State Fair’s Big Attraction: The Newest Timberwolves   
Three days after Minnesota dealt Kevin Love to Cleveland, the team introduced the players acquired in the three-team trade at the Minnesota State Fair....
          Research market startup revs its engine of curation - Financial News - Financial News (subscription)   

Research market startup revs its engine of curation - Financial News
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Fund managers preparing to get pickier about the market insights they acquire under Mifid II.

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          Quality Assurance Engineer III - KBRWyle - Mississauga, ON   
Was acquired by KBR. KBR is a publicly-traded technology, engineering, procurement, and a construction company serving the global hydrocarbons and government...
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          AttPro Sales & Marketing Consultant - MedPro Group - Richardson, TX   
Become a Subject Matter Expert on LPL marketing. Acquire a deep understanding of LPL market and competition. To support the development & execution of best in...
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          Facebook To Buy Navigation App Waze For Up To $1 Billion [Rumor]   

Facebook is reportedly in advanced talks to acquire mobile navigation app Waze for between $800 million and $1 billion. Talks between the two companies began around six months ago, and a term sheet has already been signed, according to business daily Calcalist. Unlike traditional GPS navigation apps, Waze is community-based and uses maps and traffic data […]

(via Cult of Mac - Tech and culture through an Apple lens)


          Impaired visuomotor generalization by inconsistent attentional contexts - Wang TSL, Song JH.    
In daily life, people are constantly presented with situations to learn and acquire new motor skills in complex environments, where attention is often distracted by other events. Being able to generalize and perform the acquired motor action in different e...
          How Software Architecture Is Like Photography   

Originally posted on: http://brustblog.net/archive/2014/02/26/how-software-architecture-is-like-photography.aspx

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I have found over the years that many of the IT people that I work with have photography as a hobby.  Recently I stopped and realized how similar the skill of a good architect are similar to those used in photography.  Below I explore what I see as common traits.

First and most important to both endeavours is the ability to see both the big picture and the details.  Photographers observer both the individual subject such as a bird and the surroundings that it is interacting with.  A beautiful bird alone can make an impressive picture, but if you capture it in an unusual place or interacting with other animals the interest increases exponentially.  Likewise you may look at one business problem to be addressed by a software system and solve that problem, but if you can put it in the context of the overall business process you can greatly improve the way a business operates.

You need to look at things from different angles.  In photography you may look at a subject from above, below or even behind in order to find a more interesting view.  With business problems we will look at it from different users’ perspective in order to make sure that we are taking the most important use cases into account.  Likewise we will look at different technology solutions to address the business needs in order to handle usage scenarios and volumes.  In order to more easily see these different angles you need to explore different techniques.  Spend time when you are not on a project experimenting with proof of concepts, new technologies.

Tools aren’t everything, but they do make a difference.  If you have a camera phone (who doesn’t?) then you can capture a wide variety of images, but if you want to optically magnify an image or change the how much of the subject is in focus then a camera phone just won’t do the job.  Likewise languages like Javascript are very good a general functionality, but if you need high performance or need to talk directly to the hardware you need a more appropriate language and associated tools.

This is just a generalization of the skills you must acquire to be a good architect.  Add these to your toolkit and continue to find ways to improve your projects for your clients.


          Bär & Karrer advises Azimut on acquisition of SDB shares   

AZ Swiss & Partners SA (Swiss subsidiary of the Azimut Group) recently signed an agreement to acquire the entire share capital of SDB Financial Solutions, a Swiss independent asset management company and fund distributor authorised by FINMA. With this second acquisition and given its organic growth strategy, Bär & Karrer acts as legal adviser to […]

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          Bär & Karrer advises CliniSciences on Biotrend acquisition   

On 13 June CliniHolding (CliniSciences) acquired the entire stake in BIOTREND Chemicals  from its founders. BIOTREND is a leading distributor of high-quality reagents and biochemicals for the life sciences research community in Switzerland, Germany and USA. Bär & Karrer acted as Swiss legal advisor to CliniSciences in this transaction. The team included Eric Stupp and […]

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          Baloise acquires Movu   

Baloise has acquired Movu, Switzerland’s biggest digital platform for home-moving services. Walder Wyss acted as adviser to the selling founders and financial investors in all legal aspects of the transaction. The team was led by Florian Gunz Niedermann (Partners, Corporate/M&A) and further included Fabienne Anner, Samuel Lieberherr and Christian Lütolf (Associates/M&A),  Michael Isler (Partner, IP/IT) and Maurus Winzap (Partner, Tax).

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          Expert Scientist - Analytical Development for the Cellular Platform - GlaxoSmithKline - Rixensart   
- PhD in sciences or equivalent acquired through professional experience. - At least 8 years of experience in vaccines related domain are a must. -
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          Expert Scientist - Monoclonal Antibodies - GlaxoSmithKline - Rixensart   
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          Supervisor production MPU Pa - GlaxoSmithKline - Rixensart   
Co-ordinates manpower targets, resources and skills. Bio Engineer or University degree in sciences or equivalent acquired through experience....
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          Operational Supervisor Aseptic Operations - GlaxoSmithKline - Waver   
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          The Art of Revolution - Dugald Stermer and Susan Sontag   
Dugald Stermer was art director for the left-leaning Ramparts magazine during the late 60s and came across Cuban posters when Reese Erlich, a reporter on the magazine returned from Cuba with a collection that he had acquired. Following this discovery Dugald put together a subsequent collection and produced this classic book on Cuban posters using his own text covering details of the agencies that were producing posters in Cuba. Susan Sontag also contributed text offering her views on poster production (which differ from mine in many ways).

The book itself is the best record of Cuban posters. It is a very large book and all the images are full colour reproductions covering a single page each. I guess this is the result of Dugald's influence. As a passionate and enthusiastic art director he must have been keen to preserve them in as big a format as possible. When I asked Dugald what happened to the posters they used for the book he told me they were left behind at the publishers, where they may have ended up in the bin.

If you collect Cuban posters this book is essential.
96 posters from Cuba


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          A Low Carb Diet Reap the Lots of Good Points in Reducing Your Weight by Jason Rolances   
The First Step

The first and foremost significant thing that you should in creating your low carb diet is making your low carb diet recipe ideas. This should comprise your ideas to stay away from getting bored in your diet. Some dieters stray away from their low carb diet just because they get bored. Do you know why? This is because they don’t have a lot of recipe ideas to make them go along the diet.

Fortunately, there are some incredible recipes that you can try if you desire to live by a low carb diet. Although there are discrepancies in regards to which foods have carbohydrates that matter and which have carbohydrates that you can cut out, the majority sources do agree on which foods are lowest in carbohydrates.

Fish, shellfish, meats, poultry, and eggs all comprise almost no carbohydrates. These are the similar to salad vegetables like arugula and lettuce, radishes, alfalfa sprouts, celery, bok choy, mushrooms, peppers, and cucumber that all have small to no carbohydrates. Then you get into your breads and cheese, which have rather high contents of carbohydrates and which you’ll therefore want to avert if you are on a low carb diet.

Many Advantages

A low carb diet offers many advantages. because of a chemical reaction in the body when an inadequate level of carbohydrates is available. You will also feel less fatigued, as people who consume lots of carbohydrates often feel very tired, even when they have just woken up and are well rested.

Before you suppose to acquire noteworthy results in your low carb diet, ensure that you stick on your diet at least six weeks. This is because you will not be able to lose any weight within the first few days. Just keep working and notice the wonderful result that you’ll get. Nevertheless, remember that you shouldn’t get frustrated.

Go to a nutritious if you have difficulties regarding to your low carb diet. A nutritious is the best person that is experienced in this diet and able to assist you in getting the best diet for a great aim.

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          P.J. Tucker Meeting With Raptors, Kings   
JULY 1, 10:09am: Tucker’s meeting with the Kings will take place today, tweets Jason Jones of The Sacramento Bee. JUNE 30, 10:14pm: Veteran forward P.J. Tucker will meet with members of the Raptors’ front office after 12:00 EST tonight, Chris Haynes of ESPN tweets. Tucker was acquired by Toronto at the trade deadline last February. Tucker made […]
          $0.00 EPS Expected for Turkcell Iletisim Hizmetleri AS (ADR) (TKC); DE Shaw & Company Has Lifted Kohls (KSS) Stake - UtahHerald.com   

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          Trillium Asset Management Decreased Its Minerals Technologies (MTX) Stake, DE Shaw & Company Boosted ... - UtahHerald.com   

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D-E Shaw & Company Inc increased Whirlpool Corp (Put) (WHR) stake by 259.89% reported in 2016Q4 SEC filing. D-E Shaw & Company Inc acquired 140,600 shares as Whirlpool Corp (Put) (WHR)'s stock rose 1.07%. The D-E Shaw & Company Inc holds ...
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          rFactor2: Zapowiedzi modów   
Tym razem będzie mało treści za to dużo zdjęć ;) Niezwiązane bezpośrednio z rF2 jako simiem, ale z modami do niego. Ponieważ kolejni, wielcy i mniejsi zapowiadają swoje produkcję do nowej odsłony rFactora. Oprócz już znanych, F1 1994 by CTDP, Izod IndyCar 2011 oraz 2012 by Pagoda Mod Group, WSGT2 by RMT, Croft by feels3 i kilku innych, pojawiają się coraz to noweg doniesienia o przyszłym contencie dla rF2. Zaczynamy! SuperGT

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          Russell Westbrook Reportedly May Delay Signing Contract After Paul George Trade   

Oklahoma City Thunder star Russell Westbrook has a standing contract offer from the team that he will reportedly hold off on signing.

USA Today's Sam Amick reported Saturday that Westbrook isn't expected to sign a five-year, $217 million extension with the Thunder right away but that it will remain on the table until he does or the deadline to sign it expires at the start of the 2017-18 season.

ESPN.com's Royce Young reported Saturday one reason for Westbrook's delay is the presence of the newly acquired Paul George, since both players could become free agents after next season.

Amick noted Westbrook is a "happy superstar" following the Thunder's surprise acquisition of George.

After Kevin Durant left Oklahoma City to join the Golden State Warriors last summer, Westbrook agreed to a three-year, $86 million extension with the Thunder that he can opt out of after the 2017-18 season.

Amick reported in April that George was "hell-bent" on joining the Los Angeles Lakers when he becomes a free agent. The Thunder have at least given themselves a chance to offer him more years and money than any other team by virtue of acquiring him.

Westbrook is eligible for the super-max extension after being named to the All-NBA first team each of the last two years. He was also named the 2016-17 NBA MVP after averaging a triple-double with 31.6 points, 10.7 rebounds and 10.4 assists in 81 games.

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          What’s NYext For Local?   

one billion dollars dr evilGannett’s announcement yesterday that its ReachLocal division has acquired SweetIQ really pissed me off in that the day after Yext’s* IPO I had a great conversation with a Local vet where I predicted that the success of the IPO would set off a wave a M&A in the Local Marketing Tech sector and damned if […]

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          Epta buys Philippines distributor   
ITALY: Commercial refrigeration manufacturer Epta SpA has acquired its longstanding distributor in the Philippines King Richard Shop System. The acquisition will enable Epta to expand its direct presence in East Asia, where it is already active in China, Thailand, Singapore and Malaysia. With 20 years of experience and a staff of over 100 people, King...
          4 Rooms House for sale   
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          サンダーがポール・ジョージ獲得   

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          Comment on A bumper crop of comms resources by Keds Shoes   
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          Red Wings Reacquire Goalie McCollum In Trade With Flames   
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          Blues sign three free agents   
ST. LOUIS — The Blues have signed wingers Beau Bennett and Chris Thorburn and re-signed restricted free agent Oskar Sundqvist, whom they acquired from Pittsburgh at the draft. Bennett and Sundqvist each signed for $650,000 for next season and Thorburn — who was taken by Vegas from Winnipeg in the expansion draft — for $1.8 […]
          5 Reasons Why You Should Insure Your Camera   

This post is written for everyone…not just professionals. Let me tell you why you should insure your camera ….that’s an easy one. How many times have you almost lost your purse? Or left your purse or credit card somewhere and had to go back to the restaurant or movies or wherever to retrieve it? Well, I can raise my hand and say many more times than I would like to tell you. I tend to be a little forgetful and with 3 kids and a purse and a camera and toys and blah, blah, blah, I’m surprised I have never lost something valuable that I didn’t turn back up. Why You Should Insure Your Camera??? I am a hobbyist. I love photography, but taking picture of OPS (other people’s stuff) sucks the fun right out of it for me. Blame it on my anxiety about the session or the pressure to deliver it in a certain amount of time…idk, but I dislike it…so I choose to photography my family beautifully and in turn try to help others do the same with this blog. It has taken me years and years to acquire all of the camera gear that I own. […]

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          T-Mobile plans 5G wireless service nationwide in 2020   
The Bellevue-based wireless company said it will use airwaves that it acquired in a recent FCC auction as a base for nationwide 5G coverage
          OKC Thunder acquires Paul George in trade   
Thunder trades for Paul George
          Microchip ARM, PIC and AVR Microcontrollers   
Microchip acquired Atmel in 2016 for $3.56 Billion, this among other acquisitions by Microchip, grows their Microcontroller portfolio to include Atmel's ARM based SAM Microcontrollers (which I have previously filmed here: SAM S70 and E70 ARM Cortex-M7, SAM L21 ARM Cortex-M0+, Atmel BTLC1000 Bluetooth ARM Cortex-M0, SMART SAM W25 Wi-Fi for IoT with ARM Cortex-M0+, […]
          Warren Buffett is now the largest owner of 2 of the world's biggest banks (BAC, JPM, WFC, GS)   

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Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway is now the biggest owner of two of the world's largest banks: Bank of America and Wells Fargo.

On Wednesday, the Federal Reserve cleared the way for Buffett to become Bank of America's largest shareholder.

It passed all the big banks on their so-called stress tests, giving them permission to use their capital for things beyond buffering against disaster, including share buybacks and dividend payments.

Bank of America raised its dividend to $0.12 a common share.

That made it compelling for Berkshire to convert its preferred shares into common stock, giving it shareholder ownership, and earning as much as $12 billion in profit. Berkshire announced on Friday that it would exercise its warrants to buy 700 million common shares of Bank of America, the third-largest US bank by market cap, instead of waiting until just before their expiry in 2021.

In a statement, the bank said it welcomed Buffett's decision.

With $2.19 trillion in assets, Bank of America ranked ninth in the world, according to an S&P Global Market Intelligence ranking released in April.

Buffett's initial investment in the bank dating back to 2011 was a thumbs-up of sorts to CEO Brian Moynihan, who had recently taken the helm. It was also a bet that the bank would recover from the fallout of toxic mortgage securities.

He acquired $5 billion of Bank of America preferred stock with a 6% dividend, or $300 million annually, in August 2011, at a time when investors worried about the bank's capital needs, Reuters reported.

The conglomerate said last July that it owned more than 10% of Wells Fargo, which on Friday amounted to nearly 537 million shares, according to Bloomberg. It's the second-largest bank in the US by market capitalization and was the 10th largest in the world by assets, according to S&P.

Berkshire Hathaway also owns smaller stakes in Goldman Sachs and JPMorgan.

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          Credit cards are going the way of fax machines   

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This is a preview of a research report from BI Intelligence, Business Insider's premium research service. To learn more about BI Intelligence, click here.

The modern smartphone is a remarkable device. A single device that fits in your pocket can do all the tasks that once required cameras, camcorders, GPS devices, watches, alarm clocks, calculators, and even TVs.    

But the next change might be the most radical of all—it could eliminate the need to carry cash and credit cards. 

The growing importance of the smartphone as the go-to computing device for every digital activity is having a profound effect everywhere you look, but it’s only the biggest story among many exciting developments in the world of payments:   

  • Apple Pay was first out of the gate, but now mobile wallets are everywhere you look—Android Pay, Google Pay, Chase Pay and even Walmart Pay are making smartphones a real alternative to carrying credit cards. And the potential for mobile wallets to limit a merchant’s fraud liability could help them really take off in acceptance for small businesses.   
  • As consumers move more purchasing online, gateway vendors that can act as a front-end processor for online businesses are seeing explosive growth.   PayPal-owned Braintree grew 111% YoY in the number of cards on file in Q4 2015, while Stripe and Klarna now have multi-billion dollar valuations.
  • Mobile Point-Of-Sale (mPOS) startups like Square and ShopKeep have pioneered a whole new payments niche—accepting payments via tablets and smartphones.   Coupling their transactions capabilities with new apps can revolutionize a small business’ inventory management, marketing, loyalty and even payroll.   
  • Mobile Peer-to-Peer payments in the U.S. are forecast to grow from $5.6 billion in 2014 to nearly $175 billion by 2019 as consumers increasingly skip the hassle of writing a check or going to an ATM.   But smartphone vendors like Apple could cripple the dominant player of 2016 (Venmo) if they make a serious push to own the space.   

If your job or your company is involved in payment processing in any way, you know how complex this industry is. And you know that you simply can’t understand where the next big digital opportunities are unless you know the key players and roles in each step of the payments “supply chain:”   

  • Acquirers
  • Processors
  • Issuers
  • Card Networks
  • Independent sales organizations and merchant service providers
  • Gateways
  • Hardware and software providers

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  • The 5 key events of 2015 that have set up 2016 as a watershed year for the entire payments ecosystem. 
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  • Why new players and innovations like prepaid cards, store cards, and PIN debit transactions are gaining market share and creating new opportunities.   
  • The effects—good and bad—of the transition to new mobile payment methods.   New players and old have surprising threats and opportunities in areas as varied as carrier billing, remittances, wearables, and more.   

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  • The six major types of organizations involved in the payments ecosystem.
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  • The challenges and opportunities facing hardware and software providers for the payments sector.   
  • The 8 reasons why mobile wallets are growing so fast and how they will disrupt all aspects of the mobile ecosystem.    
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          Advantages to Using a Reverse Phone Lookup Service   
Have you ever been sitting at home, minding your own business, and all of a sudden the phone rings, and you not recognize the number that calls. Well, what if that same number keeps calling you every single day, and you don’t know who they are, or by what means they acquired your number? It […]
          The Laura Longley Show: with Guest Robert Holden, Author of "Loveability" Shares The Most Important Thing You Will Ever Learn   
GuestAre your relationships unfulfilling? Does your life feel empty at times? Join Laura as she talks with Robert Holden, author of several books on happiness, about his latest book, "Loveability." Loveability is a meditation on love. It addresses the most important thing you will ever learn. All the happiness, health, and abundance you experience in life comes from your ability to love and be loved. This ability is innate, not acquired. "Love is your destiny. It is the purpose of your life. It i ...
          Back to Rockin' the Bakken: Jobs Returning to America's Oil Patch   
By Fox Business
With oil prices on the mend, and an incoming president who is no enemy to drilling, energy companies in the U.S. are hiring again.

In Williston, the North Dakota town that sits at the epicenter of the American shale boom, hiring activity has picked up in the first weeks of 2017. Shawn Wenko, executive director of Williston Economic Development, said oil companies operating in the oil-rich Bakken Formation are hosting two or three job fairs each week. Four companies are expected to add a combined 300 jobs in the first quarter, partly driven by oilfield services.

The number of active rigs in the U.S. surged by 35 to a total of 694 this week, Baker Hughes (BHI) said in its latest report. The U.S. rig count is now up 57 versus the same day in 2015. Schlumberger (SLB), the world’s largest oilfield services provider, said Friday during its fourth quarter earnings release that business was lifted during a period that saw oil companies drilling more wells.

The turnaround fueled an increase of 3,300 jobs in oil and gas extraction and support services in November, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. It was the first increase since September 2014. Over the previous two years, the industry lost over 155,000 jobs.

The uptick in drilling comes as President Donald Trump takes office. Trump and former Texas Gov. Rick Perry, the President’s pick to lead the Energy Department, are proponents of new U.S. drilling. Rep. Ryan Zinke (R-MT), Trump’s pick for secretary of the Interior Department, has pledged to explore an expansion of drilling on federal land.

“America’s incredible energy potential remains untapped. It is a totally self-inflicted wound,” Trump said in a May campaign speech detailing his energy plans.

Citing Trump’s proposals to soften regulations, outplacement firm Challenger, Gray & Christmas said the energy sector, specifically oil-rig operators and pipeline builders, will regain its status as one of the hottest industries for new hires in 2017.

As drillers and job seekers flocked to the Bakken Formation, Williston’s population nearly doubled from 2010 to 2015. Officials don’t expect the same type of surge they saw at the height of the boom, but the rebound in oil prices should fuel a “significant” boost in 2017.

“This play really shows some long-term potential for us,” Wenko told FOXBusiness.com, referring to the Bakken. “It’s a good indicator for us, as far as what the industry is doing. They’re investing in the billions and putting up long-term facilities.”

Williston, the country’s fastest-growing small city five years in a row, used the oil slump to catch up on infrastructure projects, including a new $240 million airport under construction.

“One of the big misconceptions is people want to say Williston went bust,” Wenko said. “The slowdown helped us catch our breath.”

The industry is also pouring money into the Permian Basin of Texas. Exxon Mobil (XOM) acquired 250,000 acres of land in the Permian this week, paying up to $6.6 billion to nearly double the company’s footprint in the lucrative shale play.

U.S. oil prices climbed 2.2% to $52.51 a barrel on Friday, well above the sub-$40 prices seen last summer. Prices have continued to recover after OPEC’s deal to coordinate production cuts, a move that further eased concerns over swelling global supplies.

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          BSC Completes Wind Technician Training Tower   
By The Bismarck Tribune
When a worker has to perform maintenance on one of the hub of one of the many wind turbines dotting rural North Dakota skylines, they have to essentially walk backward off the side of the tower to get to the hatch leading into the hub. Then they must enter at an awkward 45 degree angle.

“Doing that for the first time at 280 feet can be nerve wracking,” said Bruce Emmil, dean of the Bismarck State College National Energy Center of Excellence

The school has an indoor ladder tower where students have been able to do basic things, like learning how to work their climb assist, Emmil said, but completion of the new Nacelle Tower will provide more training and education to students.

“The new one is quite a bit taller,” Emmil said and allows them to practice more skills, trying out techniques and equipment for maneuvers like descents.

The 32-foot Nacelle Tower, located on the west lawn of the National Energy Center of Excellence, replicates the top portion of a commercial wind tower, complete with a nacelle, the large box-like component at the top of turbine towers, and a hub, which typically houses the generating components of the tower.

A commercial nacelle is about 300 feet tall but the lower height of the Nacelle Tower on the BSC campus allows practice in a more true to life, yet controlled environment. When students graduate, Emmil said, in addition to a degree, they will leave with a climb and rescue certification. About a dozen students are enrolled in the wind technician program this fall.

The site will also be opened up to industry partners wishing to conduct annual training.

The Nacelle Tower project began in 2014 after industry sought a place for safety, rope and rappelling training for wind technicians. Montana-Dakota Utilities Co. and Minnesota Power each contributed $30,000 towards the project. A North Dakota Department of Commerce grant matched an additional $60,000. NextEra Energy also contributed $30,000 and final funding was secured from the Energy Generation Conference board and a U.S. Department of Labor Training for Regional Energy in North Dakota grant.

“It has been said that ‘Success is where preparation and opportunity meet.’ This new training facility will not only allow the students and our employees to learn to safely use their equipment and the critical techniques in a controlled environment, but it offers a cost effective way for them to acquire the repetitions that are vitally needed to be prepared,” Director of Generation for Montana-Dakota Utilities Co. Alan Welte said in a statement.

“Grants and partnerships with industry really enhance our ability to get students prepared to hit the ground running upon hire. Ensuring our students are well prepared for the workforce, and helping companies train their employees is work we are very proud to do,” BSC President Larry Skogen added.

BSC Completes Wind Technician Training Tower - The Bismarck Tribune

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          New Federal Regulations for Small Drones Receive Positive Feedback from North Dakota Industry Members   
By Grand Forks Herald
The Federal Aviation Administration debuted a set of long-awaited regulations governing the use of unmanned aircraft Tuesday that were met with fanfare from local and national members of the industry.

The rules are targeted at small unmanned aircraft, also known as drones, used for commercial and public applications and contain requirements for their operation and qualifications for their pilots.

David Dvorak, CEO of Field of View in Grand Forks, has been waiting years for the FAA to finalize regulations for unmanned aircraft.

"The level of restriction up until this point has been pretty horrendous so this seems like a walk in the park compared to what we have been working under," he said of the new requirements.

The rules, formally known as Part 107 of the Federal Aviation Regulations, will take effect in late August, and will apply to drones weighing less than 55 pounds.

These regulations pave the way for commercial operations utilizing unmanned aircraft, which currently are prohibited unless an exemption is obtained from the FAA. The agency had granted more than 5,000 exemptions prior to the unveiling of Part 107 — about 20 of which have gone to North Dakota-based companies.

Industry experts say the rules' release spells good news for the economy, with estimates predicting more than 100,000 jobs could be created and $82 billion generated over the next 10 years as a result.

Drone operations by public agencies such as sheriff and police departments also are included in the new regulations. Previously, these groups needed to acquire a certificate of authorization that spelled out conditions for flight.

"We are part of a new era in aviation, and the potential for unmanned aircraft will make it safer and easier to do certain jobs, gather information and deploy disaster relief," U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx said in a statement Tuesday.

Requirements

The first draft of the rules for small unmanned aircraft was published last year, but regulations in general have been a long-awaited by those in the industry.

In 2012, the FAA received a congressional mandate to integrate UAS technology into national airspace by September 2015. The deadline came and went with no rules finalized, leaving the industry to await this week's release.

Dvorak and others predict the news will inspire more confidence in the technology and produce an uptick in economic activity as businesses prepare for the rule to become active.

"As a company that provides software and hardware for drone operators, I'd imagine this release will give a lot more people confidence to start investing in equipment, training and software in the next 60 days," Dvorak said.

Come August, drone pilots can fly at an altitude of 400 feet or less, cannot fly directly over people not involved in a flight operation and must maintain a safe distance from airports unless permission is received from the facilities in Class B,C, D and E airspace.

Part 107 prohibits flying unmanned aircraft in Class A airspace, which spans from 18,000 to 60,000 above sea level. Flights are allowed in Class G airspace, which is considered uncontrolled airspace, without permission from air traffic control.

Drone pilots must be certified and at least 16 years old unless supervised by someone holding a remote pilot certificate.

The certificate would be obtained by passing an initial aeronautical knowledge test at a FAA-approved knowledge testing center or through other means if a person has an existing non-student Part 61 pilot certificate. Background checks on all remote pilot applications would be conducted by the Transportation Security Administration prior to issuance of a certificate.

Other requirements include always operating a drone within line of sight, flying during the day, not exceeding a groundspeed of 100 mph and avoiding reckless operations.

Missing pieces

Though Part 107 lays groundwork for the continued growth of unmanned industry, some found there still are important provisions missing from it.

"While the approved regulations are a step in the right direction for the drone industry, we still have a long way to go, specifically when it comes to long-distance or beyond-visual-line-of-sight drones," Tero Heinonen, CEO of Sharper Shape, said in a statement.

Heinonen, whose company operates out of Palo Alto, Calif., and Grand Forks, and others see beyond-line-of-sight as crucial to the continued development of drone technology.

Those wishing to conduct operations beyond line of sight or at night need to receive a waiver from the FAA, but it's likely that will be a temporary fix much like the commercial exemption process.

"With this new rule, we are taking a careful and deliberate approach that balances the need to deploy this new technology with the FAA's mission to protect public safety," FAA Administrator Michael Huerta said in a statement. "We're already working on additional rules that will expand the range of operations."

Overall, reaction to the rule's release has been favorable with advocacy groups such as the Association of Unmanned Vehicle Systems International and the Academy for Model Aeronautics commending the FAA in allowing the industry to continue advancing.

Easier access to the industry does spell more competition for those already established within it.

"The challenge isn't over, it's really just beginning," Dvorak said. "Now everyone is kind of on an equal playing field. There have been companies that have come and gone over the years here, but now everyone has the opportunity to generate income from day one.

"It'll be interesting to see how the market handles that."

New Federal Regulations for Small Drones Receive Positive Feedback from North Dakota Industry Members - Grand Forks Herald

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          Improvements in Attention and Decision-Making Following Combined Behavioral Training and Brain Stimulation   
Abstract
In recent years there has been a significant commercial interest in ‘brain training’ – massed or spaced practice on a small set of tasks to boost cognitive performance. Recently, researchers have combined cognitive training regimes with brain stimulation to try and maximize training benefits, leading to task-specific cognitive enhancement. It remains unclear, however, whether the performance gains afforded by such regimes can transfer to untrained tasks, or how training and stimulation affect the brain's latent information processing dynamics. To examine these issues, we applied transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS) over the prefrontal cortex while participants undertook decision-making training over several days. Anodal, relative to cathodal/sham tDCS, increased performance gains from training. Critically, these gains were reliable for both trained and untrained tasks. The benefit of anodal tDCS occurred for left, but not right, prefrontal stimulation, and was absent for stimulation delivered without concurrent training. Modeling revealed left anodal stimulation combined with training caused an increase in the brain's rate of evidence accumulation for both tasks. Thus tDCS applied during training has the potential to modulate training gains and give rise to transferable performance benefits for distinct cognitive operations through an increase in the rate at which the brain acquires information.

          Inside Fargo, America's Most Undervalued Tech Hub   
By Fortune
Editor's Note: Congratulations to the many Fargo-area businesses mentioned in this article. Many of them have participate in ND Commerce programs such as Innovate ND, Centers of Excellence and Centers of Research Excellence, Research ND and the North Dakota Development Fund.

It gets 50 inches of snow a year and is so cold that its bikeshare moves inside for the winter. But its homegrown tech community is on fire.

The morning of Nov. 12, 2014 was well below freezing in Fargo, the largest city in North Dakota. By the time Shawn Muehler took the stage before an audience of 150, the theater, located just a few blocks west of the Red River, had warmed up. Entrepreneurs, students, professors and business leaders shuffled down the aisles with free cups of coffee. For the audience, it was time for Fargo’s 1 Million Cups, a robust startup community-building initiative from the Kaufman Foundation that’s a kind of church for entrepreneurs. For Muehler, it was time to talk about drones.

Standing on stage with one of his drones, Muehler—a Fargo native, Air Force officer, and seasoned pilot—had six minutes to present his business idea, the result of several months of white-board calculating, late-night brainstorming, and endless code tinkering. He described the collision risks found in an airspace that is increasingly crowded with aircraft and drones. The software that he and his small team of pilots, developers, and engineers wanted to build, he explained, would create a safety net for drone pilots, enabling them to track their unmanned vehicles in real time using existing cellular networks.

Muehler’s presentation was followed by vigorous applause and a round of questions. As is tradition at 1 Million Cups, the entrepreneur was asked one final query: “How can we as a community help you succeed?” And so he answered. Within five days, Muehler tells Fortune, he had five funding opportunities from people in the community. The ensuing $500,000 seed investment allowed him to double his workforce and move to a larger office downtown.

Last spring the company, now called Botlink, launched the beta version of its drone-tracking application, which it says is the world’s first commercially available drone safety and control platform. In June, Botlink announced a joint venture with Fargo’s power management company, Packet Digital, to raise $15 million on the same day that it co-hosted Fargo’s inaugural Drone Focus Conference. By this fall, the company had launched its first product: a piece of data-processing hardware that’s compatible with every drone on the market.

When I visited the Botlink office in September, the staff had just returned from a drone conference in Las Vegas where they’d run out of brochures the first day and flummoxed some West Coast startups who didn’t realize they had competitors in Fargo. Half-empty containers of drones now littered the floor around the reception desk, making the office look like the home of a robot family unpacking from a long trip. In the workshop down the hall, a plane with a 14-foot wingspan sat on a desk, and Muehler, wearing a Batman t-shirt, was one of the first to tell me what makes Fargo special.

Well before I arrived in Fargo, I’d heard about Silicon Prairie—the Heartland’s version of Silicon Valley—with noteworthy startup activity in larger cities like Omaha, Des Moines, and Kansas City. I knew Fargo was on the eastern border of the state, far from the oil activity in the Bakken region. I’d read that it’s home to the country’s third-largest Microsoft  MSFT 0.65% campus and nearly 30,000 college students. The average age of Fargo residents is 31. Its unemployment rate is among the lowest in the nation. I had already grasped enough about this city of 105,000 to easily dismiss the Siberia-esque picture painted in the 1996 Coen brothers film of the same name. I envisioned a burst of Technicolor popping from a vast expanse of plains.

The tech scene that I visited in September was markedly different from the one I had first heard about in 2013. Two years ago Emerging Prairie, a startup news and events organization, was beginning to establish itself; today it co-organizes wildly popular events such as 1 Million Cups, TEDxFargo, and a monthly gathering called Startup Drinks. Thanks to local startup Myriad Mobile, which spun out of a student-run incubator, Fargo has begun hosting the annual Midwest Mobile Summit. A nonprofit has started offering coding classes for women. Meetups have launched for hackers, gamers, developers, geeks, and even bitcoin enthusiasts.

Fargo companies are also beginning to appear in the national spotlight. Intelligent InSites, which provides tracking real-time operational intelligence for the healthcare industry, is experiencing explosive growth. So is Appareo Systems, a leader in electronic and computer products for the aerospace and defense industries. A handful of gaming companies have surfaced in the area; one is developing a virtual reality horror game and another is building a woodland survival adventure game called On My Ownfor Xbox One. A team from North Dakota State University has engineered an affordable, 3D-printed prosthetic arm. Two locals have started a funeral webcasting service. Another startup has developed an autonomous tractor.

With all of this activity, how does a place like Fargo end up as one of the most undervalued, overlooked tech communities in the United States? That’s why I wanted to meet Greg Tehven, the executive director and co-founder of Emerging Prairie and affectionately known as Fargo’s ambassador, when I visited the city this fall. On a warm Sunday afternoon, I found him at a community lunch for new Americans, set up for several hundred on a basketball court on the west side of town. Characteristic of the region, the wind blew like it was trying to prove something; strong guests sent naan cartwheeling across curry vegetables and off paper plates. Young Bhutanese girls danced barefoot on the asphalt in sequined dresses the color of Gerber daisies.

Tehven is a soft-spoken, dyed-in-the-wool millennial, a fifth-generation Fargoian who grew up on a farm and came of age during the Buffalo Commons era, when people debated a proposal to let buffalo take over the Great Plains. Tehven left Fargo for college, wandered around, felt unfulfilled and returned, determined to build the type of community he wanted to call home. Today, he travels around the country speaking about community-building and teaches social entrepreneurship in India.

“Barriers are being eliminated to contribute to the community here,” he told me. “People who have moved away know they can come back here and do things quickly.” He talked about a radically inclusive culture that has an extraordinary speed of trust. In economic terms, what’s happening in Fargo is that a magnetic downtown is attracting and retaining talent. But Tehven contends that it’s really about love.

“It’s about increasing the amount of love in our community,” he said, noting that it’s hard to be successful on your own. “There’s a co-dependence here.” He said people need each other, whether it’s for harvesting crops or recovering from a flood. If emotional support is absent, innovation will falter.

The next morning, I met Tehven at Prairie Den, a new coworking space in the center of town, above a Chinese restaurant called King House Buffet. Until this summer, it was run by Minneapolis-based CoCo, but they didn’t last a year, Tehven said, because they didn’t embrace the philosophy of giving before getting. Shortly after they left, the space was resurrected as the Den, a funky, art-filled workspace that’s home to Emerging Prairie and a couple start-ups. Hearing the story of this rebirth made me think of the new growth that quickly emerges in forests after controlled burns.

One of the reasons Emerging Prairie was created was to act as a publicity machine for locals who think it’s uncouth to celebrate one’s own achievements. The organization, which is in the process of becoming a nonprofit, now has a staff of four, including a writer, Marisa Jackels, who produces daily stories about the startup scene. She never runs out of content. Tehven has each new staff member read Startup Communities: Building an Entrepreneurial Ecosystem in Your City by Foundry Group co-founder Brad Feld.

If Fargo had to limit itself to a single story, it would be that of Great Plains Software, a fledgling startup built by North Dakotan Doug Burgum over nearly two decades and acquired by Microsoft in 2001 for $1.1 billion. Today, Microsoft is located on the south side of town and has grown to four buildings with more than 1,500 employees—the company’s third-largest campus in North America.

Burgum went on to found Kilbourne Group, a downtown redevelopment company, and co-found Arthur Ventures, a venture capital group that’s investing in software companies out of a $45 million fund raised in 2013. He’s as close to a godfather as the humble Fargo community will allow. Incidentally, it wasn’t until well after a conversation with a community leader named Joe—who started a downtown farmer’s market, worked on Uber-friendly legislation and is now building a giant mobile sauna—that I found out he was Burgum’s son.

Burgum said Great Plains employees focused on service and had a lot of humility and gratitude; he sees that today in the dozens of startups that employ Great Plains alumni. Like others, he told me that the region’s land and history play a role in today’s technology growth.

“Every farmer and rancher is an entrepreneur and tinkerer and inventor,” he said, “and there’s some of that DNA here. You wouldn’t have ended up here if you weren’t a risk-taker—moving your family from Sweden to a new land with no electricity and very little infrastructure.”

Shane Waslaski, president and CEO of Intelligent InSites, also grew up in the state and said the strong tech community in Fargo can be attributed to a pioneering spirit and an “altruistic desire to nourish each other.” Tenaciousness and perseverance are rooted in the heritage, he said.

From Prairie Den, Tehven and I walked around downtown, popping into offices and meetings unannounced and intercepting folks on Broadway and Roberts Street—as was his plan. I was reminded of the familiarity and ease with which students can have impromptu and rich conversations while walking across a college quad. Time and again, talking to Muehler and other entrepreneurs, I heard stories that made it easy to root for the underdog that is Fargo. I found a level of enthusiasm typically reserved for young political candidates offering hope and promising change. More than once, I saw someone get choked up talking about the place they call home.

We ran into Drew Spooner, a baby-faced serial entrepreneur who started the Hammock Initiative and speaks deadpan about the health benefits of swaying. He now has sponsors and a national following. Then we ran into the woman behind Unglued, a shop selling locally made crafts; and one of the brewers behind Fargo Brewing Company, which makes Wood Chipper India Pale Ale. Much of the day, Tehven, wearing jeans and flannel, walked around with a cup of coffee in his hand. He told me there’s a sense in Fargo that if you talk about something enough, it will become real—whether it’s a hammocking craze or a spontaneous tailgate party.

Among the challenges in a town with so much startup activity is making sure the entrepreneurs have enough support to get over the first-generation hump and maintain momentum even when the initial spotlight fades.

“In cities like San Francisco, Boston, New York, there’s a lot of experience and expertise,” said Miguel Danielson, another Emerging Prairie co-founder. “That’s great for entrepreneurs because it’s scary to do alone. So a lot of what we do at Emerging Prairie is try to bring these folks together.” He lovingly describes Fargo—remote, hundreds of miles from Minneapolis and Winnipeg—as a Gilligan’s Island of sorts. “You’re stuck with the folks you’ve got in the immediate vicinity, so you better be nice to them,” he said, adding that in a small place, he feels especially blessed when he finds others with common interests.

Danielson grew up in Fargo and left for college and Harvard Law School. If it weren’t for the startup culture—which is helping Midwestern communities fight brain drain–he may never have returned. After practicing in Cambridge for several years, he opened Danielson Legal in Fargo, specializing in technology law, and he created Fargo Startup House, where entrepreneurs can live for free.

In the next five years, Danielson predicts a more robust Fargo tech scene, with a few wild successes and some wild failures. When the city sees its first exit success story of this new era—someone who starts with nothing and ends up with hundreds of millions of dollars—he said that will be “one that looms in the minds of people forever.”

At the end of my day in Fargo, I returned to Prairie Den. Spooner was setting up hammocks for an evening event. An Emerging Prairie Tweet read, “We sway while we work.”

That night, I watched a video of Tehven’s TEDxFargo talk. He was speaking at the Fargo Civic Center in 2014, outside of which sits a stone slab with the Ten Commandments.

“The Coen brothers were wrong,” he told the audience. “It isn’t a place of barrenness. It isn’t a place of cold. It’s a place of the most amazing people in the world.”

The following week I had dinner back home with a friend who works in the technology industry, and I told him I thought he should move to Fargo. Yes, it’s a place that gets an average of 50 inches of snow a year, and it’s so cold that the bikeshare moves inside for the winter. But there’s a lot going on there, I told him. Shortly thereafter, I woke up from a dream in which I was on my way back to Fargo. In it, I was with someone—perhaps my tech friend—and felt a sense of urgency. Eager to find housing, I sped westward, not wanting to miss out.

Inside Fargo, America's Most Undervalued Tech Hub - Fortune.com

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          Building a Giant in the Heavy-Equipment Industry   
By Gallup
"To be successful today, you've got to convince customers that you'll take care of them when they're down -- and you've got to walk the walk, you can't just talk it. You've got to prove it time and time again."

So says Ron Offutt, founder of RDO Equipment Co., one of the largest John Deere dealers in North America. He is also the founder of R.D. Offutt Company, the largest potato grower in the U.S.

For more than 45 years, Ron has been building an empire on lifelong relationships with agriculture and construction equipment customers by adhering to three simple principles: maintain a sense of core values, understand your stakeholders' ever-shifting needs and deliver the finest service. His family business grew steadily, got big, went public and then was taken private again, and the equipment side became a $2 billion business.

It all started along the North Dakota-Minnesota border in the metropolitan area of Fargo-Moorhead in 1968. Ron was farming in partnership with his father and renting equipment from a John Deere dealer in Casselton, North Dakota, when the dealer offered him the opportunity to buy the business.

From that initial purchase, Ron steadily acquired John Deere dealerships throughout the upper Midwest. RDO now operates in more than 100 locations across the U.S. and worldwide, with 90% domestic revenue growth over the past five years (13.9% compound annual growth rate) and nearly triple domestic operating income growth. RDO offers a wide array of construction and farming equipment for high-performance companies across the globe.

How did one dealership turn into a giant in the heavy equipment industry? With an intense focus on engaging employees and customers throughout their business.

From Private, to Public, to Private Again

A visit to RDO in late 2014 finds a workforce brimming with excitement about the company's heritage and its future. In the flagship Moorhead location, relics from the past -- classic tractors and other historical machinery -- are on display alongside cutting-edge farming equipment. In a daily storewide meeting, team members discuss the projects they are currently working on and exchange ideas, while managers motivate their employees with goals for that day, week and month.

Employees at the store are quick to say that the company is a "great place to work."

"This is a great industry to be in, and if you're going to be a part of it, we want you to choose us," says Jean Zimmerman, RDO's executive vice president of organizational development.

Zimmerman notes that the company's culture is guided by the principles of servant leadership, radical transparency, personal growth and, above all, trust.

As RDO grew throughout the 1970s, 80s and 90s, so did the enticement of taking this family-owned business public. In 1997, Ron issued an initial public offering on the New York Stock Exchange. In a booming economy, the decision seemed to be the right one. But almost immediately, things didn't turn out as planned.

"Very quickly I knew that I didn't like the public game, and I don't think my father did either. There was lots and lots of pressure to grow," says Christi Offutt, Ron's daughter and chairwoman and CEO of RDO. "But what I was learning was that the more pressure the team got to meet quarterly expectations, the worse the company was performing. We were moving away from talking about the customer, we were moving away from talking about the culture, and we were spending all of our time talking about meeting analyst expectations to keep the revenues growing."

Amid these frustrations, the board of directors chose Christi to become chief operating officer in 2001. Soon after that, the Offutt family took the company private again, where it has remained ever since. Christi stayed at the helm. Ron characterizes this time as the dividing point between what RDO originally was and what it is today.

"I think there are two cultures in the life of our business: the one that I started, and the one that Christi started," Ron says. "I was able to be successful in the business when I created a culture of tremendous loyalty on behalf of the employees who worked for me. We knew each other's families; we knew each other's personal strengths and weaknesses. As [the company] grew, that culture needed to change for the company to take the next step, which Christi brought to the house."

Shifting From a Transactional Business to a Solutions Provider

In the company's first phase, before Christi took over in 2001, RDO sold much more individual agricultural equipment. Farms were smaller then, and there were more of them.

"When I started, [RDO] was very much a transactional business -- sale by sale, customer by customer," Ron says. "Today it's more about being a solutions provider for your customer and helping that customer solve his or her problem."

In RDO's modern culture, top leaders at the company say they maintain their success internally and externally by adhering to a set of action-oriented core values for business operation. These values include collaborating with employees, building customers for life, creating opportunities and committing to doing what they say and playing to win. RDO prides itself on the principle "There are no secrets here."

"We've instilled and empowered our managers to understand what our core values are and how we operate with our stakeholders so they can make the right decision," says Chris Cooper, an executive vice president at RDO.

Keith Kreps, also an RDO executive vice president, says a culture of creativity and trust exists companywide, which fosters innovation and high levels of employee engagement. "When you don't feel like you're paralyzed by making the wrong decision that could affect your career or affect your job -- as long as you made an educated decision -- you really get people coming out with great ideas and a lot of creativity. They're willing to go out there and 'wow' our other employees and customers," Kreps says.

Toward True Engagement

In 2014, RDO worked with Gallup to move beyond employee satisfaction -- which focuses more on superficial company perks -- to true employee engagement, which is about fostering a deeper sense of connection to one's job and company. Now, 52% of RDO's employees are engaged, with 8.67 engaged employees for every one actively disengaged employee. Organizations that lead the world in employee engagement have 9.1 engaged employees to every disengaged employee, so these are "very encouraging early results," Zimmerman says.

Zimmerman credits these results to initiatives the company implemented over the past several years. Every employee now has an individual learning plan, and RDO spends 15% more on training than comparable-sized organizations. The company offers a 30-month management institute for its leaders. RDO leaders have also integrated engagement into their leadership approach and communication strategy, weaving it into their operations and day-to-day conversations.

"I truly believe that the initiatives we've developed to support our culture along with a strengths-based leadership approach leads to a more engaged workplace culture," Christi says.

Zimmerman agrees, emphasizing that the culture must promote hard work and RDO must be an enjoyable place to work. "We've taken steps of making this a place that attracts and keeps employees and attracts and keeps our customers," he says.

Growing Pains

Because of RDO's persistent growth, the company is experiencing some growing pains. In part, this is the result of the breakneck pace of North Dakota's economy and the various challenges that come with operating in nine U.S. states. Business is booming so much that there are too many jobs and not enough people to fill them.

"We've got well over 2,000 employees, but we have opportunities to continue to grow," Cooper says. "We have close to 200 open positions that we're still trying to fill."

Christi mentions that there is plenty of competition for today's skilled labor pool: "We've recruited from everywhere -- Georgia, Florida, California, Alaska -- it's a continuous challenge."

Amid these challenges, RDO continues to redefine the business of equipment in the 21st century. The company's leaders say RDO is committed to finding cutting-edge solutions for its customers.

"I think you'll see less growth in the size of the machines," Ron says. "What you're going to see is more intelligent equipment, and that will increase productivity for the producer."

This kind of "precision agriculture" may keep RDO at the forefront of offering technological solutions to its customers, and the company sees further growth from its ventures in Russia, Ukraine, Mexico and Australia in the years to come. Already these international partnerships are providing solutions to a wide range of customers, even in troubled hot spots. RDO forecasts $360 million in international revenues in 2015, of which Russia and Ukraine factor into the mix.

Ryan Offutt, Ron's son and Christi's brother, runs RDO's Russia and Ukraine operations. As someone who represents the future of RDO and the path it will take in decades to come, he reflects on how what RDO means to customers in 2015. "We're a big part of our customers' lives, and they're dependent upon on our team members to deliver solutions to them every day," Ryan says. "Having a reliable partner is critical to their success."

Building a Giant in the Heavy-Equipment Industry - Gallup.com

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          North Dakota Oil Boom Draws Female Job Seekers   
By SCTimes
WILLISTON, N.D. – A shift in the labor market has drawn more women seeking permanent work in the oil and gas industry, a manager at Job Service North Dakota in Williston says.

The total number of people walking into the downtown Williston office increased by 33 percent to 2,264 in June, according to data obtained from Cindy Sanford, the customer service office manager. The percentage of women seeking jobs has jumped by 65 percent to 804 women. Women made up 36 percent of the walk-ins who have registered at Job Service in June, according to the data.

“When the boom first started, all you needed was a body,” Sanford said. “Now companies are hiring for more technical positions like lease operators. There are also more retail and businesses in the community.”
Reasons for women joining the workforce include the fact that more families are staying in the community.
“This is an industry now,” said Phil Davis, the customer service officer manager in Bismarck. “It’s not just a boom anymore.”

The managers said more men than women initially came to the Bakken for drilling jobs. Men who have stayed here for 18 to 24 months tend to bring their families into the community. In the meantime, the oil and gas industry has sought out additional workers for production — lease operators, workover employees, pumpers and technical positions.

The combination of these factors allow women more opportunity to acquire high-paying jobs in the Bakken.
“Two years seems to be the make-it-or-break-it period. After that, men bring their spouse and families,” Sanford said. “Also, companies are not hiring for two-weeks-on and two-weeks-off anymore. They want local.”

Williams and McKenzie counties, in the heart of the oil patch, have less than 1 percent unemployment, but the two counties have vastly different amounts of jobs open and active resumes, according to the report. Williams, which includes Williston, had 723 resumes for 2,654 jobs, and McKenzie, with Watford City, had 94 resumes for 345 jobs the same month.

The managers says Williams County has more retail and many oil and gas companies have offices there. Watford City doesn’t have a Job Service office and people seeking employment often visit Williston to apply for work.

Last year, Williams County was ranked as offering the highest wages in the state with its employees earning $78,390 annually.

Williams County and Williston had population counts of 29,595 and 20,850 in 2013, according to state data. The largest employed are mining, quarrying and oil and gas extraction, with 13,406 employees. Management of companies and enterprises earned the highest average weekly wages at $3,974, compared with the overall weekly wages of $1,605.

The highest-paid occupations include management at $46.01 per hour; engineers, legal at $32.93; architects and surveyors at $30.44; physicians, dentists and nurses at $31.46 and computer programmers and statisticians at $27.08; according to the report.

Also on the list were teachers at $22.46; police officers at $18.94; carpenters and oil and gas roustabouts at $22.91; maintenance and repair at $22.33; truck drivers at $19.36; welders at $18.43; and farm work and labors at $15.55, according to the report.

The wages don’t tell the full story, however, because oil and gas companies offer per-diems and overtime to offset their starting salary base.

“It’s not always the money, it’s who you work for,” said Sanford, who has seen turnover rates as high as 45 percent. “Everyone was jumping to other companies for 50 cents or $1. Workers would say they didn’t quit their job, they quit their manager.”

Today, companies have a larger, more diverse population base. Management doesn’t just “take bodies” anymore, and the transition from temporary to permanent positions often require someone with experience who is willing to remain in Williston.

“They want local,” Davis said. “Loyalty goes a long way.”

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          Affordable Workforce Housing Construction Begins in Minot   
By ND Housing Finance Agency
Beyond Shelter, Inc. (BSI), the Minot Housing Authority and North Dakota Housing Finance Agency (NDHFA) broke ground today for Fieldcrest Apartments, a development that will bring affordable workforce housing to northeast Minot.

Depending on income and family size, the Fieldcrest units will rent for $400 to $804 per month. Nine apartments in the development are reserved specifically for Essential Service Workers – individuals employed by a school, medical facility or government agency deemed an essential public service.

“Ensuring that citizens impacted by rapid growth and flood recovery have access to affordable housing is a top priority for our state,” said Gov. Jack Dalrymple. “This project is an important infrastructure investment for the Minot area, providing affordable housing for those on fixed incomes and for employees who provide essential services for the community.”

The total cost of constructing Fieldcrest is estimated at $8.3 million with the state providing more than $6 million to support the project. The development received a $2.3 million Housing Incentive Fund (HIF) commitment from NDHFA and an interest rate buy-down through Bank of North Dakota’s (BND) Flex PACE Affordable Housing Program. The North Dakota Industrial Commission, consisting of Dalrymple as chairman, Agriculture Commissioner Doug Goehring and Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem, oversees NDHFA and BND. The development also received a $3.76 million Community Development Block Grant Disaster Recovery (CDBG DR) grant administered by the North Dakota Department of Commerce.

“Beyond Shelter’s mission is to improve communities by developing housing for those most in need,” said Lynn Fundingsland, BSI CEO. “Without these layers of financial support, our organization would not be able to build housing that rents at affordable levels.”

“NDHFA is charged with ensuring that everyone in North Dakota has access to affordable housing,” said Jolene Kline, NDHFA executive director. “We will continue to work with the Industrial Commission members to address the needs of the state’s growing communities.”

HIF provides low-cost financing to developers that create affordable rental housing. The program is capitalized in part by taxpayer contributions that can be directed to specific projects. American Bank Center, Bremer Bank, U.S. Bank and Wells Fargo all made contributions to support Fieldcrest.

Flex PACE is designed to assist in the financing of affordable multi-family housing.

The CDBG program provides financial assistance for public facilities, housing and economic development projects. In addition to the dollars provided by the State, the City of Minot granted $750,000 of its CDBG DR funds to BSI to acquire the Fieldcrest site. An additional $100,000 of the city’s CDBG DR funds was used for off-site sanitary sewer extension work.

The 42-unit apartment complex will be located at 500 36th Ave NE in Minot. BSI anticipates that construction will be completed by June 2015.

A nonprofit developer of affordable housing based in Fargo, ND, BSI has partnered with like-minded organizations to develop more than 654 affordable residential units in North Dakota, South Dakota and Minnesota. BSI will break ground on 191 new units in 2014.

NDHFA is a self-supporting state agency that finances the creation and rehabilitation of affordable housing across North Dakota.
 

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          Danfoss India keen to acquire start-ups    
The Indian subsidiary of Denmark based heating, ventilation and air-conditioning (HVAC) major, Danfoss is keen on acquiring start-ups, said a top official.“We are open for acquiring start-ups in the f...
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          Uber self-driving car chief stepping away from leadership role   
Uber self-driving car chief stepping away from leadership role

Anthony Levandowski, the controversial chief of Uber’s self-driving car project, is reportedly stepping away from the leadership role due to a lawsuit filed by Google’s autonomous car unit Waymo.

Levandowski announced that he was stepping away from the leadership role and would no longer be working on projects related to LiDAR technology and will instead concentrate on security and safety.

Announcing his decision, he added, “Making this organizational change means I will have absolutely no oversight over or input into our LiDAR work. Going forward, please make sure not to include me in meetings or email threads related to LiDAR, or ask me for advice on the topic.”

Waymo’s lawsuit alleges that Levandowski, who played a key role in Waymo’s success in developing the autonomous car technology, stole thousands of technical files from its servers and left the company.

Levandowski later founded his own autonomous truck business called Otto, which was later acquired by ride-hailing firm Uber. The Google subsidiary alleges that Uber’s autonomous cars are based on its stolen technology.

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          Waymo couldn’t be more wrong: Uber argues   
Waymo couldn’t be more wrong: Uber argues

Ride-hailing giant Uber Technologies Inc. continues to insist that the laser sensor technology that is being used in its self-driving cars has nothing to do with Waymo’s allegedly stolen laser sensor technology.

As per new filings in connection with the federal lawsuit alleging the theft of trade secrets, Uber attorneys claimed that Google’s self-driving unit Waymo is using a single-lens Lidar, while Uber is using a four-lens technology.

In the new filings, Uber attorneys wrote, “This fact alone demonstrates the misguided nature of Waymo’s request for ‘extraordinary and drastic relief,’ Waymo could not be more wrong, and Uber’s design could not be more different.”

The dispute started in February when Waymo filed the suit alleging that its former employee Anthony Levandowski stole 14,000 technical files from the company’s servers and launched his autonomous truck business called Otto, which was later acquired by Uber.

Uber called Waymo’s legal action a “baseless attempt” to hold back a competitor.

However, earlier this week, the judge presiding over the case indicated that Waymo’s request for a preliminary injunction might be granted. In that situation, Uber will have to stop testing its autonomous cars.

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          Myron Mixon Cooks Up BBQ Book Dea   

Myron Mixon Cooks Up BBQ Book Deal

BBQ expert and BBQ Pitmasters host Myron Mixon has inked a book deal with Ballantine Trade Paperbacks for Smokin’ with Myron Mixon.
The book will  “reveal his award winning recipes and secrets, along with sharing anecdotes and tales from the nationwide competitive BBQ circuit.” Ryan Doherty at Ballantine Trade Paperbacks acquired the book  in a preempt.  Michael Psaltisat The Cea negotiated the deal.
Here’s more about the BBQ Pitmasters host (pictured): “He serves as chief cook of Jack’s Old South Competition Bar-B-Que Team, which he started in 1996 as a way to promote his family’s Bar-B-Que sauce, which was made by his mother and father, Gaye and Jack Mixon. His team has won more than 180 grand championships resulting in over 1700 total trophies, 30 state championships.”

          Raja M. Parvez Joins AKHAN Semiconductor Board of Directors   
...financing and key strategic acquisitions. The company was acquired by Avago Technologies, Inc., (NASDAQ: AVGO). Raja spent sixteen years at Lucent Technologies - Bell Laboratories, most recently as Consulting Member and Distinguished Member of Technical Staff. "Having demonstrated success with related and ...


          Opcity Launches Real Estate Technology and Matching Platform; Raises $27 Million of New Capital   
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          NarrativeDx Builds Leading AI Platform for Patient Experience, Secures Series A Funding for Continued Growth   
...in Texas , the Founders of LiveOak have helped entrepreneurs create industry-leading companies, such as Spatial Wireless (acquired by Alcatel-Lucent), Navini Networks (acquired by Cisco Systems), LifeSize Technologies (acquired by Logitech), Mavenir Systems, and StackEngine (Acquired by Oracle). Contact:  info@liveoakvp ...

          Sensor-Centric CRATUS Poised for IOT Growth   
...positions with Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories (Pullman) and with several Silicon Valley startup companies, including Packet Engines, Inc. (acquired by Alcatel Lucent). MacLeod began his career as a digital design engineer with EMI Electronics in the UK and held design engineering positions ...

          Cognizant Names Betsy Atkins and John Dineen to Board of Directors   
...offerings and acquisitions such as Clear Standards, Inc., which was purchased by SAP, and Ascend Communications, which was acquired by Lucent.  Ms. Atkins has built three early stage funds at Baja LLC, making early investments in companies such as Yahoo, eBay ...

          Steve Bartlett's Social Chain acquires viral gaming network   
Social Chain, the Manchester-headquartered social media marketing agency has snapped up a viral gaming network. The company has bought the viral gaming portfolio of US-based digital specialist Devise in a multimillion-dollar deal... [article continues]
          Social Chain acquires viral gaming portfolio Devise to become largest owner of gaming publishers on Facebook   
Social Chain, the social media marketing agency, has acquired the viral gaming portfolio of Devise in a multimillion-dollar deal that it claims makes it the largest owner of gaming publishers on Facebook. The acquisition includes a large network of ...
          Renovation of San Diego Area Affordable Housing Community Completed   

WNC provided $4.4 million in LIHTC equity to aid in renovating Sonoma Court Apartments, including the installation of energy efficient modifications

San Diego, CA -- (ReleaseWire) -- 03/18/2015 -- WNC, a national investor in real estate and community development initiatives, announced today the completion of an extensive renovation to Sonoma Court Apartments, which provides 61 units of affordable housing to Escondido families. WNC provided $4.4 million in low-income housing tax credit (LIHTC) equity to fund the project.

Located at 508 E. Mission Ave., Sonoma Apartments is comprised of a mix of one-, two- and three-bedroom units. Resident amenities include onsite management, a community room, swimming pool, centralized laundry facility, picnic area, extensive green belts, playground and gated entry and parking. Each unit includes central heating and air conditioning, new carpeting, a balcony or patio, and an upgraded stove, refrigerator and dishwasher.

"We are very pleased to have worked with Affirmed Housing and NEXUS for Affordable Housing Inc. to improve and maintain a vital component of Southern California's affordable housing supply," said WNC Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer Michael Gaber. "Sonoma Court Apartments was originally constructed in 1978 and last renovated in 1999. This renovation modernizes and improves the community for current and future residents, while providing valuable energy efficiency upgrades and enhancements."

The renovation of Sonoma Court Apartments included the installation of a solar photovoltaic generation system, new roof, insulation, energy star appliances and energy efficient windows. The property was re-developed by Affirmed Housing Group, with NEXUS for Affordable Housing Inc. serving as the managing general partner of the project.

About WNC
WNC, founded in 1971 and headquartered in Irvine, Calif., is a national investor in real estate and community development initiatives. WNC has acquired more than $6.5 billion of assets totaling in excess of 1,225 properties in 45 states, Washington D.C. and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Since 2000, WNC has been awarded four New Markets Tax Credit (NMTC) allocations, totaling $178 million, and has facilitated development of 17 low-income community projects. WNC's investor base exceeds 19,500 institutional and retail clients, including Fortune 500 companies, multinational banks, and insurance companies.

Additional information is available at http://www.wncinc.com

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          Century-Old Building Renovated Into Affordable Housing and More in Hutchinson, Kansas   

WNC provided $7.5 million in LIHTC equity to fund affordable housing units at new Wiley Plaza

Hutchinson, KS -- (ReleaseWire) -- 01/22/2015 -- WNC, a national investor in real estate and community development initiatives, announced today that the renovation of the historic Wiley Building, including the development of 40 affordable housing units, is complete. WNC provided $7.5 million in low-income housing tax credit (LIHTC) equity to fund the adaptive reuse of the building, originally constructed more than 100 years ago.

Reintroduced as Wiley Plaza, the property is comprised of ground-floor and mezzanine retail space, five floors of affordable housing units, and two floors, plus a penthouse, of market rate apartments. Wiley Plaza also includes a new multi-level parking garage with 104 parking spaces.

Wiley Plaza's one-, two- and three-bedroom affordable housing units are open to individuals and families. Common amenities of the elevator-equipped building include on-site management, a community room, fitness center, computer center, elevators and security cameras.

Located at the intersection of North Main Street and East First Avenue, the eight-story building was originally built in 1913 and was expanded twice in the 1930s. The project is located adjacent to the historic Fox Theater in Hutchinson's downtown historic district.

"The Wiley Plaza is a testament to the ability of private and public entities to work together to improve our local communities efficiently and effectively," said WNC's Senior Vice President of Underwriting, Greg Hand. "State, local and federal tax credits were employed to not only renovate this beautiful structure, but to deliver terribly needed quality, affordable housing to the people of Hutchinson. We couldn't be more pleased with the result."

Wiley Plaza was re-developed by Manske & Associates, LLC. The project also received financing from Historic Preservation Partners Inc., First National Bank, Kansas Housing Resources Corporation and the City of Hutchinson.

About WNC
WNC, founded in 1971 and headquartered in Irvine, Calif., is a national investor in real estate and community development initiatives. WNC has acquired more than $6.5 billion of assets totaling in excess of 1,225 properties in 45 states, Washington D.C. and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Since 2000, WNC has been awarded four New Markets Tax Credit (NMTC) allocations, totaling $178 million, and has facilitated development of 17 low-income community projects. WNC's investor base exceeds 19,500 institutional and retail clients, including Fortune 500 companies, multinational banks, and insurance companies.

Additional information is available at http://www.wncinc.com

For more information on this press release visit: http://www.releasewire.com/press-releases/release-576553.htm

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Julie Leber
Telephone: 949-427-5172, ext- 703
Email: Click to Email Julie Leber
Web: http://www.wncinc.com


          2012 iAcquire Video – RISE   
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          iAcquire Pulls Rank with Mike King!   
We are honored and privileged to announce our newest team member at iAcquire, Mike King! Mike came to our attention over a year ago, and in following his thought leadership pieces and speaking engagements we quickly recognized the extent to which Mike’s philosophy, values, and vision mirrored our own. In getting to know Mike over...
          WatchGuard Acquires Hexis HawkEye G to Deliver Holistic Network Security From the Network to the Endpoint   
Resulting technology integration will enable organizations to prevent, detect, correlate, and take action against threats

          WatchGuard Acquires BorderWare Technologies   
Acquisition Signals Significant Extension of WatchGuard Security to Encompass New Markets, Business Environments and Channel Partners

          Red Wings Acquire Keeper Tom McCollum   
On the biggest signing day of the year, the Calgary Flames and Detroit Red Wings have instead been talking trade. The Flames have agreed to send goalie Tom McCollum, extended only for Expansion Draft purposes, to the Detroit Red Wings for a conditional seventh-round draft pick, according to TSN’s Darren Dreger. The Flames, who have recently added…
          New York Islanders Acquire Kristers Gudlevskis   
The New York Islanders have added some more goaltending depth, acquiring Kristers Gudlevskis from the Tampa Bay Lightning in exchange for minor league forward Carter Verhaeghe. Gudlevskis was a fifth-round pick by the Lightning in 2013, and has made three appearances at the NHL level, actually recording a .959 save percentage in those games. He’s…
          That time Amazon had a social network years before Facebook   
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It may seem like Amazon is suddenly hungry to take over the world, but the company has been focused on dominating the internet for a very long time, a fact we were recently reminded of via a profile on early social networking site PlanetAll. 

If you've never heard of PlanetAll, that's because it's one of the few social networks born in the '90s that came long before Facebook. 

SEE ALSO: Amazon's Whole Foods deal pretty much sunk Blue Apron's IPO

A couple of years after PlanetAll launched with a goal of connecting friends and family on the internet, Amazon acquired the company in 1998. Calling one of the features on its site a "smart address book," PlanetAll allowed users to connect with other groups around particular interests, offered news updates, horoscopes, and offered a calendar reminder service that worked with the then popular Palm Pilot mobile organizer. Read more...

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          It looks like KHL scoring forward Dadonov could return to the Panthers   
The Florida Panthers lost Jonathan Marchessault in the expansion draft. It appears, however, they may have acquired another potential scoring forward through free agency. According to Harvey Fialkov of the Sun Sentinel, the Panthers have agreed on a
          Flames acquire Eddie Lack, Ryan Murphy from Hurricanes   
Rather than seeking out goalie fixes through free agency, the remarkably busy Calgary Flames instead opt for trades. First, they landed Mike Smith from the Arizona Coyotes. Now, on Thursday, they helped the Carolina Hurricanes clear up their logjam
          freedoomapp   

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          Comment on Menlo Park Needs To Develop A LONG TERM Downtown Parking Plan Now by Peter Carpenter   
It would be a tragic mistake if Menlo Park chooses a short term solution (one parking lot) to solve a small part of a long term problem( a more vibrant downtown) . Take all the public property including all the parking lots, all of Santa Cruz Ave and all the cross streets between ECR and University and Menlo and Oak Grove and put it into a design competition to create a totally walkable, bicyclable, playable, shopable surface area with ALL the parking underground. This total publicly owned land is incredible valuable and developing it in three dimensions could provide an exciting opportunity that would attract capital and encourage the current downtown property owners to either find ways to connect their current buildings to this project or allow their properties to be acquired by the City via eminent domain (which has great tax advantages to the current owners) and then placed into the pool for the new integrated design. All it would take is vision, leadership and courage.
          Reports: Celtics offered 4 first-rounders for Paul George in February, 3 on draft night   
The Celtics made several attempts to acquire Paul George from the Indiana Pacers, offering four first-round picks at the February trade deadline and three first rounders on draft night, according to multiple reports. On draft night, according to Himmelsbach, Boston offered Indiana three starting players
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          Francis to the Abbots   

pope-francis-with-abbots-8-sept-2016[Zenit] Pope Francis today received in audience some 250 participants in the congress of Benedictine abbots and abbesses gathered in Rome to reflect on the monastic charism received from St. Benedict and their faithfulness to it in a changing world.

This theme acquires special meaning in the context of the Jubilee of Mercy since, as Francis affirmed, “if it is only in the contemplation of Jesus Christ that we perceive

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          Commenti su TIM, 119 selfservice e carta di credito: 5 euro e passa la paura. di ArMyZ   
Ciao, intanto grazie di avere risposto con tanta dovizia di particolari sia su alcune imprecisioni mie che dei vari interlocutori con cui ho avuto modo di interagire. Non mi soffermo su alcuni punti delle tue osservazioni perchè credo che verrebbe meno il senso del post originale. Quanto al centro dell'osservazione è l'utente finale e la customer care, non tanto dettagli sui sistemi di pagamenti o l'esercizio del credito o tanto meno issuers e acquirers. Con buona pace dei 5 euro ;)
          Commenti su TIM, 119 selfservice e carta di credito: 5 euro e passa la paura. di Francesco   
Mammamia quanta confusione, tua e di Tim (o meglio di Telecom Italia Spa, titolare del marchio Tim). 1. Il recesso d'ufficio non esiste. Ciascuna delle due parti può recedere dal contratto, ma in questo caso più che di recesso si tratterebbe di risoluzione per inadempimento. 2. La recessione non esiste. Esiste la rescissione, che è una cosa diversa dal recesso (e anche dalla risoluzione legale e dalla disdetta). 3. I dealers Tim sono rivenditori indipendenti da Telecom Italia Spa oppure negozi in franchising (in ogni caso società autonome rispetto a TI SpA). Dunque non possono far presente «in azienda» proprio niente... Bisogna vedere quale azienda intendi. 4. La Mastercard nativa non esiste. Mastercard è un circuito internazionale a cui afferiscono, a mo' di consorzio, diverse banche e altri istituti che svolgono le attività di issuing, cioè emissione carte, e acquiring, cioè, in sostanza, svolgimento delle transazioni lato PoS (in collegamento con l'issuer e con il circuito). A differenza di American express e Diners club international, che emettono direttamente le proprie carte (in alcuni paesi Diners le emette anche in associazione con il circuito Mastercard), non esiste al mondo una sola Mastercard (come pure una sola Visa) emessa direttamente dalla società americana che è titolare di questo marchio. In Italia esiste un unico issuer convenzionato con Mastercard e Visa: CartaSì SpA, ex Servizi interbancarî SpA (Cartasì deriva da Carta SI, cioè Carta Servizi Interbancari), del gruppo ICBPI (Istituto centrale delle banche popolari italiane). CartaSì ha altresì acquisito, mediante fusione per incorporazione, Key client card solutions Spa, nata da una costola di BankAmericard, divisione di Deutsche bank specializzata nell'emissione di carte di credito (una volta CartaSì era convenzionata sia con Mastercard sia con Visa, BankAmericard invece era nata come filiazione italiana di Visa; in precedenza c'era pure EuroCard, che era convenzionata solo con Mastercard). Attualmente tutte le banche italiane, TUTTE, comprese quelle che non lo dicono, si fanno emettere le carte da CartaSì. Tecnicamente la rete KeyClient è ancora rimasta separata e CartaSì la usa per le carte brandizzate direttamente dalle banche, nonché per le carte DB easy, rilasciate da Deutsche bank direttamente o per il tramite di istituti con essa convenzionati (tra cui Poste italiane Spa, che non è autorizzata all'esercizio diretto del credito). La differenza tra avere una carta co-branded CartaSì e una carta che non lo è è essenzialmente di tipo legale: se la mia banca mi rilascia una carta CartaSì (ad esempio fa così Banco popolare), io stipulerò un contratto con CartaSì, la lettera di addebito della carta di credito mi arriverà da quest'ultima e sarò obbligato nei suoi confronti. Se invece la mia banca (esempi: ING, BPM, MPS) mi rilascia una carta che ufficialmente è emessa direttamente, essa farà parte del contratto (ovvero di un contratto accessorio) stipulato direttamente dalla mia banca. Questo farà sì oltretutto che non vi sia l'addebito di una ulteriore imposta di bollo (le lettere di addebito sono considerate fiscalmente fatture esenti IVA e pertanto sono soggette al bollo di 2 euro, già 1.81, qualora registrino importi pari o superiori a euro 77.47; i rendiconti mensili delle carte di credito emesse direttamente dalle proprie banche sono invece assimilati agli estratti dei conti correnti e pertanto non soggetti a bolli per il principio dell'alternatività delle imposte). Di quanto sopra ci accorgiamo facilmente analizzando le ricevute dei nostri acquisti: qualora la carta sia una Key client o una Carta si, questi fungono da circuiti domestici e pertanto qualora il PoS giri sullo stesso circuito l'operazione non passa per il circuito internazionale ma rimane interna, il che è esplicitato nella sequenza di codici riportati sullo scontrino. Questo vale anche per altri circuiti domestici, quali Moneta (di Setefi, gruppo Intesa Sanpaolo, ereditato da Cariplo) e Aura (di Findomestic). In questo modo gli issuers risparmiano sulle transazioni, in quanto non debbono riconoscere alcuna provvigione al circuito internazionale (mentre la commissione che paga il negoziante è generalmente la stessa, o pressoché la stessa, sicché loro hanno un margine maggiore). Poi bisogna vedere il grado di autonomia accordato a ogni singola banca che funge da issuer "figurativo"; ad esempio MPS e soprattutto UniCredit consumer financing (ex Clarima), che (come DB) emette carte anche al pubblico (con addebito mediante SDD su qualsiasi conto corrente), si gestiscono da sole servizio clienti, reclami sugli addebiti e servizio blocchi (per quanto chiamando il servizio blocchi CartaSì sia comunque possibile bloccarle). DB vendendo Key client a CartaSì le ha in effetti ceduto l'attività di issuing di carte di credito per conto di banche (che prima eseguiva con il marchio Bankamericard), per poi continuare a collocare carte tramite Poste italiane, nonché direttamente a una clientela indistinta (con addebito su qualsiasi conto corrente). Ma la cosa curiosa è che DB ha mantenuto il servizio clienti proprio (numeri che iniziano con 0432-744, mentre quelli di Cartasì iniziano con 02.34.88 e in realtà il call center è a Roma; UniCredit 02.34.98 e pure il c.c. è a Roma) e lo gestisce pure per quelle carte emesse per conto di altre banche con i rispettivi marchi, ad esempio la carta Visa Oro di ING (che poi è una Visa classic, e non una Visa oro, rimarchiata) e CartImpronta di BPM. Ovviamente in caso di controversie io devo citare sia in conciliazione sia in giudizio il soggetto con cui detengo il rapporto contrattuale e che pertanto è obbligato nei miei confronti. Formalmente CartaSì è solamente un fornitore di ING bank (e a sua volta DB è un fornitore di CartaSì per le customer operations relative alla rete ex Key client) e io non sono neanche tenuto a saperlo (infatti ING mica me lo dice). American express e Diners invece sono sia titolari dei circuiti sia issuers sia acquirers: emettono in proprio le carte di credito (che al massimo possono essere co-branded), le appoggiano sui propri circuiti (Diners in alcuni paesi anche sul circuito Mastercard, che scatta in caso di mancata convenzione dell'esercente con il circuito proprio) e le fanno girare su propri PoS (infatti una volta che un negoziante ha preso un terminale PoS da una banca deve contattare Amex e DCI per potersi convenzionare anche con loro). 5. Sui 5 euro hai ancora diversi anni di tempo per recuperarli (prescrizione ordinaria). Se vuoi ti posso aiutare. Ciao
          Abstract Public Sculptures - Double Oval—Hong Kong   
The title "Double Oval" displays the balance between bulk and grace. A double bronze sculpture, located in the grounds of Jardine House in central Hong Kong. Free and open to the public. The sculpture was created in 1966.

from the building website (http://www.landmark.hk/around-central/landmark-art-tour/double-oval):

The British sculptor Henry Moore was one of the most influential sculptors of the 20th century. He drew on studies of Classical, pre-Columbian and African art to create original and truly modern sculptural forms, usually in marble or cast bronze. Abstractions of organic shapes and the human body were his primary motifs. Many of his forms are abstractions of the human body; often pierced or containing hollow spaces.

“Double Oval” expresses a seemingly impossible balance between bulk and grace. The surface, smooth in some places and rough in others, gives the sculpture a tactile quality and creates a sensation of depth and shade. Like many of Moore’s works, “Double Oval” contains hollow spaces, which not only offer the viewer a glimpse of the landscape beyond and portion of the other form, but also heightens the sense of balance and harmony. The emotional power of the sculpture is enhanced by its monumental size. Hongkong Land acquired by its monumental size. Hongkong Land acquired “Double Oval” in 1975. It was originally placed in Connaught Gardens, adjacent to Jardine House in 1977, in memory of Mr Vernon Roberts, J.P., the Director and General Manager of Hongkong Land from January 1964 to October 1977. The sculpture was moved to its current position on 18th August 2008."



          Three up, three down: Travis Shaw is on the rise, Miguel Montero is shown the door   

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Travis Shaw: The Milwaukee Brewers persist in first place. One reason: they won the most lopsided trade of the offseason. The Brewers acquired Shaw and three minor leaguers from the Boston Red Sox for reliever Tyler Thornburg,...


          Oceanhorn: Monster of Uncharted Seas (NS) Review   
This is a familiar game on this last day of June. It's been reviewed twice across three different platforms so far. This Nintendo Switch review of Oceanhorn: Monster of Uncharted Seas is now SuperPhillip Central's third look at the game. What can I say -- I'm a sucker for Legend of Zelda-like adventures! Here's my review of Oceanhorn: Monster of Uncharted Seas for the Nintendo Switch, recently released on the Nintendo eShop for $14.99.

Doesn't out Zelda Zelda, of course, but Oceanhorn is a competent Zelda-like all the same.


Oceanhorn: Monster of Uncharted Seas has seen a release on multiple platforms in the past (I even reviewed it once on iOS and then a second time on the PlayStation 4), and now this Zelda-inspired game is on the Nintendo Switch. Finally, a game modeled after Zelda releases for a platform made by the company behind the storied franchise.

You might wonder why you would want to even bother with a secondhand Zelda-like when there is the real deal already on the system and in a big way with The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. For one, Oceanhorn doesn't have full 3D movement or even an open world. It's an isometric action-adventure game whose areas span multiple elevations and the like, and exploration is occasionally based off of mastering how to cross the undulating areas for treasure and special points of events. The second reason that Oceanhorn might be of interest to not just Zelda fans but those who crave an actual-adventure game on a budget is that the game is overall rather good. It doesn't make huge strides towards shaking things up or pushing innovation, but Oceanhorn is a consistent and enjoyable gaming experience regardless.

The isometric camera angle and focus on elevation gives Oceanhorn a unique hook despite being a Zelda clone.
Oceanhorn starts off relatively slowly, introducing the basics of the game to players on the Hermit's Island. Your nameless hero wakes up and talks to the titular hermit living on the island, and is tasked with reclaiming his father's sword and shield in a nearby cave. The game doesn't hold your hand like many modern Zelda games had done so before Breath of the Wild, so all you really get for help are optional-to-read signposts along the way. The cave itself introduces simplistic puzzles to solve, but really, most, if not all of Oceanhorn's puzzles throughout the entire experience don't revolve around too much critical thinking. You won't really be perplexed all too long at all by any stretch of the imagination. Other than puzzles, mostly block-pushing fare, there's the typical need to find keys to unlock doors to progress. After you've acquired your dad's sword and shield, the true adventure begins.

It's then that you can go to new islands on the uncharted seas. However, there is a severely limited amount of freedom to do so than say another Legend of Zelda game, the GameCube's Wind Waker. Islands aren't automatically available to you on the ocean map. You have to talk to specific characters and examine certain objects to get keywords that will then open up those places for travel on the ocean. Not every island in the game is mandatory, but the story-related ones are usually quite easy to find their keyword to progress. The optional ones take a modest amount of exploring to uncover through the game.

Don't expect to sail with complete freedom in Oceanhorn. It's much more restricted here.
When you do actually set sail, you merely select an island to move across the ocean towards. Thankfully, if you change your mind on your destination, you can alter your course by selecting a new island mid-trip. At the start of the game, there is little interaction while sailing. You just sit and wait until you arrive at your intended island of choice and that's it. Thankfully, your small boat sails at a speedy enough clip that makes each trip serviceable instead of completely tedious. Once you reach a certain point in the game, you get a seed cannon added to the boat, allowing you to shoot at boxes, mines, and enemies in the water for coins, ammo, and other goodies.

Playing Oceanhorn features controls that are responsive but sluggish combat. Sword swipes don't always hit their targets, so you can sometimes be swinging wildly to no effect, only hitting rocks and walls instead of enemies. That said, movement with the Switch's analog stick is great. Much better than what was offered on mobile, and equal in feel to the PlayStation 4 and I imagine any other dedicated gaming system controls. Only one sub-item and one magic spell can be equipped at once, but they can be cycled through with the up and down directions of the left Joycon's d-pad. Sub-items include Zelda mainstays like bombs and a bow and arrow, but also a boot that allows you to jump over square-long chasms with ease.

Combat is sufficient enough, but does have its slight issues.
Oceanhorn has an upgrade system for your character that rewards you with experience for defeating enemies, uncovering experience shards within treasure chests, and completing certain island goals. These are as simple as reading 10 signs, pushing blocks 100 times, mandatory story-related objectives, and more. When you reach enough experience, your level increases, rewarding you with a new bonus such as the ability to carry more bombs and arrows, an increase to your energy meter, and so forth.

Like any dungeon of value, this forest dungeon has its fair share of puzzles and exploration.
Outside of the isometric view and the experience system, Oceanhorn strays a little too closely to The Legend of Zelda series' formula and structure. For instance, the item set is traditional Zelda, dungeons house small keys, puzzles, and most obviously the Master Key that unlocks the dungeon's main treasure and boss door (very Zelda, that one), and you need to acquire four heart containers to increase your health. But some of the influences of Zelda just aren't executed as well, such as many of the boss battles that feel low in polish.

While this one ups the ante puzzle and challenge-wise.
Despite these moments of error, Oceanhorn: Monster of Uncharted Seas on the Nintendo Switch is an engaging adventure from beginning to end. Obviously it's been good enough and enjoyable enough that I've managed to play through it on three separate occasions on three different platforms. Each time, of course, I see more and more minor flaws that change my overall thoughts of the game. One part that remains great to me is the presentation with a lovely soundtrack mostly by Kalle Ylitalo with some additions by famous Japanese composers Nobuo Uematsu of Final Fantasy fame and Kenji Ito of Mana and SaGa series fame. The world is colorful and delightful to look at, though with the block-based world design, you can see small holes occasionally between adjacent corners of blocks. It's definitely dated graphically, especially since it was originally a lower budget mobile game from years ago, but I overall like the look of Oceanhorn.

If you want a different kind of Zelda-like gameplay romp on your Nintendo Switch with a campaign that will last you at least 7-10 hours if you're not rushing through just to finish the game but actually exploring the world, then Oceanhorn: Monster of Uncharted Seas isn't a game you should sleep on. You may have on another platform already, so if that's the case, there really is no benefit of getting the Switch version again unless you really want to have the privilege of switching between docked play and portable play at any time. Oceanhorn is indeed a Zelda clone, but it being isometric and overall competently designed makes it a winner and a fun game to replay in my books -- or, in this case, adventure log.

[SPC Says: B]

Review copy provided by FDG Entertainment.
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          L.A. Lakers Rumors: Russell Westbrook And Paul George Leaving Thunder For Lakers Next Season?   

LA Lakers rumors for Westbrook and George to leave Thunder for Lakers

While the Oklahoma City Thunder just added Paul George to Russell Westbrook’s team, could both OKC players head to the Los Angeles Lakers after this NBA season? For months, L.A. Lakers rumors suggested that Paul George would be eventually headed to play for the gold and purple. George flat out admitted his desire to play for Magic’s team at the end of this upcoming season. Several teams started popping up as contenders to acquire the All-Star in a trade with Indiana looking to find a deal before “PG-13” could leave their roster. Surprisingly, Oklahoma City was rarely mentioned in those rumors, but now the Thunder have come away as the winners, at least for a season it seems.

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          Here's how you can enjoy an acne-free monsoon   

[USA], June 30 (ANI): Turns out, keeping those pimples and boils at bay is as easy as taking some antibiotics.

The simple skin abscesses, a swollen area containing an accumulation of pus, is caused by Staphylococcus aureus (staph) bacteria.

The findings showed that adults and children, who have abscesses five centimeters or smaller in diameter have higher cure rates and when the abscess is drained in combination with antibiotic treatment, either trimethoprim-sulfamethoxazole (TMP/SMX or Bactrim) or clindamycin, it helped in frequently preventing recurrence of infection.

They found that clindamycin and TMP/SMX were equally effective in adults, while clindamycin in children had a slightly higher cure rate in children and more frequently prevented recurrence of infection.

Clindamycin had an overall cure rate of about 83 percent of participants; TMP/SMX about 82 percent; and the placebo about 70 percent.

"What we saw is that in fact antibiotics are helpful.

You are more likely to get better if you have antibiotics on board than if you don't. And we also saw in children that clindamycin was associated with fewer recurrences in the one month of follow up," said Buddy Creech from Vanderbilt University Medical Center in the US.

They analysed 786 participants of which 505 were adults and 281 were children.

Bacteria isolated from the abscesses included 527 samples identified as staph and 388 samples identified as methicillin-resistant S. aureus (MRSA).

Patients were randomised to receive either a placebo, clindamycin, or TMP/SMX for 10 days after the drainage of the abscess.

The team drained the abscess, measured it carefully to make sure it was less than five centimeters and then randomised participants received a placebo or one of the antibiotics, clindamycin or TMP/SMX.

Staph, including methicillin-resistant S. aureus (MRSA) strains, causes most skin and soft tissue infections, but the appropriate strategy for the treatment of these infections has not been defined.

Clindamycin and TMP/SMX are often recommended for outpatient treatment of abscesses because of their low cost and their ability to fight community-acquired

The research is published in journal of Medicine. (ANI)


          Chris Kunitz bids farewell to Penguins, smart signing by Lightning   

Chris Kunitz signed a one-year deal with the Tampa Bay Lightning on July 1. Which meant he had to tell Pittsburgh Penguins captain Sidney Crosby that he was no longer his teammate.

“It’s a hard text to write, to somebody who’s made such an impact on my career,” said Kunitz on TSN. “Coming here, playing with a player of his caliber … following everything he does takes your career to another level.”

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Kunitz has lived a charmed life in the NHL.

After winning a Stanley Cup with the Anaheim Ducks, he was acquired by the Pittsburgh Penguins, clicked with Crosby and amassed 388 points in 569 regular season games, as well as 53 points in 126 playoff games. He won three Stanley Cups as well as Olympic gold in 2014, as many felt Crosby’s presence solidified him on the roster.

But saying he’s had a charmed life is sort of backhanded praise, in the sense that it underplays his abilities and importance to the Penguins: His physicality, his versatility and his aptitude for big moments like that double-overtime winner in Game 7 against the Ottawa Senators.

He turns 38 this September. His ice time has declined in each of the last three seasons, to 15:31 last season, when he had 29 points in 71 games.

But for what the Lightning are looking for, he fits the suit: They were hunting Justin Williams as a veteran winger with a winning pedigree, but he signed with the Carolina Hurricanes. So they get Kunitz, for one year and $2 million, to add savvy and depth to the lineup with little impact on their cap. (Or, perhaps they cast him in a prominent role with Steven Stamkos and Nikita Kucherov?)

With Kunitz in Tampa Bay, Nick Bonino in Nashville and Marc-Andre Fleury in Vegas, it’s all going to feel a little different for Crosby and the Penguins next season. But then it’ll feel different for Kunitz, too.

“You can take the memories with you,” he said. “I look forward to playing with another team with a young core, with a chance to win. That’s why you play the game.”

To get there, the Lightning will have to get through some of Kunitz’s old friends.

Greg Wyshynski is a writer for Yahoo Sports. Contact him at puckdaddyblog@yahoo.com or find him on Twitter. His book, TAKE YOUR EYE OFF THE PUCK, is available on Amazon and wherever books are sold.

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          Martin Hanzal to Dallas, trying to do what he couldn’t with Wild   

The road to the Stanley Cup in the Western Conference is littered with broken down contenders that couldn’t match their opponents’ strength at center; or, with the emergence of the Nashville Predators and the potential of the Calgary Flames with their respective top four defensemen, couldn’t generate offense beyond their top two lines.

This is why the Minnesota Wild made a bold move to acquire Martin Hanzal at the trade deadline last season: To give them three strong centers in their lineup. And while it wasn’t Hanzal’s fault the team went out in the first round to the St. Louis Blues – blame Jake Allen for that – it’s never good when your owner expresses deep regrets for ever having acquired you.

So Hanzal went to market, and found a buyer in the Dallas Stars. They signed him to a three-year, $14.25 million contract on July 1.

Hanzal, 30, is a hulking 6-foot-5, wins faceoffs and had 39 points in 71 games last season. He’s excellent in the faceoff circle for a team that was under 50 percent in faceoffs last season (No. 14 in the NHL).

Which is to say he’s a piece of the puzzle, which is fine for the Stars. They have Tyler Seguin. They have Jason Spezza. Now they have Hanzal at a $4.75 million hit, less than a million more than the $3.85 million they were paying Cody Eakin before he was plucked by the Golden Knights.

“Martin is a very detailed player who competes at high level,” said GM Jim Nill. “He is one of the League’s best centermen in the faceoff circle and his complete set of abilities will improve us in several facets of the game.”

Not a bad move at all for the next two seasons, provided Hanzal excels in that third-line role in which we assume Ken Hitchcock will cast him. But we might have hoped this was a two-year deal, just for the added cap flexibility when Seguin’s up in 2019.

Greg Wyshynski is a writer for Yahoo Sports. Contact him at puckdaddyblog@yahoo.com or find him on Twitter. His book, TAKE YOUR EYE OFF THE PUCK, is available on Amazon and wherever books are sold.

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          The Time Is Right For Brave Investors To Start Accumulating Rite Aid - Seeking Alpha   

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          Owlchemy Labs gets a job at Google   
It's a good day for creators of virtual-reality workplace simulations and transdimensional hijinks. Wait—come to think of it, there might only be one company like that. That company is Owlchemy Labs, and it's definitely having a good day, as it's just been acquired by Google.
          Empire Level Manufacturing Tour in Milwaukee   

Empire Level US manufacturing tourIt doesn’t feel all that long ago that Milwaukee Tool acquired Empire Level. Since then, business has soared, and Empire has put out more successful products than ever before. Getting to see how tools get made remains one of the best things we get to do in this line of work. You can certainly watch “How […]

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          CNC Machinist - Carpenter Technology Corporation - Nisku, AB   
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          PTA Operator - Carpenter Technology Corporation - Nisku, AB   
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          Tech M.&A. Expected to Rebound After Weak Year   
Mergers and acquisitions languished in the technology sector this year, but bankers and corporate executives expect 2010 to be quite busy as technology companies seek to raise capital, divest noncore assets and acquire rivals....
          Senior Development Manager - London or Cambridge - Oceana, INC - London, OR   
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          Family waste group buyout   
A LOCAL authority owned waste management firm has acquired a family-run rival in a deal set to create a £48 million group.
          National retail bank acquires stake in York funding provider   
PROFESSIONAL services teams in York have advised on the sale of one of the city’s funding providers to Aldermore Group.
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          IOOF and DKN lock in scheme   
IOOF Holdings and DKN Financial Group have entered into a scheme of arrangement through which IOOF will acquire DKN for 80 cents a share.
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          Home Theater Seating - Fabric Options and Butt Kickers   

In selecting the characteristics of the HT seating, includes a consideration of the materials for your seats. For most home theater owners are HT seating fabrics basically a personal preference. How do you test your home theater seating options, you can both reflect on how different types of tissue as well as leather in the seating style selected.

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          Angels acquire Nick Franklin from Brewers   
The Angels acquired super utility player Franklin for cash considerations or a player to be named later.
          Staples is Acquired for $6.9 Billion   

Staples announced it was acquired by a private equity firm for $6.9 billion. Here is what Staples executives had to say about the acquisition and what it means for the company.

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          Tessera Receives Favorable Notice of Initial Determination in Broadcom ITC Investigation   
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          EY announces Giri Devanur of Ameri100 named Entrepreneur Of The Year® 2017 Award winner in New Jersey   
...uniquely positioned to play a significant role in the dynamic and growing SAP cloud services market. Having successfully completed eight acquisitions till date, we are aggressively going ahead with plans to acquire SAP firms focused on Cloud, Digital and Enterprise services ...

          TNW Acquired by UnitedCorp   
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          Blackbaud's Intelligence for Good™ Named Best AI Innovation in Charity   
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          Certent Acquires IBM Cognos Disclosure Management and Clarity 7 Solutions and Enters into Reseller Agreement with IBM   
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          jClub Acquires Assets of Choxi to Create Exciting New Online Shopping Destination   
...the multi-million customer database, of Choxi.com Inc., an online shopping platform that declared bankruptcy in December 2016 . The acquisition allows jClub to expand their service offering and provide customers even better deals on consumer goods.   "We're excited to ...

          Thomas King Appointed to LEERINK Partners LLC Board   
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          Red Hat Pairs Enterprise-Grade Kubernetes with Massively-Scalable Cloud Infrastructure in Latest Version of Red Hat Cloud Suite   
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          SimCorp acquires Italian software company APL Italiana S.p.A.   
...approximately 120 employees. In 2016, APL Italiana generated revenue of EUR 16.6m and EBIT of EUR 4.8m .*   The acquisition will be effective on 1 July, 2017 , and closing of the agreement is planned to be 1 August, 2017 . SimCorp ...

          Sonatype Acquires Vor Security; Introduces Nexus Lifecycle XC   
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          Sanmina Expands Its Technology Center in Southern California   
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          Connected Pet Leader Petcube Acquires PetBot, Creator of 'Selfie-Taking' Treat Camera   
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          BranchServ Acquires the SafePak Brand   
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          Third Generation Specs of the Moto E Surface on GFXBench   
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           GIRL ABOUT TOWN: Pippa Matthews brings in her minder    
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Chris USA How does one "find" this minimalist philosophy of which you speak and upon finding, how does one acquire the strength to "adhere"? The answers to these questions may save my marriage at a not too distant date. :-)
          [Di Marzio] "Milan have acquired Calhanoglu. He will be in Milan tomorrow."   
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          Happy 150th Birthday, Canada!   
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Happy Canada Day to all my Canadian trans family and north of the border TransGriot readers!.

Today is the 150th anniversary of the birth of Canada.   On July 1, 1867 the British colonies of Canada, Nova Scotia and New Brunswick were untied under the British North America Act into the Dominion of Canada.   Upon confederation the former province of Canada was divided into the current provinces of Ontario and Quebec.

Since that July 1, 1867 date Canada has grown to become an internationally respected nation touching three oceans and comprised of ten provinces and three territories

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This day is celebrated across the nation with fireworks, parades and other events, but since this was the 150th anniversary of the date of confederation, this particular Canada Day celebration was going to be an epic party.

For my Canadian trans family, this Canada Day will probably be a memorable one which has even more meaning for them.

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The June 15 passage of the Trans Rights Bill in the Canadian Senate and its subsequent receiving of Royal Assent from the Governor General, means that on this Canada Day, the human rights of Canadian trans people are protected federally and in all the provinces and territories of Canada.

Canada acquired its independence gradually over time.  It joined the League of Nations as an independent country on January 10, 1920.  It wasn't until the 1982 passage of the Canada Act by the British Parliament that the Canadian Parliament assumed the power of making changes to the Canadian Constitution with Queen Elizabeth II still being considered the queen of Canada.

Dominion Day, as this date was previously known and celebrated as, subsequently became known as Canada Day.  

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We're happy for you Canadian trans fam, and one day, your American trans cousins hope that in the near future we can celebrate the day that our human rights are recognized and protected by our federal government .


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          Traditional House in Countryside Location   
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          Commentaires sur maya_2 par Travel and Leisure   
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          When Is A Person Allowed To Make Up The 6 Days of Shawwāl Outside Of Shawwāl? – Shaykh Al-‘Uthaymīn   

Question: “If a woman owes days of fasting from Ramadān, is it permissible for her to fast the six days (of Shawwāl) before the days of Ramadān or does she prioritise the days of Ramadān before the six?” Answer: “If a woman has to make up fasts from Ramadān, she should not fast the six days from Shawwāl except after making up the fasts of Ramadān. That is because Prophet صلى الله عليه وسلم said: “Whoever fasts the month of Ramadān, then follows it with six days from Shawwāl…), so whichever woman has to make up days from Ramadān, hasn’t fasted Ramadān and so does not acquire the reward of the six days except after she finishes making up the fasts she owes. Supposing the fasts required to be made up by a woman takes up the whole of Shawwāl, such as the woman who went through post-natal bleeding and didn’t fast a single day of Ramadān. Then she begins making up the fasts in Shawwāl and doesn’t finish until after Dhil-Qi’dah enters, here she fasts the six days of Shawwāl (although ouside of Shawwāl), and for her is the reward of the one who fasted them in Shawwāl, because her delaying of those days were due to necessity and so her fasting of those six days (outside of Shawwāl) is excused and so she acquires the reward.” Majmū’ Al-Fatāwā Wa Rasāil of Shaykh Ibn ‘Uthaymīn, volume 20, page 19, Kitāb Aṣ-Ṣiyām, Question 386. Translated By Abu Humayd Sālim

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          Traditional House in Countryside Location   
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          INDUSTRIAL DANCE SYNTH MIX EPISODE 2   
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Hi.... In this Session; Depeche Mode "Nothing", from "Music for the Masses" it provided the band with mainstream success in the United States for the first time since Some Great Reward. Acid Horse "No Name,No Slogan" Acid Horse was a one-off collaborative side project between two industrial pioneers, Ministry and Cabaret Voltaire. Only one single, No Name, No Slogan, was released in 1989 on Wax Trax! records. The band name is a combination of the slang terms for LSD (acid) and heroin (horse), as well as a play on the title of the then-popular acid house movement. Click Click "Sweet Stuff" Click Click is a British electro-industrial music band. Click Click formed in 1982 by Adrian Smith, and Derek E. Smith, after the end of their previous rock project "Those Nervous Surgeons" (which formed in 1976 with bassist Tim Wilson). When Wilson bought their first synthesizer, (an EDP Wasp), the direction of the group changed so dramatically, they renamed themselves. In 1982, the group acquired guitarist Richard Camp from another band and thus the first experimental synth-rock incarnation of Click Click was born. They cut their first single later that year, but Camp departed over creative issues and formed a blues band. Signal Aout 42 "Pleasure and Crime" the Belgian cult-Electro-group. Bigod 20 "The Bog" Bigod 20 was a German EBM and electro-industrial band which was formed in 1988 by music producers Andreas Tomalla (aka Talla 2XLC and formerly of the band Moskwa TV) and Markus Nikolai (aka Jallokin). In 1990, Bigod 20 was signed to Sire Records and released the hit single The Bog, which became a dancefloor favorite around the world. The single featured a strong Front 242 influence. "The Bog" title track even featured the guest vocal work of Front 242 lead man Jean-Luc De Meyer. thanx wikipedia. Setlist: 1- DEPECHE MODE--NOTHING 2- ACID HORSE---NO NAME,NO SLOGAN 3- A SPLIT SECOND---RIP 4- AND ONE---ZARESTA 5- FRONT 242---W.Y.H.I.W.Y.G. 6-POESIE NOIRE---BEAT ABOUT THE BUSH 7-NOISE UNIT---COLLAPSED 8-CLICK CLICK--SWEET STUFF (INSTRUMENTAL) 9-SIGNAL AOUT 42--PLEASURE AND CRIME 10-KODE IV--RESURRECTION 11- BIGOD 20--THE BOG (SHOT MIX) 12-16 BIT--TOO FAST TO LIVE (12") 13-CLOCK DVA--HACKER HACKED( REPROGRAMMED 3)
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          Comment on How To Build An Online Store With Shopify In 2017 by newportucc.org   
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I will now study a problem which has been of appreciable debate throughout the globe, i.e. what's the degree of talent concerned within the sport of poker and also the potential for the judiciary/legislature recognising poker as a ability-based mostly sport; separate from gambling. According to current analysis, there are greater than 100 million poker players worldwide. The truth is, for individuals who would fairly feast on fish than change into a meal for backside feeders, it's best to avoid locations that attract numerous Las Vegas residents. On line casino homeowners know the historical past of poker chips and all the forgery that goes along with that historical past. Rockets Poker Room, 159, 1st Main, Sheshadripuram, Above State Financial institution of India, Bangalore - 560020. The result of the online Pai Gow Poker recreation is set by comparing your Excessive Hand to the seller's Excessive Hand, and your Low Hand to the supplier's Low Hand. 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          Title Bar Not Updating in Floating Window   

I'm using 2017.2.613.40 of UI for WinForms

I have a control hosted in a RadDock floating window.  When changes are made to my control I update the title bar of the host window with an asterisk:

"test"

becomes

"test*"

See attachments.

However, the problem is that the change is not immediately visible.  I have to drag the window before the title will repaint.

I'm using the following code to update the title bar after I acquire the HostWindow.

hostWindow.Text = value;
hostWindow.Invalidate(false);
hostWindow.Update();
hostWindow.Refresh();

But none of these method calls forces the title to repaint.  The text value is clearly getting set properly because as soon as I manually trigger a repaint by dragging the window, the new title value appears.

 


          Philips buys catheter developer CardioProlific   

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          That time Amazon had a social network years before Facebook   
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It may seem like Amazon is suddenly hungry to take over the world, but the company has been focused on dominating the internet for a very long time, a fact we were recently reminded of via a profile on early social networking site PlanetAll. 

If you've never heard of PlanetAll, that's because it's one of the few social networks born in the '90s that came long before Facebook. 

SEE ALSO: Amazon's Whole Foods deal pretty much sunk Blue Apron's IPO

A couple of years after PlanetAll launched with a goal of connecting friends and family on the internet, Amazon acquired the company in 1998. Calling one of the features on its site a "smart address book," PlanetAll allowed users to connect with other groups around particular interests, offered news updates, horoscopes, and offered a calendar reminder service that worked with the then popular Palm Pilot mobile organizer. Read more...

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          Three up, three down: Travis Shaw is on the rise, Miguel Montero is shown the door   
A look at what is trending this week in Major League Baseball:

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Travis Shaw: The Milwaukee Brewers persist in first place. One reason: they won the most lopsided trade of the offseason. The Brewers acquired Shaw and three minor leaguers from the Boston Red Sox for reliever Tyler Thornburg,... Reported by L.A. Times 31 minutes ago.
          Top Business Ideas In The Hospitality Industry   
The hospitality industry has been flourishing rapidly over the years. This has attracted a number of people to invest in these businesses or to acquire jobs in this field. Therefore, if you are a student currently pursuing a degree in the hospitality sector or if you are interested in this field, then here are the top five business ideas which you must consider. Restaurant If you can whip up some mouthwatering dishes out of scratch, then you might be a […]
          Comment on Apple iOS and Microsoft Windows users elected President Trump; Mac and Android users voted for Hillary Clinton by Derek Currie   
<I>President Donald Trump is the EPITOME of we the people</I> A) You're a sucker. His promises have turned to lies so many times at this point that he has lost all credibility. B) If The Trump is the EPITOME of We The People, we are thoroughly screwed. I personally hold hope that the citizens of my country can learn from their FAILs and apply their acquired wisdom to <I>actually</I> improve the future. I dream. My summary of the Republicans at this point: <b>Sociopathic</b>. Have fun proving me wrong. Their sociopathy is consistent and destructive. Witness Paul Ryan. Witness the Republican's PsycopathiCare. They literally have no idea how to help anyone but the rich and corporate. If you're in that category, you think they're just great. Is that you Goeb? Are you one of the overlords of We The Peasants? And as usual kids, don't pretend I have any love for the current DemoCraps either. I vote for NEITHER party these days. That's why I encourage third parties, any and all of them.
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          Not Enough   
OK, I've read David Cameron's letter on the subject of EU reform.  You should, too.  I've thought about it for a bit (yes, you should, too...).  It's not enough; even if he is given everything he wants, I'll still be voting to leave.  And we know, of course, that he won't be given it all, even though he will claim that he has. 

My reason is quite simple; he has approached EU reform from entirely the wrong direction.  He has identified areas that are within the sphere of EU policy and which are - today - causing some political friction.  He then asks for special terms for the UK in those areas.  That is ok insofar as it goes, but this is the run-up to an in/out referendum; it is a once-and-for-all opportunity to look at our position in the EU as an institution.  We last had a referendum on this subject 40 years ago - we should therefore be looking to the issues that may arise over the next 40+ years, the kind of issues that our experience since 1973 shows are likely to arise from the nature of the EU and the way in which it operates.  So we need to be a lot more ambitious than this. 

What we should be doing is the reverse of what Cameron has done.  Instead of identifying areas that we want to push the EU back from, we should be identifying the areas where we agree that the EU should have primacy in policy, and defining those areas carefully.  Then, any area not covered by those definitions is to be automatically excluded.  This is based on simple experience; the progress of the EU over the years has been characterised by a  steady growth in the areas of "competence" of the EU, and our relationship has been one of weary resistance, constant damage limitation.

He hints at this, with the request for an exclusion for the UK from the principle of "ever closer union".  But that highlights my other point; these reforms should be for all, not just the UK.  As it stands, even if he is allowed this, every other member will be committed to ever closer union and that will be the direction of the EU from then on.  The EU will continue to identify "competences" that it should acquire and will work on that.  What, exactly, will the UK opt-out from "ever closer union" mean then?  We will carry on with endless rearguard action, still slipping on the ratchet of integration.

So no, I'm not persuaded.  What would have brought me on board would have been a list of defined areas - trade between member states and the ability for EU citizens to live and work in other EU states (for example) - and a treaty commitment that the EU does not have and is not to seek competence in any other area.  Then, we could have done the same to the UK Government, and to local councils.  We could have renewed our democracy, defined the purpose of our institutions, and reinvigorated them both.  Instead, we just have a list of whinges that we want special treatment for. 

Vote OUT, then.  Let's have a Brexit. 
          More Enlightenment - Less Illness? | Healthy Mind | Alternative Health | Life Enthusiast Podcast | Podcast #245   
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What are Nano Minerals? How is it highly charged? How is it accomplished?
What is Ormus Mineral Complex? How do we know it works?

How are Theraputic Messages put into the products?

Do people with physical health problems receive benefits?

If our thoughts impact the structure of water, what happens when we switch from thinking Love thoughts to less Enlightened thought? Probably become negative.

But if Ormus is added to the water, it holds the positive energy. Ormus: the Shaman Medicine.   

You can acquire more energy or Chi through proper practise. One way to acquire it is via highly charged Nano minerals.

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          More Metabolic Secrets Revealed | Healthy Mind | Alternative Health | Life Enthusiast Podcast | Podcast #227   
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Some foods, such as meat or sweet and acid foods, are good for certain people - and for these are not 'problem' foods - while on others their effects are adverse. In order to gain a better understanding of this phenomenon and a deeper insight into the food-related causes of diseases, it is helpful to take a closer look at our metabolism.

Our Metabolism Our metabolism is the total of all the millions of biochemic enzyme reactions that take place in our body at any given time. Some reactions use energy to build more complex structures from assimilated nutrients (anabolism), while others release energy by breaking down more complex molecules (catabolism).

While there are additional factors and overlapping influences, we may say quite generally that our basic metabolic pathways are most strongly influenced by our nutrition, the glandular system is mainly affected by our emotions and the nervous system responds primarily to brain and mental activity.

All three factors - nutrition, glandular system and nervous system - combine to regulate our metabolism. Inherited or acquired variations of these regulating factors produce a unique blend for each individual and call for different specific requirements for optimal health.

However, there are also some common key factors and we can distinguish several groups with similar characteristics; each group represents a metabolic type.

http://www.life-enthusiast.com/index/Articles/Last/Metabolic_Types

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          Metabolic Types | Alternative Health | Life Enthusiast Podcast | Podcast #208   
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Some foods, such as meat or sweet and acid foods, are good for certain people - and for these are not 'problem' foods - while on others their effects are adverse. In order to gain a better understanding of this phenomenon and a deeper insight into the food-related causes of diseases, it is helpful to take a closer look at our metabolism. Our Metabolism Our metabolism is the total of all the millions of biochemic enzyme reactions that take place in our body at any given time. Some reactions use energy to build more complex structures from assimilated nutrients (anabolism), while others release energy by breaking down more complex molecules (catabolism). While there are additional factors and overlapping influences, we may say quite generally that our basic metabolic pathways are most strongly influenced by our nutrition, the glandular system is mainly affected by our emotions and the nervous system responds primarily to brain and mental activity. All three factors - nutrition, glandular system and nervous system - combine to regulate our metabolism. Inherited or acquired variations of these regulating factors produce a unique blend for each individual and call for different specific requirements for optimal health. However, there are also some common key factors and we can distinguish several groups with similar characteristics; each group represents a metabolic type. Read more about Metabolic Types. Each week Martin Pytela and Scott Paton discuss Holistic principles for healthy living. Life Enthusiast Co-op is built on over 25 years in study, health consultations and market research in the field of holistic and alternative medicine. We deliver solid time tested expertise. We are in this business not for the money, but for the passion, we have for sharing with others what we had to learn the hard way, through experience. We focus on high quality, innovative holistic solutions. Length: 25:27 Go to iTunes and review our podcast: iTunes Life Enthusiast Reviews and 5 star ratings <><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><>
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          Skunked Terms   
Are you confused by amused and bemused?

If so you're not alone. Bemused is one of those words whose meaning is shifting. Nonplussed is another. So is decimated of which I have previously written (somewhere I think - can't find it now).

Ironically the original meaning of both bemused and nonplussed is "perplexed", "bewildered" or "confused". Both words have since taken on different meanings which sorely perplexes those of us who actually know what the words are supposed to mean. Bemused is now often used to mean "slightly amused" and nonplussed to mean "unfazed". Methinks that it's the people giving them the new meanings that are confused.

How can such new and different meanings arise? Too easily, I'm afraid. People hear words they don't know and - instead of looking them up - guess their meanings based on context and in many cases by the meaning of similar sounding words (e.g. bemused, amused). Then they start using their newly acquired word in conversation and their equally ignorant (in the literal sense of the word) friends pick up the intended meaning from context, and away it goes. Spreading like cancer.

Thanks to my wife Donna for finding this 2008 article by Ben Zimmer: in thevisualthesaurus.com

Bryan Garner in his book "Garner's Modern American Usage" defines these as "skunked terms" and describes two groups of their users. Group 1 maintains the traditional meaning while Group 2 adopts the modern usage.

Zimmer asks his readers which group they fall in - traditional or modern - or both. He then suggests that when clarity is important the best strategy is to avoid these terms altogether.

But as one of his readers points out in a comment, if Group 1 (who knows the original meaning) avoids using the skunked terms, then Group 2 wins by default, and the meaning will shift. Only if Group 1 sticks to their guns and (to mix a few metaphors) with constant vigilance maintains the right [meaning], can the word survive in it's original sense. At some point the battle is lost (as I fear it is for decimate) and there is no turning back.

I have a foot in both camps. On one hand (to mix anatomical metaphors) I understand that language changes, and that this is neither good or bad in itself; on the other hand it grates on the nerves to see it happen.

Unlike the Queen, "We are all bemused!"
          Alternative Health | Life Enthusiast Podcast - Podcast #42   
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          June 2017 in Phoenix was hot, but not record-setting   

The best engine of a Southwest Airways 737 seems to soften off the wing from the mirage of warmth rising from the runway because it lands at Sky Harbor Worldwide Airport because the temperature hit 119 levels, Tuesday, June 20, 2017.(Photograph: Tom Tingle/The Republic) Provided that Phoenix suffered by means of a stifling warmth wave that acquired nationwide consideration final month, you may assume the warmth was unprecedented. Make no mistake, the warmth was properly above regular, brought about flight delays and was a think about at the very least two deaths (with at the very least 20 extra underneath investigation), nevertheless it

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          New York Islanders Acquire Kristers Gudlevskis   
Carter Verhaeghe traded to Tampa for Latvian goaltender.
          Comment on NO B.S. FRIDAY: End of the Secret Fascists by KiwiAl   
"Am I taking things for granted?" Yes, Jon, I suspect so. Just look at what's happening with our good mate, Mr Trump. He was elected on a wave of populism, on the basis that he was going to "Drain the Swamp" and give the whole system a good shake up. But now? Yeah, he's giving it a good shake, all right! How much money can he shake into the Trump family coffers, type shake. And I suspect, to most people on the street, he's now looking just like the rest of them but worse. Reminds me very much of our just-departed NZ PM, Shon-Key. He came into power about 8 years ago, with a (dubiously acquired) personal worth of about $50 million. Apparently, his value now is about $500 million. So, one really, really has to wonder, how did he "make" $450 mill on the side, while he was working full-time as PM? Trump seems to be following his leadership model rather well. What's happening is simply the rich getting richer, and the poor poorer, but the people will only realise that populism is just another great swindle when they no longer have enough income to survive. I don't know how far off that's going to be, but the signs are there. It's coming, for sure. But I don't think we're ready for WW-III just yet. In fact, if you ask me, if humanity does actually start WW-III, it will be the end of this cycle for humanity. Probably wipe out 99% of us. As for the Internet and all those nice warm fuzzies and connectedness it serves up... Hee hee! "They" are now warming us up for that to end anytime they like. Just look at WannaCry and Petya and NotPetya and various other ramson-malware. Supposedly, shutting down power networks, crippling banking systems, bringing big companies to their knees in an instant. Without the Internet, where we gonna be? Cos all it will take is the flick of a couple of switches. What then?
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          4 Nigerian Women Who Own Private Jets   

Accordint to reports, Nigeria has the highest number of private jet owners in Africa with businessman, Aliko Dangote and Bishop Oyedepo owning the highest number (four each).



Out of the 177 Private Jets owners in Nigeria, four of them are owned by women.

These are the four women who own private jets in Nigeria:


1. Mrs Folorunsho Alakija


One of Nigeria’s first female billionaire is the founder of Famfa Oil, a Nigerian company that owns a substantial participating interest in OML 127, a lucrative oil block on the Agbami deep water oilfield in Nigeria with its partners including Chevron and Petrobas.

She is estimated to be worth at least $1.6 billion.Her first company was a fashion label that catered to Nigeria’s elite women, including the wife of former military president, Ibrahim Babangida, who awarded Alakija’s company an oil prospecting license. She is said to own at least $100 million in real estate and a Bombardier Global Express jet worth N7.3b.


2. Mrs Diezani Alison-Madueke



She has held three significant positions in the Nigerian federal government. She was appointed Transport Minister in July 2007.

Arguably a woman of many firsts, Alison-Madueke was the first woman to hold the position of Minister of Petroleum Resources in Nigeria, and in October 2010 she became the first woman to head a country delegation at the semi-annual OPEC conference. She was also the first female Minister of Transportation, and the first woman to be appointed to the board of Shell Petroleum Development Company Nigeria. On 27 November 2014, she was elected as the first female President of OPEC.

In 2013, she was accused by the federal lawmakers of squandering N10 billion to charter and maintain private jet solely for her personal needs and those of her immediate family. She has a Bombardier 605 private jet worth N5.1b.


3. Bola Shagaya


Bola Shagaya, one of the richest women in Africais the managing director of Practoil Limited, one of the largest importers and distributors of base oil in Nigeria, serving local lubricant blending plants.

She made headlines when she acquired the latest edition of a brand new Gulfstream G650 model jet reportedly worth about N11.5 billion at the time in commemoration of her 55th birthday in 2014.


4. Daisy Danjuma

She is the wife of one of Nigeria’s richest men, General Theophilus Danjuma. According to reports, she got her own jet as a gift from her billionaire husband.

In 2003 she was elected Senator of the Federal Republic of Nigeria where she served on numerous committees, most notably as Chairman of the ECOWAS Parliament’s Women and Children’s Rights Committee and Senate Committee Chairman on Women Affairs and Youth Development.



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          Paterno family drops lawsuit vs. NCAA   
Joe Paterno died in January 2012 after he was fired in November 2011. (AP)

The family of former Penn State coach Joe Paterno dropped its lawsuit vs. the NCAA on Friday.

The Paterno family filed suit vs. the NCAA in 2013 after the findings of the Freeh report were released. The NCAA issued a quick statement after the decision and made it very clear that the sanctioning body didn’t agree to a settlement of any kind with the family.

“The Paterno family characterized this case as a search for the truth,” NCAA chief legal officer Donald Remy said in a statement. “Its decision today, after years of investigation and discovery, to abandon its lawsuit rather than subject those facts to courtroom examination is telling. We believe that the powerful record developed during discovery overwhelmingly confirmed what the NCAA has believed all along: the NCAA acted reasonably in adopting the conclusions of an eight-month investigation by Louis Freeh.”

The findings of Louis Freeh’s report were released in the weeks after former Penn State defensive coordinator Jerry Sandusky was convicted on 45 counts of sexual abuse in 2012. The 267-page report said former school president Graham Spanier, athletic director Tim Curley and Paterno were “able to make decisions to avoid the consequences of bad publicity.”

“The most saddening finding by the Special Investigative Counsel is the total and consistent disregard by the most senior leaders at Penn State for the safety and welfare of Sandusky’s child victims,” the report said. “The most powerful men at Penn State failed to take any steps for 14 years to protect the children who Sandusky victimized.”

The Paterno family filed the suit believing the former coach was unfairly blamed for the cover-up at the university. Paterno reported an allegation of abuse from an assistant coach to his superiors but did not at any time go to police.

Spanier and Curley were sentenced to jail time on their convictions of child endangerment charges earlier in June. 

Part of the suit was thrown out in 2015 by a judge who reviewed the merits of the case. He tossed an allegation that Penn State was in breach of Paterno’s contract when he was fired in 2011. Paterno died in January 2012.

The NCAA doled out a four-year bowl ban, scholarship reductions, a $60 million fine and made the school vacate Paterno’s wins over a 14-year period in 2012. Paterno’s 111 vacated wins were restored in 2015, the same year the team’s bowl ban was halted and the scholarship reduction was stopped.

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          NCAA taking a look at adding an extra bye week to regular season   
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Could college football teams get an extra bye week in the near future?

The Division I Football Oversight Committee said on Friday that it would look at adding a 14th week to the regular season — among other things — in the coming months. A recommendation would be made in October.

The regular season is currently 13 weeks, which gives teams one bye week in a 12-game regular season schedule. The 14th week is the weekend of conference championship games. Before the Big 12 went back to a conference championship game in 2017, it had some regular season games in Week 14, meaning its teams had two weeks off.

But teams in leagues with a title game currently just have one bye week.

[More college football from Yahoo Sports: Dr. Saturday’s top 20 games of 2016]

The committee is also going to evaluate “possible changes” to preseason practice timelines as teams gear up for the first preseason without two-a-days. From the release:

The elimination of two-a-day practices beginning with the 2017 season is playing a role in those discussion. As schools evaluate the effect of that change on their preseason schedules, a waiver is in place to permit schools to start their preseason practices up to seven days earlier than the rule allows. For some schools, that could mean having football teams reporting to preseason practice during the last few days of July.

The committee acknowledged that a waiver for the 2017 preseason was a way to help the membership adapt to a preseason practice model that does not permit two-a-day practices. However, the committee agreed with feedback from the membership that a new playing season model that returns the start of preseason practice to August is preferred.

[More college football from Yahoo Sports: 20 non-conference games to look forward to in 2017]

The committee will also look at a proposal that would change the way eligibility is calculated. Currently, a player who plays in just one game in a season would use a year of playing eligibility unless he or she is granted a waiver for a medical redshirt.

A concept presented to the committee by the American Football Coaches Association suggests allowing a football student to compete in a limited number of football games throughout the season without using a season of competition.

The release also said that members of the committee would “continue to review” the facets of staff size. The size of programs’ support staffs has been a discussion — and one Alabama coach Nick Saban isn’t a fan of. 

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          Three up, three down: Travis Shaw is on the rise, Miguel Montero is shown the door   

A look at what is trending this week in Major League Baseball:

THREE UP

Travis Shaw: The Milwaukee Brewers persist in first place. One reason: they won the most lopsided trade of the offseason. The Brewers acquired Shaw and three minor leaguers from the Boston Red Sox for reliever Tyler Thornburg,...


          New ‘Nightworld’ Images Spill Fresh Blood   
The other day we told you that Gravitas Ventures has acquired U.S. rights to Nightworld, starring A Nightmare On Elm Street‘s Robert Englund. Now, the film will screen at the forthcoming FrightFest in the UK. Check out some new images that come courtesy of the festival. Both Englund and Jason London star in Patricio Valladares’ […]
          Creature Feature ‘Devil’s Gate’ Image Reveals Film’s Monster   
“Heroes” star Milo Ventimiglia (The Divide) and Amanda Schull of SyFy’s “12 Monkeys” will be seen in the sci-fi creature feature Devil’s Gate, which had its world premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival earlier this month and will soon screen at the forthcoming FrightFest in London.  IFC Midnight recently acquired the film for release here in the States later this year. […]
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          INVESTOR ALERT: Goldberg Law PC Announces an Investigation of Quadrant 4 System Corporation   
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          Dominion Energy Acquires Virginia Solar Facility; Plans to Purchase Another   
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          100% off One Banh Mi Sandwich at Viet-Nomie's Gourmet Food Truck & Cafe   
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A Vietnamese chef with a South Carolina twang? Believe it. Nomie came to the U.S. with her family as a toddler and settled right in to South Carolina, where she acquired a Southern accent and a love for spending time in the kitchen with her mom. "She taught me everything I know," Nomie told us over a plate of delicious, crispy cha gio rolls. Momma, we'd like to thank you, 'cause the food coming out of Viet-nomie's kitchen is the genuine article.

"If I'm going to feed the public," Nomie said, "I want them to eat what I eat." Hence the bold flavors, fresh ingredients and house-made sauces. The short 'n sweet menu is composed of Nomie's specialties: crispy cha-gio rolls stuffed with house-ground pork and chicken, banh mi xa xiu (the barbecued pork version of the beloved sandwich) made with five-spice pork, and rich, full-bodied pho free of MSG and full of flavor (unlike some pho joints, Viet-nomie's doesn't serve their pho with a big ol' plate of extras—that way, you can actually taste the broth). The best news? All this homestyle Vietnamese goodness will soon be pounding the ATL pavement in the form of a food truck. In the meantime, we're happy to nibble on (or should we say nom?) a banh mi in the bright, cheery environs of Viet-nomie's brick-and-mortar with Nomie and her mix of traditional dishes and kitchen experiments. "There are so many things I want people to try," she told us. We're more than happy to oblige.



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          Looking for advice on dealing with Bailiffs/Debt collection companies. (UK)   
Hi, I was hoping to get some advice on how to best deal with Bailiffs, what charges I can contest and any information that might help me get through this rough patch I’m currently having. I am happy to clear the account, but I can’t afford too right now and they are insisting on instant full repayment. I’m also not sure i understand all the extra fees I’m seeing For context on my situation - I was diagnosed with a chronic illness and had to leave work and ended up on a low form of disability benefits. During this time I accidentally acquired two parking tickets and kept off paying them because I didn’t have any money and thought id be very soon back in work. A few months passed and my condition got worse, I wasn’t able to earn any money or even really cope so I left the country for a couple of months to recover with family. I’ve now come back to find the accounts passed onto a debt company called One Source - with agents visiting my flat. I very much want to properly solve this situation. So far, I’ve spoken to them and let them know the circumstances but I didn’t get anywhere very productive. The two tickets now come to £248 + £483 and they demanding I pay the £248 fine in full ASAP to avoid having a bailiff seize my possessions. The only other compromise they will make is putting me on a three instalment repayment plan for the £483, only/once i’ve paid the £248. This is something I can’t afford. I have asked for a breakdown of the costs and they look like this:
          Non-paid parking ticket turned to bailiffs - advice needed (UK)   
I was hoping to get some advice on how to best deal with Bailiffs after not paying two parking tickets, what charges I can contest and any information that might help me get through this rough patch I’m currently having. I am happy to clear the account, but I can’t afford too right now and they are insisting on instant full repayment. I’m also not sure i understand all the extra fees I’m seeing For context on my situation - I was diagnosed with a chronic illness and had to leave work and ended up on a low form of disability benefits. During this time I accidentally acquired two parking tickets and kept off paying them because I didn’t have any money and thought id be very soon back in work. A few months passed and my condition got worse, I wasn’t able to earn any money or even really cope so I left the country for a couple of months to recover with family. I’ve now come back to find the accounts passed onto a debt company called One Source - with agents visiting my flat. I very much want to properly solve this situation. So far, I’ve spoken to them and let them know the circumstances but I didn’t get anywhere very productive. The two tickets now come to £248 + £483 and they demanding I pay the £248 fine in full ASAP to avoid having a bailiff seize my possessions. The only other compromise they will make is putting me on a three instalment repayment plan for the £483, only/once i’ve paid the £248. This is something I can’t afford. I have asked for a breakdown of the costs and they look like this: Ticket one - total is £483 Debt: £173
          Blackhhawks Sign Wingels to 1-Year Deal   

The Chicago Blackhawks have added another depth piece to their team on Saturday morning, as they signed Wilmette-native Tommy Wingels to a one-year contract.

Wingels, who has played for the San Jose Sharks and the Ottawa Senators in his NHL career, is a bottom-six center who showed flashes of offensive upside earlier in his career, but has since dipped in the scoring department. He scored two goals and had two assists in 36 games for the Senators last season, and he didn’t register any points in nine playoff games.

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WIngels will be joining a Blackhawks forward group that will be looking to add veteran depth to a mix of younger players. Patrick Sharp also reunited with the Blackhawks on Saturday, and players like Alex DeBrincat and Alexandre Fortin could potentially crack the lineup when the regular season begins in October.

The Blackhawks still have some areas to address, including their blue line and their back-up goaltending position. The team did sign Anton Forsberg, acquired in the Brandon Saad trade, to a contract, but there’s a chance they’ll want to bring in another netminder to compete with him and give the team some organizational depth at the position for the next year. 


          Patrick Sharp Returns to Blackhawks   

The Blackhawks welcomed yet another star of their Stanley Cup teams back to Chicago, signing forward Patrick Sharp on Saturday.

Sharp, a 35-year-old free agent, signed a one-year contract for the upcoming season, the team announced in a release.

Sharp was traded to the Dallas Stars before the 2015-16 season, and he scored 28 goals and dished out 45 assists in 124 games with the team.

Injuries derailed him through much of the 2016-17 season, as he only appeared in 48 games while battling a concussion and hip issues. He scored eight goals for the Stars in those contests.

The reunion with Sharp isn’t particularly surprising, given the Blackhawks’ penchant for bringing back free agents on cheap contracts.

They reacquired winger Brandon Saad earlier this month in exchange for Artemi Panarin, and players like Kris Versteeg, Nikolai Khabibulin, and Brian Campbell have all come back to the Blackhawks after being sent away.

The interesting factor with Sharp will certainly be the cost. The Blackhawks are still over the NHL’s salary cap as they wait to see whether or not they’ll be able to put Marian Hossa on Long Term Injured Reserve, but they appear to be set to exceed the cap even more while those discussions take place.

According to NHL rules, the Blackhawks are allowed to exceed the salary cap by 10 percent in the offseason, but they would need to be cap compliant by the first day of the regular season.

Sharp joins Duncan Keith, Patrick Kane, Brent Seabrook and Jonathan Toews as three-time Stanley Cup champions on the Blackhawks roster.



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          Could Sharp Return to Blackhawks?   

The Chicago Blackhawks have already welcomed one of the stars of their Stanley Cup teams back to the Windy City this offseason, and according to a report, they’ll be rolling out the red carpet again.

According to TSN’s Bob McKenzie, there is a very good chance that winger Patrick Sharp will sign with the Blackhawks on Saturday when the NHL’s free agent signing period begins:

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The 35-year-old Sharp was traded to the Dallas Stars before the 2015-16 season, and he scored 28 goals and dished out 45 assists in 124 games with the team. Injuries derailed him through much of the 2016-17 season, as he only appeared in 48 games while battling a concussion and hip issues. He scored eight goals for the Stars in those contests.

The reunion with Sharp isn’t particularly surprising, given the Blackhawks’ penchant for bringing back free agents on cheap contracts. They reacquired winger Brandon Saad earlier this month in exchange for Artemi Panarin, and players like Kris Versteeg, Nikolai Khabibulin, and Brian Campbell have all come back to the Blackhawks after being sent away, and with Sharp hitting free agency on Saturday, he will likely sign a cheap deal to take one more run at a Stanley Cup.

The interesting factor with Sharp will certainly be the cost. The Blackhawks are still over the NHL’s salary cap as they wait to see whether or not they’ll be able to put Marian Hossa on Long Term Injured Reserve, but they appear to be set to exceed the cap even more while those discussions take place.

According to NHL rules, the Blackhawks are allowed to exceed the salary cap by 10 percent in the offseason, but they would need to be cap compliant by the first day of the regular season. 



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          Three up, three down: Travis Shaw is on the rise, Miguel Montero is shown the door   

A look at what is trending this week in Major League Baseball:

THREE UP

Travis Shaw: The Milwaukee Brewers persist in first place. One reason: they won the most lopsided trade of the offseason. The Brewers acquired Shaw and three minor leaguers from the Boston Red Sox for reliever Tyler Thornburg,...


          U-Pb ages and geochemistry of zircon from Proterozoic plutons of the Sawatch and Mosquito ranges, Colorado, U.S.A.: Implications for crustal growth of the central Colorado province   

A broad study of zircons from plutonic rocks of the Sawatch and Mosquito ranges of west-central Colorado (U.S.A.) was undertaken to significantly refine the magmatic chronology and chemistry of this under-studied region of the Colorado province. This region was chosen because it lies just to the north of the suspected arc-related Gunnison-Salida volcano-plutonic terrane, which has been the subject of many recent investigations—and whose origin is still debated. Our new results provide important insights into the processes active during Proterozoic crustal evolution in this region, and they have important ramifications for broader-scope crustal evolution models for southwestern North America.

Twenty-four new U-Pb ages and sequentially acquired rare-earth element (REE), U, Th, and Hf contents of zircon have been determined using the sensitive high-resolution ion microprobe-reverse geometry (SHRIMP-RG). These zircon geochemistry data, in conjunction with whole-rock major- and trace-element data, provide important insights into zircon crystallization and melt fractionation, and they help to further constrain the tectonic environment of magma generation.

Our detailed zircon and whole-rock data support the following three interpretations:

(1) The Roosevelt Granite in the southern Sawatch Range was the oldest rock dated at 1,766 ± 7 Ma, and it intruded various metavolcanic and metasedimentary rocks. Geochemistry of both whole-rock and zircon supports the contention that this granite was produced in a magmatic arc environment and, therefore, is likely an extension of the older Dubois Greenstone Belt of the Gunnison Igneous Complex (GIC) and the Needle Mountains (1,770–1,755 Ma). Rocks of the younger Cochetopa succession of the GIC, the Salida Greenstone Belt, and the Sangre de Cristo Mountains (1,740–1,725 Ma) were not found in the Sawatch and Mosquito ranges. This observation strongly suggests that the northern edge of the Gunnison-Salida arc terrane underlies the southern portion of the Sawatch and Mosquito ranges.

(2) Calc-alkalic to alkali-calcic magmas intruded this region approximately 55 m.y. after the Roosevelt Granite with emplacement of pre-deformational plutons at ca. 1,710 Ma (e.g., Henry Mountain Granite and diorite of Denny Creek), and this continued for at least 30 m.y., ending with emplacement of post-deformational plutons at ca. 1,680 Ma (e.g., Kroenke Granodiorite, granite of Fairview Peak, and syenite of Mount Yale). The timing of deformation can be constrained to sometime after intrusion of the diorite of Denny Creek and likely before the emplacement of the undeformed granite of Fairview Peak. Geochemistry of both whole-rock and zircon indicates that the older group of ca. 1,710-Ma plutons formed at shallower depths, and then they intruded the younger group of more deeply generated, commonly peraluminous and sodic plutons. Although absent in the Sawatch and Mosquito ranges, Mazatzal-age (ca. 1,680–1,620 Ma) plutonic rocks are present regionally. Inherited zircon components of Mazatzal-age were found as cores in some 1.4-Ga Sawatch and Mosquito Range zircons, indicating the likelihood of a relatively local source. These combined data suggest the possibility that all were produced within a continental-margin magmatic arc created as a result of southward-migrating (slab rollback?), north-dipping subduction to the south of the region.

(3) Widespread Mesoproterozoic plutonism—with emplacement at various depths and exhibiting bimodal geochemistry—is recognized in 16 different samples. An older group of predominantly peraluminous, yet magnesian granitoids (e.g., granodiorite of Sayers, granite of Taylor River, and the St. Kevin Granite) were emplaced between ca. 1,450 and 1,425 Ma. These geochemical parameters suggest moderate degrees of partial melting in a low-pressure environment. Three younger metaluminous, but ferroan plutons (diorite of Grottos, diorite of Mount Elbert, and granodiorite of Mount Harvard), probably represent a final magmatic pulse at ca. 1,416 Ma.

A comprehensive treatment of zircon REE and whole-rock trace-element behavior from Proterozoic rocks is scarce. Discriminant U/Yb versus Y diagrams using zircon data show that the Sawatch and Mosquito plutons are of continental origin, not oceanic. Additional bivariate diagrams incorporating cation ratio combinations of Gd, Ce, Yb, U, Th, Hf, and Eu offer refined insight into differences in fractionation trends and depth of magma generation for the various plutons. These interpretations, on the basis of zircon trace-element data, are mirrored in the whole-rock geochemistry data.


          Spatio-temporal mapping of plate boundary faults in California using geodetic imaging   

The Pacific–North American plate boundary in California is composed of a 400-km-wide network of faults and zones of distributed deformation. Earthquakes, even large ones, can occur along individual or combinations of faults within the larger plate boundary system. While research often focuses on the primary and secondary faults, holistic study of the plate boundary is required to answer several fundamental questions. How do plate boundary motions partition across California faults? How do faults within the plate boundary interact during earthquakes? What fraction of strain accumulation is relieved aseismically and does this provide limits on fault rupture propagation? Geodetic imaging, broadly defined as measurement of crustal deformation and topography of the Earth’s surface, enables assessment of topographic characteristics and the spatio-temporal behavior of the Earth’s crust. We focus here on crustal deformation observed with continuous Global Positioning System (GPS) data and Interferometric Synthetic Aperture Radar (InSAR) from NASA’s airborne UAVSAR platform, and on high-resolution topography acquired from lidar and Structure from Motion (SfM) methods. Combined, these measurements are used to identify active structures, past ruptures, transient motions, and distribution of deformation. The observations inform estimates of the mechanical and geometric properties of faults. We discuss five areas in California as examples of different fault behavior, fault maturity and times within the earthquake cycle: the M6.0 2014 South Napa earthquake rupture, the San Jacinto fault, the creeping and locked Carrizo sections of the San Andreas fault, the Landers rupture in the Eastern California Shear Zone, and the convergence of the Eastern California Shear Zone and San Andreas fault in southern California. These examples indicate that distribution of crustal deformation can be measured using interferometric synthetic aperture radar (InSAR), Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS), and high-resolution topography and can improve our understanding of tectonic deformation and rupture characteristics within the broad plate boundary zone.


          Empirical models for predicting volumes of sediment deposited by debris flows and sediment-laden floods in the transverse ranges of southern California   
Debris flows and sediment-laden floods in the Transverse Ranges of southern California pose severe hazards to nearby communities and infrastructure. Frequent wildfires denude hillslopes and increase the likelihood of these hazardous events. Debris-retention basins protect communities and infrastructure from the impacts of debris flows and sediment-laden floods and also provide critical data for volumes of sediment deposited at watershed outlets. In this study, we supplement existing data for the volumes of sediment deposited at watershed outlets with newly acquired data to develop new empirical models for predicting volumes of sediment produced by watersheds located in the Transverse Ranges of southern California. The sediment volume data represent a broad sample of conditions found in Ventura, Los Angeles and San Bernardino Counties, California. The measured volumes of sediment, watershed morphology, distributions of burn severity within each watershed, the time since the most recent fire, triggering storm rainfall conditions, and engineering soil properties were analyzed using multiple linear regressions to develop two models. A “long-term model” was developed for predicting volumes of sediment deposited by both debris flows and floods at various times since the most recent fire from a database of volumes of sediment deposited by a combination of debris flows and sediment-laden floods with no time limit since the most recent fire (n = 344). A subset of this database was used to develop an “emergency assessment model” for predicting volumes of sediment deposited by debris flows within two years of a fire (n = 92). Prior to developing the models, 32 volumes of sediment, and related parameters for watershed morphology, burn severity and rainfall conditions were retained to independently validate the long-term model. Ten of these volumes of sediment were deposited by debris flows within two years of a fire and were used to validate the emergency assessment model. The models were validated by comparing predicted and measured volumes of sediment. These validations were also performed for previously developed models and identify that the models developed here best predict volumes of sediment for burned watersheds in comparison to previously developed models.
          The western limits of the Seattle fault zone and its interaction with the Olympic Peninsula, Washington   
We present evidence that the Seattle fault zone of Washington State extends to the west edge of the Puget Lowland and is kinemati-cally linked to active faults that border the Olympic Massif, including the Saddle Moun-tain deformation zone. Newly acquired high-resolution seismic reflection and marine magnetic data suggest that the Seattle fault zone extends west beyond the Seattle Basin to form a >100-km-long active fault zone. We provide evidence for a strain transfer zone, expressed as a broad set of faults and folds connecting the Seattle and Saddle Mountain deformation zones near Hood Canal. This connection provides an explanation for the apparent synchroneity of M7 earthquakes on the two fault systems ~1100 yr ago. We redefi ne the boundary of the Tacoma Basin to include the previously termed Dewatto basin and show that the Tacoma fault, the southern part of which is a backthrust of the Seattle fault zone, links with a previously unidentifi ed fault along the western margin of the Seattle uplift. We model this north-south fault, termed the Dewatto fault, along the western margin of the Seattle uplift as a low-angle thrust that initiated with exhu-mation of the Olympic Massif and today accommodates north-directed motion. The Tacoma and Dewatto faults likely control both the southern and western boundaries of the Seattle uplift. The inferred strain trans-fer zone linking the Seattle fault zone and Saddle Mountain deformation zone defi nes the northern margin of the Tacoma Basin, and the Saddle Mountain deformation zone forms the northwestern boundary of the Tacoma Basin. Our observations and model suggest that the western portions of the Seattle fault zone and Tacoma fault are com-plex, require temporal variations in principal strain directions, and cannot be modeled as a simple thrust and/or backthrust system.
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          Computer Spy Programs Provide the Proof We Need For Confrontation   
Computer spy programs are needed to acquire proof of misdeeds, whether we are looking to catch our 16-year-old in the act of online gambling, our employees of embezzling company finances or our spouse of online chat room infidelity. Without proof beyond the shadow of a doubt, what do we have? We merely have suspicion, and nothing more. We cannot reprimand children on mere suspicion, we cannot fire and employee on just being suspicious of misdeeds and we cannot catch a lover in the act of cheating and confront them if we only have suspicion as a cause for accusation. Plainly and simply, we require proof, period.

This is why computer spy programs are needed, so that we can more have control over how our business assets are protected from anyone who may seek to alter accounts in their favor or embezzle funds, so that we can keep ourselves protected if we have a spouse with a straying heart who engages in online infidelity, and so that we can keep a more guiding eye on our children and any questionable online activities they can fall into practicing.

When you use computer spy programs, they need to operate invisibly, and without any signs of there being such in use on the computer. In order to catch someone in the act of misdeeds so that we can then confront someone with hard evidence and proof, we need these programs to begin running automatically without any icons in the system tray or task bar shouting out to everyone that computer activities are under surveillance.
          Three up, three down: Travis Shaw is on the rise, Miguel Montero is shown the door   

A look at what is trending this week in Major League Baseball:

THREE UP

Travis Shaw: The Milwaukee Brewers persist in first place. One reason: they won the most lopsided trade of the offseason. The Brewers acquired Shaw and three minor leaguers from the Boston Red Sox for reliever Tyler Thornburg,...


          The Time Is Right For Brave Investors To Start Accumulating Rite Aid - Seeking Alpha   

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          Paralegal / Legal Assistant III Supporting the USAO   
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          Print Production Operator - The Hut Group - Winsford   
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          MFJ / Timewave Noise Canceller Shootout   
 
A previous blog described a series of tests that Mark, VA7MM, performed demonstrating the effectiveness of his newly acquired MFJ- 1026 Noise Canceller. 
He, along with Guy, VA7GI, recently had the opportunity to compare the performance of the MFJ against Guy's Timewave ANC-4.

I'll let Mark describe the results:

NoiseCancellerShootout 2017 Report:

Guy Immega, VA7GI, and Mark Mattila, VA7MM, undertook side by side comparative tests of Timewave ANC-4 and MFJ-1026 noise cancellation gear (photos attached) by listening to interference at VA7MM in the HF spectrum between 7 MHz and 14 MHz. The program Spectran was used with the receiver on AM to adjust each unit for best performance and observe the relative performance of each. A system of coaxial relays was used to switch instantaneously between the units (photos attached).



Findings:

For practical purposes Timewave’s ANC-4 and MFJ’s 1026 are equal performers for eliminating interference in the HF spectrum.


Our findings corroborate the earlier findings of VE7CA that are posted on his website.

Switching the units in and out of noise was previously assessed on 40m CW, broadcast and raw noise. Examples of these tests are in a previous blogspot.

Commentary:

- main antenna in the tests was a multiband dipole at 30m above the ground.

- noise sense antenna was a Cushcraft R7 vertical antenna located 20m away from the main antenna.

 - receiver was an Icom IC-746Pro.

 - both units tested have the same nulling capability.

- the preamp on the MFJ was found to be useful in certain instances for boosting the noise signal.

- in one test instance the Timewave unit produced intermod with AM broadcast leaking into the receiver when the noise gain was set near maximum.

- in instances where noise was coming from more than one direction, the filters could eliminate one noise source, or the other, but not both.

General Observations:

- the Timewave and MFJ filters have a learning curve to figure out how to quickly and precisely null out noise. A couple of evenings of tinkering was required to figure out how to use the unit with different noise sense antennas and different types of noise.

- the noise sense antenna is critical and must pick up a strong noise signal for the units to work effectively. In most instances for local interference at VA7MM the noise sense antenna is near the ground and vertically polarized and the main antenna is high above the ground and horizontally polarized.

- both noise amplitude and phase need to be alternately adjusted to attain a good null on the units.

- using Spectran or SDR with the receiver on AM helps in adjusting the units.

Next Steps:

- discussions are on combining the noise canceller with a small vertical plane receive loop on 160 or 80m. The idea is that the combination of the two could enable noise in two directions to be nulled. The receive loop would be pre-amplified. 

- having two noise cancellers in series was also discussed as a means of nulling noise from two directions. An issue with this approach is that more processing electronics are put ahead of the front end of the receiver and this introduces its own noise and may create intermodulation. 

- I like that the MFJ unit has gain controls for both the noise antenna and the main antenna. Other differences include MFJ providing both relay and RF sense T/R switching whereas the Timewave only has RF sense capability. The noise antenna connector on the MFJ is an SO-239which I find more practical than the RCA phono socket on the Timewave. As far as mechanical construction is concerned, the Timewave is more robustly built.


We’re open to any questions on these findings.

73,
Mark Mattila, VA7MM
Guy Immega, VA7GI

          Weekly Commentary: The Road to Normalization   
The past week provided important support for the “peak monetary stimulus” thesis. There is mounting evidence that global central bankers are monitoring inflating asset prices with heightened concern. The intense focus on CPI is beginning to blur. They would prefer to be on a cautious path toward policy normalization.

June 25 – Financial Times (Claire Jones): “Global financial stability will be in jeopardy if low inflation lulls central banks into not raising interest rates when needed, the Bank for International Settlements has warned. The message about the dangers of sticking too closely to inflation targets comes as central banks in some of the world’s largest economies are considering how to end years of ultra-loose monetary policy after the global financial crisis… ‘Keeping interest rates too low for long could raise financial stability and macroeconomic risks further down the road, as debt continues to pile up and risk-taking in financial markets gathers steam,’ the bank said in its annual report. The BIS acknowledged that raising rates too quickly could cause a panic in markets that have grown used to cheap central bank cash. However, delaying action would mean rates would need to rise further and faster to prevent the next crisis. ‘The most fundamental question for central banks in the next few years is going to be what to do if the economy is chugging along well, but inflation is not going up,’ said Claudio Borio, the head of the BIS’s monetary and economics department… ‘Central banks may have to tolerate longer periods when inflation is below target, and tighten monetary policy if demand is strong — even if inflation is weak — so as not to fall behind the curve with respect to the financial cycle.’ …Mr Borio said many of the factors influencing wage growth were global and would be long-lasting. ‘If, as we think, the forces of globalisation and technology are relevant [in keeping wages low] and have not fully run their course, this will continue to put downward pressure on inflation,’ he said.”

While global markets easily ignored ramifications from the BIS’s (the central bank to central banks) annual report, the same could not be said for less than super dovish comments from Mario Draghi, my nominee for “the world’s most important central banker.”

June 27 – Financial Times (Katie Martin): “What’s that, you say? The ‘R-word’? Judging from the markets, Mario Draghi’s emphasis on reflation changes everything, and highlights the communications challenge lying ahead of the president of the European Central Bank. The ECB’s crisis-fighter-in-chief threw investors into a fit of the vapours on Tuesday when he said he was growing increasingly confident in the currency bloc’s economic recovery, and that ‘deflationary forces have been replaced by reflationary ones’.”

June 27 – Bloomberg (Annie Massa and Elizabeth Dexheimer): “Mario Draghi hinted at how he may sell a gradual unwinding of European Central Bank stimulus. The ECB president repeated his mantra that the Governing Council needs to be patient in letting inflation pressures build in the euro area and prudent in withdrawing support. At the same time, there’s room to tweak existing measures. ‘As the economy continues to recover, a constant policy stance will become more accommodative, and the central bank can accompany the recovery by adjusting the parameters of its policy instruments -- not in order to tighten the policy stance, but to keep it broadly unchanged.’ The comments echo an argument first made by Bundesbank President Jens Weidmann… With his nod to a frequent critic of quantitative easing who has been calling for an end of the 2.3 trillion-euro ($2.6 trillion) program, Draghi may have set the stage for a discussion in the coming months on phasing out asset purchases.”

When the ECB chose not to offer any policy clarification coming out of its June 8th meeting, wishful markets had Draghi holding out until September. The timeline was moved up, with the ECB president using the bank’s annual meeting, held this year in Sintra Portugal, to offer initial thoughts on how the ECB might remove accommodation. Market reaction was swift.

German 10-year bund yields surged 13 bps Tuesday and almost doubled this week to 47bps. French yield jumped 14 bps Tuesday – and 21 bps for the week - to 82 bps. European periphery bonds were under pressure. Italian 10-year yields rose 16 bps Tuesday and 24 bps for the week to 2.16%. Portuguese yields rose 14 bps Tuesday, ending the week at 3.03%. Draghi’s comments rattled bond markets around the globe. Ten-year Treasury yields rose seven bps to 2.21% (up 16 bps for the week), Canadian bonds 11 bps to 1.57% and Australian bonds 10 bps to 2.46%. Emerging market bonds also came under heavy selling pressure, with Eastern European bonds taking a pounding.

June 28 – Bloomberg (Robert Brand): “This is what it sounds like when doves screech. Less than 24 hours Mario Draghi jolted financial markets by saying ‘deflationary forces’ have been replaced by reflationary ones, European Central Bank officials reversed the script, saying markets had misinterpreted the central banker’s comments. What was perceived as hawkish was really meant to strike a balance between recognizing the currency bloc’s economic strength and warning that monetary support is still needed, three Eurosystem officials familiar with policymakers’ thinking said. Their dovish interpretation sparked a rapid unwinding of moves in assets from the euro to stocks and sovereign bonds.”

I don’t see it as the markets misinterpreting Draghi. Understandably, inflated Bubble markets have turned hyper-sensitive to the course of ECB policymaking. The ECB’s massive purchase program inflated a historic Bubble throughout European debt markets, a speculative Bubble that I believe unleashed a surge of global liquidity that has underpinned increasingly speculative securities markets.

If not for massive QE operations from the ECB and BOJ, I believe the 2016 global reversal in bond yields would have likely ushered in a major de-risking/deleveraging episode throughout global markets. Instead, powerful liquidity injections sustained speculative Bubbles throughout global fixed income, in the process spurring blow-off excess throughout global equities and risk assets more generally. Recalling the summer of 2007, everyone is determined to see the dance party rave indefinitely.

First-half QE has been estimated (by Bank of America) at (an incredible) $1.5 TN. Bubbling markets should come as no stunning surprise. At May highs, most European equities indices were sporting double-digit year-to-date gains. The S&P500 returned (price + dividends) almost 10% for the first half, with the more speculative areas of U.S. equities outperforming. The Nasdaq Composite gained 14.1% in the first-half, with the large company Nasdaq 100 (NDX) rising 16.1%. Despite this week’s declines, the Morgan Stanley High Tech index rose 20.3%, and the Semiconductors (SOX) jumped 14.2% y-t-d. The Biotechs (BTK) surged 9.7% during Q2, boosting y-t-d gains to 25.6%. The NYSE Healthcare Index gained 7.7% for the quarter and 15.3% y-t-d. The Nasdaq Transports jumped 9.7% during Q2, with the DJ Transports up 5.3%. The Nasdaq Other Financials rose 7.9% in the quarter.

Central banks have closely collaborated since the financial crisis. While always justifying policy stimulus on domestic grounds, it’s now been almost a decade of central bankers coordinating stimulus measures to address global system fragilities. I doubt the Fed would have further ballooned its balance sheet starting in late-2012 if not for the “European” financial crisis. In early-2016, the ECB and BOJ would not have so aggressively expanded QE programs – and the Fed not postponed “normalization” – if not for global ramifications of a faltering Chinese Bubble. All the talk of downside inflation risk was convenient cover for global crisis worries.

As Mario Draghi stated, the European economy is now on a reflationary footing. At least for now, Beijing has somewhat stabilized the Chinese Bubble. Powered by booming securities markets, global Credit continues to expand briskly. Even in Europe, the employment backdrop has improved markedly. It’s just become difficult for central bankers to fixate on tame consumer price indices with asset prices running wild.

Global market liquidity has become fully fungible, a product of multinational financial institutions, securities lending/finance and derivatives markets. The ECB and BOJ’s ultra-loose policy stances have worked to counteract the Fed’s cautious normalization strategy. Determined to delay the inevitable, Draghi now faces the scheduled year-end expiration of the ECB’s latest QE program, along with an impending shortage of German bunds available for purchase. Behind the scenes and otherwise, Germany is surely losing patience with open-ended “money” printing. This week’s annual ECB gathering provided an opportunity for Draghi to finally get the so-called normalization ball rolling. Despite his cautious approach, markets immediately feared being run over.

June 28 – Bloomberg (Alessandro Speciale): “Mario Draghi just got evidence that his call for ‘prudence’ in withdrawing European Central Bank stimulus applies to his words too. The euro and bond yields surged on Tuesday after the ECB president said the reflation of the euro-area economy creates room to pull back unconventional measures without tightening the stance. Policy makers noted the jolt that showed how hypersensitive investors are to statements that can be read as even mildly hawkish… Draghi’s speech at the ECB Forum in Sintra, Portugal, was intended to strike a balance between recognizing the currency bloc’s economic strength and warning that monetary support is still needed, said the officials…”

June 28 – Bloomberg (James Hertling, Alessandro Speciale, and Piotr Skolimowski): “Global central bankers are coalescing around the message that the cost of money is headed higher -- and markets had better get used to it. Just a week after signaling near-zero interest rates were appropriate, Bank of England Governor Mark Carney suggested on Wednesday that the time is nearing for an increase. His U.S. counterpart, Janet Yellen, said her policy tightening is on track and Canada’s Stephen Poloz reiterated he may be considering a rate hike. The challenge of following though after a decade of easy money was highlighted by European Central Bank President Mario Draghi’s attempt to thread the needle. Financial markets whipsawed as Eurosystem officials walked back comments Draghi made Tuesday that investors had interpreted as signaling an imminent change in monetary policy. ‘The market is very sensitive to the idea that a number of central banks are appropriately and belatedly reassessing the need for emergency policy accommodation,’ said Alan Ruskin, co-head of foreign exchange research at Deutsche Bank AG.”

Draghi and the ECB are hoping to duplicate the Fed blueprint – quite gingerly removing accommodation while exerting minimal impact on bond yields and risk markets more generally: Normalization without a meaningful tightening of financial conditions. This is unrealistic.

Current complacency notwithstanding, turning down the ECB QE spigot will dramatically effect global liquidity dynamics. Keep in mind that the removal of Fed accommodation has so far coincided with enormous counteracting market liquidity injections courtesy of the other major central banks. The ECB will not enjoy a similar luxury. Moreover, global asset prices have inflated significantly over the past 18 months, fueled at least in part by a major increase in speculative leverage.

There are three primary facets to QE dynamics worth pondering as central banks initiate normalization. The first is the size and scope of previous QE operations. The second is the primary target of liquidity-induced market flows. And third, to what extent have central bank measures and associated market flows spurred self-reinforcing speculative leveraging and market distortions. Inarguably, ECB and BOJ-induced flows over recent quarters have been massive. It is also reasonably clear that market flows gravitated primarily to equities and corporate Credit, asset classes demonstrating the most enticing inflationary biases. And there are as well ample anecdotes supporting the view that major speculative leveraging has been integral to myriad Bubbles throughout global risk markets. The now deeply ingrained view that the cadre of global central banks will not tolerate market declines is one of history’s most consequential market distortions.

And while the timing of the removal of ECB and BOJ liquidity stimulus remains uncertain, markets must now at least contemplate an approaching backdrop with less accommodation from the ECB and central banks more generally. With this in mind, Draghi’s comments this week could mark an important juncture for speculative leveraging. Increasingly unstable currency markets are consistent with this thesis. The days of shorting yen and euros and using proceeds for easy profits in higher-yielding currencies appear to have run their course. I suspect de-leveraging dynamics have commenced, though market impact has thus far been muted by ongoing ECB and BOJ liquidity operations.

June 27 – Reuters (William Schomberg, Marc Jones, Jason Lange and Lindsay Dunsmuir): “U.S. Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen said on Tuesday that she does not believe that there will be another financial crisis for at least as long as she lives, thanks largely to reforms of the banking system since the 2007-09 crash. ‘Would I say there will never, ever be another financial crisis?’ Yellen said… ‘You know probably that would be going too far but I do think we're much safer and I hope that it will not be in our lifetimes and I don't believe it will be,’ she said.”

While headlines somewhat paraphrased Yellen’s actual comment, “We Will not see Another Crisis in Our Lifetime” is reminiscent of Irving Fisher’s “permanent plateau” just weeks before the great crash of 1929. While on the subject, I never bought into the popular comparison between 2008 and 1929 – and the related notion of 2008 as “the 100-year flood”. The 2008/09 crisis was for the most part a private debt crisis associated with the bursting of a Bubble in mortgage Credit – not dissimilar to previous serial global crises, only larger and somewhat more systemic. It was not, however, a deeply systemic debt crisis akin to the aftermath of 1929, which was characterized by a crisis of confidence in the banking system, the markets and finance more generally, along with a loss of faith in government policy and institutions. But after a decade of unprecedented expansion of government debt and central bank Credit, the stage has now been set for a more systemic 1929-like financial dislocation.

As such, it’s ironic that the Fed has branded the banking system cured and so well capitalized that bankers can now boost dividends, buybacks and, presumably, risk-taking. As conventional central bank thinking goes, a well-capitalized banking system provides a powerful buffer for thwarting the winds of financial crisis. Chair Yellen, apparently, surveys current bank capital levels and extrapolates to systemic stability. Yet the next crisis lurks not with the banks but within the securities and derivatives markets: too much leverage and too much “money” employed in trend-following trading strategies. Too much hedging, speculating and leveraging in derivatives. Market misperceptions and distortions on an epic scale.

Compared to 2008, the leveraged speculating community and the ETF complex are significantly larger and potentially perilous. The derivatives markets are these days acutely more vulnerable to liquidity issues and dislocation. Never have global markets been so dominated by trend-following strategies. It’s a serious issue that asset market performance – stocks, bond, corporate Credit, EM, real estate, etc. – have all become so tightly correlated. There are huge vulnerabilities associated with various markets having become so highly synchronized on a global basis. And in the grand scheme of grossly inflated global securities, asset and derivatives markets, the scope of available bank capital is trivial.

I realize that, at this late stage of the great bull market, such a question sounds hopelessly disconnected. Yet, when markets reverse sharply lower and The Crowd suddenly moves to de-risk, who is left to take the other side of what has become One Gargantuan “Trade”? We’re all familiar with the pat response: “Central banks. They’ll have no choice.” Okay, but I’m more interested in the timing and circumstances.

Central bankers are now signaling their desire to proceed with normalization, along with noting concerns for elevated asset prices. As such, I suspect they will be somewhat more circumspect going forward when it comes to backstopping the markets - than, say, back in 2013 with Bernanke’s “flash crash” or with the China scare of early-2016. Perhaps this might help to explain why the VIX spiked above 15 during Thursday afternoon trading. Even corporate debt markets showed a flash of vulnerability this week.


For the Week:

The S&P500 dipped 0.6% (up 8.2% y-t-d), and the Dow slipped 0.2% (up 8.0%). The Utilities fell 2.5% (up 6.2%). The Banks surged 4.4% (up 4.2%), and the Broker/Dealers jumped 2.6% (up 9.8%). The Transports rose 1.9% (up 5.7%). The S&P 400 Midcaps added 0.2% (up 5.2%), while the small cap Russell 2000 was unchanged (up 4.3%). The Nasdaq100 dropped 2.7% (up 16.1%), and the Morgan Stanley High Tech index sank 3.0% (up 20.3%). The Semiconductors were hit 4.9% (up 14.2%). The Biotechs dropped 3.9% (up 25.5%). With bullion dropping $15, the HUI gold index sank 4.5% (up 1.9%).

Three-month Treasury bill rates ended the week at 100 bps. Two-year government yields gained four bps to 1.38% (up 19bps y-t-d). Five-year T-note yields rose 13 bps to 1.89% (down 4bps). Ten-year Treasury yields jumped 16 bps to 2.30% (down 14bps). Long bond yields increased 12 bps to 2.84% (down 23bps).

Greek 10-year yields were little changed at 5.36% (down 166bps y-t-d). Ten-year Portuguese yields rose 10 bps to 3.03% (down 72bps). Italian 10-year yields surged 24 bps to 2.16% (up 35bps). Spain's 10-year yields jumped 16 bps to 1.54% (up 16bps). German bund yields surged 21 bps to 0.47% (up 26bps). French yields rose 21 bps to 0.82% (up 14bps). The French to German 10-year bond spread was unchanged at 35 bps. U.K. 10-year gilt yields jumped 23 bps to 1.26% (up 2bps). U.K.'s FTSE equities index fell 1.5% (up 11.2%).

Japan's Nikkei 225 equities index declined 0.5% (up 4.8% y-t-d). Japanese 10-year "JGB" yields gained three bps to 0.09% (up 5bps). France's CAC40 sank 2.8% (up 5.3%). The German DAX equities index was hit 3.2% (up 7.4%). Spain's IBEX 35 equities index fell 1.8% (up 11.7%). Italy's FTSE MIB index declined 1.2% (up 7.0%). EM equities were mostly higher. Brazil's Bovespa index rallied 3.0% (up 4.4%), and Mexico's Bolsa gained 1.8% (up 9.2%). South Korea's Kospi increased 0.6% (up 18%). India’s Sensex equities index declined 0.7% (up 16.1%). China’s Shanghai Exchange rose 1.1% (up 2.9%). Turkey's Borsa Istanbul National 100 index added 0.8% (up 28.5%). Russia's MICEX equities index gained 0.6% (down 15.8%).

Junk bond mutual funds saw outflows of $1.735 billion (from Lipper).

Freddie Mac 30-year fixed mortgage rates dipped two bps to 3.88% (up 40bps y-o-y). Fifteen-year rates were unchanged at 3.17% (up 39bps). The five-year hybrid ARM rate gained three bps to 3.17% (up 47bps). Bankrate's survey of jumbo mortgage borrowing costs had 30-yr fixed rates up a basis point to 4.01% (up 34bps).

Federal Reserve Credit last week added $0.8bn to $4.431 TN. Over the past year, Fed Credit declined $5.0bn. Fed Credit inflated $1.620 TN, or 58%, over the past 242 weeks. Elsewhere, Fed holdings for foreign owners of Treasury, Agency Debt jumped another $17.9bn last week to $3.310 TN. "Custody holdings" were up $83bn y-o-y, 2.6%.

M2 (narrow) "money" supply last week slipped $4.3bn to $13.510 TN. "Narrow money" expanded $686bn, or 5.4%, over the past year. For the week, Currency increased $2.7bn. Total Checkable Deposits fell $12.7bn, while Savings Deposits gained $6.9bn. Small Time Deposits were little changed. Retail Money Funds fell $4.1bn.

Total money market fund assets added $4.2bn to $2.621 TN. Money Funds fell $96bn y-o-y (3.5%).

Total Commercial Paper declined $5.4bn to $973.6bn. CP declined $77bn y-o-y, or 7.4%.

Currency Watch:

The U.S. dollar index fell 1.7% to 95.628 (down 6.6% y-t-d). For the week on the upside, the Swedish krona increased 3.4%, the British pound 2.4%, the Canadian dollar 2.3%, the euro 2.1%, the Australian dollar 1.6%, the Norwegian krone 1.3%, the Swiss franc 1.2%, the Brazilian real 1.1%, the Singapore dollar 0.8% and the New Zealand dollar 0.7%. For the week on the downside, the South African rand declined 1.6%, the Japanese yen 1.0%, the Mexican peso 0.6% and the South Korean won 0.4%. The Chinese renminbi gained 0.82% versus the dollar this week (up 2.42% y-t-d).

Commodities Watch:

The Goldman Sachs Commodities Index surged 5.3% (down 6.5% y-t-d). Spot Gold declined 1.2% to $1,242 (up 7.7%). Silver slipped 0.5% to $16.627 (up 4.0%). Crude rallied $3.03 to $46.04 (down 15%). Gasoline jumped 5.6% (down 9%), and Natural Gas rose 3.6% (down 19%). Copper gained 2.9% (up 8%). Wheat surged 11.1% (up 29%). Corn jumped 4.2% (up 8%).

Trump Administration Watch:

June 27 – Bloomberg (Steven T. Dennis and Laura Litvan): “Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s decision to delay a vote on health-care legislation came as a relief to some Republican holdouts, but it sets off what will be a furious few weeks of talks to deliver on the GOP’s seven-year promise to repeal the Affordable Care Act. Senate Republicans went to the White House Tuesday afternoon to meet with President Donald Trump, who also promised his political supporters he would do away with Obamacare. ‘We’re going to solve the problem,’ the president told senators. But Trump also conceded the possibility that the health bill wouldn’t pass. ‘If we don’t get it done, it’s just going to be something that we’re not going to like,’ he said… ‘And that’s OK, and I understand that very well.’”

June 29 – Reuters: “Congress will need to raise the nation's debt limit and avoid defaulting on loan payments by ‘early to mid-October,’ the Congressional Budget Office said in a report… Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin has encouraged Congress to raise the limit before the legislative body leaves for their August recess. But it remains unclear if a bipartisan agreement has been struck to allow the limit to be raised, as both chambers continue to be weighed down by health care and tax reform and trying to find an agreement to fund the government after the September 30 deadline.”

June 30 – CNBC (Fred Imbert): “President Donald Trump's White House is ‘hell-bent’ on imposing tariffs on steel and other imports, Axios reported Friday. The plan — which was pushed by Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross and was supported by National Trade Council Peter Navarro, and policy adviser Stephen Miller — would potentially impose tariffs in the 20% range… During a ‘tense’ meeting Monday, the president made it clear he favors tariffs, yet the plan was met with heavy opposition by most officials in the room, with one telling Axios about 22 were against it and only three in favor, including Trump.”

June 29 – Financial Times (Stefan Wagstyl): “Angela Merkel threw down the gauntlet to Donald Trump as Germany’s chancellor pledged to fight at next week’s G20 summit for free trade, international co-operation and the Paris climate change accord. In a combative speech on Thursday in the German parliament, Ms Merkel also promised to focus on reinforcing the EU, in close co-operation with France, despite the pressing issue of Brexit. But in a sign that it may be difficult to maintain European unity around a tough approach to Mr Trump, Ms Merkel later softened her tone, as she prepares to host G20 leaders in Hamburg next Friday.”

June 27 – Bloomberg (Joe Light): “Two U.S. senators working on a bipartisan overhaul of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac are seriously considering a plan that would break up the mortgage-finance giants, according to people with knowledge of the matter. The proposal by Tennessee Republican Bob Corker and Virginia Democrat Mark Warner would attempt to foster competition in the secondary mortgage market… Corker and Warner’s push to develop a plan marks Congress’ latest attempt to figure out what to do with Fannie and Freddie, an issue that has vexed lawmakers ever since the government took control of the companies in 2008 as the housing market cratered. The lawmakers’ plan is still being developed, and a Senate aide who asked not to be named cautioned that no decisions had been made on any issues.”

China Bubble Watch:

June 25 – Financial Times (Minxin Pei): “The Chinese government has just launched an apparent crackdown on a small number of large conglomerates known in the west chiefly for their aggressive dealmaking. The list includes Dalian Wanda, Anbang, Fosun and HNA Group. The news that Chinese banking regulators have asked lenders to examine their exposure to these companies has sent the stocks of groups wholly or partly owned by these conglomerates tumbling in Shanghai and Hong Kong. Obviously, the market was caught by surprise. But it should not be… The immediate trigger is Beijing’s growing alarm over the risks in China’s financial sector and attempt to cut capital outflows. In late April, President Xi Jinping convened a politburo meeting specifically focused on stability in the financial system. Foreshadowing the crackdown, he ordered that those ‘financial crocodiles’ that destabilise China’s financial system must be punished.”

June 26 – Wall Street Journal (Anjani Trivedi): “As Beijing looks to rein in companies that have splurged on overseas deals, it is talking up the systemic risks to its financial system. But just how serious is the problem? After all, for years Beijing has urged leading companies to ‘go global,’ and encouraged banks to support them with lending. Its words were taken to heart: Companies like sprawling conglomerate HNA Group and insurer Anbang pushed the country’s outbound acquisitions to more than $200 billion last year… Now… regulators are investigating leverage and risks at banks associated with China Inc.’s bulging overseas deals. It’s clear that Chinese banks are already heavily exposed to China’s big deal makers through basic lending. Chinese lenders had extended more than 500 billion yuan ($73.14bn) of loans to HNA alone as of last year…”

June 26 – Bloomberg: “China may finally be ready to cut the cord when it comes to the country’s troubled local government financing vehicles. Beijing’s deleveraging drive has seen rules impacting LGFV debt refinancing tightened, spurring a slump in issuance by the vehicles, which owe about 5.6 trillion yuan ($818bn) to bondholders and are seen by some as the poster children for China’s post-financial crisis debt woes. Signs the authorities may be taking a less sympathetic view of the sector has ratings companies flagging the possibility that 2017 could see the first ever default by a local financing vehicle.”

June 29 – Reuters (Yawen Chen and Thomas Peter): “The struggles of China's small and medium-sized firms have grown so acute that many are expected to become unprofitable or even go belly-up this year, boding ill for an economy running short on strong growth drivers. The companies - which account for over 60% of China's $11 trillion gross domestic product - have entered the most challenging funding environment in years as Beijing cracks down on easy credit to contain a dangerous debt build-up. Many of the firms - mostly in the industrial, transport, wholesale, retail, catering and accommodation sectors - are already grappling with soaring costs, fierce competition and thinning profits. The strains faced by small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) are expected to grow more visible as Beijing deflates a real estate bubble and eases infrastructure spending to dial back its fiscal stimulus.”

June 29 – Reuters (Leika Kihara and Stanley White): “One of Chinese banks’ favorite tools for increasing leverage has staged a remarkable but worrisome comeback just two months after a regulatory crackdown on leveraged investment… Chinese banks’ issuance of negotiable certificates of deposit in June nearly hit the high recorded in March… NCDs, a type of short-term loan, have become extremely popular in recent years with Chinese banks, especially smaller lenders due to their weaker ability to attract deposits. During a clampdown on runaway debt in April, Chinese regulators warned banks against abusing the tool for speculative, leveraged bets in capital markets. But after a deep but brief drop, NCD issuance has risen again as regulatory attention appeared to ease in recent weeks, hitting 1.96 trillion yuan ($287.73bn) this month, up sharply from 1.23 trillion yuan in May and just a touch below March’s record 2.02 trillion yuan."

June 28 – Financial Times (Gabriel Wildau): “Capital flight disguised as overseas tourism spending has artificially cut China’s reported trade surplus while masking the extent of investment outflows, according to research by the US Federal Reserve. A significant share of overseas spending classified in official data as travel-related shopping, entertainment and hospitality may over a 12-month period have instead been used for investment in financial assets and real estate, the Fed paper argued… Disguised capital outflows in the year to September may have amounted to $190bn, or 1.7% of gross domestic product… Chinese households have in recent years looked at ways to skirt government-imposed limitations on foreign investment as its economy slowed and the renminbi depreciated.”

June 28 – Bloomberg (Joe Ryan): “As Elon Musk races to finish building the world’s biggest battery factory in the Nevada desert, China is poised to leave him in the dust. Chinese companies have plans for additional factories with the capacity to pump out more than 120 gigawatt-hours a year by 2021, according to a report… by Bloomberg Intelligence. That’s enough to supply batteries for around 1.5 million Tesla Model S vehicles or 13.7 million Toyota Prius Plug-in Hybrids per year… By comparison, when completed in 2018, Tesla Inc.’s Gigafactory will crank out up to 35 gigawatt-hours of battery cells annually.”

June 28 – CNBC (Geoff Cutmore): “China's economic growth will accelerate because the country will finally get leaders who aren't scared, a former advisor to China's central bank said Wednesday. ‘The most important reason is that there is a new group of officials being appointed ... (who will emerge) around the 19th Party Congress which will be in mid to late October,’ said Li Daokui, who is now Dean of the Schwarzman College at Tsinghua University in Beijing. …Li said the Chinese economy will grow 6.9 to 7 percent by 2018 from 6.7 percent in 2017. China posted 6.7% GDP growth in 2016, the slowest in 26 years. ‘These (new) officials have been carefully, carefully scrutinized before they are appointed so they are clean. They are not worried about becoming targets of anti-corruption investigations,’ he added.”

Europe Watch:

June 26 – Bloomberg (Sonia Sirletti and Alexander Weber): Italy orchestrated its biggest bank rescue on record, committing as much as 17 billion euros ($19bn) to clean up two failed banks in one of its wealthiest regions, a deal that raises questions about the consistency of Europe’s bank regulations. The intervention at Banca Popolare di Vicenza SpA and Veneto Banca SpA includes state support for Intesa Sanpaolo SpA to acquire their good assets for a token amount… Milan-based Intesa can initially tap about 5.2 billion euros to take on some assets without hurting capital ratios, Padoan said. The European Commission approved the plan.”

June 28 – Reuters (Gernot Heller and Joseph Nasr): “Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble… underscored Germany's concerns about what he called a regulatory loophole after the EU cleared Italy to wind up two failed banks at a hefty cost to local taxpayers. Schaeuble told reporters that Europe should abide by rules enacted after the 2008 collapse of U.S. financial services firm Lehman Brothers that were meant to protect taxpayers. Existing European Union guidelines for restructuring banks aimed to ensure ‘what all political groups wanted: that taxpayers will never again carry the risks of banks,’ he said. Italy is transferring the good assets of the two Veneto lenders to the nation's biggest retail bank, Intesa Sanpaolo (ISP.MI), as part of a transaction that could cost the state up to 17 billion euros ($19 billion).”

June 25 – Reuters (Balazs Koranyi and Erik Kirschbaum): “The time may be nearing for the European Central Bank to start discussing the end of unprecedented stimulus as growth and inflation are both moving in the right direction, Bundesbank president Jens Weidmann told German newspaper Welt am Sonntag. Weidmann, who sits on the ECB's rate-setting Governing Council, also said that the bank should not make any further changes to the key parameters of its bond purchase scheme, comments that signal opposition to an extension of asset buys since the ECB will soon hit its German bond purchase limits. Hoping to revive growth and inflation, the ECB is buying 2.3 trillion euros worth of bonds…, a scheme known as quantitative easing and long opposed by Germany… The purchases are set to run until December and the ECB will decide this fall whether to extend it… ‘As far as a possible extension of the bonds-buying program goes, this hasn't yet been discussed in the ECB Council,’ Weidmann told the newspaper…”

June 26 – Bloomberg (Carolynn Look): “It seems the sky is the limit for Germany’s economy. Business confidence -- logging its fifth consecutive increase -- jumped to the highest since 1991 this month, underpinning optimism by the Bundesbank that the upswing in Europe’s largest economy is set to continue. With domestic demand supported by a buoyant labor market, risks to growth stem almost exclusively from global forces. ‘Sentiment among German businesses is jubilant,’ Ifo President Clemens Fuest said… ‘Germany’s economy is performing very strongly.’”

June 29 – Reuters (Pete Schroeder and David Henry): “German inflation probably accelerated in June, regional data suggested on Thursday, suggesting a solid upswing in the economy is pushing up price pressures as euro zone inflation moves closer to the European Central Bank's target. The data comes only days after ECB head Mario Draghi hinted that the bank's asset-purchase program would become less accommodative going into 2018 as regional growth gains pace and inflation trends return following a period of falling prices. In another sign of rising price pressures in the 19-member single currency bloc, Spanish consumer prices rose more than expected in June… In the German state of Hesse, annual inflation rose to 1.9% in June from 1.7% in May…”

June 28 – Reuters (Gavin Jones and Steve Scherer): “He is an 80-year-old convicted criminal whose last government ended with Italy on the brink of bankruptcy - and he may well be kingmaker at the next election within a year. Mayoral elections on Sunday showed four-time Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi's center-right Forza Italia party remains a force to be reckoned with... ‘Berlusconi sees this as the last challenge of his career,’ said Renato Brunetta, a close ally for over 20 years and Forza Italia's lower house leader. ‘He feels he has suffered many injustices and deserves one last shot. Who can deny him that?’ Matteo Renzi, leader of the ruling Democratic Party (PD), and Beppe Grillo's anti-establishment 5-Star Movement have dominated the national scene in recent years, relegating Forza Italia to a distant third or fourth in the polls. Yet in the mayoral ballots, Forza Italia and its anti-immigrant Northern League allies trounced the PD and 5-Star in cities all over the country, suggesting they have momentum behind them just as the national vote comes into view.”

Central Bank Watch:

June 27 – Wall Street Journal (Tom Fairless): “The euro soared to its biggest one-day gain against the dollar in a year and eurozone bond prices slumped after European Central Bank President Mario Draghi hinted the ECB might start winding down its stimulus in response to accelerating growth in Europe. Any move by the ECB toward reducing bond purchases would put it on a similar policy path as the Federal Reserve, which first signaled an intent to taper its own stimulus program in 2013. But the ECB is likely to remain far behind: The Fed has been raising interest rates gradually since December 2015, while the ECB’s key rate has been negative since June 2014. Mr. Draghi’s comments, made Tuesday at the ECB’s annual economic policy conference in Portugal, were laced with caution and caveats. But investors interpreted them as a cue to buy euros and sell eurozone bonds, a reversal of a long-term trade that has benefited from the central bank’s €60 billion ($67.15bn) of bond purchases each month. ‘All the signs now point to a strengthening and broadening recovery in the euro area,’ Mr. Draghi said.”

June 28 – Financial Times (Dan McCrum and Chris Giles in London and Claire Jones): “Bond and currency markets whipsawed on Wednesday as Europe’s two most influential central bankers struggled to communicate to investors how they would exit from years of crisis-era economic stimulus policies. The euro surged to a 52-week high against the dollar after investors characterised remarks by Mario Draghi as a signal he was preparing to taper the European Central Bank’s bond-buying scheme — only to drop almost a full cent after senior ECB figures made clear he had been misinterpreted. Similarly, the British pound jumped 1.2% to $1.2972 after Mark Carney, Bank of England governor, said he was prepared to raise interest rates if UK business activity increased — just a week after saying ‘now is not yet the time’ for an increase. The sharp moves and sudden reversals over two days of heavy trading highlight the acute sensitivity of financial markets to any suggestion of a withdrawal of stimulus measures after a prolonged period of monetary accommodation.”

June 25 – Reuters (Marc Jones): “Major central banks should press ahead with interest rate increases, the Bank for International Settlements said…, while recognizing that some turbulence in financial markets will have to be negotiated along the way. The BIS, an umbrella body for leading central banks, said in one of its most upbeat annual reports for years that global growth could soon be back at long-term average levels after a sharp improvement in sentiment over the past year. Though pockets of risk remain because of high debt levels, low productivity growth and dwindling policy firepower, the BIS said policymakers should take advantage of the improving economic outlook and its surprisingly negligible effect on inflation to accelerate the ‘great unwinding’ of quantitative easing programs and record low interest rates.”

Brexit Watch:

June 27 – Reuters (Guy Faulconbridge and Kate Holton): “Prime Minister Theresa May struck a deal on Monday to prop up her minority government by agreeing to at least 1 billion pounds ($1.3bn) in extra funding for Northern Ireland in return for the support of the province's biggest Protestant party. After over two weeks of talks and turmoil sparked by May's failure to win a majority in a June 8 snap election, she now has the parliamentary numbers to pass a budget and a better chance of passing laws to take Britain out of the European Union.”

Global Bubble Watch:

June 28 – Wall Street Journal (Richard Barley): “Sometimes financial markets are surprisingly bad at connecting the dots—until they can’t ignore the picture forming before their eyes. The screeching U-turn in bond markets is a good example. The world’s central banks are sending out a message that loose monetary policy can’t last forever. The shift is mainly rhetorical, and action may yet be some way off. But expectations matter, as they did when the Federal Reserve indicated in 2013 that its quantitative-easing program could be wound down. That caused global bond yields to surge, led by the U.S., and sparked extended turmoil in emerging markets. This time, the bond reversal has been centered on Europe. Ten-year German bund yields started Tuesday just below 0.25%, but by Wednesday afternoon stood at 0.37%. That helped lift bond yields elsewhere, since low German yields have been acting as an anchor. The selloff in the bund Tuesday was the worst in 22 months…”

June 28 – Reuters (Sujata Rao): “Global debt levels have climbed $500 billion in the past year to a record $217 trillion, a new study shows, just as major central banks prepare to end years of super-cheap credit policies. World markets were jarred this week by a chorus of central bankers warning about overpriced assets, excessive consumer borrowing and the need to begin the process of normalizing world interest rates from the extraordinarily low levels introduced to offset the fallout of the 2009 credit crash. This week, U.S. Federal Reserve chief Janet Yellen has warned of expensive asset price valuations, Bank of England Governor Mark Carney has tightened controls on bank credit and European Central Bank head Mario Draghi has opened the door to cutting back stimulus, possibly as soon as September. Years of cheap central bank cash has delivered a sugar rush to world equity markets, pushing them to successive record highs. But another side effect has been explosive credit growth as households, companies and governments rushed to take advantage of rock-bottom borrowing costs. Global debt, as a result, now amounts to 327% of the world's annual economic output, the Institute of International Finance (IIF) said in a report…”

June 26 – Bloomberg (Garfield Clinton Reynolds and Adam Haigh): “Greed seems to be running the show in global markets. Fear has fled, and that may be the biggest risk of all. Currency volatility just hit a 20-month low, Treasury yields are in their narrowest half-year trading range since the 1970s and the U.S. equities fear gauge, the VIX, is stuck near a two-decade nadir. While markets have signaled complacency in the face of Middle East tensions, the withdrawal of Federal Reserve stimulus and President Donald Trump’s tweetstorms, the Bank for International Settlements flagged on Sunday that low volatility can spur risk-taking with the potential to unwind quickly.”

June 27 – Bloomberg (Annie Massa and Elizabeth Dexheimer): “The growing market for exchange-traded funds hasn’t been fully put to the test, according to one of the top U.S. speed trading firms. Ari Rubenstein, chief executive officer and co-founder of Global Trading Systems LLC, told lawmakers… that while investment dollars have flooded the U.S. ETF market, the new order has not endured an extreme period of stress. Volatility, a measure of market uncertainty, has remained low. ‘In some ways the markets are a bit untested,’ Rubenstein said… ‘It’s definitely something we should talk about to make sure industry participants are prepared in those instruments.’”

June 29 – Financial Times (Javier Espinoza): “Private equity buyouts have enjoyed the strongest start to a year since before the financial crisis as fund managers have come under intense pressure from investors to deploy some of the record amount of capital they hold. The volume of deals involving private equity firms climbed 29% to $143.7bn in the first half of the year, the highest level since 2007, according to… Thomson Reuters.”

June 27 – Bloomberg (Enda Curran and Stephen Engle): “Investors aren’t sufficiently pricing in a growing threat to economic and financial market stability from geopolitical risks, and the latest global cyberattack is an example of the damage that can be wreaked on trade, Cornell University Professor Eswar Prasad said. His remarks came as a virus similar to WannaCry reached Asia after spreading from Europe to the U.S. overnight, hitting businesses, port operators and government systems.”

Fixed Income Bubble Watch:

June 27 – CNBC (Ann Saphir): “Bond investors may soon pay a hefty price for being too pessimistic about the economy, according to portfolio manager Joe Zidle. Zidle, who is with Richard Bernstein Advisors, believes the vast amount of money flowing into long-duration bonds is signaling a costly mistake. ‘Last week alone, there is a 20-year plus treasury bond ETF that in one week got more inflows than all domestic equity mutual funds, and all domestic equity ETFs combined year-to-date,’ he said… He added: ‘I think investors are going to be in a real painful trade.’”

June 26 – Bloomberg (Mary Williams Walsh): “The United States Virgin Islands is best known for its powdery beaches and turquoise bays, a constant draw for the tourists who frequent this tiny American territory. Yet away from the beaches the mood is ominous, as government officials scramble to stave off the same kind of fiscal collapse that has already engulfed its neighbor Puerto Rico. The public debts of the Virgin Islands are much smaller than those of Puerto Rico, which effectively declared bankruptcy in May. But so is its population, and therefore its ability to pay. This tropical territory of roughly 100,000 people owes some $6.5 billion to pensioners and creditors.”

Federal Reserve Watch:

June 28 – Bloomberg (Jill Ward, Lucy Meakin, and Christopher Condon): “Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen gave no indication her plans for continued monetary policy tightening had shifted while acknowledging that some asset prices had become ‘somewhat rich.’ ‘We’ve made very clear that we think it will be appropriate to the attainment of our goals to raise interest rates very gradually,’ she said… In her first public remarks since the U.S. central bank hiked rates on June 14, Yellen said that asset valuations, by some measures ‘look high, but there’s no certainty about that.’ ‘Asset valuations are somewhat rich if you use some traditional metrics like price earnings ratios, but I wouldn’t try to comment on appropriate valuations, and those ratios ought to depend on long-term interest rates,” she said.”

June 27 – Bloomberg (Christopher Condon): “Federal Reserve Vice Chairman Stanley Fischer pointed to higher asset prices as well as increased vulnerabilities for both household and corporate borrowers in warning against complacency when gauging the safety of the global financial system. ‘There is no doubt the soundness and resilience of our financial system has improved since the 2007-09 crisis,’ Fischer said… ‘However, it would be foolish to think we have eliminated all risks.’”

June 28 – Bloomberg (Luke Kawa): “When a trio of Federal Reserve officials delivered remarks on Tuesday, the state of U.S. financial markets came in for a little bit of criticism. When all was said and done, U.S. equities sank the most in six weeks, yields on 10-year Treasuries rose and the dollar weakened to the lowest level versus the euro in 10 months. Fed Chair Janet Yellen said that asset valuations, by some measures ‘look high, but there’s no certainty about that.’ Earlier, San Francisco Fed President John Williams said the stock market ‘seems to be running very much on fumes’ and that he was ‘somewhat concerned about the complacency in the market.’ Fed Vice-Chair Stanley Fischer suggested that there had been a ‘notable uptick’ in risk appetite that propelled valuation ratios to very elevated levels.”

June 27 – Reuters (Guy Faulconbridge and Kate Holton): “With the U.S. economy at full employment and inflation set to hit the Federal Reserve's 2% target next year, the U.S. central bank needs to keep raising rates gradually to keep the economy on an even keel, a Fed policymaker said… ‘If we delay too long, the economy will eventually overheat, causing inflation or some other problem,’ San Francisco Fed President John Williams said… ‘Gradually raising interest rates to bring monetary policy back to normal helps us keep the economy growing at a rate that can be sustained for a longer time.’”

June 29 – Financial Times (Alistair Gray and Barney Jopson): “Regulators have given US banks the go-ahead to pay out almost all their earnings to shareholders this year in a signal of their confidence in the health of the financial system. The Federal Reserve has given the green light to a record level of post-crisis distributions, including an estimated total of almost $100bn from the six largest banks. All 34 institutions passed the second part of its annual stress test, although the Fed did call out weaknesses in capital planning at Capital One… The big six US banks — Bank of America, Citigroup, Goldman Sachs, Morgan Stanley, JPMorgan Chase and Wells Fargo — are set to return to shareholders between $95bn and $97bn over the next four quarters, according to RBC Capital Markets analyst Gerard Cassidy. That is about 50% more than they were able to hand out after last year’s exam.”

U.S. Bubble Watch:

June 27 – Wall Street Journal (Shibani Mahtani and Douglas Belkin): “This is what happens when a major American state lets its bills stack up for two years. Hospitals, doctors and dentists don’t get paid for hundreds of millions of dollars of patient care. Social-service agencies help fewer people. Public universities and the towns that surround them suffer. The state’s bond rating falls to near junk status. People move out. A standoff in Illinois between Republican Governor Bruce Rauner and Democratic Speaker of the House Michael Madigan over spending and term limits has left Illinois without a budget for two years. State workers and some others are still getting paid because of court orders and other stopgap measures, but bills for many others are piling up. The unpaid backlog is now $14.6 billion and growing.”

June 28 – Bloomberg Business Week (Elizabeth Campbell and John McCormick): “Two years ago, Illinois’s budget impasse meant that the state’s lottery winners had to wait for months to get their winnings. Now, with $15 billion in unpaid bills, Illinois is on the brink of being unable to even sell Powerball tickets. For the third year in a row, the state is poised to begin its fiscal year on July 1 with no state budget and billions of dollars in the red. If that happens, S&P Global Ratings says Illinois will probably lose its ­investment-grade status and become the first U.S. state on record to have its general obligation debt rated as junk. Illinois is already the worst-rated state at BBB-, S&P’s lowest investment-grade rating. The state owes at least $800 million in interest and late fees on its unpaid bills.”

June 26 – Wall Street Journal (Lev Borodovsky): “Commercial real estate prices are starting to roll over after reaching record highs, capping a long postcrisis rally. While there is no sign that a decline would mean imminent danger for the economy, Federal Reserve Bank of Boston President Eric Rosengren recently warned that valuations represent a risk he ‘will continue to watch carefully.’ So far, prices have proven resilient, reflecting in part the unexpected 2017 decline of interest rates and the rising capital flows from diverse sources such as U.S. pensions and overseas investors.”

June 28 – Wall Street Journal (Chris Dieterich): “Booming demand for passive investments is making exchange-traded funds an increasingly crucial driver of share prices, helping to extend the long U.S. stock rally even as valuations become richer and other big buyers pare back. ETFs bought $98 billion in U.S. stocks during the first three months of this year, on pace to surpass their total purchases for 2015 and 2016 combined… These funds owned nearly 6% of the U.S. stock market in the first quarter—their highest level on record—according to an analysis of Fed data by Goldman Sachs… Surging demand for ETFs this year has to an unprecedented extent helped fuel the latest leg higher for the eight-year stock-market rally.”

June 27 – Reuters (Kimberly Chin): “U.S. single-family home prices rose in April due to tight inventory of houses on the market and low mortgage rates… and economists see no imminent change in the trend. The S&P CoreLogic Case-Shiller composite index of 20metropolitan areas rose 5.7% in April on a year-over-year basis after a 5.9% gain in March, which matched the fastest pace in nearly three years.”

June 27 – Bloomberg (Andrew Mayeda): “The International Monetary Fund cut its outlook for the U.S. economy, removing assumptions of President Donald Trump’s plans to cut taxes and boost infrastructure spending to spur growth. The IMF reduced its forecast for U.S. growth this year to 2.1%, from 2.3% in the fund’s April update to its world economic outlook. The… fund also cut its projection for U.S. growth next year to 2.1%, from 2.5% in April.”

Japan Watch:

June 29 – Reuters (Leika Kihara and Stanley White): “Japan's industrial output fell faster in May than at any time since the devastating earthquake of March 2011 while inventories hit their highest in almost a year, suggesting a nascent economic recovery may stall before it gets properly started. Household spending also fell in May, leaving the Bank of Japan's 2% target seemingly out of reach.”

EM Watch:

June 28 – Reuters (Brad Brooks and Silvio Cascione): “President Michel Temer called a corruption charge filed against him by Brazil's top prosecutor a ‘fiction’ on Tuesday, as the nation's political crisis deepened under the second president faced with possible removal from office in just over a year. Temer, who was charged Monday night with arranging to receive millions of dollars in bribes, said the move would hurt Brazil's economic recovery and possibly paralyze efforts at reform. The conservative leader said executives of the world's biggest meatpacker, JBS SA , who accused him in plea-bargain testimony of arranging to take 38 million reais ($11.47 million) in bribes in the coming months, did so only to escape jail for their own crimes.”

Geopolitical Watch:

June 29 – New York Times (Nicole Perlroth and David E. Sanger): “Twice in the past month, National Security Agency cyberweapons stolen from its arsenal have been turned against two very different partners of the United States — Britain and Ukraine. The N.S.A. has kept quiet, not acknowledging its role in developing the weapons. White House officials have deflected many questions, and responded to others by arguing that the focus should be on the attackers themselves, not the manufacturer of their weapons. But the silence is wearing thin for victims of the assaults, as a series of escalating attacks using N.S.A. cyberweapons have hit hospitals, a nuclear site and American businesses. Now there is growing concern that United States intelligence agencies have rushed to create digital weapons that they cannot keep safe from adversaries or disable once they fall into the wrong hands.”

June 28 – New York Times (Sheera Frenkel, Mark Scott and Paul Mozur): “As governments and organizations around the world grappled… with the impact of a cyberattack that froze computers and demanded a ransom for their release, victims received a clear warning from security experts not to pay a dime in the hopes of getting back their data. The hackers’ email address was shut down and they had lost the ability to communicate with their victims, and by extension, to restore access to computers. If the hackers had wanted to collect ransom money, said cybersecurity experts, their attack was an utter failure. That is, if that was actually their goal. Increasingly sophisticated ransomware assaults now have cybersecurity experts questioning what the attackers are truly after. Is it money? Mayhem? Delivering a political message?”

June 25 – Reuters: “Qatar is reviewing a list of demands presented by four Arab states imposing a boycott on the wealthy Gulf country, but said on Saturday the list was not reasonable or actionable. ‘We are reviewing these demands out of respect for ... regional security and there will be an official response from our ministry of foreign affairs,’ Sheikh Saif al-Thani, the director of Qatar's government communications office, said… Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates, which imposed a boycott on Qatar, issued an ultimatum to Doha to close Al Jazeera, curb ties with Iran, shut a Turkish military base and pay reparations among other demands.”

June 27 – Reuters (Foo Yun Chee): “EU antitrust regulators hit Alphabet unit Google with a record 2.42-billion-euro ($2.7bn) fine on Tuesday, taking a tough line in the first of three investigations into the company's dominance in searches and smartphones. It is the biggest fine the EU has ever imposed on a single company in an antitrust case, exceeding a 1.06-billion-euro sanction handed down to U.S. chipmaker Intel in 2009. The European Commission said the world's most popular internet search engine has 90 days to stop favoring its own shopping service or face a further penalty per day of up to 5% of Alphabet's average daily global turnover.”
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          Report: Kevin Shattenkirk to sign with New York Rangers for $6.65 million per year (UPDATED)   

Update 2:30 PM: The deal is now official, but the terms have changed. Shattenkirk is a New York Ranger. Per Frank Seravelli, Shattenkirk will earn $6.65 million per year for four years. Hearing Kevin Shattenkirk is going to the New York Rangers. #TSN — Frank Seravalli (@frank_seravalli) July 1, 2017 Shattenkirk 4 years x $6.65 — Frank Seravalli (@frank_seravalli) July 1, 2017 Original story:  NHL Network’s Kevin Weekes is reporting – unofficially – that defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk will sign a four-year deal with the New York Rangers for an annual value of $6.9 million. That’s nice. Acquired at the trade deadline, Shattenkirk scored 2 goals and recorded 12 assists for the Capitals in 19 regular season games. He scored an overtime game-winner in the playoffs as well. That was fun. Unofficially,what I'm told is Shattenkirk signing with @NYRangers 4yrs 6.9 Million per year. @NHL @NHLNetwork . — Kevin Weekes (@KevinWeekes) July 1, 2017 It’s a pricey deal, but there’s a lot of term for one of the most promising offensive defensemen available. And, at age 28, Shattenkirk will have some good years under the contract. And so ends an alleged bidding war – with the NY native signing with the team everyone knew he’d sign with eventually. Free agency opens at noon, at which point we’ll expect to hear this deal made official. Update 11:12 AM: Frank Seravalli is pouring some cold water on this one. Talked to Shattenkirk camp. He hasn't decided where he will sign yet, reports otherwise are premature. — Frank Seravalli (@frank_seravalli) July 1, 2017 Update 11:22 AM: Further walked back. The beauty of Free Agency : I'm now told that @NYRangers talking to "Shattenkirk and other players." *As the world turns* @NHL @NHLNetwork — Kevin Weekes (@KevinWeekes) July 1, 2017 Final Update: The deal is […]

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          Bankers Beat Back Efforts at Mortgage Relief in AZ   
About half of all Arizona mortgages are under water, meaning owners owe more than the property is worth. This proposal was aimed at helping those who continue to make payments rather than simply walk away. It is a bit complex, involving the state using its power of eminent domain to acquire the property, paying the bank the current market value with money from investors who buy state bonds, and giving the lender a no-interest promissory note for the balance. That buys the homeowner some time for the market to recover. But Jim Lundy of the Arizona Bankers Association objected to anything to give lenders even one cent less than they are owed. This is a proposed solution that would use the police power of the state to cram down millions of mortgages on hundreds of lenders arbitrarily, Lundy said. But Phoenix Democrat Debbie McCune Davis said thats better than the current lose-lose situation when homeowners cannot keep up the payments and the bank forecloses, selling the property for less
          Predators sign Bonino away from Pens and acquire Emelin   

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Nashville Predators took care of an area of concern and added to an area of depth Saturday, signing center Nick Bonino away from the Stanley Cup champion Pittsburgh Penguins with…

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          7/1/2017: SPORTS: Sabres bring back ex-captain Pominville   
The Buffalo Sabres acquired blue-liner Marco Scandella and former captain Jason Pominville in a trade with the Minnesota Wild on Friday for forwards Tyler Ennis and Marcus Foligno. The teams also swapped 2018 draft picks, with Minnesota picking up a...
          The Time Is Right For Brave Investors To Start Accumulating Rite Aid - Seeking Alpha   

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          Re: Here’s The Video Of The First Aerobatic Flight Demo Of The F-35: Does It Showcase Exceptional Maneuverability Or Quite The Opposite?   

It is not that hard to understand the USAF's calculus.....legacy platforms are wearing out physically over time and need replacing. If the USAF can purchase significantly more capable next generation manned platforms (e.g. F 35) at or very near the price of previous generation platforms which has been upgraded with various next generation systems (to remain somewhat competitive) +/- SLEP......why wouldn't you? Its lots of relative bang for the buck to purchase next generation platforms like the F35. The F35A
per unit price (including engines) has dipped below $100 million now and is continuing to fall significantly further over time.

Don't forget that the 1700+ F35As for the USAF is the total number of F35As acquired over the life of the F35 program....the USAF wouldn't have 1700+ F35As at any one time...many of the earliest F35As would have been retired when the last batch of F35As roll off the production line.


          Solutia to Acquire Southwall Technologies Inc.   
Solutia Inc. (NYSE: SOA), a market-leading performance materials and specialty chemicals company, and Southwall Technologies Inc. (NASDAQ: SWTX), a leading innovator of energy-saving films and glass products for automotive and architectural markets, today announced that they have signed a definitive agreement providing for Solutia to acquire Southwall for $13.60 per share of Southwall common stock in cash.
          Solutia Announces the Acquisition of Novomatrix   
"Solutia Inc. (NYSE: SOA) today announced that it has acquired Novomatrix, a leader in branding, marketing and the distribution of high-technology performance window films catering to the premium segment of the automotive aftermarket and architectural applications for residential, commercial and industrial properties.
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          Former Siemens & GE execs found Securadyne, acquire SecureNet as platform for growth   
Carey Boethel and Ken Francis go into business; financial partner, Pamlico Capital, ready to fund additional acquisitions
03/01/2012
Martha Entwistle

DALLAS—Carey Boethel and Ken Francis, two well-known industry veterans, announced this morning that they’ve founded a new systems integration firm called Securadyne Systems, and acquired SecureNet,  a Dallas-based security integrator, as a platform for growth.

With backing from Pamlico Capital, the phase-one strategy for Securadyne is “to build a Southeast regional company over the next two years. Phase two would be to achieve a national footprint,” Francis told Security Systems News.

The duo plan to build a “unique solutions provider that leverages emerging IP and cloud-based technologies.”  Francis said systems integrators who focus on “strong advanced services will change the nature of the relationship between systems integrators and their enterprise customers.”

Securadyne “intends to be on forefront of this change, and the result will be stronger relationships with end users and a more profitable business,” he added.

Securadyne is actively looking for select acquisitions.
 
Boethel, president and CEO of Securadyne, was most recently head of Siemens’ Security Solutions Business Unit in the United States, and VP and Business Unit Head for Canada. Ken Francis, COO of Securadyne, has worked for ADT, AMAG, and GE Security, where he led the Integrated Systems Product Group.  Most recently, Francis was worldwide VP of Sales & Marketing for UTC’s Security Products Group.
 
Pamlico Capital is a $2 billion Charlotte, N.C.-based middle-market private equity group. Pamlico was an investor in Sonitrol, but exited when that company was sold to Stanley Works in 2008.

Stuart Christhilf, principal at Pamlico, called Sonitrol a “very successful investment for us.” He said Pamlico had spent the past 12 to 18 months “looking at a host of different companies across the space.” Pamlico does not currently have other security investments, but it is invested in several software, SaaS, hosted and managed services companies. Pamlico’s interest in those capabilities and ongoing interest in the security space “attracted us to the thesis that Carey and Ken have developed,” Christhilf said.

Christhilf characterized Pamlico as a long-term investor interested in helping Securadyne grow over the next several years. “We’re really excited to back Carey and Ken. We think they’re the best team out there to put our money behind in this space. And we think SecureNet is a great platform from which to execute their strategy and to expand from there.”

Brian Bergstrom, CEO of SecureNet, will continue to lead the SecureNet organization, which will retain its brand name. Bergstrom will join the Securadyne management team as GM of the company’s Texas and Oklahoma operations.  

Francis said SecureNet had 2011 revenues of approximately $16 million and has about 79 employees. In addition to headquarters in Dallas, it has Texas branch offices in Austin and Houston and Oklahoma branch offices in Oklahoma City and Tulsa.

Today’s deal is the result of an idea that Francis and Boethel came up with several years ago when the two were both working at Netversant. “We spent a great deal of time talking about this idea,” Francis said. “We had a business plan and we made presentations to bankers.” That was back around 2008, and it turned out the timing was not right, “so we both made career commitments, Carey to Siemens and me to GE Security … then last spring we got together and decided that in 2012 we’d like to do this.”
 


          Assistant Store Manager - CEFCO - Austin, TX   
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          IMPORTANT INVESTOR ALERT: Khang & Khang LLP Announces a Securities Class Action Lawsuit against Pingtan Marine Enterprise Ltd. and Encourages Investors with Losses to Contact the Firm   
Khang & Khang LLP (the “Firm”) announces a securities class action lawsuit against Pingtan Marine Enterprise Ltd. (“Pingtan” or the “Company”) (Nasdaq:PME). Investors who purchased or otherwise acquired shares between August 8, 2016 and May 10, 2017, inclusive (the “Class Period”), are encouraged to contact the Firm in advance of the August 22, 2017 lead plaintiff motion deadline.
          IMPORTANT SHAREHOLDER ALERT: Khang & Khang LLP Announces a Securities Class Action Lawsuit against Mattel, Inc. and Encourages Investors with Losses to Contact the Firm   
Khang & Khang LLP (the “Firm”) announces the filing of a class action lawsuit against Mattel, Inc. (“Mattel” or the “Company”) (Nasdaq:MAT). Investors who purchased or otherwise acquired shares between October 20, 2016 and April 20, 2017, inclusive (the “Class Period”), are encouraged to contact the Firm in advance of the August 28, 2017 lead plaintiff motion deadline.
          EQUITY ALERT: Khang & Khang LLP Announces Securities Class Action Lawsuit against General Motors Company and Encourages Investors with Losses to Contact the Firm   
Khang & Khang LLP (the “Firm”) announces a securities class action lawsuit against General Motors Company (“GM” or the “Company”) (NYSE:GM). Investors who purchased or otherwise acquired shares between February 27, 2012 and May 25, 2017, inclusive (the “Class Period”), are encouraged to contact the Firm in advance of the July 26, 2017 lead plaintiff motion deadline.
          DEADLINE ALERT: Lundin Law PC Announces Securities Class Action Lawsuit against Barrick Gold Corporation and Reminds Investors with Losses to Contact the Firm   
Lundin Law PC, a shareholder rights firm, announces a class action lawsuit against Barrick Gold Corporation (“Barrick” or the “Company”) (NYSE:ABX) for possible violations of federal securities laws from February 16, 2017 through April 24, 2017 inclusive (the “Class Period”). Investors who purchased or otherwise acquired Barrick shares during the Class Period should contact the firm prior to the July 10, 2017 lead plaintiff motion deadline.
          Student Transportation Inc. Divests Balance of Minority Interest in Various Oil and Gas Assets   
Student Transportation Inc. (STI) (TSX:STB) (NASDAQ:STB) announced that it has completed the sale of the remaining non-material assets of its subsidiary Canadex Resources, which it acquired in 2008, as part of an acquisition of several hundred school buses and school transportation contracts in Ontario, Canada. In addition to its school bus operation, Canadex at the time held various oil and gas well “minority interest” in several states in the U.S. The Company has since been winding down the portfolio over the past ten years and recently the assets represented less than one half of one percent of estimated fiscal 2017 Company revenues. The Company used the net proceeds from the $2.7 million dollar sale to reduce debt.
          Chart to Acquire Hudson Products   
Chart Industries, Inc. (“Chart”) (Nasdaq:GTLS) announced today that it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Hudson Products Corporation (“Hudson”) for $410 million in cash.
          SHAREHOLDER ALERT: Pomerantz Law Firm Reminds Shareholders with Losses on their Investment in Sky Solar Holdings, Ltd. of Class Action Lawsuit and Upcoming Deadline – SKYS   
Pomerantz LLP announces that a class action lawsuit has been filed against Sky Solar Holdings, Ltd. (“Sky Solar” or the “Company”) (NASDAQ:SKYS) and certain of its officers.   The class action, filed in United States District Court, Southern District of New York, and docketed under 17-cv-04572, is on behalf of a class consisting of investors who purchased or otherwise acquired the American Depositary Shares (“ADSs”) of Sky Solar: (1) pursuant and/or traceable to Sky Solar’s false and misleading Registration Statement and Prospectus issued in connection with the Company’s initial public offering completed on or about November 18, 2014 (the “IPO” or the “Offering”); and/or (2) on the open market between November 14, 2014 and June 12, 2017, both dates inclusive, seeking to recover compensable damages caused by Defendants’ violations of the Securities Act of 1933 (“Securities Act”) and the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (the “Exchange Act”).
          SHAREHOLDER ALERT: Pomerantz Law Firm Reminds Shareholders with Losses on their Investment in Mazor Robotics Ltd. of Class Action Lawsuit and Upcoming Deadline – MZOR   
Pomerantz LLP announces that a class action lawsuit has been filed against Mazor Robotics Ltd. (“Mazor” or the “Company”) (NASDAQ:MZOR) and certain of its officers.   The class action, filed in United States District Court, Southern District of New York, and docketed under 17-cv-04422, is on behalf of a class consisting of investors who purchased or otherwise acquired Mazor’s American Depositary Receipts (“ADRs”) securities, seeking to recover compensable damages caused by defendants’ violations of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934.
          Learning to use Jobe 1.5 inch gold dredge   
As you can see from my previous video blogging I broke down and bought a dredge kit. It is the Jobe 1.5 inch dredge with a 2.5 hp pump. I had to get the pump and dredge separate because the pumps were back ordered. Thank goodness for Ebay and thank goodness there were a few pumps floating around out there. The dredge came with all the hoses and fittings and even the suction nozzle.The whole outfit ran about 675 dollars shipping included on the pump but not the sluice. In the videos I am going to post today you get to see me trying to figure out how to run the dredge correctly.

I am pretty comfortable with getting the sluice part of it set right. I just watch to see what my material is doing and adjust the angle or pump flow accordingly. The tricky part is maintaining the right proportions of gravel sand and water when using the suction nozzle.  If the slurry you are pumping up your hose gets to thick the rocks will clog you up. If it is to thin your not efficiently moving material so its kind of a double whammy. I decided to just deal with the clogs head on. I found that a short 1/2 inch piece of pvc pipe works well for nozzle clogs. Rocks work well for hose clogs. The hose is clear so you are actually able to see where the show stopper is. Take a rock and beat the clog to death. Header box clogs are dealt with by using the same pvc pipe and ramming it through the factory installed plug hole in the front. Unfortunately clogs are the problems you acquire when you give up digging and classifying so you just have to deal with it and try to watch the material you are running.

So what do you do when you loose suction and can't find a clog?  When it happened to me I looked down inside my suction nozzle with the pump off and saw that a nickle sized rock was lodged in the vent hole where the high pressure water shoots out. I have been meaning to bring a coat hanger with me to get those but for now I have been using a stick with a hook end. That nickle sized rock issue also caused me problems one day when I was trying to prime the pump. In other words the pump wont prime with a pebble in the suction nozzles orifice

In a nutshell. If you can deal with the clogs dredging for gold is great fun. Here in Ohio it will take me about 200 years to pay for the dredge with gold so I admit that it may be a bit of overkill but around here it's more about the hunt than the haul and I like shiny toys. Enjoy the videos!
 
          Saturday 3rd June 1944   
Before we left the Cumberland I took a note of the patent medicines etc. that we'd acquired between us:

Whites QBC (quinine, belladonna, camphor)
TCP (solution of halogenides phenolic bodies)
Aspirin
Coty's Hand Lotion
Meggezones (for throat infections)
Valderma (antiseptic balm)

We're not a pair of invalids but I'd got a sore face and we were making an all-out attack on April's cold and sore throat.

We found we both felt miserable this morning (I don't think London really suits either of us) so walked around Hyde Park in cold sunshine, telling each other stories. This made us feel better, and after a decent lunch of salad we toddled out to Hampstead to see the Aunts and collect a few of my belongings. Pat and Lid were sitting sleepily in the London afternoon sunshine in their small garden. We joined them and had a cup of tea and our “miseries” were finally dispelled.

Came back to Pitsea happily in the early evening.

Violet didn't like the Hack's at Romford, so, urged by April I said to her mournfully, at the end of my account of the Paripan interview, “... And so Violet, this means April and I will have some sort of home in Essex; but I'm afraid she'll have to leave Hack's...” “And a bloody good job too!” ejaculated Vi. forcefully, as she rushed busily to the other side of the small kitchen!
          Product Owner - Customer Success - GlobalEnglish - Brisbane, CA   
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          Learning and Content Strategy Lead - GlobalEnglish - Brisbane, CA   
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          Product Owner - Learning Systems - GlobalEnglish - Brisbane, CA   
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          Digital and DevOps Meetup, June 2017   

@mavit wrote:

Anyone know anything about the Digital and DevOps Meetup that happened yesterday? I couldn't go, myself, because it clashed with Fusion.

The word "digital" seems to have acquired a new meaning of "like enterprise IT, but trendy", and I think that might be the sense they're using the word in here. They seem to have lots of short talks, which seems like a good approach if you can find enough speakers.

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          Recreational Programmer/Park Worker (student) - Parks of the St. Lawrence - Ontario   
Ability and willingness to acquire a good knowledge of the operation of a parks in a short period of time;... $12.25 an hour
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          Recreational Programmer/Park Worker (student) - Parks of the St. Lawrence - Ivy Lea, ON   
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          Flames Trade Henrik Karlsson To Chicago   
Calgary, AB – The Calgary Flames announced today they have traded goaltender Henrik Karlsson to the Chicago Blackhawks in exchange for a 7th round pick in the 2013 NHL Entry Draft. The 7th round pick was originally the Ottawa Senators, previously acquired by the Blackhawks.
          Lightning Acquire Jean-Francois Jacques   
TAMPA BAY – The Tampa Bay Lightning have acquired forward Jean-Francois Jacques from the Florida Panthers in exchange for future considerations, vice president and general manager Steve Yzerman announced today. Jacques, 27, has played in 24 games this season with the San Antonio Rampage of the American Hockey League, collecting five goals and seven points to go along with 37 penalty minutes. The 6-foot-3, 231-pound left winger ranks tied for first on the Rampage with three power play goals. The Montreal, Quebec native has skated in 166 career NHL games with the Edmonton Oilers and Anaheim Ducks, recording nine goals and 17 points to go along with 197 penalty minutes. Last season Jacques appeared in six games with the Ducks and tallied 12 penalty minutes
          Carolina/Philadelphia Trade   
RALEIGH, NC – Jim Rutherford, President and General Manager of the National Hockey League’s Carolina Hurricanes, today announced that the team has acquired center Luke Pither (PIH-tuhr) from the Philadelphia Flyers in exchange for goaltender Brian Boucher and defenseman Mark Alt. Pither will be assigned to the Charlotte Checkers of the American Hockey League (AHL). 
          Minor San Jose/Florida Trade   
SAN JOSE - San Jose Sharks Executive Vice President and General Manager Doug Wilson announced today that the team has acquired forward Tim Kennedy from the Florida Panthers in exchange for defenseman Sean Sullivan. Kennedy has been assigned to Worcester, San Jose’s top development affiliate in the American Hockey League. Kennedy, 25, has split the season between Florida and San Antonio (NHL).  He posted two points (1-1=2) in 27 NHL games with Florida this season and added nine points (3-6=9) in 18 AHL games with San Antonio.  In 112 career NHL games with Buffalo and Florida, he has posted 29 points (11-18=29).  He appeared in six playoff games in 2009-10 with Buffalo registering three points (1-2=3). The five-foot-ten, 175-pound native of Buffalo, New York was originally selected by Washington in the sixth round (181st overall) of the 2005 NHL Entry Draft. Sullivan, 27, was second amongst Worcester defensemen this season with 24 points (5-19=24) in 32 games.  He appeared in 105 games with Worcester in the last two seasons recording 59 points (17-42=59).
          Trade: Predators get Emelin, Vegas receives third-rounder   
The Predators confirmed the deal a couple hours later. Perhaps, but TSN’s Bob McKenzie believes that they acquired him to “keep him in the lineup.” That doesn’t necessarily rule out the Predators moving someone else on their defense thanks to the addition of Emelin, mind you.
          Comment on Real Estate Website Review by dan   
>>Jay Banks is hosting with Realestatewebmasters. I’ve noticed something interesting on his site in regard to hosting that may help with his rankings too. Sorry can’t tell you what that is, because I don’t want to cause trouble for him. He’s done a good job and deserves his lofty rankings. What would that be? Apart from the links I've been hitting my head against the walls for years as to why he ranks so high. His site is not the greatest, he never updates it but is always first. I'd like to know how do you acquire that number of links? And how does he do so well for doing nothing. He's not even that active of a realtor.
          Papa Murphy's Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ:FRSH) Major Shareholder...   

Papa Murphy's Holdings, Inc. major shareholder Mfp Partners Lp acquired 20,745 shares of Papa Murphy's Holdings stock in a transaction that occurred on Friday, June 30th. The stock was acquired at an average cost of $4.37 per share, for a total transaction of $90,655.65.


          Top Strategies to Master DOTA   
Defence of the Ancients is a very popular map in Warcraft III; almost an obsession with some players, probably due to the constant changes; each new version gains fame and followers. It is not surprising, therefore, that DOTA tactics and strategy tips are populating the Web these days. Hero building is the prime focus; heroes acquire abilities and strength through purchases with gold, so acquiring gold becomes the prime objective.
          Grocery Store Stocks: Analysis Of A Changing Industry   

Grocery stocks across the board are falling, with the exception of Whole Foods Market , which recently agreed to be acquired by e-commerce giant Amazon . With a competitive force as strong as Amazon, even the biggest U.S. retailers with a grocery presence - Wal-Mart Stores , Target , Costco Wholesale , and Kroger - are under assault.


          Papa Murphy's Holdings, Inc. (FRSH) Major Shareholder Purchases $41,143.08 in Stock   

Papa Murphy's Holdings, Inc. major shareholder Mfp Partners Lp acquired 9,372 shares of Papa Murphy's Holdings stock in a transaction that occurred on Monday, June 26th. The stock was bought at an average cost of $4.39 per share, with a total value of $41,143.08.


          (USA-MS-Jackson) Senior Analyst, Delta Co-Brand Acquisition   
Senior Analyst, Delta Co-Brand Acquisition This position is an exciting opportunity to work in the fast-paced and dynamic environment of Consumer Marketing Services on the Delta Co-Brand Marketing team. This individual will be responsible for managing digital acquisition marketing in our largest Delta channels. S/he will work closely with internal cross functional partners and our partners at Delta to develop and execute against a strategic roadmap to drive acquisition growth via placements ondelta.comand the Fly Delta app. This is an opportunity to join a high-performing team and drive significant results. Responsibilities include: * Work with Senior Manager to set the strategic vision for acquiring new accounts in Delta’s digital channels and create an annual roadmap of initiatives to maximize impressions, drive conversion, and acquire engaged Card Members across the Delta SkyMiles Credit Cards portfolio * Partner with Delta to optimize our placements ondelta.comand create innovative acquisition opportunities within various customer journeys on the site and within the Fly Delta mobile app * Manage creative testing with our digital assets via collaboration with Delta * Collaboratively support tech projects with our Partnership Acquisition Capabilities team and Delta’s Marketing & Tech teams * Lead general channel management activities, including campaign execution, analyzing results, tracking channel metrics and budget, and channel optimization Employment eligibility to work with American Express in the U.S. is required as the company will not pursue visa * Digital acquisition marketing expertise * Strong analytical and problem solving skills * Strong partner management skills * Excellent decision making and strategic thought leadership skills * Strong verbal and written communication skills, attention to detail, and will to win * Ability to drive projects from concept to implementation * Self-starter with demonstrated ability to work independently * Enjoys working on fun, fast-paced team * Bachelors degree required **Job** *Marketing* **Title:** *Senior Analyst, Delta Co-Brand Acquisition* **Location:** *AL-Montgomery* **Other Locations:** *US-New York-New York* **Requisition ID:** *17008272*
          (USA-MS-Jackson) Senior Consultant, B2B Payments Strategy, West Coast   
The GCP US Large Market (LM) Client Group manages strategic corporate payment relationships for numerous multi-national organizations and also acquires new customers with revenue over $300M. This individual will be responsible for owning a portfolio of complex, high profile sales opportunities. He or she will primarily partner with Client Management and Business Development to develop and execute winning strategies for accelerating revenue. The candidate must have deep knowledge of corporate payments, particularly the relevant challenges being addressed by our client stakeholders i.e. Procurement, AP, Finance and Treasury. This candidate should possess expert knowledge of the various payment solutions employed by our middle market, enterprise and global customers and be adept at demonstrating the value of American Express solutions. Innovation mindset and a desire to drive change are imperative because he or she will be asked to represent the LM voice of customer in various partner initiatives, process optimization projects, as well as content and competitive intelligence. This team player will be accountable for developing and maintaining senior level relationships across strategic business partner functions (i.e. Global Merchant Services, Risk, Pricing, Field Enablement, Marketing and Product) as cross functional collaboration is a cornerstone of this group. Responsibilities: * Leverage industry expertise and known best practices to expand and cross-sell B2B charge volume growth opportunities * Act as B2B knowledge champion for the LM organization * Analyze complex customer AP data sets and provide insights to understand and prioritize B2B opportunities * Drive the strategy for client meetings and discussions * Influence leadership to be agile with decision making and escalation as needed * Employ Challenger Selling Model with clients--teaching, problem-solving, and tailoring sophisticated B2B solutions to meet stated objectives * Support the innovation and delivery of next generation products and capabilities via engagement with key partners * Seeking candidates with prior strategy or management consulting experience with client facing B2B payments sales expertise required. Ideal skill set includes the following: * Proven history of exceeding sales quota * Strong track record of identifying and closing complex B2B deals * Complex pipeline management and ownership across a wide range of opportunities in various sales stages * Ability to set annual forecasts and report to senior leadership on plan vs actuals * Highly developed core consulting skills * Ability to effectively communicate with C-level, Procurement, Finance and Treasury stakeholders * Strong business background and financial acumen * Proven project management skills to drive enterprise level engagements * Understanding of the B2B payments value chain from all aspects (Amex, Buyer and Supplier) * Creative problem solving to challenge status quo and drive progressive change management * Strong interpersonal skills to create followership and inspire innovation * Experience navigating long sales cycles particularly complex and iterative negotiations * Work experience in Mgt. Consulting, FinTech, Corporate Payments, Merchant Services, Procure to Pay, Source to Settle, ERP integration, Supply Chain, Trade Finance, Procurement, Finance, Treasury, AP or Business Development strongly preferred Location: Los Angeles or San Francisco preferred, Western United States required Employment eligibility to work with American Express in the U.S. is required as the company will not pursue visa sponsorship for these positions. **Job** *Sales* **Title:** *Senior Consultant, B2B Payments Strategy, West Coast* **Location:** *AL-Montgomery* **Requisition ID:** *17008137*
          (USA-MS-JACKSON) Preseason Tax Professional   
**244168BR** **Title:** Preseason Tax Professional **Job Description:** **Pre-season Tax Professional** Seeking seasonal tax preparers to serve clients with diverse tax needs during the pre-season. H&R Block pre-season tax professionals are responsible for preparing complete and accurate tax returns, delivering outstanding client service, and generating business growth by supporting business to business sales activities. H&R Block is the industry’s largest consumer tax services provider¹ and we have been focused on client service for over 60 years. Apply today using any device at www.hrblock.com/careers > Tax Office Jobs **Pre-season Tax Professional duties include:** + Conducting tax interviews with clients + Increasing retention of all clients + Offering additional products and services + Generating business growth by supporting business to business sales activities + Providing IRS audit support & attending audits, as needed + Growing tax expertise + Mentoring and supporting teammates **Job ID:** 244168BR **State:** MS **City:** JACKSON **Address:** 5250 C I-55 N **Tax Office Job Categories:** Preseason Tax Professional **Minimum Qualifications:** **Required Skills & Experience:** + High School Diploma or equivalent + Experience completing individual returns + Tax planning and audit support + Ability to effectively communicate in person and in writing + Knowledge and experience with a Windows-based computer system preferred + Experience working in a fast-paced customer service environment preferred + Successful completion of the H&R Block Tax Knowledge Assessment , H&R Block Income Tax Course, or equivalent² + Additional experience for this position is acquired through training upon hiring. _H&R Block is an equal opportunity employer._ _1_ _Based on annual revenues for sales of tax preparation products and services._ _2_ _Enrollment in, or completion of the H&R Block Income Tax Course is neither an offer nor a guarantee of employment. Enrollment restrictions apply. Book or other fees may also apply._
          (USA-MS-Jackson) Staff Registered Nurse (Primary Care Clinics)   
Job Overview ## Job Overview ### Summary Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): 1970857 **OUR MISSION**: To fulfill President Lincoln's promise – "To care for him who shall have borne the battle, and for his widow, and his orphan" – by serving and honoring the men and women who are America's Veterans. How would you like to become a part of a team providing compassionate care to Veterans? The G.V. (Sonny) Montgomery VA Medical Center in Jackson, MS provides primary, secondary and tertiary medical, neurological and mental health inpatient care. Services include hemodialysis, sleep studies, substance abuse treatment, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), hematology/oncology and rehabilitation programs. Both primary and specialized outpatient services are available including such specialized programs as; ambulatory surgery, spinal cord injury, neurology, infectious disease, substance abuse, PTSD, readjustment counseling, mental health diagnostic and treatment programs. In addition, the facility provides comprehensive health care services for female veterans patients and offers an 86-bed Community Living Center which includes Palliative Care. VA encourages persons with disabilities to apply. The health related positions in VA are covered by Title 38, and are not covered by the Schedule A excepted appointment authority. ****The applicant(s) selected for this position may be eligible to receive an award through the Education Debt Reduction Program (EDRP) upon meeting established criteria. The EDRP award is subject to availability of funding. Please contact Human Resources to speak with the EDRP Coordinator for additional information.** ### Duties The Registered Nurse assigned to the Primary Care Clinics at the G.V. (Sonny) Montgomery VAMC will perform clinical duties as directed by the Associate Director for Patient Care Services through the Deputy Associate Director for Patient Care Services/Acute Care, Deputy Associate Director for Patienet Care Services/Long Term Care, designated Associate Chief of Nursing Service and Head Nurse (or designee). Duties include providing safe, basic care to include but is not limited to the following : * Adheres to established policies, standards of care and standards of practice. * Demonstrates leadership when providing nursing care. * Serves as a role model when assigned as team leader or charge nurse under the supervision of the Head Nurse or designee. * Applies the nursing process to systems or processes at the unit/team/work group level to improve care. * Demonstrates leadership by involving others in improving care. * Supports and enhances clients and self-determination. * Serves as a resource for clients and staff in addressing ethical issues. * Identifies and assesses resource utilization and safety issues, taking appropriate action. * Acquires knowledge and skills to maintain xpertise in area of practice. * Uses group process to identify, analyze, and resolve care problems. * Initiates/participates in quality improvement activities that result in improved outcomes. * Uses a body of research to validate and/or change work group pratice. **Work Schedule:** Primarily Monday-Friday, 7:30am-4:00pm with some variability based on the needs of the service. **Functional Statement Title/#:** STAFF REGISTERED NURSE/00000 ### Travel Required * Not Required ### Relocation Authorized * No Job Requirements ## Job Requirements ### Key Requirements * Must pass pre-employment examination. * Designated and/or Random Drug Testing required. * Background and/or Security Investigation required. * Must be proficient in written and spoken English. * Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959. ### Qualifications **BASIC REQUIREMENTS:** * U.S. citizenship. Non-citizens may be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with VA Policy. * Graduate of a school of professional nursing approved by the appropriate State-accrediting agency and accredited by one of the following accrediting bodies at the time the program was completed by the applicant: The Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN) or The Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE). In cases of graduates of foreign schools of professional nursing, possession of current, full, active and unrestricted registration will meet the requirement of graduation from an approved school of professional nursing. * The completion of coursework equivalent to a nursing degree in a MSN Bridge Program that qualifies for professional nursing registration constitutes the completion of an approved course of study of professional nursing. Students should submit the certificate of professional nursing to sit for the NCLEX to the VA along with a copy of the MSN transcript. (Reference VA Handbook 5005, Appendix G6) * Current, full, active and unrestricted registration as a graduate professional nurse in a State, Territory or Commonwealth (i.e., Puerto Rico) of the United States, or the District of Columbia. **Grade Determinations: **The following criteria must be met in determining the grade assignment of candidates, and if appropriate, the level within a grade: * Nurse I Level I - An Associate Degree (ADN) or Diploma in Nursing, with no additional nursing practice/experience required. * Nurse I Level II - An ADN or Diploma in Nursing and approximately 1 year of nursing practice/experience; **OR** an ADN or Diploma in Nursing and a bachelor's degree in a related field with no additional nursing practice/experience; **OR** a Bachelor's of Science in Nursing (BSN) with no additional nursing practice/experience. * Nurse I Level III - An ADN or Diploma in Nursing and approximately 2-3 years of nursing practice/experience; **OR** an ADN or Diploma in Nursing and a Bachelor's degree in a related field and approximately 1-2 years of nursing practice/experience; **OR** a BSN with approximately 1-2 years of nursing practice/experience; **OR**a Master's degree in nursing (MSN) or related field with a BSN and no additional nursing practice/experience. * Nurse II - A BSN with approximately 2-3 years of nursing practice/experience; **OR** ADN or Diploma in Nursing and a Bachelor's degree in a related field and approximately 2-3 year's of nursing practice/experience; **OR** a Master's degree in nursing or related field with a BSN and approximately 1-2 year's of nursing practice/experience; **OR**a Doctoral degree in nursing or meets basic requirements for appointment and has doctoral degree in a related field with no additional nursing practice/experience required. * Nurse III - Master's degree in nursing or related field with BSN and approximately 2-3 year's of nursing practice/experience; **OR** a Doctoral degree in nursing or related field and approximately 2-3 year's of nursing practice/experience. **Preferred Experience:** * Primary Care, Emergency Department and/or Ambulatory Clinic experience Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religions; spiritual; community; student; social). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge, and skills and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience. **Note:** Only education or degrees recognized by the U.S. Department of Education from accredited colleges, universities, schools, or institutions may be used to qualify for Federal employment. You can verify your education here: http://ope.ed.gov/accreditation/. If you are using foreign education to meet qualification requirements, you must send a Certificate of Foreign Equivalency with your transcript in order to receive credit for that education. **Education/Experience Requirements:** Experience as a RN will be evaluated to determine if the experience is of an acceptable level of quality with regard to the following four dimensions of nursing: Practice; Professional Development, Collaboration and Scientific Inquiry. Each dimension of practice has criteria that demonstrate essential core competencies for VHA Nursing Personnel. The criteria are as follows: **Practice:** Practice, Ethics and Resource Utilization **Professional Development:**Performance and Education/Career Development **Collaboration:**Collaboration and Collegiality **Scientific Inquiry:**Quality of Care and Research **Physical Requirements: **This position requires visual acuity, keen hearing, clear distinctive speech, and manual dexterity. This position requires potentially long periods of continued walking, standing, stooping, sitting, bending, pulling, and pushing. Transferring patients and objects may be required. The incumbent may be exposed to infected patients and contaminated material and may be required to don protective clothing in isolation situations or operative/invasive procedures. The incumbent may occasionally be exposed to patients who are combative secondary to delirium, dementia, or psychiatric disorders. The incumbent must be a mature, flexible, sensible individual capable of working effectively in stressful situations, able to shift priorities based on patient needs. ### Security Clearance Other Additional Information ## Additional Information ### What To Expect Next After we receive application packages (including all required documents) and the vacancy announcement closes, we will review applications to ensure qualification and eligibility requirements are met. During our review, if your résumé and application package do not support your questionnaire answers, we will adjust your rating accordingly. After the review is complete, a referral certificate(s) is issued and applicants will be notified of their status by email (if provided); otherwise, applicants will receive a notification letter via the U.S. Postal Service. Referred applicants will be notified as such and may be contacted directly by the hiring office for an interview. All referred applicants receive a final notification once a selection decision has been made. You may check the status of your application at any time by logging into your USAJOBS account and clicking on “Application Status.” For a more detailed update of your status, click on “more information.” Information regarding applicant notification points can be found in the USAJobs Resource Center. #### BENEFITS VA offers a comprehensive benefits package. This link provides an overview of the benefits currently offered: http://www.vacareers.va.gov/why-choose-va/benefits/index.asp. Annual leave shall accrue for full-time Nurses, and Nurse Anesthetists at the rate of 8 hours for each full biweekly pay period. ### Other Information It is the policy of the VA to not deny employment to those that have faced financial hardships or periods of unemployment. This job opportunity announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies. This position is in the Excepted Service and does not confer competitive status. This job originated on www.usajobs.gov. For the full announcement and to apply, visit www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/472666100. Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at www.usajobs.gov will be considered. *Salary Range:* $46,974.00 to $93,213.00 / Per Year *Series & Grade:* VN-0610-00/00 *Supervisory Status:* No *Who May Apply:* United States Citizens *Control Number:* 472666100 *Job Announcement Number:* VA-17-GDF-1970857-T38-BU
          (USA-MS-Jackson) Staff Services Engineer   
**About Us:** GE is the world’s Digital Industrial Company, transforming industry with software-defined machines and solutions that are connected, responsive and predictive. Through our people, leadership development, services, technology and scale, GE delivers better outcomes for global customers by speaking the language of industry. It is not about your career… it is not about your job title… it is about who you are…. It is about the impact you are going to make on the world. You want to go into uncharted waters… do things that haven’t been done to make yours and someone else's life better. GE has been doing that for decades! We will continue to do so! We are the world’s digital industrial company. GE Oil & Gas fuels the future. We push the boundaries of technology to bring energy to the world. We are inventing the next industrial era in the oil and gas sector. In our labs and factories, and in the field, we constantly push the boundaries of technology to solve today’s toughest operational & commercial challenges. We have the skills, knowledge and technical expertise to bring together the physical and digital worlds to fuel the future. GE Oil & Gas is a fullstream company, working from exploration and production to downstream. A $19 billion leader designed for a world of complex resources. The deeper, the hotter, the more remote, the more logistically difficult or environmentally sensitive the challenge – the more GE Oil & Gas can help. Through project management expertise and technology innovation, we work to help lower costs, make things faster, simpler and more productive for our customers. In today’s era of complex resources, the deeper, the hotter, the more remote, the more logistically difficult or environmentally sensitive the challenge – the more we can help. The GE scale helps us bring new solutions to market quicker to help our customers adapt to the industry’s changing environment. We go where you go and operate side-by-side in 120 countries. The closer we are to our customers, the quicker we can anticipate and solve their challenges. We’re at work today, to ensure the next generation is equipped and empowered to go further and deeper, helping to fuel the future. Follow GE Oil & Gas on Twitter @GE_OilandGas. GE is diversity. We aim to employ the worlds’ brightest minds to help us create an unlimited source of ideas and opportunities. We believe in hiring talented people of varied backgrounds, experiences and styles - people like you! **Role Summary:** In this role, you will work closely with customers to understand and define requirements, develop technical proposals, and set expectations for software implementations/upgrades and interface projects. You will act as the technical lead, as well as an individual contributor, on these engagements, contributing to software implementation, troubleshooting, customization, and integration into customer systems while balancing scope versus project time and resource commitments. **Essential Responsibilities:** You will act as an SME for the organization, coordinating cross-organizationally and independently mentoring peers. + Provide expert knowledge and experience to collaborate with the customer to identify technical requirements and estimate the technical effort required to implement complex software solutions + Provide technical support to applications + Perform all installation and/or programming tasks related to agreed interface & conversion specifications and/or application assignments, including agreed upon system tailoring and customizations + Collaborate with Project Managers and Services Consultants throughout the project to identify and scope applications changes while adhering to the change management process + Execute on and serve as technical lead for the implementation of software solutions. + Own technical deliverables during the entire lifecycle of the projects. + Engage throughout the full lifecycle of assigned projects, influencing decisions on design, and functionality to keep projects on track in terms of budget, time, and customer expectations. + Effectively leverage product capability, driving standardization, limiting customization, and maximizing reuse of content developed for previous solutions. + Interact with Product Development Team, Commercial Team, Customers, Solution Providers (Partner / Integrators), and other cross-functional teams as required for the solution and implement processes to ensure best use of GE Digital products and services. + Effectively communicate both verbally and in writing with peers and team members as an inclusive team member, supporting pre-sale strategy (as needed) and project execution. + Act as a technical leader or mentor on complex, integrated customer implementations, either within individual project teams and/or cross-organizationally. + Effectively apply GE Digital execution methodology and project standards. + Maintain & continuously update technical skills and knowledge. + Work independently as well as part of the team. + Maintain strong customer relational and communication skills **Qualifications/Requirements:** Basic Qualifications: + Bachelor’s degree and 5+ years of experience in software services, or equivalent (defined as: High School Diploma/GED and 7+ years progressive experience in software services). + 5+ years’ experience with Windows, .NET, SQL or Oracle databases, Intersystems CachéTM Object Script, C++, Java, HL7, Web Services, SOA technologies, or similar programming languages/technologiesEligibility Requirements: + Legal authorization to work in the U.S. is required. We will not sponsor individuals for employment visas, now or in the future, for this job + Must be willing to work out of an office location in Houston, TX or Foxborough, MA **Desired Characteristics:** + Software skills in software analysis, design, methodology, and architecture + Experience in software analysis, design, quality assurance, architecture, and Agile development methodology + Demonstrated ability to learn new software development practices, languages, and tools + Experience with enterprise software and large distributed systems + Strong spoken and written English language skills + Experience with development in an ISO-certified environment + Practical experience with web and other technologies such as HTML 5, JavaScript, CSS and JQuery + 5+ years’ experience in software analysis, design, methodology, development and architecture + Programming experience in software development with Microsoft Visual Studio / Development tools, Eclipse, or C# programming as well as, strong familiarization with Digital Historian.Technical Expertise: + Applies technical fundamentals in specific projects. Applies architecture development process & methods at various stages of the project lifecycle. Applies architecture adoption best practices on multiple programs. + Possesses proven ability to deploy in both on premise and cloud based environments. + Demonstrates ability to diagnose and solve intermediate to advanced issues. Can isolate highly complex scenarios down to actionable items and drive solutions. + Coaches others on troubleshooting and problem solving techniques. + Ability to communicate product capabilities internally and in customer facing situations.Business Acumen: + Anticipates potential risks and obstacles and resolves proactively in order to ensure smooth project delivery. Maintains high levels of customer satisfaction across all projects. Addresses customer concerns quickly and effectively; at times, anticipates customer concerns before they become issues. + Leverages knowledge of market and customer segment in order to establish further credibility in the eyes of the customer. + Plans and facilitates collaborative discussions with client and others within GE to identity and prioritize client's overall business needs. + Understands when and when not to depart from the standard provision of deliverables. Implements scalable systems according to governance and standards guidelines/boundaries, collaborating with others as necessary.Leadership: + Helps team members understand their contributions in support of the broader direction. + Serves as a mentor to newer team members in support of business goals and objectives and product development roadmap + Continuously measures the completion rate of personal and team deliverables and compares them to the scheduled commitments. + Effectively balances different, competing objectives. + Engages positively across multiple departments, GE businesses and customers as needed to manage conflict and establish clarity, vision, and mutual trust in order to achieve a business goal. + Adjusts information (e.g. level of complexity) and story to align with audience. Produces functional area information in sufficient detail for cross-functional teams to utilize, using presentation and storytelling concepts.Personal Attributes: + Engages with product related problems and questions in a disciplined and rigorous manner + Persists on completion of endeavors, especially in the face of overwhelming odds and setbacks. Pushes self for individual results and others through team spirit. + Increases client engagement to further drive the pace and focus required to achieve business priorities and uncover desired outcomes for both the customer and GE; utilizes business acumen and domain experience to advise the customer on critical success factors for the initiative at hand; continuously influences the customer to think ahead on what is needed to acquire, deploy, and utilize the solution.\#DTR **Locations:** United States; Massachusetts, Texas; Houston, FoxboroughGE offers a great work environment, professional development, challenging careers, and competitive compensation. GE is an Equal Opportunity Employer at http://www1.eeoc.gov/employers/upload/eeoc_self_print_poster.pdf . Employment decisions are made without regard to race, color, religion, national or ethnic origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, disability, protected veteran status or other characteristics protected by law.GE will only employ those who are legally authorized to work in the United States for this opening. Any offer of employment is conditional upon the successful completion​ of a background investigation and drug screen.
          (USA-MS-Jackson) Solution Consultant   
**Solution Consultant** Location **US-Remote (United States)** Job ID **11939** Apply Now **Overview of Job Function:** The Pre Sales Solution Consultants are subject matter experts in the solutions associated with the practice assign. They deliver customer discovery sessions. Blueprint for Success session, develop business cases and deliver value based customer presentations illustrating the competitive differentiation of the Verint solution set to drive license revenue and customer success. **Primary Objective:** The Presales Solution Consultant is responsible for supporting the sales team in meeting license revenue targets through executing a business driven sales methodology that links our solutions with the prospects business drivers. **Principal Duties and Essential Responsibilities:** + Execute the Company’s sales strategies and support achievement of established sales quota. Sales quota will be based on assigned practice quota as well as national targets. + Through a consultative approach use industry knowledge and best practices, coupled with knowledge of how Verint’s solutions can drive improvement to secure new business and differentiate us from our competition. + Work in conjunction with our account executives and other pre-sales consultants to derive a winning proposition and sales strategy for new license opportunities. + Execute customer/prospect discovery sessions, executive meetings, business case creation (including ROI) strategy sessions, roadmap workshops and review meetings with customers that lead to an on-going knowledge gathering exercise with the ultimate aim of securing additional business within the customer base or to acquire new prospects. + Deliver compelling customer demonstrations that showcase the capabilities of the solutions and areas of greatest value and ROI based on specific customer requirements and needs. + Generating detailed business reports and action plans identifying areas of strengths and weaknesses within the customers/prospects operational and business processes clearly identifying where Verint can offer operational excellence and bring clear business advantage. + Collaborate with the customer/prospect and sales team to develop the appropriate solution bill of material to drive customer satisfaction and value. + Work collaboratively on cross functional teams to continually provide feedback on ways Verint can improve product functionality, consulting services, training offerings and sales collateral, demo content and messaging. + Where required, provide continuity through the hand off phase to services to ensure the customer’s expectations are met. + Serve as a role model; mentoring the sales team, transferring skills/knowledge for solution selling as it relates to our Verint Solutions **Minimum Requirements:** · 5+ years of experience in a consulting or presales role with a successful track record in the complex pre-sales process, preferably in enterprise software solution selling. · Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration or equivalent experiences in having been a part of a business consultancy team within a management consulting solution provider. · Excellent communication skills to effectively present to a wide range of audiences, including an ability to communicate business and technical concepts clearly, effectively and convincingly through presentations and demos. + Ability to demonstrate software to executive audiences. + Ability to create a compelling, value based presentations. + Ability to interpret critical business challenges and translate to optimal business process recommendations – multi-level and organizational opportunities. · Demonstrated history of working with customers and collaborating with extended sales teams to help complete a complex product sale. · Ability to grasp and describe technology concepts using terminology that an operations person or executive can understand. · Be able to articulate proposals and return on investment to operations management buyers. · Self-motivated and a team player. · Ability to manage multiple projects and tasks to completion with minimal supervision. · Must possess a creative, energetic and enthusiastic presentation style · Must possess strong listening skills · Demonstrated highly developed project management and organizational skills. + Ability and proven experience interfacing with all levels of management. + Travel expectations are 50-60%. **Preferred Requirements** + 5+ year’s presales experience selling enterprise software solutions in the Workforce Optimization, Customer Analytics, Engagement Management technical solution areas. + Deep kno _w_ ledge of workforce optimization + Familiarity with Verint products; and ability to develop detailed knowledge of application recording (screen and/or data capture), analytics applications, employee performance management, eLearning, coaching, forecasting and scheduling, and feedback/survey solutions is beneficial. + Knowledge of effective organizational design, business approaches, hierarchy, and structure for optimal performance, and the ability to work within the confines of an existing client structure. + Strong understanding of baseline, benchmarking, performance management and measurement strategies. As an equal opportunity employer, Verint Systems Inc. prides itself in providing employees with a work environment in which all individuals are treated with respect and dignity. This means we are committed to providing equal opportunity to all qualified employees and applicants for employment without regard to one’s race, color, religion, national origin, age, gender, disability, alienage or citizenship status, marital status, creed, genetic predisposition or carrier status, sexual orientation, Veteran status or any other classification protected by applicable federal, state or local laws. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment including but not limited to hiring, placement, promotion, compensation, training, leave of absence or termination.
          (USA-MS-Jackson) FuelEd National Account Manager / Jackson   
This Position is for a FuelEd National Account Manager with an education services company with location in Jackson, MS. Employer seeks applicants in the areas of Mississippi, Louisiana and Arkansas.Summary: Employer seeks National Account Manager with creative ideas who is as committed to making a difference in education. The National Account Manager acquires and services new and existing clients within an assigned territory. Based on deep knowledge of Fuel Educations broad portfolio of products and services, work with school administrators to assess their needs. Partner with administrators on solutions that ensure their online or blended learning program is a success.Duties and Responsibilities: Acquire new clients through prospecting to identify and qualify new potential customers, virtual school programs and online public schools; Develop leads through cold calling and referral channels to generate appointments and establish relationships; Represent Fuel Education at trade shows and share information on our products; prepare and conduct technical/product presentations and demonstrations; Work with customers to understand their overall objectives and requirements; Prepare a plan for each customer to identify how short and long term needs may be met; Develop and implement strategies to maintain and/or expand sales within an assigned territory; close sales of prospective customers to meet sales goals; Maintain new and existing account relationships through regular customer contact; Advise of new products and service offerings, and obtain feedback on products; Serve as a point of escalation for issues or activities that the customer encounters during product utilization; take ownership of issues with professionalism and control; Work across departments to coordinate sales efforts with various key stakeholders on oftentimes complex and prolonged issues; Maintain complete and accurate client data in the appropriate systems on a timely basis to help ensure a clean knowledge transfer and hand-off of closed sales to Operations; Effectively communicate with Fuel Educations Key Accounts and Corporate Staff providing reports on the budget and sales activity, forecasting the demand for product(s) within their territory; and providing feedback to marketing and product engineering teams for future products; Contribute to the formal review process of all business activities in the assigned territories on at least a quarterly basis.Qualifications include: Bachelors degree; Three (3) years of experience working with (not in) K-12 school districts and/or school administration; Team player, able to work well across the organization on complex issues; Knowledge of the K-12 education industry; Proven outside sales experience prospecting and closing contracts with school district administration(s); Measurable success in acquiring new business and enhancing current clients; Previous experience using a Customer Relationship Management application such as Salesforce; Ability to travel overnight up to 50% of the time.Federal Contractor, an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer and a Drug-Free Workplace.
          (USA-MS-Jackson) Field Interviewer / Jackson   
This Part-Time Position is for a Field Interviewer with a government sponsored research study in the Jackson, MS area. Position will begin in October 2017. Will collect data on a government-sponsored research study, the National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH) and it is how the government decides where to spend money on things like rehab facilities and programs within the community. This important study is the primary source of data on the use of tobacco, alcohol, illicit drugs, and non-medical use of prescription drugs.The following city/zip codes are ideal areas: Jackson (39174), Edwards (39066), Florence (39073), Ridgeland (39157), Brandon (39042), Madison (39110), Rankin (39288) and Pearl (39208). Summary: Roughly 20 to 25 hours per week (not including travel time). Will be going to homes in candidates area to conduct research interviews. The amount of work available will vary each quarter, depending on the location and number of segments, as well as other regional differences. Must be able to work when respondents are available and be comfortable working an inconsistent and varied schedule to accommodate project needs. Must have a flexible schedule and be available to work anytime that is convenient for the respondent. This includes anytime on weekends and mainly between 2:00 pm and 9:00 pm on weekdays but also earlier in the day if requested by the respondent.Duties: Making in-person contact with selected households to discuss the study, answer questions and obtain participation; Collecting confidential information and administering the NSDUH interview; Working a fluid schedule of approximately 20 to 25 hours a week, mostly evenings and weekends, when work is available; Independently managing administrative duties, including participating in conference calls and completing online trainings; Obtain cooperation of household members by effectively answering questions and addressing concerns; Compile all required activities in a professional manner, while maintaining the integrity of all information acquired; Maintain a professional, cooperative relationship with your project staff, objectively sharing your thoughts while displaying an understanding of project managements concerns.Qualifications: Must be legally authorized to work in the United States and should not require now, or in the future, sponsorship for employment visa status; High School graduate or GED; Computer skills, namely email and internet proficiency; Prior successful experience with field data collection activities; Possess valid drivers license, access to reliable personal automobile available for business use, and able to drive in any type of weather; Excellent interpersonal and verbal communications skills; Able to accept assignments of varying duration on short notice; Thrive working independently and can manage a schedule and workload to meet set deadlines; Available for at least 20 to 25 hours per week to conduct interviewing during the field data collection period; Have regular access to an in-home internet connection for data transmissions; Availability for overnight travel either by personal automobile or air travel as specifically required for project trainings and other activities; Commitment to the duration of the project; Attention to detail to meet project deadlines for completing interviews, reporting progress, and returning materials and equipment; Ability to complete all required activities in a professional manner, while maintaining the integrity of all information acquired; Professional attitude toward coworkers and other project staff, objectively sharing your thoughts.There is an in person paid mandatory training scheduled by employer and will attend in Raleigh, North Carolina. Attendance at training is mandatory and completion of training is required to continue on the project and be successful.Equal Opportunity Employer
          The Next Chapter in the Story of SolutionsIQ   

We are pleased to announce a new chapter in the story of SolutionsIQ. SolutionsIQ is being acquired by Accenture. Back in 2006 when we purchased SolutionsIQ, with a business legacy as a staffing company, we set a new strategy to become an Agile consulting company. Since that day we have not changed course and, as […]

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          Predators sign Bonino away from Pens and acquire Emelin   
Predators sign Bonino away from Pens, acquire Emelin from Golden Knights and trade Wilson to Avalanche
     
 
 

          Trading Forex For Free   

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Once you start placing demo trades, you will learn a lot about how Forex transactions are placed. I canÂ’t emphasize you enough, that this is a very important step for you in order to be able to learn how to become a trader. A demo account allows one to become familiar with trading procedures, such as placing Market, Limit, Stop, OCO Orders without any risk. All dollar losses or gains on a demo account are imaginary but, as mentioned above, the trading experience you acquire is not.


You should notice that making big gains in a demo-account does not guarantee profits in live trading; however, those who are not successful trading on paper rarely are successful when money is on the line. So, yes, just playing around and getting familiar with a demo account can be a great learning experience; however, you will not learn how to become a trader this way. You need to have a trading strategy.


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          Gander Mountain Will Keep Some Minnesota Locations Open   
The CEO of the outdoor and sporting goods company that acquired Gander Mountain says the decision to close the Bemidji and Baxter Gander Mountain locations has been reversed. Marcus Lemonis, CEO of Camping World, said in a tweet on Thursday that the Bemidji and Baxter stores would now stay open afte...
          Predators sign Bonino away from Pens and acquire Emelin   
The Nashville Predators took care of an area of concern and added to an area of depth Saturday, signing center Nick Bonino away from the Stanley Cup champion Pittsburgh Penguins with a $16.4 million, four-year contract and acquiring defenseman Alexei Emelin in a trade with the Vegas Golden Knights Bonino was a key player for the Penguins during the past two postseasons, contributing a total of 25 points to help them hoist the Cup twice - including against the Predators last month. He averaged 33 points during two regular seasons in Pittsburgh.
          LA Kings sign longtime Wild G Darcy Kuemper to 1-year deal   
Kuemper had spent his entire career with the Minnesota Wild, who drafted him in the sixth round in 2009. He never managed to win the full-time starting job in Minnesota, and he has been a backup since Minnesota acquired Devan Dubnyk in January 2015.
          Artists of Das Wandertheater   
It's 1916, and the Kaiser's generals maintain that the war could end with just one more offensive push. But the common soldiers don't believe it. They see war from a different perspective that has endured two years of military drudgery interspersed with moments of intense terror. Their long separation from family and civilian life has created fatigue, boredom, and disgust. And the generals begin to recognize that this restlessness within the army breeds discontent, even mutiny.

So they decide to improve the troops' morale by putting on a variety show. A proper military entertainment that will engender patriotism and respect for the homeland.  

This disheveled character was one of those entertainers who appeared with the traveling theater. He was called:

Wandertheater der Armee-Abt. A.
Johann Lumpensammler
al Maler

{Johann Rag Collector
as a Painter}

Johann poses next his easel which has a crude landscape of a distant village, which looks like it's done in chalk. He likely told a funny story while quickly sketching his cartoon.

* * *


Johann the tramp belonged to Wandertheater der Armee-Abteilung A, or A. A. Falkenhausen, named after Ludwig von Falkenhausen, the general in charge of this sector of Germany's Western front. Since 2012 I've posted three stories about this traveling show and its artists. Here is a postcard of the full ensemble on stage with their orchestra.





This image is slightly different from the one featured in my April 2013 story entitled Wandertheater der A.A. Falkenhausen as several heads have turned and a few arms are rearranged. The postcard was sent on 10 June 1916 by a soldier to Fräulein Gretchen Hopfmann(?) of Nürnberg in northern Bavaria.








Getting closer to the cast we can recognize
Johann Lumpensammler's crumpled hat and tattered coat.
He is marked #1.







The figure marked #2 is Paul Pilz, Charakterkomiker, a comic musician who was featured in my first story on the Wandertheater from 2012, A Man and his Dog, Herr Pilz is dressed in a kind of forester's outfit, a rural fashion that was likely familiar to many soldiers. Pilz is also the German word for mushroom. In both his individual promotional postcard and the group photo, he holds a trumpet and a small dog, a terrier with white paws that I named Dieter, 






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Of course any army would want to promote manly virtues, and what better example could there be than celebrities from the sporting world. Marked #3 in the cast group, these two athletes dressed in tights and high top shoes are:

Max Furtwengler,
Deutscher Rekordmeister

Carl Oechsler,
Schwergewichts-Meister

They look like wrestlers to me as
both men wear prize belts around their waists. Max, the German Record Champion, has an impressive sash of medals and a larger German star and ribbon medallion. Carl, the smaller man and yet the Heavyweight Champion, has just two small medals. Behind them on a carpeted floor are numerous iron balls, presumably to demonstrate their great strength.

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This postcard was sent by a soldier to Frau Mathilde Bader of Landsberg am Lech in Bavaria. The postmark is dated 13 October 1916.




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This postcard from Wandertheater A. A. Falkenhausen shows five vignettes of the same man,

Willy Eckhardt's Charaktertypen.

Willy appears in formal high collar and white tire with a large corsage, but each inset has him in a different hat and false mustache. Closer examination reveals that these are all crudely drawn and printed onto his portrait. I suspect that at top left Willy Eckhardt portrays a Frenchman; top right a Scotsman or maybe an Englishman; bottom left a Russian; and bottom right a Belgian. The center figure with close cropped hair is his normal self which we can recognize at figure #4 in the Wandertheater group.  

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This genial looking fellow is Zithermeister Fraas. He sits at a table with a Zither, an instrument associated with Bavarian and Austrian alpine folk music. It typically has 5 melodic strings over a guitar-like fret board with another 20 strings spread out like a harp. Before the war, Zithermeister Fraas most likely wore a Tyrolean hat and lederhosen when he performed. Here he is in military uniform but without medals or insignia as he was the contrabass player in the Wandertheater orchestra marked #5 with his distinctive smile and receding hair line. 


Once again a soldier used this postcard to send a message home on 6 November 1916.








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These next characters appeared in my April 2013 story on
Wandertheater der A.A. Falkenhausen. This pair of clowns dressed in wild circus costumes called themselves:

Becker u. Strössner,
die beiden Spaßvögel
{the two Jokers}

The feathers in their caps allude to Spaßvögel which translates directly as Fun Birds. (Also Birds of Prey for some reason.) They look capable of provoking some outrageous and irreverent humor that would surely amuse their audience of common soldiers. They are easy to spot at #6 in the Wandertheater troupe.

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This next jester
from the Wandertheater der Armee-Abteilung A.
called himself:
Tobinski, komischer Rollschuhläufer 

{comical rollerskater}

 
With his top hat, polka dot tie, and monocle
Tobinski presents the air of a carefree man-about-town.
I believe he is #7 in the group photo.
 
No doubt he performed acrobatic tricks of skating skill,
possibly chasing after our next artiste.








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The only female entertainer in the Wandertheater troupe was this elegantly dressed artiste named: 

Scherff
al Fritzi Jose

(S)he appeared in my story Theatrical Ladies pictured on a different souvenir postcard in a more provocative pose but with the same Grecian-urn gown and hair style that matches the person marked #8 in the Wandertheater photo. On that card the caption simply read: José? ? ?.

Cross dressing entertainers were a kind of musical/dramatic act that was quite popular in European music halls in the 1910s. It was a kind of double-double entendre that both impersonated a famous female singer and left the audience  marveling at the questionable sexuality of the performer. It's difficult to know how the Kaiser's soldiers interpreted Fritzi Jose part of the show. The generals certainly ordered that the Wandertheater's variety show conform to German standards of wholesome decency. I suspect this performer added gentle humor to a beguiling display of vocal talent that endeavored to show that beauty was always in the eye of imagination.







This postcard was sent by the same soldier that wrote the postcard of the Wandertheater troupe. It was posted on 12 May 1916 to the same Fräulein Gretchen Hopfmann(?) of Nürnberg.








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Source: The Internet


I do not actually own these last two postcards. Yet. When I first discovered that the Wandertheate produced individual postcards of the entertainers, it became a personal quest to acquire each player without really knowing who the entire team was. Eventually I'll collect them all but it seems a shame to leave them out of this story when I know that these postcards exist.

The Wandertheater acrobatic act was:
 Winkler, Loos
und
Heinzelmann,
die 3 Kunstturner
[the 3 artistic gymnasts}

Three men are lined up in descending order of height, but Loos the middle man is actually standing on a small platform that adds another 5 inches to his height. Winkler and Loos are dressed in fancy circus tights while Heizelmann wears the uniform of a hotel bellhop, I think. Are they tumblers? Did they work on the rings or high bar? And how did a hotel bellhop fit into this act? They are lined up again at #9 in the Wandertheater photo.


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Source: The Internet


This quartet of entertainers is actually just one man with his three puppet friends. He is:

Edgar Blank,
Bauchredner

{Ventriloquist}

One dummy is female, and the other two are male. The one on the left looks to be in military uniform and the middle one looks to have a dark complexion, possibly African. In 1914 Germany did have African colonies that became entangled in the war, though I don't think any of those colonial soldiers were brought to the European fronts.

Edgar Blank's postcard seems to be the rarest of the Wandertheater set. Perhaps ventriloquists were not a big hit with the troops. He sits on the Wandertheater stage at #10.



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Das Orchester of the Wandertheater has two versions of their postcard. The one I featured in the 2013 story on Wandertheater der A.A. Falkenhausen is the most common. Recently I acquired this second postcard which shows 15 musicians and their director, who sits on the left in the same cross-legged posture as in the larger group photo. Zithermeister Fraas stands center with his contrabass, and the first violinist and first cellist are recognizable in all the photos.










Des Mitglieder des Wandertheater Armee-Abt. A. gathered outside for a second group photo, less formal than the one taken of the stage show. Johann Lumpensammler lies prone in front on his canvas. Paul Pilz plays his trumpet while the orchestra director holds Dieter. Zithermeister Fraas strums his zither rather than his bass. And Fritzi Jose ??? puts her arms around two of the road crew. 






They look like a merry troupe of players,
and for the brief time that they performed
a soldier's thoughts of war
were banished
by wonder, laughter, and music.






This is my contribution to Sepia Saturday
where there's never a shortage of artistic photos.

http://sepiasaturday.blogspot.com/2017/02/sepia-saturday-356-saturday-25th.html






          Bears of Denmark and Dachshunds of Siam   


A good picture postcard is multidimensional.
Its image gives shape to a faraway place,
 drawing lines of light and shade,
height and distance.
Colors convey warmth,
gray tones cool.
 

The strange activities of lively native folk
add sensations of smell, touch, even sound.
It's a window looking onto a foreign scene,
inviting us to share a moment with a traveler. 

This postcard has those qualities.
A military band stands in a circle
playing their instruments.
 

We marvel at their impressive bearskin hats.
We admire the impressive stately buildings in the background.
We feel the contrast of sun and shade on the cobblestone plaza.
 
We can almost hear them.



The postcard caption reads:

København
Gardens Musikkorps
(paa Amalienborgplads)





But to be a really good postcard,
worthy of preservation
in a shoe box of memories,
there must be
a clear postmark date
and
a personal message on the back.


This postcard was sent
from Copenhagen to the United States
on 3 July 1907 to E. Kaiteryn Fell(?)
care of Richard Willits(?) – Esq.
of Westbury Station, New York.
The author leaves no name.






July 3rd
This is a beautiful
city, with its fine
buildings and harbor.
The picture repre-
sents the present
homes of the King and
S
ons
. He is in his
country home now
entertaining the King
of Siam.  Reg(?) has been tra-
velling with us for some
time. It is so cold and
rainy here, one can not
realize you will be cele-
brating the 4th to-morrow.



And to be a great postcard,
there has to be an element of curiosity.
In this writer's cursive style
it's hidden in the letter S.





The Guardian
7 January 1907

The capital S posed a challenge to decipher two words. The first was King and Sons.  What did that mean? After checking the history of the plaza where the band performs it made sense. The bearskin bandsmen are on the octagonal courtyard of  Amalienborg, the residences of the Danish Royal Family, which consists of 4 palaces facing the plaza center where stands an equestrian statue of Amalienborg's founder, King Frederick V (1723-1766). In 1907 the Danish King was Frederick VIII (1843-1912) who had taken the Danish throne only the year before in 1906. At various times he lived in one palace, his father in another, and his sons in another.

The second S word was more confusing. Entertaining the King of Siam? In Denmark? Was that right?  In fact during the summer of 1907, the King of Siam embarked on an informal tour of Europe. Reportedly His Majesty King Chulalongkorn of Siam was traveling in strict incognito. He would begin his holiday in Sam Remo, Italy, progressing then to Paris, then London, Berlin, Copenhagen, Stockholm, and St. Petersburg. His entourage was considered a small group, with just the King, three Royal Princes, and nine state officials. It was said that King Chulalongkorn was an enthusiastic motorist. Perhaps they would use a bus.



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Ruling Monarchs of the World
circa 1908
Source: Wikipedia

In 1907 most nations of the world were monarchies. Looking a bit like a royal athletic team, this postcard shows the portraits of 19 monarchs from 1908 with emperors, kings, and one queen. The King of Siam is at top left and the King of Denmark, is second row from the bottom, second from right. King Edward VII of Great Britain occupies the prime center position, with his nephews Tsar Nicholas II of Russia, and Kaiser Wilhelm II of Germany on either side. 


King Chulalongkorn (1853 – 1910),  or more properly Phra Bat Somdet Phra Poraminthra Maha Chulalongkorn Phra Chunla Chom Klao Chao Yu Hua (Thai: พระบาทสมเด็จพระปรมินทรมหาจุฬาลงกรณ์ พระจุลจอมเกล้าเจ้าอยู่หัว) was the monarch of Siam, now known as Thailand. Also called King Rama V, he became King of Siam in 1868 under a regency at the young age of 15. He  assumed full powers in 1873. During his long reign of 42 years, King Chulalongkorn produced many great reforms in Siamese society. He reorganized his country's internal boundaries and local governments, established land surveys, modernized the army, and abolished slavery and forced labor. 

In 1907 he decided leave Bangkok to make a lengthy but ostensibly social tour of Europe. It was his second visit to Europe after an earlier one taken in 1897. Newspapers in America caught some of the excitement and thought they might lure him to visit the United States if they published his picture with a story of the trip.


Pittsburgh Press
7 April 1907

The King's tour had a not-so-subtle political purpose as he wanted improve his country's relations with Britain and France, and also gain support from other European leaders. Bordered by French Indochina, British Burma and Malaysia, and the Dutch East Indies, Siam had lost much of its original land to these powers and yet still remained an independent nation under King Chulalongkorn. The illustration comes from a large article on the King and his tour that was published in 1907 by the Pittsburgh Press. The king is described as both progressive and liberal, attributes that were likely to gain favor with American interests.

At the time the US had just stepped onto the global stage a few years before, when in 1898 it acquired Spain's possessions after the Spanish American War. American imperialism began with the ready-made Spanish colonies in the Philippines, Guam and Puerto Rico with Cuba, which became a U.S. protectorate. In 1904 the US began construction of the Panama Canal which would not be finished until 1914. King Chulalongkorn made his way to Europe via the Suez Canal.


Pittsburgh Press
7 April 1907

After he arrived in Britain in June 1907
the Manchester Guardian newspaper
published a more regal photograph
of King Chulalongkorn of Siam .
The Guardian
21 June 1907

Again the very best  postcards
have good dates
that add a special context
to the message.

On July 3rd, 1907, the Kingdom of Denmark
took the measure of the King of Siam.

The Most Astounding Discovery
that the king of Siam
is exactly the same height
as the emperor of Russia

was considered newsworthy
in Little Rock, Arkansas.



Little Rock, AK Democrat
3 July 1907

The Roskilde Domkirke is on the island of Zealand in eastern Denmark. It is a Lutheran church and since the 15th century it has been the traditional burial site of Danish monarchs.   


Roskilde Domkirke, Denmark
Source: Wikipedia

One section of the Roskilde Catherdral is named the Chapel of the Magi. It has two floors and the upper floor is supported by a granite column called the Kings Pillar, where for centuries the height of Danish and visiting foreign monarchs has been recorded. The tallest sovereign was supposedly King Christian I of Denmark (1426-1481), but it seems likely he was wearing lifts in his slippers then. Russia's Peter the Great stood against the pillar and measured a lofty 207cm or 81½ inches (6'_7½").  Nearly the shortest in stature, King Chulalongkorn stood 164cm or 64½ inches (5'_4"), only a centimeter taller than Denmark's Christian VII.


King's Pillar, Chapel of the Magi
Roskilde Domkirke, Denmark
Source: The Internets

Despite the Pittsburgh Press's enthusiasm for King Chulalongkorn's liberal views, he and Tsar Nicholas II shared more than just meeting eye to eye. They were both absolute monarchs with nearly unlimited power over both their subjects and their nation's government. Both men were also noted for an extravagant lifestyle where cost was never an issue.



King Chulalongkorn of Siam
and Tsar Nicholas II of Russia
in 1897
Source: Wikipedia




Rochester NY Democrat and Chronicle
9 August 1907










By August King Chulalongkorn's grand tour was coming to an end. Even in an era used to displays of royal opulence his spending on diamond, gold, and silverware was thought excessive. It was claimed he purchased $650,000 worth of jewelry in London, $500,000 in Frankfurt, $400,000 in Baden Baden where he took a cure at the spa. The reported value of his expenditure on luxury items was $3,000,000. So much for traveling incognito.  

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Warren MN Sheaf
12 September 1907






 


Before he left Denmark, the King of Siam was presented with a huge wheel of local cheese made near Frijsenborg, a grand estate in Jutland. He took it on board the ship on his trip to Norway, and he became so fond of it he ordered a quantity of the same brand to be sent to his court in Bangkok.



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Newspapers reported on King Chulalongkorn's exotic retinue, which did include a Queen, his  principal one, as well as some brothers, sons, and other officials. Despite his westernized tastes it was recognized that he was sovereign to a Buddhist nation. In American reports the descriptions of  his home country added titillating accounts of his 150 queens and immense harem that supposedly numbered in the thousands.

However the reports did not elaborate on the biggest difference between this royal family of Southeast Asia and the noble families of Europe. King Frederick VIII was surely proud of his eight children. But the diminutive King Chulalongkorn was father to 77 children — 33 sons and 44 daughters distributed among 4 Queens and 32 other consorts and concubines (116 in total).

As the King of Siam took leave of Germany, he expressed an interest in acquiring two dogs just like Kaiser Wilhelm's pet Dachshunds. Upon learning of this and also that the King would soon celebrate a birthday, the German Kaiser arranged to have seven pairs of dachshunds sent to the King so he could choose two favorites. Somehow that intention was lost in translation, as King Chulalongkorn accepted all 14 Dachshunds and took them back to Siam. The Kaiser took the extra expense of his gift in good humor.



Akron OH Beacon Journal
14 September 1907

We are left to imagine
how 14 Dachhunds traveled to Siam,
along with diamonds and Danish cheese,
where presumably it was all somehow divided
among the the King's numerous progeny.   

But  I can show you
how Kaiser Wihelm II
looked after his Weiner dogs,
three in number,
on board his Imperial yacht.



Der Kaiser mit seinen Hunden.
Kaiser Wilhelm II,  circa 1908
Source: The Internets



Let us return once more to the plaza of Amalienborg,
where the band of the Danish Royal Life Guards
continue to delight tourists of all kinds
from around the world.

In this more recent postcard
the bandsmen wear the dress uniform
of the Royal Life Guard
with red tunics, sky-blue trousers
and tall bearskin hats.






This card has no postmark, no message,
and no hidden connection to kings or dachshunds.
Just Danish bears,
so it only merits 4 points

And as a bonus for readers
who have stayed with my story to the end,
here is a YouTube postcard,
taken within the past year,
of the Changing of the Guard
at the Amalienborg place plaza
in Copenhagen.



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* * *

If the music seems familiar but out of place
that is because it is not a Danish melody
but the march of the United States Navy,
Anchors Aweigh.





This is my contribution to Sepia Saturday
where Danish pigeons always get the best treats.

http://sepiasaturday.blogspot.com/2017/02/sepia-saturday-355-18th-february-2017.html






          Time Flies   




The march of time follows a relentless drumbeat. A rhythm that's inevitable and unstoppable. Unless you have a camera. Only then, for just a brief instant, does the pulse of time pause.


Until the era of photography, humanity had limited ways to measure the effects of time on the human face. People could admire a painted portrait made in younger days. Friends and family might remark on wrinkles and gray. But it was the medium of the photograph that gave mankind its first accurate record of the human visage.  

This young gentleman turns his gaze to the side of his carte de visite so that we may admire his handsome side-burns. His eyes are downcast, serious yet self-effacing.


* *


His photo was taken by Brown's of 1222 Market St. in Wheeling, West Virginia. The price is marked on the back beneath a pair of female vignettes. 99cts. per doz. 8x10 copies $1. each. Note the camera and artist's palette behind the address banner.















I imagine the gentleman many years later taking that same cdv into the photographer's studio and asking, "Can you make another one like it?"

Indeed the camera captures the man in a reverse pose. Hair now silvered with  more grey bristle in his whiskers. His steely eyes are lifted upward, as if he's seen the world and is ready to meet it on his terms.  

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This carte de visite was likely made by the same photographer but in a different studio. Beneath interlinked initials, the backstamp says Brown and Higgins, No. 42 Twelfth Street, Wheeling, W. Va.







The man's name is unknown and there is no date. The photographers Brown & Higgins were listed as partners in the 1868 and 1872 city directory for Wheeling, WV.  Both were in the 1864 directory but listed separately, and in that year Bown's partner was named Wykes.  Addresses were not included in those directories but in the 1882 edition, John Brown had a photograph studio at 1222 Market St., and T. H. Higgins had a photo studio at 42 Twelfth St.


The reason I acquired these two versions of the same man was because I found them while searching for examples of Mr. Higgins' photo work.








This cornet player posed for a cabinet card photo at the studio of Higgins of Wheeling, W. Va. Dressed in a heavy twill suit, he stands with his cornet resting on a faux stone plinth. There seems to be more hair below his nose than on top his head. How he managed to play through his impressive soup strainer mustache is beyond my understanding of proper brass instrument technique.








The musician signed the back.

To my Old Friend
Geo, Skinner

Yours Truly
Geo. Drurnberg(?)



There is no date but it has the look of about +/− 1885. Unfortunately his signature defeats me. It looks like Drurnbag? which can't be right. I get no help in Ancestry.com and I can't find anything like this name in the D listings of the Wheeling city directories.

Any suggestions, readers?

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Around the same time a companion musician was also photographed by Higgins of Wheeling, W. Va. This man stands with his violin resting on a table. He wears a handsome suit with a long watch fob and a musical lyre tie pin, and sports a more conventional mustach. He signed his name on the front. Eugene Mack.





On the back is written:

Yours
Truly
Eugene Mack
(cartoon bird)
Trade Mark


The fanciful bird is an odd thing to add. Perhaps it was a joke intended for the recipient.


While this musician' name is clear, it does not appear in any of Wheeling's city directories from 1882 to 1898. Nor is the name in any census for West Virginia, though of course we cannot use the infamous missing 1890 U.S. census records.



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The story might have ended there. But I felt compelled to hunt through newspapers for any clues of cornet soloists or violinists in Wheeling. There was a thriving theater and hotel district as this city and a number of bands and orchestras employed musicians like these two men. 

Situated on the Ohio river, Wheeling is also on the great National Road, also known as the Cumberland Road, which was the first major westward route in the US. Later it was improved with the great Wheeling Suspension Bridge which crosses the Ohio River. If you had to go anywhere across eastern America in the 19th century, there was a good chance you passed through Wheeling.


In February 1889, Barlow Brothers' Minstrels stopped in Wheeling to perform at the Grand Opera House. Among the supporting artists was Eugene Mack, male soprano.

The audience was evidently well pleased.


Wheeling WV Daily Intelligencer
12 February 1889


In the following year 1890, the Dime Eden Musee in Omaha, NE ran an advert for the offerings on the New Year Week. Along with he Nebraska Triplets was  Jennie Ritchie, male impersonator, and Eugene Mack, female impersonator.

Omaha NE Daily Bee
28 December 1890

In a return engagement to Omaha in 1893, Eugene Mack, a phenomenal female impersonator shared the People's Theater stage with a midget sketch team, a serpentine and Spanish dancer, trapeze artists, comedians, and a world's champion club swinger.
 


Omaha NE Daily Bee
01 September 1893


So is my photo of a hirsute masculine violinist the same Eugene Mack, the male soprano and female impersonator? I don't know. But the trademark cartoon does offer a tantalizing suggestion that connects a songbird to a soprano voice. If both musicians were members of a traveling minstrel show that would explain why they were not found in Wheeling's directories or census records.

The whole truth may never be discovered, but sometimes the imagination fills in what we don't know.




Time flies.







And as for the anonymous Wheeling man with mutton chops, I think his side whiskers mark him as a distinguished gentleman with a public profession, i.e.banker, lawyer, doctor, or even politician. My guess is his earlier image as a young man is at age 20-25, while his later countenance adds 25 or even 30 years.  





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Canada Pension Plan Investment Board said on Friday it would buy Houston-based real estate investment trust Parkway Inc (PKY) for $1.2 billion, its second significant U.S. investment this week.

Canada's biggest public pension fund, which is one of the world's biggest real estate investors, will pay Parkway stockholders $19.05 per share and a $4 special dividend, the companies said on Friday.

Shares of Parkway were up 12.3 percent at $22.87 in morning trading. That was slightly below the $23.05-per-share deal value, which represented a 14 percent premium to the stock's average price in the past month.

"Parkway fits well with CPPIB's long-term real estate strategy to hold stable, high-quality assets in large U.S. markets," said Hilary Spann, who heads the pension fund's U.S. real estate investment arm.

Parkway, in which private equity firm TPG Capital has a 9.8 percent stake, said it owned 19 Houston properties totaling about 8.7 million square feet.

CPPIB Chief Executive Officer Mark Machin had said in November that he saw U.S. opportunities arising from President Donald Trump's election victory, citing the expectation of increased fiscal stimulus, less regulation and more economic activity.

The CPPIB, which manages Canada's national pension fund and invests on behalf of 20 million Canadians, has been diversifying from its domestic market by acquiring assets such as real estate and infrastructure around the world in addition to buying publicly traded stocks and bonds.

The pension fund is most heavily invested in the United States, which accounts for about 39 percent of its C$317 billion ($245 billion) of assets, according to its 2017 annual report. Asia is a distant second at 18 percent.

On Wednesday, CPPIB agreed to invest up to $1 billion to buy oil and gas assets in the United States in a partnership with Encino Energy Ltd.

HFF Securities LP was Parkway's financial adviser, and Hogan Lovells US LLP was its legal adviser.
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Canada Pension Plan Investment Board agreed to buy Parkway Inc., a real estate investment trust with properties in the Houston area, for $1.2 billion.

The $23.05-a-share cash offer, which consists of $19.05 a share plus a $4 special dividend to be paid prior to the the deal’s completion, is about 13 percent more than Parkway’s closing price on June 29, the companies said in a statement today. TPG Capital and its affiliates, which own about 9.8 percent of the REIT, have agreed to vote in favor of the deal, which is expected to close in the fourth quarter.

The deal helps CPPIB, Canada’s largest pension fund, expand in Houston, where earlier this week it announced a $1.25 billion partnership with Encino Energy LLC that will focus on U.S. oil and gas acquisitions. The area’s office market was hit by the 2014 plunge in oil prices, making it sensible for a company like Parkway to go private, according to Jeffrey Langbaum, an analyst with Bloomberg Intelligence.

The pension fund won’t “have to answer to public shareholders every three months about why the stock price isn’t going up and why the market is blah,” Langbaum said in a phone interview.

Parkway has 19 office properties in the Houston area that were about 88 percent leased as of March 31, according to the statement.

CPPIB probably liked the portfolio because of its “high cap rate and low price-per-pound acquisition cost” relative to real estate in more expensive cities, John W. Guinee, an analyst with Stifel Nicolaus & Co. Inc., said in a phone interview. Cap rates, or net income divided by purchase price, are a measure of yield for property investors.

Houston Spinoff

The Houston assets were a spinoff of the merger in 2016 of Parkway Properties Inc. and Cousins Properties Inc. Shares of the new company had fallen 15 percent through yesterday since they began trading in October. They were up 12 percent to $22.86 at 11:12 a.m. New York time today.

CPPIB has been an active real estate investor for decades. Most recently, it acquired three U.S. student housing portfolios through a joint venture, Scion Student Communities, for $1.6 billion in March. In February, it bought a stake in a group of offices from Parkway in a deal that valued the portfolio at $1.04 billion.
You can read all the latest press releases from CPPIB here. These two deals total US$ 2.2 billion, which is a very significant investment even by CPPIB's standards.

So why did CPPIB make such a significant investments in Houston-based Parkway and Encino Energy?  Do its senior managers see a bottom in oil prices? While this is possible, it's also important to note that like all large pensions, CPPIB is a long-term investor with a long horizon so it doesn't need to pick the bottom in any of its investments.

On Friday, which is the last day of the quarter, oil prices are up and that is boosting energy shares. Some believe this is the beginning of another reflation trade similar to what happened in early 2016.

I'm skeptical on reflation but I do see a potential short-term tradable bottom in oil and energy (click on images):



Still, with central banks around the world increasing their hawkish tone (much to my dismay and horror), it's hard to see the beginning of a sustained rally in oil prices and energy shares.

Again, this is my short-term view and has nothing to do with CPPIB's decision to invest in Parkway and Encino Energy which is a long-term investment decision.

Some might be asking why not invest in Calgary and the answer is CPPIB (rightly) wants to diversify away from its Canadian exposure.

I can't add much more without speaking to Mark Machin or other CPPIB representatives on their view on oil prices and to get more details on these deals.

But one thing I know is Houston is a very popular and diverse city which is growing fast and it's important to note its economy has a diversified away from energy into other sectors like healthcare and manufacturing. In other words, there's a lot more to Houston than oil & gas (see the clips below).

Lastly, as we celebrate Canada 150, I was thinking of a few great Canadians that I admire most and one amazing Canadian always comes at the top of my list. 

I wish all Canadians a Happy Canada Day. We are very lucky to live in this great country. I also wish our southern neighbors a Happy 4th of July. Enjoy the long weekend.




          Monarch Beverage Co., Inc. v. Grubb   
Indiana’s alcohol regulatory scheme, like that of many states, divides the market into three tiers of the distribution chain (producers, wholesalers, and retailers) and three kinds of alcohol (beer, liquor, and wine). With limited exceptions, Indiana prohibits any person who holds a permit in one tier of the distribution chain from also holding an interest in a permit in another tier. For example, anyone who holds an interest in a retailing permit is generally prohibited from having any interest in a manufacturer’s or wholesaler’s permit of any type. Indiana also restricts the issuance of wholesaling permits by type of alcohol. The law allows some wholesaling permits to be combined: a beer wholesaler can get a permit to wholesale wine; a liquor wholesaler can get a permit to wholesale wine, but a beer wholesaler may not acquire an interest in a liquor-wholesaling permit and vice versa. Monarch holds permits to wholesale beer and wine and would like to wholesale liquor. Monarch sued, alleging that this aspect of the law facially discriminates against beer wholesalers in violation of the equal protection guarantee. The district court and Seventh Circuit upheld the law as surviving “rational basis” review. Monarch could not identify a similarly situated class that receives better treatment under the statute and reducing liquor consumption is a legitimate governmental interest. View "Monarch Beverage Co., Inc. v. Grubb" on Justia Law
          Tire Technician - Quality Tire Service - Saskatchewan   
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          Three up, three down: Travis Shaw is on the rise, Miguel Montero is shown the door   

A look at what is trending this week in Major League Baseball:

THREE UP

Travis Shaw: The Milwaukee Brewers persist in first place. One reason: they won the most lopsided trade of the offseason. The Brewers acquired Shaw and three minor leaguers from the Boston Red Sox for reliever Tyler Thornburg,...


          Predators sign Bonino away from Pens and acquire Emelin   
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Nashville Predators took care of an area of concern and added to an area of depth Saturday, signing center Nick Bonino away from the Stanley Cup champion Pittsburgh Penguins with a $16.4 million, four-year contract and acquiring defenseman Alexei Emelin in a trade with the Vegas Golden Knights Bonino was ...
          Andover Real Estate Partners Acquires 192 Units in Canton, Michigan   

Privately-Held Real Estate Firm is Proud to Partner with Michigan Company in Acquiring New Apartment Complex

(PRWeb October 14, 2014)

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          Lightning Acquire Prospect F Carter Verhaeghe from Islanders   

TAMPA BAY – The Tampa Bay Lightning have acquired forward Carter Verhaeghe from the New York Islanders in exchange for goaltender Kristers Gudlevskis, vice president and general manager Steve Yzerman announced today.

Verhaeghe, 21, skated in 45 games with the Bridgeport Sound Tigers of the American Hockey League, recording 16 goals and 29 points with 20 penalty minutes. The 6-foot-1, 182-pound forward ranked tied for third on the Sound Tigers for goals and tied for fifth for power-play goals with four. He set career highs for games played, goals, assists, points and power-play goals during the 2016-17 season. Verhaeghe also played in 16 games with the Missouri Mavericks of the ECHL, collecting 12 goals and 32 points.

The Toronto, Ontario native has appeared in 77 career AHL over the past three seasons with the Sound Tigers and Toronto Marlies, collecting 22 goals and 45 points. Verhaeghe played four seasons with the Niagara IceDogs of the Ontario Hockey League prior to turning pro, recording 83 goals and 224 points in 262 career games.

Verhaeghe was originally drafted by the Toronto Maple Leafs in the third round, 82nd overall, at the 2013 NHL Draft.

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          Comment on Craigslist Portraits by cartier love bangle yellow gold copy   
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          Man gets seven years in jail in two molestation cases   

A sessions court here today sentenced a 33-year-old man to seven years in jail in two cases of molestation. Ayyaz Ansari alias ‘Kanya’ or ‘one-eye molester’ had been sentenced to life imprisonment in April this year for raping a minor girl in yet another case. He had acquired the moniker ‘serial molester’. In 2013, suburban... Read more »

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          Session: Hostage Negotiator:: Adventures In Hostage Negotiating - Abductor 3   

by peterk1

Time for more Adventures In Hostage Negotiation. I lost against Donna last time out and am hoping to get through the base game abductors with a winning record. I found a devious little bug after reading through the last session report, so these detailed run throughs are definitely a great idea.

I'll give a free copy of the app when it is ready to anyone else who can spot the bug in the previous Adventures In Hostage Negotiation session.

This time up, we're playing against Ed Quinn. I like this guy - he's a pussycat compared to the others. You usually don't even have to bother trying to save any hostages until the very end. This is a Conversation Game.

After playing a few hundred games in the last few months, I've noticed that that there are 3 basic styles of games:

Hostage Release Game: A race to release all hostages +1 as quickly as possible. Arkayne is a Hostage Release Game.

Threat Game: Get the threat low early and try to keep it there. Donna is mostly a Threat Game with elements of Hostage Release.

Conversation Game: You can win these by amassing large amounts of conversation points in a single turn. Ed Quinn is a Conversation Game.

Some of the expansion villains are kind of fun in that they can have different Game Types depending on which demands pop out and you can even intentionally steer a game into your preferred game type. We'll see those in a little while.

Ed Quinn - Conversation 1



Let's get started. Regardless of the villain, the first job is pretty much always to expose those demands, so let's do that.



I succeed on my first What Are You Demands and the key card of the whole game is exposed. Ed Quinn only has one demand, Medical Care for his son and if you promise it by somehow amassing 12 conversation points in a single conversation, you win immediately. Easy!

He won't even hurt any of the hostages so you don't have to keep an eye on the Killed Hostage counter like you do with other villains. He is more likely to raise threat than anyone else, so you do have to keep an eye on that. Getting threat up to S and keeping it there is pretty much impossible, so I won't even bother beyond this first conversation. I do, however have to keep the threat above K at all costs. Even 5 is a dangerous threat in this one if the Raise Threat By 2 cards haven't come out yet. There's 2 of them.

How can we possibly get 12 conversation points? Well, if you play a full hand face-down, risk free, you only get 10, so that's not enough.
If you play a Small Talk as your first card and get 2 successes, you get 3 points and then you can cash in the 9 others and you're up to 12.

If you play two Small Talks and get a single success on each, that gives you 4 and then you can cash in the 8 other cards and then you also make 12.

The problem with Small Talks is that if you fail, the conversation ends, so Food if you're lucky enough to get it can be a very big card in this one as it will give you a second try if the first fails. Burning Reroll Cards and playing cards to convert 4's also is not a good idea for that final push because you are burning valuable conversation power when your hand size goes down.

Getting to 12 can be tricky, but regardless, the key of a Conversation Game is to get to a nice big fat hand with 10 cards in it quickly - the specific cards you buy doesn't even really matter that much, so I'll be buying cheap ones first and will work my way up to the more costly ones.

I play both of my Threat cards because there's a small chance of getting threat down to 1 and 3 dice. The first one succeeds and the second one fails. I'll probably be playing those for conversation points as much as possible in future turns.



I play my second What Are Your Demands and my first Small Talk face-down to avoid a quick end of conversation and play the second one normally and end the turn with 3 conversation points.

I want to maximize the number of cards I buy but don't want to waste any points, so I get a Reroll for 1 and Just A Few More Minutes for 2.
I usually never buy Just A Few More Minutes because of those horrible threat increases when you fail, but here it might make sense to have some extra cards with conversation power.

My goal is to not actually play any of these cards until the very end. I just want to build up a collection of cards.



The Terror card which comes out was a request for Media Coverage which gives me a free card. That might come in very handy indeed right at the end. I would have preferred Food though.

Ed Quinn - Conversation 2

I don't do anything in conversation 2 and simply reacquire my 6 basic cards. I now have a hand size of 8.

In the Terror Phase Ed feels that we're back at square one and he brings the threat back to 3 instead of 2. I can live with that.



Ed Quinn - Conversation 3



Hmmm. If I just pile on the cards face-down I can get two more cards easily and go into Conversation 5 with 10 cards. But with the threat still this low, I'm going to try to get it to 1 if I can. I would love to get 3 dice for those crucial Small Talks in the last turn. Even if I fail, I should still be able to buy 2 new cards.
Both of my Keep Cools succeed and threat is down at 1. Now I can be a bit more aggressive.



The What Are Your Demands are placed facedown for 2 points, but I play the Small Talks normally. The first one fails and I end the conversation early with only 3 points.

I buy the 2nd Reroll card and the second Just A Few More Minutes.
The Terror Card is a Hostage Escape Attempt which fails. I have an opportunity to change it to a rescue by burning 2 cards but decide against it.



Ed Quinn will not actually harm the hostage he caught here. His threat will go up to 2 instead. I'm not happy about losing my 3 dice, but right now I will be going into conversation 5 with a hand of 10 cards and will have a chance to end the game.

If I burn 2 cards to rescue this hostage, I'll only have 8 cards in conversation 5 and will probably have to go through 2 more turns of building up.

Ed Quinn - Conversation 4

In turn 4, I do nothing and regain my 5 missing basic cards. Big hand of 10 cards now.

The Terror Card draw is Growing Impatient and the next terror draw is a threat increase. We are now up to 3 threat with 5 Red cards left.

Ed Quinn - Conversation 5

Alright! Let's try to end this!



My first Small Talk gets a single success and 2 conversation points. Halfway there! I would now have 11 conversation points risk-free and am only 1 short of the target.



And for the win! My second Small Talk also gets a single success and I am now up to 4 conversation points with 8 cards left in hand.

The game is won but there is still a bit of work to do to make it final. Here it's pretty obvious but I've had some games that were in winning positions but I failed to see the combo. It's a little like chess in that way.

Speaking of hard to see chess-like combos. I missed one here in the heat of the moment which could have made things much easier! After I had played and succeeded on my first small talk I could have conceded Media Coverage to get a free card. I could have taken Coming In To Talk for a nice chance at 1-2 bonus dice on my last roll which would have made it almost a sure thing. There's no consequences of failing with Coming In To Talk but media coverage would have bumped threat to 5. It probably would have been a great move.



Next I play all of my remaining cards face-down to get the conversation counter up to the magic number of 12.

That let's me concede Medical Care to Ed and all 7 hostages are released and he surrenders.



Happy ending! Peter gets repromoted back up to Head Hostage Negotiator and gets his free car back.

...and that was a dream play through of a Conversation Game! I made it look easy here, but it can get pretty hairy if your Small Talks fail on the last turn. You end up going into your buy round with 1 point, but you have probably already bought all of the cheap 1 point cards and can't build your hand back up for another try right away. And the bad thing is that, most of the time, there is nothing you can do to mitigate the luck on those last rolls without trashing your big hand.

Fun! And quick! I'm glad I don't have to upload 40+ images this time around.
          Mid Year 2017 Portfolio Review   
My portfolio is up 15.75% for the first six months of 2017, pulling up my since inception IRR to 23.74%, and comfortably ahead of the S&P 500's 9.34% gain so far this year.  Significant winners have been Tropicana Entertainment, MMA Capital, Pinnacle Entertainment and Resource Capital, the only significant loser has been New York REIT.
Closed Positions:
  • ILG Inc (ILG): In hindsight, this was one of my favorite special situations of the past several years.  ILG (f/k/a Interval Leisure Group) had entered into a reverse morris trust transaction with Starwood prior to the announcement of Starwood's merger with Marriott, thus those that wanted to play the merger arb on the Starwood/Marriott transaction had to short out both Marriott and ILG against Starwood creating an uneconomic selling pressure on ILG's shares.  Since the deal has closed, ILG has run up well over 100%, I unfortunately sold a little too soon in the low $20s as ILG is now being bid up under speculation of a merger with Marriott Vacations Worldwide (VAC).  I'll be looking closely for ideas like this in the future, something similar was the Dell buyout of EMC/VMWare which created a coiled spring in VMWare stock that's caused the DVMT tracker to do very well too.
  • Actelion (ALIOY):  The Actelion/J&J deal closed and the development stage biotech company that was created out of the merger, Idorsia, has done very well too.  I bought the unsponsored ADR, there was a short week or two there when the shares dropped and people started speculating on why and if withholding taxes were going to be an issue, I got scared out of my position, ended up making a small amount of money but left some on the table.
  • CSRA (CSRA):  CSRA is the government services spinoff of CSC, with CSC I had the right idea at the time of the spinoff, CSC was setup to be sold and it was earlier this year when it merged with a division of HP Enterprises in a reverse morris trust to create DXC Technology (DXC).  I haven't spent much time on DXC, but CSC turned out to be the better side of the CSC/CSRA split.   I ended up selling CSRA earlier this spring in a slight fit as I didn't realize pension income was being included in their "adjusted" EBITDA figure they were presenting.  It caused the shares to look artificially cheap compared to peers and I just missed it, lesson learned.
  • WMIH Corp (WMIH):  The white whale of NOL shells, with over $6B in NOLs and apparently no dance partner in sight, it appears like the company's sponsor KKR is unable to find a deal that makes sense, they can walk in January, and will likely use that as leverage to strike an even more advantageous deal with WMIH.  If a deal does happen in the meantime, there still could be money to be made after but I don't see a reason to wait around any longer.
Previously Unmentioned New Positions:
  • Miramar Labs (MRLB):  Miramar Labs is another CVR opportunity, and even smaller than the others mentioned on the blog, but they make a medical device that's used to reduce underarm sweat and hair.  It's more of a elective beauty and/or lifestyle product that is sold to plastic surgeons, spas, etc, and its treatments are paid in cash and not processed through insurance companies.  Sientra (SIEN) is buying Miramar for $0.3149 per share upfront and $0.7058 per share in contingent payments for a total just over $1.02 per share.  The contingent payments are a little unique, where the milestone is a cumulative net sales number with no deadline.  Unlike the other CVRs that rely on an FDA approval, here Miramar already has an approved and commercialized product, so unless the sales flop going forward, the payout should occur, its just a matter of when.  The big payout is for $80MM in sales, Mirmar did $20MM in sales last year, but they're seeing some growth, I'm modeling out a 3-3.5 year timeframe to hit the milestone payment which at current prices of around $0.55 per share generates a pretty nice IRR.  Thanks to @yolocapital on Twitter for pointing it out to me.
  • Sound Banking Company (SNBN):  Sound Bank is a tiny North Carolina based community bank that is being acquired by another small bank but with high growth ambitions, West Town Bancorp (WTWB).  There are many small bank mergers happening, if I was less capital constrained, or had a lower risk mandate I'd probably be diving head first into more of these as the spreads are fairly wide for what should be low risk deals.  West Town Bancorp is offering $12.75 in cash or 0.6 shares of WTWB for each share of SNBN.  With SNBN currently trading at $13.40, you could create shares of WTWB for $22.33 when they currently trade for $24.45.  There is a cap on the cash/stock consideration, so proration is likely with the stock trading over the $12.75 cash payout, but it still seems/seemed like a good bet, the merger is expected to close in the third quarter.
  • Interoil Corp (IOC) Contingent Resource Payment:  I got bored and ended up trying this CRP/CVR the day or two before the merger with Exxon Mobil was completed, no view on how much natural gas is actually in PNG, so its a pure speculation that should be decided in the next quarter.
Current Holdings:
I added a little money earlier this year, the performance figures take that properly into account.

Disclosure: Table above is my blog/hobby portfolio, its a taxable account, and a relatively small slice of my overall asset allocation which follows a more diversified low-cost index approach.  The use of margin debt/options/concentration doesn't represent my true risk tolerance.

          House for sale in carna, galway - 220000 eur   
House for sale in carna, galway - 220000 eur : a fine opportunity to acquire a property with its own lake frontage and over 11 acre. the residence has been renovated and extended in recent years and now has a modern bright atmosphere. the carna/connemara area is very scenic. situated only 70km from galway city this property would suit for daily commuting as well as a holiday home. the spacious floorplan offers: porch, 1.62m x 1.82m 2.95 m2 open plan living room with open stairs, fireplace ( stove), timber flooring 4.64m x 4.25m 19.72 m2 open plan kitchen/diner, sun room style with patio door, fitted kitchen with granite work top, 7m x 2.9m 20.03 m2 sitting room or potential as bedroom no.5, 4.64m x 2.8m 12.99 m2 main bathroom with tub, 2.11m x 3.77m 7.95 m2 bedroom no.1, 3.6m x 3.6m 12.96 m2 attached utility/boiler room, accessed via external door only, 2.8m x 4.9m 13.72 m2 upper floor landing, 5.95m x 1.32m, 1.7n x 3.8m 14.31 m2 master bedroom with en-suite and storage, 3.57m x 3.14m 11.21 m2 en-suite, 1.5m x 2.36m 3.54 m2 storage, 1.5m x 1.34m 2.01 m2 store room/hot press, 1.84m x 1.55m 2.85 m2 bedroom no.3, 3.45m x 3.47m 11.97 m2 bedroom no.4, 2.92m x 4.64m 13.55 m2 bathroom with electric shower, 2.22m x 2.56m 5.68 m2 total 155.44 m2 outhouses: 2 detached buildings- building no1 great garage with window front suitable as conversion to guest house 11.37m x 4.65m 52.87 m2 building no.2 contains tank room and store room tank room, 2.22m x 1.64m 3.64 m2 store room, 2.22m x 4.54m 10.08 m2 ground: approx 11 acre located between public road and lake loch an mhuilinn sub-divided into paddocks. the open sea can be seen in the distance. walking distance to moyrus beach eircode: h91t0c2 priced to sell: 220.000 viewing by appointment with sole selling agents schiller schillerfeatures:70km to galway city priced to sell 11 acre of ground with private lake frontage on loch an mhuilinn within walking distance to moyrus beach located between public road and lake, open sea can be seen in distance outside carna, connemara, co. galway outhouses with further development potential bright and spacious lay-out modern and recently renovated 5 b/r dormer style residence
          ‘The Basement’ Gets A Release Date And More!   
Breaking Glass Pictures has acquired North American rights to the Hungarian occultist horror feature THE BASEMENT. Breaking Glass acquired North American rights to the film in June in a deal negotiated between Breaking Glass CEO Rich Wolff and Galen Christy of High Octane Pictures. The film will be released on DVD/VOD on September 5, 2017. […]
          3600 mile Superbird that is the 1st Petty blue car, and it's a 440 6 pack white interior car that was midly wrecked in the 70s and stuffed away to gather dust ever since in a barn   

The first-ever example painted in Corporate Blue, the 11th Superbird built, came from the factory with a Six Pack, four-speed, and white bucket interior.

Many years ago, Michael Angelucci  followed up a faint trail about a dealership-owned bird that had been mildly wrecked in 1970 and stored ever since.

Once he had figured out where the car was, he spent 25 years making occasional calls and waiting to get a chance just to see it. The owner finally told him to come and buy it; he took cash.

The story : the son of a Plymouth dealership borrowed this bird from the lot, crashed into another vehicle and then went into a ditch the night before his prom.

After rudimentary bodywork, it still could not be sold. The business simply wrote it off and parked it in a barn . . . for more than 40 years. The Superbird’s never been titled. It had been tucked away with the wing and nose cone put off to the side, but it was all there.

Angelucci made the purchase, and then a part of the building had to be cut away to get it out. It is original down to the driveline, glass and Goodyear tires. However, various aging elements had taken their toll even indoors, and this will not be an inexpensive restoration project.

In the meantime, Angelucci showed the Bird at the Muscle Car and Corvette Nationals, with the remains of petrified mice and other assorted “aftermarket trim” acquired during the hibernation.



http://www.hotrod.com/articles/mcacn-barn-find-gallery-psychedelic-superbirds-buried-barracudas-rare-camaros-and-more/

          Print Production Operator - The Hut Group - Winsford   
Maintaining and cleaning equipment Requirements. As part of this investment we have recently acquired our own print facility which enables us to create in-house...
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          Re: You wanted a Christmas release for Nintendo 3DS? Well, you may be in for a rude awakening....   

The September 22 date that GameStop proposed could only be the date upon one may reserve a 3DS. I highly doubt that the Nintendo 3DS will be at all released this year as the Nintendo DSi has a nice line-up of titles with Golden Sun: Dark Dawn, The Four Heroes or Light, Shantae: Risky's Revenge and Zenonia. Matt Bozon said he can't believe that the 3DS is coming so rapidly as the DSi is still quite young and new.

Yet, it would be very spectacular if Nintendo did release the 3DS at Thanksgiving or Christmas, the latter would indeed be the best as they'd get more money. I hope Reggie was all out in left field on the March 2011 date. The sooner the better in my opinion as I'm longing to acquire Paper Mario 3DS and PilotWings and not to mention Zelda: Ocarina of Time.


          Three up, three down: Travis Shaw is on the rise, Miguel Montero is shown the door   

A look at what is trending this week in Major League Baseball:

THREE UP

Travis Shaw: The Milwaukee Brewers persist in first place. One reason: they won the most lopsided trade of the offseason. The Brewers acquired Shaw and three minor leaguers from the Boston Red Sox for reliever Tyler Thornburg,...


          KPN acquires Solcon   
(Telecompaper) KPN has acquired Dutch regional ISP Solcon, a provider of internet, (mobile) telephony, hosting, television and secure email services for both individuals and businesses. With the acquisition, KPN strengthens its position in the broadband services market. The transaction was completed at the end of June. No financial details were given.
          Los Angeles Lakers miss out on Paul George   
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          1867 Speech of Louis-Joseph Papineau at the Institut canadien    
"When the right to freethinking, whether religious, political or scientific, is as generally proclaimed as it is it by the laws, the values and the practice of our days, it cannot be lost. Judicious people will not need to demand it later."


THIS IS PAPINEAU'S DENUNCIATION OF CONFEDERATION AS A SCAM OF THE RULING CLASSES IN QUEBEC AND ONTARIO, THE SAME GROUP KNOWN AS THE "FAMILY COMPACT" WHICH RULED BOTH COLONIES.  

THE FATHERS OF CONFEDERATION WERE A SMALL GROUP OF THESE WHITE MEN, BOTH CATHOLIC AND PROTESTANT, WHO SIGNED THE ACTS WITHOUT TAKING THEM TO THE PEOPLE

IT IS FOR THIS BASIC DEMOCRATIC PRINCIPLE OF NO TAXATION WITHOUT REPRESENTATION THAT PAPINEAU ACCUSES THEM FAILING TO GET CANADIANS  AND CANADIENS APPROVAL. THE CONSTITUTION THAT EVERYONE IS AFRAID TO OPEN AND DISCUSS TODAY IS BECAUSE THERE NEVER WAS A DISCUSSION OR VOTE BY THE ENFRANCHISED PEOPLE AT THE TIME OF CONFEDERATION 

THIS DOCUMENT WILL SHOW YOU THAT WHILE THE CANADIAN RADICALS OF 1827
PAPINEAU AND MACKENZIE KING WERE IMPRESSED BY ASPECTS OF AMERICA
PAPINEAU EXPLAINS WHY CANADA HAS A DIFFERENT SET OF LIBERAL IDEALS 
THAN OUR SOUTHERN NEIGHBOUR. 

HE WAS SO FAR SEEING THAT HE PREDICTS THE COMING OF CHINESE IMMIGRATION AND IMMIGRATION FROM ASIA IN GENERAL TELLING CANADIANS TO LOOK TO THE WEST ACROSS THE PACIFIC FOR CANADA'S FUTURE 

THIS  SHOULD BE REQUIRED READING IN ALL SOCIAL STUDIES AND HISTORY CLASSES IN CANADA IF WE STILL HAVE THEM IN K-12






1867 Speech of Louis-Joseph Papineau at the Institut canadien 



Among the most important and useful truths, those that pertain the the better political organization of a society are at the forefront. They are among those of which it is a shame to have not studied carefully, and cowardly to dare not proclaim, when we believe that those we possess are true and therefore useful.

The good political doctrines of modern times, I find them condensed, explained and delivered for the love of peoples and for their regeneration, in a few lines of the 1776 Declaration of Independence, and the 1789 Declaration of the Rights of Man and of the Citizen.

The true sociological doctrines of modern times can be summed up in a few words: Recognizing that, in the political and temporal order, the only legitimate authority is the one to which the majority of the nation has given its consent; that are wise and beneficial constitutions only those for which the governed have been consulted, and to which the majorities have given their free approbation; that all which is a human institution is destined to successive change; that the continuous perfectibility of man in society gives him the right and imposes him the duty to demand the improvements which are appropriate for new circumstances, for the new needs of the community in which he lives and evolves.



It is not the precipitated acceptance of the butchered Quebec Act of confederation that can prove the wisdom of the statesmen of England. It is not their work; it was prepared in hiding, without the authorization of their constituents, by some colonists anxious to stud themselves to the power that had escaped them. The sinistre project is the works of badly famed and personally interested men, it is the achievement of evil at the British Parliament, surprised, misled, and inattentive to what it was doing.


At first sight, the act of confederation cannot have the approval of those who believe in the wisdom and the justice of the Parliament and the excellency of the English constitution, since it violates its fundamental principles, by taking control over the sums of money belonging to the colonists alone and not to the metropolis nor to any authority in the metropolis. It is guiltier than any of the preceding acts. It has the same defects, and it has new ones, which are unique to it, and which are more exorbitant against the colonists than were those of the parliamentary charters granted or imposed before. 

The others were given in times and conditions that were difficult and exceptional. The transfer of a new country, with a majority whose religious beliefs and political education differed deeply from those of the minority, could have let us fear that the latter be exposed to denials of justice. Full religious tolerance, the most important of the rights which belong to men in society, had not been understood nor allowed at the time. England was persecuting at home, insane and unjust; she was insane and unjust here, here more than elsewhere, because the public law was supposed to protect us from evil. She ignored it. If she had restricted herself to protective measures for the minorities, she would have been praised; but she exceeded the goal, she oppressed the majority, she did wrong. But it was then a common error which misled her and which excuses her. The odious laws of intolerance are repudiated by all of the civilized world today, except for Rome and St. Petersbourg. There too however, sooner or later it will be necessary to render justice at the sight of the benefits which it pours on the States which respect it.

The concision in the word of Cavour: "The free Church in the free State", is one of the most beautiful titles given to respect, love and admiration, justly acquired by this famous statesman. These happy words, which once stated can never be forgotten, which, in a short sentence, contain a complete and perfect code on the subject they expose and explain, in one moment, -- as if all the tongues of fire of the Coterie had touched all those which tried to retain them -- allow us to understand, love, and proclaim the full truth which was only obscurely perceived and timidly loved before. And yet this revelation, sudden for a lot of people, is already codified, since a long time, for all, in the thirty-six States of the Union next door.

The free, independent Churches, separated from the State, do not require anything from it in presence of one another, are the happiest and become most useful, because of this separation from the State and the proximity of their rivals. They rely on their knowledge and their virtues, they do not require nothing else. They as nothing of what they consider useful to the promotion of their cult, all to the benefit of all their ministers, their charity, and their benevolent organizations. Watching one another, they are eminently moral, because the exposure and publicity would punish each fault they commit. No fault being able to go by unpunished, one will rarely occur. Where only one Church rules, it is not useful, it represses heresies, schisms and witches. Its adversaries claim: "it must necessarily be that it is wrong, if it is so cruel." and its friends say: "it must necessarily be that it is divine, if it obtains support in spite of these cruelties."

When the right to freethinking, whether religious, political or scientific, is as generally proclaimed as it is it by the laws, the values and the practice of our days, it cannot be lost. Judicious people will not need to demand it later.

Other parliamentary acts against Canada were acts of rigour, following disorders which would have been prevented by a tiny portion of the concessions that were granted much too late. The merit of these concessions is small and has little value, because they were made only after executions which were murders.

(The reference here is to the rebellion of 1837 in Upper and Lower Canada which Papineau was a leader of SEE I Am Canadien http://plawiuk.blogspot.com/2007/07/i-am-canadien.htm)

The present act was inflicted to provinces which were peaceful, where there no longer existed animosities of race or religion to calm down. Where nobody was guilty, all were punished, since they received a law for which they were not consulted.

This new governmental plan reveals, more than the others, the violent animosity of that the aristocracy feels towards elective institutions. It was only after long years of ceaseless efforts that the Legislative Councils were made elective. 


Did those who had been morally glorified by tearing off this important concession to the colonial and metropolitan authorities glorify themselves much today by ravishing it to their compatriots? On the contrary, they felt and they knew that they would not escape the contempt that these tergiversations deserved. They fought among themselves with eagerness to obtain nobility titles from overseas. They defrauded on the one hand their country and other the other they were even defrauding among themselves for the superiority of the rank; and they found ways to associate many accomplices to their shame, as if it was less dark because it was shared! They promised the elected councillors to have them counsellors for life. They created themselves a fake aristocracy, that became such by their participation in an obvious violation of the law. All these intrigues were immoral enough to please the English cabinet and to push it to adopt an act even worse than almost all its past wrongs. These reactionaries were asking the institutions of the Middle Ages back at the very moment the noble English people was demolishing them.

No, it is not true that the political discussions, which were as sharp in both Canadas, were a fight between races. They were as rough in Upper Canada, where there was only one nationality, than here, where there were two. The majorities of both of them were uninterested friends of rights freedoms, and privileges due to all the English subjects. They were voluntarily exposing themselves to lie full slanderings, to dangerous angers, to sanguinary revenges sometimes, from egoistic minorities, by themselves weak, but supported by the strength of the baionnettes paid with the gold of the people, but everywhere directed against the people.

The privileged people always think that the prayers and the complaints against the abuses which benefit them are an invitation to repress them by violence. 


Proud, just and enlightened men, whose convictions are intense because they are the result of strong studies and long meditations, have faith in the empire of reason, and it is for reason alone that they ask the correction of the abuses. Their efforts are addressed to all, to the powerful ones initially, to inspire them sympathy for the people that are suffering and that were impoverished by the abuses. They present them with glory and happiness to conquer, if they know how to render the society of their time more prosperous and more moral that it was it in the times which preceded. They address them initially and preferably, because their mind being more cultivated, they would be better prepared to be able to consider questions of general interest under all their various aspects, and to solve them quickly and correctly when selfishness does not blind them. They address the masses after, to say them that the sabre is not in their hands, but that reason is the richest and most invaluable of divine gifts and that it was separated almost equally amongst all, that the culture of the mind can centuplicate its fruitfulness and strength; that to clear the land one needs physical strength enlightened by experience, but that in order to make good constitutions and good laws, and to apply them wisely, it is necessary to have before all a strong reason, enlightened not only by serious studies, but above all by a real devotion to the country, and the absence of any personal covetousness of ambition or interest. Here is what could seen before, here is what has since become so rare, now that fortunes acquired at the expense of the public and personal honor, have become so numerous! How badly do these reproaches of propensity to violence come from those who constantly have recourse to violence to prevent the free discussion of political or social questions, physical violence by means of the law, moral violence by the anathema!

Papineau was 81 years old when he appeared at the Institute in 1867


Papineau Bio See https://www.pc.gc.ca/en/lhn-nhs/qc/manoirpapineau/decouvrir-discover/natcul1/a

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          Top Daily GK Update 20th June 2017, Important Current Affairs   
1. Afghan President Ashraf Ghani inaugurated the first Afghanistan-India air corridor at the Kabul International Airport. The corridor is a direct route that will bypass Pakistan and is meant to improve commerce in Afghanistan.

2. The iconicTaj Mahal PalaceHotelin the Mumbai City has acquired an'image trademark',making it thefirst building in the country to get intellectual property rights protectionfor its architectural design.

3. Minister for Science & Technology Dr. Harshvardhanlaunched a Mobile App“Celebrating Yoga”developed by Ministry of Science & Technology in New Delhi.

4. Shri Piyush Goyal,Minister of State (IC) for Power, Coal, New and Renewable Energy and Mines launched theEnergy Conservation Building Code 2017 (ECBC 2017). Developed byMinistry of Power and Bureau of Energy Efficiency (BEE), ECBC 2017 prescribes the energy performance standards for new commercial buildings to be constructed across India.

5. Thedefensearm of the Tata Group has signed an agreement with American firmLockheed Martinto produce and export new generationF-16 fighter aircraft, potentially kick-starting a mega‘Make in India’ project.

6. Bihar GovernorRam NathKovindhas resigned from his gubernatorial post. The resignation follows his nomination as the ruling NDA’s presidential candidate. President Pranab Mukherjee has accepted the resignation ofKovindas the Governor of Bihar.

7. TheWorld Refugee Dayis observed across the world on20 Juneto commemorate the strength, courage, and perseverance of millions of refugees. The day is celebrated by United Nations.

8. Indian Mars Orbiter Mission (MOM) also called Mangalyaancompletes 1000 Earth days in its orbit on 19th June 2017. The interplanetary mission of ISRO was launched on 5thNovember 2013.

9. Online financial services marketplaceBankBazaarhas begun its operations inMalaysiato strengthen its presence in South East Asia.

10. India has become the 71st countryto ratify the United NationsInternational Convention on Road Transports, TIR. The Convention is a multilateral treaty to boost International Transport of Goods. TIR is managed and developed by IRU - the world road transportorganization.

11. IDBI Bankhas started insolvency resolution process againstLanco Infratech Ltd.following a directive fromthe Reserve Bank of India (RBI). While this is the first resolution process initiated by the lenders against 12 large borrowers identified by the RBI recently.

12. India won six medalsin theWushu competition of the first ever BRICS Games, which concluded in Guangzhou, China recently. The medals haul comprised two each in gold, silver, and bronze.

13. The father of India's nuclear fusion reactor research program, Padma Shri Prof Predhiman Krishan Kaw, passed away.


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          Daily GK Update 18th & 19th June 2017, Important Current Affairs   
1. The China-led Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) has approved the membership of Argentina, Madagascar, and Tonga at its second annual meeting of Governors. The AIIB’s Board of Governors adopted resolutions approving the three applicants to join the bank at the second annual meeting, which kicked off earlier in the day in South Korea’s southern resort island of Jeju. 

2. In China, ahead of the third UN International Day of Yoga, thousands of Chinese would participate in scores of events organized across the country. As per the official report, it will the second biggest yoga day celebration in the world after India. 

3. The Union Minister of Finance, Defence and Corporate Affairs, Shri Arun Jaitley was on a four-day official visit (14th to 17th June) to Republic of Korea (ROK) and participated in the India-Korea Strategic Economic Dialogue and the 2nd Annual Meeting of Board of Governors of Asia Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB).

4. The government has set up a GST facilitation cell in Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion (DIPP) to facilitate the rollout of Goods and Services Tax. The cell is headed by Economic Advisor Sudhansu Sekhar Das.

5. Pension Fund Regulatory and Development Authority (PFRDA) has now introduced “APY@eNPS” which involves a complete digital enrolment process.

6. State Bank of India has entered into a tie-up with Tirumala Milk Products, a South- based company which was acquired by Groupe Lactalis in 2014, to provide loans to dairy farmers who supply milk to the latter.

7. Connaught Place in the national capital is the most expensive prime office market in India and the ninth most expensive office market in the world, with an occupancy cost of $153.89 per square feet, according to the bi-annual Global Prime Office Occupancy Costs survey of US-based CBRE.

8. The government has roped in Bollywood megastar Amitabh Bachchan to promote Goods and Services Tax (GST), ahead of the sweeping tax reform’s implementation scheduled from July 1.

9. The Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) has suspended the flying licence of Coimbatore-based carrier Air Carnival, which has not operated a single flight since early April.

10. India’s Kidambi Srikanth has lifted the Indonesia Open Super Series badminton title by defeating Japanese qualifier Kazumasa Sakai in straight games 21-11, 21-19 in the Men’s Singles final at Jakarta, Indonesia.



11. Actor Sam Beazley, who played Professor Everard in Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, has passed away at the age of 101.

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Well..it has been quite some time since I have posted.  A lot of things have happened. 

The hubby and I decided that we would put our lake home in New Hampshire on the market when we returned to NH for the summer.  We made the decision that we really like living here in Florida and having another home up north made no sense. 

As for the community I live in, I have acquired the job of running the Craft Table at the Women's Bazaar in November.  I had one meeting prior to leaving for NH that was less than successful but I can only hope it goes up from there.

So we left for NH in mid-June.  We were home for two days trying to get the place ready to put on the market and someone came by.  A friend of a friend of a friend kind of thing.  I had mentioned to a lake neighbor that we would be putting the house on the market.  The next day we showed it to the wife.  That night they made an offer.  We utilized our real estate agent because I refuse to do things without one.  Too many things can go wrong.  So....long story short, we sold to this couple.  Everybody was happy; hugs all around at the closing, which was on July 30th. 

We did not wish to live out of suitcases for the remainder of the summer so on August 1st we hit the road at 4 am.  We arrived back at our home on Sunday, August 2nd.  Tired, but happy to be home.  So now we truly are Florida residents (or...raisins, q-tips.  haha)  It is hot here but hey, that's why we have air conditioning!

Having issues with the iPad and the mail account app which now doesn't allow me to send my pics to my email.  Very frustrating.  It is apparently a google issue and not an apple issue.  I have tried to fix it but it just isn't happening.  I'll just keep reading the apple support group to see if anything new comes along.  I am not the only one with this issue.  Not sure if that is comforting or not!!!

I have not unpacked my sewing machine yet.  Honestly we have not even been back a full week yet and my husband is installing new patio slider doors.  He is doing the one to the kitchen and the next one will be in the computer/sewing room.  I think I will see when he is doing this room and perhaps that will determine whether the sewing machine comes out of its secure space. 

I have lots of grand plans and hope to get to them very soon.  One thing I'd like to do is start a little stitch and bitch group.  Great therapy!  We shall see.  I have to talk to the HOA President (of course, I'm on the Board but....follow procedures!) and see about the ability to use the clubhouse for that kind of thing.  I know there are crafty people here and they might be interested.  I'm finding that I need more creative activity and I'm just not ready to join a guild here.  I am really not sure if I ever will be again. 

So that's what is going on.  We do have lots of plans for the house.  We just need to update it a bit and make it more comfortable for us.  It is not his mother's house anymore!  Flooring is on order for the living and dining area and that will be a huge improvement.  

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What is acne?



For many thousands of years, people have wrestled with acne. Acknowledged in some cultures as a kind of curse from the gods for immoral behavior, acne has mostly been misunderstood. Only within roughly the past century has the medical field been able to distinguish the true causes of acne. As some might expect, this has permitted those who are afflicted with blemishes to gain a certain sense of relief.



An inflammatory disease of the skin, acne is the consequence of serious changes in the skin's structure. Acne is considered to be the body's unique response to a relatively natural production of testosterone, a male hormone.



Instead of a sign that one's skin is not clean, acne is more closely related with the hormonal and bacterial activity underneath the skin, which finally leads to the irritation of the skin. The end result is the red swelling that we know as acne.



What is The Most Common Type of Acne?



One may think that all acne is the alike, but in fact it is not. As with all irritations of the skin, there are several forms involved. Some are believed more serious and harder to eliminate than others. The most usual kind is acne vulgaris, which only means "common acne," ordinarily signified by a red swelling of the skin. Soon after the initial signs, the white or yellow pus that people associate with acne becomes evident.



This is the type of acne that the majority of teenagers get, caused when excessive amounts of oil from the sebaceous gland combine with dead skin cells to end up clogging the pores of the skin. Since the skin's pores are blocked, oil continues to build up, hence permitting bacteria and yeast to spread. This surplus of bacteria and yeast is what finally does tons of damage to a persons skin.



What Are The Mental Effects of Acne?



Acne might show a body's failure to properly deal with hormonal changes. Acne can suggest that a person is not handling stress in an effective manner. It might be an indication of a potentially serious allergic reaction to a medication or other type of element. It is not these effects of acne that tend to do the most damage, though.




Acne is more than a health issue, acne is known to cause people (mainly teens) a sense of shame as well as embarrassment. Acne is incorrectly associated with being unclean. Clear, healthy skin is associated with cleanliness, while severe forms of acne are frequently thought to be the effect of sanitary neglect.



Not just that, acne can be ugly and turn people away. The majority of people who experience severe acne are emotionally scarred by the social rejection, contributing to adolescent emotional insecurity and a sense of self-doubt. Because of this, acne should be treated as rapidly and as thoroughly as possible.



Isn't it True That Staying Clean Helps Prevent Acne?



It is always a healthier alternative to rid your skin of toxins as well as dirt that accumulate throughout your normal daily routine. So yes, to some extent, it is true that washing your skin can help prevent or decrease acne.



Acne is a chemical element, and it is something that occurs beneath the surface of the skin to a greater degree than on the skin itself. Both cleansing on a daily basis as well as care of one's skin will help in reducing the bacteria that resides on the surface of the skin, but these actions cannot decrease the testosterone levels below the surface of the skin that help to create acne.



Recognizing this underlying fact should help to reduce some of the stigma that is accompanied with acne. It should also allow people who are enduring their acne to take some degree of comfort in understanding that they are not necessarily less clean than other people. The truth is that they have very little actual control over what is going on beneath their skin.



What Are Some of The Other Elements Involved That Increase the Probability of Getting Acne?



That is a good question, and one that is likely on everyone's mind. The tough part about acne is that there is not one single element that can prompt it. Several factors help cause acne. Some of them can be circumvented, while others cannot. For instance, one cannot change their family history, but this is one very important factor in influencing the development of some form of acne.




Hormonal activity is another. Women who are pregnant or who are menstruating have been known to abruptly acquire bad cases of acne. Other elements, such as stress and certain medications, can also bring about acne.



Bear in mind, acne is based on the hormonal changes that occur within the body. Any life-changing or stress-inducing occurrence is likely to alter a person's chemical makeup. Lastly, the accumulation of dead skin cells often contributes to increased acne.



Listen to Korbin Newlyn as he shares his insights as an expert author and an avid writer in the field of skin care. If you would like to learn more go to Vitamins for Acne advice and at Cause of Acne revisited.



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          Chorus Aviation Capital acquires six ATR 72-600s from Avation PLC   
Halifax-based Chorus Aviation Capital, the leasing arm of Chorus Aviation, has acquired six ATR 72-600 turboprops with attached leases from Singapore-based lessor Avation PLC, the company said June 29.

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          SpongeBob Squarepants - Zo klinkt SpongeBob... | Nickelodeon Nederlands   
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          IT Carlow announces new Wexford Campus   

it carlow new campus wexfordDr Patricia Mulcahy, President of Institute of Technology Carlow, has welcomed the announcement today by Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform Brendan Howlin of approval to acquire a new site for the Institute’s Wexford Campus.  The new campus will be located on a 35-acre site in a prime location in Wexford Town. Dr Mulcahy said […]

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          NBA report: Thunder acquire Pacers' Paul George; Timberwolves ship Ricky Rubio to Utah   

The Indiana Pacers have agreed to trade Paul George to the Oklahoma City Thunder for Victor Oladipo and Domantas Sabonis, according to two people familiar with the deal, in a stunning deal that gives MVP Russell Westbrook a new running mate.

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          10 Fresh Hair Ideas for Summer   

Summer is the time for relaxation and vacation and now that it’s finally here, you need hair that is decidedly low-maintenance and simultaneously effortless. This summer’s hottest cuts and colors can be found from the Fashion Week runways to the city streets. The new looks include bold colors, blunt cuts, and edgy styles that will inspire you to embrace your natural texture and let loose in the summer heat.

 

1. Pale Blonde
It’s back to basics with this light, bright look.

There’s no better time to go blonde than the start of summer. Blonde hair illuminates skin and enhances your eyes for perfect makeup-free summer days. The sun will naturally brighten strands so you can take fewer trips to the salon. To avoid dry, damaged locks be sure to use Bright Blonde Radiance and Repair Treatment once a week. It will leave hair ultra-soft while keeping brassiness at bay.

 

2. Voluminous Lob
Make a statement with dramatic volume and fashionable length.

Keep your bob from looking drab with volume and thickness. Make sure your cut falls below the collarbone and has blended layers starting right below the chin. To maintain this universally flattering style, use Shampoo and Conditioner for Magnificent Volume.

 

3. Platinum Gray
Take it up a notch with this renegade fashion trend.

As the edgy alternative to blonde, gray has become fashion’s new staple. While the look is popular among models and influencers, it also appeared in both the Gucci and Chanel shows. When the color begins to fade it will evolve into a gorgeous icy blonde shade. 

 

4. Bob with Blunt Bangs
Step up your bob game with a new trendy edge.

Look runway ready with this trendy European style. A bob will keep you cool in the summer heat, while short fringe, which was featured at shows like Alexander Wang and Vera Wang, will add a rebellious edge to your classic style. Be sure to spray bangs with Dry Texturizing Spray for a strong finish.

 

5. Gradient Copper
Look fierce with this modern take on a classic color.

Turn heads with beautiful red hair this summer. Despite rumors that red only compliments fair skin, copper can actually be the perfect match to any complexion. Feel free to embrace natural textures, as redheads look good in straight or wavy styles. Gradient shades add volume and depth to even the thinnest of hair. Airbrush Root Touch-Up Spray in Red can keep your color perfect all summer long.

 

6. Floating Highlights
Create your own natural summer halo with this breezy technique.

If you’re looking for a low-maintenance summer look try the newest balayage technique: floating highlights. Floating highlights are delicately placed to create a bright wash of color. With very little upkeep, this seamless color application can be your sole trip to the salon this summer.

 

7. Long layers
Dare to let it grow for easy, natural hair.

This easy hairstyle creates huge volume and added definition. Long layered hair can balance the width in your cheekbones and soften the angles of your jaw. A ragged edge can create a more natural and organic look. The style allows for a myriad of up-dos, perfect for summer barbecues and weddings.

 

8. Ultra-Long
Keep your options open with easy to style long locks.

Whether worn in a braid, high ponytail, or just let down and air dried, ultra-long hair is making a comeback this summer. Keep style simple with a deep middle part and Après Beach Wave and Shine Spray, scrunch at the roots.

 

9. Pastel Color Pop
Be bold with a hot statement color this summer.

Pastel colors have taken the beauty industry by storm and after appearing in both the Saint Laurent and Libertine runway shows, the trend isn’t passing anytime soon. When it comes to bright color it is important to choose wisely and invest in luxury product. Use Masque for Beautiful Color once a week to keep your pop from fading.

 

10. Short Shag
Look effortlessly chic without the hassle of hot tools.

Taylor Swift turned heads with her cropped new do on the cover of Vogue. Her chic, edgy shag was key to a fresh summer start. You don’t have to be on the runway to pull off this trendy style. Simply apply Matte Waves Texture Lotion and scrunch with fingers to acquire a bed-head, teased look.


          Little Axe Salon   
Named by Vogue.com as one of its four favorite under-the-radar salons, Little Axe Salon in the heart of Brooklyn's trendy Williamsburg neighborhood has developed a cult following. Oribe Educator Coby Alcantar takes us inside her cozy space and shares the inspiration behind the salon's design, the one thing she's learned in her career that every salon owner should know and what she loves most about being behind the chair.

Where did the salon's name, Little Axe, come from?


I didn’t have a name in mind when I decided to open the salon. Since the space is small, I became obsessed with the word “little.” I pictured it all lowercase, in script, and late at night my husband would say “little” with every word...it drove me crazy! One night he said “little axe,” and I fell in love with it immediately.

How would you describe the design of the salon?


It’s pretty much me—I’m not too much of a girly-girl. I like plain, simple-looking things that are unique. I didn’t want the space to look too old timey, so I went with distressed wood instead of regular wood. I also knew that the distressed wood would age more nicely. Since the space is small, I wanted to keep the decor minimal while still feeling cozy rather than sterile.

Where did you pick up the unique pieces that adorn the salon?


My friend Kimberly Austin had a show in New York 10 years ago and she couldn’t afford to ship the pieces back, so I’ve had them ever since and now they’re hanging on the walls. The bench in our waiting area is actually a church pew, which was the first piece of furniture I acquired. I wanted the reception stand to look like an old-fashioned maître d’ stand, so we had one customized from a place called Brooklyn Reclamation. They also customized our stylist stations and the mirrors, which came from a catholic girls’ school dormitory in Virginia. The photographs above the church pew are from a client, Kirsten Kay Thoen, who’s become a dear friend.

Which three songs are currently on heavy rotation in the salon?


I tend to put on soul music, like Charles Bradley, on in the mornings. We also listen to Lee Scratch Perry and Cherry Blazer. I also let the younger staff members pick the tunes, and lately we’ve been listening to a lot of FKA Twigs.

What's one thing you've learned in your career that you think every salon owner should know?


I’ve been fortunate to have always worked for people who are fair and lead by example, and who are not afraid to get down and dirty even though they’re the boss. That has taught me a lot as both a new salon owner and as a stylist. Helen and Scott Miller of Scott Miller Salon have been a huge influence and great role models for me. Louise and Tracy at Cowboys and Angels were also great mentors when I first started cutting hair. They gracefully balanced having fun with us while maintaining boundaries.

Which books or magazines are you currently reading?


Monocle, Apartamento and The Great Discontent Magazine are on our waiting room table. I’m also reading Ara Gallant, which is an amazing book about the iconic hairdresser.

If you were forced to recommend just one film that all creative should watch, what would it be?


Blade Runner

Williamsburg is an incredibly vibrant neighborhood in New York City. Do you guys ever partner with your neighbors?


When we first opened, I had a party and invited all the local businesses. We’ve really been welcomed with open arms, and I hope to be able to partner more with the talent in our neighborhood. Also, funnily enough, we share a basement with the fantastic restaurant Allswell, which is owned by Nate Smith—editorial hairstylist Holli Smith’s brother. We actually all went to high school together, and I got to know Holli more when we were both working in San Francisco. What a small world!

What do you love most about being behind the chair in the salon?


Being behind the chair really helps you hone your craft. Doing the same thing every day, but doing it differently. I saw this TV show where a prominent chef goes around and interviews other chefs. She interviewed this one guy in London, who was quite a bit older and had been working for quite some time. He said, “I like that I get to do the same thing every day, but every day I do it slightly differently.” I think this is true for the hairdressing profession, as well. I love that we get to work with our hands, and I love that everyone interprets our craft differently.
          Thanos Samaras    
Even though he has only three years of hairdressing experience under his belt, Thanos Samaras has built an impressive body of work. Samaras’s editorial career took off after he was approached by Greek Vogue to style a cover shoot in 2010, which led to an ongoing partnership with the magazine. Since then, his work with both wigs and human hair has graced the pages of publications like Tatler, Vogue Italia, InStyle UK and Madame Figaro. We asked the hair maestro about his signature look, his best tips for working with wigs and which Oribe products are always in his kit.

Tell us about your background in hairdressing—how and when did you decide to become a hairstylist?


I never formally studied hair or trained with a great master, which has its advantages and drawbacks. I didn’t get to quietly observe on set as an assistant and acquire all the skills you need to survive in this very intense environment where no mistakes are allowed. I studied art, design and architecture at London Guildhall University. I then went to the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art to study theater. I’ve been acting in movies and plays for the past 13 years. That was my lot in life, or so I thought. I only just fell into doing hair three years ago.

How do you balance being a hairdresser with acting?


It’s often madness trying to juggle auditions and shoots, praying that they don’t overlap. It tends to work out, though. I have an agent for films and TV, and one for hair.

Do your Greek roots influence your work?


As a kid, I was enamored with ancient Greek statues; not just the amazing marble bodies, but also the delectable tendrils and curls forming the hair and beards. I fantasized about how it would feel to touch and run my fingers through and color it would be. I dreamed of looking like Poseidon when I grew up.

Do you have a signature look? How would you describe it?


I love hair that tells a story, that’s inconvenient and doesn’t look effortless and natural…hair that insinuates things. To quote Raquel Zimmermann in the My Dior film by Steven Meisel, “Natural? Cows are natural.” Natural hair is pretty, but boring to me in the studio. I’m driven to make hair that you don’t see in real life…because who doesn’t want what they can’t have?


You worked with Greek Vogue on a seminal cover in 2010, and it lead to a beautiful partnership. Can you elaborate on how you guys came to collaborate?


Greek Vogue had photographed and interviewed me a number of times for movies and plays I had done, so I was familiar with the people there. They also knew of the dolls I had been photographing and styling for Japanese magazines. One day they just called and asked me to do the hair for a cover story. I worked with model Madisyn Ritland, who was simply magical; she inspired me to start creating characters for fashion shoots. That’s how I got into it. A friend then sent my portfolio to agents in New York, where I was signed and shipped over.

How do you approach styling a wig for a shoot versus styling real hair?


It depends on the project. If the wig needs to look like it’s the model’s own hair I will lower the density and rework the hairline to create natural imperfections, cowlicks and quirks. I’ll also color and cut the wig to soften it and make it feel like the girl’s own hair. Sometimes I want you to think that a very unnatural hairstyle is actually her own hair; other times I want the seams and secrets exposed and use the wig like an accessory. After all is said and done, I take the wig home and prop her up like a trophy.

With a real head of hair, my approach is not that different. Hair is hair. It reacts to the elements the same way.

Do you have any tips for stylists who are just beginning to work with wigs?


Often cheap, low quality human hair wigs hold the most promise and are great as a base to work on. But a great, painstakingly created custom wig is a work of art. It gives me goosebumps.

Which Oribe products are your must-haves?


I love Dry, of course, who doesn’t? I always have it with me on set, along with Shine, Original Pomade, Superfine and the amazing Grandiose.

What do you like to do in your free time?


I am constantly watching old movies. I detest CGI effects and the ultra high definition look of most films today. Some favorites are Les Yeux Sans Visage, Cocteau's La Belle et la Bête, La Vérité with Brigitte Bardot and the obscure film Corridor Of Mirrors.

When I come across a film I love, I'll research everything from how it was made to the people behind the camera to the art director, the set designer, the director of photography, the makeup artist and more. I also love amazing black and white shows like Dark Shadows.

What’s one thing people might not know about you?


I’m terribly shy and wary of people. Going out to parties with the cool kids is a terrifying venture for me. I spend a lot of time alone with spinster idiosyncrasies.


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          antique beaded collar - black glass or jet beaded fringe collar - rare, mourning beadwork - study, reference, beaded glass collar by theartfloozy   

129.95 USD

Offered here is an antique beaded collar.

A fabulous piece...see ruler in photo 3 for scale/size.

Beaded fringe is approx 2.25" long. Collar is approx 7.5" long at front/center (not including fringe). Fringe has several broken beads (larger beads are hollow as shown in the bottom of photo 4).

I believe the beads are glass vs. jet (but am offering as 'material unknown' as I am not sure).

Overall condition is poor to fair (many loose/missing or broken beads...a few holes in the base/braidwork...some beads on the fringe have white soiling/oxidation).

A beautiful piece for display, research/study, or restoration.

Offered as is, as noted, as acquired.

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          Non-imported malaria in non-endemic countries: a review of cases in Spain.   

Non-imported malaria in non-endemic countries: a review of cases in Spain.

Malar J. 2017 Jun 29;16(1):260

Authors: Velasco E, Gomez-Barroso D, Varela C, Diaz O, Cano R

Abstract
Spain declared the elimination of malaria in 1964. In non-endemic areas, the overwhelming majority of malaria cases are acquired abroad, and locally acquired infections are rare events. In Spain, malaria is a statutorily notifiable disease. During these fifty years more than ten thousand malaria cases have been reported, and about 0.8% of them did not have a history of recent travel. In this report, it was carried out a review of the ways in which malaria can be transmitted in non-endemic areas and a short description of the Spanish cases, aggregated by their transmission mechanisms. Four cases contracted malaria by mosquito bites; there were two autochthonous cases and two of "airport malaria". The other 28 cases were: congenital malaria cases, transfusion-transmitted malaria, post-transplant cases, nosocomial transmission and cases in intravenous drug users. In addition, in 1971 there was an outbreak of 54 cases due to exposure to blood or blood products. So, while malaria usually is an imported disease in non-endemic areas, it should not be excluded in the differential diagnosis of persons who have fever of unknown origin, regardless of their travel history.

PMID: 28662650 [PubMed - in process]


          Robert Verdi   
The quintessential fashion guru, Robert Verdi is a world-renowned lifestyle expert and celebrity stylist whose client list includes Eva Longoria, Mariska Hargitay, Hugh Jackman, Kathy Griffin and Bobby Flay. In addition to styling memorable red-carpet moments, the effervescent New Jersey native has designed a slew of celebrity homes and weddings, plus hosted iconic shows including “Full Frontal Fashion” – which he co-created – and the Discovery Channel’s highest-rated daytime show, “Surprise by Design.” Verdi now stars in his own pseudo-reality show on the Logo Channel titled “The Robert Verdi Show Starring Robert Verdi.”

We spoke to the multi-tasking style expert about what hair products are best for his no-hair look, what we could expect from a Robert Verdi salon and more.


You’re known for your signature shaved head and sunglasses look – what kind of “hair” upkeep does that entail?What products do you use on your head?


Overall, it’s very easy to maintain. It’s all about sun protection and moisturizing, and other than that, the obvious shaving. I shave with Noxzema, and I use a Gillette Mach 5 razor. When it comes to moisturizers, though, I’m not a brand loyalist. I use products from La Mer, Dermalogica, Peter Thomas Roth and Sisley. Kiehl’s has a great spray-on sunscreen that’s great when you’re bald…not so sure how it is when you have hair.

From interior designer to style expert to television host…you wear a seemingly infinite number of hats. Can you single out any key points in building your brand?


I think the most important thing is being authentic. You have to be connected and interested in what you’re doing and what you’re talking about, or you won’t get the results you’re looking for. It’s the difference between having an orgasm and faking it.

You frequently host Twitter parties in your offices, which you appropriately call Luxe Laboratories. How have they helped your brand?


There’s a constant conversation around the world now. Obviously, you’re not usually limited to 140 characters like you are on Twitter, so it’s an abbreviated dialogue, but Twitter has helped me understand what people are interested in and what’s important for me to talk about.

In terms of branding, the opportunity to have a two-way conversation with people – unlike the one-way conversation you have when you’re on TV – has been great. I can interact and respond, which has broadened my ability to hear reviews and answer questions. Also, Twitter allows you to be more engaged in the conversation, and I think people want to connect with other people, particularly those who have strong opinions and interesting firsthand experiences.

Any downsides to being on a “reality” show?


Yeah, totally. You become un-dateable. I thought being on a reality show would be the best thing to happen to my dating life, but people see you as one-dimensional and don’t realize that you’re not always who you are on TV. I’m willing to be loud, and that’s what they use for the show – the moments when I’m doing these outrageous things – but I’m not always that person. So either people don’t like you because of your TV personality, or they like your TV personality and then are disappointed that you’re not always the way you are on TV.

Favorite celebrity client? Any nightmare client you can share with us?


I’ve never really had a nightmare client because I’m one of those people who runs from nightmares. I’ve always been in healthy, mutually beneficial relationships with my clients. I’ve worked with Eva Longoria for the past six years, and she’s been great. She’s so easy to dress…you could throw mud on her and people will still think you’re a genius because she always looks great.

What is the most challenging part of the client-service aspect of styling? Do you often find yourself getting resistance from your clients about what you think would look best on them?


I’m lucky to have clients who know it’s not worth fighting over. When I’m styling, there’s usually a strategy behind what I’m having the client wear. For example, way before Michelle Obama wore him, Eva was the first person to wear Jason Wu, same with Doo.Ri. I don’t usually get resistance, and when I do I don’t fight about it…but I’m perfectly willing to say, “I told you so,” when the dress the client didn’t want to wear ends up on someone else and gets rave reviews.

If you had free reign to design a hair salon, what would it look like?


Everyone would be bald - just kidding! I think going to a hair salon is an experience not unlike dining out: You’re having your hair done and having an experience with your stylist, but there’s still a community event where everyone can see everyone else.

I think I would have stations that were personality-driven. In most salons, everything is very uniform, with the perfect chandelier, the perfect station, mirror and so on. Women are not all the same, so I would probably have a Rococo situation with a very fancy Georgian mirror and a chandelier…something modern, something country, something Americana with a distressed mirror. I think I would create little experiences that would be as unique as the women who would come into the salon.

The stylists can pick the station that they connect with, and the customers can choose based on the stylist they like or the station aesthetic they most connect with.

What would the stylists wear in a Robert Verdi salon?


I’m all about free expression.

What is one thing you couldn’t live without?


I have a trunk from T. Anthony that opens up into a desk. It’s not my favorite thing, but it’s something that I would have a hard time living without because its serves me so properly.

What is a luxury item you don’t have that you’re dying to acquire?


There are several Piaget watches that are on my wish list. It would be hard to narrow them down, but there’s one that rotates - it has two different faces and the whole dial changes. It’s like magic.

- SHARON FEIEREISEN
          Engineering Technician - Transportation - Parsons Corporation - Markham, ON   
In 2014 Parsons acquired Delcan a major Canadian firm that has been providing global engineering services with offices in Ontario, other Canadian Provinces and...
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          Senior Civil Engineer - Parsons Corporation - Kitchener, ON   
In 2014 Parsons acquired Delcan a major Canadian firm that has been providing global engineering services with offices in Ontario, other Canadian Provinces and...
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          Talkin' Baseball - Cespedes to the DL?   


Good morning.


Here’s today’s question -

Here's a simple question with a possible complicated answer...

We all know that Yoenes Cespedes is playing every day with a bum leg.

We also know that the Mets are reported to have thrown in the towel and are now on the phones wheeling and dealing their expiring contracts.

Question:  Wouldn't this be a good time to shut down, for a while, Cespedes, put him on the DL and call up a possible trade chip like Victor Cruzado?


            Reese Kaplan says –

Right now, it's time to showcase the possible trade candidates.  That means you need Jay Bruce and Curtis Granderson to play as much as possible.  With Michael Conforto coming back with a good series, there's ample opportunity to rest Yoenis Cespedes without trying to shoehorn Victor Cruzado into the lineup.  I'm not quite sure what the fascination with him is.  Brandon Nimmo who is a polarizing figure among fans – a future player, a bust of a draft pick or somewhere in between -- actually has more impressive numbers than does Cruzado and he got a late start playing organized baseball.

Tom Brennan said –

In full respect to Hobie, it is too soon to call up Cruzado.  Why they played him sparingly in AAA earlier this year is beyond me. Another 100 at bats early in the season would've been extremely helpful.
 Cespedes is hitting, with a slug % over .600.  Play him carefully.  But                play him.  Sit Wright instead...oh yeah, he already is sitting.
I would not pass up trades if the  right ones were to materialize. But, just like the Mets have endured numerous injuries, it could be the nationals' turn next. So, it just seems a bit premature to throw in the towel altogether.

Michael Maar said -       
 
At this point at the end of June, even though I agree it's appropriate for the Mets to put the "open for business" shingle out there, I don't think it's yet time to actually act on player moves that would constitute throwing in the towel.  Just start the conversations with other GMs, but don't yet shut the door on that once-in-every-decade miraculous run.  There's still good talent on the roster.  Don't pack it in yet and make a move like shutting down Cespedes or acting on any trades until we get to the second half of July in the same or worse situation in the standings.

Richard Herr said –

            There's several issues involved here. Let's handle them one at a time.
The Mets should be talking to everyone about trading for their expiring contracts.  Expiring contracts, as in the older players who are going to walk after this year.  They should be talking about Grandy, Bruce, Duda, Walker, Cabrera, Reyes, Salas, etc.  The trades should happen ASAP so we can sooner bring in the players we get from the other teams. However, I don't think that will happen. Sandy has a history of waiting-to-blink standoffs with other GMs to try to get the best value.
Other people, like Cruzado, are in a different category i.e. possible trading chip.  We should also explore those.  They include Cecchini, Nimmo, Lagares, TJ Rivera, Flores, Plawecki, d'Arnaud, etc. These are guys we want to plain, old trade; move them to get a piece of equal value that better fills a need on the ballclub.

Then we come to the issue of Cespedes' injury. Obviously he's still injured. None of us knows what the doctors' report is on his injury, but it appears we're in a very screwed up situation here. We also don't know what management's plan is, but I think management may be of the same mind. I think, since we're throwing in the towel on this season, send Cespedes off to properly heal with the knowledge that he's not going to do some more dumb-assed training that goes against the requirements of his occupation.

LOCK ON THE MONTH BET. Cabrera won't be traded in June. It will only be some time after his July 1 doll promotion night. (I'm writing this on the 26th, and I think it'll be posted on the 30th. However, I'm sure Mack will pass this hot tip on to all of his wagering friends.)

David Rubin says –

           I think that this is a much more complicated issue then it first appears to be.

In a "perfect" world, Cespedes would be riding the pine, healing, rehabbing, and working on strengthening his legs so that he doesn't have additional recurrences of the same injuries (and, by "strengthening" I do NOT mean going back to Barwis' methods) and come back when, and ONLY when, he is really feeling close to 100%. That, in and of itself, isn't realistic because over a 162 game, 7 month season (not including Spring Training nor play-offs) the body is going to feel less than 100% more than half the time. A baseball season is not one of homeostasis; injuries occur, major and minor, all throughout the season, enhanced and accelerated by things like travel, sleeping in various beds, diet changes and issues, daily wear and tear and emotional issues caused by both the length of the season as well as being away from the comforts and regularity of home. So what IS "normal" for Cespedes? Does he know what that feels like, as he's had minor injuries repeatedly throughout his major league career so far? He seems like he always wants to be on the field, and that's to be admired, but the team doesn't need "heroes" - it needs players who can stay on the field as regularly as possible, or, in essence, it needs to attempt to work towards the aforementioned homeostasis that will never arrive.

The second component to this question is what any extended absence means to the financial well-being of the organization. I know that i feel 1000% better, as a fan, when Cespedes is in the line-up, whether we are 10 games back or 1 game back.  He's exciting, he's a game-changer, and since he came up with the A's I was raving and ranting as to why a team in New York couldn't "afford" to bring in a talent like him as opposed to the stadium-imposed small market status of the team in Oakland!!!!! When we acquired Cespedes, I reluctantly purchased 2 t-shirts but wouldn't commit to a jersey, as my "retired players pile" of t-shirts and jerseys lately seems to outweigh my current pile. This off-season, I broke down and finally got his jersey, more t-shirts, and have since purchased 3 bobbleheads. What does this mean to the Wilpons??? MONEY - MONEY - MONEY!!!!!!!! With Noah "Thor" Syndergaard out for the majority of the season, the Mets' other main source of merchandising income, things like attendance (home and road) and merchandise sales tend to trend down drastically when stars aren't playing. I was recently at an Angels game, a give-away, "Christmas in June," and on a Friday night the stadium had maybe 28,000 fans in attendance (far less than the announced crowd of 38.000+.) At most Angels games I've been to (about 20 per year) Trout merchandise FLIES out of the 2 gift shops and the various portable stands. There are usually lines full of fans waiting to lay down some cash for Mike's t-shirts, hats, jerseys, bobbleheads, etc...and yet, on this Friday summer night, there were no merchandise lines and the fans stayed away due to Trout's injury. I can GUARANTEE you that, had he been playing, there would've been another 10,000 people in the stands, at the very least, and those stores would have needed restocking ASAP!

Considering the self-imposed financial situation the Wilponzi's have created, losing Cespedes' from the line-up for any reason means less $$$$$$$$$ in their pockets and at this point in time, coming off of 2 very relevant seasons, it's something that they just cannot come back from readily. This offseason there will be 7 players and over $60 million coming off the books; it would be nice (trying not to veer too much into fantasy-land here) for the team to put at LEAST that much back into the team, but with a sparse free agent market until after the 2018 season, we know it's not going to happen. Therefore, maximizing their revenue every game has to remain their number one priority and that means playing Cespedes, even at a health level of 80% would be, from THEIR standpoint, the way they want to move forward.

Look- I have been a RAVING METS FAN for nearly 50 years- I am going to follow this team religiously come heck and high water, happy, sad, mad or emotionally devastated. The difference between what I WANT (a fully healthy Cespedes, even though it's very hard to watch without him in the line-up) versus what the Wilpons want (Cespedes and all stars in there each and every day) is that I am not directly paying their bills, even though my merchandise and ticket purchases from over 3,000 miles away number in the thousands of dollars every year. Therefore, if Cespedes can walk recently well, he's going to be in the line-up. Terry wants to keep his job as long as he can; Sandy wants to work at keeping the organization together through the most extreme set of circumstances over the past 7 years one could imagine; the Wilponzi's want $$$$$$ - and that, in the end, trumps whatever it is that we think may be the RIGHT thing to do. Right, Ryan Church??????
Oh- and one more thing- Cruzado isn't the answer right now. We need to see Nimmo in the lineup if Cespedes is out; we need to see Conforto get an extended look in CF no matter who else is in the lineup; and we need, at this point, to get Grandy into the lineup while he's hot, even if it means moving Bruce to 1B in a rotation and moving Flores between second and third to keep his red-hot bat in the line-up daily, too. We have enough moving parts already in the bigs without needing to add to it, UNLESS we're talking about AMED ROSARIO- and THAT is a story for a DIFFERENT DAY!!!!!



          Mack’s Morning Report – 6-29 – Selling Short, Astros Want Jacob, Yanks Needs    


Good morning.


Selling Short

So, the wait is over. The Mets have put out the white flag and they will attempt to sell off all the players that have their contracts running out at the end of the season, or other players they really don’t want around next year and hope they could find someone to take on the remainder of their contract. The problem with this is, at the same time, all other 29 clubs know exactly what you are attempting to and, frankly, all they want is one of the precious chips you have left in top end of your system worth keeping.

I suggest some ways of going here –

1.     Start the process by putting together your ‘no trade’ list and email it out to all 29 clubs. Let’s not waste any time or energy discussing a possible deal for Jacob deGrom, Michael Conforto, or Amed Rosario. It simply isn’t going to happen.

2.     Don’t expect another team to trade you one of their top prospects that’s ready for the jump to the majors on opening day 2018. Rebuilding takes at least a year (we don’t need another 5-year plan) and the selling off of guys like Curtis Granderson, Jay Bruce, Addison Reed, and Lucas Duda could get us a really good AA prospect at either third base, centerfield, second base, or even a level 1-3 starter.

3.     Go into the process with only two goals… get younger and shore up the defense. We’re not trying to win the playoffs this year. We’re just trying to make room for quality at-bats for guys like Rosario and Dominic Smith, so we can what we have here.

4.     Don’t worry if you have to deal off an additional player, like a mid-level minor league pitching prospect, to get the right deal done. Let’s remember all those pitchers traded to get us to the playoffs a couple of years ago, do most of us really know what they are doing now? For example… let’s say a team is willing to trade you a AA-top level chip that you can finish the season in Vegas and see if he has what it takes to make it to Queens on opening day 2018. The team wants Duda, but they won’t do the deal unless you throw in one of many mid-level starter prospects from AA and below. I would jump on this deal no matter how one sided it might look on the surface. I lost a first baseman I had no plans for only one of many talented pitchers I had in the pipeline, and the upside is I received a rare third base chip I thought I could never get my hands on.

5.     Shut down as many members of your originally projected rotation, even if it takes phantom trips to the DL under the name ‘arm fatigue’ (nice word for ‘pitching like shit’). We’re not trying to lose games on purpose here, but getting one of the top five picks in the next draft serve two purposes… one, you get one of the five picks. And two, in the second round, you get one of the 31-35thbest picks in the draft. And so on… and so on.

Just some suggestions.


Astros Want Jacob

            Okay, so I hear that the Houston Astros are interested in trading for Jacob deGrom.

            Now, this isn’t some burn out that is in the end of his last contract in Queens. No, this is one our young, team controlled ballplayers that just may be the SP1 of the staff going forward.

            There’s no way, right? I mean this is baseball, not a business, right?

            This would be like saying that Amazon would buy Whole Foods, right?

            Well, every player has a price… even deGrom… so we should let John Sickels break out three of the top prospects in the Astros pipeline that we might cut a deal for –

Francis Martes, RHP, Grade B+: Age 21, Dominican right-hander acquired from Marlins in Jarred Cosart trade; 3.30 ERA in 125 innings in Double-A with 131/47 K/BB, just 104 hits; fastball up to 99 and consistently at 94-95; has developed a plus curveball to go with it; change-up still inconsistent but has progressed well enough to project him as a starter; control is fine for a young power arm with this kind of stuff although command within zone still needs a bit of work; needs time in Triple-A but has upside of a number two starter. ETA late 2017.

Colin Moran, 3B, Grade C+: Age 24, hit .259/.329/.368 with 10 homers, 47 walks, 124 strikeouts in 459 at-bats in Triple-A; went 3-for-23 in the majors; has the opposite problem to J.D. Davis: good past reputation as pure hitter bur with questionable power; he tried to add more power in ’16, resulting in a much higher strikeout rate but no boost in performance; defense has turned out to be very good at third base but he has to hit more than this. Perhaps he should forget about power and just concentrate on OBP and batting average. ETA 2017.


Kyle Tucker, OF, Grade B+: Age 19, first round pick in 2015; hit .276/.348/.402 in 373 at-bats in Low-A then .339/.435/.661 in 59 at-bats after moving up to High-A; combined for 32 steals, 50 walks, 81 strikeouts; pure hitter with above-average power and very good strike zone judgment; should provide high OBP with at least solid batting averages and could well be a .300+ hitter; power will depend on how much he fills out 6-4, 190 pound frame; could be something like John Olerud as a hitter; that is, John Olerud with 15 steals a year and good defense in right field, or perhaps Shawn Green if home run power maximizes. ETA: 2019.



And lastly

Yardbarkerhas this spin on the Yanks needs for first base –

First base reinforcement - First base is one position that has been especially awful in terms of production this season for the Yankees. Greg Bird won the first base job out of spring training and was expected to share platoon duties with Chris Carter throughout the season, however, things have not turned out as planned so far. Greg Bird was injured shortly after the season started, but was minimally productive in his time while healthy. Carter, on the other hand, played 57 games for the team and hit just .204 with eight home runs before being designated for assignment last week. Sure, the Yankees can put their faith in youngsters Bird, and Tyler Austin, but it would not hurt to bring a reliable veteran. Names like Matt Adams, Eric Hosmer, Yonder Alonso, and Lucas Duda have been thrown around the rumor mill as targets for the Yankees’ dilemma at first. The hope is that Austin and Bird can perform to their greatest potential and save the Yankees from making a move, but if necessary, the Yankees have plenty of ammo to strike a deal as the deadline approaches.


            Mack – The Mets need to continue to play Duda every day and showcase him for a possible trade here. 

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          Porting a 15 year old .NET 1.1 Virtual CPU Tiny Operating System school project to .NET Core 2.0   

The 2002 TinyOS in C# is now on .NET Core in 2017 running on UbuntuI've had a number of great guests on the podcast lately. One topic that has come up a number of times is the "toy project." I've usually kept mine private - never putting them on GitHub - Somewhat concerned that people would judge me and my code. However, hypocrite that am (aren't we all?) I have advocated that others put their "Garage Sale Code" online. So here's some crappy code. ;)

The Preamble

While I've been working as an engineer for 25 years this year, I didn't graduate from school with a 4 year degree until 2003 - I just needed to get it done, for myself. I was poking around recently and found my project from OIT's CST352 "Operating Systems" class. One of the projects was to create a "Virtual CPU and OS." This is kind of a thought exercise. It's not really a parser/lexer - although there is both - and it's not a real OS. But it needs to be able to take in a made-up quasi-Assembly Language instruction set and execute them on a virtual CPU while managing virtual memory of arbitrary size. Again, a thought exercise made real to confirm that the student understands the responsibilities of a CPU.

Here's an example "application." Confused yet? Here's the original spec I was given in 2002 that includes the 36 instructions the "CPU" should understand. It has 10 general-purpose 32bit registers address as 1 through 10. Register 10 is the stack pointer. There are two bit flag registers - sign flag and zero flag.

Instructions are "opcode arg1 arg2" with constants prefixed with "$."

11 r8        ;Print r8
6 r1 $10 ;Move 10 into r1
6 r2 $6 ;Move 6 into r2
6 r3 $25 ;Move 25 into r3
23 r1 ;Acquire lock in r1 (currently 10)
11 r3 ;Print r3 (currently 25)
24 r1 ;Release r4 (currently 10)
25 r3 ;Sleep r3 (currently 25)
11 r3 ;Print r3 (currently 25)
27 ;Exit

I write my homework assignment in 2002 in the idiomatic C# of the time on .NET 1.1. That means no Generics<T> - I had to make my own strongly typed collections. That means C# has dozens of (if not a hundred) language and syntax improvements. I didn't use a Unit Testing Framework as TDD was just starting around 1999 during the XP (eXtreme Programming) days and NUnit was just getting start. It also uses "unsafe" to pin down memory in a few places. I'm sure there are WAY WAY WAY better and more sophisticated ways to do this today in idiomatic C# of 2017. Those are excuses, the real reasons are my own ignorance, ability, combined with some night-school laziness.

One of the more fun parts of this exercise was moving from physical memory (a byte array as I recall) to a full-on Memory Manager where each Process thought it could address a whole bunch of Virtual Memory while actual Physical Memory was arbitrarily sized. Then - as a joke - I would swap out memory pages as XML! ;) Yes, to be clear, it was a joke and I still love it.

You can run an "app" by passing in the total physical memory along with the text file containing the program, but you can also run an arbitrary number of programs by passing in an arbitrary number  of text files! The "TinyOS" will handle each process thinking it has its own memory and will time

If you are more of a visual learner, perhaps you'd prefer this 20-slide PowerPoint on this Tiny CPU that I presented in Malaysia later that year. You dig those early 2000-era slides? I KNOW YOU DO.

Tiny OS Memory SlidesTiny OS Memory SlidesTiny OS Memory Slides 

Updating a .NET 1.1 app to cross-platform .NET Core 2.0

Step 1 was to download the original code from my own blog. ;) This is also Reason #4134 why you should have a blog.

I decided to use Visual Studio 2017 to upgrade it, and even worse I decided to use .NET Core 2.0 which is currently in Preview. I wanted to use .NET Core 2.0 not just because it's cross-platform but also because it promises to have a pretty large API surface area and I want this to "just work." The part about getting my old application running on Linux is going to be awesome, though.

Visual Studio then pops a scary dialog about upgrading files. NOTE that another totally valid way to do this (that I will end up doing later in this blog post) is to just make a new project and move the source files into it. Natch.

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Visual Studio says it's targeting .NET 2.0 Full Framework, but I ratchet it up to 4.6 to see what happens. It builds but with a bunch of errors about Obsolete methods, the most interesting one being this one:

Warning CS0618    
'ConfigurationSettings.AppSettings' is obsolete:
'This method is obsolete, it has been replaced by
System.Configuration!System.Configuration.ConfigurationManager.AppSettings'
C:\Users\scott\Downloads\TinyOSOLDOLD\OS Project\CPU.cs 72

That's telling me that my .NET 1/2 API will work but has been replaced in .NET 4.x, but I'm more interested in .NET Core 2.0. I could make my EXE a LIB and target .NET Standard 2.0 or I could make a .NET Core 2.0 app and perhaps get a few more APIs. I didn't do a formal analysis with the .NET Portability Analyzer but I will add that to the list of Things To Do. I may be able to make a library that works on an iPhone - a product that didn't exist when I started this assignment. That would be Just Cool(tm).

I decided to just make a new empty .NET Core 2.0 app and copy the source .cs files into it. A few interesting things.

  • My app also used "unsafe" code (it pins memory down and accesses it directly).
  • It has extensive inline documentation in comments that I used to use NDoc to make a CHM Help file. I'd like that doc to turn into HTML at some point.
  • It also has an appsettings.json file that needs to get copied to the output folder when it compiles.
  • While I could publish it to a self-contained .NET Core exe, for now I'm running it like this in my test batch files - example:
    • dotnet netcoreapp2.0/TinyOSCore.dll 512 scott13.txt

Here's the resulting csproj file.

<Project Sdk="Microsoft.NET.Sdk">

<PropertyGroup>
<OutputType>Exe</OutputType>
<TargetFramework>netcoreapp2.0</TargetFramework>
<GenerateDocumentationFile>true</GenerateDocumentationFile>
</PropertyGroup>

<PropertyGroup>
<AllowUnsafeBlocks>true</AllowUnsafeBlocks>
</PropertyGroup>

<ItemGroup>
<None Remove="appsettings.json" />
</ItemGroup>

<ItemGroup>
<Content Include="appsettings.json">
<CopyToOutputDirectory>PreserveNewest</CopyToOutputDirectory>
</Content>
</ItemGroup>

<ItemGroup>
<PackageReference Include="Microsoft.Extensions.Configuration" Version="2.0.0-preview2-final" />
<PackageReference Include="Microsoft.Extensions.Configuration.Json" Version="2.0.0-preview2-final" />
<PackageReference Include="Microsoft.Extensions.DependencyInjection" Version="2.0.0-preview2-final" />
<PackageReference Include="Microsoft.Extensions.Options.ConfigurationExtensions" Version="2.0.0-preview2-final" />
</ItemGroup>

</Project>

Other than the obsolete configuration warning and a few malformed XML comments, the app compiled and ran! You can actually "watch" the nightmare process here https://github.com/shanselman/TinyOS/commits/Core2Port in the form of GitHub commits. I also moved the docs from a 2002 Word Doc to Markdown so be sure to explore the fairly extensive spec https://github.com/shanselman/TinyOS.

The only significant change was loading the config. Configuration is even more different on .NET Core 2.0 than Full Framework. It's FAR more, ahem, configurable. I could have used "Options," I could have written my own config provider if it was important to keep the file format.

This little TinyOS has a bunch of config options that come in from a .exe.config file in XML like this (truncated):

<configuration>
<appSettings>
<!--
Must be a factor of 4
This is the total Physical Memory in bytes that the CPU can address.
This should not be confused with the amount of total or addressable memory
that is passed in on the command line.
-->
<add key="PhysicalMemory" value="128" />
<!--
Must be a factor of 4
This is the ammount of memory in bytes each process is allocated
Therefore, if this is 256 and you want to load 4 processes into the OS,
you'll need to pass a number > 1024 as the total ammount of addressable memory
on the command line.
-->
<add key="ProcessMemory" value="384" />
<add key="DumpPhysicalMemory" value="true" />
<add key="DumpInstruction" value="true" />
<add key="DumpRegisters" value="true" />
<add key="DumpProgram" value="true" />
<add key="DumpContextSwitch" value="true" />
<add key="PauseOnExit" value="false" />

I have a few choices. I could make a Configuration Provider and reach .NET Core to read this format (there's an XML adapter, in fact) or make the code porting easier by moving these "name/value" pairs to a JSON file like this:

{
"PhysicalMemory": "128",
"ProcessMemory": "384",
"DumpPhysicalMemory": "true",
"DumpInstruction": "true",
"DumpRegisters": "true",
"DumpProgram": "true",
"DumpContextSwitch": "true",
"PauseOnExit": "false",
"SharedMemoryRegionSize": "16",
"NumOfSharedMemoryRegions": "4",
"MemoryPageSize": "16",
"StackSize": "16",
"DataSize": "16"
}

This was just a few minutes of search and replace to change the XML to JSON. I could have also written a little app or shell script. By changing the config (rather than writing an adapter) I could then keep the code 99% the same.

My code was doing things like this (all over...there was no DI container yet):

bytesOfPhysicalMemory = uint.Parse(ConfigurationSettings.AppSettings["PhysicalMemory"]);

And I'd like to avoid major refactoring - yet. I added this bit of .NET Core configuration at the top of the EntryPoint and saved away an IConfigurationHost:

var builder = new ConfigurationBuilder()
.AddJsonFile("appsettings.json");
Configuration = builder.Build();

I've got a Dictionary in the format of the IConfiguration host called "Configuration." So now I just do this in a dozen places and the app compiles again:

bytesOfPhysicalMemory = uint.Parse(Configuration["PhysicalMemory"]);

This brings up that feeling we all have when we look at old code - especially our own old code. I should have abstracted that away! Why didn't I use an interface? Why so many statics? What was I thinking?

We can beat ourselves up or we can feel good about ourselves and remember this. The app worked. It still works. There is value in it. I learned a lot. I'm a better programmer now. I don't know how far I'll take this old code but I had a lovely afternoon porting it to .NET Core 2.0 and I may refactor the heck out if it or I may not.

TinyOS on Ubuntu

For now I did update the smoke tests to run on both Windows and Linux and I'm happy with the experiment.

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          Majid Al Futtaim acquires Retail Arabia, franchise owner of Geant in the Middle East   

·                     Acquisition includes 26 Geant hypermarkets and supermarkets in UAE, Kuwait and Bahrain as well as four Gulfmart supermarkets in Bahrain
·                     Purchase in line with the company’s ambition to consolidate the Carrefour brand’s leadership position in the region

Cairo, Egypt, 29 June, 2017

Majid Al Futtaim, the leading shopping mall, communities, retail and leisure pioneer across the Middle East, Africa and Asia, has announced the acquisition of Retail Arabia, the franchise owner of 26 Geant stores across the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Kuwait as well as 4 Gulfmart supermarkets in Bahrain. The deal has been agreed between Majid Al Futtaim and Retail Arabia’s parent company BMA International.

All of the acquired stores, which include hypermarkets, supermarkets and convenience stores, will be rebranded under Carrefour. This will see Carrefour extend its leading position in the UAE by increasing its store count from 67 to 80, while in Bahrain and Kuwait, it will further establish the brand as one of the largest grocery retail operators by increasing its stores to 11 and 8 respectively. Majid Al Futtaim has confirmed that all Retail Arabia’s employees will be retained following the acquisition and empowered to deliver Carrefour’s world-renowned customer experience.

Alain Bejjani, Chief Executive Officer at Majid Al Futtaim – Holding, commented: “This acquisition is a major milestone for Majid Al Futtaim, one which further cements Carrefour’s position as the largest and most successful grocery retailer in the region and beyond. We are open to further prospects, through both organic growth and opportunistic acquisitions, and will pursue these in line with our disciplined strategic and financial approach. Our ambition is to expand our physical as well as our digital presence, and reinforce our omni-channel offering.”

Bejjani added: “Carrefour is a brand already synonymous with quality, affordability convenience and a diligence to offer exceptional customer experience. By extending its reach, we will deliver these promises to more customers in more locations, while enhancing
Majid Al Futtaim’s overall ability to fulfil its vision of creating great moments for everyone, everyday.”



Majid Al Futtaim was advised by Perella Weinberg Partners on the transaction.


Note to the Editor: The legal name of this company is “Majid Al Futtaim” and should not be shortened or replaced by an acronym to avoid confusion with another business entity.

Disclaimer: All facts and figures in this release are accurate at the time of issuance.




About Majid Al Futtaim

Founded in 1992, Majid Al Futtaim is the leading shopping mall, communities, retail and leisure pioneer across the Middle East, Africa and Asia. A remarkable business success story, Majid Al Futtaim started from one man’s vision to transform the face of shopping, entertainment and leisure to ‘create great moments for everyone, every day’. It has since grown into one of the United Arab Emirates’ most respected and successful businesses spanning 15 international markets, employing more than 35,000 people, and obtaining the highest credit rating (BBB) among privately-held corporates in the region.

Majid Al Futtaim owns and operates 21 shopping malls, 12 hotels and three mixed-use communities, with further developments underway in the region. The shopping malls portfolio includes Mall of the Emirates, Mall of Egypt, City Centre malls, My City Centre neighbourhood centres, and four community malls which are in joint venture with the Government of Sharjah. The Company is the exclusive franchisee for Carrefour in 38 markets across Middle East, Africa and Asia, and operates a portfolio of more than 175 outlets in 15 countries.

Majid Al Futtaim operates 284 VOX Cinema screens and 30 Magic Planet family entertainment centres across the region, in addition to iconic leisure and entertainment facilities such as Ski Dubai and Ski Egypt, among others. The Company is parent to the consumer finance company 'Najm', a fashion retail business representing international brands such as Abercrombie & Fitch, AllSaints, lululemon athletica, and Crate & Barrel; and a healthcare business that operates City Centre Clinics. In addition, Majid Al Futtaim operates Enova, a facility and energy management company, through a joint venture operation with Veolia, a global leader in optimised environment resource management. The Company also owns the rights to The LEGO Store and American Girl in the Middle East and operates in the food and beverage industry through a partnership with Gourmet Gulf.


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ماجد الفطيم تستحوذ على شركة ريتيل آرابيا مالكة حقوق امتياز جيـان في الشرق الأوسط
·        اتفاقية الاستحواذ تتضمن 26 متجر جيان هايبرماركت وسوبرماركت في الإمارات والكويت والبحرين وأربعة متاجر غلف مارت في البحرين
·        خطوة الاستحواذ تتماشى مع خطة الشركة الطموحة لتعزيز مكانة كارفور في المنطقة
القاهرة فى 29 يونيو 2017
أعلنت ’ماجد الفطيم‘، الشركة الرائدة في مجال تطوير وإدارة مراكز التسوق، المدن المتكاملة ومنشآت التجزئة والترفيه على مستوى منطقة الشرق الأوسط وأفريقيا وآسيا، عن استحواذها على شركة ريتيل آرابيا Retail Arabia، مالكة حقوق الامتياز لـ 26 متجر هايبر ماركت وسوبرماركت يحمل علامة جيان في دولة الإمارات والبحرين والكويت بالإضافة إلى أربعة متاجر غلف مارت في البحرين. وقد تم توقيع الاتفاقية بين ماجد الفطيم وشركة بي إم إيه انترناشيونال BMA International  الشركة المالكة لريتيل آرابيا.
وسوف تشهد جميع المتاجر المستحوذ عليها، بأنماطها المختلفة من هايبرماركت وسوبرماركت ومتاجر صغيرة، تغيير العلامة التجارية الحالية لتحمل اسم كارفور، مما يساهم في تعزيز دور العلامة القيادي في قطاع التجزئة بدولة الإمارات، ليرتفع عدد المتاجر في الدولة من 67 إلى 80 متجر، وترسيخ مكانتها كأحد أكبر مشغلي قطاع التجزئة في الكويت بزيادة عدد المتاجر من 1 إلى 8 متجر، وفي البحرين، بزيادة عدد المتاجر من 1 إلى 11 متجر. وقد أكدت شركة ماجد الفطيم الاحتفاظ بجميع موظفي شركة التجزئة العربية الدولية، وتطوير قدراتهم وتمكينهم لتقديم خدمة العملاء المتميزة والتي يشتهر بها كارفور.
وتعليقاً على هذا الاستحواذ،  قال السيد آلان بجاني، الرئيس التنفيذي لدى ماجد الفطيم القابضة: ’’تعد هذه الخطوة إنجازًا كبيرًا لشركة ماجد الفطيم يرسخ مكانة كارفور القيادية كأحد أكبر العلامات التجارية في مجال التجزئة الاستهلاكية وأكثرها نجاحًا في جميع الأسواق التي تعمل فيها. وسوف نواصل التوسع إلى آفاق جديدة سواء من خلال النمو الذاتي أو من خلال المزيد من الفرص الاستحواذية التي تتماشى مع استراتيجية الشركة الطموحة لتعزيز تواجدنا وتطوير إمكانياتنا الرقمية ودعم قناة التسويق الموحدة الشاملة الخاصة بكارفور.‘‘
وأضاف آلان بجاني: تمثل العلامة التجارية لكارفور مرادفًا للجودة، والأسعار التنافسية والتسوق المريح والتجربة الفريدة. وسوف يتيح لنا التوسع تأكيد التزامنا بتقديم هذه الخدمات المتميزة لعملائنا في عدد أكبر من المتاجر في المنطقة، وترسيخ رؤيتنا في تحقيق أسعد اللحظات لكل الناس كل يوم.‘‘
تم الاستعانة بشركة "بيريلا واينبرج بارتنرز" كجهة استشارية لشركة ماجد الفطيم في هذه المعاملة.
ملاحظة للمحرر: الاسم القانوني لهذه الشركة هو "ماجد الفطيم"، ويجب عدم تقصيره أو اختصاره لتفادي الالتباس مع كيان تجاري آخر.
إخلاء المسؤولية: جميع الحقائق والأرقام الواردة في هذا الإصدار دقيقة في وقت إصدارها.

نبذة عن "ماجد الفطيم"

تأسست شركة "ماجد الفطيم" عام 1992، وهي الشركة الرائدة في مجال تطوير وإدارة مراكز التسوق، والمدن المتكاملة ومنشآت التجزئة والترفيه على مستوى الشرق الأوسط و إفريقيا وآسيا. وتحفل قصة نجاح "ماجد الفطيم" بالعديد من الإنجازات، التي جاءت نتيجة رؤية أسسها السيد ماجد الفطيم، الذي حلم بتغيير مفهوم التسوّق والترفيه لـ"تحقيق أسعد اللحظات لكل الناس، كل يوم". وقد بدأت ملامح تلك الرؤية تتجسّد عبر العديد من مراكز التسوّق الحديثة والمبتكرة، تم افتتاحها أولاً في دولة الإمارات العربية المتحدة، لتتوسّع بعدها عبر 15 سوقاً حول العالم ويعمل بها أكثر من 35 ألف موظف. وقد نالت المجموعة أعلى درجة استثمارية (BBB) للمؤسسات الخاصة في منطقة الشرق الأوسط.
تمتلك وتدير "ماجد الفطيم" اليوم 21 مركز تسوّق و12 فندقاً وثلاثة مشاريع مدن متكاملة بالإضافة إلى العديد من المشاريع قيد الإنشاء. وتتضمّن مراكز التسوّق التابعة لشركة "ماجد الفطيم"، "مول الإمارات"، و"مول مصر"، ومراكز "سيتي سنتر"، ومراكز التسوق المجتمعية "ماي سيتي سنتر"، بالإضافة إلى أربعة مجمّعات تسوّق بالشراكة مع حكومة الشارقة. كما أنّ للشركة امتياز الاستخدام الحصري لاسم "كارفور" في 38 سوقاً على مستوى الشرق الأوسط وإفريقيا وآسيا. وتدير "ماجد الفطيم" أكثر من 175 متجراً في 15 دولة.
كما تدير "ماجد الفطيم" 284 شاشة سينما في صالات "ڤوكس سينما" التابعة لها، بالإضافة إلى 30 مركز ترفيه عائلي "ماجيك بلانيت" في المنطقة، والعديد من المنشآت الترفيهية المبتكرة مثل "سكي دبي"، و"سكي مصر"، وغيرها. و"ماجد الفطيم" هي الشركة الأم  لشركة التمويل المتخصصة بإصدار البطاقات الائتمانية الاستهلاكية "نجم"، وشركة متخصصة بالأزياء والأناقة تدير عدداً من أبرز الأسماء والعلامات التجارية في عالم الأزياء والموضة مثل "أبيركرومبي آند فتش" و"أُول سينتس" و"لولوليمون أثليتيكا" و"كريت آند باريل". كما تعتبر "ماجد الفطيم" الشركة الأم لوحدة أعمال خاصة بالعناية والرعاية الصحية تضمّ شبكة مراكز "سيتي سنتر كلينيك". هذا وتشغّل "ماجد الفطيم" شركة إدارة المرافق "إينوڤا" من خلال مشروع مشترك مع شركة "ﭬيوليا"، العالمية الرائدة في مجال إدارة الموارد البيئية. وتمتلك المجموعة حقوق متجر "ليغو" و "أمريكان غيرل"المعتمد في منطقة الشرق الأوسط كما أنها تعمل في قطاع الأطعمة والمشروبات من خلال شراكة استثنائية مع "غورميه غلف".

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          New spectral eye video database SPEED revolutionises eye-tracking   


Techniques to acquire spectral data have been static for a long time - until now. Exciting and novel spectral video technologies are emerging, allowing us to extract increasingly dynamic knowledge from light. Using a spectral video device in eye-tracking, computational spectral imaging and eye-tracking researchers from the University of Eastern Finland have created a novel – first of its kind – combined spectral video/spectral image database: the SPectral Eye video Database, SPEED.
The potential of spectral imaging technologies has been shown in many fields, such as medicine, life science and industry where the spectrum has been used, for example, to differentiate healthy and unhealthy tissue or separate real and counterfeit objects. However, these technologies are often too slow to capture spectral images from dynamic objects. This created an evolutionary need for the extension of spectral imaging to the recording of spectral video. In a spectral video, each frame of the video stream contains a spectral image cube. In this way, spectral video systems capture spatial, spectral and temporal information, and combine the advantages of spectral imaging and video capture.
A recent PhD thesis completed at the University of Eastern Finland explored the potential of such spectral video technology by testing an existing spectral video system and challenging it in practical eye-tracking application. As a result, the study developed protocols for the characterization of spectral video that may serve as future guidelines on spectral video systems evaluation in this emerging field. In addition, the study used a spectral video camera to capture spectral videos of a fast-moving object: the human eye. As a very concrete outcome of the study, the SPectral Eye vidEo Database, SPEED, was born. 
The unique database, SPEED, was motivated by the challenges faced in eye-tracking, especially under harsh conditions. When users wear eyewear or make-up, reflections and extreme eye positions interfere with eye-tracking technologies. The team proposed and demonstrated that spectral signatures can be exploited to create new approaches for imaging, training, analysis and interpretation of eye-tracking data, especially in harsh conditions. SPEED consists of over 180 spectral videos, it continues to grow and it is publicly available to all researchers (e.g., for teaching-related needs or creating and testing new methods of dynamic eye analysis via spectra). Although published only in 2016, the database has already attracted attention from the scientific community and industry. Aside from its use in eye tracking, SPEED also has the potential to be utilised in other eye-related research areas, such as medicine, biometrics, and eye and vision research.
The findings were presented by Ana Gebejes, MSc, in her doctoral dissertation entitled Spectral video: application in human eye analysis and tracking, which is available for download at http://epublications.uef.fi/pub/urn_isbn_978-952-61-2551-0/index_en.html  
SPEED database website: https://www.uef.fi/web/spectral/speedVideo of the SPEED database on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ouvlxq8ZM1s  

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          Region of Waterloo 2014 COMMUNITY ENVIRONMENTAL FUND   

WATERLOO REGION - The Region of Waterloo Community Environmental Fund is issuing a call for proposals to community members and organizations.

Financial assistance is available for a wide range of environmental projects that contribute to local environmental stewardship or promote community sustainability. Priority will be given to projects that:

  • Conserve, enhance  and/or acquire Regional ecologically significant natural features;
  • Reduce greenhouse gases, air pollutants, energy usage and/or waste;
  • Promote environmentally sustainable actions and behaviours; or
  • Research environmental issues important to the Region.

To be eligible, project proposals should achieve some or all of the following:

  • Produce measurable and achievable benefits to the environment in Waterloo Region;
  •  Engage citizens and encourage collaboration;
  • Stimulate sustainable behavioural changes in the community;
  • Seek innovative solutions; and
  • Attract matching funds from other funding organizations or in-kind contributions from partners.

An initiative of the Region of Waterloo’s 2011-2014 Strategic Plan, the Community Environmental Fund (CEF) demonstrates the Region’s continuing commitment to protect and enhance our environment. It builds on the success of the Region’s Environmental Stewardship Fund established in 2009 and now includes Community Sustainability Grants. Between 2012 and 2013, Regional Council approved $430,000 in CEF grants for 59 different projects addressing natural areas protection and enhancement, renewable energy and greenhouse gas emissions, waste reduction as well as innovative sustainable transportation initiatives. 

Once again in 2014, the Community Environmental Fund can help community members and organisations build a sustainable Waterloo Region for current and future generations.

HOW TO APPLY

It is easy to apply!  Visit www.regionofwaterloo.ca/sustainability to access additional details and the application package. 

Application deadline is December 9, 2013.

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For further information on the fund, please contact 519-575-4757 Ext. 3081

Media Contact: David Roewade, 519-575-4757 ext. 3308

Environmental Policy Statement

“The Region of Waterloo will consider the environment in all of its decisions and will work with area municipalities and other community partners to foster community stewardship of the natural environment.”


          Expansion of the Human Papillomavirus (HPV) Immunization Program   

Waterloo - The Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care (MOLTC) has expanded Ontario’s Human Papillomavirus (HPV) Immunization Program to include a catch up program for eligible females.

Effective September 2012, female students who have not completed their HPV immunization series or did not receive the HPV vaccine in Grade 8, may receive publicly funded HPV vaccine until the end of Grade 12. In addition, a one-time catch-up program will be offered from September 2012 to June 2013 inclusive for females who were born in 1993/1994 (in Grade 8 in 2007/2008), who did not receive their vaccine in school or who have not completed their series.

  • The Manufacturer recommends completing the series one year from the first dose
  • The second dose is given 2 months after the first dose and the third dose is given 4 months from second dose

Human Papillomavirus is estimated to be one of the most common sexually transmitted infections and has been linked to cervical, oral, penile and anal cancers and genital warts. In Canada, cervical cancer is the second most common cancer in Canadian women between the ages of 20 to 44.

Immunization is the best way to protect against HPV. Immunization protects young women from HPV strains responsible for approximately 70 per cent of cervical cancers. Detailed safety data acquired through clinical trials and the Public Health Agency of Canada concluded that the vaccine used, called Gardasil®, is safe and well tolerated.

Region of Waterloo Public Health will continue to offer the voluntary, publicly funded school-based HPV immunization for program for all Grade 8 girls.

For more information or to access this publicly funded vaccine, please call 519-883-2007, option 6.

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Media contact: Linda Black, Manager, Vaccine Preventable Disease, 519-883-2007 ext. 5251


          Region and Habitat for Humanity partner to salvage materials   

Waterloo Region- In order to accommodate the widening of Weber Street between College Street and Guelph Street in the City of Kitchener, the Region has acquired a number of residential properties and businesses abutting the road. The demolition of these buildings will begin in October before the reconstruction of Weber Street begins early in 2013.

Many of the acquired buildings contain re-usable building materials such as cabinetry, trim and flooring.   Usually when a building is demolished, much of this material ends up in the landfill with the rest of the debris.  Looking for a way to divert some of the demolition debris from the landfill, Regional Staff approached Habitat for Humanity to explore the possibility of salvaging reusable building materials for their use.

“We approached Habitat for Humanity with our proposal and were thrilled that they were interested in removing the reusable building materials from the buildings before their demolition,” said Peter Linn the Region’s Senior Project Manager for the Weber Street widening project. “Not only is it a good thing that we are able to avoid sending reusable materials to the landfill, but we are also contributing to Habitat for Humanity’s goals of building affordable housing in our community at no extra cost to the taxpayer – it just makes good sense.”  

“We are excited about this new partnership opportunity between the Region of Waterloo and Habitat for Humanity,” said Rob Snider, Store Manager for Habitat for Humanity’s ReStore in Waterloo. “Habitat volunteers will salvage material from these properties prior to demolition at no cost to the Region.  This material will then be sold in the Habitat ReStore and the funds raised will support our house-building program. This is a win-win-win situation for the Region, Habitat for Humanity and the environment as it will keep a large volume of reusable material from going to the landfill.”

Habitat for Humanity is a national, non-profit organization whose mission is to mobilize volunteers and community partners in building affordable housing and promoting homeownership as a means to breaking the cycle of poverty. The Region of Waterloo has been a strong supporter of Habitat for Humanity’s efforts to provide affordable housing for low-income residents. 
 

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For more information please contact:
Kari Feldmann, P.Eng.,Sr. Project Manager, Environmental, Corporate Properties, Region of Waterloo
 519- 575-4031, Kfeldmann@regionofwaterloo.ca


          One TTY Number for the Region of Waterloo   

The Region of Waterloo has replaced its 16 TTYs (teletypewriters) with TextNet technology and can now be contacted through one TTY number, which is 519-575-4608. This initiative is a part of the Region’s ongoing commitment to improving access to services for people with disabilities.

People who are Deaf, deafened, hard of hearing or those with speech disabilities can use a TTY to type and read conversations that would otherwise be done by speaking and hearing on a telephone. The Region of Waterloo has acquired TextNet technology to communicate with TTY users. Now TTY users can call a single TTY number for the Region of Waterloo for access to all Region programs and services.

The Region’s 16 TTY numbers will continue to be in service until the end of 2011. TTY users who call these numbers will be asked to hang up and dial 519-575-4608.

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For more information, please contact:

Vanessa Lopak
Social Planning Associate, AODA/ODA
Citizen Service
Telephone: (519) 575-4757 ext 3861
TTY: (519) 575-4608
vlopak@regionofwaterloo.ca

 

 


          Acquisition of Kitchener-Waterloo Field Naturalists Archives   

Waterloo Region - The Region of Waterloo Archives has acquired the archives of the Kitchener-Waterloo Field Naturalists.

The records were created from 1934 to the present and include minutes of meetings, annual reports, newsletters, field observation notes, and bird count records. The Kitchener-Waterloo Field Naturalists have remained active in protecting and preserving wildlife, conservation, and supporting public interest in nature.

Kitchener-Waterloo Field Naturalists President, Fraser Gibson notes that,
"KWFN has been very fortunate to have a dedicated member act as archivist for many years. Now, having our 77 years of accumulated records housed at the Region of Waterloo Archives ensures their safe keeping as well as providing an opportunity for their broader use."

Descriptions of the archives are accessible on the Region of Waterloo Archives database Archives Online http://row.minisisinc.com.

The Region of Waterloo Archives is the official repository of the records of the County of Waterloo (1829 – 1972), Regional Municipality of Waterloo (1973 – present), Township of Woolwich (1851 – present) and Town of Elmira (1886 – 1972). The functions of the Archives are to acquire and preserve records of archival value, to facilitate access to the records, and to support the development of the archival community in Waterloo Region.

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For more information, please contact:

Lesley Webb, Archivist, Region of Waterloo Archives, 519-575-4757 ext. 3027

www.region.waterloo.on.ca/archives

For information on Kitchener-Waterloo Field Naturalists membership, meetings and activities, please visit their website at http://www.kwfn.ca/

 


          Regional Council Approves Light Rail Transit   

(Kitchener) – Regional Council discussed and approved the following motions regarding the Region’s proposed rapid transit system:

• Approve light rail transit (LRT) as the preferred technology from Conestoga Mall in theCity of Waterloo to the Ainslie Street Terminal in the City of Cambridge and the LRT route and stations;

• Approve the implementation of option L3 as Stage 1 of the LRT system including LRT from Conestoga Mall to Fairview Park Mall and adapted bus rapid transit (aBRT) from Fairview Park Mall to the Ainslie Street Terminal;

• Direct staff to review route options in uptown Waterloo;

• Approve funding for the Region’s portion of Stage 1 capital and operating and maintenance costs based on tax rate increases of 1.2 per cent annually (2012 to 2018) and allocate budget reductions from debt retirement and uploaded social assistance costs (average 0.5 per cent per year for 2012 to 2018) to reduce the net property tax rate increase to 0.7 per cent, per year for 2012 to 2018 (seven years), all subject to annual budget deliberations and area rated to the urban transit service area;

• Approve funding for improvements to Grand River Transit bus service, subject to annual budget deliberations, based on an annual tax rate increase of 0.3 per cent per year (2012 to 2018), area rated to the urban transit service area;

• Direct staff to pursue a Regional development charge legislative amendment in order to assist with funding the LRT project;

• Complete an evaluation of project procurement and delivery options, including the role of Infrastructure Ontario, with the goals of maximizing project innovation and quality, leveraging private sector expertise, and managing risks to the Region of Waterloo and our taxpayers;

• Direct staff to report on the financial status of the RT project, as part of the Region’s periodic financial reports;

• Approve an allocation of one-time capital of $1,000,000 annually, for a 10-year period, to implement transit-supportive strategies in Cambridge. Details of the program to be developed in conjunction with the City of Cambridge and to be presented to Regional Council for approval in a subsequent report; and

• Direct staff to pursue the following steps to expedite Stage 2 of the LRT system including LRT from Fairview Park Mall to the Ainslie Street Terminal:
o Begin the Transit Project Assessment (TPA) for LRT from Fairview Park Mall to the Ainslie Street Terminal in 2014;
o Acquire property for the implementation of Stage 2 of the LRT system;
o Pursue additional federal and provincial funding for Stage 2 of the LRT system;
o Explore the location of a future multi-modal transit facility in Cambridge to link to future GO rail service; and
o Undertake measures to encourage transit-supportive development, to enhance transit ridership throughout the urban transit service areas, including (but not limited to) developing incentives for transit-oriented developments and supporting and developing transportation demand management strategies for new and existing businesses and residents.

This vote marks a truly historic and defining moment for the future of Waterloo Region,” said Jim Wideman, Chair of the Region’s Planning and Works committee. “The leadership we have taken tonight will be transformational to our community as we prepare for tremendous growth over the next two decades.”

LRT is an important part of the Region’s plan to accommodate significant population and employment growth over the next 20 years. It will encourage greater intensification in existing developed areas, provide an alternative transportation choice that will encourage transit ridership growth, improve the ability to move within the region and help to shape the urban form.

Since 2006, the Region has conducted an extensive public involvement process for this project with more than 150 public outreach events for rapid transit, including presentations, speaking engagements, information booths and more than 30 public consultation centres (PCCs). Between February and May 2011, staff conducted two rounds of public consultation – the number of people attending PCCs and information booths was well over 2,000 and staff received more than 1,700 written comments. The comments and questions raised at the various forums throughout the process helped to shape the project and the final recommendation approved by Council.

“Over the last 10 years, the rapid transit team has put in a huge amount of work to provide the basis for tonight’s landmark decision, said Mike Murray, Chief Administrative Officer. “Tonight’s decision is one more critical element in the Region’s integrated approach to planning for a vibrant, prosperous and sustainable community. We look forward to working with the area municipalities, and all our community partners, as we proceed with the implementation of this transformational project.”

The LRT system will be built in affordable stages: Stage 1 will include LRT from Conestoga Mall to Fairview Park Mall and adapted bus rapid transit (aBRT) from Fairview Park Mall to the Ainslie Street Terminal.

Stage 2 of the LRT system will add LRT from Fairview Park Mall to the Ainslie Street Terminal.

Regional staff are on track with and continue to follow the project schedule adopted by Council. Staff anticipate that next steps will include:

• July/August/September 2011: completion of the Environmental Project Report for Stage 1;
• October 2011: commencement of the six-month TPA for Stage 1;
• November 2011: PCCs for the TPA for Stage 1;
• December 2011: report on a preferred procurement strategy;
• April 2012: completion of the TPA for Stage 1;
• 2012: begin implementation of aBRT Stage 1;
• 2014: begin construction of LRT Stage 1 and begin the TPA for LRT Stage 2; and
• 2017: complete construction and begin operation of LRT Stage 1.

Light Rail Transit will be truly transformational for Waterloo Region. In the Regional Growth Management Strategy, as well as in the Places to Grow Growth Plan, LRT was identified as one of the key catalysts to support downtown revitalization and control urban sprawl in the region.

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For further information please contact: Bryan Stortz, Director, Corporate Communications 519-575-4408


          The Digital Board’s Digital Inquiries   
All forward-looking organizations across the industrial sectors are on the journey of digital transformations. An effective board provides the guidance about what core to preserve and what future to stimulate progress toward. The board with digital savvy BoDs understand what's required and how as a high-level basis of going digital mean to the business, so they can make a significant impact on accelerating digital transformation with a premium speed. Here is a set of digital boards’ strategy inquiries.

What’s the weakest link in strategy execution? Strategy management is one of the most important business activities in organizations today. It is a cohesive entity of policies, programs,  and projects that concentrate and fuse corporate resources to enable an organization to establish, sustain, and enhance its competitiveness and capabilities for self-renewal. The strategy management is about creating tomorrow's organization out of today. Therefore, it is critical to identify and strengthen the weakest link and determines how each part of the organization, including all of the key functions must "put it all together" to be successful in implementing strategy and bring tangible business results and reach the business vision ultimately.

PEOPLE are always one of the weakest links in strategy execution. The business strategy execution gaps exist at the people’s mindsets, the collective mindset and attitude - the organizational culture, and the capabilities/skillset to implement the strategy. It is important to make sure that the strategy has been communicated broadly and well understood by everyone. The good strategy will break an executive team out of tunneled vision, and transform into a creative, entrepreneurial, and strategic perspective.

Another interesting link to explore is the driver for identifying key strategic processes. It is usually the parameters that affect strategy execution the most which are key. In essence, strategy implementation is fundamental to how processes should be managed. This is an important issue to understand that the processes in your business will deliver/create the business result.

Methodologically, a more adaptive strategy-development process places a premium on effective communications from all the executives participating. Most companies are lacking a holistic strategy of how they apply technologies to drive the digital transformation, and it's the information management strategy that most often goes unmanaged. Information Strategy must be updated from time to time based on the current business requirements. Or if any advanced technology is driving the business, then it happens on the other way round.

General speaking, in the boardroom, the key dimensions of practicing corporate governance discipline are policy setting, strategy oversight, performance monitoring, as well as understanding accountabilities of environment - regulatory, shareholder, etc; The logical scenario is to develop business strategy, also develop business policies offering further constraint or guidance to implementation of strategy, and then monitor performance and implementation of strategy, as well as manage risks across all domains of interest.

How to criticize digital strategy via questioning? A common definition of strategy is the choices made by a firm on where and how it chooses to compete and cooperate in order to achieve its goals and objectives and strive to fulfill its mission. Businesses all need some sort of strategy since anything is easier to steer once in motion, but much of the joy comes from the journey, not the destination.

Due to the “VUCA” digital new normal and fast growth of information, "strategy" is definitely a different beast nowadays, because the speed of change is accelerated, it might be less about three or five years planning horizons and more about how to continually adapt to changes in the marketplace caused by disrupting technologies and consumer behaviors. In strategy management, it's very tempting to 'pull the structure lever' too early before you have decided on, it’s important to oversee the strategy via asking the right set of questions: Which products/services in which markets with what emphasis? Which capabilities need to be developed or acquired to make that happen? Which processes need to be improved or transformed? What capacity for marketing, sales, manufacturing, etc., and for projects and management, will you need? What structure will move these products to the markets with these capacities and processes? What’re your downside risks and what’re your upside risks?

The board of directors should take an outlier's lens to criticize the business strategy via questioning wisely. Doing this will definitely pay huge dividends. “What don't I see?" means "Where is the potential?" In other words, what strategy, product or initiative is not evident now but, with a few adjustments or redirection, can emerge.

How to manage risks and identify opportunities as well? The exponential growth of information brings both unprecedented opportunities and significant risks to the organization today. However, many of the opportunities are in the blind spots. When you are not looking at your blind spots, someone comes in and disrupt you over time. Hence, the corporate board plays a crucial role in helping the senior management identify the blind spots at the strategy level, and bridge the gaps at the cognitive level. In business, every day is a risk, but when a company embarks on a growth strategy, the risk curve will always be greater than a business as usual approaches. And more than 80% of today's business value is based on their ability to embrace complexity, understand and prepare for the future, grasp opportunities, decide which one to go after and which one they will not go after and clearly articulate forward the way value will be created.

The corporate board and management also should update their methodologies to manage risks in the digital era. Because the biggest risk for businesses is beyond those traditional graphs and curves. In fact, companies that are still stuck with their old ways run the risk of being rapidly disrupted. The risk management needs to lift up from risk control to risk intelligence which can identify the potential business growth opportunities.

One of the obvious issues raised from many significant business failures is the failure of governance. Often the current governance models can't enable the independent board of directors to get enough information to hear the whole story. The problem of information asymmetry is endemic to the entire governance process. It is one which will not go away. But information asymmetry cannot be used by the board to escape taking responsibility for something significant. They should keep asking tough questions, for instance, who was responsible for feeding unreliable information up the organizational food chain? What checks were there to test the reliability of such information? How robust was the organization's risk assurance system, all the way up to the management board? How could that system miss something that has had a widespread impact? Was senior management and, ultimately, the management board, too easily assured? Who was complicit in this and how far up the organizational food chain did the cover-up go?

The digital board’s digital strategy inquires help the top management to identify blind spots, clarify priority, and avoid pitfalls on the way of strategy implementation. A digital-savvy BoDs equipped with critical thinking mindset has the advantage of pulling enough resources and pushing the business model of technology, trustworthiness to improve strategy success rate and accelerate business performance.



          WTM Acquires Conoflow® GP50 Series Positioner Line from ITT Enidine   

WTM Valves & Services (Wright Technical Marketing, LLC) is pleased to announce the acquisition of the Conoflow® GP50 (formerly P50) Series pneumatic valve positioner product line from ITT Enidine, Inc.

The post WTM Acquires Conoflow® GP50 Series Positioner Line from ITT Enidine appeared first on WTM Valves & Services.


          Red Wings agree to terms with Elson, acquire McCollum   
The Detroit Red Wings agreed to terms with forward Turner Elson on a one-year contract, and acquired goaltender Tom McCollum from Calgary.
          World must act on use or proliferation of weapons of mass destruction: Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif   
Dead bodies are seen after Iraq's gas attack on the Iranian city of Sardasht in 1987 during the rule of executed Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein.
Iran has lashed out at major world powers for refusing to adopt a firm stance on a chemical attack by executed Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein during the Iraqi-imposed war, urging the international community to react to any use or proliferation of weapons of mass destruction.
In a message on Saturday, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif marked the 30th anniversary of a deadly chemical attack by Saddam on the city of Sardasht in West Azarbaijan Province.
“The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Islamic Republic of Iran … stresses its determination and resolve to counter weapons of mass destruction,” Zarif said.
He urged the international community to fully tap into their potential to counter the production, proliferation and use of weapons of mass destruction and react to the use of or threats to use such weapons by terrorist groups such as Daesh and their regional and extra-regional supporters.
“Those who are today claiming, as part of a suspicious and dangerous scenario, that chemical weapons have been used in Syria are the ones that not only ignored the use of weapons of mass destruction as well as banned chemical weapons against the Iranian soldiers and civilians during the [Iraqi] imposed war against this innocent but proud [Iranian] nation but also were accomplices in Saddam's crimes by arming and fully supporting his criminal regime,” Zarif said.
He added that despite hypocritical and double standard policies of certain countries claiming to advocate human rights, including the US, the Islamic Republic, in line with its principled policy, “strongly condemns any use of or threat to use weapons of mass destruction, including chemical weapons, as a pretext to carry out illegal measures against independent nations and governments.”
The Islamic Republic opposes the use of such arms anywhere, any time and by anybody, the top Iranian diplomat pointed out.
Sardasht was the third populated city in the world, after Japan's Hiroshima and Nagasaki, to be deliberately targeted with weapons of mass destruction.
It was also the first city in the world to be attacked with poisonous gas.
The actual death toll is far greater than announced. Nearly 5,000 residents of the city, which had a population of 20,000 at the time of the attack, are still suffering from serious respiratory and skin ailments and disorders.
Iraq once possessed a huge arsenal of chemical weapons, the production of which was partly facilitated by exports of chemicals from the United States and Western countries.
There is no doubt that Iraq acquired the technology and the materials to develop chemical weapons from the US and a number of Western countries, which not only equipped the Iraqi regime with the tech but also supported it financially.

          Red Wings re-acquire Tom McCollum in trade with Calgary   
  By @MichaelCaples – Tom McCollum is coming back to the Red Wings’ organization. The Wings have made a trade with the Flames to re-acquire their former first-round […]
          Whether Tokyo residents can choose another destination remains unknown   
"The X Prize Is Now Backing Sci-Fi Like It Backs IRL Science" [Wired]: "Starting [6/28/2017], 22 new science fiction stories go live on the Seat14C website, courtesy of genre luminaries like Margaret Atwood and Charlie Jane Anders. Each story details the future from the perspective of a different passenger on a plane that traveled through a wormhole 20 years into the future."

"That's just the starting line, though. Other writers will then compete to tell the story of the passenger in seat 14C. Whoever wins, in addition to having their work included alongside established authors, will get to join the X Prize's Science Fiction Advisory Council, a 72-person panel that will provide a roadmap for what the world could look like decades from now."

The stories so far: The deadline for story submissions (2000-4000 words) is August 25, 2017. According to the contest FAQ, all authors retain rights to their stories, and X Prize acquires publication rights only for the winning story. The prize details listed beneath a tab on the submission page say the winner will receive $1500 and a Tokyo vacation package.

          (USA-GA-Augusta PET) Area Manager, Chemical/Pharmaceutical Operations - Nights   
**Manager, Chemical/ Pharmaceutical Operations \(PET\)** Cardinal Health PET Manufacturing Services is responsible for manufacturing PET \(Positron Emission Tomography\) isotopes to enhance patient treatment through improved disease diagnosis, staging, and monitoring\. Leveraging our fully integrated network of domestic nuclear pharmacies, Cardinal Health PET Manufacturing Services compounds, dispenses and distributes patient\-specific, unit\-dose PET products in pharmacy markets today\. _What Chemical/ Pharmaceutical Ops contributes to Cardinal Health_ Operates automatic and manual manufacturing and chemical process equipment of varying complexity in various production processes in accordance with operating procedures\. Performs a variety of tasks related to the processing of ingredients and/or pharmaceutical products\. Handles raw materials and intermediate or finished products\. Performs standard operating procedures to meet current good manufacturing practices \(GMP\)\. Maintains records as required\. May monitor and verify quality in accordance with statistical process or other control procedures\. _What is expected of you and others at this level_ + Manages department operations and supervises professional employees, frontline supervisors and/or business support staff + Participates in the development of policies and procedures to achieve specific goals + Ensures employees operate within guidelines + Decisions have an immediate impact on work processes, outcomes, and customers + Interacts with subordinates, peer customers and suppliers at various management levels\. May interact with senior management + Interactions normally involve resolution of issues related to operations and/or projects + Gains consensus from various parties involved **Accountabilities** + Oversees and directs designated PET Sites in the production of radiopharmaceuticals in accordance to quality and regulatory policies, operating procedures and company policies\. Responsible for complying with the Quality Management System \(QMS\), including the following programs: CAPA, Change Control, Investigations, Complaints and Annual Product Reviews\. + Directs and co\-ordinates the activities of subordinate Management through the development of valid performance plans to ensure timely manufacture and packaging of products consistent with objectives\. Establish performance goals, development plans, and monitor results\. Develops, trains, and motivates employees including supervisory team members to maximize job performance\. Interviews, hires, disciplines, recommends termination, and evaluates all employees under his/her direct supervision\. + Oversees and ensures area policies are consistent with company policies and philosophy\. Manages the application and administration of such policies in conformity with cGMPs\. + Establishes and maintains safety environments and processes in compliance with regulatory, radiation safety procedures, EHS, cGMP and company policies\. Conducts and participates in safety programs with subordinates\. Maintains an effective audit program to assure safe and sanitary conditions throughout the facility\. + Responsible to ensure Management provides employee training and that requirements are successfully completed and training documentation is current\. Provides direction for teambuilding and employee motivation and development\. Applies knowledge and skills to effectively enhance the smooth functioning and productivity of the team\. + Recommend changes to Technical Operations group that will improve performance, quality of product or services, and increase efficiency\. + Ensures that the sites have all the components and raw materials in stock and maintain the inventory management system through computerized systems\. + Oversees routine internal audits of quality management systems\. Ensures that investigation on deviations and OOS from both operations and QC laboratory are conducted in a timely and complete fashion\. Works on a mechanism for reducing the trend of such to manageable and negligible levels\. + Oversees site Management to ensure production capability of the facility and makes recommendations accordingly for service and repair of critical components including the cyclotron, chemistry systems, analytical equipment, and environmental controls \(facility systems\)\. + Ensures production efficiency by securing the transfer of the proper amount of produced material to the pharmacies\. Provides customer satisfaction and addresses customer concerns accordingly, including internal and external stakeholders\. + Develops and implements annual budget and ensures attainment of budget objectives\. Evaluates monthly progress on business performance\. Responsibility and accountability for P&L\. + Direct the overall integration of newly acquired sites and build out of new sites\. + Perform other assignments/duties as required or directed to ensure the business objectives are met\. Implement special project work as required and build applicable teams to meet project goals\. + Models the Leadership Essentials to create a culture that brings out the best in all…driving higher levels of performance and creating a competitive advantage\. Refer to the Leadership Essentials that apply to this role – “Managers of People, Processes, or Projects”\. + Provides regular oversight and direction to Cyclotron Site Supervisors in the completion of Primary Duties\. Participates in various projects and initiatives\. Provides back\-up when required such as site support \(to include production, media fill monitor, training and onboarding of new hires, audit preparation, etc\.\)\. Additional details of responsibilities are listed separately\. _Qualifications_ + Location: Manage facilities in: Fort Lauderdale & Tampa, FL and Augusta, GA \-\- region subject to change + Strong preference for candidates within Fort Lauderdale, FL + Hours: will vary\. Must be willing to work overnights\. Must be flexible as this is subject to change + 3 direct reports + Bachelors degree or equivalent experience in related field required + Minimum of 3\- 5 years experience of cGMP in the pharmaceutical or medical device industry + 3\+ years of supervisory experience + Demonstrated success in managing people and leading multiples teams and/or departments\. + Strong communication skills\. + Demonstrated success in achieving results along with strong financial acumen and project management\. + Ability to see fine particulate and differentiate colors\. + Ability to hear, write, and speak clearly in order to communicate with customers and health care professionals\. + Manual dexterity required for occasional reach and lifting of small objects\. + Demonstrated manual dexterity in order to draw doses and manipulate remote arms and Quality Control equipment\. + Ability to lift containers weighing up to 50 lbs\. + Travel when required to meet business needs \- up to 50% The primary work environment consists of a cyclotron and associated manufacturing facility for the production of PETradiopharmaceuticals,which must be kept clean, orderly, properly lighted and maintained in optimum operating condition\. Employees handle radioactive materials and are exposed to very low amounts of radiation that are deemed safe by current standards\. The facility is operated under well\-controlled and closely monitored conditions that are regulated by both State and Federal agencies, and that are enforced by the corporate internal quality and regulatory group\. Each staff member will receive specific training in keeping radiation exposures within regulatory guidelines and he/she will be routinely monitored fortheir exposure to radiation\. Noise levels are considered low to moderate\.
          (USA-FL-Tampa USF PET) Area Manager, Chemical/Pharmaceutical Operations - Nights   
**Manager, Chemical/ Pharmaceutical Operations \(PET\)** Cardinal Health PET Manufacturing Services is responsible for manufacturing PET \(Positron Emission Tomography\) isotopes to enhance patient treatment through improved disease diagnosis, staging, and monitoring\. Leveraging our fully integrated network of domestic nuclear pharmacies, Cardinal Health PET Manufacturing Services compounds, dispenses and distributes patient\-specific, unit\-dose PET products in pharmacy markets today\. _What Chemical/ Pharmaceutical Ops contributes to Cardinal Health_ Operates automatic and manual manufacturing and chemical process equipment of varying complexity in various production processes in accordance with operating procedures\. Performs a variety of tasks related to the processing of ingredients and/or pharmaceutical products\. Handles raw materials and intermediate or finished products\. Performs standard operating procedures to meet current good manufacturing practices \(GMP\)\. Maintains records as required\. May monitor and verify quality in accordance with statistical process or other control procedures\. _What is expected of you and others at this level_ + Manages department operations and supervises professional employees, frontline supervisors and/or business support staff + Participates in the development of policies and procedures to achieve specific goals + Ensures employees operate within guidelines + Decisions have an immediate impact on work processes, outcomes, and customers + Interacts with subordinates, peer customers and suppliers at various management levels\. May interact with senior management + Interactions normally involve resolution of issues related to operations and/or projects + Gains consensus from various parties involved **Accountabilities** + Oversees and directs designated PET Sites in the production of radiopharmaceuticals in accordance to quality and regulatory policies, operating procedures and company policies\. Responsible for complying with the Quality Management System \(QMS\), including the following programs: CAPA, Change Control, Investigations, Complaints and Annual Product Reviews\. + Directs and co\-ordinates the activities of subordinate Management through the development of valid performance plans to ensure timely manufacture and packaging of products consistent with objectives\. Establish performance goals, development plans, and monitor results\. Develops, trains, and motivates employees including supervisory team members to maximize job performance\. Interviews, hires, disciplines, recommends termination, and evaluates all employees under his/her direct supervision\. + Oversees and ensures area policies are consistent with company policies and philosophy\. Manages the application and administration of such policies in conformity with cGMPs\. + Establishes and maintains safety environments and processes in compliance with regulatory, radiation safety procedures, EHS, cGMP and company policies\. Conducts and participates in safety programs with subordinates\. Maintains an effective audit program to assure safe and sanitary conditions throughout the facility\. + Responsible to ensure Management provides employee training and that requirements are successfully completed and training documentation is current\. Provides direction for teambuilding and employee motivation and development\. Applies knowledge and skills to effectively enhance the smooth functioning and productivity of the team\. + Recommend changes to Technical Operations group that will improve performance, quality of product or services, and increase efficiency\. + Ensures that the sites have all the components and raw materials in stock and maintain the inventory management system through computerized systems\. + Oversees routine internal audits of quality management systems\. Ensures that investigation on deviations and OOS from both operations and QC laboratory are conducted in a timely and complete fashion\. Works on a mechanism for reducing the trend of such to manageable and negligible levels\. + Oversees site Management to ensure production capability of the facility and makes recommendations accordingly for service and repair of critical components including the cyclotron, chemistry systems, analytical equipment, and environmental controls \(facility systems\)\. + Ensures production efficiency by securing the transfer of the proper amount of produced material to the pharmacies\. Provides customer satisfaction and addresses customer concerns accordingly, including internal and external stakeholders\. + Develops and implements annual budget and ensures attainment of budget objectives\. Evaluates monthly progress on business performance\. Responsibility and accountability for P&L\. + Direct the overall integration of newly acquired sites and build out of new sites\. + Perform other assignments/duties as required or directed to ensure the business objectives are met\. Implement special project work as required and build applicable teams to meet project goals\. + Models the Leadership Essentials to create a culture that brings out the best in all…driving higher levels of performance and creating a competitive advantage\. Refer to the Leadership Essentials that apply to this role – “Managers of People, Processes, or Projects”\. + Provides regular oversight and direction to Cyclotron Site Supervisors in the completion of Primary Duties\. Participates in various projects and initiatives\. Provides back\-up when required such as site support \(to include production, media fill monitor, training and onboarding of new hires, audit preparation, etc\.\)\. Additional details of responsibilities are listed separately\. _Qualifications_ + Location: Manage facilities in: Fort Lauderdale & Tampa, FL and Augusta, GA \-\- region subject to change + Strong preference for candidates within Fort Lauderdale, FL + Hours: will vary\. Must be willing to work overnights\. Must be flexible as this is subject to change + 3 direct reports + Bachelors degree or equivalent experience in related field required + Minimum of 3\- 5 years experience of cGMP in the pharmaceutical or medical device industry + 3\+ years of supervisory experience + Demonstrated success in managing people and leading multiples teams and/or departments\. + Strong communication skills\. + Demonstrated success in achieving results along with strong financial acumen and project management\. + Ability to see fine particulate and differentiate colors\. + Ability to hear, write, and speak clearly in order to communicate with customers and health care professionals\. + Manual dexterity required for occasional reach and lifting of small objects\. + Demonstrated manual dexterity in order to draw doses and manipulate remote arms and Quality Control equipment\. + Ability to lift containers weighing up to 50 lbs\. + Travel when required to meet business needs \- up to 50% The primary work environment consists of a cyclotron and associated manufacturing facility for the production of PETradiopharmaceuticals,which must be kept clean, orderly, properly lighted and maintained in optimum operating condition\. Employees handle radioactive materials and are exposed to very low amounts of radiation that are deemed safe by current standards\. The facility is operated under well\-controlled and closely monitored conditions that are regulated by both State and Federal agencies, and that are enforced by the corporate internal quality and regulatory group\. Each staff member will receive specific training in keeping radiation exposures within regulatory guidelines and he/she will be routinely monitored fortheir exposure to radiation\. Noise levels are considered low to moderate\.
          (USA-CO-Aurora) Senior Windows Systems Administrator   
Raytheon is seeking a System Administrator with strong Windows Administration background to join our team in developing and maintaining systems in a classified environment. The System Administrator is responsible for implementing, troubleshooting and maintaining solutions to optimize the program infrastructure operations. Analyzes and identifies all or part of a program’s existing or new computer (and/or server), peripheral, network, and telecommunications systems requirements, taking into consideration the special technology needs. Designs, implements, codes, tests, documents, and maintains systems integration solutions to total system or subsystems. Establishes functional and technical specifications, solves hardware/software interface problems, defines input/output parameters, and ensures integration of the entire system or subsystem. This position requires US Citizenship. This position can be and G08 or G09 based on education, experience and skillset. Must be a US Citizen with a current TS-SCI clearance with CI poly. Required Skills: Must be a US Citizen with a current TS-SCI clearance with CI poly. 4+ years of experience directly related to Windows System Administration of Windows Server 2008 and Windows 7/10 with increasing responsibilities administering client/server applications 2+ years’ experience administering VMware Proficiency with Enterprise level administration of common network services such as Active Directory, DNS, TCP/IP, DHCP and troubleshooting Experience in the following areas: Patch Management, McAfee ePO, Clustering, OS Upgrades, computer security and system monitoring and logging Experience with Storage Area Network (SAN) and Network Attached Storage (NAS) Strong hardware/software troubleshooting skills Experience with scripting, particularly in PowerShell Must be able to lift up to 35 pounds in support of hardware installations Must be willing and able to travel approximately 20% for installation support Must be able to support occasional after hour maintenance Required to provide pager (on-call) support Must have an active CompTIA Security+ or Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) Certification or willing to acquire one on your own within 3 months of your start date. Desired Skills: Experience with automation frameworks (Chef, Puppet, etc.) Experience with cloud infrastructures such as Amazon Web Services, Microsoft Azure, etc. Ensure successful planning, deployment, installation, and upgrades of products within required timelines and resource allocations over multiple geographic sites Experience with desktop workstation collaboration products and protocols Basic Linux knowledge with ability to grow skills Basic Network knowledge Strong analytic and research skills - must be detail oriented Demonstrated ability to work independently and troubleshoot problems with speed and efficiency Requires the ability to effectively interact with external personnel on significant technical matters often requiring coordination between organizations and vendors Communication and diplomatic skills Required Education: BS Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Science, Information Technology, or a similar technical related field, OR 8 additional years of experience in lieu of degree. COH071317 99610
          (USA-FL-Fort Lauderdale) Area Manager, Chemical/Pharmaceutical Operations - Nights   
**Manager, Chemical/ Pharmaceutical Operations \(PET\)** Cardinal Health PET Manufacturing Services is responsible for manufacturing PET \(Positron Emission Tomography\) isotopes to enhance patient treatment through improved disease diagnosis, staging, and monitoring\. Leveraging our fully integrated network of domestic nuclear pharmacies, Cardinal Health PET Manufacturing Services compounds, dispenses and distributes patient\-specific, unit\-dose PET products in pharmacy markets today\. _What Chemical/ Pharmaceutical Ops contributes to Cardinal Health_ Operates automatic and manual manufacturing and chemical process equipment of varying complexity in various production processes in accordance with operating procedures\. Performs a variety of tasks related to the processing of ingredients and/or pharmaceutical products\. Handles raw materials and intermediate or finished products\. Performs standard operating procedures to meet current good manufacturing practices \(GMP\)\. Maintains records as required\. May monitor and verify quality in accordance with statistical process or other control procedures\. _What is expected of you and others at this level_ + Manages department operations and supervises professional employees, frontline supervisors and/or business support staff + Participates in the development of policies and procedures to achieve specific goals + Ensures employees operate within guidelines + Decisions have an immediate impact on work processes, outcomes, and customers + Interacts with subordinates, peer customers and suppliers at various management levels\. May interact with senior management + Interactions normally involve resolution of issues related to operations and/or projects + Gains consensus from various parties involved **Accountabilities** + Oversees and directs designated PET Sites in the production of radiopharmaceuticals in accordance to quality and regulatory policies, operating procedures and company policies\. Responsible for complying with the Quality Management System \(QMS\), including the following programs: CAPA, Change Control, Investigations, Complaints and Annual Product Reviews\. + Directs and co\-ordinates the activities of subordinate Management through the development of valid performance plans to ensure timely manufacture and packaging of products consistent with objectives\. Establish performance goals, development plans, and monitor results\. Develops, trains, and motivates employees including supervisory team members to maximize job performance\. Interviews, hires, disciplines, recommends termination, and evaluates all employees under his/her direct supervision\. + Oversees and ensures area policies are consistent with company policies and philosophy\. Manages the application and administration of such policies in conformity with cGMPs\. + Establishes and maintains safety environments and processes in compliance with regulatory, radiation safety procedures, EHS, cGMP and company policies\. Conducts and participates in safety programs with subordinates\. Maintains an effective audit program to assure safe and sanitary conditions throughout the facility\. + Responsible to ensure Management provides employee training and that requirements are successfully completed and training documentation is current\. Provides direction for teambuilding and employee motivation and development\. Applies knowledge and skills to effectively enhance the smooth functioning and productivity of the team\. + Recommend changes to Technical Operations group that will improve performance, quality of product or services, and increase efficiency\. + Ensures that the sites have all the components and raw materials in stock and maintain the inventory management system through computerized systems\. + Oversees routine internal audits of quality management systems\. Ensures that investigation on deviations and OOS from both operations and QC laboratory are conducted in a timely and complete fashion\. Works on a mechanism for reducing the trend of such to manageable and negligible levels\. + Oversees site Management to ensure production capability of the facility and makes recommendations accordingly for service and repair of critical components including the cyclotron, chemistry systems, analytical equipment, and environmental controls \(facility systems\)\. + Ensures production efficiency by securing the transfer of the proper amount of produced material to the pharmacies\. Provides customer satisfaction and addresses customer concerns accordingly, including internal and external stakeholders\. + Develops and implements annual budget and ensures attainment of budget objectives\. Evaluates monthly progress on business performance\. Responsibility and accountability for P&L\. + Direct the overall integration of newly acquired sites and build out of new sites\. + Perform other assignments/duties as required or directed to ensure the business objectives are met\. Implement special project work as required and build applicable teams to meet project goals\. + Models the Leadership Essentials to create a culture that brings out the best in all…driving higher levels of performance and creating a competitive advantage\. Refer to the Leadership Essentials that apply to this role – “Managers of People, Processes, or Projects”\. + Provides regular oversight and direction to Cyclotron Site Supervisors in the completion of Primary Duties\. Participates in various projects and initiatives\. Provides back\-up when required such as site support \(to include production, media fill monitor, training and onboarding of new hires, audit preparation, etc\.\)\. Additional details of responsibilities are listed separately\. _Qualifications_ + Location: Manage facilities in: Fort Lauderdale & Tampa, FL and Augusta, GA \-\- region subject to change + Strong preference for candidates within Fort Lauderdale, FL + Hours: will vary\. Must be willing to work overnights\. Must be flexible as this is subject to change + 3 direct reports + Bachelors degree or equivalent experience in related field required + Minimum of 3\- 5 years experience of cGMP in the pharmaceutical or medical device industry + 3\+ years of supervisory experience + Demonstrated success in managing people and leading multiples teams and/or departments\. + Strong communication skills\. + Demonstrated success in achieving results along with strong financial acumen and project management\. + Ability to see fine particulate and differentiate colors\. + Ability to hear, write, and speak clearly in order to communicate with customers and health care professionals\. + Manual dexterity required for occasional reach and lifting of small objects\. + Demonstrated manual dexterity in order to draw doses and manipulate remote arms and Quality Control equipment\. + Ability to lift containers weighing up to 50 lbs\. + Travel when required to meet business needs \- up to 50% The primary work environment consists of a cyclotron and associated manufacturing facility for the production of PETradiopharmaceuticals,which must be kept clean, orderly, properly lighted and maintained in optimum operating condition\. Employees handle radioactive materials and are exposed to very low amounts of radiation that are deemed safe by current standards\. The facility is operated under well\-controlled and closely monitored conditions that are regulated by both State and Federal agencies, and that are enforced by the corporate internal quality and regulatory group\. Each staff member will receive specific training in keeping radiation exposures within regulatory guidelines and he/she will be routinely monitored fortheir exposure to radiation\. Noise levels are considered low to moderate\. Cardinal Health is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer\. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or protected veteran status\.
          (USA-TX-Dallas) GWIM Operations Analyst - Fund Accounting and Valuation - Dallas   
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           Zap Zap Kindergarten Math (Education)   

Zap Zap Kindergarten Math 1.0


Device: iOS Universal
Category: Education
Price: $2.99, Version: 1.0 (iTunes)

Description:

Zap! Get your kindergarteners on the way to math excellence with Zap Zap Kindergarten Math, an educational adventure game that makes learning math fun and engaging!

Perfect for children aged 3-6, Zap Zap Kindergarten Math is a fast-paced math game that introduces them to the essential foundations of mathematics, namely addition and subtraction, place value, measurement and data, and so much more!

Zap Zap Kindergarten Math makes math for kids an exciting event to look forward to, with a variety of gamified challenges across different settings. Choose between starting as a male or female character, and then level up by answering math questions to improve your total score. Our adaptive learning feature also ensures that every player will be playing at just the right level of difficulty, so he or she will always be suitably challenged!

Playing Zap Zap Kindergarten Math is a great way to develop and reinforce your kids’ math skills while also leading them to acquire critical thinking skills.

FEATURES:
• Aligned with international math curriculum, including the Common Core State Standards (US). Perfect for elementary school kids or homeschool kids!
• Fast-paced and motivating math practice program
• Adaptive function adjusts the difficulty level of each game to suit the player.
• Earn jigsaw puzzle pieces as a reward for every achievement. Assemble all the pieces to complete a phase!
• Gameplay narration: math problems are read aloud to players for better understanding
• 100% Ad-free, NO interruption of your kid’s playtime and learning.


EDUCATIONAL CONTENT:
Zap Zap Kindergarten Math is developed by a team of experienced developers and educators to bring you the best in gameplay and math content. We have been piloted in 130 schools and counting!
Zap Zap Kindergarten Math includes a comprehensive suite of learning games that cover the most important principles of early math education:
Players learn to:
• Develop number sense
• Count to 100 by ones and tens
• Count forward and backward from a given number
• Compare 2 numbers as greater than, less than, or equal
• Understand mathematical equality
• Solve simple addition and subtraction equations up to 20
• Fluently add and subtract within 5
• Differentiate two objects in terms of physical attributes; i.e. size, height, etc.
• Identify shapes as two dimensional or three-dimensional shapes as two dimensional or three-dimensional
• Compose larger shapes out of smaller shapes
Our challenges are divided into the following:
• Number Sense & Recognition — Know the number names and the counting sequence. Count and identify the number of objects
• Plus & Minus — Understand addition as a concept of putting together and adding to, and understand subtraction as taking apart and taking from.
• Shapes & Measurement — Identify and describe shapes and measurement of physical attributes. Analyse, compare, create, and compose shapes.

ONLINE SAFETY:
Zap Zap Kindergarten Math is committed to ensuring that our players get the best gaming experience. We do not contain any third party advertisements. View our full privacy policy here. https://www.zapzapmath.com/kindergarten-math-privacy-policy.

With Zap Zap Kindergarten Math, math meets fun on your device! Learn as you play, anytime, anywhere! Away from wi-fi? No worries! Zap Zap Kindergarten Math runs offline! Download it today!

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THREE UP

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