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          Takes on the World: Kathy Kelly:US Role in KSA-UAE War Crimes in Yemen, Segment 1      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Renowned peace and nonviolence activist Kathy Kelly explains what is behind her long history of involvement in antiwar protests which has led her to take up the issue of US complicity in the Saudi Arabian-United Arab Emirates war on Yemen and its Houti militia, to the point, she argues that with selling the weaponry, in air refueling, and surveilling and selecting the bombing targets, that the US is leading the coalition that is killing and starving the Yemeni people after destroying the country's infrastructure. That destruction, she explains, is what led to the country's first cholera epidemic that took a million lives while pointing out that, given the deteriorating conditions and the lack of food, clean water and medical supplies, aid agencies have warned that another epidemic is on its way. Kelly describes how mercenaries from Chad and the Sudan, hired by the Saudis, have already cut a swath through the African coastline across from Yemen on their way to the fighting, the tortures experienced by captured Houti fighters and the disappeared which the remnants of the unelected Yemeni government can provide no accounting, She says that the main beneficiaries from the war are the US arms manufacturers who she names and shames and that it is incumbent upon the American people to mobilize not only to stop the fighting in Yemen but to roll back the record breaking multi billion dollar weapons appropriation. Pointing to past successes in difficult political terrain, she believes it can be done.

          Sealed bid for Advanced Metering Infrastructure (AMI) Services, California.       Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
United States - California - Sealed bid for Advanced Metering Infrastructure (AMI) Services, California.
          Network Break 181: Russia Accused Of Infrastructure Attacks; US Targets ZTE      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
On today's Network Break we dive into US and British hacking accusations against Russia, the US vs. ZTE, a new Cisco chip, and other tech news.
          Middleware Engineering Manager - Experis - Tinicum, PA      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Will be responsible for Managing the Middleware Engineering Team supporting the Middleware technologies and for all Production Infrastructure enhancements,...
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          Supv, Operations-USA - Ingram Micro Commerce & Lifecycle Services - Fort Worth, TX      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Ingram Micro Inc. Ingram Micro’s global infrastructure and deep expertise in technology solutions, supply chain, cloud and mobility enable its business partners...
From Ingram Micro Commerce & Lifecycle Services - Wed, 06 Jun 2018 06:25:21 GMT - View all Fort Worth, TX jobs
          S.C. election officials were trained on cybersecurity and election audits on Wednesday      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   


The State Election Commission held a two-day cybersecurity and ballot audit workshop this week as they prepares for the highly-consequential 2018 midterm elections.

Held over two days in Columbia, officials from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security spoke to 150 election officials and IT staff from all of South Carolina's 46 counties on how to improve the state's election infrastructure.

The Election Commission is currently in the process of adding a paper backup to the state's voting system by next year. Attendees of the workshop learned how the Maryland State Board of Elections audits paper ballot records to ensure that votes are properly accounted.

Speakers from SLED, the FBI's InfraGard program, and the Maryland and New Jersey boards of election were also present.

Election Commission spokesman Chris Whitemire cited the ongoing Russian threat as part of the reason for the trainings.

"There is also the threat of other nation-state actors, as well as criminals that could target the state’s election infrastructure driven by a variety of motivating factors," Whitemire added.

Voting system vendors who attended the workshop included voting system vendors Clear Ballot, Dominion Voting Systems, Hart InterCivic, and Election Systems & Software. Last month, Motherboard reported that ES&S — the top voting machine maker in the country — sent a letter to Sen. Ron Wyden in April walking back previous denials regarding crucial cybersecurity gaps.

The company admitted that in 2000-2006, they sold election-management systems that included remote-access software. more…


          SECURITY: Control system hacking goes mainstream      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
LAS VEGAS — The digital devices powering the electric grid and other critical infrastructure tend to be costly, complicated and hard to find.
          Architecte - Société québécoise des infrastructures (SQI) - Québec City, QC      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
DESCRIPTIF DE L'ORGANISATION La Société québécoise des infrastructures a pour mission de soutenir les organismes publics dans la gestion de leurs projets d... $85,624 a year
From Jobs.ca - Wed, 18 Jul 2018 16:08:42 GMT - View all Québec City, QC jobs
          Technicien(ne) en électricité du bâtiment - SNC-LAVALIN INFRASTRUCTURE - Québec City, QC      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Créer des familles dans Revit BIM ; Vous avez acquis ce qu’il faut en conception électrique?...
From SNC-LAVALIN INFRASTRUCTURE - Wed, 18 Apr 2018 23:15:58 GMT - View all Québec City, QC jobs
          Senior Systems Administrator - McGill University - Montréal, QC      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Supports the IT infrastructure with emphasis on the daily operational administration, evolution, maintenance and security. Assures the reliability, stability... $66,300 - $88,500 a year
From McGill University - Fri, 03 Aug 2018 15:04:26 GMT - View all Montréal, QC jobs
          Network Engineer - NorthwesTel - Whitehorse, YT      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
The Network Engineer is responsible for managing and optimizing Northwestel’s infrastructure resources as they pertain to the commercial video distribution...
From NorthwesTel - Sun, 22 Apr 2018 06:47:31 GMT - View all Whitehorse, YT jobs
          Systems Engineer, Senior (Infrastructure Engineer (Lead)) - Secret Clearance Required - General Dynamics Information Technology - Arlington, VA      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Experience developing and debugging Java software applications (JDK, Eclipse, LEWIT, Kona). Integrating, planning, coordinating, and facilitating information...
From General Dynamics Information Technology - Tue, 31 Jul 2018 19:38:00 GMT - View all Arlington, VA jobs
          Systems Engineer (Infrastructure) - Smartronix - Arlington, VA      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Experience developing and debugging Java software applications (JDK, Eclipse, LEWIT, Kona). Smartronix, Inc., is an information technology and engineering...
From Smartronix - Mon, 11 Jun 2018 07:31:49 GMT - View all Arlington, VA jobs
          Regional Cx Manager, CYS - Microsoft - Cheyenne, WY      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Microsoft Cloud Infrastructure and Operations (MCIO) is the team behind the cloud. MCIO is responsible for delivering over 200 Microsoft web portals, Live and...
From Microsoft - Wed, 02 May 2018 22:45:52 GMT - View all Cheyenne, WY jobs
          Commis, infrastructures réseau - DERYtelecom - La Baie, QC      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Une garderie estivale (siège social). DERYtelecom est actuellement à la recherche d’un commis, infrastructures réseau....
From DERYtelecom - Wed, 06 Jun 2018 16:56:23 GMT - View all La Baie, QC jobs
          Funds shortage creates hurdle in timely development of infrastructure for judiciary      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Meagre hike in allocation under CSS worries Govt Mohinder Verma JAMMU, Aug 9: The shortage of funds is creating hurdle in timely development of infrastructure for the judiciary in Jammu and Kashmir with fate of 11 key projects is hanging …
          Chargé de projet – Génie civil - Kativik Regional Government - Kuujjuaq, QC      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Coordonner l’achat des matériaux d’infrastructures (bois, acier, ponceaux, ciment, etc.); PERMANENT A TEMPS PLEIN.... $48,235 - $82,763 a year
From Kativik Regional Government - Sat, 26 May 2018 06:03:35 GMT - View all Kuujjuaq, QC jobs
          Technicien(ne) intermédiaire en structure, ponts et ouvrages d'art - SNC-Lavalin - Québec City, QC      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
La division Ingénierie des Infrastructures, département Transport routier, vous offre la possibilité de travailler avec des experts chevronnés dans le domaine...
From SNC-Lavalin - Wed, 25 Jul 2018 09:28:36 GMT - View all Québec City, QC jobs
          Interim Financial Reporting Accountant - Inter Pipeline - Calgary, AB      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Inter Pipeline is a major petroleum transportation, storage and natural gas liquids processing business that ranks among the largest energy infrastructure...
From Inter Pipeline - Thu, 09 Aug 2018 19:50:29 GMT - View all Calgary, AB jobs
          Coil Winder - Machine Operator 3rd Shift      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
WI-Waukesha, We make what matters work. Everywhere you look—from the technology and machinery that surrounds us, to the critical services and infrastructure that we depend on every day—you’ll find one thing in common. It all relies on power. That’s why Eaton is dedicated to improving people’s lives and the environment with power management technologies that are more reliable, efficient, safe and sustainable. B
          Project Controls Planning Engineer (Scheduler P6) - APTIM - Niskayuna, NY      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
The main project areas at the site include remediation of historical research facilities, demolition of buildings, and characterization of site-infrastructure...
From APTIM - Sun, 29 Jul 2018 06:21:35 GMT - View all Niskayuna, NY jobs
          Operational Technician-Radiological Infrastructure Operations - Naval Nuclear Laboratory - Niskayuna, NY      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Description Intermediate/Senior: Perform work in an industrial environment that may include the performance of measurements using equipment, documentation of...
From Naval Nuclear Laboratory - Fri, 29 Jun 2018 14:24:58 GMT - View all Niskayuna, NY jobs
          Project Controls (Scheduler P6) - APTIM - Niskayuna, NY      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
The main project areas at the site include remediation of historical research facilities, demolition of buildings, and characterization of site-infrastructure...
From APTIM - Wed, 25 Apr 2018 13:27:45 GMT - View all Niskayuna, NY jobs
          Julia 1.0 Released, 2018 State of Rust Survey, Samsung Galaxy Note 9 Launches Today, Margaret Dawson of Red Hat Named Business Role Model of the Year in Women in IT Awards and Creative Commons Awarded $800,000 from Arcadia       Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

News briefs for August 9, 2018.

Julia 1.0 made its debut yesterday—the "culmination of nearly a decade of work to build a language for greedy programmers". The language's goal: "We want a language that's open source, with a liberal license. We want the speed of C with the dynamism of Ruby. We want a language that's homoiconic, with true macros like Lisp, but with obvious, familiar mathematical notation like Matlab. We want something as usable for general programming as Python, as easy for statistics as R, as natural for string processing as Perl, as powerful for linear algebra as Matlab, as good at gluing programs together as the shell. Something that is dirt simple to learn, yet keeps the most serious hackers happy. We want it interactive and we want it compiled." You can download it here.

The Rust Community announced the 2018 State of Rust Survey, and they want your opinions to help them establish future development priorities. The survey should take 10–15 minutes to complete, and is available here. And, you can see last year's results here.

Samsung Galaxy Note 9 launches today at 11am ET. You can watch the spectacle via Android Central, which will be streaming the live event.

Margaret Dawson, Vice President, Portfolio Product Marketing at Red Hat, was named Business Role Model of the Year at the inaugural Women in IT Awards USA. The awards were organized by Information Age to "redress the gender imbalance by showcasing the achievements of women in the sector and identifying new role models".

Creative Commons was awarded $800,000 from Arcadia (a charitable fund of Lisbet Rausing and Peter Baldwin) to support CC Search, which is "a Creative Commons technology project designed to maximize discovery and use of openly licensed content in the Commons". CC Search, along with Commons Metadata Library and the Commons API, plans to form the Commons Collaborative Archive and Library, a suite of tools that will "make the global commons of openly licensed content more searchable, usable, and resilient, and to provide essential infrastructure for collaborative online communities".


          Plant Manager - Minerals Technologies Inc. - Colony, WY      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
The Performance Materials segment also provides products for non-residential construction, environmental and infrastructure projects worldwide....
From Indeed - Thu, 12 Jul 2018 21:13:59 GMT - View all Colony, WY jobs
          John Dorsey wants Dez Bryant to come for a visit 'but he won't return any phone calls'      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

Dorsey wants Bryant to come to Cleveland for a visit, but he hasn't heard back from the 3-time Pro Bowler.

NEWARK, N.J. -- Browns GM John Dorsey has called Dez Bryant to come in for a visit next week but "he won't return any phone calls'' Dorsey said prior to the Browns preseason opener against the Giants.

Dorsey wants to bring Bryant in with a group of receivers next week to help fortify a position that's been through some upheaval in the past week. He said he'll have in a mix of rookies and veterans.

He wanted the former Cowboys Pro Bowler to be among them, but Bryant isn't responding.

"Maybe he's still thinking about other stuff,'' Dorsey said.

In the past week, the Browns traded Corey Coleman and his replacement Antonio Bryant was cited for marijuana possession, although the Browns believe his story that it wasn't his and he didn't smoke any.

Browns receiver Jarvis Landry lobbied for the Browns to sign Bryant on Twitter Wednesday.

The Browns and Bryant's representatives had initial talks about him signing here near the beginning of training camp.

In Cleveland, Bryant, 29, could step in and get significant playing time in place of Josh Gordon, who's currently away from the team to work on his overall health and treatment plan. Gordon is on the reserve/did not report list, meaning he doesn't count against the roster.

Dorsey said Thursday that he doesn't know when Gordon will be back, and he'll focus on the players that are here.

The NFL has said 'there's no timetable for his return.' The league has also said it will 'deal with the matter at the appropriate time.'

Bryant, who turned down a multi-year offer from the Ravens in March, has made it clear he wants to play for a contender, but a one-year 'prove it' deal with the Browns could be just what he needs to get his career back on track.

Tyrod Taylor is a Pro Bowl quarterback who could get him the ball, and offense is run by former Steelers coordinator Todd Haley. The Browns have a much better offense this year that includes newcomer Jarvis Landry, Carlos Hyde and Nick Chubb.

Dorsey says Bryant is on his radar

In 2017, Bryant caught 69 passes for 838 yards and six touchdowns. The Cowboys released him to save cap space, but Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said Thursday that Bryant can still play.

"Dez is an NFL player," Jones said, via Charean Williams of profootballtalk.com. "There's no doubt in my mind, and [he] can really contribute. It was best for us that we're in the spot we're in, but when I say us, it includes Dez. I believe that strongly. "I love Dez. I spent a lot of time -- and inordinate amount of time with Dez -- but this is for the best. But he's certainly good enough player that he can help people.

"He can help teams win games. I say that unequivocally. I believe that. Just look at our last few games and see if he made any plays against Oakland or anybody. He did."

Haslam and Jones are friends, and Jones would probably recommend Haslam sign him.

Browns players such as Baker Mayfield said last month they were excited about the prospect of Bryant joining the team.

"We have talent in that room so we're expecting somebody to step up, but obviously any time you talk about bringing in a guy like that from Texas, that's pretty exciting,'' Mayfield said. "He's a good player and so we'll see what happens but for now, we're good with what we have."

Bryant has three 1,000 yards seasons to his credit, and has averaged more than 800 yards and seven TDs in each of his last two seasons.

Dorsey praised Bryant during his press conference to kick off training camp on July 25th.

"I've had a chance to be around Dez,'' he said. "I got a chance, when he was down there at Lufkin, Texas, I actually went to his workout (when he coming out in the draft) and got a chance to meet him down there. I know what kind of person he is and what makes him, he's a very talented player.

"Have we had discussions about Dez Bryant? Yeah, that's natural. You're going to have discussions like that. Now, we'll see what comes to fruition in the next couple days, but we've talked about it. You have to talk about these things.''

As for whether or not the Browns have the infrastructure to deal with a strong personality such as Bryant, Dorsey said, "I look at Dez as a very competitive, passionate person. That's how I look at a Dez Bryant."


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          Middleware Engineering Manager - Experis - Tinicum, PA      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Will be responsible for Managing the Middleware Engineering Team supporting the Middleware technologies and for all Production Infrastructure enhancements,...
From Experis - Thu, 26 Jul 2018 17:42:54 GMT - View all Tinicum, PA jobs
          Windows System Engineer      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
FL-Tampa, Requirements: Job Summary – Windows System Engineer Manages systems and infrastructure components for mission-critical computing environments under occasional guidance. Provides support services for systems administration, networking, performance tuning, monitoring and capacity planning while adhering to enterprise ITIL process and procedures. Builds infrastructure to support business environment.
          Lead - Cyber Security - SNC-LAVALIN INFRASTRUCTURE - Montréal, QC      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Knowledge of the profiles of the actors and the vectors of threats as well as the mechanisms of attack eg. Chez SNC-Lavalin, groupe transports collectifs et...
From SNC-LAVALIN INFRASTRUCTURE - Fri, 15 Jun 2018 23:16:00 GMT - View all Montréal, QC jobs
          Planner/Scheduler - Astaldi Canada - Goose Bay, NL      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
We have over 90 years of experience in the design, construction and management of public infrastructures and large-scale civil engineering works, where we...
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          Deputy IT Manager - Astaldi Canada - Goose Bay, NL      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
We have over 90 years of experience in the design, construction and management of public infrastructures and large-scale civil engineering works, where we...
From Indeed - Fri, 20 Jul 2018 18:41:28 GMT - View all Goose Bay, NL jobs
          Myšlenky dne otce Fura // Kafemlejnek.TV 34 – Algolia.com fulltextové vyhledávání pro Twitch.tv      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Hostem tohoto dílu je Adam Surák – director of infrastructure ve společnosti Algolia.com, která se zabývá hostovaným vyhledáváním. Algolia vytváří vlastní databázové řešení, které se dá nejvíce přirovnat k Elastic Search. Kombinuje fulltextové…
          Software Principal Engineer      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
TX-Round Rock, job summary: We are looking for a Software Principal Engineer that provides full design, planning, configuration, documentation, deployment and top-level support ownership of storage infrastructure technologies. Identifies design requirements and makes recommendations for capacity planning, performance optimization and future direction. location: Round Rock, Texas job type: Contract salary: $57 -
          How Will E-Scooters Benefit Low-Income Communities?      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
by Alex Zielinski

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Portland Bureau of Transportation's (PBOT) permitting process for e-scooters came with a equity-focused requirement: all companies must place a certain number of scooters east of 82nd Ave, in Far NE Portland, and in the Cully Neighborhood (called the "East Neighborhoods Pattern Area").

The idea is to see if e-scooters will actually be of service to people living outside of the wealthier and whiter bubble that envelops inner Portland neighborhoods. PBOT will seriously consider this data when the city's 120-day pilot draws to a close—and the city considers issuing long-term permits to these companies. PBOT spokseperson Dylan Rivera is particularly interested if e-scooters will make public transportation a little more accessible to those who don't usually ride.

"Maybe it will make it easier to reach a light rail stop on I-205... who knows," Rivera says. "It's probably more profitable for companies to concentrate their scooters downtown, but we want to see how it works across the city."

Another way to measure e-scooter equity is through the application process. In the form companies must fill out to request a city e-scooter permit, PBOT asks how a company will work to engage "low-income and historically underserved communities." Here are the official questions:

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The Mercury requested copies of the PBOT applications for all three e-scooter companies—Skip, Bird, and Lime—to see what they may have in store. Here's what we learned:

Skip

Skip pointed to two examples of how low-income people can benefit from the company: Free scooter rides for people who charge the contraption at their house (we have no idea how much that will impact an electric bill, however) and rewarding houseless Portlanders who return scooters to charging centers with money and/or a hot meal.

Skip also suggested a fee-reduction program for low-income people. " We envision residents qualifying through... SNAP/“Oregon Trail Card”, Oregon Health Plan, Oregon Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program and Oregon LifeLine," the application reads.

According to its application, Skip staff have already met with East Portland neighbors to talk about investing in better transportation infrastructure (bike lanes, sidewalks, etc.) to make e-scooter riding more of a reality. Skip has also placed their East Portland scooters in areas close to bus stops to inspire multi-modal trips.

Lime

Lime's answers are a little more vague than Skip's. In its application, Lime says that "in other cities" the company has hired veterans, formerly incarcerated people, and "people from disadvantaged communities." They plan to do the same in Portland. Lime says it has already been meeting with people at Self Enhancement, Inc. (SEI) about job opportunities.

Lime does not offer discounted pricing for people with low incomes. But, according to Lime, scooters are already affordable. "Our vehicles are typically considerably cheaper than operating one’s own car or other alternatives; we seek every opportunity to demonstrate this to all communities - especially low income and historically underserved communities."

Bird

Bird's application was sent to us with a lot of pages redacted. Either those redacted items include its equity plan—or the company didn't suggest one. We'll update this post as we get more information about the company.

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          Security Architect - CGI - Toronto, ON      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Description du poste : CGI is seeking to hire an experienced and proven Security Architect to manage significant distribution oriented infrastructure...
From CGI - Fri, 13 Jul 2018 15:11:16 GMT - View all Toronto, ON jobs
          Cognitive Operations Market Worth $21.67 Billion by 2023      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
...Services), Application (ITOA, APM, Infrastructure Management, Network Analytics, and Security Analytics), Deployment Mode, Enterprise Size, Vertical, and R egion - Global Forecast to 2023 ", published by MarketsandMarkets™, the global market size is expected to grow from USD 7.27 billion in 2018 ...


          Cybersecurity IAM Engineer      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
NJ-Princeton, CYBERSECURITY IAM ENGINEER PRINCETON, NJ Project Description: As a Cybersecurity IAM (Identity and Access Management) engineer, you will contribute to the management of user authentication life cycle. Your primary job duties will include installation, configuration, integration and operation of user authentication infrastructures and services. Troubleshooting and root cause analysis of tier 2 inci
          Beauty and Social Media: Meitu Announces Strategic Pathways for the Next Decade      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
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   <p><span class="xn-location">BEIJING</span>, <span class="xn-chron">Aug. 9, 2018</span> /PRNewswire/ -- Meitu Inc., a leading photo / video editing and sharing company, announced the company's "beauty and social media" strategic pathways for its second decade. As Meitu embarks on the next 10 years, it is poised to enter the social media space, going beyond the beautification products that have shaped the way 1.5 billion users around the world create and share their beauty. </p>
   <ul type="disc">
    <li>Meitu app:&nbsp;Biggest upgrade in a decade slated to be released on <span class="xn-chron">September 21</span>. Three evolutionary stages: from tool, to community, to social media platform </li>
    <li>Meipai app: Repositioning as a pan-knowledge short video platform. New social feature "homework" soon to be launched. </li>
    <li>Reorganize into three business units, including a newly established Social Product Business Unit. </li>
    <li>Refine the Relationship between Infrastructure and Commercial Products</li>
   </ul> 
   <p><b>Three Evolutionary Stages of the Meitu App and Biggest Upgrade in Decade</b></p><th class="expander" style="Margin:0;color:#0a0a0a;font-family:Montserrat,Arial,sans-serif;font-size:16px;font-weight:400;line-height:1.3;margin:0;padding:0!important;text-align:left;visibility:hidden;width:0"></th></tr></table></th></tr></tbody></table><table class="row content" style="background:#fff;border-collapse:collapse;border-spacing:0;display:table;padding:0;position:relative;text-align:left;vertical-align:top;width:100%"><tbody><tr style="padding:0;text-align:left;vertical-align:top"><th class="small-12 large-12 columns first last" style="Margin:0 auto;color:#0a0a0a;font-family:Montserrat,Arial,sans-serif;font-size:16px;font-weight:400;line-height:1.3;margin:0 auto;padding:0;padding-bottom:16px;padding-left:30px;padding-right:30px;text-align:left;width:570px"><table style="border-collapse:collapse;border-spacing:0;padding:0;text-align:left;vertical-align:top;width:100%"><tr style="padding:0;text-align:left;vertical-align:top"><th style="Margin:0;color:#0a0a0a;font-family:Montserrat,Arial,sans-serif;font-size:16px;font-weight:400;line-height:1.3;margin:0;padding:0;text-align:left"><center data-parsed="" style="min-width:510px;width:100%"><img src="https://photos.prnasia.com/prnh/20180808/2207131-1-a#source%3Dgooglier%2Ecom#https%3A%2F%2Fgooglier%2Ecom%2Fpage%2F%2F10000" alt="" align="center" class="float-center" style="-ms-interpolation-mode:bicubic;Margin:0 auto;clear:both;display:block;float:none;margin:0 auto;max-width:100%;outline:0;text-align:center;text-decoration:none;width:auto"></center></th><th class="expander" style="Margin:0;color:#0a0a0a;font-family:Montserrat,Arial,sans-serif;font-size:16px;font-weight:400;line-height:1.3;margin:0;padding:0!important;text-align:left;visibility:hidden;width:0"></th></tr></table></th></tr></tbody></table><table class="row content" style="background:#fff;border-collapse:collapse;border-spacing:0;display:table;padding:0;position:relative;text-align:left;vertical-align:top;width:100%"><tbody><tr style="padding:0;text-align:left;vertical-align:top"><th class="small-12 large-12 columns first last" style="Margin:0 auto;color:#0a0a0a;font-family:Montserrat,Arial,sans-serif;font-size:16px;font-weight:400;line-height:1.3;margin:0 auto;padding:0;padding-bottom:16px;padding-left:30px;padding-right:30px;text-align:left;width:570px"><table style="border-collapse:collapse;border-spacing:0;padding:0;text-align:left;vertical-align:top;width:100%"><tr style="padding:0;text-align:left;vertical-align:top"><th style="Margin:0;color:#0a0a0a;font-family:Montserrat,Arial,sans-serif;font-size:16px;font-weight:400;line-height:1.3;margin:0;padding:0;text-align:left">
   <p>Meitu is evolving into a social platform. The evolution takes three stages: from tool, to community, to social media. In the first "tool" stage, Meitu successfully dominated photo-related internet traffic by meeting users' needs for photo editing and image enhancement. Meitu is currently in its second "community" stage, focusing on helping users create and share engaging content within the community. In the third "social media" stage, the focus will be on building relational connections among users. </p>
   <p>As an effort to test out the market, Meitu soft launched the community feature "Social Circle" in May. Feedback has been encouraging: each day, core users spend an average of 25 minutes on Social Circle, launch the app 8 times, and view over 75 pages. Linking tools aimed at creating an interconnected community have also proven to be effective. For example, the "Collage of Hearts" feature drove a 29% increase in DAU and created dynamic interactions between users. 41% of new users posted their collage of hearts creation as their first action in the community. </p>
   <p>Given such positive feedback, the Meitu App is poised for its biggest upgrade in a decade. Beginning <span class="xn-chron">September 21</span>, Social Circle will be featured prominently in the Meitu app's homepage, right underneath the tool section. The new version will also allow users to scroll down for more community feeds. </p> 
   <p>"While image-based social media has a massive overseas market, there has been no such counterpart in <span class="xn-location">China</span>. Meitu is set to become a one-stop solution: after processing their photos, users can share right here on the Meitu app," said Wu Xinhong, CEO and Founder of Meitu. </p>
   <p>Along with the Meitu app's social media development comes a new slogan that highlights individuality and an ideal way of life: "<span class="xn-person">My Life</span>, <span class="xn-person">My Style</span>". "My" refers to the individual: younger generations have a strong desire to project their internal self on the world and express their own personality and views. In doing so, they discover and attract people who share their interests,&nbsp;their community. "Life &amp; Style" refers to an ideal way of life – users can share their own ideal way of life, while understanding that of others. The slogan is inspired by the revelation that everyone is looking for their vision of beauty and an ideal lifestyle, a need that is far from being met in today's social media landscape. </p>
   <p>Evolving from community to social media involves three key aspects: making every user feel present, building relational connections, and facilitating interactions among users. "Meitu aims to deliver the best lifestyle community in 2018, and further explore the possibilities of social media in 2019," added Wu Xinghong. </p>
   <p><b>Meipai: "Pan-Knowledge" Repositioning and New Social Features </b></p>
   <p>Meipai will be repositioned to a "pan-knowledge" short video sharing platform. Differentiating itself from other "pan-entertainment" focused products, Meipai aims to add value for users by focusing on the sharing of people's talent, skills and experiences, i.e. "pan knowledge". With the new slogan, "Talent worth sharing", Meipai enables its users to share and learn new dance moves, perform magic tricks or skateboard, apply makeup, do yoga and make dessert, play the Rubik's cube, do crafts, etc. Meipai has a solid foundation for further development: Meipai's content library now includes over 300 sub-genres and more than 30,000 key opinion leaders. Meipai has also partnered with more than 50 top short video MCN organizations. </p>
   <p>Meipai will continue to evolve under the new positioning. The homepage is currently being revamped to be more discovery-oriented, which is better suited toward pan-knowledge content: this is because pan-knowledge seekers are more self-motivated and interested in actively exploring things. Meipai will also release new features to encourage social interactions. A "homework" feature will be released in the following month. The feature will allow users to, for example, upload their own video as a comment beneath the original dance tutorial video. </p>
   <p>"2017 has been a year of both excitement and reflection for the short video industry. We reposition Meipai under the guiding philosophy of developing in a sustainable and healthy manner," said Wu Xinghong. </p>
   <p><b>Reorganize into Three Business Units, including </b><b>A Dedicated Social Product Business Unit</b></p>
   <p>In conjunction with the strategic direction, Meitu will reform its corporate structure toward becoming a product-driven company. Effective <span class="xn-chron">August 8th</span>, Meitu will be divided into three major business units: the Social Product Business Unit, the Beauty Product Business Unit and the Smart Hardware Product Business Unit. The establishment of a dedicated social product unit will consist of both the Meitu and Meipai brands. </p>
   <p>Each business unit is encouraged to innovate independently in every aspect of the business to maximize the value of capital and human resources. </p>
   <p><b>Refine the Relationship between Infrastructure and Commercial Products</b></p>
   <p>Meitu's new strategic direction also calls for refining the relationship between infrastructure and commercial products. </p>
   <p>Photo editing has been Meitu's key entry point to the online world and essential to Meitu's success in the past decade. It has been instrumental in helping the company grow its user base and will drive traffic to the social platform in the future. In addition, social media products will increase Meitu's stickiness and traffic value. They will generate data on additional dimensions that helps Meitu further understand user behavior. This serves as Meitu's infrastructure. </p> 
   <p>The advertising platform serves as a traffic distribution mechanism, a business product that matches users with advertisements. The outer layer is Meitu's "beauty ecosystem" of commercial products, including smart hardware, an e-commerce platform, and value-added services, with more to come. "Beauty and social media are our strategic focus for Meitu's second decade and a long-term goal. There are bound to be bumps on the road ahead, with some things going smoother than others, but that will not shake our conviction," said Wu Xinhong. </p>
   <p><b>About Meitu </b></p>
   <p>Established in <span class="xn-chron">October 2008</span>, Meitu is a leading AI-driven photo/video editing and sharing company headquartered in <span class="xn-location">China</span>. With a mission to inspire more people to express their beauty, the company has developed a rich portfolio of software and smart hardware products designed based on the concept of beauty, including Meitu, BeautyCam, Meipai (a short-form video community app) and Meitu Smartphones. Meitu has amassed over 1.5 billion unique users worldwide, with over one third coming from outside <span class="xn-location">China</span>, including <span class="xn-location">the United States</span>, <span class="xn-location">Brazil</span>, <span class="xn-location">Japan</span>, <span class="xn-location">South Korea</span>, <span class="xn-location">India</span>, <span class="xn-location">Thailand</span>, <span class="xn-location">Indonesia</span>, <span class="xn-location">Malaysia</span>, <span class="xn-location">the Philippines</span>, and <span class="xn-location">Vietnam</span>. As of <span class="xn-chron">February 2018</span>, Meitu engages 454.7 million MAUs. With the largest database of human portraits on the planet, Meitu leverages AI in the pursuit of beauty. MTlab, Meitu's research and development hub, is dedicated to AI and imaging innovations such as Computer Vision, Deep Learning, and Computer Graphics. </p>
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It will be the app&#8217;s biggest upgrade in a decade.</p><hr style="border:1px solid #8a8a8d;border-bottom:0"></th><th class="expander" style="Margin:0;color:#0a0a0a;font-family:Montserrat,Arial,sans-serif;font-size:16px;font-weight:400;line-height:1.3;margin:0;padding:0!important;text-align:left;visibility:hidden;width:0"></th></tr></table></th></tr></tbody></table><th class="expander" style="Margin:0;color:#0a0a0a;font-family:Montserrat,Arial,sans-serif;font-size:16px;font-weight:400;line-height:1.3;margin:0;padding:0!important;text-align:left;visibility:hidden;width:0"></th></tr></table></th></tr></tbody></table><table class="row content" style="background:#fff;border-collapse:collapse;border-spacing:0;display:table;padding:0;position:relative;text-align:left;vertical-align:top;width:100%"><tbody><tr style="padding:0;text-align:left;vertical-align:top"><th class="gallery small-12 large-12 columns first last" style="Margin:0 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          Systems Administrator - Warren, PA - Warren, PA      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Position Summary To contribute to client retention by ensuring clients receive timely, professional, high-level technical support to teachers, staff, and students. Essential Functions Establish system specifications by analyzing access, information, and security requirements, designing system infrastructure. Establish web system by planning and executing the selection, installing, configuration, and testing of server ..
          Five Things To Know: Puerto Rico      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
It’s taken more than a year, but the lights are finally back on in Puerto Rico … literally. In 2017, Hurricane Maria decimated the island, knocking out power for millions of residents. Just this month it was announced that power had been restored to all but about two dozens homes. Electricity aside, repairing the infrastructure […]
          HUD releases its Federal Register Notice for $10.03 billion in Community Development Block Grant – Disaster Recovery (CDBG-DR) funds       Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

HUD has released its Federal Register Notice (FRN) for $10.03 billion in Community Development Block Grant – Disaster Recovery (CDBG-DR) funds – approved by Congress in April – for unmet housing and infrastructure needs in Texas, Florida, and Puerto Rico.


          Manager, Network & Security Services and Tier 3 Support - Health Shared Services Ontario - Toronto, ON      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Highly available data centers based on firewall and network infrastructure. Manager, Network &amp; Security Services and Tier 3 Support (Temporary, Full-Time – 18...
From Health Shared Services Ontario - Thu, 26 Jul 2018 00:00:31 GMT - View all Toronto, ON jobs
          Senior Systems / Software Test Engineer - Hewlett Packard Enterprise - Fort Collins, CO      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Experience with Testlink or HP Quality Center test infrastructure tools. Are you looking for a hands-on Senior Software Test Engineer role?...
From Hewlett Packard Enterprise - Thu, 12 Apr 2018 11:12:47 GMT - View all Fort Collins, CO jobs
          Toronto politicians can’t hide from the increasingly extreme weather      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

In the past five years, Toronto has suffered the calamitous deluge of two “100-year storms,” so-called rare events that flood basements, roads, streetcars and elevators.

Just last Tuesday, residents posted video and photos in real time, showing scenes of devastation — submerged cars, waterfalls cascading down the steps near Union Station and a streetcar abandoned by terrified riders after water rose above the seats.

Torontonians trapped on low-lying streets waded through water, sometimes chest high, after more than 70 millimetres of rain fell downtown between 9 and 11 p.m. In 2013, a similar 100-year storm caused chaos in pockets across the city.

Either Mother Nature’s math is very poor or we need a new name for these weather events. Storm of the century just doesn’t cut it anymore.

This week’s storm, revealed stunning stories of fear, heroics and some dangerously close calls. Two men in a west-Toronto office building were trapped inside an elevator, with rapidly-rising water leaving them just a foot of air to breathe before they were finally rescued by two Toronto police officers. How fortunate that no one across the city died that night.

While climatologists work on a better phrase to reflect the new frequency of these storms, there’s another, far more important, consideration raised by all that murky water on city streets.

It’s a problem that must, finally, get — and keep — the attention of Toronto’s political leaders.

Compared to the infrastructure of modern cities, that have separate sanitary and stormwater systems, Toronto’s underground system is ancient. As a result, it doesn’t have the space to store water, when severe and localized storms drop massive amounts of rain. Worse still, is the fact that Toronto’s two underground systems are linked so that water people wade through is actually mixed with sewage.

Obviously, Mayor John Tory cannot be blamed for the weather. But after the storm passed this week, he rightly faced tough questions from reporters who knew that a year earlier, Tory shelved a city staff report that suggested ways to modernize Toronto’s stormwater management.

If the city has anything in its control, it is the ability to update old infrastructure. Politicians campaigning for jobs on city council should acknowledge that climate change is creating severe storms and support ways to fund the necessary improvements.

The staff report from 2017 had recommended options for storm water fees, like those added to water bills by Mississauga. Those charges range from $50 to $170 per year, based on the size of a building’s roof and the potential for water runoff. The bigger the building, the higher the fee. As a result, some $30 million annually is added to a dedicated fund that pays for maintenance and upgrades for Mississauga’s stormwater system. That’s putting money to good use.

The plan had also examined the water runoff problems caused by hard surfaces, like buildings, parking lots, driveways and walkways. Without enough greenspace to absorb moisture, water has no where to go but into storm sewers or basements.

Long before the report was written, those types of fee suggestions had been mocked by Doug Ford, now Ontario’s premier. He was a Toronto councillor then and along with his sidekick, councillor Giorgio Mammoliti, called the charges a “roof tax,” and a “measure to get into people’s pockets.” Now, water is getting into people’s basements — a cost covered by the homeowners and insurance companies.

The $1 billion cost of sewer backup claims from Toronto’s 2013 storm is now known as Canada’s most expensive insurance loss. Insurers have since warned that, if extreme storms continue, basements in some cities might be uninsurable.

Now that extreme weather can no longer be ignored, candidates running for political office should take a position: find ways to fund a modernized system or, be held accountable, after the next big storm.


          Electrical Engineer - Pave Infrastructure - Shiliguri, West Bengal      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Tech in Electrical Engineering. Handling overall all the electrical related work at site. B.E/B....
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          MEP Engineer - Pave Infrastructure - Shiliguri, West Bengal      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Experience: Minimum 5 years in MEP Education: BE/ B.Tech/ Diploma in Mechanical/ Electrical Job Responsibilities: • Capable to handle structural erection...
From Pave Infrastructure - Mon, 30 Apr 2018 05:58:46 GMT - View all Shiliguri, West Bengal jobs
          Financial Regulatory Developments Focus - August 2018 #2      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
In this week's newsletter, we provide a snapshot of the principal U.S., European and global financial regulatory developments of interest to banks, investment firms, broker-dealers, market infrastructure providers, asset managers and corporates....
By: Shearman & Sterling LLP
          Lead Information Security Engineer - Newgistics - Austin, TX      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
The Lead Information SecurityEngineerwill be responsible for managing product, application, and infrastructure security for Newgistics, a Pitney Bowes business...
From Pitney Bowes - Mon, 02 Jul 2018 22:32:12 GMT - View all Austin, TX jobs
          DevOps Monitoring Engineer - Newgistics - Austin, TX      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
The DevOps Monitoring Engineer is part of the team that designs, builds, and supports the on premise and cloud infrastructure running all products and services...
From Pitney Bowes - Mon, 02 Jul 2018 22:32:09 GMT - View all Austin, TX jobs
          Lead Information Security Engineer - Newgistics, Inc. - Austin, TX      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
The Lead Information Security Engineer will be responsible for managing product, application, and infrastructure security for Newgistics, a Pitney Bowes...
From Newgistics, Inc. - Sat, 04 Aug 2018 09:58:35 GMT - View all Austin, TX jobs
          DevOps Monitoring Engineer - Newgistics, Inc. - Austin, TX      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Advanced technical skills with proven expertise and experience in technologies used in the Newgistics infrastructure to include Microsoft operating systems,...
From Newgistics, Inc. - Fri, 13 Apr 2018 15:58:57 GMT - View all Austin, TX jobs
          Hybrid - Cloud Infrastructure (IaaS) Engineer/Analyst - Underwriters Laboratories - Laramie, WY      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Azure experience (OMS, Application Insights, Automation, ARM templates, etc.). Contribute to a Safer, More Secure, and More Sustainable World....
From Underwriters Laboratories - Wed, 11 Jul 2018 22:56:33 GMT - View all Laramie, WY jobs
          Hybrid - Cloud Infrastructure (IaaS) Engineer/Analyst - UL LLC - Laramie, WY      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Azure experience (OMS, Application Insights, Automation, ARM templates, etc.). Contribute to a Safer, More Secure, and More Sustainable World....
From UL LLC - Wed, 11 Jul 2018 21:17:04 GMT - View all Laramie, WY jobs
          Principal Product Engineer - Microsoft - Redmond, WA      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Work with design team to set DFT methodology. In this role you will be expected to develop the test hardware infrastructure, DFT, product characterization, and...
From Microsoft - Wed, 25 Apr 2018 01:04:57 GMT - View all Redmond, WA jobs
          Asian Construction Forum set up to boost sector      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Asian companies contribute $7 billion each year, to the sector, helping meet the demand for the large scale, quality construction & infrastructure projects that are needed, and to address labour shortages. Yet there's concern that many of these businesses currently sit outside the traditional sector model. That's why an Asian Construction Forum, is being organised in Auckland to help make it easier for Asian companies to do business here, and to upskill migrant workers. Ian Watt, is the General Manager of Productspec & Construction Marketing Services. Noah Bian, the Design Director from Flourishing Property Company Ltd. The Asian Construction Forum is being held between on Saturday 11th August at the Ellerslie Event Centre in Auckland and it is free to attend.
          Senior Database Engineer      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
CA-Walnut Creek, About Matrix Precise: Matrix Precise Inc. is a Technology Development, Consulting and R&D Company. We provide solutions in the areas of facial recognition, smart retail, handwriting recognition and smart robots. Our client services also entail a range of development and support solutions from web and mobile application development, infrastructure and production support and testing services. We off
          Pence outlines plan for new Space Force by 2020      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
The White House envisions the force as a separate military branch, which would require levels of infrastructure and various kinds of military and civilian leadership.

          AIMS at IBC2018      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
The Alliance for IP Media Solutions (AIMS) will return to IBC this year with its members working toward standards-based IP signal transport and an intense focus on educating the broadcast and media industry on transitioning to an IP infrastructure. This is the first IBC show since the SMPTE ST 2110 ...
          Project Controls Planning Engineer (Scheduler P6) - APTIM - Niskayuna, NY      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
The main project areas at the site include remediation of historical research facilities, demolition of buildings, and characterization of site-infrastructure...
From APTIM - Sun, 29 Jul 2018 06:21:35 GMT - View all Niskayuna, NY jobs
          Operational Technician-Radiological Infrastructure Operations - Naval Nuclear Laboratory - Niskayuna, NY      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Description Intermediate/Senior: Perform work in an industrial environment that may include the performance of measurements using equipment, documentation of...
From Naval Nuclear Laboratory - Fri, 29 Jun 2018 14:24:58 GMT - View all Niskayuna, NY jobs
          Project Controls (Scheduler P6) - APTIM - Niskayuna, NY      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
The main project areas at the site include remediation of historical research facilities, demolition of buildings, and characterization of site-infrastructure...
From APTIM - Wed, 25 Apr 2018 13:27:45 GMT - View all Niskayuna, NY jobs
          Comment on The State of the American Debt Slaves, Q2 2018 by MD      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
...and yet look at how prosperous (real general prosperity - not just the conspicuous consumption of the privileged) the USA was in the '60s when taxes for the wealthy were massive - and they didn't all leave. Exactly why the likes of the Kochs have spent so much money on propaganda to to convince gulls such as yourself that they and their like really should pay less - and lied to you in telling you that all will benefit from their subsequent munificence. Meanwhile, large parts of your society go to hell in a handbasket, because there's no money for infrastructure investment or social programs. Enjoy!
          Full Stack Java Developer - Fleet Complete - Waterloo, ON      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Develop Web app to facilitate fleet management. HOS component areas include our iOS and Android mobile apps, our Web app, and our Java-based SaaS infrastructure...
From Fleet Complete - Wed, 01 Aug 2018 06:29:21 GMT - View all Waterloo, ON jobs
          Solutions Architect - Wireless      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
PA-Horsham, Job Description: GENERAL SUMMARY: The Solution Architect’s role is to develop and maintain the high-level design plan for the overall logical and technical network architecture. This individual is a Senior Infrastructure Architect/Engineer with responsibility for complex enterprise infrastructure environments primarily focused on network technologies. This leader is responsible for maintaining net
          Solutions Architect - Security      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
PA-Horsham, Job Description: Solutions Architect -Security Possible to go full time - plan is 1 year consulting and then possible full time opportunity. The Solution Architect’s role is to develop and maintain the high-level design plan for the overall logical and technical network architecture. This individual is a Senior Infrastructure Architect/Engineer with responsibility for complex enterprise infrastruc
          Network Infrastructure Specialist - Office of the Auditor General of Canada - Ottawa, ON      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
All documents must be written in font Times New Roman in size 12 with one inch margins and submitted online. When you apply to this selection process, you are... $70,354 - $86,125 a year
From Office of the Auditor General of Canada - Mon, 30 Jul 2018 23:33:42 GMT - View all Ottawa, ON jobs
          Senior Projectmanager Versterken Netwerken - Werkspirit Recruitment - Utrecht      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Minimaal 3 jaar ervaring als projectmanager in laatste 5 jaar. Ben je een energieke projectmanager met gedegen ervaring op het terrein van infrastructurele...
Van Indeed - Thu, 09 Aug 2018 19:16:37 GMT - Toon alle vacatures in Utrecht
          Technicien(ne) / Dessinateur(trice) en Structure et/ou Génie Civil – Énergie - WSP - Montréal, QC      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Nous avons mérité une reconnaissance Platinum Élite grâce à notre participation à plus de la moitié des 100 meilleurs projets en infrastructure au Canada....
From WSP - Sun, 29 Jul 2018 05:49:14 GMT - View all Montréal, QC jobs
          Ingénieur(e) civil - Environnement - WSP - Sherbrooke, QC      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Nous avons mérité une reconnaissance Platinum Élite grâce à notre participation à plus de la moitié des 100 meilleurs projets en infrastructure au Canada....
From WSP - Mon, 11 Jun 2018 17:28:11 GMT - View all Sherbrooke, QC jobs
          Senior Project Manager - Airport Infrastructure Consulting - WSP - Thornhill, ON      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
We’re a Forbes Top Employer in Canada, one of the Top 100 Sustainable Companies in the World (and among the Top 10 in Canada), and we earned Platinum Elite...
From WSP - Sun, 29 Jul 2018 05:49:04 GMT - View all Thornhill, ON jobs
          Senior Rail Systems Engineer - WSP - Calgary, AB      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Platinum Elite Recognition through our participation in more than half of Canada’s Top 100 Infrastructure Projects....
From WSP - Mon, 04 Jun 2018 23:27:02 GMT - View all Calgary, AB jobs
          Technicien(ne) en mécanique du Bâtiment - WSP - Saguenay, QC      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Nous avons mérité une reconnaissance Platinum Élite grâce à notre participation à plus de la moitié des 100 meilleurs projets en infrastructure au Canada....
From WSP - Mon, 16 Jul 2018 17:34:32 GMT - View all Saguenay, QC jobs
          Ingénieur(e) - Conception , Surveillance, Maintien de la circulation - WSP - Laval, QC      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Nous avons mérité une reconnaissance Platinum Élite grâce à notre participation à plus de la moitié des 100 meilleurs projets en infrastructure au Canada....
From WSP - Thu, 26 Jul 2018 17:44:54 GMT - View all Laval, QC jobs
          Ingénieur - Gestion de l'eau - WSP - Québec City, QC      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Nous avons mérité une reconnaissance Platinum Élite grâce à notre participation à plus de la moitié des C100 meilleurs projets en infrastructure au Canada ....
From WSP - Fri, 27 Jul 2018 05:45:23 GMT - View all Québec City, QC jobs
          Ingénieur civil infrastructures urbaines - GHD - Montréal, QC      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
GHD est un employeur souscrivant au principe de l’égalité d’accès à l’emploi. Engagée en faveur du développement durable, GHD améliore l’environnement physique,...
From GHD - Thu, 21 Jun 2018 10:36:58 GMT - View all Montréal, QC jobs
          Director of Infrastructure - CommonBond - New York, NY      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
CommonBond is building a values-driven, customer-centric financial services company. Recruit highly talented engineers for CommonBond, conducting phone screens...
From CommonBond - Wed, 20 Jun 2018 22:36:28 GMT - View all New York, NY jobs
          Labourer - Skilled and Intermediate - Technical Workforce Inc. - Calgary, AB      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Technical Workforce Inc., supply's skilled workforce to the industrial, infrastructure, and civil construction sectors in Alberta and Saskatchewan....
From Technical Workforce Inc. - Wed, 13 Jun 2018 20:09:14 GMT - View all Calgary, AB jobs
          SVP of Software and IT Infrastructure - Cannon Search Partners - Andover, MA      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
.Net, C#, SQL, ASP.Net, database, SQL Server, Software Development, AWS, Windows, Azure, cloud integration, web-based, CTO, VP, CIO....
From Cannon Search Partners - Thu, 12 Jul 2018 08:18:55 GMT - View all Andover, MA jobs
          Director of Cyber Security - Digital Prospectors - Lexington, MA      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
This position is under general direction of the ISD Deputy CIO for Technology and Infrastructure. Reporting to the Deputy CIO for Technology and Infrastructure,...
From Digital Prospectors - Thu, 05 Jul 2018 05:28:12 GMT - View all Lexington, MA jobs
          Europe Autoimmune Diagnostics Market Report 2023      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
(EMAILWIRE.COM, August 09, 2018 ) Europe Autoimmune Diagnostics Market is majorly driven by High occurrence of auto immune disorders, Supportive government policies, increasing public awareness, increased government funding aimed at improving healthcare infrastructure, introduction of advanced technologies…
          Server and Storage Engineering Manager - Partners HealthCare(PHS) - Somerville, MA      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Participate and help drive infrastructure strategic planning by working with key PHS resources (CIO, CTO, Deputy CIO) to define the ITS infrastructure plans....
From Partners HealthCare - Wed, 08 Aug 2018 01:47:26 GMT - View all Somerville, MA jobs
          Executive Assistant for Vice President Infrastructure & Operations & Global Markets IT - Biogen - Cambridge, MA      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Responsibilities: • Provide administrative support to VP, Infrastructure and Operations IT, Global Markets IT SD/VP, and potentially SD of Global IT Privacy....
From Biogen - Fri, 03 Aug 2018 21:26:34 GMT - View all Cambridge, MA jobs
          Measurement Analyst - AltaGas Ltd. - Calgary, AB      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Analyst, Measurement AltaGas is an energy infrastructure business with a focus on natural gas, power, and regulated utilities. We have, and continue to build...
From AltaGas - Wed, 25 Jul 2018 21:37:23 GMT - View all Calgary, AB jobs
          Director of Infrastructure - CommonBond - New York, NY      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
CommonBond is building a values-driven, customer-centric financial services company. Recruit highly talented engineers for CommonBond, conducting phone screens...
From CommonBond - Wed, 20 Jun 2018 22:36:28 GMT - View all New York, NY jobs
          Infrastructure Servcs Mgr - Mphasis - Bengaluru, Karnataka      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Primary Comp & : Mainframe Engineering - Mainframe MQ System Programmer Skill Percentage - 100 Skill Version - 100 Proficiency - Expert(>9yrs) Tools Knowledge...
From Mphasis - Thu, 19 Jul 2018 12:28:40 GMT - View all Bengaluru, Karnataka jobs
          Planner/Scheduler - Astaldi Canada - Goose Bay, NL      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
We have over 90 years of experience in the design, construction and management of public infrastructures and large-scale civil engineering works, where we...
From Indeed - Fri, 27 Jul 2018 20:20:24 GMT - View all Goose Bay, NL jobs
          Deputy IT Manager - Astaldi Canada - Goose Bay, NL      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
We have over 90 years of experience in the design, construction and management of public infrastructures and large-scale civil engineering works, where we...
From Indeed - Fri, 20 Jul 2018 18:41:28 GMT - View all Goose Bay, NL jobs
          DevOps Specialist - Galvanize Recruiting - Montréal, QC      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
DevOps Specialist (Infrastructure) Montreal, QC – Permanent $90,000 to $100,000 + bonus up to 20% Responsibilities: * Develop and maintain development... $90,000 - $100,000 a year
From Galvanize Recruiting - Tue, 29 May 2018 04:30:41 GMT - View all Montréal, QC jobs
          Senior Project Manager - (Greenwood Village, Colorado, United States)      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
This senior level employee is primarily responsible for leading project teams, staying on budget, identifying risks and issues, and leading on departmental or cross-functional teams.

Essential Responsibilities:
  • Conducts or oversees business-specific projects by applying deep expertise in subject area; promoting adherence to all procedures and policies; developing work plans to meet business priorities and deadlines; determining and carrying out processes and methodologies; coordinating and delegating resources to accomplish organizational goals; partnering internally and externally to make effective business decisions; solving complex problems; escalating issues or risks, as appropriate; monitoring progress and results; recognizing and capitalizing on improvement opportunities; evaluating recommendations made; and influencing the completion of project tasks by others.
  • Practices self-leadership and promotes learning in others by building relationships with cross-functional stakeholders; communicating information and providing advice to drive projects forward; influencing team members within assigned unit; listening and responding to, seeking, and addressing performance feedback; adapting to competing demands and new responsibilities; providing feedback to others, including upward feedback to leadership and mentoring junior team members; creating and executing plans to capitalize on strengths and improve opportunity areas; and adapting to and learning from change, difficulties, and feedback.
  • Leads multiple large-scale projects with full responsibility and accountability for the outcomes.
  • Develops, analyzes, and manages complex project plans which include schedule, and resource forecast.
  • Manages and monitors the program financials of multiple large projects.
  • Monitors and controls overall project performance and quality against plan and makes adjustments as needed.
  • Oversees project activities related to organizational change management (e.g., development and execution of user adoption, implementation, and training plans) as defined by the project.
  • Promotes adherence to established processes and policies (e.g. SDLC including domain standards, Kaiser standards).
  • Oversees allocation of resources, schedules, and task assignments to ensure proper project management practices are in place.
  • Manages the work of large project teams by monitoring internal and external resources.
  • Leads others in requesting and managing internal and/ or external resources based on the alignment of team member skills and project demands.
  • Communicates a clear vision of project goals and objectives to the team.
  • Delivers individual performance feedback to team members.
  • Manages, monitors and mitigates project or component risks.
  • Monitors the compliance of project plans by ensuring team members follow policies and procedures.
  • Ensures the alignment, buy-in, engagement and support of diverse project stakeholders by building and maintaining relationships as well as communicating appropriately with internal customers, third party vendors, and business leadership.
  • Ensures success of project by identifying and working closely with the right stakeholders based on their level of influence and decision making.
  • Provides insight to key stakeholders and project sponsors by developing project goals, setting the prioritization of deliverables, discussing involvement of business processes (e.g. project change management, communication) and facilitating decisions necessary for project delivery.
  • Communicates tough issues to stakeholders and keeps an independent opinion.
  • Reviews vendor performance levels and ensures service level agreements are met.
  • Participates in contract negotiations with service vendors and reviews project invoices submitted by vendor for accuracy.


    Minimum Qualifications:
  • Minimum seven (7) years experience managing project(s) using project life cycle methodologies (e.g., SDLC, process management, organizational change).
  • Minimum four (4) years experience implementing large, complex projects in a corporate environment.
  • Minimum four (4) years experience leading project teams.
  • Minimum seven (7) years experience managing project budgets.
  • Bachelor's degree in Business Administration, Computer Science, MIS or related field and Minimum eight (8) years of IT or related business experience, including Minimum seven (7) years experience managing projects. Additional equivalent work experience may be substituted for the degree requirement.


    Preferred Qualifications:
  • Two (2) years supervisory experience.
  • Three (3) years experience working on projects or programs requiring the integration of cross-functional technology and/or business solutions.
  • Five (5) years experience working in a large matrixed organization.
  • Four (4) years experience in large-scale infrastructure implementation.
  • Project Management Professional (PMP) or equivalent project/program management certification.


  •           Associate IT Engineer - (Pleasanton, California, United States)      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
    This individual contributor is primarily responsible for assisting in the translation of business requirements and functional specifications into technical requirements, assisting in development or modification of infrastructure solutions, and assisting in the implementation of assigned systems to ensure successful deployment and operation.
    Essential Responsibilities:
  • Completes work assignments by applying up-to-date knowledge in subject area to meet deadlines; following procedures and policies, and applying data and resources to support projects or initiatives; collaborating with others, often cross-functionally, to solve business problems; supporting the completion of priorities, deadlines, and expectations; communicating progress and information; identifying and recommending ways to address improvement opportunities when possible; and escalating issues or risks as appropriate.
  • Pursues self-development and effective relationships with others by sharing resources, information, and knowledge with coworkers and customers; listening, responding to, and seeking performance feedback; acknowledging strengths and weaknesses; assessing and responding to the needs of others; and adapting to and learning from change, difficulties, and feedback.
  • As part of the IT Engineering job family, this position is responsible for leveraging DEVOPS, and both Waterfall and Agile practices, to design, develop, and deliver resilient, secure, multi-channel, high-volume, high-transaction, on/off-premise, cloud-based solutions.
  • Assists in the development and execution of hardware and infrastructure software tests to identify system errors.
  • Assists in the translation of business requirements, and functional and non-functional specifications, into technical requirements that support integrated and sustainable designs for designated infrastructure systems by collaborating with Business Analysts to understand business needs and functional specifications.
  • Gathers and assesses data on options, risks, costs, and benefits for systems designs.
  • Assists in the evaluation of new service options, identification of issues and impacts, and recommendations regarding feasibility and ROI.
  • Supports own team throughout system development and implementation.
  • Provides key input on IT infrastructure planning, engineering, and architecture for assigned systems.
  • Assists in the development or modification of solutions by helping to identify technical solutions to business problems.
  • Assists in the maintenance of assigned enterprise infrastructure systems to ensure successful deployment and operation by developing and documenting detailed processes and procedures for the introduction and maintenance of services.
  • Supports systems integration testing (SIT), component integration testing (CIT), and user acceptance testing (UAT) by providing insight to testing teams to support the development of test plans.
  • Assists in the evaluation of existing systems to make recommendations on resources required to maintain service levels.
  • Assists in physical architecture design for new initiatives.
  • Supports the development of system design prototypes.
  • Adheres to company architecture standards when developing system designs.


    Minimum Qualifications:
  • Bachelor's degree in Computer Science, CIS, or related field OR Minimum two (2) years experience in an IT operations environment with technical experience in distributed technologies, systems development, and/or networking.

    Preferred Qualifications:
  • One (1) year experience writing technical documentation in an infrastructure development environment.
  • One (1) year experience working in a large matrixed organization.


  •           Invitation aux médias - Infrastructures numériques du Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
    Le premier ministre du Québec, responsable de la région du Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean et député de Roberval,  M. Philippe Couillard, accompagné du député de Dubuc, adjoint parlementaire du premier ministre pour la région du Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean,...
              Recruitment for Ph.D, M.Pharm, M.Sc as Research Associate at TERI      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

    TERI are an independent, multi-dimensional organization, with capabilities in research, policy, consultancy and implementation. TERI are innovators and agents of change in the energy, environment, climate change and sustainability space, having pioneered conversations and action in these areas for over four decades. Headquartered in New Delhi, we have regional centres and campuses in Gurugram, Bengaluru, Guwahati, Mumbai, Panaji , and Nainital. Our 1200-plus team of scientists, sociologists, economists and engineers delivers insightful, high quality action-oriented research and transformative solutions supported by state- of-the-art infrastructure.

    Post : Research Associate


              Job for Assistant Professor at Jk Institute of Pharmacy & Management      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

    Jk institute of Pharmacy & Management is the Lush Green campus located at Bulandshahr-Khurja NH 91. The college started working on 2011 with the generosity of Dr. J. K. Singh visionary and a legend.  The institute is approved by All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE), Pharmacy Council of India (PCI), New Delhi and Affiliated to Dr. A P J Abdul Kalam Technical University Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh. The institute has state-of-the-art infrastructure and instrumental facilities and provides a serene atmosphere for academic excellence.

    Post : Assistant Professor


              Job for Assistant Professor, Associate Professor at B. S. Anangpuria Institute of Pharmacy      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

    B. S. Anangpuria Institute of Pharmacy was established under the aegis of Bhawani Shanker Anangpuria Charitable Trust in 2003. The Institute is approved by All India Council for Technical Education, New Delhi; Pharmacy Council of India, New Delhi; Government of Haryana and affiliated to Pt. B. D. Sharma University of Health Sciences, Rohtak, Haryana. Ever since it has evolved into an Institute of excellence in Pharmaceutical Sciences with modern infrastructure and state of Art Facilities. This is an oldest and leading Pharmacy institute in the district of Faridabad and caters to the student population of adjoining rural and semi-rural belt and Delhi-NCR region. The institution has highly experienced, qualified and committed faculty members with varied professional skills. The Institute is a recipient of sponsored research projects from Department of Science and Technology, Delhi.

    Post : Assistant Professor & Associate Professor


              Lead Information Security Engineer - Newgistics - Austin, TX      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
    The Lead Information SecurityEngineerwill be responsible for managing product, application, and infrastructure security for Newgistics, a Pitney Bowes business...
    From Pitney Bowes - Mon, 02 Jul 2018 22:32:12 GMT - View all Austin, TX jobs
              DevOps Monitoring Engineer - Newgistics - Austin, TX      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
    The DevOps Monitoring Engineer is part of the team that designs, builds, and supports the on premise and cloud infrastructure running all products and services...
    From Pitney Bowes - Mon, 02 Jul 2018 22:32:09 GMT - View all Austin, TX jobs
              Lead Information Security Engineer - Newgistics, Inc. - Austin, TX      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
    The Lead Information Security Engineer will be responsible for managing product, application, and infrastructure security for Newgistics, a Pitney Bowes...
    From Newgistics, Inc. - Sat, 04 Aug 2018 09:58:35 GMT - View all Austin, TX jobs
              DevOps Monitoring Engineer - Newgistics, Inc. - Austin, TX      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
    Advanced technical skills with proven expertise and experience in technologies used in the Newgistics infrastructure to include Microsoft operating systems,...
    From Newgistics, Inc. - Fri, 13 Apr 2018 15:58:57 GMT - View all Austin, TX jobs
              Database Administrator - David Aplin Group - Saskatoon, SK      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
    In addition, you will help manage Tier 2 Help Desk support, Database administration, security &amp; business analysis, desktop &amp; infrastructure support and aid the...
    From David Aplin Group - Thu, 02 Aug 2018 06:29:09 GMT - View all Saskatoon, SK jobs
              Iconic FAO Schwarz returns with LaGuardia Airport store       Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

    Get ready to make some music on that infamous piano mat: FAO Schwarz is returning to New York City later this year when the iconic toy store sets up shop at LaGuardia Airport.

    FAO Schwarz, which closed its Fifth Avenue flagship in July 2015, is among the first retailers moving into Terminal B at LaGuardia Airport. Its neighbors include SoHo-based indie bookseller McNally Jackson, Hudson, LaGuardia Dufry Duty Free Shops, MAC, Spa Here and District Market, which will feature Made in Queens products.

    “The latest retail offerings in the new Terminal B promise a best-in-class visitor experience that both New Yorkers and travelers can be proud of,” said Ed Baklor, chief commercial officer of LaGuardia Gateway Partners. “By listening to guest feedback and collaborating with our partners, we’ve created a unique environment you can only find at LaGuardia Terminal B, featuring the best of New York City.”

    Terminal B at LaGuardia Airport is taking flight

    An aerial rendering of the LaGuardia Airport redevelopment project. (Flickr/Gov. Andrew Cuomo)

    In addition to FAO Schwarz and other retailers, Terminal B at LaGuardia Airport will include food and drink spots Shake Shack, Irving Farm Coffee Roasters, Osteria Fusco, La Chula Bar & Taqueria, Kingside Bar & Restaurant and Five Boroughs Market.

    Terminal B shops and gates will open in phases, with the first coming later this year. The terminal’s $5.1 billion redevelopment project will eventually bring more than 50 new eateries, shops and services to this eastern portion of LaGuardia Airport. Even more will be added when the main and western parts of the terminal are completed.

    The new-and-improved Terminal B is part of the $8 billion LaGuardia Airport development plan unveiled by Gov. Andrew Cuomo in 2015. Private financing and existing passenger fees are funding 80 percent of the initiative.

    The rest of the project, which is being constructed as the airport remains operational, will include a new Terminal C, to replace the current Terminal C and D, roadway improvements, new parking infrastructure and more. 
     


              SEPTA Airport Line down through August       Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

    The SEPTA Airport Line Regional Rail train is not currently running, and other heavily-used trains in Southwest Philly are affected as well due to repairs currently in progress.

    "While SEPTA has a rigorous inspection and maintenance program, the last significant capital investment in this area was made by Conrail and Amtrak in the mid-1980's, in advance of the opening of the Airport Line," SEPTA said in an announcement of the project. "The infrastructure continues to age."

    SEPTA kicked off the Southwest Connection Improvement Program on Aug. 4 to rebuild infrastructure between 30th Street Station and Arsenal Interlocking, just below University City station. Some sections of SEPTA infrastructure in this area are more than 80 years old. The mainline infrastructure for the Media/Elwyn Line is also being rebuilt.

    While the upgrades are good news for commuters in the long term, in the short term it means service changes and the SEPTA Airport Line Regional Rail being halted totally replaced with shuttle buses to all Airport terminals.

    SEPTA airport line changes and more

    Shuttle buses are currently filling in for service between all Airport terminals, Eastwick and 30th Street Station, SEPTA said.

    SEPTA said it is planning inspection and heavy maintenance all along the Airport Line track area, including "debris removal, brush cutting, painting, and bridge inspection."

    The Media/Elwyn and Wilmington/Newark Regional Rail lines are also affected by the repairs.

    A map of planned SEPTA Southwest Connection project changes, including SEPTA Airport Line changes.

    Media/Elwyn line service is currently not beginning until the 49th Street Station. Shuttle buses are available to transport passengers to 49th Street from 30th Street Station and University City Station.

    The Wilmington/Newark line will only run from 30th Street Station, with no service through Suburban, Jefferson or Temple stations.

    Express service will not be offered on these trains during the project.

    Passengers are urged to plan for additional delays, particularly as shuttle buses to the Airport on Thursdays and Fridays will be competing with vacationers traveling to the Shore. SEPTA shuttle bus drivers are prepared to take alternate routes in the event of delays. The current repair work is set to be completed by Aug. 19.

    Visit septa.org for the most up-to-date information on system delays and changes.


              Systems Engineer, Senior (Infrastructure Engineer (Lead)) - Secret Clearance Required - General Dynamics Information Technology - Arlington, VA      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
    Experience developing and debugging Java software applications (JDK, Eclipse, LEWIT, Kona). Integrating, planning, coordinating, and facilitating information...
    From General Dynamics Information Technology - Tue, 31 Jul 2018 19:38:00 GMT - View all Arlington, VA jobs
              Systems Engineer (Infrastructure) - Smartronix - Arlington, VA      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
    Experience developing and debugging Java software applications (JDK, Eclipse, LEWIT, Kona). Smartronix, Inc., is an information technology and engineering...
    From Smartronix - Mon, 11 Jun 2018 07:31:49 GMT - View all Arlington, VA jobs
              08/09 Links Pt2: A homicidal Jew-hatred is going viral, again; Son of Imam Linked to WTC Bombing and Linda Sarsour, Ran Jihad Camp, Allegedly Trained Children to Shoot Up Schools      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
    From Ian:

    A homicidal Jew-hatred is going viral, again
    The culture of suspicion against Jews circulates now in a country that had not participated in the Holocaust, , which did not have ghettos, but where today for a mixture of Thirdworldism, consistent Islamic electoral interests, anti-colonial madness out of maximum time and anti-Zionism practiced by the progressive elites, the English citizens of Jewish origin today no longer feel at ease.

    The previous day there was the indictment of an imam of Copenhagen who in a sermon invited the faithful to kill the Jews. The day before there was the reconstruction of the history of the Imam of the Great Mosque in Toulouse, also guilty of having invited the faithful to get rid of the Jews.

    Previously, there was a pan-European flotilla of solidarity to Hamas and Gaza which stopped in many Italian ports. Also a law in the Senate of Ireland which sanctions with prison those who import post-1967 Israeli goods.

    And then the launch of hundreds of missiles on the Israeli houses in the south. And then the threats of elimination of the Jewish people coming from the spiritual father of Iran, Ali Khamenei.

    And we do not stop here, since the last few weeks have seen nothing short of attacks on Jews in the cities of Germany and France.
    Watchdog Group Sues US Government to Obtain Records of BDS Groups Under Obama Administration
    A conservative watchdog group has filed a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit against the State Department, Department of Homeland Security and Department of Defense over Obama-era records pertaining to anti-Israel BDS groups.

    Judicial Watch filed the FOIA lawsuit in order to obtain records from 2015 of groups affiliated with BDS movement, which lobbied “the Obama administration to adopt policies to harm companies doing business with Israel,” the group said in a statement.

    The lawsuit occurred “after all three agencies failed to respond to nearly identical April 23, 2018, FOIA requests,” the organization explained.

    “Americans deserve to know if the Obama-era agenda of supporting anti-Israel radicals in subverting US law is ongoing,” said Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton. “These entrenched bureaucrats of the Deep State clearly require lawsuits to compel observance of FOIA law.”

    The lawsuit states, despite Obama signing the 2015 Trade Enforcement Act, “the Customs and Border Protection Bureau restated the West Bank Country of Origin Marking Requirement rules requiring labeling of goods as being from the ‘West Bank,’ despite the fact that it is not a sovereign country,” reported Judicial Watch.

    The Endowment for Middle East Truth (EMET) applauded the move by Judicial Watch.
    Israeli Air Force Gets First-Ever Female Squadron Commander
    The Israeli Air Force has appointed the first female squadron commander in its 70-year history.

    According to Israel’s Channel Two, the commander, who for security reasons is referred to only as “G.,” will be promoted to lieutenant colonel and put charge of the 122nd Squadron, known as “Nachshon.” The squadron is composed of planes specifically geared toward intelligence gathering.

    The 34-year-old G. has been active in the Air Force since 2003, and has served in several command positions, including deputy commander of the “Nachshon” Squadron itself.

    G. — currently a major — said that she was “happy with the appointment,” which she called “a great privilege alongside a great responsibility.”

    “The real work is ahead of me,” she added. “I’m proud to serve in the Air Force.”



    Son of Imam Linked to WTC Bombing Kept Children in 'Filthy' Compound, Allegedly Trained Them to Shoot Up Schools
    Horrifying details emerged on Wednesday in the case of Siraj Ibn Wahhaj, the son of an imam linked to the 1993 World Trade Center bombing, who was arrested in New Mexico on charges of keeping 11 starving children in a filthy compound. According to court documents filed by prosecutors, Wahhaj was training the children to carry out school shootings.

    Prosecutors asked the judge to hold Wahhaj without bond for felony child abuse. He is also the subject of an extradition warrant from Georgia on charges of kidnapping his own son from the state in December. His son was not among the starving children rescued from the compound. There are fears the remains of an as-yet unidentified child found at the compound could be Wahhaj’s son.

    Prosecutors said on Wednesday that Wahhaj and four accomplices possessed an AR-15 rifle and four pistols with ample ammunition and were training the children to commit school shootings.

    Wahhaj’s father, who was born under the name Jeffrey Kearse but now also uses the name “Siraj Wahhaj,” is an imam in New York who was an unindicted co-conspirator in the 1993 World Trade Center bombing. He served as a character witness in the trial of mastermind Sheikh Omar Abdel Rahman, also known as the “Blind Sheikh.”

    The New York Post reported on Monday that the elder Wahhaj is currently the head of the Majid at-Taqwa mosque in Bedford-Stuyvesant. The other defendants in the compound case are the younger Siraj Wahhaj’s wife, his two sisters, and his brother-in-law.








    Palestinians celebrate relative's victory in U.S. Congressional race
    Sharing smiles and hugs, the extended family of Rashida Tlaib, who is set to become the first Muslim woman to join the US Congress, celebrated her election victory in the courtyard of their West Bank house on Wednesday.

    The oldest of 14 children born to a family of Palestinian immigrants, Tlaib is a Detroit native. Her father worked at a Ford Motor Company plant in the city, home of the US car industry, and she became the first Muslim woman elected to the state legislature.

    On Tuesday, she won her district's Democratic nomination for Michigan's 13th Congressional district, encompassing parts of Detroit and surrounding suburbs and home to one of the largest Muslim and Arab-American populations in the United States.

    Since no one ran in the Republican primary, Tlaib is poised to win the seat.
    Nick Cohen: The old left and the new anti-Semitism
    Only the handful of Jews who have stuck with the far left believe that now. There are abundent examples of Labour members endorsing racism. The supernatural Jew of Nazi Europe has been reinvented by the left. The Jew is now ‘the Zionist’: the sinister force behind 9/11, the Iraq War, the banking crisis and attacks on the beloved leader.

    This sounds like fascism. The convergence between the extremes should not hide the fact that the disgrace of the British Labour party flows from distinctly left-wing sources that threaten the German and wider European left.

    The first is failure to come to terms with the crimes of communism. Corbyn was a regular writer for Britain’s communist newspaper, the Morning Star. His chief adviser, the upper-class socialist Seumas Milne, defended the old GDR. The racism on the British left, in its content and tone, dates back to Stalin’s almost forgotten ‘anti-Zionist campaigns,’ at the time of the Slansky trial and ‘doctors’ plot’. I have no doubt that if Corbyn and his allies were Germans, they would be in Die Linke.

    There is a second factor. After the fall of communism, the dominant section of the British far left preferred to make common cause with radical Islam or the secular Middle Eastern dictatorships of Saddam Hussein, Muammar Gaddafi and Bashar al-Assad than to make their peace with liberal democracy. Anti-Semitic conspiracy theories did them no harm for decades. In Britain, as in Germany, Jews are a tiny minority. The far larger Muslim minority is a key part of Labour’s base now. Although it is a libel to say that all British Muslims are anti-Semitic, it is a statement of fact that the Islamist groups who back Corbyn are reactionary on all questions including Judaism. In any case, because Britain never experienced communism or fascism there is little understanding here about what anti-Semitism is and how dictatorial movements from the Tsarists to Islamic State have used it to attack liberal values.

    Let me end with a warning. Labour under Corbyn has avoided the collapse in support that has afflicted social democratic parties across Europe. Corbyn’s acolytes are now telling German social democrats to follow his example. Let the shameful state of the once proudly anti-fascist Labour party stand as a warning to them. They may win more votes. But they will never produce a centre-left politics worth having.
    Britain’s Labor Party Is Now the Party of Anti-Semitism
    Since the hard-left parliamentarian Jeremy Corbyn became its leader in 2015, the UK’s Labor party has seen near-continuous anti-Semitic outbursts by its members and revelations of Corbyn’s own association with vicious Israel-haters, coupled with several ostensible attempts to set things right which proved to be shams. Most recently, the party has disciplined two MPs for complaining about anti-Semitism. Tamara Berens concludes that this is far more than a passing problem:

    Many focus on the question of whether Jeremy Corbyn is an anti-Semite himself. He may or may not be. However, his deliberate actions to reject the Jewish community’s concerns, silence his moderate Labor detractors, and pedal anti-Zionism as central to his political image show that he is more than happy to utilize anti-Semitism for political purposes.

    Anti-Zionism—and by extension, giving credence to anti-Semites—is fundamental to the worldview Corbyn has cultivated on his journey to political stardom. For most of his political career, Corbyn was a fringe socialist politician and supporter of the USSR, Syria’s Bashar al-Assad, the Iranian ayatollahs, and the Venezuela of Nicolas Maduro [and Hugo Chavez]. After becoming Labor leader, Jeremy Corbyn toned down some of this support for radical anti-Western groups. Nonetheless, he has consistently maintained his support for anti-Zionist causes. What’s undoubtable is that throughout his career, his ultimate goal has remained the same: rejecting Western values and embracing the alliance between radical socialists and Islamists in a strategic bid to normalize and implement socialism in the UK.

    Politically, Corbyn’s strategy is working: according to a recent YouGov poll, 61 percent of the party believes Corbyn is handling accusations of anti-Semitism well. And 80 percent of the party deems him a good leader overall. The events of the past few weeks indicate that the Labor leadership has been able to build on their apparent success to . . . distance themselves from the overwhelmingly Zionist British-Jewish community. This perhaps became most apparent last Friday, when Jeremy Corbyn published another article in the Guardian disregarding his part in normalizing anti-Semitism in the party. The piece came out at 5:00pm, when the majority of Jews in the country were busy preparing for the Sabbath.


    Jeremy Corbyn and the 9/11 Conspiracy Theories of a “Very Honoured Citizen”
    In one of his bids to escape the antisemitism crisis engulfing the Labour party, last Friday Jeremy Corbyn offered this line in The Guardian:

    Labour staff have seen examples of Holocaust denial, crude stereotypes of Jewish bankers, conspiracy theories blaming 9/11 on Israel, and even one individual who appeared to believe that Hitler had been misunderstood.

    Mr Corbyn should know all about 9/11 conspiracy bunkum. He has been an enthusiastic champion of Raed Salah, one of the notable peddlers.

    Raed Salah is the leader of the northern branch of the Islamic Movement in Israel. It is close to Hamas and the Muslim Brotherhood.

    Salah visited the UK in 2011, planning to speak alongside MPs as part of his tour, including Mr Corbyn.
    UK Labour MP under fire for accusing Israel of ‘genocide’ in Gaza in 2012
    A senior lawmaker in the British Labour party has come under fire after a 2012 video surfaced that saw him claiming Israel was attempting to commit “genocide” against the Palestinians.

    The opposition party, which has been mired in an ongoing anti-Semitism scandal, defended John McDonnell after the clip was published by the Daily Telegraph.

    McDonnell is the UK’s shadow chancellor of the exchequer, having been appointed to the post in 2015 by Labour party leader Jeremy Corbyn, who has been repeatedly been accused of being soft on anti-Semitism among his party members.

    In the video, taken in November 2012 during a round of violence between Israel and terror groups in the Gaza Strip known as Operation Pillar of Defense, McDonnell said: “Nobody can speak without expressing some form of solidarity with the people of Gaza … as the children are murdered and the bombs are flying from Israel.”

    “I think it’s absolutely critical now that we use every platform we can to expose what’s going on, which is effectively an attempt at genocide against the Palestinians,” he charged at a far-left rally organized by the Unite the Resistance organization.
    Extremist-Linked Assad Fan Lord Sheikh and His Zionist-Bashing Group
    Sheikh is on the record publicly praising the controversial group the Al Muntada Trust. The group faced scrutiny after fears were raised that its funds had ended up with Boko Haram extremists. It has been linked to a series of anti-Semitic, homophobic and extremist preachers. In the video above, Lord Sheikh calls the group “marvellous”…

    Then there is Lord Sheikh’s praise for the East London Mosque. Sheikh said:

    “I would certainly commend the Mosque and Centre: not only do you provide a place of worship, but you provide a holistic service and more importantly the empowerment for women.”

    Once again, the East London Mosque has well-known and established links to a series of misogynistic and homophobic speakers.

    It gets worse. Lord Sheikh has links to the hugely controversial Interal charity, which was investigated by the Charity Commission over its links to Hamas.
    Birthright co-founder: Don't criticize Israel on our nickel
    Birthright Israel co-founder and billionaire philanthropist Charles Bronfman said on Wednesday that young Jews are free to criticize Israel, but not while enjoying a free trip, JTA reported.

    “If people want to call Israel names and say bad things about the country, they certainly have the right to free speech. But they don’t have the right to do it on our nickel,” he was quoted as having told Haaretz in an interview.

    His comments came after at least two groups of American Jews visiting Israel on the 10-day trip left the tour to join leftists groups on visits to Palestinian Arabs. The walk-offs reportedly were encouraged by the leftist American-Jewish group IfNotNow.

    The young Jews who walked off the trip and some others who remain on them are critical of what they say is Birthright’s failure to deal with Israel’s alleged “occupation” of Judea and Samaria. Some have complained that maps handed out to participants do not draw a proper distinction between Israel and Judea and Samaria.

    Bronfman said in his interview with Haaretz that participants on Birthright can extend their trip and join any kind of group they want or travel on their own to areas controlled by the Palestinian Authority.

    “If they want to go to the West Bank or Gaza, they are certainly free to go,” he was quoted as having told Haaretz.

    “What is not fair is making a big tzimmes while the trip is on. Frankly, I just don’t think that is fair to their fellow participants,” added Bronfman.
    Another Jump the Shark Moment from JVP
    The latest email from Jewish Voice for Peace's Deputy Directory Stefanie Fox may be a jump the shark moment for the anti-Israel group. The subject line reads "Why is the ADL training ICE in Israel?" Maybe Stefanie is secretly hoping you don't bother to read the rest of her offering. (Spoiler alert: they aren't)

    Stephanie claims ICE has been learning techniques and tools from the Israeli military. She doesn't care if Peter Edge was in Israel studying cyber-security or attempting to learn from Israel's remarkable sucess at curtailing human trafficking. If it involves Israel, it must be made to be nefarious. Stefanie Fox spews typical JVP vitriole: "The real-world results of these trips have been Israeli & US officials sharing “worst practices” -- deportation and detention, shoot-to-kill policies, massive spying and surveillance -- that have become the go-to policies of agencies like ICE."

    Why the hyperbole? Because 3 years ago, during the Obama administration the Deputy Associate Director of Homeland Security Investigations, one man, Peter Edge joined a delegation to Israel sponsored by the ADL.
    American Association of University Professors: Don’t boycott the anti-Israel academic boycotters
    But if you uphold the right to boycott, you necessarily need to uphold the right to counter-boycott.

    The problem with this is that AAUP upholds the right to boycott, but only on one side. Substantively it opposes both the boycott and counter-boycott, but procedurally it upholds only the right of the boycotters.

    AAUP also sent a letter to Israel regarding Israel’s denial of entry to Columbia Law Professor Katherine Franke, an academic boycott supporter.

    Additionally, AAUP’s Committee A on Academic Freedom and Tenure sent a letter to the Israeli government in regard to the interrogation, subsequent expulsion, and apparent banning from Israel of Columbia Law School Professor Katherine Franke over her supporter of the “Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions” (BDS) movement in April. The letter urges the government of Israel to “reconsider your immigration officer’s decision and to revoke any further ban on Professor Franke’s entry for purposes of collaborative academic and scholarly work in Israel.”

    Again, AAUP upholds Professor Franke’s right to boycott Israel and Israelis, but does not uphold the reverse. It does not matter that it is the Israeli government boycotting Professor Franke, since the BDS movement regularly seeks to impose government boycotts of Israel. So governmental power is used by both sides.

    By turning academia into war by other means, the anti-Israel academic boycotters invited relatiatory boycotts. By affirming the rights of the boycotters to boycott Israel, but rejecting the right of Israel and supporters of Israel to counter-boycott, AAUP is not consistent or principled.
    Legal action taken against first BDS motion by Latin American municipality
    An organization of Chilean-Israelis has filed a legal action against the municipal council of the Chilean city of Valdivia and its mayor, which recently approved the first municipal BDS motion in Latin America. BDS refers to the boycott, divestment and sanctions movement targeting Israel.

    The Chilean Community of Israel (CCHIL) organization sent a letter on July 30 to the Chilean state comptroller arguing that the motion contravenes Chilean law, that a municipal council has no jurisdiction to take such actions and that the mayor has overstepped his legal authority by advancing and signing the motion.

    In Spain, dozens of municipal authorities have adopted BDS motions against Israel prompted by the pro-Palestinian advocacy of the left-wing populist Podemos Party.

    Anti-BDS activists are now concerned that this phenomenon could spread to Latin America, and the legal motion to the Chilean state comptroller is an effort to try and stop it in its tracks.

    The ACOM organization in Spain has successfully sued 33 local municipal authorities out of at least 100 that approved BDS motions. It is hoped that the widespread adoption of such measures can be avoided in Chile and the broader region.

    Indeed, the Valdivia municipal decree itself, passed in June, references the BDS motions in Spanish cities, saying that its own measure was following in those footsteps.
    Anti-Semitism Soars on U.S. College Campuses
    Anti-Semitic incidents on U.S. college campuses have continued to grow in 2018, with at least 384 recorded incidents in the first half of this year, according to a new report showing the number of genocidal expressions towards Jewish hit new highs on campuses across the United States.

    A new report by released Wednesday by pro-Israel organization the AMCHA Initiative, a group that tracks anti-Israel and anti-Semitic activity on college campuses, shows that much of the anti-Semitism on U.S. campuses is the result of activity by anti-Israel activists who promote imagery such as swastikas and tropes calling for the destruction of the Jewish people, according to the report.

    Genocidal expression, such as images and language promoting the killing of Jews and destruction of Israel, "rose dramatically" over the past years, with at least 75 percent of such incidents "involving classic anti-Semitism" and "genocidal expression," according to the report. The number of such incidents appear to have dropped slightly from 2017 to the first part of 2018, the report notes.

    Most notably, according to the report, "Israel-related incidents were significantly more likely to contribute to a hostile campus," the report found.

    The AMCHA report puts figures to a range of anecdotal and reported conflicts on college campuses across the United States, where anti-Israel and anti-Semitic activity continues to flourish. Pro-Palestinian campus activists continue to aggressively silence those in the Jewish community and foster an unsafe environment for many Jewish students.
    Christian Science Monitor Highlights Benefits of Jewish Sovereignty
    One underlying message that modern mass media offers about Israel is that Jewish power and sovereignty in the land of Israel is a threat or obstacle to the welfare of people living in the Middle East. This dishonest narrative, which fits the agenda of authoritarian regimes and de-stabilizing political movements that use anti-Zionism as a unifying political agenda, infects much, if not most of the media coverage of the Jewish state. This “blame-Israel” narrative is so ubiquitous that it comes as a shock when a news outlet gets it right and portrays Israel as a force for good in the Middle East. But it does happen.

    It happened in an article published on July 11, 2018 in the online edition of The Christian Science Monitor and reprised in the July 30, 2018 issue of The Christian Science Monitor Weekly.

    The article, titled “Syrian war comes to Israel’s doorstep, brings swirl of changing attitudes,” was written by Dina Kraft. In the article, Kraft recounts how 10,000 people fleeing from Syrian Civil War have come to rely on Israel for their welfare and safety. They have gathered near Syria’s border with Israel because of the protection the Jewish state affords them under “Operation Good Neighbor.” The program provides food, fuel, medical supplies and in some instances medical treatment to people living in villages near Israel. As a result of the program, “[s]ome 5,000 Syrians have been treated in Israeli hospitals,” Kraft reported.

    These acts of kindness have changed how many Syrians view the Jewish state, the article indicates.
    BBC double standards in reporting social media incitement evident again
    In April of this year the BBC News website’s domestic pages reported the sentencing of a Salford man previously found guilty of “encouragement of terrorism”.

    “Muslim convert Adam Wyatt, 48, admitted disseminating a terrorist publication that said “Britain must atone for its sins in Palestine” and posting on social media that jihad was an obligation for all Muslims.”

    The following month the website reported the sentencing of a man from Sunderland who had previously pleaded guilty to similar offences.

    “A shopkeeper who tweeted support for Islamic State (IS) and called for “death to Shias” has been jailed for four-and-a-half years.

    Mohammed Zahir Khan, of Nora Street, Sunderland, had admitted encouraging terrorism, dissemination of a terror publication and stirring up religious hatred.”


    Unsurprisingly, the BBC did not send a reporter to interview either of those men before they were sentenced. Neither did it promote the notion that they were put on trial because of their identity to millions of audience members or portray either of their cases as being about “free speech”.

    However, when an Israeli-Arab woman was sentenced to five months in prison after having been convicted of incitement to violence in her poems and social media posts, the BBC News website amplified her claims of political persecution in a July 31st report titled “Dareen Tatour: Israeli Arab poet sentenced for incitement“.
    Shocking documentary shows how Sweden’s ruling leftist party ‘helped’ Nazi Germany
    A shocking documentary about Sweden’s ruling Social Democratic Party, shows how the leftist party ‘inspired and helped’ Nazi Germany.

    The documentary, produced by the party’s right-wing opponent, the Sweden Democrats, was removed by YouTube yesterday in an act of censorship.

    But after a backlash it is now visible again on the social media channel of broadcaster Samtiden Dokumentär.

    Ironically the documentary starts with the leader of the leftist Social Democratic Party, Swedish prime minister Stefan Löfven, telling how the right-wing Social Democrats historically have Nazi roots.

    But now the Sweden Democrats are hitting back and have produced this documentary to tell the truth about their leftist opponents.

    And it is revealing as it shows that the Swedish Social Democrats inspired Nazi Germany on the issue of Eugenics or “ethnic cleansing”.
    Jewish couple in Belgium targeted with death threats
    A Jewish woman living in Belgium said her family has been targeted with anti-Semitic abuse since one of their neighbors discovered they were Jews.

    The woman, identified only as Nicole, 43, in an article published last month by the La Meuse regional daily about her ordeal, had been living for over two years in Marchienne-au-Pont, a suburb of Charleroi 30 miles south of Brussels, without incident, according to the report.

    But this summer, the report said, she and her family have been targeted in a campaign of harassment that has featured written death threats stuffed into their mailbox and the scrawling of anti-Semitic graffiti on their front door.

    “We are too afraid to leave our home since this started,” Nicole, a Chile native, was quoted as telling the newspaper. “Several people discovered we’re Jewish and ever since we’ve been getting death threats.” One letter addressed to Nicole called her a “dirty whore” and other insults.

    The couple have filed several complaints with police but no suspects have been brought in.
    Mayoral candidate: Questioning Holocaust isn't anti-Semitism
    A self-proclaimed Holocaust revisionist is planning a run for mayor of Hilton Head, South Carolina, but says his beliefs will not impact his local anti-development platform.

    Michael Santomauro, 59, filed papers to enter the race on Monday, according to the Island Packet.

    Santomauro, who founded a roommate-matching service, made headlines in New York City in 2003 when subscribers to his service received a stream of emails spreading his beliefs denying historical accounts of the Holocaust.

    In 2004, protesters surrounded his home and chanted “evict the Nazi.” He told the New York Post then that the Nazi label is “totally inaccurate.” He told the Island Packet this week that the protesters were “part of a domestic terrorism group.”

    In 2011, Santomauro urged his child’s school on Manhattan’s Upper East Side to acquire the book “Debating the Holocaust: A New Look at Both Sides.” The book collects essays denying key aspects of Holocaust history, including the death toll, the accounts of survivors, the physical evidence found at death camps and the feasibility of the methods the Nazis used to carry out mass murder. Santomauro runs American operations for a publisher of e-books dedicated to Holocaust denial.
    Germany lifts ban on Nazi symbols in video games
    Computer and video games can include swastikas and other Nazi symbols, a German industry body said Thursday, after a heated debate over the “Wolfenstein” franchise in which gamers battle Third Reich forces.

    The game was previously deemed to have fallen foul of the German criminal code, which bars any depiction of so-called “anti-constitutional” symbols, including Nazi swastikas.

    Accordingly in “Wolfenstein II,” images of Adolf Hitler were doctored to remove his mustache and the swastika in the Nazi flag was replaced with a triangular symbol.

    This sparked an uproar in the gaming community, prompting calls for games to be treated like films.

    Because movies are deemed works of art, they are exempt from the ban, similar to material used in research, historical or scientific purposes.

    Films set in the World War II-era, for instance, are allowed to be screened in Germany with Nazi symbols.
    Curator of Elie Wiesel Museum Welcomes Global Outpouring of Support, as Romanian Police Arrest Vandalism Suspect
    In the wake of this past weekend’s vandalism incident at the childhood home of the late Holocaust survivor and Nobel laureate Elie Wiesel in Romania, there has been an outpouring of solidarity from across the globe, the curator of the museum at the site told The Algemeiner on Wednesday.

    Alina Marincean said the incident — in which antisemitic graffiti was scrawled on the home — came as a surprise to both museum staff members and local residents in the city of Sighetu Marmatiei, located in northwestern Romania near the border with Ukraine.

    “Nothing of this sort ever happened to us and we are organizing yearly public events with a great impact on the local and regional community,” she noted.

    Following the discovery of the graffiti on Saturday, Marincean recalled, “I spent the whole next day responding to emails and answering calls from friends, visitors, people I know from around the world from Finland to South America, Israel and the US, people who expressed their concern and also support.”

    “There were also visits at the museum from politicians and intellectuals from Romania who wanted to point out the importance of this place that keeps Elie Wiesel’s work and memory alive, as well as the memory of all those 38,000 Jews who never returned to their homes after May 1944,” she added.
    Patented Israeli Laser Technology Could be Used to Fight Forest Fires Across the World
    Texas, Oregon, Florida, New Jersey, as well as Canada, Greece, India, Mexico, Portugal, Spain, Sweden and the UK are among other areas battling massive forest fires, a phenomenon experts expect will only increase due to climate change.

    It was the massive forest fires in Israel over the past several years that gave electro-optics physicist Daniel Leigh the idea of using algorithm-controlled laser beams from helicopters or trucks to zap leaves, thin branches and pine needles off treetops in the path of fire. The flames are forced downward, where they can be more easily controlled by conventional methods.

    Leigh explains that leafy treetops provide a highly combustible smorgasbord for hungry forest fires. Fanned by extreme wind and weather conditions, a forest fire that rises to the treetops spreads out of control in the blink of an eye.

    When Leigh shared his idea with ecologist Zvika Avni, former chief of the Keren Kayemeth LeIsrael-Jewish National Fund (KKL-JNF) Forestry Department, Avni agreed to be the ecology and the wildfire fighting specialist for Leigh’s startup, Fighting Treetop Fire (FTF).
    Swedish Christian Zionists to sail to Israel
    Following Swedish pro-Hamas operatives’ failed attempt to reach Gaza by sea, a Christian supporter of Israel from Sweden announced he would take dozens of pro-Zionists to Israel on his yacht.

    Stefan Abrahamsson today announced on Facebook that his yacht, Elida, will set sail from Sweden on Aug. 25 to Israel to show solidarity with the Jewish State and Middle East Christians.

    “We want to break the silence of the severe persecution and cleansing of the Christian population that is taking place in this region,” he wrote. “As the only democracy in the Middle East amid ​​dictatorships, Israel welcomes us on this show of solidarity with human rights, freedom of expression, freedom of religion, and fundamental democratic values. In turn, we are taking a stand for the values ​​that Israel stands for.”

    Abrahamsson wrote that on Aug. 24 he will organize a sendoff party at the Gothenburg marina from which his yacht, carrying about 40 activists, will set sail for Herzliya, Israel. The Elida is expected to reach Israel in October and dock there for several weeks. The sendoff will feature a discussion on “precisely these important issues,” he wrote. Lars Adaktusson, a lawmaker from Sweden in the European Parliament, is scheduled to speak at the event.
    Israeli runner Lonah Chemtai Salpeter wins gold at European Championships
    Israel’s Lonah Chemtai Salpeter won the women’s 10,000-meter run at the 2018 European Athletics Championships in Berlin Wednesday, completing the race in 31 minutes, 43.29 seconds.

    Israeli-Kenyan Salpeter came 9 full seconds ahead of Susan Krumins of the Netherlands, winning the gold medal. Sweden’s Meraf Bahta came third.

    The 29-year-old became the first Israeli to be crowned European champion.

    “I still don’t believe it,” she said afterwards. “I’m really happy. I dreamed of this, but I didn’t believe it happened.”

    Salpeter will receive a grant of NIS 40,000 (some $11,000) from Israeli sports authorities for her win.

    Born in Kenya, she first came to Israel in 2008, working as a caretaker at Kenya’s embassy in Tel Aviv. While running at a Herzliya park, she was noticed by running coach Moti Mizrahi, who suggested she train professionally.
    2.4 million tourists came to Israel so far in 2018, ministry says
    Israel’s Ministry of Tourism has announced that 2.4 million tourists have visited Israel since the beginning of 2018, a 17% increase in tourists for the same period in 2017.

    Citing findings from Israel’s Central Bureau of Statistics, the ministry said in a statement that the number of tourists is 46 percent more than in 2016, almost double the number of tourists that entered during the same period that year.

    According to the ministry, 293,400 tourists entered Israel during July 2018 alone, which is around eight percent more tourists than in July 2017.

    Over 250,000 tourists came by air, the release said, an 8.8% increase compared to July 2017. 26,200 of them came through land crossings into Israel, a 3.1% increase compared to that month the year before. (Israel only has land border crossings with Egypt and Jordan.)

    “Month after month, we are witnessing new achievements and record highs in incoming tourism,” Minister of Tourism Yariv Levin (Likud) said in a statement. “I am pleased that, in the last month, we have also seen an impressive rise in incoming tourism... the tourism industry continues to be a significant factor in making exceptional impact and contributions to the Israeli economy and workforce.”

    Levin also praised the ministry’s marketing initiatives and “innovative activities… Together with the incentives for airlines and investments in infrastructure,” for contributing to the rise in tourism.
    2,200-Year-Old Earring Found in Jerusalem Excavation Sheds Light on Hellenistic Period in Judea
    A 2,200-year-old golden earring was discovered at the City of David’s archaeological excavation just outside the walls of the Old City of Jerusalem, shedding light on life in the city after it was conquered by the Greeks.

    The rare artifact depicts a finely-crafted head of a horned animal and delicate filigree work, and is believed to date back to the second or third century BCE, a period during which the Temple was the center of Jewish life, but the region was controlled by the Greeks and a significant percentage of the Jewish populace was influenced by Greek culture and beliefs.

    During the time period the earring is believed to be connected to, Judea was a semi-autonomous Hellenistic vassal first under the rule of Ptolemaic Egypt from 301 to 198 BCE, and then under the Seleucid Empire, after Antiochus III conquered Jerusalem. Shortly afterwards, Jews who were not Hellenized ultimately took part in the Maccabean Revolt of 167 BCE, which is commemorated in the Hanukkah story.

    According to Professor Yuval Gadot of Tel Aviv University, co-director of the Givati Parking Lot excavation, the find is the first earring discovered in Jerusalem from the Hellenistic period, found in an early-Hellenistic period building deep inside the dig.



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              A US Response to China's Infrastructure Construction in Africa?      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
    CNBC posted on 2 August 2018 a story titled "Wilbur Ross and Chris Coons: China Is 'Pouring Money into Africa.' Here's How the US Can Level the Playing Field." Wilbur Ross is the US Secretary of Commerce and Chris Coons is a Democratic Senator from Delaware.

    The two officials agree that the US must do more to present America's African partners with better alternatives to state-led economic models, which are promoted by countries like China, so Africa can assume its rightful place in the global economy. Consequently, they are urging passage of the "Better Utilization of Investment Leading to Development Act of 2018" that would reform and modernize government development finance by establishing the U.S. International Development Finance Corporation. The new organization would consolidate the existing Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC) and USAID's Development Credit Authority (DCA).

    While this proposal is a step in the right direction, it is important to put it in perspective. In 2017, OPIC and DCA together obligated $46 million globally to support loans and loan guarantees. The President's 2019 budget request for the proposed new consolidated corporation is $94 million. Compared to the billions of dollars that China makes available to support loans and loan guarantees, this is a rounding error. It will not level the playing field.
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    • Voting By Cell Phone Is A Terrible Idea, And West Virginia Is Probably The Last State That Should Try It Anyway

      So we've kind of been over this. For more than two decades now we've pointed out that electronic voting is neither private nor secure. We've also noted that despite this several-decade long conversation, many of the vendors pushing this solution are still astonishingly-bad at not only securing their products, but acknowledging that nearly every reputable security analyst and expert has warned that it's impossible to build a secure fully electronic voting system, and that if you're going to to do so anyway, at the very least you need to include a paper trail system that's not accessible via the internet.

    • Dell EMC Data Protection Advisor Versions 6.2 – 6.5 found Vulnerable to XML External Entity (XEE) Injection & DoS Crash

      An XML External Entity (XEE) injection vulnerability has been discovered in Dell’s EMC Data Protection Advisor’s version 6.4 through 6.5. This vulnerability is found in the REST API and it could allow an authenticated remote malicious attacker to compromise the affected systems by reading server files or causing a Denial of Service (DoS crash through maliciously crafted Document Type Definitions (DTDs) through the XML request.

    • DeepLocker: Here’s How AI Could ‘Help’ Malware To Attack Stealthily

      By this time, we have realized how artificial intelligence is a boon and a bane at the same time. Computers have become capable of performing things that human beings cannot. It is not tough to imagine a world where you AI could program human beings; thanks to sci-fi television series available lately.

    • DeepLocker: How AI Can Power a Stealthy New Breed of Malware

      Cybersecurity is an arms race, where attackers and defenders play a constantly evolving cat-and-mouse game. Every new era of computing has served attackers with new capabilities and vulnerabilities to execute their nefarious actions.

    • DevSecOps: 3 ways to bring developers, security together

      Applications are the heart of digital business, with code central to the infrastructure that powers it. In order to stay ahead of the digital curve, organizations must move fast and deploy code quickly, which unfortunately is often at odds with stability and security.

      With this in mind, where and how can security fit into the DevOps toolchain? And, in doing so, how can we create a path for successfully deterring threats?

    • Top 5 New Open Source Security Vulnerabilities in July 2018 [Ed: Here is Microsoft's partner WhiteSource attacking FOSS today by promoting the perception that "Open Source" = bugs]
    • DarkHydrus Relies on Open-Source Tools for Phishing Attacks [Ed: I never saw a headline blaming "proprietary tools" or "proprietary back door" for security problems, so surely this author is just eager to smear FOSS]
    • If for some reason you're still using TKIP crypto on your Wi-Fi, ditch it – Linux, Android world bug collides with it [Ed: Secret 'standards' of WPA* -- managed by a corporate consortium -- not secure, still...]

      It’s been a mildly rough week for Wi-Fi security: hard on the heels of a WPA2 weakness comes a programming cockup in the wpa_supplicant configuration tool used on Linux, Android, and other operating systems.

      The flaw can potentially be exploited by nearby eavesdroppers to recover a crucial cryptographic key exchanged between a vulnerable device and its wireless access point – and decrypt and snoop on data sent over the air without having to know the Wi-Fi password. wpa_supplicant is used by Linux distributions and Android, and a few others, to configure the Wi-Fi for computers, gadgets, and handhelds.

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              Examining Code Reuse Reveals Undiscovered Links Among North Korea’s Malware Families      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

    This research is a joint effort of Christiaan Beek, lead scientist & sr. principal engineer at McAfee, and Jay Rosenberg, senior security researcher at Intezer, and can be found in the McAfee Labs blog as well.

    Attacks from the online groups Lazarus, Silent Chollima, Group 123, Hidden Cobra, DarkSeoul, Blockbuster, Operation Troy, and 10 Days of Rain are believed to have come from North Korea. But how can we know with certainty? And what connection does a DDoS and disk-wiping attack from July 4, 2009, have with WannaCry, one of the largest cyberattacks in the history of the cyber sphere?

    From the Mydoom variant Brambul to the more recent Fallchill, WannaCry, and the targeting of cryptocurrency exchanges, we see a distinct timeline of attacks beginning from the moment North Korea entered the world stage as a significant threat actor.

    Bad actors have a tendency to unwittingly leave fingerprints on their attacks, allowing researchers to connect the dots between them. North Korean actors have left many of these clues in their wake and throughout the evolution of their malware arsenal.

    This post reflects months of research; in it we will highlight our code analysis illustrating key similarities between samples attributed to the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, a shared networking infrastructure, and other revealing data hidden within the binaries. Together these puzzle pieces show the connections between the many attacks attributed to North Korea and categorize different tools used by specific teams of their cyber army.

    Valuable context

    This article is too short to dig deeply into the history, politics, and economic changes of recent years. Nonetheless, we must highlight some events to put past and present cyber events into perspective.
    The DPRK, like any country, wants to be as self-sufficient and independent as possible. However, for products such as oil, food, and foreign currency for trading, the country lacks resources and has to find ways of acquiring them. What can a nation do when legal international economics are denied? To survive, it must gain foreign currency for trading. One of the oldest ways to do this is to join the worlds of gambling (casinos) and drugs. In 2005, the United States wanted to shut down North Korean enterprises involved in illegal operations. They investigated a couple of banks in Asia that seemed to have ties with North Korea and operated as money laundering sites. One bank in particular is controlled by a billionaire gambling mogul who started a casino in Pyongyang and has close ties to Pyongyang. That bank, based in Macau, came back into the picture during an attack on the SWIFT financial system of a bank in Vietnam in 2015. The Macau bank was listed twice in the malware’s code as a recipient of stolen funds:

     SWIFT code in malware.

    Code reuse

    There are many reasons to reuse malware code, which is very common in the world of cybercrime. If we take an average ransomware campaign, for example, once the campaign becomes less successful, actors often change some of basics such as using a different packer to bypass defenses. With targeted campaigns, an adversary must keep its tools undetected for as long as possible. By identifying reused code, we gain valuable insights about the “ancestral relations” to known threat actors or other campaigns. Our research was heavily focused on this type of analysis.

    In our years of investigating cyber threats, we have seen the DPRK conduct multiple cyber campaigns. In North Korea, hackers’ skills determine which cyber units they work for. We are aware two major focuses of DPRK campaigns: one to raise money, and one to pursue nationalist aims. The first workforce gathers money for the nation, even if that means committing cybercrime to hack into financial institutions, hijack gambling sessions, or sell pirated and cracked software. Unit 180 is responsible for illegally gaining foreign currency using hacking techniques. The second workforce operates larger campaigns motivated by nationalism, gathering intelligence from other nations, and in some cases disrupting rival states and military targets. Most of these actions are executed by Unit 121.

    We focused in our research on the larger-scale nationalism-motivated campaigns, in which we discovered many overlaps in code reuse. We are highly confident that nation-state–sponsored groups were active in these efforts.

    Timeline

    We created a timeline of most of the malware samples and noticeable campaigns that we examined. We used primarily open-source blogs and papers to build this timeline and used the malware artifacts as a starting point of our research.


    Timeline of malware and campaigns.

    Analysis and observations

    Similarities

    During our research, we found many malware family names that are believed to be associated with North Korea’s cyber operations. To better understand this threat actor and the similarities between the campaigns, we have used Intezer’s code similarity detection engine to plot the links between a vast number of these malware families.

    The following graph presents a high-level overview of these relations. Each node represents a malware family or a hacking tool (“Brambul,” “Fallchill,” etc.) and each line presents a code similarity between two families. A thicker line correlates to a stronger similarity. In defining similarities, we take into account only unique code connections, and disregard common code or libraries. This definition holds both for this graph and our entire research.

    We can easily see a significant amount of code similarities between almost every one of the attacks associated with North Korea. Our research included thousands of samples, mostly unclassified or uncategorized. This graph was plotted using a dataset of only several hundred samples, so there might be more connections than displayed here.

    Deep technical analysis

    During our research, we came across many code similarities between North Korean binaries that had not been seen before. Some of these attacks and malware have not been linked to one another, at least publicly. We will showcase four examples of reused code that has been seen only in malware attributed to North Korea.

    1. Common SMB module

    The first code example appeared in the server message block (SMB) module of WannaCry in 2017, Mydoom in 2009, Joanap, and DeltaAlfa. Further shared code across these families is an AES library from CodeProject. These attacks have been attributed to Lazarus; that means the group has reused code from at least 2009 to 2017.

    Code overlap of a MYDOOM sample

    In the next screenshots we highlight the exact code block that reflects the SMB module we found in campaigns other than WannaCry and Mydoom.

    An SMB module common to several attacks.

    A lot has been written about WannaCry. As we analyze the code against our databases, we can draw the following overview:

    WannaCry code comparison overview.
    For our research we compared the three major variants of WannaCry. An early release, called a beta, from February 2017, one from April, and the infamous one that hit the world in May.

    2. Common file mapping 

    The second example demonstrates code responsible for mapping a file and using the XOR key 0xDEADBEEF on the first four bytes of the file. This code has appeared in the malware families NavRAT and Gold Dragon, plus a certain DLL from the South Korean gambling hacking campaign. These three RATs are thought to be affiliated with North Korea’s Group 123. NavRAT and the gambling DLL share more code, making them closer variants.

    Code overlap in a NavRAT sample

    3. Unique net share

    The third example, responsible for launching a cmd.exe with a net share, has been seen in 2009’s Brambul, also known as SierraBravo, as well as KorDllBot in 2011. These malware families are also attributed to the Lazarus group.

    Code overlap of a SierraBravo (Brambul) sample.

    A code block reused in the malware families Brambul/SierraBravo and KorDllBot.

    4. Operation Dark Hotel

    In 2014, Kaspersky reported a more than seven-year campaign against Asian hotels, in which the adversaries used an arsenal of tools to break into the computers of hotel visitors. Zero days and control servers were used, along with the malware family Tapaoux, or DarkHotel, according to the report.

    While we examined the DPRK samples, we noticed a hit with the Dark Hotel samples in our collections. By going through the code, we noticed several pieces of code overlap and reuse, for example, with samples from Operation Troy.

    Figure 11: Code overlap in a Dark Hotel sample.

    Identifying a group

    By applying what we learned from our comparisons and code-block identifications, we uncovered possible new links between malware families and the groups using them.

    With the different pieces of malware we have analyzed, we can illustrate the code reuse and sharing between the groups known to be affiliated with North Korea.

    Groups and families linked by code reuse.

    The malware attributed to the group Lazarus has code connections that link many of the malware families spotted over the years. Lazarus is a collective name for many DPRK cyber operations, and we clearly see links between malware families used in different campaigns.

    The malware (NavRAT, gambling, and Gold Dragon) possibly created by Group 123 are connected to each other but are separate from those used by Lazarus. Although these are different units focusing on different areas, there seems to be a parallel structure in which they collaborate during certain campaigns.

    MITRE ATT&CK

    From our research of these malware samples, we can identify the following techniques used by the malware families:

    When we zoom in on the Discovery category in the MITRE model, for example, we notice that the techniques are typical for first-stage dropper malware. The adversary drops these samples on victims’ machines and collects information on where they landed in the victims’ networks and which user/access rights they gained.

    In 2018, we saw examples of campaigns in which attackers used PowerShell to download and execute these droppers. Once information has been sent to a control server, the adversary determines the next steps, which often include installing a remote access tool to enable lateral movement on the network and pursue the goals of the campaign.

    Final words

    Security vendors and researchers often use different names when speaking about the same malware, group, or attack. This habit makes it challenging to group all the malware and campaigns. By taking a scientific approach, such as looking for code reuse, we can categorize our findings. We believe our research will help the security community organize the current “mess” we face in relation to North Korean malware and campaigns.

    We clearly saw a lot of code reuse over the many years of cyber campaigns we examined. This indicates the North Koreans have groups with different skills and tools that execute their focused parts of cyber operations while also working in parallel when large campaigns require a mix of skills and tools.

    We found our months of research, data gathering, and analysis very satisfying. By combining our skills, data, and technology, we were able to draw connections and reveal links that we had not seen before. The cybersecurity industry would greatly benefit from more collaboration and sharing of information, and we hope that this effort between McAfee and Intezer will inspire the community to work together more often.

    The authors thank Costin Raiu for providing them with samples they did not have in their collections.

    Sources

    Glenn Simpson, Gordon Fairclough, and Jay Solomon, “U.S. Probes Banks’ North Korea Ties.” Wall Street Journal, last updated September 8, 2005.

    Christiaan Beek, “Attacks on SWIFT Banking system benefit from insider knowledge.” https://securingtomorrow.mcafee.com/mcafee-labs/attacks-swift-banking-system-benefit-insider-knowledge/

    Atif Mushtaq, “DDOS Madness Continued…” https://www.fireeye.com/blog/threat-research/2009/07/ddos-madness-climax.html

    Ryan Sherstobitoff and Jessica Saavedra-Morales, “Gold Dragon Widens Olympics Malware Attacks, Gains Permanent Presence on Victims’ Systems.” https://securingtomorrow.mcafee.com/mcafee-labs/gold-dragon-widens-olympics-malware-attacks-gains-permanent-presence-on-victims-systems/

    Alex Drozhzhin, “Darkhotel: a spy campaign in luxury Asian hotels.” https://www.kaspersky.com/blog/darkhotel-apt/6613/

    Warren Mercer, Paul Rascagneres, and Jungsoo An, “NavRAT Uses US-North Korea Summit As Decoy For Attacks In South Korea.” https://blog.talosintelligence.com/2018/05/navrat.html

    Sergei Shevchenko and Adrian Nish, “Cyber Heist Attribution.” https://baesystemsai.blogspot.com/2016/05/cyber-heist-attribution.html

    Mydoom code reuse report. https://analyze.intezer.com/#/analyses/113ba80f-1680-43d7-b287-cc62f3740fad

    NavRAT code reuse report. https://analyze.intezer.com/#/analyses/4f19fd5a-a898-4fdf-96c9-d3a4aad817cb

    SierraBravo code reuse report. https://analyze.intezer.com/#/analyses/8da8104e-56e4-49fd-ba24-82978bc1610c

    Dark Hotel code reuse report. https://analyze.intezer.com/#/analyses/c034e0fe-7825-4f6d-b092-7c5ee693aff4

    Kang Jang-ho, “A foreign currency earned with a virtual currency … What is the life of a North Korean hacker?” http://m.mtn.co.kr/news/news_view.php?mmn_idx=2018062517065863930#_enliple

    Awesome work by the team responsible for the “Operation Blockbuster” report.
    https://www.operationblockbuster.com/resources/

    By Jay Rosenberg and Christiaan Beek

    About the Authors

    Jay Rosenberg, senior security researcher at Intezer Labs, leads the research behind Intezer’s code reuse detection technology. From the young age of 12, he began programming and reverse engineering. He has spoken at various conferences internationally, identified new threats, and published his threat intelligence research on some of the largest cyber attacks.

    Christiaan Beek, lead scientist & sr. principal engineer is part of Mcafee’s Office of the CTO leading strategic threat intelligence research within Mcafee. He coordinates and leads passionately the research in advanced attacks, plays a key-role in cyberattack take-down operations and participates in the NoMoreRansom project. In previous roles, Beek was Director of Threat Intelligence in McAfee Labs and Director of Incident Response and Forensics at Foundstone, McAfee’s forensic services arm. At Foundstone, he led a team of forensic specialists in Europe, the Middle East, and Africa during major breaches. Beek develops threat intelligence strategy, designs threat intelligence systems, performs malware and forensic analysis, pentesting and coaches security teams around the globe. He is a passionate cybercrime specialist who has developed training courses, workshops, and presentations. He speaks regularly at conferences, including BlackHat, RSA, BlueHat and Botconf. Besides conferences, he is also frequently teaching at universities, Police Academies and public schools to recruit, mentor and train the next generation of cyber-security specialists. Beek contributed to the best-selling security book “Hacking Exposed.” and has two patents pending.


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              3 Reasons HCI Adoption Is on the Rise for Small and Medium Businesses      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
    3 Reasons HCI Adoption Is on the Rise for Small and Medium Businesses juliet.vanwage… Thu, 08/09/2018 - 10:16

    For larger businesses with dedicated IT teams, the wonders of hyperconverged infrastructure are well known. But now, small and medium businesses are starting to embrace the ways HCI can work to offer SMBs an operational edge. In fact, a new study by Techaisle Research shows that HCI adoption is poised to double over the next year and a half as the benefits become apparent, particularly as it pertains to digital transformation.

    A blog post from Techaisle Research about the study notes that HCI adoption allows SMBs to grow “in lockstep with new business or customer demands,” and is viewed as an important element of business growth.

    “The SMBs that are fully committed to digital transformation are on the fastest path to adoption, as HCI is an important element of a future-ready, resource-sensitive IT approach,” the blog post notes.

    HCI platforms, much like converged infrastructure platforms, combine computing, storage, networking and virtualization capabilities into a single appliance. With HCI, however, all of the components are pre-integrated and controlled by one software-management layer. Moreover, as all components are provided by a single vendor, it offers IT managers a level of control and visibility they can’t normally achieve with piecemeal infrastructure.

    As SMBs begin gravitating toward solutions from vendors such as Cisco Systems, Dell EMC, Hewlett Packard Enterprise, Nutanix and VMware, among others, these businesses are coming to realize several important benefits that can give them the operational edge and simplicity they crave.

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    1. HCI Cuts Costs and Resource Needs

    While adopting HCI won’t immediately translate to cost savings, implementing it effectively in line with business needs can save businesses bundles in the long run.

    At Midwest Acoust-A-Fiber, for example, adopting a Scale Computing HCI solution saved the company about 50 percent over the cost of a traditional architecture. Moreover, it saved the company from needing to hire additional personnel.

    “People just keep getting more expensive, and hardware gets cheaper. So, now if we need more performance we can just throw more hardware at the problem,” Systems Administration Manager Daniel Penrod told BizTech in a previous interview.

    2. Hyperconvergence Eases IT Management

    For companies with limited staff and resources, HCI can deliver a simpler way to manage all IT assets.

    “HCI’s integrated, software-defined architecture provides SMB IT staff with an ability to deliver sophisticated capabilities without needing to maintain an elaborate web of resource connections,” the Techaisle blog post notes.

    In a prime example, PreCheck, a healthcare background-check company tapped HCI to ease migration and ongoing management, Robert Wilcox, PreCheck's infrastructure manager, told BizTech.

    "It's really simplified the environment and reduced the overhead of the hardware. We've gone from a three-tiered model to one tier," he said. "It's a complete ecosystem, and if I need to scale up, I can just buy another node and slide it in. It gets picked up by the system, and everything is done automatically."

    3. HCI Improves and Simplifies Small Business Scalability

    Moreover, since HCI is an integrated, modular solution, IT can scale capacity as needed without the need to invest in new resources or buy capacity in advance, Techaisle notes.

    Dave Wiley, IT manager at Mayfran International, a Cleveland-based manufacturer of machine tool products, material-handling equipment and filtration systems, noticed an improvement in scalability immediately within the first year of investing in a Cisco HyperFlex HX hyperconverged system.

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    The government of Lagos, Nigeria is considering allowing Veolia, a French-owned water company currently being sued for its role in the Flint water crisis, to take control of almost two-thirds of the city's crumbling water infrastructure, writes Monica Mark for BuzzFeed News.

    Why it matters: With 21 million inhabitants, 70% of whom do not have access to "drinkable, piped water," Lagos is Africa's most populous city and an embodiment of how modern-day governments have turned to privatization as a means of solving their water shortage crises — while pocketing some extra cash in the process.


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    • When the water runs out, "citizens turn to private water hawkers and water trucks, bore their own wells, or use polluted rivers and streams."
    • That's why enlisting private providers makes sense in theory, Mark writes, as the government can "offload the huge costs of repairing infrastructure onto companies with deeper pockets and technical know-how."
    • But that also requires blind faith that the company will be "a good actor" and not structure their operations around squeezing every ounce of profit they can out of the city's residents.

    The big picture: The privatization of water supplies dates back to the 1990s, when the CEO of Nestle dismissed the idea of water as a public right as "extreme." In Nigeria, which already has one of the world's highest child death rates due to water-borne illness, citizens fear they'll have to pay a huge price for a resource that much of the world takes for granted.

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              Department Press Briefings : Department Press Briefing - August 9, 2018      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
    Heather Nauert
    Spokesperson
    Department Press Briefing
    Washington, DC
    August 9, 2018



    Index for Today's Briefing
    • INDONESIA
    • DEPARTMENT
    • ZIMBABWE
    • YEMEN
    • IRAQ
    • TURKEY
    • ISRAEL/PALESTINIANS
    • RUSSIA
    • NORTH KOREA/SOUTH KOREA
    • CHINA

      TRANSCRIPT:

       

       

       

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      MS NAUERT: Hi, everybody. How are you today? And why are so many of you showing up on an August afternoon? You’re supposed to all be on vacation or something, but I notice a few empty seats. But Gardiner’s back from vacation. Gardiner, welcome.

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

      QUESTION: Thank you.

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

      MS NAUERT: How’ve you been?

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

      QUESTION: I’ve been good.

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

      MS NAUERT: Good. A couple announcements to start before we get started with your questions today.

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

      First, I would like to express our condolences to the victims of the recent earthquakes and also the aftershocks in Indonesia. The United States has experts and partner organizations on the ground. We’re consulting with the Government of Indonesia at this time. We’re closely monitoring the situation, and we stand ready to provide additional aid to the Government of Indonesia. Our U.S. consulate personnel are assisting affected U.S. citizens. At this time, we do not have any reports of U.S. citizen casualties associated with the earthquakes. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the Indonesian people. As many of you know, we were recently on the ground in Indonesia and had some terrific meetings with government officials there.

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

      Next, I have some staffing news to bring you now. And I’m really excited about this one, because it affects our Bureau of Public Affairs and specifically the folks that you will working with. Today I’d like to announce that Robert Palladino will be joining our press team as the State Department’s deputy spokesperson. Robert is a career Foreign Service officer and I believe known well to some of you or perhaps many of you.

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

      Over the past year, Robert has served as director of press and acting National Security Council spokesperson. In that role he’s helped to prepare Sarah Sanders for her briefings at the White House. He was also a spokesperson to the White House press corps and worked as NSC communications lead for both Asia and Europe. Robert’s Foreign Service career has included postings in Washington, where he worked for our Bureau of East Asian and Pacific Affairs, and the Office of the Under Secretary for Public Affairs and Public Diplomacy, and also on Capitol Hill. Overseas, he’s worked in Milan, Italy; Guangzhou, China; and also Ho Chi Minh City in Vietnam.

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

      Prior to joining the State Department, he practiced law in Asia and Europe in the Army JAG Corps. His service included deployment to Rwanda. He is a graduate of Notre Dame University, Washington and Lee School of Law, the U.S. Army War College, and he also speaks Chinese and Italian. Pretty impressive.

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

      We are delighted that he is coming back to the State Department from the White House. I know you will enjoy working with him. For those of you who have not met him, he is a terrific guy. We’ve worked closely together for the past year or so. I asked him what his children thought, because he has two young girls – I asked him what they thought of his job, and I love these quotes. His youngest daughter said, “I’m proud of America and I’m proud of you, Dad, but it sounds really boring.” And then his older daughter said this – and you’ll appreciate it – “But wait a minute, everybody yells questions and they’re angry. That’s the worst job in the world.” That actually might be the White House press corps, not you all. But we look forward to welcoming Robert when he joins us on the 20th of August. But try not to bug him between now and then; he’s on vacation with his family. So another addition to our press family.

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

      And that’s it. With that, I’d be happy to take your questions.

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

      QUESTION: Okay, thanks. We’ll try not to be so angry.

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

      MS NAUERT: I said not you all.

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

      QUESTION: Let’s – me, yes me. I just wanted to ask you briefly before I ask you about Yemen. I noticed the statement that you guys put out about Zimbabwe, the Zimbabwe elections and the Zambian decision to deport the opposition leader.

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

      MS NAUERT: Right.

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

      QUESTION: And in that statement it said that you are reviewing certain aspects of your cooperation with the Zambian Government. Can you be a little bit more specific? What aspects of --

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

      MS NAUERT: Some of those will be conversations that will be had privately with both governments. But my understanding is that there are certain agreements in which that government was taking steps that the Zimbabweans weren’t completely familiar with and weren’t supportive of, and there were some concerns related to that. But let’s just --

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

      QUESTION: No, I understand, but I was just --

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

      MS NAUERT: But let’s just back up a couple steps for folks who’ve not been following this perhaps as closely as you have. Elections on July the 30th – those were promising, very promising. We thought it was a historic chance to sort of move beyond the political and economic crises of the past and toward a more democratic change and better dialogue in that country. People turned out massively in those elections. We put out a statement just after those elections complimenting them on those elections.

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

      However, the success in delivering an election day that was peaceful and open to international observers was then marred by violence, which we’ve been seeing and has been heavily reported, at least in the international press, over the past about week and a half. We’ve seen a disproportionate use of deadly force against protestors by the security forces, which is a great concern of ours. We’re concerned by those numerous reports of human rights violations since the elections had taken place about a week and a half or two ago. We have received credible allegations of detentions, of beatings, and other abuses of the people of Zimbabwe, particularly targeting opposition activists.

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

      Now, the latest news today is the foreign – excuse me, the former minister of finance had left to go to Zambia. Zambia returned him to Zimbabwe, we understand. And some of this is still fresh so we don’t have all the details at this point. But I understand he was detained and possibly let go.

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

      So I’m going to pause there because some of this is still unfolding, and I don’t want to give you any inaccurate information since it’s still developing.

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

      QUESTION: I get that. I just wanted to know is this a threat to withhold or suspend some aid to Zambia when you say you’re reviewing certain aspects of our cooperation?

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

      MS NAUERT: Matt, I’m not going to get into that at this point, but we’re watching the situation carefully.

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

      QUESTION: All right. Let me ask you about this airstrike in Yemen, which appears to have killed dozens of children. The Saudis obviously are the ones who conducted this, but they do that with weapons supplied by the U.S., with training supplied by the U.S., and with targeting information, targeting data, supplied by the U.S. How can something like this happen?

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

      MS NAUERT: How can something like that report happen?

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

      QUESTION: Yeah.

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

      MS NAUERT: Well, I think we would start by saying --

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

      QUESTION: It’s more than a report. I mean, it’s – they admitted that it happened.

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

      MS NAUERT: Yeah. How can situations like this happen? We don’t have the full details about what happened on the ground. We’ve certainly seen the news reports of what has been reported happened, okay? I can’t confirm all the details because we are not there on the ground.

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

      We can say that we’re certainly concerned about these reports that resulted – that there was an attack that resulted in the deaths of civilians. We call on the Saudi-led coalition to conduct a thorough and transparent investigation into the incident. We take all credible accounts of civilian casualties very seriously. We call on the parties to take appropriate measures to protect civilians in accordance with international law and urge all parties to investigate all reported incidents of civilian casualties.

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

      QUESTION: Okay. Well, they say – already the coalition says that they acted in accordance with international law. But if you look at the photographs, the video that come from the scene, it doesn’t look like that’s a really – that that’s a credible answer. So are you okay with the coalition on its own doing an investigation, or would you like to see some kind of an international component to it or an international investigation?

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

      MS NAUERT: Well, I think I just answered that and we said that we would call upon the Saudi Government --

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

      QUESTION: So you’re --

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

      MS NAUERT: -- to do a full and thorough investigation, as we always do. And we call upon all parties in any kind of situation like this to take appropriate measures to try to mitigate the risk of civilian casualties.

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

      QUESTION: So you don’t think --

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

      MS NAUERT: DOD and other entities put out reports on this after the fact as they all start to investigate, and so we will look forward to any information on that.

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

      QUESTION: Right. But my question is you don’t see a need for there to be something other than a coalition investigation, you don’t see a need for an independent --

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

      MS NAUERT: Matt, I’m not going to get – this is something that is fresh, that just happened, so I’m not going to get ahead of any kind of investigation that may take place. Okay?

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

      QUESTION: It’s only the latest in a huge number of civilians killed during these operations though.

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

      MS NAUERT: I would encourage you to take a look – and that is we regret any loss of civilian life. That is something that the United States Government – in particular, any time you talk to the Department of Defense about civilian casualties, they will say the same thing --

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

      QUESTION: Well --

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

      MS NAUERT: -- that – I’m not finished, okay? And they will say the exact same thing, that all parties take very strong responsibility and measures to try to protect against the loss of civilian life. As we have seen – and you all very rarely ask about the issue that has been unfolding and the devastation that has taken place in Yemen – let’s look at some of the things that have been happening in Yemen.

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

      You have the Houthi rebels who continue to attack Saudi Arabia. They continue to do that with Iranian weapons, missiles, and rockets. They continue to try to attack civilian infrastructure in Saudi Arabia, for example, and that is part of the reason why these actions are being taken.

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

      Let me go back and remind you what I just said a moment ago, and that is we call for an investigation and we anticipate that a thorough investigation will be done. I don’t have anything more for you on that.

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

      QUESTION: The Secretary isn’t planning on having a conversation with --

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

      MS NAUERT: I don’t have any information for you on that. Okay.

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

      Hi, Nick.

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

      QUESTION: Is this – hey, Heather. Is this latest incident or the previous incidents causing the U.S. to re-evaluate in any way the role that it’s playing in the situation, in terms of its relationship with Saudi Arabia?

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

      MS NAUERT: Look, we provide a tremendous amount of humanitarian assistance in Yemen to try to support civilians in Yemen and try to mitigate against the devastation that’s taken place there in that country. I don’t have anything more for you on that.

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

      QUESTION: But you also supply a tremendous amount of weaponry and the data for targeting to the Saudis.

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

      MS NAUERT: Well, then – sorry.

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

      QUESTION: Right? No?

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

      QUESTION: No.

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

      QUESTION: Am I wrong? Is that wrong?

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

      QUESTION: That’s not wrong.

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

      MS NAUERT: Sorry, these ladies over here are laughing. On that I would refer you to the Department of Defense that is involved with that, but as you know, Saudi Arabia is an important strategic partner in the region to the United States.

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

      Okay. Hi, Gardiner.

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

      QUESTION: Just a follow-up on that. Hey. So obviously, there’s growing concerns in Congress about the toll this war is taking within Yemen. It’s the worst humanitarian disaster on the planet. Aren’t you concerned that incidents like this will further erode congressional support and lead to further support for legislation that could cut off Saudi Arabia from arms sales and the rest?

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

      MS NAUERT: I mean, I think that is an entirely hypothetical question and we don’t comment on congressional proposals in any event, but I would ask – all of you have been very silent on the issue of Yemen, and times --

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

      QUESTION: Well --

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

      MS NAUERT: Although Said has asked. You’ve been the one reporter who’s asked a lot about Yemen and the situation there.

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

      QUESTION: Well I would suggest that if you had more than two briefings a week and they lasted for longer than a half an hour or 40 minutes that you might get questions about something other than the actual main topic of the day.

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

      MS NAUERT: Matt, I think you and I talk every single day.

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

      QUESTION: Yes, we do.

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

      MS NAUERT: You have my phone number. You have all my numbers, and anytime you want to talk about Yemen, I’d be more than happy to answer your questions and provide you additional expert briefings --

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

      QUESTION: Okay.

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

      MS NAUERT: -- on Yemen anytime anyone is interested, but I have not seen a major level of interest on the part of our press corps, with the exception of Said, on the issue of Yemen.

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

      Yeah.

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

      QUESTION: Why does that matter, though? There’s news today, so --

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

      MS NAUERT: Yeah.

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

      QUESTION: Can you request an expert on Yemen?

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

      MS NAUERT: Yeah, certainly, I’d be happy to. Yeah.

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

      QUESTION: Wait, so first of all, I think that when there have been attacks against Saudi installations or missiles and stuff, I think you’ve seen that there have been just as vigorous of reporting.

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

      MS NAUERT: I don’t – I disagree, but --

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

      QUESTION: Well, I mean, that’s – it’s not our job to, like, sit here and go back and forth on that. We’re asking today. The U.S. has tried to increase its target training with – to try and improve the targeting of the Saudi coalition. Is that still continuing?

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

      MS NAUERT: Elise, I think that would be a DOD issue, so I’d encourage you to talk with my --

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

      QUESTION: But these are foreign – okay, but these are foreign military financing.

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

      MS NAUERT: Yeah, yeah.

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

      QUESTION: Which is out of the State Department.

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

      MS NAUERT: And I would encourage you to talk to DOD about that. So some --

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

      QUESTION: Well, maybe --

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

      MS NAUERT: Some of this – some of this is a State Department equity, but much of this is Department of Defense, so I’d encourage you to talk with them about it.

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

      Hey, Laurie.

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

      QUESTION: Hi. On Iraq, the road between Erbil and Kirkuk, which was cut as a result of fighting last October, is being rebuilt, but Baghdad has said that it will establish a customs border on that road and collect revenues. Is that consistent, a customs border in the middle of the Erbil-Baghdad road, in which one party, the Iraqi Government, is going to collect revenues? Is that consistent with your view of a unified Iraq?

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

      MS NAUERT: I would – there are other countries that have done this in the past, including our own country years ago in which this type of thing has been done. I think this is largely an internal matter for the Government of Iraq, between Iraq and Erbil, to try to work out. We do encourage them to resolve any remaining issues between Baghdad and Erbil.

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

      QUESTION: You don’t have a position beyond that?

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

      MS NAUERT: Look, we believe that a strong KRG government within a unified and federal Iraq is something that’s essential to Iraq’s long-term stability and the enduring defeat overall of ISIS.

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

      QUESTION: Okay, if I could ask you about Turkey. So the deputy foreign minister was here; it seemed there was no progress. Is that the case? And was pastor – were the American hostages the only issues that were discussed or were there other questions like the Turkish purchase of the S-400 discussed as well?

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

      MS NAUERT: Yeah. I mean, obviously you all know that we have a very broad relationship with Turkey and a host of issues that we talk about with the Turkish Government whenever we do meet. Yesterday we had a wide-ranging conversation with Turkish Government officials. We made it clear that Pastor Brunson needs to be returned home. Much of this, though, we’re not going to negotiate in public.

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

      QUESTION: Can you tell us --

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

      MS NAUERT: Go ahead. Hi.

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

      QUESTION: Can you tell us if you made any progress about the situation of Pastor Brunson?

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

      MS NAUERT: Yeah, I would say we would define progress as Pastor Brunson being brought home.

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

      QUESTION: So in other words, no.

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

      MS NAUERT: And so progress is --

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

      QUESTION: Until he – until he’s --

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

      MS NAUERT: Progress is Pastor Brunson being brought home to the United --

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

      QUESTION: So until he’s home there is no progress?

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

      MS NAUERT: -- to the United States.

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

      QUESTION: Did you give any --

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

      MS NAUERT: Yeah.

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

      QUESTION: Did you give any deadline? Did you give Turkish officials any deadline?

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

      MS NAUERT: I don’t have any information for you on that.

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

      Thanks. Hi.

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

      QUESTION: I think progress is kind of coming closer towards an agreement, like you’re not – you don’t have full North Korean denuclearization but you say that there is progress in working towards that goal. So is there progress in coming to some kind of deal with the Turks or are you still as far apart as you were the day that he was being hospitalized?

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

      MS NAUERT: Yeah, I’m not going to characterize it that way. As you know, we had – we met yesterday. They had wide-ranging meetings at the State Department and with other departments here in Washington. I’d refer you to those other departments that met with the Turkish Government. The progress that we want to be made is to have Pastor Brunson return home. And I’ll leave it at that. Okay?

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

      QUESTION: So is that saying you will not engage with the Turks anymore on this issue until Pastor Brunson comes home?

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

      MS NAUERT: I’m not going to speculate on that, and I’m not going to get ahead of the administration on that issue. Hey, Said.

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

      QUESTION: Hi. Thank you, Heather. Could we move – could you comment on the escalation in Gaza? There has been escalation in Israeli bombardment of Gaza as we speak.

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

      MS NAUERT: I’m sorry, start that over again.

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

      QUESTION: There is an escalation as we speak of Israeli bombardment of Gaza. They said that they killed a 23-year-old woman, pregnant, with her toddler. Do you have any comments on that?

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

      MS NAUERT: Yeah. I mean, overall we’ve been watching this as it has been unfolding, and it’s a very concerning situation that has taken place in Gaza. Overall, we condemn the launching of missile attacks into Israel and call for an end to the destructive violence. We’ve seen reports that 180 or so rocket attacks have taken place, shot from Gaza into Israel, and we fully support Israel’s right to defend itself and to take actions to prevent provocations of that nature.

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

      QUESTION: But this last round of bombardment, Israeli bombardment, actually began by the Israelis. It was not Hamas that started this latest round.

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

      MS NAUERT: Look, I’m not going to get into how this thing started. Let’s not forget that Hamas bears ultimate responsibility for the dire humanitarian situation in Gaza. It’s a tremendous concern of ours.

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

      QUESTION: Okay. Let me ask you about the peace efforts that are taking place. Now, there are reports that the unveiling of the plan, the deal of the century, has been pushed back. Can – do you have any comment on that?

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

      MS NAUERT: I would object to the premise of the question, your statement in that question. We have not unveiled the peace plan at this time. That will be unveiled by Mr. Kushner and Mr. Greenblatt when it is ready. And when it’s ready to be unveiled, they will unveil it.

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

      QUESTION: And lastly, last week you guys released some funds or some aid to the Palestinian Authority. I believe it was sent to the security forces. Can you share with us the amount of that aid? Is that a one-time thing, or is it part of the sort of unfreezing of the funds to the Palestinian Authority?

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

      MS NAUERT: I’m going to have to get back to you on that issue. I don’t have any information for you on that today. Okay?

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

      QUESTION: Russia?

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

      MS NAUERT: Hi.

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

      QUESTION: Russia?

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

      MS NAUERT: Yeah, go right ahead.

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

      QUESTION: Okay, two quick questions. First of all, on the sanctions that were announced yesterday, one of the requirements for Russia to avoid further sanctions is to allow inspections to make sure that they’re not using chemical weapons. Does the State Department have any reason to think that Russia is going to allow that? And is the U.S. expecting Russia to allow that?

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

      MS NAUERT: I mean, that’s asking us to look into the future, and we don’t know what the future holds. I think that’s a hypothetical question, so I don’t have an answer for you.

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

      QUESTION: But the U.S. is fully expecting to have some kind of inspections take place, then, according to this law?

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

      MS NAUERT: I don’t have anything for you on that today, and I’m not going to get ahead of anything that happens in the near future. Okay?

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

      QUESTION: Okay, well, that’s what the law says.

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

      MS NAUERT: Yep.

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

      QUESTION: But my other question is on the – is the U.S. then currently preparing for this next round of sanctions, then?

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

      MS NAUERT: As you well know, we don’t forecast sanctions. We have complied with the law in announcing those sanctions just yesterday, and we will comply with the law going forward, of course, as we always would. Okay?

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

      QUESTION: Heather, just to get a follow-on on that?

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

      MS NAUERT: Yeah, sure. Hi, Gardiner.

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

      QUESTION: So you – in the case of Iran, you have this 12-point plan of what behavior you want the government to implement in order to lift sanctions. You have a whole series of sanctions that are now revolving around Russia having to do with CAATSA, Magnitsky, now weapons. Can you give us some global sense of what these sanctions are trying to achieve from an American foreign policy perspective? What are you looking for from Russia? Why do we have sanctions on them? What’s your goal? And when’s the – when’s the periodicity of these things?

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

      MS NAUERT: Sure. I think I would start by answering that question with this: That we approach every country very differently. Every country that we have a relationship or even countries that we don’t have relationships with are viewed through a separate lens. So what may be appropriate for one country is maybe not necessarily appropriate for another country.

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

      The United States Government has determined that sanctions can be a very effective tool in trying to bring various governments to the table to negotiate with us or try to encourage countries to comply or to return to a better set of behaviors. So this is one tool that we have in a very big toolkit. The State Department works closely with Treasury and OFAC and other entities to implement, study, and enforce sanctions, and that is part of what you’ve seen yesterday. Let’s remember that one of the things that has brought North Korea to the table is sanctions. And we have found sanctions to be very effective in many cases around the world. So the U.S. Government looks at that as an overall tool.

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

      QUESTION: Right, so North Korea is a great example. Sanctions – as a result, you want to get rid of their nuclear program. Again, Iran, you’ve got a list of 12 things. Venezuela, you’ve got sort of a clear list. I’m trying to understand what your policy is with Russia. You’ve got a variety – myriad now of sanctions. What’s your goal?

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

      MS NAUERT: Well, I think the President has addressed this and so has Secretary Pompeo. We’d like to have a better relationship with the Russian Government, recognizing that we have a lot of areas of mutual concern. It is a major country; we are a major country as well. And so when you have that, you are forced to have to have conversations with other governments. And sanctions is a way that we can try to encourage better behavior on the part of government. Now, I’m speaking in a broad-based sense, but that’s one way that we can encourage better behavior. Okay.

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

      QUESTION: Same topic?

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

      QUESTION: Could I ask a follow-up on that?

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

      QUESTION: (Off-mike)

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

      MS NAUERT: Sure. What is your name, miss?

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

      QUESTION: My name’s Emily, I’m from Buzzfeed News.

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

      MS NAUERT: Emily, hi.

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

      QUESTION: So if these sanctions are in part meant to encourage better behavior with Russia, Russia today came out and said that these sanctions – sort of as was expected – that these sanctions are not in keeping with the spirit of Helsinki. So – and I understand these sanctions were – they’re in keeping with the law, et cetera, but does this – or to put it a different way, is the cooperation that was sort of established at Helsinki – is the U.S. Government still planning on having that with Russia after yesterday’s sanctions?

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

      MS NAUERT: We tend to believe that dialogue is always an important issue. I think I had just addressed this with Gardiner, and that is trying to build a better relationship with countries that we need to cooperate with or we need to be able to have relations with, and that would be one example.

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

      QUESTION: And then just on the other point on the second tranche, and I don’t mean to get you into hypotheticals, but yesterday at the briefing they did say that if Russia doesn’t do certain things, including sort of admit wrongdoing and say that they weren’t going to do it again, that there would be second tranche. And today, Russia said this is ridiculous, we didn’t do that. So if they keep that position for the next 90 days, won’t there – won’t there, under the law, have to be a second tranche?

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

      MS NAUERT: And that’s why I would go back and say that we will comply with the law. We are well aware of what the law contains; we will comply with the law. But I’m not going to get ahead of what could happen 90 days from now. Okay.

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

      QUESTION: The same topic – same topic?

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

      QUESTION: (Off-mike)

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

      MS NAUERT: Janne, go right ahead.

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

      QUESTION: Thank you, thank you, Heather. On North Korean and South Korean issues.

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

      MS NAUERT: Okay.

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

      QUESTION: And – recently, South Korea imported North Korean coal. What is the U.S. position on the smuggling of North Korean coal into South Korea? Is that – do you think this is the – South Korea has violated sanctions?

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

      MS NAUERT: I think – we’d say this: that we have a great relationship with the Government of South Korea. My understanding is that they are looking into reports of this. We encourage all countries to maintain sanctions, and to not skirt sanctions and make sure that sanctions are adhered to.

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

      QUESTION: But two days ago, John Bolton, national security advisor, and South Korean national security advisor Chung Eui-yong, they had telephone conversation and John Bolton said that he trust or believe in the South Korean Government. What does it mean that you trust the South Korean Government, so --

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

      MS NAUERT: Well, the Government of the Republic of Korea is an ally and longstanding partner of ours, and we closely coordinate with that government.

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

      QUESTION: But allies – but they do something behind the United States is smuggling something else, so how you going to trust them?

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

      MS NAUERT: Look, we trust when they say that they will investigate that they will investigate. We closely coordinate with them. They’ve been longstanding allies and partners, and we have a strong relationship with them.

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

      QUESTION: Are you still investigations or waiting --

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

      MS NAUERT: I don’t have anything more for you on that, okay?

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

      QUESTION: All right, thank you.

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

      MS NAUERT: Thanks.

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

      QUESTION: (Off-mike.)

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

      MS NAUERT: Kylie, go right ahead.

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

      QUESTION: So there’s been discussion of potentially having another meeting with North Korea. Has there been any progress on that that --

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

      MS NAUERT: We have no meetings, no travel plans to announce today, and by the way, we just got back from a long flight, which I will remind you was a very long flight. Headed over to Asia, a long flight back. We’re okay with being here for a while.

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

      QUESTION: All right.

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

      QUESTION: (Off-mike.)

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

      MS NAUERT: Okay. Hi. Go ahead.

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

      QUESTION: Well wait, can I just follow up real quick on that?

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

      MS NAUERT: Just hold on, hold on, hold on. He asked first. Go right ahead.

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

      QUESTION: Oh, I’m sorry.

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

      QUESTION: Yes. So about the North Korean coal, yeah. And South Korean Government is going to announce the result of investigation about North Korean coal smuggling maybe later today. So now the issue is that – whether the United States is going to apply the second boycott to the Korean companies, which it appears to be violated the sanctions. So I just wonder whether you are going to apply the secondary boycott to the companies.

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

      MS NAUERT: I think I just answered that, that the investigation was initiated by the Government of South Korea, and we will wait to hear from them on any announcements with regard to that, okay?

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

      And we’re going to have to wrap it up in just a minute. Elise, go right ahead.

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

      QUESTION: Just on the – you said there’s nothing new to announce. Are the delegations trying to get another negotiating session? Like your team in Asia, are they trying to get another negotiating session together with the North Koreans?

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

      MS NAUERT: Look, I mean, I can tell you we continue to have conversations virtually every day, every other day or so --

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

      QUESTION: With the North Koreans?

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

      MS NAUERT: -- with the North Koreans, and when I say “conversations,” that can be by phone, that can be my message, that can be by email. Those are – they take different forms, those conversations do. So we continue to have conversations with the government. When – if and when we have travel announcements to make, I will certainly let you know, but we have nothing yet.

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

      QUESTION: But I mean, obviously that you’ll make those announcements, but I’m just wondering if like – if there is efforts being made to put together another negotiating session.

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

      MS NAUERT: I don’t have anything for you on that right now.

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

      QUESTION: Can I have one question on the sanctions?

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

      MS NAUERT: Okay? Okay. Sir, go right ahead.

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

      QUESTION: Yeah. Just to follow up, you said you have nothing planned, but Mr. Bolton mentioned that in the letter that Secretary Pompeo gave to Foreign Minister Ri, there was an offer to meet. Has North Korea responded to that offer yet?

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

      MS NAUERT: I don’t have any information for you on that. This was a letter from the President to Chairman Kim, so I don’t have any visibility on what was actually in that letter or what conversations the White House may or may not be having. I’d have to refer you to the White House for anything on that.

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

      QUESTION: So you can confirm that there was an offer?

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

      MS NAUERT: I can confirm there was a letter. Anything that the White House has said about that or Ambassador Bolton has said about that, I’d refer you back to them on those matters. When I have something to let you know, I certainly would be happy to.

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

      Okay, last question.

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

      QUESTION: (Off-mike.)

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

      MS NAUERT: Yeah.

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

      QUESTION: Two days ago, President Trump claimed most Chinese students in the United States are spies. I’m not asking you to comment on what he said, but State Department as a agency to issue visa to Chinese students, do you share the view – do you think most Chinese students in the United States are spies?

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

      MS NAUERT: Yeah, I don’t have the President’s comments in front of me. I have not seen those comments, so I would hesitate to comment on his comments without having read it and had the full context. As you are well aware, we have many Chinese students studying in the United States. We have strong people-to-people ties with the Government of China, but of course there are concerns with some who might come into the United States and try to pick up some of our technology and other information and bring it back home for reasons that the United States Government would be concerned about. But we have a strong relationship with China and we enjoy having students studying in the United States from China, and I’ll just leave it at that.

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

      Okay, thanks. We’ve got to go, guys. We’ll see you soon.

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

      (The briefing was concluded at 3:28 p.m.)

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

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              R-FFT: Function Split at IFFT/FFT in Unified LTE CRAN and Cable Access Network      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
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    Equating money with wealth is among the most dangerous delusions currently afflicting humanity.

    This is, perhaps, understandable given that so few people now have access to money in the quantities needed to improve their lives.

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    Baltimore, Md., Aug 9, 2018 / 05:00 pm (CNA).- Four years of fighting in eastern Ukraine have led to “the biggest humanitarian crisis on the European continent since the end of the Second World War,” according to the head of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church.

    Archbishop Sviatoslav Shevchuk of Kyiv called on the international community and the Catholic Church not to neglect the crisis in Ukraine. He made the plea during his keynote address at the Knights of Columbus convention in Baltimore on August 7.

    Since Russia annexed Crimea in 2014, the Ukrainian conflict has taken the lives of more than 10,000 people and has left 1.6 million people displaced, according to the United Nations.

    “Besides all these casualties and human tragedies, there is still another hidden danger of the war in eastern Ukraine: This region is at risk of suffering a dire, long-lasting ecological catastrophe due to flooded mines and contaminated drinking water, which is comparable in scale to the Chernobyl nuclear reactor disaster of 1986,” warned the archbishop.

    “As many as 4 million people might be left without safe drinking water in the region,” he continued, “all of this is happening right now, in Ukraine, the largest country in Europe.”

    The fighting has also damaged basic infrastructure. The World Health Organization documented  multiple attacks on Ukraine’s hospitals between 2014 and 2016.

    “This is a silent and forgotten war. Because it is a ‘frozen conflict,’ no one speaks loudly about the war in Ukraine anymore,” said the archbishop.

    Although a standing cease-fire exists in Ukraine, it was violated over 1,200 times in one week in July, reported the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe’s Special Monitoring mission in Ukraine.

    “Many specialists nowadays call this war in Ukraine a ‘hybrid war,’ that is, a war where not only traditional weapons are used on battlefields, but where all means of destruction, including economic and information warfare, are employed,” explained the archbishop, “Thanks to information technologies, modern wars are not limited to specific territories.”

    “Everyone in the Western world today experiences the consequences of this information war, which targets truth by disseminating ‘fake news’ and molding public opinion according to dishonest goals. Unfortunately, not even your country or other developed countries in Western Europe have been spared from these attacks. Please remember: it is not only our war — it is the war for humanity!” said Shevchuk.

    The Catholic Response

    “How does the Catholic Church in Ukraine, and in particular our Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church, respond to the needs of the millions of people suffering from the consequences of war?” Shevchuk asked the Knights of Columbus.

    The archbishop’s response was “diakonia,” the Greek New Testament term for charitable service. In the case of Ukraine, “diakonia” entails “serving to one’s neighbor, taking care of those afflicted by the war, by providing them with spiritual guidance and often with social service as well,” he said.

    “Charity is an antidote to egoism and indifference. I would say that charity is also a key to understanding the success of the Knights of Columbus in Ukraine,” he continued.

    The Knights of Columbus are a relatively new presence in Ukraine. The country’s first Knights of Columbus council was established five years ago -- just before Russia’s invasion of Crimea.

    Today the Knights in Ukraine have dedicated much of their charitable efforts to aiding local civilians affected by the violence in the Donbas region of Eastern Ukraine.

    The Ukrainian Knights of Columbus organize summer rehabilitation camps for wounded soldiers, war veterans, and their families. They regularly visit the wounded in hospitals, fundraise for first aid equipment, and provide the disabled with free wheelchairs. One Knights of Columbus council in southeastern Ukraine runs a Christian youth summer camp for children living in immediate proximity to the combat zone.

    “Our society probably does not yet realize the full scale of trauma caused by the war and that is why we, as a Church and as Knights of Columbus, need to invest so much of our energy and resources into the field of rehabilitation, in order to be able to heal the wounds of our people,” said Shevchuk.

    Catholics are a minority in Ukraine, most of the local population are Orthodox Christians. The archbishop said that he was encouraged to see how both Roman and Greek Catholics work together in the Knights of Columbus. He said it shows “a wonderful example of the unity of the Catholic Church in Ukraine, so much needed in Ukrainian society today.”

    On August 7, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo spoke with Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko over the phone, reassuring him of U.S. support for Ukraine’s “sovereignty and territorial integrity,” according to State Department spokesperson Heather Nauert.

    A few weeks earlier, the State Department released the Crimea Declaration calling on Russia to to end its occupation of Crimea, saying, “The United States rejects Russia’s attempted annexation of Crimea and pledges to maintain this policy until Ukraine’s territorial integrity is restored.”

    In the meantime, the Knights of Columbus in Ukraine will continue to aid the those suffering from the violence.


              Network Infrastructure Specialist - Office of the Auditor General of Canada - Ottawa, ON      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
    All documents must be written in font Times New Roman in size 12 with one inch margins and submitted online. When you apply to this selection process, you are... $70,354 - $86,125 a year
    From Office of the Auditor General of Canada - Mon, 30 Jul 2018 23:33:42 GMT - View all Ottawa, ON jobs
              Journeyperson Carpenter - Halifax Regional Municipality - Halifax, NS      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
    Constructs, repairs, and generally maintains, wood composite, gypsum, plastic laminate, metal and concrete components of the structure and infrastructure.... $28.85 an hour
    From Halifax Regional Municipality - Thu, 09 Aug 2018 22:58:29 GMT - View all Halifax, NS jobs
              Consultant, Infrastructure Eng - Database Engineer (BigData & Analytics Engineer) - Nationwide Mutual Insurance Company - Columbus, OH      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
    Evaluated March 2010 JDC. If you’re passionate about becoming a Nationwide associate and believe you have the potential to be something great, let’s talk....
    From Nationwide Mutual Insurance Company - Tue, 24 Jul 2018 08:37:48 GMT - View all Columbus, OH jobs
              Specialist, Infrastructure Eng - Nationwide Mutual Insurance Company - Columbus, OH      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
    Evaluated March 2010 JDC. If you’re passionate about becoming a Nationwide associate and believe you have the potential to be something great, let’s talk....
    From Nationwide Mutual Insurance Company - Mon, 16 Jul 2018 08:37:44 GMT - View all Columbus, OH jobs
              Director of Infrastructure - Vena Solutions - Toronto, ON      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
    Local candidates only. Vena Solutions is seeking a Director of Infrastructure to help us scale our SaaS cloud platform....
    From Vena Solutions - Thu, 02 Aug 2018 01:45:33 GMT - View all Toronto, ON jobs
              Accountant      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
    TN-Cleveland, We make what matters work. Everywhere you look—from the technology and machinery that surrounds us, to the critical services and infrastructure that we depend on every day—you’ll find one thing in common. It all relies on power. That’s why Eaton is dedicated to improving people’s lives and the environment with power management technologies that are more reliable, efficient, safe and sustainable. B
              IT Project Coordinator - $33.50/hr      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
    CA-Concord, Job Description: Duties: ? IT Project Analysts focus on projects that involve software development as well as hardware/infrastructure projects. ? IT Project Analyst oversees one or more projects on an ongoing and regular basis. ? Individually, or as part of a team, responsible for project planning and statuses, risk management, and issue resolution. ? Duties may include: assembling project team, a
              Procurement Manager - Civils/ Infrastructure      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
    1st Executive - Bristol - contract procurement plans Lead regional tender procurement strategies Ensure all recommended trade contractors/ goods/service providers...
              IMPACT Field Officer at IMPACT Initiatives      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
    Since May 2013, the Boko Haram insurgency in Northern Nigeria has destroyed infrastructure, provoked dramatic livelihoods erosion and triggered the displacement of over 2 million people, out of which 1.4 million people are in Borno State. The humanitarian situation of internally displaced persons (IDPs) is critical. Following years of conflict, the majority of the state's rural areas are empty. Much of the population has fled to the relative safety of Maiduguri, capital of Borno State, or other Local Government Area (LGA) capitals. In the IDP camps of Maiduguri and other enclaved LGA capitals, large portions of the population are extremely vulnerable and in need of immediate humanitarian support. While some areas have recently experienced returns in proximity of main roads, the population from many LGAs is likely to remain displaced for the medium term, lacking security, shelter and livelihoods in their villages of origin. When returns are made possible, it will be essential to support returnees in rebuilding their homes, which are in many cases completely destroyed, and resuming their productive lives and livelihoods.Supervisor: IMPACT Senior Field Officer Location: Borno, Yobe and Adamawa States IMPACT will now launch its own activities, leading a consortium that will provide Third Party Monitoring (TPM) for DFID's North-east Transition to Development (NENTAD) programme - a GBP 300 million investment in emergency nutrition, protection, food security and education programming across Borno, Yobe and Adamawa States.The NENTAD TPM facility will form a key aspect of DFID's risk management approach and ensure optimal monitoring, verification and accountability of the UK's multi-year humanitarian programme in north east Nigeria. The IMPACT led consortium will support and supplement DFID partners' internal monitoring capability. This will include systematic visits by third party monitors to DFID-funded humanitarian projects to remote locations across the three target states to verify the approach taken in terms of quality and results.ResponsibilitiesUnder the direct line management of the IMPACT Senior Field Officer, the IMPACT Field Officer is responsible for (1) Coordination of IMPACT data collection activities in field locations (2) Hiring, training and leading data collection teams (3) internal and external relationsTwo field officers will be hired for each state (Adamawa, Borno, Yobe)Research CyclesAssessment Preparation and Planning: The IMPACT Field Officer will be responsible for hiring enumeration teams, training them on the use of data collection tools (ODK) and methodology, and leading the teams in the field. Ensuring that IMPACT monitoring activities are implemented in the field with relevant project and program objectives and with IMPACT's research cycle and other relevant guidelines Data collection and management Monitor data collection, ensuring its correct implementation in line with agreed TORs; Ensure regular situation updates on data collection is properly communicated. Provide support and follow up on identified challenges during the data collection process. In close coordination with the IMPACT Senior Field Officer, S/He will clean and manage qualitative, quantitative and spatial data collected by the IMPACT team and enumerators. The IMPACT Field Officer will be responsible for identifying and organizing respondents for focus group discussion, facilitating or co-facilitating the discussion and recording results Internal Relations Routine communication of all field activities, data collection progress and other key findings to management in timely and effective manner Responsible for directly supervising the activities of the enumerators. External Relations The IMPACT Field Officer will work in close coordination with the field teams of other TPM consortium partners to ensure achievement of the overall goals Foster strategic partnerships with key stakeholders in the field; establish and maintain a network of Local stakeholders (Bulamas, SEMA, NEMA, Government officials and other local authorities) to ensure smooth running of data collection. FLAT SupportThe IMPACT Field Officer will have custodial responsibility for all IMPACT assets (computers, GPS devices, smart phones, etc) at their operational base, and will need to work with the IMPACT team and ACTED Logistics to ensure serviceability of assets and availability of consumables (printer ink, paper, pens, etc…)Other ResponsibilitiesThe IMPACT Field Officer will be responsible for supervising junior national staff participating in their assigned duties as well as building technical capacity related to data collection.The IMPACT Field Officer may be called upon to work on other IMPACT programmes in various locations in Nigeria including, but not limited to, remote LGA capitals, as the security situation allows.REQUIREMEnTS Minimum of one year working in humanitarian responses Bachelor's degree with a strong focus on both quantitative and qualitative research methodologies preferred Previous experience in Third Party Monitoring (TPM), an asset. Strong skills with the Microsoft Office Suite Strong technical writing skills Experience collecting information using hand-held GPS devices Experience using ODK for quantitative data collection Experience hiring and managing casual laborers Experience conducting focus group discussions, or the ability to learn rapidly Positive attitude and a willingness to learn Excellent communication skill Excellent time management skills Ability to operate in a cross-cultural environment requiring flexibility Prior experience working in IDP displacement locations Fluency written and spoken fluency in English a must; additional fluency in Hausa and Kanuri preferred Ability to work independently
              Networks Engineer at Alister Greene Consulting      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
    Alister Greene Consulting is a professional consulting firm with expertise in providing a People-Process Management solution to Small and Medium Scale Enterprises. Our People-Process solutions cover the very needs of start-ups and growing organizations. Our client, an IT solutions provider seeks a candidate who is creatively-minded and eager to think outside the box when it comes to her customers and their needs. Candidates with a background in sales who are analytically minded and motivated should apply for this role.Job code: NWK 101Location: Ikeja, Lagos stateRole ProfileThe primary role of the Network Engineer is to ensure the integrity of high availability network infrastructure to provide maximum performance for the users.Role requirements Work within established configuration and change management policies to ensure awareness, approval and success of changes made to the network infrastructure Select and implement security tools, policies, and procedures in conjunction with the company's security team Establish the networking environment by designing system configuration, directing system installation and defining, documenting and enforcing system standards Design and implement new solutions and improve resilience of the current environment Maximize network performance by monitoring performance, troubleshooting network problems and outages, scheduling upgrades and collaborating with network architects on network optimization Undertake data network fault investigations in local and wide area environments using information from multiple sources Secure network systems by establishing and enforcing policies, and defining and monitoring access Provide remote support to on-site engineers and end users/customers during installation Provide remote troubleshooting and fault finding if issues occur upon initial installation Undertake capacity management and audit of ip addressing and hosted devices within data centres. Qualification and skills: OND (upper credit) in Computer Engineering/ Elect./Elect/ Science or a related subject. Good team spirit, able to work well in a team of engineers Excellent communication skills Ability to pay attention to details Analytical and problem solving expertise.
              Senior Manager, IT Service Management (ITIL Expert) at GVA Partners      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
    Growth in Value Alliance (GV Alliance) Partners - Our client, a Lagos based Bank, is currently recruiting suitably qualified candidates to fill the position below:Job Description IT service manager strives to develop a reliable IT service and improve the organization's existing IT service infrastructure by contributing to the strategy, development and quality of IT Service Management and the company's service delivery capability by Instilling service orientation and ITSM awareness. Duties and Responsibilities Defining and analyzing user profiles to understand the typical profiles of demand for services from different types of user. Anticipate, prevent or manage situations where demand for a service exceeds the capacity to deliver it. Ensure adequate resources are available at the appropriate levels of capacity to meet the demand for services, thus maintaining a balance between the cost of service and value. Create, monitor, and report on a comprehensive set of metrics and KPIs based on the IT service deliverables and the agreements above. Own and lead the execution of the process development and improvement roadmap for multiple ITIL processes to improve alignment and business outcomes. Plan and manage support for change management tools and processes. Authorize and document all changes in the IT Infrastructure and its components (Configuration Items), in order to maintain a minimum amount of interruptive effects upon running operations. Monitor effectiveness of incident management and making recommendations for improvement. Assist with the handling of major incidents and identify root causes. Coordinate actions of teams as necessary to assist with analysis and resolution actions for problems and known errors. Monitor progress on the resolution of known errors and advise team on the best available workaround for incidents. Management Competencies Leadership: Communication - Conveys information and ideas to others in a convincing and engaging manner through a variety of methods. Leading through Vision and Values - Keeps the organization's vision and values at the forefront of decision making and action. Managing Change - Initiates and/or manages the change process and energizes it on an on-going basis, taking steps to remove barriers or accelerate its pace; serves as role model for how to handle change by maintaining composure and performance level under pressure or when experiencing challenges. Problem solving and Decision Making - Identifies and understands issues, problems, and opportunities; obtains and compares information from different sources to draw conclusions, develops and evaluates alternatives and solutions, solves problems, and chooses a course of action. Professional Demeanour - Exhibits behavioural styles that convey confidence and command respect from others; makes a good first impression and represents the company in alignment with its values. Strategy Development - Develops business plans by exploring and systematically evaluating opportunities with the greatest potential for producing positive results; ensures successful preparation and execution of business plans through effective planning, organizing, and on-going evaluation processes. Managing Execution Building a Successful Team - Uses an effective interpersonal style to build a cohesive team; inspires and sustains team cohesion and engagement by focusing the team on its mission and importance to the organization. Strategy Execution - Ensures successful execution of business plans designed to maximize customer satisfaction, profitability, and market share through effective planning, organizing, and on-going evaluation processes. Driving for Results - Sets high standards of performance for self and/or others; assumes responsibility for work objectives; initiates, focuses, and monitors the efforts of self and/or others toward the accomplishment goals; proactively takes action and goes beyond what is required. Educational Qualification First Degree in Computer Science, Engineering or other related fields. Experience: 6 years' minimum experience in designing and/or defining infrastructure services within the Telecommunications or financial services industry. Knowledge and Skill Requirements: Strong knowledge of ITIL and Service Management methodologies. Technical experience of one or more operational monitoring toolsets, preferably gained via implementation. Prior IT Service Management experience; major incident management, large vendor management and business continuity/disaster recovery experience is advantageous. Practical experience of working with the ITIL service lifecycle framework, specifically Service Design, Service Transition, Service Operations and Continual Service Improvement. ITIL Certification (Expert level) is a must.
              Lead, Database Administration & Critical Infrastructure at GVA Partners      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
    Growth in Value Alliance (GV Alliance) Partners - Our client, a Lagos based Bank, is currently recruiting suitably qualified candidates to fill the position below:Educational Qualification First Degree in Computer Science, Engineering or other related courses. Experience: 5+ years post NYSC experience. Good working knowledge of Windows, Unix and Linux operating systems. Knowledge of Oracle and MS SQL database administration. IBM/AIX Websphere administration. Storage infrastructure administration. Professional Competencies Core: Database Administration. Knowledge of Oracle and MS SQL. Application Support. Knowledge of troubleshooting hardware and operational systems. Knowledge of relevant policies and regulations. Research Orientation. Data / Information Management. Stakeholder Management. Data / Information Management. Negotiation. Business Presentation Skills. Customer focus. Vendor management Non Core: Reporting. Project Management.
              Javascript Developer at GVA Partners      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
    Growth in Value Alliance (GV Alliance) Partners - Our client, a Lagos based Bank, is currently recruiting suitably qualified candidates to fill the position below:Job Description A JavaScript developer is responsible for implementing the front-end logic that defines the behaviour of the visual elements of a web application. A JavaScript developer is also responsible for connecting this with the services that reside on the back-end. They are usually supported by back-end web developers, who are responsible for server-side application logic. JavaScript developers often work alongside other front-end web developers who specialize in markup and styling. We are looking for a JavaScript Developer who is motivated to combine the art of design with the art of programming. Responsibilities will include implementing visual elements and their behaviours with user interactions. You will work with both front-end and back-end web developers to build all client-side logic. You will also be bridging the gap between the visual elements and the server-side infrastructure, taking an active role on both sides, and defining how the application looks and functions. Duties and Responsibilities Develop new user-facing features. Build reusable code and libraries for future use. Ensure the technical feasibility of UI/UX designs. Optimize applications for maximum speed and scalability. Design and develop new front end applications for various platforms Help out with front end work on other applications (HTML/CSS/JS in Ruby applications). Develop specifications and designs for complex applications or modifying/maintaining complex existing applications. Perform code analysis, requirements analysis, identification of code metrics, system risk analysis and software reliability analysis. Performance tuning, improvement, balancing, usability, automation. Assure that all user input is validated before submitting to back-end services Proficient in the use of code versioning tools, such as Git, Mercurial, SVN. Good understanding of advanced JavaScript libraries and frameworks such as AngularJS, KnockoutJS, BackboneJS, ReactJS, DurandalJS etc. Educational Qualification Bachelor's Degree in Computer Science, Computer Engineering, or Computer Information Systems or any other related field. Experience: A minimum of 6 years post NYSC experience as a JavaScript Developer. Knowledge and Skill Requirements: Strong understanding of JavaScript, its quirks, and workarounds. Basic understanding of web markup, including HTML5 and CSS3. Good understanding of asynchronous request handling, partial page updates, and AJAX. Proficient understanding of cross-browser compatibility issues and ways to work around such issues. Familiarity with JavaScript module loaders, such as Require.js and AMD. Familiarity with front-end build tools, such as Grunt and Gulp.js Good understanding of browser rendering behaviour and performance. Other Requirements: Experience in managing crisis. A commitment to high professional ethical standards working in a diverse workplace. Excellent communication skills both verbal and written. Knowledge of business and management principles and practices. Experience in organizational effectiveness and operations management implementing best practices. The ability to accurately identify the cause of a system/application malfunction, interpret that to management and their colleagues, document and propose resolutions. Fully understand structured methodologies (e.g. Agile) for using programming code to solve business problems. Ensure all changes and implementations are well tested and managed in a controlled manner with full rollback plans. Correctly identify when assistance is required and request it accordingly. Collaborate with the wider team in matters where their support is required.
              Database Administration & Critical Infrastructure Officer at GVA Partners      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
    Growth in Value Alliance (GV Alliance) Partners - Our client, a Lagos based Bank, is currently recruiting suitably qualified candidates to fill the position below:Educational Qualification First Degree in Computer Science, Engineering or other related courses. Experience: 2-3 years post NYSC experience. Good working knowledge of Windows, Unix and Linux operating systems. Knowledge of Oracle and MS SQL database administration. IBM/AIX Websphere administration. Storage infrastructure administration. Professional Competencies Core: Database Administration. Knowledge of Oracle and MS SQL. Application Support. Knowledge of troubleshooting hardware and operational systems. Knowledge of relevant policies and regulations. Research Orientation. Data / Information Management. Stakeholder Management. Data / Information Management. Negotiation. Business Presentation Skills. Customer focus. Vendor management Non Core: Reporting Project Management.
              Senior Environmental and Health and Safety Specialist at The West African Power Pool (WAPP)      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
    Blueprint Consult Company Limited - Our client, the West African Power Pool (WAPP), is an institution established by the mandate of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) to, among others, develop a sustainable regional electricity supply system in order to promote the economic growth of the ECOWAS sub region. To achieve this objective, there is the need for WAPP to establish a regional electricity market in West Africa through the appropriate development and implementation of key infrastructure so that all ECOWAS member states are given access to economic energy resources. Blueprint Consult Company Limited, on behalf of WAPP, is recruiting for the key position of the implementation Management Unit (IMU) and invites qualified professional to submit their applications for consideration in the capacity below:Location: IMU Head Office, Abuja, Nigeria Project Name: Nigeria - Niger - Benin/Togo - Burkina (North Core) Interconnection Project Employing Institution: Implementation Management Unit (IMU) of the North Core Project Reports to: Director of IMU Appointment: Full time, approximately 36 months Project Background Within the framework of the West African Power Pool (WAPP), the Governments of Nigeria, Niger, Benin, Togo and Burkina are collaborating to develop a sub-regional interconnection project referred to as the 330 kV WAPP North Core Project. The project involves the construction of approximately 875 km of 330 kV transmission lines from Nigeria to Burkina Faso, through Niger, and Benin The project will also involve the electrification of rural communities located within a 5 km radius on both sides of the line, and the implementation of a number of environmental and social mitigation measures. These include, among others, the implementation of the Environmental and Social Management Plans (ESMPs), Health and Safety Plans (H&S Plans) and Resettlement Action Plans (RAPs) to provide for persons and communities affected by project implementation activities The project is being financed by The Agence Française de Développement (AFD), African Development Bank (AfDB), European Union (EU) and the World Bank (WB) Given the regional dimension of the project, and in order to enhance its coordination, the Ministers in charge of Energy of the North Core countries agreed to put in place an institutional framework which includes the set up of an Implementation Management Unit (IMU) to, among others, assist in the preparation and physical implementation of the North Core project. Job Purpose The Senior Environmental and Health and Safety Specialist provides policy and technical guidance on environmental, social, and health and safety issues for the North Core project This includes leading environmental, social, health and safety compliance activities, reviewing, in collaboration with regulatory institutions, and implementing environmental, social, health and safety policies and guidelines, monitoring the implementation of the Environmental and Social Management Plans (ESMPs), Health and Safety Plans (H&S Plans) and the Resettlement Action Plan (RAP) and reporting on all environmental, social, health and safety issues relating to the project. The job holder will also oversee compensation processing for project affected persons, and collaborate with the Senior Social Safeguards Specialist to undertake crop and property enumeration, as well as facilitate prompt payment of compensations. Specific Responsibilities The Senior Environmental and Health and Safety Specialist will be responsible for a minimum of the following key tasks: Facilitate processes for the acquisition of environmental permits and Rights of Way (RoW); Review and update environmental and social safeguards and health and safety procedures where required; Ensure the preparation and review of Environmental and Social Management Plans (ESMPs), Construction ESMPs (CESMPs), Health and Safety Plans (H&S Plans) and the Resettlement Action Plans (RAPs) and coordinate their implementation; Coordinate with regulatory agencies and bodies within the project area to ensure environmental and health and safety compliance and enforcement of relevant standards, rules and regulations; Perform work assignments related to environmental and health and safety inspections, compliance, monitoring, regulation, and research; Ensure adherence to environmental safeguards and health and safety procedures; Conduct regular field inspections with environmental and health and safety officers and maintain accurate reporting mechanisms; Establish and generate accurate data related to environmental and health and safety complaints within the project area; Provide guidance and direction to management for ensuring environmental and health and safety compliance; Generate environmental and health and safety reports on a regular basis. Qualification and Experience The Senior Environmental and Health and Safety Specialist must have a minimum of the following: Master's Degree and above in a relevant field of study such as Environmental Science or Natural Resource Management with at least eight (8) years post-qualification experience as Environmental Specialist for a similar project, as well as Health and Safety experience in similar projects; Bachelor's Degree/HND in Environmental Science, Natural Resource Management or other related field combined with specialized experience of a minimum of fifteen (15) years as Environmental Specialist on a similar project, may be considered in lieu of a Postgraduate Degree The candidate should have a certification in Health and Safety and have at least 5 years experience in Health and Safety in similar projects. Proven track record in working on projects covering a range of environmental and health and safety issues; Regional experience in coordinating and working with multi-disciplinary teams and project stakeholders is desirable. Required Knowledge: An excellent knowledge of the following relevant areas is required: Relevant procedures, regulations and legal framework in environmental management; Structure of Environmental Protection Agencies (EPA) and other regulatory agencies or bodies within the project area; Creative and innovative techniques for planning and implementing environmental and health and safety policies and guidelines; Demonstrated capacity to lead operational and analytical tasks; Ability to supervise and motivate a project team i.e. well developed team building skills; Field experience is essential; Experience in regional projects will be an added advantage. Skills and Competencies: The following skills are required for effective performance: Ability to cultivate supportive relationships with work related institutions, partners, members of project affected communities; Excellent organizational skills with the ability to work in a multicultural environment and under pressure; Demonstrated ability to work independently with limited supervision on a wide range of environmental and health and safety activities, and achieving results with agreed upon objectives and deadlines; Excellent oral and written communication skills, and familiarity with relevant computer software (MS Word, PowerPoint, Excel, AutoCad); Decision making and problem solving skills Excellent interpersonal skills. Job Relationships Reporting Relationships: The Senior Environmental and Health and Safety Specialist will report to the Director of the IMU and will supervise all field environmental and health and safety officers. Working Relationships: The Senior Environmental and Health and Safety Specialist will establish and maintain good working relationships with all Environmental Regulatory Agencies and Bodies within the Project Area (Agencies, City Councils, Village Development Committees (VDC's) and all other Project Stakeholders. Job Location: The Senior Environmental and Health and Safety Specialist will be resident at the Head Office of the IMU in Abuja (Nigeria) but will be required to undertake frequent visits to the field offices of the IMU and the project sites. Language: A key requirement for the position is having proficiency in English and French. Duration The position of Senior Environmental and Health and Safety Specialist is for a term of approximately thirty six (36) months This is a full time position and the jobholder must demonstrate the required dedication and commitment to achieving results. Job Context The responsibilities and tasks of the Senior Environmental and Health and Safety Specialist will be executed both within the office context and on the field The job holder will therefore, be expected to travel periodically to various locations within the project countries and/or beyond to carry out field work S/he will be required to put in a minimum of forty (40) hours per week but may also have to perform duties outside of normal working hours, as necessary. Reporting Requirements: The Senior Environmental and Health and Safety Specialist will prepare and submit activity reports at the end of each month, to the Director of the IMU for approval as well as prepare various environmental and health and safety reports on a regular basis. Performance Criteria The following will be part of performance assessment criteria for the position: Timely acquisition of project environmental permits and Rights of Way (RoW); High level environmental and health and safety compliance on the project and enforcement of relevant standards, rules and regulations; Agreed/acceptable number of environmental and health and safety inspections and monitoring activities undertaken within a given time frame (to be established in consultation with IMU Director); Establishment of accurate environmental and health and safety reporting mechanisms; Acquisition of accurate data relating to environmental and health and safety complaints within the project area. Other criteria may be developed by the Director of the IMU based on deliverables agreed with the jobholder. Performance Evaluation The performance of the Senior Environmental and Health and Safety Specialist will be evaluated annually by the Director of the IMU, based on the above performance criteria, an annual work plan and deliverables agreed upon at the beginning of the appraisal period. Quarterly performance reviews will however, be conducted by the Director to facilitate the identification and prompt management of performance related issues. Additional Information The job holder is required to be fluent in French and English. Ability to use relevant computer software (MS Word, Excel, Power Point) as well as the internet is also a key requirement for all positions. This is a full time position, envisaged for a term of approximately 36 months. Successful candidates will be stationed at the IMU Head Office in Abuja, Nigeria but will be required to make frequent visits to the field offices of the IMU and/or project sites located in any of the following countries: Nigeria, Niger, Benin, Togo and Burkina Faso. Shortlisted candidates must be ready to travel for interviews within two (2) weeks from the date of notification.
              Senior Monitoring and Evaluation Specialist at The West African Power Pool (WAPP)      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
    Blueprint Consult Company Limited - Our client, the West African Power Pool (WAPP), is an institution established by the mandate of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) to, among others, develop a sustainable regional electricity supply system in order to promote the economic growth of the ECOWAS sub region. To achieve this objective, there is the need for WAPP to establish a regional electricity market in West Africa through the appropriate development and implementation of key infrastructure so that all ECOWAS member states are given access to economic energy resources. Blueprint Consult Company Limited, on behalf of WAPP, is recruiting for the key position of the implementation Management Unit (IMU) and invites qualified professional to submit their applications for consideration in the capacity below:Location: IMU Head Office, Abuja, Nigeria Project Name: Nigeria - Niger - Benin/Togo - Burkina (North Core) Interconnection Project Employing Institution: Implementation Management Unit (IMU) of the North Core Project Reports to: Director of IMU Appointment: Full time, approximately 36 months Language required: Proficiency in English or French with a working knowledge of the second language Project Background Within the framework of the West African Power Pool (WAPP), the Governments of Nigeria, Niger, Benin, Togo and Burkina are collaborating to develop a sub-regional interconnection project referred to as the 330 kV WAPP North Core Project. The project involves the construction of approximately 875 km of 330 kV transmission lines from Nigeria to Burkina Faso, through Niger, and Benin. The project will also involve the electrification of rural communities located within a 5 km radius on both sides of the line, and the implementation of a number of environmental and social mitigation measures. These include, among others, the implementation of Resettlement Action Plans (RAPs) to provide for persons and communities affected by project implementation activities. The project is being financed by The Agence Française de Développement (AFD), African Development Bank (AfDB), European Union (EU) and the World Bank (WB). Given the regional dimension of the project, and in order to enhance its coordination, the Ministers in charge of Energy of the North Core countries agreed to put in place an institutional framework which includes the set up of an Implementation Management Unit (IMU) to, among others, assist in the preparation and physical implementation of the North Core project. Job Purpose The Senior Monitoring and Evaluation Specialist will assume full responsibility for preparing the overall M&E strategy of the project. S/he will be responsible for strategy implementation and overseeing monitoring and evaluation of all project related activities and programs. S/he will provide leadership in the design, monitoring and evaluation of the Monitoring and Evaluation Plan as well as ensure compliance with requirements of the funding institutions. The job holder will be responsible for collecting and analyzing project performance and monitoring work plans of the IMU. S/he will manage evaluations and support the Director of the IMU in using performance information for decision-making and resource allocation. S/he will also be responsible for preparing and compiling periodic monitoring and reporting documents. Job Context The responsibilities and tasks of the Senior M&E Specialist will be executed within an office context but involves extensive field work as well. The jobholder will therefore, be expected to travel periodically to various locations within the project countries and/or beyond. S/he will be required to put in a minimum of forty (40) hours per week but may also have to perform duties outside of normal working hours, as necessary. Specific Responsibilities The Senior Monitoring and Evaluation Specialist will be responsible for a minimum of the following key tasks: Prepare a draft of the M&E Plan for the North Core Project in consultation with the IMU team and key stakeholders, and manage the implementation of such plan; Develop an M&E Manual and data collection protocols for the project and ensure that the technical staff and project implementing partners comply with the manual; Oversee and manage routine data collection, data analysis, and reporting, including, results reporting by implementing partners, and any design of surveys; Participate in the monitoring of the project components through site visits, review of project reports, and review of secondary data; Organize and oversee regular reviews of data quality, maintain performance data quality standards, and oversee the process for independent data quality assessments; Manage sub-contractors, consultants to ensure that M&E deliverables are of high quality and submitted in a timely manner; Provide M&E related comments on all other project technical documents (e.g. work plans. Terms of Reference, and contracting agreements, and ensure that M&E reporting requirements are complied with; Coordinate the setting up and management of the project Geographic Information System (GIS) and Management Information System (MIS), including all related activities such as data collection tools and formats, data entry, data analysis, and reporting; Be the lead person in the design and implementation of any internal and/or external performance evaluation; Ensure that the project M&E Plan is periodically updated, including performance reference sheets; Coordinate project technical staff in the preparation of periodic reports, including Quarterly and Annual Performance Reports; Respond to requests for information on data sources, data measurement methods, frequency of data collection, and disaggregation. Monitor and update all M&E budgets, work plans, and contracts; Provide M&E guidance to other IMU technical team members and to other implementing partners throughout project implementation; Serve as a focal point for funding agencies in their project monitoring and evaluation; Support the IMU Director in the preparation of various project progress reports and summary notes for the attention of stakeholders and donors and advise the Director on the use of performance information in decision making and resource allocation. Qualification and Experience The Senior Monitoring and Evaluation Specialist must have a minimum of the following: Masters degree and above in a relevant field of study such as Social Sciences, Economics, Psychology, and Mathematics as well as qualifications, and proven use of Statistics. At least eight (8) years of progressively responsible experience in monitoring and evaluation, five (5) of which should have been in projects of similar complexity (multiple locations and stakeholders, regional project). Proven experience in monitoring and evaluation of projects funded by multilateral partners; Experience in monitoring Energy projects or in the electricity sector will be an advantage. Experience in managing surveys with electronic data collection tools. Required Knowledge Excellent knowledge of the following relevant areas is required: M&E procedures and guidelines of international funding institutions, in particular The World Bank (WB), African Development Bank (AfDB), European Union (EU) and Agence Française de Développement (AFD); Procurement procedures, including preparation of Terms of Reference (TOR) and/or contract management; M&E system design and management. Skills and Competencies The following skills and competencies are required for effective performance: Ability to work in multidisciplinary and multilingual team; Strong organizational and administrative skills; Excellent interpersonal skills; Ability to initiate, manage and perform varied tasks in a dynamic environment; Strong oral and written communications skills with a proven ability to convey information clearly and concisely; good analytic writing skills; synthesis and report writing skills; Excellent ability to use relevant statistical software (such as STATA or SPSS), GIS software, such as ArcGIS and other relevant software such as MS Word, Excel, and PowerPoint. Good internet skills. Job Relationships Reporting relationship: The Senior Monitoring and Evaluation Specialist will report to the Director of IMU. Working relationship: The job holder will collaborate with key project stakeholders in the execution of his/her responsibilities. These include IMU staff, contractors, project consultants and funding institutions. Job Location: The Senior Monitoring and Evaluation Specialist will be resident at the Head Office of the IMU in Abuja (Nigeria) but may be required to undertake frequent field visits. Language: The Senior M&E Specialist must be fluent in English or French with a working knowledge of the second language. Duration: The position of Senior M&E Specialist is for a term of approximately thirty six (36) months. This is a full time position and the jobholder must demonstrate the required dedication and commitment to achieving results. Reporting Requirements: The Senior Monitoring and Evaluation Specialist will prepare and submit various reports as required to the IMU Director and project financing institutions. These will include monthly, quarterly and annual project/progress reports, baseline and other evaluation reports. Performance Criteria The following will be part of performance assessment criteria for the position: Development of a comprehensive Monitoring and Evaluation Plan in accordance with project objectives; Development of a comprehensive data base for the project; Timely submission of high quality monthly, quarterly and annual project/progress reports to the IMU Director; Submission of baseline report and other evaluation reports to IMU Director and financing institutions; Development of effective communication mechanisms with IMU staff, work teams and/or departments/units to ensure responsiveness to M&E requirements. Other criteria may be developed by the Director of the IMU based on deliverables agreed with the jobholder. Performance Evaluation The performance of the Senior Monitoring and Evaluation Specialist will be evaluated annually by the Director of the IMU, based on the above performance criteria, an annual work plan and deliverables agreed upon at the beginning of the appraisal period. Quarterly performance reviews will however, be conducted by the Director to facilitate the identification and prompt management of performance related issues. Additional Information Ability to use relevant computer software (MS Word, Excel, Power Point) as well as the internet is also a key requirement for this position. This is a full time position, envisaged for a term of approximately 36 months. Successful candidates will be stationed at the IMU Head Office in Abuja, Nigeria but will be required to make frequent visits to the field offices of the IMU and/or project sites located in any of the following countries: Nigeria, Niger, Benin, Togo and Burkina Faso. Shortlisted candidates must be ready to travel for interviews within two (2) weeks from the date of notification.
              Senior Procurement Specialist at The West African Power Pool (WAPP)      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
    Blueprint Consult Company Limited - Our client, the West African Power Pool (WAPP), is an institution established by the mandate of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) to, among others, develop a sustainable regional electricity supply system in order to promote the economic growth of the ECOWAS sub region. To achieve this objective, there is the need for WAPP to establish a regional electricity market in West Africa through the appropriate development and implementation of key infrastructure so that all ECOWAS member states are given access to economic energy resources. Blueprint Consult Company Limited, on behalf of WAPP, is recruiting for the key position of the implementation Management Unit (IMU) and invites qualified professional to submit their applications for consideration in the capacity below:Location: IMU Head Office, Abuja, Nigeria Project Name: Nigeria - Niger - Benin/Togo - Burkina (North Core) Interconnection Project Employing Institution: Implementation Management Unit (IMU) of the North Core Project Reports to: Director of IMU Appointment: Full time, approximately 36 months Language required: Proficiency in English and French Project Background Within the framework of the West African Power Pool (WAPP), the Governments of Nigeria, Niger, Benin, Togo and Burkina are collaborating to develop a sub-regional interconnection project referred to as the 330 kV WAPP North Core Project. The project involves the construction of approximately 875 km of 330 kV transmission lines from Nigeria to Burkina Faso, through Niger, and Benin. The project will also involve the electrification of rural communities located within a 5 km radius on both sides of the line, and the implementation of a number of environmental and social mitigation measures. These include, among others, the implementation of Resettlement Action Plans (RAPs) to provide for persons and communities affected by project implementation activities. The project is being financed by The Agence Française de Développement (AFD), African Development Bank (AfDB), European Union (EU) and the World Bank (WB). Given the regional dimension of the project, and in order to enhance its coordination, the Ministers in charge of Energy of the North Core countries agreed to put in place an institutional framework which includes the set up of an Implementation Management Unit (IMU) to, among others, assist in the preparation and physical implementation of the North Core project. Job Purpose The Senior Procurement Specialist will lead, manage, execute and coordinate tasks related to the procurement of goods, works and consulting services for the implementation of the Project and for the needs of the IMU. S/he will ensure that all project related procurement and contract management activities are performed in a fully professional, transparent, and ethical manner, and in line with procurement regulations and guidelines of the international financing agencies involved in the project. The job holder will be responsible for the coordination, preparation, monitoring and updating of the procurement plan. S/he will also act as Secretary to the Procurement Committee and Evaluation subcommittees. Specific Responsibilities The Senior Procurement Specialist shall be responsible for a minimum of the following key tasks: Plan, develop and manage all procurement and contractual activities relating to goods, works and consulting services and conduct all stages of the procurement process in close collaboration with all stakeholders; Advise the IMU on the full range of procurement issues including related risks and mitigation measures, and provide support and guidance at all stages of the procurement process; Provide input in the development of procurement documents during project preparation Maintain updated procurement plans of the project; highlighting significant changes and consequential cost deviations/variances; Periodically update key procurement documents where required ie. Procurement procedures manual Prepare/Review procurement documents), and provide input, where required, on specific procurement documents in collaboration with technical specialists of the IMU, Consultants and the Owner's Engineer. I.e. tender documents, terms of reference, request for proposals; Support the contract manager in all aspects relating to procurement; Prepare procurement documents, communications, guidelines, instructions related to contract award processes. Take a lead role in the preparation of bidding documents/ request of proposals, evaluation of proposals (including pre-qualification of contractors), for goods, works and consulting services and, drafting of evaluation reports; Collaborate closely with the Owner's Engineer in the supervision of the implementation of EPC contracts to ensure adherence to contractual provisions and provide input where necessary; Institute and maintain transparent and accessible records, in both hard and soft copy, of all tender documents, and communications up to the closure of contract files; Organize capacity building in procurement for IMU staff and other stakeholders; Participate in donor required supervision missions. Qualification and Experience The Senior Procurement Specialist must have a minimum of the following: Masters degree and above in Business Administration, Public Administration, Commerce, Economics, Engineering, Law or other related field; A minimum of ten (10) years of proven professional experience in procurement and administration in the public or private sector, of which at least five (5) years should be directly related to first-hand procurement and/or contracting experience with complex projects funded by multilateral institutions Professional training in Procurement is an advantage Training in Project Management is an added advantage Previous experience with EPC contracts in the power sector is an advantage Required Knowledge Excellent knowledge of the following relevant areas is required: Seasoned knowledge and specialized command of procurement policies and practices of multilateral developments banks, including new concepts under the World Bank and AfDB's procurement regulations. Knowledge of and experience in all procurement categories (Goods, Works and Consulting Services ); Experience in the power sector and/or regional projects will be an advantage. Skills and Competencies The following skills and competencies are required for effective performance: Resolute position on integrity and professional ethics Adaptability to diverse cultural and national complexities and ability to manage change Strong relationship building with internal and external clients and stakeholders as well as service providers at all levels. Excellent organizational skills and proven track record of working effectively with multidisciplinary teams, in a multicultural environment and under high pressure; Ability to focus on impact and results delivery; consistently showing a positive attitude to work with energy. Strong oral and written communications skills with a proven ability to convey information clearly and concisely; Ability to demonstrate initiative and critical thinking in the application of established policies, rules and procedures. Ability to use relevant computer software ( MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint ) Excellent interpersonal skills; Job Relationships Reporting relationship: The Senior Procurement Specialist will report to the Director of IMU and supervise a Junior Procurement Specialist. Working relationship: The job holder will maintain close collaboration with the IMU project team. Job Location The Senior Procurement Specialist will be resident at the Head Office of the IMU in Abuja (Nigeria) but may be required to undertake frequent field visits to the local offices of the IMU, project sites and field offices of the North Core project. Language: A key requirement for the position is proficiency in English and French, particularly in reading and writing. Duration: The position of Senior Procurement Specialist is for a duration of approximately thirty six (36) months. This is a full time position and the jobholder must demonstrate the required dedication and commitment to achieving results. Job Context The responsibilities and tasks of the Senior Procurement Specialist will be executed within the office context. The jobholder may however, be expected to travel periodically to various locations within the project countries and/or beyond. The jobholder may also be required to perform duties outside of normal working hours, as necessary. Reporting Requirements The Procurement Specialist will prepare and submit activity reports at the end of each month, to the Director of the IMU for approval. The jobholder will also prepare various reports as required including procurement and contract management reports among others. Performance Criteria The following will be part of performance assessment criteria for the position: Timeliness and quality performance delivery with respect to core responsibilities as agreed upon with immediate Superior. Delivery of timely results that impact project schedules Quality of procurement record keeping Quality and timeliness of reports Compliance to procurement process documentation and chain of approvals Cost savings achieved on project choices set against best practice benchmarks. Performance Evaluation The performance of the Senior Procurement Specialist will be evaluated annually by the Director of the IMU, based on the above performance criteria, an annual work plan and deliverables agreed upon at the beginning of the appraisal period. Quarterly performance reviews will however, be conducted by the Director to facilitate the identification and prompt management of performance related issues. Additional Information The jobholder is required to be fluent in French and English. Ability to use relevant computer software (MS Word, Excel, Power Point) as well as the internet is also a key requirement for this position. This is a full time position, envisaged for a term of approximately 36 months. Successful candidates will be stationed at the IMU Head Office in Abuja, Nigeria but will be required to make frequent visits to the field offices of the IMU and/or project sites located in any of the following countries: Nigeria, Niger, Benin, Togo and Burkina Faso. Shortlisted candidates must be ready to travel for interviews within two (2) weeks from the date of notification.
              Senior Financial Specialist at The West African Power Pool (WAPP)      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
    Blueprint Consult Company Limited - Our client, the West African Power Pool (WAPP), is an institution established by the mandate of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) to, among others, develop a sustainable regional electricity supply system in order to promote the economic growth of the ECOWAS sub region. To achieve this objective, there is the need for WAPP to establish a regional electricity market in West Africa through the appropriate development and implementation of key infrastructure so that all ECOWAS member states are given access to economic energy resources. Blueprint Consult Company Limited, on behalf of WAPP, is recruiting for the key position of the implementation Management Unit (IMU) and invites qualified professional to submit their applications for consideration in the capacity below:Location: IMU Head Office, Abuja, Nigeria Project Name: Nigeria - Niger - Benin/Togo - Burkina (North Core) Interconnection Project Employing Institution: Implementation Management Unit (IMU) of the North Core Project Reports to: Director of IMU Appointment: Full time, approximately 36 months Language required: Proficiency in English or French with a working knowledge of the second language Project Background Within the framework of the West African Power Pool (WAPP), the Governments of Nigeria, Niger, Benin, Togo and Burkina are collaborating to develop a sub-regional interconnection project referred to as the 330 kV WAPP North Core Project. The project involves the construction of approximately 875 km of 330 kV transmission lines from Nigeria to Burkina Faso, through Niger, and Benin. The project will also involve the electrification of rural communities located within a 5 km radius on both sides of the line, and the implementation of a number of environmental and social mitigation measures. These include, among others, the implementation of Resettlement Action Plans (RAPs) to provide for persons and communities affected by project implementation activities. The project is being financed by The Agence Française de Développement (AFD), African Development Bank (AfDB), European Union (EU) and the World Bank (WB). Given the regional dimension of the project, and in order to enhance its coordination, the Ministers in charge of Energy of the North Core countries agreed to put in place an institutional framework which includes the set up of an Implementation Management Unit (IMU) to, among others, assist in the preparation and physical implementation of the North Core project. Job Purpose The Senior Financial Specialist will have broad responsibility for the financial management; accounting policy, procedures and reporting; and practices of the Implementation Management Unit (IMU). This involves ensuring financial planning, control and reporting as well as the efficient administration of financial resources. The jobholder will also ensure that the IMU complies with international accounting standards and procedures, and that financial reports are prepared in accordance with International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS) as well as standards of financing institutions. The Senior Financial Specialist will also ensure the IMU's adherence to tax regulations and provide the IMU Director with updated financial information on a regular basis. Specific Responsibilities The Senior Financial Specialist will be responsible for a minimum of the following key tasks: Ensure that the IMU has in place and in use efficient systems and processes, to enable it commence the management of project resources. Establish an efficient control system for the management of the IMU's financial and material resources; Define strategic and financial objectives, prepare financial reports and respond to all questions relating to the financial management of the IMU; Monitor and assess the performance and achievement of the financial objectives of the Unit; Provide services related to accounting, finance, procurement, planning, and management control of the IMU; Ensure the preparation of administrative and accounting management procedures; Manage the budgetary process in close collaboration with the IMU Director, including budgeting for capital expenditure, budget monitoring and forecasts and prudently execute budgets; Maintain day-to-day financial control of the IMU's financial activities within stipulated budget limits and ensure that all finances are properly administered and monitored; Implement all financial aspects of the financing agreement and the strategic plan in order to achieve relevant objectives as well as provide financial and accounting advice; Ensure that the IMU is adequately prepared for both internal and external audits as well as ensure the implementation of audit recommendations; Take a lead role in the acquisition of integrated fiduciary software for the IMU, This will comprise financial and accounting, procurement and monitoring modules; Ensure that the IMU is adequately covered for all reasonable risks, with insurance policies in place and subject to regular review and renewal; Execute comptrollership functions in order to ensure that finances are managed according to internationally accepted accounting principles; Conduct financial analysis and prepare detailed financial reports and statements as well as establish and maintain cash controls; Review contractors' invoices and ensure funds disbursements on time; Represent the IMU on all financial and procurement matters as well as on any other tasks assigned by the IMU Director. Qualification and Experience The Senior Financial Specialist must have a minimum of the following qualifications: A Masters degree and above in Finance or Economics or related field; Fifteen (15) years of relevant professional experience, five (5) of which should have been in a senior management position; Qualification as a professional accountant (e.g. CA, ACCA, CIMA, DSCG, DESCOGEF etc.) or membership of an accounting body will be an added advantage. Required Knowledge Excellent knowledge of the following relevant areas is required: Planning, budget and cost control; Procurement procedures of financing institutions; Financial policies and procedures, and corporate management systems; In-depth knowledge of business management, corporate finance and project finance and accounting; Project and risk management; Accounting policies and practices; International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS) /International Public Sector Accounting Standards (IPSAS); Knowledge of procedures and guidelines of International Financing Institutions such as the World Bank, and/or Agence Française de Développement (AFD)" including how to deliver concise and accurate reports to strict deadlines as well as a good understanding of donor specific procedures for submission of withdrawal applications particularly for the Project funding partners. Work experience or knowledge/understanding of the power industry Good knowledge of financial policy and procedures and financial models for a similar institution and proven experience in developing financial models for complex operations. Skills and Competencies The following skills are required for effective performance: Excellent attention to detail, leadership and decision making skills; Ability to initiate, manage and quickly adapt and perform efficiently in a dynamic and culturally diverse environment; Must be proactive, energetic, and able to work independently; Demonstrate self-assurance, innovation, dedication and ability to accept new challenges; A proven track record in leading and working with teams, excellent human resource management skills, excellent communication and interpersonal skills; Excellent organizational and problem-solving skills and ability to work under pressure; High analytical skills and ability to develop strategies and objectives in line with the vision of the IMU; Ability to use computer software i.e. MS Excel, Word, PowerPoint and financial management software (e.g. enterprise resource planning - ERP applications) as well as the Internet. Job Relationships Reporting relationships: The Senior Financial Specialist will report to the IMU Director and supervise the Project Accountant and Accounting Assistant. Working relationships: The jobholder will collaborate and cooperate with external auditors, particularly in the review of draft financial statements of the IMU. S/he will also relate with the funding partners of the project. Job Location The jobholder will be resident at the IMU head office in Abuja, Nigeria, but may be required to undertake frequent assignments at the IMU's local offices and project sites in the North Core countries. Language The Senior Financial Specialist of the IMU must be fluent in English or French with a working knowledge of the second language. Duration The position of Senior Financial Specialist is for a term of approximately thirty six (36) months. This is a full time position and the jobholder must demonstrate a strong commitment to achieving set goals as well as put in the required effort to "get the job done." Job Context The responsibilities and tasks of the Senior Financial Specialist will be executed within the office context. The jobholder may however, be expected to travel periodically to various locations within the project countries and/or beyond. S/he will be required to put in a minimum of forty (40) hours per week but may also have to perform duties outside of normal working hours, as necessary. Reporting Requirements The Senior Financial Specialist will be expected to provide monthly financial reports to the Director of the IMU and the Board as well as develop and maintain timely reports to meet all financial reporting obligations and deadlines of the various financing agencies. S/he may also be required to provide adhoc reports as and when necessary. Performance Criteria The following will be part of performance assessment criteria for the position: Achievement of an overall actual to budget variance of not less than 15%; Anything beyond this statistic must be explained by abnormal events beyond management's foresight during the planning period which the Financial Specialist should have advised on; Compilation of accurate financial records, timely preparation and submission of financial statements and reports; Strict adherence to procedures and guidelines of the financing institutions involved in the project and to International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS) ) /International Public Sector Accounting Standards (IPSAS); Conduct of internal and external audits at intervals agreed upon with the IMU Director and effective implementation of audit recommendations; Prompt disbursement of funds to honour project related obligations. Other criteria may be developed by the Director of the IMU based on deliverables agreed with the jobholder. Performance Evaluation The performance of the Senior Financial Specialist will be evaluated annually by the Director of the IMU, based on the above performance criteria, an annual work plan and deliverables agreed upon at the beginning of the appraisal period. Quarterly performance reviews will however, be conducted by the Director to facilitate the identification and prompt management of performance related issues. Additional Information Ability to use relevant computer software (MS Word, Excel, Power Point) as well as the internet is also a key requirement for this position. This is a full time position, envisaged for a term of approximately 36 months. Successful candidates will be stationed at the IMU Head Office in Abuja, Nigeria but will be required to make frequent visits to the field offices of the IMU and/or project sites located in any of the following countries: Nigeria, Niger, Benin, Togo and Burkina Faso. Shortlisted candidates must be ready to travel for interviews within two (2) weeks from the date of notification.
              Senior Social Safeguards Specialist at The West African Power Pool (WAPP)      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
    Blueprint Consult Company Limited - Our client, the West African Power Pool (WAPP), is an institution established by the mandate of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) to, among others, develop a sustainable regional electricity supply system in order to promote the economic growth of the ECOWAS sub region. To achieve this objective, there is the need for WAPP to establish a regional electricity market in West Africa through the appropriate development and implementation of key infrastructure so that all ECOWAS member states are given access to economic energy resources. Blueprint Consult Company Limited, on behalf of WAPP, is recruiting for the key position of the implementation Management Unit (IMU) and invites qualified professional to submit their applications for consideration in the capacity below: Location: IMU Head Office, Abuja, Nigeria Project Name: Nigeria - Niger - Benin/Togo - Burkina (North Core) Interconnection Project Employing Institution: Implementation Management Unit (IMU) of the North Core Project Reports to: Director of IMU Appointment: Full time, approximately 36 months Language required: Proficiency in English and French Project Background Within the framework of the West African Power Pool (WAPP), the Governments of Nigeria, Niger, Benin, Togo and Burkina are collaborating to develop a sub-regional interconnection project referred to as the 330 kV WAPP North Core Project. The project involves the construction of approximately 875 km of 330 kV transmission lines from Nigeria to Burkina Faso, through Niger, and Benin. The project will also involve the electrification of rural communities located within a 5 km radius on both sides of the line, and the implementation of a number of environmental and social mitigation measures. These include, among others, the implementation of Resettlement Action Plans (RAPs) to provide for persons and communities affected by project implementation activities. The project is being financed by The Agence Française de Développement (AFD), African Development Bank (AfDB), European Union (EU) and the World Bank (WB). Given the regional dimension of the project, and in order to enhance its coordination, the Ministers in charge of Energy of the North Core countries agreed to put in place an institutional framework which includes the set up of an Implementation Management Unit (IMU) to, among others, assist in the preparation and physical implementation of the North Core project. Job Purpose The Senior Social Safeguards Specialist will lead and coordinate the planning, development and implementation of safeguards policies for the North Core project. This includes the review of social safeguards instruments such as resettlement policy frameworks and resettlement action plans in collaboration with relevant government agencies and local beneficiary groups, compensation processing, monitoring of ESMP and RAP implementation and monitoring of safeguards policy compliance of the project throughout its duration. The Senior Specialist will oversee and report on the implementation of the Resettlement Action Plans as well as the Environmental and Social Impact Assessment and Environmental and Social Management Plans, in collaboration with the Environmental Specialist,. The jobholder will also pursue and maintain effective relations with affected communities, regulatory institutions and all project stakeholders. The Senior Specialist will also oversee the functioning of the grievance redress mechanisms and a continuous communication program with the affected communities. Job Context The responsibilities and tasks of the Senior Specialist will include extensive field work although s/he will also work within an office context. The jobholder will thus be required to make regular field visits to communities affected by the project as well as travel periodically to various locations within the project countries and/or beyond. S/he will be required to put in a minimum of forty (40) hours per week but may also have to perform duties outside of normal working hours, as necessary. Specific Responsibilities The Senior Social Safeguards Specialist will be responsible for a minimum of the following key tasks: Lead and coordinate the project's safeguards team effort in providing advice and advancing the implementation of safeguards instruments within member countries of the North Core Project; Enforce social safeguards measures of the project as stipulated in the RAP and ESMP. This includes ensuring the appropriate implementation of safeguards measures relating to physical or economic displacement, gender based violence, inclusive public consultation, grievance redress for affected communities and mitigation and management of other potential social impacts of the project; Supervise the implementation of all recommendations of the Social Impact Assessment Report; Monitor the enumeration and valuation of land, crops and property and all other assets and facilitate prompt processing and timely payment of compensation by relevant institutions, in collaboration with competent experts within the national power utilities of the North Core countries; Coordinate community interactions and activities with the Project Affected Persons (PAPs); Establish and oversee functioning grievance redress mechanisms and report on the performance regularly; Conduct and encourage outreach programs to educate affected persons on the social benefits of the project; Develop and disseminate sensitization materials on the social benefits of the project and be in charge of dissemination of all public information or disclosure initiatives; Undertake periodic monitoring of progress reports on the implementation of social safeguards instruments, including lessons learned; Conduct regular field inspections; Establish and generate accurate data; Play the role of team leader and supervise the performance of reporting staff, providing clear direction and regular monitoring and feedback on performance. Qualification and Experience The Senior Social Safeguards Specialist must have a minimum of the following qualifications: Masters Degree and above in a relevant field of Study such as Anthropology, Sociology, Applied Social Science, Environmental Science or other related fields with at least eight (8) years of professional experience as a Social Safeguard Specialist on a similar Development project; Bachelor/HND degree in Anthropology, Sociology, Applied Social Science, Environmental Science or other related fields combined with specialized experience of a minimum of fifteen (15) years as Social Safeguards Specialist on a similar project, may be considered in lieu of a post graduate degree. International or regional experience in coordinating and working with multi-disciplinary teams and project stakeholders is essential for this position. Required Knowledge Excellent knowledge of the following relevant areas is required: Best practices and/or World Bank guidelines and procedures on social safeguards, social assessment, social analysis, effective stakeholder engagement and grievance redress systems as well as regulations and legal framework in environmental and social management; Structure and organization of Environmental Protection Agencies (EPA) and other Environmental Regulatory Bodies within the Project Area; Municipalities, Village Development Committees (VDCs) Creative and innovative techniques for planning and implementing environmental and social management policies. Practices and cultures of communities affected by the project. Skills and Competencies The following skills are required for effective performance on the job: Excellent spoken and written communication skills in French and English. Ability to proactively apply relevant international best practices to work and solve social issues. Excellent decision making skills, maturity of judgement and ability to take initiative and work independently Excellent interpersonal skills Good negotiation and conflict management skills Ability to work in a team, supervise and motivate a project team. Demonstrated capacity to lead operational and analytical tasks Field experience is essential. Job Relationships Reporting relationship: The Senior Social Safeguards Specialist will report to the IMU Director and supervise all field social safeguards officers. Working relationship: The jobholder will maintain collaborative relationships with all Project stakeholders including affected communities, regulatory institutions and key experts in the power utility companies of the North Core countries. Location: The jobholder will be resident at the IMU head office in Abuja, Nigeria but will be required to make regular and frequent field visits to communities affected by the project as well as undertake frequent assignments at the IMU's local offices and project sites in the North Core countries. Language: The Senior Social Safeguards Specialist must be fluent in English and French. Duration: The position of Senior Social Safeguards Specialist is for a term of approximately thirty six (36) months. This is a full time position and the jobholder will be expected to demonstrate strong commitment to achieving results. Reporting Requirements The Senior Social Safeguards Specialist will be expected to provide regular reports to the Director of the IMU on the implementation of the project's social safeguards instruments. Performance Criteria The following will be part of performance assessment criteria for the position: Evidence of a clear mechanism for project information disclosure, stakeholder consultation and participation and accountability; Development of coherent grievance management procedure to address stakeholder issues; Development of sensitization materials for raising awareness of the social benefits of the project; Timely and comprehensive implementation in all North Core countries, of safeguards measures outlined in the RAP and ESMP; Prompt processing and payment of compensation to affected persons by relevant institutions; Timely and effective implementation of the project Resettlement Action Plans (RAP); Other criteria may be developed by the Director of the IMU based on deliverables agreed with the jobholder. Performance Evaluation: The performance of the Senior Social Safeguards Specialist will be evaluated annually by the Director of the IMU, based on the above performance criteria, an annual work plan and deliverables agreed upon at the beginning of the appraisal period. Quarterly performance reviews will however, be conducted by the Director to facilitate the identification and prompt management of performance related issues. Additional Information The jobholder is required to be fluent in French and English. Ability to use relevant computer software (MS Word, Excel, Power Point) as well as the internet is also a key requirement for this position. This is a full time position, envisaged for a term of approximately 36 months. Successful candidates will be stationed at the IMU Head Office in Abuja, Nigeria but will be required to make frequent visits to the field offices of the IMU and/or project sites located in any of the following countries: Nigeria, Niger, Benin, Togo and Burkina Faso. Shortlisted candidates must be ready to travel for interviews within two (2) weeks from the date of notification.
              Senior Technical Project Coordinator at The West African Power Pool (WAPP)      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
    Blueprint Consult Company Limited - Our client, the West African Power Pool (WAPP), is an institution established by the mandate of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) to, among others, develop a sustainable regional electricity supply system in order to promote the economic growth of the ECOWAS sub region. To achieve this objective, there is the need for WAPP to establish a regional electricity market in West Africa through the appropriate development and implementation of key infrastructure so that all ECOWAS member states are given access to economic energy resources. Blueprint Consult Company Limited, on behalf of WAPP, is recruiting for the key position of the implementation Management Unit (IMU) and invites qualified professional to submit their applications for consideration in the capacity below:Ref.: CoorProjet Location: IMU Head Office, Abuja, Nigeria Project Name: Nigeria - Niger - Benin/Togo - Burkina (North Core) Interconnection Project Employing Institution: Implementation Management Unit (IMU) of the North Core Project Reports to: Director of IMU Appointment: Full time, approximately 36 months Language required: Proficiency in English and French Project Background Within the framework of the West African Power Pool (WAPP), the Governments of Nigeria, Niger, Benin, Togo and Burkina are collaborating to develop a sub-regional interconnection project referred to as the 330 kV WAPP North Core Project. The project involves the construction of approximately 875 km of 330 kV transmission lines from Nigeria to Burkina Faso, through Niger, and Benin. The project will also involve the electrification of rural communities located within a 5 km radius on both sides of the line, and the implementation of a number of environmental and social mitigation measures. These include, among others, the implementation of Resettlement Action Plans (RAPs) to provide for persons and communities affected by project implementation activities. The project is being financed by The Agence Française de Développement (AFD), African Development Bank (AfDB), European Union (EU) and the World Bank (WB). Given the regional dimension of the project, and in order to enhance its coordination, the Ministers in charge of Energy of the North Core countries agreed to put in place an institutional framework which includes the establishment of an Implementation Management Unit (IMU) to, among others, assist in the preparation and physical implementation of the North Core project. Job Context The responsibilities and tasks of the Senior Technical Project Coordinator will be executed within the office context. The jobholder will however, be expected to travel periodically to various locations within the project countries and/or beyond. S/he will be required to put in a minimum of forty (40) hours per week but may also have to perform duties outside of normal working hours, as necessary. Job Purpose The Senior Technical Project Coordinator will lead and/or coordinate the activities of cross-disciplinary teams from central and local offices contributing to the technical aspects of the North Core project. S/he will serve as the technical link between the IMU, Owner's Engineer and construction contractors. The jobholder will therefore ensure adequate coordination between the work programs of the contractor and the activities of the IMU offices with respect to the diligences required to prepare the project sites for work. S/he will also coordinate safety arrangements for all project activities with other agencies and utilities where necessary. The Senior Technical Project Coordinator is responsible for monitoring all construction work, addressing all technical issues related to the implementation of the project and reporting to relevant entities among others. Specific Responsibilities The Senior Technical Project Coordinator will be responsible for a minimum of the following key tasks: Ensure overall management of the project from concept to completion including siting, environmental permitting, planning, estimating, engineering, right of way acquisition, project controls, bid phase services, procurement, constructability reviews, material management, construction management, and closeout; Drive project schedules, manage scope, and control project costs; Initiate, monitor and coordinate all the technical activities of the IMU to meet the schedules and requirements of all construction works; Manage the Owner's Engineer teams to ensure the studies and works supervision for the project implementation; Coordinate safety arrangements with all external agencies and ensure that all relevant safety objectives, legal requirements and donors safeguards are observed; Coordinate the preparation of project status reports for management by collecting, analysing and summarizing information and trends and recommending actions; Assess and advise on all proposed technical variations, justification or otherwise of claims and technical issues; Liaise with Environmental and Social Coordinators in all issues related to project activities and insure that donors safeguards are implemented; Vet and authorize all significant engineering correspondence emanating from the IMU; Control, manage and mentor all IMU staff (central and local offices) and resources assigned to the Engineering Function; Coordinate the review of designs for (i) Communication and SCADA Systems; ii) the Rural Electrification components and (iii) the national projects associated with North Core Regional Project Review technical specifications, designs and drawings submitted by Contractors and Consultants; Review tender documents for the procurement of works, services and goods. Duration: The position of Senior Technical Project Coordinator is for a term of approximately thirty six (36) months. This is a full time position and the jobholder must demonstrate the required dedication and commitment to achieving results. Job Relationships Reporting relationship: The Senior Technical Project Coordinator reports to the IMU Director. S/he is the Head of the Engineering Function and supervises a team of four specialized engineers (Substations, Transmission Line, SCADA Engineer and Civil Engineer). Working relationship: S/he is expected to maintain effective working relations and communicate regularly with the Owner's Engineer and Contractors on the execution schedule. The jobholder will also maintain regular working relations with external agencies regarding required project related safety arrangements among others. Requirements, Qualification and Experience The Engineering Specialist must have a minimum of the following: A minimum of an Electrical Engineering Degree with at least fifteen (15) years of proven experience in the power sector and; registrable with a professional body; Proven record of successfully achieved project targets in a minimum of two (2) previous electricity transmission projects (132 kV and above); Qualification in project management will be an added advantage; Regional experience in coordinating and working with multi-disciplinary teams and project stakeholders is desirable. Required Knowledge An excellent knowledge of the following relevant areas is required: Construction of high voltage transmission lines (132 kV and above); Contract administration and different forms of standard contract provisions related to engineering projects; Advanced knowledge of power systems engineering; Adequate knowledge and understanding of procurement processes. Skills and Competencies The following skills are required for effective performance: Well developed, detail oriented organizational skills and proven project management skills; Strong analytical and problem solving skills; Must be capable of devising new approaches to problems encountered; Strong leadership and supervisory skills; Very good team skills; ability to work with various teams to set and achieve goals based on project priorities; Strong interpersonal and written/verbal communication skills in French and English; Ability to work, perform and adapt in a multicultural environment; Strong computer skills (MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Project) required to deliver professional output. Job Location: The Senior Technical Project Coordinator will be located at the head office of the IMU in Abuja, Nigeria but will be required to pay frequent visits to the local offices of the IMU, project sites and field offices of the North Core project. Language: A key requirement for the position is having proficiency in English and French. Reporting Requirements: The Senior Technical Project Coordinator will prepare weekly and monthly construction reports to include information such as but not limited to financial reporting and forecasting, progress, schedule updates, quality, safety, environment and identification of project risks. Performance Criteria The following will be part of performance assessment criteria for the position: Achievement of project cost variance of 0% i.e. deliver project within budget; Delivery of key project activities within specified project schedules and scope; Submission of timely project status reports to the IMU Director and other stakeholders; Excellent safety record on the project and adherence to safety requirements by Owner's Engineer and Contractors; High performance and excellent goal achievement rate of direct reports. Other criteria may be developed by the Director of the IMU based on deliverables agreed with the jobholder. Performance Evaluation The performance of the Senior Technical Project Coordinator will be evaluated annually by the Director of the IMU, based on the above performance criteria, an annual work plan and deliverables agreed upon at the beginning of the appraisal period. Quarterly performance reviews will however, be conducted by the Director to facilitate the identification and prompt management of performance related issues. Additional Information Jobholders are required to be fluent in French and English. Ability to use relevant computer software (MS Word, Excel, Power Point) as well as the internet is also a key requirement for all positions. This is full time position, envisaged for a term of approximately 36 months. Successful candidates will be stationed at the IMU Head Office in Abuja, Nigeria but will be required to make frequent visits to the field offices of the IMU and/or project sites located in any of the following countries: Nigeria, Niger, Benin, Togo and Burkina Faso. Shortlisted candidates must be ready to travel for interviews within two (2) weeks from the date of notification.
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    WASHINGTON, D.C. (August 9, 2018) — The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) has announced $13.2 million in awards to 29 U.S. cultural institutions that will leverage federal funds against private investment to help create and sustain the nation’s humanities infrastructure. These are the first awards made under NEH’s new Infrastructure and Capacity-Building Challenge Grants, a program created in January 2018 to strengthen the institutional base of the humanities in the United States through matching grants to libraries, museums, archives, colleges, universities, historic sites, scholarly associations, and other cultural institutions for efforts that build institutional capacity or infrastructure for long-term … Continue reading
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    JD: The focus has to be on Brexit again this week it does not seem to want to go away. In fact the United Kingdom Foreign Secretary has been warning to not allow for a messy EU divorce. I mean this is only really telling the truth in what is happening today is it not?

    JR: The pressure is stepping up concerning Brexit. There’s been a media blitz here in the last week or so basically giving an indication of quite sensational approach air planes grounded, troops in the streets given a very dramatic picture if there’s no agreement. The fact is that we are literally after 50 years of European Union integration we have now reached the disintegration phase this probably all is coming to some sort of scare tactic.

    JD: John I sent you an opinion piece entitled Brexit or Armageddon however, just a few moments ago as you were describing the messy divorce there it seemed like you were referring to some of the elements to the Armageddon. What are your thoughts about this piece?  

    JR: I think the media as a whole has taken an approach that was extremist about the possibilities of this chaos. The talk of Armageddon here is certainly exaggerated but prophetically the European Union disintegration is a highly significant point. It’s leading in Bible prophecy but not in the direct sense of their saying of the confusion of Brexit. That will be overcome.

    JD: John Rood with the details behind the exit of Great Britain from the European Union which is not quite Armageddon.

    We report this information because it is setting the stage for Bible prophecy to be fulfilled.

    I have often said that the European Union today may well be the infrastructure for the Revived Roman Empire tomorrow. According to the ancient Jewish prophet Daniel in chapters 2 & 7 he reveals to us the revival of the Old Roman Empire. The ten toes of Daniel chapter 2 and the ten horns of Daniel chapter 7. In Revelation chapter 13 & 17 we see the ten horns and the part that these ten horns represent would be nations in our world today that will actually be a military governmental economic power. Actually a super power in the last days which will be led by the little horn of Daniel 7:8 that’s the antichrist. And the antichrist in this scenario is coming better into focus with events like Brexit. Daniel’s prophecy is almost at the point at being fulfilled.