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US fleshes out plans to remove 'security threats' from its telecoms networks

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The US government has outlined a procedure for protecting its national telecommunications infrastructure from national security threats, revealing that it intends to decide whether particular companies can be involved on a case by case basis…

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IT / Software / Systems: Systems Administrator - Great Falls, Montana

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Responsible for designing, organizing, configuring and supporting computer systems, including servers, storage technologies, virtual environments, and other infrastructure technologies. The Systems Administrator maintains operating environments for core applications, including testing, training, and upgrade environments as needed. The Administrator installs, documents, and maintains backup and recovery systems and procedures, working to ensure high availability and performance. The Systems Administrator assists with technical security compliance, including internet web content filtering, e-mail encryption and spam filtering. The Administrator ensures adherence with security, regulatory, BHS policy, as well as best practices regarding design, configuration, and use of system technology. He/she completes other assignments based on ability as needed, and participates in the department's performance improvement and continuous quality improvement (CQI) activities. FLSA: EXEMPT DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES: Monitors and updates the facility's computer systems to ensure the equipment is functioning properly. Evaluates performance trends and recommends proactive steps to ensure performance. Strictly complies with change control procedures and processes, including effective testing and validation. Demonstrates knowledge of current software systems, operation procedures and technological developments. Designs medium to complex systems and configurations. Evaluates vendor's proposals and technology to complete proper design and configurations, and to secure needed services, hardware/software. Maintains, debugs and changes application software systems and existing programs. Works with Network Administrators and other ITS technicians and vendor personnel to coordinate and integrate systems, Develops downtime and disaster recovery procedures for responsible systems. Provides training and assistance for all systems users. Responsible for meeting the needs of the facility through designing, testing and implementing technical systems. Establishes procedures and configurations to maintain confidentiality and security of computer files. Ensures procedures and processes are in place to back-up files and provide recovery in the event failures. Coordinates information technology response efforts to unplanned outages and security issues. Provides timely reports about the facility's servers and applications including upgrades, risk mitigation, problems and solutions. Tracks performance trends and recommends actions to ensure and enhance performance. Develops and updates policies and procedures governing information technology systems of the facility. Maintains a good working relationship with outside consultants and vendors. Demonstrates the ability to be flexible, organized and function under stressful situations. Maintains a good working relationship within the department and with other departments. Consistently demonstrates a professional, self-directed approach to department responsibilities. Assists and provides mentoring to End User Device Specialists, Technical Analyst II and other IT staff. Performs on call duty as required. Accepts additional responsibilities as assigned. Demonstrates the ability to deal with pressure to meet deadlines, to be accurate, and to handle constantly changing situations. Demonstrates the ability to deal with a variety of people, deal with stressful situations, and handle conflict High school graduate or equivalent. B.S. in Computer Science or related subject, or equivalent experience preferred. Previous experience as a systems administrator preferred. Experience with large network(s) system administration preferred. Technical certification required in relevant area (MCSE, VMWare, Citrix) Experience in systems tuning and performance management preferred Experience with Visual Basic and/or other scripting tools preferred. Community Information: Great Falls has a city population of 60,000, with a draw of over 275,000 people in north central Montana. We experience mild winters and enjoy blue skies over 300 days per year. Great Falls is a wonderful and safe place to raise a family, with nationally ranked public schools and an average commute of under 12 minutes, making the quality of life in Great Falls unsurpassed in the Rocky Mountain West. Additionally, the Missouri River, a blue-ribbon fly-fishing destination, runs through the middle of town. Outdoor activities include camping, hiking, horseback riding, water and snow skiing, rock and ice climbing, boating, whitewater kayaking, off-road motorsports, upland bird and waterfowl hunting, and big-game hunting. Benefis Health System: This is your opportunity to be part of an exceptional health system in a state that is well known for its beautiful four seasons and outdoor lifestyle. While enjoying the last best place, you'll have the added benefit of having access to Benefis Health System, one of the state's most modern and progressive healthcare facilities with 500+ beds and over 270 employed medical staff members representing more than 40 specialties. Our state-of-the-art facilities and cutting-edge technologies make Benefis an exceptional working environment and one of the "150 Top Places to Work in Healthcare" five years in a row. ()
          

Senior Estimator – Mechanical

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Wood. - Tampa, FL - Wood Environment & Infrastructure Solutions is currently seeking a Senior Estimator... to the Estimating Manager/Chief Estimator. Key Responsibilities Maintain high standards...
          

Senior Estimator – Structural

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Wood. - Tampa, FL - Wood Environment & Infrastructure Solutions is currently seeking a Senior Estimator... Estimating Manager/Chief Estimator. Key Responsibilities Maintain high standards...
          

Senior Estimator – Architectural

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Wood. - Tampa, FL - Wood Environment & Infrastructure Solutions is currently seeking a Senior Estimator... Manager/Chief Estimator. Key Responsibilities Maintain high standards of professionalism...
          

HBA Cautions Against 66% WES SDC Hike

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As part of its ongoing methodological update project, the Water Environment Services (WES) Advisory Board voted earlier this month to advance a 5-tier system development charge (SDC) schedule. The proposed adjustments to SDCs are scaled according to square footage and based on statistically corresponding relationships amongst dwelling size, occupancy, and indoor winter water consumption data.

In addition to the proposed 5-tier SDC methodology, the WES Advisory Board is evaluating a 66% SDC increase from $7,850 to $13,019 per equivalent dwelling unit. This follows WES’s 125% increase to the wholesale sewer rate for portions of the district, effective August 1, 2019. The rate hike brought WES’s two rate zones into equilibrium based on a consolidated capital improvement plan. At the most recent advisory committee meeting, HBA emphasized the positive economic impacts of growth and explained how another SDC increase would severely overburden development in cities that just this year experienced a substantial SDC increase. While HBA acknowledges the value of SDCs in providing infrastructure to serve new customers, we encouraged WES to weigh the relative impacts to both the ratepayer and development when considering options to encourage housing production during a regional housing crisis.

HBA encourages developers, builders, and affiliate business owners in the WES district to join one of the December policy forums on the WES rules and standards project. The forums will cover current proposed fiscal and technical policy updates and include breakout sessions on regulatory changes and requirements, as well as changes to the development review and approval processes. The proposed fiscal and regularly policies will go before the Clackamas County Board of County Commissioners in Spring 2020. To weigh in on the proposed fiscal policies and to learn about HBA’s role on the WES Advisory Committee, contact Roseann Johnson at roseannj@hbapdx.org.

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What can undersea cables tell us about earthquakes?

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Researchers employed 20 kilometers (pink) of a 51-kilometer undersea fiber-optic cable as a seismic array to study the fault zones under Monterey Bay. During the four-day test, the scientists detected a magnitude 3.5 earthquake 45 kilometers away in Gilroy, and mapped previously uncharted fault zones (yellow circle). Nate Lindsey, UC Berkeley Our existing telecom infrastructure […]
          

Project Manager Infrastructure - Badenoch & Clark - Tortona, Piemonte

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A riporto diretto dell’ICT Infrastructure Director, la Risorsa si occuperà di curare la corretta gestione e consegna dei progetti strategici dell'area di…
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99% of Native American Languages are in Danger of Going Extinct

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'Many indigenous languages in the United States are in critical danger of dying out. Despite efforts to preserve them, all but two of the 115 indigenous languages in the United States are at risk of extinction.  The Administration for Native Americans has allocated approximately $12 million annually to tribes to preserve native languages but that’s a small fraction of what was spent in the late 1800s and early 1900s to support boarding school infrastructure, which contributed to the decline of many indigenous languages.  We spoke with Rebecca Nagle, Cherokee writer and host of This Land podcast.' -- The Takeaway  

          

Upscaling urban data science for global climate solutions

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Upscaling urban data science for global climate solutions

Creutzig, F., Lohrey, S., Bai, X., Baklanov, A., Dawson, R., Dhakal, S., Lamb, W. F., McPhearson, T., Minx, J., Munoz, E. & Walsh, B., 1 Jan 2019, In : Global Sustainability. 2, e2.

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Non-technical summary Manhattan, Berlin and New Delhi all need to take action to adapt to climate change and to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. While case studies on these cities provide valuable insights, comparability and scalability remain sidelined. It is therefore timely to review the state-of-the-art in data infrastructures, including earth observations, social media data, and how they could be better integrated to advance climate change science in cities and urban areas. We present three routes for expanding knowledge on global urban areas: mainstreaming data collections, amplifying the use of big data and taking further advantage of computational methods to analyse qualitative data to gain new insights. These data-based approaches have the potential to upscale urban climate solutions and effect change at the global scale. Technical summary Cities have an increasingly integral role in addressing climate change. To gain a common understanding of solutions, we require adequate and representative data of urban areas, including data on related greenhouse gas emissions, climate threats and of socio-economic contexts. Here, we review the current state of urban data science in the context of climate change, investigating the contribution of urban metabolism studies, remote sensing, big data approaches, urban economics, urban climate and weather studies. We outline three routes for upscaling urban data science for global climate solutions: 1) Mainstreaming and harmonizing data collection in cities worldwide; 2) Exploiting big data and machine learning to scale solutions while maintaining privacy; 3) Applying computational techniques and data science methods to analyse published qualitative information for the systematization and understanding of first-order climate effects and solutions. Collaborative efforts towards a joint data platform and integrated urban services would provide the quantitative foundations of the emerging global urban sustainability science.

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JournalGlobal Sustainability
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Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2019

          

Administration, Clerical: Receptionist - Houston, Texas

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Education - High School Diploma or GED Skills - Excel - Communication Skills - Microsoft Word - Microsoft Powerpoint - Microsoft Office Primoris Services Corporation is seeking a Receptionist for our Houston, Texas office location. We are looking for an individual who is efficient and comfortable being a member of a team. The ability to multi-task, while maintaining complex schedules and managing administrative support, is essential in this position. The ideal candidate for this job is resourceful, a good problem solver and organized. Assuring a steady completion of workload in a timely manner is key to success in this position. KEY RESPONSIBILITIES/ ACCOUNTABILITIES: Generate memos, emails, and reports when appropriate. Assume responsibility for maintenance of office equipment. Maintain office supplies by checking inventory and order items. Answer incoming calls and assume other receptionist duties when needed. Answers telephones and directs the caller to the appropriate associate. Will transfer a caller to an associate's voice mailbox when the associate is unavailable. Greets and directs visitors to the company. Takes and retrieves messages for various personnel. Coordinates the pick-up and delivery of express mail services (FedEx, UPS, etc.) Assists with other related clerical duties such as photocopying, faxing, filing and collating. BASIC QUALIFICATIONS: High school diploma Proficiency in MS Office with expertise in Microsoft Word, PowerPoint and Excel. Detail oriented and comfortable working in a fast-paced office environment. Exceptional communication skills. Superior organization skills and dedication to completing projects in a timely manner. COMPANY OVERVIEW: For nearly six decades, Primoris has built a reputation for taking on challenges that others will not - setting the bar ever higher for ourselves and our industry with each project. Now, as we build a sustainable infrastructure that supports the growing needs of the nation - and the world - we reaffirm innovation, quality, service, and safety as our core values. And we remind ourselves that the pioneering spirit of yesteryear fuels the imagination of today.Primoris Services Corporation (PSC) is ranked in the top 10% of the prestigious Top 400 Contractors List by Engineering News Record (ENR), having built projects throughout the United States as well as Latin America, South and Central America, and South East Asia.We build great projects because we have built a great company - and insist on great performance.And that's a product of our people, passion, and partners. AGENCY STATEMENT: We are not accepting resumes from Third Party Recruiting Firms for this position. If you are an Agency or Search firm representative, contact the Primoris Talent Acquisition Manager directly for consideration. Primoris or its subsidiaries will not be responsible for any fees arising from the use of resumes and online response forms through this source. In ition, Primoris or its subsidiaries will not be responsible for any fees on unsolicited resumes that are submitted to any member of the Staffing or Operations team. Primoris has established an approved vendor program for this service and will only consider accepting submissions from those approved firms. For consideration in becoming an approved vendor, contact **************. ()
          

Accounting, Auditing: Aero JV Senior FP&A Analyst - Houston, Texas

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Role Summary:This role is for the FP&A Analyst of the Aero Services and Products JV LLC, a joint-venture owned 50% by GE Company and 50% by BHGE, with an estimated revenue of $1.3B. The JVs purpose is to deliver improved product, repair and execution strategy & fulfillment for the JV partners and ASPs. The JV will operate across 5 global entities.Essential Responsibilities:As the Aero JV Senior FP&A Analyst you will: Support the FP&A leader in coordinating all FP&A planning cycles (e.g. analysis to set targets, providing guidance to team, coordination across global teams, BHGE, GEP & GEAE as required) Support the relationship between the Aviation, Power, BHGE ledgers and ensure accuracy between the reporting GL and the book of record Partner with product line team to drive cost out, lead key initiatives Develop format & templates for components of JV & Channel operating Rhythms Support preparation of financial content for strategic reviews, including the JV BOD Support CFO & FP&A with closing calls and preparation of closing decks Support FP&A leader to partner with operations to define & develop key operational measurements & KPIs Work CEO staff to develop program and NPI spend, say-do & tracking mechanisms, including say-do Fully own functional cost accuracy, pacing and reporting Ensure cross charge reconciliation, cross company alignment & transparency Oversee month-end, quarter-end and year-end closing process and streamline processes for distribution of financial information This role will be reporting to the FP&A leader of the JV and work closely with all functions to ensure the proper level of financial & key operational metric accountability infrastructure is designed & institutionalizedQualifications/Requirements: Bachelors Degree from an accredited university or college Minimum of 3 years of experience in financeELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS: Legal authorization to work in the U.S. isrequired. We will not sponsor individualsfor employment visas, now or in the future, for this job opening Any offer of employment is conditioned upon the successful completion of a drug screen (as applicable) Desired Characteristics: Strong verbal and written communication capabilities Strong process management skills Ability to work with teams across functions and around the globe Ability to challenge status quo and influence cross-functional and global counterparts Ability to execute across multiple priorities independently & decisively Ability to adjust to varying priorities in a dynamic environment, work under pressure, and prioritize tasks to meet deadlinesTo stay connected with exciting news and the latest job opportunities from GE businesses, follow us on twitter: @gecareersAbout Us:At GE's Gas Power, we're pushing the boundaries of what's possible within gas power generation to help our customers achieve the right balance between power plant performance and environmental sustainability. Our world-class portfolio of gas power systems and services utilizes the centuries of experience and has expanded across the entire plantGE offers a great work environment, professional development, challenging careers, and competitive compensation. GE is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Employment decisions are made without regard to race, color, religion, national or ethnic origin, gender (including pregnancy), sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, disability, veteran status or any other characteristics protected by law.Additional Eligibility Qualifications:GE will only employ those who are legally authorized to work in the United States for this opening. Any offer of employment is conditioned upon the successful completion of a drug screen (as applicable).Additional Locations:United States;Texas;Houston; ()
          

Other: Business Intelligence Solutions Architect - Houston, Texas

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Bitwise Inc is looking for Business Intelligence Solutions Architect at Houston TX We have multiple roles available. Skills & Qualifications:---Required Cognos To Tableau Conversion Or Migration Experience. Need someone with strong experience of BI Architecture. Candidate would be responsible for BI migration. Need good experience of creating Data Marts, providing solutions. Design and develop data analytics framework. Partners with other architects, infrastructure and software experts to define metadata layers, technical strategy and optimal integration within existing client IT landscape. Translate to technical designers or developers designed solution, review proposed solution and optimize it when required About Us : Bitwise, a data management consulting and services company, uses 20+ years of Enterprise Data Management experience to help bridge gaps between traditional EDW and cutting-edge technologies, including Big Data and Cloud tools. Through our Digital practice, we provide world-class talent covering the full spectrum of development technologies starting from J2EE, .NET, Angular, Cordova, Ionic, Native iOS, Android, other open source application stacks and Cloud technologies to deliver custom application solutions and services. What truly sets Bitwise apart is not just our 22 years of experience helping leading Fortune 1000 companies solve their most pressing Data and Digital challenges, but our dedication to developing unique solutions that automate and accelerate complex processes. Please visit us at ()
          

Accounting, Auditing: VP - Power & Renewables Private Equity - Houston, Texas

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Our client is a US-based Private Equity firm specializing in Energy, Power, Natural Resources, and Infrastructure. The firm is looking to expand their investment activity in the Power, Renewables, and Clean Technology space. Currently seeking their first VP into this discipline to spearhead execution. The team is lean and entreprenurial with a high opportunity for growth at the VP grade. Ambitious professionals will thrive in this environment. The Candidate 5-8 years of relevant experience (Private Equity, Investment Banking, IPPs, Developers, etc.) Transaction experience in Power and/or Renewables. Ability to work in a lean team environment Strong technical and financial modeling skills Bachelor's degree from a reputable university with a record to high achievement ()
          

香港の反政府デモによる大学への影響

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Protests in Hong Kong over the city's autonomy within China and delays in expected democratic reforms started peacefully in early June, but activists progressively escalated tactics that last week led to pitched battles with police on several university campuses. Aside from extensive destruction at Hong Kong Polytechnic University, the site of a prolonged standoff between a small band of holdouts and riot police, universities reported varying degrees of damage to campus infrastructure but that research facilities remained largely intact. Academics are more worried that the images of campuses drenched in Molotov cocktails and tear gas will make it difficult to recruit graduate students and faculty from around the world. There are also concerns about the potential erosion of academic freedoms as China exerts increasing control over the territory.


          

Scope of eMobility And How It Will Transform The World Around Us

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With the development of electronic cars and their demand soaring higher than ever, we will see an increase in the manufacturing of charging infrastructure. New improvements might also be introduced to battery technology.


          

Other: DevOps Engineer - Salt Lake City, Utah

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

Executive: Direct Examination Operations Manager #4500.0868 - Salt Lake City, Utah

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The Mears Group, Inc. requires a Direct Examination Operations Manager in Heber City, UT. Under direct supervision of the Director of Operations, and with additional direction from the Engineering Manager, the DE Operations Manager will perform the following job duties: Manage all aspects of the relationship for assigned clients, including leading visits to client sites, generating revenue by securing work from assigned clients, being the primary point of contact for assigned clients, and managing all client communication. Manage multi-million dollar project client portfolios. Develop, implement and maintain project execution planning and management that will ensure assigned projects are completed safely, on-time, within budget, and to the quality standards required by both the client and the company. Provide guidance to project staff in order to achieve their full understanding of the scope of work and contract terms. Supervise essential project duties including cost and labor tracking, material submittals, subcontractor management, contract compliance, and take corrective action to meet project goals. Responsible for compliance and implementation of the ECDA process, including the technical evaluations and analyses conducted throughout the assessment. These include, but are not limited to, the feasibility analysis, indirect inspection tool selection, ECDA region selection, indirect inspection, and direct examination data analysis, remaining strength evaluation, root cause analysis, reclassification, reprioritization, remaining life calculations and assessment of ECDA effectiveness. Assume Cathodic Protection ("CP") related responsibilities including conducting independent corrosion surveys, analysis of CP data, preparation of reports and taking action to analyze and address the CP facilities that aren't being sufficiently protected from external corrosion. Prepare and deliver monthly CP inspection reports which include the corrosion status of the piping systems, assessment of any trends from the surveys and report any significant fault or deterioration that may have affected the corrosion protection and cause an integrity threat. Provide engineering expertise for the assessment and design for mitigation of high voltage alternating current interference on buried pipelines, in order to prevent damage due to AC influenced corrosion and/or electrical fault conditions. This expertise includes AC interference modeling, targeted field testing, and engineering assessment and mitigation designs. Provide engineering expertise for the assessment and design for direct current interference on buried pipelines. Including the development and application of multi-phased targeted field-testing programs. Perform corrosions control failure analysis to determine root-cause, working in conjunction with company metallurgists and laboratory personnel, and developing remediation action plans. Perform follow-up commissioning testing and surveys for designed mitigation systems and provided engineering support during construction and installation. Develop specialized procedures and practices for unique operating scenarios, which may include, but are not limited to, guidance for safety, integrity assessment programs or the evaluation of remedial measures. Develop and implement algorithm prediction modeling for life prediction of critical infrastructure assets. Direct and supervise the work of a team of direct examination technicians. In the absence of the Engineering Manager, oversees the operations of the Engineering department. Travel required 40% of the time. Requirements: Bachelor's degree in Mechanical Engineering, Petroleum Engineering or closely related engineering discipline, or foreign equivalent, plus four years' (48 months) of engineering experience in Asset Integrity including corrosion control engineering analysis and designs, technical support, AC interference modeling, targeted field testing, and engineering assessment and mitigation designs. Must include two years' (24 months) experience using predictive analysis; two years' (24 months) of onsite project management experience for at least 10 projects, with direct client interaction. Two years' (24 months) experience is required and must include: develop and apply for multi-field testing programs in the assessment and design for mitigation of high voltage alternating current interference on buried pipelines; implement, assess and ensure compliance of the ECDA process; experience in design of (high voltage) direct current interface on buried pipelines; CP project development and proposal drafting; CP project management for projects over $1 million in value; experience in AutoCAD, Pictometry, AND/OR GIS project management software tools; and experience working cross-functionally between field and office locations. Certifications required: NACE Cathodic Protection CP-2 certification, or ability to obtain certification. API 570 certification, or ability to obtain certification. Job Code: 4500.0868. recblid gj0tju8v79qeobjdb3wd8pvjts4d0l ()
          

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

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

Executive: Product Manager - Salt Lake City, Utah

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

MTS, Yakutsk municipality start project to digitise city infrastructure

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(Telecompaper) Russian mobile operator MTS, in cooperation with the municipal adminisitration of the city of Yakutsk, has started a project to digitise the Yakutsk...
          

Account Executive, Cloud & Cyber Security | Expedient

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Baltimore, Maryland, Expedient is a provider of multi-cloud platforms, hosting and security and data center infrastructure as a service (IaaS) solutions. We are hiring an Account Executive to build and develop the sales
          

Comment on Are Cryptocurrency Transactions about to Hit the Mainstream? by Can You Use Cryptocurrency to Invest in Real Estate?

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Comment on Are Cryptocurrency Transactions about to Hit the Mainstream? by Can You Use Cryptocurrency to Invest in Real Estate? - Best sites

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How to Transfer Your WordPress Site to New Domain

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BlogVault Migration for WordPress

When you’re operating your WordPress site on one host and need to move it to another, it’s not as simple as you might think. Every instance of WordPress has 4 elements… the infrastructure and IP address it’s hosted at, the MySQL database that contains your content, the uploaded files, themes and plugins, and WordPress itself. WordPress has an import and export mechanism, but it’s restricted to actual content. It doesn’t maintain author integrity, and doesn’t

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Other: Business Development Head + a 5% Signing Reward - Kennewick - Kennewick, Washington

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OYO Rooms is looking for a unique sales minded individual driven by growth opportunity and financial incentives. As a Business Development Head at OYO, your ideas can drive change and you are rewarded for your team's success. We are seeking candidates that thrive in ambiguity and the unknown. OYO is looking for someone willing to grab the bull by the horns and get the job done; someone that can think on their feet and recover from setbacks quickly. Invest in your future & join our bold, exciting start-up team as we become the most loved hotel brand in the world!Job Responsibilities: Plan & oversee business development efforts for OYO USA in assigned territory Help drive quarterly and annual sales and revenue targets for a defined territory Manage a team of 5-20 sales leaders and help coach, train, and lead them to success Help team members close new hotels and ensure that they meet OYO standards in terms of location, pricing, infrastructure, and quality Negotiate contract agreements with hotel owners Partner cross-functionally with operations, transformation, legal, customer support, and finance teams to close hotel sales and throughout the launch and go-live process ()
          

Technical Architect

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The Program Architect plays a critical role within Salesforce Services, serving as a strategic advisor and Salesforce product and platform expert to the company’s largest, most complex enterprise customers.

Responsibilities:

Become a highly certified and recognized Salesforce expert.
Serve as a Trusted Advisor, drive conversations with our customer’s Enterprise Architects and Business Stakeholders armed with best practices for enterprise architecture functions such as Security, Performance, Development Process, and Application Governance.
Advise and mentor diverse teams, which include customer and partner resources in technical and functional delivery aspects at a program level, using influence and adaptive communication strategies in scenarios where Senior Architect does not have direct authority over all resources.
Contribute to a program vision while advising and articulating program/project strategies on enabling technologies including the Salesforce Platform.
Provide guidance on application and integration development best practices, Enterprise Architecture standards, functional and technical solution architecture & design, environment management, testing, and Salesforce Platform education.
Drive the creation of application and technical design documents which leverage Salesforce best practices and effectively integrate Salesforce into the customer’s infrastructure.
Troubleshoot key customer implementation issues and demonstrate ability to drive to successful resolution. Lead the evaluation of business and technical requirements from a senior level.
Review and correcting project/program direction, approach and key artifacts to keep programs on track and solutions extendable and maintainable going forward.
Identification and pro-active management of risk areas and commitment to seeing an issue through to complete resolution.
Manage customer expectations; negotiate solutions to complex problems with both the customer and third-party partners.
Build relationships with business partners, internal and external, and contributing to broader goals and growth beyond the scope of a single customer engagement.
Contribute to the growth of the Services Practice by identifying and leading internal strategic initiatives to grow the consulting practice, leveraging junior teammates to achieve individual as well as team growth; serving as an active contributor to the practice knowledge and resource base; mentor, educate, and enrich technical and non-technical Salesforce customer and partner colleagues.
Experience/Skills Required:

8+ years of enterprise consulting experience, including implementation experience with one or more common enterprise software solutions (e.g. CRM, ERP), filling positions of increasing responsibility and management of more junior technical resources.
5+ years experience as a Senior Architect and/or CTO in a mid to large sized organization with demonstrated leadership driving an organizational transformation in a matrixed organization.
Experience with key areas of enterprise architecture, including integration technologies, single sign on, and master data management.
Experience with Waterfall and/or Agile implementation methodologies.
Ability to work independently and be a self-starter. Proven results leading and overseeing customer and/or partner success stories in the following domains: front- and back-end solution architecture, development and release management strategies, change management, and direct leadership in designing solutions that meet or exceed customer needs.
Proven ability to analyze, design, and optimize business processes via technology and integration.
Guiding customers and colleagues in rationalizing and deploying emerging technologies that drive increased business value.
Polished speaker with the ability to evangelize best practices at various levels within a large organization.
A particular desire to continually study new technologies and functionality, as well as be involved in projects that push the capabilities of existing technologies.
Strong communication skills, both written and verbal. Able to effectively develop materials that are appropriate for the audience.
Strong presentation skills. Able to effectively present and defend point of view to a variety of audiences.
Travel to client site (average of 75%), but may be higher or lower based on the client engagement.
Bachelor's degree required in Computer Science, Software Engineering, Business, or in a related field.
Highly beneficial to have any  product certifications prior to joining. It is expected that you will gain the following certifications as part of the role requirement and onboarding process in the first 3 months:

SFDC Certified Administrator
Sales Cloud Consultant
Service Cloud Consultant
SFDC Certified Advanced Administrator
SFDC Marketing Cloud Certification

Leadership Qualities:

PASSION: Passionate about Customer Success
BEGINNERS MIND: Always learning, approaches each interaction with open mind, great listener and hands-on
THOUGHT LEADER: Strong point of view and executive presence. Confident, but not arrogant, great storyteller
LEADERSHIP: Self-aware and strategic thinker; proficient at building strong relationships
COMMUNICATOR: Speaks and writes with clarity, brevity, and purpose; explains area of expertise clearly and confidently to others; influences and engages C-Level with authority and confidence
STORYTELLER: Confidently and effectively facilitates and presents; ably defends point-of-view; keeps audiences engaged and delivers a clear and memorable message
TEAM PLAYER: Proficient at collaboration and working with members of a team
URGENCY: Ability to move fast and drive business value and results
OHANA: Embodies Aloha culture: A team player that everyone enjoys working with and has a generous heart
TRUST: Trust the company’s core values
ADAPTABLE: Excels in high levels of uncertainty and change
COMMUNITY CHAMPION: Leads internal initiatives; actively contributes to the Community’s knowledge and resource base

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Family Medicine | UPMC Pinnacle

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Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, UPMC Pinnacle offers a variety of primary care practice sizes and locations while at the same time maintaining a reliable practice infrastructure. Physicians can focus on the outpatient setting of ch
          

City of Toronto: Director, Financial Management

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Lead and supports the Infrastructure and Development Services (IDS) division as a Director, Financial Management with the City of Toronto.
          

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

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

Infrastructure Support Analyst

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We’re Anthony Nolan and we save the lives of people with blood cancer who need a stem cell transplant. We’re unique. Thanks to the incredible donors on our register, our pioneering research and our passionate fundraisers, we...
          

ICT Analyst

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ICT Support Analyst- Infrastructure Engineering Brighton and Hove City Council are seeking an Infrastructure Analyst to work on a permanent basis at their offices in Brighton.  Working within a team of Infrastructure Analys...
          

ASEAN urged to boost private sector financing for sustainable infrastructure

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ASEAN urged to boost private sector financing for sustainable infrastructure

ASEAN member states must take steps to promote greater private sector participation in sustainable infrastructure financing in order to help forge an ASEAN economic future that is underpinned by sustainable development for decades to come.

HSBC Asia Pacific head of Belt and Road Initiative and business corridors, Mukhtar Hussain, said a more active participation from industry players would also ensure the demand for infrastructure investment is realised

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Head of Infrastructure and Operations

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Your new company Southend Borough Council are a unitary authority based in the heart of the town centre offering traditional seaside living that makes it a great place to live and work. This diverse and busy town has great p...
          

BPP UNIVERSITY: Information Security Engineer

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Competitive: BPP UNIVERSITY: The InfoSec Engineer will be an integral part of the Infrastructure Team ... London, United Kingdom
          

H$^2$—A Hybrid Heterogeneity Aware Resource Orchestrator for Cloud Platforms

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Cloud computing services are provided through datacenters that consume significant amount of energy and contribute to global warming. Largely, resources are unused due to low service demand, in principal, wasting energy and resources. Energy could be saved through efficient resource management systems; that is of utmost importance, particularly, when service providers use various kinds of sand-boxing technologies, such as bare-metal, virtual machine and/or containers to provide quality services to users. The lack of a single resource manager creates questions on infrastructure energy efficiency and service performance. In this paper, we investigate the possibility of using a single resource manager to manage datacenter heterogeneous resources, energy, and performance (hence cost) efficiently. Our evaluation suggests that $sim$30.47% energy could be saved at cost of only 2.14% loss in performance through using a single scheduler instead of multiple schedulers.
          

Hierarchical Flow Model-Based Impact Assessment of Cyberattacks for Critical Infrastructures

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Critical infrastructures (CIs) are essential for the national security, economy, and public safety, whose protection against cyberattacks has become the focus of significant attention. Impact assessment plays an important role in this protection, which provides real-time situations for security managers. The assessment of CIs not only need to analyze the cyberattack's impact on any specific station, but also to consider the spreading process of the negative impact. However, few research in this domain consider the above two aspects simultaneously due to the complexity of CIs and their operation. To tackle this problem, a hierarchical flow model (HFM)-based impact assessment is presented. In this approach, a novel HFM method is proposed to describe a system from a function system perspective, which combines a flow model and hierarchical knowledge. By using this method, a CI model which considers cyber–physical interaction within a station, dependence among stations, and the topological structure of the physical network is established. Next, based on the CI model, an impact assessment is proposed to quantify the loss which is caused by the impact spreading within the CI network. Finally, case studies on a gas supply system are conducted to verify the effectiveness of the proposed approach.
          

Covert Channels-Based Stealth Attacks in Industry 4.0

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Industry 4.0 advent opens several cyber-threats scenarios originally designed for classic information technology (IT), drawing the attention to serious risks for the modern industrial control networks. To cope with this problem, in this paper, we address the security issues related to covert channels applied to industrial networks, identifying the new vulnerability points when ITs converge with operational technologies such as edge computing infrastructures. Specifically, we define two signaling strategies where we exploit the Modbus/transmission control protocol (TCP) as target to set up a covert channel. Once the threat channel is established, passive and active offensive methodologies are further exploited by implementing and testing them on a real industrial Internet of Things testbed. The experimental results highlight the potential damage of such specific threats and the easy extrapolation of the attacks to other types of channels in order to show the new risks for the Industry 4.0. Related to this, we discuss some countermeasures offering an overview of possible mitigation and defensive measures.
          

Communication in Smart Grids: A Comprehensive Review on the Existing and Future Communication and Information Infrastructures

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Advanced information and communication infrastructures are essential to successfully operate smart grids (SGs) and provide efficient, reliable, and sustainable electricity to the customers. After providing the background of the communication paradigm in SGs, a comprehensive survey of the major issues related to the architectures, the key technologies, and the requirements of the SG communication infrastructure are analyzed in this article. The role of cloud computing and Internet of Things in SGs is also discussed. Finally, the standardization, potential applications, and future fruitful research issues of the communication infrastructures of the SGs are classified and discussed.
          

Mobile Cloud Storage Over 5G: A Mechanism Design Approach

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In order to meet the increasing demand for the data storage, 5G wireless networks embodying mobile edge computing (MEC) features arise as a compelling solution. In this paper, the dense heterogeneous network (HetNet) and the MEC infrastructure are exploited to propose a mobile cloud storage framework that minimizes the data transmission delay. The proposed framework is composed of two parts: A data management with error correction (DMEC) scheme, and a radio resource management (RRM) scheme. The DMEC scheme, derived from the redundant array of inexpensive disks (RAID) technology, is implemented in the user equipment (UE) side, and it intelligently exploits the overlapping coverage of HetNet to minimize the transmission delay. On the other hand, the RRM scheme, based on mechanism design, presents the physical resource block allocation problem as a graph coloring problem and performs the radio resource allocation in multiuser scenario to maximize the network performance. The RRM scheme also comprises a pricing algorithm, which calculates the price a UE needs to pay for the resources. The proposed RRM scheme exhibits several desirable characteristics such as incentive compatibility, efficiency, and truthfulness, all derived from the Vickrey–Clarke–Groves mechanism. Simulation results are presented, showing that the proposed framework when compared to baseline techniques, minimizes the transmission delay by $10^2$%, which places our proposal as effective and efficient solution for the mobile cloud storage problem.
          

Test Analyst (Infrastructure) - Auckland

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Infrastructure Test Analyst – CONTRACT – Auckland 6 month contract (possible extension) Auckland CBD Competitive hourly rate I am currently looking for an experienced Infrastructure Test Analyst to work on a 6 month contract for a leading Kiwi organisation that have some exciting work in the ...
          

Test Lead (Infrastructure) - Auckland

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Infrastructure Test Lead – CONTRACT – Auckland 6 month contract (possible extension) Auckland CBD Competitive hourly rate I am currently looking for an experienced Infrastructure Test Lead to work on a 6 month contract for a leading Kiwi organisation that have some exciting work in the pipeline. ...
          

HPCL gets aboard Infibeam Avenues’ BillAvenue Platform for LPG gas bookings

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BillAvenue is unified, interoperable online bill payments platform built on the Bharat BillPay System (BBPS) infrastructure developed by National Payments Corporation of India (NPCI). BBPS AR Ramesh said, "The Bharat BillPay System launched by NPCI has revolutionized the way bill payments of electricity, gas, water, telecom and DTH are done."
          

Global Shopping Festival 11.11 : Alibaba Cloud soutient 1 Milliard de dollars de volume de vente brutes en 68 secondes sans downtime

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La branche data intelligence d'Alibaba Group fait le bilan technologique du rôle joué par son infrastructure cloud computing et ses technologies d’intelligence artificielle pour soutenir le déploiement du Festival international du shopping e-commerce du 11 novembre.
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Turkey Construction and Infrastructure Market Size Historical Growth, Analysis, Opportunities and Forecast To 2026

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(EMAILWIRE.COM, November 28, 2019 ) Increasing government expenditure towards sustainable infrastructure development with continued investment in energy-efficient and environmentally sustainable assets is promoting the market demand for Turkey Construction and Infrastructure companies. The government...
          

New Technology Using Predictive Models to Create Highly Tailored Plans for Infrastructure Maintenance Management - Business Wire

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Germany-Eschborn: Foreign economic-aid-related services

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The objective of the project ‘Employment Promotion for Marginalised People in Timor-Leste/Partnership for Sustainable Agroforestry (PSAF)’ is that ‘marginalised groups benefit from better employment opportunities in the agroforestry systems of Timor-Leste

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Services of Data Protection officer

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Tender For The Provision For The Services Of A Data Protection Officer

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142 Houses

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Scheme comprises the construction of 142 residential units (92 market houses and 35 social houses and 15 affordable houses including 35% (50) affordable units) together with associated infrastructure including access/highway improvements, drainage and at

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250 Houses

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Scheme comprises hybrid planning application for development at Landywood Lane, Great Wyrley Phase 1 - full planning application for 50 houses (class C3) served via a new vehicular access from Landywood Lane, car park to serve Landywood station, open spac

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Avionics Test Bench Software Development

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AVIONICS TEST BENCH  SOFTWARE DEVELOPMENT

The Department of Defense, United States Air Force (USAF), Air Force Test Center (AFTC), Specialized Contracting Branch (PZIE) at Eglin AFB is currently conducting market research seeking cap

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Bounce Imaging Tactical 360 Degree Camera

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The Awarding Authority are looking to procure Bounce Imaging Tactical 360 degree Camera's. The Sussex and Surrey TFU fulfil various armed roles both locally and nationally. With roles from uniformed armed policing of London Gatwick Airport to the Close Pr

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GB-Morecambe: Energy Recovery Facility

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Scheme comprises the development of an energy recovery facility comprising the construction of and operation of an energy from waste building including offices, workshop and visitor/education facilities, air cooled condensers, internal access roads, car,

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Integrating Seismic Risk Considerations into Energy Efficiency Investments

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The World Bank is collaborating with the four countries Bosnia and Herzegovina, North Macedonia, Montenegro, and Kosovo to increase energy efficiency in public buildings. However, given the seismic risk in these countries, it is important to develop a fra

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Integrating Seismic Risk Considerations into Energy Efficiency Investments

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The World Bank is collaborating with the four countries Bosnia and Herzegovina, North Macedonia, Montenegro, and Kosovo to increase energy efficiency in public buildings. However, given the seismic risk in these countries, it is important to develop a fra

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Integrating Seismic Risk Considerations into Energy Efficiency Investments

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The World Bank is collaborating with the four countries Bosnia and Herzegovina, North Macedonia, Montenegro, and Kosovo to increase energy efficiency in public buildings. However, given the seismic risk in these countries, it is important to develop a fra

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Datacenter Technician (w/m/d) Infrastructure

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Sicherstellung des störungsfreien Betriebs der Rechenzentrumsinfrastruktur Koordination, Planung und Begleitung von Routinewartungen der Infrastruktur Planung und Durchführung von Umbau- und Erweiterungsmaßn
          

Have your say on cyber security - The UK Government issues a call for evidence

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From conversations with our clients and other friends we know that the topic of cybersecurity still burns bright at the top of your agendas. Rightly so. The World Economic Forum’s recent report on Regional Risks for Doing Business 2019 ranks cyber attacks second only to fiscal crises in its assessment of global risks to business (and data theft makes the list in its own right, in seventh place). That makes cyber a bigger issue than traditional fears such as failures of national government or critical infrastructure. Ensuring your business is as well-prepared as it can be is a core goal, and we’re delighted to be helping so many of you around the world design - and test - your strategies for cyber. 

The UK Government shares these goals. The digital economy looms large in policy making, and despite all the talk of Brexit you’ll also find cybersecurity in party manifestos for December's General Election. Take that of the Labour Party, for instance: while a controversial proposal to nationalise the broadband network has dominated headlines, dig deeper and you’ll find a pledge to appoint a Cabinet minister for cybersecurity (echoing a recommendation from the Joint Committee on National Security Strategy) and to review the roles and powers of the National Cyber Security Centre and the National Crime Agency. Other political parties are, of course, available at your local polling station. 

Famously, the machinery of government grinds to a halt thanks to the rules imposing purdah during the election campaign. But if you’re in the UK and want to influence the next phase of policy making for cyber, you don’t need to wait to see whether it’s Boris or a challenger who holds the keys to Number Ten come sunrise on 13 December. There’s an ongoing call for evidence where you can make your views heard. 

While noting the considerable progress made on cyber (for instance, 96% of FTSE 350 companies now have a cybersecurity strategy) the Government believes there’s much more to be done.  Why is it, for example, that only 46% of those same companies have a dedicated cyber security budget, and 77% are struggling to recognise and address cyber threats in their supply chains? What are the barriers to greater investment in cyber, and can the Government help with policy or market levers, perhaps, encouraging investors, insurers and others to drive improvements?

We know many of you will have views on this. You can find more information and response directions here and the Call for Evidence itself here. For those of you who will respond, you have until 23:59 GMT on Friday, 20 December 2019. And as ever, if you’d like to discuss anything, please get in touch. 


          

Penetration Tester- Leading Organisation

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Penetration Tester- UK Remote- 50,000- 90,000 I am currently working with an industry leading Cyber Security professional services provider who due to continued success are looking to recruit for a Penetration tester. This is an opportunity to join a company at the pinnacle of Cyber Security, with an impressive portfolio of clients and interesting and varied project work. Why join? Industry leader, working with an impressive client list of household names Further training and Development- earn sought after accreditations Cutting and bleeding edge technologies The Role Join a talented Security team offering continuous support to their clients throughout proactive and reactive testing and monitoring Monitor and test risks and vulnerabilities Manual testing and Automated testing Identify exploits on client networks and infrastructure Writing detailed analysis and reports on security findings Take part in whitepapers, research and development The successful candidate Will come from a Penetration Testing background (Web, application, Infrastructure, hardware testing) Understanding of Network fundamentals- TCP/IP, HTTP, DNS etc Experience with Web Application Technologies- REST API's, SOAP API's, XML etc Vulnerability management OWASP Strong understanding of traditional infrastructure technologies; Virtualisation, Cloud (AWS, Azure) Knowledge of scripting languages; Python, Ruby, PowerShell, Bash (writing and running scripts) Will have industry relevant certifications, such as; OSCP CRT GWAPT CeH The successful candidate will be looking to earn 50,000- 90,000 benefits and development. This is an incredible opportunity to join an industry leading company, offering outstanding progression and training. For immediate consideration, please send your most current CV to joel.hughes at Conceptresourcing.com -Infosec- Pen Testing- Coding- Threat Hunting- Security- Cyber Security- DevSecOps- Penetration Testing- Hacking- Control- Ethical hacking-
          

Database Administrator / DBA - Oracle RDBMS

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After more than 25 years of successful operation, we have focused decades of know-how on pioneering flexible proprietary technology with one aim: to help our clients simplify, optimise and energise their Supply Chain. We run and maintain the Scottish Government’s supply chain software service which automates the processing of purchase orders through to the payment of invoices covering 6bn per annum of Scottish Government spend. We also provides eProcurement, eInventory, eHealth and eFunding solutions for clients around the world. Database Administrator - Oracle RDBMS Glasgow | Up to 60,000 Company Benefits Package Our DBAs are involved in the running of the Oracle infrastructure as well as the Data management, application management and connectivity to the database infrastructure. Core duties of the Database Administrators include installing, supporting and maintaining Oracle instances, configuring and tuning these instances and managing the complex data environment that makes up our application landscape. An integral component of supporting and maintaining such systems is preparing for service outages and other complications and responding to them in a timely and cost-efficient manner. You may work with all Server operating systems and may not be confined only to a single RDBMS. DBA Requirements: Knowledge of databases with an in-depth knowledge of Oracle RDBMS as well as other DB systems e.g. PostgreSQL Proven experience with complex Database administration and management Experience of Oracle RDBMS setup, management, configuration and tuning. Experience in configuring and administering Oracle tools on Linux operating systems Demonstrated knowledge of security principles related to database operations Experience supporting remotely hosted database enabled web applications 7 years of experience in information technology supporting hosted database enabled web applications Must be able to effectively manage simultaneous tasks on several projects with independent deadlines and deliverables Experience working in heterogeneous teams / environments including Linux, UNIX, Database and Windows servers Experience with scripting (i.e. Linux scripting, Bash, Korn, batch scripting etc.) Deep knowledge of SQL scripting, PL/SQL procedures and database query techniques Experience working in multiple environments (development, test, and production). Problem solver with initiative and creativity Excellent interpersonal skills and the ability to work collaboratively Excellent written and oral communication skills with attention to detail Must be self-directed and a team player Education and Experience: Computer Science degree or equivalent experience 7 years commercial DBA experience Benefits: Competitive Salary Opportunity for career progression Contributory pension scheme Flexible working with home-based days Company Healthcare Plan Your Background / Previous Roles May Include: Oracle Database Engineer, Oracle Database Developer, Oracle DBA, RDBMS Database Administrator. Interested? Apply here for a fast-track path to the Hiring Manager Application notice... We take your privacy seriously. When you apply, we shall process your details and pass your application to our client for review for this vacancy only. As you might expect we may contact you by email, text or telephone. Your data is processed on the basis of our legitimate interests in fulfilling the recruitment process. Please refer to our Data Privacy Policy & Notice on our website for further details. If you have any pre-application questions please contact us first quoting the job title & ref. Good luck, Team RR.
          

Head of IT Infrastructure & Operations

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Group Head of Infrastructure & Operations - You must have experience running IT Infrastructure Operations in emerging markets, preferably Africa - 110K to 125K basic salary plus 30% bonus and benefits Arnold Ash are partnered with a market-leading Global business, who operate predominantly across Sub Saharan Africa, in their search for a Group Head of Infrastructure & Operations to join them on a permanent basis in their Central London HQ. They're looking for a somebody with both hands-on technical and management experience; someone with the ability to lead and manage their direct team, internal and external stakeholders as well as 3rd party suppliers. This role requires experience working in and managing IT Operations across remote / emerging regions in an Infrastructure Heavy / Heavy Industry - such as Construction, Oil & Gas, Telecoms, Mining, etc. Key Responsibilities of the Group Head of Infrastructure & Operations: Running IT Infrastructure Operations across Africa or similar (remote and emerging regions) Ensuring efficient Service Delivery in remote and emerging regions End-to-end Infrastructure Architecture experience Managing and leading both internal and external resources in a multi-country structure Experience in an Infrastructure Heavy / Heavy industry - such as Construction, Oil & Gas, Mining, Telecoms, etc Hands-on technical experience - must remain a "techie" with the ability to be hands-on and in the detail Key Technologies for the Group Head of Infrastructure & Operations include: MPLS and SDWAN networks based on Cisco and Juniper technologies, including latency optimisation VMWare and HyperV design and implementation SAN storage design and optimisation including NetApp/EMC Knowledge of Datacenter design and electrical distribution Full Job Description and package details available upon application. Group Head of Infrastructure & Operations - You must have experience running IT Infrastructure Operations in emerging markets, preferably Africa - 110K to 125K basic salary plus 30% bonus and benefits Group Head of Infrastructure, IT Operations Manager, Head of IT Operations, Head of Infrastructure & Operations, Infrastructure Services Manager, IT Services Manager, Head of IT, IT Director, Infrastructure Manager, Head of Infrastructure, Head of Platforms, Head of Networks, Head of Cloud Infrastructure, Africa.
          

Principal Geotechnical Engineer

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Role: Principal Geotechnical Engineer Salary: 50,000 - 55,000 Benefits Location: Birmingham Central The Role: Geotechnical Design (Foundations, Piling, Retaining Walls) , GIR's, GDR's, Team Leadership and growth, Multi-disciplinary project experience I am currently looking for a Principal Geotechnical Engineer for my client, an international engineering group specialising in major infrastructure with a focus on cutting edge technologies . You will be working with a high performance team that emphasises a culture of teamwork and employee wellbeing. Below is a brief overview of the role: Design Technical Ability: Geotechnical interpretive Report writing, GIR, GDR, Slope stability, Foundation design, Piling, Temporary works design, road design, and complex settlement analysis Ground Investigation: Design and manage multi-disciplinary site investigations Project Experience: Infrastructure projects (UK and Overseas), ideally Rail experience Chartership: Chartered Engineer with ICE, CGEOl Chartered Geologist Management: Project Management and Delivery (budgeting and cost control), Team management, Client liaison and engagement, business development, Leadership and Interpersonal skills, mentoring You will enjoy the benefits of a global company and the visibility of an SME! To apply please email, Yasmina Ezzegraoui by hitting APPLY below. If you are looking for other roles in the Geotechnical/Civils or Geosciences please forward your CV directly along with a short message regarding what type of opportunities you'd like to explore and we will have a confidential chat about opportunities within my network. If you know someone who may be suitable, please forward our details on to them. We offer a 200 referral bonus for candidates referred to us!
          

Cloud Specialist AWS OR AZURE

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

Property and Procurement Manager

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Job Title: Property and Procurement Manager Location: Base anywhere in UK as frequent travel within the role Salary: 60 - 65k per annum annual bonus excellent company benefits Full Time - Permanent Contract ICS is the UK’s leading healthcare solutions platform, uniquely combining provision of staffing and services, in the health, social care and life science markets. Our recent achievements have seen us outperform our main competitors with strong growth across each of our markets. An exciting opportunity has arisen for a candidate with strong experience within Property Management to join us within the role of Property and Procurement Manager. The role will involve management of property services, facilities management and procurement across the ICS Group of which there are multiple brands with several offices operating across the UK. This role will report into the Chief Finance Officer and will involve frequent travel across our offices within the UK. Responsibilities Include: Responsibility for all office moves and reorganisations, managing the process from lease negotiation through to occupancy Design of office space with input from appropriate stakeholders Fitout project management & contract management Responsible for all aspects of move management. Including initial space planning, logistics management, supplier management for electrics and data install, through to the final move management planning and delivery. Rent review process management General building repair and building management experience across multiple sites. Supplier management/contractor management (cleaners, boilers, electrical testing, plumbers, door access control, vending) Procurement - managing a numerous suppliers (IT hardware & software, Telco, FM, Property, Marketing) Management of suppliers for procurement services, including contract negotiation with suppliers SLA and KPI monitoring, Cost analysis and report production RFP & Tender production and tender process management Risk management Procurement policy governance H&S and risk management About You Ability to work on multiple projects concurrently Ability to build good working relationships with both internal and external stakeholders Possess good communication skills Strong negotiation skills Good analytical skills Happy to travel to other sites across the UK Qualifications /Experience required: Experience within a similar role - Property Management experience is essential Lease acquisition and disposal knowledge Fitout project management & contract management experience with the ability to understand technical CAD plans Space planner and relocation management experience Infrastructure, M&E & HVAC theory knowledge for site planning purposes What we can offer you In exchange for your hard work we can offer you a competitive salary annual bonus, in addition to excellent company benefits which include 25 days annual leave bank holidays which increase with years of service, company pension scheme where we match your contribution plus many more benefits. Our commitment to employee development through training, personal development plans, professional qualification support and career progression, has resulted in excellent retention levels. If you are looking for a role where you are a valued member of a key business function, where you can push your career forward in a company that continues to grow year on year, then contact us now with your current CV to apply. The ICS Group is an equal opportunities employer
          

Cloud Security Architect

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

Intern, Global Infrastructure Group | Fitch Ratings

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Austin, Texas, Dual-headquartered in New York and London, Fitch Ratings is a leading provider of credit ratings, commentary and research. Dedicated to providing value beyond the rating through independent and prosp
          

ARBORIST I - City of Brampton - Brampton, ON

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Valid non-probationary Ontario class DZ driver’s licence. Safety & Awareness for Line Clearing Certificate from the Infrastructure Health and Safety Association… $26.92 an hour
From City of Brampton - Sun, 01 Dec 2019 18:39:02 GMT - View all Brampton, ON jobs
          

Principal Advisor Infrastructure | RIO TINTO

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Superior, Arizona, About you To be successfully considered in this role, you will have:   A tertiary qualification in Business, Engineering, Project Management, or other relevant discipline Post graduate qualifi
          

Wireless Infrastructure Market to Reflect Steadfast Expansion During the Forecast Period

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Jacobo Aragunde: Initialization of the Chromium extension API system

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Chromium has infrastructure in place to extend the JavaScript API that is available to web clients that fulfill some conditions. Those web clients can be Chrome extensions, certain websites or local resources like the chrome:// pages. Also, different shell implementations can provide their own extensions. This is an overview of how it works, and what would be required for a custom shell implementation to provide its own API extensions.

Render process

In our previous notes about the Chromium initialization process, we had identified ChromeMainDelegate as the main initialization class. It creates an instance of ChromeContentRendererClient to setup the render process.

Two important classes related with the extension API system are to be initialized by the ChromeContentRendererClient: ExtensionsClient and ExtensionsRendererClient. Both are singletons, the content renderer client sets them up to contain the corresponding Chrome* implementations: ChromeExtensionsClient and ChromeExtensionsRendererClient.

ExtensionClients class diagram

The ExtensionsClient class maintains a list of ExtensionsAPIProvider objects. The constructor of the specific implementation of the client will create instances of the relevant ExtensionsAPIProvider and add them to the list by calling the parent method AddAPIProvider(). In the case of ChromeExtensionsClient, it will add CoreExtensionsAPIProvider and ChromeExtensionsAPIProvider.

ExtensionsAPIProvider class diagram

The purpose of the ExtensionAPIProvider objects is to act as a proxy to a set of json configuration files. On one hand, we have _api_features.json, _permission_features.json, _manifest_features.json and _behavior_features.json. These files are documented in _features.md, their purpose is to define the requirements to extension features. The first file is for access to API features: you specify in which contexts or for which kinds of extensions a certain API would be available. The next two files can limit extension usage of permission and manifest entries, and the last one for miscellaneous extension behaviors. The ExtensionAPIProvider class provides four methods to run the code autogenerated from these four files. Notice that not all of them are required.

The providers are later used by ExtensionsClient::CreateFeatureProvider. This method will be called with “api”, “permission”, “manifest” or “behavior” parameters, and it will run the corresponding method for every registered ExtensionsAPIProvider.

There is also a method called AddAPIJSONSources, where the *_features.json files are expected to be loaded into a JSONFeatureProviderSource. To be able to do that, the files should have been included and packed as resources in one of the shell’s .grd files.

The ExtensionAPIProvider class also proxies the json files that define the extended JS API features. These files are located together with the *_features.json files. The methods GetAPISchema and IsAPISchemaGenerated provide access to them.

If you are creating a custom shell, a correct BUILD.gn file should be placed together with the aforementioned json files, to generate the necessary code based on them. A production-level example is located at ./extensions/common/api/BUILD.gn, or a simpler one at ./extensions/shell/common/api/BUILD.gn for the app_shell.

The ExtensionsRendererClient contains hooks for specific events in the life of the renderer process.
It’s also the place where a specific delegate for the Dispatcher class is created, if needed. In this context, it’s interesting the call to RenderThreadStarted, where an instance of ChromeExtensionsDispatcherDelegate is created. The Chrome implementation of this delegate has many purposes, but in the context of the extension system, we are interested in the methods PopulateSourceMap, where any custom bindings can be registered, and RequireAdditionalModules, which can require specific modules from the module system.

Dispatcher (Delegate) class diagram

The DispatcherDelegate has mainly the purpose of fine-tuning the extension system by:
* Registering native handlers in the module system at RegisterNativeHandlers
* Injecting custom JS bindings and other JS sources in PopulateSourceMap
* Binding delegate classes to any extension API that needs them in InitializeBindingsSystem
* Require specific modules from the module system in RequireAdditionalModules. Otherwise, modules would be required by extensions, according to the permissions in their manifest, when they are enabled.

The specific case of the ChromeExtensionsDispatcherDelegate implements the first three methods, but not RequireAdditionalModules. This one could be added in a setup where extension APIs are expected to be used outside the context of an extension and, for that reason, there is not a manifest listing them.

Browser process

In the browser process, there is a related interface called ExtensionsBrowserClient, used for extensions to make queries specific to the browser process. In the case of Chrome, the implementation is called ChromeExtensionsClient and it has knowledge of profiles, browser contexts or incognito mode.

ExtensionsBrowserClient class diagram

Similarly to the ExtensionsClient in the render process, the ExtensionsBrowserClient maintains a list of ExtensionsBrowserAPIProvider objects. The ChromeExtensionsClient instantiates two ExtensionsBrowserAPIProvider, the Core ExtensionsBrowserAPIProvider and the Chrome ExtensionsBrowserAPIProvider, and adds them to the list to be used by the function RegisterExtensionFunctions, which calls a method of the same name for every registered ExtensionsBrowserAPIProvider.

These objects are just expected to implement that method, which populates the registry with the functions declared by the API in that provider. This registry links the API with the actual native functions that implement it. From the point of view of the ExtensionsBrowserAPIProvider:: RegisterExtensionFunctions, they just have to call the generated function GeneratedFunctionRegistry::RegisterAll(), which should have been generated from the json definition of the API.

A cheatsheet to define new extension APIs in custom shells

This is a summary of all the interfaces that must be implemented in a custom shell, and which files must be added or modified, to define new extension APIs.

  • Write your custom _api_features.json and a .json or .idl definition of the API.
  • Write your BUILD.gn so it triggers the necessary code generators for those files.
  • Add your _api_features.json as a resource of type “BINDATA” to one of the shell’s .grd files.
  • Implement your own ExtensionsBrowserAPIProvider.
  • Implement your own ExtensionsBrowserClient and add the corresponding ExtensionsBrowserAPIProvider.
  • Implement your own ExtensionsAPIProvider.
  • Implement your own ExtensionsClient and add the corresponding ExtensionsAPIProvider.
  • Implement your own DispatcherDelegate.
  • Implement your own ExtensionsRendererClient and set the corresponding delegate to the Dispatcher.
  • Implement your API extending UIThreadExtensionFunction for every extension function you declared.
  • If the API is meant to be used in webpage-like contexts, it must be added to kWebAvailableFeatures in ExtensionBindingsSystem.

The contents of this post are available as a live document here. Comments and updates are welcome.


          

#32640: Add new ssh public key for accessing signing infrastructure

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Please and thank you.

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VP, Investment Risk ( PE/ Infrastructure) | GIC Private Limited

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Singapore, Singapore, Risk and Performance Management Department The Risk and Performance Management Department is responsible for the independent assessment, measurement, monitoring and reporting of GIC's market, credi
          

Tech Bytes: SolarWinds’ APM Tools Work Together To Help IT Solve Application Problems (Sponsored)

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SolarWinds stops by the Tech Bytes podcast to talk about its Application Performance Management suite, which includes Web app and user experience monitoring, log management and analysis, and app infrastructure monitoring. We look at how they work together to help IT teams get to the bottom of application issues. Our guest is Denny LeCompte, senior vice president and general manager of application management at SolarWinds.

The post Tech Bytes: SolarWinds’ APM Tools Work Together To Help IT Solve Application Problems (Sponsored) appeared first on Packet Pushers.


          

Java/J2EE Application Developer - IBM - Saskatchewan

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This position is for Java/J2EE Developer who will be working on further development and maintenance of applications at clients' infrastructure.
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GPU-Job Migration: The rCUDA Case

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Virtualization techniques have been shown to report benefits to data centers and other computing facilities. In this regard, not only virtual machines allow to reduce the size of the computing infrastructure while increasing overall resource utilization, but also virtualizing individual components of computers may provide significant benefits. This is the case, for instance, for the remote GPU virtualization technique, implemented in several frameworks during the recent years. The large degree of flexibility provided by the remote GPU virtualization technique can be further increased by applying the migration mechanism to it, so that the GPU part of applications can be live-migrated to another GPU elsewhere in the cluster during execution time in a transparent way. In this paper we present the implementation of the migration mechanism within the rCUDA remote GPU virtualization middleware. Furthermore, we present a thorough performance analysis of the implementation of the migration mechanism within rCUDA. To that end, we leverage both synthetic and real production applications as well as three different generations of NVIDIA GPUs. Additionally, two different versions of the InfiniBand interconnect are used in this study. Several use cases are provided in order to show the extraordinary benefits that the GPU-job migration mechanism can report to data centers.
          

The blessings of free trade

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It's interesting to see that the West is suddenly discovering the intrinsic dangers of free trade when it is China providing services to other nations:
China could shut off the Philippines' power grid at will, a report has warned - highlighting fears about Beijing's role in infrastructure around the world. A report for Philippine lawmakers found that the country's national security 'is completely compromised' by China's access to the power grid.

Chinese engineers have exclusive access to parts of the system and could shut it down remotely, the report seen by CNN reveals. The findings will spark alarm in the West where China is helping to build a new nuclear power station in the UK and has already faced sanctions from the US.
But why would this cause any problems? Surely the New Filipinos who happen to be of Chinese descent love their new country and are just as Filipino as those whose great-great-grandparents were born in Manila are!

Paper nationalism is, and has always been, a shameless lie told by immigrants to advantage themselves vis-a-vis the native populations. 

And who cares if China can shut off the Philippines' power grid anyhow. The important thing is that the arrangement is more economically efficient, right? And nothing is more important than economic efficiency!
          

Spring Technology: Senior Infrastructure Engineer - Microsoft

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GTT Seeks to Sell Data Center Infrastructure Business

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GTT Communications hires Credit Suisse & Goldman Sachs to sell its fiber network & data center infrastructure business. GTT cloud commitment is unchanged.

The post GTT Seeks to Sell Data Center Infrastructure Business appeared first on ChannelE2E.


          

Investor outreach for Air India sale on: Minister Puri

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New Delhi: Making forward movement on Air India disinvestment, the government is meeting potential investors to sell off almost its entire equity stake in the national carrier.

"Currently, the investor outreach programme is on. Air India CMD, Aviation Secretary and other concerned officials are meeting potential bidders," Civil Aviation Minister Hardeep Singh Puri told IANS.

The minister said the first meeting of the Group of Ministers (GoM) has met earlier and taken some decisions.

He hinted that disinvestment exercise was very much on course and can happen soon.

Asked if there were still hurdles such as FDI rules in the way of Air India disinvestment, the Minister said he was not aware of any.

The government has decided to almost completely exit the airline saying the financial support being provided to the airline could be put to better use such as building social infrastructure.

This will be the second attempt by the Modi government to disinvest Air India as it failed to get any bid from private parties during the initial stake sale process last year.

(Nirbhay Kumar can be contacted at nirbhay.k@ians.in)


          

Music School Furtados gathers funding of Rs 20 crores

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Mumbai: Furtados School of Music (FSM), a music educational institution with several branches across the country has secured funding of Rs 20 crores.

IAN Fund, a Rs 375 crore fund, and DSG Consumer Partners infused the latest funds.

According to FSM, the funding will help further expand into major cities and enhance product offering in making quality music education accessible.

Currently, FSM has a reach of about 200 schools with over 15 centers across 14 cities in the country and they now plan to further strengthen their presence across India. In addition, the funding will also fuel scaling up their technology infrastructure including their app services and support the high rate of growth (40-50% year on year), while also assisting the further expansion and penetration into the market, aimed towards making FSM, an integral part of their overall education. Inspite of the aggressive growth, FSM continues to be operationally profitable.

Tanuja Gomes, Co-CEO & Co-Founder at Furtados School of Music said in a release, "We began FSM with the aim to make quality music education accessible to every individual – young and old. Since inception we have meticulously built our proposition to scale, today we are imparting music to over 60,000 students, across 14 cities which include tier 1,2 and 3. We are now looking to expand our business and reach a student base of over 500,000. We are also looking at enhancing our offering, with a slew of initiatives in the pipeline, which will drive our next phase of growth, over the next decade.”

Dharini Upadhyaya, Co-CEO and Co-Founder, added, "We are one of the pioneers to introduce quality music education in the country and FSM has proudly been the catalyst for enhancing the adoption of music into the schools and households of India. At the center of everything is cutting edge technology which enables superior customer experience and quality with scale. We aspire to inculcate music as an integral part of school learning like any other subject."

Padmaja Ruparel, Founding Partner at IAN Fund said, "With increasing aspirations of Indian’s, music education is definitely on the rise. FSM does cater to this aspirational and growing customer providing quality music education and we are extremely excited with Tanuja and Dharini’s ambitious plans for FSM."


          

Curbs likely on foreign cos in ‘strategic areas’

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Government agencies are mulling to keep certain sectors like telecom infrastructure or construction projects in sensitive parts of the country out of bounds for foreign players. While the focus is on countries like China, the talks to put curbs, come at a time when Centre is weighing the option of allowing Chinese telecom major Huawei to participate in 5G trials.
          

CRA keeps pace with global trends of the frequency allocation at WRC-19

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The Communications Regulatory Authority (CRA) participated as part of a Qatari delegation, in the World Radiocommunication Conference 2019 (WRC-19), which was held in Sharm El-Sheikh, Egypt from October 28 - November 22, 2019. This conference is one of the most important conferences on the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) calendar.

The agenda of the conference considered several important items, which have been included based on the proposals that were submitted by the administrations, the results of WRC-15, the report of the Conference Preparatory Meeting (CPM) and what needs to be taken into consideration for the existing and future services. The CRA has submitted a number of contributions to the conference that are related to several topics of interest to Qatar, where the CRA contributed with 29 documents as part of the Arab Regional Group, in addition to 8 separate documents submitted on behalf of Qatar related to some vital services of interest to Qatar.

The CRA's contributions were welcomed by a large number of European and American administrations, especially that the contributions were in line with the global trends of frequency allocation that support number of modern technologiesand applications and contribute to the digital transformation and achieving one of the Sustainable Development goals; industry, innovation and infrastructure. The topics that were supported by the CRA during the conference included, identification of frequency bands for the future development of international mobile telecommunications (5G technology), including the possibility of allocating additional frequencies to the mobile service on a primary basis, High-altitude platform stations (HAPS), and issues related to Wireless Access Systems (WAS) including Radio Local Area Networks (RLANs).

The CRA also supported the use of certain frequency bands of earth stations on mobile platforms communicating with geostationary space stations in the fixed-satellite service, topics related to the meteorological-satellite service and the Earth exploration-satellite service, as well as supporting the consideration of spectrum requirements for tracking, controlling and telemetry in the space operations service for non-geostationary satellites with short duration missions.

The CRA also supported global trends towards considering the spectrum requirements and regulatory provisions related to the introduction and use of the Global Aeronautical Distress and Safety System (GADSS), and to take appropriate actions to facilitate global or regional harmonized frequency bands to support railway radiocommunication systems between train and trackside (RSTT) within existing mobile service allocations, in addition to considering possible global or regional harmonized frequency bands, to the maximum extent possible, for the implementation of evolving Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS) under existing mobile-service allocations.

“The CRA participation in WRC-19 was extraordinary, and the CRA contributions were welcomed by many administrations, especially that CRA’s contributions all in all were converged with the global trends on many sensitive topics that were considered in the Conference. The CRA in coordination with a number of administrations has been able to fulfil the objectives that it has looking for to achieve in the Conference. All ITU Member States rely on WRC outputs to develop their National Frequency Plans in their respective countries for the coming three to four years till the next Conference,” said His Excellency Mohammed Ali Al-Mannai, President of CRA.

“The Conference has accomplished several achievements on a global level, which are important pillars that support and develop the telecommunications sector of Qatar and encourages introducing advanced and innovative technologies to meet the needs of people of Qatar. The WRC-19 resolutions included the identification of 17.5 GHz bandwidth for the deployment of 5G technology on several mobile frequency bands and 2 GHz bandwidth to be used by international airlines to provide broadband services to passengers while travelling. Also, the resolutions included the identifications of appropriate frequency bands for Nano-Satellite that contribute to academic fields and scientific research. In addition to the issuance of a resolution that provides adequate frequency bands for HAPS, which supports broadband applications that allow for faster commercial deployment of these systems at a reasonable economic cost,” he added.

It is worth to mention that the general scope of the WRC agenda is set five to six years in advance, while the ITU council set the final agenda two years before the Conference, with the concurrence of a majority of the Member States. Under the provisions of the ITU Constitution, the Conference may revise the Radio Regulations (RR), the International Treaty Governing the use of Radio-Frequency spectrum, the geostationary-satellite and non-geostationary-satellite orbits and any associated plan that is related to allocating and assigning frequencies and addressing any global issue related to radiocommunications; Radio and Radiocommunication Bureau and review their activities.

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Three Qatari students to represent nation in Huawei ICT Competition regional final

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Huawei, a leading global provider of information and communications technology (ICT) infrastructure and smart devices, has announced the winners of the Qatar edition of the Huawei Middle East ICT Competition 2019, held recently in collaboration with the Ministry ofEducation and Higher Education.

The longstanding competition, which falls under Huawei’s strategy to develop the global ICT talent ecosystem, aims to nurture local talent in the ICT field with a vision to bring digital to every person, home and organization for a fully-connected and intelligent world.

This year’s winning team, comprising three students and their professor, was chosen from a field of 253 finalists, who competed following the preliminary round involving entries from 4 universities. This year’s finalists from Qatar represent Qatar University and Community College of Qatar. In addition to competing against other winners from the Middle East, the regional winners will be invited back to China to take part in a competition with global Huawei ICT Competition winners.

The competition promotes innovation and creativity while serving as a bridge between the classroom and the workplace. By nurturing university students’ talent in Qatar, it also contributes to increasing national ICT competitiveness while supporting Qatar National Vision 2030. Having already received certificates and prizes as Qatar’snational winners, the local teams havenowearned a trip to China this November, where they will compete with their fellow finalists from around the Middle Eastregion to win the ICT Competition’s grand prize – US$30,000.

Their visit will include the once-in-a-lifetime chance to work amongst some of the world’s most renowned technology pioneers in Huawei’s facilities. Participants will conduct field experiments at Huawei's specialized labs and research centers in its headquarters in Shenzhen, helping equip students with the tools needed to tackle complex challenges in areas such as cloud computing, IoT, and network security. The technical program will be complemented by anumber of cultural experiences and knowledge-exchangeopportunities while in China.

In addition, students and their mentors will have the opportunity to meet their country’s ambassador to China during the Huawei-organized Ambassadors Summit Discussions event. This will provide the participants with the chance to discuss with respected leaders and cultural envoys their future ambitions and anticipations for their national ICT sector.

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Congratulating the winners, Frank Fan, CEO Huawei Technologies Qatar, said: “Huawei recognizes the importance of nurturing local talent so that they have the knowledge and expertise to lead tomorrow’s highly connected, intelligent world. By investing in future talent and building a more robust ICT talent ecosystem inQatar, we are investing in the future of the country. The winning teams are well deserved of the honor to represent their country in the Huawei ICT Competition global final in China. I offer them my congratulations and wish them the best of luck in the competition’s final stage.”

Farhan Khan, Vice President of Huawei Qatar, said: “Qatar has exceptional ICT talent, which we are proud to nurture through opportunities such as the Huawei ICT Competition. Huawei is committed to creating opportunities to empower youth with the skills needed to further digitalization on a national and global scale.”

Throughout the Huawei ICT Competition stages, contestants receive the latest updates onemerging technologies that are reshaping Lebanon’s digital economy. These include Artificial Intelligence (AI), Big Data, the Internet of Things (IoT), and most importantly 5G broadband—seen as a crucial digital-service enabler. The competition is a unique opportunity for students to test their abilities in these cutting-edge fields, and helps colleges and universities to better understand the talent requirements of today’s top businesses and government leaders.

During the final, participants are equipped with an online guide and are supervised by university professors. University professors play the role of the student’s tutor, accompanying national winners to Huawei’s headquarters and discussing with Huawei the future development of the competition and Lebanon’s wider ICT talent ecosystem. The last edition of the Huawei ICT Competition 2018 saw 14,551 students participate from across the Middle East. From these, 4,113 students were selected to take part in the preliminary rounds. 310 students passed on to the final round, and 39 traveled to China to compete internationally. A total of 17ministries and 226universities took part in total across the region. 

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Trend Micro debuts world’s broadest security services platform

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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The October uprising in Iraq

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Since early October, there has been a spontaneous wave of demonstrations in Iraq’s capital Baghdad and other cities against widespread corruption, unemployment and poor public services.

Green Left Weekly’s Susan Price spoke to Sydney-based Iraqi human rights activist Abeer Hasan Abdulazeez about the significance of this movement.

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What has caused the protest movement in Iraq and how significant is it?

I nicknamed it the October Revolution and in Arabic language it is called intifada.

The protests started on October 1, a date which was set by civil activists on social media, spreading over the central and southern provinces of Iraq, to protest 16 years of corruption, unemployment and inefficient public services.

The protests lasted for a whole week, continuously, then stopped on October 8 and resumed on the 25th. After this day, the demands escalated into calls to overthrow the administration and stop Iranian interference in Iraq’s affairs

The Iraqi government used excessive force to suppress these demonstrations, using live bullets, snipers, hot water and tear gas against protesters. This resulted in 327 dead and over 6427 wounded, according to the latest statistics we have received.

The significance of this Intifada and what distinguishes these demonstrations, is that they did not come at the invitation of a party or political or religious groups, but were spontaneous, by young people who are not politically affiliated and from various regions of Baghdad and other provinces.

What are the people's demands?

As I explained earlier, corruption, unemployment and poor public services such as electricity, water, medical services and the absence of social security made Iraqi people struggle and suffer.

These were the primary factors that led to the intifada in its first phase. In the second phase, other demands were added for a radical change of government, including all members of parliament, as well as to change all the principles on which the Iraqi government was formed after 2003. They also added the demand for the removal of Iranian interference in Iraq's internal and external affairs and independence of the Iraqi political decision-making, to serve the interests of the Iraqi people and the region.

The Iraqi government tried to obscure the facts, distort the truth and the goal of the uprising, by accusing the demonstrators of not having clear and specific demands as well as not having leaders to represent them — so the Iraqi government could sit with them to negotiate the demands of the protesters..

The advanced political awareness among protesting youth and others made them reorganise themselves to form a group of leaders, representing the demonstrators and by states and provinces. They also reviewed all the demands of the demonstrators to make them clear, specific and uniform.

How has the United States invasion of Iraq contributed to the conditions for this uprising?

I do not think so there is a relation between these two events. Some may find that there is a strong link between the entry of US troops to Iraq in 2003 and the uprising that is occurring at present. But that is at least from my point of view.

That is because this big military operation carried out by the US in 2003 in Iraq was the reason for the removal of the former dictatorship and helped to adopt a new political system.

Unfortunately, the government that took power after 2003 with the support of the US was not able to meet the government promised to the Iraqi people, because it was occupied with political and partisan conflicts to obtain sources of power in Parliament as well as money.

On the other hand, I agree with those who say that the entry of the US into Iraq in 2003 also had negative aspects. The severe destruction that accompanied these military operations is one of them, which led to the destruction of 95% of Iraq's infrastructure, as well as the destruction of the army and its equipment in almost complete form.

Iraqis are still suffering from the effects of the destruction of its infrastructure, which not all governments since 2003 have been able to repair. The Iraqi people are still suffering from the lack of electricity, water and sewage services as well as in the areas of health and education.

The most important negative factors that emerged after the occupation of the US in Iraq is the security vacuum in the region as well as Iraq. The Iraqi border became unprotected during US military operations, which resulted in the entry by many militias who work with regional or external forces. This is what we saw through the invasion of ISIS militias into northern Iraq and the occupation of Mosul and some other areas, which required a lot of effort and money as well as sacrifice of lives to liberate these areas from ISIS by the Iraqi army.

What has been the response of the traditional parties of the left to this movement?

The reaction and response of the traditional Iraqi opposition parties were supportive of the uprising and the demands of the demonstrators, despite the difference of emphasis. Where some appeared to be trying to exploit the uprising to promote a party through the assertion and support for the demands of the demonstrators, others showed double attitudes and lack of clarity and frankness.

The general response was in favour of this uprising, supportive of its demands and belief in political reform as the radical solution to the crisis in Iraq.

All Iraqi opposition parties, as well as many parties in Arab countries, Europe, Latin America, all human rights organisations and other international parties have supported the demands of the demonstrators and condemned the use of excessive force by the Iraqi authorities, which have included the killing of many people and injuring of thousands.

The Iraqi community and other communities in a number of countries, including Australia, Germany, France, Austria, Sweden and the US are also standing in support of the rightful demands of the demonstrators and condemning the practices of power against the protesters.

What new political forces are emerging?

At the moment, there is no indication of the emergence of new political forces or ideologies.

On the contrary, all political forces in Iraq and parties are now considering and monitoring the results that will follow the intifada, to determine their stance.

Some parties have claimed support for the demonstrators and their demands, but the support by those parties is nothing but political deceit to ensure their survival in power and in the political scene.

In addition, some political forces and parties involved in the current Iraqi government think that support for the demonstrators will give them the opportunity in the future to change stances and ensure the support of the Iraqi people.

Swinging positions by some political forces, as I mentioned earlier, was a strategy to ensure they stay in the political game, whatever the outcome of this crisis.

Dual positions are only a temporary political tactic, in the event of the victory of the intifada and the fulfillment of the demands of the demonstrators — which will certainly be achieved and won.

Where do you see this movement going? Will it succeed? What are the next steps needed?

This revolution is going in the right direction, as long as the demonstrators stick to the demands and particularly, the demand for the overall change of government, parliament and the non-participation of the current parties in the upcoming elections.

The intifada will succeed, but will need more time than everybody expected, due to overlapping political interests, as well as the intervention of foreign forces that have the desire to retain the current Iraqi government in power. 

The next and important step is to mobilise more international support to pressure the Iraqi government to sit at the negotiating table and discuss the demands of the demonstrators, which represent the demands of the entire Iraqi people.

As part of the process to increase international support, we are in constant contact with most of the Iraqi community living in Australia and abroad.

Also, we are encouraging them to ask the governments of the countries in which they live to raise the issue in all international forums and to pressure the Iraqi government internationally, which will accelerate the process of political changes in Iraq.

In line with the requirements of supporting the uprising in Iraq, The Dream association is working hard with Iraqi community members to raise the issue of Iraq and explain the reasons that caused the intifada. We are succeeding in getting solidarity from other organisations and communities living in Australia, such as the Chilean community and their organisations as well as Australian organisations, including the Greens, other human rights organisations and a few members of  parliament.

The October uprising will succeed eventually, the people of Iraq will get their rights, no matter how long it takes.

How united are the forces in this movement? How important is unity?

What attracts attention about the October uprising and makes it distinctive and different from the previous uprisings in the past, is that the demonstrators are spontaneously united in all their categories and that is something that encourages optimism.

The goals of the October uprising unite the protesters and brings them together as one against the Iraqi government. Moreover, the October uprising was born from 16 years of suffering of the Iraqi people. This suffering affected all categories of the Iraqi people, except the ruling class and the rich.

The protesters' strong belief in the issues and in changing the government and its underlying principles has united them all. These principles led to sectarian division and have divided Iraqi society. It is now known to everyone that these principles and ideologies were marketed by Iran to serve Iran’s interests in Iraq and in the region, through its affiliates in the Iraqi government.

The young intellectuals, who form the largest volume in the uprising, have a great awareness of the reality of the political situation in Iraq and the changes needed to the government.

They will maintain the momentum that will push the uprising to continue until the changes are achieved and for the fulfillment of all demands.

The people of Iran are once again mobilising against the regime. Do you see this struggle as related to the struggle in Iraq? Does the Iraqi movement see itself as part of the struggles emerging in the Middle East, Chile and elsewhere?

Certainly, there is a relationship between the struggle of the Iraqi people and the Iranian people, but it is an indirect relationship and there is no cooperation between the two movements.

The two movements in Iraq and Iran suffered corrupt regimes that seized the wealth of the people.

Most of the Iranian people, especially intellectuals and youth, reject the expansionist policies of the Iranian government in the region and its interventions in the affairs of neighboring countries — such as Iraq, Lebanon, Syria and Yemen — to attempt to control them completely.

The struggle against corrupt government, unemployment and poverty of public services and for freedom, equality and justice has become the demand of all peoples who struggle across the world. Therefore, the Iraqi movement is part of struggles that are emerging in the Middle East, Chile and elsewhere — and vice versa.

The protests in Iraq, Lebanon, Chile and elsewhere are complementary, because they represent the right of all humankind to live in freedom, with dignity and justice.

[Abeer Hasan Abdulazeez is the founder of The Dream association, an organisation that supports human rights and assists refugees. She has worked in international diplomacy, publishing and broadcasting.]

Protest in solidarity with Iraq in Sydney on November 24.

          

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

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“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.]

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Argentina: abortion rights in sight

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November 28, 2019

Pro-choice campaigners are hopeful that Argentinian president-elect Alberto Fernández will act on his promise to put a pro-choice bill to Congress. An attempt to legalise abortion was narrowly lost last year, when the Senate decided against removing a law penalising women who have an abortion with up to four year’s in jail. Green Left Weekly’s Pip Hinman asked Rosana Fanjul, a long-term activist in the Right to Legal, Safe and Free Abortion Campaign in Buenos Aires, about the prospects for a pro-choice law, now a new government has been elected.

Can you please first tell us something about yourself?

I’m the granddaughter of Dr Dora Coledesky, a pioneer of this struggle since 1988, who died in 2009. Since 2015, my 20 year-old daughter has also become an activist. Having young people become active in the campaign since the Ni Una Menos (Not One Less, a movement to highlight and stop violence against women) march of 2015, has provided it with an important focus — which is about the right to have desires and to enjoy our bodies, something that is still socially questioned.

How would you assess the impact of the huge pro-abortion campaign on the election of president-elect Alberto Fernandez?

The national movement for the right to legal, safe and free abortion, questioned each candidate. Everyone was asked to talk about their stand on abortion. Even in televised debates, the presidential candidates were asked about their position. Many candidates wore our green handkerchiefs — the symbol of our struggle.

President-elect Alberto Fernandez stated he was in favour and showed he was across the arguments. Other candidates played with the legal confusion between decriminalisation and legalisation.

But while Fernandez’ position was clear, his electoral list included candidates who did not support abortion rights.

Likewise the Cambiemos list, headed by former president Mauricio Macri, included both opinions. 

I’m not sure that the election result was tipped by this debate, but I do believe the massive campaign would have guaranteed millions of votes for the new government.

Until today, no political party or movement has been capable of mobilising such a large number of people as this campaign has done.

So the legal right to abortion is closer to becoming law?

Absolutely.  We believe it will be no later than 2020. But having an elected president who is in favour of abortion  does not guarantee it, because the churches still have a lot of political and economic power and they do not support abortion rights.

But, even though the movement lacks money and infrastructure, we have reached the point where the word “abortion” is in everyone’s vocabulary.

Our campaign, which has been built up step-by-step over many years, has meant we have a solid foundation for this reform.

We are saying that this right has to be based on the sexual autonomy of the woman, or the pregnant person, and their human rights and social equality.

As young people have made this right their personal fight, it also means that, sooner or later, our bill will be passed.

Can you spell out what you want in the new law?

We are campaigning for government compliance with the Pregnancy Legal Interruption Protocol (PLI) which, since 1921, has ruled that abortion is legal in cases of rape, or if the pregnancy poses a risk to the mother’s health. Sex with a child under 13 is considered rape.

The PLI is not being complied with and this means working with health professionals to ensure people have the right to choose all over Argentina. Currently, there are a high number of maternal deaths from complications from abortions.

We are also working for the Comprehensive Sexual Education Law, in force since 2006, to be complied with. We’re doing this through a network of “right to choose” teachers.

We want to have our Voluntary Pregnancy Interruption bill approved. Our campaign is based on three demands: sexual education to decide; contraceptives so as to not have to abort; and legal abortion so as to not die.

We need all three for our rights to be guaranteed.

We made it clear in the debate in Congress that we are prepared to fight any battle with solid arguments and without imposing our personal beliefs onto others, not making judgments about other people’s bodies.

What are the next steps in this campaign?

Once we know when the 2019 bill will be debated, we will probably organise out the front of the National Congress, to show how much interest there is to have it passed.

We also have many different ongoing activities: we never stop campaigning in all possible spaces. For example, we campaign for schools to guarantee they will apply the Sexual Education Law through our network of teachers for the right to choose, who also work building law subjects.

We are also demanding free and adequate contraception, which is not included in the Sexual Education and Responsible Procreation Law.

We will continue to demand that abortions are performed legally and have formed a network of professionals for the right to choose that guarantees that.

We give classes at universities on what constitutes a professional approach to abortion rights.

Every year, we participate in a national meeting of women in La Plata. At the 34th meeting, a week ago, we organised 13 strategy workshops, all attracting capacity crowds. Afterwards, we all marched to show the movement’s strength.

Deaths from clandestine abortions amount to state femicide; it is a major public health and social justice issue.

We will represent those women who have died, so they are not forgotten.

We will fight to have the bill passed promptly, so there are no more deaths. 

We will also take part in international meetings and congresses on the topic, since this is an issue that goes beyond South America.

We are also building towards a massive march for legal abortion on February 19, the anniversary of the handkerchief march for legal abortion and International Women Day on March 8.

Argentinian protest for the right to abortion in 2006. Photo: Wikimedia.

          

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

          

Principal Advisor Infrastructure | RIO TINTO

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Superior, Arizona, About you To be successfully considered in this role, you will have:   A tertiary qualification in Business, Engineering, Project Management, or other relevant discipline Post graduate qualifi
          

Family Medicine | UPMC Pinnacle

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Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, UPMC Pinnacle offers a variety of primary care practice sizes and locations while at the same time maintaining a reliable practice infrastructure. Physicians can focus on the outpatient setting of ch
          

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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General election 2019, Your Questions Answered: What will the parties do about transport?

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Your questions answered on transport and infrastructure.
          

IT-Consultant Security (m/w/d) Public Key Infrastructure

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Das bringen Sie mit: Für diese Tätigkeit benötigen Sie Erfahrung in der Beratung, Planung und Realisierung von IT Projekten. Sie verfügen über technologisches Fachwissen und haben Spaß daran, mit unseren Kunden den digitalen Arbeitsplatz der Zukunft zu gestalten. Zusammen mit unserem Vertrieb schaffen Sie es, unsere Kunden zu begeistern. Persönlich überzeugen Sie durch ein souveränes [...]
          

ICTeSSH 2020: International Conference on information-communication technologies enhanced Social Sciences and Humanities

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ICTeSSH 2020: International Conference on information-communication technologies enhanced Social Sciences and Humanities

29 Nov 2019 (All day)

The International Conference on information-communication technologies enhanced Social Sciences and Humanities (ICTeSSH 2020) will be held from June 29  through July 01, 2020  in  Amsterdam, the Netherlands.

ICTeSSH 2020 is a three-day conference where stakeholders come together for an open discussion to talk about the changing research ecosystem in SSH fields in the digital age due to the extremely fast development of ICT.

A Call for papers has been published. The organisers are looking for three types of contribution: presentations on ICT tools and digital infrastructures, research papers, and technical papers.

The language of the conference will be English.

The Conference covers multiple themes in multiple categories, among which ICT enhanced research, collaboration, dissemination and management.

More details on https://ictessh.uns.ac.rs/call-for-papers/

The deadline for submitting extended abstracts is 29th November 2019.

Presenters will be notified of acceptance by 31st January 2020.


          

ASCE seeks to transform ‘city of the future’ into reality

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Civil engineering group embarks on multi-year, multimillion effort to explore future infrastructure challenges facing society

Floating cityA city that floats on the ocean is the first of five futuristic metropolises being modeled by the American Society of Civil Engineers.
Photo: ASCE

Nov. 22, 2019
By Walt Williams

Today more than half of all people on Earth live near live the ocean, but the American Society of Civil Engineers believes that in the near future, some of them could be living on it.

The floating city that ASCE envisions is much different from grim metropolises of Blade Runner and countless other science fiction films. Picture a large structure composed of interlocking floating platforms, with living space both above and below the water. Boats cruise the city’s canals while kelp farms provide a source of food for its inhabitants. Power is provided by a mix of clean energy technologies, including orbiting solar arrays that beam energy down from space.

The ocean-bound city is one of five future communities ASCE is modeling as part of its Future World Vision project, which officially launched in May. The multimillion-dollar effort isn’t an exercise in daydreaming about the future. Instead, the society plans to incorporate the lessons learned from modeling each city into its publications, conferences, educational offerings and other programs.

“We are deliberately not trying to create science fiction, yet we are being highly imaginative,” said Jerry Buckwalter, chief operating and strategy officer at ASCE. “Most of the money we are spending is on the research.”

Science fact

ASCE may be best known by the general public for its “Infrastructure Report Card.” The latest report card in 2017 gave the nation an overall grade of D+ for the condition of roads, drinking water systems, schools and other public works. Estimated cost to improve: $4.6 trillion over 10 years.

With Future World Vision, ASCE is looking even further ahead in terms of infrastructure needs. The seeds for the project were planted roughly two years ago, when Buckwalter wasn’t a staffer but rather a member of the ASCE Industry Leaders Council. Council members were concerned about the potentially massive technological and societal changes on the horizon, so they decided civil engineers needed to start thinking about future infrastructure development in a more deliberative way if they were to anticipate coming challenges.

The council’s first action was to hire a consulting company to identify future trends. The list that was developed was eventually narrowed to six areas of focus: alternative energy, autonomous vehicles, climate change, smart cities, high-tech construction methods and advanced materials, and policy and funding.

The project kicked off in earnest earlier this year with a focus on five types of possible city, with Buckwalter hired to oversee the effort. The first model to be examined is the floating city, but future plans call for modeling a rural city surrounded by farmland, a mega city with towering skyscrapers, a frozen city in an arctic-like environment, and a city located on another planet, such as Mars.

“We didn’t want to deny ourselves the ability to have real fun,” Buckwalter said about the last choice.

The research ASCE is funding is seeking answers to questions such as: What is required to build safe structures in each of the environments? How can sustainability of the infrastructure be improved? How can costs be contained? At the same time, researchers are considering possible future developments like advances in nanotechnology and displacement of populations due to rising sea levels.

“What we’re trying to do is create an ASCE that deals with all the current day problems in the unique way that engineers do, but at the same time create an environment and culture within the association and our industry where we can take a small part of our time and begin the baby steps of preparing to be what we need to be for the future,” Buckwalter said.

Finding funding

Future World Vision isn’t ASCE’s first foray into big, expensive projects. In 2017, the society produced Dream Big: Engineering Our Future, a documentary narrated by actor Jeff Bridges that ran in IMAX theaters, with DVDs sent to 100,000 schools across the country. (The film can currently be viewed on Netflix.)

“It was a similar issue to (Future World Vision),” ASCE Executive Director Tom Smith said. “We had to raise an enormous amount of money, and we had to get a lot of folks and organizations who were passionate about the profession, engineering and the importance of engineering to the future to invest in it.”

Dream Big was a $15 million project, with ASCE investing roughly $1.5 million of its own funds. Smith expects a similar investment in Future World Vision, although he noted the group is still in the process of finding partners, which could ultimately determine the final size of the project. He said ASCE is seeking funding partners with a similar interest in driving innovations in engineering and sustainability, whether they come from the private sector, academia, or even government.

“We want to make sure that engineers are preparing for a very different future and not just building things the way they were built 50 or 100 years ago, like much of our infrastructure was,” he said. “This is a way of doing that.”


          

Gerard’s cumulative pay at API tops all trade group CEOs

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New tax documents show Jack Gerard took home $10.3 million in 2018, bringing total pay to $61 million over nearly 10 years

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Nov. 22, 2019
By Walt Williams

Jack Gerard, former CEO of the American Petroleum Institute, earned $10.3 million during his final year leading the influential trade group, according to financial disclosures filed in November.

Gerard retired from the $234 million-revenue API in 2018, ending a nearly 10-year run as head of one of the most powerful business advocacy groups in Washington, D.C. He had previously led the American Chemistry Council and the National Mining Association.

Gerard’s final months at API marked the second time his annual salary crossed into eight-figure territory. Only two other trade group CEOs have earned $10 million or more in a single year—Billy Tauzin in 2010 ($11.5 million), the year he left Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America, and possibly Jack Valenti in 2004, the last year of his 38-year tenure at the Motion Picture Association. (IRS-required reporting on take-home pay before 2008 was less explicit, so it's unclear if Valenti received all $11 million in that year.)

Other 501(c)(6) CEOs have earned more in a single year, but those organizations were sports-related groups such as the National Football League (which dropped its tax-exempt status in 2015) and PGA Tour.

The biggest chunk of Gerard’s 2018 take-home pay—$7.6 million—came from a supplemental executive retirement plan payout, most likely a 457(f) plan, that had accumulated since the former CEO’s last big payout in 2013, when he took home pay of $13.3 million.

Gerard also has earned more over a 10-year timespan than any other trade group CEO. From November 2008 through July 2018, he earned $61 million. Even Tom Donohue, longtime CEO of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, can’t match that record. Donohue took home $59.8 million over 11 full years, including his 2018 compensation of $6.9 million.

Tax-exempt groups are still filing their latest reports to the IRS, but it’s highly unlikely any other trade group CEO will come near Gerard’s 10-year earnings.
 
Well-oiled lobbying machine

Gerard began his political career in 1981 as a staffer for former Rep. George Hansen and later former Sen. James McClure, both Republicans from his home state of Idaho. He partnered with McClure in 1990 to launch a government relations consulting firm.

Gerard joined API at the very end of President George W. Bush’s administration. Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney were both oil men, and their approach to regulatory policy reflected that fact. However, the election of President Barack Obama in 2008 resulted in an administration more open to the concerns of environmentalists and other critics of the oil industry.

API would spend much of the Obama administration fighting efforts to tighten regulations against greenhouse gases, restrict oil and gas drilling on federal lands, and block construction of energy infrastructure projects such as the Keystone XL pipeline. The group is also a major critic of the Renewable Fuel Standard, which requires ethanol to be blended with motor fuels.

One advantage API has long had in its advocacy efforts is the oil industry’s deep pockets. Under Gerard’s watch the group spent more than $400 million on public relations efforts, according to tax returns reviewed by the Center for Public Integrity. Most of the money went to PR giant Edelman, although the firm cut ties with API in 2015, reportedly because it no longer wanted to be associated with organizations that funded climate change denial. (API said at the time it was not a climate change denier.)

Still, the oil industry’s fortunes rise and wane with oil prices, and in 2015 API absorbed America's Natural Gas Alliance, a trade group that shared many members with API.

Since then the industry’s advocacy outlook has improved. President Donald Trump has rolled back several environmental regulations opposed by API and granted oil refineries a large number of exemptions to the Renewable Fuel Standard.

Gerard’s successor at  API is Mike Sommers, who was chief of staff to former House Speaker John Boehner before becoming CEO of the American Investment Council.  Gerard has since become a General Authority Seventy of  The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, one of the highest positions within the church.

API’S $61 MILLION MAN

Jack Gerard earned $61 million during his nearly 10 years as CEO of the American Petroleum Institute. The chart shows how much Gerard took home each year in base pay, bonus pay, and “other” pay—usually money that had been deferred from earlier years.

Gerard pay chart

*Partial year payments. Gerard was CEO from November 2008 through July 2018.
Source: Data from IRS form 990 compiled by Association Intelligence and analyzed by CEO Update


          

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MI-Allen Park, Position Description: The Object Storage engineer will be responsible for planning, development, implementation and maintenance of the overall integration of object storage with corporate infrastructure, e.g. hardware, firmware, systems software. Candidates should also have an interest and understanding of cloud theory and architecture with knowledge of virtualization and container computing. Key
          

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NJ-Jersey City, Associate with Goldman Sachs Services LLC in Jersey City, NJ. Multiple positions available. Responsible for designing, building and configuring distributed Linux configuration, provisioning and management systems to deal with and manage the complexities of the infrastructure of the firm. Requires: Master’s degree OR Bachelor’s degree (U.S. or foreign equivalent) in Computer Science, Telecommunicat
          

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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El Paso Electric and the Infrastructure Investments Fund Reach Agreement in Principle with Texas Public Utility Commission Staff and Most Intervenors in Connection with Proposed Transaction

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Op-Ed: Don’t Forget Us, Bike Mayor!

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The position should focus on bringing infrastructure to the under-served, outer-borough areas that need it most.
          

Business Development Manager - Upper Mid-West - Siemens - Wisconsin

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The Smart Infrastructure Electrical Services (SI ES) Business Unit of Siemens is looking for qualified and driven Business Development Manager (BDM) for the…
From Siemens - Thu, 14 Nov 2019 03:21:29 GMT - View all Wisconsin jobs
          

Large Diameter Pipes: What Causes Failure And How Inspection Can Help

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  As one of the most prevalent forms of water transportation worldwide, large diameter pipes play a crucial role in maintaining infrastructure systems that supply millions of residents with ...
          

Tortoise Pipeline & Energy Fund, Inc. and Tortoise Power and Energy Infrastructure Fund, Inc. Provide Section 19(a) Notice

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FED Part-Time Security Officer (Armed) - Paragon Systems - Casper, WY

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Received a High School diploma, OR received a GED, OR shows HS graduation/equivalent education on a DD-214, OR completion of 60 credit hours in related field…
From Securitas Critical Infrastructure Services Inc. - Thu, 07 Nov 2019 00:15:27 GMT - View all Casper, WY jobs
          

03/27/2020 - Business Growth Workshop - Protecting Your Business Data in 2020 and Beyond

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Tysons Regional Chamber of Commerce monthly Business Education Program designed to help you grow your business!  

You are welcome to bring lunch or come early and pick up lunch at Subway in the building. 


Protecting your Business Data in 2020 and Beyond

Join us to witness a live Ransomware attack and Recovery first hand and learn from OptfinITy's Cyber experts how to keep yourself safe from today's and tomorrow's Cyber Threats!

Topics Covered Include:

  • What is Cyber Security?
  • What are the Threats Businesses Face?
  • How to prepare and Protect your Business 

The threat is real.  Don't miss this opportunity to learn how to protect yourself.
    
Speaker Bio: 

Michael H. Drobnis is the CEO of OptfinITy, LLC, a technology solutions firm which has received numerous industry awards including a ranking of the top 250 small technology businesses worldwide. Mr. Drobnis has over 25 years of technology experience across many different industries and disciplines, including but not limited to records management, disaster recovery and business continuance planning, system security, web design and development, project management, and technology and infrastructure design As an accomplished technology executive and project manager, his vision and expertise have helped hundreds of organizations work smarter and more efficiently through the use and development of proper technology solutions and collaboration tools. In addition to the 22 years in the technology field, Mr. Drobnis has worked in numerous teaching positions, teaching a wide array of courses ranging from Cybersecurity and Marketing on the Internet to civil courses on Prejudice and Diversity and Comparative Religions. Mr. Drobnis received his MBA with a concentration in technology from the McCallum Graduate School of Business at Bentley University in Massachusetts. He has served on the Fairfax County Information Technology Policy Advisory Committee, the ITT Technical Institute Curriculum Advisory Board, as the President and on the board of the Springfield Chamber of Commerce and on the board of the Central Fairfax Chamber of Commerce. Mr. Drobnis is an alumni of Leadership Fairfax and The FBI Citizens Academy and is the proud father of 3 girls in West Springfield.  


          

FED Security Officer (Armed) - Paragon Systems - Casper, WY

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If you are considering direct investment in infrastructure or want to evaluate opportunities in aviation infrastructure development, Global Aviation Infrastructure LLC can be your trusted partner. We provide our clients with customized management plans, and our services extend to almost every aspect of aviation services. We are available to review your specific situation at any time, so please visit our website or give us a call today. Global Aviation Infrastructure LLC Website: https://www.aviationinfrastructure.com Call: +1 (843) 412-6881
          

Japan Press Releases IBTM World 2019

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I. Japan, ever evolving beyond 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games - II. The Japan Convention Bureau Launches a Hashtag Campaign for Business Events Participants: #LetsMeetInJapan - III. A Very Special Guest – Hello from Hello Kitty! - IV. JNTO Best Incentive Travel Awards 2019 – Prize Winners Announced! - V. Expanded and enhanced infrastructure in preparation for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics - VI. Four cities in Japan make Cvent's Top 25 Meeting Destinations in Asia - VII. New Finnair...

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PayPal and Mastercard Extend Instant Transfer to Singapore & Europe

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Following the success of its Instant Transfer feature in the U.S., PayPal and Mastercard recently extended the service to Mastercard cardholders in Singapore and a number of European countries. Mastercard Send™ is an application that leverages the card network infrastructure to facilitate the secure availability of funds in real-time*. With Mastercard Send™, PayPal users can transfer their account balances to eligible Mastercard cards seamlessly and conveniently, typically within seconds*...

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Engineering: Information Security Engineer - Irving, Texas

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This Information Security Engineer will join Zyston's team on a permanent basis, working directly with clients as the escalation point from our Security Operations Center (SOC) / Managed Security Services offering, leading security engineering and remediation efforts. -- - -The goal of this person is to strengthen the security posture and overall security programs of Zyston client(s). Responsibilities Manages investigations and remediations of alerts delivered by the SOC / MSSP Works with SOC / MSSP to provide root cause analysis and changes to people, process, and technology Directs and Oversees Security Awareness & Training program Support Security Incident Response teams with incident investigations and aid in technical risk assessments Coordinate with system development and infrastructure teams to identify information security risks and appropriate controls for development, day-to-day operation, and emerging technologies Facilitate execution of NIST scoring improvements and security assessment roadmap execution Oversees and directs the Vulnerability Management program and coordinate with appropriate teams to ensure vulnerabilities are resolved Perform all third-party information requests (e.g. Splunk log requests for Compliance) Contributes to regular IT and security initiatives Assists in the production of weekly, monthly, and ad-hoc client reporting materials Requirements: Strong working knowledge of IT security concepts Operational experience in Splunk, CrowdStrike, and Proofpoint. Preferred experience in Palo Alto, Rapid7, ServiceNow, Wombat Understanding of Windows, Unix, iOS operating systems Experience coordinating between multiple teams / third-party vendors to perform Root Cause Analysis Experience overseeing Vulnerability Management programs Experience building Security Awareness & Training programs Build and manage Security Awareness & Training program Conduct in-person training for executives, and users based on the role within the organization Phishing assessments Qualifications: 5-8 years of relevant experience Consistently demonstrates clear and concise written and verbal communication Proven analytical skills Proven influencing and relationship management skills Extensive skills with decision making, analytic thinking, and effective interpersonal communication. Experience securing more than one IT domain such as Workstations, servers, smartphone and tablet, application security, SAN's, virtual servers, high-availability systems and solutions, network security, security analytics, data security, compliance management, database security, intrusion prevention/detection is preferred ()
          

4 Reasons Shorter Server Refresh Cycles are Better for Business

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Analyst firm IDC reports that organizations can increase agility, improve efficiency and reduce operational costs by refreshing their servers every three years. Shorter refresh cycles can help your business:
1. Reduce IT infrastructure costs
2. Lower IT staff time and costs
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4. Boost business results


          

Dell EMC PowerEdge Rack Servers

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Dell EMC PowerEdge rack servers help you build a modern infrastructure that minimizes IT challenges and drives business success. Choose from a complete portfolio of 1-2-and-4 socket rack servers to deliver high core density for your traditional applications, virtualization and cloud-native workloads. Enhanced memory speeds, faster NVMe storage options and BIOS tuning allows you to match performance to your workload for ultimate efficiency.


          

IT / Software / Systems: Sr. Mgr, Software Engineering - Plano, Texas

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Locations: TX - Plano, United States of America, Plano, Texas At Capital One, we're building a leading information-based technology company. Still founder-led by Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Richard Fairbank, Capital One is on a mission to help our customers succeed by bringing ingenuity, simplicity, and humanity to banking. We measure our efforts by the success our customers enjoy and the advocacy they exhibit. We are succeeding because they are succeeding. Guided by our shared values, we thrive in an environment where collaboration and openness are valued. We believe that innovation is powered by perspective and that teamwork and respect for each other lead to superior results. We elevate each other and obsess about doing the right thing. Our associates serve with humility and a deep respect for their responsibility in helping our customers achieve their goals and realize their dreams. Together, we are on a quest to change banking for good. Sr. Mgr, Software Engineering At Capital One, we think big and do big things. We are a Top-10 bank by deposits, a high-tech company, scientific laboratory, and a nationally recognized brand all in one that reaches tens of millions of consumers. We're all-in on the cloud and a leader in the adoption of open source, RESTful APIs, microservices, and containers. We build our own products and release them with a speed and agility that allows us to get new customer experiences to market quickly. We're going boldly where no bank has gone before. And, as a founder-led company, we're inspired and empowered to make, break, do, and do good. So, let's do something great together. Capital One is seeking experienced Technology Leads and Sr Manager to lead and own work-streams for critical business initiatives in our financial services businesses, including our Rewards business. You'll work on everything from customer-facing web and mobile applications using cutting-edge Open Source frameworks, to highly-available RESTful services, to back-end Java based systems. We're looking for team members who are well-versed in emerging and traditional technologies which may include: Java, REST, Spark, Cassandra NoSQL databases, and AWS/Cloud Infrastructure. Your #LifeatCapitalOne Looking to work somewhere with the flexibility of a start-up but the financial muscle of a Top-10 bank? You're in the right place! And here's what that means for you---You'll have a flexible work schedule-we want to understand where and when you're at your best so you have a healthy work-life balance. Diversity and Inclusion are cultural norms here-you'll have access to active local chapters of Women in Tech, Blacks in Tech, and Hispanics in Tech and more. Plus, you'll be given time to support the next generation of technologists by volunteering with youth programs like Capital One Coders - our engineer-led experience that teaches middle school students in under-served communities how to code. Want to learn more? See what our associates are up to at #LifeatCapitalOne! What you'll do: --- Work with product owners to understand desired application capabilities and testing scenarios --- Continuously improve software engineering practices --- Work within and across Agile teams to design, develop, test, implement, and support technical solutions across a full-stack of development tools and technologies --- Lead the craftsmanship, availability, resilience, and scalability of your solutions --- Bring a passion to stay on top of tech trends, experiment with and learn new technologies, participate in internal & external technology communities, and mentor other members of the engineering community --- Encourage innovation, implementation of cutting-edge technologies, inclusion, outside-of-the-box-thinking, teamwork, self-organization, and diversity Here's what you'll need to be successful: You have full Stack hands-on expertise: Java, RESTful API, Micro-service & Reactive Architecture --- You are experienced / Contributor in Open Source software: Apache Cassandra, Spark, Kafka, In-memory processing, Stream processing --- You have a passion for shipping software in quick iterations: Test driven development & CI/CD & you are an Agilist --- You are experienced to operate in an elastic cloud infrastructure such as AWS. --- You have a passion to build a high performing engineering team. --- You thrive well in an environment of innovation, implementation of cutting-edge technologies, teamwork, self-organization, and diversity Basic Qualifications: --- Bachelor's Degree --- At least 10 years' experience in full-stack development utilizing Java and API's --- At least 5 years' experience developing REST APIs --- At least 3 years' of people leadership or Tech Lead experience --- At least 2 years' experience in developing applications using AWS Preferred Qualifications: --- Master's Degree --- 4+ years' experience hands-on coaching and development of software engineers --- 4+ years' experience with distributed technologies including one of the following: Apache Spark, Apache Kafka, or Apache Cassandra. --- Experience with Microservices Architecture --- Experience with Machine Learning or AI --- Experience in DevOps and Automation using CICD tools and processes (Jenkins, Maven, Ansible, Artemis) --- Experience in serverless architecture in AWS or other cloud platforms Capital One will consider sponsoring a new qualified applicant for employment authorization for this position. 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Executive: Program Manager - Garland, Texas

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Anexinet designs, builds, runs and measures enterprise digital platforms for our clients. We enhance the customer engagement experience through next-gen cloud architecture, engaging applications and insight driven data platforms with advanced analytics that propel business outcomes for our clients. Anexinet has worked with hundreds of clients across every industry to solve their most complicated modernization challenges. We are not content with the status quo and are always pushing ourselves into whatever is coming next. You will be exposed to new technologies and involved in building applications and other enterprise modernization solutions from the ground up regularly. We are an open, fast paced, multi project environment. No two days are ever the same Desired Skills and Experience Proven experience in successfully managing a complex, multi-phase development project, through all aspects of the SDLC, or across all IT infrastructure domains or across multiple business functions Self-starter who can work with and lead a team Customer and goal focused - needs to understand the importance of the project to the business and be willing to apply himself / herself when required Demonstrated experience managing multiple concurrent projects in a dynamic fast paced environment Travel up to 50% Ability to set client expectations Ability to set Anexinet management expectations Very strong organizational, task management, and prioritization skills Ability to display strong sense of urgency Ability to work with minimal supervision in a fast paced, dynamic environment Ability to work well with peers, business users and all levels of management Strong troubleshooting and problem solving skills Understanding of Agile concepts and demonstrated ability to work/manage in Agile environment Experience in Agile estimation and planning Comfortable interfacing with high level decision makers (VP level) Excellent business writing skills - able to create and publish status reports, risk and issue reports etc. Executive-level presentation skills Comfortable facilitating meetings Demonstrated negotiating skills - need to be able to work with changing times, dates, people, priories Able to put the team first and support the goals of the project - adept and knocking down roadblocks Our Digital practice is a very strong team that is growing quickly and in high demand. Anexinet offers a strong benefits package and market based compensation. Candidates interested in learning more about Anexinet or this opportunity should contact Mike Campo at . ()
          

Lightsource BP pioneers UK's first night-time solar service

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Lightsource BP, one of the global leaders in the funding, development and long-term operation of solar projects, has become the first company in the UK to provide a reactive power service from a solar plant at night. Reactive power is the ability to maintain voltage levels on electricity transmission systems. This allows more energy to be transported down existing infrastructure and therefore increases capacity without the need for infrastructure upgrades. Inverters within a solar plant a...

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Other: Quantitative Analytics Mgr 1 / Lead - Model Monitoring and Quality Review - AI MD CoE - Irving, Texas

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Important Note During the application process, ensure your contact information (email and phone number) is up to date and upload your current resume prior to submitting your application for consideration. To participate in some selection activities you will need to respond to an invitation. The invitation can be sent by both email and text message. In order to receive text message invitations, your profile must include a mobile phone number designated as Personal Cell or Cellular in the contact information of application. At Wells Fargo, we want to satisfy our customers financial needs and help them succeed financially. We re looking for talented people who will put ou customers at the center of everything we do. Join our diverse and inclusive team where you ll feel valued and inspired to contribute your unique skills and experience. Help us build a better Wells Fargo. It all begins with outstanding talent. It all begins with you. Data Management and Insights (DMI) is transforming the way that Wells Fargo uses and manages data. Our work enables Wells Fargo to empower and inform our team members, deliver exceptional experiences for our customers, and meet the elevated expectations of our regulators. The team is responsible for designing the future data environment, defining data governance and oversight, and partnering with technology to operate the data infrastructure for the company. This team also provides next generation analytic insights to drive business strategies and help meet our commitment to satisfy our customers financial needs. The Artificial Intelligence Model Development Center of Excellence (AI MD CoE) team is a data science team, responsible for developing and deploying machine learning and AI solutions for a number of domain areas such as fraud prevention, credit risk, experience personalization, customer listening, anomaly detection and operational cost improvement. The CoE partners closely with the AI Enterprise Solutions and the AI Technology teams at the bank, and brings a cross-functional approach to identifying, developing and deploying AI solutions. The CoE requires high-skill/ high-motivation individuals who enjoy working collaboratively in a team setting, used to taking decisions autonomously and comfortable with a dynamic work environment. The Lead Model Monitoring and Review role would be responsibl executing on the model monitoring and model rapid refresh functions of the CoE. The role would create a standardized and efficient process for model monitoring so that risks around model degradation and failure are identified in a consistent and timely way. Also that the model retraining on a fresh set of data is performed in a speedy manner, but with the appropriate controls to ensure model robustness and stability. Additional responsibilities would include the quality review of model related technical documentation going to Model Risk Mgmt as well as other audit and regulatory bodies. A key requirement out of this role would be to make sure that industry best practices for model monitoring and refresh are appropriately brought into the processes followed by the AI Model Development CoE. This would include identification and selection of the potential external solutions that meet this overall requirement, as well as bringing in useful open source frameworks. The role of the Leader would be to hire and manage a team of data scientists and documentation review experts that can deliver on the objectives of the role. Key_Responsibilities_Include * Defining the operating framework for model monitoring operations monitoring, drift monitoring, performance etc. * Defining the framework for rapid refresh of models and operational approach. * Undertaking the model monitoring and simple model refresh tasks, per the model monitoring and update framework (see above) and per the needs of specific models, defined by the Model Developer. Also identification of solutions to improve process efficiency through automation approaches, and implementing the same working closely with AI Enterprise Solutions and WF Technology. * Working closely with Model Risk and other governance partners to ensure that the model refresh framework is implemented in a controlled manner, within the current policy framework. * Define and implement a documentation and artifact review process for model documentation and artifacts, created as part of the model development work performed by model development teams. * People management responsibilities such as hiring, performance management, routine travel and equipment/ software related approvals. As a Team Member Manager, you are expected to achieve success by leading yourself, your team, and the business. Specifically you will * Lead your team with integrity and create an environment where your team members feel included, valued, and supported to do work that energizes them. * Accomplish management responsibilities which include sourcing and hiring talented team members, providing ongoing coaching and feedback, recognizing and developing team members, identifying and managing risks, and completing daily management tasks. Required_Qualifications * 4+ years of experience in an advanced scientific or mathematical field * 2+ years of leadership experience * A master's degree or higher in a quantitative field such as mathematics, statistics, engineering, physics, economics, or computer science * 2+ years of experience in Artificial Intelligence, Natural Language Processing, Machine Learning, Distributed Computing, Chatbot, and Virtual Assistant * 2+ years of Python experience Other_Desired_Qualifications * Experience with building advanced statistical and machine learning models, in a banking or financial services context * Experience with building NLP (Natural Language Processing) solutions in the financial industry * Experience with monitoring or retraining advanced statistical and machine learning models * Close familiarity with machine learning and statistical modeling techniques using open-source languages like Python or R * Solid understanding of Model Risk Management requirements for banks and financial services companies * Familiarity with Big Data technology for Data Management and Data Science * Disclaimer All offers for employment with Wells Fargo are contingent upon the candidate having successfully completed a criminal background check. Wells Fargo will consider qualified candidates with criminal histories in a manner consistent with the requirements of applicable local, state and Federal law, including Section 19 of the Federal Deposit Insurance Act. Relevant military experience is considered for veterans and transitioning service men and women. Wells Fargo is an Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity Employer, Minority/ Female/Disabled/Veteran/Gender Identity/Sexual Orientation. Reference Number *******-6 ()
          

Executive: Director of Credit Risk - Dallas, Texas

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We're looking for a candidate to fill this position in an exciting company. Provide analytical and judgmental insight into the bank's commercial and consumer portfolios' performance. These include consumer on-line credit retail banking, commercial lending and leasing and asset-based lending-- Analyze and manage trending of the bank's Key Credit Risk Indicators and other asset quality measures. Propose new KRIs as needed-- Manage and analyze Asset Classification and Asset Concentration on behalf of the second line of defense-- Manage and analyze bank's credit risk rating trends-- Analyze credit risk rating factors for both cash flow and collateral based lending-- Analyze effectiveness of the underwriting methodologies for both consumer and commercial credit-- Provide analytical input into problem loan management - loan modification, troubled debt restructure, non-accrual and charge off-- Develop reports, conduct ad-hoc analyses to understand credit risk trends for various bank portfolios --Provide analytical support for later stages of credit risk performance in support of ALLL, CECL-- Provide project level supervision to peers in first and second line of defense to develop proper and scalable infrastructure for a sound credit risk management practice Bachelor's Degree required. MBA preferred 7 + years of experience in commercial lending - cash flow and collateral based lending such as factoring, asset-based lending, commercial equipment leasing, SBA 7a and USDA B&I government loan programs, commercial real estate, take out financing.-- 5 + years of experience in retail lending, including commercial real estate and agricultural lending preferred --5 + years of experience in consumer lending preferred-- Working understanding of quantitative credit analysis required-- Working knowledge commercial credit risk rating and underwriting-- Working knowledge commercial credit collateral valuation-- Working knowledge of ALLL BASEL and CECL --Working experience in consumer credit underwriting or account management methodologies preferred --Working knowledge of common lending systems or record and platforms welcome-- Working experience with regulatory agencies preferred-- Working experience and training with SAS, R, SQL, Word, Outlook, and Excel is required. ()
          

Three UK Network & IT Update

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Three UK is transforming its network and IT infrastructure to deliver a market-leading customer experience and become the best loved brand in the UK by its people and customers. In August 2019, Three UK launched its 5G network in Central London and has commenced rolling out 5G across the rest of the UK. Our network technology uses the UK's leading 5G spectrum portfolio with 100MHz of contiguous 3.4-3.8GHz spectrum which is required to meet the ITU's standard for 5G in combination with th...

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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, ...
          

Administration, Clerical: Administrative Assistant - Dallas, Texas

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Administrative AssistantDescriptionThe Buildings & Infrastructure Line of Business is a global network of employees, which serves both the private and public sector. Our employees work to shape the communities we live in by creating world-class projects that transform the future development patterns of those communities. We provide our clients award-winning planning, engineering, architectural and interior design, construction and program management, and design-build project delivery. The Jacobs business model allows us to successfully service our clients, leverage our integrated services, and provide our employees with growth opportunities while delivering global solutions to our clients local programs.We consistently receive high rankings from Engineering News-Record (ENR) in many classifications, including the categories of Top Design Firms, Top Contractors, Top Green Buildings Design Firms, and Top Transportation Companies.Position SummaryPrimary focus will be supporting the Design Management team with their day to day work efforts including: General administration assistance as assigned by the PMCM/CEI team. Administrative support to multiple MOPs and staff. Gather, track, and report on information relevant to project assignments from multiple sources. Set up and maintain files and tracking tools using MS Excel. Organize and schedule meetings and appointments. Produce and distribute meeting minutes, memorandums, and letters, as needed. Edit and review documents for grammar usage in MS Word. Prepare MS PowerPoint presentations and handouts. Maintain and assist with databases. Design processes to enhance work flow. Assist in the preparation of regularly scheduled reports. Supporting completion of staff expense reports and time transfers. Depending on your aptitude and desire, there are opportunities to advance yourself within the project administration field. Other duties as assignedQualificationsQualifications External 10 or more years of experience in an administrative assistant or similar role Previous experience working with engineering firms, program management, design management and/or construction management a plus. Previous experience with integration of new facilities with existing facilities a plus Ability to utilize computer systems as a tool to effectively manage tasks Strong organization, written and verbal communication skills, and an ability to multitask are a must. Previous experience working with MS Outlook, MS Word and MS Excel required. Experience with MS PowerPoint preferredEssential Functions:Intermittent sitting, walking, standing, bending, squatting, climbing, kneeling, twisting, and lifting. Lifting requirements limited to 20 lbs. in the form of supplies, drawings, etc. Longest distance carried of 50 feet. Hand manipulation is required for simple grasping, pushing and pulling, and fine manipulation. Right and/or left hands utilized. Occasional need to reach and/or work above the shoulder, for supplies, as well as below the shoulder for same. No foot controls necessary. Must be alert to equipment in the field, there will be occasional travel, will work near construction job site equipment when in the field, occasional need to work near hazardous equipment and machinery, occasional need to walk on uneven ground, exposure to dust, gas or fumes, exposure to noise, extremes in temperature or humidity, and potential work at heights.At Jacobs, we help prepare people for new opportunities and challenges. With positions at every level, openings in multiple disciplines, expertise in a range of markets and offices around the globe, we create an environment where you can learn, grow, and thrive. From our competitive benefits program to our Health and Safety initiative of Beyond Zero workplace injuries, we believe that you'll find a flourishing career here at Jacobs.#LI-AO1#BIAJacobs is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, veteran status or other characteristics protected by law. Learn more about your rights under Federal EEO laws and supplemental language .Primary Location United States-Texas-DallasOther Locations United States-Florida-Tampa, United States-Texas-Houston, United States-Florida-Orlando, United States-Georgia-AtlantaReq ID: BI 0008O9 ()
          

Other: AVP, IT Infrastructure - Dallas, Texas

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POSITION SUMMARY: The AVP, IT Infrastructure is responsible for IT infrastructure architecture, standards and management to include disaster recovery, security, storage, servers, monitoring, performance, and back-office systems. The role must ensure reliable 24/7 operations and be a champion for our journey to Cloud and implementation of DevOps. This position will support other functions within IT (Application Development, DevOps, Analytics and InfoSec) as well as business users. ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES: Develop, manage and test the company's monitoring, backup and disaster recovery capabilities Conduct analysis of the current technology environment to detect critical deficiencies and recommend solutions for improvements necessary to support company growth Establish infrastructure operational plan to achieve department goals and ensure compliance with established policies Develop the Infrastructure team and mentor talent to deliver the technology management and execution capabilities of the company Implement and manage processes and controls that assure maximum uptime and quick service to the user community for both on premise and Cloud workloads Ensure the security of the IT infrastructure in compliance with all industry best practices and regulatory requirements Stays current with industry best practices, new technology and trends. Assist with technical implementation and troubleshooting where needed. Manage third party vendor relationships and hold them accountable for delivery of agreed product or service All other duties as required ESSENTIAL KNOWLEDGE & SKILLS: Working knowledge and expertise with VMware, Windows Server and Linux Working knowledge and expertise with automation scripting Working knowledge and expertise with managing AWS and/or Azure Experience with the setup and management of O365 Ability to effectively manage a team of highly technical individuals across multiple geographies and time zones Extensive experience working in a team-oriented, collaborative environment Exceptional customer service orientation Strong understanding of project management principles Strong leadership skills Excellent interpersonal skills Ability to conduct and direct research into IT issues and products as required Ability to present ideas in business-friendly and user-friendly language High level of self-motivation Proven analytical, evaluative and problem-solving abilities Ability to effectively prioritize and execute tasks in a high-pressure environment. EDUCATION AND/OR EXPERIENCE: High school diploma required Bachelor's degree in Computer Science, or related field 5+ years managing infrastructure teams 10+ years' experience in progressively responsible technology leadership roles. Successful track record of working with third-party providers to deliver results MACHINES, OFFICE EQUIPMENT & SOFTWARE: Excellent computer skills Advanced Microsoft Office Skills in Visio, Project, Word and Excel ()
          

Professions: Compliance Officer / Compliance Consultant 5 - Lewisville, Texas

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Job Description Important Note: During the application process, ensure your contact information (email and phone number) is up to date and upload your current resume prior to submitting your application for consideration. To participate in some selection activities you will need to respond to an invitation. The invitation can be sent by both email and text message. In order to receive text message invitations, your profile must include a mobile phone number designated as "Personal Cell" or "Cellular" in the contact information of your application. At Wells Fargo, we want to satisfy our customers' financial needs and help them succeed financially. We're looking for talented people who will put our customers at the center of everything we do. Join our diverse and inclusive team where you'll feel valued and inspired to contribute your unique skills and experience. Help us build a better Wells Fargo. It all begins with outstanding talent. It all begins with you. Wholesale Banking provides financial solutions to businesses across the United States and globally. Our four major business lines include Corporate & Investment Banking, Commercial Banking, Commercial Real Estate, and Wells Fargo Commercial Capital. We also have groups in credit risk, group risk, finance, marketing, human relations, and the Wholesale Chief Operating Office that support our businesses. Wells Fargo Compliance is the company's compliance independent risk management function, providing companywide leadership, standards, support, and independent oversight to ensure that all front-line business groups abide by applicable laws, rules, regulations and regulatory guidance (regulatory requirements), meet compliance responsibilities, and manage compliance risks. Wells Fargo Compliance credibly challenges management decisions, business processes and activities, and evaluates and assesses adherence to applicable regulatory requirements. It provides appropriate analysis, reporting, and escalation to senior management and the Board of Directors, sets minimum standards for the company, and gives advice, guidance, and support for compliance risk management activities across the enterprise. Job Description This Compliance Consultant 5 position supports the Wholesale Bank Regulatory Compliance Commercial Real Estate (CRE) Compliance team focusing on Commercial Mortgage Servicing activities. The Compliance Consultant will assist with the implementation of key elements of the Compliance program, including compliance risk assessments, regulatory change management, initiative management, establishment and implementation of policies and procedures, delivery of compliance, compliance issue management, metrics and reporting. Key responsibilities include: --- Provide strategic direction and guidance to CRE (Commercial Real Estate) and the control executive team regarding applicable laws, rules, regulations, enterprise standards and compliance-related best practices. --- Assist in key enterprise and Wholesale compliance program elements with respect to CRE, including compliance risk assessments, initiative management, establishment and implementation of policies and standards, delivery of compliance training and awareness, metrics and reporting. --- Establish processes to provide effective and timely implementation of regulatory change requirements applicable to CRE. --- Complete evaluations of new and existing major requirements and oversee annual compliance aggregated risk assessment --- Manage and track compliance issues related to CRE. --- Implement periodic metrics and reporting to track the state of compliance for the CRE Compliance Manager, the Wholesale Bank Regulatory Compliance Chief Administration Officer, Head of Wholesale Bank Regulatory Compliance and Head of Wholesale Compliance. --- Foster an environment that supports strong communication and cooperation across the three lines of defense, including business line leadership, Legal, Audit, Compliance and other corporate stakeholders to facilitate transparency, balance and credible challenge. --- Sustain a strong risk culture that identifies and provides oversight and escalation of existing and emerging compliance issues across business lines, legal entities, geographies, and jurisdictions; and escalate compliance issues to senior Compliance management. Team members support our focus on building strong customer relationships balanced with a strong risk mitigating and compliance-driven culture which firmly establishes those disciplines as critical to the success of our customers and company. They are accountable for execution of all applicable risk programs (Credit, Market, Financial Crimes, Operational, Regulatory Compliance), which includes effectively following and adhering to applicable Wells Fargo policies and procedures, appropriately fulfilling risk and compliance obligations, timely and effective escalation and remediation of issues, and making sound risk decisions. There is emphasis on proactive monitoring, governance, risk identification and escalation, as well as making sound risk decisions commensurate with the business unit's risk appetite and all risk and compliance program requirements. Required Qualifications --- 10+ years of experience in compliance, operational risk management (includes audit, legal, credit risk, market risk, or the management of a process or business with accountability for compliance or operational risk), or a combination of both; or 10+ years of IT systems security, business process management or financial services industry experience, of which 5+ years must include direct experience in compliance, operational risk management, or a combination of both Desired Qualifications --- Advanced Microsoft Office skills --- Excellent verbal, written, and interpersonal communication skills --- Strong analytical skills with high attention to detail and accuracy --- Ability to interact with all levels of an organization --- 8+ years of lending related financial regulations experience --- Knowledge and understanding of regulatory compliance requirements surrounding business and consumer-lending or deposit laws and regulations --- Ability to execute in a fast paced, high demand, environment while balancing multiple priorities --- Ability to develop partnerships and collaborate with other business and functional areas --- An active Certified Regulatory Compliance Manager (CRCM) designation Other Desired Qualifications --- A Juris Doctor (JD) degree / Master's degree. --- At least 5 years' experience with commercial/wholesale bank/division, regulatory agency, law department/firm, compliance, auditing or consulting firm. --- Proven knowledge of operational risk, business operations, and processes and systems controls across a variety of complex financial services related businesses. --- Experience in building/designing a control infrastructure through policies, procedures, guidance documents, and training development. Job Expectations --- Ability to travel up to 10% of the time Disclaimer All offers for employment with Wells Fargo are contingent upon the candidate having successfully completed a criminal background check. Wells Fargo will consider qualified candidates with criminal histories in a manner consistent with the requirements of applicable local, state and Federal law, including Section 19 of the Federal Deposit Insurance Act. Relevant military experience is considered for veterans and transitioning service men and women. Wells Fargo is an Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity Employer, Minority/Female/Disabled/Veteran/Gender Identity/Sexual Orientation. ()
          

Operator 2, Utility Stations - City of Whitehorse - Whitehorse, YT

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Take your career to another level! The City of Whitehorse is seeking an Operator 2, Utility Stations to join our Infrastructure & Operations team.
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Publication: One Trillion Euros for Europe. How to finance a European Silk Road with the help of a European Silk Road Trust, backed by a European Sovereign Wealth Fund and other financing instruments

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Much of Europe’s infrastructure is in a bad state, even in some wealthy parts of Europe, such as G...
          

Internal Medicine | Dignity Health

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Glendale, Arizona, Are you an Internal Medicine provider with a strong entrepreneurial spirit? Does practice autonomy with strong infrastructure and support/mentorship intrigue you? Do you want to make a difference in
          

Projects Office Administrator - JobScape - Ekurhuleni, Gauteng

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Pay and or renew SABC TV licences. To assist and support the Head of Infrastructure Development with daily operational functions and to support the team where…
From Best Jobs South Africa - Fri, 13 Sep 2019 06:34:28 GMT - View all Ekurhuleni, Gauteng jobs
          

Why We’re Buying Enterprise Products Partners Now

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The Alerian MLP Infrastructure Index has dropped more than 20 percent since late July. But third quarter earnings results and updated guidance clearly show vulnerability is not evenly spread across the sector. A growing number of master limited partnerships appear increasingly able to resist.
          

Outdoor Infrastructure Projects Secure Govt Funding

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Approximately 109 outdoor infrastructure projects across Ireland have been boosted with a share of €1.8 million of government funding. Minister for Rural and Community Development, Michael Ring anno
          

What's the difference between Deskpro Cloud and Deskpro On-Premise?

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Deskpro Cloud:

  • Our software-as-a-service product, hosted on our servers.
  • Quick to set up.
  • We handle all the technical details like updates, backup and bandwidth.
  • Simple, monthly, per-agent pricing.
  • We use bank-level security practices to keep your data safe.
  • Deskpro Cloud is recommended for most of our customers.

DeskPRO On-Premise:

  • You install and run Deskpro on your own PHP server infrastructure: Linux/Windows/Mac OS X, Apache/nginx/IIS
  • Full control over your data
  • Full PHP source code provided for customization.
  • Requires server administration skills to set up and maintain.
  • You are responsible for arranging backup and bandwidth.
  • Annual per-agent pricing.
  • One-click software updates included in the license price.
  • Can configure your helpdesk to be accessible only within your organization's intranet.
  • Easy to run a separate test installation.

You can move your helpdesk between Cloud and On-Premise at any time, simply contact us at support@deskpro.com.


          

ETSI TS 119495-V1.4.1 Electronic Signatures and Infrastructures (ESI); Sector Specific Requirements; Qualified Certificate Profiles and TSP Policy Requirements under the payment services Directive (EU) 2015/2366

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Comment on Working with vtkDataArrays: 2019 Edition by Allison Vacanti

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As it stands, much of VTK still uses GetVoidPointer and is incompatible with the vtkSOADataArrayTemplate layout that would be needed to store that data directly. We're currently updating a lot of the code to use the new dispatch/ranges, but imaging is an area that will take quite a bit of effort to port due to infrastructure that heavily relies on assuming AOS memory ordering. Additionally, there's a discussion of moving all image processing to ITK, so we're holding off on investing the effort needed to update these classes for now. But yes -- if/when those classes support SOA arrays via vtkArrayDispatch and ranges, we could just pull the component arrays directly out of an external library, put them in a vtkSOADataArrayTemplate, and use them directly in VTK. If interfacing to an external API like OpenGL that expects a buffer with a particular layout, it won't be possible to use these ranges to circumvent those restrictions -- we'll still need to construct those buffers to get data into the library. Libraries that use iterators are compatible, but not those that pass pointers.
          

What is on the Dec. 2nd Council Agenda: Raising water rates, permits to build a fence, new transparencies and communication requirements, and recognizing World Aids Day.

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by Rod Williams - The Metro Council will meet Tuesday, Dec. 2nd at 6:30 PM in the Council chamber at the Metro Courthouse. Here is a link to the Council agenda and the Council staff analysis.

For those who want to watch the Council meeting and follow along, the meeting are more interesting if you have the agenda and agenda analysis.  It is still not very interesting but more interesting if you know what the heck is going on. You don't have to watch it and yet you can still be informed however, because  I will watch it for you and then a couple days later post a summary of the most important Council actions and I will post a video of the meeting and highlight the interesting parts. Below is a summary of the agenda, highlighting what I deem to be the most important items.

Elections and Confirmations. There are sixteen appointments or reappointments to  boards and commissions to be confirmed, including the appointment of former mayor Bill Purcell to the Metro Development and Housing Agency. I suspect all will be confirmed without controversy. There is also an election by the council of one person for a seat on the Industrial Development Board, from nominations made by council members.  Seats on the industrial board are important to some people and sometimes the Council gets lobbied heavily to favor one candidate over another but the general public pays little attention to this. The Industrial Development Board can help favored parties.


Public Hearing. There is one resolution and 18 bills on public hearing.  These are mostly rezoning bills.  I don't closely examine rezoning bills and don't try to form an opinion of their merits. Usually the only people who care about zoning bills are nearby neighbors.  If I anticipate a bill to be controversial I will call attention to it and will point out a bill that is disapproved by the Planning Commission.  Also, I will point out zoning bills that have wider import than just the subject property, but purely local zoning bills I ignore.  These are the bills on public hearing of interest.
Bill BL2019-67  is one of those bills that changes a community from a zoning that allows two housing units per lot to a zoning that allows only one unit per lot. I understand the concern of those who want to keep their neighborhood the way it is but I oppose all bills of this type.  This has the detrimental effect of decreasing future density which leads to more urban sprawl and less affordable housing.  If we have less density, the cost of available housing will increase at an accelerated rate. I wish the Planning Commission would recognize this and disapprove bills of this type.
Resolutions. Most are routine things like approving contracts, accepting grants, appropriating the money to settle law suits, and approving signs overhanging sidewalks. These are the ones of interest.
Resolution RS2019-100 and Resolution RS2019-116  both involve the reallocation of funds that were originally intended for the Gulch pedestrian bridge to other purposes. These should pass without opposition.

Resolution RS2019-128 recognizes December 1, 2019 as World AIDS Day in Nashville. Last month we had a recognition for a Transsexual Day of Remembrance and of course in the summer we have the gay pride event and a resolution so honoring gays and it wasn't long ago the city erected historical markers honoring two of the earliest gay bars in Nashville. We are giving a lot of attention to gays in Nashville.   Aids, of course is a terrible disease and there is nothing wrong with recognizing a World Aids Day, but if we are going to do so, I think we should have Alzheimer's Day or Remembrance, and a Heart Health Day of Remembrance, and a Cancer Day of Remembrance, and a Breast Cancer Day of Remembrance and Autism Day of Remembrance, and Death due to Drunk Drivers day of Remembrance, and Aborted Babies Day of Remembrance, and Americans killed by Illegal Aliens Day of Remembrance, etc, etc..  There are 365 days a year and there are plenty of illnesses and causes and events worthy of a day of remembrance. 
Bills on Second Reading. These are the ones that I find of interest.
Bill BL2019-46   requires the Department of Water and Sewerage Services to submit annual reports to the Metropolitan Council. The reports include: 1. The Audited Financial Statements, including net position, capital assets, outstanding bonds payable, and other financial information. 2. The Annual Budget Review, including the adequacy of budgeted revenues to cover projected expenses and debt requirements. 3. Any other information deemed relevant by the director or upon request of the Council public works or budget and finance committees.

This is good as far as it goes.  I just hope the Council will read the reports and act if they need to do so. If they do, this might stop a future occurrence of what we are experiencing now, where the water department is out of reserves, needs a lot of infrastructure work and the water rates are insufficient to keep the water system functioning.

The problem with Water and Sewer is that they operate off of their own revenues so when the Council is putting together a budget they pay little attention to waste and inefficiency in water and sewer because even if they can cut their budget that does not free up money to spend elsewhere so as a result they get less scrutiny than other departments. I wish the Council would even do more than this to insure sound financial management at Water and Sewer.

Bill BL2019-77 would require the disclosure of the full cost of a project prior to submission of capital expenditure authorization legislation to the Metropolitan Council. Currently the  New sheriff's headquarters $17M over budget.  This is not cost overrun. We simply started the project $17 million short of the cost to complete it. That should not happen. This bill should prevent it.
Bills on Third Reading. 
Bill BL2019-31 would require a permit for all new fencing.  We have never required this before. I would want to know what problem this is trying to address before voting for it. It seems like more unnecessary government bureaucracy and cost to homeowners. I oppose.

Bill BL2019-43 (as amended) requires than any adverse notification about Metro's finances from the State be delivered promptly to members of the Council. The prior administration did not do so. This is a good bill.
Bill BL2019-45  raises water and sewer rates. It raises several different fees, raising water fees about 63% and sewer by a lesser amount. The rates would raise each year for several years, not all at once.  Unfortunately, this has to be done. We have a consent degree agreement with the Federal government to improve the system and don't have the money to do it and the State Comptroller says we have to do it. Also, improvement need to be made. More than 65% of Metro’s water pipes and 58% of the sewer pipes are over 40 years old.  I hope the Council will pursue changes at water and sewer so this situation does not happen again. Water and Sewer operate off of their own revenues and as a result do not get close scrutiny.  Since efficiency and cost cutting at metro water cannot benefit the general fund, they do not get the same oversight as would a regular Metro department.  In my view, changes should be made such that Water and Sewer has a board they have to report to and a member of the Council should be a member of the board. 
To watch the Council meeting, you can go to the courthouse and watch the meeting in person, or you can watch the broadcast live at Metro Nashville Network's Government TV on Nashville's Comcast Channel 3 and AT&T's U-verse 99 and it is streamed live at the Metro Nashville Network's livestream site. It is also available live on Roku. You can catch the meeting the next day (or the day after the next) on the Metro YouTube channel.   If can stand the suspense and just wait I will post the video here and provide commentary.
          

Dell announces On Demand, PowerOne, expands PCaaS, focuses on customer advocacy, invests in SMB

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Dell was always been relevant for small business and education markets but is now in an exalted position to stake its claim within the enterprise segment and the new battleground – the midmarket firms. In this Techaisle Take analysis I cover Dell Technologies’ On Demand offering, Progress Made Real initiative, expanded PCaaS for SMBs, focus on customer advocacy, continued SMB investment, new converged infrastructure PowerOne, Unified workspace solution and channel partner strategy.

Dell Technologies Summit in Austin was a showcase of bold announcements and understated commitments to corporate social good and customer advocacy. Dell has certainly transformed in the last five years. It has moved along a path from a PC company to end-to-end solutions provider to a digital transformation partner to a place where it is driving its own transformation through the power of analytics with a goal of delivering customer success. Dell has catapulted itself into relevancy for the next decade.

In 1984, when Michael Dell founded his namesake company in his college dorm, I was a freshly minted engineering college graduate working through my first job at a tractor manufacturing plant in India. My first interaction with Dell was in early nineties when an India-based firm was awarded a contract manufacturing deal. I was then running the secretariat of a computer manufacturer’s association in India. Since then not only technology has progressed but both the consumers and commercial buyers have evolved. Dell has not only moved with the times but sometimes has been ahead of the curve. One such “ahead of the curve” initiative is “Progress Made Real for 2030” announced at the summit.

Progress Made Real for 2030 stands on four pillars:

  1. Advancing sustainability: for example, one-for-one recycling, that is, every product that Dell sells it will recycle an equivalent product
  2. Cultivating inclusion: committing to 50 percent of Dell workforce to comprise of women by 2030, 40 percent of managers of people will be women, 25 percent of US workforce will be Hispanic or African American
  3. Transforming lives: for example, Dell’s work with Tata Trusts, with a goal to reach 40m under-privileged people from the current 11m
  4. Upholding ethics and privacy

Enabled by a combination of pervasive use of technology and vastly-expanded solution options, the technology user and buyer community has become more diverse in both composition and focus. Business decision makers (BDMs) are not content to await IT’s blessing to pursue technology options that align with business needs: an increasingly tech-savvy business user/management community plays an ever-expanding role in assessing technology options, and even in specifying solutions and managing their rollout. At the same time, the solution options themselves have expanded to become more accessible to non-IT staff. Some technologies, such as analytics and IoT, directly address business management questions. Others, notably cloud, provide support and delivery options that give business units the option of avoiding IT oversight. Even core IT functions, such as storage management (especially with respect to Big Data) and security (particularly with regard to cloud and mobility) are reshaped by system requirements imposed by BDM needs. It is not out of place, as an analyst, to say that Dell has been a little late in recognizing and pursuing the shifting patterns. Regardless, Dell has been a believer of technology democratization and has begun a concerted effort to manage technology chaos with a differentiated customer strategy and drive the ability to scale human capacity. These are very lofty and moonshot initiatives. But then Dell is a founder-led company whose founder is skilled at assembling the proverbial ship piece-by-piece and navigating it through uncharted and occasionally choppy waters.

Dell Technologies differentiated customer strategy is built on four key points:

  1. Driving social impact with purpose-driven relationships
  2. Creating customer advocates for life by honoring customer loyalty and delivering success
  3. Making it easy to do business with Dell by executing on basics
  4. Unlocking customer value by leading with insights

Dell’s customer advocacy team is constantly analyzing 9.5K social conversations per day, looks at 33K customer verbatims in addition to its 16K sales team members sharing feedback. Dell’s plan to delivering a seamless and simplified customer experience is not very different from recently announced customer lifecycle experience, aka race track, by Cisco. End goals are the same, approaches are slightly different. But the fact that all suppliers are landing at the same end-state is significant on how the technology industry has evolved.

Perhaps the most important announcement at Dell Tech Summit was its On Demand offering. Dell went to great lengths to explain its genesis and development but it is clear that it a direct response to the growing popularity of HPE GreenLake. Regardless of HPE commanding the media-waves Dell has jumped headlong into the as-a-service, post-transactional market with Dell Technologies On Demand Autonomous Infrastructure available via DT Cloud. Dell is prepared to deliver solutions today and at scale. And it is also within reach of midmarket businesses. Key takeaways of Dell’s On Demand solutions are:

  1. On-demand, consumption-based and as-a-service solutions for on-prem infrastructure / services is customizable, integrated across the full-stack for Dell's end-to-end portfolio from edge to core to cloud
  2. Dell widened the product of their Flex On Demand offerings for PowerEdge servers and their new PowerOne autonomous converged infrastructure solution (announced at Dell Technologies Summit). With this announcement, Dell’s consumption-based on-demand solutions now cover PCs, servers, storage, CI/HCI, IoT, datacenters, networking and data protection. Ideally applicable for firms with a minimum $250K 3-year contract-value but end-points including PCaaS is available for SMBs (at lower committed contract values).
  3. Dell knows how to create simplicity within complexity. Businesses can customize and select their on-demand path from:
    1. Payment: Pay As You Grow, Flex On Demand, Data Center Utility
    2. Services: ProSupport, ProDeploy, Managed services
    3. Portfolio: Edge, Endpoint, Core, Cloud
  4. On Demand offering provides two options for channel partners to participate:
    1. Referral fee – 7%-10% on committed contract value including tier credit program benefit. Dell owns and manages the customer. The partner still plays an active role in managing the customer relationship. The referral fee model positions the partner to address the customer’s solution needs, and enhance their customer relationship without having to take on the usage and credit risk associated with offering a pay for use solution.
    2. Resell – Partner owns and manages the customer. Allows partner to uplift base usage charge and earn program benefits including rebates, marketing development funds, and tier credit

Pay As You Grow is for committed workloads. The metering coverage in Flex On Demand includes processor, memory, and GB consumed. Data Center Utility adds metering based on VM and per port. The solution is still in its early stages and Dell views this as a journey rather than a destination. But the offering, in early stages, is finding acceptance at many of Dell’s customers. Scalar (a CDW company) has been configuring on-demand solutions with unlimited scalability for major Hollywood studios.

Relative to the cost of conventional hardware and software, on-demand cloud solutions are generally more cost effective than equivalent CAPEX-based on-premise alternatives, and its OPEX-based billing model works well for cash-constrained SMBs and midmarket firms. Cloud’s ‘as-a-Service’ delivery model reduces the need for individual SMBs and midmarket firms to attract and retain specialized IT staff; scale up as the organization grows, and cloud provides SMBs and midmarket firms that are often unable to maintain refresh cycles with ‘always-on’ access to current technology.

SMBs are not being left out from Dell’s strategy. In fact, small and midmarket businesses are two of the fastest growing segments for Dell. Its small business advisory has witnessed tremendous success but the team is not resting on its laurels. It aims to add 100 more small business advisors in the next one year. Each advisor goes through 160 hours of in-person classroom training. Dell has built a progressive hierarchical advisory structure, based on “needs complexity” to help SMBs learn, identify, buy and deploy technology. Small businesses with specific and simple requirements can also use Eva – a chatbot – to help guide through product selection and purchase.


          

India gives Lanka US$ 450 million credit for infrastructure development and fighting terrorism; seeks steps to promote reconciliation

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Modi and Rajapaksa held cordial, detailed, and fruitful discussions on a wide-range of bilateral and regional issues

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News: DOT: Rural Opportunities To Use Transportation for Economic Success: Request for Information

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The Department of Transportation (DOT) is seeking public comment on unmet transportation needs in rural areas to inform their Rural Opportunities to Use Transportation for Economic Success (ROUTES) initiative. The DOT is specifically looking for information on infrastructure needs, barriers to addressing these needs, applicants' experiences with applying for DOT grant and credit programs, and opportunities to improve DOT services and technical assistance to rural communities related to grant and credit programs. Comments are due within 30 days of this notice.
          

MBT Releases Single Layer Ceramic Capacitors

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Massachusetts Bay Technologies (MBT), a leader in the RF/Microwave Silicon diode, capacitor, resistor, spiral inductor, attenuator pad and thin film marketplace, now includes Single Layer Ceramic Capacitors SLCs in their portfolio.  MBT has the knowledge and factory infrastructure to manufacture any standard or custom SLC.


          

GROUP EXECUTIVE: TECHNOLOGY

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South Africa - infrastructure necessary to support the operations of a multi-faceted technology environment (TV, Radio...
          

Quantity Surveyor - Navartis Limited - Rhyl

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Quantity Surveyor (QS), my client is also keen to hear from Senior Quantity Surveyors (SQS). You should ideally have construction or infrastructure experience… £30,000 - £50,000 a year
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New AAD made in USA

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I am always surprised how fast time goes by when one is having fun lol.. I didn’t mean to go this long without an update, so I will bring everyone up to speed. My team and I have been focused on the military AADs (Static Line and Manned Free Fall) fine tuning the hardware and firing algorithms, and I am pleased with how each AAD is turning out. I am trying to be mindful of the workload, as I do not want to burn my team out, so the evolvement has been slower but steady. Now that my confidence in the military AADs is high, I will be turning my attention to the Sport AAD hardware and firing algorithms. It was my initial intention that the military and sport hardware would be the same, but the features that the military is asking for require hardware and software that is not of value to the sport market, and in an effort to keep the cost of the sport AAD down and reduce power consumption, dedicated sport AAD hardware is needed. Fortunately, the changes are mostly elimination of components, such as the BLE, and changing out the 32MB Micro SD-card with smaller but less power hunger onboard memory, so the revision design effort will not be bad. It just takes time to make the changes and have them reviewed, update based on the results of the review, resubmit for design review, yada yada.. Very important process, but can take some time. I also have been making some changes to little things from a “fit and finish/feel/perception” perspective. So far the changes have increased quality feel and performance while reducing the cost. Details are important to me and I am glad we are taking our time to get it right. After taking with many jumpers of varying backgrounds, it is very apparent that the skydiving industry is not ready to embrace some of the things that I wanted to carry over from the automotive industry, mainly the remote monitoring of the AAD self test results. Infrastructure challenges aside, jumpers are just not ready for that, so I am shelving that feature for the sport AAD. One positive side to doing that is I can eliminate the BLE circuitry and code; however there will still be a Micro USB connector in the interface. As if all that is not enough, I am also looking at different business models in an effort to identify which ones make the most business sense as we come closer to going to market. There are a lot of moving parts and the right strategic partner can increase the success dramatically. I keep telling myself “if this was easy everyone would be doing it” lol..
          

Student Minister (#172308)

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Presented by The Shepherd's Staff https://theshepherdsstaff.com/ 

Position: Student Minister

Location: Kansas City, MO

Church Size: 3,000+

Denomination: Non-Denominational

 

READ THIS FIRST:

This summary is not comprehensive, but it is designed to give you a taste of what the church and the position are about. If you are reading this and responding strongly to the opportunity, you should let us know. Full details are available to you after an initial discussion with The Shepherd’s Staff. 

 

Do not contact the church directly. If you do, you will be directed back to us. Here is a direct link to the information with instructions: https://tss.chat/172308 

 

Student Minister (#172308) - USA Midwest (MO)

 

We are working with a large, multiethinic church in the Kansas City area to conduct a national search for a Student Minister.  The Student Minister provides leadership, oversight, and coordination for the student ministry, which encompasses high school through college

 

Required Experience

  • Experience leading teams effectively
  • Passion for the church’s vision, people, and serving the Kingdom
  • Committed and personally vested in the well-being and success of the student ministry
  • Organizational, practical, and goal-oriented leadership
  • Knowledge of systems and structures for student ministry
  • Passion for learning and excitement to learn through experience
  • Pastoral, discerning, and confident leadership
  • Professional representation of the church and the Lord in all things

 

Essential Functions and Responsibilities:

  • Lead the student ministry across all campuses by providing vision and direction and helping students becoming planted and thriving in the local church
  • Oversee the student ministry staff in day-to-day affairs, including creating content and providing resources to every campus for students
  • Spend time evaluating and developing the student ministry staff and providing support for efforts relating to students at the church
  • Insure that the systems and structures in place for the church are used to help students take their next step
  • Regularly communicate with Campus Pastors and other departments on behalf of the student ministry team for all efforts, activities, and status within the student ministry

 

Other Duties and Responsibilities

Student Ministries Small Groups Hub

  • Provide leadership and oversight for pastoral care to all small groups within the Student Hub by cultivating and maintaining a shepherding relationship with leaders, coaches, and captains
  • Design, develop, implement, and regularly communicate the vision, mission, and strategy for the Student Hub
  • Lead efforts and build teams to recruit, train, and release captains, coaches, and small group leaders
  • Provide clear direction and empower leaders, coaches, and captains within Student Hub to perform ministry through small groups
  • Serve as direct oversight for Campus Student Hub Leaders and remain in communication with them
  • Maintain the infrastructure within Student Hub. Regularly plan and facilitate meetings of Student Hub leaders and captains (and coaches when possible) for the purpose of coaching, developing community, and general communication. Oversee efforts for the pre-semester, semester, and post-semester meetings and evaluations
  • Track and report defined statistics with efforts to monitor and manage the “health” of Student Hub leadership base and group members
  • Assist Small Groups Director with the development and implementation of Church-wide strategy for the particular Hub (i.e., coordinate efforts to include and assist all campuses with small group efforts to ensure uniformity and consistency throughout)
  • Regularly communicate with Campus Small Groups Coordinators on all efforts, activities, and status within Student Hub

 

Conferences and Retreats

  • Create leadership activities and small groups content for conferences/retreats that fits with the overall vision of the event
  • Provide support for any needs that might arise associated with a conference or retreat
  • Be available as needed to lead during the conference/retreat and be fully involved

 

All employees and staff possess and exhibit the following core values in their daily lives: 

  • Love for God
  • Love for people
  • Work ethic that is excellent
  • Protective and frugal with time and money
  • Attitude of a servant, enjoyable to be with, and devoted to the call of God and the church

 

This position oversees the church’s student ministry team.

 

This summary is not comprehensive, but it is designed to give you a taste of what the church and the position are about. If you are reading this and responding strongly to the opportunity, you should let us know. Full details are available to you after an initial discussion with The Shepherd’s Staff. 

 

Do not contact the church directly. If you do, you will be directed back to us. Here is a direct link to the information with instructions: https://tss.chat/172308 

 

Questions: Contact helpingchurcheshire@gmail.com 

Presented by The Shepherd's Staff https://theshepherdsstaff.com/ 

Position: Student Minister

Location: Kansas City, MO

Church Size: 3,000+

Denomination: Non-Denominational 

 


          

L'INA fait appel à Nutanix et Cisco pour moderniser son infrastructure

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Utility and Infrastructure Coordinator

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The Corporation of the Municipality of Clarington
Engineering Services Department requires a
Utility and Infrastructure Coordinator (Union Position)

The Municipality of Clarington is pleased to accommodate individual needs in accordance with the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, 2005, within our recruitment process. If you require accommodation at any time throughout the recruitment process, please contact the Human Resources Division at corporateservices@clarington.net.

The Utility and Infrastructure Coordinator, who reports to the Manager of Construction, is a fully competent Engineering Technologist who provides engineering support for the installation of utility infrastructure in the Municipal right of way. Using specialized engineering expertise, the Utility and Infrastructure Coordinator will assist with the approval and tracking of all utility installations within Clarington. The Utility and Infrastructure Coordinator assists in the provision of “in-house” engineering consulting services to all departments and conducts strategic engineering research and analysis dealing with such issues as Broadband, municipal infrastructure and site alteration.

Responsibilities:

  • Assist the Manager of Construction with the review, approval and management of Municipal Consents, including the managing of records as it pertains to utilities in our Right of Way and follow up with public concerns and construction quality control. 
  • Conducts infrastructure inspections and includes information in the project documentation.
  • Performs construction site inspections, including coordination, management of extra work orders, completion of payment certificates, and ensuring conformance with Municipal Design Guidelines and contract specifications of various municipal infrastructure projects.
  • Assists the Manager of Construction and other departments with Site Alteration permits by reviewing, approving, monitoring and coordinating with other approval agencies.
  • Assists in the continual development of municipal engineering standards and guidelines.
  • Continually seeks opportunities for improving efficiencies in operations, maintenance and asset replacement practices.
  • Applies expertise for review of submissions of engineering drawings or technical reports on municipal projects, including working knowledge of regional water and sanitary sewer systems.
  • Assists in the preparation of various reports, including reports to Council, interdepartmental reports, and external agencies.
  • Liaises with agencies, developers, utility companies and consultants.
  • Liaises with other Municipal departments, consultants, residents, special interest groups and regulatory agencies.
  • Coordinates with utility companies to obtain existing plant (infrastructure) information and relocate plant (infrastructure) to accommodate Municipal projects.
  • Provides other general technical support to the Manager of Construction and other municipal departments, as required.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Qualifications:

  • Diploma in Civil Engineering Technology. Certified Engineering Technologist (CET) and five to seven years of closely related municipal engineering experience.
  • Strong background in infrastructure design & rehabilitation and project management.
  • Experience in the review of utility drawing submitted for Municipal Consent.
  • Experience with Corridor Management, specifically with the review and approval of various utilities using our corridor (above and below ground).
  • Experience in reviewing and approving site alteration applications and reviewing soil reports in relation to the Ministry of Environment and Climate Change (MOECC) tables from “Soil, groundwater and sediment standards for the use under prat XV.1 of the Environmental Protections Act” for the purpose of the site alteration applications.
  • Proficient in data management and analysis skills, including expertise in Microsoft Excel and Microsoft Word.
  • Experience with MS Project and ArcGIS is an asset.
  • Ability to attend site meetings at various locations throughout Clarington and the Region of Durham during and after regular business hours.
  • Ability to perform fieldwork in all weather conditions and on rough terrain.
  • Experience working on construction sites, including relevant training such as OTM Book 7, soils management, health and safety, etc.
  • Experience performing field inspection, ensuring compliance with contract specifications.
  • Experience writing and administering construction contracts, including negotiating change orders, enforcing contract specifications, conducting site meetings and ensuring deficiencies are corrected.
  • Ability to monitor multiple projects concurrently to ensure budget and schedule adherence.
  • Ability to conduct independent research to solve problems, develop strategies and implement innovative solutions and technologies in performing the responsibilities of the role.
  • Ability to apply knowledge and experience to determine priorities, coordinate work and manage time effectively.
  • Excellent communication, both verbal and written, and interpersonal skills with a proven customer service and public relations approach.
  • Excellent organizational and problem-solving skills.
  • Able to work independently as well as in a team.
  • The ability to review the impacts of soil analysis and determine remedial action.
  • Valid Motor Vehicle Operators License and reliable personal transportation.
  • Must be legally able to work in Canada.

At the time of the interview, candidates are required to provide:

  • Proof of Current Automobile Insurance Coverage
  • Current Driver’s Abstract
  • Proof of valid Ontario Driver’s License

The interview may include written, oral and/or practical testing to assist in determining the successful candidate. The minimum passing score will be considered to be 60 per cent on each test, with the highest-ranked score considered in the final selection.

The successful candidate will be required to provide, at their own expense:

A current satisfactory (within the last 180 days) Criminal Records Check (CPIC) from a Canadian Police Information Centre is required before commencing employment. Applicants who have been employed with the Municipality within the last year and have provided a CPIC within the last 365 days are exempt.

Rate of pay: $67,108 to $77,083 - Code 12, 2019 Inside Collective Salary Grid

Applications will be received in confidence until Wednesday, December 11, 2019:

Please Quote File #120-19

Human Resources Division
Municipality of Clarington
40 Temperance Street
Bowmanville, Ontario, L1C 3A6

Emails may be forwarded to resumes@clarington.net; applications will not be retrieved from other sources (file sharing sites – One Drive).

Applicant information is collected under the authority of the Municipal Act, 2001 (S.O. 2001, c.25) to determine employment eligibility with the Municipality of Clarington.  Questions about this collection should be directed to the Director of Corporate Services, 40 Temperance Street, Bowmanville, ON L1C 3A6 905-623-3379. 

We thank all applicants for their interest. However, only those under consideration will be contacted.


          

Principal Advisor Infrastructure | RIO TINTO

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Superior, Arizona, About you To be successfully considered in this role, you will have:   A tertiary qualification in Business, Engineering, Project Management, or other relevant discipline Post graduate qualifi
          

Healthcare: Oculoplastic Surgeon - Ophthalmologist- Full time opportunity with option for academic involvement - Anderson, Indiana

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Ophthalmology practice is looking for an oculoplastic surgeon for a growth opportunity in the practice. This opportunity would also offer great mentorship opportunities from a tenured surgeon within the practice. Functional cases will be made available immediately with great infrastructure and resources in place to grow cosmetic cases from there. The practice already has aesthetic offerings as well. The practice can get a new associate an academic appointment with Indiana University. Benefits for the Oculoplastic Surgeon - Ophthalmologist Immediate patient base All surgery done in a surgery center - investment available. Great mentorship opportunity in oculoplastics surgery. No hospital call. Partnership opportunity. Requirements of the Oculoplastic Surgeon - Ophthalmologist Doctor of Medicine (MD)/Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine (DO) Board Certified/Eligible Have/will complete Oculoplastics Fellowship(open to non-ASOPRS welcome) Interview Today! Call/text or email Matt today to arrange for an interview. Call/text: (540) 491-9117 Email: mjohnson@etsvision.com Website: www.etsvision.com ETS Vision specializes in recruiting Optometrists and Ophthalmologists for top practices across the country. All conversations and inquiries are completely confidential. All fees are paid by the client (hiring/selling practice). If you are now or will be seeking an opportunity, send your resume/CV TODAY! ()
          

Invest To Crypto - Investtocrypto.xyz

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Investment plans:

BITCOIN MINING
Minimum Invest: 1 USD
Maximum Invest: 500 USD
5% For 400 day
2000% After 400 day
3% Referral Earnings

ETHEREUM MINING
Minimum Invest: 1 USD
Maximum Invest: 500 USD
5% For 400 day
2000% After 400 day
3% Referral Earnings

MONERO MINING
Minimum Invest: 1 USD
Maximum Invest: 500 USD
5% For 400 day
2000% After 400 day
3% Referral Earnings

Link: http://www.investtocrypto.xyz/
My ref link: http://www.investtocrypto.xyz/?ref=miner10

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What is mining?
Mining is basically a process of validating transactions in the cryptocurrency world. Just like banks get a fee for processing your credit card payments, miners get a fee for processing cryptocurrency transactions.

The major difference with banking is that there is also a fixed pay for miners, so even if there are not a lot of transactions, miners still get their pay. Imagine government paying banks every day just because they exist. This allows keeping mining profitable even while bitcoin is still not widely adopted.


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Can I buy my own equipment and mine at home?
Though possible, hardly anyone would want to mine bitcoin at home. Mining equipment is not only expensive but also not suitable for home or garage. It is loud and high-power consuming. It works in maximum performance mode 24x7 and needs moving parts to be replaced often. Its portability, price, and loudness allow people to easily find it and steal it.

Mining at home might look like a passive income, but actually requires a lot of time and becomes a business on its own


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What is cloud mining?
Cloud mining is buying a share of the hashrate of a large mining operation. With that, you get a lot of benefits - cheap electricity, no need for replacement parts or watching equipment, etc.


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Is it profitable to mine bitcoin? If Yes, then why do you sell your hashrate?
We are similarly engaged in mining. And we also want to raise profits. This can be done by engaging more people and building better infrastructure.




          

Pulumi: Cloud Infrastructure with .NET Core

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Earlier this month, Pulumi announced the addition of .NET Core to their supported languages. Pulumi is an open-source tool that allows the creation, deployment, and management of infrastructure as code on multiple cloud providers, similarly to HashiCorp Terraform.

By Arthur Casals
          

Logs and Customer Profiles pages not responding

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Resolved - At 12:30 UTC yesterday, several of the nodes in the search cluster powering the Logs and Customer Profile pages in Vero went offline.

We were alerted to this issue and, by 13:20 UTC, had begun to restore the affected nodes.

Due to recovery time the UI was returned to normal at 16:30 UTC. During the intervening period the UI was unavailable. Once restored, there were delays in processing logs into the UI as the accumulated backlog caught up. No other processes were affected.

We have investigated and understood the root cause of this issue. Fortunately, we have been working toward replacing this component of our architecture over the last few months as part of planned infrastructure changes. We will be finalising this work within the new two weeks and are confident that this issue should not arise again.

If you have any questions please email us at support@getvero.com.


          

Politicians have come a long way on climate since 2016. Are voters ready?

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

As much as I try to forget it, one of the enduring moments of the 2016 election was Hillary Clinton, in her speech accepting the Democratic nomination for president, deploying “I believe in science” as a laugh line. It was supposed to be humorous because the thought of a president who had said climate change was a Chinese hoax still felt ludicrous. Three years and so many terrible environmental decisions later, it feels a lot less funny. This election cycle, though, Democratic candidates have advanced from where Clinton was in 2016. They’re finally speaking cogently, compellingly, and gravely about the threat we face and the urgency with which we ought to act.

One of the more surprising themes of the past few years has been the mainstreaming of worry over climate change, thanks to the work of scientists, activists, journalists, and, due to our new normal of floods and fires, lived experience. It’s increasingly considered an urgent issue among the Democratic base: Data for Progress ranks climate change as the second most important priority, topped only by beating President Donald Trump, while Pew Research puts it third in terms of issues for Dems. Former candidate Jay Inslee centered his entire short-lived primary campaign on the idea that addressing climate change was the most important action any president could hope to take in 2020. Voters’ interest and candidates’ prioritization seem to have worked together to make climate a focus in many of the Democratic debates so far. According to Vox, climate change ranks fourth in terms of time spent on topics (after health care, immigration, and racial equality), with about 45 minutes devoted to it total before the November debate.

All of this adds up to a remarkable departure from years past, when climate has been so overlooked that environmental journalists essentially made a minibeat out of tracking how little time presidential debates spent on the topic. (In the previous five cycles, 37 minutes and 6 seconds of prime time, general-election debate time was spent on climate change, out of some 1,500 aired minutes.) It’s hard for the counters to break the habit. Even following Wednesday night’s debates, in which climate came up naturally multiple times (better, I think, given the inherently interdisciplinary nature of the topic), there were still confused takes lamenting the lack of time devoted to the subject.

There’s something frustrating about how the candidates are talking about climate change, but you can’t measure it in debate minutes. It’s certainly a relief that we’ve moved on from the years when debating climate change was the time for certain candidates to demonstrate their scientific bona fides and explain the greenhouse gas effect. We’ve finally turned the corner: During Wednesday’s debate, climate change was a business, health, and infrastructure problem, highlighting how much it now weaves through so many aspects of American politics, from housing to natural disasters to the refugee crisis. It is no longer an abstraction but something connected to human needs. Our understanding of this makes obvious why addressing it is a political priority.

But the rapid nature of the turn has left us a bit lost, too. Years of debating health care have left even casual observers with strong feelings on “Medicare for All” and individual mandates. Climate is trickier: Candidates are attempting to detail their plans to curb emissions, but our current lack of existing legislation on this means only those extremely steeped in climate policy are positioned to effectively judge their strategies. (Grist has a very thorough look at every 2020 candidate’s climate policy. It is, by no fault of theirs, an incredible amount of information to parse.) We can slice through the debate chatter in which everyone promises climate action matters to them to understand how the plans compare on a relative spectrum (Senator Bernie Sanders’ and Senator Elizabeth Warren’s are, unsurprisingly, the most ambitious), but two scary questions still hang over everything: Will any of these plans become law? And: Will it be enough?

I think this second question is what the debate-timers really want to know. Before he dropped out in August, Inslee had pushed for an entire debate focused solely on climate, a reasonable enough strategy to up expectations and set standards. The Democratic National Committee refused to grant this request, but others were happy to. Since the DNC rules bar the candidates from participating in traditional debate-style forums they don’t approve, we ended up with events like September’s “Climate Crisis Town Hall,” where 10 candidates took turns individually fielding questions from a moderator on CNN. The whole thing took seven hours. The candidates were able to get very specific about climate policies thanks to the format, but the ratings were terrible.

In early November, another attempt was made at a climate-focused forum. The Weather Channel, along with the journalistic collaboration Climate Desk, released an hourlong climate-focused special featuring several presidential candidates called “Race to Save the Planet.” (Slate contributes to Climate Desk but did not participate in this project.) Perhaps learning from CNN, the hosts did not even attempt to allow all the candidates their own time to describe their plans. Instead, the special makes somewhat ruthless use of the interviews toward presenting the case that climate change is happening and costing Americans dearly, and therefore requires action. It was not dissimilar from what’s been happening on the Democratic primary debate stage — this mainstreaming of climate action as a political necessity — and it’s also of a piece with a larger ongoing project of the Weather Channel’s. For years now, it has been quietly and methodically including climate change in its coverage of the weather, while also investing in big-picture projects that attempt to explain the breadth of the problem to its often very-center-of-the-road audience. (Its “United States of Climate Change” feature, for example, takes pains to have one story for every state.)

One interesting thing about the special, relevant to the question of how climate legislation could ever pass: It featured eight presidential candidates, three of them Republicans. On the Democratic side, there was Sanders, Warren, Senator Cory Booker, Mayor Pete Buttigieg, and Senator Kamala Harris. (Beto O’Rourke participated before he dropped out of the race, so his portion was cut. Former Vice President Joe Biden, like Trump, was invited but declined to participate.) And then it had Republican primary challengers Bill Weld, Joe Walsh, and Mark Sanford. (Sanford dropped out of the race in mid-November, after the special had already aired.)

Why would Republican candidates, even long-shot Republican candidates, show up for such a thing? I think it’s because they realize they ought to. Their voters are starting to care. Since 2016, most Americans, almost always more than 65 percent, have told Gallup that they know climate change is happening and that most scientists agree on this fact. By some counts the percentage is even higher — a survey from the Yale Program on Climate Change Communication suggests 73 percent of registered voters think it’s happening, and 63 percent are worried about it. The situation is still split along partisan lines, as you might expect. Gallup divides respondents into three groups: “concerned believers,” “mixed middle,” and “cool skeptics”; 77 percent of Democrats are “concerned believers” while 52 percent of Republicans are “cool skeptics.” But as the Yale study points out, “Worry about global warming has increased among liberal/moderate Republicans by 15 percentage points since May 2017 and by seven points among conservative Republicans since October 2017.” Part of this shift may be thanks to younger voters. One survey found that 77 percent of Republicans younger than 38 think climate change is a serious threat — compared with 76 percent of Democrats in the same category.

That’s not to say this is anywhere close to simple. Even as acceptance of global warming has grown among Republican voters, Republican lawmakers, seemingly enabled by Trump’s outlandish positions, have only grown more opposed to taking action on climate change. According to the League of Conservation Voters, elected Republican officials now vote against environmental legislation 95 percent of the time (this divergence has only sprung up in the past couple of decades). As the Guardian further points out, there might be a simple explanation for this: “Data collected by the transparency group OpenSecrets shows donations from oil and gas interests were split relatively evenly between the parties until the 2000s,” Guardian reporter Oliver Milman writes. “By the 2018 election cycle, 87 percent of industry contributions went to Republicans, with the proportion in the 2020 cycle, which is yet to be completed, reaching a record 89 percent.”

This underscores the real divide between the parties. It’s not so much that one believes in science and the other doesn’t. Not accepting the science on climate change has become so untenable that even Charles Koch has ostensibly reversed course. (Even Trump isn’t really a denialist. Instead, as the Atlantic’s Robinson Meyer smartly explained in a recent piece, it’s more useful to understand Trump as a carbonist, a person who thinks, for no good reason, that burning fossil fuels is basically macho and therefore good.) But it’s becoming ever clearer that the divide is basically that one party is willing to act to help the people who will suffer through the crisis and the other is aligned with companies hoping to keep on making money off it. The question is whether the latter will remain an option for the Republican Party.

To answer that question, it’s instructive to look back to what sparked the environmental movement of the 1960s and ’70s, prompting the bipartisan creation of the Environmental Protection Agency and the passage of the Clean Air Act, the Clean Water Act, and the Endangered Species Act. The story starts with Rachel Carson’s Silent Spring, serialized in the New Yorker in 1962, which explained how pollution, and particularly the insecticide DDT, was leeching into the natural world, weakening birds’ egg shells to the point that they couldn’t reproduce. America’s national bird, the bald eagle, was existentially threatened. And then — the story goes — the Cuyahoga River caught on fire, the photos went the 1969 version of viral (they were published in Time magazine and National Geographic), and the environmental movement was born. There were Earth Day protests in every city. Even Richard Nixon had to get on board.

The story is only partially right. By 1969, the Cuyahoga River, and other rivers around America, had been catching fire because of pollution for years. In fact, the infamous Time magazine photo was actually taken during another fire — in 1952. What happened in 1969 was that people were ready to act on what they were seeing, instead of dismissing or ignoring it. They had been primed by the years of activists ringing alarm bells. It wasn’t so much that the image of the fire woke people up — it was that the image of the fire finally tipped people over into action.

It feels like we could be on the cusp of an analogous situation now. Yes, it’s all made harder by the years of disinformation from fossil fuel companies that has been reinforced by the right, and yes, America is also facing a perplexing set of existential problems with regard to representative democracy in Washington. But we’ve also had years of alarm bell ringing and patient explanation. And we’ve had years of climate-linked catastrophe, years of stories about the climate-exacerbated natural disasters that are destroying people’s homes and lives with increasing frequency and furor. Democrats sound different when they talk about climate change now. They realize how many of us are finally ready to hear it.

This story was originally published by Grist with the headline Politicians have come a long way on climate since 2016. Are voters ready? on Dec 1, 2019.


          

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.


          

Paris Agreement targets need to be 5 times stronger to actually work

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In almost exactly a year’s time, nearly 200 countries will have the chance to go back to the drawing board and make revisions to their Paris Agreement commitments. It sounds boring, but those voluntary commitments are pretty much the only global tool humanity currently has at its disposal to fight the looming climate crisis. What these countries decide to do when they get together in Glasgow next November to update their commitments will quite literally determine whether the planet devolves into a climate-wrecked hellscape or starts tracking a far more livable course.

A new U.N. report published on Tuesday, a week before many of those nations gather in Madrid for an annual climate change conference, shows exactly what the world needs to do to avoid catastrophic warming. Spoiler alert: it will not be easy.

The report says that nations need to make their emissions-reductions goals five times more ambitious in order to limit warming to 1.5 degrees C — the threshold scientists say is the danger line for global warming. Even if all of the countries involved in the Paris Agreement bring emissions down to the levels they initially pledged to meet, the world would still be on track for 3.2 degrees C of warming. That’s 5.76 degrees F, a scenario that would make the wildfires, hurricanes, heat waves, and droughts of 2019 look like child’s play.

The worse news is that many of the world’s biggest emitters aren’t even on track to meet their Paris accord pledges. Members of the G20, which includes 19 countries and the EU, produce 78 percent of the world’s greenhouse gas emissions. Of those countries, only China, the EU, India, Mexico, Russia, and Turkey are on track to meet their nationally determined contributions to the Paris Agreement. Meanwhile, Australia, Brazil, Japan, Canada, the Republic of Korea, South Africa, and the United States of America — which is in the process of pulling out of the agreement — need to take stronger action to achieve the targets that they voluntarily set in 2016. (There’s conflicting data on whether the remaining G20 members are on or off track.)

All these countries need to revise their targets significantly in 2020 and then start actually meeting their targets to “close the emissions gap” and avoid a terrible warming scenario. Inger Andersen, the executive editor of the U.N. Environment Programme and the lead author of the report, gives humanity two options: “set in motion the radical transformations we need now, or face the consequences of a planet radically altered by climate change.” Those radical transformations she’s talking about involve cutting emissions 7.6 percent every year between 2020 and 2030 if we want to limit warming to 1.5 degrees, or 2.7 percent per year if we’re willing to resign ourselves to 2 degrees of warming.

It would be the understatement of the century to call these objectives daunting. Luckily, the report lays out exactly what each country in the G7 can do to help achieve those cuts. The United States, for one, can put a price on carbon, shore up fuel efficiency standards for new cars, and implement clean building standards so developers build more efficient buildings. It can also regulate its power plants better and work toward a carbon-free electricity sector. China and India can ban coal-fired power plants, invest in public transit, and work toward zero-emissions cars and buildings. The E.U. can stop investing in fossil fuel-powered infrastructure, cut the natural gas cord, phase out its coal-powered plants, ban combustion-engine vehicles, and retrofit existing buildings to make them cleaner.

Here’s the good news: several G20 members have said they aim to achieve net-zero emissions by mid-century. In the U.S., many presidential candidates are running on platforms that include that ambitious goal. Furthermore, the technology to accomplish the recommendations laid out in the report already exists. What nations need now is the political willpower to make it happen. “We have to learn from our procrastination,” Andersen writes. “We cannot afford to fail.”

This story was originally published by Grist with the headline Paris Agreement targets need to be 5 times stronger to actually work 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.


          

$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 […]

The post $30bn loan request imperative for nation’s infrastructure development – BMO appeared first on NEWSVERGE.


          

Review: How NeuVector protects containers throughout their lifecycle

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Businesses and organizations of all sizes are finally embracing cloud computing. Even holdout organizations like some large government agencies are starting to deploy private clouds, or hybrids that contain some mix of private and public cloud infrastructure. The benefits of cloud computing are numerous and well-known at this point. They include near infinite expandability, having an external provider worry about maintaining the base infrastructure, and the ability to spin up new servers or services in just a few seconds.

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Mid-Level Water Resources Engineer | Wood

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Jackson, Mississippi, Wood Environment & Infrastructure Solutions is seeking a Mississippi - based Water Resources Engineer to join our Water & Technology Services Group in Nashville, TN. The position is in support of pro
          

Dutch Business model attracts UAE companies

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The Netherlands is becoming an attractive investment destination for UAE companies.

The Netherlands is considered one of the strongest European Union member country. Through its huge investment in building business infrastructure and strong policy framework, Netherlands has become the epicenter economic activates of the global world. With proximity to almost all major EU countries by road such as Germany, Belgium, France, Denmark and many more, setting up your European base in the Netherlands simply makes good business sense. Apart from its attractive location and infrastructure, Netherlands hosts an amazing business environment as well. Dutch corporate tax rates are extremely low as compared to other EU countries with straightforward compliance pre-requisites.

EU still remains a major trading partner of Emirates goods and services. As UAE economy is currently going through a down-turn, more and more businesses are looking to incorporate a local company in Europe to sell to their clients locally. Netherlands is a preferred destination for Emirate businesses as they can now own 100% company in the Netherlands. You can now register a BV (private limited) company in the Netherlands with only 1 Euro capital. Chose from On Demand International low-cost Netherlands Company Incorporation plans and get started in 15 days or less. This is a great opportunity for you to build a European credibility and reputation for your company and most importantly service your key clients locally by providing local shipping, Euro currency invoicing and much more.

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Working in the Netherlands - For residents for Saudi Arabia

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Do you currently live in Saudi Arabia? Are you considering working in the Netherlands?

The Netherlands is considered one of the strongest member states of the European Union. With its huge investment in building business infrastructure and a strong policy framework, the Netherlands has become the epicenter of the global economy. Highways cover almost all major EU countries, such as Germany, Belgium, France, Denmark, etc. It makes sense to build your European base in the Netherlands. In addition to its charming location and infrastructure, the Netherlands also has a stunning business environment. Compared to other EU countries with direct compliance prerequisites, Dutch corporate tax rates are extremely low.

 

The European Union continues to be Saudi Arabia's main trading partner for goods and services. As the KSA economy is currently in a downturn, more and more companies want to set up a local company in Europe to sell it to local customers. The Netherlands is the preferred destination for Saudi Arabian companies because they can now own 100% of the company in the Netherlands. Now you can register a BV (private limited company) company in the Netherlands with only 1 Euro of capital. Choose On Demand International's low-cost Dutch company registration plan and start using it in 15 days or less. This is an excellent opportunity for you to build European credibility and reputation for your company, and most importantly, it can provide services such as local shipping, euro currency invoices, etc. to serve local major customers.

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CGWB signs MoU for participatory groundwater management

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An irrigation well at Randullabad, Maharashtra (Source: India Water Portal on Flickr)

MoU signed for groundwater management through community intervention

The Central Groundwater Board (CGWB), Department of Water Resources, Western Sydney University, Australia and others have signed an MoU for the project MARVI (Managing Aquifer Recharge and Sustaining Groundwater Use through Village-level Intervention). The project will help in greater cooperation in training, education and research to achieve water security for agriculture, urban, industrial and environmental purposes. Along with focusing on engaging village communities to monitor, use and manage groundwater at village level, the project will also help to improve livelihood for village communities in India. (The Times of India)

Kerala draws up plan to release water from dams

Learning from the lessons of two consecutive years of floods in Kerala, the state electricity board has released an Emergency Action Plan to reduce human casualties and destruction of property to a bare minimum during natural disasters. For the plan, the Kerala State Electricity Board (KSEB) conducted a study on 27 dams across the state for solutions on how to manage the excess release of water and how to effectively coordinate among officials in various line departments. The rehabilitation plan has been devised by calculating the amount of water flowing out of the dam and the velocity of water that reaches the areas downstream. (The Hindu)

NGT seeks government responses on bird deaths around Sambhar lake

Taking suo-motu cognisance of a report on the state of wetlands in the country, the National Green Tribunal (NGT) has issued notices to the Centre and the Rajasthan government seeking responses on the poor condition of wetlands in the country, including Sambhar Lake. In the last few days, nearly 20,000 birds have died around Sambhar lake and the Indian Veterinary Research Institute (IVRI) has confirmed the cause of death to be botulism, a neuromuscular illness. The NGT has ordered the National Wetland Authority, State Wetland Authority, Rajasthan State Pollution Control Board and Jaipur district magistrate file a joint factual and action report before the next hearing date on January 22, 2020. (The Hindu)

NGT orders Delhi government to prepare action plan to clear waste at landfills

The NGT has ordered the Delhi government to prepare an action plan to clear legacy waste at the Bhalswa, Ghazipur and Okhla landfill sites within a year. Also, the tribunal has asked the government to ensure bio-remediation of the waste to be carried out instead of mere mechanical separation. The panel also remarked that there is a need to increase the capacity of the sites suitably so that the garbage is cleared and land becomes available for public purpose. The Central Pollution Control Board has been directed to verify that waste clearance is as per norms and the chief secretary, Delhi, will be monitoring the implementation of the action plan. (The Hans India)

Following in Kerala's footsteps, Karnataka and Telangana introduce water bells in schools

Last week, the Karnataka government announced that all government schools must ring a water bell three times during school hours to remind students to drink water. Likewise, in Telangana, a directive has been issued to all district education officers to implement the ‘water bell’ concept in schools immediately. The water bells does not mandate students to drink water, but it is just a reminder for them to consume water and encourage each other.

However, the Karnataka Associated Management of Schools general secretary Shashi Kumar, has pointed out that when schools are introducing water breaks they should also address the issue of poor infrastructure and water facilities in schools.

(The Print)

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40 percent of rural households in India lack access to drinking water

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Women in Bametara district of Chattisgarh line up to collect water. Photo credit: Makarand Purohit for India Water Portal

NSS finds only 58.2 percent of rural households have drinking water facilities within premises

The National Sample Survey (NSS) conducted between July and December 2018 reveals that only 58.2 percent of rural households in India have drinking water facilities within the premises. In urban areas, the figure was 80.7 percent. These findings are part of the report 'Drinking Water, Sanitation, Hygiene and Housing Conditions in India', and show a huge divide between urban and rural India in terms of access to drinking water - a key indicator for development.

For nearly 42.9 percent of rural households, hand pumps are the principal source of drinking water. On the other hand, 40.9 percent of urban households use piped water into the dwelling as the principal source of drinking water.

(Times of India)

'Rejuvenating Ganga — a citizen’s report' released during India Rivers Week 2019

During the ongoing India Rivers Week, 'Rejuvenating Ganga — a citizen’s report' was released that analyses and maps dams, barrages and hydroelectric projects in India. At least a thousand dams on the Ganga basin are obstructing the flow of its various tributaries and adversely affecting the overall health of the river system. The report also recommended that the government must make environmental flows mandatory for the entire basin and not just the main stem of the river. (Hindustan Times)

Over 1,000 families affected as Hulimavu Lake breaches in Bengaluru

On Sunday, a breach in Hulimavu lake in south Bengaluru caused water to flood as far as 2 kilometres around the lake, consequently affecting more than 1,000 families. A preliminary probe found that the breach occurred because of some contracting work undertaken in the lake that did not take any precautionary measures, and  that was carried out without a green signal from the Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) - the civic body that manages the lake. 300 sand truckloads were used to plug the leak. Nearly 350 families have been moved to three rehabilitation centres after the breach. (The Times of India)

Aarey update: 61 percent of trees transplanted by Mumbai Metro Rail Corporation (MMRCL) found dead

For the ongoing Mumbai Metro project, the MMRCL had uprooted 1,561 trees that were obstructing the work, and transplanted these trees at 31 different locations over the years. However, a high court-appointed inspection committee has found that nearly 61 percent of the transplanted trees, mostly in Aarey colonry have died. A tree activist has pointed out that the poor survival rate of the transplanted trees is because the Metro authority did not undertake the transplantation properly. The inspection committee also visited the Sanjay Gandhi National Park (SGNP) where the Metro authority claimed to have plant over 21,000 trees; the report on this is yet to be released. (The Times of India)

Check out our explainer on the recent Aarey Milk Colony protests in October in Mumbai.

Maharashtra may get its first Ramsar site

According to state forest department officials, the 800-hectare Nandur Madhyameshwar in Nashik may be be declared a Ramsar site next month. The Lonar Crater Lake in Buldhana, a 366-hectare wetland site that houses 109 bird species, is also slated to get a Ramsar tag next year. While the documentation of Lonar is underway, the paper work for Nandur Madhyameshwar Wildlife Sanctuary is completed, from the sanctuary to district, state and central level, and has been sent to the Ramsar secretariat. The Ramsar Convention provides refuge to threatened species and protects wetlands around the world. (Hindustan Times)

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Jaipur’s wastewater conundrum

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Routine check done by the sewage treatment plant staff in Delawas, Jaipur. The plant is part of the ADB best practices projects list. (Image: Asian Development Bank, Flickr Commons)

A major area of concern currently for India is the proper disposal of wastewater in urban areas. The huge increase in supply of potable water to cater to the needs of modern urban households has correspondingly increased the quantum of wastewater. The implementation of the Swacch Bharat Mission has also led to a substantial increase in the number of toilets and this has increased the faecal sludge and the wastewater load considerably.

The state of Rajasthan in particular, faces the same challenge, with disposal of greywater, blackwater and faecal sludge. The Rajasthan Government has over the past decade or so considerably enhanced its investments in building centralised sanitation infrastructure in the state with its own resources, augmented by funding from the central government under various schemes and also with loans from the Asian Development Bank. These centralised sanitation systems are mostly in towns with populations greater than 5 lakh people; however, projects are underway in smaller towns in the state too. The state government has also notified a policy on Sewerage and Wastewater and another on Faecal Sludge and Septage Management.

Jaipur has an extensive centralised sanitation system that covers 60 percent of the city and 80 percent of the population. The National Institute of Urban Affairs (NIUA) conducted a desk study of the sanitation situation in Jaipur based on an analysis of government documents, state policies with regard to sanitation and faecal sludge management. This combined with field visits to some towns uncovered some major constraints to the successful operation of centralised sanitation systems.

  • Lack of adequate water supply is the first major obstacle. Sewerage systems ideally require 135 litres per capita per day (lpcd) water supply to maintain adequate flow but apart from Jaipur and Udaipur, this is absent and on an average the water supply is only 66 lpcd.ƒ
  • Even where sewerage systems have been installed and are operational, there are not enough house connections.
  • Urban local bodies (ULBs) do not have the resources to operate and maintain sewerage systems and sewage treatment plants (STPs). Sanitation charges levied on users do not cover the costs for the ULB to manage this kind of centralised infrastructure.
  • Sewers often get clogged due to inadequate flow and the flushing of plastics. When this happens, cleaning of sewers is largely in the purview of contractors, and is mostly done manually in violation of the law against manual scavenging.
  • The few STPs that are operating are not following standard procedures and are releasing inadequately treated water into the environment. Apart from two privately constructed and run STPs in Udaipur and Bhilwara reuse of treated wastewater for non-potable use is not being done.

Related: A photo essay on the lives of urban sanitation workers in India, and why manual cleaning of sewers still occurs.

Inadequate water supply and financing

Sewerage systems and STPs in Jaipur have 730 kilometres of sewer lines and an installed capacity of 442 million litres per day (MLD). However, due to inadequate water supply which currently is about 90 lpcd, there is inadequate flow in the sewers and so they get choked frequently. The STPs are not operating at full capacity and neither is the wastewater being treated according to prescribed standards. Apart from the STPs at Delawas, generation of electricity from the digestion of sludge and the use of manure and reuse of treated wastewater is not being done. The STPs constructed as part of the Dravyavati Riverfront Development Project too are not functioning properly.

Onsite sanitation systems still serve 20 percent of the population of Jaipur and the faecal sludge and septage from these are not being disposed of properly. Therefore, the possibilities of co-treatment of faecal sludge in sewage treatment plants, which are running at less than their installed capacity, need to be explored as has been done in some other cities in India. 

The primary reason for the under performance of the centralised sanitation systems in Jaipur are inadequate finances. The shortfall in the actual expenditures for the Public Health Department of the Jaipur Municipal Corporation from budget estimates for 2014-15 is 27 percent. The actual expenditures in the case of sewerage and STPs fall short of prescribed standards by 41.5 percent. The recovery of this expenditure in the form of sanitation taxes and sewerage and sewage treatment charges is only a dismal 1.6 percent.

The revenue garnered from property taxes is only 7 percent of the total revenue receipts as against the norm of 25 percent; this is also a major reason for poor revenue mobilisation leading to a revenue deficit. An affordability analysis shows that if the actual expenditures of the Public Health Department on sewerage and sewage treatment were to be recovered from user charges to be levied from the section of the populace that is above the poverty line, then 35 percent or more of the population would be paying 4.5 percent or more of their average household consumption expenditure as sanitation charges, which is a very high proportion.

Thus, there is a considerable financial barrier to running centralised sanitation systems, as the revenue for them cannot be raised either through taxes or through user charges. 

The city’s water supply

The water supply scenario too is equally problematic with the actual supply being only 90 lpcd combining all sources. As much as 200 MLD of potable water is supplied from the Bisalpur dam on the River Banas at a very high cost of Rs. 18 per kilolitre. The domestic consumption of this water is 90 percent and it is under charged. Even these low charges are not properly collected and currently there is an overdue of Rs. 50 crores.

Thus, given the operational, environmental and financial unsustainability of Jaipur’s centralised sanitation and water supply systems, and the provisions of the state’s wastewater policies for reuse of treated waste water, generation of energy and manure from digested sludge in STPs, it is time to explore decentralised waste water treatment and reuse and co-treatment of faecal sludge. Decentralised waste water treatment by private parties capable of doing so will be a progressive measure that will considerably reduce the financial and operational burden of the Jaipur Municipal Corporation and lead to a much better sanitation scenario in the city.

Recommendations

The study reveals that there is a significant gap between policy and implementation with regard to sanitation management in the city of Jaipur. There is a need to explore ways in which the operation of the existing sewerage system and STPs can be improved and alternative systems can be introduced to make the provision of sanitation services more sustainable and equitable.

  • Reuse of treated waste water: Currently, apart from a few small STPs in the city, most of the treated waste water is not being reused because the treatment is not up to reusable standards and also because systems have not been put in place for reuse that can bring in revenue. In Udaipur and Bhilwara, two private corporations set up STPs to treat and reuse the waste water for their industrial processes. These firms were forced to invest in wastewater treatment because they had no other alternative. Similarly, if the JMC were to strictly stop supplying Bisalpur water to industries and the district administration were to strictly enforce a ban on groundwater use for industries, then the latter would have no other alternative to using and paying for treated waste water. Given that treated wastewater costs only Rs. 3 per kilolitre, even after amortising the capital cost on the infrastructure required to deliver it to users, it is much cheaper than using Bisalpur water which costs Rs. 18 per kilolitre.
  • Recharge and harvesting of storm water: Extensive water recharging and wastewater treatment and reuse must be done for a sustainable hybrid ground cum surface water combination of water supply. The cost of installing a water recharge system is about 2 percent of the total building cost and it goes down proportionately as the size of the building increases. Yet this is not being done. The benefits in terms of obviating the need for extensive centralised storm water drainage systems and increasing the groundwater availability far outweigh these costs.
  • Decentralised sanitation systems: As with storm water, wastewater is much cheaper to treat and reuse or recharge, in a decentralised manner. There are many cost effective and environmentally sound decentralised treatment options, some of which have been detailed in the CPHEEO manual on sewerage and sewage treatment (CPHEEO, 2013) and by the Consortium for DEWATS Dissemination Society (CDD & NIUA, 2017). The main considerations for implementing decentralised waste treatment systems are the area required and the capital and O&M expenses. These depend on the technology used. The use of bio-remediation technologies reduces the area required but increases the capital and O&M costs due to the use of sophisticated infrastructure and higher amounts of energy and enzymes. Therefore, depending on the availability of space and finances, an appropriate decentralised method can be adopted either at the household level or at the community level.
  • Sustainable and equitable sanitation management: Storm water recharge and harvesting combined with decentralised wastewater treatment, recharge and reuse is a much more sustainable alternative financial, social and environmental terms. The water supply and sanitation functions of Jaipur have to be ringfenced under a separate water supply and sewerage board that will oversee the proper implementation of the SSWWP, SPFSSM and the Rajasthan State Water Policy.

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Dangote receives largest single-train crude refining equipment

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T he Dangote Oil Refinery Company, yesterday, took delivery of what it described as the world’s largest crude distillation equipment.   Capt. Rajen Sachar, Head, Maritime and Ports Infrastructure of Dangote Group, told newsmen at the arrival of the equipment in Lagos that it was the biggest single-train facility used for refining crude oil. The […]
          

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October/November in KDE Itinerary

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Time for another bi-monthy status update around KDE Itinerary! Since the last report plenty of things have happened again, ranging from multi-ticket support to integration with the Plasma Browser Integration plug-in, most of which you’ll find in the upcoming 19.12 release.

New Features

The biggest new feature this time is clearly the integration into the Plasma Browser Integration plug-in for Firefox and Chromium. That has been in the works since the Nürnberg sprint, and required a number of changes throughout the infrastructure and in the browser plug-in.

Plasma Browser Integration pop-up showing details of an event mentioned on the current website. Plasma Browser Integration offering to add an event to KDE Itinerary.

More work is still needed on this so that KDE Itinerary can also consume “timeless” elements properly, such as hotel or restaurant information without an associated booking. For that we need Kirigami date/time controls first though.

Another new feature is support for multi-ticket reservations. That’s for cases where a single traveler has multiple relevant tickets for a single journey section, such as a separate seat reservation or a first class upgrade next to a regular train ticket. Those cannot be merged, and the UI needs to be able to alternatively show both tickets. This is done by leveraging existing infrastructure for multi-traveler reservations. In the course of this, we also added support for decoding RCT2 upgrade tickets.

KDE Itinerary offering to select between the main and upgrade ticket of a train trip. Multi-ticket selector in KDE Itinerary.

The built-in weather forecast in the KDE Itinerary app can now also indicate expected high wind speeds, thanks to the Breeze icon theme gaining support for that in its weather icon set.

KDE Itinerary timeline showing a weather forecast with windy weather. Weather forecast in KDE Itinerary indicating windy weather.

Infrastructure Work

As usual a lot of things happened behind the scenes as well:

  • The custom extractor API as well as the generic extractors became more flexible and powerful, there’s a separate post covering most of this. Since then we also added access to UIC 918.3 vendor blocks for the custom extractor API, and content-based extractor selection.

  • KPublicTransport received API to explicitly control which backend services to query, and the UI for this has been integrated into KDE Itinerary’s settings page. There’s also a dedicated post about this.

KDE Itinerary showing a configuration page to select which public transport services to use. Detailed public transport information service selection in KDE Itinerary.
  • The generic PDF extractor now also considers the creation and modification time in the PDF meta-data as context information, which allows us to get the date right in more cases for PDF boarding passes (which in their barcode annoyingly only contain the day, not the date).

  • The train station database of the extractor engine now also supports Indian Railways station codes, and contains all stations with such a code from Wikidata. Together with the content-based extractor selection this should pave the way for supporting Indian Railways SMS tickets.

Fixes & Improvements

Besides these larger changes, there are of course also plenty of small improvements worth noting:

  • The KMail plug-in got a UI revamp. It now no longer looks like what was initially just supposed to be debug output, and its actions are now regular buttons rather than hidden in the not obvious to spot context menu.
KItinerary KMail plug-in with new UI visuals. New KMail plug-in UI.
  • Timezones on Android so far were usually displayed as GMT offsets only. This is due to QTimeZone being limited to use older Android API for this. We now call newer Android API for this ourselves if available (API level >= 24), to get closer to the human readable timezone names we have on Linux.

  • Custom extractors for IndiGo, Flixbus, Lufthansa, RegioJet and ÖBB were added or improved, and the generic extractor for schema.org annotations in Microdata format can now handle nested objects correctly.

  • Calendar entries for restaurant reservations without an end time no longer span the entire day.

  • The trip group naming heuristic was improved to also consider the longest gap between location changes as the possible destination of a trip.

  • The KMail itinerary plug-in can now also show train classes, and can correctly display multiple ticket tokens now.

  • The KDE Itinerary app now shows inline feedback when importing data.

KDE Itinerary showing an inline notification about two successfully imported reservations. KDE Itinerary providing feedback about imported reservations.

KPublicTransport, the framework that provides us with real-time transport data, also got a number of noteworthy improvements:

  • Backend services can now be configured with a static timezone. That’s used for backends that ignore timezones entirely due to being regionally restricted to just one anyway.

  • Backends can now indicate if they are able to query arrival times at a station, so the framework can avoid querying those on such requests.

  • The parser for responses from EFA backends now also supports an alternate compact response format that some services use.

  • The Hafas parser now resolves master location references, which should improve location query result quality a bit. Product selection in journey queries for Hafas-based backends was also fixed, which resulted in missing tram lines in certain locations.

  • A number of new backend services were added, covering Luxembourg as well as various regions in Austria, Germany and the US.

Deployment

All the development happening is of course of limited use if this isn’t distributed to our users. So I’d also like to highlight a few things supporting that:

  • As the KItinerary extractor engine depends on inofficial Poppler API, we need to regularly adapt that code to new Poppler releases. Besides doing that up to the upcoming 0.83 release of Poppler we hopefully also made the supporting infrastructure for this a bit more scalable and future proof, reducing the future maintenance effort there.

  • For deployment scenarios far away from our usual environments, such as old server systems, we have added the infrastructure to do full static builds of the command line extractor tool. That’s not necessarily a good alternative to proper distribution packages, but those aren’t easily available on say a Debian 9 server.

Contribute

This work continues to rely on donated data samples, thanks to everyone who has helped with this so far! And a special thank to the donator of the large set of multi-ticket samples that were essential in some of the above, there’s still much more work to be done based on that :)

If you want to help in other ways than donating test samples too, see our Phabricator workboard for what’s on the todo list, for coordinating work and for collecting ideas. For questions and suggestions, please feel free to join us on the KDE PIM mailing list or in the #kontact channel on Matrix or Freenode.


          

Infrastructure Coordinator, Project Delivery

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Sustrans, Edinburgh, £27,255 pa. Sustrans is the charity making it easier for people to walk and cycle. We connect people and places, create liveable neighbourhoods, transform the school run and deliver a happier, healthier commute. Sustrans Scotland is seeking to recruit an individual with a passion for place and urban design to join our Infrastructure Delivery team. Infrastructure Coordinator, Project Delivery (ref: SUS2808) £27,255 per annum 37.5 hours per week – bas...
          

KF6 Sprint Recap

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Following Qt Contributor Summit earlier last week, we had the KDE Frameworks 6 (KF6) Kick-off sprint at the MBition office in Berlin last weekend, to define what we want to achieve, and plan how we can get there for the next major iteration of KDE Frameworks.

KF6 sprint group photo. KF6 and KDE e.V. board sprint participants, virtual David and some of our hosts

Summary

Others have already extensively covered what happened at the sprint:

For the full stream of information of almost everything that happened you can also look at the activity of the KF6 Workboard. I’m therefore just highlighting a few things here.

  • We agreed to spend more effort than we did in the previous major version transition on ensuring all major users (Plasma, maintained applications) are adjusted or at least are trivially adjustable. This should hopefully allow us to shorten the overall 5 to 6 transition period eventually.

  • Better separation between UI and logic is now an explicit design goal. That is, we should refactor the remaining places that show UI implicitly (anything from a message popup for error handling to a complex dialog to e.g. handle TLS errors) to allow for alternative UI implementations. That’s of course of particular importance for Plasma Mobile, as those hardcoded UI elements are typically from a desktop-only time.

  • Similarly, separation between platform abstraction and platform implementation is now considered as a guideline. The best example for this is KWallet, which provides an API for secure credential storage, and at the same time an implementation of that. On Plasma this makes sense (we need to provide that platform feature), on other platforms (Android, Windows, etc) using existing infrastructure is often more desirable though. For an application developer this difference is ideally hidden behind a platform abstraction API. This should also help to simplify deployment on non Linux-y platforms and provide the user with a more native experience there.

  • Continuing where we left of for KF5, we identified a number of simplifications in the dependency tree of the tier 3 frameworks that once implemented should make things even more lightweight and further simplify deployment.

  • Something that easily goes unnoticed behind all the code discussions is the work on managing and maintaining the licensing aspects of KDE Frameworks that Andreas is driving.

  • This was the first KDE sprint for me where we experimented with video conferencing in remote participants, very ad-hoc using the built-in microphone and camera of a laptop and Jitsi, which worked surprisingly well. In general I think this is something to explore further (e.g. invest in a bit better equipment and advertise this ahead of sprints), as it could make such events and thus the community in general more accessible.

Going Forward

During the sprint the KF6 Workboard exploded a bit due to 200+ new tasks being added. We therefore had to review the task management workflow as well. Kévin will elaborate on the details soon.

It’s worth noting that the vast majority of tasks isn’t blocked on the actual KF6 branching yet, which we don’t expect before mid 2020. So that’s a lot of things we can work on immediately, in Frameworks, Plasma and applications. For those of you that can’t wait to get their hands dirty, check the top of the backlog column on the workboard (sorting and classifying tasks is still in progress, but the top should be good to go).

Another important aspect of the workflow is the reporting step at the end, so we will be able to regularly report on progress on Planet KDE. Make sure to subscribe there if you want to follow how KF6 evolves!

Thanks

Productive sprints like this are only possible with the logistical and financial support from individuals and organisations. Thanks go to MBition and particularly our friends Agustin and Eike there for hosting us, and KDE e.V. for making sure once more everyone had a place to sleep.


          

Government to modernise Centrelink’s 30-year-old welfare payments system

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Most Government services we interact with feel like they were created for the last decade. Thankfully there are some improvements underway. Digital services and consulting company, Infosys has announced an agreement with the Australian Federal Government’s Services Australia to transform the entitlement calculation engine for the nation’s welfare system. The project will enable Services Australia to more quickly implement policy changes for the benefit of Australians without disrupting services and deliver operational cost savings. The Welfare Payment Infrastructure Transformation (WPIT) programme will replace a significant portion of Centrelink’s 30-year-old platform, modernising the way Services Australia calculates entitlements for Australians needing government support. Infosys was selected by Services Australia following a comprehensive Competitive Dialogue phase which demonstrated a rigorous risk-mitigation strategy […]

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Post NordVPN Data Exposure: Using Domain Threat Intelligence to Prevent MitM Attacks

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NordVPN admitted last month that its data center located in Finland was hacked on March 5, 2018. While the virtual private network (VPN) service provider claimed it learned of the incident as early as April 13, 2019, it only confirmed the compromise last month after reports that its expired Transport Layer Security (TLS) certificate and its private key were leaked. The extent of the intrusion is detailed in this dumped Pastebin log. As shown, the hacker obtained full remote administrative access to NordVPN's node containers. Here are the implications of the breach:

  • With the private key, an attacker could create his own server in NordVPN's network, and launch man-in-the-middle (MitM) attacks.
  • Since the hacker had root access, he could have maliciously intercepted and modified user traffic.
  • The provider did not enable reneg-sec, so even though it uses encryption, one-hour-old traffic at the time of the hack could easily have been decrypted.

NordVPN released an official statement in response to the uproar and claimed that no user credentials and activity logs were stolen. It also stated that there were no signs that the hacker monitored user traffic. However, it did admit that the TLS keys can be used to launch a targeted and sophisticated MitM attack on a user in some circumstances.

It's also important to note that TorGuard recently suffered a similar data breach incident, bringing to light the possibility that other VPN providers could be vulnerable.

Our Investigative Tool: Threat Intelligence Platform

When a service that promises to protect user data and identity gets hacked, the incident highlights the increasing boldness and sophistication of attackers. With the possibility of MitM attacks as a result of TLS certificate and private key exposure, what can help stop adversaries from launching attacks on any VPN service providers' clients?

Domain threat intelligence is a possible line of defense to consider. Threat Intelligence Platform (TIP), for instance, can assess the integrity of a domain before it is allowed to connect to a computer or server that houses confidential data.

NordVPN could, for instance, run its domain through TIP to identify vulnerabilities, misconfigurations, and open ports that attackers can exploit.

The results showed that its site has redirects. To ensure its domain's integrity, it needs to check that these redirects do not lead to malicious sites or hosts. Attackers are known for using redirects to obtain data they are not authorized to view to their own servers or sites.

The domain analysis also gave out several Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) warnings that may be worth looking into. NordVPN can, for instance, consider setting its HTTP Public Key Pinning (HPKP) headers to protect against impersonation by attackers using wrongly issued or fraudulent certificates. It can also set its TLSA parameters to bind X.509 certificates to Domain Name System (DNS) names using DNS Security Extensions (DNSSEC).

A check on its mail servers also warned that Domain-Based Message Authentication, Reporting, and Conformance (DMARC) is not configured. When properly set up, this email validation system can provide an extra layer of defense against spoofing. It's intended to combat specific techniques often used in phishing and spam attacks such as forging senders' addresses.

Apart from identifying potential security gaps in its IT infrastructure, NordVPN can also use a domain threat intelligence platform to authenticate logins to its systems that contain sensitive client and employee data. Quick queries on the tool can help it spot unauthorized users on its network.

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NordVPN is confident that none of its users' credentials, activity logs, or traffic have been compromised as a result of the data breach. However, we live in a world where cybersecurity is only as strong as your ability to detect threats early.

Preparing for a cyber attack by taking into account all possible attack vectors is, therefore, a must. By using domain threat intelligence obtained through tools such as Threat Intelligence Platform, security teams can better detect threats in real-time, thereby strengthening their organizations' security posture.


          

InterMed Breach: How Threat Intelligence Sources Help Maintain Domain Integrity

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Major healthcare providers suffer a lot from breaches, both from a legal and financial standpoint. Aside from patient lawsuits, they also face severe penalties imposed by the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA).

So not surprisingly, the average cost per breached record in the healthcare sector in the U.S. this year has reached US$429 — which could easily translate to millions of dollars, depending on how many customers a compromised entity has.

For InterMed, the said estimate shows that potential fines could reach US$12.87 million for the breach the company has suffered in September. Here are further details about the compromise:

  • An email account owned by an InterMed staff was hacked on September 4, 2019.
  • Internal investigations uncovered that threat actors accessed three more email accounts on September 7 and 10. These accounts revealed the personal information of around 30,000 patients.
  • Personally identifiable information (PII) such as names, dates of birth, insurance details, and clinical data were stolen.
  • The Social Security numbers of some patients were also compromised.
  • InterMed maintained that the attack did not affect its entire patient database. Recently added electronic health records (EHRs) were also not put at risk.

As a result of the breach, InterMed warned patients that they should watch out for unauthorized payment card transactions and forged letters from insurance or healthcare companies in the coming days. It also offered free credit monitoring and identity theft protection to the clients whose records were impacted.

The healthcare firm is right to indicate that their clients are vulnerable to fraudulent activities following the attack. It's also common to see a spike in spearphishing campaigns as a result of data breaches.

How the Threat Intelligence Platform Can Help Keep Domains Secure

Data loss due to email-related incidents is prevalent in the healthcare industry. In a recent industry survey, 95% of healthcare organizations claimed that they received emails from imposters in the past year.

Note that it's relatively easy to conduct reconnaissance on a target host today, thanks to the ubiquity of online directories. For instance, a quick Google search for "InterMed email address" would lead users to a RocketReach listing for the healthcare firm. While the directory did not reveal the email addresses of many company employees, it did provide clues on the organization's most used email formats (e.g., jdoe@intermed[.]com and janedoe@intermed[.]com).

The page also lists the names of the company's employees and president. Pretty much all hackers need to do is send a message with a malicious attachment to a person on the list using the likely used email address formats. They can also attempt to brute-force their way into employee email accounts with weak passwords and use these for attacks or gain entry into confidential databases.

Email security software and strong password credentials are usually the first lines of defense against such threats. In addition, the use of threat intelligence insights can help ensure the integrity of an organization's domain infrastructure, as leaving gaping vulnerabilities is like an open invitation for attackers to steal confidential information.

We analyzed InterMed's domain, which revealed some interesting findings. Results from our Threat Intelligence Platform (TIP) showed multiple Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) vulnerabilities concerning data encryption and authentication.

One way of ensuring the security of an organization's network is by disabling suboptimal cipher suites that include NULL, EXP(ort), and DES and RC4. In InterMed's case, it may be a good idea to disable DES-CBC3-SHA, as this may be vulnerable to a CVE-2016-2183 exploit known as "SWEET32." Setting its HTTP Public Key Pinning (HPKP) header is also recommended, as this could decrease risks of man-in-the-middle (MitM) attacks that use forged certificates.

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All in all, organizations should continuously revisit their data management policies and train employees to improve their domain hygiene. They can rely on Threat Intelligence Platform to find weaknesses that attackers can take advantage of and strengthen their defenses.


          

Do I Need a VPN Service

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Number of the most crucial facets contain, the system infrastructure and power of a specific VPN Provider i.e. if the infrastructure is secure and large enough to aid your web wants or not. Next most important element is how many hosts and standards that the VPN provider offers. Next, how would be the Customer Help […]
          

The Baltimore City Council investigates sewage floods

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"Raw sewage is bad for human health - this is universal." -Chris Heaney, Associate Professor for Environmental Health and Engineering at Johns Hopkins University

 

On Wednesday November 13th , I attended a hearing that the Baltimore City Council's Land Use Committee held for Resolution 19-0159, an investigation into sewage backups into buildings and the city's Expedited Reimbursement Program, set up to assist residents with the costs associated with sewer backups. The backup of sewage into Baltimore homes is a big problem, and only increasing with factors such a climate change causing more frequent heavy rain events, combined with increased pressure in sewage systems due to closings of sewer outfalls. The expedited reimbursement program is required by Baltimore’s modified consent decree regarding sanitary sewers, but hasn’t worked to great effect causing numerous problems for city residents. Problems with the program include but are not limited to a low reimbursement cap, strict but murky criteria for reimbursement, and general lack of notification on the issue for city residents. These problems were brought to attention in the hearing, and a rally held beforehand by Clean Water Action, Blue Water Baltimore, the Environmental Integrity Project, West Arlington Improvement Association, Violetville and St. Agnes Community Association, and The Church of the Guardian Angel. (Watch the rally here!) At the rally, Councilman Kristerfer Burnett named the problem of sewer backups as ” [resultant of] systemic dis-investment from city infrastructure;” then the rally speakers and many more issue area experts and impacted residents went indoors to watch and speak at the hearing. The entire hearing is available on Youtube here; the links below take you directly to the moment in question.

The hearing began at approximately 5pm and opened with testification from Grove Park resident Doris Brightful about her multiple sewage backups since 2014 causing extreme damage in her basement along with DPW's ineptitude in helping with her backups. When talking about a 2015 backup, she said her family contacted 311, and "they said they would come and send someone to help evacuate the water, and they didn’t show until 11:00 the next morning by that time we had just but boots on." This was followed by testimony from Alice Volpitta  of Blue Water Baltimore calling "DPW’s decision to close of most of the sewer system’s emergency relief valves before adequately increasing pipe capacity" a "predictable catastrophe." Surprising testimony then came from Joy Hatchett of the Maryland Insurance Administration, whose unit handles disaster response and refers consumers to resources outside of insurance if a disaster can’t be covered, and who was not informed about the expedited reimbursement program until this summer - by advocates, not by the city. Later, even Director McMillan of the Mayor’s Office of Emergency Management claimed the program was unbeknownst to him until directly in this actual hearing. This brings into question whether the ERP is being intentionally hidden by DPW. If information isn’t being prudently shared by DPW to actual agencies in the same way that constituents aren’t being effectively informed, how can information be effectively disseminated?  

Additional testimony was presented by Chris Heaney of Johns Hopkins and Billy Walker, a public adjuster. Heaney referenced research showing disproportionate affected-ness of African American neighborhoods by repeated sewage backups, bringing into question an equity issue, and Walker addressed actual logistics of cleaning sewage backups. One striking testimony was from Sean Stinett, president of the West Arlington Improvement Association, talking about correspondence with DPW officials and how even the director, Rudy Chow, wouldn’t offer continued correspondence, much less help, concerning his community’s continued backups. Natasha Bock-Singleton of the Violetville-St. Agnes Community Association then highlighted a real time situation where the expedited reimbursement program was ineffective, after her community was hit hard with sewage backups - and even though association members volunteered to canvass the entire neighborhood to notify members of the community of the existence of the ERP, so those eligible could submit applications, everyone was denied. More testimony from Craig Bettenhausen of The Church of the Guardian Angel illuminated a story of three sewage backups into the Church’s basement where their thrift store is housed, which destroyed valuable merchandise used to fund their food pantry. Though DPW had allegedly "found the problem" after the first sewage backup this year, the issue occurred a second and third time and again destroyed merchandise, and put the thrift store out of commision for the time being. After testimony occurred, Baltimore City Health Department Public Information Officer D'Paul Nibber admitted that his department didn’t have the correct resources to help handle actual cleanup, so "we’re left in a situation where residents kind of have to deal with the health mess on their own." Issues like this cannot continue for residents, churches (like this one), and businesses that want to function with normalcy in their own spaces.

An interesting feature incorporated in the hearing was a video chat with lawyer David D Altman, of Cincinnati, talking about the differences in how his city’s sewer backup program was built - "our sewer backup program is much broader than what you have" - and more importantly, that, because of public health issues the backup is immediately taken care of by a contractor paid by the city of Cincinnati. Addressing liability, he said "I hear DPW has liability concerns, liability should not be an issue, hasn’t been an issue in Cincinnati." Later the DPW Chief of Legal and Regulatory Affairs, Paul DeSantis, tried to reference steps to help residents in Baltimore’s program, but these were all very obviously incomplete. In the same section of the hearing,  no DPW official could answer whether or not the $2,500 cap on the reimbursement program was based on actual cleanup costs, until it was found that 2500 was the legal floor of expedited reimbursement program. Councilman Burnett, then spoke the sad and glaringly obvious truth--- DPW could have done more in creation of the expedited reimbursement program, but essentially decided not to.

Yolanda Winkler, Chief of Communications and Strategic Alliances, too acknowledged that there was imprudence on the city’s end: "Surely there has been a problem, and we are working towards fixing it." Now that there has been a hearing and all are on notice, this work should begin posthaste. As our Maryland Program Coordinator Jennifer Kunze testified, “[The city should] make this the last time people have to come out to a hearing and not see this problem resolved.” People need, in the long run, for frequent sewage backups into their living spaces to end, and in the meantime a solid program to address the issue as it occurs.

At the end of the hearing, Councilman Edward Reisinger, the chair of the Land Use Committee, announced that the committee would go into recess on resolution 19-0159 and "find a way to deal with this to see that citizens of Baltimore are cared about." Expect a reconvening of this investigatory hearing in the new year!


          

Mold in housing in Baltimore City

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On November 12, the Baltimore City Council held an informational hearing about mold in housing in Baltimore City. Council members heard from city agencies, housing activists, and community residents about the negative health impacts that mold can cause, particularly to people already dealing with health problems, and programs to address mold problems in public housing, rental units, and private homes. As the City Council wrote in its call for the hearing,

Mold is a health danger to many vulnerable populations. It grows where there is moisture; walls, ceilings, carpets, tile, or furniture can all be good environments for mold. Mold allergies manifest themselves through watery eyes, nasal stuffiness, throat irritation, coughing, headaches, and difficulty breathing. People that are immune compromised or have chronic lung illness can get serious lung infections from mold exposure. The Institute of Medicine has found sufficient evidence to link indoor exposure to mold to upper respiratory tract symptoms, coughs, and wheezing in otherwise healthy people, and to asthma symptoms in people with asthma. Many children in Baltimore suffer from asthma, and their health is particularly at risk if they are exposed to mold in their homes. The Baltimore City Council is interested in learning about mold in housing and how we can protect our citizens from its dangers. 

Written reports from city agencies about mold in housing can be downloaded here

Because of the link between mold and asthma, we wrote to the City Council to bring attention to a recent report by our allies at the Environmental Integrity Project: "Asthma and Air Pollution in Baltimore City." (PDF)

 

Dear Baltimore City Council Housing and Urban Affairs Committee,

Clean Water Action is a national environmental advocacy organization with over 11,000 members in Baltimore City. We work for swimmable, fishable waters in Maryland, for safe drinking water, and for environmentally safe and healthy communities. Conditions within people’s homes have an enormous impact on public health and on many individual health conditions, and so we thank you for holding the Informational Hearing about Mold in Housing called for in Council Bill 19-0148R.

I am writing to call your attention to a recent study by our allies at the Environmental Integrity Project that may be useful in analyzing the current and future public health impacts of mold, and how they fall on different geographic areas and demographic populations in the city in unequal ways. In December 2017, EIP issued a report, attached, on asthma and air pollution in Baltimore City that analyzed a recently released set of zip-code level data on asthma hospitalizations and asthma emergency room visits.  While the focus of the report was on air pollution as an asthma trigger, the authors acknowledged in several places that many factors can act as asthma triggers, including mold. (See page 3 of the attached report.)

EIP analyzed the correlation between extreme asthma events in Baltimore and seven demographic markers of poverty.  Table 5, copied below, shows the correlation between each demographic category and asthma rates. Correlation coefficients are interpreted as showing stronger correlation the closer that they are to -1 or 1, and weaker correlation the closer that they are to 0.

The table shows that rates of asthma events are very strongly correlated with measures of poverty in Baltimore, particularly median household income and % of population using Medicaid.  Although EIP is not a group that specializes in housing or poverty issues, it is worth noting that the report’s authors concluded that: “[m]easures of poverty are strongly correlated with rates of acute asthma events in Baltimore, meaning that it is likely a combination of factors – including poor housing conditions and lack of access to preventative care – that is driving the high hospitalization and emergency room visit rates in Baltimore.” (See pages 45-46 of the attached report.)

Factors like mold in housing that are known to contribute to asthma and other respiratory conditions deserve increased attention as the city considers public health interventions, particularly given the disparate impact that asthma has on people in poverty. Geographically, these impacts fall along familiar lines in Baltimore City, with significantly higher incidents of asthma found in historically-redlined areas of East and West Baltimore, as evidenced by the above figure. (See page 15 of the attached report.) Further actions should be taken by the Council to investigate how city policy might be changed to improve asthma outcomes in these areas, particularly regarding improving housing conditions.

I also want to bring attention to one of the recommendations for further investigation that the City Council may be able to help move forward:

4. The Maryland Department of Health Should Make Asthma Data Available by Community Statistical Area for Baltimore City.

EIP is extremely appreciative of the time and resources that the Maryland Department of Health has expended in making available the zip code level asthma data discussed in this report. We are also very grateful to officials within the [Maryland] Department of Health for taking the time to provide helpful input in responses to questions that we have raised about the data as we wrote this report. However, there is a way in which the asthma data could be made even more helpful to residents of Baltimore City. The Baltimore Neighborhood Indicators Alliance (“BNIA)” tracks poverty and a number of other factors in the city at the level of community statistical areas, which are clusters of census tracts, and issues annual reports on this data called Vital Signs reports. If possible without violating privacy requirements, the Maryland Department of Health should make asthma data available at this level for Baltimore City. This data would allow a direct comparison with many of the factors tracked by BNIA, such as measures of poverty and also other measures relating to health and quality of life, including housing.  Being able to make a direct statistical correlation would assist in identifying the factors that are most contributing to the high asthma rates in Baltimore and could potentially identify any that might affect certain neighborhoods. (See pages 48-49 of the attached report.)

Encouraging the Maryland Department of Health to make this data set available to public interest organizations would be an extremely valuable way for the Baltimore City Council to improve public knowledge about the factors that may be exacerbating asthma trends, and how these trends may be correlated with housing stock and the prevalence of toxic mold.

As climate change threatens to bring more and more intense rainstorms to the mid-Atlantic region, and as our housing stock, stormwater infrastructure, and sewage infrastructure continues to age, it is important to consider what measures Baltimore City can take to reduce the factors that lead to mold growth in housing, and therefore reduce asthma triggers experienced daily by Baltimore residents. Please continue to push for improved housing stock, renovation, deconstruction, and high-quality affordable housing to improve public health.

Thank you,

Jennifer Kunze

Maryland Program Manager

Clean Water Action


          

Internal Medicine | Dignity Health

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Glendale, Arizona, Are you an Internal Medicine provider with a strong entrepreneurial spirit? Does practice autonomy with strong infrastructure and support/mentorship intrigue you? Do you want to make a difference in
          

Senior Civil Engineer

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FL-Tampa, Permanent position: Senior Civil Engineer located in Tampa, FL for a leading engineering firm for the construction of infrastructure and real estate development. This role is responsible to manage the preparation of land development and municipal design projects for clients. To be considered - candidates must have Bachelor's degree in Engineering and at least five (5) years of Site Civil and/or ut
          

Infrastructure Committee Meeting

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Event date: December 12, 2019
Event Time: 05:30 PM - 06:30 PM
Location:
Burke Day Public Safety Building
78 Van Horn
Tybee Island, GA 31328
Description:
The Infrastructure Committee Meeting meets regularly in the conference room in Tybee's Public Safety Building, just prior to the first Council Meeting each month, with a second meeting prior to the second monthly Council meeting when needed. Times run from 5:30 PM, not to run past the Council Consent Agenda Meeting at 6:30. Council regularly meets the second and fourth Thursday each month.
          

Interim Planner - Zagime Anishinabek - Grenfell, SK

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The Interim Planner will report to Director of Lands and Infrastructure. The Planner, under the direction of the Director of Lands Infrastructure, will be…
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Architecture & MEP Infrastructure Design Project Manager (Hyperscale Data Center Campus) | CBRE

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Memphis,, JOB SUMMARY The Architecture & MEP Infrastructure Design Coordination Manager is part of the overall client's Capacity Fulfillment team. Thi
          

Account Executive, Cloud & Cyber Security | Expedient

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Memphis, Tennessee, Expedient is a provider of multi-cloud platforms, hosting and security and data center infrastructure as a service (IaaS) solutions. We are hiring an Account Executive to prospect, develop new busine
          

IT Infrastructure Intern | Arkansas Electric Cooperative

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Little Rock, Arkansas, Minimum Qualifications High school diploma or equivalent Pursuing a college degree. Strong skills with computer hardware and various software. Technologically adept and advanced
          

IT Associate, Level 1, 2 or 3 (Provisional) - Virtual Infrastructure Administration | School of Professional Studies (CUNY)

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New York, New York, Job Title: IT Associate, Level 1, 2 or 3 (Provisional) - Virtual Infrastructure Administration Job ID: 21449 Location: School of Professional Studies Full/Part Time: Full-Time Reg
          

Infrastructure MEP Construction Program Manager (Hyperscale Data Center) | CBRE

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Memphis,, Candidate will work in Sunnyvale, CA. JOB SUMMARY The " Data Center Program Manager" manages global program upgrade/retrofit projects
          

Electrical Engineer Design Program Manager- Data Center | CBRE

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Memphis,, JOB SUMMARY Will manage and lead cross-functional teams responsible for complex new engineering MEP infrastructure product development projects that result in the launch of innovative
          

A cornucopia of community

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Now is the time of year when we reflect on that which is important to us and what we’re thankful for. As a school district, it’s hard to look around and not be grateful for our community. In my previous School Views column, I began expressing our gratitude for the many outside organizations serving children in our valley. We live in an incredibly generous, supportive community, abundant with educational experiences for the young people of Eagle County.

On this day of Thanksgiving, I’d like to give special recognition to our closest community partner: the Education Foundation of Eagle County.

For years, EFEC has stood by the students and staff of our district and has been a steadfast political advocate for public education. School districts cannot use time or resources advocating for an initiative once it is placed on the ballot. EFEC, however, can support an issue, and it was instrumental in our community’s passage of 3A and 3B in 2016.

These essential initiatives allowed Eagle County Schools to rebuild and renew our physical infrastructure, retain and attract teachers and support staff, decrease class size, restore programs, and ensure all students have access to school counselors.

Our school district would not be the same without the critical effort and revenue that EFEC generates as our primary supporter.

With the help of their own partners and sponsors, EFEC financially supports teachers through classroom grants, monthly E•ƒ(ec)tive Apple Awards, and academic scholarships for distinguished teachers. To top it all off, it hosts an end-of-the-year celebration for all of our teachers: Evening of Stars.

In September, EFEC helped organize and produce Wild West Day, a local old-west event filled with entertainment for the whole family where the proceeds go to the PTAs of our nine elementary schools to enrich the quality of learning. Those PTAs determine how to spend the funds to best support their schools based on their needs. EFEC’s next event is Project Funway. This unconventional, avant-garde, fashion show challenges amateur designers to create outfits out of anything but fabric for a runway appearance in front of expert judges. This remarkable and entertaining night showcases our community’s creativity, and generates funding for the EFEC and, in turn, Eagle County Schools.

If you’re interested in being a designer or volunteering for this event, complete an application at http://www.efec.org/project-funway. The event is Feb. 1 at Dobson Ice Arena, but designer applications close Dec. 1.

I highly encourage all of our staff members and families to get involved with the Education Foundation of Eagle County. Whether you’re a member or a donor, your contributions flow most directly into classrooms through EFEC.

We are thankful for the many contributions the Education Foundation of Eagle County and others make to Eagle County students. On behalf of Eagle County Schools, I wish you all a Happy Thanksgiving — full of family, friends, love, and laughter!


Philip Qualman is the superintendent of Eagle County Schools. Email him at philip.qualman@eagleschools.net.


          

Surveillant de chantier intermédiaire en génie civil, Lignes aériennes. - FNX INNOV - Saint-Lin, QC

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Comptant sur plus de 700 professionnels et experts, nous proposons un éventail complet de services en environnement, en infrastructures, en bâtiment, en…
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Costain and Createc Develop Technology Set to Revolutionize Nuclear Decommissioning

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Collaborative efforts between smart infrastructure solutions company Costain and technology researchers Createc have resulted in innovative measurement technology for analyzing radiation in...
          

Vic Fedeli: From Money Man to Job Creator

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As finance minister in the Doug Ford government, Vic Fedeli delivered his first budget last April, only to have it receive a storm of criticism over controversial cuts. In the subsequent cabinet shuffle, Fedeli found himself with a new portfolio - economic development, job creation, and trade. His responsibilities recently took him to the Far East and South Asia to drum up some infrastructure jobs for Ontarians. He talks to Steve Paikin about his experiences.
          

Amazon's Counterfeit Problem; Highway Infrastructure

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What should be done about the problem of counterfeit goods sold online? Then, Can the proposed GTA West highway help alleviate traffic congestion?
          

Utah Library Day on the Hill – Feb. 12, 2020

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Our libraries receive funding from our local, state, and national representatives. Yet sometimes as a profession we struggle to do a great job building relationships with our representatives, lining up our priorities, asking for additional funding, and positioning ourselves as leaders on key issues like net neutrality. Utah Library Association is trying to build infrastructure ... Read more Utah Library Day on the Hill – Feb. 12, 2020
          

Hyper-converged Infrastructure

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In this episode, host Michael Bird talks to Softcat's CTO, Sam Routledge, Tim Jeans, Softcat's Datacentre and Cloud Practice Manager and Paul Petty, Laing O'Rourke's Infrastructure Team Leader about what a hyper-converged infrastructure is and how it's worked for Laing O'Rourke. They discuss the importance of forward planning when looking at your infrastructure options, as well as the practicalities of implementing a hyperconverged infrastructure and the benefits that come with it.

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Estimator/Project Manager

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WI-Madison, We are a Consulting Engineering and Construction Management firm with more than 600 employee members. We deliver technical excellence to our clients in three main areas: Industrial Manufacturing, Civil Infrastructure, and Environmental Engineering, Founded in 1938 in Green Bay, we offer a tradi­tion of personalized, client-centered service and smart solutions to a variety of government, industrial
          

Senior Level Civil and Water Resources Engineer

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TX-Houston, Overview / Responsibilities Wood Environment & Infrastructure Solutions is currently seeking a Senior Level Civil / Water Resources Engineer to join our team in Houston, Dallas, OR San Antonio, TX. Candidate will be responsible for technical execution of water resources, stormwater management, and natural stream restoration projects as well the support of business development in relevant service l
          

Senior Subcontracts Administrator

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GA-Kennesaw, Overview / Responsibilities Wood is currently seeking a Senior Subcontracts Administrator to be responsible for execution of the procurement function and process within Wood Environment & Infrastructure Solutions Americas for US Federal projects within the Eastern US. Location: Knoxville, TN; Philadelphia, PA; Kennesaw, GA; or Chantilly, VA preferred, however, any Wood E&IS office location in the
          

Government Contract Administrator

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PA-Blue Bell, Overview / Responsibilities Wood Environment & Infrastructure Solutions is seeking a Government Contract Administrator with a strong background in government contracts and a solid understanding of the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) and its agency supplements. Experience with construction and design build contracts, as well as engineering/consultancy contracting is highly desired. Location: O
          

Analysis Group Team Assesses Winter Fuel and Energy Security of New York’s Electric Grid for NYISO

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At the request of the New York Independent System Operator (NYISO), the organization that administers the wholesale markets and ensures the reliability of the New York State power system, Analysis Group Principal Paul Hibbard and Associate Charles Wu have prepared a forward-looking analysis of the fuel and energy security of the New York electric grid during winter operations.

Since 2000, New York State has significantly increased reliance on natural gas, which has lowered prices and greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions but also potentially decreases the diversity of power system infrastructure. The report evaluates risks to fuel and energy supply for the winter of 2023/2024 using a scenario-based model. It considers variables such as severe weather events, energy demand, pipeline capacity, liquid fuel inventories, supply and demand balances, and potential physical disruptions.

This study provides an opportunity for NYISO to identify potential power system vulnerabilities and explore key risk factors most likely to affect the state’s electric system during periods of extreme cold.

Read the report

 


          

3 Monster Growth Stocks That Are Still in the Buy Zone

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3 Monster Growth Stocks That Are Still in the Buy ZoneWith the holiday season kicking off, investors are shopping the Street for growth stocks. Stocks of this kind have a clear runway for growth, capable of delivering massive returns in the years to come. No wonder they are topping wish lists. However, in a year that has seen the market reach record highs, tracking down these names is becoming harder and harder to do. But don’t sound the alarm bells just yet. Wall Street pros remind investors that stocks with outsized growth prospects are still out there. In an attempt to lock down these compelling investment opportunities, we turned to TipRanks. The platform’s Stock Screener tool was able to scan the Street for the crème-de-la-crème. We mean the tickers offering up serious upside potential from current levels. Let’s get started. GDS Holdings Ltd (GDS)At a 103% year-to-date gain, all eyes are on GDS Holdings. This combined with a solid Q3 performance and strong long-term growth narrative has made the Chinese data center developer and operator a must-have name among several analysts. During the third quarter, the company saw revenue of RMB1,066 million, inching past the consensus estimate by about a percent. On top of this, service revenue increased 41% year-over-year and net loss narrowed from the prior-year quarter. That being said, Cowen & Co. analyst Colby Synesael points to its positioning in terms of demand as a key takeaway. “We believe the company continues to be well positioned in what is arguably the strongest data center market in the world and is taking the right steps to secure significantly more supply in its major markets as it prepares for even stronger demand in 2020,” he commented. Despite the five-star analyst’s prediction of continued macro and trade-driven volatility, he believes shares are set to climb higher in 2020. Taking this into consideration, Synesael reiterated his Outperform rating and bumped up the price target from $53 to $65. This bolstered target lends itself to a 39% potential twelve-month gain. (To watch Synesael’s track record, click here)Meanwhile, RBC Capital’s Jonathan Atkin cites the development pipeline as placing GDS on an upward trajectory. With GDS recently getting the go-ahead for 13,000 square meters of downtown capacity in Shanghai and its potential purchase of a second site in Hong Kong, total capacity lands at 230,000 square meters. “We believe, based on our discussions with industry contacts, that there is significant progress yet to come for additional edge-of-town deployments as well as new Tier 1 markets,” he noted. As a result, Atkin is staying with the bulls. Not to mention he lifted the price target by 40% to $62, indicating 32% upside potential. (To watch Atkin’s track record, click here)Similarly, the rest of the Street has been impressed by GDA. 100% Street support implies a clear message: the stock is a Strong Buy. In addition, the $61 average price target puts the upside potential at 31%.(See GDS Holdings stock analysis on TipRanks)    ACADIA Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (ACAD)ACADIA Pharmaceuticals wants to help patients battling central nervous system (CNS) disorders. When we say this name has soared year-to-date, we aren’t kidding. We’re talking 180% here. Still, analysts think that this is just the beginning.On November 25, ACAD released topline results from the ADVANCE Phase 2 trial of its pimavanserin drug in schizophrenia patients. According to the data, patients given the treatment witnessed a great improvement in Negative Symptom Assessment-16 (NSA-16) total score compared to the placebo. However, the results were somewhat of a mixed bag as it failed to demonstrate a superior performance vs the placebo in terms of the Personal and Social Performance (PSP) scale. Nonetheless, Cowen’s Ritu Baral maintains a bullish thesis. “Overall, we view these results to have little impact on ACAD shares due to the earlier stage of this program and the smaller market size of schizophrenia patients with predominant negative symptoms relative to pimavanserin's new opportunity in Dementia-related psychosis (DRP),” she explained. The five-star analyst goes on to cite the Phase 3 HARMONY study in DRP patients as an upcoming catalyst. If this wasn’t promising enough, its trofinetide drug to treat patients with Rett Syndrome could also drive substantial gains. Rett Syndrome is a primarily female congenital neuro-developmental CNS disorder affecting cognition and sensorimotor function. Given that the drug demonstrated statistically significant results in a Phase 2 study as well as its potential to treat Fragile X Syndrome or traumatic brain injuries, Baral kept the recommendation as Outperform. Based on the $66 price target, she sees 46% upside potential in store. (To watch Baral’s track record, click here)In general, Wall Street likes what it’s seeing. 11 Buys and 2 Holds received in the last three months add up to a Strong Buy analyst consensus. At the $56 average price target, shares could surge 23% in the next twelve months. (See ACADIA Pharmaceuticals stock analysis on TipRanks) Pegasystems Inc. (PEGA)Pegasystems offers cloud-based software for customer engagement and other operational needs, with its low-code application development platform allowing organizations to quickly build apps to meet their customer and employee requirements. Considering the noteworthy 62% jump year-to-date, one analyst is betting that PEGA will come out on top in the long-run.Wedbush analyst Steven Koenig was impressed by PEGA’s third quarter results. Despite the fact that investments in cloud infrastructure and government certifications weighed on EPS, annual contract value growth of 20% year-over-year and a 7% revenue gain landed right in-line with consensus estimates. While PEGA may be impacted by the shift to a cloud-first model, the analyst expects this change to pay off long-term, deeming the software company a “Wedbush Best Idea”.“Investments in sales talent and capacity should drive better penetration of large accounts, perhaps the key to lifting underlying growth rates beyond the 20% level. With shares trading at 5.6x EV/FY20E revenue and key metrics inflecting positively, we see PEGA as a top pick into FY20 for GARP-oriented software investors,” he wrote in a note to clients. Bearing this in mind, Koenig tells investors his conclusion that PEGA will ultimately outperform remains unchanged. Along with the recommendation, the five-star analyst kept the price target at $95. This conveys his confidence in PEGA’s ability to rise 22% in the coming twelve months. (To watch Koenig’s track record, click here) Looking at the consensus breakdown, it has been relatively quiet in terms of analyst activity. In the previous three months, PEGA racked up 1 Buy rating, giving it a Moderate Buy consensus. Additionally, the average price target of $95 implies 22% upside potential. (See Pegasystems stock analysis on TipRanks)



          

Other: Senior Node.js Engineer - Boca Raton, Florida

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Senior Node.js Engineer If you are a Senior Node.js Engineer with experience, please read on! Top Reasons to Work with Us - HUGE Room for Growth- Great Work/Life Balance/Autonomy- Competitive Pay What You Will Be Doing As a Senior Node.js Developer, you'll be working with us in all aspects of the product, from its core infrastructure to the various micro-services. As a part of the development team, you'll wear multiple hats, turn ambiguity into details, take the lead on building complex features and continuously find opportunities to improve performance and increase reliability. What You Need for this Position At Least 3 Years of experience and knowledge of:- JavaScript- Node.js- GIT- SQL- MySQLNice to have:- AWS So, if you are a Senior Node.js Engineer with experience, please apply today! - Applicants must be authorized to work in the U.S. CyberCoders, Inc is proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. Your Right to Work In compliance with federal law, all persons hired will be required to verify identity and eligibility to work in the United States and to complete the required employment eligibility verification document form upon hire. ()
          

Asset Management Engineer (Vertical Infrastructure) | Loudoun Water

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Ashburn, Virginia, Requirements : A bachelor’s degree in engineering or related field with five to seven years of industry experience. Relevant experience in the field of Asset Management is desired. A background in mec
          

HPPs Market worth $6.4 billion by 2024

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Great, thanks for the additional info and link.
I remembered the payment and that it was not thought to be close to the infrastructure cost, but I have no idea how that's calculated. Like, how much do we ding UC for city streets? BPD/FD responses to UC events might be a little easier to isolate, although not necessarily (and there's reciprocity there, at least.) And, unfortunately, I wouldn't blindly trust either UC or the city for their numbers and claims.

That said, it's also incalculable how much indirect economic activity UC brings, which is taxed. All those boba tea shops are paying substantial employee and sales tax on items bought by students. I went to UC and am proud of it.


          

Re: Can an unfinished but usable basement space be taxed? Berkeley says ‘yes’ and the courts have agreed

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"I would disagree with UC as they've taken major hits with shrinking funds from the state; many buildings have been majorly renovated/added as well, upping their assessments."

UC is entirely exempt from property taxes. Not sure what you're getting at. It's always been an issue in Berkeley- good and bad, the university brings culture and people and business, but also blows a huge property-tax-free hole right through the heart of the city. Arguably cities like Albany do much better, having access to the culture and economic drive the university brings, without having to host the school real estate itself.

I believe UC an the city negotiated an annual payment in lieu of property taxes, but it isn't thought to be anywhere near the cost of providing infrastructure to the school. UC poo flows down Berkeley sewers, but they don't pay a sewer tax.


          

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Challenges for activists pushing for an ethical approach to AI in Italy

Introduction

Italy is the second biggest manufacturing country after Germany in the European Union (EU), and one of the main university and research centres. Because of this, the use and application of artificial intelligence (AI) in the country has advanced and spread. While this is most notable in robotics applied to the industrial sector, there are a number of experimental projects using AI in the country, including in the media sector. Recently, another area that has been developing fast has to do with building so-called “smart cities”, with a vast number of start-ups specialised in making services more accessible to citizens in various fields (health, education, social assistance, unemployment benefits, etc.). There is also strong and lively research activity on the ethical consequences of AI, including decision-making processes assisted by AI, and on related issues such as the regulation and self-regulation of media and social media, especially in the context of elections, hate speech, fake news, and child protection online.

Governments in the country, over the years, have had different approaches to and interest in AI. The centre-left government that was in power from 2013 until the beginning of 2018 was pushing hard (both in the country and in international forums such as the G7) to develop common policies on AI. In 2017, the Ministry of Economic Development launched a special fund (called “Industria 4.0”) to finance the introduction of AI and digital innovation in the traditional industrial sectors.[2] The plan was a huge success, and increased investment, especially in the automotive industry, but also in the pharmaceutical and energy sectors.[3]

Outlining some AI initiatives in the media sector in Italy, this report argues that the current political climate in the country and a fragmented civil society are making the ethical regulation of AI very difficult. It nevertheless identifies two potential policy windows for activists to push for a human-rights approach to AI implementation.

Laboratories for innovation in the media sector

In Italy, AI applications in general (and particularly in the media sector) have been mainly developed in areas where there are a lot of repetitive tasks and where using a human for a task adds little value to the job at hand. The two AI-based services of particular social relevance in the media sector have been developed in the areas of increasing accessibility for people with disabilities and the automatic archiving of digital multimedia files.[4]

For example, Radiotelevisione Italiana (RAI, the national public service media), through its research centre based in Turin (CRITS), is working on numerous AI applications aimed at making accessible radio and TV programmes for the elderly and people with disabilities. This work is the result of a new 2018-2027 framework agreement between the government and RAI, which aims to increase the percentage of programmes for people who are hard of hearing and those with reduced vision, and even deaf and blind people.[5]

RAI has developed three prototypes for new services based on AI that are now in the testing phase: Virtual LIS (short for Lingua dei Segni Italiana, Italian Sign Language), a virtual weather forecast using LIS, and Stretch TV.

Virtual LIS is a system that automatically converts voice audio into sign language using a 3D virtual interpreter. The first tests using LIS have been for weather forecasts.

Stretch TV is a system that can slow down the speed of TV programmes – both images and audio – by 10% to 20%, so that even the hard-of-hearing can easily follow dialogue. As part of EU-funded projects, RAI has also developed an archiving system for video and film using AI.[6]

There are many of these kinds of activities in the country, often implemented as part of EU research consortia.

One particularly interesting project involving media research is called “Femicide Storytelling”, run by the University of Turin (within the PRIN project).[7] Using AI, the project gathers data on cases of femicide and violence against women that are reported in newspapers and on radio and TV. These are then categorised and mapped against existing socio-demographic data in order to create a framework for predicting crimes against women. This is one of the most advanced experiments in big data in the country. While preventing crimes against women, it can be used to raise public awareness, and produce meaningful stories with a social impact.[8]

The most important EU project currently ongoing in the country is SoBigData, of which the Istituto Superiore Sant’Anna, based in Pisa, is one of the major actors and coordinators.[9] This project also has applications in the field of media research, particularly online.

The idea behind the project is very simple: according to the dominant narrative, big data is the oil of future growth. According to the research project, this narrative is true, but is currently being undermined by the misappropriation of personal data by some big companies that use personal data to make profits.

SoBigData proposes to create the “Social Mining and Big Data Ecosystem”, a research infrastructure that would allow the use of data in a protected environment, and on a collaborative basis, aiming to create a totally new approach to the use of big data. The aim of the project is to create a research community that could use the research infrastructure as a “secure digital wind-tunnel” for large-scale “social data analysis and simulation experiments.” Establishing common ethical principles on the use of algorithms, AI and big data is the pre-condition of making such an ecosystem workable, reliable and sustainable.

The areas of potential applications are enormous. The project has identified some of them: from smart cities to health, from media and understanding the influence of social media, to migration, to sports. For instance, the consortium has produced an analysis of mobility within a metropolitan area and even a map of accessibility for people in wheelchairs for a town, based on the data collected through an app for mobile phones. Another ongoing test involves the correlation between the use of social media and the polarisation of political and societal debates (analysed through algorithms checking and monitoring social media debates). The consortium publishes a newsletter presenting some of its experiments and achievements.[10]

The context for policy advocacy on AI

Italy is a country where the debate about social media and its misuse (hate speech, discrimination, sexual harassment and so on) has been widespread in media and society for many years. The proliferation of local media (radio and TV) in the last decades of the 20th century has raised awareness of media-related issues and led to the establishment of specific jurisprudence, as well as a media-related authority set up in 1987. The Autorità per le Garanzie nelle Comunicazioni (AGCOM, the Authority for the Control of Media) is a multisectoral authority, now with a very broad mandate: it is in charge of regulating printed media, electronic media, telecoms and (by extension) social media.

In an already highly regulated media ecosystem, the arrival of social media was nevertheless a shock, because some of the protections previously ensured by the traditional media regulations proved to be inefficient when it came to the new online forms of communication. As a result, calls to regulate social media came from various sectors (the judiciary, human rights activists, the media, etc.) – calls that the two parties governing the country in a coalition since June 2018 have not supported at all.

On the contrary, the Five Star Movement, led by comedian Beppe Grillo, and the League, led by Matteo Salvini – the two political parties forming the government that collapsed at the end of August 2019 – have based a lot of their success on the use of social media. For example, Salvini, whose Facebook page has more than 3.75 million fans, prefers to talk to his supporters live on Facebook instead of going into Parliament, holding press conferences or being interviewed on TV.[11]

The Five Star Movement makes most of its decisions using a voting platform called Rousseau,[12] where registered members are called to vote on the selection of candidates for elections, on main legislative proposals and even on internal reform of the party’s bylaws.[13]

Consequently, both parties had no great interest to intervene on the matter of the regulation of the internet, because they position themselves as anti-establishment forces, and consider traditional media to be controlled by the main economic and political interest groups in the country. This refusal, however, creates a growing tension between government, civil society, opposition parties and traditional media, but also within civil society, and the same two ruling parties.

This also makes pushing for the ethical regulation of AI difficult in the country. Nevertheless, two potential policy windows remain.

Policy windows to advocate for the ethical regulation of AI

The push for regulating social media

Despite the government's reluctance to regulate social media, civil society pressured AGCOM to approve a proposed regulation against online hate speech on 15 May 2019. The proposed regulation is called the “Regolamento recante disposizioni in materia di rispetto della dignità umana e del principio di non discriminazione e di contrasto all’hate speech” (Regulation containing provisions regarding respect for human dignity and the principle of non-discrimination and combatting hate speech).[14]

In Article 9 of the Regulation, AGCOM requires that internet platforms distributing video content:

  • Adopt, publish and respect formal codes of self-regulation in which they commit themselves to remove hate speech content and other content violating human rights online.
  • Provide quarterly monitoring reports on content identified, removed and penalised.
  • Launch awareness campaigns among their users to promote diversity and to fight any kind of online discrimination.

The regulation was submitted for public consultation before it was adopted. Some of the consulted entities have argued that the media and telecom authority has no mandate to regulate (or even co-regulate) social media and the internet. AGCOM has submitted the proposed regulation officially to the Italian Parliament, which will now have to decide whether to enshrine the regulation as law and formally confirm AGCOM's de facto mandate on social media.[15]

This proposal potentially opens up the door for further public discussion on ethical principles with respect to the use and implementation of AI online.

The multistakeholder roundtable

Another potential avenue where activists could push for the regulation of AI is in a multistakeholder roundtable set up by AGCOM, which contributed to the development of the regulation approved in May. In November 2017, AGCOM created the roundtable in an attempt to guarantee pluralism and to ensure reliable news on digital platforms.[16] This informal, voluntary group has grown over the years, and today gathers around 30 companies, including Google, Facebook and Wikipedia (Twitter has not joined the roundtable yet), institutions and civil society organisations. The job of the roundtable is to come up with solutions to problems that are raised, based on in-depth research and knowledge of the Italian media market.[17]

Since January 2019, it has produced a regular newsletter (called the Observatory on Online Disinformation) and all relevant communication between the authority and the parties involved, such as an internet platform, are discussed publicly and published on its website. For instance, in March 2018 the secretariat of the roundtable addressed a detailed request for explanations from Facebook on the impact of the Cambridge Analytica case in Italy. Another area of concern is the impact of fake news and hate speech on the online world.

During the campaigns for the Italian national elections in March 2018 and for European elections in May 2019, the roundtable agreed on a special strategy to counter possible cyber interference,[18] while some guidelines to guarantee equal access for all candidates to the online platforms were issued.[19]

Conclusion

In the current political turmoil through which Italy is passing, civil society organisations are in a trap. On the one hand they are very involved with institutions in the debate about AI and algorithms, on their implications for society (as seen in some of the projects discussed here) and in the development of regulations. On the other hand, they are paralysed in their advocacy because criticism of how internet platforms operate is considered as an attack on both of the ruling parties (the Five Star Movement and the League), both of which use the internet as a bedrock for their campaigns, including in their attacks on traditional media.

Civil society in Italy is also currently fragmented, with different groups concentrating on their own problems: political parties are worried about trolls and elections; feminist movements are worried about femicide; the child protection movement is worried about the risks of social media for children; minorities and refugee organisations are worried about hate speech and its consequences for their constituencies.

Nevertheless, two avenues for pushing for regulations on AI remain: the current advocacy for the regulation of hate speech online, and the multistakeholder roundtable set up by AGCOM.

A further policy window has presented itself with the sudden and unexpected collapse in August 2019 of the populist and right-wing parties that make up the current government. This has ushered in a change of alliances (now populist and left-wing parties), and opened up new perspectives for civil society activism, and for the Parliament. However, what exactly these advocacy opportunities will be is still too early to predict.

Action steps

If the fragmented civil society movement is able to free itself from its current paralysis, then a lot could be achieved with respect to AI. They need to collectively start to push for ethical principles to be incorporated into AI, such as privacy by design in the algorithms that are developed. This could be a successful way to unify movements that at the moment are not cooperating and are working separately, focused on their own battles. In this sense, the Italian tradition of fighting for civil liberties – which resulted in a very detailed and in-depth juridical framework and a modern constitution – could contribute significantly to the European and global debate on AI.

Footnotes

[1] The author thanks Andrea Cairola, Roberto Masotti and Francesco Sciacchitano for their support in this work.

[2] https://www.mise.gov.it/images/stories/documenti/investimenti_impresa_40_eng.pdf

[3] The media and cultural sectors were not allowed to access these incentives, which were reserved for the industrial sector, but nevertheless many research initiatives have been launched since then with private and EU funding.

[4] www.crit.rai.it/CritPortal/wp-content/uploads/2018/11/2018-10-09_TheExperienceOfRaiDigimasterProjectInProgress_sitow.pdf

[5] Obligations are mentioned in the new service’s contract with RAI for 2018-2022, published in January 2018. The services to increase accessibility are covered in Article 25 of the contract. www.rai.it/dl/doc/1521036887269_Contratto%202018%20testo%20finale.pdf

[6] CRITS and RAI Teche presented the archiving system at the FIAT/IFTA World Conference in Venice on 9 October 2018. www.crit.rai.it/CritPortal/?notizia=fiat-ifta-world-conference-2018&lang=en

[7] https://cercauniversita.cineca.it/php5/prin/cerca.php?codice=2015BBLK7M

[8] www.crit.rai.it/CritPortal/?notizia=1553

[9] The project receives funding from the EU Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme. See sobigdata.eu/index for more information; a complete description of the project can be found here: www.sobigdata.eu/sites/default/files/www%202018.pdf

[10] sobigdata.eu/newsletter

[11] According to the last available statistics on 4 August: https://www.socialbakers.com/statistics/facebook/pages/detail/2523060331...

[12] https://rousseau.movimento5stelle.it/sso_home.php

[13] The platform has around 150,000 registered participants, but data is not certified. The Italian authority on privacy has recently (4 April 2019) criticised the platform for not being protected against piracy and third-party manipulation. See: https://www.garanteprivacy.it/web/guest/home/docweb/-/docweb-display/doc...

[14] https://www.agcom.it/documentazione/documento?p_p_auth=fLw7zRht&p_p_id=101_INSTANCE_ls3TZlzsK0hm&p_p_lifecycle=0&p_p_col_id=column-1&p_p_col_count=1&_101_INSTANCE_ls3TZlzsK0hm_struts_action=%2Fasset_publisher%2Fview_content&_101_INSTANCE_ls3TZlzsK0hm_assetEntryId=15055471&_101_INSTANCE_ls3TZlzsK0hm_type=document

[15] In particular, Article 1.31 of the law that instituted AGCOM (Legge 31 luglio 1997, n. 249 – Istituzione dell'Autorità per le garanzie nelle comunicazioni e norme sui sistemi delle telecomunicazioni e radiotelevisivo) grants it the authority to impose penalties on those who do not comply with its regulations, ranging from fines to revoking their licence to operate in Italy. https://temi.camera.it/leg18/post/OCD15-54606/approvato-dall-agcom-regolamento-contrasto-alle-espressioni-d-odio-hate-speech.html

[16] AGCOM. (2017). Tavolo tecnico per la garanzia del pluralismo e della correttezza dell’informazione sulle piattaforme digitali. https://www.agcom.it/documents/10179/8860814/Comunicato+stampa+16-11-2017/7977d222-b9bd-4763-b1e6-9ae7c960a0ee?version=1.0

[17] https://www.agcom.it/gli-studi-e-le-indagini-conoscitive

[18] AGCOM. (2019). Osservatorio sulla disinformazione online n. 4/2019. https://www.agcom.it/visualizza-documento/721fe550-fcb0-4a05-b3d9-30012a...

[19] AGCOM. (2018). Linee guida per la parità di accesso alle piattaforme online durante la campagna elettorale per le elezioni politiche 2018. https://www.agcom.it/documentazione/documento?p_p_auth=fLw7zRht&p_p_id=101_INSTANCE_2fsZcpGr12AO&p_p_lifecycle=0&p_p_col_id=column-1&p_p_col_count=1&_101_INSTANCE_2fsZcpGr12AO_struts_action=%2Fasset_publisher%2Fview_content&_101_INSTANCE_2fsZcpGr12AO_assetEntryId=9478309&_101_INSTANCE_2fsZcpGr12AO_type=document

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Protecting users from government-backed hacking and disinformation

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Google's Threat Analysis Group (TAG) works to counter targeted and government-backed hacking against Google and our users. This is an area we have invested in deeply for over a decade. Our daily work involves detecting and defeating threats, and warning targeted users and customers about the world’s most sophisticated adversaries, spanning the full range of Google products including Gmail, Drive and YouTube.

In the past, we’ve posted on issues like phishing campaigns, vulnerabilities and disinformation. Going forward, we’ll share more technical details and data about the threats we detect and how we counter them to advance the broader digital security discussion.

TAG tracks more than 270 targeted or government-backed groups from more than 50 countries. These groups have many goals including intelligence collection, stealing intellectual property, targeting dissidents and activists, destructive cyber attacks, or spreading coordinated disinformation. We use the intelligence we gather to protect Google infrastructure as well as users targeted with malware or phishing.

Phishing

We’ve had a long-standing policy to send users warnings if we detect that they are the subject of state-sponsored phishing attempts, and have posted periodically about these before. From July to September 2019, we sent more than 12,000 warnings to users in 149 countries that they were targeted by government-backed attackers. This is consistent (+/-10%) with the number of warnings sent in the same period of 2018 and 2017.

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Distribution of government-backed phishing targets in Q3 (Jul-Sep 2019)

Over 90 percent of these users were targeted via “credential phishing emails” similar to the example below. These are usually attempts to obtain the target’s password or other account credentials to hijack their account. We encourage high-risk users—like journalists, human rights activists, and political campaigns—to enroll in our Advanced Protection Program (APP), which utilizes hardware security keys and provides the strongest protections available against phishing and account hijackings. APP is designed specifically for the highest-risk accounts.

In the simple phishing example below, an attacker has sent a phishing email with a security alert lure from “Goolge” suggesting the user secure their account. The user clicks the link, enters their password, and may also get asked for a security code if they have two-factor authentication enabled, allowing the attacker to access their account.

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Sample lure used to phish Gmail users

Threat detection

Last week at CyberwarCon, we presented analysis about previously undisclosed campaigns from a Russia-nexus threat group called “Sandworm” (also known as “Iridium”). It’s a useful example of the type of detailed threat detection work that TAG does. Although much of Sandworm’s activity targeting Ukraine and their attacks against the 2018 Winter Olympics have been covered publicly, some campaigns have not been reported. 

In December 2017, TAG discovered a series of campaigns from Sandworm attempting to deploy Android malware. The first campaign targeted users in South Korea, where Sandworm was modifying legitimate Android applications with malware. They then uploaded these modified apps to the Play Store using their own attacker-controlled developer accounts. During this campaign, Sandworm uploaded eight different apps to the Play Store, each with fewer than 10 total installs. 

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Malicious apps targeting users in South Korea

We also identified an earlier September 2017 Android campaign from Sandworm where they used similar tactics and deployed a fake version of the UKR.net email app on the Play Store. This application had approximately 1,000 total installs. We worked with our colleagues on the Google Play Protect Team to write detections for this malware family, and eliminate it.

In November 2018, we saw evidence that Sandworm shifted from using attacker-controlled accounts to try and upload malicious apps to compromising legitimate developers. Throughout November, Sandworm targeted software and mobile app developers in Ukraine via spear phishing emails with malicious attachments. In at least one case, they compromised an app developer with several published Play Store apps—one with more than 200,000 installs. 

After compromising the developer, Sandworm built a backdoor in one of the legitimate apps and attempted to publish it on the Play Store. They did this by adding their implant code into the application package, signing the package with the compromised developer’s key, and then uploading it to the Play Store. However, the Google Play Protect team caught the attempt at the time of upload. As a result, no users were infected and we were able to re-secure the developer’s account.

Disinformation

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  • TAG recently took action against Russia-affiliated influence operations targeting several nations in Africa. The operations use inauthentic news outlets to disseminate messages promoting Russian interests in Africa. We have observed the use of local accounts and people to contribute to the operation, a tactic likely intended to make the content appear more genuine. Targeted countries included the Central African Republic, Sudan, Madagascar, and South Africa, and languages used included English, French, and Arabic. Activity on Google services was limited, but we enforced across our products swiftly. We terminated the associated Google accounts and 15 YouTube channels, and we continue to monitor this space. This discovery was consistent with recent observations and actions announced by Facebook. 

  • Consistent with a recent Bellingcat report, TAG identified a campaign targeting the Indonesian provinces Papua and West Papua with messaging in opposition to the Free Papua Movement. Google terminated one advertising account and 28 YouTube channels.

Partnerships

TAG works closely with other technology companies—including platforms and specialized security firms—to share intelligence and best practices. We also share threat information with law enforcement. And of course there are multiple teams at Google at work on these issues with whom we coordinate. 

Going forward, our goal is to give more updates on the attacks that TAG detects and stops. Our hope is that shining more light on these actors will be helpful to the security community, deter future attacks, and lead to better awareness and protections among high-risk targets.


          

2019-79408 - Architecte IT Infrastructure, spécialité AD / Systemes H/F

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Filière principale / Métier principal : Performance et support/Systèmes d'informations
Type contrat : CDI
Description du poste :
L'architecte intègre les solutions techniques des catalogues Groupes ou externes dans le cadre des spécificités SEP. Il peut définir des architectures techniques de tout ou partie des infrastructures portant les services applicatifs et utilisateurs du système d'information. Il garantit la cohérence et la pérennité de l'ensemble des moyens informatiques, en exploitant au mieux les possibilités de l'art et les référentiels de l'entreprise. Il participe à la création du catalogue de service IT (offres pré-packagées disposant d'un référentiel de déploiement conforme aux exigences ITS). Il est force de proposition à la organisation de l'equipe d'architecture et aussi a la definition et formalisation des outils, documentation et processus d'architecture

Doté d'un bon relationnel, rigoureux, vous êtes à l'aise dans un environnement multiculturel et aimez travailler en équipe. Vous êtes motivé par la conception générale et détaillée des solutions techniques, pour contribuer à la gestion de projets, en particulier dans l'informatique, dans un environnement industriel et un contexte technique complexe. La maîtrise de la suite MS Office (Project, PPT et Excel) est un atout pour ce poste.
Ville : Toulouse
Niveau d'études min. requis : BAC+5
Langue / Niveau :
Anglais : Courant
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Français : Courant

          

The benefits of hyperconverged infrastructure

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The benefits of hyperconverged infrastructureHyperconvergence isn’t something only large enterprises can benefit from — businesses of all sizes should consider this infrastructure strategy. Read on to learn more about what hyperconvergence can do for your company. What are hyperconverged infrastructures? In a traditional IT environment, networking, server, and storage hardware need to be purchased separately and configured to work […]
          

Statistical Multiplexing (Statmux) Now Available with AWS Elemental MediaLive

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AWS Elemental MediaLive video processing now lets you prepare multi-program transport streams (MPTS) for broadcast distribution over satellite, cable or terrestrial networks with support for Statistical Multiplexing (Statmux) outputs. This enables easy-to-use, fully managed cloud services for broadcast distribution, so you can deliver live content more flexibly and efficiently, reduce infrastructure and management costs, and distribute high-quality video with built-in reliability.


          

Amazon CloudFront announces 10 new Edge locations including its first Edge location in Rome, Italy

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Amazon CloudFront announces its first Edge location in Rome, Italy and two additional Edge locations in in Milan, Italy – more than doubling CloudFront’s total capacity within the Italian Peninsula. Furthermore, CloudFront announces additional Edge locations in Kuala Lumpur, Mumbai, Singapore, Sydney, Philadelphia, Newark, Atlanta, Los Angeles and Hillsboro bringing CloudFront’s global network to 210 Points of Presence in 78 cities across 37 countries. For more information on CloudFront’s global infrastructure, go to CloudFront Features.


          

AWS IoT Core makes it easier to transition from self-managed to fully-managed AWS IoT services with minimal impact to existing application architectures or IoT devices

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New features of AWS IoT Core, including Configurable Endpoints and Custom Domains, as well as enhancement to AWS IoT Core Custom Authentication, Custom Authorizer for MQTT Connections, make it easy to transition from self-managed infrastructure to fully managed AWS IoT services so you can improve scalability and reliability with few changes to your application code and minimal to no impact to devices already using your services. 


          

Introducing Amazon CloudWatch Synthetics - Now in Preview

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Amazon CloudWatch Synthetics allows you to monitor application endpoints more easily. With this new feature, CloudWatch now collects canary traffic, which can continually verify your customer experience even when you don’t have any customer traffic on your applications, enabling you to discover issues before your customers do. CloudWatch Synthetics supports monitoring of your REST APIs, URLs, and website content, checking for unauthorized changes from phishing, code injection and cross-site scripting. CloudWatch Synthetics runs tests on your endpoints every minute, 24x7, and alerts you when your application endpoints don’t behave as expected. These tests can be customized to check for availability, latency, transactions, broken or dead links, step by step task completions, page load errors, load latencies for UI assets, complex wizard flows, or checkout flows in your applications. You can also use CloudWatch Synthetics to isolate alarming application endpoints and map them back to underlying infrastructure issues to reduce mean time to resolution.  


          

Other: Chief Operations Officer - Albany, New York

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Under the direction of the New York State Chief Information Officer (CIO), the Chief Operations Officer is a senior executive responsible for the delivery and operation of major IT operational services to state agencies. This includes, but is not limited to, the delivery of computing services within a 24x7x365 environment, voice and data networking, broadband, support and directory services, including the New York State enterprise email system. The Chief Operations Officer oversees the design, development, implementation, support and maintenance of technology systems and services for all ITS business functions. The incumbent of this position provides leadership, vision, and direction for technology systems, architecture and standards ensuring support of the customer agencies' business objectives and requirements. Illustrative duties include, but are not limited to, the following: ---Serves as a key member of the ITS executive management team. Advises the CIO on all matters relative to the delivery and operation of all major computing services to state agencies. ---Implements policies and provides overall direction to assist in the development of and adherence to ITS strategic technology plans and statewide technology policies, standards, and guidelines. Develops methods to foster the agency's mission and goals to realize cost savings and improvement of service. ---Oversees the planning, development and implementation of all centralized enterprise technology infrastructures, telecommunications systems, services, and projects for the State of New York. This includes management of the state's mission-critical voice, data and video networks. ---Reviews ITS' operations and develops and establishes the criteria for evaluating overall performance and goal attainment. Sets standards for measuring the effectiveness of all operations within ITS. ---Meets regularly with ITS managers to draft and establish new and update existing strategic plans, program goals, objectives, initiatives, agendas and priorities; as well as related financial, procurement and purchasing matters; and management, administrative and technical policies and procedures. Oversees the appropriate deployment of staff and resources. ---Brings the development, design and implementation of all ITS information programs into accordance with industry best practices. Remains current on new technologies in all areas of responsibility. ---Evaluates proposed and enacted State and Federal legislation affecting ITS' programs. May also assist in proposing and drafting appropriate legislation regarding the delivery of services. ---Oversees the continued development and refinement of the enterprise architecture to meet current and future objectives, provide innovative solutions, eliminate inefficiencies and redundancies, and optimize the use of organizational assets. ---Provides expert advice on all infrastructure, server consolidation, networking, telephony and broadband issues. ---Oversees and directs key managers responsible for the planning, development and implementation of all operational service delivery and for open systems, networking, telephony and broadband support. ---In conjunction with the Portfolio Directors, oversees and approves technical work plans and allocation of resources for consolidation studies, projects, and cost benefit analyses. Preferred Skills and Qualifications: Bachelor's degree in Computer Science, Management Information Systems (MIS), Information Technology, Engineering or similar technical degree and ten (10) years of experience with the application of information technology in support of business objectives and priorities: of which three years include acting in management capacity. A Masters Degree in one of the above mentioned areas of study may be substituted for up to three years of experience. Additional specifics would be discussed at interview, but candidates must be willing to be available after core hours and travel, as needed. In addition: Demonstrated experience managing in a matrix / shared services support organization (delivery). Ability to articulate a technology vision and drive its effective implementation across the enterprise by means of communication and persuasive skills that supplement the authority of the position. Experience managing Client Engagement(s) with responsibility that includes developing an account plan to deliver technical services and support. Collaborative management and conflict-resolution style. Ability to consistently apply effective decision-making and sound problem solving skills even in the most difficult situations. Demonstrated ability to implement successful solutions. Strong oral communication skills to facilitate dialogues and meetings. Exceptional organizational skills. Ability to meet deadlines in a fast-paced, multi-tasking office environment. Please send resum-- - and cover letter no later than Dec. 13, 2019: By email to: ogs.sm.OGSjobsogs.ny.gov Subject line: Chief Operations Officer By US Postal Service to: Aneela Shaffeeullah NYS ITS Empire State Plaza PO Box 2062 Albany, NY 12220 ()
          

IT / Software / Systems: SaaS Technical Support - Albany, New York

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Job Summary:Maximize customer success by continuously providing friendly and compassionate communication to create customer champions to guarantee retention, loyalty, and organizational growth. - -Responsibilities:Expertly identify, diagnose, and isolate customer affecting issues, understanding the differences between network infrastructure and software application problemsReadiness to participate in escalation eventsTimely follow-up and collaboration with other departments to ensure effective problem resolutionRecognize common trends and think of ways to solve them permanentlyEscalate client issues as needed to Network Operations Center, Product Management or SupervisorProvide detailed and accurate diagnosis to Client Support, Production and EngineeringImport customer data as required, using the company's data import tools; check data before, during, and after to assure its correctnessCapture customer enhancement requests/service suggestions in CER repositoryParticipate in testing new features and versions of OnSolve productsCreate and evolve department Standard Operating Procedures and internal documentation -Cultural Responsibilities:Create a safe and welcoming environment for fellow teammates and coworkersEnhance OnSolve's client support relationship with customers, providing each excellent support that fosters loyalty and account retentionBe aware of the different ways and reasons for which customers use the serviceReview colleagues' cases for accuracy and troubleshooting suggestionsAssist level 1/2 associates with system knowledge, case entering and best practicesRepresent the company's mission of success -Qualifications: -3-5 years SAAS customer service experience preferredWorking understanding of MS SQL and relational database queriesIntermediate knowledge of Windows networking, paging, telephony, wireless technologies and software (Web browsers, Windows Servers, databases, etc.) technologiesCustomer-centric focus with a sense of urgencyAbility to grasp new technical products quickly and accuratelyThe ability to work under pressure when necessary, and the willingness to go beyond what is expected in order to achieve the best results. -Compensation & Benefits:Health, Dental, Vision, Life and additional supplemental insurance401KPaid time off and personal daysPaid holidaysThe above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by people assigned to this classification. They are not to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties, and skills required of personnel so classified. All personnel may be required to perform duties outside of their normal responsibilities from time to time, as needed. - - ()
          

L'État sourcier: Eau et politique au Sénégal

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L'État sourcier: Eau et politique au Sénégal

Gomez Temesio, V., Jun 2019, Lyon: ENS éditions. 265 p. (Gouvernement en question(s)).

Research output: Book/ReportBookResearchpeer-review

Depuis les années 1980, l’eau est devenue un objet de préoccupation au sein de la communauté internationale. Cette substance vitale a désormais acquis une valeur marchande qui dicte la conditionnalité de l’aide au développement dans les pays du Sud. Le forage hydraulique est au coeur de la réforme de privatisation qui traverse le Sénégal. Pour appréhender cette infrastructure, l’auteur revisite une posture ethnographique popularisée par l’École de Manchester : l’entrée sur le terrain par les conflits. En mettant en lumière les différents dysfonctionnements que connaissent les forages, elle interroge les processus au travers desquels se négocient et se construisent autorité publique et légitimité politique dans le Sénégal contemporain. Cette étude ethnographique minutieuse explore le processus de formation de l’État au carrefour de l’anthropologie politique, de l’anthropologie juridique et de l’anthropologie du développement. Le forage apparaît ici comme un lieu de l’État et pour l’État. À ce dernier, le forage permet de se construire et de se reproduire sur son territoire. Aux sciences sociales, de répondre aux questions suivantes : comment penser l’État ? Comment fonctionne-t-il en Afrique ?
Original languageFrench
Place of PublicationLyon
PublisherENS éditions
Number of pages265
ISBN (Print)979-10-362-0072-4
ISBN (Electronic)979-10-362-0073-1
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2019
SeriesGouvernement en question(s)

          

Install retrofitted device in DG sets to reduce pollution

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The Government said DG sets are used in a large scale in metro line construction, emergency power supply in metro rail, places with tourist infrastructure, central command rooms, waste-water treatment plants, construction and infrastructure works.
          

Executive: Chief Operations Officer - Albany, New York

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Under the direction of the New York State Chief Information Officer (CIO), the Chief Operations Officer is a senior executive responsible for the delivery and operation of major IT operational services to state agencies. This includes, but is not limited to, the delivery of computing services within a 24x7x365 environment, voice and data networking, broadband, support and directory services, including the New York State enterprise email system. The Chief Operations Officer oversees the design, development, implementation, support and maintenance of technology systems and services for all ITS business functions. The incumbent of this position provides leadership, vision, and direction for technology systems, architecture and standards ensuring support of the customer agencies' business objectives and requirements. Illustrative duties include, but are not limited to, the following:---Serves as a key member of the ITS executive management team. Advises the CIO on all matters relative to the delivery and operation of all major computing services to state agencies.---Implements policies and provides overall direction to assist in the development of and adherence to ITS strategic technology plans and statewide technology policies, standards, and guidelines. Develops methods to foster the agency's mission and goals to realize cost savings and improvement of service.---Oversees the planning, development and implementation of all centralized enterprise technology infrastructures, telecommunications systems, services, and projects for the State of New York. This includes management of the state's mission-critical voice, data and video networks.---Reviews ITS' operations and develops and establishes the criteria for evaluating overall performance and goal attainment. Sets standards for measuring the effectiveness of all operations within ITS.---Meets regularly with ITS managers to draft and establish new and update existing strategic plans, program goals, objectives, initiatives, agendas and priorities; as well as related financial, procurement and purchasing matters; and management, administrative and technical policies and procedures. Oversees the appropriate deployment of staff and resources.---Brings the development, design and implementation of all ITS information programs into accordance with industry best practices. Remains current on new technologies in all areas of responsibility.---Evaluates proposed and enacted State and Federal legislation affecting ITS' programs. May also assist in proposing and drafting appropriate legislation regarding the delivery of services.---Oversees the continued development and refinement of the enterprise architecture to meet current and future objectives, provide innovative solutions, eliminate inefficiencies and redundancies, and optimize the use of organizational assets.---Provides expert advice on all infrastructure, server consolidation, networking, telephony and broadband issues.---Oversees and directs key managers responsible for the planning, development and implementation of all operational service delivery and for open systems, networking, telephony and broadband support.---In conjunction with the Portfolio Directors, oversees and approves technical work plans and allocation of resources for consolidation studies, projects, and cost benefit analyses. Preferred Skills and Qualifications: Bachelor's degree in Computer Science, Management Information Systems (MIS), Information Technology, Engineering or similar technical degree and ten (10) years of experience with the application of information technology in support of business objectives and priorities: of which three years include acting in management capacity. A Masters Degree in one of the above mentioned areas of study may be substituted for up to three years of experience. Additional specifics would be discussed at interview, but candidates must be willing to be available after core hours and travel, as needed. In addition: Demonstrated experience managing in a matrix / shared services support organization (delivery). Ability to articulate a technology vision and drive its effective implementation across the enterprise by means of communication and persuasive skills that supplement the authority of the position. Experience managing Client Engagement(s) with responsibility that includes developing an account plan to deliver technical services and support. Collaborative management and conflict-resolution style. Ability to consistently apply effective decision-making and sound problem solving skills even in the most difficult situations. Demonstrated ability to implement successful solutions. Strong oral communication skills to facilitate dialogues and meetings. Exceptional organizational skills. Ability to meet deadlines in a fast-paced, multi-tasking office environment. Please send resum-- and cover letter no later than Dec. 13, 2019:By email to: Subject line: Chief Operations Officer By US Postal Service to:Aneela ShaffeeullahNYS ITS Empire State PlazaPO Box 2062Albany, NY 12220 ()
          

HK yearbook goes on sale

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The Government's latest yearbook Hong Kong 2018, which gives extensive accounts of government policy, activities and developments in the city, went on sale today.

 

The yearbook’s cover is adorned with a panoramic photograph of the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macao Bridge, while its inside back cover shows a map of major transport infrastructure in the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area.

 

The book’s 22 chapters cover Hong Kong's constitution, legal system, economy and financial affairs, housing, innovation and technology, health and transport, along with many other topics.

 

It also contains detailed statistics on Hong Kong, as well as more than 120 pictures of events, people and places in the city.

 

Order the yearbook at the Government Bookstore or the Information Services Department website.

 

The price of Hong Kong 2018 is $270. Early buyers can enjoy a 25% discount until December 24.


          

Plastic diagnostics: The remaking of disease and evidence in personalised medicine

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Plastic diagnostics: The remaking of disease and evidence in personalised medicine

Green, S., Carusi, A. & Hoeyer, K., 2019, In : Social Science & Medicine.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal articleResearchpeer-review

Politically authorized reports on personalized and precision medicine stress an urgent need for finer-grained disease categories and faster taxonomic revision, through integration of genomic and phenotypic data. Developing a data-driven taxonomy is, however, not as simple as it sounds. It is often assumed that an integrated data infrastructure is relatively easy to implement in countries that already have highly centralized and digitalized health care systems. Our analysis of initiatives associated with the Danish National Genome Center, recently launched to bring Denmark to the forefront of personalized medicine, tells a different story. Through a “meta-taxonomy” of taxonomic revisions, we discuss what a genomics-based disease taxonomy entails, epistemically as well as organizationally. Whereas policy reports promote a vision of seamless data integration and standardization, we highlight how the envisioned strategy imposes significant changes on the organization of health care systems. Our analysis shows how persistent tensions in medicine between variation and standardization, and between change and continuity, remain obstacles for the production as well as the evaluation of genomics-based taxonomies of difference. We identify inherent conflicts between the ideal of dynamic revision and existing regulatory functions of disease categories in, for example, the organization and management of health care systems. Moreover, we raise concerns about shifts in the regulatory regime of evidence standards, where clinical care increasingly becomes a vehicle for biomedical research.
Original languageEnglish
JournalSocial Science & Medicine
ISSN0277-9536
DOIs
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 2019

          

House Transportation Chairman Peter DeFazio Again Touts Infrastructure Resiliency

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Transport TopicsEugene Mulero | Staff ReporterNovember 25, 2019 4:15 PM, ESTPolicy pertaining to severe weather-resilient infrastructure continues to be a priority for a top transportation lawmaker as he crafts comprehensive highway legislation in the U.S. House of Representatives.Federal investments in resilient projects around the country would help communities withstand the impact of severe weather events, which in recent years have disabled freight and commuter corridors, Oregon Rep. Peter D...


          

Commissioners talk growth, development, highway 20 bypass

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The Claremore Daily ProgressBY CYDNEY BARON Nov 25, 2019Commissioners talk growth, development, Highway 20 bypassRogers County Commissioners provided a current picture of all the goings-on in county government during the State of the County presentation Friday.Commissioners Steve Hendrix and Ron Burrows spoke of housing development, population growth, infrastructure projects and more at the Chamber of Commerce-hosted event.PopulationHendrix said currently the county’s population is right a...


          

Data Engineer

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What You’ll Do: 

  • Work with stakeholders including the Executive, Product, Data and Design teams to assist with data-related technical issues and support their data infrastructure needs
  • Implement data solutions using scalable cloud-based data services and pipelines
  • Support legacy infrastructure either in place or by transitioning to current architecture
  • Ability to analyze disconnected data sources to determine logical relationships based on business terms, cardinality, and data quality
  • Assemble large, complex data sets that meet functional / non-functional business requirements
  • Collaborate with cross-functional, often remote teams including BI / analytics, software engineers, data architects, data scientists, product management, and IT
  • Build ETL and/or ELT solutions to and from a variety of data sources including SQL, NoSQL, AWS ‘big data’ technologies, and others (e.g., Salesforce, Snowflake)
  • Keep our data separated and secure across national boundaries through multiple data centers and AWS regions
  • Work with analytics and data scientist team members to assist them in building and optimizing our product into an innovative industry leader
  • Provide data for embedded analytics solutions such as Looker, Power BI
  • Ability to write clear and complete documentation regarding database design and processes

 

What you’ll need: 

  • Relational SQL and NoSQL databases: Microsoft SQL Server, Postgres, Cassandra, MongoDB, etc.
  • AWS cloud services: EMR, Glue, S3, Aurora, RDS, SQS, Lambda, Fargate, EC2, Redshift, Athena, Kinesis, Step Functions, DynamoDB, CloudFormation, CloudWatch, etc.
  • Big data tools: Hadoop, Spark, Kafka, etc.
  • Message and Stream-processing systems: RabbitMQ, Kafka Streams, Storm, Spark-Streaming, etc.
  • Graph databases: Neo4J, Neptune, GQL, etc.
  • Data pipeline and workflow management tools: NiFi, Azkaban, Luigi, Airflow, etc.
  • Object-oriented/object function scripting languages: Python, Java, C++, Scala, etc.

          

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


          

Cromane locals call for infrastructure improvements

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Amy Ní Riada reports that the lack of coastal infrastructure in Cromane has led locals to question the sustainability of their shellfish industry.
          

Fluke Networks Announces Certification Support For Anixter's Utility Grade Infrastructure

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Executive: Application Director - Irvine, California

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Summary:The Application Director will be responsible for leading the all software applications which includes ERP, Data Warehouse/Business Intelligence, eCommerce/eBusiness, Website and related customization and software development needs for a global company. Will lead, coach, and mentor a team of 15 to 20 developers including Sr. Business Analysts, Software Quality Assurance/Control and onshore/offshore vendors. Key initiatives include streamlining websites for eCommerce/eBusiness, implement item/product master, stabilize ERP, and build a data warehouse. Will report directly to the VP of IT and work collaboratively with PMO and Infrastructure leadership teams as well as business owners, executives and stakeholders. This role will involve some but limited travel.Requirements:Bachelor degree or equivalent experienceAt least 5 years application/software development management experience, preferably Director levelManaging teams of at least 15 to 20 employees, mostly software engineers/developersSignificant experience leading the customization, deployment and integration of ERP (ideally Dynamics NAV), Data Warehouse, and eCommerce solutionsSuccessful coordination of offshore/onshore vendors/resourcesPrevious hands-on technical architecture work very helpfulBackground in Microsoft technology stack, SQL Server, Azure, etc. though the environment is not strictly MS standardizedApplication Cyber Security a plus - provided by Dice ()
          

Tale of two reports on digital inclusion

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As broadband infrastructure improves and public and private offerings migrate online, access to a basic internet service becomes more critical for all New Zealand citizens.

          

Executive: IT Director - Brandon, Florida

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We're looking for a candidate to fill this position in an exciting company. Provides leadership to the department employees in a fashion that supports the company's culture, mission and values; --Meets regularly with management staff to review strategic goals and initiatives, promote team building and accountability, and work to provide growth paths for staff Lead the IT department's strategic and operational planning, including fostering innovation, planning projects and organizing and negotiating the allocation of resources. Collaborate with executives and department heads to develop and execute a long-range corporate IT road map.-- Benchmark, analyze, report on and make recommendations for the improvement and growth of the organization's infrastructure and applications Provides project coordination of internal IT departments and other departments and assigns accountability and insures all areas are aligned and moving in the same direction. Produces detailed time line for each new application release and implements effective project control by monitoring the progress of the software release and reporting the status; addressing issues as appropriate Responsible for preparing, monitoring and adhering to budgets and ensuring compliance to departmental budget initiatives.-- Reports budget concerns/deviations to the executive team Directs the planning, development, design and implementation of new applications and ensures the consistency and sustainability of existing computer systems and software programs by creating, maintaining, and enforcing standards/procedures for current technical solutions Serves at the primary contact with outside vendors in the generation of RFPs, bids, contracts, agreements, and other major vendor interactions Assists in recruiting, hiring, and providing appropriate training for IT staff Serves on planning and policy-making committees Assists in procurement of contract resources as needed Responsible for the oversight of the IT Project Portfolio Additional responsibilities as assigned Four-year degree in computer science, computer engineering, business administration or related field A minimum of 8 + years of IT experience including at least three (3) years of departmental management experience Experience devising technical road map and strategy while ensuring milestones achieved Broad knowledge of information technology processing systems, concepts and methodologies; Demonstrated aptitude for learning new technologies General computer skills ()
          

Senior Contract Manager - Kuala Lumpur

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The Company Your future company is a main contractor with notable infrastructure projects. They are seeking an experienced senior contract manager to lead the contract team. The ...
          

Comment on Airport welcomes a Global Striker by dondondon12

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redsox-- it only matters if the feds are running 3 or 4 trillion dollar a year debts when democrats are in office. If a democrat takes the presidency next year, Moscow Mitch will immediately call for draconian measures to reduce the irresponsible spending-- like environmental enforcement, health care and infrastructure investments..
          

Pick Everard celebrates expansion into Yorkshire

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Pick Everard has celebrated the launch of its new Leeds office, marking the national property, construction and infrastructure consultancy’s move into Yorkshire. Located at West One, Wellington Street, the new office solidifies the firm’s confidence in the ongoing regeneration taking place across the region and the county’s construction industry. Jon Parry, regional director at Pick […]

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The Threat Of Arctic Thaw

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Polar bears aren’t the only Arctic dwellers facing real threats from climate change in the next few decades. Scientists now report that 70 percent of the infrastructure in the Arctic is at risk due to thawing permafrost in the region.

          

“Ende Gelaende” ends day of action in Cottbus

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Cottbus | Chóśebuz, 30 november 2019. At 5pm, the international climate justice movement “Ende Gelaende” (“Here And No Further”) successfully ends today’s day of action. Since the early morning, climate activists have been blocking coal mines and coal infrastructure in the Lusatian and Leipzig coal mining areas. They occupied the open-cast mines Jaenschwalde-Ost, Welzow-Sued and Vereinigtes Schleenhain as well as three coal railways. The activists are protesting against the government’s inadequate climate policy, demand an immediate coal phase-out and criticise the economic system as being powered by fossil fuels and orientated towards growth.


          

4,000 climate activists block coal infrastructure in the Leipzig and Lusatian areas

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Cottbus | Chóśebuz, 30 november 2019. Since this morning, around 4,000 activists from international climate justice movement Ende Gelaende (“Here And No Further”) have successfully blocked coal infrastructure in the Leipzig and Lusatian areas. Large groups of activists reached the Jaenschwalde open-cast mine, the Welzow-Sued open-cast mine and the coal railway to the Jaenschwalde power station. An inclusive action group, including people with physical disabilities, occupies a rail section and the adjacent road – together with the Anti-Coal-Kidz. Disappointed by the disastrous climate policy of the German government, these young activists engage in civil disobedience for the first time. Simultaneously, Fridays For Future is demonstrating in solidarity with Ende Geleande near the Jaenschwalde power plant. 


          

UK Offshore Wind Attracts Investments

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Power companies including Ørsted, Vattenfall, Innogy, SSE and Scottish Power and financial investors such as infrastructure and pension funds are active in UK offshore wind power…
          

Principal Advisor Infrastructure | RIO TINTO

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Superior, Arizona, About you To be successfully considered in this role, you will have:   A tertiary qualification in Business, Engineering, Project Management, or other relevant discipline Post graduate qualifi
          

Microsoft SCCM Engineer

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We are currently recruiting an Microsoft SCCM Engineer in Bucharest for our partner, an IT&C service provider. The Company has various technologies certifications such as: data center, virtualization, enterprise cloud infrastructure and business
          

Targeting Environmental Activists With Counterterrorism Measures is an Abuse of the Law

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A campaign poster showing environmental activists Taher Ghadirian, Niloufar Bayani, Amirhossein Khaleghi, Houman Jokar, Sam Rajabi, Sepideh Kashani, Morad Tahbaz and Abdolreza Kouhpayeh, who have been detained since early 2018 in Iran. An Iranian court in November 2019 sentenced Bayani, Tahbaz, Jokar, Ghadirian, Khaleghi and Kashani to prison terms of 6 to 10 years. 

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Protecting the endangered Asiatic cheetah. Tweeting a satirical poem. Attending a climate conference. Campaigning against a power plant. These actions hardly conjure images of suicide bombers or coup plotters. Yet, they have been labelled “eco-terrorism,” “extremism,” or “threats to national security” by governments and businesses that seek to block the work of environmental activists.

As young people around the world gather for a global climate strike on Friday, and as the 25th Conference of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP25) begins in Madrid on Monday, conference delegates would do well to consider that one important way to protect the environment is to protect environmental defenders.

Activists from mining communities protesting at the Pietermaritzburg High Court on August 24, 2018, KwaZulu-Natal.

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To be sure, environmentalists face dangers beyond being labelled security threats. From the Amazon rainforest to South African mining communities, activists defending ecosystems and ancestral lands are threatened, attacked and even killed with near-total impunity. But the unjust labelling of environmentalists as dangerous criminals or threats to national security is often more insidious, as it is generally carried out under the aegis of the law.

Authorities have an obligation to prosecute criminal acts. But typically, environmental defenders peacefully exercise their rights to freedom of speech, association, and assembly. Only in exceptional cases would their acts meet a generally-accepted definition of terrorism. And when environmentalists engage in civil disobedience, they do not usually aim to undermine the rule of law. Yet, we should consider the following:

  • In Poland, days before hosting the COP24 in December 2018, authorities issued a terrorism alert and denied entry to at least 13 foreign climate activists registered to attend, calling them security threats. Poland also empowered the police to collect data about conference participants without judicial oversight or participants’ knowledge.
  • In France, days before hosting the COP21 in November 2015, authorities placed at least 24 climate activists under house arrest using emergency counterterrorism measures enacted after the deadly Paris attacks that month. The activists were accused of flouting a ban on COP21 protests.
  • In Iran, eight members of the Persian Wildlife Heritage Foundation, imprisoned since early 2018, were just handed prison terms of up to 10 years for allegedly spying for the US. During a flawed trial, the Islamic Revolutionary Guards accused them of using their work protecting the endangered Asiatic cheetah as a cover. The group’s founder, also arrested in 2018, died in custody under suspicious circumstances.
  • In Kenya, authorities have unjustly accused environmental activists opposing a mega-infrastructure project of ties to the extremist armed group al-Shabab and threatened, beat, and arbitrarily detained them. In July, a court suspended the project’s coal-fired power plant. Activists contend the development will still destroy forests, kill fish, and displace communities.
  • In the Philippines, President Rodrigo Duterte in 2018 placed 600 civil society activists, including environmentalists, on a list of alleged members of the country’s communist party and its armed wing, which he declared to be a terrorist organisation. Until a court intervened, the list included Victoria Tauli-Corpuz, an indigenous Filipina who is the UN special rapporteur on the rights of indigenous peoples and has protested Philippines mining projects.
  • In Ecuador, eight years passed before environmental activist José “Pepe” Acacho was cleared of “terrorism” charges for opposing mining and oil exploration in the Amazon.
  • In the US in 2018, the then-interior secretary blamed wildfires on “environmental terrorist groups” that opposed logging. In 2017, a pipeline operator sued Greenpeace and other environmental groups for a “rogue eco-terrorist” campaign against an oil pipeline. A court dismissed the lawsuit in February. Largely peaceful protesters said the underground pipeline threatened Native American sacred sites and drinking water.
  • In Russia, since 2012, at least 14 environmental organisations have had their work curtailed and in June, the head of the group Ecodefence!, fled the country to avoid being targeted under an abusive “foreign agents” law. In April, a court fined an environmental activist for “mass distribution of extremist materials” for posting a satirical poem about mining oligarchs.

During the COP25, participating governments should encourage activists to air their concerns about the climate crisis and their own safety, and draw on their combined expertise to help identify solutions.

They should also commit to rigorously implementing treaties that protect environmental defenders. One is the Aarhus Convention, which the European Union and Poland have been criticised for flouting. Another is Latin America’s Escazu Agreement, which requires just five additional ratifications to enter into force. Chile, which will preside over the COP25, should lead by example and ratify it.

COP25 delegates should recognize that to genuinely protect the environment, they also need to protect its defenders—including those unjustly targeted in the name of security.

Also check out this web essay by Letta ,Cara, and Katharina Rall.


          

Targeted: Counterterrorism Measures Take Aim at Environmental Activists

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On November 29, 2019, young people will gather at locations around the world for a Fridays for Future Global Climate Strike. On December 2, United Nations delegates, world leaders, business executives, and activists will meet at the 25th Conference of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP25) in Madrid to discuss ways to protect the environment. Participants in these events should also discuss ways to protect the protectors: the individuals and groups targeted around the world for their efforts on behalf of the planet.

The dangers facing environmental defenders do not stop at accusations that they are national security risks. From the Amazon rainforest to South African mining communities, activists seeking to preserve ecosystems and ancestral lands are being threatened, attacked, and even killed with near total impunity, Human Rights Watch has found. But in contrast to many of these illegal acts, the unjust labeling of environmentalists as security threats is often more insidious, as it is generally carried out under the color of law.

And while not all environmental activism is peaceful, only in exceptional cases would the actions of environmental activists meet a generally recognized definition of terrorism – actions aimed at terrorizing populations by causing or threatening death or serious physical harm to others to advance an ideological or political agenda. Nor, in nearly all cases, do their actions aim to undermine the rule of law. Typically, these individuals and groups are peacefully exercising their rights to freedom of speech, association, and assembly. When they engage in civil disobedience, their aim is usually to strengthen – and improve the enforcement of – existing environmental protection measures. Here are a few examples where environmental activists have been smeared as terrorists or other national security threats:

  • In Poland, the authorities denied entry in December 2018 to at least 13 foreign climate activists who were registered to attend COP24 in the southern city of Katowice, contending they posed a threat to public order and national security. Along with other individuals and groups, the activists had planned to press COP24 participants for rapid action to address climate change.

    Protesters march during the United Nations COP24 climate change summit in Katowice, Poland, on December 8, 2018.

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    The authorities had previously passed a special law empowering the police to collect data about conference participants without judicial oversight or the participants’ knowledge and consent and ban spontaneous protests during COP24. They also issued a terrorism alert that authorized increased vehicle checks and other security controls for Katowice and surrounding areas for the duration of the summit. Border officials detained and questioned several activists for hours, in some cases without allowing them to communicate their location or contact a lawyer.

  • In November 2015, French police used a sweeping counterterrorism emergency law enacted in response to the deadly Paris attacks earlier that month to place at least 24 climate activists under house arrest without judicial warrant, raid activists’ homes, and seize computers and personal belongings.

    Police raid a building suspected of housing climate activists in Paris on November 27, 2015, prior to the UN COP21 climate change summit. 

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    The activists were accused of flouting a ban on organizing protests related to COP21, which was being held in France the following week to sign the Paris Agreement on reducing emissions that contribute to global warming.

  • In Iran, six members of the Persian Wildlife Heritage Foundation (PWHF), imprisoned since early 2018, were handed prison terms of up to 10 years in November for allegedly spying for the United States. During a deeply flawed trial, the Islamic Revolutionary Guards said the environmentalists used their work to protect the Asiatic cheetah – one of the world’s most endangered species – as a cover. A charge against four of the accused of “spreading corruption on Earth,” a crime that can carry the death penalty, was reportedly dropped in October. Two other PWHF members also detained in early 2018 were awaiting judgment. A ninth environmentalist, PWHF founder Kavous Seyed Emami, died a few weeks after his arrest under suspicious circumstances in what the Iranian authorities alleged to be a suicide.

    A campaign poster showing environmental activists Taher Ghadirian, Niloufar Bayani, Amirhossein Khaleghi, Houman Jokar, Sam Rajabi, Sepideh Kashani, Morad Tahbaz and Abdolreza Kouhpayeh, who have been detained since early 2018 in Iran. An Iranian court in November 2019 sentenced Bayani, Tahbaz, Jokar, Ghadirian, Khaleghi and Kashani to prison terms of 6 to 10 years. 

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    Issa Kalantari, the head of Iran’s Department of Environment, said there was no evidence that the detained environmentalists were spies. He said the arrests have had a chilling effect on environmental groups in the country.

    The arrests appear to be motivated both by Iran’s “paranoia” about foreign countries using environmentalists as cover and its recognition that anger over environmental degradation can unite populations against government policies, said Kaveh Madani, the country’s former deputy environmental director. Madani returned to his native Iran from London in 2017 to take up the post, but said he was immediately detained and questioned by Revolutionary Guards, who broke into his phone, computer, emails, and social media accounts, and called him a “bioterrorist,” a “water terrorist,” and a spy. He left Iran after seven months, alleging repeated harassment including for his criticism of dam projects, which are constructed by the Revolutionary Guards.

  • In Kenya, the police and military have frequently labeled environmental activists opposing a mega-infrastructure project in the Lamu coastal region, including a coal-fired power plant, as “terrorists” while subjecting them to threats, beatings, and arbitrary arrests and detentions. In 15 cases documented by Human Rights Watch between 2013 and 2016, the authorities accused environmental defenders of membership in, or links to, the extremist armed group al-Shabab but provided no compelling evidence.

    Residents and environmental activists on Lamu island, Kenya, protest the proposed Lamu Port-South Sudan-Ethiopia (LAPSSET) project on March 1, 2012.

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    The activists are protesting construction of the Lamu Port-South Sudan-Ethiopia Transport (LAPSSET) corridor, the biggest infrastructure project in Central and East Africa, which is to include a 32-berth seaport, three international airports, a road and railway network, and three resort cities. They contend that LAPSSET will pollute the air and water, destroy mangrove forests and breeding grounds for fish, and take farmland without just compensation, displacing communities and destroying their livelihoods.

    In July, Kenya’s environmental tribunal blocked approval of the power plant absent a new environmental impact study, finding the China-backed developers’ original assessment and public consultation process inadequate. The rest of the LAPSSET project continues. So does the intimidation campaign, activists protesting LAPSSET told Human Rights Watch.

  • In the Philippines, President Rodrigo Duterte in 2018 placed 600 civil society members, including environmentalists and indigenous rights defenders, on a list of alleged members of the country’s communist party and its armed wing, which he declared to be a terrorist organization. Duterte’s “terrorist list” included Victoria Tauli-Corpuz, an indigenous Filipina who is the UN special rapporteur on the rights of indigenous peoples and a climate change activist.

    Victoria Tauli-Corpuz, the United Nations special rapporteur on the rights of indigenous peoples, at UN headquarters in New York in April 2018. 

    © 2018 New York Times/Annie Ling
    In late 2017, Tauli-Corpuz had criticized the government for attacks and other abuses against indigenous communities that opposed coal and diamond mining on ancestral lands. Although a Manila court months later ordered the government to remove Tauli-Corpuz from the list, a Philippines military official in 2019 renewed the campaign against her, accusing her of “infiltrating” the UN for the communist insurgents. Several UN human rights experts condemned Tauli-Corpuz’s listing.

  • In Ecuador, eight years passed before the prominent environmental activist José “Pepe” Acacho, a Shuar indigenous leader, was able to clear himself of “terrorism” charges for his activities opposing mining and oil exploration in the Amazon. Acacho was charged with terrorism in 2010 for allegedly inciting violence during Shuar protests against a mining law.

    Pepe Acacho, second from left, leaves a courtroom in Quito, Ecuador, on February 8, 2011, after a judge granted his habeas corpus petition.

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    He was convicted in 2013 and sentenced to 12 years in prison. Human Rights Watch reviewed the trial documents and found no credible evidence of terrorism-related crimes. In 2018, Ecuador’s highest court threw out the terrorism conviction but instead sentenced him to eight months in prison for “public services obstruction” – a charge for which he was never tried and hence never had the opportunity to contest. Acacho spent 17 days in jail before receiving a presidential pardon in October 2018.

  • In the US in August 2018, then-US Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke blamed “environmental terrorist groups” that opposed logging for wildfires on the West Coast – a proposition immediately attacked by leading environmental organizations including the Sierra Club. In 2017, 84 members of the US Congress, most of them Republicans, asked the Justice Department if activists mobilizing against the construction of oil pipelines could be prosecuted as terrorists. (The department’s response was that in some cases, yes.)

    Native Americans protest construction of the Dakota Access oil pipeline in North Dakota on September 4, 2019. 

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    That same year, a major pipeline operator, Energy Transfer Partners LP, filed a lawsuit against Greenpeace and other environmental groups, accusing them of launching a “rogue eco-terrorist” campaign against the Dakota Access crude oil pipeline. Environmental activists and Native American tribes had tried to block construction of the 1,172-mile-long, underground pipeline through North Dakota during a protracted standoff with the authorities in 2016, saying it threatened sacred sites and drinking water. A federal court dismissed the lawsuit earlier this year.

    Although the protesters were largely peaceful, some resorted to violence and were convicted of protest-related crimes, but none for offenses that even remotely approximated terrorism. UN experts condemned security force responses to the protests as “excessive,” including their use of rubber bullets, teargas, compression grenades, mace, and “inhuman and degrading” detention conditions.

  • In Russia, at least 14 environmental groups have stopped work in recent years, and the head of the prominent group Ekozaschita! (Ecodefense!), Alexandra Koroleva, fled the country in June to avoid prosecution under the draconian Law on Foreign Agents. The 2012 law requires any Russian group accepting foreign funding and carrying out activities deemed to be “political” to register as a “foreign agent,” a term that in Russia implies “spy” or “traitor.” Authorities have used the law to silence groups that opposed state-sanctioned development projects and petitioned authorities for the release of imprisoned environmental activists, a Human Rights Watch investigation found.

    Alexandra Koroleva, the head of the Russian nongovernmental organization Ecodefense, fled to Germany in June 2019 to avoid being targeted under the abusive Russian “foreign agents” law. 

    © 2019 Ecodefense

    Russian officials including the special envoy for environmental protection, Sergey Ivanov, have applied the “extremist” label to Greenpeace Russia. An activist with Stop GOK, a Russian group seeking to block mining and enrichment plants, was fined in April 2019 for “mass distribution of extremist materials” because he published a poem on the organization’s social media page that the government had banned as extremist in 2012. The Russian nongovernmental organization SOVA Center, which analyzes counter-extremism trends, found that the poem, “Last Wish to the Ivans,” is a satirical address to destitute, alcohol and drug-addicted Russians from oligarchs and authorities profiting from extracting natural resources.

    Stop GOK and Greenpeace Russia were among groups named in a 2018 report by pro-government technologists as “environmental extremists” working for “influential forces in the West” bent on sabotaging strategic industries. The report was widely covered by state-controlled media.

Civil society participation will be crucial to ambitious outcomes at COP25. Parties to the summit, which include all UN member countries and the European Union, should allow activists ample opportunity to air their concerns about the climate crisis and use their combined expertise to help identify solutions. They should also provide activists with a safe space to speak out about the threats they face for carrying out their work.

In addition, parties should publicly commit to robustly carrying out international and regional treaties that protect environmental defenders. One of these treaties is the Escazu Agreement (the Regional Agreement on Access to Information, Public Participation and Justice in Environmental Matters in Latin America and the Caribbean), the world’s first covenant to include specific provisions promoting and protecting environmental defenders. Twenty-one countries have signed the 2018 agreement. But only six countries have ratified it – five shy of the ratifications needed to enter it into force. Chile, which stepped down as COP25 host because of protests stemming from economic grievances, but will still preside over the negotiations in Madrid, should lead by example and ratify the agreement.

COP25 participants should also commit to upholding the Aarhus Convention (the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe Convention on Access to Information, Public Participation in Decision-making and Access to Justice in Environmental Matters), to which Spain is a signatory. The convention – an environmental pact for Europe, the European Union, and Central Asia – grants the public, including environmental groups, an array of rights including public participation and access to information and justice in governmental decisions on the environment, without harassment or persecution. Parties to the treaty, including the EU, and Poland for its crackdown at COP24, have been criticized – including in some cases by the Aarhus Convention’s own oversight body – for flouting these provisions.

COP25 delegates should recognize that to genuinely protect the environment, they also need to protect its defenders – including those unjustly targeted in the name of security.


          

Thanks&Giving

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This morning, as I crept out of bed in the pre-dawn dark, I saw the little green light of the voltage surge protector where the fridge plugs into the wall, and I thought, wow, we have had electricity most of the week, and it's so helpful. Later I stood in our shower under a stream of warm water, and thought, it's so NICE to have a morning cool enough to want warm water, and the warm water supplied by the solar hot water system Scott fixed a few days ago. Power and water are two things we lived without (well, we had a small solar panel at first to run a couple lights, and collected rain water off the roof) when we moved here in 1993. Bundibugyo has come a long way, but the vagaries of the systems mean that those two luxuries are far from certain and never consistent. So as I was thinking about how much I appreciated them this morning, it led me to ponder the connection between fasting and feasting, between lacking and appreciating.

Scott on the roof fixing the system . . .

Myths and distortions notwithstanding, the concept of a harvest festival as enshrined in our American Thanksgiving holiday is rooted in the hungry time of waiting.  It is rooted in the harshness of survival in uncertain places, the reality of dependence upon others, the humility of living at the mercy of weather and sickness. The more strenuous the labor, the more grateful the celebration. Ask any mom.
This is what the post-labor joy looks like. Teacher Desmond and wife Harriet with son born on Thanksgiving!


Our team celebrated Thanksgiving together on Thursday. Our turkey was far from a butterball, but the fact that we had to work to find and buy one, to butcher and pluck one, to cook and stuff one, made us savor it. Likewise the homemade pies and rolls, or the fresh vegetables arranged from afar. We read Psalm 126, which was the lectionary Psalm for the day as well as being a true Thanksgiving. Those who sow in tears shall reap in joy.  There is more than just a contrast there, there is an organic connection. Tears water the crop, labor produces the fruit, longing accentuates the fulfillment.

Giving leads to thanks. And we give, and we give, and we give ourselves away. Paradoxically, that emptying, that neediness, that powerlessness can be the path to greater joy and thanks.




Tuesday celebrations at the neighboring Church of Uganda

This week gave us a glimpse of the thankful part of the giving equation, which is more of a circle. Thanks, giving, giving, thanks. On Tuesday, we witnessed a wedding of a neighbor here, a glimpse of pure joy that was forged in years of poverty, work, survival.

Yes, that's a hemoglobin of 2.5 (less than a quarter of one's blood supply left). Transfused and saved.

A starving five-month-old who weighs less than many newborns


On Wednesday, I found myself alone on the hospital ward, and it took me five and a half hours just to plow through all the patients one by one, but in that grueling process I found a handful for whom a careful physical exam or an insistent push for a lab or a medicine or a procedure led to a life-extending outcome, which made me thankful. That afternoon, in our cell group Bible studies at CSB, the students listed their own thanks and own challenges and I was struck by how concretely connected they were to the marginal assurances of their lives. They were thankful for sicknesses survived, for family members healed, for classes passed, for fees paid. Life is fragile, money is scarce, so coming through a year means a lot.




Lindsey is our newly arrived teacher, helping the parents at RMS this year, for which we all give much THANKS. 

On Thursday, at the team Thanksgiving dinner, I was just struck by the spirit of community and ease, of progress and comfort, that I think came from going through a challenging year together. As we ate pie and played charades, the kids engaged and eager, or went around the circle sharing our thanks, I felt very thankful for the giving of 2019 that brought us here.

CSB staff at the PTA

Parents listening intently

Scott may be a doctor not a school administrator, but he knows how to preach and how to serve, and his steady presence has turned this year around.

Showing the Bibles they all received this year. Scott challenged them to read them every day during break, to improve their English and reading skills, and to feed their hearts.

Boarding school waiting to empty on last day of the year!

Pinching ourselves to say, was that the best parent meeting ever or what happened?


Then Friday, after a hurried morning to see some patients and get to the CSB end-of-term all-day Parent Meeting, we once again had reason to rejoice. The first and second term parent meetings were contentious near disasters, with divisive arguing, poor turnouts, rumors, student discipline issues. This meeting was an amazing feast of thankfulness for the peace that now characterizes the place, for the good performance, for the long list of improvements. We heard the PTA chairman affirm that "this is not a school for any one tribe or race, it is for all the people of Uganda . . . you are here to work with us to expand God's Kingdom." Our District Education Officer, the highest official for all schools in the area, came and spoke and affirmed that CSB is the best in the district and addresses "the head and the heart" with quality education. Where we usually have an hour or two of parents complaining or demanding, we had a brief request about getting more security guards and setting aside some of the need-based scholarships for merit-based. Only two parents stood up to speak, and both said, we are satisfied. It was pretty incredible, but again, if we had not been through this tough year we might not have felt the depth of relief of having such a good day.

(stolen from Julia's instagram) my miracle brother-in-law Steve with Micah, Caleb, my mom Judy, my sister Janie, and Julia


Today my brother-in-law wrote a long post about his year, about his thanks heightened by the experience of nearly dying in August. His time of need was dire, his heart had stopped beating effectively, and he was unconscious and helpless. My sister and niece acted quickly, the excellent and ready EMT services acted quickly, the hospital ICU care was effective, his family, friends, and community came to support, and while all of those things existed prior to his near demise, he can sense the thankfulness for them more deeply now.

So, while 2019 has been a year of struggle, this has been a week of thanks, and I know in my heart that it was the going forth weeping with our seeds for planting that let us come again rejoicing with the sheaves. And that this moment of rejoicing needs to propel us outward again into more giving, more sweat and tears and even some blood. 

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This year you have an opportunity to join this cycle of Thanks and Giving. Serge has devoted #givingtuesday, on Dec 3, this coming week, to support Christ School. Link to this page to sponsor a student and transform a community. We have been giving our literal lives to this idea for a couple of decades but most intensely, this entire year. Scott is at an end-of-year school staff meeting as I write this. Much of the thanksgiving of yesterday was directed to the unseen could of witnesses, the mercy of God through the supporters who subsidize school fees and improve the infrastructure for learning. As an example of how that pays forward, a former missionary here Rick Gray once helped a young man who had struggled his way to University but had no money to live on while in school. That man is now our District Education Officer, a believer who is working to serve children and families in schools all over Bundibugyo. You never know who today's teenager will become in ten or twenty years, and the impact of a place like Christ School reverberates through the far reaches of our roads and the far stretch of our years.

Giving thanks for those who give, thanking God in the words of Psalm 126: The Lord has done great things for us, and we are glad.

          

Principal Advisor Infrastructure | RIO TINTO

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Superior, Arizona, About you To be successfully considered in this role, you will have:   A tertiary qualification in Business, Engineering, Project Management, or other relevant discipline Post graduate qualifi
          

Eco World International’s maiden Australian project 95% sold

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Eco World International’s maiden Australian project 95% sold

Eco World International Bhd (EWI) has sold 95% of its first Australian development, West Village in Parramatta, since its launch in 2015.

“We have always held the view that Parramatta would be the next growth area for the Greater Western Sydney Region as it is only 24km from the Sydney Central Business District (CBD). It is the administrative seat of the City of Parramatta and has excellent infrastructure and amenities,” EWI Australia CEO Yap Foo Leong said at the topping out ceremony on Nov 12.

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Distributed Volcanism and Distributed Volcanic Hazards

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<p>About the Chapman</p> <p>Most subaerial volcanoes are found in widely distributed volcanic fields made up of tens to hundreds of vents. Eruption styles and potential impacts also vary. Explosive activity ranges from mild Strombolian and ash-producing eruptions that produce localized tephra fall to more explosive eruptions that result in widespread ashfall. Effusive eruptions can produce far-reaching lava flows, and non-eruptive open-vent outgassing degrades downwind air quality. Many distributed fields on Earth are poorly instrumented and their eruptive histories are not well understood, which limits our ability to forecast the potential location, timing and magnitude of future eruptions.</p> <p>The purpose of this Chapman is to bring together scientists to discuss, develop, and test conceptual models of distributed volcanism. Focus by the scientific community is especially important now because of continuing growth of cities, communities, and critical infrastructure within sparsely monitored volcanic fields.</p> <h3>Abstracts coming soon</h3> <h3>Who should attend?</h3> <p>We invite participants from all disciplines. We especially encourage participants from emergency management, geologic mapping, geochronology, physical volcanology, geomorphology, seismology, geodesy, geochemistry, exploration geophysics, hazards assessment, science communication, and related fields to attend.</p> <p>Image credit: Michael Collier</p> <h3>Field trip</h3> <p>Join us for <strong>an optional two-day field trip from 19 – 20 March </strong>to the Zuni-Bandera, Quemado, and Springerville volcanic fields of Arizona and New Mexico.</p> <p>The Zuni-Bandera volcanic field has a very young, large-volume lava flow [McCarty’s flow, dated at 3.2 ka by 14C and 3.9 ka by 36Cl, Dunbar and Lucas, 2005] and demonstrates the importance of determining lava-flow hazards and risks. Zuni Salt Lake is a large maar volcano in the Quemado volcanic field, south of Zuni-Bandera volcanic field, dated at 86 ka by Ar/Ar [Dunbar and Lucas, 2005] and 9.9-13.4 ka by 14C [Onken and Forman, 2017], which demonstrates that problem of inaccurate dates for volcanism in the intermountain west.</p> <p>This well-exposed maar is mostly on Zuni land, to which access is generally denied, but the southern rim and a small portion of the crater is Bureau of Land Management land. This includes excellent exposures of the tuffs associated with the eruption and will be used to demonstrate the hazards associated with phreatomagmatism in an arid landscape. Finally, we will visit several of the scoria cones in the Springerville volcanic field, where we can see the hazards associated with basaltic pyroclastic activity and effusion of lavas, and where we will also discuss the control of tectonic inheritance on vent locations [Deng et al., 2017].</p> <h3>Format and schedule</h3> <p>The meeting will be held 16 – 18 March, followed by an optional two-day field trip from 19 – 20 March. The meeting will be comprised of oral and poster sessions, breakout sessions, and summary discussions.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <ul> <li>1The first day will include introductions and ten talks by keynote speakers. The intent of these talks is to highlight the science and current challenges, setting the stage for the remainder of the workshop.</li> <li>2The second day will start with five breakout sessions. These working groups will identify the core science issues that we need to resolve to improve hazard forecasts. Each group will produce a summary of the state-of-the-science and science goals.</li> <li>3The third day will include talks, posters, and summary discussion, incorporating insights from the break-out groups and shifting the discussion to community response and planning.</li> </ul> <h3>Abstract submission policies&nbsp;</h3> <p>Abstract submissions will open on 2 October and close on 20 November. You are not required to be an AGU member to submit an abstract. There is no fee for submissions.</p> <p>Abstracts must focus on scientific results or their application. The Program Committee may decline abstracts with other focuses.</p> <p>By submitting an abstract, you are obligated to give a presentation in the designated manner assigned by the Program Committee. Your submission also grants AGU permission to publish the abstract.</p> <p>You cannot request oral presentations, although you may request a poster presentation.</p> <p>Image credit: USGS</p> <ul> <li>1Your abstract title should be no more than 300 characters and the abstract text must be less than 2000 characters. The character limit includes punctuation, but not spacing.</li> <li>2In lieu of adding the names of individual team members, you may reference a research team may be referenced in the ‘Title of Team’ field during the submission process.</li> <li>3You may add one table or image to your submission. If you would like to include multiple images, you must combine the images and save them as one file. We prefer image files be .jpg, however, .png, and .gif are also supported file types.</li> <li>4</li> </ul> <h3>Registration</h3> <p>The registration fee includes access to the scientific program, refreshment breaks, and a poster reception Wednesday evening.&nbsp;&nbsp;<strong>Fees</strong> - This information is coming soon.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Cancellation policy:</strong><strong>&nbsp;</strong>If you must cancel your registration, you must email AGU with written notification.</p> <h3>Housing: Coming soon</h3>
          

Administrateur réseau et infrastructures - Boire & Frères - Wickham, QC

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Instaurer des normes relatives à la maintenance, aux tâches à effectuer et au matériel ou à l'équipement à utiliser. Posséder une certification VMware (atout).
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FEMA - Architect (Nationwide Openings) - Boston, MA 02133

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**23724BR** **Requisition ID:** 23724BR **Business Unit:** FSU **Job Description:** -Conducts site inspections to validate and record infrastructure damage; includes...
          

AD329: Tanzania Revenue Authority earns good marks but still earning citizens’ trust

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Tax revenues play an essential role in financing government expenditures, which can benefit citizens through effective public services, infrastructure, and development (Bird, 2010).
          

Infrastructure/roads Ghanaians’ most important problem, new Afrobarometer study shows

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Infrastructure and roads are the most frequently cited problem that Ghanaians want government to address, a new Afrobarometer survey indicates. For the first time since 2002, infrastructure/roads tops the list of citizens’ priority problems, beating out unemployment.
          

McKenzie Douglas Limited: Interim Legal Counsel – Energy/Infrastructure

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Salary £83K + Car Allowance + Bonus + Benefits: McKenzie Douglas Limited: Global business at the forefront of the energy sector seeks interim Legal Counsel. London (Central)
          

Garrett McCarroll Knowles Limited t/a gmk Legal: Project Finance 3+

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Negotiable: Garrett McCarroll Knowles Limited t/a gmk Legal: This major international firm boasts a top ranked Projects and Infrastructure Group.Due to their continued success they are currently recruiting mid l England, London
          

SYSTEM ADMINISTRATOR I, FCH - IT - TECH INFRASTRUCTURE - Froedtert - Menomonee Falls, WI

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Three or more years of relevant Intel based systems administration experience is required. This position is responsible for the development, implementation and…
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Electronic Tech Main III

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25%-50% Travel Required

SUMMARY

Our client, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) is the nation's tax collection agency and administers the Internal Revenue Code enacted by Congress. The agency's stated mission is to provide America's taxpayers top quality service by helping them understand and meet their tax responsibilities and enforce the law with integrity and fairness to all.

Cherokee Nation Security & Defense (CNSD) provides state-of-the-art critical site infrastructure protection, security surveillance services, access control technologies and complete security integration for both government and commercial clients. The company handles projects such as civil construction, complex security and command center design. Wholly owned by the Cherokee Nation, CNSD is part of the Cherokee Nation Businesses family of companies.



We are seeking an experienced Electronic Tech with mandatory experience in CCTV, Access Control and Alarms to work closely with other members of the company's service team, engineering team, and directly with clients to design, install, maintain, and/or repair integrated electronic security systems. This position will provide preventive service and technical support at project sites across the country and report directly to the Project Manager.



ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

Planning, procurement, installation, daily on-site maintenance, upgrades, replacements, preventive maintenance, and inventory control of all physical security equipment to include, but not limited to Hirsch access control equipment, cameras, sensors, door strikes, relay boards, and DVRs
Applying a thorough knowledge of different electronic and solid state voice and data systems including their capabilities, functions of their major circuits, and the associated cables and wiring used to interconnect the systems
Providing technical assistance to sub-contractors and lower grade workers along with technical advice or assistance on unusual or very difficult problems
Electrical troubleshooting, device testing, installation of electronic components, surveillance camera installation and experience with software monitoring systems for systems monitoring
Responsible for different electronic and solid state voice and data systems including their capabilities, functions of their major circuits, and the associated cables and wiring used to interconnect the systems
Use computer diagnostic equipment to analyze and restore faulty voice and non-voice circuits. Independently determine the work sequences, tools, and materials required. Follow or refer to layout sheets, building plans, floor plans, circuit schematics and descriptions, and manufacturer's technical guidance.
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Dangote receives largest single-train crude refining equipment

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T he Dangote Oil Refinery Company, yesterday, took delivery of what it described as the world's largest crude distillation equipment. Capt. Rajen Sachar, Head, Maritime and Ports Infrastructure of Dangote Group, told newsmen at the arrival of the equipment in Lagos that it was the biggest single-train facility used for refining crude oil. The []
          

DEM, Infrastructure Bank Announce Grants To Strengthen Resilience Of Wastewater Collection And Treatment Infrastructure

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$5 million available to address flooding, storm surge, wind, and other natural hazards that are expected to increase due to climate change PROVIDENCE – The Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management (DEM) and the Rhode Island Infrastructure Bank (RIIB) announced today that $5 million in
          

RIDOT Shifting Route 6 Traffic onto New Bridges

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Lane shift marks first piece of infrastructure to open on the Route 6/10 Interchange project The Rhode Island Department of Transportation (RIDOT) today announced it will be shifting traffic patterns on Route 6 just west of the Route 6/10 Interchange project, starting on Thursday, November 21....
          

Entry Level Accenture Infrastructure Advisory Analyst - Accenture - Milwaukee, WI

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We are technology rainmakers, movers and shakers. Accenture Technology, the people who deliver the services and solutions that power our clients’ businesses.
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Entry Level Accenture Infrastructure Advisory Summer Analyst - Accenture - Milwaukee, WI

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We are technology rainmakers, movers and shakers. Accenture Technology, the people who deliver the services and solutions that power our clients’ businesses.
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Entry Level Accenture Infrastructure Advisory Analyst - Accenture - Seattle, WA

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We are technology rainmakers, movers and shakers. Accenture Technology, the people who deliver the services and solutions that power our clients’ businesses.
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Entry Level Accenture Infrastructure Advisory Summer Analyst - Accenture - Seattle, WA

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We are technology rainmakers, movers and shakers. Accenture Technology, the people who deliver the services and solutions that power our clients’ businesses.
From Accenture - Mon, 09 Sep 2019 04:21:52 GMT - View all Seattle, WA jobs
          

Industry Voices—We need to update healthcare IT infrastructure for the rural and underserved

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The promises of applications such as artificial intelligence, the internet of things and beyond are only as powerful and far-reaching as the IT infrastructure and network connectivity that supports them. Currently, while there is a universal appeal to telehealth and other applications, there is not yet a universal path to implementation or preparedness. As a result, some regions and individuals are simply getting left behind.
          

All you need to know about the new GH¢100 and GH¢200 notes

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The Bank of Ghana (BoG) has announced that it is introducing new high-value denominations of the cedi.

The high-value denominations are GH¢100 and GH¢200 banknotes.

Additionally, Ghana's central bank is also introducing a new GH¢2 coin.

GH¢2 coin

Design of notes

The general design of both notes follow the style of existing Ghana cedi banknotes.

GH¢100

The colour scheme of GH¢100 note is predominantly grey with turquoise highlights and it has dimensions of 157millimetres x 80 millimetres.

The main image at the back of the GH¢100 banknote is Ghana's parliament chamber and the secondary image is the parliament building.

GH¢200

The colour scheme of the GH¢200 is predominantly terracotta with red-grey highlights.

The main image at the back of the GH¢200 banknote is the Seat of Government (Jubilee House). The secondary image is part of the fence surrounding the Seat of Government (Jubilee House) building.

Circulation

The Bank of Ghana (BoG) has announced that new denominations will go into circulation next week Monday, December 2, 2019.

According to the First Deputy Governor of the Bank of Ghana, Dr Maxwell Opoku Afari, although the banknotes became legal tender after the launch, commercial banks will start picking up the new banknotes from the BoG on Monday.

PUBLIC SECURITY FEATURES

1. NEW MOTION SURFACE STRIPE (SECURITY THREAD)

It is the wide shiny stripe that runs down the front of the banknote from top to bottom.

2. OPTICALLY VARIABLE MAGNETIC IMAGE (OVMI) - SPARK LIVE

It is a shiny colour changing image of the Adinkra symbols STRENGTH' on the GH¢100 and 'ONLY GOD' on the GH¢200. When the note is tilted, a shiny bar moves up and down the symbols. The colour changes from Gold to Green when tilted.

3. MORE PROMINENT WATERMARK

It is the image of Tetteh Quarshie with a cocoa pod which has been made more noticeable in the plain star area of the banknote. It becomes visible on both sides when viewed against light. The denomination value can also be seen in the watermark.

4. ENHANCED IRIDESCENT BAND AT THE BACK OF THE BANKNOTE

It is a golden bond with gold bars at the back of the banknote that runs from top to bottom. It can be seen more clearly when the note is tilted.

The upper part has a three-dimensional image of an Adinkra symbol moving above an apparently deep background: the symbol of 'STRENGTH' on the GH¢100, and 'ONLY GOD' symbol on the GH¢200.

The lower part of the stripe features the parliamentary mace on the GH¢100 and state sword on the GH¢200. When tilted these images appear to move.

Questions and Answers by BoG

Introduction of Higher Denomination Banknotes

1. Why has the Bank of Ghana introduced higher denomination?

Answer: High levels of inflation and currency depreciation in the past have eroded some of the gains from redenomination. The deadweight burden, reflected in high transaction cost has re-emerged. This set of higher denominations will address this increased transaction cost, especially in high-valued transactions in a cash based economy. Also, the structure of the banknotes denomination has changed resulting in a shift in demand for higher denominations (GH¢50 and GH¢20 account for about 70% of the total demand), reflecting the expansion in income and prices.

Introduction of the higher value denominations in circulation are therefore necessary to ensure customer convenience, reduction in the costs of printing and other currency management processes.

2. What are the benefits of introducing these higher denominations?

Answer: Ensuring customer convenience; reducing high transaction cost; efficiency in high value transactions in cash; and reduces cost of printing as well as currency management including processing, transporting, and storing banknotes.

3. Will the new higher denomination banknotes lead to higher inflation?

Answer: No. Higher denomination is introduced to only ease high transaction volumes. These notes will only replace some of the large cash transactions done with the existing GH¢50 and GH¢20 banknotes. Again, the value of currency depends on what you can buy with it, rather than what the face value is. Bank of Ghana will remain committed to preserving the purchasing power of the currency.

4. What will happen to the GH¢1 and GH¢ 2 banknotes?

Answer: The GH¢1 and GH¢2 banknotes remain legal tender

5. Will the new higher denomination banknotes also be a transaction note?

Answer: The GH¢100 will complement the existing high denomination banknotes to ease high value transaction. The GH¢200 banknote will be introduced gradually into circulation and will be in limited quantities.

6. Why has the Bank of Ghana introduced GH¢2 coins?

Answer: Bank of Ghana intends to gradually replace its lower banknotes denominations with coins to reduce its cost of printing. BoG will also embark on a vigorous campaign among road transport workers, market operators, small businesses, supermarkets, vendors and others to create avenues for the usage of the coins including develop infrastructures for coin usage.

7. Is the 1Gp still a legal tender?

Answer: The bank has no immediate plan of withdrawing the 1Gp from circulation.

8. How will the Bank of Ghana ensure that Ghanaians are aware of the security features of the new banknotes and coins?

Answer: There will be a nationwide educational campaign focused on the security features, proper handling of banknotes and promote usage of coins.

9. What is the need for higher denominations when other countries are moving towards the paperless mode of payments?

Answer: Introduction of higher denomination banknotes should not be misinterpreted to mean a shift away from the Central Banks policy of pursuing a cashless society and promoting the use of electronic modes of payments. The Bank of Ghana is rigorously pursuing paperless payment systems and recently implemented a regulatory framework for E-Payments and also introduced interoperability. These have enhanced growth in digital payments particularly growth in mobile money transfers and payments. More recently, the Bank announced exploration of issuing Central Bank Digital Currency. While vigorously pursuing financial inclusion by accelerating the migration to e-payment platforms, the bank is mindful of the relevance of cash in our day-to-day dealings. Undeniably, cash still remains the preferred medium of payment by the large informal sector in the country. This is why we continue to pay attention to enhancements in the structure, security features and management of cash within the economy.


          

Comment on Question? by raymelvillegmxcom

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I think the Torys are too big a danger to the countries infrastructure to be allowed another 5 years. It’s likely to herald in a regime which will entrench itself and will never be out of power. We’ll never get away then.
          

Asset Management Engineer (Vertical Infrastructure) | Loudoun Water

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Ashburn, Virginia, Requirements : A bachelor’s degree in engineering or related field with five to seven years of industry experience. Relevant experience in the field of Asset Management is desired. A background in mec
          

Senior Civil Railway Design Engineer | Wood

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Houston, Texas, Wood is currently seeking a highly motivated Civil Rail Track Designer with Oil & Gas / Industrial experience to join our Environment & Infrastructure Solutions Group. This position will be based in
          

Field Service Technician, Copenhagen - Tesla - Hillerød

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Exceptional capacity for managing simultaneous activities and challenges. The Tesla Infrastructure team is looking to hire a Field Service Technician in…
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Azerbaijani Construction Titan Makes Infrastructure And Renewables Push In Africa - Forbes

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IT / Software / Systems: Technical Support Specialist - Norman, Oklahoma

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Job Details Company Overview Overview The Technical Support Specialist assesses and troubleshoots computer user support problems such as password resets, desktop support issues, or specialized applications support. Additionally, this position may monitor computer systems and operations, as assigned. ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES Essential duties and responsibilities include the following. Other duties may be assigned. Responsible for the integration of CNI Core Competencies into daily functions, including: commitment to integrity, knowledge / quality of work, supporting financial goals of the company, initiative / motivation, cooperation / relationships, problem analysis / discretion, accomplishing goals through organization, positive oral / written communication skills, leadership abilities, commitment to Affirmative Action, reliability / dependability, flexibility and ownership / accountability of actions taken. Handles inbound telephone customer requests. Troubleshoots and resolves issues by applying effective, investigative methods and service desk troubleshooting procedures. Performs problem diagnosis, problem recognition, research, isolation and resolution. Works independently to determine the best and most efficient solution to resolve the customer's operational issues, including procedural changes as necessary. Applies system analysis techniques and procedures, including consulting with users, to determine hardware, software or system functional specifications based on user profiles. Monitors assigned queues, voicemail, web site and other incoming communication methods for user requests for support. Documents all actions taken, and escalates tickets to higher-level support groups as necessary; participates in maintaining and improving helpdesk standard operating procedures (SOPs). Resets user passwords, provides desktop support and/or specialized applications support. Monitors computer systems and operations, as assigned. Promptly answers help desk phones. Adheres to standard procedure documentation. Responsible for aiding in own self-development by being available and receptive to all training made available by the company. Plans daily activities within the guidelines of company policy, job description and supervisor's instruction in such a way as to maximize personal output. Responsible for keeping own immediate work area in a neat and orderly condition to ensure safety of self and coworkers. Will report any unsafe conditions and/or practices to the appropriate supervisor and human resources. Will immediately correct any unsafe conditions to the best of own ability. EDUCATION / EXPERIENCE Associate's degree and a minimum of two (2) years relevant experience, or equivalent combination of education / experience. Experience with PC hardware, MS Active Directory, Exchange 2013 and subsequent versions of messaging services, server 2008 / 2012, network infrastructure, Windows 7, MS Office 2013, desktop and network operating systems and MS Outlook. CERTIFICATES / LICENSES / REGISTRATION CompTIA A+ Certification Required JOB SPECIFIC KNOWLEDGE / SKILLS / ABILITIES Demonstrated ability to provide customer support for IT issues to local and remote staff Demonstrated ability to diagnose and troubleshoot hardware / software / system functional specification issues Demonstrated ability to explain technical information in a non-technical manner (verbal and written) Skilled proficiency in Microsoft Point, Office, Microsoft Windows, Adobe Acrobat, WebEx, Microsoft Lync and Cisco Jabber (support of additional applications may be required) Ability to coordinate user support requests using a ticketing system Ability to create and produce reports from the ticketing system Solid organizational skills relevant to carrying out day-to-day responsibilities Detail-oriented with ability to effectively multi-task and manage multiple projects and priorities Excellent verbal and written communications skills Exceptional customer service skills with ability to use tact in handling difficult individuals and/or situations Flexible with ability to work a variety of shift assignments (including overtime) Ability to be reliable and punctual Ability to effectively work both independently and in a team environment LANGUAGE SKILLS Ability to read and interpret documents such as safety rules, operating and maintenance instructions, and procedure manuals. Ability to accurately log incident tickets in Remedy ITSM software. Ability to write routine reports and correspondence. Ability to speak effectively before groups of customers or employees of organization. MATHEMATICAL SKILLS Ability to add, subtract, multiply, and divide in all units of measure, using whole numbers, common fractions, and decimals. Ability to compute rate, ratio, and percent and to draw and interpret bar graphs. REASONING ABILITY Ability to solve practical problems and deal with a variety of concrete variables in situations where only limited standardization exists. Ability to interpret a variety of instructions furnished in written, oral, diagram, or schedule form. *MON Recommended skills Scheduling Help Desk Desktop Support Maintenance Technical Support Communication ()
          

Sales: Inside Sales Division Manager - Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

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As you can imagine, we are interested in smart, success-minded individuals that want to come along for the ride with us as Division Managers. Division Managers are sales leaders whose responsibility is to deliver against our world-class sales strategy that produces margin and builds infrastructure for Heartland's current and long-term goals. Division Managers are responsible for leading and managing their Division's productive sales goal on a monthly basis, which includes a team of Territory Managers and Relationship Managers who are in charge of the direct sale of Heartland's Online Payment solutions and related products offered in a specified region or major geographical area. Here's what you can expect at Heartland:No Salary Caps: Make What You Earn, W-2 with benefits Production Bonuses: Cash bonuses based on achieving division margin and headcount goals Incentive Trips: Based on the top reps from each performance group Lifetime Residuals: Own your portfolio through uncapped residuals that build wealth month over month, while collecting on vested equity forever Work-Life Balance: Our comprehensive training program ensures you get up to speed quickly, stay on track and secure success while giving you balance to in your personal and professional lives. Genuine Professional and Personal Growth: Ongoing opportunities for growth, which are grounded in the 5 values that define Heartland's culture, developing as a leader and an annual off-site DM training Opportunity for True Advancement: Given the size and scale of Heartland, there are many opportunities for leadership advancement within our group and across the business. ResponsibilitiesTeam CommunicationsRegular Division emails focused on discussing production updates, important announcements and celebrating successes Regional communications to territories being supported Standing Division calls, based on impact, wins, etc. intended to foster a growth culture Development and Performance ManagementResponsible for Territory and Relationship Managers sales performance, which is tied to measurable results, sales objectives and activities Leading and sustaining sales skill, performance product training Regular performance and developmental coaching calls with Territory and Relationship Managers Leadership Development " -Active involvement in jointly developing peers based on Heartland's 10 Leadership Characteristics Responsible for Development of Territory Managers Build Territory Manager Business Plan Train Territory Managers on building Relationship Manager Business Plans " - " - Partnership ManagementOwner of Banks, Associations, VARS, CPAs and other partner relationships Ensure partner has RM coverage at all times. Product StrategyProvide guidance to team on Multiple Product distribution Coaching people on how to position and sell new products Partner Payroll Sales Team in Division " - Guidance for Division to execute with corporate training resources Online Payment Subject Matter Expert training " - RecruitingSource for top notch sales professionals on Social Media Local networking to find sales professionals Conduct interviews with prospective candidates Monitor and Adhere to Sales Policy " - DMs are responsible for their team's adherence to corporate sales policy " - Desired Skills and ExperienceThe ideal candidate has a proven track record of success in the business equipment/payment systems environment in building an effective sales team, which includes hiring, training, coaching managing and leading. QualificationsStrong financial technology and payments industry knowledge, as well sales management and leadership. Entrepreneurial orientation with a growth mindset A genuine customer focus and strong work ethic Ability to lead a team on best practices for activity, pipelines, forecasts, and closed deals to ensure quota attainment Motivate, manage, coach and scale a team of Relationship and Territory Managers Serve as a role model and leader within the sales organization Ability to accurately forecast team performance Proven track record of increased team performance and production Exceptional written and verbal communication skills including effective speaking before groups. Desire to learn, motivated and self-starter Hands on experience with Embraced change in a face paced environment RequirementsBachelor's degree or comparable experience 5+ years of experience in sales 3+ years of sales management experience If you are committed, driven, resilient, aware, respectful and believe you're a qualified candidate, then we're interested in learning more about you and appreciate you taking the time to apply. Heartland Payment Systems is an equal opportunity employer (EOE) that strives to create a diverse workforce and an inclusive culture. ()
          

Professions: Infrastructure Analyst - Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

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Inceed is working on behalf of a managed services provider in Oklahoma City who is currently looking to add a IT professional to their team This person will be supporting various aspects of information technology in an environment that promotes growth and learning Job Description and Duties Proivide advanced technical support across a variety of technologies Work with a variety of clients and environments Provide network adminsitration duties Provide various system administration tasks Position Requirements IT Certifications Preferred Strong communication skills required Experience with network administration Experience with storage Virtualization experience ()
          

DH Data Engineer

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DATA ENGINEER
Life takes energy. The *** Technology + Innovation Lab works with data that powers our products to improve safety and reliability. By working hands-on with ground-breaking technology, the lab pioneers the development of innovative products through small agile teams. Our teams incorporate a variety of multidisciplinary skills, including industrial predictive algorithms, machine learning, and sentiment analysis.
As a Data Engineer, you'll help ingest, transform and store clean and enriched data in ready for business intelligence consumption.
WHO YOU ARE
• You'll have experience in a Data Engineer role (5+ years), with a Graduate degree in Computer Science, Statistics, Informatics, Information Systems or another quantitative field
• You build and maintain optimal data pipeline architecture.
• You assemble large, complex data sets that meet functional / non-functional business requirements.
• You identify, design, and implement internal process improvements: automating manual processes, optimizing data delivery, re-designing infrastructure for greater scalability, data quality checks, minimize Cloud cost, etc.
• You build the infrastructure required for optimal extraction, transformation, and loading of data from a wide variety of data sources using SQL, DataBricks, No-SQL
• You build analytics tools that utilize the data pipeline to provide actionable insights into customer acquisition, operational efficiency and other key business performance metrics.
• You document and communicate standard methods and tools used.
• You work with other data engineers, data ingestion specialists, and experts across the company to consolidate methods and tool standards where practical.
• You're experienced using the following software/tools:
• Big data tools: Hadoop, HDI, & Spark
• Relational SQL and NoSQL databases, including COSMOS
• Data pipeline and workflow management tools: DataBricks (Spark), ADF, Dataflow
• Microsoft Azure
• Stream-processing systems: Storm, Streaming-Analytics, IoT Hub, Event Hub
• Object-oriented/object function scripting languages: Python, Scala, SQL


          

New state grant tackles food insecurity, environmental issues

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A new state grant program is aiming to tackle food insecurity and environmental issues together, and local institutions such as the West End Food Pantry could see some incredible benefits from the initiative.Earlier this month, Gov. Tom Wolf’s administration announced that it would begin accepting applications for the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection’s new Food Recovery Infrastructure Grant Program, which will provide financial assistance to eligible [...]
          

CISA Releases “Cyber Essentials” to Assist Small Businesses Updated

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On November 6, 2019, the Department of Homeland Security (“DHS”), Cybersecurity & Infrastructure Security Agency (“CISA”) released its Cyber Essentials guide. Consistent with the NIST Cybersecurity Framework, these Cyber Essentials provide “a starting point to cyber readiness,” and are specifically aimed at small businesses and local government agencies that may have fewer resources to dedicate to cybersecurity. The … Continue reading CISA Releases “Cyber Essentials” to Assist Small Businesses Updated

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Epiroc designa nueva CEO para 2020

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A partir del 1 de marzo de 2020, la actual Senior Executive Vice President Mining and Infrastructure, Helena Hedblom, de la firma reemplazará a Per Lindberg, quien decidió abandonar su cargo después de haber posicionado con éxito a Epiroc como empresa socia de la minería e infraestructura. “Helena tiene un fuerte enfoque comercial, un profundo …
          

DataCo improving network infrastructure throughout PNG

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​EIGHT PNG DataCo cable landing stations in the country are currently under construction and will be complete by the end of the year, managing director Paul Komboi says.Komboi said the townships where the landing stations were being constructed were Kokopo, Kerema, Daru, Vanimo, Wewak, Kavieng, Lorengau and Arawa.He said Port Moresby, Alotau, Popondetta and Madang cable landing stations were completed. The cable landing stations are part of the modern national transmission network being b [...]
          

Electrician Journeyman - Parsons - Faro, YT

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Our employees deliver landmark commercial, industrial, environmental, energy, power, and renewable infrastructure and provide innovative solutions to complex…
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Motor Vehicle Mechanic - Parsons - Faro, YT

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Our employees deliver landmark commercial, industrial, environmental, energy, power, and renewable infrastructure and provide innovative solutions to complex…
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Environmental Technician - Parsons - Faro, YT

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Our employees deliver landmark commercial, industrial, environmental, energy, power, and renewable infrastructure and provide innovative solutions to complex…
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The benefits of hyperconverged infrastructure

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The benefits of hyperconverged infrastructureHyperconvergence isn’t something only large enterprises can benefit from — businesses of all sizes should consider this infrastructure strategy. Read on to learn more about what hyperconvergence can do for your company. What are hyperconverged infrastructures? In a traditional IT environment, networking, server, and storage hardware need to be purchased separately and configured to work […]
          

567087-2019: Allemagne-Forst (Lausitz): Infrastructure de communications

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Welcome! The dangers of Android phones to various scams involving hiring and Black Friday and some tips on staying safe and more on Tech Talk With Craig Peterson today on WGAN

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Welcome!  

Today there is a ton of stuff going on in the world of Technology and we are going to hit a number of topics from the dangers of Android phones to various scams involving hiring and Black Friday and some tips on staying safe -- so stay tuned.

For more tech tips, news, and updates visit - CraigPeterson.com

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Craig Peterson
Hey, hello, everybody. Craig Peterson here on the air at WGAN and all over the world on podcasts. You can listen to me by just going to Craig peterson.com slash iTunes that'll bring up the 800-pound gorilla podcast site.

You can also go to Craig Peterson dot com slash iTunes in and listen to my podcasts there, of course, and you can listen on right here to this station also on tune in radio. Additionally, listen to me when I'm on the air, three mornings a week now different stations different coverage. All of those end up on my podcast feed. I appreciate everybody who is going there and giving me a five-star rating. I know there are also a lot of people that are tuning in for the first time. Welcome. Welcome to all of you guys and gals. It is a wonderful, wonderful experience for me because we get new people, and I get to help teach you guys, help you to be able to understand the latest in technology. That's what I talk about every week. I have been in the technology business for many, many decades now. And I am still enjoying it. But you know, it's time for me to start giving back and start trying to help everybody understand what's going on. We spend a lot of time discussing security, what you should do for your home, what you should be doing for your Small Office/Home Office. Many of us, like me, work out of their houses now. That means you have different problems. When we catch China, Russia, and North Korea and then all of the criminal organizations all over the world. We've got all of those people trying to attack us. It gets very, very difficult to keep our data set. safe. And of course also, with all of the new technology, how do you use it? How do you make it work? Just this morning, we were on with a client, and they were meeting this is common, okay. But they were misusing the system that they have in place. They have a system that's in place to allow them to do diagrams, engineering diagrams. And unfortunately, the people they trusted to put it together to configure it, they did not do it anywhere near properly, nothing is SPECT, right, etc. And I know you'd think an engineering firm would understand that the specifications are there for a reason. They're there to be followed, right. And so the system has just been kind of, you know, hack together trying to make this thing work. And there ended up being an air coming up on their screen, and then the Good news, I guess for them is they had us be able to help them because I don't think there's anybody else out there. That is, you know, easy enough to find someone that could help them with this problem because the air looked like it was a licensing problem. The problem was that the database that they were using had lock records on it. Here's how they were using it. They have a database and applications that are running on this underpowered server. They were being accessed remotely by someone using a VPN on a laptop. And you know it all sounds pretty reasonable. The way they were doing it was running the application over on the laptop instead of on the server. So what they should have been doing is using either a virtual machine that that person could Connect remotely or use a terminal server that Microsoft provides. What happens is now he's running the app, the app is accessing the database via the VPN. So far, so good, right? Make sense? This virtual private network is letting his laptop think it's on the corporate network. This company has dozen-plus employees and a server with a database on it. The database is handling all the queries it's going through. Now, when you're talking about databases, I'm trying not to get too technical here, everybody. When you're talking about a database for a program, the database, hopefully, has what is called business rules in it. For instance, if you add a customer, you're not just putting one record in the database, you have a record that gives the basic information about the customer. It includes the name, maybe the address, and then you've got another record that's got the customer contact, who it is. Then there are also records about what they would buy for from us with totals, encounters, and things. It's called D normalizing a database. So all of these different records are created in different tables, maybe even different databases, but it's almost always one database. And so in order to keep all this information properly synchronized, because you don't want to have a record for the company, a business a client, and then have the, the your programs trying to access now how do I get ahold of this client and so it tries to go to the phone number database, so I'm just oversimplifying this slightly. Still, there's no record for the phone number database, you don't want that to happen. So what you do is you use a lock, and the lock helped to enforce these business rules to make sure Hey if I'm creating a new customer, I want to make sure I have their name, their address, the contact that we have. And so a contact record, and the type of company, maybe an inventory item, just in time stuff, whatever it might be, all of that needs to be there in the database. What happens is, there's what's called an atomic transaction. The database program, the software that you're running, identifies the customer contact and his records and returns the records for the company itself, the records for the inventory, and the shipping information records. And then it says, commit this all to the database. At that point, the database already has all of these records and reports it is ready to commit. Everything is there. What was happening with this client is they were on a VPN. And they were running the software over on the laptop. The software on the laptop was saying, Okay, so here's, here's the client we're dealing with, and we've got some new information for them. So let's insert this new information in the database. And so the database does a lock to hold. So we can get a customer number to generate all of this stuff in case somebody else is trying to do it. And then, the VPN connection goes away, or the laptop crashes. Something happens, right? Now, the application could crash crash, and if its on the server, the database could crash on the server, all of that stuff could happen. So when you get right down into it, there are tools to try and recover. But in this case, records were locked. They weren't lost. They were locked. So now when they went back in they were getting in an error message, they really couldn't understand what's going on here. Why? Why am I getting this error? We had to delve into it and contact the app developers and look at the databases, and then we had to remove the locks manually. Now, that's just great. We remove the locks. What that probably means they have a corrupted database, one that was corrupted silently, in a way that no one understands. And in some cases, if it's a real expensive application, it probably has stuff that does continuity checks and makes sure there's congruence between all the records. But that's not the case here. You know what it reminds me I saw the same thing at a doctor's office. They've been using the same software for many, many years. And the software uses a very, very basic database and This database, and I don't even know if I would call it a database, right? But I think of the old retrieve stuff if you're an old-timer like me, and what we used to do with those and which is great because it the beat trivalent, you put data out into files and then allows you to access it very, very quickly. But by today's standards, you would not consider that a database. So over the years, when they had a problem, they would just shut off the computer and then turn it back on, reboot, right. So now we're helping them win factory finish migration of all of their data from this very old it using 30-year-old technology, this ancient system for the doctors practice to a very modern one on Max, and it's cool the stuff they can do. You know, they can immediately while you're sitting there with the doctor, the doctor can check right away, what drugs you're on from other providers because the pharmacy that you use keeps all that information, it's all tied right in real-time. And the doctor can check for possible conflicts of some of these medications and immediately issue the prescription. So it's before you leave your consultation with the doctor. It's all done. It's just amazing for them, and they're having a hard time with some of these concepts. And I get that right. If you're using 30 old 30-year-old design software, which so many people are you know, some of these companies like Kronos, they have some new stuff, but they're selling some stuff that's just decades old. It's just been, you know, modified, modified. And so the basic concepts behind the software aren't there. So they had been turning off their computers. Off and on resetting control, alt, delete, right, all of those things that we've all done before. And their database was as corrupt as can be. And manual processes instead of automated processes to try and get their database up to snuff. So anyways, an engineering firm, we got it taken care of for them. Still, their databases almost certainly got corruptions in it, because they're not doing it as backed by the manufacturer. Right. And you'd think as I said, they know better. And we've got the doctor's office all up and running too. So that's good. So anyway, if you ever want to know a little bit about databases, you just learned it. When we come back. Hey, we're going to be talking about shopping Black Friday, Cyber Monday privacy. That's coming up today, and we're going to talk about Android again, and a whole lot more. Of course, you're listening to Craig Peterson online, Craig Peterson, calm and I'm WGAN

Hello, everybody, Craig heater song here hopefully you're enjoying today's show so far. Let's give a little bit of a rundown of what's coming up. We've got our Black Friday, Cyber Monday shopping information coming right up here shopping and privacy on today's show the number of imposture retailers. It is crucial, and I'm going to help you understand these sites because they are the imposter websites is outnumbering the legitimate websites for retailers and we're getting caught all of the time. We're going to talk a little bit about the IM and MSP shingle to your business security. I saw this again, and some of these ms peas MSS peas are they break from shops is what we call them. In other words, you call them when you have a problem. They're not proactive. But it turns out now not only they're not good at security, but they are a massive target for hackers. We'll talk about how that's a problem for your business and some things you can do about that. Hiring issues. Right now. If you're looking for a job that some of this scam online application stuff with this going on will tell you more targeting and tackling here some ransomware on Windows, which is way way up. Big Data brokers and your information. We talked a little bit last week about what Google's doing with Project Nightingale, which is scary enough, but we're going to get into that.

Facebook is introducing a new payment system. You might remember they were trying to launch this whole cryptocurrency, and it fell flat. Well, we'll talk a little bit about this Calibre wallet that's coming to our way, and cellular throttling and why it cost AT&T a chunk of change. If you use AT&T, you may be getting a check. You will have to fill out some forms. Then I discuss how you can reduce vulnerabilities by ditching Android. It is amazing. There's a study that just came out. And this is an article from Wired magazine that I have up on my website at Craig peterson.com.

Android is not Android is not Android. Every manufacturer has a different version of Android. Now, some of the core modules are the same, but they have to add their device drivers. They typically add bloatware is what we call it to the phones, and of course bloatware, you also see in Windows computers a lot. And those are those ads that come up that lets you get all of these premium features. All you have to do is pay us extra. They're out there doing all of this. And so my warning has always been, if you are considering buying an Android phone, remember that it might only be good for six months. I'm not talking about the hardware; some of the equipment is great. When I say some of the phones only be suitable for six months. It's because the security patches that are going to be needed for your phone will no longer be available. And my accountant came by last week and he just bought a new Android phone I told him don't buy another Android get an apple get an iPhone. If you can't afford a new iPhone by you don't even have to buy us To buy a model or two older iPhone, you will be much much happier and you will be much, much safer. But he got another Android phone. Why did he ask me about or why did he bring up because he knows I'm not an Android fan, right? So. So when we're sitting down, he's, he's not going to be sitting there pulling his phone today, Greg, that's great. No android phone I have because he knows I'm going to be all right. And in this case, it was I bought this phone now a couple of months ago, and I can't get updates for it anymore. Two months, two months, he had that phone, and he couldn't get updates for his Android phone. So it's not even six months in some cases is a lot less than other cases it's longer. If you're going to make the mistake of buying an Android phone, make sure it is the number one model in volume in sales. That manufacturer right now is Samsung. And the goal with that, but here's this story. And I've got some stuff I wrote up about it.

Every android phone is unique. Because the manufacturers can freely create applications, they've got to make changes to the device drivers, the interfaces, the carriers, which then upload their information into the cellular tables that are in it. They might have a different transmitter than was planned for they go for the cheapest, cheapest. And so they've got to rewrite that low part of the operating system completely. You're getting that right now. Well, here's what we have just found. Every Android has pre-installed as of today. Now, remember, I'm saying that some of these phones you can't get security updates after six months and only two months in some cases. Maybe it's a year. But there's a study out right now, that is saying that on average when you buy an Android phone, there are 146 vulnerabilities pre-installed on your phone. So these are bugs in the software that Google has already fixed.
Some of these were zero-day attacks. Many of them weren't. But on average, your new Android phone, according to this study, already has 146 security vulnerabilities before you even open the box. Right. Now, does that make sense to you? Now, if you buy an iPhone, you're going to find that the first thing that you're gonna want to do is you set it up, you put in, your Apple account or you create one they're absolutely free. Apple does not harass you about any of this stuff. They give you iCloud backup automatically. But you're going to set up your iPhone. One of the very first things that it does is it updates itself.


Apple, just with the most recent release of its operating system going to look this up right now. Age of an iPhone six, they just recently stopped supporting their newest operating system that doesn't mean patches for security problems. But their newest operating system does not support the straight-six. It supports the six s but not the straight-six. So I'm looking right now in Wikipedia, and it was released there we go in on 24 14. So right now, while we're talking, it is more than five years old. It's been over five years since it was released. So Apple provided full support soup to nuts support for the software on iPhone sixes for more than five years. And that's very typical for Apple and the iPhones. So if you buy, you can still purchase the six ass I would not personally because it's not going to be fully supported. The next time we come up with another phone, so you know next year or maybe early in 2020. If you are considering buying an iPhone and you want to save some money, you can still buy a seven, or you can always buy an iPhone eight. You can even buy the 10. My mom, who is well into her 80s now, wanted to replace her phone. I think she had an iPhone four and she just last week returned it. I said they go out and buy because she was confused. I said, go out and buy the iPhone XR. That iPhone 10 XR, which she did. It is a great deal. It is a fantastic phone. And it's going to last year another five years with full software support from Apple. So keep that in mind. You can open that brand new box with your Android phone with 146 security bugs in it before you even open it up, and it's not going to update itself to the latest patches. None of that's going to happen. Depending on the phone in the manufacturer. But get an iPhone right forget all of this stuff about Android. I do not sell iPhones I to make money off of iPhones. I do not work for Apple. Okay. My company, however, is a certified Apple authorized Support Center

Hello, everybody, Craig Peterson, here on WGAN live online, you can find me at Craig peterson.com. I often have some of these free pop up pieces of training and I've been doing Facebook Lives lately and just trying to get the word out, helping people understand what is happening in technology today. And we're on show number 1037. Now, the way I number shows is that's actually week number 1037. We should have done some big deal when we hit show 1000 but I, I didn't I probably should have But anyhow, so that's 1037 weeks of being on the air every week, which is pretty amazing when you get down to it and it's thanks for You guys, I so appreciate what you guys do by listening and supporting the stations I'm on and of course listening to the podcast and and the easiest way, by the way if you are an avid listener, if you will, is to go to Craig Peterson comm slash iTunes. And if you wouldn't mind, give me a five-star review and, and let me know what you think of the show right there. And I do read those and a quick shout out to people on the air frequently. I do.

Now, you know, I mentioned a little bit earlier than I do a lot of computer security. And it's a huge deal, and it's very, very difficult. I also mentioned these break-fix shops. Those are businesses that do computer support, but basically, you call them when there's a problem as opposed to them being proactive and taking care of issues for you. Which is what my company and I do alright, so there you go. That's what I do. Well, let's get into this whole MSP thing. I am an MSP RIR, and MSP managed security services provider. And I want to roll the clock back because I have something here that I remember pretty well. And then I want to talk about it because I have a cup of coffee in front of me. And it's sitting on a napkin. And so I want to tell you a little bit of background. And this has to do with experience, really, and knowledge if you're old enough to remember the whole y2k thing. And the biggest problem with y2k was, hey, and we've been writing software for years that rely on next year, being One year more than this year. Back then, we had to be very careful with all of our data and how much storage we were using. Instead of storing the year as we do now as 1975, we would save the year as just 75. Hey, it's not going to matter for another, what, 35 years. Y2k is going to cause the world to come to an end because nothing's going to work. That is, it had only been 50 years that this code. And we all know that there was a whole industry that developed to help companies make sure they are y2k compliant. Some people wrote software that reviewed other software to make sure that these mistakes weren't in it. And then y2k came and went with very, very few incidents.


Now, the reason people were worried about was legitimate. If you had an older GPS this year, say one that was more than five years old, maybe ten years old, you might have noticed that it stopped working? Did you see that? And the reason these things stopped working was the same problem everybody was worried about and y2k while almost the same problem. And that is counters rolled over from the GPS satellites. If you didn't have a big enough counter on your GPS receiver, you were in big trouble. The satellites themselves were fine. It was your little GPS receiver that's built into your navigation system, right.


Huge deal. You had to buy a new one. Well, it's a much bigger deal for the bank, but thinking what else was happening around the year 2000. I started building commercial internet properties as soon as it became legal because I'd been on the internet since the early 1980s. I've been designing and helping to design and implement internet solutions since the early 1980s. And I've been doing network work, and computer network works professionally since 1975. I've been doing security work, managed security for my clients since the early 1990s. There was a lot of work done out there. I go back now and think about the late 1990s. My coffee mug is sitting here on a napkin. And you know, you go to a coffee shop, the napkins are three by three inches square, give or take. And if you are getting a muffin, you might get a napkin that you could unroll, and that's maybe what eight and a half by 11. Give or take, right? It's pretty big. Well, in the mid to late '90s, people were going to specific coffee shops. I remember this so well out in Silicon Valley in California. They went to these p coffee shops because it was where angels hung out. Angels are people who if you don't know, invest money in early-stage startups, in other words, when a company is first going, and so if I were today to talk to an angel and say, Hey, I need some money, the angel would say, Okay, well, let's look at the business plan. We go through all the financials, I better have some customers already some sort of a proof of concept, minimum viable product that I can show them and say, yeah, look at this is looking really good. So I need 1,000,005 million to take this to the next level. Well, back then, in the late 90s. They would sit and have coffee with one of these angel investors. And they'd say, hey, I've got an idea for a business and they pull out a napkin. And they take a, pencil and they would sketch on the back of that napkin. What their idea why it's because it's going to be great. And the investors just based on that napkin, no product, no team, nothing but an idea. Based on that napkin, the investors were giving out five and $10 million checks to these people who, in my mind, were, were, fraudsters. You know, they convince themselves that they had the best idea in the world, and they were going to become the next billionaire. Maybe the first billionaire under 20 years old. A lot of these investors, Of course, we're a little older, and they didn't know how to deal with the internet. They didn't know much about it and very immature back in the late 90s. Although I'd already been on it for 30 years, well, you know, around it for 30 years and on for more than 20 then, so they were giving them crazy money just based on a napkin. So what does everybody do? Well, where's the money while the money is on the internet, and it's out in the Bay Area of San Francisco, San Jose. So I'm going to go out there. And some of these people, literally, I knew people that did this, they hopped on an airplane. They flew out to San Jose, with the intent of going to one of these coffee shops or about a half a dozen of them, that were known to be frequented by angel investors and venture capitalists. And it's kind of like somebody flying to LA Working Yeah, I'm an actor, and they're working in a coffee shop. And they're Bariza hoping to get spotted by that director to get their big break. A big problem. And because everybody saw that the internet was the place to be. Everybody hung up a shingle about the internet. So stick around. We're going to talk more about this. We're going to tie this into exactly what's happening today, to you to your business, when it comes to security. And so many of these firms that are out there right now trying to sell you stuff. So stick around. We'll be right back.

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Hello, everybody, welcome back, Craig beater song here. Of course, we're on WGA. And we are online, Craig Peterson calm. And good news. I'm on pretty much every podcasting platform out there. And I've had more than 20 million podcast downloads since I started podcasting 15 years. The numbers are picking up. We just had got another 100,000 downloads recently. I'm pretty jazzed with that. It is all because of you guys. The more you are of you who subscribe to my podcast, the more it gets noticed, and the more people hear about it, and of course, then what that means is, we're able to help more people, and that's why I'm here. It is a labor of love. Alright, so let's get into the rest of the story from what I was talking about earlier, which is if you missed it, I talked a little bit about the history of the internet and internet investment. These companies that were spun up from a business plan that was nothing more than a rough sketch on the back of a napkin at a coffee shop. Okay. It's a big deal here. But we'll let's think about some of the biggest failures on the internet. And you've heard of some of these. You've probably heard of like pets.com let me just run through a few here. Ship raise 62 million dollars and failed. That's SHYPBP raised 149 million before they got wiped out. Juicer, all Yeah, that's a reasonably recent one 118.5 million pepper tap 51 million Sprague 56 million yak yak 73 million. And you can go online, look for some of these things. I found an article that had 323, startup failures, and post-mortems for all of them going back, just kind of way back. But, you know, back to 2014, which isn't the start of the internet, right. That's not the reach. The time we're talking. Okay. Timo meter, and this is a great one, by the way. Multiply $30 times one client times 24 months. Wow, we'll be rich. Okay. They got funding, right. Why didn't we get funding? Why didn't you get funding right with your great idea? So everybody started throwing their hat into the ring. They were going to these coffee shops out in Silicon Valley pitching and hopefully come with a good idea.

Of course, the investors wanted to have a billion-dollar company. Hey, it's not so bad. I put, you know, 5 -10 million in and I'm able to take a billion dollars out with a big company that's got a 5 billion valuation right. Wow, we're all going to be rich. And of course, that is the extremely rare case. So let's fast forward to today. And talk a little bit about what's happening right now. I've got an article up on my website that we put together called "I am an MSP shingle and your business security." Think of that word shingle. We talked about all of these. I don't know what to call these people, because they were out trying to get money for their ideas and were quite convincing. They weren't thieves, necessarily, although some of them probably were. But they didn't know any better. They didn't know what they should have known. Today, of course, the internet's much more mature. It's still not fully mature. It's changing every day, the way things are sold and marketed and used, and everything on the internet is just constant change. But right now, what are we talked about on this show before when it comes to open jobs, we know that the economy pretty much has full employment. But for the past three years, I think ever started ever since I started running the webinars for the FBI info guard program, ever since I started running those. There's indeed been somewhere between one and a half and 3 million open cybersecurity jobs. So Let's get right down to the economics of all of this. And I, I was following some stuff, and I've been developing material carefully in the industry because this is kind of the industry that I'm in. And I found out something that I thought was just kind of a DA moment, right? That's when you hear something, and it's I should have thought of that. I don't know why I didn't think of that. Right. We all have those. And so I had this moment, which is, if you have been a break-fix shop of what you've been doing is you take a call from somebody, and you sell them a computer, or you g a call from somebody, and you go out, and you spend two hours with them and you charge them three or 400 bucks for that service call. First of all, I don't think that serves the customer very well because the customer is going to be worried about calling you and the poor person that's having the problem doesn't want the boss to get upset because they called you right? So that's not helping the business very much. And on the other side, if you're trying to sell hardware nowadays, you know, we'll sell someone at $3,000 $4,000. workstation for one of their employees to use not even a high end one. And our margin is like 50 bucks on it. Nowadays. It obviously depends on the manufacturer, but there's like no margin in that business anymore. So if you were faced with that, if you owned a company, that all they really did was they sold some computer hardware when there was a refresh. And you went out and you did some repairs and some telephone support. And what would you be thinking? Why are retailers closing on you're basically a retailer? That's the business you're in. You're competing against Amazon, you're competing against Dell online, you're competing against all these guys. So what I've noticed happening, and I've noticed it because my company is what's called a master managed security services provider. We're a master security services provider because we work with these smaller companies that don't have the security expertise, and they know it.

Now there, there's a lot of people that don't know it. We just talked about all of these failures. Back in the boom days of the internet, hundreds of millions of dollars, billions just went down the drain. So some of these people think they know enough, but they don't. So they'll come to somebody like us, who is a master managed security services provider, and we'll be the people behind the scenes designing the networks and security infrastructure. They can meet the DFARS requirements or ITAR or HIPAA or PCI or some of them, many, many TLA's and FLA's out there, right. TLA is is a three-letter acronym, and an FLA is a four-letter acronym. So in business, we all have those. But that's what they'll do. Now, I got to tell you, the vast majority and I'm going to say 99% from my personal experience. And so I don't know what the real numbers are. I don't think anybody has the actual numbers for this. But, and I'm going to say 99% because I have never seen an exception to this rule. But 99% of these companies out there don't know enough to make the right decisions or to help the customer make the right decisions when it comes to security. Now, this presents a huge problem for everybody. Because we have all of these people who were PC repairs and Windows support people, these companies relied on Windows coming out with a new version from Microsoft. And it will work on your old hardware because you need more memory, you need more space on your desk, you need to have a faster computer to run Windows eight, right? And then Windows 10 comes out. And a lot of people what they've done over the years is they say, you know, my machine is old, it's slow. It's cluttered. I could probably reload windows and get my speed back. But I just assumed by new computer, and that's what these people relied on for literally a couple of decades here. You are in the crosshairs of hackers if you're a business and even if you're just a regular home user. Oh my gosh, the problems you guys all have because now the hackers have figured out that these companies that call themselves managed services providers, but don't have enough knowledge about security, to protect even themselves adequately. These so-called managed services providers have now become a significant target for the hackers, including nation-state, think about it for a second. If you've hired a managed soft or managed services company of some sort, you've given them access to all of your computers, and they probably have your passwords, right? They have all of this stuff. There is an attack going on right now against Connect wise and directly against Ms. Peas. They've scanned the internet to find anybody that mentions MSP on their website, and then they start attacking them. Cause they have the keys to the kingdom, your kingdom. So here's the advice to minimize your risk.

We had two weeks ago an attack that hit an IT services firm Everest, which is a subsidiary of NTT, one of the largest MSP is in Spain. They had to shut everything down, cut network links, try and figure out what happened. And in this case, it was ransomware. But they're also going straight for the data. It's happening every day. Okay, this is one of the largest, so yeah, my gosh, Here's what you have to do. You have to treat your managed security services provider as an insider risk. Just like any employee, you have your own IT staff. They are a risk to your business. They have access to All of your intellectual property, your client lists your employee records, right? They have access to all of it. So treat them like an insider. Understand the risks, do not let them keep your passwords or other information. And what we do for our clients is we never keep them. We cannot tell you what your password is, and we have to reset it. And we use specialized software, that when we access one of our client's computers, it keeps track of the right passwords and those are changed frequently and can be changed. Every time a technician connects, it is a huge deal, there you go. Some people are hanging out their shingle, saying I'm an MSP. Be very careful if you treat them like an insider, and mitigate your risks. All right, when we come back, by the way, in the next hour, we're going to be talking about online shopping. You're listening to print Peterson on WGAN.

Hey, hello everybody, Craig Peterson here on WGAN online at Craig peterson.com. I appreciate everybody being with us today. We went through a bunch of stuff in the last hour. And we talked about, you know, MSP insider threats a little bit. I want to finish up the whole thing about insider threats. People have been asking if they should treat any managed services provider, break-fix shop, or any third party who is taking care of our computer equipment as an insider with a potential insider threat. So how do we treat insiders and this whole insider threat thing? Well, I should do a training on this up pop-up training.

The veryfirst thing you have to do is figure out what is your most valuable asset in your business. Now, for most of us, it's our intellectual property. Frankly, those are our plans, our designs, our engineering diagrams, and it's our money, you know, bank account information, employee information, anything that could cause you to fail an audit. If you get audited, do you have all of the records? But if you are in a business that requires that you have security, what's going to happen when they come in and audit, okay, so any of that sort of data is information that you should protect. That means a lot of different things. I've taught some courses on this before, but it includes things like segmenting your networks so that people who don't need to get it at data can't get the data. In this day and age, for the truly paranoid, we see this more and more, it's called a zero-trust network. So people or machines can only get at things that you explicitly allow. So it isn't as though anyone in accounting can get to this, it's this person in the accounting can get to this. So all of your data is segmented. And again, don't let them keep your passwords. Try and do some of the administration stuff yourself, at least on the password side. Change the password and save it in an encrypted password manager to keep track of those passwords. Then when you have to call your managed services provider or your break-fix shop or, or your niece, whoever it is, who's taking care of your computers, you give them the password for that machine. They can get on and can do their thing. They get everything working, you watch them as they're working, which is another thing that we do. We're only on the machine when there's someone else watching, remotely. And we record all those sessions. By the way, anytime any one of our techs gets onto any machine, we have someone watching them. That is important. When the tech completes their work change the password.

The whole idea here is that they don't need to have them. And as I mentioned before, we've seen a growing number of managed services providers from around the world being targeted and compromised by hackers, including the large ones. That goes to show again, and even the big guys aren't as concerned about security. Or maybe they don't know enough about security as they should be. I was out at a prospect's place just a couple of days ago. We're talking with them about their managed services provider that they had. I mentioned earlier, this 99% number, and this is my number. But I say 99% because I have yet to find a single managed services provider that is doing security reasonably well. I have yet to find one. And that's kind of bad news, frankly, when you get right down to it. And so that's why I say 99%, right, I give the 1%. Now, I know there are Managed Security Services Providers that know how to do it, but this is a challenging world. Bottom line, is if you can find someone that you trust 100% implicitly, they are not keeping your password, not getting into machines, without permission, then you have to trust them as an insider, basically, an employee that you kind of trust, but you don't absolutely imagine and make sure obviously, you keep those employees in line too. We're going to be coming up here in just very soon, actually another segment or two, with what you need to worry about for your holiday shopping. I want to start this whole thing off by talking about what you should be doing and how to verify a site and whether it's legitimate because it turns out there are three times more fake shopping sites than there are real ones out there. So be very, very careful of that. Now, before we get into that, let's do about these bogus hiring scams, it confuses me because when you get down to it, we have such high employment rates right now. It makes you wonder why the bogus ones are having such success out there. I don't know. Maybe people are just trying to look for a raise because there are so many great job opportunities. I don't know. Okay, employment is at an all-time high. With the economy buzzing like this, finding workers for seasonal part-time work is getting harder and harder. Think about what Black Friday means. Black Friday is when retailers finally become profitable or "in the black" as far as books go. It's not quite as true as it used to be. It used to be that most of the year retailers operated in the negative and it took until right around Thanksgiving before things turned around, because that's when people start shopping for the holidays. So these employers are now having to compete with the spam employment opportunities on top of it all. And the whole online application process is just fraught with opportunities for fishers to glean all the information they could need to impersonate you. So you've got to be very careful, and one of the things you can do, and this is the same thing if you're looking to purchase online, is verify that you did not end up on a scam site. So bottom line, if you're looking for a job, and most people are going to start their job search on Google, which is an okay place to start, and they might top in or type in seasonal opportunities. Just yesterday, I was sitting with my wife, and she did a download to the latest version of Microsoft PowerPoint. We subscribe to Office for all of our employees, including my wife, as she helps out with the business. Anyway, she did a Google search, and instead of "office," she typed "orifice," and you know slip up, and you know how it is when you kind of automatic type sometimes. She typed for Microsoft for this download, and we got results that were all scam websites. It was all set up to make you think that you were on the Microsoft Office website and that you were downloading legitimate Microsoft Office software. I was sitting right next to her. I suspect many of you might have clicked on some of that stuff, you never know what's going to happen? Because again, she was automatic typing, she didn't notice she had mistyped it. And she might not have seen these sites weren't a legitimate site. So you have to keep an eye on that. If you're looking for part-time jobs and they come up in the Google results, you might try typing in the website directly. So let's say you want to take a part-time job, but Walmart or Target or something, go to the Target.com website and make sure it's legit. How do you make sure it's legit? Well, we're going to talk about that a little later in this hour. We're going to talk about verifying the shopping sites, but if you go to their website, and if there are multiple pages on the website that all look legit like there's a real shopping cart, there's real stuff online, there's real privacy, disclaimers, etc. That's probably a real target site, and it's not a scam site. And then you can go ahead and fill out the Hiring information. I would be cautious about putting in things that are a little too personal. You want to give them your background and a way to contact you. But be careful with things like your social security number or bank account numbers. Many employers nowadays are asking for your social media account information. So it's one thing to say while you can go to twitter.com slash Craig Peterson and you'll see my Twitter feed. It's quite another to give them access to your Twitter account, and some of them are asking for that. They want your Twitter account username and password and your Facebook username and password. Because many times we are sending stuff using direct messages back channels, hidden channels that they're not going to see when they go to your public-facing Twitter page or Facebook page. And so Martin Employers are saying hey, listen, we want to have a good inside look at your social media account. So I would not give them any that sort of information. Remember if it is a scam, even if it's not a scam if they get hacked, which has happened before to target all of the TJ Maxx, guys, etc. that information could leak out. Alright, so I'll stick around when we come back we're going to talk about tackling ransomware and Windows. And we're going to also talk about a new payment system that's was announced and then we'll finish up with what you should be doing for the holidays. You're listening to Craig Peterson here on WGAN and online at Craig peterson.com. I am on pretty much every major podcast platform. Thanks for listening today. Stick around. I'll be right back.

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Let's get into this. We got a couple more quick security articles. Just general information here about Windows and Facebook, and then we're going to get into Black Friday scams, and of course it doesn't just go for Black Friday, this is throughout much of the holiday shopping season; actually, these all apply all year. Then we have these fake retailer sites I'll tell you about them how they're popping up and, and a little bit more about the signs. We covered that in that last segment a little bit when we were talking about the hiring scam, so stick with us today. We got a lot more to cover here before we're off the air, hard to believe two hours, can go by so fast. So let's start with windows here. Ransomware has been a problem for a long time. And for those that don't know, ransomware is where some software gets on your computer. There are a lot of mechanisms for nowadays, but it gets on your computer, it encrypts your files so that they become useless to you. And then it asks for money, the typical payment in Bitcoin, which is, by the way, attributed to be the number one reason Bitcoin Bitcoin has risen in price, and I can see that.


There is a new study released. We've got more than 1 billion Windows operating system powered PCs in use in the world today. And that makes them a huge target for hackers. Now, just this morning, I was talking with one of our engineers, and I was saying how impressed I am with Microsoft recently. Since Balmer and Gates left, it has been a fantastic, amazing company. They've been able to maintain compatibility with older software right now for the most part while increasing their security, and they have turned a lump of coal into something that's, that's worthwhile, right? I still don't think it's anywhere near as good as something like Mac OS is on the apple side. But not everybody can run Mac OS, not everybody understands it. So major kudos to our friends over at Microsoft. It's amazing. But they are a big target, and they do have a large attack surface. In other words, there are a lot of things in Inside Microsoft Windows that can be and are currently under attack. You have to be kind of leery about some of these potentially unwanted applications that are on your machine. You might have heard me mentioned before some of the bloatware that gets installed by the computer sellers. And what they do is they load up all their programs. And they get paid. It's like five bucks. They'll get paid to load 50 different games, and you know, anti-spyware, software, and McAfee or Norton, all software that is practically useless to you. And then you have to spend hours removing that bloatware from your computer. But it's not just the bloatware that's out there. There are crypto coin miners installed on our computers, unbeknownst to us. There are all kinds of vulnerability exploits Trojans, and nowadays, ransomware and what's called file-less malware. Fileless malware is why 100% of the antivirus solutions that are out there today don't work anymore because it's a file, so it never hits the disk, so they don't have a chance to examine it. So having white label type of antivirus not white-labeled, but whitelist might be beneficial. But even in those cases, there's a lot for us consider. Now we're finding ransomware that's crypto locking, is growing, the number of attacks is growing. The number of successful computer accesses is growing. Now, to me, the most disappointing part of the numbers as I've looked through this in some detail, in this report that came out.

The thing that disappoints me the most is much of the time. They are using exploits that have been around available for a couple of years or more. Many of these were patched by Microsoft, Adobe, and Oracle years ago. These are the ones that upset me the absolute most. We see now, the most significant year-on-year increase of any malware in the ransomware community, almost 75% increase since last year. So if you know someone that has had ransomware and I bet you you do somewhere in your circle of acquaintances, I don't think he would have to go out too deep right. I think it is about a 75% increase. According to Bit Defender, the number of ransomware reports dropped in the first half of the year due to one big hacking group called Grandacrab, who throttled down their efforts due to ramped-up law enforcement efforts. Now, ransomware is rising again, as these new ransomware groups are emerging to fill the void left by Grandacrab. I'm not going to go through the names of all of this different type of ransomware. These profit-motivated cybercriminals and they're just spending a little bit of time and a little bit of money because the to buy this ransomware. Some of this stuff is even licensed now. Where they have to, they download it for free. They can try it out on so many people, and then they have to go to a registration site and buy a license to use the ransomware. And then off it goes in that can be just 100 bucks. It's incredible. Here but they're also saying that they're seeing reports of miners and Phylis malware out there too. So coin miners, those are where you go to a website, then you know how the site says, Hey, can we send you news updates and you say allow or disallow yes or no on that you've seen those before, right? Those are not all illegitimate. Many of them are, most of them are legitimate. But that's how the coin miners are working. And so they will embed some code in a website, a legal site, and the coin miner will then start using your web browser to mine for various types of like Bitcoin type currencies that are out there. Okay. So we see a lot more in the ransomware style. We've got to be very, very careful. And about 40% of the population of the 1 billion people that use Windows about 40% admit the They have not applied security patches even though they're available. So make sure you ask them nowadays you don't have to go out and spend a lot of money to buy a license for Windows, you can pay monthly. And you don't have to worry about Windows upgrades anymore, because included. That's what we do with all of our customers; we include everything. Okay, we try and make it very, very easy for them. This article, as well as all of the other ones I've talked about today, and a few others we're not going to be able to get to today are all up on my website at Craig peterson.com. Please visit me there, you'll learn about the pop-up pieces of training. I have some of the Facebook Lives. The themes for the week and all of that stuff. You know, I'm not going to spam you with marketing messages. I'm just trying to get this out the truth out, Craig Peterson dot com. Hey, stick around. We'll be right back here listening on WGAN and online as well.

Hello, everybody, welcome back, Craig Peterson here on WGAN and online at Craig Peterson calm and on your favorite podcasting app. And please do spend a minute and subscribe if you haven't already. Well, we talked about cryptocurrencies, many, many times, when they first started coming out for started rising to prominence. I had set up a little mining operation to figure it out, and I had my wallet and everything and, and it was a little too late in the game to find Bitcoin, like right off the bat. That's why I stopped because I was only interested in finding out more about the technology. So you have to use it if you want to understand it. That's kind of the bottom line on it. And I looked at it as kind of a gimmick, and of course, we now know that the cybercriminals online found Bitcoin To be phenomenal when it comes to being able to get paid in a more or less, kind of a quiet way, right? Where people are not aware of where the money's coming or going. Now, remember that Bitcoin is not anonymous. None of this data is genuinely anonymous, bottom line, but it is kind of, you know, private, more or less. So they use it for pain ransoms. I attended an excellent briefing by the Secret Service about how they tracked down some of the bad guys that are using Bitcoin. And it was frankly fascinating, and how they've been successful at that. So don't think that you're going to somehow because you're using a cryptocurrency going to be out of the reach of the hands of the law because you're not going to be okay criminals will get caught. But we had another end enterprise, and I don't like it. Some people would probably call them a criminal enterprise called Facebook out there. And you might remember Facebook decided they were going to come up with this whole new network, they're going to do Libra and it was going to be a cryptocurrency. Now, cryptocurrencies are getting to be a serious business. You have, for instance, the government of China active in developing a cryptocurrency. China frankly, wants to be able to have a currency that they control that they can peer into the becomes the International Monetary standard, instead of the U.S. dollar. So China has been working on this for about five years, and frankly, next year, I think you can expect that China is going to have a state back state-sponsored cryptocurrency that they're going to be pushing all over the world. They are going to try and get oil valued in their cryptocurrency. I think that's a bit of a problem for us here in the U.S. and will be a challenge for our economy too. But when we look at somebody like Facebook, where they're trying to set up this network, called the Libra network, I was thinking good thoughts about it.


I know you are wondering, wait a minute, is this the Craig I've grown to know over the years What's going on here? I was kind of happy about it, as it possible for anyone anywhere in the world to have a financial transaction with you. For instance, I know some ladies who are in Africa, and they're impoverished women and trying to make ends meet and just have not been able to earn $100 a month. And many of these women are brilliant. Some of them are entrepreneurs, and they want to get a business going. And this particular group of women is now making themselves available after a friend of mine trained them here been in some technology, how to use computers and how to be a virtual assistant system. They are making themselves available as a virtual assistant. What could be more accessible for these women, and for the people who might want to hire them, than to make their transactions a cryptocurrency of some sort? A currency that they could use at their home that we could use at home. A currency that we could trust to a high degree. Remember, coins like if you have a U.S. dollar bill that you want to spend, the only reason it's worth anything, is because it's considered to be Legal Tender backed by the United States government. Now it isn't supported by silver anymore or gold anymore but deemed to be reasonable, legitimate currency. Initially, the Facebook Libra network announced they had a dozen or more of the foremost financial institutions in the United States. They would all work together and cooperate in developing this currency. Now, several reasons got squashed, not the least of which is governments and wanting to tax them and not being able to track some of the transactions easily. But I'm sure Facebook would have provided the governments with all the transaction information they wanted. Okay. So frankly, it would make it even easier for governments to track transactions than it is now. But the thing I loved about it was thinking about these women that my friend trained over in one of the poorest countries in Africa and how it would change their lives. I don't know if you've watched those some of this stuff here on micro-investments or watch how they're working. There's one organization called Shanta (https://www.shantafoundation.org) that quite impresses me. They're working in Myanmar. Interesting what they're doing, but when the basic idea with micro-investments is that somebody like you, were I, we might put $1,000 into this. And you've got someone in some countries somewhere that wants to buy a cow for the milk, and they're going to sell the milk, or they want to buy a goat or for the milk or whatever it might be micro to us. And so they're lent $100 to start a business. And they go out, and they get that business going, and they repay the loan, and that money is just put right back into another loan to another person that wants to do it. I've been following these micro-investments, and am very, very impressed with what many of these places are doing. And that led me to notice something else, which was the presence of phones, just regular cell phones that can send text messages, not smartphones. But the presence of phones and cell service coming into these tiny, tiny villages. And how most women were taking these phones. And we're using them to create businesses to support themselves and their families. Just absolutely amazing and many of these women, in fact, I think almost all of the ones my friends been teaching our single women, they've been either abandoned by their husbands Or the kids, Father, whatever you might want to call them. And they have to do all of the support. And so they're spending a whole month's wages, they're spending $100 to go through this program, this one-month long program that my friend runs. And so she's been looking for donations of laptops, just regular windows laptops, to help these women out as well. But these women get these cell phones and just with the cell phone now, there is some technology out there right now we don't use it in this country. Still, in several other developing countries that they can send money to people and receive money to people just using text messages. So just using their cell phones brought them out of extreme poverty. Now you know, we have poverty in the U.S., but poverty in the new in the U.S. looks like somebody that's upper class in these countries does. Okay. We don't know what poverty is. What we call poverty isn't, you know,' it's just astounding to me. So I got excited when I saw this whole idea behind the Libra network and what Facebook was doing with Calibra wallet. So we got to go for break, and we're going to come back I'm going to finish this up because there's something new and exciting that's happening in this space now. And then we're going to get into our Black Friday scams, and some more fake retailer sites. If you want more details, you're going to have to go to my website at Craig Peterson dot com. I'm not going to be able to cover it entirely in either the radio show today here on WGAN or my podcasts. You can find my Podcasts on pretty much every podcasting platform or my website, Craig Peterson dot com stick around, more to come

Hey, Craig Peterson, back here on WGAN. I can't believe it's been two hours since we've been together today. Man does time fly. So going back because I want to finish up our last topic here about the microtransactions and about what our friends at Facebook had been doing trying to put a cryptocurrency in place. It completely fell apart about a month ago. Facebook is planning to start rolling out something called Facebook Pay on messenger and on Facebook itself. Today, it's going to be initially available for fundraisers person to person payments, event tickets, in-game purchases, and from some pages and some businesses that are on the Facebook marketplace. And they're planning on bringing this to more people and more places. They're going to be adding not just messenger, but adding Instagram and WhatsApp to this. So basically, what they're trying to do now is use this technology to make it possible for people to pay each other no matter where they are. Now, you already know because you're just listening, you already know that I think that's a unique idea. And that is going to lift people out of poverty. Just like capitalism has, it's the best system the world has ever invented, to lift people out of poverty. And if Facebook successful this, they will save lives as well. And of course, there's the other side, Facebook's going to make a ton of money on this. Because they're going to, obviously they'll have some form of transaction fees, and they'll be making some money over that. Okay, so we got more stuff we're not going to get to today because I want to get to the Black Friday scams and the retail stuff. There either is a new secret consumer score that you have never heard of before. And I am not, unfortunately, to get time to do much. With that, I say now it's been out there for probably the better part of a decade. I found some information about it from the New York Times back in 2012, and the Wall Street Journal back in 2018. There is a scoring system that's keeping track of us, and one with which you are probably not familiar. So that's up on my website, Craig peterson.com and 18 T's and green to pay $16 million to settle a legal dispute over smart throttling smartphone plans. So they came to that agreement with the Federal Trade Commission. Okay, so now into Black Friday scams. These are happening all the time. They are souped-up during Black Friday and Cyber Monday when there's a lot of people buying stuff online, and I'll let's get into it here. This shopping fever lasts for about four days right now. Some sites like Walmart start on Wednesday, and others are ready underway here. But let's go into some of these top scams. Man, we've only got about 10 minutes left here.

So number one, this is a great article. It's from Heimdal Security dot com. I've got it up on my website at Craig Peterson dot com. If the website insistently asks you to download its application. Now, we already probably have apps from merchants. I've got Amazon, for instance, there are apps from Walmart Target, Ollie Express, Rakuten, Barnes and Noble, and the little guys are having a hard time competing there, but they try nonetheless. Now, a lot of these websites are going to talk you into downloading their mobile apps. And there's nothing wrong with that. But remember that not all of these retailers are legit, and not all of the legitimate retailers the apps are legitimate because it's rare that they would be developing the app themselves. So they probably had a third party do it. Who knows, right? So don't just willy nilly install apps from retailers are going online number two, the website looks fishy. And of course, this is pH fishy. And what that means is you might be on a cloned site. Right now, there are I was saying three earlier, but I was wrong. According to research from Venafi, they were looking at what is called TLS certificates. These are SSL certificates used basically if the website says HTTPS, then they're using TL. So they examine these. And they found that there are four times more fake retailer sites than the real one. Okay? So there are typos, squatting domains. I mentioned one of them earlier in the show today that my wife accidentally typed orifice instead of office when she's tr

          

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Huawei will reportedly sue the FCC over new restrictions

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Last week saw the FCC approve a measure that would deny subsidies to carriers who use equipment from Huawei, ZTE, or any other “bad actors.” The FCC’s Universal Service Fund has $8.5 billion ready to subsidize carriers in making improvements to the communications infrastructure in the US, but none of...

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32-Bit Support in Future Ubuntu Releases

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  • i386 in focal: an update
    Thanks to thorough feedback from our community, we now have a reasonably
    comprehensive answer to the question of what 32-bit compatibility library
    packages are needed on x86 for Ubuntu 20.04. 
    
    https://discourse.ubuntu.com/t/community-process-for-32-bit-compatibility/12598/46
    
    Some developers will have noticed changes this week to the behavior of focal
    builds in Launchpad.  Out of 30,000 source packages in focal, there is now a
    whitelist of about 1,700 source packages which will trigger builds on i386
    in Launchpad.  This means that other packages which previously built on i386
    will need to have the binaries from the old version of the package removed
    before they will be migratable from focal-proposed to focal.
    
    
    As a side note, the implementation of this also affects PPA builds, because
    the whitelist applies to the focal series as a whole.  In general, you
    should not expect to need i386 builds of third-party packages in PPAs for
    focal either, given that i386 in focal exists solely for compatibility with
    legacy binary software.  However, if you have a third-party package that you
    believe it's important to continue producing i386 binary builds of in
    Launchpad for Ubuntu 20.04, please contact the Ubuntu archive admins
    (ubuntu-release at lists.ubuntu.com, or #ubuntu-devel on freenode.net for best
    results), and we can evaluate including your PPA package in the whitelist.
    
    
    At the moment, I am doing some manual removals of the i386 binaries as I see
    them show up as blockers on
    https://people.canonical.com/~ubuntu-archive/proposed-migration/update_excuses.html
    and as I'm able to determine that the removals aren't going to cause
    near-term knock-on problems.  But if some i386 binaries aren't being removed
    fast enough and this is blocking your work, feel free to reach out to an
    archive admin to ask for their removal.
    
    In the slightly less near term, the plan is to do a mass binary removal of
    all of the i386 binary packages in focal built from sources other than those
    in the whitelist.  However, before pulling the trigger on this mass removal,
    there are some changes that should be landed to our autopkgtest
    infrastructure, so that we can continue to run autopkgtests for those
    remaining 1700 packages.  In summary: the plan is not to retain the test
    dependencies of those 1700 packages on i386, but instead to cross-test the
    i386 libraries on an amd64 host, which ultimately means testing them in an
    environment that better models the expected real-world usage.  The work is
    in progress for this change and I'm currently anticipating landing it next
    week.
    
    In the meantime, if you need any help getting packages migrating to the
    focal release from -proposed, please reach out on #ubuntu-release on IRC.
    
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    Canonical's Ubuntu engineers in cooperation with community members have figured out their 32-bit support adjustments for the Ubuntu 20.04 LTS release.

    After dropping their original proposal of clearing out 32-bit packages entirely, Ubuntu 19.10 shipped with a trimmed down set of 32-bit packages (32-bit x86) available to x86_64 users. Those 32-bit packages on Ubuntu 19.10 were based on popularity with what 32-bit packages might still be in prevalent use today on modern Intel/AMD systems. For Ubuntu 20.04 LTS, some minor adjustments are being made.


          

First meeting of the Enterprise Greece BoD, with Minister of Foreign Affairs Nikos Dendias in attendance, approves €331 million in investment projects that create 822 new jobs (Athens, 27 November 2019)

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On Wednesday, 27 November, with Minister of Foreign Affairs Nikos Dendias in attendance, the first meeting of Enterprise Greece SA’s Board of Directors took place, making a new start under the supervision of Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Kostas Fragogiannis. During its meeting, the Board approved and forwarded to the competent Interministerial Committee on Strategic Investments (DESE) two projects that are worth a total of €331 million and are expected to create 822 new jobs. The first project concerns the renovation of the old and partially listed industrial centre of VIOHALCO on Piraios street in Elaiona, Attica, which will be converted into a cultural, tourism, conference, medical and commercial pole. The second project concerns the construction and operation of a cluster of 13 photovoltaic parks in Central Greece, with a combined power output of 284 MW. CONSORTIUM SOLAR POWER SYSTEMS SA will implement the investment, with the participation of foreign capital, and this project was re-evaluated and approved based on new information. Additionally, on two other projects already in the Fast Track programme, consent was given to the DESE regarding the requested amendments to urban planning and the spatial maturation process, so that licensing can go more smoothly, enabling the projects to achieve optimum business performance. One project is being undertaken by PANITA LTD, of the Constantinou group, and concerns the development of a modern shopping centre in Metamorfosi, Attica, and the other is the Metaxa hotel group's “CAPE THOLOS LUXURY RESORT” plan, which will be carried out in the Lasithi Regional Unit and concerns the development of a tourism investment in a hotel infrastructure and holiday home complex with a total area of 1.4 million m2. The total budget for these two projects is €250 million, and their implementation is expected to create some 830 new jobs. ENTERPRISE GREECE is seeing significantly increased interest in the creation of Strategic Investments that will have a significant impact on the economy, nationally and locally, in the renewable energy sources, tourism, industry and agrifood sectors. The Board of Directors prioritised the reorganization of Enterprise Greece based on the new law, so that, by following successful international models, it can promote imports, attract investments and improve the country’s image abroad.
          

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Infrastructure as Code using Ansible with Josh Duffney

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Are you managing your infrastructure with code? Richard chats with Josh Duffney about his current toolset for writing infrastructure as code, including PowerShell, Chocolatey and Ansible. Ansible is an open-source project from Red Hat that includes some retail components if you need them. Josh dives into the playbook model, how Ansible helps make testing that infrastructure code easier, and the challenge of using virtual machine based application deployment in the modern world.
          

Inno4Sports project meeting in Lapland

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On the first week of October 2019 Inno4Sports partners gathered in Lapland for the third Interregional Exchange event and Knowledge Capitalisation Seminar.


 

On the first week of October 2019 Inno4Sports partners gathered in Lapland for the third Interregional Exchange event and Knowledge Capitalisation Seminar. The theme for this time was the role and functioning of governance systems, and how to make relevant policy instruments and programmes to better support the needs and challenges of the Sports sector. In order to get the best view of Lapland’s sport activities, which are strongly based on nature and tourism, the first two days of the meeting were held in Pyhä Ski Resort. The third day of the meeting contained study visits in Rovaniemi.

Arctic Sport Network

The first day focused on contextual understanding of Lapland’s sport ecosystem. Partners in Lapland are in process of building the Arctic Sport Network, which brings together actors from public administration, educational organisations, businesses and civil sector. Arctic Sport promotes the objectives based on Lapland Sport Strategy, regional strategy and smart specialisation. Lapland’s sport ecosystem is strongly based on tourism activities and nature sports, and there is strong expertise especially in winter sports and maintaining snow facilities. However, traditional sports should not be overlooked since Lapland’s largest sport club is a football club and the other 350 sports clubs represent variety of sports.
The participants found the Arctic Sport Network model interesting, however the question is, how replicable is the model in other regions? Lapland’s small size and organisational structure makes quadruple helix cooperation easy, but it needs more research to implement similar model in other regions.

INNO4SPORTS arctic sport network

Sustainability and co-creation in developing sports tourism

The two days in Pyhä had a strong focus on sports tourism, and the participants found most useful the sustainability aspects of sport. In Pyhä we heard two presentations from local businesses, one from Jusu Toivonen, the manager of Pyhätunturi Ski Resort and one from Artturi Kröger the co-founder of Bliss Adventure. Sustainable development is in the core of the activities for both businesses, especially when doing business next to Pyhä-Luosto National Park. For example, Pyhä Ski Resort has managed to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions by 80% since 2000 and become carbon neutral by compensating their emissions. In addition the other three aspects of sustainability were taken into account in all doing: respecting the local culture and livelihoods, employing local people and paying taxes to local municipality Pelkosenniemi are few of the choices behind the business activities.
Pelkosenniemi municipality is the smallest one in Lapland with less than 1000 inhabitants. There is strong collaboration and co-creation activities between the local actors. For example, Bliss Adventure was the first business to offer mountain bike tours inside the national park after being granted a permission from Metsähallitus, the organisation managing the national parks. Later, mountain biking routes have been opened making the park open for other cyclists as well.
Local ERDF-funds and investment supports have helped the businesses to develop their activities and infrastructure. Pyhä Ski Resort is also taking part in Horizon 2020 project Blue-Action through its sister company Ruka Ski Resort.

Education and research organisations supporting sport expertise

Heikki Hannola introduced Lapland University of Applied Sciences, one of five organisations in Finland providing higher education in sports and therefore an important player in sports development. An important part of education is the Dual Career model, which helps athletes to combine training and studies. In addition to education, Lapland UAS has a role in regional development and it collaborates with local businesses in research, development and innovation activities. Another organisation, University of Lapland, also provides expertise to local actors. Samuel Ahola, project manager from Faculty of Arts and Design, introduced us to service design and its possibilities in developing sport services.
The third day of the meeting was held in Rovaniemi where we had the chance to visit Santasport Lapland Sports Academy and to hear an introduction to. The sports academy combines educational organisations in the region and gives training services for local athletes, residents and visitors coming from all over the world. In Rovaniemi we also heard about the sport actions of City of Rovaniemi, which is developing Ounasvaara area for the use of local residents, professional athletes and tourists. City of Kemi has developed a model, where schools hire personal trainers to motivate pupils to expercise. The visit ended in Lappset Ltd, one of Lapland’s most known businesses. Lappset sells equipment for playgrounds, parks and outdoor gyms worldwide.

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First steps taken for the action plans

The meeting also included sharing of By the end of November 2020 the project partners are expected to provide an action plan for improving regional activities to support business activities in sport. We were happy to find out that all partners have started the formation of action plans together with local stakeholders and the that they have learnt good practises from other partner regions to be implemented in their own region. Managing Authorities of regional development programmes were also invited to the event to bring their views how Inno4Sports could influence the programmes.
There is still a need to elaborate how to include sport in the regional development priorities in order to release its full potential? The formation of action plans will continue and the first drafts of action plans are to be presented in the next meeting in Lodz.

Strengthening the group spirit

In addition to the seminars, the participants had the possibility to have first hand experience of Lapland’s nature sports and sports tourism. We spent one afternoon trekking in the Pyhä-Luosto national park and learning about its recreational possibilities. The most adventurous participants also spent a night outdoors. The recreational activities were guided by students from Lapland University of Applied Sciences, who also arranged morning exercises to get participants awake and energised. The more informal activities were a chance to get to know other partners better, which will surely make collaboration easier in the future.
The project will continue with Staff Exchange Weeks, which will also support making of the action plans. The next project meeting will be held in Lodz on April 2020.

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AV/PC Technician

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Position: AV Technician

Duration: 6 months

Salary: Based on Exp

Remote Option: NO

Our Client in the Lehigh Valley is looking for a smart  go getter to join their team. Must have solid AV Experience.

What you will be doing:

Oversee the proactive maintenance, support and configuration of AV display devices, related AV hardware equipment, infrastructure and AV software applications. Support of desktop computer (Mac and PC) equipment also a requirement.


Required Skills: Expertise within AV display technologies 
Knowledge of hardware video source & distribution equip and troubleshooting techniques
PowerPoint (& related) presentation setup and support proficiencies
Audio and Video Conferencing support (setup & troubleshooting)

We offer a full suite of benefits including, Medical, Dental, Vision and 401K

          

VMware Integrated OpenStack 6.0 - обзор новых возможностей и несколько интересных видео.

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Недавно компания VMware выпустила обновленную версию платформы VMware Integrated OpenStack 6.0. Напомним, что она предназначена для построения инфраструктуры OpenStack на базе платформы виртуализации VMware vSphere путем развертывания виртуального модуля vSphere OpenStack Virtual Appliance (VOVA). О прошлой версии Integrated OpenStack 5.0 мы писали вот тут.

Давайте посмотрим, что нового в Integrated OpenStack 6.0:

1. Панель управления с использованием Kubernetes.

Теперь в Integrated OpenStack 6.0 есть возможность использования консоли поверх кластера Kubernetes. Сервисы OpenStack теперь развертываются как узлы (Pods) Kubernetes, что позволяет их горизонтально масштабировать бесшовно и независимо друг от друга.

2. Kubernetes для множества клиентов.

Панель управления OpenStack за счет использования Essential PKS позволяет управлять инфраструктурой, где одновременно работают несколько независимых клиентов. Референсная имплементация этого решения средствами Heat доступна на сайте проекта на GitHub.

3. Улучшения Cinder.

  • Возможность привязать том сразу к нескольким инстансам.
  • Поддержка vSphere First Class Disk (FCD).

4. Улучшения IPv4/IPv6 и Dual Stack.

  • Поддержка Dual stack IPv4/IPv6 для инстансов Nova и групп Neutron.
  • Поддержка IPv6 с решением NSX-T 2.5 и плагином NSX-P Neutron.
  • Режимы адресации IPv6: статический и SLAAC.
  • Статическая маршрутизация IPv6 для маршрутизаторов Neutron.
  • Поддержка IPv6 для FWaaS.

5. Улучшения Keystone.

  • Поддержка федерации через токены JSON Web Tokens (JWT).

6. Улучшения масштабируемости.

Теперь VIO 6.0 позволяет горизонтально масштабировать контроллеры, также как и узлы (pods), которые работают в этих контроллерах. Компактное развертывание использует 1 контроллер, а HA-развертывание - 3 контроллера. Итого можно масштабировать развертывание до 10 контроллеров для высоконагруженных окружений.

7. Функции Essential PKS on OpenStack.

  • Единая платформа для гибридных виртуальных машин и контейнеров.
  • Интерфейс OpenStack и Kubernetes API для управления жизненным циклом ресурсов и кластера.
  • Возможность развернуть Essential PKS с компонентом OpenStack Heat.
  • Поддержка OpenStack multi-tenancy для безопасной изоляции контейнерных сред.
  • Пакет VMware Certified Kubernetes, который находится в рамках референсной архитектуры с Essential PKS.

8. Улучшения инструментов управления.

  • viocli переписан на Golang.
  • Функции Bash completion и ярлыки CLI shortcuts добавлены в Life Cycle Manager.
  • Интерфейс HTML5 WebUI:
    • Нет зависимости от плагина vCenter Web Plugin.
    • Поддержка нативных тем Clarity.

9. Функции ОС Photon 3.

  • Панель управления VIO использует VMware Photon OS версии 3 - более легковесную и безопасную.
  • Контейнеры также построены на базе образов Photon OS 3.

10. Улучшения API.

  • Закрытый OMS API заменен на стандартный Kubernetes API.
  • Многие части VIO могут управляться через команды kubectl в дополнение к viocli.
  • Новый Cluster API, отвечающий за дополнительное управление ВМ.

11. Мониторинг.

  • Функции анализа причин проблем в движке Smart Assurance.
  • Операционный мониторинг с помощью дэшбордов vROps OpenStack Dashboards и Container monitoring.
  • Интеграция с vRealize Log Insight.
  • Видимость физических и виртуальных сетей OpenStack.
  • Еще большая автоматизация поиска операционных проблем.

12. Прочие улучшения.

  • Автоматизированные резервные копии VIO.
  • Управление жизненным циклом компонентов OpenStack.
  • Встроенный контроль версий конфигураций.
  • Тема для визуального фреймворка Clarity.
  • Поддержка OpenStack Helm для развертывания компонентов OpenStack.

Кроме того, VMware выпустила четыре интересных видео, посвященных новым возможностям Integrated OpenStack 6.0:

1. Развертывание VIO 6.0:

2. Апгрейд с версии 5.1 на 6.0:

3. Работа VMware Essential PKS поверх VMware Integrated OpenStack 6.0:

4. Интеграция VIO 6.0 с решениями vRealize Operations Manager и vRealize Log Insight:

Скачать VMware Integrated OpenStack 6.0 можно по этой ссылке. Более подробно о платформе написано в Release Notes.


          

SLP128 Jan Čapek - Stratum v2 Bitcoin Mining Protocol

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Jan Čapek, co-CEO of Braiins and working at Slush Pool joins me to talk about this an upgrade to a Bitcoin Mining protocol, Stratum. Stratum V2 is the next generation protocol for pooled mining. It focuses on making data transfers more efficient, reducing physical infrastructure requirements for mining operations, and increasing security. In this conversation we get into some detail about:

  • How Jan got into Bitcoin and Bitcoin Mining
  • How the original Stratum protocol came about
  • What is new about Stratum v2
  • Benefits of Stratum v2
  • Relation with BetterHash
  • Bitcoin Pools generally

Jan Čapek and Stratum Protocol Links:

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Transparency News 11/27/19

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November 27, 2019

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I've created a #GivingTuesday fundraiser on VCOG's Facebook page. Click here to support VCOG's advocacy efforts
during the 2020 General Assebly session.

p.s. Happy Thanksgiving, y'all! We will return on Monday, Dec. 2.

 

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state & local news stories

 

The FOIA Council's latest opinion, AO-09-19, addresses the redaction of names in various emails by UVA using the anonymous fundraising exemption. Though unable to determine if the redacted names were indeed donors who requested anonymity, the council does confirm that the exemption can only be used for records maintained "in connection with fundraising activities." That is, if the name appeared in records in a non-fundraising context they could not be redacted.
AO-09-19 (on VCOG's website)

A recent audit of the city’s tourism coffers uncovered a $500 million discrepancy in visitor spending estimates that officials have unknowingly — and incorrectly — touted as extra revenue. Though the math was off, the numbers were used to promote Virginia Beach and to justify delaying the start of the school year until after Labor Day. The audit also revealed that two developers inked incentive deals with the city years ago in exchange for providing entertainment and parking spaces in the resort area. “Both supported by signed agreements, but nevertheless, interesting deals,” said City Auditor Lyndon Remias. The findings came to light when Remias began scrutinizing money in the city’s tourism investment and advertising programs from 2016 to 2019. Tax revenues from hotel rooms, restaurant meals, amusements and cigarette sales help support events and services that draw visitors to Virginia Beach.
The Virginian-Pilot

A pro-journalism nonprofit sent Radford University a letter this week critical of its handling of its student-run newspaper over the last few months, including the school’s investigation of reported missing copies of a September Tartan edition. The Society of Professional Journalists Virginia Professional Chapter is asking for the university to release the employee’s name whom the school has said admitted to removing copies of the Sept. 18 edition of The Tartan from four campus racks. The school’s administration has declined multiple requests from various news outlets to do so, citing it as a personnel issue that is exempt from Freedom of Information laws. The university has no response to the letter, according to spokeswoman Caitlyn Scaggs.
The Roanoke Times

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Last week's Louisiana ransomware attack affected approximately 10 percent of the 5,000 servers within the state government’s IT infrastructure, making it one of the largest cyberattacks on the state to date. Neal Underwood, deputy chief information officer for the Office of Information Technology (OIT), revealed the news during a last-minute hearing Friday morning, in which legislators quizzed numerous agency heads on their operational status following the cyberincident.  “It’s not catastrophic,” Underwood said, before ultimately concluding that it was “a significant event, much more significant than any we’ve had in the past." He also called it a "sophisticated, coordinated attack," and not the result of "some malcontent teenager in their parent's basement." Underwood reiterated that the reason state websites had been down across the board was because of the state's deliberate decision to isolate itself, to prevent the spread of the infection.
Governing

Media and City Council members should not be exempt from public record requests fees, Ann Arbor’s city administrator told the council in a November letter. The letter comes after a request from a council member through a debate at City Council on whether elected officials should receive a fee waiver for Freedom of Information Act, or FOIA, requests. In August, Council Member Jeff Hayner, D-1st Ward, sought records of all of Mayor Christopher Taylor’s emails on both his city email account and any private accounts used for city business. Hayner received a $217 fee request.
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Liberty Tire Recycling to Match First $5,000 Donated to The Ray on Georgia Gives Day

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 Liberty Tire Recycling announced today that they will be matching the first $5,000 donated to The Ray on Georgia Gives Day, December 3, 2019.

Georgia Gives Day falls each year on Giving Tuesday, a national day of giving following Black Friday and Cyber Monday, and is an opportunity for Georgians to take one day out of the shopping season to prioritize philanthropy and support nonprofits’ missions and year-round work.

Liberty Tire Recycling and The Ray are natural partners and have worked together on a signature project of The Ray - a two-mile rubberized asphalt paving project adjacent to The Ray’s 18 miles of I-85 in west Georgia. In 2017, the two partnered with Troup County to pave the new Tom Hall Parkway with 6,560,000 pounds of rubberized asphalt paving mix using rubber from scrap tires. This year, the Georgia Department of Transportation and the Federal Highway Administration funded a one mile test section of rubberized asphalt on all four interstate lanes of The Ray, from the Georgia-Alabama state line to mile marker one, as well as the entire parking lot of the Georgia Visitor Information Center in West Point. Approximately 42,240 pounds of processed rubber were upcycled into the asphalt project, accounting for 3,520 scrap tires.

Rubberized asphalt roads are a boon to the surrounding community. First, they remove scrap tires out of landfills or illegal dumps where they are breeding grounds for disease-carrying mosquitos and fire hazards. Those tires are then upcycled into a premium road that lasts 50 - 100 percent longer, are quieter, adept at managing stormwater, and is resistant to cracking even in extreme temperatures.

"Quiet, resilient and safe roads are core to our vision for the highway of the future,” said Harriet Anderson Langford, founder and president of The Ray. “We are so grateful for this support on Georgia Gives Day from our partners at Liberty Tire Recycling.”

“Liberty Tire Recycling and The Ray believe that innovation can make roads safer,” said Dewey Grantham, regional Vice President of Liberty Tire Recycling. “Innovation in transportation can be complication - but it can also be simple. Using scrap tire rubber in the road asphalt is one of those simple innovations that benefit everyone. Roads are safer and quieter to drive on, they have a longer life, and they are crack resistant. The rubber road on The Ray’s interstate is what Ray Anderson would call ‘so right and so smart.’ This is why Liberty and The Ray are perfect partners for road safety, sustainability, and innovative pavement.”

“Liberty Tire Recycling was one of the very first partners of The Ray. From day one they have shared research and data that has informed our work with Georgia DOT. In this season of giving we are grateful for their continued support and generosity,” said Allie Kelly, executive director of The Ray.

For more information about The Ray’s Georgia Gives Day Campaign please visit their campaign webpage. Donations are being accepted now.

About The Ray

The Ray is a proving ground for the evolving ideas and technologies that will transform the transportation infrastructure of the future, beginning with the corridor of road that is named in memory of Ray C. Anderson (1934-2011), a Georgia native who became a captain of industry and was recognized as a leader in green business when he challenged his company, Atlanta-based Interface, Inc., to reimagine the enterprise as a sustainable company—one that would pursue zero environmental footprint. Chaired by Ray’s daughter Harriet Langford, The Ray is an epiphany of the Ray C. Anderson Foundation. Learn more.

About Liberty Tire Recycling

Liberty Tire Recycling is the premier provider of tire recycling services in North America. By recycling more than 150 million tires annually, Liberty reclaims about 2.2 billion pounds of rubber for innovative, useful products. The recycled rubber produced by Liberty is used as crumb rubber and industrial feedstock for molded products; as tire-derived fuel for industrial kilns, mills and power plants; and as rubber mulch for landscaping and playgrounds. The company maintains a network of processing plants and comprehensive door-to-door collection services. Learn more.


          

Bechtel’s Peggy Mccullough to Receive the 2019 ASME Henry Laurence Gantt Medal

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Bechtel senior vice president Peggy McCullough has been awarded the 2019 American Society of Mechanical Engineering (ASME) Henry Laurence Gantt Medal, the organization has announced. McCullough oversees a multi-billion-dollar per-year portfolio of projects that are helping solve some of the most complex challenges faced by government and commercial customers anywhere.

The projects include management and operation of Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory in California, two nuclear security plants in Texas and Tennessee, and Bechtel’s commercial nuclear power business worldwide. Those projects employ more than 15,000 scientists, engineers, technicians, and other professionals.

The Henry Laurence Gantt Medal was established in 1929 and recognizes contributions to society through achievements in management as well as demonstrating understanding and skill in the field of human relations and engineering.

“This recognition is really a testament to the service Peggy has delivered to Bechtel customers for decades,” said Barbara Rusinko, president of Bechtel’s Nuclear, Security & Environmental global business unit. “She exemplifies that dedication we all strive for: to make a customer’s mission our own, and to partner with them for lasting positive impact.”

McCullough was selected based on her leadership of thousands of engineers and scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Yucca Mountain Nuclear Waste Repository, the Hanford Waste Treatment Plant, and the stabilization and design of the New Safe Confinement structure now over the destroyed reactor at Chernobyl. McCullough will accept the award at the ASME Honors Gala during the 2019 ASME Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exposition in November.

McCullough has more than three decades of engineering, procurement, construction, startup and commissioning, and operations experience. She was elected a Bechtel senior vice president in 2014 and was named general manager of the Nuclear Security and Operations business line in December 2017. She is also president of Bechtel Power Company, Bechtel’s commercial nuclear power subsidiary.

She joined Bechtel in 1988 and has successfully taken on leadership roles on a number of complex megaprojects covering environmental remediation, demilitarization, nonproliferation, and global security.

McCullough holds a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from San Francisco State University.

ABOUT BECHTEL

Bechtel is a trusted engineering, construction and project management partner to industry and government. Differentiated by the quality of our people and our relentless drive to deliver the most successful outcomes, we align our capabilities to our customers’ objectives to create a lasting positive impact. Since 1898, we have helped customers complete more than 25,000 projects in 160 countries on all seven continents that have created jobs, grown economies, improved the resiliency of the world's infrastructure, increased access to energy, resources, and vital services, and made the world a safer, cleaner place.  

Bechtel serves the Infrastructure; Nuclear, Security & Environmental; Oil, Gas & Chemicals; and Mining & Metals markets. Our services span from initial planning and investment, through start-up and operations. www.bechtel.com

Read more on Bechtel's Blog


          

Sustainability Solutions Take Center Stage at Demo Day for Black & Veatch Cleantech Accelerator

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Seven U.S. entrepreneurs chosen to participate in the Black & Veatch IgniteX Cleantech Accelerator recently took the stage in downtown Kansas City to showcase their business models and demonstrate how they’re poised to rewrite how the enterprise focuses on sustainability.

Powered by LaunchKC, the Cleantech Accelerator’s Demo Day drew 250 engineers, entrepreneurs, investors, students and professionals who watched as Accelerator founders presented their compelling proofs of how they’re gaining traction in the market.

“When we launched the Accelerator at Black & Veatch, we announced we were looking for the boldest, brightest entrepreneurs and startups in the cleantech space,” said Hyleme George, program director for the Cleantech Accelerator and Demo Day host. “Combining the startups’ novel technology and nimbleness with Black & Veatch’s scale and expertise can move us further and faster towards our mission of building a world of difference through innovation in sustainable infrastructure.”

View this video to learn more about the IgniteX Cleantech Accelerator.

The Nov. 13 Demo Day forum provided the founders with a platform to share their business models via eight-minute pitches that spanned each company’s value proposition and market opportunity.

“It has been incredibly effective to focus on a target area with an established and forward-looking Kansas City company like Black & Veatch to be able to identify and sort new technologies that can create jobs and follow-on investment in that industry,” said Drew Solomon, competition chair of LaunchKC and senior vice president at the Economic Development Corp. of Kansas City, MO.

The IgniteX Cleantech Accelerator cohort entered the Demo Day fresh from a 12-week accelerator boot camp with Black & Veatch personnel and other industry experts, who assisted them in planning, designing and executing real-world projects in the clean technology space.

Cohort demos included:

AWARE VEHICLES, Kansas City, MO: Smart drones for precision agriculture and infrastructure.

P.J. Piper, president & CEO, introduced an automated, innovative mobile docking platform for drones – including launch, recovery, and data transmission and charging – combined with artificial intelligence (AI) for the real-time study of farmland – down to moisture levels in individual plants - and infrastructure often in remote locations. https://www.awarevehicles.com/

BUILT ROBOTICS, San Francisco, CA: Autonomous construction machinery for efficiency, safety and faster results.

“We’re developing artificial intelligence guidance systems that will enable heavy equipment to operate autonomously,” said Jimmy Kim, Business Operations Lead. “Our focus is on building the software… the brains of the robot… to allow it to operate (heavy equipment) intelligently on job sites, and equipping them with the same capabilities and sensibilities that a human operator would have to ensure safety and efficiency. http://www.builtrobotics.com/

ecoSPEARS, Altamonte Springs, FL: Green remediation of PCBs and dioxins in water, soils, and sediments.

Co-founder Serg Albino is working with NASA and Black & Veatch to clean up the environment. “Imagine a world where every human being has access to clean food, clean soil, clean air and clean water,” said Albino, a former NASA aerospace engineer. ecoSPEARS has an exclusive license to leverage NASA’s proprietary technology to extract, contain and destroy PCBs and other contaminants in the environment. https://ecospears.com/

ELECTRIPHI, San Francisco, CA: Fleet electrification for reducing carbon emissions.

“We are on the cusp of the biggest energy transition in history. This is a multi-trillion-dollar transition from oil to electrons,” said Muffi Ghadiali, co-founder and CEO, who unveiled a fleet electrification planning tool. “If all of transportation, as we know it today, would electrify, that will mean we need to double or triple the grid capacity.

“This will disrupt the entire value chain from how energy is produced, how energy is delivered, how energy is consumed. And this is creating amazing opportunities for existing companies to reinvent themselves and for new companies, like us, to be created. The thread that ties all of this together is data, intelligence and an ecosystem of collaboration.” https://electriphi.ai/

EXTENSIBLE ENERGY, Berkeley, CA: Software to reduce demand charges in commercial buildings.

John Powers, Founder & CEO, has unlocked the software that makes solar energy more cost-effective for commercial building owners. It begins with making buildings smarter to better manage their use of energy through demand control.

“The U.S. generates about 2% of its electricity from solar today; in 10 years that will be 20 percent. That’s a $1 trillion opportunity,” Powers said. “It’s the largest energy infrastructure opportunity of the next decade.”

Powers closed his presentation by announcing work toward a reseller agreement with Black & Veatch to bring the Extensible Energy integrated solution, Demand X, to market. “When an innovator like Extensible Energy and an engineering powerhouse like Black & Veatch come together with a solution that addresses the biggest energy opportunity of the next decade, the result for all of us will be a cleaner world.” https://www.extensibleenergy.com/

INFRALYTIKS, Urbandale, IA: Artificial intelligence data analytics for sustainable infrastructure improvement.

“In the last two years more data has been created than in the entire history of mankind. However, only about half of 1 percent of all that data gets analyzed. And that’s where we come in,” said Kevin Prendergast, president. “Machine learning unlocks the value of the data and makes it work for us.”

Applying large-scale, real-time data analytics is the heartbeat of InfraLytiks, including a Black & Veatch assignment to automate the process of adding telecom lines and antennae to utility poles across the country – potentially all 180 million utility poles in the U.S. “There is huge demand for lines on the poles. This is valuable real estate,” he said. “The value for consumers, of course, is connectivity.” https://infralytiks.com/

NOVONUTRIENTS, Sunnyvale, CA: Converting industrial CO2 emissions into protein-rich feed.

Black & Veatch is committed to finding new technologies that will reshape the food and agriculture system as we know it. And, that’s where David Tze, CEO, enters the picture.

NovoNutrients has created a gas fermentation technology that will convert industrial carbon dioxin emissions into protein for aquafeed – the essential food in aquaculture and its farm-raised seafood – that is far more cost-effective and plentiful than aquafeed products now on the market.

With about 40 billion tons per year of greenhouse gases for NovoNutrients to “farm,” Tze said six sectors are well-suited for the NovoNutrients technology. https://www.novonutrients.com/

“These seven companies are on the front lines of the cleantech revolution,” George said. “Through our partnership with LaunchKC and by bringing the cohort together with our professionals at Black & Veatch, this program is an emphatic endorsement about how new technology can be used to solve our biggest resource and infrastructure challenges.”

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Editor’s Note: A livestream video of the Black & Veatch Demo Day is available at https://youtu.be/JGIofiDgIhE

About Black & Veatch

Black & Veatch is an employee-owned engineering, procurement, consulting and construction company with a more than 100-year track record of innovation in sustainable infrastructure. Since 1915, we have helped our clients improve the lives of people in over 100 countries by addressing the resilience and reliability of our world's most important infrastructure assets. Our revenues in 2018 were US$3.5 billion. Follow us on www.bv.com and on social media.

About LaunchKC

LaunchKC has evolved from a 5-year-old grants competition into a tech accelerator platform that leverages grants, as well as creates new opportunities for investors, entrepreneurs, workers and the tech ecosystem of Kansas City. Its bottom line is to attract scalable companies to create more jobs and opportunities while growing the local economy. LaunchKC is an initiative of the Downtown Council (DTC) and the Economic Development Corporation (EDCKC) both of Kansas City, Missouri.

Media Contact Information:

CHRISTOPHER CLARK, Black & Veatch, 913-458-2778

MIKE HURD, LaunchKC, 816-447-2136


          

Superintendent (Valero) – Vallejo, CA

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CA-Vallejo, About us Ferrovial Services North America is a leading company providing Oil & Gas and Infrastructure solutions across the United States and Canada. Its portfolio includes 35 outstanding contracts, such as Port Miami Tunnel and maintenance of the Chevron refineries in California. With more than 1,500 employees and a presence in 14 states, Ferrovial Services North America, generates true value and
          

Construction Inspector- NICET III - Clark, NJ 07066

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Principal Advisor Infrastructure | RIO TINTO

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Superior, Arizona, About you To be successfully considered in this role, you will have:   A tertiary qualification in Business, Engineering, Project Management, or other relevant discipline Post graduate qualifi
          

Transforming Infrastructure: Frameworks for Bringing the Fourth Industrial Revolution to Infrastructure

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The Fourth Industrial Revolution has brought various technological developments which have completely altered the way

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Executive: Mechanical CoE Service Operations Manager Midwest, Southeast - Miramar, Florida

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**Position Overview:** Prepares Estimates and Proposals, submits to customer, follows up and secures purchase orders, based on Field leads phoned in by Field Mechanics Improves customer Satisfaction through timely follow up and drives high margin revenue for our Mechanical Service business **Principal Duties & Responsibilities:** As Part of the Mechanical Center of Competency assist the Branch offices in their assigned region with profitably growing the Mechanical Service Business Drives and supports Business Excellence activities to continuously improve mechanical business performance Drives and supports analysis of strengths and weak for the mechanical service business, identifies improvement areas and supports coordinated target setting across functions. Drives and supports cross-functional implementation of Business Excellence approaches When necessary, assist the Sales team to properly scope service agreements and retrofit projects to mitigate risk Assist local Operations Managers with project cost review and execution planning When necessary, be the lead technical expert that can assist with onsite problem solving. Facilitates best practice sharing across branches and amongst other business units Provides transparency on status and progress and contributes to reporting and communication. **Required Education Knowledge, Skills & Experience** Bachelors degree Strong customer service skill and good verbal and written communications skills in English. Ability to manage multiple tasks and prioritize workload. 10+ years of deep knowledge of the mechanical service business in estimating. Proposing, and properly scope both service agreements and retrofit projects. Strong knowledge and experience in Microsoft Office tools. Strong interpersonal skills to work with the national and branch operations management teams as well as mechanics in the field. Understanding of business processes, standard practices, tools, and financial systems within branch. Travel is 50% - 75% Qualified Applicants must be legally authorized for employment in the United States. Qualified Applicants will not require employer sponsored work authorization now or in the future for employment in the United States. **Job ID:** ****** **Organization:** Smart Infrastructure **Company:** Siemens Industry, Inc. **Experience Level:** Experienced Professional **Job Type:** Full-time **Equal Employment Opportunity Statement** Siemens is an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer encouraging diversity in the workplace. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to their race, color, creed, religion, national origin, citizenship status, ancestry, sex, age, physical or mental disability, marital status, family responsibilities, pregnancy, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender expression, gender identity, transgender, sex stereotyping, protected veteran or military status, and other categories protected by federal, state or local law. **EEO is the Law** Applicants and employees are protected under Federal law from discrimination. To learn more, Click here at ************************************************************** . **Pay Transparency Non-Discrimination Provision** Siemens follows Executive Order 11246, including the Pay Transparency Nondiscrimination Provision. To learn more, Click here at ************************************************************** . Posted: 2019-11-13 Expires: 2019-12-14 Siemens ()
          

Other: Lead Software Engineer (Java/AWS) - Plano, Texas

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THE COMPANY Fannie Mae provides reliable, large-scale access to affordable mortgage credit in communities across our nation. We are the leading source of funding for housing in America, which means more people can buy or rent a home. We are focused on sustaining the housing recovery, improving our company, and leading change to make housing better.Join our diverse, high-performing team and make a difference as we work together to enable access to a good home.For more information about Fannie Mae, visit http://www.fanniemae.com/progress. JOB INFORMATION Our Single-Family, Digital Products Team, located in Plano, TX is looking for a Sr. Software Engineer that will be part of leading one of the most important digital transformation at Fannie Mae. You will be working on an enterprise application framework that is key in moving our entire platforms to AWS.--You will use modern tools, techniques, and methods such as Java/JEE, Spring Boot, RESTful APIs, with Microservice-based architecture, and AWS. Lead, or play lead technical role in development teams' efforts to determine unit needs and business processes that are automated by the application. Participate in or review all of the steps in the software development life cycle to create and modify the software. KEY JOB FUNCTIONS ---Work with product owners and other development team members to determine new features and user stories needed in new/revised applications or large/complex development projects. ---Create or Update documentation in support of development efforts. Documents may include detailed specifications, implementation guides, architecture diagrams or design documents. ---Participate in code reviews with peers and managers to ensure that each increment adheres to original vision as described in the user story and all standard resource libraries and architecture patterns as appropriate. ---Respond to trouble/support calls for applications in production in order to make quick repair to keep application in production. ---Serve as a technical lead for an Agile team and actively participate in all Agile ceremonies. Participate in all team ceremonies including planning, grooming, product demonstration and team retrospectives. ---Mentor less experienced technical staff; may use high end development tools to assist or facilitate development process. ---Leverage Fannie Mae DevOps tool stack to build, inspect, deploy, test and promote new or updated features. ---Set up and configure a continuous integration environment. ---Advanced proficiency in unit testing as well as coding in 1-2 languages (e.g. Java, etc). ---Advanced proficiency in Object Oriented Design (OOD) and analysis. Advanced proficiency in application of analysis/design engineering functions. Advanced proficiency in application of non-functional software qualities such as resiliency, maintainability, etc. Advanced proficiency in advanced behavior-driven testing techniques. EDUCATION ---Bachelor's Degree or equivalent required MINIMUM EXPERIENCE ---8+ years of related experience SPECIALIZED KNOWLEDGE & SKILLS Required Skills ---8+ years of experience of enterprise development using Java/JEE and have hands-on experience with the Spring Boot Framework ---Experience with Architecture, Design & Development of portal-based applications ---4 years of experience with application integrations such as SOAP, RESTful Web Services, Microservices, File/Data transfers, etc. ---Extensive knowledge of OAuth and Rest API to integrate middleware with Authentication and Authorization services ---Experience with CI/CD with knowledge of Git Hub, Maven and Jenkins ---Ability to lead complex architecture and design white-boarding sessions ---Experience in object modeling, designing data models and database schemas, and solving scalability issues ---Knowledge of UNIX (Linux) environment and scripting (bash, shell and Python) ---Experience with Agile Development Methodology Preferred Skills ---Hands-on experience with AWS Cloud including the use of IAM, EC2, ELB, Elastic Beanstalk, RDS, S3, LAMBDA, API Gateway, CloudFront, SNS, SQS, DynamoDB, CloudWatch, ElastiCache, Kinesis, etc. ---Experience with developing with RESTful Webservices on NodeJS (JSON/XML) ---Familiarity with principles of CICD, Blue/Green, DevOps practices and ECS tools ---Experience in Hybrid Cloud Architectures, Cloud brokering solutions or Cloud Management Solutions for Public/Private Cloud ---Experience with Infrastructure Security Automation, Infrastructure capacity monitoring and automated scaling solutions -- Req ID: 57729 ()
          

Engineering: DevOps Cloud Engineer - Richardson, Texas

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DevOps Cloud Engineer Richardson, TX HOW YOU WILL FULFILL YOUR POTENTIAL Our Digital Finance team is bringing together a group of highly skilled technology engineers with a strong desire to change the industry. DevOps principles and utilizing advanced cloud capabilities are fundamental to our strategy of market agility and lean operating principles with a strict focus on quality that meets the demands of digital customers. We are seeking highly collaborative, creative and intellectually curious Cloud Engineers who are passionate about forming and implementing cutting-edge cloud computing capabilities. As a member of the Marcus Cloud team you will champion the advancement of cloud adoption, develop and deploy our cloud architecture and be a leading voice of cloud strategy. Lead the cultural changes necessary for cloud adoption and migration Develop, coordinate and communicate the cloud architecture, migration and adoption across our digital products Automate the provisioning of environments using Ansible, Puppet and other tools Design and develop high-quality automation workflows in the cloud platform Possess strong verbal and written communication skills with the ability to present, persuade and influence peers, vendors and executives Experience migrating platforms to cloud based offerings, such as Amazon's AWS Energetic, self-directed and self-motivated Able to build and sustain long-term relationships across a multitude of stakeholders in a fast paced, multi-directional work environment Exceptional analytical skills with the ability to apply expertise to drive complex, technical and highly commercial solutions SKILLS AND EXPERIENCE WE ARE LOOKING FOR Extensive experience with AWS and AWS native toolsets such as AWS Cloud Formation, AWS EC2, S3, VPCs, Kinesis, Dynamo, SQS, SNS, SWF etc. Extensive experience with automation and configuration management using Puppet, Chef, Ansible, Terraform, Vault, Nomad, Jenkins or similar Strong knowledge with Web Services, API Gateways and application integration development and design Strong background in Linux Strong background in scripting and automation in languages such as Python and Ruby Strong background in cloud operations instrumentation and monitoring of distributed architectures using AppDynamics, Splunk, Nagios or similar Strong background with source control management systems (GIT or Subversion); Build Systems (Maven, Gradle), Code Quality (Sonar), Artifact Repository Manager(Maven), Continuous Integration (Jenkins) Knowledge of relational and non-relational databases Knowledge of containerization Knowledge of agile software development practices and release management Thorough understanding of Cloud Computing: virtualization technologies, Infrastructure as a Service, Platform as a Service and Software as a Service Cloud delivery models and the current competitive landscape. Excellent written and oral communication skills with ability to communicate effectively with technical and non-technical staff Bachelor's degree in Computer Science or higher, and/or equivalent experience ()
          

Executive: Director, Platinum Accounts - Dallas, Texas

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The Director is accountable for delivering high quality and efficient service to our customers through the day-to-day oversight of the employee benefits account management and consulting teams. This role directly contributes to key business outcomes such as client retention, client satisfaction, enhancing Patra's value to our clients and prospects, achieving operating/margin targets and fostering a culture of performance and continuous improvement. Secures existing business and drives the sale of additional services and lines of coverage. Collaborates with business unit counterparts and cultivates relationships with Patra's leadership team. Core Duties: - Management responsibility for the hiring, performance and salary reviews, promotions and disciplinary matters for direct reporting employees. - Develops individual goals and objectives linked to the department business plan. - Monitors on-going employee performance and communicates feedback on goal achievement and job responsibilities. - Provides developmental, training, coaching and mentoring opportunities for direct reports. - Major contributor in building customer service and technology infrastructure - Establishing metrics for servicing and budget monitoring - Oversight and maintenance of key carrier and vendor partnerships - Other duties may also be assigned Minimum Requirements: Education & Experience: Bachelor's degree and three years of relevant experience in administrative management, or 7-10 years of property and casualty insurance related experience Knowledge, Skills and Abilities: - Proficiency with core insurance coverages - Demonstrates ability to communicate effectively and professionally with clients and internal staff - Demonstrates a sense of urgency, initiative, responsiveness, and attention to detail - Must be able to maintain the highest level of confidentiality - Demonstrates exceptional organizational skills by handling multiple tasks simultaneously and meeting commitments - Exhibits a high level of positivity, energy and teamwork orientation - Proficient in using technology as a tool to maximize productivity and quality Strong negotiation and effective interpersonal skills Solid analytical and problem solving skills Subject matter expertise for area(s) of responsibility Able to keep abreast of general industry knowledge and trends Certifications and Licenses: Active P&C license required PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS: Constantly perform desk-based computer tasks Frequent sitting Occasionally stand/walk, writing by hand, use of telephone, lift/carry/push/pull objects that weigh 11-20 pounds Sort/file paperwork, rarely twist/bend/stoop/squat - Consistent with its obligations under the law, the Patra Corp will provide reasonable accommodation to any employee with a disability who requires accommodation to perform the essential functions of his or her job. WORKING CONDITIONS: Occasional evening and weekend hours WORK STANDARDS: Interpersonal Skills: Demonstrates the ability to work well with Patra colleagues and clients and with external organizations Promotes Culture of Respect & Safety: Demonstrates commitment to personal responsibility and value for safety and respect; communicates concerns; uses and promotes safe respectful behaviors based on training and lessons learned Subject to and expected to comply with all applicable Patra Corp policies and procedures ()
          

Other: Apps Systems Engineer 6 - Irving, Texas

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Job DescriptionImportant Note: During the application process, ensure your contact information (email and phone number) is up to date and upload your current resume prior to submitting your application for consideration. To participate in some selection activities you will need to respond to an invitation. The invitation can be sent by both email and text message. - In order to receive text message invitations, your profile must include a mobile phone number designated as "Personal Cell" - or "Cellular" - in the contact information of your application.At Wells Fargo, we want to satisfy our customers' financial needs and help them succeed financially. We're looking for talented people who will put our customers at the center of everything we do. Join our diverse and inclusive team where you'll feel valued and inspired to contribute your unique skills and experience. - -Help us build a better Wells Fargo. It all begins with outstanding talent. It all begins with you. -Wells Fargo Technology sets IT strategy; enhances the design, development, and operations of our systems; optimizes the Wells Fargo infrastructure footprint; provides information security; and enables continuous banking access through in-store, online, ATM, and other channels to Wells Fargo's more than 70 million global customers.The Enterprise Data Lake team is responsible for leveraging big data technologies and cutting edge innovations in establishing and enhancing enterprise data lake. We provide big data solutions for the enterprise data initiatives.Position Responsibilities:As a Apps Systems Engineer 6 with Enterprise Data Lake team you will work with application teams and help them in ingesting and processing data, discovering insights with big data approaches.Qualifications include the following: Deep understanding of Big data and Hadoop architecture Strong experience in Hadoop and its related technologies like MapReduce, HDFS, Spark, Kafka, and Hive Hands on experience in Java, Scala, Python, and Unix Shell Script Solid experience in NoSQL databases like HBase, MongoDB and Cassandra Experience in designing and developing technical solutions with big data technologies Proven track record of strong verbal/written communication and presentation skills, abilities to articulate technical solutions to both technical and business audiences Excellent planning, project management, leadership and time management skills Abilities to work independently Delivery focus and willingness to work in a fast-paced, mission-critical production environmentRequired Qualifications10+ years of application development and implementation experience7+ years of Hadoop experience5+ years of experience with Big Data or Hadoop tools such as Spark, Hive, Kafka and Map7+ years of UNIX experience5 + years of Core Java experienceDesired QualificationsExcellent verbal, written, and interpersonal communication skillsEngineering and architecture experience with big data5+ years of Big Data experienceKnowledge and understanding of Python, R or SCALAExperience with Spark, Hive and Kafka5+ years of SQL experienceExcellent verbal, written, and interpersonal communication skillsAbility to execute in a fast paced, high demand, environment while balancing multiple prioritiesAbility to work independentlyAbility to take initiative and work independently with minimal supervision in a structured environmentOther Desired Qualifications Deep understanding of Big data and Hadoop architecture 5 + years of Big Data Systems Administration experience Hands on experience in Java, Scala and Python. 5+ years of SQL/Database experience Strong experience in Hadoop and its related technologies like Spark and Hive Excellent planning, project management, leadership and time management skills Experience in designing and developing technical solutions with big data technologies. Proven track record of strong verbal/written communication and presentation skills, abilities to articulate technical solutions to both technical and business audiences. -Job ExpectationsAbility to travel up to 5% of the timeDisclaimerAll offers for employment with Wells Fargo are contingent upon the candidate having successfully completed a criminal background check. Wells Fargo will consider qualified candidates with criminal histories in a manner consistent with the requirements of applicable local, state and Federal law, including Section 19 of the Federal Deposit Insurance Act.Relevant military experience is considered for veterans and transitioning service men and women.Wells Fargo is an Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity Employer, Minority/Female/Disabled/Veteran/Gender Identity/Sexual Orientation. ()
          

Professions: ICT Architect - Dallas, Texas

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Date: Oct 1, 2019 Job Summary:We are now looking for an Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Architect. You will have the ability to build principles, models and guidelines from strategies. You will convert requirements to develop cost efficient solutions that are consistent between business, information and technology. You will, also interact with internal stakeholders and external customers to define and provide solutions improving their competitive position. Finally, to act as an internal consultant for the many IT areas.Responsibilities: 5 years' or more experience within IT Security and Network Ericsson Network infrastructure knowledge and understanding Academic exam in Computer science or similar IT security highly developed skills Core Network architecture skills Understanding of general Process of Operation, maintenance & planning. Key Qualifications: --- Education: bachelors in Computer Science, or Electrical Engineering --- Min years of experience: 5 years --- Domain experience: Ericsson IT Security and Network --- Architect expertise within Security, Enterprise Network, WiFi, Certificates, Cloud (IBM/Amazon/Azure). DISCLAIMER: The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by employees assigned to this classification. They are not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties and skills required of employees assigned to this position. Therefore employees assigned may be required to perform additional job tasks required by the manager. We are proud to be an EEO/AA employer M/F/Disabled/Veterans. We maintain a drug-free workplace and perform pre-employment substance abuse testing. Ericsson provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, pregnancy, parental status, national origin, ethnic background, age, disability, political opinion, social status, protected veteran status, union membership or genetics information. Ericsson complies with applicable country, state and all local laws governing nondiscrimination in employment in every location across the world in which the company has facilities. In addition, Ericsson supports the UN Guiding Principles for Business and Human Rights and the United Nations Global Compact. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation, training and development. Ericsson expressly prohibits any form of workplace harassment based on race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, pregnancy, parental status, national origin, ethnic background, age, disability, political opinion, social status, protected veteran status, union membership or genetic information. Ericsson will not discharge or in any other manner discriminate against employees or applicants because they have inquired about, discussed, or disclosed their own pay or the pay of another employee or applicant. However, employees who have access to the compensation information of other employees or applicants as a part of their essential job functions cannot disclose the pay of other employees or applicants to individuals who do not otherwise have access to compensation information, unless the disclosure is (a) in response to a formal complaint or charge, (b) in furtherance of an investigation, proceeding, hearing, or action, including an investigation conducted by Ericsson or (c) consistent with Ericssons legal duty to furnish information. Employee Polygraph Protection Act Notice - Employers are generally prohibited from requiring or requesting any employee or job applicant to take a lie detector test, and from discharging, disciplining, or discriminating against an employee or prospective employee for refusing to take a test or for exercising other rights under the Act. For more information, visit https://www.dol.gov/whd/regs/compliance/posters/eppac.pdf. Ericsson is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to providing reasonable accommodation for qualified disabled individuals during the application and hiring process. Ericsson will make modifications or adjustments to the job application or interview process that will enable a qualified applicant to be considered for a position. If you require an accommodation due to a disability, please contact Ericsson at hr.direct.dallas@ericsson.com or (866) 374-2272 (US) or (877) 338-9966 (Canada) for further assistance. Primary country and city: United States (US) -- -- Dallas -- IT ()
          

Engineering: Full Stack Engineer - Dallas, Texas

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About Net2Source, Inc. Net2Source Inc. is one of the fastest growing Global Workforce Solutions company with a growth of 100% YoY for last consecutive 3 years with over 2200+ employees globally and 30 locations in US and operations in 20 countries. Net2Source is headquartered at NJ, USA. -We offer a wide gamut of consulting solutions customized to our 450+ clients ranging from Fortune 500/1000 to Start-ups across various verticals like Technology, Banking, Financial Services, Healthcare, Life Sciences, Oil & Gas, Energy, Retail, Telecom, Utilities, Manufacturing, Aerospace & Defense and Engineering. We are one of the fastest-growing companies in the U.S. and this may be your opportunity to join us! Want to read more about Net2Source? Visit us at - Company: One of our clients Position: Full Stack Engineer Location: Westlake, TX Duration: Long Term Contract - (U.S. Citizens/Green Cards and those authorized to work in the U.S. are encouraged to apply. We are unable to sponsor currently.) - Special Instructions: - - - - - - - - - - 80% Front-end, 15% middle-tier, 5% backend - 1. What are the 3-4 MUST have skills for this role a. TypeScript / Angular 2+ b. Java / Spring c. JavaScript - 2. How will these skills be utilized for this position a. The above skills are required to build out new client-side Angular UI components that are backed by Spring Boot middle-tier and RESTful API's. 3. What are 3 NICE to have skills a. RESTful API's b. CSS3 / SASS c. Kubernetes / Cloud 4. What will they be utilized for/ working on/ responsibilities a. The above skills are needed to better consume the data provided by various RESTful APIs and in order to get the new capabilities deployed on the Rancher / Kubernetes infrastructure - Requirements Knowledge of JavaScript libraries such as jQuery and their use in building complex interactive experiences You are familiar with MVC frameworks (AngularJS, Angular 2+, Backbone.js, or similar) and common JavaScript design patterns Familiarity with Responsive Designs Familiarity with TypeScript or extensive JavaScript Demonstrable experience using fluid grids, and building responsive websites Making use of Cascading Style Sheets CSS3 features & CSS frameworks to implement responsive web design HTML5 including HTML5 API's CSS and CSS preprocessors such as SASS or Lint DOM You are able to build cross browser page layouts and components Knowledge of design techniques for developing websites with good performance (i.e. lazy loading, use of Spites, etc.) Knowledge of expanded HTML5 semantics and popular HTML5 APIs (e.g. audio, video, SVG) Back End/Web Services Experience and knowledge of RESTful API's or other Web Services Qualifications: Superb communication skills including the ability to communicate software engineering and/or development concepts and principles Design, develop and implement web applications, including alignment to coding standards, and building/running appropriate unit and integration tests and deployment scripts Basic principles of software design for maintainable and extendable software Analytical and problem-solving skills Excellent collaboration skills working with other developers and co-workers including distributed team members Partner with QA to know the quality of the product Ability to use or learn Design Patterns Agile/Scrum experience or basic knowledge Establish continual improvement by suggesting improvements to all aspects of the product development - The following qualifications will receive strong preference Bachelor's degree or higher in Computer Science or a related field 6+ years of software development - preferably front end 2 - 3 years of client-side UI development 2+ years of experience with HTML5 and CSS3 and popular page layout frameworks 2+ years of Responsive Web Design - Development experience Experience mentoring junior staff and defining coding standards and standard methodologies Hands-on experience with multiple JavaScript libraries and frameworks (jQuery) Hands-on experience with Responsive Web Design and Web Accessibility Experience working with large branded websites, content management systems, E-commerce platforms, and backend frameworks (Java, .NET) is a plus Experience within a large technical organization a plus Familiarity with Agile concepts in an enterprise setting is preferred Familiarity with Content Management Systems concepts and architecture is beneficial - Equal Employment Opportunity Commission: Net2Source, Inc. is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Net2Source, Inc. is committed to ensuring equal employment opportunities for all candidates and employees. Hiring decisions are solely based upon job related criteria regardless of race, ethnicity, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy and gender identity), marital status, disability, age, national origin, political affiliation, retaliation, parental status, military service, other non-merit factor or any other status protected by U.S. law. - Regards: Ujjwal Chaudhary Account Manager Corp. HQ's: 317 George St., Suite 220, New Brunswick, NJ 08901 Office: (201) 340-8700 x 540 - Cell: (201) 215-9199- Email: ujjwal@ Web: - Social: Facebook - Twitter - LinkedIn - Fast Facts about Net2Source: --- Inception in 2007, privately held, Debt free --- 2200+ employees globally --- 375+ In- house Team of Sales, Account Management and Recruitment with coast to coast COE. --- 30 offices in US and 50+ Offices globally --- Operations in 20 countries (US, Canada, Mexico, APAC, UK, UAE, Europe, Latin America, Japan, Australia) - Awards and Accolades: - 2018 - Fastest Growing IT Staffing Firm in North America by Staffing Industry Analysts 2018 - Fastest-Growing Private Companies in America as a 5 times consecutive honoree - Inc. 5000 2018 - Spirit of Alliance Award by Agile1 2018 - 40 Under 40 Leadership Awards by Triangle Business Journal 2018 - Fastest 50 by NJBIZ 2018 - TechServe Excellence Award (IT and Engineering Staffing) 2018 - Best of the Best Platinum Award by Agile1 2018 - 40 Under 40 Award Winner by Staffing Industry Analysts 2018 - CEO World Gold Award by SVUS 2017 - Best of the Best Gold Award by Agile1 ()
          

Professions: Cloud Security Architect - Richardson, Texas

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Job Title: -Information Secuirty Engineer Location: -Richardson, Texas Job-Type: -Direct Hire - Position Overview: Gravity is looking for Cloud Security Architect to spearhead our client's software development and security departments supporting Cloud infrastructure and DevSecOps strategies. As a member of the Security team, the individual will have responsibilities in developing and implementing a robust security strategy to secure our cloud infrastructure and cloud-native applications. Our client is an on-line brokerage firm seeking to level the playing field for self-directed investors and traders, empowering them to claim their individual financial edge. Duties & Responsibilities: Assist in developing and maintaining a robust security strategy designed to address risks associated with cloud infrastructures and cloud-native applications Work closely with development teams in the design of cloud native services and infrastructure Review and assess current cloud infrastructures to identify gaps and mitigations Prepare and document policies and standards around cloud security Develop secure cloud practices and educate employees in multiple roles and levels on them Perform research and evaluate security technologies designed to protect cloud infrastructure and cloud-native applications and systems Design and implement guardrails and other controls Build out pragmatic and reusable solutions for security problems Assist with other security related initiatives as they arise Required knowledge & Skills: In this leadership position, abilities such as formulating short and long-term strategies and communicating at all levels (technical, management, executive, etc.) will be required Exceptional understanding of security principles, strategies, and goals Ability to successfully balance and prioritize security needs with other deliverable timelines, budgets, etc. Strong understanding of Linux Kernel-level security threats and mitigations Strong experience with securing Kubernetes at the Pod/Node/Cluster levels including network policy, node to node encryption, mutual TLS, etc. Strong experience in Container Management and DevOps pipeline Strong experience in software development with various programming languages Knowledge of AWS networking (security groups, ACL, etc.), IAM, STS, WAF, Shield and ALB protections Ability to actively assess existing cloud infrastructures to identify gaps and mitigations Thorough understanding of the latest security principles, techniques, and tooling Able to multitask and prioritize in a dynamic environment with continuously shifting priorities Ability to communicate security concepts and issues to peers and management Possess and maintain up-to-date understanding of emerging trends in cloud native security including research of the latest products to combat these threats Strong analytical and problem-solving skills Excellent verbal and written communication skills Demonstrated personal initiative in maintaining a continuous high level of professional knowledge in areas of cloud security Education & Experience: Bachelor's degree in Information Security, Information Systems, or a related field with at least 3 years of experience OR 7 years of demonstrable progressive work in the information security field Experience with cloud security and/or emerging security technologies such as AI-based systems strongly preferred One or more of the following certifications strongly preferred:CISSP (and/or other ISC2 certifications) SANS GIAC certifications CEH, OSCP, or other penetration testing certifications Other industry recognized certifications or accreditations ()
          

Professions: IT Business Analyst - East Lansing, Michigan

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BASIC PERFORMANCE EXPECTATIONS : ITSS Business Analysts are the liaison between business users, the information technology department and/or external clients/vendors. ITSS Business Analysts must have the skills to: apply logical analytical thought to a business issue provide expertise in the modeling/mapping of business processes to deliver as-is/to-be business processes provide input on feasibility of project as to how realistic the requirements are in terms of effort and time identifying what data the business currently has and what data would be necessary for testing be well versed in project management practices and principles have a sound and detailed understanding of application and/or infrastructure technology and principles employ the change management processes manage user expectations ITSS Business Analysts are responsible for analyzing the business needs of their clients and stakeholders to help identify business problems and propose solutions taking requests from a high level in clear and detailed requirements. Under the direction of Project and IT Managers, ITSS Business Analysts work with sponsors and IT teams to develop the overall project vision, collaborate with vendors, partners and subject matter experts to establish the product concept, analyze business and information technology needs and translate them into project requirements along with process changes. They must know, stay abreast of, and effectively use fundamental analytical concepts, industry best practices, and company procedures to ensure the quality and integrity of the technology used by MESSA and to ensure that it meets the stated business objectives. Work includes, but is not limited to, facilitation of meetings, preparing and submitting notes and tasks from facilitated meetings, gathering requirements, documenting requirements, assisting with test planning and test case development, analyzing data requirements for testing, and managing user expectations. ASSIGNED DUTIES : Planning, Scoping and Facilitation Facilitate meetings and lead work sessions. Act as a team lead on designated projects, support issues and associated remediations. Assist in developing project concept requests, feasibilities and project proposals. Assist in the preparation of project documentation. Work independently with subject matter experts and, under the direction of Project and IT Managers, define concepts and technology vision that meets the needs of the project. Identify, estimate and develop schedule of activites and tasks. Work with technology vendors and project managers to plan project logistics and coordinate team tasks. Work with the project team to prepare for project implementations by identifying readiness tasks; conducting regular and daily standup meetings; preparing announcements, maintenance windows, process changes, training, implementation, support plans, etc. As needed, develop contingency and disaster recovery plans in order to maintain operations during downtime and/or major disasters. Test such plans with various operational and support groups within the organization. As needed, assist in technical project portfolio planning, maintenance and reporting. Requirements Elicitation, Analysis, Management and Communication Elicit, gather and maintain business, functional or technical requirements using contemporary techniques such as product backlog, user stories, persona development, requirements or traceability matrices. Facilitate the negotiation of requirements amongst multiple stakeholders. Create, analyze and validate detailed functional specifications. Facilitate design sessions with the implementation team to define solutions. Identify and document elements of system design, including data migration rules, business rules, wireframes, mockups, report specifications or other detailed deliverables. Identify and document current and future state business processes. Document business needs, capability gaps, proposed workflows and solutions. Help business stakeholders envision the future and how their work will need to change to support the future. As needed, design, create, deploy and maintain processes and procedures. Communications Proactively communicate and collaborate with vendors, partners and internal clients. Maintain positive working relationships with internal and external clients. Risk Identification, Analysis and Response Planning Identify issues, risks and scope creep with potential solutions and submit them to the IT or Project Manager. Coordinate with project teams, vendors, partners and business units to address interdependencies and resolve issues. Solution Assessment, Quality Planning, Testing and Validation Develop, execute or oversee the development and execution of test plans, test cases, use cases and user acceptance testing for complex systems. Analyze data needs for testing of vast systems for all areas of the business. Extract and prepare test data as needed. Verify requirements and acceptance criteria are addressed. Track and address pre and post release defects. Develop and execute or oversee the development and execution of training documents and "train the trainer" - sessions. Mentor team members on all of the above items. Perform other job-related duties as assigned. MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS : Bachelor's Degree in computer information systems, computer science, business, or related field OR an associates degree in a information technology related field and two years of related and progressively more responsible or expansive work experience in the information technology field. In addition to the above, a minimum of three years experience as a Business Analyst working in four or more of the following areas - major system implementation, business process improvement, programming, systems support, business case development and analysis, software testing, and project management. Demonstrated interpersonal skills, written and oral communication skills, meeting facilitation skills, and interviewing skills. Demonstrated ability to communicate efficiently and effectively with a wide range of personnel (users, IT staff, and vendors). Demonstrated conflict resolution/negotiation skills. Demonstrated experience with systems development lifecycle (SDLC), gathering and documenting requirements, documenting existing systems and/or processes, documenting to be systems and/or processes, test planning, test case development, use case development, collect and analyze metrics, project management and change management concepts, risk management, relational database concepts. Demonstrated creative problem solving skills. Demonstrated ability to multi-task, and address multiple projects concurrently. Demonstrated excellent time management skills TESTING: Information Technology Terminology Proficient Software Business Analysis Proficient Software Testing Proficient Business Communication Proficient Project Management Proficient ()
          

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

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Under the supervision of the Contract Manager, this position supports the Security of the US Judicial complex, and the safety of the Judicial family and the…
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Principal Advisor Infrastructure | RIO TINTO

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Superior, Arizona, About you To be successfully considered in this role, you will have:   A tertiary qualification in Business, Engineering, Project Management, or other relevant discipline Post graduate qualifi
          

Executive: Chief Financial Officer - Portfolio Company - East Lansing, Michigan

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The Position The portfolio company CFO will report to the Board of Directors of this middle-market, private equity-sponsored business and have full financial responsibility for the organization and serve in a leadership capacity with regard to future M&A activities. -The successful candidate will be a broad-based, successful CFO, preferably with experience in the manufacturing/industrials categories.Experience ProfileTrack record of success as the CFO of a stand-alone business with revenues in excess of $100mPrior experience in M&A and in integration of acquired companiesHas successfully collaborated to execute on a strategic business vision, moving from conceptual to operationalAbility to thrive in a rigorous reporting environmentTrack record of successful ERP implementations/conversionsPrincipal Responsibilities - - - - - - - - -Contribute in a leadership role towards maximizing value of the company - - - - - - - - -Exercise and instill a culture of data and ROI based decision-making along with a strong work-ethic - - - - - - - - -Lead the company's financial planning and analysis - - - - - - - - -Guide financial decisions and ensure that best-practices are utilized in the financial function by establishing, documenting, monitoring and enforcing policies and procedures - - - - - - - - -Perform risk management by analyzing the organization's liabilities, risks, insurance programs and investments - - - - - - - - -Manage the treasury, credit and collections functions and ensure cash flow is appropriate for the organization's operations and strategic objectives - - - - - - - - -Lead the company's banking/lending relationships - - - - - - - - -Manage vendor relationships - - - - - - - - -Ensure that the company's IT infrastructure and ERP are sufficient to meet the company's goals - - - - - - - - -Ensure compliance with the law and company policies - - - - - - - - -Develop and lead high performance teams. - - - - - - - - -Protect the company's assets by establishing, monitoring, and enforcing internal controls. - - - - - - - - -Evaluate ROI of proposed capital projects. - - - - - - - - -Timely and accurate financial reporting, including leading the external audit process. - - - - - - - - -Lead the budgeting process by establishing schedules; collecting, analyzing, and consolidating financial data - - - - - - - - -Conduct due diligence for potential acquisitions and, if applicable, take a lead role in integrating acquisitions. - - - - - - - - -Maintain professional and technical knowledge by attending educational workshops; reviewing professional publications; establishing personal networks; participating in professional societies. - - - - - - - - -Keep up-to-date on information and technology affecting functional area(s) to increase innovation and ensure compliance. - - - - - - - - -Protect operations by keeping financial information and plans confidential. - - - - - - - - -Interact with the company's owner and Board of Directors and lead the preparation of presentations and reports for monthly and quarterly meetings - - - - - - - - -Responsible for ERP system - - - - - - - - -Manage tax complianceCandidate Requirements CPA certification or MBA requiredMinimum 20 years of financial/operational business experience. -This could include a combination of public accounting and private/public company controller/CFO positions with meaningful experience (5+ years) in a finance leadership role.Experience leading multiple PE-sponsored exits is criticalExperience working across a variety of industries and with companies of various sizes and ownership structures (private equity and public company) is critical; previous work with companies that have both domestic and international operations is preferableSubstantial experience in the following areas:Identification and monitoring of KPI's.Monthly, quarterly and annual internal and external financial reportingFinancial planning, analysis and measurementAnnual budgeting and longer-term financial projectionsBanking, cash management and credit facilitiesSound judgment and ability to think strategically, define opportunities and problems, interpret data and create and implement value-added solutions. Takes a disciplined and data-based approach to making management decisions about business and people mattersEffective in building strong relationships and has demonstrated an ability to attract and retain top talentAbility to apply broad background and experiences to new situations and to implement change and accountability mechanisms.We are looking for an aggressive, competitive personality who possesses a high energy level. The ideal candidate will be detail oriented, hardworking, self-motivated and able to thrive in a demanding, entrepreneurial environment. ()
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