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Édouard Philippe défend Macron après l’entretien à Valeurs actuelles - vidéo

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Répondant à une polémique faisant suite à l’entretien d’Emmanuel Macron accordé à Valeurs actuelles, Édouard Philippe a lancé que «quand on est Président de la République, on parle à tous les Français», lors d’une émission de BFM TV.
          

Macron en Chine: des milliards de dollars d’accords sur le nucléaire, les avions, le vin et le fromage

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La deuxième visite d’Emmanuel Macron en Chine a permis de signer des contrats dans l'aéronautique, l'électricité, les énergies propres et l'agroalimentaire dont le montant a dépassé les 15 milliards de dollars, selon Pékin. L'Élysée n'a pas encore commenté ce chiffre.
          

«Est-ce qu'elle a bien travaillé à l'école?»: une chroniqueuse de LCI s’en prend à une femme au SMIC avec 2 enfants

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«Si on est au SMIC, et bien il ne faut peut-être pas non plus divorcer», telle a été la réaction de Julie Graziani, chroniqueuse dans l'émission 24H Pujadas sur LCI, suite à un échange entre Emmanuel Macron et une mère à Rouen qui dit vivre au SMIC avec ses deux enfants.
          

Macron plaide pour un accord commercial entre la Chine et les USA «qui préserve les intérêts» des autres pays

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Lors de son deuxième jour de visite en Chine, le Président français a plaidé pour un accord commercial entre la Chine et les États-Unis. Selon lui, «la guerre commerciale ne fait que des perdants».
          

IT / Software / Systems: Senior ServiceNow Developer - Newark, New Jersey

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Senior ServiceNow Developer We are looking for Senior ServiceNow Developer for an immediate need.This is a client facing role & the candidate will have regular interactions with various client managers. Responsibilities: Service now Implementation Specialist & Admin Core module (Normal Incident, MIM, Problem, Knowledge, Change, ESS, CMS(optional) ) Good Communication and presentation skills, Client handling. CMDB Implementation, Support and Data Normalization Java Scripting knowledge and hands on experience on it. Hands-on with ITIL Process implementation. Service-now for custom Application Design & Development. Hands-on technical delivery including required documentation of cost-effective Service-now solutions, Ability to create and Modify Workflows. Hands-on design, development and deployment experience with the Service-now platform. Hands-on migrating data from different tools into ServiceNow. Good at creating required information for Reporting and Dashboards Knowledge of ITIL methodologies and processes. Technical Expertise : Creation of script based Assignment and Approval rule. Creation of Business Rule, UI Action by using Glide script. Creation of Glide Record object and use of several other important objects as these objects are created for you when your script is called. Creation of custom related list. Creation of Access Control List with the help of Scripting. Creation of Script based UI Policy and Client Script. Glide Ajax, Glide Form (g_form), Glide User (g_user), Glide Record, Glide System, Glide Element, Glide Aggregate Querying the table by using Glide Record Referencing Glide List Debugging script Creating and customizing UI and pages using Jelly Working with complex Log Files. Render forms, lists, UI Pages, and many other things in *************** with the help of Jelly Designing of Macros and Formatters. User Administration CMDB Update, Troubleshooting, CI Relationship, CI Attribute update Web Service Integration User Interface Level Integration MID Server Integration Use of Import Sets for data loading from external file or database to the *************** Knowledge of ITIL V3 processes. ***We are looking for applicants who have a flair for technology and are willing to take up challenging assignments. ***Cognizant is recognized as a Military Friendly Employer and is a coalition member of the Veteran Jobs Mission. Our Cognizant Veterans Network assists Veterans in building and growing a career at Cognizant that allows them to leverage the leadership, loyalty, integrity, and commitment to excellence instilled in them through participation in military service. **Applicants are required to be eligible to lawfully work in the U.S. immediately; employer will not sponsor applicants for U.S. work authorization (such as an H-1B visa) for this opportunity. 0 % Application Development / Application Maintenance United States-New Jersey-Newark - NJ USA, CLT Full Time Employee Full-time Standard Professional Day Job Oct 31, 2019, 10:21:16 AM IT Infrastructure Services IT Services - United States ()
          

談九個300mm反射鏡頭(Samyang、3M-7K、Makinon、Ohnar、TOU/FIVE STAR、Osawa、Spiratone、Soligor、Tamron SP 350mm)

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談九個300mm反射鏡頭(Samyang、3M-7K、Makinon、Ohnar、TOU/FIVESTAR、Osawa、Spiratone、Soligor、TamronSP350mm) 冼鏡光 May28,2019上線 反射鏡頭系列的上一篇文章是談幾個便宜的1000mm反射鏡頭(CelestronC5和C90,Meade,和Rubinar) 近七年前寫過一篇比較若干500mmf/8的文章常見的500mmf/8反射鏡頭測試(Accura、Canon、Nikon、Sigma、Tamron、Tokina和Vivitar),那時用的是APS-C晶片的SonyNEX5(SonyA7和A7R還沒上市),然而若干年前我已經換成SonyA7II,所以用SonyA7II繼續這些比較工作應該很有意義,因此去年就比較了若干個1000mm的鏡頭(談幾個便宜的1000mm反射鏡頭(CelestronC5和C90,Meade,和Rubinar)。接下來要談什麽呢?那時若干個論壇突然對300mm熱了起來,再想想手上也有若干個,於是就開始收集一些手上沒有的鏡頭並且做些先期測試。有些鏡頭價格在近十年來被炒得老高、下不了手,另一些看起來似乎相同只好隨便挑一個買了,就這樣總共弄了九個。然後心裡想,加一個折射式300mmf/5.6一起比較豈不更好,因為了解反射和折射鏡頭的差異真的很有意思、而且恐怕也是各位看官想知道的吧!所以,這篇就是比較這十個300mm鏡頭。這十個鏡頭是Samyang300mmf/6.3、俄製3M-7K300mmf/5.6、Makinon300mmf/5.6、Ohnar300mmf/5.6、TOU/FIVESTAR300mmf/5.6、Osawa300mmf/5.6、Spiratone300mmf/5.6、Soligor300mmf/5.6、TamronSP350mmf/5.6、和AutoTamron300mmf/5.6。這十個鏡頭中的最後一個(AutoTamron300mmf/5.6)是折射式鏡頭,第一個Samyang300mmf/6.3的光圈比較小、而且不是為135(俗稱FF)片幅設計的鏡頭,因此在135片幅的SonyA7II上使用時會有相當嚴重的邊緣失光(也就是暗角)。 不論如何,本文把這十個鏡頭在不同距離下拍攝,但是我發現轉接環的品質使某些鏡頭很難(或根本不可能)對焦到無限遠,而且某些鏡頭在遠距離時對焦十分困難,所以下面的照片在拍攝遠距離的景時常會出問題,這十個鏡頭中Spiratone和Soligor給我的困難最大,而表現最好的(除了在非常近的距離時)卻是一個比此地其它九個反射鏡頭更老的折射鏡頭AutoTamron300mmf/5.6。 接下來,我們就從這十個鏡頭談起。 各個鏡頭說明 在討論拍攝結果之前,我們先把各個鏡頭遛覽一遍。這些鏡頭以外觀類似程度分成若干組:(1)韓國Samyang300mmf/6.3、(2)俄國MC3M-7K(或3M-7K)300mmf/5.6、(3)Makinon300mmf/5.6、(4)Ohnar300mmf/5.6和TOU/FIVESTAR300mmf/5.6、(5)Osawa300mmf/5.6和Spiratone300mmf/5.6、(6)Soligor300mmf/5.6、和(7)TamronSP350mmf/5.6。為了比較方便,我找了一支老鏡頭AutoTamron300mmf/5.6,這是屬於Tamron的Adapt-A-Matic系列的老鏡,它的型號是Model670Au;加入這支鏡頭的原因,就是想看看一支老的折射式鏡頭在最大光圈f/5.6時和這些比較新的反射鏡頭的表現差異。 下面第一張照片是這十個鏡頭的側面,除了AutoTamron300mmf/5.6之外,其它都裝了到SonyA7II的轉接環;第二張照片則是鏡頭的正面,但是不包含AutoTamron300mmf/5.6。 SamyangReflex300mmf/6.3 近幾年來,韓國Samyang的鏡頭愈做愈好、也愈做愈多,鏡頭常標著Bower、Pro-Optic、Rokinon等名稱上市。鏡頭上標了UMC(Samyang的UltraMultiCoating)、CS(CropSensorcoverage—不是135底片片幅)和CA(CanonEOS接環);因為不是給135片幅(俗稱全幅或FF)機型使用,所以在135片幅機型上使用時邊角會有嚴重的暗角。這個鏡頭的最短對焦距離是1.1公尺(相當短)、58mm的濾鏡尺寸、鏡頭付了一個遮光罩。 MC3M-7K300mmf/5.6 MC3M-7K(其實是有抗反射膜的3M-7K)是個俄製反射鏡頭,因為鏡頭最前面的曲面是凹的,所以鏡頭很可能是個Maksutov設計;鏡頭後方是個M42(42x1mm)螺紋的裝著方式。這個鏡頭有兩個廠生產:Lyktarino(LZOS)和Azovsk(AOMZ)。LZOS版的最短對焦距離是2.5m,而AOMZ的是1.7m;LZOS的長寛是81x76mm,而AOMZ的則是78x73mm。手上鏡頭的最短對焦距離是1.7m,所以是AOMZ版。鏡頭前方有67mm的濾鏡螺紋。 Makinon300mmf/5.6 Makinon300mmf/5.6是二手市場上很容易找到的產品、而且價格也十分合理(台灣我就不知道了)。我手上這個鏡頭是PentaxK(或PK)接環,它前方副反射鏡外罩和Samyang以及3M-7K一樣、是從鏡頭前方突出來的;鏡頭的濾鏡尺寸是67mm,它的最短對焦距離是2.5m,但是還可以繼續轉動對焦得更近,然而標示卻改成MACRO和放大率:1:6、1:5、1:4.5、和1:4。 OHNAR300mmf/5.6和TOU/FIVESTAR300mmf/5.6 這兩個鏡頭在外觀上幾乎相同(除了對焦環上的塑膠顆粒型式)。我們先看OHNAR300mmf/5.6,我手上的鏡頭是OM接環,濾鏡尺寸是67mm,最近對焦距離比2.5m近一些。副反射鏡外罩也是在第一片(凸)透鏡前方突出來,而且沒有任何紋理;請注意到對焦環上的顆粒是菱型。 TOU/FIVESTAR300mmf/5.6也有67mm的濾鏡尺寸,最近對焦距離也是比2.5m近一些(和OHNAR的完全相同),但是對焦環上的顆粒卻是正方型。手上鏡頭的接環已經有點鬆動,所以我把原本的接環拿掉而換成一個T2到SonyE的接環。 下面是(自在而右)OHNAR、TOU/FIVESTAR和Makinon的鏡頭前方,看起來幾乎相同,但顯然地OHNAR和TOU與Makinon不是相同的設計,因為Makinon的最近對焦距離近得多。 下面是三個鏡頭的側面,很明顯地Makinon比較長一點、而且對焦環也窄一些。照片中OHNAR的高度也比TOU/FIVESTAR長一些,原因是OHNAR在鏡頭尾部裝了個濾鏡。 下面是鏡頭後方的照片。Makinon的樣子也和OHNAR以及TOU/FIVESTAR的不同。左邊的OHNAR是裝了一個濾鏡的、所以高一些,量一量TOU/FIVESTAR鏡頭最後一片透鏡外緣是24mm上下,但(透過濾鏡)量OHNAR最後一片外緣時卻是28mm左右,這讓我覺得OHNAR和TOU/FIVESTAR可能是兩個不同的鏡頭,然而外觀卻驚人地相似,答案恐怕是難以知曉了。 Osawa300mmf/5.6和Spiratone300mmf/5.6 這兩個也是十分相像的鏡頭。我們先看Osawa300mmf/5.6,我手上的是Nikon版。這個鏡頭的最短對焦距離是2.5m、前方的濾鏡螺紋是72mm、比前面提過的(67mm)大了5mm。請注意到裝副反射鏡的圓筒也是從第一片透鏡突出來的,而且都有同心圓的刻紋,這是其它鏡頭所沒有的。 再看Spiratone300mmf/5.6,它的標示是Minitel-SPlura-Coat,此地Plura-Coat是Spiratone標示的抗反射膜;Minitel-S是這個鏡頭的標示、而500mmf/8反射鏡頭則是Minitel-M。鏡頭的最短對焦距離是2.5m、濾鏡尺寸是72mm,這兩者都和Osawa的相同。 我們看看這兩個鏡頭外觀上的比較。下面第一張照片是鏡頭前方(左邊是Spiratone、右邊是Osawa),除了尺寸相同(濾鏡尺寸都是72mm)之外,副反射鏡前方都有同心圓的刻紋,看起來Spiratone是密一些。第二張照片是加裝了到SonyE的接環和72mm的遮光罩,看起來高度相同、而且外表(含對焦環上的顆粒)幾乎相同。第三張是鏡頭放平後的樣子。 從以上的照片看來,Spiratone和Osawa這兩個鏡頭應該是相同的,因為Spiratone並沒有生産線,所以Spiratone很有可能是Osawa生產的、或者兩者是系出同源。 Soligor300mmf/5.6 Soligor這個鏡頭在外觀上和Osawa以及Spiratone兩者相似程度相當高,但為什麼不放在一起談論呢?下面是Soligor300mmf/5.6的照片,很明顯地,這個鏡頭的副反射鏡外罩和此前看過的完全不同,所以應該是個不同的設計。鏡頭的標示是SOLIGORC/DMIRRORLENS,C/D的意義眾說紛紜、一說是ComputerDesigned(電腦設計),最短對焦距離是2.5m(和其它鏡頭相同),濾鏡尺寸是72mm。另外,對焦環上的顆粒是菱型,這也和Osawa以及Spiratone的方型不同。 下面照片是三個鏡頭的側面,自左到右是Osawa、Spiratone和Soligor,不計較標示的話就只有Soligor對焦環上的菱型顆粒。 前面提到Soligor副反射鏡外罩並不像其他鏡頭一樣從第一片透鏡前方突出一部分。下面的照片是把一個迴紋針放在第一片透鏡上,它被反射並且出現在副反射鏡外罩上的像和實物有一段距離,這表示副反射鏡外罩是裝在第一片透鏡背面、很明顯地是一個不同的設計。 TamronSP350mmf/5.6 最後一個要介紹的鏡頭是TamronSP350mmf/5.6(06B)。Tamron在1979年推出一個相當新穎的反射鏡頭TamronSP500mmf/8(55B)、接着在1981年推出TamronSP350mmf/5.6(06B)、最後在1983年推出TamronSP500mmf/855BB)取代早先的55B。下面是TamronSP350mmf/5.6的照片,這個鏡頭的最短對焦距離是1.1m、放大率是0.4X(和Makinon的相同),前方的濾鏡尺寸是82mm、但事實上鏡頭後方可以裝30.5mm濾鏡,鏡頭附了一個可以倒過來裝的82mm長遮光罩。鏡頭是屬於Tamron的SPAdaptall-2系列;換句話說,更換Adaptall-2接環就可以裝上當時常見的SLR(譬如Canon、Minolta、Nikon、Olympus、Pentax等)。為了方便起見,拍攝時是用一個Adaptall-2到SonyE的接環。 為什麽說Tamron這幾個鏡頭新穎呢?下右是比較早期的設計(這是CarlZeiss在1960年代的Mirotar設計),入射光並不進入主反射鏡內部、而是被鍍在表面的鍍膜反射的。左邊是Tamron的設計,入射光經折射後到達透鏡背面、再被鍍在背面的鍍膜反射,入射光從到達主反射鏡到離開的光線經兩次折射一次反射,這種鏡面叫做Mangin(人名)鏡面。在鏡頭前方的副反射鏡也是使用Mangin鏡面。多次折射的功效就使鏡筒較短、當然重量也比較輕。要注意的是,其它鏡頭廠家在Tamron推出鏡頭之前也用過Mangin鏡面的技術,但Tamron卻是用得最徹底的。 下面是Tamron三個反射鏡頭的光學結構圖,自左而右分別是500mmf/8(55B)、500mmf/8(55BB)和350mmf/5.6。其中55B和55BB是有很微小的差異的,請看在鏡頭內部的兩個小透鏡的型狀。 AutoTamron300mmf/5.6 AutoTamron300mmf/5.6是Tamron早期、屬於Adapt-A-Matic系列的一個鏡頭,一般而言這是進入電腦輔助設計之前的最後一代,因此用這個鏡頭和其它較晚的300mmf/5.6比較會很有意思,因為1970年代晚期起,廠商開始使用特殊玻璃而且光圈也較大,比較就有點不太公平了。 AutoTamron300mmf/5.6(670Au)大致上是從1972年或稍早開始生產,手上的是三型中最後也是最普及的一型,它是4片2群(4E/2G)的簡單設計,最短對焦距離是2.5m,光圈從5.6到22、以半級遞增,前方有62mm的濾鏡螺紋,有內建遮光罩和腳架座。我的鏡頭接環是Nikon版,只要找得到對應的Adapt-A-Matic接環就可以裝上其它廠牌相機。下面照片中,鏡頭腳架座上裝了ArcaSwiss快拆板。 固然這個鏡頭的光圈小到f/22,我們只用它最大光圈f/5.6和其它同樣光圈的反射鏡頭比較。 基本規格 下表是這十個鏡頭的基本規格。表中的長度和重量是鏡頭加上從該鏡頭原接環到SonyE的接環的長度和重量,而且俄製3M-7K的是AOMZ版。另外,反射鏡頭後方通常可以裝濾鏡,這些鏡頭中有些可以裝濾鏡、有些不能,可以裝的可以是25.5mm(Samyang)或30.5mm(最常見的尺寸)。 拍攝程序 所有鏡頭都透過接環裝上SonyA7II拍攝、鏡頭也都加上遮光罩,相機的後製參數如果不是關掉、就是定到最低或中立(neutral)。鏡頭當然都是手動對焦,所以人為失誤是有可能的;為了降低人為對焦失誤,相機外接了一個7英吋的4K顯示器、再用放大的方式對焦。因為這些鏡頭大多數是平價産品,影像品質未必很高,在某些鏡頭下縱使放大之後也難以確定是否對焦準確(譬如每一個對焦用的物體都像有一層霧一般影子甚至雙影),因此對焦失誤在所難免。 其次,無限遠對焦極其困難。這些鏡頭為了做得小而輕,鏡頭直徑不大、對焦環轉動角度也不大,好處是對焦快、壞處是近無限遠的景物極難對焦(因為對焦環稍稍轉一點就不準了)。另一個原因是鏡頭解像力不足,在無限遠處的物體太小、難以分辨。最後的一個原因是轉換環精密度不足;目前陸製轉接環君臨天下,價格差不多但品質極不穩定,有些中級品牌這次買一個用滿意了,下次再買同一個廠牌同樣産品可能就不合規格。最大問題何在?轉接環長度稍微不足,因而無法對焦到無限遠。其次是無法和鏡頭密切吻合,裝好鏡頭後鏡頭還可以搖動;其中最差的是卡住鏡頭的桿的力道不足,稍一用力碰到鏡頭就會掉下來,這類型轉接環摔壞了我一台SonyNEX5、兩台SonyNEX6,都是把電池室蓋摔得四分五裂、無法復元(相機還可以用、但得用膠布把電池室蓋黏住)。另一個接環摔了我的SonyA7II,還好是掉在雪上,要不然這篇文章就寫不出來了。 總之,下面以距離分組的拍攝結果中,遠距離組在對焦時給我的麻煩最大,加上因為接環長度不足、拍到的結果還未必真正凖焦,不過近距離的照片問題就少多了。 邊緣失光 這種小型反射鏡頭通常會有十分嚴重的邊緣失光,下面就是距拍攝地點800公尺的景,我們看看結果如何。首先,因為Samyang不是給135底片用的鏡頭,於是邊緣失光非常嚴重(這不奇怪),最輕的是兩個Tamron鏡頭;Makinon、Ohnar、TOU/FIVESTAR則相對地比較嚴重、比Spiratone和Soligor都嚴重。俄製3M-7K的照片曝光似乎有些不足,然而邊緣失光恐怕也不低,更奇怪的是它拍到的影像比較暖。 無限遠:800公尺 下面幾乎是在無限遠的800m的景、這是此地的昇降鐵橋,上一節看過了。請注意一點,因為轉接環規格不足,有些鏡頭可能無法對焦到無限遠。下面是Tamron的兩個鏡頭拍到的景。 下面是中央部位的600x300裁切。很明顯地,AutoTamron300mmf/5.6表現最好,Samyang和TamronSP350mmf/5.6次之,3M-7K、TOU/FIVESTAR和Spiratone表現也很好,其它的就差了些。Makinon的表現值得一提,它拍到的照片似乎蒙著一層紗,所以對比相當低;然而仔細看看告示牌上的字,表現卻也相當不錯。 再看畫面右邊緣、特別是橋的欄桿。撇開邊緣失光,表現最好的是Samyang、Ohnar、TOU/FIVESTAR、Soligor和AutoTamron,在這個部分TamronSP350mm卻不十分理想。俄製的3M-7K、Makinon、Osawa表現實在不行,Spiratone則稍許好一些。 我們再看高對比區域,差不多就在照片右緣,這是下面照片。很明顯地,只有AutoTamron300mmf/5.6在對比區域邊緣有一條淡淡的紫邊、而且所有光圈都有此現象,反射鏡頭都沒有相同問題。 要注意一點,由於有些轉接環幾乎難以對焦到無限遠,所以我們不應該只用這組結果判斷各鏡頭的品質。在對焦方面Makinon、Ohnar、TOU/FIVESTAR、Osawa、Spiratone、Soligor這幾個鏡頭相當有挑戰性,一來可能是轉接環問題已如前述,但是這幾個鏡頭在對焦時,不論準焦與否對焦物周圍都有一層暈,或是一邊有暈一邊無、再轉對焦環則變成有的變無無的變有。有少數一兩個還會出現不會合而為一的雙重影像(Spiratone和Soligor),使得不知道該以何者為準。或許這些鏡頭有了校正不良的問題,也或許影像品質本來就如此。 遠距離:600公尺 下面的景是距拍攝地點600多公尺的房子,對焦點是中央的白色牌子: 我們看看中央對焦部位的600x300裁切。俄製的3M-7K的確有比較暖的色調。Makinon對比相當低,畫面中物體周圍都有一層暈,但白色牌子上的字卻還原得十分好、只是對比太低變成若顯若現了。表現最好的還是兩個Tamron,解像力和對比都高於其它鏡頭,Samyang似乎差一點點。Ohnar和TOU/FIVESTAR表現類似,但Ohnar對焦似乎有點不準。Osawa、Spiratone和Soligor表現最差,特別是Soligor,對焦時放大後的影像一直都有雙影、根本就分不清是否準焦。事實上,我發現Spiratone和Soligor是最難用的鏡頭,在顯示器上看起來是準焦了,但因為雙影(或疊影)的影響,拍下來的影像卻常常是有點糊的,所以我一直覺得手上的這個鏡頭可能有問題;Makinon也一樣,影像似乎就是蒙上了一層紗似地。 再看左下角,因為裝卸鏡頭和相機頻繁很難確保每一張照片的構圖完全相同,因此請注意600x200裁切中的紅色STOP和藍色的TEZCUCO街道牌。仔細看看不難發現影像品質的排列和中央部位相同,而AutoTamron在f/5.6的表現比每一個反射鏡頭都好,而且對比也較高。 遠距離:400公尺 我們接下來看400公尺的拍攝結果,下面兩張照片還是AutoTamron300mm和TamronSP350mm的拍攝結果。 對焦部位是畫面中央深色的格子屋頂。在400公尺時的景深前緣約228公尺、後緣約1395公尺、足夠涵蓋房子前方的窗戶。遺憾的是,拍攝時光線不十分穩定、時亮時暗使對焦難度增加。下面是對焦部位和前方窗戶的600x300裁切。我們不難發現Samyang、TamronSP350mm和AutoTamron仍然表現最好,TOU/FIVESTAR緊接在後。在對焦部位,Ohnar、Osawa、Spiratone和Soligor相差無幾,但後三者(Osawa、Spiratone和Soligor)在下方白色窗框處都有暈開的現象、Soligor尤其嚴重,所以我個人的看法是這四個鏡頭中Ohnar較好、Osawa和Spiratone差不多、Soligor最差。俄製的3M-7K並不出色,大致上和TOU/FIVESTAR差不多;Makinon在對焦部分並不弱,但是白色窗框暈開的情況相當嚴重,而且畫面像是蒙了一層紗、對比很低。 拍攝400公尺這一景時,轉接環因素逐漸消失,而且轉動鏡頭對焦也容易得多,所以從這一組起的拍攝結果就比較有代表性。 中距離:200公尺 下面是200公尺左右的景,兩張照片仍然是AutoTamron300mm和TamronSP350mm的拍攝結果。 對焦部位是畫面中央拱門上的燈,俄製3M-7K的影像仍然比其它鏡頭的來得暖。這組裁切中,個人覺得最好的是Samyang、TOU/FIVESTAR、TamronSP350mm和AutoTamron300mm;俄製的3M-7K似乎就差那麼一丁點;Osawa、Spiratone和Soligor這一組仍然殿後;Ohnar看起來比Osawa好一些、但相當有限;如果不計較像蒙了一層紗的效果,Makinon的表現並不很差,但整體上就不如其它鏡頭了。 再看右下角的600x200的裁切。在200公尺時景深前緣約145公尺、景深後緣約320公尺,兩拱門離鐵絲網約30多公尺,所以不在景深的邊緣上、應該有相當程度上是清楚的。在下面的裁切中,Samyang、Ohnar、TOU/FIVESTAR和AutoTamron300mm的表現是最好的,但是TamronSP350mm卻落後了;Spiratone和Soligor又差了一些;然後依次是TamronSP350mm、3M-7K和Osawa;Makinon在鐵絲網的細節上和TamronSP350mm相似、比3M-7K和Osawa好。 中距離:100公尺 這是一楝在100公尺多一些的房屋,兩張照片分別是用AutoTamron300mmf/5.6和TamronSP350mmf/5.6拍攝: 對焦部位是右上角窗戶的左下角,下面是對焦部位的300x300裁切;要注意的是,拍攝時是多雲天氣、亮度相差頗大。在這組裁切中,Samyang、TOU/FIVESTAR、TamronSP350mm和AutoTamron300mm的表現相似,但AutoTamron似乎稍許好一點點。然而AutoTamron卻有一條淡淡的紫邊(窗戶的水平邊緣),而且拍到的畫面稍許帶有一絲紫色調。剩下的(除了Makinon之外)幾個鏡頭的表現看起來差不多,但3M-7K卻比較好;Makinon的畫面仍舊罩着一層霧,而且窗框有一些暈。 再看照片右緣,這是屋頂的最右側。這一組裁切很有意思,表現最好的是Samyang、TOU/FIVESTAR和AutoTamron300mm,TamronSP350mm出局了、Soligor似乎都比較好。其次一組是Ohnar、Osawa和Soligor;Spiratone和TamronSP350mm差不多;看起來最差、比Makinon還差。 短距離:50公尺 其次是短距離的50公尺,第一張是AutoTamron300mm拍攝、第二張則是TamronSP350mm。 下面是中央對焦用的位置。表現最好的仍然是AutoTamron300mm、TamronSP350mm稍許弱一些、並且和Samyang、3M-7K、TOU/FIVESTAR相差無幾;其次是Ohnar;更差的是Osawa、Spiratone和Soligor;最差的還是Makinon。 下面是前景中離對焦部位十多公尺的樹叢,三個反射鏡頭的甜甜圈現象很明顯,但是非反射鏡頭的AutoTamron300mm之下這個現象就不明顯了。 短距離:40公尺 再縮短拍攝距離到40公尺,目標是校園中的一個告示牌: 下面是對焦部位的裁切,很遺憾的是陽光仍舊不穩定、造成照明上甚至於白平衡的差異。從這些裁切看來,AutoTamron300mm仍然最好,其次是只差一點點的TamronSP350mm和Samyang,再來是TOU/FIVESTAR,稍差一些的是俄製3M-7K和Ohnar(再差一些),Osawa、Spiratone和Soligor還是不行,最差的是Makinon。 短距離:30公尺 再把拍攝距離降低到30公尺,這是紀念一位軍官的紀念碑文。 下頭是中央對焦部位的600x300裁切。表現最好的還是AutoTamron300mm和Samyang;TamronSP350mm緊隨其後;接着是Ohnar、TOU/FIVESTAR和3M-7K,個人覺得前兩者解像力稍高一些,但對比卻較低;Osawa、Spiratone和Soligor還是殿後(有可能是對焦問題,但這卻是一而再、再而三的課題);Makinon的解像力並不很差,但奇差的對比卻讓它排在最後。 短距離:20公尺 這是校園中鐘樓下的說明牌子: 下面是對焦部位的600x300裁切。在這些裁切中,Samyang、TamronSP350mm和AutoTamron300mm明顯地品質最高,3M-7K、Ohnar和TOU/FIVESTAR其次,接下來是Osawa、Spiratone和Soligor,Makinon仍然殿後。 再看看右下角的花,它很可能在景深邊緣前後,這是下面的300x300的裁切。很有趣的是,邊緣表現非常好的是Samyang和TOU/FIVESTAR;其次是Ohnar;接下來是3M-7K和Soligor;再下來是AutoTamron300mm和Spiratone;在這一組中TamronSP350mm居然落後很多,這在200公尺的景中也看過類似的情況;當然,Makinon也是殿後。 短距離:10公尺 這是距一塊說明板10公尺處拍攝的,它說的是JamesDee的事蹟、也是美國職業冰上曲棍球發源地;換句話說,我住的地方正是美國職業冰上曲棍球的起源,這塊板子是此地冰上曲棍球館前方的說明,原來的體育館已經焚毀、這是在原地重建的。 下面是中央對焦部位的300x300裁切;要注意的是,拍攝時是多雲天氣、亮度相差頗大。很明顯地Samyang、TamronSP350mm和AutoTamron300mm依然最好;3M-7K、TOU/FIVESTAR和Osawa緊隨在後;其它的差不多。 再看照片左側的300x200的裁切。看起來,Samyang獨佔鰲頭;3M-7K、Ohnar、TOU/FIVESTAR、Soligor、TamronSP350mm和AutoTamron300mm相去不遠;Makinon比Osawa好,而最差的是Spiratone。 極短距離:5公尺 一般而言,一般人不會用一個300mm的鏡頭拍攝5公尺或更近的物體,因為用標準鏡頭甚或微距鏡頭更容易做到(走近些)、做得更好。下面是在大約5.4公尺下拍攝的。 下面是中央對焦部位的裁切。在這個拍攝距離下,AutoTamron突然變差了,每一個字都相當銳利、但四週都有一層暈,這就把影像品質降低了。很明顯地,TamronSP350mm的確比Samyang好一些,但Samyang對比較高一方面是比較近代的設計、二來是我忘了調整閃光燈出力因而有點曝光不足;其它鏡頭的表現實在差不多,如果真的要評比,3M-7K和Soligor差不多,但前面比較好的TOU/FIVESTAR卻落後了。 再看左下角的600x200裁切。AutoTamron300mm表現十分好,接下來的是Samyang;下一組是TOU/FIVESTAR、Soligor和TamronSP350mm;接著是Ohnar和3M-7K,但我覺得3M-7K不如Ohnar;剩下的就不必再說了。 極短距離:3公尺 下面是拍攝距離約3.2公尺拍攝的: 這是中央對焦部位的600x300裁切。領先的還是TamronSP350mm和Samyang,個人覺得前者比較好,但純就解像力而言AutoTamron300mm其實並不差,只是那一圈暈卻使畫面品質大大降低;3M-7K是弱了些;如果看看Makinon的結果,看起來實在不壞,那一圈暈好像不存在似地;接下來的是TOU/FIVESTAR、Spiratone和Soligor,但Soligor似乎比Spiratone好一些。 極短距離:1公尺 這幾個鏡頭有三個可以對焦到1.1公尺、産生大約0.25X的放大率,這三個鏡頭是Samyang、Makinon和TamronSP350mm,下面是在1.3公尺距離下拍攝的結果: 下面是三個鏡頭對焦部位的600x300裁切。看起來,Samyang比TamronSP好一些,兩者都比Makinon好: 這三個鏡頭在左下角的表現就非常明顯了:Samyang比TamronSP350mm好很多,而TamronSP350mm又比Makinon好很多: 綜合評論 相信前面不同距離的拍攝結果已經可以得到些結論,此地大致綜合如下: 第一,在這十個鏡頭中,除了在十分近的距離之外,反射鏡頭其實頗不如相同焦距和相同光圈的折射式鏡頭,更何況折射式鏡頭還可以收小光圈得到更好的結果,而反射式鏡頭只有一個光圈。所以,我一直認為若有折射鏡頭可用,就不必去用反射鏡頭;當然,反射鏡頭比較輕也比較小是它的最大優點,不過對遠距離的景物而言,千萬要記住對焦會十分困難,尤其是相機上的放大對焦功能對品質不高的反射鏡頭來說未必有很大的用處。 第二,就反射鏡頭而言,Samyang300mmf/6.3這個近代鏡頭是名列前矛的,它的解像力和對比都十分好;但是它在135片(全)幅的機身上會有十分明顯的邊緣失光,而且光圈也小一些(1/3級,6.3vs.5.6)。鏡頭對焦環有相當好的阻力而且柔順,非常容易對焦;又因為對比較高,很容易就可以查覺對焦是否準確。因此,若您想要一個輕便的300mm反射鏡頭、又不在意十分明顯的邊緣失光的話,Samyang這個鏡頭在品質和價格上是首選。 第三,TamronSP350mmf/5.6的表現可圈可點,中央部位直逼折射鏡頭,但它的缺點是邊緣表現較差。這個鏡頭對焦容易、對比也較高,然而它比較大也比較重,但一般而言手持拍攝並不困難,不過腳架在很多情況下都是必要的。然而,這個鏡頭的最大問題是它的價格;近年來它的價格已經漲到了不合理的地步(另一個是Minolta250mmf/5.6),因此除了想收藏(相信一定有人收藏的)之外,買回來拍攝是不很值得的。 第四,俄製3M-7K的表現有正有負,它似乎老是會產生較暖的畫面。解像力還不錯、對比還是稍低,但邊緣的表現卻不如理想。另外,這個鏡頭近年來也發了飆,讓這個鏡頭的表現和它的價格不成比例,因而個人也不推薦這個鏡頭。 第五,其次比較可以考慮的是Ohnar或TOU/FIVESTAR。這兩個鏡頭十分相像,但從前面的拍攝結果來看,TOU/FIVESTAR似乎優於Ohnar,而且這兩個鏡頭的邊緣表現也相當不錯。所以,TOU/FIVESTAR是個人的建議,然而這個鏡頭不是很常見、價格也不十分穩定;要不然,Ohnar也是可以考慮的。 第六,Osawa、Spiratone和Soligor的表現十分相像,特性也類似,縱使是Soligor的光學結構不相同。個人的使用經驗比較偏好Osawa,但也好不到可以明確分離這三個鏡頭的地步。Spiratone和Soligor十分難用,基本的問題是難以確定是否準焦;換言之,在轉動對焦環對焦時,在準焦點附近的對焦物體常常是朦朧的或者是有雙影,於是非常難以確定準焦點何在,因此本文中的照片在拍攝時都很難瞭解何時準焦;縱使是用4K的外接顯示器用放大功能對焦,也仍然難以看出準焦與否。所以,個人實在很難推薦這幾個鏡頭。 第七,Makinon是個很奇怪(或獨特)的鏡頭。我手上的這一個永遠會拍到似乎是罩上一層紗的結果,使得對比很低、而且整個畫面泛白,然而對細節而言卻也清晰可見。不知道手上的鏡頭是否有問題(譬如反射鏡氧化而降低了對比),日後有機會再找一個試一試。目前個人並不推薦這個鏡頭。 第八,AutoTamron300mmf/5.6在非常近距離方面卻表現不理想,被攝體周圍都有一層暈,但在中長距離都完勝其它反射鏡頭。不論如何,Samyang都是一個價格合理而且可圈可點的鏡頭,當然您得忍受邊緣失光。 總結起來,我覺得Samyang300mmf/6.3和TOU/FIVESTAR300mmf/5.6是兩個可以考慮的鏡頭;但若只是想要一個300mmf/5.6鏡頭的話,買一個折射鏡頭吧,因為光圈可能更大,而且收小光圈後還會得到更高品質的結果,只是鏡頭會重些也大些。事實上,我根本不覺得在焦距300mm上下需要反射鏡頭,反射鏡頭(我的看法)應該是500mm或更長焦距的産品,因為在這個焦距下反射鏡頭才會有焦距、重量、大小、品質、價格等等的優勢。 結論 想了很久也陸續而且反覆拍攝了近一年,終於完成了心願,就是這篇文章。要說有什麼結論的話,就是個人一直有的信念:在400mm左右以下,使用折射式鏡頭是比較理想的,因為折射式鏡頭可以收小光圈得到較高的解像力和較高的對比。反之,反射鏡頭較小較輕,但只有一個光圈、而且一般而言解像力和對比都比較低。 下一個反射式鏡頭計劃是什麽?很難說,此地以前比較過若干個500mmf/8的鏡頭,或許是下一批500mmf/8反射鏡頭吧! 未經本人同意,請勿轉載轉貼本文任何片段,請尊重智慧財產(著作)權 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手機配件:Bitplay國產鏡頭組(二):偏光鏡、超廣角、魚眼和近拍鏡

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手機配件:Bitplay國產鏡頭組(二):偏光鏡、超廣角、魚眼和近拍鏡 冼鏡光 October28,2018上線 手機配件上一篇Bitplay國產鏡頭組(一):介紹和3X望遠鏡頭 我們在Bitplay國產鏡頭組(一):介紹和3X望遠鏡頭中談過Bitplay的3X望遠鏡頭,這一篇就繼續談Bitplay的其它鏡頭:偏光鏡、環型和全格魚眼、超廣角和近拍鏡。Bitplay還有一系列的HD高階鏡頭(包含近拍、超廣角和2X望遠)、機殼、和為其它非iPhone機種生産的鏡頭夾,我們會另文討論。 環型偏光鏡 Bitplay鏡頭組中有一個環型偏光鏡(circularpolarizer),使用的方式請看寫給新手系列中的偏光鏡的用法這篇文章。下面的照片是把Bitplay裝在iPhone7Plus機殼上的樣子: 偏光鏡最明顯的效果就是可以使天空更藍,當然拍攝角度要對而且本來就有藍天(偏光鏡無法把灰濛濛的天空拍成藍色)。下面第一張照片是裝上偏光鏡後旋轉到最低效果、第二張是最大效果的例子,天空變藍了、水色變深而且更純: 要注意是,有些時候不用偏光鏡的效果可能會比加上偏光鏡但定在比較低的效果時來得好,定到最高效果的結果會隨很多因素而異(拍攝角度、實際的情況等等)。下面照片中,第一張是不加偏光鏡、第二和第三張分別是加了偏光鏡定在最低效果和最高效果的例子。 再看一個例子: 這個例子還可以看到把偏光鏡效果轉到最大時顏色變得更飽和。沒錯,因為偏光鏡可以過濾某些角度的反光而顯出原本的顏色(當然也有可能加上些原本沒有的顏色,這通常和偏光鏡品質有關),所以畫面可能會變得比較暖。 下面是另一個例子,第一張是最低效果、第二張是最高效果: 要注意的是,如果只是想用偏光鏡,您可以直接買相機用、而且口徑大一些的版本。要拍攝時,把偏光鏡拿着對準拍攝方向、並且轉動偏光鏡上的環直到需要的效果出現為止,再把手機貼在偏光鏡後方拍攝。但是,不要移動或轉動偏光鏡,因為一動就偏了、效果就不對了。這個法子麻煩些、特別是一手抓偏光鏡一手拿手機,不過習慣了就好(見偏光鏡的用法一文的說明)。 超廣角、魚眼和近拍鏡頭 除了偏光鏡外,Bitplay鏡頭組還有一個超廣角(UltraWide、下面第一張照片)、全格魚眼(0.3XFXFisheye、第二張照片)、環型魚眼(Fisheye、第三張照片)、和把環型魚眼前半段轉下來後的近拍鏡(Macro、第四張照片)。 下面我們看看除了近拍之外的各鏡頭效果。這些照片是在同一地點拍攝,頭三張照片分別是環型魚眼、全格魚眼和超廣角的效果;很明顯地,環型魚眼的效果和其它兩者大異其趣,但是全格魚眼和超廣角看起來差異不大。仔細些不難發現,全格魚眼比超廣角廣一點、但差異實在很小,把全格魚眼的邊緣裁掉一些(全格魚眼照片中的黃框、第四張照片),就會得到和超廣角沒多大差異的結果(等五張照片)。 這個現象在低價位的全格魚眼和超廣角鏡頭中十分常見,也就是說,超廣角其實不是超廣角、而是不怎麼魚眼的魚眼。在正常情況下,相機的超廣角鏡頭會把景中的直線拍成畫面中的直線,縱使有一點彎曲也不會像魚眼鏡頭那麽誇張。不知道從什麽時候起,手機攝影的用戶似乎不怎麼在意超廣角鏡頭的拍攝效果居然和魚眼相去不遠的事實。 另外,全格魚眼鏡頭在對角線上應該涵蓋180度,但是從全格魚眼鏡頭拍攝畫面中的黃框(超廣角鏡頭拍到的部分)看來,全格魚眼鏡頭在對角線的涵蓋面好像不足180度、或者是超廣角鏡頭的涵蓋面非常大、但大到多少度就不得而知(沒有實際量過)。然而,從實際拍攝來看,超廣角的涵蓋面卻沒那麼大。 下面再多看兩個例子,這是第一組,順序依次是環型魚眼、全格魚眼、超廣角、全格魚眼標上超廣角範圍的黃框、和該處的裁切供您和超廣角的結果比較。 這是直拍的第二組: 看過幾個例子之後,相信您還會發現一點:環型魚眼的照片中影像不是個圓、而是上下(或左右)各被切掉一部分,這一點和相機環型魚眼的整個圓形的不同。我手上的手機中低價位環型魚眼鏡頭中幾乎沒有一個會產生完整的圓的影像,這倒無所謂,因為可以用為相機設計的環型魚眼鏡頭,我們日後再回來談這項論題。 環型魚眼鏡頭 我們先看環型魚眼鏡頭。環型魚眼指的是拍攝到的影像是個圓型,所以也叫做圓型魚眼;不過,Bitplay的這個鏡頭産生的影像比較大,使得邊緣的一部分被切掉。這並非Bitplay這個鏡頭獨有,大多數低價位的環型魚眼都有這個問題。 使用環型魚眼時要注意曝光,原因是影像有相當大的區域是純黑色(沒有影像),於是相機會認為實景中有非常暗的區域、從而增加曝光時間使有影像的區域(可能)曝光過度。所以,在拍攝之前先檢查手機上的影像、並且調整曝光,這是有其必要的。 以下的照片都是用環型魚眼拍攝,而且也都稍許調整過曝光,此外就沒有其它的後製手續。 從這些照片可以看出,魚眼鏡頭會極度誇張前景、並且彎曲的現象使左右上下的景有往後曲的感覺。魚眼鏡頭在狹小空間中十分好用,但是拍攝時記得別把自己的手、頭或腳拍入畫面。下面是一張汽車前座的照片,幾乎所有重要物件全都在畫面內,雖然各部位(特別是駕駛座)都被極度誇張而且扭曲。 這張照片也曝露了Bitplay這個鏡頭的缺點。第一,中央部位的表現還不錯(這是可以預期的,見下面第一張照片是中央部位裁切)。第二,到了邊緣就明顯差了,下面第二張是左緣裁切;什麽都糊了,當然這有可能是相機除雜訊功能抹出來的,但是有紫邊和綠邊是不爭的事實。第三張照片是右上角的裁切,該處亮度足夠、除雜訊功能抹到那個亮區域的可能性不高,但是仍然相當糊、而且高對比區域邊緣的紫邊十分明顯。第三,泛光十分嚴重。下面第四張照片是上方的裁切,那個亮區域的泛光把車門內側和旁邊部位洗白、失去了原有的色澤。 下面照片中,左上角大片明亮的天空造成的泛光把畫面左上角的四分之一的細節幾乎全部洗白抹除。環型魚眼在室外拍攝極難避開強光源(譬如太陽),Bitplay這個鏡頭在處理泛光方面不甚理想,在拍攝時最好避開大片明亮區域或強光源。 全格魚眼鏡頭 接著我們看看全格魚眼鏡頭的表現,這個鏡頭的鏡筒上標了0.3XFXFISHEYELENS字樣。全格魚眼鏡頭在狹窄的空間中十分有用,因為它可以把一個廣正面的空間「壓縮」到整個手機畫面中;全格魚眼指的是畫面對角線方向有180度視角,在垂直和水平方向都不足180度,所以它的影像不是圓形。 下面這張照片是個例子,這是站在櫥窗前面拍的、而且相當近。第二張是第一張中央部位的裁切,布料上的花色和圖案呈現不錯,但是邊緣部位的字就差了許多(第三張照片是左緣的裁切)。固然這個模糊的現象有部份是因為除雜訊抹出來的,但是愈靠近畫面邊緣品質就愈差,這是件不爭的事實。 再看下面這一組,這也是在近距離拍的。第二張是左邊窗戶上緣有燈地方的裁切,我們看到紫邊: 第三組是拍攝上面那組照片的左側。第二張照片是第一張的右下角裁切,都是糊糊的。 下面的景是很簡單的,這是個長的白色桌子。雖然在小照片中看不出來,但在原照片中左下角高對比區域邊緣就有一條很細的紫邊,表示Bitplay的這個全格魚眼鏡頭在邊緣的品質並不十分好(譬如鬆散糊糊的邊緣和紫邊)。 這個現象在每張照片都差不多,下面是另一個例子。第二張是右上角的裁切,燈的週圍也有綠邊和紫邊;第三張是右側的裁切,就是鬆軟糊糊的。 下面是個類似的例子。第二張是畫面頂端的裁切,紫邊很明顯;第三張是右邊的裁切,相當糊。這張照片中的左邊很亮,這個大而高亮度區域産生的泛光把左方的一些區域洗白,這是第四張裁切、明顯地被洗成幾乎全白。 再看一個例子。第二張是中央部位裁切,固然亮度不很足,但是在解析度上卻相當不錯,雖然也被除雜訊抹得有點怪異,但表現仍然很好,不過邊緣依然弱。先看左下角(第三張裁切),有點糊、但因為細節不多所以影響不大。再看第四張,它是畫面左側的裁切,糊了而且細節都軟了、反光的部位看起來有點怪(慧型像差)。 好吧,咱們看看室外的結果。下面這張照片的色澤有點奇怪、可能是因為陰天的關係。第二和第三張分別是左側和右側的裁切,全是糊的。要注意的是,所有的車子(除了最前面的兩台之外)幾乎都是在差不多的同一條線上,但是在最左和最右緣的車子卻相當糊,效果相當不好。 總結起來,Bitplay的這個全格魚眼鏡頭的邊緣相當糊、出現紫邊和綠邊的機率很大,不過中央部位倒是十分不錯的。另外,鏡頭很容易産生泛光,會把很大的區域洗白到沒多少細節。 超廣角鏡頭 超廣角鏡頭是我非常常用的一個。前面提過,這個超廣角鏡頭拍到的影像只比全格魚眼的小一些,所以整理照片時一不小心就會把這個鏡頭的結果和全格魚眼的搞混,因為每次裝上鏡頭前都會先為鏡頭拍張照片。 我的看法是:超廣角和全格魚眼的表現類似。下面第一張照片是全景、第二張是中央部位裁切、第三和第四張是畫面左緣和右上方的裁切。很明顯地,中央部位表現不錯,但左緣和右緣都相當糊,而且左緣裁切中樹葉和天空的相接處有淡淡的紫邊。您說如此的表現是不是和全格魚眼的很像? 下面這一組的第二張是第一張右下角的裁切,大樓的牆和旁邊的樹都相當糊。 這一組是林蔭中的散步道和自行車道。很明顯地,左上角的高亮度區域産生的泛光把周圍洗白、顏色變淡。第二張是右上角的裁切,在縮小的圖中不怎麼看得出來,但在原寸的裁切中每一個亮點都呈有帶藍紫色(紫邊)的三角形,我們在上一篇介紹3X鏡頭時看過,這大部分是慧形像差的結果。 接下來我們看看在室內的表現。下面這張照片猛一看去似乎沒多大問題,因為在邊緣角落沒多大細節。第二張照片是右下角的裁切,從那條黑色的線條(其實它是厚玻璃的上緣)自左上到右下、影像逐漸變得鬆散的情形,就很清楚地說明了這個超廣角鏡頭從中央到邊緣影像品質逐漸變差的事實。 再看一組類似的。下面這一張是從另一端拍攝(上一張拍攝地點是本張右上角處),左邊大片較亮區域的泛光把鄰近部位洗白。為什麽一再說幾次泛光呢?使用超廣角鏡頭時因為視野很廣,很難在畫面中避免高亮度區域,因為Bitplay這幾個鏡頭很難避免泛光,所以使用時得留神。第二張照片是靠近左緣的裁切,仔細看看就會有色澤流失、鬆散模糊等的缺點。 下面這張照片是有關泛光的。太陽在左上角樹的後面,除了太陽所在位置的大片曝光過度的區域之外,這個區域造成的泛光向外延伸、便相當大的面積被洗白而失去色澤(第二張照片),在照片中央部位還有一個亮點的小鬼影(第三張照片)。 以下是一些比較沒多大問題的照片: 總之,Bitplay的這個鏡頭在表現上和全格魚眼鏡頭差不多,邊緣四角相當鬆軟模糊、很容易産生泛光、樹葉間隙的高亮度區域很容易産生紫邊、那些因為慧形像型而產生的奇型怪狀的亮點尤其令人討厭。 近拍鏡頭 Bitplay並沒有一個獨立的近拍鏡頭,近拍鏡頭是在FISHEYE-MACRO的下半段(見下面照片)。 我們先看看下面的照片,這是用DSLR的微距鏡頭拍攝的,那一段非常清晰的區域就是景深,它是一段直直的區域: 用Bitplay拍攝的結果如下,那段清晰區域是彎曲的,這表示若對焦準確的地方是畫面中央,那麼畫面兩側的準焦點會離相機近一些,這是像場彎曲。另一方面,愈靠近邊緣,慧形像差造成的帶着長尾巴的像(第二張照片)就愈明顯。這表示,Bitplay的這個近拍鏡頭在拍攝平面被攝體時,很可能只有中央部位清晰,邊緣肯定模糊(像場彎曲);若邊緣有細節,這些細節在畫面中很可能會是向外延伸的線條。 接著,我們看看這個近拍鏡的放大率。請注意,這個鏡頭是在iPhone7Plus使用,機殼上也只有配合廣角鏡頭的座,所以算出來的放大率是以手機上1X鏡頭為準的。下面是拍攝一把尺,在縱方向記錄了約12mm,而iPhone7Plus上1X相機的感光晶片尺寸是4.8x3.6mm,所以長為12mm(物長)實物在iPhone7Plus感光晶片上的長為3.6mm(像長)。又因為放大率是(像長/物長),所以放大率m=3.6/12=0.3X,也就是放大率是實物長的30%;因此,Bitplay這個近拍鏡頭能涵蓋的最小區域大約是16x12mm。另外,因為這是拍攝平面物體,像場彎曲使畫面中央清晰而邊緣模糊、慧形像差使邊緣細節有向外飛的感覺。 下面是另一些實際拍攝的例子。因為實景大多數不是平面,所以像場彎曲不是個大問題。下面是第一個例子和中央部位的裁切,效果不差: 接着是幾個類似例子,也都附了中央對焦部位的裁切。 下面這兩組中,第一組是鉛筆、第二組是原子筆 下面是拍攝一個美金5毛的硬幣(直徑30.61mm),因為鏡頭和被攝體非常近使打光相當困難,從而照明不十分均勻。很明顯地,中央部位表現不錯(第二張照片),但邊緣就糊了(第三張照片)。 下面是5美分硬幣(直徑21.21mm)。第二和第三張是中央口部和右下角文字部分的裁切,口部還好、但文字部位不但糊還有很明顯的紫邊。 接下來是若干隨手拍的近拍照片,最後一張是蝦子的一部分: 綜合起來,Bitplay的這個近拍鏡頭和其它鏡頭一樣,中央部位不錯、邊緣太糊,而且中央部位品質好的區域並不十分大。 結論 上面我們介紹了Bitplay的偏光鏡、兩個(環型和全格)魚眼鏡頭、超廣角鏡頭、和近拍鏡頭;以下是我的一點使用心得和看法。 優點 第一,Bitplay的這一組鏡頭涵蓋面還相當廣,環形和全格魚眼、超廣角、近拍、3X望遠和偏光鏡等。兩個魚眼、超廣角和微距是大多數鏡頭組都有的,但是3X和偏光鏡就比較少了(特別是3X)。 第二,在方便性上並不很差,用螺紋裝著是慢了些,但不會非常不方便。更重要的是,Bitplay鏡頭使用13mm螺紋,和ExoLens的Zeiss版的相同;換句話說,您可以在Bitplay機殼上裝Zeiss的鏡頭,下面就是裝了Zeiss廣角鏡頭的樣子: 第三,鏡頭的品質尚可,但是好品質的區域並不很大、超廣角的桶狀變型太大。下面是Bitplay的超廣角和Ztylus的六合一鏡頭組的廣角的比較,第一張是Ztylus拍的、第二張是用Bitplay拍攝,照片黃圈部位是個人認為有好品質的區域。但是,Bitplay的這個廣角鏡頭的變形實在太大、大到有魚眼的效果了。 第四,如果買個鏡頭盒,把所有鏡頭裝進去,攜帶還算方便。 缺點 第一,固然用螺紋裝卸鏡頭有點慢,但這也是最常用的方式。然而,鏡頭的前鏡頭蓋有點緊、裝卸不十分容易;後鏡頭蓋(可以和Zeiss鏡頭通用)很小,很容易掉下來找不到。如果以方便的角度來看,Ztylus的六合一鏡頭組就好得多、而且也不會比較差,但它沒有偏光鏡和3X望遠鏡頭;然而,Bitplay的這一組卻少了一個近拍鏡。當然,這是個人喜好和需要的問題。 第二,鏡頭的好品質區域並不很大,邊角區域更差,常常受慧型像差影響。另外,超廣角的桶狀變型和3X望遠鏡頭的枕狀變型太大;超廣角的結果可以從全格魚眼的影像中裁切而得、並且兩個鏡頭拍得的結果相差不大,所以為什麼要用和買超廣角鏡頭呢? 第三,近拍鏡的像場彎曲太嚴重,完全不適合拍攝平面物件。坦白說,要把魚眼鏡頭的前半截轉下來並不是一件很容易的工作;若把它裝回去時沒鎖緊,就會影響到魚眼鏡頭的拍攝品質,但鎖緊之後卻又不很容易轉下來。 第四,泛光和鬼影並沒有控制得很好,特別是3X鏡頭。還有,色彩重現方面也弱了些(顏色有點濁),慧型像差加上紫邊使在邊緣的高對比區域産生形成很奇怪的、帶尾巴狀的光點。 綜合起來,我可以歸納出這樣的看法: 如果您不很在意身上帶個裝鏡頭的盒子並且把鏡頭轉上機殼或把鏡頭轉下來,同時也可以接受十分嚴重的桶狀和枕狀變型和較小的好品價區域,您是應該可以考慮Bitplay這組中級不太差的鏡頭的(畢竟是國貨);如果要求高些,就最好考慮其它高檔貨(Bitplay有一系列的HD廣角、2X望遠和近拍鏡頭)。 未經本人同意,請勿轉載轉貼本文任何片段,請尊重智慧財產(著作)權 引用方式:冼鏡光,手機配件:Bitplay國產鏡頭組(二):偏光鏡、超廣角、魚眼和近拍鏡,DCView.com達人部落格(http://blog.dcview.com/article.php?a=DzNSN1YzBjFXMw%3D%3D)
          

談幾個便宜的1000mm反射鏡頭(Celestron C5和C90, Meade, 和Rubinar)

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談幾個便宜的1000mm反射鏡頭(CelestronC5和C90,Meade,和Rubinar) 冼鏡光 July15,2018上線 六年(2012)前寫了一篇常見的500mmf/8反射鏡頭測試(Accura、Canon、Nikon、Sigma、Tamron、Tokina和Vivitar)比較若干個500mm的反射鏡頭,當時的想法是下一篇應該是其它的500mm(譬如Contax、Minolta、MTO、Olympus、Yashica等等)或者是1000mm才有意思。沒想到一些意料之外的因素而停了下來,久了之後就忘了,這個暑假趁着天氣好趕快把未完成的部份補充,這就是本篇幾個便宜的1000mm鏡頭的比較。請注意到「便宜」這兩個字,我的標準是在eBay上$300美元左右以下的標價(或成交價),所以像是Nikon、Pentax這些比較貴的就不考慮了。我知道Sigma也有一個1000mmf13.5,雖然不十分貴但也不便宜,而且經驗告訴我Sigma的反射鏡頭並不十分高明,所以就沒列在這一批,或許日後有機會弄到一個時再專文介紹,反正拍攝的景都是固定的而只有時間不同,在比較上不會有多大困難。 這次比較的鏡頭一共五個:CelestronC51250mmf/10、CelestronC901250mmf/13.8、Celestron橘筒C901000mmf/11、Meade1000mmf/11和Rubinar1000mmf/10Macro。除了Rubinar之外,其它四個都是天文(或觀測)望遠鏡設計,而Rubinar是攝影鏡頭。所以,我們可以預期用Rubinar拍攝會有比較好的效果,然而令人驚訝的是CelestronC5居然未必遜色,後者的拍攝結果就是証據。 這是篇圖多的長文,我們從各個鏡頭的介紹開始! 鏡頭說明 本文介紹的鏡頭一共五個(下面照片):自左而右是CelestronC5(白筒)、CelestronC90(橘筒)、CelestronC90(黑筒)、Meade和Rubinar;除了Rubinar是俄國貨之外,Celestron和Meade都是美國貨,但黑筒的C90是在大陸製造;Celestron和Meade到今天都是反射式望遠鏡的大廠。這五個鏡頭中,除了CelestronC5(以下簡稱C5)之外都是Maksutov-Cassegrain設計,但C5卻是Schmidt-Cassegrain設計。Schmidt-Cassegrain(一般簡稱為SCT,表示Schmidt-CassegrainTelescope)設計中最前方是一片薄的非球面透鏡,主要的用途是修正球面像差;入射光經過在後方的主反射鏡送回在前方透鏡中央的副反射鏡,最後再反射到達影像平面(下圖)。Maksutov-Cassegrain(通常簡稱做MAK或Mak甚至MCT)設計最前方是一片有相當厚度的負(或凹)新月型透鏡,其它部分和SCT相同。 這五個鏡頭中,除了Rubinar之外、其它四個都是相當傳統的望遠鏡設計:在鏡頭尾部沒有校正透鏡;換句話說,從鏡筒後面灌水進去,就直接會進入鏡筒內部。Rubinar後頭有校正透鏡,所以鏡筒是前後都封住的,因為這是個攝影鏡頭。正因為如此,Rubinar在邊角上的表現要比其它四個鏡頭好。 照片中除了Rubinar之外,每一個鏡頭都裝上了和該鏡頭相容的T2接環連接管,再加上一個T2到SonyE的接環。Rubinar的接環是T2(42x0.75mm),照片中是裝了一個有對焦環的M42到SonyE的接環。 以下我們先把各鏡頭稍做解釋後再看拍攝結果。 CelestronC5(簡稱C5)我們從C5談起,此地的鏡頭其實是第二代。Celestron在1970年推出CelestronC8,此地8指的是鏡頭口徑、單位是英吋,所以C8的口徑是203.2mm,又因為鏡頭的f值是f/10,所以C8的焦距是2032mm=203.2x10,這個時期的Celestron鏡頭的鏡筒是橘色。下面照片是C8,相機是NikonD7000。 Celestron在1971年推出C5、光圈仍然是f/10,所以C5的口徑約略是5英吋(12.7公分)、焦距是1250mm。我在1980年代曾經買過這(第)一代的C5的觀測版(黑筒)、沒有尋星鏡、但有一個可以接相機的T接環裝到SLR上拍攝。下面是從照片掃描用這個C5拍攝以前松山機場747起飛的照片,拍攝地點在敦化北路上民生東路和機場中央所在,時間大約是在1980年代中期。 在1990年代初Celestron重新設計C5上市,就是下面這個白筒版。鏡筒側面標了CELESTRON字樣(第一張照片),鏡筒前方是一片薄非球面鏡片,中間黑色圓形後面是副反射鏡(第二張照片)。副反射鏡很容易被震鬆或離開最佳位置,於是就會直接影響到影像品質,因此使用人得透過前方的三個螺絲把副反射鏡調回最佳位置。我這個C5已經十多年沒調過、而且也常把它放在車子裡頭帶出去拍攝,所以C5真正的影像品質應該不輸此地的拍攝結果。 鏡筒底部有燕尾榫式(dovetailmount)的安裝機制(第一張照片),一般可以直接裝上有Arca-Swiss機制的腳架頭(只要腳架座寛度夠,不然可以裝在ArcaSwiss的快拆板上),十分方便。C5的對焦機制是在鏡筒後方的銀色旋鈕(第二張照片),逆時針旋轉往無限遠方向對焦、順時針則往最近距離方向。這種旋鈕式對焦對長焦距鏡頭十分方便。因為旋轉鏡筒少許可能對焦平面就會移動很遠,加上長焦距鏡頭景深很淺,對焦平面差一點點,主體就不在景深範圍裡頭。旋鈕對焦經過齒輪等機制,可以做到非常精細的微調使對焦更準確。更重要的是,它通常可以對焦超過無限遠適應溫度變化,而且也彌補轉接環長度不準的常見問題(一些差的轉接環無法讓鏡頭對焦到無限遠)。 目前的CelestronC5當然不是這個白筒版,而是進入二十一世紀初的黑筒版,下面照片中黑筒是近期版、白筒是本文使用的鏡頭。 如果您對Celestron的發展史有興趣,CompanySeven的這篇介紹很値得看看。 CelestronC90(簡稱C90)CelestronC90是一個相當普及的産品,它在1978年發表、大約從1979年就開始生產。因為便宜而且體積又小,C90的銷售一向不弱,下面是1980年代初期的C90,它的鏡筒是橘色(和上一節提到的C8是同一時間)。以它的序列號碼9287來看,它應該是相當早期的產品,這個時期的橘筒C90有光學結構完全相同的三型:天文型有天文用腳架和其它機制、觀測型有尋星鏡但只有通用腳架孔(照片中的是觀測型、但尋星鏡和它的座已經取下)、和攝影型(只有鏡頭)。鏡筒上黑色有齒的是對焦環,沒有距離標示也沒有景深刻度,對焦方式和一般攝影鏡頭相同。第二張照片是底部的腳架座,它有一個目前常見尺寸的腳架孔。 C90是個Maksutov設計,所以常被簡稱為C90MAK。下面是鏡頭前方,中間亮銀圓形就是透鏡後方鍍銀的副反射鏡,一般的Maksutov設計就是如此。鏡頭前方是一片有相當厚度的凹鏡面,這可以從它上面的反光看出來。 這個早期的C90表示鏡頭口徑是90mm,焦距是1000mm、光圈為f/11。它的對焦機制非常簡單,常見的毛病就是時間久了裡頭的滑潤劑乾固使對焦不順暢或是根本轉不動,好在是C90很容易分解修理,網上多有說明。然而,它的更大問題(我的觀點)是轉那麼大的對焦環很容易讓鏡頭擺動,從而把鏡頭移離開目標;另外,對焦環移動幅度很大,非常不容易精準對焦。所以,個人比較喜歡用前面C5那樣的旋鈕對焦,用過了就知道好處、缺點就是慢。 從大約是1985年起C90變成黑筒,然後又有其它變化。目前市售的C90如下,鏡筒變成黒色而且也比較長。為什麼鏡筒比較長?原因是鏡頭的焦距加長到1250mm(第二張照片),由於口徑仍然是90mm,所以f值就是f/13.9=1250/90、大約是f/14。從照片中透鏡的反光也可以看出最前面的是凹的,因為這仍然是個MAK(Maksutov)設計的反射鏡頭。 下面第一張照片是鏡筒尾部,那個突出的黑色旋鈕是對焦鈕,逆(順)時針旋轉往無限遠(最近距離)方向對焦;說明書上指出,最短對焦距離是4.6公尺。前面講C5時提過,用對焦旋鈕對焦比較能精確對焦。第二張照片是鏡頭底部,也有一個燕尾榫式(dovetailmount)的安裝機制。 Meade97D(簡稱Meade)Meade的這個鏡頭通常叫做Series97D型,焦距是1000mm、光圈為f/11、口徑是90mm。Celestron和Meade是世界兩大望遠鏡製造商,幾乎囊括絶大部分的SCT和MCT市場,而且Meade比Celestron還要大,在二十世紀末還想把Celestron併吞,但因為反拖拉斯法經過聽証會後未能如願,所以今天才又回到兩強併列的態勢。 下面是Meade的側面,這是白筒,不過這一型似乎全是白筒。有顆粒狀的是對焦環,對焦距離是3m到無限遠。第二張照片是腳架座。 下面是鏡頭前方,中央有個銀色的圓點,所以這個Meade是標準的Maksutov設計;從鏡片的反光也可以看出前方是凹的。 雖然Meade這個鏡頭不論尺寸、焦距和光圈都和Celestron的橘筒C90近似,但是二手市場上卻不如C90那麼多,這多少是因為生産較晚(也許是1980年代晚期或1990年代初期開始生產),但是這個鏡頭的好評卻不太多(雖然C90也毀譽參半),所以銷售可能並不很理想也說不定。 如果您對Meade這家公司的發展有興趣,不妨參看CompanySeven的這篇文章,不過該文並沒有提此地介紹的鏡頭,想來它不是Meade的主力産品。 MCRubinar1000mmf/10Macro(簡稱Rubinar)Rubinar(Рубинар)是俄國LytkarinoPlantofOpticalGlass(簡稱LZOS)的產品。Rubinar系列有若干反射鏡頭,此地談的是1000mmf/10Macro(下面照片),因為焦距是1000mm、而光圈是f/10,所以口徑是100mm=1000/10,是此地介紹的五個鏡頭中第二大的。 下面照片是鏡筒前端,很明顯地會看到MC後面跟著紅色的俄文RUBINAR,下緣就是LZOS的商標。那個顆粒狀的寛環是對焦環,對焦距離大約是從4公尺到無限遠。鏡頭標上Macro的原因,是在最短距離時的放大率為1:4(也就是0.25X);至於1:4的放大率是否算是微距,那就見仁見智了。 下面是鏡頭前方的照片,從反光可以看出第一片透鏡是凹的、但卻沒有一個亮銀點,這是Maksutov設計嗎?是的,下面是我從網路上找到的這個鏡頭的結構。我們看到幾個重要的差異:(1)最前面並不是一片新月型透鏡、而是多了一片正的透鏡,兩片透鏡加起來完成原Maksutov設計應該有的修正。(2)副反射鏡裝在鏡頭前方突出的小圓筒中,於是到達副反射鏡的光線會先被第一片透鏡折射,反射出來的光線又再度被第一片透鏡折射,這是Mangin設計、可以縮短鏡筒的長度;但是,主反射鏡卻不是Mangin設計。日本生產的反射鏡頭幾乎全是Mangin設計,鏡筒明顯地比較短。(3)在鏡頭尾部還有一個複合透鏡做進一步修正,所以我們可以預期在攝影應用上影像品質會比較好。 (取自網路) 鏡頭底部有個十分「奇怪」的腳架座(下面照片),照片中腳架孔裝了個大頭螺絲、這是用來固定那個環的位置用的。換句話說,把這個螺絲轉鬆就可以把鏡筒在環中自由轉動,轉緊了就鎖住位置。腳架裝那兒?把那顆螺絲轉下來就是腳架孔,然而我試過五六個腳架的快拆板(包含ArcaSwiss),發現都可以裝進去,但螺絲長度都不夠,無法鎖緊鏡筒,在拍攝時鏡筒仍然可以自由轉動。 要如何鎖緊鏡筒呢?下面是鏡筒尾部,外圍厚厚的環就是可以轉動而且有腳架孔(6點鐘方向)的環,環上12點鐘方向有個小螺絲,把它轉緊就可以把鏡筒在環中鎖緊。您不覺得這是個很奇怪而且又有點莫名其妙的設計?大多數日系鏡頭都有個大螺絲頭可以轉鬆或轉緊,讓使用人隨時(不用任何工具)可以調整相機的旋轉角度。但是,這個鏡頭卻逼著使用人身上帶一個小螺絲起子。再說,那個腳架座實在太小、無法有效支撐那麽大的鏡頭。 我對俄國貨十分沒信心就是上面所講的。不但如此,這個鏡頭的小螺絲根本就鎖不緊鏡筒,小螺絲已經轉到不能動了,鏡筒卻仍然可以自由轉動。其實我有兩個這樣的鏡頭,另一個卻有準直校正(collimation)不足的問題,無法精確對焦。所以,玩俄國鏡頭心中要有品管差而造成的諸般問題的準備,弄到一個好鏡頭得靠點運氣。 這個鏡頭是用M42接環,但我手上的兩個都是用T2接環轉到其它機型。由於很多陸製接環的長度規格不足而無法對焦到無限遠,我決定把鏡頭上的T2接環拔掉而換成一個有對焦環的M42到NEX的接環。T2接環的規格是42x0.75mm,而M42的規格是42x1mm,兩者的口徑相同都是42mm,但紋距卻不同,所以把M42接環裝到T2螺紋裡頭不會十分密合(見下面照片)。好在是,因為有對焦環可以伸縮,這就彌補了不十分密合的問題,而且也可以對焦到無限遠。我的做法是,用鏡頭的對焦環約略對焦,再用轉接環上的對焦機制微調,手續麻煩些但可以對得很準、比轉鏡筒上對焦環準得多。 拍攝方式 在反射鏡頭系列的文章中都使用APS-C片幅相機拍攝,這一篇也不例外,不過我的NEX5已經退休,所以本篇改用SonyNEX6拍攝。因為是在APS-C機型上拍攝,於是1000mm和1250mm焦距的視角就分別相當於135底片上的1500mm和1875mm。為了儘可能避免相機的後製手續對影像品質影響太大,所有和影像後製的參數如果能夠關掉就關掉,要不然就定成中立(neutral)或低(low)。當然這表示是拍攝JPEG檔。 這五個鏡頭中的四個其實原來是天文望遠鏡,只有Rubinar是個攝影鏡頭,因此在取景拍攝時我用到了從無限透到非常近的距離,於是我們可以看出天文望遠鏡是否是只在遠距離表現理想。正因為如此,本篇的拍攝時間相當長、橫跨好幾月,文章的寫作時間自然也長。 有兩點得在此地先做個說明。第一,拍攝時都沒加遮光罩,因為有些鏡頭(譬如C5)無法裝遮光罩,所以儘可能順光拍攝。第二,長焦距鏡頭對焦十分不容易。由於景深很淺,稍許對焦失誤就有可能造成主體逸出景深範圍,加上反射鏡頭的對比低些,所以對焦極難非常準確,您不妨把本文的照片看成是最基本的影像品質,若對焦更準些(如果可能的話),影像品質會更好。 下面,我們就從無限遠起以距離遞降的方式看看各個鏡頭的表現。 實際拍攝:無限遠 第一景是在無限遠的月亮。因為五個鏡頭的焦距不同,拍到的月亮大小自然也不同,所以我們以CelestronC5為準(因為它的焦距1250mm最長,於是月亮拍得最大),把原畫面中包含了月亮的2700x2700裁下來再縮成600x600,這就是下面的結果。當然,CelestronC5和黑筒的CelestronC90因為焦距都是1250mm,拍得的月亮也最大;固然剩下的三個鏡頭的焦距都是1000mm,Meade的結果比CelestronC90橘筒和Rubinar的結果來得大一些,所以Meade的真正焦距應該在1000mm和1250mm之間。 下面是右下角第谷坑(TychoCrater)處的600x600裁切。很明顯地,在兩個1250mm鏡頭中,C5比黑筒的C90好很多。在三個1000mm中,Rubinar的對比和解像力都強些,個人以為橘筒的C90勝過Meade,因為後者會產生紫藍色色調,因此在實用上紫邊可能會相當明顯。C5和Rubinar相比,我覺得C5比較好,至於這有沒有可能是用Rubinar時對焦失準,就是一個手動對焦的問題了,因為人為誤差總是有的。總之,以這個景而言,我認為: C5>Rubinar>橘筒C90>黑筒C90>Meade 實際拍攝:1.5公里 這個景是從1.5公里外的小山丘上拍攝城裡的地方法院。那天有點熱,所以熱氣上昇使對焦十分困難,縱使對焦凖確也會使拍到畫面的解像力和對比打了折扣,這是各位得了解的一點。另外,鏡頭裝卸和對焦費時、而且又是在傍晚拍攝,從拍第一張到最後一張差不多要30多分鐘,於是各張照片的日照角度也不盡相同,這也是看這組照片時應該注意的。下面是各個鏡頭拍到的結果: 下面是在畫面中央的裁切。毫無意外她,在兩個1250mm的鏡頭中,C5比黑筒的C90來得好。在三個1000mm鏡頭中,Rubinar仍然提供了比較多的細節,橘筒C90的細節也比Meade的多、後者在高對比區域邊緣有一層若有若無的紫色調(其實在暗部也有這個傾向)。在C5和Rubinar兩者,後者的對比高者,然而仔細看來卻並沒有提供更多細節(或許是因為放大率較小的緣故)。以窗戶的格子來看,C5的明顯地比較結實,所以我們結論仍然是: C5>Rubinar>橘筒C90>黑筒C90>Meade 實際拍攝:800公尺 這是此地鐵橋的景,照片是分兩天拍的,因為拍攝時風大、鏡頭可能晃動,所以隔一天再拍一次、從兩組照片中選較優的一組做準。下面是各個鏡頭拍到的結果,對焦部位是畫面中央的告示牌;因為水面熱氣蒸發使對焦困難、而且也會降低影像品質,但是所有鏡頭都會受到影響,因而大致扯平,不過先點出這項事實還是好些(上一個景也如此): 其次是中央告示牌部位的600x600裁切。很明顯地,Rubinar的對比最高、影像品質也最好(請不要忘了大氣擾動的影響)、其次是C5;這兩者在解析度上很難區分高下,但是Rubinar的影像結實些而且對比也高些。在解像力上,黑筒C90看起來並不弱,然而畫面卻總是有一層灰濛濛的感覺,這降低了對比、也降低了畫面的純淨度。橘筒C90的影像也相當結實,問題也是不太純淨;Meade的結果稍許鬆軟些(請看最下排的字)。所以,就中央部位的品質而言,我的看法是這樣的: Rubinar>C5>黑筒C90>橘筒C90>Meade 接着我們看畫面下緣的表現。因為各鏡頭的焦距不同、畫面下緣自然不同,而且(說老實話)很難把每一個鏡頭都正好對在同一地點,所以下頭的裁切不盡相同。然而,看各卯釘以及樓梯和欄桿的陰影就不難瞭解各鏡頭的表現。我們很容易看出,Rubinar最好、其次是C5,其它三個鏡頭都有霧霧的感覺,橘筒C90和Meade都有相當顯著的、蔓延出來的紫邊(C90還嚴重些);黑筒C90很難定位,它沒有明顯的紫邊、但畫面都是濛的。以我個人的觀點來看,在邊緣部位的表混我認為: Rubinar>C5>Meade>橘筒C90>黑筒C90 實際拍攝:400公尺 下面是距拍攝地點400公尺出頭的一楝房子,對焦部位是閣樓中間的屋頂。這個區域的對比不高,對焦相當困難。很明顯地,兩個C90和Meade的畫面對比都比較低。黑筒C90的影像周圍比較暗、而且畫面似乎有一層薄霧罩著,橘筒C90也有這個現象。 我們看看對焦部位的裁切。顯然地,C5和Rubinar提供了相當豐富的細節,而且C5好像分離這些細節的能力高些,雖然差別不大。其它三個鏡頭的對比不高,難以看到很多細節,所以,以這個景而言,我覺得: C5=Rubinar>黑筒C90>Meade>橘筒C90 實際拍攝:200公尺 接下來咱們看看200公尺的情況。這是本地礦區冶鍊場的一部分,廢置很久了,現在是當成古蹟保護。照片中的房子是一整片廠房的小部份,距離拍攝地點約200公尺出頭一點。從下面的照片不難看出,C5和Rubinar提供了更多細節,而且Rubinar的對比也較高,其它三個鏡頭對比低、畫面淡了些也少了些細節。另外,因為C5焦距比較長,於是景深也比較淺,所以前景的鐵絲網在C5的影像中比Rubinar的稍許模糊些。 下面是中央對焦部位的裁切,對焦部位就是那條斜斜的白線(漆?),因為它在磚頭上形成比較高的對比。毫無疑問地,因為對比高,Rubinar最好(看看燈的底座)。其次是差不遠的C5,事實上,如果不是有點朦朦的低對比,C5不會比Rubinar差太遠,把這個部分或整張照片的對比提高些,結果就會完全改觀。其餘的三個鏡頭表現相似,所以我認為: Rubinar>C5>黑筒C90>Meade>橘筒C90 http://www.cs.mtu.edu/~shene/FORUM/Taiwan-Forum/Mirror-Lens-Talk/04-1000mm-Mirror-Lens/RUIN-200m-Rubinar-C-X.jpg 實際拍攝:100公尺 拍攝100公尺出頭一艘船的引擎。那天風很強、浪也大,所以是躲在車子後面拍攝。船是泊在碼頭邊、移動不太大,不過按下快門時的確會稍許改變位置,好在是快門速度都夠高影響並不很大。下面是五個鏡頭拍攝的結果: 我們看中央部位的表現(見下面照片)。首先,C5的結果仍然比黑筒C90好很多。黑筒C90拍到的影像似乎都蒙上一層紗似地、比較淡而且對比低,都有暈、四角比較暗。其它三個鏡頭中,畫面純淨度方面只有Rubinar可以和C5一較長短;橘筒的C90和Meade除了對比高些之外,紫邊都十分明顯(特別是Meade),所以都不如黑筒C90。就中央部位的品質而言,我的看法是這樣的: C5=Rubinar>黑筒C90>橘筒C90>Meade 這個景的邊緣沒多少細節而且也可能不在景深範圍內,所以我打算看看引擎頂蓋的細節,下面是該處的裁切。五個鏡頤中,只有C5和Rubinar把Kicker這個字呈現得很好,而且Rubinar似乎好些。C5和黑筒C90很清楚地呈現了NOTICE這個字(右下角),但C5的效果好很多。Meade的紫邊相當嚴重,和橘筒C90相比是差了。以我個人的觀點來看,在邊緣部位的表現如下: C5=Rubinar>黑筒C90>橘筒C90>Meade 整體而言,我的看法是: C5=Rubinar>黑筒C90>橘筒C90>Meade 實際拍攝:40公尺 這個距拍攝地點約40公尺的景是對門鄰居的車庫燈,在這樣的距離下,大氣擾動的影響不會很大、鏡頭的品質比較容易看出來,不過有多少人會在40公尺處用1000mm的鏡頭拍攝就很難說了,因為往前走幾步路用200mm或300mm鏡頭拍攝的結果會好很多、而且還不需要用腳架。下面是各個鏡頭拍到的結果,對焦是燈座和底部的花紋: 其次是燈部位的600x600的裁切。首先,C5的表現比黑筒的C90好很多:燈座上的螺絲頭在C5的結果中十分清楚,但黑筒的C90就糊了而缺乏細節,燈泡底座也如此。三個1000mm鏡頭中,Rubinar仍然最好,其次是橘筒的C90、然而影像卻有點霧霧的,最差的還是Meade、紫邊已經相當明顯了。 比較C5和Rubinar兩張裁切很有意思。猛一看去,我們會覺得Rubinar的結果比較銳利、C5的結果有點糊;如果仔細些會發現牆壁上螺絲釘頭在C5的影像中似乎比Rubinar中有更多細節。這讓我想到C5的對焦是否偏後面,以致於前面稍許糊了些、但後方的表現卻比較好。一個1250mm鏡頭當對焦距離是40公尺而且光圈為f/10時的景深只有40公分左右、對焦點前後各約20公分,只要對焦點偏移少許,景深前緣和後緣的清晰程度就會有很顯著的變化。不論如何,以這一組照片來看,我認為: C5=Rubinar>橘筒C90>黑筒C90>Meade 實際拍攝:20公尺 下面的樹幹距相機大約是23公尺,對焦部位是畫面中央的陰影、對比較高的區域: 接下來是該區域的裁切。比較Rubinar和C5仍然有點問題,因為兩者的焦距不同,兩者解像力看起來相差不遠、很難斷定何者絶對較優,不過Rubinar的對比較高是明顯的。黑筒C90的解像力看來也不弱,但多出那層灰濛濛的霧使畫面失色不少;橘筒C90還原細節的能力也不俗,但也有一層若有若無的灰色甚至淺紫色的濛濛霧氣;Meade的解像力顯然弱了些、而且紫色調也更明顯。所以,以這個20公尺的景而言,我認為: C5=Rubinar>橘筒C90>黑筒C90>Meade http://www.cs.mtu.edu/~shene/FORUM/Taiwan-Forum/Mirror-Lens-Talk/04-1000mm-Mirror-Lens/TRUNK-Russian-C-X.jpg 實際拍攝:5公尺 這是最後一景,大約5公尺。我想不太會有人用1000mm的鏡頭在5公尺處拍攝的,加上這一景其實是想看看這幾個鏡頭在極端距離下的表現(譬如當近拍用)。請注意,一個f/10的1000mm鏡頭在對焦距離是5公尺時景深只有0.5公分左右,對焦一有差池影像的淸晰度就會有很大的差異。以下是用各個鏡頭拍攝的景: 這張照片的對焦部位是眼睛上方中央下垂的纖維,下面是各鏡頭拍攝結果的裁切。從這幾張裁切看來,各個鏡頭的解像力都不錯,但是Rubinar在物體周圍有暈、因而霧狀十分明顯;固然C5也有少許蔭開的現象,但是並沒有太大的影響,而且眼睛右側的細毛表現相當不錯;黑筒C90和C5相去不遠,但多出的一層薄霧降低了還原現場的能力,更重要的是暗角在這張背景均勻的畫面中十分清楚;橘筒的C90表現十分亮眼;最後的Meade影像似乎不夠紥實,不過我覺得是比Rubinar好。所以,我認為: C5>橘筒C90>黑筒C90>Meade>Rubinar 實際拍攝:邊緣的表現 一般而言,用那麼長的焦距拍攝時,主體差不多都在中央、畫面邊緣部份會被虛化變得不怎麽重要。本文的照片都是用APS-C機型拍攝,所以原鏡頭影像最邊緣的部位都已經被裁掉,那麼這些鏡頭在APS-C片幅下邊緣的表現如何呢?這倒是可以試試的。我只挑C5和Rubinar兩者,又手上正好有一支Nikon1000mmf/11的後期版,所以看看三支鏡頭的表現如何。選的景就是800公尺的橋,前面看過了,此地再重覆一次,下面是三支鏡頭的拍攝畫面: 下面是中央部位的裁切。Rubinar的對比仍然較高,但和Nikon的很難說有很大差異,而C5則是稍許弱一點。 我們再看畫面左緣。因為對焦距離是800公尺多一些、而且光圈都是f/10和f/11,景深高達180公尺以上,所以左緣橋的欄桿其實不但在景深內、而且還離對焦平面不遠,於是比較左緣還是有意義的。下面就是畫面左緣的裁切。我們可以看到Nikon比Rubinar好,而C5的已經糊了。由此觀之,如果鏡頭是在135底幅的相機上使用時,邊緣表現最好的應該是Nikon。若在APS-C片幅的相機上邊緣已經開始弱化,在更大片幅的相機上會更差,於是C5在135片幅上的表現,邊緣會相當弱。這不難理解,C5最前方的非球面透鏡可以把球面像差修正到某個程度,但對慧形像差和像場彎曲等卻沒有足夠的修正能力,所以攝影鏡頭在鏡筒後端加上另一組透鏡修正其它像差。因此,Nikon和Rubina在邊緣的表現會勝過C5是可以想見的,但C5在中央的表現居然那麽好的確令人驚艷。 綜合評論 本文提到的五個鏡頭都不是很貴的,橘筒C90和Meade的二手價通常在一百美元上下、C90新貨一般在200美元以下。C5當然會比較貴,但新版的黑筒C5也不過300多美元(只含鏡頭而不帶任何配件),不過別忘了一個接T2接環的管子和一個從T2到您的相機的轉接環,這筆花費也得算進去。Rubinar的價格和C5差不多,這是五個鏡頭中唯一為攝影設計的鏡頭。 五個鏡頭中,C5和Rubinar總是名列前矛,要取哪個?我多半會選C5,原因是(1)用這麼長的焦距拍攝時主體在絶大多數情況下會在中央,所以C5在邊緣表現較差的問題影響不會很大。(2)C5的焦距是1250mm,差這250mm就會差很遠,前面的照片說明了這一點。(3)Rubinar的腳架座實在令人不敢恭維,裝在腳架上很容易搖晃;以往日式的長鏡頭會在對焦環上裝一根小桿使對焦順暢(下面照片),Rubinar上卻沒有,於是粗大的鏡筒在對焦時轉動不便,使得精準對焦的難度相當高(C5的旋鈕對焦比較容易對得準、但卻慢)。(4)如果您手上已經有一個品質好的Rubinar,那就用它而不必考慮C5;如果您是才進場想找一支1000mm的反射鏡頭,記得要仔細檢查它的品質,慢慢對焦多試拍幾張再做決定。 剩下的三支1000mm又如何?如果您不放大看或者是只印成小張照片(譬如3x5或5x5)、或縮成小圖在網上傳閱分享,這三個比較便宜的鏡頭也未必會讓您失望,但是您得記住它們的對比都偏低、色彩有時會有點濁。解決之道是:(1)加一個足夠長的遮光罩,有需要的話就自己造一個,這樣可以降低泛光從而提高對比。(2)後製時提高對比、提高色彩飽和度、小心銳化,處理過的照片仍然是不錯的。(3)黑筒C90的暗角有時十分明顯,如果您的修圖軟體可以消除暗角就最好了,要不然在構圖時試著不要把主體放在角落或邊緣也是個辦法。 如果以容易攜帶為準,橘筒C90和Meade足夠小,可以放到相機包中,黑筒C90就比較長了。C5和Rubinar都相當大,得用另外的袋子或箱子(或筒子)裝才方便。這也是C90這一類型鏡頭曾經頗好賣的理由之一。另外,加一個目鏡和正像稜鏡,這些天文望遠鏡(除Rubinar之外)就可以是一支高倍率的觀測用、或者是觀測月球等的望遠鏡,這是十有方便的。Rubinar好像也有類似的望遠鏡套件,但似乎不容易找到,然而市面上不難找到為各大廠鏡頭設計的目鏡,用這些目鏡要比用天文望遠鏡的配件簡單,下面就是一個這樣的目鏡: 如果您問我要在這三支90mm口徑的鏡頭中會長挑哪個的話,我大致上會這樣做:如果結果是縮成小圖在網上分享,任何一支都行,但我比較偏好橘筒或稍後期的黑筒1000mmC90;Meade也行。如果期望解析度高些或産生較大的圖,那就得1250mm的黑筒C90,然而後製手續可能複雜些。無論如何,記得加一個夠長的遮光罩。 結論 本文介紹了五個相對便宜的1000mm反射式望遠鏡頭,其中只有Rubinar是個攝影鏡頭,其它四個是天文望遠鏡、需要相容的T接環管子、以及一個T2到相機的接環,好在是這些零件在網上多得很,找不到的話就到賣天文望遠鏡的店問就行了。 俗話說一分錢一分貨,比較貴的C5和Rubinar的確略勝一籌,但其它三個較便宜的(一般在$200美元以內)是差了些,然而如果只産生小圖或印成小張照片的話,提高對比、加點飽和度、再小心銳化,結果也是相當不錯的。 總之,本文的目的是討論五個1000mm左右、比較便宜的反射鏡頭和它們的表現,希望對您在挑選鏡頭時有更多的資訊。往後此地還會有更多的反射鏡頭介紹。 未經本人同意,請勿轉載轉貼本文任何片段,請尊重智慧財產(著作)權 引用方式:冼鏡光,談幾個便宜的1000mm反射鏡頭(CelestronC5和C90,Meade,和Rubinar),DCView.com達人部落格(http://blog.dcview.com/article.php?a=AT0CZwBjCjQGZA%3D%3D)
          

Manual Froyen Macroeconomics 10th

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The protean character of protein: from Diet for a Small Planet to the Impossible Burger™

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A growing middle class in the developing world, as well as increasing concerns about the healthfulness, environmental footprint and inhumaneness of conventional livestock production have given rise to neo-Malthusian concerns about how to address what seems insatiable demand for protein.

While some have doubled down on calls for reducing meat consumption, so far the most visible response has been a huge wave of innovation in a variety of what are now being called “alternative proteins.” Designed to capture the “flexitarian” market, these include insect-based foods, protein-rich “superfoods,” simulated plant-based meat and dairy substitutes, and cellular/bioengineered meat.

Their rapid development begs two crucial questions, however. How did protein become the macronutrient of concern to begin? Will protein’s new substantiations be any more nutritious and ecological than that which it substitutes? In this talk, Guthman will elaborate on what is being done in the name of protein and provide provisional answers to these questions.


          

China Removes Bitcoin Mining From Unwanted Industries List

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Inspired by its new fascination with blockchain, China now seems to have changed its mind about cryptocurrency mining. The latest version of a national macroeconomic plan indicates that the government in Beijing has given up intentions to suppress the bitcoin mining industry, in which Chinese…
          

Febra sau junghiul?

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Fără o ordine anumită a simptomelor, când febra e mare, loveşte şi bugetul, care înregistrează solduri negative grave, deficitul de cont curent coboară dramatic, creşte şomajul, scade 4/65 consumul, inflaţia ia altitudine, moneda se depreciază semnificativ, creditarea încetineşte, panica ia amploare. Dar niciun economist cu capul pe umeri, din America până în Asia, nu sperie acum lumea că ar veni o nouă criză. O fac doar cei care confundă febra cu junghiul.

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Léa Seydoux et Blanche Gardin investissent l'Élysée en l'absence du président

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VU DANS LA PRESSE - Le Palais de l'Élysée a été transformé en plateau de tournage pour le nouveau film de Bruno Dumont, "Par ce demi-clair matin". Emmanuel Macron est actuellement en Chine pour rencontrer Xi Jinping.
          

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“Reaching Terminus” docufilm del SaMiFO sui traumi vissuti dai migranti forzati a CINEMIND

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Mercoledi 13 Novembre, alle ore 10.00, l’Auditorium Macro di Roma ospiterà il quarto appuntamento di CINEMIND, la rassegna cinematografica itinerante dedicata alla […]

L'articolo “Reaching Terminus” docufilm del SaMiFO sui traumi vissuti dai migranti forzati a CINEMIND sembra essere il primo su Centro Astalli.


          

Healthcare: Pathologists Assistant Part-Time - Fort Lauderdale, Florida

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Description SHIFT: No Weekends SCHEDULE: Part-time The HCA Physician Services Group (PSG) is the physician and practice management solution for the Hospital Corporation of America (HCA). PSG operates more than 800 practices, 78 urgent care clinics, and partners with HCA---s 165 hospitals to structure employed provider programs, professional service agreements, and joint ventures that offer the communities we serve high quality, cost effective care. We manage a collection of highly motivated healthcare professionals and innovative leaders who are committed to excellence in every aspect of their career.--We offer you an excellent total compensationpackage, including competitive salary, excellent benefit package and growthopportunities. We believe in our team and your ability to do excellent workwith us. Your benefits include 401k, PTO medical, dental, flex spending, life,disability, tuition reimbursement, employee discount program, employee stockpurchase program and student loan repayment. We would love to talk to you aboutthis fantastic opportunity.--The Pathologists' Assistant is a staff position responsible for assisting pathologists in performance of surgical pathology services. Under the general supervision of the pathologist, works independently when performing professional duties associated with examination and/or preparation of the surgical pathology specimens.--DUTIES INCLUDE BUT ARE NOT LIMITED TO: --- Responsible for the organization of and efficiency of workflow processes in the frozen section and gross examination areas. --- Triage specimen received from surgery; dictate gross findings on selected specimen using appropriate terminology; refer tissue sections for microscopic review by Pathologist or Resident. --- Select and identify tissue for microscopic study; determine proper fixative solutions in which tissue will be maintained. --- Perform specialized procedures such as frozen sections and decalcification; maintain and coordinate specimen and records for specialized procedures using appropriate protocols; submit request for special histological procedures and special stains when appropriate. --- Maintain records of surgical pathology specimen dissections and dictation; assist in the compilation of reports for surgical pathology; label and store gross tissue specimen. --- Photograph specimen samples as appropriate for use in instruction and documentation. Perform photo microscopy on cases considered for interdepartmental conferences or for teaching purposes; maintain complete and accurate records of all gross and microscopic photographs. Qualifications KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS & ABILITIES - This position requires the following minimum requirements: --- Basic knowledge of human anatomy, macro-surgical techniques, and general laboratory skills. --- Understanding of safety and infection control requirements of position, including the use of all medical and surgical instruments and equipments required by the work. --- Demonstrated ability to obtain and prepare tissue for evaluation, provide assistance to the pathologist in a timely and quality manner. Also in how to prepare and respond to preparing and cutting frozen specimens. --- Ability to communicate clearly. --- Proficiency in preparing and maintaining records. --- Use of electron communication tools and software. --- Skill in establishing and maintaining effective working relationships with staff and the general public. --- Skill in identifying and resolving problems. --- Ability to create a clinic atmosphere which encourages motivation, innovation, and high performance.----EDUCATION --- Bachelor's degree from an accredited Pathologists' Assistant program preferred; Masters preferred. Company Description: HCA Healthcare is a collaborative healthcare network, driven by physicians, nurses and colleagues helping each other champion the practice of medicine to give people a healthier tomorrow. With a comprehensive network of more than 270,000 people across approximately 1,800 care facilities, our scale enables us to deliver great outcomes for our patients, provide superior nursing care and be a preferred place for physicians to practice medicine. We never stop in our pursuit of insights and care advances based on the knowledge and data we gain from approximately 30 million patient encounters a year. Every day, we raise the bar to improve the way healthcare is delivered, not just in our facilities, but everywhere. We---re committed to improving more lives in more ways, and above all else, we are committed to the care and improvement of human life. ()
          

Handel fordert mehr Leidenschaft für das Wohlstandsprojekt Europäische Union

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HDE-Präsident Josef Sanktjohanser unterstützt die Initiative des französischen Präsidenten Macron, mehr Leidenschaft und mehr Öffentlichkeit für die Debatte um das Projekt Europa einzufordern.

„Bei der kommenden Europawahl geht es um die Zukunft unserer Gesellschaft und unserer Wirtschaft. Wir stehen am Scheideweg zwischen dem Rückfall in protektionistische Tendenzen mit Zöllen und Grenzkontrollen und dem weiteren Ausbau des Erfolgsmodells Europäische Union. Dafür lohnt es sich laut und mit Leidenschaft zu kämpfen“, so HDE-Präsident Josef Sanktjohanser. Der Handel profitiere enorm vom gemeinsamen Binnenmarkt und dem schrankenlosen Grenzverkehr. Die Branche setzt sich in Brüssel dafür ein, dass weiterhin konstruktiv an der Weiterentwicklung des europäischen Modells gearbeitet wird.

„Wir brauchen mehr Mut zum politischen Streit unter Demokraten. Die Menschen müssen spüren, dass es um etwas geht“, so der HDE-Präsident weiter. Der HDE hatte sich deshalb auch bereits in der vergangenen Woche an einem entsprechenden Aufruf des Netzwerkes Europäische Bewegung Deutschland (EBD) beteiligt. Sanktjohanser: „Der Appell von Präsident Macron ist ein wichtiger Beitrag, um eine europäische Öffentlichkeit zu erzeugen.“ Auch wenn nicht alle Vorschläge auf der Linie des Handels lägen – es gehe um Aufmerksamkeit für eine Richtungsentscheidung.

Mehr Informationen zu den Forderungen des Handels zur Europawahl unter www.ep2019hde.eu.

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Macron warns of 'profound shift' in Iran deal as new report finds Tehran is dominant power in Middle East

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Xiaomi unveils $400 smartphone with unprecedented 108-megapixel camera and four rear-facing lenses

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Iran: la production d'uranium enrichi à Fordo commencera "à minuit"

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Iran: la production d'uranium enrichi à Fordo commencera "à minuit" Admin FCE 06 nov. 2019 - 21:05

L'Iran a annoncé mercredi que la production d'uranium enrichi dans l'usine souterraine de Fordo commencerait à partir de minuit, dans le cadre de la réduction de ses engagements nucléaires vis-à-vis de la communauté internationale.

Cette déclaration a suscité de nouveau l'inquiétude des Etats parties à l'accord international sur le nucléaire iranien conclu à Vienne en 2015.

Aux termes de ce pacte, Téhéran avait accepté de réduire drastiquement ses activités nucléaires --afin de garantir leur caractère exclusivement civil-- en échange de la levée d'une partie des sanctions internationales asphyxiant son économie.

"Dans les prochaines heures, le processus d'injection du gaz (hexafluaorure d'uranium, NDLR) dans les centrifugeuses actives sur le site de Fordo sera finalisé en présence des inspecteurs de l'Agence" internationale de l'énergie atomique (AIEA), a déclaré le porte-parole de l'Organisation iranienne de l'énergie atomique (OIEA), cité par l'agence semi-officielle Isna.

Selon Isna, Behrouz Kamalvandi a ajouté que la production d'uranium enrichi serait "opérationnelle à partir de minuit" (20H30 GMT mercredi).

La République islamique a annoncé mardi la relance des activités d'enrichissement d'uranium qu'elle avait jusque-là accepté de geler à Fordo (à environ 180 km au sud de Téhéran) conformément à l'accord de Vienne.

La mesure a été rendue publique au lendemain de l'expiration d'un délai donné par Téhéran aux autres Etats parties au texte (Chine, France, Royaume-Uni, Russie et Allemagne) pour qu'elles l'aident à surmonter les conséquences du retrait unilatéral des Etats-Unis de ce pacte en 2018 et du rétablissement de sanctions américaines.

Elle marque la quatrième phase du plan de réduction des engagements iraniens lancé en mai, en riposte au retrait américain.

Par cette politique, Téhéran entend faire pression sur les autres parties pour qu'elles l'aident à contourner les sanctions rétablies par Washington, qui ont plongé son économie dans une sévère récession.

- "Pas acceptable" -

La République islamique assure rester attachée à la survie de l'accord et être prête à revenir à l'application complète de ses engagements dès lors que les autres parties respecteront les leurs, en prenant des mesures concrètes pour satisfaire ses demandes, et en particulier en lui permettant d'exporter son pétrole.

Washington a réagi à l'annonce de la reprise des activités d'enrichissement à Fordo en accusant l'Iran de poursuivre son "chantage nucléaire".

Le Kremlin a dit "observer avec préoccupation le développement de la situation", tandis que Paris, Londres, Berlin et l'Union européenne (UE) ont appelé Téhéran à revenir sur sa décision.

L'UE a exhorté l'Iran à s'abstenir de nouvelles mesures susceptibles de miner davantage l'accord de Vienne et de rendre encore "plus difficile" son sauvetage.

A Pékin mercredi, le président français Emmanuel Macron a jugé que l'Iran avait "décidé de sortir du cadre" de l'accord, "pour la première fois de manière explicite et [...] non limitée".

C'est "un changement profond", a ajouté M. Macron : "J'aurai des discussions dans les prochains jours, également avec les Iraniens, et nous devons collectivement en tirer les conséquences".

"Ce que le président Rohani a annoncé n'est pas acceptable", a déclaré pour sa part le ministre des Affaires étrangères allemand Heiko Maas lors d'une conférence de presse à Berlin.

Il a appelé "l'Iran à revenir sur toutes les mesures qu'il a prises depuis juillet et à respecter à nouveau pleinement ses engagements" internationaux.

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Macro Executor Programming

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Music Man John Petrucci Majesty 7 WCB

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: 7-String Electric Guitar John Petrucci Signature Model, Body: Mahogany (Aucoumea klaineana), Top: Maple, Neck through: Mahogany (Swietenia macrophylla), Fretboard: Ebony, 24 Stainless Steel Jumbo...
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PRS Hollowbody II FW

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Etat En Mode Start Up Le Nouvel Age De L Action Publique Yann Algan Emmanuel Macron Thomas

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China and France sign deals worth $15 bln during Macron’s visit

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China and France signed contracts totaling $15 billion during a visit by President Emmanuel Macron, a Chinese government official told a news briefing on Wednesday. Deals were struck in the fields of
          

BOMBSHELL POLL: Macron LOSES to Marine Le Pen for FIRST TIME!!!

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Macron vill ”ta kontroll” över invandringen – för att stoppa väljarflykt

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Not Over Yet

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After two significant votes in the House of Commons pointing in two different directions - one towards a Brexit agreement and the other towards a general election - we discuss where we might be heading. Does Johnson have enough to persuade the wavering MPs he needs to get his Brexit deal over the line? Do his opponents have enough to stop him? Can European leaders still force the issue? And if there is an election, does it all change again? Plus we ask: what's actually in the WAB? With Helen Thompson, Catherine Barnard and Chris Brooke.


Talking Points:


Last night was the first time since the Brady amendment that Parliament voted positively on something.

  • The stop Brexit MP’s seem to be implementing tactics without a strategy.
  • Are there any conditions under which the 14 Labour MPs would vote for Johnson’s deal for real?
  • The Labour whipping operation is still working. So it seems unlikely that a WA will go through this House of Commons.


Johnson’s deal is mostly Theresa May’s deal, with the exception of some really complicated legal points around Northern Island.

  • Until people are given an either/or choice, they’ll probably keep dancing around.


Where is the EU on all of this? 

  • They are unlikely to renegotiate another deal.
  • Macron could still force a choice between no deal and revoke, but he doesn’t want to be blamed for the UK crashing out.


At some point, an election is going to become inevitable.

  • Can anything pass without an election?
  • Things have changed for Johnson: now he’d be campaigning with a deal.
  • Christmas could put a wrench in things: would a winter election be bad for Labour?


How effective was a Benn act?

  • Perhaps more so than people originally thought. 
  • A shorter extension could reveal the weaknesses in the Benn act. But Macron probably won’t force the issue. 


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US Macro Markets: The ISM Schism

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From my read of sentiment (and social media), there is a sense that something doesn’t quite stack up… Stock prices are headed higher, yet for the most part the data still sucks. So what’s up with the disconnect? Is the market on borrowed time, or is it on the money? With the following charts I […]

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Stocks Are Pointing To Slightly Higher Opening, But Are Likely To Fall

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Stock mentions: TSM, BABA, ROKU, QCOMWealth Strength IndexAAPL is Extremely Up and trending Up, SHOP Macro mentions: SPY US Markets S&P 500 Futures +2.5 points US 10-Year Yield 1.84% Dollar Index 97.79 Oil $56.98 VIX 13.16 International Markets Nikkei +0.22% KOSPI +0.07% HSI +0.02% China -0.43% DAX +0.14% UK +0.08% MACRO Declines Ahead For SPX […]

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La prime exceptionnelle de pouvoir d’achat reconduite en 2020

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La prime Macron destinée aux salariés sera de nouveau versée en 2020, mais de nouveaux critères font leur apparition.
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La prime exceptionnelle de pouvoir d’achat reconduite en 2020
Après sa mise en place en 2019 par Emmanuel Macron, en réponse à la crise des Gilets Jaunes, la prime exceptionnelle de pouvoir d’achat, dite la prime Macron, sera de nouveau versée en 2020. Une prime défiscalisée et exonérée de cotisations à destination des salariés, selon leurs revenus et le profil de l’entreprise. 

Les entreprises pourront, au choix, la réserver aux salariés dont la rémunération ne dépasse pas un certain plafond. Mais pour qu’elle soit exonérée d’impôt et de cotisation, l’entreprise devra avoir mis en place un accord d’intéressement. Une nouvelle règle qui pourrait limiter la portée du dispositif. 

5,5 millions de bénéficiaires en 2019
L’Assemblée nationale a validé sa reconduite désirée par le gouvernement. Contrairement à 2019, cette année le délai pour verser cette prime a été rallongé du 31 mars au 30 juin pour pouvoir bénéficier des exonérations. L’année dernière, 5,5 millions d’employés ont bénéficié de cette prime.  

La prime sera accordée dans la limite de 1.000 euros par bénéficiaire. Elle ne sera de mise que pour les salariés ayant reçu, dans les douze derniers mois précédents, des revenus inférieurs à trois fois le Smic. Le montant précis est défini selon la rémunération et le niveau de qualification des bénéficiaires. 


          

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Other: Product & Market Manager - Georgetown, Texas

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Product & Market Manager - Georgetown, Texas SUMMARY AirBorn, Inc. is a rapidly growing, employee-owned, global electronic interconnect manufacturer that has been designing and selling ultra-high quality electronic connectors and components for the defense, space, commercial air, industrial and medical markets for 60 years. Headquartered in Georgetown TX, we offer a rewarding work environment with global opportunities while maintaining a small company, employee-focused atmosphere. As a member of the Strategic Business Unit team, the Product & Market Manager is responsible for innovating using broad and far vision and expertise in target markets, identifying customer requirements to deliver new integrated products and services to address assigned market needs and opportunities. The Product & Market Manager will be responsible for the overall development, growth, and leadership of assigned product lines, including profitability and sales forecast attainment. ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES Perform extensive and continuous research of the assigned market(s) to identify macro trends, target customers, existing solutions providers/competition, pricing and define differentiation opportunities through AirBorn. Communicate with current customers, prospective customers, and market leaders to understand requirements within assigned market(s), both current and expected evolution. Collaboratively with Sales, Engineering, and cross-industry SBU Product & Market Managers, define strategic direction and priorities for assigned markets and products considering AirBorn and SBU strategic objectives, competencies, market opportunities, and competitive landscape. Through collaboration with AirBorn Engineering, create integrated product/service roadmaps by sub-market addressing product/service need gaps inclusive of new product designs and product line extensions, requirements and specifications. Leverage project management practices, coordinates with engineering, manufacturing, marketing, and sales to develop objectives and schedules for all phases of product development, introduction to market and end of life. Maintain long term product forecasts, 6-24 month outlook. Plans, organizes, and controls an assigned product line from development throughout the life cycle to attain sales forecast, optimize profit and meet marketing, financial, and company growth objectives. Reviews progress continually throughout the product life cycle to ensure attainment of financial objectives including cost, standards, and budget; provides cost improvement recommendations. Collaboration with marketing, sales and partner SBUs to launch new products/services into the market. Provides marketing tools to support existing and new products through catalog, samples, application brochures, news releases, advertising, price sheets and other means. Create compelling positioning message(s) including the development and maintenance of product datasheets, white papers, and other technical documentation. Provides the sales team with the necessary market/product/service expertise to enable value based sales, to both internal and external customers. Oversees and provides application engineering support for product line and provides technical and product application training both internally and externally. Re-launch, re-vitalize products/services already in the market (ie. new markets, applications; design enhancements; product extensions). Identify potential partner relationships for the products/services. KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, AND ABILITIES Bachelor degree in a related discipline 3+ years of product management or engineering experience 3+ years Medical and Industrial specific expertise preferred Dynamic, high-energy, positive outlook individual with strong communication, presenting and influencing skills A tenacious, “get things done” attitude and work ethic Exceptional project management skills. Ability to prioritize, multitask, focus, lead, influence and delegate Must have proven ability to translate customer insights into successful new product ideas and introductions Experience effectively leading multifaceted teams despite not having direct authority 25-40% global travel Entrepreneurial thinking Continuous Improvement mentality Excellent organizational skills Ability to read, analyze, and interpret general business periodicals, professional journals, product drawings, technical procedures, or governmental regulations. Ability to write reports, business correspondence, and procedure manuals. Ability to effectively present information and respond to questions from groups of managers, clients, and customers. Ability to work mathematical concepts such as probability and statistical inference, and fundamentals of plane and solid geometry and trigonometry. Ability to apply concepts such as fractions, percentages, ratios, and proportions to practical situations. Ability to define problems, collect data, establish facts, and draw valid conclusions. Ability to interpret an extensive variety of technical instructions in mathematical or diagram form and deal with several abstract and concrete variables. QUALIFICATIONS To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed above are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. PHYSICAL DEMANDS The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to sit, stand, talk, hear, walk, and use hands to finger, handle, or feel objects, tools, and controls, and reach with arms and hands. The employee may be required to regularly lift and/or move up to 10 pounds and occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds. WORK ENVIRONMENT The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. While performing the duties of this job, the employee occasionally works near moving mechanical parts and is occasionally exposed to fumes or airborne particles. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate and travel is limited to less than 40%. AirBorn, Inc. is an EOE/Disability/Veteran employer. ITAR COMPLIANCE This position requires access to or use of information which is subject to the federal International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR). All applicants for this position must be U.S. Persons within the meaning of ITAR. ITAR defines “U.S. Person” as U.S. citizen, lawful permanent resident of the U.S., person admitted as a refugee to the U.S., person granted asylum in the U.S., or person granted the status of alien lawfully admitted for temporary residence to the U.S. under 8 U.S.C. §1160(a) (for special agricultural workers) or 8 U.S.C. §1255(a)(1) (an amnesty program). [Equal Opportunity Employer - Disability/Vet] To apply for this position, please fill out the form below and select the Submit button. Please read the following statements carefully: I understand that in accepting this application, AirBorn is in no way obligated to provide me with employment and that I am not obligated to accept employment if offered. I certify that all answers to questions in this application are true and complete to the best of my knowledge.  I understand that any falsified statements on this application or omission of fact on either this application or during the pre-employment process may result in my application being rejected, or, if I am hired, in my employment being terminated.  Furthermore, I voluntarily give the company permission to investigate all statements contained in this application.  I further release from all liability or responsibility, persons or companies conducting or responding to such inquiries. If employed by AirBorn, Inc., I will comply with all rules, regulations, policies and procedures of the company.  I understand that if hired, my employment will be "at will".  I will remain free to resign my employment at any time. AirBorn may likewise terminate my employment at any time with or without cause or notice, unless there is a written contract to the contrary signed by an officer of the company and me. I understand that I may be required to work overtime which would include hours and days not regularly scheduled. I understand that signing a confidentiality and/or non-compete agreement may be a condition of employment. I also understand that any offer of employment is conditioned on the completion of pre-employment tests, background checks and verification of documentation. I will, upon request, sign all necessary consent forms. This company prepares affirmative action plans that cover females, minorities, protected veterans and individuals with disabilities.  This survey is meant to help the company fulfill various objectives of these affirmative action plans. PLEASE NOTE :   You are not required to complete any part of this form.  The decision not to complete this form will not affect any opportunity for employment or any benefits with the company.  Any information you provide in this survey will be kept confidential and will not be used in any way that may adversely affect your employment with this company. AFFIRMATIVE ACTION RELATED DATA (Please check appropriate boxes) IF you checked “Not Hispanic” above, please check one or more of the boxes below. If you believe you belong to any of the categories of protected veterans listed below, please indicate by checking the appropriate box. As a government contractor subject to the Vietnam Era Veterans' Readjustment Assistance Act of 1974, as amended by the Jobs for Veterans Act of 2002, 38 U.S.C. 4212 (VEVRAA), we request this information in order to measure the effectiveness of the outreach and positive recruitment efforts we undertake pursuant to VEVRAA. Protected Veteran Categories: Disabled Veteran - A disabled veteran is one of the following: (a) a veteran of the U.S. military, ground, naval or air service who is entitled to compensation (or who but for the receipt of military retired pay would be entitled to compensation) under laws administered by the Secretary of Veterans Affairs or (b) a person who was discharged or released from active duty because of a service connected disability. Recently Separated Veteran - A recently separated veteran is a veteran during the three-year period beginning on the date of such veteran's discharge or release from active duty in the U.S. military, ground, naval, or air service. Active Wartime Or Campaign Badge Veteran - An active duty wartime or campaign badge veteran is a veteran who served on active duty in the U.S. military, ground, naval or air service during a war, or in a campaign or expedition for which a campaign badge has been authorized under the laws administered by the Department of Defense. Armed Forces Service Medal Veteran - An armed forces service medal veteran is a veteran who, while serving on active duty in the U.S. military, ground, naval or air service, participated in a United States military operation for which an Armed Forces service medal was awarded pursuant to Executive Order 12985. Why are you being asked to complete this form? Because we do business with the government, we must reach out to, hire, and provide equal opportunity to qualified people with disabilities.  To help us measure how well we are doing, we are asking you to tell us if you have a disability or if you ever had a disability. Completing this form is voluntary, but we hope that you will choose to fill it out. If you are applying for a job, any answer you give will be kept private and will not be used against you in any way. If you already work for us, your answer will not be used against you in any way. Because a person may become disabled at any time, we are required to ask all of our employees to update their information every five years. You may voluntarily self-identify as having a disability on this form without fear of any punishment because you did not identify as having a disability earlier. How do I know if I have a disability? You are considered to have a disability if you have a physical or mental impairment or medical condition that substantially limits a major life activity, or if you have a history or record of such an impairment or medical condition. Disabilities include, but are not limited to: Blindness Autism Bipolar disorder Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) Deafness Cerebral palsy Major depression Obsessive compulsive disorder Cancer HIV/AIDS Multiple sclerosis (MS) Impairments requiring the use of a wheelchair Diabetes Schizophrenia Missing limbs or partially missing limbs Intellectual disability (previously called mental retardation) Epilepsy Muscular dystrophy Reasonable Accommodation Notice Federal law requires employers to provide reasonable accommodation to qualified individuals with disabilities. Please tell us if you require a reasonable accommodation to apply for a job or to perform your job. Examples of reasonable accommodation include making a change to the application process or work procedures, providing documents in an alternate format, using a sign language interpreter, or using specialized equipment. PUBLIC BURDEN STATEMENT: According to the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 no persons are required to respond to a collection of information unless such collection displays a valid OMB control number. This survey should take about 5 minutes to complete. Select the submit button below to complete your application for this position. ()
          

All Roles - PVP/PVE Superiority (2)

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((Raiding and PvP ~ All Roles))

This is an update since I took a hiatus from Swtor since last year. Since patch 3.0 (2014), I usually just play a month once a year, kick everyone's ass, then I take off again. I'm suspecting Swtor is going to shut down by 2022 so I'm trying hard to stick around this time.

So yeah, this UI always keeps me on top. I seriously wouldn't place worth a damn in any WZ if I played with anything else. It's perfect for PV, RT, which helps your APM (peripheral vision -> reaction time ~> actions per minute). Well, it does for me anyway. Most rely on gear, I rely on my UI.


Edit and fiddle to your own preference. Also, I am not a clicker, ever, that kills APM along with RT (reaction time). I hotkey press (never macro) everything and I only use 6 keys per row. Bottom row keys #1 - #6, top row F1-F6, third row ShiftF1-ShiftF6 then my left sidebar is all Ctrl 1-6. I do this per each role needed (tank, heals, and DPS). However, I've had a few clickers try this UI to report back to me beautiful screenshots of victories and numbers. Perhaps, it's just closer together and categorized? Unlike some other UIs that look like someone took a shit blob on the bottom of the screen and put a bunch of icons in it.

Not bad for a girl with long nails, hm? Imagine what YOU can do :)

This UI I've been using since Pre-Launch Dec. 13, 2011. Third to cap lvl 50 Imperial Dec. 15, 2011 and server's third to clear KP and EV NMM. The Ebon Hawk.

UI Inspired from Spartan's UI in WoW, where I got 6th servers gold speed leaderboard ranking in 2016. I used SpartanUI from way back before Twitch even existed.

Anyway, want to shoot the shit with me, troll me, complain about stuff, flirt with me, join my guild, I don't know, people get bored and they tend to do shit.

https://www.facebook.com/miavydrina666 (FB)
.Mia Vydrina (Necranomicomika)#4332 (Discord)
You can find me in both Starforge Discord servers as Necranomicomika
          

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Benalla de retour dans la lumière avec un livre

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L'ex-garde du corps d'Emmanuel Macron publie un livre qui doit sortir ce jeudi dans les kiosques. Intitulé "Ce qu'ils ne veulent pas que je dise", il s'explique sur les affaires et donne sa version des événements. Licencié de l'Elysée en juillet 2018, Alexandre Benalla revient sur le devant de la scène avec la publication...
          

Vie chère et inflation modérée au Maroc: le grand malentendu

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"Le gouvernement est appelé à travailler d'urgence à la réconciliation du pouvoir d'achat avec les besoins du citoyen."
Vie chère et inflation modérée au Maroc: le grand malentendu

 Au Maroc, les chiffres de l’inflation (sur 12 mois glissants), communiqués par le Haut Commissariat au Plan (HCP) et la Banque Centrale (Bank Al Maghrib), restent inférieurs à 2%, voire 1% pour certains mois. D’un point de vue macro-économique, ce niveau de variation des prix reste raisonnable. D’ailleurs, la Banque Centrale Européenne se fixe comme objectif ce niveau d’inflation, c’est-à-dire 2%, car il est jugé opportun pour garantir une croissance économique stable et durable.

Si l’inflation reste modérée selon le prisme macro-économique, le citoyen marocain, quant à lui, à une perception de la vie de plus en plus chère. A titre d’exemple, seuls 4,5% des ménages arrivent à épargner, selon une étude du HCP publiée ce mois-ci. Alors, quelles sont les raisons expliquant ce décalage entre l’érosion du pouvoir d’achat et l’inflation “modérée”?


L’inflation est la variation de l’indice des produits à la consommation (IPC). On peut calculer cette variation entre 2 mois consécutifs. Mais souvent, on se concentre sur la variation de l’IPC du même mois entre 2 années consécutives. C’est ce qu’on appelle l’inflation sur 12 mois glissants. L’IPC est un indice composé d’une pondération de prix de biens et services correspondant aux dépenses du consommateur marocain. La dernière actualisation de ces pondérations par le HCP remonte à 2018 et a donné lieu aux coefficients suivants :
 

Produits alimentaires, boissons (alcoolisées et non alcoolisées), tabac: 38,8%

Logement, eau, électricité et autres combustibles: 14,5%

Transport et communication: 12,9%

Enseignement: 6,3%

Santé: 7,7%

Habillement et chaussures: 4,3%

Autres: 13,3%


Si les composants du panier paraissent exhaustifs, l’adéquation de leurs coefficients à la répartition des dépenses des ménages soulève plusieurs interrogations. Pour un ménage moyen ayant un revenu mensuel de 10.000 dirhams, paie-t-il 1450 dirhams de traite ou de loyer, de charges d’eau et d’électricité? Dépense-t-il 630 dirhams pour la scolarisation de ses enfants? Réserve-t-il 430 dirhams pour l’habillement de son foyer? Je pense que la réponse est évidente!
 

Le taux d’inflation mesure une variation des prix. Or ces derniers sont déjà à un niveau élevé par rapport au pouvoir d’achat des Marocains. La flambée des prix de l’immobilier durant les 15 dernières années, surtout dans les grandes villes où se concentre la classe moyenne, la hausse des frais de scolarité à cause de la demande croissante provoquée par la désertion de l’école publique, sont devenues les deux principaux fardeaux sur le dos du Marocain. Ainsi, parler d’une légère variation d’une base de charges assez importante (logement, santé, éducation, eau, électricité, carburant...) constitue déjà une hausse significative par rapport aux augmentations très limitées des salaires, aussi bien dans le secteur public que privé.
 

Aujourd’hui, dans le Maroc de 2019, l’IPC, dans sa composition actuelle, capte mal le changement des habitudes de consommation, et par conséquent la perception du coût de la vie par le citoyen. En effet, à l’aune de la mondialisation et des réseaux sociaux, le consommateur marocain, que ce soit dans le milieu urbain ou rural, dans un quartier populaire ou huppé, veut afficher son côté “in”, à sa manière et selon ses repères socioculturels. Il veut s’offrir le dernier smartphone pour publier sa dernière story “no filter”. Il veut partager sa dernière coupe de cheveux ou son dernier voyage (ou déplacement géographique). Le Marocain d’aujourd’hui ne cherche plus à subvenir uniquement à ses besoins vitaux d’antan. Il cherche à se procurer l’estime de ses concitoyens; recherche qui est devenue un besoin élémentaire dans son nouveau paradigme de vie.
 

Les bouleversements socioculturels que connait la société marocaine, avec une jeunesse confrontée à la fois à un sentiment de vie chère et à un besoin “vital” de s’afficher à travers des moyens matériels ou virtuels, conduiraient à l’exacerbation de l’insatisfaction sociale actuelle. Le gouvernement est appelé à travailler d’urgence à la réconciliation du pouvoir d’achat avec les besoins du citoyen.


Kamal Zine
Membre du comité central du Parti de l'Istiqlal

Consultant en banque et assurance à Paris, diplômé de Sciences Po Paris

Source : https://www.huffpostmaghreb.com/entry/


          

Poland Central Bank Holds Key Rate Steady

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Poland's central bank kept its key interest rate unchanged at a record low on Wednesday, as widely expected.

The Monetary Policy Council decided to retain the key reference rate at a record low 1.50 percent, the National Bank of Poland said in a statement.

The previous change in the reference rate was a half-basis point reduction in March 2015.

The lombard rate was retained at 2.50 percent and the deposit rate at 0.50 percent. The rediscount rate was left unchanged at 1.75 percent.

The central bank is set to present its latest macroeconomic projections later on Wednesday.

"Comments by President [Adam] Glapinski?suggest limited revisions, supporting our call for flat rates until late 2021," ING economist Rafal Benecki said. "?In 2021, in our opinion, interest rate cuts are likely," the economist added.


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Jinjer - Macro

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Marlin doesn't compile (2 replies)

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I'm using the latest Marlin bugfix 2.0.x with the DELTA config preset as advertised in the default config file.

Here is the complete error description:
In file included from Marlin/src/module/../inc/MarlinConfig.h:35,
                 from Marlin/src/module/configuration_store.h:24,
                 from Marlin/src/module/configuration_store.cpp:47:
Marlin/src/module/configuration_store.cpp: In static member function 'static void MarlinSettings::reset()':
Marlin/src/module/../inc/Conditionals_post.h:1478:75: error: 'nozzle_to_probe_offset' was not declared in this scope
       #define DELTA_CALIBRATION_RADIUS (DELTA_PRINTABLE_RADIUS - _MAX(ABS(nozzle_to_probe_offset.x), ABS(nozzle_to_probe_offset.y), ABS(MIN_PROBE_EDG
E)))
                                                                           ^~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
Marlin/src/module/configuration_store.cpp:2350:32: note: in expansion of macro 'DELTA_CALIBRATION_RADIUS'
     delta_calibration_radius = DELTA_CALIBRATION_RADIUS;
                                ^~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
Marlin/src/module/../inc/Conditionals_post.h:1478:75: note: suggested alternative: 'probe_offset'
       #define DELTA_CALIBRATION_RADIUS (DELTA_PRINTABLE_RADIUS - _MAX(ABS(nozzle_to_probe_offset.x), ABS(nozzle_to_probe_offset.y), ABS(MIN_PROBE_EDG
E)))
                                                                           ^~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
Marlin/src/module/configuration_store.cpp:2350:32: note: in expansion of macro 'DELTA_CALIBRATION_RADIUS'
     delta_calibration_radius = DELTA_CALIBRATION_RADIUS;
                                ^~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
Compiling .pio/build/LPC1768/src/src/module/printcounter.cpp.o
Compiling .pio/build/LPC1768/src/src/module/probe.cpp.o
*** [.pio/build/LPC1768/src/src/module/configuration_store.cpp.o] Error 1

Anyone knows what's going wrong?
I think it stops because of the error with configuration_store.cpp ??
          

Nationalism Is Global. The Left Is on the Defensive.

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John Feffer

But the climate crisis is the right’s Achilles’ heel.

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Los andaluces votarán por cuarta vez sin conocer la sentencia de los ERE

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El juicio de la rama política del caso ERE, la gran causa contra la corrupción en la Junta de Andalucía en la etapa socialista, no fue el más largo de la historia de España. Pero la macrocausa que reunió en un banquillo a dos expresidentes andaluces y expresidentes federales del PSOE, Manuel Chaves y José Antonio Griñán, a seis exconsejeros y a otros 13 ex altos cargos, va camino de batir otro récord: el del juicio que más tiempo tarda en sentenciarse. Hasta finales de noviembre o principios de diciembre no se conocerá la sentencia. El 10-N los andaluces votarán en las generales -van cuatro citas electorales desde que terminó el enjuiciamiento- sin saber si quienes les gobernaron durante 23 años prevaricaron o/y malversaron hasta 850 millones de euros en fondos públicos mediante un sistema arbitrario y opaco de reparto de ayudas a extrabajadores y empresas en crisis que funcionó durante diez años (2001-2010). Han pasado ya diez y medio desde que el presidente del tribunal, Juan Antonio Calle Peña, emitió su «visto para sentencia» en una sala de la Audiencia Provincial de Sevilla. Fue el pasado 17 de diciembre, justo un año y cuatro días después del inicio de la vista oral, que consumió 152 sesiones en las que se escucharon a unos 120 testigos. El 19 de enero se cumplirán nueve años desde que la juez Mercedes Alaya abrió las diligencias previas. El Tribunal Superior de Justicia de Andalucía (TSJA) acaba de conceder al juez ponente quince días adicionales para que se dedique en exclusiva a redactar una resolución que superará en volumen al del «procés»: más de 1.700 folios, más del triple de páginas (493) que la reciente sentencia de los dirigentes independentistas de Cataluña. El desenlace del caso ERE se ha aplazado y no tendrá ninguna interferencia en la campaña electoral. Un fallo condenatorio habría dinamitado la agenda de Pedro Sánchez, al que todas las encuestas dan como vencedor, y dejado aún más tocada a la secretaria general del PSOE andaluz, Susana Díaz, que se convirtió en presidenta de la Junta tras la forzada marcha de Griñán por el desgaste del caso ERE a finales de agosto de 2013. En cambio, una resolución absolutoria habría desbaratado parte del discurso regenerador de quienes aspiran a relevar a los socialistas en La Moncloa, fundamentalmente PP y Ciudadanos que apelan a la épica de los comicios del 2 de diciembre pasado que acabaron, gracias al sostén de Vox, con casi 37 años de monopolio del PSOE. Integrar más de 50 archivos Los hechos probados y fundamentos de derecho en los que se expone la conducta de los 21 exresponsables acusados está repartidos en más de 50 archivos que tienen que ser incorporados a una sola sentencia. Se trata de una tarea titánica que ha obligado al juez Calle Peña a pedir una nueva prórroga. La sala de gobierno del TSJA ya lo liberó de otras funciones durante seis meses el pasado 26 de febrero para que redactara el fallo. En septiembre renovó esa dedicación exclusiva hasta el 26 de octubre. Agotado el plazo, ha vuelto a concederle 15 días más. Esta resolución, que el presidente del TSJA, Lorenzo del Río, definió como «la más complicada de la historia judicial de España», será determinante para conocer si el núcleo duro del antiguo régimen socialista andaluz estableció un artificio contable para repartir discrecionalmente dinero público. El expresidente José Antonio Griñán, de 73 años, se enfrenta a una petición de pena de seis años de cárcel por supuestos delitos de prevaricación y malversación, mientras que Manuel Chaves, a sus 74 años, podría ser inhabilitado durante una década para ejercer empleo o cargo público por el primero de los delitos. Las declaraciones exculpatorias de los acusados durante la vista oral del caso ERE, que alegaron que desconocían por completo las irregularidades, y los argumentos a favor de los peritos de parte no modificaron en lo sustancial el relato de la Anticorrupción al inicio del proceso. El Ministerio Público sostuvo en su informe final que la antigua cúpula de la Junta diseñó y mantuvo durante una década un sistema que había desactivado los controles de los interventores para conceder ayudas a unas empresas en detrimento de otras, sin que se publicaran unos mínimos requisitos en ningún boletín oficial. Para los fiscales Anticorrupción, el «método ERE» representó «un ejercicio arbitrario de poder» que consumió al menos 680 millones que «nunca debieron salir de las arcas públicas». Falta de pruebas por escrito Las defensas, por el contrario, se agarraron a la imprecisión de los delitos atribuidos a los ex altos cargos para pedir su absolución. Sostienen que no hay pruebas por escrito que demuestren el conocimiento de las irregularidades y niegan que el procedimiento presupuestario y financiero creado para agilizar los pagos de ayudas fuera delictivo, aunque su ejecución dejara mucho que desear hasta propiciar la introducción de intrusos que nunca habían trabajado en ERE de empresas subvencionadas, el reparto de subvenciones anotadas en pósits, episodios sórdidos como compra de cocaína y regalos con dinero público por el chófer del exdirector de Trabajo Francisco Javier Guerrero, o el pago de comisiones desorbitadas a conseguidores como Juan Lanzas.
          

Macron warns of 'profound shift' in Iran deal as new report finds Tehran is dominant power in Middle East

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Macron warns of 'profound shift' in Iran deal as new report finds Tehran is dominant power in Middle EastIran’s breach of the 2015 nuclear agreement by enriching uranium at an underground facility “marks a profound shift” which could signal the ultimate collapse of the deal, Emmanuel Macron said Wednesday.  The French president, who has worked vigorously to save the nuclear deal since Donald Trump withdrew the US last year, said he was deeply alarmed Iran’s decision to resume enrichment at Fordow, a nuclear facility carved into a mountain. “I think that for the first time, Iran has decided in an explicit and blunt manner to leave the JCPOA agreement, which marks a profound shift,” Mr Macron said during a visit to China.  His comments mark the gloomiest public assessment yet by a European leader about the chances of salvaging the agreement after the US withdrawal and as Iran continues to escalate its breaches of the deal.  Meanwhile, a new report claims Iran has become the dominant power when it comes to fighting wars in the Middle East as a result of the “networks of influence” it has built throughout the region. Mr Macron spoke shortly after Iran began injecting uranium gas into 1,044 centrifuges at Fordow, a facility that Iran hid from the world until 2009 and which Western and Israeli officials have long feared could be used for developing a nuclear weapon.  Iran tensions | Read more The 2015 nuclear agreement forbids any uranium enrichment at Fordow and Hassan Rouhani, Iran’s president acknowledged the sensitivity of the site when he announced the move earlier this week.  Mr Rouhani insisted that the move was reversible and said Iran would return to full compliance with the agreement if European countries found a way around US sanctions to deliver the economic benefits Iran was promised in 2015.    The reopening of Fordow comes days after Iran announced it was deploying advanced new centrifuges that can enrich uranium faster. But neither move brings Iran significantly closer to obtaining a nuclear weapon. A weapon would require uranium enriched at 90 per cent, whereas Iran is currently enriching at around 5 per cent.  Iran insists it has no intention of developing a nuclear weapon. The latest breaches have nonetheless alarmed European states and Israel. Benjamin Netanyahu, Israel’s prime minister, repeated his warning this week it would take military action to stop Iran getting a bomb.  “This is not only for our security and our future; it’s for the future of the Middle East and the world,” he said.  Amid the growing tensions, it emerged that Iran briefly detained an International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) inspector last week and seized her travel documents, the first such encounter since the nuclear deal.  Q&A; | The 2015 Iran nuclear deal Iran confirmed it had stopped the inspector from entering its Natanz nuclear site out of suspicion she was carrying “suspicious material”.   Iran is believed to have begun secretly constructing the Fordow facility in the early 2000s but it was only known to the world when Barack Obama exposed it in 2009 and accused Iran of covertly working on a weapons programme.  The base is around 80 metres underground, making it difficult to destroy with an airstrike, and is protected by anti-aircraft batteries. Israel came close to bombing the site in 2011 but ultimately decided not to move ahead.  The network of alliances Iran has built with terror groups such as Hizbollah in Lebanon, as well a pro-Iranian Shia militias in Iraq, mean the balance of power in the Middle East is now in Iran’s favour, according to the London-based International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS) think tank. At a glance | Key players in Tehran Iran’s ability, moreover, to fight and win wars in the Middle East without resorting to conventional military forces has been allowed to develop because there has been no effective international response to Iran’s activities in the region. According to the IISS’s latest report, “Iran’s Networks of Influence in the Middle East” which is published on Thursday, while the US and its allies still retain military superiority over Iran in terms of conventional forces, Tehran has proved to be more effective in waging war in what it calls the “Grey Zone” of conflict. This means Iran is able to avoid risking a traditional “state-on-state” confrontations, which it would be likely to lose. Instead, by building what the report calls “networks of influence” with proxies throughout the region, Tehran has succeeded in gaining a distinct advantage over rivals in the region, such as Saudi Arabia. “Iran is fighting and winning wars ‘fought amongst the people’, not wars between states,” the report concludes.



          

La Chine revoit sa position à l’égard de l’industrie du mining

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Chine Bitcoin

La Commission nationale chinoise pour le développement et la réforme (NDRC) a rejeté son plan d’exclusion du mining de cryptomonnaies en tant qu’industrie dans le pays.

Soulagement pour l’industrie

L’organisme gouvernemental central chargé de formuler les orientations macroéconomiques de la Chine a publié le 6 novembre la dernière version de son « Industrial Structure Adjustment Guidance Catalog », qui dresse une liste des industries que l’organisme recommande d’encourager, de restreindre ou d’éliminer.

Alors que dans la version publiée en avril dernier l’industrie du mining était considérée comme une industrie à éliminer, la nouvelle version ne fait plus mention du mining dans cette catégorie. L’ébauche initiale recommandait aux gouvernements locaux d’éliminer progressivement l’exploitation minière du Bitcoin (BTC) du pays. Le nouveau plan sera effectif d’ici le 1er janvier 2020 avec d’ici là, on l’espère, aucune modification négative apportée à l’industrie du mining ou aux cryptomonnaies.

Lors d’une conférence de presse tenue aujourd’hui, les responsables de la NDRC ont déclaré que depuis la publication de l’ébauche initiale, l’agence a reçu plus de 2 500 suggestions sur diverses questions, dont la plupart ont été prises en considération. Cependant, aucune d’entre elles ne concernait le mining.

Une domination chinoise dans le marché du mining

Ce changement intervient après que le président chinois Xi Jinping se soit prononcé sur l’importance de la blockchain et du besoin d’accélérer son développement et son adoption dans les industries du pays. Ses propos auraient été à l’origine de l’énorme hausse du prix du Bitcoin le 25 octobre.

Les mineurs chinois sont également des acteurs majeurs dans l’industrie du mining du Bitcoin. Les quatre plus grands pools de mining sont localisés en Chine et participent à elles toutes à près de 63% du hashrate du réseau Bitcoin. La majorité du réseau est donc maintenu par ces entreprises connues sous les noms de AntPool, Poolin, BTC.com et F2Pool. De plus, en ce qui concerne les fabricants de matériel destiné au mining de cryptomonnaies, ce sont aussi deux grands constructeurs d’origine chinoise qui se partage le marché, BitMain et Canaan.

Avec cette modification, les entreprises chinoises spécialisées dans le mining ne semblent plus être menacées et leurs expansions pourraient drastiquement s’accélérer. Il est probable que la domination des fermes de mining originaire de Chine continue de s’accroître et dépasse rapidement une participation supérieure à 70% du hashrate global.

La possibilité qu’une attaque des 51% soit un jour envisageable sur le réseau du Bitcoin semble ne plus être un mirage. Une seule entité ne pourra très sûrement jamais y parvenir, mais un accord entre les deux plus grandes fermes de mining est possible dans le futur et pourrait compromettre la sécurité générale du réseau.

RECEVEZ UN RÉCAPITULATIF DE L'ACTUALITÉ CRYPTO CHAQUE DIMANCHE

Clément

Achetant son premier Bitcoin en 2017, Clément se rend vite compte de son attirance pour le monde des cryptomonnaies. Il croit fermement en cette technologie et qu'elle révolutionne déjà de nombreux secteurs.

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Des Deux Mondes Octobre 2017 Qu Est Ce Que Le Macronisme Marin De Viry Richard Millet Franz Olivier Giesbert Philippe Raynaud Jean Paul Clement Michel

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Senior Advertising Operations Executive - Adtech

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Salary: £25,000 - £28,0000 + Excellent Benefits Package & Perks + Personal Development + Fun Culture!. Location: . Excellent opportunity for an Ad-tech competent online advertising candidate to join a leader in student marketing. Heads-Up. CVs are great but we love a covering letter. Senior Advertising Operations Executive - Adtech Brighton | £25,000 - £28,0000 + Excellent Benefits Package & Perks + Personal Development + Fun Culture! Who we are: We're a student specialist marketing group. Connected and curious. We think student. We do, we learn, we refine, and we apply what we’ve learnt, just like students (and let’s face it, we could all be a bit more student). Impact is something to aspire to - looking beyond impressions, reach, clicks, conversions and inspiring a focus on the bigger picture. More students enquiring, applying, and enrolling. Let's work together! The Senior Advertising Operations Executive Role The Ad Operations team is the foundation of our advertising department. Responsible for all digital campaign trafficking and tagging, the team’s output supports our strategic clients with their strategy and campaign delivery. Responsible for developing and delivering our client’s measurement plans you will be an integral part of the team, with automated dashboards in place for all clients, your time will be spent adding value to the client’s insights by exploring customer journeys and attribution reporting. Working alongside our data science team, you will help unlock the insight and value across the data we are collecting whilst continuing to develop your own skills. Additionally you will mentor a junior executive supporting them in their ongoing professional growth and development. You’ll be responsible for… + Consultancy - audit and develop measurement plans for our clients, work with the client team on identifying tagging and trafficking requirements + Site Tagging - Ensure all micro and macro conversions are correctly measured. + Trafficking - manage all of our client’s trafficking needs across all of their digital campaigns + Insight - provide customer conversion path and attribution reporting to inform future advertising strategy + Mentoring a junior executive What are we looking for? + Demonstrable experience on using Ad Servers (Campaign Manager, Adform etc) + Someone who is not afraid to get stuck in with the numbers, an analytical mind + Basic to intermediate user of MS data tools (Excel, Access, Visual Basic), BI tools (Tableau, Power BI), or any programming language (Java, JavaScript, SQL, .Net, Python, web app) + Practical understanding of digital advertising and associated technological principles – e.g. ad serving, tagging, web analytics (GA), attribution, etc. + Excellent attention to detail + Well developed organisational skills, good with time keeping + Creative problem solving skills - solution first approach + Calm and resilient under pressure + Ability to generate own ideas and not being afraid to ask questions + Reflect our values in your day to day - Accountable, Brave, Curious Benefits How do we take care of you: As well as a unique working and reward environment, we also offer: 25 days’ holiday, cycle to work scheme, flexi-time, pension scheme, the choice of gym or travel subsidy or membership of a medical scheme, childcare vouchers, birthdays off, fresh fruit and fantastic local cakes. We’re committed to nurturing diversity throughout our agency and are recognised as a Stonewall Diversity Champion. Your Background / Previous Roles May Include: Online Advertising Tech, Digital Advertising, Online Advertising Implementation, Digital Attribution Executive, Online Ad Campaign Analyst Interested? Apply here for a fast-track path to the Hiring Manager Application notice... We take your privacy seriously. When you apply, we shall process your details and pass your application to our client for review for this vacancy only. As you might expect we may contact you by email, text or telephone. Your data is processed on the basis of our legitimate interests in fulfilling the recruitment process. Please refer to our Data Privacy Policy & Notice on our website for further details. If you have any pre-application questions please contact us first quoting the job title & ref. Good luck, Team RR.
          

An update on genetic susceptibility in lupus nephritis.

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An update on genetic susceptibility in lupus nephritis.

Clin Immunol. 2019 Nov 01;:108272

Authors: Kangkang S, Lu L, Xuejun Z, Xiangmei C

Abstract
Systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) is a chronic autoimmune disease characterized by multiple system involvement and positive serum autoantibodies. Lupus nephritis (LN) is the most common and serious complication of SLE, and it is the main cause of death in patients with SLE. Abnormalities in the immune system lead to LN and involve a variety of cells (T cells, B cells, macrophages, NK cells, etc.), cytokines (interleukin, tumor necrosis factor α, etc.) and their related pathways. Previous studies have shown that the interactions of genetic, epigenetic and environmental factors contribute to the pathogenesis and development of LN. In recent years, one genome-wide association study (GWAS) and a number of gene association studies have explored the susceptibility genes of LN, including immunization-, inflammation-, adhesion- and other pathway-related genes. These genes participate in or suggest the pathogenesis and progression of LN. In this review, we summarize the genetic susceptibility of LN and discuss the possible mechanism underlying the susceptibility genes of LN.

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Biological depletion of neutrophils attenuates pro-inflammatory markers and the development of the psoriatic phenotype in a murine model of psoriasis.

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Biological depletion of neutrophils attenuates pro-inflammatory markers and the development of the psoriatic phenotype in a murine model of psoriasis.

Clin Immunol. 2019 Oct 30;:108294

Authors: Havnaer A, Lee HH, Carmichael DJ, Martinez LR, Han G

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Although neutrophils are considered a histologic hallmark of psoriasis, their pathophysiologic role in psoriasis remains unclear. We characterized the effects of neutrophil depletion via injection of monoclonal antibody 1A8 on the development of imiquimod (IMQ)-induced psoriatic lesions in a murine model. Lesions were followed with photographs and histologic analysis, revealing reduced psoriasiform scale and epidermal hyperplasia in neutrophil-depleted. ELISA and flow cytometry were used to determine relative levels of cytokines and immune cells. Compared to controls, IMQ-treated neutropenic mice had significantly lower levels of macrophages in tissue samples (P < .05) and displayed significantly lower numbers of CD4+ T-cells (P < .05). Neutropenic animals exhibited lower levels of TNF-α, IFN-γ, and IL-1β than controls (P < .05). These results show that neutropenia reduces the development of psoriasiform skin lesions and substantially decreases infiltration of pro-inflammatory cytokines and immune cells to IMQ-induced cutaneous lesions, suggesting an active role of neutrophils in maintaining inflammation in psoriasis.

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Recombinant human granulocyte macrophage-colony stimulating factor expressed in yeast (sargramostim): A potential ally to combat serious infections.

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Recombinant human granulocyte macrophage-colony stimulating factor expressed in yeast (sargramostim): A potential ally to combat serious infections.

Clin Immunol. 2019 Oct 29;:108292

Authors: Damiani G, McCormick TS, Leal LO, Ghannoum MA

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Granulocyte-macrophage-colony stimulating factor (GM-CSF), can direct the activation, proliferation and differentiation of myeloid-derived cells. It is also responsible for maturation and function of professional antigen presenting cells thereby impacting adaptive immune responses, while assisting to maintain epithelial barrier function. GM-CSF in combination with other endogenous cytokines and secondary stimuli, such as tumor necrosis factor can modulate pro-inflammatory monocyte priming via chromatin remodeling and enhanced transcriptional responses, a concept termed "trained immunity". An increase in the incidence of opportunistic fungal infections was recently reported in patients with hematological cancers receiving treatment with the BTK inhibitor, Ibrutinib. Tec Kinase BTK is known to influence the expression of GM-CSFRα and regulates downstream signaling pathways, suggesting a role for GM-CSF in maintenance of defense against fungal infections in immune competent hosts. Further examination of the potential mechanism(s) of action for naturally occurring GM-CSF and recombinant human GM-CSF (rhu-GM-CSF) expressed in yeast (sargramostim) are reviewed.

PMID: 31676420 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher]


          

Book Review, “Crisis and Choice in European Social Democracy” by Fritz Scharpf (1987, Ithaca: Cornell University Press)

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Podcast available here: https://soundcloud.com/user-280580802/50-book-review-crisis-and-choice-in-european-social-democracy-by-fritz-scharpf I am thoroughly impressed by Frits Scharpf macro political economy framework and he fits in line with other German scholars like Wolfgang Streeck (both emeriti professors at the Cologne social research institute) or Claus Offe. Scharpf … Continue reading
          

Hồng Kông: Tổ chức phản kháng theo khả năng để tồn tại

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Trong bối cảnh tổng thống Emmanuel Macron thăm Trung Quốc, quan hệ Paris- Bắc Kinh, khủng hoảng Hồng Kông và các hồ sơ châu Á chiếm những trang quan trọng trên báo Pháp hôm nay.
          

Pháp - Trung ra tuyên bố chung kêu gọi bảo vệ Hiệp định Khí hậu

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Hai ngày sau khi Hoa Kỳ chính thức rút khỏi Hiệp định Khí hậu, tổng thống Pháp và chủ tịch Trung Quốc ra tuyên bố chung tái khẳng định ''kiên quyết ủng hộ'' Hiệp định Paris 2015. ''Lời kêu gọi Bắc Kinh'' được đưa ra hôm nay, 06/11/2019, trong ngày cuối cùng chuyến công du Trung Quốc của tổng thống Emmanuel Macron.
          

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Macron says Iran move signals its intent to quit nuclear agreement

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French President Emmanuel Macron said Iran had explicitly signaled its intent for the first time to quit its nuclear deal in announcing it would start injecting uranium gas at an enrichment facility. Speaking at a press conference at the end...
          

One whale is worth a thousand trees

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One whale is worth a thousand trees
Marco Magrini looks at the carbon capturing power of the ocean’s giants

In the mid 19th century whales were on the route to extinction. Albeit hunted for a very long time, whales had become the main source of the oil rich Americans used to illuminate their homes. Whaling rapidly rose to an industrial level, with a fleet of nearly 800 ships, taking a tremendous toll on the world’s biggest animals.

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Thankfully, the cetacean species were spared by the almost concurrent invention of the kerosene lamp (in 1857) and the discovery of the first oil field in Pennsylvania (in 1859). Petroleum smelt better and did not spoil on the shelf, as whale oil did.

We now are at odds with what happened thereafter, when crude oil powered the most radical economic and social change in human history. Just today, the world will have consumed an average of 100 million barrels, or 15.9 billion litres. If we add other fossil fuel usage – coal and gas – we get the resulting emission of (a record) 37.1 billion tonnes of carbon dioxide spewed into the atmosphere last year. Oil saved the whales, yet it is endangering the entire planet.

Now, it turns out that we would be best off restoring whale populations to pre-whaling times. ‘When it comes to saving the planet,’ reads a recently published International Monetary Fund study, ‘one whale is worth thousands of trees.’ The equation is simple. Whales accumulate carbon in their bodies during their lifespan of 60 years. On average, each great whale sequesters 33 tons of CO2, which ends up at the bottom of the ocean when the animal dies.

But there’s more. Phytoplankton thrives on the iron and nitrogen found in cetacean excrements. ‘These microscopic creatures not only contribute at least 50 per cent of all oxygen to our atmosphere, they do so by capturing an estimated 40 per cent of all CO2 produced [by mankind],’ the study argues. In other words, having the original five million whales defecating in our oceans (instead of the current 1.3m) would be a blessing.

The IMF’s authors suggest an urgent world moratorium on whaling, to be compensated with international financial mechanisms. Emmanuel Macron said, at the (failed) UN Climate Summit in New York, that France will not strike trade deals with non climate-abiding countries. To be more effective, he should have told countries still engaging in whaling to simply stop killing the creatures.

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Introduction To Macro Vba Microsoft Office Excel Can Be Seen At A Glance Microsoft Official Manual 2009 Isbn 4891006285 Japanese

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“We willen de controle over ons migratiebeleid terug”: Frankrijk wil migranten zelf uitzoeken

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Met een salvo van twintig maatregelen wil Frankrijk “de controle over onze migratiepolitiek terug”, zo zei premier Édouard Philippe. “Mensen die we nodig hebben, moeten we verwelkomen. Maar we moeten ons onverzettelijk tonen tegenover mensen die we niet willen.” Samen met Macron voelt hij de ‘hete adem’ van Marine Le Pen steeds nadrukkelijker in de nek.


          

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Microsoft launches Visual Studio Online

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#241 — November 6, 2019

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Covering the week's news in software development, infrastructure, ops, platforms, and performance.

Recursive Sans and Mono: A Free Variable Type Family — This is a new ‘highly-flexible’ type family that takes advantage of variable font tech to let you pick the right style along five different axes. It’s pretty clever, well demonstrated, and very suitable for presenting data, code, or to be used in documentation and UIs.

Arrow Type

Microsoft Launches Visual Studio Online — It’s basically a collaborative version of VS Code that runs in the browser letting you develop from anywhere in a cloud-based environment. This isn’t a new idea but it’s great to see Microsoft’s might behind such an effort.

Visual Studio

Top CI Pipeline Best Practices — At the center of a good CI/CD setup is a well-designed CI pipeline. If your team is adopting CI, or your work involves building or improving CI pipeline, this best practices guide is for you.

Datree.io sponsor

You Can't Submit an Electron 6 (or 7) App to the Mac App Store? — Electron is a popular cross-platform app development toolkit maintained by GitHub. The bad news? It uses Chromium which uses several ‘private’ Apple APIs and Apple aren’t keen on accepting apps that use them for a variety of reasons.

David Costa

Dart 2.6: Now with Native Executable Compilation — Dart began life as a Google built, typed language that compiled to JavaScript but is now a somewhat broader project. The latest version includes a new dart2native tool for compiling Dart apps to self-contained, native executables for Windows, macOS, and Linux.

Michael Thomsen

GitHub Sponsors Is Now Out of Beta in 30 Countries — GitHub launched its Sponsors program in beta several months ago as a way for open source developers to accept contributions for their work and projects more easily. It’s now generally available in 30 countries with hopefully more to follow.

Devon Zuegel (GitHub)

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📕 Tutorials and Stories

How Monzo Built Network Isolation for 1,500 Services — 1,500 services power Monzo, a British bank, and they want to keep them all as separate as possible so that no single bad actor can bring down their platform. Here’s the tale of how they’ve been working towards that goal.

Monzo

A Comparison of Static Form Providers — A high level comparison of several providers who essentially provide the backend for your HTML forms.

Silvestar Bistrović

▶  An Illustrated Guide to OAuth and OpenID Connect — A 16 minute video rich with illustrations and diagrams.

Okta

Intelligent CI/CD with CircleCI: Test Splitting — Did you know that CircleCI can intelligently split tests to get you your test results faster?

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▶  Writing Maintainable Code Documentation with Automated Tools and Transclusion — A 37 minute podcast conversation between Robby Russell and Ana Nelson, the creator of Dexy, a documentation writing tool.

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▶  Git is Hard but Time Traveling in Git Isn't — A lightning talk from React Conf 2019 that flies through some interesting Git features in a mere 6 minutes.

Monica Powell

Highlights from Git 2.24 — Take a look at some of the new features in the latest Git release including feature macros and a new way to ‘rewrite history’.

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Create a Bookmarking Application with FaunaDB, Netlify and 11ty — Brings together FaunaDB’s serverless cloud database, the Netlify platform (which uses Lambda under the hood), and 11ty (a static site generator) to create a bookmark management site.

Bryan Robinson

File Systems Unfit As Distributed Storage Backends: Lessons From Ten Years of Ceph Evolution — You can’t help but be won over by a comment like “Ten years of hard-won lessons packed into just 17 pages makes this paper extremely good value for your time.”

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An SQL Injection Tutorial for Beginners — This is not a tutorial for you to follow but more a look at what hackers will attempt to do to your systems, if you let them. The techniques used are sneaky and interesting.

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🛠 Code and Tools

Stripe CLI: A Command Line Development Environment for Stripe Users — Stripe has become somewhat ubiquitous in the payment processing space and their focus on developers is pretty neat, not least in this new tool for building and testing integrations.

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Mark Text: A Simple, Free Markdown Editor — Works on macOS, Windows, and Linux. Built in Node with Electron.

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Yumda: Yum Packages, but for AWS Lambda — Essentially a collection of AWS Lambda-ready binary packages that you can easily install. You can request new packages, build your own, or use the existing ones that include things like GraphicsMagick, OpenEXR, GCC, libpng, Ruby, TeX, and more.

LambCI

K-Rail: A Workload Policy Enforcement Tool for Kubernetes — A webhook-based policy enforcement tool built in Go that lets you define policies in Go code too.

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Gitql: A Git Query Language and Tool — Lets you query a git repository using a SQL-like syntax, e.g. select date, message from commits where date < '2014-04-10'

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Why engineering must always survive

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One does not have to be a rocket scientist to gather that the world is in trouble of a type not experienced by any previous generation, but I guess that goes for most types of threats that have engulfed society since the dawn of civilization. It is unlikely that we can go back into history to look for solutions other than to believe that certain fundamentals must prevail. One of them must essentially be an application of the laws of preservation of energy where we cannot take out more than we put into a closed system. Pretty basic stuff when associated with thermodynamics and physics lessons, but seemingly quite another matter when it comes to the behavior of society.

The perverse antics of the investment banking community and those that believed in the ever growing value of assets that had no energy (value) actually added to them and the printing of dollars to bail out the losers, has left in its wake what must be no more than a painful correction to comply with the laws of energy. The dangers now posed by the dollar and the USA's debt pile are horrific. When the USA sneezes, then the rest of the world gets a bad cold. We can call this the macro threat to SA because international trade will be affected. Then we go to our local scene and try to evaluate if we can handle this pending debt tsunami only to find we have been playing some bad rule breaking games of our own. Our (new) political dispensation learnt little from the old regime and in fact seemed to find quite a bit attractive about it even if assigned different labels.

World-wide, nations have failed to invest in the appropriate level of infrastructure to keep up with the burgeoning population. It has used up service facilities, minimized maintenance, splurged on quick returns, ignored sustainability, deceived and lied to voters who seem to take a while to realise it. Locally, SA has probably come first in class for messing up education from the ground up (let's play OBE and close the teachers training colleges as well), disposed of its well developed intellectual capital (the best mining skills and artisan training in the world), replaced its ability to manage the infrastructure by providing comfortable salaried positions for its buddies (failed municipal service delivery), reducing food production (handing agricultural assets to those untrained to manage them) amongst others.

Who contributes to the adding of energy as distinct from taking it out? Politicians? Lawyers? Accountants? Social Scientists? Medics? Bureaucrats? Do these add energy or simply move it around and consume it?

If Engineers feel aggrieved at being unemployed then we can affix blame on the way society values creators. How many industries actually take training of engineering resources seriously, and how many managements and HR departments find more value in preserving the company from the liabilities of Engineers over 55 or 60 than in using them to be productive and mentor the younger Engineers? No, rather go out and find those that are employed by others. Steal from Peter to pay Paul. It's easier than training our own, because our neighbour steals them from us anyway. It is a zero sum game and when the tipping point comes, it is too late. There is then little or no critical level energy being added for the other professions to pilfer. To this is add the incompetence of the politicians who are playing expediency games. Currently, with the combination of economic policy, labour policy, employment equity policy, education policy, skills development policy, SA is reaching the point of de-industrialisation and has slipped to a dismal low ranking in the world's mining stakes.

China's faith in its ability to mould markets may derive from the fact that its leaders are mostly Engineers, trained to build from a plan. Eight of nine top party officials come from engineering backgrounds, and the practicality of their profession may help explain why they didn't buy into risky (and Western) financial innovation. These ruling Engineers preside over a system that is highly process oriented and obsesses with performance metrics. In all this mess, what profession can best survive internationally? If someone can identify one other than engineering, then please do.


          

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Terminator: Dark Fate

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Director Tim Miller’s Terminator: Dark Fate marks a fitting conclusion (hopefully) to the 35-year-old franchise.

This time around, an enhanced human (Mackenzie Davis) is sent back from the future to protect a young Hispanic woman (Natalia Reyes), who is being marked for assassination by a new liquid terminator (Diego Boneta) because of whom she will become as a force for humankind.

The script by David S. Goyer from the story group including him, James Cameron, Charles H. Eglee and Josh Friedman, is first rate, bringing in the original terminator Arnold Shwarzenegger and the original would-be victim Linda Hamilton.

Terminator: Dark Fate is a cut above the subsequent Terminator films.  I give it a 3.9 out of 5.
          

Quantitatively Studying Tissue Damage in Multiple Sclerosis Using Gradient Recalled Echo MRI Sequences

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Multiple Sclerosis (MS) is an unpredictable, often disabling disease of the central nervous system (CNS) that disrupts the flow of information within the brain, and between the brain the body. MS is the most common progressive neurologic disease of young adults, affecting approximately 2.3 million people worldwide. It is estimated that more than 700,000 individuals are affected by MS in United States. While MS has been studied for decades, the cause of it is still not definite and a fully effective treatment for MS is not yet available. Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) has been used extensively in MS diagnosis and for monitoring disease. Clinical T1W, T2W and Fluid Attenuated Inversion Recovery (FLAIR) images are able to detect focal WM lesions with high accuracy and are used in MS diagnosis. However, standard clinical MRI lacks specificity to MS pathology and correlates only modestly with MS disability. Many studies have been devoted to the development and experimental validation of quantitative methods sensitive to myelin damage (hallmark of MS), primarily by means of multiexponential T2 imaging of water trapped between myelin layers, magnetization transfer (MT) and diffusion tensor imaging. These techniques have not gained traction in clinical practice, prompting searches for novel, more pathologically specific and efficient approaches. In this thesis, two novel MRI techniques developed in our lab, quantitative Gradient Recalled Echo (qGRE) and Multi-Angular-Relaxometry of Tissue (SMART), were used to quantitatively study MS tissue damage. Our qGRE technique (which is an advanced version of GEPCI – gradient echo plural contrast imaging) is based on quantitative measurements of the transverse relaxation properties of the Gradient Recalled Echo (GRE) MRI signal. This quantitative qGRE approach allows estimation of tissue damage in MS lesions and normal appearing WM and GM. An innovative qGRE method of data analysis allows separation of tissue-cellular-specific (R2t* relaxation rate constant) from Blood Oxygen Level Dependent (BOLD) contributions to the total GRE MRI signal decay rate constant (R2*). Since BOLD effect causes variations in MRI signal that occur with physiological state-dependent changes in blood flow and/or oxygen consumption, the R2t* values more specifically reflect the tissue-cellular component of R2*. The tissue-cellular-specific (R2t*) MRI relaxation parameter depends on the environment of water molecules (the main source of MRI signal): higher concentrations of proteins, lipids, and other constituents of biological tissue and cellular constituents (sources of MRI signal relaxation) leading to higher relaxation rate constants. Our results showed that R2t* can sensitively detect MS-related pathology in cortical NAGM, subcortical NAWM and WM lesions. The method demonstrated tissue damage patterns in the CNS of the MS cohort. Our data shed light on the interrelationships of damage throughout the brain and cervical spinal cord, while supporting the idea of MS as a global CNS disease. In addition, our data demonstrated that while spinal cord CSA is a reliable marker for changes in motor functions, the reduction in the R2t* of GM and WM is a reliable indicator of cognitive dysfunction. The SMART technique is also based on a GRE MRI sequence (but with multiple flip angles) and a model of GRE signal that accounts for cross-relaxation effects between “free” and “bound” water proton pools. Importantly, no MT pulses are used in SMART approach, thus overcoming high RF energy deposition associated with existing qMT approaches for evaluation of tissue macromolecular content. From a single protocol this technique can generate quantitative macromolecular proton fraction (MPF) images along with naturally co-registered quantitative images of longitudinal (R1=1/T1) and transverse (R2*=1/T2*) signal relaxation rate constants, and spin density. The SMART technique allows quantitative assessments of central nervous system (CNS) simultaneously using several tissue contrasts. Our results showed that the SMART metrics can distinguish progressive MS from relapsing-remitting MS (RRMS) and correlate with clinical assessments. Without applying either MT or 180° radiofrequency pulses, SMART MRI generates high resolution quantitative images with various contrasts, and is safe for high-field MRI, making it a useful outcome measure in clinical trials.


          

Mesothelium-derived factors shape tissue resident macrophage

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The studies outlined in this thesis provide several new insights into Msln-related pathways necessary for peritoneal immune responses and mucosal repair. We found that Msln and its binding partner mucin 16 from mesothelium influenced peritoneal and pleural macrophage differentiation. We found that Msln was required for proper tissue repair after colonic biopsy injury and was required for maximal polyp growth in APCMin/+ mice. Overall, this work describes mesothelial and epithelial-derived factors that are important for tissue resident macrophage differentiation and wound repair after colonic mucosal injury. Understanding the complex interactions between stromal cells and immune cells will lead to better treatments for intestinal diseases such as inflammatory bowel disease and tumor associated macrophage-mediated tumorigenesis.


          

From Single Cells to Human Disease: High-resolution Phenotyping of Male Infertility Models Using Single-cell RNA Sequencing

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Male infertility is a complex disease that can result in significant emotional distress and treatment costs. Globally, male infertility affects 7% of males, and while its incidence is rising, its etiology remains elusive. In order to improve patient care, it is critical to identify the nature of spermatogenic failure in as many men as possible. The extensive cellular heterogeneity of testis has limited the application of bulk expression measurements to capture crucial information to dissect molecular mechanisms of defects in the infertile patients. Thus, the application of single-cell RNA-sequencing on male germ cells provides an amazing new set of scientific opportunities for research in male reproductive biology and translational medicine. We developed a single-cell framework that utilizes high-throughput single-cell RNA-sequencing from normal and disease models to elucidate normal spermatogenesis, and to dissect spermatogenic defects in male infertility models. As part of our single-cell framework, we first a developed fast, efficient yet high-throughput single-cell isolation method that can be easily applied to different mammalian species. Using Drop-seq, we generated a 57,600-cell dataset from testes of wild-type mice and mice with gonadal defects due to disruption of the genes, Mlh3, Hormad1, Cul4a or CNP. For analyzing this novel data, we introduce a model-based factor analysis method, Sparse Decomposition of Arrays (SDA), to jointly analyze mutant and wildtype cells and decompose our data into latent factors (“components”) that represent genes that co-vary across subsets of cells. Our single-cell framework identified novel cell-type specific markers, co-regulated gene modules and mutant-specific pathological processes. It also led us to identify a rare population of macrophages within the seminiferous tubules of Mlh3-/-and Hormad1-/-models, an area typically associated with immune privilege. These results demonstrate the potential of our single-cell framework for expanding the ability to dissect pathophysiology in tissues with extensive cellular heterogeneity and decrypt the spermatogenic failure in more patients.


          

The Role of Mitofusins in the Osteoclast Lineage

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Mitochondria exist in a highly dynamic network in many cell types, and mutations in mitochondrial transmembrane GTPase mitofusin2 (MFN2), a key factor that mediates mitochondrial tethering, cause defects in the nervous system. Intriguingly, the skeleton has been overlooked in patients with such mutations. Because expression of MFN2 and its homolog, mitofusin1 (MFN1) increase with maturation of osteoclasts (OCs), which are rich in mitochondria, we sought to determine the role of mitofusins in the OC lineage. Double knockout of Mfn1 and Mfn2 in OC precursors by Lysozyme-M cre reveals that mitofusin activity is required for OC function and maintenance of bone mass in female mice in vivo. In vitro, double knockout bone marrow macrophages are unable to differentiate into mature OCs. Here, OC formation in dcKO BMMs is restored when Mfn2 but not Mfn1 is retrovirally overexpressed. To further explore the role of MFN2 in the OC lineage, we conditionally deleted Mfn2 with LysM-cre and find bone mass is increased in aged female Mfn2 cKOs compared to cre-only littermates. Challenging these single MFN2 knock out animals with acute RANKL injection indicates that Mfn2 is important in female, but not male, OCs, because female Mfn2 cKOs are protected from bone loss with this osteolytic stimuli. Specific MFN2 functions were further assessed in culture. While a MFN2 mutant defective in mitophagy is able to promote osteoclastogenesis, another unable to tether mitochondria is not. This suggests that tethering of mitochondria to eachother and/or the ER by MFN2 is required for osteoclast differentiation, at least in culture. Taken together, our results reveal a sexually divergent role of MFN2-mediated control of mitochondrial dynamics in OC biology. Given the differences in female mice, there may be therapeutic potential to target MFN2 activity for treatment of postmenopausal osteoporosis.


          

Mechanosensitive epithelial cell scattering and migration on layered matrices

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Epithelial cells form multi-layered tissue scaffolding that makes up every organ in the body. Along with epithelial cells, the basement membrane (BM) and connective tissue are composed of various proteins that sculpt the organs and protect them from foreign macromolecules. Epithelial cells respond to various cues, both chemical and mechanical, from their surrounding matrices to aid in maintenance and repair of these layers through degradation and deposition of extracellular matrix (ECM) proteins. In cancer progression, epithelial cells lose their normal function of supporting tissue structure and instead adopt more aggressive behaviors through an epithelial-to-mesenchymal transition (EMT) of their cellular traits. In some cases, these cells may break away from the primary tumor and begin to develop a secondary tumor elsewhere, a process known as metastasis. In these processes, cells are constantly interacting with highly heterogeneous and layered matrices that can influence cell behavior. This dissertation investigates how mechanical properties of both intact and defective layered matrices influence epithelial cell response. Chapter 1 details an introduction to epithelium structure and health, as well as how the mechanical properties of the matrix supporting the epithelium structure regulate epithelial cell behavior. Chapter 2 investigates the role of basement membrane (BM) integrity in maintaining epithelial monolayer health. A common outcome of EMT is degradation of surrounding ECM as cells become more mechanically active and migratory. Conversely, it is not known whether a break or defect in the BM could, in turn, induce EMT. We address this question in two parts. First, we layer BM-mimicking collagen-IV coatings onto tunable polyacrylamide (PA) hydrogels, induce a defect into the layered hydrogel, and then culture normal epithelial cell networks on the defect-laden substrates. Second, we layer the BM-like matrix atop a collagen matrix to investigate the impact of the BM defect on cell invasion. Our results show that defects in BM-mimicking substrates induce EMT in normal epithelial cells by promoting degradation of the BM itself, triggering mechanical activation of normal epithelial cells in 2D and further progressing EMT induction. We also demonstrate that BM defects can trigger epithelial cell invasion into the surrounding ECM through the same BM degradation mechanism. In chapter 3, we address the ability of normal and cancerous epithelial cells to sense distant matrix stiffness. Epithelial cells have been shown to be highly sensitive to substrate stiffness, particularly the stiffness of their immediate surroundings. However, epithelial cells reside in layered environments in which distinct layers stiffness and fiber structure can vary greatly. Yet, little is known about the ability for epithelial cells to sense these distant layers. Here, we investigate the extent to which distant matrix stiffness can affect cell migration by fabricating collagen-I matrices of varying thickness onto PA hydrogels of tunable stiffness. We have found that while normal epithelial cells are only able to sense the stiffness of their immediate surroundings, cancer cells show sensitivity to distant matrix stiffness through fibrous collagen matrices. Cancerous epithelial cells are able to sense distant matrix stiffness through greater actin fiber assembly, cell force generation, and by utilizing the fibrous intermediate collagen matrix to deform the distant PA substrate. By inhibiting the force-generating cellular machinery or by crosslinking the collagen network, we eliminate the ability of cancer cells to sense distant matrix stiffness. Our findings show that cancer cells may be affected by more than just their immediate surroundings, and, in turn, may influence the behavior of distant epithelial cells.


          

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G7, Salvini, Brexit et Gilets Jaunes… La revue de presse de l’été de Radio Courtoisie

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Loin d’être la trêve estivale traditionnelle, ce mois d’août 2019 a été riche en événements.
          

YACCO D´LAYAN

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Primero de diciembre, última conferencia de año, inscripciones en el 4442461 pueden reservar sus boletas para este último evento del año. Se están abriendo portales, hay cosas que están haciendo para abrir macroportales para la entrada de espíritus. Retrocedemos el tiempo hasta 1500, quemaban a las brujas, los espíritus no fueron guiados para nada bueno, […]

La entrada YACCO D´LAYAN aparece primero en Attika contigo -Nestor Trespalacios - Brissa Avhalon.


          

Europeans look to China as global partner, shun Trump’s U.S.

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Chinese President Xi Jinping, left, accompanies French President Emmanuel Macron to view an honour guard during a welcoming ceremony outside the Great Hall of the People on Wednesday in Beijing. Macron’s state visit suggests the United States risks being sidelined on the global stage under President Donald Trump.

President Emmanuel Macron’s visit to China this week suggests that the United States risks being sidelined on the global stage under President Donald Trump.


          

Macron says he told Xi dialogue needed on Hong Kong

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BEIJING: French President Emmanuel Macron said on Wednesday (Nov 6) that he told Chinese leader Xi J..

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NHL DFS: October Owed Goals Analysis

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Macron: "Geschäftsreise" nach China – mit Dutzenden Managern hin, mit rund 40 Verträgen zurück

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Macron und Xi bekennen sich zu Klima-Pakt nach US-Rückzug

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Nach dem Rückzug der USA haben sich Frankreich und China demonstrativ zum Pariser Klimaabkommen bekannt. Der globale Klimapakt gegen die Erderwärmung sei unumkehrbar, erklärten die Präsidenten beider Staaten. 
          

Eesti ja Prantsusmaa valitsused alustavad digikoostööd

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Ettevõtlus- ja infotehnoloogiaminister Urve Palo ning Prantsuse digiminister Mounir Mahjoubi allkirjastavad esmaspäeval Eesti ja Prantsusmaa vahelise koostööleppe. Koostööleppe eesmärgiks on vahetada parimaid praktikaid ja lahendusi e-valitsemise ja digiriikluse vallas. Esmaspäeval allkirjastatavas koostööleppes märgivad mõlemad riigid soovi hoida digivaldkonda riigi poliitikate horisontaalse prioriteedina. Koostöö eesmärk on vahetada kogemusi, erinevaid e-lahendusi ja infot ning põhimõtteid e-valitsemise, digimajanduse ja küberturvalisuse valdkondades. Alates selle aasta teisest poolest on plaanis kahe riigi vahel nii ekspertide visiite ja mentorlust, ühiste ürituste korraldamist, riigi infosüsteemide tehniliste lahenduste jagamist kui ka seisukohtade koordineerimist Euroopa Liidu digivaldkonna poliitikate osas. Lisaks koostööleppe sõlmimisele avab minister samal päeval Eesti Suursaatkonnas Pariisis Puitmajatootjate äriseminari, kus viiakse kokku kohalikke ja Eesti ettevõtjaid. Eesti ettevõtjatest osalevad puitmajatootjad Matek AS, EstNor, Production House, Ritsu AS, Q-Haus Baltic, Puitpesa ja Eesti Puitmajaklastri esindaja. Prantsusmaa poolelt on Eesti puitmajade äriseminarile registreerunud ehitusfirmad ja inseneribürood, arendajad avalikust ja erasektorist, puidueksperdid ning arhitektid. Arhitektidest on osalemas teiste seas ka maineka arhitektuuribüroo Bellecour austaja ja peaarhitekt, kes projekteerisid Lõuna-Prantsusmaale Bordeaux’sse Prantsusmaa kõrgeima puitehitise. Prantslastel on järjest suurem huvi tutvuda lähemalt puitmajade tootmisega, peamiselt on nõudlus avalikele hoonetele ja kortermajadele. Päeva lõpus külastab minister Palo maailma suurimat idufirmade inkubaatorit Station F-i. Kohapeal tutvutakse Prantsusmaa idufirmade toetussüsteemiga ja esitletakse Eesti idufirmade kogukonda. Station F on huvitatud ka naisettevõtluse edendamisest partnerluses Eestiga. Station F asub endises raudteejaamas 34 000 ruutmeetri suurusel pinnal ja selle avas eelmise aasta juunis Prantsuse president Macron. Keskus on koduks umbes tuhandele idufirmale ja alustavale ettevõttele. Lisaks asuvad seal inkubaatori partnerite Facebooki, Microsofti ja Naveri kontorid. Minister Palo visiit Pariisi toimub 19. märtsil ja kestab ühe päeva. Ministrit saadavad side ja riigi infosüsteemide asekantsler Siim Sikkut ja avalike suhete nõunik Emilie Toomela.
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The facts on macronutrients for your body and exercise

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Fats, protein and carbs are all essential for your body, especially when you’re doing physical exercise. Here's how to balance your macros like a boss.
          

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Hi All I need a simple excel macro to do the below: - check for a cell on column B and if has text ignore it - Then hide the entire row (which has text on cell of column B) - moving down to the next cell on column B and check it's empty go left on column A and copy the content of A cell...
          

[SOLVED] How to Add Different Texts to End of Excel Cells Macro

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The following macro adds text to end of excel cell that you select. But its not very user friendly because you have every time to change the text that you want to add. I wonder if we can add a line in the code that asks the users which text they want to add and in which cells in the end of every...
          

combine multiple txt files

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Europese beurzen eindigen hoger

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(ABM FN-Dow Jones) De Europese beurzen zijn woensdag licht hoger gesloten, met hulp van macro-economische cijfers uit de eurozone.
          

Excel Tip – Speed up Slow Workbooks Turn Off Automatic Formula Calculation

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Visit http://www.TeachExcel.com for more, including Excel Consulting, Macros, and Tutorials. Learn how to turn off automatic workbook calculation in Microsoft Excel 2007. This is a great Excel tip/trick to use to speed up workbook performance when you have a large number of formulas, functions, and links in any one workbook. You will learn how to […]
          

New Release Round-Up 10-25-19

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Neil Young with Crazy Horse - Colorado -Reprise " Colorado " is the first new Neil Young with Crazy Horse album since 2012's "Psychedelic Pill". The album features 10 new Neil Young compositions. It includes several songs that Neil has been playing live in the past few months (eg: "Rainbow of Colors", "Green Is Blue" and "Milky Way"), and the epic 13+ minute track "She Showed Me Love". The vinyl version of the album comes with a bonus 7" single, featuring an album outtake "Truth Kills". The 7 also includes a live, solo version of "Rainbow of Colors" from Portland, OR, on May 17, 2019 - the first time Neil ever performed this song live. This incarnation of Crazy Horse is Neil Young on vocals, guitar, piano, harmonica and vibes, Billy Talbot on bass, Ralph Molina on drums and features the return of Nils Lofgren on guitar and piano, almost 50 years since he last appeared on a Crazy Horse album (1971). The album is produced by Neil Young and John Hanlon and was recorded in Colorado in April & May 2019.

Ringo Starr - What's My Name -UMe What's My Name , Ringo Starr ' s 20th studio album, features brand new recordings with special guests Paul McCartney, Joe Walsh, Edgar Winter, Steve Lukather & Dave Stewart. Ringo recorded the new LP at his home studio, Roccabella West. I dont want to be in an old-fashioned recording studio anymore, really, Starr said. Ive had enough of the big glass wall and the separation. We are all together in here, whoever I invite over. This is the smallest club in town. And I love it, being at home, being able to say hi to Barb, its just been good for me and the music.

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Harry Connick, Jr. - True Love: A Celebration Of Cole Porter -Verve After 30 million albums sold, 13 No. 1 jazz albums in the United States, and a film, television and music career spanning three decades, Harry Connick, Jr. returns with a new sound, new label home and new record, True Love: A Celebration Of Cole Porter . Focused exclusively on the songs of Cole Porter and his Great American Songbook, the sensational recording demonstrates Connicks multitude of talents as pianist, singer, arranger, orchestrator and conductor, breathing new life into popular tunes including Just One Of Those Things," " Mind If I Make Love To You" and " True Love."

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Bruce Springsteen - Western Stars Songs From The Film -Sony Western Stars Songs From The Film is the companion album to the Warner Bros. feature film, Western Stars. The collection features each of the live performances captured in Bruce Springsteen s directorial debut Western Stars. The soundtrack includes every song from Springsteens most recent and critically-acclaimed studio album of the same name, as well as a cover of Glen Campbells Rhinestone Cowboy. Pulling the audio from the film co-directed by Bruce Springsteen and longtime collaborator Thom Zimny, Western Stars Songs From The Film is backed by a full band and orchestra, recorded live at Stone Hill Farm in Colts Neck, NJ. Rex Orange County - Pony -RCA This highly-anticipated album is the follow up to 2017's Apricot Princess. Pony was written, recorded, and performed almost entirely by Rex Orange County himself at Strongroom Studios in East London with frequent collaborator Ben Baptie co-producing, engineering and mixing the album. Rolling Stone has hailed the single "10/10" as "triumphant" and a "song you need to know," and the track was described by NPR as "a sincere, sad-boy gem." The album follows standout performances at a handful of major festivals this year, including UK's Glastonbury (where he first debuted "10/10"), Paris' We Love Green, Berlin's Lollapalooza, and Australia's Laneway Festival. Rex Orange County, born Alexander O Connor, is a 21 year old English recording artist and songwriter. To date, he has independently amassed over 1 billion streams, and self-released two albums - bcos u will never b free (2016) and Apricot Princess (2017). He was also featured on Tyler The Creator's 2017 album, "Flower Boy". His singles "Best Friend", "Loving Is Easy", and "Sunflower" are well over 125 million streams each, with "Loving Is Easy" now being RIAA certified Gold in the US and Australia. His 2018 highlights include his television debut on Jimmy Fallon (performing "Loving Is Easy"), and extensive touring including an epic performance at Glastonbury, where he closed out the Park Stage with his Sunday headline slot.

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CURRENT SINGLES/EPs

Saves The Day - Through Being Cool: TBC20 [Ltd Edition Pink LP] Michael Kiwanuka - KIWANUKA Bill Kirchen & Too Much Fun - Tombstone Every Mile Quentin Tarantinos Once Upon a Time in Hollywood Soundtrack [2LP] Van Morrison - Three Chords and the Truth Desert Sessions - Vols. 11 & 12 James Blunt - Once Upon A Mind James Brown - Live At Home With His Bad Self Joe Bonamassa - Live At The Sydney Opera House Guided By Voices - Sweating The Plague Editors - Black Gold - Best Of Editors Grace Potter - Daylight Mikal Cronin - Seeker The Shivas - Dark Thoughts Cigarettes After Sex - Cry Allison Moorer - Blood Frank Zappa - Halloween 73 Highlights Swans - leaving meaning. Jinjer - Macro Rick Astley - The Best Of Me

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A.F.I. - All Hallows E.P. Process Black - Countdown Failure EP Gogo Penguin - Ocean In A Drop EP Dibo - Da Come Up Earthgang - Up (A Colors Show)

UPCOMING RELEASES

Hootie & The Blowfish - Imperfect Circle -Capitol Nashville The celebrated 90's and early 2000's group Hootie & The Blowfish will releasetheir upcoming album, Imperfect Circle , next week. Their first in nearly 15 years. Includes the single Rollin'

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Cold War Kids - New Age Norms 1 -CWKTWO Corp. Over their career, Cold War Kids have fielded musics seismic shifts while simultaneously sticking to their own game plan. Over the course of a dozen releases including seven studio albums, multiple EPs, and a live album on majors and indies alike, non-stop tours and the festival circuits biggest stages, massive radio, sales & streaming successes, the band have become a major part of the modern landscape. Their new album New Age Norms 1 , with lead single Complainer is the next chapter with the approach of taking apart the idea of what the band is and just trying to take the doors off a bit to see where it can go.

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For more information on these and other releases out this week, check out our New Releases charts by week section.


          

França apoia China, com preocupação por Hong Kong

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Os presidentes francês e chinês frisaram a sinergia de ambos no combate à luta contra o aquecimento climático no dia do encerramento da visita de Emmanuel Macron ao gigante asiático. O chefe de Estado da França afirmou, ainda assim, estar preocupado com a situação em Hong Kong.
          

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I am preparing for past 7-8 months , watching vision videos for revising everything quickly (read Laxmikanth, spectrum, sriram eco + ncert macro, Geo (GC Leong + ncert 11th 12th) all of these twice , currently watching vision polity lects for revsn , and listening to Only IAS compilations during other times))

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Treasury Finance Senior Consultant

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Job Description
Important Note: During the application process, ensure your contact information (email and phone number) is up to date and upload your current resume prior to submitting your application for consideration. To participate in some selection activities you will need to respond to an invitation. The invitation can be sent by both email and text message. - In order to receive text message invitations, your profile must include a mobile phone number designated as "Personal Cell" or "Cellular" in the contact information of your application.At Wells Fargo, we want to satisfy our customers' financial needs and help them succeed financially. We're looking for talented people who will put our customers at the center of everything we do. Join our diverse and inclusive team where you'll feel valued and inspired to contribute your unique skills and experience. -Help us build a better Wells Fargo. It all begins with outstanding talent. It all begins with you. -Enterprise Finance drives financial management for the company and maintains and enhances risk and financial controls. Key functions within Enterprise Finance include finance and accounting; Treasury; corporate development, mergers, and acquisitions; Data Management and Insights, the Customer Remediation Center of Excellence, Enterprise Shared Services, Business Process Management, and Corporate Strategy. Enterprise Finance informs shareholders, regulators, taxing authorities, team members, and leaders of the company's financial performance through earnings releases, investor meetings and conferences, and meetings with regulators and credit rating agencies, following appropriate reporting guidelines. They also maintain and enhance risk and financial controls and lead many of the company's shared services functions including corporate properties, security, and global services.Corporate Treasury is looking for a talented finance professional to join Treasury's Capital Forecasting and Analysis team. This position will participate in highly complex financial analyses in support of management decision-making and assisting in setting strategic direction with respect to the Company's capital levels. This position will work closely with partners across other parts of Enterprise Finance, Treasury and Controllers to aggregate and assess equity and related impacts to capital adequacy.
  • A primary point-of-contact coordinating multiple activities and analysis as part of the assessment of capital adequacy. - Includes facilitating discussions between management and key stakeholders.
  • Collect data and perform analysis to assist with complex problem solving regarding equity and regulatory capital implications
  • Understand the evolving banking regulations with respect to Capital (Basel III Final Rules, SCB, TLAC), including the ability to interpret and apply changes in the regulations to our forecast as well as communicate the regulations to management and various business lines
  • Participate in the development and coordination of capital forecasts for the Capital Stress Testing process and reporting to Senior Management, Capital Management Committee and the Board of Directors.
  • Responsible for maintaining complex modeling tools to compute capital projections including BRDs and participating in UAT as well as involvement in model governance requirements
  • Responsible for resolving complex accounting and regulatory questions and operational or customer issues by determining and taking appropriate action.Additional responsibilities include supporting the Capital Forecasting process through various activities. -
    • Preparation and design of key Financial Risk Management reports for the Finance Committee of the Board of Directors, Capital Management Committee, ALCO and Treasury Business Review.
    • Assists with updating Control Framework artifacts and related procedure documents required under the Governance and Oversight framework
    • Assists with capital action execution and reporting involving our dividends and share activity
    • Liaison with Controllers and various equity/capital data providers.
    • Prepares presentation materials on behalf of senior/executive management.Other considerations of the Treasury Finance Senior Consultant position include, but are not limited to:
      • Position works closely with numerous areas of the company including Legal, Regulatory Reporting, Corporate Credit, Accounting Policy, Corporate Tax, Business Lines, etc to gather data, issue identification, problem resolution and potential creation of applicable control processes.
      • Maintain and perform all appropriate G&O and control process related activities
      • Willingness and ability to work extended business hours (including at times weekends) to meet critical business needs and major project deadlines (i.e. significant project milestones occur in the first quarter (January-March) of each calendar year. - Some travel may be required.
      • This position requires the ability to work with various levels of management and staff.
      • Must work with a sense of urgency and be able to adapt to a changing environment.
      • Presentation skills, great attention to detail and involvement with executive management are critical to success.

        Required Qualifications
        • 6+ years of experience in one or a combination of the following: finance, accounting, analytics and reporting; or a BS/BA degree or higher in Finance, Accounting, Statistics, Economics, Business and 4+ years of experience in one or a combination of the following: finance, accounting, analytics or reporting

          Desired Qualifications
          • A BS/BA degree or higher in one or a combination of the following: Finance, Accounting, Analytics, or Reporting
          • Ability to successfully operate in a complex and matrixed environment
          • A Masters of Business Administration (MBA) or a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) Designation
          • Microsoft Excel experience designing and running macros
          • Advanced Microsoft PowerPoint skills
          • Hyperion Essbase experience
          • General ledger experience
          • Excellent verbal, written, and interpersonal communication skills

            Other Desired Qualifications
            • Knowledge of capital and stress testing regulations and processes
            • 5+ years related experience in a Capital or Regulatory Compliance environment
            • Knowledge of Regulatory Capital requirements
            • Familiarity with Corporate Law and state taxation issues
            • Strategic mindset with the ability to see beyond the tactical applications of Capital Management
            • Possess an in-depth understanding of Wells Fargo's legal entity structure, consolidation accounting and the financial management and reporting process.

              Job Expectations
              • Ability to travel up to 5% of the time
              • Ability to travel domestically

                Street Address
                MN-Minneapolis: 550 South 4th St - Minneapolis, MN
                NC-Charlotte: 301 S College St - Charlotte, NC


                Disclaimer

                All offers for employment with Wells Fargo are contingent upon the candidate having successfully completed a criminal background check. Wells Fargo will consider qualified candidates with criminal histories in a manner consistent with the requirements of applicable local, state and Federal law, including Section 19 of the Federal Deposit Insurance Act.

                Relevant military experience is considered for veterans and transitioning service men and women.
                Wells Fargo is an Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity Employer, Minority/Female/Disabled/Veteran/Gender Identity/Sexual Orientation.

          

Quotas d'immigration : Macron affirme ne pas avoir à commenter les «états d'âme» de ses ministres

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Macron: «J'ai fixé un cap, le gouvernement l'applique»

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Lors de sa visite en Chine le 6 novembre 2019, Emmanuel Macron a déclaré que le gouvernement, qui doit détailler ses mesures sur l'immigration, devait appliquer «le cap» qu'il avait «fixé». Il répondait ainsi aux réserves exprimées par la ministre de la Justice Nicole Belloubet à propos de la mise en place de quotas d'immigration.
          

Director, Business Strategy Analytics

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Purpose of JobLeads a team of Business Strategy Analysts who use quantitative and qualitative analytics to provide thought leadership on evolving industry trends, market developments, USAA's strategic direction, regulatory environment, and macroeconomic trends for the business unit. Provides insights and information-based context for key stakeholders in the business unit to effectively manage, influence, and impact line of business strategy.


We are currently seeking a talented Director, Business Strategy Analytics for one of the following locations: Tampa Crosstown, San Antonio Home Office I, Phoenix Campus or Colorado Springs Campus.Job RequirementsJob Tasks:
  • Responsible for employee selection, development, performance evaluation, coaching, corrective action, and all other manager-related administrative functions. - Directs work assignments and provides guidance and training while adhering to regulations, policies, and procedures.
    • Develops, implements, and oversees analytic direction for the business unit to enable proactive and sustained information-based learning on industry trends, market developments, USAA's strategic direction, regulatory environment, and macroeconomic trends.
      • Leads discussions to provide input into strategy development with General Managers, Product Owners, Experience Owners and other key partners based on learning from analyses and strategy management work.
        • Oversees efforts to identify key business assumptions and hypotheses around line of business strategy, and the development of the analytical framework and blue print to answer business questions identified in the business portfolio,
        • product or member experience.
          • Oversees and partners with key teams to evaluate and uncover strategic insights related to Profit & Loss performance including Product Strategy, Pricing, Marketing, Sales, Credit Risk, Distribution Channels and Member Experience.
            • Uses expert analytical rigor and best practices to define outcome measures, improve prioritization, increase agility in decisioning, improve ability to evaluate progress towards business outcomes and to evaluate risks to strategic goals.
              • Impeccably communicates the significance of the strategic insights to senior leaders and key stakeholders. Effectively influences and drives strategic agreement through intellect, interpersonal, and negotiation skills.Minimum Education:
                • Bachelor's Degree in Business, Science, Finance, Economics or related discipline OR 4 additional years of related experience beyond the minimum required may be substituted in lieu of a degree.
                • 8 or more years of experience in data/analytics, strategy consulting, or related business experience, OR Master's Degree and 6 or more years of experience in data/analytics, strategy consulting, or related business experience.
                • 3 or more years of direct team lead or management experience.
                • Demonstrated project management experience.
                • Demonstrated experience with hypotheses-driven problem solving.
                • Experience bringing analytics to action using visualization tools (e.g. Tableau).
                • Demonstrated experience influencing business decisions.
                • Demonstrated experience leading complex data analysis.
                • Demonstrated experience working with leadership teams to identify key opportunities to develop and enhance business strategy using quantitative and qualitative analytics.*Qualifications may warrant placement in a different job level*When you apply for this position, you will be required to answer some initial questions. - This will take approximately 5 minutes. - Once you begin the questions you will not be able to finish them at a later time and you will not able to change your responses.Preferred:
                  • 5 or more years of leadership experience in a retail bank.The above description reflects the details considered necessary to describe the principal functions of the job and should not be construed as a detailed description of all the work requirements that may be performed in the job.At USAA our employees enjoy one of the best benefits packages in the business, including a flexible business casual or casual dress environment, comprehensive medical, dental and vision plans, along with wellness and wealth building programs. - Additionally, our career path planning and continuing education will assist you with your professional goals.Relocation assistance is available for this position.For Internal Candidates:Must complete 12 months in current position (from date of hire or date of placement) or must have manager's approval prior to posting.Last day for internal candidates to apply to the opening is 11/10/19 by 11:59 pm CST time.
          

Kashmir: Lobbies at play

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There is a gathering chorus of voices at home and abroad demanding expeditious return to normalcy of civil life in the state. It is hoped the Centre and the state administration together are succeeding in effectively neutralising the militants and pro- Pak elements in J&K who had had a free run of the place earlier and who basically provided the raison detre for the Indian move.

The dilemma for the government in Kashmir is that unless the externally aided trouble makers were rendered ineffective, they would continue to keep the Kashmiris under a cloak of fear by carrying out stray acts of violence and prevent normalisation of business, educational and health-related activities.

It is not yet clear if the state administration and police -- the collector and the station house officers in particular -- had started reaching out to the people on the ground to build their morale as free citizens and get them to respond to the calibrated steps of the government to lift prohibitory orders. If local militants could still appear in mohallas and lanes to warn the people to do just their 'minimal' chores and not cooperate in the wider process of normalisation then it is evident that a lot more had to be done.

The army has to focus on eliminating the mujahideen, foreign or local, but the state administration must fulfil its primary responsibility of helping the citizens to feel normal about running their lives. Illicit guns and explosives had to be neutralised through sustained flow of Intelligence from below -- the state Intelligence machinery had to produce more. If Pak agents had to be rounded up even in hundreds and moved out of the state, if necessary, this would be an acceptable part of the process of restoring normalcy.

It is the detention of political leaders of the Valley, however, that has led the Human Rights advocates to set off the false narrative of 'suppression of the people'. The government could consider progressively setting them free of any restraint on the condition that they would not indulge in 'political activity' -- as mandated by the Supreme Court itself. Senior officers of the state should make this position clear to the leaders of the Valley parties and should let the country know about the reasonableness of the government stand.

The handling of the Kashmir situation has a macro perspective and a more important micro dimension -- the former has worked out extremely well but the latter is the ongoing challenge facing the state administration. The district headquarter should become the fulcrum of development and people's security. 

Every member of the state set-up must be made to understand that 'security for all' required a 'contribution from all' by way of those in the government acting as the eyes and ears of the democratic state against the doings of anti-national elements. The current state of affairs in J&K arose because the corrupt leaders of Valley parties remained silent over the launch of Kashmir Jehad by Pak ISI, colluded with separatists to stay in power and ignored the agents of Pakistan who organised civic disturbances to destabilise the state.

These leaders never asserted that Kashmir was not a 'Muslim' issue -- a claim made by Pakistan -- since the integral state was home to Hindus, Buddhists and Christians in large numbers. They deliberately brought in Pakistan as a factor in the democratic internal governance of the state simply because this helped to divert attention from their misrule and corruption. Now, under the LG regime, development should be taken to the people and deeper enquiries should be made into the disproportionate assets acquired by the local political leaders, in appropriate cases. Normalcy will return to J&K when its administration will come into full play and the state would be seen as being governed from Srinagar, not Delhi.

As mentioned earlier, India's security and foreign policies have held well in the context of Kashmir -- the Oct 22 proceedings of the US House Committee on Foreign Affairs proving it as much. American acting assistant secretary for South and Central Asian affairs, Alice Wells, told the committee that the US supported the Indian government's stated objectives for scrapping the special status of J&K -- thus affirming that the development was an internal matter of India -- and went on record to make it clear that while a dialogue between India and Pakistan was the most effective way of reducing bilateral tensions this was contingent on Islamabad taking 'sustained and irreversible steps' against terrorists on its soil. 

This coordinates with India's policy stand that 'terror and talks could not go together' and turns Pakistan's plea that terrorists were 'non state actors' on its head by questioning that country's failure to chase the militant outfits out of their safe havens, if indeed they did not enjoy any state patronage.

The US concerns for an early return of the Kashmiris to normal day-to-day life represent the objective of India too -- the world community has to be kept updated on the efforts being made by the state and central governments to facilitate that process. Visibility of improvement can be demonstrated in many ways. The decision of the Centre to allow a group of 23 members of European Parliament coming to Delhi to make a trip to J&K counts for this -- the visiting dignitaries expressed full support for India's fight against terror. Militants, meanwhile, made some stray attacks on non-Kashmiri labour working in the state -- not surprising, considering that the latter are soft targets.

India has finally succeeded in getting the world to acknowledge that Pakistan's incessant attempts to use cross-border terrorism in Kashmir to keep the pot boiling there was what had forced the hands of the Modi regime to abrogate Art 370 and take charge of the security and development of J&K as a state of India. Time has come for India to specify the dangerous character of Pak-sponsored terror that relied for motivation not on ideology or an ethnic assertion but on commitment to 'faith' and to impress upon the entire democratic world that the revanchist call of Jehad, which had the potential of producing suicide bombers as an instrument of war, could make the world an unsafe place for a long time to come.

This is the threat of a new kind of terror arising out of the Muslim world and it is necessary to have it countered by way of a declaration of OIC that resort to Jehad was not a legitimate way of solving political disputes in today's world. Unlike a country like the US, India, that houses the second largest Muslim population in the world, is particularly vulnerable to this danger since Pakistan has made Kashmir Jehad a declared war cry against India and is now determined to infiltrate Islamic militants through Bangladesh, Nepal and Sri Lanka routes. 

Internal security in India has to watch out against the influences of radicalisation and extend the outreach to concerned families to ward these off. Indian diplomacy must talk of the faith-based terror that the world was being exposed to and mobilise international opinion against it. A grave threat to our national security need not be couched in ambiguous terms for reasons of the need for diplomacy to be 'politically correct' always. India can use the dialogue of think-tanks to firm up the opinion of democratic countries against the enlarging threat of what is clearly an Islam-based terror.

(The writer is a former Director Intelligence Bureau)


          

Pregnancy Vlog: Week 20

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I am officially past the half way point in this pregnancy!!!  WOW, I just totally can't believe that I have made it this far and that this is really happening!  Thinking back to the 28 months before this cycle just makes me even more grateful and emotional.

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This pregnancy has been very interesting to say the least.  My friends and family back home in Texas keep asking me if I am showing yet because I haven't posted any belly pics.  Like I mentioned in the past, I don't really feel comfortable with belly pics, but decided I would give them proof that there's no belly and that it's still just my normal flabby belly that i've always had....lol



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The Sales Associate, Emerging Technology, will assist in the overall sales process, manage opportunities in the sales force in the customer database, track communications, build presentations, as well as call upon customers. This role will be responsible for coordination of RFP and RFQ bid responses. This role will assist national account and dealers sales personnel with quotes and orders in collaboration with required departments to drive internal processes. The Sales Associate, Emerging Technology will also assist in developing pointed messaging and marketing strategy. This role will assist with the sales process at each stage. 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It’s one of the most important stories playing out in Western Europe. Can Muslims be assimilated en masse into Western culture? Or will Muslims force the culture to accommodate their own habits?

In simpler terms, can a Western culture maintain its respect for free expression and still accommodate those who believe that anyone who insults or blasphemes the prophet of Islam should be put to death? How much of the erosion of civil liberties in the West derives from Islamist refusal to assimilate? And how many of those on the woke left are simply applying the Islamist playbook to speech it deems to be hateful, that is, blasphemous?

We know that the government of China has adopted a radically different approach to Muslim assimilation. It has been running re-education camps to force assimilation. Apparently, these involve torture, though it is not clear that the facts are all in. 

China’s authoritarian government has shut down Ramadan and has forced Muslim shopkeepers to stock and to sell alcohol. Clearly, tolerance is not a Chinese value.  The Chinese refuse to coddle those who threaten social cohesion. Many have noted that the world’s Muslim leaders have said not a word about the Chinese method. This might mean that they have been bought off. It might also mean that they understand the need for Muslims to adopt more modern cultural habits.

We have occasionally remarked on what happens when countries allow too many unassimilable Muslim migrants into their midst. The cases of Germany and Sweden stand out. Today, we report on an interesting article from the New York Times, on the pace of assimilation in France. We note that France has many more Muslims than these other Western European countries and has been at the effort to help them to assimilate for far longer. We also note that No Go zones, the kind that are popping up in Sweden, have been a staple of the Parisian suburbs for decades now.

The Times article, written by Adam Nossiter, uses the death of ISIS leader al-Baghdadi to assess the effect that Islamist terrorism has had on France. How, in Nossiter words, it has traumatized the nation, produced a backlash against Muslims and has produced a greater tolerance for police force. But, he continues to say that Islam has altered the fabric of everyday life in France:

The reason is simple: the Islamic State’s crimes, and the fear they instilled in the national psyche, are so ingrained in France that the daily fabric of life has been inexorably altered.

As if proof were needed, within the last month, a former far-right candidate shot two Muslims who stopped him from burning down a mosque. A Muslim mother was reprimanded by an official for wearing a head scarf. And President Emmanuel Macron called for a “society of vigilance” after a Muslim employee at Police Headquarters in Paris killed four officers in a knife attack.

These recent symptoms of what some call an ongoing trauma for France demonstrate why Mr. al-Baghdadi’s death was ‘‘no more than a step,” as Mr. Macron put it Sunday in a muted reaction to the news.

They might have done to offer a few lusty cheers about the death of their nemesis. After all, the muted reaction suggests a people that has been weakened and defeated, that has lost the war.

The demise of the terrorist leader did nothing to heal the wound that the Islamic State opened in French society with the terrorist attacks of 2015 and 2016. Every day, in the persistent mutual fear and suspicion that exists between France and its large, imperfectly integrated Muslim minority, the wound festers.

Imperfectly integrated… a nice phrase. The truth is, among those who suffer from Islamist terrorism are other Muslims. Terrorism makes integration more difficult because it destroys bonds of trust. You can say that people are bigoted, that they engage in invidious stereotyping, but you can also say that they are protecting themselves by distancing themselves from their Muslim neighbors.

Of course, this is a primary reason for committing terrorist actions. Muslim fanatics do not want their co-religionists to integrate into Western societies. They want Western societies to submit to Islam.

Public opinion in France has turned against Islam:

In a survey published Sunday by IFOP, a respected polling firm, in the Journal du Dimanche, 61 percent of respondents said that Islam was “incompatible with the values of French society,” an increase of 8 percent over February. Nearly 80 percent said they felt that the vaunted French creed of secularism was “in danger,” largely because of Islam.

The wound existed well before the Islamic State attacks of November 2015 at the Bataclan and elsewhere in Paris. But the massacres perpetrated by al-Baghdadi’s foot soldiers — roughly 1,700 French citizens joined the Islamic State, of whom perhaps 700 were fighters — exacerbated the split between France and its Muslims.

The massacres also amplified the scope of judicial and police control over French society, and created a far more receptive climate for tough police repression. That was evident in this year’s gloves-off handling of the Yellow Vest protesters, which was largely accepted by the French despite thousands of wounded.

This suggests that French Muslims should be leading the charge against radical Islam. It also suggests that they should make every effort to assimilate. That means, they should conform to the local cultural mores and norms.

Surely, the knee jerk effort to paint everyone as Islamophobic is a way to trick Western cultures into accomodating Islam and not vice versa.

Nossiter continues:

But the attacks only exacerbated an already troubled relationship between France and its Muslim population, nearly all agree.

“The attacks heightened this climate of fear regarding Islam,” said Tareq Oubrou, an imam in Bordeaux who is a leading proponent of a reformist strain of Islam. “The ordinary citizen makes no distinction between terrorism, Islamism and sectarianism,” he said.

The French have reacted by using more police force under a law declaring a state of emergency:

The government they both served quickly imposed a state of emergency.

It survives in part to this day, codified permanently in French law by Mr. Macron — the very measures deplored by civil libertarian jurists like Mr. Sureau.

The most notable of these measures allow for expanded and renewable house arrests of persons under suspicion, searches without judicial warrant, and the imposition of electronic bracelets. Mr. Sureau, in his pamphlet, wrote that “the state of emergency was 6,000 searches for 40 arrests, of which 20 were for excusing terrorism.”

But there was little sustained opposition to the new measures, either when they were first imposed or later enacted into law.

Mr. Laïdi observed that “the immense majority of French don’t feel that their civil liberties are threatened” — and the evidence for that is the stillborn debate over the harshness of police tactics in response to the violent Yellow Vest demonstrations. Scattered protests led to nothing.

          

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Posted: October 30, 2019 Location:Fayetteville, Arkansas Show Map Salary:compensation will be commensurType:Full Time - ExperiencedYears of Experience:2 - 4Preferred Education:Doctorate Position Announcement - Food Engineer DESCRIPTION: The University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture and the Dale Bumpers College of Agricultural, Food and Life Sciences at the University of Arkansas invite applications for a 12-month, tenure-track position (80% research and 20% teaching) appointment in the area of Food Engineering. The 80% research appointment may be shared with the Department of Biological and Agricultural Engineering; tenure home will be in the Department of Food Science. RESPONSIBILITIES: The candidate is expected to use a multi-disciplinary systems approach to develop a nationally recognized research program in understanding engineering properties of foods containing macromolecules and micronutrients for advanced manufacturing and delivery of food using technologies such as additive manufacturing (3D printing) to achieve targeted functionality for improving health, quality and safety. Research will focus on developing technologies to deliver nutrients in bioavailable form. The candidate will engage in multidisciplinary research to harness data to determine science-based personalized formulations using systems approach. Research will explore the interaction of formulations and process conditions to achieve desired food quality. The research may involve investigating food processes and human digestion process to understand breakdown, changes in properties, and release of nutrients. This position will complement faculty in the Arkansas Agricultural Experiment Station and in the College of Engineering on advanced food manufacturing, human nutrition and health needs. The candidate will develop an extramural-funded state-relevant research program, teach food science/engineering undergraduate and/or graduate courses, and serve as the research advisor for PhD and MS students as well as undergraduate honors students in both departments. The candidate will actively engage faculty from other disciplines and physical locations and aggressively pursue extramural funding for their program. The candidate will also serve the Department, Division and College committees as assigned, and as opportunity and expertise permits. APPLICATION DEADLINE: Review of applications will begin December 15, 2019 and continue until a qualified candidate is identified. 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Aon is looking for a System Analyst



As part of an industry-leading team, you will help empower results for our clients by delivering innovative and effective solutions supporting Voluntary Benefit Enrollment Solutions, in Irvine, CA. As a System Analyst, you will report directly to the Technology Manager.



Your Impact as a Systems Analyst



Job Responsibilities:

* Ability to interface with Clients/Brokers/Carriers/Vendors/Team Members

* Import various file types using queries, code modules, and specs.

* Code using Microsoft VBA for data manipulation and building forms.

* Export data to various file/report types using client/carrier/ vendor specification.

* Conduct program testing and file/report auditing.

* Perform all necessary testing to ensure completeness and accuracy of data files.

* Track and follow up on transmission of production files to ensure timeliness in loading client s data.

* Track and resolve any discrepancies that may occur before, during and post all data files.

* Assist with and create various ad hoc reports for internal and or external users as needed.

* Perform all other related and compatible duties as assigned.

* Coordinate closely with IT management, other programmer analysts, project managers, and external clients, as needed, to ensure proper development and implementation of program and system specifications.

* Handle assigned research and development projects.

* Perform all other related and compatible duties as assigned.



You Bring Knowledge and Expertise



Required Experience:



* 1 plus years of experience with MS Access, with emphasis on working with databases, tables, queries, macros, reports, mult-table joins, SQL statements, built-in functions, and import/export capabilities.

* 1 plus years of experience with SQL and its querying functions.

* Advanced level proficiency with MS Excel.

* Sets priorities and manages work flow to ensure efficient, timely and accurate processing of transactions and other responsibilities.

* Ability to work as part of a team as well as independently.

* Excellent verbal, writing and listening skills and the ability to multitask and organize.

* Comprehension of benefit plans and benefit systems in terms of describing their capabilities, requirements and determining if in-house system will be able to provide the solutions needed.



Preferred Experience:

* Formal training with Visual Basic/VB.net.



Education:

* Bachelor s degree in relevant discipline or equivalent years of industry experience.



Aon provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, creed, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, disability, veteran, marital, or domestic partner status. Aon is committed to a diverse workforce and is an affirmative action employer.
          

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Assistant Professor Of Economics

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Assistant Professor of Economics The Department of Economics at Wofford College invites applications for two full-time, tenure-track positions at the rank of Assistant Professor of Economics in any field to start in September 2020. Qualification A Ph.D. in economics (or closely related) is required by the time of appointment; however, consideration will be provided for ABD candidates with expectation of completion by September 2020. For one of the two positions, preference will be given for qualified candidates with experience in macroeconomics and money and banking. Expectation The normal teaching load for Wofford faculty is three courses per semester, plus a course in our January interim term (beginning in the second year; learn more about this program at successful candidates will be encouraged to propose and teach new courses to complement the department's offerings. The ability to engage in high quality teaching is essential. We also expect an active and ongoing research program, and we are especially interested in candidates whose research is conducive to collaboration with students and other faculty. Finally, the successful candidates will be expected to serve the department and college through committee work and through student advising and engagement. To earn tenure, faculty are expected to demonstrate excellence in teaching, continued scholarly development, and service to the college. Application Required application materials include a cover letter, CV, one working paper, teaching portfolio (statement of teaching philosophy, course evaluations, and syllabi as applicable), and three letters of reference. All required application materials must be received by December 2, 2019 to receive assured consideration. Review of candidates will continue until the positions are filled. Application materials and questions may be directed to the Economics Search Committee Chair at . About Wofford College Wofford College, established in 1854, is a private, four-year, residential liberal arts college located in Spartanburg, SC. It offers 25 major fields of study to a student body of about 1,700 undergraduates and is nationally known for the strength of its academic program, outstanding faculty, study abroad participation, and successful graduates. Wofford is home to one of the nation's 283 Phi Beta Kappa chapters. Spartanburg is a city of around 40,000 located in the northwestern part of the state, around one hour's drive from Charlotte or Asheville, NC, and about 40 minutes from Greenville, SC. Coastal South Carolina can be reached in about 3 hours. Learn more about Spartanburg at Additional Information Wofford College values diversity within our students, faculty, and staff, and strives to recruit, develop, and retain the most talented people. We encourage applications from all underrepresented groups, including persons with varied backgrounds, perspectives, and experiences, regardless of race, color, creed, religion, sex, age, national origin, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, or other legally protected status in accordance with applicable federal and state laws. It is the policy of Wofford College to provide reasonable accommodations for qualified individuals with disabilities who are employees or applicants for employment. If you require an accommodation to participate in any part of the hiring process, please contact Human Resources at . A background check will be conducted for finalist candidates. Employment is contingent upon completion of a successful background check and establishment of identity and verification of employment eligibility as required by the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986.The Chronicle of Higher Education. Keywords: Economics - Assistant Professor, Location: Spartanburg, SC - 29303
          

Le collectif de citoyens de Mayotte demande à rencontrer Emmanuel Macron - Outre-mer la 1ère - La 1ère

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#CequeMacronneverrapasaMayotte : sur Twitter, les Mahorais montrent leur réalité - Outre-mer la 1ère - La 1ère

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Visite présidentiel à Mayotte: Emmanuel Macron accusé de "menteur" par le Rassemblement national - LINFO.re

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“Sécession”, “geste politique”, “échec de notre modèle”… Ce que Macron a dit du voile à Valeurs actuelles - Valeurs Actuelles

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E. Macron répond aux agriculteurs suite aux manifestations #Sauvetonpaysan - Terre-net

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Mississippi Democratic Party Needs to Overhaul Strategies, Outreach, Diversity

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Best-selling author Angie Thomas, a Jackson native, is leaving Mississippi because she cannot stand to live among the toxic politics that hurts so many people. Photo by Anissa Photography.

Prominent novelist Angie Thomas is planning to leave Mississippi due to the toxic politics here, which was on prominent display in last night’s election outcome. The wildly successful graduate of Belhaven College grew up in Georgetown in Jackson and travels frequently to Atlanta, Los Angeles and beyond. Her first novel became a popular feature film, and now her second adapted film is in production. She told me in a recent Let’s Talk Jackson podcast that she is turning her career attention toward the film world as well as writing books.

But, as of now, Angie doesn’t plan to make films in her native Mississippi, even as she is investing in her old neighborhood, fixing up playgrounds and working to inspire kids, much as her hero Nipsey Hussle did in L.A., as she explained in our podcast and a recent cover story by JFP Culture Writer Aliyah Veal.

“I once considered putting my production company in Mississippi, filming projects in Mississippi,” Angie tweeted last night. “But I also realize the money from those projects would benefit politicians who don't see me as an equal. Money talks, and mine walks.”

The Real Root of Mississippi ‘Brain Drain’

Many of the same politicians who won statewide offices last night by pandering to Donald Trump love to talk about stopping Mississippi brain drain, of course. There's even a "Mississippi Brain Drain Commission" with an ugly website. But it’s always about anything but reversing hatefulness and intolerance of anyone not just like those in power.

Angie wasn’t the only one tweeting about this last night: Smart Mississippians crowded into my mentions to say they don’t think they can stay in the state much longer, while the election outcome discouraged many ex-pats who want to return home.

I and my staff have worked mightily to convince young people to stay in the state and use their energy and resources for progress here since I returned 18 years ago and then started this paper. It’s extremely common for me to be out in public—the last time at the Mississippi Civil Rights Museum a couple weeks ago—and a young professional I don’t know walks up to me to tell me that they were uncertain about moving to Jackson for a job or whatever, but picked up the Jackson Free Press while visiting and realized that the state has people who don’t fit the hateful stereotype. This has happened hundreds of times since the Jackson Free Press launched in 2002.

It’s getting hard to ask Mississippians to stay or return now, though. Just the tweets last night showed that their pain is real. A former Mississippi Youth Media Project student I worked with—a brilliant young white woman who attended Murrah High School and now goes to college out of state—tweeted last night that while she loves Mississippi, she doesn’t like it. As much as she was engaged here in trying to lift up the capital city and its public schools, while helping educate others about the state's racist history, I’m not going to hold my breath that she will return to live, perhaps ever.

She is following the path I and so many others chose: Get out before the state killed me with its sexism, racism I’m supposed to share, and cruelty to the less fortunate.

This is especially true for bright young minds because so much of the legislation out of the GOP supermajority is designed to hurt them, especially if they are young people of color, women, an immigrant or LGBTQ. And the state’s leaders disparage them at every turn for thinking differently. If we disagree at all, we are a horrific “liberal” or “socialist” monster—labels that Republicans here hurl around to mean anybody who isn’t a lapdog for Donald Trump or, frankly, someone who believes in true diversity at all tables and race and gender equity in our society.

Free, critical thinking is unacceptable. As Gov. Phil Bryant tweeted yesterday, "Here in Mississippi we are conservatives" ... except we're all not conservatives, and it's our state, too. This language is designed to run off those who don't agree, taking their votes and potential with them, and too often works.

The Problem with Mississippi Democrats

Then there is the Democratic Party in the state—which, truth be told, has been the real culprit, over all, since I returned in 2002. Compare what just happened in Kentucky as I tweeted last night—a state with 87% white population turned blue. Here, the state with the highest proportion of African Americans in the U.S. at around 38% got redder.

Republicans counter now that the Kentucky incumbent wasn't liked there; well, no one actually likes Tate Reeves here, either, it seems, so that doesn't explain it.

I’ve talked about this for years now—a timid, closed groupthink infects the Mississippi Democratic Party from the top, especially among the white men who traditionally control, fund and strategize for it. Certainly, many of them are well-meaning from a macro level; they talk a lot about education funding, which is vitally important but clearly cannot alone carry this party to victory in pretty much any election. Some burn through a lot of often-quiet funding for good causes—trying to change the Mississippi flag, funding fights for public-education laws—but often won’t put themselves out in front of the issues to take the direct hits and model what it looks like to weather them.

Many Democratic leaders here are afraid of offending white conservative voters to a ridiculous fault. I guess they really believe that voters they would lose by actually supporting women’s rights or learning to speak intelligently about racism to black people are the very ones who would turn around and vote for them if they shoot enough guns in TV ads. It’s theater of the absurd, not to mention funny math.

That ship has sailed, gentlemen. This Democratic race to oblivion found the bottom last night.

Ignore, Belittle Women at Your Peril, Dem Men

But here’s the thing: Women can help you right the ship, Dems, just as they are doing in other states, as last night’s results around the U.S., especially white suburbs, showed. You’re going to have to listen to women and invite us to all the tables, though, even as we start creating more forums of our own that are going to challenge all of you, regardless of party.

If there is anything I learned from visits and conversation with so many women over the last year while I recovered from breast cancer is that we’re all fed up, if we’re not the obedient ones already in cahoots with Pat Robertson or the Family Research Council. Starting with the desire to allow a mother to die rather than having an abortion, the state’s leadership is not on women’s side. Any woman.

Women are also talking to each other about the direct slights from men in power, including in the Democratic Party. While I’m not a partisan type by nature (I actually hate the concept of political parties), I have women friends who work with the party in various ways. Most talk about the sexism they encounter when trying to bring new ideas to the table. They are ignored, patted on the head, treated like they don’t know what they’re talking about.

Last night I texted one of my black women friends who volunteers with the party as the writing on the Mississippi wall became clear. She has a brilliant strategic mind and understands politics and what motivates voters backward and forward.

“We coulda told em,” I wrote.

“They wouldn’t listen to me,” she responded. “I don’t know what I’m taking about.”

But she does know. No matter. When it comes to legislation or campaigns targeted to “rural whites” to the exclusion of others, Dem leaders here expect women, African Americans and other people of color to suck it up and vote for the party, even though it keeps losing.

A major moment in this campaign cycle was when the Democratic nominee for lieutenant governor, Jay Hughes, voted for the anti-abortion “heartbeat bill” last session—in the very state where women came together in a grassroots campaign like we've never seen here before or since to defeat the personhood amendment at the polls in 2011. I later saw male strategists trying to take full credit, of course, but it was the bottom-up momentum by women meeting in living rooms that made the difference. My paper ran many columns by women from different backgrounds and political beliefs coming out against personhood that went viral in the state. Women came together like we must do more often.

Like the ads he ran for over a year on a conservative anti-women and racist blog here—the blogger calls women "sluts" and says breast implants should explode and ranks "hottest" young women reporters—Hughes’ reasoning on the heartbeat bill this year was absurd. It was something about making sure white Democrats wouldn’t become extinct. Then last night he took in fewer voters than attorney general candidate Jennifer Riley Collins, a black Democrat the party virtually ignored.

I criticized Hughes' vote rather mildly on Twitter after his heartbeat vote, and got hit with a barrage of personal insults from a sock-puppet account. Apparently, my criticism of his heartbeat bill meant I had a "secret crush" on Hughes.

"Mouth off Yall" tweeted: "It's just been amusing to watch the girl crush that @DonnerKay has had on @Jay4Mississippi over the last year." (Earlier, I had criticized Democrat Hughes for advertising on the misogynistic blog.) He went on: "It's like he dumped her or something. Maybe she's been paid off by the Russians to attack him on everything he does. Just calling balls & strikes here."

My criticism of Hughes couldn't be because I'm a woman, have a degree in political science and a master's in journalism, have watched and commented on politics in Mississippi for years, or because I'm a woman with intelligent opinions. No, it was a "crush." And this one is mild compared to insults I've gotten from Democratic men here with their real names attached. One even lunged at me in a bar one night due to my mayoral endorsement.

This, sadly, is not uncommon for women here. I’ve been called every name for speaking out loud about politics, especially if it is not in lockstep with Democratic leadership logic, which it pretty much never is. Too many men in our state care more about being told they're wrong than actually getting it right.

Many women tell me they are afraid to speak up because they see how men talk to me when I do. They fear losing jobs and opportunities or public smears. Let that sink in.

Sucking It Up for the Party Won’t Work

What I and many other women have been saying for years is now flashing in neon: sucking it up for the party won’t work. What the Dems in Mississippi must do is start today—not in three-and-a-half years—to pack away their defensiveness and create a new kind of welcoming party that doesn’t pander to racists and misogynists. Just go ahead and let the GOP own that. I don’t mean a hard shift to the Bernie Sanders left. I mean the kind of collaboration that can result when more not-white men are invited in, asked for feedback and listened to respectfully. If there’s anything the Mississippi Democratic Party needs right now, it is to put hats firmly in hand, get out into our communities and really listen to people. All of them. The time for timidity and fragility is past.

What must come first is a welcoming attitude to the Democratic tent if that party is to survive here. And, yes, allow a Stacey Abrams into Mississippi to help get out the vote, as well as engage prominent African Americans right here in the state. I mean, look at the mailers and TV ads—Republicans are going to associate Dems, and even reasonable Republicans, with people like Sanders and AOC anyway and call the candidate “socialist” or such no matter what you actually believe. So at least try to get another 50,000 votes out of forming real multiracial coalitions.

Angie Thomas was still tweeting this morning about her decision to leave and take her money with her, even as she still plans to invest back into her community here. “I have plans to create jobs, affordable housing, and recreation. I’m already putting things into place. And I don’t have to live there to do it. What are YOU doing besides Tweeting?” she told people who were complaining about her decision to leave.

She also retweeted @kaykaypolitiks who supported her decision as a way to explain how hard the toxic politics are on black Mississippians not considered welcome here by Republicans. “These elections take a toll on black bodies... creatively, mentally, spiritually, physically etc. I say go where you can be well, @angiecthomas. Much love," @kaykaypolitiks wrote.

I then asked Angie this morning if any Democratic leaders had reached out to her to help them connect to her fan base in the state—kind of an obvious ask for a party that so desperately needs to grow its voter base. The brilliant best-selling author’s answer, sadly, did not surprise me.

“Lol nope. They’re scared to even follow me on social media,” Angie answered.

That just says it all. It's time to wake up, Democrats, to the potential and new voters all around you in Mississippi. Clearly, the alternative is a loser’s game.

But there’s hope in such a dramatic loss for actual Democratic change here to rise from the ashes; the excuses are over. I saw a tweet today from a white male Democrat I’ve tangled with after past elections over the need to hire new strategists in the state who understand the faulty logic of pandering for the same white conservative voters. In our last engagement, he was condescending and dismissive to me.

This morning, he tweeted a mea culpa to his followers: “All is not lost, but things will go SO. MUCH. SLOWER. if white men in this party, including myself, do not directly advocate for more diverse leadership.”

Exactly. Women have been saying that here for a long, long time. It's well past time for men to start listening.

Donna Ladd is the editor-in-chief and CEO of the Jackson Free Press. Follow her on Twitter at @donnerkay and read her blog at donnaladd.com.


          

Master Scheduler

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Description: Monitor and maintain forecast and inventory levels for a variety of finished goods. Evaluate different forecast models and apply the best model to ensure forecast accuracy. Follow up with Product Marketing on forecast changes. Manage a steady flow of Engineering Change OrdersParticipate in quarterly S&OP process by preparing data and graphs. Support Supply Chain Planning in optimizing the newly implemented Sales and Operations Planning software solution. Perform User Acceptance Testing, create reports, create training documents, and help new users become familiar with the tool. Manage forecast in Hyperion, 9 and SAP Support monthly forecast meeting by providing reports and data extracts. Establish and maintain metrics and dashboards against forecasting and inventory models. Provide ATP reports as required. Initiate, maintain and coordinate ECO change activity with functional groups. Manage applications resolution involving supply and demand conflicts (SAP, o9, Hyperion, EDW, Agile, Tableau, etc.). Ensure MRP accuracy across all plants in o9 and SAP. Engage IT support for future business enhancements within our applications (identify areas of improvement, functional spec, script testing, project management). Manage and review SOX compliance for MRP load Manage material master and bill of material structures in ERP application. Support, resolve and troubleshoot o9 advanced planning system and ERP application (MRP/MPS) issues. Define and maintain KPI"---s thru the creation of dashboards. Data mine and format information across multiple software applications. Support and analyze monthly inventory review, including excess and obsolescence analysis, with Finance.Coordinate inventory concerns with organization and support monthly inventory review with executive management. Compare different forecast models in o9 and select appropriate model Do master scheduling for group which includes accessories (group has large amount of change orders)Manage change ordersHandle master scheduling for new product launches-will provide growth opportunitiesSkill/Job Requirements: Bachelor"---s degree or equivalent and 1-5+ years of experience in supply chain and manufacturing, preferably with a medical device company. Masters Degree preferred Would consider candidates right out of college with a SC DegreeExperience with ERP systems, Business Intelligence applications and MS Office products, preferably SAP ERP/BI, Hyperion, Agile and Tableau. Understanding global forecasts in a medium/high volume, high mix manufacturing environment. Attention to detail and accuracy. Understanding Regulatory requirements within the medical device manufacturing industry. Ability to manage multiple objectives and priorities concurrently. Excellent verbal and written communication skills. Experience in a high volume ECO environment. APICS certification great but not a requirementSAP experience would be a plusSystems background.Teamwork skillsMust have very good excel skills(pivot tables, macros etc" -), PowerPoint etcMRP Experience is ideal (SAP, Oracle etc" -)Documentation experience (Co. uses Agile) good to have but not a requirement.
          

Xi, Macron unite on climate after US withdraws from Paris pact

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Chinese leader Xi Jinping and French President Emmanuel Macron declared on Wednesday that the Paris climate pact was “irreversible”, showing a united front after Washington formally withdrew from the accord this week. Major powers expressed regret and concern after President Donald Trump went ahead with the pullout from the Paris accord despite mounting evidence of … Continued

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Remote Desktop Manager 2019.2.xx

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Remote Desktop Manager

Implements datacenter based virtual machine fetching for VMWare.

2019.2.15.0

Updated Nov 4, 2019

Features

  • Added Microsoft Windows 10 dark theme detection and changed the default when detected.
  • Allowed folders in the private vault when the "OnlyAllowCredentialsInPrivateVault" policy is activated.
  • Implemented datacenter based virtual machine fetching for VMWare.
  • Improved paste buffer to allow huge paste in Terminal.

Fixes

  • Fixed a possible database upgrade issue with SQL Server.
  • Fixed an issue with the menu and ribbon both appear.
  • Fixed an issue with the SSL inspection hang.
  • Fixed issue sending macros to terminal.
  • Fixed issue with the macro "balloon" causing issues when opening a property window.
  • Fixed RDM not disappearing from taskbar with the option "When not minimized".

          

Business Strategy Analyst I-Bank Omnichannel Sales & Service Performance

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PURPOSE OF JOB

Uses quantitative and qualitative analysis to provide thought-leadership on evolving industry trends, market developments, USAA s strategic direction, regulatory environment, and macroeconomic trends for the business unit. Provides insights and information-based context for key stakeholders in the business unit to effectively manage, influence, and impact line of business strategy.

We are currently seeking a talented Business Strategy Analyst I for one of the following locations: Tampa Crosstown, Colorado Springs Campus, Phoenix, San Antonio Home Office I, or Remote.

JOB REQUIREMENTS

* Collaborates with stakeholders to identify key business assumptions and hypotheses around line of business strategy. Assists experienced Business Strategy Analysts and other subject matter experts with refining hypotheses and identifying business questions to explore further.

* Develops the analytical framework and blueprint to answer business questions identified in the business portfolio, product, or member experience.

* Collaborates with key stakeholders to evaluate and uncover strategic insights related to Profit & Loss performance including Product Strategy, Pricing, Marketing, Sales, Credit Risk, Distribution Channels, and Member Experience.

* Leverages advanced data-driven problem-solving techniques to manipulate and interpret business data. Translates findings into insights for strategy management and execution.

* Prepares materials that help communicate the significance of the strategic insights to senior leaders and other key stakeholders. May participate in key stakeholder meetings.

MINIMUM EDUCATION:

* Bachelor s Degree in Business, Science, Finance, Economics or related discipline OR 4 additional years of related experience beyond the minimum required may be substituted in lieu of a degree.

* 4 or more years of experience in data/analytics, strategy consulting, or related business experience, OR Master's Degree and 2 or more years of experience in data/analytics, strategy consulting, or related business experience.

* Project management experience.

* Experience with hypotheses-driven problem solving.

* Experience in data analysis.

*Qualifications may warrant placement in a different job level*

When you apply for this position, you will be required to answer some initial questions. This will take approximately 5 minutes. Once you begin the questions you will not be able to finish them at a later time and you will not able to change your responses.

PREFERRED:

* 2 or more years of Retail Banking experience.

The above description reflects the details considered necessary to describe the principal functions of the job and should not be construed as a detailed description of all the work requirements that may be performed in the job.

At USAA our employees enjoy one of the best benefits packages in the business, including a flexible business casual or casual dress environment, comprehensive medical, dental and vision plans, along with wellness and wealth building programs. Additionally, our career path planning and continuing education will assist you with your professional goals.

RELOCATION assistance is AVAILABLE for this position.

FOR INTERNAL CANDIDATES:

Must complete 12 months in current position (from date of hire or date of placement) or must have manager s approval prior to posting.

LAST DAY FOR INTERNAL CANDIDATES TO APPLY TO THE OPENING IS 11/06/19 BY 11:59 PM CST TIME.

USAA is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer and gives consideration for employment to qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, pregnancy, veteran status or any other legally protected characteristic. If you'd like more information about your EEO rights as an applicant under the law, please click here. For USAA s Affirmative Action and EEO statement, please click here. Furthermore, USAA makes hiring decisions compliant with the Fair Chance Initiative for Hiring Ordinance (LAMC 189.00).

USAA provides equal opportunity to qualified individuals with disabilities and disabled veterans. If you need a reasonable accommodation, please email HumanResources@usaa.com or call 1-800-210-USAA and select option 3 for assistance.
          

Native Instruments Traktor Pro 3 v3.2.1

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Native Instruments Traktor Pro 3 v3.2.1
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TRAKTOR PRO is the industry-leading DJ software - four decks and a stunning range of creative features designed for professional DJs. Industry-leading 4-deck DJ software with unrivaled pro features. Innovative Stem decks for creative mixing with compatible hardware. Powerful looping, over 40 effects, plus 1-knob Macro control.


          

A99 wl flash delay : Steve West wrote:I will take...

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Author: zfcentral
Subject: 94569
Posted: 11 June 2013 at 04:43

Originally posted by Steve West Steve West wrote:


I will take exception to zfcentral's statement that the impact of the wireless delay is overstated. Some people blink very fast in response to the flash commander, and a great many more blink within 0.4sec, and so you will end up using FEL a lot and that can be cumbersome.


Well let me clarify. A lot of the people who complain about it haven't even experienced it. And yes some people blink, and for those who do react on the pre-flash the delay won't make any difference. They blink faster then your ability to time it regardless of delay or no delay.

Originally posted by Steve West Steve West wrote:


For me, I do macros by holding the camera in one hand and the wireless flash in the other. I am constantly moving the camera and lightsource and so using FEL is not appropriate. As you approach 1:1 or greater magnifications, it is very important that the flash go off the instant the camera locks focus. If there is a delay, you will move the camera very slightly causing the image to be soft. Also with something in each hand, hitting the FEL is impossible.


Well in all honesty that is an exception to macro photography in general, hand holding a camera near 1:1 and your already relying on luck and the flash to freeze your motion.

Originally posted by Steve West Steve West wrote:


Sony needs to fix this as that delay is completely unacceptable in the A99 system. How anyone you loves flash would move from a Nikon system to Sony would be a complete mystery, so Sony isn't trying to entice Nikon people for the wonderful flash experience. Current users of Sony that have invested a lot of money into the Sony/Minolta flash system are not going to be happy between the delay and having to use the cheap adapter. So what Sony was thinking when they implemented their system on the A99 is another mystery.


Well i agree they need to fix it, i do however suspect it's not a easy one and thus the total silence and no fix present.

Well the mystery didn't just appear now, Nikon has been far in front of Sony for quite sometime. I know some of you still like to think that Sony/Minolta has been up to speed with both Canon and Nikon in the recent years, that is all but true. And anyone who have used either Nikon or Canon flash system for the past 4 years knows this.

Well i was never invested heavily in Sony flashes (or minolta for that matter) mainly due to the poor performance of the system compared to Nikon. Having used the A99 with it's quite evident Sony did something right since the system is A LOT more consistent in flash exposure and it can actually be used in ttl mode.

The adapter is indeed anything but sturdy for flashes that weighs more then the F20AM/M.

Originally posted by Steve West Steve West wrote:


I'm almost at the point of biting the bullet and going with the Phottix Odin system, and I will never forgive Sony for forcing me into spending a lot of extra money to replace the already expensive Sony flash system I have from my A700 and A77 days.

I'm in a mood to fire the Sony A99 flash engineers.



Yes the Odin looks attractive once released in the new Sony version. Given Sony lacks a dedicated commander it's looks attractive even if there wasn't a wireless delay.

Well i can understand that frustration for sure. Just about any TTL flash system is expensive Sony is no exception.



          

Business Strategy Analyst Lead - Bank Omnichannel Sales Service Performance

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Purpose of Job Uses quantitative and qualitative analysis to provide thought-leadership on evolving industry trends, market developments, USAA's strategic direction, regulatory environment, and macroeconomic trends for the business unit. Provides insights and information-based context for key stakeholders in the business unit to effectively manage, influence, and impact line of business strategy. We are currently seeking a talented Business Strategy Analyst Lead for one of the following locations: Tampa Crosstown, San Antonio Home Office I, Phoenix Campus, Colorado Springs Campus, or Remote. Job Requirements - Leads discussions with key stakeholders to communicate information learned from analyses and provide input into line of business strategy development. - Leads and oversees efforts to identify key business assumptions and hypotheses around line of business strategy. Continuously refines hypotheses and identifies business questions to explore further. - Develops the analytical framework and blueprint to answer business questions identified in the business portfolio, product, or member experience. - Collaborates with key stakeholders to evaluate and uncover strategic insights related to Profit & Loss performance including Product Strategy, Pricing, Marketing, Sales, Credit Risk, Distribution Channels, and Member Experience. - Applies expert analytical rigor to define outcome measures, improve prioritization, increase agility in decisioning, improve ability to evaluate progress towards business outcomes, and to evaluate risks to strategic goals. - Communicates the significance of strategic insights to senior leaders and other key stakeholders. Effectively influences and drives strategic agreement utilizing subject matter expertise and interpersonal and negotiation skills. - Serves as a team lead and provides guidance and on-the-job training to less experienced team members. Minimum Education: - Bachelor's Degree in Business, Science, Finance, Economics or related discipline OR4 additional years of related experience beyond the minimum required may be substituted in lieu of a degree. - 8 or more years of experience in data/analytics, strategy consulting, or related business experience, OR Master's Degree and 6 or more years of experience in data/analytics, strategy consulting, or related business experience. - Demonstrated project management experience. - Experience with hypotheses-driven problem solving. - Experience bringing analytics to action using visualization tools (e.g. Tableau). - Experience influencing business decisions. - Experience leading complex data analysis. - Experience working with leadership teams to identify key opportunities to develop and enhance business strategy using quantitative and qualitative analytics. Preferred: - 2 or more years of Retail Banking experience. The above description reflects the details considered necessary to describe the principal functions of the job and should not be construed as a detailed description of all the work requirements that may be performed in the job. At USAA our employees enjoy one of the best benefits packages in the business, including a flexible business casual or casual dress environment, comprehensive medical, dental and vision plans, along with wellness and wealth building programs. Additionally, our career path planning and continuing education will assist you with your professional goals. Relocation assistance is available for this position. For Internal Candidates: Must complete 12 months in current position (from date of hire or date of placement) or must have manager's approval prior to posting. Last day for internal candidates to apply to the opening is 11/06/19 by 11:59 pm CST time Find your purpose. Join our mission. USAA has grown to serve almost 12 million members. USAA is on a mission - to facilitate the financial security of our members, the men and women of the U.S. military and their families worldwide by providing a full range of financial services and products. USAA attributes its long-standing success to its most valuable resource, our 32,000 employees. They are the heart and soul of our member-service culture. Everything that happens at USAA is based on our core values: Service, Loyalty, Honesty, and Integrity. These are the foundations of how we do business with our members, as well as how we treat each other. USAA is an EEO/AA Employer - applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, pregnancy, protected veteran status or other status protected by law.
          

Transmission Design Associate Engineer

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Description:The Transmissions Design Associate Engineer will work on the New Product Design Team and be responsible for innovative gearbox component level designs through all levels of the new product lifecycle. This includes creating conceptual layouts, performing preliminary sizing/ analysis, and detailed design tolerancing/ stack-ups. They will also support the procurement, testing, production, and field maintenance of transmission systems and components. This role is responsible for managing and completing projects accurately, on-time, and within budget and will be involved in authoring and maintaining technical drawings, documents, presentations, and risk identification and reduction activities. Close coordination with program and organizational leadership teams as well as analysts, manufacturing engineering, test engineering, and other dynamic systems and air vehicle teams.
Basic Qualifications:
B.S. Mechanical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering Technology, Aeronautical Engineering (or equivalent).
Understanding of gear, driveshaft, housing, bearing, and/or lubrication system design.
Knowledge of manufacturing and quality processes.
Proficient in design, analytical, and business software tools.
Proficient with CAD modeling, drafting, and GD&T practices.
Strong verbal communication and technical writing skills.
Ability to interpret requirements, bills of material, and engineering drawings.
Highly competitive and motivated to take ownership of commitments and meet objectives.
Capable of managing complex tasks and drive them to successful outcomes.
Desired Skills:
Experience in Dynamic Component Design.
Familiar with formal Industry Standards, Specifications, and Requirements.
Experience with CATIA V5, CATIA V6, ANSYS, ROMAX, COBRA, JONES.
Understanding of Aircraft Principles.
Ability to create Macros, VB, or other programs to streamline complex engineering tasks.
BASIC QUALIFICATIONS:
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Lockheed Martin is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, protected veteran status, or disability status.
Join us at Lockheed Martin, where your mission is ours. Our customers tackle the hardest missions. Those that demand extraordinary amounts of courage, resilience and precision. They're dangerous. Critical. Sometimes they even provide an opportunity to change the world and save lives. Those are the missions we care about.

As a leading technology innovation company, Lockheed Martin's vast team works with partners around the world to bring proven performance to our customers' toughest challenges. Lockheed Martin has employees based in many states throughout the U.S., and Internationally, with business locations in many nations and territories.
EXPERIENCE LEVEL:
Experienced Professional
          

Macroeconomics~Third~Edition~Instructors~Solution~Manual

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Macron et Xi font front commun face à Trump sur le climat

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Emmanuel Macron et Xi Jinping ont réaffirmé mercredi à Pékin leur "ferme soutien" à l'accord de Paris sur le climat, affichant leur unité face aux États-Unis de Donald Trump, qui viennent d'officialiser leur retrait.
          

Climat : Macron et Xi réaffirment leur soutien à l’accord « irréversible » de Paris

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Les présidents chinois et francais Xi Jinping et Emmanuel Macron ont réaffirmé mercredi à Pékin leur "ferme soutien" à l'accord de Paris sur le climat, deux jours après l'officialisation du retrait des Etats-Unis.
          

One by one, portraits of Emmanuel Macron are disappearing from town halls across France

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Is stealing a presidential portrait a prison-worthy crime? Or a laudable act of civil disobedience?
          

French leader to raise 'taboo' topics during business-focused visit to China

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French President Emmanuel Macron arrives in China on Monday to drum up new business deals, but under warning from his hosts to keep off thorny issues such as the pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong.
          

11/7/2019: NEWS: Port Douglas strip set to shine

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PORT Douglas’ iconic strip is set to sparkle tomorrow night. Douglas Shire Council will flick the switch at 7pm on tens of thousands of twinkling fairy lights strung up in trees to brighten up Macrossan St. Douglas Shire Mayor Julia Leu said the...
          

Financial Analyst

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Synapse. Like the powerful connections in the brain we take our name from, we too make powerful connections.For over 20 years, we have connected people with their passions, products with engaged customers, and our multi-channel clients""including some of the world's largest consumer brands""with innovative marketing programs.At Synapse, we employ over 170 professionals whose sole focus is creating, executing, and sustaining winning marketing programs tailored to our clients. Our programs leverage powerful brands to help our partners achieve their marketing objectives, strengthening their customer relationships and their bottom lines.At Synapse, you'll work with impressive minds, enjoy great perks, and be a part of a unique company culture. If you're passionate about writing your own story and growing ours, we'd like to hear from you.The FP&A Analyst will be supporting multiple distribution channels through analysis and reporting.You will:--- Prepare various weekly channel subscription and performance reports--- Prepare monthly p/l variance analysis and risk/opportunities analysis and participate in monthly financial reviews with business leaders--- Take the lead on key tasks related to the month-end close, including accrual process, client invoicing, cancel analysis and preparation of journal entries--- Assist in preparation of quarterly business review presentations, quarterly reforecast and annual budget--- Prepare various financial ad hoc analyses and reports--- Provide support in development of new offer profit models, process improvements, special projects, etc.You have:--- Excellent analytical and quantitative abilities--- Ability to work independently, prioritize workload and meet deadlines quickly and accurately--- Team player with excellent interpersonal and communication skills--- A sense of humor is a plus--- Detail-oriented, organized with strong follow through--- Strong computer skills with proficiency in MS Excel, Word and PowerPoint. Hyperion and MicroStrategy knowledge a plus--- Bachelors Degree in Finance, Math, Business Management, or equivalent--- 0-2 years experience, direct marketing or magazine publishing within a finance group is a plusYou are:Skilled: -You have one to two -years of business experience in a finance/analytical role (preferred). You possess strong quantitative and qualitative analytic skills. You're comfortable -working with incomplete information and can easily adapt to changing priorities.Communicative: -You bring strong interpersonal, oral and written communication skills. You are comfortable interacting with all levels of personnel and management effectively.Tech-savvy: -You have strong Excel skills and can produce formulas, pivot tables, macros, etc. in the tool.Organized: -You bring proven organization skills with the ability to work under pressure. You can prioritize responsibilities on multiple projects simultaneously and work independently to meet tight deadlines. You also have a strong attention to detail and accuracy and are driven to deliver a timely and accurate work product.It is the policy of Meredith to provide equal employment opportunity (EEO) to all persons regardless of age, color, national origin, citizenship status, physical or mental disability, race, religion, creed, gender, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and/or expression, genetic information, marital status, status with regard to public assistance, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local law. In addition, Meredith will provide reasonable accommodations for qualified individuals with disabilities.Meredith participates in the federal E-Verify program to confirm the identity and employment authorization of all newly hired employees. For further information about the E-Verify program, please click here:
          

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Kiina on varoittanut Hongkongin tapahtumien olevan maan sisäinen asia, Macron kommentoi silti – paheksui myös ”eräiden” valintoja ilmastoasioissa

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Ranskan presidentti Emmanuel Macron kertoi keskiviikkona sanoneensa Kiinan-vierailullaan maan presidentille Xi Jinpingille, että Hongkongin tilanne vaatii vuoropuhelua. Macron otti asian esille siitä huolimatta, että Kiina on varoittanut Hongkongin tapahtumien olevan maan sisäinen asia. Hongkongissa on ollut mielenosoituksia jo kuukausien ajan, ja ne ovat äityneet myös väkivaltaisiksi. Xi ja Macron keskustelivat vierailun aikana ilmastosta. Presidentit julistivat […]
          

Les vœux du Président Macron pour la Toussaint

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À l’occasion de la Toussaint, le Président Emmanuel Macron a adressé ses vœux, non pas aux chrétiens, mais… aux Algériens dont c’était le jour de la fête nationale, la « Toussaint sanglante » du 1er novembre 1954 où le FLN se manifesta pour la première fois en assassinant deux soldats français, deux pieds-noirs et deux…

          

(IRL-Dublin) Accounts Receivable Representative

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Accounts Receivable Representative IE–Dublin–Dublin, Vacancy ID2019-32701 Career Home › Job Search Results ›Accounts Receivable Representative **Changing lives. Building careers.** Integra LifeSciences, a world leader in medical technology, is dedicated to limiting uncertainty for surgeons, so they can concentrate on providing the best patient care. Integra offers innovative solutions in orthopedic extremity surgery, neurosurgery, reconstructive and general surgery, and regenerative wound care. Founded in 1989 Integra is headquartered in Plainsboro, New Jersey and has more than 4,000 employees worldwide. Integra’s common stock is listed on The NASDAQ Stock Market under the symbol “IART.” RESPONSIBILITIES **Responsibilities** To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily: + Execute a strong credit control function ensuring debt is collected in a timely manner, reaching monthly targets for assigned ledgers across EMEA and LAPAC regions + Build lasting relationships with the customer base + Chase outstanding debts by phone, e-mail etc while maintaining full notes of collection activities undertaken + Investigate “On Hold” customer orders with a view to resolving them by negotiation with the customer and other departments to facilitate release + Negotiate letters of credit and bank guarantees + Liaise and communicate with internal departments (Customer Service / Sales / Finance / Tax / IS) as required to resolve outstanding queries and keep high level of customer satisfaction + Flag high or low risk customer accounts to the risk team, to mitigate our bad debt exposure or adjust credit limits in accordance with progressing sales figures + Provide reporting on various aspects of the AR function (Bad debt provision, collection forecast, dispute log) + Work effectively with other SSC team members and departments + Own and oversee (responsible areas) operational processes in relation to AR to ensure compliance with audit requirements + Work with the SSC / AR Management to identify opportunities for continuous process improvement and innovative solutions + Provide back up on colleagues’ holidays, sick leave or vacant positions ensuring a high level of service + Training and coaching of new employees to AR Team tasks/ERP systems + Ad-hoc projects as assigned to by the SSC / AR Management QUALIFICATIONS What are we looking for? **Qualifications** The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill and/or ability required for this position. + ICM or Accounting technician qualification desirable **EXPERIENCE REQUIRED** + 2 years + relevant experience in a similar role + Multinational Shared Service Environment experience **PERSONAL COMPETENCIES** + Language: Fluent in French and English both written and oral. Another European Language is an advantage + Attention to detail + Strong communication and organisation skills + Ability to work on own initiative + Good problem-solving ability + Good interpersonal skills and experience of working in a diverse environment **6** . **TECHNICAL COMPETENCIES** + Oracle Experience + MS Office Essential – (Advanced Excel – Macros, Functions, Pivot Tables) + Good process knowledge of Accounts Receivable **7. DISCLAIMER** The duties listed above are intended only as illustrations of the various types of work that may be performed. The omission of specific statements of duties does not exclude them from the position if the work is similar, related, or a logical assignment to the position. The job description is subject to change as the needs of the business and requirements of the job change. **OUR PRODUCTS** We are proud of our 25 year heritage as a leader in regenerative medicine. Today, our scientific innovation and diverse product portfolio continue to help patients and surgeons around the world. **OUR CULTURE** We have an entrepreneurial, small company feel, yet deliver big company results. Your ideas – big and small – are welcome here. We embrace change and reward our people who are committed to making Integra a stronger company. **OUR VALUES** We believe how we do things is as important as what we do. Our Values guide how we work and how we act towards our customers, patients and each other every day. We value Our People, Integrity, Excellence, Embracing Change, Decisiveness and Teamwork. Integra LifeSciences is an equal opportunity employer, and is committed to providing equal employment opportunities to all qualified applicants and employees regardless of race, marital status, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, sexual orientation, physical or mental disability, or protected veteran status. This site is governed solely by applicable U.S. laws and governmental regulations. If you'd like more information on your rights under the law, please see the following notices: **EEO Is the Law** at https://www.eeoc.gov/laws/index.cfm **|** **EOE including Disability/Protected Veterans** at https://www.eeoc.gov/eeoc/publications/ada_veterans_employers.cfm Integra LifeSciences is committed to provide qualified applicants and employees who are disabled veterans or individuals with disabilities with needed reasonable accommodations in accordance with the **ADA** at https://www.eeoc.gov/eeoc/publications/fs-ada.cfm . If you have difficulty using our online system due to a disability and need an accommodation, please email us at **careers@integralife.com** or call us at 855-936-2666. Please see our **Privacy Policy** at https://www.integralife.com/privacy . Use of this site constitutes your consent to application of such laws and regulations and to our Privacy Policy. Your use of the information on this site is subject to our **Terms of Use** at https://www.integralife.com/terms . You should view the News section and the most recent SEC Filings in the Investor section in order to receive the most current information made available by Integra Life Sciences. **Contact Us** at https://www.integralife.com/contact with any questions or search this site for more information. © Copyright 2018 Integra LifeSciences Corporation. All Rights Reserved.
          

(IRL-Dublin) Accounts Receivable Representative

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Accounts Receivable Representative IE–Dublin–Dublin, Vacancy ID2019-32700 Career Home › Job Search Results ›Accounts Receivable Representative **Changing lives. Building careers.** Integra LifeSciences, a world leader in medical technology, is dedicated to limiting uncertainty for surgeons, so they can concentrate on providing the best patient care. Integra offers innovative solutions in orthopedic extremity surgery, neurosurgery, reconstructive and general surgery, and regenerative wound care. Founded in 1989 Integra is headquartered in Plainsboro, New Jersey and has more than 4,000 employees worldwide. Integra’s common stock is listed on The NASDAQ Stock Market under the symbol “IART.” RESPONSIBILITIES **Responsibilities** To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily: + Execute a strong credit control function ensuring debt is collected in a timely manner, reaching monthly targets for assigned ledgers across EMEA and LAPAC regions + Build lasting relationships with the customer base + Chase outstanding debts by phone, e-mail etc while maintaining full notes of collection activities undertaken + Investigate “On Hold” customer orders with a view to resolving them by negotiation with the customer and other departments to facilitate release + Negotiate letters of credit and bank guarantees + Liaise and communicate with internal departments (Customer Service / Sales / Finance / Tax / IS) as required to resolve outstanding queries and keep high level of customer satisfaction + Flag high or low risk customer accounts to the risk team, to mitigate our bad debt exposure or adjust credit limits in accordance with progressing sales figures + Provide reporting on various aspects of the AR function (Bad debt provision, collection forecast, dispute log) + Work effectively with other SSC team members and departments + Own and oversee (responsible areas) operational processes in relation to AR to ensure compliance with audit requirements + Work with the SSC / AR Management to identify opportunities for continuous process improvement and innovative solutions + Provide back up on colleagues’ holidays, sick leave or vacant positions ensuring a high level of service + Training and coaching of new employees to AR Team tasks/ERP systems + Ad-hoc projects as assigned to by the SSC / AR Management QUALIFICATIONS What are we looking for? **Qualifications** The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill and/or ability required for this position. + ICM or Accounting technician qualification desirable **EXPERIENCE REQUIRED** + 2 years + relevant experience in a similar role + Multinational Shared Service Environment experience **PERSONAL COMPETENCIES** + Language: Fluency in English, German and/or Dutch Written and Oral. + Attention to detail + Strong communication and organisation skills + Ability to work on own initiative + Good problem-solving ability + Good interpersonal skills and experience of working in a diverse environment **6** . **TECHNICAL COMPETENCIES** + Oracle Experience + MS Office Essential – (Advanced Excel – Macros, Functions, Pivot Tables) + Good process knowledge of Accounts Receivable **7. DISCLAIMER** The duties listed above are intended only as illustrations of the various types of work that may be performed. The omission of specific statements of duties does not exclude them from the position if the work is similar, related, or a logical assignment to the position. The job description is subject to change as the needs of the business and requirements of the job change. **OUR PRODUCTS** We are proud of our 25 year heritage as a leader in regenerative medicine. Today, our scientific innovation and diverse product portfolio continue to help patients and surgeons around the world. **OUR CULTURE** We have an entrepreneurial, small company feel, yet deliver big company results. Your ideas – big and small – are welcome here. We embrace change and reward our people who are committed to making Integra a stronger company. **OUR VALUES** We believe how we do things is as important as what we do. Our Values guide how we work and how we act towards our customers, patients and each other every day. We value Our People, Integrity, Excellence, Embracing Change, Decisiveness and Teamwork. Integra LifeSciences is an equal opportunity employer, and is committed to providing equal employment opportunities to all qualified applicants and employees regardless of race, marital status, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, sexual orientation, physical or mental disability, or protected veteran status. This site is governed solely by applicable U.S. laws and governmental regulations. If you'd like more information on your rights under the law, please see the following notices: **EEO Is the Law** at https://www.eeoc.gov/laws/index.cfm **|** **EOE including Disability/Protected Veterans** at https://www.eeoc.gov/eeoc/publications/ada_veterans_employers.cfm Integra LifeSciences is committed to provide qualified applicants and employees who are disabled veterans or individuals with disabilities with needed reasonable accommodations in accordance with the **ADA** at https://www.eeoc.gov/eeoc/publications/fs-ada.cfm . If you have difficulty using our online system due to a disability and need an accommodation, please email us at **careers@integralife.com** or call us at 855-936-2666. Please see our **Privacy Policy** at https://www.integralife.com/privacy . Use of this site constitutes your consent to application of such laws and regulations and to our Privacy Policy. Your use of the information on this site is subject to our **Terms of Use** at https://www.integralife.com/terms . You should view the News section and the most recent SEC Filings in the Investor section in order to receive the most current information made available by Integra Life Sciences. **Contact Us** at https://www.integralife.com/contact with any questions or search this site for more information. © Copyright 2018 Integra LifeSciences Corporation. All Rights Reserved.
          

Save 15% on Sony Cameras in Addition to Discounts on Amazon

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Amazon is currently offering 15% back on various products including Sony cameras. You can find a list here.

The post Save 15% on Sony Cameras in Addition to Discounts on Amazon appeared first on Sony Addict.


          

MacroVoices #191 Alex Gurevich: Stop this conversation and pause this interview, go buy gold!

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Erik Townsend and Patrick Ceresna welcome Alex Gurevich to MacroVoices. They discuss the latest FOMC meeting, if it’s time to go long in the treasury market, outlook on gold and more. 

Link: http://bit.ly/2JC44nC


          

Dyxum Challenges : Oktoberfest 2019: Thumbnails

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Subject: Oktoberfest 2019: Thumbnails
Posted: 07 November 2019 at 00:43

I'm all thumbs here. I tried to do a photo every day, and missed only 7 days...

Photos 1-18 taken with A900 and Tamron 90/2.8 Macro USD

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Account Assistant/Executive - Experienced/Fresh Grad

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Subang Jaya, Selangor, Malaysia Macrolink Express (M) Sdn Bhd

Accounts Assistant / Executive

Responsibilities:-

  • Responsible for daily accounting functions and monthly closing.
  • Process payments and documents such as invoice, payment voucher, maker and statement.
  • Manage of petty cash transactions.
  • Reconciliation of Creditor statement.
  • To prepare and analyze periodic reports on time.
  • To perform banking transactions.
  • Deal with suppliers for solving and completing tasks matters.
  • Update costing report daily.
  • Any other assignments may be assigned from time to time when required.

Job requirements:-

  • Candidate must possess at least Diploma/advance higher/ Degree in Accounting & Finance/LCCI or equivalent.
  • Minimum two (2) two years of working experience, however Fresh Graduate are encourage to apply.
  • Initiative, good team player, mature, good personality, able to work under pressure, independently, strong communication and interpersonal skills to interact with people at all level is essential.
  • Good command in Microsoft Office.
  • Possess knowledge in SQL accounting software will be an added advantage.

          

"Ce qu'ils ne veulent pas que je dise": Benalla sort du silence et évoque notamment l'étrange facture des obsèques de Johnny Hallyday

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C'est un livre qui risque de faire grand bruit. Intitulé explicitement "Ce qu'ils ne veulent pas que je dise", l'ouvrage écrit par Alexandre Benalla édité chez Plon sort ce jeudi 7 novembre. L'ancien collaborateur d'Emmanuel Macron revient sur ...
          

Suncor: Suffering From Macroeconomic Environment, Growth Likely To Be Stunted

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IL DESTINO DELL'ITALIA (11). LO SHOCK FISCALE PER IL RILANCIO TRA AGENDA FMI E L'EFFETTO "THATCHER"

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1. Le riforme strutturali finali. Primo: mai perdere di vista il mercato del lavoro.
Riprendiamo la "composizione" della manovra di definitiva normalizzazione della (supposta) "anomalia italiana" che dovrebbe corrispondere alla c.d. agenda FMI (qui, p.4) ed essere realizzata dal mitico policy maker ideale (qui, p.3)
Quest'ultimo, a sua volta, avrebbe l'obiettivo della irlandesizzazione italiana in un quadro di riequilibrio geo-economico di lungo termine tra le due sponde dell'Atlantico.

Prima di affrontare le "voci" rimanenti dell'agenda ancora in sospeso, chiariamo che verrà certamente "tentata" una riforma strutturale fondamentale che, tuttavia, non incide direttamente sui saldi della finanza pubblica. Vi inciderà però indirettamente nella misura in cui agevolerà un'ulteriore deflazione salariale nel complessivo mercato del lavoro italiano, come appare del tutto evidente senza bisogno di particolari spiegazioni: dal punto di vista tributario sarebbe infatti una contrazione della base imponibile ai fini del reddito e una riduzione di consumi ai fini delle imposte indirette in generale).
Parliamo (qui, p.4.1.) della prescrizione di:
i) abolire la contrattazione collettiva nazionale e spostarla al solo livello decentrato al fine di allineare i salari alla effettiva produttività (cioè crescita del PIL), differenziata nelle varie regioni (p.22). Introducendo però un "salario minimo" (in modo da avere, come dovrebbe essere noto, ma non è, un indice di salario massimo, qui p.6, vita natural durante, di lavoro precario in lavoro precario)
ii) ridurre i costi del licenziamento (economico) riportando alla piena espansione la riforma del jobs act del 2015".

2. Sgravi fiscali sul reddito di persone fisiche e imprese.
2.1. Veniamo a questo tema così essenziale per la spendibilità e sostenibilità politica dell'agenda FMI.
Abbiamo passato in rassegna i possibili interventi "ideali" (o "creativi"...ma non tanto originali) su pensioni, sanità e privatizzazioni. Queste saranno le principali misure che consolideranno e "riformeranno strutturalmente": e dal volume di questa ristrutturazione può immaginarsi il livello dello sgravio fiscale che verrà in corrispondenza accordato.
Ora, entro un quadro di consolidamento fiscale di 0,5 punti di PIL netti all'anno, per un totale sostenuto fino a 2,5 punti di complessivo consolidamento (p. 4.2), abbiamo ipotizzato (indicando i calcoli indicativi con un certo dettaglio):

a) sulle pensioni, tra contribuzione solidale a durata quinquennale e suoi effetti strutturali di accelerazione del declino delle prestazioni, unito a una più accentuata sterilizzazione dell'adeguamento all'inflazione (e probabilmente, ad una riduzione del rendimento annuo dei contributi): consolidamento di circa 0,9/1 punto di PIL all'anno (di cui 0,2 strutturali "a regime", oltre tale termine);

b) nella sanità (qui, p.1) una serie di misure di sostanziale "restrizione a pagamento" delle prestazioni sanitarie pubbliche (ticket innalzati insieme alla drastica restrizione della platea degli "esenti"): gettito aggiuntivo, a regime, di (circa) 0,3 punti di PIL;

c) quanto alle privatizzazioni (qui, p.2), la complessità della situazione, scevra (com'è da attendersi) da qualsiasi ponderazione con interessi pubblici fondamentali sottostanti, non impedisce di concepire un piano quinquennale che porti entrate aggiuntive per circa 40/45 miliardi nel periodo (molto dipende dalle quote pubbliche nelle società "locali" e dalle procedure escogitabili); cioè un consolidamento di circa 8-9 miliardi all'anno, pari ad attuali 0,4/0,5 punti di PIL.

2.2. Ci parrebbe invece difficilmente praticabile, nell'attuale fase congiunturale italiana, un aumento delle imposte patrimoniali, e in particolare, la reintroduzione dell'IMU sulla prima casa: come abbiamo visto, la flessione dei prezzi intervenuta a partire dalla "correzione Monti", è tale che un ulteriore aggravamento rischierebbe di avere effetti sui prezzi immobiliari, già in discesa praticamente inarrestabile, tali da minare il sistema creditizio, sui cui bilanci  influiscono pesantemente le valutazioni attribuibili alle garanzie immobiliari.

Il nostro sistema bancario ha bisogno di una effettiva ripresa della domanda e, soprattutto dei valori, nel settore immobiliare.

2.3. Il totale del praticabile, per quanto non tutto strutturale, darebbe un consolidamento intorno a 1,7/1,8 punti di PIL. 
A fronte di ciò, il sollievo fiscale sarebbe culturalmente concedibile a regime, quindi non limitato al quinquennio. 
Per il policy maker ideale, infatti, entrerebbero in gioco gli effetti strutturali di crescita consentiti (qui, pp. 5.1.-5.4.) dall'agire del crowding-out (l'effetto di riespansione di spesa privata, in consumi e investimenti, determinata dalla diminuzione del deficit pubblico, cioè dalla inversione della tendenza ad intendere questo come esigenza di risparmio compensativo ed anticipativo di futuri inasprimenti fiscali), nonché del trickle down e della visione supply side della legge di Say (intendendo ciò come beneficio generale discendente da maggiori redditi disponibili per chi sia più benestante e perciò più capace di impiego produttivo, quindi sul lato dell'offerta, di reddito e risparmio accresciuti). 
Tali effetti "espansivi", si deve presumere, compenserebbero, mediante un gettito aggiuntivo legato all'accelerazione della crescita, il venir meno della parte temporanea e non strutturale del complessivo consolidamento ipotizzato.

2.4. Dovendosi, come s'è detto, consolidare comunque per 0,5 all'anno, lo sgravio concedibile sarebbe di almeno un punto di PIL; potremmo pure ipotizzare un 1,2-1,3, ma è prevedibile che ciò dipenderà dagli effetti sulla crescita innescati dai primi 1 o 2 anni del consolidamento intrapreso. 
In altri termini, un policy maker idealesi riserverebbe di verificare se uno sgravio inizialmente contenuto a 1 solo punto sia sufficiente a contrastare, nel suo calcolo macro-economico neo-classico (cioè neo-liberale), una recessione iniziale eccessivamente ampiav. qui, p. 1.1, per la esplicita "visione" di Draghi sulla crescita certa di medio periodo.

Negli anni successivi, quindi, ferme le riforme strutturali "consolidatrici" apportate, proseguirebbe nell'effettuare manovre annuali che avrebbero un carattere quasi esclusivamente di stimolo fiscale; moderato, nell'ordine di 0,3 punti di PIL. Il che renderebbe pure più politicamente e mediaticamente sostenibile l'effetto cumulativo delle riforme strutturali.


Stimando uno sgravio "sistemico" di 1,3 punti (in media) all'anno, in vista di una stabilizzazione della crescita, avremmo da "ragionare" su un volume di sgravi di circa 22 miliardi.
La nostra ipotesi, diciamo "a occhio", è che si possa agire sul numero e sull'ammontare delle aliquote dell'imposizione sul reddito di persone fisiche e società, nonché sull'Irap (che è certamente una delle imposte meno giustificabili e razionali, sia dal punto di vista produttivistico che, non incidentalmente e ab origine, costituzionale).
Questo è il quadro attuale delle entrate distinte per principali voci, secondo il Mef (aggiornato all'agosto 2019):

(*)Valore acquisito ad agosto 2019, ipotizzando per i restanti mesi dell’anno un gettito pari a quello dei corrispondenti mesi del 2018.

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2.5. Agendo sugli aggregati "a occhio", poiché la modulazione esatta degli interventi è un gioco matematico eseguibile in moltissimi modi, più o meno "progressivi" - si pensi, ad esempio, che accorpando lo scaglione di reddito con aliquota al 38% - da euro 28.000 a 55.000-, in un unico scaglione con aliquota al 27% che parta da euro 15.000, si hanno  circa 10 miliardi di minori imposte -, si può pensare a:
a) uno sgravio sul reddito delle persone fisiche di circa 12 miliardi (sarebbe un sconto medio-generalizzato di quasi il 7% dell'imposta a gettito attuale);
b) uno sgravio Ires di altri 6 miliardiimmediati e a regime: ai volumi di gettito attuali sarebbe un non disprezzabile sgravio di circa il 20% dell'imposta.

In aggiunta, nella modulazione eventualmente anticiclica che si è detta prima, si può configurare una progressiva abolizione dell'Irap entro un periodo quinquennale, procedendo al suo taglio scaglionato con una ratio intorno ai 4,5 miliardi all'anno (poco meno di 0,3 punti di PIL all'anno, cumulativi), fino alla totale soppressione; il gettito (legibus sic stantibus), infatti, oscilla tra i 23 e i 25 miliardi.

3. #Facciamocome la Thatcher? 
Poi, sull'andamento della crescita breve e lungo periodo, di fronte a questo tipo di manovra fiscale pluriennale, privatizzazioni incluse, la "attendibilità" della teoria per cui la contrazione risulterebbe "a breve periodo" mentre nel medio periodo sarebbero sicuri "gli effetti positivi", si può vedere come andò con la THATCHER.

Thatcher growth

In realtà, come commenta questo articolo britannico, dopo la fase iniziale di un paio di anni di recessione, la crescita "recuperata" dalle politiche della "cancelliera di ferro", riprese agli stessi ritmi di quella che sarebbe stata ottenuta successivamente (al netto delle crisi recessive finanziarie che hanno inciso negli anni della finanziarizzazione globale).

Il timore, più che fondato, perché nascente dalla constatazione di elementi strutturali già fortemente presenti nel nostro sistema economico, è che, adottando la sua medesima strategia, in un'Italia in cui essa non sarebbe rivoluzionaria" bensì solo "di completamento", il ritorno alla crescita di medio periodo non sarebbe ad un livello diverso da quello degli anni "migliori" successivi allo shock del 2011.

Cioè non usciremmo da una semi-stagnazione e non risolveremmo il problema della vulnerabilità di un'economia export-led alla sempre più evidente "inceppatura" della globalizzazione.
In compenso, con la Thatcher, il peggioramento della distribuzione del reddito e lo "spiazzamento" dal manifatturiero ai "servizi", infersero un colpo fatale all'economia britannica; determinando un indebolimento strutturale di lungo periodo, cui ora Boris Johnson tenta di rimediare pianificando una via d'uscita di reindustrializzazione. 

Questi effetti principali delle politiche neo-liberali supply side, ispirate alla fede nel crowding-out, (cioè ulteriore finanziarizzazione e distribuzione regressiva del reddito, alta disoccupazione strutturale in un mercato del lavoro "dualistico", con sostanziale evanescenza del trickle down) appaiono essere esattamente il contrario di ciò di cui ha bisogno un'economia trasformatrice a vocazione manifatturiera come l'Italia. E in realtà, un assetto finale del genere non risulterebbe del tutto favorevole neppure per gli investitori esteri; anche se, certo, favorirebbe la stabilità dei prezzi e la riduzione del rischio di cambio. Finché non ponga gravemente in pericolo la coesione sociale e la qualità stessa dei fattori della produzione (qui, p.4)...




          

TRUMP INTERVISTATO DA FARAGE...LE RICADUTE POTENZIALI SULLA "FUSIONE" FCA-PEUGEOT

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1. Partiamo da questa affermazione che compie un po’ una…fuga in avanti.

L’affermazione, infatti, è deduttiva, poiché deriva una conclusione dalla nota recente “intervista” Trump-Farage:
"Tutto è avvenuto mentre Trump e Farage parlavano in diretta di sanità pubblica britannica, subito dopo l'endorsement del presidente Usa a un'alleanza di Farage con il premier britannico Boris Johnson alle prossime elezioni in Regno Unito il 12 dicembre ("sareste una coppia perfetta per completare la Brexit"), affinché il leader Labour Jeremy Corbyn non vada a Downing Street ("finireste molto male con lui"). A un certo punto Trump, mentre prova a tranquillizzare i britannici sulle future relazioni commerciali Usa-Uk dopo la Brexit, dice: "Noi non vogliamo avere niente a che fare con la vostra sanità pubblica. Parliamo soltanto di commercio, che nel vostro caso, se faceste un accordo con noi, sarebbe quattro-cinque volte più grande di adesso, e la vostra economia ne gioverebbe moltissimo. Ma oggi voi siete bloccati dall'Unione Europea, come altri Paesi nell'Ue. Anche l'Italia e altri Paesi starebbero molto meglio senza l'Unione Europea". Trump cita espressamente soltanto l'Italia, oltre al Regno Unito. "Ma se questi Paesi vogliono rimanere in Ue, ok", ha aggiunto Trump. "Ma sappiate che in Europa governano persone con le quali è molto difficile negoziare, mentre con me sarebbe tutto più facile: faremmo subito un accordo commerciale con voi".
2. Questo “spunto”, indiretto e piuttosto incline a far galoppare la fantasia, consente però di fare alcuni approfondimenti.
Ma che privilegio commerciale sarebbe ragionevolmente concedibile (tranne la “eccettuazione”, - singulatim per l’Italia rispetto al resto dell’Ue -, da un inasprimento tariffario riequilibratore degli USA, sempre all’ordine del giorno)? 
Mica il Presidente Trump – e neppure qualsiasi altra Amministrazione USA, di qualunque colore -, può volere un'agevolazione, cioè un'accentuazione, del loro deficit commerciale attuale...semmai, ragionevolmente il contrario. Ed infatti:
Nel 2018 gli Stati Uniti si posizionano al terzo posto tra i principali partner commerciali dell'Italia, con una quota sull'interscambio complessivo del 9,2% (dopo Germania e Francia) e settimo fornitore con una quota del 3,8%. (Fonte: Ministero dello Sviluppo Economico). Nel 2018 l'Italia ha esportato negli USA 42,3 miliardi di Euro registrando un aumento del +5% rispetto allo stesso periodo del 2017. Il saldo commerciale si conferma positivo per l'Italia attestandosi a 26,4 miliardi di Euro, in aumento rispetto ai 25,3 miliardi di Euro del 2017Gli Stati Uniti sono il terzo mercato di esportazione per l'Italia, con una quota del 9,2% sul nostro export. Tra i Paesi dell'UE, L'Italia si conferma  quindi il quarto fornitore degli USA dopo Germania, Regno Unito e Francia”. 
3. Quello che, semmai, può rientrare nella convenienza degli Stati Uniti è l’ottenimento di condizioni istituzionali (“riforme strutturali”) per investire finanziariamente da noi: naturalmente attendendosi un’adeguata redditività, sia sui settori industriali-manifatturieri, sia con riguardo ad un mercato immobiliare che, sempre più soffocato nei valori, risulta ormai essere pervenuto a un calo di prezzi che è obiettivamente appetibile rispetto a molti altri paesi europei; paesi specialmente dell’eurozona, che vedono, al contrario, un asset bubble sia azionaria che immobiliare (per non parlare dell'overpricing dei bund...).
Sui prezzi immobiliari italiani, al contrario, si può vedere, da questo sito Usa, l'effetto sui prezzi, - e sul patrimonio degli italiani, nonché sulle garanzie dei crediti bancari,- della "cura Monti" (la discesa nel 2019 continua...):
Italy house price indices

4. Quest'ultimo aspetto, delle proiezioni concrete e delle modalità di rafforzamento della convenienza Usa  a creare un ponte privilegiato con l’Italia, rimane sullo sfondo, date le condizioni in cui si è espresso il Presidente Trump. 
Nondimeno, una logica abbastanza stringente, consegue dalle sue parole e dal contesto di politiche commerciali e valutarie che gli Usa si trovano a dover intraprendere con decisione.
Dando per buono lo scenario(lo abbiamo visto qui: spostamento dei capitali Usa su assetdell’eurozona, con propensione particolare per l’Italia, data la sua condizione di paese patrimonializzato ma “sottoprezzato” a livelli che lo differenziano dal resto dei paesi “core” dell’eurozona), questo ha delle conseguenze di portata oggi scarsamente immaginata; seppure altamente immaginabile
E rappresenta una opportunità forse epocale.
La linea di correzione, economico-industriale, commerciale e valutaria propizia agli Stati Uniti (qui, p.1), potrebbe infatti agevolare la soluzione di molti nostri problemi, ormai incancreniti dentro il regime soffocante dell’eurozona a trazione tedesca.

4.1. L’appetibilità (specialmente ai prezzi attuali) di assets italiani da parte dei capitali Usa, ha bisogno, come strategia di medio-lungo periodo, di limitare il rischio di cambio. E ciò potrebbe preludere ad un aggancio di cambio concordato con il dollaro
I capitali Usa investirebbero senza rischio valutario e noi potremmo uscire dall’eurozona con una presumibile adeguata protezione (e convenienza) da parte delle “mani forti” americane,  a non subire svalutazioni speculative di ritorsione a fronte del recupero della sovranità monetaria. Per quanto soggetta a un peg che, date le condizioni concordate che si potrebbero spuntare, non risulta oggi così impraticabile e, nel periodo, insostenibile. Basti considerare anche solo i più recenti rispettivi andamenti dell’inflazione
Quella statunitense
Risultati immagini per US inflation rate  2019
E quella italiana:
Risultati immagini per Italy inflation rate  2019
4.2. E tutto sommato, questa sostenibilità trova anche un riflesso di lungo periodo, se si considera quanto accaduto a partire dall’entrata a regime dell’euro:
Usa
Risultati immagini per US inflation rate USA from 1990 to 2019
Italia
 Risultati immagini per inflazione italia dal 2008 al 2019
Notare come l’inflazione italiana, a partire dagli effetti “ristrutturanti”(e quindi non semplicemente congiunturali) della cura Monti-Letta, cioè dalla seconda parte del 2013, sia costantemente più bassa di quella Usa. Essendosi, notoriamente, anche “riassorbito” l’effetto reflazionista parziale tentato con la “fiammata” del QE. Nel settembre 2019, il dato italiano scende, su base annuale, addirittura allo 0,2% (ultimo bollettino Eurostat), indicando che, al di fuori di interventi “unconventional” della BCE, il tasso di inflazione italiano si configura come strutturalmente più basso che negli Usa.

5. Certo, questa strategia, sicuramente piena di rischi per il nostro modello di specializzazione economica nonché costituzionale (ma esiste ancora?), è una versione (temperata) dell'irlandesizzazione: la quale si porta dietro, in teoria, il peso dell’agenda FMI. Ma anche questa agenda deve "tecnicamente" scontare, allo stato istituzionale delle cose, l’appartenenza italiana all’eurozona e presenterebbe dei margini di ricalibratura in un nuovo scenario istituzionale.
La suggestiva soluzione che potrebbe derivarsi dalle parole di Trump, però, ci darebbe una prospettiva molto più sostenibile dell'applicazione "pura" delle soluzioni FMI.
Irlandesizzazione, sì…ma con un vantaggio peculiare: l’aggancio al dollaro, previa uscita dall’eurozona, e probabilmente con uno sganciamento dall’Ue (negoziabile in un quadro geopolitico molto più “solido”), ci sottrarrebbe al complesso delle sue ingombranti regole, modellate sulla convenienza del mercantilismo tedesco, - tra l’altro, particolarmente impenetrabile all’investimento estero.  

Nella sua evoluzione logica, questo possibile assetto, implica inoltre anche un aggancio alla tendenza svalutativa di medio-lungo periodo degli stessi Usa. Il che sarebbe doppiamente risolutivo: non solo renderebbe irrilevante un nostro riallineamento rispetto all’euro-marco in termini di importazioni di petrolio e materie prime in generale, ma stabilizzerebbe nel tempo un nostro recupero della competitività di prezzo, rilanciando implicitamente, ma necessariamente, la nostra vocazione manifatturiera.
Solo che, in questa forma (geo-politicamente “clamorosa”), esigerebbe una classe dirigente italiana che abbia visione e guts...e siamo alle solite.


6. Tra l'altro, considerata la (incredibile) ostinazione francese a competere coi tedeschi, e quindi a giocarsi la partita politico-continentale privilegiando il sogno dell’unione monetaria coi tedeschi, una soluzione del genere ribalterebbe, entro pochi anni, il senso dell'attuale fusione FCA-Peugeot. Che Mario Giordano, allo stato, vede così

Ma non sarei così drasticamente pessimista (fattori politici interni a parte...naturalmente).
Anzitutto, già ora, gli stabilimenti italiani godono di minor sindacalizzazione e tendenza a scioperare, nonché di livelli salariali nettamente più bassi di quelli francesi; la differenza media del costo del lavoro lordo, tra Francia e Italia, è attualmente di circa il 26%:

How much money does a person working in Factory and Manufacturing make in Italy?
2,880 EUR per month
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A person working in Factory and Manufacturing in Italy typically earns around 2,880 EUR per month.
This is the average monthly salary including housing, transport, and other benefits.
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Assembly Foreman
1,634 EUR
Assembly Line Worker
1,464 EUR
Assembly Supervisor
2,205 EUR
Assistance Maintenance Manager
3,510 EUR
Assistant Shipping Manager
3,464 EUR

How much money does a person working in Factory and Manufacturing make in France?
http://www.salaryexplorer.com/images/salary.png3,970 EUR per month
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Assembly Foreman
2,002 EUR
Assembly Line Worker
1,743 EUR
Assembly Supervisor
2,895 EUR
Assistance Maintenance Manager
4,703 EUR
Assistant Shipping Manager
4,659 EUR

7. Una tendenza svalutativa prolungata, (legata ad una nostra divisa agganciata al dollaro) ci renderebbe addirittura un conveniente hubdi delocalizzazione della produzione francese
E persino la governance potrebbe essere rimessa in discussione; non secondariamente dal potenziale subentrare di fondi USA nell'azionariato del nuovo gruppo. Sarebbe un investimento con ottime prospettive e con ricadute favorevoli pure sugli USA-Chrisler, considerando il ruolo fondamentale dei brand e degli stabilimenti statunitensi in CFA e l’interesse Usa a non subire policies di ridimensionamento occupazionale
Certo i francesi opporrebbero golden-share/power (disponendo lo Stato di una quota del 6% nel gruppo ora costituito); ma avrebbero una "gatta da pelare", in termini di ritorsioni commerciali (sulla gran parte delle loro fondamentali esportazioni verso gli Usa) troppo grossa pure per una figura ambiziosa come Macron.

E questa è solo una esemplificazione delle “proiezioni”, economico-industriali, di questa soluzione…valutaria e finanziaria a epicentro Usa.



          

U21 County Championship Semi-Final

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U21 County Championship Semi Final 🏆🏐 Duarigle Gaels v Newcestown Saturday November 9th @ 2:30pm in Macroom Big support needed 🇬🇦🇬🇦🇬🇦 https://twitter.com/MillstreetGaa/status/1192100366831276032
          

Commentaires sur Petits pains keto à la farine d’amandes et levure alimentaire / cétogène par Aline (ketosanteplus.com)

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Bonjour Nique, il va toujours y avoir des différences au niveau des macros, selon l'application utilisée. Les macros sont aussi différentes pour un même produit mais de marque différente. Selon moi votre application n'indique pas les glucides nets, vous devez déduire les fibres.
          

New Anglo-French War: Cui prodest?

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Macron vs Johnson; another postponement of the EU withdrawal date; the long-awaited FRS, the orphaned ECB, and the surprise-prone BOJ: this week is overwhelmed by fundamental events.
          

Fermented Beet and Quinoa Bowl – Post-Workout

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Fermented Beet and Quinoa Salad BowlIf you are looking for a good post-workout meal with the right combination of macro-and micronutrients, then this Fermented Beet Quinoa Salad is what you need! This simple dish is rich in amino acids (protein) to help repair and build muscle, healthy carbs to replenish glycogen used during the exercise and just the right amount of good fats…

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Protein Guacamole

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This smashed pea and avocado dip/spread is a nice protein loaded spin of the traditional guacamole. Use it as a dip for your fresh veggies, top it up on your veggie burrito, include into your macro bowl or upgrade your usual avocado toast. No matter how you eat this creamy deliciousness you can count on…

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Our Favourite Buddha Bowls Around The Web

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It may seem like we are talking about Buddha Bowls a lot lately, and well we kinda are. That’s because they are the perfect meal for plant based eaters!  Seriously though, they have greens, protein, healthy carbs and fat – a complete macro meal. These are especially great for anyone just starting to eat plant…

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1981 Topps Rick Peters

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The front: The photographer caught Peters in a happy moment at spring training.

The back: Peters pinch-hit for Mark Wagner and struck out against Ron Guidry in his major league debut.
The player: 1980 was Peters’s best season as a major leaguer. He missed the entire 1982 season with nerve damage in his elbow, and played sparingly for the A’s in 1983 and again briefly in 1986. Overall, in 307 major league games, he hit .277 with 2 HR, 80 RBI and 20 SB.

The man: Peters has coached at both the professional and youth levels. More recently he had a computer-repair business in Arizona.

My collection: I have eight of his cards, from 1981 to 1984. I would be interested in trading for 1986 Mother’s Cookies #24.

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An Author’s Inspiration: Owain Glyndŵr inspires a Regency Romance by Jayne Davis #amwriting #HistoricalFiction @jaynedavis142

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An Author’s Inspiration
 Owain Glyndŵr inspires a Regency Romance
By Jayne Davis
Seal of Owain Glyndŵr

Owain Glyndŵr was the last native-born Prince of Wales, and died some time around 1415. I write Regency Romances, so how can a Welsh freedom fighter have inspired a light-hearted romance?
The man first crossed my path, in a manner of speaking, when I was studying for my English Literature O level (for non-Brits, or Brits a good deal younger than me, O levels were formal qualifications taken at the age of 16). We had to study at least one Shakespeare play, and ours was Henry IV Part 1. In that play, much is made of the rivalry between 3 men of similar age – Prince Hal (later to become Henry V), Hotspur (Sir Henry Percy) and Owen Glendower (the anglicised spelling of Glyndŵr’s name). In the play, Glyndŵr is presented as a magician who can control the weather – having experienced some bad weather in Wales, I can understand why the English may have thought this!

The real man

Corwen’s statue of Owain Glyndŵr / Ian West.

In reality, Glyndŵr was a descendent of the Princes of Powys. He instigated a Welsh Revolt against Henry IV; there are differing explanations of the initial cause of this rebellion. Over a period of several years he gradually took control of Wales, and in 1404 he called his first parliament at Machynlleth and had himself crowned Prince of Wales. Then Prince Henry changed the English strategy from military expeditions into Wales to economic blockade, and this gradually succeeded. His last successful raid was in 1412.

Glyndŵr’s Parliament House in Machynlleth, pictured in 1814.

He was never seen again by his enemies after that. He was never captured or betrayed, in spite of rewards being offered by the English. His final fate and grave are unknown, although there are various theories about how he spent his last days.

A story is born

Today, Glyndŵr is recognised as a national hero, and this is where I come back into the story. One of my hobbies is doing long distance walks with my partner and a friend. There is a 9 day walk across Wales called the Glyndŵr Way, linking some places associated with him. At one point, huddling in a wood in the cold and wet to eat a bit of lunch, we found a historical notice board explaining that a Welsh army had seen off English forces here, assisted by the weather. It seemed most appropriate.
It was on that same holiday, when my thoughts were wandering as they do at such times, that I contemplated mentions of Wales in historical romances. In one of Georgette Heyer’s novels (Faro’s Daughter), a secondary character is sent off to an aunt in Wales to keep her out of the clutches of the unpleasant suitor her father has lined up for her. The implication is that the aunt is a force to be reckoned with. In other tales, heroines are threatened with being sent to their aunt in Wales as a punishment for misdeeds (refusing offers of marriage, or wanting to accept the wrong ones).
Then I started to wonder, what if the aunt in Wales was not quite what anyone expected? And so a story was born. I also love the Welsh countryside, and leapt at the chance to describe some of it as part of my story. Glyndŵr gets a very short mention!

Autumnal scenery in mid Wales.


An Embroidered Spoon
By Jayne Davis


Wales 1817

After refusing every offer of marriage that comes her way, Isolde Farrington is packed off to a spinster aunt in Wales until she comes to her senses.
Rhys Williams, there on business, is turning over his uncle’s choice of bride for him, and the last thing he needs is to fall for an impertinent miss like Izzy – who takes Rhys for a yokel.
Izzy’s new surroundings make her look at life, and Rhys, afresh. But when her father, Lord Bedley, discovers that the situation in Wales is not what he thought, and that Rhys is in trade, a gulf opens for a pair who’ve come to love each other.
Will a difference in class keep them apart?


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Jayne Davis

Jayne Davis writes historical romances set in the late Georgian/Regency era, published as both ebooks and paperbacks.
She was hooked on Jane Austen and Georgette Heyer as a teenager, and longed to write similar novels herself. Real life intervened, and she had several careers, including as a non-fiction author under another name. That wasn't quite the writing career she had in mind...
Finally, she got around to polishing up stories written for her own amusement in long winter evenings, and became the kind of author she’d dreamed of in her teens. She is now working on the first few books in the Marstone Series, set in the late Georgian/early Regency period, but keeps getting distracted by other story ideas.
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#HistoricalFiction author Tony Morgan, is taking a look at Monteagle’s Letter #History #fireworksnight @MorgantheBook

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Remember, Remember Monteagle’s Letter
By Tony Morgan



We’ve all heard of Guy Fawkes and the Gunpowder Plot, the Catholic conspiracy to kill King James I by blowing up Parliament, but why did it fail?



Perhaps it was because the authorities received a tip-off a terrorist attack was about to happen. This blog covers the fascinating the tale of the tip-off, known as the “Monteagle letter”.




William Parker, both Baron and Lord Monteagle, was a member of the House of Lords. Although the man had close connections with prominent Catholic families, he’d pledged his allegiance to King James and the state Protestant religion. However, some still suspected Monteagle of being at least a Catholic sympathiser, if not a full-blown traitor, placing him in a very precarious position.



Lord Monteagle.

Monteagle was dining at his home in Hoxton about three and a half miles north east of Westminster on 26thOctober 1605 when he received, or at least claimed to have received, an anonymous letter.

“My lord, out of the love I bear to some of your friends, I have a care of your preservation, therefore I would advise you as you tender your life to devise some excuse to shift your attendance at this parliament, for God and man have concurred to punish the wickedness of this time, and think not slightly of this advertisement, but retire yourself into your country, where you may expect the event in safety, for though there be no appearance of any stir, yet I say they shall receive a terrible blow this parliament and yet they shall not see who hurts them, this counsel is not to be condemned because it may do you good and can do you no harm, for the danger is past as soon as you have burnt the letter and I hope God will give you the grace to make good use of it, to whose holy protection I commend you.”

This was sensational. Monteagle was being warned to stay away from the opening of Parliament to avoid being caught in “a terrible blow”. The meaning was clear. With Parliament due to open in just over a week’s time on the 5th November, an attack was planned.

What should the Lord do? Sit on the letter or turn it over to the authorities? Monteagle chose the latter. With many historians thinking him a Catholic sympathiser, why would he do this? Taking good intentions aside, there’s a significant probability Monteagle thought the letter was a trap, set for him by the Secretary of State and spymaster general, Robert Cecil. He wouldn’t have been the first person tested in such a way. By keeping quiet, he’d confirm his treachery, and open himself up for arrest and worse.


Robert Cecil.

So, Monteagle duly handed the letter over to Robert Cecil and the Privy Council. What Cecil did next was intriguing. He didn’t immediately send a message to alert the King. Instead he waited a number of days for James to return from his countryside hunting expedition, before meeting with him and revealing the letter. King James was alarmed, and on November 4th two searches took place around the vicinity of Parliament. Eventually, during the second search, Guy Fawkes was arrested, and his gunpowder uncovered.

If this search seemed alarmingly late in the day, perhaps Robert Cecil was already well aware of the Gunpowder Plot, and only foiled it at the last minute to gain maximum exposure and kudos. Perhaps he knew the details all along, and the letter was part of his scheme.

It’s also possible Monteagle discovered the plot, and manufactured the letter, to throw suspicion away from himself and/or for personal gain. After all, following the plot’s discovery, he was rewarded with much money and land. There’s another theory the letter was developed in cahoots by Monteagle and Cecil working together.

But what if the correspondence was genuine? Could one of the plotters really have cared so much for Monteagle’s life, they’d risk jeopardising their cause and their own personal safety? It’s certainly possible, for at least three of the plotters had substantial motives.

Francis Tresham’s sister was Lord Monteagle’s wife. Thomas Wintour had previously worked for Monteagle. And finally, Thomas Percy had lent Monteagle a substantial amount of money. Dead men make bad debtors, or creditors, depending on who you think wrote the letter. If one of the Gunpowder Plotters did write it, they’d soon come to regret the fact the man they tried to save didn’t burn the missive as they’d advised. By the end of January 1606 all three of the plotters and ll their confederates had been hunted down and killed or tried and executed.

The truth is, as is often the case, nobody really knows who the author really was but it’s a fascinating puzzle, and one of the many aspects of the Gunpowder Plot I focused in on when writing my first novel “Remember, Remember the 6th of November”.


Remember, Remember the 6th of November
By Tony Morgan



Remember, Remember the 6th of Novemberis a thrilling retelling of the story of Guy Fawkes and the Gunpowder Plot. England in 1605 is a country concerned about terrorism, religious tensions, government surveillance and conflict with Europe. A small group of conspirators led by charismatic Robert Catesby and Guy Fawkes plan regime change. In a race against time can spymaster Robert Cecil and his lover Katherine Suffolk prevent the country from descending into all-out civil war.


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1617
By Tony Morgan



1617 is the exciting sequel to Remember, Remember the 6th of November - a thrilling alternate history filled with secrets, treachery and intrigue. King James is dead. His daughter Queen Elizabeth has transformed England into a centre for religious tolerance but conflict is brewing across Europe and there’s trouble in Ireland. A peace envoy is needed. Sir Everard Digby appears the perfect choice but he’s a man with a secret which the Queen must not discover…

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Tony Morgan

Tony Morgan lives in Yorkshire in the UK, close to the birthplace of Guy Fawkes. His books have been described as a perfect read for lovers of the works of C.J. Sansom and S. J. Parris and anyone interested in how historic events have shaped our own times. Profits from his books to date have raised hundreds of pounds for good causes, including St Leonard Hospice in York, Save the Children UK and York Teaching Hospital Charity’s dementia appeal.

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Check out #HistoricalFiction author, Jennifer C. Wilson's, fabulous new book — The Raided Heart: A Border Reiver Romantic Adventure (The Historic Hearts Book 1) @inkjunkie1984

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The Raided Heart:
A Border Reiver Romantic Adventure
(The Historic Hearts Book 1)
By Jennifer C. Wilson



Hi Mary Anne, and thank you so much for hosting me on your blog today, ahead of the launch of The Raided Heart, released on 15th November, but available on pre-order now, here.

First, let me tempt you in with the blurb…

Meg Mathers, the headstrong youngest sibling of a reiving family on the English-Scottish border, is determined to remain at her childhood home, caring for the land and village she’s grown up with. When an accident brings her a broken ankle and six weeks in the resentful company of ambitious and angry young reiver Will Hetherington, attraction starts to build. Both begin to realise they might have met their match, and the love of their lives, but 15th century border living is not that simple, as Meg soon finds herself betrothed to the weakling son of a tyrannical neighbour, Alexander Gray. When tragedy strikes, can Meg and Will find their way back to each other, and can Will finally take his own personal revenge on Gray?
The Raided Heart is the first of "The Historic Hearts", a collection of historical romantic adventures set in Scotland and the North of England.

I know all published books are special to their authors, but for me, I would have to confess to having ‘joint favourites’! Although Kindred Spirits: Tower of London was the first book I was lucky enough to have accepted and published, The Raided Heartis the first novel I ever wrote, back when I was 13, inspired by the stunning Carnasserie Castle, not far from Oban.
It’s gone through some major changes since that first draft, not least a shift in the setting from 1530s Scotland to 1470s Northumberland, and the world of the border reivers. The reivers, for those who aren’t familiar with their history, were groups of families who lived along the England-Scotland border, and infamous for their raids into enemy territory, stealing livestock, kidnapping and thieving for a living. They were a hardy bunch, but full of character (and characters), and as I was living in Northumberland when I wrote the latest draft of the book, I decided it would be great to bring the two elements together. Will and Meg haven’t changed much since their first incarnation, but the world around them certainly has.
This is the first full-length novel I’ve published which doesn’t have the fall-back of ghosts of time-travel, and although I loved undertaking the research, it was certainly challenging, making sure there were no anachronisms creeping in. As well as inadvertent plagiarism! It’s fair to say that for 13 year old me, Robin Hood: Prince of Thievesand The Princess Bride were definitely strong reference points for inspiration, and during one key scene, I had to completely rewrite a sword-fight, having accidentally paraphrased perhaps one of the most famous sword-fight-based lines in cinema history…
After all this time in the making, it feels slightly terrifying to be letting it out ‘into the wild’, but I know it’s time to let it spread its wings, and I hope people enjoy reading it as much as I enjoyed writing it. To tempt you in further though, here’s a snippet from the first chapter:

Long Ridge, Northumberland, October 1471

The dark still wasn’t moving.
Meg Mathers stood at the window of the family’s bastle, trying to pick out any hint of movement, friend or foe, against the blue-black of the night, but there was none to be found. It had been hours since the men had ridden out – it couldn’t be much longer now. Without looking down, she polished the pewter dish in her hand once again; she didn’t know how many times she had cleaned it already that night, but she couldn’t stop. Just as she knew that behind her, Hannah Carstairs and Lizzie Wilkinson would be equally lost in equally meaningless repetition.
Behind each dot of light in the cottages beyond the enclosure’s defensive wall, it would be the same. The women, the old, the young and the infirm, each finding their own way to pass the hours until fathers, husbands, brothers and sons were safely returned to them. None were aware of what they were doing; the cloth in Meg’s hand could rub away to nothing and the fact wouldn’t have registered. At least it felt productive.
As much as Meg hated seeing them go on each raid, it was a necessity this time. One more failed try, and the dreaded possibility of over-winter starvation might just become their reality. Meat was already running low.
She kept staring into the dark.

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“Come on lad, we can make it!” Robert Mathers yelled at the top of his voice.
Will Hetherington was uncertain whether his leader was encouraging his horse, himself, or Will. It didn’t really matter; either way, they needed to speed up. In the muddle of hooves, equine and bovine, Will was no longer sure whether the horses he could hear were just from their own gang, or if they were being pursued by their victims. Seven fat cattle were certainly a prize worth chasing after, if the farm had noticed their theft.
He wanted to stop, to allow Robert to take stock, to check the hilltops which surrounded them for beacons, or the tiny dots of flaming peat cuts (the sure sign they were being pursued), to check whether they might be heading into a trap, but there was no time. Long Ridge was still miles away by his reckoning, and only then if they stayed on the right path – easier said than done in the race to safety from a raid, in the dead of night, and with just a hint of fear constantly at the back of your mind. He trusted the two brothers leading them, but mistakes could still happen. He was far too aware of that.
Will blinked away the memories which threatened to return. He had to focus, this was no time to wallow.

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5 Stars

Highly Recommended



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Jennifer C. Wilson

Jennifer C. Wilson is a marine biologist by training, who developed an equal passion for history and historical fiction whilst stalking Mary, Queen of Scots on childhood holidays (she has since moved on to Richard III). Enrolling on an adult education workshop on her return to the north-east of England for work reignited her pastime of creative writing, and she has been filling notebooks ever since.
In 2014, Jennifer won the Story Tyne short story competition, and has been working on a number of projects since, including co-hosting the North Tyneside Writers’ Circle. Her Kindred Spiritsnovels are published by Crooked Cat Books and her timeslip novella, The Last Plantagenet?, through Ocelot Press. The Raided Heart is the first in a new collection of historical romances.
She lives in North Tyneside, and is very proud of her approximately 2-inch view of the North Sea.
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Check out #HistoricalFiction author, Michael L. Ross', fabulous book — Across the Great Divide @MichaelLRoss7 @hfvbt

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Historical Fiction Virtual Blog Tours Presents…

Across the Great Divide
By Michael L. Ross


Lexington, Kentucky, 1859. After saving John Hunt Morgan from a puma attack, fifteen-year-old farm boy Will Crump joins Hunt’s militia, the Lexington Rifles. Morgan mentors Will and enrolls him in the local university, where he hopes to study law. As tensions rise between the North and South, Will is torn between his loyalty to Morgan and his love for his family. Will’s father, sisters, and sweetheart follow the Union, while Morgan and Will commit to the South. As part of Morgan’s band, Will participates in ambushes and unconventional warfare until his first real battle at Shiloh. He fights bravely, but increasingly questions what the war is accomplishing, and whether his devotion to honor has led him astray. And where is God in all this killing?
Will’s sister Albinia, friend of the Clay family, becomes increasingly aware of the plight of the slaves. When she finds Luther, a slave she knows, trying to escape, she must decide between her conscience, and her friends. She becomes involved in the Underground Railroad, helping slaves to freedom – but will it cost her love and her freedom?
Will’s other sister, Julia, is approaching spinster status and despairs of ever meeting a man who can give her more than life on a farm until she meets Hiram Johannsen, a son of immigrants who owns a steamship company. They marry and she makes a new life in the North. When Hiram answers the call to fight for the North, Julia runs the steamboat company in her husband’s absence and uses her boats to help Albinia ferry escaped slaves to freedom. Her business relations put her in the perfect position to spy for the North. When the Confederates capture her, will she survive?
Luther is one of the first slaves Albinia helps flee the South after his master cruelly abuses his mother and sister. He escapes with his family, and when war breaks out, he fights for the North as an auxiliary of the Third Ohio Cavalry, alongside Julia’s husband, Hiram, and against Morgan and Will. Luther has to confront the demons of his past, an abusive master, and a slave catcher that kills his little sister. Will the desire for revenge destroy him?
Throughout the war, Will is forced to examine and question everything he believes in—his faith in God, his love for his family, his loyalty to Morgan, and his worth as a human being.
Will and his family must somehow mend the torn fabric of relationships to find peace, and reach Across the Great Divide.

Praise for Across the Great Divide 

“Ross’s gripping story follows a Kentucky family of modest means and the enslaved people they helped toward freedom. The depictions of slavery ring true, and the use of both historical and fictional characters fills out the probable feelings of people attaining liberty in the bloodiest of all our wars.”

Daniel C. Snell, Ph.D., emeritus professor, University of Oklahoma, and scholar of the history of slavery.


“Like a great roller coaster, Michael Ross’ debut novel goes up and down with personal crises and national conflict, but it also twists about unexpectedly from character to memorable character in a sprawling story of the Civil War. Will, an earnest young man whose faith and honor sometimes put him at odds with those he loves, is caught up in the struggles of a country grappling with its own destiny. The issues that compel and separate people in ‘neutral’ Kentucky as the war breaks out echo our own era. We, too, are caught in a great divide. If you love a good story pulled from history, and if you are person of faith, you will find it hard to put down “The Great Divide” until the last page.”

Daniel A. Brown, PhD, Author of “Embracing Grace,” Pastor, International Speaker.


Excerpt


He woke to shouting, followed by gunfire. All around him, men were hastily mounting up, leaving everything but weapons behind. It was still dark and raining hard.



“Federals! We’re under attack!”

Fear gave Will speed, and he quickly mounted. A minie ball whizzed through the tent where he had just been sleeping. Others in his company fell back to a stone fence, dismounted, and prepared to return fire. Will joined them.

Crouching behind the stones for cover, he loaded the Springfield, and fired just below the muzzle flashes of the Federals. Another company of Raiders on their right joined the fight, but there was no order. Will wondered how long it would be before the Federals surrounded them. A few brave ones decided to mount a running charge, but fell before a volley.

Suddenly Morgan rode up on his black mare and rallied the troops. Everyone took heart at seeing their commander. Morgan ordered them to hold their fire and let the Federals approach. After a minute or so of quiet, the Federals grew confident and surged forward. At about forty yards, Morgan ordered “Fire!” The Federals fell, and those still alive retreated. A few on horseback couldn’t stop, and rode in among the Raiders. The Raiders took these prisoners, including a parson and the colonel of the regiment.

“Please, sirs, let me return to my regiment,” pled the parson. “I must pray for them.”

Another of Will’s company spoke up, “The hell you say! Don’t Morgan’s men need prayin’ for just as much?”

Amy



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Michael Ross
Michael Ross is a lover of history and great stories. He’s a retired software engineer turned author, with three children and five grandchildren, living in Newton, Kansas with his wife of thirty-eight years. He was born in Lubbock, Texas, and still loves Texas. The main character of “Across the Great Divide”, William Dorsey Crump, is one of the founders of Lubbock and Shallowater, Texas. Michael knew Will’s granddaughter when he was a child. He has written a scholarly article on Will Crump for the Texas Historical Society, published in the Handbook of Texas Online, and has sold short stories in the past. This is his first novel and the first in the Across the Great Divide series.
Michael attended Rice University as an undergraduate, and Portland State University for his graduate degree. He has degrees in computer science, software engineering, and German. In his spare time, Michael loves to go fishing, riding horses, and play with his grandchildren, who are currently all under six years old.
He sees many parallels between the time of the Civil War and our divided nation of today. Sanctuary cities, immigration, arguments around the holiday table, threats of secession – all are nothing new. Sometimes, to understand the present, you have to look at the past- and reach Across the Great Divide.

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Das Schönste aus dem Schönen Morgen vom 6. November

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Tagesvorschau +++ Unumkehrbarkeit des Klimaabkommen: Macron & Xi treffen sich in Peking +++ Gut & Börse +++ AfD auf dem Weg in die Regierungen? Was bedeutet Thüringen für Bundespolitik? +++ Stimmt’s, dass eine Frau schon bei Geburt alle Eizellen hat, die sie je produzieren wird? +++ Kommentar: Regierungsbildung in Thüringen - muss man wirklich mit allen reden? +++ Das Filmfestival in Cottbus beginnt +++ Buch: „Alles wird anders - Das Zeitalter der Ökologie“ +++ Art aber fair: Van Gogh. Stillleben
          

Europeans look to China as global partner, shun Trump's US

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PARIS (AP) — When France's president wants to carry European concerns to the world stage to find solutions for climate change, trade tensions or Iran's nuclear ambitions, he no longer calls Washington. He flies to Beijing.

President Emmanuel Macron's visit to China this week suggests that the United States risks being sidelined on the global stage under President Donald Trump. One moment spoke volumes: Chinese President Xi Jinping sampling French wines, which Trump's administration recently slapped with heavy new tariffs.

Macron portrayed himself as an envoy for the whole European Union, conveying the message that the bloc has largely given up on Trump, who doesn't hide his disdain for multilateralism.

Just as the Trump administration formally launched the process of pulling out of the 2015 Paris climate agreement , France and China issued a "Beijing call" on Wednesday for increased global cooperation in fighting climate change and better protecting biodiversity. Both countries have deplored the U.S. withdrawal.

"One country's isolated choice can't change the course of the world. It only leads to marginalization," Macron said.

While China's president tasted French wines and high-quality beef at an import fair in Shanghai, Macron was pushing for a broader opening of the Chinese market to European products.

"I think he discovered Languedoc wine. He wasn't familiar with it, he liked it. He tasted a Burgundy and a classic Bordeaux wine," Macron told reporters.

Xi said the two leaders were sending "a strong signal to the world about steadfastly upholding multilateralism and free trade, as well as working together to build open economies."

During his first state visit to China in January 2018, Macron vowed to return every year in an effort to establish "mutual trust."

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Ownership Property,Earnings Management And Investment Efficiency

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Investment is the root of enterprise survival and growth.It not only affects the creation of enterprise value,but also has a profound impact on the macro economy and capital market.Therefore,investment efficiency is worthy of attention.High-quality accoun...
          

Guesstimates on November 6, 2019

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December S&P E-mini Futures: Temporary resistance is in the 3090-3100 zone. Much higher prices are likely during the coming months. The Lindsay basic advance which started from the December low remains intact and is likely to last two years and carry the ES to 3500 or so.
QQQ: I think that this index is headed for 230-240 during the next 18 months.
TNX (ten year note yield): 1.60% is now support.. I think the fast move up from 1.45% was the start of a big up swing in yield. This is likely to carry the 10 year yield first to 3.24% and then to 5.00 %. Contrary to popular belief higher yields will be bullish for stock prices since they will indicate confidence that more and stronger economic growth lies ahead.
Euro-US Dollar: Resistance above the market is 115.50. The longer term picture is bearish.
Dollar-Yen: The dollar-yen is trying to recover support at 108.00. If it succeeds then continuation up to 121 is likely. If it fails a drop to 100 will continue.
West Texas Crude Oil: A swing down to 49 is underway. Resistance is at 57.
Gold: Strong resistance level is 1515. A drop to 1400 is a reasonable expectation with even lower prices a good possibility.
Silver: Support is at 16.50. If it fails a drop to 12.50 will be underway.
Google: Support now is 1210. Next upside target is 1350.
Apple: AAPL reached 250 and is now headed for 285.
Facebook:  FB bounced off of resistance at 198. Support is 188 and next upside target is 215.
Twitter: The 28 level is support and if it fails continuation down to 13 becomes likely.
Alibaba: BABA is starting to act as if a breakout above the 180 resistance level is imminent. If it occurs then BABA will be headed for new bull market highs.
Visa: Support is at 160-62. V is now headed for 200.

          

Instructional Systems Developer (REQ# 19-3228)

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Job Description:Successful candidate will provide instructional design and development expertise in support of the Joint Knowledge Online (JKO) website and other JS J7 training efforts by developing joint military internet-based courseware, joint references, and any other joint training and reference materials presented via the Internet. Employee will draw from a wide range of sources such as military policy, joint and service doctrine, service missions, war plans, lessons learned and simulations, and joint military subject matter experts to develop these products. Specific job tasks include determining course requirements, writing course specifications, researching content, identifying imagery, writing scripts and developing storyboards for web based interactive courseware and other instructional materials; creating and maintaining web pages; researching links and other joint and joint related material and performing quality assurance reviews of all products and any other JST JS J7 function as required. Requirements (Essential skills/experiences required for the job): * Minimum of 4 years in the design and development of content for computer-based and/or web-based instruction using the instructional systems development (ISD) process. JKO Government internship can sub for this requirement. * Strong writing skills