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Americans Paying for Trump’s Tariffs on China

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Trump loves to claim that the tariffs he has imposed on China and other countries are bringing in billions of dollars in revenue from those countries, which is either a lie or total ignorance. A new study by the Federal Reserve Board concludes what any economist knows, that the cost of those tariffs is paid […]
          

Mike Bloomberg says China is a democracy and Xi Jinping answers to his ‘constituents’

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Michael ‘Mike’ Bloomberg didn’t get to be billionaire by being a dufus and doing no research. So why doe he tell Margret Hoover that China’s President Xi Jinping asnwer to his “constituents” and leader through the will of the people. Jinpins is, says Bloomberg, not a dictator.

in 2012, Xi walked at the front of the Politburo Standing Committee onto the stage at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing. In 2017, “Xi Jinping thought” – an articulation of his political philosophy – was “enshrined in the constitution of the Chinese Communist Party”.

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In October 2019, it reported:

But the unrest underscored growing uneasiness with Xi’s style of rule, with U.S. lawmakers threatening sanctions over the government’s handling of Hong Kong and China’s mass detention of ethnic Uighurs. Taiwan’s Mainland Affairs Council — controlled by the pro-independence Democratic Progressive Party — issued a statement condemning China’s “one party dictatorship.”

China: the dictatorship without a dictator nearly all the Chinese never voted for.


          

Huawei to fight FCC decision on rural subsidies in the US

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Huawei is set to challenge the Federal Communications Commission's decision to bar Huawei's customers from accessing an $8.5 billion fund intended to boost rural connectivity in the US…

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Telefonica reveals 5-point plan to boost revenues by €2bn

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International telecoms giant, Telefonica, has unveiled a 5-point plan to streamline its business operations and generate an additional €2 billion in new revenues by 2022. In a letter to the company's shareholders, Telefonica's chairman and CEO, José María Álvarez-Pallete, said that the current competitive climate meant that the company must look to cut costs and work more efficiently where it could, if it was to reinvigorate its bottom line. “Companies that do not assume their responsibility in this new world will cease to be relevant in the short term. Executives who are not committed to the long term and sustainability are not being responsible…

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Altice Europe snaps up French fibre specialist Covage for €1bn

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Altice Europe has announced that it's French fibre subsidiary, SFR FTTH, is to acquire France's fourth largest fibre to the home (FTTH) provider, Covage, for €1 billion. Covage's network currently comprises 2…

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LicensedVisionCenterMgr B-WM - Walmart - Tarboro, NC

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Walmart continues to be a leader in sustainability, corporate philanthropy and employment opportunity. With fiscal year 2017 revenue of $485.9 billion, Walmart…
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Sales: Pharmaceutical Sales Reps! Time to CA$H IN BIG! - Great Falls, Montana

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Most every Doctor accepts credit cards. Show your physician clients how to ELIMINATE their credit card processing fees and make a fortune in the process! This is worth repeating. We are not talking about merely saving the Doctor money on credit card fees. We eliminate them entirely. Zip! Due to recent changes in federal law, credit card processing fees are now, for the first time in history, being shifted from merchant to customer. This has started an epic transference of wealth on the order of $80 Billion Dollars which represents a once in a lifetime opportunity for YOU. Join the CC revolution and make serious money! 6 and 7 figure income potential. Recurring monthly income stream! Want all the details? Go to: http://zipCCfees.com ()
          

Mukesh Ambani tops Forbes India Rich List

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New Delhi: Despite the effects of demonetisation and industry slowdown, the wealth of India’s 100 richest persons rose by 26 per cent and Reliance Industries chief Mukesh Ambani topped the list with his net worth swelled to $38 billion nearly 2.5 lakh crore. He has emerged as India’s wealthiest person for the tenth straight year. […]

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‘Sacking Emery is the easy part’: Arsenal fans hit out at ‘absentee’ billionaire US owners as search for new manager begins

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Preview Arsenal fan groups have issued a stinging rebuke of the club's billioanire US owners following the sacking of Unai Emery, saying that changes are required at all levels if they are to regain their status as a top team.
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Engineering: Metallurgical / Corrosion Engineer - Houston, Texas

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Phillips 66 & YOU- Together we can fuel the future Description Phillips 66 is seeking a Metallurgical Corrosion Engineer for an early to mid-career level developmental role. The position will partner with subject matter experts, providing engineering support to refining sites in the areas of metallurgy, corrosion, coatings, welding and pressure vessel design within the refining sector. Will advise on the selection and fabrication of materials, corrosion control and maintaining integrity of pressure retaining systems. Will perform fitness for service evaluation and risk-based analysis of pressure containing equipment. The overall knowledge gained of Phillips 66 and its subsidiaries from your liaison with the operating and staff groups provides with an excellent opportunity to develop and implement a successful career path. Your initial assignment will be within Refining Business Improvement group in Houston, TX. Responsibilities may involve some travel or possibly temporary assignments at various Phillips 66 or contractor locations around the world. Individuals must be willing to travel andor relocate. Responsibilities May Include Providing practical, economical solutions to metallurgical, corrosion, and welding problems that arise in the Refinery. Assuring compliance with codes, State Safety Orders, Required Standards, and Industry Practices required in the construction andor repair of pressure vessels, piping and other pressure containing equipment. Conducting failure investigations and corrosion studies on systems and equipment. Reviewing andor specifying material selections, welding, NDE, heat treatment, and coating requirements proposed for new construction, repairs and metallurgical upgrades of facilities. Developing Risk Based Inspection assessments, Reliability Operating Limits, and Corrosion Control Documents to improve corrosion management within refinery mechanical integrity programs. Position Requirements BasicRequired: Legally authorized to work in the job posting country Bachelor's degree in Metallurgical or Materials Engineering, Materials Science, Mechanical Engineering, or Chemical Engineering Must maintain a valid driver's license Must be willing and able to relocate Must be willing and able to wear Nomex fire retardant clothing and personal protective equipment (such as steel-toe shoes, ear, and eye protection) Must be willing and able to maintain face daily so that a respiratorface mask can seal properly (some examples include being free of facial hair andor clean shaven) Must be willing and able to lift and transport materials, bend, stoop, perform moderate manual labor, work in confined spaces, climb, and work at various levels above the ground Must be willing and able to work outdoors and possibly in inclement weather conditions Preferred: Knowledgeable in requirements of ASME B31.3, ASME Boiler and Pressure Vessel Code Sections I, V, VII, and IX, and API Inspection Codes 510, 570, and 653 Knowledgeable in damage mechanisms that affect refinery equipment including fundamentals of corrosion, basic forms of corrosion, and methods of corrosion control Knowledgeable in performing remaining life and fitness for service evaluations Knowledgeable in risk-based inspection methodologies and how to utilize the methodologies Knowledgeable in failure investigation methodologies and problem-solving principles Proficient with computer applications such as Word, Excel, Outlook and SAP Company Overview Phillips 66 is a diversified energy manufacturing and logistics company. With a portfolio of Midstream, Chemicals, Refining, and Marketing and Specialties businesses, the company processes, transports, stores and markets fuels and products globally. Phillips 66 Partners, the company's master limited partnership, is integral to the portfolio. Headquartered in Houston, the company has 14,300 employees committed to safety and operating excellence. Phillips 66 had $58 billion of assets as of March 31, 2019. For more information, visit http:****************** or follow us on Twitter @Phillips66Co. To be considered In order to be considered for this position you must complete the entire application process, which includes answering all prescreening questions and providing your eSignature on or before the requisition closing date of December 31, 2019 . Candidates for regular U.S. positions must be a U.S. citizen or national, or an alien admitted as permanent resident, refugee, asylee or temporary resident under 8 U.S.C. 1160(a) or 1255(a)(1). Individuals with temporary visas such as E, F-1, H-1, H-2, L, B, J, or TN or who need sponsorship for work authorization now or in the future, are not eligible for hire. Phillips 66 is an EEO and Affirmative Action Employer of FemalesMinoritiesVeteransIndividuals with Disabilities Requisition ID: 51863 Location: Texas - Houston Job Field: Engineering Division : Refining Headquarters Technical Req : No ()
          

Hospitality & Tourism: CDL Class A - Shuttle Driver (Doubles) - Houston, Texas

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Job DetailsDescriptionCore-Mark (Nasdaq CORE)www.core-mark.comCore-Mark is one of the largest marketers of fresh and broad-line supply solutions to the convenience retail industry in North America. Founded in 1888, Core-Mark offers a full range of products, marketing programs and technology solutions to over 43,000 customer locations in the U.S. and Canada through 32 distribution centers (excluding two distribution facilities the Company operates as a third party logistics provider). Core-Mark services traditional convenience retailers, grocers, drug, liquor and specialty stores, and other stores that carry convenience products. $15.7 billion in revenue and growing! Core-Mark is ranked 257 on Fortune's 500 list of America's largest companies. Our corporate culture provides a progressive, growth-oriented work environment, where you will enjoy greater autonomy, and a strong team atmosphere. We are seeking a professional with a high potential for advancement.RESPONSIBILITIES Transport empty trailers from Houston, TX to Fort Worth, TX to be reloaded and returned back to starting location for Route Delivery Drivers. (Doubles) Unloading trailer upon return to Distribution Center Transports loads back to our remote yards for dispatch by route delivery drivers. Proper and thorough pre and post trip inspection. DOT ComplianceREQUIREMENTS Valid Class A CDL with doubles endorsement. (At least 6 months of experience) Clean driving record. Ability to lift 50 lbs. continuously. One year of verifiable CDL driving experience. Previous experience pulling doubles. Great customer interaction. High School education. Undergo a background check and a drug test. Accelerated pay based on your experience. Benefits from day 45 Medical, dental, vision, and company-paid life insurance 401(k) with annual company match and paid holidays and sick time after your first 90 days Excellent home time. Core-Mark FTW serves customers in Texas, OKC and Kansas.Beth Mulero / Address - 351 Gellhorn Drive Houston TX 77013 Office - 817-293-5558 Ext. 84804 To apply online please visit: https://careers.core-mark.com/All your information will be kept confidential according to EEO guidelines.IND - HOU#GD-HOU ()
          

IT services to touch $14.2 billion by 2020: International Data Corporation

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India IT and business services market may grow 6.9% annually to $13.3 billion by Dec this year: IDC
          

India's share in software product market miniscule: Official

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Currently the global software product market is valued at USD 438 billion and India's share in this is miniscule.
          

12 Reasons Climate Action Is Good for the United States Economy

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12 Reasons Climate Action Is Good for the United States Economy

The United States is the only nation that doesn't show up in the list of countries currently committed to the Paris Agreement. But that doesn't mean most Americans aren't trying to do their part. In fact, U.S. states, cities and counties that support the Paris Agreement make up about two-thirds of the American population and economy. If these climate-forward actors were a country, they'd have the second largest economy in the word – larger than China and behind only the full United States. American businesses and banks are also broadly supportive of the Paris Agreement, and are preparing—with or without federal action—for a low-carbon economic transition. Why do they all support climate action? Because it makes both economic and environmental sense.

1. The U.S. can lower emissions while growing the economy.

Since 2005, U.S. real GDP has increased 25% while energy-related CO2 emissions have fallen 12%. Technological advancements and energy efficiency improvements are allowing the economy to grow even as energy consumption remains flat, which means that the energy consumed per dollar of GDP is falling. While much more is needed, this is proof that the U.S. can decouple growth and emissions.

2. It's now cheaper to generate electricity from renewables than fossil fuels in most cases.

The costs of solar panels, wind turbines and lithium batteries have fallen precipitously in recent years as their role in the U.S. energy mix has grown. Today, it would be cheaper to replace three-quarters of existing U.S. coal plants with wind and solar power than to keep them operating with coal. Natural gas plants, previously the cheapest option to replace retiring coal plants, are now being undercut by renewables in many locations. New research finds that 90% of proposed gas-fired power plants are more costly to build and operate than a clean energy portfolio of solar, wind, battery technology and demand management.

3. Electric vehicles, electric heat pumps and other climate-friendly consumer technologies are becoming cheaper and cleaner too.

As of today, gasoline costs $2.62 on average in the United States, while charging an electric vehicle for the equivalent amount of energy costs only $1.21. If current trends continue, electric vehicles are expected to be cost-competitive on an upfront basis with gasoline vehicles by 2024-2028 in the United States. The lifetime fuel and maintenance costs for an electric bus are about $400,000 less than a diesel bus, which is why many transit systems and schools are switching over. Electric heat pumps, which are better for the climate than traditional gas furnaces, are cost-effective for most new homes. The environmental advantage of electric vehicles and heat pumps will only increase as coal-fired power plants continue to be replaced by cleaner alternatives.

4. Clean energy jobs already employ about 3.5 million Americans and are poised to grow.

There are already 2.3 million Americans employed in energy efficiency, 600,000 in clean electricity and fuels, 255,000 in electric and alternative fuel vehicles, 485,000 in fuel-efficient vehicles, and 65,000 in battery storage. Clean energy is generally more labor-intensive and less capital-intensive than fossil fuels, so switching from fossil fuels to clean energy can create net jobs. A 2017 study found that $1 million spent on fossil fuels in the U.S. will generate 2-3 full-time equivalent jobs, while $1 million spent on renewable energy or energy efficiency will create 7-8 jobs. Furthermore, workers in the clean energy sector can earn higher and more equitable wages when compared to all workers nationally.

5. By innovating, engineering and manufacturing clean technologies, the U.S. can increase its competitiveness.

As domestic and international demand for clean products and technologies rises, focusing on low-carbon manufacturing instead of doubling down on the industries of yesterday will give the U.S. an advantage in a growing market. As uptake of electric vehicles and energy storage systems increases, the battery market represents a significant opportunity for American manufacturing. The global lithium-ion battery market is projected to be $105 billion by 2025. Increasing low-carbon manufacturing would also create new employment: low-carbon jobs are particularly manufacturing intensive, with 17% to 26% of all clean jobs being in manufacturing.

6. Energy efficiency standards save consumers money and boost the economy.

Investments in energy efficiency in buildings, transportation and industry all pay off several times over in energy cost savings. For example, the average American family saves $500 a year on utility bills due to federal efficiency standards for appliances, lighting, and plumbing – with the benefits outweighing the costs by 5 to 1. Existing energy standards are estimated to be responsible for about 300,000 jobs, which are expected to rise to 500,000 by 2030. Strengthening these standards would lead to even more consumer savings, economic benefits and jobs.

7. Climate action presents unique economic opportunities for rural America.

<p>Wind turbines in rural Missouri. Photo by Carol Highsmith/Library of Congress.</p>

Wind turbines in rural Missouri. Photo by Carol Highsmith/Library of Congress.

Energy efficiency can play an important role in lifting the high energy burden of rural households who often pay higher energy prices than urban areas. In rural communities, which have witnessed a roughly 40% net decline in farm incomes since 2011, wind energy taxes and royalties have introduced new revenue streams into the local economy; wind farms paid $761 million in 2018 state and local taxes, plus $289 million in lease payments to farmers and landowners who host wind turbines on their land. Policymakers and industry are also interested in the idea of paying farmers based on their adoption of regenerative agricultural practices that foster carbon sequestration. If widely adopted, this could further support rural economies. To date, there have been more than $320 billion in U.S. investments that focus on sustainable food and agriculture, with $47.5 billion explicitly targeting regenerative agriculture.

8. Better planned, low-carbon cities are more productive.

American commuters lose 7 billion hours and 3 billion gallons of fuel while stuck in traffic each year. By planning our cities so that people have options to live closer to where they work and play, with ready access to public transit for all, we can increase both economic and energy efficiency. A 10% increase in population density in US cities is associated with about a 5% increase in medium- and high-skilled wages as well as 2% lower carbon emissions per capita.

9. Carbon pricing has been an economic boon for the 10 states that have it in place.

After California implemented the nation's first cap-and-trade system in 2006, it's economy grew faster than the nation as a whole, and it met its 2020 emissions reduction target four years early in 2016. More than half of the revenue from the carbon price is being used to benefit disadvantaged communities. Nine northeastern states are part of the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative, a power sector cap-and-trade system launched in 2009, and three more plan to join. The proceeds from the initiative have used for energy efficiency and renewable energy projects, electricity consumer bill assistance, and education and job training programs. The initiative has been a net economic benefit for the participating states and has reduced deaths and illnesses from air pollution.

10. Without action, the US will face increasing costs of climate damages.

Extreme weather and climate disasters have already caused about $150 billion in damage per year over the past three years, a drastic increase from historical trends. The National Climate Assessment, a report by top U.S. experts from 13 federal agencies released in late 2018, shows that climate change is already affecting American communities now, and it will only get worse. It found that in a high emissions future, economic damages from extreme temperatures, rising seas, and other impacts of climate change would reach $500 billion per year in 2090. Reducing emissions, on the other hand, could cut those costs approximately in half to $280 billion per year.

11. Reducing greenhouse gases also reduces other harmful air pollution, creating dramatic health improvements and reducing health costs.

In 2017, about 109,000 Americans died prematurely due to fine particulate matter and ozone pollution, and more than 40% of Americans live in counties that have experienced unhealthy pollution in recent years. If the U.S. reduced emissions in a way consistent with the Paris Agreement, it could reduce premature deaths from air pollution by about 30% in the next decade.

12. Smart and properly designed climate policies can build a more inclusive and prosperous economy for all.

Inequality is one of the greatest challenges facing America, and is very likely to be exacerbated by climate change.The impacts of climate change will be disproportionately felt by poor and marginalized communities. Choosing low-carbon options would not only improve public health, create jobs and cut energy bills, but many of the gains would be mostly enjoyed by low-income communities. Those most vulnerable to climate change are therefore also those who would benefit most from climate action. In addition, supportive policies can ensure that the low-carbon transition is equitable for communities formerly dependent on fossil fuels. For example, congressional investments in coal communities in 13 Appalachian states through the POWER initiative are projected to create or retain more than 23,000 jobs and leverage more than $811 million in additional private investment into Appalachia's economy.

These 12 reasons are a compelling argument for the Congress and the Executive Branch to put in place strong new federal policies in support of climate action. The federal government needs to catch up with the leading U.S. states and other countries around the world to take advantage of the benefits of the low-carbon economy.


          

"Χρεωκοπημένες Διοικήσεις Πολιτειών χρωστούν 5.2 δισεκατομμύρια δολάρια σε μεγάλες καπνοβιομηχανίες"

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Η τελική αναμέτρηση αρχίζει σήμερα στην ακρόαση διαιτησίας. Οι διοικήσεις των πολιτειών στον αγώνα τους να κλείσουν χάσκοντα κενά στον προϋπολογισμό, διαμάχονται για να πάρουν  δισεκατομμύρια δολάρια από ένα διακανονισμό ορόσημο που έγινε για τον καπνό το 1998 από το οποίο υπολόγιζαν να βοηθήσουν τη χρηματοδότηση των πάντων, από το Medicaid (κρατικό πρόγραμμα περίθαλψης οικονομικά αδυνάτων) μέχρι προγράμματα φροντίδας ηλικιωμένων. Από το 2006, η R.J. Η Reynolds Tobacco Co., η Lorillard Inc., και περίπου άλλοι 40 κατασκευαστές τσιγάρων που υπέγραψαν το διακανονισμό, έχουν παρακρατήσει περίπου 3,2 δισεκατομμύρια δολάρια από τις πολιτείες. Οι εταιρείες ισχυρίζονται ότι οι πολιτείες δεν κατάφεραν να επιβάλουν μια διάταξη που θα σταματούσε τις μικρές, ανταγωνιστικές εταιρείες τσιγάρων που δεν υπέγραψαν τη σύμβαση, να πουλάνε σε χαμηλότερες τιμές. Η διάταξη αυτή απαιτεί από τις πολιτείες να υποχρεώνουν τις καπνοβιομηχανίες που δεν υπάγονται στο διακανονισμό- όπως η National Tobacco Co., η Cheyenne International και η Smokin Joes - να καταβάλλουν μέρος των εσόδων τους σε λογαριασμούς μεσεγγύησης ως αντιστάθμιση έναντι μελλοντικών δικαστικών αγωγών και να ευθυγραμμίζουν τις συνθήκες ανταγωνισμού με τις εταιρείες που υπέγραψαν τον διακανονισμό.

Δημοσίευση από το The Centre For Public Integrity

Η τελική αναμέτρηση αρχίζει σήμερα στην ακρόαση διαιτησίας
Οι διοικήσεις των πολιτειών στον αγώνα τους να κλείσουν χάσκοντα κενά στον προϋπολογισμό, διαμάχονται για να πάρουν  δισεκατομμύρια δολάρια από ένα διακανονισμό ορόσημο που έγινε για τον καπνό το 1998 από το οποίο υπολόγιζαν να βοηθήσουν τη χρηματοδότηση των πάντων, από το Medicaid (κρατικό πρόγραμμα περίθαλψης οικονομικά αδυνάτων) μέχρι προγράμματα φροντίδας ηλικιωμένων.
Από το 2006, η R.J. Η Reynolds Tobacco Co., η Lorillard Inc., και περίπου άλλοι 40 κατασκευαστές τσιγάρων που υπέγραψαν το διακανονισμό, έχουν παρακρατήσει περίπου 3,2 δισεκατομμύρια δολάρια από τις πολιτείες. Οι εταιρείες ισχυρίζονται ότι οι πολιτείες δεν κατάφεραν να επιβάλουν μια διάταξη που θα σταματούσε τις μικρές, ανταγωνιστικές εταιρείες τσιγάρων που δεν υπέγραψαν τη σύμβαση, να πουλάνε σε χαμηλότερες τιμές.
Η διάταξη αυτή απαιτεί από τις πολιτείες να υποχρεώνουν τις καπνοβιομηχανίες που δεν υπάγονται στο διακανονισμό όπως η National Tobacco Co., η Cheyenne International και η Smokin Joes να καταβάλλουν μέρος των εσόδων τους σε λογαριασμούς μεσεγγύησης ως αντιστάθμιση έναντι μελλοντικών δικαστικών αγωγών και να ευθυγραμμίζουν τις συνθήκες ανταγωνισμού με τις εταιρείες που υπέγραψαν τον διακανονισμό.
Η Philip Morris USA, μακράν η μεγαλύτερη εταιρεία καπνού, έχει πραγματοποιήσει τις υπό αμφισβήτηση πληρωμές στις πολιτείες. Αλλά λέει ότι της οφείλεται επιστροφή 1,3 δισ. δολαρίων συν τόκους και θα αμφισβητήσει άλλα 400.000 δολάρια σε πληρωμές που πραγματοποιήθηκαν τα τελευταία δύο χρόνια.
Εν ολίγοις, οι καπνοβιομηχανίες αμφισβητούν περίπου 5,2 δισεκατομμύρια δολάρια σε πληρωμές, σύμφωνα με την Εθνική Ένωση Γενικών Εισαγγελέων.
Μια ακρόαση που ξεκινά σήμερα ενώπιον μιας ειδικής ομάδας διαιτησίας στο Σικάγο είναι το πρώτο βήμα για να καθοριστεί εάν οι εταιρείες καπνού θα απελευθερώσουν αυτά τα χρήματα ή αν οι πολιτείες πρέπει να σκάψουν σε άδεια ταμεία για να πληρώσουν περισσότερα δισεκατομμύρια δολάρια - μια εν δυνάμει πολιτική και δημοσιονομική καταστροφή.
Οι πολιτείες τήρησαν το δικό τους μέρος της συμφωνίας;
Το 1998 ο διακανονισμός για τον καπνό έφερε το τέλος πολυετών δικαστικών διαμαχών για το αν οι εταιρείες είχαν εν γνώσει τους παραπλανήσει τους καπνιστές για τους κινδύνους από τα τσιγάρα, με αποτέλεσμα η υγειονομική περίθαλψη για προβλήματα που σχετίζονται με τον καπνό να κοστίζει στα κρατικά προγράμματα Medicaid.
Οι τέσσερις μεγαλύτερες καπνοβιομηχανίες με τις οποίες συντάχθηκαν τελικά και περισσότερες από τριάντα έξι μικρότερες συμφώνησαν να σταματήσουν τις διαφημίσεις τσιγάρων που απευθύνονται στη νεολαία και  να πραγματοποιούν ετήσιες πληρωμές σε 46 πολιτείες για να βοηθήσουν στην κάλυψη των αυξανόμενων δαπανών για την υγειονομική περίθαλψη. Οι πληρωμές μεταφράζονται σε περίπου 54 σεντς για κάθε συσκευασία που πωλείτο. Το 2010, οι πολιτείες μοιράστηκαν 6,4 δισεκατομμύρια δολάρια.
Οι εταιρείες καπνού που συμφώνησαν με το διακανονισμό θα πληρώσουν περισσότερα από 200 δισεκατομμύρια δολάρια σε 25 χρόνια στις πολιτείες.  Σε αντάλλαγμα, οι εταιρείες καπνού επέμειναν ότι ο διακανονισμός περιλάμβανε μια ρήτρα μεσεγγύησης για την προστασία τους από ένα ανταγωνιστικό πλεονέκτημα για τις εταιρείες που δεν είχαν υπογράψει τη σύμβαση.
Κατά τη συμφωνία, οι εταιρείες καπνού δικαιούνται να παρακρατούν ένα ποσοστό της ετήσιας πληρωμής τους στις πολιτείες, εάν συμβούν δύο πράγματα. Πρώτον, οι αρχικές τέσσερις μεγάλες καπνοβιομηχανίες πρέπει να χάσουν μερίδιο αγοράς από τις καπνοβιομηχανίες που δεν συμμετέχουν στο διακανονισμό και δεύτερον, πρέπει οι πολιτείες να αποτύχουν να “επιβάλλουν επιμελώς” το προαπαιτούμενο για τις καπνοβιομηχανίες που δεν συμμετέχουν στο διακανονισμό να τους καταβάλλουν μεσεγγύηση.  Οι πληρωμές, ένα κλάσμα του ενός τοις εκατό για κάθε τσιγάρο που πωλήθηκε το προηγούμενο έτος, είναι ελαφρώς μικρότερες από τις πληρωμές που κάθε εταιρεία θα είχε καταβάλει εάν είχε υπογράψει τη συμφωνία διακανονισμού.
Το 2006, έγινε σύγκρουση για την πρώτη προϋπόθεση όταν ένας ανεξάρτητος σύμβουλος συμφώνησε με τις μεγάλες καπνοβιομηχανίες ότι οι μη συμμετέχουσες εταιρείες τρώνε το μερίδιό τους από την αγορά. Λίγο αργότερα, οι μεγάλες καπνοβιομηχανίες άρχισαν να παρακρατούν  χρήματα από τις πολιτείες, υποστηρίζοντας ότι δεν είχαν τηρήσει το δικό τους μέρος της συμφωνίας. Οι πολιτείες απάντησαν με ένα κύμα αγωγών απαιτώντας τα χαμένα χρήματα συν τους τόκους.
Οι καταγγελίες των δύο πλευρών βρίσκονται πλέον ενώπιον επιτροπής διαιτησίας που αποτελείται από τρεις συνταξιούχους ομοσπονδιακούς δικαστές. Η επιτροπή θα αποφασίσει τι θα κάνει με περίπου 1,1 δισεκατομμύρια δολάρια σε υπό αμφισβήτηση κονδύλια για το έτος 2003, μια απόφαση που θα θέσει το στάδιο για την επίλυση διαφορών πληρωμής για κάθε επόμενο έτος.
Η ακρόαση αυτής της εβδομάδας πραγματοποιείται σε ξενοδοχείο στο Σικάγο, όπου αναμένεται να παρευρεθούν εκπρόσωποι από τις πολιτείες, καθώς και δεκάδες δικηγόροι των καπνοβιομηχανιών και άλλα ενδιαφερόμενα μέρη όπως οι τράπεζες.
Η ακρόαση θα εξετάσει τα προκαταρκτικά ζητήματα, συμπεριλαμβανομένου του κατά πόσον τα χρήματα που έχουν αφήσει στην άκρη κάποιες εταιρείες καπνού κατά τη διάρκεια της συζήτησης θα πρέπει να μεταβούν στις πολιτείες εν αναμονή της επίλυσης ολόκληρου του θέματος, σύμφωνα με δικηγόρο ο οποίος παρίσταται στην ακρόαση αλλά δεν έχει εξουσιοδότηση να σχολιάσει σχετικά με τη διαδικασία.
Τα μεγάλα ποσά που διακυβεύονται και το ευαίσθητο στάδιο της διαιτητικής διαδικασίας σημαίνουν ότι κανένας από τους εμπλεκόμενους παράγοντες δεν ήταν διατεθειμένος να μιλήσει επισήμως στην εφημερίδα μας.
Ο Matthew Berge, δικηγόρος του γραφείου του γενικού εισαγγελέα της Μασαχουσέτης, ο οποίος λειτουργεί ως συντονιστικός σύμβουλος των κρατών, αρνήθηκε να συζητήσει την υπόθεση. Δυο γενικοί εισαγγελείς, οι οποίοι είναι επικεφαλής μιας επιτροπής που συγκροτήθηκε για τη διαχείριση της διαμάχης, ο Dustin McDaniel από το Αρκάνσας και ο Jon Bruning από τη Νεμπράσκα, δεν απάντησαν στις κλήσεις μας.
Οι R.J. Reynolds, Philip Morris και Lorillard επίσης δεν σχολίασαν.
"Οι πολιτείες αμφισβητούν τους δικούς τους εμπειρογνώμονες"
Οι εκπρόσωποι των πολιτειών εισέρχονται στην ακρόαση σίγουροι από τη δική τους προηγούμενη εκτίμηση για το ότι πολλές από τις μη συμμετέχουσες εταιρείες πληρώνουν στους λογαριασμούς μεσεγγύησης.
Μια υποσημείωση στην έκθεση του 2006 από έναν ανεξάρτητο σύμβουλο που προσλήφθηκε για να καθορίσει εάν η συμφωνία διακανονισμού κοστίζει στις μεγάλες καπνοβιομηχανίες μερίδιο από την αγορά, λέει ότι οι πολιτείες εκτιμούσαν ότι από το 1999 έως το 2003 το ποσοστό συμμόρφωσης των μη συμμετεχόντων εταιρειών τσιγάρων κυμάνθηκε από 36% έως 72% .
"Οι πολιτείες τώρα απαρνούνται αυτήν την εκτίμηση"
Ο Jeremy Bulow, οικονομολόγος της Stanford Graduate School of Business, ο οποίος έχει γράψει εκτενώς για τον διακανονισμό για τον καπνό, δήλωσε ότι η εκτίμηση αποτελεί άσχημα νέα για τις πολιτείες, αν και δεν είναι σαφές εάν αντικατοπτρίζει την πραγματικότητα.
“Αμφιβάλλω ότι ακόμα και οι πολιτείες εμπιστεύονται τα δεδομένα, αλλά αυτό είναι που υπέβαλαν”, δήλωσε ο Bulow στην εφημερίδα μας μέσω email. “Πιθανόν οι πολιτείες να παράσχουν κάποια μη ποσοτικά στοιχεία που να δείχνουν πόσο σκληρά έχουν εργαστεί στην επιβολή της νομοθεσίας, αλλά πώς θα πείσει κανείς τον διαιτητή ότι επιβάλλει επιμελώς τον φόρο όταν η δική του εκτίμηση του ποσοστού συμμόρφωσης είναι τόσο χαμηλή;”
Ο Bulow είπε ότι ήταν σχεδόν αναπόφευκτο ότι η ρήτρα “επιμελής επιβολή” θα προκαλούσε προβλήματα στις πολιτείες.
Οι νομοθέτες του διακανονισμού του 1998 δεν έλαβαν υπόψη μια σημαντική αγορά απομιμήσεων τσιγάρων και οι πολιτείες διαθέτουν “απαίσια” συστήματα δεδομένων λογαριασμών μεσεγγύησης, ανέφερε.
Οι πολιτείες δυσκολεύτηκαν επίσης, τουλάχιστον αρχικά, στο να υποχρεώσουν τις εταιρείες καπνού σε υπεράκτιες χώρες να συμμορφωθούν με το καταστατικό της μεσεγγύησης.
Ο κ. Christian Tweeten, δικηγόρος στο γραφείο του γενικού εισαγγελέα της Montana, δήλωσε ότι η πολιτεία του ξόδεψε πολλά χρήματα μηνύοντας υπεράκτιες εταιρείες επιβάλλοντας τη συμμόρφωση, με περιορισμένη επιτυχία. Συχνά, απλά έκλειναν το κατάστημα και ξανάνοιγαν με διαφορετικό όνομα.
Το 2003, η Μοντάνα και άλλα κράτη άρχισαν να απαιτούν από τις εταιρείες που ήθελαν να πουλήσουν τσιγάρα να αποδείξουν ότι είχαν καταβάλει τη  μεσεγγύηση κανονικά το προηγούμενο έτος. Η Μοντάνα έχει τώρα έναν κατάλογο εγκεκριμένων πωλητών καπνού, όπως και οι περισσότερες άλλες πολιτείες. “Αυτό μείωσε δραματικά το φορτίο για εμάς επιβολής της νομοθεσίας ”, δήλωσε ο Tweeten.
Τα χρήματα που οι εταιρείες καπνού παρακρατούσαν ή δεν κατέβαλαν το 2006 ισχύουν για το ημερολογιακό έτος 2003. Το 2007, παρέμειναν χρήματα για το 2004 και ούτω καθεξής. Αλλά οι πολιτείες λένε ότι κάνουν μεγάλα βήματα για να υποχρεώσουν τους μη συμμετέχοντες στο διακανονισμό κατασκευαστές τσιγάρων να πληρώσουν τα κεφάλαια μεσεγγύησης μέσω νομοθεσίας και άλλων μέσων.
Αλλά παρόλα αυτά , οι εταιρείες καπνού συνέχισαν να αναστέλλουν τις πληρωμές.
Το 2009, οι εταιρείες καπνού κατέθεσαν 576 εκατομμύρια δολάρια που διαφορετικά θα είχαν μεταφερθεί σε πολιτείες σε αμφισβητούμενο λογαριασμό πληρωμών στη Citibank, τον πράκτορα μεσεγγύησης για τον διακανονισμό για τον καπνό, σύμφωνα με έκθεση της Εθνικής Ένωσης Γενικών Εισαγγελέων. Άλλα 21 εκατομμύρια δολάρια απλώς παρακρατήθηκαν ή δεν πληρώθηκαν.
Μια από τις απροσδόκητες διατάξεις της περίπλοκης διευθέτησης του διακανονισμού του 1998 τιμωρεί τις πολιτείες που δεν καταφέρνουν να επιβάλλουν “επιμελώς” τη ρήτρα μεσεγγύησης απαιτώντας από αυτές να καταβάλουν ολόκληρο το οφειλόμενο ποσό από τους μη συμμετέχοντες κατασκευαστές τσιγάρων. Αυτό σημαίνει ότι εάν οι μισές πολιτείες κατάφεραν να αναγκάσουν τις μικρές εταιρείες τσιγάρων που δεν είχαν υπογράψει τον διακανονισμό να πληρώσουν μέρος των εσόδων τους σε λογαριασμούς μεσεγγύησης και οι άλλες μισές δεν το έκαναν, η δεύτερη ομάδα πρέπει να πληρώσει ολόκληρο το λογαριασμό, μέχρι και την τελευταία  δεκάρα που έλαβαν από τα χρήματα από τον καπνό σε ένα συγκεκριμένο έτος.
Ο γενικός εισαγγελέας της Iowa Tom Miller είπε στο The American Lawyer  πέρυσι ότι οι πολιτείες πιέζουν να διευθετήσουν το ζήτημα της επιστροφής χρημάτων από το 2006. Επίσης αναγνώρισε στη συνέντευξη τη δυσκολία συντονισμού της δράσης μεταξύ 46 πολιτειών. “Όταν έχετε 46 κυρίαρχους, θα υπάρξει κάποια διαφορά απόψεων”, είπε.


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Griffin gets biggest tax bill in Palm Beach, late billionaire’s islands hit the market for $30M

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Every day, The Real Deal rounds up South Florida’s biggest real estate news, from breaking news and scoops to announcements and deals. We update this page throughout the day. Please send any tips or deals to tips@therealdeal.com This page was last updated at 4:30 p.m. Hedge fund manager Ken Griffin is facing a $5.37 million property tax bill for 2019, the biggest in Palm Beach. Like property owners throughout Florida, Griffin received his bill in November. ... [more]

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Bahamian islands owned by late coal billionaire ask $30M

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A group of private islands in the Bahamas that hosted President Richard Nixon will hit the market for nearly $30 million. The nine islands were owned by the late billionaire Chris Cline, who died in a helicopter crash in July on his way off the property. Cline’s estate is selling the Bahamian compound, which is made up of 277 acres in the Abaco Islands, the Wall Street Journal reported. Cline was killed over the summer ... [more]

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Disgraced casino mogul Wynn to pay $20M to settle shareholder suit

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Disgraced casino mogul and billionaire Steve Wynn is now set to pay $20 million in damages to settle a shareholder lawsuit after alleged sexual misconduct. The damages that Wynn will pay, with an additional $21 million from insurance carriers for Wynn Resorts employees, must be approved by a Las Vegas judge, according to the Los Angeles Times. Wynn has repeatedly denied any wrongdoing in connection with the allegations. The founder and former chief executive and ... [more]

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Movers & Shakers: Elmir Group launches CRE division, Pablo Alfaro team grows

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Camilo Franco and Caitlyn Henderson joined the Pablo Alfaro Group at Douglas Elliman as sales associates. They’ll work out of Elliman’s Miami Beach office at 1111 Lincoln Road. Alfaro has closed more than $1.5 billion in residential and commercial sales to date. Patricia Prado joined Douglas Elliman from the Corcoran Group. Before that, Prado was with Silvia Coltrane’s Real Estate Transactions International in Surfside, which recently became a Corcoran office. Karen Elmir of Cervera Real ... [more]

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Bloomberg v. Trump: Real estate edition

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Despite their many differences, Donald Trump and Michael Bloomberg do have a few things in common. Both are billionaires, both may be vying for the same office now that Bloomberg is considering a presidential run, and both men have a penchant for luxury residential properties. The former New York City mayor and registered Democrat has built a townhome empire on Manhattan’s Upper East Side, while President Trump prefers the vertical life at his Trump Tower ... [more]

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No more delays: SoftBank launching WeWork stock tender offer this week

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For WeWork’s investors, better late than never. SoftBank’s $3 billion tender offer to WeWork is set to launch this week, following weeks of delays, according to Reuters. Masayoshi Son’s firm was expected to launch its offer earlier in November but delayed the move while it tried to make technical revisions to the offer documents. The $3 billion offer for WeWork shares includes up to $970 million for those owned by co-founder Adam Neumann. Last week, ... [more]

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SoftBank wants to reduce WeWork rescue package

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SoftBank is looking to whittle down its WeWork rescue package. The $9.5 billion agreement has drawn ire from WeWork employees because of a generous payout to founder and former CEO Adam Neumann, according to Bloomberg. SoftBank has already provided a $1.5 billion investment to the struggling co-working giant, which abandoned IPO plans in September. But as The Real Deal reported last week, Masayoshi Son’s company has delayed a $3 billion tender offer to WeWork. The ... [more]

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Moving out: Blackstone sells remaining stake in Invitation Homes

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The Blackstone Group sold its last piece of Invitation Homes. The private equity giant sold nearly 11 percent of Invitation Homes’ shares for about $1.7 billion. In all, Blackstone made about $7 billion since the home rental business went public in 2017, according to the Wall Street Journal. Blackstone founded Invitation Homes after the financial crisis, scooping up suburban homes at the bottom of the market to rent to people who could no longer afford ... [more]

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Powerful internet authority says it’s powerless to stop billion dollar .org takeover

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Powerful internet authority says it’s powerless to stop billion dollar .org takeover

The private equity takeover of one of the internet’s biggest domain name extensions is growing more convoluted by the day.

ICANN (Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers), the organization empowered to manage the internet’s domain name system, has said it will not stop the sale of the .org top level domain (TLD) extension from a nonprofit to a private equity firm. 

In a statement to the Financial Times, ICANN says that it "does not have authority over the proposed acquisition" and that its role is to simply "assure the continued operation of the .org domain."

On Friday, the sale price of the .org extension to the private equity firm, Ethos Capital, was disclosed: $1.135 billion. Read more...

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火星の石の回収を目指す大胆な計画が具体化

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In just over 1 decade, a small capsule shaped like a flying saucer could blaze in from space and smash into an empty Utah desert. Its payload would be momentous: less than 1 kilogram of rocks gathered on Mars. After years as a dream, Mars sample return is now a $7 billion plan, devised jointly by NASA and the European Space Agency (ESA). It is a complicated plan, involving three heavy rocket launches from Earth, two rovers, the first ever rocket launch from another planet, and a daring space rendezvous between a sample container and a spacecraft that would ferry it back to Earth. The first element, NASA's Mars 2020 rover, is nearly built and ready for launch next summer. And now, NASA and the Europeans are close to finalizing the plans to bring the samples collected by Mars 2020 home, with ESA likely to commit funding to the work at a meeting later this month.


          

アンバサダーに選ばれた臨床科学者の3人に1人がルール違反の「二重取り」

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Since 1988, the National Institutes of Health's (NIH's) Loan Repayment Program has aimed to keep promising young biomedical scientists in academic research by helping repay school loans that can run up to hundreds of thousands of dollars. Without it, supporters say, many of these researchers might have chosen lucrative slots at pharmaceutical companies or in private practice. Since 2004, the program has paid nearly $1.1 billion for more than 22,000 new or renewal awards to researchers, and it has touted its success through "ambassadors"—models of success who counsel applicants. But a Science investigation shows that more one-third of the 182 clinical scientist ambassadors whose years of participation could be determined broke the program's rules against certain forms of industry funding. (NIH's own analysis finds a smaller number of violations.) The extensive rule breaking is leading some observers to question the public purpose and fairness of a generous taxpayer subsidy for young scientists.


          

Repo Madness: Up To $300 Billion Per Day As First 42 Day Term Repo Kicks In Going Into 2020!

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by Jason Burack via Wall St Fro Main St Repo Madness is now up to $300 billion dollars per day as the first 42 day term repo (into 2020 now) for $55 billion ... Read more
          

Daily Habits to Revive Your Dying Marriage

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I love talking about the garden or perimeters God has placed us in. Where you and I live and get to worship Him is truly an amazing place.

However, the creation of our spouse was a whole other level of His creativity and genius. Our spouse, among the billions of people in the world, is unique in so many ways. His or her family experiences, walk with God, friends, education, choices, ambitions and gifts make him or her, well, him or her.

My hope is, in reading this, that an idea here or there will prompt you to think or even evaluate your service to your spouse.

I have broken down the area of serving your spouse into several areas and I wrote about it in my book, Servant Marriage. I followed a model of personhood that Paul, through the Holy Spirit, wrote about in 1 Thessalonians 5:23:

"May the very God of peace sanctify you completely. And I pray to God that your whole spirit, soul, and body be preserved blameless unto the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ."

Your spouse has an amazing spirit, given to him or her by God. This spirit is also given to you by God as a gift. This gift, like so many gifts of God, needs to be personally cared for and maintained by you.

Your spouse has an almost incomprehensible soul. His or her mind, will and emotions will be under your care and influence for decades. This area of his or her being will also require care from you in a servant marriage.

Our spouse is, above all, a spirit being. At the core of him or her is a spirit that best operates if his or spirit is being fed and nourished.

Before I talk about your spouse, I want to first talk about you. You are a spirit being as well. Taking care of yourself spiritually is definitely the first order of business to be able to spiritually serve your spouse.

In Romans 1:15 (NIV), Paul says, "That is why I am so eager to preach the gospel..." I cannot serve very well spiritually if I am not spiritually consistent and growing. The reverse happens if a spouse is spiritually weak and inconsistent. He or she will negatively impact your marriage rather than positively impact it.

I said all of this to say that reading your Bible, praying, worshipping and growing spiritually daily and regularly are critical to having a servant marriage. If you do not serve God well, you will be more likely not to serve your spouse well either.

Regular church attendance and meeting regularly with a friend of the same gender is very helpful. When you grow spiritually, everyone in your life benefits.

Your spouse also greatly benefits when you pray together. As a servant, you do not have to worry about this being your personality or not. It is your responsibility to attempt to connect together spiritually.

Praying together daily or regularly in the presence of God and God the Father-in-law is a blessing to Him. I believe He loves being with both of you at the same time as well as individually. He created this trinity of marriage with you both so that He could fellowship and commune with you together. In a servant marriage, your spiritual walk involves both of you together, and not just you as a single man or woman.

Lisa and I have some friends we enjoy individually. However, when we get together with them together, it is a totally different dynamic. I think the Father feels the same way. Remember, marriage is a three-person entity, not just two. Therefore, I encourage you to enjoy the third person in your marriage together on a daily or regular basis.

Beyond praying together, some couples read the Bible together, which is great. When Lisa and I do this, we discuss what we learn for ourselves, not what we think the other person should be learning or applying.

Spiritual time together is a way for the servant to honor his or her spouse. Some couples do worship together, perhaps by using a worship CD. Some couples read devotions together. Being consistent in spiritual time together is vital for your marriage.

I believe it is our privilege to, over the course of our entire lives, get to know and learn about the unique creature our spouses are as they evolve throughout our servant marriage. It is not only our privilege, but our calling to serve them till death do us part. {eoa}

Doug Weiss, Ph.D., is a nationally known author, speaker and licensed psychologist. He is the executive director of Heart to Heart Counseling Center in Colorado Springs, Colorado, and the author of several books, including Servant Marriage. You may contact Dr. Weiss via his website, drdougweiss.com, on his Facebook, by phone at 719-278-3708 or through email at heart2heart@xc.org.


          

New Christian Alternative to Disney+ Offers Clean, Family-Friendly Content

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Minno—a new, Nashville-based children's digital media company—officially launches today and is offering Christian parents an alternative that is both entertaining and affirming. It features an ad-free, subscription digital platform with curated entertainment and educational choices the whole family will love—including the world's largest collection of classic VeggieTales. It's a publishing arm in partnership with Hachette Nashville with offerings such as the No. 1 Amazon bestseller The Laugh and Learn Bible for Kids and Minno Life, a parenting blog with expert resources and voices for Christian parents. Minno aims to be a one-stop solution for parents and kids.

"Parents who care about their children's faith are in a tough situation. While we attend church and have friends and neighbors who share our faith, the leading technology and media companies are fueling a content culture that is devoid of God and the importance of faith. Christian parents have more content choices than they've ever had, but fewer options that reflect their values. When you see media companies churning out more shows than ever but none of them reflect your family's values you want to instill in your family, you are left with an impossible choice—not participating in culture or compromising what you care most about," said Erick Goss, CEO and co-founder of Minno and former senior manager at Amazon.

"Minno resolves that problem, serving as a one-stop, trusted source and a partner in raising kids in today's pluralistic, social, mobile and media-drenched world. Kids will see Minno as something fun to experience, while parents can feel good about the fact that our content is encouraging kids to deepen their faith and walk with God every day, at home or on the go."

In the coming months, Minno will also offer parent guides on top-of-mind topics, family devotionals and podcasts. In an increasingly secular world where faith and family values are often marginalized, there are few entertainment and education options available that parents can trust. The new Minno platform meets an important and largely unmet need in the $30 billion U.S. children's product marketplace by offering safe, high-quality and fun media choices for every situation.

Minno Distinctives

—Minno: ad-free, subscription, digital-video platform featuring the largest collection of classic VeggieTales in the world and the best curated collection of Christian kids content anywhere that can be streamed or downloaded and watched on the go. Parents can try Minno for free by going here: gominno.com.

—Minno Life: a lifestyle blog full of helpful articles, family devotions and printables developed intentionally to meet the needs of today's families. Minno Life features curated content from expert thought leaders and parents in the trenches to offer the best in practical hope and help on top-of-mind issues such as spiritual development, education, social media and culture. Recognized voices such as the team at Daystar Counseling Center—David Thomas, Sissy Goff and Melissa Trevathan—are all featured contributors.

—Minno Kids publishing: Because Minno believes the Bible should be at the center of every aspect of living—including parenting—Minno Kids publishing efforts are anchored by the new Laugh and Learn Bible for Kids and also features a wonderful new collection of children's board books, picture books, as well as middle-grade novels.

—Minno store: which includes books, Bibles and other resources from our children's publishing program, aims to help families experience God together. From board books to middle-grade novels, Minno books help kids better understand what the Bible teaches and offer insights for living out their faith in everyday life.

By the Numbers

—100 million Christians go to church weekly in the U.S.

—16 million Christian families with pre-K to fifth-grade kids attend church weekly.

—32 million Christian families with pre-K to fifth-grade kids attend church monthly.

—The market for children's products is $30 billion.

—The market for Christian products is $4.6 billion. {eoa}

About Minno: Minno is a Nashville-based children's digital media company partnering with Christian parents to provide safe, values-based choices for their families. Minno's offering includes an ad-free, subscription, video-on-demand platform; Minno Life, an expert-driven parenting blog; Minno Kids, its book publishing division; and Minno store, a digital shopping platform. Minno seeks to entertain, inform and inspire, encouraging kids and parents to laugh and learn together.


          

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!


          

Half a billion euros per year earmarked for municipalities

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The government has said that up to 500 million euros a year will be allotted to municipalities around the country to finance a wide range of projects in the 2020-23 period. In an interview with Sunday’s edition of Kathimerini, Interior Minister Takis Theodorikakos said the European Investment Bank, with which...

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Q3 Fintech Funding Tops US$8.9B Driven by Mega-Rounds

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Fintech funding topped US$8.9 billion in Q3’2019, driven by 19 mega-rounds of US$100 million+. This brings the total amount raised by fintech companies to US$24.6 billion this year, as of

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IT / Software / Systems: Software Engineer (Java) - Salt Lake City, Utah

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Accelerate Your CareerDrive global technology?With more than $2 billion in revenues, CDK Global is a leading global provider of integrated information technology and digital marketing solutions to the automotive retail and adjacent industries.?Focused on enabling end-to-end automotive commerce, CDK provides solutions to dealers in more than 100 countries around the world, serving approximately 28,000?retail locations and most automotive?manufacturers.?? CDK Global solutions automate and integrate critical processes from pre-sale targeted advertising to the sale, financing, insurance, parts?supply, repair and maintenance of vehicles, with an increasing focus on utilizing data analytics and predictive intelligence.????We?re large enough to make a difference but small enough for your voice to be heard. This means that we are an organization where every person matters. You can make an impact on the success of our business and that of our customers regardless of what career you decide to pursue.?From data scientists to sales and client service experts, we?re hiring to support your growth and ours -?Green?light your career.??We are looking for a skilled individual to help us stay current with cutting edge technologies. We are a Java shop and have a great software package we are pushing to new levels. Docker, Kubernetes, AWS, and Services; these are a few of the technologies we are using and will be using, and we need skilled qualified engineers to join us in utilizing these technologies to make what we do even better.-- We have a great group of engineers to work, with a lot of tenure. Engineers like to stay when they become part of our team (Lightspeed family).--Skills: Communication is key to what we do. You need to be a collaborative engineer Ability to learn new programming languages Test, test and more tests.-- We like to have our code covered in as much testing as possible Excellent organizational skills Understanding of Computer Science concepts including Data Structures, Methods, Number Systems, Algorithm Analysis and Product Development Cycles--Requirements: Deep understanding of the Java language Experience with enterprise architectures Experience with SQL and interactions with RDBMS Experience with API---s--Great if experienced with: Linux Operating Systems Kotlin language skills a plus Worked with PostgreSQL Agile Methodologies Good working knowledge of network communications. Docker and Docker orchestration, Kubernetes a plus. Knowledge of AWS/GCP and its services Service and/or Micro Service architectures Experience programming in React.--Education:BS in Computer Science or related field or equivalent experience level--?CDK Global knows you have passions outside of work. ?You have family, friends, sporting events, and lots of things going on. ? That?s why we offer a comprehensive benefits package to not only take care of you but your family as well. ? All of our benefits are effective the first day of employment including 401K matching, paid time off to re-energize, donate your time to volunteer in your community, and tuition reimbursement to name a few.?CDK Global is an Equal Opportunity Employer; Minorities/Women/Veterans/Disabled. We believe that diversity in all aspects of business leads to strength. ()
          

IT / Software / Systems: Lead Software Engineer - Full Stack (Salt Lake City, UT) - Salt Lake City, Utah

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Earnest empowers people with the financial capital to live better lives We're an accomplished team of design, math, finance and technology geeks who believe consumer lending can be radically improved and are doing something about it. We created a company that combines data science, streamlined design, and technology to: Build products that simplify the lending process, Provide them to more people, and Engage with our customers through more human experiences. As a Lead Engineer at Earnest you'll provide technical direction and build the software that is revolutionizing consumer lending, automating the loan approval process and orchestrating the transfer of billions of dollars. In addition to the $3+ billion in loans serviced, we build tools to maximize Earnest's growth while providing the best possible client experience. Our focus is on building a modern platform that allows us to move faster over time. This means a willingness to rethink domains from first principles and an ability to collaborate well across technical and non-technical teams. In this role, you will: Create architecture plans and present them to the engineering team Mentor and provide guidance on best practices to team members Launch new features such as an integration with strategic partners, acceleration of loan funding, integration of data science and machine learning models to automate loan decisions Work with Product Managers on priorities with team At Earnest, we use Node.js and TypeScript on the server-side. On the front-end we use React/Redux for building new things and Angular for everything else. We deploy services in Docker and Kubernetes on AWS. We integrate with other internal microservices (written in Node.js and Scala) and store the bulk of our data in Postgres and Amazon S3. Ideal background and expertise: 6+ years of professional development experience Experience with server-side concepts, e.g. microservices, database, caching, performance, monitoring and scalability Extensive experience with modern Node.js preferred Professional experience in React/Redux desirable Relevant data modeling experience and integration with databases such as PostgresSQL Experience working in Fintech, Banking, or related Consumer Financial Services companies is a plus Earnest Perks & Benefits: Health, Dental, & Vision benefits plus savings plans Employee Stock Purchase Plan 401(k) plan to help you save for retirement plus a company match Tuition reimbursement program $1000 flight on each Earnie-versary to anywhere in the world and 25 days of annual PTO Earnest provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, sexual orientation, disability, genetics, gender identity or expression, or veteran status. Qualified applicants with criminal histories will be considered for the position in a manner consistent with the Fair Chance Ordinance. ()
          

Healthcare: RN / House Supervisor / Utah / Permanent / Registered Nurse Patient Pl - Salt Lake City, Utah

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Description SHIFT: Nights (rotating weekends) SCHEDULE: Full-time Are you looking for a role to utilize your House Supervisor, Emergency, Trauma or Critical Care Nursing experience that goes beyond the bedside? Are you looking for a company that places integrity over their bottom line? Here at HCA Healthcare, our everyday decisions are founded on compassion. Apply today and join a team that is dedicated to serving others in need. HCA Healthcare is a leading healthcare provider with over 31.2 million patient encounters a year at locations in 21 states including the UK. We care about our community! HCA Healthcare has continually, been named one of Ethispheres most ethical companys in the world since 2010. In 2018, HCA spent an estimated $3.3 billion in cost for the delivery of charitable care, uninsured discounts, and other uncompensated expenses. 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 as a fulltime employee include Medical, Dental and Vision Insurance, Medical and Childcare Flex Spending Accounts, Life and Disability Insurance, Paid Time Off, Paid Family Medical Leave, Clinical Certification Support, Tuition Reimbursement, Student Loan Repayment Assistance, 401k with Corporate Matching, Employee Stock Purchase Program Employee Discount Program and Identity Theft Protection. Be a part of an organization that invests in you. We are actively reviewing applications. Highly qualified candidates will be contacted, promptly for interviews. Submit your application and help us raise the bar in patient care! Our Transfer Center teams are committed to providing streamlined access to the right facility at the right time for every patient, every day, throughout the continuum of care. Join us in our efforts to better our community. $2500.00 Sign On Bonus* *sign on bonus not available to current HCA employee's Intrigued? CLICK HERE to learn more! HCAs MountainStar Transfer Center offers a variety of patient transport services and the only transport specialty teams with the ability to provide high risk obstetrical, neonatal and critical care pediatric patient transport into the HCA MountainStar Hospital system. Serving patients throughout Utah, Idaho and Alaska, HCA offers comprehensive health solutionsincluding advanced medical care, education, and community outreachat its eleven hospitals and other freestanding facilities. At the HCA Transfer Center, we assist in transporting patients by ground, helicopter and fixed wing. We also provide daily, 24-hour access to the transport teams for Inner Facility Transfers, Physician Office Direct Admissions and Emergency Transport for injured and critically ill patients. This unique service simplifies the process of getting a patient transferred to the right hospital, to the right specialists, at the right time by utilizing the latest telecommunications technology. Registered nurses and EMT/paramedics, assist in arranging the transport logistics, staff the Transfer Center. As a member of our team, you will: Be responsible for coordinating direct admissions and hospital transfers to an appropriate HCA Division hospital. Coordinate ambulance transfers from the HCA Division hospitals to other facilities and post-acute care providers. Work in a customer-centric transfer and transport call center; respond to all callers with the aid of an electronic database of service profiles, approved clinical protocols and healthcare information. Efficiently and effectively, manage all hospital transfers. Consult with on-call physicians regarding patient care issues, needs and concerns and advise when appropriate. Work collaboratively with HCA facilities to manage all internal and external patient movements and the allocation of bed assignments. Apply your nursing knowledge derived from education and experience as foundation for gathering appropriate clinical data to ensure a... ()
          

Comment on Guest Opinion – “College Admission Sweepstakes” by Ari Kaufman by Nate

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Ha! Yeah. That was good, too. I am of the opinion that this is an overblown issue. Colleges have always been free to invite whom ever they want as students and for whatever reason. The cost of college is absurd. Why is it illegal to pay a couple of grand more to attend the university you’d like? Don’t we always overspend on what we want whether it be a rare CD or better Taylor Swift seats? What is the difference between paying extra to get into a specific college or affirmative action and being invited solely due to your ethnic background. Far more students have missed out on a preferred education to those factors than the few wealthy/athletic kids who abused the system. Also, this wouldn’t be an issue if college tuitions weren’t out of control. These universities sit on billions in endowments and then have the audacity to put students in hundreds of thousands in debt upon graduation. THAT is going to be the next Great Depression in this nation as the next gen is buried under the oppression of crippling debt from which only a handful of benefactors will benefit.
          

Security Alert! Likelihood of Spearphishing Increased

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November 26, 2019

This fall, the personal profiles of over 1.2 billion people were exposed to the open internet. The data, aggregated from social media and other sources, provide a 360-view of individuals, including home and cell phone numbers, education and work histories, email addresses, and social media details. Fortunately, the information did not include sensitive information like passwords, credit card numbers, or social security numbers.

ThreatPost.com article with more information: https://threatpost.com/data-enriched-profiles-1-2b-leak/150560/

In light of this massive leak, UMass Amherst Information Technology (IT) reminds you to:

  • Expect more fraudulent emails, text messages or calls using personalized details obtained from this leak. Spear phishing will likely be on the rise following this incident.
  • Be vigilant about the information you publicly share online, especially on social media. Data brokers often harvest this information to build your consumer profile supporting targeted advertising, marketing, and messaging services. Your personal information can also be used more maliciously to impersonate you and steal your identity.
  • Never respond to suspicious emails or other fraudulent requests. Responding may put your information and the university's information and systems at risk. Learn how to spot phishing scams and stay alert online.

Learn more about phishing scams: fraudulent emails, text messages, phone calls, and social media posts:
https://www.umass.edu/it/security/phishing-fraudulent-emails-text-messages-phone-calls

Learn more about how you can protect yourself from phishing and identity theft:
https://www.umass.edu/it/support/security/protect-yourself-against-phishing-scams-identity-theft


          

Black Friday Pulls In A Record $7.4 Billion In Sales, As Many Turn To Mobile Orders

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This year's Black Friday shaped up to be the biggest yet. Americans spent $7.4 billion on Black Friday and $4.2 billion on Thanksgiving Day.
          

Membership Manager | Transportation Intermediaries Association

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Alexandria, Virginia,   The Transportation Intermediaries Association (TIA) is the professional organization of the $214 billion third-party logistics industry. TIA is the only organization exclusively representing t
          

New US Law To Give Holocaust Survivors Billions In Insurance Reparations With No Proof Required

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Legislation with bipartisan support that would restore the rights of Holocaust-era insurance beneficiaries to recover billions in unclaimed payments left behind after World War II has been introduced in the U.S. Congress by jewish Representative, Debbie Wasserman Schultz: Due to federal court rulings and a failure by insurance companies to adequately publish the names of […]

          

Comment on Open Thread Non-Petroleum, December 1, 2019 by Ron Patterson

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James, I agree. Everyone has a solution. They are talking to 7.7 billion people, or somewhere around that number. And guess what? <b>They ain't listening!</b> The world is going to hell in a handbasket. And there just ain't one goddamn thing you or anyone else can do about it. We are all just following our nature. That is to look out for our own ass and let everyone else look out for theirs. Of course, it will all lead to collapse. Human misery will be unbelievable. But I am among the very lucky few. I will be safely dead when the shit hits the fan. Lucky me! But I feel for my children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. But.... I just try not to think about that. I cannot change it or affect it in any way. So, I just try to live life one day at a time and enjoy what time I have left.
          

Comment on Is US Oil Production Growth Slowing??? by PeterEV

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I'm skeptical too. Lots of good sounding ideas out there. We'll have to wait and see. First question I would ask: "is any of the smart money piling into this?" Besos and Ford piled into Rivian with $1.2 Billion combined. Workhorse has a plant and interested investors. Not sure where Nikolas stands. Googling: nikolas motor financing, I do see some serious amount coming in from serious companies. But some of it is for hydrogen fuel cell projects which makes me wonder.
          

Comment on Open Thread Non-Petroleum, December 1, 2019 by Doug Leighton

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Needling? The gall; the cheek! Is introducing a few facts into a discussion needling? 😉 For example, is my concern for other species a sin? Because, in the mid-17th century, yesterday so to speak, there were one-half billion humans on our planet. By the mid-1920s, world population quadrupled to 2 billion. Before century’s end, it would triple again to 6 billion. Though the rate of growth has slowed, by late 2011/early 2012, we will have passed the 7 billion mark, and continue to increase by over 80 million a year. The UN currently predicts 10 billion people by 2100. Do you really think a few EVs and roof top solar panels are going to make our blue dot fit for life in all its glory?
          

A Procrastinator’s Guide to Holiday Marketing

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Holiday Time

The holiday season is officially here, and it’s shaping up to be one of the biggest on record. With eMarketer predicting retail e-commerce spending to surpass $142 billion this season, there’s plenty of good to go around, even for smaller retailers. The trick to staying competitive is to get smart about preparation. Ideally you will have already begun this process, using the past few months to plan your campaign and build branding and audience lists.

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Highland Capital Management Delivering The Highland Capital Investment Profits

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The Highland Capital Management specializes in acquiring and managing investments designated as an alternative that covers hedge funds, structured finance vehicles and mutual funds. More specifically, the firm looks to capitalize on global public assets, interests on loans and bonds and packaged finance investment products. The firm’s last reported asset is about $13.9 billion in … Continue reading Highland Capital Management Delivering The Highland Capital Investment Profits

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Podcasts to Listen To: The Sports Gambling Podcast and the best sports betting podcasts to listen to

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Wagering on the outcome of a sports game has been around since the first sports games were invented. Although sports gambling was seen as an illegal activity and was often conducted away from the eyes of law enforcement for many years, the sports gambling industry is now valued between $60 billion to $73 billion after the U.S. Supreme Court lifted the federal ban on sports betting in 2018. Since the ban was lifted, 11 states have legalized sports betting. Here are a few podcasts to help you [...]
          

Black Friday shoppers spend record $7.4 billion in second largest online sales day ever

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Black Friday sales hit $7.4 billion, the second-largest online shopping day ever, according to Adobe Analytics.
          

Mom-and-pop retailers gear up for Small Business Saturday, as towns try to stoke excitement

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Last year, shoppers spent $17.8 billion on Small Business Saturday, the highest of any year.
          

Shoppers have already spent a record $5.4 billion online on Black Friday: Adobe Analytics

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Consumers clearly aren't waiting until Cyber Monday to shop online this holiday season.
          

The economics behind planting billions and billions of trees

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Can planting billions and billions of trees really mitigate climate change. We talk to experts about the economics and the feasibility of such an effort.
          

Shoppers ring up record Thanksgiving sales online. Black Friday's tally to top $7 billion

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Black Friday online sales are on track to hit $7.4 billion, Adobe said.
          

Press release - Give rapid support to food producers penalised by Airbus ruling, urge MEPs

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The EU must act swiftly to help EU farmers unduly affected by newly imposed US tariffs worth €6.8 billion, says Parliament on Thursday.
Committee on Agriculture and Rural Development
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Www.hi-ho.ne.jp malung para sa bukol sa dede Search the history of over 294 billion web pages on the Internet. . [...]
          

Lebanon: central bank to pay buyers of its Eurobond USD 1.5 billion

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Lebanon: central bank to pay buyers of its Eurobond USD 1.5 billion
          

BC Housing: Senior Strategic Advisor, Organizational Initiatives

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Position Summary Senior Strategic Advisor, Organization Initiatives Job ID: 3267 Regular Full-Time Location: Burnaby, BC Senior Strategic Advisor - Operational Initiatives Burnaby, BC BC Housing is a provincial Crown agency with an annual budget of $1.45 billion (2019/20) and a portfolio of housing services and programs that assist 110,400+ households in over 300 communities provincewide. As such, we continually seek sustainable housing solutions that are supported by excellence in service delivery and research, and take into account social, financial and environmental impacts. The Executive Office is responsible for supporting the Chief Executive Officer with respect to the overall administration of staff and operations, strategy development and support to the Board of Commissioners to ensure good governance of BC Housing. The Executive Office promotes effective liaison and relationship building with Communications on issues management and media relations, as well as with a broad range of external stakeholders and government representatives. It also works with Vice Presidents, the senior management team and business areas to ensure effective alignment of corporate goals and strategies. As Senior Strategic Advisor – Operational Initiatives , you will be responsible for identifying and implementing strategies that align with strategic business areas and providing support in meeting the goals and objectives of the organization. Reporting to the Associate Vice President - Strategic Business Operations and Performance, you will provide input to the development of strategies, plans, processes and practices, and participate in strategic initiatives that support the organization’s business operational and performance management plans. Supporting the Associate Vice President - Strategic Business Operations and Performance in working collaboratively with all Branches in achieving results, you will manage the development of BC Housing’s strategic initiatives and contribute to their integration into operational policies, programs and services. QUALIFICATIONS Your extensive experience in leading and managing business strategy, project management and communications, as well as in supporting and reporting to senior level management and Executives in public sector organizations, will have prepared you well to become our new Senior Strategic Advisor – Operational Initiatives. This senior role is a great opportunity to call upon your university degree in Human Resource Management, Business Administration, Public Administration or another relevant discipline, and considerable experience connecting with and working effectively with people from diverse racial, ethnic and socioeconomic backgrounds (e.g., Indigenous, visible minorities/racialized, people with precarious immigration status, gender non-binary, disabled people) and applying frameworks in equity, diversity, inclusion, and human rights. An equivalent combination of education, training and experience acceptable to the Employer will also be considered. The following competencies, knowledge, skills and abilities will also support your success in ensuring external communications stay on brand: Core Competencies Personal Effectiveness Communication Results Oriented Teamwork Service Oriented Considerable knowledge and understanding of departmental policies and procedures and the organization’s mandate and programs. Considerable knowledge and understanding of the concepts of institutional and structural exclusion and bias, and how these impact underserved and underrepresented communities. Sound knowledge of the affordable housing sector in the province of BC. Experience incorporating the perspectives of multiple communities, in the consideration of impacts and outcomes of a decision-making process through advanced equity analysis. Ability to demonstrate a high level of self-awareness, empathy and emotional intelligence. Ability to generate and articulate creative new ideas/processes, and develop, plan, facilitate and coordinate their execution. Ability to manage project teams, exercise sound judgment, and demonstrate tact and diplomacy in dealing with confidential and sensitive matters. Ability to use sound judgement in analysing problems and identifying weaknesses and conflicts in policies and procedures; Strong ability to apply an intersectional approach to work analyses. Demonstrated ability to lead a project from idea to execution, while managing multiple inputs and priorities. Ability to be sensitive to the diverse perspectives of stakeholders and to work with them to resolve differences and work cohesively together. Ability to establish a high level of rapport with staff, management/senior management, Executive, and other internal and external stakeholders. Demonstrated strong professional and interpersonal communication skills across a range of channels (written, oral, other) and ability to work collaboratively with cross-functional groups to achieve common goals. Strategic and analytical thinking, problem solving abilities, and organizational and time management skills. Effective leadership, communication, presentation and interpersonal skills. To view the Job Description and to apply for the role of Senior Strategic Advisor – Organizational Initiatives, visit https://www.bchousing.org/careers/current-opportunities . When applying, please submit a cover letter and your application as a single Word or pdf file. Only applications submitted using the Online Recruitment System at www.bchousing.org/careers will be accepted. BC Housing— one of BC's Top Employers for 2019 and one of Canada’s Greenest Employers for 2019 —is the provincial Crown agency that develops, manages and administers a wide range of subsidized housing options for those most in need across the province. Share in the rewards of working with an organization that offers challenging work and competitive compensation and supports the growth and development of its people. BC Housing is committed to providing a healthy, safe and inclusive workplace where respect and diversity are recognized assets. We encourage and welcome applications from women, visible minorities, Indigenous Peoples, individuals with disabilities, person of any sexual orientation or gender identity, and all people committed to meaningful work that makes a difference. We seek to do business in an equitable and inclusive manner - that starts with having diverse teams of people from all walks of lived experience. Please connect with us at careers@bchousing.org if you require an accomodation in the recruitment process, or need this job posting in an alternative format. We'd love to hear from you. BC Housing thanks all applicants for their interest; only those selected for an interview will be contacted. This position is only open to those legally entitled to work in Canada. www.bchousing.org
          

BC Housing: Director, Community and Stakeholder Engagement

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Position Summary Director, Community and Stakeholder Engagement Job ID: 3265 Regular Full Time Location: Burnaby, BC Director, Community & Stakeholder Engagement Burnaby, BC BC Housing is a provincial Crown agency with an annual budget of $1.45 billion (2019/20) and a portfolio of housing services and programs that assist 110,400+ households in over 300 communities provincewide. As such, we continually seek sustainable housing solutions that are supported by excellence in service delivery and research, and take into account social, financial and environmental impacts. There is not a more compelling opportunity for a communications professional than joining the leadership of a team committed to making a positive difference in people’s lives and communities. This is that opportunity: BC Housing is recruiting for a Director of Community and Stakeholder Engagement, to build the capacity of the high-performing team responsible for delivering safe, affordable and quality housing for British Columbians. The Communications Branch is responsible for developing and managing all aspects of internal and external communications strategies to educate and inform the public and staff regarding the delivery of affordable housing programs by the government. This is achieved through a broad range of activities related to media relations, issues management, social media, employee communications, and government, stakeholder and community relations. As Director of Community and Stakeholder Engagement, you’ll play a pivotal role not only in executing the Branch’s mandate, but especially in advancing BC Housing’s communications objectives. Reporting to the Vice President, Communications, and occasionally acting for the VP, you’ll develop and lead a strategy to cultivate and support engagement with communities, stakeholders and partners regarding BC Housing plans, development projects and strategic initiatives. Keeping current with trends and best practices in communications, particularly within a complex organizational context, you’re well prepared to lead a team of professionals supporting BC Housing’s strategic objectives via communications planning, public engagement, tenant communications, municipal affairs, Indigenous relations, issues management, local and provincial public affairs, and thought leadership. As part of the Communications leadership team, you’ll work closely with the VP in assessing the organization’s strategic communications requirements, developing a broad communications strategy, and providing oversight and quality control in the implementation of communications programs and initiatives. Fostering strong strategic relationships with the Ministry, the Minister’s Office, partner ministries, local governments, health authorities and housing sector partners, as well as positive relations with impacted tenants, neighbours, media and the general public, will be vital for success in this role. If you're looking for a run-of-the mill communications role, this isn't it. But if you're an exceptionally capable and experienced leader who can uphold the highest level of integrity while implementing innovation that actually sticks, then this could be your opportunity to be part of one of the most well-respected, purpose-driven public sector organizations in the country. QUALIFICATIONS With your extensive experience in a communications and public affairs environment, preferably in the public sector working with diverse communities and audiences, with specific experience in strategic communications planning, event management, issues management, digital strategy, marketing, public affairs and stakeholder relations, you have the solid background demanded by this senior mandate. As Director, Community and Stakeholder Engagement, you’ll also put to work your university degree in communications, journalism, public relations or another relevant discipline, and considerable experience managing, mentoring, coaching and developing employees. A post-graduate degree and/or accreditation/certification (APR or SCMP) would be an asset. An equivalent combination of education, training and experience acceptable to the Employer will also be considered. This is also a unique opportunity to display the following competencies, knowledge, skills and abilities: Core Competencies Personal Effectiveness Communication Results Oriented Teamwork Service Oriented Leadership Competencies Alignment & Results Team Development Relationship Building/Management Significant knowledge of the philosophies, principles and practices of communications planning and program implementation, stakeholder relations, public participation, and community engagement. In-depth knowledge of the affordable housing sector and understanding of the Commission's organization, programs and services, and related legislation and policies. Extensive knowledge in project communications and public engagement, including for major capital and/or residential projects. Strong strategic and analytical thinking, problem-solving, project management, organizational, consultative, facilitation, consensus-building and conflict resolution skills. Strong creative outlook and ability to develop innovative ideas and solutions. Effective leadership and interpersonal skills. Ability to lead the development and implementation of plans, strategies and programs in a deadline-oriented, high-profile and demanding environment. Ability to establish a high level of rapport with the CEO, the Executive, senior management, the Minister’s Office and other partners and stakeholders. Ability to utilize judgment and sensitivity in presenting issues, and provide leadership and direction in determining appropriate courses of action. Exceptional ability to communicate effectively and creatively, both orally and in writing, within tight time frames. Ability to lead, coach and motivate staff in a team environment. Ability to demonstrate an understanding of current trends and best practices in communications relevant to complex organizations. IND1 To view the Job Description and to apply for the role of Director, Community and Stakeholder Engagement, visit https://www.bchousing.org/careers/current-opportunities. When applying, please submit a cover letter and your application as a single Word or pdf file. Only applications submitted using the Online Recruitment System at www.bchousing.org/careers will be accepted. BC Housing— one of BC's Top Employers for 2019 and one of Canada’s Greenest Employers for 2019 —is the provincial Crown agency that develops, manages and administers a wide range of subsidized housing options for those most in need across the province. Share in the rewards of working with an organization that offers challenging work and competitive compensation and supports the growth and development of its people. BC Housing is committed to providing a healthy, safe and inclusive workplace where respect and diversity are recognized assets. We encourage and welcome applications from women, visible minorities, Indigenous Peoples, individuals with disabilities, person of any sexual orientation or gender identity, and all people committed to meaningful work that makes a difference. BC Housing thanks all applicants for their interest; only those selected for an interview will be contacted. This position is only open to those legally entitled to work in Canada. www.bchousing.org
          

Mimecast Threat Intelligence Report Analyzes 99 Billion Rejected Emails

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Transportation, Legal and Banking Sectors Hit the Hardest by Cyberattacks, According to New Mimecast Report Mimecast Limited (NASDAQ: MIME), a leading email and data security [...]

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From dependable to disruptive: the reinvention of Volvo

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Volvo 1 After nearly a decade of growth under Geely, safety-first Volvo is preparing to gamble it all on motoring’s electrified future. We learn why

Volvo is probably the most interesting car company in the world right now. Yes, Volvo – that safe, dependable producer of safe, dependable cars. No more: the Swedish firm has morphed into a dynamic, disruptive force, producing stylish machines while challenging car industry conventions.

Some recent examples. Instead of joining the arms race to make cars faster, Volvo is limiting the top speed of its vehicles – and considered putting sensors in its cars to stop unsafe drivers. And while rivals are struggling to meet tough new emissions targets, Volvo is planning to make its entire operations free of carbon emissions a decade faster than regulators demand.

It has turned its little-known performance arm into a stand-alone premium electric brand, and is spinning off its combustion-engine operations into a separate firm so it can focus on EVs. It has expanded production into the US and offered test drives through Amazon. It believes car subscriptions could replace car buying in the near future, wants the public to decide the future of autonomous cars and appeared at a major car show without any cars on its stand. Volvo has also moved upmarket, reinventing itself as an SUV-led brand that rivals the premium German firms, and nearly doubled its sales to more than 600,000 cars. And, as a next step, Volvo wants half of the cars it sells to be fully battery-electric by the end of 2025, despite the fact that its first electric car won’t reach showrooms – real or online – for another year.

That’s all happened since 2010, when car giant Ford finalised a deal to sell the then distressed, struggling brand to Geely, at the time an unheralded Chinese firm known best in Europe for producing copycat cars.

Ford bought Volvo for around $6.5 billion in 1999 to add to what was then a growing line of ‘prestige’ brands. It significantly expanded Volvo’s range, but did so through the use of shared Ford platforms, and the resulting cars lost much of the individuality Volvo had traditionally been known for.

Volvo’s roadmap to revival was actually laid out late in the Ford era, when it began to push the brand further upmarket and launched the XC60 SUV. But when the 2008 economic crisis hit, Ford put Volvo up for sale. Numerous companies showed interest – reportedly including Volkswagen and BMW – but Geely ultimately won out, paying in the region of $1.15 billion.

Given the reputation of Chinese car firms at that time, there were fears Geely’s ownership would lead to a further decline in Volvo’s standards. Instead, Geely was true to its words of hands-off ownership, giving Volvo the resources it needed, then stepping back and letting the firm get on with it. Essentially, Geely’s approach was to let Volvo be Volvo.

A key moment in Volvo’s revival was the appointment of former MAN trucks boss Håkan Samuelsson as CEO in 2012. His polite Swedish calm belies his determined, decisive leadership.

His focused strategy stems from Volvo’s size: even with Geely’s backing, it still can’t match the resources of the VW Group. “We have to prioritise,” says Samuelsson. “We cannot do everything so have to choose.”

He adds: “We like to think we are very good at thinking in an open way. It’s not a disadvantage being small. If you are big, there are probably too many experts on board who will tell you everything is important. That means it’s not that easy to break out of the old way of thinking.”

So far, Samuelsson has chosen right – and with conviction. Volvo worked with Geely to develop the Scalable Product Architecture platform to underpin a new generation of mid-size and larger models, starting with the XC90 SUV in 2016. The first car developed entirely under Geely ownership showed that any fears of a decline in Volvo quality were misplaced.

Volvo has subsequently led the development of the Compact Modular Architecture (CMA) for smaller vehicles, including the XC40 compact SUV. Crucially, it also future-proofed CMA by designing it to house both combustion-engined and electric powertrains. Henrik Green, Volvo’s tech boss, says this reflects the fact that Volvo couldn’t afford to develop separate platforms for combustion-engined and electric cars, as the VW Group has done with the MEB architecture. So it applied the lessons it learned surviving with far more limited resources. “You get very creative having no money and no time,” laughs Green, reflecting on the firm’s pre-Geely days.

Volvo is following the same trends – electrification, autonomy, shifting sales patterns – as most major car firms, but is setting itself apart through the decisiveness and speed of its actions. Volvo has turned its relatively small size – traditionally a huge disadvantage in the car industry – into a major strength by acting with the agility and responsiveness of a tech start-up.

Lex Kerssemakers, who has served as Volvo’s commercial boss and now heads its new Direct Consumer Business division, says: “We need to act very quickly if we want to play a role in the future and not just become a commodity player, with third parties taking over our business. That sounds a little bit reactive but it’s not, it’s proactive. We see trends and we want to be part of those trends.”

The biggest trend, of course, is electrification. Tough new emissions requirements and greater environmental awareness are pushing every car firm to electrify their range, but Volvo is aiming to do it faster. Every model it launches from now on will feature an electrified powertrain (a hybrid or full EV) with the aim that every Volvo sold by 2025 will be electrified in some form – 50% of those being an EV. By 2040, and preferably sooner, Volvo wants to be an EV-only firm.

There’s no hedging here: no concurrent development on hydrogen, no further work on combustion engines, no insistence that diesel still has a role to play.

Kerssemakers insists that “the conviction we have as a brand going wholeheartedly into electrification is not because of legislation, but because we believe it’s the right type of vehicle for the consumer”.

The launch of the XC40 Recharge, Volvo’s first EV, coincided with worldwide attention on global warming sparked by Greta Thunberg and other protesters. At the launch event, Samuelsson spoke of how the global community had failed to address the issue, but how he felt the business community could. For him, that means putting sustainability at the core of Volvo’s thinking, “not as some add-on, because it’s good or expected from us, but because we think it’s really good for our business. It’s about concrete actions more than symbolic pledges.”

Coming from the leader of a company that has long produced polluting machines, it’s provocative stuff. But Samuelsson’s conviction was such that you believed he was speaking with honesty. He did so when announcing Volvo would limit all its cars to 112mph from 2021 onwards (“We know speed kills, and there is no reason to go beyond 112mph”) and when looking at how it could use autonomous technology to aid safety by, for example, limiting speeds outside schools (“Some people could see that as intrusion, so we need to ask how far we should go in limiting choice and freedom”).

It’s the same with Volvo’s approach to sustainability and the environment. Samuelsson is honest: he believes Volvo can help save the environment by going electric, but also thinks it can make money.

“If you introduce new technology in the first years, it will probably lower your margins, but after some years, you introduce new technology because you believe it will improve your profit,” he says. “That’s experience from the past. If you stay with outdated technology, that’s not a smart way to improve your profits because the margins start to disappear, and you’ll eventually close down.” Samuelsson likens it to Volvo’s long quest for safety: “I imagine when we introduced airbags in our cars, there were some bean counters who said this is not good for profitability.”

That comparison highlights how Volvo’s current disruptive, dynamic approach is actually consistent with its safety-focused history. At its best, the firm has always showed the courage of its convictions, rather than chasing trends. Geely, to its credit, has recognised that, and given Volvo the space and resources to do so. “In the past, we were also potentially a little bit disruptive,” says Kerssemakers. “But now, with our increased size and importance on the market, people start to look at us a little bit more.”

The timing has been fortuitous, too: the disruptive force of electrification has rewarded the quick thinkers. Samuelsson highlights the appearance of traditional-style engine grilles on EVs being launched by some rival firms as an example of how larger companies can become “trapped in a mindset”.

He adds: “We encourage people to think outside the box, and with new technologies the field is levelled. It’s a chance for smaller companies to make a difference. We realised early on that we have the chance of a lifetime to do something with new technologies coming in – and we are eager to be pioneers.”

Creating a performance brand

Volvo’s influence within the Geely empire now extends across multiple brands: it has turned its motorsport arm, Polestar, into a stand-alone electric performance car brand, and also shares platforms and technologies with Geely’s upmarket new Lynk&Co marque.

Splitting out Polestar – a firm with little name recognition beyond the Swedish Touring Car Championship – seems a bold move, but a deliberately slow and careful brand-building exercise seems to be paying off, with strong early pre-sales for the Polestar 2, a hot SUV on the same CMA platform as the XC40.

Doing so also enables Volvo to focus on its core values of safety and sustainability. The two brands will remain closely linked, however, with future Polestar hot EVs set to be followed by similar-size Volvos on the same platform.

Changing the way we buy cars

Volvo isn’t just changing the way it makes cars, it’s out to reinvent the way it sells them. It is developing a no-commitment subscription-based model that it hopes can distribute a fifth of its cars within five years.

“The world is changing,” says Lex Kerssemakers, who heads Volvo’s new Direct Consumer Business division. “In the past, you went to a dealer, selected a car and followed the process. Now online sales are rising rapidly and we need to do something.”

Kerssemakers describes it as a “non-paced journey”, with Volvo still working out exactly how online sales and subscription services such as the recently launched Care by Volvo scheme (which is due to launch in the UK within the next year) might evolve.

“We are literally talking about a start-up,” says Kerssemakers. “I’m totally convinced it will work, but if it doesn’t, we’ll find something else.”

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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.

          

Bengal netas jittery as ED inches closer to actress Subhra in Rose Valley scam

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Sun, Dec 1 2019 09:21:06 AM New Delhi, Dec 1 (IANS): As fresh inputs keep pouring into the multi-billion Rose Valley chit fund scam probe, the Enforce...
          

Why Saudi Arabia, UAE Ignored Pakistan To Build Strong Ties With India?

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Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates have talked about setting up a refinery plant worth at least $ 70 billion in India. The giant oil and petrochemicals refinery project will be built jointly by Saudi Aramco and Abu Dhabi National Oil Co. (ADNOC) in Maharashtra’s Raigad. Saudi Arabia Confirms Investing A Whopping $100 Billion In India Crown Prince Mohammed bin-Salman […]

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Government appoints Deloitte as advisor for BPCL stake sale

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The government approved the strategic disinvestment in BPCL last week, along with transfer of management control, but excluding the stake in Numaligarh Refinery, which will be carved out of BPCL before privatisation. Completion of the stake sale could help the government mobilise more than Rs 60,000 crore, or $8.4 billion, and narrow the fiscal deficit.
          

China's Yingde Gases to set up Indian subsidiary NovaAir

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Backed by Asia's largest alternative investment fund PAG, Yingde plans to invest more than $1 billion in India over the next five years to pursue organic and inorganic opportunities, a senior official said. It will invest $3 billion in India and China during that period. In the shorter term, Yingde will invest another $100 million in India, officials said.
          

Life expectancy in the US keeps going down, and a new study says America's worsening inequality could be to blame

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Life expectancy in the US keeps going down, and a new study says America's worsening inequality could be to blameAccording to new research, the average American's life expectancy has once again gone down, despite the nation's billion-dollar health care system.



          

NASA’s in the market for quick taxi rides to and from International Space Station

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NASA’s in the market for quick taxi rides to and from International Space StationNASA already has committed billions of dollars to procuring regularly scheduled rides to and from the International Space Station from commercial space taxi operators — but now it says it's interested in buying short-term trips as well. The proposed arrangement, detailed on Tuesday, is aimed at giving a boost to the commercialization of space operations in low Earth orbit, as well as to NASA's drive to send astronauts to the moon by 2024. It also makes the line dividing government-funded and privately funded space efforts even fuzzier. SpaceX and Boeing are both building spacecraft to serve as taxis to the… Read More



          

Shoppers Spend $11 Billion Online in Two Days, Set to Smash Records

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Leafs fans vandalizing Wikipedia keep editors hopping

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It didn’t take long for the vandals to force their way in.

Hannah was eating a bowl of Mini-Wheats in the kitchen when she got the breaking-news alert on her phone. The words made her jump from her chair.

She shouted at her dad and darted upstairs to her bedroom. Then she opened her laptop, found her Wikipedia watchlist and clicked on one of her most frequented pages: Mike Babcock.

“Honestly, it’s kind of like a race,” said the criminology student who had logged on as her alter ego, HickoryOughtShirt?4. “It’s not supposed to be but that’s how I view it. It’s a race to be the first one to edit it.”

The Toronto Maple Leafs’ decision to fire their head coach in the middle of an ugly road trip sent shockwaves through the hockey world. It’s the type of news that picks up steam quickly. Most hockey fans go online to sites like Twitter or Reddit to share their thoughts, opinions and GIFs.

But a few have their fun another way — by anonymously falsifying information on Wikipedia, the world’s largest online encyclopedia.

“I already saw a ton of vandalism that I immediately reverted, it happens so quickly,” Hannah said about that Wednesday afternoon.

The first unwanted article edit came in at 4:48 p.m., when an unregistered user changed Babcock’s occupation to “Unemployed Loser” just 18 minutes after the Leafs announced his ousting on Twitter. Vandalizing Wikipedia articles has become common in the sports world, where a screenshot of even a short-lived edit to an article can go viral on social media.

According to hockey fans who used Wikipedia to vent, Babcock coached a joke of a team and loves to sit his star players so he can play fourth liners; he served fries as the head coach of the McDonald’s Morons; his current team is Robidas Island; he’s a dictator, eats a lot and is the worst coach in Leafs history.

Those are just the PG-13 comments.

Hannah, who chose to hide her identity because “women are perceived differently” in the hockey community, has seen it first hand. She has been overseeing Wikipedia hockey pages in an administrator’s capacity for two years and has amassed over 61,000 edits. She’s part of a small team of volunteers who dedicate countless hours to protecting facts on a site that sees 18 billion views per month and lets anyone edit articles without even logging in. That makes watching out for “vandals” — how the Wiki community describes the falsehood-spreaders — a top priority.

When it comes to anything about the Maple Leafs, the vandals come in waves. “I try not to take it too personally, but it is really frustrating,” she said.

The night before the firing, shortly after the Leafs lost to the Golden Knights, someone vented his or her frustrations with the team’s six-game losing skid by changing Babcock’s page to read “formerly served as head coach of the Leafs.”

It turned out to be an accurate prediction, but HickoryOughtShirt?4 was on the spot to clean it up in the wee hours of the morning. She usually is.

“Mike Babcock was one of the first pages I edited when I added that he was very passionate about depression and mental health issues in November 2017. So ever since I’ve been following that page because there’s been a lot of vandalism,” Hannah said, adding former Leafs defenceman Jake Gardiner and Boston Bruins captain Zdeno Chara to that list.

She was there when the Leafs lost to the Bruins in Game 7 back in April and multiple users mocked Babcock’s coaching strategy, while another listed his job status as vacant and his previous employer as the Bruins. She was there when someone called Gardiner a “Game 7 choker” after he signed with the Carolina Hurricanes in September. And she was certainly there last week, when Babcock’s profile was barraged with edits from unregistered users, known as IPs because their username defaults to their IP address.

In the span of two and a half hours following his dismissal, 73 edits were made on Babcock’s Wikipedia page, including 26 by IPs. At 7:02 p.m., an administrator made the page semi-protected, meaning only registered users could edit the page for three days. The same thing happened to Gardiner’s article after a different Game 7 loss last year.

Cleaning up the mess can be frustrating for admins like Hannah, especially on those relentless nights when major news breaks. “Some of them are funny, honestly,” she admitted, though it’s unclear how she felt about the person who subtly changed the word “duties” to “doodies” near the bottom of Babcock’s article.

“No matter how you look at it, no matter how frustrating it may be to deal with the vandalism, it can be funny,” said Anne, an administrator from Southern Ontario known as ‘Risker’ who has been editing on Wikipedia for 15 years and like Hannah prefers to conceal her identity. “The first time it happens it’s funny. The subsequent times though? No, no, no.”

Every day, the 500 or so active Wikipedia administrators like HickoryOughtShirt?4 and Risker spend free time fact checking, adding missing information, writing new articles and combating vandalism for Wikipedia. However, the site has nearly 6 million articles in the English-language edition alone, and maintaining them would be impossible for the admins without the help of other visitors lending the odd helping hand when they see something that needs an edit.

Hannah, who spends about five hours a day editing, is grateful to those users. That was how she started when she signed up for a Wikipedia event in her first year at York University.

“I think I liked it from the very first moment. I’m a nerd,” Hannah said. “The idea of verifying information to Wikipedia, I just think that’s so much fun. And it really bothers me when people question its validity.”

She’s a corrector in real life, too. If someone had the story wrong at a dinner party, Hannah might chime in. Or when her professor told the class that Wikipedia wasn’t reliable, she raised her hand to inform him that everything gets verified under strict guidelines. He called her ‘Wikipedia’ for the rest of the semester.

Hannah takes pride in her growing edit total and has recently found an interest in creating new articles for historical women, who she feels are underrepresented on Wikipedia. Even the never-ending quest to fight vandals brings her a sense of gratification.

“I feel like if I was in that person’s shoes being vandalized, I would be very upset,” she said. “I don’t really have a responsibility to do it, but I feel like it’s my duty to protect people.”

On Wednesday, Nov. 20, Babcock needed Hannah’s protection; Gardiner needed it before him. With the way the Leafs are playing now, it might be a while before Hannah takes on a swarm of vandals again.

But when the time comes, you can bet HickoryOughtShirt?4 will be logged on and ready to go.

Braydon Holmyard is a digital producer based in Toronto. Follow him on Twitter: @braydonholmyard


          

What to Do If You Get Caught Shoplifting

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What to do if you get caught shoplifting

Shoplifting has a huge impact on the national economy; according to the National Retail Security Survey, this practice caused $48.9 billion in losses in 2016 alone.   Apart from its effect on the retail industry, shoplifting can have a lasting impact on alleged offenders. A citation or misdemeanor might not seem like a big deal, […]

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Feds Open Criminal Probe of Drug Firms Tied to Opioid Epidemic

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The investigation could become the largest prosecution yet of drug companies alleged to have contributed to the opioid epidemic, escalating the legal troubles of businesses that face multibillion-dollar civil litigation in various courts.
          

Reformers Still Trying to Lower Inmate Phone Costs

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Two companies control most of the $1.2 billion prison phone industry. New York City and San Francisco have made inmate calls free, but the Federal Communications Commission is not defending caps on call prices instituted during the Obama administration.
          

Finally Apple Launches iPhone 8 Plus, iPhone 8 And iPhone X

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Amazon Plans Second Headquarters In North America

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Amazon.com Inc said on Thursday it intends to open another central station in North America and spend more than $5 billion for its development and operation.
          

NASA Watching The Dance Of Giant Black Holes

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At the heart of most galaxies is a supermassive black hole. These powerhouses have a mass of millions or billions of Suns, and can create brilliant quasars when active. So what happens when two galaxi
          

HSBC will shift $20bn worth of assets to blockchain

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HSBC plans to move billions in assets to a new blockchain-based custody platform by March 2020.

The post HSBC will shift $20bn worth of assets to blockchain appeared first on Silicon Republic.


          

Bicycle Talk Episode 177 11-20-19

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November 20th 2019 Bicycle Talk Episode 177  Ron’s Rant:  Road Rage. Ned Lamont’s $21 Billion transportation bill and nothing for pedestrians and Bicycles? Really?  On a positive side: Pedlinron on the local radio show talking up the Airline Trail project and what changing the trail to include Main Street will do for economic development in […]
          

Global Recycled Plastics Market Projected to Reach US$ 50.5 Billion by 2024

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(EMAILWIRE.COM, November 29, 2019 ) According to the latest report by IMARC Group, titled “Recycled Plastics Market Research Report and Forecast 2019-2024”, the global recycled plastics market size reached US$ 35.4 Billion in 2018. Plastic recycling refers to the resource-efficient utilization of...
          

Absence of Trial Judge Stalls Fayose’s Alleged N6.9bn Fraud Case

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(AFRICAN EXAMINER) – Trial on the alleged N6.9 billion fraud against former Ekiti State Governor, Ayodele Fayose at the Federal High Court, Lagos, was on Thursday stalled following absence of the trial judge, Justice Chukwujekwu Aneke. The judge is said to be away attending a conference. Fayose is being prosecuted by the Economic and Financial […]
          

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR: Financial 'statement' unlikely

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If you believe President Trump will release his financials prior to the election, I shall sell you a used car as new or even a government-financed bridge in New York ("Trump promises to release 'statement' on his finances before electio" Web, Nov. 21). As is true of most billionaires, the ...

          

TikTok crossed Facebook and Instagram

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LONDON: Social media app TikTok has just crossed 1.5 billion downloads worldwide, becoming the third most downloaded non-gaming app in 2019. The report comes from SensorTower’s latest analysis, which shows that TikTok has overthrown Facebook and is now behind WhatsApp and Messenger in terms of total downloads. However, this only includes downloads from the Google ...

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1.5 billion global audience tune in to watch 2019 VNL

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Lausanne, Switzerland, November 22, 2019 - The 2019 Volleyball Nations League (VNL) attracted a cumulative global audience of more than 1.5 billion, according to the official Nielson Report, it was announced earlier today.
          

Rise & Shine: What you should know about Bloomberg’s education record in New York City

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RECENT HISTORY: Michael Bloomberg is running for president. What you should know about the billionaire’s education record in New York City. Chalkbeat READY OR NOT: I’m in college because my high school offered many opportunities — including to learn how to ask for help. Chalkbeat TAKEOVER: A charter group aims to purchase or lease three […]

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Alleged rapist Joseph McCann left DNA trail, court told

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Alleged serial rapist Joseph McCann left a trail of DNA with a “billion to one” match from Watford to Greater Manchester, a court has heard.
          

Saturday Stories: Labour's Shameful Supporters, Notre Dame, and Supermassive Black Holes

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Stephen Daisley, in The Spectator, on the shame Britain's liberal Labour supporters should feel.

Pauline Bock, in Wired, on how Notre Dame is being reconstructed by way of 50 billion scraps of data.

Phil Plaitt, in ScFy Wire, on the star-making winds emanating from supermassive black holes.

And finally, today is the last day of #Movember, thanks to those who have already donated, and if you haven't, you still can by clicking here. You can give anonymously, and of course, your donation will come with a charitable receipt.
          

Astaxanthin Market to Account for USD 2.57 Billion by 2025: Grand View Research Inc.

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Hangover Rehydration Supplements Market Size Expected To Value At USD 3.0 Billion By 2025

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Video Analytics Market is Expected to Enhance $9.4 Billion Revenue By 2025: Grand View Research Inc.

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5G subscriptions to top 2.6 billion by end of 2025, report shows

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2019 is the year that leading communications service providers in Asia, Australia, Europe, the Middle East, and North America switched on their 5G networks. South Korea has already seen a big 5G uptake since its April 2019 launch. More than three million subscriptions were collectively recorded by the country’s service providers by the end of [&hellip
          

Bloomberg advisor stops working for Ukrainian billionaire who donated to Trump's foundation

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A top advisor to Mike Bloomberg is dropping Ukrainian billionaire Victor Pinchuk as a client while the former New York mayor runs for president.
          

P&ID $9.6bn: FG deposits $200m with UK court

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The Federal government of Nigeria, today complied with the order of a United Kingdom Court to deposit the sum of $200 million with it as a condition for hearing its appeal against the whopping $9.2 billion judgement debt against it, in favour of an Irish firm, Process and Industrial Development[...]
          

David Rubenstein's take on what American history can teach our politicians

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In 2013, billionaire investor, businessman and philanthropist David Rubenstein set out an ambitious plan to moderate conversations with prominent historians before an audience of bipartisan lawmakers. The goal: help members of Congress become more knowledgeable about the past -- so they are better equipped to govern our future. Rubenstein joins Judy Woodruff to discuss the project's outcome.
          

Study: Blockchain Can Reduce Food Fraud By $31 Billion Within 5 Years

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The food industry could save up to $31 billion in global fraud savings by tracking food on its way from farms to consumers via the blockchain. A Nov. 25 study by Juniper Research reveals that blockchain technology, in combination with Internet of Things (IoT) sensors and trackers, will greatly reduce retailers’ costs by streamlining supply […]

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3 Ways Technology Has Changed the Pet-Care Industry

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Silicon Valley has seized on an ever-expanding market. November 29, 2019 3 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Presented by Silicon Valley seems to have itself a new “pet” project. But it’s not just any kind of project. It’s for an industry that’s projected to be worth $281 billion by 2023. […]

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2019 American Workplace Statistics:

80%: of US workers feel stressed on the job
46%: claim their stress is caused by “workload”
75%: believe there’s more job stress than a generation ago
1 million: workers stay home every day because of stress
$125 to $190 billion: spent annually treating job burnout-related ailments
42%: claim verbal abuse is common at their workplace
34%: of workers can’t sleep because of work stress
1 in 4: have been driven to tears by workplace stress

Sources: American Institute of Stress, Gallup, Korn Ferry, Harvard Business Review

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Forget the tech bubble. Craft coffee is the next boom industry

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Coffee startups are racing to expand in a market that will be worth $85 billion by 2025, from creating algorithms to match you with new roasts to redesigning instant coffee.

There was a time, just a few decades ago, when coffee was a simple affair. You’d wake up, mosey over to a diner or coffee shop, and drink whatever coffee they had brewed in their industrial-size pot. But those days are long gone. If you stop by a cafe today, your barista will pelt you with a stream of complex, existential questions: Do you want a single-origin brew from Guatemala with a tart palate? Or a blend with a sweet and smooth finish from an artisanal roaster based Topeka, Kansas? Or maybe you want to spring for $16 cup sourced from Yemen?

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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/
          

Australian fruit exporters fear trade loss because of Hong Kong protests

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Farmers have warned that the continual unrest in Hong Kong could hurt Australian exports as pro-democracy protests cripple the city's economy. Hong Kong is Australia's eighth largest export market, worth $13 billion annually, and recently signed a free-trade agreement to open further to Australian trade.…
          

Wireless sensor market to reach $1.5 billion by 2022: report

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The global wireless sensor network market is expected to grow at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of more than 14% from 2016–2022, according to a study by Market Research Future, which expects revenue by 2022 to reach $1.5 billion.
          

Military Families Becoming Gravely Ill from Contaminated Military Housing

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Military families are becoming gravely ill from their contaminated military housing. They are being retaliated against and ridiculed when they complain. Military doctors are not being trained how to treat them, which causes them to become even sicker. Their requests for insurance-covered referrals to environmental and functional medicine physicians, who do know how to treat the sick-housing-caused-illnesses, are being denied. This is leaving the injured families to have to pay from their own pockets for needed medical care. Most cannot afford it. Reuters is calling the multi-billion-dollar fraud, designed for profiting from the squalid military housing conditions, an “Ambush at Home” for our service members and their children. On December 3rd the Senate Arms Services Committee (SASC) is holding a hearing. They are going to ask military leaders of the Department of Defense (DOD) and the Government Accountability Office (GAO) auditor questions of why and how the fraud in the contaminated military housing debacle grew to be so large that it is now crippling troop readiness; and what is being done to correct it. SUPPORT OUR TROOPS IN THEIR TIME OF NEED. They need YOUR VOICE to help to assure that the senators ask these questions.

          

Black-Listed Documentary Banned in Europe on History of Child Trafficking in Switzerland Premieres Online

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5 years in the making and black-listed in Europe, filmmaker Omar Agustoni along with co-producer Neal Sutz has just released the documentary, Trees of Shame, which premiered online November 24, 2019. The film documents the history of child trafficking in Switzerland through Child Protective Services and the Juvenile Court system, with riveting interviews of former and current victims. According to the history of the International Social Service (ISS), today's "Child Protection" child welfare system which exists in most Western countries, originated in Switzerland just after WWI in 1920 in an effort to deal with "displaced" children, or "orphans." The headquarters was established in Geneva, Switzerland, in 1924, and the U.S. branch was established in New York City in 1926. During the Great Depression, the Social Security Act established under President Franklin D. Roosevelt in 1935 allocated funds to establish child welfare programs throughout the U.S., and is the birth of modern Child Protection Service agencies nationwide. While Simonetta Sommaruga, former President of Switzerland and the current Vice President, allegedly apologized for past crimes of child trafficking against the Swiss people by the Swiss government in April of 2013, where many of these children labeled "orphans" were trafficked as child laborers, much like the old "orphan trains" in the U.S. back in the mid 1800s, Trees of Shame documents how these crimes of child trafficking still happen today. This is similar to what is happening in the U.S. today, as we have documented for the past 5 years at Health Impact News on our MedicalKidnap.com website, where the modern day Foster Care system is a massive multi-billion dollar child trafficking system. Trees of Shame can be rented and viewed online at: http://www.treesofshame.is/

          

Israelis Spent Nearly One Billion NIS on Black Friday

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Israeli spending increased by 15.1% this Black Friday compared to that of 2018.
          

Intel Blames Qualcomm Bullying And Anticompetitive Practices For Modem Exit

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Intel Blames Qualcomm Bullying And Anticompetitive Practices For Modem Exit Earlier this year, Intel sold off its cellular modem business at a loss, which cost the company billions. Intel never thought that it would be in that position, as it had hoped to help spearhead the 5G revolution for smartphones and other mobile devices. Today, we're learning that Intel is placing direct blame on Qualcomm for its modem development

          

Crypto Flash Crashes, Manipulation, systematic shock, or some thing else?XRP $ten billion volume

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Multistreaming with Crypto Flash Crashes, Manipulation, systematic shock, or some thing else?XRP $ten billion volume ————————- Check out my other channels: My other channels and subscribe! — Foods channel — Pictures channel Get Brave advertisement-absolutely free browser: My other social media: Cinnamon: Facebook group: Twitter: Dlive: Twitch: Discord: If you[...]
          

Explicit Data Correlations-Directed Metadata Prefetching Method in Distributed File Systems

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Metadata performance in distributed file systems (DFS) is critical, due to the following trends: (a) the growing size of modern storage systems is expected to exceed billions of files and most files are small; (b) over half of the file accesses are metadata operations. In this work, we present SMeta, a metadata prefetching method that is seamlessly integrated into DFS for easy-of-use and significantly scales the metadata performance. Previous prefetching proposals primarily focus on mining groups of files that tend to be accessed together from the access history. Nevertheless, our study discovered that these solutions likely miss a huge number of correlated files whose co-occurrence frequency is not high enough. Unlike access correlations, we take a novel and completely different approach to explore explicit data correlations by understanding the reference relationships between files encoded in some forms of hyperlinks, which naturally exist in many applications. To embrace this new concept, SMeta explores correlations upon files are written via a light-weight pattern matching algorithm, stores correlations in the reserved extended attributes of file metadata to avoid changes in DFS APIs, and collapses multiple I/O rounds for accessing metadata of the target file and its data-correlated files into one round. A cost-efficient adaptive feedback mechanism is introduced to improve prefetching accuracy. We implemented SMeta atop of Ceph and evaluated it using synthetic and real system workloads. Compared to baselines, SMeta provides better metadata performance in terms of latency, throughput and scalability.
          

DP World Rings Nasdaq Dubai Bell after USD 2.3 Bn Listing

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The company celebrated the listings of two Sukuk and two conventional bonds worth USD 2.3 billion.

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The desperation of the Deep State

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They know none of the Democratic candidates can defeat the God-Emperor. So they've turned directly to one of their own:
Billionaire and former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, one of the world’s richest men, has formally launched a Democratic bid for president.

Ending weeks of speculation, the 77-year-old former Republican announced his candidacy Sunday in a written statement posted on a campaign website describing himself as uniquely positioned to defeat President Donald Trump. He will quickly follow with a massive advertising campaign blanketing airways in key primary states across the U.S.

“I’m running for president to defeat Donald Trump and rebuild America,” Bloomberg wrote.

“We cannot afford four more years of President Trump’s reckless and unethical actions,” he continued. “He represents an existential threat to our country and our values. If he wins another term in office, we may never recover from the damage.”

As a centrist with deep ties to Wall Street, Bloomberg is expected to struggle among the party’s energized progressive base. He became a Democrat only last year. Yet his tremendous resources and moderate profile could be appealing in a primary contest that has become, above all, a quest to find the person best-positioned to deny Trump a second term next November. Forbes ranked Bloomberg as the 11th-richest person in the world last year with a net worth of roughly $50 billion.
And by "we", you understand that he doesn't mean us, kemosabes. Wall Street is obviously scared.
          

Vietnam’s woman team rewarded VND 1.5 billion for SEA Games semis berth

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NDO – Coach Mai Duc Chung’s side have been rewarded VND1.5 billion for their excellent performance at the 2019 SEA Games women’s football tournament in the Philippines.
          

In “60 Minutes” appearance, YouTube’s CEO offers a master class in moral equivalency

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Susan Wojcicki may be one of the most powerful women in Silicon Valley, but she also holds the unenviable role of being ultimately responsible for a lot of garbage that we, along with our parents, siblings, friends, neighbors, colleagues, and children — not to mention billions of strangers — now consume on YouTube. That garbage, […]
          

LVMH just bought Tiffany for $16 billion – so what now?

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“Tiffany, a brand stuck in the 60s. Even has the colour scheme of that era. Truly perplexing why any company would pay this for a sinking ship.” Ouch! LVMH is hoping to disrupt the above kind of thinking, a reaction to the recent news of its $16 billion Tiffany takeover deal. Hard luxury (watches and […]
          

The state budget 2020

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Last week, the National Assembly adopted state budgets for the next two years. With the adopted budget for 2020, more than € 10 billion will be spent on priorities in the field of development, welfare state and security; at the same time, it is our responsibility to ensure long-term fiscal sustainability.
          

Exclusive: Hedge fund Citadel's commodities business up about $1 billion for the year - sources

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Citadel's commodities investments are up at least $1 billion for the year, according to three sources familiar with the matter, helping to drive strong overall performance at one of the world's...

          

R and F, Zisco US$1 billion deal collapses

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A Chinese investor, R and F, that was looking at acquiring stake in the Zimbabwe Iron and Steel Company, has finally advised Government that it is pulling out of the deal.
          

Eskom projects another R20 billion full-year loss

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Eskom chairperson Jabu Mabuza says South Africa’s struggling power utility is projected to make a R20 billion full-year loss for the 2020 financial year. The debt-laden parastatal reported a net loss after tax of R20,7 billion for the 2019 financial year. It will announce its full-year results in July 2020. Mabuza and the power utility’s […]
          

Google and Facebook Are Adjuncts of the National Security Agency

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Google and Facebook Are Adjuncts of the National Security Agency https://www.rt.com/news/473936-facebook-google-amnestry-data-grabbing/ 1.2 BILLION people’s data – including social media profiles and contact info – found on unsecured Google Cloud server https://www.rt.com/news/474137-breach-billion-users-data-cloud/

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Podcasts to Listen To: The Sports Gambling Podcast and the best sports betting podcasts to listen to

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Wagering on the outcome of a sports game has been around since the first sports games were invented. Although sports gambling was seen as an illegal activity and was often conducted away from the eyes of law enforcement for many years, the sports gambling industry is now valued between $60 billion to $73 billion after the U.S. Supreme Court lifted the federal ban on sports betting in 2018. Since the ban was lifted, 11 states have legalized sports betting. Here are a few podcasts to help you [...]
          

Genius WhatsApp trick lets you ‘pin’ your favourite chats to the top of app – how to do it on iPhone and Android

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EVER lose track of your WhatsApp contacts or groups? You can pin them to the top of your app for safe keeping. It makes it much easier to find the most important contacts in your life, especially if you have loads of chats clogging up your feed. WhatsApp is booming in popularity – around 1.5billion […]
          

Apollo Increases Tech Data Buyout Price

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Private equity firm Apollo Global Management will pay $6 billion to acquire Tech Data, up $600 million from earlier Apollo bid, the technology distributor discloses.

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Wound Biologics Market Is Advancing At A Tremendous CAGR Of 44% By 2026: Grand View Research, Inc

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Air Sports Equipment Market Incredible Investment Opportunities And Growth By 2025| Grand View Research, Inc.

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Grand View Research, Inc. – Market Research And Consulting. The global air sports equipment market size was valued at USD 14.9 billion in 2018. Increasing popularity of adventure sports among
          

Drug Delivery Across Blood Brain Barrier Market Poised to Surge Billion By 2026: Grand View Research, Inc

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Global Connected Ship Market Expected to Grow at a CAGR of 3.95%

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The connected ship market is projected to grow from USD 5.92 billion in 2018 to USD 7.19 billion by 2023, at a CAGR of 3.95% from 2018 to 2023. The
          

Flooring Market: Expected to Be Worth $542.5 Billion by 2027

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Cell Culture Market Worth $29.2 Billion by 2024

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Smart Transportation Market for Roadway & Railway By Technology, Components (CCTV Camera, GPS), Application, and Region by 2021

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Dart Charge marks fifth anniversary at Dartford Crossing

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Question: What is a Ford Fiesta driver more likely to be doing between 7am and 8am on a Wednesday than another motorist?

Answer: Driving across the Dartford Crossing.

KMTV speaking to residents about the Dart Charge

A Freedom of Information request submitted by KentOnline to mark five years of the Dart Charge, has revealed some interesting facts.

For one, did you know the UK’s busiest river crossing has collected more than £700m since it did away with the tolling booths in favour of cameras in November 2014?

In this time, there has been more than 235 million journeys between Kent and Essex using the QEII Bridge and tunnels - raking in at least £219m in profit.

Nearly £80m of this was generated in the busiest year to date - April 2017 to March 2018.

Of the £700m income, at least £272m has come from fines.

Dart Charge facts and figures
Dart Charge facts and figures

But that said, £62.6m of tickets have been written off while a further £51m is still being pursued.

Fridays are the busiest day while August is the most popular month.

Based on the average number of crossings made between January 1 this year and September 30, 7am to 8am on Wednesday is the most active time of the week.

Mercedes Sprinters are the most common van making the journey, while Ford Fiestas are the most frequent cars.

All profits collected from the scheme go back to the Department for Transport, which then re-distributes funds via transport projects.

This comes despite a pledge to end the charge when the debt for the construction of the bridge was repaid 17 years ago.

More than one and a half billion journeys have been made across the Dartford Crossing since it opened in 1963
More than one and a half billion journeys have been made across the Dartford Crossing since it opened in 1963

The crossing was originally designed to carry up to 135,000 vehicles a day but in reality it regularly carries more than 180,000.

Last month, the government outlined its intentions for the fee to "remain in force indefinitely".

Cars must pay £2.50 for each journey, either online, over the phone or via a pay as you go service. Larger vehicles pay up to £6 per crossing.

Those who forget to pay before midnight the day after crossing can face fines of up to £108.

More than 13 million penalty charge notices were issued between November 30, 2014, and September 30 this year.

And more than 150,000 foreign-registered lorries evaded paying for the Dart Charge between 2017 and 2018.

A toll station at the crossing prior to their removal five years ago
A toll station at the crossing prior to their removal five years ago

In comparison, there were 87,215 UK-based HGVs who failed to pay the charge.

French company Emovis has operated the crossing since 2013, but its £367 million, seven-year contract expires next year.

A "second generation free-flow charging service solution" is expected to be in place within 18 months of the new contract start date.

If built, the £6.8 billion Lower Thames Crossing tunnel from Essex to Gravesend could help remove 14 million vehicles from the Dartford Crossing.

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Sir David Adjaye and Daniel Boyd design gravity-defying canopy for Sydney’s newest plaza

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Image: Adjaye AssociatesSir David Adjaye and contemporary Aboriginal artist Daniel Boyd are set to design Sydney’s newest plaza in the Circular Quay precinct.  The pair drew inspiration from early settlers’ houses when designing the pitched roof of the new multipurpose building that will sit near George Street’s northern tip as part of the $3.7 billion transformation of the precinct. The 200-square-metre building with viewing […]

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Four tips for better creative content on Facebook ads

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Singapore invokes 'fake news' law for 1st time

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Singapore: Singapore on Monday invoked its controversial law against fake news for the first time to order correction of a Facebook post by Progress Singapore Party (PSP) member Brad Bowyer.

The Facebook post refers to an investment in the Amaravati city project in Andhra Pradesh and Singtel's investment in Bharti Airtel.

"In a recent Facebook post, Mr Brad Bowyer implied that the Government was involved in individual investment decisions of GIC and Temasek. He was issued with a Correction Direction under the Protection from Online Falsehoods and Manipulation (Pofma) Act on 25 November 2019," the Ministry of Finance, Singapore said in a statement

Bowyer's November 13 Facebook "contains clearly false statements of fact, and undermines public trust in the Government", the statement said.

Singapore invoked the new law as Bowyer's Facebook post implied that the government controls Temasek and GIC's commercial decisions, which is false.

"GIC and Temasek operate on a commercial basis, and the Government is not involved in their individual investment decisions," the statement added.

In his Facebook post, Bowyer said "we also saw the recent canning of the Amaravati city project part of the S$4 billion already dumped into Andhra Pradesh by GLCs and related parties so India has not been so good an investment choice after all…"

On its fact-checking website Factually, the government said that the post contains implicit factual assertions that a substantial part of S$4 billion invested in Andhra Pradesh was put into the Amaravati project; and S$4 billion has been poorly invested ("dumped") by Government-linked companies ("GLCs") and related parties in Andhra Pradesh.

"These are false," it added.

Bowyer had put up a correction note at the top of his Facebook post saying that the post "contains false statements of fact", along with a link to an article providing the correct facts, The Straits Times reported.

The Singapore Parliament passed Pofma in May and it took effect on October 2.

The legislation allows the government to decide what information is listed as false based on two criteria: when a false statement or announcement is issued, and when this action is considered to be of public interest.

The legislation was passed amid criticism from opponents and activists who consider it an attack on freedom of expression.
          

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Sri Lanka Tells Richer Nations to Step Up to Counter China FDI

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Sri Lanka Tells Richer Nations to Step Up to Counter China FDI(Bloomberg) -- Terms of Trade is a daily newsletter that untangles a world embroiled in trade wars. Sign up here. Bigger and richer economies should invest in smaller Asian ones if they want to counter China’s expanding Belt and Road Initiative, Sri Lankan President Gotabaya Rajapaksa said.“I want to tell India, Japan, Singapore and Australia and other countries to also come and invest in us,” Rajapaksa said in an interview with the Hindu newspaper. “They should tell their companies to invest in Sri Lanka and help us grow, because if they do not, then not only Sri Lanka, but countries all over Asia will have the same (problem).”China’s Belt and Road Initiative has resulted in an estimated $575 billion worth of energy plants, railways, roads, ports and other projects. But President Xi Jinping’s signature effort has also come in for criticism, including accusations that China is luring poor countries into debt traps for its own political and strategic gain.Sri Lanka’s new government led by Rajapaksa is trying to undo the previous regime’s move to lease the southern port of Hambantota to a Chinese venture, citing national interest. There were concerns in India about its geopolitical rival using a port close to its southern coastline for future military uses.The local government must have control of all strategically important projects like Hambantota, Rajapaksa told the Hindu paper. While Sri Lanka has come under scrutiny for its ties with China, its agreements were “purely commercial,” he said.A port deal similar to Hambantota under the Belt and Road program in Myanmar was drastically scaled back to $1.3 billion from $7.5 billion, while in Malaysia the government canceled $3 billion worth of pipelines and renegotiated a rail project in 2019, cutting that one’s cost by a third to $11 billion.“The main issues India could have with us would be on (our relations) with China or Pakistan, but if we don’t do anything that creates suspicions amongst Indian authorities, there will not be any problem,” Rajapaksa said. “The Chinese will take the Belt and Road Initiative all over unless other countries provide an alternative.”To contact the reporter on this story: Anurag Kotoky in New Delhi at akotoky@bloomberg.netTo contact the editors responsible for this story: Shamim Adam at sadam2@bloomberg.net, Sara MarleyFor more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.com©2019 Bloomberg L.P.



          

COOEC wins Tangshan LNG contract

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China's Offshore Oil Engineering, a CNOOC unit, has secured a contract worth 4.4 billion Chinese Yuan ($623 million), for the construction of facilities at the proposed Tangshan LNG terminal.

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SHI scores $1.5 bln LNG carriers order

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What could an Australian Green New Deal look like?

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Australia’s hottest summer on record just nine months ago. Monsoon rains leading to life-threatening flooding in parts of northern Queensland. Long-term droughts crushing farmers and out-of-control bushfires ravaging Australia. The effects of climate change are here already.

Yet the government remains inert.

Despite this, many Australians are participating in the rapidly developing international climate emergency movement. They have heeded climate activist Greta Thunberg's call: “We need to act as though our house is on fire — because it is”. Their actions are challenging the system that has produced the climate emergency.

We lag behind, however, in one major area: the development of a green new deal (GND) proposal.

Socially transformative

In response to the climate emergency and growing social inequality, socialist parties and campaigns in Europe and North America have proposed socially transformative GNDs. In these, a just transition for workers — such as the Australian Council of Trade Unions has discussed — is integrated and superseded.

These socially transformative GNDs aim to simultaneously reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, mitigate climate change and address social inequity and systemic racism, all within an approach that pays for itself.

Britain’s Labour for a Green New Deal plan, adopted at the party’s conference in September proposes extensive public ownership of renewable energy production, public transport, a just transition for workers and universal basic services to secure a zero-carbon economy in the country as early as 2030.

The plan also argues that rich countries — the previous beneficiaries of the fossil fuel economy — must accelerate decarbonisation and provide aid and transfer technologies to poorer ones to hold global warming to 1.5oC. This needs GHG emission reduction to start now, with a 50% cut in worldwide emissions by 2030 and a zero-carbon economy across the globe by 2050.

Were the Australian left to “get on board” with a socially transformative GND, what could we expect from it? 

Empowering the transition

A starting point for an Australian GND would be to promote an even more powerful movement.

This is because the movement must overcome the power of the fossil fuel companies and their allies in finance and politics that, for the moment, has gained support from many workers in fossil fuel industries by claiming to provide them with jobs. This has confused Australians regarding the realistic potential to respond to the climate emergency. 

A GND will demonstrate a political alternative. Rather than push the cost of responding to the climate emergency onto working people, a GND will shift the burden onto those who can bear it: the rich corporations who have benefitted from the current economic regime.

An effective response to the climate emergency is inextricably linked with the sovereignty and knowledge of Australia’s First Nations. They are connected with their Country and a GND must be rooted in engagement with and guidance from Traditional Owners. Colonisation has damaged that connection, so decolonisation through treaties will be central to a GND.

Governments and parliaments in several countries have adopted climate emergency declarations, including Britain, Canada and France. Their purpose is to mobilise resources as swiftly as possible to respond to the climate emergency.

In Australia, a 400,000-strong petition has called for such a declaration, but the Coalition government has failed to join in. Declaration of a climate emergency would align Australia with other countries in stating the political pressure to act.

100% renewables

The GNDs proposed by US Democrats and the British Labour Party involve moving to 100% renewable energy by 2030. Australian think tank Beyond Zero Emissions (BZE) put forward a 10-year stationary energy plan in 2010 as a “road map” to renewable energy for nearly all buildings, appliances, transport and industry in Australia, which would be produced at a cost similar to fossil fuels.

It used scaled-up versions of already operating and more commercially viable renewable energy technologies, and estimated the implementation cost at $370 billion, although more than $100 billion would be saved on not repairing and replacing fossil fuel electricity generation.

Since then, more wind farms and photovoltaic solar have come online and energy efficiency has improved. Moreover, projects using technologies not envisaged by BZE are now being developed.

This includes testing for Australia’s first offshore wind farm in Victoria’s Bass Strait, providing jobs in a region previously dominated by coal and oil production, and the building of a major pumped hydro site at the former Kidstone mine in Queensland. This will push down the future cost of fully converting to 100% renewables.

Beyond that, as economist Ross Garnaut has argued, Australia is in an advantageous position with both wind and solar resources to raise industrial production or produce hydrogen for export. 

Within the US, a GND for upgrading public housing has been proposed. For Australia, where rates of homelessness have risen 14% in 5 years, a GND would incorporate “homes for all” whereby a “housing guarantee” would reduce homelessness and increase the rights of renters, while shifting focus from home-ownership to housing co-operatives. New buildings would be designed, and existing ones re-fitted, for energy efficiency, as proposed in British Labour’s GND.

Reducing emissions from the transport sector must be a central component of a GND. In cities, comprehensive public transport systems would be supplemented with zero emissions vehicles. Rail freight would replace long-distance trucking, and high-speed rail would supplant air travel, wherever possible.

Sustainable communities

Disinvestment in fossil fuels and refocusing priorities towards a sustainable future will need a new economic structure, as proposed by GNDs in Britain and the US.

Replacing production for profit with public ownership is a means to effect a reorientation of the economic system to an economy based upon minimising materials used, keeping materials in use, minimising waste and regenerating natural systems, without compromising living standards.

Public ownership also enables and ensures a just transition for workers, with those coming out of fossil fuel industries guaranteed jobs or income, and union rights across the workforce.

Public ownership will need public investment and a public green investment bank as a driver. This will lead towards restructuring national and international finance.

What British environmentalist George Monbiot has called public luxury, rather than private consumption, allows high living standards to be maintained, but where products and services are both ecologically friendly and brought into the public realm. Luxury for the many, not for the few, involves reinvesting in public spaces, galleries, museums and other public amenities. 

Universal basic services (UBS) can be provided to ensure every individual has their basic needs met and are able contribute to society and live comfortably, regardless of immigration status. Such services would include food, water, health and social care, education, energy, housing, transport and communications. The strength of UBS lies within its inclusivity, with everyone provided for regardless of an ability to pay.

Climate change is likely to widen the inequality gap between urban and regional, rural and remote communities, particularly Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities. Investment and UBS in these communities will raise their resilience.

Regenerative agri/aquaculture

Change in farming practices toward sustainability are also a key part of a GND and the reduction of GHG emissions. We need to move to regenerative farming practices and sustainable aquaculture practices such as line-fishing. This would support a healthier, mostly plant-based diet — the so-called “planetary health diet”.

Investment in small family-based farms, with grazing livestock, would reduce animal agriculture emissions, improve soil and land quality through carbon absorption, and reduce land used to grow crops to feed animals that are bred for slaughter. This would also reduce water use and wastage.

Overall, food production requires reorganisation away from being profit-driven to becoming sustainable, accessible, secure and respectful. Food production in this manner will enable re-wilding of the land and oceans and increased conservation efforts.

Degrowth and decolonisation

On a planet with finite resources, economic growth cannot continue indefinitely. A socially transformative GND would, through public ownership and public luxury, scale the economy to meet human and environmental needs with healthier, happier lifestyles. We need to, as Canadian author Naomi Klein discusses, take on people’s financial and environmental concerns together to win support for a GND.

Redefining our lifestyles would also include a reduction in working hours and more time engaging in voluntary and community activities. This would help us create a connectedness to land and people, similar to that experienced by Australia’s First Nations, that would benefit the whole population and the wider global community.

An Extinction Rebellion protest in Melbourne in October. Photo: Zebedee Parkes

          

Rivers in crisis: Amid drought, corporations are buying up Australia’s water

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Darling River, Wilcannia, New South Wales
November 28, 2019

“We have people out there who are trying to deal with the worst drought in living memory,” National Farmers Federation (NFF) president Fiona Simson said on October 2. “It is imperative that practical and immediate measures be taken to give them access to water.”

The NFF’s National Drought Policy, released in October, states: “Droughts are part of Australia’s landscape and managing drought is a feature of Australian agriculture.

“Drought is forecast to become more prevalent in the future with climate change likely to exacerbate drought conditions and contribute to increased climate volatility and variability that particularly impacts the farming community.

“Prolonged or severe drought can be beyond the ability of otherwise successful farming businesses to manage. In these instances, considered and well targeted government support is vital.”

However, the climate crisis, which governments are largely ignoring or, at best, pay lip service to, is not the only factor impacting on Australia’s traditional flood/drought cycle. The other is the serious problem of farmland and water being bought up by corporate mining and agriculture interests — with the active collusion of state and federal governments. 

Privatisation

Despite the increasing impacts of climate change, Australia’s farming sector has experienced sustained growth for many years. The gross value of crop production is $29.3 billion and the NFF plan projects agriculture to become a $100 billion industry by 2030. But succeeding in this potentially highly lucrative industry depends on access to reliable water sources.

Strict and inflexible water rules previously tied water use to land. Water licenses were immoveable. It did not matter how much money you had, as water was not a commodity and therefore had no price. You could only buy the land a water license applied to.

Today, corporations can buy water rights. Due to this, 70% of water allocations in the Murray-Darling Basin are owned by two corporations: Webster, and Ron and Peter Harris of Ravensworth Agriculture Company.

Both companies are donors to the National Party. Peter Harris is currently in court for water theft, while Webster continues to sell water rights to the highest bidders. Lately, mines have been winning the bidding war over water licences.

Temporary water prices skyrocketed to $1000/megalitre (ML) at the end of October, far out of the reach of food producers. Australia's largest olive grower Rob McGavin has called for a temporary ban on water trading by businesses that do not use water to produce, saying urgent government intervention was required.

"Dairy farmers can probably pay $200/ML before they're losing money and the best horticulture crops are around $650/ML … there's a huge amount of despair and anxiety," McGavin told the ABC.

"We can't make it rain. But what we can do is ensure that only people with a consumptive need or a use can buy water, because if we don't keep those people alive the communities will also slowly die.”

Currently, water rights can be bought at one end of the Darling River and extracted at the other. Governments promote this in the name of “reducing evaporation” and “encouraging efficiency”.

If licence holders cannot take all their water allocation one year, they can add it to their water allocations over the next three years. Government dams also release large water allocations to flow down to purchasers to be pumped out, eroding and flooding narrow river sections and washing out trees on banks in the process.

Under the existing arrangements, water can be extracted no matter how low the river flow gets. Meanwhile, during droughts, water never makes it to the bottom reaches of the Darling River and wetlands. As a result, river ecologies are poisoned by blue green algae, dry up and die.

As the rivers die, rural communities become dependent on artesian water, but that too is being bought up by corporations.

The Weekly Times reported that in the dairy district of Numurkah, near Shepparton, Victoria, “farmers are going broke and the town is dying because poor water management and government policy has allowed water to be sucked up by corporate nut farms and traded like stocks.”

Australian-owned agricultural investment corporation goFarm, with multi-million-dollar investments in highly-profitable but water-intensive almond plantations, irrigated crops and vineyards, is buying up properties across the district. Documents show goFarm wants to control at least half of the Katunga Deep Lead Aquifer, an important groundwater resource for farmers. As of February, it owned more than 17% of the aquifer.

Records indicate that the Katunga groundwater levels have been dropping since the 1990s and scientists are warning that existing regulations and management plans are insufficient to protect groundwater.

RMIT hydrogeologist Matthew Currell told the ABC that the long-term impacts of rising water usage might not be known for decades and could take tens of thousands of years to replenish. “The rules haven't been created, they're not designed for situations where very, very large licence holders can use a dominant position essentially to squeeze other water users in the area,” Currell said

Government plan

The federal government’s Drought Response, Resilience and Preparedness Plan, released in November, acknowledges water is crucial to drought resilience and concedes that Australia’s finite water resources are under increasing pressure.

Its solution is to offer $50 million for an On-farm Emergency Water Infrastructure Rebate Scheme to improve on-farm water management and $36.9 million over five years “to improve water security and drought resilience in the Great Artesian Basin through increasing artesian pressure and reducing wastage”.

It also proposes a national water infrastructure plan, connecting water sources through pipes, pumps and natural systems “to increase water supply and build resilience”. About $3.5 billion will be made available for infrastructure that will take still more water out of river systems.

But the plan places no limits on corporate accumulation of water supply and makes no attempt to halt the overallocation of river waters or buying up of artesian waters. The plan contains no funds for research into how artesian basins work and how much can be taken out of them before they depressurise and drop below sustainable levels.

Instead, the plan treats water as an infinite resource for corporate profiteering.

The same applies to soil and forests. The plan concedes that natural resources remain under pressure from climate change and considers the increased frequency and severity of drought in some regions as the most serious threat to land management.

It also admits that natural resources degrade during drought, when they are particularly vulnerable, and will likely have less time to recover before the next significant dry period, which will reduce future productivity.

But it persists in allowing the overallocation of limited river waters to produce irrigated crops and orchards, along with the industrial logging of rain-making forests in the Great Dividing Range and New England tablelands.

While it commits to implementing the federal, state and territory governments’ agreed national strategy and action plan for a stocktake of “land, soil, water, ecosystems and other natural resource assets that contribute to agricultural productivity and drought resilience”, there is no funding when it comes to any kind of coordinated national action.

There are no moves to restore funding to National Park rangers or the CSIRO. Similarly, there are no moves to reverse government cut-backs and privatisations in natural resources and primary industries departments, which used to provide free expert advice to farmers and land managers to help manage land sustainably and increase drought resilience through regenerative practices.

Helping farmers

What is needed now is an entirely different plan to deal with the drought.

Such a plan would ensure water speculation, particularly by companies that do not own land and have no connection to farming, is prohibited, as this practice is pricing food producers out of business.

Available water must be shared out to keep rivers, river communities and sustainable farmers alive, until the drought breaks. Farmers who cannot get their normal water allocations because there just is not enough water must be compensated.

Farmers need to be helped to ensure they can survive and operate sustainably.

Farmers are not eligible for the Newstart Allowance because the assets they use to grow food put them above the assets tests limits. The Farm Household Allowance, which is an equivalent amount to the dole, is available for eligible farmers and their partners experiencing financial hardship. But in practice few farmers can access it, and of those who do, payments are available only four years in every 10, despite the present drought having gone for 8 years and longer in some areas.

Throwing money at grant and charity schemes that time-poor rural people cannot access, one-off lump sum payments or loans for farmers already crippled by debt are all stop-gap fixes that do nothing to stop the corporate takeover of land and water.

Instead, farmers should be ensured a minimum fair price for their produce, and a state-owned Rural Bank should be set up to provide farmers with long-term, low-interest loans. Crucial government services for farmers that have been closed down or privatised must be restored.

Instead of investing $5 billion in taking still more water out of already overstretched river, floodplain and artesian water systems, this money should be invested in a universal wage payment to help land managers transition to regenerative methods and build drought resilience.

None of this is rocket science — it is simply recognising that farmers are land managers, just as National Parks rangers and traditional Indigenous communities are, and that they need support to protect water catchments, biodiversity and soils while producing food and fibre when climate conditions permit.

As climate disasters push us to the edge of environmental and social apocalypse, governments must be forced to switch their priorities from boosting corporate profits to protecting farmers, communities and natural resources.

[Elena Garcia is a regenerative marginal country grazier in the Condamine catchment, Queensland.]

Darling River, Wilcannia, New South Wales. Photo: Zebedee Parkes

          

China’s contribution to climate change

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November 28, 2019

China is the world's largest emitter of carbon dioxide (CO2). It surpassed the United States in 2006, according to the Emissions Database for Global Atmospheric Research (EDGAR) database created by the European Commission and the Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency. On a per capita basis, China’s emission levels are less than half those of the US, according to EDGAR.

One contributing factor to the rise of China's emissions is the fact that transnational corporations (TNCs) based in the US and other rich countries have shifted much of their production to China. For example, Apple iPhones are produced in China. It could be argued that the emissions from such production should be included in the figures for the countries where the TNCs are based, rather than China.

But even allowing for this, China is a big contributor to CO2 emissions. China now has its own giant corporations such as Huawei and Great Wall. Chinese investment in other countries is expanding. Much of it is aimed at obtaining raw materials for China's industry, and is causing environmental destruction in the source countries.

A few years ago it looked as if China might be taking serious steps to rein in its emissions. Renewable energy was being rapidly expanded. Some coal-fired power stations were shut down (mainly those near big cities, where smoke was adding to the air pollution problem).

But new coal-fired power stations continue to be built. According to Global Energy Monitor, 148 gigawatts of coal-fired power stations are either being built or about to begin construction. This is equivalent to the entire current capacity of the European Union.

This new construction is occurring despite the fact that the Chinese electricity grid is oversupplied and power stations are working at only half their capacity. This irrational situation is a result of Chinese energy companies competing for market share with no overall plan.

Meanwhile, there has been a rapid growth in car production in China, which now has the biggest car sales in the world.

Military spending is also growing, resulting in increased consumption of oil by planes, warships, tanks and other military vehicles.

China today is a capitalist country. It is highly unequal. On the one hand, it has the second highest number of billionaires in the world, after the US, according to a survey by the Swiss bank UBS and accounting firm PWC. On the other, it has hundreds of millions of low-paid workers, many of them producing goods for transnational corporations.

However, China still has a relatively strong state-owned sector of the economy.

In the years following the 1949 revolution, existing privately-owned factories were nationalised and new state-owned enterprises (SOEs) were created. Many SOEs were privatised or shut down in the 1990s, but some key sectors of industry were kept under state ownership.

China's industrialisation was largely fuelled by coal, both during the period when all industry was state-owned and during the period of growing private ownership. The growth of production for the world market has led to a further expansion of coal use, as well as chemical pollution of land and water.

The growth of pollution led to numerous protests by affected people, resulting in pressure on the government to solve environmental problems. China was also under pressure in international forums to limit its CO2 emissions.

The government took steps to reduce the burning of coal in or near big cities. It promoted the rapid expansion of renewable energy. High speed rail was built as an alternative to car or plane travel between cities.

But it was not enough. CO2 emissions are still growing, even if more slowly than before. Capitalism cannot solve the climate crisis, and Chinese capitalism is no exception.

China is the world's largest emitter of carbon dioxide.

          

Westpac scandal underlines Coalition’s hypocrisy on banks, unions

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Westpac CEO Brian Hartzer
November 28, 2019

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.
November 28, 2019

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.]

A Change the Rules rally in Sydney on October 23, 2018. Photo: Peter Boyle

          

Britain: Most important election in a generation

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Britain goes to the polls on December 12, in what could be the most important general election in a generation. Boris Johnson’s increasingly right-wing and chaotic Conservative Party is generally seen as the likely victor, but Labour’s left-wing leader Jeremy Corbyn could once again surprise commentators. Whatever the result, the ongoing story of Britain’s crisis of identity and its relationship with the European Union (EU) is likely to continue.

Currently, polls make depressing reading for those of us on the left. The governing Conservatives are polling a steady 10% more than Labour, and in a winner-takes-all first-past-the-post voting system, are on target for a landslide victory.

Boris Johnson was elected Conservative leader and thus Prime Minister in August. He has had a rocky ride, taking his governing majority down to minus 43, after expelling MPs who would not support his hardline anti-European stance. However, his main policy to fix the Brexit crisis and negotiate an exit from the EU looks like a winning strategy.

Since the referendum in 2016, when Britons narrowly voted to leave the EU, the European question has dominated British politics. Voters, whether for or against Brexit, are weary with delay and uncertainty, and look likely to be persuaded by a promise to finally leave and settle the debate, so things can move on.

Media backs Boris

The British media are fully behind Boris. There are suggestions that the BBC have edited news footage to make Boris Johnson look better.

The pro-EU remain vote is split between several political parties and the pro-leave camp is increasingly firmly voting for the Conservatives. The right-wing Brexit Party is refusing to contest Conservative seats. A recent poll by the Economist magazine puts the Conservatives well ahead of Labour with 44% of the vote in the previous solidly Labour but pro-leave working-class constituency of Great Grimsby.

Britain’s billionaires and hedge funds have been pouring money into the Conservative campaign.

Every day since he was elected Labour leader back in 2015, Jeremy Corbyn has been attacked relentlessly, labelled an anti-Semite and a friend of terrorists. Former Labour MP Ian Austin was wheeled out in the first week of the election, to condemn Corbyn and insist that Labour voters should vote for the Conservatives.

The election result could lead to a large majority for an increasingly right-wing Conservative Party. More centre-right MPs have been expelled from the party and Johnson is known to be close to United States President Donald Trump. Trump will be visiting Britain shortly before the election and a significant trade deal with the US could see the reengineering of British society.

Britain’s beloved National Health Service, a socialist medical institution, could be privatised and sold to US health corporations, as part of any Trump deal. Trexit, a Brexit favouring Trump, could result in an assault on trade unions, animal welfare conditions and environmental standards.

Johnson is taking other lessons from the Trump playbook. If elected, he has promised to introduce identity checks to make voting more difficult and is likely to redraw constituency boundaries to cement Conservative domination in future elections.

The Centre for Social Justice, a Conservative-sympathetic think tank, has revealed plans to raise the pension age from 67 years to as much as 75.

However, a Conservative victory is less likely than the bleak polling figures suggest. There is a possibility that in 2019 there will be a repeat of the 2017 General Election. When former Conservative Prime Minister Theresa May called an election with the promise of exiting from the EU, hoping to take working-class votes, she too was riding high in the polls.

May went to the election with even stronger polls than Johnson — on average 20%. She looked likely to win a huge majority on a right-wing programme. Instead, on election day the Conservatives polled 42%, closely followed by Corbyn’s party on 40% and she lost her majority.

Media campaign against Corbyn

Corbyn is unpopular with the British media and some older voters, but he still has a number of advantages. His clear left-wing program for tackling climate change and ending austerity has allowed Labour to build a membership of more than half a million people. This gives it a formidable election machine able to mobilise voters on election day.

Corbyn is also very popular among young voters, who have been registering to vote in record numbers. “Grime4Corbyn” is just one dimension of the rush from musicians to support him. Corbyn has performed well in the first two General Election debates and the more voters see of him in action the more they like him.

The third party, the centre-right Liberal Democrats, seems to be being squeezed. While strongly pro-EU, the party looks likely to support the Conservatives, as it did in the governing coalition between 2010–15. However, there is huge pressure to vote tactically for Labour in key marginal constituencies to beat the Conservatives.

Lib Dem leader Jo Swinson was ridiculed after a poor performance in a televised debate. Her assertion that she would press the button and launch a nuclear war if necessary has also gone down badly. A bizarre social media hoax that she hated squirrels and hunted them with a rifle has also gone down badly in a nation of animal lovers.

All this helps Corbyn. However, it is far from certain that Labour will close the gap this time around and the election race has a number of additional complexities.

In the north of Ireland, where the Conservatives are a fringe party without MPs and Labour does not run candidates, whoever wins the present government loses.

The right-wing sectarian Democratic Unionists, who feel betrayed by Johnson after supporting his government, won’t help him in a future parliament.

A range of pro-remain parties, including Sinn Fein and the Greens, have stood down candidates in key constituencies to maximise the vote of anti-sectarian and pro-EU candidates.

In Scotland, the Scottish National Party (SNP) has risen sharply in the polls and looks likely to take constituencies from both Labour and the Conservatives. While Labour has traditionally been a pro-union party and has lost support to the SNP, it is possible that the SNP would give a Labour minority government support after December 12, perhaps in return for a new referendum on Scottish independence.

Greens

The Green Party of England and Wales is running more than 470 candidates.

The Scottish Green Party is an independent party and the Northern Irish Greens is a regional party in the Republic of Ireland.

In 2017, it promoted a progressive alliance to challenge the Conservatives. This proved unpopular with Green Party members and Labour refused to participate. This time, it is running a controversial “remain alliance” with Welsh party Plaid Cymru and the Liberal Democrats.

This has been condemned as a move to the right, as the Liberal Democrats supported David Cameron’s Conservative government and now includes many former Conservative MPs.

There is also a risk that Greens candidates will split the vote in some marginal constituencies and deliver victory to Johnson. However, in a number of marginal seats such as Canterbury, the Greens have stood down.

The complexities of the British political scene make any description of the situation difficult. However, a Labour Party fighting on a clear socialist program might just win and change British political history.

Corbyn has promised a new vote on the EU and is perhaps the only leader trying to bridge the divisions on the EU among British voters. Whether he can win — in the face of a well-funded right-wing Conservative Party, strongly supported by the media, Trump and Britain’s billionaires — remains to be seen.

Corbyn certainly has some fight in him and is boldly in solidarity with all those in struggle. Typically, he tweeted in support of striking university workers: “Staff at universities are striking over the next eight days, and I stand with them. University staff deserve fair pay, secure contracts, reasonable workloads and decent pensions. Labour will end the marketisation of education, and we'll put staff and students first.”

With a wave of strikes, including by university lecturers and rail workers, it is clear that militancy is rising in Britain, so win or lose on December 12, the Conservatives face an increasingly united and vibrant left.

[Derek Wall is a former international coordinator of the Green Party of England and Wales.]

Protesters gathered outside the Conservative Party manifesto launch in Telford on November 24.

          

In defence of human rights in Chile: An open letter to the Australian community

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A Chile solidarity protest in Sydney on October 27.
November 27, 2019

We express our deep concerns about human rights violations taking place in Chile, including the de facto war that billionaire President Sebastian Piñera has unleashed on his people. 

On October 18, Chilean students took to the streets to protest a hike in public transport fares. There have been many rallies and marches throughout the past 30 years against rising costs and neoliberal policies that have widened the gap between rich and poor (0.01% of the population controls 12% of all wealth in Chile) and made the living conditions of the majority of Chileans completely unbearable. Successive governments have done little to meet people's demands and basic needs. Chile is one of the most privatised and inequitable countries in the world.  

This time, in response, Piñera deployed more than 12,000 soldiers and police to quash those expressions of discontent. While the military have now returned to their barracks, Piñera has indicated he will table a bill allowing him to use the military to protect infrastructure, that is, to get them on the streets without a state of emergency being declared. Soon more than 4000 police officers (reservists, etc.) will join the Carabineros (national police force) on the streets. 

More than 20 people (most of them young) have been brutally assassinated and the Chilean Medical Association has confirmed that more than 220 people have been irreversibly blinded as a result of being shot directly in the face by police.

The National Institute of Human Rights of Chile (NIHR) has confirmed that agents of the state have established clandestine detention and torture centres, leading to the lodgement of more than 380 criminal complaints of torture, including for the rape of women and children, by agents of the state.

More than 2300 people have been severely injured, half of them as a result of being shot at intentionally, and more than 7000 people have been arrested. Community members and students have been arrested and disappeared, bringing memories of the bloody regime of the US-backed dictator Augusto Pinochet who ruled Chile from 1973 to 1990.

These systematic and state-sponsored human rights abuses aim to repress but also to instil fear and stop demonstrations. Piñera's actions in not prosecuting state agents perpetrating such abuses are reprehensible, leading to calls for his impeachment.

Last month, according to Chilean pollster Cadem, Piñera had a 14% approval rating, making it the lowest since the rule of Pinochet. According to another poll (Pulso Ciudadano), 56% of the population think Piñera should resign, as is the case with largely discredited and perennial MPs. To avoid losing control of Congress, Piñera and a number of those MPs have agreed to allow a plebiscite in April 2020 on the establishment of a new Constitution. If genuine, this plebiscite could remove the legacy of Pinochet, the most criminal and fascist regime in Chile’s history.

However, this largely unrepresentative group of MPs has imposed a 2/3 majority to approve changes to the current Constitution. This is unacceptable, as it will perpetuate the system of deep economic abuse and inequality which has led to this revolt.

Within Latin America, Chile is an important trading partner for Australia, as the country hosts a large number of Australian companies, and on March 6, 2009 the Australia-Chile Free Trade Agreement entered into force. Chile has blatantly breached its international obligations to preserve human rights, and Australian business, politicians and the community must not condone those violations. 

We demand that Piñera’s government immediately remove all armed forces from the streets of Chile and stop this senseless slaughter. We demand unfettered participation in the plebiscite via community consultation and a universal vote. We demand that the new Constitution guarantee access to free health and education, a taxation system which distributes wealth equitably, the right to freedom of expression and diversity in the media, dignified pension benefits to the elderly, the decriminalisation of dissent, protection of natural resources and the environment, and constitutional recognition of Chile’s first nations.

Chileans want peace.

Signed by: 

Dr Rodrigo Acuña — Independent researcher

Dr Tim Anderson — Director, Centre for Counter Hegemonic Studies

Steve Church — PhD candidate, University of New South Wales

Federico Fuentes — Writer

Dr Waldo Fabian Garrido — Lecturer, University of Western Sydney

Dr Pablo Leighton — Editor, Latin American Research Platform

Dr James Robert Levy — Researcher, University of New South Wales

Antony Loewenstein — Independent journalist, writer and film maker

Victor Marillanca — Journalist

Dr Colm Mcnaughton — Literature lecturer, Trinity College, Melbourne University

Humphrey McQueen — Historian and Canberra activist

Gustavo Mártin Montenegro — Masters (Hons) in Latin American Studies

Dr Hannah Middleton — Social anthropologist (retired)

Carlos Eduardo Morreo — Associate lecturer, Australian National University

Professor Adam Morton — Department of Political Economy, Sydney University

Associate Professor Sara C Motta — Head of Politics, University of Newcastle

Adriana Navarro — Lawyer

Marlene Obeid — Social worker

John Pilger — Journalist

Dr Peter Ross — Honorary senior lecturer, University of New South Wales

A Chile solidarity protest in Sydney on October 27. Photo: Zebedee Parkes

          

Podcasts to Listen To: The Sports Gambling Podcast and the best sports betting podcasts to listen to

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Wagering on the outcome of a sports game has been around since the first sports games were invented. Although sports gambling was seen as an illegal activity and was often conducted away from the eyes of law enforcement for many years, the sports gambling industry is now valued between $60 billion to $73 billion after the U.S. Supreme Court lifted the federal ban on sports betting in 2018. Since the ban was lifted, 11 states have legalized sports betting. Here are a few podcasts to help you [...]
          

Next Time Somebody Tells You Crypto Is a Bubble, Show Them This

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Crypto New Media Press Travel We spent billions to get from A to B. The International Air Transport Association (IATA) estimates net profits in 2019 at $35.5 billion. I don’t even want to look into…
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Crypto New Media Press Ethereum’s price action has been strikingly similar to Bitcoin’s over the past several days and weeks, with ETH’s correlation to BTC growing stronger as the volatility seen…
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Crypto New Media Press Whilst the Bitcoin price (BTC) action may seem bearish to some, the leading digital asset has several bullish indicators that hint towards an imminent recovery. As Bitcoin…
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So my bircoinqt app has been downloading and syncing the chain for 2 weeks now (I&#39;m only 60% through ...yeah wtf?) My question is should I update to the recently released version now or should I…
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Another Billionaire Is Trying To Buy The Presidency

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Former Republican and current billionaire Michael Bloomberg is officially running for President, something that nobody asked for but is happening anyway. The last thing this country needs right now is another billionaire thinking that they are skilled enough to run this country, and that they are what this country actually needs. Ring of Fire’s Farron […]

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Study Proves Americans, Not Chinese, Have Paid $40 BILLION For Trump’s Tariffs

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Trump repeatedly tells us that the Chinese, not Americans, are the ones paying his tariffs. But study after study, and reality itself, has proven that American citizens are the ones paying the price tag. And the latest study shows that this price tag has now topped $40 billion per year. Those billions are being lost, […]

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05/01/16 – It’s a Match!: Building a Foundation of Success

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There are 7.4 billion people on the planet today. With so many people and possibilities, you would think two people finding and making a relationship work would be easier. So why is it so hard? We ask a lot of questions: How do I find the right person? Is dating just a game? Should we …
          

04/24/16 – It’s a Match!: Becoming a Perfect Match — Part 2

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There are 7.4 billion people on the planet today. With so many people and possibilities, you would think two people finding and making a relationship work would be easier. So why is it so hard? We ask a lot of questions: How do I find the right person? Is dating just a game? Should we …
          

04/17/16 – It’s a Match!: Becoming a Perfect Match — Part 1

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There are 7.4 billion people on the planet today. With so many people and possibilities, you would think two people finding and making a relationship work would be easier. So why is it so hard? We ask a lot of questions: How do I find the right person? Is dating just a game? Should we …
          

04/10/16 – It’s a Match!: Ingredients for a Great Marriage

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There are 7.4 billion people on the planet today. With so many people and possibilities, you would think two people finding and making a relationship work would be easier. So why is it so hard? We ask a lot of questions: How do I find the right person? Is dating just a game? Should we …
          

04/03/16 – It’s a Match!: Introduction

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There are 7.4 billion people on the planet today. With so many people and possibilities, you would think two people finding and making a relationship work would be easier. So why is it so hard? We ask a lot of questions: How do I find the right person? Is dating just a game? Should we …
          

PT Tire Sales & Installation TM Job Job in Manchester, CT

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Executive Director

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TMRS is searching for an accomplished executive to lead this $30 billion statewide public retirement system located in vibrant downtown Austin. This is an exciting opportunity to lead a highly regarded and nationally recognized plan sponsor serving over 175,000 public employees of 885+ Texas cities. Reporting to the Board, and leading a team of 120+, the Executive Director is the central point of responsibility and accountability for the overall financial performance, operations and resources of the System. The Director will be expected to lead and build upon current initiatives to transform the culture, modernize the operational infrastructure, and improve organizational effectiveness.

The ideal candidate has experience or general knowledge of pension plan administration, a dedication to public service and is an advocate for defined benefit plans. An executive with a good understanding of investments, finance, and actuarial matters is desired. Compensation is designed to attract the best qualified executive from the national market. For additional information, including minimum requirements, contact Hudepohl & Associates, info@hudepohl.com or (614) 854-7300.

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Fresh Thyme, Publix kick off giving campaigns

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Michael Bloomberg launches Democratic presidential bid

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By STEVE PEOPLES AP National Political Writer

NEW YORK (AP) — Billionaire and former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, one of the world's richest men, has formally launched a Democratic bid for president.

Ending weeks of speculation, the 77-year-old former Republican announced his candidacy Sunday in a written statement posted on a campaign website describing himself as uniquely positioned to defeat President Donald Trump. He will quickly follow with a massive advertising campaign blanketing airways in key primary states across the U.S.

"I'm running for president to defeat Donald Trump and rebuild America," Bloomberg wrote.

"We cannot afford four more years of President Trump's reckless and unethical actions," he continued. "He represents an existential threat to our country and our values. If he wins another term in office, we may never recover from the damage."

Bloomberg's entrance comes just 10 weeks before primary voting begins, an unorthodox move that reflects anxiety within the Democratic Party about the strength of its current candidates.


          

Trade in counterfeit goods costs UK economy billions

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Trade in counterfeit goods costs UK economy billions of euros, says OECD The global trade in fake goods, from cosmetics to car parts, is costing the UK economy billions of dollars a year in forgone company sales, overpriced products and tax revenues, ...
          

Why is the Demand for Gold in India Falling?

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Reports from India indicate gold imports dropped 21.43 billion USD in the April-October months this year (2019) compared to 2018.  That’s an 18.4% drop which is significant in anyone’s book. Regular followers of The Gold Enthusiast know he watches Indian gold figures closely,

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Trade Talk Tuesday – USMCA (NAFTA), Not China

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Image result for usmca cartoon"We might have another trade deal!

Yeah, that's right, I'm going to pretend to be excited about signing the US-Mexico-Canada trade deal and I'm going to pretend it's not just NAFTA with a different name and I'm going to pretend that deal wasn't supposedly all set 18 months ago and is only finally being ratified by Congress in a meaningless gesture that changes nothing.  Of course, it's not ACTUALLY being ratified but – PROGRESS IS BEING MADE – so the market is, of course higher.

Meanwhile, back in the real World, China's Ministry of Commerce says "external rumors" about the trade talks are not accurate and that the "so called" phase-one agreement may not be completed until next year as Beijing presses for greater reductions in tariffs and the Trump Administration pushes back with its own demands.  Trump has, so far, been sticking to his threat that tariffs will INCREASE on Dec 15th – it's very hard to imagine any deal getting done if that happens, as it would then look like China is breaking under Trump's tariff pressure and China would rather walk away than look weak.  

At least Alibaba (BABA) is having a good day, raising $11.2Bn in Hong Kong despite stores being shuttered and the streets smokey with tear gas.  BABA stock popped 6.5% this morning as they raised money on that exchange though that was already anticipated in a weeklong run on their Nasdaq proxy (BABA) – so don't expect the same over here as it came in right around their original HK target of $24, which they then lowered, so they could beat it.

Alibaba’s share sale was the largest offering of any kind in Hong Kong since 2010. The money raised by Alibaba will be added to the company’s cash pile, which is now $43 Billion – enough to buy M, JWN, KSS, BBY, BBBY, LB AND HBI – if they ever want to escape Hong Kong's Democracy and come to America…  

China’s banking sector grew riskier over the last year, with about 13% of the nation’s 4,379 banks and other financial firms considered “high risk” by the central bank.  Over in Japan, The IMF called on Japan’s government and central bank to …
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Billion fraud with false cryptocurrency "Onecoin" flown

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The Bulgarian "OneCoin" inventor Ruja Ignatova has probably brought investors around 4 billion US dollars. From the "crypto-queen", however, lacks any trace and the FBI determined.

The alleged cryptocurrency "Onecoin" is at the center of the largest crypto fraud case yet, but the machinations have been discovered. According to investigators hundreds of thousands of investors could have lost more than $ 4 billion through the alleged cryptocurrency, which promised investors quick riches. Where the money has remained is currently unknown.

The main offender is the Bulgarian Ruja Ignatova. In London and elsewhere, she promoted Onecoin as an elegant inventor and made great promises to investors. Onecoin was touted as a "Bitcoin killer". Media gave her the title of "crypto-queen". She allegedly brought hundreds of thousands of people for her money.

Entrepreneur with mafia relationships

Her brother, Konstantin Ignatov, has according to the investigative site Inner City Press at least confessed to American FBI investigators and admitted several offenses in New York, including money laundering and fraud. Many investors are coming from the UK. The BBC has released a major podcast series about the machinations of the alleged cryptocoin inventor, who also allegedly has connections to the Bulgarian mafia.

Despite all this, there is still a website on which Onecoin stirs the advertising drum. It is advertised with slogans like: "Be part of the financial revolution." and Onecoin is "the first transparent, global cryptocurrency for everyone". The advertised digital money promised high returns for investors. It also announced that millions of people in underdeveloped countries in Africa and Asia will have access to financial services.

Onecoin is a pyramid system

Onecoin was and still is not a cryptocurrency, based on the blockchain technology, but a rather simple pyramid scheme: The first investors could make high profits, as more and more investors put money in the system, but in the end are high losses. Although Onecoin denies any illegal activity on the site, such methods are fraudulent.

In 2017, Onecoin is said to have raised more than $ 4 billion from investors worldwide, including some £ 100 million from British citizens. In October 2017 Ruja Ignatova disappeared suddenly, since then she is wanted by the FBI.

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Deutsche Bank sells $50B in assets to Goldman amid overhaul

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Deutsche Bank  has sold $50 billion in unwanted assets to Goldman Sachs as part of its restructuring, three people with knowledge of the matter said on Wednesday. 

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12/1/2019: NEWS: Coogan plays richest man in the world

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COMEDIAN Steve Coogan is to star as a billionaire who gives away all his money. He is writing the film with David Schneider, who worked with him on the Alan Partridge shows. Schneider, 56, said the character is the wealthiest man in the world who...
          

12/1/2019: CRISIS AT CHRISTMAS: Record £1.2bn added to student loans in interest

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UNIVERSITY students were hit by a record £1.2billion in interest payments added to their loan debts last year. This means £134,000 in interest is being heaped on student debts each hour a day. And because the overall student loan debt is increasing –...
          

Scientists inch closer than ever to signal from cosmic dawn

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Around 12 billion years ago, the universe emerged from a great cosmic dark age as the first stars and galaxies lit up. With a new analysis of data collected by the Murchison Widefield Array (MWA) radio telescope, scientists are now closer than ever to detecting the ultra-faint signature of this turning point in cosmic history. The Murchison Widefield Array radio telescope, a portion of which is pictured here, is searching  for a...

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The air, earth and water of our planet are pulsating with living things. Yet, a vast and diverse web of life exists, about which almost nothing is known. This is the world of flagellates, tiny organisms that persist in staggering numbers in many diverse ecosystems around the world. The graphic shows a tree of life for complex forms known as Eukaryotes, that arose mysteriously around 1.2-2 billions years ago from a progenitor known as...

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Free Press faces new ownership with steep circulation drop

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The Burlington-based newspaper recently changed hands as part of a $1.2 billion merger between Gannett, its parent company, and GateHouse Media.

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Potential removal of key federal highway funding is avoided

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The state of United States transportation infrastructure received good news this week, with Congress and the White House taking steps to eliminate the $7.6 billion rescission of Highway Trust Fund contract authority that was set to take effect on July 1, 2020.
          

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John Garder, senior director of budget and appropriations for the National Parks Conservation Association, discusses congressional action on legislation to address the roughly $12 billion in backlogged maintenance needs across the National Park System. Becky Lomax, author of Moon USA National Parks, discusses what she's seeing in the parks in terms of that maintenance backlog, and we share thoughts about efforts to build a commercial spaceport just west of Cumberland Island National Seashore.


          

$200 Billion Pharma Counterfeit Drug Market Growing by 20% Per Year

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VPR Brands Update on Monetization and Enforcement of U.S. Utility Patent for Electronic Cigarette

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Black Friday sees record $7.4B in online sales, $2.9B spent using smartphones

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Australia Selects MQ-9B SkyGuardian

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Australia has selected the General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Inc (GA-ASI) MQ-9B SkyGuardian unmanned aircraft system (UAS) to fulfil its requirement for an armed medium-altitude, long-endurance (MALE) unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV), Defence Minister Linda Reynolds announced on 28 November. The next phase will focus on developing the AUD1.3 billion (USD884 million) MQ-9B acquisition proposal under Project […] UAV DACH: Beitrag im Original auf https://www.uasvision.com/2019/11/29/australia-selects-mq-9b-skyguardian/, mit freundlicher Genehmigung von UAS Vision automatisch importiert. Der Beitrag gibt nicht unbedingt die Meinung oder Position des UAV DACH e.V. wieder. Das Original ist in englischer Sprache.

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Tel Aviv musician Dennis Lloyd’s career took off with his smash 2016 single ‘Nevermind’. It has over half a billion streams and counting. We caught up with him ahead of his upcoming Copenhagen show to get to know him a little better. Dennis will be playing at DR Koncerthuset on November 26 at 20:00. What … Continue reading Q&A with Dennis Lloyd: Never mind the genre, a cool beat is all you need!

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A Federal High Court sitting in Abuja yesterday granted leave to the Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP) in a suit against President Muhammadu Buhari, Senate president Ahmed Lawan, and Speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila “over the failure to disclose details of allocations, disbursement and spending of an estimated N241.2 billion yearly as […]

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The Federal High Court, Abuja, on Monday, admitted Abdulrasheed Maina, former Chairman, defunct Pension Reform Task Team (PRTM), to a bail in the sum of N1 billion. Justice Okon Abang, who gave the ruling, also ordered that Maina must produce two sureties who must be serving senators. The two lawmakers, according to the judge, must […]

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Veneto: a land of food and wine specialties

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Placed in the North East of Italy, Veneto is the first Italian region for GI food and wine economic impact (3,5 billion euros) – following 2018 Ismea-Qualivita report – and it counts three of its provinces in the top five wine producing provinces ranking. Verona (ranked first with 918 million euros), Treviso (ranked second with 845 million euros), and Vicenza (ranked fourth with 462 million euros). Veneto boasts 92 PDO and PGI certified products, between food and wines, and some of them are known all over the world like Prosecco PDO white sparking wine – recently added to the Unesco World Heri...

          

Prologis JV With NBIM Seals $2B Logistics Portfolio Deal

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Prologis Inc.’s PLD joint venture (JV) with Norges Bank Investment Management (NBIM) recently signed a deal to acquire a logistics real estate portfolio worth $1.99 billion. The move comes as part of ...
          

HSBC to shift $20 billion worth of assets to blockchain-based Digital Vault

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(Reuters) — HSBC aims to shift $20 billion worth of assets to a new blockchain-based custody platform by March, in one of the biggest deployments yet of the widely-hyped but still unproven technology by a global bank. The platform, known as Digital Vault, will give investors real-time access to records of securities bought on private …
          

More Italians Are Buying Food Online, Study Finds

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Online food purchasing in Italy has increased by 42% in the past 12 months, with nine million consumers opting to buy groceries through e-commerce channels, a study published by Netcomm consultancy has revealed. Growth in the sector was mainly driven by home delivery services, the report said. The global food e-commerce market is worth €58 billion, of which Europe's share amounts to €14.9 billion.  In Europe, over 167 million people buy food online – 19 million in the UK, 18 million in Germany, 13.5 million in France, and 10 million in Spain.

          

$14.14 Billion Mobile Logistic Robots Market - Global Outlook Report 2018-2027

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Harder To Breathe: Air Quality has Worsened Since 2016

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In the United States, annual average levels of fine particulate matter — PM2.5, a measure of solid particles and liquid droplets that are 2.5 micrometers or smaller found in the air — declined 24% from 2009 to 2016, then increased 5% between 2016 to 2018.

A new study by researchers at Carnegie Mellon University and the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER) explored how the increase occurred by looking at economic activity, wildfires and enforcement of the Clean Air Act during this period. They found that the increase was associated with 9,700 additional premature deaths, and that these deaths represent damages of $89 billion.

The study is published as an NBER working paper.

"The health implications of this increase are significant," noted Karen Clay, professor of economics and public policy at Carnegie Mellon's Heinz College of Information Systems and Public Policy, who led the study. "The number of deaths and the damages highlight the importance of air pollution as an important and timely policy issue."

To learn more about the increase, the researchers used data from the Air Quality System database of daily monitored readings provided by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The EPA maintains a network of air pollution monitors because PM2.5 is regulated under the Clean Air Act. In total, the researchers studied 653 counties with monitors for fine particulate matter. They also looked at information from the EPA's enforcement database, as well as vital statistics (population and mortality rates) by county.

Increases in PM2.5 from 2016 to 2018 were observed in many U.S. counties. In the West and Midwest Census regions fine particulate matter rose during this period; in the Northeast and South Census regions it stayed the same. Every year, the EPA designates each county as having met or failed to meet air pollution standards under the Clean Air Act. Increases in fine particulate matter occurred in counties that met the standards as well as in those that failed to meet them, according to the study.

The rise in PM2.5 increased the number of premature deaths of adults over age 30 by about 9,700 from 2016 to 2018, with 80% of the premature deaths occurring among the elderly and 20% of the premature deaths among adults ages 30 to 64, the study found. These calculations use the same methods used by the EPA to relate fine particulate matter to mortality. The damages of $89 billion are calculated by multiplying deaths by the EPA's value of a statistical life. Increases in PM2.5 in the air were especially pronounced in California, with 43% of the rise in deaths nationally from 2016 to 2018 occurring in the state.

The researchers present evidence on three possible causes for the national increase:

  • Changes in economic activity: Increased use of natural gas in households and industries, and growth in the number of miles traveled by fossil fuel-powered vehicles likely contributed to the rise in PM2.5 in certain counties, while decreases in coal-fired power drove declines in other areas.
  • Increases in wildfires: In parts of the West and Midwest, rising numbers of wildfires during the period studied were associated with increases in fine particulate matter. California experienced numerous wildfires during this period, with the most deadly — the Camp Fire — taking place in November 2018.
  • Decreases in enforcement of the Clean Air Act: Enforcement of this law may influence compliance by firms, and the study found that the most frequent type of enforcement of the Clean Air Act fell from 2009 to 2016 and continued to fall from 2016 to 2018.
"This research demonstrates that recent increases in fine particulate matter have appreciable effects on risks of premature mortality," said Nicholas Muller, associate professor of economics, engineering and public policy at Carnegie Mellon's Tepper School of Business, who coauthored the study. "These increases are worrisome and should persuade policymakers to take the necessary steps to maintain limits on air pollution."
          

11/30/2019: World News: ‘Democrats can’t beat Trump’

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ROBERT JOHNSON, a lifelong Democrat and the US’s first black billionaire, has assessed the Democratic contenders for next year’s presidential election. And he doesn’t like what he sees. “If you take a snapshot today, I don’t think that group is...
          

Taken to Brink by Trump, Gulf States Are Backpedaling on Iran

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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.



          

Thai Union Achieves Its Target in Subordinated Perpetual Debentures and Senior Debentures Offerings

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-Subscription of Thai Union's subordinated perpetual debentures meets THB 6 billion offering - -Overwhelming Demand for 7-year and 10-year Senior Debentures, more than 3.5 times oversubscription - -Strong offering signals that investors have confidence in Thai Union's business outlook - -Thai Union will use funds from the offering to strengthen its financial structure - - Thai Union Group PCL. said its sale of subordinated perpetual debentures had met expectations, with investors taking up bot...

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BASF commences its smart Verbund project in Zhanjiang, China

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- - • Milestone for BASF's US$10 billion investment project in China - • World-class smart Verbund site with latest technologies and highest safety and sustainability standards - • First plants to produce engineering plastics and TPU serving a range of key industries - - -  BASF officially launched its smart Verbund project in Zhanjiang, Guangdong province, China, and commenced building its first plants. It marks a milestone of the company's US$10 billion investment project announced...

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WN TBD: Is TikTok Really a National Security Threat?

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TikTok now has over 1.5 billion downloads, putting it in the company of social media giants like Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter. While all of these companies have faced scrutiny from lawmakers in one form or another, TikTok is getting attention for its Chinese ownership as some fear that Beijing could use data uploaded to the platform for counterintelligence purposes. Is there a real reason to be concerned? Or is this just fearmongering about a geopolitical rival?   Guest: Drew Harwell, technology reporter for the Washington Post.    Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
          

Liberal Democrats will invest £1 billion a year to restore community policing

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Hemp, Inc.'s CEO, Bruce Perlowin, is Featured in HEMP Magazine Coverage About Hemp Cultivation

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Las Vegas, NV - (NewMediaWire) - November 26, 2019 -  Hemp, Inc. (OTC PINK: HEMP) a global leader in the industrial hemp industry with bi-coastal processing centers, including the largest multipurpose industrial hemp processing facility in the western hemisphere, announced today news coverage in the news outlet, HEMP Magazine, a leading journalistic voice in the dynamic global hemp industry.The published article features commentary from Bruce Perlowin, CEO of Hemp, Inc., regarding new data that was released this month showing that hemp is poised to become a major crop in U.S. agriculture, surpassed by only soy and corn. The study also warns that current limitations on supply chain infrastructure threaten to slow early growth of the industry. The article notes that data indicates only about one-third of hemp acreage is likely to make it to market. In the article, Hemp, Inc. CEO Bruce Perlowin explains key reasons why such a small portion of hemp makes it to the market.“The majority of hemp grown in America will never make it to the market for a variety of reasons — it’s not so much about not having a buyer,” explains Perlowin. “For example, $51 million worth of hemp got wiped out in Oregon by hail, an unexpected 3-day freeze, mold, and grasshoppers. However, the biggest reason why this hemp doesn’t even make it to the market is because farmers don’t have the processing facilities to dry and process their hemp. When it’s time to harvest and process, hemp farmers don’t have money to dry biomass and there’s not enough warehouse space to do so currently.” Perlowin also elaborates on the nature of this emerging industry by explaining the learning curves that entrant hemp farmers must experience.“A lot of new farmers made a ton of million-dollar mistakes. Farmers who know how to farm, don’t know how to grow hemp,” says Perlowin. “Farmers who know how to grow hemp, learned from growing marijuana. The farmers who started growing this year had no idea where to go with their crop, how to scale up, or enough about the industry.”According to a June 2019 market research report published by MarketsandMarkets™, the industrial hemp market is projected to grow from $4.6 billion in 2019 to $26.6 billion by 2025, recording a compound annual growth rate of 34.0% during the forecast period.“While hemp has thousands of uses and takes many forms, there is a specific way that it must be grown, harvested and processed--most people are not informed of this fact,” said Hemp, Inc. CEO Bruce Perlowin. “It’s important for me to raise awareness surrounding this point because so many farmers go into this industry unaware and end up in dire situations. I’d like to make sure everyone in this industry is empowered by being informed.” To view the HEMP Magazine’s article featuring Hemp, Inc. CEO Bruce Perlowin, click here.WHAT IS HEMP, INC.?What is Hemp, Inc.? With a deep-rooted social and environmental mission at its core, Hemp, Inc. seeks to build a business constituency for the American small farmer, the American veteran, and other groups experiencing the ever-increasing disparity between tapering income and soaring expenses. As a leader in the industrial hemp industry with ownership of the largest commercial multi-purpose industrial hemp processing facility in North America, Hemp, Inc. believes there can be tangible benefits reaped from adhering to a corporate social responsibility plan.HEMP, INC.’S PROPRIETARY HEMP FLOWER DRYING SYSTEMUnwavering in its commitment to the industrial hemp industry, Hemp, Inc. disclosed the successful development of its innovative hemp flower drying system for smokeable hemp flower. Highly efficient, this compact proprietary hemp flower drying system is fast, drying in only 3 days as opposed to the traditional 7 days while maintaining the critical terpene profile of the product.  To be unveiled at its Oregon location, Hemp, Inc. executives expect this advanced hemp flower drying system to bring in excess of $10,000,000 in revenue for the company from the Oregon 2019 harvest season. To read the full release on Hemp, ...
          

Briefing - A new neighbourhood, development and international cooperation instrument - 29-11-2019

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In the context of the Commission's proposal for a multiannual financial framework (MFF) for the 2021-2027 period, on 14 June 2018 the Commission published a proposal for a regulation establishing the Neighbourhood, Development and International Cooperation Instrument (NDICI), with a proposed budget of €89.2 billion (in current prices). Parliament adopted its first-reading position in plenary on 27 March 2019. MEPs agreed to accept a single instrument, but called for a stronger role for Parliament on secondary policy choices, through delegated acts, and for the budget for the instrument to be increased by nearly €4 billion, to €93.154 billion. MEPs also specifically called for an increase in the funds allocated to human rights and democracy activities, the percentage of funding that fulfils the criteria for official development assistance, and funds that support climate and environmental objectives. Moreover, Parliament's amendments include the introduction of gender mainstreaming targets, the earmarking of certain financial allocations, the suspension of assistance in case of human rights violations, and the reduction of the emerging challenges and priorities cushion to €7 billion. The Council adopted a partial mandate on 13 June 2019, and an additional mandate – on the European Fund for Sustainable Development (EFSD+) – on 25 September 2019. Following the committees' decision of 8 October 2019 to enter into interinstitutional negotiations on the basis of Parliament's first-reading position, a first trilogue meeting took place on 23 October 2019. The second is scheduled for 5 December 2019. Fourth edition. The 'Legislation in Progress' briefings are updated at key stages throughout the legislative procedure.

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3 Black Holes Possibly Seen Cooking Their Galaxies Alive

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Without the turbulence, the galaxies would die in just a few billion years.
          

Ice Fossils in an Ancient Space Rock Reveal Clues About the Early Solar System

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Secrets about the solar system are revealed by remnants of ice from 4.6 billion years ago.
          

How Small E-Commerce Businesses Can Prepare for Black Friday

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Black Friday 2019 is coming up, and consumers are getting ready for a frenzy of online deals. Last year, there were 194 million site visits on Black Friday alone, with over 1.2 billion visits across the whole of Cyber Week for the top 10 retailers. Clearly, this is an event that retailers should be taking […]

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Bitter Cold Stops Coal, While Nuclear Power Excels

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Through thick and thin, extreme hot or extreme cold, Bomb Cyclones and Polar Vortexes, this nuclear plant never seems to stop producing over 9 billion kWhs of energy every year, enough to power Seattle. The same with all other nuclear plants in America. Not so much with coal and gas.
          

Animal Drugs Market value to hit $41 billion by 2025: Global Market Insights, Inc.

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(MENAFN - GlobeNewsWire - Nasdaq) Selbyville, Delaware, Dec.01, 2019(GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- GlobalAnimal Drugs Marketis set to cross USD 41 billion by 2025, according to a new research...
          

1 bln trees to be planted in Sindh: Ismail

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Governor Sindh Imran Ismail has said one billion trees will be planted in the province during next four years.Talking to Advisor to Prime Minister on Climate Change Amin Aslam, who called on him in Karachi today, he said an amount of five billion rupee...
          

The Impact of Automation on Jobs

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The Impact of Automation on Jobs


Ever since conclusion of the first Industrial Revolution around the 18th century, there has been a lot of discussion about how machines are taking over the tasks that were previously done by humans. To understand that, we must know why they were so successful in the first place. A definition of a machine that is taught to many young students is that it is something “that makes life easier”; not far off from the truth but not quite the complete information either. Some of the first jobs that machines took were those that required a lot of labor or effort to do, for instance, moving bricks or harvesting a field, both of which could be easily done with a tractor. Not only does it cut the costs a company has to make for the salaries of the required labor but the tractor is efficient, as it saves time and is more reliable. We can take a more recent example of this situation, back in 1979, General Motors had about 800,000 employees and made about USD 11 billion, now, fast forward a few years till 2012 and you have Google making USD 14 billion with only 58,00 people.

It is also true that with the rise of the industrial development and technology, more opportunities or fields were created. The jobs of people also became more specialized and they could now focus on more advanced areas that required research. No longer someone had to keep putting a lid on the jars or caps on the bottles in a factory that mass produced them, there was simply a robotic arm that could do all of that. However, in our day and age, machines have long evolved past that. With the rise of emerging technologies, like Artificial Intelligence or Machine learning, your computers are able to do tasks that humans did not think were possible a computer could do; it always was restricted to science-fiction. An example of this is how there was a stat-up in New York that aimed to completely remove the middle management in a company by a software. This start-up is called WorkFusion and the software would do what a Project Manager would, divide tasks, look for freelancers or instruct the company employees and track their progress. With the population of the world rising and unemployment rates already being a pressing issue, does the advancement in such fields help? Can people really innovate and create more jobs faster than the machines can take them? Plus, will the companies find their products to be beneficial if there are so few people who could afford them?


          

Do Executives and Cybersecurity Pros Agree on Today’s Biggest Cyber Threats? #infographic

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Do Executives and Cybersecurity Pros Agree on Today’s Biggest Cyber Threats?

Breaches cost companies billions, erode trust and can have a long-lasting negative impact on a company’s brand. With so much as stake, we wondered: are C-Suite executives aligned with their security and IT pros when it comes to cybersecurity?Corporate executives share the same concerns as their security teams. When asked to name the top three cybersecurity concerns facing their organizations, both groups cited data loss and data theft/exfiltration as their top two concerns.

However, the two groups differed when naming their third main concern. The cybersecurity/IT pros focused on ransomware like 2017’s WannaCry, which cost organizations an estimated $4 billion in total damages in its wake. The C-Suite group was concerned with risks stemming from data alteration – an act of sabotage by changing critical information, such as code for an automated assembly line.

          

Correction: Europe-Space story

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MADRID (AP) - In a story Nov. 28 about the European Space Agency, The Associated Press provided an incorrect U.S. dollar conversion for the 12.5 billion euros pledged by the agency’s member countries for its three-year budget period. That is about $13.7 billion, not $13.7 million.

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Register For The Career Training For Lawyers Scheduled For 30th & 31st January, 2020

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The AfCFTA has officially become the largest free trade agreement since the World Trade Organisation (WTO) agreement in 1995, with about 1.3 billion Africans and a combined GDP of over $3.4 billion. To contribute to its success lawyers need to improve their knowledge of and competence in trade  and business law and be proactive in advising clients.” The theme for the next career training program is "LAWYERS AT THE CENTRE OF AFRICAN TRADE" where the modules will be focused on improving the capacity of Nigerian lawyers in handling international trade transactions.


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Hillenbrand Completes Acquisition of Milacron

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BATESVILLE, Ind., Nov. 21, 2019 /PRNewswire/ — Hillenbrand, Inc. (NYSE: HI) today announced it has completed the acquisition of Milacron Holdings Corp. in a cash and stock transaction valued at approximately $1.9 billion, including the repayment of Milacron’s


          

Stock Market News - What Would a Phase One Deal with China Encompass?

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Globalist Climate Candidate Michael Bloomberg and the Humanitarian Hoax of Climate Change

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Michael Bloomberg became a multi-billionaire by understanding global markets. He analyzed the 2020 U.S. presidential political marketplace and concluded three things:

● None of the hysterical, radically leftist Democrat candidates can beat President Trump in 2020.

● Joe Biden’s political corruption exposed in the Ukraine is irreversible and focuses unwelcome attention on the [...]

          

Powering stereo vision with FPGAs

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Depth map from the SceneScan. Credit: Nerian Vision

Dr Konstantin Schauwecker, CEO of Nerian Vision, describes the firm’s stereo vision sensor for fast depth perception with FPGAs

Fast and accurate three-dimensional perception is a common requirement for many applications in robotics, industrial automation, quality assurance, logistics and many other fields. Today, active 3D camera systems, which rely on emitting light in the visible or invisible spectral range, are widely used for realising such applications.

Under controlled conditions, these systems can provide very accurate measurements. In difficult lighting situations, however, they reach their limits. Depth perception using active camera systems is only possible if the emitted light can clearly outshine the ambient light. However, this is difficult to achieve in bright environments, like bright daylight. For applications such as automated logistics and mobile service robotics, where the prevailing lighting conditions often cannot be controlled, other sensors must be used. Another problem for active sensors is measuring over distance: the greater the distance, the larger the area to be illuminated.

A possible alternative is passive stereo vision. The environment is captured by two or more cameras with different observation positions. Intelligent image processing can then reconstruct the spatial depth and thus the three-dimensional structure of the imaged environment. Since no light is emitted during stereo vision, the brightness of the environment is of no importance, and there is no fixed upper limit for the maximum measurable distance. Furthermore, only one image per camera is required, making stereo vision particularly suitable for dynamic applications.

Despite these advantages, stereo vision is currently rarely used in industrial applications. One of the main reasons for this is the enormous computing power required for image processing. Take two cameras with a resolution of 720 x 480 pixels and a frame rate of 30Hz. If the maximum difference between the pixel positions of two matching pixels from both camera images is limited to 100 pixels, more than one billion pixels per second have to be compared with each other.

To make things worse, if high-quality results are to be achieved, pure image comparison is not enough. Modern methods of stereo image processing rely on optimisation methods that try to find an optimal assignment of matching pixels from both camera images. This allows a drastic increase in quality to be achieved, but which also increases the computing load many times over.

If one leaves the image processing to ordinary software, then one must inevitably decide between fast processing and exact results. This can be remedied by offloading image processing to particularly powerful high-end graphics cards. However, these have a high-power consumption, which prevents them from being used in mobile systems in particular.

Nerian Vision has developed a special hardware solution for stereo image processing based on an FPGA. Mapping the image processing algorithms directly into hardware allows a massive parallelisation to be achieved, which leads to a large increase in performance compared to a purely software-based solution. FPGAs are also energy-efficient, which allows them to be used on mobile systems.

Nerian’s SceneScan 3D sensor can calculate depth data for 30 million pixels per second using the FPGA. This corresponds to a resolution of 2 megapixels at 15fps, 0.5 megapixels at 65fps, or 0.3 megapixels at 100fps. Power consumption remains less than 10W. This makes SceneScan particularly suitable for battery powered mobile systems such as mobile service or logistics robots.

Nerian hopes that with this technology, passive stereo vision will become more widely used in industrial applications. It makes stereo vision a very promising sensor technology for applications that require fast and robust 3D measurements.

Dr Konstantin Schauwecker spoke at the Embedded Vision Europe event in Stuttgart, Germany in October.

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Professions: Warehouse Worker - Anderson, Indiana

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Position Description NEW STARTING WAGE! Make 15.75 up to 17.40! Come join our fast-paced, friendly environment! As a Seasonal Warehouse Associate in a Walmart Fulfillment Center, you'll find a friendly, team-oriented culture in a clean, safe, and climate-controlled environment! You could be placed in one of our three different functions: Inbound, Outbound or Unloader/Loader or could be cross-trained to work across multiple areas, as needed. You could find yourself performing a number of different roles related to material handling; such as packing, orderfilling, loading, and more; but no matter which role you find yourself in quality assurance, orderliness, and productivity will be expected. You must also be prepared to lift up to 60 pounds, but know most freight will weigh less than 25 pounds. Completes work assignments and priorities Complies with company policies, procedures, and standards of ethics and integrity Performs Loader duties as assigned bymoving and loading freight manually, as well as Performs Orderfiller/Breakpack duties as assigned Performs Packer duties as assigned Minimum Qualifications Additional Preferred Qualifications Company Summary What started small, with a single discount store and the simple idea of selling more for less, has grown over the last 50 years into the largest retailer in the world. Each week, over 260 million customers and members visit our 11,695 stores under 59 banners in 28 countries and e-commerce websites in 11 countries. With fiscal year 2017 revenue of $485.9 billion, Walmart employs approximately 2.3 million associates worldwide. Walmart continues to be a leader in sustainability, corporate philanthropy and employment opportunity. It's all part of our unwavering commitment to creating opportunities and bringing value to customers and communities around the world. ()
          

Healthcare: Registered Nurse (RN) - Critical Care - Progressive Care - Anderson, Indiana

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We Are Hiring Title: RN-Registered Nurse, Critical Care/Progressive Care - Sign On Bonus Offered!Location: St Vincent Anderson, 2015 Jackson Street, Anderson, In 46016Additional Job Details: Part-Time, Night, 24 hours,Weekly, 6p-6a, 2 shifts per week, every 3rd weekend, every other holiday, on call commitmentWorking Together: Nurses like you are at the heart of the care we provide at St Vincent Anderson. In Critical Care, we work together to achieve a highly collaborative nursing environment that leads to more positive outcomes for you and your patients. We are committed to working together to create change., we'd like to invite you to apply and speak personally with Recruiter Meg Spangler.Compensation/Benefits: At St Vincent Anderson, we provide a competitive compensation package inclusive of a wide range of flexible benefit options. We support work-life balance through generous paid time off and encourage spirituality in the workplace. Why Join Ascension? In Indiana, St. Vincent operates 24 hospitals in addition to a comprehensive network of affiliated joint ventures, medical practices, and clinics. St. Vincent's more than 15,000 associates and 3,000 providers offer expertise in a wide range of services including acute/long-term acute care, bariatrics, cancer care, cardiovascular services, emergency/trauma services, neuroscience, orthopedics, pediatric services, primary care, urgent/immediate care, women's health and more. St. Vincent has been serving central and southern Indiana for 145 years.St. Vincent is part of Ascension, a faith-based healthcare organization dedicated to transformation through innovation across the continuum of care. As one of the leading non-profit and Catholic health systems in the U.S., Ascension is committed to delivering compassionate, personalized care to all, especially to those most in need. In FY2018, Ascension provided nearly $2 billion in care of persons living in poverty and other community benefit programs.What You Will Do As an Associate with St. Vincent Health-IN, you will have the opportunity to provide direct nursing care in accordance with established policies, procedures and protocols of the healthcare organization.Responsibilities: Implements and monitors patient care plans. Monitors, records and communicates patient condition as appropriate. Serves as a primary coordinator of all disciplines for well-coordinated patient care. Notes and carries out physician and nursing orders. Assesses and coordinates patient's discharge planning needs with members of the healthcare team.What You Will Need Licenses/Certifications/Registration: Required Credential(s): Certified BLS Provider obtained within 6 Months (180 days) of hire date or job transfer date. One or more of the following: Registered Nurse credentialed from the Indiana Board of Nursing obtained prior to hire date or job transfer date. Registered Nurse credentialed from the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) obtained prior to hire date or job transfer date. Education: Diploma Diploma from an accredited school/college of nursing required Work Experience: None required.Equal Employment Opportunity St.Vincent is an EEO/AA Employer M/F/Disability/Vet. Please click the link below for more information. EEO is the Law Poster Supplement Please note that Ascension will make an offer of employment only to individuals who have applied for a position using our official application. Be on alert for possible fraudulent offers of employment. Ascension will not solicit money or banking information from applicants.E-Verify Statement St. Vincent, a member of Ascension Health, participates in the Electronic Employment Verification Program. Please click the E-Verify link below for more information. E-Verify (link to E-verify site) ()
          

Professions: Packaging Handler - Anderson, Indiana

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Position Description NEW STARTING WAGE! Make 15.75 up to 17.40! Come join our fast-paced, friendly environment! As a Seasonal Warehouse Associate in a Walmart Fulfillment Center, you?ll find a friendly, team-oriented culture in a clean, safe, and climate-controlled environment! You could be placed in one of our three different functions: Inbound, Outbound or Unloader/Loader or could be cross-trained to work across multiple areas, as needed. You could find yourself performing a number of different roles related to material handling; such as packing, orderfilling, loading, and more; but no matter which role you find yourself in quality assurance, orderliness, and productivity will be expected. You must also be prepared to lift up to 60 pounds, but know most freight will weigh less than 25 pounds. Completes work assignments and priorities Complies with company policies, procedures, and standards of ethics and integrity Performs Loader duties as assigned bymoving and loading freight manually, as well as Performs Orderfiller/Breakpack duties as assigned Performs Packer duties as assigned Minimum Qualifications Additional Preferred Qualifications Company Summary What started small, with a single discount store and the simple idea of selling more for less, has grown over the last 50 years into the largest retailer in the world. Each week, over 260 million customers and members visit our 11,695 stores under 59 banners in 28 countries and e-commerce websites in 11 countries. With fiscal year 2017 revenue of $485.9 billion, Walmart employs approximately 2.3 million associates worldwide. Walmart continues to be a leader in sustainability, corporate philanthropy and employment opportunity. It's all part of our unwavering commitment to creating opportunities and bringing value to customers and communities around the world. ()
          

Healthcare: Contract RN CCU Additional $10/Hr. Incentive Pay Through January - Anderson, Indiana

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We Are Hiring Registered Nurse (RN) - Critical Care Unit - - Anderson-2015 Jackson Street - Anderson, IN -Why Join Ascension? In Indiana, St. Vincent operates 24 hospitals in addition to a comprehensive network of affiliated joint ventures, medical practices, and clinics. St. Vincent's more than 15,000 associates and 3,000 providers offer expertise in a wide range of services including acute/long-term acute care, bariatrics, cancer care, cardiovascular services, emergency/trauma services, neuroscience, orthopedics, pediatric services, primary care, urgent/immediate care, women's health and more. St. Vincent has been serving central and southern Indiana for 145 years.St. Vincent is part of Ascension, a faith-based healthcare organization dedicated to transformation through innovation across the continuum of care. As one of the leading non-profit and Catholic health systems in the U.S., Ascension is committed to delivering compassionate, personalized care to all, especially to those most in need. In FY2018, Ascension provided nearly $2 billion in care of persons living in poverty and other community benefit programs.What You Will Do As a -Registered Nurse (RN) with St. Vincent Health-IN, you will have the opportunity to provide -direct nursing care in accordance with established policies, procedures and protocols of the healthcare organization.Responsibilities:Implements and monitors patient care plans. Monitors, records and communicates patient condition as appropriate.Serves as a primary coordinator of all disciplines for well-coordinated patient care.Notes and carries out physician and nursing orders.Assesses and coordinates patient's discharge planning needs with members of the healthcare team.What You Will Need Licenses/Certifications/Registration:Required Credential(s): Certified -BLS Provider -obtained within -6 Months (180 days) -of hire date or job transfer date. -One or more of the following: Registered Nurse -credentialed from the -Indiana Board of Nursing -obtained prior to hire date or job transfer date. -Registered Nurse -credentialed from the -American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) -obtained prior to hire date or job transfer date. -Education:Diploma -Diploma from an accredited school/college of nursing requiredWork Experience:None required.Equal Employment Opportunity St.Vincent is an EEO/AA Employer M/F/Disability/Vet. Please click the link below for more information.is the Law Poster Supplement -note that Ascension will make an offer of employment only to individuals who have applied for a position using our official application. Be on alert for possible fraudulent offers of employment. Ascension will not solicit money or banking information from applicants.E-Verify Statement St. Vincent, a member of Ascension Health, participates in the Electronic Employment Verification Program. Please click the E-Verify link below for more information.E-Verify (link to E-verify site) - ()
          

Podcasts to Listen To: The Sports Gambling Podcast and the best sports betting podcasts to listen to

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Wagering on the outcome of a sports game has been around since the first sports games were invented. Although sports gambling was seen as an illegal activity and was often conducted away from the eyes of law enforcement for many years, the sports gambling industry is now valued between $60 billion to $73 billion after the U.S. Supreme Court lifted the federal ban on sports betting in 2018. Since the ban was lifted, 11 states have legalized sports betting. Here are a few podcasts to help you [...]
          

Other: Registered Nurse (RN) - LDRP/Peds - Anderson, Indiana

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We Are Hiring RN-Registered Nurse - LDRP/Peds Unit - Part-time, Night Shift, 1 year Med/Surg, LDPR or Peds experience preferred. St Vincent Anderson-2015 Jackson Street - Anderson, IN Join our nursing team in our family-centered atmosphere with comfortable private suites for labor, delivery and recovery and a Level I Nursing. Why Join Ascension? In Indiana, St. Vincent operates 24 hospitals in addition to a comprehensive network of affiliated joint ventures, medical practices, and clinics. St. Vincent's more than 15,000 associates and 3,000 providers offer expertise in a wide range of services including acute/long-term acute care, bariatrics, cancer care, cardiovascular services, emergency/trauma services, neuroscience, orthopedics, pediatric services, primary care, urgent/immediate care, women's health and more. St. Vincent has been serving central and southern Indiana for 145 years. St. Vincent is part of Ascension, a faith-based healthcare organization dedicated to transformation through innovation across the continuum of care. As one of the leading non-profit and Catholic health systems in the U.S., Ascension is committed to delivering compassionate, personalized care to all, especially to those most in need. In FY2018, Ascension provided nearly $2 billion in care of persons living in poverty and other community benefit programs. What You Will Do As an Associate with St. Vincent Health-IN, you will have the opportunity to provide direct nursing care in accordance with established policies, procedures and protocols of the healthcare organization. Responsibilities: Implements and monitors patient care plans. Monitors, records and communicates patient condition as appropriate. Serves as a primary coordinator of all disciplines for well-coordinated patient care. Notes and carries out physician and nursing orders. Assesses and coordinates patient's discharge planning needs with members of the healthcare team. What You Will Need Licenses/Certifications/Registration: Required Credential(s): Certified  BLS Provider obtained within  6 Months (180 days) of hire date or job transfer date. One or more of the following: Registered Nurse credentialed from the  Indiana Board of Nursing  obtained prior to hire date or job transfer date. Registered Nurse credentialed from the  American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC)  obtained prior to hire date or job transfer date. Education: Diploma  Diploma from an accredited school/college of nursing required. Work Experience: None required. 1 year Med/Surg, LDPR or Ped preferred. Equal Employment Opportunity St.Vincent is an EEO/AA Employer M/F/Disability/Vet. Please click the link below for more information. http://www.dol.gov/ofccp/regs/compliance/posters/pdf/eeopost.pdf   EEO is the Law Poster Supplement   http://www.dol.gov/ofccp/regs/compliance/posters/pdf/ofccp_eeo_supplement_final_jrf_qa_508c.pdf   Please note that Ascension will make an offer of employment only to individuals who have applied for a position using our official application. Be on alert for possible fraudulent offers of employment. Ascension will not solicit money or banking information from applicants. E-Verify Statement St. Vincent, a member of Ascension Health, participates in the Electronic Employment Verification Program. Please click the E-Verify link below for more information. E-Verify (link to E-verify site) ()
          

Other: Registered Nurse (RN) - LDRP/Peds Unit - Anderson, Indiana

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We Are Hiring RN-Registered Nurse - LDRP/Peds Unit - Full-Time, Nights - 3 shifts per week, weekend and holiday rotation, on call requirement St Vincent Anderson - 2015 Jackson Street - Anderson, IN Join our nursing team in our family-centered atmosphere with comfortable private suites for labor, delivery and recovery and a Level I Nursing. Why Join Ascension? In Indiana, St. Vincent operates 24 hospitals in addition to a comprehensive network of affiliated joint ventures, medical practices, and clinics. St. Vincent's more than 15,000 associates and 3,000 providers offer expertise in a wide range of services including acute/long-term acute care, bariatrics, cancer care, cardiovascular services, emergency/trauma services, neuroscience, orthopedics, pediatric services, primary care, urgent/immediate care, women's health and more. St. Vincent has been serving central and southern Indiana for 145 years. St. Vincent is part of Ascension, a faith-based healthcare organization dedicated to transformation through innovation across the continuum of care. As one of the leading non-profit and Catholic health systems in the U.S., Ascension is committed to delivering compassionate, personalized care to all, especially to those most in need. In FY2018, Ascension provided nearly $2 billion in care of persons living in poverty and other community benefit programs. What You Will Do As an Associate with St. Vincent Health-IN, you will have the opportunity to provide direct nursing care in accordance with established policies, procedures and protocols of the healthcare organization. Responsibilities: Implements and monitors patient care plans. Monitors, records and communicates patient condition as appropriate. Serves as a primary coordinator of all disciplines for well-coordinated patient care. Notes and carries out physician and nursing orders. Assesses and coordinates patient's discharge planning needs with members of the healthcare team. What You Will Need Licenses/Certifications/Registration: Required Credential(s): Certified  BLS Provider obtained within  6 Months (180 days) of hire date or job transfer date. One or more of the following: Registered Nurse credentialed from the  Indiana Board of Nursing  obtained prior to hire date or job transfer date. Registered Nurse credentialed from the  American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC)  obtained prior to hire date or job transfer date. Education: Diploma  Diploma from an accredited school/college of nursing required Work Experience: None required. Equal Employment Opportunity St.Vincent is an EEO/AA Employer M/F/Disability/Vet. Please click the link below for more information. http://www.dol.gov/ofccp/regs/compliance/posters/pdf/eeopost.pdf   EEO is the Law Poster Supplement   http://www.dol.gov/ofccp/regs/compliance/posters/pdf/ofccp_eeo_supplement_final_jrf_qa_508c.pdf   Please note that Ascension will make an offer of employment only to individuals who have applied for a position using our official application. Be on alert for possible fraudulent offers of employment. Ascension will not solicit money or banking information from applicants. E-Verify Statement St. Vincent, a member of Ascension Health, participates in the Electronic Employment Verification Program. Please click the E-Verify link below for more information. E-Verify (link to E-verify site) ()
          

Professions: Warehouse Worker - Anderson, Indiana

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Position DescriptionNEW STARTING WAGE! Make 15.75 up to 17.40!Are you looking for an opportunity to make extra income for the holidays? This is that place! Our Fulfillment Center in Plainfield, IN is pumped to share the amazing perks we're offering to our Seasonal Associates:On-the-clock bonus*End-of-season bonus*Conversion bonus*Earn $15.75/hour and up to $860 in bonuses!Come join our fast-paced, friendly environment!As a Seasonal Warehouse Associate in a Walmart Fulfillment Center, you'll find a friendly, team-oriented culture in a clean, safe, and climate-controlled environment! You could be placed in one of our three different functions: Inbound, Outbound or Unloader/Loader or could be cross-trained to work across multiple areas, as needed. You could find yourself performing a number of different roles related to material handling; such as packing, orderfilling, loading, and more; but no matter which role you find yourself in quality assurance, orderliness, and productivity will be expected. You must also be prepared to lift up to 60 pounds, but know most freight will weigh less than 25 pounds. Completes work assignments and priorities Complies with company policies, procedures, and standards of ethics and integrity Performs Loader duties as assigned bymoving and loading freight manually, as well as Performs Orderfiller/Breakpack duties as assigned Performs Packer duties as assigned*Bonuses are earned, not guaranteed. You must satisfactorily complete the duration of peak season and meet satisfactory attendance criteria. Conversation to regular full-time is not guaranteed and dependent on headcount availability and performance.Minimum QualificationsAdditional Preferred QualificationsCompany SummaryWhat started small, with a single discount store and the simple idea of selling more for less, has grown over the last 50 years into the largest retailer in the world. Each week, over 260 million customers and members visit our 11,695 stores under 59 banners in 28 countries and e-commerce websites in 11 countries. With fiscal year 2017 revenue of $485.9 billion, Walmart employs approximately 2.3 million associates worldwide. Walmart continues to be a leader in sustainability, corporate philanthropy and employment opportunity. It's all part of our unwavering commitment to creating opportunities and bringing value to customers and communities around the world. ()
          

Hospitality & Tourism: Merchandiser - Anderson, IN - $12 - $14/hr - Anderson, Indiana

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At Scotts Miracle-Gro we think people are like plants....in the right place you will grow and flourish. Are you an advocate of making the world a more beautiful place by inspiring others, championing new ideas and being intellectually curious? Are you not afraid to roll up your sleeves and get your hands dirty? If so, then we want you as part of our Scotts family...the world's largest marketer of branded consumer lawn and garden care products! We are looking for seasonal Merchandisers who will be a key part of our success in our peak Spring season. The Merchandiser will report directly to the Sales Manager and work within our big box retailers, such as Home Depot and Lowe's. As part of the day-to-day responsibilities the Merchandiser will execute merchandising directives and re-sets, establish a positive rapport with store personnel and customers, and relay information to Scotts Sales team regarding inventory opportunities. In this role you will: Merchandise products inside and outside stores Provide customers and store associates with product knowledge on Scotts brands Ensure product is stocked and presentable at all times Assist in identifying opportunities for solution selling and incremental space Provide support to Sales Manager and store employees as needed Work effectively and independently to perform all tasks assigned What we do for our associates: Competitive retirement program with up to 7% 401K match Provide valuable, hands-on experience within merchandising, retail and customer service Provide a competitive hourly wage Paid on-the-job training including in-depth product knowledge on the Scotts products Fast tracked career advancement opportunities for high performing associates Compensation for commuting expenses The ideal person will have: High school diploma or equivalent years of experience Experience in retail, merchandising and/or stocking Problem solving and service oriented attitude Ability to lift, push and pull 45 pounds while climbing ladders Ability to work a flexible schedule, including holidays and weekends Ability to operate company provided technology Current, valid driver's license and reliable transportation Ability to tolerate work in an outdoor environment (heat, cold, rain, etc.) Must be at least 18 years of age Ability to read, write and speak English COME GROW WITH US, WHERE THE GRASS REALLY IS GREENER! The Scotts Miracle-Gro Company (NYSE: SMG) is the world's largest marketer of branded consumer lawn and garden products, with a full range of products for professional horticulture as well. Scotts Miracle-Gro has helped to grow the nearly $7 billion global consumer lawn and garden market through product innovation, industry-leading advertising efforts and its trusted brands. The brands and products within our company include: Scotts, Miracle-Gro, Tom Cat, Ortho, Round Up, Bonnie Plants, Osmocote, Earthgro and Fafard. Scotts is an EEO Employer, dedicated to a culturally diverse, drug free workplace. EEO/AA Employer/Minority/Female/Disability/Veteran/Sexual Orientation/Gender Identity Notification to Agencies: Please note that the Scotts Miracle-Gro company does not accept unsolicited resumes from recruiters or employment agencies. In the absence of a signed Master Service Agreement, and specific approval to submit resumes to an approved requisition, the Scotts Miracle-Gro company will not consider or approve payment regarding recruiter fees or referral compensations. ()
          

Healthcare: Registered Nurse (RN) - LDRP/Peds Unit - Anderson - Anderson, Indiana

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We Are Hiring RN-Registered Nurse - LDRP/Peds Unit - Full-Time, Nights - 3 shifts per week, weekend and holiday rotation, on call requirementSt Vincent Anderson - 2015 Jackson Street - Anderson, INJoin our nursing team in our family-centered atmosphere with comfortable private suites for labor, delivery and recovery and a Level I Nursing. Why Join Ascension? In Indiana, St. Vincent operates 24 hospitals in addition to a comprehensive network of affiliated joint ventures, medical practices, and clinics. St. Vincent's more than 15,000 associates and 3,000 providers offer expertise in a wide range of services including acute/long-term acute care, bariatrics, cancer care, cardiovascular services, emergency/trauma services, neuroscience, orthopedics, pediatric services, primary care, urgent/immediate care, women's health and more. St. Vincent has been serving central and southern Indiana for 145 years.St. Vincent is part of Ascension, a faith-based healthcare organization dedicated to transformation through innovation across the continuum of care. As one of the leading non-profit and Catholic health systems in the U.S., Ascension is committed to delivering compassionate, personalized care to all, especially to those most in need. In FY2018, Ascension provided nearly $2 billion in care of persons living in poverty and other community benefit programs.What You Will Do As an Associate with St. Vincent Health-IN, you will have the opportunity to provide direct nursing care in accordance with established policies, procedures and protocols of the healthcare organization.Responsibilities: Implements and monitors patient care plans. Monitors, records and communicates patient condition as appropriate. Serves as a primary coordinator of all disciplines for well-coordinated patient care. Notes and carries out physician and nursing orders. Assesses and coordinates patient's discharge planning needs with members of the healthcare team.What You Will Need Licenses/Certifications/Registration: Required Credential(s): Certified BLS Provider obtained within 6 Months (180 days) of hire date or job transfer date. One or more of the following: Registered Nurse credentialed from the Indiana Board of Nursing obtained prior to hire date or job transfer date. Registered Nurse credentialed from the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) obtained prior to hire date or job transfer date. Education: Diploma Diploma from an accredited school/college of nursing required Work Experience: None required.Equal Employment Opportunity St.Vincent is an EEO/AA Employer M/F/Disability/Vet. Please click the link below for more information. EEO is the Law Poster Supplement Please note that Ascension will make an offer of employment only to individuals who have applied for a position using our official application. Be on alert for possible fraudulent offers of employment. Ascension will not solicit money or banking information from applicants.E-Verify Statement St. Vincent, a member of Ascension Health, participates in the Electronic Employment Verification Program. Please click the E-Verify link below for more information. E-Verify (link to E-verify site) ()
          

Healthcare: Registered Nurse (RN) - Inpatient Oncology - Anderson, Indiana

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We Are Hiring RN-Registered Nurse - Inpatient Oncology - Part-time,Night, 24 hours,Weekly, 6p-6a, weekend, holiday, and call rotation required. At St Vincent Anderson we believe that our RN's are the heart of the care we provide. Delivering healthcare the right way starts with you! Apply Today! Why Join Ascension? In Indiana, St. Vincent operates 24 hospitals in addition to a comprehensive network of affiliated joint ventures, medical practices, and clinics. St. Vincent's more than 15,000 associates and 3,000 providers offer expertise in a wide range of services including acute/long-term acute care, bariatrics, cancer care, cardiovascular services, emergency/trauma services, neuroscience, orthopedics, pediatric services, primary care, urgent/immediate care, women's health and more. St. Vincent has been serving central and southern Indiana for 145 years. St. Vincent is part of Ascension, a faith-based healthcare organization dedicated to transformation through innovation across the continuum of care. As one of the leading non-profit and Catholic health systems in the U.S., Ascension is committed to delivering compassionate, personalized care to all, especially to those most in need. In FY2018, Ascension provided nearly $2 billion in care of persons living in poverty and other community benefit programs. What You Will Do As an Associate with St. Vincent Health-IN, you will have the opportunity to provide direct nursing care in accordance with established policies, procedures and protocols of the healthcare organization. Responsibilities: --- Implements and monitors patient care plans. Monitors, records and communicates patient condition as appropriate. --- Serves as a primary coordinator of all disciplines for well-coordinated patient care. --- Notes and carries out physician and nursing orders. --- Assesses and coordinates patient's discharge planning needs with members of the healthcare team. What You Will Need Licenses/Certifications/Registration: --- Required Credential(s): - Certified BLS Provider obtained within 6 Months (180 days) of hire date or job transfer date. - One or more of the following: * Registered Nurse credentialed from the Indiana Board of Nursing obtained prior to hire date or job transfer date. * Registered Nurse credentialed from the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) obtained prior to hire date or job transfer date. Education: --- Diploma - Diploma from an accredited school/college of nursing required Work Experience: --- None required. Equal Employment Opportunity St.Vincent is an EEO/AA Employer M/F/Disability/Vet. Please click the link below for more information. http://www.dol.gov/ofccp/regs/compliance/posters/pdf/eeopost.pdf EEO is the Law Poster Supplement http://www.dol.gov/ofccp/regs/compliance/posters/pdf/ofccp_eeo_supplement_final_jrf_qa_508c.pdf Please note that Ascension will make an offer of employment only to individuals who have applied for a position using our official application. Be on alert for possible fraudulent offers of employment. Ascension will not solicit money or banking information from applicants. E-Verify Statement St. Vincent, a member of Ascension Health, participates in the Electronic Employment Verification Program. Please click the E-Verify link below for more information. E-Verify (link to E-verify site) ()
          

Healthcare: Registered Nurse (RN) - Critical Care - Progressive Care - Anderson, Indiana

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SunIRef:Nurse:title Registered Nurse (RN) - Critical Care - Progressive Care St. Vincent, IN 936 reviews - Anderson, IN 46016 St. Vincent, IN 936 reviews Read what people are saying about working here. We Are Hiring RN-Registered Nurse - Critical Care Unit - Full-Time,Day - St Vincent Anderson-2015 Jackson Street - Anderson,IN 6a-6p; 72hours/pay; every 3rd weekend; every other holiday; on-call commitment Why Join Ascension? In Indiana, St. Vincent operates 24 hospitals in addition to a comprehensive network of affiliated joint ventures, medical practices, and clinics. St. Vincent's more than 15,000 associates and 3,000 providers offer expertise in a wide range of services including acute/long-term acute care, bariatrics, cancer care, cardiovascular services, emergency/trauma services, neuroscience, orthopedics, pediatric services, primary care, urgent/immediate care, women's health and more. St. Vincent has been serving central and southern Indiana for 145 years. St. Vincent is part of Ascension, a faith-based healthcare organization dedicated to transformation through innovation across the continuum of care. As one of the leading non-profit and Catholic health systems in the U.S., Ascension is committed to delivering compassionate, personalized care to all, especially to those most in need. In FY2018, Ascension provided nearly $2 billion in care of persons living in poverty and other community benefit programs. What You Will Do As an Associate with St. Vincent Health-IN, you will have the opportunity to provide direct nursing care in accordance with established policies, procedures and protocols of the healthcare organization. Responsibilities: Implements and monitors patient care plans. Monitors, records and communicates patient condition as appropriate. Serves as a primary coordinator of all disciplines for well-coordinated patient care. Notes and carries out physician and nursing orders. Assesses and coordinates patient's discharge planning needs with members of the healthcare team. What You Will NeedLicenses/Certifications/Registration: Required Credential(s): Certified BLS Provider obtained within 6 Months (180 days) of hire date or job transfer date. One or more of the following: Registered Nurse credentialed from the Indiana Board of Nursing obtained prior to hire date or job transfer date. Registered Nurse credentialed from the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) obtained prior to hire date or job transfer date. Education: Diploma Diploma from an accredited school/college of nursing required Work Experience: None required. Ascension Healthcare - Just posted report job - original job ()
          

Professions: Packaging Handler - Anderson, Indiana

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Position DescriptionNEW STARTING WAGE! Make 15.75 up to 17.40!Are you looking for an opportunity to make extra income for the holidays? This is that place! Our Fulfillment Center in Plainfield, IN is pumped to share the amazing perks we're offering to our Seasonal Associates:On-the-clock bonus*End-of-season bonus*Conversion bonus*Earn $15.75/hour and up to $860 in bonuses!Come join our fast-paced, friendly environment!As a Seasonal Warehouse Associate in a Walmart Fulfillment Center, you'll find a friendly, team-oriented culture in a clean, safe, and climate-controlled environment! You could be placed in one of our three different functions: Inbound, Outbound or Unloader/Loader or could be cross-trained to work across multiple areas, as needed. You could find yourself performing a number of different roles related to material handling; such as packing, orderfilling, loading, and more; but no matter which role you find yourself in quality assurance, orderliness, and productivity will be expected. You must also be prepared to lift up to 60 pounds, but know most freight will weigh less than 25 pounds. Completes work assignments and priorities Complies with company policies, procedures, and standards of ethics and integrity Performs Loader duties as assigned bymoving and loading freight manually, as well as Performs Orderfiller/Breakpack duties as assigned Performs Packer duties as assigned*Bonuses are earned, not guaranteed. You must satisfactorily complete the duration of peak season and meet satisfactory attendance criteria. Conversation to regular full-time is not guaranteed and dependent on headcount availability and performance.Minimum QualificationsAdditional Preferred QualificationsCompany SummaryWhat started small, with a single discount store and the simple idea of selling more for less, has grown over the last 50 years into the largest retailer in the world. Each week, over 260 million customers and members visit our 11,695 stores under 59 banners in 28 countries and e-commerce websites in 11 countries. With fiscal year 2017 revenue of $485.9 billion, Walmart employs approximately 2.3 million associates worldwide. Walmart continues to be a leader in sustainability, corporate philanthropy and employment opportunity. It's all part of our unwavering commitment to creating opportunities and bringing value to customers and communities around the world. ()
          

Hospitality & Tourism: Retail Clerk - Anderson, Indiana

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Today, we have more than 65,000 employees with the strength to help you grow in any career direction you want, whether in our stores, distribution centers, manufacturing facilities or our Midwest corporate offices. It's your future, maybe it starts with Meijer.Please review the job profile below and apply today!Currently, Meijer is looking for friendly team members to work in a clean and safe environment focusing on efficiency, productivity and growth..Openings available in all departments! Some of the departments include: Grocery Department Utility Clerk General Merchandise DepartmentWhat to expect: 10% Team Member discount * paid training * job diversity * weekly paycheck * flexible schedules * health coverage options * opportunities for promotion. Those interested in a career opportunity are asked to complete an on-line application. Although pay rates vary based on the position, all positions provide basic health insurance benefits for the team member. Qualifications vary dependent on position...We opened our doors more than 85 years ago with the goal of helping people provide for themselves and their family. Today were a multi-billion dollar retailer with more than 65,000 employees across six states. Our Midwest geography includes corporate offices in Grand Rapids, Michigan, plus manufacturing facilities, distribution centers and over 240 stores across Michigan, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Ohio and Wisconsin.Meijer is an Equal Opportunity Employer, fostering a diverse and inclusive workplace. We are committed to treating all persons with dignity and respect. Meijer's policy is to not discriminate because of any applicant or team member's race, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, pregnancy, religion, age, physical or mental disability, uniformed service or veteran status, or any other lawfully-protected classification. If you need a reasonable accommodation of a disability to complete any part of your application, please click here at https://www.ilru.org/projects/cil-net/cil-center-and-association-directory and you will be directed to the ILRU Directory to find an agency in your area that can assist you. ()
          

Other: Registered Nurse (RN) - Critical Care - Progressive Care - Anderson, Indiana

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We Are Hiring RN-Registered Nurse - Critical Care - Progressive Care Shifts and Schedules available to meet your needs St Vincent Anderson-2015 Jackson Street - Anderson, IN Power of Purpose: For Nurses like you that join us at St Vincent Anderson, work is more than the place we go each day. It's an environment that nurtures relationships, connects talent, and understands patients so we can provide holistic care that treats the whole person: body, mind and spirit. Join us and make a difference in the community that we serve. Compensation/Benefits: At St Vincent Anderson, we care for the people who are the foundation of our work to fulfill our mission: our associates. We offer a comprehensive benefit package inclusive of medical, dental, vision, retirement, and generous paid time off. Associates can also take advantage of other great benefits like tuition reimbursement or adoption assistance. Why Join Ascension? In Indiana, St. Vincent operates 24 hospitals in addition to a comprehensive network of affiliated joint ventures, medical practices, and clinics. St. Vincent's more than 15,000 associates and 3,000 providers offer expertise in a wide range of services including acute/long-term acute care, bariatrics, cancer care, cardiovascular services, emergency/trauma services, neuroscience, orthopedics, pediatric services, primary care, urgent/immediate care, women's health and more. St. Vincent has been serving central and southern Indiana for 145 years. St. Vincent is part of Ascension, a faith-based healthcare organization dedicated to transformation through innovation across the continuum of care. As one of the leading non-profit and Catholic health systems in the U.S., Ascension is committed to delivering compassionate, personalized care to all, especially to those most in need. In FY2018, Ascension provided nearly $2 billion in care of persons living in poverty and other community benefit programs. What You Will Do As an Associate with St. Vincent Health-IN, you will have the opportunity to provide direct nursing care in accordance with established policies, procedures and protocols of the healthcare organization. Responsibilities: --- Implements and monitors patient care plans. Monitors, records and communicates patient condition as appropriate. --- Serves as a primary coordinator of all disciplines for well-coordinated patient care. --- Notes and carries out physician and nursing orders. --- Assesses and coordinates patient's discharge planning needs with members of the healthcare team. What You Will Need Licenses/Certifications/Registration: --- Required Credential(s): - Certified BLS Provider obtained within 6 Months (180 days) of hire date or job transfer date. - One or more of the following: Registered Nurse credentialed from the Indiana Board of Nursing obtained prior to hire date or job transfer date. Registered Nurse credentialed from the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) obtained prior to hire date or job transfer date. Education: --- Diploma - Diploma from an accredited school/college of nursing required Work Experience: --- None required. Equal Employment Opportunity St.Vincent is an EEO/AA Employer M/F/Disability/Vet. Please click the link below for more information. EEO is the Law Poster Supplement Please note that Ascension will make an offer of employment only to individuals who have applied for a position using our official application. Be on alert for possible fraudulent offers of employment. Ascension will not solicit money or banking information from applicants. E-Verify Statement St. Vincent, a member of Ascension Health, participates in the Electronic Employment Verification Program. Please click the E-Verify link below for more information. E-Verify (link to E-verify site) ()
          

Other: Registered Nurse (RN) - Critical Care - Progressive Care - Anderson - Anderson, Indiana

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We Are Hiring RN-Registered Nurse - Critical Care/Progressive Care - Part-Time, Night St Vincent Anderson-2015 Jackson Street - Anderson,IN Why Join Ascension? In Indiana, St. Vincent operates 24 hospitals in addition to a comprehensive network of affiliated joint ventures, medical practices, and clinics. St. Vincent's more than 15,000 associates and 3,000 providers offer expertise in a wide range of services including acute/long-term acute care, bariatrics, cancer care, cardiovascular services, emergency/trauma services, neuroscience, orthopedics, pediatric services, primary care, urgent/immediate care, women's health and more. St. Vincent has been serving central and southern Indiana for 145 years. St. Vincent is part of Ascension, a faith-based healthcare organization dedicated to transformation through innovation across the continuum of care. As one of the leading non-profit and Catholic health systems in the U.S., Ascension is committed to delivering compassionate, personalized care to all, especially to those most in need. In FY2018, Ascension provided nearly $2 billion in care of persons living in poverty and other community benefit programs. What You Will Do As an Associate with St. Vincent Health-IN, you will have the opportunity to provide direct nursing care in accordance with established policies, procedures and protocols of the healthcare organization. Responsibilities: Implements and monitors patient care plans. Monitors, records and communicates patient condition as appropriate. Serves as a primary coordinator of all disciplines for well-coordinated patient care. Notes and carries out physician and nursing orders. Assesses and coordinates patient's discharge planning needs with members of the healthcare team. What You Will Need Licenses/Certifications/Registration: Required Credential(s): Certified  BLS Provider obtained within  6 Months (180 days) of hire date or job transfer date. One or more of the following: Registered Nurse credentialed from the  Indiana Board of Nursing  obtained prior to hire date or job transfer date. Registered Nurse credentialed from the  American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC)  obtained prior to hire date or job transfer date. Education: Diploma  Diploma from an accredited school/college of nursing required Work Experience: None required. Equal Employment Opportunity St.Vincent is an EEO/AA Employer M/F/Disability/Vet. Please click the link below for more information. http://www.dol.gov/ofccp/regs/compliance/posters/pdf/eeopost.pdf   EEO is the Law Poster Supplement   http://www.dol.gov/ofccp/regs/compliance/posters/pdf/ofccp_eeo_supplement_final_jrf_qa_508c.pdf   Please note that Ascension will make an offer of employment only to individuals who have applied for a position using our official application. Be on alert for possible fraudulent offers of employment. Ascension will not solicit money or banking information from applicants. E-Verify Statement St. Vincent, a member of Ascension Health, participates in the Electronic Employment Verification Program. Please click the E-Verify link below for more information. E-Verify (link to E-verify site) ()
          

Other: Registered Nurse (RN) - Inpatient Oncology - Anderson, Indiana

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We Are Hiring RN-Registered Nurse - Inpatient Oncology - Part-time, Day shift, 24 hours,Weekly, 6am-6pm, schedule includes weekend, holiday, and call rotation. Excellent differentials offered! At St Vincent Anderson we believe that our RN's are the heart of the care we provide. Delivering healthcare the right way starts with you! Apply Today! Why Join Ascension? In Indiana, St. Vincent operates 24 hospitals in addition to a comprehensive network of affiliated joint ventures, medical practices, and clinics. St. Vincent's more than 15,000 associates and 3,000 providers offer expertise in a wide range of services including acute/long-term acute care, bariatrics, cancer care, cardiovascular services, emergency/trauma services, neuroscience, orthopedics, pediatric services, primary care, urgent/immediate care, women's health and more. St. Vincent has been serving central and southern Indiana for 145 years. St. Vincent is part of Ascension, a faith-based healthcare organization dedicated to transformation through innovation across the continuum of care. As one of the leading non-profit and Catholic health systems in the U.S., Ascension is committed to delivering compassionate, personalized care to all, especially to those most in need. In FY2018, Ascension provided nearly $2 billion in care of persons living in poverty and other community benefit programs. What You Will Do As an Associate with St. Vincent Health-IN, you will have the opportunity to provide direct nursing care in accordance with established policies, procedures and protocols of the healthcare organization. Responsibilities: --- Implements and monitors patient care plans. Monitors, records and communicates patient condition as appropriate. --- Serves as a primary coordinator of all disciplines for well-coordinated patient care. --- Notes and carries out physician and nursing orders. --- Assesses and coordinates patient's discharge planning needs with members of the healthcare team. What You Will Need Licenses/Certifications/Registration: --- Required Credential(s): - Certified BLS Provider obtained within 6 Months (180 days) of hire date or job transfer date. - One or more of the following: * Registered Nurse credentialed from the Indiana Board of Nursing obtained prior to hire date or job transfer date. * Registered Nurse credentialed from the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) obtained prior to hire date or job transfer date. Education: --- Diploma - Diploma from an accredited school/college of nursing required Work Experience: --- None required. Equal Employment Opportunity St.Vincent is an EEO/AA Employer M/F/Disability/Vet. Please click the link below for more information. http://www.dol.gov/ofccp/regs/compliance/posters/pdf/eeopost.pdf EEO is the Law Poster Supplement http://www.dol.gov/ofccp/regs/compliance/posters/pdf/ofccp_eeo_supplement_final_jrf_qa_508c.pdf Please note that Ascension will make an offer of employment only to individuals who have applied for a position using our official application. Be on alert for possible fraudulent offers of employment. Ascension will not solicit money or banking information from applicants. E-Verify Statement St. Vincent, a member of Ascension Health, participates in the Electronic Employment Verification Program. Please click the E-Verify link below for more information. E-Verify (link to E-verify site) ()
          

Healthcare: Registered Nurse (RN) - Telemetry (Med/Surg) - Anderson, Indiana

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We Are Hiring RN-Registered Nurse - Telemetry (Med/Surg) - PRN Rotating schedule. Excellent shift and weekend premiums!St Vincent Anderson - 2015 Jackson Street - Anderson,IN Working Together: Nurses like you are at the heart of the care we provide at St Vincent Anderson. In Telemetry we work together to achieve a highly collaborative nursing environment that leads to more positive outcomes for you and your patients. We are committed to working together to create change., we'd like to invite you to apply! Compensation/Benefits: At St Vincent Anderson, we provide a competitive compensation package inclusive of a wide range of flexible benefit options. We support work-life balance through generous paid time off and encourage spirituality in the workplace. Why Join Ascension? In Indiana, St. Vincent operates 24 hospitals in addition to a comprehensive network of affiliated joint ventures, medical practices, and clinics. St. Vincent's more than 15,000 associates and 3,000 providers offer expertise in a wide range of services including acute/long-term acute care, bariatrics, cancer care, cardiovascular services, emergency/trauma services, neuroscience, orthopedics, pediatric services, primary care, urgent/immediate care, women's health and more. St. Vincent has been serving central and southern Indiana for 145 years.St. Vincent is part of Ascension, a faith-based healthcare organization dedicated to transformation through innovation across the continuum of care. As one of the leading non-profit and Catholic health systems in the U.S., Ascension is committed to delivering compassionate, personalized care to all, especially to those most in need. In FY2018, Ascension provided nearly $2 billion in care of persons living in poverty and other community benefit programs.What You Will Do As an Associate with St. Vincent Health-IN, you will have the opportunity to provide direct nursing care in accordance with established policies, procedures and protocols of the healthcare organization.Responsibilities: Implements and monitors patient care plans. Monitors, records and communicates patient condition as appropriate. Serves as a primary coordinator of all disciplines for well-coordinated patient care. Notes and carries out physician and nursing orders. Assesses and coordinates patient's discharge planning needs with members of the healthcare team.What You Will Need Licenses/Certifications/Registration: Required Credential(s): Certified BLS Provider obtained within 6 months (180 days) of hire date or job transfer date. One or more of the following: Registered Nurse credentialed from the Indiana Board of Nursing obtained prior to hire date or job transfer date. Registered Nurse credentialed from the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) obtained prior to hire date or job transfer date. Education: Diploma Diploma from an accredited school/college of nursing required Work Experience: None required.Equal Employment Opportunity St.Vincent is an EEO/AA Employer M/F/Disability/Vet. Please click the link below for more information. EEO is the Law Poster Supplement Please note that Ascension will make an offer of employment only to individuals who have applied for a position using our official application. Be on alert for possible fraudulent offers of employment. Ascension will not solicit money or banking information from applicants.E-Verify Statement St. Vincent, a member of Ascension Health, participates in the Electronic Employment Verification Program. Please click the E-Verify link below for more information. E-Verify (link to E-verify site) ()
          

Healthcare: Registered Nurse (RN) - Inpatient Oncology - Anderson, Indiana

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We Are Hiring RN-Registered Nurse - Inpatient Oncology - Part-time, Day shift, 24 hours,Weekly, 6am-6pm, schedule includes weekend, holiday, and call rotation. Excellent differentials offered!At St Vincent Anderson we believe that our RN's are the heart of the care we provide. Delivering healthcare the right way starts with you! Apply Today!Why Join Ascension? In Indiana, St. Vincent operates 24 hospitals in addition to a comprehensive network of affiliated joint ventures, medical practices, and clinics. St. Vincent's more than 15,000 associates and 3,000 providers offer expertise in a wide range of services including acute/long-term acute care, bariatrics, cancer care, cardiovascular services, emergency/trauma services, neuroscience, orthopedics, pediatric services, primary care, urgent/immediate care, women's health and more. St. Vincent has been serving central and southern Indiana for 145 years.St. Vincent is part of Ascension, a faith-based healthcare organization dedicated to transformation through innovation across the continuum of care. As one of the leading non-profit and Catholic health systems in the U.S., Ascension is committed to delivering compassionate, personalized care to all, especially to those most in need. In FY2018, Ascension provided nearly $2 billion in care of persons living in poverty and other community benefit programs.What You Will Do As an Associate with St. Vincent Health-IN, you will have the opportunity to provide -direct nursing care in accordance with established policies, procedures and protocols of the healthcare organization.Responsibilities:Implements and monitors patient care plans. Monitors, records and communicates patient condition as appropriate.Serves as a primary coordinator of all disciplines for well-coordinated patient care.Notes and carries out physician and nursing orders.Assesses and coordinates patient's discharge planning needs with members of the healthcare team.What You Will Need Licenses/Certifications/Registration:Required Credential(s): Certified -BLS Provider -obtained within -6 Months (180 days) -of hire date or job transfer date. -One or more of the following: Registered Nurse -credentialed from the -Indiana Board of Nursing -obtained prior to hire date or job transfer date. -Registered Nurse -credentialed from the -American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) -obtained prior to hire date or job transfer date. -Education:Diploma -Diploma from an accredited school/college of nursing requiredWork Experience:None required.Equal Employment Opportunity St.Vincent is an EEO/AA Employer M/F/Disability/Vet. Please click the link below for more information.is the Law Poster Supplement -note that Ascension will make an offer of employment only to individuals who have applied for a position using our official application. Be on alert for possible fraudulent offers of employment. Ascension will not solicit money or banking information from applicants.E-Verify Statement St. Vincent, a member of Ascension Health, participates in the Electronic Employment Verification Program. Please click the E-Verify link below for more information.E-Verify (link to E-verify site) - ()
          

Other: Registered Nurse (RN) - Critical Care - Progressive Care - Anderson, Indiana

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We Are Hiring RN-Registered Nurse - Critical Care - Progressive Care Shifts and Schedules available to meet your needs! St Vincent Anderson-2015 Jackson Street - Anderson, IN Power of Purpose: For Nurses like you that join us at St Vincent Anderson, work is more than the place we go each day. It's an environment that nurtures relationships, connects talent, and understands patients so we can provide holistic care that treats the whole person: body, mind and spirit. Join us and make a difference in the community that we serve. Compensation/Benefits: At St Vincent Anderson, we care for the people who are the foundation of our work to fulfill our mission: our associates. We offer a comprehensive benefit package inclusive of medical, dental, vision, retirement, and generous paid time off. Associates can also take advantage of other great benefits like tuition reimbursement or adoption assistance. Why Join Ascension? In Indiana, St. Vincent operates 24 hospitals in addition to a comprehensive network of affiliated joint ventures, medical practices, and clinics. St. Vincent's more than 15,000 associates and 3,000 providers offer expertise in a wide range of services including acute/long-term acute care, bariatrics, cancer care, cardiovascular services, emergency/trauma services, neuroscience, orthopedics, pediatric services, primary care, urgent/immediate care, women's health and more. St. Vincent has been serving central and southern Indiana for 145 years. St. Vincent is part of Ascension, a faith-based healthcare organization dedicated to transformation through innovation across the continuum of care. As one of the leading non-profit and Catholic health systems in the U.S., Ascension is committed to delivering compassionate, personalized care to all, especially to those most in need. In FY2018, Ascension provided nearly $2 billion in care of persons living in poverty and other community benefit programs. What You Will Do As an Associate with St. Vincent Health-IN, you will have the opportunity to provide direct nursing care in accordance with established policies, procedures and protocols of the healthcare organization. Responsibilities: --- Implements and monitors patient care plans. Monitors, records and communicates patient condition as appropriate. --- Serves as a primary coordinator of all disciplines for well-coordinated patient care. --- Notes and carries out physician and nursing orders. --- Assesses and coordinates patient's discharge planning needs with members of the healthcare team. What You Will Need Licenses/Certifications/Registration: --- Required Credential(s): - Certified BLS Provider obtained within 6 Months (180 days) of hire date or job transfer date. - One or more of the following: * Registered Nurse credentialed from the Indiana Board of Nursing obtained prior to hire date or job transfer date. * Registered Nurse credentialed from the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) obtained prior to hire date or job transfer date. Education: --- Diploma - Diploma from an accredited school/college of nursing required Work Experience: --- None required. Equal Employment Opportunity St.Vincent is an EEO/AA Employer M/F/Disability/Vet. Please click the link below for more information. http://www.dol.gov/ofccp/regs/compliance/posters/pdf/eeopost.pdf EEO is the Law Poster Supplement http://www.dol.gov/ofccp/regs/compliance/posters/pdf/ofccp_eeo_supplement_final_jrf_qa_508c.pdf Please note that Ascension will make an offer of employment only to individuals who have applied for a position using our official application. Be on alert for possible fraudulent offers of employment. Ascension will not solicit money or banking information from applicants. E-Verify Statement St. Vincent, a member of Ascension Health, participates in the Electronic Employment Verification Program. Please click the E-Verify link below for more information. E-Verify (link to E-verify site) ()
          

Healthcare: Registered Nurse (RN) - Critical Care - Progressive Care - Anderson, Indiana

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We Are Hiring RN-Registered Nurse - Critical Care - Progressive CareShifts and Schedules available to meet your needs!St Vincent Anderson-2015 Jackson Street - Anderson, INPower of Purpose: For Nurses like you that join us at St Vincent Anderson, work is more than the place we go each day. It's an environment that nurtures relationships, connects talent, and understands patients so we can provide holistic care that treats the whole person: body, mind and spirit. Join us and make a difference in the community that we serve.Compensation/Benefits: At St Vincent Anderson, we care for the people who are the foundation of our work to fulfill our mission: our associates. We offer a comprehensive benefit package inclusive of medical, dental, vision, retirement, and generous paid time off. Associates can also take advantage of other great benefits like tuition reimbursement or adoption assistance.Why Join Ascension? In Indiana, St. Vincent operates 24 hospitals in addition to a comprehensive network of affiliated joint ventures, medical practices, and clinics. St. Vincent's more than 15,000 associates and 3,000 providers offer expertise in a wide range of services including acute/long-term acute care, bariatrics, cancer care, cardiovascular services, emergency/trauma services, neuroscience, orthopedics, pediatric services, primary care, urgent/immediate care, women's health and more. St. Vincent has been serving central and southern Indiana for 145 years.St. Vincent is part of Ascension, a faith-based healthcare organization dedicated to transformation through innovation across the continuum of care. As one of the leading non-profit and Catholic health systems in the U.S., Ascension is committed to delivering compassionate, personalized care to all, especially to those most in need. In FY2018, Ascension provided nearly $2 billion in care of persons living in poverty and other community benefit programs.What You Will Do As an Associate with St. Vincent Health-IN, you will have the opportunity to provide -direct nursing care in accordance with established policies, procedures and protocols of the healthcare organization.Responsibilities:Implements and monitors patient care plans. Monitors, records and communicates patient condition as appropriate.Serves as a primary coordinator of all disciplines for well-coordinated patient care.Notes and carries out physician and nursing orders.Assesses and coordinates patient's discharge planning needs with members of the healthcare team.What You Will Need Licenses/Certifications/Registration:Required Credential(s): Certified -BLS Provider -obtained within -6 Months (180 days) -of hire date or job transfer date. -One or more of the following: Registered Nurse -credentialed from the -Indiana Board of Nursing -obtained prior to hire date or job transfer date. -Registered Nurse -credentialed from the -American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) -obtained prior to hire date or job transfer date. -Education:Diploma -Diploma from an accredited school/college of nursing requiredWork Experience:None required.Equal Employment Opportunity St.Vincent is an EEO/AA Employer M/F/Disability/Vet. Please click the link below for more information.is the Law Poster Supplement -note that Ascension will make an offer of employment only to individuals who have applied for a position using our official application. Be on alert for possible fraudulent offers of employment. Ascension will not solicit money or banking information from applicants.E-Verify Statement St. Vincent, a member of Ascension Health, participates in the Electronic Employment Verification Program. Please click the E-Verify link below for more information.E-Verify (link to E-verify site) - ()
          

Other: Registered Nurse (RN) - LDRP/Peds Unit - Anderson, Indiana

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We Are Hiring RN-Registered Nurse - LDRP/Peds Unit - Full-Time, Nights - 3 shifts per week, weekend and holiday rotation, on call requirement St Vincent Anderson - 2015 Jackson Street - Anderson, IN Join our nursing team in our family-centered atmosphere with comfortable private suites for labor, delivery and recovery and a Level I Nursing. Why Join Ascension? In Indiana, St. Vincent operates 24 hospitals in addition to a comprehensive network of affiliated joint ventures, medical practices, and clinics. St. Vincent's more than 15,000 associates and 3,000 providers offer expertise in a wide range of services including acute/long-term acute care, bariatrics, cancer care, cardiovascular services, emergency/trauma services, neuroscience, orthopedics, pediatric services, primary care, urgent/immediate care, women's health and more. St. Vincent has been serving central and southern Indiana for 145 years. St. Vincent is part of Ascension, a faith-based healthcare organization dedicated to transformation through innovation across the continuum of care. As one of the leading non-profit and Catholic health systems in the U.S., Ascension is committed to delivering compassionate, personalized care to all, especially to those most in need. In FY2018, Ascension provided nearly $2 billion in care of persons living in poverty and other community benefit programs. What You Will Do As an Associate with St. Vincent Health-IN, you will have the opportunity to provide direct nursing care in accordance with established policies, procedures and protocols of the healthcare organization. Responsibilities: --- Implements and monitors patient care plans. Monitors, records and communicates patient condition as appropriate. --- Serves as a primary coordinator of all disciplines for well-coordinated patient care. --- Notes and carries out physician and nursing orders. --- Assesses and coordinates patient's discharge planning needs with members of the healthcare team. What You Will Need Licenses/Certifications/Registration: --- Required Credential(s): - Certified BLS Provider obtained within 6 Months (180 days) of hire date or job transfer date. - One or more of the following: * Registered Nurse credentialed from the Indiana Board of Nursing obtained prior to hire date or job transfer date. * Registered Nurse credentialed from the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) obtained prior to hire date or job transfer date. Education: --- Diploma - Diploma from an accredited school/college of nursing required Work Experience: --- None required. Equal Employment Opportunity St.Vincent is an EEO/AA Employer M/F/Disability/Vet. Please click the link below for more information. http://www.dol.gov/ofccp/regs/compliance/posters/pdf/eeopost.pdf EEO is the Law Poster Supplement http://www.dol.gov/ofccp/regs/compliance/posters/pdf/ofccp_eeo_supplement_final_jrf_qa_508c.pdf Please note that Ascension will make an offer of employment only to individuals who have applied for a position using our official application. Be on alert for possible fraudulent offers of employment. Ascension will not solicit money or banking information from applicants. E-Verify Statement St. Vincent, a member of Ascension Health, participates in the Electronic Employment Verification Program. Please click the E-Verify link below for more information. E-Verify (link to E-verify site) ()
          

Other: Registered Nurse (RN) - Telemetry (Med/Surg) - Anderson, Indiana

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We Are Hiring RN-Registered Nurse - Telemetry (Med/Surg) - Full-time, Night shift 6p-6:30a. Every third weekend, every other holiday. St Vincent Anderson - 2015 Jackson Street - Anderson,IN Working Together: Nurses like you are at the heart of the care we provide at St Vincent Anderson. In Telemetry we work together to achieve a highly collaborative nursing environment that leads to more positive outcomes for you and your patients. We are committed to working together to create change., we'd like to invite you to apply! Compensation/Benefits: At St Vincent Anderson, we provide a competitive compensation package inclusive of a wide range of flexible benefit options. We support work-life balance through generous paid time off and encourage spirituality in the workplace. Why Join Ascension? In Indiana, St. Vincent operates 24 hospitals in addition to a comprehensive network of affiliated joint ventures, medical practices, and clinics. St. Vincent's more than 15,000 associates and 3,000 providers offer expertise in a wide range of services including acute/long-term acute care, bariatrics, cancer care, cardiovascular services, emergency/trauma services, neuroscience, orthopedics, pediatric services, primary care, urgent/immediate care, women's health and more. St. Vincent has been serving central and southern Indiana for 145 years. St. Vincent is part of Ascension, a faith-based healthcare organization dedicated to transformation through innovation across the continuum of care. As one of the leading non-profit and Catholic health systems in the U.S., Ascension is committed to delivering compassionate, personalized care to all, especially to those most in need. In FY2018, Ascension provided nearly $2 billion in care of persons living in poverty and other community benefit programs. What You Will Do As an Associate with St. Vincent Health-IN, you will have the opportunity to provide direct nursing care in accordance with established policies, procedures and protocols of the healthcare organization. Responsibilities: --- Implements and monitors patient care plans. Monitors, records and communicates patient condition as appropriate. --- Serves as a primary coordinator of all disciplines for well-coordinated patient care. --- Notes and carries out physician and nursing orders. --- Assesses and coordinates patient's discharge planning needs with members of the healthcare team. What You Will Need Licenses/Certifications/Registration: --- Required Credential(s): - Certified BLS Provider obtained within 6 Months (180 days) of hire date or job transfer date. - One or more of the following: * Registered Nurse credentialed from the Indiana Board of Nursing obtained prior to hire date or job transfer date. * Registered Nurse credentialed from the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) obtained prior to hire date or job transfer date. Education: --- Diploma from an accredited school/college of nursing required. Equal Employment Opportunity St.Vincent is an EEO/AA Employer M/F/Disability/Vet. Please click the link below for more information. http://www.dol.gov/ofccp/regs/compliance/posters/pdf/eeopost.pdf EEO is the Law Poster Supplement http://www.dol.gov/ofccp/regs/compliance/posters/pdf/ofccp_eeo_supplement_final_jrf_qa_508c.pdf Please note that Ascension will make an offer of employment only to individuals who have applied for a position using our official application. Be on alert for possible fraudulent offers of employment. Ascension will not solicit money or banking information from applicants. E-Verify Statement St. Vincent, a member of Ascension Health, participates in the Electronic Employment Verification Program. Please click the E-Verify link below for more information. E-Verify (link to E-verify site) ()
          

Frozen II

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It’s been six years since Frozen became somewhat of a surprise hit out of Walt Disney Studios in 2013. No one was surprised it made a good haul at the box office, but I suspect that even the masterminds at Disney never saw this billion dollar baby when it was first being born. It’s become […]
          

The Best Money In Podcasting Comes From Serving The Fans - The Podcast Industry Report With Paul Colligan Episode #114

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An interview with J.D. Stein of Money For The Rest Of Us - fulfilling the promise from Episode 111.  You'll find Podcast strategies and some insight on the power of Podcasting from someone who is doing it very very well.

This is the last episode of Season 3 - and The Podcast Industry Report will be going on a Winter Hiatus to re-engineer the show.

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Black Friday online sales hit all-time high of $7.4 billion, up 43% — these were the hottest toys and electronics

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Adobe Analytics expects online sales to hit $9.4 billion this Cyber Monday.

          

Police discussed stopping Keystone XL protesters ‘by any means’

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This story was originally published by the Guardian and is reproduced here as part of the Climate Desk collaboration.

U.S. law enforcement officials preparing for fresh Keystone XL pipeline protests have privately discussed tactics to stop activists “by any means” and have labeled demonstrators potential “domestic terrorism” threats, records reveal.

Internal government documents seen by the Guardian show that police and local authorities in Montana and the surrounding region have been preparing a coordinated response in the event of a new wave of protests opposing the controversial Keystone XL tar sands pipeline, which would carry crude oil from Canada to Montana, South Dakota, and Nebraska.

Civil rights organizations say the documents raise concerns that law enforcement is preparing to launch an even more brutal and aggressive response than the police tactics utilized during the 2016 Standing Rock movement, which drew thousands of indigenous and environmental activists opposed to the construction of the Dakota Access pipeline (DAPL) to North Dakota.

At Standing Rock, law enforcement organized repeated rounds of mass arrests and filed a wide array of serious charges in local and federal courts against activists. Police also deployed water cannons, teargas grenades, bean bag rounds, and other weapons, causing serious injuries to protesters.

The documents are mostly emails from 2017 and 2018 between local and federal authorities discussing possible Keystone protests. They show that police officials are anticipating construction will spark a sustained resistance campaign akin to the one at Standing Rock and that police are considering closing public lands near the pipeline project.

The new records have come to light as the Keystone pipeline project has overcome numerous legal hurdles with help from the Trump administration, and as the project’s owner, TC Energy (formerly TransCanada), is moving forward with initial construction efforts.

Among the major revelations in the documents:

  • Officials at a 2017 law enforcement briefing on potential Keystone XL protests said one key tactic would be to “initially deny access to the property by protestors and keep them as far away [from] the contested locations as possible by any means,” according to an email summary from a U.S. Army Corps of Engineers security manager in Nebraska in July 2017.
  • Officials with the Bureau of Land Management said in 2017 that the bureau had 10 armed officers in Montana and was prepared to “work with local [law enforcement] to deny access to federal property.” In 2018, Army Corps officials were also in discussions with the Montana disaster and emergency services department to discuss ways to “close access” to lands near the pipeline route, including areas typically open for hunting and other activities.
  • A “joint terrorism task force” involving the U.S. Attorney’s office and other agencies, along with federal “counterterrorism” officials, said it was prepared to assist in the response to protests and a “critical incident response team” would be available for “domestic terrorism or threats to critical infrastructure.” Authorities have also preemptively discussed specific potential felony charges that protesters could face, noting that a “civil disorder” statute was used to prosecute activists at Standing Rock.

“There is a lot of muscle behind this effort to make sure that Keystone is constructed,” said Alex Rate, legal director of the American Civil Liberties Union of Montana, which obtained the documents through records act requests and shared them with the Guardian. “There are historically marginalized communities, primarily indigenous folks, who have grave concerns about the impact of this pipeline on their sovereignty, their resources, their religion, and culture. They have a first amendment right to assemble and make their viewpoints heard.”

Remi Bald Eagle, intergovernmental affairs coordinator of the Cheyenne River Sioux tribe, which is located along the pipeline route, said the police buildup was part of a long history of armed subjugation of native people in the region.“This is an experience of the tide of Manifest Destiny still coming at us,” Bald Eagle said, referring to the 19th-century belief that U.S. settlers had the right to expand across the continent.

The files follow repeated revelations that the FBI and other law enforcement agencies have investigated environmental groups and leftwing activists as possible “terrorists.”

Keystone XL was rejected by the Obama administration and then revived by Donald Trump shortly after his inauguration in 2017. The $8 billion project has been subject to multiple legal challenges, including over the environmental review process, but pre-construction efforts are now under way.

Opponents of Keystone XL have warned about the environmental and cultural impact of the project for a decade — concerns that came into sharper focus last month after the existing Keystone pipeline, which follows a similar route, leaked 383,000 gallons of tar sands into a swath of North Dakota wetlands.

The new Keystone records, which come from a number of government agencies and were released after a protracted legal battle, also show that officials have specifically met with police involved in the Standing Rock response to discuss “lessons learned.” North Dakota police officials told law enforcement prepping for Keystone that one of their biggest mistakes was their failure to keep activists far away and shut down access to nearby lands.

In one 2018 BLM document, labeled “KEYSTONE XL PIPELINE PUBLIC SAFETY ISSUES,” officials discussed the “available resources” to respond to protests in Montana.

“The FBI will have primary investigative authority for all national security investigations, including but not limited to international terrorism, domestic terrorism, and weapons of mass destruction,” BLM wrote.

U.S. Border Patrol would also be available to assist law enforcement around the border and has access to “drone assets,” the document continued. Border Patrol also provided a surveillance drone that police used to track Standing Rock protesters.

BLM also discussed purchasing “riot batons,” helmets, and gas masks in advance of possible protests.

Mike Glasch, an Army Corps spokesperson, said that the “by any means” comment came from the agency’s security chief, who was “relaying talking points” from police officials in Mandan and Morton County in North Dakota, adding: “Any method that we would employ to protect the safety of our employees and the public, as well as property and equipment, would be within the limits of the law and be the least invasive possible, while still protecting the public’s first amendment rights.”

A spokesperson for the Morton county sheriff, Kyle Kirchmeier, said he advises law enforcement that “may be involved with potential pipeline protests to make it their goal to keep protesters off of private property and any areas that may be considered a public hazard, such as ditches or highways,” adding that he “is supportive of people’s right to protest, but they need to do so in a lawful manner.” Kirchmeier said he did not recall the 2017 briefing.

A Mandan police spokesperson declined to comment.

Glasch said the Army Corps had not closed access to its land around the project, but added: “Since a construction site comes with inherent hazards, options are being analyzed for methods to keep any non-essential personnel away from potential construction sites, while at the same time considering constitutional rights.” He said it was too early to speculate about specific potential closure plans.

A spokesperson for the U.S. Attorney’s office did not respond to questions about the “terrorism” references but said the office’s “goal is to provide coordinated assistance to local, tribal, and state law enforcement to protect public safety and civil rights, and to protect federal lands, while enforcing federal law.”

The FBI declined to comment.

A Border Patrol spokesperson said the agency would “assist, upon request, with any law enforcement activities within the border area near the pipeline.”

Spokespeople for BLM and TC Energy did not respond to questions.

“Law enforcement are getting ready. They’ve been having meetings behind closed doors,” said Angeline Cheek, an indigenous organizer from the Fort Peck reservation. “We know that they’re preparing … We’ve been preparing for the last three years.”

Rate, from the ACLU, said there was no legal justification for the government to preemptively shut down lands in an effort to stop protests. He said it was also troubling for law enforcement to prepare a “militarized” response and suggest that activists could pose terrorist or criminal threats before any actions had even begun.

“They are thinking of them as potential ‘domestic terrorists.’ There is simply no support for adopting that paradigm,” said Rate. “The public justifiably thinks of BLM as a land management agency and not necessarily in the business of arming themselves and going out and squelching protesters.”

Candi Brings Plenty, an Oglala Lakota Sioux activist working with the ACLU of Montana, said they were not surprised to learn that law enforcement was talking about stopping indigenous activists “by any means.”

“That is the type of language that has been spoken to us our whole lives,” they said, adding: “We live these injustices on a daily basis. This is finally being unveiled for what it is.”

Brings Plenty, who led a two-spirit camp at Standing Rock, said they would not be intimidated by law enforcement and hoped people would still support the fight against Keystone — instead of just accepting the pipeline.

“It’s almost become the norm for folks to look the other way, feeling like there isn’t something they can do, that it’s beyond their grasp,” they said. “I want folks to see these pipelines the way they do the glaciers in the Arctic. This is happening right here in their own front yard.”

This story was originally published by Grist with the headline Police discussed stopping Keystone XL protesters ‘by any means’ on Nov 30, 2019.


          

Exxon knew — and so did coal

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This story was originally published by HuffPost and is reproduced here as part of the Climate Desk collaboration.

“Exxon knew.” Thanks to the work of activists and journalists, those two words have rocked the politics of climate change in recent years, as investigations revealed the extent to which giants like ExxonMobil and Shell were aware of the danger of rising greenhouse gas emissions even as they undermined the work of scientists.

But the coal industry knew, too — as early as 1966, a newly unearthed journal shows.

In August, Chris Cherry, a professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, salvaged a large volume from a stack of vintage journals that a fellow faculty member was about to toss out. He was drawn to a 1966 copy of the industry publication Mining Congress Journal; his father-in-law had been in the industry and he thought it might be an interesting memento.

Cherry flipped it open to a passage from James R. Garvey, who was the president of Bituminous Coal Research Inc., a now-defunct coal mining and processing research organization.

“There is evidence that the amount of carbon dioxide in the earth’s atmosphere is increasing rapidly as a result of the combustion of fossil fuels,” wrote Garvey. “If the future rate of increase continues as it is at the present, it has been predicted that, because the CO2 envelope reduces radiation, the temperature of the earth’s atmosphere will increase and that vast changes in the climates of the earth will result.”

“Such changes in temperature will cause melting of the polar icecaps, which, in turn, would result in the inundation of many coastal cities, including New York and London,” he continued.

Cherry was floored.

“It pretty well described a version of what we know today as climate change,” said Cherry. “Increases in average air temperatures, melting of polar ice caps, rising of sea levels. It’s all in there.”

In a discussion piece immediately following Garvey’s article, Peabody Coal combustion engineer James R. Jones noted that the coal industry was merely “buying time” before more air pollution regulations came into effect. “We are in favor of cleaning up our air,” he wrote. “Everyone can point to examples in his own community where something should be done. Our aim is to have control that does not precede the technical knowledge for compliance.”

Climate change is not Cherry’s area of study, but he was struck by how the tone of the articles differed from the way many fossil fuel companies talk about climate change today. Rather than engage in denial, the articles offered a fairly straightforward acknowledgment of the emerging science. (This reporter is also a writer for UT’s Tickle College of Engineering, where Cherry teaches.)

As Cherry did some of his own digging, he soon realized his discovery could be the first evidence that the coal industry was aware of the impending climate crisis more than half a century ago — a finding that could open mining companies to the type of litigation that the oil industry is now facing.

Decades of denial

While Peabody Energy, the largest private-sector coal company in the world and the largest producer of coal in the U.S., now acknowledges climate change on its website, it has been directly and indirectly involved in obfuscating climate science for decades. It funded dozens of trade, lobbying, and front groups that peddled climate misinformation, as The Guardian reported in 2016.

As recently as 2015, Peabody Energy argued that carbon dioxide was a “benign gas essential for all life.”

“While the benefits of carbon dioxide are proven, the alleged risks of climate change are contrary to observed data, are based on admitted speculation, and lack adequate scientific basis,” the company wrote in a letter that year to the White House Council on Environmental Quality.

At the heart of big coal’s denial campaign was Fred Palmer, who served as Peabody’s senior vice president of government relations from 2001 to 2015. In 1997, Palmer founded the Greening Earth Society, a now-defunct industry front group that argued that burning fossil fuels was good for the planet. The group was based in the same office as the Western Fuels Association, a consortium of coal suppliers and coal-fired utilities that Palmer also ran.

“Every time you turn your car on and you burn fossil fuels and you put CO2 into the air, you’re doing the work of the Lord,” Palmer told a Danish documentary team in 1997. “That’s the ecological system we live in.”

Asked for comment, a Peabody spokesperson told HuffPost:“Peabody recognizes that climate change is occurring and that human activity, including the use of fossil fuels, contributes to greenhouse gas emissions. We also recognize that coal is essential to affordable, reliable energy and will continue to play a significant role in the global energy mix for the foreseeable future. Peabody views technology as vital to advancing global climate change solutions, and the company supports advanced coal technologies to drive continuous improvement toward the ultimate goal of near-zero emissions from coal.”

Palmer, who did not respond to HuffPost’s request for comment, continues to carry the torch. He now works as an energy policy adviser to The Heartland Institute, a Chicago-based think tank whose climate denial is so severe that even ExxonMobil abandoned funding it and its climate denial efforts a decade ago. In 2011, leaked memos showed that the institute paid contrarian scientists like Craig Idso, founder of the Center for the Study of Carbon Dioxide and Global Change, $11,600 a month to promote carbon dioxide as beneficial to the environment.

The group sits at the heart of a broader right-wing misinformation network funded in large part by hedge fund billionaire Robert Mercer and his daughter, Rebekah, both Republican mega-donors who backed President Donald Trump and financed projects such as Breitbart News and Cambridge Analytica, the data firm considered key to Trump’s 2016 win. Palmer’s daughter, Downey Magallanes, was a top policy adviser at Trump’s Interior Department before joining oil giant BP in September 2018.

All of this was taking place well after climate change had become a commonly understood idea in the scientific community. A 1965 report from President Lyndon Johnson’s Science Advisory Committee was the first from the White House to address climate change (and is likely what precipitated the Mining Congress Journal article). “The climate changes that may be produced by the increased CO2 content could be deleterious from the point of view of human beings,” it warned. In 1988, NASA scientist James Hansen testified to Congress about what was then known as the “greenhouse effect.” And in 1992, the United Nations established the Framework Convention on Climate Change, an international treaty to begin addressing the problem.

But as this consensus emerged, so too did a wave of industry-funded climate denial via vast, shadowy networks of front groups, public relations campaigns, and scientists for hire.

Pulling back the curtain

In 2015, journalists at InsideClimate News, the Los Angeles Times, and Columbia University exposed internal ExxonMobil documents showing that the company’s scientists had a deep understanding of climate change even as Exxon worked publicly to downplay that science.

Twenty state attorneys general launched an “Exxon Knew” campaign, which eventually led to communities across the country filing at least 14 legal challenges against Exxon and other fossil fuel companies. One lawsuit, from the New York state attorney general’s office, went to trial on October 22 and focuses on how the company accounted for the costs of potential future regulations on climate change. The Massachusetts attorney general filed another suit on October 24, this time claiming the company had engaged in deceptive advertising and misled investors about the systemic financial risks to its business posed by fossil fuel-driven climate change. Earlier this month, two of Hawaii’s biggest municipalities sued Exxon and other big oil companies to recoup the costs of adapting to rising seas and more violent storms.

Evidence of what fossil fuel companies knew about climate change and when is critical to the legal strategy of those seeking damages for carbon dioxide emissions. If fossil fuel companies were aware of their products’ harmful effects on the planet, they could be held liable for damages.

Legal liability boils down to four factors, said David Bookbinder, chief counsel for the Niskanen Center, which is representing counties in Colorado that have filed suits: one, whether the defendants knew that their products would cause climate change; two, what they told or did not tell the public about the consequences of using their products; three, the extent of injuries caused by climate change; and four, whether the defendants’ actions have led to a portion of those injuries. What the plaintiffs in these suits can prove remains to be seen.

What we do know is that coal, when burned, has by far the biggest climate footprint of any fossil fuel, producing more carbon dioxide per unit than oil or gas. In the U.S. alone, coal produced 65 percent of the power sector’s planet-warming emissions. The 1966 article in the Mining Congress Journal certainly raises questions about what the coal industry knew at the time.

Robert Brulle, a professor emeritus of sociology and environmental science at Drexel University, authored a recent paper that suggests the coal industry must have known quite a bit, given how prominently it positioned itself in the climate denial movement.

Brulle researched 12 major groups and coalitions that argued against mandatory regulation of carbon dioxide from 1989 to 2015 — which he calls the “climate change countermovement.” That countermovement included 2,000 different businesses, political or social groups, as well as other organizations, but Brulle found that 179 core organizations belonged to multiple coalitions. Coal companies and predominantly coal-burning utilities were the most prevalent. He describes oil and gas companies as “more of a marginal player” by comparison.

“The coal mining industry — the utilities that were burning it for electricity, along with the railroads who were hauling it — and manufacturing industries like steel were the first corporate forces to become climate deniers and try to block action on climate policy,” said Kert Davies, founder and director of the Climate Investigations Center. “They fought the hardest because they had the biggest existential threat.”

Where do we go from here?

In the aftermath of the 1973 oil embargo, Exxon and other oil giants leased large parcels of land for coal mining with the goal of manufacturing synthetic fuels and lowering U.S. dependence on the Middle East.

Some previously released documents show that Exxon’s scientists began advising that the world phase out coal as a fuel as early as 1979. In one scenario, the Exxon scientists concluded that non-fossil fuels would need to be substituted for coal beginning in the 1990s to keep carbon dioxide levels below atmospheric concentrations of 440 parts per million. In 1999, Exxon merged with Mobil, and by 2002, ExxonMobil had dumped its coal assets.

Meanwhile, the coal industry tried to reinvent itself with the concept of “clean coal.” This as-yet-undelivered promise that carbon capture and other technological advances could lower coal’s environmental impact has been around for decades but resurged in the early 2000s as regulations seemed imminent.

The biggest proponent of this idea was the American Coalition for Clean Coal Electricity, a coal front group that spent $35 million on public relations campaigns in 2008 alone, seeking to influence the election. A year later, ACCCE was caught sending Congress fraudulent letters opposing federal climate legislation and pretending to be from veterans, women’s, and civil rights groups. The incident led many members to leave the organization, but Peabody remains a member to this day.

“Its whole mission was to stop climate regulations but pretend that they were in favor of clean coal, which, of course, doesn’t exist,” said Davies.

Peabody Energy filed for bankruptcy protection in 2016, the same year carbon dioxide levels hit 400 parts per million. Eight other coal companies have filed for bankruptcy this year. Even as the Trump administration has promised a coal resurgence and rolled back Obama-era regulations, the industry’s profitability continues to experience a downward slide. If the slogan “Coal Knew” ever does take off, it’s unclear who’ll be left to sue.

This story was originally published by Grist with the headline Exxon knew — and so did coal on Nov 29, 2019.


          

Should I give all my money away?

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Q. Dear Umbra,

I have a well paid job. Should I donate my income post-living expenses to organizations working to fight climate change instead of saving?

— Rolling-In-Cash Humanitarian

A. Dear RICH,

It’s a rare treat, when you write a climate advice column, to get to explore a dilemma between two good options. What a lucky place you’re in, and what an admirable inclination! I love when the holidays provoke feelings of goodwill and generosity, as opposed to bitterness and seasonal depression. It’s such a nice change of pace!

While I love the idea of hurling a massive stack of hundos, Hustlers-style, at the abstract existential threat we all know and hate, that fantasy starts to collapse once you start poking at it. To answer your question, we have to answer two additional questions: What counts as “organizations working to fight climate change,” and how do you figure out how much money you should be donating to them? In other words: how many hundos are in that stack, and what exactly are you throwing them at?

There is zero question that a transition to a carbon-neutral or -negative society doesn’t happen without, in technical terms, a fuckton of cash. Estimates range from a modest $300 billion to $44 trillion. Political will to address climate change is really, really important, but frankly, so is money. A criticism regularly levied against climate-forward billionaires running for president, for example, is that they could do a lot more good spending their money directly on climate initiatives than spending it on a likely ill-fated presidential campaign.

I’ve argued before that almost any job, in the right hands, can be a job that fights climate change. A similar, if not identical, argument can be applied to donations — we need all kinds of initiatives beyond installing solar panels in developing countries (although we need that, too!) Organizations that develop green, affordable housing? Yes! Groups that strengthen abortion access in climate-vulnerable areas? Bingo! Refugee resettlement agencies? Hell yeah! Good old-fashioned poverty alleviation projects? Yes ma’am!!!

And like I said, political will is really important. So donating money for the climate could mean throwing some much-needed financial resources at pro-climate candidates, particularly in swing districts.

So how do you pick a place to put your money? If you ask a proponent of effective altruism, you should treat charity as you would an investment — you want the biggest return per dollar, in terms of generating well-being of some sort. The Centre for Effective Altruism actually designs donation portfolios, mutual-fund style, to promote this type of giving.

I think that’s a very sensible choice for those who have a limited amount to give and want to get the most charitable bang for their buck. But ultimately, I think you need to follow your heart. If you’re trying to sustain giving away a really substantial proportion of your income, which is what it sounds like, you probably want to feel some sort of personal connection to what you’re giving it away to.

This brings us to the “how many hundos” portion of our program, which I’ve been quite looking forward to. Should you give away, truly, everything you can?

I’m Jewish, so I’m going to start with what I know, which is the law of tzedakah. It’s a fundamental Jewish principle that essentially translates to “charity,” but that doesn’t quite capture the obligation implied; it’s more about a duty to facilitate a more just world. It’s a God-given requirement to give away at least 10 percent of your income to support those in need, and to generally use whatever wealth you have to support the dignity and wellbeing of others.

Because the foundation of Judaism is to analyze and argue over the precise meaning of its various rules, there’s a spectrum of rabbinical opinions on just how burdensome tzedakah is supposed to be. There’s a Talmudic dictum floating around somewhere that a Jew should actually donate no more than 20 percent of her income to charitable causes, because that would be too burdensome on her life.

The debate over how much to give is also very much alive in the field of applied ethics. An idea similar to tzedakah appears in philosopher Peter Singer’s Principle of Sacrifice: “If it is in our power to prevent something bad from happening, without thereby sacrificing anything of comparable moral importance, we ought, morally, to do it.”

Toby Ord, an Australian philosopher at the University of Oxford who studies morality and poverty, uses Singer’s Principle of Sacrifice to argue that anyone with some extra money has a moral imperative to help the poor. “In ages to come, when global poverty is no more, people will look back at our time and be dumbfounded by the moral paralysis of those who had the resources to help,” he writes. “For a moral theory to demand that we make large sacrifices in righting these wrongs is not too demanding, but just demanding enough.”

In 2009, Ord founded the organization Giving What We Can, which encourages people to make a habit of donating 10 percent of their incomes. I wrote to Julia Wise, the current president of Giving What We Can, which has since become a program of the Centre for Effective Altruism, to ask her opinion on your question.

“Your ability to do good is often best served by maintaining your own ability to contribute over the long term, rather than burning out quickly,” Wise responded in an email. “I do think people should consider their moral values in their budget, and that donating to effective charities can be a great way to live your values in the course of your daily life. But I think taken to an extreme (not having savings, not spending time with friends or family because that costs money), it can be counterproductive.”

You may hear “10 percent” and think, wow, that’s not very much! You’d be surprised. In the United States — which actually has a pretty thriving charitable culture relative to other rich countries, thanks to the influence of the church and other religious organizations — only about 53 percent of households donate to charity at all, and those that do give about $2,500 a year on average. That’s about 4 percent of the median American household income. Ten percent might be an impossible, life-hindering burden for a lot of families due to factors like the rising costs of housing and healthcare relative to wages. It might have no impact at all on the daily life of someone like Jeff Bezos.

Of course, we’re not just talking about daily life. You, RICH, are also talking about saving for the future. I’ll admit something a bit dark that has been plaguing my own personal budgeting process lately: Every time I contribute to my 401K, which is an embarrassingly recent practice, it’s hard to ignore a small internal voice that demands: “What is this FOR?” I have no freaking clue what the world will look like in 40 or 50 years, when I’m supposed to withdraw this money. I have no idea if money will even be useful at all! It could be a Waterworld barter economy situation!

But I think giving up on a future that I can look forward to, that I want to have some money for, dampens the will to fight for it. It might be a very simplistic way to look at saving, but I think that saving for the future and making even very abstract plans for it is an expression of optimism. It’s an action that says, “I think that the future will be OK, and I’m going to be around to enjoy it.”

And so is putting your money toward facilitating that future for everyone, in the form of whatever regular, consistent charitable giving or political donation you choose. So here’s my suggestion: Start at 10 percent of your income. Why not! Nice round number, and you were probably thinking of giving more anyway. See how that goes. See if you can live a little more simply, but not ascetically, and still put a little money away for yourself or your hypothetical children for the future. If you feel like you can give more, give more.

But as soon as you start to feel resentment toward your chosen causes, I think that that’s a sign that the amount you’re giving away is no longer sustainable. (Larissa MacFarquhar has a whole book about this, Strangers Drowning, that I recommend.) You want to balance your sense of duty with a sense of optimism for the world’s future. Without that, what is it all even for?

Thankfully,

Umbra

This story was originally published by Grist with the headline Should I give all my money away? on Nov 28, 2019.


          

iOS 8 Is A Gift To Podcasters (And How To Take Advantage Of This Gift) - The Podcast Report #14

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Tomorrow, Apple releases iOS 8 and this is a HUGE gift to Podcasters who take advantage of it. Paul Colligan interviews Rob Walch of Libysn, Today in iOS, Podcast 411 and more about the implications of iOS 8 on every Podcast and how you can take advantage of it.

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This company wants to make steel and cement with solar power. Here’s how.

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Many of the industrial processes underpinning modern civilization rely on dirty energy for the simple reason that it’s a great source of heat. To make steel, you need to smelt iron ore at 1,100 degrees C; to cook cement, your kiln needs to reach 1,450 degrees C. To form molten glass from silica, the heat must be cranked even higher. Whatever the application, the most efficient way to reach these temperatures is to burn fossil fuels.

But what if we could use heat from the sun instead?

That is the bold proposition put forth by Heliogen, a small clean energy company based in Pasadena, California that rocketed into the national spotlight last week when it announced it had developed an array of solar mirrors capable of concentrating sunlight in order to build enough heat to reach temperatures exceeding 1,000 C. Heliogen wants to integrate its tech into industrial processes like cement production, and if it can do so at a reasonable cost, so-called solar thermal technology might help mop up the billions of tons of carbon emissions associated with industrial heat production each year. But right now, that’s a big “if.”

The concept behind solar thermal technology is deceptively simple. Sunlight is captured and focused into either a long, pipe-like tube or a tower-mounted receiver to generate heat, like the supersized version of a kid frying a bug under a magnifying glass. Typically, that heat is stored in a “working fluid,” like molten salt, which is used to produce steam that drives an electrical generator. Concentrated solar thermal plants, or CSPs, that bottle the sun’s heat to make electricity in this manner have been around for decades, but they’re typically designed to operate at temperatures below 600 degrees C, explained Mark Mehos, CSP program manager at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, which runs under the auspices of the U.S. Department of Energy.

Heliogen has a different goal in mind. It wants to skip the electricity-producing step and use solar heat to power industrial furnaces directly. To do so it needs to crank the temperature much hotter, and while this is already achievable with conventional technology, the company says it’s found a way to build extreme levels of solar heat more efficiently and reliably than before. Its secret sauce? Using a sophisticated computer system to focus its mirrors with unwavering accuracy.

“We’re using massive-scale image processing,” said Heliogen CEO Bill Gross. He explained that his team took advantage of recent advances in graphics hardware for video games to build a system capable of training a two-acre field of sun-tracking mirrors on a tower-mounted receiver that looks not much larger than a basketball hoop.

Gross says Heliogen can reliably achieve temperatures upwards of 1,000 degrees C in a 250 kilowatt array — which he described as the company’s “full-scale commercial-size” product — with the idea that multiple arrays could be installed in tandem to increase their power output. While Gross wouldn’t disclose how much a single array would cost to build, he said that Heliogen will either sell industrial manufacturing companies solar arrays outright, or raise capital to build arrays on industrial manufacturing companies’ land and then sell them the heat. Engineering firm Parsons Corporation has partnered with Heliogen to do the actual building.

The first industry Heliogen has set its sights on is cement, which alone is responsible for a staggering 8 percent of humanity’s carbon emissions. The process of making cement involves heating a mixture of limestone and other ingredients to 1,450 degrees C, a temperature that Heliogen’s mirrors can’t reliably achieve yet. But the first step in the cement-making process — the so-called pre-calciner stage — only requires temperatures of around 900 degrees C. And it’s at that stage that most of the carbon emissions occur, both from the fossil fuels burned to generate heat and the conversion of limestone into lime, which releases CO2.

Gross says his technology can reduce or eliminate the fossil fuel part of the equation by baking limestone in an oven that’s heated directly by the sun. (The team has already melted some limestone with its test array to prove it can be done.) His next bold proposition: Doing so will make it easier to capture and sequester the carbon emissions associated with converting limestone to lime.

“Normally when you’re burning fossil fuels to heat limestone, all of the fossil fuel exhaust is mixed with the limestone exhaust,” Gross said. “And it’s hard to capture [the carbon] because you have to separate it from everything else.” If the other gases associated with coal burning could be eliminated, and all that was coming out of cement kilns were CO2, capturing that carbon would in theory become trivial.

Heliogen’s general idea makes sense, said Rebecca Dell, an industry strategist with the nonprofit ClimateWorks. But there are some important constraints to keep in mind. The technology is only going to work in sunny places, meaning cement factories in the Pacific Northwest probably aren’t going to convert to solar anytime soon. What’s more, most cement kilns require power on the scale of megawatts, not kilowatts. In order to substantially cut industrial heat emissions, a commercial cement plant likely will need to network several Heliogen arrays together. And doing that will require land, perhaps a lot.

“Often there’s a big plot of land around a cement kiln,” Dell said. “But whether or not that land is flat, whether or not it’s sunny? It might not be big enough, it might be forested. There’s a lot of reasons why the land availability might become a concern.”

Caveats aside, Dell praised the company for its focus on finding cleaner ways to produce industrial heat, something she said was “very much welcome.” Mehos, from the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, added that applying solar thermal tech to industrial heat is a “novelty” and said he’ll be interested to see how it works in practice.

For a company that still has a lot to prove, Heliogen has lofty ambitions. Gross said his team is aiming to work its way up to reliably achieving temperatures of 1,500 C with its solar mirrors, at which point the entire cement production process could in theory be sun-powered. At those temperatures, he said, the team could also unlock another industrial process: splitting apart water molecules to make hydrogen, a liquid fuel that emits no carbon when it’s burned. Today, hydrogen fuel is typically made at lower temperatures from natural gas in a process that generates CO2. But by breaking the bonds in water, a truly carbon-free liquid fuel could be made — assuming there’s a clean, affordable way to generate the heat needed to do so.

“That would be the holy grail,” Gross said.

While Heliogen’s engineers (and others around the world) continue to chase that holy grail, cement producers seem to be eyeing the new solar thermal tech with interest. Gross said Heliogen has been contacted by dozens of companies in the past week, and that it’s is hoping to announce its first commercial partner soon.

Perhaps, in the not-so-distant future, construction workers will be pouring fresh pavement that was literally cooked up by the sun. Dare to dream.

This story was originally published by Grist with the headline This company wants to make steel and cement with solar power. Here’s how. on Nov 26, 2019.


          

The historic protest at the Harvard-Yale football game was years in the making

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Saturday marked the 136th annual Harvard-Yale football game, a tradition known simply as “The Game” by students and alumni of the rival Ivy League schools. Tens of thousands of people flocked to the Yale Bowl in New Haven to watch. Many more tuned in on ESPNU. But what viewers likely didn’t expect to witness was a historic show of unity between the two schools in the name of fighting climate change.

Just before 2 p.m., as the halftime show was ending and the Yale marching band exited the field, about 150 people ran down the steps of the stadium and onto the turf, staging a sit-in near the 50-yard line. They unfurled banners that read “Nobody Wins: Yale and Harvard are complicit in climate injustice,” “Presidents Bacow and Salovey: Our future demands action now,” and “This is an emergency.”

“We planned to remain there until Yale and Harvard met our demands to divest from the fossil fuel industry and cancel their holdings in predatory Puerto Rican debt,” said Nora Heaphy, a junior at Yale and one of the organizers of the protest.

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Students at both Harvard and Yale have been asking their administrations to divest their endowments from fossil fuel companies since at least 2012. The schools have a combined endowment of more than $70 billion, but they do not disclose how much of that is invested in fossil fuel companies.

Both universities also have investments managed by hedge funds that hold Puerto Rican bonds. Critics say the bonds are preventing Puerto Rico from rebuilding after Hurricane Maria. A report from Hedge Clippers found that the Baupost Group, which counts Harvard among its largest clients and has investments from Yale as well, has pressured the Puerto Rican government to pay its creditors before paying for basic services or infrastructure. The Yale Daily News reported that one of the funds managed by Baupost actually sued Puerto Rico over the debt in 2017.

Heaphy said that in the months leading up to the game, students with the groups Yale Endowment Justice Coalition, Fossil Free Yale, and Fossil Fuel Divest Harvard planned the action in secret. They recruited students in person, over the phone, and using the encrypted messaging service Signal, fearing that if either administration got wind of their intentions they would never make it onto the field.

An initial air of confusion rippled through the stadium on Saturday when the sit-in began, but ten minutes later, the significance seemed to dawn on game-goers all at once, as hundreds more people spontaneously poured out of the stands to join in. Many of those who remained in their seats chanted “fossil fuels have got to go” in solidarity. The protest delayed the game by about an hour, at which point Yale and New Haven police officers ushered the group off the field, issuing citations to 42 students.

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The Yale marching band and members of both football teams were in on the plan. After the game, the Harvard football captain Wesley Ogsbury recorded a video publicly declaring his support. “Harvard and Yale can’t claim to truly promote knowledge, while at the same time supporting the companies engaged in misleading the public, smearing academics, and denying the truth,” he said.

Caleb Schwartz, an organizer from Fossil Fuel Divest Harvard, said his group’s goal is to get the university to disclose its investments in fossil fuel companies by Earth Day 2020. Without that transparency, “we can’t even begin to have an honest conversation about Harvard’s role in the climate crisis,” he said.

Schwartz said Harvard administrators have gone from ignoring calls for divestment to engaging in conversation with activists to ultimately deciding to address climate change through shareholder engagement rather than divestment. In September, Harvard announced it was joining Climate Action 100+, an investor-led initiative to ensure oil and gas companies are taking steps to curb emissions.

Meanwhile, Yale has partially divested. In April 2016, Yale chief investment officer David Swensen wrote a letter to the student body announcing that two of Yale’s investment managers had sold “less than $10 million” in holdings from coal and oil sands companies. However, the investment office’s official statement on climate change states that “Targeting fossil fuel suppliers for divestment, while ignoring the damage caused by consumers, is misdirected” and that “modern society could not exist without fossil fuel consumption.”

A statement from Yale in response to Saturday’s protest stated that the university stood “firmly for the right to free expression” but added that it was “regrettable that the orchestrated protest came during a time when fellow students were participating in a collegiate career-defining contest and an annual tradition when thousands gather from around the world to enjoy and celebrate the storied traditions of both football programs and universities.”

A statement from Harvard provided to the New York Times on Saturday read, “While we agree on the urgency of this global challenge, we respectfully disagree with divestment activists on the means by which a university should confront it.” The statement went on to vow that Harvard would demonstrate climate leadership “through research, education, community engagement, dramatically reducing its own carbon footprint, and using our campus as a test bed for piloting and proving solutions.”

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Students involved in the protest said that Yale and Harvard should be leaders in divestment. Martin Man, a recent alumni of Yale’s architecture school, said that Yale’s chief investment officer, David Swensen, is an influential figure in the world of university investing and that other schools will likely follow his lead.

“We know there’s political will for this right now,” said Yale freshman Josephine Ingall. The entire University of California system announced its plan to fully divest its $13.4 billion endowment and $70 billion pension fund from fossil fuel companies earlier this fall. Two small liberal arts colleges, Smith and Middlebury, have also decided to divest from fossil fuel companies in the past year.

Heaphy, who was charged with a misdemeanor for disorderly conduct and will need to appear in court, said it was a small price to pay. “I’m feeling very hopeful that this could be the moment that changes the tide,” she said. “The people who flooded the field were on our side, and they were willing to, in the moment without knowing this was happening beforehand, show their support in demanding that our universities listen.”

This story was originally published by Grist with the headline The historic protest at the Harvard-Yale football game was years in the making on Nov 25, 2019.


          

What a Bloomberg candidacy could mean for climate

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This weekend, former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg entered the presidential race in classic billionaire style: by buying up $30 million worth of TV ads. Bloomberg’s late-stage entry has sent a jolt through the Democratic primary. Will it do the same for the discussion around climate change — an issue that has been shunted to the tail end of a long progressive agenda?

Bloomberg, a former Republican worth a reported $58 billion, has long made bringing down emissions a centerpiece of his philanthropic work. With his help, the Sierra Club launched the Beyond Coal campaign — an initiative that supports grassroots efforts to shutter coal-powered plants across the United States. Sierra Club estimates the initiative is responsible for shuttering 40 percent of the nearly 300 coal plants that have closed so far. (However, some of those plants switched to natural gas, a less emissions-intensive fossil fuel, which Bloomberg endorsedas a “bridge fuel” as recently at 2016.) Bloomberg also pledged half a billion dollars to help launch Beyond Carbon, another Sierra Club effort that aims to shut down the nation’s remaining coal plants.

Bloomberg has also donated $5 million to the League of Conservation Voters, a group that keeps tabs on how members of Congress vote on climate and environment bills and lobbies for climate action. He’s donated more than $150 million to green groups in total. And he was some of the brains and most of the muscle behind America’s Pledge, a group that aims to fill the void Trump left when he exited the Paris climate agreement by galvanizing regional and local support for green policies.

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There’s more on Bloomberg’s list of green accomplishments, but you get the picture. His money has done a lot of good for the environment. In fact, one could easily argue that Bloomberg has done more for climate action as a philanthropist than progressive elected officials have been able to manage in Congress. As fellow billionaire candidate Tom Steyer pointed out at the fifth Democratic presidential debate last week, Congress hasn’t yet passed a single climate bill.

If Bloomberg has had so much success tackling climate change outside the confines of the Capitol, and politicians have had so little success doing the same thing in Congress, why not just stay put?

New York Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, who has endorsed Bernie Sanders for president, made exactly that point in a tweet earlier this month. “Call me radical, but maybe instead of setting ablaze hundreds of millions of dollars on multiple plutocratic, long-shot, very-late presidential bids, we instead invest hundreds of millions into winning majorities of state legislatures across the United States?”

To borrow a phrase from Sanders, it’s possible that Bloomberg will be able to walk and chew bubble gum at the same time. He said he plans to spend $100 million in swing states pushing anti-Trump ads. And he could spend up to $20 million more on voter registration in those states. In other words, it’s not like the Bloomberg money tap is going to run dry now that he’s running for president.

Not to mention that the primary contest has been missing a climate hawk since Washington Governor Jay Inslee dropped out. The field could benefit from a new, climate-oriented addition, and Bloomberg has signaled an interest in filling that role. On his campaign website, Bloomberg cites “Fighting climate change” as one of his chief priorities. In the section on addressing the crisis, Bloomberg touts his record on climate and promises to “ensure the federal government leads an ambitious agenda to accelerate the U.S. toward a clean energy economy.”

But because he said he will not accept campaign donations, it’s unclear how Bloomberg will ever meet the Democratic National Committee’s official requirements to make it onto a debate stage. And, no matter how many millions he pours into the race, the billionaire will have to play a lot of catch up to boost his poll numbers. Right now, he’s polling with the bottom tier of 2020 candidates. Turns out there are still a few things money can’t buy.

This story was originally published by Grist with the headline What a Bloomberg candidacy could mean for climate on Nov 25, 2019.


          

Victorian Country Hour

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Irrigators in the southern Murray-Darling Basin will be able to purchase cheap water from next week. It's all part of the Federal Government's "Water for Fodder" program. By 2035 India will be the world's third largest economy with 1.6 billion citizens. Agriculture and export leaders came together in Canberra last week to discuss how they can best trade with the growing market.
          

Victorian Country Hour

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The federal Water Minister is calling for calm and common sense in the water debate. As drought puts increasing pressure on rivers and dams, tensions are reaching fever pitch across the Basin, and NSW has repeated threats to walk away from the $13 billion bipartisan deal.
          

BBI Report did not Cost Sh10 Billion – Govt

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The Building Bridges Initiative (BBI) taskforce did not gobble up Sh10 billion worth of taxpayer’s money, the government has indicated. For weeks leading to the launch of the report on Wednesday, the Sh10 B figure has been thrown around on social media discussion forums. But according to the BBI taskforce Joint Secretary, Dr. Martin Kimani, […]

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$30bn loan request imperative for nation’s infrastructure development – BMO

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The Buhari Media Organisation (BMO) says President Muhammadu Buhari’s 29.9 billion dollars external borrowing request to National Assembly for approval was in the interest of the country. In a statement signed by its Chairman Niyi Akinsiju in Abuja on Sunday, BMO said the funds were necessary in order for the country to bridge the infrastructure […]

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All the best Cyber Monday deals you need to know - 9Honey

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  1. All the best Cyber Monday deals you need to know  9Honey
  2. Cyber Monday 2019: How to shop Nike's 20% off sale  finder.com.au
  3. Cyber Monday: US Shoppers Flock to the Internet for Deals  Voice of America
  4. Americans spent $7.4 billion online on Black Friday  WTHR
  5. Better Business Bureau Sends out a warning ahead of Cyber Monday  FOX19
  6. View full coverage on Google News

          

[영화요청 및 건의사항] 해외 카드알바에 달인

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카트에 달인이네요~

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

마트에서 제품을 카트에 담으면 계산대에서 결제 없이 구매할 수 있다?

마트에서 물건을 구매할 때 계산대에서 물건을 하나씩 바코드를 찍어가며 계산을 하게 되는데

대형마트의 경우 계산대 앞에는 계산을 기다리는 줄이 길어지게 되면서 기분 좋게 쇼핑했다가 기분을 망치는 경우가 있다


          

New Evidence Points To Mounting Trade Policy Effects On U.S. Business Activity

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Trade worries remain at the forefront of economic news. Average tariffs on Chinese imports now stand at 21 percent, up from 3 percent in March 2018. Earlier this month, President Trump suspended plans for further tariff hikes on Chinese goods. Also this month, the U.S. is rolling out new tariffs on $7.5 billion worth of imports from Europe.

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European utility major Enel plans 14GW of new renewable generation by 2022

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Greentech Media: European utility giant Enel has committed half of its total investment over the next few years to decarbonization, part of a new strategic plan revealed on Tuesday. Between 2020 and 2022, the Italian group will invest €11.5 billion ($12.6 billion) in additional renewable capacity, which it expects to equate to another 14.1 gigawatts […]
          

Brazilian mining company to take $1.6 billion charge, shift focus from thermal to met coal

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S&P Global Market Intelligence ($): Vale SA expects a total of US$3.2 billion in noncash impairment charges in its fourth quarter results this year, related to its New Caledonia nickel operation and its coal business. The Brazilian diversified miner said Nov. 26 that it expects reduced production from its New Caledonia mine for its remaining […]
          

MSD Doubles Biotech Production in the Netherlands

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The company's Oss plant's expanded biotech production capacity can meet the growing global demand for cancer treatment.

 

MSD is the largest pharmaceutical company in the Netherlands and will double the biotech production capacity of Oss in the next few years. The US-based company said it needs to expand as global demand for MSD drugs continues to grow. With the increase in production capacity and the launch of new facilities, MSD is able to ship medicines from Oss to the rest of the world.

 

The investment in Oss is part of a $16 billion, multi-year MSD program designed to expand the company's manufacturing capabilities around the world. In the Netherlands, MSD's location in Haarlem, Oss and Boxmeer (Animal Health) is currently under construction.

 

Dutch attention to global cancer control

 

Cancer is one of the biggest challenges of our time. In the Netherlands, approximately 116,000 people develop cancer each year. About one in six people worldwide die from this disease.

 

MSD places great emphasis on immuno-oncology in its broad portfolio of oncology products. The MSD in the Netherlands, especially the MSD of Oss, has been closely involved in the invention of MSD immuno-oncology products, and this important role has continued in the biotechnology production and manufacturing process.

 

John Glavas, director of MSD Oss Biotech, said: "With the new high-tech facilities and higher manufacturing capabilities, the Netherlands will make an important contribution...Read More

          

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What if Everyone Lived in Tiny Homes? One of the major contributors to climate change and environmental damage is overconsumption. Humans are so used to having everything in excess that we are inadvertently using up way too many resources, way too fast.   Manufacturing simple things such as clothes, paper and furniture have far reaching environmental consequences. It takes 2,700 litres of fresh water to produce a cotton t-shirt. Producing one shoe has a carbon footprint of 30 pounds. The only thing is we produce 15 billion pairs of shoes every year. That is almost double the number of people on Earth. While we are focused on the little things such as reducing the use of plastic or using electric cars, the fact remains we are still polluting the Earth in a much more devastating way just by consuming. From the lights that are on in your room to the smartphone or computer you are reading this post from, everything we do is negatively impacting the environment. The only real solution is to consume less and teach the next generation to do the same. The good news is people are already conscious and taking steps to reduce their consumption. Minimalism is a movement that has recently grown in popularity, and it can have a profound impact if adopted by the masses. Another movement that is making a positive change is the tiny house movement. People living in tiny homes invariably need less furniture and have less storage space. They don’t constantly need new stuff because they have less storage space and a tiny home. They need fewer building materials and they require less energy to light their homes. Tiny homes also need less energy for heating and cooling and thus can be powered using solar panels, which makes them sustainable. In this post, we take a look at four amazing things that are going to happen if everyone started to live in tiny homes. Every home in America would fit in Rhode Island There are about 118 million homes in the United States, a number that is constantly growing. If everyone decided to live in tiny homes, we would immediately save a huge land area that was previously used for sprawling mansions and big homes. Even average sized American homes are behemoths when compared to tiny homes. An average home in the United States is about 2,687 square feet. Compare that to the size of a tiny home which is usually smaller than 400 square feet. So, if everyone in the country started living in tiny homes (about 250 square feet) then all the homes would fit in an area the size of Rhode Island. More people would live mortgage free An average cost of building a tiny home is $23,000, if the home is built by the owner. Compare that to the cost of an average home, which is $272,000. By going tiny, more people would be able to live mortgage-free and be able to achieve their retirement goals faster. With more money to spare, people would also have less credit card debt. As humans, we would consume half the resources Maria Saxton, an environmental design researcher conducting a survey for her thesis concluded that humans living in tiny homes require less resources. In her survey of 80 people, she found that people living in tiny homes have a lower ecological footprint. They needed 9.5 acres of resources per year compared to 17.3 acres that went into sustaining people living in regular homes. In other words, people in tiny homes saved almost 45% of energy bills. Considering that 44% of all energy produced in the United States comes from coal-burning power plants, this could essentially eliminate the pollution caused by these plants. Landfills and trash pick up systems get a break Landfills, recycling centers and trash incineration plants will witness far less input of trash. People living in tiny homes need fewer items, thus fewer items get disposed. We are not just talking about clothes, books and electronics. Little things such as cleaning agents and monthly consumables that go into maintaining the home. Most people who choose a tiny living learn to let go of the non-essentials and keep things that are really important. Because of the space constraints, they shop for fewer items and only buy food items that they know are going to be consumed. All of these tiny habits result in less trash. And if everybody shifted to a tiny home we would essentially solve the global waste management crisis. Article written by Roger Dutta
          

Foreign Affairs, Justice Ministries budgeted N5.6bn for constituency projects – ICPC

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T he Independent Corrupt Practices and other related offences Commission (ICPC) has accused the Ministries of Foreign Affairs and Justice of “inserting” a whopping N5.6 billion constituency projects in the 2019 budget. While the Ministry of Foreign Affairs had N2.9 billion, the Ministry of Justice was said to have earmarked N2.7 billion for the zonal […]
          

Washington State Bolsters its Defense Against Urban Forest Pests with New Guidelines

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Pests looking to make their homes in Washington’s urban forests may now face a stronger defense, thanks to a new resource released this this month by the state’s Invasive Species Council. The Washington State Urban Forest Pest Readiness Playbook, published in partnership with the Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR), contains guidelines that towns, cities, counties and urban forestry programs can follow to address the threat of forest pests, which are estimated to cost local governments across the country an estimated $1.7 billion each year. The playbook contains self-assessments and recommended actions that communities can use to prepare for pest outbreaks. Support and funding for this effort came from 2018 Farm Bill Section 10007 through the U.S. Department of Agriculture and Plant Health Inspection Service Plant Protection and Quarantine.


          

Podcasts to Listen To: The Sports Gambling Podcast and the best sports betting podcasts to listen to

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Wagering on the outcome of a sports game has been around since the first sports games were invented. Although sports gambling was seen as an illegal activity and was often conducted away from the eyes of law enforcement for many years, the sports gambling industry is now valued between $60 billion to $73 billion after the U.S. Supreme Court lifted the federal ban on sports betting in 2018. Since the ban was lifted, 11 states have legalized sports betting. Here are a few podcasts to help you [...]
          

Skrooge 2.21.0 released

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The Skrooge Team announces the release 2.21.0 version of its popular Personal Finances Manager based on KDE Frameworks

Changelog

  • Correction bug 411958: Import CSV fails if account is empty
  • Correction bug 409166: skrooge appdata.xml missing release 2.20.0
  • Correction bug 409703: No guide or tooltip for + icon in Categories form, and inconsistent
  • Correction bug 409165: skrooge appdata.xml gets warnings from validation-strict on flathub
  • Correction bug 412494: Skrooge flatpak silently fails to import anything from Amex QFX
  • Correction bug 412831: Filter for custom properties have to be prefixed with v_operation_display_all
  • Correction bug D22508: Get rid of obsolete methods
  • Correction bug D24327: Build flatpak with latest libofx 0.9.15
  • Correction bug: Import CSV with comma when headers are forced (no automatic detection)
  • Correction bug: blank spaces at units "Internet code" (see: https://forum.kde.org/viewtopic.php?f=210&t=163184&p=424630&hilit=skroog...)
  • Correction: Import CSV file with footer line
  • Correction: Dashboard readability improvement (see: https://forum.kde.org/viewtopic.php?f=210&t=162650)
  • Feature D22484: Support using category, account, payee  or unit properties in reports
  • Feature: New source of unite: ratesapi.io (see: https://forum.kde.org/viewtopic.php?f=210&t=162312&sid=c31044c567a38f04e...)

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The ABC is still running Windows 7 and that’s a big problem

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Australia’s national broadcaster is funded to the tune of 1 Billion dollars per year, but it seems that hasn’t covered important updates to their IT systems. This morning the ABC Sydney office was experiencing power issues and ABC News Mornings presenter, Joe O’brien shared a photo on Twitter. The photo shows the office lighting off, with the computer displays still running (presumably powered by a UPS). Those paying attention will recognize that wallpaper (and taskbar) as Windows 7. The problem with ABC still running Windows 7 in late 2019 is that Microsoft ended mainstream support for Windows 7 on January 13, 2015. Assuming the ABC paid up for extended support, that also ends in just over a month from now, on January 14, 2020. Running an old […]

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Intel claims Qualcomm anticompetitive practices caused it billions in losses

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The US chip giant says it was forced out of the smartphone modem market and had to sell the business at a great loss.
          

IGF2019 Observation: Compare Chancellor Merkel's Digital Sovereignty with Chinese and U.S. Version

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The 2019 UN IGF is right now being held in Berlin and entering the last day. There has been a wide range of exciting discussions. It is a huge step forward that this year's IGF has been able to bring a plethora of topics together under a framework of thinking after the efforts done by the UN Secretary-General António Guterres' High-Level Panel on Digital Cooperation (The Age of Digital Interdependence) and by German scholars' engagement with all the stakeholders (Towards a Global Framework for Cyber Peace and Digital Cooperation: An Agenda for the 2020s).

A central underlying topic of this year's IGF is about the conceptions about digital sovereignty. It is totally predictable that Chancellor Merkel would use Berlin Wall metaphor to enshrine the value of free speech. It is rare, however, to hear that she emphasizes digital sovereignty, which is said to be neither censorship nor protectionism, but a way through which individuals are capable of determining their own digital development.

Sovereignty in cyberspace has long been labeled by Western mainstream literature as a "monopoly" by China. But this is no longer the case, perhaps has never been. This column piece wants to share a different narrative: Washington DC is, in reality, the strongest supporter of the notion of cyber sovereignty in the military domain; China pays more attention to the content category; EU is more concerned about big tech giants.

Or, an easier way to put it might be this. All nations and every individual like nice words and they all support freedom and free flow. The important thing is how they make exceptions. China has social stability exceptions. U.S. has national security exceptions. Germany has privacy exceptions. All the three nations, however, attach great importance to political stability, who is the core for a society to function.

I shared my ideas in the IGF 2019 Digital Sovereignty & Internet Fragmentation session. (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p55_LZmJ-2o&t=3795s). Below is a rewriting of what I said about how national sovereignty has made its extensions into cyberspace — with different degrees, in different categories, by different stakeholders — which shapes the complexities and contradictions in the articulation of digital sovereignty by different nations and stakeholders. There are five contexts.

Category No. 1 Military or legitimacy of cyberspace as military domain and the rules for it if it is legitimate. We see in this category the most hardcore extension of traditional national sovereignty into cyberspace by some nation-states. You will be given a Nobel Peace prize if you can find a multi-stakeholder solution to this unilateral or multilateral issue. If we can reduce the tensions in this category, all the rest of the challenges will become irrelevant and evaporate. China remains reluctant to admit that cyberspace has become a military zone but still eagerly promotes national sovereignty for defensive purpose against the possibility that the same two words — national sovereignty — might be used for offensive purposes by some other countries. That is a rather paradoxical situation.

Category No. 2 Crime or cybercrime governance. This is also a sovereignty story, but there are some transnational initiatives and mechanisms installed. EU has the Budapest Convention on Cybercrime. Russia has submitted a UN Convention on the Fight against Information Crimes. U.S. and UK have signed the first bilateral data-sharing agreement under CLOUD. China follows a practical approach and is busy taking back suspects committing telecommunication fraud from abroad. Cybercrime is now No.1 type of crime in China, which is also good news because the crimes in the streets have significantly reduced.

Category No. 3 Trade or digital economy and digital trade rules. The most recent update is Osaka Track. It is another challenging field that brings together a lot of elements that call for multi-ministry and multi-stakeholder coordination. This is where free flow is upheld and may lead to the removal of many practices of data localization. The word trust in the principle of "data free flow with trust" is problematic and subjective. A plain use of free flow is much clearer.

Category No. 4 Code or technical communities and management of core Internet resources. This is where institutional innovation really happens and should be more widely exported to inform other categories. China is happy about the current situation. Multi-stakeholder is firmly supported. The words have been spread and repeated by Chinese President for quite some years at the World Internet Conference WuZhen Summit. All the WuZhen gatherings have carried a theme of "Digital Commons." The values nurtured by the technical communities are highly appreciated and resonate with some universal values deeply rooted in Chinese culture. The Chinese philosopher Zhao Ting-yang captures this Chinese worldview in his books about global governance. He concluded his dialogue with his French counterpart Régis Debray that the Internet changed the world more than revolutionaries like Marx, Lenin, and Mao Zedong.

Category No. 5 Content or social media governance. China so far prefers a sovereignty approach in this category. But domestically, It is important to pay attention to the diversity of media ownerships in China. There are state media like People's Daily. There are commercial media such as Tick-Tok. There are grassroots media like half a billion users' Microblog or WeChat accounts. The rise of private media ownership is quite reassuring.

Therefore, there are different extensions and projections of national sovereignty in different cyber contexts. A U.S. military version of hardcore cyber sovereignty assumes certain enemies, bases itself basically purely on imaginations, and makes China and perhaps many other developing parts of the world feel extremely uneasy. However, the Chinese way of protecting cyber sovereignty in the content domain makes the U.S. cry foul over human rights principles.

German Chancellor Merkel and her more outspoken French counterpart President Macron share the same U.S. worries about Chinese domestic practices in the content domain, but are more urgently concerned about the big U.S. Internet platforms, and this is perhaps the direction of a European version of digital sovereignty is pointing to. All of these are further enhanced by the uncertainties and competition for huge opportunities brought by emerging technologies.

Solution: return to the insights and values of the Founding Fathers of the Internet and flexibly combine multistakeholderism and multilateralism in global digital policy-making.

Written by Peixi (Patrick) Xu, Professor, Communication University of China


          

The Nothing Within By Andy Giesler

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The Nothing Within by Andy Giesler 4.4 Stars – 35 Reviews Kindle Price: $0.99 Lending: EnabledText-To-Speech: Enabled Here's the set up: In 2161, the first chimera arose. A year later, twelve billion people were dead. The few who survived called it the Reckoning. Generations later, their descendants hide within the walls of small, rustic villages, […]
          

"The Danger of Convenience"

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"The Danger of Convenience"
by David Cain

"The other day I saw an ad for Google Home which, even five years ago, could have passed for their annual April Fool’s joke. (You can see it here.) A woman is getting comfortable on a couch, as a friendly voiceover relates a supposedly-common dilemma: “You know when you’ve got Chinese takeout on your chest, and the blanket around your feet, and then you realize the remote is on the other side of the couch? Just say ‘Hey Google, play 'Stranger Things!’”

I appreciate ease and convenience (and 'Stranger Things') as much as anyone else. We should be grateful to have access to ingenious devices that relieve us from having to do laundry in a stream, heat water by the pot load over a fire, and other laborious, dangerous, and time-consuming tasks. But when we’re also employing futuristic devices to do the easiest imaginable things, we’re probably making our lives worse. How convenient do we want things to be, really? Would we eliminate all bodily movement if it were possible?

If a remote control sitting on the far arm of the couch has become a dilemma we want technology to solve for us, we may be heading straight into the realm of Wall-E, or a similar dystopia. Convenience tech has a way of giving ourselves a fish, so to speak, at any cost. The more we rely on technologies to stand in for our own abilities, for what our brains and bodies know how to do, the worse we get at using those brains and bodies on their own. 

We should be familiar with this idea already. We saw the rise of the automobile sap our willingness, and eventually our ability, to walk anywhere, especially after we started designing cities that don’t work without cars. The global food system, as efficient as it is, helped billions of people forget how to produce and even cook our own food. Today human beings are rapidly losing the ability to navigate a city without the aid of GPS satellites, which is to say we need a network of spaceships to do what once only required a paper map.

To be clear, these kinds of tradeoffs can be worth it. If we’re saving a huge workload, such as with laundry machines, the inevitable loss of washboard skills throughout a society might not be so terrible. But the cost of a new convenience can be much higher than that, and the rewards smaller. We should certainly be wary of what it will cost us to become unaccustomed to reaching for objects more than three feet away.

It’s easy to forget that the remote control, the same device taunting the lady in the ad from two couch-cushions distant, was a dangerously convenient invention in its own right. In the 1980s, it allowed us, quite suddenly, to consume hours of television across multiple channels without having to resort to bipedality - a much, much older development, but also a much more valuable one.

The remote made it fifty times easier to change the channel, and simultaneously fifty times harder not to watch too much TV. A whole new mode of sedentary, passive living became not only possible, but pervasive. It made the simple act of standing up and doing something else into a much more psychologically demanding feat than ever before. Convenient or not, it’s hard to say the rise of the remote control has been a wholly positive development for our species.

Now the convenience level is reaching new heights of absurdity, and it will make possible new levels of sedentariness and tech dependency. This isn’t a matter of moral judgment - everyone wants a different lifestyle, and I don’t begrudge anyone theirs. But I think it’s easy to overlook the downsides of the conveniences we adopt. I can’t be the only one who wants it to be less easy to plug my mind into a screen for three hours. Bring back the clunky old knobs!

It never quite seems like it, but a new convenience device is always a tradeoff between personal ability and technological ability. As the technology makes one thing easier, the personal skills and qualities required for the old, manual way start to dull and die off. Those qualities - which include things like initiative, patience, awareness, problem-solving, and the simple willingness to use one’s body - didn’t become obsolete along with the channel knob or the written letter, they just became less well developed across the whole population.

We are certainly worse at simply getting through our day without being entertained, and nobody could argue that’s a good thing. In 1988, the notion of watching a movie while waiting for a bus would have been unthinkable. Today, it’s becoming increasingly unthinkable to spend any time waiting without electronic entertainment.

It’s not all or nothing, but to the extent that we use a device to circumvent the need for patience, or any other human quality, the less we develop that quality, and the more we need the device. Between those two capabilities - watching movies almost anywhere you like, and waiting patiently almost anywhere you like - which one would you rather lose? The internal one or the external one?

We can assume that behind almost every new technologically-endowed superpower we accept, at least one un-purchaseable skill or attribute is slowly withering, and it isn’t necessarily a quality we no longer need.

For example, new technologies have greatly reduced the need to use our bodies at work, in both blue and white collar sectors. This change has many worthwhile upsides of course, but depending on the type of work, it can leave our bodies so underused that it’s common to go right from a workplace to a gymnasium, just to add another hour of economically unproductive work - running in place on treadmills and lifting dead pieces of iron. We’re making up for a known deficiency created by otherwise helpful technologies, even though staying strong and active never lost any value - it just became easier and easier to neglect.

New inventions never simply add ease to what we’re already doing. They provide ease in one area, usually a very specific one, at the cost of slowly starving any personal skills—often broadly-applicable ones - that the old way used to keep sharp. The easier the tasks we’re sparing ourselves, the higher we’re holding convenience over self-reliance, and the more helpless we become without our tech. Using a chainsaw to replace hours of axe work is probably a sensible tradeoff, but using voice-activated software to spare us from moving our arms is probably not.

I don’t know what I want for Christmas, but it would be great if it made me better at some fundamental human quality instead of worse. But that would make me impossible to shop for."

          

"Economic Market Snapshot 12/1/19"

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U.S. accounting, tax preparation, bookkeeping and payroll services report 1.8% decrease in revenue from Q1 to Q2 2019

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Revenue for accounting, tax preparation, bookkeeping and payroll services industries across the U.S. was $44.9 billion for the 2nd quarter of 2019, a 1.8 percent decrease from the previous quarter. Read more..


          

U.S. health care construction spending down 3.09% from December 2018 to January 2019

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Health Care spending for January 2019 was estimated at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of $2.15 billion. Read more..


          

U.S. communication construction spending down 0.81% from January to February 2019

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Communication spending for February 2019 was estimated at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of $1.73 billion. Read more..


          

Farm product raw materials wholesalers report 1.2 percent increase in year-over-year July sales

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Sales by farm product raw materials wholesalers in July 2019 were $18.3 billion, an increase of 1.2 percent from the same period a year earlier, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. Read more..


          

Introducing: Bad Batch

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In Wondery's new series Bad Batch, host Laura Beil (Dr. Death) investigates the multi-billion dollar underregulated industry of stem cell therapy where greed and desperation collide. When a group of patients wind up in a Texas hospital in critical condition, the trail leads back to one stem cell company and its charismatic CEO. What happens when a supposed miracle cure leaves you worse off than before?

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The latest from the dragon

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In the Gatestone Institute, Gordan Chang reports,
On January 1, China's Cryptography Law becomes effective. The legislation follows the December 1 implementation of the Multi-Level Protection Scheme 2.0, issued under the authority of the 2016 Cybersecurity Law.

Together, these measures show Beijing's absolute determination to seize from foreign companies all their communications, data, and other information stored in electronic form in China.

"Once data crosses the Chinese border on a network," writes Steve Dickinson in the China Law Blog, "100 percent of that data will be 100 percent available to the Chinese government and the CCP."

Beijing's complete visibility into the networks of foreign companies will have extremely disadvantageous consequences, Dickinson notes. First, Chinese officials will be permitted, under Chinese law, to share seized information with state enterprises. This means the enterprises will be able to use that information against their foreign competitors.

Second, China's new rules will almost certainly result in foreign companies losing trade secret protection around the world. A trade secret loses its status as such when it is widely disclosed. Once a company allows such a secret to be carried on its Chinese network, the company has to assume Beijing will know it. "Since no company can reasonably assume its trade secrets will remain secret once transmitted into China over a Chinese controlled network, they are at great risk of having their trade secret protections outside China evaporating as well," writes Dickinson.

Third, China's cybersecurity program exposes companies to penalties for violating U.S. tech-export legislation. Businesses have assumed that technology covered by U.S. export prohibitions is not "exported" if it is kept on a Chinese network protected by end-to-end encryption, in other words, not available to Chinese authorities. Because companies will no longer be permitted to encrypt data end-to-end, they will almost certainly be considered as violating U.S. rules for tech stored on a network in China.

Not every analyst is alarmed by China's December 1 measures. James Andrew Lewis, for instance, maintains that Beijing's new rules are a "legitimate effort" to secure networks in China. Moreover, he argues the Chinese do not need the new MLPS 2.0 rules to grab information because they can just steal all they want with their advanced "APT" hacker groups. "Their intent is not to use it for malicious purposes," Lewis argues, referring to Chinese officials.

It is not clear how Lewis, a tech expert at the Washington, D.C.-based Center for Strategic and International Studies, can know the intent of China's officials. Furthermore, portraying that intent as benign seems naive—laughable even—while their country is stealing hundreds of billions of dollars of American intellectual property each year and while Chinese ruler Xi Jinping continues his determined attacks on foreign business. In these circumstances, we have to assume Chinese officials are acting with malign intent.

Lewis also downplays the basic point that China's cyber spies, once they have the encryption keys and access to the China network of a foreign firm, will be in a better position to penetrate the networks of that firm outside China. Therefore, it will only be a matter of time before Beijing steals data and puts companies out of business or ruins them to the point where Chinese entities can swoop in and buy them up cheap. Many allege that China stole data from Canada's Nortel Networks and thereby bankrupted it almost a decade ago. The company was, according to the Financial Post, "hacked to pieces."

Finally, CSIS's Lewis fails to recognize that Beijing's December 1 rules generally legitimize China's regulation and information-custody role--in other words, China's theft.

Senator Josh Hawley is rightly more suspicious of Beijing's intentions. In November, the Missouri Republican introduced a bill, the National Security and Data Protection Act of 2019, prohibiting American companies from storing user data or encryption keys in China. Of course, this bill faces opposition from tech companies doing business in that country.

Yet, there is someone who can, with the stroke of a pen, effectively implement Hawley's bill. President Donald John Trump can use his broad powers under the International Emergency Economic Powers Act of 1977 to prohibit companies from complying with the pernicious new rules or from storing data in China.

The rationale for such a sweeping presidential order is that the American people have an interest in China not taking control of American companies with operations in China--a probable consequence of the application of the December 1 and January 1 measures.

Such an emergency order would effectively force American companies out of China, so this step would be drastic. Yet it is China, with its incredibly ambitious grab of data, that is forcing the issue.

The American people have a vital interest in the protection of American data. Trump should issue such an order immediately.
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Ten things climate alarmists don't want us to be thankful for

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In PJ Media, Tyler O'Neill writes,
This Thanksgiving, Americans have a great deal to be thankful for, but climate alarmists would ruin much of it. Thanks to free markets, relative global stability, and the explosion of technology involving fossil fuels, Americans enjoy an unprecedented degree of prosperity — and the blessings have spread to billions across the world. Climate alarmists warn that this progress is unsustainable if not somehow evil, but there are many reasons to celebrate it.


10. Global greening
Vegetation growth has increased across the earth thanks to carbon dioxide.

9. Higher life expectancy
In the past 60 years, global life expectancy has increased by 48 percent. In 1950, people could expect to live 48 years, on average. In 2015, the number had increased to 71.4 years.

8. Failure of the Green New Deal
The Heartland Institute celebrated that "Americans unequivocally rejected the Green New Deal," Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez's plan to change the entire economy — I mean, "save the earth." Her resolution called for rebuilding every single building in America, among many other things. It has been estimated to cost between $49.109 trillion and $93 trillion — and there's good reason to believe both are underestimates. The first five years of the Green New Deal would cost $250,000 per household, on average. Even taxing the rich at 100 percent would fall trillions short of the bill.

The U.S. Senate rejected the Green New Deal, and the House has not yet voted on it. Sadly, I think this video celebrating its defeat is premature. Many of the Democrats running for president in 2020 have endorsed the Green New Deal or some version of it. All the same, Americans should celebrate the temporary defeat of this dangerous bill.

7. Exiting the Paris Climate Accord

6. Transportation
We should all be thankful for modern transportation. Not only can we cheaply travel across continents and oceans, but trucking transported $721 billion worth of goods across America in 2017. Modern city life would not be possible without it.

5. Where's the beef?
Climate alarmists have encouraged Americans to consume less meat, and emphasized the detrimental environmental impact of cow farts. An unofficial document connected to the Green New Deal — and later withdrawn by AOC's staff — mentioned cow farts, and Bill Nye wants to tax them. Other alarmists have suggested we go vegan to save the earth.

Beef is the second-most consumed meat in the U.S., and cows represent only about 2 percent of the U.S.'s contributions to greenhouse gas emissions. Americans should be thankful for their beef.

4. Fracking
Hydraulic Fracturing has revolutionized American oil production, leading the U.S. to become a net exporter of oil for the first time in decades in 2018. According to some estimates, fracking saved Americans $1.1 trillion over the last decade.

3. Warmer weather saves lives
If the globe really is warming, that may be something to be thankful for. Cold weather kills 20 times more people than hot weather.

2. Petroleum
Alarmists may demonize oil, but without petroleum, we wouldn't have: Aspirin, bicycle tires, cell phones, chewing gum, computers, toothpaste, water bottles — oh, and solar panels!

1. The American patriot
Heartland's last video praises the Americans who fought and died for our freedom. While I heartily agree that we should be extremely thankful for our veterans, the Founders, and the founding generation, I don't think climate alarmists necessarily demonize American patriots. Let's be thankful for our veterans, and on this point at least, climate alarmists should agree with us.
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SENIOR OPERATIONS ANALYST, SUPPLY CHAIN - Maxim Integrated - San Jose, CA

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Eye Disease Detection Using TensorFlow and Azure's CustomVision.ai

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Eye Disease Detection Using TensorFlow and Azure's CustomVision.ai

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Globally, more than 1 billion people are affected by vision impairment or blindness due to unaddressed cataracts (65.2 million), glaucoma (6.9 million), and retina disease (3 million).

Proposed here is the development of an AI-based system that uses the Azure Cognitive Services CustomVision tool to predict the probability of the existence of one of these chronic conditions in an eye scan.


          

Hedge Funds Might Blow a $4.4 Billion Light Bulb Deal

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Amazon's Counterfeit Problem

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This week will usher in one of the busiest shopping days of the year, Black Friday. According to market research company eMarketer, Canadians are on track to spend $64.56 billion shopping online by the end of 2019, with the largest destination being Amazon. The popularity of online shopping has led to a rise in counterfeit products, and it's not just luxury goods. It can be everything from cell-phone chargers and toys, to toothbrushes and other everyday items. The Agenda explores the issue, and why it's getting harder to tell the difference between what's real and what's fake online.
          

Pizzigati, A would-be price tag on the USA?

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America’s wealthiest billionaires buy a national election at $100 a vote — and still make money. Cartoon by Khalid Bendib – OtherWords. What would it cost to buy the 2020 election? by Sam Pizzigati – OtherWords Gracie Mansion, the official residence of New York’s mayors since 1942, hosted billionaire Michael Bloomberg for three terms. The […]
          

Mark Zuckerberg Doubles Down in Defense of Facebook Posting Political Ads That Contain Lies

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Facebook co-founder Mark Zuckerberg is brushing off criticism – again – about his social media company posting political ads that contain false information, explaining to “CBS This Morning” host Gayle King that he doesn’t think private companies “should be censoring politicians.”

In their first joint TV interview – which will air on “CBS This Morning” Monday — Zuckerberg and his wife Priscilla Chan invited King to their home, where Oprah’s bestie confronted the billionaire about the brouhaha surrounding his refusal to take down political ads that, as King put it, “people know are false.”

“What I believe is that in a democracy it’s really important that people can see for themselves what politicians are saying, so they can make their own judgments,” Zuckerberg said, repeating his standpoint he first made in October during a speech at Georgetown University. “And, you know, I don’t think that a private company should be censoring politicians or news.”

In late October, a group of about 200 Facebook employees signed a letter asking him to reconsider his position that political ads should be exempt from fact-checking, writing, “Free speech and paid speech are not the same.”

“Misinformation affects us all,” the letter said. “We strongly object to this policy as it stands. It doesn’t protect voices, but instead allows politicians to weaponize our platform by targeting people who believe that content posted by political figures is trustworthy.”

King asked him if they have a point.

“Well, this is clearly a very complex issue and a lot of people have a lot of different opinions,” Zuckerberg answered.

Zuckerberg dives deeper into that issue, along with talking about the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative — which strives to “advance human potential and promote equality in areas such as health, education, scientific research and energy” — in the full “CBS This Morning” interview.

You can check out the preview below.

Zuckerberg his since taken many hits from those who oppose his view. Speaking at the Anti-Defamation League’s “Never Is Now” Summit, comedian Sacha Baron Cohen said, “I believe it’s time for a fundamental rethink of social media and how it spreads hate, conspiracies and lies.” And during a recent screening of Netflix’s “The Great Hack,” The Guardian reported that Hillary Clinton said Zuckerberg “should pay a price” for harming democracy around the world.

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Elizabeth Warren Slams Secret Trump-Zuckerberg Dinner: 'This Is Corruption, Plain and Simple'

Sacha Baron Cohen Blasts Mark Zuckerberg: Facebook's Inaction Against Holocaust Deniers Is 'Simply Absurd'


          

‘Frozen II’ Breaks Thanksgiving 5-Day Box Office Record With $123.7 Million

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The Thanksgiving weekend estimates for Disney’s “Frozen II” jumped around from day to day, but the final estimate for the 5-day holiday period has settled at $123.7 million, passing the $109.9 million record set in 2013 by “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire.”

That total has this animated sequel leaving the original “Frozen” in the dust.

The original film opened on Thanksgiving weekend in 2013 and took a 5-day start of $93.7 million, meaning “Frozen II” outperformed it this weekend by 32% before inflation. “Frozen” also had a total after two weekends in theaters of $134 million, and “Frozen II” has more than doubled that with $288 million.

“Frozen II” will likely pass the original’s total domestic run of $400 million early next week and is already approaching $1 billion with a global total of $738 million. The film grossed $163.8 million overseas from Friday to Sunday and has an international total of $451 million. In Russia, the film set a new animated opening weekend record with $13.7 million and has already passed the lifetime cume of “Frozen” in 11 countries, including China, which has seen its theatrical market rapidly expand since the first film’s release.

Thanksgiving audiences weren’t just turning out to see sequels, though. Lionsgate found success with MRC/T-Street’s mid-budget whodunnit “Knives Out,” which is estimated for a $41.7 million 5-day opening from 3,461 locations. The film was projected for a long holiday weekend opening of around $30 million, but very strong word of mouth has helped push it past its reported $40 million production budget before the weekend was up. The film also took in $28.3 million overseas for a $70 million global opening.

Critics have raved about “Knives Out” since its Toronto premiere, giving it a 96% Rotten Tomatoes score, and audiences are in agreement with an A- on CinemaScore. By comparison, director Rian Johnson received an A from CinemaScore polls for “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” and a B for his 2012 sci-fi thriller “Looper.” Audience breakdown was near 50/50 in terms of gender and 68% over the age of 25.

The other wide release this weekend was Universal/Makeready’s drama “Queen & Slim,” which sits at No. 5 in this week’s charts with a $15.8 million opening from 1,625 screens against a reported $20 million budget. Like “Knives Out,” word of mouth has been strong for this socially-conscious film from director Melina Matsoukas and writer Lena Waithe, with critics giving it 84% on Rotten Tomatoes and audiences giving it an A- on CinemaScore.

As expected, turnout for “Queen & Slim” heavily skewed African American, with the demographic accounting for 54% of the audience. Age demographics were also fairly even, with 32% coming from the 18-24 group, 27% from 25-34 and 16% over the age of 45.

Between “Knives Out” and “Queen & Slim” on the charts were holdovers “Ford v Ferrari” from Fox and “A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood” from Sony/TriStar. “Ford v Ferrari” took in $19 million to bring its domestic total to $81 million and global total to $143 million. “A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood” was just behind in fourth with a $17.2 million 5-day total, giving it a 10-day total of $34.3 million.

Overall, the 5-day weekend has generated an estimated $260 million in combined grosses, approximately 21% down from last year’s holiday record $315.5 million total. While new releases overperformed, the lack of strong numbers from early November releases in the lower part of the charts weighed down this year’s total.

This year’s weekend ranks sixth on the all-time Thanksgiving charts, on level with the $260 million total earned in 2016 by films like “Moana,” “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” and “Doctor Strange.”

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‘Frozen II’ on Pace to Set Thanksgiving Weekend Record With $128 Million Opening

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Box office weekend estimates have been tempered somewhat after Black Friday, but Disney’s “Frozen II” is still on pace to set a new 5-day Thanksgiving weekend record with an estimated $128 million total after grossing $34 million on Friday from 4,440 screens. That tops the current holiday record held by “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire” with $109.9 million in its second weekend in 2013.

As the sequel approaches $292 million by the end of Sunday, it will bring in approximately 37% more than the 5-day Thanksgiving opening of the original “Frozen.” At its current pace, “Frozen II” should pass its predecessor’s $400 million domestic total well before its main December competition hits theaters, starting with “Jumanji: The Next Level” on Dec. 13.

In second is Lionsgate/MRC/T-Street‘s “Knives Out,” which added $10.6 million on Friday to bring its total to $27 million. Estimates for the film had reached as high as $45 million but have now simmered back down to $42 million. That’s still higher than the 5-day summer opening of “Baby Driver,” another original MRC production that was released by Sony two years ago and opened to $29 million.

A pair of true story holdovers, Fox/Chernin’s “Ford v Ferrari” and Sony/TriStar’s “A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood,” are performing well this weekend with “Ford” taking the edge on the charts with a $19.2 million 5-day weekend to $18.7 million for “Neighborhood.”

Completing the top 5 is Universal/Makeready’s “Queen & Slim,” which was estimated early in the weekend to earn a $15 million 5-day opening and has not wavered from that figure.

Related stories from TheWrap:

'Frozen II' Revives Box Office, Pushes Disney Past $3 Billion in 2019 Domestic Grosses

How 'Frozen II' Songwriters Stopped Thinking About 'Let It Go' to Write Songs for the Sequel

'Frozen II' Film Review: Elsa Belts Again in Entertaining, Unnecessary Sequel


          

Some Older Roku Devices Are About to Lose Netflix Support

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Come Monday, some Roku users will have no choice but to upgrade if they want to continue streaming Netflix.

Several older Roku models will, starting on Dec. 2, no longer be supported by Netflix. “Technical limitations” will prevent Netflix from supporting the older devices, a Netflix rep told CNET earlier this month.

A Roku rep told BGR the following devices will be impacted: Roku SD (N1050); Roku HD-XR (N1101); Roku HD (N1100, 2000C); and Roku XD (2050X, 2050N, 2100X, 2100N).

This shouldn’t come as a complete surprise to the viewers with those devices, though, as Roku has sent alerts, notifying customers their devices may soon be unable to stream Netflix.

Still, if you have one of those devices, and you were looking forward to checking out Martin Scorsese’s “The Irishman,” you might want to crank it out this weekend.

Earlier this month, Roku reported it added 2 million active accounts during the third quarter, pushing it 32.3 million overall.  Roku, in its letter to shareholders, boasted its viewers watched 10.3 billion hours of content during Q3 — or the equivalent of about 3.5 hours per account spent streaming each day.

Coupled with established players like Netflix, Amazon Prime Video and Hulu, Roku appears poised to benefit from the launch  of both Disney+ and Apple TV+ earlier this month.

Related stories from TheWrap:

Roku Stock Sinks as Comcast, Facebook Unveil Streaming Competitors

Roku Launches New Kid-Friendly Streaming Destination Within The Roku Channel

Fubo Sports Network Launches on The Roku Channel


          

Apple Designer Jony Ive, Who Helped Create the iPhone and iPod, Has Been Removed From Company’s Leadership Page

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Apple design wiz Jony Ive has been removed from the company’s leadership page, indicating the man behind some of the tech giant’s biggest products, from the iPhone to the iPod, has officially exited the company.

Ive’s departure has been expected for months now, after he announced in June he’d be leaving Apple to start a new design company. His removal from the company’s leadership page was first reported by The Verge on Thursday.

Apple did not immediately respond to TheWrap’s request for comment.

Ive had been with Apple since the early ’90s, ultimately taking the reins of its design team in 1996. While at Apple he helped refine its sleek, minimalistic approach to product design. Along with the iPhone, iPod, Mac and Apple Watch, Ive also led the team behind Apple Park, the company’s $5 billion corporate headquarters in Cupertino, California that opened in 2017.

During his nearly three decade run at the company, Apple rebounded from a faded tech has-been to the first trillion-dollar company — thanks in large part to the products Ive helped design.

Ive has since partnered with designer Marc Newson on LoveFrom, his latest venture. The company is expected to work closely with Apple moving forward.

Apple chief Tim Cook, in a statement in June, called Ive  a “singular figure in the design world and his role in Apple’s revival cannot be overstated.”

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‘Frozen II’ Adds $15 Million on Thanksgiving, Weekend Estimates at $134 Million

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As the Thanksgiving box office heads into the main portion of the weekend, Disney’s “Frozen II” has already crossed $200 million in domestic grosses with an estimated total of $202 million after one week in theaters. The sequel made $14.7 million from 4,440 screens on Thanksgiving Thursday, as industry estimates now have its 5-day weekend total finishing at $130-135 million.

Lionsgate/MRC’s “Knives Out” is also performing well as word-of-mouth is helping push its opening weekend estimates well above its original $30 million point. After grossing $6.2 million on Thursday from 3,392 screens, the Rian Johnson mystery has a total of $14.6 million and is estimated to earn a $45 million 5-day opening against a $40 million budget. Critics have praised the film since its Toronto premiere with a 96% Rotten Tomatoes score, and now it has an A- on CinemaScore to go with it.

Third on the Thanksgiving charts is Sony’s “A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood” with $3.1 million from 3,325 screens and an estimated $21 million 5-day total. Fox/Chernin’s “Ford v Ferrari” is just behind with $2.9 million from 3,585 screens and an estimated $20 million 5-day total. Completing the top 5 is Universal/Makeready’s “Queen & Slim,” which made $2.3 million on Thursday and is estimated to make $15 million by Sunday against a $20 million budget.

Overall, Thanksgiving Day box office totals finished at $35.3 million. While that is down approximately 16% from the $41.9 million total earned during the holiday last year, but consistent with the $35.4 million earned on Thanksgiving Day 2017. Black Friday box office is projected to total $77.5 million, down 7% year over year, while 5-day overall totals are currently estimated for $280 million, which would be down 11% from last year’s record $315 million holiday total but would rank fourth on the all-time charts.

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How 'Joker' Beat Up Several Superheroes en Route to $1 Billion at Global Box Office


          

The Full List Of All The Superhero Movies Releasing In 2020

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2019 was a great year for superhero movie fans. Marvel’s Avengers: Endgame became the highest-grossing movie of all time while we also had a new Spider-Man movie. From DC, we also got two hits: Shazam! and Joker, with Joker becoming the first R-rated film to cross billion dollars at the worldwide box office. The start […]

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Tear Gas Fired as Protesters Return to Streets: Hong Kong Update

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Tear Gas Fired as Protesters Return to Streets: Hong Kong Update(Bloomberg) -- Police fired tear gas as thousands of black-clad protesters marched in Hong Kong’s tourist district Tsim Sha Tsui on Sunday, as tensions re-emerged after the euphoria of pro-democracy victories at district elections last weekend.Protesters also marched to the U.S. consulate in a rally to express gratitude after President Donald Trump signed legislation last week expressing support for the demonstrators. Late Saturday, a group of protesters blocked roads and set fire to a subway station entrance.Here’s the latest (all times local):MTR to add train captains (5:30 a.m.)The city’s subway operator says some sections of its network will need more train captains to ensure there aren’t objects hindering the operation of trains. Some traffic lights were damaged that may affect its Light Rail services.Police in riot gear line streets (2 a.m.)Police in riot gear were still seen lining some streets even as the crowd dispersed.Police disperse crowds in Whampoa (11 p.m.)Police also fired tear gas in nearby Whampoa, where bricks were hurled at them. A passer-by was attacked, roads were blocked and stores were vandalized in the area.Tear gas fired in Tsim Sha Tsui (5:45 p.m.)Police fired tear gas and used pepper spray as thousands of protesters marched in Hong Kong’s busy tourist district of Tsim Sha Tsui. The police said in a statement that tear gas was fired in response to protesters throwing bricks at officers.March to U.S. consulate (Sunday, 1:30 p.m.)Thousands of protesters carrying U.S. flags and banners marched peacefully to the consulate. In a separate rally Sunday, demonstrators headed to Polytechnic University and the Cross-Harbour Tunnel.China accuses UN Human Rights Head of meddling (late Saturday)China said it “strongly” opposed an op-ed by United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet, accusing her of meddling in the country’s affairs and emboldening Hong Kong protesters to commit violence.Bachelet urged the Hong Kong government to conduct a “proper independent and impartial judge-led investigation” into reports of excessive use of force by police, according to an opinion piece in the South China Morning Post on Saturday. She also urged Carrie Lam’s government to “prioritize a long-overdue process” of meaningful and inclusive dialogue with the people of Hong Kong.China said Bachelet and her office should “stop making irresponsible comments, and refrain from interfering by any means in the internal affairs” of Hong Kong.“The Central Government will continue to firmly support the Chief Executive in governing the Hong Kong SAR in accordance with law, support the Hong Kong police in strictly enforcing law, and support the Hong Kong judicial organs in bringing violent criminals to justice according to law,” China’s UN mission in Geneva said in the statement.Tensions rise again (11 p.m.)About 200 protesters blocked roads, closed an exit at the Prince Edward MTR station and set fire to an entrance of Mong Kok MTR station late Saturday, the South China Morning Post reported. Police fired at least one round of tear gas, it said.Foreign nationals arrested in China (6 p.m.)China arrested two overseas nationals for their alleged involvement in the Hong Kong protest movement, state newspaper Southern Daily reported, citing information from the national security agency. Taiwan citizen Lee Meng-chu and Lee Henley Hu Xiang of Belize were arrested by the national security authorities in the southern Guangdong province, the local paper said.The Taiwanese was suspected of spying and leaking Chinese state secrets, while the other person was accused of funding criminal activities that endanger national security, the paper said. Prosecutors have approved the arrests in both cases and are going through legal procedures, it said.Protesters return (Saturday, 2 p.m.)Hundreds of secondary-school students and elderly people rallied in a park in the city center in support of Hong Kong’s ongoing protests and against police use of tear gas. A number of people addressed the crowd before a band played on a makeshift stage in front of background poster that said: The elderly and the young hold hands and we walk together with you.1,377 arrested in relation to PolyU (4:54 p.m.)Hong Kong police have arrested 1,377 people who left the then-besieged PolyU campus or were in the vicinity, the force’s Chief Superintendent Kwok Ka-chuen said at a daily briefing. More than 300 people under age 18 had their information taken down when they left the campus, he said, adding that he was “pleased” the episode at the school was coming to an end and that he hoped it could be a “turning point” for the city’s unrest, as it was resolved peacefullyPolice have now made 5,890 protest-related arrests since rallies began on June 9, he said.Hong Kong insurance sales to China slip (3:32 p.m.)Insurance sales in the financial hub to mainland customers declined in the third quarter as the protests halted visits to the city. Their purchases of insurance and related investment policies declined 18% to HK$9.7 billion ($1.2 billion) from a year earlier, according to figures from Hong Kong’s Insurance Authority. That year-on-year drop was the biggest since the start of last year, weighing on insurance giants such as Prudential Plc and AIA Group Ltd.Hong Kong is a hot market to buy insurance for mainland customers since it offers a wider array of investment products and access to foreign currencies. Since rules stipulate that customers need to finalize contracts in person, sales have been pummeled as many prospective Chinese customers have avoided the former British colony.PolyU siege ends (Friday 12:51 p.m.)Police said they lifted their blockade on PolyU after officers cleared the campus. Chow Yat-ming, the city’s assistant police commissioner, said he believed PolyU could be handed back to university management after dangerous items that remained on campus were removed.Firemen and a police safety team did a final sweep of the campus in the morning after searching every level of each building to handle hazardous items and collect evidence the day before. The police said they seized items including 3,989 petrol bombs, 1,339 explosive items and 601 bottles of corrosive liquids.\--With assistance from Zheping Huang and Aaron Mc Nicholas.To contact the reporters on this story: Karen Leigh in Hong Kong at kleigh4@bloomberg.net;Natalie Lung in Hong Kong at flung6@bloomberg.net;Manuel Baigorri in Hong Kong at mbaigorri@bloomberg.netTo contact the editors responsible for this story: Shamim Adam at sadam2@bloomberg.net, Tony CzuczkaFor more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.com©2019 Bloomberg L.P.



          

Can The Iran Crisis Be A Blessing In Disguise For Europe?

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Popular protests in Iran came at a particularly delicate time for the nuclear agreement between Iran and the world powers, known as Joint Comprehensive Plan Of Action (JCPOA). More than one year after the United States unilaterally withdrew and re-imposed extraterritorial sanctions against Iran, the JCPOA is hovering precariously on a brink of collapse. Currently, the only obvious path available for Iran and the U.S. to avoid a direct confrontation is the French President Emmanuel Macron's initiative to mediate between them, and to issue a $15 billion credit line to Iran to cover its basic needs. -Eldar Mamedov
          

Democrats aim to catch up to Trump's 2020 cash advantage

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Democrats are narrowing Donald Trump's early spending advantage, with two billionaire White House hopefuls joining established party groups to target the president in key battleground states that are likely to determine the outcome of next year's election.
          

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The Oregon Office of Economic Analysis (OEA) adjusted the “kicker” for the 2018 tax year from more than $1.5 billion to $1.6 billion earlier this month. That means an increase in the amount returned to taxpayers. The state hasn’t issued kicker checks since 2007. The surplus will be returned to taxpayers through a credit on their [...]
          

Jeffrey Epstein Billionaire's Dinner Deep Dive - Crypto Beast

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Macau casino revenue slides 8.5% in November

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Macau casino revenue slides 8.5% in NovemberGambling revenue in the Chinese territory of Macau dropped 8.5% in November year on year, hit by lacklustre demand from high roller gamblers due to slowing economic growth amid the ongoing Sino-U.S. trade war and protests in neighbouring Hong Kong. November's figure of 22.9 billion patacas ($2.8 billion), the second weakest figure this year, comes as some high roller players delay trips to Macau, analysts said. While protests in the Asian financial hub of Hong Kong have caused transport disruption and deterred travel to the former British colony and then on to Macau, analysts and executives say the impact on gaming revenues has been minimal.



          

UPDATE 1-United States requests extradition of ex-Autonomy boss Lynch from UK

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UPDATE 1-United States requests extradition of ex-Autonomy boss Lynch from UKThe United States has formally requested the extradition of Michael Lynch, the British tech billionaire who sold his data company Autonomy to Hewlett Packard (HP) in an ill-fated $11.1 billion deal, to face charges including securities fraud, wire fraud and conspiracy. The U.S. embassy in London submitted the extradition request on Nov. 21 for Lynch to stand trial in the United States, according to a court filing dated Dec. 1. Lynch, once hailed as Britain's answer to Bill Gates, is currently battling the American IT giant in London's High Court.



          

Human Resources: VP Human Resources - Miami, Florida

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Job Title: VP Human Resources Location: Miami, FL Job-Type: Direct-Hire Referral Fee: /- $ 1,725 Employment Eligibility: Gravity can only consider US Citizens, Green Card Holders at this time Candidates must have banking experience in order to get in consideration Position Overview The Human Resources Manager has overall responsibility for the Human Resources (HR) functions within the company and is charged with planning and managing human resource programs and strategies. The HR Manager will be responsible for recruiting and retention strategies; employee relations and engagement; and day-to-day procedures. Functions within the department include hiring, benefits administration, payroll administration, and ongoing employee relations work. The successful candidate will need to be an extraordinary leader - they will lead 5 Direct Reports including, but not limited to HR generalists, Payroll/benefits, Receptionist, Admininstator, and a HR Director. Our client is a billion-dollar publicly traded bank headquartered in Puerto Rico with operations across the United States. Qualification & Responsibilities Bachelor's degree in Human Resources or business-related discipline. Minimum of 7 years HR generalist experience, with a minimum of 5 years HR management experience. Experience in developing and implementing HR strategies that align with business goals in the areas of recruitment and retention; people development; employee relations and compliance. Ability to collaborate with other departments and all levels of associates. Excellent communication, leadership, organizational, and decision-making skills. Ability to effectively manage sensitive situations and confidential data. Must have strong previous HR management experience in Florida Bilingual in highly preferred- English / Spanish Banking/Financial Services is a must SPHR certification preferred. Candidates must have banking experience in order to get in consideration ()
          

Taken to Brink by Trump, Gulf States Are Backpedaling on Iran

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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.



          

United States asks UK to extradite ex-Autonomy boss Lynch from UK

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United States asks UK to extradite ex-Autonomy boss Lynch from UKThe United States has formally requested the extradition of Michael Lynch, the British tech billionaire who sold his company to Hewlett Packard (HP) in an ill-fated $11.1 billion deal, to face charges including securities fraud, wire fraud and conspiracy. The U.S. embassy in London submitted the extradition request on Nov. 21 for Lynch to stand trial in the United States, according to a court filing dated Dec. 1.



          

Amazon and Walmart Face the Ire of 70 Million Indian Shopkeepers

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Amazon and Walmart Face the Ire of 70 Million Indian Shopkeepers(Bloomberg) -- In the heart of New Delhi’s largest wholesale bazaar, merchants who normally compete with each other have united against a common enemy.“Amazon, Flipkart!” one merchant after another shouts into a microphone from a small stage in Sadar Bazaar’s central traffic circle. Some 50 other shopkeepers gathered around shout back in unison: “Go back! Go back!”The sit-in, which created more chaos than usual among the rickshaws, motorbikes and ox-carts plying the market road, was one of as many as 700 protests against Amazon.com Inc. and Walmart Inc. -- owner of local e-commerce leader Flipkart -- that organizers say took place at bazaars across India on a recent Wednesday.India’s shopkeepers are mobilizing against the global e-commerce giants, alleging they are engaged in predatory pricing in violation of new rules meant to protect local businesses. At stake is the future of retailing in a country with 1.3 billion consumers, where Walmart and Amazon have sunk billions of dollars trying the crack the market and capture its growth potential.“Amazon and Flipkart are a second version of the East India company,” said Praveen Khandelwal, national secretary of the Confederation of All India Traders at the Delhi protest, referring to the British trading house whose arrival in India kicked off nearly 200 years of colonial rule. “The motive of Amazon and Flipkart is not to do business, but to monopolize and control.”India’s government in October announced an investigation into the allegations of predatory pricing. Amazon and Walmart said in statements to Bloomberg News last week that their operations comply with Indian laws, and that they act only as a third-party marketplace.The conflict comes amid a broader global backlash against the breakneck expansion of tech firms -- from protests by taxi drivers against an Uber-clone in Jakarta, to couriers for a Softbank-backed delivery startup creating a bonfire of their backpacks in Bogota in protest of low wages and poor benefits.Representing about 70 million small merchants who collectively control almost 90% of India’s retail trade, India’s shopkeepers union has shown itself to be a strong political force. The traders are an important part of the voter base of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Bharatiya Janata Party.“For a government, especially a government of the BJP, which has the support of small businessmen, it may not be prudent or politically advisable to totally ignore such demands,” said Sandeep Shastri, a political scientist at Jain University in Bangalore. “They would have to be seen taking some steps at least.”The union’s power is a significant reason the government has placed such onerous restrictions on foreign retailers -- including a minimum $100 million investment and strict local sourcing rules. Because of the hurdles, the likes of Walmart and Carrefour SA have all but given up on opening their eponymous stores in the country.The shopkeepers won a key victory against the foreign e-commerce players last year when the government tightened regulations on how the platforms are allowed to sell goods. The rules, aimed at creating a level playing field on pricing, forced Amazon and Flipkart to pull thousands of items from their virtual shelves and restructure large parts of their local operations.The changes, coming after Walmart announced its acquisition of Flipkart, threw the foreign companies into chaos and prompted analysts to question their India investments. With Amazon shut out of China and Walmart’s e-commerce performance in the U.S. decidedly mixed, both companies have settled on India as key to growth. Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos has pledged to spend $5.5 billion to win India, while Walmart’s $16 billion Flipkart deal was the retailer’s biggest ever.Now the shopkeepers are alleging Amazon and Flipkart are circumventing the rules with predatory pricing and deep discounting. They are demanding the government shut down the companies’ online marketplaces until they are in compliance.Amazon said its sellers have complete discretion on what price to sell their products. Flipkart said it provides sellers with data to help determine what product offerings will sell best at what price, but business decisions are ultimately the sellers’ to make.The flash point for the latest escalation was Diwali, a Hindu festival that’s occasion for a gift-giving bonanza akin to Christmas in Western countries. This year’s festival in October came amid a slowdown in consumer spending that’s hit everyone from carmakers to shampoo sellers. But while the shopkeepers union said its members saw as much as a 60% drop in Diwali sales, Amazon and Flipkart managed to report record revenue from the six-day festival.The shopkeepers union argued that the online holiday deals must be in violation of the new rules, prompting Commerce Minister Piyush Goyal to announce an investigation.“E-commerce companies have no right to offer discounts or adopt predatory prices,” Goyal said in October. “Selling products cheaper and resulting the retail sector to incur losses is not allowed.” Another government official said policy makers are looking at setting up a dedicated e-commerce regulator.A spokesperson for the commerce and industry ministry didn’t respond to an email seeking comment.Vinod Kumar, a 35-year-old shopkeeper selling women’s cosmetics in the Delhi bazaar, is looking for relief. Standing by his small stall, he picks up a bottle of a rosewater-based hair product. He sells it for 40 rupees (56 cents), but says customers can get it from Amazon or Flipkart for 30 rupees, with delivery right to their home.“If everything is available online, why would anyone come here to face the heat and the crowds?” he says. “My business is shrinking by the day.”Kumar says if the situation continues he may go out of business, as many other shops already have.Overall data show sales at traditional mom-and-pop shops are still growing in India. Though these stores have seen a decline in their share of total retail sales since 2014 as e-commerce and organized retail chains grab market share, the consumer market is expanding at such a pace that absolute spending with mom-and-pop shops increased nearly 60%, according to consultancy Technopak Advisors. That pace of absolute growth is projected to slow slightly to 50% over the next five years.That may be cold comfort to Muhammad Yusuf. The 72-year-old, who runs a jewelry shop at the Delhi bazaar, says he’s unable to match the prices online, has cut his staff from six employees to two and is in danger of not being able to pay rent.Yusuf is conspicuous in the e-commerce protest, however, in that he’s sporting a fleece jacket bearing the Amazon logo. Asked why he’s wearing it, he shrugs and says he needed something to keep him warm and found it in a clothing stall nearby. He bought it because it was cheap.\--With assistance from Shruti Srivastava.To contact the reporter on this story: Ari Altstedter in Mumbai at aaltstedter@bloomberg.netTo contact the editors responsible for this story: Rachel Chang at wchang98@bloomberg.net, Jeff Sutherland, Jeanette RodriguesFor more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.com©2019 Bloomberg L.P.



          

Nintendo Will Prove the Switch’s Longevity This Holiday Season

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Nintendo Will Prove the Switch’s Longevity This Holiday Season(Bloomberg) -- Nintendo Co.’s Switch console is poised for its best holiday shopping season yet.The company will probably sell 9.46 million units of Switch hardware and 64.73 million units of software in the quarter ending December, according to analyst estimates compiled by Bloomberg. While the forecast console numbers mark only a slight improvement on last year’s results, it’s games that deliver most of Nintendo’s profit, and software sales may climb about 23%.Achieving those numbers could prompt Nintendo to revise its conservative earnings outlook for the year ending March 2020. The Switch’s performance in its third holiday season will also hold clues for the console’s longevity in an industry where hardware is typically overhauled every five years and rivals Microsoft Corp. and Sony Corp. are already planning new machines for the end of 2020.“This is typically where sales begin to peak out, but it looks like the Switch may have a longer life cycle,” said Kazunori Ito, an analyst at Morningstar Investment Services in Tokyo. “With a desktop console and a portable player in a single machine, Nintendo has a very effective platform for selling game software.”Nintendo designed the console so that it can be used on the big living room screen as well as on the go, and in September it also introduced a cheaper Switch Lite focused on expanding the mobile market. Combined sales have already topped 40 million units since launch in March 2017 and many analysts expect the Switch will last long enough to reach the 100 million record set by the Nintendo Wii.There’s More to Nintendo’s Game Than Gadget Sales: Tim CulpanThe Kyoto-based company has stuck with a conservative forecast for operating profit of 260 billion yen ($2.4 billion) on 1.25 trillion yen in revenue for the year ending March 2020. That’s short of analysts’ expectations of 308.8 billion yen and 1.28 trillion yen, respectively.Nintendo also expects to sell 18 million Switch units and 125 million new software titles this fiscal year. That compares with the average of four analysts’ estimates for 19.07 million, and the 147.43 million average of nine estimates.“Last year’s holidays is a high hurdle to clear,” said Masaru Sugiyama, an analyst at Goldman Sachs Group Inc. “But there is a good chance for year-on-year growth.”The 2018 lineup included a Pokemon double-issue that sold a combined 10 million units in a month and a half to the end of the year. Super Smash Bros. Ultimate launched on Dec. 7 and raked in sales of over 12 million units. Nintendo sold 9.42 million Switch consoles in that holiday quarter and a total of 52.5 million units of software.This year, Nintendo is again targeting the Pokemon fan base with two new titles -- Pokemon Sword and Pokemon Shield. The games, which debuted on Nov. 15, have come under criticism from fans unhappy with the quality of graphics and animations and the lack of the full stable of “pocket monsters.” Still, sales exceeded 6 million units during the launch weekend, making it the fastest-selling Switch game to date.“It’s a Pokemon title, so unless you are giving up on the franchise, it’s hard to imagine fans not buying it,” said Damian Thong, an analyst at Macquarie Group Ltd. “Pokemon Sword and Shield will probably end up being the single largest game in terms of launch year revenue, probably bigger than Smash Bros.”In October, Nintendo released Ring Fit Adventure, an $80 exercise game that comes with a flexible plastic ring that tracks the player’s motion by slotting in one of the Switch’s Joy-Con controllers and having the user strap the other to their leg. With that basic motion-capture setup, gamers wage heroic battles and clear stages by jogging and doing squats.Nintendo is looking to repeat the success of the Wii Fit -- the exercise game that broke new ground when it was introduced in 2012 along with a Balance Board peripheral. It sold more than 50 million units and was key to broadening the appeal of the Wii console to new audiences. Ring Fit Adventure is off to a promising start, as Nintendo on Friday apologized for being unable to keep up with overwhelming demand.The Wii went on to sell over 101 million units of hardware and 900 million games, setting a high standard of success that Nintendo has struggled to live up to since. The company’s share price hit its peak in the year following the Wii’s 2006 launch and the stock now trades about 40% below its 2007 record.So far, the Switch has held its own against its storied predecessor and has even done better in hardware sales during its first two holiday seasons.“The Switch can sell 20 million units annually for the next three years,” said Michael Pachter, an analyst at Wedbush Securities Inc. “So it should easily get to 100 million.”Not everyone agrees. Macquarie’s Thong thinks a lot of the casual gamers that helped power the Wii’s runaway success have moved on to free-to-play games on smartphones, such as Nintendo’s own wildly popular Mario Kart Tour. There is also a lot more competition for people’s free time from social media and streaming video. Still, Nintendo’s prospects remain bright in the near-term.“The focus is the game, not the console itself,” Thong said. “2021 might be an even bigger year for title launches. There is a new Zelda game and it will be time for a mid-cycle refresh for all major Nintendo titles.”To contact the reporters on this story: Pavel Alpeyev in Tokyo at palpeyev@bloomberg.net;Yuki Furukawa in Tokyo at yfurukawa13@bloomberg.netTo contact the editors responsible for this story: Edwin Chan at echan273@bloomberg.net, Vlad SavovFor more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.com©2019 Bloomberg L.P.



          

Is Pfizer Inc. (PFE) A Good Stock To Buy ?

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Is Pfizer Inc. (PFE) A Good Stock To Buy ?Before we spend days researching a stock idea we like to take a look at how hedge funds and billionaire investors recently traded that stock. Russell 2000 ETF (IWM) lagged the larger S&P 500 ETF (SPY) by more than 10 percentage points since the end of the third quarter of 2018. This means hedge funds […]



          

Noongars' $290 billion compo claim will transform Indigenous Australia: lawyer

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The action, if successful, will be the largest compensation claim in the world – and the firm is preparing other cases in WA, New South Wales and Queensland.
          

One room, three people and $5.5 billion in philanthropic funding

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Over tea and tarts, the chiefs of Australia's richest philanthropic organisations put their heads together about early intervention for disadvantaged children.
          

Wealthy people are the most likely to give "spiteful gifts"

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Finder reports that Americans waste $13 billion every year buying gifts that the recipients don't want. The most interesting part of the report was the section about "spiteful gifts," that is gifts that the giver knows the recipient will dislike:

Interestingly, we found that 15% of Americans — roughly 38 million people — have deliberately bought a present knowing their recipient wouldn’t like it. Men are about four times more likely than women to intentionally gift a bad present, with 25% of men surveyed saying they’d done it in the past, versus about 6% of women.

Of the generations, Gen Xers are most likely to knowingly give bad gifts, with 22% admitting they’ve done so. That’s only slightly higher than the rate for Gen Y (18%) but 11 times higher than the rate for boomers (2%).

Those with money to burn — people earning $100,000 to $150,000 — are most likely to buy spiteful presents, with 28% saying they’d done so. That’s almost three times higher than those earning between $50,000 and $75,000 (11%) and almost five times higher than those earning between $25,000 and $50,000 (6%).

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HPPs Market worth $6.4 billion by 2024

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(EMAILWIRE.COM, November 29, 2019 ) The report "HPPs Market by Type (Organic, Inorganic, and Hybrid), Application (Coatings, Plastics, Inks, Cosmetics), End-use Industry (Automotive & Transportation, Construction & Infrastructure, Printing, Industrial), and Region - Global Forecast to 2024", The...
          

NASA’s in the market for quick taxi rides to and from International Space Station

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NASA already has committed billions of dollars to procuring regularly scheduled rides to and from the International Space Station from commercial space taxi operators — but now it says it’s interested in buying short-term trips as well. The proposed arrangement, detailed on Tuesday, is aimed at giving a boost to the commercialization of space operations in low Earth orbit, as well as to NASA’s drive to send astronauts to the moon by 2024. It also makes the line dividing government-funded and privately funded space efforts even fuzzier. SpaceX and Boeing are both building spacecraft to serve as taxis to the… Read More
          

なぜSONYミュージックはオーディションにYouTubeを使うのか、その理由と動画制作のポイントを聞いてみた。

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[unable to retrieve full-text content]2019年9月、株式会社ソニー・ミュージックエンタテインメントはYouTubeを活用した新たなオーディションブランド「ONE in a Billion」を発足しました。 ONE in a Billionは、オーディションの様子を公式YouTubeチャンネルで配信し、視聴者も審査に加わるオーディション企画です。グランプリは2020年春にソニーミュージックよりメジャーデビューすることが決定しています。 このYouTubeを活...
          

U.S. online shoppers spend 7.4 bln USD on Black Friday

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WASHINGTON. KAZINFORM - U.S. online shoppers spent 7.4 billion dollars on Black Friday, up by 19.6 percent from last year, according to the web analytics tool Adobe Analytics.
          

Michael Bloomberg’s New Staffer Kelly Mehlenbacher

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Podcasts to Listen To: The Sports Gambling Podcast and the best sports betting podcasts to listen to

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Wagering on the outcome of a sports game has been around since the first sports games were invented. Although sports gambling was seen as an illegal activity and was often conducted away from the eyes of law enforcement for many years, the sports gambling industry is now valued between $60 billion to $73 billion after the U.S. Supreme Court lifted the federal ban on sports betting in 2018. Since the ban was lifted, 11 states have legalized sports betting. Here are a few podcasts to help you [...]
          

Membership Manager | Transportation Intermediaries Association

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Alexandria, Virginia,   The Transportation Intermediaries Association (TIA) is the professional organization of the $214 billion third-party logistics industry. TIA is the only organization exclusively representing t
          

SoftBank’s startup bookkeeping draws scrutiny after WeWork fiasco

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Donations for rebuilding Okinawa’s fire-ravaged Shuri Castle top ¥1.2 billion

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About a month after fire ravaged the UNESCO World Heritage site in Okinawa, donations to help rebuild Shuri Castle in Naha surpass ¥1.2 billion.
          

Mira mamá, sin camionero

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Patrocinador: esta semana de Black Friday, los mejores descuentos están en PCComponentes. Hoy miércoles tienes ofertas en portátiles y en informática en general.

Camiones autónomos / Censuras en TikTok / La polémica del mando de Stadia / Los trucos para mejorar Tinder / Realidad Virtual a tope

 Un camión autónomo recorre EE.UU. de punta a punta. 4.500 kilómetros y tres días después, los sistemas de nivel 4 de autonomía de Plus AI cruzaron Norteamérica. A bordo, un conductor de seguridad y un ingeniero monitorizaron el trayecto.

 Un hito importante aunque no han desvelado algunos detalles clave, de repostaje y peajes principalmente. El camión transportó carga real para un cliente real.

 Los sistemas de moderación de TikTok quedan en entredicho después de que una musulmana estadounidense viese su cuenta bloqueada por criticar los campos de concentración (vídeo) de Xinjiang. TikTok dice que fue por un vídeo con un meme de Bin Laden (vídeo) en otra cuenta una semana antes.

 Los usuarios de WeChat fuera de China también viven en este complejo sistema de dualidad legal.

 Las cámaras de videovigilancia con identificación facial incorporada se extienden por Madrid.

 Google afirma que los mandos de Stadia son de “género neutro” al tener sus botones agrupados de tal forma que manos más pequeñas los alcancen sin problema. Muchos internautas se mofan, pero en realidad esto es un tema importante de accesibilidad.

 No hay trucos en Tinder, según Tinder. Ni rechazar 5 perfiles por cada 1 que nos gusta, ni cambiar la distancia máxima, ni reiniciar la cuenta. La compañía afirma que el único método efectivo es la constancia y hablar con muchas personas.

 YouTube tendrá el banner más grande de Internet. Su app para televisores mostrará una pieza publicitaria gigante que ocupará aproximadamente el 60% de toda la pantalla. — También está en móvil y escritorio, pero más reducida.

 Facebook compra el estudio creador de Beat Saber. Beat Games es propiedad de Oculus ahora, y producirá más títulos de realidad virtual, intentando repetir la popularidad de Beat Saber.

 Valve publicará herramientas de modding con Half-Life Alyx para poder crear mods, mapas, modelos y demás específicos para realidad virtual. Estas herramientas fueron la base de Counter Strike y tantos otros juegos hace 20 años.

 Ejecutivo de Xbox dice que no hay demanda para realidad virtual y que por eso no están centrados en ese campo. Desde Sony le responden que ellos seguirán apostando por la tecnología.

 Granjeros rusos ponen gafas de realidad virtual a sus vacas con escenas de campos verdes para “estar más tranquilas y producir más leche”. Muy escéptico con esto, y dudo mucho que con su visión lateral vean nada.

 Facebook elimina las cuentas de los hackers de NSO. Los empleados y algunos de sus familiares se quedan sin WhatsApp ni Instagram. El grupo israelí de ciberseguridad ha demostrado ser capaz de asaltar iOS, Android, WhatsApp, etc. y vende este acceso a gobiernos, policías, cuerpos de espionaje, etc.

¿Qué termino es mejor que hacker? Muchas veces me decís que no es adecuado usar hacker para hablar de un ciberdelincuente. En este caso son expertos en ciberseguridad que atacan sistemas. ¿Está bien empleado? Dame tu opinión.

 Twitter comenzará a cancelar cuentas inactivas en masa a partir de diciembre. Tras 13 años de operaciones, muchos nombres de usuario inertes empezarán a quedar libres para que puedan volver a ser usados.

 Las cuentas de familiares fallecidos también podrían quedar afectadas, y The Internet Archive quiere ayudar a preservarlas.

 El Honor View 30 es el siguiente móvil de Huawei sin GooglePrácticamente idéntico al Mate 30 pero por unos 500 euros. Sería un superventas en Europa que, de momento, se quedará en China.

 El Kirin 990 de Huawei cuenta con raytracing en tiempo real para aplicarlo en los videojuegos que así lo programen. Los resultados están limitados a 30 fps, pero son muy vistosos (vídeo).

 Spotify tendrá sus propios premios musicales para competir con MTV, AMA, Grammys, etc. con una particularidad: los ganadores serán los artistas más populares en la plataforma. — Se celebrarán el 5 de marzo en Ciudad de México, la capital mundial con más usuarios de Spotify.

Assorties

 Amazon España ofrece descuentos de hasta el 25% en los libros, posiblemente saltándose la restrictiva legislación.

 NordVPN presenta su propio gestor de contraseñas llamado NordPass para aquellos que busquen alternativa a 1Password.

 Crean una herramienta para encontrar la posición de un tiroteo a partir de los datos de audio en los vídeos grabados con múltiples móviles.

 La teleoperadora Orange lanza en España su propio banco totalmente digital con cuentas corriente tradicionales.

 Zorin OS 15 Lite es una versión especial de Linux con una interfaz del estilo Windows 7 diseñada para funcionar bien en ordenadores de incluso hace 15 años. Zorin OS 15 normal es mucho más versátil.

 Ford y Tesla no medirán la potencia de sus camionetas.

 Xerox inicia una OPA hostil a HP después de que la junta rechazase su oferta de adquisición de 33.000 millones de dólares.

 China se lanza a por el grupo Daimler. El fabricante chino BAIC quiere aumentar su participación del 5% presente, y quizá superar a su compatriota Geely (que tiene casi el 10%).

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A year in showbiz: court drama, box office records and a young billionaire

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From the world's youngest self-made billionaire to celebrities in court, the world of entertainment produced a wide array of headlines this year. Below are some of the biggest showbiz stories of 2019.

          

94% Off: Get the Complete Facebook Ads Course: Beginner to Advance for Only $11

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There are billions of people who use Facebook on a daily basis. Many of them check their accounts several times a day. Placing a highly targeted ads on the platform can help you reach your target audience. It is a tremendous way to increase traffic and exposure for your business, generate leads and sales, and […]

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Comment on Superman Homepage Caption Contest by Kal-Ed

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Aquaman? Aqua....man? I remember always dealing with that short haired Aqua-Nobody. Now I'm dealing with a bombastic, yelling, billion dollar making king of the seven seas.
          

Podcasts to Listen To: The Sports Gambling Podcast and the best sports betting podcasts to listen to

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Wagering on the outcome of a sports game has been around since the first sports games were invented. Although sports gambling was seen as an illegal activity and was often conducted away from the eyes of law enforcement for many years, the sports gambling industry is now valued between $60 billion to $73 billion after the U.S. Supreme Court lifted the federal ban on sports betting in 2018. Since the ban was lifted, 11 states have legalized sports betting. Here are a few podcasts to help you [...]
          

Forget Wi-Fi. Meet the new Li-Fi Internet | Harald Haas

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What if we could use existing technologies to provide Internet access to the more than 4 billion people living in places where the infrastructure can't support it? Using off-the-shelf LEDs and solar cells, Harald Haas and his team have pioneered a new technology that transmits data using light, and it may just be the key to bridging the digital divide. Take a look at what the future of the Internet could look like.
          

Farmers Receive Record Payments For The Crops They Couldn't Plant

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The U.S. Department of Agriculture has paid out a record $4.24 billion in claims for acres farmers couldn’t plant this year. The “prevented planting” provision allows farmers to file a crop insurance claim when weather conditions leave fields unfit for a crop. Heavy spring rains and flooding left some Midwest farm ground too wet for seeds and equipment during the planting window, meaning farmers couldn’t put in the corn or soybeans they’d intended for those acres.
          

Missouri S&T Researchers Looking For Contaminants Left Behind By Spring Floods

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ROLLA — The spring floods in Missouri and Illinois caused more than $1 billion in damage and may have left behind chemicals that could hurt the environment and end up in drinking water. “A lot of times we don’t take measurements right after a flood. So we don’t have a really good idea of how long it takes for these things to get flushed out,” said Ryan Smith, a geologist at Missouri University of Science and Technology in Rolla.
          

Today in Apple history: Pixar IPO makes Steve Jobs a billionaire

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November 29, 1995: Capitalizing on the success of Toy Story, Pixar floats 6.9 million shares on the stock market. The IPO makes Steve Jobs, who owns upward of 80 percent of the company, a billionaire. After the windfall, one of the first people Jobs calls is his friend Larry Ellison, already a member of the billionaire’s […]

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Apple display-maker will revisit past earnings after embezzlement case

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There’s more bad news for struggling Apple display-maker Japan Display. After news of a former executive embezzling funds, the company has announced that it will be reviewing its past earnings. That’s a major headache at a time when the ailing business is trying to raise 50 billion yen ($460 million) from Apple and other investors. […]

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Intel Accuses Qualcomm of Unfair Business Practices

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Intel Corp sold its smartphone modem chip business to Apple Inc at "a multi-billion dollar loss," the U.S. chipmaker said in a court filing on Friday, alleging that rival Qualcomm Inc. forced it out of the market.
          

These Two Billionaires Are Shaking Up The Democrat 2020 Field

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For several months, the Democrat front-runners for President have been largely the same – Joe Biden, Bernie Sanders, and Elizabeth Warren. That is likely to change given the entrance of two billionaires into the field of candidates for 2020, Tom Steyer and Mike Bloomberg. While both candidates boast billionaire status, the net worth of Mike […]

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BET Robert Johnson says no existing Democratic contender can beat Donald Trump

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BET founder Robert Johnson, America’s first black billionaire, told CNBC that none of the current Democratic presidential contenders can beat President Donald Trump. In an interview with CNBC, he said, “If you take a snapshot today, I don’t think that group is capable of beating Donald Trump, despite what the polls say.” “I think the […]

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IG estimates: Social Security pays billions in benefits to those with no numbers

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A new Inspector General (IG) audit of the Social Security Administration (SSA) found that it paid $1 billion in benefits to individuals who do not have Social Security numbers (SSN). Because the audit was of a sampling, the actual amount is estimated to be much higher. It also found that unless corrected, the SSA will […]

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Catalyst Plans a $1.5 Billion Rival Bid for Hudson's Bay

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One of Hudson's Bay Co.'s largest shareholders has made a bid that values the retailer at more than C$2 billion ($1.5 billion), topping a rival offer from a group led by the company's chairman.
          

Democrats aim to catch up to Trump’s 2020 cash advantage

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WASHINGTON (AP) — Democrats are narrowing President Donald Trump’s early spending advantage, with two billionaire White House hopefuls joining established party groups to target the president in key battleground states that are likely to determine the outcome of next year’s election. ... Reported by Seattle Times 4 minutes ago.
          

Wealthy people are the most likely to give "spiteful gifts"

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Finder reports that Americans waste $13 billion every year buying gifts that the recipients don't want. The most interesting part of the report was the section about "spiteful gifts," that is gifts that the giver knows the recipient will dislike:

Interestingly, we found that 15% of Americans — roughly 38 million people — have deliberately bought a present knowing their recipient wouldn’t like it. Men are about four times more likely than women to intentionally gift a bad present, with 25% of men surveyed saying they’d done it in the past, versus about 6% of women.

Of the generations, Gen Xers are most likely to knowingly give bad gifts, with 22% admitting they’ve done so. That’s only slightly higher than the rate for Gen Y (18%) but 11 times higher than the rate for boomers (2%).

Those with money to burn — people earning $100,000 to $150,000 — are most likely to buy spiteful presents, with 28% saying they’d done so. That’s almost three times higher than those earning between $50,000 and $75,000 (11%) and almost five times higher than those earning between $25,000 and $50,000 (6%).

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Online #Sales Break Black Friday Record as Clicks Beat Queues

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(Bloomberg) -- Black Friday hit a record $7.4 billion in U.S. online sales as many shoppers spent the day clicking instead of lining up to buy. It was the second biggest U.S. online sales day ever, ...
          

Turkey’s share in global Islamic insurance takes jump

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Turkey’s share in $28 billion global Islamic insurance sector grows from 1.5% to 5% in six years. ISTANBUL Turkey’s share […]

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Merry Clickmas: Black Friday online #Sales hit record $7.4B

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This year’s Black Friday was the biggest ever for online sales, and Adobe Analytics says carts filled on phones, computers and tablets rang up $7.4 billion in transactions. That ranks just behind the ...
          

Black Friday shoppers spend record $7.4 billion in second largest online #Sales day ever

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Black Friday online sales reached $7.4 billion, the second largest online shopping day ever, behind last year's Cyber Monday, according to Adobe Analytics. Abode still predicts an even larger Cyber ...
          

Shoppers have already spent a record $5.4 billion online on Black Friday: #Adobe Analytics

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Spending online on Black Friday, as of 9 pm ET, hit a new record of $5.4 billion, according to Adobe Analytics. Traffic had looked lighter at shopping malls across the country earlier in the day.
          

Shoppers spend $7.4 billion online during Black Friday #Sales

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Nov. 30 (UPI) --Black Friday shoppers spent $7.4 billion online Friday and $4.2 billion on Thanksgiving day, making it the second largest Internet shopping day ever, according to data compiled by ...
          

Online #Sales break Black Friday record as shoppers go for clicks instead of queues

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Black Friday hit a record $7.4 billion in U.S. online sales as many shoppers spent the day clicking instead of lining up to buy. It was the second-biggest U.S. online sales day ever, behind 2018 Cyber ...
          

Spectrum design update!

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@Dario wrote:

Hello community!

Over the past few weeks, we’ve been busy creating one design from your favorite concepts while also considering manufacturability and mechanical engineering. In this post we can’t yet show you the final renders or product pictures, but we can give you an idea of the direction we are going with.

Before we dive in…

If you’re new to our crowd-developed monitor Project: Spectrum or if you just need a quick recap of what we’ve been up to so far, have a look at this summary of everything to do with the project so far . If you want to keep up to date with future steps, be sure to subscribe to our crowd-development newsletter!

From 5 to 1

The feedback from our design concept topic has been very important for us because we were able to clarify the product direction and narrow down a large number of possible options! From the previous post it was clear that two concepts were in the lead: Bloxy and Blade! And with a few more questions from the designers answered, we got a clear idea of how to handle ports, controls, and other features.

But we also know that voting is not everything and we had to really dig deeper in the comments in order to understand why certain features or design solutions were preferred over others. These are our thoughts…

Bloxy

The Bloxy concept was popular for its practical, functional approach and unpretentious, long-lasting and function-driven design and the easily accessible ports. Some negative comments consider the look too generic, comparing it to wide-spread Dell monitors. The separate control buttons were also not popular.

Blade

The Blade concept was praised for its interesting, distinctive and modern aesthetic, both of the monitor and of the stand. The slim bezel construction makes it look almost bezel-less giving it a premium feel. The centered back joystick was considered easy to find and use, and the subtle logo placement felt discreet. The negative comments in general focused on the hard-to reach ports, feeling that a functional approach had been abandoned to achieve a more pleasing look.

The other concepts

The other concepts were not nearly as popular, but each still received some feedback that we can learn from. The look of the actual ring-shaped hinge of the Ring concept was praised for being recognizable and distinctive, and the quote printed on it is a unique element. The Float design’s side port placement was considered very easy and quick to access. The Stationary concept was liked by fans of wireless charging and cable management, as these added useful functionality to the stand.

New Spectrum concept

After many discussions and summaries, a combination of Bloxy and Blade seemed the natural direction to take. In our previous post we’d mentioned a concept we’d discarded early, we felt that this one melded the two in such a way that the end result was too generic and lost the very features that made Bloxy and Blade so distinct. But we’ve been working on the other concept, and it’s finally time to show some of it to you!

We really want to focus on getting the basics right, and as we work out mechanical design and component sourcing the design may still change. So for now we’ll stick to illustrations, and we’ll save the high quality render fireworks for later.


Parts & Features

We believe most people will easily understand what is what, but it is always satisfying to make this kind of illustrations :slight_smile:

Though we’ve already confirmed what ports will be available, now we can finally see our ports for Spectrum. The order of the bottom ports may change during product development and testing, the side ports will be in the order as shown. We are aware that in the current iteration of this design some cables may get in the way when using the joystick, we are still working on a solution.

We think the best compromise is a combination of three distinct buttons: A joystick for menu operation, a concave-shaped input switch button underneath that, and a power button with integrated indicator light on the bottom edge of the monitor. We are still trying to source a joystick that slides instead of tilts (like on the Nintendo 3DS), as it will take up less space and shouldn’t affect the user experience.

Stand features

Ergonomics and adjustment were often mentioned in the comments, and we feel the Spectrum stand should be up to the task. We are constantly bombarding suppliers to get the best components so that we can offer a product that can hold its own in the market.


Cable management is also brought up a lot, and our current design features a simple through-hole solution for banding together cables. For people who want to have a keyboard or mouse plugged in permanently, the design currently offers a in the bottom of the stand that guides cables to the front. Our idea is to have the back of the channel narrower to keep the cables grouped behind the stand, and in the illustration below you can see the green cable as an example of a keyboard or mouse using this channel.

Feature update, late November

Since Spectrum is currently in the industrial design stage, we have few spec updates – we’ll make up for that later when we move on to mechanical- and electronic design. As we already revealed just now, pivot is now confirmed for the stand so rotating to portrait mode is possible. We can now also confirm that we will not have edge-to-edge cover glass, as we cannot get the panel coated the right way to make that work. Instead the panel will have a low-haze, anti-glare coating.

Click here to see the full updated spec- and feature request lists.

(recently confirmed or changed items have been underlined)

Project Spectrum
Panel
Size 27"
Panel technology IPS TFT LCD
Native resolution 2560 x 1440 Quad-HD
Pixel pitch 0.2335mm
Pixel density 108.79ppi
Aspect ratio 16 : 9
Backlight technology LED
Local backlight dimming No
Brightness 400cd/m² typical
450cd/m² peak
Contrast ratio 1000 : 1 – 1300 : 1 typical
Displayable colors 1.07 billion
Color gamut 98% DCI-P3
Color depth 10-bit (8-bit + A-FRC)
Surface treatment Low-haze, 20% anti-glare
Response time 1 ms
Refresh rate 48Hz – 144Hz native
48Hz – 165Hz overclocked
Curve No
Touch-enabled No
Pen-enabled No
Ports
(1x) HDMI HDMI 2.0a video input
(2x) DisplayPort DisplayPort 1.4 video input
DisplayPort 1.4 video output for daisy-chaining
(2x) USB Type-C HDMI (1.4b) Alternate Mode video input
HDMI (1.4b) Alternate Mode video output for daisy-chaining
DisplayPort (1.4) Alternate Mode video input
DisplayPort (1.4) Alternate Mode video output for daisy-chaining
Dual inputs or daisy-chain pass-through
USB 3.1 Gen 2 (up to 10Gbps) downstream
USB 3.1 upstream connection to computer
1x USB PowerDelivery up to 20V / 5A (100W)
1x power output up to 5V / 3A (15W)
(2x) USB Type-A USB 3.1 Gen 2 (up to 10Gbps) downstream
power output up to 5V / 2A (10W)
(1x) USB Type-B USB 3.1 upstream connection to computer
(1x) 3.5mm minijack headphone / speaker output from video input source
Speakers No
Features
HDR HDR10 Media Profile
VESA DisplayHDR400 certified
Adaptive sync G-SYNC Compatible certified (48Hz – 165Hz)
FreeSync 2 certified (48Hz – 165Hz)
Simultaneous active inputs Picture-in-picture mode
Split-screen mode
Quad split-screen mode
Pixel-perfect upscaling Integer-ratio upscaling by pixel duplication for low-resolution input signals
Emulated sRGB mode Mapped to DCI-P3 for optimal color accuracy of sRGB content
Variable overdrive Yes (multiple profiles)
Backlight strobing Yes
Controls
Buttons 1x Power button
1x Pre-set button (default function: switch between active inputs)
1x 4-Way joystick (OSD menu controls)
Controls are centered on the bottom edge and back of monitor
Status lights 1x Power indicator light (solid white when on, pulsing white when stand-by) ¹
OSD adjustments ² Global dimming (on / off)
Select USB hub source (USB-B / USB-C)
Ergonomics
Wall-mount VESA Mounting Interface Standard compatible
Vertical tilt ³ Yes (8° down, 24° up)
Horizontal swivel ³ No
Pivot ³ Yes (90° landscape to portrait rotation)
Height adjust ³ Yes (130mm)
Stand removable ³ Yes (with quick-release button)
Power
Power supply External power adapter

Product is still in development, specifications may be subject to change. | ¹ RGB option still being explored | ² Other OSD features still to be announced | ³ Stand sold separately

Feature requests

(recently confirmed or changed items have been underlined)

feature support notes
Hardware
HDMI 2.1 / DisplayPort 2.0 support No We’re ‘limited’ to HDMI 2.0a and DisplayPort 1.4, but those are more than sufficient to drive this display and all its supported features. No current or future functionality will be lost because of this.
Edge-to-edge cover glass No* Though we really wanted to offer edge-to-edge cover glass, we were not able to get the display panel coating required to enable this option. As such, we’ll have a non-glossy panel with a low-haze anti-glare coating.
Stand rotation adjustment Yes The stand we’re developing for Spectrum will support pivot as well as tilt and height adjust.
Firmware
Open-source firmware Yes* Still checking with manufacturer about the exact options available
Backlight strobing that works in combination with variable overdrive Yes
Backlight strobing that works in combination with variable refresh rate Yes We will have an implementation similar to ASUS ELMB technology
Multiple variable overdrive profiles Yes
Support for storing a 3D LUT calibration profile in firmware Yes* It is possible, but requires flashing the firmware with the updated profile. Like other firmware features, exact details are still being checked with manufacturer.
Other
Ask assistance from respected specialists like TFTcentral for default tuning Yes* Dependent on them being on board, of course. We have been in contact with journalists and influencers specialized in monitor performance and some have expressed interest in working with us to make sure Spectrum looks its best.

How can you help?

At this stage we are working with the manufacturer and suppliers to determine the design’s feasibility, and how certain solutions can actually be implemented. But at the same time we need your input to make sure we are going the right way. Please share your thoughts on the current design direction, and what you think are points for improvement!

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Q&A: Dealer.com co-founder Mike Lane builds his new venture

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BURLINGTON – It’s been five years since Mike Lane left Dealer.com, the software company he co-founded with four others and sold for $1 billion. Lane grew up in the northwestern Vermont town of Georgia ...
          

Comment on Open Thread Non-Petroleum, December 1, 2019 by islandboy

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Ah yes…. That exponential growth of the human population in a finite space problem. Sticky one that. Like I said in my comment above, not many of the 7.7 billion plus folks on the planet have the population issue on their radar. Any falling birth rates that we are seeing have very little to do with conscious thought about the stresses that the human population is putting on other species.
          

Nearly 40 percent of online Black Friday purchases were made with phones - Engadget

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  1. Nearly 40 percent of online Black Friday purchases were made with phones  Engadget
  2. Black Friday pulls in a record $7.4 billion in online sales, as many turn to mobile orders  East Idaho News
  3. Shoppers Spend $11 Billion Online in Two Days, Set to Smash Records  TheStreet.com
  4. Black Friday shoppers stay away from stores, make $7 billion-plus splurge online  Yahoo Finance
  5. Small Business Saturday sets new online sales record  Fox Business
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The brokerage industry was abuzz last Thursday morning on news that Charles Schwab (SCHW) is acquiring rival TD Ameritrade (AMTD) for $26 billion, headlines that sent the iShares US Broker-Dealers & Securities Exchanges ETF (IAI) slightly higher.


          

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Reprocessing and reuse of single-use medical devices: perceptions and concerns of relevant stakeholders toward current practices

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Reprocessing and reuse of single-use medical devices: perceptions and concerns of relevant stakeholders toward current practices

Grantcharov, P., Ahmed, S., Wac, K. & Rivas, H., 2019, In : International Journal of Evidence-Based Healthcare. 17, 1, p. 53–57

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal articleResearchpeer-review

BACKGROUND: Research and history have largely shown the covert billion-dollar global market of single-use medical device (SUD) reprocessing and reuse to be a safe endeavor, but awareness and perceptions of the practice both within and outside of healthcare have received limited attention.

METHODS: Responses for patients, physicians, and medical practitioners were attained on both online and article-based surveys, in which attitudes and perceptions of SUD reprocessing and reuse were expressed in an assortment of closed-ended questions and partially closed-ended questions.

RESULTS: Of the 214 participants, a collective 77% were unaware that the Food and Drug Administration allows SUD reprocessing and reuse. This included 65% of physicians and 84% of patients, which were significantly different proportions (P = 0.005). A significantly greater proportion of patients than physicians (92 vs. 68%) also felt that hospitals bear the responsibility of informing patients of the practice as part of their care (P < 0.001).

CONCLUSION: There is a profound lack of awareness of SUD reprocessing and reuse among all relevant stakeholders. In addition, the overwhelming desire for transparency among patients further forces the debate of whether current, covert methods should be altered, in addition to the question of who bears this responsibility. Despite research and history having shown the practice to be safe, apprehension and misconceptions remain. Survey results suggest that education may be able to subdue such patient concerns.

Original languageEnglish
JournalInternational Journal of Evidence-Based Healthcare
Volume17
Issue number1
Pages (from-to)53–57
ISSN1744-1595
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2019

          

U.S. drivers cover more miles in September than year ago

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REUTERS.comNOVEMBER 22, 2019 / 11:15 AM Reporting By Jessica Resnick-AultNEW YORK (Reuters) - U.S. drivers covered 1.7% more miles in September than a year earlier, traveling a total of 267.7 billion miles, the U.S. Department of Transportation said in a monthly report on Friday.In 2019, total travel is up 1% from a year earlier at 2,436.9 billion vehicle miles, the DOT said.


          

Gateway and the Protectorate - An Equinox Sourcebook

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Gateway and the Protectorate - An Equinox SourcebookPublisher: Vagrant Workshop

The gargantuan ring structure known as Gateway Station is a shining beacon in the night, a marvel of human engineering, and a symbol of the Protectorate’s dominance over the Sol system. Gateway threads the vast expanse of the Earth Belt and houses more than three billion people, countless industrial facilities, space ports, docks, warehouses, and military areas, as well as the Protectorate headquarters.

To some, Gateway is a shining bulwark against the forces of evil.
To others, the legacy of Earth has become the eye of darkness.

Gateway Station and the Protectorate is a sourcebook adding further detail to the Equinox Universe. In this book, you learn more about how the Protectorate government is organized, its movers and shakers, and its long history. Explore Gateway‘s open-sky habitation areas, its industrial sectors filled with production facilities, habitation hubs, warehouses, and automated systems. Take a journey from its abandoned and rotten bowels to its spaceward-facing outer shell and find out what lies here and beyond: space traffic control, ports, the big asteroids held close for mining, and the vast military power of the Protectorate Fleet.

For use with the Equinox Setting and Match System Guides.

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Billion friday january following an investment from japanese

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The pure pocket passer always looks in control and is always looking downfield for a big gain.Still, some players on New England reportedly share their fans’ pain.I’m going to serve this four-game suspension, and I’ll be back ready to go back out there with my teammates.Emphasis on maybe. The team is evidently Elite Youth Lamar […]
          

Sunday Session: December 1, 2019

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Here's this week's roundup of various music-related items of interest:

* 63 years after jazz great Louis Armstrong played at Muhlenberg, long lost concert set for release (The Morning Call)
* Sun Ra and Me | “It’s After the End of the World, Don’t You Know That Yet?” (The Metropolitan)
* Meet the man who restores old music to its original glory (Popular Science)
* Samara McLendon Wins the 2019 Sarah Vaughan International Jazz Vocal Competition (WBGO)
* Paper Trail: Where You Can Find the Historical Documents of Jazz (Jazz Times)
* Cyrille Aimée Is Moving On (Jazz Times)
* Spotify Faces $1 Billion Lawsuit Over Intentional Copyright Infringement, Deceptive Trade Practices (DigitalMusicNews.com)
* Are your favorite Instagram guitarists faking their incredible technique? (Guitar World)
* Dave Holland: “You can improvise in open-form style for as long as you like, but you’ll never improvise ‘Giant Steps’” (Jazzwise)
* The Pristine Empire of ECM Records (The New Yorker)
* The Loneliness of a Highbrow Teenage Songwriting Robot (Bloomberg.com)
* Sun Ra Arkestra’s June Tyson Was the Queen of Afrofuturism (Bandcamp.com)
* The Who by Fire (Rolling Stone)
* A Half-Century Not Out: Art Ensemble Of Chicago Live (TheQuietus.com)
* Jazz Legend Charlie Parker Honored With Global Bird 100 Centennial Celebration (BroadwayWorld.com)
* 12 Erroll Garner Albums Reissued in Octave Remastered Series (DownBeat)
* Hank Mobley, The Master of Contrasts (DownBeat)
* Sheila Jordan, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Veronica Swift: Three Generations of Vocal Jazz (Jazz Times)
* Why New Orleans jazz legend Buddy Bolden's house should be saved (New Orleans Advocate)
* The unlikely tale of 'Do They Know It's Christmas?': An 'OK song that became something much better than it actually was' (Yahoo News)
* “Music Affects Us In A Healing Way”: Azar Lawrence Is On A Mission (UDiscoverMusic.com)
* Anne Midgette - Classical Chronicler Supreme (Perfect Sound Forever)
          

EPISO/Border Interfaith Leverages $13M for Water, Wastewater Services in Montana Vista Colonia

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On a cloudy November day, EPISO/Border Interfaith celebrated the initiation of a $13 Million project that will provide 816 Montana Vista residents with water and wastewater services in a colonia far east of El Paso.  El Paso Water Utilities publicly recognized the organization for its leadership in ensuring that residents have access to these essential services.

For years, Montana Vista felt like a forgotten community due to poverty, isolation and a lack of relationships with elected officials.  Residents appealed to their then-priest at San Juan Diego Catholic for support in getting much needed basic streets, parks and wastewater services.  A longtime leader and co-chair of EPISO, Father Ed Roden-Lucero and EPISO organizers worked with resident leaders, guiding them in their efforts to seek essential infrastructure.

Part of those efforts included community education about the Economically Distressed Areas Program, a program created in 1989 by EPISO/Border Interfaith and sister Texas IAF organizations to address lack of infrastructure in the colonias.  That same year, EPISO/BI and Texas IAF organizations got out the vote to amend the Texas Constitution to provide the Texas Water Development Board $200 million dollars to issue grants and loans to install water and wastewater infrastructure in colonias and economically distressed areas.  Since 1989, over $1 Billion dollars have been invested in colonias and economically distressed areas across Texas.

During the 2019 legislative session, Texas IAF leaders advanced efforts to generate millions in infrastructure dollars for Texas' poorest families by allowing the Texas Water Development Board (TWDB) to use money from the Economically Distressed Areas Program (EDAP) to provide access to drinking water and wastewater services.  When Prop 2 passed this November, it guaranteed $200 million more to work on this and similar projects in Texas.

Change is coming to Montana Vista.  In January, a long-fought for (and separately funded) road extension was newly opened, with four lanes, bike routes, sidewalks, lighting, and landscaping.   Now, to community acclaim, El Paso Water is breaking ground for Phase 1 of its water and wastewater project -- scheduled for completion within 18 months.   

El Paso Water Recognition of EPISO/Border Interfaith [video]

Inician Obra de Agua y Drenaje en Montana VistaTelemundo [pdf]

Montana Vista Road Extension Breaks Ground, EPISO


          

China's Young Techies Win Headlines But Older Billionaire Families Are Advancing, Too

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As China's one-child generation enters a period of intergenerational asset transfers, more female successors have emerged.
          

China’s Latest Development Fund And The Impact On American Companies

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China’s new 147.2 billion yuan ($20.9 billion) fund to develop its manufacturing and technology sector should not be a surprise to anyone.
          

Merry Clickmas: Black Friday online sales hit record $7.4 bln

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This year’s Black Friday was the biggest ever for online sales, and Adobe Analytics says carts filled on phones, computers, and tablets rang up $7.4 billion in transactions.That ranks just
          

Aramco IPO completes retail portion oversubscribed, $12.64 bln in orders: Samba

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Saudi Aramco completed the retail portion of its initial public offering (IPO) with 47.4 billion riyals ($12.64 billion) in orders on Thursday, according to Samba Capital, the IPO’s lead manager
          

Saudi Aramco IPO gets $44.3 bln in bids so far: Samba

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Saudi Aramco has received bids for its shares totaling $44.3 billion so far, lead manager Samba Capital said on Friday, putting its initial public offering on track to be over-subscribed. The
          

Aramco IPO retail subscription oversubscribed, $10.16 billion in orders: Samba

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Retail subscriptions to Saudi Aramco’s initial public offering (IPO) reached 38.1 billion riyals ($10.16 billion) as of midday Thursday, according to Samba Capital, the IPO’s lead manager.
          

Lebanon pays back $1.5 billion Eurobond amid economic crisis

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Lebanon paid back a Eurobond worth $1.5 billion that was scheduled to mature Thursday, a Finance Ministry official said, pacifying concerns of a first-ever default on its debt amid the worst financial
          

BankMed denies oil trader accusations in $1 bln lawsuit

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BankMed on Thursday “strongly” denied the accusations made in a lawsuit by oil trader IMMS.IMMS has accused Lebanese bank BankMed of failing to return $1 billion of its deposits when
          

Aramco IPO retail subscription fully covered, $8.69 bln in orders: Samba Capital

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Retail subscriptions for Saudi Aramco’s initial public offering (IPO) have so far reached 32.6 billion riyals ($8.69 billion) by Wednesday evening. The retail portion of the sale had attracted 3
          

Cost of India refinery project with Aramco, ADNOC estimated at $70 bln

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The cost of a giant oil and petrochemicals refinery project to be built jointly by Saudi Aramco and Abu Dhabi National Oil Co. (ADNOC) in India is expected to reach $70 billion, WAM news agency
          

Islamic Development Bank set to raise 1 bln euro in green sukuk

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Jeddah-based Islamic Development Bank is set to raise 1 billion euro ($1.10 billion) through five-year “green” sukuk, or Islamic bonds, a document showed on Wednesday. The triple-A rated
          

Abu Dhabi, Kuwait sovereign funds plan investment in Aramco IPO:sources

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The sovereign wealth funds of Abu Dhabi and Kuwait plan to invest in the initial public offering (IPO) of Saudi Aramco, which is relying mainly on Saudi and Gulf investors to raise up to $25.6 billion
          

Egypt’s Rameda Pharmaceutical to float 49 pct stake on EGX

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Egypt’s Rameda Pharmaceutical said on Wednesday it would float 49 percent of its shares on the Egyptian stock exchange to raise up to 1.755 billion pounds ($109 million) and expects to start
          

Saudi Aramco’s IPO retail subscriptions reach $7.21 bln: Samba Capital

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Retail subscriptions in Saudi Aramco’s initial public offering (IPO) have so far reached 27.04 billion riyals ($7.21 billion) by Monday. The retail portion of the sale so far attracted 3.1
          

Abu Dhabi could plan up to $1.5 bln Aramco IPO investment: Report

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Abu Dhabi is planning to invest as much as $1.5 billion in Saudi Aramco’s initial public offering, Bloomberg reported on Tuesday, citing people familiar with the matter. The emirate is seeking
          

Walmart soll Hunderte Mio Dollar Steuern umgangen haben.

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Walmart hat durch Tricks und falsche Angaben in den Jahren 2009 und 2010 die Zahlung mehrerer Mio Dollar an Steuern umgangen, berichtet Quartz. Dabei habe das Unternehmen insgesamt fast 2 Mrd Dollar aus Luxemburg über Großbritannien in die USA transferiert. Dort habe Walmart verschwiegen, dass das Geld ursprünglich aus Luxemburg kam und so getan, als sei es in Großbritannien versteuert worden. qz.com

Walmart hat durch Tricks und falsche Angaben in den Jahren 2009 und 2010 die Zahlung mehrerer Mio Dollar an Steuern umgangen, berichtet Quartz. Dabei habe das Unternehmen insgesamt fast 2 Mrd Dollar aus Luxemburg über Großbritannien in die USA transferiert. Dort habe Walmart verschwiegen, dass das Geld ursprünglich aus Luxemburg kam und so getan, als sei es in Großbritannien versteuert worden.
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LVMH Acquires Tiffany & Co. For $16.2 Billion

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The world’s largest luxury goods group just got larger, as LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton SE announced early on November 25 that it will acquire luxury jewelry giant Tiffany & Co. in a transaction totaling $16.2 billion in stock buyouts. The deal is expected to...

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Report: Global air conditioning sales to reach $115.8B

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Global air conditioning sales are expected to grow by 4% this year to a total of $115.8 billion thanks in large part to the splits market, according to UK-based market consultant BSRIA. The Americas are outpacing the global growth average, the group said. Cooling Post (11/24)
          

Mark Murphy column: Elections and the rights of citizenship

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It is a sad statistic, and one which bears repeating: In the Nov. 5 Chatham County municipal elections, only about 22% of registered voters cast a ballot.Let that sink in for a moment. In a world where 37% of the world’s 7.6 billion people are considered “not free” (according to the 2019 Freedom in the World report by the Freedom House democracy watchdog group), we Americans live in a nation where we are allowed to vote for the candidates of our choice — [...]
          

Coastal Damages from Climate Change Could Cost U.K. Economy Billions by 2050: WWF

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The U.K. economy could face hits of more than 12 billion pounds ($15.4 billion) a year by 2050 from coastal damages alone if no action is taken to combat climate change, according to the WWF. The calculations — made on …
          

Accounting, Auditing: Accounts Receivable Specialist - San Diego, California

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DescriptionAccountemps San Mateo is partnering with a Design firm in San Carlos that is in immediate need of an AR Specialist to join their high-tech team. This is an excellent opportunity to work with a fun team in a growing sector in the Bay Area and globally.If interested, have relatable experience, and can commute to the job location, please send an updated resume in Word format to: ian.taylor@accountemps.com. This opportunity is open to contract and contract-to-full-time candidates, as well as direct hire candidates who are interested in joining Robert Half Accountemps through our Salaried Professionals consulting program. As a full-time employee of Accountemps you'll be part of a multi-billion dollar global leader in specialized financial staffing. We offer a Fortune 500 caliber benefits package, guaranteed compensation, bonuses, paid overtime, generous paid time off, educational reimbursement and much more.Responsibilities: Resolve A/R and billing issues with clients Apply credits to client accounts Record payments Process billing statements for small-to-midsize enterprise accounts Handle cash receipts Prepare accruals and reconcile sub-ledger to GL GL posting and month/year-end reconciliations Prepare aging reportsRequirementsRequirements: Solid understanding of AR Accounting; 3+ years of experience in role(s) with similar responsibilities Meticulous attention to detail High level of interpersonal skills and ability to handle multiple tasks Proficiency in Excel and Office Suite Working experience with Great Plains preferred (similar ERP experience required)If interested, have relatable experience, and can commute to the job location, please send an updated resume in Word format to: ian.taylor@accountemps.com. This opportunity is open to contract and contract-to-full-time candidates, as well as direct hire candidates who are interested in joining Robert Half Accountemps through our Salaried Professionals consulting program. As a full-time employee of Accountemps you'll be part of a multi-billion dollar global leader in specialized financial staffing. We offer a Fortune 500 caliber benefits package, guaranteed compensation, bonuses, paid overtime, generous paid time off, educational reimbursement and much more.Accountemps matches highly skilled professionals with accounting finance jobs at the best companies on a temporary and temporary-to-hire basis. Our mission is to provide you with a rewarding finance or accounting job that is well matched to your professional skills helping you to advance in your career. Our experience, combined with the resources of our worldwide network of offices, makes Accountemps a great resource for your career. We offer excellent opportunities to find temporary accounting and finance jobs for all experience levels. From accounting clerks and bookkeepers to accounts payable and staff accountants, we can provide you unparalleled access to exciting career opportunities. But don't take our word for it. Our company has appeared on Fortune magazines list of World's Most Admired Companies since 1998, and 9 out of 10 of our customers would recommend our service to a colleague.Contact your local Accountemps office at 888.490.3195 or visit www.accountemps.com to apply for this job now or find out more about other job opportunities.All applicants applying for U.S. job openings must be authorized to work in the United States. All applicants applying for Canadian job openings must be authorized to work in Canada. 2019 Accountemps. An Equal Opportunity Employer M/F/Disability/VeteransBy clicking 'Apply Now' you are agreeing to Robert Half Terms of Use.Salary: $35.00 - $40.00 / HourlyLocation: San Carlos, CADate Posted: November 26, 2019Employment Type: TemporaryJob Reference: 00430-9502325256Staffing Area: Accountemps ()
          

Germany’s Green Vault Museum Finds It’s Uninsured for $1 Billion Theft of Jewels

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A day after burglars made off with priceless jewels from a German museum, pressure is growing on police to find the culprits. One big reason: The diamond-encrusted dagger, pearl necklace, and dozens of other glittering artifacts—estimated to be worth more …
          

The Cost of Supporting Military Bases

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In 2016, the military services allocated $25 billion to base operations support (BOS). CBO explores characteristics of bases and the mission of the units they serve, analyzing the relationship between those characteristics and BOS costs.
          

One Billion NIS waste-powered electric facility in Jerusalem

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A new waste treatment plant has is being proposed in Jerusalem. Once opened the facility will enable the municipality to convert waste into electricity. The plant is expected to be designed, constructed and opened within the next six years.
          

There’s Still No Clear Case for Bloomberg’s Electability

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One scenario has a Democratic Party panicking and nominating a billionaire they don’t particularly like who isn’t particularly electable.
          

Oil is the New Data

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“…Despite the climate crisis that our planet faces, Big Oil is doubling down on fossil fuels. At over 30 billion barrels of crude oil a year, production has never been higher. Now, with the help of tech companies like Microsoft, oil companies are using cutting-edge technology to produce even more. The collaboration between Big Tech and […]
          

Climate protesters target east German coal mines

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Thousands of climate activists have staged a protest at open-pit coal mines in eastern Germany, pouring on to the premises to urge the government to immediately halt the use of coal to produce electricity. Police estimate more than 2,000 people took part on Saturday at sites near Cottbus and Leipzig, and that some of the demonstrators scuffled with officers. The dpa news agency reports three officers were slightly injured at the Janschwaelde mine near Cottbus. The mine operators, Leag und Mibrag, filed police reports asking for an investigation and possible charges. Burning coal releases carbon dioxide, the main greenhouse gas blamed by scientists for global warming. The German government plans to end the use of coal by 2038 and spend 40 billion euro (£34 billion) on assistance for the affected mining regions.

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Mozambican commercial banks see solid performance in 2018, KPMG says

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Commercial banks operating in Mozambique performed well in 2018, with profits rising by 28% from 13.4 billion meticais in 2017 to about 17.2 billion meticais, according to a study released in Maputo by KPMG Auditors and Consultants.
          

Project Coordinator I

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MA-Andover, Project Coordinator Job Number: 19-09598 Be part of a company that delivers life-changing healthcare solutions. Eclaro is looking for a Project Coordinator for our client in Andover, MA. Eclaro’s client is among the world’s largest pharmaceutical companies, trusted by billions to provide superior, cutting-edge, and inexpensive medicine that improves health and well-being. If you’re up to the chall
          

Kylie Jenner Spends $400k On Security Monthly

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Kylie Jenner Spends $400k On Security Monthly Caitlyn Jenner has provided a glimpse into how much her billionaire youngest daughter, Kylie Jenner, spends on her security per month. According to her, Kylie spends anywhere between $300,000- $400,000 a month When asked “How does that make you feel that your daughters have to go through that […]

The post Kylie Jenner Spends $400k On Security Monthly appeared first on Kulichang Blog.


          

Global Anti-Lock Braking System Market Size, Study, by Application and Regional Forecasts 2019-2026

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Bharat Book Bureau Provides the Trending Market Research Report on “Global Anti-Lock Braking System Market Size study, by Type, by Application and Regional Forecasts 2019-2026”under Heavy Industry Category. The report offers a collection of superior market research, market analysis, competitive intelligence and Market reports. Global Anti-Lock Braking System Market is valued approximately at USD 31.34 billion in 2018 and is anticipated to grow with a growth rate of more than 8.50% over the...
          

Tire Market: Global Industry Trends, Share, Size, Growth, Opportunity and Forecast 2019-2024

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Bharat Book Bureau Provides the Trending Market Research Report on “Tire Market: Global Industry Trends, Share, Size, Growth, Opportunity and Forecast 2019-2024”under Automotive Category. The report offers a collection of superior market research, market analysis, competitive intelligence and Market reports. The Global Tire Market was worth 3.1 Billion Units in 2018, growing at a CAGR of 4.3% during 2011-2018. A tire surrounds a wheel’s rim to transfer the vehicle’s load on...
          

CHINA’S REGULATING OF INTERNET AND EDUCATION

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A new report by UBS Securities forecasts that China’s online education market will continue to massively grow from the already sizeable RMB 30 billion annual spend in 2018. Continue Reading
          

China Tightens Regulation for Online Education

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The past five years witnessed a boom in the online education sector in China with annual revenues increasing from RMB 122.54 billion in 2015 to RMB 269.26 billion (forecast) in 2019[1]. Continue Reading
          

NRF Buying Survey: 23% of All Consumers Have Jewelry on Their Holiday Wish Lists

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Tomorrow is Thanksgiving Day in the U.S., the start of a five-day retail feeding frenzy that will see 165.3 million shoppers doing their very best to score great deals and check off as many items as possible on their holiday lists. According to the National Retail Federation (NRF), the jewelry category is a top-six pick for 2019.



For the 13th year in a row, "gift cards" ranked as the most popular wish list category (requested by 59% of those surveyed), followed by "clothing and accessories" (52%), "books/movies/music/video games" (35%), "electronics" (29%), "home décor" (24%), "jewelry" (23%), "personal care or beauty items" (21%), "sporting goods" (18%) and "home improvement items" (17%).

The NRF also reported that retail sales are expected to climb between 3.8% and 4.2% to $730.7 billion this holiday season, with the average consumer spending $1,047.

According to the NRF, 39.6 million consumers are expecting to shop on Thanksgiving Day, 114.6 million on Black Friday, 66.6 million on Small Business Saturday and 33.3 million on Sunday. The shopping weekend will wrap up on Cyber Monday, when 68.7 million are expected to take advantage of online bargains.

NRF President and CEO Matthew Shay said younger consumers are significantly more likely to shop over the Thanksgiving weekend. Among those ages 18 to 24, 88% say they are likely to shop and particularly enjoy the social aspect. Similarly, 84% of those ages 25 to 34 plan to shop. That compares with 69% of holiday shoppers overall.

Of those planning to shop, there is an almost even split of people who plan to start their shopping in-store (47%) compared with those who plan to start online (41%). Interestingly, those under 25 are even more likely to say they expect to start shopping in-store (52%).

The NRF asked those intending to shop Thanksgiving weekend what they like about the experience...

• The deals are too good to pass up (65%)
• Tradition (28%)
• It's when they like to start their holiday shopping (22%)
• It's something to do over the holiday (21%)
• It's a group activity with friends/family (17%)

For consumers who did not plan to shop in-store or online this Thanksgiving weekend, more than half (53%) said that there are some things that could change their minds...

• A sale or discount on an item they want (26%)
• If a family member or friend invites them to shop (12%)
• If they could be sure the items they want are available (11%)
• A free shipping offer (11%).

Due to quirks in this year's calendar, there are only 26 days between Thanksgiving and Christmas, down six days from 2018 and the shortest number possible, but the NRF statistics show that overall spending will not be affected due to the number of consumers who got their shopping started earlier in 2019.

The survey, which asked 7,917 consumers about their Thanksgiving weekend plans, was conducted by Prosper Insights & Analytics from October 31 through November 6 and has a margin of error of plus or minus 1.2 percentage points.

Credit: Image by BigStockPhoto.com.

          

Jesse Owens’ 1936 Olympic Gold Medal Could Fetch More Than $1 Million at Online Auction

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One of four gold medals won by American Jesse Owens during the 1936 Olympic Games in Adolf Hitler’s Nazi Germany is up for grabs at an online auction taking place now through December 7. The opening bid at GoldinAuctions.com is $250,000, but recent history tells us this very special piece of sports memorabilia could sell for $1 million or more.



Back in 2013, billionaire Ron Burkle plunked down $1.46 million for an Owens gold medal from the same Berlin Olympics. It was the highest price ever paid for a piece of Olympic memorabilia.



Owens’ performance in Berlin was one of the most significant in Olympic history because Hitler was convinced the Games would showcase what he believed was the superiority of the Aryan race. Instead, the 23-year-old son of an Alabama share cropper embarrassed the German dictator by dominating his athletes with decisive wins in the 100- and 200-meter dash, the long jump and as a member of the 4×100 meter relay team.



Of the four gold medals captured by Owens, the whereabouts of two are unknown. The one purchased by Burkle in 2013 had been gifted by Owens to his good friend, entertainer Bill “Bojangles” Robinson. The medal came to SCP Auctions via the estate of Robinson’s wife, Elaine Plaines-Robinson.

The Owens medal being offered by Goldin Auctions was most recently owned by the family of John Terpak, Sr., a weightlifter who met Owens during the 1936 Games. Owens apparently gifted the medal to Terpak in appreciation of his generosity and kindness.

Even though Owens was the first athlete in Olympic history to win four gold medals, his hero status was short-lived. According to Goldin Auctions, racial laws and cultural norms kept Owens from capitalizing on his Olympic triumphs. Because of the color of his skin, there were no corporate endorsements, high paying speaking engagements or coaching offers. Friends, such as Terpak, stepped in to ensure Owens would be financially stable.

As early as 1954, Terpak arranged for Owens to appear at speaking events in his native Pennsylvania, and the legendary Olympian was invited back many times over the next decade. Owens passed away in 1980 and Terpak passed away in 1993.

Owens' 55mm medal features Giuseppe Cassioli’s famous “Trionfo” design, which was showcased on the Summer Olympic medals from 1928 through 1968. The obverse depicts Nike, the Greek Winged Goddess of Victory, holding a palm in her left hand and a winner’s crown in her right, with the Colosseum in the background. The reverse shows a jubilant crowd carrying a triumphant athlete.



"No athletic award carries the same historical weight and value as Jesse Owens' gold medal-winning performance at the 1936 Olympics, for no athlete ever achieved nor proved as much as Owens did during those Games," said Ken Goldin, Founder of Goldin Auctions. "Even though we have offered at auction some of the most iconic sports collectibles, it is the highest honor to share this museum-worthy item with the world."

Interestingly, the last Olympic gold medal made of pure gold was awarded in 1912. Starting in 1916, the gold medals were made from gilded silver (92.5% silver, plated with six grams of gold).

Owens’ 1936 gold medal weighed 71 grams. So, at today’s valuations, the precious metal content would be worth less then $40 in silver and about $309 in gold.

Credits: Gold medals courtesy of Goldin Auctions. Long jump photo by Bundesarchiv, Bild 183-R96374 / CC-BY-SA 3.0 [CC BY-SA 3.0 de], via Wikimedia Commons. Photo of U.S. Olympic team sprinters (from left) Jesse Owens, Ralph Metcalfe and Frank Wykoff on the deck of the S.S. Manhattan before they sailed for Germany to compete in the 1936 Olympics by the Associated Press [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons.

          

Music Friday: Eric Clapton Sings of Lessons Learned in 'Diamonds Made From Rain'

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Welcome to Music Friday when we bring you awesome songs with jewelry, gemstones or precious metals in the title or lyrics. Today, rock legend Eric Clapton sings of lessons learned in his 2010 release, “Diamonds Made From Rain.”



in this bluesy track from his self-titled studio album, Clapton uses both diamond and pearl metaphors to tell the story of an older man who looks back on an imperfect life — humbly acknowledging the mistakes he's made along the way and accepting responsibility.

Clapton has learned from those mistakes and he feels those life experiences have made him a better person.

Clapton sings, “That everything is shown to me / I let it wash over me / Like diamonds made of rain / You can find joy inside the pain.”

Later he adds, “Everything that I've endured / For the wisdom of a pearl / I wouldn't change a thing / You can make diamonds from the rain."

Clapton invited his former love interest, Sheryl Crow, to sing harmonies on “Diamonds Made From Rain.” The pair reportedly had a brief relationship in the late 1990s and it was rumored that her song, “My Favorite Mistake,” is about him. Crow has denied that the song was about Clapton and said the relationship was not a mistake.

Clapton has sold more than 100 million albums and played 3,000-plus concerts during his 57 years as a performing artist. Over that time, more than two billion people in 58 countries across six continents have attended his concerts.

Ranked second on Rolling Stone magazine’s list of the “100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time,” the 74-year-old Clapton is the only three-time inductee to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame — once as a solo artist, and separately as a member of the Yardbirds and Cream.

Born Eric Patrick Clapton in Surrey, England, in 1945, to a Canadian soldier stationed in England and a teenage mom, the future guitarist was raised by his maternal grandparents, convinced that his mother was his sister. At age nine, he learned that his "sister" was really his mom. Emotionally scarred, he became moody and distant and stopped applying himself at school.

Clapton loved music and got his first guitar on his 13th birthday. In 1961, at age 16, Clapton attended the Kingston College of Art and studied stained-glass design. He was expelled from college after one year because he spent most of his waking hours playing guitar and listening to the blues.

According to Clapton's official bio, he spent his early days in music as a street performer. When he was 17, Clapton joined his first band, The Roosters. To make ends meet, the young Clapton worked as a laborer alongside his grandfather, a master bricklayer. Clapton, who was making a name for himself on the R&B pub circuit, was recruited to become a member of The Yardbirds. The 18-year-old guitarist, who would earn the nickname Slowhand even though his hands were blazing fast, accepted the offer and the rest is history.

We invite you to enjoy the audio track of Clapton performing “Diamonds Made From Rain” at the end of this post. The lyrics are below if you’d like to sing along...

"Diamonds Made From Rain"
Written by Nikka Costa, Justin Mitchell Stanley and Doyle Bramhall II. Performed by Eric Clapton.

The moment's come and gone
Every memory leaves a trace
All that I've come to know
In the lines upon my face

Every storm that I have turned
Each forgiveness I have earned
Every shame that's taught me grace
From you I have learned

No love is lost
No love is lost

That everything is shown to me
I let it wash over me
Like diamonds made of rain
You can find joy inside the pain

Everything that I've endured
For the wisdom of a pearl
I wouldn't change a thing
You can make diamonds from the rain

Every mile of this road
Every chord that's struck my soul
You are the melody
That will soothe me 'til I'm old

If the promises are kept
I'll waive all of my regrets
I can say I've overcome
With you, my heart is open

No love was lost
No love was lost

That everything is shown to me
I let it wash over me
Like diamonds made of rain
You can find joy inside the pain

Everything that I've endured
For the wisdom of a pearl
I wouldn't change a thing
You can make diamonds from the rain


Credit: Photo by Raph_PH [CC BY 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons.

          

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