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Guide de comparaison des bases de données d'entreprise : MariaDB Platform, SQL Server, IBM DB2 et Oracle

Guide de comparaison des bases de données d'entreprise
MariaDB Platform vs Microsoft SQL Server vs IBM DB2 vs Oracle DataBase

Les logiciels open source jouent un rôle de plus en plus important dans l'infrastructure moderne : les systèmes d'exploitation, les intergiciels (middleware) et, maintenant, la base de données. En fait, de nombreuses organisations ont des mandats stratégiques nécessitant l'évaluation de logiciels open source d'entreprise afin de limiter l'utilisation de logiciels propriétaires....

LBNF completes upgrade to far site’s underground ventilation system

From Sanford Underground Research Facility, Sept. 27, 2019: Several projects are under way at Sanford Underground Research Facility to improve the reliability of the facility’s infrastructure. Crews are improving the facility for its role as the far site for Fermilab’s Long-Baseline Neutrino Facility. The LBNF project recently completed an upgrade of the main ventilation fan for the underground facility.

Robert Zenhausern posted a discussion

Robert Zenhausern posted a discussion

Education 21. Education for the 21st Century

 Your Name and Title: Robert Zenhausern, CEO School or Organization Name: The Enabling Support Foundation Co-Presenter Name(s): Area of the World from Which You Will Present:  United States and sub-Sahara Africa. Language in Which You Will Present: English Target Audience(s): Teachers of Early Childhood Development Short Session Description (one line): Education 21 is a paradigm shift in Education from the 19th Century into the 21st Century which expects to achieve SDG 4 within 5 years. Full Session Description (as long as you would like): Education 21.  Education for the 21st Century Our goal is not to fix education, but to rebuild it from the start.  A Paradigm Shift. We do not want to bring technology into the classroom.  We want the classroom to join the 21st Century.  Our program, Education 21, emerges from three simple and logical changes.  Each is a unique solution, and an unexpected challenge to well entrenched dogma.The Three Changes.Standardized Testing versus Authentic AssessmentIn place of “teach, memorize, test”, we use Project Based Learning and Authentic Assessment.In Project Based Learning the student does not memorize material but must know where to find specific information.  How well can the student integrate this information and complete a task.  Authentic Assessment evaluates the project as Inadequate, Adequate, or Superior. Replace arithmetic with estimation. In the 19th Century arithmetic was indeed the “gateway” to the sciences and higher mathematics.  Since the advent of calculators, that is no longer the case.  Arithmetic is a linear rote process with a single answer.  Estimation is unbounded and more conceptual.  It is a practical skill in cases where close is good enough.  We want to explore the limits of estimation, and its use as the fundamental calculator.  For those cases where the exact answer is required the spreadsheet becomes a STEM platform it.Subitizing is typically seen as an early childhood skill that is supplanted by counting.  But we plan to explore subitizing as a lifelong skill.  Examples:A painter looks at a room and decides how many cans of paint he will need.  A homeowner wants to build a stone wall and has to decide how many truckloads of stone are needed.  Do architects subitize? All this happens without “teaching”.  Can we enhance the subitizing skill?  Reading.A baby understands the meaning of the spoken word even before speech, but it takes 5 years for the child to understand the meaning of the same word in written form.  That is an absurdity that is accepted without question.Reading is a skill that suffers from a self-inflicted wound.  The purpose of reading is to develop a connection between text and meaning.  From the start we have decided that, because English is a semi-phonetic language, reading should be taught by phonics.That is an epic blunder for two reasons.  The first is that it postpones reading by 5 years, while the child learns phonetic decoding.And second, tragically,  it is effective for only 80% of readers.  The rest are called dyslexic with the heartache and expense that entails.How different speech!  Children learn to speak and understand the spoken word as part of maturation.  Why not reading?  Show the printed word at the same time as the spoken word, and the child will understand both.  Early Reading is a form of speed reading – reading for comprehension, not speech.The Peace Flame networkThe Enabling Support Foundation is a US based 501c(3) nonprofit that provides online support to grassroots African organizations involved with human development and enrichment.  ESF exists only in the Cloud and encourages online and on ground activity by productive organizations.  ESF has created Peace Flame, a network of those organization based on an Office 365 infrastructure.  ESF has strong connections within both LinkedIn and WhatsApp.The Birth of Early ReadingESF was founded in 1994 as an organization that provided technology and Internet access to persons with disabilities, and later education.  Our Mission was to bring Education into the 21st Century, as first outlined in 1990, evolving with the changes in technology.Reading was the first step.  In May 2017 educators from Kenya and Uganda met at Miridians Nursery School near Kampala.  One outcome of the conference was proof of concept study at 9 sites in both countries.  We found and nursery school children learned to read three sentence paragraphs in the 4 months of the study.  As a result, we have reached our first milestone.  Children are starting primary school already reading and writing.  We are now developing the primary grade curricula to take advantage of the instructional time saved by Early Reading.Early Reading has virtually eliminated dyslexia and spelling is much less of an issue.Early Reading has recently added sites in Ghana, Cameroon, Rwanda, Sierra Leone, Tanzania, and Pakistan.We also have a cultural program and we are collecting children’s art for exhibition.  You can see a preview now, but the site is still under construction.  Websites / URLs Associated with Your More


Kentucky’s underground rock star: Mammoth Cave National Park


Weeks before I headed to Mammoth Cave National Park for a weekend trip, and a day after I’d booked several guided cave tours, I encircled my chest with a tape measure. I was relieved to confirm I’d be an OK fit – quite literally, if just barely – for the Wild Cave Tour, the longest, most intensive cave tour offered at the Kentucky park.

The guided tour at the UNESCO World Heritage site involved more than five hours of hiking in massive caverns, shimmying up and down twisted passageways, clambering over boulders and belly crawling through exceedingly tight sections of rock that wouldn’t give an inch.

“Chest or hip measurement must not exceed 42 inches; if you are larger, you may not physically pass through the crawlspaces,” the National Park Service advised in no uncertain terms. I’d previously visited Mammoth, which features the world’s longest known cave system. Just walking into the massive cave was wowing. But I wanted to go farther – just as the cave does.

The park offers a number of cave tours for kids and adults of all ages, abilities and interests. Whether you feel at home in tight places or worry about claustrophobia, the cave is big enough (and definitely, in places, small enough) to accommodate different appetites for adventure or leisure exploration.

An accessibility tour allows visitors to use an elevator entrance to see Mammoth Cave’s grandeur without steps. The tours vary in length, duration and physical difficulty and – like the park guides who lead many of them – tell parts of the cave’s story.

Besides covering some serious ground underground, I wanted to learn more about the cave’s origins. How did its 412 miles of passageways and counting – with more discovered all the time – come to be?

That led me to the 2 1/2-hour River Styx Tour on the first morning of my August visit, which culminated in seeing the namesake underground river in the depths of the cave by lantern light.

That Saturday afternoon, I took the two-hour Gothic Avenue Tour, which shed light (in relative subterranean darkness) on the early roots of cave exploration, exploitation – including the mining of saltpeter for gunpowder during the War of 1812 – and tourism.

The Wild Cave Tour I saved for last on Sunday.

As our large group for the River Styx Tour approached Mammoth Cave’s historic entrance, I could feel the chill draft coming up. It contrasted with the summer heat as water – which has shaped so much of this hidden world – drizzled down in front of the earthbound black hole.

While many elements converged over millions of years to create this one-of-a-kind place, an intricate network of streams and rivers above and below ground is integral to the development of Mammoth Cave.

The River Styx is an example of a subterranean river that is actively creating new passages within Mammoth Cave. “Exploration is continuing – we have not found the end of the cave yet,” our guide, Chelsea Ballard, told the group.

Another highlight of the tour, Mammoth Dome – a vertical shaft rising around 200 feet up through which we took spiral stairs – showcases the continuing erosion. Pit or dome formations created by rapidly moving water are a much younger feature than the cave passageways formed by the underground river system, Ballard explained.

The River Styx Tour also passes through a narrow, short, winding passageway called Fat Man’s Misery. (Many cave features have names, some of which change over time.) As we went through, the passage looked like some unseen hand had taken a giant spoon and scooped out rock, as you might scoop bites from a cantaloupe.

I’m a latecomer to Mammoth Cave, as is everyone else who visits it these days. As I descended into the historic entrance again for the Gothic Avenue Tour, I was reminded that I was following in the footsteps of its first explorers, Native Americans who entered the cave millennia ago without the aid of concrete steps or any other infrastructure.

The mummified remains of some of these earliest explorers, estimated to be 4,000 to 5,000 years old, drew many tourists to Mammoth Cave in the early 1800s after commercial saltpeter mining ended there.

“Travelers in the area would make side trips to Mammoth Cave to see the geological wonder,” said guide Dave Spence, who led this tour. “But mostly, the fame of Mammoth Cave spread as visitors became witness to the artifacts and human remains from (the) earliest prehistoric explorers.”

We saw the names of early explorers, of cave owners – from when it was privately held, well before it became a national park in 1941 – and of tourists written in candle smoke on the ceilings. Such was the nature of early visitation, predating the leave-no-trace ethic and modern efforts to balance tourism, which still has an impact, and preservation.

In addition to the obvious underground attraction, Mammoth Cave features more than 80 miles of trails traversing 53,000 acres of hardwoods, bluffs and hills bisected by the Green River and bypassing sinkholes and cave entrances. So not only is there plenty to do, but you also get a glimpse from aboveground of the forces at work below.

The popular Cedar Sink Trail, for example, snakes through the wooded hills and passes a deep depression in an area pockmarked by sinkholes – a site where water from an underground river system ever so briefly sees the light of day.

I got a view of the geologic handiwork underground on the Wild Cave Tour. As I was worming my way through a narrow passage called Bare Hole that Sunday morning with 11 other park visitors, I took stock of the chest measurement I’d taken and found I had little wiggle room.

To call it an army crawl would be spatially generous; this section doesn’t allow one to raise up that high even. It’s a test nearly right out of the gate, and I calmed myself to take it – shimmying, my boots kicking hollow rock as I squeezed with the other visitors through the tightest section: 9 1/2 inches from floor to ceiling.

We all passed through in good spirits, and later I felt loose enough to laugh with the others through another tight squeeze, called No Name, that gets down to about eight inches. (I guess “Really Tight Squeeze” was taken.) We had to turn our helmeted heads and boots sideways to get through the most cramped segment.

Our park guides – Jenna Hammond, who was shorter and relished the tight squeezes, and the taller Jacob Bolton, who spidered his way up climbs with ease – kept the group on track. As Hammond pointed out, a highlight of the Wild Cave Tour is seeing parts of the cave that most people never get to. “You get to really experience it in such a unique way,” she said.

Between the tight spots, we came out into a corridor called Grand Avenue that cars could drive through. This, of course, isn’t an actual road, but it’s big enough to accommodate one. The area is going to be rehabbed to better accommodate future visitation.

In one space as awing as any I saw on my underground weekend, the 14 of us walked into a veritable canyon with a natural vaulted ceiling. Our wonderment seemed to match the fittingly named Cathedral Domes’ dimensions: 150 feet up and 140 feet long.

In Mammoth Cave, there are far fewer stalactites, stalagmites and other dripstone formations – in technical speak, speleothems – compared with caves such as Carlsbad Caverns in New Mexico, which I’d visited with my brothers in the spring.

Yet Mammoth Cave includes its flourishes, such as Frozen Niagara, where we ended the Wild Cave Tour. There the massive (everything seems bigger in Mammoth Cave) dripstone takes on the appearance of ancient falls stopped in their tracks eons ago.

But before we got to that final crescendo, it became clear even passageways that seemed barren could turn corners to wonders such as Cathedral Domes.

There, in quiet reflection, we turned off our headlamps to experience the capped chasm in total darkness and quiet – except for the sound of water, which never ceases its work in the cave, falling gently nearby. It was difficult to imagine as we sat there briefly, in silent reverence, that there could be anything like this exact place in the world.

And, in fact, with Mammoth Cave, there’s not.


Process Control Engineer - J. R. Simplot Company - Rock Springs, WY

Provide installation, troubleshooting and maintenance for all of the DCS and PLC infrastructures at the locations.
From J.R. Simplot Company - Wed, 04 Sep 2019 05:03:39 GMT - View all Rock Springs, WY jobs

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UAT-on-prem package deployment failing


I am facing an issue while deploying a package on an on-prem UAT.

My package passes the preparation stage successfully but it is failing when I proceed with Update Environment.

I have tried creating package from several different machines i.e. a fresh environment with only required customization, cloud development environment but unfortunately its failing in the deployment stage.

I have checked the events log of Orchestrator and AOS  machines but there is reason for this failure. However I got below errors from these machines. 

It would be a great favor if someone can help me in this regard.

The description for Event ID 65002 from source Microsoft-Dynamics-AX-LocalAgent cannot be found. Either the component that raises this event is not installed on your local computer or the installation is corrupted. You can install or repair the component on the local computer.


If the event originated on another computer, the display information had to be saved with the event.


The following information was included with the event:



Task OrchestrationService.DeployModulesRunnerTask,OrchestrationService failed for command id a4f91f00-604e-40c3-90a1-bf44bba13bd5

System.InvalidOperationException: Unable to deploy modules

   at OrchestrationService.DeployModulesRunnerTask.Run(OrchestratorRunbookResource runbookResource, String commandId, String jobId, String runbookTaskId)

   at OrchestrationService.OrchestrationJobManager.<>c__DisplayClass23_0.<CreateNewTaskThread>b__4()






The publisher has been disabled and its resource is not available. This usually occurs when the publisher is in the process of being uninstalled or upgraded




The description for Event ID 65002 from source Microsoft-Dynamics-AX-LocalAgent cannot be found. Either the component that raises this event is not installed on your local computer or the installation is corrupted. You can install or repair the component on the local computer.


If the event originated on another computer, the display information had to be saved with the event.


The following information was included with the event:



Module aos failed

System.InvalidOperationException: Aos app is not healthy

   at AOSSetupHybridCloud.Program.Main(String[] args)

   at System.AppDomain._nExecuteAssembly(RuntimeAssembly assembly, String[] args)

   at System.AppDomain.ExecuteAssembly(String assemblyFile, String[] args)

   at System.AppDomain.ExecuteAssembly(String assemblyFile, String[] args)

   at SetupCore.SetupManager.LaunchProcessInAppDomain(String startupExe, String workingDir, String currentFolder, String[] moduleArgs)

   at SetupCore.SetupManager.<>c__DisplayClass12_1.<InvokeModules>b__6()






The publisher has been disabled and its resource is not available. This usually occurs when the publisher is in the process of being uninstalled or upgraded




The description for Event ID 56002 from source Microsoft-Dynamics-AX-SetupInfrastructureEvents cannot be found. Either the component that raises this event is not installed on your local computer or the installation is corrupted. You can install or repair the component on the local computer.


If the event originated on another computer, the display information had to be saved with the event.


The following information was included with the event:



Application fabric:/AXSF is not OK after 20 minutes

   at System.Environment.GetStackTrace(Exception e, Boolean needFileInfo)


   at SetupInfrastructure.SetupInfrastructureEventsHelper.ErrorPrettify(SetupInfrastructureEventSource source, Exception ex, Int32 errorCode, String format, Object[] values)

   at SetupInfrastructure.ServiceFabricApplicationSetupManager`1.<CheckApplicationState>d__32.MoveNext()

   at System.Threading.ExecutionContext.RunInternal(ExecutionContext executionContext, ContextCallback callback, Object state, Boolean preserveSyncCtx)

   at System.Threading.ExecutionContext.Run(ExecutionContext executionContext, ContextCallback callback, Object state, Boolean preserveSyncCtx)

   at System.Runtime.CompilerServices.AsyncMethodBuilderCore.MoveNextRunner.Run()

   at System.Threading.Tasks.AwaitTaskContinuation.RunOrScheduleAction(Action action, Boolean allowInlining, Task& currentTask)

   at System.Threading.Tasks.Task.FinishContinuations()

   at System.Threading.Tasks.Task`1.TrySetResult(TResult result)

   at System.Threading.Tasks.TaskCompletionSource`1.TrySetResult(TResult result)

   at System.Threading.Tasks.TaskCompletionSource`1.SetResult(TResult result)

   at System.Fabric.Interop.AsyncCallOutAdapter2`1.Finish(IFabricAsyncOperationContext context, Boolean expectedCompletedSynchronously)

   at System.Fabric.Interop.SharedNativeObject`1.TryAcquireAndInvoke(Action`1 action)






The publisher has been disabled and its resource is not available. This usually occurs when the publisher is in the process of being uninstalled or upgraded


USMS – Court Security Officer - Paragon Systems - Yellowstone National Park, WY

Must be able to pass a background and credit check covering the last 10 years and pass a drug screening due to the nature of the position.
From Securitas Critical Infrastructure Services Inc. - Thu, 25 Apr 2019 00:17:38 GMT - View all Yellowstone National Park, WY jobs

Budget Analyst

VA-Falls Church, We are seeking an experienced Budget / Management Analyst to support the DHA Infrastructure Division. ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES Familiarity with finance/budget related task; to include forecasting, planning, tracking of budgets upward of -$500M Able to develop and maintain customized tool/s to assist with financial process improvement and financial analysis efforts Knowledge of the Man

Informatica BDM Administrator

MD-Baltimore, Duties:  Monitor and coordinate all data system operations, including security procedures, and liaison with infrastructure, security, DevOps, Data Platform and Application team.  Ensure that necessary system backups are performed, and storage and rotation of backups is accomplished.  Monitor and maintain records of system performance and capacity to arrange vendor services or other actions for

New Developments in Broadband – October

Capitol Hill As the year’s legislative calendar winds down, a large new infrastructure spending program with dedicated funding for broadband appears dead.  Attention now is on smaller but important pieces of bi-partisan broadband legislation such as the Secure and Trusted Communications Act, introduced in the House of Representatives on September 24.  The bill would prohibit the use of federal funds to purchase communications equipment or services that pose a national security risk, and appropriates $1 billion for the Federal Communications Commission (“FCC” or the “Commission”) to establish a $1 billion “Secure and Trusted Communications Reimbursement Program” to assist small communications providers in removing and replacing compromised equipment (so-called “rip and replace”).  Broadband mapping also continues to be a focus with a number of bills circulating in both the House and Senate. Congress has…

We are the War Criminal

Major column by Mohamad Bazi at THE GUARDIAN:

Since Saudi Arabia and its allies intervened in Yemen’s civil war in March 2015, the United States gave its full support to a relentless air campaign where Saudi warplanes and bombs hit thousands of targets, including civilian sites and infrastructure, with impunity. From the beginning, US officials insisted that American weapons, training and intelligence assistance would help the Saudis avoid causing even more civilian casualties.

But this was a lie meant to obscure one of the least understood aspects of US support for Saudi Arabia and its allies in Yemen: it’s not that Saudi-led forces don’t know how to use American-made weapons or need help in choosing targets. They have deliberately targeted civilians and Yemen’s infrastructure since the war’s early days – and US officials have recognized this since at least 2016 and done little to stop it.
A team of United Nations investigators, commissioned by the UN Human Rights Council, presented a devastating report in Geneva in early September detailing how the US, along with Britain and France, are likely complicit in war crimes in Yemen because of continued weapons sales and intelligence support to the Saudis and their allies, especially the United Arab Emirates.

Despite pressure from Saudi Arabia, the Human Rights Council voted last Thursday to extend its investigation.

If the council pursues an aggressive investigation based on the 274-page report, the world might finally see some accountability for war crimes committed in Yemen over the past five years. The report’s authors submitted a secret list of individuals who may be responsible for war crimes to the UN human rights commissioner, Michelle Bachelet, but it’s unclear if that list includes any western officials. The report said third states that have influence on Yemen’s warring parties – including the US, Britain, France and Iran – “may be held responsible for providing aid or assistance for the commission of international law violations”.

American complicity in the Yemen war goes beyond providing training and intelligence support, and selling billions of dollars in weapons to the UAE and Saudi Arabia, which has become Washington’s largest weapons buyer. The US is looking the other way while its allies commit war crimes and avoid responsibility for instigating the world’s worst humanitarian crisis.

True.  There's a reason so many around the world do not see our country as good or even not bad.  We have a strong inclination to ignore that view.  Hillary Clinton fanatics, for example, in the US refuse to recognize the feelings of so many in the Middle East when they express distaste for Hillary as a result of the policies she has supported that have destroyed their lives, the lives of their friends and their family.  We don't want to own what our government has done.  This goes exactly to Trina's post last night.  Not only do our rulers need to be held accountable, we need to take accountability for looking the other way and ignoring the damage done to so many.

Meanwhile, Bernie proves again why he should be president.

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Even recovering from surgery, Bernie's instincts are solid.

"Iraq snapshot" (THE COMMON ILLS):
Thursday, October 3, 2019.  Even Joe Biden's friends in the press denying anything wrong took place demonstrates that Joe did something wrong and meanwhile the protests continue in Iraq.

In the United States, the race for the Democratic Party's presidential nomination continues.  While Senator Bernie Sanders has been temporarily sidelined due to surgery, War Hawk Joe Biden continues to flounder as desperation hits in.

I will put the integrity of my whole career in public service to this nation up against President Trump's long record of lying, cheating, and stealing any day of the week.

Will you put that record up?

Is that the record where you tell the public that you always believed Anita Hill but others -- including a US senator -- are on the record saying you told them you knew Anita was lying?  Is that the record?

Or is it the record where you were a cheerleader for the Iraq War?  Have you ever apologized to the Iraqi people for that?  You certainly haven't apologized to the American people.  You've either said that you were tricked by Bully Boy Bush or you've lied that you were against it as soon as it started.

Is it the record where you pushed through the 'crime' bill that targeted African-Americans?  This as your little blond princess niece assaults a police officer and does no time and then, a few years later, is caught stealing over $100,000 and does no time.

Caroline Biden.  Apparently she has a major vag problem.  Apparently she's crusty lips down there.  Apparently she had to steal a credit card and charge over $100,000 worth of Vagisil at a drug store to deal with her crust lips and to stop popping out loafs of sourdough bread from her personal oven.  Apparently, one of her boyfriends asked her why she was chewing bubble gum with her vagina and she replied that wasn't bubble gum, those were yeast bubbles.

That's got to be it, right?  The press doesn't want to talk about a thirty-something woman who's Joe Biden's niece and stole over $100,000 so it's got be vag related, right?  That's the only reason they're so mum on the topic.  (See Nora Ephron's essay "Dealing With The, Uh, Problem.")

When is Joe going to be asked why his niece was shown favoritism?

Joe's hoping and praying that his hideous campaign can struggle on through South Carolina.  He knows he's losing Iowa, he knows he's losing New Hampshire.  but if he can stay in until South Carolina, he just knows he'll prove to be a winner.

Now Iowa, please remember, knocked him out of the race in 2008.  He bowed out immediately after.

But he thinks the myth of Joe Biden support among African-Americans will save him this go round.

He is not huge with African-Americans.  He's popular with middle-aged and elderly African-Americans but, as his own campaign polling demonstrates (his campaign poured over it Monday), it's a very soft support.  It's doubtful South Carolina African-Americans from his age range will stick with him if he loses Iowa -- forget losing Iowa and New Hampshire.

Joe's desperate and it's really starting to show.

Link to headline article

And he's right, Donald Trump is not going to destroy Joe Biden -- mainly because Joe's doing such a good job of that all by himself.

Whenever he's lying, Joe likes to claim that he's the voice of truth.  That's his tell.

Or have we all forgotten this: "This is the God's truth.  My word as a Biden."

So many whores rush to prop Joe up.  Like here.

Twitter has since removed the video featuring Nickelback’s song “Photograph” for copyright reasons that President Trump tweeted on Wednesday. This, as the president accused Joe Biden of abusing his power to help his son. There’s no evidence of wrongdoing, reports.

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An ancient tree is the first ever found to have a record of Earth's magnetic field reversal


Trees give us a unique glimpse into our past. An examination of tree rings can show us what the climate was like in a given year. Was it a wet winter? Were there hurricanes in the summer? Did a forest fire ravage the area?

An ancient tree in New Zealand is the first to provide evidence of the near reversal of the Earth's magnetic field over 41,000 years ago.

Over the past 83 million years there have been 183 magnetic pole reversals, a process that takes about 7,000 years to complete.

"It's not a sudden flip, but a slow process, during which the field strength becomes weak, very probably the field becomes more complex and might show more than two poles for a while, and then builds up in strength and [aligns] in the opposite direction," Monika Korte, the scientific director of the Niemegk Geomagnetic Observatory at GFZ Potsdam in Germany, said according to Live Science.

RELATED: Historic 3,000-year-old olive tree still producing olives to this day

During this process, the Earth can be bombarded with dangerous cosmic rays shot out of the sun.

The last time this happened was 772,000 years ago and, since, the magnetic field has almost reversed 15 times.

via Reddit

One of these near reversals was during the lifespan of an ancient Agathis australis — better known as its Māori name kauri — that was recently unearthed 26-feet below ground during the construction of a geothermal power plant in New Zealand.

The tree lived for 1500 years from between 41,000 and 42,500 years ago during a period known as the Laschamp Excursion.

"There's nothing like this anywhere in the world," Alan Hogg, from New Zealand's University of Waikato, said according to Newsweek. "This Ngawha kauri is unique."

RELATED: Nonprofit plants its 250 millionth tree in order to help heal the planet

The kauri's rings contain a complete record of the near reversal and it's the first time a tree that lived through the entire event has been discovered.

Samples of the tree are being analyzed by a team led by ChrisTurney from the University of South Wales. By understanding the near reveral's effect on the tree, scientists hope to learn what to expect next time it happens.

"We will have increased cosmic radiation. It will take out satellites and it might take out other communication infrastructure," Alan Hogg, from New Zealand's University of Waikato, said.

The effects of a magnetic field change are of increasing interest to scientists after reports last September showed the Earth's northern magnetic pole moved at an unexpectedly fast rate tate towards Siberia.

"Because the Earth's magnetic field has a major effect on how much radiocarbon carbon is formed in the upper atmosphere, these precious analyses will allow us to investigate the magnitude and rate of change when the magnetic field reversed during the Laschamp; something not possible before and of great interest given recent changes in the Earth's magnetic field," Turney said.


Infrastructure Consultant - Avanade - Montréal, QC

Windows client operating systems (Windows 8 /7/ Vista / XP). Design, build, and test Microsoft-based infrastructure products and technologies.
From Avanade - Thu, 14 Feb 2019 03:34:15 GMT - View all Montréal, QC jobs

Ingénieur Développeur Logiciel Java J2EE Junior F/H - Thales - Gennevilliers

Description du poste : CE QUE NOUS POUVONS ACCOMPLIR ENSEMBLE : Au sein du Secteur des Réseaux d'Infrastructures et Stratégiques, vous rejoindrez des équipes s'inscrivant pleinement dans une démarche de développement basée sur les méthodes Agile et de co-ingénierie, pour prendre un rôle de d'Ingénieur Développeur Logiciel JAVA J2EE Junior. Ainsi, vous effectuerez en tant qu'ingénieur en développement Logiciel un sous-ensemble des activités d'ingénierie logiciel nécessaires au...

Mechanical / HVAC Drafter / Designer - Wood - Laramie, WY

Overview / Responsibilities Wood Environment & Infrastructure Solutions is seeking a Senior Mechanical/HVAC Drafter/Designer (over 5 years of applicable…
From Wood - Thu, 18 Jul 2019 15:44:27 GMT - View all Laramie, WY jobs

No Blood for Oil Infrastructure


EE extending 5G coverage

British mobile network operator (MNO) EE, a subsidiary of BT, has enhanced the coverage of its 5G network in ‘more of the UK’s busiest transport hubs and city centre destinations’. According to the MNO, it has now enabled its 5G infrastructure at the country’s largest train station, London Waterloo, as well as at several other stations in the capital, including Charing Cross and Liverpool Street. Meanwhile, it also said it had recently made 5G access available in a number of other high footfall locations, such as: Market Street on Edinburgh’s Royal Mile; Cardiff’s St David’s shopping centre and Morgan Arcade; London’s Piccadilly Circus, Clapham Common, and Hampton Court Palace gardens; Belfast’s Great Northern Mall and City Hall; and Birmingham’s historical Victoria Square, the Mailbox and Brindley Place. As well as broadening its reach to serve what it claims are ‘the busiest hotspots in its six launch cities’, EE noted that it is also expanding coverage around the cities to reach busy towns and suburbs. In line with that, it confirmed that in the West Midlands it was in the process of extending 5G connectivity to Solihull, Dudley, Sutton Coldfield, West Bromwich, and Lichfield. In a similar fashion, near Greater Manchester, 5G is being brought to areas around Salford, Oldham, Ashton-under-Lyne, Rochdale and Milnrow, while nearer London EE is rolling out the network in Kingston-upon-Thames, Grays, Romford, Chatham and Gillingham. Also of note, EE said it has now constructed sites in three new cities – Bristol, Leicester and Coventry – all of which are expected to be switched on this week. Commenting on the latest network developments, Marc Allera, CEO of BT’s consumer division, said: ‘Switching on 5G in more busy places will help to keep our customers connected to the things that matter to them the most. Our engineers are building new 5G sites every day, and increasing capacity on 4G sites – all part of our ambition to keep all of our customers connected 100% of the time.’

Technical Design Expert I - Novartis - Hyderabad, Telangana

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Hong Kong opens for business after violent long weekend, braces for more protests

Hong Kong opened for business on Tuesday after a violent long weekend, with its metro rail system only partially functioning and authorities warning residents they may have trouble commuting due to widespread vandalism of infrastructure.


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Le président-politicien face à un des peuples les plus indolents au monde

Après avoir lu et relu ce texte (Voir encadré), je me suis dit que peut-être je n’ai pas compris ou que le rédacteur s’est trompé. Toute cette immense infrastructure pour 1, 83 milliard de dollars [...]

AWS Direct Connect Announces Resiliency Toolkit to Help Customers Order Resilient Connectivity to AWS


AWS Direct Connect has enhanced the AWS management console and added support for the Connection Wizard as part of the Resiliency Toolkit. The Connection Wizard provides AWS customers the ability to achieve highly resilient network connections between AWS and their on-premises infrastructure. The use of the Connection Wizard lets you order Dedicated connections to meet your SLA needs. You can select a resiliency model, and then the Connection Wizard guides you through the Dedicated connection ordering process. The resiliency models are designed to ensure that you have the appropriate number of connections in multiple AWS Direct Connect locations so that you have connectivity to AWS in case of a connection, a device, or a location failure.


Amazon EventBridge now supports AWS CloudFormation


Amazon EventBridge now supports AWS CloudFormation for creating and configuring EventBridge resources — along with the rest of your AWS infrastructure—in a secure, efficient, and repeatable way. 


Amazon VPC Traffic Mirroring Now Supports AWS CloudFormation


Amazon Virtual Private Cloud (Amazon VPC) Traffic Mirroring now supports AWS CloudFormation. AWS CloudFormation enables you to provision and configure AWS infrastructure deployments predictably and repeatedly through template files.  


Ambitious Transport Infrastructure And A World-Class Park: How San Francisco’s Transbay Terminal Leads The Way

Many American cities are not investing in public transport infrastructure even though the consensus is that they need to, and soon. The Transbay Terminal at San Francisco, with its glorious rooftop park, shows how it can be done.

Sector Cabal Sigma Faction Turn 1


Hello everyone,
I'm about 5 sessions behind on posting Session  The Cabal Sigma SWN Campaign is going well. I thought I would share some of the news casts the players got a few sessions ago based on the happenings from the faction turn.  I have set my blog to no comments. I have been getting bombarded with spam, and would rather not waste my time trying to moderate spam comments. So for now I have disabled comments. Sorry for any inconvenience. 

News Casts 

S.P.T.N. Sector Public Transmissions Network – Your Public news source for Sector Cabal Sigma- Blacktron Transgalactic will begin an urban renewal and redevelopment program designed to bring economic prosperity and improvements to Paradise City-Hyperion.  Blacktron Transgalactic Executive Spokesman Guiles de'Kaizer, "This is a great opportunity for Blacktron Transgalactic to give back to the community that has been so good to us. We are taking the innovations we have developed on Marathon and sharing them with our neighbors on Hyperion, together we are better."  Wistan Frost, son of Frost Technologies  founder Hadean Frost responded that Frost Technologies welcomes Blacktron's investments in the local community and "hopes to see the quality of life for all citizens improved, not just a few for the benefit of a public relations gimmick". 

F.B.N. -Free Broadcasting Network- In spite of attempts by The Thieves Guild to block her visit to Slough Feg, the beloved Einya the Iconic, a known sentient life-form advocate, singer and entertainer has arrived on The Thieves World of Slough Feg, after meeting with local authorities she has just announced her benefits concert for Uplifted Chimpanzees will proceed as scheduled.  Einya earlier today, "We need to do all we can to raise public awareness regarding the plight of uplifted simians on Slough Feg.... look around and you can quickly see all of the infrastructure, food, water and air is possible only due to the hard work and labors of the simians on this world, yet they do not have equal rights or fair treatment, today's benefit concert is hopefully the first of many to bring needed change to Slough Feg and all of the Thieves Worlds". 

T.W.N.N.-Thieves Worlds Network News- Due to the generosity of The Thieves Guild, in spite of the event organizers improper paperwork and lack of proper registration, the Thieves Guild recognizes, that Einya is a popular singer, and given this is the one year anniversary of the Ahab Station Disaster and the simian civil disturbances from that time, the Thieves Guild will allow the entertainment concert to continue, Thieves Worlders are reminded to recognize that Einya is an entertainer and has no formal training or experience in politics or the affairs of government and should recognize her for what she is, an outworlder with a history of contributing to public disturbances and general public misbehavior.  She should stick to entertainment and leave the affairs of government, public safety and well-being to the trained professionals.  Authorities wanted to have the event on Riot, due to its arenas and an environment more conducive to such activities, but Einya insisted the event take place on Slough Feg 

A.N.A. - Arena News Agency (a T.W.N.N.-affiliate) – This just are showing actual video footage from Battle Tower Arena earlier today- you can clearly see one of the arena fighters an offworlder, stealing the popular arena Mascot, instead of returning it to its holding container the individual can be seen stashing it in his tunic. Civil Police are looking for him and his accomplices now. They were believed to have taken a shuttle to Outlaw Station. One of his travelling companions has been confirmed to be an uplifted chimpanzee.  

T.W.N.N.- Silas Dryx, former "Weatherman" of Ahab Station, and one of the few survivors of the station's destruction has just recently been released from the hospital after a long recovery from the injuries he sustained by the Simian terrorist attack against Ahab Station one year ago. He is equipped with some of the latest Cyberware developed on Xin Kowloon.  

This is G.N.N. - Galactic News Network – Given that this is the one year anniversary of the destruction of Ahab Station a known site of Simian abuse and control; we thought it appropriate to address the still orbiting wreck of Ahab Station.  A proposal has been made to rebuild the station as a memorial to all the simians killed during the uprising.  Unfortunately certain old guard members of the pro-human establishment are still around, and hope to restore the station to its former purpose, one of simian control and abuse. For now the future of the ruins of Ahab Station is locked up in the legal system.  With Slough Feg focusing so much of its resources on maintaining a livable environment, whatever, the outcome is decided it will be some time before Ahab Station is addressed in any meaningful fashion. 

Star Fox News – The Pro-Simian Concert Event has started, The Thieves Guild had requested high security, due to the nature and date of the event, but event organizers didn't want a militant presence to mar their message. Let's hope the event is a peaceful one, Einya is known for her anti-corporate demonstrations.  

---Massive Explosion in orbit above Slough Feg--- 

G.N.N. -This is GNN...Galactic News Network- We have just learned that Cleopatra Station is no more, the explosion just seen in the skies above Slough Feg was the apparent complete destruction of Cleopatra Station! No word on any survivors. Has the Thieves Guild's ongoing abhorrent treatment of our Simian Neighbors, led us to this day? Here on the exactly one year anniversary of the destruction of Ahab Station and the launch of the Simian's quest for freedom...  

Star Fox News- Cleopatra Station possibly destroyed! Is this a terrorist attack? Start of a second Ape Revolt? Or just a disaster caused by malfunctioning equipment?  Stay tuned to this station for further updates!  

F.B.N. - Free Broadcasting Network –This has been confirmed! Independent Sensor Scans have shown Cleopatra Station has been completely destroyed, some form of explosion has obliterated the station, a debris field now marks the location where this mega-corporate controlled facility once existed, we cannot verify any survivors or cause at this time. Genesis Combine the owners of the station have not yet made a public statement.  Cleopatra Station was a research facility working to genetically engineer crops that could survive in Slough Feg's harsh climate.  

T.W.N.N. - Official word from The Thieves Guild – everyone is ordered to remain calm, Patrol craft have been dispatched to Cleopatra Station. Authorities have the situation under control. We have no reason to believe the explosion on Cleopatra Station was anything more than a tragic accident. Please stay indoors and keep communication lines open and await further instructions.  

A.N.A. - Arena News Agency (T.W.N.N. affiliate)- Given the Cleopatra Station Disaster, for the safety of all Riotians all arena fights and gladiatorial events have been suspended until further notice, we will keep you informed as we know more.  

F.B.N. - Reports are coming in that security forces are being dispatched to all Simian Reservations under what authorities are calling a precautionary measure.  

T.W.N.N. - Thieves Worlds Network News-Due to the developing situation regarding Cleopatra Station, The Great Work on Gambit will be paused to assess for any risk against the advancement of The Great Work. Workers will have a 5 minute moment of silence to acknowledge the lives lost on Cleopatra Station.  

F.B.N.- THIS JUST IN! An apparent assassination attempt has just been made on the pro-simian rights performer Einya, in the chaos after the Cleopatra Station Explosion, at least two armed gunmen attempted to assassinate her! Fans of Einya, spotted the two would-be assassins and quickly subdued the individuals, reports indicate the alleged assassins possibly would have been killed by the mob were it not for the intervention of Civil Police that arrested the two would-be assassins and took them into custody.  One witness reported hearing one of the alleged attackers yell out human supremacist anti-simian slurs and spotted the notorious symbol of the K.G.P. - Knights of Genetic Purity tattooed to his shoulder.  

T.W.N.N. - Authorities continue to call for calm. The situation at the Einya Event has been contained, the performer is unharmed and the suspects involved have been arrested. There is still no proof of any connection between the Cleopatra Station Disaster and the disturbance at the Einya Event.  


Program Manager, Display Ads Infrastructure - Google - Waterloo, ON

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Hong Kong opens for business after violent long weekend, braces for more protests

Hong Kong opened for business on Tuesday after a violent long weekend, with its metro rail system only partially functioning and authorities warning residents they may have trouble commuting due to widespread vandalism of infrastructure.


Driverless Metro System Coming to Istanbul

Istanbul towers

Residents in Istanbul will soon have the opportunity to use a completely driverless infrastructure which is currently in development stages. The metro system will be developed solely by Turkish engineers using locally sourced components with an expected completion in 2021.


ePrint Report: ChainSplitter: Towards Blockchain-based Industrial IoT Architecture for Supporting Hierarchical Storage


ePrint Report: ChainSplitter: Towards Blockchain-based Industrial IoT Architecture for Supporting Hierarchical Storage
Gang Wang, Zhijie Jerry Shi, Mark Nixon, Song Han

The fast developing Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) technologies provide a promising opportunity to build large-scale systems to connect numerous heterogeneous devices into the Internet. Most existing IIoT infrastructures are based on a centralized architecture, which is easier for management but cannot effectively support immutable and verifiable services among multiple parties. Blockchain technology provides many desired features for large-scale IIoT infrastructures, such as decentralization, trustworthiness, trackability, and immutability. This paper presents a blockchain-based IIoT architecture to support immutable and verifiable services. However, when applying blockchain technology to the IIoT infrastructure, the required storage space posts a grant challenge to resource-constrained IIoT infrastructures. To address the storage issue, this paper proposes a hierarchical blockchain storage structure, \textit{ChainSplitter}. Specially, the proposed architecture features a hierarchical storage structure where the majority of the blockchain is stored in the clouds, while the most recent blocks are stored in the overlay network of the individual IIoT networks. The proposed architecture seamlessly binds local IIoT networks, the blockchain overlay network, and the cloud infrastructure together through two connectors, the \textit{blockchain connector} and the \textit{cloud connector}, to construct the hierarchical blockchain storage. The blockchain connector in the overlay network builds blocks in blockchain from data generated in IIoT networks, and the cloud connector resolves the blockchain synchronization issues between the overlay network and the clouds. We also provide a case study to show the efficiency of the proposed hierarchical blockchain storage in a practical Industrial IoT case.

When good infrastructure attracts risk

By Denis McClean

DELHI, 7 October, 2019 - It’s comfortable, affordable and carries 2.5 million passengers every day relieving to some degree the pollution and traffic congestion which is the bane of the city’s life.

The Delhi Metro as a stand-alone asset is an example of how to build to last when it comes to quality resilient infrastructure in the heart of one of the world’s most active seismic zones.

The last time Delhi experienced earthquake tremors in 2014, the metro trains came to a halt within minutes as the state-of-the art sensors kicked in.

“It has been built to the highest seismic standards. All this is acknowledged but it has also succeeded in bringing great risk along with it as an unintended consequence,” says Garima Jain, Urban Risk and Resilience Specialist at the Indian Institute for Human Settlements, who has carried out an in-depth study of the Delhi Metro.

This risk becomes all too apparent if you take the Yellow Line from the heart of historic old Delhi to the futuristic environment of the new districts which have sprouted up along the rail corridor in recent years. Apartment buildings and office blocks dot the skyline soaring to over 20 stories in height in some cases.

A key element in attracting people to live in these new commercial hubs was to create housing and provide them with parking usually on the ground floor which was enforced by a planning bye-law. The unfortunate outcome which India’s National Disaster Management Authority is now grappling with, is that many of these buildings have what is called a “soft storey.”

“Essentially you only have the columns and no walls at the ground level. Columns not supported by walls means that the whole thing just falls down in an earthquake. This was a big issue in the Nepal earthquake. A lot of buildings that failed had a soft storey built in. They are now going to change the bye-law so that there is no requirement to provide a soft storey for parking,” said Ms. Jain.

She points out that “the behavioral momentum is there now to provide parking in the construction industry. Something else has to be brought in so that people are not required to build their own parking. People should be incentivized to rely less on cars and the Metro needs to increase its capacity.”

Kamal Kishore, Member, India National Disaster Management Authority, agrees that a solution has to be found to reduce the possibility of large scale loss of life and significant economic losses in the event of a major earthquake striking the capital.

“It’s a classic case of the need for systems thinking. Because of the metro line the value of land has increased and there has been a lot of development where soil conditions should not allow it. We cannot look at the asset in isolation. Downstream risk is created in the absence of a systems view.

“The challenge is how do you come up with a planning system that can reconcile the everyday needs with long-term resilience. I see three possibilities. Awareness raising, legislative action and incentives for retrofitting.

“We are working on raising awareness and creating a social demand for strengthening the soft storey. The building stock belongs to upwardly mobile people willing to pay a premium for safety.”

A second possibility is to take strong legislative action and Mr. Kishore cites the example whereby two years ago, the local government closed down the market place in Defence Colony because of commercial activity taking over residential space in the upper stories of the buildings and the consequent risk of fire.

A third possibility under active consideration by the NDMA is creating market incentives through tax rebates as part of soft loan packages, to have vulnerable buildings retrofitted.

“If you calculate the cost of not having resilience over the long-term you clearly see that it’s worth spending 10% extra to avoid the future loss. All these solutions require groundwork, they cannot be done at the flip of a switch. The NDMA has produced guidelines on retrofitting and they are being implemented by some builders but more needs to be done,” he said.


Ep102: Flooding Impact on Levee System

Today we talk with Cassandra Rutherford, Assistant Professor of Civil Engineering about Iowa's infrastructure crisis in their levee system, and how this spring's flooding will further impact our levees.

Software Developer, Tools & Infrastructure - Benevity - Saskatoon, SK

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Senior Environmental Scientist - Whitehorse - Wood - Whitehorse, YT

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Transportation Analyst - Yukon Government - Whitehorse, YT

Yukon’s Department of Highways and Public Works provides services and infrastructure that Yukoners need to go about their daily lives with safety, connectivity,… $86,950 - $100,521 a year
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Heavy Equipment Mechanic Foreperson - Yukon Government - Whitehorse, YT

Yukon’s Department of Highways and Public Works provides services and infrastructure that Yukoners need to go about their daily lives with safety, connectivity,… $47.50 an hour
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Contracting and Information Officer - Yukon Government - Whitehorse, YT

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Project Analyst - Yukon Government - Whitehorse, YT

Yukon’s Department of Highways and Public Works provides services and infrastructure that Yukoners need to go about their daily lives with safety, connectivity,… $78,153 - $90,228 a year
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ATIPP Coordinator - Office Manager - Yukon Government - Whitehorse, YT

Yukon’s Department of Highways and Public Works provides services and infrastructure that Yukoners need to go about their daily lives with safety, connectivity,… $62,140 - $71,500 a year
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Regional Program Manager - Yukon Government - Whitehorse, YT

Yukon’s Department of Highways and Public Works provides services and infrastructure that Yukoners need to go about their daily lives with safety, connectivity,… $97,622 - $113,008 a year
From Yukon Government - Mon, 16 Sep 2019 09:03:21 GMT - View all Whitehorse, YT jobs

Use Cases for HPC in the Cloud

cloud computing

In this special guest feature, Robert Roe from Scientific Computing World looks at use cases for cloud technology in HPC. "In previous years there have been some concerns around security or the cost of moving data to and from the cloud, but these reservations are slowly being eroded as more users see value in developing a cloud infrastructure as part of their HPC resource."

The post Use Cases for HPC in the Cloud appeared first on insideHPC.


IT architect - Braine L'alleud - Huxley Associates Belgium - Braine-l'Alleud

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IT - Senior Infrastructure Delivery Specialist - Talent-IT - Zaventem

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ED attaches jewellery worth Rs 60 cr of HDIL Chairman


New Delhi: The Enforcement Directorate claimed on Saturday that it has attached a private jet and jewellery worth Rs 60 crore of Housing Development and Infrastructure Limited (HDIL) Chairman Rakesh Wadhawan and his son Sarang Wadhawan.

The agency also claimed that it is in touch with authorities in Maldives to attach Wadhwan's yacht which is anchored there.

ED has also frozen the bank accounts of Waryam Singh, former Chairman of Punjab & Maharashtra Cooperative (PMC) Bank, including deposits/fixed deposits of around Rs 10 crore.

The agency had also filed a money laundering case against HDIL promoters in the Rs 4,355 crore Punjab & Maharashtra Cooperative (PMC) Bank fraud case. The financial investigating agency is looking for the details of the other 18 companies linked to HDIL.

The ED had carried out raids at six places in Mumbai, including the head office of HDIL in Bandra (East) and the residence of Rakesh Wadhawan which is known as Wadhawan House in Bandra (West). The agency also raided the premises of Waryam Singh and former PMC Bank Managing Director Joy Thomas.

Interestingly, the ED has found that HDIL was one of the sponsors of Kolkata Knight Riders, the IPL team co-owned by Bollywood star Shah Rukh Khan.

HDIL was also the organiser of a Mumbai fashion event -- HDIL Couture Week India, which was letter shelved. HDIL also had stake in Adhikari Brothers' firms and Hindi news channel Live India.

The ED has said that it is also looking into the roles of seven directors of HDIL, including Rakesh Wadhawan and his son Sarang Wadhawan. Both were arrested on Thursday by the Mumbai Police after they were found not cooperating with the sleuths.

ED is also looking for the details of 18 other companies linked to HDIL. Sources said the companies are Wadhawan Livestock Private Limited, Privilege Industries Limited, UM Architechtures and Contractors Limited, Guruashish Construction Private Limited, Heritage Housing Development (India ) Private Limited, HR Infracity Private Limited, Libra Hotels Private Limited, Privilege Airways private Limited and ANC Holdings & Investment Private Limited.

The other connected companies are Privilege Power and Infrastructure Private Limited, HC Infracity Private Limited, Dreams The Mall Company Limited, The Mall Malad Management Company Limited, Dewan Realtors Private Limited, Libra Realtors Private Limited, HDIL Harmony Mall Company Limited and Privilege Health Care Services Private Limited.

The ED has started the probe after taking cognizance of the FIR filed into the matter by Mumbai Police's Economic Offences Wing (EOW).

It is alleged that HDIL, which is facing bankruptcy proceedings, and its group companies had taken huge loans from the PMC Bank. As many as 21,049 fictitious bank accounts were allegedly created to hide the loans, which were disbursed in violation of RBI norms.

It has also been alleged that HDIL accounted for nearly 73 per cent of the bank's total loans. Out of the Rs 4,355 crore loans under the scanner, around Rs 2,146 crore were transferred to accounts held by the Wadhawans. An account belonging to the Wadhawans had a balance of Rs 2,009 crore on August 31, 2019, according to the FIR.

During probe by the Reserve Bank of India, it has been found that directors of PMC Bank had replaced 44 suspicious loan accounts with 20,149 fictitious bank accounts whose individual balances were low.

The 44 borrower accounts allegedly linked to HDIL were masked by tampering with bank software. The PMC Bank's former Managing Director Joy Thomas was behind the masking of the borrowers' accounts.



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Insurance Analytics Market 2019 Global Analysis,Opportunities and Forecast to 2027

The rapidly maturing digital business infrastructure has dramatically changed the opportunities for the analytics solution developers. Today, the insurance businesses are preferring “made-to-fit” solutions rather than “one size fits all”. In addition, the increasing cases of fraud in the industry have substantially increased the demand for analytics solution in the market, thus contributing to the … Continue reading Insurance Analytics Market 2019 Global Analysis,Opportunities and Forecast to 2027


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[Video] Eritrea - Minister for Foreign Affairs Addresses General Debate, 74th Session




New York

30 September 2019

Mr. President;

Mr. Secretary-General;

Heads of State and Governments; Distinguished delegates;

The current United Nations General Assembly meeting is occurring at a very auspicious time for the Horn of Africa. Positive developments are underway in the region. The sad, painful chapter of domestic turmoil and regional conflicts is giving way to new vistas of internal resurgence and regional cooperation.

In global terms, this is a sensitive and delicate period, when the world is at a crossroads; on the cusp of a new world order, so to speak.

All vital parameters indicate that the unipolar world order has come to an end or is in its twilight years. The economic power balance is inexorably changing, with a spike in attendant, intense rivalries and upheavals. In the event, the current UN General Assembly session cannot but grapple with these issues and chart out viable paths on the way forward.

Africa’s lot in the past quarter of a century has been onerous indeed. Africa’s resources were plundered wantonly; and in spite of hollow phrases of “conflict prevention” and “conflict resolution”, wars and upheavals continue to increase and fester. Almost one billion Africans remain marginalized, through the collusion of external predators, their local surrogates and corrupt entities of special interests. This tragic reality requires utmost and urgent attention for effective remedies, beyond sincere expressions of concern and understanding.

In this context, the Horn of Africa and Middle East regions have been immensely and inordinately afflicted in the past 25 years by externally instigated, intractable, internecine ethnic and clan conflicts, as well as peacelessness and wars among neighboring countries. As a result, they have been, and remain, hotbeds of instability and impoverishment.

This grim reality is in stark contrast to the promising events and hopes engendered in the early

1990s. However, the external and internal complications have obstructed and reversed laudable initiatives for regional cooperation and integration that were in the offing at the time. Furthermore, these conditions have created vacuums and favorable climates for terrorist and other subversive forces to proliferate and expand. Here again, a large part of the blame falls on corrupt local actors that avidly sought to promote their narrow interest at the expense of their peoples.

All these tribulations notwithstanding, the numerous challenges and impediments that afflicted the Horn of Africa region have been overcome at this juncture. A new promising chapter is indeed in the offing again.

We, in the region, are ready, as ever, and with the requisite political will and determination, to work with higher vigor, to promote our collective growth through robust coordination and cooperation. In the event, we wish to underline that ill-advised, obstructive and detrimental external interferences must cease fully to allow the region to effectively address its own matters.

In Eritrea, in addition to shouldering our regional responsibilities, we have embarked on a substantive and sustainable program for economic and social development. We are building our human capital, revamping our infrastructure, and developing key productive and service sectors. We are also intensifying our efforts and significantly increasing investment to ensure that all citizens, throughout the country, enjoy adequate basic services of water, health, education, transport and decent livelihoods.

Eritrea has been making modest strides towards the achievement of sustainable development goals (SDGs) in its three dimensions: economic, social and environmental, with its long-standing policy of a balanced and integrated approach to development. It has already achieved, over the past two decades, significant results in several pillars of the MDGs in spite of limited material resources as well as crippling external adversity, including imposed war and sanctions. Most notable is Eritrea’s achievement in the 4 health related MDGs.

The Horn of Africa region is prone to droughts and erratic rainfall and Eritrea’s soil and water conservation strategy to mitigate the effects of climate change and achieve food security, include the building of small, medium and large dams across the country and terracing its mountainous topography. Eritrea has been able to harvest adequate water, but will require incorporating innovative water technologies to distribute this water efficiently. Eritrea’s sustained tree planting project that also began 1994 continues with full participation of the population.


The international community will have to glean important lessons from the recent past to ensure that the current period, which many have termed as a transition towards a new global order, will lead to and enhance global stability and prosperity. In this regard, it is both timely and proper to revamp and strengthen the United Nations so that it will shoulder its obligations and responsibilities with higher effectiveness.

I thank you.


Comment on TICAD7 by Ambassador Estifanos

Ambassador Estifanos Afeworki

Comment on TICAD7 by H.E. Mr. Estifanos Ambassador of the State of Eritrea, Strengthening Peace and Stability Flagship and Compass of Navigation in the Horn of Africa

The annexation of Eritrea to Ethiopia imposed by the wining powers of World War II has exposed the people of the Horn of Africa since 1952 - to the long drawn out war, conflict, displacement of populations, refugees, underdevelopment, recurrent drought, famine, which sadly resulted in the total dilapidation of the promising Horn of Africa’s physical and social infrastructures for more than half a century. The recovery and rehabilitation challenges that this region had to face and tackle after the end of the independence war were daunting and complex as a result.

Although the long trek of the struggle to self-determination of the people of Eritrea was put in the ballot box, and the guns that roared for 30 long years were silenced through referendum, in 1993, the proxy politicking that haunted this region since the end of World War II remained unabated, even after, for the last two decades.

The vacuum left in 1991 by the forced evacuation of the powerful presence of USSR of 17 years - in the Horn of Africa - sucked-in new players to the region. Very rich individuals/extremist groups, including Osama Bin Laden, and new interest groups from far and near, took no time to put-in their ideological and monetary power to fill-up the vacuum. These powerful forces, with their tentacles spread all over our planet, tried all in their means – to deploy fully direct tools of subversion, including and not excluding carrot and stick, to take full control of the Horn of Africa.

Newly independent State of Eritrea born after half a century of political and armed struggle, roughly the size of England straddling on the strategic world trade corridor of the Red Sea 3300 km coast of East Africa – with 354 Islands and islets - bordered by Sudan, Ethiopia and Djibouti, was targeted and attacked, by one after another, from all sides since independence in 1993. The Horn of Africa was simultaneously exploited to the highest level by willful forces in power. The rule of law was given a deaf ear. Humanitarian disasters, piracy, illegal trafficking of human beings, finance, material, illicit drug, arms, ammunition and the prairie fire of corruption have spread engulfing the region for decades until now. Fortunately, these evil toolboxes did not and could not challenge the long history and cherished course of solidarity of struggle for freedom, equality and justice by the people of Eritrea and Ethiopia.

Reversing the aims and damages inflicted by the different forces involved in the above-mentioned activities, the phenomenal tie-up of common past and destiny once again bear fruit to the Eritrea Ethiopia Peace and Friendship Agreement signed in Asmara on July 9, 2018.

This peace is based on our common struggle, resilience and trusts of the people of Eritrea and Ethiopia and has no illusion of the power and capacity of the dark forces both upstream and downstream. This historic agreement is also aware of the continued challenges that can be posed by the same forces of darkness. At the same time, Eritrea and Ethiopia have high expectation that the “international community” is currently convinced fully and shall unequivocally desist reviving any of the past experiences of the rules of military engagements in the Horn of Africa. And they will be firmly willing and ready to promote and opt to engage constructively, with the only best future option availed by this agreement, i.e. to build partnerships through mutual efforts of boosting peace, stability, prosperity and cooperation in the Horn of Africa.

Peace building within this historic and very important region of the Horn of Africa also means peace to the Nile Basin countries, Middle East and beyond.

Japan has fully embraced strengthening peace and stability as a flagship and compass of navigation for its cooperation with the Horn of Africa in TICAD7 Yokohama 2019. Building mutual trust based on concrete diplomacy of common interest is the benchmark now.

By ESTIFANOS Afeworki, Ambassador
September 4, 2019


NETWORK ADMINISTRATOR 3 - Campbell County Health - Gillette, WY

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Cybersecurity: Virtual Crime-Fighting, Real-World Rewards

January 27, 2017 This academic year, Piedmont Technical College launched a new cybersecurity program to fill a growing need for this skillset in information and computer technology professions.

This academic year, Piedmont Technical College launched a new cybersecurity program to fill a growing need for this skill set in information and computer technology professions.

“We do a lot of research to stay on the cutting edge,” said Lesley Price, information technology department head. “The new cybersecurity program came out of those efforts. Anyone can look at the news headlines to see the growing need for these skills.”

Students in PTC’s computer technology program can now choose a concentration in cybersecurity. With this new concentration, those students can begin building a foundation for entry-level positions in this emerging field.

The concentration will provide students with the concepts and skills of cybersecurity, including security of systems and infrastructure in business and industry. Students will learn how to protect networks and defend information systems from attack. Students who complete the program will also be prepared to test for a professional certification in the field—Certified Ethical Hacker.

“As an IT professional at any company, you have to know the loopholes,” said Price. “You have to know the backdoors that exist within your company’s technology infrastructure. Our program will show students how to discover and address these vulnerabilities.”

The need for professionals with this skill set is very real. Fraud and identity theft are among the crimes identified by the Federal Bureau of Investigation as serious issues, and trained experts are needed to track down perpetrators and prevent illegal activities.

Because of the growth in cybercrime, the field of cybersecurity is still evolving right along with technology, generating jobs at a much faster pace than the national average. For instance, employment opportunities for Information Security Analysts are expected to grow by 18 percent over the next decade according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS).

Because technology spans all industries, being skilled in computer data analysis opens up dozens of career doors beyond the government-related fields you might associate with cybersecurity. The specialized training required for these positions leads to jobs that are not only in demand but high-paying. In fact, the average pay for security analysts in South Carolina is $71,600 according to BLS.

“We have high expectations for our students,” said Price. “We want to graduate the best students, with the right skills to meet the needs of employers in our region. This emphasis on security will help students develop a skill set that would benefit many businesses throughout our state.”

Contact Lesley Price at (864) 941-8746 or visit to learn more.

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An Infrastructure ETF For Environmentally Conscious Investors


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10/8/2019: Front Page: HDIL Directors Doled Out Favours to Politicians, says ED

The ED has claimed to have stumbled upon ‘evidence’ showing that directors of troubled realtor Housing Development and Infrastructure Ltd (HDIL) had doled out ‘favours’ to politicians in Maharashtra. 4 ED QUIZZES WIVES OF HDIL OWNERS HOMEBUYERS...

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Staff Infrastructure Architect - Mumbai, MH

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Sr. Project Manager

TX-Houston, Genuent is hiring an Infrastructure Project Manager for our direct client in Houston (downtown), TX. Qualified candidate should send their resume (Word format) to Tera Miller at Infrastructure Project Manager- Contract to Hire Houston, TX (Northwest Houston) Our client is looking for a Senior Project Manager, focused on technical project delivery associated with potential merge

Comment on China’s awkward environmental example by .

<a href="" title="Facebook" rel="nofollow">But some analysts doubt whether China is ready yet to commit to tougher emissions targets. The main reason is that the economy is slowing faster than officials would like.</a> This year the aim is to expand it by between 6% and 6.5%. That would be in line with China’s long-term aim of achieving more sustainable, less frothy, growth. But China’s prime minister, Li Keqiang, said this week that even 6% has not been easy to achieve, citing a global slowdown and the “rise of protectionism and unilateralism”—a veiled reference to the trade war with America. ... To keep the economy growing within the target range, officials have allowed more credit to flow to some high-emitting industries such as steel and cement, and cranked up coal-fired plants to meet the resulting increase in power demand (and it is building them apace abroad as part of its Belt and Road Initiative, a global infrastructure-building scheme—see article). After falling in 2015 and 2016, China’s carbon emissions began creeping upwards again. Greenpeace estimates that carbon-dioxide emissions grew 4% in the first half of this year.

Comment on Can democracies solve climate change? by .

Its failure to show the way in cutting emissions has only reinforced an argument which, increasingly, Asian environmentalists as well as self-serving autocrats make: that a crisis as severe (if man-made) as rising temperatures can be mitigated only by the firm smack of authoritarian rule. <a href="" title="the economist" rel="nofollow">Democracies huff and puff and, prey to vested interests and voters’ distaste for hard choices, ultimately shirk the task.</a> ... America under President Donald Trump, who wants to pull out of the Paris agreement, underscores the case. Global leadership on climate falls, by default, to China. The Communist Party first baked climate change into planning in 1990. The policy output has been prolific. It includes a national climate-change programme and a renewable-energy law. By 2017 China had cut the carbon dioxide emitted per unit of gdp by 46% compared with 2005, three years ahead of schedule. It says 20% of its energy will come from non-fossil sources by 2030. The choices China makes will be critical if the world has a chance of keeping temperature rises to no more than 1.5°C. Above all, coal use needs to fall sharply—easy improvements to date in carbon efficiency are not enough. Yet for all that China is far and away the biggest manufacturer and user of solar technology, it remains the hungriest user of coal. After a two-year pause in breaking ground for new coal-fired power stations, last year China began the construction of 28gw of new capacity. The total capacity under construction, 235gw, will boost Chinese coal power by a quarter. As for the Belt and Road Initiative, which aims to boost Chinese prestige abroad by helping countries build infrastructure, a quarter of its energy projects are coal-fired stations. The 136 belt-and-road countries account for 28% of global carbon emissions. Without decarbonisation, that ratio would rocket to 66% by 2050, according to a study backed by Tsinghua University.

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Hong Kong still reeling after violent weekend

Hong Kong struggled to recover on Monday, with the metro only partially functioning and infrastructure extensively damaged, after scores of protesters were arrested in violent clashes overnight that drew the first warning from the Chinese military.

Want to Start a Videoconferencing Program? Here’s How

Want to Start a Videoconferencing Program? Here’s How Mon, 09/23/2019 - 14:07

In February 2017, I was a digital coach at Pinecrest Academy St. Rose, a middle school in Las Vegas, where I supported teachers and students with tech-based initiatives

A colleague of mine was teaching about the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, and his U.S. history students wanted to learn more. 

I contacted Clint Hill, who worked as a Secret Service agent and witnessed the shooting in Dallas in 1963, and asked if he could speak to the class. Hill, who had served in Jacqueline Kennedy’s Secret Service detail, agreed to do a live session from San Francisco

We originally planned to connect by phone, but I figured why not try a videoconference? We agreed to use the technology to connect the students for a once-in-a-lifetime history lesson.

In my 10 years as an educator, I had never seen such high-impact lessons before. I decided to run with it and create as many guest speaking events as possible for students.

5 Ways to Expand Learning Beyond Classroom Walls

Videoconferencing, also known as web conferencing, is not new. But at Pinecrest Academy, we’ve developed a unique program that features videoconferencing sessions several times a week, at multiple schools, at minimal cost. 

In some cases, we’ve set up videoconferencing programs that simultaneously connect up to 200 classrooms in five countries

The vast majority of the sessions, though, connect our classrooms with the speakers, who typically conduct the sessions in their home or at their office. 

Teachers contact me all the time to ask how we got started. It requires minimal technology — and schools already have much of the basic infrastructure needed. 

Use these five best practices to get a videoconferencing program started in your district. 

  1. Set goals and an overall vision: Will the videoconferencing run only for one school’s students, or will the school open it up to other schools in the district, local community colleges and universities, or other institutions around the country or world? It’s best to start with high school students because they are more mature, but any group from fifth or sixth grade up will work fine. 

  2. Determine technical requirements: There’s a very low barrier to entry with videoconferencing. Anyone can get started with an internet connection and a computing device that has a webcam and a projector. Most schools already have these pieces in place. If the guest speaker isn’t comfortable with the video tools, it’s possible to send them an audio link from a videoconferencing service, which allows the speaker to connect to the classroom, make a presentation and answer questions with students in an audio-only format. We once had a 94-year-old guest speaker who was a Holocaust survivor and was uncomfortable with the video setup. In that situation, the audio-only connection worked well.

  3. Embrace the flipped classroom: Videoconferencing is a great tool to facilitate a flipped classroom, increasing student engagement. Once a speaker is scheduled, the teacher should think through strategies to ensure students are prepared for a robust conversation. For example: Assign short videos about the topic at hand or the speaker’s life, or have students read about the speaker and prepare questions for the presentation.

  4. Strive for emotional learning experiences: We’ve had a World War II veteran tell our students about fighting in the Battle of the Bulge. We’ve also had a survivor of the 9/11 attacks recount what they witnessed in New York on that day and how they escaped danger. For younger students, we’ve had zoologists talk about various animals and had a NASA scientist discuss space missions. Hearing these stories firsthand creates an experience that students can’t replicate by reading a book or watching a documentary. It’s a way to engage them — and 40 percent of middle and high school students say they don’t feel engaged, according to a survey from the national nonprofit YouthTruth. And with roughly half of middle and high school students saying they don’t feel their studies are relevant, creating an emotional connection to the topic is a way to turn that around.

  5. Find funding for a full-time pro: Videoconferencing works best when there is at least one person — whether it’s someone in the IT department or an educational technology teacher — who’s dedicated to managing it full time. 

That person will plan videoconferencing sessions and manage a website where teachers can make requests, view the schedule and sign up. 

If funding for a full-time professional isn’t in the budget, consider splitting the responsibilities between two or more people. Another option is to apply for grants to seed the program.

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Explore the Possibilities of Classroom Videoconferencing

Many colleges have had solid videoconferencing programs for years. K–12 schools have lagged, mainly because many lack the funds to dedicate full-time staff and acquire the needed technology

However, as costs decrease, school districts that lack resources can usually find the money to secure at least a basic setup. In many states, districts can apply for technology grants. 

For example, funding for my position as a digital coach came through a Nevada Ready 21 technology grant, which also supported secure one-to-one technology and digital coach positions throughout our cluster of charter schools in southern Nevada. 

We support teachers with device management and develop new ways to deliver content in the classroom to help create a tech-rich learning environment.

Once administrators try videoconferencing, they’ll appreciate the wide range of speakers they can bring in and the topics they can cover, from history to current events and even complex subjects like math and computer science.

Ralph Krauss works in digital innovations at Pinecrest Academy of Nevada, a group of five charter schools in the Las Vegas area, and Academica Virtual Education, a support service for virtual schools.


GPG agent timeouts


This is see the GPG passphrase dialog pop up less often. Probably a security win because every time I get prompted for a passphrase there is a risk that I will fumble-finger it and type the passphrase into a chat window instead.


default-cache-ttl 28800
maximum-cache-ttl 28800

What I really want to be able to do is make ssh-agent and gpg-agent forget their keys before the machine suspends. Looks like Running scripts before and after suspend with systemd is a good way to do that.

Also, hey, kids, paper!

market for trading software issues | Journal of Cybersecurity | Oxford Academic

Open source software forms much of our digital infrastructure. It, however, contains vulnerabilities which have been exploited, attracted public attention, and caused large financial damages. This article proposes a solution to shortcomings in the current economic situation of open source software development. The main idea is to introduce price signals into the peer production of software. This is achieved through a trading market for futures contracts on the status of software issues.

(by Rao et al., and yes, I'm one of the "et al.")


SQL queries don't start with SELECT

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10/05 Links: Bari Weiss' revolutionary anti-antisemitism action plan; Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer to headline J Street conference; Phyllis Chesler: Gilead Resembles an Islamic Theocracy, not Trump’s America

From Ian:

Bari Weiss' revolutionary anti-antisemitism action plan
I am intellectually curious about Weiss’s thoughts on the fourth pillar of antisemitism that contaminates Western Europe: Guilt-defensiveness antisemitism.

The Israeli psychoanalyst Zvi Rex famously remarked, with biting sarcasm, that “The Germans will never forgive the Jews for Auschwitz.”

Based on my nearly 20 years of writing and analyzing contemporary antisemitism in Continental Europe, I posit that Rex’s formulation about German society punishing Jews because of the memory of the Shoah, which infuses pathological guilt into many Germans, needs to be updated.

In a modernized version of Rex, one might say that Western Europeans will never forgive Israel for the Holocaust. In short, that Western European countries such as France, Sweden, Austrian, Italy and others that were complicit in the Shoah are intensely focused on imposing discipline and punishment on Israel because of their guilt associated with Holocaust. What other plausible explanation exists for Western Europe’s relentless attacks on Israel and its singling out of Israel, only Israel, for a punitive demarcation of its products from the disputed territories in the West Bank and the Golan?

There has been progress recently in Germany in the fight against contemporary antisemitism, Weiss notes, for example the Bundestag decision to classify the Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions campaign targeting Israel as anti-Semitic.

However, there is still the problem that John le Carré described so forcefully in his novel The Little Drummer Girl (1983), when the Palestinain terrorist Khalil says, “We have many friends in Germany. But not because they love Palestinians. Only because they hate Jews.”

A 2017 German government study revealed that nearly 33 million Germans, out of a total population of 82 million, are infected with contemporary antisemitism–that is hatred of the Jewish state.

The report said, in a section titled “Agreement with Israel-related antisemitism,” that 40% of Germans who were polled approved of the following statement: “Based on Israel’s policies, I can understand people having something against the Jews.”
Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer to headline J Street conference
The two most powerful Democratic politicians in America, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, will headline the annual conference of J Street, the liberal Israel lobby.

The conference, which drew 3,000 people last year, is among the most prominent liberal Jewish gatherings of the year. It will take place in late October, and Pelosi and Schumer will speak on the night of Oct. 28. Pelosi recently launched an impeachment inquiry of President Donald Trump.

Schumer’s presence at the conference is especially notable because he has established a reputation as a traditional pro-Israel voice in the Senate. He is a perennial speaker at the annual conference of the pro-Israel lobby AIPAC, which is to the right of J Street. He also voted against President Barack Obama’s Iran nuclear agreement in 2015, a deal that J Street strongly supported.

J Street advocates for an end to Israel’s occupation of the West Bank, and has been a frequent Trump critic. Its affiliated political action committee, JStreetPac, raised $5 million for more than 100 Democratic candidates in the 2018 midterm elections.

“At a time when many of our core values are under threat both in Israel and here at home, J Street is proud to stand with so many allies who are defending democracy and working towards a better future,” J Street President Jeremy Ben-Ami said in a statement.

Swastikas in NJ Schools Symptom of Deeper Challenge of Antisemitism, Bigotry, Democratic Congressman Says
New Jersey is experiencing a “huge increase” in antisemitic activity and “every tool” needs to be used to combat the trend, the congressman representing the state’s 5th electoral district declared on Friday.

Democratic Rep. Josh Gottheimer was speaking on a conference call arranged to address a spate of swastika daubings and other antisemitic offenses in New Jersey public schools in recent weeks.

Highlighting the growing threat posed by white supremacist groups across the state, Gottheimer emphasized that his office was actively assisting security enhancement at religious institutions.

“We’re working together with our communities and our religious institutions by providing them with non-profit security grants,” Gottheimer said.

Grants of over $1 million this year have assisted synagogues, mosques, temples and other religious buildings with extra lighting, better locks and other safety measures.

Phyllis Chesler: Gilead Resembles an Islamic Theocracy, not Trump’s America
Misogynist thinking and actions exist in America today but not only among right-wing conservatives. It is also flourishing among our media and academic elites. Such thinking is flying high under the banner of “free speech,” “multi-cultural relativism,” “anti-racism,” and “political correctness.” Dare to question this elite’s right to silence and shame those who challenge their views—i.e., that the West is always to blame, that jihadists are freedom-fighters, that the Islamic face veil is a free choice or a religious commandment, that polygamy encourages sisterhood, that Islam is a race, not a religious and political ideology—and, as I’ve noted many times, one is attacked as a racist, an Islamophobe, and a conservative, and swiftly demonized and de-platformed.

While MGM/Hulu’s TV series is dramatically compelling, part soap opera, part horror movie, part Warrior Queen fantasy, the series is radically different from Atwood’s 1985 novel. For example, Atwood’s narrator, Ofglen, is not an increasingly daring, crazed, female assassin, as Elizabeth Moss brilliantly plays her. She is hardly heroic at all; under totalitarianism, heroism, collective or individual, is quickly ferreted out and destroyed. It exists but is rare.

Contemporary viewers are hungry for multi-racial characters, interracial and same-sex couples, “badass” women. Hulu gives them to us. Hulu’s Canada is a multi-racial, politically correct refuge for Gilead’s escapees; same-sex couples and feminists are government leaders. This is not true in the novel. On the contrary, in her 1985 Epilogue, Atwood has Canada rounding up and returning all Gilead escapees.

Atwood the divine novelist is absolutely entitled to depict whatever she wishes. But the current crop of reviewers as well as the filmmakers are playing partisan politics with her original vision and are refusing to see other and larger global dangers contained in her work.

Women’s freedom and women’s lives worldwide are under the most profound siege. To focus solely on the United States or on the Caucasian, Judeo-Christian West is diversionary. It scapegoats one country, one culture, for the far greater crimes of other countries and cultures.
Most Wars Don't Get Named Until Years After the Fighting Is Done. Others, Like the Yom Kippur War, Are Different.
The confidence of 1967 had turned out to be arrogant pride in 1973; its optimism, the folly of wishful thinking. Although there had been ample indications of the impending Egyptian and Syrian attack, Israel’s leadership had refused to believe it would happen and had not taken the necessary precautions. Menachem Begin, then the leader of the opposition, was speaking for all Israelis when, shortly after the war’s end, he declared in the Knesset:
Grief over the terrible mistake [of not calling up the reserves in advance and/or undertaking a preventive strike] . . . will never cease to haunt us. All would have been different, militarily and politically, were it not for the New Moon to the Tenth’s blindness.

Begin, a master rhetorician, had chosen his words carefully. “The New Moon to the Tenth,” beyn keseh l’asor, is a traditional rabbinic phrase for the ten “days of awe” from Rosh Hashanah to Yom Kippur; the literal meaning of keseh (based on Psalms 81:4) is “covering up,” that is, the disappearance of the old moon at the month’s end before the new moon is sighted. Furthermore, the literary term used by Begin for “blindness,” likuy m’orot, which in Hebrew signifies more a judgmental or moral loss of vision than a physical one, also means “eclipse.” The intended parallelism was painfully apparent: as the light of the moon is eclipsed at the beginning of the ten days preceding Yom Kippur, so was the judgment of Israel’s leaders.

Ever since 1973, Yom Kippur has had a significance in Israel that it does not have in the rest of the Jewish world. Besides being a day of judgment for the sins of the individual, it has been seared into Israeli consciousness as a day of judgment for the nation—one on which a whole country was found guilty of the sin of hubris and made to pay a terrible price for it.

In colloquial Israeli speech, the words yom kippur have come to denote any shocking comeuppance, so that saying that something was someone’s “Yom Kippur” is like saying in English “It was his Waterloo.” There will never again be a Yom Kippur in Israel without this double sense of it, and the day’s heavy somberness is felt even by those who do not relate to it religiously. It will indeed always continue to haunt.
The War of Attrition: The “War Between The Wars”
Israel is the only country in the world that lives in a status called “the war between the wars.” Since it is surrounded by enemies who seek its destruction, even when not in official wartime, it is constantly dealing with small scale attacks from those enemies. The greatest example of this status is the three-year period from 1967 to 1970, a period which is now referred to as the “War of Attrition.”

One would have thought that Israel’s resounding victory over all the neighboring Arab countries in the June 1967 Six Day War would have given the Jewish state a few years of peace and quiet.

But this wasn’t the case.

Egyptian President Gamal Abdel Nasser was determined to do whatever possible to win back the Sinai Peninsula which Israel captured during the war that ended on June 9, 1967. While the Six Day War was over, it wasn’t long until the War of Attrition began.

As early as July 1, Egyptian commandos moved to within 10 miles of the Israeli position on the eastern side of the Suez Canal. Israel, working under a plan to prevent Egyptian forces gathering in the area, attacked the commandos and lost one soldier with 13 wounded. The next day, the Israeli air force bombed the Egyptian artillery that was providing cover for its commandos. That led to an Egyptian air force strike against Israeli forces in the Sinai and, for all intents and purposes, the June 9 ceasefire was no longer relevant. Skirmishes between the two sides continued throughout July with numerous Egyptian fighter jets shot down by Israel and Israel sinking two Egyptian torpedo boats.

There was relative quiet during August, September and most of October but then on October 21, 1967, the Egyptian Navy sunk the Eilat, an Israeli naval destroyer, in international waters off the coast of Port Said, killing 47 Israeli sailors. Israel retaliated with extensive bombing of Egyptian oil refineries and depots in the region, resulting in significant artillery battles between the two sides, with the Egyptians suffering civilian casualties.
Iranian hackers reportedly targeted Trump 2020 presidential campaign
Microsoft said Friday that it believed that hackers linked to the Iranian government have recently targeted a US presidential campaign, as well as government officials, media targets and prominent expatriate Iranians.

Overall, the hackers attempted to penetrate 241 accounts — four successfully — though none of those penetrated was associated with presidential campaigns or current or past US officials, Microsoft said. A company spokeswoman declined to identify those targeted, citing customer privacy.

Reuters and The New York Times reported that the attacks targeted US President Donald Trump’s reelection campaign, but this could not be independently confirmed.

A review of publicly available internet records by AP showed that the Trump campaign’s official website is linked to Microsoft’s email service.

The campaign website is the only major candidate’s site connected to Microsoft’s cloud email service, and his campaign has spent tens of thousands of dollars on the company’s products, Reuters said.

The New York Times report saying Trump was targeted cited two people with knowledge of the attacks who were not allowed to discuss them publicly, and said it wasn’t clear if the campaign had been compromised in any way.
Israel and Gulf states said working on ‘non-aggression pact’ as they face Iran
Israel is reportedly negotiating with several Gulf states on a “non-aggression pact” between them as they face off against an increasingly emboldened Iran. The deal, which Channel 12 news described as potentially “historic,” aims to put an end to the state of conflict between these states and Israel.

Advancing the Israeli initiative, Foreign Minister Israel Katz met on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly last month with several foreign ministers from Arab Gulf states, Channel 12 news reported Saturday night.

There was no immediate comment from the Foreign Ministry, but Katz himself on September 23 tweeted that he had held talks with an unnamed counterpart from an Arab country with which Israel does not have formal relations, and said they discussed “ways to deal with the Iranian threat” and a process for boosting “civilian cooperation.”

Katz, who is leading the effort with the backing of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, agreed with his Gulf Arab interlocutors to set up working teams to take the non-aggression pact forward, the TV report said.
Foreign Minister Israel Katz and his Bahraini counterpart Khalid bin Ahmed Al-Khalifa (R) pose for a photograph at the State Department in Washington on July 17, 2019. (Courtesy)

Katz presented his Gulf counterparts with a draft text of the intended pact, which was drawn up by the Israeli Foreign Ministry, the TV report said. It reportedly highlights the opportunity to advance common interests in the context of the threat posed by Iran, and is drafted in accordance with principles of international law. Among other elements, the TV report said, the draft text specifies cooperation in the fields of war, the fight against terror, and economic interests.
Saudis said moving toward detente with Iran amid US reluctance to act militarily
Sensing US reluctance to respond forcefully to Iranian aggression in the region, and following the devastating September attack on its oil facilities blamed on Tehran, Saudi Arabia is quietly moving toward possible rapprochement with the Islamic Republic, according to multiple media reports.

The New York Times reported Friday that the Trump administration’s failure to react militarily to the September 14 missile and drone attack on Saudi oil facilities, which jolted global oil prices and temporarily knocked out nearly 6 percent of the world’s daily crude production, had led Riyadh to recalculate.

“The worst outcome for the Saudis is to move to a confrontation with Iran expecting the US to support them and find out they won’t,” Philip Gordon, a former White House Middle East coordinator told the Times. “This administration has shown it’s not really ready to take on Iran.”

The strikes were claimed by Houthi rebels in Yemen, but Saudi Arabia, the US and other Western powers have said the attack was sponsored by Tehran. In its aftermath, US President Donald Trump was presented with a range of military options, including potential airstrikes on targets inside Iran. But he was also warned that military action against the Islamic Republic could escalate into war, according to US officials familiar with the discussions.

Trump during a White House meeting last Friday put off, at least for now, any immediate military strike on Iran, but approved a broader effort to beef up security in Saudi Arabia and the region. He told reporters that showing restraint “shows far more strength” than launching retaliatory strikes now.
2 rockets fired from Gaza set off sirens, fall short of border fence, IDF says
Two projectiles fired at Israel from the Gaza Strip on Friday fell short of the border fence, landing inside the Hamas-held territory, the Israel Defense Forces said in a statement.

The launches triggered incoming rocket sirens in the Gaza border community of Kissufim in southern Israel shortly before midnight.

The incident came hours after a Palestinian man was killed during riots along the Gaza-Israel border fence on Friday, according to the Hamas-run health ministry, as thousands took part in weekly protests.

Alaa Hamdan, 28, was shot in the chest by IDF soldiers in a clash near Jabalia in northern Gaza, the ministry’s spokesman said. The IDF had no immediate comment on the death.

Israel’s Channel 12 said the death may have been caused by a Palestinian grenade.

Five other demonstrators were wounded by gunfire, the Hamas-run ministry said.

Around 6,000 Palestinians took part in the day’s protests with some rioters throwing rocks and explosives at the security fence and troops along the border.
Ramallah Youths’ Discovery of IDF Camouflaged Surveillance Camera May Hurt Microsoft Startup
Youths from the village of Kober, northwest of Ramallah, posted a video and photos showing a camouflaged video camera that was hidden inside a concrete block by Israeli security forces in the village cemetery, Ma’an reported Friday.

According to Arab social network sites, the young men who found the spy device set it on fire after confirming it was a broadcast camera that transmits their movements.

In a video posted on the website of the journalist Tamer Barghouti from Kober, the young men appear to dismantle the device, which included a camera, a transmitter, and a battery, and celebrate their discovery with great joy.

On Tuesday, the IDF arrested three young men from Kober, out of whom it released two brothers and kept suspect Nassim Barghouti in detention.

According to Ma’an, the surveillance device was made by the Holon-based Israeli company AnyVision (“We build the future, Pixel by Pixel”), which specializes in facial recognition technology.

In June, Microsoft’s M12 venture fund announced its investment in AnyVision, just as soon as it is determined whether its products adhered to Microsoft’s tough AI ethics standards. Eventually, AnyVision reported that all its investors, including Microsoft, were satisfied it was a “tool for good.” But by mid-July, Haaretz reported that the IDF is using AnyVision’s face recognition technology at Judea and Samaria checkpoints as well as inside Arab communities, leading to a wave of criticism of Microsoft’s investment in AnyVision.
PA agrees to accept tax funds from Israel, ending stand-off over terror salaries
The Palestinian Authority has agreed to accept hundreds of millions of dollars in tax revenues collected by Israel, after months of declining them in protest over Jerusalem withholding money over payments to terrorists, Palestinian officials said Friday.

The transfers amount to some 600 million Israeli shekels (about $170 million) a month and are a key source of financing for the PA.

The PA had refused to accept the funds because Israel was withholding an amount equal to what the Palestinians pay to terrorists and their families, but the cash-strapped PA appears to be retreating in the face of an economic crisis.

Israel says the so-called Martyrs’ Fund rewards and encourages violence, while the Palestinians say it is a way to provide for needy families affected by the decades-old conflict.

Hussein al-Sheikh, an aide to Abbas, tweeted Friday that he had met with Israel’s Finance Minister Moshe Kahlon the day before to discuss “all outstanding issues” and that committees would continue the negotiations on Sunday.

“The agreement was also on transferring a payment from the #PA’s financial dues. The dispute (remains) over the salaries of the families of #prisoners and #martyrs. We are determined to pay their dues at all costs.”
Egypt parliament speaker praises Hitler to defend government spending
The speaker of Egypt’s parliament on Wednesday clarified his praise of Adolf Hitler a day earlier to justify spending on government construction projects.

At the opening session of parliament Tuesday, Ali Abdel Aal implored lawmakers to back Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sissi amid anti-government protests. According to the Middle East Eye news site, Aal asked lawmakers to observe a minute of silence as a sign of support for Sissi’s “project to build the modern Egyptian state.”

“Hitler had his mistakes, but what allowed him to expand eastward and westward was that he created a strong infrastructure for the German state that remains the source of its leading position in the First World,” Aal was quoted saying.

After the remarks were reported on, Aal said Wednesday that Hitler “has committed a lot of crimes” and that his praise was of German civilization and development, not the Nazi leader.

“Everybody is aware of what Adolf Hitler has done to humanity; hence no one with the minimum level of knowledge can praise him for his actions,” Aal said during a parliamentary session, Egypt Today reported.
MEMRI: Warm Encounter Between Arab League Secretary-General, Syrian Regime Representatives On Margins Of UNGA Reignites Speculation About Syria's Reinstatement In Arab League
Unexpectedly, on the margins of the 74th session of the UN General Assembly, Arab League secretary-general Ahmad Abu Al-Gheit approached the Syrian delegation, greeted Syrian Foreign Minister and Deputy Prime Minister Walid Al-Mu'allem and called him "brother," shook his hand and the hand of his deputy Faisal Al-Miqdad, kissed them both, and said he was happy to see them.

Apparently, this friendliness towards the Syrian leadership on the part of the secretary-general of the Arab League – which suspended Syria's membership on November 12, 2011 because of Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad's harsh repression of the Arab Spring protests in the country[1] – is further evidence of an uptick in Syria's status in the Arab world and of the erosion of Arab opposition to the Syrian regime.[2]

For some three years, a number of Arab states – including Egypt, Iraq, Tunisia, Lebanon, Algeria, and the Palestinian Authority – have been calling to allow Syria back in to the Arab League.[3] UAE Foreign Minister Anwar Gargash even stated, in a June 7, 2018 interview, that "expelling Syria from the Arab League was a mistake."[4] In addition, the Arab Youth and Environment Union, which belongs to the Arab League, announced on October 2 that it would reinstate Syria as a member in the next few days.[5]
Seth J. Frantzman: Why did Iraqi forces shoot protesters?
A variety of videos coming out of Baghdad show security forces shooting at protesters. Over the last twenty-four hours, as Friday turned to Saturday, the number of reports of snipers gunning down activists has grown. The elephant in the room cannot be ignored: Someone in Iraq’s government told a section of the security forces to use live-fire to kill protesters. It wasn’t a mistake, it wasn’t because police were outnumbered, and it wasn’t isolated incidents.

Why would Iraqi forces shoot the protesters from the same cities and southern provinces that many of the security forces or Popular Mobilization Units are drawn from? The question may is worth asking because there have been various rumors and claims about the protests in Iraq that have posited that those doing the killing and using the most heavy-handed measures are Iranian-linked groups. This creates an easy narrative of “Iran suppressing protests in Iraq,” as part of the larger Iranian goal to control Iraq for its own purposes.

To support the narrative of Iran’s role there have been stories about “Farsi speakers among the security forces” and “units changing uniforms” before attacking protesters. There are stories about plain-clothes officers among the security forces which leads to claims those in plain clothes are outsiders. In this narrative, spread in Arabic on social media, an “Iranian Revolutionary Guard Brigade” was permitted to enter Iraq by Fatah Alliance leader Hadi al-Amiri. Evidence? Some people tweeting about it.

The claim of foreign interference goes both ways. Others have pointed out that a concerted social media effort has been made to fuel protests and some of the accounts are located abroad. Lastly voices in pro-Iranian media have portrayed the protests as directed by foreign powers.

None of these stories present a full picture of what happened. Like the proverbial elephant, they all only capture one part of what happened. From the first moments of the protest the security forces that were sent used heavy-handed tactics. Video showed men in camouflage uniforms, heavily armed, involved in clashes, as well as other police-style units in darker uniforms.
Iraqi protesters claim Iranian forces firing on demonstrations
Farsi-speaking Iranians, not Iraqi forces, have been firing on protests in Iraq in which 65 people have died, said one protester interviewed by Reuters, according to Al Arabiya.

"There is no work, you come to protest, they fire at you. Live gunfire,"said the unnamed protester."They are all Iranian-speaking in Farsi. You want to speak to them, they answer in Farsi. The Iraqis would not fire at you."

The Shi'ite Popular Mobilization Forces (PMF) milita in Iraq is backed by Iran.

Witnesses at the protests in Baghdad said that pro-Iranian security forces opened fire on protesters.

Protests broke out throughout Iraq against the deterioration of living conditions and health services, government corruption, unemployment and Iranian interference in the country.

The protests have no clear leader and seem to consist of gatherings of angry protesters.
In apparent swap, Iran frees Australian travel bloggers charged with spying
In a possible swap, an Australian-British blogger and her fiancé returned home Saturday after being freed from a three-month detention in Iran.

The couple, Jolie King and Mark Firkin, returned to Australia after all charges against them were dropped.

At the same time, Iran’s state TV reported that an Iranian scientist, Reza Dehbashi, who was detained for 13 months in Australia over purchasing a defense system for his country from the United States, had returned home.

“We are extremely happy and relieved to be safely back in Australia with those we love,” the Australian couple said in a statement. “While the past few months have been very difficult, we know it has also been tough for those back home who have been worried for us.”

They thanked the Australian government for helping secure their release.

There was no immediate acknowledgment Saturday by Iranian officials or in the country’s state media of the couple’s release. However, that has happened in previous cases.

Iranian TV said that the Australian judiciary had planned to send Dehbashi to the US but that he was released through Tehran’s diplomatic efforts.
Man crying ‘Allahu Akbar’ tries to run into Berlin synagogue with knife
A man armed with a knife attempted to run into a synagogue in central Berlin Friday evening, German media reported Saturday.

The man, apparently a Syrian refugee, was tackled by security personnel at the entrance to the Neue Synagogue. According to the Bild website, he was heard calling out “Allahu Akbar” (“God is Great” in Arabic) and “F##k Israel.”

German police said the man, identified as Murad M., was hit with pepper spray by guards and then subdued and disarmed.

Officials said he carried documentation identifying him as 23 years old, originating from Damascus and with a residency permit, which ends in December 2020.

The incident occurred at around 5:30 p.m. according to Bild, likely shortly before the start of Friday’s evening prayer service.

Police said the assailant had no prior record and was not known to authorities.

The investigation was ongoing, but German media said that the man was released from police custody on Saturday morning.
John Mann warns against risk of understating problem of antisemitism
The Government’s new antisemitism adviser has warned that between overstatement and understatement of antisemitism, “the biggest danger is that we will understate the problem.”

Speaking after his first public engagement in his new job, John Mann MP, who has resigned from the Labour Party and will become a crossbench peer in the House of Lords, explained that he accepted his new advisory role to prevent “good people, young people” from deciding to emigrate from the UK because of rising antisemitism.

Campaign Against Antisemitism’s Antisemitism Barometer has shown that 40% of British Jews have considered leaving the country due to antisemitism.

If action were not taken against antisemitism, he warned, “the reality will be that good people will leave. Not necessarily quickly — but good people will not see their future on the continent of Europe or on the UK because they are Jewish, and they wish for their identity to be proudly held at all times. We are not going to accept – and government is not going to accept — that impingement on civil liberties in this country.”

Observing the rise of antisemitism on university campuses, Mr Mann noted too the “pernicious, silent, isolating disdain” shown towards Jewish students “from hostile elements in their universities,” adding that he would be pushing for the adoption and application of the International Definition of Antisemitism by “our major institutions, football clubs, universities — this is achievable.”
CAA condemns University of Nottingham for inviting suspended MP Chris Williamson to speak
The University of Nottingham has defended a decision to invite Chris Williamson MP to speak on its campus.

Mr Williamson was suspended from Labour and then readmitted, only to be resuspended following a public outcry after claiming that Labour has been “too apologetic” over antisemitism.

The disgraced MP is scheduled to speak on 11th October as part of a series on “British Politics in Crisis” at the Centre for British Politics.

Jewish students at the university have reportedly called for the invitation to be withdrawn, citing Mr Williamson’s “history of Jew baiting.”

Gideon Falter, Chief Executive of Campaign Against Antisemitism, said: “It is a damning reflection on the University of Nottingham that it chooses to invite a politician suspended from the Labour Party over his attempts to minimise the Party’s antisemitism crisis and who has a record of praising antisemites to give a lecture. If the university wishes to teach its students why British politics is in crisis, it might start by exploring why leading institutions are so ready to legitimise Labour antisemitism by inviting one of its chief defenders to speak.”

On 28th May, the Equality and Human Rights Commission launched a full statutory investigation following a formal referral and detailed legal representations from Campaign Against Antisemitism, which is the complainant.
Labour MP Emma Dent Coad likes Facebook comment claiming Israel “disgraces all of us Jews worldwide”, then apologises
Emma Dent Coad, who was elected as a Labour MP in 2017 for Kensington, ‘liked’ a comment on Facebook by another user that read: “I’ve always been a Bevanite — my ultimate political hero…and as a Jew, the current Israeli apartheid regime disgraces all of us Jews worldwide.”

The comment was posted in response to a post by another user that criticised “Blairite” MPs and “members of the Netanyahu fan club”.

Following media attention, Ms Dent Coad apologised and ‘unliked’ the comment.

On 28th May, the Equality and Human Rights Commission launched a full statutory investigation following a formal referral and detailed legal representations from Campaign Against Antisemitism, which is the complainant.

In recent months, twelve MPs and three peers have resigned from the Labour Party over antisemitism, along with a large number of MEPs, councillors and members.

Over 55,000 people have now signed our petition denouncing Jeremy Corbyn as an antisemite and declaring him “unfit to hold any public office.”
Conservative MP Crispin Blunt suggests British Jews “demand special status” and reportedly says grants for Jewish security are a waste of money
The Conservative MP Crispin Blunt made a reference to “the demand for special status” on the part of British Jews in an interview on the sidelines of the Conservative Party Conference this week.

Mr Blunt made the comment following a fringe event at the Party Conference in his capacity as patron of the Conservative Humanists group. At the event, which was held in conjunction with Humanists UK, the chair of Conservative Humanists protested previous comments by the Chief Rabbi, who had apparently suggested that some humanists were becoming intolerant of religion.

Asked for his reaction to the chair’s comments, Mr Blunt suggested: “I think what he was saying was regarding the demand for special status…what’s required is for everyone to have tolerance of other people’s position and not to impose unfair views.”

The notion, however casually expressed, that Jews demand or receive special status in British society is baseless and offensive. Any dispensations that Jews do receive, for example in the workplace, are also shared by other faith groups and protected classes.
Alison Chabloz and the Criminalization of Holocaust Denial
Late last month, a musician named Alison Chabloz was sent to prison in the United Kingdom for violating the terms of an earlier court decision prohibiting her from using social media — a decision stemming from her dissemination of videos featuring songs she wrote that mocked the Holocaust. In the UK, this story made many of the major papers, but it has hardly registered at all in the United States.

But here’s why it should:
This case was a watershed decision in the battle against antisemitism. The UK has laws expressly forbidding hate speech that tries to incite hatred of other groups or is grossly offensive in nature. As such, and in light of her social-media malfeasance, Chabloz — who has posted content on her website with headlines such as “In Defence of a Myth–‘Holocaust’ lobby shifts into top gear” and “Hear the Jew cry out in pain as the White lady sings” was incarcerated for a couple of days before being released pending her appeal hearing. That is scheduled for late October.

Chabloz, who has remained unrepentant despite her losing cause, has become something of a symbol of resistance to anti-hate speech legislation. Her supporters argue that Chabloz shouldn’t have been put in jail just for singing songs. They claim that regardless of the fact that Chabloz perpetuated an utterly repellent ideology through her music, the idea of instituting such a harsh punishment for posting content on social media is extreme in light of a person’s right to self-expression.
Why did UK’s Holocaust memorial events remove references to Jews?
The University College Union in the United Kingdom sent an email to branches that excluded mention of Jews among the groups persecuted during the Holocaust. According to The Jewish Chronicle, the UCU has since apologized. However, in a review of several websites connected to upcoming commemorations of Holocaust Memorial Day 2020, which will be held on January 27, references to Jews appear to be too often missing.

In the case of the UCU, a long list of those persecuted were mentioned, just not Jews. This included members of “trade unions” and “Roma” and “black people,” as well as gays and lesbians and “Jehovah’s Witnesses.” In addition, “non-Jewish Poles,” were mentioned – but not Jews. The UK’s special envoy for post-Holocaust issues, Eric Pickles, said the incident sends a “chilling message.”

But the problem is much larger than just the UCU. Holocaust Memorial Day 2020 is already being wrapped into the easier to pronounce acronym “HMD 2020,” which in itself removes the word “Holocaust.” On some websites, such as the Holocaust Memorial Day Trust’s page devoted to “75 memorial flames,” it is clearly noted that the Holocaust was “the genocide perpetrated by the Nazis against the Jews of Europe.” However, a press release from April about the “HMD 2020” theme, called “Standing Together,” doesn’t mention the word Jew. The press release, also at the Trust’s website, notes that “HMD 2020 will also include marking the 25th anniversary of the Genocide in Bosnia.” It is interesting that while Bosnia is mentioned, the place that the Shoah began in Germany is conveniently left out, lest anyone recall it was Germany that began the Holocaust and was largely responsible for it.

The April press release of the Holocaust Memorial Day Trust notes that it is “calling people to Stand Together in memory of the millions of people affected by the Holocaust, Nazi persecution and more recent genocides in Cambodia, Rwanda, Bosnia and Darfur.” The UCU seems to have used similar language as part of the Stand Together campaign.
Antisemitism in Victorian schools is a monumental and hidden crisis
I well up with emotion when I hear of Jewish kids being subjected to physical assaults, bigoted stereotypes and insults, exclusion, degrading text messages and social media lynching. The day is not too far off when young people will have to hide their Jewish faith so as not to be singled out and vilified by their classmates. The victims are traumatised, filled with feelings of despair and abandonment, convinced that the system has failed them. And they are right.

Not infrequently, distraught parents are concerned that the anti-Semitic abuse will escalate if they notify the school since their child will become an even-bigger target. Some remain silent believing that the school leadership will not be sympathetic to their complaint. In fact, some administrators trivialise the attacks as a childish aberrations, as "kids being kids", or blame the victims ("it's your child's fault since they provocatively choose to exhibit their Judaism" or "we are a non-Jewish school so if you don't like it, leave"), are very slow to respond, and do not impose the appropriate punishment. In effect, they are enabling the wrongdoers by sending a crystal-clear message that Jewish pupils are fair game.

The elephant in the room is that very few of our elected representatives are actually speaking out about the darkening clouds that are gathering. And so, this cancer of intolerance, which is spreading like wildfire, must end. All of it. Because we literally have no choice and because that is not who we are as a nation. Good intentions and words are not enough. We now need bold action by the state and federal governments that matches the scale of the runaway problem we face, and which effectively tackles this menace at every single step. One solution is to institute mandatory reporting so schools are obliged to notify the Education Department when such incidents occur. Such reporting will then necessitate the investigation of each individual case and if warranted, appropriate penalties for the perpetrators.

Countering religious bigotry in the long run also hinges on making anti-bias and Holocaust education compulsory in every class. One example is the Anti-Defamation Commission's Click Against Hate program, a free, groundbreaking educational program, which equips students with the skills to respond to the hate they encounter in schools, urging them to action when it happens to them or when they see it happening to others. Further training for teachers and headmasters is also urgently needed so they understand that antisemitism is a threat to our way of life and that inaction is not an option. It's time for the adults in the room to stand up and protect the defenceless and vulnerable - our children.
Minister orders review into schools at centre of anti-Semitic bullying
Victoria’s Education Minister James Merlino has ordered an immediate review into the way two Melbourne schools dealt with separate "appalling and shocking" cases of sustained anti-Semitic bullying earlier this year.

Federal treasurer Josh Frydenberg also weighed into the "completely unacceptable" incidents, calling for lessons on the Holocaust, in which about 6 million Jews were killed in Europe, to be included in the Australian curriculum.

Mr Merlino said he would also meet with the parents of the two Jewish boys; a 12-year-old year 7 student who was at Cheltenham Secondary College, and a prep student at Hawthorn West Primary School. The meetings are scheduled to take place on Monday.
James Merlino has ordered a review into how two schools handled separate cases of anti-Semitic bullying.

James Merlino has ordered a review into how two schools handled separate cases of anti-Semitic bullying. Credit:AAP

Both boys have since left the schools where they were bullied, after their parents lost confidence in the schools' handling of the matter.

The year 7 boy was made to kneel and kiss the shoes of a Muslim boy in a public park, under threat of being bashed by several other boys who were watching on.

The humiliating act was filmed and published on social media.

The boys who were watching on were not Muslim, the victim’s mother said. She sought out the offender’s parents, who were horrified.

Israeli hospital donates equipment and knowhow to Nepal
Five physicians from Tel Aviv Sourasky Medical Center recently brought medical equipment to Kathmandu and shared their expertise on women’s and children’s health with the medical staffs of two local hospitals.

Sponsored by the Embassy of Israel in Nepal, the Israeli team led a week of workshops and continuing medical education courses in neonatology, pediatrics, obstetrics and gynecology. They taught the Nepali medical professionals how to use the new lifesaving technologies they donated.

Senior gynecologist Dr. Ronit Almog said this was the fifth such foreign delegation sent out by Tel Aviv Sourasky Medical Center in the past year.

“Our aim is to reduce fetal and maternal morbidity and mortality in developing nations,” she said. “We met warm and welcoming medical teams and had a great cooperation. We saw a very good health level and system in Nepal and look forward to future mutual cooperation.”

Dr. Shyam Sundar Dhaubhadel, founder and president of Siddhi Memorial Foundation – which provides accessible healthcare services for women and children through Siddhi Memorial Hospital– compared the two nations to siblings. “Nepal is a toddler; Israel is a grown-up sister that has to share her expertise.”
Eric Pleskow, Holocaust refugee and producer of Oscar-winning films, dies
Eric Pleskow, who escaped the Nazis to become a film executive whose movies won the Academy Award for best picture seven times, has died. He was 95.

Pleskow was the president of the United Artists studio when it took home the best picture Oscars for “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest,” “Rocky” and “Annie Hall” in 1975, 1976 and 1977, respectively — an unprecedented three-peat for a movie studio.

Later, as the co-founder of Orion Pictures, he oversaw four more winners for top film: “Amadeus” (1984), “Platoon” (1986), “Dances With Wolves” (1990) and “Silence of the Lambs” (1991).

Pleskow was born Erich Pleskoff in Vienna in 1924. He escaped the city with his family in 1939 after the SS had seized their home, which was blocks away from Sigmund Freud’s office, according to The Washington Post.

After arriving in New York City, he briefly worked at a film company, and was later drafted into the U.S. Army, where he was tasked after the war with reviving a film studio in Bavaria. From there he was hired as an executive at United Artists’ foreign department.

Pleskow rose to become president of the studio in 1973, and raised its profile by working with directors such as Woody Allen and Jonathan Demme. He broke off to co-found Orion in 1978.
Demi Lovato's mom defends trip to Israel: 'I will undoubtedly, unapologetically go again'
While Demi Lovato apologized for her trip to Israel — after receiving backlash — her mother won’t be following suit.

Dianna De La Garza, who accompanied Lovato on the free trip this week, said their visit was one of “only love” and that she will “unapologetically go again.”

Along with a photo of their two hands touching the Western Wall, De La Garza wrote that stop in the Old City of Jerusalem “was the highlight of my trip.” She said she will “never forget that day... or that trip as we celebrated life and Christianity as we learned about the Jewish faith while listening to the Muslim call to prayer. There was no fighting, no judgement, no cruel love.”

De La Garza made it clear that there will be no apology coming from her, adding, “And I will undoubtedly, unapologetically go again one day.”

On Wednesday, Lovato found herself apologizing for the free trip — during which she was baptized in the Jordan River and had a spiritual awakening — amid criticism that she was taking a side in the country’s longstanding conflict with Palestine. Lovato apologized to those she offended in a message on social media, saying the trip was not mean to be “a political statement.”
What it was like growing up as a hidden Jew in Saddam Hussein’s Iraq
When Ceen Gabbai argued with her first-grade teacher about the Palestinian-Israeli conflict, she didn’t realize how big of a risk she was taking.

The year was 2000 and students across the world held strong opinions about the Second Intifada, an outbreak of violence that claimed thousands of lives and began in September of that year. But Gabbai’s situation was different: She was one of the few Jewish students in Saddam Hussein’s Iraq. Standing up for Israel in a Baghdad elementary school was not an advisable move.

“Saddam was all crazy about Palestine,” she told the Jewish Telegraphic Agency. “I go to school and they’re talking about what a horrible thing that is and how Israel was horrible. And I go and I’m like, ‘I think that’s a lie.’”

Gabbai was called to the school office, took a letter home to her mother and her parents had a meeting with the principal. Soon after they moved homes and she switched schools. Following the episode, her parents did not talk with her about Israel or Judaism.

Gabbai has had a dangerous life. Born a Jew under an Iraqi dictatorship, she endured constant anti-Semitism from a young age, then survived the American invasion of Iraq in 2003 and the years of war that followed.

In 2015, Gabbai received asylum in the United States. She is now living in an Orthodox neighborhood in Brooklyn, raising a child, teaching elementary school and writing children’s literature. She does not look back fondly on the hardships she endured, but feels they taught her to persevere no matter the situation.
Tombs, palaces, poverty and plague: Follow Montefiore’s early Holy Land travels
You may have heard that Sir Moses (Moshe) Montefiore was the force behind Mishkenot Sha’ananim, the first Jewish neighborhood outside Jerusalem’s Old City walls. But were you aware that the wealthy English knight visited pre-state Israel seven times, most often with his wife, Lady Judith?

Dr. Louis Loewe, a linguist and author who was not only intimately acquainted with the couple but had even accompanied them on journeys around the world, greatly admired Sir Moses and Lady Judith. In a book, the “Diaries of Sir Moses and Lady Montefiore,” which he published in 1890, he depicts them as a compassionate, caring, and observant Jewish couple that lived life to the full. They were also quite the wine connoisseurs. In fact, wine is mentioned in the diaries 24 different times.

One of their most interesting trips to the Holy Land, described in detail in Loewe’s book, took place in 1839. The volume abounds with descriptions of their overnights in tents, palaces and elegant homes. They rode horses atop mountains, along easy roads and atop barely discernible paths. The Plague was rampant that year, and they were careful to stay away from infected towns and villages.

Wherever the Montefiores went they distributed money and gifts, all the while taking the time to find out what their fellow Jews needed in order to improve what was very often a miserable existence. Quite possibly it was this trip that planted the seed for the eventual establishment of Mishkenot Sha’ananim in 1860.

That pioneering neighborhood came equipped with a windmill produced in Canterbury, a copy of one that stood near the Montefiore estate. With its help, the residents were meant to grind wheat into flour and become self- sufficient. In 1892, more buildings were added and the new neighborhood was called Yemin Moshe.

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10/04 Links Pt1: The EU Demonstrates a Distinct Political Bias Against Israel; Meet the Palestinian Villagers Living Out the American Dream; Arab citizens of Israel undergo quiet revolution

From Ian:

Seth Frantzman: Israel appears strong, but there are risks ahead
BUT ISRAEL has some issues on the horizon that, if they would come together at the wrong time, would be a perfect storm. Among these is the increasing hostility of Turkey. Ankara has become more nationalist and religious-nationalist, a toxic mix. It is flexing its muscles, taking over swaths of northern Syria and seeking to keep on track to totally remove the Americans from the region. That would be a setback for the US – and setbacks for the US also impact Israel. Turkey is buying the S-400, not in itself a problem for Israel. Ostensibly, both Ankara and Jerusalem have an interesting relationship with Moscow today, borne of Russia’s increased role in the region, particularly in Syria.

Russia’s role in Turkey is strategic and also related to energy and Syria. This can impact Israel in a complex way. Turkey’s current government is seeking to take up the mantle of being the main opposition to Israel in the region. It bashes Israel over Jerusalem, and its media run hyperbolic stories about Israeli abuses. Turkey is close to the Muslim Brotherhood today and wants to see Hamas have a more prominent role in Ramallah. Yet Israel can deal with Turkey’s anger. The question is whether it can deal with the emerging Turkey-Iran relationship.

Iran has been a challenge for Israel due to a variety of reasons, but lately it is capitalizing on the weakness of its adversaries. That means it is increasingly playing a role in Iraq, Lebanon, Syria and Yemen. That means it is transferring precision missile technology to Hezbollah.

Iran’s IRGC says that it can destroy Israel. It launched an attack on Saudi Arabia on September 14 that has ramifications for Israel. That Riyadh did not respond shows that Israel’s supposed common interests with the Gulf are more problematic than in reality. Saudi Arabia won’t confront Iran. So who will confront Iran? The US? No. The US has signaled it will not. And the next US administration may be more pro-Iran than this one. That could give Tehran what it wants in Syria, which means a kind of “land bridge” that ends near the Golan and threatens Israel.

What Israel faces today is potentially two strong adversaries in Turkey and Iran, although they are quite different in how they confront Israel. Turkey uses soft power; Iran uses hard power. But Israel, appearing strong, now faces these challenges in some ways alone. It is not like the 1950s, when Israel was truly alone. Israel has made major inroads in India, China and elsewhere. But the immediate challenges are still there. It is dangerous to be too confident and arrogant today, and it is essential that Jerusalem seek to analyze and deal with these challenges in the long-term because short term planning won’t work. Iran thinks in the long term – and its role in the region is a long-term role.
Jpost Editorial: No Third Election
Against that backdrop, the 22nd Knesset was sworn in on Thursday in Jerusalem. Many are wondering if, like the 21st Knesset, it will also last for less than two months and perhaps become the shortest-lived legislature in Israel’s history.

As the Post’s Lahav Harkov pointed out on Wednesday, there are only eight new members of this Knesset, as well as another nine who are returning from past stints as legislators, which means that 103 members of the 22nd Knesset will be sworn in for the second time this year.

A proud institution, the Knesset is in danger of becoming a laughing stock. But it’s no joke. Israel needs a stable government and a stable Knesset. Every attempt must be made to prevent the newly sworn-in Knesset from becoming the shortest Knesset in Israeli history.

All parties should take the responsibility upon themselves as if they alone are charged with insuring that a third election is not called for. The country has survived some nine months of paralysis, but it’s only a matter of time before the string starts to unravel out of control and the situation begins to do irreparable damage to Israel and its population.

At Thursday’s ceremony, Knesset Speaker Yuli Edelstein led the MKs with “I pledge allegiance to the State of Israel and to faithfully fulfill my mission in the Knesset.” And the newly sworn-in lawmakers responded: “I pledge.”

Let’s hope they take that allegiance and mission seriously and prevent a third election.

Amb. Alan Baker: The EU Demonstrates a Distinct Political Bias Against Israel
European Union Special Representative for the Middle East Peace Process Susanna Terstal, writing in the Jerusalem Post on Sep. 21, evidently believes that incessant repetition of the phrase "two-state solution" adds some element of legitimacy and feasibility to the idea. But the two-state solution has never been agreed-upon between Israel and the Palestinians, and does not figure in any of the agreements between them. It is nothing more than an expression of wishful thinking within the UN and the EU.

To the contrary, the Oslo Accords, to which the EU itself is a signatory, clearly leaves the issue of the permanent status of the territories to be decided in negotiations. Thus, whether the outcome will be one, two or three states, or a federation or confederation, remains on the negotiating table. By incessantly plying a two-state solution, the EU is in fact prejudging an agreed negotiating issue.

Suggestions by Israeli leaders to "apply sovereignty" led EU representatives to complain that unilateral modification of the Oslo Accords "undermines the entire agreement" and "dismantles Oslo." One wonders why the EU did not view the recent declarations by the Palestinian leadership canceling the territorial division between areas A, B and C in a similar light. Did this not undermine the accords?

The EU representative also expressed support for a "Palestinian state based on the 1967 lines." Yet the issue of borders is an agreed-upon permanent-status negotiating issue, and her presumption of a Palestinian state based on the 1967 lines clearly contradicts and prejudges both the Oslo Accords and UN Security Council Resolution 242 of 1967.

The EU cannot in good faith claim that it does not take sides in the conflict. The EU has not only taken sides, but clearly demonstrates a distinct political bias against Israel in virtually all its positions, policies, statements and dealings regarding the Israeli-Palestinian negotiation process.

Iran displays ancient clay tablets, returned by US, from empire that freed Jews
The National Museum of Iran opened on Wednesday an exhibition of around 300 cuneiform clay tablets returned from the United States after a drawn-out legal saga.

The tablets were found at the ruins of Persepolis, capital of the Persian Achaemenid Empire (6th – 4th c. BC) in the south of Iran. Cyrus the Great, who ruled during the Achaemenid Empire, is said to have liberated the Jews from Babylonian captivity in 539 BCE, allowing them to return home and build the Second Temple.

The works on display belonged to a group of 1,783 clay tablets or tablet fragments returned to Iran by the Oriental Institute at the University of Chicago.

In the 1930s, the university had received on loan around 30,000 tablets or tablet fragments found at Persepolis for research purposes, Iranian media reported.

A large portion of the tablets were returned in three batches between 1948 and 2004 before their restitution was blocked by legal action initiated by American survivors of an attack in Israel in 1997 carried out by the Palestinian Hamas terror group.

Blaming Tehran for supporting the armed group, the plaintiffs demanded the seizure of the tablets and their sale put toward the $71.5 million that Iran was ordered to pay in the case.

The proceedings only ended in February 2018 when a US Supreme Court decision banned the seizure of the works.
Yossi Cohen: The Mossad Spy Chief Who Stole Iran's Secret Nuclear Archives
In March 2018, Mossad Director Yossi Cohen, 58, updated then-CIA Director Mike Pompeo on what the Mossad had found inside Iran's secret nuclear archives that it had stolen from the heart of Tehran in January 2018. Sources close to Cohen told the Jerusalem Post that the information the Mossad seized is "still being used right now" to glean high-quality and valuable intelligence. A map of nuclear sites captured in the operation has yet to be made public. These revelations "even go beyond Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's revelation of the Abadeh nuclear site" earlier this month. Cohen says Pompeo praised the Mossad for redefining "daring and boldness."

Dozens of agents were involved in surveillance missions and the heist itself. Neutralizing any electronic surveillance that could expose them, they spent six hours and 29 minutes nabbing Iran's secret nuclear files, which were kept in 32 safes. They used special torches to slice into these safes. They loaded the vast files onto trucks and used Iranian smugglers to get across the border.

Cohen's view is that relations with Sunni countries in the Gulf are "not as much about personal trust, but about overlapping national interests" - especially when it comes to Iran. For example, while Cohen would be against sharing sensitive Israeli technologies with the Saudis to combat the drone threat from Iran, he would seek to help states in the Gulf combat Iran together in other ways.

Regarding the Palestinians, sources close to Cohen indicate that he does not believe anything will move on the peace process until PA President Mahmoud Abbas leaves office.
FDD: The Israeli–Palestinian Struggle, Continued.
There is no chance of a “peace party” returning to Jerusalem unless Israelis see that Palestinians have unequivocally denounced the past, that the celebrations of those who’ve died killing Israelis are rejected. That is impossible to envision in the near-term: neither Fatah, nor Hamas, nor the Israelis, nor Washington want the Palestinian people voting. All fear the worst—the wrong side winning. Perhaps most perversely, the Israelis are invested in a security status quo with Fatah that likely negates the chance of any Palestinian change, and surely makes Hamas more popular on the West Bank than its tyranny in Gaza has earned. But it’s possible that if there were a free vote among Palestinians the hostility towards Israelis—the fundamental rejection of the legitimacy of a Jewish state—could be the common denominator among Palestinians who otherwise loathe Fatah’s and Hamas’ dictatorships. Palestinians again voting could lead to intense violence, among Palestinians and against Israelis. Nonetheless, Palestinian popular sovereignty is likely the only way out of this cul-de-sac. We have two peoples wanting the same land with national and especially religious narratives that negate the other’s. For even non-practicing Muslims, Moses is a great prophet, trying to lead his people toward the one, true calling—Islam. A Jewish homeland wasn’t in Allah’s message. Yet the unrelenting secularism of Westerners reduces the most compelling stories we have to differences about water rights, East Jerusalem, and security checkpoints.

The basic character of a people and faith can change, but that usually happens after a truly devastating military defeat or a long evolution. The Palestinians haven’t actually seen a society-crushing catastrophe; they have endured foreign, non-Muslim overlords, with all of the indignities, and incompetent, avaricious, ambitious, insouciant, deluded and sometimes brutal native rulers (they, however, get a middling score in hideousness in the modern Middle East).

Since 2002, the Israelis appear to have a consensus: Palestinians cannot be trusted. On the other side, Palestinians seem more conflicted about the Jews, more divided religiously and culturally, more prone to internecine violence today than they were when the Israelis directly ruled all of the West Bank and Gaza.

The continuing decline of America in the Middle East will unavoidably remove certain delusions about what might be possible between the Israelis and the Palestinians. The torpor of the peace process under Obama and Trump is likely the new American standard. If they haven’t already, Palestinians will give up on the idea of Washington’s intercession, of American democracy coercing Israeli democracy into making concessions to unelected Palestinian officials. For the Palestinian people that will, at least, change the rhetoric and excuses of the ruling elite.

America’s retreat may tempt the Israelis to act more hubristically towards the Palestinians, to take land in the West Bank that has no plausible security value. But the most effective check on ugly Israeli actions has always been the internal debate, the tension between the executive, legislative, and judicial authorities in Israel’s messy democracy.

For decades out, it’s hard to see anything better than an unpleasant modus vivendi between the Israelis and the Palestinians. Given that it is the Middle East, however, that isn’t an awful state. Americans always want to believe that honesty is the best policy, that without honesty solutions aren’t possible. We are certainly tardy in applying that principle to the Israeli–Palestinian clash.
The Missile War in Southern Arabia: Lessons for Israel
UAV Warfare
Another hint of the effectiveness of Patriot defense are Houthi/Iranian alliance efforts both to suppress it and evade it. To elucidate this point, we need to refer to another aspect of the Houthi/Iranian war machine in Yemen: UAV warfare. UAVs are one of the main pillars of Iranian military doctrine. Together with other weapon shipments, Iran has been providing the Houthis with numerous types of UAVs, both of the larger types used for armed reconnaissance such as the Shahad 129 (roughly equivalent to Israel’s Hermes 450) and smaller “suicide” UAVs (such as the Ababil, used by Hezbollah in 2006 for attacks deep within Israel, which for the sake of Iranian deniability has been renamed Kasef 2). The Houthi arsenal is augmented by the acquisition of mail order UAVs such as the Chinese “Skywalker” available online from Ali Baba. More remarkable, the Iranians have provided the Houthis with knowhow, production machinery and expertise to set up a UAV industry of their own in their stronghold of Sad’ha in northern Yemen. The Houthi UAV industry is now producing unique designs of long-range machines, some equipped with jet engines, obviously designed in Iran. Beyond the classic UAV roles of reconnaissance and light bombardment, the Houthi/Iranian alliance is using them for direct “suicide” attacks on Patriot batteries. Three incidents of direct attacks on Patriot batteries have been claimed: Two attacks were within Yemen, probably targeting UAE batteries in Mocha and Marib, and one attack on a Patriot battery defending the Saudi border city of Najran, with unknown results.

Even more significantly, the Houthi/Iranian alliance exploits the Patriot’s system limitations in engaging low and slow threats in order to penetrate beneath the Saudi air/missile defense shield. In fact, UAVs are now being used by the Houthi’s as ersatz land attack cruise missiles. With immunity against air and missile defense, and with much better accuracy than ordinary ballistic missiles, UAVs now seem to be the preferred weapons for imaginative and audacious strikes deep within Saudi territory. For example, the civilian airport of the Saudi town of Abha, about 120 km. from the Yemeni border, was attacked by Houthi suicide UAVs no less than three times during the month of June 2019, wounding 28 passengers and airport workers. In August 2019, the Houthis managed to strike the Shaybah oilfield deep within Saudi Arabia, almost 1200 Km from the Houthi stronghold in Sad’ha. The attack was carried out by no less than 10 UAVs and sparked a fire in gas storage tanks. Such a complex attack needs precise coordination and excellent navigation, which demonstrates the proficiency achieved by Iran’s UAV operators. While those strikes did not cause excessive damage – perhaps intentionally so – they were propaganda coups for the Houthis, providing them with solid achievements in the cognitive battlefield.

The fourth lesson for Israel is the growing military role of UAVs both for missile defense suppression and for evasion. UAVs were first used by Hezbollah for reconnaissance over Israel even prior to the 2006 Lebanon war. At the closing stage of that war, four suicide UAVs were launched by Hezbollah against Israeli targets (One suffered a failure and fell near the border, two were intercepted by Israeli jet fighters, and the fourth vanished). In the 2014 Gaza war Hamas tried to attack Tel Aviv with its own UAVs (Two, perhaps three UAVs were shot down by Patriot air defense batteries). This experience is not indicative of the future. The Yemen war demonstrates how UAVs will be employed in future wars in significant numbers to erode Israel’s missile defense capabilities by attacking the Iron Dome, David Sling and Arrow batteries. Hostile UAVs, in conjunction with precision rockets, may well be tasked to damage Israel’s critical infrastructures such as desalination plants. Consequently, Israel needs to integrate air defense capabilities into its missile defense systems, and to provide its critical infrastructures with their own point defenses.

The current civil wars in the Middle East – especially in Syria and in Yemen – resemble the Spanish civil war of the 1930s inasmuch as they are exploited by outside powers to test new doctrines, weapons and tactics in realistic battle conditions. What the Axis powers (and to a lesser extent the USSR) did in Spain during the 1930s is being done today by Iran in Yemen.

It would be advisable for Israel’s Ministry of Defense and the IDF to closely study the civil war in Yemen, particularly its rocket and drone warfare aspects. The weapons and tactics in use in Yemen today will be employed against Israel tomorrow.
Israeli President Tells Papal Diplomat Israel Wants to Share Land with Palestinians
Israel wants to “share the land and find a way to live together” with the Palestinians, President Reuven Rivlin told Cardinal Leonardo Sandri, one of the highest-ranking Vatican diplomats, when they met at the President’s Residence on Thursday night.

Sandri, who is the Prefect of the Congregations for the Oriental Catholic Churches, came with a delegation that included several Franciscan priests, as well as the Papal Nuncio and the Custos of the Holy Land.

He is in the region to mark the 800th anniversary of the Pilgrimage of Peace to the Middle East by St. Francis of Assisi and his dialogue with the Sultan of Egypt.

Rivlin, who has met with Pope Francis and is aware of the efforts being made by the Vatican to bring about a cessation of hostilities in the Middle East in general and between Israel and the Palestinians in particular, told Sandri that he knows how hard the Vatican is working to find a solution to this century-old tragedy.

Knowing that Sandri is also going to Ramallah to meet with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, Rivlin asked him to convey his regards, and noted that Abbas had sent New Year greetings to the people of Israel.

Emphasizing the need to build understanding between Israelis and Palestinians, Rivlin was of the opinion that a valuable asset in this regard was the restoration of the baptismal site at Qasr el-Yahud on the Jordan River near Jericho, where Jesus first met John the Baptist.

The restoration project was approved by Israeli, Jordanian and Palestinian leadership, said Rivlin, who was personally involved in the process.
Dr. Martin Sherman: Alternative Jordans?
Although the details of the “Deal” are as yet obscure, it would appear the Jordan is slated to play a major role in it—grudgingly or otherwise. Accordingly, the feasibility of the “Deal”—indeed its acceptability—will be dramatically impacted by the nature of the regime east of the Jordan River and its prospective stability (or lack thereof).

After all, although some may hope otherwise, there seems little prospect that any successor regime in Amman will be more favorably disposed toward Israel than the current one.

This takes us back to the crucial strategic importance for Israel of the highlands of Judea-Samaria and the Jordan Valley. As I have been at pains to point out on numerous occasions, not only are these highlands the only topographical barrier between Jordan and the heavily populated coast plain, but any forces—regular or renegade—deployed on them will have complete topographical command and control of virtually all Israel’s airfields (military and civilian, including Ben Gurion, the only international airport), its major ports and naval bases, is principal traffic axes (rail and road), vital infrastructure installations/systems (electrical power, desalination plants and water conveyance), centers of civilian government and military command and 80% of the civilian population and commercial activity.

All of these will be in range of cheap, readily available weapons that have already been used against Israel from areas evacuated by it and transferred to Arab control.

Thus, the rationale of any plan that entails Israeli evacuation of this vital territory will hinge critically on the nature of the regime-type in Jordan, which abuts it from the East.

For whatever other grave detriments their might be in such a plan, it will matter greatly if Jordan is ruled by a government that strives to reign in forces hostile to Israel, or one that is indifferent to their aggressive intent—or worse, is complicit with it.

After all, should the Trump plan entail significant territorial concessions, Israel may well find itself in a situation in which it will have to contend with a huge expanse of hostile territory, stretching from the fringes of Greater Tel Aviv to the border of Iraq—and perhaps beyond.

Accordingly, Israel’s security establishment should indeed draw up plans to deal with prospective alternatives in Jordan—not only how to cope with them once they arise, but to prevent them from arising at all.
Why Israelis should support the Iraqi protesters
Another Arab Spring-like protest movement now seems to be arising, seeking to topple the present Iraqi government. As Israelis, we should support the Iraqi people in their quest for true freedom and democracy.

Mendi Safadi, heads of the Safadi Center for International Diplomacy, Research, Public Relations and Human Rights, has noted that if we want to prevent the creation of another Syria, we should call upon the community of nations to intervene as soon as possible to uphold the rights of the protesters, prevent additional bloodshed, and stop the radical Islamists, Iran, and the former Baathists from overtaking the protest movement.

“Today, this Arab Spring has begun to take over Iraq against a government that is corrupt and loyal to Iran,” Safadi said. “These protesters are against the Iranians taking over Iraq. Talks with activists on the ground and the leaders of the protest movement reveal that the people are repulsed by the government, who betrayed their nation by becoming a proxy of Iran. The Iranian takeover of Iraq has gotten the people to revolt, to take to the streets and to demand that Iraq be returned to its rightful owners. They seek freedom and basic human rights that every citizen of this world deserves.”

According to a report from the Internal Commission of Iraq, “The Iraqi government takes instructions from Iranian Revolutionary Guard Commander Qassem Soleimani. Over 700 members of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard shot live fire at Iraqi demonstrators. There were demonstrators who were killed including men, women and children. The Iranians even went as far as burning a 2-year-old child in a car with her father. The Iraqi people are calling upon the international community to intervene urgently in order to save the Iraqi people, who have suffered under Iran and political Islam. We demand that all pro-Iranian parties be banished from Iraq and to take away all of Iran’s influence in the country. We seek to hold the regime accountable and to change from a parliamentary system to a republican form of government. We seek that the rights of women be respected, as the number of women in the country is very high. The Iraqi people will stop protesting only once our demands are met.”
Iraq crisis: Protests say anger could boil over Friday after 44 deaths
Protesters in Iraq prepared Friday for bloody clashes with security forces in Iraq after three days of protests that saw the government order live fire against the demonstrators. The protesters are angry. They have tried to block roads to the airport in Baghdad and break into the “Green Zone” where foreign embassies are located. They are shocked that officials have ordered live fire used against them.

The protests began on October 1 in the wake of Iraqi Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi sidelining a popular Counter-Terrorism service commander named Abdul Wahab Al-Saadi. But the real reason for the protests are much larger. They are angry over corruption and wage stagnation and lack of opportunities.

The Prime Minister has closed down internet and sought to isolate cities in Iraq. He gave a speech on Thursday evening and has indicated he could meet the protesters. But there are no clear leaders of the protests. The demonstrators gained some solace when the Shi’ite religious leader Ayatollah Ali Sistani appeared to express sympathy on Friday. Many believed that after prayers on Friday there would be bloody clashes unless the government retrains its tactics. It is not entirely clear which police have been ordered to fire on the protesters, because protesters say they cannot identify them by uniform. Some said it was not the Federal Police but other interior ministry forces. Others claims it was members of Shi’ite militias loyal to Iran, including the Saraya Khorosani unit. But much of this is rumors and has not been confirmed. What is clear is that security forces can be heard in dozens of videos using gunfire. Up to fifty demonstrators may have been killed and thousands injured, including members of the police.

The UN has called on Iraq to have a transparent investigation about the shooting of the demonstrators. “We call on the Iraqi government to allow people to freely exercise their rights to freedom of expression and peaceful assembly.”
Iran tries to blame Israel and US for Iraqi protests
Iranian media and local sources in Iraq have reported on the protests sweeping the country with increasing concern that the protesters oppose Iranian influence. This concern has now reached the highest levels of Iran’s regime where the narrative that has been concocted is to blame “foreign” hands for the unrest. Under this logic tens of thousands of young men, leaderless and braving the gunfire of security forces, have been sacrificing themselves by the dozens all because of some complex conspiracy.

Iraq’s government of Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi has shut down internet, social media and even made phone calls difficult in areas across Iraq, all to stop the protests. Yet the protests continue. To discredit them an Iranian cleric on Friday claimed the US and Israel are behind the protests. Supposedly it was to “disrupt a major annual Shi’ite Muslim pilgrimage planned to be held in Iraq later this month,” Reuters reported. “The enemy is now determined against the Islamic nation, America and Zionism are targeting the Arabaeen pilgrimage in Iraq, causing trouble,” claimed Ayatollah Mohammad Emami-Kashani.

His full Friday sermon, published at Tasnim News in Farsi claims that “America and Zionism are the enemies of God.” He mentions the Houthi rebels in Yemen who “have shown themselves against the miserable Saudi rulers,” and notes that Saudi Arabia’s reputation has been weakened. This is a reference to the September 14 drone and missile attack on Saudi Arabia. He also mentions the US “maximum pressure” sanctions on Iran and says that it has not been successful. “Endurance is the way of the martyrs.” It is in this context he says that the “enemies” are targeting the religious pilgrimages to the holy sites in Karbala, where Shi’ites make pilgrimage. He calls on people to take refuge in the shrine of Imam Hussein.

In Iraq the senior Shi’ite religious leader, Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani, lamented the deaths of dozens of protesters and called for an end to the deaths, casualties and destruction. He called on the government to listen to the people’s demands about corruption and other issues.
Russian journalist arrested in Tehran on suspicion of spying for Israel
A Russian journalist has been arrested in Iran on suspicion of spying on the Islamic Republic on behalf of Israel, according to family members and Russian media reports.

Yulia Yuzik was first declared missing earlier this week by family members who said she was arrested in Tehran days ago. Her ex-husband Boris Voytsekhovskiy posted on Facebook that Yuzik was facing charges of cooperating with Israeli intelligence services, and that her trial is scheduled for Saturday.

According to Voytsekhovskiy, Yuzik’s charges carry a prison sentence of up to 10 years.

It wasn’t clear when Yuzik was arrested; her last post on social media was a series of Instagram pictures taken in Kashan, a city in northern part of Isfahan province.

Voytsekhovskiy told Russian media outlets that Yuzik used to work as a correspondent in Tehran several years ago, and she returned to the Iranian capital last week at the invitation of an unknown party.
Engel bows to Arab lobbyists, pro-Israel friends are silent
An anti-Hamas bill has been severely watered down by Congressman Eliot Engel. It’s a turn of events that should trouble every supporter of Israel.

The New York Post revealed this week that Engel (D-NY), the chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, agreed to change the bill after heavy pressure from Qatar and the Palestinian Authority (PA)

The Post quoted “a personal acquaintance of Engel’s” as saying, “Eliot told me directly that he was getting a lot of pressure from the Qataris” about the bill. At the same time, Engel or his representatives held seven meetings this past spring with lobbyists for the PA, apparently to discuss the bill.

The Qataris didn’t like the fact that the bill mentioned Qatar’s massive financial support for Hamas. The PA didn’t like the fact that it would have penalized regimes—like the PA—that assist Hamas in various ways.

So the bill, which was authored by Rep. Brian Mast (R-Florida), was changed. The language about Qatar was removed, and loopholes were added so that aid to Hamas which is considered “humanitarian” would not be blocked.

We put “humanitarian” in quotation marks because we all remember how “humanitarian” concrete, which supposedly would be used to build homes, instead was used to build tunnels to kidnap and murder Israelis.

At this point in the story, you would imagine that those Jewish leaders who claim to be Engel’s buddies would have intervened to restore the original language of the Mast bill.
Behind the Lines: Pakistan and Israel: Much ado about nothing?
Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan last week dismissed speculation that his country was moving toward the establishing of open diplomatic relations with Israel. Speaking at the Asian Society in New York City last Thursday, as reported by the Middle East Eye website, Khan reiterated Pakistan’s traditional stance on the issue:

“Pakistan has a very straightforward position,” the Pakistani prime minister and former cricket star said. “It was our founder of Pakistan Quaid-i-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah who was very clear that there has to be just settlement, a homeland for Palestinians, before Pakistan can recognize Israel.”

His remarks, according to Middle East Eye, were met with enthusiastic applause. They came amid widespread recent speculation at a possible diplomatic breakthrough between Jerusalem and Islamabad. Prominent Pakistani journalist Kamran Khan launched the rumors with a tweet on August 25, asking “Why can’t we openly debate pros cons of opening direct and overt channels of communication with the State of Israel?”

What is the background to the recent speculation, and is there a realistic chance of a breakthrough, or do Imran Khan’s remarks settle the matter in the negative?

THERE IS a school of thought in Pakistan that favors the abandonment, or at least the questioning, of Islamabad’s long rejection of formal ties with the Jewish state. Why now?
'Recent convert' to Islam stabs 4 to death at Paris police headquarters
A 45-year-old technology administrator at the police headquarters in central Paris went on a knife rampage inside the building on Thursday, killing three police officers and an administrative worker before he was shot dead by an officer, French officials said.

French broadcaster BFM TV said the attacker had converted to Islam 18 months ago.

Officials did not say anything about the motive for the attack and said they were still trying to discover if there was a terrorism link.

The man launched the attack in his office then moved to other parts of the large 19th-century building across the street from the Notre Dame Cathedral.

An officer stopped the attack when he shot the assailant in the compound's courtyard, said a police official. The official was not authorized to talk publicly about the case and requested anonymity.
IDF thwarts weapons smuggling attempt from Lebanon to Israel
The IDF and Israel Police thwarted an attempt to smuggle weapons from Lebanon into Israel in September, according to an IDF spokesperson.

An IDF field observer from the 869th battalion spotted two suspects acting suspiciously on the Lebanese side of the border with Israel near the border fence. IDF soldiers went to the scene to check the issue.

Bags found in the area contained about 40 pistols and magazines which were meant to be smuggled from Lebanon into Israel. The background of the incident is being looked into.

One suspect was arrested on the Israeli side of the border and was transferred for questioning by security forces.

"I saw a suspect approaching the fence and immediately realized that this was an unusual incident," said Pvt. Adi ben Naim, the field observer who identified the suspects. "I alerted the troops and directed them to the location. It was only after the incident that I realized that a very large weapon-smuggling attempt was thwarted. My job as a field observer is to identify what takes place in the field and alert my commanders; which is exactly what I did in this incident.

Israeli military marks ‘Mean Girls Day’ by trolling Iran on Twitter
The Israel Defense Forces marked “Mean Girls Day” this week by tweeting a meme of Iran’s supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei and Hassan Nasrallah, leader of the Lebanese Shiite terrorist group Hezbollah.

The meme, posted on Thursday, October 3, was an altered version of a “never before seen” photo published by the Iranian government showing the supreme leader, Nasrallah and Qassem Soleimani — the commander of Iran’s elite Quds Force.

The IDF photoshopped the Iranians into a “Mean Girls” scene alongside Lindsay Lohan, with the caption: “There’s no one meaner than the mean girls of the Middle East…”

The IDF added #DontSitWithThem and #MeanGirlsDay to their post.

October 3 was a date that was mentioned in passing by Lohan’s character to her crush in Mean Girls, and has since become a pop cultural phenomenon marked annually by movie fans.

The “Don’t sit with them” refers to a line in the movie when Rachel McAdams’s character Regina George is turned away from popular clique’s table at lunch because she’s wearing sweatpants.

Arab citizens of Israel undergo quiet revolution
The Arab citizens of Israel need rapid development of their areas. They dream of having high-tech zones and industrial centers; they seek enhanced police work to battle the crime that is raging in the streets of Arab cities; and they resent the vicious incitement against them that was led for years by the prime minister and the ruling party. Will the future government, which for now is still nowhere to be seen, be able to fulfill all of these demands and build bridges between the establishment and one-fifth of Israel’s population?

During the recent political campaign, the Likud party accused Gantz numerous times of “planning to create a government with [Joint List MKs] Ahmad Tibi and Ayman Odeh,” but the leaders of the bloc had ruled it out many times. When Blue and White MK Ram Ben-Barak, ex-deputy director of the Mossad, turned to the Arabs this summer, he said that Blue and White needed them “to change the government.” But what will happen the day after such a change is accomplished?

Amjad Iraqi, a contributing editor at +972 magazine, said to The Media Line that what is missing from the tactical decision of the Joint List is thought about the day after. “This decision is quite some gamble that could also backfire, especially if a unity government will be formed eventually between Likud and the Blue and White bloc. I do understand the logic —Ayman Odeh decided to prioritize getting rid of Netanyahu, and most of the public endorsed him because they want to change at least some part of the equation. But how do we know that the Blue and White bloc, whose leaders had their share of critical and negative remarks about Arabs, will be able to live up to its promises?” said Iraqi.

El-Sana believes that if the Joint List is unable to maximize its gains this time around, the alternative for the next time will be voting for existing Jewish parties or for a joint Arab-Jewish party, a project that el-Sana tried to run this time together with the former Knesset speaker, Avrum Burg. There are also many question marks about the participation of the Balad party, which is increasingly seen by many in the Arab public as a destabilizing element that fails to serve its people. “If they were to participate in the elections today by themselves, they would go down. They have three seats in the Joint List, but they are worth only 1.5 seats, or even less” says Darawshe. On the opposite side, Iraqi believes that Balad gives legitimacy to the Joint List, serving as a link between them and the wider Palestinian cause. “Balad still represents a significant portion of voters. They need the Joint List, and the Joint List needs them,” he concludes.

For now, Arab voters seem to be quite satisfied with the result. They proved to be resilient against incitement and intimidation, increased their representation at the Knesset, and now will wait just like everyone else to see how the current political reality TV unfolds.

The leaders of the Joint List will now have to prove to their voters that they can make some real gains with the increased power that they received this time. Considering the shaky structure of the bloc, which includes four different parties with contradicting ideologies, this will not be easy. If no government is formed and Israel goes to a third round of elections, the bloc will have to campaign extremely hard to maintain its success. For now, it is unlikely that the Joint List will top its current result—13 seats. The quiet revolution in the Arab sector, however, will continue, sweeping Arab Israeli citizens away from segregation and isolation, toward integration and equality.
Thousands of Arab Israelis march, block roads to protest deadly crime wave
Thousands of Arab Israelis held protests Friday at the conclusion of prayers, a day after a general strike over a wave of deadly violence within the minority community.

Protesters blocked roads, including sections of the major highways in the north of the country. Demonstrators carried signs with slogans such as “our children’s blood is not cheap” and chanted slogans about what they say is police inaction on the issue.

Ayman Odeh, the head of the Knesset’s predominantly Arab Joint List faction, called on the Jewish community to join the protests, saying that a society without weapons should be the ideal for everyone.

“I also urge the Jewish public to join the protests. A society without firearms is a civil and social aim for us all,” Odeh tweeted.
Some Israelis to Celebrate Sukkot with 4 Species Holders Made in Gaza
Some Israelis — many, in fact — will celebrate the holiday of Sukkot this year holding their four species bound with holders produced in the Gaza Strip.

Ahead of the Jewish holiday, the IDF Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories (COGAT) has approved the import of tens of thousands of four species holders, used for the traditional customs of the holiday.

The four species – the etrog, a citron fruit; the lulav, a frond of a date palm; the hadas, a myrtle bough; and the aravah, a willow branch – are the species the Jewish people are commanded to bind together during the holiday.

The holders are made out of dried palm leaves, woven into a shape that allows the four species to be held together comfortably during the holiday prayers. The abundance of palm trees in Gaza, as well as cheap labor, makes the enclave a prime location for the production of the holders.

Despite the growing tension between Hamas, the terror group that controls Gaza and Israel, COGAT was able to facilitate the import successfully, passing it through the Kerem Shalom Crossing under heavy security inspection.
Ha'aretz: Meet the Palestinian Villagers Living Out the American Dream
Halfway between the West Bank cities of Ramallah and Nablus, the road gives way to an exit unlike any other along Israel’s Highway 60. At first glance, this route — lined with palm trees and polished sidewalks that lead up to lavish stone villas — looks like a well-funded Jewish settlement. But a closer look reveals that unlike other typical settlements, there is no security gate at the entrance to the community and its houses are not lined up in rows along the hilltops.

The expensive homes scattered on slopes among olive trees, reminiscent of the famous Hollywood Boulevard, are actually a window into the Palestinian diaspora. The majority of their dwellers are dual American-Palestinian nationals who live in the United States for most of the year and treat the village of Turmus Ayya as their summer home.

Turmus Ayyans are not only based in the United States. These Palestinian villagers are spread throughout the world, with members of the community living in Spain, Panama, Cuba and Brazil. According to the village’s municipal office, there are some 11,000 Turmus Ayyans in total; 4,000 are permanent residents, while 7,000 made their home abroad.

Unlike the majority of Palestinians living in the diaspora, Turmus Ayyans are not refugees of the 1948 war. Rather, they are economic immigrants who chose to leave this West Bank village in pursuit of better financial opportunities. Residents told Haaretz that the first villager to immigrate was Odeh Abdel Qader, who left for the United States in 1909 and worked in Manhattan's Little Syria (where the Financial District is situated today). Local Wadi Abu Awad recalls Qader’s return to the village: "He was the guy who came from America," he says. Throughout the 20th century, Qader’s legacy became an inspiration for other Turmus Ayyans who wished to chase the American Dream.

Hamas Facing Growing Criticism in Gaza
A picture making the rounds on social media shows the leader of Hamas, Ismail Haniyeh, with his six sons, standing healthy in tailored suits, and beneath it, a picture of Gaza youths who have had a leg amputated after rioting at the Gaza fence.

Another example is a recording by a Gazan father whose son was wounded at the border confrontations.

"I was told I needed to provide his medicine out of my own pocket. If he were the son of one of the Hamas higher-ups, the whole world would have given aid."

"Where am I supposed to get money for medicine? They told my boy to get on the bus and protest, and then they threw him out to die."

Iran not 'drawing back' militarily after Saudi attack-US admiral
Iran has not drawn back to a less threatening military posture in the region following the Sept. 14 attack on Saudi Arabia, the top U.S. admiral in the Middle East told Reuters, suggesting persistent concern despite a lull in violence.

"I don't believe that they're drawing back at all," Vice Admiral Jim Malloy, commander of the U.S. Navy's Bahrain-based Fifth Fleet, said in an interview.

The United States, Saudi Arabia, Britain, France and Germany have publicly blamed the attack on Iran, which denies involvement in the strike on the world's biggest crude oil-processing facility. The Iran-aligned Houthi militant group in Yemen has claimed responsibility.

Malloy did not comment on any U.S. intelligence guiding his assessment. But he acknowledged that he monitored Iranian activities closely, when asked if he had seen any concerning movements of Iranian missiles in recent weeks.

Malloy said he regularly tracks Iranian cruise and ballistic missile movements -- "whether they're moving to storage, away from storage." He also monitors whether Iran's minelaying capabilities head to distribution sites or away from them.

"I get a briefing of movements on a daily basis and then assessments as to what that could mean," he said.

Relations between the United States and Iran have deteriorated sharply since President Donald Trump pulled out of the Iran nuclear accord last year and reimposed sanctions on its oil exports.

For months, Iranian officials issued veiled threats, saying that if Tehran were blocked from exporting oil, other countries would not be able to do so either.

However, Iran has denied any role in a series of attacks that have followed, including against tankers in the Gulf using limpet mines earlier this year.
UN nuclear watchdog says Iran taking ‘step in right direction’
The UN’s nuclear watchdog said Friday Iran had taken “a step in the right direction” towards dealing with questions on its nuclear program but cautioned that the issues have not been “completely addressed.”

The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) did not detail what the questions related to but said it was “discussing substance” with the Iranians.

There has been “engagement” from Tehran in recent weeks on questions relating to its nuclear safeguards declarations to the agency, IAEA acting head Cornel Feruta told journalists in Vienna.

“[That] engagement doesn’t mean that the issues are completely addressed but it’s a step in the right direction,” he added.

Feruta said the queries did not touch directly on the faltering 2015 nuclear deal between Iran and world powers but rather on Iran’s separate safeguards agreement with the agency.

Diplomatic sources in Vienna say the agency has been waiting for information from the Iranians relating to samples taken earlier this year from a warehouse near the capital Tehran.
France: Iran, US have one month to come to negotiating table
Iran and the United States have one month to get to the negotiating table, France's foreign minister warned, suggesting Tehran's plan to increase its nuclear activities in November would spark renewed tension in the region.

French President Emmanuel Macron attempted but failed to broker talks between US President Donald Trump and Iranian President Hassan Rouhani in New York last week.

"We consider that these initiatives, which didn't succeed, are still on the table and it is up to Iran and the United States to seize [them] in a relatively short amount of time because Iran has announced new measures to reduce its commitments to the Vienna accord in November," Jean-Yves Le Drian told parliament's foreign affairs committee.

Iran is breaching the restrictions of its 2015 nuclear deal with major powers in response to US sanctions imposed since Washington pulled out of the agreement in May of last year.

It has said its next roll-back would be at the start of November, and diplomats fear that this next breach could force European powers, which are trying to salvage the accord, to respond.
Iran rejects French call for release of dual national scholar
Iran said on Friday that France's call for it to release a detained French-Iranian scholar was an interference in its internal affairs and would not help resolve the issue, the official news agency IRNA reported.

France's Foreign Ministry on Thursday demanded Iran release dual national Fariba Adelkhah, a senior research fellow at Sciences Po university in Paris, who was detained on unspecified charges earlier this year.

"(Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Abbas) Mousavi said the French Foreign Ministry's interference in the case of an Iranian citizen was irrelevant..., and added: 'This will not only fail to help resolve the issue, but rather make the legal process more complicated'," IRNA reported.

Rights activists have accused Iran of arresting a number of dual nationals to try to win concessions from other countries - a charge that the Islamic republic has regularly dismissed.

Adelkhah's arrest came at a time when France and other European powers were caught up in an international standoff over Tehran's 2015 nuclear deal, which the United States abandoned last year.
U.S. Sanctions Paralyze Imports via Iranian Ports
More than 20 ships carrying around one million tonnes of grain are stuck outside Iranian ports as US sanctions create payment problems and hamper the country’s efforts to import vital commodities, sources directly involved in the trade said.

Trading companies such as Bunge (BG.N) and China’s COFCO International have been hit by payment delays and additional costs of up to $15,000 a day as the renewed US restrictions stifle the processing of transactions, trade sources said.

According to Reuters, food, medicine and other humanitarian supplies are exempt from sanctions Washington re-imposed after US President Donald Trump said he was walking away from a 2015 international deal over Iran’s nuclear program.

But the US measures targeting everything from oil sales to shipping and financial activities have deterred several foreign banks from doing any Iranian business, including humanitarian deals such as food shipments.

The few remaining lenders still processing Iranian business face multiple hurdles to facilitate payments as financing channels freeze up.
U.S. Sanctions Squeezing Iran-Backed Hizbullah in Lebanon
The conflict between Iran and the U.S. that has created tensions throughout much of the Middle East is now also being felt in Lebanon, where Washington has slapped sanctions on the Iran-backed Hezbollah and warned they could soon expand to its allies, further deepening the tiny Arab country’s economic crisis.

The Trump administration has intensified sanctions on the Lebanese militant group and institutions linked to it to unprecedented levels, targeting lawmakers for the first time as well as a local bank that Washington claims has ties to the group.

Two U.S. officials visited Beirut in September and warned the sanctions will increase to deprive Hezbollah of its sources of income. The push is further adding to Lebanon’s severe financial and economic crisis, with Lebanese officials warning the country’s economy and banking sector can’t take the pressure.

“We have taken more actions recently against Hezbollah than in the history of our counterterrorism program,” Sigal P. Mandelker, undersecretary for terrorism and financial intelligence at the U.S. Treasury, said in the United Arab Emirates last month.

Mandelker said Washington is confident the Lebanese government and the central bank will “do the right thing here in making sure that Hezbollah can no longer have access to funds at the bank.”
Iran’s regime lashes out at German antisemitism commissioner in response to 'Post' article
The Islamic Republic of Iran’s foreign ministry blasted a prominent German official on Wednesday after the commissioner tasked with combating antisemitism told The Jerusalem Post that Chancellor Angela Merkel’s administration should withdraw from the Iran nuclear deal and re-impose sanctions on Tehran for its nefarious conduct.

The Iranian regime-controlled PressTV wrote that "in an online statement on Wednesday, Foreign Ministry spokesman Abbas Mousavi condemned the remarks by Uwe Becker, commissioner of the Hessian federal state government for Jewish life and the fight against anti-Semitism.”

PressTV added that “Becker on Monday called on German Chancellor Angela Merkel to put Israel's security above ‘possible economic interests’ that comes with the deal – known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA).”

Becker, the commissioner of the Hessian federal state government for Jewish life and the fight against antisemitism, told the Post on Monday that “the current escalation with Israel should be reason enough for Germany to advocate the.... Iran nuclear agreement, which has been undermined by Iran... [as] dead, and for the necessary sanctions against Tehran to become effective again in their entirety.”

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Climate Sceptics & Boris


I'm seeing rather a lot of negative posts on Facebook as regards Greta Thunberg and kids in general. The thrust of the argument, if you can call it that, is that they enjoy all these gadgets that they're wedded to, all of which consume power. Because of that, and their stance on climate change, they should give up the gadgets and go to live in a cave. It's a pure Tu Quoque fallacy.

The people posting these memes seem ignorant of the fact that there's no need to eschew gadgets at all, or cars, if we move to renewable power generation. Simple really, when you stop to engage your brain - which they rarely do.

Another argument is that if you want to give up eating beef, you're a hypocrite because you wear leather shoes. Stopping to think, once again, shoes last several years or more - a steak lasts till tomorrow's dinner time. It will require far fewer cattle to keep me in shoe leather than steaks. Let's use the meat only of cattle that are used for the production of leather and use less plastic.

While on the subject of gadgets, why the hell is my TV called a Smart TV when I have to spend ages using a keyboard on the screen with a cursor to type the letters of a search in iPlayer, Netflix or any of the other myriad catch-up services? If the TV is so smart, why can't I just talk to it and tell it to look for a particular TV programme, to switch on or off, to change the brightness or to change the volume? That would be snart.

Daily Brexit Bulletin:

Boris' speech to conference was stirring and inspirational stuff, but was the usual electioneering promises devoid of feasibility and logic. How he's going to plug the National Debt, overcome the 6% hit on GDP that's forecast for Brexit and spend, spend, spend on infrastructure and tax cuts is a mystery. These buggers have been in power for 11 years, for God's sake, and have had plenty of time to correct their mismanagement of public services. Then to wax lyrical about the NHS when all and sundry know the Conservatives would like nothing more than to sell the whole thing off is pure theatre.

As for a 2nd referendum on what was meant to be the best deal ever (certainly better than being in the EU) and in the quickest time ever, he said it would destroy people's confidence in democracy. No - my confidence in British democracy was trashed by the bare-faced lies, Facebook shenanigans and electoral fraud perpetrated in the 1st referendum.

Boris touched, as all Conservatives do, on the myth of them clearing up the financial mess left by the last Labour government, neglecting to mention at all the global financial crisis of 2008/9 and the havoc it wreaked on almost all developed countries. But that's what you'd expect.

Conference speeches were liberally peppered with the word elite when referring to Remainers. Do they mean these chaps?

Perhaps they meant the intellectual elite who can see through myth, bluster, lies and false promises because they have a few brain cells.


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Political Influence Continues at Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC)

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EVs To Revolutionize Postal Services, & More

Parcel and Postal Expo is the largest event for courier services in Europe and it is taking place in Amsterdam this year. What is different is the new emphasis placed on e-mobility — not only EVs, but also charging infrastructure. Having followed the trade show for a few years now, the shift is visible and e-mobility has never played such a significant role here before. My role has also changed over the years and I am in Amsterdam today with two of my clients that I have the pleasure to provide with consulting services on EV solutions — Voltia and InPost. The big question: what’s on the horizon for electrified postal services

Xpeng P7 Completes Durability Test Good For “10 Round-The-World Trips”

Xpeng P7While the Xpeng G3 electric vehicle (EV) continues its stellar sales climb, the stunning P7 EV has finished a round of tests equal to traveling 10 times around the globe. The company also secured a charging network and ecosystem partnership with TELD, China’s largest charging infrastructure. Additionally, the P7 is the first Smart Car with its own Alibaba In-Car Mini app, and pioneers an IFAA-standard Virtual Car Key. Not bad for a three-year young startup working on a Chinese schedule

Trueface and Bluestone launch biometric missing persons platform with digital ID ambitions

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EU enhances international cooperation in the Arctic


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PSC Routine 2019 | Primary School Certificate Routine Download

PSC Routine 2019 has been published by Primary School Certificate authority. Now download PSC Routine 2019 from here. PSC exam will starts from 17th November and ends in 24th November 2019. Primary school certificate exam is conducted by the Director of primary education.

    PSC Exam Routine 2019 has published by Primary Education Board on 22nd August 2019. Download PSC Routine 2019 from our website. DPE is responsible for the primary school certificate exam and eradicates the illiteracy in the country mass education infrastructure.

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    PSC Routine 2019 download by Primary Education Board The Primary Terminal Examinations-2019 for class (V) students of general and madrasah education will begin on 17th November 2019.
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    This decision is taken by the Primary and Mass Education Ministry on Sunday, 3rd August 2019. Primary and Mass Education Minister Mostafizur Rahman Fizar and Education secretary Kazi Akhter Hossain and Director General of Primary Education Department Shyamal Kanti Ghosh were among others were present at the meeting.

    Important Information on PSC Exam 2019

    PSC Exam 2019 would be held from 17th November to 24th November 2019 and exam time is 10:30am to 1:00pm but the handicrafts would get extra 20 minutes and PSC Exam 2019 fee has been allocated TK 60 Said an official. PSC Exam Result 2019 might be published on 28th December 2019. PSC Exam 2019 certificates would be given on 20th January 2020. For the first time, security tap would be used instead of a seal.
    There is a total of 31 lakh of class V students will sit for the PSC Examination 2019. There are 27 lakh 99 thousand 613 examinees are from the general line and 3 lakh 11 thousand 265 examinees will attend at PSC Exam 2019.

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    Easily download PSC Exam Routine 2019 of Primary school certificate. PSC is the first educational examination at all class 5 students. If they are passed the exam, then they can admit info class 6. After that, they start their Secondary school journey. Routine or timetable is the most important part of every exam. If you looking for PSC Routine 2019 for all education board, then you're in the right place.

    In here I am going to share full and final PSC Exam Routine 2019 that officially published by Primary education board. All PSC exam held under the Directorate of Primary education board and routine and time table also publish under this board. In below I am sharing probable PSC Routine 2019.

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    Table of PSC Exam Routine 2019

    Subject NameDateTime
    English17 November 201910:30 am to 1:00 pm
    Bangla18 November 201910:30 am to 1:00 pm
    Bangladesh & Bishya Porichay19 November 201910:30 am to 1:00 pm
    General Science20 November 201910:30 am to 1:00 pm
    Religion & Moral Education21 November 201910:30 am to 1:00 pm
    Mathematics24 November 201910:30 am to 1:00 pm
    PSC represents Primary School Certificate and it is equivalent to Ebtedayee exam. the PSC is also called Prathomik Shikkha Somaponi. Generally, PSC exams are held in the month of November and the result is announced in the month of December.

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    1. Write only the answer on the answer paper. 1×10=10
    i) Babul was _____ to move.
    (a) able (b) unable (c) enable (d) ability
    ii. What happened to Nipa?
    (a) She was alive (b) She was dead (c) She was weak (d) She was injured
    iii. What was completely ruined?
    (a) His dream (b) His field (c) His shop (d) His house
    iv. Later ______ were found with many others.
    (a) His father (b) His mother (c) their dead bodies (d) His uncle
    v. The village _____ the valley of death.
    (a) become (b) becomes (c) becoming (d) became
    vi. They made a _____ at their school field.
    (a) Hospital (b) market (c) shelter center (d) relief camp
    vii. Who did they work with?
    (a) villagers (b) family (c) NGO (d) Army
    viii. They needed a safe place to _____.
    (a) play (b) cultivate (c) sleep (d) run
    ix. The people suffer from _____.
    (a) many diseases (b) modern facilities (c) mosquitoes (d) fever
    x. What is the synonym of ‘ruined’?
    (a) Survived (b) Overcome (c) Destroyed (d) Built

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    Hong Kong opens for business after violent long weekend, braces for more protests


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    Une semaine en Tchéquie -11-



    Le printemps de Prague, du 5 janvier au 21 août 1968.

    La république socialiste de Tchécoslovaquie fait partie des pays du bloc de l'Est sous contrôle des dirigeants de l'URSS.Dans les années soixante, la production industrielle stagne, le secteur agricole est très en retard et le régime est caractérisé par un manque total de démocratie : parti politique unique, répression de la population par la police et le service de renseignements, censure de tous les écrivains et artistes.

    La population aspire à plus de liberté sans remettre en cause pour autant le régime socialiste. C'est le 5 janvier 1968 qu'Alexandre Dubcek est nommé premier secrétaire du Parti communiste et la présidence du pays est confié à Ludvik Svoboda. Il met en œuvre aussitôt un programme d'assouplissement.

    Mais, à Moscou, Brejnev voit d'un mauvais œil cette émancipation qui risque forcément de faire tache d'huile et de s'étendre aux pays limitrophes (Pologne, Hongrie, Bulgarie, Roumanie, etc). Il ouvre donc toute une série de négociations avec la Tchécoslovaquie, puis, le 3 août, une rencontre de tous les pays de l'Est a lieu à Bratislava. Il s'agit pour eux de réaffirmer leur fidélité au marxisme-léninisme et à l'internationalisme prolétarien. De son côté, l'URSS se réserve le droit d'intervenir si un système bourgeois visait à s'établir dans un de ces pays. 

    En gros, le message était le suivant : Rentrez dans le rang et tout ira bien !

    La menace ne fut sans doute pas prise assez au sérieux par le dirigeant tchèque. 

    Mardi 20 août 1968, il est 20h30. Des parachutistes russes en civils atterrissent sur un vol de l'Aéroflot à l'aéroport de Prague et en prennent aussitôt le contrôle. Quelques heures plus tard les premiers Antonov An-12 atterrissent et débarquent des troupes et du matériel lourd. Durant la nuit, les chars amassés aux frontières du pays font route vers la capitale. Au petit matin le centre de Prague est investi par les troupes soviétiques, le président Svoboda est en état d'arrestation, la tour de la radio est prise d'assaut. Le soir du 21 août 1968, toute la ville est aux mains des troupes soviétiques.

    Dubcek appelle la population à ne pas résister. Il y aura néanmoins près de 150 morts, plusieurs centaines de blessés.

    Voilà donc ce que fut le printemps de Prague. J'espère ne pas avoir fait d'erreur dans ce résumé. 

    Il en suivit une vague d'immigration ; environ 70 000 Tchéques quittèrent le pays dans les mois qui suivirent. Après le printemps, vint l'automne, c'est à dire la normalisation : procès, arrestations, emprisonnements.

    La chape de plomb du communisme retomba impitoyablement sur la Tchécoslovaquie. Il faudra attendre 20 ans pour que les choses se remettent à bouger. 

    Je me souviens exactement où j'étais le 20 août 1968. J'avais alors 19 ans et j'avais organisé un voyage avec mes parents dans plusieurs pays d'Europe. Nous étions allés successivement à Rotterdam, Amsterdam, Berlin et nous nous étions arrêtés dans une petite auberge bavaroise pour quelques jours quand la nouvelle de l'invasion de Prague parvint à notre connaissance. Les Allemands — ceux de l'Allemagne fédérale j'entends !—étaient atterrés.

    Moi, j'étais très triste : quelques jours auparavant, nous avions eu l'occasion de passer à Berlin-Est et j'avais été profondément suffoquée de voir à quel point la vie y semblait profondément désespérante. Des constructions hideuses, un délabrement des infrastructures, des magasins vides de toutes denrées. Je savais que la vie dans les pays communistes étaient loin d'être joyeuse, mais à ce point ! Apprenant l'allemand et le russe, j'avais plusieurs amies avec qui j'entretenais une correspondance très régulière. Il y avait Irena en Pologne, Evelyn à Berlin, Aline à Odessa, Tatiana à Budapest. Toutes, sans exception, rêvaient un jour de pouvoir passer à l'ouest ...

    La vie nous a séparées et je ne sais pas ce qu'elles sont devenues hormis Irena que j'avais revue en 1987 chez elle, à Poznan. Avant la guerre, son père était architecte. Il fut arrêté et envoyé en camp de concentration à Buchenwald, ainsi que son frère. Après la guerre, sa maison fut réquisitionnée par les Russes et elle ne put garder qu'une seule pièce, les autres étant données à d'autres familles polonaises. C'est ainsi que lorsque je suis allée la voir en compagnie de mon mari et de ma fille, nous couchions tous les trois dans cette unique pièce, Irena dormant dans une cabane construite dans le jardin, à côté des toilettes. En 1987 ...

    Je ne regrette pas cette expérience car d'abord j'étais heureuse de la revoir, je lui avais apporté plein de choses essentielles dont elle ne disposait pas car difficiles à trouver ou trop chères comme le café, les cigarettes, des médicaments, etc. Enfin, je voulais que ma fille voit la réalité de la vie de l'autre côté du Rideau de Fer.  Mission accomplie !

    À notre retour, j'avais fait les démarches nécessaires pour que sa fille, Ewa, puisse venir chez nous en France. Elle passa un mois à la maison.

    En France, on ne peut pas vraiment dire que la population a réagi à ces événements. Les gens étaient encore plongés dans Mai 68, et se foutaient franchement de ce qui se passaient ailleurs. Seules les manifs contre la guerre du Vietnam tenaient le haut du pavé.

    Quelques photos prises sur le vif :



    " Rentrez chez vous ! "













    En 2003, j'avais photographié le monument aux victimes du communisme :


    Cette fois-ci, je n'ai pas eu le temps d'y retourner.

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    Senior IT Auditor II

    GENERAL FUNCTION: Conducts larger and more complex IT governance, infrastructure & support, integrated business process and application audits under the direction of an Audit Manager for various lines of business/functional areas within the Bancorp. Primary responsibilities include supervision of assigned staff personnel and ensuring that the execution of all audit activities in the planning, fieldwork, reporting and wrap-up phases is conducted in accordance with established standards. Typically leads 2-4 staff per audit and manages multiple audits.


    * Ensure execution of all audit activities in the planning, testing, reporting and wrap up phases are in compliance with the Audit DivisionÆs methodology /standards and within the timeframes to support department metrics:

    o Collaborate with Financial and/or IT audit team members to plan audit projects.

    o Develop audit scope and objectives, risk and control assessments, work programs, and other deliverables of audit work.

    o Delegate responsibilities to audit staff members.

    o Lead the audit team in documenting business and IT management processes related to the entity being audited.

    o Execute testing of controls to assess operational effectiveness in managing risk.

    o Demonstrate and apply strong project management skills; Ensure accountability and high quality by directing daily progress of fieldwork, informing managers and clients of audit status, and supervising staff performance.

    o Use knowledge of risk and control concepts and industry trends to identify control recommendations and process improvement ideas.

    o Review audit workpapers and provide coaching feedback on work prepared by staff auditors.

    o Prepare audit report draft; ensuring that all areas of audit process and results has been addressed.

    o Communicate information to management through presentations and internal audit reports.

    o Consistently ensure compliance with Fifth Third Audit Standards and coach staff to develop their understanding of the Audit Standards.

    * Establish, foster and maintain working relationships with peers and supervisory management within the business line and cross-functional lines to support an effective workflow and continuous communications. Make significant contributions to customer and client satisfaction and deliver value to internal and external customer.

    * Assist in the identification and continuous monitoring of risks and other potential exposures to the Bancorp. Assist in the design, maintenance and execution of continuous monitoring programs that effectively assesses changing risk and the impact on internal controls and planned audit activities. Develop line of business and industry knowledge base to keep current on existing and emerging issues; apply this knowledge for the benefit of the BancorpÆs risk-based audit program. Provide input for developing recommendations and action plans to eliminate or mitigate observed risks.

    * Develop Individual and team performance by understanding and communicating performance expectations and providing/requesting and acting upon feedback. Establish and execute a Development Plan.

    * Participate in departmental processes and initiatives, including employee-focused processes that promote resource development.

    * Lead audit and regulatory issue follow-up processes.

    * Perform other tasks as assigned.

    SUPERVISORY RESPONSIBILITIES: Lead and develop audit staff auditors to ensure optimal performance in meeting the Audit DivisionÆs goals and objectives. Assign, monitor, and review audit work of staff members assigned to the audit project. Responsible for the day-to-day supervision of assigned staff auditors, including: active coaching, optimum utilization, identification of challenging work assignments and mentoring. Manage staff utilization. Provide timely and effective feedback throughout the audit and through a written periodic performance review at the completion of each audit assignment. Assist in development of peers and staff by participating in, and leading, mentoring and education programs that give employees exposure to audit proces

    Reporting Financial Analyst

    GENERAL FUNCTION: Assist in the execution of moderately complex financial analysis of key business areas within the Bancorp. Complete assigned areas in periodic SEC filings. Represent SEC reporting in various accounting and finance initiatives. Serve as financial leader to Fifth Third Bancorp lines of business and/or external agencies to understand and meet the information needs required to sustain growth. Focus on providing value-added analysis and recommendations to support business growth.


    * Understand and assist in the identification of key business factors (both internal and external) and accounting issues that impact the preparation of SEC filings.

    o Continue to develop knowledge base to keep current on existing and emerging issues in both accounting and banking; apply this knowledge to assist in completing required SEC filings.

    o Develop recommendations and action plans to improve disclosures and improve processes to eliminate or mitigate observed risks.

    * Assist in the execution of SEC filings and financial analysis.

    o Prepare reports

    o Analyze peer disclosures and identify reporting trends and areas of improvement.

    o Perform maintenance on existing schedules and reports for changes to information.

    o Document, evaluate and improve design of reports and processes to ensure that analytical tools evolve as business changes.

    o Participate in New General Ledger Account meetings to ensure general ledger infrastructure and chart of accounts supports SEC reporting needs.

    * Monitor monthly internal financial statements and assist in the identification and resolution of related accounting and presentation issues.

    * Assist in ensuring proper Sarbanes Oxley documentation in connection with SEC filings.

    * Assist with implementation and recurring compliance of various technical accounting standards.



    Project Manager (ERP)

    Adecco is partnering with a local manufacturing company in Winchester, IN to find an experienced Project (ERP) Manager.

    The position entails maintaining the ERP system ensuring it provides the company with proper business solutions and accurate results.


    * Quality and timeliness of Plex programs

    * Quantity and quality of new and updated Plex systems and programs

    * Application Security

    * Infrastructure and middleware set up required for all components of the project

    * Technical readiness activities


    * Outstanding verbal and written skills are essential.

    * Experience in supervising large, complex application projects.

    * Experience in understanding dependencies across cross-functional teams and driving teams to work together towards a common goal.

    * Experience with cost accounting, cost control, production and HR systems.

    * Must be able to raise issues and risks in a timely manner and work with the executive team to resolve issues and mitigate risks.

    * Must be able to lead the project team to meet deadlines without direct authority and negotiate with functional supervisors and managers.

    * Experience working in a deadline-driven environment, handling and prioritizing multiple tasks.

    * Demonstrated experience leading without direct authority.

    * Demonstrated track record of successful project delivery.

    * Excellent conceptual, problem solving, and analytical skills

    * Ability to work independently or as a member of a team on complex tasks.

    * Demonstrated competency in documenting solutions for both technical and functional audiences.

    * Effective planner and organizer.

    Professional Practices Group - Senior

    GENERAL FUNCTION: The Professional Practices Group (PPG) Senior position will be responsible for executing key Audit Division administrative and infrastructure-related processes. The PPG Senior will report administratively to the PPG Group Audit Manager and will assist the PPG Group Audit Manager in the successful execution of PPG processes and initiatives and the overall management of the PPG.


    * Audit/Regulatory Issues Management Process:

    o Assist with the oversight of all aspects of the BancorpÆs audit/regulatory issues management process.

    o Oversee and supervise the accurate input and on-going data integrity of issues-related information.

    o Facilitate the generation of high-quality, accurate deliverables/reports within established timeframes, including reports generated for Audit Division personnel, Bancorp personnel, regulatory examiners, external auditors and the Audit Committee.

    o Serve as a key liaison with customers, including Audit Division personnel, Bancorp personnel, regulatory examiners, and external auditors, on audit/regulatory issues management activities.

    * Resource Scheduling Process:

    o Assist with the management of all aspects of the Audit DivisionÆs resource scheduling process, including coordination with Audit Division management.

    o Oversee and supervise the accurate input and on-going data integrity of resource scheduling-related information.

    o Facilitate the generation of high-quality, accurate deliverables/reports within established timeframes, including reports related to resource utilization and availability.

    * Internal Management/External Customer Reporting:

    o Facilitate the generation of accurate, high-quality internal management and external customer reporting within established timeframes including, but not limited to, performance measures, audit report status, etc.

    o Assist in the coordination of the periodic Audit Committee meeting materials preparation process with Audit Division management.

    * Internal Quality Assurance Process:

    o Assist with the performance of periodic internal quality assurance review (QAR) procedures of key Audit Division activities including, but not limited to, workpaper documentation, issues follow-up, TeamMate finalization, etc.

    o Summarize and communicate results to Audit Division management.

    o Identify opportunities to reinforce existing standards and communicate to Audit Division personnel.

    * Annual Risk Assessment/Audit Plan Development Process:

    o Assist with the execution of all aspects of the Audit DivisionÆs annual risk assessment and audit plan development process.

    o Facilitate the generation of high-quality, accurate deliverables/reports, including Audit Committee-related reporting, within established timeframes.

    o Serve as key liaison with Audit Division management throughout the process.

    o Facilitate the timely processing of plan changes.

    * Departmental Technology:

    o Serve as a subject matter expert and primary point-of-contact with Bancorp IT on key systems utilized by the Audit Division, including the TeamMate and Project and Portfolio Management (PPM) software applications.

    o Facilitate the identification, planning and implementation of process improvement opportunities associated with departmental technology tools.

    * Process Improvement/Special Projects:

    o Strive to identify opportunities for continuous improvement to existing processes and coordinate the ultimate implementation of these improvements.

    o Assist the PPG Group Audit Manager and other Audit Division leaders in the timely completion of special projects and ad-hoc requests.

    SUPERVISORY RESPONSIBILITIES: Responsible for providing Professional Practices Group employees timely, candid and constructive performance feedback and provide challenging opportunities that enhance employee career growth and develop the appropriate talent pool to ensure adequate bench strength.


    Agency Program Manager (Voice)

    General Function:

    . BPO Program Manager (voice) is responsible for leading the internal effort to set up a voice BCP site off shore (Philippines). They will be charged with working with internal staff and off shore provider (SLK) to clearly articulate the businesscasean ensuring execution. This position will create transition plans with 3rd party Collections provider and the line of business to move existing work to the newly created site and work closely with 5/3 call center and process owners to move workaccordingto business case. The Program manager will have the responsibility of overseeing the transition of all work from the US and India into the new location. They will work closely with SLK to set up infrastructure, hire leadership and staff tomeet 5/3standards of operation. This position will require extend stay in off shore location to ensure a successful migration of work load. The Program manager will coordinate all training efforts with SLK and 5/3 to ensure all procedures and policiesare inaccordance with

    Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

    . Responsible for Oversight of Internal Enterprise program management of all voice offshore/outsource initiatives.

    . Partner with 5/3 Global Solutions sales team and assist in voice sales efforts as needed.

    . Responsible for leading voice initiative to deliver discovery and transition services for Internal/External clients.

    . Responsible for exceeding Internal/External customer''s needs and delivering transitions on time at cost with a high degree of quality.

    . Partnership with sourcing, risk, IT, EPMO, and other core offshore support departments to

    Insure smooth transitions while adhering to Bancorp risk and compliance policies.

    . Understand telephonic systems and work closely with IT resources to deliver customer expectations.

    . Assist in P&L management for Agency and SLK Global to deliver $100m in revenue by 2019.

    . Lead / coordinate SLK transitions resources to ensure adequate availability of resources to meet pipeline demand.

    . Oversee SLK Operations and ensure productivity and quality standards are met on each customer voice engagement.

    . Identify and implement process improvement/efficiencies within current BPO operations on-shore and off-shore

    . Re-engineer internal/external processes to enable off shoring, through lean/six sigma methodology.

    . Assist/champion issue resolution for any/all escalated enterprise-wide BPO initiatives.

    . Lead the execution/implementation of offshore development strategies and next generation BPO

    . Projects/initiatives throughout enterprise

    . Hold monthly review with voice production management on production/transition issues and future enhancements

    . Ensure Daily management and analytics reporting on all daily voice production and quality metrics are delivered to the customer and reviewed for systemic issues.

    . Senior management communication and progress updates across lines of business.

    . Assist in the monthly BPO Center of Excellence committee meetings to ensure the best in class

    . Responsible for leading a team of BPO account managers to deliver discovery and transition services for Internal/External clients.

    . Coordinate annual BPO forecast and gain approval from business partners and set timelines for each engagement.


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    Senior IT Risk Analyst

    GENERAL FUNCTION: This position is responsible for implementing information technology risk management strategies identified by the IT Risk Manager. In this role, the Senior IT Risk Analyst will be assigned overall responsibility for key areas and will have accountability for proper planning, prioritization and execution of supporting IT risk responsibilities. This position is responsible for hands-on execution of control/risk assessments and the development of control enhancement recommendations.


    Support the IT Risk Manager in the execution of responsibilities to conduct risk assessments, implement self-assessment programs, perform technical research on risk topics, and other activities that support risk management goals for the IT Division. Some of the primary responsibilities include:

    * Support the IT Risk Manager on the implementation of information technology risk management strategy and operating priorities.

    * Support the integration of the IT Risk Management practices into key Information Technology and business areas.

    * Build effective relationships with key individuals who own and support processes you are responsible for evaluating, including the appropriate line-of-business risk managers.

    * Perform ongoing planning and prioritization of key projects and activities to ensure that resources are applied to the most critical areas. Communicate with the IT Risk Manager, as needed, to ensure proper prioritization and management of workload.

    * Participate on projects and ensure that key IT risks are being adequately addressed. Coordinate with project managers to ensure that issues are identified, action plans are in place and that PLC requirements are being met.

    * Perform risk assessments on key IT processes or assets, identify vulnerabilities and propose solutions to mitigate risk. Perform due diligence and risk assessments on IT service providers.

    * Work with IT areas in developing an effective self-assessment process for proactively identifying risks associated with processes, applications and technical infrastructure components.

    * Support compliance with applicable regulations, which include, but is not limited to the following: the FDIC Improvement Act, the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002 and the Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act of 1999.

    * Support the resolution of Internal Audit, regulatory, or Risk Management related issues that could impact the confidentially, availability or integrity of data or processes.

    * Create effective risk assessment documentation supporting work performed, including formal communication on risk assessment results. Be able to deliver effective presentations to management on summary of work performed and findings.

    SUPERVISORY RESPONSIBILITIES: The Senior IT Risk Analyst will have responsibility for supervising IT Risk Analyst(s) on projects that require support. Basic supervisory responsibilities include defining scope of work to be performed, providing guidance and other resources to the IT Risk Analysts as needed, ensuring timely completion of assignments, and reviewing quality of work performed to ensure adherence with IT Risk Management standards.


    Agenda for October 2019 Regular Meeting of the Franklin Town Council Released


    The Franklin Town Council will be holding its regular meeting for October 2019 on Monday night in the lower level of the town hall. The meeting begins at 6pm and is open to the public. Macon Media intends to be there to stream live video of the meeting and to record it for later uploading to the internet.

    Copies of the public agenda and agenda packet are posted below. Several readers have said they cannot access documents in a PDF format, so I (Bobby) have attempted to transcribe portions of the agenda packet so they can be read.

    Franklin Town Council
    October 7, 2019

    1. Call to Order - Mayor Bob Scott

    2. Pledge of Allegiance - Vice Mayor Barbara McRae

    3. Adoption of the October 7, 2019 Town Council Agenda

    4. Approval of Consent Agenda for October 7, 2019

    A.) Approval of the September 3, 2019, Town Counmtil Minutes
    B.) Budget Amendments
    C.) Street Closing Request for Jeepers Creepers
    D.) Tax Releases
    E.) Forward Re-Zoning Petition to the Town Planning Board
    F.) Set Public Hearing for Plat Stamp Amendment to the Unified Development Ordinance

    5. Public Session (Public Comments)

    6. New Business:

    A.) Presentation on Growing Outdoor Communities - Cory McCall
    B.) Discussion on Love Street Property - Joyce Handley
    C.) Discussion on Waiving Tap Fees for Macon County's New Dog Park - Town Manager Summer Woodard
    D.) Discussion on W-R Contract for Phase II of the Water Treatment Plant - Town Manager Summer Woodard
    E.) Update on Leash Law- Town Manager Summer Woodard and Town Attorney John Henning Jr
    F.) Update on Opportunity Zones - Vice Mayor Barbara McRae

    7. Legal:

    A.) Discussion on Town of Franklin Guardrail Policy - Town Attorney John Henning Jr.
    B.) Update on NCDOT SidewalkAgreement along US-441 South to Prentiss Bridge - Town Attorney John Henning Jr.

    8. Announcements

    A.) Town Hall Movie Night will be Friday, October 8, 2019
    B.) Pumpkinfest will be Saturday, October 19, 2019, from 9am to 4pm
    C.) Second Annual Town of Franklin Leaf Pickup is available

    9. Adjourn

    Copy of Agenda Packet sent to media outlets

    Expanded Public Agenda

    Franklin Town Council
    EXPANDED Agenda
    October 7, 2019

    1. Call to Order - Mayor Bob Scott

    2. Pledge of Allegiance - Vice Mayor Barbara McRae

    3. Adoption of the October 7, 2019, Town Council Agenda

    4. Approval of Consent Agenda for October 7, 2019

    A.) Approval of the September 3, 2019, Town Council Minutes
    B.) Budget Amendments
    C.) Street Closing Request for Jeepers Creepers
    D.) Tax Releases
    E.) Forward Re-Zoning Petition to the Town Planning Board

    The family of the Lillian Fouts Estate would like to have this parcel rezoned from R-1 to C-3. The parcel is in the ETJ and not in the city limits. It adjoins R-1 to the north and west, C-3 off of US-441 N 9Georgia Road) & Belden Circle to the north, east and south. Currently the only road access is off of Dryman Road. The site is served with city 6" water line, the nearest sewer line is down on the Georgia Road. The only major consideration to review is the traffic on Dryman Road for a commercial development.

    F.) Set Public Hearing for Plat Stamp Amendment to the Unified Development Ordinance

    The town manager suggests (if approved) set a public hearing for plat stamp amendment to the Unified Development Ordinance for Monday, November 4, 2019 at 6:05pm.

    Copy of the proposed change and resolution:

    Ordinance No. 2019-008

    WHEREAS, there was adopted a unified development ordinance for the Town of Franklin, by a unanimous vote of the Board of Aldermen, at its regular meeting held on the 1st day of October, 2007; and

    WHEREAS, the Acts of the State Legislature of the State fo North Carolina empower and authorize the Legislative Body of this Town to adopt ordinances, and to revise, amend, augment, and restate ordinances adopted pursuant to that authority; and

    WHEREAS, as the Legislative Body of the Town of Franklin, the Town Council deems it necessary and expediant to adopt certain amendments to the unified development ordinance for the Town of Franklin, and has considered adoption of the same after due advertisement and public hearing;

    NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT ORDAINED by the Town Council of the Town of Franklin that:

    Section 1. §152.052(E)(4)(i) of the Unified Development Ordinance is hereby amended as follows:

    "(i) All the following certifications shall appear on the final plat, including the Zoning Certificate of Approved Nonconformity, if applicable:


    5. Zoning Certificate of Approved Nonconformity. The proposed [boundary line adjustment, subdivision] depicted herein is not in conformance with the requirements of the Unified Development Ordinance of the Town of Franklin. This recording is now listed as a legal nonconforming use and is hereby approved for recording in the Office of the Register of Deeds of Macon County.

    5. 6. Review Officer Certification. State of North Carolina, County of Macon, I, ____, Review Officer of Macon County, certify that the map or plat to which this certification is affixed meets all the statutory requirements for recording.
    (Date) (Review Officer)

    Section 2. Except as amended hereby, the affected sections of the Unified Development Ordinances shall remain in full force and effect as enacted.

    Planning Board Recommendations
    Town of Franklin
    September 16, 2019


    • Applicant - Town of Franklin
    • Original apllication was submitted on August 27, 2019
    • This addition to the UDO would give the Land Use Administrator another stamp he/she could use to properly apprive of plats for zoning approval to be recorded.
    • The only stamp currently allowed has potential to stamp a plat that is non-conforming and say that it conforms to the UDO.

    Recommendation Consideration:


    1. The proposal will place all property similarly situated in the area in the same, category, or in appropriate complementary categories. Yes

    2. There is convincing demonstration that all uses permitted under the proposed classification would be in the general public interest and not merely in the interest of an individual or small group. Yes, so property owners would be made aware of the non-conforming use at the time of recordation.

    3. There is convincing demonstration that all uses permitted uder the proposed districty classification would be appropriate in the area included in the proposed change. Yes

    4. There is convincing demonstration that the character of any neighborhood will not be materially and adversely affected by any use permitted in the proposed change. Yes, it will just simple be making everyone aware of the non-conforming use.

    5. The proposed change is in accord with the principles of growth, sound planning principles and any applicable small area plan. Yes

    Recommendation: Planning Board recommends this UDO amendment change.

    5. Public Session (Public Comments)

    6. New Business:

    A.) Presentation on Growing Outdoor Communities - Cory McCall

    Macon County Economic Development Commission
    July 11, 2019 Meeting
    SCC - Macon - Franklin, North Carolina


    Present: David Hubbs, Vice-Chair; Barbara McRae, Secretary; Tommy Jenkins, Executive Director; Ken Murphy; Bill Futral, Mark West, Roger Plemons, Cory McCall. Guests: Robin Jenkins, Luke Barber (reporter/Franklin Press)

    Absent: Johnny Mira-Knippel, Chair; Brain Stiehler, Jim Breedlove, Brett Murphy, Karl Gillespie, Ronnie Beale, Derek Roland

    In the absence of Chairman Johnny Mire-Knippel, Vide-Chair David Hubbs conducted the meeting.

    Mark West: Motion to approve minutes of May 9, 2019 meeting.
    Bill Futral: Second.
    Passed unanimously.

    Mr Hubbs introduced Noah Wilson, Director of Growing Outdoor Partnerships, who gave a presentation on this regional effort.

    Growing Outdoor Partnerships

    Economic development and outdoor recreation are coming together in the region, Mr Wilson said. Last year, partners created 200 outdoor industry jobs in the 25 Western North Carolina Counties his project covers.

    Growing Outdoor Partnerships is funded by ARC [editors note: Appalachian Regional Commission URL] and is considered a pilot for other Appalachian communities that are moving toward a goal of healthy people, healthy places. The effort is part of an ARC commitment to replace the economic importance of coal in the region. In Macon County, the loss of the Caterpillar plant was part of a cascade of economic impacts related to the decline of coal mining.
    The question ARC considered is: How can we help these rural counties use recreation as a driver?

    Noting "You can't outsource the mountains," Mr Wilson explained that, despite the popularity of Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Blue Ridge Parkway, and other outdoor attractions, the Appalachians have not been as successfully branded as the Rockies.

    The project includes six basic areas of focus:

    1. Workforce development. The goal: anyone who wnats a job in the outdoor space can get a job and anyone who needs workers can find an employee.

    Efforts to build workforce include creation of five or six certificate programs at WCU [editors note: Western Carolina University URL], such as Masters in Recreation. The degrees are given through established departments of the school.

    Another aspect of workforce creation is participation by Growing Outdoor Partnerships in a large outdoor-retailers show. EDC member Cory McCall serves on the GOP advisory board and attended the show this year.

    Mr Wilson also mentioned the partnership's recruiting efforts and a new textile programs to promote a resurgence of sewing work in WNC 9Tents, outdoor gear and kayaks, for example). This requires specialized sewing skills but build on skills many in thie regional already posses.

    2. Expanding entrepreneurship & capital access. Mountain BizWorks is the primary manager & fiscal agent of the customized training portion of this effort. Capital access is through Capital Investment Fund, SW Commission loan fund; and NCI for larger projects.

    3. Regional Branding & Marketing. The Most-Visited Places (GSMNP and BR Parkay) are in our backyard, but "all the imagery is Rocky Mountains." How do we fill that brand out? We can leverage it through all partnerships, including regional TDAs and TDCs.

    \4. Connecting supply chains. Downloadable data is available through Manufactured NC, supply chain working group. We need to figure out what we can make in NC, and market it well, Mr Wilson said. Who has those capacities? He noted that people want US manufactured items. "There is opportunity, catcvh that wave!"

    5. Weaving together regional outdoor community. Organize all segments around supply chains. Identify the parties: Marketing and branding. Infrastructure. Local government. Summer camps. Permitting agencies. Lawyers and accountants who understand seasonal cycles, how pieces fit together.

    An annual regional conference bringning all partners together has been held at WCU, but has outgrown it and moved to Asheville:

    Outdoor Economy Conference: October 10, Crown Plaza, Asheville.

    6. Driving Economic Development. It is important for developers to understand the culture of the outdoors, what makes someone in that industry take notice of you, how you dress. "Make plans to build an industry."

    Discussion on an Outdoor Economy

    Noah Wilson's presentation stimulated a lengthy discussion on how Macon County can develop its own outdoor economy. Following are some of the questions and thoughts members expressed.

    Bill Futral: How do you get the word out?

    Noah Wilson: Networking

    Ken Murphy: Is Franklin Chamber equipped to get the word out? He suggested mini-courses for merchants and others, so they know how to answer visitors' questions, re "What is there to do here?"

    Cory McCall & Ken Murphy: Something like "Heart of Brevard" - map of county with locations of waterfalls, overlays that show mountain bike trails, etc. Perhaps on Outdoor 76 building.

    Noah Wilson: Existing businesses are a catalyst for the industry, as anyone who wants to put a business in the county tends to be someone who wants to be outdoors.

    Cory McCall: The outdoor industry includes more than just "earthy" pursuits like hiking. ATVs, fishing, and much more are part of it.

    Ken Murphy: What activities are going on that we could participate in that include outreach to municipal areas?

    Noah Wilson: How do you ensure that we're marketing to right people, being smart with our dollar?

    Cory McCall: We need to coordinate branding - run with a strong, consistent brand.

    Tommy Jenkins: The thought The thought in the past was that Asheville was the center of this, but you (GOP) are doing a good job of spreading it out.

    Noah Wilson: There are 19 projects in this program; every one has a rural focus.

    Tommy Jenkins: We have as a community a lack of focus on planning for outdoor recreation. This would be a convenient time to look at how to develop a strategic plan from a community perspective on how to develop our outdoor economy. Cory serves on Growing Outdoors Partnerships' advisory board. I have asked him to develop a working group to do a strategic plan for the county.

    Cory McCall: I've been impressed with individuals on the advisory board. There is great potential in our community... I've been shocked at how many people commented on the outdoor recreation economy, asked about interviews, wanted quotes. This is prime time to step up and ride this wave. We need to maximize how we capitalize on this and develop a feasible plan.

    Tommy Jenkins: It is important to reach out to others in this sector, include them and get their input. I will get together with Cory next week, develop a timeline, see who we can pull in from the community. We'll depend on Bill Futral for Highlands input.

    Ken Murphy: Part of this should be working with other counties in the region.

    Cory McCall: Everyone understands that we're all in the same boat. We're more connected than ever. We have no option - we have to work together. The emphasis is on rural.

    Tommy Jenkins referred to a handout showing $1.64 billion per year spent on outdoor recreation in 11th Congressional District. [editor's note: the handout was not included in the agenda packet]

    Cory McCall: It is exciting to see our region taking a lead on this.

    Noah Wilson: We have been building organically. We need to do this as a region, build out brand and run with it.

    Motion on Strategic Plan

    Barbara McRae moved and Cory McCall seconded that we proceed with deveoping a strategic plan for the county on the outdoor recreation economy. The motion passed unanimously. (As noted above, Mr Jenkins has asked Cory MCCall to lead this effort. He asked Bill Futral to represent Highlands in the working group.)

    Director's Report

    Mr Jenkins did not have a written report but gave a brief oral report. Highlights include:

    • We continue to work on some projects involving new retail on 441 bypass.
    • EDC is working on a company expansion that would add quite a few jobs. We are doing a grant application for that project.
    • Braodband continues to be a matter of importance. Otto community's Little Tennessee Broadband iniative is going forward. There is movement on their work with Haywood EMC, and that could impact Scaly Mountain as well.

    (Aside. David Hubbs: Starlink, Elon Musk's initiative, launched 60 satellites in May. These are the first 60 of about 12,000 he will eventually put in orbit. His intention is to provide internet access from low earth orbit to the entire planet. With an antennaae [editor's note: correct spelling is antenna] the size of a pizza box, that would give you 40 mg. [editor's note: it is unknown what HUbbs was trying to say. The goal is to provide Gigabit service to rural and underserved customers. See x for more information on the project.] Initial launch is expected in May. A few days after launch, a guy in the Netherlands got a video of train of satellites going across. No word on how much the service will cost. Probably by 2024-2025 Starlink will start providing service.)

    • Workforce development: EDC is working with NC Career Center, staying on top of demand for employees.


    Barbara McRae provided information on several projects:

    • Upcoming charette for Franklin Comprehensice Plan (June 17-19).
    • Status of work and funding for onumental staue planned for Little Tennessee River and Nikwasi Mound area.
    • Recent expansion of Women's History Trail to 14 sites.
    • Decision of Cerokee Tribal Council to place $150,000 recurring line item in their budget to fund Nikwasi Initiative. This will allow NI to hire staff and fund other expenses.

    Having no additional business, the meeting adjourned.

    Respectfully submitted,

    Barbara McRae, Secretary

    B.) Discussion on Love Street Property - Joyce Handley

    C.) Discussion on Waiving Tap Fees for Macon County's New Dog Park - Town Manager Summer Woodard

    Macon County has requested that the Town of Franklin waive all tap fees associated with the dog park the county is building on Phillips Street. A transcribed copy is posted below:

    Ms Woodard, Mayor Scott and Honorable Councilmembers,

    I hope this letter finds each of you well. As you are aware, construction of a new dog park facility is currently underway, on the 7.35 acre tract of land owned by Macon County, located inside the Town of Franklin. The property, which is bordered by Phillips Street to the East, is more particularly describes PIN# 659418589 in records furnished by the Macon County Tax Office. [editor's note: Link to property description on the county website ]

    Upon completion, the fenced-in dog park will contain public restrooms, a walking trail and additional parking. We feel strongly, that this $120,000 investment will benefit residents and visitors to both Macon County and the Town of Franklin. In light of the mutual benefits this facility will provide, we would respectfully request that the Town Council consider waiving all tap fees associated with the proposed new dog park facility.

    Kindest Regards,

    Derek C Roland
    Macon County, Manager

    D.) Discussion on W-R Contract for Phase II of the Water Treatment Plant - Town Manager Summer Woodard

    A copy of the proposed Agreement for Engineering Services to the Town of Franklin for Phase II of the Water Treatment Plant expansion has been extracted from the agenda sent to media outlewts and is embedded below for transparency purposes.

    E.) Update on Leash Law- Town manager Summer Wooard and Town Attorney John Henning Jr
    F.) Update on Opportunity Zones - Vice Mayor Barbara McRae

    7. Legal:

    A.) Discussion on Town of Franklin Guardrail Policy - Town Attorney John Henning Jr.

    A transcribed copy of the proposed Town of Franklin Streets and Sidewalks policies is included below.

    Town of Franklin
    Streets and Sidewalks Policies

    I. Town Policy

    It is the Town's policy to provide for the common good of its citizens by maintaining streets and sidewalks that are the most efficient, useful, and safe condition that can be provided within the Town's resources.

    II. Regulations

    Where federal and state laws and regulations supercede these policies, they shall be interpreted and enacted to conform to such laws and regulations. Where the Town has previously enacted an ordinance that conflicts with this policy, the ordinance shall prevail. The Town Manager is authorized to adopt changes to this policy that are mandated by applicable law. In situations that are not addressed by law or ordinance, the Town Manager is authorized to act on behalf and in the best interests of the Town.

    III. Traffic Safety Devices

    A. INSTALLATION OF GUARDRAILS AND OTHER SAFETY DEVICES. Guardrails and other safety devices shall be installed upon the recommendation of the Public Works Director, within funds budgeted by the Town Council. The Public Works Director shall base the recommendation upon current and applicable regulations of the North Carolina Department of Transportation.

    B.) Update on NCDOT SidewalkAgreement along US-441 South to Prentiss Bridge - Town Attorney John Henning Jr.

    A copy of the proposed agreement between the town and the NCDOT has been extracted from the agenda packet and embedded below.

    8. Announcments

    A.) Town Hall Movie Night will be Friday, October 8, 2019
    B.) Pumpkinfest will be Saturday, October 19, 2019 from 9am to 4pm
    C.) Second Annual Town of Franklin Leaf Pickup is available

    9. Adjourn


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    Tencent leads $10M A funding round in SenSat, which digitises real-world locations

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    After BrooklynSpeaks meeting, can new legislative efforts improve accountability and reciprocal benefits? Three years to build each phase of platform?

    The bottom line, from BrooklynSpeaks
    Atlantic Yards/Pacific Park seems to be at an inflection point, presenters at a forum said last night, and that should offer leverage for improvements in public benefits and public oversight.

    However, lead developer Greenland USA seems financially strained, it has not yet been pressured by the administration of Gov. Andrew Cuomo for such improvements.

    In fact, Cuomo’s Empire State Development (ESD), the state authority overseeing and shepherding the project, recently eased the way for a Greenland lessee, TF Cornerstone, to gain below-ground space to build a field house and fitness center below two towers slated to start next year, with no reciprocal benefit. at two upcoming

    The question is whether those organized by the BrooklynSpeaks coalition—neighborhood and housing groups whose posture I've long described as "mend-it-don't-end-it"—can mount such pressure. At the meeting, Assemblymembers Walter Mosley and Jo Anne Simon indicated a willingness to push for state oversight hearings, thus putting ESD under scrutiny for just the second time in the project’s history.

    Also, Council Member Brad Lander agreed that, while the project is not overseen by the city, a city oversight hearing, involving agencies working on housing and education issues, also could add sunlight. (Council Member Laurie Cumbo was also present, sounding more dismayed about the project than in some previous presentations.)

    Those tentative pledges might be the most concrete outcomes of an event that included breakout sessions that produced proposals on a "new plan" and improvements in transportation and urban design, some practical, others pie-in-the-sky.

    A platform coming, but on what schedule?

    About 75 people attended the event, held at the Montauk Club in Park Slope, with a handful completely new to project-related events—which have proceeded since 2004, one year after Atlantic Yards was announced—and numerous people, understandably, not fully up to speed.

    (Not present, apparently, were residents of the project buildings, who may face serious construction impacts and the uncertainty of the delivery of project open space, which could take until 2035. Perhaps given the location and a general pattern of activism involving project critics/opponents, the crowd was mostly white. The stated effort to expand the project's affordability, and to assist those displaced from the four nearby community districts, suggests a recognition that some lower-income residents, including people of color, placed significant hope in this project.)

    Mentioned, and surely new to some who don’t follow the project closely, was the announcement, via the New York Post, that next year Greenland USA will start building the platform over the the western block of the Vanderbilt Yard, between Sixth and Carlton avenues. Despite a claimed "Brooklyn's Pacific Park moves to fast track" headline, that article neglected to address the timing for that platform or the towers slated to rise above it.

    So that doesn’t mean the project hits the fast track, though, with two towers now under construction (B4 and B15) and two lated to start next year (B12 and B13), it certainly has some momentum after a stall.
    This map, which I produced with designer Ben Keel, was distributed at the meeting
    One perhaps crucial piece of information almost slipped out. Simon, in her presentation—see the second tape below—said that each of the two decks required, with three towers per deck coming later, would take three years each.

    That has not been publicly confirmed and only partly reflects the general schedule that I acquired, which also has not been confirmed.

    The onus now is on the state to explain further. After all, if it takes three years to finish a platform started in 2020, there may not be time to start two towers (at least) needed to meet the affordable housing deadline by June 2022, the date the Affordable New York tax break expires, assuming it’s not extended, and meet the May 2025 deadline for affordable housing.

    (With some 916 affordable units required after the four current towers are built, that obligation would require at least two towers with affordable units.)

    The slide top left summarized the issues:
    • Developers must be candid about strategy and schedule for completion of the project--including affordable housing commitments--before further approvals are granted.
    • Any increase in private value from project changes must be matched by additional public benefits.
    • The State and the City must take responsibility for the conditions created by the project, and address impacts from construction, arena operations, and municipal services.
    • A meaningful dialog about further large-scale redevelopment at Brooklyn's busiest intersection must begin.
    The full slideshow

Starting off: Simon on project history

    In the video below, Simon described the project history, including project approval in 2006, expected completion in 2016, and state-allowed delays until 2035.

    (Note: the 461 Dean modular tower started in 2012, not 2010, and took four years to build. That's been corrected in the embedded slideshow.)

    Simon at 7:32 made an interesting observation, talking about the shift in ownership from original developer Forest City Ratner/Forest City Enterprises to Greenland USA, which in 2014 bought 70% of the project, in 2018 bought all but 5% of the rest, and since then has leased three development sites to other companies, and has embarked on a joint venture regarding another site.

    “We said it shouldn’t be one developer, because the project will rise and fall on the fortunes of that one developer,” she recalled. “We were told to take a hike, we didn’t know anything.” But she had been told the same critique by government, she said, regarding the Hoyt-Schermerhorn renewal plans in Downtown Brooklyn, which did involve multiple developers.

    (I’m not sure ESD was involved, though, so I’ll update when I learn more.)

    Reasons for concern

    In the video below, Simon explained that changes in China, as well as rising costs for infrastructure, have made the project more costly for Greenland.

    She also mentioned the timetable for each deck, and the June 2022 subsidy deadline.

    Housing issues

    In the video below, Bernell Grier of IMPACCT Brooklyn and Michelle de la Uz of the Fifth Avenue Committee FAC talked about affordable housing, which has been skewed to middle-income tenants and might better be described as income-targeted or income-linked.

    As de la Uz explained, when the project was announced, the city had no policy for mandatory affordability in upzonings—Atlantic Yards was a state override of zoning, thus the equivalent of a private rezoning—so, when the Affordable Housing Memorandum of Understanding and Community Benefits Agreement were announced, it was a “big deal” to get a commitment of 35% of the project units, with 40% of the 2,250 units promised for low-income housing.

    But that wasn't fulfilled.

    That private housing deal between Forest City and the advocacy group ACORN, however, was not locked into the project agreements signed in 2009-10, which defined affordable housing more broadly as part of government subsidy or assistance programs.

    Also, city policies allow affordable housing for project with significant middle-income components, and the 421-a tax break, which once offered benefits to project buildings without affordable units—thus encouraging other buildings that would be 50% affordable—has been revised.

    Neighborhood impacts

    In the video below, Regina Cahill, a Flatbush Avenue resident and the president of the North Flatbush Business Improvement District, cited the failure to fulfill promises of limiting impacts on the surrounding blocks.

    Parking and traffic flow issues have been exacerbated by the presence of a fire station, police station, arena loading dock, and health facility all near Sixth Avenue and Dean Street, which will be joined in 2023 by a middle school. “I don’t know how you control 800 middle school students” as they exit, she said.

    One small but important thing: the NYPD refuses to utilize the 24 (she said 25) free spaces provided in the garage at 535 Carlton, one long block away from the 78th Precinct House at Sixth Avenue and Bergen Street and, presumably, less convenient than on street/sidewalk parking nearby.

    Accountability issues

    In the video below, Gib Veconi of the Prospect Heights Neighborhood Development Council and BrooklynSpeaks, suggested that the project problems relate to the fact that it went through the state process, rather than the city’s land use review, which meant no Brooklyn elected official got a voice. (That certainly lessened accountability, then and now, but the city process is no panacea.)

    “About every five years, they need a lifeline,” he said, citing the role of Russian oligarch Mikhail Prokhorov in rescuing Nets principal owner BruceRatner by buying the majority of the Nets (and part of the arena), and then Greenland moving in five years later.

    “We’re now at a point where even that developer is not in a position to move forward in the way it was originally conceived,” he said, noting that the announcement of the platform tells us very little.

    The field house and fitness center approval, he said, was a bonus for developer TF Cornerstone without have to provide reciprocal public benefit, such as a school (as was done in another Brooklyn upzoning).

    One inflection point may be the long expected, but still pending, plan for the developer to shift the bulk of the unbuilt B1 tower—once planned for what’s now the arena plaza—across busy Flatbush Avenue to build a giant project at Site 5, currently home to P.C. Richard and Modell’s (as I first revealed in 2016).

    There’s “no absolute requirement” that that move be subject to public review, he said, though I’m less skeptical: ESD has previously said they will hold a full public process, involving a revised General Project Plan, for that change. That offers a opportunity for public involvement and pressure.

    While that two-tower Site 5 project, which as of 2016 was said to stretch nearly 800 feet (and could now grow taller), has been said to encompass office, retail, and perhaps hotel space, the market may be such that that includes housing.

    That may mean the full project eventually includes more than the 6,430 apartments approved. It’s unclear whether the affordable housing commitment of 35% would apply to these units—but that would be another subject for discussion and pressure.

    Summing up: urban design and transportation

    After the audience divided into four breakout groups to discuss issues, based on the principles BrooklynSpeaks established in 2005 upon the group's founding, the leads of those groups reported back.

    One suggestion was relocate the fire and even police stations from that busy corner. Another—reflecting an original BrooklynSpeaks principle—was to shift the project open space to the curb, rather than behind buildings.

    Another was to ensure smaller retail spaces to avoid chain retailers. (The developer already promised that, at least in the residential buildings east of the arena block, but the role of Chelsea Piers as operator of the 105,000 square foot field house and fitness center reversed that.)

    Regarding the Site 5 project, participants suggested a new entrance to the subway complex below in that building, rather on Fourth Avenue, as well as one on Flatbush Avenue. Another idea was to ensure that the building is set back from Pacific Street and, at least in its initial stage, reflects the house scale.

    (I suspect the subway entrance changes would be much easier to achieve.)

    Participants agreed that the city Department of Transportation should conduct a study of Atlantic Avenue traffic, but not delay it—as apparently DOT has said—until Atlantic is no longer under construction. (DOT might attend another of the bi-monthly Quality of Life meetings to explain its policies.)

    Even as parking has been reduced to 1,000 spaces project-wide, participants suggested that “mandatory minimums”—not actually applicable to a state project—be further reduced, thus removing the incentive to drive.

    I think that’s a logical policy in general, but runs into difficulty with an arena that attracts traffic, as well as those seeking free parking nearby. If such available free parking were limited—thanks to residential permit parking (RPP), which has been proposed but not passed, and endorsed again last night—demand for paid parking would increase.

    Summing up: housing

    Grier and de la Uz discussed the importance of including housing for lower-income households, at an average of 60% of Area Median Income, and allowing those displaced from the four community districts to gain the community preference in affordable housing lotteries. (Half the units are assigned to residents of those districts.)

    They also cited the importance of senior housing, which was once promised but not implemented.

    The challenge, of course, is funding all this—more affordability suggests more subsidy, so this project could then be criticized for gaining more subsidy than other projects, and/or be less attractive to city officials eager to maximize unit count above all.

    Summing up: oversight

    At the breakout session, Veconi noted the need for a better way for the developer to accept and address complaints regarding untoward impacts, and noted—as I wrote re the nearby 80 Flatbush project—the potential for a 24-hour hotline.

    Peter Krashes of the North Prospect Heights Association (formerly the Dean Street Block Association) noted that it was necessary for “the impacted community” to have the lead. (The block association previously left BrooklynSpeaks after the 2014 agreement, concerned—among other things—that it would not protect their interests—but the revamped neighborhood groups recently rejoined the larger coalition.)

    Speaking to the group at large, Veconi noted that, in the past, leverage was achieved by lawsuits. One was by BrooklynSpeaks (and, unmentioned, combined with one organized by project opponents Develop Don’t Destroy) after 2009 approval, generating a court-ordered Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement to evaluate delay.

    Another, on fair housing grounds, was threatened in 2014, and generated the new 2025 affordable housing deadline, ten years ahead of the previously extended deadline, though it didn’t address affordability.

    “We believe we may be nearing another inflection point in the project,” Veconi said. “And we want to have the community engaged.”

    Before public meeting, Greenland tells NY Post it will start railyard platform in 2020. Meeting 2025 affordable deadline more plausible, but questions remain.

    Here we go!

    Developer Greenland Forest City Partners (GFCP) --likely anticipating a public meeting Thursday sponsored by critics of the project--told the New York Post of new plans to start the first half of the Vanderbilt Yard platform next year, which the Post dutifully regurgitated as Brooklyn’s Pacific Park moves to fast track.

    That does represent progress, setting the stage for three towers over the railyard between Sixth and Carlton Avenues: B5/B6/B7.

    But it doesn't necessarily mean "the fast track," since stenographic Steve Cuozzo helpfully (in the developer's eyes) didn't ask about the timetable to finish the platform, to start the towers, and the number of affordable units--essentially how GFCP would meet the May 2025 deadline for 2,250 affordable units. Nor did he ask about the expected level of affordability.

    This news--which is in general conformity to previous documents I've reported on--does make it more likely the developer would finish the 916 affordable units needed beyond those already completed or under construction.
    B4 at left flanks the Barclays Center. To the right are B5/B6/B7. Via GFCP and NY Post.
    Remaining question marks

    However, the announcement leaves other question marks, notably: what about the final three buildings? What's the timetable for them, especially since they require an even larger deck, and a more significant investment in infrastructure?

    The eastern block of the railyard, site of
    B8/B9/B10, and significant open space.
    Notably, while Cuozzo said the image shared by Greenland showed "a public park on the 22-acre site," it actually represents the very fractional green space between Pacific Street and the first three towers over the railyard.

    Only once the last three towers are completed, incorporating demapped Pacific Street between Carlton and Vanderbilt avenues, would the majority of the "park"--actually, publicly accessible, privately managed open space--be finished.

    The full project likely will take until 2035, according to a past disclosure by the developer.

    Below is the latest project schematic that I've helped prepare, with designer Ben Keel.

    From the article

    Cuozzo writes:
    Greenland Forest City Partners, which controls development rights to many of the complex’s building sites, plans to start construction in 2020 of a long-awaited platform over the site’s sunken LIRR train yard, the Greenland group’s Executive VP Scott Solish said.
    Unmentioned: how long the platform would take.

    He writes:
    Of 15 planned buildings, only five have opened so far. But a sixth is going up now, and the completed deck will finally allow work to start on three more to rise along the complex’s Atlantic Avenue side between Sixth Avenue and Pacific Street.
    That's both sloppy and interesting. First, check the map. Sixth Avenue and Pacific Street are not parallel but intersect. That should've been Sixth and Carlton avenues.

    Also, the five buildings that have finished include the Barclays Center and four towers. Actually two more--not "a sixth"--are under construction: B4 and B15. 

    That leaves two towers on the southeast block (B12/B13), six towers over the railyard (B5-B10), and the project at Site 5, catercorner to the arena, which was approved as a single tower but could become a two-tower complex. That's at least 16 buildings, maybe 17--unless they've given up on Site 5.

    Cuozzo writes:
    The development partnership also shared for the first time an image of four new apartment towers and a public park on the 22-acre site east of Barclays Center where Atlantic and Flatbush avenues converge.
    As noted, that's not the key piece of the "public park."

    Cuozzo writes:
    One tower, 18 Sixth Avenue, is under construction and due to open in late 2021 or early 2022. That $649 million project is a joint venture of Greenland Forest City Partners and the Brodsky Organization, as The Post first reported.
    That's interesting. While previous statements left open the possibility of a 2021 completion, the year 2022 seems more likely.

    He closes:
    The three towers to the east of it are being developed by the Greenland group alone. Brodsky is separately also working on another Pacific Park tower, 664 Pacific Street, while TF Cornerstone has development rights to two other sites.
    We'll see if it holds true that Greenland develops B5/B6/B7 on its own, or markets a stake (or even leases a parcel) to another developer. Remember, this is a "never say never project."


    State document from 2018 offers new hint of affordability strategy: towers over railyard with 50% affordable units (but that plan isn't confirmed)

    See below for larger version
    A newly acquired state document offers more clues regarding the ever-variable path for the Atlantic Yards/Pacific Park developer to deliver the required 2,250 total units of vaguely defined affordable housing (aka "income-restricted") by May 2025.

    It indicates a plan, as of 12/21/18, to deliver large numbers of below-market units in the first four (of six total) buildings over the Vanderbilt Yard, which requires a costly deck. Three of those four towers were to have 50% affordable units.

    Just yesterday, developer Greenland Forest City Partners (GFCP) --likely anticipating a public meeting Thursday sponsored by critics of the project--told the New York Post it would start that deck, or platform, in 2020, which makes it more likely that two or three buildings (B5/B6/B7) will be built in time for the 2025 deadline.

    Four buildings with affordable units?

    The specific configuration in the document above strikes me as very unlikely--this is a "never-say-never project"--given more recently revealed plans for the project, with a larger number of affordable units currently under construction.

    Still, a variant of that strategy, relying on three or perhaps just two towers over the railyard, might deliver the needed units by the looming deadline, allowing GFCP  to avoid onerous fines of $2,000 per month per missing unit.

    The new document has allowed me to update, albeit speculatively, the project schematic below, indicating plans for affordable units over the railyard, likely in several towers, but less likely in the final two towers (B9 and B10).

    The graphic below reflects not only the new chart (in full, further below), but also my estimation, based on a previously-acquired document, that one tower over the railyard may have to be "100% affordable" to deliver affordable units in time. (Note: the question marks and fuzzy coloration signal uncertainty.)

    Still a guessing game

    All predictions remain speculative, because the developer has refused to offer a timetable and Empire State Development (ESD or ESDC), the state authority overseeing and shepherding the project, has refused to press for such a schedule, all the while saying they're confident the deadline will be met.

    (I queried Greenland Forest City and ESD about the new document, but got no reply. That said, the story placed in the New York Post makes the timeline for B5 through B7 somewhat more plausible.)

    Indeed, the state authority may be hamstrung from asking for more details about the developer's plan to meet its obligations, according to the document I acquired via a Freedom of Information Law request.

    "ESDC shall be entitled to conclusively rely, without any requirement of inquiry or investigation, upon the last Exhibit M"--which projects the affordability configuration--"delivered to ESDC in accordance with" the larger document, the Fourth Omnibus Amendment to Leases and Development Agreement, dated Dec. 21, 2018. See p. 39 of the full document, at bottom.

    Then again, the state authority could have publicly shared Exhibit M at various points since its creation, thus furthering discussion about the future buildout. (The document is not a timetable, but at least suggests how the affordable deadline might be met.)

    Though the latest Exhibit M, which I annotated below, is barely nine months old, it's already outdated. Crucially, the document undercounts the number of affordable units slated for the two towers currently under construction, B4 and B15, as well as in B12 and B13, which should start next year. See my changes in blue.
    Clues: no affordability in final buildings?

    But the document remains illuminating, on multiple fronts. For one thing, it indicates the obvious: the project will not be completed by 2025, as was once promised. The developer has until 2035 until full completion, and has disclosed that date as likely to condo buyers.

    Only the affordable units must be done by 2025, and the last two towers over the railyard--B9 and B10, with 924 units--are projected in Exhibit M to contain only market-rate apartments. So they won't be ready by 2025.

    In fact, as elaborated below, I suspect that the 2,250-unit goal could be met without all three towers over that final railyard block, between Carlton and Vanderbilt avenues, and Pacific Street and Atlantic Avenue.

    So the final towers may be all market-rate. Then again, tax breaks newly available at the the time may incentivize some affordable units. Note that I project, in the graphic, that B8 will not contain affordable units, despite the indications in Exhibit M. (I explain that rationale further below.)

    Either way, only when the last three towers (B8/B9/B10) are finished can the open space--the source of the "Pacific Park" name--be completed. (The statement in the New York Post about "a public park" refers to the fractional green space between the first block of railyard towers--B5/B6/B7--and Pacific Street. The last three towers were ignored.)

    Clues: no information on Site 5

    Also, the document does not address Site 5, the parcel currently occupied by P.C. Richard and Modell's. A 250-foot, 440,000 square foot building has been approved there, but the developer seeks to augment that significantly by moving much of the bulk of the unbuilt B1 tower, once slated for what is now the arena plaza.

    That could mean a two-tower project with some 1.1 million square feet. While the project has been promoted as containing office space and retail space, it could--at least as of 2016 plans--contain residential and hotel space. That residential space could be a mix of market-rate and affordable units.

    That bulk transfer would require at least a one-year process, involving public hearings. If that process starts within a year, and the Site 5 tower includes affordable units, it's possible that that project could deliver a fraction of needed affordable units by 2025, as well.

    Doing the math: how will 916 units be built?

    As indicated with my blue annotations, more recently revealed plans for four towers show more affordable units than projected as of Exhibit M.

    First, the two towers currently under construction (B4 and B15), and the two more slated to start next year (B12 and B13), all on terra firma, are slated to deliver 552 affordable units, rather than 430 as indicated in the chart. That's a significant increase: 122 units.

    That still leaves a gap of 916 affordable apartments to be delivered by 2025.

    How can they reach that magic number?

    According to Exhibit M, the first three towers over the railyard, B5 through B7, would deliver 784 affordable units, leaving a 132-unit gap. That would be achieved by building B5 and B7 as 50% affordable, and B6 as 30% affordable.

    But that strikes me as unlikely--so I didn't apply that to the map. Nor would they need B8 to deliver 255 affordable units, as suggested in the chart, since the gap would be smaller. So I don't expect it to contribute to the total.

    It would be easier, given the time and cost of construction, including the deck, to find another way.

    Options to reach the 916 total

    Several options come to mind--and perhaps are being considered by the developer.

    For example, if B6 were to be 50% affordable, instead of 30%, that adds 110 more affordable units (275 vs. 165). That would deliver a total of 894 units--22 short--in the first three towers over the railyard.

    If that's the strategy, keep watch for an uptick in affordable units at B12 and B13, which start next year. Consider: if each building were 30% affordable instead of 25% affordable, that would add 40 affordable units, a significant cushion.

    Even with one building 30% affordable, that would add 20 units, and the 2-unit shortfall might be made up through a small swap of square footage, or simply exchanging family-sized units for studios, which require less square footage.

    But that would still require three towers over the railyard. Note that, according to plans I reviewed, the developer plans to build the deck/platform over the railyard in three sections: first for the B5 tower, then for the B6 and B7 towers, and finally for the B8/B9/B10 towers.

    What about a 100% affordable building?

    Alternatively, they could build one of the initial railyard towers as 100% affordable.

    After all, that's the strategy I saw described in a 12/17/18 letter (excerpted at right) shared with immigrant investors, but neither confirmed nor commented upon by ESD or the developer. (That date is four days before Exhibit M.)

    According to that letter, B5 and B7 would be 30% affordable, and B6 100% affordable. That's hinted at in the graphic above.

    Based on the unit count for those towers in Exhibit M, that would mean 195 affordable units in B5, 550 in B6, and 176 units in B7, for a total of 921--enough to meet the 916-unit shortfall.

    However, given the looming 2025 deadline, it may be simpler and faster to complete two towers rather than three. If so, a higher percentage of affordability could get them to the goal.

    Consider: if B5 were 50% affordable and B6 100% affordable, that would deliver 875 affordable units (325 + 550), which would be 41 units short.

    But if B6 were 50% affordable and the larger B5 100% affordable, that would deliver 925 affordable units (275 + 650), a 9-unit cushion.

    Bottom line: they have options. Stay tuned.

    Note that the document above suggests that B8 would start in the first quarter of 2023, thus leaving the possibility that it could be completed by May 2025 and thus contribute some affordable units by the deadline.

    I find that highly unlikely. As explained, there are other paths to 2,250 units. More importantly, that building would have to start by 6/15/22 to take advantage of the current Affordable New York tax break. Of course that tax break may be extended or revised, but any prediction as of now is unwise.

    A possibility: Greenland leaves/pulls out after 2025 deadline is met?

    This is pure speculation, of course, but we shouldn't rule out the possibility that Greenland USA, the dominant entity in Greenland Forest City Partners, fully or significantly leaves the project after the 2025 affordability deadline is met, leaving question marks around those last three towers and the significant chunk of open space.

    The could mean a full transfer to another entity, a continued series of parcel/project transfers to another entity, or even abandonment.

    First, the parent Shanghai-based Greenland Holdings Group (aka Greenland Holding Group, or Greenland Group) is under fiscal pressure, with high debt levels, as well as "unearned revenue," which requires them to deliver properties in China for which they've already been paid.

    The firm's ambitions in the United States, notably in California and Brooklyn, have been significantly trimmed. For the last four parcels to be developed as part of Atlantic Yards/Pacific Park, Greenland has either leased the parcels outright (B12, B13, B15) or participated in a joint venture (B4), thus raising money from others.

    That reflects perhaps cash flow challenges, as well as the need to pay for infrastructure for the six towers over the Vanderbilt Yard. After building three towers, and the first two phases of the platform, they'd then have to consider a much larger platform.

    Also consider that Greenland Forest City in 2016 began paying the Metropolitan Transportation Authority $11 million a year for railyard development rights, in 15 annual payments, with the final payment due June 1, 2030. 

    If the affordable housing is finished by May 2025, that leaves $66 million more to pay. Sure, Greenland's considerable investment, including precursor work--the amount of which has been hinted at but not fully described--at the railyard, suggests a further commitment to reap value. 

    Then again, it's a "never say never project," so questions and speculation are legitimate, especially if there's no timetable for the infrastructure and towers over the last railyard block.
    Affordability: the devil's in the details

    We should remember that "affordable housing" has a broad definition--participating in city, state, or federal assistance programs--and need not conform to the original promises in the Atlantic Yards Affordable Housing Memorandum of Understanding, signed by original developer Forest City Ratner and the advocacy group ACORN in 2005.

    Affordability, as I wrote yesterday, is ever rising. Below are the current rent levels, which, of course, are ever rising.

    Indeed, as I've written, the two "100% affordable" towers, B14 (535 Carlton) and B3 (38 Sixth), have half their units in the highest of five income bands. Those middle-income households, with incomes up to 165% of Area Median Income (AMI), were only supposed to access 20% of the total number of affordable units.

    Moreover, even the one 50% affordable building, B2 (465 Dean), is skewed toward smaller units, with nothing larger than two bedrooms. Moreover, those two-bedroom income-restricted units are skewed to the upper middle-income "band," rather than distributed more evenly.

    So "affordable" doesn't answer key questions regarding unit size and income level. Some if not all of the units will be governed by the Affordable New York program, which offers multiple configurations, including some with low-income units, but another with 30% affordability but all the units middle-income, at 130% of AMI.

    That program either expires or must be renewed in 2022; any project building that participates in the program must start by 6/15/22. So 2022, as I've written, should be a big year for the project. Below are the current income limits.

    What happened to senior housing, and affordable condos?

    Note that the announced goal of directing 10% of the affordable units (225) to seniors has never been pursued or discussed. Nor was it locked into the project's guiding Development Agreement.

    What about the pledged 600 to 1,000 affordable for-sale units? According to the Development Agreement, signed in 2009, the developer "shall build or shall cause the construction of at least 600 affordable homeownership housing units on the Project Site or as close to the Project Site as reasonably practicable, including but not limited to the following neighborhoods: Prospect Heights, Fort Greene, Bedford Stuyvesant, Crown Heights, Clinton Hill, Park Slope."

    That, as I've written, had some caveats, since it was "subject to Governmental Authorities making available... affordable housing subsidies."

    The goal was to make the units affordable to families with incomes up to 150% of Area Median Income (AMI)--middle-income, as opposed to low- or moderate-income--and to make some units available to moderate-income families with incomes below 100% of AMI.

    That left a lot of wiggle room regarding the levels of affordability and the configuration and distribution of such units.

    According to an agreement involving original developer Forest City and new developer Greenland USA, 200 on-site units would be an obligation of the joint venture, but the 400 offsite "Additional Affordable Units" would remain a unilateral Forest City obligation.

    Nothing has been said about either of those goals, and Assemblymember Walter Mosley, who with colleagues has queried ESD about it, never got an answer.

    The tax break no longer favors condos, as I wrote yesterday. And Forest City last year was absorbed by Brookfield, so it no longer exists. So for-sale affordable units seem ever unlikely.


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    Latest Tech Trends, Their Problems, And How to Solve Them


    Few IT professionals are unaware of the rapid emergence of 5G, Internet of Things or IoT, edge-fog-cloud or core computing, microservices, and artificial intelligence known as machine learning or AI/ML.  These new technologies hold enormous promise for transforming IT and the customer experience with the problems that they solve.  It’s important to realize that like all technologies, they introduce new processes and subsequently new problems.  Most are aware of the promise, but few are aware of the new problems and how to solve them.

    5G is a great example.  It delivers 10 to 100 times more throughput than 4G LTE and up to 90% lower latencies.  Users can expect throughput between 1 and 10Gbps with latencies at approximately 1 ms.  This enables large files such as 4K or 8K videos to be downloaded or uploaded in seconds not minutes.  5G will deliver mobile broadband and can potentially make traditional broadband obsolete just as mobile telephony has essentially eliminated the vast majority of landlines. 

    5G mobile networking technology makes industrial IoT more scalable, simpler, and much more economically feasible.  Whereas 4G is limited to approximately 400 devices per Km2, 5G increases that number of devices supported per Km2 to approximately 1,000,000 or a 250,000% increase. The performance, latency, and scalability are why 5G is being called transformational.  But there are significant issues introduced by 5G.  A key one is the database application infrastructure.

    Analysts frequently cite the non-trivial multi-billion dollar investment required to roll-out 5G.  That investment is primarily focused on the antennas and fiber optic cables to the antennas.  This is because 5G is based on a completely different technology than 4G.  It utilizes millimeter waves instead of microwaves.  Millimeter waves are limited to 300 meters between antennas.  The 4G microwaves can be as far as 16 Km apart.  That is a major difference and therefore demands many more antennas and optical cables to those antennas to make 5G work effectively.  It also means it will take considerable time before rural areas are covered by 5G and even then, it will be a degraded 5G. 

    The 5G infrastructure investment not being addressed is the database application infrastructure.  The database is a foundational technology for analytics.  IT Pros simply assume it will be there for their applications and microservices. Everything today is interconnected. The database application infrastructure is generally architected for the volume and performance coming from the network.  That volume and performance is going up by an order of magnitude.  What happens when the database application infrastructure is not upgraded to match?  The actual user performance improves marginally or not at all.  It can in fact degrade as volumes overwhelm the database applications not prepared for them.  Both consumers and business users become frustrated.  5G devices cost approximately 30% more than 4G – mostly because those devices need both a 5G and 4G modem (different non-compatible technologies).  The 5G network costs approximately 25% more than 4G.  It is understandable that anyone would be frustrated when they are spending considerably more and seeing limited improvement, no improvement, or negative improvement.  The database application infrastructure becomes the bottleneck.  When consumers and business users become frustrated, they go somewhere else, another website, another supplier, or another partner.  Business will be lost.

    Fortunately, there is still time as the 5G rollout is just starting with momentum building in 2020 with complete implementations not expected until 2022, at the earliest.  However, IT organizations need to start planning their application infrastructure upgrades to match the 5G rollout or may end up suffering the consequences.

    IoT is another technology that promises to be transformative.  It pushes intelligence to the edge of the network enabling automation that was previously unthinkable.  Smarter homes, smarter cars, smarter grids, smarter healthcare, smarter fitness, smarter water management, and more.  IoT has the potential to radically increase efficiencies and reduce waste.  Most of the implementations to date have been in consumer homes and offices.  These implementations rely on the WiFi in the building they reside. 

    The industrial implementations have been not as successful…yet.  Per Gartner, 65 to 85% of Industrial IoT to date have been stuck in pilot mode with 28% of those for more than 2 years.  There are three key reasons for this.  The first are the limitations of 4G of 400 devices per Km2.  This limitation will be fixed as 5G rolls out.  The second is the same issue as 5G, database application infrastructure not suited for the volume and performance required by industrial IoT.  And the third is latency from the IoT edge devices to the analytics, either in the on-premises data center (core), or cloud.  Speed of light latency is a major limiting factor for real-time analytics and real-time actionable information.  This has led to the very rapid rise of edge-fog-cloud or core computing.

    Moving analytic processing out to the edge or fog significantly reduces distance latency between where the data is being collected and where it is being analyzed.  This is crucial for applications such as autonomous vehicles.  The application must make decisions in milliseconds not seconds.  It may have to decide whether a shadow in the road is actually a shadow, a reflection, a person, or a dangerous hazard to be avoided.  The application must make that decision immediately and cannot wait.  By pushing the application closer to the data collection, it can make that decision in the timely manner that’s required.  Smart grids, smart cities, smart water management, smart traffic management, are all examples requiring fog (near the edge) or edge computing analytics.  This solves the problem of distance latency; however, it does not resolve analytical latency.  Edge and fog computing typically lack the resources to provide ultra-fast database analytics.  This has led to the deployment of microservices

    Microservices have become very popular over the past 24 months.   They tightly couple a database application with its database that has been extremely streamlined to do only the few things the microservice requires.  The database may be a neutered relational, time series, key value, JSON, XML, object, and more.  The database application and its database are inextricably linked.  The combined microservice is then pushed down to the edge or fog compute device and its storage.  Microservices have no access to any other microservices data or database.  If it needs access to another microservice data element, it’s going to be difficult and manually labor-intensive. Each of the microservices must be reworked to grant that access, or the data must be copied and moved via an extract transfer and load (ETL) process, or the data must be duplicated in ongoing manner.  Each of these options are laborious, albeit manageable, for a handful of microservices.  But what about hundreds or thousands of microservices, which is where it’s headed?  This sprawl becomes unmanageable and ultimately, unsustainable, even with AI/ML.

    AI/ML is clearly a hot tech trend today.  It’s showing up everywhere in many applications.  This is because standard CPU processing power is now powerful enough to run AI / machine learning algorithms.  AI/ML is showing up typically in one of two different variations.  The first has a defined specific purpose.  It is utilized by the vendor to automate a manual task requiring some expertise.  An example of this is in enterprise storage.  The AI/ML is tasked with placing data based on performance, latency, and data protection policies and parameters determined by the administrator.  It then matches that to the hardware configuration.  If performance should fall outside of the desired parameters AI/ML looks to correct the situation without human intervention.  It learns from experience and automatically makes changes to accomplish the required performance and latency.   The second AI/ML is a tool kit that enables IT pros to create their own algorithms. 

    The 1st is an application of AI/ML.  It obviously cannot be utilized outside the tasks it was designed to do. The 2nd is a series of tools that require considerable knowledge, skill, and expertise to be able to utilize.  It is not an application.  It merely enables applications to be developed that take advantage of the AI/ML engine.  This requires a very steep learning curve.

    Oracle is the first vendor to solve each and every one of these tech trend problems. The Oracle Exadata X8M and Oracle Database Appliance (ODA) X8 are uniquely suited to solve the 5G and IoT application database infrastructure problem, the edge-fog-core microservices problem, and the AI/ML usability problem. 

    It starts with the co-engineering.  The compute, memory, storage, interconnect, networking, operating system, hypervisor, middleware, and the Oracle 19c Database are all co-engineered together.  Few vendors have complete engineering teams for every layer of the software and hardware stacks to do the same thing.  And those who do, have shown zero inclination to take on the intensive co-engineering required.  Oracle Exadata alone has 60 exclusive database features not found in any other database system including others running the same Oracle Database. Take for example Automatic Indexing.  It occurs multiple orders of magnitude faster than the most skilled database administrator (DBA) and delivers noticeably superior performance.  Another example is data ingest.  Extensive parallelism is built-into every Exadata providing unmatched data ingest.  And keep in mind, the Oracle Autonomous Database is utilizing the exact same Exadata Database Machine.  The results of that co-engineering deliver unprecedented Database application latency reduction, response time reduction, and performance increases.  This enables the application Database infrastructure to match and be prepared for the volume and performance of 5G and IoT.

    The ODA X8 is ideal for edge or fog computing coming in at approximately 36% lower total cost of ownership (TCO) over 3 years than commodity white box servers running databases.  It’s designed to be a plug and play Oracle Database turnkey appliance.  It runs the Database application too.  Nothing is simpler and no white box server can match its performance.

    The Oracle Exadata X8M is even better for the core or fog computing where it’s performance, scalability, availability and capability are simply unmatched by any other database system.  It too is architected to be exceedingly simple to implement, operate, and manage. 

    The combination of the two working in conjunction in the edge-fog-core makes the application database latency problems go away.  They even solve the microservices problems.  Each Oracle Exadata X8M and ODA X8 provide pluggable databases (PDBs).  Each PDB is its own unique database working off the same stored data in the container database (CDB).  Each PDB can be the same or different type of Oracle Database including OLTP, data warehousing, time series, object, JSON, key value, graphical, spatial, XML, even document database mining.  The PDBs are working on virtual copies of the data.  There is no data duplication.  There are no ETLs.  There is no data movement.  There are no data islands.  There are no runaway database licenses and database hardware sprawl.  Data does not go stale before it can be analyzed.  Any data that needs to be accessed by a particular or multiple PDBs can be easily configured to do so.  Edge-fog-core computing is solved.  If the core needs to be in a public cloud, Oracle solves that problem as well with the Oracle Autonomous Database providing the same capabilities of Exadata and more.

    That leaves the AI/ML usability problem.  Oracle solves that one too.  Both Oracle Engineered systems and the Oracle Autonomous Database have AI/ML engineered inside from the onset.  Not just a tool-kit on the side.  Oracle AI/ML comes with pre-built, documented, and production-hardened algorithms in the Oracle Autonomous Database cloud service.  DBAs do not have to be data scientists to develop AI/ML applications.  They can simply utilize the extensive Oracle library of AI/ML algorithms in Classification, Clustering, Time Series, Anomaly Detection, SQL Analytics, Regression, Attribute Importance, Association Rules, Feature Extraction, Text Mining Support, R Packages, Statistical Functions, Predictive Queries, and Exportable ML Models.  It’s as simple as selecting the algorithms to be used and using them.  That’s it.  No algorithms to create, test, document, QA, patch, and more.

    Taking advantage of AI/ML is as simple as implementing Oracle Exadata X8M, ODA X8, or the Oracle Autonomous Database.   Oracle solves the AI/ML usability problem.

    The latest tech trends of 5G, Industrial IoT, edge-fog-core or cloud computing, microservices, and AI/ML have the potential to truly be transformative for IT organizations of all stripes.  But they bring their own set of problems.  Fortunately, for organizations of all sizes, Oracle solves those problems.


    Как мы Zabbix обновляли


    За что мы любим Prometheus? У него есть конфиг — взглянул и всё понятно, программа делает то, что ей сказали. Можно автоматизировать настройку мониторинга, хранить в VCS, ревьюить командой. Смержили твой MR, отработал пайплайн, новый конфиг применился к прометею. В общем, IaC во всей красе.

    Кстати, о прометее. А вы используете его для своей железной инфраструктуры? Вот и мы не используем.

    Как и многие, кто мониторит давно и у кого есть «голое» железо, мы используем Zabbix, который, кстати, на том железе и располагается. Увы, на данный момент заббикс и IaC — вещи не связанные. Настраивать заббикс можно или вручную, или через API.

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    Cellular IoT device security–What challenges does its unique ecosystem pose? (Analyst Angle)


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    Salon Recap: Want an Effective Business? Foster an Ethical Culture


    On a trip to Ottawa, a few years ago, I got to tour the offices of the e-commerce company Shopify, courtesy of a friend of mine I was visiting who works there. Shopify makes and updates a platform over 800,000 online stores from around the globe use to sell their products, which in 2018 amounted to around $41.1 billion in sales. I remember the workplace looking immaculate and like a fun and exciting place to be. My friend, whose “discipline” at the company is user experience, said he’d been loving it. Shopify has a culture of constant and constructive feedback—posters on the walls say, “Feedback is a gift”—and annual in-company conferences offer employees opportunities to level-up their skills or learn new ones related to their work. He knows that his growth and development matter to the company and, as a result, he feels not only a strong sense of identity and purpose, but also autonomy. He, like many of his coworkers in the R&D department, are given space to make their own decisions when it comes to completing tasks managers assign. It’s a consequence, among other things, of the company taking seriously the thesis of Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us, a book that’s visible on hallway bookshelves. When I told my friend recently that one of Shopify’s executives, Toby Shannon, the company’s chief support officer, would be part of an Ethical Systems panel on how evolutionary thinking could foster more ethical and effective cultures, he said he wasn’t surprised. Shannon, he told me, often gives inspiring talks that weave in ideas from psychology and anthropology.


    Well, on a recent evening at NYU’s Stern School of Business, it was a pleasure of mine to attend that panel. Shannon was part of a fascinating discussion with evolutionary anthropologist David Sloan Wilson, co-author most recently of Prosocial: Using Evolutionary Science to Build Productive, Equitable, and Collaborative Groups, and Theranos-whistleblower Erika Cheung, who just launched Ethics in Entrepreneurship, a nonprofit dedicated to instilling ethical culture in startups. The conversation revolved around what Wilson called the “core design principles” of effective groups—businesses included—which he, along with social scientist Michael Cox and political economist Elinor Ostrom, elucidated in a 2013 paper in the Journal of Economic Behavior & Organization. Wilson explained that the principles, of which there are eight, emerge from the evolutionary dynamics of cooperation in our own species and others.


    In his introductory remarks, Wilson did his best to briefly illustrate those dynamics —otherwise called “multilevel selection”—using the classic board game Monopoly. As opposed to the usual self-centered tactics you use when you’re playing for yourself, imagine, he said, playing in a Monopoly tournament, where you’re on a team, with teammates playing simultaneously on other boards, and real-estate holdings synced across games: In this set-up, winning would require you to adopt almost entirely different tactics from solo play. You couldn’t play for yourself and expect your team to win. You’d have to cooperate, basing your play on the state of other boards in the tournament. As a result, it’s no coincidence that, when you glance at the list of core design principles for effective groups, the items look commonsensical and moral: We’re social beings, evolved to rely not only on our own wits but on those of others. Ask yourself, if you were on a team, would you want these principles to be firmly in place?


    1. Strong group identity and sense of purpose
    2. Fair distribution of costs and benefits
    3. Fair and inclusive decision making
    4. Monitoring agreed upon behavior
    5. Graduated sanctions for misbehaviors
    6. Fast and fair conflict resolution
    7. Authority to self-govern
    8. Appropriate relations with other groups


    Shannon himself wants to apply this paradigm in his work shaping Shopify’s organizational culture, having been an aficionado of evolutionary thinking after reading books like Consilience: The Unity of Knowledge, by biologist E.O. Wilson. But of course it is a challenge keeping a rapidly expanding business and employee population running effectively while keeping merchants happy with a critical piece of their infrastructure. He took to heart anthropological observations, across various domains, concerning the optimal size of working groups, which usually consist of five to 12 people—think juries, sports teams, military squads. The goal from the beginning, he said, was to “build a 100-year organization,” which meant not feeling beholden to traditional (short-term financial) metrics of business success. For example, he said, “There’s nothing in the physics of capitalism that requires a quarterly focus.” He was told that Shopify’s plan—to have users of its online-store platform profit more than Shopify itself—was unwise. He disagrees. Having Shopify’s users—as well as developers who add features on top of Shopify’s platform—take top profits, his reasoning goes, benefits the ecosystem in which Shopify operates, ensuring the company’s importance and longevity. Shannon said that he championed a sort of evolutionary aphorism: “Selfishness beats altruism within groups, but altruism beats selfishness among or between groups”—a bit of wisdom he took from Consilience.


    Cheung said that Theranos actually had some of the core design principles in place, notably the first—strong group identity and a sense of purpose. This is what galvanized investors and the media and so many employees like herself, who cared deeply about patients and wanted to improve their health outcomes along with the cost of healthcare. Theranos’ mission, taken at face value, was a good one, and Cheung was committed to realizing it. But the principles it lacked lead to its undoing—specifically fair and inclusive decision making. “The healthcare portion of the company’s voice wasn’t heard,” she said. When they’d raise issues with the product, or process, they “were siloed, spied on.”


    One of the problems that Cheung wants to address is the tendency among startups, as they scale from, say, five to 400 employees in two years, to inadvertently shed their initial identity or culture to the company’s detriment. She asked Wilson how one might harness cultural evolutionary processes to avoid this predicament. He said neither a laissez faire nor a centralized planning approach works. “The experimental process does,” he said. Best practices are often stumbled on by happenstance. It means you have to be evolutionary, iterative, and humble about solutions. His best guess is that, as a company rapidly scales, it has to add structure—formalize the aspects of its culture it wants to keep—to stay the same. “Being mindful of that is part of the solution,” he said. “Left unmanaged, evolution will take us where we don’t want to go.”


    Social psychologist Jonathan Haidt, Ethical Systems’ founder, who was moderating the discussion, picked up on that thread. “Ethical systems wasn’t founded on evolutionary ideas,” he said, “but it’s been implicit in our experimental ethos.” For a business’ culture to be guided or informed by behavioral science means being willing, even eager, to try new things.


    The video of our discussion with David Sloan Wilson, Erika Cheung, and Toby Shannon will be available for viewing soon—stay tuned!


    Brian Gallagher is Ethical Systems’ Communications Director. Follow him on Twitter @brianga11agher.



    Technology Trends for the Future of Government


    Forward-looking government officials know that, in a digital society, “Policy is the technology and technology is the policy.” Any government service delivered at scale is underpinned by a host of technologies. If the success of these business projects is compromised by poor implementation of technology, then the political objectives are compromised too.

    Implementing a digital government strategy is a journey that will span multiple budget cycles and political administrations

    Public-sector leaders expect government CIOs to find ways that technology can reduce costs, create efficiencies, and improve outcomes for citizens and businesses. They also expect CIOs to consider the social, technological, economic, environmental and political trends that impact the constituents they serve.

    Gartner's top strategic technology trends for government

    Gartner’s list of strategic government technology trends is designed to help CIOs establish the rationale, timing and priority of technology investments. These trends in information and technology were selected in response to pressing public-policy goals and business needs of government organizations in jurisdictions around the globe.

    “Now more than ever, technology priorities must be established in the context of business trends such as digital equity, ethics and privacy, and the need for institutional agility,” says Rick Howard, Vice President Analyst, Gartner. “CIOs can use these trends to engage stakeholders, demystify concepts, and promote discussion about their value to citizens and society.”

    Implementing a digital government strategy is a journey that will span multiple budget cycles and political administrations, Howard notes.


    “The technology trends presented here do not represent what government CIOs are spending most of their time or budget on today,” Howard says. “Rather, it is Gartner’s list of strategic technology trends that are, should be or soon will be critical areas of focus for government CIOs as they transform public services.”

    These top trends — which cover the next 12 to 18 months — will vary in importance depending on the tier of government (national, regional or local), region and business context. It is for this reason that they are not ranked in numeric order.

    Adaptive security

    From ransomware targeting cities such as Baltimore, MD, to attacks on critical infrastructure assets in Ukraine and on parliaments (as in Australia), governments in all geographies and at all levels are under attack, driving the need for new security approaches.

    An adaptive security approach treats risk, trust and security as a continuous and adaptive process that anticipates and mitigates constantly evolving cyberthreats. It acknowledges there is no perfect protection and security needs to be adaptive, everywhere, all the time.

    Citizen digital identity

    Digital identity — the ability to prove an individual’s identity via any government digital channel — is critical for inclusion and access to government services, yet many governments have been slow to adopt them. Government CIOs must provision digital identities that uphold both security imperatives and citizen expectations.

    Multichannel citizen engagement

    Governments that meet citizens via their preferred channels, for example, in person, by phone, via mobile device (over 50% of government website traffic now comes from mobile devices), smart speakers, chatbots or augmented reality, will meet citizen expectations and achieve program outcomes.

    Agile by design

    Digital government is not a “set and forget” investment. CIOs must create a nimble and responsive environment by adopting an agile-by-design approach, a set of principles and practices used to develop more agile systems and solutions that impact both the current and target states of the business, information and technical architecture.

    Digital product management

    In the 2019 Gartner CIO Survey, over two-thirds of government CIOs said they already have, or are planning to implement, digital product management (DPM). Often replacing a “waterfall” project management approach, which has a poor track record of success, DPM involves developing, delivering, monitoring, refining and retiring “products” or offerings for business users or citizens. It causes organizations to think differently and delivers tangible results more quickly and sustainably.

    Anything as a service (XaaS)

    XaaS covers the full range of IT services delivered in the cloud on a subscription basis. The 2019 Gartner CIO Survey also found that 39% of government organizations plan to spend the greatest amount of new or additional funding on cloud services. The XaaS model offers an alternative to legacy infrastructure modernization, provides scalability and reduces time to deliver digital government at scale.

    Shared services 2.0

    Many government organizations have tried to drive IT efficiencies through centralization or sharing of services, often with poor results. Shared services 2.0 shifts the focus from cost savings to delivering high-value business capabilities such as such as enterprisewide security, identity management, platforms or business analytics.

    Digitally empowered workforce

    A digitally enabled work environment is linked to employee satisfaction, retention and engagement — but government currently lags other industries in this area. A workforce of self-managing teams needs the training, technology and autonomy to work on digital transformation initiatives.

    Analytics everywhere

    Gartner refers to the pervasive use of analytics at all stages of business activity and service delivery as analytics everywhere. It shifts government agencies from the dashboard reporting of lagging indicators to autonomous processes that help people make better decisions in real time.

    Augmented intelligence

    Gartner recommends that government CIOs reframe artificial intelligence as “augmented intelligence,” a human-centered partnership model of people and artificial intelligence working together to enhance cognitive performance.

    Roles: CIO

    The post Technology Trends for the Future of Government appeared first on Smarter With Gartner.


    How Infrastructure and Operations Can Enable Digital Change


    Infrastructure and operations (I&O) organizations in the digital era are on the cusp of dramatic change. From the death of the data center to the artificial intelligence (AI) revolution, every new wave of digital has a profound impact on the way I&O operates. And as I&O rapidly evolves from a support function to a strategic one, IT teams are no longer seen as service providers, but instead as enablers of business transformation. 

    I&O leaders must refocus their priorities to meet the changing expectations of IT leadership to avoid losing resources and relevance within the organization

    “To stay relevant in today’s enterprise, I&O needs to become more agile and customer-centric,” says Chirag Dekate, Senior Director Analyst, Gartner. “As digital adoption grows, top-performing I&O organizations are rethinking their structures, metrics and skill sets to align more closely with business stakeholders.”

    To improve efficiency, increase productivity and enable digital business transformation, I&O leaders must adapt their organizations around changing CIO priorities. Dekate outlines three ways to do so.

    Embrace new technologies and promote agility

    In the Gartner 2019 CIO Survey, IT leaders reported digital initiatives, revenue growth and operational excellence among their top priorities. Traditional I&O areas of concern, such as modernization of legacy systems and ERP, weighed in much lower on the list. 

    I&O leaders must refocus their priorities to meet the changing expectations of IT leadership to avoid losing resources and relevance within the organization. Adopting new technologies and processes that nurture digital business can demonstrate I&O’s commitment to transformation efforts. This includes technologies such as cloud, AI and automation, Internet of Things (IoT) and edge computing.

    I&O leaders can also ensure that their teams are prepared to deliver on digital initiatives by accelerating agility. Simplify processes and embrace intelligent automation for low-value, repetitive tasks to free up time for more strategic efforts.


    Speed up to the pace of business

    CIOs report that IT is a core enabler of change in 94% of organizations that are revising their business models. In today’s era of digital transformation, this means that IT teams have the opportunity to directly impact their organization’s bottom line. However, change happens quickly, and I&O needs to speed up operations to be effective in supporting digital transformation. 

    I&O leaders must reshape their organizations to deliver solutions at the rate and frequency that business requires them, rather than when I&O can deliver them. Often, this will mean a more product-centric operating model. Think beyond traditional silos like storage, networking or cloud, and instead deploy resources based on specific use cases. Restructure your I&O team to prioritize tasks that have a noticeable business impact and support CIO initiatives. 

    Transform people for digital productivity

    Delivering successful digital initiatives requires new skills. As I&O organizations embrace digital transformation, reskilling teams becomes necessary. Whether hiring new talent or retraining and restructuring existing teams, focusing on people will enable I&O to cultivate digital productivity.

    New key performance indicators (KPIs) that focus on customer and enterprise value will also help I&O support digital initiatives. KPIs that encourage outcome-oriented execution will help ensure that activities align with the expectations of the CIO and other business stakeholders.

    The post How Infrastructure and Operations Can Enable Digital Change appeared first on Smarter With Gartner.


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    Publication of the IPCC's special report on the Ocean and Cryosphere

    25 September 2019

    Publication of the IPCC's special report on the Ocean and Cryosphere

    France applauds the publication of the IPCC's special report “The Ocean and Cryosphere in a Changing Climate” (SROCC) on 25 September 2019.
    The fruit of an international collaboration between almost 180 scientists from over 87 countries, Northern and Southern alike, and based on the latest knowledge, this new report by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) describes the interactions already observed and yet to come between global warming and changes in seas, poles and glaciers, as well as the risks that these changes are incurring for human populations and ecosystems.
    France and IPCC
    For more than 30 years now, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has been assessing the state of knowledge on climate change, its causes and its impacts. It also identifies possible ways of limiting the scale of global warming and the seriousness of its impacts, and of adapting to expected changes.
    France's support of the IPCC was recently given concrete expression by the Republic's hosting of its 47th Plenary Session in Paris in March 2018, an event that marked the IPCC's 30th birthday, along with the announcement of an increase in France's financial contribution to the IPCC's budget, bringing it up to 1 million euros a year.

    The IPCC's findings are indisputable: global warming is accelerating and the oceans and cryosphere (glaciers, ice caps, etc.) are being disrupted by climate change, with impacts on coral reefs, low-lying coasts and islands, mountain ecosystems, permafrost and glaciers.

    The sea level is rising at an ever increasing rate and the oceans' growing absorption of CO2 has led to their accelerated acidification, which, combined with the warming and deoxygenation of their waters, is causing significant damage to the ocean system and marine biodiversity, with major effects on fishing among other things. Impacts are therefore felt well beyond immediately affected environments and are contributing to global warming to an alarming extent.

    The increasingly marked rate at which Arctic ice and snow are melting is weakening natural abilities to reflect solar rays (albedo) – abilities that are major regulators of temperature.

    The ocean and cryosphere are essential components of the global climate system, and in-depth knowledge on them is of key importance in enabling us to take action to reduce our impact and adapt to the changes we have to address.

    This deterioration of ecosystems multiplies the risks weighing on human populations, with consequent deterioration of fisheries, damage to infrastructures, problems with fresh water supplies, and impacts on human health and food security as well as on development of trade and tourism.

    However, the report demonstrates that reduction of greenhouse gas emissions has become a matter of urgency in order to limit the intensification of such changes in the future and the extreme events they bring with them. There is a wide range of solutions that could be deployed to improve resilience and preserve the ocean's and cryosphere's vital functions. Protection and restoration of ecosystems along with nature-based solutions should be the founding principles of the action we take if it is to be truly sustainable. Above all, it seems clear enough that any action we take today to reduce emissions will decrease the intensity of the impacts described and the risks weighing on our communities.

    The IPCC's conclusions confirm the policy implemented by the Government, which is acting to limit greenhouse gas emissions and prepare for the now inevitable impacts. They are also encouraging it to continue with initiatives already undertaken in close collaboration with stakeholders in coastal areas.
    • The Energy Climate Bill asserts France's ambition to achieve carbon neutrality by 2050 and institutes a five-year Programming Act that will set action priorities and point the way forward.
    • Through the second National Plan for Adaptation to Climate Change (PNACC), the Government is implementing the actions required to protect the population and adapt all sectors of the economy to future climate conditions, while improving their resilience.
    • The Government is funding research work in order to improve knowledge on the evolution of risks in coastal and mountain areas alike. Better knowledge of phenomena is essential to successful anticipation.
    • As regards coastlines, the Government has been taking action for several years now, by improving knowledge on coastal dynamics, and fostering implementation of local projects and recourse to nature-based solutions.
    • As developing countries are disproportionately impacted by the effects of climate change, France has made climate action a priority of its aid to development. The French Agency for Development (AFD) is 100% aligned with the Paris Agreement: the projects it implements must support resilient, low-carbon development processes.

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    IT Consultant II - (Pleasanton, California, United States)

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    Doorstop - Burnie Show, Tasmania


    GAVIN PEARCE MP, MEMBER FOR BRADDON: Well g'day everyone and welcome to the northwest. Welcome to Burnie. And I trust we're all here to report on a great agricultural show, the 100th show here in the northwest coast in Burnie. I'm joined here by of course the Prime Minister, We thank the Prime Minister for taking the time out to visit Tasmania once again. Our Premier Will Hodgman, the State Agricultural Minister and indeed our Federal Agriculture Minister in Bridget McKenzie. We're also joined by Senator Richard Colbeck. Ladies and gentlemen of the press, please if today we could promote this as best we can. I think it's important for our region and for our people that have worked so hard. I'll hand over to the PM.

    PRIME MINISTER: Thanks Gav, well it's great to be here for the hundredth Burnie show and as I just said as the show was opened, this is a wonderful testimony to the ongoing vibrancy of agricultural and regional and rural communities all around the country. We know that around our country at the moment there are just so many rural and regional communities that are hurting and you don't need just to be in drought to be hurting. And there are communities that have been affected by floods up there in North Queensland in large sprawling grazing districts. And you know these are the challenges that exist in the modern day competitiveness of the agricultural sector. But here in Tasmania we have a sector that is doing famously well supported by great trade agreements. That is ensuring that the produce of Tasmania is finding its way into markets like never before around the world and prices to support it. And as we walk around this Show here today and we talk to people in the community I've always been encouraged particularly here in north western, northern Tasmania by the optimism, by the vibrancy, by the confidence and that's the product of you know we're seeing the unemployment rate here fall from 9 per cent to 6.2 per cent. We're seeing jobs created. We're seeing jobs created in the agricultural sector. There are the great projects that are being pursued together with the State Government and Will Hodgman and the team whether it's battery of the nation, or the many other projects we're doing which are going to have a big impact here in north west Tasmania and in northern Tasmania.

    But today we're celebrating agricultural shows. Agricultural shows are a great opportunity for communities to come together. And to celebrate their achievements and basically show what they can do. And to come together as communities to celebrate those achievements and we're announcing today the commencement of the 20 million dollar program which is going in to support agricultural shows all around the country. I'm going to ask the Agriculture Minister Bridget McKenzie to talk a bit more about that. But it's just another part of the way we're trying to support agricultural communities. And in those communities that are doing it really tough, they're great opportunities for them to come together and support each other. I've seen that firsthand as I've visited some of those shows in drought affected parts of the country. It is an opportunity for farmers and agricultural communities to support each other and to get alongside each other and to encourage each other. Today, the Drought Minister has announced a further 13, just over $13 million in support for on farm water infrastructure that is in addition to what we announced last Friday which is the hundred million dollars particularly around financial assistance both to households and into rural communities whether through St Vinnies or the Salvos and other programs that are putting money directly into communities but also putting money into the pockets of farming households with much more relaxed and more flexible arrangements so they can get that assistance.

    The drought is the first call on the budget. It's our first priority in addressing those immediate fiscal needs but longer term it's also about investing in the necessary water infrastructure. It's not just dams, it's pipes, it's irrigation systems. It's ensuring that we're putting the plumbing in place. We can't make it rain but we can ensure that we're building for the future and we're providing the financial assistance to support those communities to be able to make their way through these very drought-affected times. So with that Bridg, come and tell us more about our investment in the Shows.

    SENATOR THE HON BRIDGET MCKENZIE, MINISTER FOR AGRICULTURE: Thanks PM, look it's fantastic to be on the North-West Coast of one of those turnaround states where agriculture is just going gangbusters. And it's here in Tasmania. Very, very proud to be part of a government that is seeking to bridge the gap between urban Australians and those of us who live out in the regions and work in the regions and work in agriculture. And agricultural shows are a key part of our task to do that. So we have small shows, we have large shows. This program will mean that you can apply for up to half a million dollars, to not just upgrade your grandstands and build critical infrastructure but to purchase those sort of the movable infrastructure that might make your show much more attractive to get not just the locals along but the people down the road, the people from Hobart, and the people from Melbourne to get out into the region and to see the great horse events, the fantastic cattle and sheep that we've got but also so many of our agricultural shows are the place where you can grow the largest pumpkin, if you're really good- If you've got a great vegie patch your local show is where you can get due recognition, if you make the best jelly slice in town, well it's your local agricultural show where you'll be able to put that on show and get the due recognition.

    So by backing our agricultural shows across the country, we're backing vibrant sustainable regions and regional communities who are proud of who they are, proud of where they come from, and very proud of what they do. We will stand with our regional communities particularly in this tough time of drought. And their agricultural show is often one event in the season where they can get off farm, meet with the community, have a look at what everyone else is doing, celebrate what they do and enjoy each other's company and get together. So I'm very proud to be part of a government that's backing agricultural shows right across the country.

    ROB WILSON, CHAIR AGRICULTURAL SHOWS AUSTRALIA: Good afternoon everyone, I'm Rob Wilson I chair Agricultural Shows of Australia which is the peak body for that all the 580 shows that operate every year in Australia. And we were talking about, the Minister and the Prime Minister talking about communities, and that's true. They are the lifeblood of communities everywhere. We use around 30,000 volunteers that run shows every year and we provide actually an economic impact to the community of close to a billion dollars now. And it is the resilience of farmers that has seen the resilience of agricultural shows not only here in Burnie but nearby, Campbelltown has had its 150th year, every year there's a handful of shows that are now reaching their hundred years but also there's new societies popping up around the country as well. And that's a testimony to the communities and the people and the $20 million which will go for not only the infrastructure but as the minister said for other sustainable activities reflecting the community, looking at education, looking at technology, looking at digital platforms that we can use now to keep that resilience going. And we now hope for another hundred and fifty years, ag societies will be viable right around Australia.

    THE HON WILL HODGMAN MP, PREMIER OF TASMANIA: I'm delighted to be here today at the Burnie show with so many of my parliamentary colleagues and so many members of this community. The Burnie show 2019 is like so much of what Tasmania is about now. Bigger, better, stronger, more people involved. It's the place to be and we're delighted to see such a great community effort to restore life into a show that like many across our state has had difficult periods. As a state government we've invested more into supporting our regional shows because they are the lifeblood of communities right across the state and we'll continue to do so. And similarly the announcement by the Commonwealth Government today it shows once again that we're working in sync to deliver positive things for our communities while other political parties worry about things that don't matter to Tasmanians we are very much working together to keep our economy strong, to invest in services that Tasmanians need to keep this state powering ahead as it is and with more opportunities than ever before. So I want to thank again the Prime Minister for being back in Tasmania and to just highlight the strong collaboration we have whether it be supporting our agricultural sector which is grown by about 10 per cent in the last year alone and that's largely driven through the policies of not only the Commonwealth government and mine but also through the strength and resilience of a more confident farming community. In fact the most confident in the country. So, wonderful to have so many people with us today in what is the turnaround state in the nation.

    PRIME MINISTER: Very true. Now questions on this matter and then we can go to questions on other matters and we'll excuse some of our guests.

    JOURNALIST: Quick one for Rob?

    PREMIER: You do Rob, and then we'll, we won't run away.

    JOURNALIST: Nationally, how tough have times been for some of these regional shows?

    WILSON: It varies around the country and some shows that have had some difficulty and perhaps go into, take a year off, but more often than not they're back again they get a strong committee around them. We have a very very strong next gen group right around Australia. Every state now has next gen groups and we have our rural ambassador programs and our younger judges and paraders and we're educating and encouraging young people to come up, and they're now taking roles on committees. We've got very young people now, president of show societies and taking an active role along with our volunteers, the people who do a sterling job in all the shows that have been there for a very long time. So it's now a good mix of the experience but certainly the next gen becoming involved. So sure in some areas it's tough but the show mostly goes on.

    PRIME MINISTER: Any other questions on the matter of the announcement today? This is the first time I've done a press conference to the sounds of country music. I might make it a normal practice.

    JOURNALIST: On native animals, how, are there better ways to protect native animals in the wake of the attack on the wombat in South Australia?

    PRIME MINISTER: Well that is something that is predominantly the domain of the State Government in terms of those types of, Will might want to comment on that. And obviously the Commonwealth has a range of legislation which relates to the native species and so on. And so. We'll continue to support those types of initiatives. But is there anything you want to add to that Will?

    PRIME MINISTER: Could we ask some questions of you first Prime Minister? What's your response to charges laid against CommInsure?

    PRIME MINISTER: Well as we are moving on to other areas I don't want to sort of detain Rob [inaudible].

    That's obviously a very serious issue and it's a product of the process doing its job and where financial institutions do the wrong thing, well that's the reason we have prosecutors, that's the reason why we have regulators and that's the sort of thing they should be doing and they should be pursuing those and that should find its way through the normal process through the courts.

    JOURNALIST: Could you define negative globalism for us Prime Minister?

    PRIME MINISTER: Well any time frankly that global organisations think that they have a greater mandate over a country than the country themselves. I mean I answer to no higher authority than the people of Australia. I don't answer to international institutions or global organisations, and our interests and our policies will be set in Australia by Australians and by the will of the Australian people. Australia has an exemplary record when it comes to our international participation in constructive programs, everything from peacekeeping, to aid support, to our engagement in multilateral forums. That's all positive. But Australia's interests will determine our involvement and we won't be copping from any global organisation or institution any instructions or directions that are at odds with our national interest and with any presumption that somehow some global agenda is bigger than Australia.

    JOURNALIST: Could you give us an example where an unaccountable internationalist bureaucracy has sought to coerce Australia or to impose a mandate?

    PRIME MINISTER: Australia's policies, whether it's on border protection or anywhere else have been set by Australians, in our interests. And there's plenty of commentary about what Australia should and shouldn't do on these and other issues. I'm just simply making the point that under my Government, our policies will be accountable to Australians first and only.

    JOURNALIST: There must be threats for you to make a point?

    PRIME MINISTER: Well I have observed now over many years as a Minister and as a Prime Minister that growing global agendas need to frankly recognise at the end of the day that it's nation states who are sovereign. And it's nation states that will set their rules, their policies, and they'll do that- particularly in democracies like Australia which is subject to the ballot box and the rule of law. So I don't have an issue, I'm engaged in many multilateral institutions but the ones I find most constructive are the ones that represent respect the sovereignty of each individual state and we've taken issues to an election, we've taking policies to an election. Well they're the policies I'll implement I won't be pushed into other policies by global institutions.

    JOURNALIST: Could you give us an example though?

    PRIME MINISTER: I think I've covered the issue.

    JOURNALIST: You've had members of your party talk about moving more federal public service jobs to regional areas. But the numbers in Tasmania have actually been declining. Was this just an empty promise on regional jobs?

    PRIME MINISTER: Well what I think is great is the unemployment rate here in Braddon has fallen from 9 per cent to 6.2 per cent. I'm interested in jobs, in north western Tasmania, in northern Tasmania, and right across Tasmania. I want to see jobs, see I disagree with the Labor Party. I don't think the way to create jobs is just to employ more public servants. I think the way to create jobs is to have a successful agricultural sector, a successful forestry sector, a successful mining sector. But the Labor Party seems to want to apologise for all of those industries, not us. We support all of those industries proudly. These are Australian jobs that are being created here in Tasmania by these great private sector efforts. You know, you want to create jobs. You've got to have a vibrant private economy. And that's always been the focus of our attention.

    JOURNALIST: [inaudible] accountable internationalist bureaucracies?

    PRIME MINISTER: I think we covered that one off.

    JOURNALIST: Lachlan's question was about moving public service jobs to Tasmania, not creating them?

    PRIME MINISTER: And we'll  continue to look at those opportunities, we have a Minister for decentralisation and he's taken on that job since the election. He will bring forward proposals to cabinet where he thinks it's in the best interests of the running of those organisations and where we can spread those benefits we will.

    JOURNALIST: [inaudible] Major General Day’s report on the drought public?

    PRIME MINISTER: I couldn't hear the start of the question?

    JOURNALIST: Will you make a Major General Day's report public?

    PRIME MINISTER: We'll be responding formally to that report quite soon. And it has obviously played a key role in informing a lot of the drought response that we've already made. I mean Major General Day reported to Cabinet some time ago as did the drought envoy, as well, prior to the last election and so all of that information, all of that considerable work that was done has been feeding into the constant drought response that we've been making. I mean that's the nature of responding to this drought. There's just not one report and one response and that's it, set and forget. That's not the way you deal with this. And in some areas this drought has been going on for seven years. And so you need a constant, a constant response and that needs to be continually informed. That's why the Treasurer has been out in drought affected areas just this week. That's why I was out there last week. That's why all of my ministers are out there and listening to the issues that are on the ground and responding. $100 million last week, $13.2 million today. We will continue to respond for as long as the drought circumstances demand it.

    JOURNALIST: Have you read the drought coordinator's report?

    PRIME MINISTER: Of course I have.

    JOURNALIST: How come the Treasurer hasn't?

    PRIME MINISTER: It's going through Cabinet and he was certainly there when the drought coordinator reported to Cabinet. It's going through a Cabinet process as we speak and he's part of that Cabinet process.

    JOURNALIST: At tomorrow's state liberal Council, they're going to put up a motion that the federal government call on China to respect the rule of law, democracy, and civil liberties of Hong Kong. Do you think it's up to the state to try and direct foreign policy?

    PRIME MINISTER: Well I think the motion is an expression, I think, of the concern of Australians and Tasmanians in particular about the events that we're seeing unfold in Hong Kong. The Australian Government and I, and the Foreign Minister have similarly expressed our concern about those events. But our response has been one to counsel restraint and respect for the one country, two systems arrangement, and for that to be honoured, and we'll continue to follow that path as a Commonwealth Government. I mean, in the Liberal Party members put up motions, the parliamentary parties are the ones that set policies. That's what's different between us and the Labor Party, in the Labor Party they're bound by these things and in the Liberal party that's not how our party runs, it was never set up that way. But it is an important sentiment to acknowledge, that there are real concerns about this. And I think those concerns are felt right across the country, but how we manage them and how we respond to them, we do carefully and we do constructively.

    JOURNALIST: On Alexander Downer, what do you say to US Republicans including supporters of Donald Trump who say that Alexander Downer is part of an international conspiracy?

    PRIME MINISTER: Well I think it's laughable. And the Ambassador has communicated that in the United States already, so I'd refer you to his comments and I endorse them.

    JOURNALIST: There's another motion in the Liberal conference calling for Tony Abbott to be appointed the ambassador to the Holy See would you support that?

    PRIME MINISTER: We'll make those judgements. But I can tell you that Mr Abbott has no interest in serving in that role. So that would mean that the recommendation would be quite moot.

    JOURNALIST: The Burnie Show is a far cry from the UN, how do you rank the two?

    PRIME MINISTER: Well I'd rather be at the Burnie Show. Every day of the week. And I'd rather be in Australia every day of the week too.

    QUESTION: Scott, can I ask an ordinary question, to do with this drought, and I have followed it. There was one farmer, on the news probably last year some time. And he had dug three pits and stored feed in those pits, so for three years he managed to keep himself going. Now is his expertise on that being looked at, asked about to help other farmers because, with a lot of the feed being brought in, yes that's all very well because it's given out when it's eaten, but if it's stored it means every farmer will have that possibility of storage? 

    PRIME MINISTER: Yeah, now thank you for the question. This was one of the key issues that came up in the national drought summit we held about this time last year. And that's why one of our immediate responses after last year's drought summit was to increase the incentives that we had and through the tax system to encourage the development of those silage capabilities and capacities. You're absolutely right. While you've got to deal in response to the drought to the immediate needs which are basically financial, then the issues going down the track, opportunities to develop on farm water infrastructure, broader water infrastructure and not just dams and pipelines, and other forms of irrigation infrastructure but it's also silage.

    QUESTION: Is that farmer being involved?

    PRIME MINISTER: I can only assume there's been some input, I couldn't- not knowing specifically the chap.

    QUESTION: Well there should be because he's been there and he's doing it.

    PRIME MINISTER: This is where we're getting our information from. I get them from farmers.

    QUESTION: Just look him up, because he's the only one who's done it.

    PRIME MINISTER: Well there are a lot of farmers who invested in silage. It's not true to say there's only been one. There's been many of them and many of them have been taking up that incentive that we put in place a year ago to plan for future, because the one thing that I'm always impressed with by our farming community particularly those impacted by drought Is they’re planning for when it rains. They have not resigned themselves to any other circumstance of it not raining, and they have hope for the future and it's important that we continue to give them that hope. Now many farmers during the course of the drought will make decisions about whether they choose to stay on the land or not. And that's a difficult, and it's a hard decision for them to make. And we have to support them in that decision. That's why last week one of the things we announced was further financial assistance for farmers who were looking to change their skills base and get trained in different areas and to enable them to earn more off-farm income to support them to stay on the land. So we have a very comprehensive and deep and wide drought response. It was born out of the national drought summit about this time last year. That is our drought strategy which we continue to implement. But it is an ever receding finishing post. We never stop. We will keep responding and we will keep listening. Thank you very much for your question.

    JOURNALIST: On private health insurance. The private health care lobby is pushing for tax breaks for employers to pay for the private health insurance for workers. Would the government consider that type of plan?

    PRIME MINISTER: Well we're very keen to ensure that we arrest, particularly amongst younger people, the take up of private health insurance having fallen in recent times. I wouldn't say those falls are dramatic, but they have receded and that is a concern. That's why in the past our side of politics when we've been in government have been the ones that put in place the incentives for people to hold private health insurance. When Labor was in power they were stripping those away because they couldn't fund their Budget and they just attacked private health insurance. And I didn't think that was a very far sighted view. So we will seek to ensure that the right incentives are in place. We'll be considering all the options that are available as we proceed in to next year's budget and to ensure that we can maintain a great private health insurance system in this country. I think it's one of the great features of our health system that it is a hybrid of both the public and the private systems. We don't rely all on one, like they do in the United States essentially in the private sphere, or all on the public sphere, as we see in the UK and places like that. Australia's health system is quite unique. It is very effective. And it is the envy of the world pretty much in the way it is structured. That doesn't mean it's perfect, it doesn't mean there's not more we have to do as Will and I often discuss, and premiers discuss all the time, at leader-level about what we have to do in health, but we want to make sure that our hybrid private public system remains vibrant and so we will always listen to suggestions but we've got to make those decisions consistent with the budget rules and your priorities. But that's why you have a strong economy by the way. If you don't have a strong economy you don't have a strong budget. If you don't have a strong budget you can't invest in hospitals and schools or in rural agricultural shows. And that's why having a strong economy, driven by vibrant industries like agriculture is so critical to the services that Australians rely on, so it's been great great to see you. I'm going to go enjoy the show. Cheers.


    Australia and Solomon Islands Step Up Infrastructure Cooperation


    Australia and Solomon Islands share an enduring and close friendship – a relationship founded on a common history and strengthened by our collaborative development and security efforts in the Regional Assistance Mission to Solomon Islands. 

    As part of this relationship, and Australia’s broader Step-up in the Pacific, we are working together closely to promote economic development and stability across Solomon Islands. 

    A key element of this is our long-standing security cooperation, underpinned by our bilateral security treaty. As part of this, we are pleased to support an Australia-Solomon Islands joint project to construct a border and patrol boat outpost in Solomon Islands’ western provinces.

    Australia’s support for a border and patrol boat outpost will enhance infrastructure and security cooperation between our countries, and support Solomon Islands’ border security. It aligns with the Solomon Islands’ three-phased approach to strengthen surveillance, response capability and protection of the western border.

    The outpost will be used by the Royal Solomon Islands Police Force and other Solomon Islands agencies to support the people in western Solomon Islands.

    The design will feature environmentally sustainable elements and will be appropriate to regional conditions, and will include a wharf capable of replenishing Guardian-Class patrol boats, accommodation buildings, and storage facilities.

    The Pacific is where we live, and Australia and Solomon Islands commit to working together to ensure that our Pacific home remains secure, stable and prosperous.


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    Northeast Syria: Boys, Men Held in Inhumane Conditions


    (Beirut) – A Kurdish-led armed group backed by the United States-led coalition against the Islamic State (also known as ISIS) is detaining thousands of Syrian and foreign men and boys in severely overcrowded informal detention centers in northeast Syria, Human Rights Watch said today. The heightened possibility of a Turkish invasion of northeast Syria underscores the urgent need for countries to immediately ensure that their imprisoned citizens can return home for rehabilitation, reintegration, and appropriate prosecution in line with international standards.

    On October 7, 2019, US President Donald Trump announced a pullout of US troops from northeast Syria, an area controlled by the Kurdish-led armed group, the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), which had been a key member of the international coalition against ISIS. The group is detaining thousands of Syrian and foreign men and boys in severely overcrowded schools and other buildings in northeast Syria.

    “Thousands of people, including children, are stuck in what amounts to shockingly overcrowded prisons on suspicion of being ISIS, but no one is accepting responsibility for them,” said Letta Tayler, senior crisis and conflict researcher at Human Rights Watch. “Any authority that effectively controls these informal prisons is legally bound to urgently improve conditions and ensure that each and every detainee is held lawfully.”

    The SDF says it is holding 12,000 prisoners, including 4,000 foreigners, in 7 detention centers in northeast Syria. Human Rights Watch spoke to two witnesses, including a former prisoner, who described harrowing conditions and severe overcrowding in the detention centers. The Kurdish-led Autonomous Administration controlling northern Syria says it lacks the resources to detain the prisoners properly and that their own countries should bring them home for investigation and potential prosecution. Most countries have failed to do so.

    Human Rights Watch interviewed a journalist who said he had visited one of the detention facilities and reviewed his video footage published in The Times of London on September 30. The footage showed cells with dozens of men in orange jumpsuits packed together tightly, their bodies touching, and an equally crowded medical block in a detention center holding boys. The journalist said the detainees included British, French, Belgian, and US citizens, and that they were held in “terrible, terrible conditions.” CBS news published similar images on September 17. Human Rights Watch was not able to verify the images independently.

    According to The Times, the people pictured were captured during the battle of Baghouz, which ended in February, and held on suspicion of being ISIS members.

    Another person who visited one of the detention centers showed Human Rights Watch two recent photos that also showed severe overcrowding as well as male prisoners who appeared to be children sharing cells with men.

    The journalist, Anthony Loyd, said he saw more than 450 detainees in the hospital block of one detention center, including children as young as 12. Many patients were not receiving adequate care and some had died of their injuries in the detention center, he said.

    “Several prisoners had multiple amputations and I saw one with his intestines hanging out beneath a bloody dressing. The situation was pretty bleak,” Loyd said. “There were children there.”

    The SDF is detaining many boys, some as young as 12, in informal detention centers, but others, particularly younger boys, are held with their parents in camps for suspected ISIS family members or in centers for children apprehended without their parents. One 16-year-old, who spoke with Human Rights Watch in June at a center for unaccompanied boys, said that the SDF and US forces appeared to decide at random which boys to imprison and which to send to the camps or centers.

    “One American twice put me in a line to go to jail. But another American cursed him and said, ‘Why are you putting him back? The boy is small,’” the boy said.

    The evidence and images reviewed by Human Rights Watch strongly suggest that conditions are unfit to hold detainees and fail to meet basic international standards.

    Countries that have refused to allow the return of their nationals held in informal detention centers, or in squalid northeast Syrian camps holding more than 100,000 women and children related to ISIS suspects, nearly half of them foreigners, cite national security concerns and insufficient evidence for prosecution as justification for leaving them there.

    Local authorities claim they do not have the necessary infrastructure to prosecute foreign ISIS suspects in line with international due process standards. They have nevertheless set up courts that have tried thousands of Syrian ISIS suspects in flawed proceedings. But neither the Syrian government nor the international community – including the Autonomous Administration’s own international partners – recognize the courts, raising doubts about the enforceability of the rulings.

    The United Nations Standard Minimum Rules for the Treatment of Prisoners (the “Mandela Rules”) require that “[a]ll accommodation provided for the use of prisoners … shall meet all requirements of health, due regard being paid to climatic conditions and particularly to cubic content of air, minimum floor space, lighting, heating and ventilation.” The rules state that “sanitary installations shall be adequate to enable every prisoner to comply with the needs of nature when necessary and in a clean and decent manner” and that “[a]dequate bathing and shower installations shall be provided.”

    The Autonomous Administration should stop detaining children solely for suspected ISIS membership. Children who have been associated with armed groups should be treated primarily as victims who need rehabilitation assistance and help reintegrating into society. Children who may have committed other violent offenses should be treated in accordance with international juvenile justice standards and detained only as a last resort. Child suspects should be held separately from adults, unless it is considered in the child's best interest not to do so.

    In addition to immediately ensuring that citizens trapped in northeast Syria can return to countries that guarantee due process, countries including members of the International Coalition against ISIS should also press and provide support to detaining authorities to end the inhumane conditions for those who cannot be promptly taken home or be involuntarily resettled without risk of torture or ill-treatment, including citizens of Iraq. The detaining authorities should ensure that anyone it is holding has been detained according to law, including prompt judicial review of each detainee to ensure the legality and necessity of detention, and that no one is held in inhumane or degrading conditions.

    Under the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, anyone detained on suspicion for committing criminal offenses should be taken promptly before a judge or an equivalent authority to order their release. Anyone so detained is entitled to a trial within a reasonable time or release. The UN Human Rights Committee, which interprets the covenant, has said that the right to a judicial review of detention continues at all times, including in emergency situations.

    Pending repatriation or third-country resettlement of non-Syrian prisoners to countries where they are not at risk of torture, ill-treatment, or unfair trials, the US-led coalition and countries with nationals held in northeast Syria should provide financial and technical support to the detaining authorities. The funding should be used to ensure that the authorities house all detainees in official prisons that are built to accommodate detainees and meet basic international standards including standards regarding juvenile justice.

    “That those detained are ISIS suspects is no excuse for home countries to look the other way,” Tayler said. “If conditions in these prisons don’t improve, then home countries’ fears of radicalization and ISIS resurgence could become a reality.”


    How to Stay Safe Against DNS-Based Attacks


    The Domain Name System (DNS) plays an essential role in resolving IP addresses and hostnames. For organizations, it ensures that users reach the proper sites, servers, and applications. While it's a fundamental base for a functioning Web, the problem is that this system can easily be abused.

    Attackers often prey on the DNS's weaknesses to point would-be site visitors to specially crafted malicious pages instead of the ones they wish to land on. For that reason, companies need to adopt specific countermeasures if they wish to ensure the safety of their site frequenters.

    While larger enterprises have begun protecting their DNS infrastructure by gathering relevant threat intelligence, enforcing security policies, and automating redundant tasks, and so on, smaller ones have yet to follow.

    To look closer at these points, this post tackles the growth of DNS-based attacks over time and how organizations can protect relevant stakeholders against them with actionable recommendations.

    DNS-Based Attacks: Volume Increases Annually

    What are we really up against? A 2019 DNS threat report shows an increase in the number of DNS attacks as well as the damage they caused in the past year. Here are a few of the relevant statistics presented:

    • More than 80% of the organizations surveyed said they suffered from a DNS attack.
    • The costs incurred due to these breaches rose by 49%; with an average cost per attack above US$1M.
    • The most targeted sector was financial services; the media and telecommunications sector, meanwhile, was most affected by brand damage; government agencies, on the other hand, suffered most from the theft of sensitive data.

    Organizations victims of DNS-based attacks often only take a reactive stand to incidents. As part of this, companies may need to shut down affected processes and applications.

    Of course, slowing down or even stopping operations isn't a solution. Instead, the surveyed organizations cited the following approaches to deal with DNS-based threats:

    • 64% use DNS analytics solutions to identify compromised devices.
    • 35% work with both internal threat intelligence and internal analytics on DNS traffic.
    • 53% consider machine learning (ML) useful to pinpoint malicious domains.

    Counteracting DNS-Based Attacks

    A proactive approach to DNS security is a must-have. Ideally, operations need to implement zero-trust initiatives — monitor internal and external traffic, label all activity that is untrustworthy by default in real-time, etc. Additionally, some helpful immediate actions organizations can take to prevent DNS attacks include:

    • Gather and analyze internal threat intelligence: The primary goal of this task is to safeguard an organization's data and services. Apps and platforms designed to perform real-time DNS analysis can help detect and prevent a wide variety of attack attempts. Reverse MX and reverse NS APIs can be integrated into these systems to uncover domains that are associated with certain threat actors or groups.
    • Configure their DNS infrastructure to adhere to security requirements: Companies can combine DNS security with IP address management (IPAM) to automate security policy management. Apart from that, both systems can ensure that all policies are regularly updated, follow a uniform format, and are easy to audit.
    • Enable DNS traffic visibility across the entire network to accelerate security operations center (SOC) remediation: Using third-party data feeds and APIs as additional threat intelligence sources allow for real-time behavioral threat detection that bolsters the capabilities of security information and event management (SIEM) software and unified threat management (UTM) appliances.

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    Over the years, the Kenyan Network Information Center (KeNIC) has struggled to reach the 100,000 mark in Kenya country code domain registrations.

    Many reasons have been given for this shortfall, among them pricing, competition from generic Top-Level Domains (gTLDs) like and, and also competition from Geographic domains like the new Also, not opening up the second level for registration has been cited as one of the reasons for the low number. KeNIC subsequently opened up registration on the second level in 2018, but this did not shore up the numbers. Other reasons include fear of political interference of registered domains where political orders may takedown a registered domain without following due process and downtime at the Registry costing dependent businesses unwarranted business loss.

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    How is the competition in Africa faring? In South Africa, there are around 1.26m domains. A single domain is priced at around R 75.00 ($5) for the end-user. For a, the average price is $15 per year.

    From the September 2019 statistics, domains stand at 93,446. This is 6,554 domains shy of the 100,000 mark. With proper management, marketing, and value proposition, KeNIC should cross the 100k mark in early 2020.

    The numbers can be higher if KeNIC can be more deliberate. They should put strategies to increase trust on the Registry by reducing downtime of this key critical infrastructure, and provide periodic reports on how the resource is doing on availability. 100% availability is the minimum that is expected of a Registry. They should also address the political risk issue, and also increase in marketing and awareness. KeNIC revenue is about Ksh84,000,000 $0.84m (Assuming 43,000 new registrations at $6.5, and 43,000 renewals at $11.6). A good portion of that should go towards enriching its human resource, upgrading its infrastructure and marketing. That way, KeNIC can catch up with South Africa's ZA Central Registry (ZACR).

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    Extreme Gifts StackStorm to Linux Foundation


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    Chokwe Antar Lumumba, the mayor of Jackson, Mississippi, comes from an activist family. His father, Chokwe Lumumba, was a legendary figure—a brilliant lawyer and organizer on behalf of communities that had been let down by both major parties. After the senior Lumumba was elected mayor of Jackson in 2013, the media described him as America’s most revolutionary city leader. When he died less than a year after taking office, his son ran to replace him and lost. That defeat did not dissuade Chokwe Antar Lumumba. He kept speaking up, organizing, and campaigning.

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    JN: You promised as mayor to make Jackson the most radical city on the planet. What did you mean by that?

    CAL: A radical is a person who seeks change. Here in Mississippi, those individuals that we have the most reverence for—whether it’s Ida B. Wells, Fannie Lou Hamer, or Medgar Evers—or, nationally, if we look at Martin Luther King or Malcolm X, or for those who look to Jesus Christ, we find that they were all radicals. I see it as a term of endearment.

    JN: The word “radical” also speaks to going to the root of the problem. It isn’t just about changing things. It’s also trying to figure out what the core challenge is.

    CAL: Absolutely. We often focus on the symptoms of our problems, as opposed to the root cause. My father talked about how people were lured into a place of complacency upon the election of Barack Obama. He said that sometimes we have to look at the presidency in the same manner as we look at the plantation.

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    JN: You have said about governing that filling potholes is a part of radical change.

    CAL: While potholes may not be the global issue that changes conditions for everybody, it is important that we focus on those things that people are concerned with. As you’re knocking on doors and talking to people about the larger things in life—discrimination, exploitation—you’re invariably confronted by a brother or sister who says, “Yeah, you know, that’s nice, but how are you going to fix that pothole in my street?”

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    JN: You said, “People ask me how I felt after Donald Trump was elected. I say, ‘I woke up in Mississippi.’” What did you mean by that?

    CAL: It’s a recognition that Mississippi has always been at the bottom. If you were poor before Donald Trump, you’re likely still poor now. If you were poor before Barack Obama or George W. Bush or Bill Clinton, then you were poor after. It has mattered very little whether you consider yourself a Democrat or a Republican; you’ve been suffering under the same conditions. That is a unifying point for all of us—that what we do collectively will change the order of the day for Mississippi and that the calvary isn’t necessarily coming.

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    Iowa State University Announces New Staff at Research Farms


    AMES, Iowa – Iowa State University announces new leadership and staff changes at the Muscatine Island Research Farm in Fruitland, the Southeast Research Farm in Crawfordsville and the Northeast Research Farm in Nashua.

    Agricultural specialists, Dominic Snyder and Cody Schneider, and superintendent, Myron Rees, will co-manage the two research farms in southeast Iowa at Fruitland and Crawfordsville.

    Snyder joined Iowa State in 2017 and in 2018 was the sole full-time ag specialist at the Fruitland site. He will be the crops and research manager, the contact person for researchers and the contact for the Muscatine Island Research Farm Association.

    Schneider joined Iowa State in 2016 at the Crawfordsville site. He will be the crops and research manager at the Southeast Research Farm. Schneider will be the contact for researchers.

    Rees has been at the Southeast Research Farm in Crawfordsville since 2004 and superintendent since 2012. Rees will be the operations manager for both sites, which includes facilities, vehicle maintenance and infrastructure. He also will be the contact for the Southeast Iowa Agricultural Research Association.

    Chad Hesseltine has been hired as an ag specialist and will be working at both the Southeast Research Farm, Crawfordsville, and the Muscatine Island Research Farm, Fruitland. He began his appointment Sept. 30. 

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    • Southeast Iowa Agricultural Research Association purchased the main farm in 1987 near Crawfordsville. An adjacent tract was acquired in 2002.
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    October 8, 2019 (Joseph Thomas - NEO) - The Southeast Asian state of Myanmar, despite pressure from Washington, has decided to work with Chinese telecom company Huawei to develop its national 5G communication network. 

    The move by Myanmar is just one among many by the entire region to build ties with China despite extensive efforts by the US and some Western European nations to encircle and isolate Beijing economically, politically and even militarily.

    If ever there was an indicator of just how real the delcine of US primacy was particularly in Asia, it is this steady march of joint progress being made between the nations of Asia and China.

    US State Department-funded media platform Voice of America (VOA) in its article deceptively titled, "Myanmar to Keep Huawei Despite Security Concerns," would complain:
    Myanmar has decided to keep using Chinese technology company Huawei to develop its new mobile communications system. 

    The decision comes despite national security concerns about Huawei by the United States and some other countries.

    Huawei Technologies is currently working on building the next generation in wireless technology in countries around the world. The development of 5G has caused tensions between the United States and China. U.S. officials have long suspected the Chinese government could use Huawei network equipment to help carry out spying activities. Huawei has rejected such accusations. 
    It is only well into the third paragraph that the VOA article begins to admit "security concerns" regarding Huawei are in reality simply accusations made up by the United States and based on nothing resembling evidence or documented impropriety.

    VOA finally admits that beyond alleged concerns regarding "national security," the US has targeted Huawei because it conflicts with US "foreign policy interests."

    In other words, Huawei is outcompeting US corporations abroad and rather than look inward at the shortcomings of American industry and fixing them, the US is instead attacking Huawei politically through accusations and economically through sanctions.

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    For those wondering what genuine concerns over security should be based on, the BBC in its 2014 article titled, "Edward Snowden: Leaks that exposed US spy programme," covers irrefutable, documented evidence of the US government abusing its monopoly over telecommunication networks to carry out unprecedented spying at home and abroad.
    The scandal broke in early June 2013 when the Guardian newspaper reported that the US National Security Agency (NSA) was collecting the telephone records of tens of millions of Americans. 

    The paper published the secret court order directing telecommunications company Verizon to hand over all its telephone data to the NSA on an "ongoing daily basis". 

    That report was followed by revelations in both the Washington Post and Guardian that the NSA tapped directly into the servers of nine internet firms, including Facebook, Google, Microsoft and Yahoo, to track online communication in a surveillance programme known as Prism.
    Of course, the revelations made public by Edward Snowden's whistleblowing went far deeper than Prism, involving invasive US spying efforts carried out with the help of not only telecommunication companies, but also software makers and even US-based hardware manufacturers.

    MIT Technology Review in its article, "NSA’s Own Hardware Backdoors May Still Be a “Problem from Hell”," would reveal:
    Revelations that the NSA has compromised hardware for surveillance highlights the vulnerability of computer systems to such attacks.
    In 2011, General Michael Hayden, who had earlier been director of both the National Security Agency and the Central Intelligence Agency, described the idea of computer hardware with hidden “backdoors” planted by an enemy as “the problem from hell.” This month, news reports based on leaked documents said that the NSA itself has used that tactic, working with U.S. companies to insert secret backdoors into chips and other hardware to aid its surveillance efforts.
    The US is thus guilty in reality of everything it is baselessly accusing Huawei of and serves as another example of the sort of "American exceptionalism" that has poisoned the globe's perception of America.

    Dirty Tricks vs. Real Competition 

    Myanmar's continued trajectory into China's economic and political orbit is particularly embarrassing for the United States.

    The current government of Myanmar is headed by State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi and her National League for Democracy political party. Suu Kyi and and her party are virtual creations of the US and British governments benefiting from decades of political support and untold millions in financial aid. Suu Kyi also serves as the figurehead of an extensive network of fronts funded out of Washington and London posing as nongovernmental organisations.

    These include groups that sabotage joint Myanmar-China infrastructure projects under the guise of upholding "human rights" or addressing "environmental concerns."

    Despite the artificial nature of Suu Kyi's political rise, or perhaps because of it, her government is subject to much more fundamental forces than US meddling and rhetoric. Despite the finely honed tools of political interference Washington wields, Myanmar is still driven primarily by basic economic forces, as are all nations are.

    While Washington has invested immense amounts of time, money and energy in manipulating the political landscape of foreign nations, it has severely neglected the basic fundamentals of any nation's power including its own.

    With no alternative to China's manufacturing might, its ability to build massive continental-spanning infrastructure projects and its offer to lift all of Asia up with it as it ascends upon the global stage, even Washington's most carefully crafted proxies end up succumbing to what is simply a better offer made by Beijing minus the constrictive conditions that come with any partnership made with Washington.

    The story of the United States' decline is one of neglected fundamentals. Until the US addresses these basic fundamentals, no amount of political meddling or military aggression can compensate for this decline.

    Whether it is China's Huawei offering better telecommunication solutions to Southeast Asia, or cheaper and more effective military hardware or a more appealing regional architecture that recognises the primacy of national sovereignty, until the US is able to offer a similar or better offer, it will continue to lose even in places like Myanmar where its investments and meddling have been most extensive.

    One final dimension to this latest setback in Washington's war on Huawei is that Huawei's growing fortunes in the region regarding 5G technology will provide it with the time and clout needed to overcome some of Washington's most damaging tactics including cutting Huawei off from Google's Android operating system used by smartphones around the world.

    Huawei is already launching smartphones using its own opensource operating system and as time goes by, it will likely begin displacing Google's previously undisputed market share in Asia first, and globally next.

    Huawei may have been outcompeting US corporations, but it was America's own decision to play dirty that ultimately backfired and now threatens to displace the few remaining areas of expertise the US excelled in.

    More Dirty Tricks Expected 
    The US will continue firing shots at China, and in response to Myanmar's steady drift into Beijing's orbit, the US will likely turn up its campaign of sowing instability within Myanmar itself.

    Watching the US media turn on Aung San Suu Kyi whom they themselves for years helped christen as the patron saint of democracy and human rights on a level of reverence nearing that of that other notorious CIA creation, the Dalia Lama, is a warning to all who are eager servants of Western special interests. Suu Kyi's future always was one in which she would be required by Washington to work against not only Myanmar's best interests but her own as well.

    Myanmar choosing Huawei was in the nation's best interests. Myanmar working with China to develop badly needed national infrastructure is also in the nation's best interests.

    China's role in mediating disputes along its border with Myanmar between the nation's central government and separatist groups in an attempt to preserve Myanmar's national unity is also much in Myanmar's best interests.

    It is an approach to resolving the conflicts contrasting greatly with the US' tactics of defending separatist demands and perpetuating the destructive ethnic divisions purposefully cultivated when Myanmar was the British colony of Burma to keep the nation divided, weakened and susceptible to Western coercion.

    Nothing the US has offered Myanmar comes even remotely close to fulfilling the nation and its people's genuine needs or best interests and it is no wonder why Myanmar has pivoted toward Beijing despite the current government's deep, decades-long ties to Washington.

    The US will continue its current tactics, but this Eastward trend will continue for Myanmar and across the rest of Southeast Asia. The only question is how much damage the US will cause before the region fully escapes out from under the shadow of European colonisation and America's self-appointed task of trying to reassert Western primacy over the region.

    Joseph Thomas is chief editor of Thailand-based geopolitical journal, The New Atlas and contributor to the online magazine “New Eastern Outlook”.


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    A physician says we need to connect the dots between worsening health and climate change.

    As a family doctor, I’ve lived through the turmoil of changing health policy and technology for over 35 years. I participated early in the patient safety and quality improvement movement, which provided the intellectual infrastructure to assess problems at the right level, to find root causes and to use data to find solutions.

    Family doctors care for the whole person in the context of their community, and interact with all parts of the health care system. Polls suggest that more people are concerned about health care than any other issue in their lives. Good health is fundamental to our personal and family peace of mind, and is interwoven with the health of the world around us.

    Since retirement, I find myself concerned about the health of a very big system. If we are reading and listening to scientists, we have heard that carbon dioxide is increasing to levels not seen for 800,000 years and that the last four years are the hottest years on record since humans began keeping track. If we have not abandoned the belief in the scientific method, which has brought us so many improvements in our health and life span, then we know that the higher frequency and intensity of wildfires, floods and superstorms is directly connected with climate change. Having based my career on the scientific method and having seen the benefits obtained, I listen to my colleagues in the geophysical and biological sciences when they shout a warning.

    In June, 74 medical organizations including the ones to which all your doctors belong, released a report about how the health of the planet is impacting our health; the U.S. Call to Action on Climate, Health, and Equity. They concluded that “climate change is one of the greatest threats to health America has ever faced — it is a true public health emergency.”  A root cause is human-induced global warming related to the burning of fossil fuels for the past 150 years.

    Doctors are already seeing the impact of these changes on their patients.

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    More and more children are coming to the office with asthma and allergy-related illness earlier in the season. Maybe you have read about diseases like chikungunya and dengue that are being seen in the United States for the first time. Maybe someone in your family has had Lyme disease transmitted by ticks that are increasing their range. 

    If you have been to the beach this summer to escape the heat, you may have heard about the concerns residents have about sea levels rising and the plans our military is making to protect the largest naval base in the U.S. But have you connected the dots?

    A physician learns that people are resilient, and that time is a great healer, but one of the hardest lessons we come to learn is that sometimes we just do not have enough time. I have no doubt that Earth will survive the present climate crisis. I’m just not sure that humanity will.

    We have been told we don’t have a lot of time. We must connect the dots. We must understand that drought, extreme heat and floods impact human health and our food supply, that pollinators and ocean health are parts of the web of life we cannot live without.

    We can use our scientific tools to diagnose this illness. We can listen to the best minds of our times, the 28 Nobel Prize winning economists, who state that a price on carbon is the most effective tool we have for a rapid decrease in carbon dioxide.

    It requires a renewed belief in our foundational principles and priorities, a commitment to an equitable democracy, by and for the people, and to science. We must work together and use our collective will to break this fever.

    Dr Susan Miller is a family physician who served the Midlothian community for 20 years and retired from the department of family medicine and population health at Virginia Commonwealth University in 2017. She is now working with Virginia Clinicians for Climate Action and the Citizens Climate Lobby to protect our health.

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    As to infrastructure and capacity: historically, there has been a huge gap in the ability of most systems to accept African textual data. The same can be said for non-roman scripts in other parts of the world, but whereas industrial standards for typewriters were available and implemented for, say, Burmese, there has not typically been the same level of hardware support for content in African languages (i.e., not just fonts and encoding support, but critically, input and UI display). So workarounds abound, in turn affecting orthographies and data integrity. Within the context of libraries--and I'd like to know Uche's thoughts on this--there is a growing recognition of a need to support the exchange of bibliographic data in African languages. Yet it is ironic that systems available to African libraries might be the least likely to be able to accept the data. Thoughts?

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    Workers’ Play, Players’ Work


    At the beginning of the quest “Merlin’s Crystal,” in the massively multiplayer online role-playing game (MMORPG) RuneScape, the player must talk to a non-player character, or NPC, named “King Arthur.” Though RuneScape takes place in the fantasy realm of Gielinor, Arthur notes that “Back in England, [Merlin] got himself trapped in some sort of magical Crystal,” and the player must help break him out. Much to fans’ amusement, this section of dialogue implies that England — and thus, our world — exists within the universe of RuneScape. Jagex, RuneScape’s developers, are no strangers to in-game “Easter eggs.” Most are occasional fourth-wall breaks, meta jokes, or references to real-life material, like the mythological King Arthur and the Knights of Camelot. These connections are mostly innocuous, and they fit within a well-established history of cross-referencing within the fantasy genre. One connection between the land of Gielinor and our own, however, is not so innocuous: money.

    Real-world trading is the process of exchanging in-game currency for real-world currency and vice versa. Though strictly against the rules of RuneScape, it is a widespread phenomenon in-game, and its potential for real-world profit has given rise to entire industries of gold farmers and traders. Currently, the website “RSgoldfast” — an illicit but popular real-world trading website — marks the exchange rate at 1 million gold per .79 USD. According to Mod Mat K, a product manager at Jagex, “at any given time, 50 percent of all players are engaging with real-world trading.” Even if real-world trading is not a planned feature of the RuneScape economy, it is a feature nonetheless. Beyond the game itself, real-world trading has legal implications. As the RuneScape code of conduct explains, “Nobody has our permission to sell RuneScape accounts or any RuneScape related virtual in-game items. All RuneScape accounts and virtual items are the property of Jagex Ltd and players are only granted a limited, revocable permission to use accounts and virtual items.” The world of RuneScape and all exchanges within it are the property of Jagex; any real-world gain from the game belongs to Jagex, and thus, these activities are akin to theft. Moreover, real-world trading often occurs via hacking, phishing, or other illicit ways of obtaining access to players’ accounts. It also can involve real credit card fraud, as gold farmers use others’ credit cards to pay for RuneScape membership.

    But before we analyze the RuneScape economy, let me bring you up to speed. Money — referred to in-game as “gold,” “gold points,” or “gp” — is central to a player’s progression, allowing them to buy items that make progression either more efficient or possible at all. The vast majority of economic activity in-game happens via the Grand Exchange, a commodity-exchange infrastructure through which players can anonymously place offers to buy or sell items in exchange for gold. It is both an in-game location, located northwest of the city of Varrock, and a global infrastructure. Before its release, players had to physically congregate in-game to trade, and trades were completed player-to-player. Now, the Grand Exchange allows near-instantaneous buying and selling between players, permitting trade across servers, time zones, and languages.

    The magnitude of trade that occurs via the Grand Exchange is astounding. In the last six months, the top 10 most-traded items accounted for 167 billion coins in-game, equivalent to $132,000. The most expensive trade to occur on the Grand Exchange was a single “Scythe of vitur,” a rare drop from one of the game’s hardest bosses, which sold for two billion coins, equivalent to around $1,500. The Grand Exchange also allows for economic coordination between players in the form of “merching” clans. “Merching,” much like real-life arbitrage, is the process of manipulating prices in-game through buyouts of certain items, thus inducing a shortage in supply and raising the price. Given that items are subjected to “buy limits,” which limit the amount that a single player can purchase in a given amount of time, coordination among players is necessary to induce a change in price. Any given player’s ability to change an item’s price is also limited by access to capital. The Grand Exchange is a relatively free market, subject to the same forces and logics as the real-world economy. Critical to understanding the “realness” of the RuneScape economy is understanding the language that surrounds it. On the RuneScape wiki, the page “economy” features supply and demand infographics detailed enough to use for an ECON 115 study guide.

    The rationale for the illegality of real-world trading is two-fold. Both Jagex and players argue that real-world trading devalues players’ legitimately earned progression. For context, a “maxed account” — an account that has level 99, the highest achievable, in every skill — takes between three and seven thousand hours to achieve. Given an infinite cash stack, a player could speed up their progression exponentially, as many skills in RuneScape are considered “buyable.” RuneScape is a game centered around “grinding,” the repetition of tasks ad infinitum as the primary means of progression. Even as players lament the monotony of tasks in RuneScape, a semi-ironic commitment to them is a badge of honor. The language of labor and economic metaphors permeates discussion of in-game achievement, even among those not participating in real-world trading. Most skills in RuneScape are most efficiently trained through intense repetition of a single task, and players often discuss these skills with half-hearted disdain. And yet, they still play. Much of RuneScape’s player base started when they were kids, enraptured by the magic of goblins, quests, and chat room abuse.

    Many players find this current obsession with efficiency at odds with why they began playing in the first place. “There is a culture of efficiency, ‘no xp waste’… Why are you even doing this again?” one disgruntled player wrote in a Reddit post from 2018. The question remains: why do these efficiency-obsessed, jaded players still play the game? Are they “playing” at all?

    Psychologist Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi attributes this form of play to the psychological phenomena of “flow,” when “a person is able to concentrate on a limited stimulus field, in which he or she can use his or her skills to meet clear demands, thereby forgetting his or her own problems… at the same time obtaining a feeling of control over the environment.” Thus, the clear-input output relationship made possible by RuneScape’s mechanics is a form of play in and of themselves. The ability for a player to calculate exactly how many logs they need to cut or runes they need to craft to obtain a certain level allows a sense of perfect control over their environment. It is a world in which the rules are clear and the outcomes certain; thus, the only variable is the “grind” that a player is willing to commit.

    The pervasiveness of this “grind” culture is evident throughout the RuneScape community but perhaps best exemplified in an exchange I witnessed in a chatroom:

    PLAYER A: these quest requirements aren’t that high at all
    PLAYER B: nope not at all / questing is a joke
    A: I’m about it because it feels like every other quest gives me something new / Whether it is useful is irrelevant
    B: im [sic] proud of you son / you are what we call weaponized autism

    While players can oscillate between “efficiency” and “fun” modes of play, and while both modes of play can appear contradictory, the consistency of their internal logics is important to note. The grind is fun because the grind is fun, and aimless exploration is fun simply because aimless exploration is fun. How a player arrives at either mode of play depends on their knowledge of the game’s intricate mechanics, their age, and their participation in the game’s surrounding communities. These self-affirming logics of leisure and “play” are both socially enforced in-game and through forums like Reddit and Discord.

    It is no coincidence that “flow,” as discussed by Csikszentmihalyi, manifests in both work and play. In fact, according to Csikszentmihalyi, “flow” is present more so in work than anywhere. However, just as “play” is a socially constructed term, “work” is a construction as well. Games like RuneScape, which seem to blur the lines between work and play, are apt sites to investigate these constructions and test accepted definitions of either. While Max Weber argued that capitalism emerged as a product of Protestant asceticism, restraint, and prudence, he also saw a universality in the desire for gain: “Capitalism may even be identical with the restraint, or at least a rational tempering, of this irrational impulse. But capitalism identical with the pursuit of profit, and forever renewed profit, by means of continuous, rational, capitalistic enterprise.” The fantasy world of RuneScape, thus, is fertile ground for the capitalist spirit to grow. It is a world where all resources are replenished in an instant, where all slain monsters are revived, and where death is little more than a calculated setback. The blurred lines between work and play that bring about flow, that occur as a result of some “Protestant ethic” of simultaneous restraint and unending ambition, make possible the form of play known as “grinding.”

    Moreover, the blurred lines between work and play bring closer the fantasy economy of RuneScape and our own — an extreme example: the case of Venezuelan gold farmers.

    In recent years, Venezuela has undergone an immense economic crisis. Inflation rates have topped over one million percent, with prices of common goods doubling nearly every three weeks. As a result, thousands of young Venezuelans have taken to gold farming in RuneScape as a means of survival. These players use the game’s most profitable money-making methods to generate gold, which they then sell in exchange for real money. Doing so has the potential to earn many times the average wage in Venezuela via traditional sources of income.

    Left: Dragon Bones price per day OSRS market watch. Right: Venezuelan internet connectivity, — A clear supply shock is visible as a result of the March 2019 power outages across Venezuela.

    The language that surrounds “grinding” as performed by dedicated players is different from that which is used to discuss gold farmers. Despite the fact that gold farmers often undertake the same processes as regular players, many players view them as a problem. As one Reddit post, titled “JAGEX DO SOMETHING ABOUT THOSE VENEZUELAN [Real-world traders]” reads, “Since there is a serious IRL crisis in Venezuela for example the blast mine is overloaded with these cunts who crash the spot to sell money they have gathered.” One controversial post on Reddit, titled “Killing Venezuelans at East Drags [sic] Guide,” though since removed, stirred controversy for laying out a step-by-step guide for identifying and targeting Venezuelan gold farmers. In the divided, vitriolic comment section, the border between the RuneScape world and our own appears nonexistent.

    Commenters are not discussing avatars, they are discussing the real people behind them. One comment reads, “I never thought I’d see a guide on how to efficiently kill poor people,” with another joining in, “This is kinda [sic] fucked that you are going out of your way to literally help people make already poor people who can barely afford clothes/food etc. struggle even more than they already are.” Some players seek to absolve responsibility through either in-game means, saying “RS isn’t a charity, it’s a game and property of Jagex, kill them all,” while others blame real-world structures, claiming that “Socialism killed them, this is just burying the carcass.” Along real-life fault lines of racism and classism, others take pride in targeting gold farmers, writing “I kill these guys when warming up my switches on my pure. They are pure offensive practice and some of the best people to kill… Also, you could just say ‘Trump’ while you attack them and that will easily get their jajajajaja’s going.” The real-world consequences of a Venezuelan gold farmer being banned or killed go far beyond a simple setback. Both by circumstance and intention, Venezuelan gold farmers do not enjoy the same insulation from the consequences faced in the world of Gielinor as normal players do. Death in-game can literally equate to death in real life, and the game suddenly seems less fun.

    But what happens when the real economy starts to resemble a game?

    The streamlining and abstraction of wealth and exchange in the RuneScape economy is corollary to that of the Post-Fordist economy. The geographer David Harvey, in his article “Between Space and Time,” argues that the advancement of capitalism in the modern world is predicated on a collapsing of space and time, an incessant drive towards the instant. This is on full display in both RuneScape and the financial sector. The Grand Exchange is dialectical in that, while it is a physical space, the exchange it permits has no grounding in said location. While the “Financial District” is a neighborhood, the business that flows through the stock exchange — and computers across the globe — is not bound to any one place. Whereas the market was once a location, it is now an idea. It operates not via bartering, but via logics of supply and demand, mysterious algorithms, and global exchange. And just as the financial sector’s ever-expanding consolidation of power combined with the digital revolution of finance has permitted its hegemony over the world’s economy, the Grand Exchange has permitted unprecedented abstraction in the RuneScape economy: the mystery of in-game algorithms, the instantaneous nature of trade, and the ability for real-world traders, merchanting clans, and other actors to manipulate prices and quantities with little regard for those on the other end.

    What is critical to note here is that abstraction is born of concrete phenomena. Abstraction occurs in inconceivable amounts of money, whether that be item prices or trillion-dollar bonuses. Abstraction is found in the alienation of the worker from their labor, whether manifesting in the devaluation of a hard-earned, maxed RuneScape account or the increasing share of economic growth that goes to the financial sector rather than to workers.

    Abstraction grows in the gap between cause and effect, action and responsibility. Just as responsibility helps shape the distinction between a game and real-life or play and work, responsibility (or a lack thereof) has been a critical component of the creation of the modern financial system. This diminishing liability is at the root of the corporate form. As theorist Joshua Barkan argues in The Sovereign Gift, “corporate power has always been articulated within the context of responsibility.” As Barkan proposes, the modern corporate form is designed to shield actors from liability. The “Limited Liability Corporation” is one in which no single person takes the fault for the actions of the whole. It is why CEOs can walk away from financial crises with no jail time. It is why multi-billion dollar fines for misconduct and other limited forms of punishment can be shrugged off as costs of doing business.

    The consequences, as filtered through the corporate form, simply aren’t that severe. The same logic applies to risk-taking in RuneScape. For the vast majority of infractions, a banned account is the worst penalty one could face. They can simply make another. A death, loss of gold, or destruction of special equipment simply does not matter that much, as it is all part of the game. Even for individual financial workers, as anthropologist Karen Ho argues, being “liquidated” is a part of the job on Wall Street and constant instability is part and parcel of simply riding the market. On the contrary, the dire consequences of death or punishment faced by Venezuelan gold farmers or the utter destruction of being fired from a blue-collar job reinforce the distinction between play and work. This limited liability, this insulation from consequences, as Ho uncovers in Liquidated, is how the language and mindsets of games manifest in financial sectors. As one analyst in Ho’s book explains, “from a shareholder investor perspective, it’s all about playing the game.” This sentiment is echoed by businessman-author Andy Kessler: “[Investment firms] literally exist to pay out half their revenue as compensation. And that’s what gets them into trouble every so often — it’s just a game of generating revenue because the players know they will get half of it back.”

    There is nothing consequential about an in-game murder when you can simply shut the game off, and there is nothing scary about death when you know you can respawn, whether in Gielinor or on Wall Street.

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    "Surplus" again

    Another year, and the government has announced another enormous government "surplus". And just like last year, its nothing of the sort. When we have people homeless and sick and hungry, when we have schools and hospitals still falling down, when we have underpaid public servants and infrastucture unmaintained or unbuilt, its not a "surplus". Instead, its a crime, a theft from the public of the services and infrastructure the government should have provided with it. It's also a real reminder that every time the government cried "but we don't have the money" in the last year - to striking teachers, to those demanding beneficiaries be allowed to live in dignity, to those wanting their medical needs met - they were outright lying. They did have the money - and in fact they had billions and billions more, just sitting there, doing nothing useful whatsoever.

    But its not just a lie - it is also a mistake. The government runs these massive surpluses because they feel that as a nominally-left wing party, they need to "prove themselves" to business. But business will never be satisfied, no matter how "fiscally responsible" the government is: they never voted Labour, and never will. Meanwhile running a surplus lets the opposition run a narrative of the government stealing from "hard working" millionaires and promise to "give the money back" - something the government has made painless, because there's a pile of cash there, which frees the opposition from the political cost of having to be honest about its priorities and what it would cut. At least when you spend money, you get something for it. All piling it up like this does is waste it.

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    US Military Support Of Saudi Arabia's Hopeless War In Yemen
    The US has continued supporting its efforts against the Houthis.Since the beginning of the Saudi-led intervention in Yemen in 2015.
    Despite wide-ranging and seemingly endless support, which comes in spite of bombing of civilian targets and other questionable methods of fighting the war, such as using child soldiers from African countries, Saudi Arabia is losing the war vs the Yemeni group.
    The US maintains that it assists the Saudi-led coalition fighting in Yemen, because the Houthis are an Iranian-backed group whose “malign influence” must not be allowed to spread any further. Support against the Houthis is allegedly only expressed in weapon deliveries, training assistance, logistics and intelligence support.
    However, the US is actively taking part in counterterrorism actions in Yemen, allegedly targeting ISIS and al-Qaeda, but there is little clarity of what exactly is going on in that regard.
    In short, the US support for the Kingdom can be summarized in the following groups, laid out in a report focused on the war in Yemen called “Yemen: Civil War and Regional Intervention,” published on September 17th, 2019. [pdf]
    Anybody who is even an involuntary and sporadic observer of the situation in Yemen can see that there is no such thing as a Civil War there, but regardless the efforts of the Trump administration, most of which began during the Obama administration are properly presented. Some are simply exaggerated, such as support for UN resolutions on the conflict:
    • Support for U.N. efforts to advance a political process – U.S. policymakers have repeatedly expressed confidence in the role of Special Envoy Griffiths to move the various Yemeni parties toward a political settlement. Moreover, U.S. officials have emphasized Yemen’s unity, saying that “dialogue represents the only way to achieve a stable, unified, and prosperous Yemen.” In September 2019, one U.S. official also announced that the United States was conducting talks with the Houthis to further a negotiated solution to the Yemen conflict.
    This would make a difference if it was a bipartisan solution coming from US Congress and supporting by the presidential administration, but currently it is just hollow rhetoric.
    • Condemnation of Iran’s destabilizing role in Yemen – U.S. policymakers have repeatedly portrayed Iran as a spoiler in Yemen, bent on sabotaging peace efforts by lending support to Houthi attacks against Saudi Arabia.
    This goes without saying, Iran’s role in anything at all is “destabilizing,” the Islamic Republic is “the enemy” and it must be opposed in any way possible.
    • Assistance for the coalition – According to President Trump’s most recent report to Congress on the deployment of U.S. armed forces abroad, “United States Armed Forces, in a non-combat role, have also continued to provide military advice and limited information, logistics, and other support to regional forces combatting the Houthi insurgency in Yemen. United States forces are present in Saudi Arabia for thispurpose. Such support does not involve United States Armed Forces in hostilities with the Houthis for the purposes of the War Powers Resolution.” In the summer of 2019, President Trump ordered the deployment of a Patriot air defense battery to Prince Sultan Air Base in central Saudi Arabia, as Saudi King Salman reportedly approved the deployment of U.S. forces on Saudi territory. According to the State Department, “We stand firmly with our Saudi partners in defending their borders against these continued threats by the Houthis, who rely on Iranian-made weapons and technology to carry out such attacks.”
    It is simply a way to fight against Iran, through supporting the Saudi-led intervention in Yemen and disregarding any atrocities that are carried out, since Saudi Arabia claims it attempts to avoid civilian casualties and tries to protect human rights, but that is still simply a claim that is backed by no concrete efforts whatsoever.
    • Sales of armaments and munitions to Gulf partners – Though the Obama Administration placed a hold on a planned sale of precision guided munitions (PGMs) to Saudi Arabiain 2016, both the Obama and Trump administrations have approved several billions of dollars in major weapons sales to Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates. When the Trump Administration notified Congress of 22 emergency arms sales in May 2019, Secretary Pompeo cited Iran’s “malign activity” and the need “to deter further Iranian adventurism in the Gulf and throughout the Middle East” as justification for the sales.
    Again, any actions that are undertaken are specifically aimed at countering Iran, regardless of whether there’s really any concrete evidence of Iran being present there. Yes, the Houthis are supported by Iran, but it apparently never gets excessive. Iran’s “malign influence” is the be-all and end-all of all justifications.
    • Humanitarian Aid for Yemen – As previously mentioned (see, The Humanitarian Crisis in Yemen), the United States is one of the largest humanitarian contributors in Yemen.
    How much of that humanitarian aid reaches those that require it the most, those trapped in al-Hudaydah with the Saudi-led coalition continuing its attacks on the city in spite of the UN-brokered ceasefire surely aren’t being reached by it, or not by a significant part of it.
    • Finally, here comes the other be-all end-all justification – counterterrorism efforts by the US in Yemen – the United States has continued to work with local and regional actors to counter terrorist groups operating in Yemen such as al-Qaeda and ISIS.
    These counterterrorism efforts are outlined in a June 2019 letter by Trump to US Congress:
    “A small number of United States military personnel are deployed to Yemen to conduct operations against al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) and ISIS-Yemen. The United States military continues to work closely with the Republic of Yemen Government (ROYG) and regional partner forces to dismantle and ultimately eliminate the terrorist threat posed by those groups. Since the last periodic update report, United States forces conducted a number of airstrikes against AQAP operatives and facilities in Yemen, and supported the United Arab Emirates-and ROYG-led operations to clear AQAP from Shabwah Governorate. United States Armed Forces are also prepared to conduct airstrikes against ISIS targets in Yemen.”
    In 2019 in southern Yemen, AQAP has periodicallystruck both ROYG troops and forces allied with the Southern Transitional Council. Fighting between the ROYG and the STC has raised some concern that a divided south will provide AQAP breathing room to reemerge as a terrorist threat both to Yemen and its neighbors.
    Al-Hudaydah, one of the most significant, if not the most significant “stronghold” of the Houthis against the Saudi-led coalition is in the South, thus it would make sense it needs to be overwhelmed in order to defeat the terrorists. Such a justification is not too far from any possible future scenarios.
    Regardless of this support, the Saudi-led coalition is losing against the Houthis, and it is losing heavily.
    Even the UAE initiated a drawdown, with groups affiliated to it even carrying out strikes on the Saudi-controlled Southern Transitional Council (the “internationally-recognized” Yemen government).
    “As previously mentioned, one possible explanation for the summer 2019 phased drawdown of UAE forces from Yemen was out of concern that the reputational damage the UAE had incurred from its active participation in the war in Yemen outweighed the military results it had achieved on the ground after more than four years of warfare.”
    Clearly Saudi Arabia and the US have no such worries. After all, following the international outcry against Saudi Arabia’s aerial campaign in Yemen in 2018, Saudi Arabia reportedly invested $750 million in a training program through the U.S. military in helping mitigate civilian casualties. Clearly, they’re putting effort through paying copious amounts of money to silence the most influential “defender” of human rights – the US.
    Reports praising US efforts to train and prepare the Saudi army for the fight are numerous, some of the most famous ones are regarding Maj. Gen. Frank Muth, who served as Program Manager (PM) for Saudi Arabian National Guard (OPM-SANG) for two years.
    Muth quickly learned that the assignment needed three ingredients to be successful. “First, I had to develop a relationship with the Saudi leadership, and that took time and trust to build those relationships, and over time they trusted our recommendations,” Muth explained. “Of course, it wasn’t just me building the relationship, every Soldier and civilian that works for OPM-SANG plays a tremendous role in developing a strong relationship with their Saudi counterparts.”
    He seems to have learned wrong, since his efforts led to quite little in terms of actual military success.
    In the lengthy video he explains what transpired at SANG, and how it could’ve been successful back in 2017. In 2019 it is quite obvious that it wasn’t.
    Most recently, the Saudi-led coalition’s “success,” in addition to the US’ massive support of its efforts there were once more reinforced.
    The Houthis reported that they had carried out a successful months-long operation in southern Saudi Arabia that has resulted in the deaths of 500 Saudi-aligned troops and the capture of approximately 2,000.
    Furthermore, the Houthis said that the attack on Aramco’s oil infrastructure was part of the operation, which the US and the Kingdom blamed on Iran. After all, drones and missiles went past several Patriot defense batteries and caused heavy damage, with almost all of them not being stopped. Those that were stopped, were actually aimed poorly, and weren’t really dismantled by the Patriot systems.
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    Saudi Arabia has bought fighter jets, warships, air and missile defense systems for billions of dollars. The US even said that it plans to deploy more hardware to Saudi Arabia to defend it, that is surely not to be free, as well.
    Regardless, there is very little result in terms of military success and a very large promise that if a larger regional conflict were to start, Saudi Arabia would be very decisively on the losing side of it.

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    Deutsche Bank analysts say the arrival of Google Cloud CEO Thomas Kurian 'changed everything' in the fight with Amazon Web Services (GOOG, GOOGL)


    Google Cloud CEO Thomas Kurian at Google Cloud Next 2019

    • Analysts were skeptical for many years of Google Cloud being able to catch up to Amazon Web Services and Microsoft, but Google Cloud CEO Thomas Kurian is spearheading several changes.
    • Analysts point out that Google Cloud made several new leadership hires this year, which they see as costly, but worth the investment if it translates to winning bigger customers.
    • Google Cloud is poised to go from an $8 billion cloud business today to nearly $17 billion in revenue in 2021, Deutsche Bank research analyst Lloyd Walmsley wrote in a note for clients.
    • Google Cloud still doesn't have as many deals with large enterprises, but these companies are starting to at least consider Google Cloud, analysts say.
    • Google Cloud also has an advantage because it's known for being friendly with developers, who are becoming more influential in picking what cloud to use, analysts say.
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    For years, analysts were skeptical that Google Cloud could ever catch up to its rivals Amazon Web Services and Microsoft — the first- and second-place cloud providers, respectively. 

    Karl Keirstead, managing director at Deutsche Bank, tells Business Insider that he thought Google Cloud would remain a "distant third," But the arrival of Google Cloud CEO Thomas Kurian who came from Oracle, "changed everything," he said.  

    For one thing, Kurian has been making several new leadership hires at Google Cloud, which Keirstead calls "one of the most impressive bursts of hiring that we've ever seen from a large tech firm." What's more, even though Google Cloud hasn't scored many "mega-deal wins" yet he says that large companies are increasingly viewing it as a viable option. 

    "He's built a fantastic leadership team, essentially pulling talent from other tech organizations that also serve the large enterprise market," Keirstead told Business Insider. 

    The reason for the earlier skepticism didn't have much to do with Google Cloud itself.

    "Having been built by Google, it's world class," Keirstead said. "Google has never built up an enterprise sales marketing branding and presence that can hold a candle to Microsoft. Whereas Amazon started relatively early and also didn't have as much of an enterprise presence, they just had longer to build it out."

    In the bigger picture, Google Cloud is making the right investments in hiring and infrastructure – and it's poised to go from an $8 billion cloud business today to nearly $17 billion in revenue in 2021, Deutsche Bank research analyst Lloyd Walmsley wrote in a note for clients.

    "It's money well spent, and I think they will be able to scale to margins that look more to AWS in the next three to five years," Walmsley told Business Insider. "We don't think, looking three years from now, they'll get to AWS on the same scale, but we think they can get to attractive margins on a three to five year basis."

    New hires

    Under Kurian, Google Cloud plans to triple its salesforce in a move seemingly taken from his former employer Oracle. To help manage all that growth, Google Cloud has made some key hires. 

    Keirstead highlights says former SAP exec Robert Enslin, president of global customer operations, is a key hire. Others include VP and Head of Platform Amit Zavery from Oracle, EMEA President Chris Ciauri from Salesforce, Engineering VP Sunil Potti from Nutanix, and Engineering VP Yanbing Li from VMware.

    Those hires are a good start, say the Deutsche Bank analysts: It's not cheap to attract hires of that caliber, they say, but it's a worthy investment in helping signal to would-be customers how serious Google Cloud is about winning their business. However, the analysts warn, that doesn't automatically translate into winning those big deals. 

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    The 'larger deal wins are likely to come'

    Keirstead sees rising interest from Fortune 500 companies, making him "confident that the larger deal wins are likely to come."

    Keirstead says he hasn't heard about many Fortune 500 companies fully embracing Google Cloud, but winning large deals against AWS or Microsoft will take time. Some of Google Cloud's recent major customer wins include HSBC, Mayo Clinic, Macy's, and KeyBank.

    Keirstead said that he recently attended a Google Cloud event in New York City with mostly financial services and banks in attendance. He says that while it's true that most of them weren't Google Cloud customers, there's something to be said for the fact that these old-school institutions were at least taking it under serious consideration. 

    "They tend to be cautious buyers that move relatively slowly," Keirstead said. "This will be one of the last big markets that Google Cloud will end up going after. We took some comfort in the fact that some very large banks were there, evaluating Google Cloud."

    Another aspect Google Cloud will have to fix is cultural. While Google has traditionally focused on the technology above all else, Walmsley said, it will have to learn how to take customers' concerns more seriously and act on them. 

    "That's something culturally that may still encumber them," Walmsley said. 

    'Currying favor' with developers

    Under the legacy IT model, it was the CIO or CTO who made major technology decisions, like picking which cloud to use. However, as evidenced by Microsoft's purchase of GitHub, cloud providers are becoming aware that it's increasingly developers who drive IT spending.

    He says in this sense, Google has an advantage because it's active in open source, the community of developers who write software that's free for anyone to use and download. Google engineers often contribute code to popular projects — the popular cloud project Kubernetes was even created at Google

    In comparison, while Amazon's cloud is known as being developer friendly, it has a reputation for using open source code without giving anything back, Keirstead says. He says that, anecdotally, smaller startups are increasingly looking at building on Google Cloud rather than AWS, which he takes as a reflection of Google's strength in open source.

    "Currying favor with and providing good functional software to the developer community is fairly essential and becoming a big strategy for the cloud providers," Keirstead said.

    With developers on Google Cloud's side, Keirstead says what's left is to grow its sales.

    "If they can scale up the leadership team and close the sales gap with Microsoft and Amazon, I think that's all they need to have a legitimate market share in that space," Keirstead said.

    SEE ALSO: A former Google Cloud engineering leader is joining Microsoft-owned GitHub to lead its data group

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    Authors: Benjamin Akera, Joyce Nakatumba-Nabende, Jonathan Mukiibi, Ali Hussein, Nathan Baleeta, Daniel Ssendiwala, Samiiha Nalwooga

    In societies with well developed internet infrastructure, social media is the leading medium of communication for various social issues especially for breaking news situations. In rural Uganda however, public community radio is still a dominant means for news dissemination. Community radio gives audience to the general public especially to individuals living in rural areas, and thus plays an important role in giving a voice to those living in the broadcast area. It is an avenue for participatory communication and a tool relevant in both economic and social development.This is supported by the rise to ubiquity of mobile phones providing access to phone-in or text-in talk shows. In this paper, we describe an approach to analysing the readily available community radio data with machine learning-based speech keyword spotting techniques. We identify the keywords of interest related to agriculture and build models to automatically identify these keywords from audio streams. Our contribution through these techniques is a cost-efficient and effective way to monitor food security concerns particularly in rural areas. Through keyword spotting and radio talk show analysis, issues such as crop diseases, pests, drought and famine can be captured and fed into an early warning system for stakeholders and policy makers.


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    Various types of communication networks are constantly emerging to improve the connectivity services and facilitate the interconnection of various types of devices. This involves the development of several technologies, such as device-to-device communications, wireless sensor networks and vehicular communications. The various services provided have heterogeneous requirements on the quality metrics such as throughput, end-to-end latency and jitter. Furthermore, different network technologies have inherently heterogeneous restrictions on resources, e.g., power, interference management requirements, computational capabilities, etc. As a result, different network operations such as spectrum management, routing, power control and offloading need to be performed differently. Mathematical optimization techniques have always been at the heart of such design problems to formulate and propose computationally efficient solution algorithms. One of the existing powerful techniques of mathematical optimization is Benders decomposition (BD), which is the focus of this article. Here, we briefly review different BD variants that have been applied in various existing network types and different design problems. These main variants are the classical, the combinatorial, the multi-stage, and the generalized BD. We discuss compelling BD applications for various network types including heterogeneous cellular networks, infrastructure wired wide area networks, smart grids, wireless sensor networks, and wireless local area networks. Mainly, our goal is to assist the readers in refining the motivation, problem formulation, and methodology of this powerful optimization technique in the context of future networks. We also discuss the BD challenges and the prospective ways these can be addressed when applied to communication networks' design problems.


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    Impartial binary decisions through qubits. (arXiv:1909.10424v2 [quant-ph] UPDATED)


    Authors: Sujan Vijayaraj, S. Nandakumar

    Binary decisions are the simplest form of decisions that are made in our daily lives. Examples include choosing a two-way path in a maze, accepting or declining an offer, etc. These decisions are also made by computers, machines and various electronic components. But decisions made on these devices can be partial and deterministic, and hence compromised. In this paper, a simple framework to implement binary decisions using one or many qubits is presented. Such systems are based on a separate hardware infrastructure rather than computer codes. This helps enable true randomness and impartial decision making. The multi-armed bandit problem is used to highlight the decision making ability of qubits by predictive modelling based on quantum Bayesianism. Bipartite and multipartite entangled states are also used to solve specific cases of the problem.


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    Cloud computing based systems, that span data centers, are commonly deployed to offer high performance for user service requests. As data centers continue to expand, computer architects and system designers are facing many challenges on how to balance resource utilization efficiency, server and network performance, energy consumption and quality-of-service (QoS) demands from the users. To develop effective data center management policies, it becomes essential to have an in-depth understanding and synergistic control of the various sub-components inside large scale computing systems, that include both computation and communication resources. In this paper, we propose HolDCSim, a light-weight, holistic, extensible, event-driven data center simulation platform that effectively models both server and network architectures. HolDCSim can be used in a variety of data center system studies including job/task scheduling, resource provisioning, global and local server farm power management, and network and server performance analysis. We demonstrate the design of our simulation infrastructure, and illustrate the usefulness of our framework with several case studies that analyze server/network performance and energy efficiency. We also perform validation on real machines to verify our simulator.


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    In a recent announcement, the Government of Scotland has revealed the first results of its eBike Grant Fund that enables the purchase of electric bikes across the country.

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    In announcing the first results of the eBike Grant Fund, the Government said that the fund has enabled the purchase of more than 100 e-bikes by 19 organisations throughout Scotland for the period 2019-20 so far.

    More specifically, Ellie Grebenik -- Senior Programme Manager, Scottish Transport at Energy Saving Trust -- said that the eBike Grant Fund has supported 19 organizations in purchasing “113 e-bikes and 11 e-cargo bikes, along with four e-trikes and three trailers” in 2019 to date. Grebenik also added that e-bikes and e-cargo bikes offer health benefits, and reduce pollution and costs of transportation.

    With the purchase of more than 600 e-bikes having been supported by the eBike Grant Fund since its launch, Michael Matheson -- Cabinet Secretary for Transport, Infrastructure and Connectivity -- said that the funding is part of the Government’s ambition “to develop an Active Nation,” where the opportunities to walk and cycle are available to more people than ever before.



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    From Worldpay - Wed, 11 Sep 2019 22:33:11 GMT - View all Lowell, MA jobs

    Open Source Solution Sales Specialist

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    Open Source Solutions Pre-Sales Architect

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    The Burden of Unintentional Injury Mortality Among American Indians/Alaska Natives in Michigan, Minnesota, and Wisconsin

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    Get the Facts about VMware Cloud Foundation – Part 2


    Market leaders are using Cloud Foundation to transition to hybrid cloud, leveraging an integrated cloud infrastructure that provides a consistent operational model. IT staffers understand the importance of following VMware’s lead to a simple, secure, and agile path to a hybrid cloud. Although IT decision-makers are familiar with the benefits of Cloud Foundation, they still

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    AWS CloudFormation Integration with VMware vRealize Automation Cloud


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    5G: pas de «mur d’investissement» pour les opérateurs

    Le déploiement de la 5G ne représente pas le « mur d’investissement » craint initialement pour les opérateurs télécoms, selon un rapport publié mardi par l’agence de notation Fitch Ratings, qui alerte cependant sur le coût d’acquisition des fréquences nécessaires dans différents pays. « Les risques liés aux investissements 5G ont toutes les chances d’être contenus sur les 18 prochains mois. La pression liée aux coûts d’acquisition du spectre pourrait réduire les marges », a estimé l’agence de notation. Si le montant des fréquences n’a pas été très élevé en Espagne ou en Suisse, représentant quelques centaines de millions d’euros, ils se sont littéralement envolés en Allemagne et en Italie, pour dépasser les 6 milliards d’euros dans chaque cas. Le nouveau réseau, dont le déploiement a commencé en Asie de l’Est, Amérique du Nord et dans certains pays européens, implique une transformation complète des réseaux mobiles existants, le déploiement massif de la fibre optique et une multiplication des antennes relais qui pourraient nécessiter un investissement très élevé de la part des opérateurs, posant la question des capacités des plus fragiles en la matière. L’agence parie par ailleurs sur le partage de réseau afin de ventiler les coûts liés au déploiement, un choix notamment réalisé par Vodafone au Royaume-Uni, en Espagne ou en Italie. Le partage de réseau ne peut cependant être réalisé que dans les pays où le régulateur accepte cette mise en commun, qui se fait alors au détriment de la mise en concurrence des opérateurs via les infrastructures. (Lire la suite)

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    Automotive Engineer / Automobile Engineer/ Mechanical Engineer - Pave Infrastructure - Shiliguri, West Bengal

    Experience in team handling of engineering department & production department. Tech in Automobile/ Mechanical Engineering.
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    Mechanical Engineer - Pave Infrastructure - Shiliguri, West Bengal

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    Heavy Equipment Mechanic Foreperson - Yukon Government - Whitehorse, YT

    Without a firm foundation, nothing lasts. Yukon’s Department of Highways and Public Works provides services and infrastructure that Yukoners need to go about… $47.50 an hour
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