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United States: Connecticut, Latest Entrant In US East Coast Offshore Wind Race, Goes (Up To 2 GW) Big - Mayer Brown   

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Raised Bill 7156, approved by both the Senate and House of Representatives of the Connecticut General Assembly on Tuesday, June 4, 2019, and headed for signature by Governor Ned Lamont
          

Comment on John Calvin on Dead Faith by Tim A. Troutman    

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<blockquote>If we say we have integrity, but do not act within the bounds of honor, our “integrity” can be said to be dead (even if we never possessed any to begin with).</blockquote> Everything you said here and above is correct . <blockquote>Dead integrity is tantamount to no integrity.</blockquote> Correct. But it is not tantamount to "never had integrity to begin with." And this is my point, which contradicts Calvin's reading. <blockquote>If you cannot at least see the possibility of interpreting James in this way, then all that can be said is that you are being childish and obtuse. </blockquote> 1. Please refrain from ad hominems. 2. I certainly do see the possiblity of interpreting the passage in this way. Calvin, for example, interpreted it in this way. The question is not whether it is possible but whether it is correct. But that is not for the laity to decide apart from the Church nor can we define Church by "those who interpret the Scripture in the way we think best." So while Calvin's interpretation is a possibility, he has no ecclesial authority and contradicts the Tradition and magisterial teaching of the Church. Beyond that, it is contrary to the plain reading as I argued. <blockquote>If you ask me, Calvin’s view of this passage is the simplest, the most straightforward, the least convoluted. It is not a “work around” of a problematic text. It is just plain common sense.</blockquote> The plain reading of "dead faith" is "never truly had faith"? Would the plain reading of "dead body" be "never truly had life?" The plain reading of "we are not justified by faith alone but also by works" is "we ARE justified by faith alone and NOT by works?" This strains my credulity too much.
          

Comment on John Calvin on Dead Faith by Hans Svineklev    

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Tim-- When I was four years old, my grandfather died, and I obediently traipsed by his body to show my respect. As I passed, I innocently blurted out for all to hear, "That's not really grandpa. That's just his body. Grandpa's in heaven." Now, I understand the naïveté of my four-year-old sentiments. Our physical bodies shall be raised incorruptible on the last day. We are not disembodied spirits in glory. But, in another sense, our living spirit is who we genuinely are. After our deaths, as our present bodies disintegrate into dust, we ourselves do not disintegrate. A dead body may still be a body, but it is not an "us" body. When we use a physical analogy for an abstract concept, we must realize what applies and what does not apply. If our integrity dies, we no longer have any integrity. No "integrity corpse" lies lifeless and still on the kitchen floor. If we say we have integrity, but do not act within the bounds of honor, our "integrity" can be said to be dead (even if we never possessed any to begin with). Dead integrity is tantamount to no integrity. If a dictator allows for no individual liberty in his realm, then freedom can be said to be dead...even if such freedom has never flourished in that region. Dead freedom is no freedom. If you cannot at least see the possibility of interpreting James in this way, then all that can be said is that you are being childish and obtuse. You can give arguments for why your take is the better one, but not that the Reformed take is totally ridiculous and inappropriate. It self-evidently is not. In answering Brandon, you did not take his arguments seriously. One can be outwardly polite and still be dismissive and disrespectful with your content. You did not engage his ideas in anything close to a meaningful way. I do not blame him at all for his pained reaction. If you ask me, Calvin's view of this passage is the simplest, the most straightforward, the least convoluted. It is not a "work around" of a problematic text. It is just plain common sense.
          

02/05/2020 - North Coast Women In Business Network February Meeting   

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To all women in business, actively or aspiring to be – You are mos twarmly invited to the meeting of North County Women In Business on Wednesday, February 5th.We meet at the Willits Center for the Arts at 71 East Commercial Street from 8:30 to 9:30am. Meetings have been on the first Wednesday,though we will be moving to the second Wednesday, beginning in June of 2020. Our speaker this month will be Mary Mueller, who is a realtor in Mendocino County helping people buy homes,sell homes, and property management. For her talk Mary will share a few secrets to help professionals connect with people. Have you ever found yourself at a loss of what to say? Come to our meeting and Mary speak. Come and enjoy a morning snack and network with us. Meetings are free for guests, first-time attendees and for members of the Willits Chamber of Commerce. For non-Chamber members the cost is $5.00. RSVP at our Facebook page: North County Women in Business Network or emailncwibn@gmail.com
          

East Coast Track & Field Invitational (RI) Results   

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Rhode Island state leaders Kyle Moison (Lincoln, RI) and Cheyenne Figueroa (Classical, Providence, RI) both racked up another win on Saturday at the East Coast Track & Field Invitational in Providence. Logan Coles (Woonsocket, RI) also improved his best in second place.

The post East Coast Track & Field Invitational (RI) Results appeared first on HMMR Media.


          

Nursing Assistant Telemetry FT Nights | East Cooper Medical Center   

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Mt. Pleasant, South Carolina, Position Summary Underthe direction of the Nurse, performs sub-professional duties includingproviding patient care to meet the needs of activities of daily living;operation and maintenance of equipme
          

Barbados: Barbados: Most Transparent Country In The Caribbean - Invest Barbados   

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Barbados retained its number one position as the least corrupt Caribbean nation, and ranks 25th worldwide, according to Transparency International's (TI) 2018 Corruption Perceptive Index (CPI).
          

Monday’s College Basketball   

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EAST Colgate 80, Bucknell 65 Fairleigh Dickinson 83, CCSU 60 Merrimack 72, St. Francis (Pa.) 55 Mount St. Mary’s 59, St. Francis (NY) 39 Robert Morris 67, Sacred Heart 55 West Virginia 97, Texas 59…
          

   

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Counting the cost of Australia’s raging inferno

Bushfire damage could be as high as $9 billion and trim .5% off GDP with worst of blazes still to come
Australia’s economy will take years to recover from the bushfires that have devastated four states since September, with the damage bill already estimated at A$5 billion (US$3.4 billion) and the worst of the blazes still to come.
There could also be a significant political cost, as Prime Minister Scott Morrison’s indecisive response and adamant refusal to acknowledge a climate change link to the fires have seen his popularity and support nosedive.
Twenty-eight people have been killed and at least 2,300 homes destroyed as the fires burned through 8.4 billion hectares (50,000 square kilometers) of mostly rural land in New South Wales (NSW), Victoria, South Australia and Queensland — a geographical area bigger than the entire territory of Denmark.
Losses will continue to rise, as the peak period of bushfire activity does not start until February, the hottest month in southeastern Australia. It is expected to drag on well into March unless there is rainfall; some areas have had heavy falls in recent days, but not enough to end the fiery crisis.
With insurance claims of A$1 billion ($690 million) already submitted for damage to private property, Westpac bank’s economics unit has calculated that the fires will trim between 0.2-0.5% off growth in 2020 alone.
A burnt-out car is seen on property razed by bushfires in Bargo, southwest of Sydney, on December 21, 2019. Photo: AFP/Peter Parks
“That would put the cost in terms of insured and uninsured losses at around $5 billion,” the bank said in a report, noting that the total bill from disasters is generally about double the losses from insured claims.
AMP Capital earlier forecast economic losses amounting to 0.25-1% of gross domestic product (GDP), or a range of A$3-13 billion ($2-9 billion), which could give Australia zero or even negative growth this quarter.
To date the most damaging bushfires were a 2009 inferno that ripped through southeastern Victoria, costing the state A$4.4 billion ($3 billion).
Westpac noted that affected areas this time, mostly on the south coast of NSW and the same region of Victoria burned out a decade ago, account for only 1% of the economy. However, they are major producers of fruit and vegetables, beef, seafood, timber and wine. They are also big tourism areas.
The tourist industry lost at least A$1 billion ($675 million) during the crucial Christmas holiday period due to cancellations— 100% in many destinations — and there is no doubt more to come.
About 60% of bookings in areas unaffected by the bushfires were also scrapped due to adverse media coverage worldwide.
A kangaroo trying to move away from nearby bushfires at a residential property near the town of Nowra in the Australian state of New South Wales. Photo: AFP/Saeed Khan
“People have basically stopped travel,” Simon Westaway, executive director of the Australian Tourism Industry Council, told Reuters news agency. “And that’s absolutely understandable: human nature kicks in.”
Damage to telecommunications, power supplies, roads, bridges and other infrastructure is still being evaluated but will also account for millions of dollars, as will the loss of inventories and profits for thousands of small businesses.
Moody’s Analytics economist Katrina Ell said air pollution, which has affected 30% of the population, would result in reduced worker productivity, increased health spending, and lower crop yields. Moody’s, a ratings agency, has said the fires have been more destructive than the 2009 blazes.
Morrison’s conservative government, which staunchly backs fossil fuel use for power generation and rejects claims that climate change has aggravated the fires, was slow initially to respond to the disaster, though it has now offered more than A$2 billion ($1.3 billion) in emergency and reconstruction aid.
The prime minister left for a holiday to Hawaii as NSW was burning, returning only after a media outcry. He was then heckled by victims of the fires on the NSW south coast and criticized by state legislators in his own party.
A Newspoll survey, the first conducted since the worst fires began, found that 59% of respondents were dissatisfied with Morrison’s performance and only 37% satisfied. He now trails Labor’s Anthony Albanese by four percentage points, the survey showed.
Australia’s Prime Minister Scott Morrison visits a wildflower farm in an area devastated by bushfires in Sarsfield, Victoria state on January 3, 2020. Photo: AFP/James Ross/Pool
Labor, the main opposition party, leads the governing coalition 51% to 49% in two-party preferred terms two years out from the next election. That spread could widen depending on Morrison’s perceived performance in handling the fires’ aftermath.
Morrison contends that it is not his government’s job to fight fires, but conceded that he “could have handled on the ground much better.” Now he has agreed to call a royal commission — the highest level of official inquiry — into the government’s response, providing more fuel to his critics.
Even as the summer fires are quenched, Morrison will continue to feel the political heat. Indeed, there are already rumblings that he may face a leadership challenge among his own ranks in the months ahead
Fires, then floods: How much can a koala bear?
A veterinary surgeon offers gum leaves to a mother and joey koala rescued from bushfires. Other koalas have had to be rescued from floods. Photo: AFP/Paul Crock

Fires, then floods: How much can a koala bear?

Koalas which were under threat from bushfires last week have now had to be rescued from a flood
One week ago, koalas at an Australian wildlife park were in the path of raging bushfires. On Friday, they were soaking wet and being carried to safety from flash floods.
Months of drought that have contributed to Australia’s catastrophic bushfire season have this week given way to huge downpours in some of the blaze-ravaged areas.
At the Australian Reptile Park on the nation’s east coast near Sydney, heavy rains on Friday morning sent torrents of water through its bushland setting.
Images released by the park showed soaking wet koalas clinging to gum trees, and a zookeeper carrying two of the marsupials to safety through rushing waters.
Water levels in the lagoon for the park’s alligators also rose up close to the top of the fence.
A zookeeper is seen leaning over the fence and trying to push an alligator back down with a broom as it stretches up in an apparent bid to escape.
“This is incredible, just last week, we were having daily meetings to discuss the imminent threat of bushfires,” park director Tim Faulkner said.
“Today, we’ve had the whole team out there, drenched, acting fast to secure the safety of our animals and defend the park from the onslaught of water.
“We haven’t seen flooding like this at the park for over 15 years.”
The bushfires, which began in September, have claimed 28 lives and are estimated to have killed more than a billion animals across eastern and southern Australia.
The wet weather this week has given exhausted firefighters a huge boost, helping to reduce or contain some blazes.
But dozens of fires remain out of control, and authorities have warned the crisis could worsen again with Australia only halfway through its summer.
“The contrast between the current bushfire crisis and this sudden flooding is striking,” Faulkner said.
“But we are well aware that a huge part of Australia is still burning, and millions of animals are still under threat.”
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CT Technologist | AdventHealth Greater Orlando   

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Orlando, Florida, Job Description Description CT Tech - AdventHealth - East Orlando Location Address: 13691 EAST COLONIAL DRIVE Work Hours/Shift: Full Time You Will Be Responsible For:
          

Work on A64 in North Yorkshire   

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WORK is due to start on £22m of improvements on one of the major routes to the East coast where there have been a series of deadly crashes over the past few years.
          

Gang violence 'will not be tolerated' - police   

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Police are bringing in extra officers and will continue to be armed for "as long as is deemed necessary" after two unconnected shootings on the East Coast over the weekend.
          

4ª Conferência Temática AEGIS sobre a África no Oceano Índico   

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A 4ª Conferência Temática AEGIS sobre a África no Oceano Índico está prevista para 23-24 de abril de 2020, no Iscte - Instituto Universitário de Lisboa.

Tal como as conferências temáticas anteriores, os organizadores estão a reunir investigadores da Europa, África e Ásia que trabalham sobre a África no Oceano Índico, com o objectivo de expandir a rede do AEGIS Collaborative Research Group on Africa in the Indian Ocean (CRG-AIO), e de produzir uma publicação internacional revista por pares, quer sob a forma de um livro, quer de um número especial de uma revista de estudos africanos.

O tema geral do evento é "New Gulf Streams - Middle East and Eastern Africa intersected", e está organizado em painéis temáticos interdisciplinares centrados nas interligações entre as sociedades do Corno de África e da África Oriental e os países do Médio Oriente, com especial enfoque nos desafios dos recentes laços geopolíticos, religiosos e económicos entre estas regiões.

A data limite para submissão de propostas é dia 31 de janeiro de 2020.

Mais informações no site do evento: gulfstreams.cei.iscte-iul.pt/


The 4th AEGIS Thematic Conference on Africa in the Indian Ocean is planned to take place at Iscte – University Institute of Lisbon, on 23-24 April 2020.

Like the previous thematic conferences, we are bringing together researchers from Europe, Africa and Asia working on Africa in the Indian Ocean, with the aim of expanding the network of the AEGIS Collaborative Research Group on Africa in the Indian Ocean (CRG-AIO), and of producing an international peer-reviewed publication, either in the form of a book or a special issue of an Africanist journal.

The general theme of the two-day Conference is “New Gulf Streams – Middle East and Eastern Africa intersected”, and is organised in interdisciplinary thematic panels focussing on the interconnections between Horn of Africa &  Eastern Africa societies and the Middle East countries, with a special focus on the challenges of recent geopolitical, religious and economic ties between these regions.

The Conference will also provide an important opportunity to strengthen the existing ties between CRG-AIO members and universities and research centres from the Horn of Africa and from East African countries, and will benefit from already existing structures of collaboration existing between AEGIS centres and non-European university research centres.

Deadline call for papers: January 31Check the website for information on submissions.


          

Executive: Business Operations Manager of Communications - Cary, North Carolina   

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What you'll be doing... As a Business Operations Manager of Communications, you will manage the internal and external communication and communications strategy for the Global Service Management organization within Verizon Business Group. You will use multiple platforms and creative communication methods to engage, inspire, and educate the Global Service Management team. You will be integral to preparing presentations to enable executives to share information externally with industry analysts and customers and internally for executive meetings, employee engagement and development. This position will work directly with and provide direct support to the VP of Global Customer Operations and the leadership team. Your role will include planning, designing and creating communications programs and content such as: Defining an overall framework for organizational communications programs Executive level internal and external Powerpoint presentations Written communications for email, social media, other platforms and vehicles Brainstorming effective communication programs to engage employees for recognition, training, development and social responsibility activities Digital newsletters and briefing documents Video and photographic content and collages Graphics, templates and Iconography consistent with Verizon Brand Guidelines What we're looking for.... You are a self-motivated, high performing, creative individual with excellent written and verbal communications skills. You have the ability to take ideas and concepts and develop them into the most effective communication medium for a variety of audiences from C-level executives to employees at all levels of the organization. You have experience with business-to-business marketing and communications. You have knowledge of information technology, especially digital and video means of communication and have skills to create in a digital format. You have experience working with Adobe, Google Suite, Microsoft. The location of this position is flexible to any valid Verizon work site, with preference placed on Cary, NC; Irving, TX; and Ashburn, VA. Must be willing to work east coast hours. What we're looking for... You are a self-motivated, high performing, creative individual with excellent written and verbal communications skills. You have the ability to take ideas and concepts and develop them into the most effective communication medium for a variety of audiences from C-level executives to employees at all levels of the organization. You have experience with business-to-business marketing and communications. You have knowledge of information technology, especially digital and video means of communication and have skills to create in a digital format. You have experience working with Adobe, Google Suite, Microsoft. You'll need to have: Bachelor's degree or four or more years of work experience. Six or more years of relevant work experience. Experience presenting to all levels of management up to and including C-levels. Advanced digital communications experience using PowerPoint, Excel, Word, Access, G Suite and Adobe Suite. Experience reporting to and/or supporting executive level management. Willingness to share portfolio of previous work products Even better if you have: A degree in Design, Fine Arts or related field Ability to work effectively while juggling multiple projects under tight deadlines Ability to work effectively as part of a cross-functional team Project management experience. Strong communication (verbal/written) skills; have made presentations to all levels of management across the organization. Team player and leader who can effectively handle multiple priorities simultaneously. When you join Verizon... You'll have the power to go beyond - doing the work that's transforming how people, businesses and things connect with each other. Not only do we provide the fastest and most reliable network for our customers, but we were first to 5G - a quantum leap in connectivity. Our connected solutions are making communities stronger and enabling energy efficiency. Here, you'll have the ability to make an impact and create positive change. Whether you think in code, words, pictures or numbers, join our team of the best and brightest. We offer great pay, amazing benefits and opportunity to learn and grow in every role. Together we'll go far. Equal Employment Opportunity We're proud to be an equal opportunity employer - and celebrate our employees' differences, including race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, disability, and Veteran status. Different makes us better. ()
          

On the AMCHA "Bringing BDS into the Classroom" Study   

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The AMCHA Initiative has a new self-published study, which is gaining some attention in the Jewish Press, purporting to show that when teaching courses related to Israel, Palestine, or Zionism, (academic) BDS-backing faculty are more likely load up their syllabi with fellow BDS-supporters, as opposed to giving their students a balanced perspective. Their big takeaway findings are:

  • For academic BDS supporters, a median 78% of syllabi readings are by "BDS supporters", compared to a 17% for non-BDS supporters.
  • All academic BDS supporters have  at least a majority of readings from "BDS supporters", whereas only 6% of non-BDS supporters have a majority of readings from "BDS supporters".

I'd been hearing about this study for awhile, and I was finally prompted to look it over after reading this laudatory account from Daniel Gordon. Gordon argues that the AMCHA study proves that BDS supporters are sabotaging the values of balance and even-handedness in favor of a one-sided propagandistic approach in their classrooms -- so much so that he suggests that either academic administrators or "the public" at large might be justified in interfering with their content.

That's an aggressive claim, and one that requires equally strong proof. Yet the AMCHA study provides, at best, mixed evidence regarding who is actually being one-sided. Let me present AMCHA's data in a different way that might generate a different intuition (this is derived from "Figure 1" of the study):

  • 63% of "no BDS" faculty have at least 80% of their syllabus readings come from fellow "no BDS" authors. For 31%, that number rises to 90%.
  • By contrast, just 33% of academic BDS supporters have at least 80% of their syllabus readings come from fellow BDS supporters. And only 7% (aka, one syllabus) has over 90% of readings come from other BDS supporters.
Framed that way, one could argue that it's the BDS supporters who do a better job avoiding overwhelmingly one-sided syllabi. Two-thirds of them devote at least a non-trivial chunk of their syllabi to their ideological opponents. By contrast, BDS opponents are far more likely to completely or almost completely load their syllabi up exclusively with fellow BDS opponents. If the idea is, in Gordon's words, to present "competing narratives", it's far from clear that BDS opponents are doing their diligence in meaningfully presenting the "opposing side".

Now to be clear, I think one can very easily overinterpret this framing as well. Most notably, it doesn't take into account the base rate -- what percentage of authors active in Israel Studies qualify as "BDS supporters"? If it's only a marginal few, then the "no BDS" crowd might be giving their views proportionate weight even if they only occupy 10 - 20 % of the syllabus (and this would, similarly, suggest that BDS backers are significantly oversampling their side relative to its support levels). But base rate levels are very difficult to tease out, and almost certainly vary depending on the specific topic of the course. It's quite plausible that many more authors working on "Palestinian Literature of Resistance" support BDS compared to those working on "Israeli Constitutional Law", and so the fact that a class on the former contains many BDS-backers on the syllabus (or one on the latter contains few) does not necessarily reveal any especial bias on the part of the professor. And that doesn't even go into the over-simplified notion that "BDS support/opposition" necessarily mark out the relevant ideological "sides" for every class.  The difficulties in parsing these out in practice, when they're almost always going to be matters of interpretation, are just some of the many reasons why outside observers should be very leery about substituting their own judgments regarding "balance" and "even-handedness" for that of the professor.

The AMCHA study also raises another pertinent question: Who counts as a "BDS supporter"? Here, the study authors do something rather slick -- they change their answer for the independent versus the dependent variable. The result is to significantly inflate the level of same-side bias that exists on the side of the "BDS supporters".

Here's how it works: For the independent variable -- that is, the professors authoring the syllabi -- the study only includes supporters of academic BDS, specifically, as "BDS supporters". On the other side, "no BDS" professors are those who oppose BDS in all its forms (not just academic BDS but, say, settlement boycotts as well). Those who fit into neither group (people who support some forms of BDS, but not academic boycotts) are excluded.

But for the dependent variable -- that is, which syllabus readings are identified as being authored by "BDS supporters" -- that entire middle-ground category is grouped back into the pro-BDS crowd. Along this axis, "BDS supporter" includes not just academic boycotters, but also
  • Anyone who has supported, or signed a petition in favor of, any form of BDS (including settlement boycotts);
  • Anyone who has supported a boycott of "specific Israeli leaders"; 
  • For Israeli scholars, anyone who either has "challeng[ed] Israel’s right to exist as a sovereign Jewish state" or "call[ed] on Israelis to resist obligatory military service", regardless of whether they've endorsed any form of BDS or not.
And any reading that is even co-authored by anyone in this expansive category is coded as being by a "BDS supporter".

Putting these two different renditions of "BDS supporter" together, the study is measuring the homophily of what we think of as the hardest core of BDS supporters (those favoring academic boycotts) by asking how many of their syllabi readings are at least co-authored by anyone at least as left-wing as Peter Beinart. This is not, to say the least, an especially illuminating metric.

In short, the AMCHA study fails to demonstrate that pro-BDS faculty produce syllabi that are more one-sided than their anti-BDS peers. Indeed, it may instead offer some (albeit weak) evidence in the opposite direction. Not only does it almost certainly exaggerate the same-side bias of BDS supporters by contracting and then expanding the definition of "BDS supporters", but even on face the study findings seem to show that the most ideologically-lopsided syllabi -- in terms of giving significant attention to authors on the opposite side of the BDS ideological divide -- tend to come from BDS opponents.

          

Professions: CDL-A Regional Truck Driver - MI - Allen Park, Michigan   

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Michigan Regional Routes At NTB Are A Top Choice For CDL-A Truck Driver Professionals!NTB is hiring for CDL-A regional truck driver job opportunities in the Stanwood, MI, area! We have regional truck driver job opportunities that offer higher pay through our new enhanced pay package, guaranteed home time, bonuses incentives, and benefits. Our Michigan CDL-A regional truck drivers enjoy 95% drop & hook freight with no East Coast driving and opportunities to earn more money through detention, pickup/drop, breakdown, holiday and vacation pay.CLD-A Regional Truck Driver Jobs Offer:Guaranteed home timeNEW competitive pay packageWeekend incentive 6 CPMEarn an additional 3 CPM when you receive your HazMat/tanker endorsements!Students earn $5,000 in tuition reimbursementsMedical, life, dental and optical insurance benefitsSafety and production bonusesProduction and weekend incentivePick-up/drop, detention and breakdown payHoliday and vacation payNo East Coast driving95% drop & hook Associated topics: choferes clase a, class a driver, company driver team, company driving team, dry van otr trucking, over the road driving, regional driver route, tanker, tanker truck driver, time at home ()
          

Professions: CDL-A Regional Truck Driver - MI - Hamtramck, Michigan   

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Michigan Regional Routes At NTB Are A Top Choice For CDL-A Truck Driver Professionals!NTB is hiring for CDL-A regional truck driver job opportunities in the Stanwood, MI, area! We have regional truck driver job opportunities that offer higher pay through our new enhanced pay package, guaranteed home time, bonuses incentives, and benefits. Our Michigan CDL-A regional truck drivers enjoy 95% drop & hook freight with no East Coast driving and opportunities to earn more money through detention, pickup/drop, breakdown, holiday and vacation pay.CLD-A Regional Truck Driver Jobs Offer:Guaranteed home timeNEW competitive pay packageWeekend incentive 6 CPMEarn an additional 3 CPM when you receive your HazMat/tanker endorsements!Students earn $5,000 in tuition reimbursementsMedical, life, dental and optical insurance benefitsSafety and production bonusesProduction and weekend incentivePick-up/drop, detention and breakdown payHoliday and vacation payNo East Coast driving95% drop & hook Associated topics: cdl a company, company driver needed, company driver team, company over the road, conductores clase a, dedicated truck driver, hazardous material, otr company, over the road company, regional driver ()
          

Professions: CDL-A Regional Truck Driver - MI - Westland, Michigan   

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Michigan Regional Routes At NTB Are A Top Choice For CDL-A Truck Driver Professionals!NTB is hiring for CDL-A regional truck driver job opportunities in the Stanwood, MI, area! We have regional truck driver job opportunities that offer higher pay through our new enhanced pay package, guaranteed home time, bonuses incentives, and benefits. Our Michigan CDL-A regional truck drivers enjoy 95% drop & hook freight with no East Coast driving and opportunities to earn more money through detention, pickup/drop, breakdown, holiday and vacation pay.CLD-A Regional Truck Driver Jobs Offer:Guaranteed home timeNEW competitive pay packageWeekend incentive 6 CPMEarn an additional 3 CPM when you receive your HazMat/tanker endorsements!Students earn $5,000 in tuition reimbursementsMedical, life, dental and optical insurance benefitsSafety and production bonusesProduction and weekend incentivePick-up/drop, detention and breakdown payHoliday and vacation payNo East Coast driving95% drop & hook Associated topics: cdl a driving, choferes clase a, company driver, company driver needed, company driver team, company driving needed, company driving team, otr driving, over the road company, tanker truck driver ()
          

I Slept With 15 Men Daily As Sex Slave For 2 Years In Abidjan - Trafficked Nigerian Lady Confesses   

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If not for anything, Omolola Ajayi’s video of lamentation of how she was deceived into slavery in Lebanon last week, once again threw the illicit but booming business of modern-day slavery into limelight. Somehow, it also succeeded in reaching far more people than the conventional video had been able to reach. Gboyega Alaka presents the stories of two more Nigerian girls who have been in similar, if not worse situations.

Watching trapped Omolola Ajayi’s video, as she wept and lamented her fate in Lebanon last week, Oluwole Williams, a retired civil servant could only thank his God, even as he got emotional about what he termed ‘Nigerian’s wickedness to fellow Nigerians.’

For over a year, Williams had been passing words around, seeking contacts on how he could send his unemployed son to work in Dubai or any of the Middle-East countries. According to him, he had heard stories of how some agents help unemployed Nigerians get big salary jobs in these countries and would like to pay his first son’s way through.

He could no longer bear to see his graduate son jobless nearly a decade after graduation and eking a living doing security jobs and other menial stuff. But watching that video, which like the proverbial can of worms, opened his eyes to the possible horror his son could have walked into, he just realised that his ‘fruitless search’ all this while was by providence.

Omolola Ajayi, 23, mother of one, who said her parents lived in Offa Garage in Ilorin, Kwara State,  is just one of thousands of Nigerians who have been trafficked into slavery and other forms of hardship, albeit unwittingly, all in a bid for greener pasture. In that short video in which she passionately appealed to fellow Nigerians and Pheminique Life Support, to come to her rescue, she spoke of how she was tricked into travelling on the pretext of going to teach English language and how she ended up a slave, sexually harassed and without access to medical care in Lebanon.

Thankfully, Ajayi has been rescued by the Nigerian Embassy in that country and as you’re reading this piece, should be back in Nigeria safely. Ajayi’s bold move has also inspired several other girls in her situation in that country, such that according to Abike Dabiri, Chairman/CEO, Nigerian Diaspora Commission, 15 others were taking refuge in the embassy as at the end of last week.

Like it did for Mr Williams, one can only hope that Ajayi’s case would have helped in throwing enough searchlight on the activities of these scammers in the name of travelling/recruitment agents.

I slept with fifteen men daily for two years

My name is Lawal Zainab and I am a native of Osogbo, Osun State. I recently returned to Nigeria from Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire, where I was tricked into prostitution. Before I travelled, I was living with my aunt in Abuja, where I was learning hairdressing, but the need to raise money to pay for my graduation and buy my equipments put me under pressure.

In the course of this, I met the agent who told me he would facilitate my trip to the Whiteman’s country, where I would make hair for big people and make big money.

But I ended up in Cote d’Iviore, where I saw hell. The first sign of scam I noticed was that the man, my agent, Mr. Ben, took me to a place where we boarded ‘The Young Shall Grow’ bus. I asked, ‘I thought we’re going to fly?’ But he allayed my fear, telling me the bus was to take us to where we’ll board the plane.

He even lodged me in a hotel for one night. On arriving Cote d’Ivoire, he took me straight to a village. There he handed me over to a woman, Madam Beauty, who told me my agent had sold me to her and that I would work for her for two years for her to recoup her money, 2.1million CFA francs.

Then she made me drink a certain water, which she said was an oath binding me to her. She warned me not to try to run away or betray her, else I would run mad or die.

She then told me it was prostitution job that I had been bought to do, she showed me a room in an area they called ghetto, from where she said I would be operating and that I would be delivering 20,000 CFA francs to her every day.

At this point I recoiled, saying I could not do that kind of job, but she said that would mean me refunding her 2million, which I couldn’t raise. She then reminded me of the oath water and the threat. We charged 2100 CFA (an equivalent of N1,200) per customer; and she gave me 500 CFA for feeding.

All other money, I submitted to her at the end of each day. Any day I did not deliver 20,000 CFA francs, she would harass me, sometimes, beat me. And I dared not tell her that I was tired or not feeling well.

Also, I had no access to medical care of any kind.

There was a day she had a case with the Nigerian Embassy officials and I tried to capitalise on that to escape, but it seemed like there was a conspiracy with them, as they simply told me to go and settle with my madam and pay her money. So I resigned myself to my fate and continued praying to God to come to my aid.

How do I even begin to narrate my ordeal at the hand of Madam Beauty or shall I say her customers?

Sometimes the men would go violent and beat me up. Some would slap me; one even broke a bottle and stabbed my hand. He said he paid money and I didn’t service him well. It was the security men standing guard who saved me. Some would even demand their money back.

One told me if I was tired, I should go back to my country. On the average, I slept with 15 men to gross the amount I needed to deliver to my madam; sometimes, more. On a particular Sallah day, because they are mostly Muslims, I slept with nearly double that number and raked in 200,000 CFA francs for my madam.

Sometimes, they would drug themselves and come and sleep with me. On such occasions, the condom would break and I would have to drink salt and water as the only antibiotic that I could afford, because my madam would not give me any money for medication or invite a doctor to examine us.

All she was interested in was the money. At other times, the customer would use as long as one hour or more on top of me.

Freedom

That was how I carried on for two whole years until one day when she threw me out. That was in November 2019. I left Nigeria in October 2017.

She said she had recouped her money and that I was free and should go and fend for myself, or possibly go and scout for somebody that would work and make money for me. But I have sworn that I would not enslave a fellow human the way she did to me.

Besides, this was a job I would not recommend to my worst enemy. She gave me two days to work and raise money for myself towards my next move, but I just couldn’t.

It was while I was pondering over my next move that I met one of the women who came to sell Nigerian food to us, who took pity on me and agreed to squat me in her apartment.

It was at about that time that I stumbled on Sister Motilola of Project Ferry on Instagram, followed her and sent my video after an initial doubt. Long story short, she intervened and helped me come back home.

I went through a lot in that country, and every time I think of what I did with my body in that country, I just wonder if I would ever be able to marry or have my own children.

Booming sex trade

Let me tell you, the Nigerian population in that country is really huge and prostitution is the only job they are into; except for those who are married. Let nobody fool you that she is going there to do some high sounding job.

Some, when they gain their freedom, would become patrons like madam and continue enslaving others. My madam said she balanced 3million CFA francs in her time.

What did I not see in that country? Sometimes I even think my situation is better. There was a 17-year-old Nigerian girl they brought into the job; she is still there serving my madam. There was another, just 15.

Sometimes, the girls would come in pregnant and they would abort the pregnancy and put them into the sex trade. Some came as virgins and they used eggs to break their hymen. There were also Ghanaians and Ivorians in the trade.

I believe the divorce between my parents partly led to my situation. It was because my mother remarried that I had to drop out of school and go and live with my aunt in Abuja. Otherwise, I may not have met the agent who sold me into slavery.

I’ve been back since December now but I can’t even go visit or call my mum because she would ask for money, and if I told her I don’t have, she’d think I am being wicked. I currently squat with one ‘mummy’, she’s a member of Project Ferry, the organisation that helped me relocate to Nigeria.

She feeds me and is also helping me to look for where I would update myself in the hairdressing job.

Did she try to run away?

No, because of the oath water I drank. I don’t think it was phoney because I saw ladies who ran mad; I saw some dying in mysterious ways; some just for stealing or keeping some of the money due for their madam.

I excreted and urinated on my body to secure my freedom

My name is Ibitowa Oluwatobi, a graduate of Sociology from the University of Ibadan. After service, I got a job in Lagos, working in one of the Jumia warehouses, but I wasn’t cool with the hustle and bustle. So I thought of packing it all up and going into food because I have a passion for food.

One day, I saw the WhatsApp status of my friend advertising international catering, teaching jobs and all that.  I chatted her up and she linked me up with her sister who was into the business.

I told her I preferred a teaching job in Dubai; she requested for my CV and a five minutes video of me teaching, which I did and sent to her. I also sent my full photo and N250 thousand as requested.

I called her three weeks later as agreed and she told me there was a hitch, that the only visa available was Oman visa. I was a bit disappointed because I had never heard of Oman.

Notwithstanding, I went online to research about the country and eventually gave in since the only thing I found a bit odd was the weather.

I thought if it’s going to be the same job and the same pay, I might just take it. But she told me the pay in Oman was even better. However, when she eventually brought the visa, I found out it was a housemaid visa, so I protested.

But she said that was only to get me into the country, that they could always change it. All this should have warned me but I chose to trudge on.

Something else happened at Murtala Mohammed International Airport, which should have served as another red flag. This was on May 7, 2018. We were made to pay additional N40 thousand to the immigration officers, which they called boarding pass.

Aside that, from the way the agents and the Immigration officers interacted and their exchanges, I got to realise that something was fishy and illicit and the officers were well aware of it.

They lined us up and were asking, who is your agent? The agent would step forward and say I have settled this person, I have settled that person. But again, I ignored.

Plane-load of slaves

Almost all of us in the economy class of that Emirates flight, well over 100, were being transported for the same purpose. Young girls and women of different ages. Even sickly looking people and those that were not of age – 15,16-year-olds, who inflated their ages.

There were numerous stark illiterate Hausa ladies. Frankly, that was when I should have followed my instinct and got off the plane and damn the money I invested.

I know of a particular girl, Blessing; she is still slaving away in Oman. Another was lucky – so to speak. They said she had Hepatitis B, so she was returned after three weeks.

It was when I got to the airport in Oman that everything really began to fall in place. They collected our passport immediately we got off the plane, and I thought that wasn’t right and protested.

But the driver of the agent, who came to pick us, tried to shut me up, saying, ‘You talk too much’. So I restrained myself.

Another major thing happened. Two girls from among us ran away at the airport. It is possible they were informed or they just had their plans.

And then when we got to the agent’s office, the Nigerians we met there and other nationals of Ghana, Uganda and Bangladesh were all looking unkempt and shabby. The place was looking like a slave market. Again, I spoke up and this time.

I asked why were the girls looking like that. Certainly, I didn’t want to turn out like that. And then the girls started cautioning me, moving their fingers across their necks, meaning, I could get killed. At this point, I really got scared and was like, ‘What have I got myself into?’

I requested for my phone to speak with Idris, my agent in that country. They had collected it at the airport, though I had a smaller one in my luggage, which I knew better than to let them know about.

But they gave me their own phone and the agent was like I should shut up, that when did I get into the country that I was already acting like I knew it all.

And that was the end of the conversation, because he cut the line. Funny enough, the agent I really knew was in Nigeria, Adeola, who happened to be the outsourcer for ladies for Idris.

And then the bigger shock came. We were going to be working as house helps and the salary was paltry – about N64,000 when converted.

Again, I started protesting, saying that was not our agreement; that we were told we’d be earning N200,000 and working as caterers and teachers. It turned out that we were conned right from the beginning.

Eventually, I was locked up in a room attached to their office. They had become fed-up with my troubles. Two other girls were also locked up, but in separate rooms. Others had capitulated and accepted their fate. I was there for three weeks and was only given water.

At a point, it dawned on me that I couldn’t remain there and solve the problem, so I mellowed down and agreed to work. The man that came to pick me was a policeman. He had a small family of himself, his wife and his kid, which looked good.

But they live in this big compound like what the Yoruba call agbole, with relatives and extended family, and I ended up serving all of them. Sometimes, they even took me to other homes and as far as Dubai to serve their relatives; so I became frustrated and almost depressed.

To make matters worse, the man of the house would come and start opening his wrapper, showing me his manhood. That was another danger, because I’d heard stories of how the women poison maids and throw away their corpses, once they suspect that their husbands were as much as showing interest in them.

I was like, ‘How could I advance in this kind of job, me, a university graduate?’ The first month, I was paid in full; the second month, I was paid half and the third, I wasn’t paid at all.

So I changed it for them. The wife noticed but I told him there was no problem and even faked happy calls home to my people. I was perfecting my plan.

Finally, I unleashed. I started urinating on my body, excessively. While cleaning their rooms, kitchen, even prayer room, I would urinate. I even pooed on my body. Soon, everywhere started stinking, and they hate smell.

I even refused to have my bath. I’d get in the bathroom and only wash my face, hands and legs, so the smell persisted. They took me to a hospital and the doctors said they would have to operate on me. I was glad because I knew that they don’t like spending on maids.

God blinded them that they didn’t even think of running a test on me. Even the hospital officials were running away from me.

They took me back home and their grandma was like, Halima (that’s the name I gave them since they couldn’t pronounce my name) can work – let’s just manage her and give her a room near the poultry. They took me to the office and those ones said they would get me drugs.

I told them to take me back to my country to get treatment, but they said no, that they’d treat me in Oman or take me to Kuwait.

At the agency office, I was kept in the room they detained me that first time. Some other girls were in the other rooms. So one day, I disconnected the pipe that supplied water to the apartments and they had no choice but to send us down the street to fetch water.

That day I was ready and immediately bolted. A police van saw me, picked me up and took me to their station, where they questioned me and eventually invited the agent. They told him to settle with me.

Didn’t he see that I was sick or did he want me to die in the country? They seized his ID Card, without which he couldn’t work or make transactions and told him to return my passport. I also got my phone back and started chatting people up.

I’d chatted with some celebrities, intimating them of my situation, but nothing came out of it. Then I chatted Sister Motilola of Project Ferry and one-time she replied me.

That was how we kick-started the publicity. She got in touch with my agent, Idris, and he was livid. He said I was publicising him and spoiling his business. And I was like, ‘Fine, get me back to my country.’

He insisted that I paid him N800 thousand, the balance of the N1.2million he paid on my head. I reached out to Sister Motilola and the money was raised. That was how I got back my freedom and returned to my country.

Message to Nigerians

They shouldn’t just stick their nose into anything right now. Modern slavery is real, there is no greener pasture anywhere. And it is not just happening in the Middle-East; it is happening even in the modernised English speaking countries.

One last thing. Please tell the world that I need a job. Nigerians should please help, I have suffered really badly.

Source: The Nation

          

Groups have been knitting & sewing around the globe to help Australian wildlife in the 2019-20 bushfire season   

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Clarence Valley Independent, 15 January 2020:



Anna Key says of her mum Nicki, that she was knitting pouches for Australia's bush fire injured animals until her hands were red raw and there had to be a better way. The answer was social media. Why have a handful of knitters when you can have thousands... maybe even tens of thousands? Image: Fran Dowsett

It all started with her mum “knitting a Koala pouch”. For week after week the Australian population has read and viewed accounts of bushfire devastation, not just along the east coast but on the far side of the country in Western Australia and South Australia. 

Whilst most of us feel individually helpless to do anything to assist, there are those individuals who take up the challenge and put their talent to the test. 

Yamba’s Anna Key is the first to admit she has no particular ‘talent’ so far as knitting, sewing and professional bushfire assistance is concerned. However she “loves digital marketing”. 

Anna’s story started on Friday January 3. “I was sitting watching my mum, Nicki, knitting a woollen koala ‘pouch’; it was the eighth pouch she had knitted (after a call for assistance from the Country Women’s Institute at Maclean) since fires began around Yamba and Angourie some months before”. 

Anna said she thought her mum’s efforts were commendable but the process was very time consuming and she would only be able to knit a handful of pouches. “I was sad and concerned with the whole online tone of argument and general panic about the fire situation.” 

“If only our tears could put out the fires” Anna kept saying. 

“My mind clicked into gear…what if could use my social media skills to enlist the help of dozens, or even hundreds to help?” Anna searched the internet for patterns and designs for pouches to post on her Facebook page. 

“I was struggling to find anything useful and then I came across the site of the ‘Animal Rescue Craft Guild’. I downloaded the patterns from their site and posted them to my Facebook page ‘Heist Jewellery’”. 

Anna says she is friends with the wife of Brazilian heavy metal band lead singer, Max Cavalera, of ‘Soulfly’. The band has 873,610 followers on their page – so plenty of exposure. They posted her Australian animal fire rescue information on their page, helping gain traction around the world. 

“That was on the Sunday and other musicians (from members of ‘Devilskin’, ‘God Forbid’, ‘Primer 55’ and ‘Toshi Iseda’) jumped aboard and also posted the information… a movement had begun”. 

“By Monday morning I had 11,000 shares and by breakfast it was 12,000.” 

Overnight, craft groups had started in the US, Canada, South Africa, NZ and the UK. Knitters from Portugal, Belgium, Hong Kong and Singapore soon joined with children at schools in Minnesota, Ottawa, Missouri and Utah forming knitting, sewing and crocheting bees. All this within a few days! 

Anna has since started the Global Craft Movement HQ F/book page so as to centralise all the activity. Information on international drop off locations is included on the page as well as information of the bush fire situation and the effect it is having on our native wildlife. 

The online statistics which have resulted from Anna’s action are truly amazing. Since she first accessed the ARCG site on January 3, that organisation’s group has grown from 37,000 to over 200,000. The Guild have since requested a temporary pause on any new craft projects so they can complete a stock take of what has been made and access what is still needed......


          

EURAMES Info Service 02/2020   

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CONFERENCES

  1. Islamic Archaeology Day, UCL Institute of Archaeology, London, 1 February 2020

  1. Winter Workshop of the Mediterranean Seminar on „Emotions, Passions and Feelings”, University of Rochester, 21-22 February 2020

  1. Conference: “Protests, Power, and Prayer: Intersection of Activism, Culture, and Religion”, Religion Graduate Students Association, University of Florida, 21-22 February 2020

  1. 17th Annual Duke-UNC Conference: “Who Speaks for Islam? Approaches to Authority within the Academy and Beyond”, University of North Carolina, 29 February 2020

  1. Spring Meeting of the Southeast Regional Middle East and Islamic Studies Society: “Islam and Law,” Emory University, Atlanta, 6-8 March 2020

  1. Workshop: "Western Intervention in the Wake of the Arab Uprisings: Political Containment, Neoliberalism, and Imperial Legacies", University of Oxford, 10-11 March 2020

  1. International Workshop: "Media Representations of Law and Justice: Middle Eastern Perspectives", Institute of Oriental Studies, University of Leipzig, 12–13 March 2020

  1. Conference: "Mare Nostrum: The Mediterranean Basin as Wellspring of Human Endeavor", St. John Fisher College, Rochester, New York, 13-14 March 2020

  1. 4th AEGIS Thematic Conference on „New Gulf Streams – Middle East and Eastern Africa intersected“, Iscte – University Institute of Lisbon, 23-24 April 2020

  1. 35th Annual Conference of the American Council for the Study of Islamic Societies (ACSIS) on “The Influence of Islam in Politics and Society: Civic Engagement, Social Inclusion and Political Participation”, Villanova University (Pennsylvania), 27-28 March 2020

  1. Annual Conference of the British Association for Islamic Studies, Aga Khan University, London, 6-7 April 2020

  1. 2nd International Congress on “Women and Politics in a Global World”, Altinbas University, Istanbul, 17-18 April 2020

  1. Inaugural Middle East Conference: “Ideas Towards New Agendas”, Middle Eastern Studies Department (MESD), Hamad Bin Khalifa University Doha, 20-21 April 2020

  1. Graduate Student Workshop on “Religion, Law, and Politics in the Middle East”, Syracuse University, 23 April 2020

  1. Workshop: "The Visibility of Strangers. Diasporas, Urban Spaces, and Material Pluralism in the Mediterranean Space", Cagliari, Italy, 29-30 April 2020

  1. 35th Annual Middle East History and Theory Conference: “Theorizing Gender and Sexuality in the Historic and Contemporary Middle East”, University of Chicago, 1-3 May 2020

  1. Conference: “Crisis and Infrastructure: Responses to Change between Materiality and Immateriality – A Dialogue between Anthropology, Geography and History,” University of Padova, 5-7 May 2020

  1. Conference: “Migration via the Sea or Desert: Recourse to Religious Figures in the Migratory Dynamics of Africa”, Université Alassane Ouattara de Bouaké, Côte d’Ivoire, 7-8 May 2020

  1. Conference of the Jewish-Muslim Research Network: “Beyond Jewish-Muslim Relations”, University of Manchester, 19-20 May 2020

  1. 42nd Annual Conference of Middle East Librarians (MELCom International), University of Marburg, 26-28 May 2020

  1. Congress of the Mediterranean Studies Association, University of Gibraltar, 27-30 May 2020

  1.  8th International Conference of the National Records and Archives Authority of the Sultanate of Oman (NRAA): “Omani-German Relations during the 19th and 20th Centuries”, Staatsbibliothek zu Berlin, 5-6 June 2020

  1. Conference: “Discursive Challenges: Power, State Legitimacy and Counter-narratives in the Arab World”, Institute for Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies (IMEIS), Durham University, 9-11 June 2020

  1. Workshop: "Travelling Practices and the Emergence of Tourism in the Middle East (16th-20th Centuries)", University of Vienna, 12-13 June 2020

  1. Workshop: “Teaching Israel and/in the Middle East,” Hebrew University of Jerusalem, 14-18 June 2020

  1. 20th International Conference on Migration: "The Multicultural Condition", University of Applied Sciences and Arts Northwestern Switzerland, Olten, 18-19 June 2020

  1. International Research Conference: “Palestine as Epistemic Site: Knowledge Production beyond Fragmentation“, University of Vienna, 24–26 June 2020

  1. Workshop of the Economic Research Forum: „The Micro-Level Analysis of the Impact of Violent Conflict on Lives and Livelihoods in the MENA Region“, June 2020 (TBD)

  1. Seventh Conference of the School of Mamluk Studies, Centre for Visual Arts and Research, Nicosia, 2-4 July 2020

  1. 15th International Congress of Ottoman Social and Economic History (ICOSEH), University of Zagreb, 13-17 July 2020

  1. Conference: “Ideas in Motion: Arabia in Late Antiquity,“ Leiden University and King Faisal Centre for Research and Islamic Studies, Leiden, 26-27 August 2020

  1. Section on “(Geo)Political Transformations in the Mediterranean”, during the “Conference of the European Consortium of Political Research (ecpr)”, University of Innsbruck, 26-28 August 2020

  1. International Research Conference: “The Work of the Joint Distribution Committee and other International Jewish Organizations in Islamic Countries”, Jerusalem, 1-2 September 2020

  1. Session: "Ottoman Cultural Mobilities: 19th Century Modes of Travel, Collecting and Display", within the International Conference of European Urban Historians Network, Antwerp, 2-5 September 2020

  1. Conference: “Arabic-Script Manuscripts in Africa”, Bibliotheca Alexandrina, Alexandria, 13-16 September 2020

  1. International Conference of the Academic Research Institute in Iraq (TARII): “From Ancient to Modern: The Current State of Research on Iraq“, Washington, DC, 9 October 2020

  1. Conference: "Rethinking Narratives of China and the Middle East: The Silk Roads and Beyond", University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, 8-10 April 2021

  1. 20th ISA World Congress of Sociology on "Resurgent Authoritarianism: Sociology of New Entanglements of Religions, Politics, and Economies", Melbourne, Australia, 24-30 July 2022


POSITIONS

  1. Visiting Professorship in Jewish Studies/Modern Hebrew Literature, College for Jewish Studies Heidelberg

  1. Two Full-time Post-doc Positions for Research on “Multiple Secularities – Beyond the West, Beyond Modernities (Focus Israel)“, Centre for Advanced Studies in the Humanities and Social Sciences, Leipzig University (2020-2024)

  1. Fellowships for Senior Researchers for Studies on „Multiple Secularities – Beyond the West, Beyond Modernities (Focus Israel)“, Centre for Advanced Studies in the Humanities and Social Sciences, Leipzig University

  1. 2 Doctoral and 6 Postdoctoral Fellowships for Research Program,“ 4A Laboratory: Art Histories, Archaeologies, Anthropologies, Aesthetics“, Berlin, Academic Year 2020/2021

  1. PhD Position for Research Project "Bibliotheca Arabica: On the Production, Transmission, and Reception of Arabic Literatures”, Sächsische Akademie der Wissenschaften, Leipzig

  1. 2 Postdoctoral Researchers for the Project “Going Local in the Perso-Islamic Lands: Afghan Geniza, Islamisation and Language in the pre-Mongol Islamic East”, Faculty of Oriental Studies, University of Oxford

  1. Assistant Professor in Political History (Focus Middle East/Mediterranean), Universiteit Utrecht

  1. Doctoral Research Fellowship in Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies, Department of Culture Studies and Oriental Languages, University of Oslo

  1. Fellowships of the Academic Research Institute in Iraq (TARII) for Research on Iraq

  1. Faculty Positions in the Sociology and Anthropology Program, School of Social Sciences & Humanities, Doha Institute for Graduate Studies

  1. Open-Rank Positions in the Field of Intercultural Communication, Hamad Bin Khalifa University, Qatar

  1. One-year Postdoctoral Fellowship for the Academic Year 2020/21, Tel Aviv University

  1. One-Year Fellowships for Research Related to Middle Eastern Governance and Public Policy, Harvard Kennedy School

  1. Assistant Professor in Global Public History (Focus on the Islamic World since 1800), York University, Ontario, Canada

  1. Postdoctoral Fellowships in Migration Studies, Center for International Studies, Cornell University

  1. Assistant Professor in Religious Studies, with Expertise in Islamic Studies and Classical Arabic Traditions, Arizona State University

  1. Non Tenure-track Instructor in Islamic Studies at the Rank of Lecturer (2020-2021), Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ

  1. Senior Lecturer in Politics and International Relations of the Arabic Speaking Middle East, Australian National University, Canberra

  1. New Posts at the Centre for Arab and Islamic Studies, Australian National University, Canberra

 OTHER INFORMATION

  1. Grants for Archival Research in the “Jack G. Shaheen Collection on Arabs in US Film and Television”, New York University

  1. Fellowships for Research in the “Islamic Manuscripts Collection”, University of Michigan

  1.  Richard Gillespie Mediterranean Prize for Early Career Researchers

  1. MA Islamic Intellectual History (1 Year), MA Islamic Intellectual History & Intensive Language (2 Years), SOAS University of London

  1. International Workshop: “Ibadi Manuscripts in European & North American Libraries”, Ivan Franko National University in Lviv, 24-25 April 2020

  1. Intensive Summer Course in Modern Standard Arabic, Al Akhawayn University, Ifrane, 29 May – 24 July 2020

  1. Critical Muslim Studies Summer School, Granada, 15-20 June 2020

  1. Intensive Course: “Methodological Seminar on Venetian Sources Concerning Trade in Mamluk Territories and the Role of Cyprus in this Regard“, Centre for Visual Arts and Research, Nicosia, Cyprus, 29 June – 1 July 2020

  1. Teach English or Music to Palestine and Syrian Refugee Children in the Camps of Lebanon, 29 June – 8 August 2020

  1. Intensive Summer School of Ottoman History and Paleography: “Ottoman Provincial Elites: Origins and Transformations“, Rethymno, Crete, Greece, 8-14 July 2020

  1. Research Project, Workshops and Joint Book Publication on “Failure of States in Pre-1800 Islamic and Non-Islamic World“, Balzan Seminar, 2020-2014

  1. Articles on “Families and Generations in Migration Processes” for Special Edition of the “Journal of Mediterranean Knowledge“

  1. Articles for the New, Fully Open-Access “Journal of the Contemporary Study of Islam”

71. Appel à contribution pour le MIDÉO 36 (2021) : « Iğtihād et taqlīd dans l’islam sunnite et šīʿite »

  1. Publications for the "Occasional Paper Series of the Center for International and Regional Studies (CIRS)", Georgetown University in Qatar

  1. New "Journal of Material Cultures in the Muslim World"

  1. Chapters for the New “Handbook of Non-Violent Extremism: Groups, Perspectives and New Debates” (Routledge)

  1. Chapters for Edited Book on „Perspectives on Academic Persian“ in the Springer Language Policy Series

  1. Monographs for Series "Routledge Studies in Islam and Human Rights"

  1. New Book Series “Gulf Studies” by Gulf Studies Center (GSC), Qatar University, in Collaboration with “Springer Nature”

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CONFERENCES

  1. Islamic Archaeology Day, UCL Institute of Archaeology, London, 1 February 2020

Self-driving cars being tested in Providence, Rhode Island, navigate city streets, with humans taking control occasionally. But the vehicles are sometimes flummoxed by what their sensors see.
          

Professions: Regional CDL-A Truck Drivers - Louisville, Kentucky   

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Professions: Video Production Specialist - Louisville, Kentucky   

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Job Summary The purpose of the Video Production Specialist is to support coordination and execution of a variety of daily webcast, live production and remote location shoots to meet our client's communications needs. Requires candidate support the on-site Producer/Director in all aspects of broadcast, and video production; interact with internal and external clients; and interact with all external supplier personal for the successful completion of all production projects. Essential Duties and Responsibilities * Responsible for the technical execution of webcasting events for studio team. Serving as the backup producer/director for webcast events. * Install, manage and operate control room equipment either on location or in the studio. * Lead in-studio and location technical team in the setup and strike of production * Support the on-site producer/director in all aspects of broadcast, photography and video production; interact with internal and external clients. * Responsible for all equipment being used on a production in the field or studio. This includes pulling gear, checking equipment, driving company vehicles, on set grip, on set audio, on set lighting, and camera operation. * Collaborate between engineering and the production team for new equipment purchases and demo. * Help set direction for the east coast studio with technology, workflow, and innovative solutions to keep the studio moving forward. * Knowledge of up-to-date communication technologies to include the following: Broadcasting, Webcasting, Video Streaming. * Utilize Adobe Premiere Pro, Adobe after Effects Adobe Photoshop and Cinema 4D for project Completion. * Work with Clients, Producer, Director and other Production Staff to produce the look and feel desired for communication. * Coordination of internal and external creative production resources when necessary. * Executive Meeting Support * Engineering live show event. * Other duties as assigned. Skills and Abilities * Must have proficiency with setup, operation and basic troubleshooting of a wide range of video and audio production equipment including Video Switching systems such as Tri-Caster, Digital and Analog Audio Mixers, DMX Lighting, Video Cameras(Studio, EFP & remote PTZ), Teleprompters, Wireless Mics, etc. * This position requires understanding of video and audio production technology; general business practices and office procedures; the ability to adhere to department and company policies and procedures; and good customer relations. Must be computer literate. Knowledge of video, television, audio and teleconferencing equipment is necessary. Must be able to lift or move up to 50lbs. * Must possess the ability to think on your feet and make decisions on your own. Must be motivated. This is a self-starter position and requires someone who is able to work with a group as well as individually, in a corporate environment. Effective and efficient quality of work is required. This position also will expose the individual to a great deal of confidential information. It is important the individual understands the importance of being discrete. Must have the ability to work as a team player and provide back up as necessary Education and/or Experience * High School Diploma or equivalent. * 2-4 Years AV - Studio Video Production field production experience. * 4 Year degree in Broadcast Production, Multi-Media, is a plus. Working Environment Studio, Office, Remote Field, Location Physical Requirements * Must be able to lift 50 pounds, the ability to move video equipment to and from location shoots Direct Reports * NONE Work Hours AVI-SPL reserves the right to alter work hours and work location as deems necessary AVI-SPL is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, protected veteran status, disability status, or membership in any other group protected by federal, state or local law ()
          

Girls hockey team hits ice hoping to improve their game   

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The girls hockey team named a new head coach Mira Jalosuo and are expecting growth as a team and individually. The team sets goals and trains to accomplish them. This season, the team is thrilled to work to becoming a tight unit. Last season, the team ranked fourth in the Suburban East Conference and hope...
          

How Lush Is Your Garden...   

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One of the neat things about retirement is you are now allowed to do "fun stuff" that you didn't have time for while you earned a living.  I've gotten into gardening and getting plants to grow & flowers to bloom.


While my yard looks lush, there are some signs that make me nervous.  For instance, my grapefruit tree still has 75+ fruit, but it has started to sprout out new growth.  I know it won't be long before blossoms start coming out, but we're only in January. 
 The next 2 weeks are ,historically, the coldest each Winter and according to computer models, a big dip is coming back to the East Coast for next week.
So it doesn't take a "rocket scientist" to look northward and see the kind of cold air lurking up in Canada.  Sure the chill will moderate on its journey southward, ut the point here is, next week looks to be way colder than this week and the first half of January.  In fact, we topped 80 again today and likely set a new record high.

The next weather challenge will be how cold will it get?  RIGHT NOW, a light to moderate freeze is likely for the North Shore Monday - Thursday with the South Shore staying above freezing.  We really need to have a cool spell as trees (Tulip) & plants are beginning to bud out.
In the short term, the upper SW flow will keep us in some clouds with a weak front getting close by Thursday PM.  That front returns northward on Friday with the next colder front coming late on Saturday.  That front should finally clear away the low clouds and fog with even colder air arriving for Tuesday and Wednesday.   Fear not you cold freaks, Winter is far from done.  Stay tuned!
          

Alaskan Cold On The Move...   

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I mentioned several posts back that Ch. 8 Meteorologist Zack Fradella pointed out, if Alaska is super cold, it usually results in the Southeast U.S. being very mild.   That's because there's an upper ridge over the SE with the trough over the western states.  It's still very cold (30-40 below zero) in Alaska, but the core of the Super Cold (50-60 below zero) has shifted into Canada.  Computer models have been shifting the western trough to the east coast for the last 10 days of January and that will mean a drastic change from our Spring-like weather (80+ today) to highs in the 40s & 50s next week with a freeze on the North Shore and away from the Lake south.



We are seeing sunshine today and that has really warmed us up.   Lots of clouds and showers are along a frontal boundary to our north and that front will sag a little closer on Wednesday & Thursday.


Most of the rain will remain north of the Lake and that front will return northward on Friday keeping us in the warm air.  The first surge of Arctic air arrives on Sunday that will have us all diving back into our heavy coats.   We may need to bring our tender potted plants back into our sheds/greenhouses on Sunday so the cold next week doesn't kill them.   Once we get into the cold air, then we have to watch for a Gulf low developing later next week.  That could bring some snow fairly close to us.  Too soon to get excited.

We were plenty excited last night as OUR Tigers brought home the trophy.  I knew LSU would score 40+.  Watch how other college teams try to copy-cat LSU's offense next year.  One big difference?  They don't have Joe Burrow!  What a season! what a coach! what a team!  Stay tuned!
          

Severe Threat Has Passed...   

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The line of heavy T-Storms with strong winds is now east of NOLA taking the severe weather threat with it.  The Mississippi Gulf coast still has that threat until the line blows to your east, which should happen during the next 90 minutes.  Behind the line only some lighter showers with some thunder, but the strong wind & tornado threat is over for NOLA.

This afternoon will be cooler and drier, but the real cold will stay to our north for now.   As I have been mentioning in previous blogs, super cold air (40-50+ below zero) lingers in Canada, but some of that chill is being drawn southward with our current storm system.


Notice Fargo is 20 below, Minneapolis zero and Green Bay 19.   Long range models continue to hint that an east coast trough will develop and that would mean much colder air in Canada will invade the lower 48 for the second half of January.   Far too soon to know if the trough will be deep enough to allow the Arctic cold down to us, but we likely will see several freeze threats later this month.   For now, we can be thankful the line of storms had more bark than bite.  Will update later this afternoon.  Enjoy you Saturday & Sunday.  Stay tuned!
          

Peterson: The same Iowa State basketball mistakes shouldn't be happening 17 games into the season   

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How do the Cyclones turn this stretch of five losses in six games into something that will at least come close to turning around the season?
       

          

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TDI Podcast: Buffing Up on Defined Outcomes (#644)   

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Earnings Season is right around the corner and we are looking to see if expectations will meet reality. The unstoppable stock market keeps on rallying even as tensions in the Middle East continue to simmer. At the same time, we are waiting for the Phase 1 Trade Deal to be signed this coming week. PLUS […]

          

CT Technologist | AdventHealth Greater Orlando   

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Orlando, Florida, Job Description Description CT Tech - AdventHealth - East Orlando Location Address: 13691 EAST COLONIAL DRIVE Work Hours/Shift: Full Time You Will Be Responsible For:
          

Executive: Vice President, Fundraising - Brookline, Massachusetts   

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Vice President, FundraisingDevelopment Guild is seeking a strategic and experienced fundraising professional who shares its commitment to philanthropy as a driver to creating a stronger and better society, as well as to quality, best practices and being an exceptional resource to nonprofit leaders. Reporting directly to Victoria Jones, Executive Vice President, Fundraising Practice Leader, and Principal, the Vice President will lead fundraising counsel engagements, develop sales opportunities for the firm, and contribute to our development of best practices in the field. As with all of our leaders, this individual will also selectively lead executive search engagements; an opportunity that has enriched our firm, our client engagements, and has provided strategic perspective for our staff.The Opportunity Development Guild seeks a talented and experienced fundraising professional who shares our commitment to quality, innovation, and thoughtful change for nonprofit organizations. In doing so, the Vice President position represents an opportunity for a senior-level professional to work closely with institutional leadership on impactful projects, and to contribute to the growth and strength of the firm. Key responsibilities include:Consulting engagements: Lead fundraising and search client project teams, bringing your expertise and skills to bear on the quality of the engagement. Development Guild staff deeply appreciate the impact they have with their clients. Apply and enhance your own expertise in providing excellent counsel in fundraising and all service lines, as well as contribute to developing emerging best practices. Utilize and strengthen Development Guild's standards and service protocols to advance your own and the firm's expertise. Negotiate big questions and navigate complex paths to fundraising success one-on-one with clients, staff teams, and Boards. Partner directly with clients and project team members to achieve mutually developed outcomes and deeply engaged client partnerships. Mentor client teams and colleagues to develop their skills and become strong contributors to client engagement.Business development: Build a body of sales among your own network, Development Guild's existing clients, and among leads generated for you by the firm. Carry a sales goal and appreciate the significance of the business development role as key to your leadership within the firm. Initiate and maintain excellent relationships with clients and friends of the firm that result in resales and referrals. Development of best practices: Work in and appreciate an environment that respects both your experience and your potential, asks you to do your best work, and supports you in achieving it. Use your own knowledge and expertise to grow best practices within our service areas and within the firm. Expand your experiences by partnering with colleagues whose skills and talents are outside of your own. Contribute meaningfully to a firm committed to continuous learning and innovation.Key Qualifications Successful candidates will have a strategic perspective, demonstrated success in a fundraising leadership role, and excellent writing and data analysis skills. Candidates must also be able to demonstrate a full array of leadership characteristics, including the ability to chart a course of action and develop a vision of a desired outcome, as well as outstanding interpersonal, communication, and negotiation skills. More specifically, Development Guild is seeking the following qualifications: At least 10+ years of professional and progressive fundraising experience are required; additionally, other professional experience in relevant fields is welcome. Experience in fundraising consulting and/or in campaign planning is highly desired. Successful work with various aspects of fundraising: campaign, major gifts, and/or annual fund is expected, as is strong demonstration of project management with a variety of internal "clients." Experience working closely with senior management, boards and/or volunteer leadership. A commitment to and evidence of best practices is expected. Successful experience working in an organization with a commitment to best practices is of significant value. Analytic ability, a demonstrated appetite for using data to communicate (through spreadsheets, graphics) to support evidence-based recommendations and conclusions. Demonstrated ability to work within an organization emphasizing teamwork, accountability, respect, and excellence. Excellent communication and interpersonal skills. An exceptional writer who welcomes diverse writing and editing responsibilities. Highly organized, an ability to manage multiple and demanding projects simultaneously and successfully; Strong organizational skills, attention to detail, and follow through. Demonstrates a high degree of ambition and the desire for excellence, and responsibility. Seeks personal and professional growth. Illustrates a genuine interest in expanding a sales portfolio and being a strong networker. Sales experience a plus. A deep appreciation for the mission of our clients and ability to be a spokesperson for them. Ability to travel regularly and fluidly(day travel is the most typical travel involved, but on occasion may include stays overnight for periods lasting several days). Preference for qualified candidates with experience in more than one nonprofit sector.About Development Guild DDIWe are a leading consulting firm that provides executive search, fundraising counsel, and campaign services to nonprofit leaders. We bring a powerful combination of discipline and innovation to every client engagement, delivering solutions that are both strategic and deeply rooted in experience and analysis. Drawing upon more than 2,500 client engagements and 40+ years working in every nonprofit sector, our collaborative approach is distinguished by candid dialogue and supported by cutting-edge technology. We commit to understanding each clients' opportunities and challenges and to translating that knowledge into viable solutions.Fundraising Services We partner with our clients to drive fundraising opportunities from concept and vision to dollars raised and goals met. Our fundraising services include capital campaigns, assessments and planning, acquiring and training talent, and providing resident counsel while an organization builds its own capacity. We join client leadership in their efforts to increase philanthropic revenue and ROI – and deliver on their plans.Executive Search ServicesOur executive search services are noted for delivering exceptional candidates. As retained counsel, we lead searches for CEOs, C-suite leaders, and fundraising talent. Employing a trusted search process that understands and respects each organization's unique culture along with our proprietary research technology, we support our clients in hiring candidates ready for impact on day one.What Sets Us Apart"The insights that Development Guild provides are unique in the field and in part this is a result of their search services being deeply informed by their fundraising practice." -Mark Kostegan, Senior Vice President of Development at Mount Sinai Health SystemBy providing both fundraising and executive search services and working across the breadth of the philanthropic sphere, we gather insights that expand and refresh our knowledge of industry trends. Our experience in fundraising informs our understanding of the marketplace and the qualifications necessary for fundraisers to succeed.We are proud to have provided fundraising and executive search services to a variety of institutions, including Boston Children's Hospital, Boston University, Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, Choate Rosemary Hall, Colby College, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Fountain House, Kellogg Foundation, Lymphoma Research Foundation, Mount Sinai Health System, Museum of Arts and Design, National Audubon Society, New-York Presbyterian Hospital, and Storm King Art Center.Our ClientsClients trust us. They know we share their passion. And they appreciate our track record of repeatedly creating tangible, lasting value. Explore to discover the diverse range of nonprofit institutions with which we have partnered.Our TeamWe strongly believe that talent is the critical differentiator in our ability to deliver a higher level of strategic thinking, high-caliber ideas, a collaborative work style, and solutions that offer real impact. We apply the same discipline and rigor to developing our own talent that we bring to our clients—and as a result have established a second-to-none team of professionals. We have 40+ team members and growing, located in Boston, New York, and throughout the Northeast Corridor. Our firm is committed to our staff's growth and professional development, and our staff is committed to our clients and their success. We staff each client team with ample support and resources, so our senior consultants can operate at their most strategic level. Our well-established management infrastructure (accounting, human resources, technology, and marketing) allows our consultants to focus intensively on client engagements and business development.Our FutureDevelopment Guild has been and continues on a significant growth trajectory both in the size and scale of the firm. We are seeking leaders to join us for the opportunities to deliver impact and excellence.Fundraising and Executive Search PracticesThe number of client executive searches has doubled over the past year. At the same time, the number of fundraising and campaign clients have increased by 50% during this past year. As we build our marketing plans, we are achieving our goals of becoming a leading regional and increasingly national consulting firm. Similarly, we are focused on building business development strategies within the sectors of education and health care, as well as others.Innovative Service Development We opened our doors originally with planning and evaluation services. Our Fundraising and Executive Search practices were developed to meet the nonprofit needs identified through this work. 20 months ago we began development of software which combines AI with human intelligence to engage large constituencies in major planning initiatives. Developing this new product and service matches our long-term commitment to innovation and ongoing development of new best practices.Marketing and Business Development We have been investing significant resources in our marketing and business development programs and have seen substantial results, including a 250% increase in sales referrals over last year, a 150% increase in RFP submissions, and a 23% increase in our website traffic.The PlanWe have begun a major five-year strategic planning initiative for 2020-2025. The Principals of the firm, our strategic leadership group, are committed to expanding Development Guild DDI's national impact on nonprofit and educational organizations' best practices and excellence.Our key goal areas include plans for investment in: Our staff, recruiting new senior leaders for national growth The marketplace, examining areas of changing need and opportunities for growth and innovation Our services, evaluating current and new service lines for development Our infrastructure, investing in training, technology and resources Brand, marketing and business developmentFor consideration, please email your cover letter and resume in confidence to:Kate MichaudSenior Director of Staff DevelopmentDevelopment Guild DDI All qualified candidates will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability or protected veteran status.For more information about Development Guild DDI, please visit ()
          

Executive: Program/Engagement Manager - Providence, Rhode Island   

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Program/Engagement Manager Are you a Program or Project Manager with strong MS Project experience, then please read on!With offices along the east coast, we are a leading cloud management and integration firm helping our clients virtualize their environments to effectively leverage cloud computing. We bring in-depth expertise and a broad range of engineering certifications enabling our clients a cross-platform and proactive approach to supporting and deploying cutting edge IT environments. We are looking for an experienced Program Manager for a large project which will essentially touch every system and device our client uses over the course of this year. Ideally, you will have 8+ years of experience preferably in the financial industry along with Network Access Control, Data Center moves, Wide Area Networks, and more. This role is 50% on-site in Johnston, RI and 50% remote. Top Reasons to Work with Us - Great Pay ($125K - $150K DOE)- Strong Benefits (Health, Dental, Vision), PTO, etc.- 401K Match- Strong GlassDoor rating- Work with modern technologies What You Will Be Doing - Enterprise level Program Management- Ensure identified outcomes are met- Manage P&Ls- Provide accurate forecasts What You Need for this Position - STRONG MS Project experienceNice to have:- Aruba Clearpass- Data Center- Networking- Network Access Control What's In It for You - Medical- Dental- Vision- 401k- Vacation/PTO So, if you are a Program/Project Manager with HEAVY MS Project 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. ()
          

Professions: HVAC Technician - Boston, Massachusetts   

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2020: The year you discover the best in benefits at Alpine Mechanical.Move into a new decade with an employer committed to you. Alpine Mechanical Services is a nationally recognized, retail and multi-site commercial HVAC preventative maintenance and repair services provider across 13 East Coast states. At Alpine, we have a strong commitment to providing you with an excellent benefits package.? Competitive Salaries, Annual Raises, Weekly Payroll, Direct Deposit, and 401(k) Plan with Match? Paid Medical, Disability and Life Insurances Starting Day 1 for Employees? 3 Weeks Paid Time Off, Paid Holidays and Your Birthday Off with Pay? Company provided and maintained Cell Phone, Cargo Van, Fuel Card, Tools, and Uniforms? Paid Training and Continuing EducationAlpine is currently seeking an additional HVAC TECHNICIAN in Massachusetts. In this role, you will service, maintain, and troubleshoot various heating, ventilation and air conditioning units including but not limited to roof top units and EMS, all within commercial locations.If you have a minimum 3-5 years' experience in the service and repair of commercial or residential HVAC equipment and a valid driver's license, we want you on our team! APPLY TODAY at ()
          

RN ER PRN | East Cooper Medical Center   

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Mt. Pleasant, South Carolina, Underthe direction of the Department Director and/or Charge Nurse, provides directand/or indirect, safe and effective professional nursing care. Assumes responsibility for assessing,planning, impl
          

Market Manager, Hospital IS Operations Delivery Leader - Mid-South, East Cooper (SC) Market | Corporate   

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Mt. Pleasant, South Carolina, The Hospital IS Operations Leader will have oversight of all technical operations. This management-level position is responsible for IS field services, local data center operations, local applicatio
          

The KC Chiefs Are Heading to Bonaire   

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Last year we have some very "fun" conversations with our east coast football fans......................this year they can take a rest and watch the...
          

Nuclear Medicine Tech PRN Rotating | East Cooper Medical Center   

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Mt. Pleasant, South Carolina, Position Summary Performs all technical, diagnostic and therapeutic services offered by the Nuclear Medicine Department of Imaging Services. Performs other duties as assigned to ensure the smoot
          

Dust storms and giant hail batter bushfire-weary Australia   

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"Apocalyptic" dust storms swept across drought-stricken areas of Australia over the weekend, with thunder and giant hail battering the east coast, as extreme weather patterns collided in the bushfire-fatigued country.
          

JPMorgan: Maybe We Were Wrong About The Main Reason To Be Bullish In 2020   

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JPMorgan: Maybe We Were Wrong About The Main Reason To Be Bullish In 2020

Readers will recall for much of 2019 we highlighted what we said was the market's biggest paradox: one where the higher the market rose, the more money investors would pull out of equities, and allocate to bonds.

It culminated last June when , even as the S&P hit new all time highs, outflows over the last 6 months in dollar terms surpassed the previous record observed over any prior 6-month period.

Since then the market moved relentlessly higher hitting new record highs, buoyed in great part by the Fed's announcement of repo liquidity injections at first, and subsequently by the return of POMO, as a result of the NY Fed's monthly monetization of $60BN in T-Bills. And yet the paradox remained: investors continued to pull money out of equities and allocated it to bond and money market funds.

This lack of retail euphoria promptly was used by the major banks, most notably JPMorgan, as one of the catalysts behind the bank's bullish outlook for 2020, with the bank arguing back in November that 2020 is likely to be the year of Great Rotation II, in a repeat of 2013 the year of Great Rotation I, which saw a sharp acceleration in equity fund buying and sharp deceleration in bond fund buying by retail investors globally.

There is just one problem: despite the market's continued meltup, this has so far failed to materialize, and as JPM derivatives strategist Nick Panagirtzoglou writes in his latest Flows and Liquidity report, "is the flow picture over the past few weeks consistent with the Great Rotation II thesis? The answer is not yet" because whether one looks at YTD fund flows or the flows over the past month or two, the picture is of continued strong flows into bond funds and of only modestly positive flows into equity funds.

Why are the early January fund flows number important? Because as the JPM strategist explains, "January flows have added importance especially in years where a big flow shift is expected to take place. This is because January is typically a month when retail investors make their asset allocations for the whole year. Indeed, empirically there is a significant positive relationship between the full year equity fund vs. the January flow.... And during the previous Great Rotation year of 2013 when we had a big positive equity fund flow shift of the one we anticipate for this year, January saw a high share of almost 20% of the yearly equity fund inflow, i.e. much higher than its proportional 1/12 share."

This, as Panigirtzoglou notes, "implies that the final fund flow numbers of weekly and monthly reporting funds for the month of January, which we are going to get in the second half of February, will be important in gauging whether the Great Rotation thesis is tracking or not for this year."

Alas, as shown in the chart above, the trend so far is hardly a ringing endorsement of a second Great Rotation out of bonds and into stocks despite the market making new all time highs on a daily basis.

This in turn has prompted JPM to ask, just two months after positing its "Great Rotation II" thesis, that it may well be wrong about a great fund reallocation out of bonds and into stocks, and if that is the case what then, or as Panigirtzoglou humbly puts it, "what could make the Great Rotation thesis failing to materialize this year?"

To answer this question the derivatives expert says he needs to think about the factors for and against the Great Rotation thesis. In terms of the supporting factors, he had mentioned three main factors in our previous publication of November 22nd. This is what JPM said then:

  • 1) Historical patterns based on previous year’s equity/bond performance and on previous year’s extremity in equity and bond fund flows, pointed to a big change in fund flows this year - at least according to JPM if not this website which has argued for years that the biggest buyer of stocks is not retail or institutional investors but corporate buybacks -  with more than reversal of last year’s equity fund selling and collapse in last year’s record high bond fund buying. In particular, JPM had argued that in terms of equity fund flows 2018 looked more like 2011 or 2015, as they were all equity correction years. As a result, 2019 looked more like 2012 or 2016, and 2020 is likely to look more like 2013 or 2017. In other words, the cautious stance of retail investors in 2019 was likely in response to 2018's equity market correction and given 2019 was a strong year for equities driven by bullish institutional investors, then retail investors should turn big buyers of equity funds in 2020.

  • 2) An improving macro picture. Further signs of an improvement in the global industry cycle into 2020 should also encourage a rotation from bond funds to equity funds. The upward trajectory in orders and inventories since the flash PMIs of October 24th has been so far underpinning this improving macro picture. Next week’s flash PMIs will be important in gauging whether this improvement trend continues.
     
  • 3) The third supporting factor JPM had mentioned is the global yield backdrop across asset classes. Following last year’s rate cuts by central banks, cash and bonds yield significantly less than before and significantly less than equities. So in the absence of negative surprises it would be difficult for retail investors or other asset allocators to ignore the yield advantage of equities and not accept ever higher equity weightings.

What about the factors against Great Rotation (which as regular readers may recall, we said would not happen around the time JPM made its "contrarian" call, for the simple reason that there is little impetus to keep selling bonds).

Here, JPM says that "the main risk or impediment" to its Great Rotation thesis stemmed from already elevated retail investor equity positions (as a reminder, earlier today we noted that virtually every investor class is now all-in stocks) that need to rise beyond previous equity cycle peaks for the Great Rotation thesis to play out this year. This impediment, JPM adds, "looks even bigger at the moment following the equity rally over the past two months."

To illustrate this "challenge" to getting his key thesis for 202 right, Panigirtzoglou updates his position proxies for retail investors to incorporate more recent price and flow information including the last week's release of quarterly reported fund flows for Q3 2019. This is how he explains the key indicator he is watching:

The retail investor position proxy is the share of equities in US domiciled or worldwide fund universe of equity, bond, hybrid and money market funds. The equity share in the fund universe is proxied by the AUM of equity funds plus the equity holdings of hybrid funds divided by the sum of the AUM of equity, bond, hybrid and money market funds. This share could
be considered as a proxy of how overweight equities retail investors are.

This proxy is shown in Figure 4 for funds domiciled in the US since 1996 and funds domiciled worldwide since 2005. This equity fund share, extrapolated to January 16th by the dots, looks even more elevated after the equity rally of the past few months and currently stands at record high levels for funds domiciled worldwide and very close to record high levels for funds domiciled in the US. Said otherwise, this confirms what we said earlier, namely that retail investors are indeed "all in" US stocks to a never before seen degree.

Another key metric to assess retail investors’ positioning is based on the NYSE Net Debit balance as a proxy for US individual investor leverage. In contrast to hedge funds who can get leverage more easily or cheaply via options and futures (and of course, repos, as we discussed extensively), individuals rely more on Federal Reserve Regulation T. This regulation, which governs customer cash accounts and the amount of credit that brokerage firms and dealers may extend to customers for the purchase of securities, stipulates that one can borrow up to 50% of the purchase price of securities that can be purchased on margin. This is known as the “initial margin”. NYSE rules also require equity in an account to be at least 25% of the securities market value, i.e., the "maintenance margin."

Figure 6 shows this NYSE Net Debit balance calculated as the difference between margin debit balance minus the sum of total credit balances (cash account credit +margin account credit). This leverage proxy has been rising steeply over 2016-2017, and hit a record high of 1.5% in May 2018. Curiously, despite what Figure 4 above shows, this metric has declined significantly since then and the latest reading for November 2019 stands close to those seen previously at the end of 2016.

 

In other words, and contradicting the prior observations, the previous extremity in US individual investor leverage seen in Q2 2018 has been largely unwound. But, as the JPM strategist notes, "what is more striking in Figure 6 is that this metric declined last year despite strong equity market performance. This again shows how unwilling US retail investors were last year to leverage their equity bets." This unwillingness likely indicates that leveraged US retail investors feel that their equity exposures and leverage are already elevated and are thus reluctant to add even with the equity market at historical highs. Incidentally, and this is not JPM but ZH talking, not adding when stocks are at all time highs is precisely what investors should be doing - instead of selling low and buying high as the dumb money has historically done, in this case we see the opposite, or what some may call, perfectly logical, reasonable behavior. It's also why JPM is stumped...

In any case, back to the JPMorgan argument, which sees in this "unusual deleveraging" in NYSE margin accounts in a strong equity year, coupled with the "unusual selling" of equity funds and the record high buying of almost $1tr of bond funds last year, the possibility that retail investors are more motivated by rebalancing rather than responding to long term momentum. Once again, this is merely a way for JPM to feign shock that instead of unleashing animal spirits, a market all time highs is now nothing more than a logical signal for most investors to sell.

Well, if this is indeed the case, then Panigirtzoglou concludes that retail investors would be unwilling to accept even higher equity weighting from here "and our Great Rotation thesis would fail to materialize."

Oops... because as the title summarizes, this is just a way for one of JPM's most respected strategists to admit that just maybe he was wrong about the main argument for him to turn bullish on stocks in 2020.

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So what would the implications be if the Great Rotation fails to materialize this year, according to JPM? As a reminder, the largest US bank had argued at the end of last year that retail flows would be crucial in determining the 2020 demand/supply balance for both equities and bonds. So if the Great Rotation fails to materialize this year, the implications would be important for both equities and bonds. For equities the implication would be that the equity market would remain at the mercy of institutional investors, which, as noted earlier are already all in, and have little room to push the equity market higher from here and instead leave it vulnerable to negative surprises.

In other words, in the absence of significant retail inflows, the equity market would be range bound rather than trending up. That, of course, ignores the elephant in the room: the Fed's injections of roughly $100BN in liquidity between repos and QE4 each month. But since JPM also happens to be the biggest recipient of such Fed intervention, it is understandable why the bank would rather not discuss what the real reason for the stock surge in late 2019 and early 2020 has been.

As for bonds, the implication would be that the bond market would remain supported, producing at least coupon-like returns "and yield curves would fail to steepen by as much as we envisaged for this year."

In all, as Panigirtzoglou summarizes, while he continues to believe that the Great Rotation still "has a decent chance of happening this year", he admits that "the fund flow picture is not yet consistent with this thesis"... and is 100%  consistent with our own thesis set forth in late November 2019, according to which JPM is dead wrong and that retail investors are now fully inert elements in a market dominated by the Fed and buybacks, and that what they do has absolutely no bearing - and has zero predictive insight - on the market.

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Executive: Vice President, Fundraising - Brookline, Massachusetts   

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Vice President, FundraisingDevelopment Guild is seeking a strategic and experienced fundraising professional who shares its commitment to philanthropy as a driver to creating a stronger and better society, as well as to quality, best practices and being an exceptional resource to nonprofit leaders. Reporting directly to Victoria Jones, Executive Vice President, Fundraising Practice Leader, and Principal, the Vice President will lead fundraising counsel engagements, develop sales opportunities for the firm, and contribute to our development of best practices in the field. As with all of our leaders, this individual will also selectively lead executive search engagements; an opportunity that has enriched our firm, our client engagements, and has provided strategic perspective for our staff.The Opportunity Development Guild seeks a talented and experienced fundraising professional who shares our commitment to quality, innovation, and thoughtful change for nonprofit organizations. In doing so, the Vice President position represents an opportunity for a senior-level professional to work closely with institutional leadership on impactful projects, and to contribute to the growth and strength of the firm. Key responsibilities include:Consulting engagements: Lead fundraising and search client project teams, bringing your expertise and skills to bear on the quality of the engagement. Development Guild staff deeply appreciate the impact they have with their clients. Apply and enhance your own expertise in providing excellent counsel in fundraising and all service lines, as well as contribute to developing emerging best practices. Utilize and strengthen Development Guild's standards and service protocols to advance your own and the firm's expertise. Negotiate big questions and navigate complex paths to fundraising success one-on-one with clients, staff teams, and Boards. Partner directly with clients and project team members to achieve mutually developed outcomes and deeply engaged client partnerships. Mentor client teams and colleagues to develop their skills and become strong contributors to client engagement.Business development: Build a body of sales among your own network, Development Guild's existing clients, and among leads generated for you by the firm. Carry a sales goal and appreciate the significance of the business development role as key to your leadership within the firm. Initiate and maintain excellent relationships with clients and friends of the firm that result in resales and referrals. Development of best practices: Work in and appreciate an environment that respects both your experience and your potential, asks you to do your best work, and supports you in achieving it. Use your own knowledge and expertise to grow best practices within our service areas and within the firm. Expand your experiences by partnering with colleagues whose skills and talents are outside of your own. Contribute meaningfully to a firm committed to continuous learning and innovation.Key Qualifications Successful candidates will have a strategic perspective, demonstrated success in a fundraising leadership role, and excellent writing and data analysis skills. Candidates must also be able to demonstrate a full array of leadership characteristics, including the ability to chart a course of action and develop a vision of a desired outcome, as well as outstanding interpersonal, communication, and negotiation skills. More specifically, Development Guild is seeking the following qualifications: At least 10+ years of professional and progressive fundraising experience are required; additionally, other professional experience in relevant fields is welcome. Experience in fundraising consulting and/or in campaign planning is highly desired. Successful work with various aspects of fundraising: campaign, major gifts, and/or annual fund is expected, as is strong demonstration of project management with a variety of internal "clients." Experience working closely with senior management, boards and/or volunteer leadership. A commitment to and evidence of best practices is expected. Successful experience working in an organization with a commitment to best practices is of significant value. Analytic ability, a demonstrated appetite for using data to communicate (through spreadsheets, graphics) to support evidence-based recommendations and conclusions. Demonstrated ability to work within an organization emphasizing teamwork, accountability, respect, and excellence. Excellent communication and interpersonal skills. An exceptional writer who welcomes diverse writing and editing responsibilities. Highly organized, an ability to manage multiple and demanding projects simultaneously and successfully; Strong organizational skills, attention to detail, and follow through. Demonstrates a high degree of ambition and the desire for excellence, and responsibility. Seeks personal and professional growth. Illustrates a genuine interest in expanding a sales portfolio and being a strong networker. Sales experience a plus. A deep appreciation for the mission of our clients and ability to be a spokesperson for them. Ability to travel regularly and fluidly(day travel is the most typical travel involved, but on occasion may include stays overnight for periods lasting several days). Preference for qualified candidates with experience in more than one nonprofit sector.About Development Guild DDIWe are a leading consulting firm that provides executive search, fundraising counsel, and campaign services to nonprofit leaders. We bring a powerful combination of discipline and innovation to every client engagement, delivering solutions that are both strategic and deeply rooted in experience and analysis. Drawing upon more than 2,500 client engagements and 40+ years working in every nonprofit sector, our collaborative approach is distinguished by candid dialogue and supported by cutting-edge technology. We commit to understanding each clients' opportunities and challenges and to translating that knowledge into viable solutions.Fundraising Services We partner with our clients to drive fundraising opportunities from concept and vision to dollars raised and goals met. Our fundraising services include capital campaigns, assessments and planning, acquiring and training talent, and providing resident counsel while an organization builds its own capacity. We join client leadership in their efforts to increase philanthropic revenue and ROI – and deliver on their plans.Executive Search ServicesOur executive search services are noted for delivering exceptional candidates. As retained counsel, we lead searches for CEOs, C-suite leaders, and fundraising talent. Employing a trusted search process that understands and respects each organization's unique culture along with our proprietary research technology, we support our clients in hiring candidates ready for impact on day one.What Sets Us Apart"The insights that Development Guild provides are unique in the field and in part this is a result of their search services being deeply informed by their fundraising practice." -Mark Kostegan, Senior Vice President of Development at Mount Sinai Health SystemBy providing both fundraising and executive search services and working across the breadth of the philanthropic sphere, we gather insights that expand and refresh our knowledge of industry trends. Our experience in fundraising informs our understanding of the marketplace and the qualifications necessary for fundraisers to succeed.We are proud to have provided fundraising and executive search services to a variety of institutions, including Boston Children's Hospital, Boston University, Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, Choate Rosemary Hall, Colby College, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Fountain House, Kellogg Foundation, Lymphoma Research Foundation, Mount Sinai Health System, Museum of Arts and Design, National Audubon Society, New-York Presbyterian Hospital, and Storm King Art Center.Our ClientsClients trust us. They know we share their passion. And they appreciate our track record of repeatedly creating tangible, lasting value. Explore to discover the diverse range of nonprofit institutions with which we have partnered.Our TeamWe strongly believe that talent is the critical differentiator in our ability to deliver a higher level of strategic thinking, high-caliber ideas, a collaborative work style, and solutions that offer real impact. We apply the same discipline and rigor to developing our own talent that we bring to our clients—and as a result have established a second-to-none team of professionals. We have 40+ team members and growing, located in Boston, New York, and throughout the Northeast Corridor. Our firm is committed to our staff's growth and professional development, and our staff is committed to our clients and their success. We staff each client team with ample support and resources, so our senior consultants can operate at their most strategic level. Our well-established management infrastructure (accounting, human resources, technology, and marketing) allows our consultants to focus intensively on client engagements and business development.Our FutureDevelopment Guild has been and continues on a significant growth trajectory both in the size and scale of the firm. We are seeking leaders to join us for the opportunities to deliver impact and excellence.Fundraising and Executive Search PracticesThe number of client executive searches has doubled over the past year. At the same time, the number of fundraising and campaign clients have increased by 50% during this past year. As we build our marketing plans, we are achieving our goals of becoming a leading regional and increasingly national consulting firm. Similarly, we are focused on building business development strategies within the sectors of education and health care, as well as others.Innovative Service Development We opened our doors originally with planning and evaluation services. Our Fundraising and Executive Search practices were developed to meet the nonprofit needs identified through this work. 20 months ago we began development of software which combines AI with human intelligence to engage large constituencies in major planning initiatives. Developing this new product and service matches our long-term commitment to innovation and ongoing development of new best practices.Marketing and Business Development We have been investing significant resources in our marketing and business development programs and have seen substantial results, including a 250% increase in sales referrals over last year, a 150% increase in RFP submissions, and a 23% increase in our website traffic.The PlanWe have begun a major five-year strategic planning initiative for 2020-2025. The Principals of the firm, our strategic leadership group, are committed to expanding Development Guild DDI's national impact on nonprofit and educational organizations' best practices and excellence.Our key goal areas include plans for investment in: Our staff, recruiting new senior leaders for national growth The marketplace, examining areas of changing need and opportunities for growth and innovation Our services, evaluating current and new service lines for development Our infrastructure, investing in training, technology and resources Brand, marketing and business developmentFor consideration, please email your cover letter and resume in confidence to:Kate MichaudSenior Director of Staff DevelopmentDevelopment Guild DDI All qualified candidates will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability or protected veteran status.For more information about Development Guild DDI, please visit ()
          

Executive: Program/Engagement Manager - Providence, Rhode Island   

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Program/Engagement Manager Are you a Program or Project Manager with strong MS Project experience, then please read on!With offices along the east coast, we are a leading cloud management and integration firm helping our clients virtualize their environments to effectively leverage cloud computing. We bring in-depth expertise and a broad range of engineering certifications enabling our clients a cross-platform and proactive approach to supporting and deploying cutting edge IT environments. We are looking for an experienced Program Manager for a large project which will essentially touch every system and device our client uses over the course of this year. Ideally, you will have 8+ years of experience preferably in the financial industry along with Network Access Control, Data Center moves, Wide Area Networks, and more. This role is 50% on-site in Johnston, RI and 50% remote. Top Reasons to Work with Us - Great Pay ($125K - $150K DOE)- Strong Benefits (Health, Dental, Vision), PTO, etc.- 401K Match- Strong GlassDoor rating- Work with modern technologies What You Will Be Doing - Enterprise level Program Management- Ensure identified outcomes are met- Manage P&Ls- Provide accurate forecasts What You Need for this Position - STRONG MS Project experienceNice to have:- Aruba Clearpass- Data Center- Networking- Network Access Control What's In It for You - Medical- Dental- Vision- 401k- Vacation/PTO So, if you are a Program/Project Manager with HEAVY MS Project 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. ()
          

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2020: The year you discover the best in benefits at Alpine Mechanical.Move into a new decade with an employer committed to you. Alpine Mechanical Services is a nationally recognized, retail and multi-site commercial HVAC preventative maintenance and repair services provider across 13 East Coast states. At Alpine, we have a strong commitment to providing you with an excellent benefits package.? Competitive Salaries, Annual Raises, Weekly Payroll, Direct Deposit, and 401(k) Plan with Match? Paid Medical, Disability and Life Insurances Starting Day 1 for Employees? 3 Weeks Paid Time Off, Paid Holidays and Your Birthday Off with Pay? Company provided and maintained Cell Phone, Cargo Van, Fuel Card, Tools, and Uniforms? Paid Training and Continuing EducationAlpine is currently seeking an additional HVAC TECHNICIAN in Massachusetts. In this role, you will service, maintain, and troubleshoot various heating, ventilation and air conditioning units including but not limited to roof top units and EMS, all within commercial locations.If you have a minimum 3-5 years' experience in the service and repair of commercial or residential HVAC equipment and a valid driver's license, we want you on our team! APPLY TODAY at ()
          

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Looking out across a foggy harbor toward a peninsula jutting off the Norwegian coast, Rune Rafaelsen has a bold plan that could raise the profile of his remote Arctic town — with a little help, he hopes, from China. He is the mayor of Sor-Varanger, a municipality in the far northeast corner of Norway, close to the Russian border. His office is in the small town Kirkenes — population a little over 3,500 — which overlooks the icy gray Barents Sea. Rafaelsen loves the view: "It's a very nice view, especially in the summer when you have the midnight sun is not going down in the horizon. You can see the sun all 24 hours." Kirkenes is known for its views of the Northern Lights. Claire Harbage / NPR But he thinks there's more than that on the horizon. The Arctic is warming faster than anywhere on the planet. While the melting sea ice has alarmed scientists and residents, newly accessible waterways mean commercial ships are increasingly plowing along polar lanes. The Northern Sea Route is
          

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For this first episode back, we relive last year's New Year's Resolution episode to see how we did and how we're planning to better ourselves moving forward.

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SAG Awards Crown ‘Parasite,’ Give the Oscar Race a Shot of Uncertainty   

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More than most years, the film races at Sunday night’s Screen Actors Guild Awards were all about the SAG Ensemble Award that was won by “Parasite,” giving yet another awards-season boost to the twisted Korean-language film.

The big takeaway from the show was that actors love Bong Joon Ho’s movie even if they don’t know the names of the actors — so much so that the movie can win the ensemble award without getting a single individual acting nomination.

And now the question that will hang in the air for the next three weeks is a related one: Can a movie that isn’t in English and didn’t get a single Oscar nomination for acting be popular enough with the Academy’s huge Actors Branch to actually win Best Picture?

We don’t know the answer. But after the SAG Awards, we know that it’s a real possibility — and with “1917” winning the Producers Guild Award on Saturday night, we just might be looking at a year in which the two leading Oscar contenders don’t have a single acting nomination between them.

The SAG ensemble award doesn’t go to the Oscar Best Picture winner more often than it does, but people remember the times when it showed a film had real strength with voters: “Shakespeare in Love,” “Crash,” “Spotlight” …

We might also be looking at a year in which the two films that seemed to be frontrunners for much of the season, “Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood” and “The Irishman,” are suddenly falling by the wayside.

The SAG Awards was an important contest for both of those films. Quentin Tarantino’s “Once Upon a Time” won the comedy Golden Globe on Jan. 5 but in recent days lost to “1917” at the Producers Guild and Critics’ Choice Awards, while Martin Scorsese’s “The Irishman” has been landing lots of nominations but winning almost nothing except critics’ awards.

But with “1917” not nominated for any SAG Awards, the ceremony provided an opportunity for one of its competitors to snag a high-profile award and grab a bit of momentum in a shortened awards season. That the competitor who did that was “Parasite,” a black Korean comedy about class divisions, is a further sign that this is one odd, unsettled awards season.

But in the individual acting categories, SAG only proved that the season isn’t unsettled at all. Instead, the four film-acting winners — Joaquin Phoenix for “Joker,” Renee Zellweger for “Judy,” Brad Pitt for “Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood” and Laura Dern for “Marriage Story” — have been on a roll through one awards show after another, and seem all but assured to win at the Oscars on Feb. 9.

Of course, you could have said that about Glenn Close in “The Wife” last year at this time, until Olivia Colman was surprised to learn that Oscar voters had a different idea. But even if an upset is still possible in one of the individual categories, it’s unlikely — even less so, perhaps, after Sunday night.

For Phoenix and Zellweger and Pitt and Dern, there’s not much risk in these shows — if they can get up onstage and be relatively gracious, passionate, heartfelt and/or charming, they’ll probably give Oscar voters who are already leaning in their direction permission to remain that way.

That’s an easy task for Zellweger, Pitt and Dern. Zellweger is always passionate about Judy Garland, the woman she plays in “Judy.” Pitt is effortlessly charming and amusing every time he sets foot on a stage. Dern is the very definition of heartfelt.

And while Phoenix is obviously the least comfortable in an awards spotlight, his obviously unfeigned graciousness toward his fellow nominees made this the most touching and the funniest of his awards speeches. He’s getting better at this, and his performance in “Joker” does the rest.

In the television categories, the big surprise was that “Fleabag” actually lost an award for which it was nominated, a true rarity during the last five months of awards shows. And actress Alex Borstein, who attempted to accept the award on behalf of “Marvelous Mrs. Maisel,” acknowledged as much when she began her speech by saying, “I voted for ‘Fleabag.’ This makes no sense.”

Elsewhere, it came as something of a surprise that Peter Dinklage had never before won a SAG Award for “Game of Thrones,” and that it took the voters three seasons to finally recognize “The Crown,” and that they loved “Fosse/Verdon” enough to reward both of its lead actors, Sam Rockwell and Michelle Williams.

But really, the Emmy Awards are four months in the rearview mirror or eight months in the future, depending on the direction you’re looking. This time of year, the focus is on movies. And on Sunday night, that meant the focus was on “Parasite.”

And if it’s now down to “Parasite” v. “1917” at the Oscars, where neither of those films has a nominated actor, does that mean the Screen Actors Guild just helped prove that acting nominations don’t really matter?

Maybe they did. Maybe it’s that kind of year.

Related stories from TheWrap:

'Parasite' and 'Jojo Rabbit' Score Oscar Rebound at Indie Box Office

How the 5 Oscar Front-Runners Can Win

Director Taika Waititi Says 6 Oscar Nominations for 'Jojo Rabbit' Is 'Massive'


          

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