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Healthcare: RN, Orthopedic Center (Full Time) - Great Falls, Montana

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Job Summary: Provides direct and indirect patient care in the office/clinic setting. Provides care that reflects initiative, flexibility and responsibility indicative of professional expectation with a minimum of supervision. Determines priorities of care based on physical and psychosocial needs, as well as factors influencing patient flow through the system. Communicates with office/clinic physicians about changes in patient's status, symptomatology and results of diagnostic studies. Is able to respond quickly and accurately to changes in condition or response to treatment. FLSA: NON-EXEMPT DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES: Provides direct patient care, evaluates outcomes, consults with other specialists as required and adjusts nursing care processes as indicated to ensure optimal patient care. Ability to perform a physical assessment on all patients and reassessments as per policy. Ability to assess and reassess pain and pain management techniques utilized. Educates the patient and family regarding pain management. Assists the physician(s) with office procedures; maintains medical and surgical asepsis. Answers telephone calls in a professional manner; refers patient problems to office/clinic physician; schedules patient appointments. Maintains accurate and continued nursing documentation including patient histories, conditions, treatments, responses and assessment of changes. Treats patients and their families with respect and dignity. Identifies and addresses psychosocial, cultural, ethnic and religious/spiritual needs of patients and family. Functions as liaison between administration, patients, physicians and other healthcare providers. Demonstrates knowledge of the principles of growth and development over the life span and the skills necessary to provide age appropriate care to the patients served. Able to interpret data about the patient's status in order to identify each patient's age specific needs and provide care needed by the patient group. Interacts professionally with patient and family and involves patient and family in the formation of the plan of care. Formulates a teaching plan based on identified learning needs and evaluates effectiveness of learning; includes family in teaching, as appropriate. Maintains current knowledge of medications and their correct administration based on age of the patient and his/her clinical condition. Demonstrates knowledge of lab requirements, requisitions. Maintains established office/clinic policies and procedures, objectives, performance improvement program, safety, environmental and infection control standards. Plans and provides nursing care in accordance with physician orders. Maintains a safe, comfortable and therapeutic environment for patients and families in accordance with office/clinic standards. Ensures an adequate stock of supplies and proper functioning of equipment. Assists in cost containment through appropriate ordering and conserving of supplies and equipment. Cooperates with other personnel to achieve office/clinic objectives, maintains good employee relations. Demonstrates knowledge of healthcare plans, procedural costs. Demonstrates the ability to assist physicians with procedures in the office/clinic. Supervises nursing staff when appropriate; orients new staff. Enhances professional growth and development through participation in educational programs, current literature, in-service meetings and workshops; shows responsibility for own professional practice and ongoing education. Demonstrates an ability to be flexible, organized and function under stressful situations. Demonstrates awareness of current state, federal and local laws governing the delivery of care. Performs other related duties as assigned or requested. Demonstrates the ability to deal with pressure to meet deadlines, to be accurate, and to handle constantly changing situations. Demonstrates the ability to deal with a variety of people, deal with stressful situations, and handle conflict. Professional Requirements: Adheres to dress code. Completes annual educational requirements. Maintains regulatory requirements. Wears identification while on duty. Maintains confidentiality at all times. Attends department staff meetings as required within the department. Reports to work on time and as scheduled; completes work in designated time. Represents the organization in a positive and professional manner. Actively participates in performance improvement and continuous quality improvement (CQI) activities. Coordinates efforts in meeting regulatory compliance, federal, state and local regulations and standards Communicates and complies with the Benefis Health System Mission, Vision and Values as well as the focus statement of the department. Complies with Benefis Health System Organization Policies and Procedures. Complies with Health and Safety Standards and Guidelines. Education/Experience Requirements: Current RN license within the state of practice. Current BLS Certification. ACLS preferred Meditech and PAC experience preferred Community Information Great Falls has a city population of 60,000, with a draw of over 275,000 people in north central Montana. We experience mild winters and enjoy blue skies over 300 days per year. Great Falls is a wonderful and safe place to raise a family, with nationally ranked public schools and an average commute of under 12 minutes, making the quality of life in Great Falls unsurpassed in the Rocky Mountain West. Additionally, the Missouri River, a blue-ribbon fly-fishing destination, runs through the middle of town. Outdoor activities include camping, hiking, horseback riding, water and snow skiing, rock and ice climbing, boating, whitewater kayaking, off-road motorsports, upland bird and waterfowl hunting, and big-game hunting. Benefis Health System This is your opportunity to be part of an exceptional health system in a state that is well known for its beautiful four seasons and outdoor lifestyle. While enjoying the last best place, you'll have the added benefit of having access to Benefis Health System, one of the state's most modern and progressive healthcare facilities with 500+ beds and over 270 employed medical staff members representing more than 40 specialties. Our state-of-the-art facilities and cutting-edge technologies make Benefis an exceptional working environment. ()
          

Sales: Life Insurance Agent - free inbound leads, license required - Great Falls, Montana

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Licensed Life Insurance Agent - Industry-best comp plan, total work freedom Join the revolutionary ASSURANCE platform, and earn from the industry's best comp plan, selling trusted life insurance plans to inbound, in-market shoppers. Work as an independent, remote, contract agent. Enjoy the freedom of working when you want, from wherever you want, helping inbound, qualified, in-market shoppers - all free to you. Sell with a lenient four-month chargeback window, and get paid up to three times daily. Access our system, and eliminate agency inefficiencies and waste with free training, admin, support, product recommendations, and analytics. It's like Uber for insurance! Join the ASSURANCE agent network, and take advantage of these benefits: * Free live, active, inbound shoppers generated from ASSURANCE-owned and operated sites * Access to our proprietary system (includes no dialing, product recommendations, analytics, and constant platform improvement), at no cost to you * Well-known and trusted carriers * 100s of Guides prospecting for you * Accessible underwriters * A+ BBB-accredited and proven Requirements to access ASSURANCE platform: * 12+ life insurance state licenses * One year of phone sales experience * High speed Internet connection, reliable computer, and headset with microphone * Thorough understanding of HIPAA privacy and security laws, DNC, and insurance regulatory laws * History of compliant insurance sales practice * Working space and equipment that comply with HIPAA privacy and security standards About ASSURANCE: Everyone is unique. But insurance plans are not. Too often, plans offer blanket coverage, charging customers for coverage they don't need while not offering enough of what they do. ASSURANCE celebrates individual uniqueness with our personalized approach to seeking and purchasing insurance. Our platform serves as the intersection between customer and seller, technology and the human touch. We start by asking customers a few questions to learn about their needs. From there, our ground-breaking, proprietary platform analyzes the thousands of data points that make customers unique. This is how we create custom-tailored plans for each and every kind of customer; plans built precisely for their needs and budget. Our team of engineers, data scientists, marketers, architects, and designers are building systems using advanced science to make humans better. We're eliminating insurance industry waste and simplifying the complex. While our technology helps us personalize coverage, our network of experienced agents is how we deliver the right insurance to our customers. All ASSURANCE Medicare agents are 1099, independent contractors and have maximum control over how, where, and when they do their work. ASSURANCE simply provides the tools to make your business as successful as possible. Join ASSURANCE as we reimagine the role of insurance and enhance the personal and financial health of all consumers. ()
          

Healthcare: RN - Bladder Treatment Center (Full-Time) - Great Falls, Montana

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Job Summary: Provides direct and indirect patient care in the office/clinic setting. Provides care that reflects initiative, flexibility and responsibility indicative of professional expectation with a minimum of supervision. Determines priorities of care based on physical and psychosocial needs, as well as factors influencing patient flow through the system. Communicates with office/clinic physicians about changes in patient's status, symptomatology and results of diagnostic studies. Is able to respond quickly and accurately to changes in condition or response to treatment. FLSA: NON-EXEMPT DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES: Provides direct patient care, evaluates outcomes, consults with other specialists as required and adjusts nursing care processes as indicated to ensure optimal patient care. Ability to perform a head-to-toe assessment on all patients and reassessments as per policy. This includes pediatric, adolescent and geriatric patients and the general patient population. Ability to assess and reassess pain and pain management techniques utilized. Educates the patient and family regarding pain management. Demonstrates knowledge of cardiac monitoring identifies dysrhythmias Demonstrates knowledge of respiratory monitoring, identifies oxygen needs. Assists the physician(s) with office procedures; maintains medical and surgical asepsis. Maintains medical equipment; disinfects and sterilizes instruments. Answers telephone calls in a professional manner; refers patient problems to office/clinic physician; schedules patient appointments. Maintains accurate and continued nursing documentation including patient histories, conditions, treatments, responses and assessment of changes. Treats patients and their families with respect and dignity. Identifies and addresses psychosocial, cultural, ethnic and religious/spiritual needs of patients and family. Functions as liaison between administration, patients, physicians and other healthcare providers. Demonstrates knowledge of the principles of growth and development over the life span and the skills necessary to provide age appropriate care to the patients served. Able to interpret data about the patient's status in order to identify each patient's age specific needs and provide care needed by the patient group. Interacts professionally with patient and family and involves patient and family in the formation of the plan of care. Formulates a teaching plan based on identified learning needs and evaluates effectiveness of learning; includes family in teaching, as appropriate. Maintains current knowledge of medications and their correct administration based on age of the patient and his/her clinical condition. Demonstrates knowledge of lab requirements, requisitions. Maintains established office/clinic policies and procedures, objectives, performance improvement program, safety, environmental and infection control standards. Plans and provides nursing care in accordance with physician orders. Maintains a safe, comfortable and therapeutic environment for patients and families in accordance with office/clinic standards. Ensures an adequate stock of supplies and proper functioning of equipment. Assists in cost containment through appropriate ordering and conserving of supplies and equipment. Cooperates with other personnel to achieve office/clinic objectives, maintains good employee relations. Demonstrates knowledge of healthcare plans, procedural costs. Demonstrates the ability to assist physicians with procedures in the office/clinic. Supervises nursing staff when appropriate; orients new staff. Enhances professional growth and development through participation in educational programs, current literature, in-service meetings and workshops; shows responsibility for own professional practice and ongoing education. Demonstrates an ability to be flexible, organized and function under stressful situations. Demonstrates awareness of current state, federal and local laws governing the delivery of care. Performs other related duties as assigned or requested. Demonstrates the ability to deal with pressure to meet deadlines, to be accurate, and to handle constantly changing situations. Demonstrates the ability to deal with a variety of people, deal with stressful situations, and handle conflict. Professional Requirements: Adheres to dress code. Completes annual educational requirements. Maintains regulatory requirements. Wears identification while on duty. Maintains confidentiality at all times. Attends department staff meetings as required within the department. Reports to work on time and as scheduled; completes work in designated time. Represents the organization in a positive and professional manner. Actively participates in performance improvement and continuous quality improvement (CQI) activities. Coordinates efforts in meeting regulatory compliance, federal, state and local regulations and standards Communicates and complies with the Benefis Health System Mission, Vision and Values as well as the focus statement of the department. Complies with Benefis Health System Organization Policies and Procedures. Complies with Health and Safety Standards and Guidelines. Education/Experience Requirements: Current RN license within the state of practice. Current BLS Certification. ACLS preferred Meditech and PAC experience preferred Community Information Great Falls has a city population of 60,000, with a draw of over 275,000 people in north central Montana. We experience mild winters and enjoy blue skies over 300 days per year. Great Falls is a wonderful and safe place to raise a family, with nationally ranked public schools and an average commute of under 12 minutes, making the quality of life in Great Falls unsurpassed in the Rocky Mountain West. Additionally, the Missouri River, a blue-ribbon fly-fishing destination, runs through the middle of town. Outdoor activities include camping, hiking, horseback riding, water and snow skiing, rock and ice climbing, boating, whitewater kayaking, off-road motorsports, upland bird and waterfowl hunting, and big-game hunting. Benefis Health System This is your opportunity to be part of an exceptional health system in a state that is well known for its beautiful four seasons and outdoor lifestyle. While enjoying the last best place, you'll have the added benefit of having access to Benefis Health System, one of the state's most modern and progressive healthcare facilities with 500+ beds and over 270 employed medical staff members representing more than 40 specialties. Our state-of-the-art facilities and cutting-edge technologies make Benefis an exceptional working environment. ()
          

Sales: Licensed Life Insurance Agent - Free inbound leads. Work freedom - Great Falls, Montana

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Licensed Life Insurance Agent - Industry-best comp plan, total work freedom Join the revolutionary ASSURANCE platform, and earn from the industry's best comp plan, selling trusted life insurance plans to inbound, in-market shoppers. Work as an independent, remote, contract agent. Enjoy the freedom of working when you want, from wherever you want, helping inbound, qualified, in-market shoppers - all free to you. Sell with a lenient four-month chargeback window, and get paid up to three times daily. Access our system, and eliminate agency inefficiencies and waste with free training, admin, support, product recommendations, and analytics. It's like Uber for insurance! Join the ASSURANCE agent network, and take advantage of these benefits: * Free live, active, inbound shoppers generated from ASSURANCE-owned and operated sites * Access to our proprietary system (includes no dialing, product recommendations, analytics, and constant platform improvement), at no cost to you * Well-known and trusted carriers * 100s of Guides prospecting for you * Accessible underwriters * A+ BBB-accredited and proven Requirements to access ASSURANCE platform: * 12+ life insurance state licenses * One year of phone sales experience * High speed Internet connection, reliable computer, and headset with microphone * Thorough understanding of HIPAA privacy and security laws, DNC, and insurance regulatory laws * History of compliant insurance sales practice * Working space and equipment that comply with HIPAA privacy and security standards About ASSURANCE: Everyone is unique. But insurance plans are not. Too often, plans offer blanket coverage, charging customers for coverage they don't need while not offering enough of what they do. ASSURANCE celebrates individual uniqueness with our personalized approach to seeking and purchasing insurance. Our platform serves as the intersection between customer and seller, technology and the human touch. We start by asking customers a few questions to learn about their needs. From there, our ground-breaking, proprietary platform analyzes the thousands of data points that make customers unique. This is how we create custom-tailored plans for each and every kind of customer; plans built precisely for their needs and budget. Our team of engineers, data scientists, marketers, architects, and designers are building systems using advanced science to make humans better. We're eliminating insurance industry waste and simplifying the complex. While our technology helps us personalize coverage, our network of experienced agents is how we deliver the right insurance to our customers. All ASSURANCE Medicare agents are 1099, independent contractors and have maximum control over how, where, and when they do their work. ASSURANCE simply provides the tools to make your business as successful as possible. Join ASSURANCE as we reimagine the role of insurance and enhance the personal and financial health of all consumers. ()
          

Sales: Licensed Life Insurance Agent - Work any time, from anywhere - Great Falls, Montana

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Licensed Life Insurance Agent - Industry-best comp plan, total work freedom Join the revolutionary ASSURANCE platform, and earn from the industry's best comp plan, selling trusted life insurance plans to inbound, in-market shoppers. Work as an independent, remote, contract agent. Enjoy the freedom of working when you want, from wherever you want, helping inbound, qualified, in-market shoppers - all free to you. Sell with a lenient four-month chargeback window, and get paid up to three times daily. Access our system, and eliminate agency inefficiencies and waste with free training, admin, support, product recommendations, and analytics. It's like Uber for insurance! Join the ASSURANCE agent network, and take advantage of these benefits: * Free live, active, inbound shoppers generated from ASSURANCE-owned and operated sites * Access to our proprietary system (includes no dialing, product recommendations, analytics, and constant platform improvement), at no cost to you * Well-known and trusted carriers * 100s of Guides prospecting for you * Accessible underwriters * A+ BBB-accredited and proven Requirements to access ASSURANCE platform: * 12+ life insurance state licenses * One year of phone sales experience * High speed Internet connection, reliable computer, and headset with microphone * Thorough understanding of HIPAA privacy and security laws, DNC, and insurance regulatory laws * History of compliant insurance sales practice * Working space and equipment that comply with HIPAA privacy and security standards About ASSURANCE: Everyone is unique. But insurance plans are not. Too often, plans offer blanket coverage, charging customers for coverage they don't need while not offering enough of what they do. ASSURANCE celebrates individual uniqueness with our personalized approach to seeking and purchasing insurance. Our platform serves as the intersection between customer and seller, technology and the human touch. We start by asking customers a few questions to learn about their needs. From there, our ground-breaking, proprietary platform analyzes the thousands of data points that make customers unique. This is how we create custom-tailored plans for each and every kind of customer; plans built precisely for their needs and budget. Our team of engineers, data scientists, marketers, architects, and designers are building systems using advanced science to make humans better. We're eliminating insurance industry waste and simplifying the complex. While our technology helps us personalize coverage, our network of experienced agents is how we deliver the right insurance to our customers. All ASSURANCE Medicare agents are 1099, independent contractors and have maximum control over how, where, and when they do their work. ASSURANCE simply provides the tools to make your business as successful as possible. Join ASSURANCE as we reimagine the role of insurance and enhance the personal and financial health of all consumers. ()
          

Healthcare: RN, Float Pool (Part-Time) - Great Falls, Montana

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Provides direct and indirect patient care in the office/clinic setting. Provides care that reflects initiative, flexibility and responsibility indicative of professional expectation with a minimum of supervision. Determines priorities of care based on physical and psychosocial needs, as well as factors influencing patient flow through the system. Communicates with office/clinic physicians about changes in patient's status, symptomatology and results of diagnostic studies. Is able to respond quickly and accurately to changes in condition or response to treatment. FLSA: NON-EXEMPT DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES: Provides direct patient care, evaluates outcomes, consults with other specialists as required and adjusts nursing care processes as indicated to ensure optimal patient care. Ability to perform a head-to-toe assessment on all patients and reassessments as per policy. This includes pediatric, adolescent and geriatric patients and the general patient population. Ability to assess and reassess pain and pain management techniques utilized. Educates the patient and family regarding pain management. Demonstrates knowledge of cardiac monitoring identifies dysrhythmias Demonstrates knowledge of respiratory monitoring, identifies oxygen needs.. Assists the physician(s) with office procedures; maintains medical and surgical asepsis. Maintains medical equipment; disinfects and sterilizes instruments. Answers telephone calls in a professional manner; refers patient problems to office/clinic physician; schedules patient appointments. Maintains accurate and continued nursing documentation including patient histories, conditions, treatments, responses and assessment of changes. Treats patients and their families with respect and dignity. Identifies and addresses psychosocial, cultural, ethnic and religious/spiritual needs of patients and family. Functions as liaison between administration, patients, physicians and other healthcare providers. Demonstrates knowledge of the principles of growth and development over the life span and the skills necessary to provide age appropriate care to the patients served. Able to interpret data about the patient's status in order to identify each patient's age specific needs and provide care needed by the patient group. Interacts professionally with patient and family and involves patient and family in the formation of the plan of care. Formulates a teaching plan based on identified learning needs and evaluates effectiveness of learning; includes family in teaching, as appropriate. Maintains current knowledge of medications and their correct administration based on age of the patient and his/her clinical condition. Demonstrates knowledge of lab requirements, requisitions. Maintains established office/clinic policies and procedures, objectives, performance improvement program, safety, environmental and infection control standards. Plans and provides nursing care in accordance with physician orders. Maintains a safe, comfortable and therapeutic environment for patients and families in accordance with office/clinic standards. Ensures an adequate stock of supplies and proper functioning of equipment. Assists in cost containment through appropriate ordering and conserving of supplies and equipment. Cooperates with other personnel to achieve office/clinic objectives, maintains good employee relations. Demonstrates knowledge of healthcare plans, procedural costs. Demonstrates the ability to assist physicians with procedures in the office/clinic. Supervises nursing staff when appropriate; orients new staff. Enhances professional growth and development through participation in educational programs, current literature, in-service meetings and workshops; shows responsibility for own professional practice and ongoing education. Demonstrates an ability to be flexible, organized and function under stressful situations. Demonstrates awareness of current state, federal and local laws governing the delivery of care. Performs other related duties as assigned or requested. Demonstrates the ability to deal with pressure to meet deadlines, to be accurate, and to handle constantly changing situations. Demonstrates the ability to deal with a variety of people, deal with stressful situations, and handle conflict. Education/Experience Requirements: Current RN license within the state of practice. Current BLS Certification. ACLS preferred. Meditech and PAC experience preferred. Language Skills: Ability to communicate effectively in English, both verbally and in writing. Other Skills: Basic computer knowledge, data entry and/or word processing Community Information: Great Falls has a city population of 60,000, with a draw of over 275,000 people in north central Montana. We experience mild winters and enjoy blue skies over 300 days per year. Great Falls is a wonderful and safe place to raise a family, with nationally ranked public schools and an average commute of under 12 minutes, making the quality of life in Great Falls unsurpassed in the Rocky Mountain West. Additionally, the Missouri River, a blue-ribbon fly-fishing destination, runs through the middle of town. Outdoor activities include camping, hiking, horseback riding, water and snow skiing, rock and ice climbing, boating, whitewater kayaking, off-road motorsports, upland bird and waterfowl hunting, and big-game hunting. Benefis Health System: This is your opportunity to be part of an exceptional health system in a state that is well known for its beautiful four seasons and outdoor lifestyle. While enjoying the last best place, you'll have the added benefit of having access to Benefis Health System, one of the state's most modern and progressive healthcare facilities with 500+ beds and over 270 employed medical staff members representing more than 40 specialties. Our state-of-the-art facilities and cutting-edge technologies make Benefis an exceptional working environment and one of the "150 Top Places to Work in Healthcare" five years in a row. ()
          

Unscrewed Theater: Ready to LAUGH this weekend?

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From: Unscrewed Theater <UnscrewedTheater@gmail.com>
Date: Thu, Nov 21, 2019 at 9:04 AM
To: Unscrewed <Unscrewedtheater@gmail.com>

 

 

 

 

Want to hear a joke?


Q: What sound does a space turkey make?
A: Hubble, Hubble, Hubble!

 

 

OK, OK.

 

Hold those groans.


We've got some REAL comedy for you this weekend - on & off the Unscrewed stage!


(Unfamiliar with improv? Check out our YouTube channel to see what we're about.)

This weekend you can catch our talented team from Not Burnt Out Just Unscrewed onstage Friday & Saturday night at 7:30 PM for our regular family-friendly shows. You'll also find us at the El Tour Fiesta! Four FREE shows at Armory Park - all part of this weekend's El Tour event.

If you like stories and the art of storytelling, you've got to stop by on Sunday, Nov 24. Local organization Tellers of Tales brings Tellabration! to Tucson.
Storytelling enthusiasts share their talents in a local event that brings together celebrated storytellers to delight, captivate, and mesmerize audiences - on our stage


 

 

On Stage this Weekend

We now return to your tactically scheduled programming.

 

 

Friday, Nov 22

7:30 PM

Family Friendly Comedy

Not Burnt Out Just Unscrewed

It's Friday night and you DESERVE a laugh. Our players know how to turn giggles into guffaws with a host of improv games that are fun for the whole family.

Tonight's players are: Rob, Ro, Mara, Benda, Cy and Cam - & your host, Cy Barlow!

$5 for kids, $8 for adults

 

 

9:00 PM

UNCENSORED Comedy

Free Form Friday!


Saw the early show, but looking for more to laugh at? Stick around - it's our Free Form Friday Fight Night!

Four improv teams enter - but only one winner will remain.

Got an improv team and want to try your hand on our stage? Let us know at UnscrewedTheater@gmail.com

FREE!
 

 

Saturday, Nov 23

7:30 PM

Family Friendly Comedy

Not Burnt Out Just Unscrewed


Tired of spending Saturday nights doing the same old thing?

It's a new show every night with improv! Our family friendly shows are a great way to get the whole crew out of the house - and laughing!

Tonight's players are: Rick, Cam, Rosanne, Mara, Jon, Dawn - & your host, Cy Barlow!

$5 for kids, $8 for adults
 

9:00 PM

UNCENSORED Comedy

Not Burnt Out Just Unscrewed

 

You saw their mild side - get ready for their wild side!

The late night show is what happens when we kick out the censors and let our improvisers take off their filters.

Rick, Cam, Rosanne, Mara, Jon, Dawn - & your host, Cy Barlow!

$8 for adults

Get a laughing pass! See any two shows tonight for just $10

 

 

🎇Special Events🎇

Get ready for some out-of-the-box fun

 

 

 

Saturday, Nov 24
2:00 PM
Tellabration! hosted by Tellers of Tales

"It's Time for Tellabration!™ - an evening when storytellers across the world will entertain audiences with exciting tales.

Guilds and storytelling enthusiasts all around the globe will share their storytelling talents in concerts held in cities and towns to celebrate the art of storytelling. It creates a network of storytelling enthusiasts bonded together in spirit at the same time and on the same weekend.

Here in Tucson, Tellers of Tales will host Tellabration!™ for our local community, bringing together celebrated storytellers, to delight, captivate, and mesmerize audiences with their stories.

$5 for tickets
 

Unscrewed Theater

4500 E. Speedway Blvd. #39

Tucson, AZ 85712



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Kevin Nealon, Steve Hofstetter & lots more Tucson comedy 😂

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From: TucsonComedy.com <info@tucsoncomedy.com>
Sent: Wednesday, November 20, 2019 4:32 PM
Subject: Kevin Nealon, Steve Hofstetter & lots more Tucson comedy 😂

 

 

 

 

Featured Shows

(View full calendar at tucsoncomedy.com.)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rodney Carrington

at Desert Diamond Casino

Friday, November 22 @ 8:00 pm

Rodney Carrington starred in the TV sitcom "Rodney," which ran for two seasons on ABC, and co-starred with Toby Keith in the feature film "Beer for My Horses."

Tickets on sale now. 
$30+ (25% off w/ code RDNYSOCIAL)

 

 

 

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Randy Rainbow

at The Fox Theatre

Friday, November 22 @ 7:30 pm

Randy Rainbow (and yes, that is his real name) is an American comedian, actor, singer, writer and satirist best known for his popular series of musical parodies and political spoofs, which have garnered him international acclaim.

 $41.50+

 

 

 

Get Info (Sold Out)

 

 

 

 

 

Trevor Noah

at Tucson Music Hall

Saturday, November 23 @ 7:00 pm & 9:30pm

Trevor Noah is the most successful comedian in Africa and the host of the Emmy and Peabody Award-winning The Daily Show on Comedy Central.

Tickets on sale now. 
$47+

 

 

 

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Pre-Thanksgiving Comedy Extravaganza

at The O

Wednesday, November 27 @ 7:30 pm

Have nothing to do the night before Thanksgiving? Of course you don't! Come out to "The O" for a night of stand up comedy with local comics Ali Musa, Stephanie Lyonga, Tony Bruhn, & more.

Tickets available at the door 
$5

 

 

 

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Last Friday, Last Laugh

at Hotel McCoy

Friday, November 29 @ 8:00 pm

Hotel McCoy's popular monthly comedy night continues with a post-Thanksgiving Standup Showcase. This month's lineup includes Pauly Casillas (Netflix), Savannah Hernandez (Tempe Improv) & more.

FREE show! 

 

 

 

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Cristela Alonzo

at The Rialto Theatre

December 7 @ 8:00 pm

Cristela Alonzo made history in 2014 when she became the first Latina to create, produce and star in her own network sitcom, "Cristela" for ABC. Her first stand-up special, Lower Classy, is currently streaming on Netflix. 

Tickets on sale now. 
$24+

 

 

 

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Ian Harris, Jamie Kilstein & Ron Swallow

at 191 Toole

December 15 @ 8:00 pm

Three comedians known for their smart, irreverent, sometimes nerdy, sometimes edgy and always hilarious and thought-provoking comedy come to 191 Toole.

Tickets on sale now. 
$15

 

 

 

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New Years Eve w/ Ron Feingold

at Laffs Comedy Caffe

December 31 @ 7pm & 10:30pm

Ron Feingold started performing at the tender age of 10. He combines a very funny standup comedy act with an incredible singing voice to bring you great song parodies and an evening full of laughs. 

Tickets on sale now. 
$30

 

 

 

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Neil Hamburger

at 191 Toole

January 17, 2020 @ 8:00 pm

For over 20 years, 'America's Funnyman' has worked every imaginable stage, from Madison Square Garden and the UK's Reading Festival, to a Hollywood cemetery, Tasmanian pubs, and an abandoned monkey cage in a decrepit Catskills zoo.

Tickets on sale now. 
$20, All Ages

 

 

 

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Steve Hofstetter

at The Rock

January 28, 2020 @ 7:00 pm

One of YouTube's most popular comics with over 100 million views, Steve Hofstetter has been seen on The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson, E! True Hollywood Story, and Comics Unleashed.

Tickets on sale now. 
$20 (Discount tix are available while supplies last.)

 

 

 

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Hasan Minhaj

at Centennial Hall

April 18, 2020 @ 7:00 pm

Hasan Minhaj is the host and creator of the weekly comedy show Patriot Act on Netflix. His one-hour comedy special Hasan Minhaj: Homecoming King earned him a 2018 Peabody Award. 

Tickets on sale now.
$40+

 

 

 

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Kevin Nealon

at The Rialto Theatre

April 26, 2020 @ 8:00 pm

Actor, comedian, and author Kevin Nealon is best known for his nine-year stint as a cast member of Saturday Night Live, and has received critical acclaim for his role in the Showtime series Weeds

On sale this Friday, November 22.
$35+

 

 

 

Buy Tickets (On Sale 11/22)

 

 

 

 

 

Paula Poundstone

at The Fox Theatre

May 8, 2020 @ 7:30 pm

Paula Poundstone is one of our country's preeminent comedians, known for her smart, observational humor and legendary spontaneous wit.

Tickets on sale now.
$25.50+

 

 

 

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Ron White

at Desert Diamond Casino

June 19, 2020 @ 8pm

Ron "Tater Salad" White first rose to fame as the cigar-smoking, scotch-drinking funnyman from the Blue Collar Comedy Tour phenomenon.

Tickets on sale now.
$49.50+

 

 

 

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Upcoming Shows

(View full calendar on our website.)
 

November 21, 2019

Casa De Comedy at Casa Marana
Free

Laffs Open Mic Night
Free

November 22, 2019

Randy Rainbow at Fox Theatre
$41.50 – $87.50

Comedy Showcase at BlackRock Brewers
Free

Rodney Carrington at Desert Diamond Casino
$30 – $45

Greg Wilson at Laffs
$12.50 – $17.50

Rod Wayne Housley at The O
$7 – $11

November 23, 2019

Trevor Noah at Tucson Music Hall
$47 – $93

Retro Game Show Night at Club Congress
$12

Greg Wilson at Laffs
$12.50 – $17.50

Rod Wayne Housley at The O
$7 – $11

November 24, 2019

Cats After Dark at Gallagher Theatre
Free

November 25, 2019

Thanksgiving Comedy Showcase at Surly Wench
$5

November 26, 2019

Open Mic at The Music Box
Free

November 27, 2019

Pre-Thanksgiving Comedy Extravaganza
$5

November 29, 2019

Zane Helberg at The O
$5

Jason Resler and Cory Michaelis at Laffs
$12.50 – $17.50

Last Friday, Last Laugh at Hotel McCoy
Free

November 30, 2019

Keep Tucson Sketchy at The Screening Room
$8.50

Jason Resler and Cory Michaelis at Laffs
$12.50 – $17.50

The Game Show Show at TIM
$5

December 6, 2019

Jay and Silent Bob at The Loft Cinema

Geoff Asmus at Laffs
$12.50 – $17.50

Michael Carbonaro at Desert Diamond Casino
$27.50 – $47.50

December 7, 2019

Arroyo Cafe Holiday Radio Show
$20

Cristela Alonzo at The Rialto Theatre
$24 – $38

Geoff Asmus at Laffs
$12.50 – $17.50

CBCTAC Presents: Anna Valenzuela at The O
$5

December 8, 2019

Still Standing Up at Laffs
$10

December 9, 2019

John Waters at The Rialto
$33 – $110

December 12, 2019

You're Doing A Great Job Podcast Live at Hotel McCoy
Free

December 13, 2019

Applause for Paws at The O
$10

The Manly Manlesque Show
$10 – $20

December 15, 2019

Ian Harris, Jamie Kilstein & Ron Swallow at 191 Toole
$15

December 20, 2019

Brew Haha Comedy 4 Year Anniversary at Borderlands
$5

December 31, 2019

Ron Feingold at Laffs
$30

January 11, 2020

Mo Urban: "Get to the Point" at The O
$5

January 17, 2020

Neil Hamburger at 191 Toole
$20

January 18, 2020

Paul Green at The O
$5 – $10

January 22, 2020

Tom Briscoe at DVPAC
$22

January 28, 2020

Steve Hofstetter at The Rock
$20

February 8, 2020

Graham Elwood & Ron Placone: The Progressive Comedy Tour
$15

February 15, 2020

Ali Musa & Matt Ziemak present "Comedy from A-Z"
$5

February 25, 2020

R-Rated Magic w/ Grant Freeman
$20 – $36

February 28, 2020

Andrew Rivers at The O
$15 – $30

March 21, 2020

Martin Moreno at The O
$5 – $10

March 22, 2020

Smile! – Candid Camera and Host Peter Funt
$24.50 – $29.50

April 18, 2020

Hasan Minhaj at Centennial Hall
$40 – $120

April 26, 2020

Kevin Nealon at The Rialto Theatre
$35 – $42

May 8, 2020

Paula Poundstone at The Fox Theatre
$25.50 – $45.50

June 19, 2020

Ron White at Desert Diamond Casino
$49.50 – $69.50

 


          

Christmas Car & Cash Draws

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CHRISTMAS PRIZE DRAWS

CORK AIRPORT

Wednesday 4th December @ 11.30am in Kinsale Cafe Car, Hamper, Voucher and Chocolates Draws plus refreshments

SHANNON AIRPORT

Thursday 5th December @ 1.30pm in Arrivals Hall Car, Hamper, Voucher and Chocolates Draws plus refreshments

DUBLIN AIRPORT

Wednesday 18th December @ 1.30pm in Credit Union Office Car, Cash, Hamper, Voucher and Chocolates Draws plus refreshments


          

ENL Program Opens Minds and Illuminates the Future

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In recognition of National Hispanic Heritage Month (September 15 – October 15), English as a New Language students enrolled in Bellport High School’s Living Environment class took time to consider whether to pursue a career in science and engineering. Under the direction of science teacher Aimee Iuliucci, high school librarian Colleen Oates-Robesch and ENL teacher Matthew Herrschaft, students learned about Hispanic and Latino-born scientists and their contributions to the STEM field. “We are working on helping these students set goals for themselves,” Ms. Oates-Robesch said. “The goal here is to help the students open their minds and illuminate their futures.” The students initially discussed the profiles of scientists, dispersed among the library tables, and noted their interesting contributions to the field. They also watched videos of several scientist interviews. Scientist profiles included astronaut Dr. Ellen Ochoa, Nobel Prize recipient Dr. Mario Molina and the American Public Health Association’s first Latina president Dr. Helen Rodriguez-Trias. The students then engaged in a STEM challenge in which they built a tall structure using only straws and connectors. South Country Director of ELL, Bilingual and World Language Programs Monica Pullows-Tetuan was also on hand for interpretation needs.
          

Healthcare: Massage Therapist - Humble - Humble, Texas

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Job Description: What We'll Accomplish Together: As a massage therapist at this Massage Envy franchised location,essential duties include performing professional quality massage within scope of practice and licensing (as applicable) and in alignment with policies and protocols, utilizing approved modalities, in accordance with applicable law in your franchised location, designing specific sessions based on members/guests individual needs, and upholding the Massage Envy brand's core values of optimism, gratitude, excellence, consistency and empathy. Service providers responsibilities include:Perform professional quality massage, within scope of practice and licensing (as applicable).Must follow and adhere to all Massage Envy policies, protocols, and completing an annual trainingReliable, on time attendance meaning 15 min prior appointment time. Attends all scheduled shifts, is prompt to work and works entire scheduled shift.Assists in the cleanliness of the location (therapy rooms and common areas). Included but not limited to flipping yellow linen bags, changing to a new blanket at the end of your shift, empty the break room trash can, etc.End of shift leaving the room with clean and neat table sheets, empty trash, and all surfaces wiped down with Lysol wipes, and the table warmer unplugged.Utilizes Massage Envy approved modalities, in accordance with applicable law in your location.If performing any additional modality such as but not limited to hot stone, deep muscle or prenatal therapy, must have appropriate training and satisfy the minimum clinic education hours.Maintain professional appearance at all times. Hair is to be pulled back, nails are to be keep short, and uniforms must be free of odors and wrinkles. Please see dress code for further descriptionsComplete a comprehensive intake for each client for a specific sessions based on members/guests individual needs.Only offer the preferred amount of conversation reflected from a client while in session.Assists in the promotion and education of all services, health and wellness benefits to clients receiving massage therapy on a regular basis; communicates various promotions to clients.Completes Wellness Chart documentation accurately, promptly and completely.Possess the ability to communicate effectively (orally and written) and in a courteous and professional manner on a regular basis with members, guests, co-workers and management.Maintain client confidentiality.Have a strong customer service orientation and creates excellent member/guest experience through friendly and helpful attitude.Allow updates and do not interrupt IPADs to complete the software updates.Prefilling your choice of massage mediums is to be completed in ample time prior to client schedule timeMust adhere to all applicable local and state licensing laws and regulations related to the massage therapy services provided, including following any applicable law pertaining to maintaining current Massage License.Knowledge of and experience in performing Swedish Massage required, as well as knowledge of and experience in performing other modalities offered by Massage Envy.Understands and believes in the healing benefits of massage therapy and bodywork.Other duties as assigned. What it Takes to Succeed: Education, Skills and Training:Minimum of 500 hours of massage therapy school and a certificate of completion.Participates in continuing education to improve effectiveness (preferred).Satisfactory results of background and reference check is a condition of employment in this position.Must adhere to all applicable local and state licensing laws and regulations related to the massage therapy services provided, including following any applicable law pertaining to maintaining current Massage License.Knowledge of and experience in performing Swedish and Deep Tissue Massage required, as well as knowledge of and experience in performing other modalities offered by Massage Envy.Understands and believes in the healing benefits of massage therapy and bodywork. Communications and Personal Interactions:Have a strong customer service orientation.Possess the ability to communicate effectively (orally and written) and in a courteous and professional manner on a regular basis with members, guests, co-workers and management.Maintain client confidentiality. ____________________________________________________________________________________Massage Envy Franchising, LLC (MEF) is a national franchisor of independently owned and operated franchised locations. Each individual franchised location, not MEF or any of its affiliates, is the sole employer for all positions posted by a franchised location, and each individual franchised location is not acting as an agent for MEF or any of its affiliates. Hiring criteria, benefits and compensation are set by each individually owned and operated franchised location and may vary from location to l ()
          

Accounting, Auditing: Senior Tax Analyst - Research & Development Credits - Houston, Texas

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Senior Tax Analyst Research & Development CreditsReq Number:185922Category:Client ServicePosted Date:November 20, 2019Work Location(s):Atlanta,GA,USHouston,TX*Please read the job description thoroughly. You must have Research & Development Tax Credits experience to be considered a viable candidate for this role.ADP is hiring a Senior Tax Analyst . The role of the Senior Tax Analyst will be to perform and monitor the preparation of Federal and State Research & Development Tax credit programs, including compliance work, credit calculations and/or certification process for all participating ADP clients.At ADP we are driven by your success. We engage your unique talents and perspectives. We welcome your ideas on how to do things differently and better. In your efforts to achieve, learn and grow, we support you all the way. If success motivates you, you belong at ADP.We strive for every interaction to be driven by our values: Insightful Expertise, Integrity is Everything, Service Excellence, Inspiring Innovation, Each Person Counts, Results-Driven, & Social Responsibility.RESPONSIBILITIES: Handles high volume of multiple complex programs. Accountable to Audit and CRM for quality and accuracy. Provides technical expertise and guidance to less experienced Tax Analysts and assists in training. Is responsible for meeting productivity and quality objectives and standards. Accurately and timely calculates assigned credit in compliance with related jurisdictions regulatory/judicial guidelines. Researches assigned programs to ensure all program reference material is current and accurate. Performs data analysis and manipulation of Client records. Interacts with State program coordinators; negotiates acceptance of format; provides assistance or participates in client audits with the State. Prepares client work product according to specifications. Cross trains in various credit programs as assigned. Keeps current on new and proposed laws and regulations and advises management of impact. Experience in working with Engineers and IT professionals Proficient in Microsoft Office Performs other related duties as approved or assigned.QUALIFICAITONS REQUIRED: 3+ years of corporate federal and/or state R&D tax credit and incentive experience preferred. Bachelors Degree in Tax, Finance, Accounting or related business fields CPA, EA (Enrolled Agent), Law Degree preferred but not required#LI-Service#LI-MR1Were designing a better way to work, so you can achieve what youre working for. Consistently named one of the Most Admired Companies by FORTUNE Magazine, and recognized by DiversityInc as one of the Top 50 Companies for Diversity, ADP works with more than 740,000 organizations across the globe to help their people work smarter, embrace new challenges, and unleash their talent. Always Designing for People means were creating platforms that will transform how great work gets done, so together we can unlock a world of opportunity.At ADP, we believe that diversity fuels innovation. ADP is committed to equal employment opportunities regardless of race, color, genetic information, creed, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, lawful alien status, national origin, age, marital status, or protected veteran status. We support an inclusive workplace where associates excel based on personal merit, qualifications, experience, ability, and job performance.Read more about this jobApply NowShare this job Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share on Linkedin Share by Mail ()
          

Accounting, Auditing: Tax Consultant Onsite Indianapolis, Indiana - Houston, Texas

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Tax Consultant (PS26926) Onsite Indianapolis, IndianaLocation: United StatesRequisition #: PS26926Post Date: Nov 13, 2019Your Talent. Our Vision. At Anthem, Inc., its a powerful combination, and the foundation upon which were creating greater access to care for our members, greater value for our customers, and greater health for our communities. Join us and together we will drive the future of health care .This is an exceptional opportunity to do innovative work that means more to you and those we serve at one of America's leading health benefits companies and a Fortune Top 50 Company.Tax Consultant:Responsible for preparing a combination of corporate and partnership federal and state income tax returns and related estimated payments and performing basic tax law research.Primary duties may include but are not limited to: Preparing GAAP and Statutory income tax provisions. Preparing account reconciliations. Responding to internal and external audit requests. Preparing premium tax returns. Preparing personal property tax returns. Working with the fixed asset system. Working with the investment department tax reporting. Analyzing K-1's for appropriate tax reporting. Working with sales and use tax systems. Prepares assigned companies federal and state income tax returns. Researches current and new tax laws to support tax calculations and positions. Actively looks for process improvements and tax savings. Prepares quarterly federal and state estimated tax payments.Anthem, Inc. is ranked as one of Americas Most Admired Companies among health insurers by Fortune magazine and is a 2018 DiversityInc magazine Top 50 Company for Diversity. To learn more about our company and apply, please visit us at careers.antheminc.com. An Equal Opportunity Employer/Disability/VeteranAnEqualOpportunityEmployer/Disability/VeteranRequirements: Requires BS/BA in Accounting; or any combination of education and experience which would provide an equivalent background. Experience in one or more of the following areas including accounting, auditing, fixed asset accounting, investment accounting, federal and state taxation, and tax software preferred. Up to 3 years of experience preferred and completion of the Tax departments training programs. ()
          

Learning Construction by Making Bird Houses

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Bellport Middle School eighth-grade students enrolled in Jeremy Freeman’s principles of engineering class learned the fundamentals of construction by making bird houses. During a unit on construction, the students learned about how a home is built and the materials used during construction. After designing their birdhouse, the students were given the constraint of using only 36 inches of wood. They used hand saws and scroll saws to cut out each piece, labelled each section and laid the wood out for assembly much like a construction crew. They used glue, nails and hammers to assemble the birdhouses and tar paper and roofing material to waterproof the birdhouse. Some students chose to embellish their project. “What better way for students to learn about building a house than to make one for a bird,” Mr. Freeman said. “Overall, this was an excellent way for students to understand how a house is put together.”
          

Human Resources: Payroll Processor - Pasadena, Texas

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Payroll ProcessorPasadena,TXBrief Description of Responsibilities:Assist with all areas of payroll processing and reporting.Enter and/or import time from various systems, audit and balance payroll for processing. Void check or issue stop payments in accordance with Payroll policy and procedures. OCIP reporting and certified payroll reporting as required. Tracking and reporting.Related Work Experience:Prior Payroll Processing experience is required. Confidentiality a must. This position requires strong interpersonal and communication skills, verbal and written. Planning and organization skills are required to manage multiple simultaneous projects. Strong attention to detail, analysis, problem solving and account reconciliation is required. Knowledge of FLSA, IRS Laws and Requirements.Special Skills, Professional Qualifications, Certifications, Software Skills, etc.:10 key by touch. Computer skills, Including Microsoft Suite (Outlook, Word, Excel, Access, PowerPoint).Required Educational Background:HS Diploma or equivalent.Job Ref: 130962BrandSafway, including its subsidiaries, is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, creed, color, national origin, religion, gender, marital status, sexual orientation, age, disability, special disabled or Vietnam or other era veteran status. ()
          

Other: Military Family Life Counselors - Adult Counseling - Texas City, Texas

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Job Title Military Family Life Counselors - Adult Counseling Date Posted 8/13/2019 Location , TX Position Id EB-********** Job Description Adult Military and Family Life Counselor *Must hold an unrestricted counseling or social work license in the state where job is located Strategic Resources, Inc. (SRI) , a company with 30 years of excellence serving the Federal Government; and, over 15 years supporting Military Family Readiness and Resiliency for the Department of Defense, is honored to announce our recent contract award in support of the Military and Family Life Counseling (MFLC) Program. SRI is an international, ISO 9001:2015 Certified and CMMI Maturity Level 3 Rated full service provider and we welcome you to become a part of our network. Overview: SRI is actively seeking energetic, compassionate, licensed counselors and social workers to provide non-medical counseling services to military service members and their families. Non-medical counseling is supportive in nature and addresses: conditions of living; life skills; improving relationships at home and at work; stress management; adjustment issues, such as those related to returning from deployment; marital problems; parenting, and fear, grief and loss. Counseling modalities consist of individual, family, couples and groups. MFLCs may be based out of an installation's family center, a National Guard and Reserve Joint Force HQ or other facility and will provide proactive outreach to service members and their families. Locations are projected to include installations in almost all states (including the District of Columbia), U.S. territories and commonwealths, as well as many international locations. Types of Assignments: Adult MFLCs can be hired in different capacities to meet the demand for counseling services in support of military installations. 1) A rotational assignment includes serving as a full-time counselor working 40 hours a week performing the traditional walk-around counseling/coaching services rotating to another role at the conclusion of the employment term, generally one year. 2) An on-demand assignment includes being hired for a specified period - one hour up to three days to remain on a list of available and qualified licensed counselors and social workers available to work when called. 3) A surge assignment meets the immediate needs of a military installation in response to a crisis, special event, or temporary increase in counseling requirements. The duration is for a specified period - up to 90 days. Note: Upon completion of the online application, you will be prompted with a MFLC Candidate Poll. Please complete the 'Type of Assignment Desired' field to identify the various assignments you are interested in supporting. Tasks & Responsibilities: * Provides face-to-face, non-medical counseling to military service members and their families and makes appropriate referrals and transfers to military and community resources according to the needs of military service members and their families. * Consults with military command and installation service providers as requested. * Partners with and augments activities of Service Family Centers, Guard and Reserve programs (including Inter-Service Family Assistance Committees), unit family support staff officers, and other programs and services to build coalitions and connect Federal, state, and local resources and non-profit organizations to support Active Duty, Guard and Reserve families. * Provides approved training and education programs and advises on requests for new or revised presentations by military leadership. * Tracks services performed and referrals made using appropriate reporting system. * Responds to critical incidents, surge and on demand events, and special requests as directed by the POC and approved by the OSD program manager. * Manages duty to warn and restricted reporting situations according to DOD protocol. * Communicates with supervisors to share information regarding trends and issues at their assigned installation. * Participates in regular in-service/training, Quality Improvement committees, or other contract activities as assigned. Minimum Required Skills, Education, Experience & Abilities: * Must be a U.S. Citizen and must speak fluent English. * Must hold a Master's degree from an accredited graduate program in a mental health related field such as social work, psychology, marriage/family therapy, or counseling. * Must hold and maintain a valid unrestricted counseling license or certification from a state, the District of Columbia, a U.S. territory or commonwealth that grants authority to provide counseling services as an independent practitioner in their respective fields. Candidate must be licensed in the state that the position is located. Typical licenses include LPC, LCSW, LMFT, LCPC, LMHC. Clinicians under supervision may not apply. * Candidate must demonstrate counseling competence preceding their employment with the MFLC program. * An understanding of the military lifestyle and working with military family members. * Working knowledge of military, state, federal, and local laws and resources. * Ability to work with Family programs and/or advocacy services, military or civilian social service agencies. * Ability to work with military and civilian medical, social service, law enforcement, and legal personnel on behalf of service members and their families. * Ability to develop trusting helping relationships and work effectively with individuals and families from diverse racial, ethnic, and socioeconomic backgrounds. * Ability to intervene in crises using sound professional judgment, ethical practice, and common sense. * Ability to work independently to develop, implement, and evaluate safety and intervention plans to meet individual and family needs. * Proficient in Microsoft Office software applications including Word, Excel, Access, PowerPoint and Outlook. Background/Security Clearance Requirements: * Must be able to successfully pass and maintain a government-sponsored background checks; positions are subject to a successful government security investigation prior to position start date. FLSA Non-Exempt Status Type On-Call Work Condition Office Environment Physical Demands Sitting, Standing, Typing Lifting Weight ()
          

Healthcare: Registered Nurse (RN) Cardiac Medical Telemetry - Webster, Texas

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Description SHIFT: Days (rotating weekends)SCHEDULE: Full-timeDo you have the career opportunities you want in your current role? We have an exciting opportunity for you to join the nation's largest provider of healthcare services as a Registered Nurse in the Cardiac Medical/Telemetry! We offer you an excellent total compensation package, including competitive salary, excellent benefit package and growth opportunities. We believe in our team and your ability to do excellent work with us. Your benefits include 401k, PTO medical, dental, flex spending, life, disability, tuition reimbursement, employee discount program, employee stock purchase program and student loan repayment. We would love to talk to you about this fantastic opportunity. HCA Houston Healthcare Clear Lake - Webster, TX Registered Nurse (RN) - Cardiac Med/Tele HCA Houston Healthcare Clear Lake is a 490-bed acute care facility offering inpatient and outpatient medical, surgical and specialty services. The campus includes Level II trauma capabilities, a Neuroscience Institute, The Heart & Vascular Hospital, a bariatrics program, the Breast Diagnostic Center, a wound care center, a level III Neonatal ICU, and the area's only pediatric emergency department and pediatric ICU. What you will do in this role: Responsible for assessing, planning, implementing and evaluating care for assigned patients.Responds to Code Blue and implements life-saving measures, per ACLS protocol.Interprets EKG rhythm strips, on all telemetry patients.Monitors special drugs (i.e., Dopamine, Lidocaine, Dobutrex, and Cardizem) and other cardiac drugs, as per protocol. Assesses patients in an ongoing manner, per protocol.Assists physician with procedures, as needed (i.e., thoracentesis, chest tube insertion, and venous access devices). - Assumes the responsibility of charging the unit, as needed.Responsible for assessment of patient with telemetry monitoring and/or continuous pulse oximeter.Responsible for maintaining customer friendly atmosphere. Draws blood from venous lines.Models and reinforces behavior consistent with goals for teaching the patient, communicates patient status to appropriate member of the healthcare team, and provides support to the family, as needed.Scanning supplies from P.O.U. area. Responsible for ensuring Through-Put Plan is enforced and followed. Qualifications What qualifications you will need: Current Texas licensure with State Board of Nurse Examiners as an RN.Graduate from accredited school of nursing required.1-year of Medical Surgical RN experience in an acute care setting preferred.Current BCLS certification from the American Heart Association is requiredACLS certification within 3 months of employment - HCA Healthcare ranks on Fortune's list of Most Admired Companies for three consecutive years and HCA ranks 63rd on the fortune 500 list. In addition Ethisphere named HCA as one of the World's Most Ethical Companies. We want you to join our tradition of excellence. Intrigued? We'd love to hear from you. - If you find this opportunity compelling, we encourage you to apply. We promptly review all applications. If you are highly qualified you will hear from the Talent Acquisition team. We are actively interviewing so apply today! - We are an equal opportunity employer and value diversity at our company. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, or disability status. Notice Our Company's recruiters are here to help unlock the next possibility within your career and we take your candidate experience very seriously. During the recruitment process, no recruiter or employee will request financial or personal information (Social Security Number, credit card or bank information, etc.) from you via email. The recruiters will not email you from a public webmail client like Gmail or Yahoo Mail. If you feel suspicious of a job posting or job-related email, let us know by clicking -here. For questions about your job application or this site please contact HCAhrAnswers at 1-844-422-5627 option 1. ()
          

Healthcare: Physician's Assistant (PA)/Nurse Practitioner (NP) - Conroe, Texas

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Correctional Medicine opening in Conroe, Texas. This and other nurse practitioner jobs brought to you by NursingJobCafe.com Overview Under direct supervision of the Health Services Administrator (HSA), Program Manager (PM), or higher medical professional, the Physician's Assistants (PA) and Nurse Practitioners (NP) will assist the Physician in all medical care and treatment of the patient population including but not limited to behavioral health disorders. The PA and NP will coordinate the patient plan of care through assessment, planning, implementation and evaluation in collaboration with the healthcare team and in compliance with all agency, local, state, federal laws and regulations. Qualifications Education:--- Completion of a master's program in nursing (NPs) or an accredited education program for PAsExperience:--- Previous correctional/detention facility experience --- Minimum two (2) years' experienceLicenses/Certifications:--- Unrestricted current license, certification or registration in state of practice - must maintain all certifications, educational requirements, licensing, etc. --- Current Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) registration --- Current (and must maintain) lifesaving BLS and PALS (where applicable) certification through AHA Responsibilities Hold daily sick call, examine patients and carry out treatment according to standardized procedures and protocols Carry out physicians' orders Consult with physician about non-emergency conditions falling outside protocol parameters Identify medical emergency conditions and provide appropriate emergency care and arrange for transfer to the nearest appropriate facility Admit patients to the OHU and coordinate with nursing staff to develop treatment plans Perform annual physical examinations on all persons served as scheduled, order appropriate laboratory studies, and classify appropriate worker status Repair simple lacerations and remove sutures Perform minor surgical procedures (i.e. I&D, basic splinting and toe nail removal) Responsible for recognizing and treating non-psychotic behavioral health disorders pharmacologically as indicated In collaboration with the Psychiatrist, provide ongoing care of patients who are stable on maintenance doses of non-psychotic medications, as well as treat cases of situational stressors, causing anxiety, depression and sleep disorders Successfully complete and continue practice of the OneCare team's educational program, Medical Provider Training for Prescribing Mental Health Drugs Document all findings using the S.O.A.P.E. method Ensure confidentiality of persons served health information Provide discharge planning as required Participate in Quality Management and Peer Review activities Attend quarterly Quality Management meetings Perform other duties as assigned.Wellpath is an EOE/Minorities/Females/Vet/Disability Employer Keyphrases: correctional medical services jobs, correctional medicine jobs, correctional health services jobs, prison health services jobs ()
          

Healthcare: Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner/Physician Assistant - Conroe, Texas

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Psychiatric-Mental Health opening in Conroe, Texas. This and other nurse practitioner jobs brought to you by NursingJobCafe.com Overview Under direct supervision of the Health Services Administrator (HSA)/Program Manager (PM), or higher medical professional, the Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner or Physician Assistant will skillfully apply expertise to evaluate and diagnose patients and prescribe psychotropic medications as needed. This includes the provision of a comprehensive treatment plan for patients with complicated mental health conditions in collaboration with the healthcare team and in compliance with all agency, local, state, federal laws and regulations. Qualifications Education: Completion of a Master's program in nursing (NPs) or an accredited education program for PAs Experience: Three (3) years of experience as an NP or PA One (1) year experience providing treatment to adults with various mental health disabilities required Previous correctional/detention facility experienceLicenses/Certifications: Current (and must maintain) unrestricted license as a Nurse Practitioner or Physician Assistant in state of practice Certification/Specialization in Psychiatric Treatment Current (and must maintain) lifesaving BLS certification through AH Current DEA license and state controlled substance license Current (and must maintain) security clearance Responsibilities Provide telepsychiatry or on-site psychiatric services including assessment, diagnosis, and treatment of those committed persons referred by the medical, clinical services or security staff Prescribe appropriate psychotropic medications to address mental health issues of the persons served Assisting in monitoring all psychotropic medication utilization or assisting in coordination of psychotropic medication in a cost-efficient manner Provision of Multidisciplinary Treatment Plans for all applicable persons served per company and facility expectations Chart all findings in medical records of persons served providing written summaries of history, diagnosis and treatment course or other documentation requirements as outlined by Company and Facility Produce timely, accurate, organized, and legible clinical notes of encounters and other relevant reports, logs and required clinical statistics to the PM or Medical Director When applicable, screen committed persons for placement or possible transfer to outside psychiatric treatment facilities or other community mental health facilities, or providing support to staff to gain access to outside acute care facilities, if a higher-level treatment is needed Respond to psychiatric emergencies and initiate lifesaving measures to man-down calls, identify medical emergencies, and arrange for transportation to hospital Refer all 5150 eligible persons served to the County Mental Health and/or Emergency Room for evaluation Assess for suicide ideation and manage the appropriate risk level Attend daily sick call, notify current medication consult with nursing staff to continue psychotropic medications, and discuss conditions falling outside protocol perimeters Triage, respond and communicate mental health complaints from medical and custody staff with Physician, Medical Director or Health Services Administrator or Program Manager any potentially significant medical complaints or observations discovered during routine duties Maintain patient Confidentiality and HIPPA compliance Coordinate the activities of his/her shift and communicates with detention staff as needed Provide on-going crisis intervention Provide on-call services as needed Uphold corporate principles of practice including but not limited to: quality of care; cost control without minimizing standard of care; utilization management of medications, supplies, etc.; consistency and continuity of care via comprehensive medical / mental health approach to treatment Maintain a clean, safe, and secure working environment Participate in Quality Management Peer Review activities and staff training May assist in the job shadow portion of the interview process of potential staff May assist for orientation and training of new employees Perform other duties as assigned.Wellpath is an EOE/Minorities/Females/Vet/Disability Employer Keyphrases: psychiatry jobs, psychiatrist jobs, psychologist jobs, psychiatric nurse practitioner jobs ()
          

Healthcare: Massage Therapist - Rosharon, Texas

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What We'll Accomplish Together:As a massage therapist at this Massage Envy franchised location,* essential duties include performing professional quality massage within scope of practice and licensing (as applicable) and in alignment with policies and protocols, utilizing approved modalities, in accordance with applicable law in your franchised location, designing specific sessions based on member------s/guest------s individual needs, and upholding the Massage Envy brand's core values of optimism, gratitude, excellence, consistency and empathy.Additional responsibilities include: Perform professional quality massage, within scope of practice and licensing (as applicable).Must follow all Massage Envy policies and protocols.Assists in the cleanliness of the location (therapy rooms and common areas).Utilizes Massage Envy approved modalities, in accordance with applicable law in your location.If performing hot stone, deep muscle or prenatal therapy, must have appropriate training and satisfy the minimum clinic education hours.Maintain professional appearance at all times.Design specific sessions based on member------s/guest------s individual needs.Assists in the promotion of the health and wellness benefits to clients receiving massage therapy on a regular basis; communicates various promotions to clients.Creates excellent member/guest experience through friendly and helpful attitude.Reliable, on time attendance. Attends all scheduled shifts, is prompt to work and works entire scheduled shift.Completes Wellness Chart documentation accurately and completely.Other duties as assigned.What it Takes to Succeed:Education, Skills and Training: Minimum of 500 hours of massage therapy school and a certificate of completion.Participates in continuing education to improve effectiveness (preferred).Satisfactory results of background and reference check is a condition of employment in this position.Must adhere to all applicable local and state licensing laws and regulations related to the massage therapy services provided, including following any applicable law pertaining to maintaining current Massage License.Knowledge of and experience in performing Swedish and Deep Tissue Massage required, as well as knowledge of and experience in performing other modalities offered by Massage Envy.Understands and believes in the healing benefits of massage therapy and bodywork.Communications and Personal Interactions: Have a strong customer service orientation.Possess the ability to communicate effectively (orally and written) and in a courteous and professional manner on a regular basis with members, guests, co-workers and management.Maintain client confidentiality.____________________________________________________________________________________*Massage Envy Franchising, LLC (------MEF------) is a national franchisor of independently owned and operated franchised locations. Each individual franchised location, not MEF or any of its affiliates, is the sole employer for all positions posted by a franchised location, and each individual franchised location is not acting as an agent for MEF or any of its affiliates. Hiring criteria, benefits and compensation are set by each individually owned and operated franchised location and may vary from location to location. ()
          

J.J. Bonham Rides Into Town With A Brand New Western Bestseller…

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  A brand new Western adventure from the rip-roaring pen of J.J. Bonham. J.J. is one of the fast draws when it comes to Western stories today. This riveting, rollicking, action-led new ranger Western novel has all the hallmarks readers have come to expect from their Western novels. Seth Kincaid: a Texas Ranger. He was …

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Internet Safety Presentation at Bellport HS

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Detective Rory Forrestal, an expert in the field of Internet and computer crimes, recently visited Bellport High School to talk to our freshmen and sophomore students about the dangers and consequences of social media. He informed the students about the laws regarding photos posted and shared, sexting, and cyberbullying. His message to students was to "think before you click" and to protect themselves. The Suffolk County Police Department will return in the spring for an informational presentation specifically targeted for parents and guardians.
          

Icons of Freedom

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Students from Bellport High School's AP Government and Introduction to Law classes recently attended the "Icons of Freedom III" event at Stony Brook University. With 500 students from 17 High Schools across Long Island in attendance, the event, presented by Stony Brook University in partnership with Law, Youth and Citizenship Program of the NY State Bar Association, featured speakers from two landmark Supreme Court cases that changed the education laws in the United States. Mary Beth Tinker and Cathy Kuhlmeier, plaintiffs in landmark Supreme Court First Amendment cases, and attorney Frank LoMonte, First Amendment scholar and Executive Director of the Student Press Law Center, an advocate for student First Amendment rights, addressed the students. Ms. Tinker spoke about her landmark case, Tinker v. DesMoines and Ms. Kuhlmeier spoke about the landmark case, Hazelwood v. Kuhlmeier. Together with Mr. LoMonte, the impact of the cases on high school freedom of press and their efforts to get legislation passed in all 50 states to protect student journalists was discussed. High School senior Abbie Veitch had the opportunity to ask a question about the concept of prior review, and her question was later quoted by Mr. LoMonte - the only student asked question to be mentioned again in the presentations.
          

Suffolk County Sheriff’s Department Smart Start Program

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The SADD Club of Bellport High School recently participated in the Suffolk County Sheriff’s Department Smart Start Program. Bellport High School was the first public school on Long Island to participate in the simulation of a drunken driving accident on school grounds. Five students were selected to be involved in the “accident” which included one impaired driver, one back seat survivor and three students pronounced dead at the scene. The Suffolk County Sheriff’s Department in coordination with Bellport High School, South Country Ambulance and Brookhaven Fire Department attended an assembly for seniors to witness the “accident” and the repercussions. Students observed the first responders pronounce three passengers DOA, including one that had been ejected from the car, a student being rescued by emergency personnel using the Jaws of Life and the driver being “arrested” after failing three sobriety tests given at the scene. Students were then brought back into the auditorium to discuss the mock accident.
          

ニュース早わかり

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In science news around the world, delegates at an international conference approve a standard for electronic noise from a radio band used for 5G, the next generation of wireless communications, that meteorologists say will interfere with weather forecasting. The United States moves to improve and extend maps of the sea floor in its vast exclusive economic zone, which could benefit mineral prospecting and the understanding of ocean dynamics. Iran gives prison terms to six conservationists accused of using wildlife camera traps to spy on military installations. Only about one-fourth of prevention research recently funded by the U.S. National Institutes of Health has focused on the top 10 causes of death in the United States, an analysis found. Barry Myers, the nominee to lead the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, withdraws from consideration, citing health concerns.


          

Statesville Library- Preschool Storytime: Paws and Tails

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Event date: December 11, 2019
Event Time: 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Location:
201 North Tradd Street
Statesville, NC 28677
Description:
Join us for a special visit from the Animal Shelter! This program will include books, music and activities geared towards children from ages 3 to 5.
          

Is the Left Going After Thanksgiving Now Too?

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Public schools in Portland, Oregon, are teaching children that Thanksgiving is about genocide and racism. Mary Grabar reports, "Pity the poor child in Portland, Oregon, schools. While many still think of Thanksgiving as a time to come together with family and friends to celebrate our multicultural heritage over a festive meal, eighth-graders in the Antifa epicenter have the notion drummed into them that Thanksgiving really is a celebration of the genocide of the Indians by greedy capitalist Europeans."

We as Americans have a disheartening way of draining the meaning from holidays. Our culture has made Christmas and Easter totally secular. July 4 is all about booze and loud noises, and we can no longer tell the difference between Memorial Day and Veterans Day.

For the offended "Woke" folk to go after the few trace amounts of thankfulness left in the Thanksgiving holiday, is truly evil.

As Grabar pointed out, what these children have had "drummed" into their heads is a lie. This is not enlightenment—it is darkness. As Jesus warned us, "See to it, then, that the light within you is not darkness" (Luke 11:35, NIV). This is especially egregious, because school is supposed to be about learning, not about lies. And teachers should care enough about children not to lie to them.

How and why should Christians defend Thanksgiving? That we cannot immediately answer how and why speaks to our present condition before God. And are we surprised that we can't answer them?

The steady diet of "feel good" sermons being preached in most churches have not equipped us to push back against the tide of wickedness. We were caught flat-footed when marriage was destroyed and the death culture of abortion took the land.

The concept of Thanksgiving is very biblical: The word thanksgiving occurs 29 times in the Bible, and the concept of giving thanks is found in 93 additional verses. Most of us know Psalm 100 by heart, especially verse 4: "Enter His gates with thanksgiving and His courts with praise. Give thanks to Him, bless His name!" So, it is small wonder those who serve the powers of darkness and who have plans for evil hate the spirit of gratitude behind Thanksgiving.

There are epic reasons to defend Thanksgiving: The oxygen of freedom is gratitude. Any day that forces us to stop, take a deep breath and thank God, adds to our national lifespan. What the socialism-promoting teachers in Portland, Oregon, are doing is sowing seeds to bring about an early death for America.

If there are such things as "big fat lies," this one is morbidly obese. In fact, the origin of Thanksgiving is, in itself, the very rebuke all those teachers in Portland need. Far from genocide and greed, Thanksgiving came to us out of the purest motivation possible.

Cheryl Magness wrote, "Sarah Josepha Hale, the author of the children's song 'Mary Had a Little Lamb,' has historically received much of the credit for the establishment of Thanksgiving as a national holiday. Pilgrim Hall, a museum in Plymouth, Massachusetts, dedicated to preserving and passing down the history and stories of the Pilgrims, calls Hale the 'godmother of Thanksgiving.'"

Hale was an established poet and writer, when in 1837, she began writing a series of editorials advocating for a national Thanksgiving holiday. George Washington, John Adams and James Madison had issued Thanksgiving proclamations in the early years of the nation, but after Madison's 1799 proclamation, the practice had ceased.

As the Civil War approached and the nation became increasingly divided, Hale saw a national Thanksgiving observance as a means of bridging the divide. On Sept. 28, 1863, just under three months after the Battle of Gettysburg, she wrote a letter to President Abraham Lincoln entreating him to call for a national celebration of Thanksgiving. On Oct. 3 of that year, he did so.

Thanksgiving Should Bridge Divides and Cultivate Unity

A review of Hale's campaign to make Thanksgiving a national holiday is a good way to remember what Thanksgiving is about. In her writings, Hale emphasized our identity as Americans, our need for community and our dependence on God—the very things we too often forget in our own observances.

In 1860, Hale wrote:

Everything that contributes to bind us in one vast empire together, to quicken the sympathy that makes us feel, from the icy North to the sunny South, that we are one family, each a member of a great and free Nation, not merely the unit of a remote locality, is worthy of being cherished. We have sought to reawaken and increase this sympathy, believing that the fine filaments of the affections are stronger than laws to keep the Union of our States sacred in the hearts of our people... We believe our Thanksgiving Day, if fixed and perpetuated, will be a great and sanctifying promoter of this national spirit.

To make something beautiful into something ugly, to exalt the vile above the sublime, seems to be the stock in trade of the modern left, composed of American Communists bent on destroying this nation. They must not be allowed to get away with their lies ... especially not their lies to children.

I say it as much with a fervent prayer as a greeting: Happy Thanksgiving and God bless America! {eoa}

Permission has been granted by Mario Murillo to share this Thanksgiving article.


          

This Thanksgiving, Count the Blessings You Take for Granted

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Christians in parts of the Middle East are in danger of total extinction. That was the conclusion of a report released last month by Aid to the Church in Need, an international Catholic charity. The report said that Christianity has disappeared from towns in Iraq and Syria because of the wave of genocide carried out by ISIS.

In Iraq, the number of Christians in Iraq has fallen by 90%, the study said. In Syria, the Christian population has fallen by two-thirds since the country's civil war began in 2011, when there were 2 million believers there.

A report in The New York Times last year confirmed that most of Syria's once-Christian villages are now ghost towns. ISIS fighters kidnapped villagers and executed them. Women disappeared and became sex slaves to terrorist leaders. Churches were bombed and burned. Traumatized believers fled the country. The defeat of ISIS fighters in 2019, and the death of bloodthirsty ISIS commander Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi on Oct. 26, will not bring martyred Christians back from the dead or convince refugees to return to their homeland.

As you celebrate Thanksgiving this year, I hope you are grateful that your church wasn't bombed or that you weren't forced from your home. I encourage you to make a list of blessings you may take for granted. My list for 2019 might help you think of others:

  1. Do you have religious freedom? The majority of the world's population—75%—live in areas with severe religious restrictions. And Christians in more than 60 countries face persecution simply because of their belief in Jesus Christ. About 1.6 billion people in the world live in repressive societies where they have no say in how they are governed.
  1. Do you make your own decisions? There are 29.8 million people living as slaves today, according to the Walk Free Foundation. These people live as forced laborers, forced prostitutes, child soldiers and child brides in forced marriages. Walk Free investigated 162 countries and found slaves in every one.
  1. Do you have money in a bank? More than 2.5 billion adults around the world are unbanked, according to data based on Gallup polling in 148 countries. Two-thirds of people without accounts said they simply don't have enough money to use a bank.
  1. Do you own shoes? About 300 million children around the world don't own a pair of shoes. It is estimated that 2 billion people worldwide are currently plagued with parasitic diseases that could be prevented simply by wearing proper footwear.
  1. Do you drink clean water? About 1.1 billion people in the world don't have access to clean drinking water. Because of that, about 9 million people will die this year because of water-related illnesses. The next time you open a bottle of Dasani or drink from your tap, remember that millions of women around the world spend an average of four hours daily walking to get water.
  1. Did your mother survive when you were born? Approximately 800 women die every day from complications during pregnancy and childbirth. This is equivalent to 33 women an hour. Almost all these deaths occurred in developing countries, and most could have been prevented.
  1. Did you live past age 5? Some 21,000 children die every day around the world because of poverty and preventable diseases. That is equivalent to one child dying every four seconds. The annual death toll is 7.6 million children a year.
  1. Do you eat three meals a day? The World Health Organization estimates that one-third of the world's population is overfed, one-third is underfed and one-third is starving. Approximately 925 million people in the developing world are chronically undernourished.
  1. Do you enjoy reliable electricity? About 1.5 billion people in this world have no access to electrical power. Do you enjoy that oven in your kitchen? The next time you prepare a meal, remember that 2.5 billion people in the world still use wood or charcoal to cook their food. Do you enjoy your washing machine? About 5 billion people in the world still wash their clothes by hand.
  1. Do you have a roof over your head? The U.N. Commission on Human Rights says there are 100 million homeless people in the world. One in 3 children in the world live without adequate shelter. And today there are about 42 million people who are living as refugees. Most were displaced by war and live in crude camps.
  1. Do you own a car? The United States still has the highest number of motor vehicles in the world. Globally, only 1 out of every 8 people has access to a car. Many of the others either walk, take crowded buses or public vans or ride on bicycles, rickshaws or animals. Did you fly somewhere in the past year? You are blessed. Only 5% to 7% of people in the world have ever flown in an airplane.
  1. Do you have a flushable toilet? The United Nations Development Program reports that 2.6 billion people do not have access to any toilet facilities. India has the largest percentage of people who lack adequate sanitation. About 638 million Indians must go outdoors.
  1. Can you read? Nearly a billion people entered the 21st century unable to read a book or sign their names. There are 72 million children who should be in school but are not enrolled. And if you have a college degree, you are in a privileged minority; only 6.7% of people in the world have a college diploma.
  1. Can you see? Over 285 million people in the world are visually impaired. About 39 million of these are blind and 246 million have a moderate to severe visual impairment. India is home to the world's largest number of blind people, due to the country's acute shortage of optometrists.

King David wrote: "Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all His benefits" (Ps. 103:2). Thanksgiving is not an optional virtue. Without it, our pride swells and our selfishness consumes us. Thanksgiving is an important exercise because it adjusts our attitude. It calibrates our hearts so that we stop complaining and instead remember how we are blessed and who deserves the credit for our blessings. Happy Thanksgiving!


          

How Loving Creation Helps You Fall Deeper in Love With God

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The cause of many of life's failures is that we, as human beings, lack exceeding gratitude for our Creator. Because we take His divine gift of life for granted, we live in discontent and misery, complaining about what we don't have and failing to express genuine appreciation for what we do have.

I am convinced that by simply stopping to appreciate the world around us, our perspective of life can be transformed. This new perspective will reveal the Creator's redemptive plan and fill our hearts with exceeding gratitude for our Creator-Redeemer. This divine relationship will transform us into joyful, ennobled, Christian steward-servants.

Our capacity for knowledge, without which we cannot appreciate life or the giver of life, must be understood as a special gift from our Creator. His grace bestowed upon mankind gives us the intelligence to pursue knowledge. Each individual must choose the source of knowledge to rely on for meaning in life. Your choice of worldview, philosophy, religion or lack of religion will ultimately determine your level of appreciation for life as well as your destiny.

Appreciation means to grasp the worth and value of something or someone; to esteem and properly revere them. God is Creator of the laws of nature; therefore, all of nature reveals God to us. Appreciation for the Creator's intelligent design deepens as we gain knowledge of the unfathomable generosity of our Creator-God.

If you want to live a joy-filled life, you will need to develop a profound appreciation for your Creator, who designed you before time began. As you develop an attitude of exceeding gratitude for God and His awesome gift of life, you will learn to live in satisfying, intimate relationship with Him.

Understanding Appreciation

Creation reveals to us the nature of our Creator. As we behold the Creator's infinite hand in our universe, we begin to understand that He is outside of time or any other finite, limiting force.

Yet I have noticed that even people of faith—born-again believers in Christ who love their Creator-Redeemer—often lack appreciation for His creation. They fail to comprehend the wondrous beauty all around them and often abuse the gift of physical health the Creator has given them.

At the same time, I have observed unbelievers who have not surrendered to Christ as their Savior, who nevertheless enjoy a deep appreciation for the wonders of creation. Their scientific knowledge of the mysterious workings of life and the beauty of the laws of physics, for example, give them a wondrous perspective of life that evokes deep appreciation for the gift of life. It often sets them on a journey, as it did me, to surrender to the love of their Creator.

When these two realities—appreciation for creation and surrender to the Creator—unite in a person's heart, there is an explosion of hope, love, joy, purpose and destiny. Only believers who learn to appreciate their Creator can truly enjoy the eternal benefits of the abundant life Jesus promised (John 10:10).

That deep appreciation in a believer's heart evokes adoration and worship of God. And this divine relationship in turn manifests the power of God's anointing in a life of worship, fulfilling our eternal destiny. It is this anointed life, restored to relationship with the Creator-Redeemer, that brings the deepest satisfaction to the human heart. We never tire of reflecting on the wisdom of John Piper's maxim: "God is most glorified in me when I am most satisfied in Him."

To be grateful means being appreciative of the benefits we have received. But to fully appreciate anything in life, we must acquire an increased awareness of its worth and a heightened perception of its significance. Appreciation involves placing such high value on something that it evokes our deep admiration. To truly appreciate the gift of life, we must learn to appreciate the giver of life.

Lack of appreciation will inevitably cause us to take all of life for granted—not only ours, but also the precious lives of those around us. I believe this sin of omission is one of the greatest failures of mankind. When we truly appreciate our Creator, we will not take for granted the awesome gift of life He has given to us.

For me, the personal discoveries of the gift of life as seen through the microscope caused an explosion of appreciation within my heart and mind for the Creator. Out of sheer gratitude for the unimaginable complexities of every cell, which form more than 200 different kinds of tissues in our body, my heart reached out to thank the one who made it all possible. In my humble acknowledgment of a Creator, I desired to know Him. And as I sought to know Him, I discovered Him—not only as my Creator, but as my Redeemer as well.

Radical Gratitude

The apostle Paul confirmed the impact that expressing gratitude has on our lives in Philippians 4:4-7: "Rejoice in the Lord always. Again I will say, rejoice! ... Be anxious for nothing, but in everything, by prayer and supplication with gratitude, make your requests known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will protect your hearts and your minds through Christ Jesus."

A personal relationship with God counteracts the destructive power of anxiety from our lives. Paul had his share of troubles, yet he declared confidently: "Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? ... No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us" (Rom. 8:35, 37).

Often our lack of appreciation can be heard in our whining complaints: "If only I had this" or "If only I could do that." These and similar statements reveal our selfish nature that lacks appreciation for God's divine gift of life to us. Instead of expressing gratitude daily for what we have, we focus on what we do not have. As a result, we are blinded to all of life's good things we could be enjoying.

There are internal obstacles to seeing the beauty of life clearly. Our degree of spiritual sight hinges on the honesty and sincerity with which we appreciate our Lord. Many people do not appreciate the Lord and His gifts because they are content with the attractions of superficial observations and desires, and they are selfish and proud. The following question may be the beginning of a new vision of life: How can we remain indifferent to the marvelous design of our bodies and the Creator's eternal plans written within them?

Of course, in acknowledging that we owe our lives to the Creator of life, we are expressing dependence on another, which is uncomfortable to our independent minds. However, if we admit the fact that we did not create ourselves, it follows that we cannot know the purpose for which we exist without consulting with the Creator. If we choose to go blindly through life without acknowledging our dependence on our Maker, we are doomed to live in the misery of ingratitude.

Recognizing the Creator

Do you rush madly through the day, the month, the seasons of the year, scarcely noticing anything? Gratitude is the proper response to a God who has so abundantly blessed us with the multitudinous facets of nature. Our Creator not only made life possible, but intended it to be enjoyable as well.

If you have not expressed appreciation for the creation of God that is all around you, why not start today? Ask the Holy Spirit to open your eyes to its wonders, its beauties and the refreshing relaxation it holds for you. Begin to focus your senses on the natural phenomena you encounter every day. Touch the bark of a tree or the petals of a delicate flower and allow yourself to marvel in the feeling. When you eat fresh fruit or vegetables, imagine them growing in their natural habitat, and be thankful. Behold the stars and planets in the night sky, and be thankful you have the ability to do so.

In Romans 1:20-21, Paul explains that it is possible to know God's eternal power and His person by acknowledging the wonder of the creation around us and being thankful to Him for it. According to Scripture, the human spirit can grasp the invisible attributes of God through the visible creation He has made.

Of course, we can and must get to know God more perfectly through relationship with His Son, Jesus Christ, who came to the earth to become our Savior. Yet we dare not ignore the wonderful opportunity He has given us to revel in the genius of the Creator—the maker of heaven and earth. {eoa}

James P. Gills, M.D., is an author and the founder and director of St. Luke's Cataract and Laser Institute in Tarpon Springs, Florida.

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Human Resources: Payroll Processor - Midvale, Utah

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We at VertiSource HR offer a turn-key payroll and human resource solution for our client partners. VertiSource HR is a vertical human capital solution and has its own insurance agency, which offers a full line of both commercial and personal lines of insurance. Our job is to enable companies to cost effectively outsource the management of payroll, payroll administration, human resources, employee benefits, workers compensation, and claims management, which allows our client partners to focus on their core competencies to maintain and grow their bottom line. We here at VSHR are looking for the newest member of our team.-- Were hoping its you! We are currently looking for a experienced multi-state Payroll Processors to be part of the fast paced environment of our growing company. Position Summary: This position is responsible for processing multi-client employee payroll to include, but not limited to, payroll account code set up, voluntary deductions, tax withholdings, and hours worked to ensure client payroll cycles are processed timely and accurately.-- Essential Job Functions: Reviews, analyzes and verifies payroll forms and reports to ensure accuracy, and makes necessary adjustments or corrections. Creates and maintains payroll account codes using applicable chart fields and system codes. Processes payroll distribution, direct deposits, and retroactive payments. Sets up and reconciles voluntary payroll deductions, prepares reports, identifies and researches exceptions. Researches, analyzes and resolves payroll related issues or questions from employees and other internal staff. Assists in identifying and recommending development of new procedures and policies related to payroll operations utilizing knowledge of company and client payroll requirements, as well as state and federal regulatory requirements. Compiles and analyzes payroll data, makes recommendations and determinations, and prepares reports, as required. Processes and maintains employee tax withholding forms, direct deposit information, and changes in employee personal data. Review time sheets in time management system, work tickets, wage computation, and other information to detect and reconcile payroll discrepancies. Ensures accurate and complete processing of time sheet data into the payroll system, and processes time sheet exceptions into the system, as necessary. Processes paperwork for new employees and enter employee information into the payroll system and time management system. Records employee information, such as exemptions, transfers, and resignations, to maintain and update payroll records. Issues and records adjustments to pay related to previous errors or retroactive increases. Provides information to employees and managers on payroll matters, tax issues, benefit plans, and collective agreement provisions. Stays up to date on changes in tax and deduction laws that apply to the payroll process. Compiles statistical reports, statements, and summaries related to pay and benefits accounts, and submits them to appropriate departments. Completes, verifies, and processes forms and documentation for administration of benefits such as pension plans, and unemployment and medical insurance. Receives and responds to pay related inquiries using discretion and effective communication both oral and written with employees, clients and internal staff. Conducts verification of employment (VOE). Demonstrates integrity, ethics, accountability, responsibility, initiative and teamwork. Performs all assigned job duties in accordance with Company policies, procedures and standard practices. Partners and works alongside the HR department Performs other duties as assigned. Desired Skills and Experience: (TEACHER) Technology Computer experience, including payroll system software and knowledge of Microsoft Office applications is required. Education and Experience Associate's degree (A.A) or equivalent from two-year college or technical school or one or more years of related experience and/or training; or equivalent combination of education and experience. Bachelors degree preferred. Two+ years experience working in a same or similar capacity handling a high volume of payroll transactional related activity; or An equivalent combination of education and experience Accountability Must display ownership of his/her actions, decisions and contributions as an individual contributor as well as a team member within the organization. Customer Service Orientation Provides helpful, courteous, accessible, responsive and knowledgeable client centric support to all internal and external clients. Human Resources Capacity Previously experience or exposure in Human Resources, highly desired but not required. Ethics Everyday display of the highest levels of integrity, honesty, respect, and sound judgment are essential for this role. Results Driven Displays behaviors and work ethic that are bottom-line oriented, and demonstrates consistency in producing results that support the business goals and objectives.VertiSourceHR offers a competitive salary and benefits package including, medical, dental, vision, disability, life, and 401k. VertiSourceHR, Inc. is an Equal Opportunity Employer. ()
          

Other: Bather / Groomer Trainee - Centerville, Utah

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Bather / Groomer TraineeYOUR GROOMING CAREER: Start your career in grooming as a Groomer Trainee!-- As a Groomer Trainee in our Grooming Salon, you'll have the opportunity to build personal relationships with your clients each time they visit and truly become a part of their family. You'll get to know their pets' styles and personalities to create a customized, stylish experience just for them!-- From that first shampoo to that final strut home, you'll take pride in the services you provide!GROOMED FOR GREATNESS: You bring the passion and we'll bring the training. Petsmart offers a free, paid training program that will set you up for success. Stage 1-- Pet Stylist Apprentice: Jump start your education by getting hands-on experience with our pets. These pets become our own pets while they are in our care, so our number one priority is to get safety certified. Under the guidance of the salon leader, you'll begin your training as a bather and learn about different dog breeds and styling. You'll help to get the dogs comfortable in our salon and spend time bathing them, trimming their nails and providing support to groomers throughout the pet's stay. Stage 2-- Grooming Academy: After getting some experience under your belt (well, smock!), you'll attend our free, paid Grooming Academy! This exclusive, 4-week program is valued at over $6000! You'll have 4 weeks in a classroom environment, gaining insights from our experienced Academy Trainers. You'll dive in deeper into breed styling, caring for different dog breeds, and get comfortable with tools and clippers. As an added bonus, at graduation, you'll receive a free tool kit worth over $600! Stage 3-Groomer Trainee: You'll put your brand-new education and fancy new tool kit to work when you head back to our salon. With the leadership and oversight of experienced groomers, you'll begin to groom all different breeds and sizes of dogs. We have a target of 200 dogs to ensure you get the experience and diversity you need. Stage 4-Pet Stylist in Training:-- Now it's time for you to really hone your skill set. You'll build relationships with your own clients, advise on styles, suggest new services and share in the joy that comes with a client picking up their freshly coiffed pet. It's the best thing in the world, well, that free tool kit is pretty great, too!THE WARM AND FUZZIES:We've highlighted job responsibilities and programs as best as we could above-but the best parts of working at PetSmart can't be fully described in the job description.-- It's the pride of the giving Mickey a makeover in our salons watching him strut his stuff on the way out. Paws off, ladies, he's taken! It's the excitement of Walter's wagging tail during his bath or Sadie's smile after her teeth are cleaned. It's the gussying up of Gizmo for this year's holiday photoshoot. (Fun fact: many of our groomers receive holiday cards from their clients!) It's the little things we do that add up to really big things that pets need. Working at PetSmart is not a job, it's a community of those who work together for the love of pets. Apply now to experience a career that loves you back. Similar Job Titles: Bather, Bathing Bath, Dog Groomer, Dog Grooming, Cat Groomer, Cat Grooming, Animal Groomer, Salon Associate, Pet Care Associate, Pet Stylist, Pet Groomer, Bather, Bathing, Haircut, Pet Groom, Dog Shampoo, Nail Grinding, Nail ClippingThis job summary is intended to describe the general nature and level of work associates/leaders assigned to this job perform. It is not intended to include all duties and responsibilities. You will be provided a copy of a job description for the actual position you are hired in to. PetSmart is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, age, national or ethnic origin, disability, as well as any other characteristic protected by federal, provincial or local law. Applicants must be over the age of 18.The employer will consider for employment qualified Applicants with Criminal Histories in a manner consistent with the Los Angeles Fair Chance Initiative for Hiring. ()
          

Other: DevOps Engineer - Salt Lake City, Utah

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We bring enhanced performance and scale to your business through our services. We provide premium quality IT Consulting, IT Services and IT Staffing for our customers in the most cost-effective manner.At vTech Solution, we offer a fully managed cloud solutions where we take away the pain of IT infrastructure management from our clients, so they can focus on their core business having peace of mind knowing that their IT infrastructure is well taken care of in every aspect.We are currently hiring for--DevOps Engineer at Salt Lake City, UTDescription:Skills Required: Experience withcore scripting languages such as Python, Ruby, Go and Java, as well as strong unix/shell skills Knowledge of cloud provisioning and management tools like Cloud Formation and Terraform Hands-on experience with automation of CI/CD pipelines for cloud applications Acquaintance with 12 Factor principles, API Design and deployment patterns/strategies Knowledge of application deployment and management patterns Experienced in application and data security for cloud software Good understanding of logging, monitoring and operational aspects of cloud applications Experience in validated delivery and proposing solutions, roadmaps and reciprocally defining solutions and the needed architecture to enable it Ability to provide technical leadership to the development, QA and support teams in preparing the design artifacts and implementation of solutions Ability to identify integration patterns and points between various design areas and should be able to track the implementation of integrations Identify measurable dimensions (including return on investment) of a problem and present the options with pros and cons Excellent presentation, documentation, communication and influencing skills, as well as skills which present/influence technology direction in business context to the partners Must have experience with Jenkins, Maven, Sonar, Artifactory, Sonatype Nexus, Urban Code Deploy, Docker, Chef, Shell scripting, JMeter, Splunk, Confluence, JIRAQualification/Education Bachelor---s degree in Computer Science or similar discipline, Masters a plus 5+ years--- experience in Large Application Deployment Automation and DevOps implementations Experience in cloud application deployment automation patterns and various scripting languages Experience in Enterprise level Cloud Based Application Development and deployment such as AWS EKS, and AWS Fargate! Experience with DevOps tools like Concourse, Jenkins, Artifactory etc.! Understanding of cloud securit and AWS Cloud CertificationInterview Mode:1st Phone Screen/ 2ndIn-Person/SkypeYou can directly reach me at--ajay.t@vtechsolution.com/--202.217.1375 (D)-- ()
          

Professions: Accountant / Reimbursement Analyst - Senior / Staff - Salt Lake City, Utah

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Job ID:241348Greater Salt Lake areaDetails:About UsBeing a part of Intermountain Healthcare means joining a world-class team of over 37,500 employees and caregivers while embarking on a career filled with opportunities, strength, innovation, and fulfillment. Our mission is: Helping people live the healthiest lives possible.Our patients deserve the best in healthcare, and we deliver.To find out more about us, head to our career site here .Job DescriptionPrepares or reviews third-party financial accounting, contractual allowances, cost reports and surveys, and other projects as assigned. Requires no supervisor assistance for routine tasks and minimal supervision for non-routine tasks.NOTE: We will hire at Staff or Senior level based on qualifications.Essential Job Duties 1. Performs routine and non-routine tasks requiring more in-depth analysis and is expected to identify alternatives and recommend plans to resolve problems. Direction is limited to overall process and complex problems. Timely and accurately completes assigned tasks. 2. Performs or reviews reimbursement processes (i.e., reconciliation of third-party G/L accounts, calculation of actual and budgeted contractual allowances and variances, monitoring of individual claims (logs), etc.). Interacts with HIM, PAS, and hospital finance staff as needed. 3. Prepares or reviews cost reports and surveys, reviews audit adjustments and settlements, and files appeals and exception requests to appropriately maximize reimbursement. Interacts with Medicare Administrative Contractor, State Medicaid, and hospital personnel as needed. 4. Acts as a mentor. May be responsible for the coordination, training, direction and review of those working with reimbursement functions. 5. Understands and stays current on laws and regulations related to reimbursement. Determines the impact of reimbursement changes on hospital operations with minimal supervision.Posting Specifics Benefits Eligible: Yes Shift Details: full time Department: Accounting Services Additional Details:We will hire at Staff or Senior level based on qualifications.Minimum Requirements (Staff) Bachelor's degree in Accounting, Finance, or other business related field,or Master's degree in Accounting, Finance, or other business related field. Education must be obtained from an accredited institution. Degree will be verified. Computer skill experience including: spreadsheets, databases, word processing, and Internet.Minimum Requirements (Senior) Bachelor's degree in accounting, finance or other business related field with four years of experience,or Masters degree in accounting, finance, or other business related field with two years of government health care experience. Degree must be obtained from an accredited institution. Education is verified. Computer skill experience including: spreadsheets, databases, word processing, and Internet.Physical Requirements Interact with others requiring the employee to communicate information. Operate computers and other office equipment requiring the ability to move fingers and hands. See and read computer monitors and documents. Remain sitting or standing for long periods of time to perform work on a computer, telephone, or other equipment.Preferred Requirements Master's of Accountancy MBA CPA licensePlease NoteAll positions subject to close without notice. Intermountain Healthcare prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, ethnicity, religion, color, national origin, sex, age, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, veteran status, disability and/or genetic information.Additional Details:Working Hours 40Primary Work Location World Trade CenterExpertise Business / AdministrationJob Type Full TimeLocation US-UT-Salt Lake City ()
          

IT / Software / Systems: Senior Software Engineer - Salt Lake City, Utah

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Company OverviewAt Motorola Solutions, we create technologies our customers refer to as their lifeline. Our technology platforms in communications, software, video and services help our customers work safely and more efficiently. Whether it's helping firefighters see through smoke, enabling police officers to see around street corners, or reliably keeping the lights on in homes and businesses around the world, our work supports those who put their lives on the line to keep us safe. Bring your passion, potential and talents to Motorola Solutions, and help us usher in a new era in public safety and security. Department OverviewBring your talent and skills to Motorola Solutions, as part of the Software Enterprise at the Salt Lake City Design Center. The Records and Evidence team develops software for public safety organizations to manage all forms of records and evidence. We build products to serve large cities that need sophisticated, customized workflows to smaller municipalities that need cost effective, end to end solutions. All of our systems are built scalable and highly reliable. We provide both cloud and on-premises solutions. These efforts are all in support of our hybrid cloud-based Software as a Service (SaaS) solutions for public safety customers. This team is part of the Software Enterprise division, which offers secure, reliable and efficient team communications, workflow and operational intelligence solutions for critical public safety and enterprise markets throughout the world. Our services use cloud computing infrastructure on AWS and Azure to build at scale. Job Description Perform as a contributing member of an advanced software development scrum team using modern software development techniques to produce world-class public safety software solutions in both on-premise and cloud-based environments Participate in formal and informal design and implementation activities producing mission-critical, real-time solutions that will affect the public directly and may save lives Develop requirements, code and create unit and other automated testing solutions for highly available and sophisticated enterprise level systems and services Provide engineering management with accurate effort estimates for projected work and produce documentation including User Stories and Tasks Effectively communicate and collaborate with technical leaders in a multi-team/multinational environment with teams spanning the globe Demonstrate flexibility and resilience in the face of changing technologies, priorities, and requirements Desired Qualifications: Self-starter, able to understand and verbally express software development concepts in a clear manner and through the use of reports and other written artifacts. Strong background in modern software development practices, principles, and tools including JavaScript, ES6, Nodejs, plus a UI framework like Angular or React Experience with RDBMS such as MySQL, MariaDB, SQL Server and any NoSql distributed databases like Cosmos DB/DocumentDB/ DynamoDB In depth knowledge and working experience developing REST based APIs and implementing microservice principles and architectures Experience developing cloud based solutions in Azure or AWS (other similar enterprise level systems may be relevant) Proven ability to evaluate software quality through the use of functional testing, load testing, performance testing and techniques like network tracing, threat analysis, penetration testing, unit and exploratory testing This position is subject to working in high security areas governed by the US Department of Justice's \"Criminal Justice Information Services (CJIS) Security Policy\" and therefore requires successfully passing a more stringent fingerprint background check administered by Motorola Solutions Inc. customers. Basic Requirements Bachelors degree in Computer Science or related field and 3+ years of software development experience or masters degree in Computer Science or related field with 1+ years of experience Must be able to obtain background clearance as required by government customer Travel RequirementsUnder 10% Relocation ProvidedNone Position TypeExperiencedReferral Payment PlanNoEEO Statement Motorola Solutions is an Equal Opportunity Employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, veteran's status, or, any other protected characteristic. If you are a current Motorola Solutions employee, please click this link to apply through your Workday account. ()
          

Executive: Product Manager - Salt Lake City, Utah

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Company OverviewAt Motorola Solutions, we create technologies our customers refer to as their lifeline. Our technology platforms in communications, software, video and services help our customers work safely and more efficiently. Whether it's helping firefighters see through smoke, enabling police officers to see around street corners, or reliably keeping the lights on in homes and businesses around the world, our work supports those who put their lives on the line to keep us safe. Bring your passion, potential and talents to Motorola Solutions, and help us usher in a new era in public safety and security. Department OverviewThe Command and Control team develops software for public safety organizations to manage public safety responders workflow and operational intelligence management. We build products to serve large cities that need sophisticated, customized workflows to smaller municipalities that need cost effective, end to end solutions. All of our systems are built scalable and highly reliable. We provide both cloud and on-premises solutions. These efforts are all in support of our hybrid cloud-based Software as a Service (SaaS) solutions for public safety customers. This team is part of the Software Enterprise division, which offers secure, reliable and efficient team communications, and records and evidence solutions for critical public safety and enterprise markets throughout the world. Our services use cloud computing infrastructure on AWS and Azure to build at scale. Job DescriptionMotorola Solutions CAD products help public safety agencies improve response times, efficiently allocate resources and better inform first responders through better information gathering and situational awareness. This Product Manager will be responsible for the strategy, roadmap, and feature definition for a portion of the MSI's CAD portfolio. Product Management analyzes the market and competitive conditions and lays out a product vision that is differentiated and delivers unique value based on customer demands. The role of the product manager spans many activities from strategic to tactical and provides cross-functional leadership-bridging gaps within the company between different functions, especially between development, sales and marketing, and support. The product manager is the person responsible for defining the 'why', 'what,' and 'when' of the product that the development team will build. They are the director of their product -- which means they lead cross-functional teams from a product's conception through to its launch. Product Strategy The product manager is responsible for setting a product vision and strategy. Their job is to clearly articulate the business value to the product team so they understand the intent behind the new product or product release. They own the strategy behind the product along with its roadmap and must work with development to define, prioritize and build what matters. Create and manage backlog, roadmap, and vision Identify customer needs and market requirements Evaluate competitive intelligence Define financial goals Create business plans and proposals for new initiatives Strategic partner and third party supplier management Product Releases Product Managers must plan for what their teams will deliver and when they will deliver it. The product manager owns the release aspect of the product. Release responsibilities include managing features and dependencies in and across releases, product and support teams; and managing releases with phases and milestones. Establish vision and goals for sprints and releases Help define market offer and structure Work with enablement organizations to make products orderable and deliverable Define and support the implementation of training, support and deployment requirements Manage risks and resolves issues that affect release scope, schedule and quality Coordinate overall release project and schedule Product Visioning Collecting, curating, and promoting the most relevant ideas into features. Defining which ideas should be promoted to features to achieve key objectives for the product line and business. Soliciting feedback and requests from customers and field teams and ensuring this is seamlessly integrated into the product planning and development processes. Gather customer and sales feedback and voice of customer Feature Definition The product manager defines the features and requirements necessary to deliver a complete product to market and lead the product team to success. They are responsible for articulating the 'what' and working with development to determine the 'when.' Create user stories and scenarios Direct and approve UI/UX activities Define acceptance criteria, KPIs and SLAs Go-to-market Support Responsible for making product decisions and often acts as the lead resource for the rest of the organization when deep product expertise is required. This includes supporting the organizations that help bring the product to market and work directly with customers, including marketing, sales, training and support services. Facilitate sales and channel training Assist pre-sales with custom project requests Define and ensure implementation of GTM assets including demo environments, training materials, and presentations Qualification: Bachelors Degree, MBA or other graduate degree - preferred 3+ years progressive experience in engineering or Product Planning/Product Marketing/Product Management Experience with Law Enforcement / Public Safety industry a plus Agile/Scrum experience Must be able to obtain background clearance as required by government customer 25% Travel Specialized Knowledge and Skills Agile/Scrum experience Firm understanding of software design, user interaction, and user interface design. Deep technical knowledge in software development methodologies. Excellent communication skills, both verbal and written are a necessity Polished presentation skills for internal and external audiences Proactive, enthusiastic attitude toward challenging problems Capable of quickly evaluating and prioritizing new projects alongside customer feedback Strong ability to take complex user requirements and distill them into a format that can be understood by developers as well as non-technical staff Ability to research and analyze product requirements from various stakeholders High degree of competency with project management, including issues and risk identification and management, tracking; demonstrated strong attention to detail. Ability to understand market trends, financial data, and customer needs and assess competitive intelligence data. Experience in Law Enforcement / Public Safety is a plus Experience in Scaled Agile Framework is suggested Build consensus among stakeholders Ability to work well independently and as part of a diverse team spread across multiple continents in a fast-moving environment Ability to multi-task among various assignments This position is subject to working in high security areas governed by the US Department of Justice's "Criminal Justice Information Services (CJIS) Security Policy" and therefore requires successfully passing a more stringent fingerprint background check administered by Motorola Solutions Inc. customers. Basic Requirements 3+ years progressive experience in engineering or Product Planning/Product Marketing/Product Management Must be able to obtain background clearance as required by government customer Travel RequirementsUnder 25% Relocation ProvidedNone Position TypeExperienced Referral Payment PlanYesEEO Statement Motorola Solutions is an Equal Opportunity Employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, veteran's status, or, any other protected characteristic. If you are a current Motorola Solutions employee, please click this link to apply through your Workday account. ()
          

Engineering: Senior Digital Staff Engineer - Relocation to Phoenix, AZ Required - Salt Lake City, Utah

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Would you like to work multi-functionally to drive innovation at a 100+ year-old brand? Are you looking for a caring company that is committed to exceptional service? If so, be part of a community that works at CSAA Insurance Group, a AAA insurer, in our Glendale, AZ office.While we've been named a best place to work,' our proudest accomplishment comes from serving nearly 17 million AAA members. Through our commitment to service, growth and our people, CSAA Insurance Group will create AAA members for life by fulfilling our promise to be there when they need us.Why join us? Impact. Join us in reinventing CSAA Insurance Group, a AAA Insurer and deliver solutions across 23 states and the District of Columbia. Work and learn alongside your Team Members at start-up speed and agility to create real and meaningful change Recognition. We offer a competitive total compensation package including base salary, both annual and long-term lucrative performance bonuses, benefits, and 401(k) Company match with additional discretionary contribution potential. Lifestyle. We do honorable work, and we practice our values: respect, integrity, teamwork, and serviceWhat you'll do: Be a lead technical resource on the Digital Engineering team, building CSAA's next generation of customer facing web & mobile applications. Deliver durable, high-quality software in a fast-paced environment. Work in support of multiple agile release trains, epics and scrum teams providing technical oversight and leadership to Embedded software engineers. Provide technical analysis, design, code, and automate in support of program and project deliverables. Participate in estimation sessions, design sessions, implementation plans, and resolve technical issues as needed. Deliver clear, pragmatic solutions with applicability to meet immediate business needs. Contribute to code reviews, ensuring appropriate unit test coverage is in place. Ensure the technical feasibility of UI/UX designs. Assist team in achieving high degrees of automation using well established DevOps and Agile practices. Ensure that technical solutions are aligned with Enterprise Architecture and applications and systems are built for uninterrupted availability, meet performance requirements, future extensibility, multiple system integrations, long-term growth and low-maintenance support. Ensure that technical and quality standards are enforced throughout the software development lifecycle. Mentor and coach more junior engineers and assist in onboarding of new team members. Advocate technical direction, define best practices and principles for Digital Engineering. Work close functionally with other teams including Integrations, Policy Administration, Claim Administration, and Product to drive strategic business capabilities.What you've done: Demonstrated understanding of Digital technologies including experience with React, Redux, JavaScript, and Node.js. Experience using JavaScript unit testing frameworks. Experience using code analysis tools such as PMD, Checkstyle, Findbugs, and Sonar Experience designing and implementing Single Page Applications Experience working with Continuously Deployed applications Experience consuming RESTful web services Experience with web optimization techniques Experience in building applications deployed in AWS Effectively manage priorities, deliverables and timelines with little need for escalation. Provide technical leadership to drive the continued adoption of DevOps and cloud enterprise solutions. Drive best practices in Site Reliability Engineering and insure Secure, Scalable, Performant, and Highly Available Service. Relentlessly introduce new ways of improving & scaling digital applications. Identify, plan, and implement improvements to deployment/release pipelines.What you'll need to succeed: Minimum 8 years of relevant experience in building web & mobile applications. Demonstrated mastery of software development best practices, including code standards, cod reviews, source control mgt, build processes, testing, and operations. Working experience of Cloud architectures, services, and DevOps practices within AWS. Strong customer relationship, interpersonal, analytical, and problem-solving skills. Outstanding oral, written, presentation and listening communication skills. Effective decision-making skills, even under pressure and while lacking all of the desired information detail. Ability to adapt quickly to changing priorities, assignments, and roles. Experience with highly transactional account and payment related websites. Experience supporting complex systems with significant integration points and external Third Party systems through APIs. Ability to work within shifting priorities and tight timelines.CSAA Insurance Group offers many benefits, including: Medical, dental, vision, disability and life insurance coverage including benefits coverage for domestic partners. Company contributions into a Health Savings Account (HSA). 401(k) plus company matching dollar for dollar up to 6% and a cash balance retirement program. Company paid employee assistance plan and health support programs. Award-winning wellness programs including free onsite fitness classes. Paid bonding leave for birthing and non-birthing parent and paid adoption leave. Two weeks paid military leave. Paid time off, plus ten paid holidays and 24 hours of paid time off to volunteer. Tuition reimbursement, self-service training, career development and mentorship opportunities.Be part of a community that worksAt CSAA Insurance Group, we take pride in our values-based culture. Helping our employees lead enriched lives and satisfying careers is how we work. Our employees appreciate the integrity and inclusion that is evident throughout our everyday interactions. We respect the diverse range of perspectives, backgrounds and cultures of our teams, and join together when it comes to helping our members, community or one another.Headquartered in Walnut Creek, California, our community also works in Arizona, Colorado, Nevada, New Jersey and Oklahoma.Let's work togetherWe are an equal opportunity employer and value diversity at our company. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, or disability status.*LI-SB1#HP ()
          

Dan Hawkins: Gov. Kelly should remember 'The Buck Stops Here'

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Article I Section 3 of the Kansas Constitution is very clear. “The supreme executive power of this state shall be vested in a governor, who shall be responsible for the enforcement of the laws of this state.” In 2018 Governor Kelly sought the position of Governor and on November 6, 2018 a plurality elected her to carry out the role. Unfortunately, now that she is in office, Gov. Kelly seems less than interested in carrying out the constitutional duties of the position she [...]
          

Rowwwsdower's WIP

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Hello, everyone! I'm new to Cool Mini or Not and to painting, and I'm definitely looking to get better. I've got a couple mini projects that I'm working on simultaneously. Here's a wip one that I painted up in between visiting the in-laws - was looking to get some feedback on it. I know there are areas that can be improved. Comments on what's being done well and what can be done better would definitely be appreciated! Attached Images       
          

Pennsylvania’s Sexual Abuse Laws Leave Survivors Conflicted

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When Pa. overhauled its child sexual abuse laws, absent from the bill-signing were some who had worked hardest to see the changes pass.
          

Human Resources Specialist - Recruitment

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Closing Date:  December 6, 2019.  
Work Hours:  Typically Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; Some weekend and after hours will be necessary.  
Grade: 16C 
FLSA Status: Non-Exempt
Department: Human Resources 


POSITION SUMMARY
The Human Resources Specialist - Recruitment performs a variety of technical human resource duties in the area of recruitment, employment, training, employee relations, benefit administration, and compensation. This position works under general supervision of the Assistant Human Resources Director and indirectly to the Human Resources Director. 


ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES 
Requires a regular and consistent physical presence in the Human Resources Department offices in City Hall, and the duties and responsibilities include the following: 

Behaves in a manner that promotes a productive, healthy, safe and positive work environment by: 
Depicting trustworthiness through integrity, truthfulness, consistency and honesty, and while protecting confidential information as necessary; 
Creating and maintaining positive relationships at all levels by treating others with courtesy, respect and in a conflict-free professional manner, and believing the best in others;
Taking into consideration the effects on others, on costs, and on intended outcomes of decisions and actions taken; 
Upholding the public trust by being safe, enforcing safety, and working promptly, diligently and with a focus on quality; 
Showing impartiality and equity toward others, and not using job responsibilities to provide nor elicit special favors, and by not making promises that conflict with job duties and responsibilities; 
Adhering to all policies, laws and regulations as applicable to the role and to being a citizen.   
Follows the ethical and legal direction of supervisor(s).
As a primary responsibility, oversees activities associated in filling vacant positions.  Composes advertisements for vacant positions. Ensures job opening announcements are posted and advertised. Composes and mails follow-up letters.  
As a primary responsibility, maintains close contact with Department Heads throughout recruitment and hiring process.
As a primary responsibility, tracks completion of pre-employment processing, including medical examinations, background checks, drug & alcohol testing, and fingerprinting.
As a primary responsibility, facilitates new employee orientation.
Answers telephone and routes calls; accurately records and distributes messages to appropriate staff.
Maintains the Human Resources Department email account; responds daily to all emails. 
Oversees the contract management process from proposal to closeout phase. 
Assists with the preparation and distribution of packets for the Human Resources Committee; takes and publishes minutes; ensures information pertaining to meetings is posted on the city’s website.  
Assists in overseeing the maintenance of a wide variety of files and records, including the retention, archiving, and destruction, as appropriate.  
Assists with data entry related to employee status changes as needed.
Assists with the yearly seasonal employee hiring process, including orientation and data entry.  
Assists with employee benefit administration and the planning and coordination of open enrollment meetings for all employee benefits.  
Responds to and advises City employees and applicants on personnel policies, personnel rules and regulations, equal employment opportunity, and other informational issues.
Establishes and maintains effective working relationships with staff at all levels, internal customers, and the public.
Provides direction or answers most difficult or complex operational questions regarding department procedures or interpretations of department regulations and service standards; makes independent decisions to resolve operational or inter-personal conflicts with the public or employees
Provides support in other functional areas of the Human Resources department including, employment, employee relations, compensation, benefit administration, data entry, and workers’ compensation.
Serves on various City committees as assigned or requested; with a mindset of balance with other responsibilities of the role; participates actively and works collaboratively to achieve committee goals and objectives. Serves as chair or co-chair if elected by committee peers. 
Accountable for performing work with accuracy and the timely completion of assigned duties with minimal supervision.
Able to fill in for other Human Resources personnel and perform other duties as assigned.


KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, AND ABILITIES
*Any combination of education, training, and experience providing the following knowledge, skills, and abilities.  

Knowledge of the methods, principles and practices of human resource management.
Knowledge of the methods and practices used to evaluate and interpret data and compile written reports in narrative and statistical form.
Knowledge of Federal and State statutes, City Ordinances and Personnel Rules and Regulations relating to human resource practices.
Knowledge of technical and management methodologies involved in performing classification of positions, employment, compensation, benefit administration, employee relations, worker’s compensation, risk management, equal employment opportunity, training research or other related human resource areas.
Ability to read and comprehend technical material for application to daily work.
Skilled in use of various types of computer software, including Microsoft Office and Publisher.
Ability to use small office equipment, including copy machines or multi-line telephone systems.
Ability to handle deadlines and stressful situations in a calm, orderly and accurate manner.
Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with City officials, management, other employees, agency officials, and the public.
Ability to organize and develop instructional material and present information and material.
Ability to train other staff on applications and procedures. 
Ability to determine individual benefit eligibility.
Ability to make recommendations that impact the budget.


MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS
See under Experience, Education and Training below.  


PHYSICAL DEMANDS
The physical demands and working environment, which follow, is representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this position.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this position, the employee must be able to talk, hear, sit, stoop, bend and reach to both ground level and overhead; hold and grip objects; must be able to lift/move/carry up to twenty-five (25) pounds; have the ability to multi-task when dealing with phone, computer inquiries and physical interruptions.  Must be able to operate basic office equipment, i.e.: copier, scanner, computer keyboard, mouse and other computer technology required for job duties.  Specific vision abilities required by this position include close vision, peripheral vision and the ability to adjust focus.  


WORKING ENVIRONMENT
While performing the duties of this position, the employee is primarily indoors with heating and cooling regulated in a general office environment. Occasionally, the employee may be exposed to the outdoor environment, which may include a variety of extreme weather conditions. This position may be required to drive to various locations around the state of Missouri.  The noise level in the work environment is usually low.


EXPERIENCE, EDUCATION, AND TRAINING
High School graduate or GED equivalent is required. 
An Associate’s Degree or a Bachelor’s degree in Human Resources or closely related field from an institution of higher learning that is regionally accredited through the U.S. Department of Education preferred. 
A minimum of one year experience working in a Human Resources titled role is required. 
Three years of professional experience in clerical work is preferred. 


LICENSING/CERTIFICATION
Must possess and maintain a valid Motor Vehicle Operator’s license with the ability to be insured under the City of Branson’s insurance coverage when driving a city-owned vehicle.
National Career Readiness Certificate Preferred.


MISCELLANEOUS REQUIREMENTS
Must possess a high degree of integrity, strong work ethic, and ability to work with minimal supervision.
Must be experienced using the suite of Microsoft Office software.
Must be extremely detail oriented, efficient, and have excellent organizational skills.  
Must be able to pass a background investigation. 

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VICTORIA BISCHOFF: Stop shady firms harassing grieving families

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Gazelles to be hunted - that's how sales staff at one call centre described the elderly customers they were targeting with expensive funeral plans. 'You need to have claws out,' one manager wrote.
          

What Are You Thankful For?

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uwec-teacherworkshopSen. Smith reflects on the amazing conversations he had and the lessons he learned during his first year representing the 31st Senate District.


BRUNSWICK, WI - We’re nearing the end of another year and already getting ready for Thanksgiving. Everything seems to speed up during these last weeks as we prepare for the holiday season and the New Year. As we try to slow things down, we have time to reflect on and remember what we accomplished this year and ask ourselves what we’re thankful for.

Personally, I have many reasons to be grateful. Barely a year ago, I was elected as your state senator, something I’m eternally grateful for. In the past year, I’ve had the opportunity to meet and learn from community members and connect with legislators from across the state and country. While reflecting on the year and anticipating the time ahead, we must remember to listen, respect and learn. Let’s all do our best to build relationships and develop trust to make our state the place we want to leave for our children and future generations.

Learning really is a lifelong experience. Serving as your senator, I’m given more opportunities to learn than most people get. My personal style of listening evolved, allowing me to be outdoors and visible to constituents. During the week, I’d take out my truck and park, hoist up my flags and the Stop ‘n Talk sign and invite anyone to have a conversation. My mobile office hours offered the opportunity for folks to talk as they headed home from work or on the way to an event.

jeff-smithI’m thankful for all of the amazing advocates who visited me in my office or on the streets and shared personal stories, experiences and lessons. You can visit my Facebook page and find pictures and descriptions from many of my Stop ‘n Talks.

When I’m not in the district, I also have the fortunate opportunity to learn from Capitol colleagues, staff, statewide advocates and people serving in other parts of our great Nation. This past year, I met with community leaders at the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL) annual Legislative Summit and the NCSL Broadband and Cable Policy Summit. In fact, these were the best opportunities I had to mingle with legislators from the other side of the aisle. These learning opportunities make me a more knowledgeable and well-rounded representative for you. I’m thankful for any opportunity to listen and learn other perspectives and ideologies.

Although I had incredible experiences, this year also presented some challenges. After all, before I was even sworn in, Republicans passed new laws in a lame duck session that limited the powers of the governor and attorney general. It wasn’t a good start to the 2019 legislative session and the Republican’s failure to work with us hasn’t improved.

There’s more to be grateful for than the challenges that set us back. We must remember to rise above and remember everything we are grateful for. I’m truly thankful for shared governance. After all, democracy was always meant to be a shared style representing the people. This was Wisconsin’s first attempt at shared governance since 2008. In 2009-10 Democrats had the governor’s office and majorities in both houses and Republicans had the same from 2011 until this year.

Let’s be thankful for the prospect of shared governance and a new opportunity to work together. Hopefully by next Thanksgiving, I can share there’s been more opportunity to build relationships and trust with colleagues from the other side of the aisle.

Thanksgiving means different things to different people. It’s a time when we get together with family and friends. Maybe it’s a time for others to get away from those family and friends or the obnoxious uncle pushing political views at the Thanksgiving table. We need to come together and appreciate our commonalities and celebrate this unifying tradition. It’s called Thanksgiving for a reason – giving is how we pay forward, while we give thanks for what has been passed on to us.


          

Opposition finds new hay to make

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TVA’s headline “Montréal accusée de faire du pavage électoral” is, of course, about the official opposition accusing Projet of mostly doing paving contracts in boroughs where it’s in the majority. I can see two obvious flaws here, although there may be others. One, Projet’s heartland is in the older parts of town, which are inevitably […]
          

Накратко - World AIDS Day 2019 - 29-11-2019

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Every year, 1 December marks World AIDS Day, proclaimed by the United Nations (UN) in 1988 and aimed mainly at raising awareness. This year's specific theme, 'Communities make a difference', draws attention to the crucial role of community health workers and communities of people living with HIV, highlighting their contribution to ending the epidemic. World AIDS Day also offers an opportunity to take stock of progress, globally and in the EU.

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The Takeaway From the Impeachment Hearings: Our Constitution Has Failed

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When the House Intelligence Committee began holding hearings as part of the impeachment inquiry into President Trump, some media coverage suggested the proceedings lacked enough “pizzazz … to capture public attention.” It turned out that hearings produced more than their share of bombshells—from EU ambassador and Trump megadonor Gordon Sondland’s admission that there was a “quid pro quo,” to State Department official David Holmes’s testimony about  overhearing a phone call in which Sondland assured Trump that Ukraine would move ahead with the investigations Trump had requested, to former National Security Council official Fiona Hill’s conclusion that Sondland was carrying out a “domestic political errand” for the president that diverged from the U.S. national interest. When the Committee concluded its hearings, the evidence was damning and largely uncontested: Trump appeared to have been part of a scheme to extort a foreign country into sabotaging the US presidential election to his benefit.

Yet, even with the evidence on public display, it remains next to impossible to imagine Republicans taking meaningful action. Even Republicans seen as most likely to break from their party are signaling support for Trump. Rep. Will Hurd (R-Texas), a member of the Intelligence Committee who is retiring from Congress and has at times criticized the president, said that, while the president’s actions had been “inappropriate, misguided foreign policy,” he did not see evidence of an impeachable offense. Hurd’s statement can reasonably be seen as an indication that few (if any) Republicans in Congress will vote to impeach or remove the president from office.

Some observers describe what we are seeing as a crisis. In fact, what we are living through is constitutional failure. The system created by the framers is not doing the job it was designed to do, particularly in the current circumstances: We are faced with a corrupt president who rejects the very idea of legal limits on his power.

Our constitutional democracy is based on free and fair elections, individual rights, independent courts, and the rule of law—the idea that no one is above the law. Trump rejects all of these bedrock principles. He has tried to undermine free and fair elections (most recently demonstrated in the Ukraine scandal.) He threatens his critics with prosecution and lawsuits, disdaining the notion of First Amendment speech and press protections. He seeks to delegitimize judges who rule against his policies. He rejects the idea that ordinary rules and laws apply to him and his allies, declaring (erroneously) that under Article II of the Constitution, “I have the right to do whatever I want as president.”

Trump poses an existential threat to our system of government—and yet he remains in office. In a functioning system, Republicans would have already joined Democrats in taking action to remove Trump from office—just as Republicans stood against Nixon in 1974. In our failed system we are reduced to waiting to see how far Trump will go before congressional Republicans will act—if they ever do.

Every system needs a way to protect itself, and our constitutional system provides (in theory) all the tools needed to deal with the direct threat Trump poses. Congress is fully empowered to remove a corrupt president from office. But congressional Republicans, by refusing to act, render those tools useless. 

James Madison believed that the constitutional system would prevent the accumulation of too much power in any one branch of government. If one branch exceeded the limits of its power, it would be reined in by the others. In order for this to work, Madison famously wrote, “Ambition must be made to counteract ambition.” In other words, if the president engaged in a power grab, members of Congress would use constitutionally available tools to check him or her —not out of moral rectitude but because legislators would be worried about ceding their own power to an ambitious president.

The system is failing because Republicans are placing partisan concerns—their own loyalty to Trump or fear of the political costs of defying him—ahead of their constitutional responsibilities. The system Madison helped design cannot function properly under these circumstances.

It is important to forthrightly describe the reality of constitutional failure for two reasons. 

First, it emphasizes the emergency we face. If he does not face consequences, Trump will feel emboldened to do precisely as he chooses, without regard to ethical or legal limits. We’re seeing this, for instance, with Trump’s moves to undermine the rule of law within the U.S. military by pardoning the Navy SEAL convicted of taking a “selfie” with the corpse of a teenage boy who fought for ISIS.

We can’t count on his removal from office by election as a foolproof safeguard, especially when Trump’s misconduct in the Ukraine scandal was focused squarely on an illicit attempt to tilt the electoral scales in his favor.

Second, describing what has occurred as failure points out that we need a new constitution, one that will be designed to strengthen our democracy against future existential threats. No system is guaranteed to succeed, but a failed one demands replacement. 

Today’s Republican Party is an anti-democratic, authoritarian party that seeks to gain—and has gained—power without winning a majority of votes. To this end, it pushes voter suppression measures and takes advantage of structural defects in our system. Gerrymandered districts can allow the GOP to win a minority of the votes and still control the House. The Electoral College gave Trump the presidency 2016, even though he lost the popular vote—a feat he stands a realistic chance of repeating in 2020. And though deeply unpopular, he enjoys majority support in a Senate that does not reflect political preferences of the majority of Americans, but instead allows a  minority in sparsely populated states to wield power. 

Making the electoral system more majoritarian could force the Republican Party to abandon its anti-democratic approach if it wishes to win. There is no guaranteed way to prevent would-be authoritarians from gaining power. After all, a very popular authoritarian could easily win the popular vote. But clearly, the authoritarianism of our current president is not popular with Americans: Trump’s approval ratings are consistently in the low 40s. Constitutional change would strengthen liberal democracy against an authoritarian party. It is worth trying.

With this goal in mind, a new constitution could address some of the anti-democratic features of our current system, including:

  • ending the Electoral College.

  • reforming or replacing a Senate that gives the 435,000 voting-age people in Wyoming as many votes as the 17,524,000 in Texas.

  • eliminating partisan gerrymandering.

  • protecting the right to vote against voter suppression efforts.

  • dealing with the corrupting influence of our current campaign finance system.

A new constitution could also be aimed at shoring up the rule of law, including by protecting the independence of the Department of Justice and replacing the current impeachment process with something capable of actually holding a lawless president to account. One idea to explore would be expressly giving the DOJ independent prosecutorial authority over the president. Another would be providing a process for triggering new presidential elections—say, based on a three-fifths vote in the House and Senate. 

Obviously, these kinds of changes are not politically plausible at the moment, but they need to be on our agenda—unless we are willing to risk another attack on the system from a future president. We need to begin talking about how to create the conditions needed for a new constitution, one giving us better odds of warding off the next authoritarian threat—assuming we survive the one posed by Trump.


          

From Fur to Foie Gras: Animals Are on a Winning Streak

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Activists with Slaughter Free Chicago (SFC) gathered November 7 at City Hall to push the city—once, says SFC founder Robert Grillo, the “slaughter capital of the world”—to eliminate its remaining slaughterhouses. Dozens of protesters sang, spoke with mayoral staff, and invoked the memory of the socialist writer Upton Sinclair, whose book The Jungle exposed the squalid working conditions of the city’s meatpackers.

Published in 1906, Sinclair’s novel galvanized landmark legislation empowering the federal government to regulate meat quality. But the plight of the workers themselves (let alone the animals they killed) went largely unaddressed. “I aimed for the public’s heart,” Sinclair famously wrote, “and by accident hit it in the stomach.”

The latest wave of slaughterhouse critics hopes this time, it can hit the heart.

On the surface, the situation for animals is grim: The Trump administration has loosened government protections in areas from wildlife refuges to trophy hunting to the meat industry, and climate emergency is poised to threaten wild animal populations worldwide. Though Trump did sign a federal ban on intentional animal cruelty November 25, it specifically exempts farms, slaughterhouses, hunters, fishers and research labs, rendering its scope limited. But a series of high-profile animal rights victories has swept the country in recent weeks, suggesting more substantive reform may be possible.

On October 30, activists in the public gallery at a New York City Council meeting thrust jazz hands to the air in celebration of a ban on foie gras produced from force-feeding, amid a raft of animal welfare legislation that included the establishment of a city office explicitly dedicated to animal welfare concerns, new data-keeping requirements on animal cruelty reports, vaccination requirements, equine working conditions, and regulations promoting shelter adoption—many of which reflect active ongoing campaigns elsewhere. Mayor Bill De Blasio signed the legislation November 25.

Earlier in October, California Gov. Gavin Newsom signed laws banning the manufacture or sale of new fur products, as well as the use of most animals in circus acts. In August, Illinois became the third state to outlaw the sale of cosmetics tested on nonhuman animals, following California and Nevada. And in Milwaukee, activists organized a successful resistance against a proposed plan to build a slaughterhouse in a long-vacant north Milwaukee business park, in a campaign partly inspired by SFC.

The 21th century, thanks in part to activist efforts, has seen a “loosening up of the instrumental perspective on animal use,” says Bernie Unti. Unti, a senior policy adviser to the president of the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS), has written extensively on the history of the animal protection movement. In the early-to-mid 20th century, Unti says, the movement largely focused on more modest campaigns such as those surrounding dogs and cats in pounds; a fast-growing meat industry parried any more ambitious proposals. But shift in public attitude, combined with technological innovations in clothing, research and fake meat, is making reforms an easier lift than in decades past.

“A common misconception about animal rights activists is that we only care about nonhuman animals, and that we’re discrediting human culture and human behavior,” says Amy Zignego, who helped organize the Milwaukee campaign. “We always have to be really sensitive. We don’t want to be perceived as a bunch of white vegans.”

Of the dozens of business-park neighbors whose doorbells activists rang, Zignego said, only one person had even heard about the slaughterhouse development plan, which was, at the time poised to proceed with little debate. Acting quickly, activists successfully pushed to delay the vote. The district’s alderman initially backed the proposed slaughterhouse on account of its potential to provide jobs and accused activists of “selective indignation” Ultimately, however, citing an “overwhelming response from neighbors in opposition to the project,” he changed his mind. The slaughterhouse company pulled out.

Zignego says the campaign aimed for an “intersectional” approach, arguing that the deleterious effects she associates with slaughterhouses—noise, pollution, and low-quality work—animated the activists just as did straightforward animal welfare concerns.

But there can also be tensions when human and nonhuman interests appear to diverge. The fur debates which have raged in California and New York—where the City Council speaker proposed a ban earlier this year—have in some cases stoked resentments along racial lines. The president of California’s Black Business Association, for instance, accused the anti-fur campaign of “ignorance,” citing the cultural significance of fur among black women. Corporations help fuel these tensions: The Intercept found that some California fur advocates received previously undisclosed payments from an industry organization.

Some activists acknowledge that many high-profile movement victories—even substantive ones—can feel somewhat parochial: Queen Elizabeth fur free; Pfizer banned a forced swim test, Walmart ends live fish sales. But many believe such narrower campaigns can effectively pave the way for change on a larger scale.

The Berkeley, Calif.-based grassroots advocacy group Direct Action Everywhere (DxE) pushed for the statewide fur ban, but press coordinator Matt Johnson clarified the specificity of the issue did not reflect the scope of the group’s ambitions, which include the end of all animal exploitation for food, clothing, science and entertainment. But the statewide law, following municipal fur bans implemented in municipalities like Los Angeles and San Francisco, is consistent with the pattern laid forth in DxE’s 40-year “strategic roadmap.” This roadmap emphasizes local seed activism—with Berkeley as the epicenter—to forcefully push the proverbial Overton Window, fundamentally transforming how the public and the legal system conceive of nonhuman animals.

DxE formed this decade, and has gained prominence through its “open rescue” actions whereby activists enter a farm without authorization, document conditions and take with them animals in need. The strategy, which predates the organization, strives to extend legal precedent and to publicize mistreatment of animals. The group takes particular aim at source farms for retailers like Whole Foods that advertise as more humane.

A meat industry report showed that, while 2017 saw a slightly reduced volume of meat sales from the previous year, sales of meat with “production claims” like “antibiotic-free” or “organic” increased by more than 38%. For Johnson, this dual trend embodies the shortfalls of consumer-based rhetoric, which he doubts can galvanize the fundamental change he desires. Unti from HSUS sees validity in such criticisms, but still takes heart in the fact that more consumers experience a moral churn as they choose their eggs.

Ultimately, both activists agreed the movement must shake its reputation of self-righteousness—justified or not—to be successful.

Critics, Unti says, have charged that animal rights activists are “good at one thing: saying 'shh, tsk tsk.' Telling people what they should not do.”

“The message is so much centered around ‘go vegan,’ ” Johnson says. “It gives people this impression that you’re either in the snobby holier-than-thou club that no one really wants to be in, or anyone in that club thinks that you’re an evil person.”

Instead, he suggests, advocates’ message should be “systems-focused. People are on your side if you can craft that message. It feels like we should be at the tipping point.”


          

Healthcare: Occupational Therapist - Kennewick, Washington

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Occupational TherapistYour future begins with Infinity Rehab. As a company founded and operated by therapists, we have the tools to ensure your success. From laptops and clinical software for point-of-care documentation to a comprehensive benefits package and a focus on continuing education, your success is our number one priority. When you partner with Infinity Rehab and join our family as a therapist, you will experience a company passionate about its mission: to enhance the life of every person we serve. You will work with a dynamic multidisciplinary therapy team providing sub-acute inpatient therapy to individuals with a variety of medical conditions including orthopedic, neurological, and cardiopulmonary. Minimum Position Qualifications:Bachelor's degree in Occupational Therapy from an accredited program.Current state licensure or in the process of licensure in this state.Must be clinically driven, dependable, and self-motivated.6 months - 1 year of geriatric/SNF experience is preferred.Infinity Rehab offers competitive hourly rates, time-and-a-half for holidays, a generous paid-time-off program, medical, dental, vision, life insurance, flexible spending accounts, 401(k) plan, liability insurance, continuing education, annual symposium, and an annual employee appreciation event. Benefits vary between full-time, part-time, and on-call employment.Sign-on bonus or relocation assistance available for select locations.Infinity Rehab provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all qualified individuals. Any personnel actions taken are without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, protected veteran status, marital status, pregnancy, sexual orientation, or gender identity. In addition to federal law requirements, Infinity Rehab complies with applicable state and local laws governing nondiscrimination in employment in every location in which the company operates.Job 1193LaDawn Fronapel, RACRRegional RecruiterLFronapel@infinityrehab.comC 971-281-4990F 866-697-4618 Check us out on Social Media:https://www.youtube.com/user/InfinityRehab99/videoshttps://twitter.com/infinityrehabhttp://www.linkedin.com/company/55467?trk=tyahhttps://www.facebook.com/InfinityRehabCommunityhttp://www.infinityrehab.com/blog/ ()
          

Bryan College Welcomes Palacky University Students

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This past month, the Bryan community has had the privilege of hosting four students from Palacky University in the Czech Republic. Klára Skopalová, Radka Čalová, Karolína Hovadíková, and Alexandra Večeřová all spent four weeks at Bryan,observing classes, visiting with students and faculty, and learning more about American culture. This program draws on a seven-year relationship… Continue Reading Bryan College Welcomes Palacky University Students

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Nuagem: Gestionnaire de projets - TI / Project Manager - IT

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L’équipe: En tant que gestionnaire de projets – TI, où vous gérerez des projets de moyenne à grande envergure en collaboration avec l’équipe des infrastructures des opérations et services de soutien, les fournisseurs et les ressources techniques. Le gestionnaire de projets – TI s’assurera que les projets respectent et suivent les normes de l'entreprise et sont déployés avec succès.Ce poste se situe à Montréal ou à Toronto. Responsabilités et Exigences Relatives au poste: Planifier, gérer et coordonner les activités et les ressources de projets d’infrastructures complexes afin d’assurer que les objectifs des projets sont atteints à temps, selon le budget et avec une qualité optimale; Préparer et mettre en œuvre des plans de projet détaillés, dont la définition de la portée, les exigences, les objectifs, la répartition des ressources et les échéanciers et étapes-clés des tâches; Fournir l’orientation et l’ordre de priorité aux équipes de gestion de projets en vue de réaliser les objectifs des projets et assurer la résolution des conflits au sein de ces équipes; Posséder des aptitudes éprouvées en gestion de projets et des risques, dont la capacité de gérer de multiples priorités, ressources et clients et d’assurer cette gestion en mettant l’accent sur l’uniformité et l’exactitude; Posséder un esprit indépendant et démontrer des capacités d’analyse objective et de prise de décision; Avoir une bonne connaissance de la gamme de produits Microsoft, dont Project, Excel, Visio; Maîtriser le français et l’anglais; Posséder des compétences interpersonnelles solides est indispensable, dont les techniques de présentation, de facilitation des réunions et de renforcement de l’esprit d’équipe; Servir de point de référence et de guide à l’égard d’un ou de plusieurs projets modérément complexes. Superviser la gestion de projets et influencer directement les activités à l’égard de projets critiques pour l’entreprise, de l’étape de la conception à la mise en œuvre, avec une supervision limitée. Agir comme seule personne-ressource et mettre en relation tous les domaines touchés par les projets, notamment les responsables de dossiers et les gestionnaires des systèmes pour le compte du responsable du projet; S’assurer que les buts et les objectifs sont atteints dans le délai prescrit, selon les dépenses budgétées attribuées. Suivre la gestion de projets en fonction des normes du PMI et recourir à des pratiques exemplaires établies pour assurer la réalisation des buts et objectifs, des étapes-clés et des livrables des projets, tout en assurant le respect de tous les processus de gestion de projets. Compétences et Expérience: Connaissance et utilisation de niveau expert d’une méthodologie de gestion de projets officielle et de l’application du PMBOK, ainsi que des tendances au sein du secteur et des pratiques exemplaires en matière de gestion de projets. Grande capacité à travailler avec les autres afin d’atteindre un but commun, de résoudre les conflits et de gérer des relations entre les membres d’équipes multidisciplinaires et avec des parties prenantes externes; capacité éprouvée de négocier et d’influencer sans user d’autorité. Capacité à faire accepter ses idées en présentant des arguments solides et en tirant profit du soutien disponible; Antécédents documentés de compétences en leadership illustrées par des apports considérables à un environnement de travail positif, l’inculcation d’un « sentiment d’urgence » et la motivation des autres. Capable de contribuer à un environnement de travail positif; d’apporter du dynamisme à l’équipe et d’inspirer les autres à travailler en vue d’atteindre les buts. Capacités supérieures à résoudre des problèmes en tenant compte des renseignements disponibles, en établissant des priorités et en prenant des décisions en temps opportun; à faire des liens entre les données au moyen d’outils et d’approches commerciaux standard; à repérer les tendances; et à appliquer de solides principes de gestion des risques. Forte capacité à faire des liens entre des renseignements connexes, à repérer les tendances dans les données, à isoler la cause des problèmes et à tirer des conclusions logiques; Expérience documentée en communications orales et écrites remarquables auprès des parties prenantes de tous les échelons, allant du personnel multidisciplinaire et du personnel de soutien aux cadres supérieurs. Capacité à exprimer clairement des concepts techniques complets pour répondre aux besoins d’information du public cible. Personne débrouillarde faisant preuve d’engagement, d’un suivi étroit, d’attention aux détails et de capacité à travailler de manière indépendante afin de mener à terme divers projets et de respecter diverses échéances et étapes-clés liées aux projets et aux coûts. Compétences Techniques: Expérience approfondie en gestion de projets liés à des environnements utilisant les serveurs Microsoft Windows, à Active Directory et à Exchange; Solide expérience des environnements de serveurs et de centres de données en grappes; Excellente compréhension des serveurs, des réseaux de stockage, des commutateurs, des routeurs et des pare-feux; Expérience avec les projets liés à la migration de postes de travail et déploiement de logiciel, un atout certain. Formation/Expérience: Baccalauréat en administration des affaires ou dans un domaine connexe, ou combinaison équivalente de formation et d’expérience liée à un emploi correspondant à 7 ans ou plus, y compris en gestion de projets et/ou en administration des affaires; La candidature de professionnels de la gestion de projets agréés (Certified Project Management Professional – PMP) du Project Management Institute (PMI) sera privilégiée. Veuillez nous faire parvenir une copie bilingue de votre curriculum vitae. English Version: The Team: As a Project Manager - IT, you will join the IT team to manage medium to large-scale projects working collaboratively with the service delivery infrastructure team, vendors, and technical resources. The Project Manager - IT will ensure that the projects meet and follow company standards while ensuring successful implementation.This job is based in Montreal or Toronto. Job responsibilities and Requirements: Plans, directs and coordinates complex infrastructure project activities and resources to ensure project goals are completed on time, within budget and with optimum quality; Prepares and implements detailed project plans, including definition of scope, requirements, objectives, resource allocation and task schedules and milestones; Provides direction, prioritization and conflict resolution in managing project teams to accomplish project objectives; Demonstrated project and risk management skills, including ability to manage multiple priorities, resources, customers and management with a focus on consistency and accuracy; Independent thinking, objective analysis and decision-making abilities; Microsoft suite of products including: Project, Excel, Visio; Fluent in French and English; Strong interpersonal skills a must, including presentation, meeting facilitation and team-building techniques; Provides focus and direction on one or more moderately complex projects. Provides project management oversight and directly influences activities on business-critical projects from conceptual phase through implementation, under limited supervision. Serves as single point of contact and interfaces with all areas affected by projects, including business owners and system management on behalf of project owner; Ensures goals and objectives are accomplished within prescribed time frame, within budgeted expenses allocated. Adheres to PMI-based project management and uses established best practices to ensure delivery of project goals and objectives, milestones and deliverables, as well as assures compliance with all project management processes. Qualifications and Experience: Expert knowledge and use of formal project management methodology and application of the PMBOK, as well as industry-standard trends and best practices in project management. Keen ability to work with others in order to achieve a common goal, resolve conflicts and manage cross-functional and external relationships; demonstrated ability to negotiate and influence without authority. Generates buy-in for ideas by presenting solid arguments and leveraging available support; Documented history of leadership skills exemplified by significant contributions to a positive work environment, instilling a ?sense of urgency” and motivating others. Contributes to a positive work environment; brings energy to the team; ability to inspire others to work toward goals. Advanced ability to solve problems by considering available information, prioritizing and making timely decisions; correlates data using standard business tools and approaches, spots trends and applies sound risk management principles. Strong ability to correlate related information, spot trends in data, isolate root causes, and draws logical conclusions; Documented experience in outstanding oral and written communications with all levels of stakeholders from various cross-functional and support staff to senior-level executives. Clearly expresses complete technical concepts to meet the content needs of the audience. Self-starter with initiative, follow through, attention to detail, and ability to work independently in meeting various project- and cost-related deadlines and milestones. Technical Skills: Extensive experience managing Microsoft Windows server environments, Active Directory and Exchange-related projects; Strong experience in clustered server and data centre environments; Strong understanding of servers, storage area network, switches, routers and firewalls; Experience with workstations migrations and software deployment projects would be definite assets. Education / Experience: Bachelor’s degree in business or related field, or an equivalent combination of education and job-related experience equal to 7+ years, including project management and/or business administration; Certified Project Management Professional (PMP) from the Project Management Institute (PMI) preferred. Please send us a bilingual version of your resume.
          

The Top 5 Draws in MMA RIGHT NOW!

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Chael reacts to the announcement of Khabib versus Tony Ferguson in April as well as Jorge Masvidal's recent Twitter comments about going to 154. Also, we answer a few fan questions, find out why Mark Hunt is unhappy and why we should get behind Leon Edwards.

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Fareed Zakaria Says Elizabeth Warren 'Not Really A Socialist' After Airing Photo Of Her Next To Karl Marx

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CNN on Sunday aired a photo of Elizabeth Warren beside a photo of Karl Marx. But host Fareed Zakaria later pointed out that Warren "is not really a socialist."

During Zakaria's Sunday CNN program, he teased an upcoming segment about Warren's wealth tax by showing a photo of her next to a photo of Karl Marx, the communist founder of Marxism.

A few complaints surfaced online, but Zakaria quickly pointed out that the comparison was absurd.

Before ending the segment, the CNN host asked billionaire David Rubenstein if he would object to Warren's proposed tax on the richest Americans.

Rubenstein did not object: "Whatever the laws are, I'm going to comply with."

Following a commercial break, Zakaria explained that Warren is, in fact, "not a socialist."

"Little has terrified the titans of Wall Street more in recent years than the prospect of an Elizabeth Warren presidency," he said. "They say she vilifies the rich and they know she plans to levy taxes on their wealth."

"For all the fears about her - and some are legitimate -- Warren is not really a socialist, not in the sense the word is usually used," he added.

          

Data Analysis on Outdoor–Indoor Air Quality Variation: Buildings’ Producing Dynamic Filter Effects

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Recently, air quality issues have attracted much more attention. This paper aims to find an effective way to analyse the buildings’ effects on the air quality variation between indoor and outdoor. To do so, we treat the building as a dynamic filter system by regarding the outdoor PM$_{2.5}$, the indoor PM$_{2.5}$, and the building as the input, the output, and a response system, respectively. To analyze the filtering effect produced by buildings, the statistical distribution of the indoor PM$_{2.5}$ per hour is studied, and the interrelationship between the indoor and the outdoor PM$_{2.5}$ is explored in time domain. Some interesting physical laws are discovered by using the collected data. First, the indoor PM$_{2.5}$ per hour follows Gaussian distribution in most cases. Second, the indoor PM$_{2.5}$ has a positive correlation with the corresponding outdoor one. Third, a linear regression model with high accuracy on analyzing the indoor PM$_{2.5}$ is presented, which indicates that the indoor PM$_{2.5}$ consists of two parts—one comes from the outdoor PM$_{2.5}$ penetrating into the building and the other comes from the indoor environment. Fourth, by applying different system identification methods, it is found that the B–J model is the best one in characterizing the memory effect- of the building for both long time and short time scales. Particularly, for the long time memory effect, the indoor PM$_{2.5}$ average memory duration (AMD) is about 2 h, and the indoor PM$_{2.5}$ AMD to the outdoor PM$_{2.5}$ is about 7 h, while for the short time memory effect, the indoor PM$_{2.5}$ AMD is also about 2 h but that to the outdoor PM$_{2.5}$ is about 5 h. Additionally, the continuance of outdoor PM$_{2.5}$ has much greater effect on the indoor one than its concentration.
          

PA off electric Generator, Inverter Required?

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Could you clarify what you are asking, because as written it makes no sense to me at all... If you are trying to power your amp from a 12VDC-120VAC converter built into a pickup truck? That will work as long as there are enough amps being generated, and a guitar amp typically draws under 2 amps, but I am not certain what the wattage consumption is of the Peavey amp, but it likely draws less than 400W; it should be listed on the amp somewhere.. Otherwise yes, you could use a standalone generator.
          

South Korea draws up cyberbulling laws after second K-pop suicide

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Saudi laws continue to hold women back from travel despite MBS reforms

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An Ontario dad says he’s been blocked from raising concerns about a cycling coach’s sexual history. Now he’s suing

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At first glance, a small-claims lawsuit looks like a $6,000 squabble between the Ontario Cycling Association and a father, Jeff Archbold, who alleges his teenaged daughter was “illegally” suspended from elite provincial programs after he complained about a coach.

But the crux of Archbold’s claim transcends his demand for legal fees and training costs.

The 51-year-old’s accusations hinge on his right as a parent to question a coach’s sexual history — citing the sport’s code of conduct and ethics as grounds to ask about his hiring — without eliciting reprisals “to silence him,” according to allegations contained within Archbold’s complaint.

“I will do whatever it takes to try to change the culture,” Archbold said in an interview, claiming cycling officials breached their own bylaws and policies in disciplining him, then his daughter Ema.

“(And to) make sure kids and parents know that they should be able to ask questions and feel comfortable.”

In its statement of defence, the Ontario Cycling Association denies all of Archbold’s allegations and “specifically, denies all claims of bad faith, breach of contract and failure to adhere to internal bylaws and policies with respect to the disciplinary proceedings” described in the claim.

The association also asked the court to dismiss the case. The allegations contained in the lawsuit have not been tested in court.

In Archbold’s claim, the Toronto-based engineer alleges that the sport’s discipline panel made him apologize to veteran coach Rick Lee in “retaliation” for Archbold privately “discussing his discomfort” with other adults about the provincial body periodically using Lee to train youth cyclists, including his daughter.

Lee, an Australian native, was cleared 11 years ago of rape charges levelled by a teenaged girl he’d met on an adult dating website to arrange a sexual encounter while visiting the U.S. Then 51, Lee was travelling with a group of Australian youth cyclists and his arrest made international headlines. Four months after charges were laid, a Pennsylvania prosector announced that the girl — 15 at the time, unbeknownst to Lee — had lied to Lee about her age, lied about being raped, recanted all accusations. Charges were dropped.

Archbold is not alleging Lee has done anything improper in Canada, nor is he alleging his daughter experienced any inappropriate behaviour.

Ontario Cycling Association CEO Jim Crosscombe declined to be interviewed because the case was before the court. He did respond, in part, to an email from the Star stating the association welcomes queries about coaches.

“Anyone — parents, participants, other stakeholders — can and should ask questions or raise concerns about any coach’s background, behaviour or performance,” Crosscombe said in an email.

“OCA takes every question or concern extremely seriously and endeavours to address each and every question or concern as soon as it possibly can.”

Crosscombe added that “Mr. Lee has been engaged periodically by OCA on a sessional basis as a track coach” and that “as required by OCA, Mr. Lee has cleared a vulnerable sector search and a criminal reference check.”

The Star reached Lee by phone but in a brief conversation, he declined to be interviewed.

Ward Black, volunteer president of Lee’s employer, the National Cycling Centre Hamilton, described Lee in a recent statement to the Star as having “an impeccable reputation in the development of cyclists at all levels” and that Lee was “forthright” with all Canadian sport and immigration officials regarding the 2008 incident and passed “all necessary security checks” before being granted permanent residency status in Canada in late 2009.

After being made aware of Archbold’s claim against the Ontario Cycling Association, Black wrote in a separate email to the Star “we note that neither Mr. Lee nor the National Cycling Centre Hamilton is a defendant, which was clearly a deliberate decision made by Mr. Archbold to try and silence our side of the story.”

“The claim is nothing more than a vicious, ill-informed collateral attack on Mr. Lee in the guise of a lawsuit,” Black continued. “For years, Mr. Archbold has been attacking Mr. Lee, and this is in continuance of those attacks.”

Archbold’s statement of claim, filed in Ontario Superior Court in early November, details a flurry of clashes over the past 19 months between him, Lee, the Ontario Cycling Association’s Crosscombe and cycling board members.

The litigation comes at a time when the amateur sports world, here and abroad, grapples with how best to protect young or vulnerable athletes from abuse and harassment from people in powerful positions. In Canada, that question has been raised in criminal cases such as that of former national ski coach Bertrand Charest, convicted in 2017 of sex crimes committed in the 1990s against young female skiers. He was sentenced to 12 years in prison, where he remains.

In 2018, three former national junior team skiers sued Alpine Canada for not doing enough to protect them from Charest’s sexual abuse. In July 2019, Alpine Canada announced an out-of-court settlement had been reached and that the national ski organization was committed to changing its code of conduct to bolster athlete safety.

Ema Archbold, a promising cyclist, said in an interview that she’s taking a break from the sport but intends to resume training and competing sometime next year.

The following summary, drawn from the statement of claim and interviews with Archbold, describes his version of the feuding:

  • Archbold said the moment that raised “huge red flags” for him occurred in December of 2017 when he asked an Ontario Cycling Association coach (no longer with the organization) why he worked with Lee. Archbold claims this coach said he was instructed by a senior association official to “use Rick Lee or quit,” according to allegations in the lawsuit.

After that, Archbold stated he began “speaking privately with other adults about his unease and discomfort with having Mr. Lee coaching his daughter and other youth” and that the cycling association was forcing the coach (with whom he’d spoken in December of 2017) to use Lee.

  • Lee found out Archbold was talking about him behind his back. At a provincial cycling championship on March 4, 2018, Lee “verbally threatened and harassed” him, Archbold claims.

  • Archbold filed a formal harassment complaint against Lee with the cycling association. Lee filed a formal complaint against Archbold, alleging damage to his reputation.

  • On May 10, 2018, Archbold was directed by a three-person discipline panel, which included CEO Jim Crosscombe, to apologize in writing to Lee for “discuss(ing) personal matters of other coaches, athletes or related individuals.”

  • Archbold wrote the apology but challenged the disciplinary panel, alleging it hadn’t followed its bylaws and policies as required by the Ontario Corporations Act. He claims in his lawsuit that there’s “no prohibition or limit to discussing personal matters in any OCA bylaw or policy” and that there’s “nothing in the OCA code of conduct and ethics that prevents anyone from speaking truthfully.”

He also claims the discipline panel refused to state how “they determined that the actions of an OCA coach who searched for and found sexual relations with a teenage girl, while coaching other teenage boys and girls, were not related to coaching morals and ethics but rather were a ‘personal matter.’ ”

  • Archbold, a longtime volunteer club coach who stopped coaching about six months ago, provided the Star with the discipline committee decision against him. The conclusion read:

“It is neither your responsibility nor right to discuss personal matters of other coaches, athletes or related individuals while operating in your capacity as a coach or member of the OCA. As such, we are issuing the following warning: you must cease and desist this behaviour immediately or face suspension from the OCA. Further, we expect you to write an apology letter to Messrs. Lee and Black.”

  • Archbold alleged in an interview that he requested but did not receive from cycling officials the list of coaching requirements that officials said Lee met in order to work for the provincial body. Archbold continued to press cycling officials about his claims of bylaw and policy violations related to his sanction.

  • On May 28, 2018, provincial cycling’s discipline panel suspended Archbold’s daughter Ema from Team Ontario track cycling activities for a year without notice, citing an Athlete Code of Conduct infraction. (A cycling official complained Ema failed to ride for Team Ontario during national youth championship races; Archbold asserts Ema had her Team Ontario coach’s approval to compete with another province’s cyclists after the coach said “OK” when told of her plan to ride with others.)

According to Archbold’s claim, Ema did not see the complaint against her for 17 weeks, which he alleges is contrary to provincial policies and bylaws.

  • Jeff Archbold hired a lawyer to appeal Ema’s “illegal suspension” so she could continue to train and compete.

“The suspension was excessive and draconian and was in retaliation and harassment against Mr. Archbold,” Archbold alleges in his lawsuit.

  • Archbold claims Crosscombe, the cycling CEO, did not respond to Ema’s lawyer’s correspondence. Her appeal went to a third-party case manager for mediation, then to an adjudicator for final review. The adjudicator, Brian Ward of Swim Ontario, ruled that Ema must write a letter of apology to the Team Ontario coach and the provincial body, and that she receive a written reprimand from cycling officials, to be removed from her file after 12 months. Ward did not impose a suspension (essentially ending the initial year-long suspension).

Archbold provided a copy of Ward’s Nov. 16, 2018, decision to the Star. As part of Ward’s findings, he recognized that Ema Archbold is a minor, “has been a hard-working athlete and has no previous history of discipline” and that she expressed “remorse about the situation.” He wrote that Team Ontario “should have been clearer about the impact of Archbold’s decision to leave the team — why it was wrong and how it may affect other athletes” and “that it would have been helpful to raise their concerns more immediately with a minor athlete.”

Ward also found Ema “acted in her own best interests to the possible detriment of her teammates and the team at large,” according to his written review.

In an interview, Archbold claimed that after Ema wrote her apology letter, Ontario cycling officials squeezed her out of elite training in late 2018 and early 2019, which he says effectively fulfilled the original year-long suspension.

Archbold said he believes the cycling association punished his daughter to exact revenge on him for doggedly demanding answers about Lee and adherence to the discipline panel’s bylaws.

“You’re going to come after my 16-year-old daughter when you’re not following your policies and bylaws because you want to intimidate me because I had the audacity — let’s put heavy sarcasm on that — to ask questions about a coach? ” Archbold said in an interview.

In November of 2008, Lee spoke to reporters outside his hotel near Allentown, Penn., after the rape charges were dropped. He’d been in jail pending trial for about four months before being released.

Lee was quoted as saying he accepted “some responsibility for an error in my decision-making,” according to a published report. He also described his actions as “immoral” and “I’m not proud of that.”

The teen who falsely accused Lee later told investigators she’d invited him into her home and they’d had consensual sex, according to published reports. As part of the investigation clearing Lee of all charges, police uncovered emails in which the girl told Lee she was 18 or 19 (it’s unclear which), according to media reports.

Earlier this year, Archbold tried to recoup costs without suing the provincial cycling body. In a 12-page letter dated May 24, his lawyer, Andrew Carvajal, requested approximately $900 in cycling-related costs and $5,107.61 in legal fees from the Ontario Cycling Association due to its “arbitrary and high-handed actions.”

A month later, OCA lawyer Macdonald R.I. Allen sent a one-page response that read in part:

“The OCA does not owe your clients any money, nor has the OCA caused your clients any damage. Your clients have been the authors of their own misfortunes.”

Mary Ormsby is a reporter and feature writer based in Toronto. Reach her via email: mormsby@thestar.ca


          

The Lisbon City Council denies the nationalist fake news that says it condemns the "Spanish repression"

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Catalan nationalist media such as elnacional.cat or vilaweb made a news story yesterday that the city council of Lisbon would have issued a statement condemning "The repression of the Spanish State" in Catalonia. This news was widely disseminated by these media and by nationalist users of social networks. Having knowledge of this broadcast, the city of Lisbon quickly denied the fact, issuing a statement that you can access through the website of the municipal chamber. This is the original statement (in Portuguese). According to the consistory of the Portuguese capital, "In light of the news published about a condemnation by the Lisbon Municipal Assembly of the alleged repression of the Spanish authorities in Catalonia, and a request for the release of what they call "political prisoners", the municipality of Lisbon clarifies that only the decisions taken at the councilors meeting are bound by the Lisbon City Council, and that no deliberation has been taken, or will be approved, with this content". Despite the official denial, at the time of publication of this article the nationalist publications cited above have not yet published any rectification on the "fake news" they have disseminated. Apart from denying the news, the Lisbon city council wanted to reaffirm its support for Spanish democracy through this final paragraph in its statement: "The position of the Lisbon City Council is unequivocal in this regard: full respect for the sovereignty of the Spanish State, its constitution, its laws and the operation of its institutions".
          

Building My New Cleaning Network I

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The Solo Cleaning School draws on the lessons I learned in my first solo cleaning company, which I shared in my "Introduction to the Solo Cleaning School" episode. I hope you had a chance to listen and understand my heart for starting this podcast. If you want the short version, here it is. We started Carfagno Cleaning in 2005 in Upstate New York and sold it in 2018 to move back to Philly. During this 14-year run, I gained national recognition as the solo cleaning expert, having optimized a comp [...]
          

The Sexual Laws of Attraction

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On today’s show, Dr. Emily is explaining the differences between physical vs. emotional attraction & whether or not both are needed to be in a relationship, & she’s answering your sex, dating & relationship questions.  She talks about the likelihood of growing a physical attraction towards someone that you already have an emotional connection with, what to do when you feel like your body image doesn’t match your partner’s usual type, & the key distinctions between Erotica & pornography.  Thank you for supporting our sponsors who help keep the show FREE: Sex With Emily Subscription Box, Enclosed, Brooklinen, SiriusXM, Foria.  Follow Emily on all social: @sexwithemily For even more sex talk, tips, & tricks visit sexwithemily.com
          

UK’s 9-day consumer show draws 100K visitors

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Four halls. Nine days. 46 manufacturers. 104,016 visitors. One show. The doors to Motorcycle Live in association with Bikesure Insurance were thrown open to visitors from Nov. 16-24, and 104,016 visitors made the annual pilgrimage to the show.  Riders and two-wheeled enthusiasts flocked to the NEC in Birmingham to see the latest models from the ...
          

Quantity Surveyor - Firetronics - Woodlands

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In-depth knowledge of construction laws and regulations. Estimate cost and prepare tender documents. Prepare design brief documents for all mechanical and…
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Supreme Court Takes Up Case On Gun Laws

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NPR's Don Gonyea speaks with law professor Joseph Blocher, co-director of the Duke Center for Firearms Law, about an upcoming Supreme Court case that could determine how gun laws are made.
          

THE CITY IS GOING TO RUIN LAKE WYMAN

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PREPARE FOR A BOAT DOCK @ LAKE WYMAN  -   EXACTLY AS PREDICTEDOUR CITY IS NOT STEWARDING FOR THE PEOPLE -   DO NOT VOTE FOR EARL STARKOFF / SCOTT SINGER  - THEY ARE TWO OF THE SPEARHEADS OF THIS TRAGEDY Is it time to invest in trash retrieving apparatus?   How does the trash get removed from the mangroves?Or maybe the city is budgeting to place a "seawall" around "Lake Wyman"   - Removing all mangroves?Protective laws only matter to the people - NOT THE CITY - THEY [...]
          

Cloud Specialist AWS OR AZURE

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Profectus Recruitment is partnered with a large organization based in Central Reading who are recruiting for a permanent Cloud Specialist to join their existing IT Team. This is a brand-new requirement for the client as they are looking to deploy across to the Cloud hence the need for a Cloud Specialist. The client is eager to speak with Specialists in Azure and or Amazon Web Services, if you have experience with both then that would be advantageous however not essential. The successful applicant will be responsible for taking a lead on all things Cloud. You will be the Lead Engineer for all of their Cloud activities and you will take the lead on all Cloud Development Solutions. Responsibilities; Take the lead on all Cloud Activities Create and provide cloud strategy to the team and wider business Identify core and specific project resource Provide end to end architecture solutions within the cloud arena Produce impact assessments and recommendations Provide guidance on the Infrastructure movement techniques Identify top Cloud Architecture Techniques Skills Required; Azure or AWS Certified Experience Migrating and Integrating Cloud Solutions Microsoft Product Experience End to end Architecture Experience Experience with Linux Operating Systems If you want to become a pivotal part of an organization functioning in a brand-new role then please apply ASAP for immediate consideration. The client is keen to move quick and welcome their new Cloud Specialist on board.
          

Cloud Security Architect

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Cloud Infrastructure and Security Architect (US Consultancy/Tier 1 Bank) Required experience: Security knowledge in AWS (SaaS) (Azure or GCP a bonus) Location: London Working as part of the Infrastructure and Security Architecture team, the successful candidate will have knowledge of both disciplines with a deep expertise in a least one of them. Experience of delivering enterprise scale solutions on private and public clouds is expected, together with the hunger and curiosity to keep their skills and knowledge up-to-date as the industry continues to transform. The role is not a hands-one role, but you need to work closely with our engineering and operations teams to ensure your strategy and architecture delivers the outcomes we are seeking. Ivory tower architects need not apply. This role is not just about technical skills, the ability to command the respect of and provide leadership to stakeholders from across the organisation is absolutely critical. We expect you to be able to view problems from many different perspectives and create architectural strategies and solutions that are not only technically sound, but also include regulatory, commercial and organisational aspects when appropriate. We are looking for leaders, not managers, who produce their own deliverables and can lead others without direct authority. You'll bring the skills and passion to lead us further along our cloud journey and we'll bring opportunities on a scale not many organisations can match. So if being a part of this journey appeals and you've the cloud architecture experience we're seeking then get in touch, we've a challenge for you. Key Accountabilities Subject matter expert for public and private cloud deployments with deep and broad knowledge of multiple technologies and providers. Programme shaping and architecture for key strategic programmes. Delivery of High Level Architecture artefacts describing principles and standards to be adopted across the enterprise together with the future strategy and roadmaps. Build and maintain strong relationships with Transformation delivery teams to architect, design and deliver capability. Collaborate with delivery teams to shape cloud adoption. Understand industry trends and vendor offerings to ensure strategy and roadmaps capitalise on opportunities Finance Delivering cost effective architectures. Personal and team budget control Building the Business Delivery of own agreed plan Delivery of improved processes Evidence of strategic impact Customer Evidence of key senior stakeholder satisfaction Quality of analysis/insight Personal Impact Clarity of next steps Value added to the business Risk Effective risk management and control with timely identification and management of issues People Colleague engagement/retention Evidence of self and colleague development If interested please send across your CV to my work email below. E: DD: GCS Computer Recruitment Services is acting as an Employment Agency in relation to this vacancy.
          

Zimbabwe: Prioritise Child Rights, Parliament Urged

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[The Herald] Parliament must prioritise the crafting of laws relating to children to ensure their rights are upheld.
          

Knife crime campaigners try to make difference after Hillingdon stabbing

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People are campaigning to update knife crime laws after a 20-year-old was fatally stabbed in an underground station.
          

Saws and Grinder

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DeWalt DW496 Angle Grinder Type 2 £70 Bosch AKE40 Electric Chainsaw £60 McCulloch Chainsaw CS400T...
          

DPW/WW General Foreman

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The responsibilities and duties listed below are illustrations of the various types of work 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.

RESPONSIBILITIES and DUTIES:

The General Foreman works under the supervision of the Sewer System Manager and is responsible for the operation, maintenance and repair of the collection system, related pumping stations, inspection and documentation of Combined Sewer Overflows and Sanitary Sewer Overflows.

Duties include but are not limited to:

  • Repair of weir walls and other modifications to regulators, outfalls and manhole structures that may be required to insure proper operation;
  • Clean and inspect all sewer lines and document the findings of the inspections;
  • Respond to sewer calls;
  • Identify and correct ongoing problems with blockages;
  • Monitor activity in combined manholes to determine problem areas;
  • Perform CSO inspections after rain events in accordance with NPDES Permit;
  • Provide maintenance on various types of wastewater pump stations; complete log entries of maintenance activities performed;
  • Assist the Sewer System Manager with:
    • Development and implementation of a preventative maintenance program to prevent overflows and treatment plant bypasses;
    • Development and implementation of an I/I program to identify and remove sources of I/I, assist in compiling data for regulatory reporting;
    • Any other duties associated with complying with NPDES permit;
    • Enter sewer service calls into a computerized log filing system.
  • Ensure all work assigned has been performed correctly and in a timely manner. Responsible to complete written daily reports on completed tasks and activities and to enter information into computerized Management Maintenance System;
  • Ensure all construction and construction practices are conducted in accordance with City standards;
  • Manage all “in-field” operations and work directly with Sewer System Manager to assign tasks for daily work;
  • Lead and supervise all Collection System Operations work crews in the field;
  • Operate as main point-of-contact for Collection System Working Foremen and Sewer System Operators;
  • Responsible for ensuring that state and city Dig Safe regulations are followed;
  • Follow trench permit and restoration regulations and policies of City of Fitchburg/Department of Public Works;
  • Maintain Division vehicle and equipment fleet, in accordance with manufacturers’ recommendations, including coordinating and scheduling preventative maintenance and repair services, document service records, repairs, state inspections, etc.;
  • Maintain Division safety equipment, tools and personal protective equipment (PPE) in proper working order, and report deficiencies in said equipment/tools to supervisor;
  • Inspect any and all equipment issued to this position to ensure that the equipment is safe and working properly; provide weekly status updates to Sewer System Manager on vehicle/equipment maintenance performed and upcoming required maintenance;
  • May perform minor maintenance to vehicles and equipment;
  • Perform variety of skilled and unskilled manual labor and other related tasks;
  • May assist in performing maintenance and repairs to Wastewater Division buildings and grounds;
  • Maintain Division tool inventory to ensure adequate tools are provided/in-stock, and pumps, compaction equipment and saws are in proper working order and maintained to specifications;
  • May operate:
    1. Motorized equipment, including trucks, backhoes, front-end loaders and combination sewer jet/vacuum trucks;
    2. Various manual and motorized hand tools and equipment associated with construction, repair and maintenance of sewer collection system and related facilities;
  • May inspect, investigate and report on suspected sewer main leaks;
  • Investigate and document damage claims caused by collection system and abatement claims;
  • Direct efforts to locate illegal entry and dumping into sewer collection system;
  • Perform work on sewer flow meters, including installation, maintenance, and troubleshooting with a laptop;
  • Required work may be inside or outside; outside work will be completed in all types of weather conditions, day and night;
  • Respond to call-ins after regular working hours, including nights, weekends and holidays, as needed; 
  • Must carry a cell phone and be available for emergency situations, including but not limited to weather events/emergencies and disasters; Extensive overtime may be required during winter months and/or emergency situations/sewer main breaks;
  • Assist Streets Division with snow/ice removal operations, and Water Division with combination sewer jet/vac truck, including outside normal working hours; May assist other DPW Divisions, as required;
  • Work with Sewer System Manager to ensure DPW’s zero tolerance safety program is followed and updated for construction sites and that confined space entry program is followed;
  • Follow and implement OSHA’s regulations for construction sites, including trench safety;
  • Other duties as assigned by Sewer System Manager and/or Deputy Commissioner of Wastewater.

QUALIFICATIONS and ABILITIES:

  • Must possess high school diploma or GED (General Equivalency Diploma);
  • Must possess:
    • Valid Massachusetts Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) Class B, with “L” and “N” endorsements; “X” endorsement desirable;
    • Hoisting license Class 2B;
    • Knowledge of traffic control safety procedures, with strong background in safety;
    • Must have a Confined Space Entry Awareness Training Certificate;
    • OSHA 30 Certification or ability to obtain within one (1) year of hire;
    • Minimum three (3) years’ experience in wastewater sewer system field, or five (5) years’ experience in wastewater field; educational training in a recognized technical program may be substituted for the required experience on the basis of a one (1) to one (1) substitution, however, no more than two (2) years of substitution shall be allowed;
    • Demonstrated ability to effectively supervise employees.
  • Must demonstrate ability to safely and effectively operate all motor vehicles and equipment currently available to the Sewer System Operations Division;
  • Must possess:
    • Ability to effectively communicate with other DPW Divisions and Municipal Departments;
    • Ability to write electronic reports and follow written and/or verbal instructions;
    • Working knowledge and experience with MS Office Word, Outlook, Excel and similar applications;
    • Required skills and abilities to perform all work assigned by successfully completing a six (6) month probationary period;
  • Must successfully complete pre-employment physical, drug screening and background check.

PHYSICAL COMPONENT RATED:

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.

Very Heavy

This is an extremely physical position. Required work involves heavy physical labor, including lifting, kneeling, bending, twisting and carrying objects that may exceed 100 pounds in weight. Includes operating hand and power equipment for extended periods of time (i.e.: hand and mechanically operated tools, mowers, shovels, saws, pneumatic jack hammers, sledge hammers, picks, manhole lifting device, etc.). Work environment includes all types of weather and temperature extremes, during the day and night.

The City of Fitchburg is an Affirmative Action (AA) and Equal Opportunity Employer (EOE)

This job description does not constitute an employment agreement between the employer and employee. It is subject to change by the employer as the needs of the employer and the requirements of the job change.





          

Apple Cup 2019: Dick Baird is a Coug-turned-Husky who draws admiration from both sides

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Roosevelt High grad, now 73, played four years at Washington State at linebacker — snapping an eight-year UW win streak in the Apple Cup as a senior — then served as a Husky assistant for 15 years. The UW's linebacker room has been named in his honor.
          

The African Startups ecosystem

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AWS South Africa announced on Friday, 19 November 2019, that it had recently embarked on a journey to bring AWS Startup Days to Johannesburg, Lagos, Accra and Nairobi. AWS Startup Days are free events for early-stage founders, developers, and investors that aim to help early-stage founders build quickly with AWS services. They do this by providing [&hellip
          

District of Columbia official code: containing the laws, general and permanent in their nature, relating to or in force in the District of Columbia (except such laws as are of application in the general and permanent laws of the United States) as of September 13, 2012

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General laws of Rhode Island, 1956: completely annotated

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Work, parenting and inequality: workplace laws and policies from 1898 to 2018

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米海軍が政府向けAWS「AWS GovCloud」に「SAP ERP」を移行した理由

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米海軍は「SAP ERP」をはじめとする26個のシステムを、AWSの政府専用サービス「AWS GovCloud」に移行した。その理由とは何か。移行によってどのようなメリットが得られたのか。
          

$549,900 :: 16640 N 54TH Street, Scottsdale AZ, 85254

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3 beds, 2.75 baths
Home size: 3,201 sq ft
Lot Size: 12,633 sq ft
Added: 11/27/19, Last Updated: 11/27/19
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 6005064
Community: HONEYRIDGE MANOR
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Status: Active


Black Friday KIND OF DEAL! This MAGNIFICENT home won't last! You will feel right at home the moment you step onto the front porch. This home has it ALL! with a GREAT Price! 3 bedrooms, 2.75 bathrooms, oversized Loft, fireplace, NEW KITCHEN, 3 car garage ,RV gate and parking. Enormous yard with Diving pool that is heated & has electric cover to keep warm & clean when not in use or to extend the use all year round. This is in a super desirable zip code, close to a lot of must haves. Kierland commons,Mayo clinic, Freeways, Desert Ridge,Fashion Square & Old Scottsdale, Short drive to Casinos & more. Bathrooms & kitchen have been remodeled, there is a lot of room to make a separate in-laws suite with private entrance if desired. NO HOA, but you would never know with the beauty of the

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CAN, Editors, others rally against hate speech bill

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We’re against bid to curtail press freedom, says Guild of Editors How to save the media, by Adefaye, Ogunleye Defamation laws inadequate to tackle hate speech, says sponsor, Sen. Abdullahi LAGOS—The groundswell of opposition against the hate speech bill before the National Assembly was taken several notches higher, yesterday, by[...]
          

Bill to Liberalise Investment Laws Reaches Council of Ministers

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How Religion Influences Belonging: The Importance of Church to Eritrean Refugees in Denmark

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How Religion Influences Belonging: The Importance of Church to Eritrean Refugees in Denmark

Jennie Feldrup Kristoffersen

Global Refugee Studies, Kandidat, (Kandidatuddannelse) 4. semester, 2019

Studenteropgave: Speciale (inkl. HD afgangsprojekt)

  • Jennie Feldrup Kristoffersen
4. semester, Global Refugee Studies, Kandidat (Kandidatuddannelse)
Focusing on how Eritrean refugees in Denmark spend their time, I uncovered a trend that the vast majority of them regularly attend church, and the majority are Eritrean Orthodox Christian. This thesis sets out to examine why religion, and specifically Christianity, is important to and prioritized by Eritrean refugees in Denmark, with the guiding sub-research questions: “How does religion influence Eritrean refugees' feeling of belonging?” and “How might coming from a totalitarian dictatorship effect Eritrean refugees’ involvement in church?”

The empirical data of this thesis is based on interviews conducted with Eritrean refugees living in Denmark, as well as participant observation. To explain and understand the trends seen in the fieldwork, the thesis draws on Charles Hirshman’s (2004) theory on belonging to look at Eritrean refugees’ participation in church in Denmark. It is suggested that participation in church in Denmark can be seen as a way to feel a sense of belonging, and as a way for them to continue to participate in the community familiar to them from their home country.

This thesis also draws on Michael Bernhard and Ekrem Karakoç (2007) to look at the effects of coming from a totalitarian dictatorship, which helped explain the extent that Eritreans’ participation in Danish society revolves around the church rather than other social activities. It explained that church is one of the only organized activities that is permitted in Eritrea, and it continues to be the primary activity that they participate in after moving to Denmark.

Through the research carried out for this thesis, some insight was gained into why and how religion might be approached as a key factor in where Eritrean refugees find their belonging and spend their time in Denmark. The thesis demonstrates that Eritrean refugees’ experience of living in a totalitarian dictatorship has led to lasting effects whereby there is a longer adjustment period in which they adapt to the freedom they now have to participate in a wide variety of social organizations and activities without any restriction.
SprogEngelsk
Udgivelsesdato15 okt. 2019
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Comment on ONTV Box by Kracalactaka

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ah hell, that brings back some memories. I remember seeing Jaws & Grease for the 1st time on ONTV
          

#PODCAST: We speak to a Durban mother about raising a little girl with Down Syndrome

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SABC News and Current Affairs — By Newsbreak Producer Genevieve Lanka - One in every 500 children are born with Down Syndrome in South Africa. This is according to the organisation, Down Syndrome South Africa. Down Syndrome is a genetic chromosome disorder usually associated with physical growth delays, mild to moderate intellectual disabilities and characteristic facial features. As Disability Awareness month draws to a close, Genevieve Lanka speaks to a Durban mother about raising a little girl with the disorder...
          

Gun control advocates nervous as Supreme Court takes up first 2nd Amendment case in a decade - NBC News

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  1. Gun control advocates nervous as Supreme Court takes up first 2nd Amendment case in a decade  NBC News
  2. Supreme Court may expand Second Amendment rights despite repeal of disputed gun restrictions  USA TODAY
  3. Supreme Court to take up first gun rights case in nearly a decade  Fox News
  4. Supreme Court weighs former NYC rule barring gun transport  New York Daily News
  5. Commentary: Michael Bloomberg: NRA appeal to the Supreme Court puts gun laws at risk  Chicago Tribune
  6. View full coverage on Google News

          

Legal bills for taxpayers hit $2.3 million in court fight over Wisconsin's lame-duck laws

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Taxpayers are being hit with the expenses because of the epic courtroom battle over the laws Republicans passed after Tony Evers and Josh Kaul were elected but before they were sworn in.
      

          

BURTON | HEARTH FULL-ZIP

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A comfortable fleece jacket that draws its inspiration from the past, with technical improvements to make it a favorite for years, even decades, to come.

          

FOR SALE:NSW Carbatec 10" Bandsaw and stand: BAS-250C

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Spec of current all-blue model here: Carbatec 10" Bandsaw | Bandsaws - Carbatec (https://www.carbatec.com.au/10-bandsaw-speed-old-code-bas-250b-blade-length-1785mm) Youtube review of this particular model: YouTube (https://youtu.be/wPkrrn_sWxc) Got to clear some space while I level more of my alpine garage floor, so a few tools to come. I bought this bandsaw last year from an old pen turner who discovered he had terminal cancer. I felt sorry for him and bought a few extra bits. It's a...
          

Ahn Jae Hyun and Oh Yeon Seo Are Frustrated With Each Other in New Trailers for “Love With Flaws”

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World Day of the Rights of the Child

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In 2019, throughout the planet, children’s rights continue to be violated! And the first right not to be respected is perhaps the most important: freedom. This is what emerges from the report that bears the signature of Professor Manfred Nowak, an independent expert to whom the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) with Resolution 72/245, commissioned a global study to analyze the situation of private children Of freedom …


On November 20, worldwide, the World Day of the Rights of the Child is celebrated. on November 20, 1989, after hard work lasting almost ten years (after the initial proposal of Poland), all the UN countries signed what is still today the UN convention signed by several countries: of the 196 countries that are part of the UN only one has not ratified it: the United States of America! To make this agreement special, the obligation for signatories to ratify or transform it into law. In Italy it took two years to do it.


2019 is a special year for children’s rights around the world: thirty years have passed since the signing of that document (followed by three in-depth studies on specific topics). The time has come to take stock of how the rights of minors are respected.



 


One of the peculiarities of the Convention on the Rights of the Child is its simplicity: the articles (the most important are certainly the first 42) that compose it are synthetic, almost concise [today it seems that we are no longer able to write such clear laws, NDR ]. But their meaning is very clear.


For example, the Art. 4 states that “States Parties undertake to adopt all legislative, administrative and other provisions necessary to implement the rights recognized by this Convention. Since they are economic, social and cultural rights, they adopt these measures within the limits of the resources they have, and, where appropriate, in the context of international cooperation “. In other words ALL the countries of the world MUST think first of all about the rights of children (the norms on the environment or the wars in progress and the walls on the border come back to mind, more and more numerous and then the billions of dollars spent every year for weapons and armaments to be used in “peace missions”.


“Art. 7 The child is registered immediately at the time of his birth and since then he has the right to a name, to acquire a citizenship and, as far as possible, to know his parents and to be raised by them. States Parties shall ensure that these rights are implemented in accordance with their national legislation and with the obligations imposed on them by the international instruments applicable in the matter, in particular in cases where this is not done, the child would find himself stateless ” .


To see what happens in the world it would seem that all this, for migrant children, should not apply. All over the world, migrant children are forced to live in inhuman conditions. Not only in third world countries but also in many “developed” and “civil” countries.


Only a few days ago, in a hearing at the EU Parliament, the Greek Minister for migration Mikalis Chrisochoidis launched a heartfelt appeal asking EU partner countries to help Greece take care of 4,000 children living in inhuman conditions in the reception centers on the islands of Lesvos, Samos, Kos and other islands of the northern Aegean. Mind you its was not an appeal addressed to the redistribution of migrants (subject to disputes and never-ending disputes). His was a cry for help ONLY for migrant children.


But his request for help remained unheard (only one country responded to his appeal). so much so that even the media have preferred not to talk about it.


In 2019, throughout the planet, children’s rights continue to be violated! And the first right not to be respected is perhaps the most important one is perhaps freedom. This is what emerges from the report that bears the signature of Professor Manfred Nowak, an independent expert to whom the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) with Resolution 72/245, commissioned a global study to analyze the situation of private children Of freedom. Four are the essential themes of his work: evaluating the extent of the phenomenon of children deprived of their liberty, including the number of children deprived of their liberty (disaggregated by age, gender and nationality), as well as the reasons invoked, the causes of root, type and duration of deprivation of liberty and places of detention; document the real situation and propose good practices; promote a change in stigmatizing attitudes and behavior towards children at risk of being or being deprived of liberty; and provide recommendations for the law, policy and practices to safeguard children’s rights.


The results of the painstaking and extremely difficult work (as he himself stated, it was often difficult even to obtain the data from the authorities they had been asked for) carried out by Nowak have recently been published and the numbers are shocking. Hundreds of thousands of children are detained, forced to live in inhumane conditions in adult facilities (in obvious violation of their human rights), are “at high risk of violence, rape and sexual violence, including acts of torture and cruel treatment or punishment , inhuman or degrading “. And a huge number of children are “held ever younger and held for longer periods of time” with frightening consequences both on “their physical and mental development and on their ability to lead a healthy and constructive life in society”. Their fault: very often only that of being migrants.


Hundreds of thousands of migrant children would have been locked up or deprived of liberty.


What happened to human rights champions? And what happened to the Convention on the Rights of the Child? And yet in Art. 22 of the Convention states: “States Parties shall take appropriate measures so that a child who seeks to obtain refugee status, or is considered a refugee under the rules and procedures of applicable international or national law, alone or accompanied by his father or from the mother or any other person, may benefit from the protection and humanitarian assistance necessary to enable him to enjoy the rights granted to him by this Convention and by the other international instruments relating to human rights or humanitarian in those States they are parts. To this end, the States Parties collaborate, in the ways deemed necessary, to all the efforts made by the United Nations Organization and other competent intergovernmental or non-governmental organizations that collaborate with the United Nations Organization, to protect and help children who find themselves in such a situation and to seek out the parents or other family members of each refugee child in order to obtain the information necessary to rejoin him with his family. If the father, mother or any other family member cannot be found, the child will be granted, according to the principles set forth in this Convention, the same protection as that of any other child permanently or temporarily deprived of his family environment for any reason “.


Art. 37, then, goes further: “States parties ensure that: a) no child is subjected to torture or cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment. Neither capital punishment nor life imprisonment without the possibility of release must be decreed for crimes committed by persons under the age of eighteen; b) no child is deprived of liberty illegally or arbitrarily. The arrest, detention or imprisonment of a child must be carried out in accordance with the law, constitute a provision of last resort and have the shortest duration possible … “.


In presenting the results of the study, a few hours ago, Nowak could not help admitting that there are hundreds of thousands of children in prison only because they are migrants. And many of them even in countries where one would not expect to find them: in the US alone there would be over 100 thousand children whose freedom was violated for the sole reason that they had sought a better country to live in. But the US is the only country in the world that has never turned the Convention on the Rights of the Child into law. And the others? There are few countries where governments have adopted ad hoc laws (in Italy, from 2017, law 47 is in force, which concerns precisely the Unaccompanied Foreign Minors).


The Greek minister’s appeals come to mind as he asks his colleagues for help for thousands of children currently crammed into overcrowded and uninhabitable reception centers. And the indifference of the audience in front of his prayers.


We need to be sure: tomorrow, November 20, all the central governments of these countries, the local administrations and hundreds and hundreds of associations will compete to celebrate the World Day of Rights (denied) of the Child …


C.Alessandro Mauceri


Chairman Minori Stranieri Non Accompagnati


Kiwanis Int. Distr. Italia S.Marino


Aneddotica Magazine - Collaborative Blog since 2012 https://www.aneddoticamagazine.com/world-day-of-the-rights-of-the-child/
          

World Day of the Rights of the Child

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In 2019, throughout the planet, children’s rights continue to be violated! And the first right not to be respected is perhaps the most important: freedom. This is what emerges from the report that bears the signature of Professor Manfred Nowak, an independent expert to whom the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) with Resolution 72/245, commissioned a global study to analyze the situation of private children Of freedom …


On November 20, worldwide, the World Day of the Rights of the Child is celebrated. on November 20, 1989, after hard work lasting almost ten years (after the initial proposal of Poland), all the UN countries signed what is still today the UN convention signed by several countries: of the 196 countries that are part of the UN only one has not ratified it: the United States of America! To make this agreement special, the obligation for signatories to ratify or transform it into law. In Italy it took two years to do it.


2019 is a special year for children’s rights around the world: thirty years have passed since the signing of that document (followed by three in-depth studies on specific topics). The time has come to take stock of how the rights of minors are respected.



 


One of the peculiarities of the Convention on the Rights of the Child is its simplicity: the articles (the most important are certainly the first 42) that compose it are synthetic, almost concise [today it seems that we are no longer able to write such clear laws, NDR ]. But their meaning is very clear.


For example, the Art. 4 states that “States Parties undertake to adopt all legislative, administrative and other provisions necessary to implement the rights recognized by this Convention. Since they are economic, social and cultural rights, they adopt these measures within the limits of the resources they have, and, where appropriate, in the context of international cooperation “. In other words ALL the countries of the world MUST think first of all about the rights of children (the norms on the environment or the wars in progress and the walls on the border come back to mind, more and more numerous and then the billions of dollars spent every year for weapons and armaments to be used in “peace missions”.


“Art. 7 The child is registered immediately at the time of his birth and since then he has the right to a name, to acquire a citizenship and, as far as possible, to know his parents and to be raised by them. States Parties shall ensure that these rights are implemented in accordance with their national legislation and with the obligations imposed on them by the international instruments applicable in the matter, in particular in cases where this is not done, the child would find himself stateless ” .


To see what happens in the world it would seem that all this, for migrant children, should not apply. All over the world, migrant children are forced to live in inhuman conditions. Not only in third world countries but also in many “developed” and “civil” countries.


Only a few days ago, in a hearing at the EU Parliament, the Greek Minister for migration Mikalis Chrisochoidis launched a heartfelt appeal asking EU partner countries to help Greece take care of 4,000 children living in inhuman conditions in the reception centers on the islands of Lesvos, Samos, Kos and other islands of the northern Aegean. Mind you its was not an appeal addressed to the redistribution of migrants (subject to disputes and never-ending disputes). His was a cry for help ONLY for migrant children.


But his request for help remained unheard (only one country responded to his appeal). so much so that even the media have preferred not to talk about it.


In 2019, throughout the planet, children’s rights continue to be violated! And the first right not to be respected is perhaps the most important one is perhaps freedom. This is what emerges from the report that bears the signature of Professor Manfred Nowak, an independent expert to whom the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) with Resolution 72/245, commissioned a global study to analyze the situation of private children Of freedom. Four are the essential themes of his work: evaluating the extent of the phenomenon of children deprived of their liberty, including the number of children deprived of their liberty (disaggregated by age, gender and nationality), as well as the reasons invoked, the causes of root, type and duration of deprivation of liberty and places of detention; document the real situation and propose good practices; promote a change in stigmatizing attitudes and behavior towards children at risk of being or being deprived of liberty; and provide recommendations for the law, policy and practices to safeguard children’s rights.


The results of the painstaking and extremely difficult work (as he himself stated, it was often difficult even to obtain the data from the authorities they had been asked for) carried out by Nowak have recently been published and the numbers are shocking. Hundreds of thousands of children are detained, forced to live in inhumane conditions in adult facilities (in obvious violation of their human rights), are “at high risk of violence, rape and sexual violence, including acts of torture and cruel treatment or punishment , inhuman or degrading “. And a huge number of children are “held ever younger and held for longer periods of time” with frightening consequences both on “their physical and mental development and on their ability to lead a healthy and constructive life in society”. Their fault: very often only that of being migrants.


Hundreds of thousands of migrant children would have been locked up or deprived of liberty.


What happened to human rights champions? And what happened to the Convention on the Rights of the Child? And yet in Art. 22 of the Convention states: “States Parties shall take appropriate measures so that a child who seeks to obtain refugee status, or is considered a refugee under the rules and procedures of applicable international or national law, alone or accompanied by his father or from the mother or any other person, may benefit from the protection and humanitarian assistance necessary to enable him to enjoy the rights granted to him by this Convention and by the other international instruments relating to human rights or humanitarian in those States they are parts. To this end, the States Parties collaborate, in the ways deemed necessary, to all the efforts made by the United Nations Organization and other competent intergovernmental or non-governmental organizations that collaborate with the United Nations Organization, to protect and help children who find themselves in such a situation and to seek out the parents or other family members of each refugee child in order to obtain the information necessary to rejoin him with his family. If the father, mother or any other family member cannot be found, the child will be granted, according to the principles set forth in this Convention, the same protection as that of any other child permanently or temporarily deprived of his family environment for any reason “.


Art. 37, then, goes further: “States parties ensure that: a) no child is subjected to torture or cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment. Neither capital punishment nor life imprisonment without the possibility of release must be decreed for crimes committed by persons under the age of eighteen; b) no child is deprived of liberty illegally or arbitrarily. The arrest, detention or imprisonment of a child must be carried out in accordance with the law, constitute a provision of last resort and have the shortest duration possible … “.


In presenting the results of the study, a few hours ago, Nowak could not help admitting that there are hundreds of thousands of children in prison only because they are migrants. And many of them even in countries where one would not expect to find them: in the US alone there would be over 100 thousand children whose freedom was violated for the sole reason that they had sought a better country to live in. But the US is the only country in the world that has never turned the Convention on the Rights of the Child into law. And the others? There are few countries where governments have adopted ad hoc laws (in Italy, from 2017, law 47 is in force, which concerns precisely the Unaccompanied Foreign Minors).


The Greek minister’s appeals come to mind as he asks his colleagues for help for thousands of children currently crammed into overcrowded and uninhabitable reception centers. And the indifference of the audience in front of his prayers.


We need to be sure: tomorrow, November 20, all the central governments of these countries, the local administrations and hundreds and hundreds of associations will compete to celebrate the World Day of Rights (denied) of the Child …


C.Alessandro Mauceri


Chairman Minori Stranieri Non Accompagnati


Kiwanis Int. Distr. Italia S.Marino


Aneddotica Magazine - Collaborative Blog since 2012 https://www.aneddoticamagazine.com/world-day-of-the-rights-of-the-child/
          

World Day of the Rights of the Child

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In 2019, throughout the planet, children’s rights continue to be violated! And the first right not to be respected is perhaps the most important: freedom. This is what emerges from the report that bears the signature of Professor Manfred Nowak, an independent expert to whom the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) with Resolution 72/245, commissioned a global study to analyze the situation of private children Of freedom …


On November 20, worldwide, the World Day of the Rights of the Child is celebrated. on November 20, 1989, after hard work lasting almost ten years (after the initial proposal of Poland), all the UN countries signed what is still today the UN convention signed by several countries: of the 196 countries that are part of the UN only one has not ratified it: the United States of America! To make this agreement special, the obligation for signatories to ratify or transform it into law. In Italy it took two years to do it.


2019 is a special year for children’s rights around the world: thirty years have passed since the signing of that document (followed by three in-depth studies on specific topics). The time has come to take stock of how the rights of minors are respected.



 


One of the peculiarities of the Convention on the Rights of the Child is its simplicity: the articles (the most important are certainly the first 42) that compose it are synthetic, almost concise [today it seems that we are no longer able to write such clear laws, NDR ]. But their meaning is very clear.


For example, the Art. 4 states that “States Parties undertake to adopt all legislative, administrative and other provisions necessary to implement the rights recognized by this Convention. Since they are economic, social and cultural rights, they adopt these measures within the limits of the resources they have, and, where appropriate, in the context of international cooperation “. In other words ALL the countries of the world MUST think first of all about the rights of children (the norms on the environment or the wars in progress and the walls on the border come back to mind, more and more numerous and then the billions of dollars spent every year for weapons and armaments to be used in “peace missions”.


“Art. 7 The child is registered immediately at the time of his birth and since then he has the right to a name, to acquire a citizenship and, as far as possible, to know his parents and to be raised by them. States Parties shall ensure that these rights are implemented in accordance with their national legislation and with the obligations imposed on them by the international instruments applicable in the matter, in particular in cases where this is not done, the child would find himself stateless ” .


To see what happens in the world it would seem that all this, for migrant children, should not apply. All over the world, migrant children are forced to live in inhuman conditions. Not only in third world countries but also in many “developed” and “civil” countries.


Only a few days ago, in a hearing at the EU Parliament, the Greek Minister for migration Mikalis Chrisochoidis launched a heartfelt appeal asking EU partner countries to help Greece take care of 4,000 children living in inhuman conditions in the reception centers on the islands of Lesvos, Samos, Kos and other islands of the northern Aegean. Mind you its was not an appeal addressed to the redistribution of migrants (subject to disputes and never-ending disputes). His was a cry for help ONLY for migrant children.


But his request for help remained unheard (only one country responded to his appeal). so much so that even the media have preferred not to talk about it.


In 2019, throughout the planet, children’s rights continue to be violated! And the first right not to be respected is perhaps the most important one is perhaps freedom. This is what emerges from the report that bears the signature of Professor Manfred Nowak, an independent expert to whom the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) with Resolution 72/245, commissioned a global study to analyze the situation of private children Of freedom. Four are the essential themes of his work: evaluating the extent of the phenomenon of children deprived of their liberty, including the number of children deprived of their liberty (disaggregated by age, gender and nationality), as well as the reasons invoked, the causes of root, type and duration of deprivation of liberty and places of detention; document the real situation and propose good practices; promote a change in stigmatizing attitudes and behavior towards children at risk of being or being deprived of liberty; and provide recommendations for the law, policy and practices to safeguard children’s rights.


The results of the painstaking and extremely difficult work (as he himself stated, it was often difficult even to obtain the data from the authorities they had been asked for) carried out by Nowak have recently been published and the numbers are shocking. Hundreds of thousands of children are detained, forced to live in inhumane conditions in adult facilities (in obvious violation of their human rights), are “at high risk of violence, rape and sexual violence, including acts of torture and cruel treatment or punishment , inhuman or degrading “. And a huge number of children are “held ever younger and held for longer periods of time” with frightening consequences both on “their physical and mental development and on their ability to lead a healthy and constructive life in society”. Their fault: very often only that of being migrants.


Hundreds of thousands of migrant children would have been locked up or deprived of liberty.


What happened to human rights champions? And what happened to the Convention on the Rights of the Child? And yet in Art. 22 of the Convention states: “States Parties shall take appropriate measures so that a child who seeks to obtain refugee status, or is considered a refugee under the rules and procedures of applicable international or national law, alone or accompanied by his father or from the mother or any other person, may benefit from the protection and humanitarian assistance necessary to enable him to enjoy the rights granted to him by this Convention and by the other international instruments relating to human rights or humanitarian in those States they are parts. To this end, the States Parties collaborate, in the ways deemed necessary, to all the efforts made by the United Nations Organization and other competent intergovernmental or non-governmental organizations that collaborate with the United Nations Organization, to protect and help children who find themselves in such a situation and to seek out the parents or other family members of each refugee child in order to obtain the information necessary to rejoin him with his family. If the father, mother or any other family member cannot be found, the child will be granted, according to the principles set forth in this Convention, the same protection as that of any other child permanently or temporarily deprived of his family environment for any reason “.


Art. 37, then, goes further: “States parties ensure that: a) no child is subjected to torture or cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment. Neither capital punishment nor life imprisonment without the possibility of release must be decreed for crimes committed by persons under the age of eighteen; b) no child is deprived of liberty illegally or arbitrarily. The arrest, detention or imprisonment of a child must be carried out in accordance with the law, constitute a provision of last resort and have the shortest duration possible … “.


In presenting the results of the study, a few hours ago, Nowak could not help admitting that there are hundreds of thousands of children in prison only because they are migrants. And many of them even in countries where one would not expect to find them: in the US alone there would be over 100 thousand children whose freedom was violated for the sole reason that they had sought a better country to live in. But the US is the only country in the world that has never turned the Convention on the Rights of the Child into law. And the others? There are few countries where governments have adopted ad hoc laws (in Italy, from 2017, law 47 is in force, which concerns precisely the Unaccompanied Foreign Minors).


The Greek minister’s appeals come to mind as he asks his colleagues for help for thousands of children currently crammed into overcrowded and uninhabitable reception centers. And the indifference of the audience in front of his prayers.


We need to be sure: tomorrow, November 20, all the central governments of these countries, the local administrations and hundreds and hundreds of associations will compete to celebrate the World Day of Rights (denied) of the Child …


C.Alessandro Mauceri


Chairman Minori Stranieri Non Accompagnati


Kiwanis Int. Distr. Italia S.Marino


Aneddotica Magazine - Collaborative Blog since 2012 https://www.aneddoticamagazine.com/world-day-of-the-rights-of-the-child/
          

World Day of the Rights of the Child

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In 2019, throughout the planet, children’s rights continue to be violated! And the first right not to be respected is perhaps the most important: freedom. This is what emerges from the report that bears the signature of Professor Manfred Nowak, an independent expert to whom the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) with Resolution 72/245, commissioned a global study to analyze the situation of private children Of freedom …


On November 20, worldwide, the World Day of the Rights of the Child is celebrated. on November 20, 1989, after hard work lasting almost ten years (after the initial proposal of Poland), all the UN countries signed what is still today the UN convention signed by several countries: of the 196 countries that are part of the UN only one has not ratified it: the United States of America! To make this agreement special, the obligation for signatories to ratify or transform it into law. In Italy it took two years to do it.


2019 is a special year for children’s rights around the world: thirty years have passed since the signing of that document (followed by three in-depth studies on specific topics). The time has come to take stock of how the rights of minors are respected.



 


One of the peculiarities of the Convention on the Rights of the Child is its simplicity: the articles (the most important are certainly the first 42) that compose it are synthetic, almost concise [today it seems that we are no longer able to write such clear laws, NDR ]. But their meaning is very clear.


For example, the Art. 4 states that “States Parties undertake to adopt all legislative, administrative and other provisions necessary to implement the rights recognized by this Convention. Since they are economic, social and cultural rights, they adopt these measures within the limits of the resources they have, and, where appropriate, in the context of international cooperation “. In other words ALL the countries of the world MUST think first of all about the rights of children (the norms on the environment or the wars in progress and the walls on the border come back to mind, more and more numerous and then the billions of dollars spent every year for weapons and armaments to be used in “peace missions”.


“Art. 7 The child is registered immediately at the time of his birth and since then he has the right to a name, to acquire a citizenship and, as far as possible, to know his parents and to be raised by them. States Parties shall ensure that these rights are implemented in accordance with their national legislation and with the obligations imposed on them by the international instruments applicable in the matter, in particular in cases where this is not done, the child would find himself stateless ” .


To see what happens in the world it would seem that all this, for migrant children, should not apply. All over the world, migrant children are forced to live in inhuman conditions. Not only in third world countries but also in many “developed” and “civil” countries.


Only a few days ago, in a hearing at the EU Parliament, the Greek Minister for migration Mikalis Chrisochoidis launched a heartfelt appeal asking EU partner countries to help Greece take care of 4,000 children living in inhuman conditions in the reception centers on the islands of Lesvos, Samos, Kos and other islands of the northern Aegean. Mind you its was not an appeal addressed to the redistribution of migrants (subject to disputes and never-ending disputes). His was a cry for help ONLY for migrant children.


But his request for help remained unheard (only one country responded to his appeal). so much so that even the media have preferred not to talk about it.


In 2019, throughout the planet, children’s rights continue to be violated! And the first right not to be respected is perhaps the most important one is perhaps freedom. This is what emerges from the report that bears the signature of Professor Manfred Nowak, an independent expert to whom the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) with Resolution 72/245, commissioned a global study to analyze the situation of private children Of freedom. Four are the essential themes of his work: evaluating the extent of the phenomenon of children deprived of their liberty, including the number of children deprived of their liberty (disaggregated by age, gender and nationality), as well as the reasons invoked, the causes of root, type and duration of deprivation of liberty and places of detention; document the real situation and propose good practices; promote a change in stigmatizing attitudes and behavior towards children at risk of being or being deprived of liberty; and provide recommendations for the law, policy and practices to safeguard children’s rights.


The results of the painstaking and extremely difficult work (as he himself stated, it was often difficult even to obtain the data from the authorities they had been asked for) carried out by Nowak have recently been published and the numbers are shocking. Hundreds of thousands of children are detained, forced to live in inhumane conditions in adult facilities (in obvious violation of their human rights), are “at high risk of violence, rape and sexual violence, including acts of torture and cruel treatment or punishment , inhuman or degrading “. And a huge number of children are “held ever younger and held for longer periods of time” with frightening consequences both on “their physical and mental development and on their ability to lead a healthy and constructive life in society”. Their fault: very often only that of being migrants.


Hundreds of thousands of migrant children would have been locked up or deprived of liberty.


What happened to human rights champions? And what happened to the Convention on the Rights of the Child? And yet in Art. 22 of the Convention states: “States Parties shall take appropriate measures so that a child who seeks to obtain refugee status, or is considered a refugee under the rules and procedures of applicable international or national law, alone or accompanied by his father or from the mother or any other person, may benefit from the protection and humanitarian assistance necessary to enable him to enjoy the rights granted to him by this Convention and by the other international instruments relating to human rights or humanitarian in those States they are parts. To this end, the States Parties collaborate, in the ways deemed necessary, to all the efforts made by the United Nations Organization and other competent intergovernmental or non-governmental organizations that collaborate with the United Nations Organization, to protect and help children who find themselves in such a situation and to seek out the parents or other family members of each refugee child in order to obtain the information necessary to rejoin him with his family. If the father, mother or any other family member cannot be found, the child will be granted, according to the principles set forth in this Convention, the same protection as that of any other child permanently or temporarily deprived of his family environment for any reason “.


Art. 37, then, goes further: “States parties ensure that: a) no child is subjected to torture or cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment. Neither capital punishment nor life imprisonment without the possibility of release must be decreed for crimes committed by persons under the age of eighteen; b) no child is deprived of liberty illegally or arbitrarily. The arrest, detention or imprisonment of a child must be carried out in accordance with the law, constitute a provision of last resort and have the shortest duration possible … “.


In presenting the results of the study, a few hours ago, Nowak could not help admitting that there are hundreds of thousands of children in prison only because they are migrants. And many of them even in countries where one would not expect to find them: in the US alone there would be over 100 thousand children whose freedom was violated for the sole reason that they had sought a better country to live in. But the US is the only country in the world that has never turned the Convention on the Rights of the Child into law. And the others? There are few countries where governments have adopted ad hoc laws (in Italy, from 2017, law 47 is in force, which concerns precisely the Unaccompanied Foreign Minors).


The Greek minister’s appeals come to mind as he asks his colleagues for help for thousands of children currently crammed into overcrowded and uninhabitable reception centers. And the indifference of the audience in front of his prayers.


We need to be sure: tomorrow, November 20, all the central governments of these countries, the local administrations and hundreds and hundreds of associations will compete to celebrate the World Day of Rights (denied) of the Child …


C.Alessandro Mauceri


Chairman Minori Stranieri Non Accompagnati


Kiwanis Int. Distr. Italia S.Marino


Aneddotica Magazine - Collaborative Blog since 2012 https://www.aneddoticamagazine.com/world-day-of-the-rights-of-the-child/
          

World Day of the Rights of the Child

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In 2019, throughout the planet, children’s rights continue to be violated! And the first right not to be respected is perhaps the most important: freedom. This is what emerges from the report that bears the signature of Professor Manfred Nowak, an independent expert to whom the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) with Resolution 72/245, commissioned a global study to analyze the situation of private children Of freedom …


On November 20, worldwide, the World Day of the Rights of the Child is celebrated. on November 20, 1989, after hard work lasting almost ten years (after the initial proposal of Poland), all the UN countries signed what is still today the UN convention signed by several countries: of the 196 countries that are part of the UN only one has not ratified it: the United States of America! To make this agreement special, the obligation for signatories to ratify or transform it into law. In Italy it took two years to do it.


2019 is a special year for children’s rights around the world: thirty years have passed since the signing of that document (followed by three in-depth studies on specific topics). The time has come to take stock of how the rights of minors are respected.



 


One of the peculiarities of the Convention on the Rights of the Child is its simplicity: the articles (the most important are certainly the first 42) that compose it are synthetic, almost concise [today it seems that we are no longer able to write such clear laws, NDR ]. But their meaning is very clear.


For example, the Art. 4 states that “States Parties undertake to adopt all legislative, administrative and other provisions necessary to implement the rights recognized by this Convention. Since they are economic, social and cultural rights, they adopt these measures within the limits of the resources they have, and, where appropriate, in the context of international cooperation “. In other words ALL the countries of the world MUST think first of all about the rights of children (the norms on the environment or the wars in progress and the walls on the border come back to mind, more and more numerous and then the billions of dollars spent every year for weapons and armaments to be used in “peace missions”.


“Art. 7 The child is registered immediately at the time of his birth and since then he has the right to a name, to acquire a citizenship and, as far as possible, to know his parents and to be raised by them. States Parties shall ensure that these rights are implemented in accordance with their national legislation and with the obligations imposed on them by the international instruments applicable in the matter, in particular in cases where this is not done, the child would find himself stateless ” .


To see what happens in the world it would seem that all this, for migrant children, should not apply. All over the world, migrant children are forced to live in inhuman conditions. Not only in third world countries but also in many “developed” and “civil” countries.


Only a few days ago, in a hearing at the EU Parliament, the Greek Minister for migration Mikalis Chrisochoidis launched a heartfelt appeal asking EU partner countries to help Greece take care of 4,000 children living in inhuman conditions in the reception centers on the islands of Lesvos, Samos, Kos and other islands of the northern Aegean. Mind you its was not an appeal addressed to the redistribution of migrants (subject to disputes and never-ending disputes). His was a cry for help ONLY for migrant children.


But his request for help remained unheard (only one country responded to his appeal). so much so that even the media have preferred not to talk about it.


In 2019, throughout the planet, children’s rights continue to be violated! And the first right not to be respected is perhaps the most important one is perhaps freedom. This is what emerges from the report that bears the signature of Professor Manfred Nowak, an independent expert to whom the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) with Resolution 72/245, commissioned a global study to analyze the situation of private children Of freedom. Four are the essential themes of his work: evaluating the extent of the phenomenon of children deprived of their liberty, including the number of children deprived of their liberty (disaggregated by age, gender and nationality), as well as the reasons invoked, the causes of root, type and duration of deprivation of liberty and places of detention; document the real situation and propose good practices; promote a change in stigmatizing attitudes and behavior towards children at risk of being or being deprived of liberty; and provide recommendations for the law, policy and practices to safeguard children’s rights.


The results of the painstaking and extremely difficult work (as he himself stated, it was often difficult even to obtain the data from the authorities they had been asked for) carried out by Nowak have recently been published and the numbers are shocking. Hundreds of thousands of children are detained, forced to live in inhumane conditions in adult facilities (in obvious violation of their human rights), are “at high risk of violence, rape and sexual violence, including acts of torture and cruel treatment or punishment , inhuman or degrading “. And a huge number of children are “held ever younger and held for longer periods of time” with frightening consequences both on “their physical and mental development and on their ability to lead a healthy and constructive life in society”. Their fault: very often only that of being migrants.


Hundreds of thousands of migrant children would have been locked up or deprived of liberty.


What happened to human rights champions? And what happened to the Convention on the Rights of the Child? And yet in Art. 22 of the Convention states: “States Parties shall take appropriate measures so that a child who seeks to obtain refugee status, or is considered a refugee under the rules and procedures of applicable international or national law, alone or accompanied by his father or from the mother or any other person, may benefit from the protection and humanitarian assistance necessary to enable him to enjoy the rights granted to him by this Convention and by the other international instruments relating to human rights or humanitarian in those States they are parts. To this end, the States Parties collaborate, in the ways deemed necessary, to all the efforts made by the United Nations Organization and other competent intergovernmental or non-governmental organizations that collaborate with the United Nations Organization, to protect and help children who find themselves in such a situation and to seek out the parents or other family members of each refugee child in order to obtain the information necessary to rejoin him with his family. If the father, mother or any other family member cannot be found, the child will be granted, according to the principles set forth in this Convention, the same protection as that of any other child permanently or temporarily deprived of his family environment for any reason “.


Art. 37, then, goes further: “States parties ensure that: a) no child is subjected to torture or cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment. Neither capital punishment nor life imprisonment without the possibility of release must be decreed for crimes committed by persons under the age of eighteen; b) no child is deprived of liberty illegally or arbitrarily. The arrest, detention or imprisonment of a child must be carried out in accordance with the law, constitute a provision of last resort and have the shortest duration possible … “.


In presenting the results of the study, a few hours ago, Nowak could not help admitting that there are hundreds of thousands of children in prison only because they are migrants. And many of them even in countries where one would not expect to find them: in the US alone there would be over 100 thousand children whose freedom was violated for the sole reason that they had sought a better country to live in. But the US is the only country in the world that has never turned the Convention on the Rights of the Child into law. And the others? There are few countries where governments have adopted ad hoc laws (in Italy, from 2017, law 47 is in force, which concerns precisely the Unaccompanied Foreign Minors).


The Greek minister’s appeals come to mind as he asks his colleagues for help for thousands of children currently crammed into overcrowded and uninhabitable reception centers. And the indifference of the audience in front of his prayers.


We need to be sure: tomorrow, November 20, all the central governments of these countries, the local administrations and hundreds and hundreds of associations will compete to celebrate the World Day of Rights (denied) of the Child …


C.Alessandro Mauceri


Chairman Minori Stranieri Non Accompagnati


Kiwanis Int. Distr. Italia S.Marino


Aneddotica Magazine - Collaborative Blog since 2012 https://www.aneddoticamagazine.com/world-day-of-the-rights-of-the-child/
          

World Day of the Rights of the Child

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In 2019, throughout the planet, children’s rights continue to be violated! And the first right not to be respected is perhaps the most important: freedom. This is what emerges from the report that bears the signature of Professor Manfred Nowak, an independent expert to whom the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) with Resolution 72/245, commissioned a global study to analyze the situation of private children Of freedom …


On November 20, worldwide, the World Day of the Rights of the Child is celebrated. on November 20, 1989, after hard work lasting almost ten years (after the initial proposal of Poland), all the UN countries signed what is still today the UN convention signed by several countries: of the 196 countries that are part of the UN only one has not ratified it: the United States of America! To make this agreement special, the obligation for signatories to ratify or transform it into law. In Italy it took two years to do it.


2019 is a special year for children’s rights around the world: thirty years have passed since the signing of that document (followed by three in-depth studies on specific topics). The time has come to take stock of how the rights of minors are respected.



 


One of the peculiarities of the Convention on the Rights of the Child is its simplicity: the articles (the most important are certainly the first 42) that compose it are synthetic, almost concise [today it seems that we are no longer able to write such clear laws, NDR ]. But their meaning is very clear.


For example, the Art. 4 states that “States Parties undertake to adopt all legislative, administrative and other provisions necessary to implement the rights recognized by this Convention. Since they are economic, social and cultural rights, they adopt these measures within the limits of the resources they have, and, where appropriate, in the context of international cooperation “. In other words ALL the countries of the world MUST think first of all about the rights of children (the norms on the environment or the wars in progress and the walls on the border come back to mind, more and more numerous and then the billions of dollars spent every year for weapons and armaments to be used in “peace missions”.


“Art. 7 The child is registered immediately at the time of his birth and since then he has the right to a name, to acquire a citizenship and, as far as possible, to know his parents and to be raised by them. States Parties shall ensure that these rights are implemented in accordance with their national legislation and with the obligations imposed on them by the international instruments applicable in the matter, in particular in cases where this is not done, the child would find himself stateless ” .


To see what happens in the world it would seem that all this, for migrant children, should not apply. All over the world, migrant children are forced to live in inhuman conditions. Not only in third world countries but also in many “developed” and “civil” countries.


Only a few days ago, in a hearing at the EU Parliament, the Greek Minister for migration Mikalis Chrisochoidis launched a heartfelt appeal asking EU partner countries to help Greece take care of 4,000 children living in inhuman conditions in the reception centers on the islands of Lesvos, Samos, Kos and other islands of the northern Aegean. Mind you its was not an appeal addressed to the redistribution of migrants (subject to disputes and never-ending disputes). His was a cry for help ONLY for migrant children.


But his request for help remained unheard (only one country responded to his appeal). so much so that even the media have preferred not to talk about it.


In 2019, throughout the planet, children’s rights continue to be violated! And the first right not to be respected is perhaps the most important one is perhaps freedom. This is what emerges from the report that bears the signature of Professor Manfred Nowak, an independent expert to whom the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) with Resolution 72/245, commissioned a global study to analyze the situation of private children Of freedom. Four are the essential themes of his work: evaluating the extent of the phenomenon of children deprived of their liberty, including the number of children deprived of their liberty (disaggregated by age, gender and nationality), as well as the reasons invoked, the causes of root, type and duration of deprivation of liberty and places of detention; document the real situation and propose good practices; promote a change in stigmatizing attitudes and behavior towards children at risk of being or being deprived of liberty; and provide recommendations for the law, policy and practices to safeguard children’s rights.


The results of the painstaking and extremely difficult work (as he himself stated, it was often difficult even to obtain the data from the authorities they had been asked for) carried out by Nowak have recently been published and the numbers are shocking. Hundreds of thousands of children are detained, forced to live in inhumane conditions in adult facilities (in obvious violation of their human rights), are “at high risk of violence, rape and sexual violence, including acts of torture and cruel treatment or punishment , inhuman or degrading “. And a huge number of children are “held ever younger and held for longer periods of time” with frightening consequences both on “their physical and mental development and on their ability to lead a healthy and constructive life in society”. Their fault: very often only that of being migrants.


Hundreds of thousands of migrant children would have been locked up or deprived of liberty.


What happened to human rights champions? And what happened to the Convention on the Rights of the Child? And yet in Art. 22 of the Convention states: “States Parties shall take appropriate measures so that a child who seeks to obtain refugee status, or is considered a refugee under the rules and procedures of applicable international or national law, alone or accompanied by his father or from the mother or any other person, may benefit from the protection and humanitarian assistance necessary to enable him to enjoy the rights granted to him by this Convention and by the other international instruments relating to human rights or humanitarian in those States they are parts. To this end, the States Parties collaborate, in the ways deemed necessary, to all the efforts made by the United Nations Organization and other competent intergovernmental or non-governmental organizations that collaborate with the United Nations Organization, to protect and help children who find themselves in such a situation and to seek out the parents or other family members of each refugee child in order to obtain the information necessary to rejoin him with his family. If the father, mother or any other family member cannot be found, the child will be granted, according to the principles set forth in this Convention, the same protection as that of any other child permanently or temporarily deprived of his family environment for any reason “.


Art. 37, then, goes further: “States parties ensure that: a) no child is subjected to torture or cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment. Neither capital punishment nor life imprisonment without the possibility of release must be decreed for crimes committed by persons under the age of eighteen; b) no child is deprived of liberty illegally or arbitrarily. The arrest, detention or imprisonment of a child must be carried out in accordance with the law, constitute a provision of last resort and have the shortest duration possible … “.


In presenting the results of the study, a few hours ago, Nowak could not help admitting that there are hundreds of thousands of children in prison only because they are migrants. And many of them even in countries where one would not expect to find them: in the US alone there would be over 100 thousand children whose freedom was violated for the sole reason that they had sought a better country to live in. But the US is the only country in the world that has never turned the Convention on the Rights of the Child into law. And the others? There are few countries where governments have adopted ad hoc laws (in Italy, from 2017, law 47 is in force, which concerns precisely the Unaccompanied Foreign Minors).


The Greek minister’s appeals come to mind as he asks his colleagues for help for thousands of children currently crammed into overcrowded and uninhabitable reception centers. And the indifference of the audience in front of his prayers.


We need to be sure: tomorrow, November 20, all the central governments of these countries, the local administrations and hundreds and hundreds of associations will compete to celebrate the World Day of Rights (denied) of the Child …


C.Alessandro Mauceri


Chairman Minori Stranieri Non Accompagnati


Kiwanis Int. Distr. Italia S.Marino


Aneddotica Magazine - Collaborative Blog since 2012 https://www.aneddoticamagazine.com/world-day-of-the-rights-of-the-child/
          

World Day of the Rights of the Child

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In 2019, throughout the planet, children’s rights continue to be violated! And the first right not to be respected is perhaps the most important: freedom. This is what emerges from the report that bears the signature of Professor Manfred Nowak, an independent expert to whom the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) with Resolution 72/245, commissioned a global study to analyze the situation of private children Of freedom …


On November 20, worldwide, the World Day of the Rights of the Child is celebrated. on November 20, 1989, after hard work lasting almost ten years (after the initial proposal of Poland), all the UN countries signed what is still today the UN convention signed by several countries: of the 196 countries that are part of the UN only one has not ratified it: the United States of America! To make this agreement special, the obligation for signatories to ratify or transform it into law. In Italy it took two years to do it.


2019 is a special year for children’s rights around the world: thirty years have passed since the signing of that document (followed by three in-depth studies on specific topics). The time has come to take stock of how the rights of minors are respected.



 


One of the peculiarities of the Convention on the Rights of the Child is its simplicity: the articles (the most important are certainly the first 42) that compose it are synthetic, almost concise [today it seems that we are no longer able to write such clear laws, NDR ]. But their meaning is very clear.


For example, the Art. 4 states that “States Parties undertake to adopt all legislative, administrative and other provisions necessary to implement the rights recognized by this Convention. Since they are economic, social and cultural rights, they adopt these measures within the limits of the resources they have, and, where appropriate, in the context of international cooperation “. In other words ALL the countries of the world MUST think first of all about the rights of children (the norms on the environment or the wars in progress and the walls on the border come back to mind, more and more numerous and then the billions of dollars spent every year for weapons and armaments to be used in “peace missions”.


“Art. 7 The child is registered immediately at the time of his birth and since then he has the right to a name, to acquire a citizenship and, as far as possible, to know his parents and to be raised by them. States Parties shall ensure that these rights are implemented in accordance with their national legislation and with the obligations imposed on them by the international instruments applicable in the matter, in particular in cases where this is not done, the child would find himself stateless ” .


To see what happens in the world it would seem that all this, for migrant children, should not apply. All over the world, migrant children are forced to live in inhuman conditions. Not only in third world countries but also in many “developed” and “civil” countries.


Only a few days ago, in a hearing at the EU Parliament, the Greek Minister for migration Mikalis Chrisochoidis launched a heartfelt appeal asking EU partner countries to help Greece take care of 4,000 children living in inhuman conditions in the reception centers on the islands of Lesvos, Samos, Kos and other islands of the northern Aegean. Mind you its was not an appeal addressed to the redistribution of migrants (subject to disputes and never-ending disputes). His was a cry for help ONLY for migrant children.


But his request for help remained unheard (only one country responded to his appeal). so much so that even the media have preferred not to talk about it.


In 2019, throughout the planet, children’s rights continue to be violated! And the first right not to be respected is perhaps the most important one is perhaps freedom. This is what emerges from the report that bears the signature of Professor Manfred Nowak, an independent expert to whom the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) with Resolution 72/245, commissioned a global study to analyze the situation of private children Of freedom. Four are the essential themes of his work: evaluating the extent of the phenomenon of children deprived of their liberty, including the number of children deprived of their liberty (disaggregated by age, gender and nationality), as well as the reasons invoked, the causes of root, type and duration of deprivation of liberty and places of detention; document the real situation and propose good practices; promote a change in stigmatizing attitudes and behavior towards children at risk of being or being deprived of liberty; and provide recommendations for the law, policy and practices to safeguard children’s rights.


The results of the painstaking and extremely difficult work (as he himself stated, it was often difficult even to obtain the data from the authorities they had been asked for) carried out by Nowak have recently been published and the numbers are shocking. Hundreds of thousands of children are detained, forced to live in inhumane conditions in adult facilities (in obvious violation of their human rights), are “at high risk of violence, rape and sexual violence, including acts of torture and cruel treatment or punishment , inhuman or degrading “. And a huge number of children are “held ever younger and held for longer periods of time” with frightening consequences both on “their physical and mental development and on their ability to lead a healthy and constructive life in society”. Their fault: very often only that of being migrants.


Hundreds of thousands of migrant children would have been locked up or deprived of liberty.


What happened to human rights champions? And what happened to the Convention on the Rights of the Child? And yet in Art. 22 of the Convention states: “States Parties shall take appropriate measures so that a child who seeks to obtain refugee status, or is considered a refugee under the rules and procedures of applicable international or national law, alone or accompanied by his father or from the mother or any other person, may benefit from the protection and humanitarian assistance necessary to enable him to enjoy the rights granted to him by this Convention and by the other international instruments relating to human rights or humanitarian in those States they are parts. To this end, the States Parties collaborate, in the ways deemed necessary, to all the efforts made by the United Nations Organization and other competent intergovernmental or non-governmental organizations that collaborate with the United Nations Organization, to protect and help children who find themselves in such a situation and to seek out the parents or other family members of each refugee child in order to obtain the information necessary to rejoin him with his family. If the father, mother or any other family member cannot be found, the child will be granted, according to the principles set forth in this Convention, the same protection as that of any other child permanently or temporarily deprived of his family environment for any reason “.


Art. 37, then, goes further: “States parties ensure that: a) no child is subjected to torture or cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment. Neither capital punishment nor life imprisonment without the possibility of release must be decreed for crimes committed by persons under the age of eighteen; b) no child is deprived of liberty illegally or arbitrarily. The arrest, detention or imprisonment of a child must be carried out in accordance with the law, constitute a provision of last resort and have the shortest duration possible … “.


In presenting the results of the study, a few hours ago, Nowak could not help admitting that there are hundreds of thousands of children in prison only because they are migrants. And many of them even in countries where one would not expect to find them: in the US alone there would be over 100 thousand children whose freedom was violated for the sole reason that they had sought a better country to live in. But the US is the only country in the world that has never turned the Convention on the Rights of the Child into law. And the others? There are few countries where governments have adopted ad hoc laws (in Italy, from 2017, law 47 is in force, which concerns precisely the Unaccompanied Foreign Minors).


The Greek minister’s appeals come to mind as he asks his colleagues for help for thousands of children currently crammed into overcrowded and uninhabitable reception centers. And the indifference of the audience in front of his prayers.


We need to be sure: tomorrow, November 20, all the central governments of these countries, the local administrations and hundreds and hundreds of associations will compete to celebrate the World Day of Rights (denied) of the Child …


C.Alessandro Mauceri


Chairman Minori Stranieri Non Accompagnati


Kiwanis Int. Distr. Italia S.Marino


Aneddotica Magazine - Collaborative Blog since 2012 https://www.aneddoticamagazine.com/world-day-of-the-rights-of-the-child/
          

Witnessing The Vaccine Injury Epidemic: We will NOT be Silent! We will NOT Give Up!

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For many children, the natural order of life will never be completed. Some have already died. Some will one day join the ranks of the working disabled. And others will grow old and die in state homes with the bodies of adults and the brains of babies. For these children, the natural order of life has been forever changed by man-made viral and bacterial vaccines they were required by law to use. We are here today to witness the suffering of children, who have no voice and have no choice except the voice and choice that we, their mothers and fathers, give to them. Science is not perfect, doctors are not infallible, and vaccines carry unpredictable risks that are greater for some people. If we do not get up off our knees and stop worshiping scientists and doctors who have too little knowledge and have been given too much power, tomorrow we will not be able to get on a bus, train or plane; enter a store or sports arena; obtain a driver’s license or passport, file our taxes or function in society without getting every vaccine that industry creates and the government orders us to get. It is time to reject the cruel pseudo-ethic of utilitarianism propping up mandatory vaccination laws that justify child sacrifice by reducing what is moral to a mathematical equation. When the State considers one of us to be expendable, then we are all considered expendable. And if the State can tag, track down and force individuals to be injected with biologicals of known and unknown toxicity today, then there will be no limit on which individual freedoms the state can take away in the name of the greater good tomorrow. There is no greater calling for Americans in the 21st century than to defend those civil and human rights that protect against tyranny. We will not be silent. We will not go away. We will never give up. We are the daughters and sons of liberty, and our mission continues: No forced vaccination. Not in America.

          

LHMP #274c Dinshaw 1999 Getting Medieval: Sexualities and Communities, Pre- and Post-Modern - Chapter 2

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The chapter begins with a summary of the legal records concerning John/Eleanor Rykener who was arrested for prostitution and who confessed to having sex with men as a woman, and with women as a man. [Note: The primary publication concerning this historic record is Karras & Boyd 1996] Of particular relevance to Dinshaw’s theme, Rykener specified having sex with both clerics and nuns. (There is no explicit mention of being paid to have sex with women, as there is when having sex with men.) The court records date to two months prior to the posting of the Lollards’ “Conclusions” (their manifesto of principles) and the Rykener case reads as if designed to illustrate their claims about sexual corruption in the church.

Rykener’s story also has echoes in Chaucer’s “Cook’s Tale,” involving themes of casual prostitution among London’s working class in the late 14th century. But Rykener holds an unusual position in the English legal record, which is generally devoid of accusations of men for prostitution. Prostitution was understood to be an inherently and essentially female crime.

Although originally arrested for suspicion of prostitution (due to female dress and appearance), the investigation shifted to being for sodomy. And yet Rykerer’s entry into the trade involves feminization not only with regard to sexual activity but in occupation (embroiderer).

Using this jumping off point, Dinshaw uses this chapter to explore the questions Rykener’s interrogation raises, comparing this with Chaucer’s queer character of the Pardoner, and with Foucault’s essay on “the life of infamous men.”

Rykener’s crime is described in the text as “vitium...nephandum” (unmentionable vice) which traditionally alludes to sodomy. Yet there are regular references back to “the aforementioned vice”, highlighting it as unspeakable and yet referenced by previous utterance. The interrogatoin involves many layers of “translation”: an English proceeding recorded in Latin, possibly rendered into the formulaic language of confessional manuals. Our ability to retrieve Rykener's own voice is questionable. [Note: I have been shifting to a practice of using they/them pronouns when discussing individuals whose lives crossed gender lines. However this approach has it's own hazards, especially in flattening the data about how their gender was performed and perceived. The transcript of the trial evidence shifts between male and female pronouns for Rykener in ways that reflect both the speaker's attitude and the interpretive layer of the clerk.]

The emphasis on clerical offenses might come from the concerns of the questioners, or from Rykener’s focus in answering, or from the clerk’s own focus in recording the procedings. Rykener appears to cooperate eagerly, but may have shaped their testimony out of fear of the legal penalty for sodomy. (Technically, the death penalty was called for, but very rarely implemented.)

Rykener presents a category crisis. Despite the initial emphasis on male/male sodomy, the emerging details blur categories of gender and sex acts. Rykener’s description of their own actions strictly follows a heterosexual framing: female with men and male with women, dodging the strict definition of sodomy entirely.

Sodomy isn’t the only queer element present. Why would Rykener choose prostitution as a woman (or even embroidery as a woman) over the more profitable options available to even the poorest of men? Practicality and logic suggest this was not simply an economic strategy. Did Rykener’s male clients all believe themselves to be having sex with a woman? Or did they desire sex with someone falling between categories? Women taught Rykener how to be read as a woman and how to play on gender expectations. To what purpose?

Laws that expected a clear gender binary had no way to address the situation. Despite the detailed interrogation, no formal charges were recorded against Rykener--which doesn’t preclude more informal hazards now that their story was out.

Dinshaw compares Rykener’s categorical indeterminacy with the way Chaucer’s Pardoner is presented (and mocked, in-text) as anomalously masculine (with hints that he might be a eunuch). [There follows a great deal of analysis of Chaucer’s use of language and imagery in general.]

The chapter ends with Foucault’s essay “The Life of Infamous Men” on the context and problems of doing history on persons whose lives emerge only from (often antagonistic) texts. [Note: Foucault seems to be playing on both the derogatory sense of “infamous” and a literal sense of “not famous,” that is, men for whom we don’t have multiple textual sources due to the obscurity of their lives.]

Foucault was struck by the power that such ordinary “real existences” have in contrast to the more mythologized lives of the famous. Although his essay is not specifically commenting on queer history, Foucault’s observation is powerful in the context of trying to document and understand queer lives. Texts such as Rykener’s can create affective relations across time that stand apart from any objective unknowable “truth” of their lives.

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Dinshaw, Carolyn. 1999. Getting Medieval: Sexualities and Communities, Pre- and Postmodern. Durham, N.C.: Duke University Press. ISBN 0-8223-2365-6

Dinshaw, Carolyn. 1999. Getting Medieval: Sexualities and Communities, Pre- and Postmodern. Durham, N.C.: Duke University Press. ISBN 0-8223-2365-6

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Chapter 2: John/Eleanor, Dame Alys, The Pardoner and Foucault

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John (Eleanor) Rykener
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The Aforementioned Unmentionable Vice

          

Google RCS Text Messaging Is Full Of Telco Security Flaws And Customers Are Suffering

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Google RCS Text Messaging Is Full Of Telco Security Flaws And Customers Are Suffering Google began rolling out its new SMS text messaging protocol earlier with month, with features powered RCS by (Rich Communication Services). This is intended to deliver a richer messaging experience. And it does, though the rollout is not going without a hitch. Unfortunately, telecoms are doing a poor job implementing the RCS standard, leaving

          

Sharing Hope and Expressing Gratitude for Our PHamily

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This post was originally published on this site As Pulmonary Hypertension Awareness Month draws to a close, the complexities of this disease have been exemplified by the sharing of personal battles. Our community has cried out in memory of those who have died to raise awareness of pulmonary hypertension (PH) as a life-threatening condition. We […]

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G League Update: Tacko Fall

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The Boston Celtics landed themselves an instant fan favorite when they inked Tacko Fall to an exhibit 10 contract this offseason. When they doubled-down on the 7’6″ project by converting his contract to a two-way deal, they ensured that C’s fans would be particularly dialled into the Maine Red Claws in 2019-20. Through six G […]

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London Bridge attack exposes flaws in terror oversight

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‘Impossible’ black hole found in the Milky Way is so big science says it shouldn’t exist

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AN “impossible” black hole discovered in the Milky Way has stunned astronomers – as the laws of physics say it is too big to exist. The mystery giant has a mass around 68 times greater than the sun and lurks within our galaxy some 13,800 light years away in the constellation Gemini. Chinese scientists found […]
          

AWS re:Invent 2019 Live Blog: Amazon Cloud Partner News

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AWS re:Invent 2019 Live Blog: Managed IT services provider (MSP), ISV & public cloud news from Capgemini, Cohesity, Datica, ForgeRock, OneLogin & more.

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Bodies of 39 victims found near Dartford Crossing flown home to Vietnam

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The bodies of 39 people found in lorry near the Dartford Crossing have been returned to Vietnam, police have confirmed.

Essex Police confirmed today that the victims, who were discovered in the refrigerated trailer in Grays, Essex, in October, had been repatriated, and offered condolences to their families.

39 people were found dead in a lorry container in Essex (22973973)
39 people were found dead in a lorry container in Essex (22973973)

The bodies were discovered on October 23, and investigations are ongoing in the UK and Vietnam.

Lorry driver Maurice Robinson was subsequently charged with 39 counts of manslaughter, and has admitted conspiring with others to assist illegal immigration.

Assistant Chief Constable Tim Smith, who is leading the investigation, said today: “On behalf of everyone at Essex Police I would like to extend our sincerest condolences to the families of the victims as they are reunited with their loved ones following their tragic deaths in October. Our thoughts are with them.

“While the process to repatriate the victims back to Vietnam from the UK has concluded, I continue to have detectives and police staff working tirelessly on what is a large and complex investigation

“On 23 October, 39 men, women and children died needlessly as a result of this fateful journey and we remain committed to ensuring that we do all we can to bring those involved to justice.”

HM Senior Coroner for Essex, Mrs Caroline Beasley-Murray, said: “I am grateful to Essex Police, the forensic pathologists, Broomfield mortuary staff along with all the others who ensured a speedy conclusion to the identification of the victims.

"I am glad that all the victims of this appalling tragedy have now been repatriated and our thoughts remain with the bereaved families at this dreadful time for them.

"It is important that not just the living but also the dead are treated with respect. As William Gladstone once said: 'Show me the manner in which a nation cares for its dead and I will measure with mathematical exactness the tender mercies of its people, their respect for the laws of the land, their loyalty to high ideals.'

The first bodies were flown to Hanoi's Noi Bai Airport on November 27, and ambulances took them to their family villages.

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25th Annual Turkey Trot 5K Run/Walk draws 7,465

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Exercise With a Cigar

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Because of my crippling sciatic nerve I have returned to PT. I have had only one session so far. 

She demonstrated how to do certain exercises; had me to them; then she gave me a printout of the exercises for me to do at home. I suspect that will be routine. 

Anyway, one of the exercises is interesting: I lay on the table, or floor, and flex my buttocks to clamp them together, sort of. I discovered you cannot clamp your buttocks together without slamming your rectum shut too. 

It reminded me of a strip show at a carnival on the 4-Lane, across the road from Pine Forest Apartments and what would be SAM'S, a bunch of us went to back in the late 1950s or early 1960s.. There were about three girls that came out on stage and danced to music as they stripped. The last was was absolutely the STAR. Not only did she stripped nude with music like the rest but she also lit a cigar, took a few draws and blew out the smoke in the forms puffs of smoke. Then, nude, she threw down the cigar and danced around it. The she squatted down on top it. Then she raised herself up with the cigar firmly standing up erected. Then she took the cigar out and put it back into her mouth and puffed some more smoke. The crowd, mostly us teenage boys, went wild whistling, jeering, and clapping. 

I hope that is not the next exercise the PT will introduce me too.


          

Re: Trump Commands, They Follow...

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Lulz. The left are never authoritarian, unthinking or irrational. All that violent opposition to free speech? Nothing authoritarian about it! Insisting that gays are born gay but women aren't born women? Perfectly rational!

The iron clad rule: The sin that a leftist accuses you of is the sin that they're guilty of. They are that clueless about projecting their own flaws onto others, while also insisting that they're VASTLY more enlightened than the rest of us evil dumb 'mericans.

Also imminent domain is a tool that is LITERALLY designed for when the government wants to build a road or... say, a wall.


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Trend Micro debuts world’s broadest security services platform

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Trend Micro Incorporated (TYO: 4704;TSE: 4704), the global leader in cloud security, announced during the World AI Show, the launch of Trend Micro Cloud One™, a security services platform for organizations building applications in the cloud. Cloud One allows developers to rapidly build applications using the cloud services they want, while managing their organization’s risk.

Cloud One delivers the industry’s broadest range of security capabilities in a single platform. Designed to help organizations meet their most strategic cloud priorities, it allows customers to migrate existing applications to the cloud, deliver new cloud-native applications and achieve cloud operational excellence. The first-of-its-kind platform has the flexibility to solve immediate customer challenges and the innovation to rapidly evolve with cloud services.

At its heart, Cloud One includes the world’s leading workload security service that is already in use by thousands of organizations. It is complemented by enhanced container security and brand-new offerings for application security, network security, file storage security and cloud security posture management to ensure cloud infrastructure is optimally configured. Many cloud security solutions are often hard to manage and deploy, inflexible and fail to provide the level of visibility IT teams need to manage fast-emerging risks.

Trend Micro’s all-in-one platform approach is designed to deliver simplified, automated and flexible protection, regardless of where an organization is on the journey to the cloud. Customers using the platform will benefit from a single-sign-on to all services, common user and cloud-service enrolment, visibility from a single console and a common pricing and billing model. “We have been helping our Qatar customers with secure cloud transformation since the birth of the cloud, over a decade ago,” said Assad Arabi, Country Manager – Qatar, Trend Micro. “Qatar customers have a mix of legacy servers, virtualized data centers and newer services such as containers and serverless applications, and all of which can be protected using Cloud One.”

Trend Micro’s new cloud security platform supports the leading cloud providers, including Amazon Web Services (AWS), Microsoft Azure and Google Cloud.

“As more companies move their infrastructure and applications to the cloud, and adopt a shared responsibility model, we want our customers to have the option of the broadest choice from the best products in the market,” said Dave McCann, Vice President, AWS Migration, Marketplace and Control Services at Amazon Web Services, Inc. “Trend Micro’s new cloud security platform represents another example of new innovation, that is available via AWS Marketplace. By leveraging AWS Marketplace features like SaaS Contract API, Private Offers, and Consulting Partner Private Offers, customers can contract directly from Trend Micro, or their consulting partners around the world. We are committed to empowering our shared customers with easy and fast procurement and provisioning.”

Organizations like Armor in Dallas, Texas, are relying on Trend Micro for strategic cloud security. 

“As a security-as-a-service provider, we need to deliver on the security and compliance outcomes our customers demand of Armor. We need powerful, scalable security tools which easily integrate into Armor’s cloud security product, Armor Anywhere, to protect our customers’ constantly evolving multi-cloud and virtual environments,” said Josh Bosquez, CTO for Armor. “Our company’s primary goal is to provide security in a dynamic multi-cloud world. We leverage Trend Micro to help us deliver that vision and promise to our customers.”

By considering cloud projects and objectives holistically, Trend Micro Cloud One is able to provide enterprise grade security, while leveraging the benefits and efficiencies of the cloud. The Cloud One platform will be available in Q1 2020 with three services fully integrated: workload security, network security and application security. The other components will be available as stand-alone solutions in Q1 2020 and integrated into Cloud One by the end of 2020.

  • Trend Micro Cloud One – Workload Security
  • Trend Micro Cloud One – Container Image Security
  • Trend Micro Cloud One – File Storage Security
  • Trend Micro Cloud One – Network Security
  • Trend Micro Cloud One – Cloud Posture Management
  • Trend Micro Cloud One – Application Security

To find out more about Cloud One, please visit https://www.trendmicro.com/cloudone.

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Join the last day of Ajyal Film Festival celebrations this Saturday

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Experience magical performances and compelling feature films on the last day (23 November) of Ajyal Film Festival 2019, the annual cinema event hosted by the Doha Film Institute (DFI) at Katara Cultural Village.

As the festival curtains draws to a close, Ajyal’s Wonder & Under the Moonlight Cine-Concert will offer a unique musical show, presented by the Forum des Images, to delight young and old. A feast for all the senses, a thrilling selection of shorts about tales of the stars, sun and moon will be held at 11.30 AM at Katara Building 16 and is free to the public. Live musicians will accompany: Get the Moon by Jutta Schünemann, Sooner or Later by Jadwiga Kowalska, Lunette by Phoebe Warries, A Little Star by Svetlana Andrianova, and Little Wolf by An Vrombaut.

Ajyal Tunes got off to a rocking start yesterday with electrifying performances from Doha’s underground music scene, featuring talented youth artists Sana Zharandi, Amjad Essam, Savanna Rose, Varun, Omar Abdulaziz, Ayman Shukur, Jerin Jose, Jueun, Mothanna, and Omar Alyafai among others, curated by Qatari artist Dana Almeer. Qatar-based singer/songwriter and rapper Mvrs rounded off the show with a stirring rap performance. An exciting celebration of musical talents from every discipline, Ajyal Tunes is part of the festival’s growing artistic scope – showcasing and celebrating arts and culture from every discipline.

Don’t miss out on the last day of the Ajyal Creativity Hub and its bustling activities at Geekdom, Qatar’s largest pop-culture event presented in partnership with Qatar National Tourism Council, and ARC, Ajyal’s interactive multimedia exhibition featuring artworks by 19 of Qatar’s most promising artists and creative talents. Located in Katara Buildings 18 and 19, all performances and exhibits will remain open to the public until 10 PM.

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The Feel short film programme will explore the power of intuition in shaping our sense of the world with a curated selection of ten short films screening at VOX Cinemas, Doha Festival City, at 12.30 PM, including Belles étoiles (France/2017) by Naïma Di Piero and Elhadj Sidib; Like an Elephant in a China Shop (France/2017) by Louise Chevrier, Luka Fischer, Rodolphe Groshens, Marie Guillon, Estelle Martinez, Benoit Paillard, Lisa Rasasombat; Hedgehog (France/2018) by Vaibhav Keswani, Jeanne Laureau, Colombine Majou, Morgane Mattard, Kaisa Pirttinen, and Jong-ha Yoon; Maha’mel (Ships) (Qatar/2018) by Dhabya AlMuhannadi; The Stained Club (France/2018) by Mélanie Lopez, Simon Boucly, Marie Ciesielski, Alice Jaunet, Chan Stéphie Peang, Béatrice Viguier; Beit Byoot (Jordan, Qatar/2019) by Mayar Hamdan; The Unlucky Hamster (Qatar, Indonesia/2019) by Abdulaziz Mohammed Khashabi; Child of the Earth (Switzerland, USA/2018) by Claudio Fäh; The Kite (Czech Republic, Slovakia, Poland/2019) by Martin Smatana; and Nada Bedair’s Paper Kite (Qatar/2019).

The Overcome short film selection, screening at 3 PM at VOX Cinemas, Doha Festival City, is a testament to the ability of people to overcome obstacles in pursuit of their dreams. The programme includes: Layla (UK/2019) by Celine Cotran; Jolanta Bańkowska’s Story (Poland/2019); Youth (Egypt, USA/2019) by Farida Zahran; Thermostat 6 (France/2018) by Maya Av-ron, Mylène Cominotti, Marion Coudert,  Sixtine Dano; Maradona’s Legs (Germany, Palestine/2019) by Firas Khoury; Esperança (France/2019) by Cécile Rousset, Jeanne Paturle, Benjamin Serero; Fault Line (Iran/2018) by Soheil Amirsharifi; Baptiste Drapeau’s Half and Half (France/2018); The Helmet (Yemen/2019) by Osama Khaled; Memo (France/2017) by Julien Becquer, Éléna Dupressoir, Jules Durand, Viviane Guimarães, Ines Scheiber; Refuge (Qatar/2019) by Maha Essid; and Fragile (Qatar/2019) by Kholood Al-Ali.

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Today is your last opportunity to watch an exciting selection of feature films:

  • For Sama (Syria, UK/2019) by Waad al-Kateab, Edward Watts screening at VOX Cinemas, Doha Festival City at 5.30 PM. Please note that the screening is rated PG-18.
  • Ailo’s Journey (France, Finland/2018) by Guillaume Maidatchevsky will screen at Novo Cinemas, the Pearl, at 5.30 PM.
  • DFI-supported feature Bombay Rose (India, France, UK, Qatar/2019) by Gitanjali Rao screeening at 8.30 PM at Novo Cinemas, the Pearl. Please note that the screening is rated PG-18.
  • DFI-supported film You Will Die at Twenty (Sudan, France, Egypt, Germany, Norway, Qatar/2019) by Amjad Abu Alala will screen at VOX Cinemas, Doha Festival City at 8.30 PM and is rated PG-15.
  • Honeyland (North Macedonia/2019) by Ljubomir Stefanov and Tamara Kotevska will screen at 6 PM at VOX Cinemas, Doha Festival City.

Tickets for the 7th Ajyal Film Festival are available for purchase at the Ajyal Main Box Office located in Katara Building 10; at the Ajyal Box Office at VOX Cinemas Doha Festival City for screenings taking place at VOX Cinemas; and from the Novo Cinemas Box Office for screenings at Novo Cinemas, the Pearl. For ticket purchase and up-to-date information on the Ajyal Film Festival, please visit: https://www.dohafilminstitute.com/filmfestival/ticketinformation https://www.dohafilminstitute.com/filmfestival/films

2019 Ajyal Film Festival’s Official Partners include: Katara Cultural Village – Cultural Partner; Qatar National Tourism Council – Principal Partner; Novo Cinemas, Ooredoo – Strategic Partner, St. Regis Doha - Signature Partner.

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The answer to the climate crisis is obvious: ban climate protests

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November 29, 2019

As Australia burns amid record-breaking temperatures and ongoing drought, and report after report confirms the dire consequences of global warming, it is obvious what we must urgently do: ban climate protests.

It is what the Quiet Australians in parliament and Sky News studios are clamouring for. And fair enough, as Quiet Australian-In-Chief Scott Morrison has pointed out, it’s not like Australia can do anything about climate change anyway, seeing as we only export about a third of the world’s coal.

That’s why, when my boss yelled at me for sleeping at my desk today, I calmly pointed out that I’m just a minority of the workforce so it makes no difference. Yet the bastard still had the hide to sack me!

Worse, it turns out he was actually yelling at me because the cigar I was smoking when I fell asleep started the fire that burned the building down. That and the fact that they couldn’t put it out as I’d flogged the fire extinguishers for cash and diverted the office water supply to my mate’s swimming pool.

I did point out to him that Jenny in finance had died in the blaze and this was no time to politicise a tragedy and start playing the blame game.

Anyway, it was the Greens’ fault. I’m not sure how, but I’ll think of something before my manslaughter trial. After all, we all know the unprecedented bushfires devastating huge swaths of the continent are the fault of the Greens for stopping backburning, even if that’s not actual Greens policy and they don’t control a single parliament in the country.

It is the same logic by which I blame Joey Connors, a six-year-old from Minnesota, for the Western Sydney Wanderers tragic 2-3 loss to Melbourne City in the A-League the other day. I mean, come on Joey, how the fuck was that a penalty?

Luckily for those of us depressed by the government’s pro-fossil fuel policies, we have a clear-cut alternative in the Labor Party. This can be seen in Queensland, where the state Labor government is merely cracking down on climate protests. Or Victoria, where the state Labor government merely cheers on cops as they bash climate protesters.

No doubt some consider it flippant to imply the two major parties are essentially the same on this issue. Labor, after all, says it accepts climate science while the Coalition treats “science” like it’s a Communist plot to destroy Christian family values.

Fair enough. At least Labor can declare with pride that it is the only major party willing to propose minor measures that fall far short of what the science demands and that it will jettison after the first hostile Murdoch op-ed. This is the sort of backbone this nation needs, because when agriculture becomes unsustainable in the near future, jelly could become a valuable food source.

The real issue here, though, is not a lack of understanding of the science or a lack of political courage. It is that both parties are directly tied to — and unwilling to challenge — corporate power. This is the same reality that allows Westpac to repeatedly breach anti-money laundering laws with impunity.

Well, OK, I say “repeatedly”, it was actually only 23 million times. We all make mistakes and, as they say, those in glasshouses shouldn’t throw 23 million stones. Personally, I just fantasise about being rich enough to make 23 million financial transactions in my lifetime, legal or not.

And it’s not like it was without any consequences. Westpac CEO Brian Hartzer has resigned with a $2.7 million payout. Some critics say this is flogging him with wet lettuce, but that’s not really true. It is more like flogging him with cold hard cash as he leaps out of a plummeting plane with his golden parachute.

And it’s not just the same logic enabling corporate crimes in the financial world and the fossil fuel industry. It’s actually the exact same interests, with a recent report showing Westpac, along with the other Big Four banks, raised its level of funding of fossil fuel projects last year.

So we face a choice. We can continue to let the Hartzer’s of the world pour petrol on the fires of Hell that are devouring our future (and you only have to look out your window to see that point is actually pretty literal), or we can seek to destroy their power and that of their political agents.

I’ll admit, I don’t have the exact answers on how to break their power and build an alternative. I mean if I did, I’d flog it to you at an extortionate price because that’s how capitalism works.

After all, we all know the unprecedented bushfires devastating huge swaths of the continent are the fault of the Greens for stopping backburning, even if that’s not actual Greens policy and they don’t control a single parliament in the country.

          

Westpac scandal underlines Coalition’s hypocrisy on banks, unions

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Westpac CEO Brian Hartzer
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Financial intelligence agency AUSTRAC is pursuing Westpac over 23 million alleged breaches of money laundering laws in the biggest such case in Australian history. According to AUSTRAC, Westpac allowed transfers of about $11 billion without proper scrutiny, including funds destined for child exploitation rings in the Philippines.

Some believe that is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to Westpac’s crimes. Thomson Reuters Asia-Pacific Bureau chief in Financial Crime & Risk Nathan Lynch alleges the system was primarily used to implement corporate tax evasion. "That's what this case is all about,” he said.

“It's the facilitation of massive high-level, cross-border tax evasion." He added the AUSTRAC prosecution will "send shockwaves around the globe."

Caving to public pressure, Westpac CEO Brian Hartzer resigned as head of Australia's second-biggest bank on November 26. Westpac announced that Hartzer had been given 12 months' notice and would pocket a tidy $2.7 million salary during that period.

Responding to the news, Finance Sector Union (FSU) national secretary Julia Angrisano said on November 20: "Today we have an appalling case of Westpac being accused of breaking money laundering laws on 23 million occasions, illegally moving $11 billion dollars. The allegations include claims of potential child exploitation."

Angrisano noted that Westpac is not the only bank in the firing line: "Yesterday [November 19], the Commonwealth Bank pleaded guilty to illegally selling life insurance to consumers through unsolicited phone calls, after being criminally charged by [the Australian Securities and Investments Commission].

"And earlier this month, the National Australia Bank admitted to 255 breaches of credit laws and faces financial penalties as a result of the 'Introducer' loans scandal.”

But while the government goes after the banks with a feather, it is dramatically stepping up its attacks on trade unions.

Angrisano said: "Even though they are finally being targeted by the federal government, the banks can negotiate penalties for ripping off customers that barely dent their bottom line. And there is no impact on their ability to continue in business.

"[Treasurer] Josh Frydenberg thinks the current penalties for banks are OK, but at the same time he is supporting industrial relations minister Christian Porter in an attack on workers and their unions that could see a union shut down for failing to complete paperwork on time.

"There is no suggestion from the [Scott] Morrison [Coalition] government that banks should be closed down for ripping off the public and breaking money laundering laws.

“But if this anti-union [Ensuring Integrity Bill] law passes, it will mean the government can take a big stick to unions and give the banks a slap on the wrist."

Responding to the latest amended version of the Ensuring Integrity Bill, Australian Council of Trade Unions president Michele O'Neil said on November 22: "Effectively, the Morrison government is asking the Senate to support laws that would never apply to banks or business and which they would never apply to themselves or their political parties.

"For example, banks have been accused of money laundering, supporting terrorist organisations, charging fees to dead people and supporting child exploitation.

“Despite all this, there are no proposals to ban bank board members, appoint administrators or shut the doors."

"The government is hell bent on trying to shut us down … This is extreme. It's dangerous. There's no equivalent in the Western world, and there's no justification for it."

In the aftermath of the banking royal commission, which issued its final report earlier this year, calls have been made for the Big Four banks to be more tightly regulated and held to public account. Sackings of bank executives and prosecutions for financial crimes and fraud are an essential follow-up to the startling revelations from the commission.

However, this latest scandal involving Westpac underlines the fact that these banking giants are a law unto themselves, despite the limited role of various regulatory agencies.

There can be no solution to the banking crisis until major banking institutions are taken out the hands of private profiteers and placed under public ownership — just as the Commonwealth Bank was until the mid-1990s.

Considering the widespread public outrage over the scandals revealed by the banking royal commission, now intensified by the Westpac disaster, it is time to mount a major community-based campaign to nationalise the Big Four banks under workers' and community control.

We need to demand that the banks' huge assets be placed under public ownership and used for the good of the community and the environment. These funds could be used to build public works and fund much-needed public health, housing, education and renewable energy projects that are essential if we are to effectively tackle the climate crisis.

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The Ensuring Integrity Bill is not just an attack on unions. It's an attack on our prospects for a better future

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A Change the Rules rally in Sydney on October 23, 2018.
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The federal Coalition government's latest union-busting bill is not only an attack on the rights of workers to organise for better wages and conditions — it is an attack on democracy and prospects for a better future.

The Fair Work (Registered Organisations) Amendment (Ensuring Integrity) Bill 2019 was first introduced in parliament in 2017 but failed to get majority support in the Senate. This time there is a real risk that right-wing minor party and independent senators will pass the bill. 

The bill will give governments and the courts greater powers to interfere in and deregister trade unions.

Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation senior federal industrial officer Kristen Wischer writes that the new law would mean:

“The Federal Court must make orders on application to disqualify a union official convicted of an offence that is punishable by imprisonment for five years or more.

“The Federal Court can disqualify a person from holding office on a wide range of grounds, including the person is not a ‘fit and proper’ person or has breached certain industrial laws.

“Allows the Registered Organisation Commission (ROC), the minister or a ‘person with sufficient interest’ to apply for orders deregistering unions, altering union rules or controlling the use of union funds and property, including appointing an administrator.

“Allows third parties to intervene in the process of unions applying to amalgamate and imposes significant hurdles for amalgamation, even where members are in favour of the amalgamation."

It is not hard to see how governments that are already doing their best to further weaken the power of workers and boost the bloated profits of the corporate rich would have a field day with such powers.

The bill pretends to be about "ensuring integrity" in unions, but the best way to do that is by ensuring unions are strong, militant and democratically accountable to their members.

Instead, this legislation seeks to smash strong and militant unions. If successful, workers' rights and conditions are not the only things that will suffer.

Without strong unions we would not have many of the social gains and democratic rights that unions fought for and which governments today are attempting to wind back.

Unions also have a major role to play in helping society rise to the challenge of the global climate crisis. While there is a way to go in enlisting the full support of unions, important initial steps have been made through union involvement in School Strike 4 Climate mobilisations. 

The government's hypocrisy on "integrity" is exposed by its refusal to act firmly against banks that have cheated and bullied customers and laundered money. It has also refused to bring to account politicians who have rorted the system, continues to ignore its human rights obligations to asylum seekers and First Nations people, and has made Australia a climate rogue state.

This tsunami of bad behaviour — none of which is tackled by the bill — can be traced back to its shameless stance in support of a tax-dodging and socially and ecologically destructive corporate super rich getting even richer.

This bill is about giving even more power to a billionaire class that has shown itself to have absolutely no integrity.

[Tim Gooden is a Construction, Forestry, Maritime, Mining and Energy Union delegate, a Geelong Trades Hall Council executive member and a Socialist Alliance activist.]

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Inconvenient truths about the Greens

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While there are serious flaws in Inside the Greens, author Paddy Manning is too good a journalist to suppress vital information. Some of it is explosive.

For instance, during the recent conflicts in the Australian Greens between The Greens NSW and Bob Brown devotees, some in the later camp pushed for the wholesale expulsion of the former.

That was not the only example of such blow-up-the-ship thinking.

According to Manning’s sources, in the wake of David Shoebridge’s victory in the member’s ballot for top position on the 2018 NSW ticket, Brown met with the Greens NSW MPs from the right of the party and pledged support if they split The Greens NSW. This pact was sealed with a weird handclasp, captured in a photo that Manning has seen.

So rabid were these forces that, on top of the chaos in Victoria over the sabotage of Alex Bhathal, they drove an exasperated Richard Di Natale, the Australian Greens parliamentary leader, to the brink of resignation, Manning says.

These events form the climax of the historical narrative which constitutes the major part of Inside the Greens. If Manning indicates no sympathy for these manoeuvres, he certainly is not expressly critical of them.

With three of the four plotting NSW MPs either defeated at the polls or resigning from the Greens, a surface calm now reigns.

The danger is obvious.

The Australian Greens has always been a collaboration of diverse forces, all of whom realise the central issue is the protection of our endangered living environment. Internal intolerance will not bode well for the even wider collaboration that is required to resolve the ecological crisis.

The Greens NSW has brought real benefits to this collaboration: an insistence on grassroots democracy; a critical attitude towards capitalism; and a more relevant left-wing politics.

The fact that then NSW Greens Senator Lee Rhiannon, backed by The Greens NSW, prevented her colleagues from doing a deal over Gonski 2.0 (which privileges federal aid to private and religious schools) demonstrates this.

In the wake of this crisis, the right-wing took aim at the left-wing briefly expelling Rhiannon from the party room and demanding that NSW abandon its requirement that MPs follow policy determined by members.

These conflicts reflect the different origins of the Greens. An early chapter of Inside the Greens quotes the Sydney Greens in 1984 describing themselves thus:

“The Greens in Sydney come from many backgrounds. Environmental and resident activists. Nuclear disarmers. Dissidents from the Labor party who have witnessed betrayals by both wings of that party. Feminists. Anarchists. Those inspired by the German Greens. Socialists of various kinds.”

Manning then comments: “It was as good a summary of the origins of the party as has ever been written.”

Inside the Greens certainly fleshes this description out, and significantly modifies it.

Manning argues strongly that the major roots of the Australian Greens lie in the earlier iterations of a “third party” in Australian politics, namely the Australia Party (1966–75), the United Tasmanian Group (1972–1990) and the Australian Democrats (1977–?).

The argument that they are the main progenitors of the Australian Greens gets strong support from the fact that Brown and the other Tasmanians emerged from this milieu. Brown’s preference in 1990–91 was for a merger of his Tasmanian independents with the Australian Democrats to form the Green Democrats. A coup inside the Democrats scuppered this and Brown returned to collaborating to form the Australian Greens.

This connection to earlier “third party” efforts helps explain the preference pussyfooting with the Liberals and other conservatives that Greens in eastern states — other than NSW — have indulged in, notoriously the deal with Clive Palmer in 2013 and talks with the Liberals in Victoria in 2016. 

These earlier “third” parties were also parliamentarist outfits that eschewed civil disobedience and direct action.

This was not true of the left Greens, who were proud of their connection to the Builders Labourers Federation-led Green Bans movement, the original forest blockade at Terania Creek in NSW in 1979, the women’s anti-nuclear pickets at Pine Gap in 1983 and the Franklin campaign in the early 1980s.

When Inside the Greens gets down to the history of the Australian Greens, it is very much the Bob Brown-Christine Milne version. The bias starts with its account of its formation. On one side are the reasonable initiators and, on the other, the obstructionists — the Tasmanian Greens and Greens NSW respectively.

Except it wasn’t quite like this.

The fact that the talks, the formation and the launch for the Australian Greens took place in Sydney should have alerted Manning to the fact that NSW was playing a central role.

The Greens in NSW held the all-important electoral registration of the party’s name, which it shared widely with the idea of building-up a loosely federated party with local roots.

By 1991, the Greens in NSW had already succeeded in getting a councillor elected to both the Newcastle and Marrickville Councils. Moreover, the lower house election results for NSW Greens candidates in the 1990 federal elections were, if anything, better than the Tasmanians. The first electoral successes on the mainland were in WA and NSW.

The Greens in NSW were a key partner in the formation of the Australian Greens, not a recalcitrant foreign body, as presented. When, for instance, Brown repeats his claim that the “old guard” of the Greens NSW derailed the attempt to form a national greens party at the Getting Together conference in 1986, Manning lets it stand — despite any evidence.

It is possible to acknowledge the valuable contribution that Brown and Milne have made to the Greens without adopting a reverential attitude. It is equally possible to acknowledge the essential contributions of the Greens NSW.

While the bulk of Inside the Greens is a history, its final 90 pages are a discussion of the party’s policy dilemmas.

Manning peppers these chapters with a few radical voices: Jonathon Sri on Brisbane Council is given two pages for his libertarian socialist views and Tim Hollo’s ideas on the commons and ecological democracy gets an airing.

But, in general, Manning’s centrist politics prevail — especially when he dismisses Shoebridge’s policy ideas, which are the closest to the ecological social democracy of Bernie Sanders, Jeremy Corbyn and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez as you are likely to get in the Greens. 

None of this is meant to deter a reading of Inside the Greens.

In addition to the excellent early chapters, Manning is too conscientious a journalist not to equip observant readers with some of the facts that run against his own predilections.

[This is an edited version of one of the articles on the website Inside Inside the Greens compiled by Lee Rhiannon, Geoff Ash and Hall Greenland which is devoted to remedying errors in Inside the Greens.]

Paddy Manning's Inside the Greens looks at the history of the Greens from the viewpoint of Bob Brown and Christine Milne,

          

St. Vincent’s Adventist Church Joins Legal Fight Against Gay Sex in Country

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25 November 2019 | The Seventh-day Adventist Church in St. Vincent and the Grenadines has joined a legal effort to defend the Caribbean nation’s so-called anti-buggery laws as well as other legislation that bans same-sex sexual acts. The Jamaica Observer reported that the Adventist denomination is joining a group of 10 churches called the Christian […]
          

7/29/18 – The Most Interesting Man in the World – Resurrection Reputation

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Jesus is a fascinating individual. In the historical accounts of His life, He can be found breaking cultural norms to bring light and hope to those who were oppressed, bending the laws of nature to reach those who doubted, and extending compassion to the hurting. He not only lived a life of passionate humanity, but …
          

7/22/18 – The Most Interesting Man in the World – He Gives Life

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7/15/18 – The Most Interesting Man in the World – Wrong Way, Wrong Guy

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7/8/18 – The Most Interesting Man in the World – He Brings Peace

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7/1/18 – The Most Interesting Man in the World – He Satisfies The Soul

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6/24/18 – The Most Interesting Man in the World – He Sees the Heart

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6/17/18 – The Most Interesting Man in the World – His Powerful Words

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6/10/18 – The Most Interesting Man in the World – He Can Transform

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6/3/18 – The Most Interesting Man in the World – The Choice

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$25,000 Bonus, Flexible Schedule for Veterinarian at Paws and Claws Veterinary Hospital in Tracy, CA | Paws and Claws Veterinary Hospital

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Wilma Stop Plastic Matt Turtle for iPhone 6/6S/7/8 dark blue

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The &ldquo,Stop Ocean Plastic Pollution&rdquo, series from Wilma combines fashion with sustainability. This chic-looking smartphone case is made of 100% bioorganic materials such as wheat, straws and soybeans, and is inspired by the world&rsquo,s ocean th

          

Draws take place for Olympic basketball qualifying tourneys

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If Giannis Antetokounmpo is going to compete in the Olympics next summer, Greece will have to win a few games in Canada first. The draws to see which countries will grab the remaining basketball berths in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics — four men’s spots and 10 women’s spots in the 12-team fields — were held […]
          

Writing-Essay About The War On Terrorism

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GO ASK ALICE: Black Friday shopping? It never dawned on me

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Black Friday.There's nothing about those two words that make me the slightest bit inclined to rush out to the mall in the middle of the night or even worse, in the middle of Thanksgiving feasting to start my holiday shopping.Shocking but true, several major national retailers across the country are planning to open their doors to shoppers as early as 2 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day. Thankfully that’s not the case in Massachusetts where Blue Laws will keep department [...]
          

New Year, New Protections for Prospective Employees in New York

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As one year ends, another begins. And as New York employers turn the page on another busy year in labor and employment legislation, they should be mindful of several new laws set to become effective in 2020. The new laws will require additional compliance efforts, making the end of the year a good time for a thorough review of payroll and hiring practices.
          

Easy Tips To Make Homeschooling Work For You

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Private schooling is not an option for your child to get a good education. Homeschooling allows you to have control over your child the education they deserve. The tips in this article can help. TIP! Before finalizing your lesson plans, check into your state’s laws regarding homsechooling. Different states have different laws pertaining to homeschooling […]

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Groups rethink strategy for increasing diversity of their boards

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Board members currently are overwhelmingly white and male, but that’s changing

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Nov. 22, 2019
By Walt Williams

The Credit Union National Association usually has little trouble finding candidates for open seats on its board of directors, but only recently has it began considering the types of people who want the job.

CUNA launched a board recruitment committee in October as part of a diversity push within the association. The committee brings together representatives from the association’s credit union members to find and encourage candidates to run for the board seats held by incumbents who are not seeking re-election. The goal is to attract a wider range of candidates than in years past, although CUNA CEO Jim Nussle emphasized the group is working with a broad definition of diversity.

“It could be gender, race and culture, but it’s also age,” Nussle said. “It’s also the size of the institution that people run. It’s also background, so we not only have CEOs on our board but (credit union board) directors.”

Board diversity is a hot topic in both the nonprofit and for-profit sectors. Boards of all types tend to be largely white and male, but many organizations have only recently taken steps to rectify that imbalance. In the association world, groups are creating committees to recruit candidates, working with other organizations that speak for historically underrepresented classes of people, and reevaluating their processes for board nominations.

Some attempts at achieving board diversity outside the nonprofit sector have met with resistance: Lawsuits have been filed over a new California law requiring at least one female board member by then end of 2019 for all public companies based in the state. For the most part, associations have avoided such controversies by emphasizing the importance of having a board leadership that reflects the wide range of viewpoints within the industries they represent.

“It’s part of a business model that says we get better decisions if we include multiple voices throughout our industry,” Nussle said.

Lowering barriers

Lack of board diversity is a significant issue in the nonprofit arena, said Stephanie Tomasso, a consultant with the executive recruitment firm Russell Reynolds Associates. She pointed to recent studies finding that more than four out of five nonprofit board members are white, with a quarter of boards including no people of color.

“That leads to a lot of challenges, not only on diversity itself,” she said. “You have all the other implications, whether it is not having a broad perspective on the landscape and the various markets that an organization and industry serves, or less innovation.”

One barrier to greater diversity is many groups’ reliance on current board members to suggest or nominate candidates for open seats, with members often tapping individuals from their personal and professional networks, Tomasso said.

Bylaws are another barrier, with many associations requiring board members to hold certain positions within member organizations, such as CEO. If the pool of candidates itself isn’t diverse, “you sort of close yourself off,” she said.

Recruitment committees like that launched by CUNA are one possible solution for overcoming such barriers. It is a tool the National Association of Corporate Directors recommends its members use, and the group itself has a nominating committee to recommend candidates for board seats.

“We look for the specific skill sets that align with our strategy and then we overlay that with the geographic side of the equation and the diversity side of the equation,” NACD CEO Peter Gleason said. “We are constantly searching for the next element of diversity and talent we can bring on board.”

NACD’s efforts appear to be paying off. The association has had a significant number of women on its board over the years, including three consecutive female board chairs, and the incoming board will have a female majority, Gleason said. If anything, a bigger problem for the group has been finding people willing to take time out of their schedules to volunteer.

“That sometimes presents a challenge when they have many other commitments, so we are trying to find how to make the best use of their time,” Gleason said.

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Gleason, left, and Taylor

New priorities

Breaking the cycle of boards recruiting from a small network of interconnected individuals is an important step in achieving greater diversity, according to Jim Taylor, vice president of leadership initiatives and education at BoardSource, a group focused on nonprofit governance. He recommended turning to “non-traditional strategies” when filling open seats, such as publicly posting the search or using a recruitment firm. He also suggested seeking help from industry-related professional organizations that represent groups of people who have been traditionally overlooked for leadership positions.

“I’m thinking of groups like the National Black MBA Association or the National Hispanic Bar Association—groups that have local chapters in many cases—so that organizations have a chance to identify people of color who bring the desired skill sets they need for their boards while also bringing a diversity of race and ethnicity and perspective and life experience,” Taylor said,

Another strategy is to develop a board recruitment matrix, which is essentially a scorecard that grades current members and candidates on the skills needed for the position, their demographics and other goals the association is seeking to achieve.

“It is one way for a board to, at a glance, recognize where it is strong in its diversity and where it has opportunities to improve,” he said.

Yet another way to gauge diversity involves a thought experience: Imagine someone who didn’t know anything about the association looking in from the outside. When that person sees the make-up of your board, what are they seeing? What does that communicate about the values of your organization? When answering these questions, association executives may be well-suited to help board members identify blind spots.

“Since the CEO is closer to the day-to-today work, the CEO in some cases may be in a better position to see the impact of the lack of diversity than his board and see how that manifests itself in in the work of the organizations and its effectiveness in achieving its mission,” he said.

If Taylor has one word of caution, it is that diversity must be a goal all board members are willing to work toward. There can be a tendency at times for boards to place the responsibility for any diversity push on people of color and other representatives from minority groups who are already members, he said.

“While it’s absolutely appropriate for people of color on the board to be part of that work, we believe it’s much more effective when the entire board sees it as a priority and thinks about how each individual member can contribute to that,” he said.


          

CPA withdraws from GAA's fixtures task force

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The Club Players Association (CPA) has withdrawn from the GAA's Fixtures Calendar Review task force.
          

BTC Exchange uphold.com is breaking the data protection law from the most countries

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The joke of the century is that uphold.com is hiding their domain registration behind a privacy protection service, but they like to collect as much data as possible from their customers.

Apparently, their greed for data also hinders their thinking. A company that offers its services to customers around the world, breaking the local data privacy laws of most countries, is untrustworthy. Such companies are not suitable for an international business.

Such companies believe in their megalomania to be above the local laws. How else would it be necessary for customers to turn to the local authorities for conflict resolution?

Actually are listed 17 complaints at the Better Business Bureau against uphold.com.

Customer Complaints Summary
17 total complaints in the last 3 years
of those, 10 complaints were closed in last 12 months

The most of the available complaints are about unauthorized access to banking accounts. In my opinion are the responsible people from uphold.com a case for the prosecutor.

As the above problems are not enough is getting found an entry at the Forex Blacklist:

Feb 23, 2018: The CSSF in Luxembourg issues a public warning against Uphold - www.uphold.com - physical address not available

The Commission de Surveillance du Secteur Financier (CSSF) issues a warning to the public concerning the website www.uphold.com where an entity named Uphold pretends to act “with regulatory coverage with CSSF in Luxembourg”. The CSSF informs the public that the entity Uphold is not regulated by the CSSF and that it has not been granted any authorisation to provide financial or payment services in or from Luxembourg.

If you have read the complaints from the official authorities, then the complaints from private parties are very credible too.

Among many others you will find the following complaints against uphold.com on reddit.com:

Additional negative reviews about uphold.com can get found at:

Basically, for me, all complaints are looking like someone wants to enrich themselves at the expense of others. I can not imagine that you can trust such commercial dilettantes. Who will be so stupid and order from them a cryptocoin wallet?

Yesterday I have tried it by myself to get a wallet from uphold.com. I have stopped as soon I have seen that this data collector likes to get copies from real world documents. So more than a verified gmail address they did not get from me. Afterwards I tried to get the already entered data according the European data protection law deleted. Since already more than 14 hours I did not get any confirmation that my data got deleted. You can see that you don't have any anonymity by using cryptocurrencies! Anyway, I have used one address, which I have not used and will not use at any other place. I'll get informed as soon as this address is getting used and will make the illegal data collector in front of the law court responsible any illegal use according the European Data Protection Law. There is no difference found in this law if the data got stolen or simple misused. In both cases the company gets prosecuted.

Domain registration from uphold.com:

Domain Name: UPHOLD.COM
Registry Domain ID: 3233198_DOMAIN_COM-VRSN
Registrar WHOIS Server: whois.godaddy.com
Registrar URL: http://www.godaddy.com
Updated Date: 2018-10-23T15:50:30Z
Creation Date: 1998-02-07T05:00:00Z
Registrar Registration Expiration Date: 2023-02-06T05:00:00Z
Registrar: GoDaddy.com, LLC
Registrar IANA ID: 146
Registrar Abuse Contact Email: email@godaddy.com
Registrar Abuse Contact Phone: +1.4806242505
Domain Status: clientTransferProhibited http://www.icann.org/epp#clientTransferProhibited
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Registry Registrant ID: Not Available From Registry
Registrant Name: Registration Private
Registrant Organization: Domains By Proxy, LLC
Registrant Street: DomainsByProxy.com
Registrant Street: 14455 N. Hayden Road
Registrant City: Scottsdale
Registrant State/Province: Arizona
Registrant Postal Code: 85260
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Buyer

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KENTON COUNTY AIRPORT BOARD invites applications for the position of:    Buyer
CLOSING DATE:
    Open Until Filled
CLASS SUMMARY:
    Responsible for directing and supporting sourcing activities in the acquisition of goods and services. May review all purchase orders and coordinates the sale or other disposition of surplus assets.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES:
This class specification represents only the core areas of responsibilities; specific position assignments will vary depending on the needs of the department.
• Focusing on best value for KCAB, performs sourcing activities for areas/departments of responsibility consisting of: processing requisitions, obtaining written and verbal quotes, interviewing sales reps, analyzing market conditions, negotiating with suppliers, analyzing quotes, selecting suppliers, creating and issuing purchase orders, resolving supplier issues, and creating and maintaining appropriate records.
• For areas of responsibility, publishes, issues and evaluates Invitations to Bid, Requests for Proposal, and Requests for Quotes via the electronic bidding system. This includes: preparing and releasing the final solicitation, preparing and leading pre-solicitation meetings/site visits, facilitating questions and answers, reviewing submissions, facilitating evaluation, conducting pre-award conferences, and assisting staff to complete justification for approval.
• Facilitates the complete procurement process through award and approval for assigned solicitations and ensures compliance with federal, state and local laws and regulations.
• Drafts, reviews, interprets, and negotiates agreements, amendments, and extension in support of a variety of business transactions. Processes contract documents for routing and execution. Works with Supply Chain department to determine best suppliers, develop and maintain effective relationships with vendors, and secure pricing for areas of responsibility.
• May review purchase orders created by the Buyers and approve or forward for appropriate approval limits established by KCAB.
• Reconciles and resolves issues related to purchase orders.
• Monitors and follows-up on past due purchase orders and assists Finance with invoicing issues. Performs supplier liaison work, reviews order status, communicates with suppliers, reconciles shipping errors, and secures return authorizations when required.
• Meet regularly with contract managers and department staff within the areas of responsibility to establish and maintain good working relationships and to promote the activities of the Procurement department.
• May serve as KCAB subject matter expert for procurement related functions for EAMS working group and in Oracle, Infor, and electronic bidding systems.
• Serves as backup for buying responsibilities for areas/departments assigned to others.
• May facilitate transfer of surplus equipment between departments and the sale or trade-in of equipment being upgraded through asset dispensation/utilization.
• Prepares and maintains various reports as required. May serve as the Departmental Records Management Officer.
• Responsible for all contract management activities as documented in KCAB Policy 1014, Contract Management.
• Performs other duties of a similar nature and level as assigned

TRAINING AND EXPERIENCE:
Bachelor’s degree in a related field to the area of assignment and five years of related experience; or, an
equivalent combination of education and experience sufficient to successfully perform the essential duties of
the job such as those listed above.
Continue to develop personal and technical knowledge through ongoing and active learning.

LICENSING AND CERTIFICATIONS:
• Maintain Security Identification Display Area (SIDA) clearance;
• Obtain and maintain position appropriate NIMS & emergency training.
KNOWLEDGE OF:
• Management principles and practices;
• Federal, State, and Local laws and regulations governing public procurement and contracting;
• Procurement policies and practices;
• Problem Solving;
• Financial management;
• Project management.

SKILL IN:
• Clearly and effectively communicating, negotiating and advocating, both orally and in writing;
• Establishing and maintaining effective, fair, cooperative, collaborative and respectful relationships with
internal and external colleagues, peers, work teams and workgroups;
• Demonstrated skill in use of independent judgment;
• Demonstrated skill in team leadership.

ADA AND OTHER REQUIREMENTS:
Positions in this class typically require: standing, walking, talking, hearing, seeing and repetitive motions.
Sedentary Work: exerting up to 10 pounds of force occasionally, and/or negligible amount of force frequently,
or negligible amount of force frequently or constantly to lift, carry, push, pull or otherwise move objects,
including the human body.

Interested candidates can obtain more information and apply at www.cvgairport.com/jobs.

The Kenton County Airport Board is an Equal Opportunity Employer/Minorities/Females/Disabled/Veterans

          

12/1/2019: LONDON BRIDGE TERROR ATTACK: The Health Lottery

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DRAW ON SATURDAY NOVEMBER 30, 2019 02 25 35 36 48 BONUS BALL 29 The society benefiting from all draws in the month ending December 31 is Health Lottery East
          

Serbia

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SHARE Foundation

Living under the watchful eye: Implications of facial recognition surveillance in Serbia

Introduction

In early 2019, the minister of interior and the police director of Serbia announced[1] that 1,000 cutting-edge security cameras with facial recognition capabilities will be installed in 800 locations in Belgrade, the Serbian capital, in partnership with Chinese tech giant Huawei. However, despite the flaws of facial recognition and the intrusiveness for citizens’ privacy when it is used for surveillance,[2] there is no transparency about the cameras and the partnership between the Ministry of Interior and Huawei, which is part of a broader cooperation between the Serbian and Chinese governments.

In November 2018, Serbia adopted a new Law on Personal Data Protection[3] based on the European Union's (EU) General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).[4] The application of the law starts on 21 August 2019, after a nine-month adaptation period provided for compliance with the new rules. SHARE Foundation,[5] a Serbian non-profit organisation established in 2012 to advance human rights and freedoms online, submitted freedom of information requests to the Ministry of Interior asking for information about the cameras and supporting documents (e.g. memorandums, contracts, letters of intent). The Ministry withheld this information, meaning that the public in Serbia was left in the dark about a very problematic technology which can greatly impact the privacy of all citizens.

Legislative context

Similar to other countries with a history of repressive regimes and a broad state surveillance apparatus, there is little of a culture of privacy in Serbia. For example, the first data protection law in Serbia was adopted in 2008. After nearly 10 years of application, it turned out that the law was not good enough to provide an adequate level of protection, especially in a world of expanding technologies such as targeted advertising and a whole new digital economy based on personal data. Also, the law did not regulate video surveillance, which opened space for numerous abuses when it comes to data processing through CCTV systems, both state and privately owned. Introducing a new law was an opportunity to regulate this area of personal data processing, but the provisions on video surveillance were not included in the final text of the Law on Personal Data Protection.

In its annual report for 2018, the Commissioner for Information of Public Importance and Personal Data Protection, Serbia’s independent authority for both freedom of information and protection of citizens’ personal data, highlighted the fact that the Ministry of Justice argued to keep the regulation of video surveillance out of the new Law on Personal Data Protection. The Ministry’s view was that this area of personal data processing should be regulated by a special law and that the GDPR does not contain provisions on video surveillance.[6] However, more than six months after the new Law on Personal Data Protection had been adopted in the National Parliament of Serbia and just two months before it is scheduled to start being applied, no specific law regulating video surveillance has been drafted or even proposed.

Over the past six months, at the time of writing, Serbia has been in a state of political turmoil. There have been anti-government protests across the country after an opposition politician was assaulted by a group of men in December 2018.[7] It is in contexts such as these where facial recognition surveillance systems, which store large amounts of biometric data, could potentially be used for pressuring citizens who are protesting, as well as their families, because of their political views. Beyond political protest, the everyday use of the cameras comes with the risk of data breaches, which includes records of the daily routines and movements of citizens, and which could potentially result in harm to those unwittingly surveilled.

An opaque Panopticon: Citizens in the dark

As soon as Huawei’s facial recognition cameras were announced in the media by the highly ranked officials in Serbia’s internal affairs, SHARE Foundation decided to find out more about Huawei’s cameras in terms of their location, public procurement and other relevant procedures by submitting freedom of information requests to the Ministry of Interior.

In their responses to our requests, the Ministry stated that all information about the procurement of Huawei cameras is “confidential” and therefore not for public access. Also, in an interview for Radio Television of Serbia, Police Director Vladimir Rebić said that the locations of stationary cameras were already determined based on “a broad examination and analysis of events, referring primarily to the criminal offences in Belgrade.” We also requested a copy of this analysis, but the Ministry responded that the information, as well as the location of the cameras, were not contained in any document or other medium, meaning they cannot be provided upon a freedom of information request.[8]

According to Article 54 of the new Law on Personal Data Protection, if it is likely that certain data processing will present a high risk to the rights and freedoms of natural persons, the data controller is obligated to conduct a data protection impact assessment before the beginning of data processing.[9] When SHARE Foundation requested a copy of this impact analysis, the Ministry simply stated that the provisions of the new law are not yet being applied. Having read the official responses of the Ministry of Interior, which suggest that this information does exist, it seemed strange that information provided by a freedom of information officer about such a sensitive topic for citizens’ privacy was contradictory to the statements made by the minister and the police director in the media.

While the Ministry was reluctant to provide any official information about the cutting-edge cameras and their procurement, Huawei on the other hand was more transparent about its cooperation with the Serbian authorities. A case study titled “Huawei Safe City Solution: Safeguards Serbia” was available on Huawei’s official website and it provided detailed information about the cameras and related video surveillance solutions, claiming the cameras were already installed in Belgrade. SHARE Foundation published an article about Huawei’s case study,[10] which strangely disappeared from the company’s website shortly after the publication of our article. Having in mind the sensitivity of this content, we saved an archived copy[11] of the page so the case study can still be accessed online.

Huawei stated that for the test phase, nine cameras in five locations were deployed, with the locations being the Ministry of Interior headquarters, a sports arena, a commercial centre and a police station. After this test deployment, it is stated in the case study that Huawei and the Ministry achieved a Strategic Partnership Agreement in 2017 and that in the first phase of the project 100 high-definition video cameras were installed in more than 60 key locations, with the command and data centre in Belgrade being remodelled.[12]

It is very worrying that such advanced technology, which has great implications for privacy, is being deployed without citizens knowing about this digital “watchful eye” collecting and storing large amounts of their biometric data, even if they have done nothing wrong. Saša Đorđević, a researcher at the Belgrade Centre for Security Policy,[13] a Serbian think tank dedicated to advancing the security of citizens and society, said that although video surveillance can improve security and safety, primarily in road traffic safety, the list of unknown things about Huawei’s video surveillance in Belgrade is long. “The situation can still be corrected if and when it is determined which video surveillance equipment is being purchased, how much it costs the citizens of Serbia, where it is placed and how the personal data will be processed and protected,” he added.[14]

Another problematic aspect of facial recognition technology when used for video surveillance is that it is prone to mistakes, which is especially important for law enforcement and legal proceedings. Research by Big Brother Watch has shown that in the United Kingdom the overwhelming majority of the police’s “matches” using automated facial recognition have been inaccurate and that on average, 95% of “matches” made by facial recognition technology wrongly identified innocent people as crime suspects.[15]

In addition, Big Brother Watch found that the police stored photos of all people incorrectly matched by automated facial recognition systems, meaning that biometric photos of thousands of innocent people have been stored.[16] Storing such sensitive biometric data of citizens is also a privacy and security risk, which is even greater taking into account information leaks during police investigations, which are common in Serbia. “The media in Serbia frequently publish information relating to investigations conducted by the police and the prosecution, quoting mostly unknown sources allegedly ‘close to the investigation’ and sometimes with photos,” explained Đorđević. He mentioned an example when information from the investigation of the murder of a Serbian singer was constantly published on the front pages of tabloid newspapers. Another case Đorđević highlighted occurred in February 2017, when one daily newspaper covered the arrest of a member of a football club supporters’ group on its front page the evening before the police informed the public about his arrest.[17]

In other parts of the world there are similar concerns. With all the recent controversy surrounding facial recognition, two cities in the United States have so far banned the use of facial recognition by the city administration – the first was San Francisco, California, followed by Sommerville, Massachusetts.[18] It is highly likely that more cities will join them, particularly since there is more and more awareness of the negative impacts of facial recognition surveillance.

Conclusion

SHARE Foundation will again approach the Ministry of Interior for information, especially relating to the data protection impact assessment of data processing using Huawei’s cameras, after the application of the new Law on Personal Data Protection starts. Of course, data processing through video surveillance systems should be regulated without delay, either though amendments to the Law on Personal Data Protection or through a separate law. It is also important to introduce citizens to the risks of such invasive technologies and call them to action, as it will provide momentum to further pressurise the authorities and demand more transparency. People feel more secure when they see a camera, as Đorđević noted,[19] but there is also a general lack of understanding of who may collect their personal data, the purposes for which it will be collected, and their rights as data subjects.

Moreover, it is also necessary that the new Commissioner for Information of Public Importance and Personal Data Protection is appointed as soon as possible and in a transparent manner,[20] as the second and final term of Rodoljub Šabić, the previous Commissioner, expired in December 2018. As head of an independent institution, the Commissioner plays a key role in protecting citizens’ personal data and freedom of information and it is of utmost importance that the position is given to a person who has personal integrity, expertise and political independence. Otherwise, affairs such as the one with Huawei’s facial recognition cameras may never be resolved, which would leave citizens exposed to huge risks to their privacy and without appropriate safeguards in cases of data breaches and abuse of personal data. There will also be many doubts around how to apply the new Law on Personal Data Protection, which could prove to be quite a challenge if the Commissioner is not up to the task or is easily influenced by other state institutions and political actors.

Action steps

Having taken into account the lack of transparency surrounding Huawei’s surveillance cameras in Belgrade, we propose the following action steps:

  • Insisting on the proper application of the new Law on Personal Data Protection and conducting the necessary data protection impact assessment.
  • Advocating for the regulation of video surveillance by law in order to provide legal certainty.
  • Engaging the wider community (e.g. civil society organisations, human rights defenders, tech experts, journalists) to help raise awareness among citizens about the impact of video surveillance.
  • Pressuring the Ministry of Interior and other relevant state institutions to provide information about video surveillance and facial recognition in a transparent way.

Footnotes

[1] SHARE Foundation. (2019, 29 March). New surveillance cameras in Belgrade: location and human rights impact analysis – “withheld”. https://www.sharefoundation.info/en/new-surveillance-cameras-in-belgrade-location-and-human-rights-impact-analysis-withheld

[2] Big Brother Watch. (2018). Face Off: The lawless growth of facial recognition in UK policing. https://bigbrotherwatch.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2018/05/Face-Off-final-digital-1.pdf

[3] Republic of Serbia. (2018). Law on Personal Data Protection. Available in Serbian at: www.pravno-informacioni-sistem.rs/SlGlasnikPortal/eli/rep/sgrs/skupstina/zakon/2018/87/13/reg

[4] European Union. (2016). Regulation (EU) 2016/679 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 27 April 2016 on the protection of natural persons with regard to the processing of personal data and on the free movement of such data, and repealing Directive 95/46/EC (General Data Protection Regulation). https://eur-lex.europa.eu/legal-content/EN/TXT/?uri=celex%3A32016R0679

[5] https://www.sharefoundation.info/en

[6] Commissioner for Information of Public Importance and Personal Data Protection of the Republic of Serbia. (2019). Summary report on the implementation of the Law on Free Access to Information of Public Importance and the Law on Personal Data Protection for 2018. https://www.poverenik.rs/images/stories/dokumentacija-nova/izvestajiPoverenika/2018/ENGRezime2018.pdf

[7] Vasovic, A. (2018, 8 December). Thousands protest in Serbia over attack on opposition politician. Reuters. https://www.reuters.com/article/us-serbia-protests/thousands-protest-in-serbia-over-attack-on-opposition-politician-idUSKBN1O70S7

[8] SHARE Foundation. (2019, 29 March). New surveillance cameras in Belgrade: location and human rights impact analysis – “withheld”. Op. cit.

[9] Republic of Serbia. (2018). Op. cit.

[10] SHARE Foundation. (2019, 29 March). Huawei knows everything about cameras in Belgrade – and they are glad to share! https://www.sharefoundation.info/en/huawei-knows-everything-about-cameras-in-belgrade-and-they-are-glad-to-share

[11] https://archive.li/pZ9HO

[12] SHARE Foundation. (2019, 29 March). Huawei knows everything about cameras in Belgrade – and they are glad to share! Op. cit.

[13] www.bezbednost.org

[14] Email correspondence with Belgrade Centre for Security Policy researcher Saša Đorđević, 29 June 2019.

[15] Big Brother Watch. (2018). Op. cit.

[16] Ibid.

[17] Email correspondence with Belgrade Centre for Security Policy researcher Saša Đorđević, 29 June 2019.

[18] Haskins, C. (2019, 28 June). A Second U.S. City Has Banned Facial Recognition. VICE. https://www.vice.com/en_us/article/paj4ek/somerville-becomes-the-second-us-city-to-ban-facial-recognition

[19] Email correspondence with Belgrade Centre for Security Policy Researcher Saša Đorđević, 29 June 2019.

[20] Delegation of the European Union to the Republic of Serbia. (2019, 28 January). Fabrizi: Appointment of new Commissioner for Information of Public Importance should be kicked off as soon as possible. https://europa.rs/fabrizi-appointment-of-new-commissioner-for-information-of-public-importance-should-be-kicked-off-as-soon-as-possible/?lang=en

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The Assault on Bray, 1523

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Following on from our epic Agnadello clash in the summer Stuart visited this weekend for another set of wargames. This time we returned to our English and French forces, choosing an event during the 1523 English invasion of France upon which to base our games. The 1523 invasion achieved little but the assault upon the town of Bray was a notable clash which was recorded by both Elis Gruffydd, the Welsh soldier and chronicler who served in the campaign and recorded it in his, "An ill jurney for the Englishemen", and in the later, Hall's Chronicle, which we drew upon for our Venlo games earlier this year. I have quoted the two passages used in full below. Although the details of the events don't quite match up in these accounts, not an uncommon thing for sources of this period, they provided plenty of information from which we could write up some fun scenarios. For rules we used, as always, our heavily modified version of Lion Rampant. Stuart took command the Duke of Suffolk's English and I led (or at least tried to lead!) the French garrison of Bray.

The English and Imperial guns give the "fortress such a good day as to shatter gaps in the wall"

Bray's northern gate "closed with earth and dung and stones".

The Assault on Bray, 1523
Following his invasion of France in 1513, Henry VIII had returned to war with the French in 1522. Now allied to Maximilian's grandson, Charles V, he sent a much smaller army than that of 1513 under the Duke of Surrey. Surrey achieved little launching raids into Picardy and Artois before attempting a siege of Hesdin which failed due to a lack of artillery.

In August 1523 the Duke of Suffolk, Charles Brandon, took command with a larger army and Imperial reinforcements of 500 Heavy Cavalry and 3,000 Landsknecht under the Count of Egmont Buren. Late in the campaign season the army left the Calais Pale. On the 20th October they arrived before the French town of Bray. Let's hand over to Gruffydd and Hall to describe the assault and subsequent fighting:

Elis Gruffydd:
When night fell the Duke of Suffolk ordered some of his people , horse, foot and artillery to assault the town of Bray. These came to the fortress in the dead of night and planted certain great guns which gave the fortress such a good day as to shatter gaps in the wall so that men could scale them and assault the town, which the English soldiers did very gallantly. The men of the town did not stand an instant but gave up the struggle and fled after the rest of the people who were very hurriedly carrying their goods from the town and taking them across the river Somme, which flows on the south side of the town. As soon as the French heard that the Englishmen had entered the castle they set fire to the gate of the town and the street, which was very narrow, and began to break down the bridge so that the Englishmen would not be able to follow them any further. But before they had cut the bridge the Englishmen had won the town and had begun to bicker with them on the bridge which they had abandoned, and turned their backs on their enemies and took to their heels and fled fast along the great causeway of stone that stretched  between two watery marshes, from the town towards France. This road was very narrow and the Englishmen pursued the Frenchmen very fast till they came to the further end of the causeway where there were two strong bailies of turf, one on each side of the road, in which were two brass serpents to guard it. But whether for lack of powder and shot or for fear of killing their own people they did not fire a single shot and the Englishmen kept the place.

By this time the Duke and all his host had arrived in front of the gate that lies to the north of the town which the men of the town had closed with earth and dung and stones. This the workmen had great trouble to clear in order to open it, and through it the horsemen and the artillery and the baggage passed and went across the river onto French ground.

Hall's Chronicle:
The xx day of this moneth the Duke commaunded al his great ordinaunce to be brought by iii. of the clocke in the morning before the toune of Bray, they that had the charge therof so manfully acquited them that notwithstadyyng all the damage that their enemies could do, brought the ordinaunce. before the toune at the houre appointed. Then eche part shot dredfully at other, but the Englishe gunners shot so wel, that the walles of the toune were beaten doune & rased with the ordinaunce, insomuche that by ix. of the clocke the toune was made assaultable. Then the duke caused to blow to thassault. Then the Englishmen & Flemynges & Burgonions lept furth quickely, and notwithstanding that the diches wer depe, yet they so coragiously entered by the good comfort of the lorde Sandes & other noble men that they got the ditches: The Frenchmen perceiuyng that the toune should be gotten, hastely made traynes of gunpouder from strete to strete & house to house, saiyng that the Englishmen after their entry into the toune would fal to pillage, & then sodainly sodain fyer should destroy them. This was the provision of the Frenchmen: by this time the Englishmen were enterying on the walles, and the Frenchmen stode yet: at defence with pikes, crosbowes, handgunnes & halberdes, but they were to weke, for on all partes entred thenglishmen and sodainly the Frenchmen fledde and the Englishmen folowed and killed and slew in euery part.


Nowe you must vnderstand that this toune of Bray standeth on the riuer of Somme whiche is there devided in divers braunches & betwene euery brauche is a marishe ground, where on the farside of the toune was fortified a Bulwarke ful of ordinaunce to kepe the passage over the water, & the Frenchmen had loosed the planckes of the bridge nere a myle aboue Bray, & the horsmen of Frauce passed by a myle which was to the French fotemen a great ayd, for thei stode & kept the passage till the fotemen wer come over the bridge, & then the plucked away the plankes of the bridge, so that no man shuld follow, but ever theenglishmen folowed & cast plankes on the bridge & passed over the bridge, in which passyng divers wer drowned, but with great travail all men passed, horsmen & fotemen, & fiersly assauted the Bulwarke and toke it with all the ordinaunce, & in it was taken capitaine Adrian and capitaine Ulterlew. The Englishe horsemen folowed the Frenchmen & divers of them wer slaine and taken, sir Robert Iernyngham brake a spere on the lorde Pountdormy. The lorde Leonard Gray did valiauntly that day. You must remember that when the Frenchmen issued out of the toune, they forgette not to lay a matche to the traine of gunnepouder whiche they had made, whiche in short space set the toune al on fyer, so that the thenglishmen returned again, al was on fyer, so that there they had little profite but wyne, whiche to them did great pleasure. This was the toune of Bray taken and destroyed the xx day of October.

We decided to break up the events described above into two scenarios. The first being the attack on the town itself and the second being the fighting for the bridge during the French retreat from the town.

The English and Imperial army prepares to assault the town. The landsknecht followed by the cavalry will make for the gate while the English infantry will head for the breach.

There is panic inside the town as the garrison prepare to evacuate the livestock and townspeople. 

Scenario 1: The Assault on Bray
For this game the English had to deploy outside the town and assault it. The ditch and breach counted as rough terrain for movement and combat but gave a cover bonus as well. Mounted units could only move through the town gates, not the breach. The French could deploy anywhere in the town.

The game and victory conditions were subject to the following special rules:

The Town Gates:
Having been blocked up by the town's garrison the gates had to be opened. A unit of infantry had to be in contact with the earthworks in front of the gates to attempt this. Instead of an activation they could try to clear the gates. Initially they needed a 10+ on 2D6, then 9+, the 8+ and so on. If they failed the attempt it didn't not count as an activation fail for the army. More than one unit of infantry could attempt this in a turn but they still needed the same role as the other unit, so for example one turn two units may need an 8+ to clear the gates and then 7+ the next. Through the gates was the only way cavalry could enter the town.

The Artillery Duel: 

To represent the artillery duel described by Hall at the start of the game both of us took 12 playing cards from a deck. For the first 5 turns we would both play a card at the start of the turn. The player playing the highest card won, if the cards drew we would play another. If the English player (Stuart) won the play they got a free move with D6 units while if the French player (myself) won the play I got to take a Mid Range Culverin shot at any unit within 24" of any of the Towers.

Burning Buildings:

The French player could secretly designate 4 buildings to be those that had gun powder in them and were ready to be set on fire when the English entered the town. The French player could declare at the start of his turn that a building was going to be set alight. On a D6 roll of a 4+ it burst into flame and all units within 2D6 inches of the building would take hits from 6 D6, each hitting on a 4+. The dice would be rolled separately for each unit affected.  After the explosion the building was simply on fire and would cause no further damage.

Objectives:

Rather than this being a straight out fight the French had 6 objectives (we used bases of livestock) that had to be evacuated at the other end of the table. The objectives were all placed close to the breach and gate. Any unit could move an objective with them, if in contact with it, at a maximum of six inches per turn. The objectives could not be destroyed. The French could only start moving the objectives once the first English unit had entered the town via the gate or breach. The French won a point for every objective they removed while the English won a point for every objective not removed. The French units moving the objectives did not have to leave with them to evacuate them but had to move the objectives to the table edge. The number of objectives evacuated or captured would have a knock on effect in the second scenario around the bridge.


While most of the garrison are busy leading the evacuation, some archers are preparing to defend the breach.

The rooftops of Bray.

The retinues were as follows with the English having a larger assaulting force:

The Duke of Suffolk's English and Imperial Allies:

1 Unit of Demi Lancers (Sir Charles Brandon, Duke of Suffolk, retinue captain)
1 Unit of Burgundian Men at Arms
1 Unit of Border Horse
1 Unit of Foot Knights (lorde Sandes & other noble men)
1 Unit of Garrison Archers
1 Unit of Shire Archers
1 Unit of Shire Billmen (we used pikemen to represent them in the game as they carried Suffolk's banner)
1 Unit of Landsknecht Pike
1 Unit of Landsknecht Arquebusiers

The French Garrison of Bray:
1 Unit of Foot Knights (Garrison Captain)
2 Units of French Halberdiers
2 Units of Aventuriers
1 Unit of French Archers

Suffolk's troops clamber into the ditch to begin the attack.

The landsknecht reach the blocked up gate and begin to clear it. Casualties to the English and landsknecht have been caused by the guns in and on the town walls.

As always the best way to follow the action is from the captions under each photograph. The fight started fairly well for the garrison as out of the 5 card draws in the "Artillery Duel" the French won three and the English two. This meant that the landsknecht pike suffered losses from the guns of Bray while a whole unit of English archers fled from the combined effects of the town's guns and the arrows of the garrison's archers. As the landsknecht reached the blocked gate the English attempted the breach. The first English unit at the breach was repulsed by the defenders but behind them came Lord Sandes and his foot knights. They fought their way into Bray and pushed into the town square.

The entry of the English into the town was the signal for the garrison to attempt to flee with the livestock. As the French troops attempted to withdraw they were dismayed to find that it had not taken the landsknecht very long to clear the gates. The Imperialist infantry came crashing through the gate at the north of the town and into the Picard pikemen.

A view from above the town showing the English and Imperial attackers at the walls and the French garrison within the town preparing to meet them or escape if they can.

Surrey's troops scale the breach and assault the town. The first unit in are thrown back by the French archers in confused fighting in the breach.

English foot knights, "lorde Sandes & other noble men", are the first into Bray. They push the archers back into the town.  
Minutes later the landsknecht crash through the town gates having cleared them of the "earth and dung and stones". 



Outside Bray more English and Imperial forces prepare to enter the gates.

The French had a nasty surprise instore for the landsknecht attackers. The defenders succesfully lit the trail of gunpowder that had been lain to the house by the gate. The building exploded as the trap was sprung and the landsknecht pikemen suffered casualties as they were engulfed in flames. The Picard pikemen counterattacked the landsknecht while they were still vulnerable and sent them running. By this time the English cavalry had made it through the gates and although the garrison's pikemen put up a fierce defence it was not long before they were overwhelmed.

Border horse galloped through the streets in an attempt to stop all of the French from getting away with their livestock. They were stopped by the garrisons crossbowmen which allowed them to get some of the livestock to safety. The border horsemen may have been defeated but yet more arrived outside the town returning from an early reconnaissance mission. The French needed to escape before even more English made it into Bray.

The French "lay a matche to the traine of gunnepouder whiche they had made" and cause casualties as well as panic amongst the landsknecht.

The Duke of Suffolk's horsemen ride into the town.

The Picard pikemen fight a brave delaying action against the Imperial landsknecht and English cavalry.

As the English pour into the town the French are caught in the midst of the evacuation.

English border horse race through the streets attempting to prevent any French from escaping. The garrison's crossbowmen see them off with an effective volley of bolts.

Outside of Bray even more English arrive as reinforcements, border horse returning from a scouting mission.

A fierce street fight broke out in the town's main street with English demi lancers and foot knights falling upon the garrison's halberdiers and crossbowmen as they desperately attempted to evacuate the town. In the chaos all of the remaining gunpowder traps set by the defenders failed to light and with the guns on the town walls long silenced there was nothing for the French to do but attempt to fight their way out.

While many of the garrison's men were cut down, the Duke of Suffolk himself pushed on into the streets only to be unhorsed by Bray's town captain. It had been a bitter and confused clash but the French had managed to get three of the six objectives safely out of the town. Both sides had taken heavy losses and the attack ended in a bloody draw.

Despite the chaos in the streets Bray's garrison manage to get some of the livestock to safety...

...but much of the garrison, and the town's livestock, is lost in the desperate street fighting.

English archers move in to secure the town.

The Duke of Surrey is unhorsed by the French garrison captain, giving the French troops valuable time to escape.

A train of refugees flee the now burning town of Bray.

Scenario 2: The contested crossing of the Somme
At the start of the game the only units that could be on the table were the ones hidden in the two bulwarks, if the French player had chosen to hide any units in them.

The French and English would enter the table from the same side, shown at the top of the photo below with the French entering first. Units could only enter on a successful move activation, they could not enter into combat. Once the first French unit had entered the French player would roll a D6. The result would mean the English were able to follow one turn later on a 1-2, two turns later on a 3-4 and three turns later on a 5-6. This could result in both sides bringing units on at the same time.

The game and victory conditions were subject to the following special rules:

The Bulwarks: 

These gave plus 2 armour as cover to a unit within them. They could be fired from and counted as rough terrain for any combat within them. They did not impede movement when units moved in or out of them. The French could deploy a hidden infantry or artillery unit in each which would only be revealed if they shot, moved out of the bulwark or an enemy unit attacked them in the bulwark.

The Bridge:

The bridge was rough terrain to fight on, did not hinder movement and gave cover from other units shooting at the bridge who weren't on the bridge.

To break the bridge one unit on the bridge, mounted or infantry, could attempt this as an activation. They needed a 9+ on 2D6. Once broken the bridge could not be crossed but repair attempts could be made. The river was impassable.
To repair the bridge one unit on the bridge, mounted or infantry, could attempt this as an activation.  As with breaking the bridge they needed a 9+ on 2D6 to repair it. If repaired the bridge was again passable but could be broken again.

Bray is assumed to be at the top of this photo, with the bridge over the Somme and the earthern bulwarks in the centre. The French have infantry hidden in the bulwarks. Both the French and English will enter the table from the far end, on the causeway, at the top of the photo.

Victory points were as follows:

The French: 

2 points for every infantry unit that crossed the bridge and left the table at the far side. Any units in the bulwarks could only leave after all other infantry units had left or been destroyed.
1 point for every Cavalry unit that crossed the bridge and left at the far side of the table.
5 points if the bridge was destroyed at the point when all the French units had left the table.
3 Points if Lord Pountdormy defeated Sir Robert Jerningham in combat, by challenge or unit to unit combat.

The English:

3 Points if Sir Robert Jerningham defeated Lord Pountdormy by challenge or unit to unit combat.
5 points if the bridge was not destroyed when all the French had the left the table or been destroyed.
1 point for every French unit destroyed.

For the armies we chose our forces in secret for this game, each of us taking 29 points of troops with an additional 2 points per objective evacuated or captured in the first game. As this had been a draw with the French and English both securing three objective this meant we both had 35 points of troops to choose for our retinues. The retinues had to contain a mounted unit for the Leader - the English having Sir Robert Jerningham, a Calais Veteran and Captain of Newen Bridge, and the French having Lord Pountdormy.

The retinues chosen were as follows:

Sir Robert Jerningham's English Pursuers:

2 Units of Demi Lancers (one unit represents Sir Robert Jerningham, the retinue captain)
1 Unit of Burgundian Men at Arms
1 Unit of Border Horse
1 Unit of Mounted Archers
1 Unit of Foot Knights
1 Unit of Garrison Archers

Lord Pountdormy's retreating French:

1 Unit of French Ordonnance Archers armed with lances (Lord Pountdormy, retinue captain)
2 Units of Stradiots
1 Unit of Aventuriers
1 Unit of French Halberdiers
1 Unit of Picard Pikemen

and in the two bulwarks on the other side of the river:

1 Unit of Foot Knights
1 Unit of Aventuriers


The retreating French race towards the bridge, two groups of Stradiots being the first to arrive.

The French forces have their first stroke of bad luck (the first of many!). The English arrive immediately on their heels and begin to chase the Stradiots down.

As soon as the first French units raced onto the causeway in an attempt to reach the bridge the pursuing English cavalry were upon them. The Burgundian men at arms, who had held back from the assault on the town as it looked like they may have had to do some fighting were now the first into the action hoping for an easy victory. The Burgundian's suffered from the skirmishing actions of the stradiots at first but then managed to catch and disperse them.

Seeing more English than French banners heading towards the bridge the unit of crossbowmen defending it emerged from the safety of their earthern bulwark and delpoyed on the bridge. As the English and Imperial horsemen rushed towards them, scattering most of the stradiots they began to try and damage the bridge to prevent the English from crossing. Their comrades still on the wrong side of the Somme would have to fend for themselves!

French aventuriers have emerged from one of the bulwarks and guard the far end of of the bridge while the English secure the causeway. Any French arriving now will have to fight their way through.

The retreating French infantry arrive only be set upon by the pursuing English cavalry.

More retreating French troops arrive only to be set upon by the English.

The last unit of stradiots attempts to cross the bridge but they are caught and defeated by the Burgundian men at arms.

As more retreating French infantry units arrived they were quickly defeated by the pursuing English who had now deployed archers on foot and on horseback in an attempt to catch the fleeing garrison. One by one the garrison units were overwhelmed and scattered long before they could travel along the causeway and get anywhere near the bridge.

At the bridge itself the defending crossbowmen had more luck. The emboldened Burgundian heavy horse defeated the last of the stradiots and then attempted to clear the crossbowmen from their path. They had little choice as they would be sitting ducks if they stood and waited for the rest of the English and they had to try and stop the bridge from being broken. They attacked the French along the narrow bridge and were defeated in a quick but fierce melee in which both sides took casualties. With the Burgundian threat gone the crossbowmen once more attempted to break down the bridge but it was too late. As more English arrived on the opposite banks of the Somme they launched volleys of arrows at the already exhausted French and sent them running.

At the bridge the Burgundian men at arms face down the French crossbowmen. The crossbowmen desperatly attempt to break the bridge and prevent the English crossing the river.

The arriving French infantry are surrounded by English cavalry and archers, they don't last long in the field!

The Burgundians charge the aventuriers as they attempt to sabotage the bridge.

The crossbowmen have the advantage of the fight as the narrow bridge makes it hard for the men at arms to charge effectively. The Burgundians are thrown back.

Having lost the infantry he was attempting to escort to safety, Lord Pountdormy, the French Captain, races onto the field in an attempt to escape but...

Up until now the encounter had all gone Sir Robert Jerningham's way. If the French could break the bridge and bring the English captain down then they could still have some success. To this end the foot knights who had been hiding in the other bulwark emerged to try and break the bridge down and Lord Pountdormy himself rode onto the field. He wanted to attempt to "brake a spere" on Jerningham. It was not to be. Arriving amidst the pursuing English, Pountdormy was attacked by the border horsemen, English archers and Jerningham's demi lancers. Pountdormy's troops routed before he could challenge Jerningham to a duel and although Jerningham did brake a spere on the lorde Pountdormy, the French cavalry managed to flee and escape his horsemen before they rode off along the banks of the river.

The foot knights arrived at the bridge too late. The English had already positioned archers on the opposite bank and under a volley of arrows they were unable to break down the bridge. They fought off the first unit of demi lancers that crossed to engage them but after that were overwhelmed and run down as they tried to flee the bridge. It was complete English victory, they had taken the bridge before the French could break it down and not a single French unit had escaped to safety!

...he is caught by the English demi lancers. After loosing a brief melee he rides off along the banks of the Somme, being unable to cross the river.

Depsite their victory over the men at arms the French crossbowmen flee. From the other earthwork a group of French foot knights emerge in a final attempt to break down the bridge. The pursuing English mass on the other side of the Somme.

The foot knights succeed in fighting off one group of demi lancers but they are then overwhelmed and caught as they attempt to flee for safety. None of the French have escaped and the bridge still stands - a complete English victory!

These were another great couple of games. It was great to play out the events taken from the sources and the special rules made the games very entertaining. If only more of those exploding buildings had worked in the first game and the English hadn't arrived so quickly in the second! I was really pleased with how my newly repainted fortifications looked, they fitted in well with our collections of buildings. Stuart was a great opponent as always and of course we had to have a few (too many) celebratory drinks. A picture of our own retreat from a chaotic town is shown below!

The "Generals" looking a bit worse for wear having fled the town after a few too many drinks to seek refuge in a kebab shop!


          

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Before pursuing a scientific career, Melinda studied economics and worked in the field for several years. Her scientific career took place until now in Hamburg, Germany, where she completed both her undergraduate and graduate studies in meteorology. Melinda finished her PhD in 2018 under the supervision of Valerio Lucarini, studying extreme events in chaotic atmospheric models. She received the 2019 Donald L. Turcotte Award from the Nonliniear Geophysics section of the AGU for her PhD thesis. Her research focuses on understanding high dimensional chaotic dynamical systems, like the atmosphere, and includes the study of extreme values, large deviations, and instabilities in these systems. She is currently a postdoctoral researcher at the Meteorological Institute of the University of Hamburg working on instabilities in chaotic systems by using covariant Lyapunov vectors. So, Melinda congratulations for the award. Did you expect it? I knew that my PhD supervisor, Valerio Lucarini, nominated me for the award, but I did not expect to actually receive it… Well, to be honest, there was of course a tiny little hope deep inside me, but I was still very surprised and very happy when the notification came from the AGU. The award is assigned to an early-career or postdoctoral scientist in recognition of outstanding dissertation research that contributes directly to nonlinear geophysics. How important is nonlinear geophysics in your professional life? I am a person who always seeks to answer the “why” question when studying something, and I think that nonlinear geophysics helps a lot to answer this question if the object to be studied is a geophysical system. Nonlinearity is a basic property of complex geophysical systems like the atmosphere or the climate. Thus nonlinear geophysics is indispensable for studying and understanding these systems, and I am driven by the need to understand them. So, nonlinear geophysics is essential in my professional life. Why is your work important for the nonlinear geophysics? My PhD work is a contribution to the study of extreme events in nonlinear, chaotic atmospheric systems. I study these events and the related systems not only from a geophysical point of view, but based on methods of dynamical systems theory and statistical mechanics. Thus I obtain valuable information about both, the extremes and the dynamical properties of the system producing these extremes. An important part of my study is the applicability of basic limit laws of Extreme Value Theory and Large Deviation Theory in chaotic dynamical systems. In my thesis I point out the advantages of using these powerful methods, but I also specify their drawbacks in case of applications to geophysical data. These limit laws have a certain predictive power in a statistical sense, and they reveal universal properties of extreme events and large deviations that help us understand the system itself. However, to apply them in a rigorous way one has to reach asymptotic levels, involving that one looses information related to persistence, which is of course counterproductive if one is interested in studying persistent extreme events, for example. Nonetheless, I also show that we can still analyze persistent events based on these limit laws by constructing adequate observables. Which benefits will you receive from the AGU? In addition to the award certificate I will receive a monetary price of 200 $. I am also invited to present a talk on my dissertation topic at the AGU Fall Meeting in December 2019 in San Francisco. Are there key people you would like to thank? Yes, of course. I would like to thank to my PhD supervisor, Valerio Lucarini, not only for nominating me for the award, but also for his support during and after my PhD. This dissertation would not have been possible without him. I am also thankful to my co-supervisor Christian Franzke and to my co-authors, Tamas Bodai and Jeroen Wouters, for sharing their expert knowledge with me and for their guidance in the world of scientific research. What do you wish for the future of this field? A basic characteristic of nonlinear geophysics/geosciences is multidisciplinarity, and the interaction between its subfields plays a crucial role for its future development. Furthermore this field offers essential contributions to fundamental geoscience research, making the interaction between nonlinear geophysics and other geoscience fields also extremely important. I wish that in the future there is an intensification of co-operations between subfields of nonlinear geophysics, and I also hope for a strengthening and spreading of the connections with other geoscience fields. So that nonlinear geophysics continues to develop new methodologies, new modelling and data analysis techniques, but also distributes its groundbreaking findings, and makes them available for relevant applications.
          

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Still frustrated by low bail, victim’s supporters walk out as judge tries to explain

Community members who showed up for Lisa Rooney’s scheduled court appearance were disappointed the case was adjourned. Minerva Perez of OLA, at right, said it is important that lines of communication between the community and officials are opened further.
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A woman charged with drunken driving in a fatal crash in Montauk on Halloween Eve was to have appeared in East Hampton Town Justice Court last Thursday, but the case has been adjourned — leaving the victim’s family and friends disheartened — because she is in an in-patient rehab program.

Lisa Rooney checked herself into a residential treatment program in Connecticut on Nov. 2, according to court officials, three days after the accident that killed James Usma-Quintero, a 28-year-old here on a working visa.

In a letter sent to the court from a senior clinician at the residential facility, Ms. Rooney’s preliminary plan calls for her to be in treatment through Dec. 1. The letter did not say just what treatment is involved, only that the recommendation was for her to complete 30 days of residential treatment, “and then go into an extended care program.”

Ms. Rooney, a 30-year-old Montauk resident and business owner, was driving a brand-new Chevrolet Silverado pickup truck when she struck Mr. Usma-Quintero, who was riding his bicycle home from work at the 7-Eleven in downtown Montauk. The accident occurred on the shoulder of Flamingo Avenue, near Falcon Place, just after 6 p.m. on Oct. 30. The victim, a father of two children who live in his native Colombia, died of his injuries at Stony Brook Southampton Hospital.

Ms. Rooney was charged with misdemeanor driving while intoxicated. She was released on $1,000 bail the following day, and her driver’s license was suspended. Last Thursday would have been her first court appearance since her arraignment.

The daughter of Bruna L. DiBiase, a New York City judge, Ms. Rooney now has a new lawyer, Marc C. Gann, who has handled many high-profile cases on Long Island. He is a founding partner of Collins Gann McCloskey & Barry, a Mineola firm.

Results from a blood test to determine the level of alcohol and/or drugs in Ms. Rooney’s system are still pending, but upgraded felony charges are said to be likely. Mr. Gann wrote to Justice Rana on Nov. 20 asking her to adjourn the case so that his client could remain in treatment. “It is also anticipated that this matter will be superseded by an indictment before that time,” he wrote. He requested adjournment until Jan. 13, but Justice Rana has scheduled it for Dec. 12.

Mr. Gann also wrote that the Suffolk County District Attorney’s office had consented to his request.

The adjournment left the victim’s family and supporters with mounting concerns about the case. They were already frustrated by the release of Ms. Rooney on $1,000 bail. About 40 people — some family, some friends, and some members of the public — attended court last Thursday in the hope the blood results had come back.

Justice Rana tried to address the bail concerns from the bench, but as she began to explain, the group got up and walked out.

“Nobody wanted to hear that,” said Minerva Perez, executive director of Organizacion Latino-Americana of Eastern Long Island.

Justice Rana explained that state bail laws are changing in January, when, based on the current charge, she would be prohibited from setting any bail at all. If the charges are upgraded, then the bail situation will change.

Ms. Perez said simply that the bail laws have not changed yet.

“The community feels shaken by what happened,” she said, adding that the Spanish-speaking community continues to feel “thrown off to the side . . . especially in moments of crisis.” OLA has reached out to the D.A.’s East End

Bureau chief and is hoping to set up a meeting in order to better understand the proceedings.

Over 100 people, Ms. Perez noted, had attended an impromptu meeting after Mr. Usma-Quintero’s death to talk about it. “The community is hurting,” she said.

The victim’s brother, John Fredy Usma, said by phone from Colombia, speaking Spanish, that he was worried about the postponement. “I am thinking that they are delaying the process to avoid justice,” he said.


          

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Taken to Brink by Trump, Gulf States Are Backpedaling on Iran(Bloomberg) -- An expanded soccer tournament, a direct flight, clandestine meetings and a pledge to release prisoners of war; diplomacy is breaking out as Gulf Arab nations back away from a Donald Trump-inspired confrontation with Iran. And the signs are everywhere.Last week, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain played their first games of the 2019 Arabian Gulf Cup in Qatar after a last-minute decision to take part -- an apparent breakthrough in a 30-month feud that saw them halt trade and flights over Qatar’s links with Iran and support for Islamist groups.Meanwhile, the Saudi-led coalition that’s fought Iranian-backed Houthi rebels in Yemen since 2015 began releasing jailed Houthis, as efforts to end the conflict gather momentum. Oman is quietly hosting high-level meetings, according to people familiar with the matter, and even Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has hinted at direct channels with the U.A.E.Spooked by the prospect of a catastrophic war with Iran and its proxy militias across the region, Gulf monarchies are in the midst of a strategic rethink. The U.A.E., whose economic model relies in large part on its international links, quickly realized it had most to lose from a military escalation. It had removed most of its troops from Yemen by the end of a turbulent summer that saw oil tankers targeted and a U.S. drone downed in the Gulf without significant American response.While the humanitarian catastrophe unleashed by the Yemen war trained an unwelcome spotlight on Saudi Arabia, it took a brazen strike on Saudi oil installations -- which knocked out half the country’s crude production -- to ram home the risks and prove that Trump was not about to ride to his allies’ rescue.“The attacks shattered any illusion of this magical U.S. security umbrella,” said David Roberts, an assistant professor at King’s College London who studies the Gulf. “It burst the bubble and showed that Iran had the willingness to both do something astonishing like the attack on Aramco facilities and the capability to carry it out.”Iran denies U.S. and Saudi assertions it carried out the Sept. 14 strikes, pointing to Houthi claims of responsibility. But people familiar with investigations into the attacks say they were almost certainly launched from southwestern Iran -- an explosive escalation in Tehran’s pushback against an economic offensive unleashed by Trump and enthusiastically backed by the Saudis.The Trump administration withdrew last year from the 2015 deal meant to prevent Iran from developing a nuclear bomb, and reimposed sanctions that have crippled its oil exports. But the “maximum pressure” policy is designed to coax Tehran into more concessions not to drag the U.S. into a new Middle East war just as it draws down troops in Syria.Rolling back Shiite Muslim Iran’s power remains a priority for the Sunni Gulf Arab leadership. There’s an increasing recognition, however, that no one stands to gain from a military escalation in the world’s top oil-exporting region.Saudi Arabia’s Center for International Communication didn’t respond to an email seeking comment. The U.A.E. declined to comment. But in a Nov. 10 speech, Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Anwar Gargash said he saw “a path to a deal with Iran that all parties might soon” be ready to embark on if Tehran demonstrated commitment.War to ‘Cold Peace’In search of a breakthrough, Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan, a former cricketer elected with the backing of a powerful army that provides extensive support for the Saudi military, shuttled between Tehran and Riyadh in October. He met Iran’s supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei and Rouhani, as well as Saudi Arabia’s King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman, describing talks as “encouraging.”Khan said he traveled at the request of Trump and Saudi Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Adel Al-Jubeir said the diplomacy wasn’t prompted by the kingdom. But deepening unease in the Gulf catalyzed the effort.Turning these overtures into lasting peace between countries that have grown further apart since the 1979 Iranian revolution remains far off.The Gulf states resent Iran’s deep reach into Arab nations. While ongoing protests in Iraq and Lebanon suggest Iran has reached the limit of its regional influence, they are unlikely to reverse political and military advances decades in the making.“Cold peace is possible but we are certainly far from a grand bargain,” said Afshin Molavi, senior fellow at the Foreign Policy Institute at Johns Hopkins. “For that, both Riyadh and Abu Dhabi would have to accept a role for Iran in Arab countries such as Iraq, Syria, Lebanon and Yemen.”As they explore ways forward, Gulf states are moving at different speeds.The U.A.E. broke with the U.S. and Saudi Arabia by not naming Iran as the culprit behind attacks in May and June on oil tankers as they sailed toward the Strait of Hormuz, the world’s foremost oil shipping chokepoint.It sent coast guard officials to Iran for the first time in six years and Rouhani hinted at other meetings with senior U.A.E. officials. “We’re moving toward improved relations,” he said Oct. 14. Saudi Arabia is catching up.Washington built a multilateral naval operation to protect shipping in the Gulf after the attacks and sent more troops to Saudi Arabia. Both actions resulted in a “down tick” in Iranian actions,” U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper said Nov. 13. “The Iranians should not mistake our restraint for weakness.”Where the U.S. holds back, however, others are crowding in. Besides his role in saving Bashar al-Assad’s regime, Russian President Vladimir Putin has forged a partnership with Iran, created an oil alliance with Saudi Arabia and built ties with Egypt’s Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi, who was warned by the U.S. last month against plans to purchase Russian jets.Putin traveled to Saudi Arabia and the U.A.E. in October after visits by the Saudi king and the U.A.E.’s de-facto leader Mohammad bin Zayed to Moscow. The two Gulf countries and Russia have signed deals valued at billions of dollars.For Iran’s Rouhani, the case for regional engagement is obvious.“Don’t you know that Iran is going to stay here and we will remain neighbors throughout history?” he has said, referring to Iran’s Arab neighbors. “Trump will only be around for a few years and will go back to whatever it was he was doing.”\--With assistance from Golnar Motevalli and Glen Carey.To contact the reporter on this story: Zainab Fattah in Dubai at zfattah@bloomberg.netTo contact the editors responsible for this story: Lin Noueihed at lnoueihed@bloomberg.net, Mark WilliamsFor more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.com©2019 Bloomberg L.P.



          

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Accounting, Auditing: Tax Consultant Onsite Indianapolis, Indiana - Grand Prairie, Texas

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Tax Consultant (PS26926) Onsite Indianapolis, IndianaLocation: United StatesRequisition #: PS26926Post Date: Nov 13, 2019Your Talent. Our Vision. At Anthem, Inc., its a powerful combination, and the foundation upon which were creating greater access to care for our members, greater value for our customers, and greater health for our communities. Join us and together we will drive the future of health care .This is an exceptional opportunity to do innovative work that means more to you and those we serve at one of America's leading health benefits companies and a Fortune Top 50 Company.Tax Consultant:Responsible for preparing a combination of corporate and partnership federal and state income tax returns and related estimated payments and performing basic tax law research.Primary duties may include but are not limited to: Preparing GAAP and Statutory income tax provisions. Preparing account reconciliations. Responding to internal and external audit requests. Preparing premium tax returns. Preparing personal property tax returns. Working with the fixed asset system. Working with the investment department tax reporting. Analyzing K-1's for appropriate tax reporting. Working with sales and use tax systems. Prepares assigned companies federal and state income tax returns. Researches current and new tax laws to support tax calculations and positions. Actively looks for process improvements and tax savings. Prepares quarterly federal and state estimated tax payments.Anthem, Inc. is ranked as one of Americas Most Admired Companies among health insurers by Fortune magazine and is a 2018 DiversityInc magazine Top 50 Company for Diversity. To learn more about our company and apply, please visit us at careers.antheminc.com. An Equal Opportunity Employer/Disability/VeteranAnEqualOpportunityEmployer/Disability/VeteranRequirements: Requires BS/BA in Accounting; or any combination of education and experience which would provide an equivalent background. Experience in one or more of the following areas including accounting, auditing, fixed asset accounting, investment accounting, federal and state taxation, and tax software preferred. Up to 3 years of experience preferred and completion of the Tax departments training programs. ()
          

IT / Software / Systems: Sr. Mgr, Software Engineering - Plano, Texas

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Locations: TX - Plano, United States of America, Plano, Texas At Capital One, we're building a leading information-based technology company. Still founder-led by Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Richard Fairbank, Capital One is on a mission to help our customers succeed by bringing ingenuity, simplicity, and humanity to banking. We measure our efforts by the success our customers enjoy and the advocacy they exhibit. We are succeeding because they are succeeding. Guided by our shared values, we thrive in an environment where collaboration and openness are valued. We believe that innovation is powered by perspective and that teamwork and respect for each other lead to superior results. We elevate each other and obsess about doing the right thing. Our associates serve with humility and a deep respect for their responsibility in helping our customers achieve their goals and realize their dreams. Together, we are on a quest to change banking for good. Sr. Mgr, Software Engineering At Capital One, we think big and do big things. We are a Top-10 bank by deposits, a high-tech company, scientific laboratory, and a nationally recognized brand all in one that reaches tens of millions of consumers. We're all-in on the cloud and a leader in the adoption of open source, RESTful APIs, microservices, and containers. We build our own products and release them with a speed and agility that allows us to get new customer experiences to market quickly. We're going boldly where no bank has gone before. And, as a founder-led company, we're inspired and empowered to make, break, do, and do good. So, let's do something great together. Capital One is seeking experienced Technology Leads and Sr Manager to lead and own work-streams for critical business initiatives in our financial services businesses, including our Rewards business. You'll work on everything from customer-facing web and mobile applications using cutting-edge Open Source frameworks, to highly-available RESTful services, to back-end Java based systems. We're looking for team members who are well-versed in emerging and traditional technologies which may include: Java, REST, Spark, Cassandra NoSQL databases, and AWS/Cloud Infrastructure. Your #LifeatCapitalOne Looking to work somewhere with the flexibility of a start-up but the financial muscle of a Top-10 bank? You're in the right place! And here's what that means for you---You'll have a flexible work schedule-we want to understand where and when you're at your best so you have a healthy work-life balance. Diversity and Inclusion are cultural norms here-you'll have access to active local chapters of Women in Tech, Blacks in Tech, and Hispanics in Tech and more. Plus, you'll be given time to support the next generation of technologists by volunteering with youth programs like Capital One Coders - our engineer-led experience that teaches middle school students in under-served communities how to code. Want to learn more? See what our associates are up to at #LifeatCapitalOne! What you'll do: --- Work with product owners to understand desired application capabilities and testing scenarios --- Continuously improve software engineering practices --- Work within and across Agile teams to design, develop, test, implement, and support technical solutions across a full-stack of development tools and technologies --- Lead the craftsmanship, availability, resilience, and scalability of your solutions --- Bring a passion to stay on top of tech trends, experiment with and learn new technologies, participate in internal & external technology communities, and mentor other members of the engineering community --- Encourage innovation, implementation of cutting-edge technologies, inclusion, outside-of-the-box-thinking, teamwork, self-organization, and diversity Here's what you'll need to be successful: You have full Stack hands-on expertise: Java, RESTful API, Micro-service & Reactive Architecture --- You are experienced / Contributor in Open Source software: Apache Cassandra, Spark, Kafka, In-memory processing, Stream processing --- You have a passion for shipping software in quick iterations: Test driven development & CI/CD & you are an Agilist --- You are experienced to operate in an elastic cloud infrastructure such as AWS. --- You have a passion to build a high performing engineering team. --- You thrive well in an environment of innovation, implementation of cutting-edge technologies, teamwork, self-organization, and diversity Basic Qualifications: --- Bachelor's Degree --- At least 10 years' experience in full-stack development utilizing Java and API's --- At least 5 years' experience developing REST APIs --- At least 3 years' of people leadership or Tech Lead experience --- At least 2 years' experience in developing applications using AWS Preferred Qualifications: --- Master's Degree --- 4+ years' experience hands-on coaching and development of software engineers --- 4+ years' experience with distributed technologies including one of the following: Apache Spark, Apache Kafka, or Apache Cassandra. --- Experience with Microservices Architecture --- Experience with Machine Learning or AI --- Experience in DevOps and Automation using CICD tools and processes (Jenkins, Maven, Ansible, Artemis) --- Experience in serverless architecture in AWS or other cloud platforms Capital One will consider sponsoring a new qualified applicant for employment authorization for this position. 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Sales: Sales Service Advisor / Personal Bank Teller -Downtown Fort Worth Financial Center - Fort Worth, Texas

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Sales & Service Advisor / Personal Bank Teller -Downtown Fort Worth Financial Center - Company:Compass Bank dba BBVA Compass - Location:Fort Worth,Texas.United States - Job type:Employment -Retail Banking - Branch - Published on:26th November 2019 Apply Our Company At BBVA, we are leading the transformation of global banking with the aim of bringing the opportunities of this new era within everyone's reach. We are a global financial institution present in 30 countries with over 75 million customers. We are a bank with over 126,000 employees across the world and every one of those employees is leading and designing his/her professional career with the help of tools provided by the organisation to make that happen. Corporate responsibility is an intrinsic part of our business model, promoting inclusion and financial education while supporting research and culture. Being part of BBVA means developing your career in one of the most innovative companies in finance. We started out with the spirit of helping others make the best financial decisions. That spirit remains with us today and encourages us to keep moving forward, prioritising innovation and digital transformation so that we can bring the opportunities of this new era within everyone's reach. Our values define our identity; they are what drives us to make our goals a reality and they guide all of our actions and the decisions we make. - - The customer comes first. - - We think big. - - We are one team. Job description Performs as a hybrid teller/financial sales advisor position with minimal supervision whose primary responsibilities include identifying opportunities to match client needs with banking solutions, conducting teller transactions, and managing the lobby. They will serve as a teller during high traffic hours and will focus on sales during non-peak hours to maximize sales production. Responsibilities Contributes to branch profitability by exceeding all personal sales goals as determined by management. Strengthens customer relationships through cross-selling and up-selling to maximize retention and income generation by contacting existing and prospective customers using the established sales process. Executes relationship banking while delivering an exceptional customer experience. Assists all customers with teller transactions, account maintenance and problem resolution while providing financial solutions. Performs activies with limited supervision, ensuring compliance with consumer and business regulations, laws and policies. Education/Experience High School Diploma or General Education Degree (GED). One (1) year customer service and cash handling experience required. One (1) year proactive sales (cross-selling, up-selling or referring products) required. Work experience may NOT substitute for education requirement. Lic/Cert/Reg Required: Nationwide Mortgage Licensing System (NMLS) Preferred: None preferred At BBVA, we believe that having a team made up of people with different ways of viewing the world and of taking on each challenge makes us a better bank. That is why we actively support diversity and inclusion, and we invite you to apply, regardless of your race, gender, age, sexual orientation, country of origin, experience, studies, etc. We nurture a collaborative and inclusive work environment that enables us to show and develop the best we each have to offer. Pay Transparency Policy Statement The contractor will not discharge or in any other manner discriminate against employees or applicants because they have inquired about, discussed, or disclosed their own pay or the pay of another employee or applicant. However, employees who have access to the compensation information of other employees or applicants as a part of their essential job functions cannot disclose the pay of other employees or applicants to individuals who do not otherwise have access to compensation information, unless the disclosure is (a) in response to a formal complaint or charge, (b) in furtherance of an investigation, proceeding, hearing, or action, including an investigation conducted by the employer, or (c) consistent with the contractor's legal duty to furnish information (41 C.F.R. 60-1.35 (c)). Individuals with Disabilities BBVA Compass, BBVA Securities Inc., and BBVA S.A. New York Branch invite all interested and qualified applicants to apply for employment opportunities. If you are a U.S.-based job seeker with a disability who is unable to use our online tools to search and apply for jobs, please contact us by emailing: ******************************** or by calling toll-free (in the U.S.) 1-************. Please indicate the specific type of assistance needed*. *The disability access telephone line and email address are reserved solely for job seekers with disabilities requesting accessibility assistance or an accommodation. Please do not call about the status of your job application if you do not require accessibility assistance or an accommodation. Messages left for other purposes, such as following up on an application or non-disability related or technical issues, will not receive a response. EEO Statement BBVA Compass, BBVA Securities Inc., and BBVA S.A. New York Branch have a firm and unwavering policy to provide equal employment opportunity without regard to age, citizenship, color, disability, ethnic origin, gender, gender identity and expression, marital status, nationality, national origin, race, religion, sexual orientation, genetic predisposition, protected veteran status, or any other status or classification protected by federal, state or local law. This policy includes all job groups, classifications and organizational units. With regard to employment, this policy extends to applicants and covers our recruiting, hiring, promotion, transfer, demotion, discipline, termination, benefits, compensation and training practices as well as social and recreational activities. View the 'EEO is the Law' & 'View the EEO is the Law Supplement Poster' poster. BBVA Compass, BBVA Securities, Inc., and BBVA NY are equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. Apply ()
          

Executive: Collections Manager Member CoPay - Irving, Texas

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Job Description The Manager position for our PBM Member Mail CoPay Team requires an ambitious, motivated and eager individual, looking to work for an industry-leading, Fortune 8 company. The position is part of our Financial Operations department, a dynamic and skilled group, which manages the revenue-cycle operations for CVS Health's Caremark business. The Manager will play a vital role in the success of our team as we help people on their path to better health. They will be responsible for providing exceptional leadership by overseeing a team consisting of a Supervisor, multiple Leads and Representatives that are responsible for contacting members to collect on unpaid mail co-pay balances in a timely and accurate manner. Additional Responsibilities of the PBM Member Mail CoPay Manager include: * Oversee day-to-day operations of the team to ensure timely and accurate completion of all activities * Conduct Monthly Team Meetings * Conduct Monthly One on Ones with Irving Team and Scottsdale Supervisor * Work with HR to complete disciplinary action as required * Work to develop and deploy training for new employees and provide ongoing training as needed * Complete annual performance reviews for employees and provide timely feedback * Create a work environment for employees through team building, coaching, constructive feedback, work delegation, personal example and goal setting that encourages creativity, open dialogue on work issues, professional growth, and a consistent, high level of performance; encourage and support employee decision-making within his or her scope of responsibilities * Comply with and adhere to all regulatory compliance areas, policies and procedures (including HIPAA and compliance requirements) * Review, report and enhance metrics/measurements * Monitor and strive to continually improve the collection of member balances * Suggest changes to department policies and procedures as appropriate * Work with key business partners and peers across the organization; work with other departments to communicate trends and suggest process improvements to revenue cycle * Lead innovation projects * Maintain productivity and quality standards of all functions * Develop and maintain 'super user' capabilities in technology applications and all other related information systems, tools, technologies, and processes; assist other employees as needed to ensure all tools are fully utilized to create an efficient and effective department * Assist other teams as needed * Manage the entire Aetna Retro process * Assist with escalated member concerns Required Qualifications * 3 years of experience, which includes work in: collections and/or billing and/or healthcare and/or insurance and/or benefits * At least 3 years of direct leadership experience * Willingness and ability to travel up to 10% Preferred Qualifications * Clear understanding of how Collections and Billing impacts Revenue Cycle operations and financial performance * Experience in managing projects involving the collaboration, motivation and cooperation of a wide variety of people with whom there is no direct reporting relationship * Ability to prioritize and manage multiple tasks simultaneously, and to effectively anticipate and respond to issues as needed in a dynamic work environment * Dedication to treating both internal and external constituents as clients and customers, maintaining a flexible customer service approach and orientation that emphasizes service satisfaction and quality * Ability to de-escalate situations and reinforce a professional environment * Demonstrated experience in using Excel for analysis Education High school diploma or GED Bachelors degree highly preferred Business Overview It's a new day in health care. Combining CVS Health and Aetna was a transformative moment for our company and our industry, establishing CVS Health as the nation's premier health innovation company. Through our health services, insurance plans and community pharmacists, we're pioneering a bold new approach to total health. As a CVS Health colleague, you'll be at the center of it all. We offer a diverse work experience that empowers colleagues for career success. In addition to skill and experience, we also seek to attract and retain colleagues whose beliefs and behaviors are in alignment with our core values of collaboration, innovation, caring, integrity and accountability. CVS Health is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. Gender/Ethnicity/Disability/Protected Veteran - we highly value and are committed to all forms of diversity in the workplace. We proudly support and encourage people with military experience (active, veterans, reservists and National Guard) as well as military spouses to apply for CVS Health job opportunities. We comply with the laws and regulations set forth in the following EEO is the Law Poster: EEO IS THE LAW and EEO IS THE LAW SUPPLEMENT. We provide reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities. If you require assistance to apply for this job, please contact our Advice and Counsel Reasonable Accommodations team. Please note that we only accept applications for employment via this site. If technical issues are preventing you from applying to a position, contact Kenexa Helpdesk at 1-************ or ***************************. For technical issues with the Virtual Job Tryout assessment, contact the Shaker Help Desk at 1-************. Skills/Requirements Job Reference #: *******BR Job Status: Date Posted: 11/21/2019 Pay Rate: Recruiter and Available Location Information -, Irving, TX 75014 ()
          

The Jim Snow Laws

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Everyone raised in the Unites States over the last fifty years has been required to memorize the official dogma regarding Jim Crow laws. These were state and local laws that enforced racial segregation in the Southern United States. The official … Continue reading
          

Administration, Clerical: Administrative Assistant - Dallas, Texas

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Administrative AssistantDescriptionThe Buildings & Infrastructure Line of Business is a global network of employees, which serves both the private and public sector. Our employees work to shape the communities we live in by creating world-class projects that transform the future development patterns of those communities. We provide our clients award-winning planning, engineering, architectural and interior design, construction and program management, and design-build project delivery. The Jacobs business model allows us to successfully service our clients, leverage our integrated services, and provide our employees with growth opportunities while delivering global solutions to our clients local programs.We consistently receive high rankings from Engineering News-Record (ENR) in many classifications, including the categories of Top Design Firms, Top Contractors, Top Green Buildings Design Firms, and Top Transportation Companies.Position SummaryPrimary focus will be supporting the Design Management team with their day to day work efforts including: General administration assistance as assigned by the PMCM/CEI team. Administrative support to multiple MOPs and staff. Gather, track, and report on information relevant to project assignments from multiple sources. Set up and maintain files and tracking tools using MS Excel. Organize and schedule meetings and appointments. Produce and distribute meeting minutes, memorandums, and letters, as needed. Edit and review documents for grammar usage in MS Word. Prepare MS PowerPoint presentations and handouts. Maintain and assist with databases. Design processes to enhance work flow. Assist in the preparation of regularly scheduled reports. Supporting completion of staff expense reports and time transfers. Depending on your aptitude and desire, there are opportunities to advance yourself within the project administration field. Other duties as assignedQualificationsQualifications External 10 or more years of experience in an administrative assistant or similar role Previous experience working with engineering firms, program management, design management and/or construction management a plus. Previous experience with integration of new facilities with existing facilities a plus Ability to utilize computer systems as a tool to effectively manage tasks Strong organization, written and verbal communication skills, and an ability to multitask are a must. Previous experience working with MS Outlook, MS Word and MS Excel required. Experience with MS PowerPoint preferredEssential Functions:Intermittent sitting, walking, standing, bending, squatting, climbing, kneeling, twisting, and lifting. Lifting requirements limited to 20 lbs. in the form of supplies, drawings, etc. Longest distance carried of 50 feet. Hand manipulation is required for simple grasping, pushing and pulling, and fine manipulation. Right and/or left hands utilized. Occasional need to reach and/or work above the shoulder, for supplies, as well as below the shoulder for same. No foot controls necessary. Must be alert to equipment in the field, there will be occasional travel, will work near construction job site equipment when in the field, occasional need to work near hazardous equipment and machinery, occasional need to walk on uneven ground, exposure to dust, gas or fumes, exposure to noise, extremes in temperature or humidity, and potential work at heights.At Jacobs, we help prepare people for new opportunities and challenges. With positions at every level, openings in multiple disciplines, expertise in a range of markets and offices around the globe, we create an environment where you can learn, grow, and thrive. From our competitive benefits program to our Health and Safety initiative of Beyond Zero workplace injuries, we believe that you'll find a flourishing career here at Jacobs.#LI-AO1#BIAJacobs is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, veteran status or other characteristics protected by law. Learn more about your rights under Federal EEO laws and supplemental language .Primary Location United States-Texas-DallasOther Locations United States-Florida-Tampa, United States-Texas-Houston, United States-Florida-Orlando, United States-Georgia-AtlantaReq ID: BI 0008O9 ()
          

Other: AVP, IT Infrastructure - Dallas, Texas

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POSITION SUMMARY: The AVP, IT Infrastructure is responsible for IT infrastructure architecture, standards and management to include disaster recovery, security, storage, servers, monitoring, performance, and back-office systems. The role must ensure reliable 24/7 operations and be a champion for our journey to Cloud and implementation of DevOps. This position will support other functions within IT (Application Development, DevOps, Analytics and InfoSec) as well as business users. ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES: Develop, manage and test the company's monitoring, backup and disaster recovery capabilities Conduct analysis of the current technology environment to detect critical deficiencies and recommend solutions for improvements necessary to support company growth Establish infrastructure operational plan to achieve department goals and ensure compliance with established policies Develop the Infrastructure team and mentor talent to deliver the technology management and execution capabilities of the company Implement and manage processes and controls that assure maximum uptime and quick service to the user community for both on premise and Cloud workloads Ensure the security of the IT infrastructure in compliance with all industry best practices and regulatory requirements Stays current with industry best practices, new technology and trends. Assist with technical implementation and troubleshooting where needed. Manage third party vendor relationships and hold them accountable for delivery of agreed product or service All other duties as required ESSENTIAL KNOWLEDGE & SKILLS: Working knowledge and expertise with VMware, Windows Server and Linux Working knowledge and expertise with automation scripting Working knowledge and expertise with managing AWS and/or Azure Experience with the setup and management of O365 Ability to effectively manage a team of highly technical individuals across multiple geographies and time zones Extensive experience working in a team-oriented, collaborative environment Exceptional customer service orientation Strong understanding of project management principles Strong leadership skills Excellent interpersonal skills Ability to conduct and direct research into IT issues and products as required Ability to present ideas in business-friendly and user-friendly language High level of self-motivation Proven analytical, evaluative and problem-solving abilities Ability to effectively prioritize and execute tasks in a high-pressure environment. EDUCATION AND/OR EXPERIENCE: High school diploma required Bachelor's degree in Computer Science, or related field 5+ years managing infrastructure teams 10+ years' experience in progressively responsible technology leadership roles. Successful track record of working with third-party providers to deliver results MACHINES, OFFICE EQUIPMENT & SOFTWARE: Excellent computer skills Advanced Microsoft Office Skills in Visio, Project, Word and Excel ()
          

Other: DVP of Operations - Dallas, Texas

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THE COMPANY Remington Hotels ("Remington"), operating 86 branded or independent properties generating revenue of $1B+, is one of the largest hotel management companies in the United States. Ashford, Inc. (AINC), which is a leading provider of asset management and other services to companies within the hospitality industry, has announced it will acquire Remington in Q4 2019, as a wholly-owned subsidiary of AINC. --Remington is one of several recent AINC acquisitions, and under AINC ownership, Remington is expanding third-party management services to the industry, supported by a co-investing and acquisition strategy, with a focus on full-service, upper-upscale and luxury, branded and independent properties in North America and the Caribbean. The company, with newly appointed executive leadership, has a rich and successful history of development, re-development, and operational management. Remington's innovative culture, extensive market knowledge, in-depth management expertise, diverse brand relations, core management practices, and strategic approaches promote optimum operating results, financial performance, and asset valuations. In head-to-head comparison across the industry, Remington-operated properties have routinely outperformed its competition. For additional information see Remington Hotels. -- Responsibilities: -- Develop and oversee the implementation of programs and processes to improve hotel performance, eliminate accounting costs and promote operating effective properties Provide strategic direction of business goals and initiatives Maintain and foster strong/positive working relationships with Brands/Franchises/Owners Provide recommendations and guidance to the Operations Team on revenue and market strategies Direct and oversee the financial success of all properties by assuming the overall responsibility for revenue goals, managing expenses and controlling labor costs. Ensure that hotel revenues are maximized, rate objectives and RevPAR goals are achieved Prepare/present/monitor annual budgets and capital plans Serve as a coach, mentor, team-builder for the Operations Team establishing roles, responsibilities, and measures of performance Introduce best practices to continually improve the company's hotel operations Ensure a maximum level of guest service satisfaction is achieved and maintained and customer service needs are met through best practices and programs Provide a leadership role in the selection, development, and retention of team members Evaluate team members and realign newly acquired properties to maximize their performance Ensure hotel operations are in compliance with federal, state and local laws and regulations -- Requirements: -- -- -- -- -- Requires a minimum of 10 years of multi-property hotel operations experience. -- -- -- -- -- Results driven with a proven track record in achieving results in alignment with Remington 5 key drivers. ()
          

Executive: Accounts Payable Manager - Irving, Texas

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Position Summary:The Accounts Payable Manager is a full time position responsible for general oversight of the Accounts Payable (A/P) Department and full A/P cycle.Position Accountabilities: Supervise Accounts Payable Department which including Staff Accountants, Accounts Payable Processors and Accounts Payable Clerks. Manage Vendor Payments - Insure integrity of data input when vouchering vendor invoices, credit memos and recurring invoices thru all AP processing systems. Manage Table updates process for Automated AP Workflow system. Manage Travel & Expense Reporting System (Concur)- Audit & maintain comprehensive records for all employee expense reports to ensure compliance with corporate policy before payment. Manage A/P Monthly Closing Process -Prepare accruals and adjustments as required. Manage Key vendor relationships as well as provide weekly communication to internal customers on status with Vendors. Government Reporting - Maintain related files and records in accordance with company and regulatory requirements and practices for 1099 Reporting. 3-5 years of Accounts Payable experience Supervisory experience required Experience with Accounts Payable in high volume environments Degree in Accounting or Finance MS Office skills including knowledge of Excel Ability to work under pressure and manage multiple deadlines Good organizational and communication experienceMatheson is an Equal Opportunity Employer that complies with the laws and regulations set forth under EEOC.Qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to their race, color, Religion, national origin, sex, protected veteran status, or disabilityEOE AA M/F/VET/Disabilityhttps://careers-mathesongas.icims.com/Requisition ID: 2019-3388 Street: 909 Lake Carolyn Parkway ()
          

Professions: Compliance Officer / Compliance Consultant 5 - Lewisville, Texas

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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. Wholesale Banking provides financial solutions to businesses across the United States and globally. Our four major business lines include Corporate & Investment Banking, Commercial Banking, Commercial Real Estate, and Wells Fargo Commercial Capital. We also have groups in credit risk, group risk, finance, marketing, human relations, and the Wholesale Chief Operating Office that support our businesses. Wells Fargo Compliance is the company's compliance independent risk management function, providing companywide leadership, standards, support, and independent oversight to ensure that all front-line business groups abide by applicable laws, rules, regulations and regulatory guidance (regulatory requirements), meet compliance responsibilities, and manage compliance risks. Wells Fargo Compliance credibly challenges management decisions, business processes and activities, and evaluates and assesses adherence to applicable regulatory requirements. It provides appropriate analysis, reporting, and escalation to senior management and the Board of Directors, sets minimum standards for the company, and gives advice, guidance, and support for compliance risk management activities across the enterprise. Job Description This Compliance Consultant 5 position supports the Wholesale Bank Regulatory Compliance Commercial Real Estate (CRE) Compliance team focusing on Commercial Mortgage Servicing activities. The Compliance Consultant will assist with the implementation of key elements of the Compliance program, including compliance risk assessments, regulatory change management, initiative management, establishment and implementation of policies and procedures, delivery of compliance, compliance issue management, metrics and reporting. Key responsibilities include: --- Provide strategic direction and guidance to CRE (Commercial Real Estate) and the control executive team regarding applicable laws, rules, regulations, enterprise standards and compliance-related best practices. --- Assist in key enterprise and Wholesale compliance program elements with respect to CRE, including compliance risk assessments, initiative management, establishment and implementation of policies and standards, delivery of compliance training and awareness, metrics and reporting. --- Establish processes to provide effective and timely implementation of regulatory change requirements applicable to CRE. --- Complete evaluations of new and existing major requirements and oversee annual compliance aggregated risk assessment --- Manage and track compliance issues related to CRE. --- Implement periodic metrics and reporting to track the state of compliance for the CRE Compliance Manager, the Wholesale Bank Regulatory Compliance Chief Administration Officer, Head of Wholesale Bank Regulatory Compliance and Head of Wholesale Compliance. --- Foster an environment that supports strong communication and cooperation across the three lines of defense, including business line leadership, Legal, Audit, Compliance and other corporate stakeholders to facilitate transparency, balance and credible challenge. --- Sustain a strong risk culture that identifies and provides oversight and escalation of existing and emerging compliance issues across business lines, legal entities, geographies, and jurisdictions; and escalate compliance issues to senior Compliance management. Team members support our focus on building strong customer relationships balanced with a strong risk mitigating and compliance-driven culture which firmly establishes those disciplines as critical to the success of our customers and company. They are accountable for execution of all applicable risk programs (Credit, Market, Financial Crimes, Operational, Regulatory Compliance), which includes effectively following and adhering to applicable Wells Fargo policies and procedures, appropriately fulfilling risk and compliance obligations, timely and effective escalation and remediation of issues, and making sound risk decisions. There is emphasis on proactive monitoring, governance, risk identification and escalation, as well as making sound risk decisions commensurate with the business unit's risk appetite and all risk and compliance program requirements. Required Qualifications --- 10+ years of experience in compliance, operational risk management (includes audit, legal, credit risk, market risk, or the management of a process or business with accountability for compliance or operational risk), or a combination of both; or 10+ years of IT systems security, business process management or financial services industry experience, of which 5+ years must include direct experience in compliance, operational risk management, or a combination of both Desired Qualifications --- Advanced Microsoft Office skills --- Excellent verbal, written, and interpersonal communication skills --- Strong analytical skills with high attention to detail and accuracy --- Ability to interact with all levels of an organization --- 8+ years of lending related financial regulations experience --- Knowledge and understanding of regulatory compliance requirements surrounding business and consumer-lending or deposit laws and regulations --- Ability to execute in a fast paced, high demand, environment while balancing multiple priorities --- Ability to develop partnerships and collaborate with other business and functional areas --- An active Certified Regulatory Compliance Manager (CRCM) designation Other Desired Qualifications --- A Juris Doctor (JD) degree / Master's degree. --- At least 5 years' experience with commercial/wholesale bank/division, regulatory agency, law department/firm, compliance, auditing or consulting firm. --- Proven knowledge of operational risk, business operations, and processes and systems controls across a variety of complex financial services related businesses. --- Experience in building/designing a control infrastructure through policies, procedures, guidance documents, and training development. Job Expectations --- Ability to travel up to 10% of the time 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. ()
          

At a Glance - World AIDS Day 2019 - 29-11-2019

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Every year, 1 December marks World AIDS Day, proclaimed by the United Nations (UN) in 1988 and aimed mainly at raising awareness. This year's specific theme, 'Communities make a difference', draws attention to the crucial role of community health workers and communities of people living with HIV, highlighting their contribution to ending the epidemic. World AIDS Day also offers an opportunity to take stock of progress, globally and in the EU.

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AWS estará a desenvolver novo processador para data centers

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A Amazon Web Services estará a desenhar um novo processador de segunda geração para data centers com base na tecnologia ARM. Segundo as estimativas, deverá ter um aumento de 20% na performance
          

Inside a $30 million opera house renovation

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The spectacular 19th century Hungarian State Opera House draws in thousands of visitors each year, but when a simple overhaul revealed it needed major work, it closed its doors for what became a massive $30 million restoration. Newly released photos show how the work is progressing.

          

Weird Triassic 'Dragons' Had Massive Heads. Here's Why.

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Massive skulls and jaws helped these carnivorous reptiles to become one of the Triassic's deadliest apex predators on land.
          

12/07/2019 - Pet Photos with Santa at Petco Benefiting Animal Friends of the Valleys

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Santa Paws - Get your pet’s picture snapped with Santa and “paw it forward” at Petco’s annual Christmas photo fundraiser on Saturday December 7th, 14th and `15th from 1-4pm. For a donation of $9.95, pet parents will receive a commemorative digital photo of their fur baby while helping homeless animals find loving homes. 100% of the event proceeds at Petco’s Southwest Riverside locations in Temecula, Murrieta and Lake Elsinore will directly benefit Animal Friends of the Valleys.
          

Electronic Voting Tips for Condominium Corporations

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Our office has been busy these past few months either attending or chairing Annual General Meetings or Special Owners Meetings.  What is different this year is that many of these condominium corporations introduced electronic voting to their communities to do their elections and by-law votes and were successful in getting their bylaws confirmed and quorum achieved well […]
          

Is a Furniture Protection Plan Worth It?

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Can you picture it?

It’s Friday night. The weekend has finally arrived. The house is quiet. Everybody’s off doing their Friday night thing. Time to stretch out on that gorgeous new white leather sectional, the one you shopped the City to find. Maybe have a glass of wine. Or paint your toe nails Fourth of July red. It’s your time to unwind.

So, you hunker down on the couch and sink in. Ahhh! It’s so comfortable maybe you’ll just kick back and watch that Netflix movie you’ve been hearing about all week at the office. Life is good.

The sliding glass door to the patio opens and you hear the kids’ voices. “Mom! We decided to hang out here tonight!”

And just as their words reach your ears, Fido darts in from the patio and jumps up on your lap. He’s excited. His tail is wagging a mile a minute. It wrests the wine glass from your hand and dumps cabernet on your brand new! WHITE! leather! couch! You jump up in alarm and knock the red nail polish on the floor, shrieking at Fido as he earnestly crawls across the couch to lap up the spill.

In the time it takes you to exhale, an entire section of your sectional is a dark berry color and shredded thanks to Fido’s raggedy nails. And one wooden foot of the couch is flecked with red polka dots. Yikes!

Life happens!

As distressing as this is, you got your beautiful sectional at Walker Furniture. You also purchased their Furniture Care Protection Plan! Whew!

Investing in a Walker’s Furniture Protection plans means you don’t have worry about spilling that glass of Cabernet or Fido’s claws or Fourth of July red nail polish. We got you covered!

Walker Sales Manager, Will Pendleton, puts it this way. "We offer a variety of Furniture Protection Plans all new furniture to make sure our customers enjoy what they buy from us for a long time to come. We understand that life happens, that accidents happen. Your peace of mind is important to us. It’s a win-win for all of us.”  

What’s Covered? *

Fabric

  • Food or beverages
  • Human or pet bodily fluid
  • Ballpoint pen ink
  • Nail polish/nail polish remover
  • Puncture, cut, tear, rip
  • Burn
  • Springs, frames, mechanisms, motors, levers, power and remote cords used for sleeper, reclining, and reclining applications*

Leather

  • Food or beverages
  • Human or pet bodily fluid
  • Ballpoint pen ink
  • Nail polish/nail polish remover
  • Puncture, cut, tear, rip
  • Burn
  • Springs, frames, mechanisms, motors, levers, power and remote cords used for sleeper, reclining, and reclining applications*
  • Checking, cracking, bubbling, peeling of finish

Wood

  • Food or beverages
  • Nail polish/nail polish remover
  • Burn
  • Heat mark
  • Checking, cracking, bubbling, peeling of finish
  • Scratch, gouge and chip
  • Breakage
  • Liquid mark or ring

Our 4 year Promise

And if that doesn’t give you peace of mind, maybe this will!

If, after 4 years, you don’t need the protection our plans provide, Walker Furniture will give you back the money you spent on your Protection Plan as store credit. Any way you look at it, our Furniture Protection Plan is a value-added perk!

How does it work?

Ask your Walker sales associate to review a sample of the plan before you make your purchase.

If life happens to what you buy, just contact Furniture Care Protection at 888-705-4001 or claims@furniturecareprotection.com to request service for a stain or damage. Have your furniture sales receipt and FCP invoice or contact number ready when you call so we can get the ball rolling!

You’ll be glad you did!

*  Floor samples and “as-is” items are excluded. Intentional misuse and other limitations may apply.


          

ROCK 'N' ROLL-AMERICANA | Bill Kirchen

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The high point of a Bill Kirchen show is the tour of guitar-hero riffs he takes the crowd on in the middle of "Hot Rod Lincoln," a rock 'n' roll rave-up that Kirchen recorded in 1972 as a member of Commander Cody and His Lost Planet Airmen. Riffs from The Beatles, The Ventures, Merle Haggard, Albert Collins, Link Wray, The Sex Pistols, and Jimi Hendrix all come tumbling out of his tweed amp as jaws land in laps and eyes are popping out of heads and rolling around on the floor.…
          

New Tool Shows State of Abortion Law and Abortion Access Across America

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New Tool Shows State of Abortion Law and Abortion Access Across America ehorwitz Fri, 11/22/2019 - 10:23

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Center for Reproductive Rights comprehensive digital map shows the ‘No Roe Reality’ of abortion laws, restrictions,and protections on the books - including those laws currently blocked by the courts
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(PRESS RELEASE) – Today, the Center for Reproductive Rights unveiled a new and improved digital tool, What if Roe Fell, showing the current state of abortion access across the United States, including the 5 most populous U.S. territories and the District of Columbia.  If the Supreme Court limits or overturns Roe v. Wade, abortion access would be at risk in almost one-half of U.S. states. The new tool shows that abortion access is challenging in many parts of the U.S. due to state restrictions.

For the first time in three years, the tool has been overhauled to add new search features so users can sort states based on the types of bans, restrictions, and protections in place in each state. Not only is this the most comprehensive digital map on abortion access currently available, it showcases the importance of the courts that have permanently prevented many abortion bans and restrictions from going into effect as well as those laws currently on hold as the Center and other organizations challenge the laws in state and federal courts.

What if Roe Fell shows the devastating landscape of abortion access if Roe is weakened or overturned,” said Nancy Northup, President and CEO of the Center for Reproductive Rights. “We have analyzed the laws and constitutional protections of every state. This tool is a call to action to pass state and federal laws protecting abortion rights and abortion access.”
 

This one-of-a-kind interactive digital map provides an overview of current abortion bans, restrictions, and protections across the country, including:

  • Trigger bans – abortion bans that could be triggered if the federal right is overturned
  • Abortion bans broken down by the number of weeks of pregnancy
  • 7 kinds of restrictions targeting specifically abortion providers (facility requirements, admitting privileges, etc.)

The Center’s new map shows the state of abortion access in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and the five most populous U.S. territories:

  • 7 states have expanded access to abortion care and protect abortion rights under state law: California, Connecticut, Hawaii, New York, Oregon, Vermont, and Washington.
  • 14 states protect abortion rights under state law: Alaska, Delaware, Florida, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Montana, Nevada, New Jersey, and Rhode Island
  • 8 states/district/territories where abortion is not protected under state, district or territory law: Colorado, District of Columbia, New Hampshire, New Mexico, Puerto Rico, U.S. Virgin Islands, Virginia, and Wyoming.
  • 24 states/territories that are hostile to abortion: Alabama, American Samoa, Arizona, Arkansas, Georgia, Guam, Idaho, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska, North Carolina, North Dakota, the Northern Mariana Islands, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, West Virginia, and Wisconsin

The map also shows laws are on the books that are currently on hold due to litigation as well as laws that have been blocked from going into effect.

What If Roe Fell also includes a glossary of terms commonly used in abortion conversations, as well as a comprehensive history of abortion access across the U.S. since the Supreme Court’s decision on Roe in 1973.

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MEDIA CONTACT: Kelly Krause; kkrause@reprorights.org; 917-637-3649 

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2019-79676 - Program Planning and Control Scheduler

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Principal dominio / campo de aplicación : Programa / Atención al cliente/Programa
Tipo de Contrato : Contrato indeterminado / Indefinido
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PP&C Scheduler Summary PP& C Scheduler will perform program planning and control activities to support the government reporting efforts related to government programs. The candidate shall provide overall schedule management, analysis, and assessment to support the continued development and operation of our Master Schedules. The schedule function will entail collecting information from various contractors. Shall perform schedule analyses, assessments, and report findings.

Competencies To perform the job successfully, an individual should demonstrate the following competencies: Planning/Organizing - Prioritizes and plans work activities; Uses time efficiently; Plans for additional resources; Sets goals and objectives; Organizes or schedules other people and their tasks; Develops realistic action plans. Analytical - Synthesizes complex or diverse information skillfully; Collects and researches data; Uses intuition and experience to complement data; Designs work flows and procedures. Problem Solving - Identifies and resolves problems promptly; Develops alternative solutions; Works well in group problem-solving situations. Teamwork - Contributes to building a positive team spirit; Puts success of team above own interests; Able to build morale and group commitments to goals and objectives; Supports everyone's efforts to succeed. To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. Education and Experience - Bachelor's degree, with a concentration in Business Management or Engineering, 2 to 5 years' related experience preferred and/or training or equivalent combination of education and experience. Prior aerospace or government project experience, preferred. Requires hands-on experience developing detailed schedules — proven ability to generate reports and data analysis. Language Skills - Ability to read, analyze, and interpret general business periodicals, professional journals, 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, customers, and the general public. Mathematical Skills - Ability to work with mathematical concepts such as probability and statistics Reasoning Ability - Ability to solve practical problems and deal with a variety of concrete variables in situations where only limited standardization exists. Ability to interpret a variety of instructions furnished in written, oral, diagram, or schedule form. Computer Skills - To perform this job successfully, an individual should have in-depth knowledge of Microsoft office suite, including pivot tables, equations, graphs, and charts. Other Qualifications - Water & Waste complies with all United States export law and regulations, including but not limited to the Export Administration Regulations, the ITAR, and Office of Foreign Assets Controls Regulations. Candidates who wish to be considered for positions whose activities are subject to export control laws must be one of the following: (a) a citizen of the United States; (b) a lawful permanent resident of the United States; or (c) a pers
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Your Top 10 Amazon Deals This Week!

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Curious which bargains your fellow deal seekers were into the most this week? I’m expanding the list to ten for the holiday season, so here are the top 10 Amazon deals (that are still available) from the past week — as decided by YOU!!! 1| Eco-Friendly Reusable Stainless Steel Metal Straws (8-pc. set), $3.99 —...

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Eco-Friendly Reusable Stainless Steel Metal Straws 8-pc. Set $3.99!

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If you’ve been looking to stock up on stainless steel metal straws, this is the deal for you… Right now you can snag this 8-pc. set for just $3.99, the lowest price to date! The set includes 4 straight straws, 4 bent straws, 2 cleaning brushes, and a storage bag. We ditched paper and plastic...

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Wolverine – Infinity Watch (TPB) (2019)

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Logan goes cosmic! Wolverine has returned, alive and well. But hang on — didn’t he have an Infinity Stone? How did that happen?! And wasn’t he popping up all over the place for a little while? The answers are finally revealed as Logan joined forces with everyone’s favorite god of mischief, Loki Laufeyson! Wolverine is the best there is at what he does. But how good is he at protecting the universe from cosmic disaster? Will he be better or worse than Loki, the admitted lord of lies? We’re about to learn! But one thing’s for sure: Logan’s claws will come in handy against the notorious, unstoppable killing machines known as the Fraternity of Raptors! Collects Wolverine: Infinity Watch #1-5.

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Comment on Authentic Sloyd Tool Cabinet by bruce.desertrat

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Nice project, but wouldn't a good first step have been to measure your saws so you were assured of building a cabinet they could fit in? That detail jumped right out at me...you cannot close the door the way it's built.
          

Singapore flexes 'fake news' laws over Facebook post

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Facebook on Friday faced pressure from the government of Singapore to issue a correction to users who saw a recent post on the social networking service that irked authorities.

The office in charge of enforcing Singapore's newly enacted "fake news" laws said in a statement that it was instructed by ...

          

TIPHC Newsletter, Nov. 24-30, 2019

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The Electoral College?s Racist Origins

More than two centuries after it was designed to empower southern white voters, the system continues to do just that.

Photo by Frank Scherschel/The Life Picture Collection/Getty

(The Atlantic) Is a color-blind political system possible under our Constitution? If it is, the Supreme Court?s evisceration of the Voting Rights Act in 2013 did little to help matters. While black people in America today are not experiencing 1950s levels of voter suppression, efforts to keep them and other citizens from participating in elections began within 24 hours of the Shelby County v. Holder ruling and have only increased since then.

In Shelby County?s oral argument, Justice Antonin Scalia cautioned, ?Whenever a society adopts racial entitlements, it is very difficult to get them out through the normal political processes.? Ironically enough, there is some truth to an otherwise frighteningly numb claim. American elections have an acute history of racial entitlements?only they don?t privilege black Americans.

For centuries, white votes have gotten undue weight, as a result of innovations such as poll taxes and voter-ID laws and outright violence to discourage racial minorities from voting. (more)


A Thanksgiving feast that?s rooted in vintage African-American stories

southwestern turkey(Palm Beach Post) The author of the landmark 2015 book ?The Jemima Code? has a new cookbook filled with culinary inspiration from U.S. history?s long overshadowed chefs. And what a holiday meal they can spark in our kitchens today.

What is a Thanksgiving meal if not history on a plate?

Sure, there?s the American history part of the holiday, the narratives we dramatize in grade school and too often reduce to cartoony details, like pilgrim salt-and-pepper shakers. There?s the immigrant history part of it, as America?s emerging communities embrace the holiday as their own. (As in my family?s Cuban black beans, alongside the mojo-marinated turkey.) And there?s the family history part of it, with our yearly repetition of dishes served in memory of loved ones no longer with us.

The obligatory star of the table, of course: a big, roasted turkey. But who says the centerpiece dish, or any other dish, has to be the same as it ever was? Author and cultural historian Toni Tipton-Martin?s latest cookbook proves there?s a well of new inspiration to be found in the most vintage of stories. We can be purists and innovative at once. (more)


Opinion: Yes, African American history will improve Texas schools

It is vital that students, regardless of race, see themselves in the important parts of history.

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Pioneer aviator Bessie Coleman stands on the wheel of a plane in this 1920s photo. Coleman gave exhibition flights in the United States as well as Europe earning the name ‘Queen Bess’ and tried her best to become famous. But outside the segregated black world in which she lived, few people ever paid attention.

(Dallas Morning News) Taught properly, history offers insight into a society as an archive of what we consider important enough to pass on to future generations. So we were elated to learn that the state Board of Education is ready to approve African American studies electives for high school students in Texas.

Over the years, we?ve criticized the State Board of Education for promoting ideology over facts in Texas history during their often contentious discussions of what students should learn in classrooms. And this resulted in major omissions, and even distortions, of the roles that Texans of color played in making this a great state.

Our hope is that this is about to change. Less than two years after the state board approved Mexican American studies, the board early next year is expected to approve its first African American studies course. “We will be passing this,” said Pat Hardy, a Fort Worth Republican member of the 15-member board responsible for setting curriculum standards and adopting textbooks for Texas public schools. (more)


Historic area church restored | Iconic black church will soon be open to the community

Union Baptist Church here has undergone a complete restoration and brings one of the state’s most important historic sites as close as possible to its original 1883 condition.

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(Texarkana Gazette) While the church was designated a Recorded Texas Historic Landmark in 2011, it spent decades in a state of increasing disrepair. The multi-year project has been overseen by the Jefferson-based Collins Academy and the Dallas-based Today Foundation. Both organizations were founded by Richard H. Collins.

Collins is a philanthropist and a preservationist who has underwritten multiple education and cultural initiatives across the state of Texas. He has deep family roots in East Texas. The signature element of a Collins project is to maintain authenticity by renovating a structure as historically accurate to its origins as possible.

Collins hosted a private opening celebration for the Union Baptist Church on Saturday (Nov. 23).

“We believe our efforts will make Jefferson a leader in historic preservation and community involvement,” Collins said. (more)

Photo: The historic Union Baptist Church in Jefferson, Texas, has undergone a multi-year restoration overseen by the Jefferson-based Collins Academy and the Dallas-based Today Foundation. The church is now as close as possible to its original 1883 condition. Evolving out of the African Church in Jefferson’s pre-Civil War era, Union Baptist Church is one of the most prominent hubs of African-American history in Texas and is one of the oldest black churches in the state. (Photo by Collins Academy)


TIPHC Bookshelf

Requiem for a ClassicPublished scholarship on black history in Texas is growing and we?d like to share with you some suggested readings, both current and past, from some of the preeminent history scholars in Texas and beyond. We invite you to take a look at our bookshelf page ? including a featured selection ? and check back as the list grows. A different selection will be featured each week. We welcome suggestions and reviews. This week, we offer, “Requiem for a Classic, Thanksgiving Turkey Day Classic,” by Thurman W. Robins Ed.D.

In the era when segregation and Jim Crow laws ruled the land, The Turkey Day Classic was created. The event prospered from 1927 to 1966. Newspaper accounts describe the classic between arch rivals Jack Yates and Phillis Wheatley high schools in Houston as the largest annually attended schoolboy game in America. Fans came dressed to kill to witness the game and the glorious halftime activities. Marching bands, drill squads, and other performing groups gave eloquent entertaining performances during halftime. However, the crowning of the schools queens were the highlights of halftime. Game summaries, team lineups, and editorial comments by the author are presented.


This Week in Texas Black History

Nov. 24

Scott JoplinCalled the ?King of Ragtime,? Scott Joplin was born this day in 1868 near Linden, Texas. (Some documents, however, refer to his birth as between June 1867 and mid-January 1868.) Joplin grew up in Texarkana, Texas and taught himself to play piano in the home where his mother worked as a domestic. Sheet music for his best-known piece, ?Maple Leaf Rag,? sold over a million copies and his works also include a ballet and two operas. Joplin?s music was featured in the 1973 motion picture, ?The Sting,? which won an Academy Award for its film score. In 1976, Joplin was posthumously awarded a Pulitzer Prize for ?Treemonisha,? the first grand opera by an African American.

Nov. 24

Teddy WilsonJazz pianist Teddy Wilson was born this day in Austin in 1912. Known as ?the definitive swing pianist,? Wilson began his career in the late 1920s in various Midwest bands, and from 1935 to 1939, played on sessions that resulted in legendary vocalist Billie Holiday?s greatest work. He joined Benny Goodman in 1936, breaking the color barrier by performing on an equal footing with Goodman in trios, quartets and sextets.

Nov. 24

Percy Sutton

Attorney, businessman and civil rights activist Percy Sutton was born on this date in 1920 in San Antonio. The son of a former slave, Sutton served in World War II with the Tuskegee Airmen, then settled in New York. In 1971, he co-founded the Inner City Broadcasting Corporation, which purchased WLIB-AM, making it the first black-owned station in New York City. He earned a law degree in 1950 and served in the New York State Assembly before taking over as Manhattan borough president in 1966, becoming the state?s highest-ranking black elected official. Sutton also headed a group that owned the Amsterdam News, the second-largest black weekly newspaper in the country.

Nov. 27

Mickey Leland

On this day in 1944, U.S. Congressman Mickey Leland was born in Lubbock. He graduated from Houston?s Phillis Wheatley High School in 1963 and earned a pharmacy degree from Texas Southern University in 1970. Leland served six terms in Congress (18th District) and five years as a Texas state legislator (88th District). He was a civil rights activist and a staunch advocate in the fight against hunger. He was the lead supporter for passage of the Africa Famine Relief and Recovery Act of 1985, legislation that provided $800 million in food and humanitarian relief supplies. Leland died in a plane crash on August 7, 1989 while on a relief mission to an isolated refugee camp, Fugnido, in Ethiopia, which sheltered thousands of unaccompanied children fleeing the civil conflict in neighboring Sudan.

Nov. 28

Yates-Wheatley Thanksgiving game

The Jack Yates ? Phillis Wheatley high school football rivalry in Houston started in 1927, but the game officially became the ?Turkey Day Classic? on this day in 1946. Played at Jeppesen Stadium ? then a venue for public school sports events, the Thanksgiving Day game would be played until 1966 and drew standing room only crowds of 30,000-plus fans making it, for many years, the largest event in the nation for high school football.

Nov. 28

Claude Black

Claude William Black, Jr., minister and political figure, was born on this day in 1916 in San Antonio. Rev. Black was pastor of Mt. Zion First Baptist Church in San Antonio for almost 50 years, but was also a noted Civil Rights leader who became a four-term city councilman (1973-1978) and the city?s first black Mayor Pro Tem. He was an associate of Martin Luther King, Jr.A. Phillip Randolph, and Thurgood Marshall. During President Lyndon Johnson?s administration, Black was a delegate to the White House Conference on Civil Rights.


Blog: Ron Goodwin, Ph.D., author, PVAMU history professor

Ron Goodwin is an assistant professor of history at Prairie View A&M University. Even though he was a military ?brat,? he still considers San Antonio home. Like his father and brother, Ron joined the U.S. Air Force and while enlisted received his undergraduate degree from Texas Lutheran University in Seguin, Texas. After his honorable discharge, he completed graduate degrees from Texas Southern University. Goodwin?s book, Blacks in Houston, is a pictorial history of Houston?s black community. His most recent book, Remembering the Days of Sorrow, examines the institution of slavery in Texas from the perspective of the New Deal?s Slave Narratives.

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Worried?

November 26th, 2019

I have a confession. I?m a worrier. But I don?t worry if the Dallas Cowboys or the Houston Texans will make the playoffs, I worry about my family?s health and well being. Right now I?m especially worried about my mother and one of my brothers-in-law. Both are dealing with issues that I pray daily about. And I know I?m not supposed to worry, the Good Book teaches that if the Provider takes care of the…(more)

Football is still football

October 14th, 2019

Since we?re into the football season I thought it was time to interject my two cents. I?ve noticed several teams starting black quarterbacks these days. Some because of injury, but others have been under center since training camp. By my count, the first weekend of the National Football League season in September saw nine African?(more)


Submissions wanted

Historians, scholars, students, lend us your?writings. Help us produce the most comprehensive documentation ever undertaken for the African American experience in Texas. We encourage you to contribute items about people, places, events, issues, politics/legislation, sports, entertainment, religion, etc., as general entries or essays. Our documentation is wide-ranging and diverse, and you may research and write about the subject of your interest or, to start, please consult our list of suggested biographical entries and see submission guidelines. However, all topics must be approved by TIPHC editors before beginning your research/writing.

We welcome your questions or comments. Please contact Michael Hurd, Director of TIPHC, at mdhurd@pvamu.edu.



          

TIPHC Newsletter, Nov. 17-23, 2019

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Enslaved Couples Faced Wrenching Separations, or Even Choosing Family Over Freedom

Loved ones could be sold away at any time. Here’s how married couples coped.

Photo: Soldier and Companion, c.1861-65 (tintype with brass mat & leather case), American Photographer, (19th century)/Detroit Institute of Arts, USA/Founders Society Purchase, DeRoy Photographic Acquisition Endowment Fund and Coville Photographic Fund/Bridgeman Images

(History.com) For enslaved African-Americans, the ideal of marriage as an enduring lifelong bond was rarely an option. When couples stood before clergy or other officiants, they couldn?t share the traditional, age-old promises of permanent fidelity because their vows had a built-in asterisk: ?Do you take this woman or this man to be your spouse?until death or distance do you part??

Understanding those altered words, couples married with trepidation, fully aware of the turmoil that might result from trying to maintain and nurture their ties while enslaved. Still, they continually took leaps of faith, driven by burning passions to form families of their choosing?and create fundamental human bonds that could help soften the harsh conditions of human bondage.

These leaps were necessary because, for nearly 250 years, the vast majority of African-Americans were considered chattel property. Within this system, white slaveholders made all the decisions: They determined whether and when enslaved people could wed. They split them apart when finances dictated. They sometimes chose who would marry who. Or brazenly violated enslaved couples? marriages by forcing the women to serve as their own concubines. And those in political power set laws that made it exceedingly difficult for freed black people to reside for long near their still-enslaved families without being sucked back into the harrowing state of bondage themselves.

Since marriage was both a civil right and a religious rite afforded only to those with legal standing, enslaved people, who had no recognizable standing in society, could not make contracts of any kind. Their marriages were neither legally binding, nor sanctified by the Christian church, which routinely allowed one of its holiest rites to be tarnished by power, money and whim. Property owners were its leading constituents, and their rights prevailed over human rights. So enslaved people were forced to settle for conditional unions that could be torn asunder at any time. (more)


Decades After Racial Strife, Returning to A&M

Forty-five years ago, Bill Mahomes endured suspicion and scorn as the first black student to graduate from Texas A&M University’s Corps of Cadets. Now, he helps run the school.

Bill Mahomes

Bill Mahomes in his office at Mahomes & Bolden PC in Dallas. Mahomes was the first black cadet to make it through the Texas A&M Corps of Cadets and is now a member of the Texas A&M System Board of Regents. (Mark Graham)

(Texas Tribune) Two decades after becoming the first black student at Texas A&M to spend four years in the school’s Corps of Cadets, Bill Mahomes received a call from an old classmate. They hadn?t spoken since graduation, but the man wanted to apologize.

He had screamed at Mahomes once ? not uncommon in A&M?s massive, ROTC-like military program. But this instance had crossed the line. Words were too harsh. Racial slurs may have been used. The incident had weighed on the classmate ever since.

Mahomes listened to the apology but didn?t know what to say. At first, he couldn?t even remember the incident. That kind of thing happened so often at A&M in the 1960s that he usually endured it and moved on.

The apology, however, left a more lasting impression. Looking back, the 68-year-old lawyer says, it was one of many healing moments that helped him reconnect with his university ? a school he kept his distance from after graduating during the painful civil rights era. (more)


Azellia White, trailblazer for African-American women in aviation, dies at 106

Native of Gonzalez, Texas

Azellia White(The Washington Post) Azellia White, who said she found freedom in the skies, becoming one of the first African American women to earn a pilot?s license in the United States, died Sept. 14 at a nursing home in Sugar Land, Tex. She was 106.

Her death was reported Nov. 18 in the London Daily Telegraph but had previously gone largely unnoted in the U.S. and international news media. A great-niece, Emeldia Bailey, confirmed her death and said she did not know the cause.

Mrs. White, the daughter of a sharecropper and a midwife, was drawn to aviation by her husband, Hulon ?Pappy? White, a mechanic who served during World War II in Tuskegee, Ala., as a mechanic for the storied unit of black military pilots known as the Tuskegee Airmen. (more)


TIPHC Bookshelf

Queen Bess bookPublished scholarship on black history in Texas is growing and we?d like to share with you some suggested readings, both current and past, from some of the preeminent history scholars in Texas and beyond. We invite you to take a look at our bookshelf page ? including a featured selection ? and check back as the list grows. A different selection will be featured each week. We welcome suggestions and reviews. This week, we offer, ?Queen Bess, Daredevil Aviator,? by Doris L. Rich.

Here is the brief but intense life of Bessie Coleman, America?s first African American woman aviator. Born in 1892 in Atlanta, Texas, she became known as ?Queen Bess,? a barnstormer and flying-circus performer who defied the strictures of race, sex, and society in pursuit of a dream.

 


This Week in Texas Black History

Nov. 17

Elvin HayesBasketball player Elvin Hayes, one of the first black athletes at the University of Houston, was born on this day in 1945 in Rayville, La. Hayes was a three-time All-America and was selected as the College Player of the Year in 1968. As a pro, he was the first pick in the 1968 NBA draft by the San Diego (later Houston) Rockets, and would also star for the Baltimore/Washington Bullets. Hayes retired in 1984 as the second-leading scorer in league history with 27,313 points, was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 1990, and was named one of the NBA?s 50 greatest players in 1996.

Nov. 23

Baylor University logoOn this day in 1963, Baylor University?s athletic council announced it would integrate all of the school?s athletic teams, effective with the opening of the spring semester, Jan. 30, 1964. At the time, the school had no black students, but had announced its intention to open enrollment. John Bridgers, head football coach and athletic director said, ?We don?t know of any Negro athletes right now that we?re interested in, but there may be some we will want to look at and investigate?there are some tremendous Negro athletes all over the country.? Bridgers said he personally agrees with the action of the trustees and the athletic council. ?I feel it?s something that should be, from a standpoint of being right.? Ironically, Baylor was the first program in the Southwest Conference to have a black player take the field when running back John Westbrook, a walk-on, carried the ball twice in the Bears victory over Syracuse University on Sept. 10, 1966. A week later, Southern Methodist University?s Jerry Levias became the SWC?s first black scholarship player.


Blog: Ron Goodwin, Ph.D., author, PVAMU history professor

Ron Goodwin is an assistant professor of history at Prairie View A&M University. Even though he was a military ?brat,? he still considers San Antonio home. Like his father and brother, Ron joined the U.S. Air Force and while enlisted received his undergraduate degree from Texas Lutheran University in Seguin, Texas. After his honorable discharge, he completed graduate degrees from Texas Southern University. Goodwin?s book, Blacks in Houston, is a pictorial history of Houston?s black community. His most recent book, Remembering the Days of Sorrow, examines the institution of slavery in Texas from the perspective of the New Deal?s Slave Narratives.

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Since we?re into the football season I thought it was time to interject my two cents. I?ve noticed several teams starting black quarterbacks these days. Some because of injury, but others have been under center since training camp. By my count, the first weekend of the National Football League season in September saw nine African?(more)

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October 1st, 2019

Over the last few years our society has spent a great amount of energy reliving and analyzing the 1960s. Every event ? from the deaths of the Kennedy brothers, MLK and Malcolm X, landing on the moon, war protests, and the hippie revolution ? has been scrutinized through the microscope of history. The interesting thing about history?s microscope, though, is that it often blots out the nasty and the ugly. The concept of revisionism centers?(more)


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Goodwin v. Commonwealth

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Statmux Is Now Available On AWS Elemental MediaLive

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ProSiebenSat.1 using AWS as primary cloud provider

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German media group ProSiebenSat.1 has opted for Amazon’s AWS as its primary cloud provider. The contract will extend across its broadcast and digital media businesses, production companies, and e-commerce platforms. ProSiebenSat.1 also wants to reduce the time to market of new applications, and introducing advanced analytics and machine learning (ML) technologies in its home markets […]
          

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Grace Community is a healthy and dynamic church that is growing strong in Grayslake, IL, a far north suburb of Chicago. We are currently looking for a Worship Leader who is gifted in leading others in passionate praise and awe-filled devotion to the Lord. This person would:

  • first and foremost, lead by example and model that before others – a lead worshiper who delights in the Lord and enters His presence with both humility and bold confidence through Christ.
  • be filled with the Spirit of God and grounded in the Word of God – a worshiper in spirit and truth.
  • be a strong, gifted worship leader who draws people into worship and a gifted musician vocally and instrumentally.
  • be a hard worker, committed to excellence personally and in others – developing vocal and instrumental worship teams, recruiting new people to the ministry and shepherding the faithful ones.
  • love cutting edge, contemporary worship music, and yet have an appreciation for traditional hymns and their usage in services from time to time.
  • enjoy all aspects of planning weekly services and special services (e.g. Easter & Good Friday, Christmas, Ministry Year Kick-off celebrations) that incorporate a variety of creative elements to foster and enhance worship.
  • desire to develop and oversee all aspects of the Worship Ministry (e.g. music, production, creative arts, administration, etc.) through pastoral and organizational leadership.
  • enjoy working under and alongside the leadership of the Lead Pastor, excited to be working as a team and yet deferring to authority and peers out of reverence for Christ.
  • be committed to Grace Community – its mission, values and people.

We currently have a paid, full-time position available for someone who fits these qualifications. This position would require leading worship regularly on Sunday mornings, leading worship team rehearsals, creating excellent services, and overseeing the development of all aspects of the Worship Ministry (official job description available upon request). Additionally, this position would lead other ministry within the church (e.g. missions, prayer, graphics design, social media, etc.) according to the applicant's gifting and experience and per mutual agreement at the time of hiring. This person would report directly to the Lead Pastor.

To find out more about Grace Community, visit mygracecommunity.org.

If interested, please send your cover letter, resume, and music samples (video preferred) to us at wlsearch@mygracecommunity.org.


          

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മുംബൈ: മഹാരാഷ്ട്ര സ്പീക്കർ തിരഞ്ഞെടുപ്പിൽ നിന്ന് ബിജെപി സ്ഥാനാർഥിയെ പിൻവലിച്ചു. ഇതോടെ മഹാവികാസ് അഘാടി സഖ്യ സ്ഥാനാർഥി നാനാ പട്ടോളെ എതിരില്ലാതെ തിരഞ്ഞെടുക്കപ്പെട്ടു. മുൻ ബി.ജെ.പി. എം.പി.യും കോൺഗ്രസ് എംഎൽഎയുമാണ് നാനാ പട്ടോളെ. കിസാൻ കാതോരെയെയായിരുന്നു ബിജെപിയുടെ സ്പീക്കർ സ്ഥാനാർഥി. ഇന്ന് പതിനൊന്ന് മണിയോടെ നിയമസഭ ചേർന്ന് തിരഞ്ഞെടുപ്പ് നടത്താനാണ് തീരുമാനിച്ചിരുന്നത്. എന്നാൽ ഇതിന് തൊട്ടുമുമ്പായി ബിജെപി സ്ഥാനാർഥിയെ പിൻവലിക്കുകയായിരുന്നു. നടപടിക്രമങ്ങൾ അട്ടിമറിച്ചെന്നാരോപിച്ച് വിശ്വാസവോട്ടെടുപ്പിനിടെ കഴിഞ്ഞ ദിവസം ബിജെപി സഭ ബഹിഷ്കരിച്ചിരുന്നു.വിദർഭ മേഖലയിലെ സകോളി മണ്ഡലത്തിൽനിന്നാണ് നാനാ പട്ടോളെ ജയിച്ചത്. നിയമസഭയിൽ ബി.ജെ.പി.യെ വരുതിയിൽനിർത്തുക എന്ന ഉദ്ദേശ്യംകൂടിയുണ്ട് നാനാ പട്ടോളെയെ സ്പീക്കറാക്കിയതിന് പിന്നിൽ. കോൺഗ്രസ്, എൻ.സി.പി. പാർട്ടികളിലെ പ്രധാന നേതാക്കളെല്ലാം പശ്ചിമമഹാരാഷ്ട്രയിൽനിന്നോ, മറാഠ വിഭാഗത്തിൽനിന്നോ ഉള്ളവരാണ്. എന്നാൽ, നാനാ പട്ടോളെ ഒ.ബി.സി.യിൽപ്പെട്ട കുൻബി വിഭാഗത്തിലുള്ള ആളും. മാത്രമല്ല, സഖ്യത്തിന് അധികം പ്രാതിനിധ്യമില്ലാത്ത വിദർഭ മേഖലയിൽനിന്നുള്ള വ്യക്തിയും. സ്പീക്കർ സ്ഥാനാർഥിയാകാൻ നാനാ തിരഞ്ഞെടുക്കപ്പെടാൻ ഇതും കാരണമായി. കോൺഗ്രസിന്റെ കർഷകസംഘടനാ നേതാവുകൂടിയാണ് അദ്ദേഹം. നാനാ പട്ടോളെ മുമ്പ് കോൺഗ്രസുകാരനായിരുന്നു. 2009-ൽ ബി.ജെ.പി.യിലേക്ക് ചേക്കേറി. 2014-ലെ ലോക്സഭാ തിരഞ്ഞെടുപ്പിൽ ഭണ്ഡാര-ഗോണ്ഡിയ മണ്ഡലത്തിൽ എൻ.സി.പി.യുടെ ശക്തനായ മുൻകേന്ദ്രമന്ത്രി പ്രഫുൽ പട്ടേലിനെ തോൽപ്പിച്ചാണ് എം.പി.യായത്. എന്നാൽ, പ്രധാനമന്ത്രി നരേന്ദ്രമോദിയുമായി പിണങ്ങി അദ്ദേഹം വീണ്ടും കോൺഗ്രസിലേക്ക് തിരിച്ചുവന്നു. 2019-ൽ നാഗ്പുരിൽ നിതിൻ ഗഡ്കരിക്കെതിരേ മത്സരിച്ച് തോറ്റു. കഴിഞ്ഞ തിരഞ്ഞെടുപ്പിൽ സകോളി നിയമസഭാ മണ്ഡലത്തിൽ മന്ത്രി പരിണയ് ഫുകെയെയാണ് തോൽപ്പിച്ചത്. Content Highlights:Maharashtra Assembly: Congresss Nana Patole Unopposed In Maharashtra Speaker Race As BJP Withdraws കേരള സ്കൂൾ കലോത്സവ വിശേഷങ്ങൾ കാണാം, കേൾക്കാം, വായിക്കാം SPECIAL COVERAGE

          

Mystery Case Files: Black Crown Collector's Edition

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Big Fish Editor's Choice! This title was selected for its exceptional quality and overwhelmingly positive reviews from our Game Club beta testers. Eipix Entertainment proudly brings you the 20th case in the classic Mystery Case Files saga! When a patient at the Manchester Asylum draws a huge crown covering the walls of her cell, you’re sent to learn what, if anything, it has to do with your past. But when the inmates escape, there’s only one way for you to regain control — find the Black Crown before they do. You’ll need to gather your wits and use all your abilities to learn the identity of “Jane Doe” and solve the mystery of the Black Crown in this new chapter of the classic hidden-object puzzle adventure game series!
          

Caravans-parked-on-street crackdown has stalled

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A planned crackdown on the parking of caravans, trailers and boats on Gold Coast streets has reportedly stalled.

Last month, local councillors asked officers to consider legal changes which would prevent residents from moving certain vehicles on to their front yards and enable multiple fines for repeat offenders.

Officers had considered developing a law which would prevent owners of registered trailers, boats and caravans of an overall length of less than 7.5m being parked on streets for extended periods.

The initiative was launched with a ‘keep your big toys in your garage’ warning.

However, the Gold Coast Bulletin reports that an investigation by officers has found that, based on the complaints received across two years, that it was ‘not a prolific city-wide issue’.

Pathway records showed only 34 councillor requests regarding boats and trailers — and of those, only six led to remedial action.

The council officer’s report to the transport committee said that a check on ‘hot spots’ led to an audit which found only 54 boats, trailers and caravans on those streets, with six bigger than 7.5m and illegally parked.

“There is currently no avenue to legally restrict a specific vehicle type through regulatory signs,” the report said.

The Bulletin says the report indicates that, for the council to introduce a legally enforceable sign, it would need to be designed and approved by the State Government.  Council would also have to amend its laws to ensure officers could undertake compliance.

Officers said the government through letters from the Transport Minister in 2011 and Premier in 2015 had not supported changing road rules.

The Bulletin reports that, during committee debate, Broadbeach councillor Paul Taylor said he was disappointed by the report.

“I do believe we can change the local law,” he said. “I do believe the government can change the local law.”

But Councillor William Owen-Jones said the State’s rules were based on national laws and ‘we can’t make stuff up’.

According to the Bulletin, Councillor Hermann Vorster suggested to Cr Taylor that a potential solution was to extend restricted parking in his division to cover areas where caravans and boats were parked for long periods of time.

However, Cr Taylor indicated that a survey of residents in one street indicated they did not want restricted parking zones.

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Senior High Youth Pastor

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Position Summary

An experienced Pastor with a dynamic personality who is God-directed, has a mature faith, and is passionate about youth ministry.  The successful candidate can lead a multi-faceted, large youth program towards Jesus, and communicates effectively.  He must be flexible, caring, self-motivated, creative, organized, and able to lead cooperatively.  He will come alongside parents in helping youth take “the next step in one’s relationship with Jesus.

  

Qualifications

  • Godly Christian man who is above reproach (1 Timothy 3:1-7; Titus 1:5-9)
  • Sincerely loves people with a shepherd’s heart
  • Adherence to the EFCA doctrinal statement of faith.  Committed to credentialing
  • Youth ministry as a calling, not as a stepping stone
  • 5 years of experience leading a youth ministry
  • A great recruiter and equipper who surrounds himself with God-centered volunteers
  • Possesses strong organizational, communication, and time management skills
  • Committed to Highland’s philosophy of mission, ministry, values and By-Laws
  • A team player on a staff that values team
  • A resourceful self-starter who is flexible in changing situations  
  • Excited to commit to this position for a minimum of 5 years
  • Commitment to work a minimum of 50 hours weekly including worship services.

 

Duties

  • Continue to expand a comprehensive ministry to senior high students that equips students in their faith, unleashes their giftedness and engages the disconnected.  He will work closely with all student and young adult staff;  and under the Senior Pastor
  • Recruit, shepherd, train, and release leaders to engage students on 4 campuses
  • Monitor attendance and contacts:  reaching out to visitors and lapsed attenders
  • Dynamic expositional teaching that is Biblical and applicable
  • A strong emphasis on equipping students to be successful in their faith as they graduate from High School and “take the next step” in their lives
  • Plan and promote ministry events and meetings
  • Cast and communicate vision
  • Plan and lead special events and trips
  • Collaborate with other ministries of the Church
  • Participate in overall church ministries including:  staff meetings, communion, visitation, counseling, occasional preaching/teaching, weddings, funerals, etc. as needed.

          

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E85 Joe Rogan Slams Biden's 'Gateway Drug' Stance, House Committee Approves MORE Act, and More

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Join Andrew, Jay, and Phil for lively, candid conversation about the latest cannabis news, including

  • House committee approves the Marijuana Opportunity, Reinvestment, and Expungement (MORE) Act
  • Joe Rogan calls Biden's stance on cannabis "archaic and ignorant"
  • NBA player eats edibles, freaks out on team plane, gets 10-game suspension
  • and more
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E84 Vote Pro Pot's CannaBiz Roundtable: Interview w/ Liz Kost

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In this first installment of Vote Pro Pot-Cast’s CannaBiz Roundtable Jay interviews Liz Kost, the CEO of Purple Line Media, a premier packaging design studio and the brainchild behind Fog and Tree, a company that specializes in producing all-natural experiential products infused with beneficial Cannabis Essential Oils to be used as aromatherapy in your everyday. Their first products include a men’s cologne and beard conditioner. Liz discusses topics near and dear to every start-up business in the cannabis sector. Capitalization, regulations, marketing, women in the industry, and much more.

Vote Pro Pot is a not-for-profit advocacy group. Audience feedback drives our show. Please email us at votepropot@gmail.com or leave a message on our comment line at 240-257-2441.
 
Please consider purchasing a Vote Pro Pot coffee mug. 
 
It helps us pay the bills.
 
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New Subway CEO draws criticism from franchise owners over price cuts

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The new CEO of fast-food giant Subway was met with criticism by franchise owners over a plan to slash prices early next year, the Post has learned.
          

Citi Bike Instagram features riders sans helmets amid call to mandate them

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It’s a head-scratching way to promote bike ridership. Citi Bike’s social-media presence overwhelmingly shows riders pedaling without helmets in the face of a national call for laws mandating the lifesaving headgear. The bike-share service’s Instagram account is packed with shots of smiling cyclists — sans helmets — riding as though they were out on a...
          

Professions: Package Handler Jobs - Anderson, Indiana

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Job Title: Part- Time: Material Handler/Warehouse-NIGHT Shift-$16.12; 10:00 pm to 5:00 am. Job Requisition Number: RC192062 Category: Operations Job Family: FXE-US: Handler/Dockworker Time Type: Part Time Compensation: $0 Locations: Indianapolis, Indiana To Provide Safe And Efficient Operation Of Equipment Used For The Movement Of Packages/Documents/Heavyweight, Dangerous Goods And Ulds. To Assist In The Buildup/Breakdown Of Pallets Containing Heavyweight Freight. To Serve As Liaison Between Company And Uld Repair Vendor, As Required. IND Hub MUST HAVE A VALID DRIVER'S LICENSE FOR POSITION. . MON - FRIDAY BETWEEN 10PM AND 5AM Guaranteed minimum of 17.5 hours/week. Ability To Lift 75 Lbs. Ability To Maneuver Packages Of Any Weight Above 75Lbs. With Appropriate Equipment And/Or Assistance From Another Person. Clerical Experience Including Typing And/Or General Office Administration Duties Preferred. Good Human Relations And Communication Skills. Ability To Successfully Complete All Basic And Recurrency Training. Experience Dealing With The Movement Of Heavyweight Freight Using Forklifts, Tugs And Other Loading/Unloading Equipment Preferred. The Ability To Communicate Both Timely And Effectively In A Noisy Operations Environment, Is Required. Since Operating Motorized Conveyances Is Required In This Job, Employee Must Possess A Valid Driver'S License (See Policy 4-48). MUST HAVE LIVE IN THE USA FOR THE LAST 5 YEARS MALES MUST HAVE SELECTIVE SERVICE BORN AFTER 1959 OR TO SSS.GOV University of Memphis (UofM) Global has collaborated with FedEx to offer FedEx Hub employees at select locations* a higher education degree program, LiFE (Learning inspired by FedEx). There are potentially no out of pocket costs as long as candidates meet the criteria and in good academic standing. In addition you will have courses suited to your prior education, 24/7 tutoring and a UofM Global LiFE Coach to help you along the way. FedEx Express is an EEO/AA employer and prohibits discrimination and harassment against any applicant or employee on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, citizenship, genetic information, age (except for bona fide occupational qualifications), sex, pregnancy (including childbirth or a related medical condition), disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, marital status, military leave or service, status as a disabled veteran or other covered veteran status, participation in EEO protected activity, any other status protected by federal, state, or local law, or association with a person on the basis of one or more of the foregoing. FedEx Express is an AA/EEO/Veterans/Disabled Employer. Applicants who require reasonable accommodations to complete a profile or to submit responses to qualifying questions may contact Reginald Stewart at 1-866-730-1021. Please click below to learn more about your rights as an Applicant under Federal Employment Laws: E-Verify Program Participant: FedEx Express participates in the Department of Homeland Security U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services' E-Verify program (For U.S. applicants and employees only). Please click below to learn more about the E-Verify program: E-Verify Notice Right to Work Notice / If you are applying in Philadelphia, PA, you can click below to learn about Philadelphia's fair chance hiring law. Pursuant to the San Francisco Fair Chance Ordinance FedEx Express will consider for employment qualified applicants with arrest and conviction records. NEW YORK CORRECTION LAW ARTICLE 23-A LICENSURE AND EMPLOYMENT OF PERSONS PREVIOUSLY CONVICTED OF ONE OR MORE CRIMINAL OFFENSES Section 750. Definitions. 751. Applicability. 752. Unfair discrimination against persons previously convicted of one or more criminal offenses prohibited. 753. Factors to be considered concerning a previous criminal conviction; presumption. 754. Written statement upon denial of license or employment. 755. Enforcement. --750. Definitions. For the purposes of this article, the following terms shall have the following meanings: (1) "Public agency" means the state or any local subdivision thereof, or any state or local department, agency, board or commission. (2) "Private employer" means any person, company, corporation, labor organization or association which employs ten or more persons. (3) "Direct relationship" means that the nature of criminal conduct for which the person was convicted has a direct bearing on his fitness or ability to perform one or more of the duties or responsibilities necessarily related to the license, opportunity, or job in question. (4) "License" means any certificate, license, permit or grant of permission required by the laws of this state, its political subdivisions or instrumentalities as a condition for the lawful practice of any occupation, employment, trade, vocation, business, or profession. Provided, however, that "license" shall not, for the purposes of this article, include any license or permit to own, possess, carry, or fire any explosive, pistol, handgun, rifle, shotgun, or other firearm. (5) "Employment" means any occupation, vocation or employment, or any form of vocational or educational training. Provided, however, that "employment" shall not, for the purposes of this article, include membership in any law enforcement agency. --751. Applicability. The provisions of this article shall apply to any application by any person for a license or employment at any public or private employer, who has previously been convicted of one or more criminal offenses in this state or in any other jurisdiction, and to any license or employment held by any person whose conviction of one or more criminal offenses in this state or in any other jurisdiction preceded such employment or granting of a license, except where a mandatory forfeiture, disability or bar to employment is imposed by law, and has not been removed by an executive pardon, certificate of relief from disabilities or certificate of good conduct. Nothing in this article shall be construed to affect any right an employer may have with respect to an intentional misrepresentation in connection with an application for employment made by a prospective employee or previously made by a current employee. --752. Unfair discrimination against persons previously convicted of one or more criminal offenses prohibited. No application for any license or employment, and no employment or license held by an individual, to which the provisions of this article are applicable, shall be denied or acted upon adversely by reason of the individual's having been previously convicted of one or more criminal offenses, or by reason of a finding of lack of "good moral character" when such finding is based upon the fact that the individual has previously been convicted of one or more criminal offenses, unless: (1) There is a direct relationship between one or more of the previous criminal offenses and the specific license or employment sought or held by the individual; or (2) the issuance or continuation of the license or the granting or continuation of the employment would involve an unreasonable risk to property or to the safety or welfare of specific individuals or the general public. --753. Factors to be considered concerning a previous criminal conviction; presumption. 1. In making a determination pursuant to section seven hundred fifty-two of this chapter, the public agency or private employer shall consider the following factors: (a) The public policy of this state, as expressed in this act, to encourage the licensure and employment of persons previously convicted of one or more criminal offenses. (b) The specific duties and responsibilities necessarily related to the license or employment sought or held by the person. (c) The bearing, if any, the criminal offense or offenses for which the person was previously convicted will have on his fitness or ability to perform one or more such duties or responsibilities. (d) The time which has elapsed since the occurrence of the criminal offense or offenses. (e) The age of the person at the time of occurrence of the criminal offense or offenses. (f) The seriousness of the offense or offenses. (g) Any information produced by the person, or produced on his behalf, in regard to his rehabilitation and good conduct. (h) The legitimate interest of the public agency or private employer in protecting property, and the safety and welfare of specific individuals or the general public. 2. In making a determination pursuant to section seven hundred fifty-two of this chapter, the public agency or private employer shall also give consideration to a certificate of relief from disabilities or a certificate of good conduct issued to the applicant, which certificate shall create a presumption of rehabilitation in regard to the offense or offenses specified therein. --754. Written statement upon denial of license or employment. At the request of any person previously convicted of one or more criminal offenses who has been denied a license or employment, a public agency or private employer shall provide, within thirty days of a request, a written statement setting forth the reasons for such denial. --755. Enforcement. 1. In relation to actions by public agencies, the provisions of this article shall be enforceable by a proceeding brought pursuant to article seventy-eight of the civil practice law and rules. 2. In relation to actions by private employers, the provisions of this article shall be enforceable by the division of human rights pursuant to the powers and procedures set forth in article fifteen of the executive law, and, concurrently, by the New York city commission on human rights. ()
          

Professions: Part Time: FLEX -Handler/Warehouse-Monday Night Shift + 1 Night SHIFT Between 10pm - 5am $15.30 Hr - Anderson, Indiana

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Job Title: Part Time: FLEX -Handler/Warehouse-Monday Night Shift + 1 Night SHIFT Between 10pm - 5am $15.30 HrJob Requisition Number: RC210164Category: OperationsJob Family: FXE-US: Handler/DockworkerTime Type: Part TimeCompensation: $0Locations:Indianapolis, IndianaTo Provide Movement Of Packages, Documents, Dangerous Goods And/Or Supply Support In A Timely, Safe And Efficient Manner Through Effective Scan/Load Methods. This Is A Non-Driving Position (Public Roadways).Able To Lift 75Lbs. Able To Maneuver Packages Of Any Weight Above 75Lbs. With Appropriate Equipment And/Or Assistance From Another Person. Able To Success- Fully Complete All Basic And Recurrency Training. The Ability To Communicate Both Timely And Effectively, In A Noisy Operations Environment, Is Required.University of Memphis (UofM) Global has collaborated with FedEx to offer FedEx Hub employees at select locations* a higher education degree program, LiFE (Learning inspired by FedEx). There are potentially no out of pocket costs as long as candidates meet the criteria and in good academic standing. In addition you will have courses suited to your prior education, 24/7 tutoring and a UofM Global LiFE Coach to help you along the way." --*(Currently only Memphis, Indy, Oakland, Newark and LAX Hub locations are eligible for LiFe program enrollment consideration.) FedEx Express is an EEO/AA employer and prohibits discrimination and harassment against any applicant or employee on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, citizenship, genetic information, age (except for bona fide occupational qualifications), sex, pregnancy (including childbirth or a related medical condition), disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, marital status, military leave or service, status as a disabled veteran or other covered veteran status, participation in EEO protected activity, any other status protected by federal, state, or local law, or association with a person on the basis of one or more of the foregoing.FedEx Express is an AA/EEO/Veterans/Disabled Employer.Applicants who require reasonable accommodations to complete a profile or to submit responses to qualifying questions may contact Reginald Stewart at 1-866-730-1021.Please click below to learn more about your rights as an Applicant under Federal Employment Laws: E-Verify Program Participant: FedEx Express participates in the Department of Homeland Security U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services' E-Verify program (For U.S. applicants and employees only). Please click below to learn more about the E-Verify program: E-Verify Notice Right to Work Notice / If you are applying in Philadelphia, PA, you can click below to learn about Philadelphia's fair chance hiring law.Pursuant to the San Francisco Fair Chance Ordinance FedEx Express will consider for employment qualified applicants with arrest and conviction records.NEW YORK CORRECTION LAWARTICLE 23-ALICENSURE AND EMPLOYMENT OF PERSONS PREVIOUSLY CONVICTED OF ONE OR MORE CRIMINAL OFFENSESSection 750. Definitions.751. Applicability.752. Unfair discrimination against persons previously convicted of one or more criminal offenses prohibited.753. Factors to be considered concerning a previous criminal conviction; presumption.754. Written statement upon denial of license or employment.755. Enforcement.--750. Definitions. For the purposes of this article, the following terms shall have the following meanings:(1) "Public agency" means the state or any local subdivision thereof, or any state or local department, agency, board or commission.(2) "Private employer" means any person, company, corporation, labor organization or association which employs ten or more persons.(3) "Direct relationship" means that the nature of criminal conduct for which the person was convicted has a direct bearing on his fitness or ability to perform one or more of the duties or responsibilities necessarily related to the license, opportunity, or job in question.(4) "License" means any certificate, license, permit or grant of permission required by the laws of this state, its political subdivisions or instrumentalities as a condition for the lawful practice of any occupation, employment, trade, vocation, business, or profession. Provided, however, that "license" shall not, for the purposes of this article, include any license or permit to own, possess, carry, or fire any explosive, pistol, handgun, rifle, shotgun, or other firearm.(5) "Employment" means any occupation, vocation or employment, or any form of vocational or educational training. Provided, however, that "employment" shall not, for the purposes of this article, include membership in any law enforcement agency.--751. Applicability. The provisions of this article shall apply to any application by any person for a license or employment at any public or private employer, who has previously been convicted of one or more criminal offenses in this state or in any other jurisdiction, and to any license or employment held by any person whose conviction of one or more criminal offenses in this state or in any other jurisdiction preceded such employment or granting of a license, except where a mandatory forfeiture, disability or bar to employment is imposed by law, and has not been removed by an executive pardon, certificate of relief from disabilities or certificate of good conduct. Nothing in this article shall be construed to affect any right an employer may have with respect to an intentional misrepresentation in connection with an application for employment made by a prospective employee or previously made by a current employee.--752. Unfair discrimination against persons previously convicted of one or more criminal offenses prohibited. No application for any license or employment, and no employment or license held by an individual, to which the provisions of this article are applicable, shall be denied or acted upon adversely by reason of the individual's having been previously convicted of one or more criminal offenses, or by reason of a finding of lack of "good moral character" when such finding is based upon the fact that the individual has previously been convicted of one or more criminal offenses, unless:(1) There is a direct relationship between one or more of the previous criminal offenses and the specific license or employment sought or held by the individual; or(2) the issuance or continuation of the license or the granting or continuation of the employment would involve an unreasonable risk to property or to the safety or welfare of specific individuals or the general public.--753. Factors to be considered concerning a previous criminal conviction; presumption. 1. In making a determination pursuant to section seven hundred fifty-two of this chapter, the public agency or private employer shall consider the following factors:(a) The public policy of this state, as expressed in this act, to encourage the licensure and employment of persons previously convicted of one or more criminal offenses.(b) The specific duties and responsibilities necessarily related to the license or employment sought or held by the person.(c) The bearing, if any, the criminal offense or offenses for which the person was previously convicted will have on his fitness or ability to perform one or more such duties or responsibilities.(d) The time which has elapsed since the occurrence of the criminal offense or offenses.(e) The age of the person at the time of occurrence of the criminal offense or offenses.(f) The seriousness of the offense or offenses.(g) Any information produced by the person, or produced on his behalf, in regard to his rehabilitation and good conduct.(h) The legitimate interest of the public agency or private employer in protecting property, and the safety and welfare of specific individuals or the general public.2. In making a determination pursuant to section seven hundred fifty-two of this chapter, the public agency or private employer shall also give consideration to a certificate of relief from disabilities or a certificate of good conduct issued to the applicant, which certificate shall create a presumption of rehabilitation in regard to the offense or offenses specified therein.--754. Written statement upon denial of license or employment. At the request of any person previously convicted of one or more criminal offenses who has been denied a license or employment, a public agency or private employer shall provide, within thirty days of a request, a written statement setting forth the reasons for such denial.--755. Enforcement.1. In relation to actions by public agencies, the provisions of this article shall be enforceable by a proceeding brought pursuant to article seventy-eight of the civil practice law and rules.2. In relation to actions by private employers, the provisions of this article shall be enforceable by the division of human rights pursuant to the powers and procedures set forth in article fifteen of the executive law, and, concurrently, by the New York city commission on human rights. ()
          

Professions: Technician - Rental - Anderson, Indiana

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Overview This position will perform efficient and thorough mechanical repairs and or maintenance of all rental equipment in the shop. Responsibilities Primary Responsibilities: Perform basic troubleshooting and diagnosing of equipment malfunctions and failures Assist in rebuilding, repairing, and maintaining equipment and components Understands the operation, function, specifications, capabilities and controls of any piece of rental equipment Completes all documents associated with repairs in a accurate and timely manner Adhere to managers and lead mechanics directions regarding all repairs and service calls Adheres to all safety rules and maintains quality housekeeping in work area Supervisory Responsibilities: No formal responsibility for supervising others Qualifications Required: High School Diploma or GED 1 year or more of work related experience in a technician related position Preferred Certificate acquired through a vocational or technical school 3 years or more of work related experience with heavy equipment preferably with a rental company or Caterpillar and/or in a position with a working knowledge of hydraulics, powertrain, electronic/electrical systems etc. Must have required shop hand tools Knowledge, Skills, And Abilities The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skills, and/or abilities required to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions Strong communication skills, including verbal, written, non-verbal, listening and presentation skills. Able to articulate specific equipment problems in details to management, peers and/or customers Strong customer service skills with basic prospecting skills and the ability to meet and/or exceed customer expectations. A strong knowledge of the product and a good knowledge of the product market with a strong respect for the Caterpillar/vendor influence The ability to uphold professionalism with both internal and external customers, including personal appearance and friendly, courteous treatment of peers, subordinates and customers Excellent mechanical aptitude Excellent problem solving, diagnostic and troubleshooting skills with the ability to interpret and apply policies, procedures and guidelines and basic understanding of warranty administration. Moderate computer skills, including experience using Microsoft Office. Moderate experience using data base systems A working knowledge of safety rules, laws and regulations concerning engine service, hydraulics, electrical, technical functions of various components and tooling procedures and capabilities Self-motivated with the ability to work with little or no supervision and achieve required goals and objectives May be required to obtain a CDL The ability to work overtime and weekends Physical Requirements of Position: Occasional confined sitting (at computer, in car, etc.) Regular non-confined sitting (able to move about at will.) Frequent standing or walking Frequent rapid use of arms, hands or fingers, in handling or manipulating objects, or operating equipment, tools and/or instruments requiring fine eye-hand coordination Regular repeated bending, crouching, stretching, or crawling Regular unaided lifting of objects up to 20 pounds; Occasional unaided lifting of objects up to 50 pounds Occasional climbing on ladders, equipment, and etc. Frequent use of near vision acuity. Must be able to identify and distinguish colors and able to use peripheral vison. Work Environment of Position Position will work in an engine service shop environment: Frequent exposure to: Loud noise level (need to shout in order to be heard) Air particles (Dust, gas, fumes, steam, chemicals, and etc.) Outside weather conditions Walking or standing on uneven ground (gravel, rocks, mounds) Moving mechanical parts machinery (fork-lifts, tractors, mowers) Wearing protective equipment (respirator, mask, earplugs, gloves, eyewear, etc.) Working in extreme heat and cold Vibrations Working at heights (such as scaffolding, ladders, and/or high places) ()
          

Paws And Admire These Caturday Memes (28 Cat Memes)

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Happy Caturday, everyone! Hope your Caturday is filled with 22-hour naps and tuna-filled dreams! Enjoy these cat memes compiled to celebrate the occasion! If you missed out on last week's cat meme selection, we've got you covered! 


          

Professions: Trucking Dispatcher - Anderson, Indiana

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Description This position is responsible for coordinating pickup and delivery of freight as requested by customers. This position finds the most cost effective way to move the freight according to customer requirements and secures the carriers for each shipment.Key Result Areas Determines most efficient and economical routing and mode of transportation to meet the customer's shipping and delivery requirements.On-time delivery.Key Accountabilities/Job Duties Review shipments to determine appropriate transportation mode to meet the customers shipping and delivery requirments.Select the most cost effective and service reliable carrier. Provide pickup & delivery instructions to the carrier.Enter required information into TMS insuring data accuracy for proper carrier load tendering and shipment/ load record retention.Respond to customer inquiries (email, telephone, etc.).Research and resolve freight invoice variations and billing issues to ensure correct carrier A/P and customer A/R.Required Education AS degree, or equivalent years of experience in Transportation on Logistics required.Experiences Three to five (3-5) years' minimum experience as a truckload broker, freight consolidator, freight planner, or dispatcher required.Position requires previous experience in load planning, building and scheduling truckload movements with stop offs. Skill Sets Knowledge of the motor carrier industry, laws and regulations. Industry related experience in communicating, negotiating, booking and load tendering to multiple motor carriers including for hire national and regional, as well as a private fleet.Must be proficient in the use of PC's, Microsoft Office and database managementGood oral and written communication skillsAbility to multi-taskManage multiple projects and deadlinesAnalytical skillsMulti-modal and industry knowledge.Language Skills EnglishRequired competencies Must have good time management skillsAble to make decisions/judgmentsDetail oriented ()
          

1 'Murder Peet' Cats Are Our New Favorite Thing

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What are peets? Peets are those fuzzy, adorable toe-bean filled paws we can't get enough of! 

What are murder peets? Mostly those fuzzy, adorable toe-bean filled paws we can't get enough of! But, on a wildcat. Or, a domestic cat. 

And what is 1 murder peet? Mostly those fuzzy, adorable toe-bean filled paws we can't get enough of! But, instead of two dangerous peets, it's just one. 

The popular Facebook 'THIS CAT IS C H O N K Y' user Stephenie Renfro Hays‎, shared a hilarious pic of her cat offering 1 murder peet, and asking other users if they accept this form of payment? Literally everyone said yes, because how could you deny such a precious creature? However, many users accepted and offered 1 murder peet of their own, in exchange. 

Thus, beginning the new era of 1 murder peet! 



          

The Art of Racing in the Rain (Blu-ray)

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“He picked me out of a pile of pups, a tangled mass of paws and tails. He’d stopped at the farm on his way home from the speedway at Yakima. Even back then, I knew I was different than other dogs. My soul just felt more human.” There was a time when this kind of […]
          

As Kendall in 'Succession,' Jeremy Strong draws on the Murdochs ... and Shakespeare

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In 'Succession,' Jeremy Strong stands at the intersection of politics, media, power and dysfunction. And the crazy wealthy.


          

Ahead of re:Invent, Amazon Updates AWS Lambda

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A series of updates to AWS Lambda aim to improve how the function-as-a-service platform handles asynchronous workflows and processes data streams. These newly announced features arrived the week before the annual mega-conference, AWS re:Invent.

By Richard Seroter
          

$25,000 Bonus, Flexible Schedule for Veterinarian at Paws and Claws Veterinary Hospital in Tracy, CA | Paws and Claws Veterinary Hospital

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Tracy, California, Paws and Claws Veterinary Hospital is a family-oriented 24 hour general practice and emergency hospital in Tracy, California. We are a rapidly growing, multi-doctor practice seeking a full or part-ti
          

The Most Festive December Events in Nashville, TN

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Do the holidays bring about the jolly spirit of giving, receiving and just embracing the beauty of the season? If so, consider marking these best holiday-themed events in Nashville, TN on your calendar as “not-to-miss” occasions. Gaylord Opryland's A Country Christmas Welcome in the holiday festivities with more than three million sparkling lights as the Opryland Hotel & Resort transforms the premises into their famous ‘A Country Christmas' theme. Visitors can enjoy this magical destination for free anytime during the dates of Nov. 8—Jan. 1, 2020 to view the lighting on the interiors and exteriors. There are also an array of other ways to frolic, such as taking carriage rides, snow tubing, ice skating and children's activities, which are available at a nominal fee. This year, ICE returns with “A Christmas Story” theme, which comes to life through millions of pounds of hand-carved lighted interactive ice sculptures. Relive the holiday magic with Aunt Clara and Old Man Major with a self-guided experience also featuring four incredible cool two-story ice slides. Overnight stays and discount packages are available and encouraged. Date: November 8, 2019 - January 1, 2020 Address: Gaylord Opryland Events Center, 2800 Opryland Drive, Nashville, TN 37214 Phone: 615-889-1000 Drive-Thru Dancing Lights of Christmas There's no bigger light show that draws in Nashville folks seeking holiday cheer than the Dancing Lights of Christmas, which takes over The James E. Ward Agricultural Center during the holidays. A fast-growing family tradition, viewers can stay warm in their vehicle while strolling through the park to the synchronized music on a special FM radio channel. The two-and-a-half mile route boasts millions of lights and numerous enthralling displays. Visitors can stop into the News 4 Santa's Village and enjoy loads of extra activities, which will cost just a bit extra after the free light show. Youngsters can enjoy pony rides, train rides, ice skating, inflatables, and photo opportunities with Santa himself. The more adventurous spirits can take on the bungee trampoline or challenge themselves on the mechanical reindeer. It's a great evening of fun for everyone, so don't miss this treasured December Nashville event. Date: Nov. 16, 2019 – Jan. 4, 2020, from 5:00PM—Daylight Address: James E Ward Agricultural Center, 945 E Baddour Pkwy, Lebanon, TN 37087 The Annual Nashville Christmas Parade With the biggest and most incredible parade ever—which says a lot because it's been a tradition since 1927—the Nashville Christmas Parade is a win/win for every attendee. Locals and travelers like the streets surrounding 1st Avenue and the city center to cheer on awe-inspiring floats, strikingly large balloons, talented marching bands and performances by world-renown artists and musicians. If there's only space for one Nashville December event, make this one a priority. Date: Dec. 7, 2019 at 8:30AM Address: Parade Route Begins at the Corner of 1st Avenue and the Woodland Street Bridge Nashville's Nutcracker Ballet Join the community at the Nashville Ballet's performance of the Nashville Nutcracker, which has sparked the imagination and curiosity of attendees for more than a decade. Held at the beautiful Andrew Jackson Hall at the Tennessee Performing Arts Center, buy tickets early and prepare to see beloved favorites like Clara and the Sugar Plum Fairy take the stage daily for two consecutive weeks. The Nashville Symphony will play Tchaikovsky's composition to Vasterling's magical tale and is a delight for the entire family. Date: Dec. 7—23, 2019 Address: Andrew Jackson Hall, 505 Deaderick Street, Nashville, TN 37243 Phone: (615) 782-4086 Get ready to bundle up and head out into the wintery weather to warm the senses with these annual December events in Nashville, TN.
          

As Kendall in 'Succession,' Jeremy Strong draws on the Murdochs ... and Shakespeare

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In 'Succession,' Jeremy Strong stands at the intersection of politics, media, power and dysfunction. And the crazy wealthy.


          

Morning mail: Lambie open on medevac, Giuliani's legal jeopardy, apostrophe catastrophe - The Guardian

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  1. Morning mail: Lambie open on medevac, Giuliani's legal jeopardy, apostrophe catastrophe  The Guardian
  2. Coalition braces for medevac fight after surprise loss on 'union-busting' bill  SBS News
  3. Final sitting week of the year for Federal Parliament  ABC Local
  4. Jacqui Lambie to meet with the government on medevac repeal  The Guardian
  5. Senate will vote on medevac laws this week  Daily Telegraph
  6. View full coverage on Google News

          

bobknight33 (Member Profile)

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Wrong on ALL counts, as usual Bobski.

Trump: pleaded guilty to fraud involving his fake school stealing from "students" before the election, found guilty of charity fraud last month and forced to pay millions back to veterans he stole from/defrauded....Also undeniably guilty of multiple finance and tax evasion charges, but being shielded by Barr until he's out of office

Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort: Sentenced to seven and a half years in prison for financial crimes and lying to Mueller

Konstantin Kilimnik: Charged with obstruction of justice during the Manafort investigation

Trump confidant Roger Stone: Convicted of lying to Congress tampering with a witness and obstructing the 2017 congressional investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election.

Former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn: Pleaded guilty to lying to investigators about his contacts with Russia on Trump's behalf

Former Trump campaign aide Rick Gates: Pleaded guilty to lying to investigators about Trump

Former Trump personal lawyer Michael Cohen: Pleaded guilty to tax and bank charges, campaign finance violations and lying to Congress for Trump

Former Trump campaign adviser George Papadopoulos:in January of 2017, Papadopoulos repeatedly lied about his contacts with Russian agents. He pleaded guilty

Alex van der Zwaan: Served 30 days in prison then deported for lying to investigators about Trump

Sam Patten: Pleaded guilty to failing to register as a foreign lobbyist in order to funnel foreign money to Trump's campaign

Bijan Kian and Skim Alptekin: Charged with conspiring to violate lobbying laws while working for Flynn

Those are just some convicted by Mueller for crimes after the election committed for Trump.

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2018/aug/22/how-many-of-trumps-close-advisers-have-been-convicted-and-who-are-they


Please list all the convictions of Democrats...my research shows Republicans are convicted >91 times for every Democrat found guilty of crimes in office in the last 50 years.

Bobski, you claim to watch OAN, the fake news outlet that hires actual Kremlin agents to spread Russian propaganda that managed to out lie Fox, the inventors of fake news.

Duh.
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I’m Not Dead Yet

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I was just telling my wife once in Heaven I probably won’t remember her because it will be all about God realizing Him and why we are because of Him. We are here a very short time and being man we consider so much here important but it is here to have fun with in this world. Most don’t want to be without Hunting, Fishing, Sex or other things of this world. And we are all sinners and fall short but because of Jesus we can be with God. With the Jews and their Laws we had no hope but Jesus gave us hope. oneshot
          

CGWB signs MoU for participatory groundwater management

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An irrigation well at Randullabad, Maharashtra (Source: India Water Portal on Flickr)

MoU signed for groundwater management through community intervention

The Central Groundwater Board (CGWB), Department of Water Resources, Western Sydney University, Australia and others have signed an MoU for the project MARVI (Managing Aquifer Recharge and Sustaining Groundwater Use through Village-level Intervention). The project will help in greater cooperation in training, education and research to achieve water security for agriculture, urban, industrial and environmental purposes. Along with focusing on engaging village communities to monitor, use and manage groundwater at village level, the project will also help to improve livelihood for village communities in India. (The Times of India)

Kerala draws up plan to release water from dams

Learning from the lessons of two consecutive years of floods in Kerala, the state electricity board has released an Emergency Action Plan to reduce human casualties and destruction of property to a bare minimum during natural disasters. For the plan, the Kerala State Electricity Board (KSEB) conducted a study on 27 dams across the state for solutions on how to manage the excess release of water and how to effectively coordinate among officials in various line departments. The rehabilitation plan has been devised by calculating the amount of water flowing out of the dam and the velocity of water that reaches the areas downstream. (The Hindu)

NGT seeks government responses on bird deaths around Sambhar lake

Taking suo-motu cognisance of a report on the state of wetlands in the country, the National Green Tribunal (NGT) has issued notices to the Centre and the Rajasthan government seeking responses on the poor condition of wetlands in the country, including Sambhar Lake. In the last few days, nearly 20,000 birds have died around Sambhar lake and the Indian Veterinary Research Institute (IVRI) has confirmed the cause of death to be botulism, a neuromuscular illness. The NGT has ordered the National Wetland Authority, State Wetland Authority, Rajasthan State Pollution Control Board and Jaipur district magistrate file a joint factual and action report before the next hearing date on January 22, 2020. (The Hindu)

NGT orders Delhi government to prepare action plan to clear waste at landfills

The NGT has ordered the Delhi government to prepare an action plan to clear legacy waste at the Bhalswa, Ghazipur and Okhla landfill sites within a year. Also, the tribunal has asked the government to ensure bio-remediation of the waste to be carried out instead of mere mechanical separation. The panel also remarked that there is a need to increase the capacity of the sites suitably so that the garbage is cleared and land becomes available for public purpose. The Central Pollution Control Board has been directed to verify that waste clearance is as per norms and the chief secretary, Delhi, will be monitoring the implementation of the action plan. (The Hans India)

Following in Kerala's footsteps, Karnataka and Telangana introduce water bells in schools

Last week, the Karnataka government announced that all government schools must ring a water bell three times during school hours to remind students to drink water. Likewise, in Telangana, a directive has been issued to all district education officers to implement the ‘water bell’ concept in schools immediately. The water bells does not mandate students to drink water, but it is just a reminder for them to consume water and encourage each other.

However, the Karnataka Associated Management of Schools general secretary Shashi Kumar, has pointed out that when schools are introducing water breaks they should also address the issue of poor infrastructure and water facilities in schools.

(The Print)

This is a roundup of important policy matters from November 19 - 25, 2019. Also, read news this week.

 

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Free septic tank cleaning in Delhi; CM attempts to reduce sewer deaths

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Delhi CM announces free sewage cleaning schemes for unauthorised colonies

In an effort to end sewer deaths, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal has announced a scheme for free cleaning of the septic tanks in unauthorised colonies in the capital. Under the new scheme, any person can make a phone request to get their septic tank cleaned, following which the Delhi Jal Board's truck will reach the site and collect the sludge from these septic tanks and take it to sewage treatment plants. Also, the government is planning to involve an agency to clean septic tanks in unauthorised colonies for which tenders will be floated soon. The unauthorised colonies, which have septic tanks, get their tanks cleaned by hiring private companies or contractors that engage people for cleaning the tanks manually, which sometimes leads to sewer deaths. (India TV)

Related: Check out our World Toilet Day special issue - a photo essay by Sharada Prasad and Isha Ray on the labour of India's sewer workers - those who do the unclean work that India relies on.

Government to pass National Ganga Bill

During the winter session of Parliament, the government plans to introduce and pass the National River Ganga (Rejuvenation, Protection and Management) Bill 2019 which aims to prevent pollution of the Ganga river and to ensure its continuous flow. The draft bill proposes graded penalties, depending on the severity of the offence which includes activities like illegal construction of ports or jetties; storage or diversion of water by any means causing obstruction to the flow of water; mining, stone quarrying or extracting groundwater; and spoiling or defacing the ghats of the Ganga and its tributaries. A maximum fine of Rs. 50 crore and imprisonment of upto five years have been proposed for violation of the bill. (The Indian Express)

CPCB releases guidelines for safe use of effluents in irrigation

Following orders from the National Green Tribunal (NGT), the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) has issued guidelines for the safe usage of treated sewage and effluents from industries in agriculture. In May 2019, the tribunal forbade industries from disposing treated effluents on agricultural land without assessing the adequate availability of land and impacts of such disposal on crops and the groundwater of the area; it further ordered the CPCB to look into this aspect. The CPCB has also stressed that industries should engage scientists to seek advice on the utilisation or the rate of application of effluent for irrigation. (Mongabay India)

Uttarakhand to criminalize the use of chemical fertilisers

With an aim to make the state 100 percent organic, the Uttarakhand government plans to pass a law to criminalize the usage of chemicals in the form of fertilisers or pesticides in selected areas. Initially, the law will be implemented in eight blocks across the hill state. The law will impose Rs 1 lakh fine and a prison sentence of one year for those who violate the law by using chemical fertilizers, insecticides or pesticides in the notified blocks. The act titled as Organic Agriculture Act 2019 will be tabled in the upcoming winter session of the Uttarakhand legislative assembly and will be converted into a law soon. (The New Indian Express)

NGT against Karnataka government's diktat to BBMP to send mixed waste to processing plants

Last week, the Government of Karnataka directed the Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) to send mixed waste to processing plants instead of sending it to landfills. The directive was opposed by the National Green Tribunal (NGT), which ordered the civic agency to follow the Solid Waste Management (SWM) Rules 2016 that mandate sending only wet waste for processing. The tribunal also asked the special commissioners to enforce segregation of waste at source and help residents and business establishments who come under bulk generators' category to process waste at source. (The Times of India)

This is a roundup of important policy matters from November 13 - 18, 2019. Also, read news this week.

 

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Make a memory with your pet and Santa Claus. This Santa Paws event is the perfect opportunity to include your dog in your Holiday photos. Every dog and dog owner visiting will be spoiled with treats!
          

Robinhood withdraws bank charter application

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29 IDEAS FOR GADGETS THAT WILL MAKE YOU SMILING

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COOL ACCESSORIES FOR YOUR GADGET

I love to change and create various phone cases for me and my friends. Colorful and personalized phone cases may cost a lot but there are very easy to tutorials that will save you lots of money. I love emojis and various accessories and share a cool phone case idea. You will learn how to make emojis using foam. You won’t believe how easy the tutorial is! You will need foam, markers and glue.  Cut out circles from the foam and place on pre-heated iron for a couple of seconds. Draw emojis you like and attach to the phone case. 
Also, you can decorate phone cases using polymer clay or even drinking straws. Follow these easy steps: cut drinking straws and place them on parchment and cover with another sheet of parchment paper. Iron for several seconds. Watch the video till the end to find the end of this tutorial.

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Ten of the Best Ethical Stocking Fillers & Competition

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Ten of the Best Ethical Stocking Fillers & Competition

Combat the high-street and restore your sense of seasonal goodwill with these ethical and sustainable stocking filler gifts. From sumptuous skincare to delicious sweet treats, give gifts that give back this year.

Buzzbalm Hand and Cuticle Cream

Give the gift of naturally revitalised skin and nails this Christmas with Buzzbalm Hand And Cuticle Cream. This care cream is created with just six active ingredients and formulated using larger quantities of Thyme Honey. Particularly beneficial for gardeners, climbers and all outdoorsy people alike, this cream is perfect for sticking in a stocking!

 

Little Green Soap Co. Cleansing Oil Makeup Remover.

Handcrafted with a specially-selected blend of fruit oils and essential oils, the Little Green Soap co. Cleansing Oil Makeup Remover is a must-have for anyone who loves a bit of natural TLC at the end of the day. Vegan, Palm Oil and Cruelty Free, this all-purpose cleanser is both kind on your skin and on the planet - just what we like to hear!

 

Humble Brush Toothbrush

Designed by Swedish dentists, the Humble Bush Toothbush is a fantastic, affordable, yet incredibly eco-friendly option to slip into a stocking this Christmas! Biodegradable but guaranteed to last just as long as it's plastic predecessor, the Humble Brush is a grat gift for all the family. Plus for every Humble Brush sold, a child in need receives a toothbrush or alternative oral care and education in areas around the world wherever the need is greatest.

 

William Morris Reusable Water Bottle

We all love a pretty reusable water bottle, but this limited-edition number embodies everything William Morris believed in - it's both reusable AND beautiful! The William Morris Reusable Water Bottle is a design classic for the eco-concious, available in three designs and guaranteed to keep drinks hot (or cold!) for 12 hours, it's the perfect Christmas keepsake.

 

Marley's Monsters Organic Cotton Facial Rounds

Have a relative or friend that you can't wait to drag away from the evils of cosmetic wipes? Marley's Monsters Organic Cotton Facial Rounds are the perfect introduction to the world of sustainable skincare for those a little bit apprehensive about making the switch. Small enough to pop into a make-up bag and both reusable and washable, these facial rounds are a wonderful alternative to disposable wipes, cotton balls or cotton wool pads. Available to buy alongside a small net cotton bag, or wooden facial rounds container for a bumper gift, these rounds make the perfect stocking filler for that someone looking to take their first step into the world of ethical living.

 

Divine Chocolate Coins