives with the support of our members, officers and staff,” Peters concluded.

          BroadwayWorld Seeks US and Internationally Based Regional Editors   

How can I get involved as a Contributing Editor?

All applicants should have excellent writing skills and an enthusiasm for giving local theaters and productions some prominence on BroadwayWorld.com - the largest theater site on the net!

As a Contributing Editor, you will have the opportunity to review the shows of your choice, conduct interviews with local and touring talent, design features of your own choosing for publishing, and work/network with your local theater press reps to bring exposure to the theatrical offerings in your area.

Your compensation as a featured writer with us not only includes exclusive press seats to all of the shows you cover (as is standard in your area and arranged between you and the theater) but also the opportunity to be published under your own byline and publishing profile on both the local and main pages of the site for maximum exposure to our 4M+ monthly visitors!

The position offers flexible hours and the convenience of working remotely from your hometown. (**Access to New York City is NOT necessary**). There are no administrative duties associated with the contributorship. You simply see the shows, meet the talent, and write on your own time and terms! (Note that some projects require a specific publishing turnaround which you will discuss with your editor on a case-by-case basis).

To apply, or for more information, send an email to writefor@bwayworld.com


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Anchorage, Casper, Dayton, Des Moines, Fargo, Hawaii, Jackson, Montana, Sioux Falls , and Vermont.

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          Tourism fears over Ticino burka ban not realised    
A year after the canton of Ticino adopted Switzerland’s only burka ban, the fallout from that decision is much less than feared –with no let-up in tourism from Arab countries. There has even been a slight increase in guests from Arab countries – up nearly 2% for 2016 from the previous year – per Ticino’s tourism figures. And few people wear a burka in the canton, tourism officials noted; Arab tourists make up just 2% of overall guests there. The police had rare occasion to enforce the ban. For the year, they had only seven complaints about “veiling in the public area”, the cantonal government’s general secretary, Luca Filippini, told German news agency DPA. There were fewer than a dozen instances in which veiled women in Lugano and Mendrisio were asked to conform to the measures. Voters in Italian-speaking Ticino voted in favour of the ban in 2013, but the law did not come into force until July 1, 2016. It outlaws clothing that covers the face, a first in Switzerland. A ...
          Chocolate industry makes pact to improve conditions   
Switzerland’s chocolate producers have launched the Swiss Platform for Sustainable Cocoa, a joint project to bring about a more sustainable industry and better conditions for cocoa producers. Members of the new sustainable cocoa platform have set and pledged to work towards ten strategic objectives. The key target is one stipulating that by 2025, at least 80% of imported cocoa products should come from sustainable production. The project was announced by industry group Chocosuisse, the State Secretariat for Economic Affairs (SECO), and various NGOs including Swisscontact and Helvetias. Their goal, the group said in a statement, is to “promote sustainability in the cocoa business”. Long considered a pioneer in innovative approaches to chocolate production, Swiss industry says it now wants to lead the next stage of development by improving environmental and production conditions.  Tough production conditions The newly formed platform also plans to “promote dialogue between ...
          Bad winter for Swiss bee colonies   
Bee colonies in Switzerland and Liechtenstein diminished by 30% over the winter, according to a survey of 1,000 Swiss beekeepers. Published on Monday, the survey by an umbrella organization of beekeeper associations known as Apisuisse blamed the decline on a parasitic mite, insecticides and other environmental factors. It’s a trend that adds to European and American farmers’ longtime worries about the declining population of honeybees, a key crop pollinator that originated in Europe. Bees play an important role in global food production by carrying the pollen from flowering plants, but there have been widespread reports of so-called colony-collapse disorder. Only a few of the 20,000 bee species are honeybees, which are cultivated in hives. Buzz kill Among the challenges to bee farming is lack of land, spread of disease, parasites like the varroa mite and the use of fungicides, herbicides and pesticides. Over the winter more than 20% of the bee colonies were lost – of ...
          Scouting Notebook: Dani Ceballos Putting His Football to the Fore at Euro U21s   

With the notable exception of 2015, Spain have been utterly dominant in Under-21 Championships this decade. 2011 saw them defeat Switzerland 2-0 in the final; in 2013 they beat Italy 4-2; and in 2017, they enter the final against Germany as heavy, heavy favourites.

The calibre of player they've taken to this tournament has been just as remarkable as their collective performances. 2011 saw Thiago Alcantara, Juan Mata, Ander Herrera and Javi Martinez form an all-powerful midfield, while in 2013, Isco, Asier Illarramendi and Koke joined Thiago to make them even stronger.

This year a new crop have shined. In their first game of the tournament—a 5-0 demolition of Macedonia—Marco Asensio, fresh off scoring in the UEFA Champions League final, grabbed the headlines (again) with an eye-popping hat-trick.

Atletico Madrid's Saul Niguez also scored that day, and he has gone on to bag four more, including a ridiculous hat-trick against Italy in the semi-final, while Marcos Llorente has swept up at the base of midfield in a calm, collected manner.

But one man's name currently in the papers was not on the teamsheet for that opening fixture, and said man was not happy about it.

According to ESPN FC's David Cartlidge, Dani Ceballos—who you may well have seen tear Italy's entire team apart with one slinking dribble on Tuesday—was incredibly disappointed not to have been handed a key role and had to set about changing matters.

It's not the first time this season he's been left sidelined; Gus Poyet, when manager of Real Betis, inexplicably pushed him (and Chelsea loanee Charly Musonda) away from the first-team squad for periods of time before Christmas. From a footballing perspective it made no sense, as Ceballos is the most creative, talented player in that team and they battled relegation from August to April, but then, the decision to drop him may well have had nothing to do with football at all.

Despite being aged just 20, Ceballos already has a chequered past. According to Goal.com, he's made some derogatory comments in the past about different regions of Spain; insulted legendary goalkeeper Iker Casillas and his wife; told a just-relegated player that he hopes his club rots in the second division; and even sent a pro-General Franco tweet.

That's been the story of his career to date: off-field issues, distractions and mishaps coming to the fore, with the unfortunate casualty being his football. For one so young to be constantly battling back from adversity is a true shame.

Missing the starting XI against Macedonia was simply the next in a lengthy line of footballing setbacks, but Ceballos made the most of his 27 minutes off the bench against Macedonia and found himself in the starting XI against Portugal for the group's key clash.

They won, he played well, and he found himself back on the bench for the third game—only this time it was alongside Asensio and Saul, as coach Albert Celades rotated his crop ahead of the semi-finals.

Against Italy, he shot to the fore for all the right reasons. His tempo-setting midfield play, so often seen in excellent Real Betis performances this year, were key to Spain controlling the game and controlling proceedings. Saul Niguez may have scored another rocket, but that was almost overlooked due to Ceballos producing the moment of the game.

Having already nutmegged Roberto Gagliardini three times and got him sent off for two yellows earned from pure frustration, he embarked on a scintillating run, ducked between two midfielders after an outrageous fake pass sent them the wrong way, beat one more and then nutmegged another poor soul in the box to set up a shot. It left the crowd, the Twittersphere, the universe gobsmacked.

That's what Ceballos is, in pure footballing terms: An electric, exciting, dazzling, smart midfielder. If he can set aside his documented off-field issues and control his emotions, the sky's the limit for him.

That slick fake-pass move to flummox Italy is one of his specialties. He did it to Atletico Madrid last season too, fooling two of Diego Simeone's seasoned warhorses with a quick swish of the leg. In the same game, he smacked the post from distance, then went one better and powered a ridiculous volley in from outside the box after a corner had been headed clear.

But while it's easy to fall for Ceballos' highlight reel moments and simply consider him a difference-maker in the final third, that would do an injustice to his abilities in the other two.

He can drop into deeper areas and control games. For long periods against Italy he was level with Marcos Llorente in the base of midfield, playing as a No. 6 and dictating. He set Spain's rhythm and tempo, kept the ball moving and probed for weak points in Italy's formation. From there he was able to either slalom forward and beat markers or launch accurate passes into Gerard Deulofeu or Asensio.

He also put the work in defensively, tracking men back and, on a number of occasions, getting a vital foot in to dispossess just outside his own box. He won't make an elite box-to-box midfielder, nor will he try to, but the graft shown is important—particularly given the circumstances he started the tournament in, and given Barcelona's Denis Suarez is on the bench, itching to reclaim that spot in the team.

The whole world has seen Ceballos at his best during this tournament, and, as if often the case, transfer links have followed. Real Betis' president has been forced to deny reports that Real Madrid are just a step away from signing him, per Canal Sur TV (h/t ESPN's Adriana Garcia), but the fact he has a €15 million buyout clause is public knowledge and can only work against the Andalusian club.

€15 million for a player who can do what he's done this summer, at the age he is? It shouldn't just be Real Madrid interested; it should be every top club on the continent.

      

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          At long last, Germany’s bells are ringing for same-sex marriage | Andrea Woelke   
Gay couples now have the same rights as everyone else to tie the knot – and their families no longer need to feel second class

• Andrea Woelke is a solicitor specialising in family law

On Friday, the lower house of the German parliament, the Bundestag, passed a bill giving same-sex couples equal marriage rights. The bill had come from the chamber of the regions: the Bundesrat upper house. This means that later this year, the rainbow curtain of marriage equality, which currently sits along the western borders of Germany, Switzerland and Italy (ignoring Northern Ireland) will shift eastwards. Why has it taken Germany so long?

Germany has allowed registered life partnerships for same-sex couples since 2001, initially with far fewer rights than married couples enjoyed. For instance, same-sex partners couldn’t file joint tax returns, which had a negative financial impact on their day-to-day lives. Litigation and a succession of legislative changes eventually brought these rights in line, although not in the case of joint adoption.

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          BroadwayWorld Seeks US and Internationally Based Regional Editors   

How can I get involved as a Contributing Editor?

All applicants should have excellent writing skills and an enthusiasm for giving local theaters and productions some prominence on BroadwayWorld.com - the largest theater site on the net!

As a Contributing Editor, you will have the opportunity to review the shows of your choice, conduct interviews with local and touring talent, design features of your own choosing for publishing, and work/network with your local theater press reps to bring exposure to the theatrical offerings in your area.

Your compensation as a featured writer with us not only includes exclusive press seats to all of the shows you cover (as is standard in your area and arranged between you and the theater) but also the opportunity to be published under your own byline and publishing profile on both the local and main pages of the site for maximum exposure to our 4M+ monthly visitors!

The position offers flexible hours and the convenience of working remotely from your hometown. (**Access to New York City is NOT necessary**). There are no administrative duties associated with the contributorship. You simply see the shows, meet the talent, and write on your own time and terms! (Note that some projects require a specific publishing turnaround which you will discuss with your editor on a case-by-case basis).

To apply, or for more information, send an email to writefor@bwayworld.com


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          Teruk dikecam, Pas pertahan idea campur tangan asing   
MALAYSIA DATELINE

Jho Low masih gagal didakwa pihak berkuasa Malaysia berhubung skandal 1MDB.


Setelah menerima kecaman daripada pelbagai pihak ekoran surat terbuka yang ditujukan kepada pemimpin politik berhubung campur tangan asing dalam isu saman sivil Jabatan Kehakiman Amerika Syarikat (DoJ), ketua penerangan Pas, Nasrudin Hassan tampil membela presiden partinya.

Menurut beliau, umum telah mengetahui individu-individu tertentu yang telah membuat aduan kepada pihak berkuasa di Paris, Switzerland dan Amerika Syarikat berhubung isu 1MDB.
"Soalnya, apa motif mereka buat aduan di US (Amerika Syarikat) mengenai isu 1MDB? Kenapa singkat akal mereka, lapor hal negara kita kepada Amerika yang berlagak polis dunia itu? Kita tahu ada pihak yang sengaja jemput US campur tangan isu dalam negara kita.
"Ini maksud Tuan Guru Haji Abdul Hadi mengenai isu campur tangan asing. Apapun salah laku dalam negara, kita selesaikan perhitungannya dalam negara kita. Rakyat boleh guna kuasa undi dalam pilihan raya untuk tukar kerajaan," katanya dalam satu kenyataan ringkas.

Beliau juga memberikan perumpamaan "jangan undang beruang untuk tampar nyamuk di muka kancil" bagi merujuk tindakan 'mengundang campur tangan asing' itu.

Sebelum ini pelbagai pihak mengkritik Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang kerana mendakwa skandal kewangan seperti 1MDB, harus diselesaikan tanpa bantuan pihak asing.

Menurut mereka, kesalahan yang didakwa DoJ dilakukan individu terbabit di Amerika Syarikat dan negara itu berhak bertindak terhadap pelaku.

Abdul Hadi dalam surat terbuka yang diterbitkan laman rasmi Pas 22 Jun lalu mendakwa skandal kewangan seperti BMF, Perwaja Steel, Tabung Haji dan 1MDB perlu 'diselesaikan secara dalaman' berbanding menjemput bantuan asing.

Mengulas kenyataan Abdul Hadi itu, bekas presiden Majlis Peguam Ambiga Sreenevasan berkata, sehingga kini tiada sebarang tindakan undang-undang diambil pihak berkuasa Malaysia terhadap skandal 1MDB manakala agensi penguatkuasaan tempatan melengah-lengahkan siasatan terhadap 1MDB.

Sedangkan katanya, DoJ telah mengajukan tiga saman sivil untuk merampas aset yang dibeli dengan dana berjumlah US$4.5 bilion (RM19.4 bilion) yang didakwa diselewengkan daripada 1MDB.

"Sudah tentu, ramai yang gembira kerana ada sesuatu sedang dilakukan di luar negara tentang ibu semua skandal ini kerana penguatkuasa undang-undang di Malaysia tidak melihat sebarang kesalahan walaupun terdapat bukti besar yang berlawanan," kata Ambiga, yang juga presiden Persatuan Kebangsaan Hak Asasi Manusia (Hakam).

Beliau menyifatkan surat terbuka Hadi sebagai mencerminkan "salah faham" tentang ciri tanpa sempadan aktiviti jenayah yang berkaitan dengan 1MDB.

"Ia tidak terhad kepada Malaysia. Ia bersifat antarabangsa. Dan setiap kerajaan luar, bagi setiap jenayah yang dilakukan di sana, ia mempunyai hak untuk mengambil tindakan. Kita tidak boleh menghentikannya," kata Ambiga.

Menurut beliau, adalah tidak wajar bagi sesiapa pun untuk mengganggu sistem perundangan Amerika Syarikat dan memberitahu mereka apa yang tidak atau boleh dilakukan.

Di masa yang sama, katanya mencadangkan isu 1MDB ditangani secara domestik adalah sia-sia kerana peguam negara sendiri meminta polis untuk menyiasat lebih lanjut.

Hadi dalam surat terbukanya mahu pihak berkuasa mengendalikan skandal kewangan itu dengan "sebodoh-bodoh dan sezalim-zalim dalaman kita, biar kita yang tanggung sendiri".

Pakar ekonomi Ramon Navaratnam yang mengetuai pemikir Pusat Pengajian Dasar Awam, berkata Hadi "sangat defensif dengan status quo".

"Kita tidak boleh menjadi 'myopic' (tidak berpandangan jauh) dan hidup sendiri," kata bekas pengerusi Transparency International itu.

"Kita perlu berfikiran terbuka dan berpandangan jauh. Kita perlu mengalu-alukan kritikan membina," kata Ramon.

DoJ meneruskan tindakan undang-undang pada 15 Jun untuk merampas aset US$540 juta yang dipercayai dibeli dengan wang dicuri daripada 1MDB kerana jenayah itu dilakukan di Amerika Syarikat (AS).

DoJ turut memfailkan saman merampas harta di London yang didakwa dibeli dengan dana 1MDB.

Saman terkini adalah paling penting sejak Julai lalu apabila pihak berkuasa AS pertama kali mengisytiharkan rakyat Malaysia ditipu dalam skala besar berkaitan dengan 1MDB.

DoJ sedang berusaha menyita harta milik jutawan kontroversi warga Malaysia, Low Taek Jho atau Jho Low (gambar) yang merangkumi kapal layar mewah bernama Equanimity bernilai AS$165 juta, karya seni, barang kemas dan hartanah di New York serta Los Angeles.

"Hadi perlu sedar Jho Low dan rakan-rakannya dituduh mengambil dana berkaitan IMDB dan membersihkannya di seluruh dunia," kata Cynthia Gabriel, pengarah Pusat Memerangi Rasuah dan Kronisme (C4).

"Jadi, negara di mana wang itu dibelanjakan  disiasat, seperti hak mereka sendiri," kata Cynthia, yang baru-baru ini menerima Anugerah Demokrasi 2017 oleh National Endowment for Democracy yang berpangkalan di AS.

Ironinya, Cynthia berkata gesaan Hadi dapat dilihat sebagai usaha agar Pejabat Peguam Negara dan Suruhanjaya Pencegahan Rasuah Malaysia (SPRM) membuka semula kes itu, berdasarkan fakta baru daripada pemfailan saman AS baru-baru ini.

"Hadi kedengaran seperti seorang menteri Umno," kata Azmi Sharom, profesor undang-undang di Universiti Malaya.

"Ini adalah bahasa emosi yang biasa digunakan untuk melindungi hakikat dana IMDB digunakan di AS, bercanggah dengan undang-undang mereka dengan tindakan DoJ," katanya.

Surat terbuka Hadi juga boleh menjadi percubaan untuk memperjuangkan dasar luar bandar Pas.

"Adakah orang Melayu begitu terpempan apabila anda menyebut Islam dan penjajahan sehingga mereka tidak dapat melihat dengan jelas? Hadi fikir begitu!"

Pada 15 Jun, pemangku Peguam Negara AS Kenneth Blanco berkata: "Kami tidak akan membenarkan AS menjadi tempat di mana individu yang korup boleh mengharapkan untuk menyembunyikan aset dan membelanjakan wang yang banyak yang sepatutnya digunakan untuk faedah rakyat negara lain."

Sama ada 1MDB atau "Malaysian Official 1" (MO1), yang dipercayai oleh DoJ menjadi penerima dana kira-kira US$1 bilion, dinamakan sebagai defendan dalam saman jenayah AS.

MO1 sebelum ini dikenal pasti sebagai Perdana Menteri Najib Razak oleh menteri Abdul Rahman Dahlan.

Peguam Negara Malaysia, Mohamed Apandi Ali membersihkan Najib dari sebarang kesalahan.


          Ticktock as Taskmaster: A Show About Metronomes and Musical Time   
A museum exhibition in Basel, Switzerland, explores the role of metronomes — and how performers have resisted being told how to play.
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          Rita Moreno, Bill T. Jones, Spike Lee Among The Smithsonian's National Portrait Gallery Gala Honorees   

The Smithsonian's National Portrait Gallery will hold its second biennial American Portrait Gala Sunday, Nov. 19, honoring five individuals whose achievements in their respective fields have been exemplary and whose portraits reside in the museum's collection.

The 2017 recipients are former Secretary of State Dr. Madeleine K. Albright; Taiwanese American medical doctor and HIV/AIDS researcher David D. Ho, M.D.; artistic director, choreographer and dancer Bill T. Jones; film director, producer, writer and actor Spike Lee; and multi-award-winning actress Rita Moreno.

Honorees will be awarded the "Portrait of a Nation Prize" for their accomplishments in politics and diplomacy, the arts, science, entertainment and advocacy. As leaders in their fields, these five luminaries were selected because of their commitments to service, creativity, individuality, insight and inquiry.

"This year's honorees represent America's accomplished experts on the forefront of their diverse fields," said Kim Sajet, director of the Portrait Gallery. "It is an honor to host such extraordinary individuals and to further our mission of building the museum's collection to continue to reflect our society's change makers, artists and leaders through portraiture."

The goal of the American Portrait Gala is to raise $1 million to strengthen the museum's endowment for exhibitions, which supports compelling exhibitions that tell the dynamic and multifaceted story of America. The event's co-chairs are H.E. Martin Dahinden, Ambassador of Switzerland to the United States, and Mrs. Anita Dahinden; Rick and Susan Goings; Robert and Arlene Kogod; and David and Alice Rubenstein. The vice chairs are Netflix; Mr. and Mrs. Michael H. Podell; and Mr. Joseph P. Ujobai and Mr. Eduardo Ardiles. The gala's program chairs are Mr. Tommie L. Pegues and Mr. Donald A. Capoccia.

The American Portrait Gala will take place in the Robert and Arlene Kogod Courtyard, a signature element of the renovated National Historic Landmark Building shared by the National PortraitGallery and the Smithsonian American Art Museum.

Guests will enjoy a cocktail reception, seated dinner and presentations of the "Portrait of a Nation Prize." Information on sponsorship opportunities is available at npg.si.edu/gala.

The original portraits of the honorees taken by Timothy Greenfield-Sanders, Gregory Heisler, Robert Mapplethorpe, Jesse Frohman and Adál Maldonado, respectively, will be on view in the museum during the gala beginning Nov. 17 through Nov. 4, 2018.

The Portrait Gallery held its inaugural American Portrait Gala in 2015 and honored Major League Baseball Hall of Famer Henry "Hank" Aaron, U.S. Marine and Medal of Honor recipient Cpl. Kyle Carpenter, singer and musician Aretha Franklin, fashion designer Carolina Herrera and designer and artist Maya Lin, all of whose portraits are in the museum's collection.

The Smithsonian's National Portrait Gallery tells the multifaceted story of America through the individuals who have shaped its culture. Through the visual arts, performing arts and new media, the Portrait Gallery portrays poets and presidents, visionaries and villains, actors and activists whose lives tell the American story.

The National Portrait Gallery is part of the Donald W. Reynolds Center for American Art and Portraiture at Eighth and F streets N.W., Washington, D.C.


          Autriche : La saison estivale commence avec une baisse des nuitées en mai (- 11,3 %) / Summer season 2017 started with decrease in overnight stays in May (–11.3%)   

7.12 million overnight stays were registered in May 2017, according to Statistics Austria's latest preliminary data, which represents a decrease of 11.3%. The overnight stays of resident visitors declined by 4.3%, those of non-residents by 15.4%. The number of guests was also decreasing by 6.7% (-7.8% for non-resident guests; -5.0 for resident guests). Mainly responsible for this negative development was the shift of religious holidays from May 2016 to June of the current year. Therefore it is to wait for the June 2017 figures in order to have a basis to compare the pre-summer-season May to June.

The overnight figures of the three most important foreign countries of origin were strongly decreasing (Germany: -29.9%; Switzerland and Liechtenstein: -13.0%; the Netherlands: -8.0%). In total, the decrease of overnights from these three countries amounted to 0.91 million. The strongest relative increases in overnight figures were registered from Russia (+37.5%), Poland (+18.0%) and the Czech Republic (+17.1%).

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          News in Brief 30 June 2017 (PM)   
  Security concerns still to be overcome at Cyprus talks Efforts to reunite Cyprus have "overcome significant challenges" but "a lot of work" still needs to be done before a deal can be reached, UN Secretary-General António Guterres said on Friday. Mr Guterres was speaking during talks underway in Switzerland involving the Greek-Cypriot and Turkish-Cypriot [...]
          Zerovero e dintorni   

Ieri 4 Marzo 2016, Lucio Dalla avrebbe compiuto 73 anni. Peccato che finora il cantautore bolognese non sia mai stato citato (così almeno credo) nelle catene di Zerovero. Avrei letto con piacere qualche riferimento a Futura o altre canzoni a me note, visto che riferimenti ad altri autori mi mettono in crisi facilmente, siccome la mia cultura di musica leggera è molto scarsa, con l'aggravante che detesto il Festival di Sanremo.
Potreste poi trovare in un'altra pagina del presente blog, come e perché io conosca Lucio Dalla cantautore.


Inoltre, per restare in discorso, vedrei volentieri nelle parole delle enigmatiche catene anche qualche riferimento alla musica operistica, al fine di compensare il grosso vantaggio che viene spesso elargito ai giovani, in genere esperti di "canzonette".
Comunque vorrei puntualizzare che non ho alcun legame con gli autori di Zerovero, quindi invito i miei affezionati lettori a non mettermi in cattiva luce con la redazione RSI, soprattutto se mi capita di formulare delle critiche più o meno azzeccate. Tanto per fare un esempio, vorrei citare il piccolo putiferio scatenato dall'aggettivo "filoticinese" da me usato in un'accezione piuttosto benevola, suscitando invece diversi commenti non esenti da veri e propri insulti.
Malgrado tutto, il contatore di accessi mi conferma che molti Svizzeri consultano regolarmente il mio blog per le soluzioni Zerovero; certamente un fedelissimo si trova a Gisikon (o dintorni) collezionando 614 accessi, oppure a Chiasso con 329 ma anche nella Svizzera francese ci sono diversi aficionados che superano come niente fosse i 100 accessi (100 tondi tondi da Lutry, 212 da Prilly, 133 da Losanna eccetera). Non posso tacere i 292 accessi di un iPad-ista di Bellinzona e neppure i 207 di un PC-ista di Contone. Ma quello che mi sconcerta sono i 142 accessi di un PC dalle Asturie in Spagna, molto più incredibile dei 147 da Varese, 111 da Torino, 210 da Novara, oppure 205 da Phuket.
Il massimo è invece il record di 1036 accessi di un iPad con la Bluewin. Mi dia, per favore, sue notizie nei commenti!? Mi scuso per non citare molti altri supporter ticinesi o confederati, che preferisco non svelare: voi sapete chi siete e io pure.
Da ultimo, desidero confermare la funzione benefica per l'economia svizzera del mio blog zerovero-oriented, dal momento che vedo un buon numero d'impiegati che perdono pochissimo tempo sulle mie pagine nel trovare e mandare dall'ufficio le soluzioni Zerovero, al fine di vincere i 500 franchi in palio ogni mese fra i solutori del gioco online.
Da parte mia confermo di aver giocato da vari anni senza vincere mai niente: chiedo formalmente alla redazione RSI l'istituzione di alcuni piccoli premi di consolazione come incentivo a giocare, sperando meno invano.
Non sarebbe male poi, se uno dei fortunati vincitori, avendo desunto dalle mie fatiche la soluzione, riconoscesse i miei meriti, almeno formalmente nei commenti o persino con una piccola, simbolica tangente.

Concludendo mi pare che l'attuale formula di questa pagina (che si è venuta perfezionando nello svelare l'anello-soluzione finale senza mettere la totalità della catena, salvo qualche aiuto parziale a mia discrezione) non susciti critiche dai più pigri, pur lasciando margini di gratificazione nella ricerca della soluzione. Chi avesse un'idea migliore è pregato di farsi vivo nei commenti.

Lunedì 07.03.2016: Catena agevole con anello finale tra Partito - RADICALE - Libero.
Mi era parsa molto facile e priva di tranelli: invece registro 1160 page views con 299 returning visits.

08.03.2016 L'accoppiata tra Superman e Metallo consente la conclusione tra Fiore - SOFFIONE - Doccia.
Tutto sommato facile e priva di ambiguità: il contatore dice 982 page views con 264 returning visits.

09.03.2016 Talpa Enrico Chiesa favoriscono l'anello finale tra Peso - FORMA - Cortesia.
Quasi facile, ma non immediata: con 756 page views con 228 returning visits.

10.03.2016 Una (stella) gigante rossa indirizza all'anello tra Associazione - CATEGORIA - Prima.
Discreta, ma non del tutto: supera la media con 977 page views con 285 returning visits.

11.03.2016 Casa e Chiesa, 1860 Monaco, preludono all'anello tra Primavera - CLASSICHE - Lingue.
Ridendo e scherzando, il contatore registra 1118 page views con 318 returning visits.

14.03.2016 Il calcio è un metallo che aiuta a completare l'anello tra Continenti - DERIVA - Barca. Evvai!
Mi era parsa molto facile e priva di tranelli: infatti registro 642 page views con 239 returning visits.

15.03.2016 Anche l'aglio ha un'anima e porta all'anello tra Preliminare - UDIENZA - Papa.
Quasi facile e immediata: con 618 page views con 235 returning visits.

16.03.2016 Concatenazione lineare, poco impegnativa, salvo per l'anello tra Conversazione - SALOTTO - Letterario.
Quasi facile, ma non immediata: con 790 page views e 263 returning visits.

17.03.2016 Catena irta di ambigue alternative. 31 ottobre porta all'anello tra Chiuso - CIRCUITO - Spa.
Solito abbonamento: con 677 page views con 236 returning visits.

18.03.2016 Senza seconda Internazionale non si arriva all'anello tra Sistema - BINARIO - Morto.
Solita quota di affezionati: con 769 page views con 257 returning visits.

21.03.2016 Catena primaverile che culmina con l'anello tra Triangolo - ZERO - Ora. Auguri!
Accessi in calando: 548 page views con 208 returning visits.

22.03.2016 Coi (filoelvetici) punti Mondo si arriva alla soluzione tra Libro - APERTO - Pubblico.
Discretamente facile, solito abbonamento: con 577 page views con 233 ret. visits.

23.03.2016 Concatenazione discreta per l'anello finale tra Restare - GENERICO - Farmaco. Elegante!
Accessi in crescendo: 705 page views con 260 returning visits.

24.03.2016 Catena classica discreta con l'anello finale tra Fame - MORSI - Presidente.
Accessi in notevole crescita: 973 page views con 338 returning visits. Dunque enigma impegnativo.

25.03.2016 Catena classica discreta con soluzione finale tra Pistola - CARICATORE - Telefono.
Solito normale abbonamento: con 592 page views con 235 returning visits.

28.03.2016 Enigma troppo facile facile, con finale in tema tra Festa - PASQUA - Uovo.
Crollo di accessi (tutti fuori, uffici chiusi): 242 page views, 71 returning visits.

29.03.2016 Catena agevole (quasi deludente) con esito conclusivo tra Criniera - CAVALLO - Dondolo.
Ad usum Delphini? Proprio così infatti: le catene di questa settimana sono dichiaratamente calibrate su un pubblico di giovani in vacanza.
Scarso movimento: con 329 page views e 138 returning visits.

30.03.2016 Gioco da ragazzi con anello finale tra Tiziano - FERRO - Braccio.
Accessi molto modesti: 295 p.v. & 120 r.v.

31.03.2016 È facile illudersi e sentirsi bravi con questa soluzione tra Numero - SETTE - Nani.
Persino il contatore si duole della facilità di questi giorni: 249 page views, 97 returning visits.

32.03.2016 Soluzione già presente alle 9.02: Pantera - ROSA - Fiore.
Fine settimana di scarso movimento: solamente con 253 page views e 111 returning visits.

04.04.2016 Accordo in Re media l'enigmatico anello tra Colpo - GRAZIA - Stato.
Immediato rientro in numero di accessi consueto: 776 page views, 270 returning visits.

05.04.2016 Concatenazione agevole con finale arduo tra Libero - PENSATORE - Scultura.
Media difficoltà: contatore a 701 page views con 257 returning visits.

06.04.2016 Concatenazione agevole con finale arduo tra Olio - LUCERNA - Planetario.
Piacevolmente (o perfidamente) filoelvetico. Infatti, accessi in crescita: 1008 page views con 302 returning visits.

07.04.2016 Il gioco si fa sempre più filoelvetico: bene così. Ottimo l'anello tra Prezzi - MISTER - Allenatore.
Meno del solito, normale abbonamento: con 522 page views e 227 returning visits.

08.04.2016 Catena discretamente ermetica che si conclude tra Forbice - MOLARE - Dente.
Discreto. Solito, normale abbonamento: con 566 page views e 232 returning visits.

11.04.2016 Concatenazione intuitiva che culmina tra Curling - GUARDIA - Vecchia.
Enigma di media difficoltà: contatore a 546 page views con 204 returning visits.

12.04.2016 Conoscendo Flavio Sala e la farina di pesce si giunge all'anello tra Pesce - NASELLO - Occhiali.
Difficile? Una cosa giusta: contatore a 617 page views con 242 returning visits.

13.04.2016 Concatenazione divertente e stimolante fino alla soluzione finale tra Tigre - BENGALA - Fiammifero.
Facilino invece, secondo il contatore: 486 page views con 188 returning visits.

14.04.2016 Solo conoscendo il Tondo Doni s'arriva all'anello tra Puglia - FOGGIA - Abito.
Fatali i Doni della Morte: accessi a 789 page views con 262 returning visits.

15.04.2016 L'accoppiata Cielo-Manca consente di giungere all'anello tra Palazzo - VETRO - Schiena.
Discreto enigma, secondo il contatore: 584 page views con 231 returning visits.

18.04.2016 Ciccio-Formaggio, Museo-Tortura portano all'anello tra Prezzo - FASCIA - Capelli.
Non facile, se ha ricevuto 829 page views e 285 returning visits.

19.04.2016 Pareva difficilissimo, invece la soluzione tra Müller - XENO - Fari è presto evidente.
Nella media: 649 p.v. - 254 r.v.

20.04,2016 Ambigua concatenazione ove Val Colla mena alla finale tra Fondo - POZZO - Luna.
Discreto. Solito, normale abbonamento: con 575 page views e 229 returning visits.

21.04.2016 Catena facile e immediata, con anello finale tra Parte - LESA - Maestà.
Nella media bassa: 499 p.v. - 221 r.v.

22.04.2016 Concatenazione ambigua quanto basta per soluzione ardua tra Finestra - GHIGLIOTTINA - Clausola.
Discreto enigma, secondo il contatore: 688 page views con 265 returning visits.

25.04.2016 ¶ Oggi qui pro quo a stufo: anello conclusivo resistente tra Piede - MOSCA - Bianca.
Anche il contatore propende per una certa difficoltà: ossia 881 page views con 284 returning visits

26.04.2016 Enigma "tigre di carta", con anello finale tra Pace - OASI - Deserto.
Infatti il numero di accessi propende per una certa facilità: 487 p.w. con 211 r.v.

27.04.2016 Oggi ottimo enigma con soluzione finale tra Passato - REMOTO - Controllo.
PS: Da una circolare del controspionaggio elvetico apprendo che gli autori di zerovero consultano sicuramente: https://sites.google.com/site/elvetismi/toponimi per rifornirsi il "carniere filoticinese". A buon intenditor…
PPS: inoltre il conta-accessi di questa mia pagina segnala 90.2% from Switzerland, 9.1% from Italy.
Accessi del giorno: 587 p.v. con 230 r.v.

28.04.2016 Mia Martini porta all'anello finale tra Anima - PENA - Capitale.
Discreto: 594 page views & 227 returning visits.

29.04.2016 Cadere in piedi facilita la soluzione odierna tra Pezza - APPOGGIO - Punto.
Nella media bassa, quindi facilino: 499 page views & 216 returning visits.

02.05.2016 Concatenazione classica per anello classicheggiante tra Vite - PARALLELE - Esercizio.
Classico anche il contatore: 585 page views & 254 returning visits.

03.05.2016 Catena fuori dal comune con anello tra Osso - PALATINO - Colle.
Accessi normali, dunque discretamente facile: 570 p.v. & 242 r. v.

04.05.2016 Catena su onde corte che culmina nella tripletta tra Ridurre - STRACCIO - Passare.
Discreto enigma. Solito, normale abbonamento: con 657 page views e 250 returning visits.

05.05.2016 Catena non immediata (tredicesima accordo) che si conclude tra Lampadina - SPOT - Pubblicitario.
Accessi normali, ossia discretamente facile: 617 p.v. & 204 r. v.

06.05.2016 Concatenazione impegnativa con anello finale tra Fondo - CIMA - Corda.
Elegante! Infatti registra 700 page views con 226 returning visits.

09.05.2016 Catena classica con estremi finali tra Fumo - CAPPA - San Martino.
Al solito: 563 page views e 225 returning visits.

10.05.2016 Trovando aperto in discoteca e malgrado i problemi di Google, anello finale tra Pittore - CAVALLETTO - Bicicletta.
Impegnativo, dice il contatore. Riportando 760 page views e 252 returning visits.

11.05.2016 Catena alquanto complicata che si risolve tra Tessuto - TARTAN - Pista.
Discreto enigma. Solito, normale abbonamento: con 588 page views e 259 returning visits.

12.05.2016 Concatenazione impegnativa con soluzione agevole tra Testa - PONTE - Radio.
Come al solito, normale abbonamento: con 661 page views e 251 returning visits.

13.05.2016 Grazie a Punto di Fuga e Piazza del Sole si giunge alla soluzione tra Parte - CIVILE - Abito.
REGOLARISSIMO, INCREDIBILE: con 645 page views e 251 returning visits.

Guardate la puntata di stasera e ditemi se devo iscrivermi per partecipare al gioco televisivo.

Non c'è da essere fieri del mio intervento a Zerovero, ma ormai il dado è tratto: quindi ecco qui il risultato.
Puntata RSI di venerdì 13.05

16.05.2016 Evitando via col vento, catena ai margini della legge per l'anello finale tra Gesto - CORNA - Giraffa.
Accessi in leggero crescendo: 739 page views con 219 returning visits.

17.05.2016 Con tè nel deserto si perviene alla soluzione tra Spia - RISERVA - Indiana.
Enigma discreto, accessi stabili a 657 page views con 260 r. v.

18.05.2016 Enigma raffinato ove la Digitale è una pianta che aiuta verso la soluzione tra Premio - FEDELTÀ - Alta.
Ancora enigma discreto, accessi stabili a 604 page views con 250 r. v.

19.05.2016 Catena impegnativa. Ma il gioco della campana propizia l'anello tra Vetro - TEMPERATO - Clima.
Ancora enigma valido, accessi stabili a 760 page views con 273 r. v.

20.05.2016 Catena irta di perfidie (vedi commenti) che si risolve tra Aereo - STALLO - Scacchi.
Come al solito, normale abbonamento: con 729 page views e 247 returning visits.

23.05.2016 Dove sono finiti quelli che si lamentavano per la catena troppo facile?
Anello finale tra Accademico - BACIO - Schiocco. Discreto: 669 p.v. 232 r.v.

24.05.2016 Enigma Bello un Sacco che culmina con Campana - MARTELLO - Dito.
Come al solito, discreto: con 596 page views e 236 returning visits.

25.05.2016 Pianta stabile aiuta a completare l'ineffabile anello finale tra Rugby - PILONE - Autostradale.
Mi era parso più difficile, invece solo 501 page views con 221 r. v.

26.05.2016 Bottiglia Verde porta all'agevole anello tra Armi - PUGNO - Occhio.
Mi era parso più difficile, invece solo 483 page views con 191 returning visits.

27.05.2016 Nota Re Sole propiziano l'anello finale tra Saluto - SALVE - Colpo.
Tutto sommato discreto enigma: 463 - 208 sono gli accessi.

30.05.2016 Tenere presente. Catena lineare che si conclude tra Missile - CROCIERA - Velocità.
Accessi stabili: 536 page views con 237 returning visits.

31.05.2016 Catena bella e stimolante con soluzione finale impegnativa tra Sfinge - BIGIO - Pane.
Ben nascosta. Infatti abbiamo 973 page views con 325 returning visits.

01.06.2016 Fuoco artificiale per l'anello conclusivo tra Militari - PIASTRINE - Sangue.
Tutto sommato discreto enigma: 648 - 258 sono gli accessi conseguenti.

02.06.2016 Catena da uscire in sordina per anello tra Tromba - PISTONE - Cilindro.
Come al solito, discreto: con 601 page views e 233 returning visits.

03.06.2016 Concatenazione intuitiva per un finale tra Mazza - ERCOLE - Colonne.
Diventa un'abitudine: con 546 page views e ben 241 returning visits.

06.06.2016 Un'ancora di salvezza per l'anello tra Maggiordomo - BATTISTA - Confessione.
Tutto sommato discreto enigma: 546 - 230 sono gli accessi significativi.

07.06.2016 Un letto a castello per l'anello tra Nome - LEGGE - Giungla.
Ancora una volta, discreto enigma: 598 - 256 sono i numeri significativi.

08.06.2016 Catena filoticinese con Pizzo Magno e anello strano tra Barba - LAMETTE - Rettore.
Abbastanza facile: il contatore riporta 494 page views e 229 returning visits.

09.06.2016 Manhattan è un'isola e pure un cocktail: anello finale tra Discorso - FIUME - Piena.
Accessi in vistoso calo: 536 page views con 168 returning visits.

10.06.2016 Prossimo appuntamento Zerovero a lunedì 29.08.2016.
Grazie a tutti i solerti risolutori/trici. Iscrivetevi al gioco televisivo, siete più bravi di me.

N.B. Eventuali commenti su Zerovero non sono più validi su questa pagina
          A Vogel Eleutherococcus (Siberian Ginseng) tincture 50ml   
The active ingredients in Eleutherococcus are called eleutherosides. Recently, Western medicine has also recognized the adaptogenic benefits of this herb. Alfred Vogel learned to value Eleutherococcus whilst working with local practitioners in Russia and on his return to his own clinic in Switzerland added it to his extensive herbal dispensary. Ingredients: Tincture of Eleutherococcus senticosus (Siberian Ginseng) root, extracted in alcohol (50% v/v) Directions for use: Adults: 20 - 30 drops twice daily in a little water Children: This product is not recommended for children.

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          A. Vogel Echinaforce Echinacea Tablets 120   
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          A.Vogel Echinacea Throat Spray 30ml   

It is a convenient way of using Echinacea every day. There is no need for water just spray it into your mouth and throat. 2 sprays
= 0.44ml = 1 Echinaforce Echinacea Tablet (250mg) or 11 drops of Echinaforce Echinacea Drops.
Echinacea Throat Spray is prepared from freshly harvested, organically cultivated herbs and manufactured in Switzerland to the highest quality standards
Directions for use: Adults: 2 sprays twice daily. In acute cases: 2 sprays 6 to 10 times per day as required.
Children (6-12 years): 1 spray twice daily. In acute cases: 1 spray 6 to 10 times per day as required.
This product is not recommended for children under 6 years of age.
Apply the spray onto the back of the throat. Do not breathe during application. It is best to use the spray after meals. Not recommended for people with epilepsy.
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Keep out of reach and sight of children. Store in a cool dry place.
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          A.Vogel Echinaforce Forte Tablets 40   
Bioforce Echinacea Forte - Echinacea purpurea, treasured by Native Americans for its healing powers, flourished in Switzerland thanks to the skill and perseverance of Alfred Vogel. His original plants are the forerunners of the fresh, healthy herbs used to these tincture tablets. - Echinacea purpurea, treasured by Native Americans for its healing powers, flourished in Switzerland thanks to the skill and perseverance of Alfred Vogel. His original plants are the forerunners of the fresh, healthy herbs used to these tincture tablets. - Ingredients: Extract of organically grown fresh Echinacea purpurea (Purple Coneflower) herb and root. Also contains lactose, potato starch and magnesium stearate (vegetable source). Each 750mg tablet contains the equivalent of 1200mg Echinaforce tincture. This product contains lactose and may not be suitable for those who are lactose intolerant. - Directions: Adults: 1 tablet twice daily. Maintenance: 1 tablet daily. Children: This product is not recommended for children under 12 years of age. - Health Warnings: Keep out of reach and sight of children. Store below 25C and out of direct sunlight. Avoid during pregnancy or if breast feeding. Avoid in cases of known hypersensitivity to Echinacea preparations

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          A.Vogel Uva Ursi Complex Drops 50ml   

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          Developers in Randa   
While Elon Musk has committed himself to the task of putting a human in Mars in the next couple of years, KDE has set itself to a similar goal in a shorter scale: putting a (large) bunch of KDE developers, including me, in Randa, Switzerland for the traditional Randa Meetings. While this is my first [...]
          For sale - air jordan 7 retro olympic Youth - Auction   
Retro 4723, Australia
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          For sale - early hardy brothers 4 piece split cane fishing rod... - Auction   
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          DK Eyewitness Travel Guide: Switzerland   
DK Eyewitness Travel Guide: SwitzerlandНазвание: DK Eyewitness Travel Guide Switzerland
Автор: Adriana Czuprun, Malgorzata Omilanowska, Ulrich Schwendimann
Издательство: DK Eyewitness Travel
Серия: Eyewitness Travel Guide
ISBN: 1465460012
Год: 2017
Язык: английский
Страниц: 320
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Размер: 82.65 MB

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          Wimbledon Odds: Roger Federer, Petra Kvitova Favored At All England Club   
Switzerland’s Roger Federer will look for a record eighth gentlemen’s singles title when he hits the court next week at... Read More »
          WIPO-WTO Colloquium for Teachers of Intellectual Property   
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          Switzerland and Chagall   
Switzerland has several sites of interest to Jewish travellers and I recently saw some connected with painter Chagall in the capital Zurich.Two of the city's major attractions are the Chagall windows
          Kommentar zu Questra Holding – gut getarnt ist halb gewonnen von Ponzi Jäger   
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          Find Your Footing on the Camino de Santiago   

Pilgrims following the scallop shell and yellow arrow

What attracts an individual to walk 500 miles? More specifically, what drives an individual to walk the Camino de Santiago? Is it the religious, historical, or cultural fixtures? Is it the camaraderie that comes with hiking an established route? Or is it just the desire to take a really good, long walk? Maybe it’s a mixture of it all. Let’s dip our toes into the  informational pool that is the Camino de Santiago!

So, Why Does the Camino de Santiago Exist?

According to Christian theology, when Jesus divided the known world into Missionary Zones, James was assigned to the Iberian Peninsula (modern day Spain and Portugal). James spent a few years preaching in Spain before returning to Jerusalem, where he was beheaded in 44 AD. It is believed that his followers carried his body back to Spain. Years later his remains were discovered in Santiago de Compostela. St. James was and still is universally discerned as the patron of pilgrims and once his remains were discovered, many people flocked to the location of his remains. The King of Spain thus declared James to be the patron saint of Santiago and Spain as a whole.

A Brief History:

St. Jean Pied de Port bridge crossing

The Camino de Santiago was one of three pilgrimages that could result in a plenary indulgence during the Medieval Period. Essentially, if you wanted to relinquish yourself of sin, you either walked to Jerusalem, Rome, or Santiago. If you stepped foot with the intent of walking towards Santiago, you were a pilgrim, or peregrino. Pilgrims would utilize the Codex Calixtinus, a collection of books from the 1140s, to guide them to Santiago de Compostela. The Codex Calixtinus was the first of it’s kind and is widely accepted as the world’s first travel guide. Seems like a Dan Brown movie in the making. Anyway, attendance during the Middle Ages peaked and eventually tapered off.

Throughout history, the route to Santiago shaped infrastructure from hospices to bridges and travel ways for pilgrims to reach the cities. The trail brought all types of people together. Cultures mixed, languages merged, and history was influenced. Since the 70s, there has been a proliferation of pilgrims from all over the world that have come together to hike into Santiago.

Why are There So Many Routes?

Camino Bridge Crossing

People have walked to Santiago from all over Europe, creating paths that eventually funneled into the defined routes we have today. Back then, once you took on a pilgrimage, you started your hike from your front door step. And you can still do that today; ocean in your path? I hope you like to swim!

Currently, there are 12 established Camino routes that start in either Spain, Portugal, France, Italy, or Switzerland. The most popular route and most congested is the Way of St. James, the French Route. Picking the right route depends on a variety of factors. Time of year, popularity, terrain, physical ability, and how much time you can dedicate to a hike are all factors. You can start midway on one of the 12 Camino routes, or start in Amsterdam or Moscow. With limitless options, you can definitely tailor a route that works best for you.

Which Route Should You Take?

Greg Scheaffer looking out at the Camino
 

The Camino is most popular during the spring and summer, but it can really be hiked during any season. Plan accordingly though for weather and hostel closures during the cold months. The following routes are going to be displayed in kilometers.

1- Camino Frances, the French Way, is 800km long / 65.6% of pilgrims walk 

The most popular route with an abundance of accommodations, good signage, and many towns along the way. Some sections offer easier, alternative routes.

2- Camino Portugues, the Portuguese Way, is 620 km long /16.4% of pilgrims walk

More rural experience, a lot of walking parallel to roads, but alternative routes are in the works. Many hostels are available and trail is well marked.

3- Camino del Norte , the Northern Way, is 825 km long / 6.1% of pilgrims walk 

Follows the Northern Coast, more demanding than the Frances, cool weather from ocean. Hostels are not as frequent as on the Frances and are a bit pricey.

4- Camino Primitivo, the Original Way, is 342 km long / 4.4% pilgrims walk   

Relatively hard route, a lot of climbing and descending, a fair amount of road walking. More secluded, not as much infrastructure. Heavy rain and cold weather common even during summer.


5- Camino Ingles, the English Way, is 118 km long / 3.5% of pilgrims walk 

Traditionally taken by English and Irish pilgrims that arrived by boat. Relatively easy hike through green countryside.

6- Via de la Plata, Silver Way, is 1000 km long / 3.5% of pilgrims walk 

The longest Camino de Santiago route spanning the length of Spain. For adventurers, the road less travelled. Difficult hike during spring and summer due to sun exposure, best to hike during autumn.

-Other routes to consider:

Camino de Finisterre & Muxia, Camino Aragones,  Le Puy Route, Cami de Sant Jaume, Camino de Madrid, Tunnel Route, Camino del Salvador

What is a Holy Year?    

A Holy Year is any year when St. James Day (July 25th) falls on a Sunday. Try to avoid a holy year as the trails will be heavily congested, unless you’re travelling for religious reasons. The next Holy Years will fall on 2021, 2027, and 2032.

What is a Pilgrim Passport?

Stamps in a Pilgrim Passport    

A Pilgrim Passport is a document that identifies a pilgrim as a pilgrim. Pilgrims obtain stamps, or sellos, every day from hostels, restaurants, cafes, bars, etc. to verify the distance walked. It’s necessary to have the passport to be able to sleep in most hostels, or alburgues, and it also makes low-cost pilgrim menus accessible at restaurants and cafes. There are a plethora of stamps that exist on the Camino and it’s fun to see what stamps you and your Camino buddies have acquired.

If you are walking the Way of St. James, you can pick up your Pilgrim Passport at the Pilgrim’s Office in St. Jean Pied du Port or you can order one from your local chapter. Something to keep in mind, though: prior to April 1, 2016 there were 25 different credentials circulating on the Camino. These credentials were issued from different entities and cost anywhere from €2 - €20. In an attempt to keep the price of credentials down and to ensure validity, there is now only one official passport that will be accepted. This new passport costs only €2.

It’s also important to note that the last 100 km walked or 200 km cycled must show at least 2 sellos per day to verify you walked/cycled into Santiago. Completing a pilgrimage is a huge accomplishment and the Pilgrim’s Office in Santiago will check those last stamps to ensure you fulfilled the requirement for receiving a certificate.

Do You Need to Know Spanish?   

Many pilgrims do not know Spanish. You will hear languages from all over the world, like German, Japanese, Polish, French, Korean, and many others. While it may not be absolutely imperative to know Spanish, the locals will appreciate if you know some key phrases. It’s also good etiquette to greet people; so a little Good morning. How are you? (“Buenos días ¿Cómo está?) will go a long way.  

Your guidebook will have key phrases that will be essential to everyday life in Spain, such as inquiring where the bathroom is, if the hostel has any beds left, or dietary concerns. So having even a little Spanish under your belt will only benefit you. Oh, and you better get used to hearing and saying “Buen Camino” every day. The phrase literally means “good trail”, but more so it’s a cheer of encouragement to keep walking!

What's Up with the Scallop Shell?

Camino Scallop Shell

The scallop shell stands as the emblem of St. James. There are many theories behind the physical symbolism and the origin. For some, the lines of the shell symbolize different routes in which to reach Santiago. Even though everyone is walking towards the same destination and experience the same external landscape, their means of getting there are different; inside each person is an internal religious, spiritual, or humanist landscape in which they have to simultaneously navigate. It is believed that the rigidity of the shell encompasses that concept.

As far as origin goes, stories range from the fact that James, himself, was a fisherman to his body getting lost at sea and washing upon the shore undamaged and covered in scallop shells. In the past, though, it has been documented that once a pilgrim reached Santiago, they kept walking to Finisterre (“the end of the world”) and they would retrieve a scallop shell as a souvenir of their pilgrimage.

At the end of the day though, the scallop serves as a tangible reminder. That no matter where you start, you’re working your way to the center and with every day you are one step closer to accomplishing your goal: Santiago.

 


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Future Market Insights has announced the addition of the “Solid State Transformers Market: APAC Industry Analysis and Opportunity Assessment 2014 - 2020" report to their offering.

Valley Cottage, NY -- (SBWIRE) -- 06/28/2017 -- With the increase in use of renewable energy and distributed energy sources, use of traditional transformers has increased the complexity of the electrical power grids. In order to overcome this complexity, there is need to adopt newer technologies to ensure better control and more reliable operation of the grid. Transformers are fundamental components of any power distribution system. However, this system does have certain drawbacks such as voltage drop under load, sensitivity to harmonics and performance degradation under system disruptions and overload. The need to cope with these disadvantages is gaining importance as supply of quality power is one of the major issues in today's scenario. A solid state transformers (SST) is considered a key enabler for power grids, as they provide better control over the system, with high load handling capacity as well as efficient bi-directional power flow.

A SST is capable of easily replacing a conventional transformer in an electrical system. Major applications of SST include locomotive and other traction systems, offshore energy generation systems (wind, tidal or any other source) and smart (power) grids. SSTs are able to deliver power at 400 Hz and can also be used as three-phase power system from a single phase line, which is difficult to obtain from conventional transformers. Depending upon its topologies, SSTs can be classified as:

AC to AC buck converter
SST with and without a DC link
Three-stage SST

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The SST market is in its nascent stage. It has huge market potential in the distribution network of power grids. The overall market is expected to grow at a double-digit CAGR between 2012 and 2020.The APAC region is estimated to account for the highest market share by 2020.Smart grids is expected to be the largest segment among the aforementioned applications. The expenditure on smart grids is highest in Asia Pacific, especially in China, which occupies largest share in the region.

Major energy storage capacity additions, installation of renewable energy generation capacities, investments into power transmission and distribution infrastructure are the chief drivers of the solid state transformers market globally. Manufacturers are now engaging into major research and development efforts to bring SSTs into commercial installation and deployment however, cost-competitiveness will be a major challenge for the manufacturers..

Some of the major players in the market for solid state transformers technology are ABB (Switzerland), Siemens AG (Germany), Alstom (France), Schneider Electric SA (France), Avago Technologies Limited (U.S.), Bombardier, Inc. (Canada),Cooper Power Systems (U.S.), SPX Transformers (U.S.), GE (U.S.), Duke Energy (U.S.), Plasmatechnics, Inc. (U.S.), Selco (U.S.), Varentec (U.S.) and Gridco Systems (U.S.). The leading components manufacturing companies in the field of SST technology are CREE, Inc. (U.S.), STMicroelectronics (U.S.), Infineon Technologies (Germany) and Mitsubishi Electric Corporation (Japan).SSTs are being tested majorly in Europe and North America.

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SSTs ideally solve problems such as saturation of core of nonlinear load, poor voltage regulations and bulky systems, and they also serve as an energy router for smart grid energy network, thus improving scope of its application areas. The solid state transformer does not utilize any hazardous liquid dielectrics, thus giving it an edge over conventional transformers. Smart grid and traction transformers offer substantial market opportunity to solid state transformers. Commercialization for SST is low currently, but this is expected to increase over the next two years owing to research and development efforts by companies and add-on benefits.

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          Global Food Safety Testing Services Market Set for Rapid Advancement and Direction, by 2014 - 2020   

Future Market Insights has announced the addition of the “ Food Safety Testing Services Market: Global Industry Analysis and Opportunity Assessment 2014 - 2020" report to their offering.

Valley Cottage, NY -- (SBWIRE) -- 06/28/2017 -- Governments around the world have massively increased their focus on ensuring food safety. The threat of foodborne illnesses has led to stringent regulations from food testing authorities worldwide. The global food trade has increased manifold in the last decade or so, and manufacturers have become increasingly reliant on food testing mechanisms to ensure that they are following all the regulations and guidelines.

The growth of the global food industry is dependent on fool-proof food testing mechanisms. Lack of proper food testing can increase the risk of food poisoning and other foodborne diseases. In the recent past, several incidents have happened wherein improper safety mechanisms have led to the outbreak of foodborne illnesses. The authorities in the developed world have enforced stringent quality checks on their food imports and many food products have been outrightly banned for failing to meet the safety guidelines. Increase in the focus on food safety has also led to product recalls from some of the leading names in the food industry.

Positive Outlook on the Global Food Safety Testing Services Market

The global food safety testing services market is anticipated to expand at a steady rate through 2020. Growth in developed regions, such as North America and Western Europe, and stringent regulations on the quality of food exports in developing countries are projected to be the key drivers for the growth of this market. However, lack of proper testing mechanisms in developing economies can pose a challenge to the growth of the global food safety testing services market.

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Global Food Safety Testing Services Market: Segmentation

The global food safety testing services market is segmented into GMOs, pathogens, toxins, pesticides, and others. Food type segmentation includes fruit and vegetable, meat and poultry, convenience food, and others. Among these segments, the food safety testing services market for pathogens is anticipated to witness the fastest growth on account of rising number of foodborne outbreaks due to Salmonella. Other segments of the global food safety testing services market are also expected to witness steady growth during the forecast period.

Key Regions for Food Safety Testing Market

North America is currently the dominant region of the global food safety testing services market, and it is expected to remain the key region through 2020. Stringent regulations on enforcing food safety guidelines in the U.S. And Canada have fueled the demand for the food safety testing services market in the region. The enaction of Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) in the U.S. has augured well for the growth of the global food safety testing services market.

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Other key regions for the global food safety testing services market include Asia Pacific and Western Europe. It is anticipated that development of new food safety regulations will fuel the food safety testing services market in Asia Pacific in the next five years. It is anticipated that Asia Pacific's food safety testing services market will witness a very high growth rate in the next five years.

Key Players for Food Safety Testing Services Market

Some of the leading names in the global food safety testing services market include SGS S.A. (Switzerland), Bureau Veritas S.A. (France), Lloyd's Register Quality Assurance Ltd. (U.K.), and Intertek Group Plc. (U.K.)

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          The top 50 dream companies for engineering and IT students around the world   

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Business students can't wait to work at Google, and their engineering and IT classmates couldn't agree more.

Universum, a global research and advisory firm, surveyed 149,226 undergraduates studying engineering or IT in the 12 countries with the world's largest GDPs — Germany, France, UK, Italy, Russia, US, China, Japan, Brazil, India, Canada, and South Korea.

The engineering and IT students were asked to choose the companies and organizations they'd most like to work for.

Universum then put together a ranking of the most desirable employers, based on the number of undergraduate engineering and IT students who chose a company as one of their dream employers.

Google, which specializes in online advertising technologies, cloud computing, software, and, of course, search, landed at the top of the list for a second consecutive year.

Microsoft, Apple, GE, and BMW rounded out the top five.

Here are the top 50:

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50. Novartis

Based in Basel, Switzerland, Novartis is a pharmaceutical company.



49. EY (Ernst & Young)

EY is one of the "Big Four" audit firms and is based in London.



48. BP

Headquartered in London, oil and gas giant BP was first founded in 1908.



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          BroadwayWorld Seeks US and Internationally Based Regional Editors   

How can I get involved as a Contributing Editor?

All applicants should have excellent writing skills and an enthusiasm for giving local theaters and productions some prominence on BroadwayWorld.com - the largest theater site on the net!

As a Contributing Editor, you will have the opportunity to review the shows of your choice, conduct interviews with local and touring talent, design features of your own choosing for publishing, and work/network with your local theater press reps to bring exposure to the theatrical offerings in your area.

Your compensation as a featured writer with us not only includes exclusive press seats to all of the shows you cover (as is standard in your area and arranged between you and the theater) but also the opportunity to be published under your own byline and publishing profile on both the local and main pages of the site for maximum exposure to our 4M+ monthly visitors!

The position offers flexible hours and the convenience of working remotely from your hometown. (**Access to New York City is NOT necessary**). There are no administrative duties associated with the contributorship. You simply see the shows, meet the talent, and write on your own time and terms! (Note that some projects require a specific publishing turnaround which you will discuss with your editor on a case-by-case basis).

To apply, or for more information, send an email to writefor@bwayworld.com


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          Could anyone end the Big 4's title streak?   

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          6/30/2017: FINANCIAL POST: World fashion brands, unions agree to extend Bangladesh deal   

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          BroadwayWorld Seeks US and Internationally Based Regional Editors   

How can I get involved as a Contributing Editor?

All applicants should have excellent writing skills and an enthusiasm for giving local theaters and productions some prominence on BroadwayWorld.com - the largest theater site on the net!

As a Contributing Editor, you will have the opportunity to review the shows of your choice, conduct interviews with local and touring talent, design features of your own choosing for publishing, and work/network with your local theater press reps to bring exposure to the theatrical offerings in your area.

Your compensation as a featured writer with us not only includes exclusive press seats to all of the shows you cover (as is standard in your area and arranged between you and the theater) but also the opportunity to be published under your own byline and publishing profile on both the local and main pages of the site for maximum exposure to our 4M+ monthly visitors!

The position offers flexible hours and the convenience of working remotely from your hometown. (**Access to New York City is NOT necessary**). There are no administrative duties associated with the contributorship. You simply see the shows, meet the talent, and write on your own time and terms! (Note that some projects require a specific publishing turnaround which you will discuss with your editor on a case-by-case basis).

To apply, or for more information, send an email to writefor@bwayworld.com


Check out the worldwide BroadwayWorld regions below!

United States:


Anchorage, Casper, Dayton, Des Moines, Fargo, Hawaii, Jackson, Montana, Sioux Falls , and Vermont.

International:

Argentina, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, China, Colombia Cuba, Egypt, Finland, France, Hungary, India, Indonesia, Ireland, Israel, Japan, Luxembourg, Malaysia, Mexico, Monaco, Montreal, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Ottawa, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Prague, Qatar, Russia, Scotland, Singapore, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Toronto, Turkey, Vancouver, and Venezuela.



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          Symposium Latsis EPFL 2016: Multicellular organisms in microfluidic systems   
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          The Gustav Sonata - Rose Tremain (2016)   







After finishing the first section of The Gustav Sonata I found myself wondering about just how many novels have been inspired by WWII. The war had such an impact on humanity that there is perhaps no end to the events, themes and existential issues that can be explored by novelists. The Gustav Sonata approaches the impact of the war in an unconventional manner, exploring the effects the war had on characters living in the neutral country of Switzerland. Although it is certainly not particularly innovative, The Gustav Sonata is quality literature and exactly the kind of novel that book club members love to read, so much so I also took some time to wonder whether there is a particular formula that novelists adhere to in order to attract the attention of the book club hoards that mill about in lounge rooms, cafes, pubs and libraries throughout the world.

The novel begins in post war Switzerland, a period of particular austerity for young Gustav and his mother, Emilie, who only just makes ends meet by working at a local cheese factory (accordingly she often smells strongly of cheese). Emilie tells Gustav that his father died because he helped to save Jews during the war. Emilie also tells young Gustav to be more like Switzerland itself: neutral, separate and strong. Gustav’s rather grey world improves when he befriends Anton, a child prodigy pianist and the son of Jewish parents who were sheltered from the horrors of the war by being Swiss citizens. Gustav and Anton initially share a fragile friendship, which then deepens across their shared childhoods. During the second part of the novel Tremain explores the lives of Gustav’s parents both before he was born and before the war. This section deftly provides a significant backstory and also further explores the novel’s major themes, in particular family dysfunction and how it often shapes the psychology of the individual. Gustav’s father, Erich, is a particularly well drawn and sympathetic character whose moralistic outlook is not shared by Emilie. Their marriage is blighted by differing perspectives and circumstances, providing ample narrative fodder for exploring the human psyche under pressure.

The third section explores Anton and Gustav’s lives as adults' right up to the early twenty-first century. Here the disappointments, tragedies and bitterness of the past haunt their lives. Gustav owns and runs a hotel in the town of his birth and still works hard to earn the love of his mother, which is often contingent and therefore rarely forthcoming. Anton lives a dissatisfied life as a piano teacher, having never had the nerve to succeed on stage. After an opportunity too good to be true takes Anton away from Gustav and their backwater town Gustav faces a life even more bereft of meaning. In other hands such existential bleakness could be over-bearing and exhausting, but Tremain’s classy, erudite style carries the narrative beautifully, allowing the reader to connect emotionally with the characters. When the final denouement comes it packs quite an emotional punch and it is here where the darker themes explored throughout the novel resolve into something like catharsis.

Tremain is certainly a skilled writer, exploring human temperament, morality, familial dysfunction and the complex nature of love, with subtlety and class. In an interview Tremain gave the following advice to writers: rather than writing about you know, try writing about what you don’t know. The same could be said about what you choose to read. The Gustav Sonata is a great example of the value of belonging to a book club; I simply would never have read the novel of my own volition, instead I was forced out of my comfort zone and into the splendid little world of a Rose Tremain novel. Although the novel will not go down as one of the most memorable books I have ever read, it was certainly worthy of my valuable reading time, and perhaps yours too.

          How to Make the Most of Your Internship? Alumni Give Advice    
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Twenty-four Middlebury Institute students are heading off to internships around the globe as part of the International Professional Service Semester program, a proven launch pad for future careers.

Twenty-four Middlebury Institute students are heading off for internships at international organizations in Switzerland, Italy, Chile, Canada, Serbia, Washington DC., New York City and the Bay Area as part of the International Professional Service Semester (IPSS). They will follow in the footsteps of numerous alumni who have made the most of similar assignments and transformed internships into careers.

As part of the IPSS program, students serve as junior professionals in an international organization such as the United Nations, WildAid, the International Union for Conservation of Nature, the US Bureau of Human Rights, and the Food and Agriculture Organization, and work on specific academic deliverables. Before leaving for their assignments they also participate in an on-campus training program.

Throughout the semester they are in contact with and supported by Institute faculty and staff. The same applies to students participating in the DPMI Plus practicum that is linked to the DPMI Certificate in International Development and Social Change. Many students in both programs find themselves working with alumni who have turned their own internship opportunities into lasting careers. They also benefit from insights from graduates from last year’s program who have shared their best advice on how to make the most of the internship experience. Here are some of their tips:

  1. Tackle all tasks with a positive attitude
  2. Stay organized
  3. Keep an open mind
  4. Don’t take on too much
  5. Manage your expectations
  6. Be creative and come up with an innovative project proposal
  7. Remember that knowledge gained at MIIS is not the end-point
  8. Learn office culture and adjust your style accordingly
  9. Send an introductory email with a list of your skills and interests
  10. Nurture relationships.

Among challenges recent participants list are learning how to manage email chains and deciding who to include on emails, taking on too much, managing social media and not being assertive about project selection. Challenges that are sure to sound familiar to most professionals.

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1836E MATERNITY NANNY with fluent English - Monte Carlo, Monaco

Number/Ages of children: 6 month old baby girl

Duties:
All childcare related duties

Requirements:
Fluent English
French knowledge is a bonus
Flexibility
Availability to travel with the family in UK and Switzerland

PLUS:
Candidate is already in south of France

Working hours: 10 hours per day, 6 days per week (flexible)
Salary offered: 900£+ net per week

Accommodation offered:
separate studio, 10 minutes walking distance
Starting date:
September 2017

Responsible consultant: valentina.arena @ nannybutler.com

Location: Monte Carlo, Monaco
Salary: 900£+ Net per Week
Hours: Full-time
Type: Permanent
Starting: Immediately
Duration: Ongoing


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

STORMS HURRICANES-TORNADOES

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

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

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

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

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

WORLD TERRORISM

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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          Healthy Eating: Lincoln Loud from The Loud House | Nickelodeon Germany   
Delicious and healthy, the only downside is, this piece of foody art is too good to eat!:



Willkommen bei den Louds - Lincoln zum Nachkochen - Nickelodeon Deutschland
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Mehr Nick: Nickelodeon Germany To Premiere "Bunsen Is A Beast" On Monday 17th July 2017!
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          Nickelodeon Austria And Nickelodeon Switzerland To Premiere "Tales Of The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles" On Sunday 6th August 2017   
Leonardo, Raphael, Donatello and Michelangelo return in Nickelodeon's season five anthology series, Tales of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, on Sunday 6th August 2017 at 19:40 Uhr on Nickelodeon Austria (Österreich) and Nickelodeon Switzerland (Schweiz)! The latest season of TMNT follows the Turtles through a variety of action-packed and bizarre adventures that have never been seen before. Produced at Nickelodeon in Burbank, premieres from the new 20-episode season will continue to air every Sunday at 19:40 Uhr on Nickelodeon Österreich and Nickelodeon Schweiz.

Nickelodeon Northern Europe will also debut Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles season five on Nickelodeon Germany (Deutschland) at 14:40 Uhr on Friday 4th August 2017.


Tales of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles captures seven distinct stories from the hero brothers’ past and future, including their early days in New York City, encounters with villains and friends, and a peek into their distant, but wild future. Throughout the season, fans can expect to see both new and familiar friends and foes as each tale unfolds.


In the premiere episode, "Scroll of the Demodragon," Kavaxas (voiced by Mark Hamill (Star Wars) in the US dub), a hotheaded dragon man with mystical powers, partners with some of the Turtles’ worst foes to bring chaos to New York City. In the episode, the Turtles believe they have defeated their old enemies, but they soon discover a new evil is rising. Hamill lends his voice as the villainous Kavaxas during the next three premiere episodes.


Additional characters set to appear in Tales of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles include: Count Vlad Dracula, the lord of the vampires; Savanti Romero, an evil time master from the future; Esmeralda, a kind and weary Romanian traveler with an expert knowledge of monsters; Sumo Kuma, a fierce and cunning Samurai commander; and Verminator Rex, the vicious leader of a gang.

The series is executive produced by Ciro Nieli and Brandon Auman.



More Nick: Nickelodeon Reimagines The Iconic "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles" In All-New 2D Animated Series, "Rise Of The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles"!

Below is a list of currently announced all-new Tales of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles episodes set to debut on Nickelodeon Österreich and Nickelodeon Schweiz this summer:

Sunday 6th August 2017 at 19:40 Uhr - Die Schriftrolle des Dämondrachen (Scroll of the Demodragon): The Turtles believe they have defeated their old enemies, but they soon discover a new evil is rising. (#501)

Friday 13th August 2017 at 19:40 Uhr - Der vergessene Schwertkämpfer (The Forgotten Swordsman): Karai searches for the Kuro Kabuto, claiming to be the rightful heir to the Foot Clan, when she encounters an old rival. (#502)

More Nick: Nickelodeon Launches All-New Brand Refresh In Germany, Switzerland and Austria; Shortens On-Air Name To 'Nick'!

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          Nickelodeon Germany To Premiere "Tales Of The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles" On Friday 4th August 2017   
Leonardo, Raphael, Donatello and Michelangelo return in Nickelodeon's season five anthology series, Tales of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, on Friday 4th August 2017 at 14:40 Uhr on Nickelodeon Germany (Deutschland)! The latest season of TMNT follows the Turtles through a variety of action-packed and bizarre adventures that have never been seen before. Produced at Nickelodeon in Burbank, premieres from the new 20-episode season will continue to air every Friday at 14:45 Uhr on Nickelodeon Deutschland.


Tales of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles captures seven distinct stories from the hero brothers’ past and future, including their early days in New York City, encounters with villains and friends, and a peek into their distant, but wild future. Throughout the season, fans can expect to see both new and familiar friends and foes as each tale unfolds.


In the premiere episode, "Scroll of the Demodragon," Kavaxas (voiced by Mark Hamill (Star Wars) in the US dub), a hotheaded dragon man with mystical powers, partners with some of the Turtles’ worst foes to bring chaos to New York City. In the episode, the Turtles believe they have defeated their old enemies, but they soon discover a new evil is rising. Hamill lends his voice as the villainous Kavaxas during the next three premiere episodes.


Additional characters set to appear in Tales of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles include: Count Vlad Dracula, the lord of the vampires; Savanti Romero, an evil time master from the future; Esmeralda, a kind and weary Romanian traveler with an expert knowledge of monsters; Sumo Kuma, a fierce and cunning Samurai commander; and Verminator Rex, the vicious leader of a gang.

The series is executive produced by Ciro Nieli and Brandon Auman.



More Nick: Nickelodeon Reimagines The Iconic "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles" In All-New 2D Animated Series, "Rise Of The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles"!

Below is a list of currently announced all-new Tales of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles episodes set to debut on Nickelodeon Deutschland this summer:

Friday 4th August 2017 at 14:40 Uhr - Die Schriftrolle des Dämondrachen (Scroll of the Demodragon): The Turtles believe they have defeated their old enemies, but they soon discover a new evil is rising. (#501)

Friday 11th August 2017 at 14:45 Uhr - Der vergessene Schwertkämpfer (The Forgotten Swordsman): Karai searches for the Kuro Kabuto, claiming to be the rightful heir to the Foot Clan, when she encounters an old rival. (#502)

More Nick: Nickelodeon Launches All-New Brand Refresh In Germany, Switzerland and Austria; Shortens On-Air Name To 'Nick'!

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          Team USA Preparing for European Fistball Championships in Switzerland   
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          6/30/2017: FINANCIAL POST: Fashion brands, unions agree to extend Bangladesh safety deal   

DHAKA, BANGLADESH • Leading global fashion brands and trade unions agreed Thursday to continue a safety program involving thousands of garment factories in Bangladesh for another three years. Two Switzerland- based global trade unions — IndustriALL...
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          Kejahatan Guna Taktik Kotor Oleh Mahathir - Kisah Khairuddin dan Matthias   

Matthias & Khairuddin Dalang DoJ?

Bagaimana orang yang bankrup boleh ke luar negara? Siapa yang tolong selesaikan hutang?

Matthias and Khairuddin pernah terbang ke Amerika Syarikat untuk berjumpa pegawai FBI. Mereka berdua dibantu secara sulit oleh Timbalan Pengarah FBI iaitu Andrew McCabe.

Pada bulan September 2015, keluarlah cerita palsu di New York Times bahawa FBI hendak tangkap Najib. Padahal bila Najib ke New York pada 23 September 2015 untuk hadiri Perhimpunan Agung Bangsa Bangsa Bersatu, tidak pula FBI menahan Najib. Obama melayan Najib sebagai tetamu kehormat di sana.

Bermakna cerita New York Times itu karut. Siapa yang bayar untuk buat cerita itu? Apakah dana RM50 juta itu dibayar menerusi seseorang yang dihantar Mahathir dan Daim? Atas urusan apa Khairuddin jumpa McCabe, Timbalan Pengarah FBI?

McCabe juga adalah orang yang sama menghadiri sidang akhbar Peguam Negara Amerika Syarikat, Loretta Lynch’s pasa 20 Julai 2016.

Sidang akhbar di mana Lynch mengumumkan saman sivil  lebih USD$1 billion aset yang kononnya dicuri dari 1MDB.

Khairuddin dan Matthias sebelum itu ke Hong Kong, United Kingdom, and Perancis untuk membuat laporan polis mengenai 1MDB pada bulan Julai dan Ogos 2015. Semasa serangan awal Mahathir terhadap Najib dimulakan.

Khairuddin turut berjumpa Peguam Negara Switzerland di Bern, Switzerland untuk menceritakan tentang 1MDB.

Gambar Khairuddin dan Matthias di luar negara. Mereka berdua mahu terbang lagi pada jam 10.30 pagi, 18 September 2015 ke New York dan London tetapi telah ditahan oleh polis Malaysia di bawah SOSMA.

Apakah pemergian Khairuddin dan Matthias ke luar negara ini juga adalah sebahagian RM50 juta yang didedahkan Syed Saddiq kepada tiga orang Exco PPBM itu?

Jika USD $5 juta dibayar pada Clinton Foundation, bermakna ada lagi baki RM30 juta dari RM50 juta yang didedahkan oleh Syed Saddiq. RM30 juta ini bayar Matthias dan Khairuddin untuk buat kerja kerja mensabotaj ekonomi negara?

Ya, mungkin. Kerana itulah Daim dan Mahathir yakin sangat bercakap bahawa Malaysia akan bankrup. Rupaya orang yang pernah bankrup ini buat kerja hendak bagi negara bankrup.


          Wurst Case Scenario   
For those of you who don't live in Europe, the Eurovision Song Contest is an annual tournament of pop music which involves most European nations (and a few which are not, strictly speaking, in Europe, such as Israel). The rules are that each country submits a brand new song by a chosen artist (often a newcomer act), which must be performed live on the night of the contest.

What's the Wurst that could happen?
The contest has given rise, over the years since 1956, to some very famous acts, such as ABBA, and even Celine Dion, singing for Switzerland in 1988. However, the tendency of some acts to compete in bizarre costume and with bizarre lyrics (who could forget the majestic poetry of Ding-a-Dong?), lends the entire contest an air of camp, verging at times on the farcical. It's screened live all over Europe, and it's a wonderful evening's entertainment, albeit pretty low-brow.

The other problem with the contest is the tendency of countries to vote for their political allies, regardless of the artistic merit of the songs. Each country, including the minnows like Malta, is allocated an equal weight of voting in the contest. This tends to make for some tension, as occasionally obviously good songs get gradually nudged downward in the rankings by political voting.

This year, of course, the winner was Austria, whose artist, Conchita Wurst, won by a comfortable margin. So far, so normal. What is different about this contest (and the reason I am writing about it) is that Conchita Wurst is a drag queen, with a beard. (I love that in German, wurst means sausage). Take a look:

















Here is a video I made Up Hill

Christina Georgina Rossetti (5 December 1830 -- 29 December 1894) was an English poet who wrote a variety of romantic, devotional, and children's poems. She is best known for her long poem Goblin Market, her love poem Remember, and for the words of the Christmas carol In the Bleak Midwinter.

Up-Hill

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Does the road wind up-hill all the way? 
   Yes, to the very end. 
Will the day’s journey take the whole long day? 
   From morn to night, my friend. 

But is there for the night a resting-place? 
   A roof for when the slow dark hours begin. 
May not the darkness hide it from my face? 
   You cannot miss that inn. 

Shall I meet other wayfarers at night? 
   Those who have gone before. 
Then must I knock, or call when just in sight? 
   They will not keep you standing at that door. 

Shall I find comfort, travel-sore and weak? 
   Of labour you shall find the sum. 
Will there be beds for me and all who seek? 
   Yea, beds for all who come.



=== from 2016 ===
 It is possible that the ALP will win the election on Saturday and that should scare people. Because the DelCon movement have advocated splitting the senate vote and sending a message to those remaining idiots who installed Turnbull over Abbott, the senate is likely to be ALP friendly too. Turnbull's foolish decision to go for a double dissolution means that all of Abbott's gains get wiped out. So as a service to the community, The Conservative Voice will list reasons to not vote for the ALP or their proxies who call themselves independents. 
  • The AWU corruption scandal which brought on the double dissolution. Shorten is heavily involved in his time as union leader. Also Fair Work has been set up badly and is not an effective guard. To give the ALP the reigns of power again is to give in to another term of ineffective workplace relations. That will damage Australia badly, crippling her businesses who employ people.
  • Bad for the economy, promising to spend over $120 billion dollars on two policies alone, neither of which are effective. But then promising to balance the budget too. And yet admitting to lying outrageously about Medicare because they feel that is clever politics. 
  • Border Security. ALP have killed people with expensive bad policy.
  • Too close to extremist Muslims, too distant from people who are good.
  • Hostile to church interests, but not a friend to gays either. 
  • NSW Corruption with ICAC still not taking on the majority of corrupt ALP members from their 16 years in power. 
  • Victorian corruption, with jobs for the union mates and the destruction of CFA volunteer firefighters. ALP have killed people with incompetence in recent years. 
  • Queensland corruption and South Australian too, all related to entrenched ALP that are supported by independents. 
For some, at the moment, the Sex Party has more credibility.  
=== from 2015 ===
Greece will default on her repayments today. The left wing Greek Government has promised her people that they can default and stay in the European Union. As if people can work but not be paid, so long as they aren't Greek. And that is wrong. The cost of the lie of the Greek government is a nervous world market which devalues because the stakes are so high. Europe should boot Greece. The campaign against austerity is dangerous and should not be accepted. There will be market pain if Greece leaves the union, but it is nothing to the pain if others feel that austerity can be rejected with impunity.  

Joe Hockey's defamation win is only a slap on the wrist for the partisan media who would willingly cut their own throats to secure a win against conservatives. There was no need for the personal attack of the defamatory headline, but it was made for no other purpose but to attack the treasurer. And if the Fairfax press had any credibility they would pay the money and issue an apology. Instead they are un-penitent and are examining the possibility of appealing. One hopes they appeal and lose badly.
From 2014
The 1876 election had seen the election of GOP Hayes based on a compromise. The military was pulled out of the South, ending reconstruction efforts and toppling state GOP governments. White Democrats would make the south one party and would isolate and prey upon African Americans. But in terms of populism, that was ok. Then James was elected and what followed was to James' credit in 1881, and a tragedy too. James was a GOP man too, but he had better control and discipline than Hayes. James Garfield would reform the US public service and purge corruption from the post office. He appointed african americans to prominent federal positions, promoted civil rights and education as a means to a free and fair electorate. And then, two hundred days into office, he was assassinated by a nut job. 

The nut job was like any other extreme right wing idiot that ever lived. Born in illinois, to an ethnically French family of Huguenot, Guiteau had been given $1000 and instructed to study in New York by his father. He had listening issues, and struggled as a student. He dropped out and joined a religious cult, but struggled to find his place. He went to Boston and got an easily achieved legal license, but was a failure as a barrister, managing to enrage most of his clients. Next, Guiteau turned to theology and stole material from the cult from which he had been booted. Then he decided to support GOP people. He begged Hayes for political favours, and then Garfield. Garfield had opposed corruption. So Guiteau decided to shoot him. 

Guiteau chose a pearl handled revolver for reasons of posterity. He picked his moment, approached Garfield from behind and shot him twice. Garfield would probably have survived but for the medical treatment he received by doctors that had not sterilised their surgery equipment or hands, as would be routine ten years later. It took eleven weeks for Garfield to die. In defence, Guiteau would claim that he was not guilty because "The doctors killed him, I just shot him." The defence failed, and so on this day in 1882, nine months after the shooting, Guiteau was hung. On the morning of his hanging, Guiteau wrote a poem. 

I am going to the Lordy, I am so glad,

I am going to the Lordy, I am so glad,

I am going to the Lordy,

Glory hallelujah! Glory hallelujah!

I am going to the Lordy.

I love the Lordy with all my soul,

Glory hallelujah!

And that is the reason I am going to the Lord,

Glory hallelujah! Glory hallelujah!

I am going to the Lord.


I saved my party and my land,



Glory hallelujah!

But they have murdered me for it,

And that is the reason I am going to the Lordy,

Glory hallelujah! Glory hallelujah!

I am going to the Lordy!

I wonder what I will do when I get to the Lordy,

I guess that I will weep no more

When I get to the Lordy!

Glory hallelujah!

I wonder what I will see when I get to the Lordy,

I expect to see most glorious things,

Beyond all earthly conception

When I am with the Lordy!

Glory hallelujah! Glory hallelujah!

I am with the Lord.

He was the only right wing extremist to assassinate a President of the US. He seemed incapable of rational thought, his application of poetry on a par with another right wing terrorist (McVey) who claimed he was the captain of his soul. Guiteau's case was one of the first attempts at an insanity defence in the US for a high profile case. At nine months he was the longest survivor of an assassination of a US President. 
Historical perspective on this day
In 350, Roman usurper Nepotianus, of the Constantinian dynasty, was defeated and killed in Rome by troops of the usurper Magnentius. 763, the Byzantine army of emperor Constantine V defeated the Bulgarian forces in the Battle of Anchialus. 1422, Battle of Arbedo between the duke of Milan and the Swiss cantons. 1520, Spanish conquistadors led by Hernán Cortésfought their way out of Tenochtitlan. 1521, Spanish forces defeated a combined French and Navarrese army at the Battle of Noáin during the Spanish conquest of Iberian Navarre. 1559, King Henry II of France was mortally wounded in a jousting match against Gabriel de Montgomery. 1651, The DelugeKhmelnytsky Uprising – the Battle of Beresteczko ended with a Polish victory. 1688, the Immortal Seven issue the Invitation to William (continuing the English rebellion from Rome), which would culminate in the Glorious Revolution. 1758, Seven Years' War: The Battle of Domstadtl took place. 1794, Native American forces under Blue Jacket attack Fort Recovery.

In 1805, the U.S. Congress organised the Michigan Territory. 1860, the 1860 Oxford evolution debate at the Oxford University Museum of Natural History took place. 1864, U.S. PresidentAbraham Lincoln granted Yosemite Valley to California for "public use, resort and recreation". 1882, Charles J. Guiteau was hanged in Washington, D.C. for the assassination of U.S. President James Garfield. 1886, the first transcontinental train trip across Canada departed from Montreal. It arrived in Port Moody, British Columbia on July 4. 1892, the Homestead Strike began near PittsburghPennsylvania.

In 1905, Albert Einstein published the article On the Electrodynamics of Moving Bodies, in which he introduced special relativity. 1906, the United States Congress passed the Meat Inspection Act and Pure Food and Drug Act. 1908, the Tunguska event occurred in remote Siberia. 1912, the Regina Cyclone hit Regina, Saskatchewan, killing 28. It remains Canada's deadliest tornado event. 1917, World War IGreece declared war on the Central Powers. 1921, U.S. President Warren G. Harding appointed former President William Howard Taft Chief Justice of the United States. 1922, in Washington D.C., U.S. Secretary of State Charles Evans Hughes and Dominican Ambassador Francisco J. Peynado signed the Hughes-Peynado agreement, which ended the United States occupation of the Dominican Republic.

In 1934, the Night of the Long KnivesAdolf Hitler's violent purge of his political rivals in Germany, took place. 1936, Emperor Haile Selassie of Abyssinia appealed for aid to the League of Nations against Italy's invasion of his country. 1937, the world's first emergency telephone number999, was introduced in London 1944, World War II: The Battle of Cherbourg ended with the fall of the strategically valuable port to American forces. 1953, the first Chevrolet Corvette rolled off the assembly line in Flint, Michigan. 1956, a TWA Super Constellation and a United Airlines DC-7 collided above the Grand Canyon in Arizona and crashed, killing all 128 on board both airliners. 1960, Congo gained independence from Belgium. 1963, Ciaculli massacre: a car bomb, intended for Mafia boss Salvatore Greco, killed seven police officers and military personnel near Palermo. 1966, the National Organization for Women, the United States' largest feminist organisation, was founded. 1968, Pope Paul VIissued the Credo of the People of God.

In 1971, the crew of the Soviet Soyuz 11 spacecraft were killed when their air supply escaped through a faulty valve. Also 1971, Ohio ratified the 26th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, reducing the voting age to 18, thereby putting the amendment into effect. 1972, the first leap second was added to the UTC time system. 1977, the Southeast Asia Treaty Organizationdisbanded. 1985, thirty-nine American hostages from the hijacked TWA Flight 847 were freed in Beirut after being held for 17 days. 1986, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in Bowers v. Hardwick that states could outlaw homosexual acts between consenting adults. 1990, East Germany and West Germany merged their economies. 1997, the United Kingdom transferssovereignty over Hong Kong to the People's Republic of China.
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I am publishing a book called Bread of Life: January. 

Bread of Life is a daily bible quote with a layman's understanding of the meaning. I give one quote for each day, and also a series of personal stories illustrating key concepts eg Who is God? What is a miracle? Why is there tragedy?

January is the first of the anticipated year-long work of thirteen books. One for each month and the whole year. It costs to publish. It (Kindle version) should retail at about $2US online, but the paperback version would cost more, according to production cost.
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    The prince meeting his lindorm brother, from Folk Tales of the World, written by Roger Lancelyn Green, illustrated by Janet and Anne Grahame Johnstone, and published in 1966 by Purnell and Sons Ltd (© Roger Lancelyn Green/ Janet and Anne Grahame Johnstone/Purnell and Sons Ltd – reproduced here on a strictly non-commercial Fair Use basis only)

    I owe much of my lifelong love of mythology to the wonderful works of Roger Lancelyn Green that my mother Mary Shuker bought for me when I was a child, in which he retold countless famous and little-known myths, legends, folktales, and fables from all around the world. Moreover, it was within these works that I first encountered many enthralling fabulous beasts and other folkloric entities, including the Japanese tanuki, the Mexican kuil kaax (click here for my ShukerNature coverage of this magical woodland spirit), the Australian kurreah (click here), and – in Green's delightful book Folk Tales of the World, exquisitely illustrated throughout in full colour by Janet and Anne Grahame Johnstone, which I still treasure to this day – the Swedish lindorm.

    Lindorms are semi-dragons inasmuch as they occupy an intermediate echelon in the evolution of the dragon from the serpent. Typically (but not invariably) two-legged and wingless, lindorms have greater affinities with the serpents than with the classical dragons (in contrast, wyverns, which are also semi-dragons, possess not only a pair of legs but also a pair of wings, so they are closer to the classical dragons than to the serpents).

    A sturdy typical two-limbed lindorm readily demonstrating its semi-dragon status, intermediate between a limbless serpent dragon and a quadrupedal classical dragon (public domain)

    Incidentally, the term 'lindorm' should not be (but often is) confused with 'lindworm' – which technically should only be applied to wingless four-limbed classical dragons. In heraldry, however, it is commonly applied to lindorms.

    Lindorms were commonly met with in churchyards, where they ghoulishly devoured human corpses, and would sometimes invade churches too. They occurred in great numbers amid the mountainous peaks of central Europe - indeed, the elaborate dragon-shaped fountain in Klagenfurt, Austria, was inspired by the discovery in 1335 of a supposed lindorm skull (it later proved to be from a woolly rhinoceros!).

    A limbless Swedish lindorm, resembling a gigantic snake (© Richard Svensson)

    Their favourite land, however, was Sweden, which contained quite a variety of versions, including legless lindorms and even one that sported a small pair of fore-wings instead of a pair of legs. But most Swedish lindorms were of the typical two-limbed variety. There are many traditional tales from this Scandinavian country concerning these particular semi-dragons, but perhaps the most celebrated example is the one that I shall now retell here.

    A rare winged Swedish lindorm (© Richard Svensson)

    Untold centuries ago, the Swedish monarch's queen lay in her bedchamber, about to give birth to twins - the fulfilment of many years of empty longing for the children that she seemed destined never to conceive. She smiled, as she remembered how, in final desperation, she had consulted a soothsayer who had assured her that in less than a year's time she would be granted two handsome sons - provided that she ate two fresh onions as soon as she returned home to the palace.

    The advice seemed quite bizarre, but the queen was so aroused by the chance, however slim, that it offered to her that she made her way back to the palace at once, anxious to seek out the necessary vegetables without delay. Recalling this scene, she also remembered hearing the soothsayer calling after her, but as she had already told her about the onions, the soothsayer's message clearly couldn't have been of much importance, and so the queen hadn't wasted time turning back. Instead, she had continued her journey home, and upon arriving had ordered two crisp, mature onions to be brought to her immediately.

    When she received them, the queen was so excited by the promise that these innocuous vegetables held that she ate the first one whole, without even stopping to peel the skins from it. Not surprisingly, however, it tasted quite revolting - and so in spite of her enthusiasm she spent time carefully peeling the second one, stripping away every layer of skin, before finally eating it. Nine months had passed since then, and now, precisely as prophesied by the soothsayer, she was about to bear her greatly-desired children.

    'The Serpent of Arabia' – a lindorm sumptuously depicted in the Ripley Scroll, a 15th-Century alchemical manuscript of emblematic symbolism, and of unknown origin but named after Sir George Ripley, a famous English alchemist (public domain)

    The palace courtiers and staff eagerly clamoured outside the royal bedchamber, awaiting the official announcement of the new princes' births. Suddenly, an ear-splitting scream echoed within the chamber - but it was not the lusty cry of a newborn baby. It was, instead, a shriek of horror - an eldritch wail that leapt unbidden from the throat of the royal midwife when she set eyes upon the queen's firstborn. It was male - but it was not human.

    The queen had given birth to a lindorm - a hideous snake-like dragon, whose wingless elongate body thrashed upon the marble floor in innumerable scaly coils, and from whose shoulders sprang a pair of powerful limbs with taloned feet. Deathly pale and so repulsed by the creature that she was unable even to whisper, let alone scream, it was the queen, still in labour with her second child, who leaned down, took the young lindorm in her arms - and hurled it, with all the power that her loathing could summon, through a nearby window, from where the creature plummeted into the dense forest surrounding the palace.

    Weakened from the exertion, she sank back upon the bed, and gave birth again - but this time to a perfectly healthy, fresh-faced boy, with golden hair and sparkling blue eyes.

    Encountering a traditional two-limbed lindorm in Switzerland, from Itinera per Helvetiae Alpinas Regiones Facta Annis 1702-1711 by Swiss scholar Johann Jakob Scheuchzer, 1723 (public domain)

    Years passed by, and the boy became a youthful prince in search of a bride - but what he found was his brother, the lindorm. The prince had been riding around the perimeter of the vast forest encompassing the palace when, without warning, a huge ophidian head had emerged from a thorny bush directly ahead. Rearing up until its green-scaled body resembled a towering tree, the lindorm gazed down at the youth with unblinking eyes of amber that effortlessly penetrated his innermost thoughts. And as the prince stared back, mesmerised and motionless before this monstrous entity, he heard its voice, intoning deep within his mind - a voice that assured him with cold, reptilian detachment and certainty that he would never find a wife until he, his elder brother, had obtained the true love of a willing bride.

    Accordingly, over the next few months a succession of village maidens were given to the lindorm, in the hope of overcoming this barrier to the young prince's quest for a bride. Needless to say, however, none of the maidens were thrilled at the prospect of marriage to a lindorm, so none came willingly - and, inevitably therefore, none was accepted by the monster. The situation seemed irreconcilable - until one day, that is, when the next maiden selected to be the lindorm's bride had the good fortune to encounter beforehand the soothsayer whom the queen had consulted all those years ago. After listening sympathetically as the maiden spoke of her impending plight, the soothsayer whispered into her ear some words of advice that swiftly replaced her sadness with a smile of joy.

    The maiden instructing the lindorm to shed its first skin, as portrayed by Arthur Rackham (public domain)

    That night, the maiden was presented to the lindorm, who gruffly told her to take off her dresses - of which she seemed to be wearing a surprising number. She agreed to do this - but only after extracting from the lindorm the promise that for every dress she took off, it would shed a layer of skin. This it did, until only a single layer remained - and until the maiden was clothed in just a single robe.

    The maiden removing her first dress, watched closely by the lindorm after shedding its first skin as demanded by her - illustrated by Henry Justice Ford (public domain)

    Despite remembering the soothsayer's words, it was not without a degree of nervousness that she then removed this final gown and stood still, and naked, before the great dragon.

    The lindorm moved towards her, and the maiden tensed - fearing yet desiring what was to come, for if the soothsayer had spoken truthfully to her there would be great happiness, and great love, ahead. And so she stood erect, motionless, as the serpentine monster leisurely, almost tenderly, enveloped her body in its scaly coils. She had expected them to feel cold and slimy, and was therefore pleasantly surprised by their warmth and softness - embracing and caressing her in their muscular folds.

    Even so, she felt a flicker of terror rising within her - a desire to close her eyes, to scream, to flee, to do anything rather than remain here. Then the words of the wise old soothsayer came back to her, calming her mind, and she relaxed again.

    Gazing about her, she noticed that the lindorm's last layer of skin was so thin as to be almost translucent, and was beginning to peel away, folding back upon itself like a cluster of withered leaves. At the same time, a strange green mist manifested all around, bathing the lindorm in a viridescent haze until she was aware of the creature's continuing presence only from the embrace of its sinuous body.

    Gradually, however, the mist dispersed - and revealed that she was no longer wrapped within the serpentine coils of a lindorm after all, but within the firm arms of the most handsome man she had ever seen!

    A somewhat Oriental-looking lindorm (public domain)

    The soothsayer had indeed spoken truthfully - by following her instructions, the enchantment that had incarcerated him within the guise of a lindorm had been dispelled, and here was the elder prince, heir to the country's throne, and for whom the maiden would indeed be a very willing bride. The joyful marriage took place without delay, and after the old queen had given her blessing to the newly-weds, who were now the new king and queen, she felt someone lightly tap her shoulder.

    It was the soothsayer, who revealed to her the information that she had not stayed to hear all those years ago - namely, make sure that she peeled both onions before eating them!


    This ShukerNature blog article is excerpted from my book Dragons: A Natural History (1995). See also my more recent book, Dragons in Zoology, Cryptozoology, and Culture(2013), for detailed coverage of lindorms in mythology, cryptozoology, and natural history.






          aracer on "What are your regrets in life ?"   

Have just been reminded that one of the things I really regret is lagging at the back of my team when going down a canyon in Switzerland when I should really have been at the front, where I might have spotted the sump under a rock and made sure my teammates avoided it.


          15% OFF Brown Sling Leather Sandals For Men & Women - Handmade Leather Sandals, Unisex Sandals, Jesus Sandals, Brown Flip Flops, Brown Leath by SANDALI   

42.50 USD

Welcome to SANDALI ... I can guarantee that you will love these sandals as not only are they beautiful but they are also extremely comfortable. All the pairs are handmade from thick COW leather & varnished with a special varnish for the finishing touch. We regard our sandals to be of the utmost quality - we make all the sandals as per request & all our sandals are based on an unisex collection ... we will strive in finding you your perfect fit ;0)

We use sustainable products that are as environmental friendly. In regards to our sandals themselves, our leather skins all come from Italy - we only purchase 'Natural Leather' & finish it off with a special varnish to protect the leather - no dye, no artificial substances.

★ COLORS ★

All the designs are available in brown, black or caramel toned leather ...
We also offer this & any other given designs in blue, green, red, orange, yellow, white, pink, violet, grey & turquoise.

Please note that the colored collection is $20.00 more expensive then the plain designs (black, brown & caramel) ... Simply notify me which design & color you are interested in & then I will go ahead & create a Reserved Listing for you ;0)

★ SOLES ★

Our soles are made from 'Press Rubber' ( Recycled Rubber ) which is light & supple yet supportive & comfortable.

We also offer ALL leather soles ( flat-slight heel ) as an option which will be charged an additional fee of $20.00 per pair - simply contact us if you are interested in the 'all leather sole' option.

★ SIZES ★

We make each & every single pair of sandals as per request - these sandals are not mass-produced via factory or machinery so therefore every single pair is hand crafted especially for you.

We offer a variety of sizes - although it states 'only 1 size available' we have all the size options varying from an EURO # 35 - EURO # 46 - Simply select your size & color options under our '"Variations Section" when checking out your order.

★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★
WOMEN & MEN SIZE CHART ~~ US # vs EURO #
★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★

Measurements are based on the length of the inner soles of the sandals !!!

EURO # 35 ( Female US # 4 - 4.5 // Male US # 2 - 2.5 ) - 22.9 cm // 9.0 "
EURO # 36 ( Female US # 5 - 5.5 // Male US # 3 - 3.5 ) - 23.5 cm // 9.3 "
EURO # 37 ( Female US # 6 - 6.5 // Male US # 4 - 4.5 ) - 24.1 cm // 9.5 "
EURO # 38 ( Female US # 7 - 7.5 // Male US # 5 - 5.5 ) - 24.8 cm // 9.8 "
EURO # 39 ( Female US # 8 - 8.5 // Male US # 6 - 6.5 ) - 25.4 cm // 10 "
EURO # 40 ( Female US # 9 - 9.5 // Male US # 7 - 7.5 ) - 26 cm // 10.2 "
EURO # 41 ( Female US # 10 - 10.5 // Male US # 8 - 8.5 ) - 26.7 cm // 10.5 "
EURO # 42 ( Female US # 11 - 11.5 // Male US # 9 - 9.5 ) - 27.5 cm // 10.8 "
EURO # 43 ( Female US # 12 - 12.5 // Male US # 10 - 10.5 ) - 28.3 cm //11.1 "
EURO # 44 ( Female US # 13 - 13.5 // Male US # 11 - 11.5 ) - 28.9 cm // 11.4 "
EURO # 45 ( Female US # 14 - 14.5 // Male US # 12 - 12.5 ) - 29.6 cm // 11.7 "
EURO # 46 ( Female US # 15 - 15.5 // Male US # 13 - 13.5 ) - 30.4 cm // 12.0 "

So for example :

If your feet measures a total length of 25.4 cm // 10" then it is the best option to go for an EURO # 40 ( 26 cm // 10.2" ) as you will need to add a few additional cm's or inches for the space on the front & back of your sandals ...

★ HANDLING & SHIPPING ★

Please note that our handling time varies between 5-7 business days. We make each & every single pair of sandals as per request - these sandals are not mass-produced via factory or machinery so therefore every single pair is hand crafted especially for you.

All our parcels are carefully packaged in a cardboard box which is then carefully covered with a 'water-proof' wrapping to protect parcels from exterior influences in selected seasons ( Autumn & Winter = Rainy / Monsoon Seasons ).

I also want to confirm that each parcel has been INSURED - all parcels includes $100 insurance.

We offer 3 shipping methods at this given time :

1. First Class International Priority Mail ( 10 - 16 business days )
2. ECO Express Mail ( 5-7 business days )
3. EMS Express Mail ( 3-5 business days )

1. First Class International Priority Mail ( 10 - 16 business days )

We normally ship all our parcels via First Class International Priority Mail whereas parcels will be delivered to the comfort of your front door within an amazing 10-16 business days. Please note that our customers are not able to track their parcels until this parcel is at their local postal unit.

2. ECO Express Mail ( 5-7 business days )

You can upgrade your shipment to ECO EXPRESS Shipping ( 5-7 business days ) for an extra $5.00 per pair whereas you will receive tracking updates & delivery notifications.

ECO Express is only available to the following countries :
( ** Exceptions at check-out ** )

Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, France, Germany, Great Britain ( UK ), Italy, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland & United States of America.

3. EMS Express Mail ( 3-5 business days )

You can upgrade your shipment to EMS EXPRESS Shipping ( 3-5 business days ) for an extra $20.00 for the 1st pair & $12.00 for every additional pair.

We provide tracking updates as an item travels to its destination. Get tracking updates, including the date and time of delivery or attempted delivery notifications.

If you are in a hurry to receive your order then simply go ahead & upgrade your shipping either to one of the following Express Options.

★ PLEASE NOTE ★

We are also the founders & owners of our other SEMI-FORMAL brand WalkaholicS - Quality Handmade Leather Sandals ~ http://www.etsy.com/shop/WalkaholicS

★ JOIN US ★

http://facebook.com/pages/SANDALI/68767615819/
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https://google.com/+Sandali-sandals
https://twitter.com/SandaliSandals


          15% OFF Brown Tiger Leather Sandals For Men & Women - Handmade Unisex Sandals, Flip Flop Sandals, Jesus Sandals, Genuine Leather, Brown Sand by SANDALI   

46.75 USD

Welcome to SANDALI ... I can guarantee that you will love these sandals as not only are they beautiful but they are also extremely comfortable. All the pairs are handmade from thick COW leather & varnished with a special varnish for the finishing touch. We regard our sandals to be of the utmost quality - we make all the sandals as per request & all our sandals are based on an unisex collection ... we will strive in finding you your perfect fit ;0)

We use sustainable products that are as environmental friendly. In regards to our sandals themselves, our leather skins all come from Italy - we only purchase 'Natural Leather' & finish it off with a special varnish to protect the leather - no dye, no artificial substances.

★ COLORS ★

All the designs are available in brown, black or caramel toned leather ...
We also offer this & any other given designs in blue, green, red, orange, yellow, white, pink, violet, grey & turquoise.

Please note that the colored collection is $20.00 more expensive then the plain designs (black, brown & caramel) ... Simply notify me which design & color you are interested in & then I will go ahead & create a Reserved Listing for you ;0)

★ SOLES ★

Our soles are made from 'Press Rubber' ( Recycled Rubber ) which is light & supple yet supportive & comfortable.

We also offer ALL leather soles ( flat-slight heel ) as an option which will be charged an additional fee of $20.00 per pair - simply contact us if you are interested in the 'all leather sole' option.

★ SIZES ★

We make each & every single pair of sandals as per request - these sandals are not mass-produced via factory or machinery so therefore every single pair is hand crafted especially for you.

We offer a variety of sizes - although it states 'only 1 size available' we have all the size options varying from an EURO # 35 - EURO # 46 - Simply select your size & color options under our '"Variations Section" when checking out your order.

★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★
WOMEN & MEN SIZE CHART ~~ US # vs EURO #
★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★

Measurements are based on the length of the inner soles of the sandals !!!

EURO # 35 ( Female US # 4 - 4.5 // Male US # 2 - 2.5 ) - 22.9 cm // 9.0 "
EURO # 36 ( Female US # 5 - 5.5 // Male US # 3 - 3.5 ) - 23.5 cm // 9.3 "
EURO # 37 ( Female US # 6 - 6.5 // Male US # 4 - 4.5 ) - 24.1 cm // 9.5 "
EURO # 38 ( Female US # 7 - 7.5 // Male US # 5 - 5.5 ) - 24.8 cm // 9.8 "
EURO # 39 ( Female US # 8 - 8.5 // Male US # 6 - 6.5 ) - 25.4 cm // 10 "
EURO # 40 ( Female US # 9 - 9.5 // Male US # 7 - 7.5 ) - 26 cm // 10.2 "
EURO # 41 ( Female US # 10 - 10.5 // Male US # 8 - 8.5 ) - 26.7 cm // 10.5 "
EURO # 42 ( Female US # 11 - 11.5 // Male US # 9 - 9.5 ) - 27.5 cm // 10.8 "
EURO # 43 ( Female US # 12 - 12.5 // Male US # 10 - 10.5 ) - 28.3 cm //11.1 "
EURO # 44 ( Female US # 13 - 13.5 // Male US # 11 - 11.5 ) - 28.9 cm // 11.4 "
EURO # 45 ( Female US # 14 - 14.5 // Male US # 12 - 12.5 ) - 29.6 cm // 11.7 "
EURO # 46 ( Female US # 15 - 15.5 // Male US # 13 - 13.5 ) - 30.4 cm // 12.0 "

So for example :

If your feet measures a total length of 25.4 cm // 10" then it is the best option to go for an EURO # 40 ( 26 cm // 10.2" ) as you will need to add a few additional cm's or inches for the space on the front & back of your sandals ...

★ HANDLING & SHIPPING ★

Please note that our handling time varies between 5-7 business days. We make each & every single pair of sandals as per request - these sandals are not mass-produced via factory or machinery so therefore every single pair is hand crafted especially for you.

All our parcels are carefully packaged in a cardboard box which is then carefully covered with a 'water-proof' wrapping to protect parcels from exterior influences in selected seasons ( Autumn & Winter = Rainy / Monsoon Seasons ).

I also want to confirm that each parcel has been INSURED - all parcels includes $100 insurance.

We offer 3 shipping methods at this given time :

1. First Class International Priority Mail ( 10 - 16 business days )
2. ECO Express Mail ( 5-7 business days )
3. EMS Express Mail ( 3-5 business days )

1. First Class International Priority Mail ( 10 - 16 business days )

We normally ship all our parcels via First Class International Priority Mail whereas parcels will be delivered to the comfort of your front door within an amazing 10-16 business days. Please note that our customers are not able to track their parcels until this parcel is at their local postal unit.

2. ECO Express Mail ( 5-7 business days )

You can upgrade your shipment to ECO EXPRESS Shipping ( 5-7 business days ) for an extra $5.00 per pair whereas you will receive tracking updates & delivery notifications.

ECO Express is only available to the following countries :
( ** Exceptions at check-out ** )

Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, France, Germany, Great Britain ( UK ), Italy, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland & United States of America.

3. EMS Express Mail ( 3-5 business days )

You can upgrade your shipment to EMS EXPRESS Shipping ( 3-5 business days ) for an extra $20.00 for the 1st pair & $12.00 for every additional pair.

We provide tracking updates as an item travels to its destination. Get tracking updates, including the date and time of delivery or attempted delivery notifications.

If you are in a hurry to receive your order then simply go ahead & upgrade your shipping either to one of the following Express Options.

★ PLEASE NOTE ★

We are also the founders & owners of our other SEMI-FORMAL brand WalkaholicS - Quality Handmade Leather Sandals ~ http://www.etsy.com/shop/WalkaholicS

★ JOIN US ★

http://facebook.com/pages/SANDALI/68767615819/
http://instagram.com/sandalisandals
http://pinterest.com/sandalisandals/
http://fancy.com/sandali_sandals
https://google.com/+Sandali-sandals
https://twitter.com/SandaliSandals


          15% OFF Green Eclipse Leather Sandals For Men & Women - Handmade Unisex Sandals, Flip Flop Sandals, Jesus Sandals, Green Genuine Leather San by SANDALI   

46.75 USD

Welcome to SANDALI ... I can guarantee that you will love these sandals as not only are they beautiful but they are also extremely comfortable. All the pairs are handmade from thick COW leather & varnished with a special varnish for the finishing touch. We regard our sandals to be of the utmost quality - we make all the sandals as per request & all our sandals are based on an unisex collection ... we will strive in finding you your perfect fit ;0)

We use sustainable products that are as environmental friendly. In regards to our sandals themselves, our leather skins all come from Italy - we only purchase 'Natural Leather' & finish it off with a special varnish to protect the leather - no dye, no artificial substances.

★ COLORS ★

All the designs are available in brown, black or caramel toned leather ...
We also offer this & any other given designs in blue, green, red, orange, yellow, white, pink, violet, grey & turquoise.

Please note that the colored collection is $20.00 more expensive then the plain designs (black, brown & caramel) ... Simply notify me which design & color you are interested in & then I will go ahead & create a Reserved Listing for you ;0)

★ SOLES ★

Our soles are made from 'Press Rubber' ( Recycled Rubber ) which is light & supple yet supportive & comfortable.

We also offer ALL leather soles ( flat-slight heel ) as an option which will be charged an additional fee of $20.00 per pair - simply contact us if you are interested in the 'all leather sole' option.

★ SIZES ★

We make each & every single pair of sandals as per request - these sandals are not mass-produced via factory or machinery so therefore every single pair is hand crafted especially for you.

We offer a variety of sizes - although it states 'only 1 size available' we have all the size options varying from an EURO # 35 - EURO # 46 - Simply select your size & color options under our '"Variations Section" when checking out your order.

★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★
WOMEN & MEN SIZE CHART ~~ US # vs EURO #
★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★

Measurements are based on the length of the inner soles of the sandals !!!

EURO # 35 ( Female US # 4 - 4.5 // Male US # 2 - 2.5 ) - 22.9 cm // 9.0 "
EURO # 36 ( Female US # 5 - 5.5 // Male US # 3 - 3.5 ) - 23.5 cm // 9.3 "
EURO # 37 ( Female US # 6 - 6.5 // Male US # 4 - 4.5 ) - 24.1 cm // 9.5 "
EURO # 38 ( Female US # 7 - 7.5 // Male US # 5 - 5.5 ) - 24.8 cm // 9.8 "
EURO # 39 ( Female US # 8 - 8.5 // Male US # 6 - 6.5 ) - 25.4 cm // 10 "
EURO # 40 ( Female US # 9 - 9.5 // Male US # 7 - 7.5 ) - 26 cm // 10.2 "
EURO # 41 ( Female US # 10 - 10.5 // Male US # 8 - 8.5 ) - 26.7 cm // 10.5 "
EURO # 42 ( Female US # 11 - 11.5 // Male US # 9 - 9.5 ) - 27.5 cm // 10.8 "
EURO # 43 ( Female US # 12 - 12.5 // Male US # 10 - 10.5 ) - 28.3 cm //11.1 "
EURO # 44 ( Female US # 13 - 13.5 // Male US # 11 - 11.5 ) - 28.9 cm // 11.4 "
EURO # 45 ( Female US # 14 - 14.5 // Male US # 12 - 12.5 ) - 29.6 cm // 11.7 "
EURO # 46 ( Female US # 15 - 15.5 // Male US # 13 - 13.5 ) - 30.4 cm // 12.0 "

So for example :

If your feet measures a total length of 25.4 cm // 10" then it is the best option to go for an EURO # 40 ( 26 cm // 10.2" ) as you will need to add a few additional cm's or inches for the space on the front & back of your sandals ...

★ HANDLING & SHIPPING ★

Please note that our handling time varies between 5-7 business days. We make each & every single pair of sandals as per request - these sandals are not mass-produced via factory or machinery so therefore every single pair is hand crafted especially for you.

All our parcels are carefully packaged in a cardboard box which is then carefully covered with a 'water-proof' wrapping to protect parcels from exterior influences in selected seasons ( Autumn & Winter = Rainy / Monsoon Seasons ).

I also want to confirm that each parcel has been INSURED - all parcels includes $100 insurance.

We offer 3 shipping methods at this given time :

1. First Class International Priority Mail ( 10 - 16 business days )
2. ECO Express Mail ( 5-7 business days )
3. EMS Express Mail ( 3-5 business days )

1. First Class International Priority Mail ( 10 - 16 business days )

We normally ship all our parcels via First Class International Priority Mail whereas parcels will be delivered to the comfort of your front door within an amazing 10-16 business days. Please note that our customers are not able to track their parcels until this parcel is at their local postal unit.

2. ECO Express Mail ( 5-7 business days )

You can upgrade your shipment to ECO EXPRESS Shipping ( 5-7 business days ) for an extra $5.00 per pair whereas you will receive tracking updates & delivery notifications.

ECO Express is only available to the following countries :
( ** Exceptions at check-out ** )

Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, France, Germany, Great Britain ( UK ), Italy, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland & United States of America.

3. EMS Express Mail ( 3-5 business days )

You can upgrade your shipment to EMS EXPRESS Shipping ( 3-5 business days ) for an extra $20.00 for the 1st pair & $12.00 for every additional pair.

We provide tracking updates as an item travels to its destination. Get tracking updates, including the date and time of delivery or attempted delivery notifications.

If you are in a hurry to receive your order then simply go ahead & upgrade your shipping either to one of the following Express Options.

★ PLEASE NOTE ★

We are also the founders & owners of our other SEMI-FORMAL brand WalkaholicS - Quality Handmade Leather Sandals ~ http://www.etsy.com/shop/WalkaholicS

★ JOIN US ★

http://facebook.com/pages/SANDALI/68767615819/
http://instagram.com/sandalisandals
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https://google.com/+Sandali-sandals
https://twitter.com/SandaliSandals


          15% OFF Brown Double-roman Leather Sandals For Men & Women - Handmade Sandals, Leather Flip Flops, Jesus Sandals, Unisex Sandals, Brown Sand by SANDALI   

42.50 USD

Welcome to SANDALI ... I can guarantee that you will love these sandals as not only are they beautiful but they are also extremely comfortable. All the pairs are handmade from thick COW leather & varnished with a special varnish for the finishing touch. We regard our sandals to be of the utmost quality - we make all the sandals as per request & all our sandals are based on an unisex collection ... we will strive in finding you your perfect fit ;0)

We use sustainable products that are as environmental friendly. In regards to our sandals themselves, our leather skins all come from Italy - we only purchase 'Natural Leather' & finish it off with a special varnish to protect the leather - no dye, no artificial substances.

★ COLORS ★

All the designs are available in brown, black or caramel toned leather ...
We also offer this & any other given designs in blue, green, red, orange, yellow, white, pink, violet, grey & turquoise.

Please note that the colored collection is $20.00 more expensive then the plain designs (black, brown & caramel) ... Simply notify me which design & color you are interested in & then I will go ahead & create a Reserved Listing for you ;0)

★ SOLES ★

Our soles are made from 'Press Rubber' ( Recycled Rubber ) which is light & supple yet supportive & comfortable.

We also offer ALL leather soles ( flat-slight heel ) as an option which will be charged an additional fee of $20.00 per pair - simply contact us if you are interested in the 'all leather sole' option.

★ SIZES ★

We make each & every single pair of sandals as per request - these sandals are not mass-produced via factory or machinery so therefore every single pair is hand crafted especially for you.

We offer a variety of sizes - although it states 'only 1 size available' we have all the size options varying from an EURO # 35 - EURO # 46 - Simply select your size & color options under our '"Variations Section" when checking out your order.

★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★
WOMEN & MEN SIZE CHART ~~ US # vs EURO #
★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★

Measurements are based on the length of the inner soles of the sandals !!!

EURO # 35 ( Female US # 4 - 4.5 // Male US # 2 - 2.5 ) - 22.9 cm // 9.0 "
EURO # 36 ( Female US # 5 - 5.5 // Male US # 3 - 3.5 ) - 23.5 cm // 9.3 "
EURO # 37 ( Female US # 6 - 6.5 // Male US # 4 - 4.5 ) - 24.1 cm // 9.5 "
EURO # 38 ( Female US # 7 - 7.5 // Male US # 5 - 5.5 ) - 24.8 cm // 9.8 "
EURO # 39 ( Female US # 8 - 8.5 // Male US # 6 - 6.5 ) - 25.4 cm // 10 "
EURO # 40 ( Female US # 9 - 9.5 // Male US # 7 - 7.5 ) - 26 cm // 10.2 "
EURO # 41 ( Female US # 10 - 10.5 // Male US # 8 - 8.5 ) - 26.7 cm // 10.5 "
EURO # 42 ( Female US # 11 - 11.5 // Male US # 9 - 9.5 ) - 27.5 cm // 10.8 "
EURO # 43 ( Female US # 12 - 12.5 // Male US # 10 - 10.5 ) - 28.3 cm //11.1 "
EURO # 44 ( Female US # 13 - 13.5 // Male US # 11 - 11.5 ) - 28.9 cm // 11.4 "
EURO # 45 ( Female US # 14 - 14.5 // Male US # 12 - 12.5 ) - 29.6 cm // 11.7 "
EURO # 46 ( Female US # 15 - 15.5 // Male US # 13 - 13.5 ) - 30.4 cm // 12.0 "

So for example :

If your feet measures a total length of 25.4 cm // 10" then it is the best option to go for an EURO # 40 ( 26 cm // 10.2" ) as you will need to add a few additional cm's or inches for the space on the front & back of your sandals ...

★ HANDLING & SHIPPING ★

Please note that our handling time varies between 5-7 business days. We make each & every single pair of sandals as per request - these sandals are not mass-produced via factory or machinery so therefore every single pair is hand crafted especially for you.

All our parcels are carefully packaged in a cardboard box which is then carefully covered with a 'water-proof' wrapping to protect parcels from exterior influences in selected seasons ( Autumn & Winter = Rainy / Monsoon Seasons ).

I also want to confirm that each parcel has been INSURED - all parcels includes $100 insurance.

We offer 3 shipping methods at this given time :

1. First Class International Priority Mail ( 10 - 16 business days )
2. ECO Express Mail ( 5-7 business days )
3. EMS Express Mail ( 3-5 business days )

1. First Class International Priority Mail ( 10 - 16 business days )

We normally ship all our parcels via First Class International Priority Mail whereas parcels will be delivered to the comfort of your front door within an amazing 10-16 business days. Please note that our customers are not able to track their parcels until this parcel is at their local postal unit.

2. ECO Express Mail ( 5-7 business days )

You can upgrade your shipment to ECO EXPRESS Shipping ( 5-7 business days ) for an extra $5.00 per pair whereas you will receive tracking updates & delivery notifications.

ECO Express is only available to the following countries :
( ** Exceptions at check-out ** )

Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, France, Germany, Great Britain ( UK ), Italy, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland & United States of America.

3. EMS Express Mail ( 3-5 business days )

You can upgrade your shipment to EMS EXPRESS Shipping ( 3-5 business days ) for an extra $20.00 for the 1st pair & $12.00 for every additional pair.

We provide tracking updates as an item travels to its destination. Get tracking updates, including the date and time of delivery or attempted delivery notifications.

If you are in a hurry to receive your order then simply go ahead & upgrade your shipping either to one of the following Express Options.

★ PLEASE NOTE ★

We are also the founders & owners of our other SEMI-FORMAL brand WalkaholicS - Quality Handmade Leather Sandals ~ http://www.etsy.com/shop/WalkaholicS

★ JOIN US ★

http://facebook.com/pages/SANDALI/68767615819/
http://instagram.com/sandalisandals
http://pinterest.com/sandalisandals/
http://fancy.com/sandali_sandals
https://google.com/+Sandali-sandals
https://twitter.com/SandaliSandals


          15% OFF Caramel Buckle-free Leather Sandals For Men & Women - Handmade Sandals, Leather Flip Flops, Jesus Sandals, Unisex Sandals, Natural S by SANDALI   

42.50 USD

Welcome to SANDALI ... I can guarantee that you will love these sandals as not only are they beautiful but they are also extremely comfortable. All the pairs are handmade from thick COW leather & varnished with a special varnish for the finishing touch. We regard our sandals to be of the utmost quality - we make all the sandals as per request & all our sandals are based on an unisex collection ... we will strive in finding you your perfect fit ;0)

We use sustainable products that are as environmental friendly. In regards to our sandals themselves, our leather skins all come from Italy - we only purchase 'Natural Leather' & finish it off with a special varnish to protect the leather - no dye, no artificial substances.

★ COLORS ★

All the designs are available in brown, black or caramel toned leather ...
We also offer this & any other given designs in blue, green, red, orange, yellow, white, pink, violet, grey & turquoise.

Please note that the colored collection is $20.00 more expensive then the plain designs (black, brown & caramel) ... Simply notify me which design & color you are interested in & then I will go ahead & create a Reserved Listing for you ;0)

★ SOLES ★

Our soles are made from 'Press Rubber' ( Recycled Rubber ) which is light & supple yet supportive & comfortable.

We also offer ALL leather soles ( flat-slight heel ) as an option which will be charged an additional fee of $20.00 per pair - simply contact us if you are interested in the 'all leather sole' option.

★ SIZES ★

We make each & every single pair of sandals as per request - these sandals are not mass-produced via factory or machinery so therefore every single pair is hand crafted especially for you.

We offer a variety of sizes - although it states 'only 1 size available' we have all the size options varying from an EURO # 35 - EURO # 46 - Simply select your size & color options under our '"Variations Section" when checking out your order.

★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★
WOMEN & MEN SIZE CHART ~~ US # vs EURO #
★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★

Measurements are based on the length of the inner soles of the sandals !!!

EURO # 35 ( Female US # 4 - 4.5 // Male US # 2 - 2.5 ) - 22.9 cm // 9.0 "
EURO # 36 ( Female US # 5 - 5.5 // Male US # 3 - 3.5 ) - 23.5 cm // 9.3 "
EURO # 37 ( Female US # 6 - 6.5 // Male US # 4 - 4.5 ) - 24.1 cm // 9.5 "
EURO # 38 ( Female US # 7 - 7.5 // Male US # 5 - 5.5 ) - 24.8 cm // 9.8 "
EURO # 39 ( Female US # 8 - 8.5 // Male US # 6 - 6.5 ) - 25.4 cm // 10 "
EURO # 40 ( Female US # 9 - 9.5 // Male US # 7 - 7.5 ) - 26 cm // 10.2 "
EURO # 41 ( Female US # 10 - 10.5 // Male US # 8 - 8.5 ) - 26.7 cm // 10.5 "
EURO # 42 ( Female US # 11 - 11.5 // Male US # 9 - 9.5 ) - 27.5 cm // 10.8 "
EURO # 43 ( Female US # 12 - 12.5 // Male US # 10 - 10.5 ) - 28.3 cm //11.1 "
EURO # 44 ( Female US # 13 - 13.5 // Male US # 11 - 11.5 ) - 28.9 cm // 11.4 "
EURO # 45 ( Female US # 14 - 14.5 // Male US # 12 - 12.5 ) - 29.6 cm // 11.7 "
EURO # 46 ( Female US # 15 - 15.5 // Male US # 13 - 13.5 ) - 30.4 cm // 12.0 "

So for example :

If your feet measures a total length of 25.4 cm // 10" then it is the best option to go for an EURO # 40 ( 26 cm // 10.2" ) as you will need to add a few additional cm's or inches for the space on the front & back of your sandals ...

★ HANDLING & SHIPPING ★

Please note that our handling time varies between 5-7 business days. We make each & every single pair of sandals as per request - these sandals are not mass-produced via factory or machinery so therefore every single pair is hand crafted especially for you.

All our parcels are carefully packaged in a cardboard box which is then carefully covered with a 'water-proof' wrapping to protect parcels from exterior influences in selected seasons ( Autumn & Winter = Rainy / Monsoon Seasons ).

I also want to confirm that each parcel has been INSURED - all parcels includes $100 insurance.

We offer 3 shipping methods at this given time :

1. First Class International Priority Mail ( 10 - 16 business days )
2. ECO Express Mail ( 5-7 business days )
3. EMS Express Mail ( 3-5 business days )

1. First Class International Priority Mail ( 10 - 16 business days )

We normally ship all our parcels via First Class International Priority Mail whereas parcels will be delivered to the comfort of your front door within an amazing 10-16 business days. Please note that our customers are not able to track their parcels until this parcel is at their local postal unit.

2. ECO Express Mail ( 5-7 business days )

You can upgrade your shipment to ECO EXPRESS Shipping ( 5-7 business days ) for an extra $5.00 per pair whereas you will receive tracking updates & delivery notifications.

ECO Express is only available to the following countries :
( ** Exceptions at check-out ** )

Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, France, Germany, Great Britain ( UK ), Italy, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland & United States of America.

3. EMS Express Mail ( 3-5 business days )

You can upgrade your shipment to EMS EXPRESS Shipping ( 3-5 business days ) for an extra $20.00 for the 1st pair & $12.00 for every additional pair.

We provide tracking updates as an item travels to its destination. Get tracking updates, including the date and time of delivery or attempted delivery notifications.

If you are in a hurry to receive your order then simply go ahead & upgrade your shipping either to one of the following Express Options.

★ PLEASE NOTE ★

We are also the founders & owners of our other SEMI-FORMAL brand WalkaholicS - Quality Handmade Leather Sandals ~ http://www.etsy.com/shop/WalkaholicS

★ JOIN US ★

http://facebook.com/pages/SANDALI/68767615819/
http://instagram.com/sandalisandals
http://pinterest.com/sandalisandals/
http://fancy.com/sandali_sandals
https://google.com/+Sandali-sandals
https://twitter.com/SandaliSandals


          Turquoise Triple All Leather Sandals For Men & Women - All Leather Soles - Handmade Unisex Sandals, Jesus Sandals, Genuine Leather Sandals by SANDALI   

70.00 USD

Welcome to SANDALI ... I can guarantee that you will love these sandals as not only are they beautiful but they are also extremely comfortable !! All the pairs are handmade from thick COW leather & varnished with a special varnish for the finishing touch. We regard our sandals to be of the utmost quality ~~ we make all the sandals as per request & all our sandals are based on an unisex collection ... we will strive in finding you your perfect fit ;0)

We use sustainable products that are as environmental friendly. In regards to our sandals themselves, our leather skins all come from Italy - we only purchase 'Natural Leather' & finish it off with a special varnish to protect the leather - no dye, no artificial substances.

All the designs are available in brown, black or caramel toned leather ...
We also offer this specific designs in blue, green, white, orange, red, pink, violet, grey & turquoise.

★ SOLES ★

Our sandals are normally based on 'Press Rubber' ( Recycled Rubber ) however this given collection is based on ALL Leather Soles.

To confirm the sandals has leather bottom soles as well as leather upper soles with a small heel which is basically zero-drop.

★ SIZES ★

We make each & every single pair of sandals as per request - these sandals are not mass-produced via factory or machinery so therefore every single pair is hand crafted especially for you.

We offer a variety of sizes - although it states 'only 1 size available' we have all the size options varying from an EURO # 35 - EURO # 46 - Simply select your size & color options under our '"Variations Section" when checking out your order.

★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★
WOMEN & MEN SIZE CHART ~~ US # vs EURO #
★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★

Measurements are based on the length of the inner soles of the sandals !!!

EURO # 35 ( Female US # 4 - 4.5 // Male US # 2 - 2.5 ) - 22.9 cm // 9.0 "
EURO # 36 ( Female US # 5 - 5.5 // Male US # 3 - 3.5 ) - 23.5 cm // 9.3 "
EURO # 37 ( Female US # 6 - 6.5 // Male US # 4 - 4.5 ) - 24.1 cm // 9.5 "
EURO # 38 ( Female US # 7 - 7.5 // Male US # 5 - 5.5 ) - 24.8 cm // 9.8 "
EURO # 39 ( Female US # 8 - 8.5 // Male US # 6 - 6.5 ) - 25.4 cm // 10 "
EURO # 40 ( Female US # 9 - 9.5 // Male US # 7 - 7.5 ) - 26 cm // 10.2 "
EURO # 41 ( Female US # 10 - 10.5 // Male US # 8 - 8.5 ) - 26.7 cm // 10.5 "
EURO # 42 ( Female US # 11 - 11.5 // Male US # 9 - 9.5 ) - 27.5 cm // 10.8 "
EURO # 43 ( Female US # 12 - 12.5 // Male US # 10 - 10.5 ) - 28.3 cm //11.1 "
EURO # 44 ( Female US # 13 - 13.5 // Male US # 11 - 11.5 ) - 28.9 cm // 11.4 "
EURO # 45 ( Female US # 14 - 14.5 // Male US # 12 - 12.5 ) - 29.6 cm // 11.7 "
EURO # 46 ( Female US # 15 - 15.5 // Male US # 13 - 13.5 ) - 30.4 cm // 12.0 "

So for example :

If your feet measures a total length of 25.4 cm // 10" then it is the best option to go for an EURO # 40 ( 26 cm // 10.2" ) as you will need to add a few additional cm's or inches for the space on the front & back of your sandals ...

★ HANDLING & SHIPPING ★

Please note that our handling time varies between 5-7 business days. We make each & every single pair of sandals as per request - these sandals are not mass-produced via factory or machinery so therefore every single pair is hand crafted especially for you.

All our parcels are carefully packaged in a cardboard box which is then carefully covered with a 'water-proof' wrapping to protect parcels from exterior influences in selected seasons ( Autumn & Winter = Rainy / Monsoon Seasons ).

I also want to confirm that each parcel has been INSURED - all parcels includes $100 insurance.

We offer 3 shipping methods at this given time :

1. First Class International Priority Mail ( 10 - 16 business days )
2. ECO Express Mail ( 5-7 business days )
3. EMS Express Mail ( 3-5 business days )

1. First Class International Priority Mail ( 10 - 16 business days )

We normally ship all our parcels via First Class International Priority Mail whereas parcels will be delivered to the comfort of your front door within an amazing 10-16 business days. Please note that our customers are not able to track their parcels until this parcel is at their local postal unit.

2. ECO Express Mail ( 5-7 business days )

You can upgrade your shipment to ECO EXPRESS Shipping ( 5-7 business days ) for an extra $5.00 per pair whereas you will receive tracking updates & delivery notifications.

ECO Express is only available to the following countries :
( ** Exceptions at check-out ** )

Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, France, Germany, Great Britain ( UK ), Italy, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland & United States of America.

3. EMS Express Mail ( 3-5 business days )

You can upgrade your shipment to EMS EXPRESS Shipping ( 3-5 business days ) for an extra $20.00 for the 1st pair & $12.00 for every additional pair.

We provide tracking updates as an item travels to its destination. Get tracking updates, including the date and time of delivery or attempted delivery notifications.

If you are in a hurry to receive your order then simply go ahead & upgrade your shipping either to one of the following Express Options.

★ PLEASE NOTE ★

We are also the founders & owners of our other SEMI-FORMAL brand WalkaholicS - Quality Handmade Leather Sandals ~ http://www.etsy.com/shop/WalkaholicS

★ JOIN US ★

http://facebook.com/pages/SANDALI/68767615819/
http://instagram.com/sandalisandals/
http://pinterest.com/sandalisandals/
http://fancy.com/sandali_sandals
https://google.com/+Sandali-sandals
https://twitter.com/SandaliSandals


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.NET Developer KF16-11 munkakörbe keresünk munkatársat. | Feladatok: Development and evolution of custom software products used worldwide • Working in a dynamic international team • Participating in the complete lifecycle of application development including testing and deployment • Occasional business trips to Switzerland. | Mit ajánlunk: Dynamic and supporting multinational environment • Creative and motivational team • Exciting tasks and opportunity to participate in various projects • Flexibility • Recreational activities, team building events • Training possibilities and career opportunities • Business trips | Elvárások: Solid knowledge of .NET 2.0 - 4.5, and MS SQL Databases 2005 - 2012 • Experience in coding in C#.NET, ASP.NET/AJAX • Team and quality oriented consulting mindset • Knowledge of Webservices and MVC • Good spoken and written English | További elvárások: Experience with agile methodologies | További infó és jelentkezés itt: www.profession.hu/allas/1033772
          6/30/2017: FINANCIAL POST: World fashion brands, unions agree to extend Bangladesh deal   

Leading global fashion brands and trade unions agreed Thursday to continue a safety program involving thousands of garment factories in Bangladesh for another three years. Two Switzerland-based global trade unions — IndustriALL Global Union and...
          1 pc.+ 17 Cups, SS39 (8mm) Empty Cup Chain for Bracelet - Rhodium Plating by JFExIntl   

7.00 USD

17 cups, SS39 (8mm) empty cup chain for Bracelet with 7¾"-9¾" adjustable extension chain and 15mm brass lobster clasp.
Cups suits any 8mm Chaton/Cabochon from Swarovski, Preciosa, JFEx Int'l MC Chaton Collection etc.

Quantity: 1 pc.
Price: $7.00

✿ Bulk options:
~~ ✤ 2 pc. [$13.00]
~~ ✤ 4 pc. [$24.00]
~~ ✤ 8 pc. [$46.00]

Size: Adjustable between 7¾"-9¾"
Material: Brass
Finish: Rhodium Plating

✿ Finish options:
~~ ✤ Gold
~~ ✤ Silver
~~ ✤ Rhodium
~~ ✤ Rose Gold
~~ ✤ Antique Brass
~~ ✤ Antique Silver
~~ ✤ Antique Copper

♻ Lead FREE Nickel ♻

✿ Shipping options:
~~ ✤ Additional items ship at no extra charge.
~~ ✤ Registered Air Mail with tracking in Israel only (2-3 weeks).
~~ ✤ Free shipping on orders over $75.00 - Coupon Code ✤JFEX75✤
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✿ Find our complete selection of SS39 (8mm) cup chains here:
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✿ Find our complete selection of SS39 Preciosa MAXIMA Chatons here:
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✿ Find our complete selection of JFEx Int'l MC Chaton Collection here:
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          1 pc.+ 15 Cups, SS39 (8mm) Empty Cup Chain for Bracelet - Antique Silver by JFExIntl   

6.00 USD

15 cups, SS39 (8mm) empty cup chain for Bracelet with 7"-9" adjustable extension chain and 15mm brass lobster clasp.
Cups suits any 8mm Chaton/Cabochon from Swarovski, Preciosa, JFEx Int'l MC Chaton Collection etc.

Quantity: 1 pc.
Price: $6.00

✿ Bulk options:
~~ ✤ 2 pc. [$11.00]
~~ ✤ 4 pc. [$20.00]
~~ ✤ 8 pc. [$38.00]

Size: Adjustable between 7"-9"
Material: Brass
Finish: Antique Silver

✿ Finish options:
~~ ✤ Gold
~~ ✤ Silver
~~ ✤ Rhodium
~~ ✤ Rose Gold
~~ ✤ Antique Brass
~~ ✤ Antique Silver
~~ ✤ Antique Copper

♻ Lead FREE Nickel ♻

✿ Shipping options:
~~ ✤ Additional items ship at no extra charge.
~~ ✤ Registered Air Mail with tracking in Israel only (2-3 weeks).
~~ ✤ Free shipping on orders over $75.00 - Coupon Code ✤JFEX75✤
~~ ✤ Upgrade to EcoPost fast shipping with tracking (5-7 business days).
~~ ✤ Free EcoPost on orders over $125.00 - Coupon Code ✤JFEXEPFS125✤

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Please note that EcoPost service is available for the following countries only:
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✿ Find our complete selection of SS39 (8mm) cup chains here:
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✿ Find our complete selection of SS39 Preciosa MAXIMA Chatons here:
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✿ Find our complete selection of JFEx Int'l MC Chaton Collection here:
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          6 pc.+ SS39 (8mm) Preciosa MC Chaton MAXIMA - Turquoise Color by JFExIntl   

2.10 USD

SS39 (8mm) Preciosa MC Chaton MAXIMA in Turquoise Color No.63030.

MC Chaton MAXIMA combines, for the first time in history, high quality lead-free crystal made with PRECIOSA® Hi-Pure Crystal ™ technology with an original patented 15-facet cut which is foiled with the innovative Dura-Foiling™ layer, or Unfoiled (Upon Availability). The result is a PRECIOSA crystal component of unrivalled optical‑aesthetic properties, outstanding resilience, exceptional durability, and one whose authenticity is quickly and unmistakably verifiable.

Quantity: 6 pc.
Price: $2.10

✿ Bulk options:
~~ ✤ 12 pc. [$4.00]
~~ ✤ 18 pc. [$5.70]
~~ ✤ 24 pc. [$7.20]

Size: SS39 (8mm)
Material: PRECIOSA® Hi-Pure Crystal ™
Finish: 15-facet cut with Dura-Foiling™ layer, or Unfoiled (Upon Availability).

♻ Lead FREE ♻

✿ Shipping options:
~~ ✤ Additional items ship at no extra charge.
~~ ✤ Registered Air Mail with tracking in Israel only (2-3 weeks).
~~ ✤ Free shipping on orders over $75.00 - Coupon Code ✤JFEX75✤
~~ ✤ Upgrade to EcoPost fast shipping with tracking (5-7 business days).
~~ ✤ Free EcoPost on orders over $125.00 - Coupon Code ✤JFEXEPFS125✤

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Please note that EcoPost service is available for the following countries only:
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✿ Find our complete selection of SS39 Preciosa MAXIMA Chatons here:
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✿ Find our complete selection of JFEx Int'l MC Chaton Collection here:
https://www.etsy.com/shop/JFExIntl?section_id=19338459

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          10 pc.+ 10mm Crimp Ends for Flat Leather Cords - Raw Brass by JFExIntl   

10.00 USD

Stylish crimp ends for flat leather cords up to 10mm wide.

Quantity: 10 pc.
Price: $10.00

✿ Bulk options:
~~ ✤ 20 pc. [$18.00]
~~ ✤ 30 pc. [$24.00]
~~ ✤ 50 pc. [$35.00]

Size: 9.8x9.5mm
Material: Brass
Finish: Raw - No plating

✿ Finish options:
~~ ✤ Raw
~~ ✤ Gold
~~ ✤ Silver
~~ ✤ Rhodium
~~ ✤ Rose Gold
~~ ✤ Antique Brass
~~ ✤ Antique Silver
~~ ✤ Antique Copper

♻ Lead FREE Nickel ♻

✿ Shipping options:
~~ ✤ Additional items ship at no extra charge.
~~ ✤ Registered Air Mail with tracking in Israel only (2-3 weeks).
~~ ✤ Free shipping on orders over $75.00 - Coupon Code ✤JFEX75✤
~~ ✤ Upgrade to EcoPost fast shipping with tracking (5-7 business days).
~~ ✤ Free EcoPost on orders over $125.00 - Coupon Code ✤JFEXEPFS125✤

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          20 pc.+ 15mm Solid Brass Lobster Claw Clasp - Antique Brass by JFExIntl   

7.20 USD

High quality, 15mm solid brass lobster claw clasp.

Quantity: 20 pc.
Price: $7.20

✿ Bulk options:
~~ ✤ 40 pc. [$13.60]
~~ ✤ 60 pc. [$19.20]
~~ ✤ 80 pc. [$22.40]

Size: 15x8mm
Material: Brass
Finish: Antique Brass

✿ Finish options:
~~ ✤ Raw
~~ ✤ Gold
~~ ✤ Silver
~~ ✤ Rhodium
~~ ✤ Rose Gold
~~ ✤ Antique Brass
~~ ✤ Antique Silver
~~ ✤ Antique Copper

♻ Lead FREE Nickel ♻

✿ Shipping options:
~~ ✤ Additional items ship at no extra charge.
~~ ✤ Registered Air Mail with tracking in Israel only (2-3 weeks).
~~ ✤ Free shipping on orders over $75.00 - Coupon Code ✤JFEX75✤
~~ ✤ Upgrade to EcoPost fast shipping with tracking (5-7 business days).
~~ ✤ Free EcoPost on orders over $125.00 - Coupon Code ✤JFEXEPFS125✤

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✿ Find our complete selection of clasps here:
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✿ Find our complete selection of findings here:
https://www.etsy.com/shop/JFExIntl


          10 pc.+ 7mm Crimp Ends for Flat Leather Cords - Raw Brass by JFExIntl   

8.00 USD

Stylish crimp ends for flat leather cords up to 7mm wide.

Quantity: 10 pc.
Price: $8.00

✿ Bulk options:
~~ ✤ 20 pc. [$15.00]
~~ ✤ 30 pc. [$19.50]
~~ ✤ 50 pc. [$27.50]

Size: 8.0x7.0mm
Material: Brass
Finish: Raw - No plating

✿ Finish options:
~~ ✤ Raw
~~ ✤ Gold
~~ ✤ Silver
~~ ✤ Rhodium
~~ ✤ Rose Gold
~~ ✤ Antique Brass
~~ ✤ Antique Silver
~~ ✤ Antique Copper

♻ Lead FREE Nickel ♻

✿ Shipping options:
~~ ✤ Additional items ship at no extra charge.
~~ ✤ Registered Air Mail with tracking in Israel only (2-3 weeks).
~~ ✤ Free shipping on orders over $75.00 - Coupon Code ✤JFEX75✤
~~ ✤ Upgrade to EcoPost fast shipping with tracking (5-7 business days).
~~ ✤ Free EcoPost on orders over $125.00 - Coupon Code ✤JFEXEPFS125✤

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✿ Find our complete selection of findings here:
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          10 pc.+ 4mm Crimp Ends for Flat Leather Cords - Raw Brass by JFExIntl   

6.50 USD

Stylish crimp ends for flat leather cords up to 4mm wide.

Quantity: 10 pc.
Price: $6.50

✿ Bulk options:
~~ ✤ 20 pc. [$12.00]
~~ ✤ 30 pc. [$16.50]
~~ ✤ 50 pc. [$22.50]

Size: 7.0x4.0mm
Material: Brass
Finish: Raw - No plating

✿ Finish options:
~~ ✤ Raw
~~ ✤ Gold
~~ ✤ Silver
~~ ✤ Rhodium
~~ ✤ Rose Gold
~~ ✤ Antique Brass
~~ ✤ Antique Silver
~~ ✤ Antique Copper

♻ Lead FREE Nickel ♻

✿ Shipping options:
~~ ✤ Additional items ship at no extra charge.
~~ ✤ Registered Air Mail with tracking in Israel only (2-3 weeks).
~~ ✤ Free shipping on orders over $75.00 - Coupon Code ✤JFEX75✤
~~ ✤ Upgrade to EcoPost fast shipping with tracking (5-7 business days).
~~ ✤ Free EcoPost on orders over $125.00 - Coupon Code ✤JFEXEPFS125✤

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          10 pc.+ 6mm Extremely Strong Magnetic Clasp - Antique Brass by JFExIntl   

7.50 USD

Extremely strong 6mm magnetic clasp, optimal size for bracelets & necklaces.

Quantity: 10 pc.
Price: $7.50

✿ Bulk options:
~~ ✤ 20 pc. [$14.00]
~~ ✤ 30 pc. [$19.50]
~~ ✤ 50 pc. [$30.00]

Size: 9x6mm
Finish: Antique Brass

✿ Finish options:
~~ ✤ Gold
~~ ✤ Silver
~~ ✤ Rhodium
~~ ✤ Antique Brass
~~ ✤ Antique Silver

✿ Find available finishes here:
https://www.etsy.com/shop/JFExIntl/search?search_query=magnetic+clasp

♻ Lead FREE Nickel ♻

✿ Shipping options:
~~ ✤ Additional items ship at no extra charge.
~~ ✤ Registered Air Mail with tracking in Israel only (2-3 weeks).
~~ ✤ Free shipping on orders over $75.00 - Coupon Code ✤JFEX75✤
~~ ✤ Upgrade to EcoPost fast shipping with tracking (5-7 business days).
~~ ✤ Free EcoPost on orders over $125.00 - Coupon Code ✤JFEXEPFS125✤

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✿ Find our complete selection of findings here:
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          10 pc.+ 6mm Extremely Strong Magnetic Clasp - Antique Silver by JFExIntl   

7.50 USD

Extremely strong 6mm magnetic clasp, optimal size for bracelets & necklaces.

Quantity: 10 pc.
Price: $7.50

✿ Bulk options:
~~ ✤ 20 pc. [$14.00]
~~ ✤ 30 pc. [$19.50]
~~ ✤ 50 pc. [$30.00]

Size: 9x6mm
Finish: Antique Silver

✿ Finish options:
~~ ✤ Gold
~~ ✤ Silver
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          Trading plan for 30/06/2017   

Trading plan for 30/06/2017:

The US Dollar continues to lose ground against most major currencies. EUR/USD is close to the annual maximum. It is worth noting the sharp reversal of USD/JPY in response to the decline of sentiment in the US. Yesterday's session on Wall Street is clearly down, SP500 fell 0.9%, the NASDAQ Technology fell 1.7 %. In Asia, the weakest index is Nikkei 225 which has shed 1.25%.

On Friday 30th of June, the event calendar is busy with important news releases. Switzerland will release KOF Economic Barometer data, Germany will unveil Unemployment Rate and Unemployment Change data, the UK will present Final GDP, Current Account, and Business Investment data, and the Eurozone will post Flash CPI and Flash Core CPI data. During the US session, the Canada will reveal Gross Domestic Product data and the US will provide Personal Spending and Personal Income data. Moreover, two important US sentiment gauges will be released as well: Chicago Purchasing Manager Index and Revised UoM Consumer Sentiment Index.

EUR/USD analysis for 30/06/2017:

The Unemployment Rate and Change data are scheduled for release at 7:55 am GMT and market participants expect no change in the number of individuals in the labor force who are without a job but actively seeking one (5.7%) and in the number of unemployed people during the previous month (-10k). Another set of good data is expected from the German job market, which comes as no surprise after very high and positive sentiment readings that are currently dominating the economic performance of the Eurozone's most wealthy nation. The figures better than expected (lower rate and change) will only lift the Euro even higher across the board.

On the other hand, the Eurozone Flash CPI data, that is scheduled for release at 09:00 am GMT, might cast a shadow on the overall positive mood in the Eurozone. Market participants are expecting a tick up in the core inflation from 0.9% to 1.0% on a yearly basis and a downtick in CPI from 1.4% to 1.2%. The inflation is stubbornly below the ECB target of 2.0% and it does not look as it wants to skyrocket higher despite the ECB monetary policy. Any numbers worse than expected might very soon cause a corrective pullback in the Euro-related pairs, but market participants will need something more significant to change overall positive sentiment towards the Euro these days.

Let's now take a look at the EUR/USD technical picture on the H1 time frame. The market conditions are now overbought and multiple bearish divergences can be seen on this time frame. In a case of a worse than expected data, the price might very quickly test the technical support at the level of 1.1386 or even 1.1295. On the other hand, any price move above the 1.1444 level will be considered overstretched and prone for correction.

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GBP/USD analysis for 30/06/2017:

The Final GDP and Current Account data from the UK are scheduled for release at 08:30 am GMT and market participants foresee unchanged GDP figures at the level of 0.2% in the first quarter and the Current Account gap is expected to widen from -12.1Bln to -17.2Bln Pounds. The lack of an economic progress in the UK after the Brexit vote, recent political turmoil and prospects of a "hard Brexit" worsen the economic performance. The 0.2% increase in the GDP is surely not enough to be considered as a quality performance, so any talks and speculations regarding the possible change in the monetary policy might very soon get confronted with hard economic data. Currently, any GDP figures worse than expected might quickly start a reverse in positive sentiment towards the British Pound and cause a sell-off.

Let's now take a look at the GBP/USD technical picture on the H4 time frame. The Bulls have managed to push the pair towards the level of 1.3000 after somehow hawkish comments from Bank of England Governor Mark Carney, but the market is still trading below the key resistance at the level of 1.3047. The overbought market conditions are indicating a possible corrective pullback, but no divergence is present at the moment. The next technical support is seen at the level of 1.2978.

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          TYPES OF TRANSACTIONS AND PAYMENT ONLINE TOOLS   
MasterCard
MasterCard Worldwide (NYSE: MA) is an American multinational corporation with its headquarters in the MasterCard International Global Headquarters in Harrison, New York, United States. Throughout the world, its principal business is to process payments between the banks of merchants and the banks of purchasers that use its "MasterCard" brand debit and credit cards to make purchases. MasterCard Worldwide has been a publicly traded company since 2006. Prior to its initial public offering, MasterCard Worldwide was a membership organization owned by the 25,000+ financial institutions that issue its card.

MasterCard, originally known as MasterCharge, was created by several California banks as a competitor to the BankAmericard issued by Bank of America, which later became the Visa credit card issued by Visa Inc. The original banks behind MasterCharge were United California Bank (later First Interstate Bank and subsequently merged into Wells Fargo Bank), Wells Fargo, Crocker National Bank (also subsequently merged into Wells Fargo), and the Bank of California (subsequently merged into the Union Bank of California).

In 1966 the aforementioned group of California banks formed the Interbank Card Association (ICA). With the help of New York's Marine Midland Bank, now HSBC Bank USA, these banks joined with the ICA to create "Master Charge: The Interbank Card". The card was given a significant boost in 1969, when First National City Bank joined, merging its proprietary Everything Card with Master Charge.

In 1979, "Master Charge: The Interbank Card" was renamed simply "MasterCard". In the early 1990s MasterCard bought the British Access card and the Access name was dropped. In 2002, MasterCard International merged with Europay International SA, another large credit-card issuer association, which for many years issued cards under the name Eurocard.

In 2006, MasterCard International underwent another name change to MasterCard Worldwide. This was done in order to suggest a more global scale of operations. In addition, the company introduced a new corporate logo adding a third circle to the two that had been used in the past (the familiar card logo, resembling a Venn diagram, remains unchanged). A new corporate tagline was introduced at the same time: "The Heart of Commerce

Many issuing institutions include various features with credit card accounts, such as extended warranties on items bought with the card, damage waiver on cars rented with the card, and accident insurance during travel bought with the card.

The company, which had been organized as a cooperative of banks, had an initial public offering on May 25, 2006 at $39.00 USD. The stock is traded on the NYSE under the symbol MA.

Both MasterCard and Visa have paid approximately $3 billion in damages resulting from a class-action lawsuit filed by Hagens Berman in January 1996. The litigation cites several retail giants as plaintiffs, including Wal-Mart, Sears Roebuck & Company, and Safeway.

MasterCard's current advertising campaign tagline is "Priceless". The slogan associated with the campaign is "There are some things money can't buy. For everything else, there's MasterCard." The Priceless campaign in more recent iterations has been applicable to both MasterCard's credit card and debit card products. They also use the 'Priceless' description to promote products such as their "priceless travel" site which features deals and offers for MasterCard holders.

The first of these Priceless ads was run during the World Series in 1997 and there are numerous different TV, radio and print ads. It was idealized by Stewart Emery. MasterCard actually registered Priceless as a trademark. Actor Billy Crudup has been the voice in the US market; in the UK, actor Jack Davenport is the voice.

The purpose of the campaign is to position MasterCard as a friendly credit card company with a sense of humor, as well as respond to the public's worry that everything is being commodified and that people are becoming too materialistic.

Many parodies have been made using this same pattern, especially on Comedy Central, though MasterCard has threatened legal action, contending that MasterCard views such parodies as a violation of its rights under the federal and state trademark and unfair competition laws, under the federal and state anti-dilution laws, and under the Copyright Act. Despite these claims, however, noted US consumer advocate and presidential candidate Ralph Nader emerged victorious (after a four-year battle) in the suit MasterCard brought against him after he produced his own "Priceless" political commercials.

Through a new partnership with an Internet company that specializes in personalized shopping, MasterCard introduced a Web shopping mall on April 16, 2010 that it says can pinpoint with considerable accuracy what its cardholders are likely to purchase.

The site, called MasterCard MarketPlace, relies on technology developed by Next Jump, a New York company that monitors customer behavior from thousands of retailers and uses the data it gathers to help merchants tailor their product offerings.

MasterCard currently sponsors the New Zealand All Blacks, the country's rugby union team. MasterCard also sponsors the UEFA Champions League. For many years, it also sponsored FIFA World Cup but withdrew its contract after a court settlement and its rival Visa took up the contract in 2007. It is currently the sponsor of the Memorial Cup Tournament of the Canadian Hockey League. MasterCard has just announced new sponsorship deal with Australian Cricket team and is also the founding sponsor of IPL cricket team Mumbai Indians. It was the official credit card of UEFA Euro 2008.

In 1997, MasterCard was the main sponsor of the aborted MasterCard Lola Formula One team.
On October 12, 2007 MasterCard offered $160,000 to the municipal government of Toronto so that the city could keep its ice rinks open, as the city was facing a budget shortfall.

Visa Debit
Visa Debit is a major debit card issued by Visa in the United Kingdom, Ireland and other European Union countries[1]. Prior to October 2004, the debit card was known as Visa Delta. Since June 2009, the major banks in the UK have begun issuing Visa Debit. Barclays, Bank of Scotland/Halifax, Lloyds TSB, and Santander have already issued the card. HSBC, RBS (including NatWest and Ulster Bank) are currently in the process of migrating to the card from the Switch debit card.

The scheme is also used by many smaller banks and building societies (some of whom had also previously been Switch issuers) including the Co-operative Bank, First Trust Bank, Alliance & Leicester, Northern Rock, Reliance Bank, Nationwide and Coventry Building Society. Even though the product is available and advertised in Canada, no Visa-issuing financial institution currently offers a Visa Debit card in Canada.

The obverse and reverse of the cards are similar to a Visa credit card, including the “VISA” logotype and the dove hologram.

From the phase-out of the Visa Delta branding until 2006, cards displayed the VISA tricolour flag trademark, with the addition of the words "DEBIT" or "DEBIT CARD". On the back, cards issued before October 2004 display the Delta logo, and usually also a cheque guarantee logo.

In 2006, card issuers began removing the Visa trademark "flag" logo from all their cards, websites and retailers' windows. The flag had originated as the branding for the BankAmericard credit card programme, the forerunner of Visa Inc. that included the UK's Barclaycard and French Carte Bleue.

For all Delta cards, the new logo was a white background with the name “VISA” in blue with an orange flick on the 'V' (illustrated). This is immediately followed by the word "Debit". This signalled a definite end of "Visa Delta" in those countries that used it.

The new logotype was also applied to other VISA operations, including credit cards and the VISA Electron electronic debit card.

The card can be used just like a Visa credit card both internationally and in the UK. Retailers in some countries can however accept the card as a debit card rather than a normal Visa card. In this case, the store is not charged a percentage, but rather a small fixed charge of around £0.50 per transaction. All transactions are in any case processed through the Visa clearing system, using the same card number, distinguishing it from other national debit card schemes which can be combined with Visa on a credit card. Customers might be charged a fee by their bank, for example, when buying foreign currency in the UK (up to 2%)

Credit card
A credit card is a small plastic card issued to users as a system of payment. It allows its holder to buy goods and services based on the holder's promise to pay for these goods and services. The issuer of the card creates a revolving account and grants a line of credit to the consumer (or the user) from which the user can borrow money for payment to a merchant or as a cash advance to the user. Usage of the term "credit card" to imply a credit card account is a metonym.

A credit card is different from a charge card: a charge card requires the balance to be paid in full each month. In contrast, credit cards allow the consumers a continuing balance of debt, subject to interest being charged. Most credit cards are issued by banks or credit unions, and are the shape and size specified by the ISO/IEC 7810 standard as ID-1. This is defined as 85.60 × 53.98 mm (3.370 × 2.125 in) (33/8 × 21/8 in) in size.

The concept of using a card for purchases was described in 1887 by Edward Bellamy in his utopian novel Looking Backward. Bellamy used the term credit card eleven times in this novel.

The modern credit card was the successor of a variety of merchant credit schemes. It was first used in the 1920s, in the United States, specifically to sell fuel to a growing number of automobile owners. In 1938 several companies started to accept each other's cards. Western Union had begun issuing charge cards to its frequent customers in 1921. Some charge cards were printed on paper card stock, but were easily counterfeited.

The Charga-Plate was an early predecessor to the credit card and used in the U.S. from the 1930s to the late 1950s. It was a 2½" × 1¼" rectangle of sheet metal, similar to a military dog tag, and embossed with the customer's name, city and state. It held a small paper card for a signature. In recording a purchase, the plate was laid into a recess in the imprinter, with a paper "charge slip" positioned on top of it. The record of the transaction included an impression of the embossed information, made by the imprinter pressing an inked ribbon against the charge slip. Charga-Plate was a trademark of Farrington Manufacturing Co. Charga-Plates were issued by large-scale merchants to their regular customers, much like department store credit cards of today. In some cases, the plates were kept in the issuing store rather than held by customers. When an authorized user made a purchase, a clerk retrieved the plate from the store's files and then processed the purchase. Charga-Plates speeded back-office bookkeeping that was done manually in paper ledgers in each store, before computers.

The concept of customers paying different merchants using the same card was implemented in 1950 by Ralph Schneider and Frank X. McNamara, founders of Diners Club, to consolidate multiple cards. The Diners Club, which was created partially through a merger with Dine and Sign, produced the first "general purpose" charge card, and required the entire bill to be paid with each statement. That was followed by Carte Blanche and in 1958 by American Express which created a worldwide credit card network (although these were initially charge cards that acquired credit card features after BankAmericard demonstrated the feasibility of the concept).

However, until 1958, no one had been able to create a working revolving credit financial instrument issued by a third-party bank that was generally accepted by a large number of merchants (as opposed to merchant-issued revolving cards accepted by only a few merchants). A dozen experiments by small American banks had been attempted (and had failed). In an odd coincidence, both of the products that finally succeeded were born in the U.S. state of California. In September 1958, Bank of America launched the BankAmericard in Fresno, California. BankAmericard became the first successful recognizably modern credit card (although it underwent a troubled gestation during which its creator resigned), and with its overseas affiliates, eventually evolved into the Visa system. In 1966, the ancestor of MasterCard was born when a group of California banks established Master Charge to compete with BankAmericard; it received a significant boost when Citibank merged its proprietary Everything Card (launched in 1967) into Master Charge in 1969.

Early credit cards in the U.S., of which BankAmericard was the most prominent example, were mass produced and mass mailed to bank customers who were thought to be good credit risks; that is, they were unsolicited. These mass mailings were known as "drops" in banking terminology, and were outlawed in 1970 due to the financial chaos that they caused, but not before 100 million credit cards had been dropped into the U.S. population. After 1970, only credit card applications could be sent unsolicited in mass mailings.

The fractured nature of the U.S. banking system under the Glass-Steagall Act meant that credit cards became an effective way for those who were traveling around the country to move their credit to places where they could not directly use their banking facilities. In 1966 Barclaycard in the UK launched the first credit card outside of the U.S.

There are now countless variations on the basic concept of revolving credit for individuals (as issued by banks and honored by a network of financial institutions), including organization-branded credit cards, corporate-user credit cards, store cards and so on.

In contrast, although having reached very high adoption levels in the US, Canada and the UK, it is important to note that many cultures were much more cash-oriented in the latter half of the twentieth century, or had developed alternative forms of cash-less payments, such as Carte bleue or the Eurocard (Germany, France, Switzerland, and others). In these places, the take-up of credit cards was initially much slower. It took until the 1990s to reach anything like the percentage market-penetration levels achieved in the US, Canada, or the UK. In many countries acceptance still remains poor as the use of a credit card system depends on the banking system being perceived as reliable. Of particular note is Japan, which remains a very cash oriented society, with credit card adoption being limited to only the largest of merchants, although an alternative system based on RFIDs inside cellphones has seen some acceptance.

In contrast, because of the legislative framework surrounding banking system overdrafts, some countries, France in particular, were much faster to develop and adopt chip-based credit cards which are now seen as major anti-fraud credit devices.

The design of the credit card itself has become a major selling point in recent years. The value of the card to the issuer is often related to the customer's usage of the card, or to the customer's financial worth. This has led to the rise of Co-Brand and Affinity cards - where the card design is related to the "affinity" (a university, for example) leading to higher card usage. In most cases a percentage of the value of the card is returned to the affinity group.

Credit cards are issued after an account has been approved by the credit provider, after which cardholders can use it to make purchases at merchants accepting that card. Merchants often advertise which cards they accept by displaying acceptance marks – generally derived from logos – or may communicate this orally, as in "Credit cards are fine" (implicitly meaning "major brands"), "We take (brands X, Y, and Z)", or "We don't take credit cards".

When a purchase is made, the credit card user agrees to pay the card issuer. The cardholder indicates consent to pay by signing a receipt with a record of the card details and indicating the amount to be paid or by entering a personal identification number (PIN). Also, many merchants now accept verbal authorizations via telephone and electronic authorization using the Internet, known as a card not present transaction (CNP).

Electronic verification systems allow merchants to verify in a few seconds that the card is valid and the credit card customer has sufficient credit to cover the purchase, allowing the verification to happen at time of purchase. The verification is performed using a credit card payment terminal or point-of-sale (POS) system with a communications link to the merchant's acquiring bank. Data from the card is obtained from a magnetic stripe or chip on the card; the latter system is called Chip and PIN in the United Kingdom and Ireland, and is implemented as an EMV card.

For card not present transactions where the card is not shown (e.g., e-commerce, mail order, and telephone sales), merchants additionally verify that the customer is in physical possession of the card and is the authorised user by asking for additional information such as the security code printed on the back of the card, date of expiry, and billing address.

Each month, the credit card user is sent a statement indicating the purchases undertaken with the card, any outstanding fees, and the total amount owed. After receiving the statement, the cardholder may dispute any charges that he or she thinks are incorrect (see Fair Credit Billing Act for details of the US regulations). Otherwise, the cardholder must pay a defined minimum proportion of the bill by a due date, or may choose to pay a higher amount up to the entire amount owed. The credit issuer charges interest on the amount owed if the balance is not paid in full (typically at a much higher rate than most other forms of debt). Some financial institutions can arrange for automatic payments to be deducted from the user's bank accounts, thus avoiding late payment altogether as long as the cardholder has sufficient funds.

Electronic Payment Services
Established in 1984, EPS Company (Hong Kong) Limited (formerly Electronic Payment Services Company) is currently a consortium of 21 major banks in Hong Kong. In each retail location, a terminal is installed and is usually connected to a POS system of retailer. The terminal can also connect to banks through the public phone system.

The operation of the system is easy. The retailer swipes a customer's ATM card in the terminal and keys in the payment amount. The cardholder then selects the appropriate bank account and keys in the PIN. After successful connection to the bank, a receipt will be printed for the customer and the retailer. Some automatic terminals require the cardholder to insert his or her ATM card into a terminal machine rather than have the merchant swipe the card.

Payment for each transaction is directly transferred from the payer's bank account to receiver's.
EPS is simple use of ATM card or credit card with ATM function, no application of service is required. All ATM cards or credit cards with ATM function issued by EPS Company member banks could perform EPS function.

Consumer simply presents the ATM card to the cashier. Cashier swipes consumer's card and enter the transaction amount. Comsumer confirm the amount by inputting ATM card PIN. EPS receipts are printed with "ACCEPTED" for successful transaction.

With EPS EasyCash, consumer can withdraw cash at over 1,200 locations in Hong Kong upon purchase with EPS. The cash withdrawal amount can be in multiples of HK$100, at a maximum of HK$500. EPS EasyCash service is also commonly known as Cashback service.

EPS EasyCash service is currently available at chain store of Gourmet, Great, IKEA, Mannings, MarketPlace, Massimo Dutti, Circle K, Oliver's, Parknshop, Taste, Threesizty, Vango, China Resources Vanguard (CRV), V'ole and Wellcome in Hong Kong.

Maestro (debit card)
Maestro is a multi-national debit card service owned by MasterCard, and was founded in 1990. Maestro cards are obtained from associate banks and can be linked to the card holder's current account, or they can be prepaid cards. The cardholder presents the card at the point of sale (POS) and this is swiped through the terminal by the assistant or the customer or inserted into a chip and PIN device. The payment is authorised by the card issuer to ensure that the cardholder has sufficient funds in their account to make the purchase and the cardholder confirms the payment by either signing the sales receipt or entering their 4 to 6-digit PIN.

Within the EU and certain other countries, Maestro is MasterCard's main debit brand and is the equivalent of signature debit card which does not require electronic authorisation, similar to the Visa Debit card. In most other countries, Maestro is equivalent to a Visa Electron and is MasterCard's tertiary card. It requires electronic authorisation much like a Solo debit card, i.e. not only must the information stored in either the chip or the magnetic stripe be read, this has to be sent from the Merchant to the issuing bank, the issuing bank then has to respond with an affirmative authorisation. If the information is not read, the issuer will decline the transaction, regardless of any disposable amount on the connected account. This is different from other debit and credit cards, where the information can be entered manually into the terminal (i.e. by punching the 13 to 19 digits and the expiry date on the terminal) and still be approved by the issuer or stand-in processor.
          LEGAL ONLINE TRANSACTIONS   
When a company insures an individual entity, there are basic legal requirements. Several commonly cited legal principles of insurance include:

Indemnity – the insurance company indemnifies, or compensates the insured in the case of certain losses only up to the insured's interest

Insurable interest – the insured typically must directly suffer from the loss. Insurable interest must exist whether property insurance or insurance on a person is involved. The concept requires that the insured have a "stake" in the loss or damage to the life or property insured. What that "stake" is will be determined by the kind of insurance involved and the nature of the property ownership or relationship between the persons.

Utmost good faith – the insured and the insurer are bound by a good faith bond of honesty and fairness.

Contribution – insurers which have similar obligations to the insured contribute in the indemnification, according to some method.

Subrogation – the insurance company acquires legal rights to pursue recoveries on behalf of the insured; for example, the insurer may sue those liable for insured's loss.

Causa Proxima or Proximate Cause – the cause of loss (the "peril") must be covered under the insuring agreement of the policy, and dominant cause must not be excluded.

To "indemnify" means to make whole again, or to be put in the position that one was in, to the extent possible, prior to the happening of a specified event or peril. Accordingly, life insurance is generally not considered to be indemnity insurance, but rather "contingent" insurance (i.e., a claim arises on the occurrence of a specified event). There are generally two types of insurance contracts that seek to indemnify an insured:

1. an "indemnity" policy and
2. a "pay on behalf" or "on behalf of" policy.

The difference is significant on paper, but rarely material in practice.
An "indemnity" policy will never pay claims until the insured has paid out of pocket to some third party; for example, a visitor to the home slips on a floor that you left wet and sues you for $10,000 and wins. Under an "indemnity" policy the homeowner would have to come up with the $10,000 to pay for the visitor's fall and then would be "indemnified" by the insurance carrier for the out of pocket costs (the $10,000).

Under the same situation, a "pay on behalf" policy, the insurance carrier would pay the claim and the insured (the homeowner) would not be out of pocket for anything. Most modern liability insurance is written on the basis of "pay on behalf" language.
An entity seeking to transfer risk (an individual, corporation, or association of any type, etc.) becomes the 'insured' party once risk is assumed by an 'insurer', the insuring party, by means of a contract, called an insurance 'policy'. Generally, an insurance contract includes, at a minimum, the following elements: the parties (the insurer, the insured, the beneficiaries), the premium, the period of coverage, the particular loss event covered, the amount of coverage (i.e., the amount to be paid to the insured or beneficiary in the event of a loss), and exclusions (events not covered). An insured is thus said to be "indemnified" against the loss covered in the policy.

When insured parties experience a loss for a specified peril, the coverage entitles the policyholder to make a 'claim' against the insurer for the covered amount of loss as specified by the policy. The fee paid by the insured to the insurer for assuming the risk is called the 'premium'. Insurance premiums from many insureds are used to fund accounts reserved for later payment of claims—in theory for a relatively few claimants—and for overhead costs. So long as an insurer maintains adequate funds set aside for anticipated losses (i.e., reserves), the remaining margin is an insurer's profit.

An online identity, internet identity, or internet persona is a social identity that an Internet user establishes in online communities and websites. Although some people prefer to use their real names online, some internet users prefer to be anonymous[original research?], identifying themselves by means of pseudonyms, which reveal varying amounts of personally identifiable information.

In some online contexts, including Internet forums, MUDs, instant messaging, and massively multiplayer online games, users can represent themselves visually by choosing an avatar, an icon-sized graphic image. As other users interact with an established online identity, it acquires a reputation, which enables them to decide whether the identity is worthy of trust Some websites also use the user's IP address to track their online identities using methods such as tracking cookies .

The concept of the personal self, and how this is influenced by emerging technologies, are a subject of research in fields such as psychology and sociology. The Online disinhibition effect is a notable example, referring to a concept of unwise and uninhibited behavior on the internet, arising as a result of anonymity and audience gratification

Identity expression and identity exposure
The social web, i.e. the usage of the web to support the social process, represents a space in which people have the possibility to express and expose their identity (Marcus, Machilek & Schütz 2006) in a social context. For instance people define explicitly their identity by creating user profiles in social network services such as Facebook or LinkedIn or in online dating services (Siibak 2007). By using blogs and expressing opinions, they define more tacit identities.

The disclosure of a person's identity may present a certain number of issues (Nabeth 2006) related to privacy and the undesired disclosure of personal information. However many people adopt strategies allowing them to control the level of disclosure of their personal information online (Tufekci 2008).

The identities that people define in the social web are not necessarily reliable. For example studies have shown that people lie in online dating services. (Epstein 2007) (Hancock, Toma & Ellison 2007). In the case of social network services such as Facebook, companies are even proposing to sell 'friends' as a way to increase a user's visibility, calling into question even more the reliability of a person's 'social identity

Dorian Wiszniewski and Richard Coyne in their contribution to the book Building Virtual Communities explore online identity, with emphasis on the concept of "masking" identity They point out that whenever an individual interacts in a social sphere they portray a mask of their identity. This is no different online and in fact becomes even more pronounced due to the decisions an online contributor must make concerning his or her online profile. He or she must answer specific questions about age, gender, address, username and so forth. Furthermore, as a person publishes to the web he or she adds more and more to his or her mask in the style of writing, vocabulary and topics. Though the chapter is very philosophical in nature, it spurs the thinking that online identity is a complex business and still in the process of being understood.

First of all, does the mask truly hide identity? The kind of mask one chooses reveals at least something of the subject behind the mask. One might call this the "metaphor" of the mask. The online mask does not reveal the actual identity of a person. It, however, does reveal an example of what lies behind the mask. For instance, if a person chooses to act like a rock star on line, this metaphor reveals an interest in rock music. Even if a person chooses to hide behind a totally false identity, this says something about the fear and lack of self-esteem behind the false mask.

Second, are masks necessary for online interaction? Because of many emotional and psychological dynamics, people can be reluctant to interact online. By evoking a mask of identity a person can create a safety net. One of the great fears of online identity is having one's identity stolen or abused. This fear keeps people from sharing who they are. Some are so fearful of identity theft or abuse that they will not even reveal information already known about them in public listings. By making the mask available, people can interact with some degree of confidence without fear.
Third, do masks help with education? Wiszniewski and Coyne state "Education can be seen as the change process by which identity is realized, how one finds one's place. Education implicates the transformation of identity. Education, among other things, is a process of building up a sense of identity, generalized as a process of edification." By students interacting in an online community they must reveal something about themselves and have others respond to this contribution. In this manner, the mask is constantly being formulated in dialogue with others and thereby students will gain a richer and deeper sense of who they are. There will be a process of edification that will help students come to understand their strengths and weaknesses.

A debit card (also known as a bank card or check card) is a plastic card that provides an alternative payment method to cash when making purchases. Functionally, it can be called an electronic cheque, as the funds are withdrawn directly from either the bank account, or from the remaining balance on the card. In some cases, the cards are designed exclusively for use on the Internet, and so there is no physical card.

In many countries the use of debit cards has become so widespread that their volume of use has overtaken the cheque and, in some instances, cash transactions. Like credit cards, debit cards are used widely for telephone and Internet purchases and, unlike credit cards, the funds are transferred immediately from the bearer's bank account instead of having the bearer pay back the money at a later date.
Debit cards may also allow for instant withdrawal of cash, acting as the ATM card for withdrawing cash and as a cheque guarantee card. Merchants may also offer cashback facilities to customers, where a customer can withdraw cash along with their purchase.

There are currently three ways that debit card transactions are processed: online debit (also known as PIN debit), offline debit (also known as signature debit) and the Electronic Purse Card System. It should be noted that one physical card can include the functions of an online debit card, an offline debit card and an electronic purse card.

Although many debit cards are of the Visa or MasterCard brand, there are many other types of debit card, each accepted only within a particular country or region, for example Switch (now: Maestro) and Solo in the United Kingdom, Interac in Canada, Carte Bleue in France, Laser in Ireland, "EC electronic cash" (formerly Eurocheque) in Germany and EFTPOS cards in Australia and New Zealand. The need for cross-border compatibility and the advent of the euro recently led to many of these card networks (such as Switzerland's "EC direkt", Austria's "Bankomatkasse" and Switch in the United Kingdom) being re-branded with the internationally recognised Maestro logo, which is part of the MasterCard brand. Some debit cards are dual branded with the logo of the (former) national card as well as Maestro (e.g. EC cards in Germany, Laser cards in Ireland, Switch and Solo in the UK, Pinpas cards in the Netherlands, Bancontact cards in Belgium, etc.). The use of a debit card system allows operators to package their product more effectively while monitoring customer spending. An example of one of these systems is ECS by Embed International.

Online Debit System
Online debit cards require electronic authorization of every transaction and the debits are reflected in the user’s account immediately. The transaction may be additionally secured with the personal identification number (PIN) authentication system and some online cards require such authentication for every transaction, essentially becoming enhanced automatic teller machine (ATM) cards. One difficulty in using online debit cards is the necessity of an electronic authorization device at the point of sale (POS) and sometimes also a separate PINpad to enter the PIN, although this is becoming commonplace for all card transactions in many countries. Overall, the online debit card is generally viewed as superior to the offline debit card because of its more secure authentication system and live status, which alleviates problems with processing lag on transactions that may only issue online debit cards. Some on-line debit systems are using the normal authentication processes of Internet banking to provide real-time on-line debit transactions. The most notable of these are Ideal and POLi.

Offline Debit System
Offline debit cards have the logos of major credit cards (e.g. Visa or MasterCard) or major debit cards (e.g. Maestro in the United Kingdom and other countries, but not the United States) and are used at the point of sale like a credit card (with payer's signature). This type of debit card may be subject to a daily limit, and/or a maximum limit equal to the current/checking account balance from which it draws funds. Transactions conducted with offline debit cards require 2–3 days to be reflected on users’ account balances. In some countries and with some banks and merchant service organizations, a "credit" or offline debit transaction is without cost to the purchaser beyond the face value of the transaction, while a small fee may be charged for a "debit" or online debit transaction (although it is often absorbed by the retailer). Other differences are that online debit purchasers may opt to withdraw cash in addition to the amount of the debit purchase (if the merchant supports that functionality); also, from the merchant's standpoint, the merchant pays lower fees on online debit transaction as compared to "credit" (offline) debit transaction.

Advantages and Disadvantages
Debit and check cards, as they have become widespread, have revealed numerous advantages and disadvantages to the consumer and retailer alike.
The following allegations seem to be based only on the current situation within the U.S.A. Please read with caution as they may not apply to any other countries.

Advantages are as follows:

A consumer who is not credit worthy and may find it difficult or impossible to obtain a credit card can more easily obtain a debit card, allowing him/her to make plastic transactions.

For most transactions, a check card can be used to avoid check writing altogether. Check cards debit funds from the user's account on the spot, thereby finalizing the transaction at the time of purchase, and bypassing the requirement to pay a credit card bill at a later date, or to write an insecure check containing the account holder's personal information.

Like credit cards, debit cards are accepted by merchants with less identification and scrutiny than personal checks, thereby making transactions quicker and less intrusive. Unlike personal checks, merchants generally do not believe that a payment via a debit card may be later dishonored.

Unlike a credit card, which charges higher fees and interest rates when a cash advance is obtained, a debit card may be used to obtain cash from an ATM or a PIN-based transaction at no extra charge, other than a foreign ATM fee.


The Debit card has many disadvantages as opposed to cash or credit:

Use of a debit card is not usually limited to the existing funds in the account to which it is linked, most banks allow a certain threshold over the available bank balance which can cause overdraft fees if the customer does not depend on their own records of spending.

Many banks are now charging over-limit fees or non-sufficient funds fees based upon pre-authorizations, and even attempted but refused transactions by the merchant (some of which may not even be known by the client).

Many merchants mistakenly believe that amounts owed can be "taken" from a customer's account after a debit card (or number) has been presented, without agreement as to date, payee name, amount and currency, thus causing penalty fees for overdrafts, over-the-limit, amounts not available causing further rejections or overdrafts, and rejected transactions by some banks.

In some countries debit cards offer lower levels of security protection than credit card]. Theft of the users PIN using skimming devices can be accomplished much easier with a PIN input than with a signature-based credit transaction. However, theft of users' PIN codes using skimming devices can be equally easily accomplished with a debit transaction PIN input, as with a credit transaction PIN input, and theft using a signature-based credit transaction is equally easy as theft using a signature-based debit transaction.

In many places, laws protect the consumer from fraud much less than with a credit card. While the holder of a credit card is legally responsible for only a minimal amount of a fraudulent transaction made with a credit card, which is often waived by the bank, the consumer may be held liable for hundreds of dollars, or even the entire value of fraudulent debit transactions. The consumer also has a shorter time (usually just two days) to report such fraud to the bank in order to be eligible for such a waiver with a debit card, whereas with a credit card, this time may be up to 60 days. A thief who obtains or clones a debit card along with its PIN may be able to clean out the consumer's bank account, and the consumer will have no recourse.

In the UK and Ireland, among other countries, a consumer who purchases goods or services with a credit card can pursue the credit card issuer if the goods or services are not delivered or are unmerchantable. While they must generally exhaust the process provided by the retailer first, this is not necessary if the retailer has gone out of business. This protection is not provided by legislation when using a debit card but may be offered to a limited extent as a benefit provided by the card network, e.g. Visa debit cards.

When a transaction is made using a credit card, the bank's money is being spent, and therefore, the bank has a vested interest in claiming its money where there is fraud or a dispute. The bank may fight to void the charges of a consumer who is dissatisfied with a purchase, or who has otherwise been treated unfairly by the merchant. But when a debit purchase is made, the consumer has spent his/her own money, and the bank has little if any motivation to collect the funds.

In some countries, and for certain types of purchases, such as gasoline (via a pay at the pump system), lodging, or car rental, the bank may place a hold on funds much greater than the actual purchase for a fixed period of time. However, this isn't the case in other countries, such as Sweden. Until the hold is released, any other transactions presented to the account, including checks, may be dishonoured, or may be paid at the expense of an overdraft fee if the account lacks any additional funds to pay those items.

While debit cards bearing the logo of a major credit card are accepted for virtually all transactions where an equivalent credit card is taken, a major exception in some countries is at car rental facilities. In some countries, such as Canada & Australia, car rental agencies require an actual credit card to be used, or at the very least, will verify the creditworthiness of the renter using a debit card. In Canada and additional unspecified countries, car rental companies will deny a rental to anyone who does not fit the requirements, and such a credit check may actually hurt one's credit score, as long as there is such a thing as a credit score in the country of purchase and/or the country of residence of the customer.
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          47. Robert Southey to Grosvenor Charles Bedford, 4–20 April 1793    
March 2009

47. Robert Southey to Grosvenor Charles Bedford, 4–20 April 1793 ⁠* 

Sapey. Sunday. April 4th. 1793

In sober sadness my dear friend you deserve a letter as little as any lazy mortal ever yet did — but perhaps there is one waiting for me at Oxford — I will think so at least — it is easy to deceive ourselves when we wish to be deceived — I expect to find one upon my return in acknowledgement of this

my philosophy which has so long been of a kind peculiar to myself neither of the school of Plato Aristotle Westminster or the Miller [1]  is at length settled. I am a peripatetic philosopher far however from adopting the tenets of any self sufficient cynic or puzzling sophist my sentiments will be found more enlivened by the brilliant colours of Fancy Nature & Rousseau than the positive dogmas of the Stagyrite [2]  or the metaphysical refinements of his antagonist — I aspire not to the honourary title of subtle disputant or divine Doctor — I wish to found no school to drive no scholars mad — ideas spring up with the scenes I view — some pass away with the momentary glance — some are engraved upon the tablet of memory & some infixed upon the heart you have told me what Philosophy is not & I can give you a little more information upon the subject — it is not plunging in debauchery because the world do the same — it is not reading Johannes Secundus [3]  because he may have some poetical lines — it is not wearing the hair undressd in opposition to custom perhaps — it is certainly not in giving pain to a friend by neglect <this I feel the severity of & blush for> — it is not rejecting Lucan [4]  lest he should vitiate the taste & reading without fear what may corrupt the heart — it is not clapt on with a wig or communicated by the fashionable hand of the barber — it had nothing to do with Watson [5]  when he burnt his books — it does not sit upon a woolsack. honors can not bestow it — persecution cannot take it away — it illumined the prison of Socrates but fled the triumph of Octavius [6]  — it shrank from the savage murderer Constantine [7]  it dignified the tent of Julian [8]  — it has no particular love for colleges — in crowds it is alone — in solitude most engaged. it renders life agreable & death enviable —

Yesterday makes one twelvemonth from the day on which I breakfasted with you & brought Dr Vs letter in my pocket — that transaction I begin to look upon as the most fortunate I ever met with — in consequence of it I avoided the society of Ch Ch where according to all the observation I have able to make it would not have been possible to add one to the number of my friends & went to Balliol where I found some deserving of the title. in consequence of it I have visited Worcestershire & shall during the long vacation repeat my visit. how little does man know of good or evil! the affliction of today may produce the happiness of every future hour — the reverse is too often the case. but as the shield has two colours I will turn to the most agreable.

I have long expected your ode Quæqui pii vates & Phœbo digna locuti [9]  — as you have alterd it — you are most intolerably indolent — by the by your word interview with the bishop gave great offence to young Wynn. do you ever hear anything of Bunbury? I could wish to know something of one with whom I was once upon terms so very intimate that though I despise his conduct I cannot but love his abilities — abilities are not however the best gift of heaven — Bunbury wallows in brutal excess & — the race is not always to the swift or the battle to the strong. Alas poor Poland! [10]  this may be allowed.

I have lately read the Man of Feeling [11]  — if you have never yet read it — do now from my recommendation — few books have ever pleasd me so painfully or so much — it is very strange that man should be delighted with the highest pain that can be produced — I even begin to think that both pain & pleasure exist only in idea but this must not be affirmed, the first twitch of the toothache or retrospective glance will undeceive me with a vengeance. It is Mackenzies writing if I am not mistaken the author of Julia de Roubigne. [12]  & La Roche & Louisa Venoni in the Mirror. [13] 

the age of chivalry is past & my travels have nothing in them any way interesting to one who is not with me — to paint the different spots I have seen & romantic seats I have admird were impossible & to describe the emotions they occasioned — the attempt would be absurd —

you can better imagine rocks of petrifaction — cascades — glens & cottages from your own fancy than from my description — after all both would fall very short — you must find leisure at some future period to tramp it with me across the country. I never see a romantic spot without wishing for Charles Collinstell him he has used me very ill in not writing but you will there keep one another in countenance — evil communications corrupt good manners — you will study the pure Johannes Secundus & forget the unclassical RS.

I have seen, Bedford some of the most delightful spots that Fancy could possibly have picturd & at a moment when I was in the most delightful mood to enjoy — a certain tinge of melancholy heightens every shade around & disposes the mind more fully to enjoy the awful grandeur of the scene. I feel much disposed to finish this letter there should the weather continue good —

Nescia mens hominis fati sortisq futuræ! [14]  my letter was reserved to be finishd at Balliol. I found upon visiting C Collins Jack the second [15]  as usual upon the sopha & he shelters himself behind you as an example — yes Bedford I have heard you mentioned as an example for the most contemptible looseness — when I asked him why he bought the Pucelle [16]  he replied Bedford was with me. it does not extenuate his fault but it aggravates yours. can the finest language, the most honeyd flow of words that ever dropt from the pen of a Rousseau atone for lasciousness of idea? is poison less dangerous if mingled with sweetmeats? who would touch it were it infused in gall? my dear friend the goodness both of your head & heart should make you fling that damned book behind the fire where Collins’s has been more <than>once & where it will be purged of all its impurities.

if you have any message to Cambridge that I can carry let me know as in the approaching fortnights vacation Seward & I purpose walking there. on our return I sprained my ancle pretty severely which however did not prevent my walking twenty miles farther that day & twenty more the next. at present I am an invalid for convenience sake — it gives me time to read & write & rests my ancle. on Monday I purpose emerging.

Saturday 20th . if immediately hastening to repair a fault be to atone for it that atonement shall be made — I could even excuse myself & offer a plea which you would think admissible — but I detest mysteries. Le premier pas vers le vice est de mettre du mystere aux actions innocentes et quiconque aime à se cacher, a lôt ou tard raison de se cacher [17]  — I know not why I should quote these words but they rushd into my head or more properly my heart & that when it is full is too apt to overflow. in short then I have promised to send some verses of mine into Herefordshire & that employment alone has been the real cause of my confinement & my neglect. the sprain happened fortunately for me I could have finished them [MS torn] the time but I am continually altering in hopes of amendment & as fast as I corr[MS torn] fault more of the Hydra race start up.

Wynn is welcome to laugh at my walking plan — I have no need for were I to fix upon those parts of my life which I would desire to relive it should be my Worcestershire journey — to one who goes for fashion or to a fète or to a hunting box it may appear ridiculous but to him whose philosophy proceeds from nature & the heart the case is different. I was absent but three weeks — yet three ages in this sink of science could not erase the ideas resulting from it (nor were that possible) supply the vacancy. Evesham Abbey was the only spot memorable from accidental occurrences which I visited — a clear brook an extensive prospect a woody glen or a rising spring were more frequently the objects of my pilgrimage & where I let my Fancy stray more at will. I meant to have concluded this letter in a spot the most romantic I ever recollect to have seen — that intention was never executed & memory must supply the picture. a spring rushing dropping over a rock which it had made amid the wood — thro a narrow opening in the wood a cascade caused by the dissolving snow — a brook between so clear so broken by stones! the opposite side a hill almost perpendicular with excellent timber & on the summit as far as sight would reach (here a very small space) such a house as brings to remembrance Switzerland & St Preux. [18]  my mind was well tempered to enjoy the scene. it was returning from Ledbury which I left with reluctance & I had walked near twenty miles — the spring was delightful even your favourites ode o fons Brundisia vitrio &c [19]  would fail to give you an adequate idea. for six days we were confined at Ledbury by the snow — this delay prevented us from visiting the greatest part of Herefordshire. much has been said of the depravity of mankind by authors & in the moment of discontent I have accorded to their sentiments — but those who live in that hot bed of iniquity London, or that nursery of debauchery an English University are not qualified to judge — if observation may be depended upon there are men buried in retirement neither unworthy of the names of men or of Christians. the women I met with in the country neither delighted in balls or were proud of showing a white hand at a harpsichord. yet I found them artists & botanists without instruction — well read & sensible without ostentation. nay more wonderful I found one perfect beauty without vanity. C Collins ridicules me as one without feeling because I reprobate Johannes Secundus perhaps you may blame me or rather wish to blame me for the same — but a susceptible heart ought to be guarded with double care — purity of mind is something like snow best in the shade. Gybralter is on a rock but it would be imprudent to defy her enemies & call them to the charge. my heart is equally easy of impression with Rousseaus & perhaps more tenacious of xxxx. refinement I adore but to me the highest delicacy appears so intimately connected with it that the union is like body & soul. you will upon xxxxxx most xxxxx xxxxxx xxxxxx xxxxxx xxxxxx xxxx refinements do you yourself think elegance an atonement for licentiousness? if so — Lovelace [20]  is an accomplished character — Johannes ought to be read & the book of Christian morality be discarded. “vice loses half its evil by losing all its grossness” [21]  is a vile sentiment — it is the strumpet of the Strand affecting modesty. tell me of all my faults & I will strive to mend them but abjure forever those infamous lines whose sole merit is in handling gilding poison.

yrs most sincerely

RS.


Notes

* Address: Grosvenor Charles Bedford Esqr/ New Palace Yard/ Westminster/ Single
Stamped: OXFORD
Postmark: BAP/ 22/ 93
Watermarks: Figure of Britannia; W T
Endorsement: Recd. 22d April 1793
MS: Bodleian Library, MS Eng. Lett. c. 22. ALS; 4p.
Previously published: Charles Cuthbert Southey (ed.), Life and Correspondence of Robert Southey, 6 vols (London, 1849–1850), I, pp. 180–182 [in part]. BACK

[1] The traditional song sometimes known as ‘The Miller of Dee’, particularly its lines ‘I care for nobody, no not I,/If nobody cares for me’. BACK

[2] Aristotle (384–322 BC); his ‘antagonist’ is probably Plato (427–348 BC). BACK

[3] Johannes Secundus (1511–1536), poet. BACK

[4] Marcus Annaeus Lucanus (AD 39–65), republican poet. BACK

[5] Richard Watson, Bishop of Llandaff (1737–1816; DNB), who in 1793 had publicly abandoned his support for the French Revolution. BACK

[6] Gaius Julius Caesar Octavianus (63 BC–AD 14; reigned 30 BC–AD 14), later the Emperor Augustus. Southey strongly disapproved of Augustus for putting an end to the Roman republic. BACK

[7] Constantine I (late 280s–337; reigned 307–337), the Roman emperor who made Christianity the State religion. In AD 326, he imprisoned and executed his son Crispus, a subject Southey treated at length in his prose romance ‘Harold’ (1791); see Bodleian Library, Eng. Misc. e. 114. BACK

[8] Flavius Claudius Julianus, the Apostate (331–363; reigned 361–363), Roman emperor and pagan philosopher. BACK

[9] Virgil (70–19 BC), Aeneid, Book 6, line 662. The Latin translates as ‘Good bards, whose songs were meet for Phoebus’. BACK

[10] The second partition of Poland, between Prussia and Russia, in 1793. BACK

[11] Henry Mackenzie (1745–1831; DNB), The Man of Feeling (1771). BACK

[12] Henry Mackenzie, Julia de Roubigne (1777). BACK

[13] The Mirror, a periodical edited by Henry Mackenzie in 1779–1780. His ‘La Roche’ and ‘Louisa Venoni’ first appeared there. BACK

[14] Virgil, Aeneid, Book 10, line 501; ‘O mind of man, knowing not fate or coming doom’. BACK

[15] Johannes Secundus (1511–1536), poet. BACK

[16] Voltaire’s (1694–1778) mock-epic La Pucelle (1755–1762). BACK

[17] Jean-Jacques Rousseau (1712–1778), Julie, ou la Nouvelle Héloïse (1761). The French translates as: ‘The first step towards vice is to cloak innocent actions in mystery, and whoever likes to conceal something sooner or later has reason to conceal it.’ BACK

[18] A central character in Rousseau’s Julie, ou la Nouvelle Héloïse (1761), St Preux enjoyed an idyllic existence with his lover, Julie, and her husband, Baron Wolmar, at their estate on the shores of Lake Geneva. BACK

[19] A misquotation of Horace (65–8 BC), Odes, Book 3, no. 13, line 1, ‘O fons Bandusiae splendidior vitro’. The original can be translated as ‘O spring of Bandusia, more glittering than glass’. BACK

[20] The rake Lovelace, a central figure in Samuel Richardson (c. 1689–1761; DNB), Clarissa (1748–1749). BACK

[21] Edmund Burke (1729/30–1797; DNB), Reflections on the Revolution in France (London, 1790), p. 113. BACK

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          O ALINHAMENTO DA NOVA ATLÂNTIDA   

Existe um alinhamento muito interessante de locais poderosos que está muito associado à criação da Nova Atlântida.


Antes de continuar, é preciso explicar o que significa a Nova Atlântida, e parte da sua história.

Atlântida é um nome usado para descrever a criação de um mundo de Luz, a nova sociedade que estará além da dualidade. O primeiro modelo para esta sociedade foi ancorado nas Plêiades há milhões de anos atrás. As pedras de Moldavite vieram do planeta onde a primeira Atlântida foi estabelecida, e são o resultado de uma explosão causada por experiências feitas durante a primeira Atlântida e, portanto, mantêm uma ligação ao fluxo energético da criação da Atlântida.


A segunda Atlântida foi criada na Terra, tendo a sua principal âncora num continente que estava localizado no oceano Atlântico Norte ao redor das ilhas dos Açores. Esta era originalmente uma sociedade de Luz pura, que depois foi infiltrada e envolveu-se em conflitos criados pelas forças escuras, resultando no início da prisão da Terra há 26000 anos atrás, e afundando o continente Atlante há 13000 anos atrás.

Nos últimos 13000 anos, as forças da Luz mantiveram a chama viva, trabalhando em planos de longo prazo para a criação da Nova e última Atlântida, uma vez que as forças das trevas desaparecerão completamente, e o mundo inteiro poderá viver novamente na Luz.


Uma das primeiras e principais âncoras para isso está localizada no lado leste do Mediterrâneo, que era uma colônia Atlante e, então, quando o continente Atlante se afundou, alguns grupos de Luz Atlantes estabeleceram-se aí, em particular em torno do Egipto e Israel.

O património desses grupos foi transmitido ao longo de gerações, em particular entre os grupos de Essénios que estavam por detrás dos Reis David e Salomão e, mais tarde, por detrás de Jesus e Madalena, que depois foram transmitidos quando Madalena foi para a França, resultando na criação dos Templários, Cátaros e no Priorado do Sião, e que se difundiram internacionalmente, apesar da supressão e infiltração das trevas, e trabalharam nesses planos de longo prazo para a Nova Atlântida.

St Germain / Francis Bacon surgiu desses grupos e trabalhou muito de perto com os Templários da Luz.

Agora vamos falar sobre o alinhamento. Um ponto central neste alinhamento é o Palácio de Versalhes, perto de Paris. Existem fortes conexões entre este lugar e St Germain, que esteve muito activo aí, em particular durante o século XVIII, tentando inspirar novas ideias e reformas dentro da corte real em ligação com as redes originais da Maçonaria Livre (antes de serem infiltradas pelas trevas, quando ainda tinham uma ligação muito forte com a Luz). Ele também trabalhou energicamente para iniciar alguns membros da corte nos mistérios da Deusa, em particular a Princesa de Lamballe. A energia dessas iniciações é particularmente forte em torno do Templo do Amor no Petit Trianon, onde era o quarto da rainha, sendo que ele era um amigo íntimo da Princesa de Lamballe.

Veremos que este alinhamento da Nova Atlântida está muito associado a St Germain que, claro, é um dos actores principais que trabalham na criação da Nova Atlântida.

O palácio de Versalhes é construído ao longo de um eixo principal:


Se estendemos essa linha para Oriente, chegamos exatamente à Cúpula da Rocha em Jerusalém, uma âncora histórica fundamental para alguns dos grupos Atlantes de Luz que mencionei (Essénios). A distância de Versalhes a Jerusalém é de cerca de 3333 km.

Ao longo desta linha estão alguns outros locais muito interessantes.


A Suíça tem conexões particularmente fortes com os Templários da Luz:


Depois, vai exactamente através de Veneza, um vórtice central da Deusa e âncora para os grupos de Luz, onde St Germain foi iniciado nos mistérios da Deusa:



Para além disso, também passa pela Grécia, outra forte âncora para os antigos grupos atlantes. É exactamente através de Alexandria, no norte da Grécia (Alexandre o Grande estava ligado aos grupos que preservaram a herança da Atlântida) e, posteriormente, muito perto da ilha de Samos (lar de Pitágoras) e através da ilha de Chios, um forte vórtice com uma rica e intensa história assim como características geológicas especiais.


De volta a Versalhes, se estendemos a linha para Oeste, alcança exactamente o obelisco perto da Casa Branca, em Washington DC.


Isto é particularmente significativo, pois St Germain foi a principal força motriz da criação original dos EUA, que ele imaginou como a primeira âncora da Nova Atlântida. Ele estava muito ligado aos fundadores originais dos EUA que trabalharam em DC. Infelizmente, os EUA foram fortemente infiltrados pelas trevas, mas uma vez removidos, um Renascimento irá ocorrer nos EUA e a Nova Atlântida florescerá lá, graças ao modelo e à visão ancorados por St Germain e as forças da Luz que com ele trabalham.

A distância entre Versalhes e o obelisco de DC é de cerca de 3333 milhas náuticas.

Este alinhamento dá-se exactamente através de todas as principais cidades da costa leste do norte como Boston, Nova York, Filadélfia e DC:


Também atravessa a parte ocidental de Long Island, muito perto do Templo do Amor, que foi construído lá, e que foi inspirado no Templo do Amor original, em Versalhes, e que foi a âncora principal para a energia das iniciações da Deusa por St Germain, na corte francesa:


Depois, percorre notavelmente Asheville NC, que é um vórtice poderoso, e depois por Atlant(is)a nos Estados Unidos, no estado da Geórgia.

Seguidamente, ele desce pelo México, outra âncora poderosa dos antigos grupos Atlantes, nomeada e exactamente por Tula, antiga capital do império Tolteca. As famosas estátuas da pirâmide são vulgarmente chamadas de “Atlantes”.


Também é interessante notar que a linha também passa por Cornwall em Inglaterra, uma âncora fundamental para os grupos da Luz em torno do Rei Artur, e também através da Nova Escócia, no Canadá, uma forte âncora dos Templários da Luz e de St Germain / Francis Bacon (Oak Island).

Para esclarecer, não quero dizer com isto que estes são os únicos lugares para a Nova Atlântida, existem muitos outros lugares poderosos para além dos deste alinhamento, sendo que este é apenas um alinhamento particular com uma força muito poderosa.

Vamos ancorar a Luz novamente na rede de Luz para ancorarmos o modelo da Nova Atlântida mais uma vez, e eu sugiro que as pessoas enterrem as pedras Cintamani em qualquer lugar ao longo desse alinhamento, e também continuem a enterra-las por todo o planeta até alcançarmos o Avanço.


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          Non-Alcoholic Drinks Market Global Industry Analysis, Trends and Forecast   

Changing customer needs and introduction of new flavors and product variants are the major factors driving demand for non-alcoholic drinks.

Albany, NY -- (SBWIRE) -- 06/30/2017 -- Non-alcoholic drinks refer to beverages, which have less than 0.5% alcoholic content by volume. Non-alcoholic beer and wine fall under this category. Non-alcoholic beverages are also known as 'virgin drinks.' Soft drinks, juices, ready-to-drink tea and coffee, bottled water, and energy drinks are the most-consumed non-alcoholic drinks globally. Changing customer needs and introduction of new flavors and product variants are the major factors driving demand for non-alcoholic drinks. With large number of upcoming business utilities in power, construction and automotive sector in developing countries, the per-capita income is expected to increase over the forecast period, thereby increasing the disposable income of the regions. Increasing disposable income in emerging economies is expected to have high impact on demand for non-alcoholic drinks in the long run.

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North America is the largest market for non-alcoholic drinks globally closely followed by Asia Pacific. The U.S. is one of the major markets for non-alcoholic drinks in North America. However, in recent times owing to increasing health awareness the demand for non-alcoholic drinks has decreased considerably, especially among the younger population. Due to this, non-alcoholic drinks market in North America is expected to have a stable growth throughout the forecast period. Apart from this, increasing awareness about obesity is also one of the major factors restraining the demand for non-alcoholic drinks in North America. The major manufacturers in the non-alcoholic drinks market have introduced zero-sugar and diet drinks which meet the consumers' demands of reduced calories to cater with changing consumer requirements.

Asia Pacific is also one of the fastest growing markets for non-alcoholic drinks. Rapidly changing lifestyle and increasing disposable income are some of the major factors fueling the demand for non-alcoholic drinks in Asia Pacific. Emerging economies such as India, China and Singapore among others are some of the major markets for non-alcoholic drinks in Asia Pacific. Owing to these factors, Asia Pacific is expected to be one of the largest markets for non-alcoholic drinks in the long run.

Apart from this, increasing health awareness among consumers in Europe the demand for non-alcoholic drinks is expected to decrease considerably in the forecast period. However, with the introduction of diet and zero sugar drinks the customer perception is expected to change in the forecast period fueling the demand for non-alcoholic drinks in Europe. Apart from this, the demand for non-alcoholic drinks in Rest of the World is also expected to increase considerably in the forecast period. Brazil, Argentina, Chile and Saudi Arabia among others are some of the major markets for non-alcoholic drinks in this region.

A.G. Barr, plc. (U.K.), Dr. Pepper Snapple Group, Inc. (U.S.), Dydo Drinco, Inc. (Japan), Attitude Drinks, Inc. (U.S.), LiveWire Ergogenics, Inc. (U.S.), Calcol, Inc. (U.S.), Danone (France), Nestle S.A. (Switzerland), PepsiCo, Inc. (U.S.) and The Coca-Cola Company (U.S.) are some of the major players operating in the non-alcoholic drinks market.

This report has been segmented by product and geography and it includes the drivers, restraints, and opportunities (DROs), Porters Five Forces analysis, and supply chain of the non-alcoholic-drinks market. The study highlights current market trends and provides forecasts from 2014 to 2020. Average selling prices (ASP) across all product segments and packaging sizes are also covered within the scope of research. We have featured the current market scenario for the non-alcoholic drinks market and identified future trends that will impact demand for non-alcoholic drinks during the forecast period.

By product, the market has been segmented into soft drinks, bottled water, tea and coffee, juice, and dairy drinks. By geography, the market has been segmented into North America, Europe, Asia-Pacific, and RoW. The study also covers major countries such as the U.S., Canada, the U.K., Italy, France, Poland, Germany, Netherlands, Hungary, India, China, Japan, Australia, Brazil, and the Middle East. The report provides the current market size and anticipates its status over the forecast period.

The report also analyzes macro-economic factors driving and inhibiting growth in the non-alcoholic drinks market. Porter's Five Forces analysis offers insights into the market competition across its value chain. The market attractiveness analysis provided in the report highlights key-investing areas in this industry. The report will help manufacturers, suppliers, and distributors to understand the present and future trends in this market and formulate strategies accordingly.

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Non-Alcoholic Drinks Market, by Product

Soft Drinks
Bottled Water
Tea and Coffee
Juice
Dairy Drinks
Others
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North America
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Canada
Rest of North America
Europe
Italy
France
Poland
K.
Germany
Netherlands
Hungary
Rest of Europe
Asia Pacific
India
China
Japan
Australia
Rest of Asia Pacific
Rest of the World
Brazil
Middle East
Others

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DHAKA, Bangladesh: Leading global fashion brands and trade unions agreed Thursday to continue a safety program involving thousands of garment factories in Bangladesh for another three years.
Two Switzerland-based global trade unions — IndustriALL Global Union and UNIGlobal Union — and brand representatives announced the agreement in Paris.
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Creative Cause’s trainer, Mike Harrington - age 71, and owner, Heinz Steinmann - age 80, seek to turn back the clock this Cinco de Mayo, as did Sea Hero’s Derby winning connections back in 1993 (see below). Harrington is a fourth generation horseman, having spent over 50 years near a racetrack as either a trainer or veterinarian for both quarter and thoroughbred horse breeds.
Courtesy of StamfordAdvocate.com Herren Steinmann  has been his major owner/supporter now for two decades, sending him a few young horses each year.  The pair previously enjoyed Grade I success with California star Swiss Yodeler in the 1990’s, producing enough earnings to keep him involved in the game at a high level. Creative Cause was originally a $135,000 Keenland yearling purchase, followed by a private sale to “Heinz-Stein” (nickname opportunities abound!). You’ve got to love the quiet confidence of Harrington"He falls under the radar, which I like. I don't want him to be the favorite, I don't want everybody talking about him," Harrington said. "Everybody should be talking about Bodemeister, although my horse outrun him. Everybody should be talking about I'll Have Another, although I outrun him also. Those three horses have traded punches, so who knows?"  Put that in your pipe and smoke it, Baffert!  Oh yeah, now you are the kinder, gentler Baffert post heart attack – I forgot.
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Heinz Steinmann is literally living the American dream, having immigrated from Switzerland with his parents and eight siblings as a teen to develop a ski village north of Los Angeles.  After leading UCLA’s ski team to two championships (how weird does that sound, you mean someone other than John Wooden brought glory to the Bruins?) “Heinz 57” eventually took over the family ski resort, raising his large family of 11 children (eldest son is deceased) in the northern Los Angeles mountains before selling the property to finance his life-long dream of owning horses.  His entry to thoroughbreds was nurtured by his wife Lora, who encouraged “Stein-Mart” to take the plunge after a trip to Santa Anita, where they became hooked (something that “Luck” was supposed to encourage, but maybe not after HBO’s run of “bad” luck).
The Steinmann clan will be hard to miss come Derby Day, as the five living sons and five sons-in-law will all be part of the famed walkover in leading the gray son of Giant’s Causeway from the distant Churchill Downs backstretch, while the lady Steinmanns await in the paddock area with hats on head and juleps in hand on que for “My Old Kentucky Home.”  Total ticket requests exceeded 50 for this tight-knit California group, whose nuclear family boasts more people than entire syndicates such as Team Valor, who visited the winner’s circle just last year. 
Knowing how families like this operate (I’m the youngest of 10 children), my guess is that the family will be rehearsing the lyrics on the bus ride over to the track with spirits flowing to clear the vocal chords!  I can only imagine one more accomplishment that would put a cap on a life so very well lived, and that is the title “Winner of the 138th Kentucky Derby.”  Even if he weren’t one of my top picks, I would certainly love to see another gray blob hit the wire first come Saturday if it means generations of great memories for Mr. and Mrs. Steinmann and their family.  
Now more on the ’93 team that achieved Derby glory with Sea Hero.  Known as the “Gentleman Trainer of Morgan Street,” MacKenzie “Mack” Miller was 72 years young when he sent post-ward Paul Mellon’s (age 85) homebred Sea Hero, winner of the 1993 Kentucky Derby piloted by Jerry Bailey.  To complete the octogenarian theme, when Strike The Gold passed away last year, Sea Hero became the eldest living Kentucky Derby winner still alive today.
Paul Mellon was born June 11, 1907 of the Mellon banking dynasty of Pennsylvania. Ironically, Sea Hero would barely crack the top five of Mr. Mellon’s greatest silk-bearers, with English champions Mill Reef and Gold and Ivory and American Champions Arts and Letters and Fort Marcy campaigned prior to Sea Hero’s conquest in America’s Greatest Race.  But along with Unbridled’s victory in 1990 with a stylish Frances Genter being embraced by trainer Carl Nafzger, that was a Derby that has always stuck with me based on the longevity and determination of these two men.
Best of luck on Derby day to you all and for whoever wins, I look forward to the new memories for years to come.
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          MagForce AG Publishes Financial Results for the Year 2016 and Operative Highlights   

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BERLIN, GERMANY and NEVADA / ACCESSWIRE / June 30, 2017 / MagForce AG (FRA: MF6, Scale: MF6, XETRA: MF6, ISIN: DE000A0HGQF5), a leading medical device company in the field of nanomedicine focused on oncology, published today its financial results as of and for the year ended December 31, 2016 as well as operative highlights.

Operative Highlights:

Treatment of Brain Cancer in Europe:

MagForce AG is continuing to expand the commercialization of its innovative NanoTherm therapy for the treatment of brain cancer in Europe. In their quest to improve patient care, the neurosurgeons applying NanoTherm therapy for the treatment of brain tumors continue to find additional medical benefits when NanoTherm therapy is incorporated into their primary treatment regimen.

MagForce presented at many renowned conferences and congresses, which increases the awareness of its unique therapy within the main target groups, such as the medical community, patient advocacy groups, patients, their relatives, and caregivers. The Company is also increasingly receiving positive feedback from patients regarding their experiences with the NanoTherm therapy.

During 2016, MagForce has streamlined the implementation of the cross-border reimbursement process, however, due to the aggressiveness of glioblastoma, there is a limited time interval to achieve treatment. In order to give patients the benefit from the NanoTherm treatment, the Company continues to increase the medical awareness of the value of NanoTherm therapy to encourage patients and neurosurgeons to consider NanoTherm therapy earlier following the diagnosis of their tumor status.

The current roll-out plan sees MagForce placing its NanoActivator devices in a number of European countries and thus enabling patients to be treated in their home countries. Facilitating treatment of patients in their home countries will also simplify reimbursement in those countries where MagForce already has the CE mark approval for the treatment of brain tumors. Amongst others, MagForce's commercial and medical teams have identified Poland, Italy, Switzerland, and Spain as suitable countries for NanoTherm treatment centers.

At the same time, MagForce is in the process of obtaining domestic reimbursement for NanoTherm therapy in Germany.

Treatment of Intermediate Risk Prostate Cancer in the USA:

MagForce USA, Inc. had filed an Investigational Device Exemption (IDE) with the USA Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for NanoTherm therapy to treat Intermediate Risk Prostate Cancer. During 2016, MagForce USA repeated and updated the pre-clinical studies (originally conducted in Germany about 10 years ago) with its clinical NanoActivator installed at University of Washington 2015.

The results of these pre-clinical studies and the proposed clinical trial protocol were submitted to the FDA in late fourth quarter, 2016. An in-person follow-up meeting with FDA representatives was held in early January 2017 to discuss MagForce's submissions and identify required clarification. This meeting was again very productive and MagForce believes it can successfully address their questions.

MagForce plans another in-person meeting with the FDA in the near future to determine if its proposed approach to address their requests is accepted.

The key to achieving the Company's goals is to continue to establish clinical treatment sites and obtain the necessary administrative approvals. MagForce has completed the installation of the NanoActivator at a second site located at CHRISTUS Santa Rosa Hospital - Medical Center in San Antonio, Texas.

While MagForce is now approximately six months behind schedule, the Management is still confident and will make every effort to achieve its original targets in terms of market entry and commercialization of NanoTherm therapy in the USA - which is projected for 2018.

Results of Operations, Net Assets, and Financial Position

Non-GAAP financial measures are used by MagForce's management to make operating decisions because they facilitate internal comparisons of MagForce's performance to historical results. The Non GAAP measures are presented in the year-end financial publication as MagForce's management believes that they will provide investors with means of evaluating, and an understanding of how MagForce's management evaluates, MagForce's performance and results on a comparable basis that is not otherwise apparent on a German GAAP basis, since many non-recurring, infrequent or non-cash items that MagForce's management believes are not indicative of the core performance of the business may not be excluded when preparing financial measures under German GAAP.

These Non-GAAP measures should not be considered in isolation from, as substitutes for, or superior to financial measures prepared in accordance with German GAAP.

Net Loss for the business year was EUR 7,231 thousand (prior year: EUR 1,547 thousand). Non-GAAP net loss remained almost stable at EUR 5,107 thousand (prior year: EUR 5,050 thousand).

Compared to the prior year period personnel expenses increased by EUR 262 thousand to EUR 3,252 thousand (prior year: EUR 2,990 thousand) due to an increased average number of employees in 2016 (29; prior year: 23).

Revenue and Other Operating Income amounted to EUR 1,581 thousand (prior year: EUR 7,702), while Non-GAAP revenue and other operating income increased by EUR 136 thousand to EUR 1,581 thousand (prior year: EUR 1,445 thousand). The Non-GAAP increase chiefly stems from higher recharges to subsidiaries. Revenue and other operating income were adjusted to arrive at Non-GAAP figures by the prior-year amounts resulting from the extension of the distribution and development rights for the countries Canada and Mexico in January 2015 (EUR 3,033 thousand), the sale of four NanoActivator devices to MagForce USA, Inc. (EUR 2,421 thousand) and by the write-up of the loans of MT MedTech GmbH (EUR 803 thousand).

Other operating expenses increased to EUR 4,309 thousand (prior year: EUR 3,173 thousand), while Non-GAAP operating expenses remained almost stable at EUR 6,918 thousand (prior year: EUR 6,824 thousand). Other operating expenses were adjusted for the impairment of the loans to MT MedTech GmbH in the amount of EUR 1,218 thousand (prior year: nil) to arrive at Non-GAAP.

Cash outflows from operating activities amounted to EUR -6,575 thousand (prior year: EUR -5,185 thousand).

Cash inflows from investing activities amounted to EUR 3,073 thousand (prior year: Cash outflow of EUR -2,575 thousand). Cash inflows for the year 2016 are largely due to repayments of short-term loans in the amount of EUR 3,000 thousand. Cash flows from financing activities amounted to EUR 2,723 (prior year: EUR nil).

Cash and cash equivalents as of December 31, 2016 amounted to EUR 614 thousand (prior year: EUR 1,393 thousand).

Capital Market Transactions and Funding of the Company After the End of Period

To improve liquidity and to ensure the development of new products beyond 2017 the Company issued a EUR 5.0 million convertible loan on March 2, 2017, with a maturity of 3 years, an interest rate of 5% p.a., and a conversion price at EUR 5.00 per share. Furthermore, Lipps & Associates LLC continues providing lines of funds to support expansion plans as a means of non-dilutive funding.

In addition on June 28, 2017, MagForce AG resolved and successfully implemented a capital increase from authorized capital. The Company's share capital will, therefore, be increased from EUR 25,622,711.00 to EUR 26,343,172.00 by issuing 720,461 new no-par-value shares at a price of EUR 6,94 per share by partially utilizing existing authorized capital against cash contributions. All new shares were subscribed by UK-based M&G International Investments Ltd. in a private placement. Gross proceeds for MagForce AG amount to EUR 5.0 million. The additional capital will be mainly used to accelerate the on-going international expansion of MagForce, in particular in Europe.

Outlook and Financial Prognosis 2017 and Beyond

In 2017, MagForce will focus on establishing an expansion strategy in Europe for the treatment of brain tumors, initiating a study to ensure refund of treatment expenses in selected European countries, starting the clinical study for marketing authorization for the treatment of prostate cancer in the US and initiating the production of related ambulatory NanoActivator devices.

The Company expects an extension of its business activity due to the planned expansion strategy in Europe. This is accompanied by a study to ensure reimbursement of treatment expenses in participating countries. As a result from the increased activity, MagForce expects higher commercial expenses and in 2018 an increased net loss.

For the years 2017 and 2018, the Company plans to intensify cooperation with local and international patient organizations to further establish NanoTherm therapy and to increase the number of patient inquiries. Furthermore, new ways for reimbursement in Germany and selected countries will be established to make NanoTherm therapy available to as many patients as possible. Also, the Company plans to enhance its presence at appropriate events and with foreign patient organizations. MagForce's management has executed the necessary measures and set up a plan to finance the Company's expansion targets for Europe in 2017 and 2018.

About MagForce AG and MagForce USA, Inc.

MagForce AG, listed in the Scale segment of the Frankfurt Stock Exchange (MF6, ISIN: DE000A0HGQF5), together with its subsidiary MagForce USA, Inc. is a leading medical device company in the field of nanomedicine focused on oncology. The Group's proprietary NanoTherm(R) therapy enables the targeted treatment of solid tumors through the intratumoral generation of heat via activation of superparamagnetic nanoparticles.

NanoTherm(R), NanoPlan(R), and NanoActivator(R) are components of the therapy and have received EU-wide regulatory approval as medical devices for the treatment of brain tumors. MagForce, NanoTherm, NanoPlan, and NanoActivator are trademarks of MagForce AG in selected countries.

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          Product Marketing Manager   
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          Avionics Systems Engineer   
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          'James Bond' Actor Sir Roger Moore Dies at 89   
According to his children, Moore passed away in Switzerland after a 'short but brave' battle with cancer.
          Cimetière Bonnieux #3: Jean des Vallières, Vaucluse (84)   

Jean des Vallières (1895–1970) wrote a great number of books, some under the pseudonyms 'Jean Ravennes' and 'Terence MacSwiney'. He came into possession of the Château de Montauban in Fontvieille in 1930 and founded, with Léo Lelée, La Société des amis des moulins d'Alphonse Daudet. After Liberation he was condemned to death in absentia by the Cour de Justice de Marseille and spent seven years in exile in Switzerland. He was acquitted in 1952.

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Travelling French native Nanny/Governess required for an international family who split their time between South of France, Miami and Switzerland. A warm, energetic and experienced  Nanny/Governess sought for the care of...
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A VIP client of My Sweet Days Nanny Agency is scouting for a highly qualified/educated private Tutor  to join their family and care for their 5 years old daughter. The role is to start ASAP...
          NA 432 – Two experienced nanny required for a rota position – Switzerland and Austria   
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          We are recruiting Nanny, Maternity Nurse, Governess and Tutor   
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          American – Starting $407: New York / Philadelphia – Basel, Switzerland. Roundtrip, including all Taxes   
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          British Airways: Return flights from Europe to Mauritius from €495!   

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          iPad Share Jumps Upon International Release   
The first wave of Apple's international release of the iPad has led to a spike in iPad usage share.  The iPad was release to the following nine countries on May 28: Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Spain, Switzerland and the United Kingdom.
          Seconda tratta:arriviamo a St. Moritz — St. Moritz, Switzerland   
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          ETL Data Warehouse Consultant / Helvetica Partners Sarl / Bern, Bern, Switzerland   
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          Airberlin flights to Switzerland   
AIRBERLIN FLIGHTS TO SWITZERLAND.
          Swiss BADCamp Started   

Today at 13:00h, Zurich Time, the Swiss BADCamp started. 9 Persons took up the challenge and started coding.

We want to specially thank Gian-Maria Daffré for bringing fine pastries for all, and Newmedia AG of Chur, Switzerland, for sponsoring all the Red Bull we can possibly drink. Obvious thanks go out to Miro Dietiker of MD Systems who initiated this Sprint and is sponsoring connectivity, location as well as company sponsored resources.

Stay tuned... we will keep you up to date

 

Cheers

Jos

 


          Badcamp Switzerland Participants   

 

The following people have signed up for this CodeSprint (in order of signup)

NAME D.O USERNAME DAYS COMPANY
Miro Dietiker miro_dietiker 3 MD Systems
++      

The list will be completed from the google spreadsheed (signup form)

Total: xx coding days


          Badcamp Switzerland 2012-11   

There's a lot buzz around http://badcamp.net/ and many of us thought about going there.
Most finally stay at home, because of e.g. travel time and possibly also expenses.

In addition to the Badcamp (2012-11-01 .. 04) gabor organized a sprint (2012-11-05 .. 06). Find more about D8MI and all other Drupal 8 Core initiatives.

Thus we decided to announce

Badcamp Switzerland

Date: 2012-11-04 .. 06 (SUN - MON - TUE)
Location: MD Systems, Hermetschloostrasse 77, Zürich

Click here to signup for this event

The community will meet and focus on D8 core topics. We will participate Badcamp remotely and join sprinting for the goals.

Don't miss this opportunity to contribute to Drupal. Feature freeze is coming soon (dec 1)!

We are also looking forward to new contributors and will help you to start.


          The Possessed: Adventures with Russian Books and the People Who Read Them   
Author Elif Batuman ISBN-10 0374532184 ISBN-13 9780374532185 Year 2010-02-16 Pages 304 Language English Publisher Farrar, Straus and Giroux Download Link Click Here One of The Economist s 2011 Books of the Year THE TRUE BUT UNLIKELY STORIES OF LIVES DEVOTEDABSURDLY MELANCHOLICALLY BEAUTIFULLY TO THE RUSSIAN CLASSICSNo one who read Elif Batuman s first article in the journal n 1 will ever forget it Babel in California told the true story of various human destinies intersecting at Stanford University during a conference about the enigmatic writer Isaac Babel Over the course of several pages Batuman managed to misplace Babel s last living relatives at the San Francisco airport uncover Babel s secret influence on the making of King Kong and introduce her readers to a new voice that was unpredictable comic humane ironic charming poignant and completely unpretentiously full of love for literature Batuman s subsequent piecesfor The New Yorker Harper s Magazine and the London Review of Books have made her one of the most sought after and admired writers of her generation and its best traveling companion In The Possessed we watch her investigate a possible murder at Tolstoy s ancestral estate We go with her to Stanford Switzerland...
          SKANDAL 1MDB: BERANIKAH KETUA PENERANGAN PAS MENYAHUT CABARAN?   
Susulan kenyataan Ketua Penerangan Pas, Nasruddin Hassan semalam yang mengecam pihak-pihak tertentu yang pergi “meronda” membuat aduan ke beberapa negara mengenai 1MDB, beliau kini dicabar untuk berterus-terang mengenainya.
Dua individu yang sebelum ini diketahui membuat aduan mengenai 1MDB di Paris, London, Switzerland, AS, Hong Kong dan Singapura sehingga ditangkap dan dipenjarakan di bawah undang-undang Sosma, Khairuddin Abu Hassan dan Matthias Chang secara terbuka mencabar Nasruddin untuk menyebut nama mereka.
“Saya cabar Nasruddin untuk sebut nama saya secara terbuka sebagai pelapor yang dimaksudkan jika beliau anak jantan.
“Kalau takut nak sebut nama saya, tolong jangan campurtangan dalam isu 1MDB yang beliau serta pemimpin-pemimpin Pas lain tidak tahu fakta mengenai skandal kewangan terbesar di dunia pada dekad ini,” tegas Khairuddin.
Peguam Matthias Chang juga mencabar Nasruddin menyatakan sama ada beliau yang dimaksudkan sebagai individu yang mempelawa campurtangan asing oleh Ahli Parlimen Temerloh itu.
“Saya mencabar beliau menyatakan sama ada dia merujuk kepada saya dan Khairuddin dalam dakwaannya itu,” kata Matthias lagi.
Malah, beliau juga menawarkan ganjaran RM1 juta kepada Nasruddin sekiranya dapat membuktikan dirinya terbabit berpakat dengan pihak berkuasa AS dalam isu 1MDB.
Lalu, apa lagi? Ada hadiah RM1 juta pulak?
Alang-alang macam beria-ia sangat nak membela dan mempertahankan Najib Razak, UMNO dan BN dalam skandal 1MDB yang menjadi sebutan seluruh dunia sehingga mengumpamakan saman DOJ seperti meminta beruang menampar nyamuk di muka kancil, diharap Nasruddin dapatlah menyebut secara terbuka, terang dan nyata nama Khairuddin dan Matthias sebagaimana yang dicabar itu.
Takkan takut pulak?
Kalau boleh janganlah beliau sekadar keluarkan kenyataan saja, sebaliknya buatlah satu  sidang akhbar khas supaya nama Khairuddin dan Matthias yang disebut itu dapat didengar dengan terang dan videonya pula dapat ditularkan.
Dan Najib, UMNO serta BN yang melihat keberanian  beliau menyahut cabaran itu pun tentunya akan tumpang bangga sama.
Itu pun kalau benar-benar anak jantanlah!!
          Skandal 1MDB: Switzerland siapkan kes jenayah tetapi...   
Saman pelucutan sivil Jabatan Keadilan (DOJ) Amerika Syarikat (AS) menyediakan dokumentasi paling meluas mengenai skandal 1MDB hingga kini dengan tuntutan penyalah gunaan dana Malaysia.
Walaupun ramai pemimpin BN memilih untuk berdiam diri, khususnya Umno, melakukan serangan balas dengan menuduh AS melakukan campur tangan asing atau cuba menggulingkan kerajaan Islam.
Bagaimanapun, walaupun sebelum DOJ memfailkan saman sivil pertamanya pada Julai 2016, pihak berkuasa Switzerland menjadi yang pertama kali bersuara mengenai siasatannya terhadap 1MDB.
Pejabat Peguam Negara Switzerland (OAG) mengumumkan pada 29 Januari tahun lepas bahawa pihak mensyaki sekitar AS$4 bilion telah disalah gunakan dalam dana Malaysia tersebut.
OAG telah meminta bantuan undang-undang dari Malaysia dan berbuat demikian pada 10 Oktober tahun lepas berhubung dengan tambahan AS$800 juta yang dikaitkan dengan anak syarikat 1MDB, SRC International Sdn Bhd.
Peguam Negara Malaysia, Tan Sri Mohamed Apandi Ali, bagaimanapun tidak melayani kedua-dua permintaan berkenaan.
Walaupun menjadi yang pertama mendedahkan kepada umum mengenai 1MDB, pihak berkuasa Switzerland memberikan maklumat secara berhati-hati kepada umum berbanding DOJ.
Perbezaan antara keduanya adalah pihak berkuasa Swiss sedang menyiapkan kes jenayah manakala AS adalah tindakan sivil, walaupun DOJ enggan mengatakan jika tindakan jenayah akan menyusuli.
OAG Switzerland dalam balasan e-mel kepada Malaysiakini berkata kes jenayah itu masih belum selesai dan itulah sebabnya pihaknya tidak dapat memberikan maklumat selanjutnya.
          'Jangan undang beruang tampar nyamuk di muka kancil' sembang PAS   
PAS berpendapat ada pihak tertentu yang pergi "meronda" membuat aduan di Paris, Switzerland dan AS supaya pihak berkuasa negara asing mengambil tindakan dalam isu 1MDB.
Menganggap mereka sebagai "singkat akal", Ketua Penerangan PAS Nasrudin Hassan berkata, parti itu juga tahu ada pihak yang sengaja menjemput AS untuk campur tangan dalam urusan dalaman Malaysia.
"Soalnya, apa motif mereka buat aduan di AS mengenai isu 1MDB? Kenapa singkat akal mereka, lapor hal negara kita kepada Amerika yang berlagak polis dunia itu ?" katanya dalam satu kenyataan hari ini.
Nasrudin yang baru-baru ini gagal terpilih sebagai seorang daripada naib presiden PAS menjelaskan itulah keadaan yang dimaksudkan oleh Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang baru-baru ini.
Apa pun salah laku dalam negara, katanya, ia wajar diselesaikan melalui perhitungan dalaman.
"Rakyat boleh guna kuasa undi dalam pilihan raya untuk tukar kerajaan," katanya.
"Jangan undang beruang untuk tampar nyamuk di muka kancil," katanya secara berkias.
Biar kita tanggung
Bagaimanapun tidak dinyatakan yang dirujuk Nasrudin sebagai "kancil" iaitu sejenis haiwan yang terkenal dengan kecerdasannya mengikut cerita rakyat di negara ini.
Pada 24 Jun lalu Abdul Hadi berkata sejarah mengajar bahawa campur tangan asing dalam hal ehwal dalaman negara hanya akan membawa kerugian.
Oleh itu, presiden PAS itu menjelaskan pihak yang mahu orang asing campur tangan dalam hal ehwal Malaysia untuk mendapat keuntungan politik adalah “tidak beriman dan budiman”.
Menurut Abdul Hadi, segala skandal dan kemelut negara perlu diselesaikan secara dalaman, tanpa mengira betapa buruknya sistem dalaman itu.
“Jangan kita mengulangi sejarah dengan menjemput pihak asing untuk menyelesaikan masalah dalaman kita seperti BMF, PERWAJA, Tabung Haji, KWSP, dan terkini isu 1MDB yang bersorak gembira supaya diberi ruang penyelesaiannya oleh mahkamah di negara asing.
“Apa pun keputusan isu dalaman kita, biar mahkamah kita sendiri menyelesaikan atau mahkamah rakyat kita menyelesaikannya.
"Sebodoh-bodoh dan sezalim-zalim dalaman kita, biar kita yang tanggung sendiri dan akhirnya berkat kesabaran, pasti sedar dan insaf,” katanya menerusi surat terbuka yang ditujukan kepada semua parti politik.

          DoJ: Kerajaan perlu sangkal secara terbuka   
Kerajaan perlu bertindak dengan menyangkal semua dakwaan berhubung saman sivil yang dikeluarkan Jabatan Keadilan (DoJ) Amerika Syarikat (AS) secara terbuka.
Ketua Angkatan Muda Keadilan, Nik Nazmi Nik Ahmad berkata, berikutan pelbagai kenyataan DoJ untuk merampas aset yang berkait dengan dana 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB), kerajaan perlu bertindak.
"Walauapapun, jika ada sesiapa yang merasakan mereka tidak sepatutnya didakwa di dalam dokumen DoJ, mereka sepatutnya boleh sahaja campur tangan di dalam proses mahkamah untuk memadamkan nama mereka daripada dokumen mahkamah tersebut.
Nik Nazmi Nik Ahmad "DoJ telah mengendalikan kes ini mengikut proses yang ditetapkan, dan telah melakukannya secara konsisten terhadap pesalahlaku 1MDB walaupun telah berlaku pelbagai perubahan pentadbiran dengan Presiden AS yang baharu iaitu daripada Barack Obama kepada Donald Trump, dengan parti politik baru yang menguasai pentadbiran serta peguam negara yang baru," katanya dalam satu kenyataan.
Katanya, tindakan DoJ, menurut mereka sendiri, adalah untuk “melindungi keselamatan dan integriti sistem kewangan AS daripada segala penyalahgunaan, termasuklah oleh kleptokrat yang hendak menyimpan kekayaan yang diperoleh secara haram atau pencurian”.
"Jelas daripada kenyataan ini, tindakan itu untuk melindungi kepentingan AS dan bukan untuk mencampur tangan di dalam perihal negara kita, oleh itu kerajaan perlu buktikan sebaliknya.
"Kita sudah lihat beberapa selebriti terkemuka dunia seperti Leonardo DiCaprio dan Miranda Kerr memulangkan 'hadiah' yang diberikan Low Taek Jho, yang ada disebut namanya di dalam saman DoJ, Riza Aziz," katanya.
Nik Nazmi berkata, jika selebriti ini telah lakukan apa yang patut untuk membersihkan nama daripada skandal 1MDB, mungkin juga wajar untuk pihak berkuasa Malaysia menuruti langkah ini dan bekerjasama dengan pihak AS tanpa menetapkan syarat.
"Tetapi pihak berkuasa Malaysia juga harus ingat bukan AS sahaja yang sedang menyiasat dan bertindak ke atas kes 1MDB ini.
"Negara lain seperti Singapura, Luxembourg, Switzerland, Hong Kong dan Australia juga ada mengambil tindakan tegas," katanya.
Nik Nazmi turut mempersoalkan mengapa Perdana Menteri, Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak masih lagi tidak menyaman Wall Street Journal tentang isu 1MDB sehingga ke hari ini
"Rakyat mahukan jawapan dan kebenaran, pada masa ini kami langsung tidak dapat apa-apa daripada pihak kerajaan," katanya.
Terdahulu, Peguam Negara, Tan Sri Mohamed Apandi Ali menyifatkan tindakan saman sivil terbaharu dikemukakan DoJ bertujuan merampas tambahan aset AS$540 juta yang didakwa dana seleweng dari dana 1MDB sebagai mainan politik.
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          Former Mexican President Says Most Undocumented Immigrants Don't Want To Become US Citizens   
DAVOS, Switzerland -- The crackdown on illegal immigration combined with intensified border security has prompted large numbers of undocumented Mexican laborers to remain in the U.S. permanently -- even as many prefer to go home -- out of fear they will never be able to return, f …
          COMUNICADO: Montreux Jazz Festival, Where Legends Inspire Young Talents   
PARIS and MONTREUX, Switzerland, June 30, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Clarendelle, exclusive foreign wine partner of the Montreux Jazz Festival  Clarendelle joins the Montreux Jazz Festival by supporting the Montreux Jazz Artists Foundation in its mission to accompany the young talents of tomorrow.
          COMUNICADO: Debiopharm International SA and Arbor Pharmaceuticals, LLC Announce U.S. FDA Approval for Triptodur(TM), Triptorelin 6-m   
LAUSANNE, Switzerland and ATLANTA, June 30, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Triptodur(TM), (triptorelin) for extended release injectable suspension, has been shown to arrest or reverse the clinical signs of puberty with once every six-month intramuscular injection (IM) dosing for children with CPP Approval brings new CPP treatment formulation to U.
          Switzerland is a ‘wastewater treatment pioneer’   
Bern’s wastewater treatment plant, ARA Bern, is one of the most technologically advanced in Europe. Director Beat Ammann explains why Switzerland is at the forefront of wastewater management.                          Around 280,000 households and businesses from 13 communes are located within the catchment area of ARA Bern, which is celebrating its 50th anniversary. The plant deals with about 90 million litres of wastewater every day.  ARA Bern is considered one of the most advanced facilities in Europe. It cleans wastewater but also produces biogas from sewage sludge and feeds it into Energie Wasser Bern’s natural gas network. The gas is used by public transport buses in the capital.  The plant has an unusual organisational structure as a limited company. Most other sewage treatment plants in Switzerland belong to cities or are organised by local associations, which can have heavier decision-making procedures.  In the future, ARA Bern will be used to remove micropollutants ...
          Switzerland’s ‘Big Four’ animals on display in Zurich   
Pop quiz: What’s the national animal of Switzerland? Actually, there isn’t one. But the Swiss National Museum is highlighting the “Big Four” – along with their cultural and historical significance.  Multimedia exhibition Swiss Bestiary, which opens on Friday, features a mix of iconic wild and domestic animals: the cow, ibex, marmot and Saint Bernard.  “We tried to find the balance between nature and biology, and culture and history,” curator Jacqueline Perifanakis told swissinfo.ch. “The human-animal connection is very conducive to that.”  Beautifully prepared mounted specimens, borrowed from institutions around the country, are the crowning feature of each section.  “You’ll notice that the cow has horns – we chose her especially because that’s natural,” Perifanakis pointed out. Manmade items like cowbells and wooden toys are also on display. Across the hall, next to the Saint Bernard, there’s a brandy barrel – even though these were never really worn by the robust mountain ...
          When your parents hate your career choices   
Tama Vakeesan was born in Switzerland – to Tamil parents from Sri Lanka. Both she and her friend Aceko, who’s from Cameroon, had trouble convincing their parents to support their career choices. Aceko succesfully switched from banking to professional dancing, and went on to win the “Red Bull Beat It" competition in 2016. (SRF Kulturplatz/swissinfo.ch)
          CFCs found in Swiss groundwater   
SWITZERLAND: Mystery surrounds the source of traces of CFCs found in groundwater samples in the Fraubrunnen area of Bern. The Bern Office for Water and Waste says the concentrations are partly above the permissible maximum value of 10ml/litre but insists that there is no danger to the population as the drinking water supply in the...
          “高价孤岛”上,瑞士人是咋活下来的?   
近期一系列备受瞩目的报章头条让瑞士成为众矢之的: 这里的物价贵得让人hold不住,昂贵的标价更让来瑞士“到此一游”的外国人吓得腿软跪服。但围观群众对瑞士物价过高的怨念与吐槽,也或多或少地反映出瑞士人对改变克制性消费习惯、疯狂血拼的“免疫力”。 一如既往的,苏黎世、日内瓦和首都伯尔尼,今年再次独占全球生活成本最贵城市排行榜的头几把交椅。甚至不少旅居海外的瑞士人都纷纷仰天哀叹,由于持续居高的物价和在国际货币市场上强劲的瑞郎,即便是拿着瑞士护照,他们也无力承担瑞士生活开销、有家难回了。 瑞士的消费品价格要比周边欧盟其他国家的平均值高出六成。不仅如此,瑞士人还需要为比全世界任何一个地方都更昂贵的全日制托儿所、咖啡、以及麦当劳巨无霸汉堡包买单-虽然他们挣得确实比绝大多数国家的工薪阶层要更多。 但正如近日媒体报道披露的,即便是在瑞士,在岗女性员工的薪资也普遍低于男性,这一现象部分应归咎于瑞士由来已久的“男女同工不同酬”的传统;此外,瑞士企业管理层与普通雇员之间巨大的薪酬水平差距近年来也日渐扩大。 站在“瑞士高价孤岛”上的穷人们 这一切让人情何以堪?首先,你得了解瑞士“高价孤岛”的前世今生、来龙去脉。在这个融合了各种群体和多重身份认同的国家,物价为什么始终居高不下,在外人眼里一直是个让人百思不得其解的谜。 瑞士经济学家克里斯朵夫·萨克斯(Christoph Sax)和洛夫·韦德(Rolf Weder)在2009年发表的题为《该如何说清瑞士高物价的始末原由?》(《How to Explain the High Prices in Switzerland?》)研究报告中指出:“自1990年以来,围绕瑞士高昂物价的诸多控诉,就已经成为国家政策辩论不可或缺的一部分。” 他们发现,“瑞士高价孤岛”之所以让人敬而远之,并不是如外界猜测的那样,这个国家缺乏竞争力、或者价格调控的效率过于低下;但遗憾的是,这两位经济学家最终也并没有提出任何具体原因或独到的创见,只是在结尾草草写道:“有待进一步研究。” 近年来,瑞士人的消费、财富和收入均持续提升。据报道,瑞士央行如今凭借其财富总额,已晋升为美股第8大官方股市投资客。 然而,普华永道本年度针对瑞士首席执行官的一项调研(英)显示,欧元区的未来走向、过度监管、以及汇率波动,被受访的瑞士企业最高行政负责人视为当前最严峻的经济威胁。
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          Germany's Parliament Approves Marriage Equality By Vote Of 393 - 226   

Germany's lower chamber of Parliament, the Bundstag, approved a measure by a vote of 393 to 226 to legalize same-sex marriage.

The vote came suddenly after Chancellor Angela Merkel softened her stance on the issue to allow a legislator's to "vote their conscience" on this last day of the country's legislative session.

Merkel herself voted against the measure, saying after the vote, "For me and the basic law, it’s about the marriage of a woman and a man. That’s why I voted against it. I hope that the vote today shows not only the mutual respect for different opinions but that this also leads to more peace and social cohesion as well.”

More from the New York Times:

“If the Constitution guarantees one thing, it is that anyone in this country can live as they wish,” Thomas Oppermann, the parliamentary leader of the Social Democrats, said in opening the floor debate. “If gay marriage is decided, then many will receive something, but nobody will have something taken away.”

“It’s very positive for the self-esteem of gays and lesbians; it’s very important for people coming out, knowing that they have this equality; and it sends a clear message to any homophobic refugees coming to Germany: We have equality here,” said Arnd Bächler, a counselor and addiction therapist at Berlin’s gay counseling center.

Approval of same-sex marriage in Germany could build momentum for similar legislation in other German-speaking countries, like Austria and Switzerland, said Katrin Hugendubel, advocacy director of ILGA-Europe, a gay and transgender rights group. She said the developments in Germany illustrated the difference that opposition parties could make.

The measure now goes to the upper house of Parliament, The Bundesrat, which has approved marriage equality before. The legislation will then be signed into law by President Frank-Walter Steinmeier.

Polls show upwards of 80% of Germans support marriage equality.

Germany joins more than a dozen European countries that have approved same-sex marriage.

In 2001, Germany approved civil unions which conferred some but not all rights of marriage.

Conservatives in the country's government have blocked the issue from coming to a vote in Parliament.

Congratulations Germany!


          Faith & Footprints   
By Kelly Wise Valdes Jesuit Church – Lucerne, Switzerland Lucerne’s Jesuit Church is the first sizeable baroque church built north of the Alps in Switzerland. The beautiful and historical church emphasizes the Catholic tradition of reverence of saints. Recently, Osprey Observer Assignment Editor, Michelle Colesanti, visited this extraordinary and iconic church. The history of the […]
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