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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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Monitoring databases

The importance of monitoring the activity and health of production systems is unquestionable. When it comes to the database, with its high number of customizable settings, the ability to track its various metrics (status counters and gauges) allows for the maintenance of a historical record of its performance over time. This can be used for capacity planningtroubleshooting and validation.

When it comes to capacity planning, a monitoring solution is a helpful tool to help you assess how the current setup is faring. At the same time, it can help predict future needs based on trends, such as the increase of active connections, queries, and CPU usage. For example, an increase in CPU usage might be due to a genuine increase in workload, but it could also be a sign of unoptimized queries growing in popularity. In which case, comparing CPU with disk access might provide a more complete view of what is going on.

Being able to easily correlate data like this helps you to catch minor issues and to plan accordingly, sometimes allowing you to avoid an easier but more costly solution of scaling up to mitigate problems like this. But having the right monitoring solution is really invaluable when it comes to investigative work and root cause analysis. Trying to understand a problem that has already taken place is a rather complicated, and often unenviable, task unless you established a continuous, watchful eye on the set up for the whole time.

Finally, a monitoring solution can help you validate changes made in the business logic in general or in the database configuration in specific. By comparing prior and post results for a given metric or for overall performance, you can observe the impact of such changes in practice.

Monitoring PostgreSQL with open source solutions

There is a number of monitoring solutions for PostgreSQL and postgresql.org’s Wiki provides an extensive list, albeit a little outdated. It categorizes the main monitoring solutions into two distinct categories: those that can be identified as generic solutions—and can be extended to cover different technologies through custom plugins—and those labeled as Postgres-centric, which are specific to PostgreSQL.

In the first group, we find venerated open source monitoring tools such as Munin, Zabbix, and CactiNagios could have also been added to this group but it was instead indirectly included in the “Checkers” group. That category includes monitoring scripts that can be used both in stand-alone mode or as feeders (plugins) for “Nagios like software“. Examples of these are check_pgactivity and check_postgres.

One omission from this list is Grafana, a modern time series analytics platform conceived to display metrics from a number of different data sources. Grafana includes a solution packaged as a PostgreSQL native plugin. Percona has built its Percona Monitoring and Management (PMM) platform around Grafana, using Prometheus as its data source. Since version 1.14.0, PMM supports PostgreSQL. Query Analytics (QAN) integration is coming soon.

An important factor that all these generic solutions have in common is that they are widely used for the monitoring of a diverse collection of services, like you’d normally find in enterprise-like environments. It’s common for a given company to adopt one, or sometimes two, such solutions with the aim of monitoring their entire infrastructure. This infrastructure often includes a heterogeneous combination of databases and application servers.

Nevertheless, there is a place for complementary Postgres-centric monitoring solutions in such enterprise environments too. These solutions are usually implemented with a specific goal in mind. Two examples we can mention in this context are PGObserver, which has a focus on monitoring stored procedures, and pgCluu, with its focus on auditing.

Monitoring PostgreSQL with PMM

We built an enterprise-grade PostgreSQL set up for the webinar, and use PMM for monitoring. We will be showcasing some of PMM’s main features, and highlighting some of the most important metrics to watch, during our demo.You may want to have a look at this demo setup to get a feel of how our PostgreSQL Overview dashboard looks:

You can find instructions on how to setup PMM for monitoring your PostgreSQL server in our documentation space. And if there’s still time, sign up for tomorrow’s webinar!

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          Reliability and infrastructure: are we ready for Teslas and other AFV's? - ChoiceQuote Insurance Services      Cache   Translate Page      

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Reliability and infrastructure: are we ready for Teslas and other AFV's?
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In a recent reliability survey by What Car?, Tesla were unfortunately left red-faced as they came in last place rated by current owners. AFV (Alternatively fuelled vehicles) have been on the rise in the UK for the last few years, spearheaded by the ...


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          Quality Control Coordinator - LBJ Infrastructure Group LLC - Dallas, TX      Cache   Translate Page      
Advise the QA/QC Director and the projects COOs on the state of the Quality Management System, audit results, procedure implementation and corrective actions....
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          Power Dept Ordered To Pay Rs 10000 For ‘Deficiency in Service’: What You Can Do      Cache   Translate Page      
Have you paid for an electricity meter or wires in service of a new connection to your house or place of residence? These are utilities the concerned power department is supposed to install after the payment of a couple of deposits and infrastructure charges. For Nareshjit Singh Anand and his wife Tarlochan Kaur, residents of […] More
          In Pakistan, Learning Chinese Is Cool — And Seen As A Path To Prosperity      Cache   Translate Page      
China's billions in infrastructure investment have led to growing number of Pakistanis eager to learn Mandarin and study in China. Beijing is giving thousands of scholarships to Pakistanis.
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CGC Nigeria Limited (China Geo-engineering Company), a Chinese company with its headquarter in Abuja is a subsidiary of CGCOC GROUP CO., LTD. in mainland China. Our company CGC Nigeria Limited is a reputable Engineering Management and construction company at the forefront of construction of roads, bridges and other civil infrastructures in Nigeria.

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          Apollo to buy $1 billion in energy investments from GE capital      Cache   Translate Page      

General Electric Co. agreed to sell about $1 billion of equity investments to Apollo Global Management as the downtrodden manufacturer extends a push to slim down and shed finance assets following a surprise CEO change.

The portfolio includes about 20 investments in renewable energy and other U.S. power assets held by the energy financial services unit of GE Capital, the companies said Monday in a joint statement. Financial details of the transaction, including the purchase price, weren’t disclosed.

The deal underscores GE’s efforts to rein in its once-vast finance business and narrow its focus on manufacturing industrial equipment. The Boston-based company, which tapped Larry Culp last week to replace Chief Executive Officer John Flannery, hopes reducing complexity will help it recover from a slump that has wiped out about $100 billion in investor wealth over the past year.

For Apollo, the agreement reflects growing interest in energy investment by private-equity giants, including Blackstone Group and Carlyle Group. Along with energy investments in its general funds, Apollo recently raised $3.5 billion for a natural resources fund.

GE rose 2.9% to $13.56 a share at 10:33 a.m. in New York, getting a lift after Barclays analyst Julian Mitchell upgraded the stock to buy from hold. The shares gained 17% last week after the CEO change was announced, though GE was still down 24% this year through Oct. 5.

Apollo fell 1.1% to $33.45.

Once one of the largest lending firms in the U.S., GE Capital has been whittled down since the financial crisis. Former CEO Jeffrey Immelt sought to exit most markets while keeping only the businesses that supported GE’s manufacturing operations,such as jet leasing and the financing of gas turbines.

While the effort helped GE escape the U.S. government’s “too big to fail” designation, it still left the company with more than $150 billion of assets. Under Flannery, who took the helm in 2017, GE sought to unload even more of GE Capital, including a volatile insurance portfolio and about $25 billion in assets from its energy- and industrial-finance operations.

Culp has yet to lay out his strategy, but Bloomberg reported last week that purpose of the CEO swap was to speed up Flannery’s plan, not to change directions.

The agreement with Apollo “reflects ongoing progress” in the GE Capital strategy, Alec Burger, president of GE Capital, said in the statement.

The transaction, expected to close in the fourth quarter, may not be the last of its kind. GE and Apollo said they “will seek to form an ongoing relationship” to explore energy infrastructure investments in the future.


          Mount Sinai partnership to scale youth addiction treatments       Cache   Translate Page      

The Addiction Institute of Mount Sinai and the Center on Addiction have formed a strategic alliance to invest in new addiction treatments for adolescents and young adults.

On average, 200 people die every day from overdose, 20 of them teenagers, said Joseph Plumeri, executive chair of the Center on Addiction and a Mount Sinai Health System trustee. Still, the primary forms of addiction treatment for adolescents and young adults remain those designed for older adults.

"We wait to focus on the addiction that's entrenched in older people rather than trying to really sever that pipeline early," said Yasmin Hurd, professor at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai and director of its Addiction Institute. "And if you're going to really prevent and stop the progression to severe substance-use disorder, you need to work with the youth, teens and young adults."

Successful adult treatments don't necessarily work in younger people, Hurd added.

The main treatments for opioid use disorder involve drugs such as Methadone and buprenorphine, so-called opioid agonists, which stop cravings and withdrawal symptoms. "They have saved many lives," Hurd said, "but for youth, we want to try different strategies using medications that are not so addictive."

The alliance between Mount Sinai and the Center on Addiction will address pharmacological and non-pharmacological treatment initiatives, Hurd said, including behavioral health, digital apps and technology for monitoring substance use and connecting with peers—even transcendental meditation. The collaboration also will focus on developing hard data, needed for advancing new treatment avenues and scaling them nationally, she said.

"The goal of the alliance," she said, "is to move that ball way down the field rather than kicking it incrementally."

Both Mount Sinai and the Center on Addiction plan to make financial investments in the initiative, including the hiring of a program director. Recruiting for that job is underway, Hurd said. Both entities will apply for research grants, she said.

"We can take what we do at Mount Sinai and give that solution set to other hospitals," Plumeri said. —J.H.

 

One Brooklyn's Interfaith plans $17.9M behavioral health upgrade



Interfaith Medical Center, one of the three hospitals comprising the newly formed One Brooklyn Health System, is proposing a $17.9 million renovation of its behavioral health unit in order to enhance the care environment with more patient and common space, improve programming and address suicide risks.
The proposal is one of many facility upgrades for the health system scheduled during the next five years under its capital restructuring plan. In August, Brookdale Hospital Medical Center, also part of One Brooklyn, revised a prior proposal to renovate and expand its intensive care unit, increasing the estimated cost to $17.5 million from $15 million.
One Brooklyn’s plans, supported by a $664 million award from the state for facility transformation, consist of numerous subprojects grouped into three categories: ambulatory care development, IT and facilities infrastructure and clinical transformation, according to the health system's certificate-of-need application. A series of additional CON filings are expected next year for other projects, said Charlotte Neuhaus, director of strategic planning for One Brooklyn and Interfaith Medical Center.
Approximately two years ago, the state Health Department commissioned “The Brooklyn Study: Reshaping the Future of Healthcare,” which was authored by Northwell Health. The feasibility study made recommendations for restructuring health care and integrating Interfaith, Brookdale Hospital and Kingsbrook Jewish medical centers into a sustainable health system in Central Brooklyn. 
"The state has been supporting and guiding this whole processs," Neuhaus said. —J.H. and R.S.

$4M CDC grant to help Bronx group address health disparities


The Institute for Family Health has received almost $4 million from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to expand its Bronx Health Reach Coalition throughout the borough.

The grant, which took effect last week, will support efforts of a Bronx-wide coalition of more than 80 members who represent health care providers, community and faith-based organizations, social services providers, advocates and city agencies, said Maxine Golub, senior vice president of planning and development at the institute.

The federally qualified health center, which operates about 30 clinics, mostly in the city, has received CDC funding for almost two decades to address racial and ethnic health disparities through programs stressing nutrition and exercise. But this is the first time the grant has covered a five-year period and expanded the coalition's geographic scope, said Maxine Golub, senior vice president of planning and development.

"It's really nice to know we're funded for five years and can think more strategically over a longer period of time," she said.

BHR will focus on increasing access to healthy foods and beverages, creating more breastfeeding-friendly sites, expanding access to safe places for physical activity and using locally available health programs to improve ties between the community and providers.

"We are aware that many of the root causes of disparities cannot be adequately addressed in the exam room, and we are thrilled that the [CDC] has maintained its investment in our work to permit us to move closer to that goal," said Dr. Neil Calman, president and CEO. —Robin D. Schatz

 

Cornell Tech prof named a MacArthur 'genius' for work in health care


A Cornell Tech and Weill Cornell professor who developed mobile technology that addresses health conditions using large amounts of personal data is among the 2018 MacArthur Fellows announced Friday.

Deborah Estrin, associate dean and professor of computer science at Cornell Tech and professor of public health at Weill Cornell Medical College, launched Open mHealth back in 2011 with additional collaborators, the MacArthur Foundation said. Open mHealth integrates personal data from sources such as cell phones, fitness trackers and online shopping "to build customized applications that address specific health conditions," according to her bio on the MacArthur website. "Estrin was among the first to ascertain the potential of using the digital traces of our daily lives for participatory mobile health."

"Clinical care can now be personalized and individualized because of these devices we have at our disposal," said Estrin in an interview. "The hope is to move this on from possibility to actuality."

This year's MacArthur fellows will receive awards of $625,000, paid in quarterly installments over five years, for creative work deemed to have the potential for future advancements.

While Estrin said she hasn't decided exactly how she will use the award, she said it will support her research in personalizing care and privacy. —J.H.

 

AT A GLANCE


POPULATION HEALTH: Crain's Nov. 15 health care summit will delve into the promise and challenges of implementing successful population health efforts and functioning in the value-based environment. We'll hear from leaders of community-based organizations, health systems, physicians and entrepreneurs about innovative and successful programs and the stumbling blocks that remain in improving outcomes for all New Yorkers. For more information and registration, click here.>…;

WHO'S NEWS: Andria Castellanos is the new executive vice president and chief of provider services at Visiting Nurse Service of New York. She previously served in clinical and leadership positions for almost three decades at New York-Presbyterian Hospital, most recently as group senior vice president and chief operating officer at the NYP/Columbia campus and as a board member at New York-Presbyterian/Lawrence Hospital. Castellanos is replacing Marki Flannery, who was promoted to CEO and president earlier this year.

MEDICAL RECORDS: A team of researchers at Yale set out to find how easy it was for consumers to obtain their medical records by doing a "secret shopper" survey. The answer: not very. Dr. Harlan Krumholz, one of the authors of a about how the team was motivated to do the study because of the experiences of their own family members in obtaining medical records. "The first finding was that, among the 86 top hospitals that we identified, three had medical record departments that were unreachable by phone despite our persistent efforts," he wrote.

EMPOWERING CONSUMERS: New York State Health Foundation's annual conference, titled Empowering Health Care Consumers, will take place Monday, Nov. 5, at the Stewart Hotel in Manhattan. The keynote speaker will be writer and producer Dr. Eric Manheimer, former medical director at Bellevue Hospital and the medical consultant for the NBC series New Amsterdam, based on his book 12 Patients: Life and Death at Bellevue Hospital. For more information, click In its most recent release of hospital readmissions penalties data, the CMS for the first time risk adjusted hospitals by five peer groups to address differences in socioeconomic conditions between hospital patient populations.


          Tales from the trade war: Businesses caught between retailers and a hard place      Cache   Translate Page      

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.

But OMG is in an unusual position, and not just because of how quickly it's been growing. Last year, in an effort to diversify production for mass orders, Harper and an overseas partner bought a factory in a low-wage, Southeast Asian country that she prefers, for competitive reasons, not to name. About six months ago, as the trade war began heating up, she shifted production to the new factory. About 95% of her fourth-quarter inventory escaped the 10% duty that went into effect in September. She's now positioned to avoid the devastating levy set for 2019.

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."

The trade war, which has so far encompassed everything from imported steel and aluminum to electrical equipment and microscopes, began to hit New York's fashion industry in July, when luggage, handbags, footwear, textiles, and leather and faux-leather apparel were listed as being in the next round of restrictions.

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."


          Installateur en signalisation routière - NouvLR - Montréal, QC      Cache   Translate Page      
_Le Réseau express métropolitain (REM) représente la plus grande infrastructure intégrée en transport public depuis le métro de Montréal, inauguré en 1966 et...
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          Mitsubishi Electric to Release Compact "MMS-G" Mobile Mapping System      Cache   Translate Page      

Mitsubishi Electric Corporation  (TOKYO: 6503) announced today that it will release a compact version of its mobile mapping system (MMS) on December 25. MMS are highly precise measuring systems comprising car-mounted GPS antennas, laser scanners and cameras to gather 3D positioning data on road surfaces and roadside features, generally used as base data to create high-definition 3D maps for autonomous driving and infrastructure inspections. The compact, lightweight and transportable new M...

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          Hybrid - Cloud Infrastructure (IaaS) Engineer/Analyst - Underwriters Laboratories - Laramie, WY      Cache   Translate Page      
Azure experience (OMS, Application Insights, Automation, ARM templates, etc.). Contribute to a Safer, More Secure, and More Sustainable World....
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          EPA Awards Close to $19 Million to Vermont to Support Local Clean Water Projects      Cache   Translate Page      

Today, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced the State of Vermont was awarded a total of $18,966,000 in Clean Water and Drinking Water State Revolving Loan Fund (SRF) grants to finance community-based water infrastructure projects, such as upgrades to municipal sewage plants and public drinking water systems. "Communities across Vermont will enjoy cleaner water and make important infrastructure upgrades thanks to this funding,"  said EPA New England Regional Administra...

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          USDA Partners to Improve Community Infrastructure for 1.1 Million Rural Americans      Cache   Translate Page      

Assistant to the Secretary for Rural Development Anne Hazlett today announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is  investing $181 million in 88 projects  (PDF, 173 KB) that will build community infrastructure and facilities in 27 states. “Infrastructure is a foundation for quality of life and economic opportunity in small towns across our country,” Hazlett said. “Under the leadership of Secretary Sonny Perdue, USDA is committed to being a strong partner to building prosperit...

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          Johnson Controls transforms Samford University infrastructure with $30.4M of campus-wide improvements      Cache   Translate Page      

New campus chilled water plant, new windows and modernized building automation system are among the upgrades enabled by contingent payment program Johnson Controls has helped to improve the infrastructure of Samford University (Samford) in Birmingham, Alabama in order to provide a safe, comfortable and nurturing environment where students live, learn and grow. The operational efficiencies achieved through these upgrades are providing the university with a financial mechanism to support the...

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          Senior Procurement Officer at IHS Towers      Cache   Translate Page      

IHS Towers is the largest independent mobile telecommunications infrastructure provider in Europe, Africa and the Middle East.andnbsp; Founded in 2001, IHS provides services across the full tower value chain andndash; colocation on owned towers, deployment and managed services.

          Civil Engineer (Concrete Engineering) at CGC Nigeria Limited      Cache   Translate Page      

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          Cost Control Coordinator (Contract) - Aecon Group Inc. - Etobicoke, ON      Cache   Translate Page      
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          #Cannabisstocks: AmeriCann ( OTCQB: $ACAN) Releases Designs for 345,000 sq. ft. Building at Massachusetts #Cannabis Manufacturing and Cultivation Project      Cache   Translate Page      
Denver, CO - October 9, 2018 (Investorideas.com Newswire) AmeriCann, Inc. (OTCQB: ACAN), an agricultural-technology company that is developing the next generation of eco-friendly start-of-the-art greenhouse cannabis cultivation and processing properties, has released designs for Building 2 which includes 345,000 square feet of cannabis manufacturing and cultivation infrastructure at its 52-acre Massachusetts Medical Cannabis Center (MMCC) in Freetown, MA.
          Manga Guide to Cryptography      Cache   Translate Page      

The Manga Guide to Cryptography by Masaaki Mitani, Shinichi Sato, Idero Hinoki is a rather improbable book. Can you really teach crypto, a notably math heavy subject, through a graphic novel? The answer is: sorta.

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No Starch Press has published several of these 'manga guides'. I previously read the Manga Guide to Physiology and enjoyed it. Each of these is a book written by Japanese authors to teach a scientific subject. There are cute characters and some semblence of a plot, but they exist purely to teach you something. I think the plot of the phyisiology book was about a grad student studying to pass her phyisology final while flirting with the dreamy post-doc who's tutoring her. Not exactly Shakespear, but it gets the point across. I learned quite a bit about the circulatory and endocrine systems.

I felt that the Manga Guide to Cryptography was harder ot learn from. The problem is that crypto really requires a lot of serious math. In the story (a plot involving catching a jewel thief) the characters learn to decipher various codes by recounting the history of crypto development from Caeser's cipher through modern public key infrastructure. The general ideas behind crypto are well explained, however at least once a chapter they take a diversion into deep math that completely lost me. In fairness, one of the characters in the book was completely lost as well.

Overall I enjoyed the book and learned a lot of the general concepts, but I definitely couldn't implement my own cryptographic system based on what I learned in the book.

Should you buy it? Yes, if you want to get the general ideas behind crypto.

The Manga Guide to Cryptography on Amazon, on No Starch Press.


          Senior Network Engineer (Waukesha, WI) - Presidio - Waukesha, WI      Cache   Translate Page      
Presidio is a leading North American IT solutions provider focused on Digital Infrastructure, Cloud and Security solutions to create agile, secure...
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          SAP PI - JM Group - Bellevue, WA      Cache   Translate Page      
Minimum 7 years of experience with SAP Exchange Infrastructure/PI/PO and administration Minimum 7 years of experience in various PI tools such as Web Services...
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          How Disaster Capitalism Has Ruined Puerto Rico      Cache   Translate Page      
And what Cuba can teach the world about going a different route.

Amnesty International’s Secretary General Kumi Naidoo was recently in Puerto Rico. During his trip, Naidoo looked carefully at the aftermath of Hurricane Maria—the Category 4 hurricane in 2017 that tore through the Caribbean. No island in its path was spared, with Dominica’s Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit rightly calling the damage “mindboggling.” Puerto Rico, a part of the United States of America, was struck hard, but not much harder than the other islands. Yet, the relief, rehabilitation and recovery on this island have been slow—paralytically slow. Naidoo’s visit to Puerto Rico comes a year after Hurricane Maria and yet, as he wrote, “it is shocking that so many people are forced to live in such a precarious situation; even worse when they are part of one of the richest nations in the world.”

In January 2018, the Canadian journalist Naomi Klein spent a week in Puerto Rico as a guest of Professors Self-Assembled in Solidarity Resistance (PAReS). In 2017, before the hurricane, students at the University of Puerto Rico had gone on strike to defend public education. PAReS was created by some professors as a way to join the student struggle. Puerto Rico, over the course of the past decade, has been locked in a series of impressive battles over the suffocation of its public institutions by its local government and by its imperial overlords in Washington, D.C. (Puerto Rico is a colony of the United States).

During her visit, Naomi Klein visited not only areas hit hard by the storm and by the planned disregard by the state, but also places of imagination that try to create popular relief and reconstruction. These places included Casa Pueblo (Adjuntas), Dalma Cartagena’s Agriculture in Harmony with the Environment project (Orocovis) and the Mutual Aid Project (Mariana). It is here, in these places of experimentation and love, that Naomi Klein finds the antidote to the disaster capitalism that ruins Puerto Rico—ruined it before the hurricane, ruined it just after the hurricane and proceeds to ruin it for the future. Her report—first published in the Intercept—has now been released in the form of a small book by Haymarket Books.

Puerto Rico’s disaster is clear. Here is an island, part of the United States since the U.S. war on the Spanish Empire in 1898, where the people have little democratic control of its institutions and resources. Public finances in the island are a mess—the island is overwhelmed by $120 billion in debt and pension liabilities. Payment of these debts is constitutionally mandated, with debt servicing draining the state government of the ability to move an agenda to benefit the just over three million Puerto Ricans. Half the population could not find work before the hurricane struck, with public facilities killed off as the local government throttled them of funds. No wonder, then, that protests across the island had become a normal feature of life before Hurricane Maria.

One area of concern had been Puerto Rico’s electricity grid. As Naomi Klein reports, a shocking 98 percent of its electricity comes from fossil fuels. Without any local oil, gas or coal, Puerto Rico receives its fuel by ship, the people buying electricity at rates higher than paid for on the U.S. mainland. The imported fossil fuels and a centralized electricity grid left the island vulnerable to the shock of the hurricane. The grid collapsed in the hurricane, electricity not available for months and even now spotty in many places. Desire to privatize the electricity company is at the top of the list of desires by the U.S. government. Naomi Klein’s concept of disaster capitalism is made for this situation—as a disaster strikes, money is to be made by the oligarchy on the disaster, both on the defaulted bonds and on the privatization of public resources.

Disaster Socialism

Naomi Klein reports on the small voices of hope from Puerto Rico—organic farming that was able to feed people even as industrial food could not be distributed, solar panels on the roofs of cultural centers that provided energy for communities with no power for months on end. These little pockets of an alternative are precisely the norm in another island in the Caribbean—Cuba.

Cuba, like Puerto Rico, was struck hard by Hurricanes Irma and Maria, but the situation there was utterly different. Suffocated by the U.S. embargo and penalized by centuries of colonial plunder, Cuba—after the revolution—has struggled to create new pathways for its people. When a hurricane comes, Cuba prepares by moving its vulnerable population to safety and by detaching its already decentralized power system. The devastation is managed, the recovery as swift as possible. It should startle the reader that even though Cuba was hit by the same hurricane, it offered to send medical personnel and electrical workers to help the people of Puerto Rico (as it had offered help to the people of New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina, a storm that also struck Cuba with equal velocity).

Disaster socialism is a key part of Cuba’s landscape. Its people are organized into voluntary units and its infrastructure is decentralized to mirror the decentralization of governance on the island.

Pushed by the blockade (since 1963) and by a deep interest in sections of the Cuban Communist Party in ecological socialism, the Cubans held an ecological conference in 1980, created the National Commission for the Protection of the Environment and the Preservation of Natural Resources and passed Law no. 31 in 1981 to protect the environment. It was based on this current inside Cuba that Fidel Castro made the comment at the 1992 UN Rio Conference on Environment and Development, “Tomorrow will be too late to do what we should have done a long time ago.”

Cuba offers a window into country-wide projects based on the principles of agro-ecology—urban farming with biopesticides, farmers cooperatives, ban on construction of homes in coastal areas, Integrated Neighborhood Transformation Workshops (TTIB) that bring together neighbors who have a range of skills to solve problems for their own area. There are limits placed by the embargo and by history—reliance upon fossil fuels is one, while reliance upon food imports is another. But, in terms of the energy grid, after Hurricane Katrina in 2005, Cuba reformed its entire system, phasing out incandescent bulbs and breaking up the energy grid. Cuba plans to have a quarter of its energy needs from renewable sources in the next decades and hopes to deepen its use of renewable energy in the years to come.

What was experienced in Cuba was also experienced recently when the left-government in Kerala, India, and the socially conscious people of Kerala worked hard against the catastrophic floods that struck the state. At Tricontinental: Institute for Social Research, there is a full dossier on that flood and on the efforts of the left government and of Kerala’s society. The experience in Cuba, in other words, is not cultural—something about the Cuban people. It is structural—something about the benefits of a socialist society and state.

Naomi Klein rightly points out that the Puertopians—the libertarian anti-social capitalists who want to devour the world—seek to turn Puerto Rico into their little paradise. Their vision for Puerto Rico resembles what Cuba was under the control of the U.S. mafia and monopoly capital before the revolution. Their utopia is Cuba, c. 1958. Klein writes of the confrontation between two utopias, that of the Puertopians and that of the agro-ecological forces from Casa Pueblo and Organización Boricuá. But, there is a wider choice—between the savage disaster capitalism pushed by the U.S. government or the socialist experiments in Cuba and Kerala. The former—disaster capitalism—is a vision of states and corporations that drain social energy. The latter—socialism—works alongside social dynamism to create a new world.

This article was produced by Globetrotter, a project of the Independent Media Institute.

 

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Goldman Sachs' venture unit is leading a new round of investment in an Argentinian fintech company backed by billionaire investors George Soros and Steven Cohen. 

Ualá, the one-year-old mobile banking startup, raised $34 million in its series B round led by Goldman Sachs Investment Partners, along with existing investors including a private fund managed by Soros Fund Management, Jefferies, the venture arm of Steve Cohen's Point 72, and entrepreneur Kevin Ryan, according to an announcement seen by Business Insider.

Goldman Sachs provided over half of the capital, according to Pierpaolo Barbieri, founder and CEO of Ualá.

The Buenos Aires-based startup offers a personal financial management app that is linked to a prepaid Mastercard, which doesn't charge opening fees, transaction fees, and renewal fees. In the span of one year, the company has issued 400,000 cards, which allow users to top up cellphones, make purchases, and conduct P2P money transfers. 

"Our goal is to replace the traditional retail banking infrastructure with Ualá," Barbieri said.

Over 50% of people in Argentina had never had a card before and are only operating in cash, so the company aims to provide these people financial inclusion by giving them access to financial system, he added.

“Ualá’s product offering reduces both cost and friction, while providing a great consumer experience,” said Christopher Dawe, cohead of Goldman Sachs Investment Partners venture capital & growth equity team. “We are excited by the company’s mission of improving access to critical financial services and look forward to partnering with the Ualá team on their next phase of growth.”

Ualá will tap into the new fund to boost its user growth, expand its headcount, and execute the launch of a credit and savings platforms, according to the announcement.

International appetite in Latin American startups hit a peak last year, with global venture capital investments in the region surpassing $1 billion in 2017 for the first time, according to The Association for Private Capital Investment in Latin America

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To truly understand how sellers can progress buyers through the purchase process they must first fully appreciate the journey. “Buying isn’t about progression, it’s about completion,” says Adamson.

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B2B buying “jobs”

Gartner applied the Jobs-to-Be-Done framework to qualitative data pulled from customer interviews to reveal that B2B buyers must complete six distinct activities — or “jobs” — to successfully complete a purchase.

Gartner finds the most successful B2B purchases span six distinct “jobs” that buyers must complete to their satisfaction.

Although nearly every successful B2B purchase progresses through problem identification, solution exploration, requirements building and supplier selection, customers simultaneously address validation and consensus creation throughout the entire buying process. Something not fully acknowledged in traditional linear journey mapping is that these two jobs are always on — even while customers are working to complete the other four jobs in the process.

Gartner research shows most B2B buyers will revisit nearly every buying job at least once before making a purchase. The result: A customer buying journey that resembles more of a maze than a linear path.

Organizations that will succeed going forward will be those that materially simplify the purchase process for customers

To complicate things further, B2B buyers utilize both sales reps and the supplier website — equally across the duration of the process. Buyers are channel agnostic. They have no clear preference for digital or in-person and just care about finding information that helps them advance.

So how do suppliers make buying easier? “The purchase happens when customers believe to their satisfaction that all six jobs are complete at the same time,” says Adamson. “And suppliers are better positioned than customers to proactively handle and reduce complexity.”

The new imperative

B2B buying complexity is not a result of a problem in delivery from sales or marketing. It’s a buying problem that sales and marketing must jointly address with high-quality, consistent, cross-channel information to help customers complete the purchase jobs they need to accomplish. Suppliers must assume the role of a guide to customers as they navigate the buying process, particularly using their insight to help customers overcome or avoid obstacles they may not anticipate on their own.

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What can California and its cities do to bring down the soaring costs of housing? Land entitlement, often lengthy and subject to review at several levels, is one process that could be reformed to speed up the construction of new housing and, in doing so, reduce costs.

Recently, researchers from Berkeley Law joined San Francisco Planning Department staff at a SPUR forum in San Francisco to discuss how state and city reforms might (or might not) streamline the approval processes. Berkeley Law researchers Eric Biber, Moira O’Neill and Giulia Gualco-Nelson summarized their findings so far from a multi-year study of land entitlement in five Bay Area cities: Redwood City, Oakland, Palo Alto, San Jose and San Francisco. San Francisco Planning Department staff members Elizabeth Watty, Jake Bintliff and Lisa Gibson presented several pilot programs they designed to accelerate and simplify building approvals, changes that staff can implement without having to wait for local or state legal reforms.

Categories of Review

A number of factors influence land use approval in a jurisdiction, which can cause drastically different approval processes among cities in the same region. The Berkeley Law team explained that all jurisdictions in their study used discretionary review, a process that applies an extra layer of local approval for a plan, on top of compliance with the existing planning and zoning code. Jurisdictions can choose different mechanisms to impose discretion, however. In the five cities Berkeley Law studied, these mechanisms include design review, architectural review, general plan compliance and others. This difference can make applications for development across the region more difficult, which can prolong construction timelines and increase the cost of a project.

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The Berkeley Law researchers also studied the relationship between the land use approval timeline and the number of units in a project. Their data show that smaller projects (five units or fewer) took the longest time to be approved, suggesting that factors besides scale of a project are at play, and that perhaps the local political context could influence building approvals through discretionary processes. The team explained that cities seek to maintain discretion in their processes so that they can approve development that will bring revenue and infrastructure to the city.

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Both Berkeley Law and the San Francisco Planning Department shared other ideas that could advance the construction of housing. One promising solution is California Assembly Bill 73, which would allow cities to create housing sustainability districts and receive financial incentives for doing so. Developments within a sustainability district would be automatically granted an initial environmental impact review and ministerial permits within 120 days. A sustainability district must be located within one half mile of public transit and, if established, will receive zoning incentive payments from the California Department of Housing and Community Development. The Berkeley Law panelists emphasized that in order for the state to create effective policy for all jurisdictions, legislators must have better access to data that shows what is actually happening in local land use approvals processes before making sweeping changes to CEQA and other regulations.

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Chinese and US Investors Team Up to Create a Global Crypto Investment Fund

The latest crypto investment fund on the block is Dragonfly Ventures, a $100 million traditional venture fund investing only in crypto assets, managed by partners Alexander Pack from Bain Capital Ventures and Bo Feng, founding partner of Ceyuan Ventures.

“We come at crypto as generalist venture capitalists who have been investing in internet technology for decades. With Dragonfly, we have decided to go all-in on crypto, because we believe that crypto is the most interesting tech trend today by far,” said Dragonfly managing partner and Bain Capital advisor Alexander Pack in an interview with Bitcoin Magazine.

“The ability to use technology to redefine fundamental social constructs like money, value, and how value is exchanged across borders, is a once in a century opportunity that could be bigger than the internet,” he added.

Pack has been investing in cryptocurrencies and blockchain businesses for more than four years at various venture capital firms in the U.S. and Asia but wanted to create a fund that was solely for cryptocurrency businesses.

He describes Dragonfly as “a fully unconstrained venture fund for the crypto asset class, investing globally and across all asset types. We even invest significantly in other cryptofunds, as well as make direct investments in tokens and startups.”

Dragonfly has already attracted technology founders and investors from across the U.S. and Asia, including Salil Deshpande (Bain Capital Ventures), Marc Andreessen and Chris Dixon (A16Z), Cyan Banister (Founders Fund) and Olaf Carlson-Wee (Polychain Capital).

A China-U.S. Fund

Headquartered in San Francisco and Beijing, Dragonfly Capital Partners have identified what they see as a new market opportunity in bridging the gap between East and West, investing in crypto businesses across both continents.

Managing partner Bo Feng is a founder of Ceyuan Ventures. In the ‘90s he launched the China business of Robertson Stephens, a high-tech investment bank, and is the largest investor in the exchange OKEx.

“I see a parallel between the Internet boom in the ‘90s and the current cryptocurrency market opportunity. The crypto revolution may be even bigger than the internet and more global,” says Feng.

According to Feng, Dragonfly takes an “ecosystem approach,” investing in fund managers around the world and connecting the top technologists from the West to investing in fund managers around the world, as well as connecting top technologists from the West with the largest crypto companies and user bases in Asia.

Asian investors include Bitmain, OKEx, Neil Shen (head of Sequoia China), Eric Xu (founder of Baidu), Bob Xiaoping Xu (founding partner of Zhenfund), Zhang Tao (chairman and founder of Meituan-Dianping), Bao Fan (founder and CEO of

China Renaissance Bank), Cai Wensheng (founder and chairman of Meitu), Justin Tang (founder and CEO of X Financial, eLong), JP Gan (Qiming Venture Partners), and Annie Xu (head and general manager of Alibaba U.S.).

“We have a unique opportunity to back and bring together the leading participants in the decentralized economy — from fund managers to token project leaders, from Beijing to San Francisco to Berlin,” said Feng.

Part of a Growing Investment Trend

Dragonfly is launching with a portfolio of 20 investments, including tech-driven crypto funds and asset managers, decentralized financial infrastructure such as the cryptocurrency Basis, and foundational protocols such as Spacemesh and Oasis Labs.

A recent report by blockchain research group Diar identified a new trend among investors. While traditional investment in crypto products has doubled and continues to grow, ICOs themselves have lost 70 percent in value.

The Diar report shows that almost $3.9 billion in investments was raised in the first three quarters of 2018, 280 percent of what was raised in 2017. The report also indicates an increase in the number of investment deals — almost twice the number recorded in the previous year.

“We invest in any market condition and actually are investing at a faster pace during this downturn than we anticipated, since in our opinion the quality of projects and founders has never been higher,” said Pack.

Traditional venture capital investments are leveraging the decline in ICOs as the cryptocurrency industry tries to find its bearings amid regulatory shifts and losses across crypto markets, notes the Diar report.

Pack told us that the investment strategy for Dragonfly is based on three principles.

“We have three theses that guide our investment philosophy: that the decentralized economy will take trillion dollar bites out of the centralized economy, that pick-and-shovel tech startups will emerge as bridges between the decentralized and centralized economies, and that crypto assets will one day be the most liquid and traded financial assets in the world,” said Pack.

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goTenna produces consumer-grade mesh networking devices which operate by allowing peers to connect directly to one another for the purpose of routing packets, sidestepping the need to rely on an ISP or cell tower.

“TxTenna demonstrates how decentralized mesh networking can both enhance the privacy and resiliency of Bitcoin transactions, and expand Bitcoin access to people living in areas without cell or wifi connectivity,” Rich Myers, DApps engineer at goTenna, said to Bitcoin Magazine.

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“The reality is that local carriers or ISPs can associate subscribers with their transactions or censor Bitcoin transactions altogether. TxTenna provides an answer to these problems by decentralizing the critical transport layer, will enable truly decentralized bitcoin transactions,” said goTenna CEO Daniela Perdomo in a statement.

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“Late last year we began talking with the team at Samourai Wallet about including goTenna in their MuleTools initiative. The Samourai Wallet team are leaders in building advanced mobile bitcoin wallets. Inspired by Blockstream’s satellite, their open-source MuleTools initiative encourages more alternative transaction broadcast methods.”

To start transacting offline, users have to download both the Samourai Wallet mobile app and the TxTenna app, and then pair them to a goTenna Mesh device for connectivity. Once this connection is created, users can send bitcoins to anyone in the world and broadcast it on the blockchain.

“Other goTenna devices in the area relay the transaction until an internet connected goTenna node also running TxTenna receives it and forwards it to the Bitcoin network,” Myers added.

TxTenna is another step in boosting the security and diversity of internet connection across the blockchain. Last year, cryptographer Nick Szabo and blockchain engineer Elaine Ou proposed alternative methods for accessing the blockchain. These methods offer much more versatility to those who wish to avoid censored systems, and it opens up use cases for bitcoin adoption in regions with less developed internet infrastructure.


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美团点评联合创始人王慧文曾在2013年的时候做了这样一件事——

他把美国科技业的公司和中国的公司拉了一个名单,试图从中寻找出在美国已经很厉害了但在中国还没有被真正做起来的产业。他发现了Salesforce,Workday,Oracle。

“他们基本占据科技业的另外一半……但是我们把这个放到中国来看的话,to B的公司居然找不到,基本上找不到,有活着的,但是活得很惨。”在一次内部讲话中,王慧文抛出了一个问题:为什么中国这些to B的企业活得这么惨呢?

的确,中国互联网的上一个十年是关于用户端(C端)的十年,人口红利、消费红利让各种商业模式创新迅速成长起来,消费级业务无论是盈利效果、创新难度还是企业品牌塑造都明显优于企业级服务。

与此同时,上一个十年,水大鱼大,依靠市场红利,业务的驱动并非步履维艰,企业对于提高效率的新工具、新方法的采用意愿并不高。那些昂贵的、短期效果不显著的企业服务自然也不好卖。百度李彦宏曾经在百度联盟大会上曾指出,过去中国劳动力成本很低,使用企业级软件的效应并没有起来,另外,很多传统企业的老板并不用电脑,不会用PC提升效率。

更何况,中国企业对于数据的安全性顾虑更多的,而美国数据立法相对成熟,对于企业服务类应用的数据安全性信任程度比中国高。

老牌企业服务公司用友、金蝶在过去很长一段时间里都不是聚光灯的所在,曾在2014、15年享受到资本“泡沫”的SaaS风口也没有真正地起飞,在中国诞生一家类似SAP、Oracle一样专注服务企业端(B端)的伟大公司,并不是一朝一夕的事情。

时机似乎到了。C端业务的瓶颈愈发明显、需求侧达到饱和,以企业为核心角色的供给侧改革势在必行。

但这并不是一个创业的机遇期。百度、腾讯、阿里早就在B端有所布局,其业务发展的深度广度远远超出行业的想象。如今他们不约而同地加大投入力度,进一步教育市场。至于京东、今日头条(字节跳动)、美团等公司,虽然在B端也有布局,但周密程度和BAT无法相比,而那些15年SaaS创业浪潮中的幸存者,也都只是专注于某一个非常细分的领域。

人们呼唤着“下一个十年,一切皆重来”,但事实上,下一个十年,to B业务前所未有的好时代,恐怕还是BAT的。

*注:Salesforce专注提供销售团队管理解决方案,Workday提供人力资源解决方案,Oracle(甲骨文)是全球最大的企业级软件公司。

BAT预谋已久的B计划

百度是BAT中最有to B气质的,其大部分营收也来自B端。定位为AI公司的百度,更多地会为企业提供无人驾驶汽车的、云的、整个AI应用生态平台的人工智能解决方案。

具体来看,百度未来的三个主要发展方向都是非常to B的:

第一,Apollo无人驾驶汽车生态。

Apollo计划,是针对汽车行业的自动驾驶开放平台。阿波罗平台包括一套完整的软硬件和服务体系,包括车辆平台、硬件平台、软件平台、云端数据服务等四大部分。这些都是To B的业务。

百度与金龙客车合作的、搭载了百度Apollo自动驾驶解决方案系统的全球首款L4级自动驾驶巴士“阿波龙”已经量产下线。同时,百度在“车”方面的企业级合作伙伴还包括戴姆勒、福特、博世、NVIDIA、Intel、BlackBerry等。

百度是一个供给端的平台,向包括运营商、汽车服务厂商、整车厂商、零部件厂商、芯片厂商等等在内的合作伙伴们提供“车”相关的服务。

第二,DuerOS度秘。

一直以来,度秘被理解为人机对话的接口,用来“唤醒万物”,但如果往深了看,DuerOS是目前中国唯一一个从硬件到框架,再到平台、开发生态、生态应用系统、终端硬件全覆盖的AI应用生态平台。这使得DuerOS的生态接入的吸纳性更高,能解决很多场景问题。

比如,在洲际酒店的“小度智慧客房”中。客人可以通过语音控制客房设备、播放音乐、询问天气、检索信息。AI时代,高端酒店正在借助新一代人机交互方式提升用户体验。

第三,ABC云

2017年,百度云推出了ABC战略,即AI人工智能、Big Data大数据、Cloud Computing云计算。在李彦宏看来,百度的“云”和其他传统的“云”服务是不一样的,它在每一个行业的应用都有智能的因素在里面。

在上个月的百度云智峰会上,百度云推出了AI to B平台,兼具深度学习、对话式搜索、自然语言处理等全面的AI能力,以及涵盖新零售、新制造、交通与公共安全等领域的解决方案。

以国内最大钢铁企业宝武集团与百度云在质检领域的合作为例,依托百度云质检云行业解决方案,通过机器视觉模型量化质检流程,为质检流程提供决策依据,在降低误报率的同时,提升作业效率。而百度云与优信二手车的合作,则是通过VR技术升级远程选车,并在线下门店内部署AI摄像头,通过人脸识别匹配购车信息,结合云平台与业务系统沉淀用户数据,为后续经营提供支撑。

现在百度云的行业版图已经覆盖了农业、工业制造业、金融服务业等领域,不光是简单地存储数据,而是通过AI能力为企业提供解决实际问题的解决方案。

百度在B端的野心其实李彦宏在2017年的世界互联网大会上就有透露,他当时分享了百度与连锁超市的合作,用人工智能的技术去提升超市里生鲜货品的效率,使得超市利润提升了20%,报损率降低了30%以上。

“人工智能对于B端的生态改变是非常明显的。无论是金融还是房产,无论是教育还是医疗,无论是能源还是物流等等,每一个方面,人工智能都有非常非常多的应用。”

简言之,百度的“B计划”是以AI切入,服务B端的每一个方面。

做云的远不只有百度,事实上,“云”正在成为BAT在企业服务领域的必争之地。

因为云确实是对企业有非常大的价值:一方面,云计算是公共服务,是可变成本,可按需使用,不再是固定资产投入,创业公司的成本可以降下来;另一方面,移动+云,相当于把IT服务在线化了,让技术门槛大大降低;而云与大数据的结合可以负能相当多的领域。

阿里是BAT中第一个提出做云计算业务的:2008年确定云计算战略,2009年成立阿里云公司。

就在前不久的2018杭州·云栖大会上,阿里云宣布成立全球交付中心,海公布了新一代云计算操作系统飞天2.0。在8月阿里巴巴公布的2019财年第一季度财报中,阿里云营收46.98亿元,为全球第三大IaaS服务提供商。

而云只是to B业务中的一部分。

《彭博商业周刊》对企业服务产品划分为三种主要流行模式:IaaS(Infrastructure as a Service,基础设施即服务)、PaaS(Platform as a Service,平台即服务)和SaaS(Software as a Service,软件即服务)。

云属于IaaS。阿里云的亮点在于,阿里巴巴拥有海量用户数据,这些数据叠加在云服务上会展现出极大的价值。同时,阿里本身的企业基因也是非常“to B”的,B2B业务起家就是面向着中小企业。

将自己现有生态客户转化为企业服务客户是非常顺畅的一条思路。比如,淘宝系厂商将自己的进销存系统放在阿里云上,顺理成章。从这个角度来说,阿里的先天优势很明显。

而阿里巴巴在SaaS服务领域的“钉钉”则是在SaaS的新战场上。

2014年阿里的“来往”在C端社交市场上全面溃败,团队转向企业服务市场,打造钉钉,争夺企业级市场的“入口”。2015年1月16日,钉钉发布1.0版本,DING功能上线。到今年3月31日,已有超过700万家企业组织在使用钉钉,注册用户过亿。

如此一来,阿里与腾讯在to B业务上的竞争更加直接了——阿里云vs腾讯云,钉钉vs企业微信。在刚刚过去的9月,钉钉和企业微信分别与OA市场的龙头公司蓝凌、泛微达成深度的合作,行业内深感AT之间的硝烟弥漫。

不过,比起SaaS领域的擦抢走火,腾讯在国庆前的第三次大变阵更是明确了其在to B领域的决心。

新成立的云与智慧产业事业群(CSIG,即 Cloud and Smart Industries Group)被视为腾讯在B端业务的主阵地,具体产品上,将整合包括腾讯云、智慧零售、安全产品、腾讯地图、优图等核心产品线。

尽管腾讯总是被质疑to B业务能力,没有阿里的销售铁军,C端经验不适合B端,部门墙数据墙很厚,数据丢失事件造成巨大负面影响等等,但它始终还是迈出了这一步,to B已经被列为公开的重点,是腾讯转型产业互联网的重地。

与阿里云相比,腾讯云起步较晚,但依托游戏、视频领域的深耕,腾讯云也快速占据一席之地。

过去未去,未来已来,BAT在B端的布局脉络已非常清晰,无论是谁,单独拿出来看都已自成体系。而格局也是显然的,BAT的提前布局与其在技术、研发、人才、企业端的影响力等方面的优势,已经为他们筑起了一道非常坚固的护城河。在to B时代,BAT扮演着基础服务商、平台运营方的角色,是赋能行业,是基础设施,是企业的第一选择。

还有机会吗?

to B领域巨头换人的可能性几乎为零。

但另一个问题是BAT永远无法避免的——企业用户对数据存储的安全感很低。直白地说,在国外,Netflix敢将自己的基础架构搭载亚马逊云服务AWS上,在国内,爱奇艺敢将自己的性命交给腾讯云吗?

这给了一些中型公司机会。比如UCloud反复强调的就是“中国领先的中立云计算服务商”,其中“中立”二字格外显眼。

而在BAT之外,很多看似完全to C的互联网公司都在B端有所布局。

比如字节跳动(今日头条,后文简称头条)。企业服务竟然是其头条投资第二多的领域(第一领域为文化娱乐)。人们熟知的一些明星项目,例如坚果云、石墨文档、Tower等,头条都有所投资。

京东在企业服务领域一共有超过20笔投资,包括甄云信息、EasyStack、通天晓软件、凌雄租赁、加推科技等等,最近京东云还发布了“医疗健康战略”,想要做医疗行业的基础设施,推动医疗信息化。

不可否认,未来B市场的格局更有可能是BAT继续占领大部分市场,提供基础设施服务,而其他公司则可以选择垂直领域提供更多个性化的服务。毕竟在全球市场上,除了微软、甲骨文等to B巨头,也有很多优秀的“小”公司,比如Slack、Tanium、Sprinklr、AppNexus等等。

至于中国过去的老牌IT公司,或许这一轮to B浪潮会给他们带来新机遇。

一个典型的例子是联想,PC业务之外,联想的数据中心业务正在高速增长。而这一业务增长的关键驱动因素之一便是HyperScale超大规模数据中心业务,简单说,就是联想给做云服务的公司提供设备,这些公司包括美国的云服务公司微软、Google、亚马逊等、也包括中国的云服务公司BAT等等。

华为虽然在去年3月才宣布成立Cloud BU,6月“华为云”品牌才首次亮相,但一年时间,华为云的成绩也非常不错。

而像用友、金蝶等ERP厂商,在过去一段时间里疲态尽显,若是能借此时机重整旗鼓,或着与强者结成联盟,也是不错的选择。

毕竟,To B的金矿就在那里,中国工商登记的企业数量近3000万家,其中中小企业占比90%以上,整体数量超过美国,且仍在持续增加,企业级市场红利非常丰厚。

BAT按照惯例会继续缠斗但又一起分走大部分,而剩下的就要各凭本事了。


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Overview Add an annual turnover of $22.3 billion to a rental and leasing fleet of over 1.9 million vehicles spread across 9,900 locations worldwide and you get Enterprise Rent-A-Car – a business that’s grown into the largest global mobility provider in the world. Enterprise’s internships give you the chance to get ahead in the job market - but don’t just take our word for it; our interns have been voted Best Intern of the Year at the National Undergraduate Employability awards. It’s learning by doing, not by getting coffee all day. It’s learning by doing, not by getting coffee all day. From winning regular diversity awards to being a Top 50 Place for Women to Work for 12 years running, it’s no surprise that we were also voted the Graduate Employer of the Year last year. We are excited to announce the position of Information Security Intern; this placement is specifically designed for MSc students. This opportunity is based at Enterprise Holdings' European Head Office in Egham, Surrey. This role has a European focus and will work with our corporately owned entities across the UK, Ireland, Germany, France, and Spain as well as liaise with our corporate Security, Privacy and Compliance teams based in Saint Louis, Missouri. The Information Security team is responsible for safeguarding our customer’s data, and ensuring that we have the proper people, processes and technology in place to protect against both current and emerging threats. You will be working on a range of areas which include Security Strategy & Transformation, Cyber Maturity Assessments & Third Party Assurance, Business Resilience, Privacy, Cyber Defence & Security Testing and Records Management. Responsibilities Stay up to date on cyber security news and cyber-attack trends, while offering suggestions to keep the company environment secure Investigate and resolve security threats reported by employees Assist the Information Security Office with day-to-day activities Collaborate with internal teams including Application Development, Infrastructure, IT Communication, Privacy/Data Governance and Marketing/Communications As assigned, participate in various Information Security projects Adhere to technology standards and follow documented procedures Establish and maintain effective working relationships with peers and end users Assist with task automation and process improvement Prepare Documentation and Reports for use by EHI internal stakeholders Qualifications Must be a current MSc student looking to undertake an industrial placement year Good knowledge of Microsoft Office applications – Word, Excel & PowerPoint Excellent verbal and written communications skills Excellent time management skills and punctuality Ability to prioritise work and meet timelines Self motivated and self disciplined Additional Information Please do let us know about any accommodations you may need to participate in the recruitment process; contact our Talent Acquisition Specialist Georgina Crockford. Application Deadline : 30th October 2018 (this is subject to change, early applications are wholly encouraged) Assessment Centre Date : 26th November 2018, Egham, Surrey. (This assessment date is fixed) Hours : 40 per week Salary : £22,000.00 per annum Duration : The internship will run from August 2019 to August 2020 We accept applications for our Placement Programme from university students that are due to take undertake a placement year starting summer 2019, regardless of university attended and subjects being studied. Our assessment is only based on how you perform against the competencies that are required for your role. How to Apply We take great care in our recruitment process to find the ideal candidate. But it’s not all about us; we want you to have the chance to find out what we’re all about. The first step is our application form, which takes about 30 minutes to complete. As well as telling us lots about you, it helps us identify the kind of competencies in you that we look for in our placement students. If your application is successful one of our Talent Acquisition team will be in contact to arrange a competency based telephone interview. Finally, you will be invited to attend one of our assessment days. Through the day, you’ll tackle a number of exercises designed around life at Enterprise. Don’t worry – it’s not too formal and most of our applicants agree it’s a great platform for you to shine. It’s also a chance to meet some of the people you’ll be working with as well as our current interns.
          Underground Telecommunications Laborers - MasTec Utility Services - Guernsey, WY      Cache   Translate Page      
MasTec – Utility Services' activities include the installation, maintenance and upgrade of communication and utility infrastructure, including but not limited...
From MasTec Utility Services - Mon, 17 Sep 2018 19:01:59 GMT - View all Guernsey, WY jobs
          Commentaires sur Bénin/Gaston Zossou à Boni Yayi : “Quand on a gaspillé hier ce qu’on doit manger aujourd’hui, il est normal qu’on soit embarrassé” par Doris      Cache   Translate Page      
Faut il lui réponde? Ce n'est pas la peine. Il faut juste être entrain de bien manger pour comparer l'incomparable. L'appréciation ne vient pas du danseur mais du jury(le peuple). Je ne peux pas encore apprécier le gouvernement actuel, car la fin vaut mieux que le commencement. Mais le gouvernement où il a été ministre et celui de Yayi, on peut voir la nette différence. Et disons-nous la vérité, qui de l'actuel n'a pas été dans le passé? C'est le slogan qui a changé sinon que les mêmes sont là avec la répétition du système. Yayi se serait tu, on dira qu'il en a l'auteur de tout ce qui se passe, Yayi parle on dit qu'il n'en pas le droit car il en est l'auteur. Ce qui est marrant et dont je ne m'en souviens pas c'est quand est-ce que Yayi et son équipe ont tant insulté et critiqué le gouvernement qui les a précédé, malgré les dettes internationales, les arriérés de salaire des fonctionnaires, le manque d'infrastructures scolaires, sanitaires, routières, universitaires, de communication, etc dans lequel végétait le Bénin. Mais aujourd'hui, les critiques, les insultes, les règlements de compte semble remplacer la construction du citoyens et de la cité qui a été promise au peuple et dont il a vraiment soif.
          Commentaires sur Bénin/Œuvre  Social : La fondation Claudine Talon met en service des infrastructures  dans quatre communes du Bénin  par jennifercosulluela      Cache   Translate Page      
La fondation ASG en faire plus sans etre au pouvoir
          Senior Network Analyst - Autodata Solutions - London, ON      Cache   Translate Page      
Analyze, recommend and implement solutions related to network infrastructure and security. We thank all applicants for their interest however only those...
From Autodata Solutions - Fri, 05 Oct 2018 19:26:09 GMT - View all London, ON jobs
          Whistler, Squamish vote to ask provincial government to implement motor fuel tax      Cache   Translate Page      
Regional governments plan to write a letter asking for the tax Both the Resort Municipality of Whistler and the District of Squamish have thrown their weight behind a Squamish-Lillooet Regional District (SLRD) call for a motor fuel tax in the Sea to Sky region to help pay for regional transit. The motion instructs staff from the SLRD to write a letter to the Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure Claire Trevena and Minister of Finance Carole James.…
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CITY COUNCIL Tom Fischer Age: 54 What qualifies you to hold this position? Having served four years as a council member and six years as a planning commissioner, I have gained a strong understanding of local government infrastructure. I also have a business degree from the University of St. Thomas and more than 20 years […]
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NC-Morrisville, Cisco Engineering IT is seeking a senior infrastructure engineer to lead architecture, implementation, and operation of multi-cloud infrastructure resources. We are building and operating a large-scale multi-cloud Docker container-as-a-service platform based on Rancher and RancherOS. Our mission is to provide the best end-user-experience possible with customized platform capabilities.The ideal can
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NC-Morrisville, A Fortune 500 Telecommunications company's Continuous Integration and Delivery team in RTP is looking for an experienced DevOps Engineer to help with development, automation, and support of their CI/CD infrastructure and services. This team is a fast-paced group that is working to modernize and evolve development workflows in engineering with modern, cloud-native tools and processes. The ideal can
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CA-San Mateo, Sr. Infrastructure Engineer Direct Hire/Permanent Salary: Open and Based on Experience San Mateo, CA The Senior Infrastructure Engineer position is responsible for the development of Server, Network, SAN Storage, and Cloud-based system architectures, ensuring detailed and well tested design of highly reliable, safe, and accurate system architecture, and leading the development of test methodologie
          Bruce Arthur: Canada might have to rescue the Winter Olympics      Cache   Translate Page      

Not to put too much pressure on Canada, especially given the current state of the neighbours, but it may be up to us to save the Olympics. Not the movement itself, of course. There are lots of Canadians like Beckie Scott and Dick Pound and others who are fighting the good fight on existential underpinnings like doping. And thank goodness for them.

But for the moment they appear to have lost that fight. In some ways, the Olympics don’t want to be saved.

When it comes to the 2026 Winter Games, though, Canada may be the only hope. There are only three potential bids, which the International Olympic Committee approved Tuesday: Milan and Cortina D’Ampezzo in Italy (which could be the last Winter Games in central Europe ever, if you think about it), Stockholm in Sweden (plus some sliding in Latvia), and Calgary (plus some events in Whistler, B.C.). Turkey, the autocratic bid, was dropped last week. You know what they say about scapegoat-based autocratic populism these days: they can’t win ’em all.

The IOC, meanwhile, insists there is no Plan B, which is the kind of thing you say when you have great options, right? Salt Lake City is definitely not just sitting there, ready to be an emergency Olympic host and give NBC two straight chances to make the most patriotic possible pile of time zone-friendly money.

But other than a last-ditch Mormon option, or maybe Barcelona, Canada appears to be the safest harbour left. The IOC was effusive, of course. Vice-president Juan Antonio Samaranch Jr. said in the IOC Session in Buenos Aires, “People might say that we only have three candidates. But let me tell you, we do have three candidates … that are extraordinary.” Of Calgary he said, “Calgary is a very big city, Canada is a very developed country, and they can do that any day of the week. There is no problem there.” Of Italy he said, “No doubt they can do the Games.” Of Sweden he said, “Again, it’s a very attractive concept.”

“Any of the three would be a good, trustworthy partner for us. Legacy, guaranteed everywhere. Legacy, I repeat, guaranteed,” Samaranch said. “Nothing that would come out of ’26 would make us feel ashamed in ’46.”

Read more:

Calgary one of three cities remaining in bid race to host 2026 Winter Olympics

Opinion | Bob Hepburn: Why Toronto should bid for the 2024 Olympics

Experts question Calgary BidCo’s claims on economic benefits of Olympics

Very comforting. Toronto has successfully dodged this kind of question, because bids are hard, and getting trickier. The IOC had real trouble in 2022, which went to Beijing because the other option was Kazakhstan, which would have been the modern wagon-and-yak Olympics. Democracies dropped out of winter bidding because people have realized the Olympic Games cost a lot of money and leave you with exotic infrastructure investments whose usefulness expires with the Games. The last three Games — in Sochi, Russia, Rio de Janeiro, and Pyeongchang, South Korea — all left expensive and unwanted leftover behind.

But this time, democracies are back! Well, sort of. After every glowing review of a candidate, Samaranch would sigh and say, “politics.” In Sweden they are still sorting out the recent elections, but to this point there has been almost no government support for the bid. In Italy, it was supposed to be a three-city deal, and then Turin exited, so they are working with a plan that was literally reworked last month.

And Calgary will hold that Nov. 13 plebiscite with no vocal support from the mayor, the premier or the federal government. Still, Canada may be the best bet. Robert Livingstone, the Toronto-based journalist for GamesBids.com, predicted this was how the bidding would come out a year ago, and thinks Calgary has the best chance.

“I think the IOC really wants Europe, if available, with priority on Sweden,” he says. “Calgary wins if it’s the only city left in the race. Which could well happen, if the plebiscite goes ‘yes.’ ”

So will it? The IOC showed a very simple video that extolled the all-too-neat economics of the new Olympics, claiming it will be profitable and clean and will make your children want to exercise. Samaranch said “it’s our job to go out and make people understand that the inspiration, the good things the Olympic Games bring to a community, come with no significant financial risks to that community.”

No significant financial risks! None! It felt like he was selling insurance.

And as the IOC was extolling the new, cheaper, less monolithic New Norm process to keep the cost and negative impact of bidding down, a report from Japan’s board of audit said the Tokyo 2020 bid will cost up to $25 billion (U.S.), up from $7.3 billion (U.S.) in 2013.

The IOC contested this, saying some of the items put under the Olympic umbrella shouldn’t be counted. But as The Associated Press reported, some of the items under dispute included “barrier-free facilities for Paralympic athletes, training programs for volunteers, and advertising and tourism plans.” Also, the audit also said the budget did not include, uh, security costs. Or upgrading the existing buildings that will used during the Games. Or running the doping lab. Well, maybe that’s optional, now.

In Calgary, meanwhile, the security budget is two-thirds that of Vancouver 2010, which seems like the tip of an accounting iceberg. So the people of Calgary will have to decide on the same essential question every non-autocratic nation has to answer: How much do you trust the IOC? Experience would tell you, not much, right? Not much.

But Italy is rickety and Sweden ain’t Eden, and the IOC is sweet-talking promises like never before. Canada might be needed to save the Olympics. Unless the good people of Calgary decide that for all the promises, it’s not worth saving at all.


          Sr. Programmer Analyst - Betco Corporation, LTD - Bowling Green, OH      Cache   Translate Page      
Works with the infrastructure team to make changes in physical hardware configurations to improve and optimize security and performance....
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          Site Supervisor - Facilities Maintenance - EDGE Jobs North - Rankin Inlet, NU      Cache   Translate Page      
ATCO Structures & Logistics values diversity. ATCO Frontec has more than 65 years’ experience providing complete infrastructure solutions to customers worldwide...
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ATCO Structures & Logistics values diversity. ATCO Frontec has more than 65 years’ experience providing complete infrastructure solutions to customers worldwide...
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          Як ми робили проект з digital transformation, або Про розуміння клієнта      Cache   Translate Page      

Мабуть, я не відкрию великої таємниці, якщо скажу: коли вам обіцяють, що проект простий і ви тихенько зробите його за три місяці, не вірте. Краще множте терміни у 3-5 разів. Запасайте декалітри кави. Набирайтесь терпіння. Готуйтеся до пригод із документацією. Якщо обіцянки справдяться, то раніше відпочинете. А як ні — будете морально загартовані.

Отже, я працюю System Architect у EPAM Ukraine. Нещодавно ми успішно завершили проект з digital transformation однієї голландської компанії. Як ви вже, певно, здогадалися з попереднього абзацу, «успішно» не означає «просто». Розкажу, як ми допомогали трансформувати бізнес і міксували DevOps best practices з мистецтвом комунікацій.

Передісторія

Наш замовник — B2B-постачальник повнофункціональних метеорологічних рішень. Простіше кажучи, вони продають опрацьовані метеорологічні дані, в тому числі у вигляді гарних картинок, які ми потім дивимося у прогнозах на ТБ.

Спочатку було три різні компанії у трьох різних країнах. Потім голландці забрали дві інші під своє крило. І вже тоді встигли створити собі задачку на майбутнє. Головна компанія не стала перебудовувати інфраструктуру своїх надбань і залишила її, як є. Так само, як і людей. Новоутворений холдинг став схожий на клаптикову ковдру, де кожен шматок займався чимось своїм, а з іншими скріплявся грубими стібками. Через це, звичайно, виникало багато проблем із міграцією даних. Зокрема, з тією швейцарською компанією, яка згодом потрапила до нас у вигляді проекту.

Система підрозділу, який відповідав за збір метеорологічних даних, дуже складна. У їхню інфраструктуру потрапляють необроблені дані відразу з п’яти потоків. А три різні бази даних інфраструктури, до прикладу, були підключені до одного програмного забезпечення, яке в свою чергу підключене до іншого.

Дата-центр підрозділу обробляє сирі дані та розподіляє їх на два окремих продукти: дані з малюнками та анімацією, що продаються клієнтам, та відео із прогнозом погоди. А ще ж є показники, які отримують із супутників та метеорологічних станцій.

Справа в тому, що навіть після юридичного об’єднання ця підкомпанія продовжувала жити своїм життям. Вони розміщували інфраструктуру в дата-центрі буквально навпроти офісу, причому за шалені гроші. Тільки ISP коштував компанії сотні тисяч євро. А щомісячна плата складала десятки тисяч євро плюс додаткові витрати на його підтримку.

Життя новоутворених холдингів бентежне, але бізнес є бізнес. І наш майбутній замовник вирішив, що хоче не просто продавати метеорологічні дані, а створювати круті продукти на їхній основі. Наприклад, уточнювати та гіперлокалізувати прогнози до масштабу майже 2 на 2 км. Але перш ніж братися за інновації, необхідно було укріпити тили і навести лад у back-end. Для цього CTO замовника запустив програму Cost Saving. Її мета — через вихід у хмару відмовитися від інфраструктури, розкиданої по різних дата-центрах і зекономити кількасот тисяч доларів на рік. Причому то мав бути не лише перенос, а і грамотна оптимізація. Із цією задачкою вони прийшли в EPAM.

Неприємні сюрпризи

Проект потрапив до мене як терміновий. З клієнтом уже були попередні домовленості, залишалося розставити крапки над «і» та починати працювати.

Спочатку на проект виділили три місяці. Я поїхав до замовника, і його CTO відразу мене заспокоїв: «Не переживай, у нас кейс простий. Є дорогий дата-центр у Швейцарії, і нам треба швиденько перенести все, що там є, у клауд і таким чином зрізати кости». Він називав це «shift & lift». Я зрадів, але сказав: «Давайте подивимось». І почав дивитися.

Тут почалися сюрпризи.

З невідомих нам причин стейкхолдери почали залишати швейцарський дата-центр, у якому вони працювали і в якому утримувався шматок компанії. Пішов і CTO, замість нього взяли нову людину, яка тільки переймала справи. Переносити інфраструктуру без тестування було неможливо. Обіцяний «shift & lift» залишився у моїх мріях — людей, які могли щось розповісти, ставало все менше. До того ж нас чекав цілий букет із старого заліза, legacy-систем та рішень.

Оцінивши ситуацію, я зрозумів, що в три місяці ми не вкладемося. Зібрав команду із 7 людей. Ми по маленьких шматочках почали збирати інформацію щодо організації інфраструктури і вибудували часткову структуру. Але зіштовхнулися з однією великою проблемою — монолітністю: варто відключити один сервіс, помирають усі інші.

Щоб зрозуміти, що коїться із сервісами, необхідно було зрозуміти, звідки почати. Ми довго крутилися, зняли снепшоти з усіх існуючих машин, намагалися збагнути, що і як працює всередині, але даремно. Люди, які могли щось пояснити, то звільнялися, то йшли у відпустку або мало відповідали.

Ми зрозуміли, що чекати допомоги немає звідки. Треба було робити повний реверс інжиніринг.

Пробиваючи стіни

Через людський фактор ми мали найбільше веселощів. Так як у компанії офіційно оголосили digital transformation, у якому наш проект брав участь, люди думали, что їх просто звільнять після закінчення. І хоча насправді це було не так, ми скрізь натрапляли на «лежачих поліцейських».

У клієнта дуже багато всілякого legacy staff, який вони так і не мігрували у хмару та не автоматизували. Команда, яка займається data flow і сидить на всіх цих legacy, прекрасно розуміла, що ми можемо автоматизувати все, що вони нині роблять руками. І вони стануть просто не потрібні. Хоча в нас і в планах такого не було.

З командою operations виникали інші нюанси. Там є люди, які працюють багато років. І вони не дуже хотіли переїжджати на новий стек технологій Amazon, бо не особливо з ним знайомі. У них у дата-центрі кілька машин працювало на старому Oracle, і перемігрувати його на Amazon повністю вони не захотіли. Мовляв, хай буде, як є. Причина — «тому що ні».

Такий супротив ми зустрічали практично в кожному департаменті, поки не показували, як після міграції все автоматично працює. Врешті-решт, з усіма структурами це допомогло.

Інша причина — був окремий вендор, який займався виключно підтримкою Oracle. Замовник передав їм інструкцію, що необхідно зробити, щоб перенести Oracle. А фактично все зробили ми: підготували машину, засетапили, зробили в Amazon усі правила. Єдине, що зробили люди вендора — інсталювали Oracle и перенесли туди дані. На листування із вендором з поясненнями та переконаннями ми витратили в цілому близько чотирьох місяців.

Останню стінку ми пробивали лобом уже безпосередньо перед закінченням проекту, коли його треба було продовжити, щоб нормально закінчити та передати. Для цього нам дали ще одну частину інфраструктури. Це називалося broadcasting — коли картинки накладаються шарами один на інший, і завдяки даним повністю вимальовується прогноз погоди. На цьому етапі проект виглядав безхмарним, а ми були налаштовані оптимістично. Проблем ми не очікували, адже спілкувалися із knowledge keeper, який охоче ділився інформацією та обіцяв невдовзі передати всі необхідні дані.

Та скоро наш оптимізм погас. Knowledge keeper став невловим Джо, а обіцяні дані ми так і не отримали. Наша команда намагалася заходити з різних сторін, щоб отримати необхідну інформацію, якої не вистачало, та наші спроби розбила перевантаженість замовника. Як результат, фейлили дедлайни. Врешті, ми передали цю частину проекту фактично та практично готовою, але не переключеною до кінця в продакшин.

Смішно, але тут ми знову зустрілися з вендором по Oracle. Незважаючи на те, що один раз ми їх уже «перемогли», історія повторилася. Уявіть собі e-mail thread на 4-5 моніторів (у згорнутому виді). Отакий у нас був діалог по маленькій справі. Але ми люди терплячі, розуміли, що працюємо з різними людьми. І повільно, але впевнено все це рухали.

3 -> 6 -> 15

Ми поділили команду на шари: хтось займається скриптами, хтось — даними, хтось — потоками. Щоб покрити ризики всередині хоча б нашої команди, ми робили свої внутрішні сесії, де ділилися один з одним, хто що знає, як що працює. І все документували. Це допомогло підстраховувати один одного, коли хтось ішов у відпустку або був відсутній за сімейними обставинами.

Урешті-решт, ми знайшли, куди йдуть дані, і з цієї ниточки почали «розслідування». Оскільки компанія заробляє на постачанні консолідованих і оброблених даних, наша команда розбиралася саме з data flow. На цьому етапі було дуже важливо показати клієнту, що в нас є експертиза, що ми можемо з цим розібратися (до речі, за рахунок досвіду команда наша була в два рази менше, ніж та, яку зазвичай будують на таких проектах).

Коли ми повністю розібрали топологію мережі і те, що коїться в їхньому швейцарському дата-центрі, клієнт нам повірив.

Я одразу говорив, що це не буде просто і забере мінімум рік. Завжди давав апдейти, ходив на transformation-мітинги до клієнта. Розповідав усе, як є. Тому нам подовжували проект. Початковий контракт збільшили до півроку, а потім одразу ще на півроку.

Технології

Для Infrastructure-as-a-Code ми використовували SparkIFormation, для automated provisioning (CM) — Puppet, тому що він уже був присутній, але працював лише для створення юзерів і не був допрацьований у тому масштабі, щоб його можна було використовувати повноцінно.

Для моніторингу ми використовували Icinga. Для трекання карток беклогів — Trello плюс Confluence для зберігання даних та knowledge transfer. Для деплойментів — Jenkins та Bamboo. Бази даних у них були MySQL, ми перенесли їх в Amazon RDS. Також був Oracle, який ми теж перенесли та автоматизували (не без пригод, як я згадував трохи вище).

Результати

Проект закінчено у серпні. Ми переключили все на структуру Amazon. Повністю автоматизували все в DevOps best practices. Зробили повний reverse engineering до рівня бібліотек. Перемістили та перейшли на AWS, впровадили сучасний технологічний потік, зменшили ризики інфраструктури. Зробили так, як початково і хотів замовник: однією кнопкою все (або частина інфраструктури) піднімається та опускається. Ми залишили Disaster recovery plan, все задокументували і зробили knowledge transfer сесії.

Як я казав вище, за старий дата-центр компанія платила десятки тисяч євро на місяць плюс додаткові ресурси на підтримку. Після виходу в продакшн через півроку клієнт почне окупати інвестиції. Нам вдалося скоротити витрати в чотири рази. Також клієнт забув про головний біль мануальної роботи.

У цьому проекті величезну роль відіграла вся наша команда. І те, що ми всі разом працювали як один злагоджений механізм, дало нам можливість досягнути результатів, про які я зараз розповідаю. Не відкрию велику таємницю, коли скажу, що над командою теж треба працювати — створювати комфортні умови, ділитися знаннями, давати повне розуміння ситуації та підтримувати і мотивувати. Те ж саме треба вибудовувати і в стосунках із клієнтом. У нашій ситуації дуже важливо було знайти взаєморозуміння з клієнтом, а з самого початку це було достатньо складно. До нас приглядались, мовчали, говорили: «Ну, може бути». Треба було показувати результат, причому дуже хороший.

Один головний висновок

Треба зрозуміти клієнта.

Поділюся своїми трьома порадами у роботі з клієнтами, які я виніс з цього проекту:

1. Ставте себе на місце клієнта

Причому треба зрозуміти саме того клієнтського представника, з яким працюєш безпосередньо — власну точку контакту. Щоб побудувати з ним комунікаційний місток, треба зазирнути в його професійні бажання та страхи. А для повної картини — спілкуватися з людьми, які працюють у цій компанії. Це може звучати банально, але іноді банальностей треба просто дотримуватися — така собі дисципліна комунікацій, яка, як на мене, ні одній команді ще не зашкодила.

2. Дослідіть бізнес клієнта та слідкуйте за змінами

Треба розуміти всі процеси компанії, щоб зрозуміти, чому сталося саме так, хто винний і що робити. Іноді необхідно охопити значно ширші області. Наприклад, оцінити глобальне місце компанії на ринку, стан акцій, нещодавні угоди, загальне інформаційне поле. Можливо, це дасть підказки, які важелі саме зараз дадуть результат.

3. Інтегруйтесь у команду клієнта по максимуму

Щоб зрозуміти, що коїться з компанією-клієнтом, я спілкувався з різними менеджерами, які мали відношення до акаунту. Розпитував, знаходив кінці, вибудовував ланцюжки. Спілкувався з делівері-менеджером — він давав багато підказок, з ким як говорити, з ким можна, з ким не варто. Спілкувався із сусідньою командою сапорту і підтягнув її, щоб мотивувати її і їм було веселіше. Якщо зовсім чесно, ми з початку намагалися врахувати ризики, коли ми завершимо проект. Так і вийшло: ми пішли, а knowledge keepers залишилися, бо були залучені в цей процес.


Наостанок наголошу — communication skill дуже допомагає. Треба думати, розвиватися і дивитися ширше. Це бажано, якщо ви плануєте рости професійно. І абсолютно необхідно, якщо вже займаєте якусь координаційну роль у команді чи проекті. У такому випадку всі ниточки мають бути у вас у кулаці.


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Analysts at Westpac noted that The US Congress holds midterm elections on 6 November.

Key Quotes:

"The Republican party controls both houses. Democrats are hoping to break their grip on the levers of power. Markets should take an "as expected" outcome in their stride but midterms always produce surprises so markets and AUD could be whippy around the results."

What are the midterms?

"The US holds midterm congressional elections on Tuesday 6 November. Midterm elections are held every four years, at the halfway point between presidential elections. All 435 seats in the House and 35 of 100 Senate seats face re-election. (House members serve two-year terms with the entire chamber facing re-election at the same time while Senators serve staggered six-year terms with 1/3 up for re-election every two years)."

What’s at stake?

"While midterms usually garner much less interest than presidential elections there has been a surge in voter turnout in primaries and special elections ahead of November elections.

Midterms are typically viewed as a referendum on the president and the current presidency is among the more divisive in an already deeply polarised electorate.

Republicans controls both houses. Trump’s ability govern over the next two years hinge on the midterms. Prospects for the Republican party in the House are thought to be decidedly weak with polls, fundraising, history and Trump’s low approval rating all pointing to heavy losses. However, the Senate looks much safer for Republicans.

Taking back one or both chambers would give Democrats a louder voice in setting the legislative agenda, though the President’s veto powers would constrain them from reversing his policies.

While much of Trump's agenda for the economy has already been implemented the prospects for an extension of tax cuts, infrastructure and more deregulation hinge on the midterms.

Winning the House would give Democrats oversight power and authority to create “select committees”. A Democrat majority would likely pursue numerous controversies including Russian meddling and Trump’s personal finances. Impeachment risks are high under a Democrat led House, potentially unsettling markets, though the need for a two thirds majority in the Senate would thwart any serious attempt."
 


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Alberta Premier Rachel Notley announced recently that the province will be “moving ahead with community benefit agreements to ensure public infrastructure investments benefit Alberta workers and local communities.” She appears to be following in B.C....
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CANBERRA – Starting a new life in Australia might not come with views of the Sydney Opera House or surfing at Sydney’s Bondi Beach with the government considering a ban on some immigrants from settling in big cities. Minister for Cities, Urban Infrastructure and Population Alan Tudge said Tuesday that his government wants to cut […]

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          'The gulf between apps and infrastructure is blurring' says boss of DevOps darling Puppet      Cache   Translate Page      

Code automation biz waves its big data yardstick

DevOps biz Puppet held a stage show in San Francisco on Tuesday, because that's how IT vendors get attention these days. It's a rite of passage for Silicon Valley companies of a certain size.…


          And Now Back To Our Regular Program: Post Kavanaugh Infrastructure Week      Cache   Translate Page      
Senatorial candidate/incumbent Dean Heller (R-NV) was pleased to tweet Justice Kavanaugh was confirmed.  Not that the confirmation was a major surprise.  The Senate Judiciary Committee Republicans didn’t want to investigate his background, the White House didn’t want to investigate his … Continue reading
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[Updated] “Let’s get the staff and infrastructure in place to ensure this new standards based system is put in place and is positively functioning,” Shadow Education Minister Cole Simons said. Mr  Simons said, “It has come to my attention that some teachers are promoting students to the next grade levels in English and Mathematics only […]

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          Project Manager - York Region - Newmarket, ON      Cache   Translate Page      
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CircleID CircleID: Alphabet Inc.’s Google has announced that it will not compete for the Pentagon’s cloud-computing contract with an estimated value of $10 billion; says the project may conflict with its corporate values on artificial intelligence. Aaron Gregg reporting in the Washington Post: "The contract, known as the Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure, or JEDI for short, calls for a massive cloud-computing infrastructure that can handle classified U.S. military data and enable new defense capabilities. Bids are due Oct. 12. In a statement to The Washington Post, Google said it is dropping its bid for ethical reasons and because it lacked certain government certifications."

According to Tech Workers Coalition, an advocate for giving employees a say in technology company decisions, Google’s decision to withdraw from the cloud competition was due to pressure from thousands of workers, not AI principles. Tweeted today: "Google had every intention of bidding for, and possibly winning, the JEDI contract. They spent considerable resources and hours of top executive time courting military officials to do exactly this. They only dropped out due to sustained employee pressure."
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          Press Conference with the Minister for Health and the Minister for Senior Australians & Aged Care      Cache   Translate Page      

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PRIME MINISTER: I’m very pleased to be joined by the Minister for Health Greg Hunt and the Minister for Senior Australians and Aged Care Ken Wyatt. We’re here to announce today the Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety. Just over three weeks ago, I announced together with Greg and with Ken our intention to go forward to establish this Royal Commission. Since then, we have undertaken a very extensive consultation process and I want to thank the more than 5,100 Australians who have engaged with us over the last several weeks as we have worked together, together to form this terms of reference to drive this inquiry. I also had the opportunity, as Ken and Greg did, to meet with many of the sector representatives and many of those stakeholders right across the sector to ensure we had a very keen understanding of the priorities that needed to be addressed as we brought this Royal Commission together.

So I am pleased today to announce the Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety has been formally established by the Governor General. I am also very pleased to announce that the commissioners, the Honourable Justice Joseph McGrath and Ms Lynelle Griggs AO have been appointed by the Governor General to lead this important task. Both these individuals have had an enormous volume of experience, an exemplary record of Australian public service throughout their careers, in their respective fields and I am very grateful that they have taken up the invitation to undertake this very important task. They will need to determine the full extent of the problems in aged care and to understand how we can meet the challenges and the opportunities of delivering aged care services now and into the future. This is very much looking at what has happened, but it is also very much about understanding what needs to be done into the future. It is a very future-focused Royal Commission, but we are going to learn from the mistakes and the problems of the past as well.

The Commission will be required to submit their final report to the Governor General no later than, and I stress no later than, the 30th of April 2020, and to provide an interim report no later than the 31st of October 2019. Of course, if the Royal Commission is in a position to provide an earlier report if they believe that they are in a position to do so.

Our Government is committed to providing older Australians with access to care that supports their well-being, the dignity that they deserve, the choices that they are seeking, the comfort and the assurance that their families demand when it comes to making the biggest decision, often, that they have to make about the care of someone they love so deeply. And we need to do it in a way which recognises the contribution of those Australians who are being cared for. Their commitment over a lifetime as an Australian to our community and the service that they have provided. The Royal Commission will be the first step in re-establishing the trust that loved ones will be treated with dignity and respect.

The Royal Commission will be based in Adelaide, but it will also undertake hearings around the country. It will also have the opportunity to take evidence over video and other formats to ensure that people have the opportunity to participate in this very important Royal Commission. We will also recognize, at the end of the day, this is what it is really all about, and this is the major feedback that we have had over the last few weeks as we have consulted, as I said, more than 5,100 Australians. And that is that we need to establish a national culture of respect for senior Australians and Australians as they age. It’s that culture of respect that actually ensures that people are treated with dignity and the care that they deserve.

Now I know right across the sector, as does Ken and as does Greg, we have people working in aged care facilities, caring for young Australians with disabilities living in a residential aged care environment. Those providing in-home care services which are all covered by the terms of reference that we released today. We know that they work hard to provide exactly that care. But we also know that there are too many instances where that has not occurred. So we want to commend those who get up every day and work in our residential aged care facilities and provide that deep loving care that they do every single day they go to work. And I know that they would want, they would want, that all those who they support can have the confidence that all of their friends and all of their families can have confidence about the level of support and care that is provided in our aged care facilities.

So this is an important inquiry, we are very pleased to be in a position that we can do it. I think the country is going to have to brace itself for some difficult stories, some difficult circumstances, some difficult experiences. But that’s part of this process of the Royal Commission, to confront these stories honestly and to confront them in a way that helps us learn, to ensure that they are not repeated in the future. And at the end of the day, the national culture of respect for senior Australians and Australians as they age can become something that as a key outcome, a key product, a key deliverable of undertaking this very important task. I’m going to ask Greg to make a few points about the terms of reference. It mirrors very much what was first outlined a few weeks ago, but there are important additions to that as we have gone through the consultation process and I will also ask Ken to make a few remarks. Thank you. Greg.

MINISTER FOR HEALTH, THE HON GREG HUNT MP: Thanks very much, Prime Minister. This Royal Commission is about respecting and protecting older Australians. As Scott said, ultimately, it is about helping to build a national culture of respect for ageing and our senior Australians, and if we can achieve that, then everything else will follow. So in a way, this could be the most important legacy of everything that we do. By helping to build and helping to foster that culture of respect. In terms of the Royal Commission itself, the commissioners, Justice Joseph McGrath from the Supreme Court of Western Australia, and Lynelle Briggs, former public service Commissioner, former head of Medicare, distinguished career in public service but also now operating within the private sector as well, will bring a fearless and a frank approach. They have been selected, not just because of their history, not just because of their capabilities, but because they will bring a culture of caring and concern, but a frank and fearless approach to the findings that they will make. So now it falls to them to hear the stories, to listen to the concerns of families, to be the custodians of care and concern and future protection for older Australians.

We know, as the Prime Minister says, there will be some difficult times and some difficult stories, but above all else, this is about the future and laying out a foundation for the years to come. That is why the terms of reference are deliberately broad. They deal in particular with the quality and safety in relation to any examples of substandard care, how best to deliver care services, how best to deliver for the increasing number of Australians with dementia. The future challenges and opportunities for delivering accessible and affordable high-quality care. What the government and the aged sector community can do in relation to ensuring quality and safety, allowing people greater choice and control, best delivering services through innovative care and investment and in particular noting the importance of providing options for young people with disabilities who have been placed in an aged care environment and there is also the broad power for the commissioners to examine any matter that they believe are relevant to their inquiries. So they have an area of focus, but they are not constrained in the areas that they can examine as part of that.

So ultimately, this Commission has come about because of the concerns of the Government and the public because of the needs of the present and the importance of planning for the future, but if, at the end of the day, it contributes not just to better care, but a stronger national culture, then it will have been an abiding legacy of decades and generations to come.

MINISTER FOR SENIOR AUSTRALIANS & AGED CARE, THE HON KEN WYATT MP: Thank you very much. This Royal Commission has come about because our Government has listened. We have listened to the families who have been affected, we’ve been listening to those on the ground who have expressed their views. What we want is an aged care sector that is viable and is strong well into the future. A workforce that is trained to meet the needs of people who live not in residential care but in their homes, who have the level of support that is provided.

Geographically, we are a diverse nation. We are a nation of diverse people and in the context of the work that the Royal Commission will undertake, then they will consider the matters that are raised with them by the public during the consultation process. Our Government has been committed to building a stronger and better aged care sector for those who choose to live at home and for those who choose to go into residential aged care. And working with the structures and the structural reforms that are needed, this will give all Australian families a high degree of certainty that the quality of care that is provided in any setting in which they find a loved one will give them the assurance that they will live a quality lifestyle but live with the certainty of knowing that the wrap around services that they need to give them a safe sense of living will be provided into the future.

So I’m looking forward to the work being undertaken, and I certainly thank the Prime Minister for announcing this Royal Commission, which will give Australians greater certainty around aged care.

PRIME MINISTER: Thank you Ken. Well thank you also to Greg and Ken for the great job they’ve done in pulling this together and now the work gets on with it. Happy to take questions on this, let's stay with the Royal Commission at first. I'm sure there are a few other items of the day that we can cover on politics but on aged care?

JOURNALIST: This interim report by 31 October next year, is that enough time?

PRIME MINISTER: I would think so, but again, as is the case with any of these matters, if more time is required, more time will be given. That will be something that will be determined by the Royal Commissioners themselves. Having just announced it, I wouldn’t want to be prejudging those sorts of things. I think that they will get about the task and as is the case always with these sorts of inquiries, if more time is needed or requested, more time is given.

JOURNALIST: Does the Government anticipate that it will implement all the recommendations that are made by this Commission?

PRIME MINISTER: Well again, I’m not going to prejudge the inquiry I think it’s important- I mean we wouldn't be commissioning such an inquiry, if we didn't have such an intention to listen carefully as to what the outcomes and recommendations of the Royal Commission are. That’s why you commission a Royal Commission of this nature.

So, I look forward to it. I look forward to it because I think this will be a watershed in dealing with one of those most difficult of challenges that we have as a society. We are an ageing society like many other countries around the world and demands on our aged care system are changing. This as an important part of the inquiry, I really want this point to be made; it isn't just about the terrible incidents and the neglect and the abuse that have occurred, it’s about how we are going to deal with this problem and this challenge into the future.

More people thankfully are being able to make decisions to remain in their home for longer. That means as they enter into the residential aged care system, their needs are more acute. Last week I was with David Coleman, down in Hurstville and I was talking to leaders of the Chinese community. We are seeing whole cohorts of people from different ethnic groups in Australia now, who have come out in their 20s and 30s and helped build this country and they are now very much moving into the aged care sector. There are particular needs for those types of communities. So, you know, our country is ageing and that brings with it great challenges. What we need to ensure is that culture of respect and that dignity is provided to those senior Australians as they age.

JOURNALIST: There have been some concerns that some of the current reforms will be put on hold or delayed? For example the establishment of the Quality and Safety Commission.

PRIME MINISTER: No they won’t be. We’ll be moving ahead with all of those.

JOURNALIST: So the Commission will be established on the 1st of January next year?

PRIME MINISTER: We will be pushing ahead with all of those, it’s important. Look, the Royal Commission is of course important and it is in addition to all of the things we have already initiated. All of the additional funding we’re already providing and we will be getting on with our job as a Government to deliver quality aged services around the country. The Royal Commissioners will be getting on with their job independently, looking into these issues now and how they’re going to  apply into the future.

MINISTER FOR HEALTH: And in fact, we have just passed legislation to review standards as well as having introduced legislation for the quality and safety commission.

JOURNALIST: If you wanted to encourage good people to join this workforce, is there going to be any financial incentives to help people work in the aged care sector?

PRIME MINISTER: I think these are one of the many issues that will be canvassed by the Royal Commissioners over the course of the inquiry. It’s workforce issues, it’s capability, it’s training, it’s sustainability. They have been the subject of previous inquiries and there have been some mixed recommendations that have come from those. So this is another opportunity I think to test what is really needed here and I’m looking forward to those outcomes as well. Anything else on aged care?

JOURNALIST: Just one last one, will the commission be looking at staffing ratios as part of it’s-?

PRIME MINISTER: Well the general issues of the workforce and how it’s engaging in the sector are covered in the terms of reference. So to the extent that the Royal Commission wants to address those issues, they’re able to do that through their terms of reference.

JOURNALIST: Just on banking today Prime Minister, they’re talking about additional compensation as well as repayment for customers who are mistreated or overcharged. Can you just expand on that and how you expect any compensation will work?

PRIME MINISTER: Well I can’t because they’re not sources from the Government. They’re not reports from the Government, that’s industry scuttlebutt. What the Government has done is set up the Australian Financial Complaints Authority, we have legislated it and its terms and it’s powers and what it plans to do is set out in the legislation. So I must admit, I’m a bit of a loss as to what the source of that other commentary is, because we’ve got another Royal Commission going on into the banking and financial industry currently and if there are reccomendations to come from that that deal with the Australian Financial Complaints Authority, then well and good. But I can’t really comment on something which has not come from the Government and is not currently under consideration by the Government.

JOURNALIST: Can I ask you about population and infrastructure? In 2010 you said it would be disingenuous to suggest keeping migrants in regions would ease congestion in Sydney. Do you still have those views?

PRIME MINISTER: At the time the policy that was being put forward by the Labor Party, I don’t think was really what is being contemplated here by our Government. On the impacts that population has across the country, there are many levers that you can pull. Your migration programme is just one of those.  What I was referring to was migration in isolation being the solution to the system and it’s not, migration is part of a suite of policies that deal with congestion in our cities. That’s why I established a Minister for Population, which was also sitting alongside his responsibilities for Urban Infrastructure, because that is where the solutions to these challenges lay.

The policies that we are looking at carefully, which have been flagged today by Minister Tudge are all about how we align our migration programme with the economic and infrastructure policies of towns, regions and states all around the country. I was down in Tasmania on the weekend and in Tasmania, Premier Hodgman has a population plan. And how we can work in with his plan with the migration programme and our infrastructure programmes and our other policies, is what we are seeking to achieve as a Government. It’s equally true that what we’re talking about here is a very targeted use of our migration powers and our migration programme to ensure that we can direct and encourage those who are coming to the country, initially on a temporary basis and through those nonpermanent visas, to be able to go where there is a need for this labour, where there is a need for population growth and where there is receptivity to it.

I mean this is about actually trying to support, on the ground, the economic and population policies of local communities. It’s about working hand-in-glove with those communities and following their lead and backing them in on the programmes that they have.

JOURNALIST: Will there be extra spending on infrastructure in those regions to accommodate this?

PRIME MINISTER: There already is, that’s the point.

JOURNALIST: More to come?

PRIME MINISTER: This is the point, it’s about ensuring our migration programmes mirror what we’re doing without our infrastructure policies. Now, we’ve got a $75 billion rolling infrastructure program over 10 years, which is rolling out infrastructure all around the country, whether it’s the Midland Highway down in Tasmania or it’s the Northlink over in Perth or wherever it happens to be. And we’re not just talking about regional areas, we’re talking about cities like Adelaide where I know Premier Marshall is very keen, very keen to see population growth increase in South Australia and in Adelaide. I know up in the Northern Territory where Chief Minister Gunner when he was recently in Canberra, was announcing his very strong policy to encourage population growth in the Northern Territory. What we’re seeking to do as a Federal Government, as a national government, is to back in these local state and territory plans. To use the levers we have to realise the objectives which are being set at a local level.

So it’s very targeted, it’s very cooperative, it’s very consultative and it’s using the tools we have to achieve these broader objectives; to reduce congestion in the places which have a congestion problem and to increase economic opportunities in places that are seeking them.

JOURNALIST: If the policy though is going to apply to 45 per cent of the migrants at the most, would you consider introducing caps on say, international students, which does lead to some congestion.

PRIME MINISTER: We’re looking at all of these issues but we’d have to be very careful when it comes to the international education industry, it’s a very significant part of our national economy. It’s a very big part of the Victorian economy as Greg knows in particular.  You carefully consider all of these options but you don't engage in policies which will actually hold our economy back.

We’re for driving our economy forward. The reason we can invest $1 billion and more extra, every year, in aged care, is because as a Government, we’re leading an economy that is growing. An economy, when you grow your economy, when you keep your economy strong, you can afford increases in aged care, you can support additional investment in education and in hospitals, in Medicare. You want a guarantee on Medicare?

The reason we can provide a guarantee on Medicare is because we can grow a stronger economy. We have demonstrated that over the last five years; More than a million Australians have got a job under this government, as we promised they would. We did it before we said that would be achieved, when we first promised it. So whether it’s on jobs or whether it’s on the growth of our economy, that is what is enabling us to guarantee the essential services that Australians rely on. That’s what we will continue to deliver as a Government.

JOURNALIST: In 2010 you said it was false hope to expect immigrants would go to the regions, what has changed?

PRIME MINISTER: That was in terms of permanent residents, and permanent residents can’t, you have no powers under the migration program to direct permanent migrants to live anywhere in the country. But for temporary residents, those on temporary visas, non-permanent visas, then the powers the Commonwealth have are very, very different. I’m sure, I mean I’ve been in this space a long time so I am sure people will look over what I’ve said in the last 10 years. I’m no stranger to this debate, I’ve been part of it for a very long time and I’m very passionate about it. I want us to see our immigration programme work for the strength of Australia. I want to see an immigration programme in Australia that keeps Australians together. I want to see an immigration programme in Australia that Australians are passionate and confident in.

Why did I stop the boats? I stopped the boats because I was concerned not just about the loss of life we had seen, but because the failure of the previous government to control our borders was crashing confidence in immigration in this country. Now our Government changed that. We secured those borders. We have the immigration plans that I believe Australians can be confident in, because we’re listening carefully to those who are being impacted by strong population growth in cities like Melbourne and Sydney. But we are also hearing the voices of those in Perth, in Adelaide, in Darwin, in Hobart, in Devonport or anywhere else around the country, in Wagga for that matter. I was speaking to the Deputy Prime Minister about this only today. Where they have a plan where they believe they can have additional population in those areas and they see it as good for their local economies. So that is the plan we are advancing.

JOURNALIST: Melissa Price says that 90 or so scientists have drawn a long bow in calling for the end to coal power. What’s your interpretation of the report, do you endorse it’s findings?

PRIME MINISTER: We take all reports seriously and we consider all of them and assess those, as you would be expect us to. That report was delivered not to Australia, it was a global report. It didn't contain any recommendations for any actions by Australia. It was making broader observations and Australia is part of that process. But I tell you what I’m about and what our Government’s about; our Government is about keeping our commitments. We have kept our commitments on Kyoto 1 as Greg as the Environment Minister at the time, knows all about. We will complete our commitments and beat them when it comes to Kyoto 2. We will meet our targets out to 2030 as well. We will meet the commitments that we have made. We have the lowest level of emissions per capita now in more than two decades and that is a good result. We had been working to achieve that and we will continue to do that.

But I tell you the other thing we’re going to do; that is we’re going to do everything we can to get electricity prices down. That is what the Minister for getting electricity down, is focused on and that’s Angus Taylor. The Minister for keeping the commitments that we’ve made on the environment is Melissa Price and that’s the job she’s doing. They’re going to do those jobs and they’re both going  to do those jobs as part of our government. Thank you very much.

JOURNALIST: Is the Government considering nuclear energy as part of - ?

PRIME MINISTER: All I said yesterday was that I’ll consider options if they can stand up from an investment point of view. I said nothing, frankly, much further than that. What I would find surprising is the Labor Party would not consider something that if it stacked up on an investment basis and did lower electricity prices, they apparently wouldn’t consider it. I found that actually more amazing.

All the work that has been done on that issue to date has shown that the investment proposals haven’t stacked up and don’t stack up. So that’s where that issue rests from my perspective. But I’m not going to rule out things based on ideology, I’m not going to rule out things based on advocacy. I’m going to consider things that I think will  ensure that we get electricity prices down when it comes to energy and I will always consider things that will help us practically we meet our environmental targets which is incredibly important to all Australians as well. Thanks very much.

JOURNALIST: Just on the Opera House very quickly, 260,000 people have signed a petition against the display of the race. 

PRIME MINISTER: Yep.

JOURNALIST:  Have you misread the electorate on this?

PRIME MINISTER: Look, I respect everybody having their say on this. I had mine, they’ve had theirs. I'm sure we can all respect each other's views on this and I’m sure the Premier, as they considered all that, will ensure that how they go forward with this will the done sensitively and respectively. I suspect in a few weeks’ time we’ll all look back on this a little differently. But look, it’s a free country, we all get to say our piece, I said mine. Everybody else has said theirs. We respect all those views and I’m sure Gladys Berejiklian will handle the issue with the sensitivity it deserves. Thanks very much.


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          Press Releases: Department Press Briefing - October 9, 2018      Cache   Translate Page      
Heather Nauert
Spokesperson
Department Press Briefing
Washington, DC
October 9, 2018



Index for Today's Briefing
  • INDONESIA
  • DEPARTMENT
  • SAUDI ARABIA
  • SAUDI ARABIA/TURKEY
  • MIDDLE EAST PEACE
  • ISRAEL
  • IRAQ
  • NORTH KOREA
  • CHINA
  • UNITED NATIONS
  • CHINA
  • AFGHANISTAN

    TRANSCRIPT:

    3:12 p.m. EDT

    MS NAUERT: Hi, everyone. Good afternoon. Nice to see you all. Okay, a couple announcements to start before we’re able to take a few questions today.

    First, I’d like to address the earthquake and tsunami in Central Sulawesi in Indonesia, and I’d like to say that the United States is coordinating closely with the Government of Indonesia to respond to the earthquake and tsunami that struck there. Since I spoke to you last week, the United States, through USAID, is now providing a total of $3.7 million in assistance through our partners to deliver essential relief items, including shelter kits, blankets, hygiene kits, solar-powered lamps, and other lifesaving aid. USAID is also airlifting heavy-duty plastic sheeting to Indonesia to provide for emergency shelter needs of up to 110,500 people. USAID has deployed a team of disaster experts to coordinate our humanitarian response efforts and is supporting a U.S. Forest Service emergency operations expert who’s on the ground providing technical support to the Government of Indonesia’s disaster response.

    The Department of Defense has provided three C-130s and has already transported nearly 30 – 63 metric tons of disaster relief supplies into the affected areas. The U.S. Government has also provided advanced technologies to help the Government of Indonesia map the disaster area.

    In addition, American companies have also mobilized to respond with financial donations, heavy equipment, transportation, and other humanitarian supplies. The U.S. citizens we were aware of in the affected areas have been evacuated. We have no reports of U.S. citizens who have been injured or killed by the earthquake or the tsunami, and we urge any additional U.S. citizens in the affected areas to contact their loved ones directly and update them on their social media status. If you’re in the affected area and need emergency services, please contact the local authorities.

    Next, I want to address something that the Secretary raised last week because nothing has changed. There are still 65 State Department nominees sitting in the United States Senate. That’s over a quarter of all the senior-level confirmable positions that the United States Department of State is tasked with using to achieve its diplomatic outcomes. There is bipartisan agreement that a fully staffed State Department is critical to American national security. The State Department has been criticized for having gaps in leadership positions, but now we’ve done our part to fix that; now the Senate needs to do its part.

    As the Secretary has said, these candidates are quality candidates. They’re not sitting on the Senate floor because of objections with respect to their quality, their professionalism, or their excellence and ability to deliver American foreign policy. The Secretary had addressed this last week, and he said we have members of the Senate for whom partisanship has now driven delay and obstruction of getting America’s diplomatic corps into every corner of the world. What Senator Menendez and other members of the Senate are doing to hold back American diplomacy rests squarely on their shoulders.

    And with that I’d be happy to take your questions. Anne, you want to go ahead?

    QUESTION: I wanted to ask about Jamal Khashoggi.

    MS NAUERT: Mm-hmm.

    QUESTION: Have you received any response from Saudi Arabia since Secretary Pompeo registered concerns regarding his disappearance?

    MS NAUERT: Sure. Let’s start out – first, I’d like to say I imagine that most if not all of you saw the statement that we put out last night. You probably also heard the President’s comments about it yesterday and also the Vice President’s tweet that he put out yesterday.

    From the Secretary on down, we have been engaged in this matter. This is something that we’ve been following. I understand that the President intends to speak with the Saudis, so I’m not going to get ahead of that conversation that the President may be having.

    In the Secretary’s statement, he said that we’ve seen conflicting reports about his status. We’re not going to make any judgments about what had happened to him. The United States is certainly concerned about his whereabouts. Senior officials at the State Department have spoken with Saudi officials through diplomatic channels about the matter. We call on the Government of Saudi Arabia to conduct a thorough and transparent investigation.

    QUESTION: It was nearly a week between his – first reports of his disappearance and that statement from Secretary Pompeo. Why was there such a delay between those two events?

    MS NAUERT: So are you assuming that taking time to put out a statement means that the State Department has not been doing anything? Is that your assumption?

    QUESTION: What was the State Department doing before the statement came out?

    MS NAUERT: The State Department was engaged at the highest levels and also at the working level and having conversations with Saudi Government officials, and I’ll leave it at that.

    QUESTION: And then so what was the reason behind that delay in the statement coming out?

    MS NAUERT: I wouldn’t – I wouldn’t call it a delay. The United States Government, as we handle situations in other countries as well, sometimes we decide to conduct our conversations and to conduct our diplomacy more privately than publicly because we feel that that could have the best outcome, and I’ll leave it at that.

    Okay. Hi, Lesley. Go ahead.

    QUESTION: Hi. Welcome back.

    MS NAUERT: Thank you.

    QUESTION: You must be exhausted, having just arrived.

    MS NAUERT: Kylie is here, I’m here, so we’re doing okay for so far.

    QUESTION: Just arrived last night. Yes.

    MS NAUERT: Yes.

    QUESTION: Has the U.S. seen any evidence that Jamal might be alive?

    MS NAUERT: We don’t know what has happened to him. We don’t have any information on that. That’s why I want to say we don’t want to make any judgments about what happened, and we call for a thorough and transparent investigation.

    QUESTION: You’ve called for a thorough and transparent inspection from the – investigation from the Saudis, but what about the Turks? Have you asked them for their evidence, if they’ve seen --

    MS NAUERT: I don’t have any information on that. I think that would be in the FBI’s lane and local investigators’ lane.

    QUESTION: But you said you – they – that on these diplomatic channels you’ve spoken to the Saudis, but what about the Turks?

    MS NAUERT: I don’t have any information on that. I would imagine that through the course of our conversations with the Turkish Government – we have many conversations with the Turkish Government – that this has certainly come up.

    QUESTION: But that would be – that would be P, yes?

    QUESTION: Did the Secretary --

    MS NAUERT: Just hold on. Hold on.

    QUESTION: On Friday, I saw on the Public Schedule that Mr. Hale had a meeting with the Turkish ambassador here at the State Department.

    MS NAUERT: I was out on Friday, so I don’t recall what was on his private – on his public schedule. I’d have to just double-check on that, okay?

    QUESTION: Okay. So --

    MS NAUERT: I’m not saying it didn’t happen. I’m just not aware of it if it did. I was out on Friday.

    Go ahead.

    QUESTION: Since this happened on Turkish soil, wouldn’t speaking to the Turks and being part of their investigation be absolutely key to --

    MS NAUERT: I did not say that we have not spoken with the Turkish Government. I just don’t have any information on it at this moment. Okay? If I have anything in addition for you, I’ll let you know.

    Hey, Carol.

    QUESTION: Hi. Can I ask a follow-up on Jamal Khashoggi?

    MS NAUERT: Sure.

    QUESTION: So the UK foreign secretary has said that if the reports are correct, “We will treat the incident seriously.” I wanted to ask why can’t – or why has not Secretary Pompeo said that if the reports are true and the Saudis, our allies, turn out to be cold-blooded killers, that there will be repercussions?

    MS NAUERT: I think that would be entirely a hypothetical question, and so if the Brits decide to comment that way, they’re more than welcome to do so. But we’re going to wait until the facts come out, and we call again for a thorough and transparent investigation.

    QUESTION: Will there be repercussions?

    MS NAUERT: Carol, I’m not going to get ahead or assume that anything happened. We’re calling for a thorough and transparent investigation. And again, let me say this one more time: I’ll leave it at that. I don’t have anything more for you on this today.

    QUESTION: Can you just confirm if it was Pompeo?

    QUESTION: Does the Secretary plan to speak himself with his counterpart in Saudi Arabia, and did he raise this question when he spoke with the crown prince last week?

    MS NAUERT: I can confirm --

    QUESTION: There was a readout --

    MS NAUERT: I can confirm that the Secretary has had phone conversations, but I don’t have any of the details. And some of those would just be private diplomatic conversations, which I will not be able to read out. Last time I’ll say this: I don’t have anything more for you on this today. If and when I have more, I will bring it to you. Okay?

    Go right ahead.

    QUESTION: On the Palestinians.

    MS NAUERT: Yes.

    QUESTION: Two quick --

    QUESTION: Is it okay? Can I have one more follow-up on Khashoggi, please?

    MS NAUERT: Sir, I don’t have anything --

    QUESTION: It’s in relation to what you just said.

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

    QUESTION: Let me just --

    MS NAUERT: When I do, I would be happy to give it to you.

    QUESTION: Let me just ask my question, and you decide if you don’t want --

    MS NAUERT: Okay, I’ve not met you before, but go right ahead. Welcome to the State Department. And tell me your publication.

    QUESTION: Fadi Mansour with Al Jazeera. I’ve been covering this place for 10 years now, thank you very much.

    MS NAUERT: Pardon me?

    QUESTION: I’ve been covering this place for 10 years. I don’t come every day because I cover other places.

    MS NAUERT: Okay. Well, it’s nice to meet you. You’re welcome anytime.

    QUESTION: Yes. Thank you for giving me the opportunity to ask questions. So --

    MS NAUERT: Go right ahead. And this will be the last question on this. Go ahead.

    QUESTION: Thank you. So the fact that you called on the Saudis to carry an investigation, is the State Department assuming that Saudi Arabia is responsible for the whereabout of Khashoggi?

    MS NAUERT: We’re not assuming anything. Only because it was their consulate, we’re asking them to conduct an investigation.

    QUESTION: Thank you.

    MS NAUERT: Said, go right ahead.

    QUESTION: Yes, very quickly, U.S. envoy Mr. Greenblatt said that the Trump plan, the deal of the century, is heavily focused on Israeli security. Does that mean that you guys are giving up on the two-state solution, or you see the – you don’t see any, like, contradictions between focusing on Israeli --

    MS NAUERT: This is something that we have talked about for a very, very long time. We support that if both parties --

    QUESTION: And this was --

    MS NAUERT: -- if both parties can agree to it.

    QUESTION: Right.

    MS NAUERT: That hasn’t changed.

    QUESTION: But this was only yesterday. I mean, he went out of his way to say that it is focused on Israeli security. What does that mean to you?

    MS NAUERT: I’m not going to parse his words. I’d just refer you back to his comments. But our position has not changed. As the President has laid out, as he did not too long ago at the UN General Assembly, that we support a two-state solution if both sides can agree to that.

    QUESTION: And one quick question on a young American student who has been detained in Israel for the past five days because she supports BDS. Are you – can you share with us if you’ve done anything? Has she contacted the American embassy, or are you in touch with her? Do you know her whereabouts?

    MS NAUERT: We are aware of her case. Our embassy is providing consular access, as we would to all American citizens. We value freedom of expression. You and I have talked about this many times.

    QUESTION: Right. Many times.

    MS NAUERT: Also in cases where people don’t agree with local policies or even the United States policies. Ultimately, it is up to the Government of Israel to decide who it wants to let into the country. I don’t have anything more for you on that.

    QUESTION: But she – this young woman, Lara Alqasem, she has a visa. She was accepted at the Hebrew University. She was going there to study and so on. She – all of the stuff that she should have done was already done. Are you not concerned about that?

    MS NAUERT: Said, it’s ultimately up to the Government of Israel, or any country for that matter, to decide which individuals, which Americans, it wants to let in. Okay?

    Hi.

    QUESTION: Heather, the issue is not that she wasn’t allowed in. It’s that she’s being detained.

    MS NAUERT: Excuse me. Or being detained. I don’t have any information beyond that. Okay?

    Laurie, go right ahead.

    QUESTION: Hi. Nadia Murad, the Yezidi woman who was captured by ISIS and help captive, just won the Nobel Peace Prize, as probably everyone knows, and she spoke yesterday. And she did note one positive point, the start of de-mining in Yezidi areas, which I assume is related to Secretary Pompeo’s announcement in July at the Religious Freedom conference of extra money for de-mining in the northern Iraq religious minority areas. So they’re very happy with that, but overall it was a grim picture, and among her complaints was no justice for Yezidis. And you and others, including the UN, have recognized ISIS’s assault on the Yezidis as genocide, but the Iraqi Government hasn’t. Are you prepared to put any pressure on them to do so?

    MS NAUERT: I’m not familiar with her remarks. Of course, I’m familiar with who she is. She was one of the guests at our religious freedom ministerial that was held over the summer, and we were so proud to have hosted her here. My understanding is that the Vice President is meeting with her – I believe it’s today. The Secretary and I had a brief exchange about her becoming one of the co-winners of the Nobel Peace Prize, and we’re really proud of her. She’s a very heroic woman, who’s done so much to advance the cause of not just religious freedom but also freedom for women, especially freedom from sexual crimes.

    I don’t have her comments. I don’t have those remarks, so I’m just not going to comment on it beyond that.

    QUESTION: How about her call for an international criminal trial for those members of ISIS who have committed these crimes against Yezidis?

    MS NAUERT: I’m afraid I just don’t have anything for you on that today. Okay?

    QUESTION: South Asia?

    MS NAUERT: Okay, hi.

    QUESTION: Heather?

    MS NAUERT: How are you?

    QUESTION: Thank you. Welcome from (inaudible).

    MS NAUERT: Thank you.

    QUESTION: Okay, on North Korea, this trip – has Kim Jong-un submitted a list of nuclear facilities, or you got anything from him for evidence of nuclear list?

    MS NAUERT: We sure did. We made a lot of progress. As you know, we just got back last night from three – four countries in I think it was three days. So it was a very busy time. The Secretary and Chairman Kim discussed the four pillars of the Singapore summit. That was something that was important for them to do. They spent considerable time together. The Secretary and the President, of course, have referenced that since – the Secretary just over at the White House, speaking about this.

    Among the things they also discussed was an upcoming second summit that would be attended by our President and also Chairman Kim, and we look forward to working on all of the details of that. They also agreed to instruct their respective working level groups, led by Steve Biegun, our special representative, and also his counterpart who was named in North Korea, to start intensifying discussions on some of those four pillars that were laid out in the Singapore summit.

    As you know, Chairman Kim had invited inspectors to visit the Punggye-ri nuclear test site to confirm that it’s been irreversibly dismantled. We were pleased with that. And President Trump looks forward to continuing to build upon the trust that was first established at the Singapore summit.

    So we view it as making a lot of progress. We’re pleased with that.

    QUESTION: But North Korea has already destroyed Punggye-ri nuclear site and Tongchang-ri missile site. They --

    MS NAUERT: I think we can say this: We can affirmatively say that they invited a group of journalists out to watch something take place. Inspectors have not been there yet. So inviting inspectors to join, to take a look, and do their work is entirely different from what we’ve seen already.

    QUESTION: Is that happen for denuclearizations?

    MS NAUERT: I’m sorry?

    QUESTION: Is this have for the denuclearizations, for what you – U.S. exactly needed to, but -

    MS NAUERT: That would be a positive step forward, and Chairman Kim agreed to that, to have inspectors at that site.

    QUESTION: Follow up on --

    MS NAUERT: Okay. Go ahead. Let’s just – hold on, I’ll come back to you. Hi.

    QUESTION: So you’ve made progress on a Trump-Kim summit. Do you have any idea of, like, the timing on that? Like, will it be before the end of the year or sometime afterwards?

    MS NAUERT: Well, as the President has said – and I’m not going to get ahead of the President, of course, but the President has said he looks forward to seeing Chairman Kim soon. As you all remember, when we were planning for the Singapore summit, that takes time. There are a lot of details that are involved in pulling together a summit of that magnitude. We need to find a place that both countries can get to. We have to compare schedules – Chairman Kim’s schedule, the President’s schedule, the Secretary’s schedule, probably National Security Advisor Bolton’s schedule – a lot of schedules. We also have to identify a place that has the infrastructure that is needed to accommodate 5,000 journalists. I believe there are 5,000 that were accredited last time.

    So there are a lot of things that come into play here, and so we are hard at work at that. I know Steve Biegun looks forward to having follow-on conversations with his counterpart about some of those details that go into the summit. And as soon as we have something for you, we’ll let you know. Okay.

    QUESTION: So would you say that the – what you’re waiting for to announce even a time or a location for that, is it all just logistical, then?

    MS NAUERT: Well, Michelle, as I just said, and I’ll repeat it again: A lot goes into this. We start with --

    QUESTION: I heard that. Yeah. You don’t have to repeat it.

    MS NAUERT: We start with comparing schedules.

    QUESTION: You don’t have to repeat it.

    MS NAUERT: Okay.

    QUESTION: I’m trying to save you some time. So are you saying that it’s all logistical before you announce a date and time, or are you waiting for North Korea to do something?

    MS NAUERT: We are looking forward to having our second summit. The President is looking forward to doing that. The timing of that will ultimately be announced by the White House. It’ll be a White House led meeting. And when we’re ready to announce that, we will.

    QUESTION: But the question is --

    MS NAUERT: Yeah.

    QUESTION: -- since you listed all the logistics involved, are you simply waiting for logistics, or are you waiting for North Korea to do something related to denuclearization?

    MS NAUERT: We have not said anything about waiting for North Korea to do anything more -

    QUESTION: Okay.

    MS NAUERT: -- in order to have that summit. Okay. Nick.

    QUESTION: And when you say a lot of progress, since Punggye-ri is by many accounts an aging facility that’s already been destroyed, by allowing inspectors to come there and see this, which is not necessarily key to North Korea’s current and future nuclear program, why would you characterize that as a lot of progress?

    MS NAUERT: Michelle, I think that’s a very good step. I’ll go back and say it one more time. What you have seen were a bunch of journalists brought out to that site and you saw some sort of an explosion. Sending in inspectors to take a look around is an entirely different step and a step in the right direction, and we think that that’s progress, along with the other things that were addressed in the meeting.

    Nick, go ahead.

    QUESTION: Just as a follow-up to that, I think one of the big questions is what exactly the administration, Secretary Pompeo, President Trump, actually want to achieve from this summit. What’s the main – the headline goal for --

    MS NAUERT: I’m not going to get ahead of the President. The Secretary firmly believes – and I know that this is much to your dismay, to reporters’ dismay – that our negotiations are best handled in public, so I’m not going to get – negotiate it here with all of you from the podium, and I’ll let our experts do the negotiating and do their work and not get ahead of that.

    QUESTION: Heather --

    MS NAUERT: Hi.

    QUESTION: Follow-on on that. The first summit was about general commitments, complete denuclearization by Chairman Kim. Do you expect from the next summit to achieve broader agreement with the ways and --

    MS NAUERT: I’m not going to get ahead of what is being discussed at that summit, okay.

    QUESTION: Not what is being discussed, but what you expect.

    MS NAUERT: My job is not – my job is not to lay out what our policy will be.

    QUESTION: Because we see your goal; we don’t see your method. So --

    MS NAUERT: And – okay, so that’s a fair point. You see our goal, but you don’t see our method. That is something --

    QUESTION: Do you want to do it – work in progress, step by step, or do you want to have a deal --

    MS NAUERT: That is something that we will discuss --

    QUESTION: -- with everything inside?

    MS NAUERT: We will discuss that with the North Koreans and not the broader public, not the media, because we believe that negotiations – some of these complicated negotiations – are best handled between our country and theirs. And our objective is to get to the fully, final, verified denuclearization of North Korea. We are working hard toward that goal. We think we’ve made progress and we’ll continue working toward that goal.

    QUESTION: Ambassador Haley --

    MS NAUERT: Hi. Go ahead. Hi.

    QUESTION: India.

    QUESTION: Welcome back.

    MS NAUERT: Thank you.

    QUESTION: So Secretary Pompeo did not meet with the Chinese President Xi Jinping on Monday. Could you please shed some light on what happened? And what is – what was the reason given – provided by Chinese Government? Because it’s a understanding that arrangements were being made for this meeting to happen.

    MS NAUERT: We never announced any specific meetings ahead of our trip to China. Is it not every time that the Secretary would go to any given country that he would be meeting with the president of that country. Sometimes he does; sometimes he doesn’t. And so that was just a reflection of this trip, but I know the Secretary had good, constructive meetings with his Chinese counterparts that he met with yesterday.

    QUESTION: Ambassador Haley --

    QUESTION: Has the U.S. asked to such meeting to happen? Has the United States asked China – ask Chinese Government to arrange a meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping?

    MS NAUERT: Not to my knowledge. Anything going forward, we’ll let you know when we have that planned.

    QUESTION: Would you characterize U.S.-China relationship as a strategic competitor?

    MS NAUERT: Well, look, they’re certainly a competitor. It’s a complex and broad-based relationship that we have with China, as you all saw in the comments and exchanges between the Secretary and his counterparts. We have areas of common interest. North Korea is one of them. Working to combat illegal narcotics is another area where we work well together. We also have areas of disagreement and areas where we have challenges, and we’ll keep working together on that. It’s obviously an important relationship that we need to work hard to maintain. Okay.

    QUESTION: Ambassador Haley --

    MS NAUERT: Yeah. Yes, go ahead.

    QUESTION: Ambassador – very quickly. Was the Secretary surprised that Ambassador Haley resigned? Does he have any comment? Could you share with us what was his reaction?

    MS NAUERT: Well, I think the Secretary addressed that from the White House today, in which he talked about what a great partner Ambassador Haley has been. The Secretary and Ambassador Haley have worked very well together since the beginning of this administration, but I would say more closely once he became Secretary of State. At the working level, from my level, her team and Ambassador Haley have been wonderful to work with. Sorry to see her depart. This happens, of course, in administrations. The Secretary, I think, is sorry to see her depart as well.

    I’m not going to get into who knew what when and all of that. What is ultimately important is that the President knew about her decision well in advance. They had those conversations. I’m not privy to those conversations, so I’d have to refer you to the White House for that. We’re sorry to see her go and thank her for all her incredible service that she’s done on behalf of the U.S. Government and on taxpayers at the United Nations.

    QUESTION: May I just follow up?

    MS NAUERT: Okay. Okay.

    QUESTION: A follow-up?

    MS NAUERT: Last question. I’m going to have to go.

    QUESTION: So we saw the exchange of rhetorics when Secretary Pompeo was in China. Would you say those tensions now between United States and China would spill over to your cooperation on North Korea at this very critical time?

    MS NAUERT: We don’t think so, because China again and again has said to us, publicly and privately, that they are committed to the denuclearization of North Korea. They understand that; they recognize that. They recognize the importance of that matter. We don’t think they’re backing away. What we do say, though, is that countries including China and Russia can always do more. They can do more, but they are also one of the countries that had voted for UN Security Council resolutions, and so we expect those to uphold those.

    I’ll do one last question. Nazira, hi.

    QUESTION: Welcome back.

    MS NAUERT: Were you at the White House earlier today?

    QUESTION: Yes.

    MS NAUERT: Did I see you?

    QUESTION: Yeah.

    MS NAUERT: I thought I saw your yellow over there.

    QUESTION: Yeah.

    MS NAUERT: She gets around.

    QUESTION: Okay. Thank you.

    MS NAUERT: Thank you.

    QUESTION: Heather, I have two question, one question regarding Afghan delegation. Dr. Abdullah was here. What is their – do you think that they have any achievement? Do they meet any high officials, U.S. authority?

    MS NAUERT: I’m afraid I don’t have any information if – as to whether or not Dr. Abdullah was here at the State Department or here in Washington. I can look --

    QUESTION: He was in New York. I’m asking about General Assemblies at the – New York.

    MS NAUERT: Oh, he was in – oh, at the General Assembly.

    QUESTION: Did he have any meeting with the Secretary of State or either President Trump?

    MS NAUERT: I don’t recall that. It seems like that was a year ago even though that was only two weeks ago, so I’m so sorry. My apologies.

    QUESTION: (Off-mike.)

    MS NAUERT: I will have to check – double-check to see if he had any meetings with U.S. officials.

    QUESTION: Two weeks ago.

    MS NAUERT: Okay. I’ll check on that for you.

    QUESTION: Yeah. The next question, Ambassador Khalilzad.

    MS NAUERT: Yes.

    QUESTION: He is in Afghanistan and he traveled to Pakistan. Do you think that useful for Afghanistan, Khalilzad mission?

    MS NAUERT: I think it’s extremely helpful to have Ambassador Khalilzad out on travel. This is part of our team on the field, having our people do what they do best, and that is going out and conducting American diplomacy around the world. He is leading an interagency delegation to Afghanistan, to Pakistan, to the UAE, to Qatar, and also to Saudi Arabia. It’s a fairly lengthy trip. His mission there is to coordinate our U.S. efforts to bring the Taliban to the negotiating table. This is still Afghan-led, Afghan-owned. Our policy has not changed in any way. But we’re proud and pleased to have him out there advocating on this behalf and we’ll be working in close coordination with the Afghan Government.

    I’ve got to go, guys. We’ll see you again real soon. Thanks.

    (The briefing was concluded at 3:37 p.m.)


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And unlike the Sounders, they won't have a sweet deal as a second team in a stadium that happens to be managed by an owner. The NBA would rather be the biggest game in town in Sacto, Orlando, OKC, and San Antonio than be the #2 (or lower) team in Seattle, St. Louis, Kansas City, or Cincinnati, all of which are markets that had their franchise skedaddle on them. My gut (which is never right) says this would be a move, not an expansion, and that places that don't have the infrastructure (read: money) will be the first to leverage a move to Seattle for a free stadium (like Detroit, which has so few fans coming, they're about to paint their seats black so no one will notice that it's empty).
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          Goldman Sachs has joined George Soros and Steve Cohen in backing an Argentinian mobile banking startup      Cache   Translate Page      

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  • Ualá, an Argentinian mobile banking startup, has raised $34 million in a new round of funding led by Goldman Sachs's venture unit, along with investors including billionaire George Soros' family office and Point 72 Venture, the early-stage VC firm funded by Steve Cohen.
  • The company - which offers a financial management app and a fee-free prepaid MasterCard - aims to disrupt the traditional retail banking infrastructure, according to Pierpaolo Barbieri, founder and CEO of Ualá.

Goldman Sachs' venture unit is leading a new round of investment in an Argentinian fintech company backed by billionaire investors George Soros and Steven Cohen. 

Ualá, the one-year-old mobile banking startup, raised $34 million in its series B round led by Goldman Sachs Investment Partners, along with existing investors including a private fund managed by Soros Fund Management, Jefferies, the venture arm of Steve Cohen's Point 72, and entrepreneur Kevin Ryan, according to an announcement seen by Business Insider.

Goldman Sachs provided over half of the capital, according to Pierpaolo Barbieri, founder and CEO of Ualá.

The Buenos Aires-based startup offers a personal financial management app that is linked to a prepaid Mastercard, which doesn't charge opening fees, transaction fees, and renewal fees. In the span of one year, the company has issued 400,000 cards, which allow users to top up cellphones, make purchases, and conduct P2P money transfers. 

"Our goal is to replace the traditional retail banking infrastructure with Ualá," Barbieri said.

Over 50% of people in Argentina had never had a card before and are only operating in cash, so the company aims to provide these people financial inclusion by giving them access to financial system, he added.

“Ualá’s product offering reduces both cost and friction, while providing a great consumer experience,” said Christopher Dawe, cohead of Goldman Sachs Investment Partners venture capital & growth equity team. “We are excited by the company’s mission of improving access to critical financial services and look forward to partnering with the Ualá team on their next phase of growth.”

Ualá will tap into the new fund to boost its user growth, expand its headcount, and execute the launch of a credit and savings platforms, according to the announcement.

International appetite in Latin American startups hit a peak last year, with global venture capital investments in the region surpassing $1 billion in 2017 for the first time, according to The Association for Private Capital Investment in Latin America

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          TPL, Discovery, and CMDB ah-ha moment (Application Lookup)      Cache   Translate Page      

Hi, Everyone!

 

I got to meet Doug Mueller... Engage 2016 gives you access, (BMC CMDB Architect) and Antonio Vargas (BMC Discovery Product Manager). in person recently.  Here is my recent ah-ha moment with CMDB, and Discovery.  I will start with BMC discovery (ADDM) then move to the CMDB topic of service concept.  There is lots confusion out there on the difference of technical and business service should be within the CMDB.  Some of you might say, I knew that years ago!  But, It took me awhile to grabs the concepts even though we used, implemented, and develop the various BMC products.  I am a visual and tactical learner.  I am writing this blog for those type of students.  Diagram 1 explains The Pattern Language (TPL) and how things are discovery

 

Picture 1 explains the discovery concepts and how things are the development by looking for a pattern within a process(s) running on a device.  Once you find that process you write a pattern or use discovery to find that process via TPL. By using the discovered process, you can now create a software instance(s) by the group the process into the software(s).

 

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Diagram 2 shows the structure of the TPL base on Diagram 1.  Notice the trigger is on a node of node kind base on the condition.  You now see the relationship between the pattern and the TPL.  Once you define the software instances into business application instance(s).  Once BAI is moved into the CMDB CI called BMC.CORE:BMC_Application.  You have to make a logical entry for BMC.CORE:BMC_ApplicationSystem using non-insteance names.  (The Instance name is production, development, and QA environment coming form BMC Discovery.). Base on your application model you create using the pattern that is consumed by CMDB common data model in different ways.  You also need to know that TPL's foundation is in Python.  Those of you are interested in the pattern, machine learning, and Artificial intelligence.  That's another discussion/blog.

 

Let's look at BAI and SI from the discovery with SAAM and predefine SI that becomes part of a larger model like BSM.

 

SAAM's Business Application Instances are consumed by these forms:

  • BMC.CORE:BMC_Application
  • BMC.CORE:BMC_ApplicationSystem

 

Let's look at the CDM for CMDB forms BMC.CORE:BMC_ApplicaitionSystem and BMC.CORE:BMC_Applicaiton.  You have to understand that parent class is BMC.CORE_ApplicationSystem.  The subclasses are BMC.CORE:BMC_Application, BMC.CORE:BMC_ApplicationInfrastructure, BMC.CORE:BMC_SoftwareServer.  (Basics)

 

CI Name
CI ClassDescription
BMC Atrium Discovery and Dependency Mapping Active Directory Proxy 10.1 identified as Active Directory on %hostname%Parent: BMC.CORE:BMC_ApplicationSystemChild:   BMC.CORE:BMC:SoftwareServerThe BMC_SoftwareServer class represents a single piece of software directly running (or otherwise deployed) on a single computer.
manager module on Apache Tomcat Application Server 7.0 listening on 8005, 8080, 8009 on %hostname%Parent:  BMC.CORE:BMC_SystemServiceChild:    BMC.CORE:BMC_ApplicaitonServiceClass that stores information about services that represent low-level modules of an application, for example, the components deployed within an application server. This class has no corresponding DMTF CIM class.
BSM (Business Service Managment is define pattern via TKU of software instance)Parent:  BMC.CORE:BMC_SystemChild: BMC.CORE:BMC_ApplicationSystemChild:   BMC.CORE:BMC_ApplicationThe BMC_Application class represents an instance of an end-user application that supports a particular business function and that can be managed as an independent unit.

 

By understanding the above and what's documented by discovery leaves ITSM team a decision to make between BMC_SoftwareServer or BMC_ApplicationSystem. Why do you have to make a decision is that BMC discovery sync with both of these CI? (BMC did not make the decision for you.) To understand why, let's review and understand model: FACTS:

  • ApplicationSystem is parent CI.
  • SoftwareServer is child CI of ApplicationSystem.
  • BMC Sync the Business Application instance into BMC_Application CI which is Child CI for ApplicationSystem out of the box.  (OOTB)

 

To be continue.... It is not comsume by the follwing forms:

  • BMC.CORE:BMC_SystemSoftware
  • BMC.CORE:BMC_ApplicationInfrastructure
  • BMC.CORE:BMC_SystemService

 

The way I'd understood @Doug Muller:  There is no direct relationship between business and technical services that relate(s) into BMC.CORE:BMC_ApplicationSystem.  These definitions can be defined by how your business generate revenue with a business service. (If your company makes cars.  Any system that supports selling cars is tied to business services.). Technical services are defined supporting of business service(s).  You can define the technical services without a business service(s).  These are logoical break down of your services based on your organization. 

 

The confusion comes from the type of business your company is providing to its customers and way BMC represents examples of technical vs business service(s). BMC is a company that sells software so a lot of the business services sounds like technical services but, it is not a technical service(s).  Becuase those services help generate revenue for BMC software. 

 

Let's review Why CMDB & Discovery project fail.

 

CMDBDiscovery
Suggestions
Project ScopeThe scope of these projects starts out has let's map the services but, the reality is that there are lots of scope creeps.  The value creation is loose scoped based on my experience.  The value creation for CMDB needs to understand and measure for each ORG.Discovery covers the automation of discovering IT infrastructure at the data center level but, does not cover end to end communications at the network level.  Mapping of BAI isn't scoped right.  BMC has recognized this issue by adding manage service to map application in CMDB.To realize and reduce the education need to use the CMDB.  We need a quick application lookup solution until the whole CMDB and discovery project in completed in scope.
Project ConstraintsHuman Resource, Knowledge Base, Wisdom Base, and Where to start the value creation for an ORG.There isn't a good way to resolving and track Access issue release in a large enterprise environment.

 

Draft thoughts: Service Modeling brain Dump Service Modeling Best Practices comparable CDM fieldsIf you want to learn discovery in detail and how you can answer debated question.  Please start here:  ADDM Support Guide When you create an application mapping in discovery.  You have to create dev, qa, and production instance that sync's into CMDB.  Those instance has to be grouped into relationships and parent class.  The Parent CI is ApplicationSystem use impact relationship to BMC.CORE:BMC_ConcreteCollection CI is used for tore a generic and instantiable collection, such as a pool of hosts available for running jobs. This class is defined as a concrete subclass of BMC_Collection and was added rather than changing BMC_Collection from an abstract class to a concrete class. I'd often get questions about how does discovery provided value to application owners vs management.   Here are some key thoughts about the value the discovery delivers. System Administrator & IT Architecture Value

  • Ability to produce a DR plan with discovery data
  • Ability to understand the impact of shared applications and Infrastructure
  • Provided a common understanding of the Business Application Instances for the company
  • Ability to produce up to date diagram of your application
  • Reduce work production current infrastructure diagrams and inventory for management

Management & C-Suite Value

  • Ability to the audit process, people, data, and tools
    • For Example:  If plan datacenter has 50 hosts to be create but, discovery find 100.
      • Management can ask a question about how the other 50 was created and who is paying for them
  • Understand Share Impact and risk management of applications
  • Ability to the budget datacenter or cloud moves

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          Setka provides beautiful post design with AMP      Cache   Translate Page      

Editor’s note: The following was originally posted on Setka’s blog .


Setka provides beautiful post design with AMP
Setka has integrated its WordPress plugin with the AMP WP plugin

Technology company Setka creates products that help publishers and brands easily make beautiful and engaging content. Setka is a WordPress VIP Technical partner. One of those products, Setka Editor, is a WYSIWYG editor that allows users to put together well-designed article pages without having to code. Its team is distributed and based in San Francisco, New York, Berlin, Minsk, and Moscow.

Now, Setka has integrated its WordPress plugin with the AMP WP plugin . When installed on the same website they automatically increase the loading speed for mobile pages while retaining stylistic and branding elements.

Read on to learn more about this improvement, and to see how it worked on RealtimeBoard’s corporate blog.

The challenges of AMP integration

Setka saw several advantages in integrating with AMP clients who use editorial content as one of their key marketing pillars for brand building, lead generation and lead nurturing: pages load faster, caching happens on Google servers, and clients can create beautiful, customizable designs that work well on mobile devices.

“We wanted to make the editorial content created by the users of our WordPress plugin 100% AMP-ready, while having any design elements, including interactive and animated ones, be in the AMP format.” Katya Bazilevskaya, the co-founder and CEO of Setka

To ensure speed and usability on all devices, Setka had to implement all the requirements for AMP format: proprietary HTML tags, the restrictions of adding external scripts that aren’t part of AMP libraries, and the maximum size for inline styles up to 50 kb.

In addition, Setka wanted to make sure it worked with all three modes in the AMP WP plugin:

‘Classic’ offers a ready-made template for the theme and allows Googlebot to index the pages of the site as soon as the plugin is installed. ‘Paired’ assumes that the owner of the website or the creator of the theme has created separate templates for AMP and other versions of the website. ‘Native’ is seamless integration, where the website is created specifically for AMP, and there is no need to create separate links, templates, and so on.

The Setka Editor plugin retains functionality in all three modes and allows users to convert separate elements into an AMP notation.

Setka’s solutions

As part of the integration, Setka developers wrote four sanitizers for elements that weren’t compatible with AMP notations and created smaller files for styling elements that are in line with the design demands.

The animation sanitizer converts Setka Editor animations into AMP animations while keeping any interactive features like activation on a specific user action or elements that change state. The embed element sanitizer transforms a responsive embed into relevant AMP elements and correctly integrates them into the page. The gallery sanitizer transforms the component for displaying a series of images into the relevant AMP element. The image sanitizer displays the srcset attribute with all available resolutions, allowing the browser to decide which size is best for the user. This makes loading images faster and allows content to adapt to a device’s screen size.

So that clients can set up themes for displaying content, Setka created the Style manager. In it, the user can configure styles for different elements on their pages. For integration with the AMP plugin, the developers changed the process of generating styles and managed to fit into the 50 kb limit, leaving some space in size for adding external styles from plugins.

Thanks to the tree shaking technology that XWP created, the AMP WP plugin only chooses the styles actually used on the page, removing extra ones from the final version. This allows various plugins to add styles without the risk of the page not passing the AMP validation.

Even clients of the WordPress VIP platform can use the plugin because it considers the specific infrastructure of the platform, including its file system.


Setka provides beautiful post design with AMP
Increasing page load speed for RealtimeBoard

The first project that Setka tested this solution on was for RealtimeBoard , a software company working on a visual collaboration platform for distributed teams.

RealtimeBoard’s company blog is an important part of their marketing strategy. The team wanted it to stand out among similar solutions in the technology space, which involved careful consideration of its corporate identity. That’s why the design for articles, interviews and case studies is created with the Setka Editor.


Setka provides beautiful post design with AMP

At the same time the RealtimeBoard team was interested in the capabilities of AMP for increasing the speed of mobile page loading while retaining the diversity of design elements.

Setka developers helped adapt the WordPress theme of the RealtimeBoard blog in paired mode. Thanks to the release of the Style Manager, the styles used on the website were ready for AMP content. After implementing AMP, average First Meaningful Paint time of the blog pages was reduced from 7,2 to 1,9 sec.


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-More than doubles 2018 capital program to $28.5 million- CALGARY, Alberta, Oct. 09, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Strad Energy Services Ltd. (“Strad” or the “Company”) (TSX:SDY) today announced an additional $15.5 million of capital is being allocated to its Industrial Matting division to support its continued growth. Combined with previous allocations, this brings the total capital program for 2018 to $28.5 million.  The additional $15.5 million will expand the Company’s matting fleet by approximately 22,000 mats and related equipment to meet current and pending projects.  “Last week’s announcements regarding multiple large-scale infrastructure projects, namely LNG Canada and the Coastal GasLink […]
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          Add Remote Workers to Your Business Continuity Plan      Cache   Translate Page      

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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          Dairy Testing Market Worth $5.90 Billion by 2022      Cache   Translate Page      

The dairy testing market was valued at USD 3.86 Billion in 2016 and is projected to reach 5.90 Billion by 2022, at a CAGR of 7.4%.

Northbrook, IL -- (SBWIRE) -- 10/09/2018 -- The report "Dairy Testing Market by Type (Safety (Pathogens, Adulterants, Pesticides), Quality), Technology (Traditional, Rapid), Product (Milk & Milk Powder, Cheese, Butter & Spreads, Infant Foods, Ice Cream & Desserts, Yogurt), and Region - Forecast to 2022", The dairy testing market is projected to reach USD 5.90 Billion by 2022 from USD 4.13 Billion in 2017, at a CAGR of 7.4% from 2017. The market is driven by the increase in outbreaks of foodborne illnesses, globalization of dairy trade, and stringent safety & quality regulations for food. Lack of coordination among market stakeholders and improper enforcement of regulatory laws & supporting infrastructure in developing economies are the major restraints for this market.

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          DIRECTEUR(TRICE) INFRASTRUCTURE TI ET SUPPORT - Exceldor - Lévis, QC      Cache   Translate Page      
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          Actuarial Analyst 2, Medicare Advantage Actuarial Infrastructure Development and Support - Humana - Padmanabha Nagar Colony, Hyderabad, Telangana      Cache   Translate Page      
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Build design plots and key autonomous haul system infrastructure identified as part of the mine plans....
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          Accelerate Azure infrastructure modernization deployments      Cache   Translate Page      
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          Sr. IT Project Manager - Baggage Handling Systems      Cache   Translate Page      
IL-Chicago, Looking for a seasoned PM with extensive Baggage Handling Systems (BHS ) experience to join our team in downtown Chicago, IL ASAP! If interested, please apply today! POSITION DESCRIPTION Overview Looking for a seasoned PM with experience with the BHS (Baggage Handling Systems) Brining those BHS’ up from an infrastructure perspective, working with engineers, engineering partners, storage teams, etc
          Westpac economist Michael Gordon argues capacity constraints are restricting government spending more than its debt rules      Cache   Translate Page      

Finance Minister Grant Robertson has spent the last few months reassuring New Zealanders that even though business confidence has been falling, the economy has actually been performing well.

However, when the first set of annual Crown financial statements published under his watch on Tuesday provided some great headline figures to back up his stance, he retreated a little.

Rather than boasting about the operating balance before gains and losses (OBEGAL) coming in higher than expected at $5.5 billion and the Government reaching its net core Crown debt reduction goal four years ahead of target, Robertson was a tad coy.

He accepted the financials for the year to June 30 gave him a solid “starting point,” but didn’t shy away from admitting that this was in part due to the Government spending its money slower than Treasury had forecast in the 2018 Budget.

So yes, it was great to see revenue (largely from taxes) increase more than expected.

But half of the operational expenditure undershoot from Treasury’s projections, could be attributed to “timing issues”, meaning it’ll be spent next year.

Treasury had expected the Government’s operational spend to reach $105.7 billion, but it only hit $104.0 billion.

Looking at its net core capital expenditure, this was expected to come in at $6.7 billion, but it only reached $5.9 billion (note this is still the highest it’s been since 2009).

Westpac senior economist Michael Gordon believes this shows that “spending up is hard to do”.

“Bottlenecks and capacity constraints have for some time been the main hindrance to a lift in infrastructure spending, not the Government’s self-imposed borrowing limits.”

So Gordon is saying it’s more a matter of the Government not being able to spend more than it is expected to, than it choosing not to do so.

He points to a note he sent out ahead of the Budget in May, in which he explained: “Projected spending is one thing, reality is another.

“From around 2015 the government began to recognise the need for a lift in capital spending, to support the rapid growth in the population. But we’ve yet to see actual spending rise beyond the levels seen over the last decade…

“The Treasury has cited delays and capacity constraints in the construction sector as reasons for the shortfall. In this case, the spending shortfall is added back into the following years’ projections.

“This backlog of delayed spending, plus the additions to spending plans in the last few Budgets, mean that the projections for capital spending over the next few years have ballooned out rapidly…

“The side effect of delayed spending is delayed borrowing. Net core Crown debt has fallen well below what was forecast in recent Budgets.

“Some of that can be put down to a stronger than expected tax take. But it’s also the case that the Government hasn’t had to borrow for projects that have yet to begin.”

Gordon concluded: “While we think that the Government could meet its net debt target quite comfortably, it may not be for the reasons they intended.”

He stands by those comments now, saying: “Overall, the accounts for the June 2018 year suggest a substantial amount of wiggle room for the Government in coming years.

“Some of that wiggle room could quickly disappear – the Treasury’s GDP forecasts are at the top of the market range, so there’s a strong risk that the tax take falls short if the economy doesn’t grow as rapidly as expected.

“But there is also room to provide some extra fiscal stimulus if the economy needs it.

“The challenge will be how to spend it, if bottlenecks are proving to be an issue in a number of areas.”


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          How Disaster Capitalism Has Ruined Puerto Rico      Cache   Translate Page      
And what Cuba can teach the world about going a different route.

Amnesty International’s Secretary General Kumi Naidoo was recently in Puerto Rico. During his trip, Naidoo looked carefully at the aftermath of Hurricane Maria—the Category 4 hurricane in 2017 that tore through the Caribbean. No island in its path was spared, with Dominica’s Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit rightly calling the damage “mindboggling.” Puerto Rico, a part of the United States of America, was struck hard, but not much harder than the other islands. Yet, the relief, rehabilitation and recovery on this island have been slow—paralytically slow. Naidoo’s visit to Puerto Rico comes a year after Hurricane Maria and yet, as he wrote, “it is shocking that so many people are forced to live in such a precarious situation; even worse when they are part of one of the richest nations in the world.”

In January 2018, the Canadian journalist Naomi Klein spent a week in Puerto Rico as a guest of Professors Self-Assembled in Solidarity Resistance (PAReS). In 2017, before the hurricane, students at the University of Puerto Rico had gone on strike to defend public education. PAReS was created by some professors as a way to join the student struggle. Puerto Rico, over the course of the past decade, has been locked in a series of impressive battles over the suffocation of its public institutions by its local government and by its imperial overlords in Washington, D.C. (Puerto Rico is a colony of the United States).

During her visit, Naomi Klein visited not only areas hit hard by the storm and by the planned disregard by the state, but also places of imagination that try to create popular relief and reconstruction. These places included Casa Pueblo (Adjuntas), Dalma Cartagena’s Agriculture in Harmony with the Environment project (Orocovis) and the Mutual Aid Project (Mariana). It is here, in these places of experimentation and love, that Naomi Klein finds the antidote to the disaster capitalism that ruins Puerto Rico—ruined it before the hurricane, ruined it just after the hurricane and proceeds to ruin it for the future. Her report—first published in the Intercept—has now been released in the form of a small book by Haymarket Books.

Puerto Rico’s disaster is clear. Here is an island, part of the United States since the U.S. war on the Spanish Empire in 1898, where the people have little democratic control of its institutions and resources. Public finances in the island are a mess—the island is overwhelmed by $120 billion in debt and pension liabilities. Payment of these debts is constitutionally mandated, with debt servicing draining the state government of the ability to move an agenda to benefit the just over three million Puerto Ricans. Half the population could not find work before the hurricane struck, with public facilities killed off as the local government throttled them of funds. No wonder, then, that protests across the island had become a normal feature of life before Hurricane Maria.

One area of concern had been Puerto Rico’s electricity grid. As Naomi Klein reports, a shocking 98 percent of its electricity comes from fossil fuels. Without any local oil, gas or coal, Puerto Rico receives its fuel by ship, the people buying electricity at rates higher than paid for on the U.S. mainland. The imported fossil fuels and a centralized electricity grid left the island vulnerable to the shock of the hurricane. The grid collapsed in the hurricane, electricity not available for months and even now spotty in many places. Desire to privatize the electricity company is at the top of the list of desires by the U.S. government. Naomi Klein’s concept of disaster capitalism is made for this situation—as a disaster strikes, money is to be made by the oligarchy on the disaster, both on the defaulted bonds and on the privatization of public resources.

Disaster Socialism

Naomi Klein reports on the small voices of hope from Puerto Rico—organic farming that was able to feed people even as industrial food could not be distributed, solar panels on the roofs of cultural centers that provided energy for communities with no power for months on end. These little pockets of an alternative are precisely the norm in another island in the Caribbean—Cuba.

Cuba, like Puerto Rico, was struck hard by Hurricanes Irma and Maria, but the situation there was utterly different. Suffocated by the U.S. embargo and penalized by centuries of colonial plunder, Cuba—after the revolution—has struggled to create new pathways for its people. When a hurricane comes, Cuba prepares by moving its vulnerable population to safety and by detaching its already decentralized power system. The devastation is managed, the recovery as swift as possible. It should startle the reader that even though Cuba was hit by the same hurricane, it offered to send medical personnel and electrical workers to help the people of Puerto Rico (as it had offered help to the people of New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina, a storm that also struck Cuba with equal velocity).

Disaster socialism is a key part of Cuba’s landscape. Its people are organized into voluntary units and its infrastructure is decentralized to mirror the decentralization of governance on the island.

Pushed by the blockade (since 1963) and by a deep interest in sections of the Cuban Communist Party in ecological socialism, the Cubans held an ecological conference in 1980, created the National Commission for the Protection of the Environment and the Preservation of Natural Resources and passed Law no. 31 in 1981 to protect the environment. It was based on this current inside Cuba that Fidel Castro made the comment at the 1992 UN Rio Conference on Environment and Development, “Tomorrow will be too late to do what we should have done a long time ago.”

Cuba offers a window into country-wide projects based on the principles of agro-ecology—urban farming with biopesticides, farmers cooperatives, ban on construction of homes in coastal areas, Integrated Neighborhood Transformation Workshops (TTIB) that bring together neighbors who have a range of skills to solve problems for their own area. There are limits placed by the embargo and by history—reliance upon fossil fuels is one, while reliance upon food imports is another. But, in terms of the energy grid, after Hurricane Katrina in 2005, Cuba reformed its entire system, phasing out incandescent bulbs and breaking up the energy grid. Cuba plans to have a quarter of its energy needs from renewable sources in the next decades and hopes to deepen its use of renewable energy in the years to come.

What was experienced in Cuba was also experienced recently when the left-government in Kerala, India, and the socially conscious people of Kerala worked hard against the catastrophic floods that struck the state. At Tricontinental: Institute for Social Research, there is a full dossier on that flood and on the efforts of the left government and of Kerala’s society. The experience in Cuba, in other words, is not cultural—something about the Cuban people. It is structural—something about the benefits of a socialist society and state.

Naomi Klein rightly points out that the Puertopians—the libertarian anti-social capitalists who want to devour the world—seek to turn Puerto Rico into their little paradise. Their vision for Puerto Rico resembles what Cuba was under the control of the U.S. mafia and monopoly capital before the revolution. Their utopia is Cuba, c. 1958. Klein writes of the confrontation between two utopias, that of the Puertopians and that of the agro-ecological forces from Casa Pueblo and Organización Boricuá. But, there is a wider choice—between the savage disaster capitalism pushed by the U.S. government or the socialist experiments in Cuba and Kerala. The former—disaster capitalism—is a vision of states and corporations that drain social energy. The latter—socialism—works alongside social dynamism to create a new world.

This article was produced by Globetrotter, a project of the Independent Media Institute.

 

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          R Consortium grant applications due October 31      Cache   Translate Page      

Since 2015, the R Consortium has funded projects of benefit to, and proposed by, the R community. Twice a year, the R Consortium Infrastructure Steering Committee reviews grant proposals and makes awards based on merit and funds available. (Those funds come, in turn, from the annual dues paid by R Consortium members.) If you'd like to propose a project of your own, the deadline for submission for the Fall 2018 Call for Proposals is October 31.

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Not sure what kind of project might be approved? In general, the R Consortium grants fund projects in these categories:

  • Creation of general infrastructure supporting R, like the R-hub project which provides build services for R package developers on every platform supported by R.
  • Development of new R packages, like DBI for R which provides a general interface between R and databases. 
  • Support for working groups to meet, discuss and plan new initiatives in the R community, like Certification for R developers.
  • R community programs, like R Ladies.

A good way to get a sense of suitable projects is by browsing the list of previously-funded R Consortium projects, or by taking a look at the regular project reviews in the R Consortium blog, like this update posted earlier today.

And if you're not sure how to put a proposal together, Steph Locke has created a boilerplate R Consortium proposal as an R Markdown document you can clone from Github, along with a detailed set of instructions on how to complete it for your project idea.

So, what ideas do you have to make the R ecosystem better? A new package? A new working group? A new community initiative? If you need financial support to make that idea a reality, consider applying for an R Consortium project grant. You can find all the details at the link below.

R Consortium blog: Fall 2018: ISC Call for Proposals


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          Tech·Ed for Novices, 2008 Edition      Cache   Translate Page      

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While I'm waiting to find out if I'll be able to go to Tech·Ed again this year I am still keeping an eye on what's going on with the conference. For last year's Tech·Ed, Microsoft created a "Tips for the Newbie" page (which is apparently no longer available) and I created a follow-on post called Tech·Ed for Novices. Since the conference this year is split into two separate weeks, I thought it was even more important for some tips on how to deal with the information overload and what Tech·Ed has to offer.

Session Types

There are six different session types available at Tech·Ed and each one is very different, so it is up to your individual learning style to decide which ones will be better. The problem is, what are the differences?

Birds of a Feather (BOF)

The Birds of a Feather sessions are not presentations, they are a moderated open-forum environment that promotes discussion and interaction. Because these sessions are led by third-party experts, attendees enjoy free-flowing dialogues about products, technologies, and solutions without necessarily focusing on Microsoft. They are generally fairly small in number, around 20 people or so, but that is an average.

For Tech·Ed Developers, the sessions are organized and facilitated by INETA, while Culminis is responsible for Tech·Ed IT Professionals.

Breakout Session

Breakout sessions are what everyone probably thinks of when they think of a convention like this. These are the speaker-lead presentations. They are usually not very interactive (except for a Question and Answer period at the end) and are a great way to learn about new technologies from some of the industries leading experts. These are the most common type of session you will probably be attending.

Hands-on Lab (HOL)

The Hands-on Labs are self-paced technical labs. They are a great way to get direct access to the technologies being presented at the conference and "play". The labs come with a lab manual and additional resources about the topic as well as lab assistants to help you out if you run into a problem.

Instructor Led Lab (ILL)

Instructor Led Labs are just like the Hands-on Labs, except you have an instructor to help walk you through the lab, answer technical questions and provide some level of interaction. All of the instructors for the Instructor Led Labs are Microsoft Certified Trainers (MCTs), so you can be assured that you are in capable hands.

Interactive Theater (TLC)

The Interactive Theaters are probably not what you might expect. If you plan on going to one, get there early as they fill up quickly. These are very interactive, very informal discussions on a particular topic by someone who is usually very knowledgeable about that topic. These are an excellent way to get some very good, detailed information about a topic.

Lunch Session (LNC)

Lunch sessions, as their name implies, occur during the lunch break and are usually an interactive discussion about a topic. They are a little more formalized than the Birds of a Feather sessions, but not quiet as interactive as the Theater sessions.

Building Your Schedule

While Microsoft generally considers the "Communications Network", also known as CommNet, as the place to start for Tech·Ed, I think the place to start is with the online schedule builder before you get to the event. Hopefully the schedule builder will get a much needed overhaul to make it more user-friendly, but we won't know for another few months.

No matter what, the point is that you need to have an idea of what sessions you are going to before you get there. For Tech·Ed Developers there are 16 technical tracks while Tech·Ed IT Professionals has 20 technical tracks making it difficult to figure out what is important. (Hopefully I'll be able to provide a summary of the track content to help you focus on which tracks are important to you.)

The thing to realize about the tracks is that they are a way to group session content on a large scale. Sessions can, and often do, cross multiple tracks and sessions aren't always in the track you might expect. As a result, don't try to focus on any one track and only go to sessions in that track. It's a good starting point, but that's it.

For example. if you are a solutions architect (or any kind of technical architect), chances are that the majority of your sessions will fall under the "Architecture" track, but that doesn't mean there won't be sessions in the "Developer Tools and Languages" track or the "Web and User Experience" track that aren't important.

The other thing to understand about the tracks is that they are only useful if you want sessions covering a broad (or high-level) technology category. If you want information specific to a certain technology, such as Smart Clients, you will need to spend some extra time looking at each of the tracks and finding the sessions that are relevant.

Deciding on your sessions

Deciding on sessions is not a trivial task and can take at least several hours. When picking sessions, don't choose them based solely on what your employer has you working on. That's right, just because they are paying for you to go does not mean that you should restrict your sessions to what you think is important to them or your current project. Now, I'm not saying you should completely ignore it, either. Usually you're working there (and on that project) because your technical interests and skills match to some degree. If there is a technology that you are using that you feel you need more in-depth information about, then pick some sessions about it. Just remember to also pick sessions that are going to be interesting to you and help you in the long-run of your career. If you don't have any interest in the topic and are going to the session only because your employer told you to (or you think it's what they want you to go to) you aren't going to enjoy the experience and you won't get a whole lot out of it.

Don't forget that some of the sessions repeat on a different day. If the session is going to be repeated the first session should say "Repeated on xxxx" (where xxxx is the day) and the repeat session should say "Repeated from xxxx". The other indicator is that the session "code" for the repeated session should have an "R" at the end of it.

Session Codes

While we're talking about session codes, you should realize that they are just as important as the session titles and descriptions; they give you the "quick glance" way to see some basic information about the session.

The session code has the following format:

AAALLL[R][-SSS]

where

AAA: Technical Track (abbreviated)

LLL: Technical Level

[R]: The actual character "R", only present if the session is a repeat session

[-SSS]: The session (delivery) type. This is the actual "-" character followed by the 3 letter session type abbreviation. Remember, if it doesn't have one then it's most likely a breakout session.

The technical tracks all have a 3 letter abbreviation, which allows you to easily see what track a session belongs to. Remember, sessions can repeat across tracks, but they are assigned only one code. What this means is that the primary track (usually the one listed first) is the one whose code is used, so you may see SOA sessions in the SFT track.

There are two exceptions to this rule for the following session types:

  • Birds of a Feather - BOF
  • Lunch Session - LNC

The technical level is broken down by difficulty and is:

  • 200 - Intermediate
  • 300 - Experienced
  • 400 - Advanced

In reality, only the first number (2, 3, or 4) is important here. The rest of the number is just a sequential number that has no useful meaning (at least to us). Even though some of the other session types also have a technical level associated with them, this level is only used in the session code for Breakout sessions. The rest of the sessions just use a straight sequential number.

The session (or delivery) type is only listed if the session is not a breakout session. The session types are:

  • Hands-on Lab - HOL
  • Instructor Led Lab - ILL
  • Interactive Theater - TLC

Creating your calendar

Just because cloning isn't feasible and you can't be in two places at once doesn't mean you can't schedule multiple sessions at the same time. The best way to build your calendar is to do it in steps.

The first step should be all of the sessions you have an interest in. Don't worry if there is a lot of overlap. My own schedule usually has at least 3 sessions in most of the time slots. The goal here is to get all of the sessions you are interested in put on the calendar.

The second step is to look at each time slot and prioritize the sessions. If you are using Outlook 2007, you can do this using the color categories. (Outlook 2003 users can use the Label feature.) The idea here is that you want to rank the sessions in order of priority interest to you. The ones you most want to attend should be green, second most would be yellow, and third (or more) should be unmarked. This is a great way to see where your interests are heading and helps narrow the field.

It's alright to end up with multiple priority 1 sessions at the same time. Your schedule is not set in stone and it will change. Leading up to the event, Microsoft is still adding sessions and once the conference starts sessions will be canceled, rescheduled and repeat sessions will be added.

Communications Network (CommNet)

No, this isn't like SkyNet (from the Terminator movies or the UK), but it is the central hub for everything that is going on at Tech·Ed. In order to log in, you will need to use the same user name and password that you were given by Microsoft when you registered. (This is the same one you use to access the online schedule builder tool.)

CommNet gives you key logistical information about the conference:

  • conference agenda
  • floor plans
  • bus shuttle schedules
  • city highlights
  • session schedule

At the end of each session, you will be asked to fill out an evaluation survey for the chance to win...something. You do this through CommNet. You can also download presentation materials for your session ahead of time (and sometimes after the session as well). Not all of the sessions get their content up before the session, so you will have to keep checking.

Wireless Internet Access

If you have a laptop or mobile device equipped with 802.11a/b wireless, then you can connect to the Internet throughout most of the convention center. Microsoft has Wireless Help Desks set up throughout the convention center to help configure your laptop or mobile device if you run into problems. Remember, the wireless network is an open, shared network, so there are no security protocols (WPA, WEP, etc.) enabled. Treat this just like you would any other public wireless network.

To be safe, follow the following steps:

  • Install all Microsoft critical patches and updates for your operating system. Visit www.update.microsoft.com/windowsupdate
  • Download and install the latest anti-virus signatures for your software
  • If you suspect that your system is not properly patched, visit the wireless help desk PRIOR to connecting to the network
  • Ensure that your personal firewall software is active
  • Ensure that your system is set to infrastructure wireless use only and is not associating to, or broadcasting, ad-hoc networks
  • Monitor your connections—do not connect to the wireless and wired networks at the same time

Virtual Tech·Ed

Starting with Tech·Ed 2007, Microsoft introduced Virtual Tech·Ed, which is the "one-stop" shop to extend the Tech·Ed experience before, during, and after the event. In addition to Virtual Tech·Ed, you also have Tech·Ed Connect, which allows you to connect with other Tech·Ed attendees before the conference starts.

Using Tech·Ed Connect, you can quickly:

  • Identify other attendees with whom you would like to meet
  • Share information about yourself and your background
  • Schedule meetings that will take place during the conference.

Dealing with the Information Overload

As you can see, there is a ton of information and it can be quite overwhelming for the novice attendee (and even some veterans). The best way to deal with the information overload is to:

  • Plan your schedule so you are going to sessions that you have an interest in.
  • Try to break up the content type, don't do just breakout sessions. Try some Hands-on or Instructor Led Labs, Birds of a Feather sessions, or the Interactive Theaters.
  • Don't worry about missing a session. All attendees will receive a DVD set containing all of the presentations a few months after the conference ends. A lot of the breakout sessions are recorded during the event, so you can actually watch them from the DVD.
  • Hit the exhibit hall. It's a great way to relax between sessions and find out what other companies are working on or what's new from your favorite company. Yes, you will end up getting your badge scanned and probably have to deal with sales calls afterwards, but it can be worth it.
  • Take advantage of the free food. One thing that Tech·Ed is known for is the extreme amount of snacks provided.
  • Go to the Jam Sessions and the event party. They are worth it. I make it a point to go each year and usually bring my family to it. Having them around helps decompress at the end of the day and gives them a nice mini-vacation.

In the end, enjoy the conference. It's a great way to get some excellent technical information and some excellent networking opportunities.

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          Tech·Ed U.S. Just Got Bigger      Cache   Translate Page      

Originally posted on: http://brustblog.net/archive/2007/11/08/TechmiddotEd-U.S.-Just-Got-Bigger.aspx

Tech·Ed 2008

Following the lead of Tech·Ed Barcelona, Tech·Ed U.S. 2008 will also be expanded into a "split event". For the first time, Tech·Ed U.S. is evolving from a one week conference to two separate back-to-back conferences: Tech·Ed U.S. 2008 Developers, June 3-6, and Tech·Ed U.S. 2008 IT Professionals, June 10-13, in Orlando, FL. Each event is priced separately, but there will be special package pricing for those that want to attend both events.

The format is intended to provide the same experience but with expanded learning opportunities. There is a new frequently asked questions document to help explain how this is going to work.

Each event will be 4 days, focusing on technical knowledge sharing, product evaluation and community. Tech·Ed Developers will be focused on Developers and Designers; Tech·Ed IT Professionals will be focused on IT Professionals. Both events will include: Pre-Conference Seminars, Keynote, Breakout Sessions, Interactive Theater Sessions, Hands-On Labs, Instructor-Led Labs, Community Programs, Partner Expo Hall, Microsoft Technical Learning Center, Attendee Party and various networking opportunities.

The Tech·Ed U.S. 2008 Developers conference will include an infrastructure track for developers that will cover Windows Server, System Center, Windows Vista, Office System, PerformancePoint Server, SharePoint Services, Office Communications Server, Exchange Server, and more. For Tech·Ed IT Professionals there will be a track that features the latest in the developer technologies, languages, practices, and platforms.  Attendees from both events will get the complete set of DVD's with all of the Tech·Ed content at no additional cost.

There will be dedicated tracks of sessions at both events to provide cross-content. The split event model will also provide the opportunity to host more community related activities over the weekend between the events.

It's going to be very interesting to see how this new model works. It's not surprising that Microsoft is moving to it as each year the conference keeps getting bigger. Based on the attendance from last year's event, Microsoft is expecting about 5,000 developers and designers at Tech·Ed Developers and 10,500 IT professionals at Tech·Ed IT Professionals.


          Orsted’s $510M Acquisition of Deepwater Wind Cements European Stake in US Offshore Wind      Cache   Translate Page      

Ørsted will acquire Deepwater Wind for $510 million, making the Danish wind power giant a leading player in the European competition to capture the fast-growing U.S. offshore wind market. 

Monday’s deal, if approved by regulators, will create a U.S. subsidiary called Ørsted North America that has a combined 8.8 gigawatts of projects in development up and down the East Coast. That’s a significant share of the 10 gigawatts of offshore wind capacity being planned for the region. 

Deepwater Wind owns the first U.S. offshore wind farm, the 30-megawatt Block Island farm off the Rhode Island coast, which came online in 2016. It also has “long-term revenue contracts in place or pending finalization” for projects in Rhode Island, Connecticut, Maryland and New York totaling 810 megawatts of capacity. It also has about 2.5 gigawatts of offshore wind development potential across three lease areas in Massachusetts and Delaware, of which 1.2 gigawatts are being developed through an equal joint venture with PSEG, a leading New Jersey utility.

Ørsted, formerly named Dong Energy, has its own 5.5-gigawatt portfolio of U.S. offshore projects. That includes development rights for up to 2 gigawatts at the Bay State Wind site off the coast of Massachusetts in a joint venture with Eversource; development rights for up to 3.5 gigawatts at the Ocean Wind site off the coast of New Jersey; and exclusive rights with Dominion Energy to discuss the potential development of up to 2 gigawatts of capacity, as part of its deal to build 6 gigawatts of turbines for the utility’s Coastal Virginia Offshore Wind Project. 

Ørsted’s acquisition will cement the hold of European wind giants on the burgeoning U.S. market, noted Anthony Logan, North America wind power research analyst with Wood Mackenzie Power & Renewables.

“The U.S. offshore sector is now entirely European,” he said in a Tuesday email. Even U.S. Wind, a Baltimore, Maryland-based company developing projects off that state’s coast, is owned by Renexia, a subsidiary of Italy’s Toto Holdings, he stated. The only U.S. players are utilities in cooperative efforts led by Ørsted, including PSEG in New Jersey and Dominion in Virginia.

Of these contenders, “Ørsted is now the clear leader in terms of scale, which is crucial at this stage in the sector’s development,” Logan said. Only Iberdrola’s Avangrid Renewables, which has won major contracts in Massachusetts and holds leases off the North Carolina coast, can claim a similar breadth of scope, he added. 

“Ørsted needed to make big moves if it is committed to the U.S. market, after starting off on the wrong foot during the Northeast procurements,” he said. With Deepwater’s leases and developments now in hand, the company “has the lease areas to bid into any currently announced solicitation on the East Coast,” he concluded. 

U.S. offshore wind development has notoriously lagged behind European countries and, more recently, China, now the world’s third-largest offshore market. European nations have together installed nearly 16,000 megawatts of offshore wind capacity, while the U.S. has only the 30 megawatts provided by Block Island, and the legacy of the failed Cape Wind project to contend with. 

But in the past five years, East Coast states have led a massive new push into offshore wind. New York has set a target of 2.4 gigawatts of offshore wind capacity by 2030, and later this year plans to hold a solicitation for 800 megawatts of offshore wind, in coordination with NYPA and the Long Island Power Authority, with winning bids to be announced in the second quarter of 2019.

In May, Massachusetts and Rhode Island contracted for a combined 1.2 gigawatts of offshore wind power, including the 800-megawatt Vineyard Wind project to be built by Avangrid and Danish investment firm Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners, and a 400-megawatt offshore wind project with Deepwater Wind. Massachusetts has mandated that utilities Eversource, National Grid and Unitil must procure1.6 gigawatts of offshore wind capacity by 2027.

And last month, New Jersey approved a 1.1-gigawatt offshore wind solicitation, the single largest of any state to date, as part of its goal to reach 3.5 gigawatts of capacity by 2030, another record. According to a Department of Energy report released this month, there are now 25,464 megawatts of offshore wind projects planned in 13 states.


          Radiation damage to permanent magnet materials: A survey of experimental results      Cache   Translate Page      
A large fraction of the total power consumption of the CLIC machine is taken up by electro- magnets. There is a proposal to replace some of the conventional electromagnets with permanent magnet (PM) versions. Prototypes of tunable versions using a movable PM section have been built. These would have several advantages over conventional electromagnets: zero power in normal usage; a very small power draw to change the field; reduced infrastructure costs (no large power supplies, thick current cables, or water cooling); increased beam stability (no vibration from flowing water or ripple from power converters); and drastically reduced hysteresis effects. Permanent magnets do have some disadvantages, however. One of these is a vulnerability to radiation. Exposure to radiation present in an accelerator beamline can have detrimental effects on PM blocks and can cause them to be demagnetised, reducing the overall field strength of the magnet and/or reducing the field quality. This document aims to summarise the experimental body of work done on damage to permanent magnets caused by radiation generated within an accelerator beamline. Experimental results are outlined, together with proposed models used to represent the data. Possible strategies to reduce the amount of damage caused are listed, particularly with regard to the estimated type and amount of radiation likely to be present in the CLIC drive beam.
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Preview African nations are lining up to receive investment from China, says Ghana’s President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo. He told the United Nations that Beijing brings badly needed infrastructure and jobs to Africa, not colonialism.
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VA-Herndon, NetCentrics provides the Department of Defense, Department of Homeland Security and other federal agencies with leading IT services including IT Strategy, mission applications, infrastructure and platform services, cloud solutions, service delivery and cybersecurity. NetCentrics is looking for an experienced Marketing Director to support our team at the Headquarters in Herndon, VA. Specific duties
          Tokyo beats Hong Kong in return yield on investment in office towers, asset manager says      Cache   Translate Page      
Investors should take a fresh look at Tokyo’s office towers for their superior return yield over Hong Kong, where prices and borrowing costs eat into profits, said asset manager TH Real Estate. “Tokyo can provide a strong equity yield. With an eye to the 2020 Olympics, infrastructure ... Reported by S.China Morning Post 24 minutes ago.
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          Family Businesses Are Key For A Nation’s Economy      Cache   Translate Page      
AA Union Capital (AAUC) Research Institute has conducted research on family businesses globally. One of the findings of the latest AAUC Family 1000 report is that family-owned businesses outperform the wider market not only because of their superior financial performance but also due to factors such as a more conservative long-term business focus and greater emphasis on innovation. Hence, they are among the most important building blocks of a nation’s economy.

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%.
          Comment on 5 Steps to Achieve PCI DSS Compliance in Hybrid Cloud Infrastructure by Wings2i      Cache   Translate Page      
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          Quantity Surveyor - Saudi National - Dar Al Riyadh - Cordillera Administrative Region      Cache   Translate Page      
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          Senior Consultant, Infrastructure, Networking and Application Security - Deloitte - Montréal, QC      Cache   Translate Page      
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          IT Manager - Infrastructure - DISH Network - Cheyenne, WY      Cache   Translate Page      
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          Enterprise Architect      Cache   Translate Page      
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          The Basics of FEMA’s Public Assistance Program in Puerto Rico      Cache   Translate Page      

What is Public Assistance?

Public Assistance reimburses local governments and certain private nonprofit organizations for removing disaster-generated debris, the cost of preparing for and responding to the disaster and repairing or replacing eligible infrastructure including roads, bridges, buildings and utilities.

Below describes what happens in Puerto Rico when a government agency or nonprofit applies for reimbursement through Public Assistance.

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The Sunday Times reports that planning exercises on the threat posed by Russia to the UK have left defence officials ‘ashen-faced’ at the speed with which confrontation with Moscow could escalate. The only available options were surrender, launch a nuclear strike or a massive cyber-attack to disable the Russian infrastructure. The really shocking thing is […]

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          Gray Hats: Cybersecurity Pros Straddle Good and Bad Hacking Practices      Cache   Translate Page      
Gray Hats: Cybersecurity Pros Straddle Good and Bad Hacking Practices juliet.vanwage… Mon, 10/08/2018 - 16:12

Are cybercriminals winning? That was the question posed by Marcin Kleczynski, founder and CEO of Malwarebytes, during his presentation “Is the New Cybercriminal Mafia Winning? Recruitment, Retention and the Hire” at Cyber Security Chicago on Sept. 26, 2018. This presentation, along with the recent release of an Osterman Research white paper titled “White Hat, Black Hat and the Emergence of the Gray Hat: The True Costs of Cybercrime,” sponsored by Malwarebytes, paints a troubling picture of the current state of cybersecurity, the cybersecurity profession and the resulting costs to organizations.

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Cybersecurity Budgets on the Rise for Businesses

Large organizations in the U.S. were queried by Osterman Research in 2017 about their then-current security budgets and their projected 2018 budgets. These companies reported a 21.2 percent increase in spending from 2017 to 2018, averaging growth from $697,000 to $845,000.

“Cybersecurity has become a board-level discussion,” says Kleczynski. “With all of these breaches in the news, I’ve seen chief security officers come to board meetings with articles printed out, showing the board members and CEOs what could possibly happen.”

This increase is promising for security teams, which have traditionally been an afterthought in the corporate budget hierarchy. But it can also be a bad sign for businesses, reflecting an increase in cyberthreats and a growing need to address them.

“While security budgets are increasing, the amount of security needed to protect an organization is increasing, as well,” Kleczynski explains.

Breaches and Remediation Continue to Cost Companies

When you take a closer look at where that budget is going, these organizations spent 14.7 percent of it addressing active compromises, according to the report. This refers to costs associated with day-to-day remediation, fixing active breaches caused by phishing attacks, malware and the like.

“Nearly 15 percent of these budgets are being spent on remediation,” Kleczynski says. “They spend all of this money on prevention, and yet 15 percent is still being used to remediate. So, this raises an interesting issue: Is protection just never enough and remediation is always necessary? Or do businesses need to reinvest more money into protection in the first place?”

The survey also asked about a hypothetical catastrophic security event, such as a widespread ransomware attack. The survey results calculated that these companies would spend an average of $429,000 to remediate such an event. That’s more than 50 percent of their projected 2018 budgets. This heavy cost factors in a variety of expenses tied to major event remediation: direct IT and labor costs, software and hardware solutions, direct costs such as paying a ransom, fines and legal fees.

And, make no mistake, catastrophic breaches are going to happen. The survey reveals that these organizations experienced an average of 1.8 major security events in 2017 — with the U.S. seeing nearly three times as many attacks, on average, as European countries. Budget allocated for catastrophic remediation will not go untouched.

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Calculating the Total Cost of Cybercrime

Security budgets are rising, but it still may not be enough to cover the cost of breaches and mitigate growing risks. The survey also looked at the cost to an organization of directly dealing with cybercrime, breaking down costs into three areas: the security infrastructure itself, the off-budget costs tied to major security events and costs tied to insider threats:

  • $1.9 million: total costs for U.S. organizations
  • $697,000: total infrastructure costs
  • $759,000: total remediation costs
  • $440,000: total insider-threat costs

According to these cost breakdowns, there is a significant gap between what organizations are budgeting to address security ($845,000) and what they are actually paying ($1.9 million); not even half of the total costs of cybercrime are covered.

The Rise of the Gray Hat Hacker

Insider threats, specifically black hat activity, represent a notable portion of cybercrime. Among U.S. cybersecurity professionals, 50 percent have known someone that has participated in black hat activity, and 22 percent have been approached about engaging in it. One in 20 of surveyed cybersecurity professionals identified themselves as gray hats — holding down a white hat job as a professional while also engaging in black hat activity on the side.

Much of the motivation of gray hats lies in the belief that it’s easy to engage in cybercrime without getting caught or prosecuted.

“A lot of cybercriminals aren’t being prosecuted very vigorously,” says Kleczynski. “There were only 47 prosecutions in the U.K. last year under the Computer Misuse Act.”

The other obvious motivation is money: There’s greater financial opportunity wearing a black hat than there is wearing a white hat.

“Part of the problem is a lot of companies are not paying their cybersecurity professionals enough, or they’re not giving them enough challenging tasks. They’re not being engaged,” says Kleczynski. “If you put a more lucrative package in front of them, with very little risk of being caught or prosecuted, it’s understandable that they will consider it.”

This makes for an interesting dynamic within the cybersecurity profession at the moment, Kleczynski notes. On one hand, there is a shortage of security professionals and security is only growing as a driver and concern within the corporate world. On the other hand, budgets do not align with the reality of cybersecurity needs. Companies have not yet come around to seeing the connection between the risks they are facing and the need to put out money for security talent to protect them.

“The situation is odd, because you have a massive shortage of personnel in the white hat industry, so companies should be paying for top talent and retention, but they’re not,” says Kleczynski. “That dynamic is not sustainable.”


          Why hyper-converged gear needs to go the extra file: Merging blocks and filers to break out of the niche      Cache   Translate Page      

And how might this be done?

Backgrounder Hyper-converged infrastructure (HCI) is a popular way of dealing with complex server, SAN storage, and virtualization requirements with integrated, scale-out nodes that converge server compute, storage, and hypervisor technology in all-in-one clusterable elements.…


          Smart Meters Market Set to Grow $19.98 Billion by 2022      Cache   Translate Page      
(EMAILWIRE.COM, October 08, 2018 ) According to the new market research report "Smart Meters Market by Type (Electric, Water, and Gas), Application (Commercial, Residential, and Industrial), Technology (Automatic Meter Reading and Advanced Metering Infrastructure), and by Region - Global Forecasts...
          Research Analyst - Earth Economics - Tacoma, WA      Cache   Translate Page      
Green infrastructure and environmental health to rangeland management and transportation. Earth Economics is seeking a Research Analyst (RA) to join our team....
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          Re: Loop Link bus corridor isn't yielding the travel-time improvements hoped for      Cache   Translate Page      
Don't get me wrong, I enjoy a new water main as much as the next guy, and we should be getting those, but from systematic, old fashioned infrastructure restoration, not fad make-work gimmicks. The Wabash "L" renovation was ground up, balls out, scorched earth replacement of the real workhorse of downtown commuting and it should last 100 years.
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          Could we see the end of Google?       Cache   Translate Page      


October 8, 2018

 


According to futurist George Gilder the era of Google could be coming to an end. In his recent book “Life after Google”, Gilder explains why Silicon Valley is suffering a nervous breakdown and what to expect as the post-Google age dawns.

Is it worthwhile paying attention to what somebody like George Gilder says? Putting aside the fact that nobody can accurately predict the future on a consistent basis (as has been shown by Gilder’s track record), it is possible to make informed statements about the future based on sound logic. Here Gilder does base his assumptions on more than conjecture.

So where does Gilder come up with such an outlook regarding Google? As Peter Thiel pointed out, “Google’s algorithms assume the world’s future is nothing more than the next moment in a random process. George Gilder shows how deep this assumption goes, what motivates people to make it, and why it’s wrong: the future depends on human action.”

The argument is based on an analysis of big data. Right now, big data looks like it holds all the answers for any questions a person or company might have. William Terdoslavich wrote in InformationWeek, “At the heart of big data is the search for “insight — some correlation or finding that eludes the seeker until he or she adds another terabyte or 10 of data, just in case it is lurking there. At a certain point, the law of diminishing returns has to kick in. Adding another 100TB becomes redundant.”


Nassim Taleb pointed this out by the following analogy, “We humans do not predict when it’s safe to cross a road by adding more different data-points, like e.g. the color of the eyes of by-passing car-drivers, to our decision-making process, but by filtering the data and only assess what’s relevant to get across safely.”

In 1972, Gordon Bell formulated what is now known as Bell’s law of computer classes. It describes how types of computing systems (referred to as computer classes) form, evolve and may eventually die out. New classes of computers create new applications resulting in new markets and new industries. Gilder believes that Google can’t continue on the present path as we now need an entirely knew infrastructure.

Kurt Godel, the brilliant Austrian mathematitian exposed the limitations of mathematics (the incompleteness theorems). He proved that there can be no human construct, no human system of thought that does not rely on some reality outside of itself. It shows that human intelligence could not be recreated by a traditional computer.

Google was built on ads. All these arguments can be seen as presenting a case where Google’s system of aggregating huge amounts of data to create adverts will inevitably break down. There is also the concern that Google and Silicon Valley in general have put security on the back burner. The fear is that Google has been avoiding the challenge of security across the internet by giving away most of its products for free, and financing itself with an ingenious advertising strategy. This has become more apparent with the recent massive data breach at Google+.

But is it really possible for a company such as Google, which is so engrained in everybody’s daily life, to cease to exist? A good way to understand the present and future is to look at the past in order to gain some insight.

Comparing the 1955 Fortune 500 companies (here) to the 2017 Fortune 500 (here), there are only 60 companies that appear in both lists. In other words, fewer than 12% of the Fortune 500 companies included in 1955 were still on the list 62 years later in 2017, and 88% of the companies from 1955 have either gone bankrupt, merged with (or were acquired by) another firm, or they still exist but have fallen from the top Fortune 500 companies (ranked by total revenues). Many of the companies on the list in 1955 are unrecognizable, forgotten companies today (e.g., Armstrong Rubber, Cone Mills, Hines Lumber, Pacific Vegetable Oil, and Riegel Textile). One recent name that was driven into extinction by its own technology was Kodak. They came up with the first digital camera but did not capitalize on it.

It’s reasonable to assume that when the Fortune 500 list is released 60 years from now in 2077 (although it could happen much sooner), almost all of today’s Fortune 500 companies will no longer exist as currently configured, having been replaced by new companies in new, emerging industries.

In any case there was a time when Google didn’t exist and the world was inundated with search engines. Nobody was really crying out for somebody to build a new one. To imagine Google being replaced by another technology wave is by no means difficult. It is probably just a question of how fast it happens.


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          5 things helping schools implement high-speed internet      Cache   Translate Page      
high-speed internetMore and more students have access to high-speed internet in schools, but there are still students left without the connectivity they need to grow and learn, according to the annual State of the States report from the nonprofit EducationSuperHighway. Today, 98 percent of public schools have next-generation fiber infrastructure, and 96 percent have enough internet connectivity to make digital learning possible in classrooms, says ESH CEO Evan Marwell in the report's introduction. Since 2013, 40.7 million more students have high-speed internet access--in 2013, just 4 million students were connected to the Federal Communication Commission's 100kbps/student goal, and today, 44.7 million students have reached that access speed. There are a few major reasons why the past five years have seen such a dramatic expansion in access to high-speed internet: 1. The E-rate modernization has drastically increased the number of schools receiving federal funding for wi-fi--before the modernization, just 14 percent of districts received E-rate funds, and after the 2014 modernization, 83 percent of districts receive federal wi-fi funding. 2. The report credits state leaders for their commitment to progress, noting that 49 governors have committed to upgrading schools' broadband. State leaders have set statewide connectivity goals, have supported districts with procurement and technical expertise, have created state-matching funds for fiber construction, and have partnered with service providers to improve affordability and access to broadband. 3. School districts know that they can't stop at 100kbps/student. The FCC's bandwidth goal opens the door to digital learning opportunities, but it's only the starting point. In the future, schools will need more bandwidth. Two-thirds of districts that hit the FCC's goal continued boosting bandwidth, because once digital learning opportunities and digital resources enter a school, demand will continue to rise. 4. Service providers are lowering the cost of high-speed broadband for schools. The cost has continuously dropped since 2013 thanks to price transparency and technological improvements.
          RBS Chosen in Le Havre TOS Upgrade      Cache   Translate Page      
France’s largest container terminal updates IT infrastructure
          Heavy Equipment Mechanic - Yukon Government - Dawson City, YT      Cache   Translate Page      
Yukon’s Department of Highways and Public Works provides services and infrastructure that Yukoners need to go about their daily lives with safety, connectivity,... $40.30 an hour
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          JEDI: Google withdraws from Pentagon’s $10 billion cloud competition      Cache   Translate Page      

Google CloudGoogle has dropped out of a competition to secure a Pentagon contract dubbed the Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure cloud (JEDI), saying that the project may conflict with its ethical principles. The cloud computing contract is thought to be worth as much as $10 billion, with AWS and Microsoft also in the running. The decision was announced […]

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          BAND 5 - Chief Financial Officer and Executive Director - BC Public Service - Victoria, BC      Cache   Translate Page      
And Tourism, Arts and Culture. The primary function of the Management Services Division is to develop infrastructure and internal systems within the Ministries...
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          10/10/2018: THE NATION: Regions plan a thought bubble: ALP      Cache   Translate Page      
Labor has dismissed the government’s plan to move immigrants to smaller states and regional areas as a “thought bubble” that fails to consider the implications of current immigration rates among Australia’s workers. Cities, Urban Infrastructure and...
          Operations Manager - EDGE Jobs North - Whitehorse, YT      Cache   Translate Page      
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          Program Analyst - Executive      Cache   Translate Page      
VA-Arlington, Program Analyst- Executive (PEOC3T-18-1698-F): Bowhead seeks a Program Analyst (PA) to provide support at the Pentagon to the Project Manager, Tactical Network (TN) and Project Manager Mission Command (MC). The PA will serve as a subject matter expert on the Mission Network (TN), Tactical Network Operations Management (TNOM), Joint Tactical Network (JTN) and Command Post Integrated Infrastructure
          Automotive Engineer / Automobile Engineer/ Mechanical Engineer - Pave Infrastructure - Shiliguri, West Bengal      Cache   Translate Page      
Education: B.E/B. Tech/M. Tech in Automobile/ Mechanical Engineering Experience: 5 to 10 Years Job Location: Siliguri Stream: Automobile/ Mechanical Job...
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Education: B.E/B. Tech in Electrical Engineering Experience: 5 to 15 Years Job Location: Siliguri, Any where in India Job Details: • Timely Estimating &...
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          MEP Engineer - Pave Infrastructure - Shiliguri, West Bengal      Cache   Translate Page      
Experience: Minimum 5 years in MEP Education: BE/ B.Tech/ Diploma in Mechanical/ Electrical Job Responsibilities: • Capable to handle structural erection...
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Experience: Minimum 5 years Education: BE/ B.Tech/ Diploma in Mechanical Job Responsibilities: • Working experience of maintenance and repairing of heavy...
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          Project Manager - Pave Infrastructure - Shiliguri, West Bengal      Cache   Translate Page      
Experience: Minimum 10 years in construction of Buildings. Education: BE/ B.Tech/ Diploma in Civil Engineering Job Responsibilities: • Monitoring overall...
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          Billing cum Planning Engineer - Pave Infrastructure - Shiliguri, West Bengal      Cache   Translate Page      
Experience: Minimum 5 years in Billing & Planning Education: BE/ B.Tech/ Diploma in Civil Engineering Job Responsibilities: • Timely Estimating & Billing to...
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          National Marathon Safety and Security Summit Set for Dec. 11-13      Cache   Translate Page      

Marathon and running/endurance event officials from across the country will converge on Dec. 11-13 in Orlando, Fla. for the fifth annual National Marathon and Running Events Safety and Security Summit, hosted by The University of Southern Mississippi’s National Center for Spectator Sports Safety and Security (NCS4).

These events draw large numbers of spectators, making safety and security a top priority for race organizers, public safety, and host communities. High profile events give rise to a host of potential risks and threats that must be addressed to ensure the safety and security of people, property, and infrastructure. 

“Event security planning is alchemy — a mix of art and science — that is crucial to a successful event,” said Linda Reid, Vice President of Security Operations at The Walt Disney World. She continued, “The process itself fosters communication between operational and security elements and also builds “muscle memory” and an ability to handle even the most serious incident.” Reid will be serving as a keynote speaker at the Summit and her topic will be on “Effective Planning: Key to a Successful Event.”

The target audience for the Summit includes event administrators and staff (representing marathons, half marathons, 10K, 5K, and endurance events), local/state law enforcement, government officials, emergency managers, fire/hazMat, emergency medical/health services, city planners, governing bodies, and sport commissions.

In addition to keynote speakers, panel presentations, and networking opportunities, attendees will participate in moderated discussions (round robin format) to enhance best practices for designated issues within the following areas:

            •           Event/Race Day

            •           Crowd Dynamics/Management

            •           Emergency Action Planning

            •           Risk and Threat Assessment

            •           Education, Training, and Awareness

            •           Command, Control, and Communications

Pricing for attendees to attend the Summit is $425 per person. Limited seating available. For more information, visit https://www.ncs4.com/marathon.


          AWS Infrastructure Automation Software Development Engineer - Amazon Photos - Amazon.com - Seattle, WA      Cache   Translate Page      
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          TTQc-Municipal Infrastructure (QIB) - Tetra Tech - Québec City, QC      Cache   Translate Page      
TTQc-Municipal Infrastructure (QIB) - 71500000433 Summary Parce que la vie fait partie de nos plans Et en réalité, c'est bien plus que ça! Tetra Tech, c...
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          Maintenance Technician      Cache   Translate Page      
KY-London, Job Description Responsibilities: Maintains and makes any repairs and/or adjustments on all types of equipment and building infrastructures. Correct any mechanical, electrical, hydraulic, etc. problems and if not possible, report concerns to shift Team lead. Make recommendations on required changes to existing and new tooling, prototypes and fixtures, ensuring better quality parts. Maintain, inspe
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Successful marketing, proposal writing, proposal management, and public presentations experience a plus. In this role you will work with and be mentored by...
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          Director – Major Construction - Government of Yukon - Whitehorse, YT      Cache   Translate Page      
We build infrastructure like roads, hospitals and airports, and provide services like procurement and information technology and information management.... $96,187 - $132,098 a year
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          Director - Major Construction - Yukon Government - Whitehorse, YT      Cache   Translate Page      
We build infrastructure like roads, hospitals and airports and provide services like procurement and information technology and information management.... $96,187 - $132,098 a year
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          Superintendent - Maintenance - Yukon Government - Whitehorse, YT      Cache   Translate Page      
We build infrastructure like roads, hospitals and airports and provide services like procurement and information technology and information management.... $88,928 - $122,129 a year
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          Senior Building Program Manager - Yukon Government - Whitehorse, YT      Cache   Translate Page      
We build infrastructure like roads, hospitals and airports and provide services like procurement and information technology and information management.... $88,928 - $122,129 a year
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          Seagate Opens New Technology Innovation Lab      Cache   Translate Page      
Seagate opened Lyve Data Labs, a collaborative workspace with direct access to solutions, playbooks, and technical experts, aiming at developing technology that will spur the next generation of IT infrastructure
          Bilingual Communicator (French and English) Job at China International Telecommunication Construction Corporation      Cache   Translate Page      
Bilingual Communicator (French and English) Job at China International Telecommunication Construction Corporation CITCC Nigeria Limited, a Telecom Infrastructure servicing firm, is currently recruiting suitably qualified candidates to fill the position below: Job Title: Bilingual Communicator (French and English) Location: Lagos Job Responsibilities The prospective applicant will work directly with the Marketing Director and Sales Manager Translate […]
          In Pakistan, Learning Chinese Is Cool — And Seen As A Path To Prosperity      Cache   Translate Page      

China's billions in infrastructure investment have led to growing number of Pakistanis eager to learn Mandarin and study in China. Beijing is giving thousands of scholarships to Pakistanis.


          Operations Manager - EDGE Jobs North - Whitehorse, YT      Cache   Translate Page      
WHO WE ARE: ATCO Frontec has more than 65 years’ experience providing complete infrastructure solutions to customers worldwide. We are focused on the future...
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          Systems Administrator/ IT Manager Needed!      Cache   Translate Page      
CA-Downey, Client in the banking industry is looking to add a new Systems Administrator/Hands-On IT Manager to the department. You will be responsible for ensuring compliance, working within a 100% windows environment. You will be making sure that all help desk and infrastructure requirements are being met. Requirements: Experience in a Microsoft desktop environment Experience with working in the financial o
          VMware's CEO has a vision that should terrify the security industry: 'Start getting rid of products' (VMW)      Cache   Translate Page      

VMware CEO Pat Gelsinger

  • In an interview on Monday at the Best of Breed conference, VMware CEO Pat Gelsinger said that right now, companies are using too many security products — grim tidings for anybody trying to sell security products to those companies. 
  • By using multiple products, they're creating more cracks in their security infrastructure, where attackers could hypothetically get in.
  • Gelsinger says the goal is to reduce the number of security products used to help protect VMware itself down to 15. 
  • To do this, VMWare will build more security features directly into its own products.

The problem with the security industry, says VMWare CEO Pat Gelsinger, is that companies are using too many security products. If you want to be more secure, he says, "start getting rid of products."

Indeed, Gelsinger's big idea for disrupting cybersecurity is to get companies using fewer security products, and rely more on products that already have security baked in, he said in an interview with CRN on Monday at the 2018 Best of Breed conference in Philadelphia.

About two years ago, VMWare used 30 security products to protect its own employees and systems from cyberattack, but now it uses fewer than 20. The lesson, he says, is that VMware is now both more secure, and less reliant on piling on new tools from outside vendors.

“Your customers are looking for more and just giving them another warm blanket, expecting that’s going to stop bullets doesn’t do it,” Gelsinger said. “Your customers want less products, they want more value — and particularly in the security area that’s true. We think VMware is a critical component of that as you’re building those capabilities.”

Gelsinger says the goal is to reduce VMware's usage of security products even further, down to 15 security solutions, which the company will do by building more basic security functions and encryption directly into its own products, including NSX, vSan and AppDefense. That vision could be bad news for the very many security startups out there, who are all selling to a finite number of businesses in the world. 

Having fewer security products may seem counterintuitive as a way to fight cyberattack, but too many security products can create opportunity for attackers. A complicated, patchwork security infrastructure can slow down the detection of threats and makes it easier for attackers to find and exploit any software vulnerabilities. The average enterprise deploys 75 different security products, according to SafeBreach, an internet security company. Gelsinger also cited a meeting he had with a CIO of a top bank, who said that his company uses 250 security vendors.

"How do you make all that work, right? The patches of the patches, and integration—it's just nuts and that has got to get much simpler," Gelsinger said.

It may take a few years before Gelsinger and VMware successfully reduce their reliance on dedicated security tools —  but ultimately, the company hopes to have fewer external vendors and platforms to rely on, while making its own infrastructure platform more secure. In the meanwhile, he urges companies to encrypt their data, so it can't be cracked even in the event of a security incident.

“You should always have data encrypted,” Gelsinger said. “There’s still lots of breaches, but this dramatically reduces the attack surface.”

Read the full interview with CRN here.

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          DHS Unveils Electromagnetic Pulse Defense Strategy      Cache   Translate Page      
WASHINGTON (Sputnik) - The United States launched a new strategy to protect critical infrastructure against threats from electromagnetic pulse (EMP) and geomagnetic disturbance (GMD), the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) said in a press release.
          Regional Service Representative      Cache   Translate Page      
IL-Romeoville, Regional Service Representative Status: Exempt (salaried) Department: Field Service Position Summary The Regional Service Representative plays a critical role for the organization. This position is responsible to support the technical needs of customer sites in the field through the installation and after-market support of GenDrive fuel cell units and GenFuel hydrogen utility infrastructure. As su
          Guangzhou Hoping to Build Cruise Profile      Cache   Translate Page      

Published in: Cruise News

The World Dream in Guangzhou

Guangzhou International Cruise Home Port (GIC) is located in the capital of Guangdong Province, a political, economic and cultural center in Southern China.

A converted cargo berth can now host a 150,000-ton ship, with a 4,000-square-meter terminal ready to process up to 1,600 guests per hour, according to port officials.

A large-scale infrastructure investment will add not only two more berths, but also a big passenger terminal, with a completion date of October 2019.

Guangzhou received 122 turnaround calls in 2017.

Major source markets include Guangdong Province, followed by Hunan, Hubei, Guangxi, Sichuan and  Chongqing Province and autonomous regions. 

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          Intern - Site Assessment and Remediation (Student) - SNC-LAVALIN INFRASTRUCTURE - Saskatoon, SK      Cache   Translate Page      
Job Description We are currently seeking an intern to join the team in May 2019 for a 16 month term from the following disciplines: Civil, Geological or...
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          Intern - Geotechnical Engineering Technologist (Student) - SNC-LAVALIN INFRASTRUCTURE - Saskatoon, SK      Cache   Translate Page      
Job Description We are currently seeking a Geotechnical Engineering Intern to join the team in May 2019 for a 16-month term. This position will involve...
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          Intern - Field Engineering Technologist (Student) - SNC-LAVALIN INFRASTRUCTURE - Saskatoon, SK      Cache   Translate Page      
Job Description We are currently seeking an intern to join the team in May 2019 for a 16 month term from the following disciplines: Civil, Geological or...
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          Junior Project Engineer - SNC-LAVALIN INFRASTRUCTURE - Saskatoon, SK      Cache   Translate Page      
Job Description Since 1911, we have been part of society’s progress on five continents … and we’re not done! Our teams bring together some of the most skilled...
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          Intermediate Geotechnical Engineer - SNC-LAVALIN INFRASTRUCTURE - Saskatoon, SK      Cache   Translate Page      
Job Description Job Description We are currently seeking an Intermediate Geotechnical Specialist to join our team in Saskatoon. Reporting to the Principal...
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Job Description RESPONSABILITÉS : Rédiger, corriger, réviser et effectuer le montage de documents d'ingénierie, d'offres de service, de rapports, de devis,...
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          Heavy Equipment Mechanic - Yukon Government - Dawson City, YT      Cache   Translate Page      
Yukon’s Department of Highways and Public Works provides services and infrastructure that Yukoners need to go about their daily lives with safety, connectivity,... $40.30 an hour
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          Intern - Geotechnical Engineering Technologist (Student) - SNC-LAVALIN INFRASTRUCTURE - Saskatoon, SK      Cache   Translate Page      
Participating in field investigations which may include drilling, slope stability, risk assessment and instrumentation installation;...
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          Facilities Attendant - Government of Canada - Dawson, YT      Cache   Translate Page      
As part of the Government of Canada’s unprecedented investment in the infrastructure of our national parks, national historic sites and national marine... $17.59 - $19.12 an hour
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          Préposé(e) - Installations pour les visiteurs - Gouvernement du Canada - Dawson, YT      Cache   Translate Page      
Parcs Canada entreprend un programme de restauration des infrastructures sous sa gestion :. À la suite d’un investissement sans précédent du gouvernement du... $17.59 - $19.12 an hour
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          Site Manger- Faro Abandoned Mines - Parsons - Faro, YT      Cache   Translate Page      
Our employees deliver landmark commercial, industrial, environmental, energy, power, and renewable infrastructure — and provide innovative solutions to complex...
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          Environmental Technician - Parsons - Faro, YT      Cache   Translate Page      
Our employees deliver landmark commercial, industrial, environmental, energy, power, and renewable infrastructure — and provide innovative solutions to complex...
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Our employees deliver landmark commercial, industrial, environmental, energy, power, and renewable infrastructure — and provide innovative solutions to complex...
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          Operations Manager - EDGE Jobs North - Whitehorse, YT      Cache   Translate Page      
ATCO Frontec has more than 65 years’ experience providing complete infrastructure solutions to customers worldwide....
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          Intermediate Geotechnical Engineer - SNC-LAVALIN INFRASTRUCTURE - Saskatoon, SK      Cache   Translate Page      
Site Investigation- drilling. Valid driver’s licence with a clean driving abstract. We are currently seeking an Intermediate Geotechnical Specialist to join our...
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          Supervisor - Contracting,Facilities, Procurement & Client Service - Yukon Government - Whitehorse, YT      Cache   Translate Page      
The position is directly responsible for departmental infrastructure (31 buildings in 11 communities) including maintenance, office and storage space planning,... $80,918 - $93,486 a year
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          Project Analyst - Yukon Government - Whitehorse, YT      Cache   Translate Page      
Yukon’s Department of Highways and Public Works provides services and infrastructure that Yukoners need to go about their daily lives with safety, connectivity,... $72,976 - $84,201 a year
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          Director – Major Construction - Government of Yukon - Whitehorse, YT      Cache   Translate Page      
Considerable project management experience, leading large infrastructure projects. Yukon's Department of Highways and Public Works provides services and... $96,187 - $132,098 a year
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          Director - Major Construction - Yukon Government - Whitehorse, YT      Cache   Translate Page      
Considerable project management experience, leading large infrastructure projects. Yukon’s Department of Highways and Public Works provides services and... $96,187 - $132,098 a year
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          Superintendent - Maintenance - Yukon Government - Whitehorse, YT      Cache   Translate Page      
Yukon’s Department of Highways and Public Works provides services and infrastructure that Yukoners need to go about their daily lives with safety, connectivity,... $88,928 - $122,129 a year
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          Network Engineer - MOBIA Technology Innovations - Whitehorse, YT      Cache   Translate Page      
Business Process Optimization, Managed Services, Infrastructure Solutions, Cybersecurity and Digital Transformation Services....
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          Rural and Suburban Mail Carrier (RR- 12 or less RMB) - Canada Post - Whitehorse, YT      Cache   Translate Page      
Acquire and maintain knowledge of local infrastructure including roads, customers and delivery receptacles. Job Requisition Id:.... $30,572 - $34,342 a year
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          Facteur rural et suburbain (RR- 12 et moins de BLR) - Canada Post - Whitehorse, YT      Cache   Translate Page      
Acquérir et maintenir des connaissances sur les infrastructures locales, y compris les routes, les clients et les réceptacles de livraison.... $30,572 - $34,342 a year
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Acquire and maintain knowledge of local infrastructure including roads, customers and delivery receptacles. Job Requisition Id:....
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          Facteur rural et suburbain de relève permanent - Canada Post - Whitehorse, YT      Cache   Translate Page      
Acquérir et maintenir des connaissances sur les infrastructures locales, y compris les routes, les clients et les réceptacles de livraison....
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          Senior Building Program Manager - Yukon Government - Whitehorse, YT      Cache   Translate Page      
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          Implementation Manager, Satellite - NorthwesTel - Whitehorse, YT      Cache   Translate Page      
As well, the Implementation Manager will design, build and support the various satellite infrastructure components used to connect, manage and maintain modern...
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Invesco is committed to fair and accessible employment practices. Invesco is a leading global asset management firm with more than $937B*....
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          Operations Manager - EDGE Jobs North - Whitehorse, YT      Cache   Translate Page      
Electricity (electricity generation, transmission, and distribution); Pipelines & Liquids (natural gas transmission, distribution and infrastructure development...
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          Network Engineer - MOBIA Technology Innovations - Whitehorse, YT      Cache   Translate Page      
Plan and manage capacity for the elements of the video distribution network. The Network Engineer is responsible for managing and optimizing infrastructure...
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          Senior Cloud Infrastructure Engineer - MedNet Solutions - Minnetonka, MN      Cache   Translate Page      
Docker, Kubernetes, ECS. Be on-call availability to diagnose/recover systems outside business hours when required....
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Performs tasks associated with the installation, turn up and maintenance of CenturyLink security infrastructure....
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Conduct code-merges, deploy code to internal & external systems. Proven experience architecting infrastructure in AWS using native tools such as CloudFormation...
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          PSP Acquires Forth Ports?      Cache   Translate Page      
Private Capital Journal reports, PSP Investments acquires Forth Ports buying out Arcus:
Public Sector Pension Investment Board (PSP Investments) has acquired the majority stake (62.6%) held by Arcus European Infrastructure Fund 1 LP in Forth Ports Limited, one of the UK’s largest port groups.

Edinburgh, Scotland based Forth Ports owns and operates eight commercial ports on the Firth of Forth, the Firth of Tay and the Thames, with strategic positions in Tilbury (London), Grangemouth, Dundee, Rosyth and Leith (Edinburgh).

PSP Investments will partner with other long-term investors who are well aligned to support the future growth of Forth Ports.

Arcus first invested in Forth Ports in 2008 and along with PSP Investments took Forth Ports private for £751 million in 2011.


News Release

Forth Ports announces Arcus’ sale of its shares in the company to PSP Investments

Edinburgh, Scotland; London, England; and Montréal, Canada (October 3, 2018)

Forth Ports, one of the UK’s largest port groups, announces this morning that Arcus European Infrastructure Fund 1 LP (“Arcus”) has agreed to sell its shares in the company to the Public Sector Pension Investment Board (“PSP Investments”). After financial completion, PSP Investments will partner with other long-term investors who are well aligned to support the future growth of Forth Ports.

Forth Ports is a dynamic, UK-based multimodal ports owner and operator, with ports serving as logistical gateways across the UK, connecting the UK with Europe and the rest of the world. It owns and operates eight commercial ports on the Firth of Forth, the Firth of Tay and the Thames, with strategic positions in Tilbury (London), Grangemouth, Dundee, Rosyth and Leith (Edinburgh). Tilbury is the site of a major new port terminal, Tilbury 2, while the Port of Dundee is strongly positioned to service the needs of the growing offshore wind sector and North Sea oil and gas decommissioning industry.

“This is a landmark transaction for PSP to increase our stake in a strategically located, top-tier infrastructure asset in the UK,” said Patrick Samson, Managing Director and Head of Infrastructure Investments, PSP Investments. “Since PSP’s original investment seven years ago, Forth Ports’ world-class management team has led the company through consistent high performance and growth. We are now entering the next phase of our journey together, which includes a specific plan to enhance our asset management responsibilities. This plan is being headed by our London-based team under the leadership of Patrick Charbonneau, Managing Director, Infrastructure Investments (Europe).”

“This is an exciting time for Forth Ports as we continue to deliver our ambitious expansion and investment programme around the UK,” said Charles Hammond, Group Chief Executive of Forth Ports. “Our colleagues at PSP are already long-term, committed shareholders and this new investment ensures continuity for the business as we evolve to meet the customer demands of the future. I want to personally thank Stuart Gray, Simon Gray and all the team at Arcus for their constant support, insight and strategic guidance over the past seven years. Forth Ports is in a strong position with a clear vision for the future.”

“The Arcus team have been a long-term shareholder in Forth Ports and we leave the business in an excellent position, with a strong platform for continued growth,” said Stuart Gray, Arcus Partner. “We have enjoyed working in partnership with the management team, growing the business substantially during our period of ownership, and we will continue to monitor how the business evolves over the years with the new shareholding structure in place. We wish the management team every success for the future.”

Ends 3rd October, 2018


About Forth Ports
Forth Ports Limited is one of the UK’s largest port groups and owns and operates eight commercial ports in the UK – Tilbury on the Thames, Dundee on the Firth of Tay and six on the Firth of Forth – Leith, Grangemouth, Rosyth, Methil, Burntisland and Kirkcaldy. Within and around the Firths of Forth and Tay, Forth Ports manages and operates an area of 280 square miles of navigable waters, including two specialised marine terminals for oil and gas export and provides other marine services, such as towage and conservancy. www.forthports.co.uk @forthports

About Arcus Infrastructure Partners

Arcus Infrastructure Partners is an independent fund manager focussed solely on mid-market investments in European infrastructure. Arcus invests on behalf of institutional investors through discretionary funds and special co-investment vehicles and, through its subsidiaries, currently manages investments with an aggregate enterprise value in excess of €17bn (as of 30th June 2018). Arcus targets value-add infrastructure investments, with a particular focus on businesses in the transportation, energy and telecommunications sectors. www.arcusip.com

About PSP Investments

The Public Sector Pension Investment Board (PSP Investments) is one of Canada’s largest pension investment managers with C$153 billion of net assets as of 31st March, 2018. It manages a diversified global portfolio composed of investments in public financial markets, private equity, real estate, infrastructure, natural resources and private debt. Established in 1999, PSP Investments manages net contributions to the pension funds of the federal Public Service, the Canadian Forces, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police and the Reserve Force. Headquartered in Ottawa, PSP Investments has its principal business office in Montréal and offices in New York and London. For more information, visit investpsp.com or follow us on Twitter and LinkedIn.
Patrick Samson, Managing Director and Head of Infrastructure Investments at PSP put it well:
“This is a landmark transaction for PSP to increase our stake in a strategically located, top-tier infrastructure asset in the UK. Since PSP’s original investment seven years ago, Forth Ports’ world-class management team has led the company through consistent high performance and growth. We are now entering the next phase of our journey together, which includes a specific plan to enhance our asset management responsibilities. This plan is being headed by our London-based team under the leadership of Patrick Charbonneau, Managing Director, Infrastructure Investments (Europe).” 
So PSP's Infrastructure team co-invested with Arcus Infrastructure Partners on this deal and now they are going to own a majority stake (63%).

The news release states that "after financial completion, PSP Investments will partner with other long-term investors who are well aligned to support the future growth of Forth Ports" but it doesn't specify which partners are coming in on this deal. It could be one of many large Canadian pension funds.

As far as Arcus, the release states: "Arcus invests on behalf of institutional investors through discretionary funds and special co-investment vehicles and, through its subsidiaries, currently manages investments with an aggregate enterprise value in excess of €17bn (as of 30th June 2018). Arcus targets value-add infrastructure investments, with a particular focus on businesses in the transportation, energy and telecommunications sectors."

Ports and airports are part of value-add infrastructure investments. Ontatio Teachers' has a special team which manages airports for their plan. That's all they do. PSP also has a team managing airports and other infrastructure like ports.

It takes specialized knowledge to "add value" to these investments, specialization that these large pensions need to pay for if they are to realize their value creation plan.

I've never met Patrick Samson but a friend of mine who works at the Caisse has met him and told me he liked him a lot and he really knows his stuff.  I'm sure he and Patrick Charbonneau worked very hard on this deal and it is a good long-term deal for PSP.

Ports like all infrastructure assets are a long-term play on the economy. The more economic activity, the busier airports, ports, toll roads and other transportation assets are, the more they are worth to investors.

You still need to manage them properly and have a value plan to execute on your strategy and that's where specialized knowledge comes into play.

By the way, since I am talking about UK infrastructure, I wanted to mention that CBRE Caledon recently appointed a head of their new London office:
CBRE Caledon has hired Andreas Köttering to lead its newly established London office. Köttering will serve as Partner and Head of Infrastructure for Europe and be responsible for building a team in London to originate, execute and manage private European infrastructure investments for CBRE Caledon.

Köttering has more than 20 years’ experience in infrastructure. Prior to joining CBRE Caledon, he served as the Co-Head of Infrastructure-Europe for GIC. In this role, he oversaw the London-based team that was responsible for originating, executing and managing infrastructure investments in Europe. He also previously held senior infrastructure roles with the Canada Pension Plan Investment Board, Citi, Schroders and Siemens.

“Andreas is a well-respected leader and infrastructure investor, and we are delighted that he is taking on this significant role and leveraging his talent and expertise to build our London office and broaden our investment capabilities in Europe,” says Stephen Dowd, Principal, CBRE Caledon. “Europe has long been one of the most important markets for infrastructure investments, and CBRE Caledon has been an active participant in the European private infrastructure market since 2010. We believe that establishing a London office will enhance our ability to originate and execute on investment opportunities and manage our existing portfolio in Europe to continue to generate strong long-term performance for our clients.”
In June, CBRE Caledon completed a AU$90 million investment into joint venture that will acquire Origin Energy’s Acumen smart meter business and create Australia’s leading smart meter operator. You can read the details on this deal here.

Aaron Vale, Vice President at CBRE Caledon shared this with me: "In combination with the Australian smart meter co-investment we did, the London office shows how we help pensions build out their infrastructure and PE portfolios and are now expanding the team to include a European office."

I like Aaron, David Rogers and Stephen Dowd, think they are running a great shop and would highly recommend them to my institutional readers looking to invest intelligently in infrastructure.

Below, Shipping TV discusses the PSP Forth Ports deal. I also embedded an older clip where Lux magazine traveled to Edinburgh and spoke to Dr Derek McGlashan, energy and environment manager at Forth Ports in Leith, about how LED lighting - installed throughout the site - not only saved energy and money, but also secured the company a green award from the Edinburgh Chamber of Commerce. Very interesting discussions.



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Competitive: Engie: ENGIE Fabricom is the benchmark in innovative multitechnical facilities and services for the infrastructure, construction, industry, energy and oil Grimbergen, Flemish-Brabant
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Competitive: Engie: ENGIE Fabricom is the benchmark in innovative multitechnical facilities and services for the infrastructure, buildings, industry, energy and oil & gas Flemish Brabant, Flanders
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Every year, 911 call centers receive millions of calls from citizens using smartphones. However, many PSAPs still rely on ANI/ALI landline location information. In this post, Beth Harte discusses how Hexagon’s computer-aided dispatch system and RapidSOS' location accuracy technology work together to help PSAPs overcome this challenge.


          Mechanical Foreman/Woman - Kingdom Construction - Ayr, ON      Cache   Translate Page      
Performance Based Bonuses. Kingdom Construction specializes in municipal infrastructure construction.... $40 - $42 an hour
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          Operations Manager - EDGE Jobs North - Whitehorse, YT      Cache   Translate Page      
WHO WE ARE: ATCO Frontec has more than 65 years’ experience providing complete infrastructure solutions to customers worldwide. We are focused on the future...
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          Operations Manager - EDGE Jobs North - Whitehorse, YT      Cache   Translate Page      
WHO WE ARE: ATCO Frontec has more than 65 years’ experience providing complete infrastructure solutions to customers worldwide. We are focused on the future...
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CA-San Diego, Warehouse Employee - ( 180001J0 ) Description Hajoca Corporation is the nation’s largest privately held wholesale distributor of plumbing, heating and air-conditioning, industrial pipes-valves-fittings, pool and waterworks supplies for residential, commercial, industrial and infrastructure construction. We have approximately 400 locations, called Profit Centers, throughout the United States, repre
          Fact Sheet on Lisbon Referendum Questions for November 2018 Election      Cache   Translate Page      

Fact Sheet on Lisbon Referendum Questions for November 2018 Election

INFORMATION REGARDING LISBON ROUTE 196/125 ROAD RECONSTRUCTION PROJECTS
The Town of Lisbon in conjunction with Maine Department of Transportation (MDOT) and the Androscoggin Transportation Center (ATRC) is planning improvements to our Downtown Infrastructure.  This will involve rebuilding Main Street and improving pedestrian access, including sidewalk reconstruction.  These projects are tentatively scheduled to be advertised for bid in the spring of 2020.  This mailer is being distributed to inform residents of the need for the project and to answer frequently asked questions.
INFORMATION REGARDING NEW “PUMPER” FIRE ENGINE PURCHASE
The Town of Lisbon is planning to replace a pumper fire engine to address the aging and much needed repairs to the current fire apparatus.  This mailer is being distributed to inform residents of the need for the project and to answer frequently asked questions.
Please see attached fact sheet for more information about these projects.
SUBMITTED BY:  TOWN OF LISBON

          IT Infrastructure Engineer - Junior      Cache   Translate Page      
TX-San Antonio, Tuknik Government Services is seeking an IT Infrastructure Engineer to work with our Federal client in the San Antonio TX area. This is a direct full time position supporting TGS and our government client. We offer competitive compensation and an extraordinary benefits package including health dental and vision insurance 401K with company matching flexible spending accounts 11 paid holidays 3 week
          When is a MySQL error not a MySQL error      Cache   Translate Page      

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I came across this error recently: Mysql2::Error: Can't connect to MySQL server on 'some-db-server.example.com' (113)

A quick search on the Internet, resulted in various Q & A sites hinting at a connectivity/routing issue to/from the MySQL server.

Whilst this was probably enough information for me to fix, if the problem exists on a 3rd party's infrastructure you want to provide a bit more information.

The first port of call was to see if the error code 113 appears in the MySQL reference. You can imagine my surprise when I couldn't find 113 anywhere in this chapter.

Luckily there is help available from MySQL in the form of a utility called perror that allows you to look up MySQL error codes.

By typing perror along with error code, you'll get the following:

$ perror 113
OS error code 113:  No route to host

So the reason we can't find this error in either the Client or Server sections of the MySQL reference manual is that it's an operating system error.

The operating system in question is Linux, so we know we're looking for C error number codes (errno.h). If you've got access to the kernel source you can find it in /usr/src/linux-source-<VERSION>/include/uapi/asm-generic/errno.h if you don't have the source installed you can see it see a definition of 113 GitHub:

#define    EHOSTUNREACH    113    /* No route to host */

So armed with this information, I could contact the 3rd party and ask them to check routing and firewall rules between us and the database server.


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This senior level individual contributor is primarily responsible for serving as the lead technical expert across project teams, setting technical direction across technical solutions, and overseeing all IT systems. Essential Responsibilities: Drives the execution of multiple work streams by identifying customer and operational needs; developing and updating new procedures and policies; gaining cross-functional support for objectives and priorities; translating business strategy into actionable business requirements; obtaining and distributing resources; setting standards and measuring progress; removing obstacles that impact performance; guiding performance and developing contingency plans accordingly; solving highly complex issues; and influencing the completion of project tasks by others. Practices self-leadership and promotes learning in others by soliciting and acting on performance feedback; building collaborative, cross-functional relationships; communicating information and providing advice to drive projects forward; adapting to competing demands and new responsibilities; providing feedback to others, including upward feedback to leadership; influencing, mentoring, and coaching team members; fostering open dialogue amongst team members; evaluating and responding to the strengths and weaknesses of self and unit members; and adapting to and learning from change, difficulties, and feedback. Leads a team of IT consultants in the development of requirements, for process or system solutions which may span multiple business domains by leveraging partnerships with stakeholders and appropriate IT teams (for example, Solutions Delivery, Infrastructure, Enterprise Architecture). Leverages multiple business requirements gathering methodologies to identify business, functional, and non-functional requirements (for example, SMART) across the enterprise. Leads and oversees the development and documentation of comprehensive business cases to assess the costs, benefits, ROI, and Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) of highly unique or complex solution proposals. Leads the evolution of applications, systems, and/or processes to a desired future state by translating how current processes impact business operations across the enterprise. Leads teams of IT Consultants in the mapping of current state against future state processes. Defines the impact of requirements on upstream and downstream solution components. Provides insight and influence to executive management and business leaders on how to integrate requirements with current systems and business processes across the enterprise. Reviews, evaluates, and prioritizes value gaps and opportunities for process enhancements or efficiencies. Leads solution design by translating requirements into workable business solutions and leading in design sessions with IT teams. Recommends and advocates for additional data and/or services needed to address key business issues related to process or solutions design. Leads the evaluation of third-party vendors as directed. Drives continuous process improvement by leading the development, implementation, and maintenance of standardized tools, templates, and processes across the enterprise. Recommends and advocates for regional and national process improvements which align with sustainable best practices, and the strategic and tactical goals of the business.
          Africa selling itself short - Independent Online      Cache   Translate Page      

Africa selling itself short
Independent Online
JOHANNESBURG – Africa is selling itself short because it is not investing enough in "softer infrastructure" and there are not enough bankable projects to assist the continent to meet the requirements. This was the consensus among panel members ...

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          Heavy Equipment Mechanic - Yukon Government - Dawson City, YT      Cache   Translate Page      
Yukon’s Department of Highways and Public Works provides services and infrastructure that Yukoners need to go about their daily lives with safety, connectivity,... $40.30 an hour
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          Infrastructure critical to Africa's future and success - Independent Online      Cache   Translate Page      

Independent Online

Infrastructure critical to Africa's future and success
Independent Online
JOHANNESBURG - Africa's burgeoning youth population had the potential to be a demographic dividend, but unless properly harnessed could become a demographic nightmare. This was one of the sentiments expressed on the opening day of the ...


          Project Analyst - Yukon Government - Whitehorse, YT      Cache   Translate Page      
Yukon’s Department of Highways and Public Works provides services and infrastructure that Yukoners need to go about their daily lives with safety, connectivity,... $72,976 - $84,201 a year
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          Network Engineer - MOBIA Technology Innovations - Whitehorse, YT      Cache   Translate Page      
The Network Engineer is responsible for managing and optimizing infrastructure resources as they pertain to the commercial video distribution network including...
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          Hybrid - Cloud Infrastructure (IaaS) Engineer/Analyst - Underwriters Laboratories - Laramie, WY      Cache   Translate Page      
Some weekend work during deployments (10-20%). Project Management to understand deployments from support perspective and minimize risk....
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          Hybrid - Cloud Infrastructure (IaaS) Engineer/Analyst - UL LLC - Laramie, WY      Cache   Translate Page      
Some weekend work during deployments (10-20%). Project Management to understand deployments from support perspective and minimize risk....
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          [$$$] [Project Controls] Sr. Project Controls Specialist - GEM Technologies, Inc.      Cache   Translate Page      
GEM Technologies, Inc. (GEM), headquartered in Knoxville, TN, was established in 1994 and excels in providing quality engineering and technical services, facility and infrastructure management, construction, and environmental services to federal government...(click link to see full post)
          [$$$] [Safety Engineer] Health Physicist Supervisor, Sampling & Characterization - GEM Technologies, Inc.      Cache   Translate Page      
GEM Technologies, Inc. (GEM), headquartered in Knoxville, TN, was established in 1994 and excels in providing quality engineering and technical services, facility and infrastructure management, construction, and environmental services to federal government...(click link to see full post)
          Be Fully Informed About Earthquakes      Cache   Translate Page      

Wazzup Pilipinas!

It's a grim reality: tremors of magnitude no less than 2.0 happen each day all over the world. A considerable lot of these are not by any means recognizable. The core of our planet is indeed hyper-active.

Big scale quakes of magnitude 7.0 and more happen at least once a month.The number of big-scale earthquakes has been on a steady rise.

How do Earthquakes Occur?
It happens when there is movement in the earth’s crust. When the tectonic plates collide or diverge along a fault line, explosive energy is released causing tremors that reach the earth’s surface.

Can an Earthquake Be Predicted?
At the moment no scientific calculations or machine intelligence can pinpoint the time and date that an earthquake can strike. Scientists can only make theoretical predictions of ‘where’ and ‘how’ by analyzing past data.

What Makes Earthquakes Dangerous?
It is the fact that we are always caught unawares. But again, the damage and injuries from the fall of buildings and collapse of infrastructure add to the danger. Earthquakes cause gas leaks, fires, and landslides. Victims can also catch infectious diseases when sewers burst open and fresh water is contaminated.

Tips to Stay Safe during an Earthquake
Don’t expect an evacuation call before an earthquake strikes. If you live in a region where tremors occur frequently, you should always stay ready.

When the tremor hits, get down fast and get cover. Hold on to something sturdy as you stay under a table or bed. That will help to protect you from falling debris.

Don’t be tempted to run outside– it is much worse out there where buildings may fall on you. Don’t stand in the doorway either. You might get thrown out by the force of the tremor. Also, a preparation measure would be to bolster your doors and secure your beds and tables with fasteners. That is if you live in parts of the world that directly sit on fault lines. These include Tokyo, Los Angeles, Jakarta, and Manila among others.

Significant earthquakes in the last decade
The biggest shocks in the past decade include the 7.9 magnitude quake of Sichuan Province in China, 2008. 87,000 people perished. A 7.5 magnitude shake in 2008 also hit Sumatra in Indonesia. However, the Haiti quake of 2010, with a 7.0 magnitude was more disastrous, taking with it 300,000 lives.

Christchurch in New Zealand saw its share of peril when a magnitude 6.3 hit in 2011. In the same year, North Eastern Japan sustained a hit from 9.0 magnitude earthquake. 2013 was Pakistani where magnitude 7.7 shake claimed 828 lives in Baluchistan province.
700 people lost their life in China 2014 when a 6.2 magnitude struck Yunnan province. In 2015 the same disaster struck in Nepal, affecting 8 million lives. The tremor started an avalanche from Mt Everest that claimed at least a dozen lives.
In 2016, Ecuador got hit with a 7.8 magnitude quake. In the same year, a magnitude 6.3 claimed 300 lives in Rome. In 2017, Central Mexico suffered a magnitude 7.1 quake that claimed 300 lives.

How to get involved to help victims?
Work with UNICEF or Red Cross either as a donor or volunteer. This is an organization that helps in emergency responses. They provide water, food, sanitation and medical aid to victims of catastrophes.

You can also donate blood.
You never know where or when earthquakes happen. Today is them tomorrow if it could be us. Stay safe, and lend a hand when humanity calls upon you.

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Collapsing Investment Doesn’t Mean Collapsing China

President Trump’s trade negotiators may be watching the wrong numbers on China

By Nathaniel Taplin



Infrastructure investment in China is nose-diving and bears are roaming the Shanghai Stock Exchange. Does that mean that President Trump’s planned tariffs on another $200 billion of Chinese imports, which could be announced any day, will be enough to nudge the Chinese economy over the brink?

Maybe not. There’s a risk that American trade negotiators, watching the forest, are missing some important—and still rather healthy—trees.

Infrastructure and small-scale private industry are suffering from the shadow banking crackdown championed by President Xi Jinping. But two other important drivers of the economy—state-owned firms and real estate—are doing well. As long as real estate holds up, a sharp slowdown remains unlikely.

Real estate is thriving thanks to a massive Beijing-financed apartment-buying program for “slum dwellers,” which has kept inventories near multiyear lows. That helps prices keep rising, even though sales growth has been trending sideways.

A construction site in Qingdao, China.
A construction site in Qingdao, China. Photo: Qilai Shen/Bloomberg News


Developers have also proven adept at finding ways around restrictions on shadow banking. One helpful development has been the explosion of asset-backed securities, including so-called supply chain ABS, which has allowed developers to put off paying their contractors for up to a year. Overall shadow credit outstanding fell 3.8% on the year in August, and infrastructure investment growth in the first eight months of the year, excluding power and heat, slowed to a record low of 4.2%. But property developers’ year-to-date funding actually rose 6.9% on the year, according to ANZ, the second straight month of acceleration.

While infrastructure is important to Chinese growth, real estate is far more important. Sky-high land prices and tweaks to China’s statistical methodology make the headline property investment data hard to interpret. But the message from property-related industry is that, for now, things remain healthy. Year-over-year growth in cement and glass output was the fastest in a year or more in August, while electricity output rose 7.3%, the most since May.

This also matters for financial vulnerability. Several private firms have defaulted on bond payments this year, but state-owned company defaults have been rare and so have property-related ones. Problems for private industry matter far less for Chinese bank balance sheets than the health of the heavily leveraged state and real-estate sectors. 
Things could get tougher early next year, particularly since policy makers are now dialing back the critical slum redevelopment program. But for now, the message emanating from China is still a relatively mild slowdown. Investors hoping for wholesale capitulation on trade or a 2015-style massive stimulus will likely be disappointed.





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