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This is the transcript for episode 326 of the Community Broadband Bits podcast. In this episode, Christopher talks with representatives from the City of Mont Belvieu, Texas, about their community fiber network MB Link. They discuss some of the legal challenges the city had to overcome to establish MB Link and how Mont Belvieu has managed to successfully market the network to city residents. Listen to the episode here.

 

 

Nathan Watkins: And the courts ruled that electricity was a public improvement, similar to public works and utilities, and we argued that reliable high speed broadband Internet is also a public utility and a public works. And the judge ruled in our favor.

Lisa Gonzalez: This is episode 326 of the Community Broadband Bits podcast from the Institute for Local Self-Reliance. I'm Lisa Gonzalez. In this episode, four folks from Mont Belvieu, Texas, talk with Christopher about their network MB Link. Nathan Watkins, Dwight Thomas, Scott, Swigert, and Brian Ligon discuss their experiences with the network that the community has been quick to embrace. They talk about some of the challenges they faced, including a hurdle put in place by the state of Texas, and the many ways overcoming those challenges have paid off. Mont Belvieu has a thriving oil and gas industry, but they're quickly becoming known for their gigabit connectivity. Now, here's Christopher with Nathan Watkins, Dwight Thomas, Scott Swigert, and Brian Ligon.

Christopher Mitchell: Welcome to another edition of the Community Broadband Bits podcast. I'm Chris Mitchell with the Institute for Local Self-Reliance, and today we're breaking a record. We're going to have more people on this show than we have had in any other episode. So let me start by introducing these folks from Mont Belvieu, Texas. Nathan Watkins is the City Manager. Welcome to the show.

Nathan Watkins: Thank you for having me.

Christopher Mitchell: And we have Dwight Thomas, the Director of Broadband and IT.

Dwight Thomas: Thank you for having me as well.

Christopher Mitchell: We also have Scott Swigert, the Assistant City Manager. Welcome.

Scott Swigert: Thank you. Welcome. Thank you for having me today.

Christopher Mitchell: And Brian Ligon, the Marketing and Communications Director for the city. Welcome to the show.

Brian Ligon: Thank you very much. Happy to be here.

Christopher Mitchell: So let's start with Nathan with a little bit of background. Mont Belvieu [is] a little bit east of Houston. Tell me a little bit more about the community and the size, and just give the audience a sense of where you're at.

Nathan Watkins: Okay. The City of Mont Belvieu is located on Interstate 10 — just north of Interstate 10. We're approximately 14 square miles, just under 8,000 population. We were incorporated in the '60s. Primarily, we were an industrial town. There was oil and gas drilling here that started in the early 1900s, and that evolved into storing natural gas liquids in underground salt formations here. It's the largest and highest quality salt dome in the world, and that's kind of what makes Mont Belvieu special. Um, 85 percent of the natural gas liquids, the United States are processed here. We have pipelines that come in from the East Coast, all the way from Pennsylvania, and then to the west of us from New Mexico and north to Nebraska — kinda all pipelines merge here. We have 10,000 linear miles of pipeline in two square miles located on the salt dome complex. So, an oil and gas industrial town, and that's where our revenue comes from and that's what gives us the opportunity to do great projects like MB Link.

Christopher Mitchell: So let's talk about MB Link, because it sounds like one of the other things that sets you apart is you're probably one of the better connected cities in all of Texas now. Tell us about that.

Nathan Watkins: We're definitely one of the better connected cities in all of Texas now, but that wasn't always the case. About four or five years ago, we started hearing complaints from our businesses and our residents about our internet connectivity and reliability and the frustrations associated with that. We went out and conducted a survey, and [it was] pretty conclusive that 90 percent of our residents felt that we didn't have broadband and that they felt that modern day Internet was a critical utility just like water and sewer. So that's what really kicked us off into looking at becoming the first city in the state of Texas to do a 100 percent rollout and become an ISP for the community.

Christopher Mitchell: I'm curious, if anyone else wants to jump in and give a sense of what it was like to make this decision and what motivated it.

Nathan Watkins: Yes, Nathan, I'll add to that. So it was really driven by our residents' need for reliable Internet. I mean, that doesn't seem — you know, in 2018 and previously 2015/16, that doesn't seem like a challenge a lot of communities face, especially one that's 30 miles east of Houston. But it's definitely one that we were facing. The fastest speeds that were available in the City of Mont Belvieu, whenever we get started, were 1.5 megs DSL and 5 megs over cable, and there [were] basically two providers for the entire 14 square miles. Ultimately, we had new subdivisions going in — we've kinda been in a high growth area for the last six to seven years, growing at about eight percent a year — but we had new homes going in and new sections of subdivisions where broadband providers and Internet service providers just simply refused to go in. [They] said, "Hey, we're not gonna bring service to these 120 new homes in the community." So people were having to rely on cell phone connections and mobile hotspots to address their needs for Internet.

Christopher Mitchell: So let me ask you, Dwight, Mb Link was your answer to that. What exactly is MB Link in terms of the services that are available and who offers them?

Dwight Thomas: Sure. So MB Link is a 100 percent fiber optic, and we can call this probably Fiber-to-the-User, network. [It's] a system that we've taken a little bit farther than most of your typical Fiber-to-the-Home implementations., whereas we bring the fiber directly inside to you. Just as Nathan mentioned, this was to address a big need, one that I definitely came to learn more about as being part of this project and ultimately for the city. So at the moment, MB Link, we only offer one plate, which is data at the moment. The initial package was what some called the Google package. It's up to a gig up, up to a gig down is what we're doing for residential. [We're] rolling out residential services now, and looking forward to bringing on businesses first of the year.

Christopher Mitchell: Let me know a little bit about the competitive environment. Have you seen the incumbents step up now that you've set the bar so high?

Dwight Thomas: Yes. And actually, I've spoken to probably all except Comcast at the moment. So in this area, we have two major [providers], which is Verizon — Frontier and of course Comcast, and then we also have a sort of a WISP, which is called ims. And at some point I've talked to all of them about this, about what we're offering, and they understand it. Of course, they are definitely aware of all the challenges and ultimately could not believe that we were able to get this off of the ground and it'd be as successful as it is.

Christopher Mitchell: Brian, let me ask you as the marketing [and] communications person, have you faced a challenge in terms of marketing a city-owned service and what I assume is a pretty standard conservative-thinking town in Texas?

Brian Ligon: I got to tell you, it's actually been a lot easier than you might think. We understand that the national providers have the greatest minds with all the bells and whistles and national marketing and advertising campaigns, but we have one thing that they can't buy. And that's hometown. We are their hometown Internet service. We're the ones that are building the network. We're installing the network. We touch these customers every day. The same people that they rely on for water, sewer, they now can trust for Internet. You know, when people go and they turn the water faucet on, they don't think about, "Well, is my water going to come on today?" If they go and flush the toilet, they don't go, "Is the toilet gonna flush today?" It just works. And so we've been able to take that brand equity as the city as — I mean people live inside of our brand. They chose to live here for a reason. We've been able to take that and, and, and use that to our advantage to gain that adoption of the service, to let people know that when they call us it's going to be different. It's not odd for Dwight to actually go and meet with a customer and address their needs individually. He won't tell you this because he's too humble, but I will tell you that, you know, he was actually at a customer's house the other day. He was telling me about a call he had, and he went to a resident's house and helped them address their issue individually. And [he] got them, where they were like, "Nah, this doesn't work, this is new, and I shouldn't have jumped on this train," to, "Oh man, this really works. Thank you." And that customer told him, "I never would have gotten the time and attention that you gave me today to get this running the way that I would from a national provider. I don't understand, why did you do this?" And that's the thing — it's because it's hometown service. You know, that's what's differentiating us in the marketplace, and it's the one thing the big providers can't buy.

Christopher Mitchell: That's great. Those are the stories that we love to collect. Scott, you know, I'd like to bring you in as Assistant City Manager and ask you, are you seeing any changes in the community as a result of this? You know, [is there] anything that comes to mind and gives you some pride about your community doing this service?

Scott Swigert: Well I know one of the things that I've heard in conversations with some of the families actually getting on MB Link, is the fact that now they are able to enjoy some of the amenities a lot of people have already been able to enjoy across the country. You know, now that we've got a [gigabit] service that they're able to tap into, they're able to get smart devices for their homes. They're able to get Alexas, they're able to get the air conditioner controls that you can control through your Internet, and your security cameras and security system that they haven't been able to utilize in the past, and now they can use those smart devices. And so that's been a great positive for our community.

Christopher Mitchell: That's really good to hear. Now, I was just at an event last week in Ohio, and I was speaking with a community from Texas up in the region around Dallas. And Nathan, I'm going to ask you this as a city manager. They were under the impression that they could not even build a municipal network, and they said that they had reached out to the Attorney General of Texas who told them that they couldn't. And I know there's been some confusion because Texas is quite clear that cities cannot build a local exchange services, like telephone or cable services. So can you tell us a little bit about Texas law and how you went about building your network?

Nathan Watkins: Yeah, that's definitely a similar position we were in once we conducted a feasibility study and it looked like this was something that was going to be feasible and we wanted to take on. So we started going through the case law, and just like you mentioned, there's a very specific law around switched access and municipalities are prohibited from attaining the required certificates for doing telephone services. And it was really unclear whether or not a broadband network was included in that or not. So as part of this process, we sought a declaratory judgment from the attorney general regarding our ability to issue debt for a solely-owned broadband Fiber-to-the-Home network. The court ruled in our favor and the attorney general accepted that ruling. We issued the debt and it's kind of history in the books. And we're building them. We've got customers on the system now. The interesting thing is we use case law regarding public utilities from the early 1900s. We specifically used electrical case law where cities were getting into electrical service in 1913 and 1925. We used a case from Nacogdoches and a case from the City of Clifton regarding this matter. And the courts ruled that electricity was a public improvement, similar to public works and utilities, and we argued that reliable high speed broadband Internet is also a public utility and a public works. And the judge ruled in our favor.

Christopher Mitchell: I think that's interesting on two levels because you actually solved two problems. I think one was whether or not the city could own and operate and the second is financing, and you were able to achieve both goals.

Nathan Watkins: That's correct, and those were specifically the two things that we had to address. One, could we issue the debt to do the project? I know other cities have included fiber in other bond packages, but there had never been a sole issuance for the construction of a broadband network. So we had to get that addressed and the attorney general agreed with us there, and then the legislation regarding electrical utilities and how that was comparable to a modern day broadband network. And the judge ruled in our favor and said, yes, it's critical infrastructure, just like water and sewer, and everybody should have access to it.

Christopher Mitchell: Well, and now everyone will.

Nathan Watkins: That's correct.

Christopher Mitchell: Dwight, let me come back to you. What's the plan? You said that you're serving residents today and you're going to start serving businesses next year. What's the plan for when it will be available to everyone?

Dwight Thomas: Maybe first quarter of next year. I mean, it'll be available to everybody. The preference though was to take care of the citizens, our residential customers. They have the greatest need and of course, part of our implementation and layout — I know some cities may have more businesses than they do homes. Ours was a little bit of a mix, whereas our residential customers kind of were a little bit larger than our businesses at the moment. So that's been our focus. We've been attacking that with great fervor ,and now we're moving over to the business which all have a sense that they want and they've expressed their interest in it. They're ready to move forward with it, so we're looking to do that. And just to add to that, Chris, this is really just the start of some of the things that we're doing here. We're looking to move over into the smart city space as well, which the fiber that we're laying a provides a great foundation for that too. So a lot of big things happening here in Mont Belvieu.

Christopher Mitchell: Are you seeing other communities around you that were in a similar position to what you were in? Are they looking at what you're doing and thinking, "Man, I'd like to get me some of that here"?

Nathan Watkins: Yeah. We've reached out and spoken to several different city manager groups, city manager study groups, city manager luncheons. And then there's actually other city councils we've heard of that have initiated this process. I think the scenario was kind of a perfect storm for the City of Mont Belvieu to be the first to try it out. One, we didn't have the connectivity that our community desired. We had the means to issue the debt and service the debt to deliver the project. And the business model was built around a 65 percent penetration rate. So, our goal was to have 800 homes connected by the end of the third year. We had 700 homes connected before we even went live to the first customer. So, there was so much pent up demand, we had all of our residents pay their deposit, put their money down, and say, "Hey, we want to be on the list" before we even had the first person connected. And really the biggest challenge we face now, is there's a wait to get on it. As Dwight mentioned, it'll probably be the first quarter or early next year before we can get everybody connected that has signed up. And so the challenge we face now is how fast we can get everybody online. It's not a matter of if we're gonna meet our penetration rates and if we're going to meet the business model projections. It's just getting it out there and getting it delivered and getting it done.

Christopher Mitchell: That's great to hear. I mean, I think 65 percent is ambitious and you know, I'm curious, Brian, if you would have any words of advice for other communities that are looking at that because, you know, in our experience, word of mouth and existing demand is enough to get you 20 or 30 percent of the market. But, it often takes some savvy marketing to make sure you're cracking above 50 percent.

Brian Ligon: I would agree. You know, the thing I would tell other broadband marketers or potential broadband marketers that are getting into this space — and I've had to learn very quickly being that we're the first in Texas and one of a handful. I don't have a lot of other government communicators that I can say, "Hey, so what did you do for your broadband network?" I mean, it doesn't exist. So I've had to make a lot of this up as I go. But one of the things that I would say is just making sure that that brand, that co-branding, happens. We co-brand — we make every effort to co-brand the city with the network. I've even gotten to the point now to where I've got our city utility workers and parks and rec guys wearing MB Link hats when they're out in the field. They're gray and DayGlo green, so it meets their OSHA requirements. But whether someone is out there cutting the grass or fixing a pothole, our residents see that, those city functions, but they see them, even in their roles, integrated into MB Link as a brand. We make sure that we're always putting that impression out there, the brand impression, for the network along with the city. We've gotten a lot of mileage on that, and it's helped us a lot. Beyond that, just leveraging the power of a social has been huge for us, even to the point that Dwight and I are now doing a scheduled Friday post every Friday at noon to help people make the most out of this new power that they have with these high speed connections. We're doing a Fiber Facts Friday, and if anyone wants to follow that, it's #FiberFactsFriday and you can see what we've done so far and what we'll do in the future. But we help people make the most out of the technology they have in their home. And people are loving it. We're getting great feedback on it.

Nathan Watkins: Yeah, this is Nathan. I would like to add to that. You know, that's something that we were definitely concerned about, going up against a huge marketing dollars of the national telecommunication companies, and how we were going to be able to address that and get the word out. But part of what has made us successful is, it is a hometown service. We have just one bill that goes out. So you get your water, your sewer, your trash, and your Internet bill all in one place. If you've got any questions or concerns, you know, most of our residents are driving by city hall every day and they're just a phone call away from being able to talk to Brian or myself or Dwight and get the answers they need. And then, the biggest thing is the service is exactly as we've advertised. We don't have interruptions. We don't have reliability issues. We don't have connectivity issues. We made sure that we had all the right equipment and that it's set up properly in the houses so that everybody has the service that we've promised. And it just works. And when something just works, it spreads like wildfire through the community. And the people that were kinda on the fence and said, "Man, is this really going to work? No city's ever done this before." and taking the wait-and-see approach, those people are the ones that I was talking about earlier that are the most disappointed that now they've got to wait 60 to 90 days before they can get service because they missed that opportunity to jump on the bandwagon at the beginning of it. It's really been a huge PR success for the city. Certain cities have reputations and challenges they face and I think we had a very positive reputation, but getting outside the box and delivering a service that was a critical need for the community and doing it successfully — just about anywhere you go now in the community, there's people talking about MB Link and how great it is, and you know, they're just so thankful and appreciative that the city council was willing to take this challenge on and make it work.

Christopher Mitchell: So I have two questions to finish up with, and I'll throw the first one to Scott first and that's one about structure. A lot of the cities that have built their own networks already had electric departments and they often would put the network under the electric department. How did you structure it in Mont Belvieu, for oversight and things like that?

Scott Swigert: Well basically, we stood up a whole brand new utility. We created a department from scratch, and of course Dwight was our first employee of that new utility, who was coming in and helped us create and develop and design that structure and to grow it. It's a fast growing department, as it started with one, you know, six [to] nine months ago and now we're getting closer to seven employees that we're trying to pull on and bring on board at this time to kind of service this. And we know that we're going to continue to grow as we continue to bring on additional users, and as our city continues to grow, and as Nathan mentioned earlier, as we get our businesses on and to be able to provide the services that we need for that. And so, again, it's one of those things that we had to basically start from scratch, but there wasn't a place that we could really put this new utility. It's totally different and unique from the other things that we provide, but it's something that we were able to do. And it goes back to just the ability that cities and municipalities have, that we're able to hear the need of our citizens and to be able to bring something that our community needs that even the private sector was not able to provide to our community. But we were able to stand up and bring that service to them, and it provided an excellence they're not going to be able to get anywhere else.

Christopher Mitchell: It's good information for communities to have because I think a lot of people have those same questions about where to put it in terms of the structure of the city. Dwight, I'm curious — a technical question for folks that are listening and starving for some technical details, did you go with the GPON network or you want to tell us a little bit about the technology behind it?

Dwight Thomas: Sure. And Chris, you are right. This is definitely a GPON and active Ethernet network, primarily GPON, due to the flexibility that I get from it and then of course the ability to be able to split and serve many customers. I don't know how deep you want to go into the technical stuff. I can talk about this stuff for days. But that's essentially what it is. We're going to layer services on top of the dotted line. Well, we will offer some MPLS focused services, even add LAN services, you know, we get close to the business side, but right now it's primarily GPON and of course active Ethernet.

Christopher Mitchell: And so it will be more active for the businesses which are likely to want the dedicated circuits. Is that what you're saying?

Dwight Thomas: Sure. Businesses, and of course, you know, you have the occasional customers who are big gamers and really, really need the bandwidth or exceed bandwidth of the service that GPON requires, right? So we'll kind of walk them over to the active Ethernet side.

Christopher Mitchell: That's great. Is there anything else anyone wants to throw in before we sign off — things people should know about Mont Belvieu and MB Link?

Brian Ligon: If they don't believe it, they should try it for themselves and their community. It can be done. And if you need to try it, come on down. We'll let you hop on the network and test the speed for yourself. You'll be surprised what a city with some "can do" attitude can do.

Christopher Mitchell: Well, I like that idea. I want to take my wife and kid down to east Texas, Louisiana area sometime in the near future, so I'll be swinging through when I do that.

Nathan Watkins: Definitely, come on by, Chris.

Christopher Mitchell: Let me thank you all for sharing your background, your information with us. I think it's just terrific to see a small town figuring this out, moving forward, being an inspiration to others. Thank you so much.

Dwight Thomas: Thank you very much, Chris. What a pleasure.

Nathan Watkins: Thank you, Chris.

Brian Ligon: Thank you, Chris.

Lisa Gonzalez: That was Christopher with Nathan Watkins, Dwight Thomas, Scott Swigert, and Brian Ligon. We have transcripts for this and other podcasts available at muninetworks.org/broadbandbits. Email us Podcast@MuniNetworks.org with your ideas for the show. Follow Chris on Twitter. His handle is @CommunityNets. Follow MuniNetworks.org stories on Twitter. The handle is @MuniNetworks. Subscribe to this podcast and the other podcasts from ILSR, Building Local Power and the Local Energy Rules podcast. You can access them wherever you get your podcasts. Don't miss out on our original research. Subscribe to our monthly newsletter at ILSR.org, and while you're there, take a moment to donate. Thank you to Arne Huseby for the song Warm Duck Shuffle, licensed through Creative Commons, and thanks for listening to episode 326 of the Community Broadband Bits podcast.

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The past few years have been good for OMG Accessories, the teenage-girl-centered lifestyle brand that fashion industry veteran Anne Harper founded in 2009. And she owes much of that success to China.

By producing handbags and backpacks at a Chinese factory that provided a quick turnaround on small orders, the company has been able to test the market and build up a line of products that is now carried in thousands of stores across the United States. Sales this year have tripled over last year, bringing total revenue to more than $10 million. Harper is now set to move OMG and its 14 employees into a larger showroom in its West 33rd Street building.

Her industry, however, has been caught in the crossfire of an escalating trade war that could put the brakes on any kind of growth. Handbags and backpacks made in China are among the $200 million worth of goods that recently became subject to a trade tariff scheduled to jump to 25% in January.

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Harper has been forced to take bigger gambles on her orders, but overall she is glad she planned ahead.

"If I didn't have this factory, [the tariffs] could have destroyed me," she said. "That's how I know that people who are not in my position are in big trouble."

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Industry representatives have spoken up about fashion's unique reliance on a complex supply chain rooted in China and the difficulties of finding alternatives. But not all of the industry will be hurt in the same way. Some large brands, such as Coach and Kate Spade, began shifting production out of China years ago and moving it to low-wage facilities in Southeast Asia and India. Other companies, such as Steve Madden, ramped up a shift to Cambodia that was already in motion.

In addition, some well-known brands may have big enough margins and a loyal enough customer base to absorb some portion of the tariff and pass along the rest.

But OMG and other brands with price-sensitive products are in no position to experiment. Their retail buyers are saying suppliers will have to eat the cost of the tariff, as the stores have no intention of raising prices.

"If they are selling a bag of mine at $20 and then it goes over $20, even by a dollar, the customer has a different perspective," Harper said. "Shoppers are used to getting a bargain."

There are also drawbacks for small companies that work with factories in low-wage countries. Those nations lack the industrial expertise and transportation infrastructure that China has developed and take roughly double the time to turn around an order—six months as opposed to three. That means Harper is banking that what's "on trend" today, such as her unicorn-decorated handbags, will be just as popular next year.

What's more, the new factory can do only mass-volume production: a minimum of 3,000 units per color and style. That works for what she's selling now, but it would be too big of an order if she wanted to venture into new markets, such as bags for women or backpacks for boys. In fact, most retailers, Harper said, are taking few large orders of any kind.

"Even Kohl's—which has 1,100 stores—once something's proven, they'll order 3,000," Harper said, "but most of the time they're ordering one or two bags for each store. It used to be you'd have 10 of a style, but stores don't have traffic like that anymore."

For many local fashion brands—most of which do not own a factory in a low-wage Asian country—the biggest issue is the uncertainty surrounding the tariffs. "Do you want to disrupt your entire supply chain when there could be an agreement next month?" asked Julia Hughes, president of the United States Fashion Industry Association.

She thinks that the uncertainty has been exacerbated by the lack of clear direction or precise goals in the Trump administration's approach. "In past administrations and trade disputes, almost everybody felt they had a sense of what the outcome would be," Hughes said. "That's not the case here, and that makes it more complicated."

But the administration's defenders argue that President Donald Trump is trying to reverse decades of failed trade policy that allowed China to undermine American manufacturing and appropriate companies' intellectual property as a condition for operating in the country. The short-term pain of higher prices and rearranged supply chains, they say, will yield fairer trade rules for U.S. companies and new life for domestic factories.

Economist Ed Yardeni says American companies doing business with China have in effect supported its expansionist plans and superpower ambitions. He said the 25% tariff is aimed at weakening the country and keeping it from challenging American interests.

"The goal isn't to force concessions out of China but rather to get manufacturers out of China and into either the U.S. (ideally) or to countries such as Mexico that do agree to the terms of bilateral trade deals with the U.S.," Yardeni wrote in a recent report.

But a large-scale return of garment factories to the United States is simply not in the cards, experts said.

"We would have to rebuild a vast infrastructure and find people who actually want to sit at sewing machines, which would require a dramatic increase in immigration," said Susan Scafidi, director of the Fashion Law Institute at Fordham Law School. "People who are born in the U.S. typically don't aspire to work in garment factories."

She added that it was possible other countries, including Mexico, could expand their manufacturing capacity, but those changes would take a lot more time to put in place than a trade deal.

For now some fashion companies are simply looking to manage their business in the short term.

Urban Expressions, which produces a popular line of vegan, faux-leather handbags, took a gamble in July and sped up its production for next year.

"We landed 50% of the goods we planned for Q1 before the first tariff took effect, and most of the other 50% will have landed before the 25% tariff goes into effect," noted Farbod Shakouri, co-founder of the Los Angeles–based company, which has its showroom in New York. He figures that he can keep his retailers supplied through the first nine months of 2019.

He is also holding down costs. Earlier this year Urban Expressions was planning to buy an entire floor of a West 33rd Street building for its New York operations. It put the purchase on hold and is instead moving into a larger showroom in its current building, on West 32nd Street.

Shakouri has no desire to shift production from China. He has tried out factories in Bangladesh, Cambodia and Myanmar and was dissatisfied with the long lead times and their inability to do small production runs. A tariff might make him more receptive to a move, but he would prefer to see a compromise on absorbing the costs.

"A lot of the strategies are going to revolve around the retailers and what they're going to do," Shakouri said. "If they increase prices, then there could be a partnership along the supply chain where everyone eats a little bit into their margins to keep the status quo—until somehow there's a resolution."


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In Sheridan Circle on Washington’s Embassy Row lies a small plaque, little noticed by both tourists and locals, marking the spot where a car bomb killed Chilean diplomat-turned-think-tanker Orlando Letelier along with his American co-worker Ronni Moffitt in 1976. Letelier, since leaving Chile, had become a leading critic of Augusto Pinochet’s regime, and declassified documents later showed that the dictator had directly ordered the killing.

A dictatorship killing one of its citizens on the streets of a foreign capital is a brazen act but is by no means unheard of. Social scientists have traditionally defined a state as the entity that controls the use of physical force for domination within a given territory. But states, particularly those of an authoritarian bent, have frequently sought to project violence against dissidents and defectors far beyond their borders. An effective authoritarian state needs its most prominent critics to know that an ice ax in the back is still a possibility, even if they leave.

While it’s not exactly a new phenomenon, as Letelier and numerous other historical cases prove, the killing or abduction of foreign critics by authoritarian regimes appears to be alarmingly normalized today. Also alarming: Some of the countries where these crimes take place seem uninterested in doing anything to stop them.

Last week, Jamal Khashoggi, a prominent Saudi journalist and critic of its ruling royal family living in exile in the United States, visited the Saudi consulate in Istanbul to obtain a document related to his upcoming wedding. He has not been heard from since then, and Turkish officials reportedly believe he was murdered by a special team sent from Saudi Arabia.

Saudi Arabia’s government has been brutal to dissidents and opponents, and technically speaking Khashoggi entered Saudi territory when he went inside the consulate building, but he had apparently been unconcerned, telling friends before his disappearance that he had been treated well during previous visits to Saudi embassies and consulates. His fiancée says he told her not to worry, since “they would not dare attempt anything within Turkey’s borders.”

Then again, perhaps no one should assume they are safe from a government that more or less took the prime minister of Lebanon hostage for several days last year. Ghanem al-Dosary, a London-based Saudi dissident, told the New York Times that Khashoggi’s disappearance was a message from the regime to its critics “that our hands can reach you wherever you are.”

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has demanded that the Saudi government prove its claim that Khashoggi walked out of the consulate unharmed. While a reasonable request, this umbrage is somewhat ironic given Turkey’s own pursuit of its critics abroad. Under Erdogan, the Turkish government has launched an aggressive crackdown on supporters of Fethullah Gülen, the influential and controversial cleric it accuses of orchestrating a failed 2016 coup. Thousands of accused Gülenists, including U.S. citizens, have been arrested, and the manhunt has gone global as well. Often, this is a matter of pushing foreign governments to extradite Gülenists back to Turkey, but sometimes the line between arrest and abduction has been blurred. In March, six Gülenists in Kosovo were shipped back to Turkey after being arrested over links to Gülenists schools, but Kosovo’s prime minister said he had not been aware of the operation, and local media dubbed it a “kidnapping.” In July, the government of Mongolia prevented what appeared to be an attempted abduction of a Gülenist school leader. Then there’s Gülen himself: Special counsel Robert Mueller is reportedly looking into allegations, corroborated by former CIA Director James Woolsey, that Turkish officials had met with former U.S. National Security Adviser and unacknowledged Turkey lobbyist Michael Flynn to discuss a plan to abduct the cleric from his compound in Pennsylvania and deliver him back to Turkey. And that’s not to mention the beating of protesters in Washington by Erdogan’s own bodyguards in 2017.

Of course, the most prominent recent attack by an authoritarian government on an exiled critic was the poisoning of former Russian spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter in England in March, an attack that Vladimir Putin’s government has only half-heartedly tried to deny. According to a BuzzFeed investigation last year, U.S. authorities believe that as many as 14 people, including billionaire Boris Berezovsky, whose death had been ruled a suicide in 2013, had been killed by Russian secret services in Britain in recent years. Dozens more opponents of the Putin regime have been killed under suspicious circumstances abroad.

China has also been reaching across borders to pursue its critics. Prominent dissidents have been reportedly abducted from Thailand and sent back to China for detention. As for foreign-residing Uighurs—the Muslim minority that Beijing has recently been repressing in a brutal campaign that’s been dubbed a “cultural genocide”—the authorities’ preferred tactic appears to be threatening their families living within China unless they return home.

Last week also saw the bizarre disappearance and resignation of Meng Hongwei, the Chinese official who led Interpol, in what appeared to be a highly unusual move by a state government against the leader of a major international organization, all the more troubling since the exact charges against Meng have not been made public.

Numerous other examples abound. Two women are currently on trial in Malaysia over the killing—likely in cooperation, willing or not, with North Korean operatives—of Kim Jong-nam, brother of the current North Korean leader. The government of Iran stands accused by French authorities of orchestrating the attempted bombing of a meeting of a prominent exile group in Paris.

The response of the governments of countries where these incidents happen has often been muted—and that’s a problem. The British government’s tepid reaction to the 2006 poisoning of former FSB agent Alexander Litvinenko very well could have led Vladimir Putin to conclude there would be little consequence for pulling the same stunt there again.

Often diplomatic considerations are behind these muted reactions. France, for instance, is unlikely to press its case against Iran too hard, given that it’s currently trying to preserve what’s left of the 2015 nuclear deal.

It’s hard to make those sorts of excuses for President Donald Trump, who has spoken approvingly of how leaders like Putin, Xi Jinping, Kim Jong-un, and Erdogan conduct their business. When Putin suggested allowing Russian investigators to question 11 U.S. citizens he views as enemies, including former Ambassador Michael McFaul, in exchange for “cooperation” in the investigation of 2016 election interference, Trump called it an “incredible offer.” Trump was also reportedly reluctant and angry about the expulsion of Russian diplomats in response to the Skripal poisoning.

After days of silence over the alleged abduction and possible murder of Khashoggi, Trump, who often touts his close relationship with the Saudi royal family, finally acknowledged that there were some “pretty bad stories” going around about the journalist and U.S.
resident’s fate and said, “Hopefully that will sort itself out.” The Saudis are probably not too worried about a fierce U.S. response at this point.

But if we’re going to fault Trump’s rhetoric for contributing to the sense of impunity felt by authoritarian governments, we should also acknowledge Barack Obama’s covert drone campaign in Pakistan, Yemen, and Somalia. This isn’t to draw any moral equivalence between the targeting of members of groups like al-Qaida, the Taliban, and ISIS and the murders and abductions of dissidents and journalists by dictatorships. But the targeted killing of a country’s enemies outside a declared battlefield was once considered exceptional, and the U.S. has helped make it routine.

More disturbing still may be the possibility that state violence is becoming globalized. The human rights community, more often than not, views the world in terms of distinct countries, classifying them as “free” or “unfree.” The much-maligned International Criminal Court is hamstrung by the fact that its jurisdiction is limited to only the countries that accept it.

Once upon a time, it was thought that globalization would undermine authoritarian systems in individual states as economic liberalization and new forms of communications overwhelm their defenses against outside influence. But the influence, of course, ended up going both ways. Today, we live in a world where China’s economic clout influences what classes are taught at U.S. universities and what movies are produced by Hollywood. The same internet that brings Western media into Russia allows the Russian state to influence elections around the world.

Authoritarian states clearly do not feel their authority is limited by state borders. So it’s no surprise they don’t feel their ability to inflict violence is limited either.


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Su principal diferenciador es que le permite a las personas seleccionar mes con mes tanto la velocidad como el consumo de datos de internet.

A casi medio año de haber iniciado uno de los proyectos en telecomunicaciones más ambiciosos en México, la Red Compartida de Altán, instalada a partir de la asociación público-privada entre la empresa Altán Redes y las autoridades mexicanas, ha sido estrenada por GurúComm, una empresa 100% mexicana que nació hace aproximadamente un año y forma parte de The Gurú Company.

Con sede en Querétaro y 20 empleados, GurúComm ha estado ofreciendo desde el pasado 25 de agosto su servicio de internet inalámbrico de prepago para hogares o negocios y telefonía fija a través de la nueva red de mayoreo 4.5G LTE, en la banda 28 que corresponde al espectro de los 700 MHz.

La Secretaría de Comunicaciones de México había previsto el lanzamiento de los primeros minoristas en esta red hasta mediados de septiembre. Sin embargo, fue gracias a su "músculo tecnológico" que pudieron ir "resolviendo un conjunto de retos en la implementación" y así lanzar su servicio antes del tiempo estimado, explicó Gustavo Beauregard, director de tecnología (CTO) y cofundador de GurúComm, en entrevista con Hipertextual.

De acuerdo con el ejecutivo, el principal propósito de la compañía es "buscar alternativas a las industrias que tradicionalmente son ineficientes operativamente o tienen prácticas monopólicas en nuestro país" y que "nos han acostumbrado a un mal servicio".

Buscamos ser una alternativa fresca, en donde a través de las mejores prácticas en la tecnología agilicemos los procesos tanto operativos, comerciales, técnicos para hacer una solución mucho más atractiva.

Es por ello que su servicio no tiene plazos forzosos ni requiere que un técnico acuda a realizar la instalación del módem, ya que todo el procedimiento es digital. Ya sea a través de la página web o vía telefónica, una vez que se pide el módem, es entregado en 48 horas a la dirección proporcionada.

El módem tiene un precio de 1.799 pesos y puede pagarse con tarjeta de crédito o débito, o bien, en cualquiera de los más de 2.000 puntos de recarga, incluyendo Wal-Mart, Superama, Sams y Farmacias del Ahorro, entre otros.

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Un nuevo modelo: internet de prepago

Similar a como opera la telefonía móvil de prepago, GurúComm le da la libertad a las personas de decidir lo que necesita mes con mes. De esta manera, "vas prepagando y pagando por lo que realmente necesitas", indicó Beauregard. Además, agregó, realizar el cambio de un paquete a otro no tiene costo e incluso se puede dejar suspendido el servicio por un mes, como en el caso de irse de vacaciones.

El usuario puede elegir si desea una velocidad de 5 megabits por segundo (MBPS), 10 MBPS o 20 MBPS. Además, cada modalidad de velocidad cuenta con tres categorías de consumo de datos para seleccionar: consumo bajo, medio o alto. En función de ello, los paquetes varían desde 159 pesos hasta 599 pesos mensuales.

"Un consumo bajo sería ideal para las personas que nada más quieren el internet para usar el correo electrónico, navegar en páginas y redes sociales (...) también tú puedes seleccionar el de medio, que es para descargar canciones y reproducir en promedio 20 horas de vídeo en el mes en el de alta resolución o 60 horas en la resolución estándar. Y, tenemos el consumo alto para el uso frecuente de descarga de música o reproducción de mucho mayor cantidad de vídeo", ahondó el ejecutivo.

La gente puede monitorear en tiempo real el consumo de datos mediante un dashboard de control, desde el cual se pueden realizar recargas de gigas que empiezan desde los 59 pesos. Asimismo, el dashboard permite al cliente realizar un cambio de domicilio. "El primer cambio de domicilio en un año de servicio va gratuito", añadió el directivo, "el segundo ya tiene un precio de 99 pesos".

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Por otro lado, la gente también puede dar solución a fallas técnicas sin la necesidad de que acuda un técnico a su domicilio, pues todo el soporte es con técnicos virtuales. "Tenemos un equipo de soporte humano extraordinario (...) Todo el equipo está enfocado en resolver problemas inmediatamente", explicó Beauregard, y agregó:

Nuestros módems vienen con protocolos para que desde nuestra oficina podamos darle mantenimiento, diagnosticarle problemas y apoyar con la configuración.

Velocidad y cobertura

El CTO también destacó que una de los aspectos que los diferencia de su competencia es que pueden garantizar la velocidad dado que han hecho un "crecimiento muy responsable de la red para que no se sature".

En cuanto a la cobertura, actualmente cubren 33% del país, lo que según sus estimaciones representa hasta 36 millones de usuarios. De acuerdo con los datos de Altán, compartió Beauregard, estiman cubrir 90% del territorio nacional para el año 2022.

De momento, están principalmente en la Ciudad de México, Querétaro, Guadalajara, Monterrey, Michoacán y ciertas partes de Guanajuato. Desde su lanzamiento, cuentan con más de 1.000 clientes. Su meta a diciembre es 5.000 clientes, mientras que a 60 meses el objetivo es tener 100.000 clientes.

De servicio, afortunadamente no hemos presentado quejas de clientes que se hayan quedado sin internet hasta el día de hoy.

La primera línea inteligente en México

Adicionalmente, GurúComm está ofreciendo la primera línea inteligente en México para empresas. A través de algoritmos de inteligencia artificial, graba, transcribe y es capaz de interpretar la cantidad de personas que intervienen en una llamada, así como detectar los tópicos de interés y el sentimiento, para clasificar la conversación en positiva, negativa o neutra.

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El siguiente paso: soluciones móviles

Para el 2019, GurúComm planea incursionar en soluciones móviles con nuevos productos, como el stick de internet inalámbrico. También están planeando productos pensados para el internet de las cosas, sin embargo, aún están en la etapa de concepto.

"Estamos tomando muy en serio el feedback de nuestros usuarios para mejorar en generar todas las plataformas y todas las partes de nuestros sistemas, escuchando a los usuarios y dándoles un servicio de calidad", concluyó Beauregard sobre los siguientes pasos de GurúComm.

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Por si habías perdido la cuenta, el Jeep Cherokee acaba de cumplir 44 años en el mercado, y hoy, se ve mejor que nunca. Tuvo una renovación significativa para 2019, y aquí, en Motorpasión México, ya probamos sus dos mejores versiones.

Cumple con los valores más representativos de la marca, como lo ha hecho cabalmente desde su primera generación. Siempre se ha distinguido del resto de la gama Jeep, y fue pionero en el segmento de los SUV familiares con capacidad todoterreno.

Hoy, los SUV medianos forman el tipo de vehículos más vendidos en el mundo, y Jeep Cherokee está muy bien posicionado con más de 12 millones de unidades vendidas en todo el mundo, aquí te presentamos la historia de su evolución.

Primera generación (1974-1983)

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Cherokee 1974 (SJ) estaba basado completamente en el Jeep Wrangler (CJ), pero ofrecía una carrocería cerrada, mayor practicidad de uso con amplio espacio interior, y se vendió únicamente como un SUV de dos puertas.

En la imagen se muestra una versión S, con equipamiento básico y carrocería ancha. Se utilizó un sistema de tracción 4x4 Quadra-Trac automático con tres diferenciales.

Segunda generación (1984-2001)

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¿Quién no reconoce este Jeep Cherokee (XJ)? Su longevidad se debe al éxito de su configuración de SUV de cuatro puertas con chasis monocasco, que le aportó mayor rigidez estructural, y sistema 4x4 Selec-Trac y Command-Trac con cambios sobre la marcha para multiplicar su capacidad todoterreno y la diversión al volante.

Jeep acertó con la flexibilidad de versiones y configuraciones para atraer a clientes de todas edades que iban desde exploradores de talla mundial, hasta amas de casa. Fue uno de los primeros vehículos en anunciar su reducción de peso y aumento en el rendimiento de gasolina.

Tercera y cuarta generación (2002-2013, KJ y KK)

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En el continente americano se conoció como Liberty, mientras que en Europa conservó el nombre —y legado— de Cherokee. Hubo versiones 4x2 y 4x4 con Selec-Trac y Command-Trac, además de ser el primer Jeep con suspensión independiente delantera después del Wrangler de la década de os 60.

Quinta generación (2014-presente)

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En México lo conocimos en el espectacular entorno del Cañón del Sumidero, Chiapas. Nos aproximamos a la balsa en donde se encontraba flotando la más reciente generación de Cherokee, despúes de muchos años de haber aislado el nombre para darle paso al exitoso Liberty.

Denominado internamente como KL, este es el Cherokee más avanzado de su historia, no sólo en cuanto a prestaciones fuera del asfalto, también lo es en seguridad, gama de motores, rendimiento de combustible, y es una evolución total en equipamiento de confort y conectividad.

Está montado sobre la plataforma global Chrysler-Fiat CUS-Wide, y cuenta con desconexión del eje trasero automática cuando éste no sea necesario. Los sistemas electrónicos 4x4 que puede equipar son Active Drive I, II y Lock, siendo este último el de las versiones Trailhawk, vehículos que llevan el distintivo Trail Rated por su capacidad todoterreno.

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          FCA prepara un llamado a revisión del Jeep Wrangler por problemas de soldadura en el chasis      Cache   Translate Page      

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FCA está preparando un llamado a revisión del nuevo Jeep Wrangler por un problema en la soldadura del chasis que puede provocar una pérdida de control en el vehículo, lo que puede ocasionar un serio accidente. El problema podría afectar a cerca de 18 mil unidades de modelos 2018 y 2019, de los cuales en el 4% (720 unidades) ya se ha detectado.

Los usuarios del foro JL Wrangler Forums llevan meses quejándose por la mala soldadura en el chasis del vehículo, y FCA está poniendo atención. También han compartido imágenes del mal trabajo en donde se ven grandes cantidades de sílica saliendo a la superficie, lo que denota que el área no se limpió bien antes de ser soldada. Un usuario incluso comentó que perdió el control por completo de su Wrangler con poco más de 1000 km en el odómetro por una pieza que se zafó, afortunadamente pudo detenerse sin mayores problemas.

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El problema es bastante grave por si solo, pero si tomamos en cuenta que el Wrangler es un vehículo famoso por su durabilidad, la cosa empeora. Una pieza que se desprenda del chasis por estar mal soldada podría poner en riesgo la vida de mucha gente, sin mencionar que tira por la borda la fama del Wrangler de ser un vehículo que soporta todo. FCA no ha dicho cómo resolverá el problema, pero mas les vale hacerlo bien y rápido.

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SEAT se ha convertido en uno de los pilares para el crecimiento de Grupo Volkswagen, no sólo por el volumen de ventas que aportan León, Ateca e Ibiza, sino por la posibilidad de utilizar sus instalaciones para producir modelos de otras marcas del grupo. La segunda generación del Audi A1 ya ha comenzado su producción a lado de SEAT Ibiza en Martorell, España.

No es la primera vez que SEAT se hace cargo de la producción de un modelo premium. La generación anterior del Audi Q3 se fabricó en esta misma planta desde mediados de 2011 y hasta el pasado mes de junio, con un total de más de 800,000 unidades fabricadas. Por el buen sabor de boca que dejó su calidad, Audi decidió que Martorell sería el nuevo hogar de la producción del A1.

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Anteriormente, el modelo de acceso a la gama Audi se fabricaba en Bruselas, sin embargo, al compartir múltiples componentes con Ibiza y Arona —todos desarrollados sobre la misma plataforma MQB A0—, la producción de la nueva generación es mucho más eficiente realizándose en España. La producción del Q3 fue desplazada hacia Hungría.

El nuevo Audi A1 llegará a México el próximo año. No se ha confirmado su oferta de motores para nuestro país, aunque a nivel europeo se ofrece con motores turbo de 1.0, 1.5 y 2.0 litros, con potencias de 90, 110, 150 y 197 hp y transmisión manual de seis velocidades o automática de doble embrague (S-Tronic) de siete cambios.

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          El Jeep Renegade se volverá híbrido enchufable para 2020      Cache   Translate Page      

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Todas las marcas están en una carrera por bajar sus emisiones y demostrar al mundo que pueden ofrecer vehículos "limpios". La llegada de los híbridos, híbridos enchufables, eléctricos, eléctricos de rango extendido y más no para de crecer. Hace poco en Milan, Italia, se confirmó que FCA está en camino a entregar un Jeep Renegade híbrido enchufable, mismo coche que se fabricará en la misma planta de dónde viene el FIAT 500X.

Este Renegade llegará al mercado a inicios de 2020, para algunos países, pues aún se discute cuales serán sus puntos de venta más viables.

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Es difícil que lo veamos en nuestro país pues el precio del Renegade tradicional ya es un poco más alto que el de la media de su categoría. Desde junio de este año se informó que FCA invertiría 9 billones de euros en el plan de electrificación que busca que para 2022 el conglomerado pueda ofrecer hasta 12 tipos de motores o asistencias eléctricas para sus vehículos.

El Renegade Plug-In Hybrid ya ha sido espiado en pruebas por algunos medios europeos, por lo que las acciones de FCA van en serio con este tipo de vehículos dentro de las marcas que colaboran en tal grupo.

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El KIA Sportage se ha convertido en uno de los estandartes de la firma coreana en México. Aunque su generación actual lleva apenas un par de años en el mercado, la marca decidió que el modelo 2019 necesitaba una serie de retoques para alinearse al nuevo lenguaje de diseño de la casa, protagonizado por Stinger. Su actualización ya está a la venta en nuestro país.

El facelift es muy ligero. Al frente encontraremos nuevas luces de conducción diurna de LED de cuatro puntos, así tomas de aire de mayores dimensiones, unidas por un nuevo inserto cromado horizontal que recorre la fascia de orilla a orilla. En su parte trasera sólo veremos una nueva configuración para luces direccionales y de reversa en el parachoques, así como retoques en calaveras.

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Su cabina recibe actualizaciones menores, como nuevos acabados laqueados para elevar la sensación de calidad al interior. La mejora más importante se centra en la introducción de un sistema de infotenimiento más rápido e intuitivo, compatible con Android Auto y Apple CarPlay en todas las versiones.

Mecánicamente no hay nada nuevo que contar. Todas las versiones llevan motores atmosféricos. Las más accesibles se quedan con el propulsor de 2.0 litros de 153 hp y 142 lb-pie, mientras que los más equipados se llevan el de 2.4 litros de 181 hp y 175 lb-pie. En todos los casos hay transmisión automática de seis velocidades y sólo el tope de gama puede solicitarse con tracción integral.

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La estructura de la gama queda muy similar al modelo anterior. La única novedad es la llegada de la versión SX, que se ubica encima de la EX Pack y abajo de la SXL, ya con el motor más potente de la gama. En todas encontraremos luces automáticas, control de velocidad crucero, seis bolsas de aire y control electrónico de estabilidad.

Además del monitor de punto ciego y de la alerta de tráfico cruzado trasero, las versiones más equipadas estrenan alerta de colisión frontal, control de velocidad crucero adaptativo y sistema de mantenimiento de carril asistido. El detalle del equipamiento y precio de cada versión es el siguiente:

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KIA Sportage LX - $372,400

  • Motor MPI de 2.0 litros de 153 hp y 142 lb-pie
  • Rines de aluminio de 17 pulgadas
  • Encendido automático de luces
  • Faros de niebla traseros
  • Faros de halógeno
  • 6 bolsas de aire
  • Asistente de ascenso y descenso de pendientes
  • Cámara de reversa
  • Control electrónico de estabilidad
  • Monitor de presión de neumáticos
  • Sistema de sonido de 6 bocinas
  • Aire acondicionado manual
  • Control de velocidad crucero
  • Infotenimiento con pantalla de 7 pulgadas
  • Compatibilidad con Android Auto y Apple CarPlay
  • Modos de manejo Normal y Sport
  • Sensor de reversa
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KIA Sportage EX - $414,900

Añade sobre LX:

  • Espejos laterales calefactables y abatibles eléctricamente
  • Faros de niebla delanteros
  • Luces de conducción diurna de LED
  • Calaveras de LED
  • Espejo retrovisor electrocromático
  • Volante y palanca forrados en piel
  • Climatizador automático de doble zona
  • Sensor de lluvia
  • Llave inteligente
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KIA Sportage EX Pack - $447,900

Añade sobre EX:

  • Rines de aluminio de 19 pulgadas
  • Techo panorámico
  • Asiento del conductor y del pasajero con ajuste eléctrico
  • Tapicería en piel
  • Cajuela de apertura eléctrica + manos libres
  • Sensores de estacionamiento delanteros
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KIA Sportage SX - $479,900

Añade sobre EX Pack:

  • Motor de 2.4 litros de 181 hp y 175 lb-pie
  • Escape trasero dual cromado
  • Faros de niebla delanteros de LED
  • Faros de LED
  • Paletas de cambio al volante
  • Red para cajuela
  • Freno de estacionamiento eléctrico
  • Monitor de punto ciego
  • Alerta de tráfico cruzado trasero
  • Cargador inalámbrico para smartphones
  • Cluster de supervisión con pantalla de 4.2 pulgadas
  • Sistema de infotenimiento con pantalla de 8 pulgadas
  • Sistema de sonido Arkamys
  • Sistema de navegación
  • Modos de manejo Normal, Eco y Sport
  • No incluye techo panorámico
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KIA Sportage SXL - $492,900

Añade sobre SX:

  • Techo panorámico
  • Asistente de mantenimiento de carril
  • Alerta de colisión frontal
  • Control de velocidad crucero adaptativo
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KIA Sportage SXL AWD - $513,900

Añade sobre SXL:

  • Tracción integral

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          Ford Explorer hybrid se convierte en el auto de policía más veloz de EE. UU.      Cache   Translate Page      

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Todos hemos visto cientos de videos de persecuciones policiales en Youtube y es probable que todos coincidamos en algo: solo en las películas de Hollywood es factible que el villano (o el héroe) escape de los agentes de la ley, que no solo tripulan autos muy veloces, sino que cuentan con un entrenamiento que hace casi imposible huir de ellos.

Bueno, ahora imagina que uno de esos policías circula a bordo del nuevo Ford Explorer Hybrid Police Interceptor Utility que se ha convertido en el vehículo policiaco más rápido de Estados Unidos. No, eso no lo dice la marca del óvalo, sino la corporación policiaca de Michigan que recientemente realizó unas pruebas con el SUV.

Los agentes de la ley dictaminaron que además, esta versión es mucho más eficiente en términos de consumo que la generación pasada.

Si estabas pensando comprar un Mustang o un Camaro con el fin de tener un vehículo muy veloz, es conveniente que esperes un poco porque la nueva generación del Explorer ha sido probada por las personas que requieren vehículos muy rápidos y los resultados fueron bastante satisfactorios.

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La Policía Estatal de Míchigan llegó a la conclusión de que el nuevo Ford Explorer Hybrid es el vehículo más rápido que han probado hasta la fecha, tanto en términos de aceleración como en pista.

Aunque las cifras oficiales no fueron reveladas, los agentes de la ley también descubrieron que este SUV híbrido ofrece un consumo más eficiente en comparación con el modelo anterior que era impulsado por un motor V6 de 3.7 litros.

Ford afirma que el nuevo Explorer híbrido de policía consume 40 por ciento menos que el modelo al que sustituye, lo cual se traduce en un gasto de $3,500 dólares al año por vehículo. Si hacemos cuentas y suponemos que todos los actuales Explorer serán sustituidos por modelos híbridos como el de las fotos, el ahorro total para la policía estatal de Michigan será de aproximadamente 126 millones de dólares al año.

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Cultures central to the deserts of Mexico and the United States' Southwest have eaten the young, tender paddles of the prickly pear cactus for thousands of years. Grocers sell the flora under the names tuna and nopales. In present-day San Antonio, Texas, two master distillers reap a different benefit from the same cactus. They produce a unique vodka using a prickly pear base. It's appropriately named Spike.

If you're wondering how a spirit made from Texan cactus can be called vodka, it's because the definition of vodka is pretty broad. Any neutral spirit (between 40 and 95 percent alcohol by volume) that lacks "distinctive character, aroma, taste, or color" can be called vodka. In fact, most vodka isn't made from potato, as one might believe. And though Spike touts itself as a neutral spirit, tasters say the finished product is smooth and sweet, with notes of pepper, vanilla, almond, and a spicy kick that emanates a cactus aroma.

The two-person team behind Spike handles each bottle from start to finish, including harvesting and packaging. After using machetes to cut cactus paddles from ranches around San Antonio, they ferment the thorny chunks of flesh in drums for about six weeks. When the liquid contains about 14 percent alcohol, they drain and distill it. After a single run through the still, the liquid contains about 90 percent alcohol, which is then diluted to 40 percent and filtered before bottling. Because of the operation's scale, Spike is produced in small batches and currently only sold in Texas.


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At five feet tall and a whopping 17 pounds, whooping cranes are one of North America’s biggest, heftiest birds. They have their majestic moments, but they’re also rather gangly and awkward. Their spindly legs trail after them in flight, their call sounds like a mangled bugle, and their black wingtips appear to splay out, like a gloved dancer’s spirit fingers.

This week, 33 of the rare birds are migrating, but they’re not using those wingtips. They’re flying with the U.S. Coast Guard from Maryland to Louisiana, where they will settle into a new home at the Freeport-McMoRan Audubon Species Survival Center. (A handful of them will eventually reside at some Texas zoos.)

Over the past two centuries, the cranes have had a rough go of it. Their range once stretched from Alberta, Canada, to the southern shore of Lake Michigan, with winter colonies in Mexico and on Texas’s Gulf coast, and scattered clusters elsewhere. They breed in the shallows of grassy wetlands, and as those landscapes shrank, so did the flocks. In the mid-20th century, when there were fewer than two dozen of these birds left in the wild, the species came vanishingly close to oblivion.

To keep the population aloft, teams at the U.S. Geological Survey’s Patuxent Wildlife Research Center in Maryland have spent the last five decades breeding and rearing the birds. They began with eggs collected in Canada's Wood Buffalo National Park. Ever since, the goal has been to stabilize the population and prepare their feathered charges to leave the nest without too much human-ness rubbing off on them. The surrogates raised roughly 30 chicks a year with the help of some unorthodox tactics, including donning crane costumes, using bird puppets, and teaching fledglings to fly behind an ultralight aircraft. The project’s $1.5 million budget was a casualty of federal cuts last year, and now the remaining birds are en route to new homes.

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Getting these birds to their new home calls for some intricate choreography—and protective gear. Teams of three or four people will corral the each bird into its own wooden crate, about the size of a wardrobe box. These have air holes, but the birds won’t be able to see much. “There’s not a whole lot to stimulate them, you might say,” says John French, the zoologist in charge of the Patuxent center.

That’s for the best: A chilled-out bird is a safer bird, because a struggling one could hurt itself or its human handlers. Because of their six-inch beaks, for example, the humans will wear safety goggles and stick the birds’ long necks under their arms when transporting them. The team has tried sedatives over the years, “but we generally don’t use them,” says French. The birds have to travel standing up, and the handlers don’t want them to be too loopy.

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Vans will then shuttle the birds to C-130 cargo planes operated by the U.S. Coast Guard. Since whooping cranes have a reputation for aggression, especially when ruffled, “the goal is to get them to their destination and out of the crates as soon as possible,” French says.

Their new homes will look pretty similar to their old ones, French says—large pens, where they’ll be encouraged to breed. Most of the ones making the move are breeding pairs that have lived their whole lives in captivity. The birds that are alive today all descend from a flock of just 16 individuals wintering at the Aranas Refuge in Texas in 1941. “It’s an incredibly narrow bottleneck,” French says. “It’s almost miraculous that they pulled through, but they did.” Since the late 1980s, a coalition of scientists in the United States and Canada have worked together to write and update a recovery plan, which involves maintaining breeding pairs and nurturing self-sustaining, resilient populations in the wild. The population has now rebounded to some 600 birds, between the wild flocks and the captive ones. Nudging the species off of the endangered species list is the ultimate goal, but it’s still far off.

Meanwhile, French says, the numbers are improving, and saying goodbye to the these long-necked creatures “feels like a great success story.” Even if he’ll be sad to see them go.


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En el Golfo de México fueron descubiertos dos nuevos pozos de petróleo, los cuales aportarán 180 millones de barriles de crudo equivalentes (MMbpe) a las reservas 3P (probadas, probables y posibles) de México.

Así lo dio a conocer este 9 de octubre el director general de Petróleos Mexicanos (Pemex), Carlos Treviño, en una conferencia de prensa en la que anunció el descubrimiento de los yacimientos Manik 101A y Mulach 1, en aguas someras de las Cuencas del Sureste, en el Golfo de México.

El titular de la Secretaría de Energía (Sener) de México, Pedro Joaquín Coldwell, calificó el descubrimiento como uno de los 10 más importantes del mundo en los últimos 15 años.

Manik 101A y Mulach 1 contemplan siete yacimientos ubicados en dos pozos de las Cuencas del Sureste; el primero de ellos tiene reservas por 80 millones de barriles, donde se espera una producción estimada hacia 2020 de entre 10.000 y 15.000 barriles diarios de crudo.

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Climate change is challenging scientists and decision-makers to understand the complexities of climate change and to predict the related effects at scales relevant to environmental policy and the management of ecosystem services. Extraordinary change in climate, and the ensuing impacts to ecosystem services, are widely anticipated for the southwestern United States. Predicting the vulnerability of Southwest ecosystems and their components has been a priority of natural resource organizations over the past decade. Supplementing vulnerability assessments in the region with geospatial inputs of high thematic and spatial detail has become vital for supporting local analyses, planning, and decisions. In this context has come the opportunity to build upon a framework of major ecosystem types of the Southwest and to assess vulnerability to climate change for each type. Herein are presented three studies that set the backdrop for vulnerability assessment, detail a novel correlative modeling procedure to predict the location and the magnitude of vulnerability to familiar vegetation patterns, and then explore applications of the resulting geospatial vulnerability surface: 1) considerations for evaluating or designing a vulnerability assessment; 2) an overview of the vegetation and climate of major ecosystem types, and 3) a climate change vulnerability assessment for all major ecosystem types of the Southwest. This work has resulted in a regionwide vulnerability surface of greater extent and higher spatial and thematic resolution than previous modeling efforts, giving local managers information on the location and degree of climate risk to vegetation resources.

National Research Taxonomy: 
Fire; Ecology, Ecosystems, & Environment
National Strategic Program Areas: 
Resource Management and Use
Publication Year: 
2018

Citation

Triepke, Francis J.; Bagne, Karen E.; Falk, Donald A.; Friggens, Megan M.; Lowrey, Timothy K.; Muldavin, Esteban H.; Wahlberg, Maximillian M. 2018. Assessing the climate change vulnerability of ecosystem types of the Southwestern U.S. Dissertation. Albuquerque, NM: University of New Mexico. 147 p.
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Assessing the climate change vulnerability of ecosystem types of the Southwestern U.S.
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Triepke, Francis J.
Falk, Donald A.
Lowrey, Timothy K.
Muldavin, Esteban H.
Wahlberg, Maximillian M.
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Dissertation. Albuquerque, NM: University of New Mexico. 147 p.
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          Harpestry: October 8, 2018      Cache   Translate Page      
An eclectic mix of harp music from around the world. You'll hear music throughout the ages, from the very beginnings of written music to pieces by contemporary composers. Harps have been incorporated into the musics of surprisingly diverse countries. While the music of Ireland is closely associated with the harp, it can also be found in countries such as Spain, Mexico, Paraguay, Italy and even the Far East countries such as Burma, China and Japan. Hosted by Valerie Green.
          10-09-18 A kernel of culture      Cache   Translate Page      
Corn plays a variety of major roles in Native culture and is a key ingredient in many Native foods. It originated in Mexico and quickly became a staple across the Americas as Indigenous farmers and seed keepers conditioned the plant to live in deserts, grasslands and high mountains. Today, Indigenous strains of corn have a smaller presence, but there are efforts to revitalize traditional corn for the benefit of Native culture, economics and health.
          Watch as a cruise ship gets battered by Hurricane Michael      Cache   Translate Page      
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Once again, rough weather has disrupted what should have been a leisurely cruise. The outer bands of Hurricane Michael tossed a cruise ship around, jostling hundreds of vacation-goers in the Gulf of Mexico.

Royal Caribbean’s Empress of the Seas ship was caught up the roiling seas just off the coast of Isla de la Juventud, Cuba, according to CNN

One passenger caught video of the choppy water. 

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          Podcast Episode 57: AMLO and Mexican Business      Cache   Translate Page      
In Episode 57 of Understanding Latin American Politics: The Podcast, I talk with my former student John Hyatt, who is an international business development professional, having spent the last 10 years in Mexico City assisting international firms with their market development projects in the United States, Latin America and the Caribbean. He is also co-editor of a book I posted about a while ago on Mexican business culture. The topic is Andrés Manuel López Obrador and Mexican business (at least in Mexico City). What has been their reaction been? How does Donald Trump fit into this?

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          Last Call: TODAY Is The Last Day To Register To Vote In These States      Cache   Translate Page      
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          7 States Agree On Plan To Manage Overtaxed Colorado River      Cache   Translate Page      
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          Oil Settles Higher Ahead Of Inventory Data       Cache   Translate Page      

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Crude oil futures for November delivery ended up $0.67, or 0.9%, at $74.96 a barrel. On Monday, crude oil futures declined to a low of $73.08 a barrel before recovering to close at $74.29 a barrel, losing 5 cents.

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          Gathering strength, Hurricane Michael heads for Florida      Cache   Translate Page      
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          Oil Prices Rise As US Sanctions Loom       Cache   Translate Page      

Oil prices were moving higher on Tuesday, as more evidence emerged that crude exports from Iran, OPEC's third-largest producer, are declining ahead of the U.S. sanctions against the country, kicking in from November 4.

Iranian crude exports slipped to 1.1 million bpd in the first seven days of October from 1.6 million bpd in September and at least 2.5 million bpd in April, Refinitiv Eikon data showed.

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          Chính Trị Mỹ Với Chính Trị Việt Nam.      Cache   Translate Page      

Nguyễn Quang Duy


Thứ bảy 6/10/2018 vừa qua cánh bảo thủ Mỹ vượt qua sóng gió tạo thành tích mới khi Thượng viện bỏ phiếu với tỷ lệ 50-48 chấp nhận ông Brett Kavanaugh vào vai trò thẩm phán Tối Cao Pháp Viện.

Như vậy 5 trong số 9 thẩm phán Tối Cao Pháp Viện nay thuộc thuộc cánh bảo thủ, vì thế sẽ ảnh hưởng rất lớn đến chính trị và cấu trúc xã hội Mỹ.

Còn ở Việt Nam, đảng Cộng sản loan báo “100 phần 100” đại biểu tại Hội nghị Trung ương 8 đã "tín nhiệm giới thiệu" Tổng Bí thư Nguyễn Phú Trọng để đưa ra Quốc hội bầu làm Chủ tịch Nước.

Cả hai đều có liên quan chặt chẽ đến Hiến Pháp và đều có những điều đáng để tìm hiểu.



Vì sao gọi là bảo thủ Mỹ

Tối cao Pháp Viện là cơ quan có quyền lực cao nhất của Hoa Kỳ, giữ quyền quyết định các tranh tụng về luật liên bang và luật xuyên tiểu bang.

Đồng thời có thẩm quyền giải thích Hiến pháp, tuyên bố các đạo luật liên bang, đạo luật tiểu bang là vi hiến, hoặc tuyên bố các hoạt động của hành pháp liên bang và tiểu bang là vi hiến.

Thẩm phán Tối cao Pháp Viện gồm chín người được bổ nhiệm trọn đời bởi Tổng Thống và được phê chuẩn bởi Thượng viện.

Các thẩm phán giải thích Hiến Pháp và các đạo luật theo nghĩa gốc ban đầu tạo ra chính nó được xem là theo khuynh hướng bảo thủ.

Còn các thẩm phán giải thích ý nghĩa của Hiến Pháp theo hoàn cảnh, theo thời gian hoặc theo các tài liệu chứng cứ xung quanh việc ban hành một đạo luật được xem là theo khuynh hướng tự do cá nhân.

Cánh bảo thủ muốn duy trì một xã hội truyền thống chống lại những người theo chủ nghĩa tự do cá nhân đang được nhiều người trẻ thuộc đảng Dân Chủ ủng hộ.

Ông Kavanaugh là thẩm phán theo khuynh hướng bảo thủ, phục vụ tại Tòa Phúc thẩm Washington, DC từ năm 2006 tới nay nên khi Tổng Thống Trump bổ nhiệm đã gặp rất nhiều chống đối.

Việc ông Kavanaugh gia nhập Tối Cao Pháp Viện làm nghiêng cán cân Tối Cao Pháp Viện với tỷ lệ 5-4 về phía những thẩm phán bảo thủ.

Vì thế nhiều vấn đề đang gây tranh cãi như quyền phá thai, quyền hôn nhân đồng tính, quyền nhập cư, quyền chuyển giới tham gia quân đội Mỹ… nay phía bảo thủ có nhiều cơ hội để thắng thế hơn.

Thậm chí nhiều đạo luật đã thông qua nhưng còn nhiều tranh cãi nay có thể sẽ được mang ra xét lại.

Và khi một đạo luật liên bang được Tối Cao Pháp Viện thông qua đương nhiên sẽ áp dụng cho tất cả các tiểu bang.

Nhiều ý kiến cho rằng Tối cao Pháp viện Hoa Kỳ luôn bị “chính trị hóa” theo quyết định đảng chính trị đang thắng thế.

4 lý do tạo thành khuyết điểm kể trên là (1) thẩm phán do Tổng thống bổ nhiệm; (2) chỉ cần quá bán Thượng viện đồng thuận với Tổng Thống; (3) nhiệm kỳ cho các thẩm phán là trọn đời; và (4) mọi quyết định của Tối Cao Pháp Viện chỉ cần quá bán đồng thuận.

Muốn thay đổi Tối Cao Pháp Viện cần thay đổi Hiến pháp Hoa Kỳ một điều gần như không thể xảy ra.



Việt Nam Ngày Nay …

Khác với ở Mỹ, cánh bảo thủ tại Việt Nam bảo vệ chủ nghĩa xã hội, nếu có thay đổi tạm thời thì phải lấy mô hình thể chế của Trung cộng làm định hướng.

Trên danh nghĩa Quốc Hội là cơ quan quyền lực tối cao, không ai có quyền kiểm soát hoạt động của Quốc hội, phủ quyết các đạo luật, các quyết định của Quốc hội.

Trên thực tế, quyền lực tối cao thuộc về Bộ Chính Trị, Trung Ương Đảng biểu quyết theo thủ tục và Quốc Hội luật hóa quyết định Bộ Chính Trị.

Tư Pháp, Lập Pháp, Hành Pháp, Mặt Trận, Báo Chí, Toàn Xã Hội… đều do Bộ Chính Trị quyết định.

Quyết định Bộ Chính Trị “vi hiến” hay không là điều không cần phải bàn tới vì Hiến Pháp chỉ là hình thức.

Bởi thế mới có việc Tổng bí thư Nguyễn Phú Trọng vừa nắm tổ chức đảng, vừa nắm quân đội, lại vừa nắm công an, trong “tình huống” hiện nay phải nắm luôn vai trò Chủ tịch Nước.

Hội nghị Trung ương 8 còn quyết định thành lập 5 tiểu ban chuẩn bị cho Đại hội lần thứ 13, trong đó Tổng Bí thư Nguyễn Phú Trọng nắm luôn hai tiểu ban là Trưởng Tiểu ban Văn kiện và Trưởng Tiểu ban Nhân sự.

Dường như đảng Cộng sản nay không còn ai có đủ tài, đủ đức, đủ lý luận để bảo vệ chủ nghĩa xã hội nên ít nhất 6 chức vụ quan trọng phải trao cho ông Trọng đã 74 tuổi đời.



Việt Nam Cộng Hòa khi xưa…

Trong hoàn cảnh chiến tranh Hiến pháp Việt Nam Cộng Hòa khi xưa quy định thẩm phán cho Tối cao Pháp viện có nhiệm kỳ sáu năm, luân phiên mỗi ba năm bầu lại 6 người.

Ứng cử viên thẩm phán phải là (1) công dân Việt Nam; (2) 10 năm thâm niên làm chánh án, biện lý, hoặc luật sư; (3) không có quá khứ chống chính phủ hoặc hoạt động thân cộng; và (4) nếu là phái nam thì phải hợp lệ quân dịch.

Các ứng cử viên được Luật sư đoàn, Công tố đoàn và Thẩm phán đoàn cứu xét. Mỗi Đoàn chọn 50 hội viên, tổng cộng là 150 người xem xét danh sách ứng cử viên, bàn thảo và chọn lấy 30 người để trình lên Quốc hội.

Quốc hội sẽ bỏ phiếu chọn 6 người rồi chuyển sang Phủ Tổng thống phê chuẩn.

Những quyết định của Tối cao Pháp Viện như tuyên bố một đạo luật bất hợp hiến hoặc giải tán một chánh đảng phải hội đủ đa số ba phần tư (3/4) tổng số Thẩm phán Tối cao Pháp Viện đồng thuận.

Vụ án Dân biểu Trần Ngọc Châu bị bắt vào tháng 2/1970 vì tội liên lạc với một gián điệp cộng sản Bắc Việt là một vụ án điển hình cho thấy cách làm việc của Tối Cao Pháp Viện.

Khi ông Châu bị bắt với bằng chứng được quay phim, việc trước tiên là Tổng thống Nguyễn Văn Thiệu kêu gọi Hạ viện truất bỏ đặc quyền miễn tố của Dân biểu Châu.

Hạ viện chấp thuận và thông qua với 102/135 phiếu thuận.

Do trước khi được bầu làm Dân biểu, ông Châu là Trung tá Quân đội nên ông được trả về Quân Đội và Tòa án Quân sự tuyên án ông Châu 20 năm tù.

Thượng viện đệ đơn lên Tối cao Pháp viện để xét lại vụ án vì cho là “bất hợp hiến”.

Tòa Tối cao Pháp viện xem xét và tuyên bố việc truất bỏ đặc quyền miễn tố của Hạ viện là bất hợp hiến vì Hạ viện chỉ bỏ phiếu kín mà không mang ra Quốc Hội tranh luận công khai.

Tòa Tối cao Pháp viện còn tuyên bố tòa án quân sự chỉ có quyền trên giới quân nhân tại ngũ, ông Châu phạm luật khi đang là dân sự, nên tòa án quân sự không có quyền tuyên án ông Châu.

Tòa Tối Cao Pháp Viện quyết định thả ông Châu, nhưng Bộ Quốc phòng viện cớ an ninh quốc gia nên vẫn giam Châu đợi ngày tái xét.

Vào tháng 1-1973, ông Châu được trao trả như tù binh cho phía Bắc Việt, nhưng ông Châu cương quyết không chịu theo cộng sản và Trưởng uỷ ban tù binh Bắc Việt không nhận ông Châu.

Đến tháng 6-1974, ông Châu được chính quyền miền Nam trả tự do.

Sau 30/4/1975, ông Châu bị cộng sản bắt tù “cải tạo” 3 năm vì tội là cựu Trung Tá và cựu Dân Biểu Việt Nam Cộng Hòa.

Khi được thả ông cùng gia đình vượt biên sang Mỹ và hiện đang sống tại Los Angeles.

Trong hoàn cảnh chiến tranh vụ án cho thấy Tối Cao Pháp Viện quyết định theo đúng Hiến Pháp và luật pháp Việt Nam Cộng Hòa. Một bài học đáng được ghi nhận.



Tổng Thống Trump Liên Tục Thắng Thế

Chỉ chưa đầy 2 năm tại chức ông đã bổ nhiệm được 2 thẩm phán vào Tối Cao Pháp Viện mang lại nhiều lợi thế cho ông về tư pháp cũng như về chính trị.

Kinh tế Hoa Kỳ tăng trưởng với tỷ lệ 4,1%, tỷ lệ thất nghiệp giảm xuống chỉ còn 3,7% trong tháng 9, đạt mức thấp nhất kể từ tháng 12/1969.

Kinh tế phát triển tạo niềm tin của người tiêu dùng, niềm tin cho doanh nghiệp và niềm tin cho thị trường chứng khoán liên tục gia tăng đạt những mức kỷ lục mới.

Các hiệp định thương mại lần lượt được Tổng thống Trump thương lượng lại với các nước, như Nam Hàn, Mexico, Canada, EU, Nhật, Ấn,… đang mang lại nhiều lợi ích hơn cho nước Mỹ.

Bắc Hàn ngừng thử hỏa tiễn, vào bàn đàm phán, và hôm qua 8/10/2018 Ngoại trưởng Mỹ Mike Pompeo loan báo ông Kim Jong-un sẵn sàng cho phép các phái đoàn quốc tế vào thanh tra các điểm thử hạt nhân và hỏa tiễn.

Khủng bố quốc tế mất khả năng ngóc đầu dậy.

Nhật, Nam Hàn, Đài Loan và cả Âu Châu đồng ý tăng ngân sách Quốc Phòng chia sẻ gánh nặng Quân Sự với Mỹ.

Đồng thời, Mỹ đã tạo dựng một liên minh nhiều quốc gia bao vây quân sự Trung cộng tại Biển Đông.

Với Trung cộng ngoài việc trừng phạt thương mãi, việc trừng phạt tài chính đang được mở ra.

Hoa Kỳ cho đóng băng tài sản tại Mỹ của quan chức cấp cao và doanh nghiệp nhà nước có liên quan đến mua bán vũ khí với Nga. Đồng thời giới hạn chính phủ các nước đồng minh thương mãi, doanh nghiệp hoặc cá nhân giao thương với Trung cộng. Và có thể cấm Trung cộng sử dụng đồng Mỹ Kim trong các giao dịch ngoại hối.

Trên diễn đàn Liên Hiệp Quốc Tổng Thống Trump công khai kêu gọi tất cả các quốc gia trên thế giới chống lại chủ nghĩa xã hội và những khổ nạn mà chủ nghĩa xã hội mang đến cho con người.

Lời kêu gọi của ông Trump không chỉ nhắm đến các quốc gia như Venezuela, Trung cộng, Việt Nam,… mà còn nhắm đến khuynh hướng xã hội chủ nghĩa thuộc cánh tả của đảng Dân Chủ đang được giới trẻ Mỹ ủng hộ.

Những ngày sắp tới ông Trump và đảng Cộng Hòa sẽ phải nỗ lực thêm để trong kỳ bầu cử tháng tới có thể giữ được các ghế ở cả Thượng viện lẫn Hạ viện để tiếp tục điều hành quốc gia trong thế mạnh.

Nhìn chung Mỹ là quốc gia dân chủ nên sinh hoạt chính trị lúc nào cũng sôi nổi, những chính trị gia lúc nào cũng phải năng nổ để liên tục chiến thắng, để được quyền tiếp tục điều hành đất nước.



Trở lại với Việt Nam…

Cũng chỉ hơn 2 năm từ ngày Thủ Tướng Nguyễn Tấn Dũng bỏ cuộc chơi thì tình trạng "chán Đảng, khô Đoàn, nhạt chính trị" càng ngày càng trở nên thảm khốc.

Chính trị Việt Nam ở cấp tối cao lọt vào “tình huống” vô cùng bế tắc, Tổng Bí Thư Nguyễn Phú Trọng phải nhận lãnh 6 chức vụ mà chức vụ nào cũng đều rất quan trọng không ai có thể thay thế được.

Các quốc gia cộng sản, trong đó có cộng sản Việt Nam, đang là điểm nhắm của Tổng Thống Trump.

Chính trị nước Mỹ vì thế đều ảnh hưởng đến chính trị thế giới và ảnh hưởng mạnh đến chính trị Việt Nam.

Thắng lợi của ông Trump đồng thời cũng là thắng lợi của người dân tại các quốc gia cộng sản.

Cơ hội để Việt Nam có tự do dân chủ mỗi lúc một rõ hơn, đòi hỏi người Việt cả trong lẫn ngoài nước nỗ lực hơn đẩy mạnh tiến trình dân chủ hóa Việt Nam.


Nguyễn Quang Duy

Melbourne, Úc Đại Lợi

9/10/2018


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jhfenton wrote:
Tue Oct 09, 2018 3:36 pm

I did open a position in VEGBX (Vanguard Emerging Market Bond Admiral Shares), Vanguard's active EM bond fund, when it went live last December.



Despite the fact that emerging market equities have tanked over that period, VEGBX has not. It is actually my best-performing bond fund over that period. (That is not saying much.)



(VEGBX is not connected in any way to VWOB/VGAVX, Vanguard's EM bond index funds. VEGBX is an active mutual fund. It has accumulated about $100 MM in assets.)



[Snip...]


VWOB and VEGBX certainly approach Emerging Markets in different ways, and I think cap-weighted indexing may be problematic when it comes to EM bonds. VWOB is of course a "Government" index, but there are govt.-owned corporations issuing bonds which are also included in it. I suppose VWOB would fall under "USD sovereign" in Nisi's graphic above, contrary to VEGBX. Anyhow, here's a look at their holdings as posted in their respective Vanguard profile pages. Of course there's that elephant in the room - maybe call it a panda:



(Market allocations as of 08/31/2018)


CODE: Select all

     VWOB/VGAVX                       VEGBX 

(Vang EM Govt Bond Index) (Vang EM Bond "active")

China 17.40% Mexico 8.30%
Mexico 8.20% Indonesia 8.10%
Brazil 5.70% Argentina 7.50%
Indonesia 5.70% Chile 6.20%
Russia 4.70% Guatemala 3.60%
United Arab Emi 4.60% Ukraine 4.20%
Saudi Arabia 4.20% Colombia 4.10%
Turkey 3.80% Hungary 3.50%
Argentina 3.60% Philippines 3.20%
Qatar 3.50% Russia 3.20%
Colombia 2.40% Brazil 3.10%
Philippines 2.00% Kazakhstan 3.00%
South Africa 1.70% Egypt 2.80%
Chile 1.60% Lithuania 2.50%
Lebanon 1.60% Trinidad & Toba 2.50%
Oman 1.50% India 2.20%
Egypt 1.40% Uruguay 2.10%
India 1.40% Dominican Repub 2.00%
Kazakhstan 1.40% El Salvador 1.90%
Malaysia 1.40% Romania 1.60%
Bahrain 1.20% South Africa 1.60%
Panama 1.20% Ghana 1.50%
Ukraine 1.20% Oman 1.50%
Dominican Repub 1.10% Peru 1.50%
Ecuador 1.10% Turkey 1.50%
Hungary 1.10% United States 1.50%
Peru 1.10% Angola 1.30%
Uruguay 1.00% Honduras 1.30%
Kuwait 0.80% Sri Lanka 1.30%
Poland 0.80% Bermuda 1.10%
Sri Lanka 0.80% Paraguay 1.10%
Croatia 0.70% Mongolia 0.90%
Nigeria 0.70% Senegal 0.90%
Venezuela 0.70% Panama 0.80%
Romania 0.60% United Kingdom 0.80%
Azerbaijan 0.50% Armenia 0.70%
Costa Rica 0.50% Croatia 0.70%
Angola 0.40% Lebanon 0.60%
Ghana 0.40% Saudi Arabia 0.70%
Ivory Coast 0.40% Serbia 0.60%
Jamaica 0.40% Venezuela 0.70%
Morocco 0.40% Qatar 0.50%
Pakistan 0.40% Jordan 0.50%
El Salvador 0.30% Ivory Coast 0.40%
Iraq 0.30% Latvia 0.20%
Kenya 0.30% Costa Rica 0.20%
Mongolia 0.30%
Paraguay 0.30%
Serbia 0.30%
Belarus 0.20%
Bolivia 0.20%
Gabon 0.20%
Guatemala 0.20%
Jordan 0.20%
Senegal 0.20%
Trinidad & Toba 0.20%
United States 0.20%
Vietnam 0.20%
Zambia 0.20%
Armenia 0.10%
Bahamas 0.10%
Bermuda 0.10%
Ethiopia 0.10%
Georgia 0.10%
Honduras 0.10%
Namibia 0.10%
Thailand 0.10%
Tunisia 0.10%

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Mexico's state-owned oil company says two wells in shallow Gulf of Mexico waters have found about 180 million barrels of proven, probable and possible oil and gas reserves.

The Manik well is about 52 miles (85 kilometers) offshore, and the Mulach is about 11 miles (17 kilometers) offshore.

In April, Manik found two separate reserves, and Mulach found five oil pockets.

The Pemex oil company said Tuesday four other shallow-water fields discovered between 2011 and 2016 will enter production soon.

The Kinbe and Koban fields hold about 325 million barrels of 3P reserves, and the Xikin and Esah fields hold 360 million barrels.

Pemex's production dropped to 1.88 million barrels per day in the first half of 2018, down from 3.4 million barrels per day in 2005.

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87 films compete for Best Foreign Language Film Oscar

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A total of 87 films, including three Chinese-language films, are competing in the Foreign Language Film category of the 91st Academy Awards, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced Monday.

   The number is down slightly from last year's record 92 submissions. Malawi and Niger are the first-time entrants in the Foreign Language Film category.

   The action comedy film "Hidden Man" was selected as the Chinese entry of the mainland for the Best Foreign Language Film at the 91st Academy Awards, also known as the Oscars.

   Directed by Jiang Wen and starring Jiang Wen, Eddie Peng, Liao Fan, Zhou Yun and Xu Qing, "Hidden Man" is an adaptation of Chinese writer Zhang Beihai's novel "Xia Yin" ("The Reclusive Hero").

   The military action film "Operation Red Sea" was submitted in the category by Hong Kong, China.

   The "Great Buddha+," a dark comedy film written and directed by Huang Hsin-yao, was selected as the entry of Taiwan, China.

   The three Chinese-language films will face fierce competition with some high-profile contenders from across the world.

   Mexico's "Roma" that won the top prize at Venice, Japan's "Shoplifters" that won the Palme d'Or at the Cannes Film Festival and Poland's "Cold War" that won the Best Director prize at Cannes, are among the front runners in this year's Foreign Language Film category.

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Toronto (October 9, 2018) - Back by popular demand, The Kinsey Sicks, America's Favorite Dragapella Beautyshop Quartet, will bring their critically-acclaimed show, Things You Shouldn't Say, to Toronto on November 1. Presented by SING! The Toronto Vocal Arts Festival and Derrick Chua Entertainment, Things You Shouldn't Say is the remarkable true story of four friends from San Francisco who had a life-changing epiphany at a Bette Midler concert in 1993 that led them to form the a cappella group The Kinsey Sicks in an effort to find joy during the darkest days of the AIDS crisis. Things You Shouldn't Say will perform at The Al Green Theatre at the Miles Nadal JCC (750 Spadina Ave, Toronto) for one night only on Thursday, November 1 at 8 p.m. Tickets for Things You Shouldn't Say range in price from $25 - $35 and are on sale at http://bit.do/kinseytoronto

Now that the era of Trumpism is upon us, The Kinsey Sicks are sharing their hilarious, inspiring and, at times, heartbreaking tale, and showing that hatred and deceit can be fought with humor and heart. The show leads the audience in resisting these new dark times with laughter, integrity, and heroically high hair in an unforgettable new musical exploring Trumpism, racism, AIDS, extreme macramé, oblong vegetables and, of course, Bette Midler. From the Edinburgh Fringe Festival to London and Manhattan to D.C., Things You Shouldn't Say has garnered rave reviews. Forbes Magazine heralded it as "Riveting...a humbling, hilarious delivery system of painful truths...Things You Shouldn't Say will push buttons you didn't know you had," while The Washington Post deemed it "Outrageousness tinged with outrage... witty... hilarious... a band of such inventively diabolical brains... gets sardonically darker and rewardingly so...it's a piercing cry from the heart."

The show is part of The Kinsey Sicks' 25th Anniversary Tour, and the final Toronto performance of co-founder Benjamin Schatz as "Rachel" before his retirement. The Kinsey Sicks, whose cast also includes Jeff Manabat as "Trixie", Spencer Brown as "Trampolina" and Nathan Marken as "Winnie", have served up a feast of music and comedy to audiences at performing arts centers, music venues and comedy festivals throughout the U.S. and internationally. Their phenomenal performance record includes an Off-Broadway show, an extended run in Las Vegas, two feature films and three concert DVDs, nine albums, and appearances in over 40 states, Canada, Mexico, Europe, and Australia. The Kinsey Sicks' award-winning a cappella singing, sharp satire and over-the-top drag have earned them a diverse and devoted following around the world.


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OTTAWA—The United States is led by a “fanatical” and “unspeakable” president whose election marks the “true end of the American Empire,” former prime minister Jean Chrétien says.

Chrétien, who served as prime minister between 1993 and 2003, has no kind words for U.S. President Donald Trump, expressing amazement that a world leader could so willingly lie and distort facts.

“Can you believe it when he talks? That’s the fundamental question. For me, I never suspected that Clinton or Bush were lying to me,” Chrétien said of former presidents Bill Clinton and George W. Bush.

“We might not talk about something, refuse to talk about something. But lying? I never expected any of them not to talk truthfully with me,” Chrétien said in an interview to mark the release of his latest book, “My Stories, My Times,” later this month.

“For me, in the House of Commons to be accused of lying, it would have been a terrible offence. For him, it’s so what,” Chrétien said.

Chrétien has written two previous books on his four decades in political life. He describes this most recent offering as a series of short vignettes and anecdotes.

“When I was fed up listening to the nonsense ... of the President of the United States, I decided to gain my sanity in going to my table with my pen in my study,” he said.

The book relates meetings with French President Jacques Chirac, the influence of mentor Mitchell Sharp, his dealings with Pierre Trudeau and his time as Minister of Indian Affairs, as the post was once known.

But the book is a burnishing of his legacy too, as he describes his role in everything from the naming of Air Canada to the creation of national parks and constitutional talks.

In the latest book, Chrétien writes that Americans made a “monumental error” in voting for Trump over Hillary Clinton in the 2016 presidential election.

“I fear that Hillary’s defeat, and the arrival of the fanatical Trump, mark the true end of the American Empire,” Chrétien wrote.

He praised Clinton as “very intelligent, very knowledgeable, always asking pertinent questions.”

Asked whether Clinton would have made a good president, he replied, “I think so.

“I would have voted for her because I thought she would have been better than the one they have now,” he told the Star.

In his book, Chrétien highlights his warm relationship with the Clintons, writing about a day he spent with the couple and their family in Quebec’s Eastern Township, a visit that had locals buzzing at the time.

He laments that it’s a “bad time for democracy” but so far does not see a rise of a right wing here in Canada that has seen elsewhere.

“You never have to take everything for granted. I don’t feel that you have a strong movement that way but you never know,” Chrétien said. “Compared to anybody else, we’re in a very good situation.”

Chrétien insists he was never worried about the negotiations for a revised North American Free Trade Agreement, saying that the deeply integrated trade ties between Canada and the United States made it virtually impossible for Trump to make good on his vow to rip up the pact.

“He didn’t do it. He talked a lot ... at the end he could not undo the omelette. The Auto Pact exists since 1965, long before NAFTA and it was working well. And he could not undo that,” Chrétien said.

He said the new deal, known as United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement, is the “same deal as before with two or three little changes.”

He said the “little bit” of concessions on dairy to allow U.S. producers more access to the Canadian market were in line with previous trade deals with the European Union and the Pacific trade agreement.

Chrétien writes in the book about some of the backroom discussions around the patriation of the constitution and his own push to include the notwithstanding clause in order to get provincial backing for the Charter of Rights and Freedoms.

Chrétien says he has no regrets about the inclusion of the clause, despite recent threats by Ontario and Quebec to use the controversial measure. But Chrétien says there’s good reason it’s been so rarely used.

“That means you have to say ‘notwithstanding the Charter of Rights, I’m doing this.’ So you’re saying ‘I’m not respecting the Charter of Rights. I’m discriminating.’ So you need good reason to discriminate,” Chrétien said.

Premier Doug Ford’s government in Ontario moved to use the notwithstanding clause to push ahead its legislation to shrink the size of Toronto’s city council but stood down when a court ruling backed the provincial position.

Quebec’s incoming Coalition Avenir Québec government — which won the province’s election last week — is threatening to use it to make good on its vow to ban some public servants from wearing religious symbols.

“When Ford tried to do it, there was quite a lot of storm. He could have done it but he would have to pay a political price. I’m sure the people around him are very relieved they didn’t have to use it,” Chrétien said.

Chrétien, now 84 and 15 years out of politics, says he doesn’t watch much of the political debates today, just “enough to remain informed. Not enough to be preoccupied.”

He demurs when asked for his observations. “I’m not a Monday morning quarterback.” He says he talks “once in a while” with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.

“But we don’t have a regular thing and I don’t think it is advisable,” he said, noting the advice Pierre Trudeau gave him when he took over the reins of the Liberal Party, and later became prime minister.

“He said ‘Jean, you will do it differently than I would do it. Don’t feel obliged to talk to me’,” Chrétien said. “He did not want to interfere.”

Bruce Campion-Smith is an Ottawa-based reporter covering national politics. Follow him on Twitter: @yowflier


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          México necesita un PRI fuerte, con un proyecto sólido: Armando Reyes      Cache   Translate Page      
Hoy más que nunca, el país necesita un PRI fuerte, unido, fortalecido  en cada una de sus estructuras, con un proyecto sólido de nación que alerte permanentemente al pueblo sobre las prácticas populistas y demagógicas que se vislumbran en el ambiente y ponen en riesgo la viabilidad del país, afirmó Armando Reyes Moctezuma, secretario de … seguir leyendo...

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By: Joseph Licata Nestled at the end of Tulum beach, right before you enter the biosphere, on Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula, Casa Malca has become something of a mecca for the stylish, socially responsible traveler, who’s looking to relax and unplug. This beachfront … Continue reading
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MEXICO CITY — A female lion attacked a man who apparently kept her along with another lion and a tiger as pets at his home in the northern Mexico border city of Ciudad Juarez, authorities said Tuesday. A Juarez police official who was not authorized to be quoted by name said police were called to […]
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One of President Donald Trump’s most polarizing campaign promises involves his proposed border wall separating the U.S. from Mexico. For Trump supporters, it’s a symbol of hope for actually enforcing immigration laws. It’s a hope for actual secured borders, a requirement for any sovereign nation. For Trump detractors, the wall represents the very worst of…

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The world is opening their eyes to THE OLD STRIPPER. And she's coming to a local movie theater near you in New Mexico.

Dixie Films has partnered with TUGG Theatrical and Dirty Deeds Burlesque to screen a special one-night theatrical event of the award-winning feature documentary film THE OLD STRIPPER at Regal Winrock Stadium 16 in Albuquerque, New Mexico on December 18th . The film, made by the real-life Mother/Son filmmaking team Jack Truman and Opal Dockery, is an epic documentary film about a burlesque legend who travels across the country, coast to coast, visiting her old dancing cities of yesterday.

Tugg, Inc. (www.tugg.com) a web-platform that enables individuals to choose the films that play in their local theaters and create their own theatrical events, and Dixie Films, are excited to announce that THE OLD STRIPPER is available to screen nationwide through Tugg. The film is available through Tugg for special theatrical screenings across the country. The Albuquerque screening will be the New Mexico premiere of the Tugg theatrical release.

The award-winning film received top film honors at film festivals this summer in Des Moines, Los Angeles and Las Vegas. Since it's World Premiere in June at the Interrobang Film Festival, THE OLD STRIPPER has screened over 10 film festivals worldwide, and will continue playing the film festival circuit this fall, in conjunction with the TUGG national release.

Dockery was a burlesque dancer for over 20 years in the 1970's and '80's. Truman, her son, and director of the film, grew up on the road with her during her burlesque circuit.

"This is very special to me", Truman stated in press materials. "The burlesque industry is a lost era. I grew up in that environment, in the adult entertainment business. As a child, I was raised around nudity and pornography. And as a filmmaker, I want to open people's eyes to a world they know nothing about. We are honored to partner with TUGG and Dirty Deeds Burlesque to provide the local area this opportunity to see this incredible documentary film THE OLD STRIPPER in Albuquerque. We hope everyone takes this opportunity to take advantage of this unique program that provides the public the opportunity to see this important film at their local movie theater ".

Over last summer, Truman and Dockery traveled coast to coast, to all 48 states and the District of Columbia, on an epic journey shooting footage in every state nationwide, interviewing dancers young and old, visiting Opal's old dancing cities from her burlesque circuit, seeing landmarks around the country, and interviewing people in the burlesque industry.

"This is a story only we can tell", says Truman.

Earlier this summer, Dockery was inducted in the Burlesque Hall of Fame in Las Vegas, Nevada.

For more information on the film, visit the Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/oldtimeburlesquemovie/

About TUGG, Inc.

Tugg, Inc. ("TUGG") is a web platform that enables individuals to choose the films that play in their local theaters. Through Tugg, individuals are empowered to select a film, screening time, and nearby theater, and then spread the word to their immediate and online community. Once a necessary amount of people commit to attending, the event will be confirmed; and Tugg will reserve the theater, manage ticketing and ensure delivery of the film, allowing the audience to sit back and enjoy the show. Tugg is currently working with exhibitors Alamo Drafthouse Cinema, AMC Theatres, Carmike Cinemas, Cinemark Theatres, Regal Cinemas, and the Studio Movie Grill, as well as additional regional and independently owned theaters across the country. These exhibitors provide theatrical venues for individually curated events showcasing Tugg's growing library of hundreds of studio and independent films. For more information on how Tugg works, visit www.tugg.com/howtuggworks .

About THE OLD STRIPPER

THE OLD STRIPPER is an epic 120 minute feature documentary film about a burlesque legend visiting her dancing cities of yesterday. Burlesque legend Opal Dockery travels the country with her real-life son, award-winning filmmaker Jack Truman on a cross country road trip. Visiting all 48 states coast to coast, Dockery and Truman visit her dancing cities from yesterday, landmarks nationwide, and interview over 50 burlesque dancers across the country, young and old, to show how burlesque is today compared to yesterday. An epic underground unforgettable journey, THE OLD STRIPPER opens the audience's eyes to a lost era.


          Couple arrested with body parts in stroller may have killed up to 20 women, Mexican officials say      Cache   Translate Page      
WARNING: This article and video contain extremely graphic details and may not be suitable for all readers. A couple arrested in Mexico while pushing a baby stroller filled with human body parts may have killed up to 20 women, according to the chief investigator on the case. The man and woman were detained Thursday in the Mexico City suburb of Ecatepec on suspicion of murdering 10 female victims. However, the male suspect has since claimed that they are responsible for […]
          MODEL LUMA GROTHE SAILING IN MEXICO      Cache   Translate Page      
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Luke Bryan enlists Thomas Rhett, Dustin Lynch and Lauren Alaina for “Crash My Playa”‘s “5th Year Fiesta”

CID PresentsThomas Rhett, Dustin Lynch, and Lauren Alaina will all be heading to the Caribbean with Luke Bryan this January. They're all set to take the stage for Crash My Playa -- 5th Year Fiesta, scheduled for January 23-26 in Riviera Maya, Mexico.

This will be TR and Lauren's first time playing the all-inclusive getaway vacation, while Dustin's been there for every year prior.

“I can't even imagine doing these shows without Dustin a part of it,” Luke says. “This makes 5 for 5!”

The “Good Girl” hitmaker shares Luke's sentiment.

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Crude found in seven reservoirs along the Mulach and Manik fields
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          O chocante caso do casal de serial killers suspeito de vender partes dos corpos de suas vítimas - R7      Cache   Translate Page      

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Juan Carlos confessou ter matado 20 mulheres com a ajuda da esposa, Patricia. Casal foi preso levando restos humanos em um carrinho de bebê. Identificado como Juan Carlos, homem confessou ter matado 20 mulheres com a ajuda da esposa, Patricia.
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          Skin Links 10.9.18      Cache   Translate Page      

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          Ultravision to Launch IPTV Multiscreen Service in Mexico With Broadpeak Solution      Cache   Translate Page      
RENNES, France — Oct. 9, 2018 — Broadpeak®, a leading provider of content delivery network (CDN) and video streaming solutions for content providers and pay-TV operators worldwide, today announced that Ultravision, a leading pay-TV operator in Mexico, has selected Broadpeak solutions to power its new IPTV multiscreen service. Ultravision will rely on Broadpeak‘s BkM100 video ...
          Exclusive — House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy Introducing Bill to Fully Fund Border Wall...      Cache   Translate Page      
"'Exclusive — House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy Introducing Bill to Fully Fund Border Wall, Making Midterm Immigration Referendum"" House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy will introduce a bill this week that will fully fund President Donald Trump’s planned wall along the U.S. border with Mexico, thereby setting the midterm elections up as a referendum on immigration policy, Breitbart News has learned exclusively. Outgoing Speaker Paul Ryan hinted at a post-election border wall funding fight on Monday. “We intend on having a full-fledged discussion on how to complete our mission to secure the border, and yes, we will have a fight about...
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<br/>FILE - This file photo taken May 25, 2013, shows an aerial view of Colstrip power plants 1,2,3 & 4 and the Westmoreland coal mines near Colstrip, Mont. Westmoreland Coal Co. of Englewood, Colo., filed for bankruptcy Tuesday, Oct. 9, 2018, to deal with steep debt and declining world demand. Company officials say the Chapter 11 filing is part of a restructuring agreement with an unnamed group of lenders. Company officials say operations won't be interrupted and there are no expected staff reductions. Westmoreland has coal mines in Montana, Wyoming, New Mexico, Ohio, North Dakota and Texas and a coal-fired power plant in North Carolina. (Larry Mayer/The Billings Gazette via AP, File)
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OTTAWA— China says it deplores a controversial new clause in the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement that calls on the countries to notify one another if they enter into trade talks with a “nonmarket” economy. In a scathing statement, the Chinese...
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Oil prices rose about one percent on Tuesday on growing evidence of falling Iranian crude exports before the imposition of new U.S. sanctions, as well as a partial production shutdown in the Gulf of Mexico because of Hurricane Michael.

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          Will the New NAFTA Deliver?      Cache   Translate Page      
The USMCA – the new trade agreement between the U.S., Mexico and Canada – brings NAFTA up to date, but it’s unclear which country stands to gain the most, experts say. Source: Knowledge @ Wharton Will the New NAFTA Deliver?
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Hurricane Michael quickly intensified into a Category 2 over warm Gulf of Mexico waters Tuesday amid fears it would strike Florida on Wednesday as an even stronger hurricane.
          Press Releases: Eliminate, Neutralize, and Disrupt (END) Wildlife Trafficking Report 2018      Cache   Translate Page      
Media Note
Office of the Spokesperson
Washington, DC
October 9, 2018


Today the U.S. Department of State submitted the second annual report to Congress as required by the Eliminate, Neutralize, and Disrupt Wildlife Trafficking Act of 2016 (the END Wildlife Trafficking Act).

Wildlife trafficking is a serious transnational crime that threatens security, economic prosperity, the rule of law, long-standing conservation efforts, and human health. In Executive Order 13773, President Trump called for a comprehensive and decisive approach to dismantle organized crime syndicates, specifically recognizing the connection between wildlife trafficking and transnational organized criminal networks. The United States government’s three-pronged approach to combating wildlife trafficking—strengthening law enforcement, reducing demand, and building international cooperation—deprives criminals of a key source of financing, reducing the criminal threat posed to U.S. citizens.

The END Wildlife Trafficking Act directs the Secretary of State, in consultation with the Secretaries of the Interior and Commerce, to submit to Congress a report that lists Focus Countries and Countries of Concern, as defined in the Act. Each Focus Country is a major source, transit point, or consumer of wildlife trafficking products or their derivatives. Identification as a Focus Country is neither a positive nor a negative designation. Many Focus Countries have taken significant steps to combat wildlife trafficking, including in partnership with the United States. A Country of Concern is defined as a Focus Country whose government has actively engaged in or knowingly profited from the trafficking of endangered or threatened species. The United States looks forward to continuing dialogue with both Focus Countries and Countries of Concern to thwart transnational organized crime engaged in wildlife trafficking.

The 2018 Focus Countries are Bangladesh, Brazil, Burma, Cambodia, Cameroon, China, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Gabon, India, Indonesia, Kenya, Laos, Madagascar, Malaysia, Mexico, Mozambique, Nigeria, Philippines, Republic of the Congo, South Africa, Tanzania, Thailand, Togo, Uganda, United Arab Emirates, and Vietnam. The 2018 Countries of Concern are Madagascar, Democratic Republic of the Congo, and Laos.

For more information, please contact OES-PA-DG@state.gov and follow the Bureau of Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs on Twitter @StateDeptOES.


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Койоакан (Coyoacán) — самый красивый район Мехико-сити, а также лес посреди мегаполиса – Vivero (Viveros de Coyoacán). Небольшая справка Viveros de Coyoacán (Виверос де Койоакан), называемый еще «легкими столицы», был создан в XX веке по инициативе инженера Мигеля Анхеля де Кеведо, который в 1901 году Читать далее »
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HOUSTON, Oct 9 (Reuters) - Nearly 40 percent of daily crude oil production was lost from offshore U.S. Gulf of Mexico wells on Tuesday because of platform...
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After four consecutive sold-out years, four-time Entertainer of the Year Luke Bryan, along with CID Presents, adds first wave of 2019 performers, Thomas Rhett, Dustin Lynch and Lauren Alaina, to Crash My Playa – 5th Year Fiesta set for January 23-26, 2019 in Riviera Maya, Mexico. Multi-platinum selling artist Thomas […]
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MEXICO CITY (AP) - A female lion attacked a man who apparently kept her and two tigers as pets at his home in the northern Mexico border city of Ciudad...
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HOUSTON, Oct 9 (Reuters) – Nearly 40 percent of daily crude oil production was lost from offshore U.S. Gulf of Mexico wells on Tuesday due to platform evacuations and shut-ins ahead of Hurricane Michael. Since Monday, oil producers, including Anadarko Petroleum Corp, BHP Billiton, BP and Chevron Corp , have evacuated personnel from 75 platforms […]
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NEW YORK (AP) - The recent death or disappearance of three journalists in Turkey, Bulgaria and Mexico illustrate the growing dangers to reporters who are...
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MEXICO CITY (AP) - Hurricane Sergio has been downgraded to a tropical storm in the Pacific days before expected landfall on Mexico's Baja California...
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          25 mil personas han llegado al Punto México Conectado de Morelia      Cache   Translate Page      

Por: Andrea Bocanegra/@AndreaB09595812 Morelia, Michoacán (MiMorelia.com).- Un total de 150 personas son atendidas diariamente en el Punto México Conectado de Michoacán, centro ubicado en Morelia donde se imparten cursos, talleres y conferencias de forma gratuita, para desarrollar competencias en materia de nuevas tecnologías de la información y reducir la brecha digital entre la población. En […]

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Por: Alina Espinoza Ciudad de México (Rasainforma.com).- El secretario de Gobernación (Segob), Alfonso Navarrete Prida, afirmó que hay 37 mil 485 desaparecidos y que menos del uno por ciento coincide con restos humanos que se realizan en los laboratorios forenses. De acuerdo a la Comisión Nacional de Búsqueda, los registros de huellas dactilares de bases de datos del Instituto Nacional Electoral (INE) y de […]

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By Ana Isabel Martinez and Marianna ParragaMEXICO CITY, Oct 9 (Reuters) - Mexico's state-run Pemex said on Tuesday it has discovered up to 180 million ...
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Nearly 40 percent of daily crude oil production was lost from offshore U.S. Gulf of Mexico wells on Tuesday because of platform evacuations and shut-ins ahead of Hurricane Michael.

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           Mexico's Pemex: 2 new wells have 180 million barrels 3P...       Cache   Translate Page      
MEXICO CITY (AP) - Mexico's state-owned oil company says two wells in shallow Gulf of Mexico waters have found about 180 million barrels of proven, probable...
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Energy companies halted nearly a fifth of Gulf of Mexico oil production as Hurricane Michael intensifies, but Mizuho's Bob Yawger says it won't hurt their business much. Fred Katayama reports.

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Hurricane warnings and storm surge warnings are flying for much of the Florida Panhandle and Big Bend region as a steadily intensifying Hurricane Michael steams northward at 12 mph over the warm waters of the Eastern Gulf of Mexico. Michael is expected to make landfall in the Florida Panhandle on Wednesday afternoon as a Category 3 hurricane.

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          Being killed for their work is growing risk for journalists      Cache   Translate Page      

NEW YORK – Journalists are familiar with the risks of reporting from war-torn lands, but the recent death or disappearance of three people in Turkey, Bulgaria and Mexico illustrates the growing dangers to reporters targeted for practicing their craft.

Authorities in Turkey are searching for Jamal Khashoggi, a contributor to The Washington Post who has been missing since walking into the Saudi Arabian consulate last week in Istanbul. There are concerns that Khashoggi, who has written critically of the Saudi regime, may have been killed there.

Elsewhere, Bulgarian national radio reported an arrest Tuesday in the death of television reporter Viktoria Marinova, host of a show that reported on the alleged misuse of European Union funds by a Bulgarian building company.

And in Mexico this past week, journalist and activist Sergio Martinez Gonzalez was shot and killed by two people on a motorcycle as he ate breakfast with his wife at a cafe.

The Committee to Protect Journalists reports that 43 journalists have been killed in the line of their work so far in 2018. Last year, there were 46 deaths for all of 2017. The numbers aren’t that unusual and, in fact, have been higher: 73 in 2015 and 2013, 74 in 2012, the committee said.

What’s different is the way they are losing their lives. At least 27 journalists have been individually slain so far this year, compared with eight losing their lives in the crossfire of violent conflicts, CPJ said. Of all the journalists killed since 1992, 848 were individually killed and 1,322 were lost in crossfire, CPJ said.

“Conflict deaths are one thing, targeted assassinations another,” said Bruce Shapiro, executive director of the Dart Center for Journalism and Trauma at Columbia University.

Similarly alarming is the spread of slayings into Europe, as opposed to countries like Mexico, where drug violence has made journalism risky for years, said Robert Mahoney, CPJ deputy executive director.

Besides Marinova’s death in Bulgaria, Jan Kuciak was found shot to death in Slovakia after investigating tax fraud among people close to the ruling party. In Malta, investigative reporter Daphne Caruana Galizia was killed after reporting frequently on government corruption for her blog.

“There are crooks everywhere you look now,” she wrote right before her death. “The situation is desperate.”

The killing of five staff members at the Capital Gazette in Annapolis, Maryland, by a gunman in June brought the threat home to the United States. Meanwhile, the United Nations has been involved in seeking the release from prison in Myanmar of Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo, Reuters reporters who had been investigating the killing of 10 Rohinga Muslim men and boys.

“It’s safe to say there is a pervasive worldwide threat directed to journalists and a perceived immunity for attacks,” Shapiro said. “And I think that’s very dangerous.”

The European cases appear to speak to the power of oligarchs involved in shady activities who act across borders without consequences, he said.

While careful not to place blame on President Donald Trump, experts say his attacks on the press as the “enemy of the people” have a corrosive effect that is noticed around the world. Journalists who may not have felt physical danger often find themselves the targets of threats and harassment online.

“We are conditioned to expect the United States to speak up for press freedom around the world and to defend it, not to belittle the press,” Mahoney said.

Journalism organizations have recognized the threat and have taken steps to protect reporters, the experts said.

“If there is an upside to this, I think that people who stand for democratic values are beginning to understand that scapegoating journalists and scapegoating the media is a step toward authoritarianism,” Shapiro said.


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Oil prices recovered on Tuesday morning, with WTI breaking the $75 mark and Brent climbing above $85 per barrel.  (Click to enlarge) (Click to enlarge) (Click to enlarge) - The EIA’s chart above highlights the fact that the precise path from a hurricane in the Gulf of Mexico can have a bigger impact on oil industry operations than the strength of the hurricane. - Hurricane Nate, a Category 1 storm, passed through the Mississippi Canyon lease area in the Gulf of Mexico last year, causing significant disruptions. - Meanwhile, Hurricane…
          Enrique Peña Nieto señala que versiones que dicen que se va de México son “cuentos chinos”      Cache   Translate Page      
El presidente Enrique Peña Nieto calificó como “cuentos chinos” las versiones de que al concluir su mandato vivirá fuera de México y dijo que será de nueva cuenta mexiquense.

Consultado al finalizar la inauguración de las instalaciones de la X Brigada de Policía Militar que apoyará a las autoridades de este destino turístico el mandatario enfatizó que al concluir su gestión vivirá en el Estado de México.

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VER MÁS: ¿Peña se va de México? Aseguran que vivirá en España al iniciar gobierno de AMLO

Dicen que ya no va a vivir en México, se le comentó. No hombre, cuentos chinos, cuentos chinos, cuentos chinos, volveré a ser mexiquense.



Previamente, al inaugurar estas instalaciones militares, destacó el papel de las Fuerzas Armadas para “alcanzar la paz, la estabilidad social y el desarrollo pleno de nuestro País” y advirtió que solo en construcción de infraestructura militar se han destinado más de 35 mil millones de pesos durante su sexenio.

VER MÁS: Ven a Enrique Peña Nieto con una misteriosa mujer rubia y desata sospechas en redes

“Esto no incluye la inversión que se ha realizado en equipamiento militar para ampliar y fortalecer sus capacidades operativas. Son 487 nuevas obras de infraestructura entre cuarteles, instalaciones educativas, logísticas y operativas, hospitales y unidades habitacionales”, detalló.



En su mensaje, el Presidente indicó que al ser un importante centro turístico mundial el estado de Quintana Roo debe ofrecer condiciones óptimas de seguridad a los millones de visitantes que recibe cada año y a las familias que aquí viven.

VER MÁS: Angélica Rivera ya no vivía en Los Pinos desde hace aproximadamente dos años, revelan

“Esto explica el despliegue de nuestras Fuerzas Armadas en la entidad y la mayor presencia de Policía Militar instancia encargada de resguardar instalaciones militares y apoyar a la población en caso de emergencias”, indicó.

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Tras destacar que en estas instalaciones operarán más de 3 mil elementos militares, el Presidente destacó que durante su mandato se han puesto en operación instalaciones para siete brigadas de Policía Militar y ante de que concluya su gestión inaugurará dos más para un total de 22 instalaciones de esta división militar.

En el evento inauguró a distancia el Campus Cancún de la Universidad de Quintana Roo.
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Andrés Manuel López Obrador abrió una encuesta en Twitter para elegir un nombre en español al tratado USMCA (US-Mexico-Canada Agreement).





Según declaró el presidente electo, Jesús Seade, negociador del equipo de AMLO, sostiene que es necesario buscarle otro nombre al Tratado porque las siglas USMCA, no son adecuadas.

Agregó que el nombre que el presidente Donald Trump le dio al tratado -USMCA- está estableciéndose en México a falta de un nombre propio.

Y señaló que esto convendría corregirlo, porque ese nombre, así como algunas traducciones que se han hecho llevan la "A" de "Acuerdo".

Y dijo que el instrumento sería en México un Tratado y no Acuerdo y acotó que hay Acuerdos Internacionales, pero éste no lo es -de ahí la distinción entre la A en NAFTA y la T en TLCAN- y, añadió que USMCA es el acrónimo del nombre en inglés. E invitó a adoptar un nombre en nuestra lengua.

Informó que se ha contactado a los secretarios de Economía, Ildefonso Guajardo, y el de Relaciones Exteriores, Luis Videgaray, y ellos concordaron que el nombre -para evitar confusión- debería ser similar al nombre en inglés, es decir, un listado de los tres países; debe empezar con la T de Tratado; debe ser pronunciable en español.

También concordaron que en virtud del espíritu de cooperación que ha caracterizado a los trabajos, sería conveniente que se relacione el nombre de este Tratado -que ha de ser ratificado por el nuevo Senado e instrumentado por su gobierno-.

Ante la situación, López Obrador, lanzó la consulta en redes sobre las siguientes dos o tres opciones de nombres para el Tratado:

¿Qué nombre te parece mejor de las siguientes propuestas?

(A) TEUMECA: T.ratado / E stados U.nidos / ME xico / CA nadá.

(B) T-MEC: T.ratado / M.éxico / E.stados unidos / C.anadá.

(C) NINGUNO DE ESTOS







          Major Hurricane Michael Live Thread II      Cache   Translate Page      
Major Hurricane Michael is churning toward the northeastern Gulf of Mexico coast. Florida Governor Rick Scott declared a state of emergency Monday for 35 counties with mandatory coastal evacuations in the FL Panhandle. 1,250 National Guard troops are aiding the process and more than 4,000 more placed on standby. FEMA is already on the ground in Florida; other federal agencies are also preparing to assist people in the storm's path. Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey on Monday declared a state of emergency for the entire state. Georgia Governor Nathan Deal issued a state of emergency for 92 counties ahead of Hurricane...
          Trump is planning a big change to your gasoline as a boost for one of the states hit hardest by his trade war      Cache   Translate Page      

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  • President Donald Trump is scheduled to visit Council Bluffs, Iowa, on Tuesday.
  • Trump is set to announce earlier in the day a change to national fuel standards that would give a boost to Iowa corn farmers.
  • The Trump administration is expected to allow the expanded use of E15, a fuel that contains 15% ethanol and 85% gasoline. Currently, most fuel is 10% ethanol and 90% gasoline.
  • Farmers in the state are being battered by the international response to Trump's tariffs.

President Donald Trump is set to try to make an appeal to one of the states hit hardest by his administration's tariffs by offering a policy tweak long sought by Iowa's farming industry.

Trump on Tuesday will head to Council Bluffs in Iowa, which has been rocked by retaliatory tariffs in response to the US's trade restrictions.

"Will be going to Iowa tonight for Rally, and more!" Trump tweeted. "The Farmers (and all) are very happy with USMCA!"

The "and more" could be a reference to a new policy the White House is expected to announce on Tuesday designed to provide a boost to Iowa farmers and fulfill a longtime promise from the president.

Trump is set to unveil an expansion of the use of E15, a fuel mixture of 85% gasoline and 15% ethanol, a corn-based fuel. Currently, the Environmental Protection Agency bans the use of E15 during the summer because of smog concerns. The changes are expected to lift that ban by next summer.

The year-round use of E15 has long been a goal for Midwestern politicians and Iowa's farming industry, particularly the state's Republican senators, Chuck Grassley and Joni Ernst. Trump promised in the run-up to the 2016 election to expand E15 use.

"He thinks that it's good to have domestically produced energy here, and he thinks it will be good for the agriculture industry as well as the economy overall," a senior administration official told reporters Monday.

The move is likely to set off a fight with the oil industry, which opposes the shift to a higher percentage of biofuels, and could prompt backlash from oil-state politicians, such as GOP Sens. Ted Cruz and John Cornyn of Texas. Most fuel is 10% ethanol, and the oil industry argues that higher levels of ethanol can be harmful to car engines, though the EPA has approved the use of E15 in all light-duty cars since 2001.

In an attempt to assuage the industry, the Trump administration is also expected to propose changes to a system of credits that allow oil refiners to get around certain ethanol obligations.

While the move is a big win for farmers in the Midwest, it may also be an effort to soften the blow from Trump's intensifying trade war with China and other nations. Iowa, in particular, is expected to take a significant hit from the trade disputes.

According to the Center for Agriculture and Rural Development at Iowa State University, Iowa's gross state product could take a hit of $1 billion to $2 billion from Trump's trade fights. Similarly, the US Chamber of Commerce has estimated that $1.4 billion worth of Iowa exports are subject to retaliatory tariffs from China, Canada, Mexico, and the European Union.

The move follows other efforts from the Trump administration to soften the blow of retaliatory tariffs, including $4.7 billion in aid to farmers from the Department of Agriculture.

It also carries a political benefit for the GOP, which is fighting to keep the governor's mansion in Iowa. According to the RealClearPolitics average of recent polls, the Democrat Fred Hubbell is up 3.5 percentage points over the Republican incumbent, Kim Reynolds, who took over as governor in 2017 after Terry Branstad became Trump's ambassador to China.

Meanwhile, GOP Rep. David Young, from Iowa's 3rd District — which includes Council Bluffs — is facing a tough challenge from the Democrat Cindy Axne.

SEE ALSO: Trump's favorite report card for the trade war keeps getting uglier

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The Under-17 Men’s National Team finished up its three game set at the 2018 Four Nations Tournament with a 1-1 draw against Chile. The draw comes two days after the USA fell to Mexico 2-0.
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Netflix is buying its first production studio, the New Mexico facility used to make The Avengers and Sicario, to accommodate its growing output of original movies and television shows.

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          Patient-centered primary care and self-rated health in 6 Latin American and Caribbean countries: Analysis of a public opinion cross-sectional survey      Cache   Translate Page      
by Frederico Guanais, Svetlana V. Doubova, Hannah H. Leslie, Ricardo Perez-Cuevas, Ezequiel García-Elorrio, Margaret E. Kruk Background Despite the substantial attention to primary care (PC), few studies have addressed the relationship between patients’ experience with PC and their health status in low-and middle-income countries. This study aimed to (1) test the association between overall patient-centered … Continua la lettura di Patient-centered primary care and self-rated health in 6 Latin American and Caribbean countries: Analysis of a public opinion cross-sectional survey
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A Mexican couple caught carrying dismembered human remains in a baby carriage may have killed as many as 20 women, a top prosecutor said Monday. The man confessed to 20 killings, but gave details including the names of only 10 victims, said ...
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Frontier has unveiled Planet Coaster's new World's Fair Pack, an internationally flavoured DLC expansion coming to PC next week, on October 16th.

The World's Fair Pack takes Frontier's theme park sim on a globe-hopping tour of ten different countries. The result is a brand-new collection of over 360 building and scenery items - including shops, restaurants, and billboards - inspired by the UK, France, Italy, Spain, Germany, Japan, Mexico, Morocco, China, and the USA. Ideal if you fancy attempting to build your own version of Disney's Epcot or, you know, the world.

There's the briefest glimpse of the new themes in the teaser trailer below.

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cover image"The explosive, highly anticipated conclusion to the epic Cartel trilogy from the New York Times bestselling author of The Force.What do you do when there are no borders?When the lines you thought existed simply vanish?How do you plant your feet to make a stand when you no longer know what side you're on? The war has come home. For over forty years,Art Keller has been on the front lines of America's longest conflict: The War On Drugs. His obsession to defeat the world's most powerful, wealthy, and lethal kingpin--the godfather of the Sinaloa Cartel, Adan Barrera--has left him bloody and scarred, cost him people he loves, even taken a piece of his soul. Now Keller is elevated to the highest ranks of the DEA, only to find that in destroying one monster he has created thirty more that are wreaking even more chaos and suffering in his beloved Mexico. But not just there. Barrera's final legacy is the heroin epidemic scourging America. Throwing himself into the gap to stem the deadly flow, Keller finds himself surrounded by enemies--men that want to kill him, politicians that want to destroy him, and worse, the unimaginable--an incoming administration that's in bed with the very drug traffickers that Keller is trying to bring down. Art Keller is at war with not only the cartels, but with his own government. And the long fight has taught him more than he ever imagined. Now, he learns the final lesson--there are no borders. In a story that moves from deserts south of the border to Wall Street, from the slums of Guatemala to the marbled corridors of Washington, D.C., Winslow follows a new generation ofnarcos, the cops that fight them, the street traffickers, the addicts, the politicians, money-launderers,real-estate moguls and mere children fleeing the violence for the chance of a life in a new country. A shattering tale of vengeance, violence, corruption and justice, this last novel in Don Winslow's magnificent, award-winning, internationally bestselling trilogy is packed with unforgettable, drawn-from-the-headlines scenes. Shocking in its brutality, raw in its humanity,Untitledis an unflinchingportrait of modern America, a story of--and for--our time"-- Provided by publisher.
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Met this guy on the road coming across the Dartmore Forest in the fog one day.

Mathematicians have tried in vain to this day to discover some order in the sequence of prime numbers, and we have reason to believe that it is a mystery into which the human mind will never penetrate.
~Leonhard Euler




The 283rd day of the year; 283 is a twin prime. Also it can be expressed as powers of its digits, 283 = 25 + 81 + 35. (Curious students might seek the first multi-digit number for which this is possible)

283 can be expressed as nn + (n+1)n+1 (Find n!)

283 = (6! - 5! - 4! - 3! - 2! - 1! - 0!)/2.

283 is a prime of the form 4n+3, Bernard Frénicle de Bessy discovered that such primes cannot be the hypotenuse of a Pythagorean triangle (1676), as opposed to primes of the form 4n+1, which Fermat conjectured always were in 1640.


EVENTS


1580 Tycho observes a comet and follows it until November 25. and in the morning of December 13. He measured the distance to a comet and thereby demonstrated that comets were beyond the Moon. The Broadside from the British Museum was done about 1580, but was based on an earlier woodcut so it is probably not the comet that Tycho measured, (or perhaps any other actual comet). In January of the following year (still 1580 in England) a pamphlet of warning was written by "Francis Shakelton, minister and preacher of the worde of God":
"A blazyng starre or burnyng beacon, seene the 10. of October laste (and yet continewyng) set on fire by Gods prouidence, to call all sinners to earnest [and] speedie repentance."



1580 John Dee became one of the few commoners visited by Queen Elizabeth. Just hours after the death of his second wife the Queen and her entire privy council showed up at his door. Dee tried to entertain her using the "magical mirror" he had been given by William Pickering who had once been Elizabeth's suitor. The mirror, made of highly-polished obsidian (volcanic glass), was one of many Mexica cult objects and treasures brought to Europe after the conquest of Mexico by Cortés between 1527 and 1530. It is now in the British Museum. *Benjamin Wooley, The Queen's Conjuror



1641 Torricelli arrives in Arcetri to study with Galileo. ".. postpone his arrival at Arcetri until 10 October 1641. He took up residence in Galileo’s house, where Vincenzo Viviani was already living, and stayed there in close friendship with Galileo until the latter’s death on 8 January 1642. " *encyclopedia.com

In 1796, according to tradition, the metric system was born. The Oct 10 (10/10) date was chosen since it seems to signify the base 10 way of using measurements.*TIS (tradition perhaps, but I can find no event that took place regarding metric system on this date. France would adopt system on Dec 10th of 1796. Can anyone verify a reason for this "traditional" date. although Dec 10 has a nice ring)

1844 Michael Faraday gets a scare. After a deadly explosion in a collary in Haswell, he was asked to participate in a commission to examine the incident. They examined the mine, and asked questions about air flow and other issues. Satisfied, Faraday's last series of Q & A went something like:

Faraday: Where do you store the dynamite?
A : "In a bag, tightly tied," was the reply.
Faraday: "Yes, but where do you keep the bag?"
A : "You are sitting on it."
They had apparently honored Faraday with the most comfortable cushion available. He supposedly jumped up quickly and admonished them for their carelessness, especially since the explanation about air flow included tests with an open flame candle. *The Correspondence of Michael Faraday, Volume 3: (There are many variations on this anecdote, one here that conflates the mine incident with events in court on the previous day)

1845 Naval School (now Naval Academy) opened at Annapolis, MD. *VFR

In 1846, Neptune's moon, Triton, is discovered by William Lassell while he was observing the newly discovered planet Neptune. He was attempting to confirm his observation of the previous week, that Neptune had a ring. Instead he discovered that Neptune had a satellite, Triton. Lassell soon proved that the ring he thought he had seen was a product of his new telescope's distortion. This picture of Triton was taken in 1989 by the only spacecraft ever to pass Triton: Voyager 2, which found fascinating terrain, a thin atmosphere, and even evidence for ice volcanoes on this world of peculiar orbit and spin. Ironically, Voyager 2 also confirmed the existence of complete thin rings around Neptune - but these would have been quite invisible to Lassell! *TIS

1931 Spain issued a stamp picturing the Fountain of Lions at the Alhambra in Granada. The Alhambra is famous for its use of tessellations. [Scott #491] *VFR

1971 The rebuilt London Bridge was completed and dedicated in Arizona.   In 1831, New London Bridge had opened to traffic in London. In 1821, a committee was formed by Parliament to consider the poor condition of the existing centuries-old bridge. The arches had been badly damaged by the Great Freeze, so it was decided to build a new bridge. Building commenced under John Rennie in 1825, and completed in 1831, at the expense of the city. The bridge is composed of five arches, and built of Dartmoor granite. It was opened with great splendor by King William the fourth, accompanied by Queen Adelaide, and many of the members of the royal family, August 1st, 1831. In the 1960's it was auctioned and sold for $2,460,000 to Robert McCulloch who moved it to Havasu City, Arizona. The rebuilt London Bridge was completed and dedicated on 10 Oct 1971.*TIS

1980 Midway releases the video game Pac-Man to arcades in North America, "Let the games begin"
*Michael Esposito I‏ @espofootball

1986, a tiny asteroid, Asteroid 3753, was found orbiting the Earth - a body in addition to the Moon - by J. D. Waldron at Siding Spring Observatory. It was called Cruithne, (pronounced "Croo-een-ya") after Celtic tribes who came to Britain between about 880 and 500 BC. It is pulled alternately by the Sun and Earth. When viewed from the Earth, its 770-year orbit appears to be horseshoe shaped, but this is an effect of viewing an orbit from a rotating planet. It actually passes closer to the Earth than the Moon. At its closest approach it only gets to within about 15 million km (9 million miles) of our planet. Its diameter ranges between 2.9 - 6.4 km diameter wide. Cruithne will remain in a suspended state around Earth for at least 5,000 years. *TIS

In 2001, construction on the Viaduc de Millau (Millau Viaduct) began to bridge the River Tarn in Southern France. Finished in 38 months, it was opened 14 Dec 2004. The Millau Viaduct, designed by Sir Norman Foster, is the longest cable-stayed bridge in the world. Taller than the Eiffel Tower, the tallest pylon is 340m high, making it the world's highest road bridge. It carries the A75 motorway from Clermont-Ferraud south to Beziers, crosses 2.5-km and rises 270m above the valley. It was to replace the motor route through the town of Millau with continual traffic jams, shorten the journey by 100 km and save 4 hours of driving time. It was built using a steel deck, rather than concrete roadbed. *TIS



BIRTHS

Drawing of Cavendish torsion device *Yovisto
1731 Henry Cavendish (10 Oct 1731; 24 Feb 1810) English chemist and physicist who conducted experiments with diverse interests in his private laboratory. Most notably, he determined the mass and density of the Earth. He investigated the properties of hydrogen and carbon dioxide, including comparing their density to that of air. Cavendish also showed that water was a compound and measured the specific heat of various substances. His manuscripts (published 1879) revealed discoveries he made in electrostatics before Coulomb, Ohm and Faraday - including deducing the inverse square law of electrostatic attraction and repulsion. He also found specific inductive capacity. His family name is attached to the Cavendish Laboratory (founded 1871, funded by a later family member) at Cambridge University. *TIS Cavendish was supposedly so shy that for his only portrait the artist painted his coat from a hook in the hall, then painted Cavendish body from memory. *"Shock and Awe", BBC broadcast on the history of electricity)

1817 Christophorus Henricus Didericus Buys Ballot (10 Oct 1817; 3 Feb 1890) was a Dutch meteorologist who is remembered for his observation in 1857 that the wind blows at right angles to the atmospheric pressure gradient. He showed that northern hemisphere winds circulate counter-clockwise around low pressure areas and clockwise around high pressure areas. The reverse is true in the southern hemisphere. Although not the first to make this discovery, his name remains attached to it as Buys Ballot's law. He studied and taught at the University of Utrecht, and founded the Royal Netherlands Meteorological Institute in 1854. He was the inventor of the aeroklinoscope and of a system of weather signals.*TIS

1861 Heinrich Friedrich Karl Ludwig Burkhardt (10 Oct 1861, 2 Nov 1914) His main work was in analysis, particularly the theory of trigonometric series, and on the history of mathematics. Other topics on which Burkhardt published papers included groups, differential equations, differential geometry and mathematical physics.*SAU

1896 Lester Halbert Germer (10 Oct 1896; 10 Mar 1971) was a American physicist who, with his colleague Clinton Joseph Davisson, conducted an experiment (1927) that first demonstrated the wave properties of the electron. They showed that a beam of electrons scattered by a crystal produces a diffraction pattern characteristic of a wave. This experiment confirmed the hypothesis of Louis-Victor de Broglie, a founder of wave mechanics, that the electron should show the properties of an electromagnetic wave as well as a particle. He also studied thermionics, erosion of metals, and contact physics.*TIS

1919 William Henry Kruskal (October 10, 1919 – April 21, 2005) was an American mathematician and statistician. He is best known for having formulated the Kruskal–Wallis one-way analysis of variance (together with W. Allen Wallis), a widely-used nonparametric statistical method.
Kruskal was born in New York City to a successful fur wholesaler. His mother, Lillian Rose Vorhaus Kruskal Oppenheimer, became a noted promoter of Origami during the early era of television. She is credited with introduction the Japanese term "Origami" into the Enlish lexicon to replace the then common term, "paper folding". He was the oldest of five children, three of whom, including himself, became researchers in mathematics and physics; see Joseph Kruskal and Martin Kruskal. Kruskal left Antioch College to attend Harvard University, receiving Bachelor's and Master's degrees in mathematics in 1940 and 1941. He pursued a Ph. D. in Mathematical Sciences at Columbia University, graduating in 1955.
During the Second World War, Kruskal served at the U.S. Naval Proving Ground in Dahlgren, Virginia. After brief stints working for his father and lecturing at Columbia, he joined the University of Chicago faculty as an instructor in statistics in 1950. He edited the Annals of Mathematical Statistics from 1958 to 1961, served as president of the Institute of Mathematical Statistics in 1971, and of the American Statistical Association in 1982. Kruskal retired as Professor Emeritus in 1990. He died in Chicago.*Wik




DEATHS

1708 David Gregory (3 Jun 1659, 10 Oct 1708) Scottish mathematician and astronomer. In 1702 he published a book Astronomiae physicae et geometricae elementa, an effort in the popularization of Newtonian science. However, in the matter of chromatic aberration, Gregory noted something that Newton had missed. Different kinds of glass spread the colours of the spectrum by different amounts. He suggested a suitable combination of two different kinds of glass might eliminate chromatic aberration. (A half century later, Dollond accomplished this result.) Telescopes were a special interest of his, and Gregory also experimented with making an achromatic telescope. Gregory also did important work on series.*TIS

1925 Andrew Gray (2 July 1847, 10 Oct 1925) graduated from Glasgow University and was appointed assistant and secretary to Lord Kelvin. He became Professor of Physics at University College Bangor and then returned to Glasgow as Kelvin's successor. He produced many books and papers in both mathematics and physics.*SAU

1940 Vito Volterra (1860–1940) died in Rome. Best known for his early contributions to functional analysis: he introduced the concept of functional in 1887. He also gave an example of a function with a bounded derivative that is not Riemann integrable. He took a prominent role in public life, being President of the Accademia dei Lincei and also a Senator. When the Fascists’ came to power he opposed them and so lost his positions. Consequently his death was not announced in Italian newspapers. This had an ironic sequel: In October 1943 an SS detachment called at his house to arrest him and send him to a concentration camp. *VFR

1888 Sir Thomas Ralph Merton KBE, DSc, FRS (12 January 1888–10 October 1969) was an English physicist, inventor and art collector. He is particularly noted for his work on spectroscopy and diffraction gratings. Diffraction gratings were one of his lifelong interests and here his inventive genius best showed itself. The rarity and expense of good diffraction gratings led him to devise, in 1935, a method of copying them without loss of optical quality, by applying a thin layer of a cellulose ester solution to an original plane grating. When the solvent had evaporated he detached this pellicle and applied its grooved surface to a moist gelatine film on a glass plate. When dry, the gelatine bore a faithful record of the original rulings.
In 1948 Merton made an important basic advance in the art of ruling diffraction gratings. Since 1880 these had been ruled groove by groove by the method used by Rowlands. In place of this, Merton ruled a very fine helix continuously on a steel cylinder which he then opened out upon a plane gelatine-coated surface by his copying method. No lathe could, however, rule a helix free from errors of pitch and these Merton eliminated by an ingenious device. It consisted of a ‘chasing lathe’ by which he cut a secondary helix on the same cylinder with a tool mounted on a ‘nut’ lined with strips of cork pressed upon the primary lathe-cut helix. Periodic errors were thus averaged and eliminated by the elasticity of the cork.
In 1969 Merton bought Stubbings House, at Maidenhead Thicket, Berkshire. Its spacious rooms made an appropriate setting for his collection of pictures. As a man of considerable wealth, he maintained what was probably the last private physics laboratory in Britain. Papers and patents continued to appear, based on his researches there. In 1957 he had several serious operations and thereafter he rarely left his home, where he died on 10 October 1969.*Wik

1971 Sir Cyril Burt (3 Mar 1883, 10 Oct 1971) British psychologist who was a leader in developing methods of statistical data analysis, particularly factor analysis, in psychological testing. He investigated the role of heredity in intelligence with twin studies and the role of nuture in juvenile deliquency. In 1913, he was appointed thea school psychologist for the schools administered by the London County Council (LCC) This was the first appointment of this kind in the U.K. In 1926, he proposed a national testing program of intelligence tests on children at about age 11. Subsequently, the national "Eleven-Plus" exam was used to identify whether children were high scorers suitable for education at a grammar schools, or not. After Burt's death his later work on twins was questioned as flawed or fraud.*TIS

1975 Norman Levinson (August 11, 1912, Lynn, Massachusetts – October 10, 1975, Boston) was an American mathematician. Some of his major contributions were in the study of Fourier transforms, complex analysis, non-linear differential equations, number theory, and signal processing. He worked closely with Norbert Wiener in his early career. He joined the faculty of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1937. In 1954, he was awarded the Bôcher Memorial Prize of the American Mathematical Society. In 1974 he published a paper proving that more than a third of the zeros of the Riemann zeta function lie on the critical line, a result later improved to two fifths by Conrey.
He received both his bachelor's degree and his master's degree in electrical engineering from MIT in 1934, where he had studied under Norbert Wiener and took almost all of the graduate-level courses in mathematics. He received the MIT Redfield Proctor Traveling Fellowship to study at the University of Cambridge, with the assurance that MIT would reward him with a PhD upon his return regardless of whatever he produced at Cambridge. Within the first four months in Cambridge, he had already produced two papers. In 1935, MIT awarded him with the PhD in mathematics.
His death in 1975 was caused by a brain tumor.*Wik

1984 British geneticist Sir Alec Jeffreys discovered DNA fingerprinting on this date. He identified that every individual has a unique genetic code, so people could be identified by their genetic fingerprints. The technique has since helped to solve crime investigations and allowed the identification of family members in paternity cases. *rsc.org

2007 Karl Walter Gruenberg, (3 June 1928; 10 October 2007) Emeritus Professor of Pure Mathematics of Queen Mary, London University, was a much respected algebraist, being a leading light in the London algebra research community, with many professional contacts across the globe.
For his PhD he worked under Philip Hall, the UK's leading algebraist at the time, submitting a thesis in the theory of groups (a branch of algebra concerned with an abstract study of symmetry). He moved to Queen Mary College, London University, temporarily in 1953 and permanently in 1957. There Kurt Hirsch was slowly building up a world-class algebra research centre and Gruenberg rapidly became a leading member of this group.
Gruenberg remained at Queen Mary all his working life, apart from leaves of absence mostly taken at North American universities. He was made Professor in 1967, and was Head of the Pure Mathematics Department from 1973 until 1978.
After leaving Cambridge he continued his research in abstract group theory into the 1960s, becoming a leading expert at the time on the Engel theory of groups, which is concerned with extracting global information from certain types of local data.
From about 1960 or so, his main research interest moved into homological algebra and its applications, particularly to group theory. In mathematics, frequently unsuspected connections arise between quite separate and apparently unrelated areas. In this work Gruenberg was concerned with applying to group theory techniques originally developed for the "geometry of continuity". In this field he was a major, in many ways the major, pioneer. This work led him over the years towards representation theory, especially integral representation theory, and more latterly number theory. He published many research articles both singularly and jointly.
He was a talented and very successful teacher, especially of graduate students and his many innovative graduate courses were regularly attended by students, visitors and staff from Queen Mary and other London institutions. His books, Linear Geometry (1967, an undergraduate text written with Alan Weir), Cohomological Topics in Group Theory (1970) and Relation Modules of Finite Groups (1976), were all very well received. He continued his research to the end. He published a joint paper with Alfred Weiss in the Journal of Algebra in 2006, was working on further joint work with Weiss in the summer of 2007 both at Queen Mary and at the University of Alberta in Canada. He had been due to address the Queen Mary Pure Mathematics Seminar.* B.A.F. Wehrfritz Obituary in The Independent


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*CHM=Computer History Museum
*FFF=Kane, Famous First Facts
*NSEC= NASA Solar Eclipse Calendar
*RMAT= The Renaissance Mathematicus, Thony Christie
*SAU=St Andrews Univ. Math History
*TIA = Today in Astronomy
*TIS= Today in Science History
*VFR = V Frederick Rickey, USMA
*Wik = Wikipedia
*WM = Women of Mathematics, Grinstein & Campbell
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Disasters happen all the time. Earthquakes strike whether we're ready for them or not. Disease outbreaks happen. Let's not downplay human-caused disasters, either, such as riots, acts of war, and terrorism. They all have unpredictable consequences for the people around them. If you run a company, do you have a business continuity plan for what you and your employees should do in any of these situations? If you have remote employees, what kind of emergency plan do you have involving them?

There's an old joke about backing up your data, "There are two kinds of computer users: those who back up their data and those who haven't lost any data yet." The same is true for emergency preparedness plans. They seem unimportant until the moment you need one.

Creating a plan for any emergency or disaster forces you to think through and document:

  • how you'll keep the business operating, also called a business continuity plan,
  • how you will account for employees, and
  • succession, meaning who will take control if key people are suddenly unavailable.

Businesses can find plenty of resources on how to create an emergency preparedness plan that cover these three points. I've listed several at the end of this article. What many of these resources do not include, however, is how to take into account remote employees.

How do you account for a team when people are spread out all over the world? What unique challenges come up for remote teams in the face of disaster?

Include Remote Workers in Your Accountability Plan

You could easily see how organizations with remote workers might assume they don't need any special considerations for their employees in the face of a disaster. "They're at home! We'll account for them using the same tools and methods we would on any other day."

"Unusual" disasters happen all the time.

Having lived through a month-long internet outage once, I know firsthand that it's not always as easy as you might expect to get in touch with people and account for them. A severe cyclone knocked out all communications infrastructure. In the first three days, the city where I lived had no landline phones, no mobile phone service, and no Internet. The Internet slowly returned to parts of the city, but it took a full month to resume at my home. More importantly, while I was in the thick of it, I never knew if internet service would return in a few hours, a few days, or a few weeks.

An outage of that magnitude sounds unusual, yes. But 9/11 was unusual, too, and so was Hurricane Katrina and all the aftermath that ensued in New Orleans. The 2011 Tōhoku earthquake and tsunami were unusual. So were the volcanic eruptions of Eyjafjallajökull in 2010 that grounded air traffic for days, and the Paris attacks of 2015, and the 2017 earthquake in Mexico… "Unusual" disasters happen all the time.

Keep in mind, too, that the whole point of having an emergency management plan is to think through and document what you will do if your standard operating procedures are interrupted.

Imagine an earthquake knocked out services in a major city where your organization has several remote employees. You'd want to account for the people and their wellbeing, but you'd also want a plan in place for who would pick up the work if the affected employees need a week or a month off to take care of themselves, their families, and their property.

Learn From Others

I asked a few all-remote companies whether they had plans in place regarding what to do in the event of an emergency. Many had simple contingency plans in the form of service-level agreements with companies that host their data. They were "keep the lights on" plans related to running servers. But almost no one had plans for accounting for their employees. Hubstaff, however, did.

Remote teams need to look for single points of failure–Jared Brown

Hubstaff currently operates with a team of about 40 people worldwide. Jared Brown, CTO and CPO of Hubstaff, told me by email, "When you have a remote workforce, the unique thing is that you could have clusters of people or systems that are unavailable while the rest of the company is functioning as usual." With a team that small, a cluster of four people in the same region experiencing the same disaster, could mean 10 percent of the organization is suddenly out of the workforce.

Perhaps unsurprisingly, Hubstaff has dealt with an unexpected event that left one employee unavailable to work for two months. When you've suffered the pain before, the need for an emergency preparedness plan becomes real and apparent.

"For remote teams, you need to look for single points of failure," Brown added. "If our customer support lead was unavailable due to a disaster, who would step in and run the team? You need a plan in place that covers how to get in contact with the person or people affected by the disaster, who will take the lead, and what to do if key infrastructure is unavailable due a storm or disaster."

Make a Plan

Let's say your organization already has some type of "keep the lights on" business continuity plan in place. You know what you'll do if there's a server outage, for example. Ideally, you should review and update that plan from time to time. The next time you do (you're probably overdue, no?), use it as an opportunity to also put down some thoughts about how you will account for individuals in the event of a localized emergency.

Here are some questions to ask to help you get started.

How Many Lines of Communication?

How many lines of communication do you have open with remote workers? Likely you have business tools, such as a team chat app and email. What else do you have on file? Do you know each person's mobile number? Is it up to date? Consider collecting alternative means of communication, too, such as a personal email address and IDs for other messaging apps. Do you have an emergency contact for each employee? How long will you wait and not hear from someone before you call their emergency contact?

Outline all the ways you will try to get in touch with an employee, in order, and how long you should wait before trying different avenues. It wouldn't hurt to write down a word about empathy and consideration, too. During a disaster, people can easily forget it, as they're focused on taking immediate action. Giving someone the words, "Your safety and your family come first" can help remind them.

Brown noted that once you do get in touch with an employee who's facing an emergency or disaster, you should always agree on when the next point of contact will be. Come up with a concrete plan for when and how you'll follow up again next.

Who's on the Ground?

Are there other employees nearby who can do a physical check on one another if necessary? Do you know where you have clusters of people in geographic regions? In the event of a localized disaster, nearby people on the ground may have faster and more accurate updates than what other team members hear through news reports. At what point in an emergency timeline would you ask nearby team members to try and get in touch with people who are unaccounted for?

In addition to knowing the name of the city or town where each employee resides, it's not a bad idea to have a map pinpointing each location. Just because you have two people in Minnesota doesn't mean they're anywhere near each other. Another employee in a neighboring state could be much closer.

Who Needs to Know?

If an employee is affected by an emergency situation, who needs to know and how much do they need to know?

On the one hand, it's critical to respect an individual's privacy and not share sensitive information. On the other hand, you need to set clear expectations regarding whether or when the employee might return to work. That's especially important for the people who are tasked with picking up the missing employee's workload, as well as anyone who works closely with them.

Distribute and Verify the Plan

After developing some guidelines, distribute the plan as a work in progress to the core team. Do they understand it? Do they see holes in it? Is each person clear on what she or he should do in different types of situations?

While you might not distribute the entire emergency management plan to all employees, you can communicate the fact that one exists. You can also have employees verify their current details, such as phone numbers and emergency contacts.

Have managers or team leads share any other parts of the plan that are relevant to employees, and make sure individuals know what they can do in an emergency. Additionally, it goes a long way to acknowledge in advance of a disaster, at the point of disseminating the plan, that people's families, health, and wellbeing come first. Send the message, "We care about you. We want to know you're not in danger. But do what you need to do first." If they hear that message ahead of time, they'll know it in the moment as well.

Test the Plan

Running a simulated disaster is an eye-opening experience. A few years ago, I sat down with about a dozen colleagues and did a tabletop emergency preparedness exercise. We were in an office with mostly on-site employees, but people worked from home occasionally. Leading the group was our simulation master, and she was the only person who knew what was about to unfold.

First, the group leader set the scene. It was 8:15 a.m. Some employees were in the office. Some were home. Some were commuting. Then she announced there was breaking news about a disease that seemed to be spreading throughout the city. There were already so many confirmed cases, but the Center for Disease Control had not made any official recommendation for what to do. The simulation master asked us what we'd do.

We started to discuss the situation. How severe was it? Should we tell people it's their choice whether to stay home, stay in the office, retrieve their kids from school? As we realized we had no clear consensus, the simulation master cut us all off with an imaginary phone call from an insider at City Hall who leaked word that the whole city would go on lockdown within the hour. Now what?

The scenario played itself out as it might in real time. Some information we got turned out to be false. New developments kept occurring. We quickly realized how hard it is to reach a consensus when an emergency situation is unfolding.

What we did learn, however, is who had copies of the phone chain, who believed they were in a position to give official word about what to do, and who among us hesitated to take action. Running the simulation didn't leave us with all the answers, but it did let us explore just how challenging it can be to manage a crisis in the moment.


Having even a fairly basic emergency preparedness plan is better than none at all. Regularly update employee information such as numbers, their physical location, alternative email addresses, and emergency contacts (set a calendar reminder or perhaps use a reminder bot in your team chat app). Look for single points of failure, as Hubstaff's Jared Brown put it, and make sure someone knows who would be next in line to take on the work. Make sure the organization's core team, meaning executives and managers or team leads, know that a plan exists. Even a little bit of preparation can go a long way.

For help creating an emergency preparedness plan, small businesses can start with a checklist from the American Red Cross.

Businesses of all sizes can find more information in a free downloadable emergency planning booklet from the U.S. Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).

Ready.gov/business, a website with tips for businesses run by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, has thorough information about how to create an emergency preparedness plan for businesses, too.

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From his first meeting with Fidel Castro in Mexico in 1955 to his death in the Bolivian Andes in 1967, Ché Guevara’s revolutionary career spanned little more than a decade. Yet the handsome young face, gaze set firmly on the future, has lived on through generations. In today’s imagination Ché remains a mythical, romantic hero — […]
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Automotive Battery Sensor Market by Voltage Type (12V, 24V, and 48V), Communication Technology (LIN and CAN), Hybrid Vehicle (HEV and PHEV), Vehicle Type (Passenger Car, LCV and HCV), and Region - Global Forecast to 2025

Northbrook, IL -- (SBWIRE) -- 10/09/2018 -- The report "Automotive Battery Sensor Market by Voltage Type (12V, 24V, and 48V), Communication Technology (LIN and CAN), Hybrid Vehicle (HEV and PHEV), Vehicle Type (Passenger Car, LCV and HCV), and Region - Global Forecast to 2025", The automotive battery sensor market is estimated to be USD 2.35 billion in 2018 and is projected to reach a market size of USD 4.92 billion by 2025, growing at a CAGR of 11.09% during the forecast period. The market is driven by factors such as the rising demand for fuel-efficient vehicles, increasing vehicle production, rising emission concerns, and growing demand for high- end cars.

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The 12V segment is estimated to be the fastest growing in the automotive battery sensor market during the forecast period

The increasing demand for fuel-efficient vehicles has led to the introduction of IBS for 12V lead-acid batteries. IBS helps to curb CO2 emissions and increases the fuel efficiency of a vehicle. It also helps to optimize the electrical power system and battery functioning and enhances the battery life. With the advancements in technology, a 12V intelligent battery sensor is used to monitor the battery status. IBS provides information on the state-of-charge, state-of-function (power ability), and state-of-health (aging) of the 12V lead-acid battery. The growth of the market can be attributed to the rising demand for IBS in developing countries such as Mexico, India, China, and others. Also, increasing vehicle production worldwide, government regulations, and rising demand for fuel-efficient vehicles are boosting the overall growth of the market.

Passenger car to be the largest segment of the automotive battery sensor market, by vehicle type

The passenger car segment of the automotive battery sensor market is estimated to be the largest market. The growth of this segment is expected to continue due to the increasing production of passenger cars, stringent emission laws, and growing demand for luxury vehicles. Also, the rising demand for fuel-efficient vehicles, coupled with increasingly stringent emission norms, has propelled the growth of the passenger car segment in the automotive battery sensor market.

Asia Pacific is projected to be the fastest growing regional market for automotive battery sensors

The Asia Pacific region is the largest and fastest growing market in the global automotive battery sensor market. The market growth in the region can be attributed to the production expansions made by automobile manufacturers to meet the rising consumer demand for luxury vehicles and fuel-efficient vehicles. Also, China and India are planning to launch China VI and Bharat Stage VI which is equivalent to Euro VI to control emissions. Also, the rising demand for light commercial vehicles in China and Japan is expected to drive the automotive battery sensor market in the region.

The key manufacturers operating in the market are HELLA (Germany), Continental (Germany), Bosch (Germany), Furukawa Electric (Japan), NXP (Netherlands), Vishay (US), Texas Instrument (US), Denso (Japan), ams AG (Austria), Inomatic (Germany), and TE Connectivity (Switzerland).
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          IMF downgrades growth again; China depreciates, defends against outflows; Hong Kong housing teeters; Canada housing starts droop; UST 10yr at 3.21%; oil up, gold holds; NZ$1 = 64.6 USc; TWI-5 = 68.8      Cache   Translate Page      

Here's our summary of key events overnight that affect New Zealand, with news 'economic growth' is under pressure worldwide.

At their just-ended meeting in Bali, the IMF lowered its forecasts for global economic growth in 2018 to +3.7% and down from +3.9% in their April estimate (which itself was a downgrade), saying the trade tariff wars and instability in emerging markets is cooling many economies. By their new estimates, they think China's growth will cool to +6.2% in 2019. US growth will cool to +2.5%. They say New Zealand will grow +3.1% this year and +3.0% next. (That compares with the last RBNZ estimates of +2.5% this year and +3.3% in 2019.)

China’s effort to support its slowing economy is putting pressure on the yuan. Their challenge is to keep the growth going without triggering capital outflows. To do that they are letting the yuan depreciate - and it hit a 21 month low against the greenback yesterday - while at the same time engineering a very sharp rise in the cost borrowing yuan in offshore markets, especially Hong Kong. That makes the costs of large sudden capital outflows much less attractive. The overnight cost of borrowing yuan for Hong Kong banks jumped to 5% from 1.7% a day earlier, hitting its highest level since May. The rate for one-week lending reached 7.6% yesterday, up +4 percentage points since last week to its highest level in over a year.

To encourage trade, China is increasing the size of its tax rebates for exporters. Plus it has announced an expanded program to clear away shantytowns and replace them with 'modern' housing facilities.

In Hong Kong, there are serious worries that a housing market crash is imminent. Banks are slashing valuations in the face of a turn in the market and industry insiders are claiming this will just make the turn faster and deeper. But of course no bank wants to be behind the trend of declining market prices. A big reveal of the housing market's reliance on 'confidence' underpinning valuations is about to be exposed in Hong Kong.

In Canada, housing starts slipped to a 19 month low. They were particularly weak in Vancouver, but growing in Toronto.

In Mexico, their inflation topped 5% in September and for the first time since March, establishing a new rising trend.

The Gerrman trade surplus grew larger than expected in August, but for all the wrong reasons. Exports actually fell when they were expected to rise, and imports slumped when a small rise was expected. Perhaps the data is seasonal because August is the height of their summer holidays. But it is a worrying sign for them nonetheless.

The UST 10yr yield is lower today at 3.21%. Their 2-10 curve is now at +32 bps. The Aussie Govt 10yr is at 2.78% and up +1 bp from this time yesterday. The China 10yr is at 3.65%, up +2 bps, while the NZ Govt 10yr is at 2.69%, also up +2 bps.

Gold is at US$1,187/oz this morning, a small US$2 rise overnight.

US oil prices are up by about +US$1 today at just over US$75/bbl. The Brent benchmark is now just over US$85/bbl.

The Kiwi dollar is starting today at 64.6 USc having changed little since this time yesterday. On the cross rates we are at 91.1 AUc and at 56.2 euro cents. That leaves the TWI-5 at 68.8 and just off its three year low.

Bitcoin is now at US$6,587 and that is a tiny slip of less than +1% overnight. This rate is charted in the exchange rate set below.

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          Economic data flow has been light and markets have just been drifting, largely sideways; US 10-year rate nudged lower; NZD has maintained a tight trading range around 0.6430-0.6460 USD; NZDAUD had a peek below 0.91 yesterday      Cache   Translate Page      

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Market movements have been modest, with small changes in currencies, flat equity markets and the US 10-year rate nudging lower.

The economic data flow has been light and markets have just been drifting, largely sideways.  The US NFIB small business survey continued to show very high levels of business confidence, while the net percentage of firms reporting an increase in worker compensation rose 5 points to 37, a new all-time high – consistent with the strong economy/higher wage inflation story for the US.

That wasn’t a market mover as the story is well acknowledged. In fact, back from holiday US Treasury yields fell from the US open after the 10-year rate reached a fresh 7-year of 3.26% in early European trading and has since dropped 4bps to 3.22% and down about 3bps from the level at the NZ close.  It might be a sign of exhaustion in selling of US Treasuries, for now, after the rapid run-up from the 2.80% level of late August.

The USD has largely tracked US rates, seeing modest upward pressure as the bond rate rose to a fresh high and coming off the boil since, to be largely flat for the day.

The NZD has maintained a tight trading range around 0.6430-0.6460 and is currently near the top of that range.  Yesterday, NZ’s fiscal accounts showed a strong operating surplus of 1.9% of GDP for FY18, some $2.4b larger than projected in May, with spending delays the main cause. We were more interested in the release of ANZ’s monthly inflation gauge, which suggested a strong non-tradeables inflation print when CPI data are released next week.  While the 1.4% q/q reading for the quarter likely over-states actual non-tradeables inflation, given the indicator’s undershoot the previous quarter, we think the data supports our view that both core and headline inflation pressures are rising faster than the RBNZ estimated back in the August MPS.  Earlier in the week we were searching for positive things to say about the NZD and failed miserably, but strong inflation data next week might help.  The rates market continues to toy with the idea that the next OCR move might be a rate cut (about a 25% chance of a cut priced in by August next year), but we still think this is unlikely in the face of a higher inflationary backdrop.  The NZ swaps curve was little changed yesterday, while longer term bond yields nudged up as US Treasury rates drifted higher in Asian trading.

NZD/AUD had a peek below 0.91 yesterday and is just above that level this morning.  We think that pressure remains to the downside over coming weeks/months, as NZ’s terms of trade retreat while Australia’s terms of trade improve in the face of higher oil prices.  Brent crude is up around 1½% to above $85, as another Hurricane approaches the Gulf of Mexico, while the IEA warned that the global crude oil market is entering a “red zone”, where supply is struggling to meet demand.  In other news which is supportive for the AUD, spot Iron ore rose above $70 a tonne for the first time since March.  

GBP is the biggest mover of the majors although in a low vol market is up around 0.4% to 1.3145, as the market takes on a more positive outlook on Brexit negotiations.  Dow Jones reported that diplomats suggest the UK is making progress in Brexit talks and divorce terms could be settled by Monday.  The EU and UK were said to be close to resolving all other exit terms.

EUR is flat as market focus remains on Italy.  Italy’s 10-year rate galloped up to a fresh high of 3.70% as the budget confrontation between the country and the European Commission continued.  Market sentiment might have improved after Finance Minister Tria told parliament the government was concerned about the “unacceptable” bond yield spread and that “government would act in case of an unexpected rise in bond yields”.  Yields closed the day down 9bps at 3.47%.

In other news, President Trump said Secretary of State Pompeo’s meeting in China went well and reiterated that China is not ready to make a deal.  China’s Commerce Minister Zhong issued a statement saying that "There is a view in the US that so long as the US keeps increasing tariffs, China will back down…the US should not underestimate China’s resolve and will…China doesn’t want a trade war, but would rise up to it should it break out."  USD/CNY and USD/CNH have managed to track below 6.93 after opening just above that level although CNY interbank rates have spiked up to 7.67% for the 1-week tenor from the 3-4% level as the PBoC tries to prevent CNY from weakening too much and to deter speculators.

Yesterday, the IMF cut its global growth forecasts for the first time in more than two years to 3.7% for this year and next (from 3.9%). Threats to the forecasts included escalation of the US-China trade war and a sharper-than-expected rise in interest rates that accelerated capital flight from emerging markets.

In the day ahead we’ll be watching electronic card transactions data for NZ, preferring to focus on “hard” data than “soft” confidence data these days.  During local trading hours, NY Fed President Williams speaks as well.  UK GDP and US PPI data are the key releases tonight.


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October 9, 2018 (La Mesa) – The Grossmont Healthcare District (GHD) is continuing its support of community organizations that assist specialized populations in the East Region, including homeless and refugee groups, with recent grants to Crisis House and Survivors of Torture International.

A $6,500 grant to Crisis House will help the El Cajon-based organization present Project Homeless Connect-East County (PHC), a one-day event that will provide services to homeless individuals and families. Launched in 2013, the collaborative effort involves more than 35 organizations representing private and public enterprises, religious, civic and government agencies, as well as more than 100 individual volunteers. Free services provided at PHC include haircuts, clothing, identification paperwork, legal help, medical checkups, pastoral counseling, addiction treatment, and housing and employment assistance.

Over the past five years, PHC attendance has increased. Held in April, the 2018 PHC served 213 individuals, including 21 children. Attendance in 2018 was 27 percent higher compared to the previous year. The next PHC is scheduled for April 12, 2019, at the Ronald Reagan Community Center in El Cajon. Founded in 1970, Crisis House offers comprehensive housing and social services for the region's homeless and low-income populations.

“With the help of the Grossmont Healthcare District, we will have the opportunity to again make health care accessible and provide health-related services to an underserved and high-risk population,” said Mary Case, executive director, Crisis House. “Our goal with PHC is to break the cycle of homelessness and poverty and make it easy for homeless individuals and families to access necessary services for rebuilding their lives and remaining safe, healthy and self-sufficient.”

According to Case, Crisis House anticipates that next year’s event will deliver services to as many as 225 unsheltered homeless men, women and children. Case also indicated that the organization wants to expand services by making both vision and dental available to those who attend the event.

The GHD board also recently approved a $2,500 sponsorship to the Survivors of Torture International’s eighth annual fundraising “Helping Survivors Heal” luncheon held Thursday, Sept. 20 at the DoubleTree Hotel in Mission Valley.

The San Diego nonprofit assists adult and child refugees and asylum seekers who have fled from more than 80 countries where political torture and ethnic cleansing are common threats. Founded in 1997, Survivors of Torture offers a free holistic program that includes medical, dental, psychiatric, psychological and other social services, as well as employment, education and legal referrals. Top home countries of origin among clients include Iraq, Iran, Syria, Democratic Republic of Congo, and Mexico.

“Our mission is to facilitate the healing of survivors and their families and advocate for the abolition of torture,” said Kathi Anderson, executive director, Survivors of Torture. “We are grateful for the support from the Grossmont Healthcare District since our goal is to cover 100 percent of luncheon costs with sponsorship donations, so proceeds raised at the luncheon will go towards programs and services.”

GHD, formed in 1952 to build Grossmont Hospital, is a public agency that owns the hospital’s buildings and property on behalf of local taxpayers. Since 1991, GHD has leased the hospital’s operations and management to Sharp HealthCare via a public-private partnership. The District is governed by a five-member board of directors, each elected to four-year terms, who represent more than 500,000 people residing within the District's 750 square miles in San Diego's East County. For more information about GHD, visit www.grossmonthealthcare.org.


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Đồng thời có thẩm quyền giải thích Hiến pháp, tuyên bố các đạo luật liên bang, đạo luật tiểu bang là vi hiến, hoặc tuyên bố các hoạt động của hành pháp liên bang và tiểu bang là vi hiến.

Thẩm phán Tối cao Pháp Viện gồm chín người được bổ nhiệm trọn đời bởi Tổng Thống và được phê chuẩn bởi Thượng viện.

Các thẩm phán giải thích Hiến Pháp và các đạo luật theo nghĩa gốc ban đầu tạo ra chính nó được xem là theo khuynh hướng bảo thủ.

Còn các thẩm phán giải thích ý nghĩa của Hiến Pháp theo hoàn cảnh, theo thời gian hoặc theo các tài liệu chứng cứ xung quanh việc ban hành một đạo luật được xem là theo khuynh hướng tự do cá nhân.

Cánh bảo thủ muốn duy trì một xã hội truyền thống chống lại những người theo chủ nghĩa tự do cá nhân đang được nhiều người trẻ thuộc đảng Dân Chủ ủng hộ.

Ông Kavanaugh là thẩm phán theo khuynh hướng bảo thủ, phục vụ tại Tòa Phúc thẩm Washington, DC từ năm 2006 tới nay nên khi Tổng Thống Trump bổ nhiệm đã gặp rất nhiều chống đối.

Việc ông Kavanaugh gia nhập Tối Cao Pháp Viện làm nghiêng cán cân Tối Cao Pháp Viện với tỷ lệ 5-4 về phía những thẩm phán bảo thủ.

Vì thế nhiều vấn đề đang gây tranh cãi như quyền phá thai, quyền hôn nhân đồng tính, quyền nhập cư, quyền chuyển giới tham gia quân đội Mỹ… nay phía bảo thủ có nhiều cơ hội để thắng thế hơn.

Thậm chí nhiều đạo luật đã thông qua nhưng còn nhiều tranh cãi nay có thể sẽ được mang ra xét lại.

Và khi một đạo luật liên bang được Tối Cao Pháp Viện thông qua đương nhiên sẽ áp dụng cho tất cả các tiểu bang.

Nhiều ý kiến cho rằng Tối cao Pháp viện Hoa Kỳ luôn bị “chính trị hóa” theo quyết định đảng chính trị đang thắng thế.

4 lý do tạo thành khuyết điểm kể trên là (1) thẩm phán do Tổng thống bổ nhiệm; (2) chỉ cần quá bán Thượng viện đồng thuận với Tổng Thống; (3) nhiệm kỳ cho các thẩm phán là trọn đời; và (4) mọi quyết định của Tối Cao Pháp Viện chỉ cần quá bán đồng thuận.

Muốn thay đổi Tối Cao Pháp Viện cần thay đổi Hiến pháp Hoa Kỳ một điều gần như không thể xảy ra.


Việt Nam Ngày Nay …

Khác với ở Mỹ, cánh bảo thủ tại Việt Nam bảo vệ chủ nghĩa xã hội, nếu có thay đổi tạm thời thì phải lấy mô hình thể chế của Trung cộng làm định hướng.

Quốc hội nước Cộng hòa Xã hội  Chủ nghĩa Việt Nam

Trên danh nghĩa Quốc Hội là cơ quan quyền lực tối cao, không ai có quyền kiểm soát hoạt động của Quốc hội, phủ quyết các đạo luật, các quyết định của Quốc hội.

Trên thực tế, quyền lực tối cao thuộc về Bộ Chính Trị, Trung Ương Đảng biểu quyết theo thủ tục và Quốc Hội luật hóa quyết định Bộ Chính Trị.

Tư Pháp, Lập Pháp, Hành Pháp, Mặt Trận, Báo Chí, Toàn Xã Hội… đều do Bộ Chính Trị quyết định.

Quyết định Bộ Chính Trị “vi hiến” hay không là điều không cần phải bàn tới vì Hiến Pháp chỉ là hình thức.

Bởi thế mới có việc Tổng bí thư Nguyễn Phú Trọng vừa nắm tổ chức đảng, vừa nắm quân đội, lại vừa nắm công an, trong “tình huống” hiện nay phải nắm luôn vai trò Chủ tịch Nước.

Hội nghị Trung ương 8 còn quyết định thành lập 5 tiểu ban chuẩn bị cho Đại hội lần thứ 13, trong đó Tổng Bí thư Nguyễn Phú Trọng nắm luôn hai tiểu ban là Trưởng Tiểu ban Văn kiện và Trưởng Tiểu ban Nhân sự.

Dường như đảng Cộng sản nay không còn ai có đủ tài, đủ đức, đủ lý luận để bảo vệ chủ nghĩa xã hội nên ít nhất 6 chức vụ quan trọng phải trao cho ông Trọng đã 74 tuổi đời.


Việt Nam Cộng Hòa khi xưa…

Trong hoàn cảnh chiến tranh Hiến pháp Việt Nam Cộng Hòa khi xưa quy định thẩm phán cho Tối cao Pháp viện có nhiệm kỳ sáu năm, luân phiên mỗi ba năm bầu lại 6 người.

Ứng cử viên thẩm phán phải là (1) công dân Việt Nam; (2) 10 năm thâm niên làm chánh án, biện lý, hoặc luật sư; (3) không có quá khứ chống chính phủ hoặc hoạt động thân cộng; và (4) nếu là phái nam thì phải hợp lệ quân dịch.

Các ứng cử viên được Luật sư đoàn, Công tố đoàn và Thẩm phán đoàn cứu xét. Mỗi Đoàn chọn 50 hội viên, tổng cộng là 150 người xem xét danh sách ứng cử viên, bàn thảo và chọn lấy 30 người để trình lên Quốc hội.

Quốc hội sẽ bỏ phiếu chọn 6 người rồi chuyển sang Phủ Tổng thống phê chuẩn.

Những quyết định của Tối cao Pháp Viện như tuyên bố một đạo luật bất hợp hiến hoặc giải tán một chánh đảng phải hội đủ đa số ba phần tư (3/4) tổng số Thẩm phán Tối cao Pháp Viện đồng thuận.

Vụ án Dân biểu Trần Ngọc Châu bị bắt vào tháng 2/1970 vì tội liên lạc với một gián điệp cộng sản Bắc Việt là một vụ án điển hình cho thấy cách làm việc của Tối Cao Pháp Viện.

Khi ông Châu bị bắt với bằng chứng được quay phim, việc trước tiên là Tổng thống Nguyễn Văn Thiệu kêu gọi Hạ viện truất bỏ đặc quyền miễn tố của Dân biểu Châu.

Hạ viện chấp thuận và thông qua với 102/135 phiếu thuận.

Do trước khi được bầu làm Dân biểu, ông Châu là Trung tá Quân đội nên ông được trả về Quân Đội và Tòa án Quân sự tuyên án ông Châu 20 năm tù.

Thượng viện đệ đơn lên Tối cao Pháp viện để xét lại vụ án vì cho là “bất hợp hiến”.

Tòa Tối cao Pháp viện xem xét và tuyên bố việc truất bỏ đặc quyền miễn tố của Hạ viện là bất hợp hiến vì Hạ viện chỉ bỏ phiếu kín mà không mang ra Quốc Hội tranh luận công khai.

Tòa Tối cao Pháp viện còn tuyên bố tòa án quân sự chỉ có quyền trên giới quân nhân tại ngũ, ông Châu phạm luật khi đang là dân sự, nên tòa án quân sự không có quyền tuyên án ông Châu.

Tòa Tối Cao Pháp Viện quyết định thả ông Châu, nhưng Bộ Quốc phòng viện cớ an ninh quốc gia nên vẫn giam Châu đợi ngày tái xét.

Vào tháng 1-1973, ông Châu được trao trả như tù binh cho phía Bắc Việt, nhưng ông Châu cương quyết không chịu theo cộng sản và Trưởng uỷ ban tù binh Bắc Việt không nhận ông Châu.

Đến tháng 6-1974, ông Châu được chính quyền miền Nam trả tự do.

Sau 30/4/1975, ông Châu bị cộng sản bắt tù “cải tạo” 3 năm vì tội là cựu Trung Tá và cựu Dân Biểu Việt Nam Cộng Hòa.

Khi được thả ông cùng gia đình vượt biên sang Mỹ và hiện đang sống tại Los Angeles.

Trong hoàn cảnh chiến tranh vụ án cho thấy Tối Cao Pháp Viện quyết định theo đúng Hiến Pháp và luật pháp Việt Nam Cộng Hòa. Một bài học đáng được ghi nhận.


Tổng Thống Trump Liên Tục Thắng Thế

Chỉ chưa đầy 2 năm tại chức ông đã bổ nhiệm được 2 thẩm phán vào Tối Cao Pháp Viện mang lại nhiều lợi thế cho ông về tư pháp cũng như về chính trị.

Kinh tế Hoa Kỳ tăng trưởng với tỷ lệ 4,1%, tỷ lệ thất nghiệp giảm xuống chỉ còn 3,7% trong tháng 9, đạt mức thấp nhất kể từ tháng 12/1969.

Kinh tế phát triển tạo niềm tin của người tiêu dùng, niềm tin cho doanh nghiệp và niềm tin cho thị trường chứng khoán liên tục gia tăng đạt những mức kỷ lục mới.

Các hiệp định thương mại lần lượt được Tổng thống Trump thương lượng lại với các nước, như Nam Hàn, Mexico, Canada, EU, Nhật, Ấn,… đang mang lại nhiều lợi ích hơn cho nước Mỹ.

Bắc Hàn ngừng thử hỏa tiễn, vào bàn đàm phán, và hôm qua 8/10/2018 Ngoại trưởng Mỹ Mike Pompeo loan báo ông Kim Jong-un sẵn sàng cho phép các phái đoàn quốc tế vào thanh tra các điểm thử hạt nhân và hỏa tiễn.

Khủng bố quốc tế mất khả năng ngóc đầu dậy.

Nhật, Nam Hàn, Đài Loan và cả Âu Châu đồng ý tăng ngân sách Quốc Phòng chia sẻ gánh nặng Quân Sự với Mỹ.

Đồng thời, Mỹ đã tạo dựng một liên minh nhiều quốc gia bao vây quân sự Trung cộng tại Biển Đông.

Với Trung cộng ngoài việc trừng phạt thương mãi, việc trừng phạt tài chính đang được mở ra.

Hoa Kỳ cho đóng băng tài sản tại Mỹ của quan chức cấp cao và doanh nghiệp nhà nước có liên quan đến mua bán vũ khí với Nga. Đồng thời giới hạn chính phủ các nước đồng minh thương mãi, doanh nghiệp hoặc cá nhân giao thương với Trung cộng. Và có thể cấm Trung cộng sử dụng đồng Mỹ Kim trong các giao dịch ngoại hối.

Trên diễn đàn Liên Hiệp Quốc Tổng Thống Trump công khai kêu gọi tất cả các quốc gia trên thế giới chống lại chủ nghĩa xã hội và những khổ nạn mà chủ nghĩa xã hội mang đến cho con người.

Lời kêu gọi của ông Trump không chỉ nhắm đến các quốc gia như Venezuela, Trung cộng, Việt Nam,… mà còn nhắm đến khuynh hướng xã hội chủ nghĩa thuộc cánh tả của đảng Dân Chủ đang được giới trẻ Mỹ ủng hộ.

Những ngày sắp tới ông Trump và đảng Cộng Hòa sẽ phải nỗ lực thêm để trong kỳ bầu cử tháng tới có thể giữ được các ghế ở cả Thượng viện lẫn Hạ viện để tiếp tục điều hành quốc gia trong thế mạnh.

Nhìn chung Mỹ là quốc gia dân chủ nên sinh hoạt chính trị lúc nào cũng sôi nổi, những chính trị gia lúc nào cũng phải năng nổ để liên tục chiến thắng, để được quyền tiếp tục điều hành đất nước.


Trở lại với Việt Nam…

Cũng chỉ hơn 2 năm từ ngày Thủ Tướng Nguyễn Tấn Dũng bỏ cuộc chơi thì tình trạng "chán Đảng, khô Đoàn, nhạt chính trị" càng ngày càng trở nên thảm khốc.

Chính trị Việt Nam ở cấp tối cao lọt vào “tình huống” vô cùng bế tắc, Tổng Bí Thư Nguyễn Phú Trọng phải nhận lãnh 6 chức vụ mà chức vụ nào cũng đều rất quan trọng không ai có thể thay thế được.

Các quốc gia cộng sản, trong đó có cộng sản Việt Nam, đang là điểm nhắm của Tổng Thống Trump.

Chính trị nước Mỹ vì thế đều ảnh hưởng đến chính trị thế giới và ảnh hưởng mạnh đến chính trị Việt Nam.

Thắng lợi của ông Trump đồng thời cũng là thắng lợi của người dân tại các quốc gia cộng sản.

Cơ hội để Việt Nam có tự do dân chủ mỗi lúc một rõ hơn, đòi hỏi người Việt cả trong lẫn ngoài nước nỗ lực hơn đẩy mạnh tiến trình dân chủ hóa Việt Nam.

Nguyễn Quang Duy
Melbourne, Úc Đại Lợi
9/10/2018
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Liputan6.com, Mexico City - Sepasang suami istri yang ditahan di Meksiko, karena mengangkut bagian tubuh manusia di dalam kereta bayi, mengaku telah membunuh 20 orang, dua kali lipat dari jumlah yang diduga oleh penyelidik setempat pada Senin 8 Oktober.

"Tersangka pria juga mengaku memperkosa beberapa korban wanitanya, dan menjual beberapa bagian tubuh mereka," kata jaksa Alejandro Gomez, yang mengusut kasus terkait.

Pria dan wanita itu ditangkap pada Kamis 4 Oktober, di Ecatepec, sebuah kawasan hunian yang kerap dilanda kekerasan di timur laut Mexico City. Mereka diciduk oleh polisi karena dicurigai membunuh 10 korban wanita, demikian sebagaimana dikutip dari Asia One pada Selasa (9/10/2018).

Tersangka pria memberikan laporan rinci tentang 10 pembunuhan itu, dan mengatakan kepada pihak berwenang Meksiko bahwa dia dan istrinya telah membunuh 10 orang lainnya juga.

Jaksa sekarang mencoba untuk menentukan apakah itu benar, atau membanggakan seorang "psikopat" dan "pembunuh berantai".

"Dia menggambarkannya dengan cara yang benar-benar alami ... Saya akan mengatakan dia benar-benar tampak senang telah melakukan (pembunuhan) ini," kata Gomez dalam wawancara dengan jaringan radio Meksiko Formula.

"Dia ingin orang-orang melihat fotonya, untuk mengetahui namanya ... saya jelas akan mengklasifikasikan orang ini sebagai seorang pembunuh, seorang pembunuh berantai."

Pasangan itu juga mengaku menjual bayi berusia dua bulan, yang didapat dari salah satu korban mereka ke pasangan lain --yang juga ditangkap-- menurut surat kabar El Universal.

Kedua tersangka diidentifikasi hanya sebagai Juan Carlos "N" dan istrinya, Patricia "N," sesuai dengan hukum Meksiko.

"Dia (tersangka pria) memiliki gangguan mental konsisten, yang membuatnya memiliki kepribadian berubah-ubah. Kami mash butuh waktu untuk menyelidiki fakta sebenarnya. Jika benar seperti itu (gangguan mental), maka akan tindakan hukum khusus untuknya," kata Gomez.

Dia mengutip ujian psikiatrik yang diajukan oleh jaksa penuntut pada sidang pengadilan awal pria itu, Minggu 7 Oktober.

"Tapi keduanya bisa membedakan antara benar dan salah," tambah Gomez meragukan alibi gangguan mental.

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Pasangan itu tinggal bersama ketiga anak mereka, termasuk seorang bayi.

Ketika pihak berwenang menggeledah dua rumah mereka, ditemukan sisa-sisa jasad manusia dalam ember berisi semen dan dibungkus dalam kantong plastik di dalam lemari es, serta barang-barang yang tampaknya milik beberapa korban keduanya.

Pria itu mengatakan kepada penyelidik bahwa dia dan istrinya memikat korban mereka, banyak di antaranya adalah ibu muda, dengan menawarkan pakaian diskon untuk bayi.

"Mereka adalah ibu tunggal ... dan mereka membutuhkan seseorang yang dapat membantu mereka menemukan pakaian bayi yang murah," kata Gomez.

 

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Ratusan orang menggelar aksi protes di Ecatepec pada hari Minggu, membawa lilin dan bunga putih untuk menuntut tindakan pihak berwenang dalam menangani ledakan kekerasan, terutama yang menimpa wanita dan anak.

Tujuh orang wanita dan gadis muda dibunuh di Meksiko setiap hari, menurut laporan UN Women.

Negara bagian Meksiko, tempat Kota Ecatepec berada, sempat berada dalam daftar teratas wilayah dengan kasus pemnbunuhan terbanyak tahun lalu, di mana 301 di antaranya menimpa wanita dan anak gadis.

Di Meksiko, ada rekor 28.702 pembunuhan tahun lalu. Jumlahnya melonjak sejak 2006, ketika pemerintah mengerahkan tentara untuk mengobarkan perang terhadap kartel narkoba, yang penuh kekerasan dan intimidatif.


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by The Solo Meeple

I thought it would be interesting to post a solo play-through, one where I try to portray what I'm thinking and why I make the moves I do. I chose Pandemic as it's a great gateway game, and one that people new to the hobby are likely to play.

I'll be typing things up as I play, and will try to get across what moves I'm considering and their pro's and con's.

I have no ideas how it will turn out, but there are strategies that will increase the chances of winning the game, and I have elected to play with three characters - four and the game is a little easier - two and it's a fair bit harder. I find three a good challenge.

Probably the best way of following along is to open up the map images I have placed at the start of each round (a turn with each character). I apologies for the image quality, the room I played in has red walls, and the flash bounce caused a few issues.

Set-up

I shuffled the role cards together and drew three - the medic, researcher, and the quarantine specialist.

The medic is possibly one of the most useful characters; removing all cubes of one colour when carrying out a 'treat disease' action, as well as removing all cubes of cured diseases from the city he is in. He is my favourite character to play and I'm happy he's turned up.

The researcher is handy; when carrying out share knowledge may give any 1 of her city cards. Likewise any player sharing knowledge with her may take any 1-city card from her hand. The only issue with the researcher is that you have to keep them close to your other characters to make them most effective. Either that, or they need to be able to jump around, expending city cards to do so. They are at their best when you have the dispatcher character, who can move them around to share cards.

Finally, the quarantine specialist - Prevent disease cube placement in the city you are in and all connected cities. She can be a very useful character to play, but needs handling correctly. It is so easy to get her tied up to one city, there is a knack at getting the most from her; we shall see if I have it!

They were dealt the following city cards:

Medic

• Blue - Madrid
• Red - Jakarta
• Yellow - Bogota

Researcher

• Red - Sydney
• Red - Hong Kong
• Black - Cairo

Quarantine specialist

• Red - Osaka
• Blue - London
• Yellow - Los Angeles

On the whole not a bad selection, especially with the researcher; she may be able to pass her two red cards to the Medic or Quarantine Specialist.


Here's how things stack up at the start.

Initial city infection.

3 Cubes

Blue - Milan
Yellow - Bogota
Yellow - Mexico City
Not a good start - Bogota and Mexico City are adjacent, and could cause problems later on, we shall see what else comes out.

2 Cubes


• Red - Shanghai
• Black - Chennai
• Yellow - Los Angeles

It was going okay until LA came out, that's right next to Mexico City, so I have to be very wary of game breaking multiple outbreaks.

1 Cube

• Red - Beijing
• Black - Baghdad
• Yellow - Kinshasa

No real issues there other than another yellow cube used; that's 9 out of the 24.

I've elected to play a standard game, 5 epidemics, and have set the board up as per the instructions, only with one slight deviation - the rules state that the player deck should be divided into five piles of roughly the same size, and an epidemic card shuffled into each one. The piles are then stacked on top of each other, smallest first. However, I have done what the majority of people seem to do - I dealt them out so that 4 piles hold 9 cards and the last one 8; then shuffled in the epidemic cards and stacked the deck.

This means that I can expect an epidemic card once in every 10 cards - something worth remembering.

Why did I choose to do this? Mainly because it highlights the use of card counting, something you may, or may not, want to do - but it does give you a slight advantage knowing the odds; knowing when it's worth taking a risk or having to play safe.

I also wanted to slightly increase my chances of winning, purely for the sake of the play-through, and would normally divide the cards up as per the rulebook, as it does add that slight bit more uncertainty to the game.


This is how things stand after the initial infection phase.

Round 1

The Medic has Jakarta, with the largest population, and so will go first. I have to decide whether to share knowledge with the Researcher first, or try to clear the yellow cubes from Bogota, Mexico City, and Los Angeles.

It will take two actions to get to either Mexico or Bogota, and another to treat the disease. My last action would then be used to move me to the other infected city, so I may as well share knowledge with the researcher, taking Sydney from her, then moving to Mexico via Miami. My last action with the Medic is to treat the yellow disease in Mexico, removing all the cubes.

I decided on moving and treating Mexico, rather than Bogota, simple to split the infected cities up. If I had decided on Bogota instead, and I drew an epidemic card, there was always the chance of  infecting Mexico City, causing an outbreak and placing a third cube in LA. If the next card up is then LA...!

Note: - Someone new to the game may be tempted to try and give the red cards held by the Medic and Quarantine Specialist to the researcher, as she already has two, but this requires trying to get them together in the same location as the card they wish to pass. The researcher's strength lies in the fact she can give away any city card - use it!


Medic city draw


• Red - Beijing
• Yellow - Buenos Aires

Good, another red, that gives me options with the Researcher.

Medic infection draw

• Blue - St. Petersburg
• Red - Osaka

Researcher

With the Medic drawing another red city card it's obvious that she needs to stay close to him. She hasn't got anything useful to give to the Quarantine Specialist so she may as well move towards the Medic. She moves to Miami and on to Mexico, and shares knowledge with the Medic, giving him Hong Kong, which makes four red for the Medic. With her last action she moves to LA.

She could have moved to Bogota with that last action, but at the moment I want the Quarantine Specialist to move there. My thinking here is that the Medic will move through LA to San Francisco, and then across the water to Tokyo. I will have the Researcher follow, aiming to move them through to the Black and Blue areas of the board, on the way hopefully curing the red disease and possibly eradicating it. But for that I will need to build another research station somewhere.

Researcher city draw

• Red - Taipei
• Black - Mumbai

Excellent, another red, the Medic can pick that up as he moves through LA.

Researcher infection draw

• Red - Manila
• Black - Moscow

Pity about the red cube; I was hoping that if one were to appear, it would be in close proximity to the others, so they could be easily swept up.

Quarantine specialist

At the moment there's nowhere in particular she can put her skill to good effect, other than staying around Mexico City. There is the option of trying to get both the yellow city cards from the Medic - Bogota and Buenos Aires - and I definitely think one is possible if nothing else comes along that is more urgent. So, She moves via Miami to Bogota, and treats disease twice, removing two cubes.

This prevents cubes from being placed here, and the adjoining cities. The medic can, after a brief visit to LA, move back to Bogota ready to share knowledge if I decide on that plan of action. Flexibility - keeping your options open and being able to react to whatever infection cards come out - or an epidemic.

Quarantine Specialist city draw

• Red - Tokyo
• Epidemic! - Infection rate moves along one, still a 2 though. Khartoum is drawn and 3 yellow cubes placed there. The infection discard pile is shuffled and placed on top of the draw pile.

The draw of another red city just gives me options to use the direct flight action, which may come in handy later. With the draw of the epidemic card I'm glad I have the Quarantine Specialist where she is, let's see what comes out.

Quarantine Specialist infection draw

• Yellow - Khartoum
• Yellow - Kinshasa

Not good! Khartoum causes an outbreak - the outbreak marker is moved to 1, and a cube is placed in Cairo, Lagos, Kinshasa, and Johannesburg. Unfortunately Kinshasa was drawn next, giving me 3 cubes there too!

Getting an epidemic early on can cause problems, as the infection discard pile is small you know that there's a good chance of something coming out you've yet to clear, causing an outbreak. At least there is plenty of time now until the next epidemic card comes out, so I need to get either the Medic, or the Quarantine specialist to this area soon. (The epidemic was the sixth card drawn, so I've at least two turns of grace before there is a chance of another.)

At the end of the first round things aren't too bad. I'm on the verge of curing the red disease already, but do have issues with yellow. I know that there are going to be another three infections coming out in quick succession - LA, Mexico City, and Bogota, so I need to keep an eye on how many yellow cubes are available, but I'm not too worried... yet!

Round 2


How things stand at the start of round 2.
Future Meeple - The outbreak marker in the picture should be at 1; I notice my error a little later!


Medic

I now decide that the best thing for the medic would be to head to Africa and clear the cubes there, but it will take a couple of turns. I'm not going to worry about getting Taipei from the researcher, she can bring it to the medic. I can, however, drop of Bogota with the Quarantine specialist. So, the medic moves from Mexico to Bogota, shares knowledge, giving Bogota to the Quarantine Specialist. He then moves to Lagos via Sao Paulo.

I could have cured a yellow cube at Bogota and then finished the move at Buenos Aires, ready to give that city card to the Quarantine specialist on their turn, but I figured that could be done later, as I really want to get rid of some of these yellow cubes in Africa.

Medic city draw

• Event - Government Grant - Add 1 research station to any city (No city card needed).
• Blue - Washington

I played the Event card as soon as I drew it, knowing exactly where I would like it - Baghdad!

I placed the station in Baghdad as it occupies a vital position on the board  - being central and having five cities linked to it. if you get an outbreak here it can really ruin your day, as can a number of other similarly located cities. I could have placed it closer to the Medic, enabling him to discover a cure, but it's often better to have a station in a more central location.

Medic infection draw

• Yellow - Los Angeles
• Red - Shanghai

That's okay, as the Researcher is still in LA and she could remove a cube before moving towards the Medic. Shanghai isn't so good, I'm getting too many cities that have 3 cubes on them, and Shanghai is in the opposite direction to where I want to go, typical!

Researcher

I now have a decision to make. My original plan was for the researcher to follow the Medic into Africa, and pass the last card he needs to discover a cure for the red disease. But, with Shanghai now on 3 red cubes, have my priorities changed? I decide to move her to join the Medic - Mexico City - Bogota - Sao Paulo - Lagos. I leave the 3 cubes in LA for the Quarantine Specialist to deal with.

I made the decision base upon the chances of an epidemic card coming out on the next turn. As we have drawn eight cards so far, one of which was an epidemic, there should be at least one more turn before there is a chance of hitting another epidemic card. (remember, one epidemic card in every ten cards). So, I have a reasonable chance of positioning the Quarantine Specialist in an ideal spot, as well as clearing some more yellow cubes.

Researcher city draw

• Blue - Chicago
• Blue - New York

This is a good draw for me as the Medic already has two blue cards, and as the researcher has followed the Medic, it should just take a little luck to cure both blue and red over the next few turns.

Researcher infection draw

• Black - Moscow
• Black - Baghdad

Nothing to worry about at the moment, just got to keep an eye on them.

Quarantine Specialist

Easy decision here. She moves to LA via Mexico, treats disease removing a yellow cube, and then retreats back to Mexico.

Why didn't I treat disease twice in LA? There is a chance of an epidemic card coming out, and placing her in Mexico stops cubes being placed in the three areas that have previously been infected. Just cube limitation really!

Quarantine Specialist city draw

• Event - Forecast - Draw, Look at, and rearrange the top six cards of the infection deck. Put them back on top.
• Blue - Montreal

The Forecast event is a useful one, the difficulty is timing it just right. I could use it now, especially as there is a chance that Milan could outbreak this turn, but the other three cities containing 3 cubes are all in the discard pile, so it would be a waste using it at this point.

Another Blue card is handy, as that makes six cards, two apiece; it's just a matter of getting them in one place!

Quarantine Specialist infection draw

• Red - Beijing
• Red - Osaka

The reds are starting to build up, but it shouldn't be too long before I can start dispersing them.

Round 3


Characters and cards for round 3.



Positions at the start of round 3.
Future Meeple - Still haven't noticed my mistake - Outbreak marker should be on 1!


Medic

First things first - Share knowledge with the researcher, taking Taipei to complete the  set of five red cards required to treat the disease. This gives the Medic eight cards, so he needs to discard one, and throws Washington into the discard pile.

Having only three actions left it isn't possible to reach the research station, and cure the disease this turn. So may as well make full use of the three actions - Move to Kinshasa and treat disease, removing 3 yellow cubes. Then move to Khartoum with the final action.

I could have gone to Khartoum after sharing knowledge with the Researcher, treated disease there, and then either moved to Kinshasa or to Cairo. I did consider the Cairo option, as this would have left me closer to the research station, but would have resulted in the researcher wasting moves to deal with Kinshasa. If  the Medic had finished in Kinshasa, then either the Researcher would have had to pass through to treat disease there, or the medic would have had to do it next turn, leaving him with not enough actions to discover a cure the following turn. I discarded Washington, as there were six blue cards between the characters, and kept the yellow card as we have only three of them.

Medic city draw

• Blue - St. Petersburg
• Yellow - Johannesburg

Having seven cards already I discarded both St. Petersburg and Johannesburg. I did consider throwing Madrid instead of Johannesburg, as that would have given me four of each of the two colours in the hands, but decided not to. Time will tell if it was the right decision.

Medic infection draw

• Blue - St. Petersburg
• Red - Manila

Not to worried about Manila, but St. Petersburg is a concern - Milan is going to be one of the next five cards out by my reckoning, along with Chennai, Johannesburg, Bogota, and Mexico City, all of which have been infected previous to the last epidemic, but haven't been drawn again yet.

Researcher

The Researcher can't get to Milan and treat disease, unless she uses a direct flight to Cairo, discarding that card, and then moving through Istanbul to Milan. This would prevent an outbreak if Milan were to be drawn this turn, and is worth considering. She could also move to join the Quarantine Specialist in Mexico City, and have enough actions to share knowledge, giving her a blue card. It is the latter of these that she does - Sao Paulo - Bogota - Mexico City - Share knowledge, giving the Quarantine Specialist New York. The Specialist, now with eight cards, discards Tokyo.

This may appear to be the wrong thing to do but, having had only one outbreak so far, I'm happy to sacrifice another, especially as the Medic is in close proximity. The move I made gives the Quarantine Specialist 3 blue cards, plus on her turn she will share knowledge again, taking a fourth one from the Researcher. If the researcher is lucky enough to draw another blue this turn, then that will give me all five!

Researcher city draw

• Red - Bangkok
• Blue - Milan

The good news is another blue card - Milan. Bangkok will enable her to whip across the board next turn if needed, without getting rid of a useful card - The red disease should be cured by then.

Researcher infection draw

• Yellow - Bogota
• Blue - Milan

No cube is placed in Bogota as it is adjoined to Mexico City, where the Quarantine Specialist is. However, Milan inevitably causes an outbreak - the outbreak marker is moved to 2, and blue cubes are placed in Essen, Paris, and Istanbul.

Future Meeple - At last I finally noticed that the outbreak marker hadn't moved on and placed it straight on two... Well done me!

Quarantine Specialist

She shares knowledge twice with the Researcher, receiving Chicago and Milan. She has to discard two cards due to hand limit; Osaka is one, an obvious choice, but unfortunately the other has to be a yellow card, which is going to be LA. She now has two actions left, and as there isn't anywhere else she can get to that would prove useful, she moves to the research station at Atlanta.

She now has five blue cards - enough to cure the disease. It was a shame to discard a yellow, but it was either that or the event card, and that will be needed when the next epidemic comes out. I was happy to move away from Mexico now that both LA and Bogota have been drawn, it doesn't cause any issues if Mexico comes out on the draw.

Quarantine Specialist city draw

• Yellow - Miami
• Event - Resilient Population - Remove any 1 card in the infection discard pile from the game.

As she already has seven cards Miami gets discarded straight away. The event on the other hand can be used as it's discarded (had to double check that on BGG, but yes it can). So, looking through the infection discard pile, I decide to remove Shanghai from the game.

I remove Shanghai because a) it has 3 cubes on it, b) it infects 5 other cities if it outbreaks, more than any of the others in a similar position, and c) the Medic can't get there next go, so it would be on the researcher to get there needed.

Quarantine Specialist infection draw

• Yellow - Mexico City
• Black - Chennai

Not worried about Mexico, having reduced the number of yellow cubes on the board, but Chennai is now on 3 so will need to keep an eye on that area of the board.

Round 4





I've had a total of nine turns, which means eighteen cards have been drawn, it has to be an epidemic next go... If my maths is correct!

Medic

Okay, the Medic first treats disease in Khartoum, removing the 3 yellow cubes. Then moves to Baghdad, via Cairo. As there is a research station here, he discovers a cure with his last action, discarding the five red cards from his hand - One down!

I did look over the possibilities of treating a greater number of diseases, but the most I could do was one city with 3 cubes on it, which is what I did anyway. I could have removed a few individual cubes instead of moving to discover a cure, but lets face it, the aim of the game is to discover all the cures!

Medic city draw

• Epidemic - The infection marker is moved along one, which fortunately is still a 2; Kolkata is drawn from the bottom of the infection deck and 3 black cubes placed there. The infection discard pile is shuffled and placed back on top of the draw pile.
• Yellow - Khartoum

Having 3 cubes on Kolkata isn't great as it's connected to Chennai, also on 3.

It's now time for the Quarantine Specialist to play her Forecast Event - Drawing and looking at the top 6 cards of the infection deck. I put them in them in the order that I want them to come out in.

• Yellow - Khartoum (0 cubes)
• Yellow - Kinshasa (0 cubes)
• Yellow - Bogota (1 cube)
• Yellow - Mexico City (1 cube)
• Blue - Milan (3 cubes)
• Black - Chennai (3 cubes)

This gives me two more turns after the Medic has made his infection draw, to clear cubes from Milan and Chennai, difficult to do both, but maybe not impossible!

Medic infection draw

• Yellow - Khartoum
• Yellow - Kinshasa

There are going to be a lot of yellow cubes scattered around the board, so I will need to keep an eye on how many are left in the pot!

Researcher

The Researcher has no cards useful to the others at the moment, but she does hold Bangkok, which is a godsend - This will enable her to get across the board and clear out the troublesome black cubes.

First she treats disease in Mexico City, removing the 1 cube there. Then she takes a direct flight to Bangkok, discarding that card. She moves from Bangkok to Chennai, treating disease to reduce it down to 2 cubes.

I could have neglected Mexico to treat disease twice in Chennai, but I know that Mexico City is coming out next draw, so I determined it would be better to leave fewer cubes in that area.

Researcher city draw

• Black - Istanbul
• Red - Seoul

She now holds three black cards, which is good, and Seoul, which could be used to get her over to Shanghai and treat disease there.

Researcher infection draw

• Yellow - Bogota
• Yellow - Mexico City

No major dramas there, other than using up yellow cubes - but still plenty in the pot at the moment.

Quarantine Specialist

I know that Milan is going to come out of the infection deck this turn. Unless I draw an epidemic that is. So I need to protect it, which the Quarantine Specialist can do. So, first she discovers a cure for blue as she's at the Atlanta research station. Then she takes a shuttle flight to the other research station in Baghdad. From there she move to Istanbul, and then to Milan. Job done!

This is the Quarantine Specialist at her best - when you need to stop an outbreak, but don't have enough actions to remove cubes. She basically provides you with a free action - in this case I discovered a cure for blue - which if using another character, I wouldn't have been able to do as I would have had to treat disease in Milan.

Quarantine Specialist city draw

• Epidemic! - Increase the infection rate marker (now on 3); Sao Paulo (yellow) is drawn from the bottom of the deck, and has 3 cubes placed upon it; shuffle the discard pile and place it back on top.
• Black - Moscow

Ouch! Anything but another yellow! Sao Paulo is connected to Bogota, on 2 cubes, if that is drawn first then there will be the potential for multiple outbreaks. Nothing I can do now but watch what comes out of the draw.

This highlights exactly what Pandemic is all about, juggling! There are many ways to lose the game - too many outbreaks, running out of city cards, running out of cubes - you have to keep an eye on everything. And then, when you get a scattering of cities, all on 3 cubes, which are too far apart from each other to deal with easily - it really becomes a challenge!

Quarantine Specialist infection draw (now increased to three cards)

• Yellow - Khartoum
• Yellow - Mexico City
• Yellow - Sao Paulo - Outbreak - Move the outbreak marker to 3 and place a cube in Buenos Aires, Bogota, Lagos, and Madrid.

It's not making things easy for me; that's 5 cities on 3 cubes, and only 5 yellow cubes remaining - best get some mopping up done!

Round 5





Medic

I need to regain some yellow cubes; I also know that Bogota is still in the infection deck, so I'd like to clear that if I can. So, The Medic takes a shuttle to Atlanta, then moves to Miami, and finally to Bogota. With his last action he treats disease removing the 3 yellow cubes.

I could have treated disease in Cairo and Khartoum, also removing a total of 3 yellow cubes, but Bogota is joined to Sao Paulo, also on 3 cubes. So an outbreak in Bogota would also have caused an outbreak in Sao Paulo. The Quarantine Specialist has Milan covered, which only leaves Shanghai and Kolkata as an issue at the moment. And, as I almost forgot, Shanghai has been removed from the deck with an event card.

Medic city draw

• Red - Ho Chi Minh City
• Black - Riyadh

The red card is handy if the Medic needs to dash across the board. I now have a total of five black cards spread across all the characters, it's just a case of getting them together, easier said than done at the moment. If it was the last disease to cure then it would be worth the gamble just going for it, but as there are two left, I need a little more caution.

Medic infection draw

• Yellow - Kinshasa
• Yellow - Bogota
• Blue - Milan

What's with all the yellow cards coming out one after the other? I was lucky to have cleared Bogota, and the Quarantine Specialist prevents a cube going onto Milan and causing an outbreak.

Researcher

I would like to try and get the black cards of the other two characters, but it isn't going to be easy. I think it would be better to thin down Kolkata and Shanghai first, and see what cards get drawn this time around. So, she moves to Kolkata and treats disease three times, removing all 3 cubes.

I could have just treated disease once and then moved on to finish in Shanghai, but I wouldn't have had enough actions to treat disease there, and the cube state of Shanghai would remain the same. So, better to do something useful with the turn by removing the 3 cubes from Kolkata. Of course, Shanghai only becomes a problem if Beijing gets drawn, and then an epidemic occurs, and Beijing coming out again - I think the odds are on my side.

Researcher city draw

• Red - Manila
• Black - Kolkata

That's four black cards in her hand, just one more to get.

Researcher infection draw

• Black - Chennai
• Yellow - Los Angeles
• Black - Moscow

That puts all three of those countries on 3 cubes, but at least they're in the discard pile... at the moment!

Quarantine Specialist

First off she treats disease in Milan, and as we have a cure, she removes all 3 cubes there. She then moves via Istanbul to Moscow, and uses her last action to treat disease, removing 1 black cube.

I could have concentrated on trying to eradicate the blue disease, but that would be a mistake. The object of the game is to cure, not eradicate the diseases, and first time players often fall foul of this. By moving to Moscow she not only prevents the possibility of an outbreak there, but is also in a position to share knowledge with the researcher next turn, giving her Moscow.

Quarantine Specialist city draw

• Yellow- Santiago
• Blue - Atlanta

Good, I need all the yellow cards I can get my hands on!

Quarantine Specialist infection draw

• Black - Baghdad
• Red - Beijing
• Red - Osaka

Damn. Once again this puts all three countries onto 3 cubes, and Beijing is right next to Shanghai, which is also on 3 but was removed from the game earlier, so isn't in the infection deck!

Round 6





Medic

With The yellow disease running rampant, I think it's best to keep the Medic mopping up yellow cubes. He moves to Mexico and treats disease, removing 2 cubes, then on to LA and treats again, this time removing 3 cubes. (Reminder - this is the medic's special ability to remove all cubes of one colour when treating disease.)

I would much prefer to have the Medic dealing with the red trouble spots, as he only has to move through them to remove the cubes as the disease has been cured. So with that in mind I am moving him towards San Francisco, so he can cross to Manila or Tokyo next turn.

Medic city draw

• Yellow - Sao Paulo
• Yellow - Lima

Excellent, the Medic now has four yellow cards, just one more required. The Quarantine Specialist has two and can get to the Medic next go. So, maybe things are looking up... Let's see what the infection draw brings.

Medic infection draw

• Blue - St. Petersburg
• Red - Manila
• Black - Kolkata

A good draw. No cube goes on St. Petersburg as it's connected to Moscow where the Quarantine Specialist is. Manila is now on 3 cubes, but the Medic is in reach next turn (if we get that far!). Kolkata isn't an issue with its one cube.

Researcher

Takes three actions to move to Moscow, and the last one to share knowledge with the Quarantine Specialist, receiving Moscow.

An obvious move for the Quarantine Specialist, as she is now in a position to cure the black disease next turn.

Researcher city draw

• Event - Airlift - Move any 1 pawn to any city. (As she has eight cards she discards Manila)
• Yellow - Kinshasa

As she is once again on eight cards, instead of discarding a city cards she plays the event card - Airlift - moving the Medic to Bogota.

Moving the Medic to Bogota sets up a win in three more turns as the Quarantine Specialist can move to Santiago by using a direct flight, and then to Bogota and share knowledge. I just need a good couple of infection draws.

Researcher infection draw

• Yellow - Santiago
• Red - Taipei
• Blue - Essen

None of these are of immediate concern, I've been lucky this go!

Quarantine Specialist

I'm now going for broke, I have the possibility of curing the two remaining disease in the next few turns. It's a gamble, as an epidemic is due to come out in the next 6 cards - if I've counted it out correctly that is, but I can take five outbreaks before losing the game that way, so I think it's worth the risk.

She discards Santiago to take a direct flight there. Then to Lima and onto Bogota, that's 3 actions all together. Her last action is spent sharing knowledge with the Medic, giving him Bogota. The Medic discards Madrid as he has eight cards.

This move at least leaves the Quarantine Specialist protecting Sao Paulo, as it's connected to Bogota. Next move will see the Medic cure the Yellow disease... hopefully!

Quarantine Specialist city draw

• Black - Karachi
• Blue - Essen

Relief, no epidemic, lets hope I can go one more turn without seeing one!

Quarantine Specialist infection draw

• Blue - London
• Black - Algiers
• Blue - Chicago

I know I'm pretty safe on the infection draws at the moment - I'm drawing cards that have not been out before, so they shouldn't have many, if any, cubes on them.

Round 7





Medic

The Medic moves to Miami and on to Atlanta, where he discards the five yellow cards to discover the cure. With his last action he discards Ho Chi Minh City to take a direct flight there.

One more disease to cure, and hopefully I should be able to do that next turn. It would take something disastrous to lose the game now. I still took the opportunity to move the Medic to a red country, though it shouldn't be needed. Even if an epidemic comes up this turn, it is highly unlikely to cause five outbreaks or use up all of one colours cubes, so it looks as if the win is in the bag... Oh dear, I've gone and said it now!!!

Medic city draw

• Yellow - Lagos
• Black - Delhi

I've been really fortunate over this epidemic period - it appears that it must have been on the bottom of its deck when they were placed on top of one another at the start, as I work out that there is only 11 cards left.

Medic infection draw

• Blue - Paris
• Red - Ho Chi Minh City
• Black - Mumbai

Hurrah, nothing to worry about there, let's get on with the next turn!

Researcher

Holding five black cards she makes her way to the research station in Baghdad, which takes two actions. She then discovers a cure for the black disease and we win the game - panic over, the world has been saved!

The End

I took a look at the remainder of the city deck - the next two cards were both epidemics, it looks like I won just in the nick of time.

Well, that's my first play-through over and it's taken a lot longer than I expected, probably because I was doing it in small intervals rather than taking the time to do play it in one sitting. Next time, if there is a next time, I'll attempt to do it in one go.

With a bit of though, keeping an eye on what's in the infection discard pile, and an awareness of when the epidemics are going to come out, it should be possible to beat the game more often than not. It does make it slightly harder not dealing the player deck out evenly at the start, when you place the epidemics into it, but the one in every ten is usually not far off however you do it.

Of course, you can then move on to the harder game and include all six epidemics!

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With regard to the Swiss economy, stronger-than-expected growth along with greater risk aversion has strengthened the CHF recently. Given the risk of appreciation, the Swiss National Bank will likely maintain a cautious stance at its upcoming monetary policy assessment on 20 September.

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■ As the brinkmanship continues to intensify in the US-China trade dispute, so too does the obfuscation and misdirection. Until this fog of war dissipates, it is perhaps more useful to consider the range of possible outcomes and their divergent implications, which we have delineated in this piece.
■ Our base case is for a 10% tariff on USD 200 bn of Chinese imports to be met with some retaliation. Equities could rally 15% over six months and the USD/CNY should be capped at 7.0.

Will it be China or the USA? Which side will blink first in the increasingly complex trade dispute between the two countries? Which side will decide first that the domestic cost of the dispute outweighs its perceived economic value and subsequently seek to close out the issue, albeit in the guise of a political victory?

Apparently it isn’t the USA. On Thursday, US President Donald Trump stated that he felt “no pressure” to reach a trade agreement with China despite news the previous day that his administration had extended an invitation to Beijing to hold ministerial-level talks.

It is well within the bounds of possibility to think that pressure is building from US businesses to stop the trade dispute from escalating. Ahead of the mid-term elections, President Trump is probably looking to engineer some positive Mexico-style newsflow. Possibly, he is seeking to distract media attention away from the daily drama that seems to characterize his administration.

We just don’t know at this juncture. And until we are able to derive a sense of clarity on an ultimate end game, uncertainty, opacity and concern will likely frame investor sentiment. As such, we present – and discuss – three possible scenarios, which we hope will assist clients in shaping their thoughts on the dispute.

Base case (50% probability): The USA imposes 10% tariff on USD 200 bn of Chinese imports; China retaliates somewhat, but both parties eventually reach a negotiated settled over the following 6–9 months.

■ Macro: 2019 China GDP growth reduces by 0.6%, half of which will be likely offset by domestic stimulus – e.g., accelerated infrastructure investment. Thus, we expect China growth to slow to 6.2% next year from 6.5% in 2018.
■ Currency: USD/CNY to be range bound at 6.8–7.0. The recent depreciation largely reflects this baseline scenario and models indicate a fair value of around 6.9.
■ Equities: Expect a 15% rally over the subsequent six months but sideways action in the near term. Earnings are still strong and negative news is in the price after the recent de-rating. The P/E ratio for China A-shares is now below the 2015 sell-off levels. However, a lack of positive newsflow could keep buyers on the sidelines in the near term.
■ Credit: Expect China investment grade (IG) to deliver 4% and China USD high yield (HY) to deliver 7%–8% over the next 12 months. For IG, credit fundamentals would remain intact and the gradual rise in US Treasury yields would be offset by spread compression. For HY, sentiment and valuations have improved as the People’s Bank of China fine-tunes policy on credit and currency; but refinancing issues and trade impact would weigh.

Bear case (30% probability): The USA imposes a 25% tariff on USD 200 bn of Chinese imports and threatens to proceed with another USD 267 bn. China retaliates strongly and both sides fail to reach a deal in the next 12 months.

■ Macro: 2019 China GDP growth is reduced by 1.1% reflecting the difficulties of distributing 25% of tariffs across the supply chain. Chinese authorities could respond with further domestic stimulus to offset some of the negative impact, but this will be limited by China’s now smaller current account surplus of just under 1% of GDP and the authorities’ desire to keep the current account in surplus. We expect GDP growth to slow to about 6% in this scenario, with some downside risk.
■ Currency: Given a more significant impact on growth, the CNY could weaken by at least 5% to offset the trade negatives, with USD/CNY breaching 7.20. In a worst-case scenario of Mr. Trump imposing tariffs on virtually all imports from China, China could let the CNY fall to around 7.30–7.40 to offset the tariff.
■ Equity: Bank asset quality, company profitability and consumption demand are likely to be affected. Earnings growth estimates for 2019 could be revised lower from 15% to 10%. In this case, anticipate a further 10%–15% correction.
■ Credit: China IG to deliver 5%-6%, benefitting from safe-haven demand. China HY to generate total returns of less than 3%–4% given the strong inverse relation in HY spreads and Chinese equities.

Bull case (20% probability): The USA does not impose further tariffs and strikes a deal with China (similar to that with Mexico) in the next 3–6 months.

■ Macro: Impact on China’s growth outlook will not be significant, in part because we estimate that the direct full-year effect of the current 25% tariffs on USD 50 bn of US imports from China is small at only about 0.2% of GDP. As such, most if not all of this will be offset by the Chinese government’s monetary and fiscal stimulus efforts.
■ Currency: The CNY appreciates to around 6.50 against the USD.
■ Equities: A-shares rebound by 15%–20%, led by banks.
■ Credit: China USD HY +10% outperforms IG +3%.
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Al advertir el reto en la materia, especialmente en los estados, el Gobierno federal informó que en el país se tiene el registro oficial de 37 mil personas desaparecidas y preliminarmente, de 4 mil 500 coincidencias obtenidas, se han identificado a 340 en distintos estados, con nombre y apellido.

Este martes, el secretario de Gobernación, Alfonso Navarrete Prida, encabezó la instalación del Sistema Nacional de Búsqueda de Personas, evento durante el cual detalló que de esas personas identificadas, 300 llevaban más de una década desaparecidas.

De acuerdo al funcionario, las identificaciones se lograron gracias a la unificación de plataformas de información, como el registro de huellas dactilares de laboratorios forenses estatales y la base de datos del Instituto Nacional Electoral.

"Hay mucha información que está desvinculada y que tenemos que unificar las plataformas de información y que arrojen datos útiles para ser analizados y explotados.

"Hay obligación en los estados de mandar comisiones de búsqueda específicas con peritos, donde se localizan dolorosamente fosas clandestinas. Eso es una tarea que llevaría años, tenemos que utilizar plataformas que nos permitan identificar a personas y que le permitan conocer a los familiares y de ahí derivar una serie de investigaciones", dijo.

Navarrete Prida reconoció que son válidas las críticas y el enojo de familias de víctimas, y esta situación es algo que deben asumir las autoridades.

"Tienen razón en sentir que va lento, son muchos años en los que el problema ha crecido y se ha multiplicado. (…) El enojo y la crítica es condición en esta materia, así tenemos que asumirlo, así tenemos que trabajar”, dijo al destacar que quedan pendiente distintos retos como la instalación de las comisiones estatales de búsqueda.

Sobre las cifras presentadas este día, el titular de SEGOB explicó que lo primero que se hizo fue la elaboración de un registro de desaparecidos con el propósito de analizar críticamente la situación y el rumbo que se debe seguir para erradicarlo.

Detalló que hay una base de datos con 37 mil personas desaparecidas: de estos, se tienen más de 26 mil registros completos, es decir, con nombres, fechas de nacimiento y hasta CURP, mientras que de 16 mil tienen fotografías y huellas dactilares.

Además, explicó que las 4 mil 500 “coincidencias” quedan por confirmarse.

"Hay 4 mil 500 coincidencias, con la certeza que tenemos 340, de esas 4 mil 500 coincidencias en este momento, con nombre y apellido. 300 de ellas que tienen más de 10 años de desaparecida la persona. (…) Estas 4 mil 500 coincidencias y lo que va arrojando tenemos que reconformarlas, porque por diversas razones podrían no coincidir”, dijo.

Durante la instalación del Sistema Nacional de Búsqueda, Navarrete Prida instruyó al comisionado Roberto Cabrera Alfaro a convocar a la primera reunión de este órgano e instalar, antes de que esta administración federal concluya, todas las comisiones en el país.    

Por su parte, Cabrera Alfaro informó que ya cuentan con el Sistema Único de Información Tecnológico e Informático que ha permitido avanzar en la conformación del Registro Nacional de Personas Desaparecidas y no Localizadas, así como en la construcción de herramientas para la búsqueda, localización e identificación. En estas tareas, afirmó la participación de los familiares de las víctimas es vital.

En el evento estuvieron presentes familiares de víctimas, organizaciones y colectivos sociales, representantes de comisiones estatales de Búsqueda de Personas, integrantes del Consejo Nacional Ciudadano, de la Comisión Nacional de los Derechos Humanos y del Observatorio Nacional Ciudadano.

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Liputan6.com, Mexico City - Sepasang suami istri yang ditahan di Meksiko, karena mengangkut bagian tubuh manusia di dalam kereta bayi, mengaku telah membunuh 20 orang, dua kali lipat dari jumlah yang diduga oleh penyelidik setempat pada Senin 8 Oktober.

"Tersangka pria juga mengaku memperkosa beberapa korban wanitanya, dan menjual beberapa bagian tubuh mereka," kata jaksa Alejandro Gomez, yang mengusut kasus terkait.

Pria dan wanita itu ditangkap pada Kamis 4 Oktober, di Ecatepec, sebuah kawasan hunian yang kerap dilanda kekerasan di timur laut Mexico City. Mereka diciduk oleh polisi karena dicurigai membunuh 10 korban wanita, demikian sebagaimana dikutip dari Asia One pada Selasa (9/10/2018).

Tersangka pria memberikan laporan rinci tentang 10 pembunuhan itu, dan mengatakan kepada pihak berwenang Meksiko bahwa dia dan istrinya telah membunuh 10 orang lainnya juga.

Jaksa sekarang mencoba untuk menentukan apakah itu benar, atau membanggakan seorang "psikopat" dan "pembunuh berantai".

"Dia menggambarkannya dengan cara yang benar-benar alami ... Saya akan mengatakan dia benar-benar tampak senang telah melakukan (pembunuhan) ini," kata Gomez dalam wawancara dengan jaringan radio Meksiko Formula.

"Dia ingin orang-orang melihat fotonya, untuk mengetahui namanya ... saya jelas akan mengklasifikasikan orang ini sebagai seorang pembunuh, seorang pembunuh berantai."

Pasangan itu juga mengaku menjual bayi berusia dua bulan, yang didapat dari salah satu korban mereka ke pasangan lain --yang juga ditangkap-- menurut surat kabar El Universal.

Kedua tersangka diidentifikasi hanya sebagai Juan Carlos "N" dan istrinya, Patricia "N," sesuai dengan hukum Meksiko.

"Dia (tersangka pria) memiliki gangguan mental konsisten, yang membuatnya memiliki kepribadian berubah-ubah. Kami mash butuh waktu untuk menyelidiki fakta sebenarnya. Jika benar seperti itu (gangguan mental), maka akan tindakan hukum khusus untuknya," kata Gomez.

Dia mengutip ujian psikiatrik yang diajukan oleh jaksa penuntut pada sidang pengadilan awal pria itu, Minggu 7 Oktober.

"Tapi keduanya bisa membedakan antara benar dan salah," tambah Gomez meragukan alibi gangguan mental.

Menyasar Ibu Muda

Pasangan itu tinggal bersama ketiga anak mereka, termasuk seorang bayi.

Ketika pihak berwenang menggeledah dua rumah mereka, ditemukan sisa-sisa jasad manusia dalam ember berisi semen dan dibungkus dalam kantong plastik di dalam lemari es, serta barang-barang yang tampaknya milik beberapa korban keduanya.

Pria itu mengatakan kepada penyelidik bahwa dia dan istrinya memikat korban mereka, banyak di antaranya adalah ibu muda, dengan menawarkan pakaian diskon untuk bayi.

"Mereka adalah ibu tunggal ... dan mereka membutuhkan seseorang yang dapat membantu mereka menemukan pakaian bayi yang murah," kata Gomez.

 

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Kasus ini membuat banyak orang di Meksiko terkejut. Bahkan, oleh standar negara yang dilanda oleh gelombang kejahatan kekerasan sekalipun, tragedi ini dianggap di luar perkiraan dan sangat tidak berprikemanusiaan.

Ratusan orang menggelar aksi protes di Ecatepec pada hari Minggu, membawa lilin dan bunga putih untuk menuntut tindakan pihak berwenang dalam menangani ledakan kekerasan, terutama yang menimpa wanita dan anak.

Tujuh orang wanita dan gadis muda dibunuh di Meksiko setiap hari, menurut laporan UN Women.

Negara bagian Meksiko, tempat Kota Ecatepec berada, sempat berada dalam daftar teratas wilayah dengan kasus pemnbunuhan terbanyak tahun lalu, di mana 301 di antaranya menimpa wanita dan anak gadis.

Di Meksiko, ada rekor 28.702 pembunuhan tahun lalu. Jumlahnya melonjak sejak 2006, ketika pemerintah mengerahkan tentara untuk mengobarkan perang terhadap kartel narkoba, yang penuh kekerasan dan intimidatif.


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