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          Rwandan women walking along the road      Cache   Translate Page      

iwys posted a photo:

Rwandan women walking along  the road


          FPR INKOTANYI IKOMEJE KWICA RUBANDA UMUSUBIZO & IMIRAMBO IRATORAGURWA BURI MUNSI      Cache   Translate Page      
1.Uruganda rw’ibibiriti rwatejwe cyamunara, habura upiganwa. a.Maitre Védaste Habimana, Umuhesha w’inkiko w’umwuga wari uhagarariye iyi cyamunara, yavuze ko igiciro fatizo cy’uru ruganda ari miliyoni 354. b.Ni ubwa kabiri bashaka kugurisha uru ruganda, ariko ubwa mbere bwo hari abari bagaragaje amafaranga barutangaho, uwari watanze menshi yari yatanze miliyoni 100. 2.Nyaruguru: Barinubira ko bitoreye umuyobozi, agasimbuzwa uwo batatoye. a.Abaturage batangiye kwamagana igitugu cya FPR Inkotanyi. b.Abaturage bari kubyamanga igihe batoraga abadepite. 3.Nyamasheke abanyeshuri bagera kuri 90 birukanywe mwishuri rya EAV Ntendezi banze kujya guhinga. a.Abanyeshuri baravuga ko bakeneye umwanya wo kwiga kuko bitegura ikizamini cya Leta 4.Urwego rushinzwe ubugenzacyaha mu Rwanda RIB ruratangaza ko rwatangiye iperereza k’urupfu rw'umusore bishe bakamukuramo amaso. a.Harya u Rwanda ruza mu bihugu bya mbere bifite umutekano gute? Taliki 7 habonetse umurambo mu murenge wa Gahanga, Taliki 8 haboneka undi murambo mu murenge wa Gatsata.  Taliki ya 15 habonetse umurambo mu murenge wa Masaka. Taliki 24 habonetse umurambo Rusororo. Taliki 12 Kicukiro Masaka. 5.Abaturage batangiye gutinyuka kuvuga akarengane bakorerwa na Leta y'agatsiko. a.Burera Garment Company yirukanye abakozi 56 kubera kwishyuza amafaranga. 6.FERWAFA yafatiwe mu cyuho cyo gutanga Ruswa 7.Rwanda -Uganda: ikibazo cy'umwuka mubi kimaze gufata intera hagati y'ibi bihugu. a.Mwenda yavuze ko “Ingeri nyinshi z’ukwiyubaka gukomeye mu bya Politiki n’ubukungu nyuma ya jenoside, amasomo menshi yakuwe muri Uganda.” b.Mwenda yemeza ko u Rwanda ari igihugu gitekanye muri Afurika aho inzego z’umutekano ziba zifite amanota ari hejuru ya 90%.  
          Rwandan mother and baby      Cache   Translate Page      

iwys posted a photo:

Rwandan mother and baby

Taken at a beach on the border between Rwanda, where one war had ended, and the Congo Republic, where one had begun.


          Provision of provision of rental services for rura offices and parking      Cache   Translate Page      
Tenders are invited for contract for Provision of Provision of Rental Services for Rura Offices and Parking.

The Rwanda Utilities Regulatory Authority seeks for bids from qualified real estate service providers to rent a house with ample parking in Kiyovu near RURA Headquarters, preferably under form of square for a period of One year (12 months) one-year renewable once. The requested house must fulfil the following key characteristics: a) House Standards: The house must be well built, fitted with electricity and water, offering an open working space with enough visibility and inside lavatories for both men and women and on all levels in case of a multistoried house. The office premises should be air conditioner friendly i.e. air conditioning systems should be easy to install within a proximity of up to 100 meters maximum of the fibre optic cables. Environmental Disclosure: The lessor covenants that he/she has undertaken a due diligence inquiry of the premises. The premises, and property on which the premises is located, is free of any toxic, noise pollution, hazardous or injurious substances and an area free from traffic jam is an added advantage.
b) Working space
The house should have workable space to accommodate staff and visitors with related areas as follows: Between 27- 29 m2 for office space with one toilet inside (Head of Department) Between 10- 15 m2 for office space for Assistant to the Head of Department Between 8-12 m2 for office space (with at least seven standard private/closed offices available) Between 80-90 m2 for waiting area; Between 20- 30 24 m2 for meeting room; Between 10-15 m2 for server room; Between 10-15 m2 archive room, 5 toilets (2 for staff (1 for gents, 1 for ladies), 2 for visitors (1 for gents, 1 ladies), in case of stored house, 1 for disabled people).

All bids will be accompanied by a bid security of One Million Four Hundred Sixteen Thousand Rwandan Francs (Frw 1,416,000) and will be submitted online using Umucyo

Deadline for Bids Submission : 15/10/2018 10:00 (local time)
          Episode 292: The September Previews Catalog      Cache   Translate Page      

It's that time again, the occasion when Gwen and Derek meticulously go through the latest Previewscatalog and highlight a variety of upcoming comics they find of note. For the month of September, they discuss a variety of  publishers and titles such as:

 


          Rwanda:Basketball - Rwanda Take on Nigeria in Final Build-Up Match      Cache   Translate Page      
[New Times] The national men's senior basketball team will this evening take on continental powerhouse and hosts Nigeria in their final warm-up game ahead of the second round of the 2019 FIBA World Cup African Qualifiers that start Friday.
          Re: Rwanda / Burundi      Cache   Translate Page      
slt t'es toujours au Rwanda?
          Re: Au Rwanda      Cache   Translate Page      
I have spend a lot of time in Rwanda before. It's one of the most beautiful places in Africa. But indeed, the Rwandees are very difficult to "catch". For me they are the "oriental" of Africa. It's impossible to get info from them or you need to know them already quite some time before they are a little open for their personality. It's a pity. They are very attractive guys. Especially the Tutsi's. Unluckily i had 2 bad experiences with 2 guys i'd met there many years ago.(financially and abuse of confidence) But i am sure there are other ones.
And there are a LOT of gays. But discretely.
          Africa Link on Air - 12 September 2018 - Deutsche Welle      Cache   Translate Page      

Deutsche Welle

Africa Link on Air - 12 September 2018
Deutsche Welle
The UN names and shames 38 countries including Rwanda,Cameroon and DR Congo for gross human rights violations +++ EU eyes free trade with Africa +++The plight of Fulani cattle herders in Nigeria. Listen to audio 29:59. Now live. 29:59 mins.


          Comment on Joseph Kabila n’a même pas terminé l’école primaire, laisser maboko pembe Félix tranquille! by GERMAIN      Cache   Translate Page      
EH NGE KIBUTI NE KONGO MFUMU NICK+243= NICK+250 ALIAS PAPY NTAMBA! KIBUTI NE KONGO MFUMU NICK+243= NICK+250 ALIAS PAPY NTAMBA! PROBLEME NAYO NA MAKAMBO OYO YA BWANGA NTU ( TETE ) EZALI WAPI? OU EST VOTRE PROBLEME DANS CETTE SALE AFFAIRE DES KASAIENS, RWANDAIS, TANZANIENS ET KATANGAIS OU CE GRAND DESORDRE DES KASAIENS ASUI RWANDAIS VICE VERSA, RWANDAIS ASUI KATANGAIS ET VICE VERSA, JAMAIS RWANDAIS ASUI TANZANIEN NA GUERRE MONDIAU OYO YA BISUA BISUELA. NGE KIBUTI NE KONGO MFUMU NICK+243= NICK+250 ALIAS PAPY NTAMBA! FAITES ATTENTION DANS CETTE GUERRE MONDIAU LAQULLE 3 PAYS INVOLVES VOUDRAIENT ANEANTIR LE MONDE. KALA YI NGANGU, KALA YI TECHNIQUE.
          Comment on Joseph Kabila n’a même pas terminé l’école primaire, laisser maboko pembe Félix tranquille! by GERMAIN      Cache   Translate Page      
MES CHERS ET CHERES INTERNAUTES, UNE ERREUR S'EST GLISSEE SUR LES ETUDES UNIVERSITAIRES ET PROFESSION DE RAIS MUKUBWA MTOTO WA RWANDA-TANZANIA-UGANDA-BURUNDIA. IL Y A LIEU DE SAVOIR CECI QU'APRES LA DEFENSE DE SA THESE " POURQUOI MOI HIPPOLYTE KANAMBE AI CHOISI LE SAVANT PROF VITALOV KAMERHOV PROMOTEUR DE MA THESE ", A LA CELEBRE ET PRESTIGIEUSE UNIVERSITY OF WASHINGTON D.C. LE MUKUBWA FAUX MTOTO WA KATANGA A ETE NOMME MAITRE DES TRAVAUX A L'UNIVERSITE MAKELA DO ZOMBO OU SON PREMIER ETOUDIA, JE DIS BIEN " ETOUDIA " A ETE CE FAMEUX GUEULARD ET IMPOLI " GRAND MUZOMBIAK ".
          Comment on Les 5 poids lourds de l’opposition ba yokani, Kabila na Shadary ba subi na bilamba by kande      Cache   Translate Page      
problème nde bino ebele boza na kati ya ignorance ou bien bosalaka na nko po bokosaka ba pauvres kongolais oyo bayebi fontionnement ya politique te, boza bino nyoso na ba faux politiciens na bino ya monyato bandoki. ya Kongo bomona wapi ba opposants ba signer glissement po kabila atikala na pouvoir sans mandant pendant 2 ans moyennant ba dollars après bakoma kowangana ye alors que na kati na bango bakutanaka na kabila na molili mais basengaka ye ayebisa na ba kongolais te, bomona wapi bango nyoso ba signa FCC ya kabila bango après baloba que baza contre kabila. Bomona wapi bato basali ba partis politique ,normalement bazali sensés ba expliquer na ba kongolais programme ya partis na bango ,quels sont les valeurs qu'ils défendent et les solutions des uns et des autres qu'ils pensent capables de redresser le Kongo qu'ils ont détruits ensemble avec le système d'occupation, et dire aux kongolais pourquoi ils ont crée un tel parti ,en quoi son parti est.il meilleur que les autres pour les kongolais, dire aux kongolais pourquoi ont-ils tout en sachant que le Kongo est cadenassé dans toutes ses institutions par les occupants rwandais et qui sont toutes illégitimes depuis 2016, pourquoi ont -ils choisi malgré des conditions qui sont au rabais pour un peuple qu'on respecte ,par exemple l'existence des 6000 fictifs sans empreinte digitales, mais malgré cela , ces faux opposants veulent toujours aller à ces élections bidons, mais normalement ces faux opposants devraient d'abord expliquer tout cela aux kongolais. Mais au lieu de cela, coup de théâtre , ils décident de s'unir selon l'ordre reçu des décideurs pour se mettre derrière leur seul candidat unique Soriano ,officiellement pour combattre kabila ,mais en réalité , kabila et Soriano ,ni le reste des faux opposants ne sont pas en opposés, c'est faux, ils trompent les kongolais, c'est un complot depuis Genval, pour activer l'accord bidon de la St-Sylvestre 2016, les élections ne seront que de la poudre aux yeux des kongolais, ils veulent faire le fameux système 1+4 avec shadary homme à kabila et Soriano et tshilombo agents des lobbies occidentaux,, souvenez. vous que ni tshilombo moité rwandais aussi belge qui a des faux diplômes , ni Soriano un zambien italo juif sans diplôme valable n'ont même pas remplis des conditions requises pour être candidat dans un pays dit "démocratique",curieusement ils ne sont pas invalidés comme les autres qui ont quand même des diplômes mais que leurs candidatures ont été rejetées, par cette Cour constitutionnelle sensée défendre leur constitution et qui aussi illégitime comme tout le reste des institutions du Kongo, mais il y a un sérieux problème de déficit de l'élite valable dans le kongo ce n'est pas pour rien que la Cenco qui fait parti des signataires du fameux accord bidon de 2016, devenu même caduque par lequel ils avaient accordé un glissement illégal à kabila c' est un accord qui est contre les intérêts du Kongo , mais pour ceux des lobbies insiste sur l'application de l'accord de la St-Sylvestre, c'est parce que par cet accord ils avaient prévu de mettre l'escroc zambien Soriano et le corrompu collabos tshilombo l'un à la présidence et l'autre à la primature de notre pays le Kongo, tous ces manœuvres sont pour arriver à cela, ils iront concrétiser en Zambie où la Cenco a déjà écrit à l'évêque de la Zambie qui dirigera comme par hasard ces rencontres d'appliquer cet accord cher à Soriano qui avait tout financé toutes les rencontres de Genval, Ibiza, Paris, Venise, OUA, Interdiocésain, , . Chers kongolais, ne nous laissons pas marcher par ces gens , luttons pour notre pays , personne ne nous ravira notre terre, jamais les lobbieset les rwandais ne nous imposeront l'escroc criminel zambien Soriano et son compagnon corrompu tshilombo, qui fait souffrir les kongolais et le Kongo par son hypocrite double jeu TSHILOMBO EST PLUS DANGEREUX QUE LES RWANDAIS QUE NOUS CONNAISONS DEJA COMME NOS AGRESSEURS, CAR C'EST LUI QUE LES LOBBIES ET LES RWANDAIS UTILISENT CONTRE NOTRE PAYS DISONS NON ET SOULEVONS NOUS POUR CHASSER TOUS CES AVENTURIERS AVEC LEURS FEMMES TUTSIES DEHORS, DEHORS AUSSI TOUS LES OCCUPANTS RWANDAIS Poids lourds opposants baza wapi ? d'après bino ba oppsants nde banani na Kongo wana, ba mangobo wana ? Kongo na biso ekoma mawa vraiment, déficit très criant na ba vrai cerveau, na ba journaleux kaka ya ko bricoler pe baza kotia ba peule kongolais na molili vraiment mawa , Opposant aza te na kati ya ba mangobo wana, kabila afutaka bango mbongo po ba jouer une comédie ya démocratie na kati ya système ya occupation, , aucun na kati na bango aza na profil ya kotelemela kabila, ce sont des accompagnateurs Pour votre information ,on ne peut jamais se faire appeler opposant dans un pays occupé par des criminels venus vous agresser ,,en acceptant de travailler avec eux dans leur régime d'occupation agressive, ,en participant à la destruction du pays par les occupants, en acceptant leurs mode de scrutins même biaisé , tout en sachant avec conscience que tout le pays et toutes les institutions fonctionnent dans l'illégalité, que votre président rwandais est illégitime avec toutes les institutions dans lesquelles vous faites semblant 'ignorer votre illégitimité et illégalité, car vous présentez vos candidatures ans une Cour constitutionnelle et une CENI illégitime, vous -mêmes êtes aussi illégitimes et vous voulez tromper le peuple kongolais pour régner sur eux illégalement pour voler l'argent et protéger vos chefs rwandais occupants génocidaires pour qu'ils ne quittent pas le Kongo et que notre pays reste dans l'occupation et que les kongolais soient pris en otage par vous collabos et les rwandais criminels occupants
          World: Food Assistance Outlook Brief, September 2018      Cache   Translate Page      
Source: Famine Early Warning System Network
Country: Afghanistan, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Chad, Democratic Republic of the Congo, El Salvador, Ethiopia, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, Kenya, Lesotho, Madagascar, Malawi, Mali, Mauritania, Mozambique, Nicaragua, Niger, Nigeria, Rwanda, Somalia, South Sudan, Sudan, Uganda, World, Yemen, Zimbabwe

PROJECTED FOOD ASSISTANCE NEEDS FOR MARCH 2019

This brief summarizes FEWS NET’s most forward-looking analysis of projected emergency food assistance needs in FEWS NET coverage countries. The projected size of each country’s acutely food insecure population (IPC Phase 3 and higher) is compared to last year and the recent five-year average and categorized as Higher ( p), Similar ( u), or Lower ( q). Countries where external emergency food assistance needs are anticipated are identified. Projected lean season months highlighted in red indicate either an early start or an extension to the typical lean season. Additional information is provided for countries with large food insecure populations, an expectation of high severity, or where other key issues warrant additional discussion. Analytical confidence is lower in remote monitoring countries, denoted by “RM.” Visit www.fews.net for detailed country reports.


          Rwanda Debunks AFCON Bribe Scandal      Cache   Translate Page      

LEADERSHIP

The Rwanda Football Federation have denied allegations that they bribed a referee who handled their 2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier match against Ivory Coast on September 9 in Kigali. Namibian referee Jackson Pavaza, who handled the match that Ivory Coast won 2-1, reportedly communicated to CAF that he had been offered a bribe and […]

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          Umusaruro uturuka ku nganda-Ndangamuco ntuhagije - RALC #Rwanda via @kigalitoday      Cache   Translate Page      

Inteko Nyarwanda y'Ururimi n'Umuco(RALC) irasaba abahanzi b'umuziki, filimi, imbyino, ubugeni n'abandi, kubyaza inyungu ibyo bakora kugira ngo bikure urubyiruko mu bushomeri.

- Ibirori / Simon Kamuzinzi, MobileBigStory
          Wed Sep 12th Todays News      Cache   Translate Page      
Scott Morrison deserves a chance as PM. His work is cut out for him, as he negotiates chaff thrown up by Turnbull and mates. Turnbull is still attacking Dutton, running a commentary from NYC but declining to be interviewed by 3AW. A 9 y/o child grandstands over the Australian National anthem, taking the knee because she feels that the anthem should not say Australians are young and free. She feels Australians are not young. She also does not like Australia being described as fair. She feels that a fair go refers to colour, not appropriate odds. Such an opinion is not normally newsworthy, but the child has academic parents who 'inform' her bias. For the record, the anthem is fine. Australians should proudly recite it. 

Recently I've spoken to some young people on touchy subjects. One sixteen year old boy felt Turnbull was a good PM and did not have to be rolled. Another twelve year old girl feels that Serena was hard done by, by Mark Knight's cartoon. It is ok to have opinions, but they should be backed up by more than feelings. Turnbull betrayed his constituents and backers by outsourcing policy for power. He has cost Australia $billions in lost opportunity and his continued presence was going to place Bill Shorten in the PM's position. Further  to secure the PM's position, Turnbull lied about Tony Abbott. Serena was wrong to receive coaching during her match, and the code violation penalties were appropriate. She was wrong to blame sexism, or to threaten the umpire's future in the code. What young people see in either is probably related to appalling low standards of reporting. 

Serena Williams whispered to Osaka that the boos Osaka received after winning the grand slam event of the US Open were not for her. It was the most gracious thing Serena has said since the start of that match, and hints at her greatness as a player. But why was it whispered? And why were her ridiculous complaints spoken? 
From my article on Quora
What are the effects of the lack of education?
A research grant on gender neutral surf boards

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A daily column on what the ALP have as a policy, supported by a local member, and how it has 'helped' the local community. I'll stop if I cannot identify a policy. Feel free to make suggestions. Contact me on FB, not twitter. I have twitter, but never look at it.

Gabrielle Williams was appointed Parliamentary Secretary for Carers and Volunteers, working with the Minister for Housing, Disability and Ageing and the Minister for Families and Children. Williams was given those titles when elected in 2014. It is difficult to find what value she has been to Dandenong, but clearly the ALP see her as the future. The Andrews government is spending $2.8 million on biodiversity. As part of the project, students in Dandenong are being given $4500 to provide seating for them while they grow a garden preserving biodiversity. The garden includes flora sourced locally. It is nice students can sit while they garden together. One imagines the seats will have appropriately placed plaques with the minister's name. Do you approve of the lessons learned by your child as they sit on the minister's name and replant local flora for biodiversity? What does this teach children about biodiversity? How might it be viewed in terms of immigration? Does multiculturalism promote cultural diversity? What about gender diversity being locally sourced? Should the word 'biodiversity' appear in the national anthem? 

As part of the November 24th Vic election campaign I have a petition I want to bring before the Opposition Leader Matthew Guy. I believe Matthew will be the next premier of Victoria and so I am petitioning him as I raise the issues of Employment, Crime and Education in Dandenong. I am also seeking money for my campaign. I don't have party resources, and so my campaign is on foot, and on the internet. Any money I receive that is not spent on the campaign will go to Grow 4 Life. I am asking questions like "What do you love about Dandenong?" and "If you could change something in Dandenong to make it better, what would it be?" I'm not limiting the questions to state issues. I'm happy to discuss anything, and get things done.
I am a decent man and don't care for the abuse given me. I created a video raising awareness of anti police feeling among western communities. I chose the senseless killing of Nicola Cotton, a Louisiana policewoman who joined post Katrina, to highlight the issue. I did this in order to get an income after having been illegally blacklisted from work in NSW for being a whistleblower. I have not done anything wrong. Local council appointees refused to endorse my work, so I did it for free. Youtube's Adsence refused to allow me to profit from their marketing it. Meanwhile, I am hostage to abysmal political leadership and hopeless journalists. My shopfront has opened on Facebook.

Here is a video I made Love by Nat King Cole

"L-O-V-E" is a jazz song written by Bert Kaempfert and Milt Gabler for American singer-pianist Nat King Cole's 1965 album L-O-V-E (the last album released before Cole's death on February 15, 1965). The song had already been an instrumental track on Kaempfert's Blue Midnight album in 1964. Nat King Cole also recorded L-O-V-E in Italian, French, German and Japanese. I wanted to make a love offering for Valentine's Day. This seems a goody http://conservativeweasel.blogspot.com.au/2012/02/love-nat-king-cole.html


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Some things should not happen, but they do. Iran is backing terror around the world, including NK. NK have not developed nuclear weapons by accident. But to be fair, Iran did not give NK the technology to pin a flag on the sun. That was entirely home grown. 

Proposed citizenship reform is revealed to be a fad which does not address issues. The so called reform is to have new citizens competent in English. But the issue is law breaking among new immigrants, not bad grammar. 

A Californian writer, Richard Stockton, posts a series of lies about Australia's history regarding Aboriginals. Among his claims is one that the "stolen generations" began in 1830's. In fact, ten people have not been identified as 'stolen' since 1788. Everyone born in  1830 is now dead. Europeans are not to blame for that. Diseases that vectored from Europe were terrible. But settlers often tried to care for and help Aboriginals and the reason why any Aboriginal culture is known today is because some early settlers and missionaries tried to help, not murder. But sadly, the Aboriginal industry of today exploits Aboriginal peoples for political ends, victimising Aboriginal peoples, even as that industry claims to help. 

A 19 yo Chicago teen is found dead in a freezer. Apparently too intoxicated to have gotten in without help. Searchers were prevented from looking while she was alive. 

US state department still seems gripped with anti semitic positions. What will the ground look like when Trump has drained the swamp? 

Dan Andrews spends hundreds of thousands of dollars of taxpayer money on his personal Facebook Page, boosting posts. What else is he spending big on? 

Special laws are being touted to prevent debate on Same sex marriage ahead of the postal vote. NSW Liberal government working through fair trading move to prevent elderly people from being exploited with retirement home contracts. 

I am a decent man and don't care for the abuse given me. I created a video raising awareness of anti police feeling among western communities. I chose the senseless killing of Nicola Cotton, a Louisiana policewoman who joined post Katrina, to highlight the issue. I did this in order to get an income after having been illegally blacklisted from work in NSW for being a whistleblower. I have not done anything wrong. Local council appointees refused to endorse my work, so I did it for free. Youtube's Adsence refused to allow me to profit from their marketing it. Meanwhile, I am hostage to abysmal political leadership and hopeless journalists. My shopfront has opened on Facebook.
































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We must vote for Hillary now, before she collapses completely. Don't worry about today's mishap. What happened was Harambe needed to talk to her about the direction her campaign is taking. Everything is good now. She won't need to stay with Harambe until after she is elected.
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Abbott's brilliance is in stark contrast to Turnbull's much-vaunted intelligence
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David Morrison seems to represent the finest values of the Turnbull administration. He doesn't seem agile, or smart. He doesn't seem to be the same one invited to the party. But he stands for something. 'Be all you can be' applies to him, except competent or responsible.
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Is this pre plebiscite stance of Bill the same he will adopt at Plebiscite, or, as with last election, is he saying something different now, to what he will do then?
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vote for Clinton is a vote for hatred, for class envy, for division. Clinton wants to divide USA. Trump wants to unite USA. Trump wants to make America great again. If you vote, let that inform your decision.
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If I had superannuation, I'd be angry on my behalf. Instead, I shake my head at the injustice a conservative Liberal Government is inflicting on her supporters.
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Tim Flannery is often misquoted about rain. He meant money. If you support AGW, you'll never have money again.
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And they say Dan Andrews is not a community organiser?

If Dan Andrews was not involved, how come the juvenile prisons are so bad?
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Michael Kroger was asked about this on Sky this morning. His answer was loyal and masterful. "I think the Turnbull government has been good. I have heard others talk about achievement, but the Abbott government followed from an ALP administration and they needed to make more changes. Turnbull followed a Liberal government and change wasn't needed."

Change wasn't needed. Except the Liberal Party were desperate to end Turnbull's undermining.

I posted on that and was told by one person that Turnbull was more popular now than Abbott ever was. I asked the person about their view. Turns out they don't like the Liberal Party. Turnbull is the leader for the Liberals if you don't like that party.
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Don't call it aid. It is Turnbull dollars. Aid is used to prop up corrupt governments. Turnbull dollars go straight to the source. Aid money is diverted by terrorists. Turnbull dollars will never be diverted from terrorists. Turnbull dollars are the smart, agile currency that literally slips through fingers.
For some, at the moment, the Sex Party has more credibility. 
=== from 2015 ===
 None for 2015 .. because of Melbourne promotional trip
From 2014
Oscar Pistorius acquitted of murder. A grave injustice has happened with this verdict, as yet incomplete. Pistorius murdered his girlfriend. He just wasn't convicted of it. Shades of OJ Simpson's unfair acquittal. Today is the anniversary of Steve Biko's death from an evil apartheid regime. Injustice is injustice for all time. One feels for Reeva's loved ones. A cohabiting couple must be assumed to be aware of each other's presence. A gun owner has a greater responsibility for the safe operation of the weapon. The argument that the prosecution could not prove so beyond a reasonable doubt is wrong. Had Oscar had less support, as with a normal person, he would not have been able to argue as he has. The evidence would have been deemed conclusive. It will be a complete disgrace if Pistorius ever participates in elite sport again, or gets less than a maximum sentence for manslaughter. 

A reminder of the importance of saying 'no' to constitutionalised racism. Australia is culturally diverse and thrives from that diversity. Should Australia decide to separate Australians by race it won't address the needs of people in need, but will instead become a tool of division. There are no admirable apartheid regimes anywhere in the world or in history. Israel doesn't divide by race, but Palestine does. South Africa did. The Conservative Voice will similarly oppose any reintroduction of slavery. Even if the US Democrats, or ALP really want it. A reminder of what a 'Yes' vote in Scotland might mean .. The Queen could abdicate the Scottish throne in favour of Charles, while keeping the English Throne for William .. think about that. But more seriously, those who favour a 'yes' vote claim that the disadvantages are overstated. Precisely which disadvantages are acceptable? 

Gillard faces a royal commission and lies about her memory of activity. One hopes that she is taken to task for lying. She corruptly created a slush fund from misappropriated money involving a Union employing stand over tactics to extort money from business. Some of that money was used to build her home. Yet there is no one ever who forgot getting caught for theft when they were young and naive. It becomes foundational to their character. And so it is with Gillard. A thief and liar. By way of contrast Arthur Sinodinos is fronting the corrupt body of the ICAC again. Sinodinos has not been accused of doing anything wrong, but is believed to be thought guilty by the ICAC of being a Liberal member. Mr Sinodinos, are you now, or have you ever been, a member of the Liberal Party? 

Meanwhile incompetent State ALP Member Nick Lalich has posed next to a street named after him. A car park might have been more appropriate. Although the only reason why there are now some more car parks in his electorate is thanks to a campaign initiated by Dai Le. ALP leadership in NSW deny their constituents to force a PUP candidate into a campaign as an ALP member. That there is true colours that is. Meanwhile RACV in Victoria argues "And studies show that as soon as you increase capacity, that capacity is taken up by people driving more cars on those roads. Congestion does not ease." The argument is a furphy, people only drive one car at a time and they need sensible road management to make their experience better. 

Obama's secret service is keen to catch them all as they tackle a Pikachu on the White House lawn. Gay activists complain after a straight couple agree to get married to win a prize of Rugby seats at a test. The activists argue that the wedding will trivialise gay marriage. The friends agree not to divorce for two years. Big Macs are the same size now as they were in 1970. However, a large number of products have become smaller so as to retain their supermarket price. 
From 2013
The Australian PM elect has not yet announced a ministry. Partly because a campaign against prospective industry Minister Sophie Mirabella has been successful, and her actual seat is in doubt. This is a tragedy because unlike Gillard or Wong, Mirabella has talent. The person who might defeat her is supported by a so called conservative independent who supported the left wing minority government and helped trash the political career of Nick Greiner. So naturally the press, in the interim,  are asking who or what will be the next ALP leader. Will it be from the corrupt ALP right in the form of Shorten, or from the corrupt ALP left in the form of Albanesi. It is in fact of no consequence, as both have the same policy of the other. Shorten will follow Gillard's lead regardless of what it is. Albo, as leader,will do what his mandate tells him. It is yet to be revealed what sweet nothings the mandate whispers. Some say it is Carbon Tax. Some say it is Gay marriage. Gillard opposed Gay marriage, but Shorten can be his own man, as soon as he works out what she really meant. Apparently the mandate isn't Tim Matherson and so the press have many questions they want answered, and are increasingly irritated Abbott hasn't told them yet. 

Also, there is leadership speculation in the US. Some say Obama is President. Obama is taking the lead from Putin. At first the press had thought Obama was dithering as over a hundred thousand people have died and millions have been made refugees in Syria. Clinton, who had a similar experience in Rwanda before he learned bombing could be ineffective in former Yugoslavia has given a lead to Obama. In order to be assertive, Obama wants to bomb something. So, in a masterclass display of dithering, Obama asked for permission to bomb Syria. But time passes, people die, a Christian village with the world's oldest Christian church has fallen to rebels (the CIA labels them Al-Qaeda, but the press know they are sensitive to leaks, so they call them rebels) and Obama is agreeable to a brokered position by Putin. This puts Russia in the box seat of negotiations between Iran and the US on nuclear issues. So the US President has abrogated US policy to Russia. Which is just as well, as it turns out that the weapons available to the Rebels include the high tech weapons stolen by Al-Qaeda at Benghazi last year. Confused? Think of it as a cancelled episode of Glee. 
Historical perspective on this day
490 BC – Battle of Marathon: The conventionally accepted date for the Battle of Marathon. The Athenians and their Plataean allies, defeat the first Persian invasion force of Greece.
372 – Sixteen KingdomsJin Xiaowudi, age 10, succeeds his father Jin Jianwendi as Emperor of the Eastern Jin dynasty.
1185 – Emperor Andronikos I Komnenos brutally put to death in Constantinople.
1213 – Albigensian CrusadeSimon de Montfort, 5th Earl of Leicester, defeats Peter IIof Aragon at the Battle of Muret.
1229 – Battle of Portopí: The Aragonese army under the command of James I of Aragon disembarks at Santa PonçaMajorca, with the purpose of conquering the island.
1309 – The First Siege of Gibraltar takes place in the context of the Spanish Reconquista pitting the forces of the Kingdom of Castile against the Emirate of Granada resulting in a Castilian victory.

1609 – Henry Hudson begins his exploration of the Hudson River while aboard the Halve Maen.
1634 – A gunpowder factory explodes in Valletta, Malta, killing 22 people and damaging several buildings.
1683 – Austro-Ottoman WarBattle of Vienna: Several European armies join forces to defeat the Ottoman Empire.
1814 – Battle of North Point: an American detachment halts the British land advance to Baltimore in the War of 1812.
1846 – Elizabeth Barrett elopes with Robert Browning.
1847 – Mexican–American War: the Battle of Chapultepec begins.
1848 – Switzerland approves its 1st Constitution and becomes a Federal state.

1857 – The SS Central America sinks about 160 miles east of Cape HatterasNorth Carolina, drowning a total of 426 passengers and crew, including Captain William Lewis Herndon. The ship was carrying 13–15 tons of gold from the California Gold Rush.
1885 – Arbroath 36–0 Bon Accord, a world record scoreline in professional Association football.
1890 – SalisburyRhodesia, is founded.
1897 – Tirah CampaignBattle of Saragarhi.

1906 – The Newport Transporter Bridge is opened in Newport, South Wales by Viscount Tredegar.
1910 – Premiere performance of Gustav Mahler's Symphony No. 8 in Munich (with a chorus of 852 singers and an orchestra of 171 players. Mahler's rehearsal assistant conductor was Bruno Walter)
1915 – French soldiers rescue over 4,000 Armenian Genocide survivors stranded on Musa Dagh.
1919 – Adolf Hitler joins the German Workers' Party (later the Nazi Party).
1923 – Southern Rhodesia, today called Zimbabwe, is annexed by the United Kingdom.
1933 – Leó Szilárd, waiting for a red light on Southampton Row in Bloomsbury, conceives the idea of the nuclear chain reaction.
1938 – Adolf Hitler demands autonomy and self-determination for the Germansof the Sudetenland region of Czechoslovakia.

1940 – Cave paintings are discovered in Lascaux, France.
1940 – An explosion at the Hercules Powder Company plant in Kenvil, New Jersey kills 51 people and injures over 200.
1942 – World War IIRMS Laconia, carrying civilians, Allied soldiers and Italian POWs is torpedoed off the coast of West Africa and sinks with a heavy loss of life.
1942 – World War II: First day of the Battle of Edson's Ridge during the African Foreign Ministers Meet Over AU Reform
Xinhua
2018/9/13 8:40:51

Foreign Ministers of the African Union (AU) member states on Tuesday met at the headquarters of the pan-African bloc in Ethiopia's capital Addis Ababa to discuss the progress made on the reform of the 55-member union.

During the two-day meeting, the ministers are expected to consider the key reform issues and challenges to agree on the specific outcomes that the ongoing reform process should deliver.

The retreat of the AU Executive Council is expected to prepare for the upcoming summit on the AU reform billed for November 2018 here in Addis Ababa.

Since the launch of the institutional reform process of the Union, significant progress has been made in its implementation, said the Chairperson of the AU Commission, Moussa Faki Mahamat.

The rationalization of the working methods of the AU assembly of heads of states, improvement in the quality of its deliberations, the strengthening of the interaction between AU and regional economic communities (RECs) towards a better synergy and efficiency in the implementation of continental agenda, are among the achievements, according to the Chairperson of the AU Commission.

In the reform process, AU heads of states adopted a financing proposal for the Union in 2016, and it directs all member states to implement a 0.2 percent levy on eligible imports to finance the African Union in its drive to be self-dependent.

"There is obviously a greater awareness of the imperative of achieving the financial autonomy of our Union," he underlined.

Mahamat further stated that the internal procedures and working methods of the Union are being revised to allow effective implementation of the decisions.

He also noted that restructuring the AU Commission is one of the most fundamental issues that concern the pan-African bloc.

In her opening remarks, the Chair of the AU Executive Council and Rwandan Foreign Minister Louise Mushikiwabo reiterated that the reform of the Commission is a central element of the overall AU reform process.

"Agenda 2063 is in place and provides our overall vision. Against this vision, we have developed a set of ambitious continental priorities and targets," she said.

"We need a strong and effective AU Commission to drive our continental agenda. We have a key opportunity over the next two days to do some collective thinking on how best we can achieve this," she said.

Stating that the heart of the reform of the AU Commission is about people, systems and processes, Mushikiwabo said, "We must be able to attract and retain the best that Africa has to offer to deliver for this continent."

She underlined the need to have motivated staffs driven by pan-African values, and strong ethics, who are delivering within an accountable and rules-based administrative framework.

"Alongside this, the Commission must be able to avoid duplication and overlap, manage its resources prudently, observe the highest fiduciary standards and ensure value for money while delivering results," she said.

"This is what will give member states the confidence to meet their financial obligations regularly and on time," she noted.

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Chinese TV Service's Success in Africa Linked to Localization Plan
By Zhang Hongpei
Global Times
2018/8/31 23:03:40

A Chinese entrepreneur said on Friday Africa still offers huge potentials, and further economic ties between China and African countries would help tap into them.

Beijing-based StarTimes Group, a digital TV services provider, has been investing in the African market since 2008 starting with Rwanda, aiming to enable every African family to afford and have access to digital TV.

"When I first came to Africa in 2002, I learned that local TV operators charged as much as $200 in installation fees, plus licensing fee ranging from $47 to $130 per month, which was outrageous. Local people could not afford that," Pang Xinxing, chairman of StarTimes, told the Global Times in an exclusive interview on Friday.

"Making digital TV popular in Africa is very important to drive social progress, but subscribers should not be forced to pay too much," Pang said.

StarTimes' licensing fee is as low as under $3 per month, Pang said, while subscribers can have access to over 480 channels, including international ones, Chinese mainstream media, African channels and 43 company-owned channels.

So far, it has over 20 million subscribers in more than 20 African countries.

Pang said the "access to satellite TV for 10,000 villages" project entrusted to the StarTimes by the Chinese government will be completed by the deadline.

The project, which was borne out of the resolutions of the 2015 summit of Forum on China-Africa Cooperation in South Africa, in which the Chinese government pledged to provide satellite TV in 10,112 African villages, is scheduled to be completed by the end of 2018.

"In Africans' eyes, goods and services provided by Chinese firms are not only cheap but of high quality, quite different from years ago when they suffered a low quality image," Pang noted.

StarTimes achievement can be attributed to its localization strategy.

"The most important thing is respecting local regulations, culture and customs, which is much easier said than done," Pang explained.

Three-fourths of its 5,000 staff in China and Africa are foreigners.

Many opportunities remain open to Chinese companies in the African market under the framework of the Belt and Road initiative and the historical friendship between China and Africa, according to Pang.

"Taxation and business mechanisms in Africa are improving, and the land offers huge demographic and resource dividends," he said on Friday.

Pang is confident in a new round of African economic development after struggling for three years.

"China-African cooperation is a long-term trend," he said.

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Europe’s Latest Plan to Stem African Migration Is to Create 10 million Jobs in Five Years
By Abdi Latif Dahir
Quartz
September 12, 2018

Free trade and less aid: that’s the latest call from Europe’s top leader on how to engage with Africa.

In a key address delivered today (Sept. 12), European commission president Jean-Claude Juncker said Africa was “the future” and called for strengthening partnerships with the continent. Juncker specifically proposed a new program that would create up to 10 million jobs in the next five years and could potentially unlock €44 billion ($51 billion) in public and private investments.

The plan comes as Europe tries to bolster economic growth in Africa in order to limit irregular migration from the continent. The proposal also comes just weeks after both German and British leaders toured Africa in order to promote investment opportunities that could create viable livelihoods and disincentive migration.

Juncker said that he spoke with Africanleaders including president Paul Kagame of Rwanda who affirmed that aid relations should be replaced with “reciprocal commitments” in investment and trade. The EU will also plan to support 105,000 African students and researchers through its education and training program Erasmus.

“Africa does not need charity, it needs true and fair partnerships. And Europe needs this partnership just as much,” he added.

Migration from African nations has increased dramatically in the last three decades, going from just 1% in the 1990s to 31% by the 2000s. Last year, some 25 million people from sub-Saharan Africa lived outside their countries, according to a Pew Research study. Many of those people are driven out of their homes by a motley of reasons including conflict, economic decline, disease, and hunger.

To escape this, migrants undertake dangerous journeys across the Sahara or take sea routes from North Africa to reach Europe. The rates of deaths, especially those crossing through the Mediterranean has risen sharply, with the UN refugee agency saying 300 people have died as of July 2018, in contrast to 2017 when a total of 200 deaths were recorded.

European nations have tried to reverse illegal migration in several ways, mostly by offering African nations billions of euros in aid and other forms of incentives. The EU has also proposed setting up “reception centers” in nations like Libya where asylum seekers can wait while their applications are processed. Italy’s right-wing government even went further, recently announcing it would fight undocumented migration to its shores by helping China invest in Africa.

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Kigali: Le Rwanda a remis ses cinq ressortissants au Mécanisme pour les Tribunaux Pénaux Internationaux(MTPI) basé à Arusha(Tanzanie) qui les accuse de faire pression sur des témoins à charge pour qu’ils reviennent sur leurs dépositions. Ces cinq suspects ont été arrêtés au Rwanda pour avoir utilisé....
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Charles Josselin, Pierre-André Wiltzer, Hélène Conway-Mouret et André Vallini, quatre anciens ministres français chargés de la francophonie, expliquent dans une tribune au « Monde » pourquoi le choix de Louise Mushikiwabo, proche de Paul Kagame, président du Rwanda, « porte atteinte à l’image même de notre pays ».
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Rwandans in remote villages are using an artificial intelligence-based algorithm on their mobile phones to get a diagnosis for their health problems, doctors in Kigali […]

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Chinese pay TV, StarTimesplans to use its satellite TV service to boost Sino-Rwanda cultural exchange, officials said on Wednesday.
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Par Charles Onana En 1994, lorsque les populations rwandaises, fuyant l’avancée du FPR de Paul Kagame qui s’apprête à prendre le pouvoir à Kigali, se déversent massivement au Congo-Zaïre, toutes les organisations humanitaires ne parlent [...]
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Ikigo cy'igihugu gishinzwe ubugenzacyaha (RIB) cyataye muri yombi abayobozi babiri ba FERWAFA barimo Umunyamabanga mukuru wayo Uwayezu Francois Regis n'umuyobozi ushinzwe amarushanwa Eric Ruhamiriza.

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There’s a revolution in the air. Literally, up in the sky. Winged devices and the necessary ecosystem around them are undergoing the biggest transformation since "humanned" flight began over 100 years ago.

Technologists have promised flying cars for decades, but the aircraft industry has failed to deliver. This time is different. Instead of cars with fold-out wings, there is a new species of aircraft evolving  —  one that is small, agile, fast, all-electric and emission-free. Most of them are eVTOL (electric vertical takeoff and landing) aircraft, meaning they take off and land vertically like a helicopter and then glide horizontally on a fixed wing like an airplane.

These technical advancements are enabling a new vision for on-demand electric air taxis, allowing an entirely novel type of urban transportation modality that’s as affordable as renting a car or buying a train ticket.

In the near future, this industry could vastly change how and where we all live, work and play. There are indeed threats and challenges to this vision, but the wheels are already in motion, and the future is much closer than most people think.

How we got here

Military development

As with many technologies, massive military investment played a role in advancing cutting-edge aerospace technologies. Unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) used in the military and pioneered by companies like AeroVironment were critical in perfecting drone tech. While the initial use cases were militaristic in nature, the downstream effects catalyzed a commercial drone industry with world positive use cases  —  from helping cities more safely inspect bridges to delivering blood in Rwanda.

Energy storage

Over the last decade, the explosive growth of mobile computing drove a radical reduction in weight while increasing the density of lithium-ion batteries. In the beginning stages of electric flight, power wasn’t possible with lead-acid ballasts sitting in a fuselage. But the advent of energy-dense, lightweight batteries brings with it hyper-efficient, “drive-by-wire” electric rotors in flight. Without the physical constraints of heavy, fossil-fuel-driven drivetrains, rotors can be located strategically on the aircraft to maximize propulsion, minimize drag, and optimize the balance of the aircraft.
 

Source: International Energy Agency

Sensors

After affordable, lightweight energy storage, the second leg of the stool was sensors. Starting with accurate and enhanced GPS, the explosion of low-cost accelerometers, machine vision, and detection devices collectively allowed drones to manage themselves in ways never before possible.

Software

Coupled with the right sensors, low-cost rotors, and lightweight composite structures, drones could finally manage themselves, or be remotely piloted. Anyone who has watched an NFL nighttime halftime show has seen extraordinary drone coordination feats which are largely driven by this type of software.

This trio of storage, sensors and software came together to build today’s $6 billion commercial drone industry. Only 10 years ago, it barely existed. Once drones are allowed to fly beyond visual line-of-sight, the market is expected to grow at an even faster pace.

Today’s context

Urbanization and its discontents

The democratization of flight can’t come soon enough. Cities across the country, and even more so around the world, are choking on their own growth. Dense urban environments promised us efficiency and convenience, but in many cases have delivered congestion, inefficiency, pollution and skyrocketing costs.

In order to address affordability, pollution and congestion, the transportation paradigm will have to change. As living spaces and communities become more dynamic, commuting patterns will change, and cities will need greater flexibility. Public transportation infrastructure (like subways, commuter trains and ever-widening highways) can be inflexible and expensive. While mass transit will continue to be necessary, taking to the skies will help build a more adaptive and dynamic urban environment.

Clean, cost-effective air taxis will help support a new urban/exurban paradigm where commuting from many miles away is no longer a punitive prospect. People may no longer need to plan their housing needs around a specific rail terminal, and may no longer need to plan their weekend escapes in the face of walls of traffic.

The innovators

There are already major forces at work here, even with much of the activity flying under the radar.

  • Lilium made a splash in 2016 with its Series A led by Niklas Zennstrom of Atomico and the launch of its public flight video. Obvious Ventures subsequently invested in its $90M Series B in 2017, along with Tencent and others.

  • Joby had maintained a low profile until 2018 when it announced a $100M financing led by Intel, including the likes of AME Cloud, JetBlue Technology Ventures, Capricorn Investment Group, and others.

  • KittyHawk was completely hidden from public view until recently, and privately funded exclusively by Larry Page. It is working on two projects, a single-person recreational Flyer and a multi-passenger vehicle called Cora. The company announced a partnership with the New Zealand government in 2018.

  • Airbus’ Vahana project is a single-passenger vehicle called the Alpha One, developed by one of the leading teams from a large corporate player, and had its maiden flight in 2018. The amount of money Airbus has spent on this project is not public.

  • Uber has made clear its intentions to play a significant role in the future of aerial ride sharing, hosting an annual conference called Uber Elevate, proposing guidelines for common standards, and partnering with traditional aircraft manufacturers that are also looking to get into the space. Uber aims to own the entire end-to-end experience for the consumer, whether traveling by ground, air or sea.

Since these big funding announcements, there have been several dozen other startups entering the urban mobility space, all with differing variations of vehicle design, flight mission and business strategy.

There are other companies adding hybrid electric tech to traditional long-distance commercial airliners, like Zunum (backed by Boeing and JetBlue) and Wright Electric (backed by EasyJet and others). Finally, there is Boom, which is working on a supersonic jet (not electric, but interesting nonetheless).

Not since the time of Orville and Wilbur Wright has there been such a wealth of innovation in the aviation industry.

What’s next?

Safety first

Safety is paramount for all stakeholders in the air taxi industry, including regulators, service providers, aircraft manufacturers, suppliers and customers. Everyone is on the same team when it comes to safety. The world is watching, and we all need to make safety the No. 1 priority if we want this industry to develop. Likewise, one unfortunate crash could ground all aircraft and snuff out the industry before it even gets started.

To that end, the rollout should and will happen gradually.

1. Crawl: During the certification process, aircraft will go through an extensive battery of tests to ensure the pinnacle of safety and reliability. Aircraft will be assessed in every possible scenario before any customer ever climbs aboard one. This is what regulators are best at, and they already have the necessary processes and talent in place to make it happen.

2. Walk: Once certified, rides will be offered to the public in a limited way. Regulators will be evaluating safety, of course, but will also ensure that ride providers are prompt, organized and offer high-quality service to their customers.

3. Run: Once the ride service has proven its ability to operate at the highest level, other routes will be opened up. A higher volume of flights from existing vertiports will be allowed. New vertiports (specifically for eVTOL) will open and new routes will be established.

4. Fly: The regulators approve autonomous air travel. Volumes increase, prices plunge, and urban flight becomes fully democratized with larger vehicles and longer flight distances. People start to rethink where they live, work and play. For example, people who work in San Francisco may opt to live in the Sierra foothills. Whereas the commute previously took three hours, now it’s a more manageable 30 minutes. We expect this to change real estate prices, reduce traffic in cities, and make the world more accessible to more people.

Infrastructure

Step 1 .  Leverage existing architecture: Existing helipads and airports are natural choices for initial air taxi routes, as they are already equipped with adequate physical space, air traffic control processes, and supporting personnel. Most people don’t realize that the helicopter transportation market is already $18 billion globally. For example, helicopter ride-sharing company Blade is operating flights between Manhattan, the Hamptons, and JFK Airport.

Step 2 . Build out new infrastructure (vertiports): Once the aircraft is proven on existing infrastructure, the market will demand more routes, thus requiring the build-out of new infrastructure. The key requirements are access to charging, air clearances, and proximity to ground transportation. These vertiports will not require much investment, just the charging capability as previously discussed.

In the early years, new vertiports will likely be built on city outskirts, thus allowing city-to-city hops while minimizing the need to fly over other infrastructure. Fortunately, for a variety of reasons, most cities are built near bodies of water, which provide ideal routes for air taxis. Real estate developers will soon realize how lucrative these infrastructure investments can be, and the private markets will play a meaningful role in opening up new routes.

Step 3 . Rooftop expansion: In the long term, vertiports will be built on top of existing buildings, enabling hops from building to building within a city. This will happen but will likely be the last infrastructure use case. Multibillion-dollar companies will flourish long before this becomes a reality.

Air traffic management

Air traffic control systems work well for traditional air travel, but are ill equipped to handle the air taxi paradigm. Today’s systems still rely on verbal communication, where air traffic controllers must connect directly with pilots to ensure deconfliction. In the early days, air taxis will rely on these systems as well, but as the volume of flights climbs, traditional air traffic control systems may soon become overwhelmed.

The drone industry has been working on a solution. Drones have a more immediate challenge as there is no pilot onboard to communicate with air traffic control. As a result, companies like Airmap have been working on UTM (shorthand for unmanned aircraft system traffic management). UTM software is rapidly becoming a critical requirement for any consumer or commercial drone, because it helps drone operators automatically request authorization for flights, checks air space restrictions or warnings, and ensures deconfliction with other aircraft.

As drones become more ubiquitous, air taxis may be able to piggyback on UTM, thus allowing for an air traffic management system that automatically coordinates the operation of all types of aircraft in a safe and seamless manner.

A note on autonomy

In the short to medium term, air taxis will be piloted. This approach allows for standardized aircraft certification processes and air traffic control systems  —  and therefore faster commercial deployment.

However, in the long term, the market will likely transition toward autonomous air taxis. As futuristic as it sounds, it is not a wildly challenging problem  —  and is a simpler matter to address compared to self-driving cars. First, there are fewer obstacles in the sky. Second, there is a whole other physical dimension to keep vehicles from hitting each other. And third, aircraft have been effectively “automated” for many years. Most commercial airliners have robust mid-flight “autopilot” functionality, requiring pilots only for outlier situations.

Of course, this new capability will require rigorous testing and a new certification protocol. However, we expect that autonomous air taxis will become commercially available sooner than expected.

Recommendations

Shared skies

Ford and GM don’t own highways, just as Airbus and Boeing don’t own airspace. Similarly, air taxi manufacturers and service providers must share the skies among each other and with other types of aircraft. Routes should be open to any air taxi meeting regulator requirements. Dan Elwell, acting administrator at the FAA, reiterated the FAA’s goal of integrated airspace at the 2018 Uber Elevate conference.

Open infrastructure

In the conventional aircraft world, both public and private airports exist. Private airports can restrict landings except in the event of an emergency. The early years may require privately funded vertiports, but publicly accessible vertiports should be opened up quickly. Whether funded privately by savvy real estate investors or publicly by transportation authorities, in the future we will see a tremendous number of vertiports accessible by a wide range of certified air taxis.

Common protocols

Sharing and collaborating on protocols will ensure healthy competition and the fast growth of the industry. For example, if air taxi companies converged on a set of electric charging requirements, then each vertiport would be robustly equipped to handle any existing and future aircraft. Similarly, convergence on air traffic management systems will ensure consistent awareness of where all other vehicles are and optimize traffic flow, thus providing better service for consumers. Regulators are already leading here and must continue assembling coalitions of the willing.

Community collaboration

The air taxi industry will only be successful if the communities in which they operate are engaged early and if their needs are met. This means rides will be affordable for the vast majority of the community, not just the elite. This means vehicles will be quiet enough to not disrupt your conversation with a neighbor. This means flights will be spaced out and at the appropriate altitude so that your view isn’t marred by a ubiquitous swarm of aircraft. To this end, companies should co-design the service with communities and even facilitate public-private initiatives to kickstart the conversation.

By following these recommendations, the air taxi industry has a legitimate chance to thrive and realize its true positive potential.

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Andrew Beebe is the managing director of Obvious Ventures. Joe Blair is vice president at Obvious Ventures. This piece was originally posted on Medium and was republished with permission. Follow Andrew and Joe and Obvious Ventures on Medium.


          World: The Aid in Danger Monthly News Brief - August 2018      Cache   Translate Page      
Source: Insecurity Insight
Country: Afghanistan, Central African Republic, Democratic People's Republic of Korea, Democratic Republic of the Congo, India, Lebanon, Mali, Myanmar, Nigeria, occupied Palestinian territory, Somalia, South Sudan, Syrian Arab Republic, Uganda, Viet Nam, World, Yemen, Zimbabwe

Security Incidents and Access Constraints

Africa

Central African Republic

01 August 2018: In Alindao town, Basse-Kotto prefecture, unspecified assailants killed an aid worker from a local NGO. His motorcycle was found heavily burned nearby. No further details available. Source: United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) and AWSD

06 August 2018: In Bria town, Haute-Kotto prefecture, the international non-governmental organisation (INGO) Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) reopened its Bria base and has begun to gradually reintroduce its medical support for the city. Source: aBangui

08 August 2018: In Kaga-Bandoro region, Nana-Grébizi prefecture, an unspecified humanitarian team was robbed three times by unidentified perpetrators while traveling between Dekoa and KagaBandoro villages. Source: ACLED

09 August 2018: In Kaga-Bandoro region, Nana-Grébizi prefecture, another team of humanitarian workers from an unspecified organisation were robbed by armed men while driving on the road between Dekoa and Kaga-Bandoro. No further details specified.
Source: ACLED

11 August 2018: In Kaga-Bandoro region, Nana-Grébizi prefecture, a Red Cross team was robbed by unidentified armed men while traveling between Kaga-Bandoro city and Grevai town. Source:
ACLED

25 August 2018: In Bria town, Haute-Kotou prefecture, two national staff members of an unspecified aid organisation were killed during clashes between anti-Balaka militants and members of the Rassemblement Patriotique pour le Renouveau de Centrafique (RPRC), and eleven other people were injured. It is unknown whether the injuries included aid workers. Source: AWSD

Democratic Republic of the Congo

02 August 2018: In North Kivu province, seven local UN workers were kidnapped when their convoy of vehicles was stopped by armed men just east of Masisi centre. Only the Congolese nationals were kidnapped, while their drivers and vehicles were let go. On August 03, two of the seven kidnapping victims were released, having been seriously assaulted, and a ransom was put out for the remaining staff members.
Source: AWSD

08 August 2018 (Date of article): In North Kivu province, militia violence poses a major challenge for aid workers who have been attempting to vaccinate any and all individuals who may come into contact with someone who has the Ebola virus. Sources: Al Jazeera, Devex and The Guardian

09 August 2018: In Rutshuru town, North Kivu province, militants from the Forces Démocratiques de Libération du Rwanda (FDLR) attacked a group from the Norwegian NGO Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC), kidnapping six of the aid workers before releasing them again later the same day. Source: ACLED

19 August 2018: In Tanganyika province, Katanga state, four members of the Red Cross were kidnapped by a group of Hapa Na Pale Mayi Mayi militants. Source: ACLED


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This blog has been re-posted and edited with permission from Dries Buytaert's blog. Please leave your comments on the original post.

For the past two years, I've examined Drupal.org's commit data to understand who develops Drupal, how much of that work is sponsored, and where that sponsorship comes from.

I have now reported on this data for three years in a row, which means I can start to better compare year-over-year data. Understanding how an open-source project works is important because it establishes a benchmark for project health and scalability.

I would also recommend taking a look at the 2016 report or the 2017 report. Each report looks at data collected in the 12-month period between July 1st and June 30th.

This year's report affirms that Drupal has a large and diverse community of contributors. In the 12-month period between July 1, 2017 and June 30, 2018, 7,287 different individuals and 1,002 different organizations contributed code to Drupal.org. This include contributions to Drupal core and all contributed projects on Drupal.org.

In comparison to last year's report, both the number of contributors and contributions has increased. Our community of contributors (including both individuals and organizations) is also becoming more diverse. This is an important area of growth, but there is still work to do.

For this report, we looked at all of the issues marked "closed" or "fixed" in our ticketing system in the 12-month period from July 1, 2017 to June 30, 2018. This includes Drupal core and all of the contributed projects on Drupal.org, across all major versions of Drupal. This year, 24,447 issues were marked "closed" or "fixed", a 5% increase from the 23,238 issues in the 2016-2017 period. This averages out to 67 feature improvements or bug fixes a day.

In total, we captured 49,793 issue credits across all 24,447 issues. This marks a 17% increase from the 42,449 issue credits recorded in the previous year. Of the 49,793 issue credits reported this year, 18% (8,822 credits) were for Drupal core, while 82% (40,971 credits) went to contributed projects.

"Closed" or "fixed" issues are often the result of multiple people working on the issue. We try to capture who contributes through Drupal.org's unique credit system. We used the data from the credit system for this analysis. There are a few limitations with this approach, which we'll address at the end of this report.

What is the Drupal.org credit system?

In the spring of 2015, after proposing ideas for giving credit and discussing various approaches at length, Drupal.org added the ability for people to attribute their work to an organization or customer in the Drupal.org issue queues. Maintainers of Drupal modules, themes, and distributions can award issue credits to people who help resolve issues with code, translations, documentation, design and more.

Example issue credit on drupal org

A screenshot of an issue comment on Drupal.org. You can see that jamadar worked on this patch as a volunteer, but also as part of his day job working for TATA Consultancy Services on behalf of their customer, Pfizer.

Credits are a powerful motivator for both individuals and organizations. Accumulating credits provides individuals with a way to showcase their expertise. Organizations can utilize credits to help recruit developers, to increase their visibility within the Drupal.org marketplace, or to showcase their Drupal expertise.

Who is working on Drupal?

In the 12-month period between July 1, 2017 to June 30, 2018, 24,447, Drupal.org received code contributions from 7,287 different individuals and 1,002 different organizations.

Contributions by individuals vs organizations

While the number of individual contributors rose, a relatively small number of individuals still do the majority of the work. Approximately 48% of individual contributors received just one credit. Meanwhile, the top 30 contributors (the top 0.4%) account for more than 24% of the total credits. These individuals put an incredible amount of time and effort in developing Drupal and its contributed projects:

Rank Username Issues
1 RenatoG 851
2 RajabNatshah 745
3 jrockowitz 700
4 adriancid 529
5 bojanz 515
6 Berdir 432
7 alexpott 414
8 mglaman 414
9 Wim Leers 395
10 larowlan 360
11 DamienMcKenna 353
12 dawehner 340
13 catch 339
14 heddn 327
15 xjm 303
16 pifagor 284
17 quietone 261
18 borisson_ 255
19 adci_contributor 255
20 volkswagenchick 254
21 drunken monkey 231
22 amateescu 225
23 joachim 199
24 mkalkbrenner 195
25 chr.fritsch 185
26 gaurav.kapoor 178
27 phenaproxima 177
28 mikeytown2 173
29 joelpittet 170
30 timmillwood 169

Out of the top 30 contributors featured, 15 were also recognized as top contributors in our 2017 report. These Drupalists' dedication and continued contribution to the project has been crucial to Drupal's development. It's also exciting to see 15 new names on the list. This mobility is a testament to the community's evolution and growth. It's also important to recognize that a majority of the 15 repeat top contributors are at least partially sponsored by an organization. We value the organizations that sponsor these remarkable individuals, because without their support, it could be more challenging to be in the top 30 year over year.

How diverse is Drupal?

Next, we looked at both the gender and geographic diversity of Drupal.org code contributors. While these are only two examples of diversity, this is the only available data that contributors can currently choose to share on their Drupal.org profiles. The reported data shows that only 7% of the recorded contributions were made by contributors that do not identify as male, which continues to indicates a steep gender gap. This is a one percent increase compared to last year. The gender imbalance in Drupal is profound and underscores the need to continue fostering diversity and inclusion in our community.

To address this gender gap, in addition to advancing representation across various demographics, the Drupal community is supporting two important initiatives. The first is to adopt more inclusive user demographic forms on Drupal.org. Adopting Open Demographics on Drupal.org will also allow us to improve reporting on diversity and inclusion, which in turn will help us better support initiatives that advance diversity and inclusion. The second initiative is supporting the Drupal Diversity and Inclusion Contribution Team, which works to better include underrepresented groups to increase code and community contributions. The DDI Contribution Team recruits team members from diverse backgrounds and underrepresented groups, and provides support and mentorship to help them contribute to Drupal.

It's important to reiterate that supporting diversity and inclusion within Drupal is essential to the health and success of the project. The people who work on Drupal should reflect the diversity of people who use and work with the software. While there is still a lot of work to do, I'm excited about the impact these various initiatives will have on future reports.

Contributions by gender

When measuring geographic diversity, we saw individual contributors from 6 different continents and 123 different countries:

Contributions by continent

Contributions by country

The top 20 countries from which contributions originate. The data is compiled by aggregating the countries of all individual contributors behind each commit. Note that the geographical location of contributors doesn't always correspond with the origin of their sponsorship. Wim Leers, for example, works from Belgium, but his funding comes from Acquia, which has the majority of its customers in North America.

123 different countries is seven more compared to the 2017 report. The new countries include Rwanda, Namibia, Senegal, Sierra Leone, and Swaziland, Zambia. Seeing contributions from more African countries is certainly a highlight.

How much of the work is sponsored?

Issue credits can be marked as "volunteer" and "sponsored" simultaneously (shown in jamadar's screenshot near the top of this post). This could be the case when a contributor does the minimum required work to satisfy the customer's need, in addition to using their spare time to add extra functionality.

While Drupal started out as a 100% volunteer-driven project, today the majority of the code on Drupal.org is sponsored by organizations. Only 12% of the commit credits that we examined in 2017-2018 were "purely volunteer" credits (6,007 credits), in stark contrast to the 49% that were "purely sponsored". In other words, there were four times as many "purely sponsored" credits as "purely volunteer" credits.

Contributions by volunteer vs sponsored

A few comparisons between the 2017-2018 and the 2016-2017 data:

  • The credit system is being used more frequently. In total, we captured 49,793 issue credits across all 24,447 issues in the 2017-2018 period. This marks a 17% increase from the 42,449 issue credits recorded in the previous year. Between July 1, 2016 and June 30, 2017, 28% of all credits had no attribution while in the period between July 1, 2017 to June 30, 2018, only 25% of credits lacked attribution. More people have become aware of the credit system, the attribution options, and their benefits.
  • Sponsored credits are growing faster than volunteer credits. Both "purely volunteer" and "purely sponsored" credits grew, but "purely sponsored" credits grew faster. There are two reasons why this could be the case: (1) more contributions are sponsored and (2) organizations are more likely to use the credit system compared to volunteers.

No data is perfect, but it feels safe to conclude that most of the work on Drupal is sponsored. At the same time, the data shows that volunteer contribution remains very important to Drupal. Maybe most importantly, while the number of volunteers and sponsors has grown year over year in absolute terms, sponsored contributions appear to be growing faster than volunteer contributions. This is consistent with how open source projects grow and scale.

Who is sponsoring the work?

Now that we've established a majority of contributions to Drupal are sponsored, we want to study which organizations contribute to Drupal. While 1,002 different organizations contributed to Drupal, approximately 50% of them received four credits or less. The top 30 organizations (roughly the top 3%) account for approximately 48% of the total credits, which implies that the top 30 companies play a crucial role in the health of the Drupal project. The graph below shows the top 30 organizations and the number of credits they received between July 1, 2017 and June 30, 2018:

Top 30 organizations contributing to Drupal

The top 30 contributing organizations based on the number of Drupal.org commit credits.

While not immediately obvious from the graph above, a variety of different types of companies are active in Drupal's ecosystem:

Category Description
Traditional Drupal businesses Small-to-medium-sized professional services companies that primarily make money using Drupal. They typically employ fewer than 100 employees, and because they specialize in Drupal, many of these professional services companies contribute frequently and are a huge part of our community. Examples are Chapter Three and Lullabot (both shown on graph).
Digital marketing agencies Larger full-service agencies that have marketing-led practices using a variety of tools, typically including Drupal, Adobe Experience Manager, Sitecore, WordPress, etc. They tend to be larger, with the larger agencies employing thousands of people. Examples are Wunderman and Mirum.
System integrators Larger companies that specialize in bringing together different technologies into one solution. Example system agencies are Accenture, TATA Consultancy Services, Capgemini and CI&T (shown on graph).
Technology and infrastructure companies Examples are Acquia (shown on graph), Lingotek, BlackMesh, Rackspace, Pantheon and Platform.sh.
End-users Examples are Pfizer (shown on graph) or NBCUniversal.

A few observations:

  • Almost all of the sponsors in the top 30 are traditional Drupal businesses. Companies like MD Systems (12 employees), Valuebound (58 employees), Chapter Three (33 employees), Commerce Guys (13 employees) and PreviousNext (22 employees) are, despite their size, critical to Drupal's success.
  • Compared to these traditional Drupal businesses, Acquia has nearly 800 employees and at least ten full-time Drupal contributors. Acquia works to resolve some of the most complex issues on Drupal.org, many of which are not recognized by the credit system (e.g. release management, communication, sprint organizing, and project coordination). Acquia added several full-time contributors compared to last year, however, I believe that Acquia should contribute even more due to its comparative size.
  • No digital marketing agencies show up in the top 30, though some of them are starting to contribute. It's exciting that an increasing number of digital marketing agencies are delivering beautiful experiences using Drupal. As a community, we need to work to ensure that each of these firms are contributing back to the project with the same commitment that we see from firms like Commerce Guys, CI&T or Acro Media. Compared to last year, we have not made meaningful progress on growing contributions from digital marketing agencies. It would be interesting to see what would happen if more large organizations mandated contributions from their partners. Pfizer, for example, only works with agencies and vendors that contribute back to Drupal, and requires that its agency partners contribute to open source. If more organizations took this stance, it could have a big impact on the number of digital agencies that contribute to Drupal
  • The only system integrator in the top 30 is CI&T, which ranked 3rd with 959 credits. As far as system integrators are concerned, CI&T is a smaller player with approximately 2,500 employees. However, we do see various system integrators outside of the top 30, including Globant, Capgemini, Sapient and TATA Consultancy Services. Each of these system integrators reported 30 to 85 credits in the past year. The top contributor is TATA with 85 credits.
  • Infrastructure and software companies also play an important role in our community, yet only Acquia appears in the top 30. While Acquia has a professional services division, more than 75% of the contributions come from the product organization. Other infrastructure companies include Pantheon and Platform.sh, which are both venture-backed, platform-as-a-service companies that were born from the Drupal community. Pantheon has 6 credits and Platform.sh has 47 credits. Amazee Labs, a company that is building an infrastructure business, reported 40 credits. Compared to last year, Acquia and Rackspace have slightly more credits, while Pantheon, Platform.sh and Amazee contributed less. Lingotek, a vendor that offers cloud-based translation management software has 84 credits.
  • We also saw three end-users in the top 30 as corporate sponsors: Pfizer (491 credits, up from 251 credits the year before), Thunder (432 credits), and the German company, bio.logis (319 credits, up from 212 credits the year before). Other notable customers outside of the top 30, include Workday, Wolters Kluwer, Burda Media, YMCA and OpenY, CARD.com and NBCUniversal. We also saw contributions from many universities, including University of Colorado Boulder, University of Waterloo, Princeton University, University of Adelaide, University of Sydney, University of Edinburgh, McGill University and more.

Contributions by technology companies

We can conclude that technology and infrastructure companies, digital marketing agencies, system integrators and end-users are not making significant code contributions to Drupal.org today. How can we explain this disparity in comparison to the traditional Drupal businesses that contribute the most? We believe the biggest reasons are:

  1. Drupal's strategic importance. A variety of the traditional Drupal agencies almost entirely depend on Drupal to support their businesses. Given both their expertise and dependence on Drupal, they are most likely to look after Drupal's development and well-being. Contrast this with most of the digital marketing agencies and system integrators who work with a diversified portfolio of content management platforms. Their well-being is less dependent on Drupal's success.
  2. The level of experience with Drupal and open source. Drupal aside, many organizations have little or no experience with open source, so it is important that we motivate and teach them to contribute.
  3. Legal reservations. We recognize that some organizations are not legally permitted to contribute, let alone attribute their customers. We hope that will change as open source continues to get adopted.
  4. Tools barriers. Drupal contribution still involves a patch-based workflow on Drupal.org's unique issue queue system. This presents a fairly steep learning curve to most developers, who primarily work with more modern and common tools such as GitHub. We hope to lower some of these barriers through our collaboration with GitLab.
  5. Process barriers. Getting code changes accepted into a Drupal project — especially Drupal core — is hard work. Peer reviews, gates such as automated testing and documentation, required sign-offs from maintainers and committers, knowledge of best practices and other community norms are a few of the challenges a contributor must face to get code accepted into Drupal. Collaborating with thousands of people on a project as large and widely-used as Drupal requires such processes, but new contributors often don't know that these processes exist, or don't understand why they exist.

We should do more to entice contribution

Drupal is used by more than one million websites. Everyone who uses Drupal benefits from work that thousands of other individuals and organizations have contributed. Drupal is great because it is continuously improved by a diverse community of contributors who are enthusiastic to give back.

However, the vast majority of the individuals and organizations behind these Drupal websites never participate in the development of the project. They might use the software as it is or don't feel the need to help drive its development. We have to provide more incentive for these individuals and organizations to contribute back to the project.

Consequently, this data shows that the Drupal community can do more to entice companies to contribute code to Drupal.org. The Drupal community has a long tradition of encouraging organizations to share code rather than keep it behind firewalls. While the spirit of the Drupal project cannot be reduced to any single ideology — not every organization can or will share their code — we would like to see organizations continue to prioritize collaboration over individual ownership.

We understand and respect that some can give more than others and that some might not be able to give back at all. Our goal is not to foster an environment that demands what and how others should give back. Our aim is not to criticize those who do not contribute, but rather to help foster an environment worthy of contribution. This is clearly laid out in Drupal's Values and Principles.

Given the vast amount of Drupal users, we believe continuing to encourage organizations and end-users to contribute is still a big opportunity. From my own conversations, it's clear that organizations still need need education, training and help. They ask questions like: "Where can we contribute?", "How can we convince our legal department?", and more.

There are substantial benefits and business drivers for organizations that contribute: (1) it improves their ability to sell and win deals and (2) it improves their ability to hire. Companies that contribute to Drupal tend to promote their contributions in RFPs and sales pitches. Contributing to Drupal also results in being recognized as a great place to work for Drupal experts.

What projects have sponsors?

To understand where the organizations sponsoring Drupal put their money, I've listed the top 20 most sponsored projects:

Rank Project name Issues
1 Drupal core 5919
2 Webform 905
3 Drupal Commerce 607
4 Varbase: The Ultimate Drupal 8 CMS Starter Kit (Bootstrap Ready) 551
5 Commerce Point of Sale (POS) 324
6 Views 318
7 Commerce Migrate 307
8 JSON API 304
9 Paragraphs 272
10 Open Social 222
11 Search API Solr Search 212
12 Drupal Connector for Janrain Identity Cloud 197
13 Drupal.org security advisory coverage applications 189
14 Facets 171
15 Open Y 162
16 Metatag 162
17 Web Page Archive 154
18 Drupal core - JavaScript Modernization Initiative 145
19 Thunder 144
20 XML sitemap 120

Who is sponsoring the top 30 contributors?

Rank Username Issues Volunteer Sponsored Not specified Sponsors
1 RenatoG 851 0% 100% 0% CI&T (850), Johnson & Johnson (23)
2 RajabNatshah 745 14% 100% 0% Vardot (653), Webship (90)
3 jrockowitz 700 94% 97% 1% The Big Blue House (680), Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center (7), Rosewood Marketing (2), Kennesaw State University (1)
4 adriancid 529 99% 19% 0% Ville de Montréal (98)
5 bojanz 515 0% 98% 2% Commerce Guys (503), Torchbox (17), Adapt (6), Acro Media (4), Bluespark (1)
6 Berdir 432 0% 92% 8% MD Systems (396), Translations.com (10), Acquia (2)
7 alexpott 414 13% 84% 10% Chapter Three (123), Thunder (120), Acro Media (103)
8 mglaman 414 5% 96% 1% Commerce Guys (393), Impactiv (17), Circle Web Foundry (16), Rosewood Marketing (14), LivePerson (13), Bluespark (4), Acro Media (4), Gaggle.net (3), Thinkbean (2), Matsmart (2)
9 Wim Leers 395 8% 94% 0% Acquia (371)
10 larowlan 360 13% 97% 1% PreviousNext (350), University of Technology, Sydney (24), Charles Darwin University (10), Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) (1), Department of Justice & Regulation, Victoria (1)
11 DamienMcKenna 353 1% 95% 5% Mediacurrent (334)
12 dawehner 340 48% 86% 4% Chapter Three (279), Torchbox (10), Drupal Association (5), Tag1 Consulting (3), Acquia (2), TES Global (1)
13 catch 339 1% 97% 3% Third and Grove (320), Tag1 Consulting (8)
14 heddn 327 2% 99% 1% MTech (325)
15 xjm 303 0% 97% 3% Acquia (293)
16 pifagor 284 32% 99% 1% GOLEMS GABB (423), Drupal Ukraine Community (73)
17 quietone 261 48% 55% 5% Acro Media (143)
18 borisson_ 255 93% 55% 3% Dazzle (136), Intracto digital agency (1), Acquia (1), DUG BE vzw (Drupal User Group Belgium) (1)
19 adci_contributor 255 0% 100% 0% ADCI Solutions (255)
20 volkswagenchick 254 1% 100% 0% Hook 42 (253)
21 drunken monkey 231 91% 22% 0% DBC (24), Vizala (20), Sunlime Web Innovations GmbH (4), Wunder Group (1), epiqo (1), Zebralog (1)
22 amateescu 225 3% 95% 3% Pfizer (211), Drupal Association (1), Chapter Three (1)
23 joachim 199 56% 44% 19% Torchbox (88)
24 mkalkbrenner 195 0% 99% 1% bio.logis (193), OSCE: Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (119)
25 chr.fritsch 185 0% 99% 1% Thunder (183)
26 gaurav.kapoor 178 0% 81% 19% OpenSense Labs (144), DrupalFit (55)
27 phenaproxima 177 0% 99% 1% Acquia (176)
28 mikeytown2 173 0% 0% 100%
29 joelpittet 170 28% 74% 16% The University of British Columbia (125)
30 timmillwood 169 1% 100% 0% Pfizer (169), Appnovation (163), Millwood Online (6)

We observe that the top 30 contributors are sponsored by 58 organizations. This kind of diversity is aligned with our desire to make sure that Drupal is not controlled by a single organization. These top contributors and organizations are from many different parts of the world, and work with customers large and small. Nonetheless, we will continue to benefit from an increased distribution of contribution.

Limitations of the credit system and the data

While the benefits are evident, it is important to note a few of the limitations in Drupal.org's current credit system:

  • Contributing to issues on Drupal.org is not the only way to contribute. Other activities, such as sponsoring events, promoting Drupal, and providing help and mentorship are also important to the long-term health of the Drupal project. Many of these activities are not currently captured by the credit system. For this post, we chose to only look at code contributions.
  • We acknowledge that parts of Drupal are developed on GitHub and therefore aren't fully credited on Drupal.org. The actual number of contributions and contributors could be significantly higher than what we report. The Drupal Association is working to integrate GitLab with Drupal.org. GitLab will provide support for "merge requests", which means contributing to Drupal will feel more familiar to the broader audience of open source contributors who learned their skills in the post-patch era. Some of GitLab's tools, such as inline editing and web-based code review, will also lower the barrier to contribution, and should help us grow both the number of contributions and contributors on Drupal.org.
  • Even when development is done on Drupal.org, the credit system is not used consistently. As using the credit system is optional, a lot of code committed on Drupal.org has no or incomplete contribution credits.
  • Not all code credits are the same. We currently don't have a way to account for the complexity and quality of contributions; one person might have worked several weeks for just one credit, while another person might receive a credit for ten minutes of work. In the future, we should consider issuing credit data in conjunction with issue priority, patch size, etc. This could help incentivize people to work on larger and more important problems and save coding standards improvements for new contributor sprints. Implementing a scoring system that ranks the complexity of an issue would also allow us to develop more accurate reports of contributed work.

Like Drupal itself, the Drupal.org credit system needs to continue to evolve. Ultimately, the credit system will only be useful when the community uses it, understands its shortcomings, and suggests constructive improvements.

Conclusion

Our data confirms that Drupal is a vibrant community full of contributors who are constantly evolving and improving the software. While we have amazing geographic diversity, we still need greater gender diversity, in addition to better representation across various demographic groups. Our analysis of the Drupal.org credit data concludes that most contributions to Drupal are sponsored. At the same time, the data shows that volunteer contribution remains very important to Drupal.

As a community, we need to understand that a healthy open source ecosystem includes more than the traditional Drupal businesses that contribute the most. We still don't see a lot of contribution from the larger digital marketing agencies, system integrators, technology companies, or end-users of Drupal — we believe that might come as these organizations build out their Drupal practices and Drupal becomes more strategic for them.

To grow and sustain Drupal, we should support those that contribute to Drupal and find ways to get those that are not contributing involved in our community. We invite you to help us continue to strengthen our ecosystem.


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Foreign Ministers of the African Union (AU) member states on Tuesday met at the headquarters of the pan-African bloc in Ethiopia's capital Addis Ababa to discuss the progress made on the reform of the 55-member union.

   During the two-day meeting, the ministers are expected to consider the key reform issues and challenges to agree on the specific outcomes that the ongoing reform process should deliver.

   The retreat of the AU Executive Council is expected to prepare for the upcoming summit on the AU reform billed for November 2018 here in Addis Ababa.

   Since the launch of the institutional reform process of the Union, significant progress has been made in its implementation, said the Chairperson of the AU Commission, Moussa Faki Mahamat. 

   The rationalization of the working methods of the AU assembly of heads of states, improvement in the quality of its deliberations, the strengthening of the interaction between AU and regional economic communities (RECs) towards a better synergy and efficiency in the implementation of continental agenda, are among the achievements, according to the Chairperson of the AU Commission.

   In the reform process, AU heads of states adopted a financing proposal for the Union in 2016, and it directs all member states to implement a 0.2 percent levy on eligible imports to finance the African Union in its drive to be self-dependent.

   "There is obviously a greater awareness of the imperative of achieving the financial autonomy of our Union," he underlined.

   Mahamat further stated that the internal procedures and working methods of the Union are being revised to allow effective implementation of the decisions.

   He also noted that restructuring the AU Commission is one of the most fundamental issues that concern the pan-African bloc.

   In her opening remarks, the Chair of the AU Executive Council and Rwandan Foreign Minister Louise Mushikiwabo reiterated that the reform of the Commission is a central element of the overall AU reform process.

   "Agenda 2063 is in place and provides our overall vision. Against this vision, we have developed a set of ambitious continental priorities and targets," she said.

   "We need a strong and effective AU Commission to drive our continental agenda. We have a key opportunity over the next two days to do some collective thinking on how best we can achieve this," she said.

   Stating that the heart of the reform of the AU Commission is about people, systems and processes, Mushikiwabo said, "We must be able to attract and retain the best that Africa has to offer to deliver for this continent."

   She underlined the need to have motivated staffs driven by pan-African values, and strong ethics, who are delivering within an accountable and rules-based administrative framework.

   "Alongside this, the Commission must be able to avoid duplication and overlap, manage its resources prudently, observe the highest fiduciary standards and ensure value for money while delivering results," she said.

   "This is what will give member states the confidence to meet their financial obligations regularly and on time," she noted.

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          Quantitative Analyst at IHS Towers      Cache   Translate Page      
IHS Towers is the largest independent mobile telecommunications infrastructure provider in Europe, Africa and the Middle East. Founded in 2001, IHS provides services across the full tower value chain - colocation on owned towers, deployment and managed services. Today IHS Towers has operations in Nigeria, Cameroon, Côte d'Ivoire, Zambia and Rwanda. Following the recent acquisitions of MTN and Etisalat's tower portfolios in Nigeria, IHS owns over 23,300 towers in Africa.Reports To: Senior Manager - Business Planning & Intelligence Summary This position is responsible for developing statistical and optimization models and tools to assist the Business Planning & Intelligence team within Finance to extract value from the asset portfolio pool. Responsibilities Monitor ongoing business processes and operations and assist in implementing risk mitigation processes. Produce reports on a timely basis to be used by management in assessing various business risk and return characteristic Monitor asset and liability holdings and maintain spreadsheets necessary to analyze portfolios. Analyze and monitor new developments in portfolio analytics and risk management space and proactively create tools and measures to enable the Financial Planning & Analysis team to leverage such expertise. Work with software and system engineers to implement and support ongoing and rapid development and testing of research ideas and models as well as their deployment to end-users and stakeholders. Implement methods of monitoring model risk. Continuously monitor model performance and quality, and perform stress testing on various KPIs. Implement models in a large framework of existing models and processes, develop methods for testing models, and document model changes and processes. Build, refine and manage statistical and optimization models for macroeconomic, business, FX, and interest rate risks, and recommend mitigation options. Functional Competencies: Must be detail-oriented, well-organized, independent, entrepreneurial, and self-motivated. Possess excellent interpersonal skills. Able to prioritize in fast-paced work environment Strong quantitative and programming skills Demonstrable proficiency in logic and programming via functional programming platforms, e.g. MatLab, Python, R, etc. Strong knowledge and expertise in portfolio optimization, mathematics, and business risk measurement and management techniques. Excellent understanding of model testing, validation, and development. Proficiency in use of Microsoft Office (with an emphasis on Excel and Access) as well as other financial and statistical software packages. Education & Experience A Bachelor's or advanced degree in quantitative disciplines (Economics, Econometrics, Statistics, Mathematics, Engineering or other relevant fields) 3-5 years working experience; must have experience in working with large data sets. Extensive familiarity with analytics and risk management as they relate to the telecommunications sector, including trends, issues, and developments.
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Serey Dié- – Jeudi 13 septembre 2018 -Quatre jours après avoir pris part aux éliminatoires de la CAN 2019 avec la Côte ‘Ivoire à Kigali contre le Rwanda (2-1), Geoffroy Serey Dié est un homme heureux. A 33 ans, l’international ivoirien a prolongé ce jeudi son contrat avec le FC Bâle. L’information a été donnée […]

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          RELEASE: 45 Cities Pledge to Conserve and Restore Forests, Citing Public Health, Water and Climate Benefits      Cache   Translate Page      

RELEASE: 45 Cities Pledge to Conserve and Restore Forests, Citing Public Health, Water and Climate Benefits

Amman, Auckland, Jakarta, Johannesburg, Mexico City, Oslo, Sacramento and more cities representing over 164 million residents join Cities4Forests initiative

SAN FRANCISCO, CA (September 12, 2018) – Floods and landslides are wreaking havoc on cities from Bangkok to Bangalore. Urban heat islands are exacerbating sweltering temperatures from Los Angeles to São Paulo. Concerns about drinking water are growing from Bogota to Johannesburg to Jakarta. Rising sea levels threaten Miami and Mumbai alike. Now, a coalition of cities has emerged to protect their residents from these threats by deploying a highly underrated resource: forests.

Today at the Global Climate Action Summit, 45 cities across six continents joined the Cities4Forests initiative, committing to conserve and restore their forests while making residents more aware of the vast benefits of trees. Cities joining include Addis Ababa, Bogotá, Kigali, Kochi, Quito, São Paulo, Toronto and Vienna, with many more across the globe and in the U.S. such as Detroit, Los Angeles, New York City, Oakland, Salt Lake City, Seattle and Washington, D.C.

“Cities have invisible footprints on faraway forests that most people aren't aware of. The commodities that we consume - timber, paper, palm oil, beef, soybeans – can be responsible for destroying forests. And the benefits that forests provide to cities are underappreciated too,” said Frances Seymour, Distinguished Senior Fellow at World Resources Institute. “The more we learn about how trees interact with the atmosphere, the more we realize how forests influence the climate on both a local and a global scale. Forests are an important source of climate resilience and stability for people, no matter where we live.”

Trees and forests are immensely valuable to cities and their residents. The Cities4Forests initiative works at three levels: inner, nearby and faraway forests. Trees within cities—the inner forests in parks, boulevards, and yards—help filter air, moderate temperatures and lower energy bills. Trees in the watersheds surrounding cities—nearby forests—buffer against flooding and landslides, lower water treatment costs, offer exercise opportunities and give residents an escape from hectic urban life. Trees in faraway forests, particularly in the tropics, sequester carbon to help combat climate change, generate rain for the world’s farm belts, provide an array of essential products and medicinal ingredients, and host the majority of the world’s land-based biodiversity.

“As the City of Trees, we in Sacramento recognize the important role forests play in promoting clean air and water, and enhancing the quality of life of all residents,” said Mayor Darrell Steinberg, of Sacramento. “From their ability to curb climate change to the miles of hiking and biking trails they provide, without forests, our city cannot truly thrive. Cities4Forests will help us, and other cities, share the best ways to prioritize, restore, and protect the trees that make our communities vibrant and healthy.” 

“As Antananarivo is hit by cyclones and tropical storms every year, I fully understand the importance of protecting and restoring trees and forests inside and nearby our city,” said Mayor Lalao Ravalomanana, of Antananarivo, Madagascar. “Green areas can reduce our risks from natural disasters, support climate action strategies and contribute to a more healthy and resilient environment.”

The 45 founding cities of Cities4Forests include cities from every continent except Antarctica, representing 164.9 million residents in their metropolitan areas (see the full list below). Participating cities share a commitment to reduce deforestation, restore forests and help manage forests both inside and outside city limits. Each city joining the Cities4Forests initiative has committed to:

  • Understand. To assess their reliance and impacts on trees and forests.
  • Engage. To raise awareness among residents about the benefits forests provide, communicate what people can do to make a positive impact and collaborate across government agencies to improve the health of trees and forests.
  • Innovate. To harness the power of forests to help achieve climate goals, secure clean and stable water supplies, reduce stormwater runoff, improve public health and provide recreation.
  • Act. To implement new tools, local policies, voluntary programs, investments and public procurement decisions to meet these goals.
  • Progress. To engage at the three Cities4Forest scales (inner, nearby, and faraway forests), participating in at least one level by 2020, two by 2022 and all three by 2025.
  • Share. To share insights, experiences, and innovations to inspire ambition and mobilize action among cities around the world.

“Conserving our forests is a top priority in Mexico City’s climate action plan,” said Tanya Müller García, Mexico City’s Secretary of Environment. “In fact, 59% of the city’s territory is conserved land that provides multiple environmental benefits – absorbing carbon emissions, protecting our water supply, regulating the city’s temperature and creating space for biodiversity. These benefits are fundamental for Mexico City’s sustainability and for our residents’ quality of life. And we recognize that forests outside of the city’s boundaries need to be protected too. Mexico City is the first local government in Latin America to launch a Forest Carbon Bond. Now with our commitment to Cities4Forests, we continue advancing even more ambitious climate goals.”

Cities4Forests is managed by World Resources Institute, Pilot Projects and REVOLVE. Cities joining the program can benefit from their technical assistance to measure tree cover canopy and prioritize where to plant trees for maximum benefit; increased capacity to apply for funding for tree planting; advice on where to look for financing to protect watersheds or restore degraded areas; help writing sustainable procurement guidelines for timber, construction materials and paper products; and much more.

“I am an enthusiastic city dweller in a capital surrounded by deep forests. I know how vital these accessible, yet quiet forests are to the health and well being of the people of Oslo,” said Norway's Minister of Climate and Environment, Ola Elvestuen, who is supporting the initiative. “Indeed, forests are incredibly valuable to cities and urban citizens for contemplation, exercise, by providing improved air quality and cleaner drinking water. Still, forests further away – particularly in the tropics – are even more important. They support rainfall for food production and food security worldwide and they combat climate change by storing massive amounts of carbon. Halting and reversing tropical deforestation is critical to retain these benefits, and only with cities and their citizens on board can we succeed.”

City officials will also benefit from a peer-to-peer exchange network to learn from other cities and highlight success cases, and a citizen engagement and communications package.

The following cities have signed the Cities4Forests Declaration:

1. Accra, Ghana
2. Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
3. Aguascalientes, Mexico
4. Amman, Jordan
5. Antalya, Turkey
6. Antananarivo, Madagascar
7. Auckland, New Zealand
8. Baltimore, USA
9. Belo Horizonte, Brazil 
10. Bogotá, Colombia
11. Campinas, Brazil
12. Culiacán, Mexico
13. Detroit, USA
14. Eugene, USA
15. Greater Manchester, UK
16. Guadalajara, Mexico
17. Haifa, Israel
18. Honolulu, USA
19. Jakarta, Indonesia 
20. Johannesburg, South Africa
21. Kigali, Rwanda
22. King County (WA), USA
23. Kochi, India

24. Lin'an, China
25. Little Rock, USA
26. Los Angeles, USA
27. Mérida, Mexico
28. Mexico City, Mexico 
29. New York City, USA
30. North Little Rock, USA
31. Oakland, USA
32. Oslo, Norway 
33. Philadelphia, USA
34. Portland (OR), USA
35. Quito, Ecuador
36. Raleigh, USA
37. Sacramento, USA
38. Salem (OR), USA
39. Salt Lake City, USA
40. Salvador, Brazil
41. São Paulo, Brazil
42. Seattle, USA
43. Toronto, Canada
44. Vienna, Austria
45. Washington, DC, USA

Cities4Forests is also endorsed by the Brazilian National Front of Mayors and Jalisco State, Mexico

“The FEMSA Foundation is pleased to support Cities4Forests as a platform to scale up green infrastructure strategies in Latin America for sustainable urban development and water security. We envision a pipeline of innovative projects to emerge from the founding cities, blazing a pathway for scale and replication,” said Mariano Montero Zubillaga, Director of the FEMSA Foundation.

More information is available here.

To join the partnership please contact John-Rob Pool.


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“As Addis Ababa’s population increases, we are increasingly aware of the importance of forests in and around our city in achieving our development goals. We are proud to be a city that is fighting to restore, protect, and utilize forests – to the benefit of our citizens, environment, and economy.” – Mayor Takele Uma Benti, of Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

Auckland’s urban forest helps clean the air and stormwater, cools and beautifies urban spaces, and brings nature to Aucklanders’ doorsteps. Auckland and Cities4Forests are united in a common goal: recognising the wide range of measurable benefits forests provide in making our lives healthier, happier and more gratifying.” – John Mauro, Chief Sustainability Officer of Auckland, New Zealand

“Cities4Forests is supporting our program to a greener and healthier 21st century for Bogotá. The forests we want to create in our future "Van der Hammen" reserve in the north of the city will be essential to help us become resilient to the impacts of climate change and supply clean water, while also providing jobs and boosting infrastructure, public health and recreation.” – Mayor Enrique Peñalosa, of Bogotá, Colombia

"The City of Detroit is excited to be a part of Cities4Forests to amplify our work to restore a vital tree canopy in our city to provide the safety, cooling, air quality, and stormwater benefits of trees to more Detroiters. We are actively exploring innovative opportunities to utilize vacant land throughout our city to create a better quality of life for all Detroiters and this opportunity fits right in." – Brad Dick, Group Executive of Infrastructure of Detroit, USA.

Jakarta’s government recognizes that trees and forests in Jakarta provide a multitude of benefits to urban residents, including providing clean air, high quality drinking water and recreation space. Cities4Forests is one of the efforts of the City of Jakarta to implement its 2017-2022 development plan, particularly in relation to the rehabilitation and restoration of the urban environment, the establishment of Jakarta as a Green and Safe City, as well as the improvement of water and air quality.” – Oswar Mungkasa, Deputy Governor for Spatial Planning and Environment of Jakarta, Indonesia

Oslo is surrounded by the forest and the fjord. By joining Cities4Forests, the city of Oslo reaffirms the importance of maintaining and restoring forests and natural landscapes for our local welfare and for the global climate.” – Raymond Johansen, Governing Mayor of Oslo, Norway

"Quito is a city that grows together with its nature, where trees and forests are treated as an integral component in planning nature based solutions for sustainable development. We are thrilled to be part of the Cities4Forest initiative as it will be a great support to continue our work in ensuring ecosystem services and connecting rural and urban areas." – Mayor Mauricio Rodas, of Quito, Ecuador

"The city of São Paulo is proud to be part of Cities4Forests and will measure efforts to conserve and enlarge green spaces. Urban forests contribute to the regulation of humidity and temperature, air quality control, health and lifestyle of citizens. Our municipality has 30.4% of the territory covered with Atlantic Forest and to preserve this biome, a treasure in fauna and flora, is one of our management priorities. We are in this challenge together! Containing the environmental imbalance in cities contributes to a better world for all." – Mayor Bruno Covas, of São Paulo, Brazil

“Cities are places of creativity and connection. Cities4Forests will harness this energy, helping cities co-design new ideas that connect citizens to the trees and forests just outside their doors and to the vital global forests that we all depend on.” – Scott Francisco, Founder of Pilot Projects Design Collective

"Cities4Forests addresses the greatest challenge of our times: reconciling our relationship with nature so that future generations can live in a cleaner and healthier world." – Stuart Reigeluth, Founder of REVOLVE


About the World Resources Institute (WRI)

WRI is a global research organization that spans more than 50 countries, with offices in the United States, Brazil, China, India, Indonesia, Mexico and more. Our more than 700 experts and staff work closely with leaders to turn big ideas into action at the nexus of environment, economic opportunity and human well-being. Learn more at www.wri.org.

About Pilot Projects

Pilot Projects Design Collective is a systems thinking and design consultancy based in Montreal and New York City. We help organizations ‘co-create a better world’ through inventive projects combining culture, infrastructure and the natural environment. Pilot Projects has expertise in architecture, urbanism, participatory design, project assessment and forest ecology, with services ranging from visioning and facilitation to complete project design and implementation. Co-create with us:  www.pilot-projects.org

About REVOLVE

Based in Brussels and Barcelona, REVOLVE is a communication group fostering cultures of sustainability. REVOLVE coordinates publications, curates photo exhibitions, organizes forums, and publishes a quarterly magazine about water (winter), nature (spring), energy (summer) and transport (fall). Recent city-forest REVOLVE activities include publications (e.g., magazine highlighting forest-city linkages), communications campaigns (e.g., photo exhibition on green buildings), and events (21 March forum on city-forest linkages). REVOLVE will lead on citizen engagement and communication packages, including visual identity development, campaign messaging, digital portal management, media relations, photo exhibitions, educational material, impact reporting and other communication tools. Start revolving: www.revolve.media

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          Quantitative Analyst at IHS Towers      Cache   Translate Page      
IHS Towers is the largest independent mobile telecommunications infrastructure provider in Europe, Africa and the Middle East.  Founded in 2001, IHS provides services across the full tower value chain – colocation on owned towers, deployment and managed services. Today IHS Towers has operations in Nigeria, Cameroon, Côte d’Ivoire, Zambia and Rwanda. Following the recent acquisitions of MTN and Etisalat’s tower portfolios in Nigeria, IHS owns over 23,300 towers in Africa.Job Title: Quantitative AnalystReports To: Senior Manager - Business Planning & IntelligenceSummaryThis position is responsible for developing statistical and optimization models and tools to assist the Business Planning & Intelligence team within Finance to extract value from the asset portfolio pool.ResponsibilitiesMonitor ongoing business processes and operations and assist in implementing risk mitigation processes.Produce reports on a timely basis to be used by management in assessing various business risk and return characteristicMonitor asset and liability holdings and maintain spreadsheets necessary to analyze portfolios.Analyze and monitor new developments in portfolio analytics and risk management space and proactively create tools and measures to enable the Financial Planning & Analysis team to leverage such expertise.Work with software and system engineers to implement and support ongoing and rapid development and testing of research ideas and models as well as their deployment to end-users and stakeholders.Implement methods of monitoring model risk.Continuously monitor model performance and quality, and perform stress testing on various KPIs.Implement models in a large framework of existing models and processes, develop methods for testing models, and document model changes and processes.Build, refine and manage statistical and optimization models for macroeconomic, business, FX, and interest rate risks, and recommend mitigation options.

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